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‘Most wanted’ dacoit in the net
Accused in 70 cases of kidnapping and looting, Binda arrested after encounter
Jupinderjit Singh/ Vijay Bansal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Dharminder Singh alias Binda of Shadipur village near Bilga in Jalandhar district, one of the most wanted dacoits of the state, who is accused of committing 70 crime have been arrested.

The Ludhiana-rural police (Jagraon) announced today that Binda nabbed after an encounter with a police team in Sidhwan Bet last evening. He had also carried out the sensational kidnapping and robbery of the family of industrialist Tarsem Lal Gupta on Christmas night.

The family was kidnapped from near Mullanpur where the man and two children were beaten and held hostage while the woman was forced to travel nearly 50 km to her house near Samrala Chowk where they robbed huge cash and jewellery.

Inspector-Genral of Police Sanjiv Kalra and SSP Ludhiana-Rural Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, told a press conference here that during patrolling, a team led by DSP Satnam Singh nabbed the alleged criminal after a fire exchange.

During preliminary interrogation, the accused disclosed that he jumped a bail and formed a gang consisting of members identified as Joga alias Jogi, Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, Harwinder Singh alias Kaka, Sandeep Singh, Jagroop Singh alias Rubi of Jalandhar and Balwinder Singh alias Billa and Amit Kamboj.

The police officials said the latest crime committed by his gang members, including looting a sum of Rs 3,50,000 from Satnam Singh, panchayat secretary, co-operative society near Mari Major village, Taran Tarn and snatching of Innova Car near Patti, looting of Rs 65,000 from a worker of liquor vend, Rs 30,000 from six patrol pumps in Taran Tarn.

The accused also looted a patrol pump in Sidhwan Bet recently. In November, 2007, near Jaladiwal on Raikot-Barnala road he looted Skoda car, one mobile set of Nokia, cash, one wrist watch and one gold ring from Ashok Kumar Aggarwal.

The Skoda car was later used in the sensational crime of looting a Ludhiana family. On December 25, 2007, this gang followed a Ford Fiesta car near Mullanpur Dakha, stopped the car on the pretext to know the address of a hospital.

Three accused came out from the Skoda, beat up the businessman and put him in the Skoda car and fled towards Hambran Road. The accused looted gold ornaments along with cash of Rs 12000.

After this crime they had gone to Talban village where they fired on the house of Bittu. This gang had also snatched cash in the area of P S Nakodar in four incidents.

Dharminder Singh often used to travel in the buses due to fear of the police. He was planning to go abroad by procuring a forged passport from UP. One gang member, Amit Kamboj of Karnal (Haryana) is also wanted, who had jumped bail in a murder case. This gang had taken away40 cars gold ornaments and other valuables.

Accused Dharminder Singh Bhinda, Billu, Bitta and Joga were declared POs.

One laptop, one Skoda car, one 32 bore pistol, one 315 bore desi and many mobile sets and gold and valuable ornaments are yet to be recovered from this gang. The modus operandi of this gang was that they used to stop the target vehicle on highways by crossing or hitting the vehicle on a narrow passage. When the driver stopped to check the vehicle, they used to kidnap and take them on link roads and looted the cash, gold ornaments and other valuables.



Pension Plan
Bank staff hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Bank employees held a dharna in support of their long-pending demands, including one more option to provident fund optees to join pension scheme, outside the State Bank of Patiala, Miller Ganj, here today.

The United Forum of Bank Unions also gave a countrywide call for full day strike on January 25. Besides, they will hold two-day strike on February 24 and 25 and indefinite strike in last week of March if their demands were not met.

The employees held the dharna under the banner of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation on a call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions.

The employees demanded that merger of public sector banks should be stopped and compassionate appointment be restored in banks, vacancies be filled, outsourcing of routine banking jobs be stopped and early settlement of wage revision be done.

Addressing the employees, Sudesh Kumar, chairman, PBEF, said there were repeated attempts by managements of various banks to consolidate public sector banks through mergers.

"The public sector banks have several social responsibilities and their major objective is economic development. Instead of merging banks, there is a need to expand them to meet economic challenges. 



Demolition squad faces women might
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Residents, especially women, of Kochhar Market today staged a dharna and did not allow the demolition squad of the Municipal Corporation to raze illegal structures.

A demolition squad of the MC accompanied by a heavy posse of the police had gone to raze structures in the area after pulling down many illegal structures in Jawahar camp and Lajpat Nagar market here in the evening.

The team led by tehbazaari superintendent Naveen Kumar went to the area. Learning from its past experiences, when the Jawahar Camp shopkeepers had hurled stones at the squad after getting angry over the demolition drive, the MC went all prepared and pulled down all illegal structures that had come up by encroaching upon 4-5 square feet of road on either sides.

The demolition went off peacefully in Jawahar Nagar and Lajpat Nagar market. But trouble arose near Kocchar Market police post when the women started demonstrating. The team razed some structures and left others sensing trouble.

Naveen said they had carried out the operations well. He said he had managed to get the dharna lifted and remove the illegal structures.



Now, water woes in Janta Nagar
Stinking water fault rectified
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The Municipal Corporation today swung into action and started repairing work in the Islam Ganj area where residents had been getting contaminated water from their taps for the past three days.

Following a news item carried in these columns today highlighting the plight of these residents, the employees of MC reached the area and identified the snag.

‘‘It took them quite some time to look in to the problem. Then they finally found a sewer pipe from where the water was getting mixed into water supply pipe. It will take them some time to repair it as they have to replace the pipe, ’’ said Jug Raj, a resident of Islam Ganj.

The residents had yesterday complained that they were getting dirty and stinking water from their taps.

Meanwhile, residents of street number 5, 6 and 7 in New Janta Nagar on Gill Road have complained that even in this weather they were going without water since Friday.

Sher Singh, a resident of the area, said these streets, located at the tail-end of water supply line, had to suffer due to a snag in tubewell.

He said they had to fetch water from other streets for daily needs. Angry at the functioning of the MC, Sher Singh said he complained to the SDO O&M cell, zonal commissioner, but nobody listened to his complaints.

Even a phone call at commissioner's residence proved futile. He said the problem was resurfacing after a gap of some days. ‘‘When there is no supply during the afternoon hours due to cold weather, they can at least rectify the snag during those hours. Nobody cares.’’ he added.



3 cops nabbed aiding wood theft
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The whistle blower in the City Centre scam, Ashok Singh Garcha, today took the lid of a wood smuggling racket, allegedly being run with the aid of the police in Hambran area of the district.

While Garcha has been running pillar to post for the last one month to trace those who fell eucalyptus trees and took away wood from his land worth Rs 5 lakh, he was shocked to know forest guard Jasbir Singh had caught eight persons, including three policemen, chopping off trees on forest land.

Garcha told reporters it seemed lower-rank policemen were behind other such incidents of theft.

Forest guard Jasbir Singh has challaned the three policemen and five others and sent the case to higher officials. He has said in the report he saw the men in action and the policemen sheltering them.

One of the accused is ASI Harbhajan Singh. Other cops are yet to be identified. “I have issued a challan against them and sent the matter for further action to senior officials after making due entry in the forest register.”

Block forest officer Pritpal Singh said the accused deposited a compensation of Rs 11,300 with the forest department this evening.

Garcha praised the guard for bravery and demanded stringent action against the erring policemen.

"Now the ball is in the court of the Jagraon police.They must ensure that the law of the land prevails in the area and not the writ of cops who bring disrepute to the department."

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said he would order an inquiry into the incident though the forest guard report had not reached him so far.

Garcha said despite his being a former Improvement Trust chairman, he was left knocking the doors of various police officials to get the theives traced.

"I wonder what may be the plight of the common man."

Ludhiana-rural SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar has ordered an inquiry against ASI Harbhajan Singh and two other cops. The Hambran police has, finally, registered a case of theft of euclyptus trees from Garcha’s land.



Gang of killers busted, three held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The local police today achieved a major breakthrough with the arrest of the three member of a notorious auto-rickshaw gang. With this, the police claims to have solved three murder cases. They were wanted for the killing of an employee at Jaspal Bangar village, in Sawitri Devi and barber’s murder cases.

Addressing a press conference today SP (City-II) and the DSP said the three members of the alleged auto-rickshaw gang Mohammed Anees Ansari, alias Vishal, Jasveer Singh, alias Monu and Rinku had been arrested for killing Jadwinder Pal of Hargobind Nagar on January 8.

The accused had even cut his hand after killing him for removing the jewellery. Prior to that, they had allegedly severely injured him by hitting with an iron rod on his head. Later, they strangulated him with a rope.

The police said the three were suspected to be involved in a few other cases where they had looted or killed those commuting in their auto-rickshaws.

The police officials also claimed that the accused in the murder case of 80-year-old Sawitri devi had been nominated after their photographs were found during investigation.

They had been identified as Munna Patel and his wife, Naazmeen, alias Urmila. They would be arrested soon.

In the third case, barber’s, Sarwan Kumar, killers have been identified. They are Pardesi Ram, Sunny, both from Shimla Puri . They had allegedly killed Sarwan for having an illicit relationship with the accused. 



No aspirations for NDA chief’s post: Badal 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Samrala, January 21
Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister and SAD president, a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has claimed that he will not lead the front at the national level at any cost.

He told this to Ludhiana Tribune after addressing the gathering at the annual sports fair at Gujjarwal village near here yesterday. He denied any substance in reports about his name being considered for heading the NDA.

“Neither I am capable of performing duties of the leader of NDA nor did I ever aspire for achieving the top position in the alliance,” Badal reacted sharply to a question put by the reporter.

He avoided answering question on issues like withdrawal of free power and irrigation water to farmers, possibilities of re-imposition of octroi and amendment in election process of sarpanches in the state. These issues will first be discussed with BJP leaders before the Cabinet takes any final discussion. However, he claimed that factionalism in rural areas of the state would reduce after the system of electing sarpanches from panches was implemented.

Earlier, Badal called upon office bearers of the civic bodies to focus on developing sports infrastructure in their respective areas. Admitting that the successive governments had failed to arrange sufficient grounds and food for the players, he directed panchayats of the area to spare a chunk of land for sportsmen and funds for sports clubs of their respective areas.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Jagdish Singh Garcha, former minister, Sumer Singh Gurjar, deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, Sanjiv Kalra, IG, Jalandhar range and G.S. Bhullar, Ludhiana (Rural) SSP,Jagjiwan Singh Khirnia, MLA, Sukhdev Singh Libra, MP, and Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia, SGPC member, were also present on the occasion.

Later, the Chief Minister presided over the prize distribution function organised by the Malwa Sports Club at Samrala and announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for its organisers. Another grant of Rs 10 lakh was announced for upgrading the stadium’s infrastructure. He added that the winners of medals in Olympics and National Games would be awarded cash prizes worth Rs 1.25 crore

Meanwhile, in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards society, a few distinguished personalities of the area were felicitated by the Gujjarwal village panchayat and sports club. Chief Minister presented mementoes to the distinguished personalities during the concluding day of annual rural sports fair yesterday.

According to club’s president Pritpal Singh, Dr J.S.Grewal, consultant cardiologist, Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, was felicitated for his contribution towards the field of medicine.

Surinder Pal Singh Tony, director, Kalakh Kabaddi Academy, was also honoured for promoting sports in the area. Principal Surinder Mohan and Dr Davinder Singh Channa were honoured for outstanding services in their respective fields.

Sumer Singh Gurjar, deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, and Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP Ludhiana (Rural), were also among those felicitated. 



Rehearsal for R-Day parade in full swing 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The rehearsal for the Republic day parade was in full swing on the ground of SCD Government College for boys here today. Approximately, 2,000 students from various schools across the district will participate in the parade.

Rupinder Singh, Ravi, assistant education officer, said, "The rehearsal for the Republic Day is in full swing as many school of the city are enthusiastically participating in the parade. The children will perform the PT drills, gidda, bhangra and various other cultural programmes on the occasion of Republic Day. We are making every possible effort to make this Republic day a grand success."

Students from Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, R.S Model Senior Secondary Public School, Shastri Nagar and various other government schools have confirmed their participation.

Doraha: The rehearsals for Republic Day are in full swing at Payal with various schools and colleges of the tehsil ensuring their active participation in order to make the show successful.

Various meetings are being organised under the presidentship of Dr Neeru Katayal Gupta, SDM, Payal, in which the preparations to be made on the R-Day are being elaborately discussed and roles assigned to departments so that the day may be organised in a planned manner.

The rehearsals are being undertaken for the march past show to be performed by the contingents of the Punjab Police, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha (Boys) Guru Nanak National College, Doraha (Girls) Govt Senior Secondary School for Girls, Payal, Govt Senior Secondary School for Boys, Payal, Govt Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Govt Senior Secondary School, Maloud, Govt Senior Secondary School, Uksi and Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha.

Colleges, including Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Govt College Karamsar, Rara Sahib, and schools including Govt Senior Secondary School for Girls, Payal, Govt Senior Secondary School for Boys, Payal, Govt Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Govt School, Kaddon, Govt School, Shahpur, Govt School Babbarpur, Bilaspur School, Baba Zorawar Singh Fateh Singh Public School, Kottan, Govt School Dhamot, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Shakti Public School, Doraha, Saraswati Public School Doraha,Mehta Gurukul Public School,Doraha,Megnum International Public School,Doraha etc , are sending their teams. Items such as action songs, group songs, choreography, poem recitation, solo and group dances, speeches and skits, bhangra, gidda, etc are being rehearsed as a part of Republic Day celebrations.

Mandeep Singh Dhillon, tehsildar, Payal, along with the committee members, comprising teachers of various schools and colleges, is looking into the preparations so that the real fervour of the day should come out alive through the cultural participation of the students.



85 poor families given ration
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The Sarv Dharam Welfare Society distributed free ration to destitute women and books to their children during a function held here today. Deputy commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar said the society, headed by councillor Madan Lal Bagga, had undertaken a very noble cause.

Bagga said they had started with the drive 69 months back and all these families were provided ration every month.

Prominent among those present were councillor Raghubir Singh Toor, former councillor Satpal Beri and president of senior citizens’ home Bahadur Chand Chitkara.



Former PAU professor sponsors gold medal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Dr G. S. Dhaliwal, former professor of ecology at Punjab Agricultural University, has donated Rs 1 lakh to the university for institution of a gold medal. 

The medal is to be awarded annually to an all-round best student of MSc in the discipline of entomology on the basis of academic performance, thesis research work and participation in sports and extra-curricular activities.

PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang has appreciated Prof Dhaliwal’s philanthropic gesture and hoped that it would stimulate the spirit of excellence among students.

Prof Dhaliwal himself had a brilliant academic career and is the recipient of Gurprasad Pradhan gold medal in PhD from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. He has authored/edited more then 35 books on various aspects of pest management, environment and sustainable agriculture.



Federation seeks benefits for scribes 
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 21
A large number of journalists from across the state took part in a meeting organised by the Media Federation of North India at the local municipal corporation’s office for discussing the problems being faced by them.

According to officer-bearers of the federation, a memorandum highlighting the problems being faced by the journalists will soon be handed over to the Chief Minister. The federation would also submit a charter of demands seeking reservation for journalists in buses, trains and flights, besides exemption from the toll tax on the state and the national highways, formation of the district-level accreditation and press-relation committees, issuance of special stickers and fixation of a quota for journalists in housing groups.

Federation’s president Jaspal Sharma said they would also seek free medical facilities and the constitution of a wage board for reporters to protect them from being exploited by big media houses.

Pardeep Joytsna said the federation had been constituted for providing a platform to the reporting fraternity. Gurpreet Singh Mehak also spoke on the occasion and exhorted the reporters to restrain from yellow journalism



BSNL employees hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) held massive demonstrations in support of their demands here today.

The employees condemned disinvestment plans in BSNL and demanded withdrawal of proposals for voluntary retirement scheme for employees, navratna status to BSNL and immediate absorption of IAS officers.

Circle secretary Balbir Singh, addressing the employees, said the minister of communication and IT had recently announced disinvestment of BSNL terming it to be crucial for development and expansion. "However, the corporation has a cash balance of more than Rs 40,000 crore which can be used towards the purpose."

District president Paramjit Singh and circle cashier Budh Singh also participated in the protest.



Strengthening infrastructure top priority: MP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Next financial year would be observed as development year and all parts of the state would be developed. Local MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon stated this here today.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating four development projects completed at the cost of Rs 30 lakh at Bhagpur village.

The development projects include a road at the cost of Rs 16.50 lakh, solar lights worth Rs 4.50 lakh, streets and drains for Rs 5 lakh and development of cremation ground at the cost of Rs 5 lakh.

The MP said strengthening the infrastructure was the top priority of the state government.

He said new power projects with capacity of 6000 MW were being commissioned during the next four years and the state would be made surplus in power generation.

He asserted that the SAD-BJP government was going to strengthen the education system in the state and 400 high/higher secondary schools were being upgraded and 120 adarsh schools would also be opened at the cost of Rs 400 crore. He said a special program to strengthen the irrigation system would also be implemented at the cost of Rs 3,200 crore.

DTO Chander Gaind, Devinder Singh SDM (east), DDPO J.P. Singh, milk union chairman Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, former sarpanch Sher Jang Singh Dhillon and sarpanch Bhajan Singh were also present.



Fuel cells, future energy source: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
“Fuel cells technology can provide durable, highly efficient, noise-free energy source. It requires low maintenance and can be deployed commercially.” This was stated by Daljit Singh Bawa, manager, Ballard, Canada, here today. 

He discussed the concept and application of fuel cells with deans and directors and other officers of Punjab Agricultural University. He said the fuel-cell technology was eco-friendly as it was zero-emission alternative for addressing the energy issues in contemporary society.

Bawa said the fuel cell was energy converter without combustion that had been deployed in material handling, backdrop power supply, residential heating devices and in the automotive industry. He discussed the ways and means in which the technology could be used in the farm sector. While illustrating the application of fuel cell devices, he said either kerosene or propane gas could be used for generating hydrogen that was needed as basic fuel input for operating fuel cells. He said there were a few houses in Japan that were using fuel-cell technology for central heating. In countries like Spain, Luxemburg, Sweden, London, Australia, the USA and China, buses and other vehicles were run on energy generated through fuel cell technology. For this, Bawa discussed next-gen heavy duty fuel cell modules.

PAU vice-chancellor Manjit Singh Kang said a non-polluting, eco-friendly and user-oriented technology was the need of the hour. The scientists must endeavour to develop technologies and equipment in the mode of natural resource management, timeliness and precision in farm operations and energy saving. Taking part in the discussions PAU scientists working on energy sources wanted to know about the running cost of the technology. Director of extension education N.S.Malhi enquired about the efficiency of the fuel cell technology and its cost effectiveness. V.K.Sehgal, dean, College of Agricultural Engineering, mentioned the energy scenario in relation to Punjab farming and wanted to know about the lifespan of a fuel cell.

Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, additional director, agricultural research, enquired about the viability of the technology in relation to Punjab. Earlier, H.S. Sehgal, former senior architect of the university, introduced the speaker to the house. V.K.Sehgal proposed a vote of thanks. 



Women entreprenuers job challenging: Study
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
Present-day women have realized the importance of being socially and economically independent. A large number of them have opened small-scale units and were operating from their houses. 

They can comfortably earn anything between Rs 20,000 (personal) to Rs 30,000 (family income) a month. But at the same time, they had to face a lot of personal problems.

A study “Women entrepreneur engaged in the production of stitched household articles” conducted by Hardeep Kumari, clothing and textile department, Punjab Agricultural University, found that women entrepreneurs were facing problems like the responsibility of looking after their families and homes besides occasional non-cooperation from family members. They also faced problems like hectic schedule, work affecting their general health, lack of social contacts and not getting any help in household chores. Besides, in the business, they faced problems like procurement of expensive raw-materials, irregular income, less profit, fast changing trends in designing and materials, workers leaving job and demand of higher wages by them.

Majority of them were either graduates or housewives before they took up this profession. Most of these self-motivated lots wanted to start their enterprise and were willing to invest up to Rs 20,000 from their savings. They owned electric sewing, embroidery and inter-lock machines and 92 per cent of them were getting their jobs done from both sexes.

The study found that reasons behind they being dissatisfied with their work were lack of knowledge, experience and social contacts, thorough training needed for running the business, indecent behaviour of customers and demand for devoting more time to family and managing household jobs.

The study suggested opening of cooperative societies for women for acquiring the raw material and equipment, marketing of products and providing training to them. Besides, the support of family members was of the utmost importance.



PUDA allottees air grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
The Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority today organised a grievance redressal forum for residents living in colonies developed by PUDA.

Most residents complained of non-issuance of NOCs, lack of water supply in several areas and pending work on the Dugri bridge.

The residents said they were unable to sell their properties developed by PUDA with the latter dilly dallying on NOCs. In many areas, there was no potable water as these were not transferred to the MC.

Additional chief administrator of PUDA S.R. Kler, mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura, senior deputy mayor Parvin Bansal, deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal and many councillors were present on the occasion. 



7-yr jail in bid to murder couple
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 21
A fast-track court has sentenced Pargat Singh of Muktsar to undergo seven-year rigorous imprisonment on the charges of attempting to kill couple, Suba Singh and Navdeep Kaur of Ludhiana, by inflicting grievous injuries with kirpan.

Delivering the verdict, Pritam Singh Dhanoa, presiding officer of fast track court, held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused. The judge ordered the accused to pay a fine of Rs 2,000.

Initially, the case under Section 307 was registered on the statement of Lakha Singh, a member of gram panchayat, Noorpur, who had allegedly seen the accused and his accomplices inflicting injuries upon the person on the victim couple. Later on, while deposing before the court, he had not recognised the accused as assailant but confirmed the occurance.

Two accomplices of the accused, Maninder Singh and Resham Singh, had already been declared proclaimed offender by the police, as they could not be arrested.

Suba Singh had stated to the police that they were returning after attending a case in the court of CJM Muktsar. The accused were witnesses against them in the case. When they alighted from the bus at Ludhiana Bus stand, accused gheraoed them and caused injuries with swords. One of the accused alighted from a car and raised lalakara that the duo would be killed.



Scholarship test for MBA aspirants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 21
A scholarship assessment test for MBA students was conducted by city's Top Careers and You (TCY), an company engaged in test preparation, at Government College for Boys, Civil Lines, here yesterday.

TCY will select 5-10 meritorious students and the topper will get up to 100 per cent fee-waiver, according to a press note by TCY. The others will also be benefited according to the percentage scored in this 70-mark paper. The result will be announced on January 23.

This test will give a 'fair idea' to MBA aspirants about the expected questions so that they can prepare accordingly.



City Centre Scam
Hearing on bail pleas today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 21
Hearing on the bail applications of former chief minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh, Raminder Singh, alias Richi(son-in-law) and former local bodies minister Chowdhry Jagjit Singh in the City Centre scam would come up before the sessions court here tomorrow.

On January 10, sessions judge G.K. Rai had stayed their arrest as the prosecution had sought time for addressing the arguments after going through the bail applications of all accused.

The court had also stayed the arrest of six former trustees of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust(LIT) Kala Navkar Jain, Bhupinder Singh Basant, Vijay Parti, Malkiat Kaur, Sanjay Talwar and Surinder Pal Singh Bindra.Their bail applications would also come up for hearing tomorrow.

The court had issued bailable warrants against some family members of G.K. Gambhir, MD, Today Homes Company, as they were reportedly avoiding summons issued by the sessions court directing them to appear personally on January 10.

It may be recalled that City Centre was the dream project of Capt Amarinder Singh. 



Gupta elected Bar panel chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 21
Rajinder Gupta has been elected president of the New Court Bar Association. He defeated his nearest Paramjit Kapoor with a margin of seven votes. The annual election to the New Courts Bar Association was held here today. 

Gupta secured 38 votes while Kapoor got 31 votes.

Jagdish Malik became vice-president of the association by defeating Ravinder Katyal. Malik secured 45 votes whereas Katyal got 27 votes. Pawan Aggarwal was elected secretary. He defeated his opponent with a margin of 21 votes. Pawan got 45 ballots in comparison of 
Chandok's 24.

Dev Kumar became joint secretary by defeating Satish Kaushal. Dev Kumar got 41 votes while Kaushan 29 votes. In triangular contest for the post of vigilance member, Satish Menra was elected. He got 22 votes. His opponents Sham Sunder got 21 votes and Angad got 19 votes. 



Programme on foeticide, AIDS 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, January 21
A special awareness programme was organised by the Punjab Health Department in a Govt Senior Secondary School, Ghungrali Sikhan, about the female foeticide and AIDS.

Dr Raghubir Singh, senior medical officer, Primary Health Centre, Manupur, Gurmeet Kaur, principal, Govt Senior Secondary School, Ghungrali Sikhan, Dr Atul Gupta, Dr Manjit Singh and Manmohan Kumar Puri participated in the programme. Various students gave lectures on female foeticide and AIDS.

Dr Raghubir Singh gave a special lecture on the bad effects of female foeticide on the women and increasing sex ratio differencet. By the government to end this social evil. Dr Atul Gupta gave lecture on AIDS about its sign. 



Lecture on AIDS
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 21
Dr Getz from Munich (Germany) today visited Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here today. He delivered a lecture on HIV and AIDS. It was organised by NACO in collaboration with the DMCH’s microbiology department. 

According to Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, at least 800 nurses and paramedical staff attended the lecture.

They were apprised of the facts about managing AIDS patients at home, besides on other topics. 



GNDU retain hockey title; beat PU 3-2
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, January 21
In a ding-dong battle, defending champions, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, managed to squeeze past their spirited opponents, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 3-2 to retain the title in the North Zone Inter-Varsity Hockey Tournament for Men that concluded at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today. 

The winners were leading 2-1 at half time.

In an absorbing final, GNDU lads surged ahead in the 11th minute through Ajay Kumar. However, their joys were shortlived as PU players restored parity in the very next minute when Yadwinder Singh scored a spectacular goal.

GNDU again went into the lead in the 20th minute when right out Jhujjar Singh scored a superb goal to read it 2-1. They made repeated forays into the rival's territory but failed to translate the chances which came their way.

After changing ends, both teams exhibited attacking hockey and the ball exchanged hands quickly but the desired results eluded them. Eventually, Panjab University scored the equaliser in the 54th minute to make it 2-all.

With a few seconds to go for the final whistle, GNDU scored the third goal which came off Jhujjar Singh's stick that proved to be a fatal blow for the Panjab University.

Earlier, in the match to decide third spot, hosts Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Kurukshetra University played a goalless draw. PAU, Ludhiana were secured third position on the basis of goal average while Kurukshetra University had to content with fourth position.

All these four teams have qualified for the forthcoming All-India Inter Varisty Hockey Tournament.

Dr Manjit Singh, Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU Ludhiana, gave away prizes to the players.



Roshini wins 100-mts sprint 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 21
Roshini, B.Com (Part I) student finished ahead of others in the 100-m sprint to emerge as the fastest runner in the annual sports and athletics meet of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, Kidwai Nagar, Ludhiana here today. 

Ekta and Anu secured second and third place, respectively.

Balwinder Kaur of B.A. I, who clinched two titles (discus throw and high jump) events besides finishing third in the javelin throw, was named the best athlete.

A large number of students took part in the one-day meet during which competition in regular as well as fun games was held. Prof Rajinder Bhandari, BJP president, Punjab, inaugurated the meet and Hira Singh Gabria gave away prizes to the winners.

Dr Vandana Maini, college principal, along with management committee members and students were present on the occasion.

Results: 200 mts race: Anu 1st; Tripti 2nd and Simran Kaur 3rd; three-legged race- Sonia and Ranjna 1st; Yasmeen and Noorie 2nd, Parvinder and Simran Kaur 3rd; 100 m race- Roshini 1st, Ekta 2nd and Anu 3rd; chati race- Sapna 1st, Ruchi 2nd and Shivani 3rd; 400 m race- Harpreet Kaur 1st, Mehak 2nd and Simran 3rd; discus throw- Balwinder 1st, Tejinder 2nd and Dollma 3rd; rope skipping race- Nisha 1st, Sonia 2nd and Paramjeet 3rd; sack race- Sakshi 1st, Noorie 2nd and Ashmeen 3rd; high jump- Balwinder 1st, Deepika 2nd and Neha 3rd; javelin throw- Anu 1st, Taranumm 2nd and Balwinder 3rd.



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