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Watch out! Swindler girl on prowl
Allures youths from affluent families, extorts money and implicate them in false rape cases

Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Beware! A swindler girl allegedly backed by hoteliers, travel agents and self-styled social activists is alluring affluent youths by changing her identities and phone numbers frequently only to extort money from them after implicating them in false rape cases.

The girl, identified as Suman Paul alias Dr Neha alias Parul Gupta, used to extort money from youths. If they refused to do so, she used to file a complaint of rape against them, said the police. She used to change her identity and phone numbers frequently, added the police.

The case came into light after the girl, who has 86 different phone numbers activated in different names during the last two years, accused Rishi Sood of Anand Nagar of raping her.

After having undergone mental and physical torture in Ludhiana jail for 189 days after being booked in a rape case on the statement of the girl, Rishi Sood moved the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and even prayed before the police that he was falsely booked in the case.

A special investigation team (SIT) was constituted by DIG, Ludhiana, when Rishi's father alleged that a gang of swindlers had implicated his son in a false rape case and demanded Rs 22 lakh from him for withdrawing the complaint.

The SIT led by SSP, Khanna, Gautam Cheema maintained that the girl had lodged a complaint with an intention to blackmail Rishi to extort money and recommended cancellation of the FIR. The police has also started proceedings under Section 182 IPC against her for giving false statements to police.

What came as a shock for the police too was the fact that Braham Dev Paul, father of the girl, told the police that he had disowned his daughter as she had fallen in a bad company about five years back. Instead of acting on advice of her parents, she had threatened them of dire consequences in case they tried to interfere in her matters.

Sood alleged he found that she and her accomplice had tried to implicate six other youths hailing from prestigious families undertaking medical healthcare industry by sending them SMSes and calling from different phone numbers.

‘‘Somehow we all exchanged notes and they were spared. We found that she was only making calls to them by changing her identities,” he said.

Her modus operandi is to charm a youth and then ask him to pay the hotel bill of Rs 1.5 lakh that she owes to a local hotelier since she is staying there for a long time now, he alleged.

"When I refused to give desired amount, she got a case registered against me," rued Sood. The fact that hotelier is providing services to her despite a pending bill for Rs 1.5 lakh suggests that some members of the gang are linked with the hotelier.

The girl and Rishi had met at an exhibition of a medical equipment organisation in New Delhi in September 2006. She had introduced herself as Dr Neha. They had been meeting at various places later after which she lured him to marry her.


Mumbai tragedy draws a blank
City hotels engage belly dancers to please clients

Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Contrary to the elite city clubs that refused to celebrate Christmas and New Year in the wake of recent terror attacks in Mumbai, top hotels in the city have taken a lead to engage belly dancers, dance troupes and live musical bands for the same.

Some of the renowned hotels in the city have already forgotten the trauma that rocked the nation on 26/11 and have organised special festivities for their clients and guests. The festivity is not just restricted to dance and music but it involves the element of profligacy as is evident from the scheduled performance of overseas belly dancers, exotic dancers and live musical bands.

So much so that a leading hotel in the town, in order to appease their guests, including noted industrialists, politicians and top-bracketed government officials will organise a “mujra night” on December 26, “arabian night” on December 27 and “western dandia night” on December 28.

Expressing her anguish, Aman a college lecturer, said, "It is a vulgar show under the garb of these nights that continues to corrupt the ways of the youth in the city and the sooner it is discouraged the better it would be."

District governor of the Rotary Club K.K. Chadha expressed shock over the “insensitive” attitude of the hotel authorities saying that it should have been a solemn affair. “Rotary club is will pay tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives during the combat followed by a condolence meeting for the innocent people killed by the terrorists," said Chadha.

Another young industrialist rebuffed the idea of “frivolity” adding that the wounds are still fresh and it is the duty of every Indian national to stand with the people who have lost their near and dear ones. “It is the time to express our solidarity towards the nation at large and unite against the antisocial forces,” he added.



Robbers’ gang busted, 4 held
Used to steal transformers; goods worth Rs 10-lakh recovered

Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The Payal police has arrested four members of a notorious gang that had been involved in stealing electrical equipments, including transformers for over a year.

The police has also seized stolen goods worth Rs 10 lakh from various places disclosed by the burglars. The police has also seized two vehicles used in the crime.

Jagdeep Singh of Kalarh village, Santokh Singh of Sihar, Jagdeep Singh and Gurjit Singh of Pohir were arrested by a team supervised by Payal SHO Manjinder Singh Dhillon yesterday. Gurpreet Singh, another member of the gang, managed to give police the slip.

Investigations revealed that the gang had been involved in stealing electrical equipments from the fields of farmers of the area falling under Ludhiana, Sangrur and Fatehgarh districts for over a year.

The gang was identified on the basis of information provided by an informer. A special investigation team (SIT) led by the Payal SHO was constituted to nab the accused.

The gangsters worked in two groups. They used to fix their target during the day. An advance party used to unfix the installation and dismantle its parts. The second party later used to pick up the booty in a four-wheeler. There went away without taking heavier parts like shell of the transformer, said the police.

The police recovered 10 transformers, dismantled parts and 250 litres of transformer oil. The police is also trying to identify manufacturers who had been preparing fake transformers by purchasing stolen materials.



3 yrs on, people living in unsanitary condition
MC yet to clear stagnant water, garbage

Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 25
Stagnant water on a street adjoining Mangat dental clinic for the past three years now, has made the life of the locals a hell.

It has not only made the lives of commuters and residents hell but has also posed concern about the serious health hazard, thereby exposing residents to a large number of diseases. Residents, who submitted a memorandum to the committee today itself, complained that the sanitary employees had not bothered to get the garbage lifted for months together. The area has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other flies.

“The water had got accumulated during the dengue outbreak. Similar conditions prevailed during the monsoon. Now, since the cold has set in the authorities have still not woken up from slumber,” shouted an aggrieved resident.

Sukhpal Singh Mangat said the authorities were made aware the problem on numerous occasions but to no avail.

“A large number of residents have been made to suffer after a few permanently raised the level of the street since their houses were at the lower level,” Mangat added. “Also, as the drain, into which this water gets merged, is seldom cleaned,” one of the street dwellers complained.

“So much so that as it serves as a single passage for entry and exit, the street dwellers have especially kept their vehicles as cycles, scooters etc for passing the water deluged street. Moreover, the chances of sewer water mixing with drinking water pipes could not be ruled out,” they rued.



Veggies cheaper, onion dearer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Prices of veggies continued to dip over the past one week even as onion registered a slight rise. Prices of fruits, however, remained static.

In the wholesale market, potatoes are available at Rs 2 per kg while last week they were priced at Rs 2-3. The retail rate is Rs 3 per kg. Onion which was available at Rs 12-13 last week has become dearer by Rs 4. It is now priced at Rs 17 per kg.

Tomatoes are available at Rs 5 per kg in wholesale and Rs 6 in retail while last week they were priced at Rs 25-30 per kg. Carrot has come down from Rs 7-8 last week to Rs 6-7 this week in retail and Rs 4 in wholesale, peas are priced at Rs 10 per kg as compared to Rs 15-20 per kg last week. Cabbage and cauliflower are priced at Rs 4 in both wholesale and retail markets while last week they were available for Rs 10 per kg.

Brinjal now comes for Rs 6-7 per kg while last week it was priced at Rs 7-8. Lady's finger which cost Rs 17-18 last week in wholesale is now cheaper by Rs 3 at Rs 15. However, it is available at Rs 25 per kg in the retail market. Capsicum has also come down by Rs 5 from Rs 15 last week to Rs 10 now.

Mushroom which was available for Rs 60 is now cheaper by Rs 15. A packet now costs Rs 45. Garlic and ginger have also registered a dip in prices with garlic available for Rs 7 per kg as compared to Rs 12 per kg last week and ginger priced at Rs 20-22, almost Rs 7 less than last week.

Prices of fruits, however, have remained static. Apples are priced between Rs 40-45 per kg while bananas are available for Rs 10 per kg. Winter fruit kinnow is available for Rs 200-250 per box (36-48 pieces). Pineapple is priced at Rs 12 per kg, papaya comes for Rs 15 per kg, cheeku costs Rs 125-150 per 8 kg while oranges come for Rs 45-50 per kg. Grapes are available at Rs 160 per 4 kg while the black variety costs Rs 200-250 for the same quantity.



Carols, candles, ringing bells mark Christmas
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

‘Ghajini’ hits screens

Overcoming legal hurdles, Aamir Khan-starrer "Ghajini" today hit the screens. Being a holiday, huge rush was witnessed outside the cinema halls and multiplexes. “Considering all pre-release hype and mounting waves of expectations surrounding this film, I went in determined with the mindset of being impressed and “Ghajini” presented me something equivalent to a masterpiece," said Shruti, a viewer.

Ludhiana, December 25
Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ, was celebrated in the city with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Midnight and early morning mass were conducted in all the churches here to mark the occasion.

The city was in the grip of Yuletide spirit as candles and carols in churches marked the festival. Churches of all denominations were tastefully decorated for the occasion.

Since Wednesday night, people began making a beeline to the churches to offer special prayers. The popular churches in the city, Kalvary Church on Brown Road, Christ Church at Fountain Chowk, Holy Cross Church at Sarabha Nagar, Girjaghar at Chaura Bazar and the 7th Day Church at Udham Singh Nagar were chock-a-block with devotees who came in their best attire.

Special prayers were offered at the churches and the pastors rendered select chapters from the Holy Bible. They exhorted the community members to be good to others and set an example.

At Holy Cross Church, Father Jose and Father Michael Ani took the prayers and said Jesus Christ was an apostle of peace and called upon people to coexist with camaraderie and brotherhood to spread peace. Christmas festival ushers in peace in lives of people all round the globe, he said in his message. Special prayers were held for those who lost their near and dear ones during the recent Mumbai terror attacks.

After the sermon, the congregation sang carols both in English and Hindi. They sang, "O Messiah, aaya zammem par, khusi hoti hai", "sare assman mein" and "Mary's boy child Jesus Christ".

Christian families in the city decorated their houses, gardens and compound walls with colourful papers, coloured lights, stars and lanterns. Christmas trees also found their place in every house and garden. In a city like Ludhiana, people used artificial snow to decorate shops and homes. The dining tables in every Christian household today remained flooded with cakes, wines, sweets and other dishes.



Boom to gloom, PSEB saw it all
Kuldip Bhatia

Yearender PSEB

Electricity board at receiving end as power situation remained grim. Managed to recover Rs 22 crore as penalty and bringing down arrears by around 10 per cent

Ludhiana, December 25
Another year is about to say goodbye, but the woes of city residents are yet to be over as there were frequent power cuts and prolonged shutdowns coupled with hike in electricity tariff in 2008.

The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) also faced relentless agitation against the proposed privatisation and people from all walks of life venting their ire against the Board for erratic power supply.

All through the year, a huge gap between demand and availability of power led to drastic cuts ranging from two to seven hours, especially during summers. The power cuts imposed on all categories of consumers not only had an adverse impact on industrial and agricultural production, trade and commerce, but made the life of every section of the society miserable.

While most of the times, the people, even though at the receiving end, kept their cool, there were several occasions when PSEB staff at the complaint centres and sub-stations had to face people’s fury.

The PSEB authorities here had to face embarrassment at the hands of their political masters at least twice on the issue of disconnection of power supply to polluting units and grant of power connections in unauthorised colonies. Both the times, the decision taken by the PSEB had to be revoked.

The special police stations set up to curb power thefts remained a non-starter in absence of staff and infrastructure. As a result of procedural wrangling and red tape, the three-phase energy meters remained in short supply which led to delay in release of new connections and the consumers having to wait even after all formalities were completed and connection granted on paper.

However, the PSEB officials in central zone cracked a whip against power thieves and defaulters, thereby collecting a whopping Rs 22 crore as penalty till October during the current financial year and bringing down arrears (unpaid electricity bills) by around 10 per cent to Rs 16.49 crore. The awareness campaign on energy conservation proved a huge success with more and more consumers switching over to energy-saver CFLs.

During the year, an ambitious Rs 481-crore project was launched to streamline power transmission and distribution network in the city while several other central government sponsored projects were initiated in rural areas of the zone. In a bid to cut down time to restore power supply in cases of faulty or burnt down transformers, the PSEB officials introduced mobile transformers.



373 sanitation panel staff await arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Though the municipal corporation is trying to recruit mohalla sanitation committee workers on DC rates, at present 373 people who are already working at these rates are still awaiting their arrears.

These safai karamcharies, who were recruited in two batches, started working for the civic body in 2001. While the first batch of 204 people got working orders in October 2001, the second batch started functioning from November 2001.

From October 2001 to August 2006 these safai karamcharies were paid their salaries in cash, but when they complained that they were not being given the sanctioned amount, the Punjab government directed the municipal corporation to pay them through cheques as per the DC rates. However, despite government directions these workers were given amounts less than the sanctioned rates and no weekly offs.

Talking to The Tribune, Ashok Shuder said: “We have always been paid amount less than what is prescribed in the DC rates. The amount difference may be small for authorities but for the people like us every single penny is important.”

These workers revealed that from March 1, 2002, to February 28, 2003, the DC rate was Rs 2,400 per month, while they were paid just Rs 2,347. Similarly, from March 1, 2003, to February 28, 2004, the DC rate was Rs 2,592 and they received Rs 2,347.

They said the difference kept on increasing with each passing year and it was just for the past two to three months that they were being paid the sanctioned DC rates.

However, they rued that whenever they went to municipal officials for getting balances, they came empty handed. They said, “We work for seven days a week without any break as we don’t have any weekly off and it was against the Labour Act.”

Shuder said: “We also met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his sangat darshan on October 26 and municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman has promised that he would address our grievances, but to no avail.”

Meanwhile, municipal corporation medical officer Charanjit Uppal said the corporation had to pay arrears for just few months and the bills were being prepared. They would get the money in two to three days, he added.



Post-Mumbai Terror Attack
Quick reaction team of cops formed
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
To handle any kind of eventuality in light of Mumbai terror attacks, the local police has constituted a quick reaction team to be headed by SP (City-I) HK Bansal. It comprises 30 cops of different ranks, including SIs, ASIs and constables.

The team started its training from yesterday. RK Jaiswal, SSP, said names of the cops had been shortlisted and they would be vigorously trained to meet any kind of eventuality arising in the city.

He said the team was being taught to work specifically on time taken to respond and handle extreme cases.

"I want the cops to be active and reach a required place in the minimum time possible, plan the task and complete it effectively," the SSP added.

On the first day yesterday the cops were trained to handle any eventuality in the old market area. Being congested and overpopulated, the market can easily be made target by anti-social elements.

Jaiswal said: “I am not pleased with the time taken to react on the first day, but I will ensure that they are able to instantly react to any eventuality.”

"It is too early to say anything about their performance. It was just the first day. I am sure they would form an effective team within a few days only," he added.



Khet Mazdoor Sabha stages dharna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 25
The state government has persistently neglected the problems being faced by farm workers and other weaker sections and promises made to them have not been fulfilled. Gulzar Goria, general secretary, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha, while addressing a protest dharna here yesterday, leveled these charges.

He said the Rural Employment Guarantee Act has turned out to be a farce. "There are no job cards, no unemployment allowance, no development works and the funds received from the Central government on this account remain unspent which show the gross carelessness on the part of the government."

Goria observed that other welfare schemes of the state government were doing no better. The promised enhancement of old age pension to Rs 1,000 had not materialised and even the paltry sum of Rs 250 was not being paid regularly. Similarly, funds of shagun scheme even for those girls married in early 2007 had not been released till now. Most of the poor people in urban and rural areas were still waiting for their blue cards.

Other speakers at the dharna attacked the government for indifference towards farm workers saying their debts were not being waived off nor were there wages being increased. Focusing on poor plight of the government institutions, they said the schools lacked necessary infrastructure and teachers while poor patients were dying in hospitals due to shortage of medicines and trained doctors.

The sabha functionaries made a fervent plea with the government to formulate effective policies for rural employment, affordable housing, free education, insurance and health care for the poor people failing which the people would have to come out on the streets to seek their legitimate rights of social security.

According to Goria, the body had organised protest dharnas in all districts of Punjab from December 15. This will continue till December 24. A memoranda were submitted to the Chief Minister through district authorities. The next phase of agitation will be finalised and announced in the meeting to be convened on December 25.

Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion were Kartar Singh Bowani, Parminder Kaur, Bharpur Singh, Paramjit Sihora, Sarabjit Lal, Karnail Singh, Kewal Krishan, Vijay Kumar Sidhwan Bet, Bant Singh Koohli Kalan, Bhagwan Singh Malaud and Bakhshish Singh.



Ghuman pledges to root out corruption
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 25
To wage a war against corruption in the judiciary is my topmost priority. Enough is enough; we will not tolerate it any more, said the newly elected District Bar Association’s (DBA) president Parupkar Singh Ghumman while talking to The Tribune.

I will soon meet Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana Tirath Singh Thakur especially on this issue. A resolution to this effect has also been passed at an executive body meeting of the association.

We will install CCTV cameras for providing foolproof security system in the district courts. The police at the local police lines would monitor the activities of the complex. We know that we would not be able to get this expensive system from the government. So, we have decided to purchase it on our own. The tenders for the same would be floated next month, he added.

A meeting has also been fixed with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal this week for discussing two important topics. We will raise the demand for affixing 15 per cent quota for lawyers in the schemes to be floated by GLADA as well as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust on the pattern of Haryana. If it can be done in the neighbouring state, then why not here, he added.

There was a need to launch co-operative housing society scheme for the welfare of legal fraternity.



Christmas celebrated with gusto
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School celebrated Christmas with fanfare. School was tastefully decorated. Santa distributed gifts and candies among children. Veena Aggarwal, principal, wished kids and their parents Merry Christmas.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised by Class Xc for students of Class XII. Class XI students danced to a musical tune and those of Class XII took part in the modelling competition. Jashanpreet and Pupin were selected Mr and Ms MGM. Gajjan Singh Thind, director, wished best of luck to outgoing students.

Project sanctioned

Archana Handa, a lecturer in sociology, from Khalsa College for Women,has been granted a minor project worth Rs 1.50 lakh. The title of the project “Family care and socio personal problems of the old aged urbanities - A sociological analysis” which has been approved by the UGC.

Prize distribution

The 38th annual prize distribution function was organised at Everest Public Senior Secondary School. Hira Singh Gabria, jail minister, was the chief guest. Students presented a colourful programme on the occasion. The chief guest distributed prizes among outstanding students.

Annual function

An annual function was organised at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir. Satpal Gosain, deputy speaker, Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest. Sonia Rekhi, flying officer, ex-student of BVM School, was also present on the occasion. Students presented Rajasthani and Gujarati dance besides a group song.



Sarabha club celebrates Xmas
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The Sarabha Ladies Club celebrated Christmas today. A cultural programme was presented by the members of the club during which Harnoor gave a scintillating performance on the song "Mahiya-Mahiya". Santa Claus also distributed gifts among children present on the occasion.

A Christmas cake was also cut on the occasion.



Songs, skits mark annual fest
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, December 25
Tagore International School, Sahnewal, organized its annual prize distribution function here today. KC Vijayvargi, deputy general manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce, was the chief guest of the occasion.

The function began with a welcome song. The students presented a cultural programme, including songs, dances, skits, solo performances etc, which were applauded by one and all.

Principal Kulwinder Singh read out the annual report of the school. Vijayvargi appreciated efforts by students, the management and the school staff.

The chief guest also distributed prizes among students excelling in academics and extra-curricular activities. Vijay Sharma and Jaswant Singh were awarded with the best teacher awards for their commendable contribution towards promotion of sports activities in the school.

Santosh Gautam was awarded with the best teacher award for being a promising teacher and a through academician. Swati Aneja thanked all the dignitaries and guests present.



NSS camp begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
A special NSS camp under the aegis of the NSS department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was inaugurated at SDP College for Women, Ludhiana.

The camp has been organised by programme officers B Ahuja, Ranjana Sood and Ramneek and was inaugurated by Dr Veena Gian Singh Mann, officiating principal. She briefed the students about the NSS in her inaugural address and also about activities related with it. Theme of the camp is "Healthy Youth for Healthy India".

Activities in the camp will focus on spiritual, physical and mental health of the campers. The camp will include six-day spiritual course by Vidur Biya Da of Iskcon temple, a seven-day yoga course by Harmeet and Mina Mahajan from the Yoga Patanjali Smiti, Ludhiana, aerobic classes by Neha and art and craft course by Rama Chhabra from Fevicryl and medical check-up and free medicines for campers and people from the surrounding area.



Stone of community centre laid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik and ward number 58 municipal councillor Paramjit Kaur laid the foundation stone of community centre at Preet Nagar and presented a cheque of Rs 25 lakh for the construction of the building.

In a press note issued here today, Paramjit Kaur stated that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sanctioned Rs 27 crore for development works in her ward. She said there would be no shortage of funds for the development.

Shivalik said tenders had been called for the various works like construction of roads, streetlights, sewerage and potable water. He urged the residents to be a part of CMs Vikas Yatra on December 27 at New Dana Mandi, Mullanpur.



Jain nominated member of wildlife board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
The state government has nominated Sandeep K. Jain, co-opted member, Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) and chief coordinator, CAPE-India (Care of Animals and Protection of Environment-India) as a member of the newly reconstituted Punjab State Board for Wildlife.

Jain has been active in the field of wildlife conservation for a decade. He has been instrumental in getting many cases registered against offenders under the Wildlife Protection Act and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and rescuing animals and wildlife.



35,000 attend Nirankari Samagam
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
At least 35,000 devotees attended Nirankari Sant Samagam organised at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan in Ludhiana. Nirankari Baba Satguru Hardev Singhji Maharaj was also present on the occasion.

Satguru Hardevji said people were distancing themselves from prophets preaching to live life with love, respect human values and universal brotherhood.

Today’s problem is that humanity is missing and had been taken over by materialistic achievements, said Satguru Hardevji.

People should give up selfish interests and work for the humanity at large which would make the world a better place to live, the Satguru added.



Ex-minister’s kin manhandles scribes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Harpreet Singh Happy, photojournalist, and Poonam Sapra, journalist of a vernacular daily, were manhandled and their camera was damaged by a few youths, alleged to be close relatives of a former Akali minister in Sarabha Nagar here this evening.

The journalists had clicked pictures of the youths during a police action when black films were being removed from their car. SHO, Sarabha nagar, Devinder Singh, had stopped the youths and removed the black films from their car.

After they left the place, they were intercepted by youths midway. They were pushed and Harpreet's camera was damaged.

President of the Ludhiana Journalists Association Virinder Pramod Batish has demanded action against the youths. He said he had spoken to the SSP who had assured to take action against the youths.



10 more pledge to donate their bodies

Ludhiana, December 25
Ten more prominent citizens of Ludhiana have pledged to donate their bodies to the DMCH for medical research. N.S. Nanda, president, New Hope, an NGO, working for the mission of donation of bodies, stated that the total number of donors had reached up to 176.

The donors have further made a fervent appeal that their vital organs like limbs, eyes and kidneys, could be removed after their death and donated to the deserving poor and needy persons, stated Nanda on behalf of the donors.

Those who pledged to donate their bodies are Hari Singh Sandhu, his wife Kamaljit Kaur, Parduman Singh Bedi, his wife Parminder Kaur, Jaswant Singh Jassar, Avtar Singh Khatra, D.K.Chadah, Jagdish Randhawa, Harjit Singh and Basant Singh. — TNS



Sahitya Akademi Award for Mitter Sain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 25
Mitter Sain Goyal has been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Punjabi novel “Sudhar Ghar.” The award was announced on Tuesday by the akademi, and will be conferred upon him in February.

Goyal is the third from the city to receive this award after Surjeet Patar and NS Tasneem. The novel has been written on the jails in India.



Setting Man Afire
Three accused declared proclaimed offenders
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 25
The local police has initiated process to declare three persons who were booked for allegedly setting afire their daughter’s paramour over two months ago.

It has also tightened noose against those who have been helping the accused from evading arrest. A few political leaders, including those owing allegiance to the SAD, are among the suspects.

The police has also sought the help of higher authorities in preventing the accused from fleeing country and declaring Kuldip Singh and his accomplices proclaimed offenders.

It has also identified those who were called by the accused before setting Karan Sharma, a resident of the Jandali Road, who had sneaked into his daughter's room on the night of October 12, afire.

According to Malerkotla DSP, after receiving arrest warrants of the accused a team of cops had raided their suspected hideouts in various towns of Punjab and surrounding states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. But, the accused kept on changing their locations.

Now, the police has initiated process to get them declared proclaimed offenders. A Malerkotla court has issued public notice for appearance of Kuldeep Singh (father of the girl), his brother-in law Jagdev Singh and his nephew Karamjit Singh.

Kuldip Singh, his brother-in-law Jagdev Singh and nephew Karamjit Singh had allegedly absconded after assaulting and setting afire Karan Sharma on the fateful night.

The victim had entered their house to meet his minor beloved. He succumbed to his injuries two days after being assaulted.

Karan and the minor girl, who had an affair since their school days, had been warned against seeing each other. Her father Kuldip Singh caught Karan in the wee hours.

Kuldip had called his relatives from Ludhiana and hit the youth with a sharp-edged weapon. When the youth resisted the attack, they sprinkled petrol and set him afire.

While the victim, before dying had named Kuldip Singh, Jagdev Singh and Karamjit Singh for the fatal assault, the police has learnt that the accused had called some persons to their house before setting the victim afire

These persons, including a few politicians, had later facilitated the accused in fleeing the area.



BBF XI thrash Ghuman XI
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, December 25
Fine batting display by Arjun (40) and Chinton Sehgal (23) helped BBF XI to thrash Ghuman XI by 59 runs in the inaugural match of the 5th Sarpanch Bachan Singh Memorial Open Cricket Tournament which began at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Cricket Academy at Balloke on Humbran road here today.

Ghuman XI won the toss and opted to field. Their decision turned out to be a miscalculated one as BBF XI went on to score 137 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

The main architects of BBF XI's innings were Arjun and Chinton Sehgal. Arjun made 40 runs with the help of three hits to the fence and one six while Chinton's essay of 23 runs contained four boundaries. Other notable scorers were Daman (17), Shekhar (15) and Tarun Passi (11).

For Ghuman XI, Bittu sent down 2.2 overs and scalped four victims for just nine runs while Raman, in his quota of four overs grabbed three wickets for 33 runs. Luv and Satish captured one wicket each after conceding 17 and 33 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, Ghuman XI's innings folded at 78 runs in 15.1 overs. Only three batsmen Kala (13) Rahul (13) and Ashish (12) could reach double figure.

For the winners, Sanjay and Harry were pick of the bowlers claiming two wickets each for 7 and 13 runs. Jagarpreet and Harry too took two wickets each for 17 and 30 runs.

In the second match, Saraswati Modern School, Humbran road branch, outplayed Barewal XI by 43 runs.

Batting first, Saraswati Modern School made 134 for 8 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Their innings revolved around Gurvinder Singh (32n.o), Piysuh Likhi (24), Gagandeep (20) and Arjun (19).

For Barewal XI, Rajinder took three wickets for 15 runs followed by Vishal and Ravi who chipped in with two wickets each while Brij Pal secured one wicket.

In reply, Barewal XI were all out for 91 runs with five balls to spare. Baldev Singh scored 18 runs while Rajinder and Mithun made 13 and 12 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Gagandeep, Manik and Salil shared the bowling spoils chipping in with two wickets each.

Earlier, Balwant Singh Jandhu, a prominent coloniser of the city, and Sarpanch Paramjit Singh of Talwara inaugurated the week-long tournament in which 16 teams are taking part. Charanjit Singh, senior cricket coach with the sports department, Punjab, and district sports officer, Moga, was also present on this occasion.

Varinder Patwari, chief organiser of the tournament, said the winners would receive a cash prize of Rs 11,000 while the runners-up would pocket a cash prize of Rs 5,100.



Hockey League
Sangrur boys overpower Sudhar 1-0
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 25
Sangrur lads survived a scare before emerging victorious 1-0 against Sudhar in a group C encounter in the u-14 years section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

The all-important goal came off Gagandeep Singh's stick in the 35th minute of the keenly contested affair.

In another group C match in the same age cateogry, Shaheed Brig Balwinder Singh Shergill Academy, Barnala outnumbered Bathinda 3-0. The winners established 1-0 lead at the breather.

Barnala outfit surged ahead in the 9th minute through a field goal scored by Arshdeep Singh. They consolidated the lead in the 45th minute when Amanpreet Singh found the target and four minutes later, Inderjit Singh struck to steer Barnala to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

In the third match (u-16) in group A, Mehta Gurukul Academy, Doraha defeated Moga A 4-1 after leading by three goals at half time.

Doraha boys gained an early lead when Harvinder Singh sounded the board in the fifth minute. Eight minutes later, Sunil Kumar scored a field goal to make it 2-0. Harvinder Singh again struck twice (22nd and 37th minute) to further cement the lead 4-0.

Moga boys reduced the margin in the 53rd minute through a field goal scored by Gurpreet Singh which also salvaged some pride for them before losing it 1-4.



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