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panchkula Murder accused held in city
Was living in city after jumping parole
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The city police today nabbed a murder accused from Panchkula, who had jumped parole and eloped with a girl. The police seized a .32 pistol and two live cartridges from the accused.

The SHO Jamalpur police station said Sagar Chauhan was nabbed near Veer Palace during routine checking of the vehicles.

“The man could not produce the license of the weapon, which rose the cops’ suspicion. While interrogating the man we found that we have actually caught a big fish. Chauhan jumped parole and eloped with the Panchkula-based girl and stated living in the city,” said SHO Kulwant Singh.

Sagar was among the robbers, who had committed a sensational robbery in Panchkula in August 2008.

He was arrested in September 2008 and jailed. Sagar Chauhan had earlier been charged with looting the Canter-laden with goods worth Rs 28 lakh.

The accused had allegedly taken away the Canter of a transport company of Chandigarh laden with goods, including medicines, and kidnapped its driver and cleaner on August 6, 2008.

Later, the accused allegedly killed the driver. The cleaner was able to escape, leading to the arrest of the accused.


Muscle flexing by police uncalled for: Industry
Industry feels the heat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The “strict” steps taken by surveillance teams, set up by the police department, manning the check posts has raised a hue and cry among businessmen in the city. They feel that the police is unnecessarily harassing them in the garb of elections.

The industrialists said since most of the transactions were in cash, it has become impossible to work in a scenario where the police first seizes the money and then sends it to the Income-Tax department.

“It will take at least one-and-a-half month to get our money back from the Income-Tax department as they send the money to their head office in New Delhi. The entire industry depends on cash transactions. We can start keeping cash on our premises itself (shops, units and factories), but the police will have to ensure that the money will remain safe. If the cash gets stolen, they must give it back to us. They should crack the whip on politicians and their supporters, but not on us,” said Badish K Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Associations (FOPSIA).

General secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), Avtar Singh, said today that the chamber had in letters written to the state electoral officer, Chief Minister, and the Commissioner Police, Ludhiana, urged them to spare the industrialists. President of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PD Sharma, said most of transactions takes place in cash as it’s the commercial hub of the state.

“We have to pay to workers, for purchasing raw material and selling the end product.

Financial transactions take place everywhere. We are being unnecessarily harassed. The police must put an end to it,” he added. 



Rs 30 lakh cash seized
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The police seized today around Rs 30 lakh from different parts of the city during a special drive against ferrying of unaccounted money. A team led by the SHO of the Division No 5 police station, Raj Kumar, seized Rs 9 lakh from Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Arniwal village, vehicle during a search operation near the Bharat Nagar Chowk.

Harbhajan Singh told the police that he was carrying the cash for purchasing a car from a showroom for his daughter's wedding.

The Division No 6 police confiscated around Rs 8.14 from six persons while searching vehicles on the RK Road. SHO of the Division No 6 police station, Randhir Singh, said: “They could not divulge the sources of money they were carrying. Sandeep Goyal was caught with Rs 1.3 lakh, Mohan Lal Jindal with Rs 1.2 lakh, Pirthipal Bhalla was carrying Rs 1.1 lakh, Vijay Malhotra could not divulge sources of Rs 2 lakh, Vicky Tondon was carrying Rs 1.57 lakh and Javeda Jain was found carrying Rs 1.07 lakh in her purse.”

A team led by ASI Daler Singh seized around Rs 8 lakh from six persons. The Model Town police also cracked down on unaccounted money and confiscated Rs 12 lakh from two persons.

“We have seized Rs 6 lakh from Prithipal Singh, a builder; and Rs 6 lakh from Manjeet Singh, an industrialist, while searching vehicles in the Model Town area this morning. Both are residents of Model Town and claimed that they were on their way to the banks for depositing the cash,” said Sub Inspector Surinder Chopra.

The income tax department was informed about the seizure of the money. The team led Paramjit Singh, an official of the Income Tax department, also checked vehicles near Guru Nanak Stadium.

Persons             Cash seized

Harbhajan Singh     Rs 9 lakh

Prithipal Singh        Rs 6 lakh

Manjeet Singh        Rs 6 lakh

Sandeep Goyal       Rs 1.3 lakh

Mohan Lal Jindal     Rs 1.2 lakh

Pirthipal Bhalla       Rs 1.1 lakh

Vijay Malhotra       Rs 2 lakh

Vicky Tondon        Rs 1.57 lakh

Javeda Jain          Rs 1.07 lakh



Political equations within SAD change
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Ever since district president of Youth Akali Dal, Simarjit Singh Bains, announced his candidature against Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria from the Atam Nagar constituency, the political equations within the local unit of the SAD have changed.

Still a few hoardings of Bains can be seen in the every nook and cranny of the city. These have photographs of senior SAD leaders like Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and that of Youth Akali Dal president Bikram Singh Majithia.

But the photographs of senior leaders were missing after Bains opened his election office in Dugri yesterday. Bains, who was once the blue- eyed boy of Bikram Singh Majithia, is now confident of a win against Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria. Yesterday morning, Senior Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia had a close door meeting with Simarjit Singh Bains at SAD councillor Kanwaljit Singh Karwal’s house.

But the meeting didn’t bore any fruit as Bains refused to withdraw his candidature. A few Akali leaders, including former MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, spoke to Simarjit in this regard, but he is adamant to contest the election against Gabria, his political rival.

“Things are not same anymore within the SAD at the moment. Though Simarjit Singh Bains was demanding ticket from the Atam Nagar constituency, but the party gave ticket to his elder brother from the Ludhiana South constituency. Still Simarjit announced his candidature as an Independent from Atam Nagar, which has come as a shocker for the local unit,” said a senior SAD leader from the city.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had called Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains at Badal village today, but it is learnt that they continued to canvas in the city. Despite repeated attempts, Simarjit could not be contacted for comments. 



Another bid break ATM 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Thieves made a futile bid to break open an automated teller machine (ATM) at the Brown road near the CMC area here last night. The incident came to light when residents spotted the damaged ATM and informed the police.

According to bank officials, the thieves failed in their bid to take away the cash by breaking the ATM.

The police officials and bank authorities hope that the CCTV installed in the ATM might have grabbed the footages of the thieves.

Meanwhile, the Division No 2 police has registered a case in this regard. The bank had not hired any security guard to man the ATM. 



Politicians spy out the land
Detectives hired to watch opponents’ move
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Keeping tabs on your opponents move as well as on those close to a leader is always difficult, especially during election. With the state Assembly elections just round the corner, demand for private detectives have suddenly increased in the industrial hub of the state.

A few candidates have started hiring private detectives, while some are in the process of finding a “suitable” person for this job.

Earlier, the leaders used to depend mostly on their confidants for providing them with secret reports about their competitors, but with the election scene heating up, private detectives are being hired for this job.

“It is not only important to campaign well and make the right noises to win an election, but also necessary to keep an eye on opponents. And this election, professional detectives are being hired to do the job because we don’t want to take any chances,” said an Akali candidate from the district.

Most of the candidates are hiring detectives for keeping a tab on the e movements and strategies of their opponents. The detectives are also being hired to follow the activities of those denied ticket by the respective parties.

“During the election, a few people try to play double games and that is why we don’t want to keep a tab on such people, whom we suspect might join hands with our opponents or are in constant touch with them. We have given a list of such persons to a private detective agency hired by us and now its their job to get us the right information,” said supporter of an Akali candidate from a subdivision of the district.

“More riskier the job more is the fee. But right now two candidates have hired us. A few of them have enquired about our rates,” said a private detective operating from the Pakhowal Road.

Not only this, a few companies have also been hired by the politicians, which would be conducting survey’s in different constituencies of the district.

These companies would find out the winnability chances of some candidates and expectations of people.



The year that was…
On the health front, a mixed bag HEALTH

It was a year of mixed bag on the health front. It saw the launch of some welfare schemes but what took the centrestage was the anti-government protests by various unions.
Police personnel push back protesting nurses at the Bharat Nagar Chowk on the Ferozpur Road in Ludhiana.
Police personnel push back protesting nurses at the Bharat Nagar Chowk on the Ferozpur Road in Ludhiana. A file photo


The ambulance 108 service launched under project "Atal Swasthhya Sewa on July 2


Health and family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla was replaced by Satpal Gosain in May.


The "Mata Kaushalya Yojna" launched in June: Under this if a woman undergoes a delivery at a government hospital, she is awarded Rs 1,000 by the Punjab government.
Four-year-old Ahmed from Pakistan underwent a heart surgery at DMC hospital in Ludhiana.
Four-year-old Ahmed from Pakistan underwent a heart surgery at DMC hospital in Ludhiana. a file photo
Policemen try to convince an NRHM employee sitting atop a water tank. a file photo
Policemen try to convince an NRHM employee sitting atop a water tank. a file photo


The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) employees held a protest by staying atop a water tank in Gill Village in October.


the District Health department seized 225 quintals of fungus-infested pickle lying in unhygienic containers and cemented pits in two godowns near Dera Bajigar and Dera Udu on Bahadur Ke Road in October.


Multipurpose female health workers lathi charged outside the residence of the Health minister in September.

They were protesting against the government for not regularising their services.


This year, the District Health Department saw four Chief Medical officers. They included Dr Satwant Kaur Bhalla, Dr HS Bali, Dr Daleep Kumar and Dr Subhash Batta.




PAU remained abuzz with research, development activities

PAU: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), in 201I, remained abuzz with activities concerning academics, research, technology transfer, international visitors and extra-curricular activities. Development, innovation and achievements were the highlights of the PAU.
New PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr. BS Dhillon in Ludhiana.
New PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr. BS Dhillon in Ludhiana. A file photo


Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, an eminent plant breeder of international repute, joined as the VC of PAU in July 1.


Sucha Singh Langah, Minister for Agriculture, Punjab, laid the foundation Stone of the College of Agriculture on the campus of Regional Research Station (RRS) Gurdaspur in March.


PAU VC Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon was decorated with coveted, "Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award for Science and Technology," in recognition of his contributions to the field of agriculture and allied sciences. The PAU was adjudged as the "Best Agricultural University 2011" and bagged 'Krishi Shiksha Samman' at Mahindra Samridhi India Agri Awards 2011 for making purposeful contributions to the field of agriculture, thereby increasing productivity and enhancing rural prosperity.


The PAU was sanctioned a sum of Rs 46 lakh by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to undertake research on poverty in Punjab. With the objective to track changes in rural poverty in the household and village economies of Punjab, the project will initially run for three years (2011-14) and is likely to be extended for another five years.


The PAU released seven new crop varieties for general cultivation in Punjab which include "PBW-621" of wheat, "FDK-124" of desi cotton, "Kalipatti" and "Cricket Ball" of sapota and "Balwant (NA-10)," "Neelam (NA-7)" and "Kanchan (NA-4)" of amla.


The research work on grapes and guava being conducted in the PAU Department of Horticulture and at Regional Research Station, Bathinda, was appreciated at the national level.


The PAU decided to adopt three villages which include Kili Nihal Singh (Bathinda), Khokhar Khurd (Mansa) and Lalton Khurd (Ludhiana), to develop them as 'model villages' for conservation of natural resources.


A total of 12 Kisan Melas with the themes "Innovative Farming for Improving Standard of Living" and "Protect Earth, Water and Air, For Posterity" were held (six each in March and September) at Ludhiana, Faridkot, Ballowal Saunkhri, Bathinda, Rauni (Patiala) and Gurdaspur. Nine progressive farmers were honoured during the Kisan Melas for their excellence in agriculture.


Many MoUs were signed with various universities in the US and Canada, including Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington, US, and Kansas State University (KSU), US. 




Ludhianvis gifted their own Shatabdi Express

RAILWAYS: For rail travellers, the year created a history of sorts when the industrial capital of the state got its own elite Shatabdi train - the first ever to originate and terminate at Ludhiana. But otherwise, there was nothing much to write home about where the infrastructure development as well as streamlining of advance and current booking counters was concerned. The much taunted amenities and facilities remain elusive for the travelling public.


For the first time ever, the city got its first train with originating and terminating points at Ludhiana when a new Ludhiana-New Delhi Shatabdi Express train was flagged off by Union Minister of State for Railways KH Muniappa in November.


The railway health unit here was upgraded to subdivisional railway hospital in January this year to provide better healthcare services to railway employees, pensioners and their family members.


There was no improvement in the poor sanitation level at railway platforms, waiting area and across the railway tracks. Advance booking and current ticket booking counters are in a mess.


Catering arrangements and quality of eatables left much to be desired.


New and wider railway footbridge linking all platforms still incomplete.




University saw clash on GADVASU campus

GADVASU: The first convocation of the university was held this year. However, the university also saw a clash on the campus. Two students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) were reportedly injured when a group of outsiders attacked them on the veterinary campus in August.


More than 400 students received their degrees in the first convocation of the university that was held this year.


GADVASU Murrah Buffalo Bull was ranked 1st in ICAR Network Project of Progeny Testing of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as per the latest progeny testing evaluation results.


Fisheries scientists succeeded in rearing exotic layer variety of ducks (Khaki Campbell) in integration with fish farming.


Stray dogs killed 85 ducks and only eight of them could be saved after surgery at the duck farm in GADVASU.


A 24-hour helpline 'Farmers' Advisory Cell' was established to provide services to livestock owners.




A lot more to be done at LIT

Ludhiana Improvement Trust

It was towards the fag end of the year that the Rs 125-crore ambitious multi-storey housing scheme - Atal Apartments, was launched by the Improvement Trust. Although LIT chairman MM Vyas claims to have taken several measures to simplify and decentralise day to day public dealing, but still general impression remains that there is still lot more room for "improvement".


Rs 125 crore new housing project goes on stream which will have more than 500 HIG, MIG and LIG flats. *SEWERAGE NETWORK: Rs 15 crore project launched for improvement and expansion of road and sewerage network in industrial Focal Point.


Work commenced on Rs 35 lakh missing road link from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar to Ferozepur Road via Lodhi Club


Commercial complex on upmarket Maharani Jhansi Road, constructed a couple of years ago, and with a market value of more than Rs 100 crore remains unoccupied/unsold.


Allottees of multi-storey residential flats in Sukhdev Enclave and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar are still awaiting to get possession due to slow progress.


Poor rate of disposal of unsold/unallotted residential and commercial properties in different parts of the city. 




LMC was in news for good and bad reasons 

Ludhiana Municipal Corporation
A seven-year-old child died after slipping into an open manhole. A MC sewer man tries to locate the child in Ludhiana.
A seven-year-old child died after slipping into an open manhole. A MC sewer man tries to locate the child in Ludhiana. a file photo

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which is the biggest civic body of the state, remained in news for good as well as wrong reasons throughout the year. The city saw several development projects get completed, while many of them still lie incomplete. This year, the MC brought cheer to the city residents, when the City Bus Service project was launched on December 17. Even the Partap Chowk flyover was opened for vehicular traffic, but the Lakkar Bridge remained incomplete, yet again. The year also witnessed rain fury, with several people losing their lives.


On the night of August 12, the city witnessed 400mm rainfall in 12 hours. There were cave in incidents in several parts of the city and 17 persons lost their lives due to heavy rainfall.


Ludhiana became first city of the state to launch Solid Waste management project on August 15.


After the solid waste management project was started in city, thousands of Safai Karamcharis went on a state wide strike from October 4-9.


The much needed Partap Chowk flyover, which brought respite from traffic for city residents, was thrown open for residents on October 11.


Assistant Town Planner Kamaljit Kaur was manhandled by a woman on November 5. Later, an FIR was registered against the woman at Model Town Police Station.


A fleet of 10 low floor non AC buses under City Bus Service project launched on December 17.


Malwinder Singh Jaggi became the new MC Commissioner on December 19. AK Sinha joined as the Director of Local Bodies department at Chandigarh.


MC limits were increased.


Pedestrian underpass opposite Mini Secretariat on Ferozepur Road got complete.


Despite the November 30 deadline fixed by CM Parkash Singh Badal, the Indoor Stadium being constructed in Punjab Mata Nagar on Pakhowal Road remains incomplete, for yet another year. 



‘Use fertilisers with less nitrogen content in fodder’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Due to nitrate poisoning in cows and buffaloes that show symptoms of difficult respiration, sub-normal temperature and muscular tremor, scientists of the Department of Animal Disease Research Centre, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University(GADVASU), here have given the university helpline number 0161-2414030 to get the suspected fodder checked for presence of nitrate before feeding.

The experts said, in acute poisoning, mucous membranes rapidly became

brown and frequent urination was common with respiratory difficulty. Affected animals might die suddenly without appearing ill, or after a clinical course of 12-24 hours or longer.

Dr MP Gupta, HoD, Animal Disease Research Centre, said the farmers were advised to use less nitrogen containing fertilisers like urea in green fodder crops. Due to cold climatic conditions, short day length and dense fog, the plants intake more nitrogen from the soil which is converted into nitrate in plants.



assembly poll
Hoardings removed from town
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 28
Officials of the Election Commission and local administration today removed hoardings put up at various places in the town.

A team of officials from the local administration removed a large number of hoardings and posters of various leaders, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, state Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh, from various public places of Jagraon and surrounding villages.

The issue was highlighted in these columns on Wednesday. Following which, the officials carried out a drive to remove posters from roadsides, Railway Over Bridge, Ludhiana-Moga highway, Old Grain Market and other areas.

Though Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia, after the model code of conduct came into force with the declaration of Assembly elections, had issued strict instructions to the officials of the local municipal council, not much had been done by the officials in this direction.

These hoardings, however, were removed today.

MC Executive Officer Davinder Toor said, “The council employees have been strictly instructed to remove all hoardings from public places. We also appeal to public to inform council officials in case they find any hoarding or poster put up anywhere in violation of the model code of conduct.”

Despite the SDM’s instructions, hoardings were not removed from various places.

Though some of the hoardings put up by political leaders at different locations were removed following the instructions, still a large number of these could be seen at different locations, including Old Grain Market, Ludhiana-Moga highway and Raikot road.

SDM Isha Kalia, said, “All political hoardings which came into our notice have been removed. We are keeping a strict vigil in the whole area to check any violation of the model code of conduct. Anyone found violating the code of conduct will be dealt with strictly.”

She also appealed to the public to cooperate with the officials and inform them if they notice any violation.



2,000 youngsters queue up for auditions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
About 2,000 youngsters turned up for auditions of a music reality show "Sur Kshetra" expected to be broadcast by the end of January. The auditions were held at the Lodhi Club.
A rehearsal under way at the venue for the auditions.
A rehearsal under way at the venue for the auditions.

The candidates had to take part in three rounds for getting short-listed for subsequent rounds.

Many of them see their future in music and want to make a career in the industry while others said that they had come just to enjoy. "I want to pursue a career in music and such reality shows give you a good platform if you get selected," said Gurpreet Sodhi, who was rehearsing in the queue. 21-year-old Maninder is an MBA. He said the reason for coming was to grab an opportunity to learn from others.

Three youngsters from Mathura had reached the city and came to the venue last night. "We missed the auditions in Lucknow so we came early as we didn't want to miss again this time around," said Vishnu Dutt Tiwari, pursuing MA Sanskrit and wants to become a singer. "I want to be a rock star singer," said his friend Hari Om Sharma.

For Sushil Kumar from Jhansi, it is a good opportunity for building confidence. "By giving auditions you learn how you fare and how much you need to improve," he said, while Ajay Kumar from Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, said that the further you go in the reality show, the more you learn. He has already given auditions for other reality shows. Munish from Jalandhar feels “Even if you don't make it to the final round, but appearing on TV can make you popular. Talking about permission from parents, he said," Parents tend to oppose in the beginning, but if you're successful, they also start supporting you," he said.

Talking about the response from the city, a representative from the TV channel said that they always get good response from Punjab. "Going by the reality shows in the past, we always get heavy "mushiqui" voice from Punjab with a Sufi touch. As this show is also going to have contestants from Pakistan as well, we are expecting to discover good talent here for a healthy competition," he said. 



Youngsters prefer ringing in New Year with friends
Celebrating with parents a passé
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Think about the New Year and New Year parties flash across the mind. Parties over the years have come to define the arrival of New Year in big cities, with Ludhiana being no exception to the growing trend. More and more youngsters welcome the year partying with their friends rather than cuddling up in their homes or spending time with their families.

Celebrating with parents is become a passe for some. "My parents don't mind if I spend time with my friends during the New Year.

They are going to spend time with their own friends," says 19-year-old Anmol Thapar, while Sarabjit is going to party with his friends first and would celebrate with parents as well.

This being their last year at school, Ayush and his friends studying in class XII have decided to get together at a restaurant and spend the time partying. "Who knows where we'll go from here after the school?

So we want to spend the time together and what better occasion than the New Year’s eve?" he says.

Amandeep Singh, a businessman, said as many of the city hotels have decided not to host New Year parties, he and his friends are planning to party at a farmhouse of a friend.

While some said that parties were the better form of entertainment left these days.

"There used to be times, when we used to look forward to watching TV, for the special New Year programmes, but now-a-days, round-the-year-24x7 entertainment, I think the best way to enjoy New Year is to go out," says Suresh Kaushal. "So I don't really mind my son going out for a party."



assembly poll
Dawar faces opposition from six Cong councillors 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 28
One-time Congress legislator from Ludhiana East Surinder Dawar, who is now seeking party nomination from the Ludhiana Central Assembly segment post delimitation and reorganisation of Assembly segments, is facing a storm of revolt from around six councillors of his own party.

The group of Congress councillors, including Sham Sunder Malhotra, Sanjay Talwar, Anil Malhotra, Ashok Bagga, former Deputy Mayor Sushila Gupta and former councillor Jasbir Singh Chadha, are presently camping in the national capital to emphasise upon the party high command to change the party candidate this time.

The councillors, as well as their close supporters have, more than once, made it public that in case Dawar was given the party ticket, they would have no other choice, but to oppose him in the Assembly elections.

One of the Congress councillors from the Ludhiana Central segment told The Tribune that the party councillors and other activists, camping in Delhi, had met in charge of party affairs for Punjab Gurcharan Singh Charak and party MP Manish Tewari to stress upon the leadership the need for a change in the party nominee.

“We have not suggested any specific name. It is the prerogative of the party to allot party ticket to a deserving and suitable party activist who has the potential to win. But in case Dawar is given the party ticket, he will face stiff opposition from within the party also,” the councillor asserted.

Dawar, who successfully contested Assembly election in 2002 on Congress ticket, defeating Sat Pal Gosain by a margin of nearly 14,000 votes, lost to his same opponent in 2007 elections by almost a similar margin.

The former legislator from Ludhiana East, who also remained a Parliamentary secretary in the Congress government led by Captain Amarinder Singh, is facing the wrath of his party councillors for what they describe as arrogance, interference in development works in the wards represented by the Congress councillors, and brazen attempts to gain political mileage at the cost of his party colleagues.

Talking to The Tribune on telephone from Delhi, Dawar pointed out that opposition to his candidature from within the party was not a solitary case. “It is happening at every Assembly seat in the city, and it is a negative method being adopted by the other contenders to promote their own prospects.”

He made it clear that being a loyal soldier of the Congress party he would contest elections if the party found him a suitable candidate and allotted him ticket. “If somebody else gets the party nomination, I will extend my full support to the party candidate.”



Bagga institute celebrates ‘Jashan 2011’ 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 28
The Bagga Institute of Information Technology and Management organised its annual convocation and prize distribution function “Jashan 2011” here on Wednesday. As many as 200 students were conferred degree and felicitated at the annual function.

Dr DS Sekhon, president of the All India Association of DETs, presided over the function and Anuradha Naraynan, assistant general manager, State Bank of India, was the chief guest.

Speakers, including Naraynana, Sekhon and Amarjit Singh Sidhu director, Shanti Tara Educational Trust, said information technology and business administration could eradicate unemployment, which they said was the main cause of instability in the urban society.



Man killed in mishap

Samrala: One person was killed while another sustained serious injuries when a speeding Mahindra Jeep hit their motorcycle near Kotala village yesterday.

Kuljit Singh (22), a resident of Sherpur village, died on the way to hospital, while his friend Deepak Kumar (21), a resident of Ludhiana, was seriously injured. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where doctors referred him to Ludhiana. A case was registered in this connection. — OC

Timely help saves life

Ludhiana: Timely arrival of an ambulance saved the life of an accident victim, Sunita, near the Mini Secretariat today. An eyewitness said, “Sunita was going on her scooter when she lost control over the two-wheeler and fell down. She started bleeding profusely. On seeing her, some passersby called up on the ambulance helpline number 108 and within two minutes the vehicle arrived. She was admitted to the CMCH and later discharged. — TNS



Year Ender 2011
World Kabaddi Cup brought cheers to sports overs

Artistes perform during the final of the World Kabaddi Cup in Ludhiana.
Artistes perform during the final of the World Kabaddi Cup in Ludhiana. A file photo

Players vie for the ball during a basketball match in Ludhiana.
Players vie for the ball during a basketball match in Ludhiana. A file photo

The year saw some highs and some lows in the field of sports. If World Kabaddi Cup brought cheers to sports lovers, there was a measure of disappointment when the JCT pulled out of the National Football League.


In the biggest upset in the game of football, the sports lovers of the region were left high and dry with the pulling off the premier soccer outfit of North India, the JCT Football Club of Phagwara from the National Football League this year. Ironically, JCT FC were the champions in the inaugural edition of this prestigeous and mega event in which top football clubs have been vying for top honours for the last more than one decade.

Sukhbir Singh Sarawan, captain of the Indian kabaddi team, kisses the trophy in Ludhiana.
Sukhbir Singh Sarawan, captain of the Indian kabaddi team, kisses the trophy in Ludhiana. A file photo

The final of the second edition of the World Kabaddi Cup were organised at Guru Nanak Stadium in the city.


Trainees of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy being run by the Punjab Basketball Association of Ludhiana played a pivotal role in Punjab Men's triumph over Tamil Nadu in the finals of the Senior National Basketball Championship held at Chennai in December.

Spate of murders, robberies


The city saw spate of murders and robberies in the year. Snatchings added to the woes of the city residents.


In March, Namdhari leader Avtar Singh was shot dead near Kanech village. There's still no clue of the murderer.


ASI Gurdial Singh was shot at by snatchers in Vishal Nagar near Pakhowal Road. He later succumbed to his injuries. The accused are still at large.


Armed suspects robbed three employees of an acrylic yarns manufacturing firm of Rs 20 lakh in the Kanganwal area. In December, Rs 29 lakh was robbed from Kitty Bread employees.

A starry affair 

Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was in city to promote his movie Ra.One.
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was in city to promote his movie Ra.One. A file photo


The city saw a number of celebrity visits. At Punjabi Bhawan, book releases were a regular feature. It was a sad moment for music lovers when city-based singer Kuldip Manak passed away after a protracted illness.


The city was star struck when Shahrukh Khan came here to promote his film RA.One. Controversy queen Veena Malik too added to the glamour quotient. Singer-actor Harbhajan Maan, actress Neeru Bajwa were frequent visitors. At the World Cup Kabaddi concluding ceremony held in the city, stars like Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone revved up the glamour scene.


Shows like Punjab International Fashion Show were a delight for the city 


The urn containing the ashes of playwright Gursharan Singh was brought to Punjabi Bhawan before the family of the playwright proceeded for the immersion of the ashes at Hussainiwala.


The Ludhiana chapter of SPICMACAY kept afoot its efforts to bring the best of the Indian culture to youngsters by bringing artistes like Mahua Shankar to the city. 



from schools
Creative writing activity

Ludhiana: BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, organised an "International Creative Writing Activity', “A window to the Creative Writing World” for the students of class II to V. Students showcased their creative skills in English, Hindi and Punjabi languages. During the activity, the students learnt about different countries like Nepal, Pakistan and England and later wrote about various aspects of these countries like culture, famous personalities, books, monuments etc. 

Winners were awarded certificates and trophies. Sarthak Narang, Prasha Goyal and Sarthak Sharma won the first prizes in English, Hindi and Punjabi categories respectively. — TNS



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