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Tangri men hold builder to ransom
Release him for Rs 57,000
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In a repeat of the Gur Mandi extortion and torture episode involving a former Shiv Sena (Rashtarwadi) leader, a builder was allegedly kidnapped and tortured for nine hours by 15 men at the office of former Shiv Sena leader Jagdish Singh Tangri on November 16, seeking Rs 1 lakh as ransom.

The builder, Mahendra Yadav, was allegedly released after he paid Rs 57,000 as ransom and promised to pay another Rs 43,000.

He had to surrender his motor cycle to the alleged kidnappers.

The builder made frantic calls to his friends requesting them to arrange money. By the time he could arrange Rs 57,000 to secure his release, he was badly bruised, both physically and mentally. It took him six days to muster up courage to file a complaint before SSP R.K. Jaiswal here today.

In 2003, Tangri, his sons and Shiv Sena (Rashtarwadi) activists were forcibly removed from a market four years ago in a three-day operation involving hundreds of policemen led by then SSP Harpreet Sidhu.

Tangri was booked in several cases of extortion and rioting. He was also booked for allegedly providing arms to accused in Gujarat riots.

Though the division No. 3 police inquiring into the matter has not registered a case so far, it has detained Durga Singhania, one of the suspects who allegedly held the complainant captive.

Police sources said a person close to former Shiv Sena chief Jagdish Tangri returned Rs 50,000 to Yadav at the police station.

In his complaint to the police, Yadav alleged that a woman had been calling him up for engaging his services for building a house for some time.

On November 16, he set up a meeting with the woman near Daresi ground. When he reached there, the woman told him on the phone to accompany a man, who would escort him to Gur Mandi.

However, he was taken to a building behind the temple at Gur Mandi, where he was tied and beaten up.

The leader of the group, Durga Singhania, asked him to give Rs 1 lakh as ransom. Singhania reportedly referred to Tangri during his talk with Yadav.

At 8 pm, Yadav was finally released after paying Rs 57,000, with the condition of paying another Rs 43,000.

Yadav shared his experience with friends who asked him to lodge a complaint with the police.

He said he would not have gone to the police had Singhania not threatening him again for money.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal ordered immediate action, after which Durga was detained.

SHO division No. 3 Surinder Bansal declining to give details of the investigation, but said a case would be registered.

Yadav confirmed that he had received Rs 50,000 back.



Excise department’s endless wait for FIR 
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Suffering at the hands of the police this time is none other than the excise and taxation department which has been waiting for more than a month to get an FIR registered in a case of misbehaviour against its staff at Lakha village in Jagraon.

Department officials have met the police time and again in this regard, but nothing has been done so far. The incident happened on the evening of October 18 when a team of the state excise and taxation department went to Lakha to nab a person reportedly engaged in the sale of illicit liquor from his house.

The team alleged that it was manhandled and its official vehicle smashed.

Following the incident, the team filed a complaint at the Hathoor police post. Department officials said their repeated reminders fell on deaf ears. Senior officials, too, brought the issue to the notice of the police officials concerned, but no action was taken.

“It has been over a month, but the police is not registering the case. If this is its attitude, it would be very difficult for us to perform our duties,”a senior official said.

Incidents of misbehaviour with tax sleuths have been on the rise. Police officials were not available for comments despite repeated attempts.



Tax Evasion
Transporter penalised yet again
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The state excise and taxation department slapped a penalty of Rs 3.77 lakh on Patiala Carriers for alleged tax evasion here today.

High drama was witnessed at Transport Nagar when a team of officials, led by AETC Amarinder Singh Sadhrao, went to search the godown of the transporter late last night. Transporters gheraoed the team and raised slogans against officials.

The godown was locked and it was only after the arrival of senior officials and the police that the situation was brought under control. The team could resume the search only around midnight.

“There was resistance and our officials informed us, after which we went to the place,” said DETC M.S. Kundlas.

Officials said goods lying in the godown were not supported by documents.

This was not the first time that the department had detected tax evasion by the transport company, officials said.

“Recently, we imposed a penalty of Rs 32.5 lakh on the company. If it fails to pay the amount, we will have to auction the goods which are lying on the Shambu barrier. Earlier, a penalty of Rs 12 lakh was imposed on the same party,” Sadhrao said.

Meanwhile, a team of the department conducted raids on Columbia Electronics, Ludhiana, and RK Petro Private Limited today.



One-Way Traffic
Protest by College Road traders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Local shopkeepers protested against the administration decision to only allow one-way traffic on the College Road here this evening.

Barricades had been put up on the road to divert traffic heading from Fountain Chowk to Cemetery Road three days ago.

While the traffic police said the decision was taken with a view to preventing frequent traffic jams on the road, residents complained that the barricades were instead adding to the chaos.

“There had been no major snarl-ups on the road in the past. The diversion of traffic has brought our business to a halt,” rued Vinit Dhanda, general secretary of the Ludhiana Jewellers Association.

Shopkeepers of the area today raised slogans against the local administration against the decision.

Residents rued that as a consequence of the barricades, traffic chaos had now shifted to the Basant Road.

“It should have eased movement of traffic near the Fountain Chowk, but the diversion has only added to the problem. I got late to office owing to the snarl-up near Fountain Chowk this morning,” complained Shreshta, a city resident.

Residents said the road where traffic flow had been restricted had a charitable hospital and patients were now being forced to take a detour to reach it.

“We have to come all the way from Fountain Chowk for a regular check-up at the charitable hospital. The hospital is a stone’s throw away from the chowk but traffic restriction can prove fatal for patients,” said Usha Mehta, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar.



Food samples taken from central jail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
In its ongoing drive against food adulteration, field employees of the health department yesterday took eight samples of food items being served to jail inmates.

The samples have been sent to a government laboratory for chemical analysis. The civil surgeon, Dr Sat Pal Sharma, said a team of officials took samples from the central jail.

He said the drive against adulteration would continue and offenders would be punished. Meanwhile, a nutrition awareness camp was organised by the mass media wing of the health department at the Sherpur sub-centre here today.

The district mass media officer, Satish Sachdeva, and nursing sister Paramjit provided information on healthy food, personal hygiene and preventive steps against diseases such as malaria and dengue. 



BSNL staff go on fast
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Members of the BSNL observed an indefinite fast on a call given by the United Forum of Trade Unions.

Balbir Singh, circle secretary of the Punjab circle of the union, said yesterday that the fast was observed by non-executive employees, who also performed their duties.

The employees are demanding implementation of the anomaly committee report, five time-bound promotions to non-executives, pay up-gradation of cadres already in the promotion committee and regularisation of services of contract labour.

The employees threatened to go on strike on December 12 if the management did not accept their demands. 



Pictorial Warning
Bidi makers ‘scuttle’ awareness move
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 22
The government of India recently notified an amendment to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules 2006, making it mandatory for cigarette and bidi manufacturers to display prominent pictorial warnings on all tobacco products. The amended rules are to take effect from December 1.

Critical facts

* 700-800 b bidis produced annually in India compared to 100 b cigarettes

93 per cent higher risk of death among bidi smokers compared to 42 per cent among cigarette smokers

Bidi has higher amount of tar, nicotine and toxins compared to cigarettes

Bidi smoking increases risk of death from tuberculosis by 163 per cent

In an advisory issued here today, Dr Prakash C. Gupta from Healis - Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, who had recently conducted a study on the adverse effects of bidi on human health, said a section of tobacco industry (bidi manufacturers) has launched a campaign in an attempt to create confusion among masses by misrepresenting the information regarding the harmful effects of tobacco.

“These vested interest are also trying to generate empathy by claiming that the welfare of bidi workers will be affected by pictorial warnings, while claiming that bidis are less toxic because they are ‘natural products’, which is far from the truth.”

Quoting from the findings of his study, Dr Gupta avers: “Tobacco use in any form is harmful and every tobacco product is toxic; but bidi seems to be the most toxic among all. Bidi is essentially a problem of the poor and a bigger problem among the poorest.”

In contrast, he says, providing correct information about bidi becomes a problem for super-rich bidi barons and industrialists.

So far, the policy-makers have heard from and acted in the interest of the rich and influential.

But now - through mandatory printing of pictorial warning on packs - there is a chance to inform masses correctly by scrupulous implementation of the amended rules.

According to Dr Gupta, the relevant scientific and factual information indicates the extent of health hazard that bidi smoking poses in India. “Compared to less than 100 billion cigarettes that are produced annually, 700-800 billion bidis are produced per year in India. Although an individual bidi contains much smaller amounts of tobacco (~0.2 g) than a cigarette (~1 g), it delivers an equivalent or even higher amounts of tar and nicotine, and other potent toxins compared to cigarette.”

A follow-up study of one lakh individuals conducted in Mumbai found that bidi smokers were at 93 per cent higher risk of death when compared to non-tobacco users, whereas the excess risk for cigarette smokers was 42 per cent. Even a small amount of bidi smoking has been proved to be harmful - those who smoked only one to five bidis a day had 73 per cent higher risk of death.

In addition to death due to diseases like lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer, heart disease and lung disease, bidi smoking in India increases the risk of death from tuberculosis by 163 per cent. Even smoking less than 10 bidis a day increases the risk by 141 per cent, the study revealed.

Dr Gupta stated that lack of education among most bidi smokers makes it imperative that they be provided adequate information, pictorially, on the health hazards of bidi smoking.



Trust initiative to revive green revolution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Realising the exploitation of water and soil, stagnation in crop yields, uncontrollable insect-pests and crippling debts and suicide by farmers, Sir Ratan Tata Trust operationalised its initiative, “Reviving the Green Revolution”, in partnership with the PAU in 2002 to seek answers and solutions to problems afflicting the rural Punjab.

The programme focussed on diversification in paddy-wheat rotation by demonstrating and popularising alternative crops-basmati, groundnut, maize, etc. cultivation and demonstrating the benefits of integrated pest management in cotton.

Encouraged by the results of phase I (2002-2005), the trust supported the directorate of extension education (PAU) in Kharif 2006 to further disseminate improved production technologies and practices for groundnut and basmati in select villages in Sangrur and Amritsar districts, where enhanced seeds, M-522 and SG-99 of groundnut and super and basmati-386 of Basmati, were grown in two villages, in each crops, under the guidance of PAU experts.

The average yield of basmati increased by 30 per cent with half the number of irrigation (12) as compared to non-basmati rice (23).

Similarly, a saving of 85 per cent in irrigation water was realised by growing groundnut as compared to paddy in Sangrur district.

The basmati and groundnut demonstration were upscaled to 1,000 acres and 700 acres, respectively, in kharif this year by supporting the department of agriculture, Punjab, and the area of demonstration enlarged to include Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Taran Taran for basmati and Sangrur and Hoshiarpur for groundnut.

PAU replicated groundnut demonstrations in Mansa.

In order to infuse fresh knowledge and impetus in cotton cultivation, the model of IPM, standardised by department of entomology, PAU, during 2002-2005 was further upscaled with financial support to the department of agriculture, during kharif 2006 and 2007.

Impressed by the success of IPM technologies supported by the trust, it is planned to expand the programme to over 400 villages during 2008 crop season, as the state government is eager to join hands with the trust to save cotton farmers from new pest, mealybug, as well as existing pests.



Disabled made to run from pillar to post
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In spite of his name on the merit list of ETT teachers, Kuldeep Kapur, a handicapped youth from Machhiwara near here, is unemployed, thanks to callousness on part of clerical staff at zila parishad office here.

For, they did not change the name of the university from where he got his degree.

He presented his case at the sangat darshan programme yesterday but was told to contact higher officials in Chandigarh as selection of ETT teachers had already been undertaken.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Kuldeep said he had applied for the post of ETT teacher under three per cent reserved quota for the handicapped.

He had first applied for the post after completing his BEd from Shri University, Jharkhand. However, he was told that his case could not be taken up as the university was not recognised. The staff at the zila parishad office kept his papers with them.

He then completed BEd from Panjab University, Chandigarh, in first division and applied after the posts were advertised again.

“I was told that my name was already there in the list and there was no need to submit documents again. I asked them to change the name of the university. The staff took my papers and assured me of changing the name of the university. But when lists of candidates appeared, my name was missing.” “I have lost my parents and my younger brother is dependent on me. I cannot walk properly because of my disability, but have been made to make rounds of the offices,” he laments.



Nagar kirtan taken out 
Traffic goes haywire 
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, November 22
It was a day of chaos as traffic was disrupted due to a nagar kirtan procession that was taken out in the city today.
Schoolchildren stuck in a jam on the Jagraon bridge in the wake of a nagar kirtan procession in Ludhiana
SURELY, NOT THIS JAM: Schoolchildren stuck in a jam on the Jagraon bridge in the wake of a nagar kirtan procession in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Almost all major roads were chock-a-block with vehicles as the procession was taken out from the Field Ganj area.

Connecting roads and chowks witnessed the worst traffic situation. The worst hit were Ferozepur road, Gill road, Vishwakarma Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Damoria Bridge.

The situation was bad, but traffic police personnel were absent. No arrangements were made to divert traffic.

“I started from the bus stand at 4 pm and could not reach my destination till 5 pm, which was across the road. It was terrible,” Parampal Singh Baweja, a resident, said.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Thousands of devotees participated in a nagar kirtan organised by Sikh religious organisations here today.

The kirtan was organised under the aegis of the Kalgidhar Federation and Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee, Singh Sabha, to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 24.

The procession started from Guru Teg Bahadur Chowk and passed through various parts of the town.

A large number of vehicles and tractor trailers carrying devotees moved through the town.

Panj Piaras, gatka and Bhangra artistes and school bands accompanied the devotees.

A beautifully decorated palanquin, carrying Guru Granth Sahib, followed the Panj Piaras.

Path of Guru Granth Sahib was held at a gurdwara and bhog will be performed on November 24.

Students from Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, MGMN Senior Secondary School, GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Guru Nanak Kanya Mahvidyalya, Government Elementary School, Amarpura, and Kennedy High School participated and presented martial arts.



Illegal structure razed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A demolition squad of the municipal corporation today razed an alleged illegal structure on the national highway amidst allegations by the owner that he was being pressured to withdraw a case against a woman.

The squad led by ATP Tejpreet Singh reached the highway and razed the structure.

The owner, Brij Mohan, alleged that he was being asked to withdraw a case against a woman. He had refused to do so for which his building was being pulled down.



IT dept conducts surveys
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The income tax department today conducted surveys on S.V. Sales Corporation in Industrial Area, Kansal Hosiery Export and Lester Square restaurant here today.

The surveys were conducted by the directorate of intelligence wing of the IT department around 11 am and were on till the filing of the report.

According to information, tax sleuths inspected books of accounts and documents relating to property and transactions at the three places.



Club to honour Bhagat Singh’s nephew
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 22
Abhey Singh Sandhu, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, will be honoured by the Youth Welfare Sports Club, Talan, near here, on November 25 on the conclusion any of its annual sports meet at a school stadium.

Club secretary general Dharminder Singh said tournaments would be held on November 23 and 12 academies from all over Punjab will fight for prizes worth Rs 2.5 lakh.



Seminar on fashion designing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Top Careers and You organised a seminar on fashion designing at Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, here today. About 100 boys and girls attended the seminar.

Shaveta, Top Careers and You, coordinator, said: “The future belongs to those who believe in dreaming big. Today, fashion is fast emerging as a lucrative career option. Thanks to TV, nowadays kids are aware of changing trends in fashion but are ignorant about courses they can pursue after completing Class XII.” 



Half-day leave

It is understood that the Punjab government has allowed half-day leave in its offices and corporations for those who want to take part in the nagar kirtan (read traffic jams). Normally, the state should not align itself with any religion. These nagar kirtans and rath yatras are a nuisance and causes traffic jams. A few days ago the Chief Minister flagged off a rath yatra in Ludhiana. Already our roads are choked as shopkeepers are allowed to display their products outside their shops. This results in further traffic hazards. A large number of vehicles can be seen plying on the roads. Many have died in accidents and lawlessness rules the road. When nagar kirtans and rath yatras are organised they reveal our poor mindset and least concern for the fellow citizens. As far as I know god will never be happy if you harass your neighbour and fellow citizens.

The government should rise above petty politics and distance itself from religion for better governance.

G.S. Gill, Ludhiana 

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PAU to set up centre of excellence: Kang 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Punjab Agricultural University has in principle decided to create an advance centre of research in biotechnology. The centre will be named as “Ag-Biotech Centre of Excellence”. This was announced by vice-chancellor Manjit Singh Kang here today. He said the university would strive for strengthening its research and development in the field of agricultural biotechnology.

He was addressing a gathering of deans, directors, officers, faculty and students after a lecture on “Punjab Agriculture-Way Forward” by B.S.Ahloowalia of Vienna, Austria.

Professor of Biotechnology at PAU S.S.Gosal said Rs 5 crore budget had been set aside for the genetics and biotechnology section. Last years, the department of biotechnology, Government of India, had sanctioned

Rs 8 crore grant for establishing the centre of excellence in biotechnology.

“The proposed centre will do research on cellular biotechnology (tissue culture) and molecular biotechnology involving gene isolation, gene cloning, gene constructs, DNA molecular marker technology and transgenic etc.”, said Gosal. The university also plans to start B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degree programmes in the subject. 



PAU accepts tractor drivers’ case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Electioneering by the Maur group got a boost as the audit department of the PAU accepted the tractor drivers’ cases. Maur said, “Previously the audit department of the university refused to entertain the increment cases of the tractor drivers.

The Supreme Court in its verdict had stated that the university being an autonomous body the decision taken by the board of management is implemented in the letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, the rival group led by Harbans Singh Mundi said the field staff had promised to support his group. While addressing his supporters near a canteen, he said Tarlochan Singh, president, car-jeep drivers’ association, had promised to support them. He said farm workers had already promised to support the group.



Teachers against entry of corporate sector 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The government school teachers union, Punjab, has condemned the state government’s policy of handing over the school’s education to business houses, against the 1968 nationally-accepted policy of providing compulsory and quality elementary education, through common school system sponsored by the government concerned.

All district board schools in Punjab,were converted into government schools from 1957 onwards, keeping this very motive in mind.

Spokespersons of the union, Charan Singh Sarabha, Jagmel Singh Pakhowal, Parveen Kumar, Sakander Singh Cheema, Saudagar Singh Sarabha said the policy of Badal’s government of establishing Adarsh Schools and exclusive private and elementary schools, will further lead to serious repercussions.

Moreover, establishment of such private schools on one side and imposing a blanket ban on regular appointments of teachers against 40,000 vacant posts in government schools is a hidden agenda to dilute the government school system in the state.

This educational policy will deprive children of poor and lower middle class, especially of rural areas, from getting education in these exclusive schools due to fee structures.

The basic aim of imparting free education by these private schools will suffer because the corporate are entering the field of education with the sole aim of earning profit.



Best polytechnic award for SRS
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls has been adjudged as one of the “outstanding polytechnic “in the northern region for 2006-2007 
for the second consecutive time.

This award was bestowed after assessing the college’s performance during the past three years in academics, extracurricular activities, internal revenue generation, and excellent relationship with industries for placement of students besides other things.

The award was conferred by financial commissioner, technical education and industrial training, Government of Haryana, Ajit Mohan Saran, on the occasion of 40th annual day function celebrated at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTR), Chandigarh.

The award consists of a citation and a plaque. Principal H.K.Toor received the award.



From Schools & Colleges
BCM students attend youth festival at Bahrain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana,November 22
A team of six students and three teachers from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, took part in the international Indian youth festival "Harmony-2007" organised at Indian School, Bahrain, from November 13 to 17.

The students participated in a few competitions selected out of an array of events. Siddharth bagged the second position in poetry recitation in Hindi category and also a special prize in mono acting.

"Such programmes promote team spirit,cooperation and tolerance among youth and also provide opportunity to learn about cultures and religions,” Niveta said.

Vigilance week: Spring Dale Public School, Sherpur, organised a Vigilance Awareness Week. Students deliberated on various topics during the morning assembly session.

An anti-corruption rally was also organised on the concluding day of the awareness week. It passed through nearby localities and raised anti-corruption slogans.

Director of the school Avinash Kaur Walia exhorted the students to beware of the menace of corruption which is not only deteriorating the socio-political fabric of the country but also eroding its economy.

Carnival: Inter-state computer carnival concluded today at Sacred Heart Convent School,Sarabha Nagar, here today. School principal Chamtal congratulated other schools for making the carnival a success.

Former principal of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College Surinder Bir Singh was the chief guest and distributed prize among winners.

Results: (cyber caption): 1 Abhimanyu Mehta, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar; 2 Hamant Kumar Puri, St Anne's Convent School; 3 Kusha Dhawan, BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. (cyber media): 1 Ati Priye and Deepin Pahwa, BCM Arya Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; 2 Manisha Chabra and Ankita Sharma, Stepping Stone School and 3 Gurbir Singh Raahat Bansal, Sacred Heart Convent School.



Seminar on confidence building
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 22
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology organsied a seminar on confidence building among students here.

The seminar was conducted by Bharat Bhalla, executive chef of “Quality Inn” hotel of Canada.

He deliberated upon the ways and means of developing sense of confidence and aptitude among students who wished to become good executives in the hotel industry.

Bhalla stress the need for building confidence and exhorted students to carry positive attitude towards life.

He said they should try to be adept in studies theoretically as well as practically if they wanted to excel in the hotel industry.

He said efforts should be made to improve personality by dressing up properly and possessing adequate knowledge of the subject and area in which they wanted to excel. This would be reflected in their body language when they faced the interview, he added.

Bhalla also conducted an interview session and short-listed 10 students for placement.

Earlier, Shalini Gupta, director general of group, welcomed the keynote speaker.



Annual fest at Tagore school
Our correspondent

Sahnewal, November 22
Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, organised its annual prize distribution function here today.Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest and Punjab mandi board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal was the guest of honour.

The function started with the recitation of Saraswati Vandana. Impressive performance by the school students captivated the audience. Performance of school choreographer Sunny Grover was also appreciated.

School principal Col Kulwinder Singh read out the school’s annual report. Gabria appreciated the efforts put in by students, the management and the school staff.

Lakhowal distributed prizes among students who excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities. 



MBA student wins gold medal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Sheenu Gupta, MBA student of 2005 to 2007 batch of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has bagged gold medal in the examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar.

Sheenu Gupta topped in the university by scoring 88.84 per cent marks. Sarina Khurana, BBA student of 2004 to 2007 batch of the PCTE has bagged bronze medal in BBA examinations conducted by the university. She scored 81.76 per cent marks.



Cheque Bounce
Man gets one-yearjail term
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 22
The court of judicial magistrate Vijay Kumar has sentenced B.P. Singh Chopra of Upasna Feeds, Amritsar, to undergo one-year imprisonment in a cheque bounce case. The accused has also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 3,000.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the case filed by Raj Kumar Aggarwal, director of Ludhiana Feed Mills Private Limited.

The complainant had claimed that he had supplied poultry feeds and medicines to Upasna Feeds vide three invoices amounting to Rs 95,400, Rs 15,900 and Rs 82,129 in 1999.

The accused issued a cheque for Rs 1 lakh for March 20, 2000 to pay up the amount. However, cheque was dishonoured by the bank.

In spite of being served a legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment.

The accused pleaded not guilty and claimed false implication. But finding cogent and convincing against him, the court found the accused guilty and sentenced him.



Shakti school claim hockey title
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 22
Shakti Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, won the 9th Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Diwali Hockey Tournament, defeating Nanakana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur, at the Guru Nanak stadium here today.

The tournament was organised by Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, in which 13 teams of the area took part.

The tournament was inaugurated by executive engineer, PSEB (Doraha), Karan Singh Gill.

Chief guest Dr Malkit Singh, principal, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, gave away the prizes.

The winners got a trophy along with Rs 3,100 as cash prize, while the runners-up got Rs 2,100 in prize money.

College chief patron Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, Roop Brar, Prof Balwant Singh Pangli, Jaswant Singh Gill, Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Prof R.S. Pali, Prof Williamjit Singh, Jagjiwanpal Singh Gill were those present.

Results: Day 1: Panjab Public School, Rupalon, b Government Senior Secondary School, Shahpur; Government Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, b Government Senior Secondary School, Kaddon; Khalsa Public School, Jaspalon, b Government Senior Secondary School, Jatana; and Mehta Gurukul Public School, Doraha, b Government Senior Secondary School, Ghawaddi.

Day 2: Shakti Public School, Doraha, b Panjab Public School; Government Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, b Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha; Mehta Gurukul Public School b Guru Nanak Model School; and Nankana Sahib Public School b Khalsa Public School.

Semifinals: Shakti Public Senior Secondary School b Government Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, 4-0; and Nankana Sahib Public School b Mehta Gurukul Public School 7-6.

Final: Shakti Public Senior Secondary School b Nankana Sahib Public School 4-3 (on penalty shootout).



Hemraj fashions Rajasthan win 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
A fine century by Hemraj Meena (122) helped Rajasthan score a consolation win over host Punjab in the third and last cricket match of the visually impaired which was organised by the Punjab Sports Association for the Blind at the Government College for Boys ground here today.

With this, Punjab wrapped up the series 2-1.

Batting first, Rajasthan scored a mammoth 326 runs, losing seven wickets in the stipulated 25 overs. Besides Hemraj (122), other notable scorers were Hardyal (47) and Rajidner Verma (23).

For the host, Rakesh Prajapati sent down five overs and took two wickets for 44 runs while Harjinder Sonu grabbed two wickets for 13 runs.

Chasing the target, Punjab were shot out for 195 runs. The main scorers were Gurpreet Singh (46), Jagjit (26), Vaneet (21) and Munshi Ram (20).

For the visitors, Nirmal took three wickets for 43.



Winning start for GGN, St Thomas 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
GGN Senior Secondary School, Rose Garden, and St Thomas Senior Secondary School registered impressive wins on the opening day of the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School ground, Shastri Nagar, here today.

GGN School beat NSP School, Gill Park, by eight wickets, while St Thomas Senior Secondary School routed Sita Grammar School, Malerkotla, by nine wickets.

Batting first, NSP School made 141 runs for the loss of two wickets in the stipulated 12 overs. Their innings revolved around Kamalpreet’s 96 runs. Gundeep and Hartej Singh contributed 21 and eight runs, respectively.

For GGN School, Jagmohan and Amit scalped one wicket each for 31 and 39 runs, respectively.

GGN Senior Secondary School reached the target after losing just two wickets. Maninder and Harmohan remained unbeaten on 44 and 22 runs, respectively, while Gursimran and Jagmohan made 22 and 17 runs, respectively.

In another match, St Thomas Senior Secondary School restricted Sita Grammar School to a modest 76 runs. Ankur and Gurpreet contributed 16 and 11 runs, respectively.

St Thomas surpassed their rivals’ total in just 10 overs, losing one wicket in the process. Adil remained unbeaten on 29, while Aliv made 27 runs.

In the third match, KVM School beat USPC Jain School by 45 runs.

KVM scored 130 runs for the loss of one wicket with Salil and Sanchit remaining unbeaten on 66 and 22 runs, respectively. Lalit contributed 24 runs. Nishant was the lone wicket-taker.

In reply, USPC Jain School could muster 85 runs in the allotted 12 overs, losing two wickets.

In the fourth match of the day, GMT Senior Secondary School scripted a two-wicket win over Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

Sacred Heart scored 99 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Taranvir and Amrinder made 20 and 16 runs, respectively.

For GMT School, Vaibhav captured three wickets for 30 runs, while Diljot and Amrinder took two and one wicket, respectively.

GMT School made the required runs after losing eight wickets with main contributions by Sahil and Deepak, scoring 28 and 13 runs, respectively.



Kickboxing squads
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
City teams for the forthcoming Punjab State Kickboxing Championship for boys and girls in subjunior, junior and senior category have been selected, according to Shambhu Sagar, joint secretary, Ludhiana District Kickboxing Association.

The championship will be held at Jagraon from November 30 to December 2.

The teams: Boys: Aman, Mayank, Harsh Sareen, Sachin, Vidhu Anand, Raghav, Pulkit, Manraj Deep, Dishu Dewan, Gopal Nautiyal, Vishal Chauhan, Manav Sood, Deepak Singh, Sunil Kumar, Sehaj, Maninder Pal, Javhinulla and Kamar Ali.

Girls: Kanishka, Drishti Gandhi, Mehak Sharma, Prachi Mahajan, Gurleen Kaur, Gurinder Kaur, Sukhwinder and Tomisha Virk.



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