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Teacher kills wife, himself
The police claims that he killed his wife who was sleeping and later committed suicide by consuming poison
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara (Khanna), April 25
A maths teacher and his wife were found dead in their house in government quarters on the Charan Kanwal road here this morning. The exact sequence of events leading to their deaths is yet to be ascertained.

The Khanna SSP said on the basis of circumstantial evidence and statement of Pardeep Kaur, a cousin of the deceased, it seems that the teacher, Amritpal Singh, allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death last night, suspecting her loyalty.

He hit her on the head repeatedly while she was sleeping. The SSP said it seemed that immediately afterwards, he committed suicide by first banging his head against a wall and later consuming a toilet cleaner.

The teacher, posted at a government school, Panj Garayian, was found on the verge of death this morning. He was lying close to his wife, Gurpreet Kaur.

Pardeep Kaur, who had come to settle the dispute between the couple, was the first to see the gory scene.

She along with neighbours and the police helped shift the teacher to hospital where he was declared dead.

Though the incident took place in a two-room house, their two children, 10-year-old Darshpreet Singh, and 6-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, and their maternal aunt and her two minor children did not hear anything. The bed was soaked in blood, which was also found splashed on walls.

The SSP said it seemed that the man tried to kill himself by hitting his head against the wall or hitting himself with the same stick he killed his wife with.

After failing to do so, he allegedly drank an entire bottle of a toilet cleaner. He then lay next to his wife.

Pardeep Kaur claimed that the couple had called her to settle a dispute between them. She said she had come their her two children.

She stated to the police that the teacher had charged his wife with having an illicit relation. Both had a heated argument in her presence late last night.

She said she had managed to cool them down, after which they both went to their room while she slept with the four children in the other room.

She said she did not hear any abnormal voice at night. However, when she woke up in the morning and went to their room, she was horrified to see blood all around. She said when she shook Amrit Pal, he was alive and she called the neighbourers for help.

The SSP said the woman was being questioned as it was strange that she did not hear anything. However, he said she had to be believed as she would not come to their house with her children to commit some crime.

Amritpal, whose parents are already settled in Canada, was all set to fly to Canada in a few days as his immigration file was cleared.

Investigations have revealed that his wife was against this. She had threatened to marry a travel agent, with whom her husband suspected her to be having an affair.



Suspected Incest
Man, niece commit suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
A 40-year-old man from Tohana in Haryana and his 16-year-old niece allegedly consumed poison in a room of a hotel here this morning.

As per Tohana police station records, Surjit Singh and Suneja Kumari, belonging to Bhiwani, had reportedly eloped on April 21.

The mother of the girl is the sister-in-law of Surjit Singh.

The SP (city-I), Ashish Chowdhry, said the two had checked into the hotel at 6.40 am today. They had mentioned each other as father and daughter in the hotel register. They said they had returned from Vaishno Devi.

However, at about 10.45 am, the hotel staff heard cries from their room.

Jaipal, manager of the hotel, said when they broke into the room, both were
writhing in pain.

They were rushed to the CMCH where they died soon after. Doctors said they had consumed celphos tablets.

Though no suicide note was found in the room, the police learnt about the incestuous relationship from their relatives in Tohana.

The police got their addresses from their documents in the room. A police official at the Tohana police station said an FIR had been lodged against the man for luring away the minor girl.

The relatives of the duo were on the way to Ludhiana to claim the bodies.

The police said the man was a daily wage earner while the girl was studying in college. The man had earlier been charged with luring away a Mumbai-based girl a few years ago.



Dowry Death: Man, mother get life term
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
A fast-track court headed by an additional sessions judge has convicted a man and his mother in a dowry death case. They were sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. Bhupinder Singh and Nasib Kaur were convicted of burning alive Harpreet Kaur. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the accused.

The judge held that the prosecution had proved the charges levelled against
the accused. As per the prosecution, Harpreet Kaur married Bhupinder Singh, but a few days after the marriage, the accused started harassing her for dowry.

She was beaten up several times and even turned out of the house. However, following the intervention of relatives, she was taken in again.

On October 17, the accused beat her up and she called her father Ujagar Singh. Infuriated, Nasib Kaur brought kerosene and poured it on her while her brother-in-law Harwinder Singh caught her. He then set her alight. The accused then fled the spot.

The police recorded the statement of the victim in hospital and a case was registered against the accused.

Later, Harpreet Kaur succumbed to her injuries and the police arrested the accused. During the pendency of the case, Harwinder Singh had died.



Assaulted by in-laws, man seeks police help
Alleges wife being confined by her parents
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 25
Apprehending threat to the life of his recently wedded wife Kirandeep Kaur, Hardeep Pal Singh has urged the higher authorities to impress upon the police to help Kirandeep, who has been confined by her parents. He alleged that they had abducted her after assaulting the couple yesterday.

The police has initiated a probe into the matter after registering an FIR against Manjit Singh, Kiran’s father, Jagjit Singh, Charanjit Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, Avtar Singh and Gurmail Singh, all uncles of Kiran, for allegedly assaulting and threatening the complainant and abducting Kirandeep.

Investigations revealed that Hardeep Pal Singh and Kirandeep had fallen in love about two years ago. Though the parents of Hardeep agreed to the marriage, her parents opposed the proposal because of caste disparity.

The couple got married in Chandigarh on April 16. Apprehending a threat to their lives, the couple had sought protection also.

“When I resisted their attempt to take away my wife, they threatened to kill me and took her with them with an intention to kill her for their honour,” Hardeep Pal Singh told the police.

Sources at the local police station revealed that the DSP, Samrala, Daljit Singh Rana, had constituted a team led by Gurcharan Singh to rescue her.



BSNL services go on the blink
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
A technical snag in Bhartiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) mobile and broadband services left the city subscribers high and dry today. The snag affected mobile users as well as Internet subscribers, who had to look for nearby cafés to access the Internet.

Share brokers were the worst hit as they had hard time keeping track of the developments in the market.

Amit Behal, who deals in shares, said: “I use the Internet frequently to get the latest update on what is happening in the share market but due to the unavailability of the facility today, I faced great inconvenience.”

Mobile users, especially those travelling out of station, also felt the heat due
to the problem. “I had gone to Jalandhar for an urgent piece of work. No sooner did I reach there than my mobile stopped working, causing me a lot of inconvenience. I had to rush to a PCO every now and then to make a call,” said Harish Mahajan.

A representative of the BSNL office said the mobile and Internet services were suspended due to a technical snag that occurred at the BSNL office in Chandigarh in the morning. The snag affected mobile and Internet services in Ludhiana city only.

The representative further added that the fault would be rectified soon and both facilities were expected to be restored by evening.



Removal of hoarding invites Cong wrath
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 25
The removal of a hoarding consisting of pictures of Congress icons from the Kaddon Chowk by the MC, as part of the election code, has invited the wrath of Congressmen who are planning agitations for the restoration of the hoarding. A number of Congress leaders, including Adarsh Pal Bector and Surinder Pal Sood, former MC presidents, today assembled at the chowk today.

They protested against, what they termed was “highly unethical” and “anti-national” act committed by the MC by removing the board consisting of pictures of Congress icons and martyrs.

Former MC chief Malwinder Singh said, “The removal of the picture of Beant Singh, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi has pained us the most. Those people on whose shoulders rests the sovereignty of our country, should not be affected by any code.”

“This board was installed only after a resolution was passed in the committee in 2004,” he said. “We will be writing to the director, local bodies, SDM Payal, DC Ludhiana and the Prime Minister for immediate action and speedy redress,” the leaders said.

Meanwhile, Ranjit Singh Grewal, executive officer of the MC, denied that any such board had been removed. He termed the entire move as a mere hullabaloo.



Girl left to fend for ailing father, brother
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 25
With meager resources at her disposal, Krishna Rani, eldest daughter of a family of Rangoowal village, near here, is striving hard to help her 26-year-old brother Gurcharan reach his maximum potential and revive her father Butta Singh from paralysis attack.

Embroidery work, which she started to fund the treatment of Gurcharan Singh who is suffering from cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, was interrupted suddenly after Butta Singh fell ill recently.

Apprehending social degradation, the family has not sought help from any NGOs or philanthropist. She has urged authorities, including Governor and Chief Minister, to come to the rescue of her father at least.

“As adequate treatment for paralysis is not available at government dispensaries and we can’t afford expensive treatment at private hospitals, we are administering ayurvedic preparations received from a medical practitioner at Hassanpur to my father,” said Rani. The family was unable to hire even a taxi to take Butta Singh to Hassanpur.

While Rani dropped out of school after class X due to financial constraints, she wants her younger sister Sukhjinder, who is pursuing her BA privately, to continue with her studies.

Her father used to make both ends meet by working as a tailor, but now there is no source of income for the family

A social worker, Mahavir Goyal, has requested the administration to come to the rescue of the family.



Changi Kheti
Varsity asks bank to make amends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Punjab Agricultural University has approached the bank seeking reasons and revalidation of cheque or any possible solution to “carelessness” in not getting a special cheque cleared within time, which led to the university not supplying copies of its magazine to villages under a special government scheme.

Additional director of communication Jagtar Singh Dhiman said: “The carelessness occurred on part of the bank in not getting the cheque cleared within time. The matter has been taken up by the comptroller office with the bank authorities.”

Dhiman said: “There will be no effect of the copy supply to regular subscribers. They will get the normal supply of their monthly copies.”

He said certain farmers had become apprehensive about possible problems in receiving their monthly copies, which was baseless. PAU publishes “Changi Kheti”, which is dispatched to over 10,000 subscribers in different villages of Punjab every month.

Dhiman said: “The matter under question pertained to a new order of the magazine received from the state department of agriculture for supply to gram panchayats of different villages in the state for a period of one year. For this, an amount of Rs 19.68 lakh was sent by the department in the fag end of March. The cheque was valid till March 31. The same was presented to the bank on March 24 by the office of the comptroller, who deals with financial matters of the university. The carelessness occurred on part of the bank in not getting the cheque cleared within time.”



Khalsa School alumnus get together
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
Around 45 alumnus of the erstwhile Khalsa School, Kila Raipur, now Government Senior Secondary School, got together to discuss preservation of old glory of the school and help upgrade the existing infrastructure here yesterday.

An alumni from the first batch of 1933, Dalip Singh, was honoured. Speakers stressed the need for good education and promotion of sports activities, particularly in the rural areas.

Convener Kuldeep Singh said during the past two years, old students had contributed around Rs 2.5 lakh that had been spent on restoring the decaying school building.

Those who attended the function included Prof Pritam Singh Grewal, Lieut-Col Jai Singh Grewal, Man Singh Grewal, Balbir Singh Grewal, Ranjit Singh Grewal, a retired DSP from Railway Police, Capt Karnail Singh, Daljit Singh Grewal, advocate Kuldeep Singh, principal Bhagwan Singh, Darshan Singh Grewal, Sukhdev Singh, Santokh Singh, advocate Ramesh Kumar, Boota Singh, Jaswant Singh Grewal of UK, Iqbal Singh Grewal and Paramjit  Singh Grewal.



Power cuts test people’s patience
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
With mercury rising and heat wave-like conditions prevailing in the region, the power situation has worsened, thereby disrupting the day today life of the people.

With three to five hours of daily power cuts, people from all walks of life have to sweat it out in the sweltering heat, and at times, have to go without water as the supply of potable water is directly linked to the power supply.

According to sources in PSEB headquarters at Patiala, for the past few days, one unit of Bathinda thermal power plant has been rendered inoperative due to a snag, causing loss of nearly 25 lakh units.

Even otherwise, the state was facing a gap of 150 lakh units of power between availability and demand, which has now gone up to 175 lakh units with the result that duration of power cuts had to be increased, say the sources.

Though Punjab was getting 20 lakh units of power from other states, but in the wake of low frequency on the grid caused due to increased demand of power from western and southern states, it could not even draw its legitimate share whereas earlier, the state used to overdraw power in cases of acute shortage that was being witnessed now.

Low power generation at almost all hydel projects due to poor inflow and low water level at Bhakra was another reason for the prevailing power crisis, said the sources.

Till last year, the state was getting about 100 lakh unit power every day from the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) whereas presently it is supplying just about 70 lakh units.

According to the sources, the prevailing power situation was expected to continue for a few more days and was likely to get better once the water inflow at hydel projects and level at Bhakra reservoir improved which seemed imminent in the wake of high temperature all over the region.

City residents from a few localities complained that with the reimposition of power cut early in the morning, and again in the afternoon and evening, the water supply was badly affected.

In some areas, the supply of piped water was reported to be disrupted all through the day as a result of power outage or shut downs for maintenance work.



Tariff revision by June
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 25
The process of revising power tariff for the year 2008-09 has been set in motion with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) holding its first public hearing on the aggregate revenue requirement for the current financial year filed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) last month here today.

PSERC chairman Jai Singh Gill along with two other members- S.S. Pal and Baljit Bains- heard representatives of different categories of consumers, mostly from the industry.

The PSEB chief engineer (commercial), making a fervent plea for a reasonable hike in power tariff, said at prevailing tariff, the board would incur a deficit of Rs 2,115.36 crore and taking into account the deficit of Rs 3,139.10 crore during last financial year, the PSEB would face a staggering deficit of Rs 5,254.46 crore.

A few activists of different industrial organisations, including Inderjit Singh Pradhan, P.D. Sharma, T.R. Mishra and Sandeep Jain vociferously opposed any further increase in power tariff.

They rather demanded that like other states, the state government should abolish octroi on power, particularly when octroi on all other items had been done away with.

The representatives of industry pointed out that steep hike in the prices of raw material, other inputs and labour had created a crisis-like situation for the industry; especially the small and medium sectors and any hike in the power tariff would inflict a fatal blow to the industrial economy of Punjab.

Later talking to mediapersons, Gill said the PSERC would complete the process of public hearing on the “retail tariff petition” of the PSEB within next one month and a decision on power tariff was likely to be announced by early June.



Artefacts from North on display
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
City mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura today inaugurated the gram shree mela at Kidwai Nagar here today.

Artisans from all over the North India are displaying their artifacts at the mela that would continue till April 30.

The event is being organised by the Guru Angad Dev Sewa Society and CAPART. Creations of artisans, including pottery, terracotta, plaster of paris, carpets, artificial jewelry and leather purses are on the display.

Pickles from Haryana, decorative items and furnitures from Saharanpur are also
being exhibited.

Senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal and councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu were also present on the occasion.



Charitable hospitals, have mercy

While medical treatment has become unaffordable for a large number of people in private hospitals, poor patients look to charitable hospitals being run by religious and philanthropic bodies for cure and relief from suffering.

Even as registration-cum-consultation fee being charged in these hospitals is reasonable, the expenditure incurred by patients on costly medicines and tests makes things worse for them.

Consultants and specialists in these hospitals prescribe specific medicines that are available only at designated chemist shops.

The unholy chemist-physician nexus is not only taking a heavy toll of poor patients but also damaging the credibility of such organisations that proclaim to promote charity.

Such hospitals should only hire such doctors who are above the lure of money and are committed to serving the humanity selflessly.

Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, Civil Lines



Power Shutdown

Power supply to Manjh Phagguwal, Fatehpur, Talwandi, Hardy World, Hemkunt, Hussainpura, factory area and Ajit Nagar will be suspended from 9 am to 4 pm today; to Mohalla Greenpark, Club road, Ramnagar, Patel Nagar, Cemetary road, Phuhara Chowk market and Church road from 9 am to 5 pm; and Dholewal, Sant Nagar, Kabir Basti, Oswal street, Industrial Estate, from 8.30 am to 2 pm tomorrow.



Two held with stolen mobiles
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 25
The CIA staff of the local police has arrested two persons — Gurbax Singh, alias Sarbhi, and Gurpreet Singh, alias Kaka — and recovered 13 stolen mobile phones and cosmetic material from their possession.

SP (D) Pritam Singh said the accused had committed a theft at a shop belonging to Jaswinder Singh at Bhundri on the intervening night of April 11 and 12 and stolen mobile phones, SIM cards and cosmetics.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC.

Yesterday, CIA staff in charge Kanwarpal Singh along with other officials intercepted the two and arrested them. During interrogation, they confessed to having stolen 13 mobiles and cosmetics.

3 booked

Gogli, Vijay Kumar and Gurminderjit Singh, alias Goldy, of Galib Kalan have been booked for allegedly trespassing on the house of Baldev Kumar of their village on April 23 and assaulting him.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 458, 323, 506
and 34, IPC.

Namberdar booked

The local police has booked namberdar Baljinder Singh of Hans Kalan under Sections 3 and 4 of the SC/ST Act.

According to information, Baljinder had passed casteist remarks on Daulat Singh of the village over a dispute regarding construction of toilets by the panchyat.

The incident happened on December 14 and the complainant approached the police on December 16.

After preliminary investigation, the local police has now registered a case.



From Schools
Freshers accorded warm welcome
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The kindergarten section of Nankana Sahib Public School hosted a welcome party for freshers of nursery and LKG sections here today.

The tiny tots came clad in colourful attires.

In charge of respective classes played host and created an ambience of party in Montessori room.

The teaching staff and students danced to the tunes of foot-tapping music. The kids were provided with snacks.

Principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich also joined the celebrations.

‘Red Day’ celebrated

Students of Kindergarten Jesus’ Sacred Heart School, South City, celebrated ‘Red Day’ here today.

Students and teachers of the kindergarten section wore red clothes. Fruits and vegetables were served to students as “chaat” and drinks.

Students highlighted the importance of red flowers and vegetables through
a balloon chart.

Graduation ceremony

The campus of GRD Academy reverberated with the kindergarten graduation ceremony today.

Attired in colourful attires, students received certificates from GRD Global Educational Trust chairman Raja Singh.

The ceremony began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by chairman, principal Aneeta Kundra and parents.

A cultural programme consisting of songs, rhymes, dance and giddha was presented.

The chairman congratulated the parents and lauded the staff for organising the ceremony. Parents and young graduates later enjoyed snacks.



NZ education fair organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The Kangaroo Studies organised a New Zealand education fair at a local hotel in the city here today.

According to its senior director, Gulshan Kumar, the company had organised the fair for the benefit of students of the region.

The aim was to provide an opportunity to students of Punjab and its adjoining areas to get information across the table directly from the representatives of New Zealand universities and institution.

In all 18 institutions, including Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Waikato, participated in the exhibition.



Tribune Impact
Gym doors opened, finally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 25
The state-of-the-art gymnasium at multipurpose stadium, which had been gathering dust for the past several months, was formally inaugurated by Punjab’s director of sports Pargat Singh, here today.

The inauguration follows the publication of a report on the apathy of the authorities and the condition of the gymnasium in these columns on April 23.

Gymnasium, which has been build at the cost of Rs 7 lakh, will cater to the needs of hundreds of athletes. The gymnasium had been kept under lock and key by the district sports department authorities.

The inauguration brought cheer to athletes who despite having a gymnasium had to endure scorching heat while doing weight training.

“It means a lot to us. Physical training using latest equipment will help us improve our standard,” said a group of athletes.

They added: “We thank the sports department and Ludhiana Tribune for highlighting the issue. We will no longer have to do the weight training under gruelling conditions any more.”

District sports officer Gian Inder Singh said the gymnasium belonged to athletes and they had given it to them today.



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