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District Bar Poll
Ghumman elected president
Young lawyers rule the roost
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 20
Parupkar Singh Ghumman has won the District Bar Association (DBA) by defeating his two rivals, K.R.Sikri and Parveen Talwar, for the post of presidentship. Majority of the winners are young lawyers.

Ghumman defeated his nearest rival, Parveen Talwar, with a margin of 257 votes. He secured 616 votes while Parveen Talwar got 359 votes. Third contestant, K.R.Sikri, got only 272 votes. Ghumman had also served as the secretary of the District Bar Association.

His victory has given clear indication that the lawyers polled votes ignoring the appeals made by two major factions in the district Bar Association’s politics. As till date there were only two major factions in the DBA politics, one was led by sitting Bar President, Hemant Kalia and Balwinder Goel. Another faction belongs to chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, Naval Kishore Chibber and Harish Narang.

Parveen Talwar was backed by Kalia and Goel. Whereas K.R.Sikri was supported by the Dhanda group. In these elections lawyers have voted by rising above factionalism. Earlier, Ghumman had strong affiliations with the Kalia and Goel group.

Ghumman was strongly backed by youngsters. In the past couple of years more than 500 new lawyers have become the DBA members.

Overall elections remained peaceful. However, the police was present throughout the day to avoid any untoward incident. Out of 1,449 votes, 1,255 were polled. Ten votes were declared invalid, as per the information provided by returning officer S.K.Pathak and assistant returning officer Darshan Gupta.

Ghumman supporters had started dancing much before the official announcement, as he was leading from the very beginning when the counting started. When the result was declared supporters lifted him on shoulders and garlanded him.

Harinder Narang was declared elected as the vice-president. He defeated his rival candidate N.D.Chopra with a margin of 137 votes. He secured 671 votes in his favour while Chopra got 534 votes.

Govind Puri was elected DBA secretary. He defeated his nearest opponent with a margin of 266. Puri secured 518 votes, whereas nearest contestant Gurvinder Singh Sodhi got 252 votes. There were six contestants for the post of secretary. S M Sharma got 170 votes, S S Gill secured 151 votes, Sandeep Punni got 77 votes and Kirpal Singh Kalra got only 62 votes.

Jagraon: In the local Bar Association elections Amarjit Singh Lamba, Yogesh Pasricha and Aju Tandon were elected president, vice-president and secretary, respectively, for 2008. 

(Bottom left) Aju Tandon, Amarjit Lamba and Yogesh Pasricha who were elected secretary, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Bar Association Jagraon flanked by other members.
(Bottom left) Aju Tandon, Amarjit Lamba and Yogesh Pasricha who were elected secretary, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Bar Association Jagraon flanked by other members.

Lamba secured 36 votes against his rival Rajinderpal Singh who secured 23 out of 60 votes as one ballot was cancelled. 

Yogesh Pasricha was elected vice-president. He defeated his rival J.S. Buttar by a margin of five votes securing 31 votes whereas 3 votes were cancelled and Aju Tandon was elected as Secretary by defeating Navtej Singh Braich by a margin of four votes securing 32 whereas his rival secured 28. 

Raj Kumar Khaushal and S.S. Chhabra were elected unopposed as Executive members.  


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Sugar traders talk sour
Threaten to move court 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
Peeved over inaction by the government on the issue of VAT, the sugar and vanaspati traders association today threatened to move court if the government failed to resolve the matter.

The traders are reluctant to pay VAT, estimated to be over Rs 1 crore, between November 5 and November 21. They said while the entry tax was imposed on imported sugar from November 21, the government implemented VAT on sugar from November 5 and they came to know about his on November 24.

“We are not protesting VAT on sugar.But were told about it late. During that period we did not charge tax from the customer. If we are required to pay tax between these periods, we would have to suffer heavy losses,” said Jagjit Singh, president of the association, while addressing a press conference here today.

The traders said they started charging VAT from their buyers from November 21 and were willing to pay the same from that date onwards. Over 1,000 wholesalers in the state would have to bear the burden of this tax for the period during which they were not intimated about it. According to entry tax provisions, the tax is adjusted through VAT. However, as there was no VAT on sugar prior to the implementation of entry tax, VAT was also imposed.

Traders have a problem that implementation of VAT on sugar was informed to them much later.

Despite raising the issue with the government and the excise and taxation department, all they have got so far are assurances, said traders. “We have been running from the pillar to the post with our demand which is genuine. We are not against paying tax but such an attitude would ruin this industry. However, all they have done so far is given us verbal assurances. Now that we are to file our quarterly VAT returns, we want the matter to be sorted at the earliest,” said Pawan Kumar Gupta, general secretary of the association.

The traders, who also wrote to the Chief Minister on this issue, said they would move court in case no action was taken on the matter within eight to 10 days.

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Central excise detects duty evasion worth Rs 14 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
Officials of the Central Excise Commission have detected tax evasion worth Rs 14 lakh by Waryam Steels here. The officials, who conducted the raid on the unit on Tuesday, said the evasion was likely to run into crores.

While the company’s MD, who got himself admitted to a hospital, refused to accept summons issued by the department, the officials today conducted raids on Inderjit Forging in the Focal Point area, a company which was found transacting with Waryam Steels. Investigations were also conducted on Ajar Amar Steel, said officials.

“The tax evasion is likely to run into crores. The company’s MD is not cooperating but we are continuing with our investigations and are trying to tally transactions conducted with other companies,” Commissioner A.K. Mehra said.

On suspecting excise duty evasion, the department had raided the premises of Waryam Steels. Tax sleuths found rough records and documents that indicated fake transactions so as to claim Cenvat.

Officials said they were now trying to segregate transactions pertaining to ally steel, which is much costlier from non-alloy steels. The documents obtained from Waryam Steels showed some transactions with the other two companies.

Further investigations are on and action would be taken against those engaged in evasion, Mehra said. 

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Court summons Aulakh on Jan 8
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
Additional Civil Judge Tarsem Mangla has summoned Dr K S Aulakh, former vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, in Rs 1 crore suit for damages filed against him and three other university employees by Dr Balwant Singh, who had sought damages for alleged malicious prosecution.

He had been told to appear before the court on January 8. Dr Balwant Singh, a former scientist of Punjab Agricultural University, had in June this year claimed damages worth Rs 1 crore from Aulakh, on the charges of unnecessarily dragging him in malicious prosecution.

The former scientist had pleaded in the defamation suit that he was falsely implicated in a case on a complaint lodged by university employee Gopal Dass.

He was booked under Section 3 of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on July 12, 2003, and remained behind bars for 13 days.

He was acquitted on November 2006. He filed the defamation suit claiming immense loss of reputation and humiliation due to the case and arrest. 

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Mobile unit to trace stolen vehicles
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 20
The Khanna police has set up a mobile stolen vehicles unit at the toll barrier, near here, to trace stolen vehicles.

Stating this here today, SSP Gautam Cheema said the unit had been set up on the directions of the director general of police. He said the unit would be help trace stolen vehicles.

The SSP said the unit would act as a central unit where information regarding stolen vehicles from across the country would be fed into the database.

All district police chiefs in the state had been asked to inform the unit in case of vehicle theft in their jurisdiction.

He said the database would hold information like registration number, engine number, chassis number, colour and model of vehicles, which would not only make the sale and purchase of stolen vehicles difficult but also help tracing them.

He said the local police could provide information through e-mail (toll_doraha@Yahoo.com) or telephone (01628-259100).

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Experts stress on safeguarding consumer rights
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
A seminar on “Consumer rights protection” was organised at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women here today. The seminar was sponsored by the IIPA and held under the guidance of Prof Monica Sharda.

Prof Gurjit Singh, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Laws, Patiala, was the chief guest.

Prof B.S. Ghumar, dean, faculty of arts and chairman, department of public administration, Punjab University, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour.

After the welcome speech by principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, a souvenir was released.

Prof Gurjit Singh delivered the keynote address in which he emphasised the need for effective implementation of the CPA designs to give relief to the common masses.

Tracing the evolution of consumer rights protection, he said the movement got a fillip with the 1962 speech of John F. Kennedy.

“India took a significant step for bringing into place the Consumer Rights Protection Act in 1986, which was further amended in 1995 and 2002.”

Dr Charanjev Singh, reader, department of public administration, Punjab University, Chandigarh, was the chairperson for the technical session.

Nandini Kalia, lecturer, DAV college, Chandigarh, Komal Singh, lecturer, public administration, Dr Mukesh Chauhan and Akshat Mehta were the speakers for the session. 

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Safe food everyone’s right: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
“Access to nutritionally adequate and safe food is the right of each individual,” said Dr N.S. Malhi, director of extension education, while presiding over the valedictory function of a short course on “Food laws and standards: Changing scenario and safety of consumers”, today.

Dr Malhi said food systems in developing countries like India were not as well organised as in the industrialised world, hence they were more likely to be exposed to food safety risks.

Migration of rural population towards cities for better prospects posed food safety problems especially for people living under the poverty line.

Danger to food safety could arise from microbial contamination, industrial pollutants, improper and non-permitted use of insecticides and pesticides and willful adulterant to food, he added.

The 10-day course was organised by the department of food science and technology was attended by 21 participants from 12 states all over India.

Dean, college of agriculture, Dr G.S. Chahal expressed concern over heavy losses incurred during pre and post-harvest management of food crops in India where one-third of its people were unable to afford two meals a day.

Dr Chahal appreciated healthy interaction with expert speakers during the course.

Earlier, Dr H.P.S. Nagi, senior scientist and course director, said in food processing, food safety had a meaning for everyone irrespective of the status of a person.

All governments were concerned about giving top priority to provide wholesome, nutritive and safe food for their people.

Lectures were organised on food bio-safety and genetically modified foods, national and international food laws, HACCP, microbial and chemical spoilage of foods, food certification systems and nutrition labeling for consumer 
protection. 

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Id-ul-Zuha
Traders feast as goat sale picks up
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
The sale of goats in the city went into an overdrive today as devotees made purchases to celebrate Id-ul-Zuha, which falls tomorrow. Traders made hay as goat, which was worth Rs 2,500 yesterday, sold at Rs 6,000 onward today.

Truckloads of animal arrived from Rajasthan, UP and Delhi at “bakr mandi” of Salem Tabri and several other areas of the city like Jhodewal Basti, Shivpuri, Field Ganj and Janak Puri.

For city, where a goat sold for a hefty Rs 75,000 on the same occasion last year, expectations are high this time too. Going by conservative estimates, goats worth Rs 50 lakh are expected to be sold this time.

As the purchase of the animal is not determined by its weight but by its health and built, it is the seller who determines the price.

Sellers are known to raise the animal especially for this occasion. The goat so raised is well fed and maintained.

“The better looking the animal, the higher its price. It is the seller who determines the price in the mandi and whoever is willing to pay gets it. This is why the prices run very high. Today, the price was Rs 6,000 per ram onward and tomorrow it would be at least double of this,” said Mohammad Irfan, a resident.

Id-ul-Zuha, which teaches spirit of surrender, is marked by sacrifice of goats, the skin of which is sold off, while the animal is divided into four parts, one of which is consumed by the one who sacrifices it. The rest is given away to the economically weaker.

“Over 4 lakh Muslims, who include migrants, in the city are expected to celebrate the festival. The festival teaches the spirit of sacrifice. At the same time the ones who are better off are supposed to help the weaker lot,” said Mustkeem Ahrari, spokesperson for Jama Masjid here. 

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Two booths forcibly occupied
Ruckus in new courts complex
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
Ruckus prevailed in new courts complex at the mini secretariat today when a few persons forcibly occupied two booths, removed the goods lying inside, put up their locks and even started painting the boards afresh.

The original occupants, who were allotted the place for booths having Photostat and typing machines and had all documents in place, had gone out for a lunch when a few persons broke open the locks and occupied the booths.

Later, the occupants thwarted the move by staging a protest against the administration.

The protesters raised slogans against the deputy commissioner accusing him of giving a green light to the alleged occupants.

Ajit Singh Batra, president, Old Kacheri Welfare Association, said an Akali leader was among the alleged usurpers today.

He also alleged that the persons who had created trouble were already working from the basement of the mini secretariat. ‘‘It is sad that we had knocked at the doors of judiciary even though we are rightful occupants of this place. Still all this was being done. They had the courage to do everything so blatantly. If they belong to the ruling party that does not mean that they can grab the booths and nobody would do anything against them, ’’ he said.

He added that the Photostat machine owners were poor with no political backing. That is why they were being treated like that.

‘‘We would not spare any official who was found helping them. We would tell the public about their doings. ’’

Later in the evening, the Division No. 5 police was informed. A police team led by Shaminder Singh Dhillon reached the spot. He called both parties to meet him at 10 a.m. tomorrow. 

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Winter school on climate change concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
A three-week winter school on “Climate change vis-a-vis agricultural productivity and modeling their inter-relationships” concluded at Punjab Agricultural University today.

The training was organised by department of agricultural meteorology, PAU, in which 25 participants from all over the country participated.

PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang, who was the chief guest on the concluding function, said economic development was essential but not at the cost of ecological deterioration.

“We have to make compromise between ecological security and the economic development,” he said.

Director, extension education, Dr N.S. Malhi emphasised on reorienting research priorities in order to develop technologies that stabilised greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Dr G.S. Bains, head, agricultural meteorology, presented a report on winter school.

During the course, eminent scientist delivered lectures and talks on various aspects of effect of climate changes on agriculture, insects, diseases, animals and human health. 

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8 jaggery samples taken 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 20
Field staff of the health department has stepped up its vigil against the sale of adulterated and substandard jaggery in the city and rural areas of the district. Eight samples of jaggery were seized and sent to government laboratory for chemical analysis.

Civil surgeon Dr Sat Pal Sharma said today that health officials raided various shops located in the city and at Sahnewal, Khanna, Ikkolaha and Rauni and took eight jaggery samples for chemical analysis.

Later, the civil surgeon met traders and warned them against selling adulterated jaggery. He said raids were carried out after the administration received reports that a few unscrupulous elements were marketing jaggery that were laced with certain chemicals and harmful dyes, and in some cases, even sugar were being added to it, which was not fit for human consumption.

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Tragedy lurks at this unmanned level crossing
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 20
The recent minibus-train collision, which claimed numerous lives, at an unmanned level crossing near the new grain market at Chuhar Chak, seems to have failed to wake up the railway authorities.

A similar level crossing on the Aligarh-Raikot bypass poses serious threat to the lives of thousands of motorists who use this road every day.

In a bid to link Malerkotla with Raikot and Jagraon with Jalandhar, the government had started work on widening the narrow 4-km-long bypass, which connects the Raikot road at Aligarh on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road.

The volume of traffic has increased manifold, as vehicles use this road to avoid entering Jagraon city.

However, the unmanned level crossing, which is 3 km from the Jagraon railway station, poses a serious threat to the lives of motorists, as trains often approach at great speeds.

Area residents have demanded alternative arrangements like building of an overpass or manning the level crossing to avoid the occurrence of a similar accident in the future. 

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Hoodwinking law to stay in juvenile home
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
A number of clever criminals escaped rigorous life in the Central Jail and Borstal Jail here by claiming they were minors. They remained for several months in the observation home run by the social welfare department for juvenile delinquents in Shimlapuri.

The fraud came to light when seven such criminals were caught after the jail authorities and police administration got their real age assessed through a medical examination conducted at the civil hospital recently.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal said an investigation is under way to find if these persons had deliberately made false claims of their age or did not know their exact age. He said those found guilty would be booked under Section 420 of the IPC for cheating.

Many of those were even married and had children. In police records, Rakesh Kumar (26) had claimed himself to be 17 years old when Sarabha Nagar police arrested him in May this year.

The police is also probing the role of those who confirmed the “false” age of the seven.

SSP Jaiswal said it was intriguing why the policemen who arrested them or the Observation Home authorities could not decipher the real age at the time of their arrest.

Ludhiana Tribune had reported last year how some convicts or undertrials were hiding their real age to attain the benefits. The observation home is meant for offenders under the age of 18.

The inmates are imparted education and made self-reliant by teaching them making handicraft or other skilled work.

Several other norms and rules for the inmates are relaxed in comparison to the life inside central and borstal jail.

As per the police records and recent media reports, other alleged cheaters were Deepak, found to be 21 instead of the claimed age of 17, Sanjay Kumar (22), Vinod Kumar, (20), Naresh Kumar (20), Harjinder Singh and Ranjit Singh (both over 20 years of age).

Sources said the fraud came to light when a number of juveniles claimed that these persons were bullying them. They said the persons who appeared old were strong enough to physically pressure them into doing work and toeing their line inside the observation home. 

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Blasphemy
Valmiki samaj memo to DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
The Bhartiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj, Bhavadas, today submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar in protest against a story published in a newspaper on December 18 claiming the existence of two Valmikis.

Vijay Manav, district convener, Bhartiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj, Bhavadas, said the story had hurt the sentiments of the community.

“It is also an attempt to divide the Hindus and the Valmikis,” he said demanding that an FIR be registered against the reporter.

Around 100 members of the community went to the mini secretariat to submit the memorandum to the deputy commissioner.

They demanded action against the guilty for hurting the religious sentiments of thousands of Valmikis. 

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PWD linemen cut power to fleece money
DTO office worst-affected 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
For a meager amount of Rs 50 or Rs 100, PWD (electrical wing) linemen “harass” a large number of people who daily visit the district transport office for getting their work done. 

Not only people standing in queues are being harassed but staff and officials working in the department are also disturbed by such an unethical practice adopted by them.

But today, the officers got a chance to “nab the culprit” and presented him before the deputy commissioner for necessary action.

Telling about the problem faced by the department and visitors daily, one of the clerks with the district transport office, said the maintenance of electricity (generator) of the entire mini secretariat complex was under the PWD (electricity wing).

“These days, there are daily power-cuts. But we are provided with a generator here which caters to the needs of the entire mini secretariat. For the past few days, we were facing major power crises. All other departments are getting electricity but at our office, there is no power. As result, hundreds of persons have to wait for their photographs clicked and the office work suffers in absence of non-working computers”, said the clerk adding that one or two linemen of the wing intentionally cut the wires at peak hours so that the work as well as the people suffers.

Not only this, when these linemen are called by the department officials to rectify the fault, they demand money from contractors or the clerks for getting the work done. Despite repeated complaints to the in charge, the problem has not been solved.

DTO Chander Gaind said both junior engineer and the lineman were produced before the deputy commissioner in the afternoon, who warned them. 

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MC’s public works to go online
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
The department of local government of Punjab has decided to computerise the working of municipal corporations and councils in the state and the local corporation has been selected for the pilot project of computerisation.

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft, a leading international IT company, in this regard.

Following the selection, commissioner Vikas Pratap held a meeting with engineers of the company and announced that local residents would be able to access data related to house tax, water supply and sewerage bills, birth and death certificate online.  

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BKU (Rajewal) elects office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 20
A meeting of the BKU (Rajewal) was held to elect its state body under the chairmanship of Gurnam Singh Durgapur here today.

Union delegates unanimously elected Balbir Singh Rajewal as its president for another two-year term and vested him with powers to complete his executive and office-bearers.

Rajewal announced his team after consulting with presidents of various districts.

Thanking delegates, Rajewal said BKU office-bearers had a growing responsibility with farmers getting into deeper crisis. The union demanded immediate payment of bonus on paddy and fixation of MSP of sugarcane. 

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Letters
Waive water charges

The deteriorating economic condition of the state has hit people hard. Due to the crisis, the government is under compulsion to put financial burden on people by imposing various taxes. Also, benefits provided by the previous government are also being withdrawn.

The government has made up its mind to reimpose water and sewerage charges on those living in houses measuring 125 sq yds and who had been exempt from paying these by the previous regime.

Further, the local bodies department has extended the date to recover pending water and sewerage bills.

The matter regarding water and sewerage charges for the area of MIG colony, Phase-II, Urban Estate Dugri is still undecided. Flats (ground and Ist floor) of this colony have an area of 81 sq yds and are exempt from paying these charges. However, the municipal corporation has now issued huge bills seeking charges for three years.

Residents have been fighting for over a year to get the exemption but the corporation is unrelenting.

Local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, minister for jails Hira Singh Gabria, commissioner, mayor and councillor of ward No. 60 Tehal Singh should look into the matter and exempt the flats from paying the bills.

Kuldip Singh Kreer,
Ludhiana 

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NRI Murder
UK cops start parallel probe 
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 20
The British police has initiated parallel investigations into the alleged murder of Manjit Kaur, an NRI, who was living in Britain for the past two decades.

Manjit Kaur was reportedly murdered by her husband, Jagpaljit Singh, also an NRI from Britain, on November 9.

Arvinder Singh, a resident of Phagwara, in a statement recorded with the Khanna police had alleged that her sister (Manjit Kaur) was for the past two years being pressurized by Jagpaljit Singh for transferring the property, she owned in England, in his name. He had also staked claim on her parental property in 
Phagwara.

Arvinder said Jagpaljit had even started beating up his sister and his father, Sukhdev Singh, had recently visited England for persuading her to seek divorce from her second husband. But, she had refused to do so. Jagpaljit even used to traumatize Manjit’s daughter from her first marriage, who later shifted to a hostel in England to save herself from the step-father’s wrath.

The matter was extensively reported in the British media, after being highlighted by the local ones. At this, the British police department swung into action and started probing into allegations leveled by Manjit Kaur’s brother. The British police are examining the records of Manjit Kaur’s property in England. They even want to know whether it had ever been transferred in Jagpaljit’s name. The police has also got in touch with Manjit Kaur’s doctors and a few hospitals in England to ascertain whether she had ever got herself treated for any injures that could have been sustained 
from beating.

Besides his, the department is also trying to figure out why Manjit’s daughter had moved to the hostel.

The British police is also in constant touch with the Khanna police, where the case had been registered. Manjit Kaur had died on the Payal road near Bija. Jagpaljit, who along with Manjit was going to pay obeisance at a nearby gurdwara, had stated that she died after being ran over by a vehicle.

However, Manjit’s brother said she had been murdered by Jagpaljit Singh.

Meanwhile, the Punjab police was also trying to verify the claims made Manjit’s husband.

The DIG (Ludhiana range) had asked the local police to reinvestigate the matter and submit a report soon. 

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Three booked for snatching vehicle
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 20
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked three persons on charges of snatching a vehicle.

ASI Rajbir Singh of the Sidhwan Bet police station said Baljinder Singh, alias Ladi, of Sakala, Ravi Kumar, alias Ravi, of Bagoani, and Avtar Singh, alias Tari, of Chawa, both residents of Delhi, had hired a vehicle on rent and allegedly drugged the driver on the way.

They took away the vehicle. The police has launched a hunt for the accused.

Assault

Dharminder Singh, his brother Harjinder Singh and Major Singh of Bhundri have been booked for allegedly waylaying Rachhpal Singh of their village and assaulting him.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506 and 34, IPC.

The injured has been admitted to the civil hospital, Sidhwan Bet.

A dispute over parking is said to be the cause behind the alleged assault. No arrest has been made so far.  

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Punjab volleyball squads announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 20
The Punjab men and women teams for the 56th Senior National Volleyball Championship to be held from December 23 to January 1 at Jaipur have been announced.

According to Raj Kumar, general secretary, Punjab Volleyball Association, the teams are: Men: Suraj Parkash, Balwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurchand Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Navjeet Singh, Narinder Singh, Anirudh, Gulsher Singh, Sarban Singh and Sukhjinder Singh.

Surinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh have been appointed coach and assistant coach, respectively.

Women: Devinder Kaur, Gurvinder Kaur, Gaganpreet Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Mandeep Kaur, Navgeet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Hukamjit Kaur, Baljeet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur and Manpreet Kaur. Neelam Rani will accompany the squad as coach. Naresh Pathak has been appointed chief-de-mission of the Punjab contingent. 

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Rugby
Spring Dale school lads excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 20
Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Sherpur, excelled in Punjab’s title victory in the seven-a-side National Rugby Football Championship held on Panjab University campus ground, Chandigarh, from December 14 to 16.

In the final, Punjab defeated Rajasthan to bag the title.

In a press note issued here today, school principal Sandeep Raikhi said four students from the school represented the state.

Director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia also congratulated the boys on their success. 

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