Friday, April 21, 2017

PM to honour Janisar Village Panchayat of Fazilka with "Empowerment Award" at Lucknow

Fazilka, April 21, 2017:  On the eve of National Panchyati Raj Divas celebrations on April 24, at Lucknow, Prime Minister, Narendera Modi will honour Janisar Village Panchayat with Empowerment Award.

Janisar village fallses under Jalalabad Assembly constituency having population of 2600 and panchayat headed by lady sarplanch Veerpal Kaur, said Isha Kalia, DC Fazilka.

Congratulating Janisar village panchayat, DC Fazilka said, the other village panchayats should also come forward for over all development of their villages like Janisar village having its new Panchayat Ghar, Civil Hospital, Gym, Stadium, Animal Husbanda hospital, Electricity Sub Station, SC Dharamshala, metalled streets and four-wall of pond.

Surinder Singh Dhillon, DDPO said, in the village, two important places called 'Sathan' have been constructed in the village with special arrangements of solar light fittings besides maintaining cleanliness in the village and village roads, streets are garbage-free.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Groundwater tables dipping in 67% of Punjab

CHANDIGARH: The new Congress government has not hinted at any changing the policy of free electricity to farmers, though the water tables in the state continue to decline in most districts. In the 67% of area of the state, there was a general decline of water levels in 65% of the wells in August 2016, as compared to August 2015.

According to the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) which is going to release its annual report next month, groundwater levels declined in the range of 0-2 meters in 57% of the area, 2-4 meters in 8% of area and more than 4 meters in 1% of the state.

The decadal mean fluctuations (2006-2015) shows decline in 75% of observation wells monitored covering about 81% area of the state. The decline has been observed across Punjab and there is dip of 2-4 meters in 20% of the state's area.

At the same time, says S K Jain, regional director of CGWB, there has also been rise in water levels in 35% of wells monitored, which cover 33% area of the state. "The efforts to convince farmers to delay their paddy cropping could be a factor," he said.

Water levels have risen in Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, and Mohali. The positive trend is based on data collected in August 2016, and it was also observed in all the districts of southwestern parts of the state.

Irrigation experts, meanwhile, point out that the rise in water table in particular pockets could be due to the poor quality of water, which results in locals turning to other alternative sources. "Unless the state government goes in for some unpopular policy decisions such as removing power subsidy and capping boring of tube wells, things will not improve," said environmentalist.

Very shallow water levels of 0-2 m (causing waterlogging) occur in more than 1% of wells and is spread over 1% of the state in south-western parts in Muktsar and Fazilka districts. Water levels between 5-10 m have been observed in the northern part (Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur districts), south and southwestern parts (Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar, Bathinda and Mansa districts), eastern parts of Ropar and Mohali districts.

Ban on cobra fencing re-notified in Fazilka to save animals, human lives

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
19th April 2017
The Fazilka administration has re-notified the ban on the sale and use of 'cobra fencing' (bladed edged iron wire mesh) in the entire district in a bid to protect wild animals in the open wildlife sanctuary in Abohar, a subdivision of Fazilka district. Three persons and a dozen of animals have become prey to cobra fencing in the past one year.

Due to the installation of the cobra fencing, especially in farms as well as the other landholdings in the area that also has a sanctuary, various animals have been sustaining serious and even fatal injuries. while crossing over.

On April 3 last, one Vinod Kumar. 28, of Seed Farm Colony, Abohar, was killed and his friend Sunehri Pal sustained injuries when the motorcycle they were riding barged into a cobra wire that a farmer had installed around his fields near Jandwala Hanvanta village on the Abohar-Sri Ganganagar road.

The representatives of various animal welfare societies as well as the local Bishnoi community had demanded a ban on the use of cobra fencing near the sanctuary area.

"The district administration had last year invoked powers under Section 144 of the CrPC to ban the sale, purchase and installation of cobra wire fencing around agricultural farms. Yet three persons and a dozen cattle heads had died in such mishaps," said  Nand Kishore Bhobhria, president of the Shri Hanuman Gau Sewa Samiti, an NGO,

"Even presently such wire mesh  is being sold by iron and hardware shops in Mukherjee Market, Gandhi Ground, Circular Road and other markets," said Nand Kishore.

Fazilka deputy commissioner Isha Kalia on Monday re-issued the order prohibiting the sale, purchase and installation of the cobra fencing in the entire district.  When contacted, she said that orders were issued to save humans as well as animals.

"I will seek a report from SSP Fazika regarding the action or cases registered for violation above orders and also ensure the implementation of the order in letter and spirit in future," she claimed.

Last year, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, considering the environmental resources of incomparable value in the the wildlife sanctuary, issued a notification to declare the sanctuary as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), intended to help protect its inhabitants and also promote tourism in the vicinity.Around 100m diameter area of the sanctuary was declared an ESZ under Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, wherein, inter alia, identified projects or activities would be regulated or prohibited as the case may be, in a site-specific manner.

The sanctuary is known for the highest number of black bucks in India, besides other protected species.

The sanctuary is Asia's largest open wildlife sanctuary with an area of 46,513 acres in 13 villages, reportedly having 1,812 male and 2,120 female black bucks besides 368 kids.

Chinkara black buck is a scheduled animal and highly endangered like tigers and lions. The sanctuary has 3,732 male, 2,486 female and 804 kids of blue bull, besides 5,000 'titars', about 121 peacocks, innumerable rabbits, besides other birds in huge numbers, according to the last count conducted in last March.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A meal for Rs 10 in Starts in Fazilka | Daily Post Punjabi

11th Fazilka Heritage Festival-2017 from April 13-16

Fazilka, April 1, 2017:  Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka and Punjab Milkfed Verka will organize 11th Fazilka Heritage Festival -2017 from April 13-16, 2017.
Giving information, Navdeep Asija, Secretary of GWAF said, the first night of the festival has been given the name of Vaisakhi Bunglows to be presided over by Dr.Meera Chadha, IPS as Chief Guest who is the product of Fazilka schools.
On the second day, “Udaan” programme will he organized to be addressed by Dr.Meera Chadha to the aspirants students for government jobs, IPS or senior officer in the police department.
The third day of the festival has been given the name of “Umeed”.   On this day, the achievements of the youths and their future plans will be discussed besides honouring those who have excelled in the shining of Fazilka.
The last and the concluding day will be dedicated to the tourism in Fazilka under “Mehak Sarhad Di” titled programme to be presided over by the officers of Border Security Force.
Media Partner of the festival will be Sarhad Kesari, Social Media Partner Fazilka Online and Creative Partner Trilesh Creations.

Youth feted at Fazilka Heritage Festival

Our Correspondent
Fazilka, April 16

Fazilka youths who brought laurels to the town were conferred with the Youth Icon Award on Saturday night in the four-day heritage festival being organised by the Graduates Welfare Association, Fazilka (GWAF), an NGO, in association with Verka and Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board.
On the third night, “Umeed” was dedicated to youths of Fazilka.
GWAF general secretary Navdeep Asija said young educationist Dr Amit Juneja, renowned painter Anil Gehlot, noted cricket commentator Dr Sunil Taneja, urban planner Arsh Doda, theatre artiste and actor Mintu Kappa, musician Manjinder Taneja and sarpanch of Awa village Shavinder Singh were honoured.
On Friday night, which was dedicated to Fazilka women, Dr Meera Chadha Borwankar, Director General of Police, Bureau of Police Research and Development, Delhi, was conferred with “Fazilka Ratna” award.
Dr Purnima Nagpal, an economist from Fazilka, who is the Director of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, and Anukriti Jhamb, a noted travel blogger, presently studying in London, were also presented the Youth Icon Award.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Power women ask young girls to fly high to achieve big dreams

Neel Kamal| TNN | Apr 15, 2017, 05.43 PM IST

BATHINDA: The four power women having a connection with the border town of Fazilka got together on Friday under the flagship conclave 'Uddan' aiming to set an example for the younger generation especially the girls to dream big and make a flight(uddan) to realise those dreams. 'Uddan' though is the flagship project of 2009 batch IAS officer and Fazilka Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia but 1981 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre Meeran Chadha Borwankar, who is native of Fazilka, made all the flights and gave tips for youngsters to achieve big.
'Uddan' was held under the aegis of the 11th Fazilka heritage festival, an annual art and cultural festival of the Fazilka region being organised by Graduate welfare association, Fazilka led by traffic advisor Punjab Navdeep Asija. A score of young girls and women participated in the 'Uddan'. The fest started in the evening of April 13 will continue till 16. Apart from Meeran Chadha and Isha Kalia, the 2010 batch IRS officer Swati Chopra and 2013 batch IPS officer Kanwardeep Kaur, who is posted as SP(Headquarters)Fazilka shared their vision.
'Uddan Conclave' is aimed to empower girls and women to conquer their dreams. The main objective of the initiative is to inspire girls to have a vision of what they want to achieve and work towards attaining it. Taking it forward Meeran Chadha, who is Director General of Police, Bureau of police research and development in Mumbai, said that "the person needs to have clarity in mind as to what he or she aspires to do in life and the person need to be focussed on achieving the goals". Pointing towards the young girls she said that never feel the gender inequality and not feel it a hurdle being a woman. In Maharashtra I have seen more confidence among girls and women and the society too accepts it. In a sense of pride she told that the people in Maharashtra like the women officers more and have more faith in women officers than male counterparts".
In the conclave moderated by sports commentator Sunil Taneja, Isha Kalia said that one need to dream big to achieve big but need to differentiate between your official and personal life. When you are of official duty put everything behind and focus only on your work and think about welfare of people but at home turn into a daughter, mother or wife.
Swati Chopra, who is wife of Fazilka SSP Ketan Baliram Patil, said that while discharging your duties everyone need to focus on mental health. A mentally healthy person could do justicve with what he/she destined.
Kanwardeep Singh talked about role of women officers in maintaining law and order. Meeran Chadha Borwankar was honoured with Fazilka Rattan award whereas two young girls Anukriti Jhamb and Purnima Nagpal will be honoured late in the evening with youth icon award for being super achiever.
Meeran Chadha was first IPS officer from Fazilka. She was first ever women to be posted as Commissioner of Mumbai Crime Branch in its 150-year long history. The 2014 movie Rani Mukerjee starrer 'Mardani' was inspired from Meeran Chadha' role as Mumbai crime branch head.

महिलाओं को समर्पित रही विरासत महोत्सव की दूसरी नाइट

जागरण संवाददाता, फाजिल्का
16th April 2017
स्थानीय प्रताप बाग में ग्रेजुएट वेलफेयर एसोसिएशन द्वारा आयोजित 11वें चार दिवसीय फाजिल्का विरासत महोत्सव की दूसरी नाइट 'उड़ान' महिलाओं को समर्पित रही। भारी संख्या में पहुंचे लोगों ने प्रस्तुत मनोरंजक व ज्ञानवर्धक कार्यक्रम का आनंद लिया। दूसरी नाइट के कार्यक्रम का आगाज बतौर मुख्य मेहमान शामिल डीजीपी ब्यूरो ऑफ पुलिस रिसर्च एंड डेवलपमेंट मुंबई मीरा चढ्डा बोरवांकर, डिप्टी कमिश्नर कस्टम स्वाति चोपड़ा, एसपीएच कंवरदीप कौर ने दीप प्रज्जवलित करके किया। महिलाओं को समर्पित इस कार्यक्रम में लंदन स्कूल ऑफ इकानॉमिक से शिक्षित, प्रमुख अर्थशास्त्री बैं¨कग, बोर्ड ऑफ डायरेक्टर को सीधी रिपोर्ट करने के लिए अधिकृत डायचे बैंक जर्मनी फ्रेंकफर्ड में नियुक्त इस सीमांत नगर की पूर्णिमा नागपाल व देश-विदेश के शहरों के प्रमुख व्यंजनों पर शोध कर लेख प्रकाशित करने वाली भारत की दस प्रमुख महिला लेखकों में शामिल, स्कूल टिफिन व इस नगर की प्रमुख मिठाई तोशे से लेख माला शुरू करने वाली अनुकृति झांब को यूथ आईकॉन अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया गया। अनुकृति की गैर हाजिरी में उनके माता पिता सीमा-गोल्डी झांब द्वारा सम्मान हासिल किया गया।

इस मौके पर मीरा चढ्डा को फाजिल्का रत्न से अलंकृत किया गया। मंच संचालन नितिन सेतिया, चंदन कामरा, पंकज धमीजा व रवि खुराना द्वारा किया गया। मेहमानों ने आयोजित कार्यक्रम की मुक्तकंठ से सराहना की। गवफ के सचिव इंजीनियर नवदीप असीजा ने सभी मेहमानों का आभार व्यक्त किया। इससे पूर्व विभिन्न स्कूलों की बच्चियों द्वारा दिलकश कार्यक्रम प्रस्तुत किया गया। सीमांत गांव चक्क खीवां की खीवा सिस्टर्स 13 वर्षीय पूजा व 8 वर्षीय वीरपाल द्वारा सुरीली आवाज में प्रस्तुत कार्यक्रम आकर्षण का केंद्र रहा। कार्यक्रम का आगाज फाजिल्का रत्न से अलंकृत मास्टर कृष्ण शाम द्वारा 'राग कल्याण' सितार वादन करके किया गया। प्रमुख संगीतकार मन¨जदर तनेजा के संगीत के स्वरों ने श्रोताओं के दिल को छुआ व प्रसिद्ध गायक हैप्पी डिलाइट ने खूब वाहवाही लूटी। इलाके के उभरते गायकों ने गीत प्रस्तुत कर दर्शकों की खूब तालियां बटोरी।

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal pays homage to martyrs at Hussainiwala

Announces Rs 4-crore grant for the upkeep and beautification of the memorial where Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were cremated
Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:March 24, 2017 4:37 am
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State's Finance Minister Manpreet Badal pays tribute to martyrs at Hussainiwala in Ferozepur Thursday. Gurmeet Singh

Punjab's Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal Thursday visited the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala in the border district of Ferozepur to pay tribute to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who were cremated here on March 23, 1931.


This was Badal's first official function after taking charge as minister in the new Congress government.

The minister announced Rs 4-crore grant for the upkeep and beautification of the memorial, along with the border areas. "The state government will also be organising a state-level function to commemorate Baisakhi at Jallianwala Bagh on April 13 this year," he said. "I am aware of the problem of unemployment in this area. I had promised during my election campaign to bring industry in Punjab. We will open industrial units in border areas of Punjab to generate employment opportunities," Badal said.

Relatives of Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev, who stay in Punjab, were not present at the function at Hussainiwala. Tribhubhavan Thaper, a relative of Sukhdev, told The Indian Express said, "We got an invitation for Khatkar Kalan function about 10 days back from the CM's office and hence we planned to go there. Invitation from Hussainiwala came only two days back. Though the CM did not come to Khatkar Kalan, we have given a memorandum to cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh who has sought 15 days to get our pending demands met."

Earlier, Fazilka SSP Ketan Patil came to Hussainiwala leading a bicycle rally 1,400 cyclists from Fazilka to pay tribute to the martyrs. Patil said it was a way of the district administration to inculcate patriotism among masses, besides giving them a message about healthy living. Local MLA Parminder Pinki was also present on the occasion apart from other Congress MLAs of Ferozepur district. Former state BJP chief Kamal Sharma, who belongs to Ferozepur city, also paid homage to martyrs.

Demand of relatives

Relatives of Sukhdev reminded Badal that the promise of Rs 1 crore grant for the upkeep of the martyer's house in Ludhiana that he made in 2007 as the then finance minister was yet to be met. The minister promised to fulfill the demand.

They also said that the UPA government had sanctioned Rs 81 lakh in 2012, of which only Rs 5 lakh had been spent on the upkeep of Sukhdev's house and asked Badal to find details about the unspent money lying with the previous state government. Ashok Thaper, a relative of Sukhdev, said, "We will meet Rana Gurjit Singh whom we submitted memorandum after a fortnight again. We have demanded from the government that a chapter be introduced in history books for all national-level martyrs."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rai Sikh support, ‘Congress wave’ helped youngest MLA

Ajay Sura| TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2017, 09.00 AM IST
FAZILKA: Davinder Singh Ghubaya, 25, has become the youngest legislator in the Punjab state assembly by defeating his nearest rival, cabinet minister Surjit Jyani of BJP, by a thin margin of 265 votes in Fazilka constituency.

Son of SAD rebel leader and Ferozepur MP Sher Singh Ghubaya, Davinder was studying MA (economics integrated course) at Panjab University, Chandigarh, when his father managed to get a Congress ticket for him from Fazilka. The two factors that helped Ghubaya win the election are -- support from the Rai Sikh community, which comprises 52,000 of the total 1.63 lakh votes in Fazilka and the Congress wave in the state.

According to Ghubaya's birth certificate, he was born on December 13, 1991, and had become eligible to contest just before the nominations for the assembly polls were filed. After polling, he had also joined the university to complete his final semester examinations.

Youngest of four siblings, Davinder gives credit to "Guru's blessings" and the support by people, especially from his community, for the victory.

He also claimed that people had taken revenge for the SAD "ignoring and maltreating" his father. "People of the constituency knew who wanted to finish us and understood their design. Our victory is a slap on them (family detractors)," Davinder told TOI while coming out of the counting station in Fazilka on Saturday.

Davinder said apart from politics, he was interested in cricket. Before joining his supporters for a road show in Fazilka city on Saturday, Davinder said his focus would be on developing infrastructure for industries in the border area and to develop more educational institutions.

His elder brother, Ravinder, who is an IIT graduate and preparing for UPSC examinations, said Davinder was asked to contest because he had been active in the constituency for the last seven years with his father. Davinder's two sisters are graduates in law.

'Dream' of gangster Rocky's sister unfulfilled

Rajdeep Kaur, an independent candidate and sister of slain gangster-turned-politician Rocky, lost from Fazilka seat. Though she gave a tough contest to Ghubaya and Jyani in the initial rounds of counting, she finished third by the last round.

Rocky was gunned down near Solan in Himachal Pradesh in April last year. He was facing several cases in Punjab and neighbouring states at the time of his death. Rocky had contested the 2012 assembly elections and lost to BJP's Jyani by a margin of around 1,600 votes. After his death, Rajdeep, 36, had announced to contest polls to fulfil her brother's "dream". She polled 38,135 votes, while Ghubaya got 39,276 and Jyani 39,011.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tech way to make crash probe smooth ride for cops

Punjab First State In The Country To Start Road Safety Investigation Units, Says Traffic Adviser Asija

Punjab will probably become the first state in the country to introduce scientific procedures to investigate traffic accidents, replacing the obsolete ways of analyzing the accident site. The first round of `Road Crash Investigator and Road Safety Auditor Training' for traffic police personnel is on at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy in Phillaur.

The new elements being taught in the training will help the police give a fair deal to two drivers involved in an accident, and this will rule out the general tendency to blame the bigger vehicle. The use of technology will also ensure that the survey of the accident site is completed fast, so that the area is cleared for traffic to continue flowing.

Punjab traffic adviser Navdeep Asija said Punjab was the first state in the country to start road safety crash investigation units in each district. "New features, such as use of global positioning system (GPS) for recording the exact location of the accident spot, the nature of scratch marks on the road -to establish whether the driver applied brakes and tried to steer away the vehicle -will be added.

Weather conditions at the time of the accident will also be taken into account," he said.

Apart from being helpful in investigating human error, the analysis of the accident site will also be used to make changes in road engineering and envi ronment, and also vehicle design for prevention of ac cidents. The system is likely to be launched in Ludhiana and Mohali shortly, he said. As of now, only five cities in the country -like Kolkata and Coimbatore -are using this scientific accident investigation system.

"DGP Suresh Arora and ADGP Traffic MK Tiwari were convinced about the concept and pushed it," said a Punjab police official.

Meanwhile, unlike other states like Haryana -where the state has decided to transfer almost half the funds raised from compoundable traffic challans for this fund -Punjab has limited the amount of the fund.

Some states have also charged a nominal cess on every liquor bottle sold in the state. Had these two measures been included in the plan, Punjab could have raised around Rs50 crore annually.

The training involves post-crash management, technology in traffic, vehicle safety standard, forensic evidence collection, crash investigation, and road safety audit.

The state government had already prepared its Road Safety Policy that also highlighted the need for setting up of Road Safety Research and Development Centre, along with Road Safety Laboratory, in collaboration with the state's engineering and medical colleges.

Punjab ADGP (traffic) MK Tiwari was not available for comments.

Monday, February 27, 2017

‘रिट्रीट’ में विरासत की झलक, सेना के पराक्रम की शौर्यगाथा

अमृत सचदेवा ' फाजिल्का थीम बेस्ड काफी हाउस और रेस्तरां के बारे में तो आप ने सुना ही होगा लेकिन फाजिल्का में एक ऐसा कैफे है जिसकी थीम फाजिल्का की खूबियां हैं। जी हां हम बात कर रहे हैं रिट्रीट कैफे की। यहां सरहदी इलाके के रहन-सहन की झलक, पुराने फर्नीचर व पुरातन वस्तुओं के बीच विरासत का एहसास तो होता ही है साथ ही पुराने जमाने की गूंज रही शेरो-शायरी में मगन लोग मोबाइल, इंटरनेट, वाट्सएप की दुनिया से दूर शतरंज की चाल चल के साथ कैरम की बाजी लगाते हुए जब कॉफी की चुस्कियां लेते हैं, शाही अंदाज भी नजर आता है। कैफे की एक खास बात यह है कि यहां भारत-पाक युद्ध में फाजिल्का को पाकिस्तान के कब्जे में जाने से बचाने वाले सीमा रक्षकों को समर्पित एक अलग ही कोना बनाया गया है। जहां सेना की शौर्यगाथा देखने को मिलती है। कैफे का संचालन युवा शिवांश कामरा करते हैं जो इससे पहले रूरल आर्ट के नाम से एक आर्ट गैलरी का संचालन भी कर रहे हैं। यह गैलरी भी अपने आप में अनूठी गैलरी है जहां ग्रामीण अंचल में हाथों से तैयार होने वाले विभिन्न सजावटी सामानों व दैनिक प्रयोग वाली कलात्मक वस्तुओं को एक ही छत के नीचे मुहैया करवाया गया है।

रिट्रीट सेरेमनी से प्रभावित होकर रखा रिट्रीट नाम 
शिवांश बताते हैं कि कैफे का नाम यहां बार्डर पर होने वाली रिट्रीट सेरेमनी की तर्ज पर रिट्रीट कैफे रखा है। एक कोने में आफिसर मैस बनाई गई है जहां सुरक्षा अधिकारी या शहरवासी सेना व सीमा सुरक्षा बल के शौर्य से रूबरू हो सकते हैं। यहां फाजिल्का को पाकिस्तान का हिस्सा बनने से बचाने वाले सीमा रक्षकों की बहादुरी और फाजिल्का के इतिहास से रूबरू करवाती करीब 15 पुस्तकें पढ़ने के लिए मुहैया करवाई गई हैं। एक पाकिस्तानी जनरल की लिखी फाजिल्का पर हमले के दौरान हुए टकराव और भारतीय सैनिकों द्वारा फाजिल्का को बचाने की गाथा पर लिखी पुस्तक भी है।एक बार आने के बाद एडवांस में करवा जाते हैं बुकिंगरिट्रीट कैफे में अपने खास अंदाज के कारण काफी मशहूर हो रहा है। कैफे में समय बिताने के लिए लोग हफ्तों पहले बुकिंग करवाने लगे हैं। यहां आने वाले प्रिंसिपल पंकज धमीजा, रिटायर्ड प्रो. भूपिंदर सिंह, एडवोकेट उमेश कुक्कड़ का कहना है इतिहास को संजोकर रखना बड़ी बात है। युवा वर्ग यहां आकर काफी की चुस्कियों के साथ गिटार, शतरंज व गीतों का लुत्फ उठाते हैं। नामी शायरों की शायरी समां बांध देती है। यहां परोसे जाने वाले काफी, शेक या सनेक्स आदि के दाम भी नो प्राफिट नो लॉस के आधार पर रखे गए हैं।

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

High Court notice on plea for right to walk

Shariq Majeed| TNN | Updated: Jan 21, 2017, 09.19 AM IST

LUDHIANA: Acting on a petition filed by a traffic advisor, Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the state governments of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, and the Government of India on making adequate provisions for enforcement of "right to walk" as a fundamental right.

In his petition, traffic advisor Navdeep Asija had sought directions for enforcement of "right to walk", while claiming that it was part of "Right to life" under Article 21 of Constitution of India. "In the last few years, number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths in Indian cities has gone up by 40%-60%. No citizen should be deprived of his/her fundamental right by removing footpaths or by just giving priority to motor vehicles," the petitioner said, while citing the deaths of cyclists and pedestrians in road accidents in Chandigarh, Mohali and Ludhiana.

The petition added that as per a report by the Union ministry of urban development report in 2010, 50-55% of the people still walked and cycled in Indian cities. "Ironically, cities of developed nations are trying hard to achieve the target of walking and cycling to make their cities sustainable. They are facing the consequences of this so-called motor revolution. The logic of the National Urban Transport Policy 2005, which was to give superior rights to the people as compared to vehicles, was not being followed," he said.

The petitioner prayed that the court should protect the rights of vulnerable road users by way of giving Constitutional protection and inclusion of their rights in the transportation policy.