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Loss of green takes its toll on health
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

An autorickshaw spews smoke, resulting in pollution in Ludhiana.
An autorickshaw spews smoke, resulting in pollution in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 19
Clean and green environment seems to be a distant dream for Ludhiana which may have grown on the industrial front but has failed miserably to maintain green belts as a result of which city lungs are choking leading to 50 to 60 per cent increase in respiratory diseases.

The blame game between environmentalists and public departments may carry on but the fact that the residents are the one who suffer could not be denied. With just a few public parks and small patches along the roads maintained by the Municipal Corporation, what is most appalling is that the civic body has failed to maintain the 72.5-km green belt stretch which comes under its purview. Apart from it, even public parks in various areas of the city which lie abandoned tell the story of the MC apathy.

According to information, in the past one year, the Municipal Corporation has planted 30,494 trees and shrubs in various parts of the cities, including the green belt and public parks in localities. With majority of them dying, the civic body does not have any record of the survival rate of these plants.

Though Punjab Pollution Control Board statistics prove that respirable suspended particulate matter limits in the city have been going beyond the permissible levels of 120 and 80 micro grams per metric cube in industrial and residential areas, it seems the city authorities responsible for maintaining the green cover are least bothered about the residents' health.

Be it roadsides or dividers, the dry and dead plants on these stretches tell the story of the treatment given to them by the horticulture wing of the civic body which has around 450 men. Except watering, there is no other care given by MC officials that could have helped these plants to survive.

That's not all among the 783 public parks under the civic body, only parks that have been handed over to the Park Management Committees have lush green lawns, while those left with the MC are at the mercy of God.

Interestingly, only D-zone in the city has green parks like Leisure Valley, Rose Garden and Rakh Bagh, which are the assets for the MC. Neither the old city areas, nor the industrial areas have any green cover, which is an alarm for the city health.

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March 31 deadline for power defaulters
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 19
In the wake of directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to disconnect power supply of government departments which fail to clear their pending energy bills by March 31, 2009, the operations wing of the central zone of the PSEB has initiated action for recovery of arrears of nearly Rs 1.90 crore standing against different government departments.

According to senior officials of the PSEB, notices have been issued to all defaulting departments of the state and Central governments asking them to clear their outstanding bills by March 31 failing which their power supply will be disconnected as per orders of the High Court.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that among the defaulting government departments, the Punjab Police stood out with arrears of Rs 62.87 lakh, followed by dispensaries and hospitals of the health department, which owed Rs 30.96 lakh to the PSEB.

Among other government departments, which had failed to clear their energy bills were the public health department (Rs 23.42 lakh), civic bodies (Rs 18.18 lakh) and central government offices (Rs 13.94 lakh). Interestingly, the district courts as well as the Deputy Commissioner's office here also had arrears of energy bills amounting to Rs 3.58 lakh and Rs 1.61 lakh.

Officials of the central zone said till now they had been taking a lenient view of the default in payment of energy bills by different departments, and except for issuing notices, no further action was taken since many of these departments were providing services of essential nature to the people. In particular, disconnection of power supply to the police, government dispensaries or hospitals, municipal water works or public health department would lead to immense inconvenience to the public at large.

"However, from now on, we have to abide by the directions of the High Court and disconnect power supply of such departments that fail to pay up their pending bills by the date stipulated by the High Court. It is up to the departments to take necessary steps to clear their arrears and avoid disconnection of power supply," the official stated.

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Encroachment along NH-1
MC panel to hear residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
In a big relief to the residents, who had been served notices for encroachments on schedule roads and the National Highway No. 1 from Samrala Chowk to Jalandhar bypass, the newly formed committee of the Municipal Corporation has decided to give personal hearing to every individual. The decision was taken during the committee's first meeting here today.

Talking to The Tribune, committee members, said, "The committee members under the leadership of Joint Commissioner Davinder Singh, who is also the chairman, have decided to give personal hearing to every individual who has submitted his reply. Besides, ATPs have also been directed to clear the backlog of notices, especially in zones A, B and C where they still have to serve all notices."

Since all notices have been served in zone-D, the personal hearing of those who had filed their replies would start soon, they said, adding that everyone would be given fare chance to present their sides. The committee has STP BS Brar as member and MTP Hemant Batra as member secretary.

Interestingly, all these hearings would be taken by Davinder Singh himself, who feels that every resident would be given a chance to justify himself.

The notices were served on the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for evicting schedule roads and bypasses and following the orders, the town planning wing of the Municipal Corporation had served notices which had created panic among the residents fearing eviction as their whole or part of houses and commercial establishments are encroachments.

Notably, more than 2,000 notices have been served till date and the process in A, B and C zone is still underway. 

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Court complex favourite escape route for criminals
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The district court complex is turning into a favourite escape route for the dreaded prisoners.

With ageing police personnel manning the lone police post in the court complex, it provides ample opportunity to the criminals to escape from the police custody.

The escape of a prisoner Dharmajit Singh, from the police custody has laid bare the chinks in the security set up of the jail authorities, who take the prisoners from jail to the court complex.

It is not for the first time that the criminals have escaped from the jail while they were being produced in the court complex.

The seven members of the infamous Bangala group escaped while they were being brought to the jail after their hearing in the court complex, about a year ago.

Recently the notorious criminal Rajiv Raja also escaped from the police custody while he was being brought from Bathinda. The police was supposed to change the bus at Barnala. A white Accent car, in which three to four persons were seated, was already parked at the bus stand. As soon as Raja alighted from the bus, the police party was attacked and Raja fled in the car along with his accomplices.

The court complex has also become a favourite hunting ground for warring groups also.

Three youths from Shajaad village shot a youth of Gill village after a clash within the court premises. Six months after the incident not a single accused has been arrested so far.

A prisoner, who was brought to the court complex on the condition of anonymity, said," Every time we have to prepare ourselves to fight before the hearing as supporters of the other group come in huge numbers carrying rods and sticks and we have to fight our way through for attending the hearing.

However, police did their best to prohibit the miscreants from entering into the court complex and installed door frame metal detectors at various entry points, but somehow the youth managed to take the weapons inside the court complex.

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21 stolen vehicles found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The police has busted a four-member gang of vehicle thieves and has recovered 21 stolen vehicles from them.

This is being considered as one of the major recovery haul by the police in the recent months.

The accused have been identified as Prince Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Harinder Kumar and Baal Krishan, all residents of Islam Ganj. About nine months ago, they formed a gang and started stealing vehicles.

The accused were nabbed at a police check-post near Nirmal place last evening. Addressing the press conference, SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the accused had stolen vehicles from the city.

The gang used to sell the vehicles in other states by changing the number plates of the vehicles.

One of the accused Deepak Kumar has been booked for similar cases earlier also.

SSP said the accused used master keys to steal the vehicles. He said the investigation was on and recovery of more such vehicles was expected.

Photo on P3

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Cheque Bounce
Man gets two-year jail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 19
The court of Judicial Magistrate Sandeep Jossan has convicted Udey Singh of New Abadi, Akalgarh, Ludhiana, of fraud. He was sentenced to undergo two-year imprisonment.

Delivering the verdict, the Judge held that the prosecution has proved the charges levelled against the accused. The Judge also directed the accused to pay a fine of Rs 2000.

He was booked under Section 420 of the IPC at the Dakha police station on June 18, 2004, following the complaint of Harbans Singh of Dakha.

The complainant had stated to the police that accused was under debt. He had borrowed money from him. In order to repay it, he issued a cheque for Rs 30,000 in his favour for discharging his liability. At the time of issuing the cheque, the accused had assured him that the cheque would be encahsed.

Beliveing his assurance to be true, the complainant presented the cheque to bank. But the bank dishonoured the cheque. The accused banker had given

remarks that the account number from which the accused issued the cheque did not belong to him. Rather, the account number belonged to Saroj Rani, who had already closed her account.

Police officials had conducted an enquiry on the complaint of Harbans Singh.

In the inquiry report, they had indicted Udey Singh. Thereafter, he was booked.

However, the accused pleaded innocence. He claimed that he was implicated falsely.

But he failed to rebut the allegations levelled against him. He did not lead any evidence in support of his claim.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the court found the accused guilty and sentenced him.

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Advertising Rights
F&CC to take final decision
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The final decision on handing over the advertising rights to the Greenline Advertising Agency or not in Rs 8.05 crore deal would be taken by the Finance and Contracts Committee.

Municipal corporation’s legal adviser KS Kahlon today said: "We are yet to get a copy of the High Court's directions, but what we are aware is that it’s for the F&CC to decide who to be given the advertising rights. If they find any contractor placing higher bids than the Greenline Advertising Agency, they could give it to that company; otherwise it would be with Greenline."

A Delhi-based advertising company Media Traffic had filed a writ in the High Court after it lost its demand draft worth Rs 25 lakh. He had alleged that the municipal officials lost the demand draft in order to give contract to someone else. During the hearing of the case, in two-Bench’s court both agencies-Greenline and Media Traffic-in the presence of the municipal officials, including joint commissioner Kuldeep Singh, about what price they were ready to take the contract. While the Greenline told the court that it was ready to take the rights at Rs 8.05 crore, Media Traffic said it could not pay more than Rs 8 crore.

So the High Court had given time to the corporation to see if it gets any more offers. Interestingly, the contract was being given to the Greenline by the municipal corporation earlier too at the cost of Rs 5 crore which was its quoted price in the tender. The matter was referred to the F&CC for a decision, which sought a legal opinion. However, between the tenure Deepak Singla of the Media Traffic had filed a writ in the court. He had alleged tender tampering stating that some municipal officials in connivance with the advertiser had tried to grab the rights. 

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BSNL staff hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Workers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Employees’ Union today held a lunch-hour demonstration in front of the general manager (GM) office, Telecom.

District secretary Balwinder Singh said closure of cash counters at some places was causing a lot of inconvenience to public. It was requested to the GM to reopen the cash counters keeping in view the public convenience.

Further he said while they were working hard to retain landline customers, the BSNL was withdrawing such public facilities.

Balwinder also said the cash counters were open all over the city for the convenience of the public but the present GM was closing them one by one. The union will further intensify the demonstration if it does not change its attitude towards the public.

While residents of Meharban have also written a letter to the GM requesting to reopen the cash counter. 

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Five families forcibly evicted from kiln
Owner deceives migrants; whereabouts of 23 not known 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 19
A kiln owner has forcibly got five migrant families evicted from his establishment. At least five families had been working at this kiln in Sherpura village near here for the past three months on the yearly contract basis.

The kiln owner yesterday told them to vacate the premises on the pretext there was no work for them to do. The labourers got agitated and refused to budge as they had come from Chanderi village of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh to work here.

At around 9.30 am at least 20 to 25 muscle men of the kiln owner came and started thrashing the labourers. A few of them fled away from the kiln that night only due to the fear. But, Satpal and Tilak (man, son duo), who stayed back, were forcibly put on tractor trolley by the muscle men and taken away on the pretext of sending them to their native village.

The labourers tried to unload their belongings on reaching a dhaba near Chowkiman, but the kiln owner didn’t allow them to do so. Instead, he asked them to get down and have food in the dhaba. The muscle men and owner went away on the pretext of bringing their family members and other, but didn’t return.

Satpal and Tilak suspecting some foul play returned on foot only to find their belongings lying near a godown. Both of them were still waiting for their families, which included seven men, four women and 12 children. Their whereabouts is still unknown. Both of them accused the kiln owner of deceiving them.

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Coordination panel vents ire against privatisation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 19
The district unit of the Coordination Committee comprising representatives of farmers, farm workers and industrial workers organised a protest rally against privatisation policies at Mini Secretariat here today.

Activists of the committee, including Mohinder Singh Seelon Kalan, district president, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Inderjit Singh Grewal, chairman, Punjab Nirman Union, and Paramjit Singh, district convener of the committee, addressing the rally, charged the government with indifference towards problems of the poor.

The speakers called upon the government to scrap the Electricity Act, 2003, stop the proposed unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board, ensure safe drinking water to the people, especially the rural population, reverse all policies of privatisation of education and health institutions, withdraw heavy toll tax on major roads in the state, write off debts of the farmers, control rising prices on essential things and farm inputs and effect further cut on petrol and diesel prices in proportion to fall in the prices of crude oil in the global market.

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67 from Oriental bank donate blood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) organised a blood donation camp on its 67th foundation day at DMCH today.

More than 67 bank employees and customers donated blood on this occasion.

The blood donation camp was inaugurated by principal Dr Daljit Singh, DMCH. Deputy general manager KC Vijayvargi, Ludhiana, highlighted the importance of blood donation as it was the best donation a person could make in his life to save a life of other person.

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Dairy show concludes 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 19
The third international dairy show and exhibition organised by the Progressive Diary Farmers’ Association (PDFA), Punjab, concluded today.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Minister of State for Cooperative, also attended the show. “The state government has implemented three important programmes for strengthening the economic conditions of the farmers.

Dairy farming is more profitable as compared to agriculture.The government plans to set up 1,000 sheds on which a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh each will be given to farmers. Those supplying more than 600 litres of milk will be given milk chilling equipment at 50 per cent subsidy. A sum of Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned for this purpose,” he added.

The government is helping in the production and marketing of milk through cooperative societies where the producers get more as compared to the private dealers. Even Markfed has been deployed to promote vegetable cultivation and a processing plant is being established at Ludhiana from where ready to eat products will be supplied world over. Markfed plans to export 3,000 metric tonnes of potatoes.

He said cooperative societies were collaborating with private companies to provide electronics and other goods to farmers at cheaper rates. At least Rs 1,000 is being pumped into nine sugar mills in the state to overcome their losses and produce 150 Mega Watt electricity from its wastes by 2010. He said the fate of six closed mills would be decided as per recommendations of the advisory committee.

The show was opened by Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Dairy Development, February 17. Thousands of farmers attended the show in which over 100 companies havd displayed their products.

Meanwhile, the two-day seminar on “New technologies in Commercial Dairy Farming” conducted by the Punjab Dairy Development Board was presided over by GS Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab State Farmers’ Commission. The seminar laid stress on commercial dairy farming instead of traditional one. On the second day, more than 1,000 women took part in the seminar.

A team of experts from Research Institute, Hissar, and GADVASU, Ludhiana, made women aware of the benefits from the ‘Mai Bhago Scheme’ under which those adopting dairy farming as a profession will get Rs 50,000 each. 

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Girls bring laurels to Sadbhavana college
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 19
Girl students of Sadbhavana College of Education, Jalaldiwal, near here brought laurels to the college with six of its students, namely Deepa Jain, Shruti Goyal, Harpreet Kaur, Pushpinder Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur and Gurcharan Kaur, participated in “Skill in Teaching” and “On-the-Spot-Teaching Aid Preparation” Competition held at GGS Khalsa College of Education for Women, Kamalpura, recently.

As many as 18 teams of the educational colleges affiliated with Punjab University had participated in the competition.

Deepa Jain (Teaching of English) and Shruti Goyal (Teaching of Hindi) bagged the first and third position, respectively. Principal Dr Surinder Ghuliani congratulated staff and the students for the success. 

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2-day exhibition at GADVASU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
A two-day book exhibition by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was inaugurated by Dr. VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor at the examination hall today. He showed keen interest in the latest edition of books on various subjects. He stated that one of the major reasons for organizing book exhibitions was to select and purchase books on different disciplines for the university library and to arouse interest among the faculty and students on reading books.

Dr PK Trehan, University Librarian said, 15 leading book publishers and distributors from North India were participating in the exhibition.

There was a wide array of latest editions of books spanning from veterinary, animal, fishery sciences, animal biotechnology, dairy technology and allied subjects to general books.

This is the third book exhibition organized by the university. It is open for all, especially for those interested in seeking updated literature available in the market on small animals. 

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Teachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
On their annual athletic meet, the Arya College Teachers' Union (ACTU) held a protest against the management today.

Earlier, during the annual prize distribution function, teachers registered their protest by boycotting the function.

The teachers have been protesting against the management's alleged dilly-dallying attitude. They have been demanding their pending arrears for the past two years. The teachers said the management had already received the grant from the state government, but it (grant) had allegedly been converted into an FD to get good interest.

"They are not ready to pay our dues. We have been demanding it for many months but to no avail. We will continue our struggle till the time demands are not met,” said an agitated teacher.

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Bar panel members hold protest
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 19
Members of the local Bar Association took out a protest march and abstained from the work yesterday. The Bar Council of India had given a call to stage a protest. Members of all Bar Associations in Punjab and Haryana abstained from work.

They protested against the anti-public amendments in the Cr.PC. A meeting was conducted under the presidentship of Raghubir Singh Toor. They decided to go on protest and abstain from the work.

Toor said this was the third protest as per the Bar Council of India’s directive. They would intensify their protest if the government failed to withdraw the unjustified and anti-public amendments. 

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Strike
Kamla Lohtia mgmt agrees to reduce fee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
The deadlock between students and the management of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College ended today with latter giving an assurance to reduce the fees by Rs 1,000. Not only this, the management also agreed to spend about Rs 2 lakh for imparting education to poor and needy students.

The students have been protesting against the authorities move to hike the fees. The students of almost all classes had gone on strike over this issue.Once,the situation had taken an ugly turn and the management was force to call the police.

Sahib Singh, one of the students, said the protest was justified. "Move to hike the fees was neither mentioned in the college nor we were told about it at the time of admission. Then, why should we pay more in the midst of the session", he asked. 

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‘For good wheat yield, temperature must increase slowly’
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Though the farmers in the region are happy to see crop production growing at a satisfactory pace, they are keeping their fingers crossed for the tough times ahead.

In coming times till the first week of April, the farmers have to face problems like sudden climatic changes and there are chances of disease-attack on crops.

Gurmit Singh Bassi, a farmer from a nearby village, said there was approximately 3 feet standing green crop (wheat) in the fields these days. "Now is the time for grain to be changed into golden colour. Much depends on weather conditions. During evenings, there is a chill in the air, which is very good for the crop,” he added.

Other farmers, including Major Singh, Gurinder Singh Saran and Harjinder Singh, too, expect abundant crop this season. "It is usually the process of 150 days. If all goes well, we will start harvesting the crop in the end of March or first week of April.

A majority of farmers in this village have sown varieties like PBW 43 and 502. We do not want to take risks by changing the varieties each season,” said Harjinder Singh Saran.

Meanwhile, Bhupinder Singh Mahesari, general secretary, Bharti Kisan Union, said till recently the produce was good, but much depends on times to come when weather will change. "The crop has to be saved from various diseases. Also, there should not be an arrival of extreme summers,” he added.

Dr Indu Sharma, in charge, wheat section at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said yield loss could be minimal if there was not extreme rise in temperature. "During our recent visit to wheat farms, we have found the crop to be growing at a fine rate. But time ahead is more crucial. There will be yield loss, if temperature rises abruptly. Strong winds must not blow for good yield,” she added.

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Seminar on healthcare tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 19
A seminar on healthcare will be organised by the Human Rights Protection Mission in collaboration with Guru Nanak National College at Dr Ishwar Singh memorial hall on February 21.

Sajjan Singh Cheema, SP, Ludhiana, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Satinder Jawanda, president of the women cell, Punjab, said doctors and surgeons from different trades would educate students and the audience about various diseases and preventive measures to be followed.

Also, the experts will dwell on the dietary changes and the daily routine pattern as far as the changed lifestyle is concerned.

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Mittal is social welfare body chief
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
Dr Rajinder Mittal and Pawan Singla were elected chairman and president of the Social Welfare Organisation at a meeting held at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

Tarsem Garg, secretary, said Dr Sunit Hind and Sanjay Mittal were elected senior vice-president and cashier.

Other office-bearers include Balwinder Verma Happy (vice-president), Manoj Garg (joint secretary), DK Goyal (manager) and Gopal Krishan Toni, Vijay Singla, Arun Gupta and Sushil Singla were elected directors.

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Power shutdown

In the following areas, power will be shut today for maintenance work:

From 9 am to 4 pm, Daba road, New Janata Nagar, Gobind Nagar and Daba Colony would face a power shutdown of 7 hours.

From 10 am to 5 pm, power would be cut in industries like Waryam Steel Garg Finance, Hindustan Tarbo, Supreem Yarn-2, Garg Sudarshan, Supreem, Amar Udhyog, Shiwalia, Gobind rubber, Hindustan tyre, etc.

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18 booked for attempt to murder, assault
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 19
Nine persons have been booked under Sections 307, 450, 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC for allegedly trying to kill a youth and injuring three others with sharp-edged weapons, after they entered into a Punjab State Lottery booth near a bus stand yesterday afternoon.

The accused have been identified as Kuldip Singh, alias Manak, Hardeep Singh Bagga, Jagdip Singh of Lehra village and Harinder Singh of Rangian village. Five of their accomplices are yet to be identified.

While the condition of Mazid and Kadar Khan was stated to be stable, Jatinder Singh of Chhanna village is still struggling for life at a multi- specialty hospital in Ludhiana.

According to an FIR registered on the statement of Jaswinder Singh of ward No. 5, the accused had come on three motorcycles with sharp-edged weapons. They first attacked Mazid and Kadar and then stabbed Jatinder Singh, who tried to intervene.

Injured were shifted to the local civil hospital from where Jatinder was referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. He was shifted to a multi-speciality hospital in Ludhiana after his condition worsened.

Investigations revealed that the accused had about 15 days ago reportedly beaten up innocent youths, including a cop’s nephew, at Pohir, Lehra and Dehlon.

To evade arrest, a few accused had got themselves admitted to the civil hospital at Dehlon village. But were told to leave the hospital as they had suffered minor injuries.

Scuffle over a petty issue was stated to be the reason behind the attack. 
A police team led by Harinder Singh raided their hideouts, but no arrest has been made so far.

Meanwhile, the Jagraon police has booked nine persons for assaulting three women of Hathoor. In a complaint lodged by Bhajan Kaur, she has stated that the accused came yesterday to her home equipped with sharp-edged weapons and assaulted her and her two daughters.

The assailants took possession of the passage through their land forcibly after demolishing the boundary walls. The accused are identified as Chand Singh, Tersem Lal, Nand Singh, Mohinder Singh, Taro, Sibo, Chint Kaur, Bachan Kaur and Kewal Singh. All victims were admitted to the civil hospital, Jagraon. The police has registered a case against the accused.

No arrest has been made so far and raids are being conducted to nab the accused. 

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Murderous assault on youth; cop blamed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Top cops were in for a big surprise today when a youth, who was bleeding profusely, entered in the conference hall at Mini Secretariat and prayed for safety.

The youth, identified as Deepak Ahuja, alleged that he was beaten up by Surinderpal Singh Gurjar and his accomplice near Spring Dale School.

He alleged that Gurjar tried to shoot him but he escaped. He said he had been trying to kill him for a long time and alleged that all this was being done on the behest of a cop.

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Thieves decamp with 10 mobile sets
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 19
An electronics shop, HS Mobile Hut owned by Hari Om, was burgled last night here. The unidentified thieves entered the shop by breaking open the side wall and decamped with 10 mobile phones worth Rs 50,000 and cash worth Rs 2,000.

The owner said usually they had a large stock of mobile phones but they were in a habit of taking the sealed packs of the mobile sets home.

The police was informed about the incident in the morning. A team of finger print experts was pressed into the service to get clues of the burglars. No case was registered against the accused till the writing of the report.

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Five lakh pirated CDs, DVDs seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
In a joint operation, the police and anti-piracy sleuths raided at eight music stores and seized around 5 lakh pirated CDs and DVDs from Bhadaur House here today.

The police also nabbed four music shop owners in this connection.

SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, who was heading the raiding party, said so far the police has counted more than 2 lakh pirated CDs and DVDs and number was likely to swell.

The Bhadaur House area is considered to be the hub of the pirated CD business.

The CDs and DVDs of all latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies were available in the market soon after the release of the movie.

Sources in the police said around 3 lakh pitated CDs and DVDs were seized from one shop alone and more than 5 lakh CDs and DVDs had been seized by the raiding party.

The police has booked four shopkeepers Pardeep Kumar Bholla, Deepak Kumar, Pankaj Bhatia and Pawan Sharma for committing fraud and under the Copyright Act.

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Safe, jewellery boxes recovered
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 19
A safe stolen from a jewellery showroom from Tapa (Barnala) was recovered broken from near Raikot.

The shop was burgled and thieves had decamped with jewellery boxes and safe consisting of precious metals worth more than Rs 6 lakh.

Today early morning Kapur Singh, a watchman of Bhaini Baringa village, saw the broken safe and jewellery boxes scattered. He informed the village sarpanch, who later informed the Raikot police and president of the Jewellers’ Association, Satpal Verma. Finger print experts were pressed into the service to get clues of the robbers but in vain.

ASI Iqbal Singh of the Tapa police station impounded the recovered material. The police has booked the unidentified thieves under Sections 457, 380 of the IPC.

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Sanoj, Satnam shine in GNN College meet
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 19
The 35th annual athletics meet for boys of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded here today. The meet was inaugurated by Sukhminder Singh Mann, SSP, Khanna.

The chief guest, who himself is a sportsperson, exhorted athletes to take active part in various sports activities for it was healthy and energetic youth that India needed in order to march ahead.

In his inaugural address, he stressed that rather getting addicted to drugs, the sportspersons should get addicted to games to keep themselves physically, mentally and psychologically alert.

He also asked the athletes to take victory and defeat in the same stride so that they might prepare themselves for greater challenges in their lives.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion.

President Roop Brar, college managing committee, general secretary Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, joint secretary Tarlok Singh Jaggi, director Rajinder Singh Khalsa, officiating principal Balwinder Kaur, GN Model Senior Secondary School and Prof Kuldip Singh from GCW, Ludhiana, were among those present.

The results of various events are as follows:

800 m race- Sanoj Kumar BA II-1, Satnam Singh BA II-2, Pardeep Kumar 
BA II -3.

Javelin throw- Satnam Singh BA II-1, Gurjit Singh PGDCA-2, Rajan BCA-I -3.

5,000 m race- Jaspal Singh BA II-1, Jagjit Singh BA III-2, Manvir Singh 
BA II-3.

200 m race- Sanoj Kumar BA II-1, Satnam Singh BA II-2, Pardeep Kumar
BA II-3.

Shot put- Simranpal Singh BCA I-1, Gurjit Singh PGDCA-2, Simranjit Singh BA II-3.

Long jump- Sukhdev Singh BA III-1, Sanoj Kumar BA II-2, Simaranjit Singh BA II-3.

Hammer throw: Navaldeep Singh BA III-1, Harwinder Singh BA III-2, Gurjit Singh PGDCA-3.

High jump- Gurjeet Singh PGDCA-1, Amanpreet Singh BA II-2, Sanoj Kumar BA II-3. 

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Athletics meet at Arya College begins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 19
A two-day annual athletics meet of Arya College, Civil Lines, began here today.

Gold medallist Sushil Kumar (power lifting) in the Asian Games inaugurated the meet. He exhorted students to be committed and dedicated in whatever they do. "Only hard work is the key to success and there is no short cut to glory," the chief guest said.

Earlier, Dr SM Sharma, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest. He read out the annual report highlighting the achievements of the students in the field of hockey, cricket and weightlifting at the international tournaments.

Manpreet Singh, a student of MA I, who has been the best athlete for the last two years, led the march past while Gurpreet Singh of BA I lighted the games torch. Chinton Sehgal, upcoming cricketer, took the oath on behalf of the participants to play in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

First day's results:

(Girls)- 100m race- Sarika 1, Aarti 2 and Arvinder 3; Discus throw- Anjali 1, Deepika 2 and Nitika 3; 400m race- Nitika 1, Bhawna 2 and Kavita 3; 100m skipping race- Sarika 1, Bhawna 2 and Deepika 3.

(Boys)- Shot put- Arun 1, Sandeep Singh 2 and Jagpal 3; 1,500m race- Jagdeep Singh 1, Harpreet 2 and Munkush Manocha 3; High jump- Gagandeep 1, Chandan 2 and Gurpreet 3; 800m race- Jagdeep 1, Chandan 2 and Harpreet 3; Triple jump- Gurdeep Singh 1, Gurpreet Singh 2 and Paramjit Singh 3; Javelin throw- Sandeep Singh 1, Pankaj 2 and Paramjit 3; Cycle race- Uday Bhatia 1, Chandan Singh 2 and Gurpreet Singh 3.

(Teaching staff)- Shot put- Prof Davinder Singh 1, Prof Pardeep 2 and Prof 
Rajnish 3.

(Non-teaching staff)- Shot put: Karan Singh 1, Mandeep Singh 2 and 
Bansraj 3.

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Hat-trick for GHG Khalsa soccer team 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana February 19
GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar created history by bagging a soccer title for the third consecutive year at the Panjab University Inter-College Football Championship for Men, held in the university campus.

Kulwinder Singh, a first year B.A student of the college was declared the player of the tournament.

The efforts of Dr Karamjit Singh Brar, HOD, physical education, Prof Tejinder Singh, team incharge and Mohd Akbar, Jaspal Singh and Sukhjinder Kaur coaches,were appreciated for preparing the winning team

The college also claimed that their squad has clinched the title for five years in a row in the women's section.

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