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Car falls into canal
Two DRI officials hurt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Two officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) were injured when the car in which they were travelling fell into the Sidhwan canal near the Tibba Bridge on the Ludhiana-Sahnewal road today. They were bringing an accused, who was arrested after the recovery of 11-kg heroine worth crores in the international market, to the city.

Senior intelligence officer A.K. Sharma and assistant director Prabhjot Singh were injured in the incident. Fortunately, the water level in the canal was very low thus making the rescue operations easier.

According to DRI officials, their car skidded, broke the side slabs and fell into the canal. The rescue operation started soon as official cars were following them. Other officials broke the windowpanes of the car to rescue the victims and got them admitted to hospital.



Woman lured into marriage, dumped
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

A marriage certificate issued by a gurdwara, confirming the marriage of Sarabjit Singh and Baby.
A marriage certificate issued by a gurdwara, confirming the marriage of Sarabjit Singh and Baby.

Ludhiana, April 11
A 23-year-old girl has alleged that she was “lured into a relationship” by a youth, who later married her at a gurdwara, but left her saying that “she was not made for him”.

A resident of Azad Nagar, Baby has urged the SSP to come to her rescue.

She alleged that Sarabjit Singh of Nirankari Mohalla told her after their marriage that he would not spend his life with her as she could not prove their marriage.

Producing pictures of her marriage with Sarabjit and a marriage certificate issued by Gurdwara Sahib Baba Budda Ji, she claimed that they got married secretly on December 9, 2007. He kept telling her that they would have another ceremony to get social approval for the marriage. But last week, he told her that his family was against the union and he would have to look for another girl.

She said she met Sarabjit in a market three years ago. Sarabjit knew her friend and proposed to her.

“I would go to his house and also met his mother. She would talk to me over the phone and my family started believing that he was a good man. He said he wanted to delay the marriage as his family wanted his elder brother to get married first. So, I agreed to marry in a gurdwara,” she said.

“I do not know where to go. My life is finished. I am going to meet the SSP. I just want that he lives with me. I do not want anything else. I am in love with him,” she said.

While the youth was not available for comments, his father Hardial Singh said he did not know anything about his son’s marriage. He said the matter came to his notice only three days ago when the girl came to his house asking for her rights.

He said his son was saying that the pictures were fake and not taken in a gurdwara.



Mutilated body found
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, April 11
The police has yet to trace the murderers of Ajit Singh, a farmer of Dharaur village, whose body was recovered from a dried pond at Bilga village on Wednesday night.

According to Gurjit Singh, SHO, “The police is working on different theories. Since Rs 100 was found in the pocket of the victim, it indicates that robbery was not the motive. He used to lend money and his files and documents are being scrutinised.”

Balbir Singh, son of the deceased, had told the police that his father had left for Sahnewal with a hundred rupee note in his pocket a day before, but had failed to return.

The police found Ajit Singh’s mutilated body lying in a pool of blood at Bilga. The body was sent for a postmortem and the report revealed that the victim was killed with sharp-edged weapons as deep cuts were seen on the upper part of the body.

The body was handed over to the family and the cremation took place yesterday.



‘0001’ goes for Rs 3.35 lakh
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 11
There seems to be no end to the craze for special vehicle numbers in the city and this was evident from the auction of numbers by the transport department here today.

PB-10CF-0001 was bought for Rs 3.35 lakh by Iqbal Singh. The same number (0001) in the PB-10CC and PB-10CD series were auctioned for Rs 3.05 lakh and Rs 2.55 lakh, respectively. The highest bidders for these numbers were Raja Singh and Surinder Singh.

The district transport officer (DTO), Chander Gaind, said numbers in the CB, CC, CD, CE and CF series had been auctioned.

The department earned a revenue of Rs 28.58 lakh from the auction of 154 numbers in the CF series. As many as 37 numbers in CE series, 49 in CD, 39 in CC and 50 in CB were allotted through open bidding.

While Surinder Singh was beaming with joy, Harkamal Singh, an industrialist, was disheartened as the bids for “0001” in all three series went beyond Rs 2.5 lakh, which was his highest limit.



Man gets 10-yr term for raping child
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
The additional sessions judge, M.S. Virdi, has convicted Sadhu Rai (39) of Sanjay Gandhi Colony, of raping a six-year-old girl. He was ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.

The judge remarked, “The convict has done an inhuman act by raping a girl of six years and has scarred her. He has disturbed her emotionally and deserves no leniency.”

He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. The accused was booked in 2004 following a complaint by the mother of the girl.

According to the prosecution, the girl was playing in a park when the accused met her and lured her with a toffee. He took her to a house and raped.

The girl raised the alarm and her mother and aunt reached there. The matter was reported to the police, which registered a case. However, the accused pleaded implication, but failed to produce any evidence in support of his contention.



Vigilance nabs bank manager for graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
The Vigilance Bureau today caught a manager of UCO Bank at Kalakh village while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000.

The Vigilance laid a trap following a complaint by Yadwinder Singh of Dhulkot village.

Yadwinder had applied for a loan of Rs 1.90 lakh to start his business. A loan worth Rs 1.80 lakh was sanctioned.

The bank had released the first instalment, but the manager had allegedly demanded Rs 8,000 from him if he wanted the next instalment. Later, he settled for Rs 5,000.



Two students go missing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Two students went missing from their school in Sarabha Nagar here today.

The boy and the girl were studying in Class XII.

According to official sources, both of them left for school, but did not reach it. They were spotted by a relative of the boy on the Dugri road.

The relative informed the parents of the boy who later told the girl’s parents. Both parties reached the police station and had an argument over the children. The parents also blamed the school authorities for not informing them that the children had not reached school.

With the intervention of the SP (city-I), Ashish Chaudhry, they reached a compromise. He said, “The search is on to trace the minors and we hope that we will be able to find them soon.”



Obscene MMS
Shameful, say teachers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
The involvement of a professor in the obscene MMS case, which led to the suicide of a college student, has shocked the teaching fraternity.

Teachers suggested that NSS camps must be scrapped as these were not serving the purpose for which they had been formalised.

Inderpal Singh, a student of a private college in Doraha, was allegedly filmed in a compromising position by his seniors and a professor.

K.B.S. Sodhi, former president of the teachers’ union, said, “It has tarnished the image of the fraternity which is respected by all.” Rameshinder Bal, a former NSS project officer, said, “It is a shameful act. The involvement of the professor in such an incident puts a question mark on the integrity of teachers.” See also P2



Suicide by Student
College for probe into episode
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 11
The management, principal and staff of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, mourned the death of Inderpal Singh, a student of MA Punjabi (I), at a condolence meeting here today.

The members expressed sorrow over the death of the postgraduate student. Inderpal had committed suicide on Wednesday night alleging humiliation meted out to him by a lecturer and six students in his suicide note.

College principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu said the crime allegedly perpetrated by one of their former temporary lecturers and former students was condemnable.

The meeting demanded investigation into the issue by the police, assuring college’s full co-operation. “The guilty must be punished under the law,” they said.

Meanwhile, with the police failing to recover any MMS as specified in the suicide note, it has now started working on other theories that may lead it to the reason behind Inderpal’s suicide.



Sahit Akademi Poll
Writers seek Tiwana’s unanimous election
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
With only two days left for the Punjabi Sahit Akademi elections, littérateurs supporting noted writer Dalip Kaur Tiwana demanded today that she should be unanimously elected.

Deepak Manmohan Singh, who withdrew his candidature for the post of president in Tiwana’s favour, said: “I withdrew my candidature for the post of president and senior vice-president in favour of Dr Tiwana’s panel and I think if she is unanimously elected, even if at this stage, it would benefit the akademi.”

Niranjan Tasneem, who also withdrew in Tiwana’s favour, said today that there was still time to “sink differences between them”. Politicisation of akademi was also condemned.

Condemning the “ways and means” adopted by a few contestants, Deepak Manmohan said a few people could not digest the much-needed move for unanimity and the voters are being misled on many fronts.”

The group led by Jaswant Zafar, while declaring their unconditional support to Tiwana, also condemned politicisation of the elections. Zafar, who is contesting for the post of general secretary, said: “It is sad that the contenders are politicising the election. It should have been a relatively low key affair. While a few feel that the akademi is their fiefdom there are others who are treating it like a battlefield, which is wrong.”

He said promises like pension and food at subsidised rates were making a mockery of the literary body. “Such people are only worried about coming to power; they don’t seem to have any inclination to work towards akademi’s betterment.”



Mitra re-elected IMA chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
The office-bearers of the Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), headed by Dr Arun Mitra, has unanimously been reelected for the second consecutive term. The association’s general body, which met here yesterday evening, unanimously adopted the proposal to extend their term by a year for affairs of IMA for the next term;

Consequently, Dr Arun Mitra will continue as president, Dr Subhash Batta as senior vice-president, Dr Rajeev Gupta as secretary, Dr D.P. Singh as joint secretary and Dr Karamveer Goyal as finance secretary of the association. The meeting was chaired by Dr Livtar Singh Chawla.



Dog menace hounds residents
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 11
In spite of the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s direction to the state government for finding a solution to the ever-growing menace of stray dog, residents of the area are suffering from it even as the authorities refuse to acknowledge it.

At least two calves have been eaten alive in the area in the past 24 hours. A group of canines reportedly ate a calf at Jassowal village near Kuhara recently.

Village sarpanch Rajinder Kaur has urged the authorities to do the needful to protect people and their livestock.

In another case, a group of stray dogs entered a house at Kalal Majra village near Payal and ate a newborn calf.

Though the matter has been raised a number of times, the pleas have gone unheeded and stray dogs continue to cause nuisance on the streets.

Dogs literally rule the roads and streets. They squat by the roadside in groups and make it difficult for pedestrians to pass by. A number of incidents of dog bites are reported every day.

People of the area claim that dogs have made it impossible for them to venture out either at night or during day.

Besides incidents of dog bites, accidents involving dogs on highways have also been on the rise.



Two booked for cultivating poppy
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 11
Sarabjit Kaur of Khera village and Harvinder Singh of Sihar village have been booked for allegedly cultivating poppy crop in wheat fields at the village near here. No arrested has been yet so far.

According to the Dehlon DSP Paramjit Singh Gorayan, SHO Varinder Pal Singh had received information that some farmers had grown poppy along with wheat crop in their fields. When a team led by investigation officer Swaran Singh searched the area, poppy plants were found interspersed in wheat crop on outskirts of Khera village.

The police seized sample plants and poppy buds from the field. The police was trying to establish if the suspects had cultivated poppy in other fields also.

The two have been booked under Sections 15, 16, 19, 61 and 85, NDPS Act.



Two injured in road accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 11
Avtar Singh of Agwar Dalla and his father, Bahudar Singh, sustained injuries when an oil tanker hit their tractor near Sidhwan Kallan. The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338 of the IPC. Avtar Singh was admitted to the local civil hospital while his father was referred to DMCH, Ludhiana.

Car stolen

A Ford Feista car was stolen from Mini Chhapar village on the intervening night of February 2 and 3. The car belonged to Mankar Garg of Ahmadgarh. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered.



Land Acquisition
Farmers rally against government’s move
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, April 11
Farmers of Panjeta, Kot Gangu Rai, Koom Khurad, Rayeean and Bhaini Sahib villages organised a protest march to impress upon the authorities for dissolving the Bhaini Sahib-Rayian development board. Office-bearers of a few social and political organisations, while addressing a rally at Koom Kalan, assured to support farmers who apprehended that their 300 acre would be acquired by the government.

A large number of farmers joined the protest march, organised under the banner of the kisan sangrash committee, constituted to prevent the state government from acquiring 300 acres for erecting Satguru Ram Singh memorial at Bhaini Sahib.

While leaders of the Congress, CPI and the kisan unions criticised the state government of trying to appease land mafia by deserting farmers, president, Sahnewal unit of SAD, Jagroop Singh, claimed that there was no plan to forcibly acquire the land.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Karnail Singh Kailly, BKU (Ekta) president Darshan Singh Kuhli, sarpanch Sat Pal Joshila and CPI leader Amar Nath Koom Kalan urged the Chief Minister to clear the government’s stand on the issue.



Govt to revamp education system in state: minister
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 11
Admitting that dragging of the state to sixteenth position in nation in terms of education is an alarming issue, education minister Dr Upinderjeet Kaur said the government would take aggressive measures to revamp the entire education system. Alleged defective policies were responsible for the situation, she held.

The minister said this at the annual convocation of Bhutta College of Education and Bhutta College of Engineering, Bhutta village, near here today.

As many as 40 engineers and 90 graduates in education received degrees at the convocation presided over by president of governing council Keharnam Memorial Educational Society Mann Singh Garcha. Secretary Sukhdev Singh and Balbir Singh were guests of honour.

Acknowledging that private institutions had surpassed state-run institutes in promoting higher education in their respective areas, Dr Upinderjeet Kaur claimed that she had directed authorities concerned to streamline all venues of education in state-run institutes also.

“But it is obvious that the desired results cannot be achieved overnight. However, we are hopeful that drastic change will be observed in years to come,” said Kaur, maintaining that improvement in education standard would strengthen economy of the state also.

She claimed that vacant posts would be filled soon. Responding to questions on issue of delayed supply of books for various classes and regularisation of vacant posts in private-aided school, the minister said she would take up the matter with the authorities concerned.

Dr Rakesh Chander Sharma and Dr V.K. Sharma, principals of two colleges, highlighted the achievements of students in academic, sports and extra-curricular activities. Fourteen students of the institutes who had graduated with distinction were honoured, while Suraj Manchanda was awarded bronze medal by Punjab Technical University.

Suraj Manchanda of degree college, Amandeep, Merry, Rupali and Monica of Education College were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics.



From Schools
Children celebrate Baisakhi amid fanfare
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass chowk, organised a cultural programme, “Aai Baisakhi”, as part of Baisakhi celebrations. Students came dressed in traditional Punjabi attires.

Students of kindergarten wing participated in a fashion show. They also presented bhangra. Students sang songs and delivered speeches highlighting the importance of the festival.

Directors Kashmir Singh Thind and Jasbir Singh Thind, and principal Amarjeet Dhaliwal greeted students and exhorted them to follow the path shown by Sikh Gurus.

The participants were later given certificates.

Felicitation: To appreciate and encourage those who had excelled in academics in last session, Ryan International School awarded “scholar ties” to outstanding students.

A special assembly was conducted to honour students who had scored over 85 per cent marks in academics by giving them “scholar ties”.

This year, the number of awardees increased fourfold as compared to the last session.

Principal Jaishree Gupta congratulated the students and teachers. She exhorted students to work harder.



Hearing in City Centre scam case today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
The multi-crore City Centre Scam case would come up for hearing before the court of Sessions Judge G.K.Rai on April 12. Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s counsel today moved an application before the court seeking directions to give specific time for scrutinising the file. The same would also be heard tomorrow by the court.

Last time the court has fixed the date for framing charges. But, there were very less chances of framing the charges against the accused. Since the Sessions Judge had ordered to fix the date for framing charges, lawyers representing a few accused had requested the court against fixing the date for framing the charges, as they wanted to go through the file.

The defence lawyers were apprehensive of the fact they were not supplied documents annexed with the challan filed by the Vigilance Bureau in this court.

Thereafter, the court had allowed them to inspect the file daily from 2 pm to 4 pm. At least eight lawyers used to daily inspect the file. Sources said the defence lawyers would request the court to give them more time for completing the work.



Paddy Scam
Food supplies controller gets pre-arrest bail

Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
Additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh granted anticipatory bail to district food supplies controller Simarjit Kaur in the alleged multi-crore paddy scam of Mullanpur today. Earlier, she was granted interim bail by the court.

The same court also granted the concession of pre-arrest bail to Punsup district manager Darshan Singh Mann, inspector Subash Chander, Punjab Agro DM Sham Sunder Bassi, inspector Mela Singh, Pungrain inspector Manjit Singh, inspector Manpreet and Vikas Kumar in FIR No: 5 registered against them by the vigilance bureau.

However, the court dismissed the bail application of Sham Sunder Bassi, Mela Singh, Darshan Singh Mann and Subash Chander in FIR No. 4 registered by the bureau.

However, Simrajit Kaur, inspectors Manpreet Singh and Manjit Singh were also granted bail in the FIR.

The bureau had registered the case, claiming that it was a scam involving over Rs 2.73 crore.

The bureau had raided the premises of M/s Kuber Rice Mills and M/s Guru Kirpa Rice Mills, Mullanpur, and checked the stock of paddy provided to them by the government agencies.



Pregnancy-related complications
70,000 Indian women die every year: Doctor
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
At least 600,000 women die due to the pregnancy-related complications every year. Whereas, every seven minutes, one woman dies in India due to the pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. This adds up to about 70,000 women every year.

The president of the state unit of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics Dr Rajinder Gulati said the government had decided to celebrate April 11 as National Safe Motherhood Day, This year, the theme is “Know your Entitlements”.

He said the women must have the right for attaining the highest attainable standard of health, with access to appropriate health services, especially emergency obstetric services, that are adequately available, accessible and acceptable, and of good quality.

“Studies have shown that maternal mortality has not declined as significantly as general mortality or infant mortality in India. There has not been any significant reduction in the rate of maternal deaths in the past few years. Hidden in this fact is the concern that maternal mortality is far greater in rural areas than in urban areas. Safe motherhood requires action on a few fronts like raising awareness among families and communities, advocacy with policy makers and opinion leaders and dissemination of information on best practises for safe motherhood.”

According to Dr Gulati, reviews of women’s deaths, through questioning of people present on the spot, or verbal autopsies, revealed that majority of maternal deaths could have been prevented had there been a timely care, or if the family would have recognized complication and moved the women to a hospital, and had there been transport available for shifting the mother to an appropriate health facility for obstetric emergency services.

He remarked that for a woman to die from pregnancy and childbirth is a social injustice. Such deaths are rooted in women’s powerlessness and unequal access to employment, finances, education, basic health care and other resources. These are the factors that set the stage for poor maternal health even before a pregnancy occurs, and make it worse once pregnancy and childbearing have begun. Making motherhood safer, therefore, requires more than good quality health services.



Dental implant course begins today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 11
The International College of Continuing Dental Education (ICCDE) and the Punjab state branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) are jointly organising a two-day course on the mini-dental implants at Christian Dental College starting tomorrow.

IDA Punjab president Dr J.S. Judge said today that at least 200 delegates from Punjab and other states would take part in the training programme, to be conducted by renowned academician Dr Oliver Hennedige from Singapore.



AITA: Vilas, Sushanta grab doubles title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
The duo of Vilas Khate and Sushanta Mohanty emerged winners in the doubles of under-14 section in the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here yesterday.

The pair beat the duo of Pankaj Kumar and S. Bonafice in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

In under-16 section, R. Ramkumar and Arjun Khade established their dominance thrashing the duo of Suraj Konwar and R. Gogoi 6-2, 6-1.

Local player Parminder Kaur has reached into the finals of under-14 and under-16 girls category. She beat Zainab Ali Sajjad 7-6, 7-4 in a well-fought contest to reserve under-14 final berth whereas in under-16 semifinal, her rival was fourth seed Saadgi Rajani.

Parminder beat Saadgi in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 with quite ease.

She will now take on Tarranum Handa from Delhi in both the title clashes.

Other results:

Girls under-14 (semifinals): Parminder Kaur bt Zainab Ali Sajjad 7-6, 6-4; Tarranum Handa bt Likhita Shetty 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Girls under -16 (semifinals): Parminder Kaur bt Saadgi Rajani 6-2,6-3; Tarranum Handa btZainab Ali Sajjab 6-3, 6-3.

Boys under-14 (semifinals): R. Ramkumar bt Manab Chakma 6-1,6-2; Ajay Yadav Bt Arjun Khade 6-1, 4-6,6-3.

Boys under-16 (semifinals): Vishwesh bt Ajay Yadav 7-6, 6-1; R. Ramkumar bt Vishal Passi 6-1, 6-1.

Boys doubles (finals): under 14: Vilas Khate & Sushanta Mohanty bt Pankaj Kumar and S. Bonafice 6-4, 6-2. Under 16: R. Ramkumar and Arjun Khade bt Suraj Konwar & R Gogoi 6-2, 6-1.



Martial arts training for students
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 11
Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, in association with the Indian Martial Arts Association has taken an initiative to impart training to its students in martial arts.

School principal Sister Chantal said the training had been started for students of classes II to V as a subject. However, the training was optional for students of classes VI to VIII.

She said martial arts was useful for students as it helped them improve concentration, communication skills, fitness, self-confidence and defence.

Other than organising competitions, special training camps will be conducted for students by senior instructors from the association and other training groups, she said.



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