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Food poisoning: Another man dies at hospital
Health dept goes on overdrive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Sanjay Kumar (35), who ate adulterated gol gappas yesterday, died at the CMCH today due to renal failure. He was one of the six patients undergoing treatment for food poisoning. Ramu and Vicky Kumar had died of food poisoning yesterday.

However, the District Health Officer, Dr SS Dhir, maintained that there could be other reasons for the renal failure, adding that nothing could be said before the postmortem and chemical analysis of the viscera of the deceased.

Meanwhile, even in the face of the shocking revelation of the district health authorities on the failure of at least 20 per cent food samples taken every year, the district administration has failed to take any measures to check the sale of unhygienic food on vends and rehris.

Two men of New Gautam Colony near Basti Jodhewal died after consuming contaminated gol gappa water while 23 fell sick yesterday.

Due to the “jurisdiction” of the area, the health authorities can only take samples of food or destroy it. The power to allow the sale of food items on rehris and vends lies with the Deputy Commissioner.

The health department has swung into action following yesterday’s incident and a door-to-door survey was undertaken to confirm about serious cases in the colony and its neighbouring areas.

The district health officer and his team took samples at Hoshiarpur Chaat Bhandar, Pawan Fast Food and other vends in the city.

He also disclosed that the fish and rice of a vendor at the railway station were destroyed as flies were all over it and he had been told to cover it and maintain quality. The team also destroyed cut fruits on several rehris near the railway station and the adjoining areas.

He said a drive had already been launched for quality control of roadside food as there was no way to put an end to the sale of food in the open.

The incident, however, has made little difference to the attitude of people as even educated people could be seen enjoying these eatables, ignoring the warning of doctors.


Plastic Bags
Govt hospitals continue to violate Act
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
In blatant violation of a ban imposed by the Environment Ministry and the Punjab Plastic Carry Bags Control Act on the manufacturing of carry bags less than 8x12 inches in size and 20 microns in width, plastic bags of non-permissible width are being manufactured and used in Punjab.

Even government hospitals, health centres and dispensaries are violating rules as doctors and other staff members are using plastic bags to carry medicines and other items used in medical kits.

The managements of medical hospitals and institutes are oblivious to the health hazards caused by polythene bags as in-house pharmacies in a large number of hospitals, nursing homes and clinics are using polythene bags to give medicines to patients.

A majority of chemists and drug store owners are also violating the norms as black plastic bags with non-permissible micron width are being used still.

A doctor stated: “The medical fraternity should volunteer to discontinue the use of plastic bags. It is costly and difficult to recycle these bags and most of these end up at landfill sites where they take around 300 years to degrade.”

The government has failed to issue a notification regarding the ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in markets, local shopping centres, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and malls.

Punjab tops the list of the highest consumers of plastic in India, which means the state’s contribution to pollution caused by plastic is the highest.

But what is shocking is the nonchalant approach of the enforcement agencies, including the Punjab Pollution Control Board, which have hardly conducted checks in the private sector. Similarly, nothing is being done to recycle, reuse and dispose of plastic waste.



NPP candidate pedals his way to file papers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Providing a sigh of relief to city residents who were sick of convoys of candidates during the past few days, the National Panthers Party (NPP) candidate and his supporters today went to the returning officer’s office on cycles to file his nomination papers.

Gurinder Sood, NPP candidate from Ludhiana, cycled from his election office at Ghanta Ghar Chowk and reached the RO’s office.

“I am contesting on the issue of pollution and traffic problems in Ludhiana. If I do not do my bit to curb both, how can I justify my point?” he stated.

It was sad that Ludhiana was notorious for its pollution and traffic and none of the candidates had ever tried to address these issues. “We have to practise what we preach. If we file our nominations on bicycles, it can actually help the city. I wish all the candidates had followed this,” he said.

His procession was a relief to the residents as no traffic was blocked in the area and there was no pressure on the already scant parking in the Mini secretariat.

Yesterday, SAD candidate GS Galib’s convoy comprising hundreds of vehicles had created havoc in the city. People had to wait for two hours before his cavalcade passed through the Ferozepur road.

Two days ago, Congress candidate Manish Tewari had held the residents to ransom as traffic jams made it impossible for commuters to pass through the Ferozepur road. This had left the residents angry.

Meanwhile, eight other candidates filed their nomination papers today. They include Laddu Shah, Lok Priya Samaj Party; Gurcharan Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal; Surinder Singh Sodhi, Lok Janshakti Party; Ravinder Kumar, Independent; Jasvir Singh Thethi, Independent; Rajesh Kumar, Independent; Girdhari Lal, Lok Bhalai Party; and Kunal, Independent.



Faux pas: Galib just can’t forget Congress
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib seems to be suffering from the Congress’ hangover. In a faux pas during a Youth Akali Dal (YAD) rally here today, he referred to YAD president Kiranbir Singh Kang as the Youth Congress president, much to the chagrin of youth workers.

During the rally Galib hailed Kang by calling him Youth Congress leader and asked the workers to carry out a door to door campaign in his favour.

Galib had joined the SAD two months ago after deserting the Congress. This was not for the first time that he referred to an Akali leader as a Congress leader. Earlier also on an occasion he had said the Congress would emerge as winner.

Today’s rally was organised at Galib’s party office and attended by workers of the Youth Akali Dal. Kang asked the workers to intensify the campaign so that they could strengthen the hands of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for bringing about development in Ludhiana.

Many senior leaders were also present during the rally.



PO accused of killing mother arrested
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 23
The police yesterday arrested a proclaimed offender with a revolver and five cartridges. The accused, Inderjit Singh of Hissowal village, near here, was arrested from the outskirts of the village.

The police was on patrol when it asked the accused to halt. Seeing the police, he tried to flee, but was nabbed. A countrymade 38 bore revolver, loaded with cartridges, was seized from his possession.

When the accused was questioned of his involvement in any crime, he confessed to having killed his mother. The accused, a drug addict, was declared proclaimed offender on April 16 as he was absconding.

He had murdered his mother last year by hitting her head with an iron rod when she refused to give him money to buy drugs.



Man assaults 3 for denying food
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Refusal to share food proved dear for three migrants as a youth armed with spade allegedly attacked them while they were sleeping at Hamanyunpur village here today.

The victims have been identified as Jai Ram, Umesh and Mukesh. The condition of Jai Ram is stated to be serious.

The victims were working as daily wage earners at the farm of Manpreet Singh.

The accused was nabbed by the other labourers and handed over to the police. The accused said the trio had refused to give food to him three days ago and he wanted to settle scores with them.



Rajiv Raja comes to haunt jewellers again
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The name of the dreaded criminal, Rajiv Raja, arrested for the gruesome killing of city jewellers in 2005, is once again on top of the police search list in connection with the recent robbery at a jewellery shop in Jalandhar where the accused decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 14 lakh.

He had absconded from the Bathinda police custody while being taken to the city for hearing in March earlier this year.

To avoid any repeat of such an incident, the police has asked all the jewellers to upgrade their security arrangements by installing CCTV cameras.

According to sources, the modus operandi in the recent theft had similarities with the earlier incidents that took place in the city.

The accused first came and purchased jewellery after a thorough stidy. During the second visit, he came to the shop on the pretext of exchanging the jewellery. He came only when the jeweller was alone.

The accused was in regular touch with the jeweller and discarded the SIM card once his plan was executed.

The physical appearance of the robber, as told by the jeweller, was similar to that of Rajiv Raja.

An emergency meeting was organised by the police, which was attended by around 200 leading jewellers. SP (D) SK Kalia headed the meeting and asked the jewellers to install CCTV cameras and siren in their showrooms. He also told them to deploy a security guard and a night watchman at their showrooms.

The police has even distributed digital photographs of Rajiv Raja in different appearances among the jewellers.



DC’s notice to DSP: No action taken so far
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
A day after the District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner served a notice on a DSP to explain the reason behind allowing more than five persons of SAD candidate GS Galib’s convoy to Retuning officer’s office in violation of the election commission norms, no action has been taken in the case so far.

District Election Officer Vikas Garg had said yesterday that he had served a notice on the DSP, as it was his duty to stop more than five persons from going inside. More than 25 SAD and BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had entered into the Garg’s office yesterday along with Galib while filing his nominations.

Garg had at that time justified the entry stating only five persons, including Galib, had handed over the papers to him. Later in the evening, he changed his stance sought an explanation from the DSP within 24 hours.

The limit set by Garg elapsed today evening but no action had been initiated. Talking to The Tribune, Garg said he had not reached his office till the filing of this report. He would go there and check whether the DSP had filed his reply or not.

The DSP when contacted by mediapersons said he was busy and did not want to talk about it.

In the backdrop of these allegations, it remains to be seen whether any action will be taken against anybody in the case. Or this, too, would be forgotten with the passage of time.



Pay Panel Report
Employees burn effigy of govt
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
Hunger strike by a batch of five activists of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) continued for the second day at Mini Secretariat as agitating state government employees took out a procession and burnt an effigy of the Punjab government for its failure to implement the pay commission report.

Addressing the rally, district chief of PSSF Gurmel Singh Malday said there was widespread resentment among the employees over inordinate delay by the government in giving effect to the pay panel report even when the Election Commission of India had given its assent for this purpose.

Other speakers, including DP Maur, Pardeep Singh, Paramjit Singh and Bhan Singh Mansooran, pointed out that even though there were several anomalies in the recommendations made by the pay commission, the government ought to implement the same without any delay because the Centre Government as well as some other states had already done so. They further demanded that the employees of semi-government departments, boards and corporations should also be brought in the preview of pay panel recommendations.

In a word of caution, the trade union leaders told the government that it would have to pay a very heavy price in the coming Lok Sabha elections if any further delay was caused in implementation of the pay commission report.

Meanwhile, in a massive rally organised by district branch of the Punjab Ministerial Services Union at Mini Secretariat in response to a call given by the state body, the employees outrightly rejected the recommended pay scales and pay bands saying that the ministerial employees had been given a raw deal by the pay commission.

Not only the pay scales had a number of disparities on the basis of minimum qualification and compulsory computer education of the clerks, the employees have been short-changed in the matter of various allowances which have not been increased in proportion to revised scales, commented district president of the union Vijay Marjara.

He said the employees would be forced to launch a state-wide agitation if the committee set up by the Chief Secretary for removal of anomalies failed to dispense justice to all categories of employees.



Brawl at Sutlej Club
SDM summons ‘erring’ members
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The Sutlej Club is in the news again for the wrong reasons, this time for the alleged misbehaviour with one of the office bearers.

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, president of the club, has reportedly marked an inquiry against the “erring” members.

The inquiry will be conducted by the SDM (West) Prem Chand. According to reliable sources, the inquiry official has summoned the members concerned tomorrow.

As per information, after the Baisakhi celebrations were over, the special guests, including the president of the club and other officers, club executive and certain other members were invited to have dinner at Bowling Alley 2 on April 12. When the guests left the club premises, two-three members “under the influence of alcohol” allegedly started misbehaving with one of the office bearers.

“There was absolutely no provocation. The erring members started arguing and misbehaving with an office bearer.

“We all tried to diffuse the tension, but to no avail. The situation became normal once the office bearer left the club premises,” said an eyewitness on the condition of anonymity.

However, General Secretary Yogesh Bansal, another eyewitness, said, “It was just a heated argument. The incident is being exaggerated to settle personal scores. It was a happy occasion and we all had drinks to celebrate the festival.

It is unfortunate that such an incident happened.”

Mohinder Singh (name changed), one of the senior-most members of the club, said, “The club has lost its reputation. There was a lively atmosphere a few years back when members used to sit with families for hours and no such incident ever took place. Now, under the influence of liquor, such brawls are a common sight at the premises of the club.

“Why should the club be used to settle personal scores? I feel strict action must be taken against all the erring members for creating indiscipline.”



Slow lifting of wheat; arhtiyas unhappy
Our Correspondent

Amloh, April 23
Commission agents of the local grain market are sore over the slow pace of lifting the wheat stock by the FCI. The grain market is flooded with 1.5 lakh gunny bags of the wheat for the past five days. The reason behind the slow lifting was inadequate labour and small fleet of trucks. Arhtiya’s Association Chief Jiwan Kumar Puri stated this today.

Such a huge stock of the wheat stock that has been lying in the Sun is likely to reduce its weight. Its moisture content during the procurement process was 12 per cent. Now, it seems to have come down to 10 per cent. Moreover uncertain weather may further damage the wheat. This will make it unfit for storing in the godowns. The wheat was procured through Markfed, PUNSUP, Punjab Agro and warehouse.

Assistant Manager of the FCI BP Singh said the delay was due to the shortage of the railway wagons. But, he assured to get the stock lifted within 48 hours.



EC appoints 3 poll observers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The Election Commission of India has appointed three observers to supervise nine assembly segments of the Ludhiana Parliamentary Constituency.

District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg said all observers had been provided with a landlines and mobile phones where ever they would stay in the district.

He said those willing to lodge a complaint regarding any kind of violation of the model code of conduct could contact them on their phones, fax and mobile phones and can even meet them in person. Giving the complete details of the observers, their phone numbers and places of stay, Garg said Abha Shukla, IAS, would supervise 60 polling booths in the Ludhiana East, 61 in Ludhiana South and 62 in Atam Nagar. All of them would stay at the rest house owned by the Punjab State Electricity Board. She would be available on phone number 0161-2450269 and mobile number 94652-23968.

BR Jadhav, IAS, will supervise 63 booths in Ludhiana Central, 64 in Ludhiana West and 65 in Ludhiana North. He would be available on phone No. 0161-2450265 and mobile No. 94652- 23969.

Mohammed Ariz, another IAS officer, would supervise 66 polling booths in Gill, 68 in Dakha and 70 in Jagraon. He would be on phone No. 0161-2450268 and mobile phone 94652-23967.

Ariz and Jadhav will arrive today evening and Abha Shukla will arrive on April 24.



No infighting within Cong, says Dullo
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 23
Showing satisfaction over the pace of campaign in favour of the party candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections from various constituencies of the state, former President of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee Samsher Singh Dullo said rank and file in the party were striving hard for bringing Manmohan Singh back as the Prime Minister.

Dullo was talking to The Tribune after addressing an election meeting in favour of party nominee Sukhdev Singh Libra at Aloona village near here yesterday.

Refuting allegations about bickering among official candidates and a few ‘aspirants’, including him, Dullo maintained that the Congress was a disciplined organisation and question of infighting didn’t arise.

“As every leader and worker has right to recommend a candidate’s name for the elections, my supporters must have tried to impress upon the high command by projecting me as the candidate from this constituency. But, now, when Sukhdev Singh Libra has been given ticket in recognition of his role played during the no confidence motion against the UPA government we all committed to him,” said Dullo. He claimed Libra had received supports from outside the Congress also.

Earlier, addressing the gatherings at various localities Dullo, Bhalinder Singh, DCC president, and Hardev Singh Rosha urged voters to support Libra keeping in view his honesty.

“Had Sukhdev Singh Libra not acted according to his conscience and saved Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s chair, India could have faced embarrassment on the international level, on the issue of nuclear pact. He staked his political career in the SAD for saving pride of the country. Now, it has become our prestige to gather support for him and send him to the Lok Sabha once again,” the speakers added.



Tewari seeks vote in PM’s name
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Congress candidate for the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari said today that the Akali-BJP government would fall after May 16, the day results of the parliamentary elections would be declared.

Addressing a series of meetings in different areas of the city, Tewari said, “This government will collapse under its own contradictions”. He pointed out, the differences had already erupted in the NDA across the country and Punjab would be no exception. Not just that, even the Akali MLAs were disillusioned with the government.

Asserting that Manmohan Singh was one of the best prime ministers the country could have, he said, there was no match or alternative to him.

Today, Tewari went to ward Nos. 68 and 69 and met shopkeepers and residents in Ajit Singh Nagar and addressed a gathering.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were former minister Malkit Singh Birmi, former mayor Nahar Singh Gill, councillor Prithpal Singh Ghayal, senior Congress leader KK Bawa, Satish Sharma, former councillor Palwinder Singh Taggar, Satwinder Singh Jawaddi and Jagdev Jassal.



Libra files nomination papers
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, April 23
A large number of Congress workers along with councillors came out in support of Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Libra, who filed his nomination papers today. Sukhjit Singh Hara, secretary, Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, who led the convoy of supporters from Sahnewal to Fatehgarh Sahib said they would support Libra due to his mass appeal.

Hara, while addressing the mediapersons said a strong wind was blowing in favour of the Congress, people want change “which can be brought only under the dynamic leadership of Libra.



20 mobiles stolen as students take exam
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Tension prevailed at DD Jain College for Women, as angered parents and relatives went on a rampage against the college authorities after around 20 students alleged that their mobile phones were stolen while they were taking their examination here today.

The incident took place this morning when around 20 out of the 170 private candidates who appeared for BA I and BA III sociology and Sanskrit examination complained that their mobile phones were stolen.

The students came to know about the theft when they came out of the examination hall and found their bags missing. The matter flared up when a teacher asked a student's father to prove his identity whether he was related to the girl or not.

The parents alleged that the college authorities had threatened the students that they would not be allowed to take further examinations if they complained against the college authorities.

However, the college authorities refuted these allegations and termed them as baseless. The professors complained that the parents were pressurising the college authorities unnecessarily. They said they had pasted clear directions on the college walls and outside the examination centre prohibiting the students from taking mobile phones inside the examination hall. But the students did not pay any heed.

On the other hand, the parents and the students alleged that the college authorities had only prohibited them from taking the mobiles inside the examination hall, but they had not prohibited them to take the same inside the college premises.

Prem Pandey, father of a student, whose mobile phone was stolen, alleged that it was the duty of the college authorities to look after the bags while the students were taking the examination. But the college authorities expressed helplessness in this matter.

Principal Dr Surinder Dua said it was not possible to look after the bags and mobile phones of around 200 students who were taking the examination. Further they did not deposit their bags in the office before taking the examination.

The students alleged that the teachers refused to allow them to keep the mobile phones on a separate table. If they would have allowed the students to switch off their mobile phones and keep them on a separate table, this situation would not have arisen.

Jagjit Singh, duty officer of division No. 2 police station, said they had received only one complaint and investigation is on in this matter.



Fee Hike
Parents protest outside KVM school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Parents of the students studying in CBSE affiliated schools held a rally today in front of Kundan Vidya Mandir School to protest against the fee hike seeking implementation of the report of the Additional Deputy Commissioner.

The parents led by Praveen Dang, president Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena, organised a scooter rally and blocked the traffic in front of the school.

The sena had given a call to the parents of the students of KVM to boycott the classes today. Dang claimed that the attendance in the school was less than 50 per cent. He announced that they were suspending the agitation till the Lok Sabha elections and after the elections they would meet the political leaders of the state for the establishment of a regulatory authority as recommended by the ADC in his report.

Dang said the inquiry by the ADC had vindicated their stand that the school managements were not paying salary to the teachers as recommended by the Sixth pay commission.

Ashwini Kumar, manager of the school, claimed that there was full attendance and teaching went on as usual.



Midday meal clears litmus test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
A recent study that evaluated the quality of midday meal being served at government schools revealed that the food served to the students was of good quality.

The Director General School Education, Punjab, entrusted the project of external evaluation of the scheme to the department of food and nutrition, College of Home Science, PAU.

Dr Subhashini Verma, head of department of food and nutrition, College of Home Science, PAU, said the food was cooked under hygienic conditions and had helped in improving enrollment in the schools.

The basic objectives of the scheme are to improve nutritional status of children, boost enrollment, retention and reduce dropout.

The evaluation was carried out in 20 districts of Punjab with the help of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of PAU.

The midday meal was prepared daily in the schools according to the menu provided by the authorities. However, in three districts of Ferozepur, Nawan Shahar and Tarn Taran fresh food was provided to the schools by NGOs, said Dr Verma.



Meeting of plant doctors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
An emergency meeting of the Plant Doctors' Services Association (PDSA), Punjab, was held today under the leadership of Dr Kuldip Singh Sekhon, president of the association.

Dr Gurmit Singh, secretary of the PDSA, said the pay scale decided for agricultural technocrats, was not acceptable.

The association members said they had played an important role in providing food security to the nation, so, a respectable pay scale along with other perks should be given to them.



From Schools & Colleges
Science paper-reading contest held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
An inter-house science paper-reading contest was organised for classes VI-IX at Sat Paul Mittal School. The competition was aimed at developing analytic abilities in students and inspiring them to conduct research.

The contestants were divided into two groups. Group A had students from classes VI and VII and group B had students from classes VIII and IX. The students read papers on global warming, cloning- a boon or a bane and hydrogen- an alternative fuel.

Principal Dr Rajeev Chauhan announced the results and encouraged students to perform well. Sahir Choudhry and Tarun Priya of ravi house bagged the first position in group A and B respectively.

An inter-house PT competition was also organised for classes II-V in which chenab house emerged victorious.

Earth day celebrated

Earth day was celebrated at Spring Dale Senior Secondary School. The director and founder principal, Avinash Kaur Walia, and principal Sandeep Raikhi, started the programme with planting of saplings. The stage was decorated with display boards carrying the messages 'save environment', ‘don't cut trees' etc. Through poems and speeches, students emphasised on reforestation, use of alternative fuels like LPG, CNG and judicious use of water.

Manju is ‘Miss Elegant’

The Home Science Association of College of Home Science, PAU, organised a farewell party in Pal Auditorium today to bid adieu to the outgoing students. Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean, College of Home Science, presided over the function as the guest of honour.

The show was a mix of entertainment and fun as students clapped their hands and tapped their feet on the mind blowing and rocking dance performances given by their juniors. Apart from the cultural presentations, beauty titles were also chosen for outgoing students.

Manju Chawla was chosen as “Miss Elegant”, Paru was selected as “Miss Beautiful Hair”, Jalaj was selected as “Miss Best Outfit” and Daljeet Kaur as “Miss Catwalk”. The newly elected office bearers of the Home Science Association took oath on the occasion.



Woman killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, April 23
A woman was killed in an accident today when the speeding car in which she was travelling overturned. The deceased identified as Manjit Kaur (23) of Ludhiana was travelling with her husband Lucky in Zen car around 8.30 am.

According to eyewitnesses, Lucky lost the control of his car which overturned several times before halting. The passersby rescued both of them from the car and Manjit was taken to a hospital in a critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries.



Hospital employee ends his life
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 23
An employee of the civil hospital, Jagraon, committed suicide by jumping in front of a train here yesterday.

The deceased identified as Jasvir Singh, a Class IV employee hails from Kaunke Kalan village. Last morning at around 11.15 he parked his motorcycle near the railway track between Nanaksar and Gurusar Kaunke and jumped in front of Ludhiana bound 4LF train coming from Ferozepur. Sukhdev Singh, In charge police post Railway police, said the police found a suicide note from his body. It stated that he was committing suicide because of his wife. However, the sources revealed that he wanted to resign from his job due to harassment by SMO Hari Krishan Singla, Jagraon.

Jasvir had given a letter to his superior regarding the harassment. The SMO forwarded the letter to Sat Pal Sharma, civil surgeon, Ludhiana. The SMO, however, denied the allegation against him and maintained that Jasvir remained off duty without information.



Summer collection launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
John Players has launched a new collection ranging from cool casual wear, chic party wear to stylish formal wear. It offers a varied selection of slim-fit shirts, trendy trousers, cool t-shirts and stylish denims. Available in lightweight summery fabrics of cottons and linens in an array of bright hues like sunny yellow, cobalt blue, pink, greens and purples, the choice is wide and varied for the youth.

The meticulously crafted collection is an exciting mix of colours, playful styling and trendy fits. Starting at Rs 499 onwards, the collection is available at all John Players’ flagship stores and multi-brand outlets.



500 gram opium seized, man held
Our Correspondent

Raikot, April 23
The Jalaldiwal police has arrested a man and seized about half-a-kg of opium from his possession. Cops had on Tuesday barricaded a bridge on the drain at Dadahoor village. A man identified as Jagroop Singh (48) of Daudhar village, who now resides at Santokh Nagar, was going on his motorcycle (PB 56 A 9350) signaled to stop. Jagroop on seeing the police tried to escape but was nabbed after a brief chase. On being searched half-a-kg opium was seized. The contraband was concealed in his bag.



Rimpledeep shines in all three events
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 23
Harvest Tennis Academy’s trainee Rimpledeep Kaur stormed into the finals in girls’ singles Under-14, Under-16 and doubles Under-16, paring another player, also from the same academy, Rajbir Kaur in the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being played on the eleven synthetic courts on the campus of the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal, Ludhiana, today.

In singles Under-16 event, Rimpledeep had a close-breath win over Ravnoor Kaur of Chandigarh with score 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on board. In doubles event, Rimpledeep paring with Rajbir Kaur of Harvest Tennis Academy defeated pair of Nehal Sahini of Delhi and Shweta Sree Hari of Tamil Nadu 6-0, 6-3. Rimpledeep would now be playing her all three final matches tomorrow morning.

In boys’ Under-14, top seed Shaikh Abdullah of Andhra Pradesh beat Anshu Kumar Bhuyan of Orissa 6-1, 7-5, and second seed Nischay Rawal of Chandigarh beat Garvit Batra of Delhi 6-1, 6-2.

The finals for all events will start tomorrow at 9 am.

Results of matches played today are:

Girls’ singles Under-14 (Semi-finals):

Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) beat Lavanya Saravanan (TN) 2-1 (retd.);

Nehal Sahni (DLI) beat Shweta Shree Hari (TN) 6-1, 6-4;

Girls’ singles Under-16 (Semi-finals):

Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) beat Ravnoor Kaur (CHD) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4;

Nehal Sahni (DLI) beat Parminder Kaur (CHD) 6-2, 6-0;

Boys’ singles Under-14 (Semi-finals):

Shaikh Abdullah (AP) beat Anshu Kumar Bhuyan (ORS) 6-1, 7-5;

Nischay Rawal (CHD) beat Garvit Batra (DLI) 6-1, 6-2;

Boys’ singles Under-16 (Semi-finals):

Arjun Khade (MAH) beat Garry Singh Amor (CHD) 6-1, 6-4;

Ajay Yadav (CHD) beat Shaikh Abdullah (AP) 6-0, 6-0;

Girls’ doubles Under-16 (Semi-finals):

Rimpledeep Kaur & Rajbir Kaur (PB) beat Nehal Sahni (DLI) & Sweta Sree Hari (TN) 6-0, 6-3;

Parminder Kaur & Eetee Mehta (GUJ) beat Riya Bhatia (DLI) & Shivani Dabas (DLI) 6-1, 6-1;

Boys’ doubles Under-14 (Semi-finals):

Sushanta Mohanty (HAR) & Shailender Boniface (HR) beat Ranjeet Singh (CHD) & Fatehdeep Singh (PB) 0-6, 7-5, 10-3;

Karan Salwan (DLI) & Shashank Nautiyal (DLI) beat Garvit Batra (DLI) & Arindam Dutta (HAR) 6-4, 7-5;

Boys’ doubles Under-16 (Semi-finals):

Villaser Khate (HAR) & Ajay Yadav (CHD) beat Arjun Khade (MAH) & Rishab Dev (PB) 6-4, 6-2;

Harry Jindal (PB) & Shaikh Abdullah (AP) beat Jatinder Singh (CHD) & Anshu Kumar Bhuyan (ORS) 6-3, 7-6(3).



Inter-District Cricket Tournament
Ludhiana scores 401 in first innings
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 23
With a century hit by Sandeep Singh (167) and equally useful contributions by Tejus Taneja (76) and Abhinav Bhatia (68), the Ludhiana team scored 401 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the stipulated 95 overs against the Amritsar team on the first day of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy.

The match was played at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today. Ludhiana won the toss and chose to bat first.

The first innings revolved around Sandeep Singh who faced 252 deliveries and struck 25 hits over the ropes.

Tejus chipped in with 76 runs with the help of 12 boundaries while Abhinav Bhatia made 68 runs in 80 balls.

Other main scorers were Lekh Raj (25), Gaurav Sharma (21) and Sunny Pandey (13).

Shivam Chugh and Karan Sharma scalped two victims each while Karan Punj and Rohan Marwaha grabbed one wicket each.

Amritsar team, in the first innings scored 30 runs for no loss after eight overs at the draw of stumps.



Athletes felicitated
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 23
Athletes from Ludhiana who have brought fame to the city in the different tournaments were honoured at a function organised by the Guru Nanak Stadium, here yesterday.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honoray general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association gave away prizes to the athletes.

Athletes who were honoured are- Gurpreet Singh (110m hurdles national record holder); Hardeep Kaur (Asian record holder in hammer throw); Malkit Singh (represented India in the Junior World Athletics meet); Inderjit Singh (gold medallist in the 4x400m relay in the Youth Commonwealth Games); Balwinder Singh (visually impaired athlete, a national record holder in 100m sprint and long jump events); Satinder Singh (represented India in the 400m hurdles race in the Asian meet).



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