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PAU professor stabbed to death by son
Shame no one came to his rescue: Police
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Residents of D-Block at BRS Nagar are in a state of shock after having witnessed the murder of Dr Charanjeet Singh Malhi, professor in the department of geology at Punjab Agricultural University, here today. The incident occurred even as they stood as mute spectators.

Dr Malhi was stabbed to death by his son, Simran Singh, in full public view, but no one from the densely populated colony raised the alarm. The accused entered the house of his father this morning, along with two accomplices, and had a quarrel with his father. Later, he stabbed him and fled easily.

A number of people watched the incident from the windows of their houses. A senior citizen, requesting anonymity, said: “Despite being old, I felt a sudden urge to rush to the spot and stop the gruesome incident. My age and presence of family members prevented me to do so. I have been cursing myself throughout the day.”

A constable guarding the house after the police had visited the spot where the killing took place expressed his disgust over the entire episode. He said: “Such incidents can never happen in my village. These happen only in big cities where people are scared. They are afraid to stand against crime.”

Rohit, a student, said: “I was just passing through when I heard about the incident and came near the venue. Violence seems to have become an accepted reality of city life.” Tarsem Lal, a retired schoolteacher, said: “I think the role of the resident welfare bodies has been pushed to the background. I am surprised how outsiders could enter a locality and thrash an inhabitant, and even murder him, and yet no one from the locality spoke.”

Police sources confirmed that they had been called only after the assailants had fled the scene of the crime after stabbing the professor.

A colony resident said the accused were heavily armed and it was difficult to nab them. Questioning the integrity of the people, a senior officer said the residents always blamed the police for delayed action. But this killing would have been averted had the people made a sincere effort to save the professor. “It is easy to blame others, but it is very difficult to stand up for something,” the officer said.

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Residents oppose MC’s move to take over land
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The situation became tense for around three hours at Shivpuri today, when the municipal corporation went to take the possession of a private land having a graveyard for children and a temple on the directions of the High Court.

The MC squad comprising all four Area Town Planners, DSP Amandeep Kaur and Duty Magistrate Mahinder Pal Gupta, along with two JCB machines, went to the site at around 11 am.

Within a few minutes, a huge number of people collected on the site along with shopkeepers who came immediately after closing their shops.

They sat and laid down in front of the JCB machines and did not allow the MC officials to take any further action. Besides, they also raised slogans against Satyapal Jain who had won the case regarding the possession of land.

Moreover, they didn't even allow Satyapal Jain to enter the site and he kept away.

Talking to The Tribune, residents said: “The graveyard and Kali Mata Temple are more than 60 years old and are here since Partition. We would not allow anyone to play with our emotions.”

They added that Satyapal Jain should have at least spared children and God for his personal benefits. “If the land was his, where was he for the past so many years?” they asked.

According to information, the High Court had directed the municipal corporation to take over the land and give its possession to Satyapal Jain, who had pleaded that his father had bought the land during an auction and the Ludhiana municipal corporation was not giving its possession to him.

Following the orders, the civic body officials had gone to demolish the structures so that the land possession could be given to Jain, but since he didn't turn on the site, the MC officials had to return empty handed.

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Underage driver injures two, booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Two persons, including a child, were injured after being hit by a speeding car being driven by a school student near BRS Nagar here this morning.

Angry residents chased the vehicle and managed to nab the boy near I-block of BRS Nagar. They beat up the boy and also damaged the vehicle.

Had PCR personnel not reached the spot on time, the mob would have killed the boy, an eyewitness said. The boy was rescued and locked in a room.

In the meantime, the injured were rushed to hospital, where the condition of the victims is stated to be stable. The injured have been identified as Brijlal and Balla.

The accused boy has been identified as Harshdeep Singh, a resident of Model Town Extension and a student of Class XII of Guru Nanak Pubic School.

According to the police, Harshdeep Singh went to pick up his friend and was getting late for his examination. In order to reach the centre in time, he speeded up the car, but lost control over it and injured people standing along the road.

He tried to flee, but was nabbed by the people.

Harshdeep Singh took his examination, but was later booked by the police for reckless driving.

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Chandigarh official to probe harassment case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Dr Pam Rajput, executive director of the Women Resource and Advocacy Centre, Chandigarh, has been appointed to probe into the sexual harassment case by the Punjab Agricultural University.

Dr Rajput is a retired professor of political science and former director, Centre for Women's Studies at the Panjab University, Chandigarh.

A letter issued by the registrar PAU Dr R.K. Mahey, which states “A chargesheet signed by the Vice-Chancellor PAU was served upon Dr Dulcha Singh Brar, director Students Welfare vide No. 23455-59 dated December 19, 2008 on account of charges of sexual harassment.

Since Dr Dulcha denied the charges levelled against him, the Vice-Chancellor PAU appointed Dr Rajput as enquiry officer to probe the case. Dr Rajput is requested to submit the enquiry report to the Vice-Chancellor soon.

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Cop held for stealing bikes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The police last night arrested a head constable for allegedly stealing vehicles. The police recovered two motorcycles from his possession which he had stolen a couple of days ago.

The head constable has been identified as Tarsem Singh. The complainant Chamkor Singh, a resident of Dehlon, alleged that Tarsem Singh stole his motorcycle from Chaura Bazar. Tarsem Singh was on PCR duty there at the time of the theft.

Narrating the incident, Chamkor Singh said he had parked his motorbike near a shop. In the meantime, Tarsem Singh reached there and told him to move it as it was creating traffic jam.

“I parked it at some distance and after purchasing grocery, when I went to pick it up, I found it missing. Even the head constable was missing from the spot,” he said.

He lodged a complaint with the Kotwali police. The police initiated the investigation and nabbed the head constable yesterday when he was heading to sell the motorcycle in market.

He revealed that he would operate in the busy streets of Chaura Bazar, Meena Bazar and Chauri Sarak.

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Interest on Arrears
Confusion over waiver at LIT colonies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 26
The waiver of interest on arrears of water rate and house tax, announced by the state government for the realisation of huge amount of outstanding bills about a month ago, is being seen as a discrimination against thousands of residents living in colonies developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) as the facility is being denied to them.

A few days before the model code of conduct came into force for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the department of local government, Punjab, had announced that all defaulters of water rate and house tax in the state could clear their arrears without any interest till March 31. The concession had led to significant recovery of bills by the municipal corporation during the month.

However, owing to a communication gap or simple apathy of the decision-making authorities, the facility has not been extended to those living in more than half a dozen colonies which were developed by the LIT, and have not been handed over to the MC for maintenance till now.

BR Kaushal, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, had gone to the trust office to pay his water bill, and was categorically told by the staff that no instruction of waiving interest on arrears had been received yet.

While the executive officer of the LIT could not be contacted for his comments after repeated attempts, another official requesting not to be quoted, said the matter had been brought to the notice of the administrator who had asked that the letter of the state government to this effect be signed from him and thereafter, the trust might also allow the payment of arrears without interest till March 31.

However, a top official of the MC maintained that the order specifically stated that the facility was extended only to the urban population living in municipal areas and the trust colonies were not covered under it.

The affected residents of trust colonies in the city lament that just because of an ambiguity, or at the most, a communication gap, they were kept out of the purview of a major concession which others paying civic charges to the MC had been granted.

“With the same person being the Commissioner of the MC and also the Administrator of the LIT, it is all the more shocking that the matter could not be sorted out for over three weeks, during which the trust could have realised a huge amount of outstanding bills,” the residents said.

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Dressing up leaders in khadi
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
He provides leaders with khadi kurta-pyjamas and jackets. For Harwinder Happy, a local businessman at Basti Jodhewal here, elections are the peak season when he gets good returns. Be it Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha or local municipal elections, politicians and their supporters make a beeline to buy khadi from him.

He claims his customers include leaders from all political parties like Hira Singh Gabria, Rakesh Pandey, Surinder Dabar, Harnam Das Johr and Malkiat Birmi. His stitched clothes in Khadi and dress material are sent to leaders in the entire North. “I started this work during the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. 

I got tremendous response. And now I have showrooms at places like Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, Chandigarh and Samrala. There is not much craze for khadi among the general public here, but my business is running smoothly due to political leaders and elections,” he said, adding that during elections, he gets returns five times over.

He has got a wide range of khadi in limited shades. There is handmade khadi that is prepared by thousands of workers in Bihar on “khaddis”. The machine-made khadi is brought from West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, specially during elections. The range starts from mere Rs 30 a metre to Rs 3,000 a metre depending on the quality and texture.

One of the supporters of a contestant for the coming elections, who purchased five sets of kurta-pyjamas from Happy, on condition of anonymity, told The Tribune: “I want to gift the contestant these as he was looking for the same. Our party leader has to address public rallies and interact with the media. He must be dressed as a typical Indian leader. The stitching is neat and reasonable,” he said.

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TB awareness campaign
IMA members to adopt slums
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Anti-tuberculosis medicine regimen treatment- DOTS is as effective as other regimens which is made available free at every RNTCP treatment centre of India. This was highlighted at CME on “pulmonary and extra pulmonary tuberculosis” organised by Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ludhiana, as one of the events in the ongoing anti-TB awareness campaign on ‘World TB Day-2009’ at IMA, Ludhiana.

Practitioners attended the CME, Dr Manoj Sobti, president IMA, presided over. Dr Jaikishan, joint director medical education, Punjab, was the chief guest.

Dr Pardeep Kapoor, head department of pulmonary medicine, Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital, Ludhiana, told that eight million new cases of tuberculosis occur every year in developing countries. Many cases in the developing countries remain undiscovered due to ignorance of symptoms to public and due to modern diagnostic facility by poor high-risk population.

The doctor stated that India has high rate of incidence as more than 40 per cent of adult population is infected with the disease and approximately 1.5 million are put on treatment every year.

Dr Kapoor while referring to a study stated that in India at least one-third of the patients do not take medicines regularly.

Dr Rakesh Mahajan, Prof of pulmonary medicine DMC, Ludhiana, added that globally, the HIV epidemic is also adding to the number of tuberculosis cases and accelerating the spread of disease.

A panel discussion was held by Dr Ajit Singh Chawla and Dr Sanjit Singh Grewal, which encouraged doctors to adopt free DOTS regimen treatment under RNTCP.

Dr Hardeep Singh, senior vice-president IMA, and Dr Satish Nauhria, co-ordinator IMA-RNTCP told the IMA members would adopt all the slum areas, which would be divided in 15 zones to organise continuous strategy against TB.

IMA Ludhiana will organise a workshop for these volunteer private doctors to train them for microscopy as well as treatment centre planning under RNTCP.

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Cardiac facilities upgraded at CMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, under its rejuvenated cardiac programme has pioneered in “endovascular surgery”. The institute is the only one in the region to have started with this procedure, which was performed by Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardio-vascular surgery.

Dr Abraham G Thomas, director, said the institute aimed to provide international-level care to people of the region.

The CMCH would shortly acquire advanced equipment for performing electrophysiological studies and radio frequency catheter ablation for patients with various forms of heart rhythm disorders.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, Dr Bedi and Dr Rajneesh Calton, head of cardiology, said their team had performed 65 procedures in less than a month followed by good results.

These include high-risk patients with acute heart attacks, congenital heart disease (hole in the heart), poor functioning of the heart and combined procedures (bypass plus valve replacement), the two added.

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1,000 examined at health camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
As many as 1,000 patients were examined during a medical and dental camp organised by the CMCH in association with Abhishek Industries Ltd at Raikot road in Barnala district.
A team of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff examined patients under medicine, eye, dental, ENT, paediatrics, gynaecology, cardiology, urology OPDs.

Medicines were also distributed free of cost to patients. The camp was in continuation of a series of camps organised by CMCH to provide healthcare services to the poor.

Camp medical superintendent Dr Kanwal Masih said: “It has always been our endeavour to reach out to the masses and offer quality healthcare. The CMCH has been organising such camps from time to time and will continue to do so in future also. We hope that maximum people benefit from the camps,” Dr Maasih added.

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Rly pensioners press for upgrading health unit
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 26
The Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has made a fervent plea with the railway authorities for immediate upgradation of railway health unit here to a sub-divisional hospital so as to render better medical care to around 10,000 serving employees and pensioners.

In a memorandum submitted to Northern Railway general manager Vivek Sahay during his inspection visit to Ludhiana yesterday, the pensioners’ body rued that with no specialist doctor available in the health unit, the beneficiaries in need of treatment for problems like heart disease, diabetes, ENT, as also other medical complications, are referred to Amritsar, Ferozepur or central hospital at Delhi.

The pensioners further demanded that availability of medicines and facility of laboratory tests be improved in the health unit and at the same time, in view of large number of employees and pensioners covered under the health scheme, at least one more hospital be recognised in the city for availing diagnostic and treatment.

According to KL Chitkara, president of the association, the pensioners raised a demand for permanent office accommodation near the railway health unit to discuss their day to day problems and maintain liaison with the administration.

Among other demands made by the association were inclusion of handicapped siblings and divorced or widow daughters of the pensioners in the pension payment order (PPO) outright as third beneficiary, permanent provision for allotment of lower berths to pass holder senior citizens in trains, separate counters for pensioners at reservation offices and effective implementation of the Right to Information Act at the divisional headquarters.

Meanwhile, Sher Singh, chairman of the Railway Pensioners Welfare Association, has expressed concern over the uncertainty prevailing over revision of PPOs of those railway employees retiring from January 2006.

In a communication to the Senior Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Ferozepur, he pointed out that the report of the 6th pay commission, announced in September 2008, was to be given effect from January 2006. At least 2,000 employees, who had retired between January 2006 and September 2008, were given pension and other benefits on the basis of their old pay scales.

“Even after lapse of six months, their PPOs have not been revised to enable them claim arrears and get pension as per revised pay scales. The authorities are attributing the delay to shortage of staff with the settlement branch,” he added.

Sher Singh asked the railway administration to either make available additional staff with the settlement branch, or else pay some incentive per PPO to the staff putting in extra work. Instruction to this effect had already been issued by the Railway Board to general managers of Railways all over the country without any result.

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Tehsildar suffering from alcohol withdrawal, says SDM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
With no solution to the controversy involving revenue officials, the anger of agitating officials in the district is brewing and threatening to take any shape, so as to affect election related work.

With the illness of a Naib Tehsildar-cum-Sub Registrar (W), Jaswinder Singh Tiwana, who allegedly fell ill due to ‘‘autocratic attitude’’ of SDM (W), the revenue officials have threatened they would take the collusion course if their issue was not sorted.

The revenue officials had abstained from work for some hours yesterday after their colleague Tiwana had fallen unconscious allegedly due to hypertension caused due to the behaviour of SDM, Prem Chand.

Meanwhile, the SDM alleged that Tiwana was suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. His ailment had nothing to do with anything else.

SDM Prem Chand said he had spoken to the doctor attending to Tiwana and found that he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

On the other hand, Naib Tehsildars Association, Patiala Division, Jagseer Singh said there was nothing of the sort. He added Tiwana was a very sensitive man and he was in an unconscious state till he had a spat with the SDM.

Jagseer Singh said they held a meeting last evening but it remained inconclusive, as they do not know what happened to their colleague exactly. Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Garg, refused to comment on the issue.

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African progressive farmers visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
A delegation of progressive farmers from Burkina Faso, Africa, visited several departments of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. The visiting farmers held discussion with their counterparts on various issues.

The guests were welcomed by Dr Tejwant Singh, dean, college of basic sciences.

He elaborated that the university had signed several MoUs with a number of countries to exchange knowledge on agriculture. The delegation is on the visit to learn about the advanced techniques of paddy cultivation, mushroom cultivation and farm engineering.

“The PAU enjoys an important status among top agricultural universities of the world for its quality research and education,” said Dr Tejwant adding that several university alumni were holding key positions all over the world.

The delegation visited departments of biotechnology, plant breeding, microbiology and farm power and machinery and interacted with several university scientists.

They also visited Museum of Rural Life of Punjab. Dr Tejwant Singh also presented a set of university publications to delegate leader Savadogo Arouna. 

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US delegation visits PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
A US delegation comprising Dr Dath K Mita, Crop Assessment Analyst, Foreign Agricultural Service, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington DC, and Dr A Govindan, Senior Agricultural Specialist, American Embassy, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The purpose of this visit was to assess crop production and wheat production in Punjab.

The USDA has projected the wheat production in India during 2008-09, as 78.6 million metric tons.

Its mission areas are farm and foreign agricultural services, food nutrition and consumer services, marketing and regulatory programmes, food safety, natural resources and environment, research education and economics and rural development.

Dr SK Mann, Dean, postgraduate studies, said the PAU had played a key role in food security of India.

Due to unpredictable weather conditions, it was a huge challenge to manage the stress conditions affecting crop field, he added.

Dr SS Gosal, additional director of research (agriculture), PAU, said wheat and rice were the major field crops of the state.

He further said Punjab, with 1.5 per cent of geographical area of India, contributed 45 per cent paddy and 65 per cent wheat to the central grain pool of India.

Dr BL Bhardwaj, head of the department, Plant Breeding and Genetics, coordinated the visit to the Crop Museum and experimental fields.

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600 get degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
Convocation for the sessions 2006-07 and 2007-08 was held at Ramgarhia Girls College here today.

SS Chani, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Government of Punjab, presided over the function. Inderjit Singh Pradhan, Chairman of the Punjab Industries and Development Board, was the guest of honour.

Over 600 students from the arts, commerce and computer science streams received their graduate and postgraduate degrees. As many as 16 students were awarded roll of honour for their success in the field of academics, cultural activities and sports.

Sharandeep Kaur and Arshpreet Kaur from MA (Music Vocal), bagged the first and the second prizes in classical vocal and ghazal singing, respectively. 

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Rape Bid
Marriage palaces told to enhance security
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 26
To ensure safety of guests, including women, girls and children, at functions, owners of marriage palaces of the area have been directed to enhance security arrangements on their respective premises.

They have also been asked to verify the antecedents of their employees.

Preventive measures were initiated after an employee of Mehboob Palace at Payal was booked for attempt to rape a minor NRI girl of Payal town around a week ago.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that circle officers of Sangrur, Khanna, Ludhiana and Ludhiana (rural) police districts had directed owners and managers of marriage palaces falling under their jurisdiction to enhance security arrangements at their respective palaces.

Besides getting antecedents of their employees verified by the police, the organisers have been asked to ensure that their employees and attendants wear uniform and bear name plates during duty hours.

They (employees) should not be allowed to entertain their personal guests during functions, the palaces been told.

Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand said he had directed all SHOs and in-charges of chowkis to ensure that owners of marriage palaces took adequate measures to ensure safety and security of guests in general and girls and women in particular.

Referring to information received from analysis of crime reports of various police stations of the state, DSP Sikand lamented that anti-social elements had exploited girls and women at marriage palaces in the past. The victims included girls and women who had come to participate in social functions.

While in some cases the premises had been used for ulterior motive with the consent of palace owners, they were ignorant in other cases.

In the recent case, Gurpreet Singh of Ghudani Khurad village, an employee of Mehboob Palace, had taken 11-year-old Raman Deep Kaur (name changed), daughter of a farmer of Payal town and a USA resident, to the lavatory located in a corner of the palace on the intervening night of March 15 and 16.

The victim along with her parents was attending a family function around 12.30 am.

The accused allegedly attempted to outrage the modesty of the girl by detaining her in the bathroom. He bolted the room from the inside when the victim tried to free herself.

Investigations also revealed that then Ludhiana SSP RK Jaiswal had asked owners of marriage palaces to install closed-circuit cameras in the parking, main hall, and at entrance and exit points.

He had also directed them to install metal detectors at the entrance.

The SSP had also asked the owners to get police verification done of the staff working at the palace. The owners should have the past records of their workers along with photographs and permanent address checked.

As majority of owners of palaces in the area had failed to follow Jaiswal’s suggestions, unsavory incidents continued to take place there.

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Consumer Courts
Dealer told to replace defective article, fined Rs 2,000
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the owner of Unique Electronics, GT Road, Khanna, to replace a defective MP4/i-Pod player. The forum also directed them to pay an compensation of Rs 2,000 to the aggrieved consumer.

The orders were pronounced while deciding the complaint filed by Varinder Kumar of Nand Singh Avenue, Khanna.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that he had purchased an MP4/i-Pod player along with certain other electrronic items from the dealer in March, 2008. The same was later found to be defective and not charging.

The matter was brought to the knowledge of the electronic dealer. The i-Pod was taken back but not replaced despite repeated requests, added the complainant.

On the other hand, the dealer failed to appear before the forum despite issuance of summons.

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150 workers laid off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s direction for electroplating units to have zero discharge in the Buddha Nullah by March 31 seems to have taken a toll on 150 innocent industrial workers who were thrown out from Nova Cycles here recently.

According to sources, around 150 workers have been shunted out of Nova Cycles as the company has shut down its electroplating unit citing its inability to fulfil PPCB directions.

The workers were given a pink slip on March 16 without any prior notice or compensation. Now, with nowhere to go and no source of income, these workers are now protesting against the company management demanding justice.

CITU member Jagdish said: “The company had shunted out a large number of workers without any prior notice. However, after rigorous protests, the company took back a chunk of workers while those working with the electroplating unit are still jobless. These workers have now been asked by the labour office to appear on March 30.”

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Ransom Case
Accused gets bail
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 26
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate AS Virk granted bail to Mohd Anzar Khan, one of the accused in the Rs 2-crore ransom case, here today.

The accused had allegedly sought the ransom from an auto spares exporter, Sheetal Gupta, of Focal Point, Ludhiana, and fired shots at his house.

The assailants had allegedly fired shots at the house on Holi. One of the bullets had hit the windowpane of the car of the exporter.

Granting bail to the accused, the judge held that no useful purpose would be served in detaining the accused in judicial lock-up.

The accused was arrested in the case on March 13, 2009 along with two other co-accused. One of the accused was the son of a policeman.

A case under Sections 387, 336 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act had been registered against the accused.

SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill had held a press conference following the arrest of these persons. He had claimed that the accused had planned to abduct four children of the businessman.

The main suspect in the case, Vinod Kumar, was still at large. He had posed himself as a Mumbai-based sharpshooter.

The police had claimed that the accused had spoken in Mumbai accent to sound convincing. According to the plan, one of the accused even went to Mumbai to make a call and fired bullet at the car of the industrialist.

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Handball
Back-to-back win for Punjab
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 26
On the second day of the 13th Inter-Zonal Handball Championship at Punjab Agricultural University here today, hosts Punjab outplayed Tamil Nadu 36-23 in the men’s section to record their second win.

Yesterday, Punjab men had scored a 37-22 win over Gujarat in the inaugural match to begin their campaign on a sound note.

For winners, Mohinder Singh and Mangal Singh accounted for 10 and 5 goals, respectively, to enable Punjab to wrap up the issue comfortably.

For Tamil Nadu, Subhash Chander netted seven goals, while Jaiveer scored five goals.

However, in the women’s section, Punjab went down fighting 19-28 against last year’s runners-up Manipur.

For Manipur, Shundhyaram was the top scorer with 18 goals, while Reebika chipped in with five goals.

For Punjab, Sarup Kaur (7) and Vaneeta Sharma (5) fought valiantly but could not save their team from inevitable defeat.

In another match in the women’s section, defending champions Assam lost to Maharashtra 33-11.

Jawala Shinde scored 12 goals, while Gwatri Kamale chipped in with seven goals to steer Maharashtra to victory.

For losing side, Borgahain and Pinki Chhetri scored five and three goals, respectively.

The third match (women), played between Delhi and Assam, turned out to be a one-sided affair with the former emerging winners 39-5.

In the men’s section, the match played between Delhi and Gujarat was a well-contested one as Delhi men survived many anxious moments before romping home victors 38-36.

Ramesh Chander and Deepak scored 10 and nine goals, respectively, for the winners, while for Gujarat, Anil and Parven Kumar netted 11 and nine goals, respectively.

Reigning champions (men) Chhattisgarh beat Bihar 41-22. For Chhattisgarh, S Nagesh scored 10 goals, while Binu B Kabita netted six goals. For the losing side, Sanjeev Singh chipped in with 12 goals and Younas Khan scored four goals.

Punjab Handball Association president SS Channi was the chief guest today.

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Navneet shines in DCE athletics meet
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 26
Commanding officer Lt Col Manoj Kumar inaugurated the 4th Annual Athletic meet of Doraha College of Education by unfurling the college flag today.

He was delighted to see women showcasing their talent in sports. He opined that women of modern India had proved their mettle by moving out rather than being confined to the four walls of the house and oppressed by the male chauvinistic set up.

He proposed a helping hand in order to train the students in march past and other athletic events. He also gave away the prizes to the winners of intra-college competitions.

College principal Dr J Kiran Gera welcomed the chief guest. The meet began with the march past by the students of Gandhi, Tagore, Aurobindo and Vivekananda House. Apart from other events, the guests and faculty members enjoyed the musical chair game in the forenoon session.

Chief guest for the afternoon session was Harbans Singh, coordinator, Sports Authority of India (Punjab). He stressed upon the value of sports and appreciated the efforts made by the students.

Navneet Kaur was declared the best athlete while Vivekananda House bagged the trophy for the best march past. Gandhi and Vivekananda House shared the trophy for the overall best performance.

Davinder Singh, the sports teacher of the college, was honoured for his services. A cultural programme was especially organised to entertain the guests and the students.

The results:

50 m race- Gaganpreet Kaur-1, Navneet Kaur-2, Navjit Kaur-3;
100 m race- Navjeet Kaur-1, Parminder Kaur-2, Mandeep Kaur and Amandeep Kaur-3;
200 m race- Gaganpreet Kaur-1, Navjeet Kaur-2, Parminder Kaur-3;
400m race- Balvir Kaur-1, Mandeep Kaur-2, Mandeep Kaur-3;
Bengal race- Reeti Verma-1, Amandeep Kaur-2, Kanchan Sharma-3;
Chain race- Gurinder Kaur-1, Baljinder Kaur-2, Monica-3;
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Three-leg race- Sandeep Kaur and Surinder Kaur-1, Sandeep Kaur and Jatinder Kaur-2, Sarabjit Kaur and Manpreet Kaur-3;
Balloon race- Jyoti Dhand-1, Kiranjeet Kaur-2, Meenakshi-3;
Needle-thread- Murti Kaur-1, Gurpreet Kaur-2, Mandeep Kaur-3;
Chatti race- Lakhvir Kaur-1, Rajwinder Kaur-2, Manjinder Kaur-3;
Skipping race- Charanjit Kaur-1, Jatinder Kaur-2, Leena-3;
Potato peeling- Mamta Rani-1, Kamaljit Kaur-2, Harjeet Kaur-3;
Sack race- Mandeep Kaur-1, Poonam Sehgal-2, Gurpreet Kaur-3;
Lemon race- Gurpreet Kaur-1, Mankoo Jyoti Rajput-2, Mandeep Kaur-3;
Backward race- Anju Vashisht-1, Poonam-2, Aukhjit Kaur-3;
Shot put- Jagveer Kaur-1, Rajwinder Kaur Sekhon-2, Gurpreet Kaur Mankoo-3;
Javelin- Anju Vashisht-1, Mandeep Kaur-2, Urvashi-3;
Long jump- Navjeet Kaur-1, Mandeep Kaur-2, Veena Kumari-3;
Tug of war- Tagore House -1, Aurbindo House-2;
Discuss throw- Harmeet Kaur-1, Harpreet Kaur-2, Madhu-3, Harpreet Kaur-4.

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