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Akriti of DAV School tops Class X exams
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
Akriti of DAV School stood first in state in Class X exams securing 97. 8 per cent marks. Girls have performed well again as they secured top positions.

Akriti Bhandari took no tuitions. She said extra help was provided by the school. Her parents are both doctors and they inspired Akriti to become an ophthalmologist.

Akriti Bhandari has also cleared the National Talent Search Examinations.

Sahiba Bedi of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, with 95.85 per cent marks, came second in the city. Sahiba says she owes her success to God and her teachers .

She said ,"I am happy that I have topped my school and the credit goes to my parent."

Itenderjot Singh of Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujjarkhan Campus , Model Town, also stood second with 95.8 marks.

The third position went to Vanisha of DAV Public School and Arshiya Gupta of KVM . They both scored 95.2 per cent marks.

Meanwhile, members of Sri Gyan Sansthan Mandir decided to honour all city students who have scored 90 percent and above both in XII and X examinations.



100 per cent club
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, May 25
While two local girls brought laurels to the city by topping the CBSE Class X and XII examinations in the state, a number of other students have shone in different papers by scoring cent per cent marks.

Three students have scored full marks in mathematics, social science and science subjects. All the three students are of the Sacred Heart Convent School. Jaideep Singh Monga scored 100 per cent marks in mathematics, Anurag Sahi in science, while Anant Bir Singh Lubana scored full marks in social sciences.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Anant said that he was thrilled to score 100 per cent marks in social studies. He said he wanted to take medical stream and wanted to become a doctor. He said, “I am first among the boys in my school and I owe my success to my parents and teachers. I never took any tuitions and worked hard . Of course, I am thrilled with my performance.”

Anurag Shahi, who scored cent per cent marks in science, told Ludhiana Tribune that he wanted to become a doctor as his father Dr Ramgopal Shahi was a cardiologist. He said, “I am thrilled, but I have scored only 85 marks in Hindi and that is depressing to me. I did take tuitions from my school teacher .”

“I want to become a computer engineer when I grow up. I am not surprised that I got 100 per cent marks in mathematics. In class IX too, I had achieved cent percent marks in mathematics. I really love solving problems as they pose a challenge,” revealed Jaideep to Ludhiana Tribune.



Priyanka 1st in Ludhiana dist
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 25
Priyanka Malhotra a student of B.Com – IIIrd of A. S. College, Khanna has stood first in Ludhiana District (Rural) by securing 73.93 % marks in recently declared results by Punjab University. She also bagged seventh position in the Punjab University.

Principal of the college Dr. R.S. Jhanji and management of the college congratulated the student and faculty for this achievement.



DC to honour 3 toppers

Ludhiana, May 25
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, has decided to honour three students of the city, who have topped the different examinations declared recently at the Independence Day function to be held on August 15.

Three students who will be honoured include Ms Ridhee of BCM Arya Senior Secondary School who topped the state in the CBSE 10+2 commerce, Miss Akriti Bhandari of DAV Public School, who topped matriculation examinations and Ms Shilpa Ahuja who topped B.Com II year. — OC



Punjab owes a lot  to Sunil Dutt
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, May 25
Film actor and Sports Minister Sunil Dutt was very much concerned about the Punjab situation during the militancy and undertook ‘Padyatra’ from Mumbai to Amritsar to spread the message of peace and communal harmony. The Punjab situation was very much surcharged and the militancy was at its peak when Sunil Dutt came to Punjab because the operation Blue Star had taken place and there were signs of divide between the two major communities of Punjab.

He undertook the ‘Padyatra’ of Punjab against the advice of the security and intelligence agencies as they told him that it was not safe to travel to Punjab on foot. But he was determined to undertake the yatra and finally paid his obeisance at Harmander Sahib.

It was the month of June 1987 when Mr Sunil Dutt accompanied by his daughter Priyanka came to Punjab and passed through the major cities. He was given a rousing welcome by the Punjabis.

This reporter met Sunil Dutt and his daughter between Doraha and Khanna and talked to him about the Punjab situation.

Mr Sunil Dutt and his daughter paid their obeisance at historic gurdwara located at Kotan village on Ludhiana-Delhi highway near Doraha.

During his interaction with this reporter, Mr Sunil Dutt expressed his anguish at the Punjab situation. He said he was upset over the situation because he had seen the blood shed during the partition of the country. So he never wanted any such thing to happen to Punjab. On reaching Ludhiana, he and his daughter were given a big welcome at the Jagraon bridge and they stayed at Ludhiana for the night.

During his visit to Amritsar after paying his obeisance at Harmander Sahib, Mr Sunil Dutt met the then Akal Takht Jathedar Prof Darshan Singh and discussed the Punjab situation with him.

He offered his good offices to the Akal Takht Jathedar to bring about peace in Punjab and also told him that he was ready to make any sacrifice for the same.

Later Prof Darshan Singh had confirmed to this reporter that Mr Sunil Dutt was very sincere in his mission and was keen on finding a solution which should usher in peace in the state.

Prof Darshan Singh said that he had suggested to Mr Sunil Dutt that the Central government should open a dialogue with the Sikh youth and all the youth behind bars should be released.

Even during an interview with this reporter when it was pointed out to him that it was not safe to travel in Punjab and undertake ‘padyatra’, he had affirmed that there was strong need for bridging the divide between the two communities and peace must prevail in Punjab at any cost.

During those days another person who had shown some interest in finding a solution to the Punjab problem was Jain Acharya Sushil Muni who also met Prof Darshan Singh at the Akal Takht.

Prof Darshan Singh had told Sushil Muni that the Sikh youth would not surrender before the government and they would surrender their arms at the Akal Takht as they (Sikh youth) ‘are the property of the Sikh quam.’

Mr Sunil Dutt later visited Ludhiana when Beant Singh Government had been formed and participated in an Urdu Mushaira organised by Krishan Adeeb International in memory of Sahir Ludhianvi. Punjab owes lot of debt to Sunil Dutt for his devotion to the cause of Punjab.



Congress leader booked for black marketing
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
The Malaudh police has booked two persons, including a Congress leader, for selling kerosene in the black market. One of the accused was arrested, along with more than 500 litres of the fuel meant for distribution among poor people at a fair price shop.

According to SSP Naunihal Singh, Khanna, his office had received a tip off that a gang involved in black marketing of kerosene had been active in the villages surrounding Malaudh. He was further informed that some influential persons, including political leaders, had been patronising the gang.

Acting on the information, Mr Jatinder Singh Khaira, DSP, Payal, directed Mr Sanjay Kumar, SHO, Malaudh, to coordinate with officials of State Food and Supplies Department and raid the suspected outlets of the controlled commodity. The police succeeded in seizing a stock of kerosene stored at the residence of Amar Singh of Malo Daud village near here. While Amar Singh was arrested from the spot Darbara Singh fled from the scene. A many as 525 litres of kerosene were also seized. The accused were booked under Section 7 of Essential Commodity Act.

Investigations revealed that Darbara Singh, the kingpin of the gang, had been running this illegal racket for more than two years. Being a Congress leader and husband of sarpanch of the village his business had flourished unchecked. Complaints by the consumers had fallen on deaf years as he had been enjoying the patronage of some senior Congress leaders.

The fuel that was to be distributed among the ration card holders at the price of Rs 11 per litre was being sold to general public at a rate ranging between Rs 17 and 18.

Transporters, restaurants and hotel owners included the list of his customers, said the police.

Mr Labh Singh, an inspector in the Food and Supplies Department accompanied the police party during the raid.



Girl disappears to avoid marriage
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
A BA (III yr) girl student of a private college of Sudhar village disappeared under mysterious circumstances from her home on last Saturday.

According to a complaint lodged at Sudhar police station, by father of the girl Mr Gurbax Singh of Halwara village, he had arranged the marriage of his daughter Manjinder Kaur (name changed) with a resident of Kila Hans village, who was serving in the armed forces. The betrothal ceremony of the girl was scheduled to take place on May 20.

As the girl did not want to marry yet and that too, to this boy, she asked her parents to postpone the ceremony. Claiming it to be the question of the honour of two families, the father insisted on holding the ceremony on the scheduled time but the girl slipped away from her house on the preceding day of the ceremony.

Her absence in the home was noticed on the next day after which the family started searching her with their relatives. Not finding any information about Manjinder Kaur, the father informed the police which recorded a DDR.



Kidnapped boy  recovered
Our legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
The Sahnewal Police yesterday claimed to have recovered an eight-year-old abducted boy within 24 hours of his abduction. The custody of boy-Gurpreet Singh was handed over to the family by police.

Giving the details, the DSP Sahnewal-Mr Baljinder Singh Dhillon said that Sukdev Raj of Kalas Khurd village had employed a servant-Karan Singh (accused) of Maharashtra a month back. On the night of May 22 the accused had abducted his son probably for ransom.

The aggrieved family reported the matter to Koom Kalan police station. The police swung into action and a police party headed by Sub Inspector-Attar Singh recovered the boy in the late evening of May 23 from the custody of accused.

The accused has been booked under Section 365 of IPC at Koom Kalan police station.



Two booked for suicide abetment

Khanna, May 25
Payal police has registered a case of suicide abetment against two persons of Begowal on Tuesday. The case has been registered on the complaint of daughter-in-law of the victim.

Jasbir Kaur, wife of Karnail Singh, a resident of Begowal village, had alleged in a complaint to the Payal police that Narinder Singh and Balbir Singh both residents of Begowal village came to their house on Monday and demanded Rs 2.5 lakh from him. 
They also threatened her father-in-law with dire consequences if he did not pay the amount. They left their house saying that they would come back in the evening to collect the amount.

After some time her father-in-law went to the bathroom. After coming out he said that he was dying as he had consumed celphos tablets. He was rushed to a hospital at Doraha where he died on Tuesday.

The police has registered a case under Section 306 and 34 IPC against both the accused. No arrest has been made so far. — OC



10-year-old girl crushed under Army truck

Khanna, May 25
A 10-year-old girl was killed when she was crushed under an Army truck near Bhatian village at the GT Road here today.

At about 9 a.m. Savita, a resident of Dandoli in Bhansali district in Bihar, had gone on the road to purchase some bananas. When she was crossing the road a military truck hit her. The truck driver tried to save the girl but it hit the girl and died on the spot. Budhan Chaudhry, father of the girl, said he came to Khanna to meet her daughter Mulia Devi at Bhatian village yesterday. — OC


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