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Syndicate Elections
Rules hardly being followed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The Panjab University senate, Chandigarh, is soon to elect its syndicate (tentatively on December 6). Educationists here, however, fear that in the absence of any check by the university authorities, things may be manipulated.

According to sources, the 91-member senate has the power to elect 15 syndicate members, who manage the day-to-day activities of the university.

As per chapter 2-A of the constitution of Panjab University, “Fellows shall be assigned to faculties for whole of the term by order of the senate with reference to their special qualities”. This clause was formed in an effort to take the best lot (in their own stream) in the syndicate .

But in the recent years, no such rule was being followed by the university authorities. Fellows were being elected as per their preferences. For instance, a specialised person in law could suggest/give his name from any other stream of own choice (arts, science, non-medical, etc). The rule that a particular fellow would represent his specialised field has been flouted all these years.

A former member of the senate, on the condition of anonymity, told The Tribune that he was again the voting stunt. A fellow having maximum votes could easily become member of the syndicate even if he/she represented their own field. “A member is specialised in his field, but he can give his name from arts, science or any other stream. Having support from most senate members, he will get the benefit and not the specialised faculty member,” he said, adding that things were being manipulated and rules were being ignored.

Even in the present list from the medical science stream, only five persons belonged to the field, the rest 17 were from other streams.

Tarsem Bahia, convener of the Punjab Education Forum, said groupism and politics prevailed in these elections. “When the senate has been given all the powers, why is it not using them? It becomes the duty of the authorities to check if the rules are being properly followed,” he said.


Safety of CCTVs worries cops
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2Even as the police has gone ahead with the installation of
 close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in the city, there is a lot to be desired at the ground level.

Sources in the police department said the project on similar lines was started around five years ago and CCTVs were installed at some crucial locations, but yielded no result as most cameras were either stolen or still awaiting repairs. The big question which is posing a challenge is the security of the cameras.

Reportedly, 55 CCTVs are going to be installed at some vital locations, including Durga Mata Mandir, Satluj Bridge, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Chaura Bazaar and Sarabha Nagar Market, besides malls and cinema halls.

The police, especially low-rung officers who are already grappling with the steep increase in petty crime and frequent VIP visits, have to shoulder another responsibility of providing security to these cameras.

Cases have been reported in the past when these cameras have been stolen. With the newly installed cameras costing between Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000, ensuring their security will not be easy for the police, which is already struggling with staff shortage.

A PCR officer requesting anonymity said: “We are caught in a catch-22 situation. We can either secure the cameras or catch offenders who try to escape after committing a crime. The department provides us only 3 litres of petrol daily to run the motorcycle. In such a situation, it would be difficult for us to deliver results.”

However, some cops have welcomed the move. One such cop said: “It is a great move by the department. Now the criminals and snatchers will think twice before committing a crime. The CCTVs will generate fear of being watched. This will also improve coordination between the police deputed in various parts of the city.”

He said the cameras had been stolen in the past, but it had many benefits and if these functioned properly, the crime rate could be brought down.

The SP, traffic, Rupinder Singh, said: “We will take care of the security point of view and make sure that wherever the CCTVs are installed, these are safe. We will install it at a safe height and depute a cop for security.” 



Railway police force to be modernised
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 2
The union ministry of railways is understood to have formulated a comprehensive plan to tighten the security arrangements at key railway stations in the country.

Under the plan, sophisticated security and surveillance equipment would be installed at railway stations, the railway protection force (RPF) would be modernised and its personnel trained and equipped with the latest weapons to deal with any eventuality arising from terrorist attacks.

Stating this, highly-placed sources in the RPF in the Ferozepur railway division said the plan was awaiting financial approval from the government, after which each railway division would be allocated the required funds.

“The plan entails installation of metal detector entry gates at the railway station wherever these have not been set up so far, putting up close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at strategic points inside the railway complexes, imparting commando training to personnel of the RPF and providing sophisticated arms and ammunition to them,” they said.

A process had been set in motion to fill all vacancies in the RPF at different levels and wherever necessary, the ministry would create and fill up additional posts so as to augment the strength of the RPF both in number and skills.

In the course of a joint survey carried out by senior officials of the RPF and the Punjab police, 32 strategic places were identified at the railway station where the CCTVs would be installed soon. The proposal had already been sent to the divisional headquarters of the northern railway at Ferozepur for necessary follow-up action which was expected to be taken soon, the sources added.

It was learnt that initially, the CCTVs would be set up at railway platforms, entry points to the railway station, general ticket complex, reservation centre, parking lots and taxi stands in the railway compound.



Man killed as tyre bursts while refilling air
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 2
A resident of Issru village was killed this morning when he was trying to refill air in the tyres of a truck. The victim, 27-year-old Hardeep Singh Deepa, had been working in a shop on the Amloh road for the past few months. He would check air pressure of vehicles and fix minor snags in heavy vehicles.

According to eyewitnesses, Deepa was filling air when a heavy and sharp ring fitted around the rim of a tyre burst and blew on his face.

He fell on the ground without even a shriek.

He was rushed to the civil hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Truck drivers said the tyres of old trucks had this problem and the sharp ring fitted around the rims usually came off while refilling of air.

But now the problem had been sorted as manufactures of these trucks had started using a lock to keep the iron material in place.



SAD Factions Clash
Bid to take over truck union office
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 3
Timely action by the police averted a clash from turning gory between supporters of two factions of the SAD. While one faction tried to take possession of the office of the Dasmesh truck tempo union by garlanding its man as president, the other, led by the present incumbent, resisted the attempt.

The police had to use force to disperse a group of SAD activists, led by former chairman Tufail Mohammad, and Jagwant Singh Jaggie, district general secretary of the party, who had allegedly tried to taken possession of the office of the truck union by garlanding Zora Singh as their president.

According to Soni Momnabad, president of the union, a large number of activists armed with swords had allegedly attacked his supporters when they were going to hold a meeting at their office in Guru Teg Bahadur market this evening. They were allegedly wielding swords and lathis.

The complainant alleged that former chairman Tufail Mohammad, Jagwant Jaggie and Zora Singh were leading the activists. They allegedly forced their entry into the office and tried to impose Zora Singh as president of the union by garlanding him and distributing sweets. However, they ran away when supporters of Soni tried to down the shutters of the office.

Investigations revealed that the SAD faction, led by former minister Abdul Gaffar, had elected Soni as president of the union about a year ago. A dispute occurred earlier also and Zora Singh and his supporters were booked by the police.

Sources at the police station revealed that some activists, belonging to both factions, were nabbed by the police while they were disrupting peace of the town. It has been decided to initiate preventive action against them.

A case would be registered against the guilty after verification of allegations and counter-allegations, claimed the police officials. 



Unaccounted rice being sold at small towns
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 2
Some rice shellers have started disposing of unaccounted stocks of rice milled at their mills at small towns and villages.

Instead of selling polished rice at lower rates on credit and losing thousands of rupees in tax, they prefer to dispose of the produce at higher rates, allegedly without bill. Buyers also make enough profit by selling the commodity to retail grocers.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that owners of rice shellers situated in big cities of the state and adjoining parts of Haryana were reportedly disposing of blocked stocks of rice of various varieties and grades. While some of them adopted the practice to evade tax, the others were compelled to do so as huge quantities of rice had accumulated at their shellers due to the non-lifting of levy rice by the central food agency.

Steep decline in prices of rice bran and rice husk, two main byproducts of millers, was another reason behind selling rice on black market.

The rice sheller belt of Patiala and Sangrur, which alone accounts for at least 50 per cent of the total 4,000 rice shellers in the state, faced the problem due to the decrease in vegetable oil prices in the international market. This resulted in a sharp drop in rice bran, which is used in extracting oil. Similarly, rice husk, which is used as a fuel to make steam in boilers in most big industries, has also seen a drop in prices.

In order to combat the crunch, some millers preferred to sell a part of rice stocks to commission agents and dealers in small towns and purchase centres at villages of the area falling under district Ludhiana and Sangrur.

Agents were been seen taking orders from dealers at Malaudh, Dehlon, Pakhowal, Jodhan, Latala and Barurndi market, besides the local market. While “pucca” is used for transaction in white, orders for transaction without bill are booked under “Ram ram” category.

Depending upon the variety and quality of the rice rates are quoted between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,800 per quintal.

Recently under-cutting going on between rice shellers created problems for booking agents. After being offered rice at lower rates, some dealers retracted from their deals. In one case, a truckload of rice that belonged to a miller of Amloh remained stranded at Pakhowal village as the commission agent had refused to accept the commodity at a price settled earlier.

The owner of the truck and miller had sought intervention of the police in maturing the deal. However, the police defused the issue by making the commission agent bear loss due to transportation. 



LS Poll
Aggarwal community stakes claim to city seat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
The Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Sammelan, which has been openly supporting the SAD right from 2002, having canvassed support for the party candidates in 2002 and 2007 Assembly elections in Punjab, has now asked the SAD leadership to give party ticket for Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat to one of its nominees to fulfil its longstanding commitment with the community.

Addressing a mediapersons here on Sunday, state president of the sammelan Amrit Lal Aggarwal said in a letter written to SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the body had apprised them of the support lent by the members of the community to SAD and BJP candidates in parliamentary and civic body elections in the state.

He, however, lamented that even after a number of public announcements by SAD leaders, nothing concrete had been done to give due representation to the community in the political setup even though the community had done its bit to expand and consolidate the vote bank of the ruling coalition.

Aggarwal said now that the Lok Sabha polls were round the corner, it would be prudent for the SAD to nominate a suitable person recommended by the Aggarwal Sammelan as the party candidate for Ludhiana parliamentary seat.

“The body will not only ensure victory of the party nominee from this seat but the next Member of Parliament will prove to be an asset to the SAD-BJP group of MPs in the next Lok Sabha,” he added.



Cinema holds show for special kids
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Taking an initiative to include the special children in the ‘social mainstream’, Waves cinema organised a special show of Punjabi movie Chak de phatte for the children of various NGOs and schools.

As many as 250 children from Ek Prayas, School for Deaf and Dumb, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Nirdosh and Aashirwaad watched the morning sow of the movie screened under the banner of Wavescare. The children were also provided with free refreshment in the intermission.

Gagandeep Singh, the manager of the cinema, said the movie was screened to observe the World Disability Day on December 3. This was the fifth show organised by the cinema for special children which would be carried on every month, he said.

A member of an NGO while expressing her gratitude to the company, said, “It is commendable on the part of a commercial establishment to think and act in favour of these kids. These children were very happy, confident and proud as they walked through the corridoors of the cinema hall,” she added.



Career guidance programme
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A career guidance and counseling session was organised in Guru Gobind Singh Public School with the help of a team of professionals from Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.

The students of IX and X were told about various courses available for them after X class. Manjit Kaur, principal, said it was pertinent that students should choose their target courses and then prepare for it with dedication.


A presentation on smart classroom teaching was held with the help of professionals from Educomp.

Youth fest

Avtar Singh, president, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee, awarded the winners of collage making in the inter-school youth festival. He stressed on the need of taking education to a level where students from all walks of life can have access to the modern education. Manjit Kaur, principal, said it was a matter of pride that their students had proved their mettle at an international level.



Flower show from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The department of floriculture and landscaping, PAU, is organising a Chrysanthemum Flower Show on December 4 and 5, in collaboration with the Estate Organisation, near the Flag Post of College of Agriculture.

Giving details about the show, Dr Ramesh Kumar Sadavarti, head of the floriculture and landscaping department, said the show would be a regular annual feature of the PAU. About 2500 chrysanthemum pots having large number of varieties would be displayed in the exhibition, he said.

The chrysanthemum show is dedicated to eminent Punjabi poet Bhai Veer Singh, who considered chrysanthemums dear to him and even wrote poems on flowers and nature. Bhai Veer Singh is the first one to have made a mention of chrysanthemums in his poetry.

Dr Sadavarti said Dr Manjit Singh Kang, vice-chancellor, PAU, would inaugurate the show on December 4 while Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, dean, College of Agriculture, would be the guest of honour. 



Insurance employees submit MoU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A delegation of the NZIEA (Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association), divisional committee, Ludhiana, led by Amarjit Singh, divisional secretary and P.P. Singh, divisional joint secretary, met MP from Ludhiana constituency Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, and submitted a memorandum against the government’s proposal to introduce two legislations to liberalise the insurance sector in the Parliament session likely to commence from December 10.

The delegation conveyed their viewpoint against the proposed comprehensive legislations on insurance seeking to hike FDI (foreign direct investment) limit from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.

Change in the investment norms of insurance funds, facilitating transfer of funds outside the country and to privatise the four general insurance companies, as per employees would harm the Indian economy.

The delegation said it was unfortunate that the UPA government was refusing to learn lessons and was exposing the Indian insurance industry to the speculation financial capital to gain greater access to the domestic saving.

The financial crises in the US and Europe has seriously eroded the confidence in the banking and insurance sectors. A large number of banks and insurance companies, including AIG have been virtually taken over by the government. Almost all the foreign partners of the Indian private insurance companies are in great difficulty.

Amarjit Singh said the proposal to change the investment norms would jeopardise the safety of the funds of the policyholders. "The decision to allow the public sector general insurance companies to approach the capital market is aimed at privatisation of these successful companies," he said.

He further said the government intended to amend the LIC Act, 1956, through a separate legislation to increase the capital of LIC from Rs 5 crore to Rs 100 crore. The LIC today has an asset base of Rs 8, 04,000 crore which is nearly Rs 1,17,000 crore more than its liability. It has a solvency reserve of over Rs 25,000 crore. The LIC does not require any additional capital. In this situation it becomes clear that the decision to the hike the capital is the step towards privatisation of the most successful public sector insurer.

The delegation requested Dhillon to impress upon the finance minister and the Prime Minister to abrogate this step of introducing negative clause in the Comprehensive Bill on insurance, which is against the interest of the policyholders and economic sovereignty of the country. Dhillon assured the delegation that he would take up these issues in the party as well as in the Parliament



World Disability Day function
Differently-abled not on invitees’ list
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
‘Dignity and justice for us all’- this year’s theme for World Disability Day stands defeated as the department of social security, women and child development has forgotten to include disabled people and children in the function tommorrow.

The department is observing the World Disability Day on December 3, wherein, experts from different fields will share the stage with the chief medical officer and the minister concerned Chaudhary Swarna Ram for speeches.

There are no ramps in public offices and no provision of wheelchairs and tricycles from the government that restricts the free movement of physically disabled people.

Moreover, these people, including young children, have to wait for years to get a disability certificate that is mandatory for their special pensions and travel concessions.

Baljeet Singh, an ex-employee of the Punjab police, registered his grudges against the department of health and family welfare and the department of social security, women and child development. Also, as per the municipal corporation, Ludhiana, the departments were running away from their duties.

“Speeches on the disability day is not going to earn dignity for us, as we need the ministry concerned to come forward and do something for us,” lamented Baljeet.

The department has also nullified an inclusive education programme being undertaken by the CBSE, not to forget the efforts being made by the NGOs to get the special children admitted in CBSE schools.

Dr Neelam Sodhi, director, Aashirwaad, a city-based NGO, said, “The department should extend help to the associations working for disabled people and children through awareness, accessibility and inclusion.”

She also referred to the theme given by the United Nations for the World Disability Day, a couple of years ago, that read “Nothing about us, without us”, which the departments concerned have altogether ignored.



Coop mills to be made operational, says Atwal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Charanjit Singh Singh Atwal, deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, has stated that the SAD-BJP government had decided to make all 15 cooperative sugar mills of the state operational to enhance the area under sugarcane.

Atwal was addressing a function of cane growing farmers after inaugurating the crushing season of a mill 15 km from here today.

He said the mills would be run professionally and side projects of power generation and ethanol production were being installed at all nine functional mills. He said the tenders had already been floated and the projects would be functional by 2010. He added that the power projects in the mills would have a capacity of 150 MW, which would be supplied through the PBEB transmission system. 



Social institutes vow to fight HIV menace
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 2
Constituents of a few social, medical and educational organisations of local town and surrounding villages vowed to coordinate with the health authorities in educating target groups about causes and consequences of transmission of HIV virus that has claimed lives of lakhs.

The oath was taken in response to a call given by the health authorities on the occasion of subdivision-level seminar organised on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today. Dr K.C. Goel, SMO of Malerkotla, presided over the seminar and Avtar Krishan, president of Rotary Club, was the chief guest.

Dr Goel called upon office bearers of social and educational organisations to persuade their constituents to lead their teams and deliver the desired message after being empowered.

Terming prevention to be the only method to control spread of the epidemic, various speakers, including Dr Raman Deep (BTO), Dr Zamil Bhatti (SMO, Ahmedgarh), Dr Rajesh Garg, Puja of ICTC and Pardeep Sharda (principal), stressed on need of educating members of target groups about transmission of dreaded pathogens.

Speakers informed that HIV was found in body fluids such as extra cellular fluid, blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. It can be passed on through penetrative sex, oral sex and sharing contaminated needles. It can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding.

Ravinder Puri, councillor, and Ramesh Ghaie, an office bearer of the BJP, regretted that discussion of the issue was taken as a taboo till now. Stressing on the need of inclusion of sex education in curricula of students, Puri argued that in absence of organised knowledge the youth would try to quench their queries from irresponsible sources.

Awareness lectures, poster competitions, declamation contests and rallies were organised to observe World AIDS Day in several other institutions of the area. 



Panel discussion on SMEs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Dun and Bradstreet along with Metlife Insurance organised a panel discussion on “SMEs: Sustaining growth in the Current Market Environment”. The discussion dwelled on the implications of the current financial meltdown on the SMEs, strategies for growth and financing challenges faced by the SMEs in the current market, etc.

Preeta Misra, head financial education solutions, Dun and Bradstreet, said, “SMEs play a crucial role in driving the country’s economic growth, as they contribute about 45 per cent of India’s industrial productions.”

M.P. Rege, former additional economic adviser, IES, Government of India, said, “In a global world, where coupling rather than de-coupling is the operative principle, India cannot be immune from the global crisis. However, the fundamentals of the Indian economy continue to be still relatively stronger.”

“SMEs face problems pertaining to access and timely credit, technological obsolescence, marketing constraints, infrastructural bottlenecks and host of rules and regulations. The current economic scenario is expected to affect SMEs. The growth momentum will slow down significantly, he added.” 



Disabled given cheques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Deputy speaker, Satpal Gosain, today distributed cheques worth Rs 2,20,000 to the people of his constituency, who had urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for monetary help during Sangat Darshan.

Gosain revealed that the amount has been distributed among the disabled and women who had been going through financial crisis.

The visitors said though the amount was less than what they expected but were happy that at least they got something. A disabled man who received a cheque of Rs 5,000 said the amount would help him to have good food for at least few days.



Camp held
Ludhiana, December 2
Orthopaedic surgeon Jagdip Madaan at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and his team in collaboration with Panacea biotech organised an osteoporosis detection camp here today. Over 70 per cent patients were found suffering from osteopenia. — TNS



Substandard Work
Vigilance, PEC officials collect road samples
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A central vigilance team under the leadership of chief vigilance officer A.K. Prabhakar conducted a survey of various city roads and collected samples here today.

The vigilance team from Chandigarh was accompanied by three experts from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, who had been asked to take samples and give reports regarding the quality of roads.

The officials revealed that they had reached the city from Chandigarh around 10.30 pm, but due to unavailability of field officials they only started work around 1 pm.

Prabhakar said: “We had planned to cover around 10 roads today but due to time constraint, we would be able to cover just five or six of them.”

He added that they would collect samples on two more roads that include Hambran Road and Isa Nagri Pulley to Civil Hospital. He said the roads that had been left would be covered during a visit next week.

Till the filing of the report, the team had collected samples from five roads, which included Dhandran Road, road joining Pratap Chowk to zone C office of the municipal corporation and the road from Kocchar Market to Midda Chowk.

Prabhakar said it was for the first time that a team of PEC had been asked to collect samples on the spot. “Though the department often asks the institute to check samples and give reports, it was for the first time that we had asked them to accompany us to the spot,” he said, adding that the reports were likely to come within 10 to 15 days.

According to information, the vigilance had received reports of irregularities and substandard material being used in various roads, which included Hambran Road, Dhandran Road and Gill Road. 

This is the second team of the government to have come to inspect road work in the city.

Earlier, a Punjab government committee headed by Lieut-Gen B.S. Dhariwal (retd) had visited the city on November 21 to inspect city roads.

Lieut-Gen Dhariwal had revealed in his report that the roads were not according to the prescribed standards.

Terming these inspections good and a routine process, municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman said: “Such probes will help bring transparency in work and guilty officials to fore.”



Telecom staff stage dharna
Tribune News Service 

Ludhiana, December 2
The National Federation of Telecom Employees Union today staged a dharna in front of the office of the general manager. Putting forward their demands, the employees wanted an immediate second wage revision.

Union president Prem Singh said the second wage revision for group C and D employees should be done with immediate effect.

He added that if it was not possible anytime soon, then they should be given an interim relief. “The rates of all commodities are skyrocketing and recession is taking a toll on us,” he added.

On proposed privatisation, he said: “The will not allow the privatisation of the BSNL,” he said.

Further, district councillor Harish Khanna added that telecom technical assistants were not being given fuel expenses for work related to broadband connections.

“The BSNL today is earning maximum from broadband connections and the technical assistants have to roam in the entire city for their job and should be given the fuel expenses,” he said.



Bar Polls
Contestants warned against defacing courts complex
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 2
Returning officer Ashok Mittal has warned contestants of the annual elections of the District Bar Association (DBA) against defacing the judicial complex as well as the lawyers chambers complex, failing which strict action will be taken against them, including the “rejection of nomination papers”.

The officer has instructed the candidates to remove their posters from the buildings by December 10. If any candidate fails to remove the posters, his candidature will be cancelled, he adds.

However, he has given some relaxation on displaying banners at select places.

The candidates have been asked not to serve liquor in the complex. Mittal was yesterday appointed returning officer for conducting the annual elections.

Darshan Gupta and N.P.S. Gahir have been appointed assistant returning officers.

Contestants have been flouting the instructions issued by the returning officer in the past, as no strict action has ever been taken against any such contestant.

This time, the candidates have defaced the judicial complex and the lawyers chamber complex much before the start of the official process of election.

The annual elections are scheduled for December 20.



Man held with 250 gm opium
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 2
The Khanna police has arrested a resident of Alika village in Haryana for possessing 250 gram opium. The accused has been identified as Dilip Kumar who was roaming around the vegetable market on the Amloh road in the morning. The policemen arrested the accused on a tip-off.

The police officials said Dilip had been selling opium near the vegetable market for some time. A case in this connection has been registered against him. The police is investigating the case. 



Two held with smack 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 2
The anti-narcotics cell yesterday arrested two persons and seized 15 gm smack from them.

On a tip-off, inspector Tehal Singh, in-charge of the cell, Jagraon, set up a checkpoint on the Satluj Bridge, near Sidhwan Bet, and seized the banned substance from the possession of Manjit Singh Bittu of Thalevar village, near Makhu (Ferozepur).

He was travelling in a rented Indigo car (HR 22 C 7889) being driven by Sammunder Singh of Meer Shah village, near Makhu (Ferozepur).

A case under various Sections has been registered at the Sidhwan Bet police station and the car impounded.



4 get 10-yr jail for possessing narcotics
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
The court of additional sessions judge M.S. Virdi has convicted four persons on charges of possessing narcotics and ordered them to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 10 years each.

Those convicted are Kuldeep Singh of Nandpur village, Sahnewal, Ranvir Singh of Manawal village, Pawan Kumar and Subash Chand of Durgapuri mohalla, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana.

The Court also ordered them to pay fine of Rs 1 lakh each. In case of default in making payment, they will have to further undergo imprisonment for six months.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the prosecution had successfully proved the accusations levelled against the accused persons of possessing huge quantity of poppy husk. The judge turned down the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

The accused were booked under Sections 14 and 15 of the NDPS Act at the Dehlon police station on January 14, 2006.

According to the prosecution, a police team headed by sub-inspector Jangjit Singh was on patrol when they spotted a truck near the canal bridge of Kaind village.
The truck was signalled to stop but the occupants tried to flee after halting the truck.

They were apprehended and on inspection of the truck, 20 bags of poppy husk, each weighing 30 kg, were seized.

During trial, the accused pleaded innocence and false implication. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found them guilty.



Talwinder tenders apology
Approaches PBA to revoke suspension
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
International basketball player, Talwinder Singh, who was under suspension since August, 2006 has approached the Punjab Basketball Association to revoke his suspension and allow to represent his state and the country.

Talwinder was put under suspension two years ago for his allegations levelled against the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) for not issuing him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to visit USA where he had secured a scholarship from Mount Zion Christian Academy to undergo training and subsequently play for them.

Addressing a press conference at the office the Ludhiana District Basketball Association in the Guru Nanak Sports Complex, here today, the international cager said he had tenderd an unconditional apology to R.S, Gill and Harish Sharama, president and honorary secretary, of the BFI for making false allegations against them.

It is pertinent to mention here that, Talwinder had blamed the BFI for engineering an attack and his mother alleging that the federation wanted to prevent his joining a US based academy on scholarship.

Two persons, one of them in police uniform entered his house in Gurdev Nagar when he was away, asked his mother to handover his (Talwinder's) passport and visa. They also threatened her that they would kill her and Talwinder, the cager had alleged.

They burnt the passport and visa. Fearing another attack, he along with his mother had shifted to Patiala, said Talwinder.

Talwinder regretted that he had made the allegations on August 11, 2006, as he was not in a proper frame of mind. He handed over an apology to Teja Singh Dhaiwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association to foward the same to the BFI.

Dhaliwal assured Talwinder to strongly recommend his case before the BFI and request the federation to take a lenient view in his case and revoke the suspension so that this promising cager could serve the state and nation.



Inter-School tourney
Ludhiana weightlifters excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
Ludhiana girls excelled in weightlifting, winning one gold and two silver medals on the second day of the annual Punjab State Inter-School Tournament (u-16) being played at the Guru Nanak Sports Complex, here today.

In the 48 kg category, Devinder Kaur of Ludhiana bagged top honours while Vipandeep Kaur and Neelam Devi of Ropar secured second and third positions, respectively.

In the 53kg section, Manpreet Kaur of Ludhiana finished as runner-up while Harkirat Kaur of Mohali emerged winner and Rajbir Kaur of Bathinda had to content with third spot.

In the boy's section, Baldeep Singh won sivler medal in the 50kg categtory. The first and third places were bagged by Nishan Singh of Kapurthala and Simerjit Singh of Jalandhar, respectively.

In the 56kg category, Gurmukh Singh and Nachhatar Singh, both of Ropar, secured first and second positions, respectively, while Gobind Singh from Sangrur finished at third place.

In football (boys), Gurdaspur beat Barnala 2-0; Kapurthala defeated Ludhiana 4-3; Hoshiarpur pipped Nawsanshar 1-0 and Jalandhar beat Taran Tarn 2-0 to advance into the semifinals.

In the semifinals (girls), Mansa defeated Amritsar 1-0 while Fatehgarh Sahib beat Ferozepur 3-1 to set up the title clash.

Other results: Wrestling (girls)- 30 kg- Sharanjit kaur of Fatehgarh Sahib 1, Jasbir Kaur of Moga 2 and Malkit Vevi of Gurdaspur 3; 32 kg- Sukhjit Kaur of Mansa 1 and Baljinder Kaur of Taran Tarn 2; 34 kg- Deepika of Gurdaspur 1, Amandeep of Moga 2 and Reshma of Fagtehgarh Sahib 3; 37 kg- Manpreet Kaur of Taran tarn 1 and Veerpal Kaur of Mansa 2; 40 kg- Disha of Gurdaspur 1, Sarabjit Kaur of Moga 2 and Sunita Rani of Fatehgarh Sahib 3; 44kg- Sarabjit Kaur of Mansa 1, Amandeep Kaur of Faridkot 2 and Manjeet Kaur of Taran Tarn 3; 48 kg- Harwinder kaur of Moga 1, Darshana Devi of Gurdaspur 2 and Charanjit Kaur of Fatehgarh Sahib 3; 52 kg- Jaspreet Kaur of Faridkot 1, Mandeep kaur of Taran Tarn 2 and Sukhjit Kaur of Mansa 3; 57 kg- Paramjit Kaur of Moga 1, Balbir Kaur of Fagtehgarh Sahib 2 and Kuldeep Kaur of Gurdaspur 3.

Table tennis (boys): Muktsar beat Sangrur 3-0 and Fatehgarh Sahib beat Ferozepur 3-1; (girls)- Sangrur beat Moga 3-0 and Muktsar beat Fatehgarh Sahib 3-2.

Volleyball (girls) q-finals- Ludhiana beat Patiala; Jalandhar beat Amritsar; Muktsar beat Sangrur and Moga beat Ropar;

(boys): Ludhiana beat Fagtehgarh Sahib; Sangrur beat Mansa; Taran Tarn beat Hoshiarpur and Ropar beat Patiala.



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