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Dummy bombs miss target, fall in fields
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, March 13
Three bombs fired by Air Force bomber jets today misfired, triggering panic among villagers. As per reports available, around 9.30 am an IAF exercise was in progress at SK ranges at Sodhiwal village, about 10 km from here on the Sidhwan Bet road, when three bombs missed target and fell in the fields of Janetpura village.

The bombs were fired by a jet of the Ambala air base. One of the bombs fell in the fields of Bal Bahadur Singh while two others fell in the fields of Mitthu.

The fields were barren as the crop had already been harvested, but in the fields of Bal Bahadur Singh about 20 labours were harvesting potato crop. However, no loss of life was reported.

A team from the Air Force at Halwara, SK range and SHO Sidhwan Bet reached the spot. Air Force officials took into custody the empty shells.

A Group Captain said though the bombs were dummy and were used as signal bombs that produce a siren sound and light only, these missed the target.

Misfiring by the jets would have to be inquired into by a high-level team of experts and technicians from New Delhi. He said nothing could be said now if the incident happened due to technical or human error. He said the bombs were of small size and could not harm anybody.

Col Bhag Singh Tihara (retd), talking to The Tribune, said this was not the first instance of its kind. Mistakes had been committed earlier also and the authorities would hush up cases in the name of inquiry.

He said villagers had given representations to the defence ministry to transfer the location of bombing ranges, but to no effect.

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April 10 last date for fresh voters
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Fresh voters in the city, particularly the youth, can give their names for registration till April 10, a week before the filing of the nomination papers. Eligible voters are required to fill Form 6 for the inclusion of their name in the voter list at the earliest. 

The inclusion of the name in the final list is preceded by a seven-day public notice, inviting objections, if any. Talking to The Tribune, Vikas Garg, Deputy Commissioner, said directions had been issued to register maximum eligible voters. 

Since, the voting age had been fixed at 18 years, youngsters needed to come forward and get themselves registered. The voters should be 18 years old as on January 1.

Voters could go to booth-level officers engaged in the revision of electoral rolls for getting their names included in the list. They could also approach the electoral registration officers (EROs) concerned for the purpose.

EROs for the Ludhiana district are Ashwani Kumar, SDM, Khanna; Sukhdev Singh Mahal, SDM (Samrala); Manpreet Singh, SDM (Ludhiana East); Mohinder Pal, Joint Commissioner; HPS Ghotra, Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer; Indu Malhotra, Additional Chief Administrator(PUDA); Ashok Kumar Sikka, Deputy Director Urban Local Bodies; Chander Gaind, District Transport Officer; Mahinder Singh Grewal, District Development and Panchayat Officer; Neeru Katyal Gupta, SDM (Payal); Prem Chand, SDM; Jaspal Singh Jassi, SDM (Raikot); Mukand Singh Sandhu, SDM(Jagraon).

A senior officer, on the condition of anonymity, said: “I think first of all the young voters need to be aware about the importance that their vote carries in deciding the future of the country. 

We don’t have any survey reports, however, a general interaction with the youth does not showcase any special enthusiasm for the forthcoming general election.”

Gurinder Chahal, president of the Rising Youth Association, said: “It is very important that the youth cast their ballot. We need to tell the nation and decision makers what we want our country to look like in future.”

For the deletion of the names of voters who had either died or had left the area, the information needed to be passed on to the election authorities by filling Form 7. Voters also needed to inform about the change in address by filling Forms 8 and 8 A with the same authorities.

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Staff crunch at election office
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Staff crunch has hit the election office in this district, where more than 20 lakh voters are likely to cast their vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Though department officials claim to be accomplishing election work well in time, but the department seems to be over-burdened with work due to staff shortage.

A survey by The Tribune revealed that the entire election process was being managed by just one official-tehsildar-elections. In the absence of other officials like naib tehsildars, senior assistants and superintendents, services of temporary clerks have also been hired by the election office. Even kanungos have been given the charge of two Assemblies each.

An employee at the department, on the condition of anonymity, said the department had written to the authorities concerned about the staff crunch time and again, but to no avail.

“Had there been more naib tehsildars or superintendents, work could have been divided and streamlined further. These days hundreds of letters are being drafted, checked and sent to various departments, but we are managing everything with limited staff. 

Each and every letter has to be approved by the tehsildar alone. Being the largest district in Punjab, Ludhiana should have been provided with plenty of officials and employees by the government,” he said.

To streamline the voting process with huge rush of voters (where there are more than 1,550 voters), about 35 auxiliary polling stations, parallel with main 2,094 polling booths, have been set up in the district. 

One each would be at Khanna, Ludhiana (Central), Payal and Dakha, two each at Jagraon, Gill and Atam Nagar, three at Ludhiana (West), six each at Ludhiana (North) and Ludhiana (East) and eight auxiliary polling stations at Ludhiana (South).

Labh Singh, tehsildar, elections, however, said everything was going on smoothly in the department as the Deputy Commissioner was giving all the support. “No doubt there is work pressure because of the coming elections, but we are managing it comfortably,” he claimed.

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Amenities missing at rly station 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 13
The condition of one of the busiest railway junctions in the Ferozepur division, Ludhiana, with some 140 mail and passenger trains passing through it every day and a passenger flow of around 30,000 is pitiable and the services poor.

This is when it generates an annual revenue in excess of Rs 100 crore. The track and the railway compound are cleaned either at the time of an inspection by senior officials or if a VIP is travelling by train. Most of the time, vacant places all around the station, including parking, are littered with garbage, with hardly any safai worker in sight.

Public utilities at the station are inadequate and disproportionate to the passenger traffic. Drinking water supply is erratic and sometimes, it is reportedly cut off at the behest of vendors who hope to sell more mineral water. The proposed use and pay toilets is still to materialise.

The situation is no better at the platforms. For the past several months, there are just a few licensed porters as a majority of them have been absorbed as railway gang men under a new policy of the railway ministry. Due to shortage of porters, those travelling with heavy luggage are put to difficulty.

Licensed vendors recently jacked up the prices of eatables, soft drinks and other items. The vendors said the licenses change hands twice or even thrice in some cases, and they had no choice but to increase the rates. A proposed packed fast food joint to be set up by the Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation is yet to see the light of the day.

The overbridge connecting the main entrance and the Civil Lines side of the railway station is too narrow to take the load of passengers. It does not have access to platforms numbers 6 and 7, for which the passengers have to alight from the main bridge and take another overbridge. 

The same is the case with general ticket counters which remain overcrowded while half a dozen booking windows, constructed more than a year ago, remain inoperative due to shortage of staff.

When contacted, railway officials at the divisional headquarters of the northern railway said renovation of some platforms had been taken in hand and a project for the fabrication of a 20-feet-wide overbridge providing access to all seven platforms had been approved. Several other development works for providing better amenities to passengers were in the pipeline.

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Badal kin to contest from Bathinda
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
In an important announcement, Sukhbir Badal, president of the SAD, today said that one of “my” family members would contest from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Talking to the media on the sidelights of a party meeting of workers, he said: “It does not make a difference to us if Capt Amarinder Singh or any one of his family members was contesting the Bathinda seat on Congress ticket.”

Sources said the meeting of councillors was called to sort out the differences between various wings of the SAD, particularly between Hira Singh Gabria, a Cabinet minister and Simar Jeet Singh Bains, a councillor.

Asked why the SAD was not declaring candidate for Bathinda, he said: “First ask the Congress. They have also not announced any list. They have no leadership, no agenda and no programme. They are a confused lot. The SAD is not in alliance with any other party outside Punjab this time.” He rubbished rumours of any tie-up with the BSP.

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Two brothers booked for killing friend
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 13
The Sudhar police has booked two persons for killing their friend. The deceased has been identified as Gurnam Singh (60) of Aitiana village.

The incident took place at the village on the evening of Holi on March 11. Bahadur Singh, father of the deceased, had complained to the police that his son, was consuming liquor with the accused, Harbans Singh and Jagtar Singh, both brothers.

They had asked him to bring more liquor as their stock had finished by 5.50 pm. They asked him to pay them the money for the liquor and stay with them for another bout of celebrations. Gurnam Singh refused to do so and on this, the brothers lost their temper and allegedly attacked him with a sword and stick, injuring him seriously.

The accused fled when villagers started gathering there. When Bahadur Singh took his son to the Civil Hospital, Sudhar, he was referred the Civil Hospital at Ludhiana. The victim, however, died on the way to Ludhiana.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far. The SHO said the police was carrying out raids at the possible hideouts of the accused to nab them.

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Waiter crushed under lift
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
In a freak incident, a 28-year-old waiter died in the service lift of a restaurant near Fountain Chowk when his head was crushed between the lift and the door late last evening.

An eyewitnesses said, Deepak, the victim, was peeping through a service window in the lift door when the lift suddenly came down. He died on the spot.

Police sources said so far the death seemed to be accidental. Deepak was from Nepal and had been working in the restaurant for couple of years.

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PAU signs MOU with Nestle 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, has signed an MoU with Nestle India Limited on “Health and Nutrition Awareness”. 

Dr Neelam Grewal, dean, College of Home Science, represented PAU while Dr BS Bhullar, senior manager, Agricultural Services, was the representative of Nestle India Limited.

The two will work collectively in Ludhiana and Moga.

Giving details of the project Dr MK Nagi, professor and head, the department of foods & nutrition, said nearly 800 schoolgirls between the age group of 13 to 17 years would be covered under the project that aims at imparting health and nutritional education to adolescent girls.

The project has been envisaged in the form of six intervention modules that have been based on the benchmarking done earlier. The main topics to be covered under this are balanced diet, nutritive value of common foods, nutritional disorders, fads and fallacies related to foods.

A joint committee comprising Dr Kiran Bains, Dr Jaswinder Kaur Brar, and Dr Harpreet Kaur from Punjab Agricultural University and Dr BS Bhullar, Ajaypal Singh Kang and Gadadhar Chandrasekar from Nestle India Limited has been constituted to oversee proper implementation of the project.

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Women college students given prizes 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 13
An annual prize distribution and a cultural programme was organised in National College for Women, Machiwara, which was presided over by Venu Prasad (IAS), Excise and Taxation Commisoner, Punjab. 

Anil Sood welcomed the chief guest, who inaugurated the function by enlighiting a lamp and a cultural bonanza was presented by the college students.

College principal Dr Parminder Singh Benipal read out the annual report of the college and gave information regarding its future projects. Venu Prasad was honoured by presenting a momento and a shawl as a token of respect. Prasad gave away the prizes, books and trophies to about 200 students for their achievements in academics and sports.

Venu Prasad ensured help for the further progress of the college. He encouraged the girls to exel in various fields like science, english and computers, so that they can succeed in this competitive world.

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Brick kiln workers protest low wages
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 13
Hundreds of brick kiln workers, led by activists of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union, staged a dharna at Chatar Singh Park here today against low wages and failure of the administration to enforce minimum wages Act on brick kiln owners in the state.

Addressing protesters, union’s state secretary Tarsem Jodhan lambasted the government for inordinate delay in enhancing minimum wages of kiln workers. The hike was not only too late but also too little, he said.

Jodhan rued that brick kiln owners were reluctant to pay even the the minimum wages of Rs 250, while the administration and the state government were doing little to enforce the rules for payment of stipulated minimum wages to workers.

He alleged that the owners in the district were vindictive towards workers and union activists which was evident from implication of union leaders in false criminal cases. “The false cases registered against union leaders be immediately withdrawn and the administration ought to take stern measures for scrupulous implementation of minimum wages Act so as to ensure payment of wages fixed by the government to kiln workers,” he said.

Other speakers, including district president Shinder Singh Jawaddi, Parkash Singh Hissowal, Hukam Raj Dehrka, Charanjit Singh Humayunpura and Kartar Singh flayed the government for its apathy to workers, failure to implement minimum wages act and turning its back towards all poll promises.

They warned the government against intensifying the agitation if the government continued to treat workers with contempt.

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Intake of fluids keeps kidneys healthy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
A camp, a quiz and a symposium on kidney was organised at SPS Apollo Hospitals on March 12 and 13 to mark the World Kidney Day.

About 110 people participated in the camp, which was followed by a quiz and a symposium on “Healthy Kidneys”.

The hospital had announced a special kidney health check-up package, including urine analysis, random glucose and serum creatinine for early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.

According to Dr Rahul Kohli, MD, DNB nephrology and consultant nephrologist, over one lakh Indians are diagnosed with kidney disease every year and about 90 per cent die as they do not get timely treatment.

The 2009 campaign highlights the high blood pressure as one of the key symptoms and causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, MD, DM Nephrology and consultant nephrologist, said every year millions die because of kidney problems.

He encouraged everyone to learn more about their kidneys and to raise awareness of the fact that the kidney disease is common, harmful but treatable. Kidney does an astounding job of filtering around 180 liters of blood every day. 

It also regulates salts in our blood and keeps the body temperature and blood pressure under control, the doctor said. Chronic kidney Diseases (CKD) includes all conditions that affect our kidneys and reduce their ability. Kidney diseases lead to other complications like high blood pressure, anemia, weak bones and nervous breakdown.

Listing the early symptoms of CKD, Dr Kohli said high blood pressure, painful urination, bulge around the eyes, swelling of feet, and a constant feeling of fatigue or lack of energy should be watched for. Proper diet and intake of fluids and regular exercise keep kidneys healthy.

Keeping blood sugar and blood pressure under control helps to prevent the disease. Progression of the disease can be halted if detected early. Hence, those suffering from diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, smokers and those over 50 years of age should undergo kidney health checks annually. 

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‘Music basis of Sufism’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
“Sufi music is directly linked to God. Music is found in every sphere of life. If we care to listen carefully as we breathe in and out, we can hear the rhythm in our hearts. All religions have made music a part of worship. One such form is Sufi music,” said a Sufi music group from Rajasthan, who were here to perform.

Notwithstanding its various definitions, Sufism is a form of worship that transcends the barriers of religion even though it originated in one, namely Islam.

Shakur Khan, Adrim Khan, Chanesar Khan, Anwar Khan and Goram Khan from Jaislmer said they had been singing since childhood and singing is in their blood.

“Our forefathers have also been singing and it is a tradition in our family. Now our children are following the lineage,” added Adrim Khan from the group.

Another member Anwar Khan said religions had made music a part of worship. One such form of music is Sufi music. Sufism claims to be the reality of religion in Islam, which encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practises to the divine love God. 

“The followers of Sufism are known as Sufis who love music, calling it as Ghizairuh, ie ‘food of the soul’, they said. God is the central point in Sufi music, they added.

Most importantly, it celebrates life and the divine through one medium that each and everyone of us understand - Music. Music is the sole basis of Sufism, the singers said.

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Impact of management strategies discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
A management conclave on “Surviving the Shock and Thriving! Managing the Impact of Business Upheavals Through Technology” was organised by Praneel Innovations, the IT arm of the Trident Group, in Ludhiana recently.

It was an endeavour to sensitising top management of various reputed business groups of the region about the prospects and consequences of the economic recession.

The conclave focussed on management strategies on global financial meltdown and its impact on business, IT sector, revisiting HR strategies, ethics and governance.

Ravi Tandon, managing director, discussed the challenges and concerns of the industry. Praneel Innovations being the SAP channel partner, Tandon specifically discussed how SAP can help counter these challenges.

SK Rai, managing director, Hero Cycles and PK Markanday, chief executive, Abhishek Industries(the flagship company of Trident Group), shared how SAP had helped the manufacturing and textile industry to outperform and meet the current global challenges and demands of the customers.

Among the noted dignitaries present were Rajinder Gupta, managing director and founder of Trident Group, MC Munjal from Hero Group, JR Singal and Gaurav Singal from Eastman Group, SS Bhogal from Bhogal Sons, Ajay Bector from Cremica Foods, Ashok Oswal from Oswal Group, Akhil Duggar from Madame.

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Principal secy visits civil dispensary 
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 13
As the plight of the civil dispensary was highlighted in the columns of the Ludhiana Tribune last week, Principal Secretary AR Talwar today visited the shattered civil dispensary of Doraha town.

Talwar, along with Satpal Sharma, CMO, Ludhiana, visited the dispensary and admitted that its condition was really miserable. He also had a view of the new location where the dispensary could be shifted.

While talking to the newspersons, he said he would try to arrange funding as early as possible. He also assured that the dispensary could be converted to a 2 to 4 bed hospital where minor surgeries could be performed.

Asked when the process will be executed, Sharma said since the exploration had already been initiated they shall be pressing upon the authorities to release adequate fund for its timely rehabilitation.

This 55-year-old rented building of the dispensary is in dire need of attention. Apart from the plaster badly coming out from majority of the places, the inner rods and bars too are naked from greater part of the roof. Even a small downpour is enough for the building to leak from every possible place, thus displacing the staff deployed here.

The plight of the dispensary was highlighted in the paper when the residents complained that the patients had almost stopped visiting the dispensary as it was literally on the verge of collapse. The residents had demanded that there is ample of government land around Doraha which could be used for the purpose and the civil dispensary can be easily shifted to the place.

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UPA charged with creating economic mess
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 13
The economic cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has charged the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre with creating an economic mess and failure to provide any relief to the common man during its tenure.

In a statement here today, Suraj Jyoti, cell convener, said the UPA had come to power in 2004 on the promise of bringing about radically changing the life of “aam admi” (common man). 

To the contrary, prices of all essential commodities kept soaring under the UPA rule, which made the life of masses miserable. Also, unemployment achieved frightening dimensions.

Claiming that the previous NDA government, with the BJP as its major component, had started with 5 per cent growth that went up to 8.5 per cent during five years of NDA regime, Suraj Jyoti said in contrast, the UPA government took over at the growth rate of 8.5 per cent that had now tumbled down to 6 per cent or 
even lower.

“Statistics apart, the nation cannot forget that thousands of farmers committed suicide, mostly in Congress-ruled states of Maharahstra and Andhra Pradesh.”

The BJP leader added that the track record of the UPA government on internal security had been abysmal. “The spate of terrorist attacks during the past five years, especially the Mumbai tragedy, has created a scare in the country to the extent that some foreign countries have issued advisories to prospective tourists to avoid India.”

He said in view of suicide by farmers, inflation, unemployment and spurt in terrorist attacks in different parts of the country, the UPA rule during the past five years could be termed as the worst that the country had experienced.

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Cong, SAD playing dangerous game: IHRO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO), while blaming politicians of Punjab and Haryana for the complexity of the Sirsa Dera Sacha Sauda episode for vote-politics, warned them against playing with the religious sentiments of people.

IHRO chairperson DS Gill, general secretary Mohinder Singh Grewal and coordinators Sukhdev Singh and Inderjit Kaur, in a statement here today, said the Congress was encouraging Haryana Sikhs to have their own committee after bifurcating from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) just to belittle the mainstream political clout of the Sikhs in India.

Sikh politicians of the SAD after losing largely in the last Assembly elections to the Congress, especially in Malwa, probably because of Sirsa cult’s support to the Congress, wanted to fix its leader Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

These Akali leaders, including Takht jathedars, were playing hide-and-seek game to make some electoral understanding with the cult leaders specifically to ensure Badal family member’s victory from the Bathinda parliamentary constituency.

IHRO activists warned that any clandestine move to help and support dera people in allowing nam-charcha centres to open publically might prove fatal and counter-productive in the face of Akal Takht Hukam-namas against the cult and disturb peace in the state during parliamentary elections. IHRO called upon the Badal government to desist from helping cult leaders accused of murder and rape.

They also urged other Panthic leaders, including Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh of Takht Damdama Sahib and Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani), to reciprocate the goodwill, if any, shown by the government on the issue.

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Ex-servicemen warned against opportunists
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 13
The Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, has cautioned ex-servicemen of the state not to fall prey to the assertions of certain opportunist elements who have declared to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Lieut-Col Chanan Singh Dhillon (retd), league president, today said certain elements posing as leaders of the servicemen were hand in glove with political parties.

He said it was strange that a recent announcement to contest the elections to the Lok Sabha was made from the stage of the Akali candidate from Sangrur.

The names of four candidates of ex-servicemen were announced from the same stage, including the candidate of Sangrur Lok Sabha seat.

Col Dhillon said the ex-servicemen were innocent and they could fall in the net of such elements easily. The ex-servicemen must read the mindset of such people.

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Arabian food fest kicks off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The Arabian Food Festival started at a city hotel here today. The food festival brings together traditional mezze, mouth-watering salads such as tobboule, hommos, fotoush, warakinab, moutabal, patties such as sambousseks. Many more preparations like barbeque, shish tawak, grill fish, veg falafel, are also there.

To bring the authentic taste, Rameez Ali Griwati is the chef from Syria who has tremendous experience in Arabian cuisine with its appetizing medleys of aromas, flavours and colours. 

To compliment the cuisine the hotel is also presenting famous Moroccan Belly dancer Hano and live performance of “Black Gold”, a girls’ band from South Africa. The festival is on till March 31.

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No headway in ransom case

Ludhiana, March 13
Two days after an anonymous assailant claiming to be a Mumbai-based sharpshooter demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore and fired three shots at the house of a city-based exporter, the police has failed to make any headway in the case.

On Holi, some unidentified assailants had fired three shots at the house of Sheetal Gupta. One of the shots shattered the windscreen of the car parked in the house. Sheetal Gupta, a resident of Focal Point, who sells auto parts in Dubai and Middle East, alleged that some anonymous caller claiming to be a sharpshooter from Mumbai had demanded Rs 2 crore from him a few days ago.

The callers threatened to kill the family if the businessman refused to pay the ransom. Gupta rubbished the caller’s threat and did not inform the police about the incident. It was when the shot was fired at industrialist’s vehicle that the matter came to light.

The police took preventive measure and started checking suspicious vehicles. It also registered a case against an an unknown person for threatening the victim with an intention to kill.

However, police sources said a suspect had been nabbed by the police. — TNS

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Four labourers die on Holi
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, March 13
Four laborers died on Holi in various incidents in the area. In the first incident, a mini truck (HR 45 1261) mowed down two migrant labourers riding a bicycle.

They were going to Humbran when the truck ran over them near the bus stop of Gaunspur village.

The two — Rajesh Kumar (22) and Rajesh Pal (25) from Bihar and UP — while being taken to the hospital. The Humbran police has registered a case under Sections 279, 304 A, 427, IPC, against the truck driver, Kulwant Singh of Talwandi Kalan village, near Laudowal, on the statement of Pappu, uncle of the victims.

The police has impounded the truck. Its driver, however, fled the scene after the accident.

Another labourer from Bihar, Dinesh Kumar died in sleep at Mullanpur. He had gone to sleep after celebrating Holi but failed to wake up in the morning.

In another case, Toofani Rishi (32) died in a similar way at Guru Kirpa Rice Mills at Talwandi Kalan.

He had played Holi with his Holi with fellow men after which he fell ill died later.

In both the cases, the Dakha police has started inquest proceedings under Sections 174 CrPC on the statement of relatives of the deceased.

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Six booked for attempted murder
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 13
Six people have been booked for making an attempt to murder Saranjeet Singh, a resident of Gosal village.

In his complaint to the police, Saranjeet stated that on March 12 he was sitting at his friend’s house when six people attacked him and fired a gunshot that hit his arm.

While Dharampal is the main accused, his companions included Iqbal Singh, Jeet Singh, Avtar Singh, Tarlochan Singh, Joban, Harnam Singh and Jaswinder Singh who accompanied him. Some accused remained unidentified.

The police has registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC against all the accused.

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Man jailed for possessing narcotics 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 13
A drug peddler, Munsha Singh (35), of Hoshiarpur has been convicted on the charges of possessing poppy husk by a local court.

Holding him guilty, Additional Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar ordered him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.

The convict was also ordered to pay fine of Rs 1 lakh apart from undergoing imprisonment. In case of default in making payment of the fine, the convict will have to undergo one more year in imprisonment.

An FIR was registered against him at Sidhwan Bet police station on June 14, 2004 under Section 15 of the NDPS Act.

According to prosecution, the then SHO Sidhwan Bet, Gurmit Singh, was on patrolling duty along with a police party. They spotted the accused coming on a scooter. He was carrying two bags on the back seat of his scooter. Upon suspicion, the police party checked these bags and found 40-kg poppy husk in each bag.

During the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty. He claimed false implication in the case at the behest of the village sarpanch. He had claimed that he was picked up from home and not arrested, as shown, on scooter.

“Surprisingly enough, in spite of taking specific plea that the police planted recovery on him due to (his) enmity with the sarpanch of the village, neither any person from the village was examined by the accused nor has any material been either placed or proved on record. The defence led by the accused is baseless,” remarked the judge while pronouncing the verdict.

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Volleyball: MBA lads reign supreme
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 13
A day-long annual sports meet was organised at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology here today.

The meet was inaugurated by Sukhpal Singh, chairman of Doraha Group of Institutes, by hosting the flag and releasing of balloons. He said a healthy mind resides in healthy body, so one should remain fit by exercising and involving in sports.

Director Dr RK Lekhi appreciated the efforts done by the sports cell of the institute. He also hailed the performance of sportmen who participated in tournaments organised by Punjab Technical University and brought laurels to the college.

Various indoor sports like carom board, table tennis and chess were organised. Similarly, outdoor games like 100m, 200 m, 400m race, chati race, lemon spoon race, three leg race, slow cycling, musical chair, volley ball and sack race were also organised.

Dr HS Gurm, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, and Amrit Kaur Gurm, director, Doraha College of Education, distributed the prizes to the winners of various events.

Results of various events:

Volleyball (Boys): MBA- 4th semester-1, BCA- 4th semester-2

Carom board (Girls): Himani and Nivia, BCA-II-1, Gagandeep and Monia BCA-VI-2

Carom board (Boys): Vippy Singh Nirmal Singh (MBA- IV)-1, Manpreet Singh and Pritpal Singh BCA-VI-2

Table Tennis (Boys): Vipin (MBA-IV)-1, Manpreet Singh (BCA-VI)-2

Chess (Boys): Santosh Kumar (BCA-II)-1, Vishal (MBA-IV)-2

Chess (Girls): Swati (MBA-II) -1, Gagandeep (BCA-VI)-2

Chatti race : Akbir Kaur (BBA-VI)-1, Nisha (MBA-II)-2, Neeru (MBA-IV)-3

Lemon Spoon (Girls): Gurpreet (MBA-II)-1, Avtar Kaur (BBA-II)-2, Lovepreet (BBA-VI)-3

Three-legged race (Girls): Himaxi and Sharanjeet Kaur (BCA-IV)-1,Veerpal and Amanpal (BCA-II)-2, Sheenam and Hardeep (BBA-II)-3

Boys: Vipin and Vippy Singh (MBA-IV) -1, Pargat Garcha and Pritpal Singh (BCA-IV)-2,Manpreet Singh and Pardeep Singh (BCA-VI)-3

Slow cycling: Pardeep Singh (BCA-VI)-1, Manpreet (BCA-VI)-2, Gurdeep Singh (BCA-II)-3

Needle & Thread (Girls): Avtar Kaur (BBA-IV)-1, Akbir Kaur (BBA-VI) -2, Sandeep Kaur (BBA-VI)-3

Boys: Lakhwinder Singh (BCA)-II -1, Deepak Singh (BCA-II)-2, Chander Booshan (BCA-II)-3

Musical Chair (girls): Avtar Kaur (BBA-II)-1

Musical Chair (boys): Amit Mohindra (BBA-IV)-1

100 m (Girls): Ravinder Kaur (MBA-II)-1, Sandeep (MBA-II)-2,Navjot (BCA-IV)-3

Boys: Harjit Singh (MBA-II)-1, Pritpal Singh (BCA-VI)-2, Pargat Singh Garcha (BCA-IV)-3

100 m (Boys): Harjit Singh (MBA-II)-1, Pritpal Singh (BCA-VI)-2, Pargat Singh Garcha (BCA-IV)-3

200 m (Boys): Harjit Singh (MBA-II)-1, Manpreet Singh (BCA-VI)-2, Mohinder pal (MBA-II)-3

Shot put: Pargat Garcha (BCA-IV)-1, Charanpreet Singh (MBA-IV)-2, Gurcharan Singh Garcha (MBA-II)-3

Javelin throw: Pargat Garcha (BCA-IV)-1, Pritpal Singh (BCA-VI)-2, Manpreet Singh (BCA-VI)-3

Sack race: Lakhwinder Singh (BCA-II)-1, Gurdeep Singh (BCA-II)-2, Deepak Singh (BCA-II)-3

One leg race(Girls): Sandeep Kaur (BBA-VI)-1, Pawanjot Kaur (BBA-VI)-2, Himani Sharma (BCA-IV)-3

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Soccer meet from March 20 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 13
As many as 16 top soccer teams of the region will slug it out in the All Open Gold Cup Football Tournament to be organised by the India Football Club, scheduled to be held at the ITI College, Gill Road, here from March 20 to 22, said Jagjeet Singh Sarabha, a spokesperson of the club.

Matches in this three-day tournament will be conducted on the knock-out basis. The winners will be richer by Rs 31,000 while the losing finalists will pocket Rs 21,000. The first prize is sponsored by Kular Cycles while the cash prize to the runners up will be given by Kuldeep Singh Videsa.

Chief parliamentary secretary Bikramjit Singh Khalsa will inaugurate the tournament on March 20 while Punjab Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria and president of the Bharti Kisan Union Ajmer Singh Lakhowal will be the chief guests on the concluding day.

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Hockey tourney from tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 13
The Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association will organise the annual Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University from March 15 here today.

According to Amrik Singh Minhas and Jagroop Jarkhar, representatives of the organising association, four hockey outfits, namely Jagtar XI of Jarkhar, Prithipal XI, Gurbhej XI and MP XI will vie for top honours during this tournament.

The matches would be played on Sundays, they said.

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