01012018-LT-01.qxd 1/1/2018 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 1 JANUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Readers’ response Theft in Mohalla Blochan Latala Club win tourney Residents say govt must check unauthorised ultrasound centres & society should renounce love for male child. P3 Unidentified persons decamp with gold jewellery and cash from a house in Mohalla Blochan. P2 Latala Soccer Club emerge winners in the 12th Rajiv Sanjiv Memorial Football Tournament. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5: 35 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7: 24 AM Youngsters usher in the New Year by buying colourful balloons and other merchandise in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN CLEANER, GREENER,SAFER, HEALTHIER Hope springs eternal in the hearts of residents who wish to wake up to a year full of optimism... 2018 Swear by these rules for a healthy future Manav Mander Wonder herbs for boosting immunity Tribune News Service Residents want storm sewers to be installed in the entire city to avoid waterlogging on roads. FILE PHOTO Residents expect early redressal of grievances Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 31 A new House of the Municipal Corporation (MC) will be formed after the civic body elections in 2018. Residents want the civic body to redress their issues in the coming year. Uncovered garbage dumps, pollution in Buddha Nullah, water contamination, improper drainage system, encroachments, illegal constructions and fleecing at parking lots are some of the major issues being faced by the residents in the city. However, Ludhiana MC, which is the largest civic body in the state, is yet to find out a permanent solution to the problems being faced by residents of different wards. In January 2016, Ludhiana’s name was featured in the first list of 20 cities to be developed as smart cities. However, the smart city project is going at a snail’s pace, while basic amenities are still a distant dream for residents of different wards under the MC. Despite repeated attempts, MC Commis- sioner Jaskiran Singh was not available for comment. MAJOR CIVIC ISSUES Contaminated water supply: The outbreaks of diarrhoea and gastroenteritis have occurred in different areas, including Makkar Colony, Giaspura, Preet Nagar, Jawaddi and Jawahar Nagar, in the past few years due to contaminated water supply. Apart from these, the residents in many city areas are still complaining of contaminated water supply. They want that the water being provided by the MC be safe for drinking. UNCOVERED GARBAGE DUMPS: There are around 50 secondary uncovered garbage dumps along or on the roads, giving a shabby look to the city. Some of these dumps have come up on National Highways 1 and 95. The civic body had planned to install static waste compactors to redress the issue of uncovered garbage dumps, but the project is hanging fire due to lack of funds. The stench emanat- ing from these dumps create nuisance for residents and commuters. WATERLOGGING AND CHOKED SEWERS: Waterlogging has become a chronic issue in old as well as several new parts of the city. Whenever it rains heavily, water accumulates in different areas, including Transport Nagar, Dholewal Chowk, Gill Road, Dashmesh Nagar, near Clock Tower, Madhopuri, Samrala Chowk areas, Kashmir Nagar, Hambran Road, Model Town, Rajguru Nagar, College Road, Rani Jhansi Road. Besides, choked sewers is a major issue in Dhandari, Giaspura, Jeevan Nagar, EWS Colony, Tajpur Road, Bahadur Ke Road and other areas of the city. Residents want storm sewers to be installed in the entire city. ENCROACHMENTS: The MC keeps ignoring thousands of temporary as well as permanent encroachments across the city. Despite the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, action has not been taken against many continued on page 2 Ludhiana, December 31 With New Year comes new promises. Health is Wealth — as the popular saying goes, one should focus on being healthy rather than thin. Here are some golden rules, which should be taken care of for a life free of lifestyle diseases and a healthy future. One should follow three broad principles to lead a -free and healthy life. These principles include wholesome diet, regular exercise and a positive thought process. Including a few natural herbs will help in improving immunity levels and keeping one healthy. Ayurvedacharya Ravinder Vatsyayan suggests that one should have a wholesome meal and eat little less than what is required. People are AMLA: What gold is to minerals, Amla is to herbs. One amla should be consumed every day. It is a rich source of vitamin C and helps in building immunity TULSI: Eat 5-10 tulsi leaves daily. Consume directly or boil in milk, tea or water. It helps in fighting acne, improves respiratory disorders is a good source of vitamin K, protects against diabetes and balances hormones ASHWAGANDHA: If consumed regularly, it helps in reducing anxiety and also reduces symptoms of depression GILOY: It helps in improving digestion, treats chronic fever and boosts immunity drifting away from pulses, but these should be included in the meal as these are best sources of protein. Seasonal vegetables should be consumed and less red meat should be included in the diet. In addition to this, processed food and aerated drinks should be a strict no, he said. “Diet should furnish the sufficient levels of nutrients to meet psychological needs,” he said. The next thing that should be followed should be regular exercise. The golden rule for exercise is: “How much is too much”. One should exercise for at least five days a week and it should make one feel fresh and not exhausted. Yoga, brisk walking, swimming or running, one should consult a doctor before start- ing any type of exercise, said Dr Girish Ahuja, a city-based medicine specialist. The next thing that Dr Vatsyayan considers important for a healthy body is the thought process. The world has become so competitive that it has increased stress and anxiety levels. “Mental satisfaction and sense of fulfilment should be there to lead a happy life. One should be positive in one’s attitude towards life. Anger, frustration and jealously are negative emotions and they set a chain of reaction, which destroys your well-being. Good health can be achieved only when one’s mind is happy and positive. Yoga can help in keeping the mind fresh and happy,” he said. Time to own up individual responsibility Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service IT’S THE TIME TO DISCO: Revellers set the dance floor on fire at one of the discotheques in Ludhiana on the New Year's eve. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN c m y b Ludhiana, December 31 It is time to own up our individual responsibility. This is the refrain of city-based environmentalists and animal rights activists, as they hope that the year 2018 will bring in positive changes. For environmentalists, the year 2017 was not a happy one. Ludhiana remained one of the most-polluted cities of Punjab. “The November smog is still fresh in my memory. It was one of the worst experiences of my life,” says Ravneet Singh from the EcoSikh. “If we are awakened people, we should not let a repeat of 2017 happen in 2018. In 2018, let us plant more trees. Let us be more aware about how the air pollutants are emitted. How many of us Residents hope to see Ludhiana in the list of cleanest cities of Punjab. FILE PHOTO know that the seemingly innocuous act of turning on an electric appliance is linked to air pollution? Are we aware that each one of us uses 550 lts of oxygen daily? As many as eight fully-grown trees produce the oxygen consumed by one person in a year!” Environmentalist Dr Balwinder Singh Lakhewali wishes more trees for the city – albeit with a caveat that the right species be planted at the right place. He hopes that ‘brutal’ pruning of roadside trees stops. “The technical aspects of planting a tree on the roadside must not be overlooked. Selecting a suitable species is very important. One of the reasons why roadside trees are pruned mercilessly is that the tree species are not suitable for the place where they are grown. Besides, the people entrusted with this task are not qualified to handle it – they maul trees so badly that in many cases the trees cannot be revived.” Each one of us must own up the responsibility of feeding and taking care of the birds and animals found in the vicinity of our houses. This is the core belief of Dushyant Goyal, an entrepreneur who is a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India and Dhyan Foundation. “The problem of stray dogs and cattle can be solved easily if each family adopts a dog or two and gives food to it and helps in getting it sterilized. The stray cattle that roam around in a locality can be shifted to gaushalas and each family can donate some continued on page 3
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