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Thieves target Moti Nagar trader
Gold worth Rs 15 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Thieves struck at a house in Moti Nagar in the wee hours today and decamped with cash and gold worth Rs 17 lakh from the house of Subash Goyal, a shawl trader.

The thieves struck when the family was sleeping in one room. They unlocked the main gate, entered the bedroom where cash and gold ornaments were stored in an almirah.

They took away gold worth Rs 15 lakh and cash worth Rs 1.10 lakh. The family members said due to frequent power cuts for the past few days, the entire family of Subash Goyal comprising seven members, were sleeping in one room as generator could not take the load of more than one air-conditioner.

Amit Goyal, son of Subash Goyal, said, "After waiting for the power supply to be restored till 11:30 pm, we decided to be in one room. As my wife is suffering from dengue, we slept in our parents room."

The family could only know about the theft when Goyal woke up and found the lights of other bedroom switched on. He went to the room only to find out that the locker was broken and empty jewellery boxes scattered here and there. He woke up the entire family members and informed the matter to the police.

Gurdev Singh, in charge of the Moti Nagar police post, said forensic experts were pressed into service. The police has recorded the statement of the family members.

The family could not provide any lead into the matter. A case of theft has been registered against unknown persons.


High Court orders dumped
Budda Nullah continues to stink
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
In contravention of the orders of the High Court and the District Magistrate over the dumping of garbage in Budda Nullah, the practice continues as hundreds of tonnes of litter is being thrown into it everyday in the Haibowal area.

The litter that is collected from different areas by private sweepers is being dumped into the nullah even as enforcement agencies look the other way.

The High Court had last year directed the Ludhiana administration to ensure that no garbage was thrown into the water body that finally empties into the Sutlej river. DC-cum-district magistrate Sumer Singh Gurjar had banned the throwing of dirt into it. The civic administration had even got several persons booked for polluting the water body.

The drive, however, died down. A survey of the areas adjoining Budda Nullah by a Tribune team revealed a number of rehris carrying garbage lined up near the bank of the nullah. It was being littered openly, thereby cocking a snook at the orders.

Deputy chief executive officer, zila parishad, M.S. Grewal called up the area sanitary inspector of the MC Rajesh Kumar and told him about the orders . The SI told him he was following the orders of the area councillor. He hanged up the phone after that stating he had no time.

Angered at the response , Grewal has decided to write a letter to the DM as well as municipal commissioner to make him abreast of the situation.

‘‘This is a sad state of affairs. I am surprised the way the inspector behaved. He should have known about the orders. Shockingly these people do not even take the orders of the HC seriously, ’’ said Grewal.



8 commercial sites fetch Rs 11.5 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 17
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today realised Rs 11.50 crore by the sale of 8 free-hold commercial sites in Dugri Phase II, through an open auction. The auction was conducted at GLADA office on Ferozepur Road here under the supervision of additional chief administrator S.R. Kler.

The highest bid for one of the six shop-cum-offices, each measuring 158.58 square yards that were put under the hammer, was Rs 1.20 lakh per square yard against the reserve price of Rs 94,500 while one of the two booths, each with an area of 22.69 square yards, fetched Rs 1.14 lakh per square yards. The eight sites sold in the auction had a reserve price of Rs 9.55 crore all together and these were sold at a premium of nearly 15 per cent.

Kler told The Tribune that in all, 10 SCFs and 10 booths were to be sold through the auction but in the wake of lukewarm competition among the bidders due to ongoing "shraadhs", which are considered inauspicious for investment in property, auction of four SCF sites and eight booths was withheld.

Among others present during the auction were R.K. Sharma, superintending engineer and Jeet Ram, estate officer of GLADA.

The bidders for SCF sites were required to pay an eligibility fee of Rs 1 lakh while those keen to participate in the auction of booths had to make a payment of Rs 50,000 to be able to participate in the bidding. The amount was adjusted towards 10 per cent of the cost to be paid at the fall of hammer in case of successful bidders while it was refunded to others.

According to terms of sale announced by GLADA, the sites were offered on "as is where is" basis to be used exclusively for commercial purpose. The successful bidders were required to pay 10 per cent of the price of site at the spot, another 15 per cent within 30 days of auction. The balance amount of 75 per cent has to be paid either in lump sum within 60 days of issue of allotment letter at a rebate of 5 per cent or else in four equated yearly installments along with 12 percent interest.



Low demand pulls down veggies’ prices
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
The low demand has reduced vegetable rates by 20-25 per cent within the last two weeks. The downward trend, said traders, is expected to continue this month.

In the wholesale markets, the price of potato, which was Rs 10-12 per kg nearly a fortnight back, has now declined to Rs 9, while onions have recorded a downfall from Rs 9 a kg to Rs 7-7.50.

Cauliflower rate has reduced from Rs 30-35 to Rs 10-12 whereas green peas which were available for nearly Rs 40 per kg are now priced at Rs 30. Other vegetables that have seen a downfall in prices are cabbage from Rs 13 to Rs 9 per kilo, gourd from Rs 10 to Rs 7-8 per kg, lady finger from Rs 14-15 to Rs 10-11, brinjal from Rs 8-10 to Rs 4-5 and garlic from Rs 25-30 to Rs 8-10 per kilogram.

In the wholesale markets, prices are 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher, varying as per localities.

"There has been a minor reduction in vegetable prices. They had been rising constantly so it is a bit of relief. However, the variety is not much these days. I hope rates continue to reduce further or at least be stable. In comparison to last year, prices are much higher," said Sarita, a home maker.

Market traders said the downward trend was expected to continue till the end of this month. "Demand is low and supplies are normal which has led to this reduction. The rates are expected to pick up only around the beginning of the Navratras," said Amarbir Singh, general secretary, Ludhiana Fruits and Vegetables Commission Agents Association.



Rain hits farm fair preparations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Heavy rainfall in past few hours has played spoilsport in the preparations of farm fair, which is to be inaugurated at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) tomorrow.

The preparations were in full swing for the past few days, when the sudden rain disrupted the whole exercise today. High-velocity winds, accompanied with rains, uprooted the huge tents, which were erected for various exhibitions, demonstrations and stalls in the main pandal.

Though the experts with agro-meteorological department of PAU said weather would be cleared by tomorrow, but the preparations were halted for over three hours today due to continuous and heavy rainfall.

As soon as the rains stopped, the organisers with several workers were seen on varsity grounds to take stalk of the situation. The workers said since all the tents and grounds were wet, it became more difficult to erect them again.

An employee of the varsity Jujhar Singh said they hoped to get a good response in tomorrow's fair. He said farmers got so much exposure during the fair that even rains failed to dampen their spirits.

The two-day farm fair with the theme ‘Save environment, save Punjab’ will be inaugurated tomorrow on PAU grounds by farm economist Dr S. S. Johl.

Field demonstrations, display stalls, exhibitions and other activities relevant to the theme of the fair will remain the attractions for lakh of farmers coming from other districts and states as well.

Stalls by different departments of PAU will be organised on the fair route. In the main pandal, an agro-industrial exhibition will be organised.

The programme of the mela will include technical tips by PAU experts. Farmers' queries will be answered by the scientists on the spot. Seeds of various crop varieties will also be put on sale in the fair.

There will be special stalls for the sale of farm literature and enrollment of new members for monthly magazines ‘Changi Kheti’ and ‘Progressive Farming’.

Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director communication said the proceedings of farm fair would be broadcast live on Dehati Programme of All India Radio, Jalandhar, on September 18.

Besides, famous folk artists of Punjab, including Bhupinder Gill, Neelam, Sukhwinder Sukhi, Ranjit Mani, Nirmal Sidhu, Harpal Pali, Rode wale Kavisher, Hakam Sufi etc will present their programmes.



Anti-people decisions
PSEB staff threaten to step up stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 17
Irked at the state government decision not to allow power connections in unauthorised colonies in Punjab, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Workers Federation (INTUC) has threatened to intensify its agitation against the move which, it said, was against the people belonging to weaker sections, including employees, working classes and farmers.

Addressing a rally at the Model Town division of the PSEB here today, federation president Swarn Singh cautioned the government to withdraw the anti-people decision failing which activists of the district council of the INTUC, would hold a district-level protest march on September 29.

He also came down heavily upon the government for moving ahead towards the unbundling of the board and splitting it into corporations. "If the PSEB is disbanded and converted into corporations, the board employees will observe a two-day strike following an intensified agitation," he said.

Other speakers at the rally, including Kaur Chand, Jasbir Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Ganga Prasad Pandey, Baldev Singh, Daljit Singh, Prem Raj Tiwari, Kanwar Chand, Shiv Singh and Jarnail Singh, launched scathing attacks on senior bureaucrats in the PSEB, charging them with serving their political masters rather than addressing the problems of the masses.

They also urged the PSEB management to concede other pending demands of the employees like implementation of the pay commission recommendations, providing employment on compassionate ground, new recruitment to fill vacant posts and granting due promotions to the staff. 



Dengue stalks posh localities
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Pointing towards the dengue cases being reported in private hospitals across the city, a cross-section of doctors working in government and private hospitals revealed that a majority of the patients are from the upper middle section of the society.

Blaming it on the Municipal Corporation's failure to ensure fogging in the city, the doctors added that Aedes mosquitoes in absence of sprays were multiplying in posh localities.

"The mosquito attacks during the day time and that is the time when factory workers and daily wagers living in slums are on their workplaces," remarked a medical practitioner.

District health officer Dr S.S. Dhir, while referring to patients undergoing treatment at DMCH, Mediciti, Apollo and CMCH, stated that the mosquito attack was more in cleaner, greener areas, especially dark rooms where the temperature was maintaned as per convenience.

Dr Harvinder, SMO, civil hospital, said there were just two dengue positive cases in throughout the season. "We did get half a dozen referral cases from private hospitals which were treated and discharged.

However, some more blood samples have arrived in the hospital for test, the reports for which would be available after two days," the doctor added.

Expressing concern over 235 reported cases of dengue, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ludhiana, stated that it was unfortunate that there was hardly any fogging being carried out in the city on the regular basis by the Municipal Corporation.

The IMA has called upon people to keep their surroundings free from stagnant water, wear full sleeves shirts and full length trousers and use socks to reduce the exposed body surface area for mosquito biting.

It is also sad that several cases of hepatitis have been reported from the district in a medical camp.



Trader’s Kidnapping
Cops close to crack the case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Mystery surrounding the disappearance of industrialist Vinod Adya deepened today with the police claiming that he had gone missing more than a month ago.

A police investigation has revealed that Adya had gone missing on August 12 while his family reported the matter to the police on August 30, 17 days after the alleged disappearance the industrialist.

While the family reported the matter late, the police too registered a case of kidnapping 15 days after the complaint.

Gurtej Singh, SHO, division number 6, said the family approached him 17 days after the disappearance of the industrialist. "We questioned the family members of the industrialist. The reason behind his disappearance could not be ascertained yet," he said.

The case was registered on the complaint of his son, Vivek Adya, who said there was no trace of his father since that evening.

In the meantime, SSP RK Jaiswal has assured that the police is quite close to crack the case. "We are questioning the person with whom he was last seen with," he added.



From Schools and Colleges 
Workshop on English teaching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
A workshop on effective teaching of English was organised at Darshan academy. About 30 teachers from the Darshan academies located at different places participated in the workshop. The resource person on the occasion was Illa Vij and Rajiv Verma from a publication house. The workshop was conducted in three sessions. Illa Vij discussed problems faced by the teachers while teaching grammar, poetry and prose. She introduced them with various effective techniques that could be employed in classrooms that would prove helpful to the students.

Hindi Divas

To pay a tribute to the national language, Hindi, and to encourage students towards the national language, Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, celebrated Hindi Diwas. On the occasion, Hindi translation competition was held among the students of class sixth to twelfth, letter-writing competition was held for the students of class sixth to seventh and essay-writing competition was held for the students of class eighth to twelfth. On the occasion, director and founder, Avinash Kaur Walia, motivated the students to speak Hindi whereas principal Sandeep Raikhi, spoke on the importance of the national language. They also gave prizes to the winners in various competitions.

Review contest

Broadening Horizons, a book reading and review competition, for the higher-section teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir, was inaugurated by principal Rajiv Nagalia. Speaking on the occasion, principal said, reading was necessary for the teachers to broaden their perspective and at the same time to enhance their vocabulary. Broadening horizons will inculcate the reading habits in the teachers and ultimately the students. In the inaugural session, school counsellor Manisha Gangawar did a multimedia presentation on the book “Come on Get Set Go” by Swati and Shailesh Lodha.

Hat Party

GD Goenka Public School organised a “Hat Party” for little kids of the school. Students came in attractive attires with beautiful and colourful hats. Students learnt hat dance and participated in games like musical chair. Headmistress Deep Bedi said she believed that overall participation in all fields helped in the overall personality development of the students.

Ozone Day

Students of class XIth of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, celebrated World Ozone Day to highlight dangers of depleting ozone layer. The students prepared a presentation to create awareness on harmful effects of the ozone depletion, its causes, effects and preventive measures. This was depicted with colourful charts prepared by the students. The senior students went to 6th, 7th and 8th standards and made the students aware of the harmful effects of CFC’s and other harmful gases, which are responsible for creating a hole in the ozone layer.

Club opened

BCM College of Education celebrated World Ozone Day. On the occasion, the college inaugurated a Eco Club. Members of the club were also elected in which, Amandeep Singh, was elected as president, Shailender Kaur as vice-president, Satnam Singh was elected as secretary and Rajveer Singh as finance secretary. 



Mgmt-teachers row: MA students unable to attend classes
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
The house examinations of undergraduate and postgraduate classes have started in various city colleges, but the postgraduate students of political science at Arya College here seem to be the worst sufferers. Due to the "adamant" attitude adopted by the management because of which the students have not been able to attend a single lecture at the college till date. They not only feel helpless, but are worried as to how will they cover such vast syllabus in limited time?

According to reliable sources, on the onset of new academic session, the management appointed head of political science department as an expert to conduct interview of candidates for the post of lecturer (ad-hoc) for political science. On merit basis, the expert recommended a UGC-passed female candidate for the post to teach post-graduate students. "But the management did not let her join the department. Instead, an ineligible candidate was appointed as lecturer by the authorities without conducting the interview. There has been strong protest by the Arya College Teachers' Union on the issue. The MA (political science) students, about 30 in number, have not attended even single class till date due to the stand off between management and the teachers," said one of the senior faculty members.

Heads of 10 various departments have written a strong protesting letter to the principal against the appointment recently. They were given an assurance by the principal that matter would be resolved in few days. "The teachers sat on dharna but to no avail," said another faculty member.

"It has been about two months now, we have not attended any lecture. We approached the principal, but nothing has been done. Our counterparts in other colleges are taking their first-term exams, but we have not even got the time-table," said a student of Arya College on condition of anonymity.

Dr S. M. Sharma, principal, Arya College, however, said there was no major problem. He said exams of all the post-graduate classes would be taken after holidays. "The admissions to post-graduate classes are still going on. There is not much problem. We will be able to cover the syllabus, once things are sorted out," he said.



PAU Notes
Farmers should learn computer: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Department of extension education organised a ‘Kisan Goshti’ in village Dalla of Ludhiana district under the Identification of Farmers for Agricultural Development in Punjab scheme here yesterday.

Dr C. S. Arneja, senior extension specialist, apprised the participating farmers about the purpose of the meeting, adding that farmers should learn computer and encourage their wards for this.

Dr Anita Kochhar spoke on the importance of diet for children’s good health. Dr Tejinder Singh said through processing of cereals, many products could be formed that could enhance returns.

Dr P. S. Ranote motivated the farmers to learn preparation of jams, jellies, squashes etc from fruits.


A workshop on national food security under aegis of the National Food Security Mission for Northern States was held in the Wheat Auditorium of the Punjab Agricultural University yesterday.

Inaugurating the workshop, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU, said to sustain national food security, 10 million tonnes of rice, eight million tonnes of wheat and two million tonnes of pulses were needed by end of the 11th five-year plan.

Mukesh Kular, joint secretary, ministry of agriculture, and director, National Food Security Mission, said production levels of various crops varied from area to area and mission aimed to increase the production levels in areas where it was low.

PAU director of extension education, Dr N. S. Malhi, said global warming was one major factor for limiting the production of wheat and rice.



Certificate of Teaching English
Teachers differ on issue
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
Social science teachers of various government schools in the district seem to be divided on the issue of "Certificate of Teaching English" (CTE) test. While 42 teachers today appeared for the exam held under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), 400 teachers remained absent even today sticking to their earlier stand of boycotting the exam.

Teachers, who appeared for the exam today, said they did not write anything in the answer sheet as directed by the Democratic Teachers' Front, the teachers' body chief, however, had a different story to tell.

Jatinderpal Singh, a teacher, who today appeared for the CTE said, "I appeared for the test but did not write anything in the answer sheet as directed by the teachers' union. There were around 50 teachers, who had come to appear for the test, but gave back blank answer sheets just like I did."

However, Ramanjit Sandhu, district general secretary, the Democratic Employees' Front, said, "There was no pressure whatsoever on the teachers from the front to either boycott or give the exam. The teachers made their independent decisions and some appeared for the test while others decided to stay away. We respect their 

The teachers had decided to boycott the exam on September 15 as they said it was of "low standard" and there was no need to take it as they had already studied and passed the content included in the CTE test. As many as 20 teachers had appeared for the CTE on September 15. Two more tests are to take place on September 19 and 21. 



Renowned Algoza player, a lost entity now
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Sanghol (Ludhiana), September 17
Having represented India at international festivals, Faquir Mohammad (61), a renowned Algoza player from Sanghol in Fatehgarh district is a lost entity as he works on daily wages to earn his livelihood.

Popularly referred as Ashoka's pillar by his friends, who worked on excavation sites of Archeological Survey Of India (ASI) in Sanghol, Faquir Mohammad is robust even at the age of sixty one.

Born and brought up in Sanghol, Faquir Mohammad learnt Algoza from his elder brother Ramzan Khan and started giving formal performances at the age of 15. From Jalandhar Doordarshan to AIR, the master performer accompanied by his singing partners Jagat Ram and Idu Sharif enthralled thousands of audience in Asian Games (1982) and Festival of India (1986) with his unmatched musical notes.

Thereafter, Faquir Mohammad was invited to perform at the international fests in Turkey, Egypt and various other European counties.

Hopeful to revive the tradition of “Algoza” in cultural gathering across the state Faquir Mohammad is busy passing his skills to young boys adding, "I don't want money in lieu of training the young boys in Punjab. But I expect my state to at least give me enough money to sustain my living as Rs 5,000 that I earn from daily wages on these sites is insufficient to dispense my duties of the Algoza exponent."



Biking to be more fun

It’s no longer the made-in-China tag one looks for when it comes to attractive looking bicycles. As varied colours and attractive styles continue to capture the fascination of bike lovers, enterprising manufacturers of cycle are quick to cash in on this rage.

The latest to mark its presence are bicycles for all segments by Hi-Bird. This market player, which came out with 10 new models only two months ago, now has launched four more.

Aptly named 'Handsome', the bicycle for boys offers 21-speed in a double suspension frame and double-walled aluminium rims.

The one for teenaged girls comes equipped with cushioned carrier, a first-time introduction, apart from other accessories to enhance the looks, claims the company. There are two more models for six to 12-year-old girls. Biking, it looks like, is going to be the more fun. So, be fit and enjoy!

Lipstick hunt

Good looks are as important as staying fit. So believes Nature's Essence that introduced its latest colour range in lipsticks in the markets.

The range follows the latest “glossy” trend in lipsticks and promises to give a hard shine to lips and keep them moisturised at the same time. Launched in 16 other countries, these lip colours contain olive oil extracts, honey wax and almond oil, enabling the colour to glide on smoothly.

To grab one, you'd need to shell anything from Rs 95 to Rs 1,180. And no need to hunt for outlets, these lippers are available with most leading beauty salons and retail segments like Reliance, Vishal and others.

LG notebooks

Tech lovers can now posess "ultra slim and ultra light" notebooks by LG Electronics, which has come out with a P300 series.

It boasts an Nvidia® Geforce® 8400M graphics chip, 4GB DDR2 memory, and a 250GB SATA type hard disk drive, all on top of a 2.1GHz Intel® Core™2 duo processor. And with the maximum 3MB L2 cache, the performance of the laptop has been elevated to a new level.

Add to it is the realistic sound reproducing Surround System (SRS) high-output stereo speakers and 1.3 mega pixel webcam.

The style conscious need not get disheartened. This beauty comes in black rose and wine rose colours.

To posess one, you'd need to lighten your pockets by Rs 75,000 in addition to taxes.

Hindi Day

While corporates stayed engaged in product launches, banks in the city remained busy with Hindi Day celebrations. At Punjab and Sind bank, employees competed among each other in an essay-writing competition. Those who topped were Paramjit Singh Bewali, Balbir Kaur, Rajiv Bakshi, Kanta Saggar and Sushma Rani.

— Shveta Pathak



Devotees pouring in even as mela ends 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 17
Even after the formal conclusion of Chhapar Mela yesterday, thousands of devotees continued to visit Gugga Mari Mandir in Chhapar village, near here, today.

The bonus mela day, as known among the locals, saw a large number of men and women visiting the fair. As a large number of police parties from other districts had returned, the Dehlon police, found it difficult to control the unexpectedly large gathering.

As no untoward incident was reported during four days of the mega event, Ludhiana (rural) police chief Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, who is mela in charge also, appreciated role of the cops on duty in controlling the gathering. The smooth conduct of the event is also viewed as a success in view of the alert sounded after the serial blasts in Delhi three days ago.

"As the alert was sounded during progress of the mela, we were supposed to intensify security arrangement without creating panic among devotees. So, instead of giving it a form of a cantonment by deploying extra forces, we deputed cops in plain clothes among devotees and directed them to be more vigilant," said Bhullar adding that he had sent appreciation letters to respective circle officers for diligence of their staff. He recognised cooperation and preservation of the public also.

Meanwhile, organisers of fun-rides, ‘Maut Ka Kuan’, magic shows and mini circuses continued to do brisk business today also as children and women came in large numbers.



Leaders forget to pay obeisance at ‘mari’

A majority of leaders, irrespective of their political allegiance, forgot that Chhapar Mela was purely a religious congregation to worship Gugga, an embodiment of Nag Devta.

Even those who called upon people to recognise the religious and cultural significance of the fair did not bother either to pay obeisance at the ‘mari’ or embrace folk singers, who tried to keep the fragments of the culture alive.

Contrary to the earlier belief that everybody coming to the fair should dig earth and pay obeisance at the ‘mari’ before undertaking any other job, a majority of the visitors did not turn up at the temple.

None of the top leaders of various parties, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who came here to address conferences of their respective parties, was reported to reach the temple.

"What to talk of this year, these leaders never came to pay obeisance at the temple during my lifetime. A large number of activists of political parties also preferred to return from the conference site as the vehicles which ferried them here were to return immediately after the conference," regretted one of the priests who claimed to have attended fair for more than 40 years.

However, government officials on duty, including mela in charge SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar paid obeisance praying for successful conduct of the event. 



SAD men worried over factionalism 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 17
Terming disclosure of factionalism among SAD leaders of the region at Chhapar Mela conference as deleterious for image of the party and its future, activists of the area have urged the party high command to take remedial steps in order to ensure success in ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

The party has already paid heavy price during recent civic-body elections, alleged the activists.

The SAD activists of the town and surrounding villages falling under Malerkotla, Raikot, Kila Raipur and Payal constituencies have urged Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to impress upon leaders of the area to shun revengeful attitude towards each other and initiate coordinate moves to mobilise people in favour of the party.

If the present situation continued, the party would have to pay heavy price in Lok Sabha elections, said the activists led by Dr Kuldip Singh Bhullar, a senior SAD leader.

The activists apprehended that SAD-BJP candidates would face tough time if the Lok Bhalai Party, led by Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, entered into alliance with Congress and left parties.



BJP leader condemns Delhi blasts 
Our Correspondent

Khamano, September 17
Senior BJP leader and Punjab chief of the BJP investor cell, Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, in a statement condemned serial bomb blasts in New Delhi in which, about 20 persons were killed and several others were injured.

While talking to mediapersons, he demanded a stern action against such barbaric and cowardly acts of terrorism.

Fumed with the state of internal security and repeated failure of intelligence he said home minister Shivraj Patel should resign on moral responsibility as everyone had lost faith in him, including his own leadership.

He suggested that the government should design an integrated counter terrorism strategy that should look into all counter terrorism components, including intelligence collection analysis assessment, and coordinated follow-up action, rural and urban policing, physical security and crisis management.

He condemned the brutal and cowardly act of these heinous perpetrators and demanded that serious efforts be made by all political parties to formulate an integrated action plan to counter this deadly evil. He affirmed his condolence to those, who lost their loved ones in these attacks and appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.



Music of city lad’s debut film released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 17
The music of the film "Kaash Mere Hote", starring local lad Kumar Sahil, was released following the Ganpati Puja at Ville Parle in Mumbai recently. The music was released by Eros International.

Bollywood star Salman Khan released the audio of the film on the sets of film 'Yuvrraj' at Filmcity in the presence of producer Sharvan Rathod and Kumar Sahil.

Sharing his experience, Kumar Sahil said Salman appreciated the music of the film and gave him some tips to polish his acting skills.

Sanjeev (music director), Sameer (lyricist) Rohit (executive producer), Shashank Singh Baba (singer), Jhonny Lever and Labh Janjua (singer) were also present.

Labh Janjua, tracing his roots, welcomed the young actor felicitating him for his debut venture. Sneha Ullal, Rajesh Khanna and Sana are the other actors in the movie.



‘Babbar Khalsa activist’ booked for threatening SDO
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 17
The Malaudh police has initiated a hunt for a power board lineman and self-styled Babbar Khalsa activist, Gurcharan Singh, who threatened to kidnap and eliminate his subdivision officer Ajay Garg and his newborn son.

Gurcharan, a resident of Akalgarh village in Ludhiana district and posted as lineman at the Punjab State Electricity Board office in Malaudh, has been booked under Sections 294 and 506.

The accused posed as an activist of the Babbar Khalsa while threatening the officer. The police is yet to establish if the accused had links with the terrorist organisation or had made hoax calls to put pressure on the SDO.

Gurcharan Singh had started threatening Ajay Garg after the latter refused to recommend revocation of his suspension orders. The authorities had suspended services of Gurcharan Singh after he was found guilty of misbehaving with the SDO during office hours.

The investigations, supervised by DSP Payal Rattan Singh Brar, revealed that Gurcharan Singh had developed hostility against Ajay Garg, after the SDO refused to oblige him by allowing unauthorised absence from the duty.

"When I tried to check his illegal activities and asked him to be regular in his duty, he threatened me with dire consequences. In an inebriated condition, he used unparliamentary language in the presence of consumers and staff members on September 4. The authorities, after receiving report on his alleged misconduct, suspended his services," Garg told the police alleging that Gurcharan had been torturing him mentally and physically since then. 



Two brothers get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 17
Additional sessions judge A K Mehta has convicted two brothers, Harjinder Singh and Lakhvir Singh of Rampur village, Jalandhar, in a murder case.

The duo were sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonent. Apart from this, they were also ordered to pay fine of Rs 2,000 each. They were accused of killing a sewadar of Udaseen Ashram namely Balwinder Singh of village Neelon.

However, the court acquitted Charanjit Singh of Rampur village, Surinder Kumar of Gorakpur, UP, and Jai Lal of Jaunpur, UP, giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Two accused Ajay Khan of Badaun and Vijay Kumar of Samastipur, Bihar, had already been declared proclaimed offender by the court.

A case under Section 302, 148 and 149 of IPC was registered at the Samrala police station on February 27, 2002, following the complaint of Daljit Kaur, wife of deceased.

The complainant had stated to the police that on Feburary 27, 2002, they were sleeping in the ashram. At midnight, his husband felt pain in his abdomen. Then he went outside to answer the call of nature in the fields. She followed him. She saw that two persons were following him. Then they manhandled and shot him. The assailants fled away leaving his husnand dead there.

During the court proceedings, this lady identified the persons, who were convicted.



Rain plays spoilsport
Ludhiana, Chandigarh evenly poised
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 17
The final match being played between Ludhiana and Chandigarh for the Katoch Shield was evenly poised as only 23 overs could be bowled and Ludhiana consumed two wickets after conceding 49 runs on a rain-affected day. The match was being played at the PCA stadium, Mohali.

On the second day of the four-day final, in reply to Ludhiana's first innings total of 141 runs, made in 68.2 overs, Chandigarh were 103 for the loss of six wickets after 49 overs.

Resuming at overnight score of 54 for four, Chandigarh lost two wickets when it started raining and the umpires had to call it a day. Both wickets that fell today were captured by Gagandeep Sing Toor. At the draw of stumps, Gaurav Gambhir and Anupam were at the crease with 34 and 1 run against their names. 



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