05062018-LT-01.qxd 6/4/2018 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 5 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Hockey festival Farmer agitation Sports trials Jarkhar Hockey Academy, Grewal Club of Kila Raipur champions in junior, senior sections. P4 Nationwide agitation by farmer associations seems to have lost steam in the Malwa region. P3 As many as 395 aspirants (boys) attend trials conducted by the Punjab Sports Dept in city. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 40°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7: 27 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5: 23 AM Will Buddha Nullah become Buddha Dariya again? Man killed as car rams auto Tribune News Service channel of clean water. Besides, the nullah has also polluted groundwater in the area alongside it, leaving residents to suffer. Polluted water of the Sutlej is causing health problems for people in some parts of Rajasthan and Punjab. Residents of Walipur Kalan, Walipur Khurd, Talwandi Nau Abad, Kot Umra, Gaunspur and other villages have urged the government to stop pollution of the nullah as a large number of hepatitis cases have been reported there. They want action be taken against the dyeing units polluting the nullah. ❝Afterfrom shifting JUNE 5 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 Another ‘World Environment Day’ is being celebrated across the world but it seems the message of the day is totally defeated here. Reason: Untreated sewage, industrial effluents, waste from dairy complexes and solid waste are dumped into Buddha Nullah, which was earlier known as Buddha Dariya. Thousands of fish and aquatic animals were found dead in the Beas after the molasses from a sugar mill at Kiri Afgana were released into the river recently, giving a wake up call to the government. The Punjab Pollution Control Board reportedly sealed the mill and slapped a fine of ~5 crore on it after the incident. However, in Ludhiana, industrial effluents, untreated sewage, dairy and solid waste are dumped into Buddha Nullah, which meets the Sutlej near Walipur Kalan, Pakistan to India, I have witnessed Buddha Dariya since 1947. Once, its clean water was used for drinking and bathing. People enjoyed picnics on its banks. There were many fish. It is hard to breathe on the banks of the rivulet, which is called Buddha Nullah now. PRITHIPAL SINGH, Advocate ❞ Need to upgrade infrastructure ❝ In my childhood, I had seen devotees, who visited Gurdwara Gau Ghat Sahib, taking a bath in clean water of Buddha Dariya. After 1970, it was named Buddha Nullah as Buddha Dariya became polluted. ❞ AMARJIT SINGH TIKKA, Congress leader without any check by the authorities concerned. The nullah has been polluting the Sutlej for decades. Black water of Buddha Nullah merges into the Sutlej near Walipur Kalan village; and (below) trash dumped in the nullah. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Need to check dumping of solid waste Trash, including plastic bottles, carry bags and other items, are dumped into Buddha Nullah and it further flows into the Sutlej. The MC spends about ~1 crore every year on de-silting and removal of solid waste from the nullah. Col Jasjit Singh Gill (retired) of the Buddha Dariya Action Front suggests setting up of floating debris barriers. If such barriers are installed at various points, trash can be easily controlled in this highly polluted drain, he says. According to residents, there were many species of fish and aquatic animals in Buddha Dariya when its water was clean. Poisonous water has killed countless fish and aquatic animals. But even after decades, the government did nothing to make the nullah pollutionfree, residents claimed. In the past two decades, Bud- dha Nullah has just become an election issue for political parties in Punjab. The residents want to see it as a Three sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Bhattian, Jamalpur and Balloke are not sufficient to treat the entire sewage generated in the city. A major project, abatement of pollution in Buddha Nullah, is hanging fire. Earlier, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had stated that the industrial waste in Ludhiana would be treated at three common effluent treatment plants (CETP) and the STPs would be upgraded soon. Superintending Engineer of MC Ravinder Garg said the plan to upgrade the STPs was under consideration of the government. Multiple studies have been done on the Buddha Nullah, but a final decision would be taken by the government, he said. Ludhiana, June 4 A middle-aged man lost his life when a speeding car, allegedly on the wrong side, rammed into a stationary auto-rickshaw near the Jalandhar Bypass area on Sunday evening. The victim has been identified as Pankaj Gupta, a resident of the Mayapuri area on Tibba Road. The victim, along with his wife Bindu and relatives, reached Jalandhar Bypass by the auto-rickshaw to board a bus to Jalandhar. The police have registered a case against the car driver on the basis of a statement of Bindu. The car driver, identified as Haleem, a resident of Chandigarh, has been arrested by the police. In her complaint to the police, the victim’s wife stated that when her husband and other relatives were alighting from the auto-rickshaw near Jalandhar Bypass, a speeding Maruti Swift (PB 01 B 4281) came from the wrong side and rammed into the autorickshaw. Pankaj suffered severe injuries, while other members of his family escaped with minor injuries. He was rushed to the Christian Medical College and Hospital, where he died during treatment. Sub-Inspector Gurwinder Singh said the police have arrested the car driver. Veggie rates vary Immigration centre owners Cops trace abducted SNIPPETS as supplies routed in panic after statewide raids child within two hours NEET: Cityshine students from Chandigarh Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service A woman buys vegetables in Ludhiana: A FILE PHOTO Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 Prices of tomatoes, which were selling in retail for about ~35-40 per kg, crashed to ~20 as vegetables in bulk were routed here from the Chandigarh mandi on Monday morning. Arhtiyas said since the mandi in Chandigarh and many other areas were closed, vegetables in bulk were routed to the main sabzi mandi here. With farmers continuing their strike, the rates of vegetables and fruits are fluctuating in this part of the region. “Two or three days ago, when the supply was hit, the prices rose considerably. With vegetable supplies routed here from the closed mandis in Chandigarh and other cities, the prices came down on Monday morning. The supply was more than the demand in the mandi on Monday,” said Gurmeet Singh, a vendor at the Dandi Swami market. Yesterday and day before yesterday, there was panic among residents over the sudden hike in vegetable prices. Though arhtiyas said the prices would be decided on a daily basis depending on the supply of vegetables, residents were buying veggies in excess to be on safer side. One of the arhtiyas, Amarvir Singh, said on Saturday, the prices increased all of a sudden as the vegetable supply was badly hit. “The prices of green chilli, which was selling for ~10-15 per kg, increased to ~60-70 per kg. The vegetables and fruits are perishable items and these cannot be stored for too long. It is better to buy vegetables as per household demand, as in severe summer days, these rot fast,” he said. Meanwhile, home makers said such protests take a heavy toll on the common man. “Ultimately, consumers have to bear the brunt of various protests, which is unjustified,” said Mona, a home maker. Ludhiana, June 4 After the recent police raids at several immigration centres across the state, the owners of many centres, which are illegally operating here, are in a state of panic. The police had carried out massive raids at immigration offices in Jalandhar, Phagwara and other parts of the state a couple of days ago. According to rough estimates, there are more than 500 immigration centres in Ludhiana district and a large number of these do not have permission or licence to operate. According to sources, the immigration service providers, who do not have licences, are in a tizzy after the raids. In Ludhiana city alone, there are a large number of immigration centres. Besides, there are hundreds of such centres in adjoining cities of Khanna, Doraha, Samrala, Jagraon, Mullanpur and Raikot. “Apart from immigration centres, there are several IELTS coaching centres which also offer immigration services to their students willing to study abroad. Though the coaching centres do not have licences to provide immigration services, they still indulge in this illegal practice due to the casual approach of the authorities,” said the sources. “Now, when the authorities have tightened grip on illegal immigration centres, there is panic among the operators of these centres and IELTS coaching institutes, which also offer immigration services,” the sources added. It was learnt that several immigration service providers have applied for licences. Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill was not available for comments. SSP (rural) Surjit Singh, however, said the immigration centres operating in an illegal manner would be strictly dealt with. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 A team of the Division Number 3 police station rescued a minor boy within two hours of his kidnapping on Monday. Six-year-old Arshdeep Singh of the Dharampura area here was kidnapped by a resident of the same area in the noon. Sanjay allegedly kidnapped the child, a student of LKG, who was playing near his house, with the motive of selling him for money. When the child went missing, his family started searching for him. When they failed to trace the child, they informed the police. A police team, led by ASI Surinder Singh, visited the Dharampura area. During the course of investigation, the police learnt that a man had lured away the child by offering him candies. “We formed teams and launched a massive search operation to trace the child. Within two hours, the police found the accused and the child at the railway station. We arrested the accused and hand over the child to his family,” said Kamaldeep. Arshdeep’s father, Satnam Singh have thanked the police for rescuing the child. Ludhiana: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) results on Monday. Bihar girl Kalpana Kumari has bagged All-India Rank 1 with 99.99 and 691 marks. In Ludhiana, Greta Bhakoo of DAV School BRS Nagar has secured Rank 604 (622 marks), Harpuneet Singh of DAV School BRS Nagar Rank 713 (618 marks), Tanveer Gupta of Sacred Heart School, Jagraon, Rank 1200 (605 marks) and Saurav Verma of BCM Arya School has bagged Rank 985 (611 marks). TNS Four bike thieves arrested P4 Dumped by owner, varsity rescues pet Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 4 Dog is man’s best friend but it also needs love and compassion. Brownie, a six-yearold dog, was abandoned by her owner at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University after the doctors suggested an operation and intensive post-operative care of the pet. The doctors of the university operated her and now the students are taking care of Browine. The Saint Bernard female dog was saved from a lifethreatening disease by a team of surgeons. The dog was brought to the University Teaching Hospital in a critical state. Dr Tarunbir Singh, who was on emergency duty, said the pet was having severe respiratory distress and was Demanding post-operative treatment The doctors and students of the surgery department undertook a very demanding post-operative treatment and care of the dog on the university premises, which included round-the-clock monitoring and critical care observation of the pet, repeated ultrasound examinations and continuous fluid therapy. They named the pet ‘Brownie’, which, after one week of surgery, is now out of danger and playful. diagnosed with gastric dilatation and volvulus syndrome (GDV). The pet was in a state of shock and needed an emergency procedure called gastrotomy along with necessary stabilisation, he added. “When the owners were informed about the line of treatment, they abandoned the pet without informing the attending surgeons. In view of the critical condition of the dog, we decided to go ahead with the surgery. The team of doctors took up the challenge and undertook a c m y b two-hour procedure which required surgical decompression of stomach and correction of the volvulus,” said Dr Tarunbir. Dr J Mohindroo, Head of Department of Surgery, said the GDV was a common problem in giant breed dogs, especially after they were given a heavy meal. It is an emergency and delay at any level can lead to fast necrosis of the stomach which is generally irreversible. The problem can be identified if you find your pet uncomfortable, with respiratory distress and distension of abdomen after a heavy meal. The nearby veterinarian or emergency service should be consulted immediately. “I am proud of my team and their compassion and dedication towards the sick animals,” said Dr Mohindroo. Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, said the problem of abandoned pets was of great concern. Most of our pet owners are very concerned about the pets, but a few others leave their pets to avoid botheration of post-operative care. The positive note for ‘Brownie’ is that many persons were willing to adopt her. While Dr Brar congratulated the surgery team, he appealed to the owner to come and take possession of the pet. GADVASU surgeon and students with Brownie after its treatment. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH
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