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Dental College Row
Protesting students kept away from convocation
Voice anger against authorities; VC assures probe
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Accusing the management of BJS Dental College, Ludhiana, of indulging in unethical practices, students of six batches of the BDS staged a protest during the first-ever convocation of the college here today. The college had hosted its first-ever convocation since its inception in 1998.

Students of the current batches and also from previous batches accused the college authorities of having taken additional examination fee and material charges from interns, receiving extra payment of Rs 1 lakh for degrees to passing out students, besides not paying stipend to interns.

In spite of having waited for two hours, students of current batches were not allowed inside the college premises even after the conclusion of the convocation.

However, a group of students managed to get inside the college but found the sound system removed from the stage. Thereafter, former students of the college stepped forward and extended support to the protesting interns.

Maintaining a high-handed attitude, the college authorities took the support of the local police and internal security to prevent students from revealing a piece of “recorded conversation” wherein the vice-chairman and the college principal had threatened Manraj Kaur and her father with dire consequences if they carried on with their fight against the management. 

However, students managed to play excerpts of the conversation, parts of which said: “Students don’t earn degrees these days, they are given in alms.”

College interns Manraj Kaur Dhaliwal, Chandan, Dilraj along with some former students managed to come on to the stage and highlight the alleged anomalies carried out by college chairman Baba Jaswant Singh, vice-chairman Kirpal Singh and other members of the management, including taking unaccounted money without giving receipts.

Dr Natasha and Dr Sunaina, students of 1998 batch, who had come to take their degrees accused the college authorities of having taken an additional amount of Rs 25,000 per annum in the name of “material charges”.

“Ironically, in spite of taking the unaccounted money, the college was always short of material used in dentistry treatment by the interns,” the two alleged. Also, not a single student had been paid the stipulated stipend, which is compulsory under the rules of the Dental Council of India, the students rued.

Manraj Kaur, who was also the president of the college unit of the Student Organization of India (SOI), tendered her resignation from the post following the accusation of having used political influence to instigate students against the college.

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor Dr SS Gill, who was the chief guest, refused to meet the students on the pretext of security. However, he assured of initiating inquiry against the college pertaining to complaints about non-payment of stipend, anomalies in practical examinations and charging of additional examination fee from students.

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4 pilgrims hurt as bus overturns
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Four pilgrims were injured, two of them seriously, when the drunk driver of an overloaded mini bus, rammed bus into a divider at an octroi post on the Ferozepur road in the wee hours here today. After hitting the curb, the bus overturned.

The incident took place around 3.30 am, when a group of pilgrims was returning home after attending a congregation arranged by Bhai Kahnaiya Charitable Trust near Baddowal village.

The injured have been identified as Rashpal Kaur (39), Surinder Kaur (37), Prem Singh (50) and Baldev Singh (65).

Surinder Kaur and Prem Singh sustained serious injuries as their left arms reportedly got crushed under the bus.

Baldev Singh (65), who received injuries on the right leg, said the mini bus was packed to capacity.

According to him, around 40 persons were inside the bus at the time of the accident. He said the bus was being driven recklessly by the driver and he had been warned by passengers in this regard.

When the bus reached the octroi post, the driver lost control of the bus and rammed it into the divider. The bus skidded and overturned.

According to Sat Pal, an eyewitness, the accident could have been fatal had a tractor-trailer that was running parallel to the bus not taken a shape turn to avoid a collision.

As the accident took place close to Midi-City Hospital, the injured were immediately shifted there.

Truck drivers present at the octroi post helped evacuate the injured from the bus.

The accident led to a traffic jam and a JCB was pressed into service to remove the bus from the road.

The bus driver, however, fled the scene after the accident. No case had been registered till the time of filing of the report.

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Recession Hits Realty
GLADA plans fall flat
Just 150 applications received for 144 two-room flats
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 10
If the lukewarm response to the proposed multi-storey housing complex to be constructed by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) in Sector 40 on the Chandigarh Road here is any indication, recession seems to have hit the common man where it hurts the most.

Sounds incredible! For, till the past few months, GLADA properties were fetching premium over and above their original sale prices and in normal times, there would virtually have been a scramble to purchase these houses.

However, for 144 two-room flats to be built under self-financing scheme in a three-storey complex, only around 150 applications were received till the last day of receipt of applications on April 8.

Seeing the lukewarm response, the authorities have now extended the last date for receipt of applications to May 2.

In fact, GLADA had chalked out plans to construct 144 two-room flats in the first phase. Another 350 flats were to be constructed in an adjoining complex at the same site sometime later.

Also, a project was in the pipeline for construction of 150 two-bedroom flats in Dugri, Phase II, which were to be sold at a tentative cost of Rs 16 lakh.

In the wake of poor response to the flats offered for booking, GLADA officials have now hinted at putting subsequent housing projects on hold, with chances of some delay in the execution of the 144 two-room flats also looking real.

According to GLADA officials, the flats being offered to persons with a monthly income of under Rs 15,000 would have a floor area of 58.89 square yards.

There would be no construction on ground floor, which will be made available for parking of vehicles to the owners of the flats.

The built-up area would have one bedroom with attached bathroom, one living room, one WC and a balcony.

The sale price had been fixed at Rs 8 lakh, Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh for first, second and third floor flats, respectively.

Requesting not to be quoted, a GLADA official said: “This housing project, being a self-financing scheme, work will be taken in hand only after sufficient number of applications are received and draw of lots for allotment is taken out for all flats. Practically, the GLADA will just utilise its land and execute the construction work, while the funds have to be put in by the prospective buyers.”

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Watchman stabbed to death; 1 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
A watchman was stabbed to death by the son of a factory worker near Sherpur Chowk here today. The deceased has been identified as Laljeet (65) from Nepal. Laljeet was working as a watchman at Ramlal and Sons Industries near Sherpur Chowk.

According to the police, Santosh (20), son of a factory employee, Shibbo, who also hails from Nepal, entered the factory premises carrying a knife.

Santosh, who was in a fit of rage and hurling abuses against Laljeet, went to the first floor of the factory where Laljeet was asleep and stabbed the victim repeatedly before fleeing the scene. Later, a team headed by Shepur police post in-charge Dalip Bedi arrested the accused while he was trying to board a bus.

The police interrogated the accused but he refused to divulge anything. Personal enmity is stated to be the motive behind the murder. Both the accused and the victim hail from the same village in Nepal.

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Encroachment
MC squad returns empty-handed

Ludhiana, April 10
The town planning squad of the municipal corporation, which had gone to remove encroachment in Model Town Extension, near Baba Deep Singh Gurdwara, had to return empty-handed today due to protest by encroachers.

According to information, the MC squad along with ATP Ramesh Chabbra had gone to the site to demolish encroachment following orders by the higher authorities.

However, when the team tried to demolish a wall that was being raised, in spite of an earlier demolition by the civic body, the encroachers, who were mainly Dalits, refused to budge.

Tempers began to fray after they opposed the MC squad, which prompted a team of the Model Town police to reach the scene.

The officials told The Tribune that an individual among the dwellers claimed that he had documents of 135 yards of the total vacant plot and the land belonged to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust due to which action should have been taken by trust officials. They added that the action was suspended due to this reason.

Meanwhile, the town planning wing also went to New Kundan Puri to stop installation of a mobile tower that was being erected. — TNS

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City Concerns

Majority of the promises made during the election campaign turn out to be ones that are never kept. The bulk of election manifesto and speeches holds ground only during the election process.

Do you remember the big election promises for changes or improvement in Ludhiana made by different candidates who became Members of Parliament in the past? Do you remember any major projects mentioned in the campaign material that were completed? Can you make suggestions for a better accountability of the big election promises made to the voters?

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.

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‘Good’ Friday for city traders
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Good Friday proved to be ‘good’ for traders here, as it was a holiday and shoppers thronged city markets in large numbers. A huge rush was witnessed outside various shopping malls of the city, as various multiplexes were jampacked with residents queuing up to watch the latest releases of the week.

A survey of various city markets, including Sarabha Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, BRS Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Chaura Bazaar and AC Market revealed that the city traders were happy because since morning there had been a large number of shoppers.

“Today being a public holiday and schools, colleges and government offices being closed, there has been a massive rush at the mall throughout the day,” security personnel at a mall Sunder Singh said.

Theatres are full with movie buffs, especially youngsters, making a beeline to watch the new releases,” he added.

Owner of a women’s wear store Gurinder Singh said: “We have recorded wonderful sales today. A lot of college students also dropped in for shopping.”

Schoolteacher Preetinder Dhaami, who had come from Moga with her children, said, “Tomorrow being second Saturday is also a holiday in my school followed by a Sunday. Hence, we are making the most of the extended weekend.”

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Holiday bonanza for govt staff
Public work takes backseat
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Public works have been put on hold, thanks to a holiday bonanza for state government employees. With Good Friday coinciding with weekend, Baisakhi and Ambedkar Jyanti, employees will have a string of holidays this time.

Though the Punjab Government has announced Baisakhi holiday on April 14, Monday will be a working day for its offices.

Many employees have, however, taken casual leave on Monday to enjoy a five-day holiday feast.

Even if some turns up for work on Monday, public work is bound to suffer, as a majority of their colleagues will be away on that day.

However, this will have little bearing on banks, as these remained open today and will function on Saturday and Monday as well.

“I’m glad that at least banks are open. Otherwise, these holidays were bound to upset our schedule,” said Muktesh Singh, a businessman.

The District Election Office, too, was open today. It will remain open on the weekend, following directions by the Election Commission of India.

The office witnessed a large number of people today as it was the last date for submission of forms for voters’ ID.

All public offices of the state government, including the municipal corporation, the district administration, the Punjab State Electricity Board, remained closed today.

They will open on Monday and again observe holiday on Tuesday.

“The entire work has come to a halt. We have so many holidays and still people want more. Offices dealing with public works should run on the pattern of banks,” said Gurpreet Singh Matharu, a resident, who had to wait to get a birth certificate for his son, who plans to go abroad.

“For us every single day is important. Though nobody is at fault, we have a genuine reason to complain,” added Matharu.

Residents added that as it was a holiday today, many employees were not at their seats during the latter part of the day.

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Cong asks SAD to snap ties with BJP
Says it has anti-Sikh leaders like Varun Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Manish Tewari, the Congress candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, today asked the Shiromani Akali Dal to sever its ties with the BJP as its leaders like Varun Gandhi have pronounced their hatred against the Sikhs. Besides, he added, the CBI had given a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in 1999 during the BJP’s regime when LK Advani was the Home Minister.

“The Akalis should better ask their Prime Ministerial candidate as what made him give a clean chit to Tytler at that time,” he said.

Addressing a series of public meetings in Dakha assembly segment here today, Tewari pointed out that the Congress, with due respect for the sentiments of the Sikh community, had withdrawn the tickets of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler. 

While referring to the anti-Sikh tirade of Varun Gandhi for which he was being supported by senior BJP and Akali leaders, Tewari asked, “Will the Akalis sever their ties with the BJP in the same way?”

He further added that, “We (Congress) are not like the Akalis or the BJP who base their ideology on parochialism and hatred by victimising the minorities.”

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Migrants lament raw deal by political parties
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 10
Lakhs of migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, settled in the mega city for a long time now, have charged the major political parties with giving a raw deal to them and not addressing their problems in day to day life.

Presiding over a meeting of the All India Poorvanchal Sangharsh Morcha held here today, president of the body Prem Pandey observed that even though the migrants had a sizeable population in the city, more than 65 per cent of them were either not registered as voters or did not possess voter identity cards required to cast vote.

He added that another major reason for non-representation of the migrants in the political set up was the apathy of some self-styled leaders amongst the migrant population who were in the habit of striking deals with one or the other political party at the time of election and betraying the entire community.

Those present in the meeting took a note of the Samajwadi Party (SP) fielding a migrant as its candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections. However, many speakers considered the move as insignificant because the main contest on Ludhiana seats was obviously between the Congress and the SAD-B.

According to Pandey, the morcha was in the process of taking up the issues related to migrant population with the main candidates in the electoral arena and a decision would be taken to extend support to the candidate who was found receptive to the problems of the settlers from Poorvanchal and made a commitment to raise the issues at the appropriate forum after getting elected.

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Pension Delay
Retired employees threaten to boycott election 
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 10
Accusing constituents of various government offices of showing scant respect to retired officials, former employees of the state food department have threatened to boycott the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections if their dues were not paid immediately.

Even four months after their retirement, they were awaiting commencement of pension and payment of other retirement benefits.

Investigations revealed that a large number of employees who had retired from their services a few months ago were yet to receive their retirement benefits.

Tarsem Lal Sharma of local Batta Bagh locality alleged the officials concerned had been delaying payment of gratuity and commuted pension payment with alleged motive of seeking bribe.

He had retried as junior auditor from the Ludhiana office of the Food Supply Department on November 30 but was yet to receive these payments.

Though the department had received approval from the office of Accountant General of Punjab, Chandigarh, on March 13, the cheque was yet to be realised, alleged Sharma.

He added that a majority of retired officials had to grease the palms of their juniors to receive their entitled dues.

“Contrary to the claims of paying all benefits at the time of retirement, we have to virtually beg before our juniors for getting our rights. Now, we have decided that we will boycott Lok Sabha elections if all dues are not paid immediately and pension is not started,” said Sharma, adding that the issue would be raised during meetings of candidates contesting election to Parliament.

Manohar Lal, another junior auditor, is among others who have been awaiting payment of their dues months after they were thrown farewell parties by their colleagues.

Some employees were reported to have initiated legal process for demanding payments along with interest.

However, denying allegations, officials at the food supply office, Ludhiana, maintained that documents for final payment had been sent to the treasury office for payment.

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Fee Hike
No support from politicians: Parents
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Why politicians are not coming forward to raise their voice against the ‘loot by the management of the schools affiliated to CBSE’.

The parents have been making hue and cry for the past one month against the unprecedented hike in the tuition and admission fee. The parents alleged that the politicians along with the managements are turning a deaf ear to their demands.

Praveen Dang, president of the Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, which has been spearheading agitation against the managements, today alleged that its surprising that none of the contesting candidates, especially Manish Tewari of the Congress and SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib have visited their camp.

Their slogans of serving the aam aadmi is a sham. Dang also criticised the leadership of the BJP for not extending support to the parents.

The sena activists are disappointed with the callous attitude of jail minister Hira Singh Gabria and chief Parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda. Dang today released a copy of the agreement between the management and parents of a public school for transportation.

As per the agreement, the transporter would pay 10 per cent commission to the school. The agreement will be valid for three years.

He further alleged that father of a lady teacher had complained that his daughter gets Rs 1,800 as salary but the management gets a receipt of Rs 4,000 from her. 

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Schools celebrate Baisakhi
Our Correspondent

Students of MGM Senior Secondary School celebrate Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students of MGM Senior Secondary School celebrate Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Mullanpur Dakha, April 10
Students of Peace Public School celebrated Baisakhi on its campus here today. Students were dressed in colourful traditional dresses while the school was decorated with phulkari, harrow, sickle, plough and scare crow.

The function started with a prayer and a skit depicting the toil of farmers was presented.

A cultural dance by students was appreciated by the audience. The kindergarten children danced with great gusto.

The students were apprised about the significance of this festival and were later offered snacks.

MGM School

The festival of Baisakhi was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm in MGM Senior Secondary Public School, Bal Bharati Public School and Rising Star School.

There were various activities like pomp show, bhangra, giddha and solo dance. The students were told about the background and significance of the festival.

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PAU dons honoured by horticulture society
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
The Indian Society of Ornamental Horticulture honoured the PAU former and current head of the floriculture and landscaping department, Dr JS Arora and Dr Ramesh Kumar, with fellowships of the society in an annual meeting and symposium held at New Delhi recently.

The society bestowed the fellowship to these scientists for their contribution in floriculture and landscaping. Dr Arora has extensive contribution in popularising cultivation of gladiolus, carnation and chrysanthemum through developing production technologies and post-harvest handling techniques.

He was associated with the release of 13 varieties of flowers. He also guided 24 students for their Masters programme in floriculture.

Dr Arora has published 98 papers, articles, bulletins, manuals, etc in addition to a text book ‘Introductory Ornamental Horticulture’, and has earlier been awarded with the Hans Raj Pahwa Award (1999).

While Dr Ramesh Kumar has developed aids in teaching floriculture and has been associated with the release of three loose flower varieties of chrysanthemum at the national level, six hybrids of chrysanthemum for pot and garden decoration, evaluation of germ plasm of chrysanthemum, rose, gerbera, tuberose, annuals and dry flowers for commercial traits.

He also motivated farmers for taking up flower seed production, developed production and post-harvest technologies for flowers.

Dr Kumar has published 72 research papers, two reviews, three book chapters and 62 other publications.

Earlier, his contributions have been recognised with the Hans Raj Pahwa Award (2005) and the Horticulture Society of India Gold Medal (2007).

Former Professor of floriculture Dr Ajay Pal Singh Gill was also awarded Lotus Puraskar for his achievements in this field.

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Importance of US fellowships discussed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang attended the Fulbright Campus representatives’ meeting at New Delhi recently. In a press note issued here today, he said there were various Fulbright fellowship opportunities for students and faculty.

He discussed about the opportunities in a meeting organised for the deans, directors and officers of the Punjab Agricultural University.

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) promotes a mutual understanding between the people of the United States and India through academic and cultural exchange, Dr Kang said, adding that since 1950, the Fulbright programme has sponsored Indians from all stratas of life to gain a better understanding of the US society, culture and values. Also, the foundation aims at fostering a deeper appreciation of India among the American colleagues.

Dr Kang gave an overview of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships and other opportunities for the academic years 2010-11 through a presentation.

He said the proposals from the Punjab region were mostly less in number and suggested the deans, directors and officers to encourage the students and eligible faculty members to opt for those programmes that cover a wide range of areas in research, education, communication, media, environment, energy, international relations etc. 

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Youth held for abducting daughter of teacher
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
Out of his devotion for his music teacher, a local youth, Manjeet Singh, had abducted the former’s daughter, Kamaljit, who had married a youth of her choice. The feeling that his music teacher was belittled in society turned Manjeet restless.

 In order to restore his teacher’s lost honour he abducted Kamaljit on April 3 from her in-laws’ house. He had then taken her to a slum in Goraya and later to a relative’s house in a nearby village.

There he kept on pressurising her to give a statement before the SDM that she had not married Navjot Singh of her own volition, but was forced into tying the knot.

When Kamaljit realised there was no other way out, she promised Manjeet she would do so. When she was produced in front of the SDM, Ludhiana, on April 6, she said she wanted to go back to her husband. When she gave this statement to the SDM, Manjeet fled from the spot along with her.

He took her to Goraya and kept her in a shanty for two days. He then took her to his uncle’s house in Jandiala village. There he told her to go back to her father as he was not able to show his face to society.

Her mother-in-law Balwinder Kaur had got a case registered against Kamaljit’s brother Gurpreet Singh and his three accomplices in Salem Tabri police station on April 3.

SHO, Salem Tabri, Daljeet Singh Khakh and SP Parampal Singh paraded Manjeet in front of the media yesterday.

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‘Amazing India’ comes to city
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 10
He has captured India’s different regions in his shutterbug. Be it Rajasthan or southern part, Indian states have come alive in photo exhibition ‘Amazing India’ by Dr Vineet IS Khinda. A doctor by profession he has been shooting actively for almost two decades.

Though in parts, India still retains some of its old world charm. This is precisely what his lens seeks. His work speaks about an India that smells of culture, customs, ethnicity and tradition.

The photos are the radiance of traditional lives that fascinates him the most and majority of his pictures speak about the everyday lives of the Indians because they, he believes, are the custodian of culture.

“My exhibition is a travelling exhibition. I love to shoot the rural scene as people there are simple and close to nature. I call myself ‘people’s photographer’. Capturing culture and tradition in my lens is my passion,” he adds.

It started as a hobby and soon turned into a passion for Khinda. He was a student of dentistry when he first laid his hands on the camera. “I click for joy. It also proves as a stress buster for me.

Capturing simple people in traditional outfits is my obsession. My mind is always on the run to find something unique to capture it forever,” he added.

The exhibition is on at Gallery Artmosphere till April 20.

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Violation of Ethical Code
Medical association’s move to curb malpractice
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 10
Taking cognizance of the alleged reports of violation of ethical code by certain medical practitioners of the area, office-bearers of the Medical Practitioners Association Punjab have launched a move to curb malpractices.

The association has warned that membership of violators will be terminated in case they are found involved in any malpractice.

Investigations revealed that a team of office-bearers of the association had raided clinics of some registered medical practitioners situated in villages and towns falling under the jurisdiction of Pakhowal block.

Besides checking for other aspects of medical ethic violation, they ensured that none of the practitioner registered with their organisation sold medicines and preparations that could be abused.

According to Dr Jaswinder Singh co-chairman and Dr Sukhwinder Singh, association president, a majority of practitioners had shown positive response to the campaign launched in association with panchayats and religious and social organisations of the area.

Residents of the area too had responded positively to the “Chetna march” organised recently. The association had tried to aware people about the adverse effects of female foeticide and drug addiction on society.

“Now we have launched crusade against practitioners who do not follow medical ethics. We have urged our members to desist from supplying drugs and narcotics in garb of noble profession and use disposable syringes only. We cancel membership of the practitioner who violates the model code and inform the village panchayat about the issue,” said Dr Jaswinder. 

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Bar forms body for environment protection
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 10
The District Bar Association has set up a panel of 11 lawyers for extending support to the eminent enviornmentalist, Balbir Singh Seechewal of Sultanpur Lodhi, Kapurthala, and creating awareness among masses against pollution hazards.

This panel will help the enviornmentalist in pursuing the legal matters for the protection of enviornment and against the pollution, claimed DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman.

He said Seechewal was assured about constituting a panel to protect the environment against all odds.

He further said the panel would organise seminars, debates and aware the citizens about environment related issues.

The panel incldues: DBA secretary Kamaljit Sharma, vice-president Anil Kaushal, Kamaljyoti, RK Mourya, Rajesh Mehra, Rajneesh Lakhanpal, Gagandeep Saini, Gagan Arora, Malwinder Singh Ghumman, Sunil Srivastav and Deepak Kumar. 

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Labourer killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 10
A migrant labourer died when a car hit his cycle on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Lalan Rishi who was coming toward Sidhwan Bet when a Maruti car (PB 10 U 1315) coming from the opposite side at a high speed hit his cycle, injuring him badly.

His accomplices Neelu Rishi Dev and Pervesh Kumar took him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him bought dead. In the complaint, Dev said the driver of the car paused for a while, but on seeing the serious injuries he fled away. However, Dev managed to note down the number of the vehicle.

The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case against the unidentified driver of the car. No arrest has been made so far.

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Youth held for stealing donation box
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 10
A youth was arrested today for stealing a donation box from a religious place here. Sunny Kumar of Sherpura village had allegedly stolen the box from a Jain Sthanak at Ram Nagar Mohalla here in the wee hours yesterday.

Ashok Kumar of Shastri Nagar, Jagraon, had complained that the accused decamped with the donation box having around Rs 1,200 in cash.

ASI Jagjit Singh said the accused was a drug addict and committed petty crimes to fulfil his needs. He said he was today nabbed near FCI godowns along with the booty. A case against him was registered at the Jagraon police station under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

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Basketball Meet
City lads retain title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 10
The Ludhiana Basketball Academy in the boy’s category while hosts Sangrur in the girl’s category emerged winners in the 36th edition of the Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship (u-14) held at Sangrur from April 6 to 9.

In the boy’s section, defending champions Ludhiana Basketball Academy remained unbeaten to retain the title. In the last semifinal league encounter, the Ludhiana Basketball Academy boys drubbed Mansa district 53-35.

For the winners, Arjun Prasad had a major chunk of scoring, netting around 23 points while Sumeer Sen and Saran Jain contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.

For Mansa, the main scorers were Gurdeep Singh (14), Jagjeet Singh (10), Sandeep Singh (6) and Sukhjeet Singh (4).

While in the girl’s category, Sangrur stunned last year’s winners, Gurdaspur, to romp home as winners. They recorded a 25-16 victory over Gurdaspur to come out triumphant.

Players of the Ludhiana academy were honoured by the Ludhiana District Basketball Academy at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Honorary secretary of the association Teja Singh Dhaliwal appreciated the cagers and their coaches for bringing fame to the academy.

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