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Caliber Plaza Theft 
CCTV footage helps police identify accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The CCTV footage has helped the police to identify the accused who committed theft at Caliber Plaza on Sunday night.

The footage shows how the accused entered the mall and stole Rs 12 lakh. Mann Singh, president of the mall, and manager Kuldeep Singh said after the theft took place, they persuaded the the Apsra showroom owner to check the CCTV recordings.

After inspection of the recordings, the shop owner zeroed in on the accused and informed the police that it was his newly appointed servant - Amman - a resident of Bihar, who along with two other accomplices committed the theft.

According to the CCTV footage, two accused were seen entering the mall and later they were followed by a well-dressed youth who was coordinating with a man waiting in a vehicle parked outside. Later, they were seen taking money in a polythene bag, said the police.

SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the accused have been identified and the police has launched a hunt to nab them. 

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45-yr-old man clubbed to death 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
A 45-year-old man was bludgeoned to death by his sister-in-law at Khanpur village here today. The deceased has been identified as Parsand Singh, who succumbed to injuries at a hospital this afternoon.

The accused, Jaspal Kaur, widow of Parsand’s elder brother Teja Singh, said that he was trying to develop illicit relations with her but she refused. Last night, he made another attempt but she retaliated and hit a wooden bar on Parsand's head.

Parsand sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital by the neighbours where he succumbed to injuries.

The accused was living in a common house with her three children and Parsand.

The police has registered a case and arrested the accused.


16-yr-old injured in knife attack

Ludhiana, May 14
Mandeep Singh (16) was seriously injured in an attack with a knife by his neighbour over a dispute.

The knife punctured his chest, causing heavy bleeding. He was brought to Christian Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardio-vascular surgery, stated that Mandeep was taken up for emergency heart surgery.

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Verka GM booked for milk pilferage 
Tip of the iceberg, scam worth crores likely to be unearthed: Chairman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The police has booked the general manager of Verka milk plant and four others for allegedly stealing milk from a tanker of the milk plant and supplying it to a private dairy owner.

The tanker driver and the driver of the private dairy were nabbed in Mangli village last night. The police has registered a case on the complaint of Verka milk plant chairman Ajmir Singh Bhagpur.

The chairman said that it was a tip of the iceberg as the accused were allegedly involved in the illegal trade for the past over one-and-a-half-year. He said a scam running into crores was likely to be unearthed after investigation.

The accused have been identified as GM, Verka milk plant, Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh, B.K Madan, Mishra and tanker driver Harnaik Singh.

The health department officials also took the samples of the milk.

The chairman said that he along with a few employees of the milk plant saw some people taking out milk from the tanker at Mangli village. He said the milk was being shifted to a mini-truck.

The chairman alleged that the stolen milk was further supplied to Kamal Kumar, a private dairy owner in Haibowal.

Inderjeet Singh SHO, Sahnewal, said a case under Sections 379, 272 and 407 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. 

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Only 4 out of 44 pass Class VIII; parents protest
Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, May 14
A state awardee principal has reportedly been warned by the district education authorities due to bad performance by students in the middle exam. Parents of the students today staged a protest in front of the school and burnt the effigy of school principal Sukhdev Singh of Government Middle School of Ghamnewal village near Humbran.

He got the state award for his exemplary performance in teachinglast year. The parents claimed that out of 44 students, who appeared in the exams, only four had been passed.

The parents, led by sarpanch of Manewal village Raghubir Singh, lambardar Sham Singh, panches of Ghamnewal village Parminder Singh and Daljit Kaur, held a dharna. They were demanding the transfer of the school principal, who has been serving the school since 1995.

A number of students, who have failed many times in the middle exams, narrated their woes to The Tribune team who visited the village. Sarabjit Kaur of Mania village, who failed thrice in the exams, said teachers of the school were not interested in teaching. They used the students as their domestic servants.

Mandeep Kaur of Ghamnewal, who also failed thrice in the exams, said the teachers always engaged them to clean the school premises. The teachers hardly spent 2-3 hours in the school.

They came late and left the school early. Baljinder Kaur and Mandeep Kaur of the same village said their career was ruined by the school teachers.

However, principal Sukhdev Singh, who is also a scribe of a vernacular daily, said the students in this school were very weak. Moreover, the parents were also non-cooperative and the students missed the extra classes in the school.

He claimed that 11 students of his school had passed and the result was better as compared to other government school. He said in Govt School of Humbran, only 10 students had passed out of 112 students.

He said the overall result was very poor. Sarpanch of Ghamnewal village Manjit Singh condemned the protest dharna by the villagers. He said he was satisfied by the teaching.

Later DEO Amarjit Kaur visited the school and warned the staff of the school for the poor performance in the exams by the students.

Talking to The Tribune, she said she was also surprised how the principal managed to get the state award last year. She said the school had been order ed to take weekly exams and if there in no improvement in the students, action against the school staff would be initiated.

She also said she was making a list of schools that fared poorly in the exams and would take care that either the school result improved or the school teachers face the heat.

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Dental college in absentee fine row
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Reacting to the collection of absentee fine by the college authorities, a group of students of BJS Dental College has blamed the college authorities for violation of the guidelines issued by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS).

The students alleged that the college authorities were unscrupulously charging “absentee fine” even from the students with 90 per cent attendance under the garb of clearance of “no dues”.

The Students Organisation of India of BJS Dental College, Ludhiana, is highlighting the issue of imposition and collection of illegal fine at the time of delivery of roll numbers to students for final examinations.

Weary of paying the fines, a student's mother wrote to the BFHUS on February 19, 2009, seeking information under the RTI Act on the guidelines pertaining to the imposition of fines. The university, in its official communication, wrote, "The university has no rules in the matter."

On the other hand, college principal DS Kalsi, referring to the BFUHS rule, said, "It is mentioned in the university ordinance of September, 2004, that the colleges can charge fines from students under various categories to maintain discipline in the institute. The university has quantified Rs 50 per lecture as the absentee fine," the principal said.

He also stated that the college was issuing receipt for the amount charged from the students.

The contradictory statements issued by the university have brought the role of the officials, including the Vice-Chancellor, under scanner as it has resulted in complicating the matter rather than resolving the issue.

Added a senior faculty from the college, “the BFHUS should take up the matter seriously and resolve it once and for all. It is the prerogative of the university authorities to take decisions pertaining to fee, stipends and other monetary matters.”

Alleged Manraj Kaur Dhaliwal, a college intern, that the college authorities had hired a cameraman who was making a video of girl students. “We are apprehensive that this video can be tempered with and misused to defame us,” Manraj alleged further.

The Student Organisation of India called upon the Vice-Chancellor of the BFUHS, Faridkot , the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana, to take action against Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Ludhiana, for extortion and collection of huge amounts without issuance of proper receipts.

The organisation also requested the SSP to take action against photographing of the girl students without their permission in the college. 

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Staff on poll duty not paid wages
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Employees, who were put on duties for the Lok Sabha elections yesterday, are up in arms against the district administration for not being paid remuneration.

Several employees from Education department, Industry department, Punjab Agricultural University, BSNL, etc complained that officials with the district administration were dilly-dallying in making the payments.

The administration, on the other hand, claimed that these employees reported late on polling stations, hence were marked absent. So there was no question of making payments to them.

An employee from the vegetable department of the PAU said he was asked to report at constituency number 68 at Dakha but was put under surplus category.

"About 25 parties were kept on reserved duties. We all had marked our attendance on both May 12 and May 13. We remained at the constituency till the time polling was over. But when we asked the officials to pay our remuneration, they refused", alleged the employee.

Another lecturer Rajbir Singh (name changed) said one of the Returning Officers at Sahnewal’s constituency number 59 said as per Election Commission guidelines, polling officers had to be paid Rs 900.

“I had marked my attendance also. But now, I am being denied remuneration”, he rued further, adding that approximately 60-70 employees were kept under surplus staff at this constituency and all were not being given the wages by the administration.

Deputy Commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, however, said the surplus staff, who had reported at their constituencies at 6 in the morning, had been paid remuneration.

These employees, who were complaining, had reported much later. They had marked their attendance on a plain paper and handed over to the SDM. “Some of them had even protested in front of SDMs office. But we have to maintain the discipline. Rather, we are deciding to send show-cause notices to them, who took the duties so casually”, said the DC.

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Kids made to study in unhygienic environs
MC fails to act as vendors leave rotten fruits, veggies behind
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Heaps of garbage, dirt and the filth scattered outside Baba Ishar Singh Public School, BRS Nagar, is polluting the air that those studying in this school inhales. Just near the garbage dump, vegetable market is organised on every Sunday.

A large number of hawkers bring vegetables and fruits and other household goods here for selling in the market. The residents of the adjoining colonies purchase vegetables from here.

The vegetable market starts functioning from the forenoon and ends at around 10 pm. Vegetable and fruit hawkers close their shops and leave for their homes without even bothering to clean the area of ripe fruits and vegetables.

Most of the filth, thus, is left in and around the school and other residences. The smell is so nauseating that it becomes difficult to even pass through this area. The market, which is located along the Sidhwan Canal, gives a shabby look.

Sarabjeet Kaur, Principal, Baba Isher Singh Public School, says: “The garbage dump has become a feasting ground for the heads of crow. This is unhygienic. We have organised demonstrations, approached Municipal Corporation on numerous occasions.

But, the garbage dump has not been removed so far. It’s a constant eyesore and a source of pollution. The stink is affecting the health of the students.”

This road where the market is organised is known as the southern bypass. The vehicular traffic on this road is heavy. Numerous accident and road rage cases have been reported till date. The authorities should shift this market to a nearby location to check the congestion on the road 

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Day after poll, party offices deserted
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
After days of hectic activity, candidates and party workers relaxed for a day today. The offices of all candidates looked deserted throughout the day. Many of them who went to meet them returned disappointed.

A number of workers, while talking to The Tribune said they were feeling tired after working for almost two months. Many of them even spent the day sleeping while for some anxious moments marked the day two days before the poll results.

Several workers and a candidate were busy calling up various sources to access the outcome of the poll. They were seeking opinion of political watchers as well as mediapersons.

Since mostly they remained unavailable, the residents of the city said they have already starting behaving the way they would after winning elections.

An angry resident said he had specially gone to a candidate’s office but could not find anybody there. ‘‘There was nobody at the Congress, SAD and the BSP offices. He added he tried calling them on the phones also but to no avail. ‘‘Their phones were switched off. Though they claimed to be holding meetings with the District Election Officer,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, the candidates said they would be in action from tomorrow again. It was only that they had done a lot of work in the past and were trying to relax. ‘‘The anxiety is also there. But never mind it is a battle and there has to be a winner and a loser,’’ said a candidate. 

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Voters braved sweltering conditions
Poll staff defied EC orders, failed to provide ORS packets, wet towels
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Though the Election Commission had directed the officials on the polling booths to keep with themselves ORS packets and wet towels for electorates, most of them were found defying the orders.

In a survey conducted by The Tribune team at 1,328 polling stations in the Ludhiana constituency, most of them were found to be unknown about the directions. Besides, even tents, which were to be installed for the benefit of the voters, were also not seen at majority of the polling stations.

Interestingly, a handful of polling stations, which had ORS packets, had kept the sachets under the table, far away from the voters’ reach due to the reasons best known to them.

When the staff on duty was asked about it, they revealed that they were not provided with any such material by the EC. "We were not told to have ORS packets or wet towels. And if it was so, we should have been given these materials with our election kits," said an official on poll duty.

He, however, added that potable water was made available to the voters and weather in city was not too hot on the poll day.Another official on poll duty said, "We never heard of any such directions by the EC.

I have been performing poll duty for the past 15 years and no such arrangements like tents or ORS packets have been ever made by the EC.” He added that he was not even aware that voters can even ask for it from them.

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Attacks on mediapersons condemned
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
Condemning the recent attacks launched on mediapersons in Punjab during the Lok Sabha polls, the Global India Foundation has appealed to the Press Council of India and Election Commission to take action against the miscreants.

Foundation’s chairman Harjinder Pal Singh Walia said, “In India, where freedom of press has set an example for other nations, such incidents have proved that the fair press has to face many challenges in the coming years.”

He said, “The recent elections have witnessed heights of cleverness by the vernacular newspapers, who have published advertisements in the form of news. Such acts have made the profession a subject of mockery among the people.

The Press Council of India should take the matter with the Journalist's Guild so that such incidents are not repeated again,” he added.

The federation is making analysis of the news and advertisements published in the vernacular newspapers and would be submitting a report about it to the PCI.

“The credibility of journalists is on stake especially after the present scenario,” said Walia.

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Roopa Ganguly for serials with social message
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Roopa Ganguly, who played the role of Draupadi in the serial “Mahabharata”, relates herself to Draupadi in real life too. “Like Draupadi, I am also a perfectionist,” she said during a video conferencing here today. After a break of several years, Roopa Ganguly will now be seen in Zee TV’s serial ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo.’

Commenting on the character of Sumitra being played by her in this serial she said, “Sumitra is not like me. I am the exact opposite of her. She is a very goody-goody character.”

When asked about her long absence from the small screen, she said, “I do not belong to Mumbai and after staying here for nearly two years, I went back to my hometown, Kolkota. I have done a number of films in Bengali with actors like Aparna Sen and Mrinal Sen.”

Observing the trend of serials being made on social issues, she adds, “It is a good step taken up by the production houses. Everybody has seen enough of Saas-Bahu stuff and now quality serials with a message are coming up. Awareness needs to be created about such social issues through television.”

Sushmita Mukherjee, who is playing an important character of Gangiya in the serial, said it had been a long journey from Kitty to Gangiya.

She started her journey with the serial “Karamchand”, where she played the role of Kitty. “Kitty was a very bubbly and modern character, while Gangiya is a very intense and de-glamourised character,” she adds.

She further said, “I have done a variety of roles on the big and small screen. My journey has been fulfilling.”

Telling about her character in the serial, she added that she is playing the head matron of the house and all decisions of daily household chores are taken by her, but she is very cunning and manipulative. 

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Local bodies dept mum on sewermen’s death
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The silence of the local bodies department for the death of two sewermen working with the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, who died while cleaning sewers in Mansa during the wee hours on April 29, has put the working of the Punjab government under scanner.

With Municipal Corporation officers said the sewermen were sent officially and compensation were paid to the sewermen's families, the question is that does the civic body powerful to send class IV employees on deputation without permission by the local bodies department.

Documents available with The Tribune reveal that the communication for sending these employees was done between the staff of the Municipal Corporation and the Mansa Municipal Committee without involving the local bodies department.

It was done after the election code came into force and the communication stated that there was emergency as drains were choked and stagnant water could lead to epidemic.

However, manipulation in paper work can be done even today as the local bodies department of the Punjab government has failed to clear its stand on the issue.

Interestingly, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal's wife Harsimrat Kaur was contesting poll from Bathinda and Mansa was a part of this constituency.

When Local Bodies Chief Secretary DS Bainswas contacted today, he stated that he was now out of the country and would return on May 30.

Earlier, Congress councillor Raju Thapar had made complaints about the deaths of these two sewermen to the election observers in Ludhiana too stating that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had sent them without seeking approval from the Election Commission during the code of conduct, but no action has taken.

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Nurses Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The Nurses day was celebrated by the College of Nursing, CMC here. A panel discussion on the sub-theme “Violence at work place” was organised on the occasion.

Triveni Rajappa, nursing superintendent, CMCH, was the chief guest.

She said violence against nurses was a huge problem throughout the society. Despite the fact that nurses work so hard to help save the patients, they were often subjected to violence.

Elements leading to violence, included a causative factor, environment conducive to violence, offender and target. In order to give quality care to patients, work place should be made violence-free by measures like establishing a healthcare and safety committee, which will monitor, evaluate and address the issues, which could lead to violence at workplace.

The information on policies against violence should be disseminated through print and electronic media.

Professor Triza Jiwan, principal, College of Nursing, CMC, said this profession demands greater degree of physical activity , alertness and reflex action.

Empathetic attitude, along with proper nursing skills for faster recovery of the patients should be an attribute to her dedication and commitment.

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Vacations
Students plan camping, trekking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
With summer vacation round the corner, schoolchildren have already started planning for it. While some have decided to attend workshops and summer camps others have planned to go for camping and trekking.

Amit Verma's Dance and Fitness Studio has introduced "Kidiz Gym", which includes various activities like hip-hop, street dance, Bollywood dance and fun games.

While others who want to enhance their communication skills could opt for English speaking and personality development courses. “ I have planned to join an English speaking course this vacation, as it would add to my knowledge,” Shruit Dev, a student.

Baithak at Ayali Khurd is also providing a plethora of activities for children this vacation. The activities comprise dance, yoga and laughing exercise.

There are still other students who have planned to beat the heat amidst hills. Schools are taking trips to various places like Dalhousie, Khajiar and Dharamshala.

Summet Grewal said he would be going to Rajgarh for trekking and camping. 

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3D course for students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) has announced the launch of a new 3D course, the Advanced Diploma in 3D-Xpert (AD3DXPert), at its training centre here.

Simmi Singh, centre head, MAAC, Ludhiana, said the new curriculum would have three semesters, with basics of digital film-making and cinematography forming the first semester, along with the physical medium of stop motion animation.

The second semester would contain the fundamental concepts of 3D. At the end of this semester, the students would have a foundation in 3D and would be counselled by their faculty as to what specialisation suits them. 

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BVM, Everest school students shine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Students of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir and Everest Public Senior Secondary School have shown 100 per cent results of the middle standard examinations of the Punjab School Education Board session 2008-09.

The total number of students that appeared in BVM Udham Singh Nagar is 161, in BVM Chandigarh Road is 23 and in Dugri is 11. The result was 100 per cent with two students, Priya Verma of BVM USN and Rishabh Kumar of BVM Chd Road, brought laurels by securing position merit.

Himani Arora of Everest Public School topped the school securing 88.5 per cent, Nancy and Ishpreet Kaur stood second and third securing 88.2 per cent and 88 per cent. Twelve students have got more than 80 per cent. As many as 57 students have got first divisions.

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A philanthropist to the core
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 14
Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, chief patron, managing board, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, whose bhog ceremony falls on May 17, was aptly a philanthropist to the core.

She was born on 20th February, 1927, at Jamshedpur of Gurbaksh Singh Katani, former vice-president, SGPC, and Bibi Basant Kaur, sister of Baldev Singh, the first defence minister of India. She did her schooling till 9th standard from Jamshedpur.

The family shifted to Doraha. Here her father set up the first steel rolling mill in Punjab. She got married to a renowned physician, educationist, social worker and an active politician, Dr Ishwar Singh at the age of 18.

Being the president and finally the chief patron of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, and Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, she was thoroughly dedicated to the cause of educating women especially those living in rural areas.

Despite her failing health, she carried on with the task of promoting education and awareness undertaken by her husband late Dr Ishwar Singh in the town and surrounding villages. She provided monetary assistance to the meritorious and needy students.

She contributed lakhs of rupees for constructing Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall at Guru Nanak National College and a multipurpose gymnasium at Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School.

Bibi Bhagwant Kaur was the life member of the Red Cross society of Punjab. She had opened Mata Sahib Deva Trust, a destitute centre at Jaspalon. She had been assisting the poor widows by contributing sewing machines to help them become self-reliant.

During the Indo-China war in 1962 and with Pakistan in 1965 and 1971, she assisted the jawans. Even after the Partition, she along with her father and husband worked selflessly towards the rehabilitation of refugees at Doraha.

She gave land to the needy during the bhoodan movement and had been closely associated with Vinobha Bhave. For her commendable services towards society, she was honoured by the Punjab Heritage Foundation in 2001 at Patiala.

The untimely death of her only son made her stronger. A religious woman to the core, she was the president of the management committee of Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Oraha.

She is survived by daughter-in -law Dr Sarbjit Kaur, two daughters, Roop Brar and Sartaj Dhillon, and grandchildren. Her bhog ceremony will takes place on May 17 between 1pm to 2 pm at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall.

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Free treatment for disabled students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan wing of the Punjab Education Department is providing free treatment to disabled students studying in the government schools.

According to official information, the SSA wing would work in association with Christian Medical College and Hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, the Bharat Vikas Parishad of Ludhiana and Dr Ujjagar Singh Hospital, Bathinda.

The department conducted a survey last year to find out the disabilities among the students.

Students would be treated for diseases like polio and cerebral palsy.

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Farm engineers in demand
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Agricultural engineering graduates from the PAU have been maintaining the trend of getting the jobs early, even one year before completing their degrees. This was stated by PK Gupta, dean, College of Agricultural Engineering, while discussing the scenario of on-campus placements here today.

He said the farm engineers were in great demand among the leading corporate houses these days. Various reputed companies selected at least 21 students in 2008-2009. Even a few banks had selected a few students for the lucrative jobs, he added.

He said the candidates were selected after a written aptitude tests and rigorous interviews. Gupta added that selected students had excelled in various professions. “It’s a matter of pride that the PAU students selected by prominent companies have been provided training in the international forum as well’, Gupta stated.

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Man commits suicide, wife booked
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 14
Twenty two days after a man allegedly committed suicide, his wife has been booked for abetting to suicide. An employee of the local civil hospital had committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on April 22.

The deceased was identified as Jasvir Singh, a Class IV employee, who hailed from Kaunke Kalan.

Sukhdev Singh, in charge, Railway police post, stated that a suicide note was recovered from the man’s body. In it, he had stated that he was committing suicide because his wife had made his life miserable.

However, sources revealed that there was another note in which he had shown willingness to resign from his job due the harassment at the hands of the SMO. He had handed over the letter to a dentist who happened to be his senior.

The lady doctor handed over the letter to the SMO who in turn forwarded it to Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Sat Pal Sharma. However, Hari Krishan Singla had refuted the allegations.

The Railway police post in charge arrested Charanjit Kaur, widow of Jasvir Singh, and remanded him in two days police custody.

Man beaten up, 3 booked

Khanna: Three persons were booked today for beating another man near the Novalty Cinema road on Monday. Gaurav Manroo, a resident of Suniara Market, alleged that Munish Mann, Lali and Raj Kumar, all residents of old Saran, had thrashed him without any provocation. A case under Sections 324 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the three accused. — TNS

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Lawyers continue to boycott court
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 14
Lawyers continued to boycott Judicial Magistrate Pooja Andotra’s court even today. The District Bar Association appears to have taken a tough stand on this issue. It has also warned that any member found appearing in the particular court would shun to be its member.

The lawyers, who alleged misbehaviour on the part of a senior member of the district bar association, decided to boycott the court on May 12.

The DBA today pasted a notice outside the judicial officer’s court as well as at different places in the court complex, which states” The executive committee of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana, has decided to implement the decision of completely boycotting the court of Pooja Andotra at the general house meeting on May 12.

Those appearing in the court will be fined Rs 500 and will be shun to be its member,” they warned.

In order to put a check on the entry of lawyers, DBA secretary Kamaljit Sharma along with other lawyers Sanjeev Sharma, Subash Lal, SP Singh, were seen standing outside the court.

Talking to The Tribune, the DBA secretary said they had sent the copy of resolution passed by the general house had been sent to District and Sessions Judge GK Rai. He said the boycott would continue till the matter was resolved amicably.

In case it was not resolved, they would move a representation to Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Tirath Singh Thakur.

The controversy erupted after Ashok Mittal, a lawyer, submitted a written representation to DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman alleging that the judicial officer ‘changed an order after pronouncement’.

He had also alleged ‘misbehaviour’ on the part of officer when he brought it to the knowledge of the court. Meanwhile, a few judges tried to defuse the situation by talking with a few DBA office-bearers but it failed to materialise. 

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