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Boy given electric shocks, dies
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
A factory employee and his accomplice allegedly killed an 11-year-old boy after giving him electric shocks in order to teach his mother a lesson for humiliating him in public over a debt of Rs 5,000.

The accused, Sant Lal, and his accomplice Ramjeet fled after the murder, the police said. The badly bruised body of the victim, Rattan Kumar Behra, alias Rattu, a student of Class VII, was recovered from the house of the accused in Baba Farid Nagar this morning.

A postmortem confirmed that the boy was given electric shocks and later strangled.

The boy had been missing since last evening. The Basti Jodhewal SHO, Gurbans Singh Bains, said after searching for the boy everywhere, his parents Gajju Kumar and Sandhya, along with others, went to the house of Sant Lal, located in the same colony.

To their horror, they saw the accused run as they approached the house. They found the boy dead with torture marks on his body, especially the neck where the shocks had been given.

His mother told the police that she and Sant Lal worked in a factory and she had given him Rs 5,000 as loan a few months ago. But he was not returning the money. Two days ago, she took some people with her and had an argument with him over the issue. She claimed that Sant Lal threatened to teach her a lesson. “I never imagined he would do such a cruel thing,” she said.

Her husband said the boy had gone missing at about 4 pm. “We never thought Sant Lal would kidnap and kill him. After searching Rattu all night, we were convinced in the morning that someone had harmed him. We thought of Sant Lal and found the body in his house,” he said.

The SHO said a case had been registered.



Six labourers injured in lathicharge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Tension prevailed in Mahavir Colony and Tajpur road areas after the police lathicharged protesting labourers here last day evening. Six labourers were injured.

The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the labourers, who started pelting stones on a police vehicle.

Four labourers were injured, two of them seriously, when a boiler exploded at a dyeing unit.

The explosion was so strong that it damaged neighbouring houses.

A representative of labourers alleged that the police was hand in glove with the dyeing unit owners. He alleged that the police deliberately delayed the removal of debris as more bodies were expected to be buried.

Various labour unions have demanded a probe into the matter. A union leader, Darshan Khari, said the unit was being run illegally and the owners had flouted rules, leading to this incident.

In the evening, the police arrested some union leaders, which in turn instigated the labourers. They pelted stones on a police vehicle and broke windowpanes of some cars.

Sajjan Singh Cheema, SP (city III) said a case had been registered against Suresh Verma and a boiler operator under Sections 285 and 287 of the IPC for not stocking combustible matter properly.

Four persons accused of instigating the mob have also been booked, along with 60 others, under Section 307, IPC.



Dyeing unit owner, foreman booked for negligence
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The police has booked the owner of a dyeing factory in which a boiler had burst two days ago, causing injuries to four labourers.

According to the first FIR relating to the incident, the police has booked Suresh Kumar Verma, owner of the dyeing factory, and foreman Vidya Prasad for negligence.

The FIR lodged on the statement of Varinder Kumar, a helper at the factory, said the boiler was under the supervision of Vidya Prasad.

He allegedly did not notice the high temperature of the boiler that eventually led to the explosion.

In the second FIR relating to the lathicharge, the police has booked Rajwinder, Lakhwinder, Parminder, Gauri and Shankar.

The FIR also mentions that they were accompanied by about 20 more persons. Rajwinder is the convener of Naujwan Bharat Sabha organisation.

The FIR says that the accused allegedly went to the factory posing as TV reporters. They sought to search the premises, claiming that some “missing” labourers were buried under the debris.

When the factory staff resisted, an argument followed. Soonafter, supporters of the accused standing outside started pelting stones.

The FIR mentions says that the accused broke cars, office furniture and also snatched Rs 50,000 from the owners, besides some documents.

The Naujawan Bharat Sabha has in a press note issued here this evening, condemned the registration of the FIR and the lathicharge.

It claimed that its leader and other activists had gone to the factory following reports that some labourers may still be buried there.

However, the factory staff beat them up and later lodged a false complaint. The organisation has demanded a fair probe into the matter and release of its leaders.



Government plans to revive fish industry
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The department of animal husbandry, Punjab, is giving a serious thought to the revival of fish industry in this part of the region.

To give a boost to fish farming and to strengthen the marketing network, the government in association with the Fish Farmers Association is keen to revamp the decade-old non-functional fish market in the city.

D.S. Syal, director, fisheries, told The Tribune that the government was trying to boost the industry and for that a lot of awareness had to be generated among the masses.

“Today we have come here to work on the best possible avenues. Contractors wanted to get shops on lease but the government was interested to give the shops for a shorter period,” he said, adding that now the government had agreed to the proposal of the contractors.

Shops would be given to retailers and wholesalers dealing mainly in fish. “They can keep mutton and chicken as well, but the main focus will be on selling hygienic fish. If the market is revived, residents will be benefited,” he said.

The president of the association, K.S. Sidhu, said the association worked as a mediator between the government and contractors.

He said the proposals of fishermen would be forwarded to government representatives. If the government relaxed its terms and conditions, there was a scope for the revival of the market.

He said the association’s main demand was that roadside vendors must be prevented from selling low-quality fish. “To generate resources, licence fees should be imposed on wholesalers, retailers, arhtiyas etc.,” he said.

A fish market had been set up here in 1999, but it could not be made functional as the authorities concerned did not take much interest in it. As many as 21 shops had been constructed in the market located opposite Chand Cinema.



MC mulls special sewers for dyeing units
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
To save Budda Nullah from toxic effluents from dyeing units, the municipal corporation is thinking of laying a special sewer line along the Tajpur and Tibba roads, connecting the dyeing units with the Jamalpur sewerage treatment plant.

The issue came up for discussion during a meeting of the finance and contract committee that met here today. The committee could not reach a consensus and the issue was kept pending. The members of the committee said mostly dyeing units were located on Tibba and Tajpur roads and if their discharge was thrown directly into the plant, Budda Nullah could be saved from pollution.

The matter would be taken up again at another meeting of the committee. The discharge from these units is being thrown into Budda Nullah through the sewer. The MC is often charged with polluting the nullah and the river by throwing untreated sewage into water bodies.

If it would not be thrown into the nullah directly, it would pass into the river as the treatment plant would have no facility to treat chemical toxics. The nullah would be saved but the river would remain polluted. The only solution is that the units should be asked to treat the discharge instead of providing them with an alternative sewerage.

Sources said there were several elected representatives in the MC house who owned dyeing units. Just to ensure that they did not face action, they were trying to get a different sewer laid.



Slum dwellers vacate park, plant saplings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
What the improvement trust could not do for years, slum dwellers have succeeded in doing. Slum dwellers of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar helped an NGO observe World Earth Day by vacating a public park and planting saplings here today.

Led by their president, Ashok Kumar, they vacated the park after shifting their jhuggis to a slum and cleaned the park. They were helped by the Watawaran Sambhal Society. They along with the society president Jagjit Singh Mann sowed 100 saplings.

Residents of SBS Nagar had been complaining against the slums for the past decade. They had even moved the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, stating that they had right to parks, which had been grabbed by slum dwellers.

The PHRC had directed the LIT to remove the dwellers. The LIT squad had visited the area a number of times, but had to return without any results. This had added to the anger of residents.

“We want to convey to the residents that we are not encroachers. We do not have any place to go. That is why we are sitting here. If the government wants us to go then it should allot us plots so that we can vacate the land,” said Ashok Kumar.

He said they wanted to convey that they were sensitive humans. “We cannot be moved forcibly. We can leave ourselves,” he added.

Mann, meanwhile, expressed his displeasure over the forest department authorities, who allegedly charged Rs 250 from them for the saplings even though they were supposed to give these for free.

They said the LIT should provide a gardener so that the park could be maintained.



Official error jeopardizes ‘Changi Kheti’ publication
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
“Changi Kheti”, the monthly magazine on farming published by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), may not reach the masses now owing to a lapse on part of officials.

Due to the “callous” attitude of bank officials at the university, they failed to cash the cheque, which had come as grant, within time i.e. before March 31.

The department of communication had announced that from May 2008, “Changi Kheti” would reach every village in the state.

The department of agriculture, Punjab, had made arrangements to subscribe the magazine to every village in the state.

Around 25,000 copies of the magazine were to be published every month.

According to sources, the agriculture department had sent a cheque for Rs 19.68 lakh in the end of March for publication of the magazine.

The cheque had to be sent to Chandigarh by bank officials for collection but it was erroneously sent to Patiala, with the result that payment could not be collected within time and it lapsed.

The PAU authorities tried to revalidate the grant but to no avail. The magazine was to reach around 12,500 villages in the state.

At least 51 families of Rakh Othian village in Ajnala tehsil of Amritsar district alone had recently subscribed to the magazine.

Farmers felt that the publication by PAU would go a long way in bringing better farm technologies to them.

Officials at the comptroller department told the TNS to contact the communication department for details on the issue.

Communication department officials said the cheque was presented to the bank by the business section and they were unaware of the error.



Clemency for Sarabjit
Prayers seem to be working: Sister
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
"Prayers do work and seem to be working with the Pakistan government opening doors to our family members enabling them to go there. I am going there with Sarabjit Singh’s wife and his two daughters to plead his innocence with the government and common people. Prayers by lakhs of people all over the country have led to the case being talked about at the international level. Nothing but prayers have opened gates for the family members to go to Pakistan".

Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, stated this to The Tribune here yesterday. She was here to visit the Durga Mandir to seek blessings for her brother's release. She was given a 'siropa' by the temple priest. She also met Parminder Singh Pappu, president of the Punjab unit of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, who, she said, had "stood with the family right through the entire travail of his being sentenced to death".

She was also being accompanied by Baldev Singh, her husband, during her journey to Pakistan. The family is expected to be in Pakistan for a week.

Sarabjit has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in Pakistan in 1990. He was to be hanged on April 1.

An emotional Dalbir said, "The massive support from the media and public seem to be working in bringing forth the fact that Sarabjit had nothing to do with any nefarious activities on foreign lands. We feel sorry for the tragedy that occurred in Pakistan in which Sarabjit is one of the accused. However, he had nothing to do with the incident."

Dalbir said, "We will be meeting different political leaders and even try to meet President Musharraf. He should see the young children of Sarabjit and see how an innocent man was being punished. He has paid with confinement of 18 years for a crime which he never committed."

Dalbir said, "It is surprising that the Pakistani system is overlooking the basic facts which are needed in convicting an accused. The FIR under question does not have the name of Sarabjit. The so-called statement by Sarabjit is signed in Urdu, a language he never knew. I have the video-recording of the statement in which the main witness has accepted that he gave the testimony against Sarabjit only on orders of the government lawyer".

"I know I have pleaded the case on the top of my voice. I had no option. I, nor my family members, can see an innocent hanged for no fault of his. It is also a matter of concern for the country to protect its innocent citizens trapped in wrong situations".



Farm accidents on the rise
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 23
Farm accidents have become a common phenomenon due to over-mechanisation and lack of knowledge about functioning of various types of equipment and machinery used in reaping and harvesting of wheat crops.

Increased moisture content of crop due to showers and hailstorm prior to harvesting is also being blamed for accidents, victims of which included children.

Though the government might give compensation to victims at a later stage, farmers, due to absence of requisite facilities at government hospitals, are forced to spend thousands of rupees on treatment of victims from their own pockets.

Harjinder Singh Nathumajra, former chairman of the market committee, demanded that the authorities responsible for welfare of farmers should be asked to undertake and monitor rescue operations in their respective areas.

Investigations revealed that farm accidents had become a common phenomenon these days. A majority of victims of farm accidents requiring surgery were admitted to private hospitals as facilities were unavailable at state-run medical institutes of the area.

The victims included Daljit Singh, a minor child of Brahampur village in Ludhiana district, whose hand was crushed in gears of a thrasher. He was treated at a private hospital at local town.

According to sources at local police station, Shambhu Mandal, a migrant labour, had lost his hand while working on a thrasher in fields of Gurmit Singh of Kanganwal. Immediate surgery at a private hospital here saved his life.

Harjinder Singh of Dhulkot and Jagdev Singh of Momnabad were also injured during agricultural chores.

In three out of four case, the victim were injured while clearing blocked pack of wheat straws from inlet of the thrasher.



Kidney patient needs help
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 23
Ramandeep Singh (27), a resident of Kubbe village near Samrala, is fighting a battle of life and death. Afflicted with end-stage renal failure, he is on twice-a-week maintenance dialysis and virtually bed-ridden since the past around eight months.

Doctors at Deep Hospital here have also advised renal transplant at the earliest and patient’s father Ranjit Singh is a willing donor, but the family with meagre resources is not in a position to arrange Rs 3 lakh needed for renal transplant.

Ranjit Singh, who earlier worked in a factory, said he had lost his job because he had to take his son for dialysis twice a week which took almost the entire day. "Even when he is at home, I have to look after my son. To raise funds for the management of the disease for the past more than four years and then for the dialysis, I had to sell 2 hectares of land, which was my only asset."

Ramandeep, as also his family, is now looking towards kind-hearted people of the region for financial assistance to continue life-sustaining dialysis and kidney transplant which seems to be the only ray of hope for the youth.

Those willing to extend a helping hand to the family can send their donations to Deep Hospital, 481, Model Town, Ludhiana, with "Treatment of Ramandeep Singh (nephrology)” written on the back side of cheques, drafts or on covering letter or else could get in touch with the patient (mobile number 098151-17513).



Exservices league rejects pay panel proposals
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, April 23
The Indian Exservices League, Punjab and Chandigarh, yesterday rejected the recommendations of the sixth pay commission concerning the Armed Forces and decided to hold dharnas at the district headquarters on April 27 to protest against the recommendations. Stating this, league president Lieut-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd) said the committee was unconstitutional and demanded the scrutiny of recommendations by a parliamentary committee to correct discrepancies.

Colonel Dhillon sought a separate pay and pension commission for the Armed Forces with members of all three services. He added that it was unconstitutional to restrict the entry into the armed forces on the basis of population. This would badly hit states like Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh that had been contributing in a big way to the force strength.

Colonel Dhillon also pointed out that the government had failed to rehabilitate defence retirees who retired at young age as their lateral induction had not been implemented. Colonel Dhillon also pointed out that the government had failed to rehabilitate defence retirees who retired at young age as their lateral induction had not been implemented.

It was unfair on part of the government to ignore retirees who could be used as second force by civil administration.



Workshop on safety management
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
"Safety management is an important aspect of planning in every form of infrastructure. As a whole, it includes aspects of not only fire safety, but also security measures in terms of other unsafe encounters like thefts, pilferages, extortion, riots and natural calamities."

This was emphasised by Col H.S. Cheema, chief security officer at SPS Apollo Hospital, today at a workshop on improvement of overall safety in hospitals to mark the safety month being observed by the institution from April 10 to May 9.

Cheema imparted practical training to doctors, nursing and other staff in using fire extinguishers. He said the safety measures in a hospital should be designed in such a way that safety of all service providers, service recipients and infrastructure (property and other fixed assets) was ensured. After taking adequate precautionary measures at the design stage, there was a need to implement safety measures and protocols in the infrastructure, said Cheema.

He appealed to all hospitals to strictly follow the safety protocols.



INTUC holds dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Coming in support of factory labourers and government employees, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) held a dharna outside the office of assistant labour commissioner on the Gill road here today.

Swaran Singh, president of the INTUC, state council, said the state government was taking factory workers and employees for a ride. He said the government had not fulfilled any of their demands ever since it came to power.

Citing the example of anganwadi workers, he said, “The employees have been struggling for their rights, but they are only getting a raw deal. For the economically weaker sections, the situation has worsened with the zooming inflation.”

He said if the government did not come to the rescue of the labourers, the union would plan an intensive agitation.

Tilak Raj Dogra, Rajinder Pal Gautam and Deen Bahadur also addressed.



Admn gears up for civic poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Additional deputy commissioner (development) and district election officer Priyank Bharti today said the administration had made all arrangements for the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections on May 12.

He held a meeting with the returning officers, additional returning officers and other special staff.

As many 1,424 polling stations will be set up for the elections.

At least 6,000 additional staff would be put on job. Besides, one returning officer for the zila parishad, 12 returning officers had been appointed for the panchayat samiti elections.



Workers’ rally on May 1
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 23
Members of different workers’ unions at a meeting held under the leadership of Darshan Singh Oberai yesterday decided to organise a rally on May 1 to pay tributes to martyrs of Chicago. They would also hold a demonstration against privatisation, inflation, increasing unemployment and handing over of 29 government departments to private sector. Also, they would seek a more effective public distribution system.



Check water wastage

The recent decision of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (LMC) to form squads to check the wastage of water is a welcome step. Residents have been warned against misuse of drinking water for washing cars/courtyards failing which stringent action would be taken against the violators.

It is also the duty of the residents to extend their full cooperation to the authorities and inform them about any misuse of water.

Penalties should be imposed on the violators.

Secretary MIG Welfare Society Urban Estate, Dugri, Ph II.

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Four booked for dowry
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 23
The dreams of Bhupinder Singh, an NRI of Sudhar village and currently settled in Canada, to keep his daughter connected with his native land by marrying her to a Punjabi boy were shattered when his son-in-law deserted her for dowry.

The Sudhar police has registered an FIR under Sections 420, 406 and 498-A, IPC, against four members of the woman’s in-laws at the Sudhar police station.

The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh Minocha of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar Ludhiana (groom), Raman Preet Kaur (his sister), Ushwinder Kaur (mother) and Amarjit Singh (father).

The police has, however, been unable to make the accused join investigations conducted by SP (D) of Ludhiana (rural).

According to the FIR registered on the statement of NRI Bhupinder Singh Gill, his daughter Nirlep Kaur was married to Gurpreet Singh Minocha on March 11, 2007.

The marriage was solemnised at a marriage palace and parents of the girl had spent Rs 19 lakh on the marriage.

Trouble started after Gurpreet Singh immigrated to Canada a few months after the marriage.

He allegedly in connivance with other accused started harassing Nirlep Kaur for bringing “meager” dowry.

He ultimately deserted Nirlep Kaur and disappeared. The complainant alleged that the accused had used marriage as means to immigrate to Canada.

Failing to locate Gurpreet Singh in Canada, Gill came to Punjab and sought the help of the police.

SSP Ludhiana (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar directed SP (D) Pritam Singh to probe the matter.

Though the accused were invited by the investigating team to present their version, none of them joined investigations and the police registered a case on the recommendations of legal authorities.



Two vehicles stolen
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 23
A Maruti Esteem car (PB 03 H 1500) belonging to Gurdarshan Singh of Chandigarh was allegedly stolen from Gurusar Kaunke on the intervening night of April 20 and 21.

Gurdarshan had come here to see his relations. The local police has registered a case under Section 379, IPC.

In another incident, a mini bus (UP 32 Z 6687) belonging to Mandip Singh was stolen from the Phallewal village area. The Dehlon police has registered a case under Section 379, IPC.

Man held

Gopal Sharma, alias Manna, of Jandwali Gali, Majestic Road, Moga, was arrested by ASI Gurcharan Singh of the anti-narotics cell in the Gurusar Kaunke the area on Monday for carrying a firearm. The police seized a .12 bore rifle and five catridges.

The local police has registered a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

5 booked

Five persons — Balwant Singh, Gurmail Singh, Harbans Singh, Iqbal Singh and Rann Singh of Tugal — have been booked for allegedly assaulting Baldev Singh of the village on April 14.

The Sudhar police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 506 and 34, IPC.

The injured has been admitted to the CMC, Ludhiana. No arrest has been made so far.



3 booked for harvesting, stealing crop
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 23
The Sudhar police has booked three persons for allegedly forcibly harvesting and taking away wheat crop from the fields of Ravinder Singh of Hissowal village last night.

Though the accused were reported to have harvested the crop during night, no action was initiated against them for violating deputy commissioner’s orders. The deputy commissioner had banned harvesting at night.

Manpreet Singh and Amrik Singh of Hissowal village in Ludhiana district and Jagjiwan Singh of Balipur Kalan were booked under Sections 447, 427, 379 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly harvesting and stealing wheat crop standing in fields of Ravinder Singh the same night.



Hero Mindmine partners with SDI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Hero Mindmine Institute has entered into a partnership with the Service Desk Institute (SDI), formerly known as Help Desk Institute (HDI), for its courses.

Hero Mindmine will embed the globally recognised certifications in their training programmes and courses to help students become more competitive. The courses will be relevant to many service-oriented industry segments and sectors namely banking, insurance, hospitality, retail, IT-ITES etc. The SDI has also partnered with HMM to provide soft-skill courses and international certifications through its education centres spanning across 140 locations with more than 170 learning centres in India, China and Mauritius, the company said here today.



Rs 5-crore project for growing safe veggies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan, Sir Rattan Tata Trust and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will start a joint project for growing “safe vegetables” in net-houses within next five months. The cost of the project is around Rs 5 crore.

A meeting was held with officials and around 20 farmers, growing net-house vegetables in the state, at the university yesterday.

The meeting, attended by experts in horticulture, was chaired by secretary (agriculture), Punjab, S.S. Dhillon who added that if all went well, the state might start exporting safe vegetables soon.

“These protected vegetables (free from sprays) will meet international standards. Punjab and Jharkhand have been chosen for the project,” said Dhillon.

Dr D.S. Cheema, head, department of vegetable crops, PAU, said farmers with two-three years of experience in net-house production in the state were invited to get the feedback.

Their cultivation practices, problems, improvements required, infrastructure shortcomings, crop rotation, variety of crops, etc. were discussed.

Dr Cheema added that work on the project was started around two months ago when a team of vegetable scientists had visited the state and university.

He said the next meeting of the joint project planning committee will be held next week.

“For assured marketing of these vegetables, which remains the main issue for diversifying farmers, we are trying to tie up with corporates like Reliance and Field-Fresh, etc. We also want that the produce should be certified by some renowned agency. The duration of the project will be five years,” added Dr Cheema.



Varsity asks farmers to raise crossbred cattle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has asked dairy farmers to increase the productive and reproductive performance of the cattle through genetics.

According to a press release today, crossbreeding of Sahiwal cows with Red Dane bulls was initiated in 1968 and later on Holstein Friesian breed was introduced. The major objectives of the cattle improvement project were to establish an elite herd of crossbred cows for the production of future bulls for progeny testing, to evaluate the breeding values of the purebred and crossbred bulls and to supply cattle bull calves/bulls and good quality semen from proven bulls of cattle to different dairy development agencies and dairy farmers of the state/country.

The average 305-day milk yield of crossbred cows has increased from 2,835 kg in 1974-75 to 4,500 kg in 2007-08 (an increase of 1,665 kg). This has been achieved by the development and application of the improved technologies of animal breeding, feeding, housing and disease control. The milk yield of two crossbred groups with 50 per cent and 75 per cent exotic germplasm increased from 3,168 to 3,759 kg (18.7%) and 2,932 to 4,223 kg (44%), respectively, indicating the better exploitation of the genetic potential of crossbreds with higher exotic inheritance. Crossbred cows with peak yield up to 52.5 kg a day and 305 day milk yield of 7,847 kg have been produced and the bull calves retained from such cows were evaluated through progeny testing, stressed the GADVASU experts.



From Schools
School’s pre-nursery wing inaugurated
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 23
The pre-nursery wing of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, was inaugurated here today. Punjab sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike was the chief guest. Among others present were jail minister Hira Singh Gabria and mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura.

Students presented an entertaining cultural programme. Skits underlining the need for discipline and patriotism besides folk dances and folk songs were the highlight of the programme.

Principal Rajinder Sharma highlighted the achievements of the school students in academic and extra-curricular activities.

Foundation day celebrated

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, celebrated its foundation day here today.

The celebrations started with the traditional chanting of mantras. Drawing and paper-reading competitions were organised. Sapling-plantation drive was also organised to create awareness among students regarding global warming and its harmful effects.

Principal of the school Santosh Mehra spoke on the importance of book reading at a special book exhibition.



Film on life of Guru Arjun Dev
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 23
An Australian unit, Rajmahal Productions, has come up with a documentary film on the life and martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev.

Talking to mediapersons here, film producer and managing director Shalinder Singh of “Japio Jin Arjun Dev Guru” said the film was dedicated to the 400th Martyrdom Divas of Guru Arjun Dev.

The film was based on the philosophy and teachings of Guru. It also depicted the martyrdom and its subsequent impact on society.

He lamented that the SGPC and other religious bodies had done little in this field.

Film director Baljeet Singh said the film had been completed within a budget of Rs 25 lakh and its shooting was done at Doraha, Mao Sahib, Guru Ki Badali in Punjab, and Lahore, Dera Sahib, Nankana Sahib, Kartarpur in Pakistan.

The star cast includes Harjeet Bhullar, Tejwant Mangat, Barinder Kaur, Rupinder Rupi, Raj Joshi, Mohinderpal, Tarsempal and Gurpreet Gholi.

He said the documentary film will be released shortly in countries that had a considerable presence of Punjabis.



Kang plays par game to be tied second
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, April 23
Fresh from a third-slot performance in the Pakistan Amateur Golf Championship at Islamabad, Chandigarh’s Harjinder Singh Kang fired a par-72 card to be tied second in the LG ITC CLassic Open Amateur Golf Championship that got underway on the par-72 Jack Nicklaus designed Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon yesterday.

Unheralded 15-year-old caddie from Delhi, Kapil Kumar, took a one-stroke lead in sultry conditions returning a one under par 71.

Breathing down the youngster’s neck was Kang and four others, Sourav Bahuguna, Amanjyot Singh, S. Rudresh and Rashid Khan.

Abhishek Jha, S.K. Lakra, Pawan Kumar, Kanishk Madan and Rahul Sikand were all tied for the seventh place at one over par 73. Kang bogeyed the eighth hole to make the turn at one over par. Two bogeys on the 10th and 13th interspersed with a birdie on the 11th saw the Chandigarh golfer stranded at two over.

But then, he sank birdies on the 14th and 18th to finish with a par-72 card and a tied second slot after the first round.

Kapil Kumar, a seventh standard school dropout, has been constantly working at his game. Having established himself as one of the leading players in the national junior circuit, the 15-year-old now is a potential threat to the established players on the amateur circuit.

A bright start where he made a birdie on the opening hole was immediately followed by successive bogeys on the next two holes. One more on the fifth ensured that Kapil took the turn at two-over.

However, playing some steady golf, Kapil not only erased those mistakes but also went one better signing off with a birdie on the 18th. The other two birdies came on the 14th and 15th with the one of the latter being his pick. After hitting his drive into the fairway bunker, he drew the ball onto the green and holed the ensuing eight-footer for a birdie.

“The conditions were hot out there. But, playing against the best brings out the best in you. I was upset after the back-to-back bogeys but was determined in my back nine,” said the cat-eyed Kapil who now trains under renowned coach Romit Bose. It’s always good to lead but this is only the first round and we have 54 more holes to go. Anything can happen,” he added.

The packed leader groups sounded the shape of things to follow on the next three days.

The scores (first round): Kapil Dev 71, Harjinder Singh Kang, Sourav Bahuguna, Amanjyot Singh, S. Rudresh and Rashid Khan (72 each), Abhishek Jha, Lt-Col S.K. Lakra, Pawan Kumar, Kanishk Madan and Rahul Sikand (73 each).



Cricket Stadium-16 beat APJ Kharar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Cricket Stadium-16 team outclassed APJ, Kharar, team by 76 runs in today’s match of the 2nd CCA Under -13 Gold Cup Cricket Tournament held at Sector 16 here yesterday.

In a low profile match, Sector 16 team batted first after winning the toss. They scored 145 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. Rahul top scored with 35 runs. APJ’s Sahil took two wickets for 28 runs.

In reply, displaying poor show, the whole team of APJ, Kharar, were wrapped up on just 69 runs in 14 overs. Chetan and Kapil claimed three wickets each at the cost of 7 and 14 runs, respectively.

Brief scores:

Stadium 16: 145 for 7 (Rahul 35, Abhimanyu 25, Avineet 21, Aseem 20, Sahil 2/28).

APJ, Kharar: 69 all out in 14 overs (Karan Aggarwal 15, Omick 12, Chetan 3/7, Kapil 3/14, Saurav 2/15).



Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tourney
Pakistan XI make it to semis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Teams of Pakistan and Amritsar made it to the semifinal of the ongoing 6th All-India Jagtar Memorial Hockey Tournament (u-19) being played at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astro Turf, Punjab Agricultural University, here. The semifinals will commence from tomorrow.

In the first match on the last day of the league matches, Pakistan XI beat Amritsar XI 4-1. Ijaz Ahmed of the Pakistan team scored the first goal in the third minute through a penalty corner which was followed by another penalty corner in the 27th minute.

Naseer Naved of Pakistan showed a class with his stick-work when he tapped the ball into the goal post following a rally in the middle in the 37th minute. Displaying his impressive skills once again, Naved tapped another field goal in the 70th minute. Mandeep Singh was the lone scorer for the Amritsar team. He scored a field goal in the 53rd minute.

Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, trounced the Jarkhar Academy 4-2 in a match that saw fast stick work. Jarkhar Academy opened the goal tally with the first field goal which came through the stick of Simardeep Singh in the fifth minute. Jagroop struck back for the Surjit Academy through a penalty corner in the 17th minute. Jaswinder Singh for Surjit Academy scored a field goal in the 19th minute. Jaswinder Singh scored another goal for the academy by converting a penalty corner in the 24th minute. Sukhdeep Singh scored the second goal for the Jarkhar team in the 25th minute. The only goal that came in the second half was scored by Jagroop Singh through a penalty corner in the 45th minute.

In the third match of the day, Namdharis XI of Bhaini Sahib beat SAI Lucknow 3-1. Gurmit Singh scored the first goal for the winners in the 17th minute. Gurbhaj Singh scored the second goal through a penalty corner in the 30th minute and also the third field goal in the 35th minute. Sunil Kumar scored the only goal for the losers in the 56th minute.



St Stephen’s lads, eves lift carrom titles
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, lads clinched both girls and boys titles during the second edition of Clive Shear Memorial Carrom Tournament for under-17 boys and girls. The tournament was organised by St Xavier’s High School in Sector 20 here yesterday.

St Stephen’s boys’ team comprising Manoj Thakur, Talib and Aarish outplayed St Xavier’s squad consisting of Amber, Shivam and Rachit by 3-0 in the final.

St Stephen’s girls, Farheen, Tuba and Damanpreet, formed a formidable combination to outclass St Xavier’s, Panchkula, in the final by 3-0. Nupur Arora, Loveleen and Rebacca were the part of St Xavier’s, Panchkula team.

Earlier, in the boys’ semifinal encounters, St Xavier’s of Panchkula proved too good for Ryan International School, Sector 49, Chandigarh. They defeated them by 3-0. St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, beat St Xavier’s, Sector 44, Chandigarh, by an identical margin.

In the girls semifinal matches, St Stephen’s, Chandigarh, outsmart St Xavier’s, Sector 44, Chandigarh, by 3-0 while St Xavier’s of Panchkula prevailed over St Xavier’s of Mohali by 2-1.

Vinod Bagai, managing director of Samar Estate Private Limited, distributed the prizes.



Bhakra Board thrash CEA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) team thrashed Central Electricity Authority (CEA) team, 57-12 (Pool-A), in the inaugural encounter of the 9 th Inter-Central Power Sector Unit (CPSU) Kabaddi Tournament. The meet is being organised by BBMB at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here yesterday.

In second match too, BBMB defeated National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) team and grabbed the match with convincing margin, 47-25.

In Pool-B, it was a one-sided affair in favour of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) team. They defeated Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) team, 23-03. In second match, SJVNL team beat Ministry of Power team, 22-10. Prior to the tournament, all teams presented march past with police band and took oath for harmony. Anil Arora, member (irrigation), BBMB, was the chief guest during the inaugural ceremony.



Ankit leads APJ team to victory
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 23
An unbeaten knock of 76 runs by Ankit enabled APJ Cricket team, Kharar, to beat Gem Public School team by 53 runs in the first league match during the APJ Cricket Cup Tournament which started yesterday at MCA ground here yesterday.

Batting first, APJ team mustered 223 runs after losing two wickets only. Besides Ankit, Virk scored 67 runs and Paramdeep Singh contributed valuable 48 runs and remained not out.

In reply, Gem team was bundled out at meager score of 170 runs. Bhajan and Sachin scored 42 and 30 runs, respectively.

This tournament is being organised by the Mohali Cricket Association and sponsored by APJ School, Kharar. Bhupinder Singh Senior, national selector, inaugurated the tournament.

Brief scores: APJ: 223 for 2 (Ankit 76 n.o, Virk 67, Paramdeep Singh 48 n.o).

Gem Public School: 170 all out (Mehak Munjal 30, Bhajan 42, Sachin 34).



DAV-8 lads among top 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Gagandeep Singh, Shahnawaz Mirza and Ankit Kaushik of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, are among twenty of the most talented players who have been selected for a seven-day special cricket coaching camp. As many as 9,220 participants from across 461 teams participated in the camp. The state of the art camp was held in Mumbai at MCA Ground, Kandivli, from April 14 to April 21.

Out of these twenty cricketers, five will be identified and rewarded with cash prizes of Rs 20,000 each for their performance.

Boost Cricket Cup organised by Procam and Boost is the premier national under-17 inter-school cricket tournament which runs under the aegis of respective State Cricket Associations which are directly affiliated to the BCCI.

The players will be trained under renowned former Indian test cricketers Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Khanna and will be guided by expert physiotherapist Dr Ajaz Ashai.



Cops transferred
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
SSP R.K. Jaiswal today posted inspector Gurbans Singh Bains, in-charge of the central investigation agency wing-I (CIA Wing-I), in place of inspector Arvind Puri.

Puri has been made in-charge of the special narcotics wing.

Inspector Balwinder Singh has been posted SHO Basti Jodhewal.



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