14LT01A.qxd 9/14/2012 12:02 AM Page 1 LUDHIANA TRIBUNE friday | SEPTEMBER | 14 | 2012 | ludhiana BUS PASSES: STUDENTS A HARASSED LOT Þ PAGE 2 MENACE: ANIMALS POSE RISK ON NH-1 Þ PAGE 3 MUTATIONS: COMPLETE WORK IN MONTH, SAYS DC Þ PAGE 4 13-YR-OLD GIRL SETS HERSELF ABLAZE Receives 90% burns; was angry over being asked to earn by her mother Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service SECOND ATTEMPT Ludhiana, September 13 Irritated over repeatedly being asked by her mother to work and earn for herself, Aalia (name changed), a 13year-old girl, tried to immolate herself this morning. With 90 per cent "second degree" burns, the girl was taken to the Civil Hospital, where her condition is stated to be serious but stable. The girl, a resident of Paramjit Colony, Mundiankhurd, had a fight with her mother Najma (name changed) today as Najma was "compelling" her to go out and work to earn a livelihood. Earlier, too, the girl had tried to take a similar step, but was The girl, a resident of Paramjit Colony, Mundiankhurd, had a fight with her mother Najma (name changed) on Thursday as Najma was "compelling" her to go out and work to earn a livelihood. Earlier, too, the girl had tried to take a similar step, but was saved by her neighbours. saved by her neighbours. Upkar Singh, Emergency Medical Technician, here said they got a phone call about the incident and rushed to the place. "At around 11.30 am, the girl fought and argued with her mother over some issue. While the mother was sitting in the verandah, the girl went inside the quarters, bolted the door and poured kerosene in a bid to immolate herself. The mother raised the alarm and neighbours reached there. They took out the girl, who had received 90 per cent second degree burns. By then, we reached her home and took her to the Civil Hospital," said Upkar Singh. The girl has two brothers, who were away on their duties while the mother works in a factory to earn a livelihood. 33.1° MAXIMUM 26.4° MINIMUM CRICKET: KVM BOOK BERTH IN SEMIS Þ PAGE 4 Nature’s fury Don't be too harsh on kids: Experts Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 With a change in the social set-up, children, especially adolescents, are becoming impatient and aggressive these days. Unable to control their impulsive behaviour, children take the extreme step in several cases. Unable to tolerate daily arguements with her mother over the issue of earning a livelihood, a 13-year-old girl today tried to immolate herself. Asked why children were taking such "harsh" decisions, a city-based psychologist, Dr Ravinder Kala, said times had changed and children needed freedom these days. "The scenario has changed. Instead of children obeying their parents, the latter were now obeying their TIPS FOR GOOD PARENTING ❙ Children must be given a lot of attention, love and affection ❙ Parents need to do a balancing act ❙ There should be proper bonding between parents and children ❙ Parents must not insult children frequently ❙ A child's positive behaviour must be appreciated ❙ Make the child feel that he/she is special ❙ Be friendly with child children. As the demands of children are increasing, parents often feel helpless. Children do not want restrictions; they want to live with freedom," said Dr Kala. Blaming parents to an extent for such behaviour of children, experts feel that parents need to do a balancing act. They should neither be too harsh nor too lenient with their children. "Parents must ask their Traders protest against demolition drive Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 Shopkeepers of Mullanpur Dakha today held a protest rally and staged a dharna against a demolition drive being carried out for the four-laning of a road. The authorities of the Nagar Panchayat, Mullanpur, had served notices on owners of 41 shops/buildings asking them to demolish their shops within a specified time period or else the authorities would demolish these. The Nagar Panchayat had served these notices to facilitate the four-laning of the national highway from Ludhiana to Talwandi Bhai. The shopkeepers held a rally on the streets of Mullanpur and raised antigovernment slogans. They later staged a dharna at the main chowk of the town on the national highway. However, they allowed the traffic to pass through the sides of the road. On a call for a bandh and protest by the Shopkeepers Welfare Association, the shopkeepers kept their shops shut and gath- WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY SKY children to shoulder responsibilities, that too with a lot of care and affection. When a child says no to his or her parents, the latter start feeling helpless and give up to the situation, which is wrong. Children have to be tackled with extreme attention. He/she must not be insulted. A patient hearing is must to know what exactly the child wants," said Gunjan, another child psychologist. Heavy rain on the NH-1 in Doraha gives motorists a tough time on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN MC snaps sewer connection of Civil Hospital ■ Terms discharge of sewage into open drain as illegal Kuldip Bhatia Shopkeepers stage a protest against a demolition drive at Mullanpur Dakha on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ered in the main market. All shops in the town remained shut till 12 noon in protest. The shopkeepers, led by president of the association Sarvinder Singh Cheema, handed over a memorandum to the state government through president of the Nagar Panchayat Amit Sharma. The Nagar Panchayat president assured the shopkeepers that he would place the matter before the state government with the help of Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Iyali. FOUR-LANING OF HIGHWAY The Mullanpur Nagar Panchayat had served notices on owners of 41 shops/buildings asking them to demolish their shops within a specified time period or else the authorities would demolish these. The Nagar Panchayat had served these notices to facilitate the four-laning of the national highway from Ludhiana to Talwandi Bhai. DISEASE THREAT Ludhiana, September 13 Terming the flow of sewage from Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here into an open drain as illegal and against the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the municipal corporation cut off the main sewer connection of the hospital yesterday. As a result, the hospital faced the threat of sewage flowing back on its premises and in some wards. Dirty water from sewer lines had started accumulating by late in the evening behind the OPD in the hospital. Unaware of the reason for the disruption in the flow of discharge from sewer lines, officials of the hospital made frantic calls to officials of the operations and maintenance wing of the MC when they learnt to their horror that the sewer line of the hospital had been disconnected without any prior information or notice. ❝ MC officials should have taken the hospital administration into confi- dence before taking any such action that could easily have turned into a major public health disaster. Accumulation of dirty water and sewage can pose a threat of a disease outbreak.❞ — DR KARAM VIR GOYAL, SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER Dr Karam Vir Goyal, Senior Medical Officer of the hospital, said MC officials should have taken the hospital administration into confidence before taking any such action that could easily turn into a major public health disaster for the institution and a large number of patients visiting or admitted to it. "Accumulation of dirty water and sewage can pose a threat of an outbreak of diseases," he said. Kamlesh Bansal, Superintending Engineer of the operations and maintenance branch of the MC, said sewage discharge from the hospital had been temporarily diverted to the open drain when work for covering the drain was being carried out. "Now that the work has been completed, the sewage discharge should have been restored to the main sewer lines. Since the disposal of sewage into the drain is against the court directions, the sewer line had to be cut off." He, however, added that staff of the B and R branch of the MC, who were overseeing the project for covering the open drain, had been asked to coordinate with the hospital authorities to make their sewer system functional. Dr Goyal confirmed that the MC staff had taken up the work to drain out the accumulated water from sewer lines. Diesel price hike to Odisha artisans weave their magic in city Check stagnant hit common man water in your areas, DC tells officers Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 Increase in the prices of diesel by Rs 5 has given yet another blow to the common man. With petrol prices already skyrocketing, the increase in diesel prices has not gone well with the people. “It is a mortal blow of Rs 5 increase in the diesel prices and will cause hardship. The increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole. Prices are already not under control, so this is going to contribute to the overall inflation. Problems of the industry will increase further, as diesel is used in gen sets in the absence of continuous power supply,” said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association. Harjinder Singh, a bank employee, rued, “It seems the government has decided to make the life of a common man a hell. Petrol is already out of reach of people and now diesel prices seem to follow the suite. An increase of Rs 5 is difficult to digest. Instead of controlling inflation, the government is putting oil into it.” Lightning kills 2 Our Correspondent Doraha, September 13 Two persons were killed while one was injured when lightning struck Doraha this afternoon. All three of them were sitting outside a ghee mill at Doraha when lightning struck. Doraha SHO Satwant Singh Bains said, “The identity of those killed is yet to be ascertained. We are making efforts. We will keep the bodies in a morgue for the next 72 hours in the hope that their relatives may come to enquire about them. The injured could also not be identified as he left the place without speaking to anybody. Ludhiana, September 13 They come all the way from Odisha and create idols for worship every year. With Ganesh Chaturthi round the corner, six artisans from Odisha are now giving the final touches to idols of Lord Ganesha here. While most of the idols are about 3 ft in height, a few of these are 6 ft in height and the one to be installed for worship at Kidwai Nagar is about 12 ft in height. These artisans are adept in making idols. Ajay Kumar Behra, an artisan, has been making idols for the past 24 years. He says coming to the city is always a good experience and all idols are handcrafted. They are paid on a daily wage basis by the Baba Ganpati Sewa Sangh, organisers of the programme. They keep going to different places because of their expertise in the art of making idols, he says. “We make idols at various places and have been to Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi and various places in Punjab to create idols of gods and goddesses like Durga Mata, Kali Mata and Anupam Bhagria Tribune News Service An artisan gives the finishing touches to an idol of Lord Ganesha at Kidwai Nagar. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Lord Shiva,” he adds. It takes a person a week to complete a 6-ft idol, he says. They have created 108 idols of Lord Ganesha during their stay for the past three months and the final touches are being given to a 12-ft idol that will be taken out during a procession on the occasion of the “visarjan”. The idols will be sent to various temples in the GANESH CHATURTHI With Ganesh Chaturthi round the corner, six artisans from Odisha are now giving the final touches to idols of Lord Ganesha here city, according to Mani Bedi, one of the organisers of the festival. The basic structure of the idol is created from rice husk and is tied with ropes to give it the basic shape. It is then coated with clay. After a couple of coatings of clay, the details are modelled and carved. The idols are then covered with a cloth to give better resistance. After drying, these are given the finishing touches and are then painted. Ludhiana, September 13 Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari today instructed officers of all departments to ensure that there is no stagnant water in their coolers and these remain dry. The DC said action will be taken against those not following the instructions. The DC issued these instructions here today while addressing a meeting of officers of the Health Department and other departments on preventive measures to keep diseases at bay. Tiwari asked the officers to identify places with stagnant water in their respective areas and prepare an assessment report. He asked the officers to ensure chlorine in drinking water and check the sale of rotten vegetables. He said there was a "control room number" at the Civil Surgeon's office where one could contact for providing any information. The number was 0161 2444193. SWINE FLU CASE Of the two suspected case of swine flu, the samples of whom were sent for testing to Chandigarh yesterday, one has been found positive. According to Dr Deepak Bhatia, State Nodal Officer for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, "The sample of Gurmeet Singh from Ludhiana district has tested negative, while Sukhdeep Singh of Gobindpra, Doraha, has tested positive for swine flu. Both these patients are under treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital." Meanwhile, 13 new suspected cases of dengue have been reported from different hospitals in the city. Of them, six belong to Ludhiana, one each to Hoshiarpur, Muktsar and Patiala and two each from Jalandhar and Jammu and Kashmir.
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