21042017-LT-01.qxd 4/21/2017 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Friday | 21 April 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Parents protest Police warn chemists Veterans corner glory Parents’ association held protest against DC holding meeting with private schools. P2 The police warned chemists and druggists against illegal storage and supply of narcotics. P3 Three veteran women athletes bagged seven medals in National Masters Athletics Championship. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.58 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.51 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: The power supply to 11 kV Maharani Jhansi Road and 11 kV Ram Nagar feeders, fed from 66 kV Fountain Chowk sub-station, will remain shutdown on April 21, 2017, for urgent maintenance work. Affected areas are Government College for Boys, Maharani Jhansi Road, College Road, Sangat Road, Kalyana Jewellers, Hira Singh Road, Basant Road, Ram Nagar, Women Cell Police Station, Kailash Chowk, Old Court Road and Bindraban Road. 10 am to 2 pm: The supply to Garden Enclave, South City, Dashmesh Nagar, Singhpura, Canal Road and Country Homes among other areas will also remain off from for urgent maintenance work SNIPPETS Minor girl kidnapped Ludhiana: A 16-year-old minor girl allegedly went missing. Her family alleged that she was kidnapped by a person by luring her for marriage. Family member Renu of New BRS Nagar said the girl was kidnapped by Ravi Ranjan of Pakhowal road on April 15. After registering a case, a manhunt was launched by the police to trace the girl. Mother-son go missing A mother-son duo, residents of Lalto Kalan, allegedly went missing from home on April 14. Her husband Harjit Singh told the police that he got married to Taranjit Kaur in 1997 and she used to indulge in fights with his mother. On April 14, when he had gone to the market, his wife and son Jagraj Singh left home. Both were untraceable. He suspected that the duo could have been kept under illegal confinement. The police have launched a manhunt. Docs want action against culprit The Ludhiana Orthopaedic Association met and discussed the case of assault on one of its senior members Dr Jagdip Madaan at workplace in the OPD chamber of a renowned hospital in Ludhiana. The culprit was arrested by the police on the spot, but was let off later, they said, adding that Dr Madaan suffered grievous injury to both his ear drums and was undergoing treatment for the same. Senior members Dr Gagandeep Saini, Dr Ravinder Sidhu, Dr HS Kang proposed a resolution to strongly condemn the act of violence and demanded a strict action against the culprits. They will meet the Commissioner of Police on Friday. TNS High risk overhead, but who cares High-tension wires pose threat to residents’ lives, regulatory bodies prefer to look the other way 3 lives lost, 2 injured since Sunday Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 20 The tragic loss of three human lives and serious burn injuries caused to a woman recently in the city after electrocution by hightension wires, has once again brought to the fore the huge risk to which residents are being exposed to. The unregulated and unchecked proliferation of illegal building activities (under High Tension lines) has further compounded the problem. While residents, especially children, were falling prey to HT lines passing menacingly close to residential buildings, power utility continues to maintain the stand that no structure or building can be constructed under the HT lines, and further that they could only issue notices to the owners of such buildings that have been constructed under the HT lines in violation of the provisions of the Electricity Act. They assert that the responsibility of building control or regulation was with the respective urban local body or the area development authority (in case of Ludhiana read MC and GLADA). If a fatal electrocution ■ On April 16, 18-year-old Hardik HT power lines pass menacingly close to the buildings in Chander Nagar, Haibowal and other localities in the city. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA mishap that occurred in a residential complex of a leading builder on Pakhowal Road earlier this week is any indication, the hazard of electrocution by HT lines is not only confined to illegal colonies or buildings that have been constructed without approved building plan. But those living in approved colonies also run the same risk in equal proportion. There have been several instances of death or critical injuries caused by electrocution from HT lines mostly in illegal colonies developed on the periphery, while other residential areas such as Haibowal, Chander Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Salem Tabri, colonies located on both sides of GT Road near Jalandhar Bypass as well as Sherpur without evoking any response from the civic officials or the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). “Ironically, several cases registered after death or critical injury caused by electrocution also have a poor track record of prosecution,” says the office-bearer of a Resident Welfare Society in Haibowal. He said the police often book either the coloniser, who more often than not manage to wriggle out with his money power, or else the PSPCL, who absolve themselves of Sharma got electrocuted and another boy Kanav Dhavan suffered a severe shock when, while playing, they touched a ladder, which was in contact with the high-tension lines near the Omaxe residential complex, Pakhowal Road. ■ On April 18, Ajit Singh, a truck driver in Focal Point Phase I, also got electrocuted, when he was trying to unload some goods from his truck and mistakenly touched hightension wires overhead ■ On April 18, Rajat (12), a resident of Himachal Pradesh, was electrocuted under hightension cables at Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, where he and his family had come to attend a marriage. ■ On April 19, Anita Rani, a resident of Jassian Road, sustained serious burn injuries and was admitted to a local hospital. the responsibility of building control and pass the buck on MC (within city limits) and PUDA/ GLADA (outside the city limits). “If illegal buildings are coming up under HT lines and people are exposing themselves to the risk, it is for the MC or the area development continued on page 3 Woman dies, 11 others injured Summer descends with vengeance, maximum temp recorded at 43°C in bus, SUV collision Weather forecast Minna Zutshi Our Correspondent Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20 A woman died while 11 others were injured after an SUV ferrying them collided with a speeding bus near Sarinh village on the Ludhiana Malerkotla road near here early morning today. More lives could have been lost in the incident had a police party led by Karamjit Singh not acted promptly and rescued the injured women from the badly damaged SUV. The deceased was identified as Kamaljit Kaur of Manuke village. She was working at a private factory situated at Kanganwal village in Ludhiana district. Those with serious injuries have been identified as Inderjit Kaur and Harpreet Kaur of Jhordan village and Karanpreet Kaur of Manuke. An injured woman undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Other injured who were discharged after getting necessary treatment were Kamla Devi, Paramjit Kaur, Baljit Kaur, Pawan, Manju, Mandeep Kaur, Suman and Gurmit Kaur. SHO Dehlon Harmesh Pal Singh said at least 12 women were injured when the SUV ferrying them collided with a speeding PRTC Bus near Sarinh village on Ludhiana Malerkotla road today. The accident occurred when the SUV driver was crossing the highway to take a link road leading to Jarkhar village. A speeding PRTC bus coming from Malerkotla side collided with the SUV. The collision was so powerful that almost all seats of the SUV were damaged injuring the occupants seriously. The Dehlon police led by duty officer Kamikar Singh reached the spot and started rescue operation with the help of passersby. While those with mild injuries were shifted to local hospitals, those injured seriously, including the deceased, were shifted to a multispecialty hospital in Ludhiana. While all other injured were declared out of danger by the doctors, Kamaljit Kaur succumbed to her injuries late in the afternoon. The police have seized both vehicles and registered an FIR against unidentified driver of the bus under Section 304 A of the IPC. Complained many times, but to no avail, says ‘helpless’ Mayor Readers’ Response Says building branch evinced no interest in acting on his plaints Ludhiana Tribune carries response from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Mandi Ahmedgarh and the nearby areas every Monday. The topic for this week is: How to curb the menace of illegal buildings in the city? Readers can email their comments by Thursday in not more than 100 words at firstname.lastname@example.org They can also send their views to: Feedback, Ludhiana Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Ludhiana Tribune' on the envelope. It must contain sender’s address, Contact No. ILLEGAL BUILDINGS Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria expressed his helplessness regarding action against illegal buildings mushrooming in the city. He said he complained about illegal buildings being constructed in the city, but the building branch evinced no interest in taking quick action. “I myself have complained about several illegal build- Building sealed: MTP MTP SS Bindra, however, said he was aware about the particular building, but there was certainly no interest involved. “We have sealed the particular building (see pic) about which the Mayor had complained. We are going to take action against each complaint (illegal buildings if found), which Mayor sent to the building branch department,” Bindra said. ings to the department, but they simply do not care and take stern action. In this sce- nario, I feel helpless,” the Mayor said. continued on page 2 c m y b Tribune News Service Meanwhile, there may be a ‘cool relief’ for the city on Friday. According to PAU forecast, the weather is expected to remain partly cloudy over Ludhiana and its adjoining areas during the next 24 hours. Ludhiana, April 20 The maximum temperature recorded in Ludhiana was 43°Celsius today. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 42.4° C (as per the PAU Agromet Observatory). “Summer has descended with a vengeance. From 12 noon to 4 pm, it is getting difficult to venture out of the house. The elderly and the children find it particularly tough,” said Simran Kaur, a city-based homemaker. A senior citizen, Harjit Singh, who recently shifted from a village to Ludhiana city, said the heat seems to be more oppressive in the city. “In villages, the trees and greenery have a cooling effect. But in the city, it is concrete jungle all around,” he said. Beat the heat ■ Stay hydrated with cool, not chilled liquids ■ Eat light, fresh, easily digestible, home-cooked food in summer ■ Cover your head with cotton headgear while going out in the sun Medical advice Ayurvedic experts say the blistering summer season means low immunity, infections and vulnerable health. The most important and, unfortunately, the most ignored medical advice is to stay hydrated. “Clean water, juices, herbal water like coriander and khus water, chaach (buttermilk) are the best sources of hydration. Morning should start with plenty of water. However, patients with heart and kidney diseases should consult their doctor for the quantity and type of fluids to be taken,” said city-based Ayurvedic expert, Dr Suneet Aurora. In summer, we usually quench our thirst by drinking chilled water and liquids. Excessively chilled liquids reduce our body’s natural and healthy ‘agni’, the digestive energy, according to experts. “To balance the ‘agni’ and (Clockwise from top) A mother saves her child from heat; girls use a dupatta as a shield against sun's rays; while those on scooter cover their face to escape from the scorching heat in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA liquids reduce our ❝Excessively chilleddigestive energy. Tobody's natural and healthy 'agni', the balance the 'agni' and 'pitta', the excessive fire element in body, Ayurveda recommends pitta-reducing coolant herbs like chandan, khus, fennel, coriander, mint etc. Cow's milk boiled with some mulethi root may be sipped (after cooling it) to treat acidity and heartburn DR SUNEET AURORA, city-based ayurvedic expert ‘pitta’, the excessive fire element in body, Ayurveda recommends pitta-reducing coolant herbs like chandan, khus, fennel, coriander, mint ❞ etc. Cow’s milk boiled with some mulethi root may be sipped (after cooling it) to treat acidity and heartburn,” said Dr Aurora. According to Ayurvedic experts, eating out should be avoided in the summer season as the food is usually stale. Excessive heat (pitta) producing foods like meat, alcohol, fried food, pickles etc. should also be avoided. Heavy proteins that we eat may remain undigested, thereby creating toxins in our body. This may result in low immunity and infections. Prolonged fasting is a big ‘No’, say experts.
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