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3 mutilated bodies found in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
Three bodies were found from different places in the city today in a decomposed state. The victims were all middle-aged men.
Only one of the bodies could be identified while the other two were in a badly mutilated condition. A deliberate attempt seemed to have been made to spoil the faces of the other two.

The first case was reported from Shimlapuri where Ashok Kumar, a 45-year-old migrant, living as a tenant in the house of a Congress leader, was found dead in his room.

He had been missing for the past several days. The police had to break open the lock of the room after neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from the house.

Police sources said the body of Ashok Kumar bore signs of strangulation. The body was found naked on the floor.

An FIR in this regard had been lodged against some persons on the complaint Ms Charanjit Kaur, block president, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

The second body was found from Sherpur Khurd village under the Focal Point police station. The body seemed to be of some migrant labourer.

Acid had been thrown on his face. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

The third body that seemed to be of a Punjabi and was found from a vacant plot from southern part of the city. The man had injury marks all over his face.

All murders seemed to have been committed several days ago and the bodies, other than that of the tenant in Shimlapuri, were suspected to have been dumped at a place far away from the actual site of murder.



Want to grab land? Come to Ludhiana

Ludhiana, May 17
If you want to start a roadside shop or any other enterprise without bothering about hefty rents or electricity bills, come to Ludhiana. There is still plenty of roadside space which can be grabbed for free. And if luck favours you it could become your permanent possession with no hassles involved.

Roadside encroachments in the city, which have increased since the pre-Lok Sabha days, have assumed permanent status in the absence of any proposal by the local Municipal Corporation to remove the same.

Since the old city, particularly the area around the Clock Tower, is already bursting at the seams with regard to roadside encroachers, the focal point area and colonies like Haibowal, Sarabha Nagar and Rajguru Nagar still have enough roadside space for others to follow suit.

Several small clusters of roadside markets selling everything from vegetables to readymade garments have come up in these colonies. Any number of prospective encroachers can find space in these markets, provided they abide by certain unwritten rules and regulations.

These roadside markets have their respective heads. A new entrant has to seek the blessings of the head concerned. The latter then fixes a monthly fee depending on the kind of business one wants to run. The monthly fee, ranging from Rs 150 to 300, is one-time payment, who in turn assures protection from the periodic operations of the tehbazari wing of the local Municipal Corporation.

The steady growth of these roadside markets is imparting a village-fair look to the otherwise well-planned outer colonies of the city. If these are not checked in the near future then these would get converted into slums.

Observers say that if this menace is to be seriously tackled then the authorities concerned must establish a special cell empowered to take action to ensure encroachment-free roads. They alleged that the tehbazari wing of the civic body has become a part of the encroachment mafia, which is earning lakhs of rupees every month because of these roadside encroachments.



Himika among board exam toppers
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, May 17
Himika Goyal, a student of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, has topped in the district and has secured the second position in the state in the middle standard examination conducted by Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), the results of which were declared here today.

While the merit list given in the gazette only gave the ranks, the students did not get any details about the total marks or percentage obtained. The subject wise marks will be known only after the result will be declared on the Internet after midnight. The merit list, which has the names of 506 students, has 68 students from Ludhiana district.

Sheena Gupta, a student of New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, has secured second position in the district and 26th in the state. Ramandeep Kaur of Anand Isher Senior Secondary Public School, Chhapar, has secured third position, followed by Isha Narang of Saraswati Modern School, Civil Lines, Mohit Sharma and Harjot Kaur of Spring Dew Public School, Jagraon.

Other students whose names are mentioned in the list are: Chitwan Vinayak (Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha); Kamalbir Kaur (Anand Isher Public School); Surinder Kaur (Spring Dew Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna); Mridula (RS Model Senior Secondary School); Jaskiran Kaur (Bhartiya Vidya Mandir); Ekta (Saraswati Modern School); Jaspreet (Spring Dew Public School, Jagraon); Neha Bansal (Bhartiya Vidya Mandir); Gaurav Jain (Bhartiya Vidya Mandir); Deepak Bector (Swami Roop Chand Jain Senior Secondary School, Jagraon); Deepak Malik (Bhartiya Vidya Mandir); Harpreet Kaur (UK Middle School); and Rajbir Kaur (Spring Dew Public School, Jagraon).

Besides this, the list has names of several more students from Ludhiana but no student from government schools of the district has been able to find a place in the merit list.

Names of as many as 10 students from RS Model Senior Secondary School and 12 students from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir figure in the merit list.

Himika, topper from Ludhiana, said she had attempted her papers very well and had hoped to get good marks. She said she was ecstatic when her grandfather, who is residing in Chandigarh, called her up at 6:30 am today. She said her Principal, Ms Sunil Arora, had also congratulated her on her success. 



Change in school timings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
In view of extreme weather conditions, the district administration has changed the timings of government schools. These schools will now open at 7 am and close
at 11.30 am.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, said no school in the district would remain open beyond 11.30 am. As far as private schools were concerned, the managements had been given the discretion to fix the time of opening of their schools.

Mr Verma also ordered that no school in Ludhiana district should organise physical training sessions in the open. The order would remain in force from May 19 to June 30.

In the morning, Mr Verma held a meeting with the Civil Surgeon, the District Education Officer (Secondary), the District Education Officer (Elementary) and officials of the PAU Meteorological Department. Dr S.S. Hundal, Professor, Meteorological Department, PAU, informed the DC that the temperature this year was about 4ºC above average.

Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, opined that extreme weather conditions could adversely affect the health of the children.

Mr Verma said if any school faced problems as regards the time limit of 11.30 am, the authorities could approach the SDMs concerned, who had been authorised to order relaxation in that regard.



Those who couldn’t vote

Ludhiana, May 17
The following names have been found missing in the voters’ list during parliamentary election: Gian Singh, Satwant Kaur, Bhupinder Singh and Kulwant Kaur, 136-C, Rajguru Nagar; Inderjit Singh, Jasvir Kaur, Sarmanjeet Singh, Jatinder Kaur and Gursharan Kaur, 220-A, Rajguru Nagar; Tarsem Lal, Harbhajan Kaur, Ajay Kumar and Vijay Kumar, 76-C, Rajguru Nagar; Ajit Singh, Surinder Kaur, Parvinder Singh, Jasleen Kaur, Harvinder Singh, Gurpreet Kaur and Satinder Singh, 23-E, SBS Nagar, Pakhowal Road; Surinder Pal Singh and Inder Pal Kaur, 1336, Phase-I, Dugri Urban Estate; Daljit Kaur, Gurjit Singh Bindra, Narinder Kaur, Tavinderjit Singh, Balwinder Kaur, Gunjinder Kaur Bindra and Gagandeep Kaur, 445, Phase-I, Dugri; Gurmeet Kaur, 458-Phase I, Dugri; Varinder Maini, Samistha Maini and Samridhi, HE4B, PHDB Colony, Focal Point; Ashok Kumar and Krishna, 7668, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Haibowal Kalan; Subhash Chander Mehta and Shashi Mehta, 588-I, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar; Meloo Joshi, 245x17, Purani Saray, Khanna; Amodh Gupta, Veena Gupta, Esha Gupta and Sahil Gupta; 1035-C, Urban Estate, Phase-II, Focal Point; Dr Veerinder Singh Deol, Balwant Kaur, Rajinder Singh Deol and Sukhraj Kaur, 696, Gurdev Nagar, Pakhowal Road; Shikha Mehra, 561/1, Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana; Ujagar Singh, Mohinder Kaur, Jagjit Singh, Rajwant Kaur and Gurdeep Kaur, Kacha Malik Road, Gali No. 3, Jagraon; Sawaran Singh, Parminder Singh, Raminder Singh, Tej Kaur and Kanwaljeet Kaur, 95 New Professor Colony; Durlabh Singh and Balwinder Kaur, Urban, Estate, Dugri; Virender Kumar and Veena Kakkat, 15FF, Block-C, Rishi Nagar; Dr C. Bakhetia and Saroj, 16FF, Block-C, Rishi Nagar; Kiron Deep Singh and Nayan Deep Singh, 60-Shakti Nagar, Near Pakhowal Road; Dr Arjan Singh Josan, Narinder Kaur, Awlok Singh Josan, 226-B, Rajguru Nagar; Chaman Lal Sharma and Priyanka Sharma, 3090, Gurdev Nagar; Sarbjeet Singh, Harinder Kaur and Ramandeep Singh, 265-C, Model Town Extension; Jagpal Singh Dara, 597-R, Model Town; Harinder Singh and Amandeer, 540-Ground Floor, Housefed Complex, Pakhowal Road; Poonam Gupta and Anil Kumar, 1286, Phase-II, Urban Estate, Dugri; Durlabh Singh and Balwinder Kaur, 564, Phase-I, Urban Estate, Dugri; Mathews T.A. and Santhamma Mathews, B-36/201, Vikas Nagar; Ram Rachpal, Kailashwati, Shukal Kumar, Raksha Gupta, Manish Goel, Ashima Goel, Kulish Goel and Pooja Goel, 2, New Asha Puri, Backside Aggar Nagar-A, Ferozepore Road; Jagdeep Singh, Harbaksh Kaur Grewal, Jasdeep Singh Grewal and Navdeep Kaur Grewal, 8-A, Rajguru Nagar; Rajender Mohan, Santosh Aggarwal and Namit Aggarwal, 47-Ground Floor HIG Flats, Rajguru Nagar, Ferozepore Road; Col Harbaksh Singh, Daljeet Kaur and Avneet Kaur, 38-C, Rajguru Nagar; Swaroop Chand and Raj Rani of 513, LIG Flat, Punjab Housing Board Colony, Sukhdev Nagar; and Manmohan Singh, Gurdial Singh, Gursharan Singh Dhaliwal, Navjeet Kaur and Muninder Kaur, VPO Abbuwal.



Youth Cong hits back at BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 17
The senior vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka, today criticised the BJP leaders, Ms Sushma Swaraj and Mr Govindacharya, for their outburst against the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

In a statement issued here, Mr Tikka alleged the two BJP leaders were acting at the behest of other party leaders. He said the BJP was desperate and frustrated as it had been isolated and sidelined by the people of the country.

Defending Ms Gandhi’s credentials for being the Prime Minister, Mr Tikka said she had adopted Indian culture and way of life. “Ms Gandhi has lost so many of her family members for the integrity of the country,” Mr Tikka pointed out, asking the BJP leaders to name any one leader of their party whose contribution equalled her’s.



Arhtiya murder: action sought
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, May 17
Residents and commissions agents of the town have demanded strict action against the murderers of commission agent, Subedar Harbhajan Singh. They have demanded the arrest of two accused in the case who have been at large since May 10.

A number of people came to pay homage to Subedar Harbhajan Singh, who was allegedly killed on May 10 by a debtor for persisting to recover a debt of Rs 4 lakh. The gruesome murder came to light when the police arrested one of the accused and found the badly-mutilated body of the deceased from the fields.

Among those who paid homage included MLA Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, president of commission agents association Tehal Singh and former chief Nirmal Singh Nagra, president of Machhiwara nagar panchayat Anil Sood, Jathedar Gurdeep Singh, Amrik Singh Kahlon, Gurcharan Singh Mithewal, Swami Surya Partap Singh and Narinder Singh Batra.

On May 10, Harbhajan Singh went to visit his clients, Baljeet Singh and Harnek Singh, to collect the loan amount from them. He, however, did not return that night. Following a search by the family and the police, it was found that Baljeet Singh last spoke to Harbhajan Singh on phone.

Harbhajan Singh had called up Baljeet Singh demanding the loan amount from him. Following this, he left for Mand Sherian village on a scooter telling his family members that Baljeet had called him up to collect the money.

Baljeet was, thereafter, taken into custody. During interrogation, Baljeet confessed to the crime and took a police party to the fields where he had buried the body. Harbhajan Singh’s scooter was recovered from the house of Balbir Kaur from near the fields of Baljeet Singh. His accomplice, Harnek Singh, has not been arrested so far.



Sabha arranges marriage of three girls
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
The Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha arranged the marriages of three poor girls on the premises of the temple here yesterday.
The newly wed couples were given household goods. Mr Rajkumar Verma presented the brides silver ornaments, whereas Mr Krishan Lal Nauharia gave them sewing machines. Mr Surajbhan Jain presented blankets, whereas Mr Suraj Bhan Jain gave them beds. The marriages were conducted according to religious rites.

A pension and ration distribution function for widows was also held under the supervision of Swami Ved Bharati. Six hundred fifty-one widows were given monthly pension and ration by the chief guest Mr Ajay Kumar Pandey, Commandant 82 Battalion, PSP.

Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Member Parliament, and his wife, Ms Pawandeep Dhillon, were also present.



Need to generate jobs highlighted
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 17
The industrial hub of Punjab with strategic areas like hosiery and textile, foundries and re-rolling mills, light engineering, agro-processing and automative components, has a huge potential for rapid development. The need of the hour is to identify the key drivers to make possible the monumental achievement in the years to come.

This was the consensus of the Second Roundtable on “Rapid Economic Development of Punjab” convened by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today. In the strategy paper circulated during the seminar, it was pointed out that to achieve the desired level of development, the region ought to generate employment through focused sectoral development, especially in niche areas, attract new industries, investment and enhanced business opportunity.

Further, the state should achieve an industrial growth of over 10 per cent per annum, create high-quality infrastructure supported by the required social services, develop islands of excellence in industry and agri-business, excel in education and health and also identify and strategies the growth of industries like information technology and biotechnology.

In his keynote address, Mr Rajan Kashyap, former Chief Secretary of Punjab, said better infrastructure, transparency, good governance and institutional framework were prerequisites for rapid economic development. He lamented the lack of financial discipline, the greatest failure over the years. Focusing on sustainable development and employment, which had to be the priority of the government, he suggested that it could be best supported by the industry and service sector. With reference to the city, he said its biggest strength was the entrepreneurship.

Mr R.S. Sachdeva, co-chairman, Punjab Committee of the PHDCCI, while delivering the welcome address, remarked that the Indian economy was fast integrating with the global economy and at the central level, there had been major policy changes. “We in the chamber always believe that action lies in the states and unless the process of economic reforms percolates to all levels of the states, it will be difficult to achieve rapid overall economic growth and development to enhance the well being of the people at large.”

Mr Sushil Kapur, Deputy Secretary General, PHDCCI, in his presentation observed that the green revolution state had a low growth rate of 2.8 per cent per annum in the 1990s.

Mr Ajmer Singh, Director Agriculture, Punjab, Dr (Mrs) J.K. Arora, Joint Director, Punjab State Council for Science and technology, Dr P.K. Sharma, Punjab Remote Sensing Centre also made their presentations in the session.



Talent hunt contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
The district branch of the Asian Club (International) held a talent hunt contest at the Rehabilitation Centre here today. Sixty students of the Blind Institute also showcased their talent in singing and poetry recitation.

Mr Pritam Singh, SP City (II), was the chief guest. Arpit Sharma, Mamta, Mani and Kamalpreet got the first, second and the third position, respectively, in the poetry recitation contest. The consolation prize went to Rosy. In ghazal competition, Navneet Kaur won the first prize, while Harinderpal and Puneet Soni got the second and the third prize, respectively.

In singing, the first three prizes were won by Arpit, Shruti and Kavit Kumar. In the sub-junior category, Pawan Bassi won the first prize, while the second and the third prize went to Kavit Kumar and Punjaboo, respectively. In the senior category, Rajinder Singh, Navneet and Harjit grabbed the first three positions.



Books on Guru Teg Bahadur released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
Two books on Guru Teg Bahadur were released at a function organised by the Sabhyacharak Vikas Manch at Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Model Town, yesterday. The books, ‘Rashtar Nayak Teg Bahadur’ and ‘Guru Teg Bahadur Di Vaani’, have been written by Harminder Singh Malik and Tapan Banerjee. These were released by Jathedar Asa Singh, president Gurdwara Shri Singh Sabha, Model Town and Jathedar Narinder Singh Anand, zonal manager, Punjab and Sind Bank.

Mr Satpal Gosain, a Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab, Madan Mohan Vyas, a former Chairman of the Improvement Trust, and Mr Bakhshi Mahinder Singh, president of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, addressed the gathering.



Concept of Dr Dog introduced
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 17
Dog has always been considered to be a friend and a helper, but ‘Dr Dog’, an animal therapy, has proved that dog can be a healer too. ‘Dr Dog’, the brainchild of Dr Jill Robinson, is popular in some Asian countries. In India, after being in Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, Dr Dog has come to Ludhiana.

At a seminar organised in Ek Prayaas on Saturday, the Education Director of the Asia Animal Association introduced the concept of ‘Dr Dog’ to the audience comprising students, parents and members of management and staff.

The Principal, Ms N. Mannan, welcomed Ms Anneleise Smillie, Dr Cynthia Smillie and Dr Sandeep K. Jain of the Animal Asia Foundation (Ludhiana chapter). ‘Dr Dog’, she said, had helped people living in old homes, mentally and orthopaedically challenged individuals. They also visit hospitals and orphanages.

The seminar was attended by members of management Mr Ashok Arora, Mr Manjit Singh, Mrs Maninder Kaur, Ms Asha Arora. 



‘Tempo’ driver beaten to death
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, May 17
The owner, driver and conductor of a bus, in an altercation with a “tempo” driver over the boarding of passengers, hit the latter with iron rods, causing serious injuries that lead to his death at the local Civil Hospital this afternoon. According to the complainant, Mr Bhajan Singh of Lato Dana village, the tempo driver, of the same village, was beaten up by the owner of a private bus (PB 10 F-4726), Jagdev Singh Debi, along with driver Bacchi and conductor Sukhwinder Singh over the boarding of passengers on the Kohara road here today.

The complainant told the police that the initial exchange of heated words had led to a physical confrontation, in which the tempo driver was hit with iron rods. The injured tempo driver was admitted in a serious condition to the local Civil Hospital, where he soon died. The body has been sent for post-mortem and a case has been registered against the three suspects under Sections 34 and 34, IPC. The three are reported to have absconded. 


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