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Boy dodges organ sellers
Claims he was abducted by four persons;
2 more boys in their custody
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A 14-year-old boy sent the police in a tizzy when he claimed he was abducted for his organs by four persons on September 25.

Sonu Singh, a migrant from Bihar, claimed he rescued from the clutches of his abductors in wee hours yesterday and reached the factory where his brother works.

Two boys were still in the custody of the abductors at an undisclosed place, he
further claimed.

His claims sent the police in a tizzy that sent parties to different directions to rescue the two children.

Sonu was accompanying a police party to locate the house where he was
held captive.

Sonu came to the city on September 20 from Patna to meet his brother, who works in Ghodu Dyeing in the Focal Point area.

He used to go with his brother from his house to factory everyday. On September 25, he complained that he was not feeling well and he wanted to go to his house.

He, however, did not reach his house. His brother did not go to his house all these days and could not come to know about Sonu’s absence.

Sonu claimed that on that day when he reached near Mundian Kalan village, four car-borne men forcibly took him in the car.

He claimed that he was blindfolded and taken to a house in fields. He was locked in a small room where two boys were there.

‘‘I overheard one of the men talking over the phone to somebody whether our organs were to be taken out. When I heard him, I was scared and decided to run from there. I did not sleep that night and when I saw everybody sleeping, I jumped out of a window in the room. It took me three hours to reach a highway. Finally, I reached my brother,’’ he said.

Sonu and his brother went to the police station, but the police allegedly did not act.

The police came into action, when some mediapersons pointed out the incident.

By the evening, the police was on the lookout for the other boys. The police party was at Mullanpur Dakha till filing of this report.

The boy was providing them directions. SSP R. K. Jaiswal said he could not comment on the issue. He said he had sent a police party to find out the truth.


Property Dispute
1 dead, another hurt in firing
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, September 28
Two persons were seriously injured in firing that took place at Raikot this afternoon. The incident took place near Kacha Kila when a few persons sitting in a Scorpio, following a Ford Icon car (PB 10 BN 1148), fired at the occupants of the car.

They were on their way to Handaya (Barnala) from Jassian village for purchasing
a harvester combine.

According to eyewitnesses, both vehicles were going on high speed. On of the persons sitting in Scorpio kept firing on those travelling in the car.

There were five bullet marks on the car. On reaching the Barnala Road, the car driver took a turn and drove straight into the house of Pritam Singh of Kacha Kila.

At this a large number of people gathered there. On seeing this, those sitting in the car sped away. However, two of the occupants sustained serious injuries.

One of the injured has been identified as Randhir Singh (60) of Bihli village (Bhadaur in Barnala district).

He happens to be an NRI.One bullet punctured his stomach and another his shoulder. Sukhbir Singh (45) of Jassian (Ludhiana) was shot at in his thigh. However, Pirara Singh managed to escape unhurt.

Pritam Singh called the police. Both injured were rushed to the local civil hospital.
From there they were referred to DMCH, Ludhiana, where Randhir Singh is said to
have died.

One of the attackers Sukhpal Singh of Bihli village was identified by the victims. He happens to the nephew of Randhir Singh. There was some sort of property dispute between the two groups.



PSEB swoops on two ice factories
Slaps Rs 32 lakh fine
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 28
The enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) conducted raids on two ice factories in the Haibowal area who were caught stealing power and also consuming unauthorised load.

The defaulting consumers have been slapped with a penalty of Rs 32 lakh. The department has also lodged a criminal complaint against one of the factory owners for causing obstruction during the inspection of the factory premises.

According to S.S. Kohli, director of the enforcement wing of the PSEB, the ice factory in Gopal Nagar, with a sanctioned load of 17 KW, was found to be having an installed load of 33 KW besides indulging in theft of power through a ‘kundi’. A penalty of Rs 12 lakh was imposed on the consumer.

The operation wing of the PSEB was also asked to lodge an FIR against the factory owner, who had allegedly issued threats and obstructed the work of the enforcement wing team.

In Joshi Nagar, another ice factory was found to be stealing power through a
remote control device.

The load factor was also being violated as the unit had an installed load of 48 KW against the sanctioned load of 12 KW. The remote device was seized and a fine of Rs 20 lakh was imposed on the unit.

Power supply of both ice factories was disconnected which will be restored after payment of the penalty and energy charges.

However, Deepa Mittal, owner of the ice factory in Gopal Nagar, refuted the allegation of power theft through ‘kundi’.

He alleged that the staff of the enforcement wing had made out a false case against him, and in fact, the cable, said to have been used by the factory to steal power, was planted by the PSEB staff and then shown to have been recovered.

In a communication to the state government and PSEB authorities, he has demanded a probe in the matter.

Kohli, on the other hand, rubbished charges levelled by the factory owner saying he was a habitual offender and was caught stealing power at an earlier occasion too.



Ayurvedic office staff not paid salary
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
More than 125 employees working at the District Ayurvedic and Unani Office here and 40 dispensaries in the district failed to get salary for August following the transfer of the drawing and disbursing authority (DDA) and the district Ayurvedic and Unani officer (DAUO).

The bills for September signed by the DDA will be defunct as he is retiring on September 29 which will further deprive the employees of their monthly salary.

The staff at the District Ayurvedic and Unani Office rued that in absence of a regular DAUO, the superintendent and clerk have left their salary bills unattended for weeks. The abrupt transfers in the past one month have added to the problems of the employees.

Dr Kewal Krishan, who was posted as Ayurvedic medical officer at Haibowal Swasth Kender, had been the DDA at DAUO since June.

With the state government sanctioning 13 posts of DAUOs, Dr Bakhshish Singh was appointed as DAUO at Ludhiana on September 15.

Before the DAUO could signs the salary bills for September, he was transferred to Gurdaspur and once again Dr Kewal Krishan took the charge of DDA.

"The department has played foul in order to accommodate Dr Kewal Krishan as DDA before his retirement scheduled for September 29, without keeping in mind the difficulties of the employees who would have to wait for the new DDA to sign the bills," alleged an employee.

It is difficult for the class IV employees, part time workers and some clerks to do without the month's salary.

An Ayurvedic medical official said, "I am the sole earning member in my family and it is difficult for me to meet with my routine expenses in absence of my salary."

Rakesh Sharma, director, Ayurveda, said it was mandatory to bring back Dr Kewal Krishan at Ludhiana before his retirement as it is mentioned in the rule book that a person has to retire from the place of his posting as DDA.

Speaking on abrupt transfer of Dr Bakhshish Singh, director said, "The transfers
of Ayurveda medical officers are done at the secretary level and I have no role to
play in them."



Govt to convert sugar mills into complexes
Our Correspondent

Budhewal (Khamano), September 28
To make cooperative a profitable sector, the state government is shortly planning to convert sugar mills into sugar complexes where power, distillery and ethanol will also be produced.

This was stated by cooperative minister while talking to mediapersons at sugar
mill in Budhewal. He was here to distribute prizes among winners of the Punjab
Sugar Fed Games.

He said the government in its efforts to save cooperative movement was planning to invest Rs 1,300 crore so that these mills could work to their capacity.

He said the cooperative owed Rs 470 crore but the government was committed to make it a profitable sector for improving the condition of farmers and employees.

While lashing out at the Central government, he said they were making pro-private sector polices.

About 20 MW power would be produced by the sugar mills from the waste generated and tenders would be floated on October 16.

He said the previous government had decided to sell six sugar mills, but the Akali government would not do so.

The government would release Rs 22 crore for paying the dues by next week. The remaining payment of Rs 48 crore will be released shortly.

He also assured that the Punjab Sugar Control Board would announce the suitable rate of sugarcane after meeting to be chaired by the Chief Minister.

Mandikaran Board Chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said the farmers should grow more sugarcane to save the cooperative sugar mills from closure.



Arhtiyas won’t charge more than 18 pc: Cheema
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
In the wake of complaints being received against a few arhtiyas for charging rate of interests according to their wishes, the Arhtiya Association Punjab has decided that, henceforth, not a single arhtiya would charge more than 18 per cent interest.

Talking to association members here today, newly elected state president Ravinder Singh Cheema said, “We had been helping farmers yet we are being criticised. Thus, we have decided that arhtiyas would charge interest rate above 18 per cent.”

He added that the arhtiyas had to pay 14 per cent interest to the bank. Now, they would get only 4 per cent of interest that is quite nominal.

He said the organisation had decided to change its name to the Arhtiya Association Punjab from the Federation of Arhtiya Association Punjab.

Cheema hailed the government decision to pay arhtiyas online and added that if the government makes payment within 48 hours, the arhtiyas would pass on the benefit to the farmers within 24 hours of the receipt of the amount.

He said the Cotton Corporation of India’s (CCI) request for purchasing cotton directly from the farmers had been denied in Punjab.

He added that this decision was taken as the neighboring states like Rajasthan and Haryana, too, had refused the direct procurement of cotton.



Poor performance in Senate polls
PCCTU gen secy resigns
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Sore over "poor" performance in recent Senate elections of Panjab University, Chandigarh, general secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU), Dr Jagwant Singh, has reportedly resigned from the post on "moral grounds". His resignation has come as a big jolt to the teaching fraternity.

Former president PCCTU Prof K. B. S. Sodhi said voters in Senate had always been unpredictable. Even the candidates, who were overconfident and who had started the election campaign much in advance, have also not been able to make it this time, he said.

“Dr Jagwant had been attached to the union for the past three decades. His resignation has come as a big shock to all of us,” said Prof Sodhi.

He further added that the present Senate elections represented Panjab University, Chandigarh, alone, whereas being office-bearer of PCCTU, Dr Jagwant had to represent the members of Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, as well.

"He should not have resigned from the post. We have seen posters and hoardings of many candidates, who had political support with them, still they could not become the senators. Voters' mind can not be judged at all," said Prof Sodhi.

A close aide of Dr Jagwant Singh, Prof Kuldeep Singh, who won the recent senate elections from lecturer constituency, said it was unfortunate for the union to lose such a dedicated office-bearer.

Dr Jagwant, is one of the seniormost members of the union. Prof Kuldeep said that senate elections could not be correlated with PCCTU.

"In the union, there are approximately 7,000 members. Some the voters are from government colleges. Had it been only private teachers, things would have been different. It was Dr Jagwant's first attempt in senate elections but teachers did not give him mandate. I feel it is unfortunate for the cadre," said Prof Kuldeep Singh.

Despite repeated attempts, Dr Jagwant Singh could not be contacted for comments. His sister confirmed about his resignation and informed that the former had gone on a week's vacation.



Walk, talks mark World Heart Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
City hospitals, including SPS Apollo Hospital, Hero DMC Heart Institute and Sigma New Life Heart Centre, organised various events to observe World Heart Day today.

Exhibitors and visitors at the ongoing Healthy Heart Expo at SPS Apollo hospital motivated many others to help fight heart disease and stroke.

As many as 200 patients participated in the "Walk For Heart" wearing red T-shirts and caps. Hospital director Jugdiep Singh flagged off the walk.

"Walking is the easiest and most convenient form of exercise for most people
and it is very effective in preventing heart diseases," said Dr Chetan Sharma,
a senior cardiologist.

Meanwhile, Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) organised a series of short lectures for children from leading schools of the city. The lectures were followed by a quiz.

Among the experts, who addressed the children, were Dr Rajinder Bansal, Dr Bishav Mohan, Dr Naved Aslam and Dr Sameer Goyal.

Keeping in view the theme of this year’s World Heart Day, which is “Know your risk,” the experts spoke on the various risk factors that cause heart disease and stroke.

Sigma New Life Heart Institute with an aim to create awareness about the risk factors commenced a month-long expo. At least 75 patients were examined free of cost and given medicines.

The expo would comprise various activities like free heart check-up camp, CME, a road walk to emphasise the importance of a healthy heart, lectures, exhibition and drawing competition on the theme.

Visitors to the expo will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions with cardiologists and cardio-thoracic surgeons.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, chairman, cardiac sciences, said the increase in the incidence of heart diseases was due to rising urbanisation with its stress and strain, unhealthy lifestyles, a diet rich in fat and calories, lack of physical activity and a genetic predisposition of Punjabis to heart disease.



Visiting Ramlila, be ready to be frisked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
For the first time after nearly two decades the local police has decided to frisk those coming to see Ramlila during Navratras this time.

The decision was taken in the wake of the recent bomb blasts in Delhi, said SSP R.K. Jaiswal. Apart from regulating the entry and exit points, those willing to organise Ramlila will be shortlisted.

The list of those selected will have to be handed over to the police. Special CCTV cameras and door frame metal detectors would be installed at the venues.

The police has also issued directions against raising provocative slogans and forcible collection of donations during the celebrations.

In the list of do's and don'ts the SSP has directed organisers to identify volunteers and workers and frisk these people.

Besides, loud speakers should be played only till the prescribed time limit and
at a low volume.

The organisers are further supposed to ensure that parking lots don’t fall within 500 yards of the venue.



Activists leave for Vijay Sankalap rally
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 28
Activists of saffron parties from the town and surrounding villages marched to Jalandhar city to participate in the Vijay Sankalap rally, being organised by the Bhartiya Yuva Morcha at Jalandhar today.

Surjit Gogna, state executive member, Bhartiya Yuva Morcha, Ashok Verma president local division, Sandeep Puri, district vice-president, Vijay Goyal, president local unit of the BJP, and Ramesh Ghaie, BJP district office-bearer, led activists from various wards of their respective areas. The activists left in two buses.

Paying tributes to victims of recent Delhi blasts, various speakers accused the union government of showing unconcern towards terrorist attack victims.

While addressing a rally at the Bhagat Singh Chowk, the leaders alleged that the UPA government had failed to protect life and property of citizens of Delhi.

Claiming that people from all sections of society had extended support for success of Vijay Sankalap rally, the speakers maintained that the Congress would lose all seats in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

Chiranji Lal Puri, former president, Bhag Singh Bhagga, councillor, Purshotam Goyal and Jagtar Singh, office-bearers of various wings, were present on the occasion.



Delay in roll numbers
Conduct special exam, demand parents
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 28
Parents of the students of Punjab University, Chandigarh, who have lost their chance to appear in the supplementary examination due to alleged negligence in posting roll number slips, have urged the university authorities to arrange for special centres to allow their wards to take the examination.

Demanding probe into the high incidence of non-receipt and undue delay in delivery of roll number slips, the parents have urged the authorities to initiate action against erring officials of the university and also the postal department.

Besides suffering monetary loss in form of fee, the students would have to bear a dent in their carrier for the staggered clearance of the examination. Their loss cannot be compensated in cash or kind.

The university authorities, when contacted on telephone, claimed all roll numbers had been posted well in advance. They held the post office officials responsible for the delay and non-delivery.

In a communiqué addressed to the vice-chancellor of Panjab University and general manager, post and telegraph, the parents of the harassed students urged the authorities to probe sequence of events leading to undue delay in the delivery of roll number slips of students appearing in the supplementary examination that commenced on Saturday.

While some of the students are yet to receive hall tickets, others received the delivery after their examination had commenced.

"We were shocked to learn that the contemporary critical theory examination of MA II English had started about six hours before my daughter Sharuti received roll number slip and date-sheet from our postman yesterday," rued Randhir Shukla, a former science master of the Vishawkarma Mandir area.

Perusal of documents received from the university authorities revealed that the date-sheet and roll number slips were prepared on September 9.

Though the envelope carrying documents bore the postal stamp of September 18, it was purportedly received at the local post office yesterday.

While the roll number was received by Sharuti at around 3 pm in Ahmedgarh,
she was supposed to reach SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, at 9 am, which
was not possible.

In a similar case, Maneesha Goel, a BA-III student, could not appear in the compartment examination of English as she did not receive her roll number.

Savi Puri, a BCom II student of the ward No. 14, is among those who are still waiting for their roll numbers to reach.



Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Jails minister Hira Singh Gabria yesterday led a congregation of youths for Khatkar Kalan for attending birth anniversary celebrations of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

The youths clad in fluorescent yellow turbans paid tributes to the martyr, raised slogans and vowed to serve their motherland.

They left for Khatkar Kalan where state-level two-day birth anniversary celebrations are under way.

Activists of the Punjab Youth Congress, All-India Anti-Terrorist Front and the District Congress Sewa Dal, Ludhiana (rural), also paid tributes to the martyr and garlanded their statues at the Jagraon Bridge.



Play depicting Bhagat Singh’s morals staged
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 28
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichaar Manch, Buani, in collaboration with Youth Forum of Doraha, celebrated the 101st Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in a grand and pompous manner at village Buani today.

The plays directed by Ravinder Diwana, director of Chetana Kala Kender, Barnala, were performed in the Natak Mela organised on the occasion.

A play entitled ‘Mein Phir Awanga’, presenting ideals and morals upheld by Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his companions was presented.

Also, ‘Pret’, a play focusing on the superstitions and the ignorance of the villagers caught in such practices, was dramatised to spread awareness among the rural folk.

Apart from this, patriotic songs, poems and choreographies dominated the entire scene. Hardik Kaushal sang a patriotic song, while Yuvraj presented a song based on the exemplary life of the martyr.

Jagdev Singh Kammo Majra, a member of the Rationalist Society, tried to expose the magicians and the 'crooked tricks' played by their 'cheap strategies'.

A total of 20 students, who brought laurels to the town by securing commendable positions, were also honoured.

Sukhwinder Singh Buani, coordinator of the club, Jandeep Kaushal, general secretary of All-India Federation of Democratic Youth, Comrade Lakhwinder Singh Buani, Comrade Kuldip Singh Grewal and Comrade Pawan Kumar Kaushal offered tributes to the martyr.

They exhorted the children to fight for their rights with the same zeal and vigour with which their Bhagat Singh did till the last breath of his life.

They said today's youth needed to get intoxicated with the love of their motherland and fight every internal and external strife with their fullest might.

The members of Youth Club decorated, garlanded and illumined their houses
on the day.



Social bodies pay tributes to martyr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
District units of various organisations working for social causes shared a common platform to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary today.

Inqlabi Kendar, Punjab, Taraksheel Society and Lok Morcha, Punjab, today organised a seminar at Government Senior Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar Camp.

Speakers from various walks of life in their addresses called upon the students to follow the ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

As many as 300 students participated in another function organised by youth wing of Ludhiana Citizens' Council at Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic College and Hospital.

The college principal urged the students to follow the principles of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.



MC workers ask govt to raise DA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Municipal Workers Union (MWU) has urged the government to recruit new employees and increase the dearness allowance from Rs 350 to Rs 1,000.

The points were discussed during the annual election of the union which were
held here today under the leadership of Shravan Kumar, president of the Bhartiya
Mazdoor Sangh.

Kumar asked the government to give travelling allowance to the class IV employees and hold medical examination of all employees twice a year.

He said the government should release arrears as prescribed by the pay commission as soon as possible and increase the ex gratia given after the death from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

He added that the government should also end the contract system and give Diwali bonus to the employees.

MWU general secretary Ram Jattan Pal said the charter of demands would be submitted to the government through the Ludhiana municipal commissioner.

Meanwhile, the newly elected office-bearers are chairman Chaudhary Madal Lal; president Hari Lal Chappar; senior vice presidents Ghansham Sharma, Kishan Lal Gautam, Ram Gopal; cashier Bhagirath Paliwal and auditor Chedi Lal Gautam.



Daughter’s Day at Green Grove
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 28
The Green Grove Public School here celebrated the Daughters’ Day with great fanfare yesterday.

Navreen and Rashmi of Class IX, in their oration, said today the feats achieved by boys were easily outstripped by girls.

Tanveer's poem was an appeal to the society to give daughters their rightful place in the family.

Girls of Class IX presented a lively fusion of western and classical dance. The delighted daughters of Classes IV and V regaled the audience with their group song.

Girls of Classes I and II left everyone tapping their feet with their mesmerising gyrations on the western number, 'Please don't go'. Rupinder Kaur of Class IX presented a solo number, 'Madaaniya'.

Meanwhile, An inter-house on-the-spot painting competition was organised at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, yesterday.

At the senior level, Aastha Mehta of Class IX from Gandhi House, who painted a landscape, won first prize.

Gurpreet Kaur of class IX from Nehru House, who conveyed the importance of road safety through her painting, won second prize and Rehat of Class IX from Tilak House made a painting on landscape and got third prize.

At the junior level, Navpreet Kaur of Class V, a young artist from Tagore House, won first prize for her painting on landscape.

Amrita of Class V and Navneet Kaur, both from Tilak House, made paintings on landscape and won second and third prizes, respectively.



Freshers get warm welcome
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
A warm welcome was extended to the new entrants at the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT).

Jovial mood and high spirits marked the party. The students put up a grand
cultural show.

The group dance performances by the boys of BCA Ist semester and girls of MCA 3rd and MBA 3rd semesters, showcasing cultural heritage of Punjab, won many a heart.

The humorous skit by BCA 5th- semester students had the audience into peals
of laughter.

The melodious medley on guitar by a group of boys created a magic amongst
the spectators.

Fresher's party: Second-year students of the Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT) organised a welcome party for the newcomers.

First-year students walked the ramp and introduced themselves. Pankaj and Gunjot were crowned Mr Fresher and Ms Fresher, respectively.


New session: The inaugural session of the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology began with the bhog of Sukhmani Sahib on its campus today.

DIMT chairman Sukhpal Singh inaugurated the session by cutting a ceremonial cake. The chairman exhorted the newcomers to follow the path shown by the Sikh Gurus in order to build a strong and ethical society.

He gave his best wishes to the old students and freshers and asked them to drive inspiration from the teachings of the saints and make their lives worth living. A get together of the staff and students was organised thereafter.

An introduction-cum-talent-hunt programme was also organised in which the students of BBA, BCA & MBA introduced themselves and presented various items.



Celebrations as road work begins after 10 years
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Recarpeting of roads in the Atam Nagar and New Partap Nagar areas today became an occasion to be celebrated for residents as the work was taken up after more than a decade.

The residents danced to the tunes of bhangra and distributed laddoos to express their happiness over the work.

They were ignored as they did not contribute much to the vote bank of area councillor as most of them stayed away from casting their votes.

The function organised by them spoke volumes about the functioning of the civic body where residents waited for years together to get their works done.

Hence the roads in their areas were largely ignored despite their repeated complaints. Their roads were recarpted this time by the MC by spending Rs 25 lakh on the project.

"Now, they are happy. That is why they distributed sweets today. They felt they too were cared for," said Inderjeet Singh Gill, area councillor.

He added the ward had nearly 6,000 votes and these two areas had only 1,000. "They mostly belong to educated class. As it is said not many educated people franchise their right to vote and they also stayed away all these years," said Gill.

He said he did not want to overlook these two localities as he himself had been a sufferer. "I was from among them. I understood their problems."

Residents said they were too happy that they were also listened. "We suffered due to bad road for a decade," said a resident.

The councilor said besides providing better amenities, the MC was planting saplings on roadsides. "These people will take good care of the plants, " he said.



Merino wool to be promoted in India
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), that took over the Woolmark Company, is planning to spend $120 million to promote Australian merino wool.

The organisation, a not-for profit fibre marketer owned by more than 30,000 wool growers, would spend this amount for promotional activities in 10 countries, including India in the next three years, said Pascal Senkoff, regional general manager, AWI, here today.

He said the activities, which would include roadshows for customer awareness,
would aim at building confidence among people on the "superior quality" and
usability of merino wool.

These activities would encourage nearly 200 licensees of Woolmark in India to use merino wool, the demand for which was on a decline for the past nearly five years.

"India is among the top three consumers and a high potential market for us. In the coming days, we are expecting demand here to grow significantly," said Senkoff.

AWI, through its global network, would offer expert advice on supply sourcing, market intelligence, consumer research, seasonal trends and colour forecasting.

The company also offers "an industry first" compliance and verification of the
Australian Merino scheme.



Cops’ crusade against social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 28
The Ludhiana (rural) police has decided to organise seminars, workshops and awareness camps to educate masses about causes and consequences of multiplying social evils. Drug addiction, AIDS and female foeticide will be the main targets.

The district police apex committee for NGO projects will monitor the progress of the movement launched as part of the community policing.

According to Ludhiana SSP (rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, social leaders intended
to uproot social evils from society but they were afraid of poor acceptability of
their appeals.



Nihal Singh flayed for disrespecting Granth Sahib
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Shaan-e-Khalsa has strongly condemned Baba Nihal Singh of Uttar Pradesh for showing disrespect to Guru Granth Sahib.

Vice-president of the organisation Rupinder Singh said here yesterday that no one was allowed to bow their head for anybody in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib.

Baba Nihal Singh and his family were insulting Guru Granth Sahib by keeping their “asans” adjacent to it and then asking their devotees to take blessings from them.

Baba Nihal Singh regards himself a descendent of Guru Amardas and forces devotees to seek blessings from him, he alleged.

He said Rampur-based “Dera Baba Nagina Singh, Baba Jageer Singh” had been insulting Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhs would not tolerate it. He urged the SGPC to bring back Guru Granth Sahib within 15 days.



Club performs marriage of 5 girls
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The Maa Bhagwati Club performed the marriage ceremony of five girls belonging to the economically weaker section of society here today.

Councillor Madan Lal Bagga was the chief guest on the occasion and chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, industrialist Shelly Sharma, Keshav Garg, district president of Congress Committee Jagmohan Sharma, councillors Raju Thapar, Satish Naagar and Avtar Krishan were also present.

Bagga appreciated the efforts of club members and the noble gesture of marrying
off needy girls.

The club members also gave household items, including beds, fans, utensils, blankets, quilts, clocks, sewing machines, suitcase and silver jewellery, besides food items to the newly wed couples as gift.



Thieves nabbed, 17 bikes recovered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 28
The police has nabbed a gang of motorcycle thieves and recovered 17 motorcycles from them. All bikes are new and the accused opened the locks of motorcycles with a duplicate key.

Receiving a tip-off, the police arrested the accused from South City naka and recovered three stolen vehicles.

During the interrogation, the accused admitted that they had stolen 14 more motorcycles from various places of the district.

According to SP-City, the accused Hardeep Singh alias Deepa, a resident of Shekhupura, and two Uttar Pradesh residents, Sukhreem Kumar and Manoj Kumar, were running the gang.

According to the police, the accused prepared duplicate documents and change the number plate of the bikes and sold it in the market. The accused have been send to a police remand till September 29.



Punjab Hockey Tourney
Kila Raipur, Sangrur register easy wins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 28
Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, and Sangrur won their respective matches (under-14) in an identical fashion (7-0) in the Punjab State Weekend Hockey Tournament for boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astro Turf Stadium on Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, routed Bathinda, while Sangrur thrashed Paatran. In the first match of the day, played between Grewal Hockey Academy of Kila Raipur and Bathinda, the former faced no resistance from their opponents and came out triumphant 7-0.

Kila Raipur lads drew first blood in the sixth minute, when Harpreet Singh scored field goal. He increased the lead in the 9th minute through a penalty corner conversion.

Three minutes later, Rajwinder Singh converted penalty corner to enhance the lead, and they added another goal in the 16th minute through Sukhwinder Singh to make it 4-0.

Kila Raipur academy lads went on to pump-in three more goals in the second half through Navpreet Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh to wrap up the issue comprehensively (7-0).

In another Ggroup-C encounter (under-14), Sangrur lads overwhelmed Paatran 7-0 after establishing 5-0 lead at the breather.

Sangrur opened their account through a field goal scored by Vikram Sandhu in the sixth minute, while Jashan Singh made it 2-0 in the sixteenth minute.

Gurjeet Singh sounded the board in the 22nd minute to further cement the lead, and in the next two minutes, Sangrur players consolidated the lead, when Harinder Pal Singh and Harshmeet Singh found the target to read it 5-0.

After changing ends, Harinder Pal Singh and Harshmeet Singh struck in quick
succession, which enabled Sangrur to romp home victorious without being
challenged (7-0).

In an under-16 match of Group C, Khaira XI registered a comfortable 4-0
victory over Barnala.

After wasting a couple of scoring chances, Khaira lads went into the lead through Mandeep Singh just two minutes before the lemon break.

Immediately in the second half, Khaira increased the lead when Gurpreet Singh scored a fine field goal 2-0.

Karanpreet Singh struck in the 53rd minute while the fourth goal came off Mandeep Singh's stick in the 59th minute, which sealed Barnala boy's fate 4-0.

Paatran XI deafeated Patiala 3-1 in a Group-C match in under-16 section after leading by 2-0 at half time.

Paatran XI gained lead in the 28th minute through a field goal scored by Balwinder Singh, and five minutes later, Harpartap Singh made it 2-0.

Patiala reduced the margin in 36th minute as Inderpal Singh, after dodging past Paatran XI's defence and the custodian, managed to strike the board (1-2).

The third goal of the winners came off Balwinder Singh's stick in the 48th minute, which helped them to clinch the issue 3-1.



CBSE cluster TT tourney opens
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 28
The CBSE Cluster XVI Table Tennis Tournament began at the Gobindgarh Public School here today.

Some results of the first day play are: U-14 girls: AV Public School, Fazilka, b BLCM Public School, Ludhiana 3-0, Innocent Hearts School, Jalandhar, b Cambridge International Girls School, Jalandhar 3-2.

U-14 boys: Innocent Hearts School, Jalandhar, b Greenland Public School, Ludhiana 3-1, DN Model Senior Secondary School, Moga, beat DAV Public School, Ludhiana 3-0, Guru Amar Das School, Jalandhar, got a walkover.

U-16 boys: APJ Public School, Jalandhar, b Sacred Heart Convent School, BLRS Nagar, Ludhiana 3-1, Darshan Academy, Ludhiana, b Saffron Public School, Phagwara, 3-1, Guru Amar Das Public School, Jalandhar, b Sri Darshan Singh Pheruman Public School, Rayya Amritsar 3-0, DAV International School, Amritsar, b DAV Public School, Ludhiana 3-1, Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Fazilka, b DAV Public School, Lawrence Road, Amritsar 3-1, and Bhaan Sl Public School, Amritsar, b MGNPS School, Adarsh Nagar, Ludhiana 3-0.



Gaganjeet wins national tourney
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 28
A student of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Gaganjeet Singh of BA-II, won a gold medal in the Sub-Junior National Power-lifting championship held at Mount Abu.

Ravi Kumar Nuri of BA-II won a gold medal in 4x100m relay race in Ludhiana District Open Athletic Championship held at Guru Nanak Stadium, here.

Nakul Kumar of BA-II won silver medal in 100m and Deepak Kumar won a silver medal in long jump in Fatehgarh Sahib Open District Athletic Championship.



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