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Freedom fighters remembered
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, August 15
Independence Day was celebrated with fervour all over the district today. People belonging to all age groups, political parties, educational institutions, government and private departments organised functions to mark the occasion.

The district-level function was held at Government College for Boys where Mr Lal Singh Development, Panchayats, Food and Supplies Minister, Punjab, unfurled the National Flag and took salute from a parade.

Addressing the function, he paid rich tributes to martyrs and freedom fighters. He said though patriots from all parts of the country had made substantial contribution, the martyrs and freedom fighters from Punjab had remained in the forefront in making sacrifices.

He exhorted the younger generation to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs and seek inspiration from their bravery and patriotism.

Referring to the achievements of the Punjab Government, he said with the proper management of finances, the government had re-established economy and put the state on the fast-track of development. He said the government was going to spend around Rs 9,000 crore on development in the state.

Referring to the grants sanctioned for the development of Ludhiana, he said the government had already sanctioned funds amounting to Rs 3,995 crore and through the District Planning Board, funds amounting to Rs 49.80 crore had already been released from the Punjab Nirman Programme.

He presented 20 tricycles to the handicapped and 30 sewing machines to needy women. He also honoured two dozen persons for their performance in various fields.

Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme. He announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the participating children. The Deputy Commissioner announced a holiday on August 17 in educational institutions that participated in the function.

Among others who were present on the occasion included the Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, Mr Parag Jain, DIG, Mr A. S. Rai, SSP, Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge, Mr Vikas Partap, MC Commissioner, Mr K.K. Bawa, Hosefed Chairman, Mr Paramjit Singh Sibia, Chairman, Improvement Trust, and Mr Jagmohan Sharma, DCC president.

Samrala: Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Removal of Grievances and Welfare of Pensioners, Punjab, unfurled the flag and took salute from a parade.

Jagraon: Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Power, Labour and Employment, Punjab, unfurled the flag. He paid tributes to freedom fighters and claimed that Punjab had emerged as the most favoured destination for investments and 235 big projects had been sanctioned.

Khanna: Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice and Defence Services Welfare, Punjab, hoisted the Tricolour.

Mr T.S. Dhaliwal, SDM Payal, and Mr Prem Chand, SDM Raikot, hoisted the flags at subdivisional- level functions.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm. Several official functions were organised in the town. The main functions were organised at Town Hall that was chaired by Mr Anil Aggarwal, Executive Director, Shryans Industries Limited, and Mr Jatinder Kumar Bhola, president, unfurled the flag.

Besides felicitating Mr Tek Chand Diwana and Mr Niranjan Singh, freedom fighters, organisers honoured office-bearers of various social and educational organisations of the area.

A colourful cultural programme was presented by students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, MGMN senior Secondary School, Lal Bahadur Shastri Public School, Jain Muni Shri Kundan Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalaya, GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Guru Har Krishan College Phallewal and Anand Isher Senior Secondary School.

Similar functions were organised at MGMN Senior Secondary School and Bhagat Singh Chowk. Mr Mangat Rai Jain, president of the Vidya Parcharak Sabha, and Mr Ravinder Kumar unfurled the tricolour at these functions.

Mandi Gobindgarh: Mr Jagmeet Singh Sahota, president of the municipal council, unfurled the flag here. Councillors, industrialists and employees were present. A cultural programme was presented. 



Independence Day celebrated at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
Sixtieth Independence Day was celebrated today at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Vice Chancellor, Dr. K.S.Aulakh, hoisted the National Tricolour at the flag post near College of Agriculture. He also took salute from NCC cadets of the university and inspected the parade. Deans, Directors, Officers, Heads of the Departments and a large number of students were present on this occasion.

In his Independence Day message, Dr Aulakh said that PAU has to play a big role in bringing second green revolution in the country. He remarked that by giving a grant of Rs.100 crore to the university, the country had recognized the contributions of the university towards agricultural development.

"This has put a greater responsibility on our shoulders as the country look upon us to lead for bringing a second green revolution and we must work hard to honour this faith bestowed upon us", he said.

Citing the major problems faced by Punjab agriculture today, Dr. Aulakh said: "We need to work on three fronts to bring Punjab out of the present crisis."

He pointed out that nutrient resource management; processing and value addition; and water use efficiency were the priority areas which need to be addressed in order to bring prosperity in the state.

Referring to paddy as a "single culprit crop for Punjab problems", Dr. Aulakh said: "We must diversify from high volume crops to high value crops.

Appreciating the role played by the national leaders in the freedom movement, Dr. Aulakh said: "We all should inculcate a strong feeling of nationalism as our way of life.

Earlier, Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Director, Students Welfare, welcomed the chief guest and others. Mr. Manjeet Singh, Students Welfare Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.

The students of the College of Agriculture presented a patriotic song while Pardeep Inder Kaur Brar recited a patriotic poem on "Mera Bharat Desh".



Reaping rewards of dedication
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
Dedication and hard work do not go unnoticed. This is the message that employees who were awarded for their work by their respective departments on the occasion of Independence Day wanted to convey to their counterparts.

Mr Harbans Singh Saroya, Divisional Engineer, Transmission, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), who was presented Sanchar Sewa Padak by general manager telecom Mr S.K. Nigam, for efficiency in services said work was the topmost priority for him.

"I have been working for 38 years with this organisation and feel it is not only my own passion towards work but also the support of the people who I worked with that has helped me emerge successful."

Mr Saroya's contributed not only toward facilitating betterment of network by providing media to new exchanges, but also helped commissioning and installation of STM-I systems at the Jagraon-Ramgarh Bhullar, samrala-Bija, Doraha-Bija and Gill-Bharat Nagar.

Besides, he contributed towards providing media for broadband project of the BSNL in Samrala, Jagraon, Khanna, Doraha and Raikot, said Mr Nigam. The first one to introduce Optic Fibre Cable (OFC) laying by HDD method, he also introduced CPEs in network.

"Their love for work reflects in their everyday functioning," said Mr Hardeep Singh Jogi, Senior XEN, City Central division, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

"When many shirk work, we have had people like assistant lineman Kashmira Singh who are happy to offer their services whenever required. Apart from being honest, they are quite modest , which is what makes them different from others."

The electricity board today, for the first time here, awarded 30 employees for their efficiency.

Among those who were awarded were assistant linemen Jia Lal and Kashmira Singh, lineman Gian Chand and Regular Team Mate (RTM) Ravinder Kumar, from city central division, Ram Singh and Lal Chand, both linemen and Ms Prem Kumari from Sunder Nagar division, Sikander Singh JE II, Paramjit Singh, LM, and Surinder Nath AJE from Focal Point division, Kuldip Singh, Bishambar, both ALM and Ms Kiran Tandon, UDC, from CMC division, Ravinder Kumar, SSA, Anil Sharma and Rajinder Kumar, SSOs from Grid Maintenance division, Inderjit Kaur assistant, Ashok Kumar, steno typist from CEO division, Balwant Kaur, LDC, Gurbir Singh LM, Harjinder Singh JE II, Brijesh Kumar, cashier, Kashmira Singh ALM, Prem Nath LM and Ravi Kumar, UDC, Vijay Sabhawrwal LDC, Parasram LM, Lilu Ram Harpal Verma, LM and Mr R.P Garg, JE II.

Mr K.D. Chaudhry, Chief Engineer, central Zone, PSEB, unfurled the national flag at the PSEB office on Ferozepur Road here. 



Cops honoured for bringing culprits to book
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 15
Good work done by Ludhiana police in solving the double murder case of a jeweller and his wife has been commended with the case being awarded one of three best detected cases of the state in the last 12 months.

In revised orders, the state government had awarded three cases as the best detected ones. These were the Reema Jain murder case, the jeweller double murder case and a bus blast case of Jalandhar. Earlier, the government had announced only the Reema Jain murder case as the best detected one.

DGP Punjab had also commended the good work done by Ludhiana police in detection of this case. A cash reward of Rs 1 lakh was given to this team, and some members of this team were given local rank promotions.

The double murder of jeweller couple, which took place on the intervening July 3-4 night in the Civil Lines area of Ludhiana, had created an atmosphere of terror and panic in city.

This jewellers murder had come close on heels of Raghav Jeweller murder case and though all accused of latter case had been arrested; panic in jeweller community was palpable as they feared that they were being specially targeted.

The team members honoured for the good work include Senior Superintendent of Police, A S Rai, IPS, SSP Ludhiana, Rakesh Aggarwal, IPS, SP/City-I. Harish Kumar PPS SP/Detective, Bhupinder Singh PPS DSP/Detective, Insp. Jaswinder Singh, CIA/Inspector SI Gurbans Singh, SHO Jodhewal, SI Gurpreet Singh, CIA, SI Dilpreet Singh In charge CIA 2, SI Jaswinder Singh, CIA, SI Anil Kumar, CIA, ASI Dulla Singh, CIA, Head Constable Roop Singh, CIA, HC Dev Raj, CIA.

The SSP said this team went about its task in most meticulous and professional manner. Tasks were assigned to various members of this team, and team members busied themselves in first identifying culprits responsible this gruesome crime, and than fanned out to various parts of country to arrest, and bring culprits to Ludhiana.

Evidence collected from scene of crime, interviewing victims and drawing pencil sketches of the alleged culprits helped police to identify culprits, and all culprits involved in this case were arrested on July - 25, after being chased to as far off place as Nepal border. 



Mystery shrouds death of three minor children
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 15
Mystery continues to shroud the cause of death of three minor children whose badly decomposed bodies were recovered from a locked car in a vacant plot in Amarpura Colony here late last night.

While the police is believing the children had got themselves locked in the car after somehow opening it, the exact sequence of events could not be known due to delay in post-mortem examination and inconclusive report.

Further, the police was yet to establish a proper theory on how the children entered the car and then got locked in. SHO Jaswinder Singh, Ahmedgarh police station said the children could have entered in the parked car. However, he has no explanation on how they got locked in. The condition of the bodies suggest the three had met a gory death in the car as there were signs of their writhing in pain and struggle to come out, he said.

The children identified as Rinku (7), Kaka (5) and Billu (4) were basically street urchins now after their mother had left them and their father. They were buried at Malerkotla today evening.

The post-mortem examination was delayed unusually as the doctors on duty at civil hospital Malerkotla had refused to conduct post-mortem on the pretext that the bodies were decayed badly. A board of three doctors later conducted postmortem following intervention of SDM Malerkotla.

The children had gone missing on Saturday. Their bodies were found in an Opel Astra car bearing number HR 10 B 4353, owned by a Insurance agent Karamjit Singh at a plot owned by Kulwinder Singh, a transporter. Karmajit Singh said he had parked the car on the plot on August 11. He said he usually parked his car there. Tapa Nath and his wife Anita had been living at local town for more than decade. The couple had been blessed with three sons but due to marital disharmony Anita left her home when the youngest son was only six months old. According to Tapa Nath, she had been living at Ludhiana for more than three years. He brought up the trio with a great difficulty.

The trio went missing on Saturday. When search at local town and surrounding villages proved futile, Tapa Nath thought Anita might have taken them with her in his presence. He tried to search the children at Ludhiana but without success.

The town was shocked after a police party led by Mr Jaswinder Singh SHO city, broke open the windowpanes of the car to find the decaying bodies of the trio inside it.

The condition of the bodies was so bad that nobody dared to go near the car. Friends and relatives of Tapa Nath had a tough time consoling him. “Situation became more awkward when doctors at the civil hospital declined to conduct post-mortem as the pungent smell emanating from the bodies was unbearable according to them. They agreed to perform their duty with the intervention of Dr Indu SDM Malerkotla,” told Mr Rachhpal Singh DSP Malerkotla. 



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Abandoned baby given medical help
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 15
Treatment of the infant girl, who had allegedly been left, to be suffocated to death in a plastic bag and thrown on an empty plot of land at Kup Kalan village near here two days ago has been taken up by the civil administration.

The child, after being declared out of danger, will be handed over to an orphanage at Talwandi Khurad near Mullanpur. Reacting to the story published in The Ludhiana Tribune, Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur, directed the civil authorities in the subdivision to look after the child who had been rescued by Mr Darshan Singh, SHO, Sadar. and Mr Sajjan Singh, sarpanch, Kup Kalan.

According to Dr Indu, SDM, Malerkotla, the DC had directed her to monitor progress in the treatment of the new born who had been left to be suffocated to death in a plastic bag. She deputed Mr Harinder Sharma, Naib Tehsildar, at Amargarh, to coordinate with the Sadar police to ensure best available treatment for the child.

“Though the recovery had been slow in the initial stages, I have asked the authorities at Dyanand Hospital to be extra cautious about the treatment of the girl,” claimed Dr Indu while talking to the Ludhiana Tribune. “We will make sure that the child does not die for want of medical assistance,” maintained Dr Indu.

Dr Indu further said the girl child would be brought up at Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation, Talwandi Khurad, near Mullanpu,  as desired by the DC Sangrur.

The local police had rescued the infant. At present, she is recovering at Dayanand Hospital, Ludhiana,

The police had registered an FIR under Sections 315 and 317 of the IPC against unidentified persons who had abandoned the child. The police was conducting an inquiry. 



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