31012018-LT-01.qxd 1/30/2018 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 31 JANUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Counselling for students Tributes paid to martyrs Selection trials Meritorious school is organising special counselling sessions to de-stress students in exams. P2 2-min silence observed in memory of those who were martyred during India's freedom struggle. P3 770 aspirants attended two-day trials conducted by the Punjab Sports Department to enrol players. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:01 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:19 AM Doc convicted in 12 cheque-bounce cases RUSTIC REVERIE Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, January 30 Judicial Magistrate Manmohan Bhatti has convicted a leading physician, Dr Jatinder Kaur Gambhir, of Gambhir Hospital, Pakhowal Road, in 12 cases of cheque bounce. She was ordered to undergo imprisonment for two years in each case. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on her in each case. The orders came on separate complaints moved by Reliance Capital Ltd against the doctor. The complainant had alleged that the accused had taken a loan for purchasing medical equipment for her hospital. But she failed to clear the outstanding loan. The cheques given by her were presented to her banker but the same were dishonoured with the remarks “insufficient funds”. Despite sending a legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment. An elderly person pedals his way home after a long day in the fields in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Complainant said accused had taken a loan for purchasing medical equipment for her hospital but failed to repay it. However, the accused had pleaded innocence. It was claimed by her that the security cheques were misused. Whereas she had cleared the entire loan. She had blamed the complainant for unnecessarily dragging her into frivolous litigation. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court held her guilty. No attention to children with special needs Parties all set, wait for EC announcement Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 30 Dearth of inclusive education resource teachers (IERTs) for children with special needs under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has played havoc with the pupil-teacher ratio in Ludhiana district. There are 5,611 school-going children with only 36 special educators, implying the presence of one educator for every 155 such students. Only 36 posts of special educator are filled against 57 posts at the block level. According to the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), there should be one regular special educator in every school. There are 1,135 schools in the district where children with special needs are enrolled with only 36 IERTs. An official, Pradeep Rai, said: “As per the RCI rules, each school should have a special educator. These specially qualified educators train Inclusive education volunteers required at the cluster level. There are as many as 112 clusters in Ludhiana. Each cluster requires at least one volunteer. Nevertheless, 20 seats are still lying vacant at the cluster level.” Only 36 special educators for 5,611 school-going children with special needs in the district I have to visit around ❝resource rooms. There 80 are some who require daily physiotherapy. It is really not possible to visit them daily. ❞ DR PREETI TAGGAR, Physiotherapist There are 643 children with special needs who require physiotherapy, of them 456 are the ones who require physiotherapy daily. Dr Preeti Taggar, District Physiotherapist, says: “I have to visit around 80 resource rooms. There are some who require daily physiotherapy. It is really not possible to visit them daily. It takes about 20-25 days to make a second visit to these children. We teach parents how to take care until the next visit. We want a single unit of physiotherapy where due care can be provided to ones who require daily physiotherapy.” Most parties have finalised candidates for civic body poll MC ELECTI0NS Shivani Bhakoo Ludhiana, January 30 All leading parties in the city, including the Congress, the SAD, the BJP the Lok Insaaf , Party and AAP are all set with , their “lists of candidates” to be fielded in the coming Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections. Though many sections of the media have already announced that the elections will be held on February 24 and the results declared on February 26, the leaders are waiting for a formal announcement to be made by the State Election Commission. Daljit Singh Bhola Grewal, representing AAP said in the , reports carried in many papers, Chief Minister Survey yet to see the light of day Even as most of the buildings in the city have no fire-safety arrangement in place, a survey to check violations of fire-safety norms is yet to take place. Only 2% industries, commercial, educational and other institutes running in the city have obtained fire-safety certificates. P4 BAJWA TO ‘INTERVIEW’ CANDIDATES It was learnt that Senior Congress Minister and the Congress observer for the MC elections in Ludhiana Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa will hold a meeting with aspiring candidates at the Circuit House around 3 pm on Wednesday. The candidates of a particular constituency have been informed about the “interview”. LAST GENERAL HOUSE The last General House, when came to power, had 28 councillors from SAD, 17 Independents, 14 from the BJP and the remaining 16 from the Congress. But later, those who had contested from the SAD, floated another party while many left the Congress to join the SAD/BJP and vice versa. Amarinder Singh has been quoted as saying that the elections to the LMC will be held on February 24. “Still, we are waiting for an announcement to be made through the right channel, i.e. the State Election Commission,” said Bhola. On distribution of ticket, he said a list would be out once the elec- tion dates are announced. One of the aspiring candidates from the SAD said a case with regard to delimitation process was pending in the High Court. “All are waiting for the next date of hearing in the case. Once the High Court gives its decision, things will be much clear. Perhaps, the State Election Commission is also waiting for the High Court’s directions before announcing the date. The SAD and the BJP will fight together. The SAD will contest one or two more seats (as per ratio),” he said. Meaanwhile, many of the old Congress followers are not too happy with recent inductions in the party. They are learnt to have conveyed to the “bosses” that new faces should not be considered for ticket. The party has reportedly agreed to their suggestion. “The candidates’ list is almost final. Why should we make any statement on the elections or candidates when things are going to be clear in the next four or five days. The list of candidates is almost final. Minor changes will be made, if required,” said a senior Congress leader. Cong to discuss strategy today Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 30 Kick-starting the process of finalising the Congress strategy for the Ludhiana MC elections, a senior cabinet minister and party’s observer for the polls, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, has convened a preparatory meeting here for tomorrow. Local Punjab Congress leaders and workers have been invited for the meeting, to be held in the Ludhiana Circuit House. Besides discussing the poll strategy, the party will take stock of the issues facing the people of Ludhiana, a Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) spokesperson said today. The views of the local party leaders and workers will be taken before finalising the manifesto for the elections, he added. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed Bajwa to initiate an open discussion among the party workers as they are best placed to provide an insight into the Ludhiana problems and issues. President of the PPCC Sunil Jakhar has also made it clear that the views of the party workers, down the rank and file, should be taken into account before finalising the poll agenda. Unidentified persons booked for vandalisinghospital DEATH OF NEWBORN Ludhiana, January 30 The police have booked unidentified persons for vandalising a private hospital in the Basti Jodhewal area here on Monday. The case was registered on a complaint of an employee of the hospital, Par- minder Singh, after some persons allegedly vandalised Chawla Nursing Home following the death of a newborn. In his complaint to the police, Parminder stated that on Monday afternoon, some persons entered the hospital premises and started vandalising the hospital. Apart from damaging the hospital furniture and windowpanes, they also misbehaved with the hospital staff, said Parminder. The parents of a newborn baby boy, accompanied by a large number of local residents, had staged a protest outside the nursing home yesterday after the death of the newborn. Blaming negligence on the part of the hospital for the death of the infant, the family created a ruckus at the hospital. The hospital authorities denied allegations of negligence on their part. Sub-Inspector Hardev Singh said the police had registered a case against uniden- tified persons under Section 451, 283, 160, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the parents of the deceased infant and the hospital authorities reached a compromise following the intervention of MLA Simranjit Singh Bains. — TNS Chopper makes emergency Father of two dies Religious fervour landing at Manpur school in hit-and-run Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Khamano, January 30 A Chetak MI-8 helicopter of the Indian Air Force made an emergency landing at a school due to some technical snag. The helicopter landed on the ground of a school in Manpur village at about 9 am. It left for its destination after the technical snag was fixed at about 2.30 pm. The five-seat helicopter was going towards Jalandhar from Patiala. Col Sandeep, Pilots Krishan Raman and AK Srivastav, who boarded the helicopter, were all safe. Col Sandeep said they Ludhiana, January 30 A middle-aged man was killed in an accident on Pakhowal Road past night. The deceased has been identified as Gurmit Singh, a resident of Narangwal village. He is survived by his wife and two sons. The accident took place near Daad village around 10:30 pm past night when the victim was returning to his village on a motorcycle. According to sources, as soon as the victim reached near the village, he was hit by a The helicopter at a school near Khamano on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO noticed some light in the system after which they decided to land the helicopter at a private school. At about 1 pm, a team of experts reached there and fixed the snag. The helicopter was allowed to fly at about 2.30 pm. c m y b speeding vehicle coming from behind. The vehicle driver fled the scene after the accident. Passersby rushed the victim to Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him dead on arrival. The police have registered a case of showing negligence while driving against an unidentified driver. The police handed over the body to his family after post-mortem. Investigating officer Ravinder Singh, ASI, said the police were making efforts to trace the driver. A shobha yatra being taken out to mark Guru Ravidass Jayanti in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The procession started from Jodhewal Basti Chowk. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA
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