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Village youths succeed where police fails
Vigilant squads catch eight transformer thieves red-handed in Issewal village
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Issewal (Hambran), February 20
What the police could not do for months to prevent thefts of transformers, a group of youths of this village, all soldiers, has done in just six days.

I will honour them. They have presented the best example of community policing. Such acts only strengthen the hands of the police

— The Ludhiana-Rural (Jagraon) SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar

PSEB official denied that his employees were seeking bribe to replace the transformers. Transformers were not replaced immediately, as it is a lengthy process and takes time.

— SDO, Hambran, Avtar Singh 

Bugged by the regular thefts of transformers, plunging this and surrounding five villages in darkness, the group formed a vigilante squad and last midnight nabbed seven members of the gang.

The squad later nabbed a scrap dealer of Mullanpur who provided ready market for the stolen parts of transformer.

About 20 transformers were stolen in the last couple of months only causing a loss of over Rs 15 lakh to the Punjab State Electricity Board. But for villagers the loss was much more.

The operation nicknamed "Transformer" was planned and executed with such clinical precision that would put the best of cops in awe.

The group, including Harinder Singh, Gurinder Singh, Baljinder Singh alias Gola, Amritpal, Devinder Singh, Karamjit Singh, Jagdev Singh, Hardeep Singh, Iqbal Singh, Sultan Singh, Satveer Singh and Gurpreet Singh, were divided into five groups. They spent the chilly nights in the open fields.

Gurinder Singh, a key member of the group, said they saw three persons near a transformer on a drain outside the village. The youths got in touch with other groups over the mobile phone and encircled the gangsters.

The three accused were disassembling a transformer. A group of three youths swooped on them and nabbed a thief. Not content with nabbing one only, the group interrogating him. This accused led them to others and one by one all seven members were nabbed.

Gurinder revealed that the scrap dealer Shiv Kumar was caught from his shop only where he was waiting for the gang members.

Most of the residents of Issewal, Salempur and Phagla villages were out in the fields after an announcement about the thieves was made from the Issewal village gurdwara.

The presence of village elders prevented the youths from beating the gangsters black and blue. The gangsters, all migrants, were identified as Sagar, Ajay, Dilip, Deepak and three others besides the scrap dealer.

Sukhpal Singh, ex-sarpanch, revealed to a Tribune team that the scrap dealer used to buy the stolen transformer parts for not more than Rs 2,000 whereas a new transformer costs between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh to the electricity board.

Villagers aired anger at the police and the PSEB officials. They alleged that most of the stolen transformers were not replaced even for four months now. "We have to grease the palms of the PSEB officials for replacing the tranformers. The police had not even registered FIRs in most of the theft cases."



BSNL defaulters to face music
To publish names of erring customers in newspapers
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Thousands of telephone subscribers defaulting in their bill payments and later shifting to other operators are in for a tough time.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in a bid to deal with such defaulters, has decided to act tough. Irked with the rising number of erring customers, the operator, for the first time, has decided to publish a directory of its defaulters in leading newspapers so as to deter them from availing services of other operators.

After publishing the names of defaulters, the BSNL may go ahead with attaching properties of such people to recover its dues. Most of the subscribers, whose number runs into thousands, are either individuals or firms.

"Some customers of the BSNL did not pay their telephone bills and availed services from other operators. Those who default in payments are not to be provided any service. Now, the Punjab circle of the BSNL will publish names of such customers in leading newspapers shortly," said general manager telecom S.K. Nigam.

Officials in the department said non-payment of bills was rapidly rising and it had become a practice with a large number of customers to not pay their bills and later shift to other service providers. After failing to evoke a response through notices sent to such customers, the BSNL decided to take stern action.

"It is only as a last resort that we are forced to go in for such measure. The names will be published within a few days after which we will wait for a response. Those who do not come forward even after that will face action, we may attach their properties," said Nigam.

Due to default in payments, the BSNL was on the one hand suffering due to non-payment even after providing services and, on the other, it was forced to spend lakhs of rupees on court cases to recover such payments, said officials.

While the problem of payment default was being faced earlier too, it grew worse after the entry of large number of private telecom players in the market. Names of defaulters would be published whether a defaulter availed mobile phone services or landline services by the B



Two killed, six hurt in pile up of vehicles
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Two youths were killed and six others injured in a major pile up of vehicles at the Bus Stand road opposite Fortune Klassic Hotel this afternoon.

A Ludhiana-Yamunanagar PRTC bus seemed to be the cause of the pile up when the vehicle went out of control after hitting a Palio car then mowing down a scooter, a Kinetic Honda, a motorcycle, an autorickshaw, a Scorpio and an Accent car.

Two youths, Karamjit Singh and Jaspreet Singh, were killed while six others, Harbhajan Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Devinder Singh, Raghbir Singh, Raman Kumar and a girl Harpreet Kaur, were injured. All except the girl were taken to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital while the girl was admitted to CMC Hospital.

Witnesses said the accident took place at about 2:15 pm. The bus PB11 N-0754 heading towards Preet Cinema chowk came at a high speed down the bus stand fly over.

The driver Jagtar Singh, allegedly could not negotiate an intersection where vehicles intending to turn to Model Town side, including the ill-fated Palio, were waiting for the red light to turn green.

The Palio car overturned because of the impact. Two advocates Jaswinder Singh and his father Harbhajan Singh were riding the car. Both were injured. The bus went further to crush a scooter rider Karamjit Singh and a motor cyclist Jaspreet Singh, who were standing at the same traffic light intersection.

It finally came to a halt after hitting an Accent car driven by another advocate Vivek Bajaj.

The police has arrested the bus driver Jagtar Singh.



MP opens ‘illegal’ booths in courts complex
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Putting an official stamp on the allegation of political support in constructing three commercial booths in the new courts complex in contravention of rules, Member Parliament from Ludhiana and a Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today inaugurated the booths here.

The booths had come up allegedly illegally on February 9 and were encroachments as the cabins and booths were allotted after a legal process when the courts were shifted to the new courts complex. The advocates and sale-deed writers, who were allotted these places, had paid thousands of rupees to the administration for allotment.

The three sale-deed writers, who had allegedly grabbed the mini secretariat land to raise their structures, were being backed by Akali leaders. MP Dhillon today vindicated the allegations of the Old Court Welfare Association that the administration had not taken any action against the violators due to political pressure. Dhillon was flanked by Municipal Corporation councillor Simarjit Singh Bains on the occasion.

The sale-deed writers, while raising structures, had even displaced a physically challenged Lalji, who was asked by the deputy commissioner to set up shop, on sympathetic grounds, and earn his livelihood.

To escape from his ire, the writers asked him to keep his goods on a piece of land right next to their booths.

Today district administration authorities reached the spot before the Akali leaders came and asked them to show the permission for the tents that were put up in the mini secretariat complex. As permission was not sought from the officials concerned, it was after the intervention of the political leadership that the tents were allowed to stay put.



Six MC officials found absent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Six officials and six employees of Zone A office of the municipal corporation were today found absent from duty during a surprise check conducted by the joint commissioner here today.

The officials found absent were superintending engineers (O&M), K.S. Dhillon, D.S. Malhotra, SE (B&R), Dharam Singh, SE, computer section, Surinder Singh, executive engineer, Narinder Singh and secretary Sunil Sharma and six Class IV employees.

Joint Commissioner Veerpal Singh said he had issued show-cause notices to the staff and sought an explanation in writing. But on being told that the staff had gone to attend the cremation of an SDO who had died in the morning, he decided on verbal clarification alone. 



Merger Move
Bank strike on Feb 25, 26
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Continuing their chain of agitational programmes, bank employees held a full-day dharna near Vishwakarma Chowk here today. The employees said they would observe a two-day strike on February 25 and 26 and an indefinite strike in the last week of March if their demands were not fulfilled.

Members of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation and the All-India Bank Officers Association participated in the dharna in protest against non-fulfilment of their "long-pending" demands.

Among the issues raised by employees were the proposed mergers of public sector banks which the employees feel would do more harm to banking in the country than good, employment to the kin of deceased employees on compassionate grounds, second option for employees to join pension scheme by forgoing their provident fund amount.

Naresh Gaur, secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation, said despite protests by the employees, the managements had failed to respond. On account of such inaction, he said the employees have decided to observe two-day strike on February 25 and 26 and an indefinite strike in the last week of March.



IT dept unearths Rs 3.5 crore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The Income Tax department here unearthed an undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore today.

IT sleuths, who conducted surveys on six assessees on Monday, detected Rs 1 crore from Hues Clothing, another Rs 1 crore from Tarak International, Rs 90 lakh from Chawla Textile, Rs 30 lakh from Chaudhry Crockery and Rs 35 lakh from August Marketing.



He defied all odds to move on in life
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Come what may, one must move on in life, believes Dr S.S. Swatch, whose both arms got amputated during a farm-accident in November 1995. This courageous man did not lose heart and decided to come back to his normal routine. It took eleven months to get adjusted to his disability but he successfully came out from frustration, depression and misery.

Both the arms of Dr S.S. Swatch, working as a soil testing officer-cum-agriculture officer, Khanna block, and general secretary of the Agriculture Officers Association, Ludhiana, were cut in a farm-machine (wheat-thresher) while cultivating wheat at the farms of his brother at Lalouri near Samrala on November 12, 1995.

“I was wearing cotton gloves, which were loose. By the time I realised that my both arms were cut, it was too late. I screamed and somebody working with me switched-off the machine immediately. Though I was profusely bleeding but I was fully conscious. My family members took me to Civil Hospital, Khanna, where the first-aid was given. I was referred to CMC where we decided to move to my brother in Canada for further treatment,” said Dr Swatch in a trembling voice.

That time, Dr Swatch had no money, passport or visa for going abroad. But, his friends and relatives arranged everything without wasting much time.

Canadian Embassy in Delhi called him for visa query. The female officer on duty was so impressed with his determination that she assured him to get ‘Minister Permit’ at his residence only.

The treatment started under Dr John Warver at Vencouver, Canada. His brother staying in Canada had already deposited the treatment amount of $ 42,000.

“The worst time was when I had to stay at my village for four-five months. It was the untiring efforts of my wife that I started thinking of living again. She is a bold woman, who lost her father, brother in accident at a tender age. Not only this, our elder son (26) also met with an accident and he cannot walk and speak properly till date. But she faced everything courageously. I am proud of her”, said Dr Swatch.

Today, with 70 per cent disability in left arm and 40 per cent disability in right arm, Dr Swatch is able to write, eat food, tie his turban, drive his auto-gear car with the artificial limbs. “I felt bad only while getting my fitness certificate at CMO office in Ludhiana in 1995. The concerned officer asked me to pay at least Rs 40,000 to get the certificate. Then, medical examination team from Rajindra Hospital took me to Patiala, examined me and provided me the fitness certificate on basis of which I joined my duty back”.



Nominations for rights award before April 30
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Nominations are open for the M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award, 2008. The award honours individuals and organisations in India who have made significant contribution for protection and promotion of human rights in India in the recent past and continues to be working on issues directly related to human rights.

The award instituted by the Vigil India Movement carries a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. Nominations for the award are to be submitted in the prescribed form available with the National Office of Vigil India Movement, Bangalore, before April 30.



Jupinder, Nakshdeep win contest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, Februray 20
Fresh flower arrangement, salad making, snack making, paper folding, mask making and gift packing competitions were organised at Green Grove Public School yesterday. Sonica Dhir (Santa Claus), Satwinder Kaur (Tiny Buds) and Sunita Dhiman (Small Wonder) judged the contests. The show was organised by Jabir Kaur and Ritu Kumra. Principal Suzi George distributed prizes among the winners. The results are:-Flower Arrangement: (juniors): Jupinder, Ist, Gurjot and Jatinder, IInd and Snehjot, IIIrd. (Seniors): Nakshdeep and Gursharan, Ist, Rajni, IInd and Rupinder and Mandeep IIIrd. Paper folding (Juniors): Vivekjot, Ist, Amitoj, IInd and Jasmeen, IIIrd.

Mask making (juniors): Hasrat Boparai, Ist, Manveer Rao, IInd and Shubham, IIIrd. Seniors: Aastha, Ist, Ashna, IInd and Harjot, III rd.

Snack making (seniors): Baljot and Amritveer, Ist, Harman, IInd, and Akshita and Jakarta, III rd. Snack making (Classes I, II and III) Savreen, Ist, Ramneek, IInd and Kanwarpal, III rd. Salad Making: (Juniors): Manveer, Ist, Akansha, IInd and Gurkaran and Ravinder, IIIrd. Seniors: Jasleen, Ist, Vikram and Varun, IInd, and Gurpreet and Manmeet, IIIrd. Gift wrapping (Seniors): Jasper, Ist, Vishal, IInd and Puneetinder, III rd. Juniors: Kanwarpal, Ist, Ridhima- IInd and Arshdeep, III rd.



Nagar kirtan on Ravi Dass Jayanti
Our Correspondent

Doraha, Februaury 20
Bhagat Ravi Das Welfare Society organised a nagar kirtan on the eve of the Parkash Utsav of Bhagat Ravi Dass that falls on February 21.

The nagar kirtan was taken out from the entire town, including the areas of Sunder Nagar, Railway Road, and Satnam Nagar.

People participated in large number. Parshad was served to people who participated in the nagar kirtan.



Sessions judge plants saplings
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 20
The district and sessions judge, G K Rai, today planted saplings in the open space adjoining the Lawyers Chamber Complex, in a tree-plantation drive organised by the members of the District Bar Association.

The lawyers have taken the initiative to make the vacant adjoining space to be full of greenery with their own funds.

Several judges, parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, councillor Amrit Varsha Rampal, former Bar president Naval Kishore Chhiber, vice-president of DBA Harinder Singh and other lawyers were also present. 



Security at ATMs

A number of ATMs of different banks are installed in the city. There are no proper security arrangements at these ATMs. Further, centre-locking systems of most of these are not functioning properly.

Due to improper security, there are chances of snatch, theft and trespass. One has to be very careful about his belongings, secret pin code and money while making a withdrawal as other people enter the counter at the same time.

One day, I entered into the ATM counter situated adjoining to Dharampura branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce. While I was withdrawing cash, three persons entered the counter. It seems that the people have lost patience as well as common sense and are in a hurry always.

I, therefore request the banking authorities to ensure security arrangements at ATMs so that privacy of the people might be restored.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

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Six booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
Jarnail Singh, Harjinder Singh, Nannu, Sikander Singh, Mithu and Raju of Sarabha Nagar assaulted Darshan Singh of their village with sticks, sharp edged weapons and iron rods. The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 506, 148, and 149 of the IPC. The injured has been admitted in Sarabha Hospital. A dispute over high volume of the speaker is said to be the cause of the dispute.

House burgled

In two separate incidents of burglary, the thieves decamped with household articles and the Raikot police has registered cases under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. In the first incident, some unknown persons broke open the doors of the house of Jasvir Singh of Kacha Kila, Raikot, and stole washing machine, tullu pump, iron gate and air conditioner whereas in the other incident, Bhagwan Singh and his brother Swaran Singh of Kacha Kila, Raikot, burgled the house of Balbir Singh of Guru Nanak Pura, Raikot. They allegedly stole one TV, CD player, gas cylinder and a gas chulha. In both the cases, no arrest has been made so far.

One held with liquor

Nirdham Paswan of Mirjapur was arrested by the Sudhar Police in the Ballowal area and the police recovered 22,680ml of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Snatchers return cash

Three motorcycle borne youth snatched a cash bag from a trader last evening. According to information, the trader was on his way from New Grain Market to Shastri Nagar, when the youths hit the headlight of his scooter, assaulted him and fled on their motorcycle after snatching cash a bag containing Rs 1.50 lakh. Victim Surinder Kumar raised alarm and a car helped him to chase the youth. Finding the victim by their side, they returned the cash bag to Surinder Kumar.



Industry pins hope on Union Budget
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The local industry is hoping that there will be no duty on scrap, reduction in duty on steel and a cess on export of semi steel in the forthcoming Budget.

*No duty on import of scrap

*Reduction in duty on steel

*Cess on export of semi steel

Addressing a press conference here today, Narinder Bhambra, spokesperson, All Industries and Trade Forum, the banner under which various industry associations have come together to protest against the rising steel prices, said, "After meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi, we are quite hopeful that our demands on zero duty on import of scrap and cess on export of semi steel along with other demands will be met. The Prime Minister assured us that he would discuss the matter with the ministries concerned to take action in the forthcoming Union Budget."

Industrialists also raised the issue of poor power supply in the state. They said erratic power supply, and now two weekly offs, were adversely affecting the industry and harming production. "The government needs to take concrete measures towards improving the power situation," said Varinder Kapoor of the United Cycle and Parts manufacturers Association.

Also present at the press conference were Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma of the Untied Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association and P.D. Sharma of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



Kisan mela from March 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The Kisan Mela of PAU will be held On March 13 and 14 at the university campus here. It has been decided to arrange a produce competition on this occasion. Dr Surjit Singh, senior extension specialist (agronomy) and the convener of the produce competition committee, said the produce competition would be held on March 13, the first day of Kisan Mela, for which the entries will be entertained up to 12 noon at the produce competition stall. He said judging of the produce samples would be held immediately after that.

The farmers may bring the samples of produce for the competition personally from different districts. No produce samples brought by the district extension specialist / KVK faculty members will be entertained for the competition, said Dr Singh. 



Farmers get grants worth Rs 50 lakh
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, February 20
Terming the cooperative movement to be a resuscitator for the agricultural sector, local SAD leaders and officials of the Punjab Agricultural Development Bank (PADB) called upon framers of the area to utilise the policies of the financial institutes to supplement their income.

The authorities distributed grants worth over Rs 50 lakh to the beneficiaries of 35 villages falling under the jurisdiction of the local block.

While addressing the farmers of the area at a function organised at the community centre here today, Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, former MLA, and Harnek Singh, GM, PADB, claimed that the cooperative movement had proved to be a resuscitator for agriculture that had ceased to be a remunerative profession.

Accusing private moneylenders of having exploited the helplessness of the peasants, Atwal and Harnek Singh called upon the farmers to make the maximum use of projects being launched by various cooperative agencies, governed by the state government. “Observations reveal that small and marginal farmers who once borrowed money from private moneylenders could not come out of the vicious cycle of an ever-compounding interest. On the other hand, a part of nominal interest they pay on the loans availed from cooperative societies returns to them as profit,” said Atwal, claiming that the SAD government had focused attention on rehabilitation of farmers who had faced losses due to policies of the previous government.

Atwal distributed cheques worth over Rs 50 lakh to beneficiaries under the 12th Finance Commission and Indira Aavas Yojna. The grants will be utilised for providing drinking water facilities and construction and repair of kutcha houses in about 35 villages.

Rupinder Singh Behlolpur, chairman, PADB, Machhiwara, Jasmel Singh Bondli, chairman, PADB, Samrala, A S Gujral, BDO, Jagmohan Singh Takkar, general secretary, and Harjit Singh Sherian, circle presidents, also spoke on the occasion. 



French students meet farm scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
A group of 14 students pursuing fourth year of their graduation at the School of Agriculture (ESITPA) of Rouen, a school for the ministry of agriculture in France, that was on a two-week visit to Punjab Agricultural University, met PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang today.

The students were elated to see the agricultural progress and praised Punjabis for their warm-hearted hospitality. Dr Daljit Singh Dhillon, head, department of extension education, who led the group, said the purpose of their visit was to apprise them of the state’s agriculture especially the predominance and effects of rice-wheat cropping system. He added that the students during their stay at the university visited the centre for communication and international linkages, museum depicting rural life of Punjab, farmer’s service centre, plant disease clinic, farmer’s training complex at Kairon Kisan Ghar, Dr M.S.Randhawa library, Dr Uppal museum of water and power resources of northern India, department of economics and sociology and field areas of wheat and oilseeds.

Dr Kang spoke on similarity between Indian and French family system and said globe was becoming a village where one could learn from each other for the betterment of humanity. In the evening, the group visited the vice-chancellor’s residence where his wife interacted with them and inquired about their backgrounds and aims in life.

Dr Dhillon said the students interacted with dean, postgraduate studies, Dr Tejwant Singh and dean, college of agriculture, Dr M. S. Aulakh, faculty members and members of the Punjab Kisan Club. The students also discussed auxiliary agricultural ventures such as bee-keeping and mushroom growing with entrepreneurs visiting the university. Director of extension education, Dr N.S.Malhi, explained about the research and extension linkages and the transfer of technology mechanism of the university. Professor of extension education Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal, coordinator, said the students also visited a nearby villages to have on the spot knowledge about farming and farmers.



Digital mapping workshop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The department of computer science and engineering and information technology of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College organised a one-day workshop on “Democratic Digital Mapping” here today.

Schuyler D. Erie, a founding member of the OSGeo Foundation, and Mikel Maron, senior developer of My Yahoo in GNDEC, were the resource persons.

The workshop started with an interaction on “Revolution of Open Sources” and the importance of open and free softwares in a developing country like India. 



Entomologists’ congress from today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Head, department of entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr N.S.Butter said today that the second national Congress on “Pest Management in Global Context” will be organised on the university campus on February 21 and 22.

He said entomologists from different states as well as from Pakistan and Kenya would take part to discuss issues related to the pest management 
needs of contemporary agriculture.

He added that at least 197 contributory poster presentations had been scheduled and 21 eminent entomologists from all over the country would be conferred with the fellowship of Indian Society for the Advancement of Insect Science with its headquarters at PAU.

Vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang will inaugurate the congress. 



From Colleges
Music society organises function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The music department of GCW organised its annual society here today. The function was presided over by R. K. Aulakh, college principal, and at least 20 students from graduate and postgraduate sections took part in it.

Neelam Sharma, head of the department, said Sohrab Singh topped in the university (MA-I) with 88.4 per cent marks and Rajneet Kaur topped in MA II.

She received gold medal and cash award worth Rs 1500.

The results are as follows: A-I Gurpreet Kaur Ist, Kiran Gautam IInd, BA-II Baljeet Kaur Ist, Sheetal IInd, Kanwal Preet IIIrd and BA-III Gurdeep Kaur Ist, Amanpreet IInd, Gurpreet IIIrd. In MA-I Kanwalpreet Ist, Navdeep Kaur IInd and Charanpreet IIIrd. In MA II- Soharab and Bhagwant Ist, Jagtinder K IInd.

Orientation course

The Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Institute of Human Resource Development of Guru Gobind Singh Study circle recently organised a two-day orientation course for its 40 workers from the Ferozepur-Moga Zone recently.

Dr Charan Kamal Singh, chief secretary, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle was present on the occasion.Satnam Singh Salhopuri, director, youth services, delivered a lecture on “Skill Development,” “Need of leader and its qualities” and “Myths about Sikh rehat maryada”.


An inter-college technical Techfest-08 was organized by the department computer science of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, here today. The winners are: Software development: Ishmeet and Gaganpreet of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women won first prize, Anju and Shivani Mehta of SDP college stood second. In on-the-spot website development: Kamal and Sandeep of GGNIMT won the first prize and Karnesh and Vikrampartap of GNIMT stood second.

In the collage making, first prize went to Preeti Gupta and Muskan Sood of GNW Model Town and Jeenia, Bhumika of KCW, Civil Lines won IInd prize and Jaiinder, Kanika of GGNIMT won III prize. In turn coat, Manveer Singh of GGNIMT won Ist prize and Amandeep Singh GGN won IInd prize and Jasmine of GNIMT won IIIrd prize.

In Debug Mc, Anjali, Anisha of GNG College won the Ist prize and Harpreet, Rishab won the IInd prize and Saurav, Jaswinder Singh of GNIMT won the IIIrd prize.



Lok Adalat on February 23
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 20
G. K. Rai, district and sessions judge, has said that a quarterly Lok Adalat will be organised at the New Judicial Court Complex on February 23 to decide pending cases and a mega Lok Adalat will be organised, separately, on March 7 and 8 to clear the pending traffic cases/challans in different courts.

Giving details, the judge said all types of cases, including criminal, civil, marital disputes and motor-accident claims, besides certain other categories, would be taken up at the quarterly Lok Adalat.

Giving details of the mega Lok Adalat, the judge said all presiding officers at Ludhiana would preside over the Benches to ensure that all pending cases were disposed of. He appealed to the people with pending traffic cases/challans in different courts to get their cases decided at the mega Lok Adalat and get the compounded documents released.

Rai further said that to create awareness among the people on issues like foeticide, intoxicants and crime against women and children in society, a state-level seminar was being organised by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority in coordination with the Bar Association, Khanna, and NGOs on March 8 at Grain Market, Khanna. The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Vijender Jain, would inaugurate the seminar. Justice Methab Singh Gill, judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and chairman, Punjab State Legal Service Authority, and some 
other judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court would also address the seminar. 



US firm awaits green signal on cancer centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Members of the pastoral committee of Kalvari Church have welcomed the decision of the management of Christian Medical College and Hospital to postpone the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the Regional Cancer Centre for the time being.

Meanwhile, representatives of the US-based company Modern Oncology held talks with the management and faculty of CMCH and are reportedly waiting for the green signal to kick off the project.

The proposed RCC project is being built by CMCH in collaboration with Modern Oncology, USA. The Rs 100-crore project will have all the high-end components of comprehensive cancer care, including medical, surgical, radiation, diagnostic and preventive oncology.

Amarian Gill of the pastoral committee said they had also postponed their agitation and would have a prayer meeting at Kalvari Church in the evening to welcome the decision.

According to one of the senior faculty members of CMCH, the director of the hospital had gained a lot of popularity because of recent collaborations with big companies. The others in race (for directorship) were against this popularity. "They tried to settle the scores through this project", he said.

On the other hand, one of the members of the CMCH Union alleged that the present management was not working in the interest of Christians or the CMCH people. "The construction contracts and renovation work are being given to the outsiders. We want that the management should keep in mind the interests of the CMC employees as the top priority. We are against the privatisation move because it will affect us most,” he said.



Chitra, Mohit adjudged best athletes
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 20
Chitra and Mohit Arora were adjudged best athletes in the girls’ and boys’ category, respectively, in the two-day annual athletics meet of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, Daresi Road, that concluded today.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, gave away prizes to the position holders. MLA Harish Bedi was the guest of honour at the prize distribution funtion.

Results: Boys (5000m): 1 Mohit Arora, 2 Jasbir Singh and 3 Lalit Kumar; Javelin throw: 1 Inderjeet, 2 Munish and 3 Gurvinder; 800m: 1 Neeraj, 2 Sachin and 3 Ramesh.

Long jump: 1 Sandeep Kumar, 2 Pankaj Soni and 3 Mohit Arora; 10,000m: 1 Sonu, 2 Vikas and 3 Mohit Arora and Jatinder; 1500m: 1 Sachin, 2 Pardeep Kumar and 3 Mohit Arora; 200m: 1 Neeraj, 2 Domar Singh and 3 Nitul Handa; 400m: 1 Abhishek, 2 Mohit Arora and 3 Sachin Kumar.

Discus throw: 1 Domar Singh, 2 Sachin Lehar and 3 Balvinder; shot put: 1 Inderjeet, 2 Rajeev Tiwari and 3 Balvinder Singh; triple jump: 1 Domar Singh, 2 Mohit Arora and 3 Munish.

Girls: long jump: 1 Amandeep, 2 Chitra and 3 Kamalpreet; shot put: 1 Kamalpreet, 2 Amandeep and 3 Chitra; 400m: 1 Gaganpreet Kaur, 2 Richa and 3 Monika; 200m: 1 Chitra, 2 Richa Sharma and 3 Monika.



Visually impaired squad for national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 20
The Punjab squad (visually-impaired and physically-challenged) that was selected for taking part in the National Athletics Meet for the physically-challenged left for Faridabad today. The event is slated to be held from February 21 to 24.

Those selected for the squad are: Gurpreet Singh Machhiwara, Balwinder Singh, Harmanpreet Kaur, Tripatpal Singh, Gurbinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Bikrampreet, Vivek Monga, Anu Monga, Sandeep Kaur (all visually- challenged), Sukhwinder Singh of Hoshiarpur, Manjeet Singh of Nawanshahr, Gursahib Singh of Taran Tarn, Mahabir Singh of Ferozepur, Kuldeep Singh, Narinder Pal Singh, Naresh Kumar, Amarjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, Baljeet Singh, Chetan Sharma, Rajeshwar and Jagdeep Kumar, all from Jalandhar (physically-challenged).



8 police districts come together against crime
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Officials of the eight police districts falling in the Jalandhar range today evolved a strategy for launching a joint operation against criminals, who would strike in one part and hide safely in another district. The meeting organised at the direction of IG Sanjiv Kalra was held in the police conference room today in which SP-Detectives of Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Nawanshahar and Jalandhar took part.

SP-Detective Gurpreet Singh, who is the co-ordinator of the group, said IG Kalra and SSP R K Jaiswal felt all these police districts should come together and fight the menace of narcotics, terrorism and activities of criminals gangs like Bangala or highway robbers.

He said the meeting decided to launch tenant verification at the earliest to find out the criminal elements hiding in the cities and towns. 



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