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Punjab Board Class X Result 
Factory worker’s girl tops in dist
Girls do better again
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The Punjab School Education Board declared the result of Class X examination today.

Neha Sharma of BCM Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur, secured third position in Punjab and first position in Ludhiana district while Amanjot Singh of RS Model Senior Secondary School got second position in the district and fourth in the state.

Diksha Gupta, studying at Nankana Sahib Senior Secondary Public School, Kila Raipur, has stood third in the district and 13th in the state.

Neha Sharma is the daughter of a factory worker. The Tribune was the first one to break the good news to her mother, who said her joy knew no bounds. “Neha is studying in Class XI at a government school in Himachal since they could not afford the high fee in Ludhiana. She used to study a lot,” she said.

Amanjot Singh said he expected more than 90 per cent. He used to study for 10 hours every day. His mother said he was very hard working.

Diksha Gupta has taken up non-medical stream and wants to be an engineer. 


Plot Allotment
VB scans record for irregularities
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 2
A team of officials from the vigilance department today inspected record of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) pertaining to allotment of plots in the name of certain employees of the Trust, including those in the name of their blood relations.

Details were also sought from certain superintendent-level officials about their assets in the wake of complaints of amassing wealth grossly disproportionate to their income.

Although the vigilance officials deployed for the probe refused to make any comments, it was reliably learnt that the team was here to inquire into a complaint about allotment of the number of plots to an official and his family members in different schemes of the LIT during last few years. The said official was also under the scanner for having immovable property apparently disproportionate to his known sources of income.

All through the day, the vigilance officials inspected files pertaining to allotment of specific plots in the Trust schemes, which indicated that they were acting on a complaint against the official.

Some other files of the plots, required in the course of ongoing probe into allotment of plots to locally displaced persons and housing societies, which were not made available by the staff of sales branch earlier, were also checked and taken to Chandigarh later in the day for further inspection, it was learnt.



Two gangsters shot 
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, June 2
Two gangsters were shot here today. Around 3 pm, Jarnail Singh, alias Jaily (30), leader of a gang of about 35 members, equipped with weapons attacked the house of Tara Singh.

Darshan Singh, nephew of Tara Singh, had got a case registered against Jarnail Singh and his two accomplices, Kulwinder Singh, alias Tari, and Balwinder Singh of the same village under the Arms Act on May 22 when the trio tried to shoot him and his friend Pardeep Singh.

The gang had attacked an eyewitness, panch Jaspreet Singh, this afternoon for complaining against them and injured him seriously. Later, the gang challenged Darshan Singh to reach the canal at around 5 pm. The gang instead attacked him at his house at 3 pm, suspecting him to be alone at home.

At that time, his uncle Tara Singh, aunt and grandmothers were in the house.

Left with no alternative, he opened fire at the attackers, killing Jarnail Singh on the spot. One other assailant, Raja of Kalsian village, was also seriously injured. Afraid of police action, the members of the gang took him to the Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

No case was registered till the filing of the report.



Drugs worth Rs 20 lakh seized from godown 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The department of health and family welfare today seized habit forming drugs worth Rs 20 lakh in a raid carried out at an unlicensed godown on Bagh Khajanchian road.

A team of health officials led by state drug controller Bhag Singh confiscated 14,54,500 tablets, 6,24,000 capsules, and 1,760 cough syrups from the godown owned by Subhash Dhawan.

A case has been registered against Dhawan for violation of Section 18 C of the Drug and Cosmetics Act. The offender also owns a licensed drug store at Pindi Street and is reportedly a habitual offender. He has been booked twice for selling such drugs at his licensed store without the sale purchase record.

The state drug controller said the department had information about the stock of unlicensed drugs and had made several attempts to raid the premises earlier also, but the owner somehow managed to escape.

“Today, we conducted a surprise check and had to wait for two hours to catch him as he came to open the godown,” he said.

Admitting that drug addiction was on the rise among the youth in Punjab due to easy accessibility of drugs at chemists/drug stores without the prescription of a doctor, the state drug controller said stringent laws and strict execution of laws was the only answer to the problem.

However, maintaining anonymity, a senior health official at the Civil Surgeon’s office said: “Such raids are useless until the government chalks out a foolproof plan to check chemists from selling schedule ‘H’ drugs to people without prescription. The sale of these drugs is a major source of income for every druggist and chemist in Punjab,” he said.

A large number of people who are undergoing trial for violation of the drug Act are back in the business as they get a bail soon after the registration of a case against them. Also, they carry on with their illegal activities.



Eroded canal banks worry residents
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2
Residents of this part of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts are sore at the indifferent attitude of the canal authorities.

While the administration in the other parts of the state has launched preventive measures and is strengthening banks of various canals to prevent flooding during monsoon, the canal authorities here have not even bothered to repair breaches on the banks of the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal circle passing through the area.

Hundreds of families living at Dehliz, Maherna, Maholi, Jandali Khurad, Jandali Kalan, Chhanna, Pohir, Jagera, Butahri, Jhammat and dozens of other villages situated on the bank of the canal apprehend threat to their lives and property due to floods.

In a communication to the Chief Minister, the irrigation minister and the Deputy Commissioners of Ludhiana and Sangrur, people have voiced their concern over the slack attitude of the canal authorities.

They alleged that the authorities had been misleading the civil works department with regard to the condition of the banks of the Sirhind canal. The condition was worse near Maherna, Dehliz, Jandali Khurad, railway bridge, Butahri, Khatra and Maksudra villages.

The canal banks are continuously eroding, but the authorities are yet to wake up from their slumber. Villagers have sent SOS calls to the authorities concerned, but to no avail. The higher authorities, in the canal department, however, had been claiming that those living along the canal were safe.

The survey of villages situated along the canal revealed that the roads lining the banks of the canals were being eaten into by the swift flow of water.

At some places, including the Jandali bridge area, the earth had caved in to the extent that the road had turned into a narrow trail where cars could not pass.

Villagers living along the river said they were having sleepless nights due to the fear that the pressure of water could rise in the canal and result in the washing away of weak banks. They say that the local administration does not have adequate flood-fighting equipment as this area is not a flood-prone area.

While a metalled road protects the southern bank of the canal, sensitive points can give way any time with the water gushing into the villages. The bricks of almost all wharfs have since been washed away by the current.



Fire at defunct sugar mill
Our Correspondent

Raikot, June 2
A fire that broke out in a sugar mill compound today destroyed vegetation spread over 70 acres. The fire broke about 12.30 pm and spread throughout the overgrown vegetation around the mill.

The Jagraon Cooperative Sugar Mill is spread over 96 acres and has been unattended to since its closure in 2005. Since then, several trees and plants had grown in the area. Though the mill was closed, it still housed around 350 employees and their families who helped in controlling the fire.

They had a narrow escape as the fire could not reach godowns/tanks where huge quantity of chemicals and molasses were stored. The fire had reached the main transformer of the mill, but timely action of the police, administration and the fire brigade managed to check its spread.

The fire engines from Moga, AF Halwara and Ludhiana were pressed into service. Scores of trees were destroyed in the fire. Fire-fighting equipment at the mill was ineffective as the mill had been declared closed by the state government about five years ago.



Bid to encroach upon prime land of LIT
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
A piece of 1.84 acre of prime land in posh locality of Model Town Extension (C-Block) here, with a market value of more than Rs 25 crore, is under threat of encroachment by certain persons. The sign board put up at the site by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has been repeatedly removed by those trying to usurp the land and Trust officials have been threatened with dire consequences many times in the past.

Even as a police probe is still on to determine the ownership rights, some persons removed the sign board of the LIT once again yesterday and a notice was pasted on the boundary wall saying the land did not belong to the Trust. Not only this, Jagdev Singh Khalsa claimed to be the owner of the property and also provided his mobile numbers on the sign board.

The LIT officials have lodged a formal complaint with the SSP to take necessary steps against the miscreants to stop the bid to encroach upon the government land, which has been earmarked for a school.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that the piece of land lying in Boohra village was being eyed by certain persons, who own land in the adjoining Dugri area with different khasra numbers. A couple of months back also the sign board put up at the site by the LIT was replaced by those accused with the attempts to grab this prime property, with their own sign board, challenging the ownership of the land.

It was learnt that the person claiming to be the owner of this land had also filed a complaint before the SSP, challenging the ownership of the Trust over this piece of land and a probe was conducted by the SP (detective).

After going through the Trust record and relevant documents, it was ruled that the issue of ownership would be decided on the basis of revenue record and actual demarcation of the land, which was still to be done.



Date for registration at reserve price extended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
The state government has extended the period for registration of conveyance deeds of all immovable properties allotted by any government or semi-government departments (which includes Punjab Urban Development Authority, Greater Area Development Authorities, Improvement Trusts and municipal bodies) at reserve price for a further period of three months.

The revenue department had issued a notification on March 2, 2009 to allow allottees of government properties to clear their arrears by way of lump sum payment or through installments and avail of the facility of payment of stamp duty at reserve price of property, which would be deemed to be the collector’s rate.

The concession in payment of stamp duty was, however, available within three months of payment of last installment, up to May 31, 2009.

A notification was issued by Romila Dubey, Financial Commissioner (Revenue) and Secretary to Government of Punjab, department of revenue and rehabilitation, on May 28 to make necessary amendment to the Punjab Stamp (dealing of under-valued instruments) Rule 1983 and amendments made thereunder.

The facility of registration of conveyance deeds at allotment price will now be available till September 2.

The allottees of plots and flats from government agencies like PUDA, greater area development authorities and improvement trusts have hailed the extension of the facility for payment of stamp duty at reserve price as against prevailing collector’s rates, which are many times higher.

The move will benefit thousands of allottees of government properties who could not get their conveyance deeds registered for one reason or the other.

Saying that the step was a partial relief to the intended beneficiaries, Kuldeep Singh Kreer, general secretary of MIG Welfare Society here, however, said the condition of registration of conveyance deeds of properties allotted by government agencies within three months of making full and final payment, either in lump sum or installments, was a matter of frustration because in case of a delay of more than three months, the properties would be registered at prevailing market price as fixed by the Deputy Commissioner for different localities.

In a related development, the Rishi Nagar Welfare Association has asked the state government to issue directions to improvement trusts all over the state to implement the amended orders in letter and spirit so that maximum number of allottees of improvement trust properties could avail of the benefit.

“Adamant officials of Ludhiana Improvement Trust are still refusing to approve registration of conveyance deeds at allotment price and allottees are asked to pay stamp duty on prevailing collector’s rate,” lamented AK Maleri, president, and KC Soni, secretary of the association, respectively.



Nonfunctional telephones irk residents
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Subscribers falling under the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar telephone exchange have accused staff of the exchange of harassing them and showing uncooperative behaviour.

Subscribers alleged that the staff had never paid heed to their queries and their calls were barely attended by them. They had to stand in long queues for hours to pay their telephone bills.

Residents of Rajguru Nagar rued that their telephone sets were not functioning properly and nobody registered their complaints.

Dr Kulwant Singh Sandhu, a resident, said, “I called up at the exchange to register my complaint, but nobody attended the call. After a couple of days, I had to go to the exchange in the scorching heat and request the staff on duty to repair my telephone.”

Staff should be more alert and respond to every call, he added.

“Residents have been facing the problem for a long time but nothing concrete has been done so far,” said another resident.

Manavinder Singh, another resident, said he had to wait for half-an-hour to get his telephone bill deposited.

“Nobody came to the seat and it was only after repeated requests that they had deposited my bill,” he said.

Last month it was their faulty computer system which took a toll on their time, he added.

Sources in the department revealed that a meeting was held to discuss the problems, but officials of the exchange denied about any such problem persisting in the exchange.

Mohan Lal, deputy general manager, said no such problem existed in the exchange.

“Subscribers can lodge their complaints by calling at 198, which is a computerised number,” he added. 



Villagers allege pollution by solvent plant
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, June 2
Residents of Tappar Haarnia village on the Jalandhar road, near here, have been crying for help as a nearby factory has become a health hazard for them.

Jeet Kaur, a resident, said they were left with no other option but to leave the village. She said their tale of woe started when Ravi Nandan Goyal of Dhuri, owner of AP Refinery Private Limited, bought a piece of land measuring 6 acre near the village on the verbal commitment that the factory would be pollution-free.

But ever since the factory started its production six months ago, their life has been made a living hell by the ash emitted by the factory during the extraction of rice bran oil.

Some villagers have developed skin and eyes ailments because of the pollution from the solvent plant.

Village panch Ram Singh said the primary school of the village remained closed most of the days as students studying reported irritation in eyes.

Harjeet Kaur, another villager, said their life had been made miserable by the factory.

On the other hand, Ravi Nandan said they were not at fault. He said they were using rice husk as fuel as it was permissible under the pollution control norms of Punjab.

He added that he owned six solvent units at Dhuri, Malerkotla, Bhawanigarh, Mansa, Sunam and Jagraon and husk was used by them at all plants. However, they had not received any such complaint. They were complying with the pollution norms, he added.

He said he was in receipt of a complaint from villagers and would switch over to petcock, another type of fuel that does not emit any poisonous gas or ash, within 15 days.

He said the real problem arose when some villagers working in the factory on daily wages were removed as there was no work left for them. They then started using such arm-twisting methods to harass him, he claimed.



One-hour power cut imposed on city
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 2
With the demand for electricity from the agriculture sector going up for the forthcoming paddy operations and sweltering hot weather conditions continuing in the region, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has imposed one-hour daily power cut in all towns, district headquarters and category I (mixed) feeders from today.

The one-hour power cut was applied from 1 pm to 2 pm in city I, 2 to 3 pm in city II and 3 to 4 pm in city III, said PSEB officials.

According to sources in the PSEB, the demand for power from the domestic consumers was also at its peak in the wake of heat wave conditions during the day and the farm sector also required at least four-hour power supply, which had necessitated power cut on category I feeders in urban areas.

The prevailing gap between total availability of power and demand was stated to be around 100 lakh units, which was expected to go up further as the paddy sowing season will commence around second week of June.

As the power situation stands today and keeping in view the stepped up demand in the days to come, the duration of power cuts might have to be increased from anything between three and five hours, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the PSEB has also given effect to its decision not to allow peak load hour exemption to large supply (LS) consumers after May 31.

Henceforth, only those LS consumers will be allowed to run their units during peak load hours on payment of stipulated charges who have been availing of this facility on a regular basis till now.

The PSEB authorities, through a power regulation circular issued on January 27, 2009, had laid down that permission being granted to run LS units during peak load hours would expire on April 30, but thereafter the facility was extended till May 31.

Instructions had been issued to all LS consumers not eligible for exemption from peak load hour restrictions to avail of only the load permitted to them without payment of peak load exemption charges.

It was learnt that on the basis of representations made by affected LS consumers in the state for continuation of exemption from peak load hour restrictions, the PSEB had taken up the matter with the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission and a final decision was yet to be taken in this regard.



Farmers accuse co-op society of fraud
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 2
Members of the Agricultural Co-operative Society have accused society office-bearers of cheating them by charging higher interest rates on loan taken by them from the society.

As a majority of farmers are illiterate, the alleged fraud was not detected for quiet a long time.

Some educated farmers, however, got suspicious over the interest rate being charged and found out the wrongdoing. Dalla and Deherka villages have a joint co-operative society.

Society president Nirman Singh expressed ignorance over the issue as none of the members had complained to him in this regard.

He said if he received any complaint he would take appropriate action. However, he said he had started inquiry into the matter and would resolve the issue by June 7.

Secretary Kuljeet Singh Lali, however, termed it a clerical mistake. He said the members were issued receipts for what they had deposited with him.

Dalla village sarpanch Chand Singh Dalla said such extortion from farmers would not be tolerated. He said the excess amount recovered from the farmers be refunded and the guilty officials be suspended.

A number of farmers and influential persons of the area including Avtar Singh Rana, Gurcharanjit Singh Dalla, Bhagwant Singh, Daljit Singh, Inderjit Singh, Rajinder Singh, Saggar Singh, Jagjit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Bahadur Singh, Najar Singh, Mehar Singh were present.



Vigilance checks MC’s probe reports
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The vigilance team of the local bodies department visited the D-zone office of the MC here today to look for documents of various probes being undertaken by the department.

According to sources, the vigilance team was verifying various reports till the filing of this report. The major cases include construction of the fourth floor of a hotel and the illegal construction of London Hotel, which belongs to an Akali leader.

The sources said: “Vigilance officials also asked for documents pertaining to land allotment at the Focal Point area, but the site in question belonged to the Punjab State Infrastructure Development Corporation (PSIDC).” Reports being sought by the department were being provided by MC officials present during inspection.

Apart from it, encroachments at Kitchlu Nagar were being questioned, along with construction by Bedi Electronics on Ferozepur road.

A lot of inquiries related to the MC are already under way with the vigilance department and most of these have not reached their logical end.



BJYM memo on Oz attacks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Members of the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha today submitted a memorandum to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner in protest against attacks on Indian students in Australia.

Sandeep Kapoor, district president of the BJYM, said: “The assault targeting our students in Melbourne and bomb hurling at Sydney besides attack on a student in New Zealand was condemnable. The Australian government must deal firmly with hooligans.”

The BJYM has urged the central government to take up the matter at the appropriate level and assure action against the guilty at the earliest.



Vienna Killing
Checks at rly station, bus stand

Ludhiana, June 2
With the police been put on high alert throughout the state in anticipation of the arrival of slain Sant Ramanand’s body from Vienna, top police officials conducted a check at key locations of the city here today.

The body’s arrival, which is expected on June 4, has put extra pressure on the police in the wake “Ghalu Ghara week” being observed in the memory of the 1984 riot victims.

SSP and other top officers checked security arrangements at the railway station, bus stand, besides other key locations of the city.

The police sources said the security was beefed up in Jodhewal Basi and surrounding areas as well.

Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg hinted at the possible change in the timing of the imposition of curfew accordingly. — TNS



Take measures to stabilise prices, minister urged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has urged newly appointed Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh to take immediate measures to ensure the stability of prices of iron and steel especially HR coils, CR coils, strips and sheets, etc, which were the basic raw material of engineering industry in the small scale sector.

CICU general secretary Avtar Singh today said the cartel of big manufacturers of steel in the country needed to be controlled by appointing a steel regulatory authority that would govern the price structure of all such big manufacturers and protect the growth of engineering industry in the small-scale sector for its normal existence by keeping the basic raw materials stable.



Book on TB released

Ludhiana, June 2
The book, Multi-authored holistic approach to dreaded disease tuberculosis, edited by eminent chest physician Dr RS Bhatia, has been reprinted for the second edition. The book gives an amazing view of diversity and similarity.

Dr Bhatia was honoured by the Indian Chest Society for his contribution to respiratory medicine.

The book is an account of updated information about tuberculosis, which is affecting people across the globe. The chapters on immunology, AIDS and tuberculosis and revised national tuberculosis control programme, including DOTS, makes it very special for reading. — TNS



BSc agriculture hit among students
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
The six-year BSc agriculture (honours) course introduced by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) last year continues to be the favourite course among students this year too.

This is what the number of applications received for the course till now say.

The university has already received more than 1,000 applications for the academic session 2009-10 in spite of the fact that the last date of the receipt of applications is June 9 without late fee and June 17 with late fee. The authorities are expecting over 1,500 applications for 80 seats in the course.

Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director of communication of the university, said they had received a good response from the students.

"What makes the course a hit among students is the fact that there is no entrance test for it and admission is done on the basis of the merit of Class X,” Dhiman added.

Another factor making the course popular is the number of career options available after the completion of the degree.

“Farming and research are the options available after the completion of the course. However, MNCs and banking sectors are the other fields where students can have a bright future,” Dhiman said.

Last year, during the campus placement, companies like Mahindra had shown interest in the future prospects of employment of students of the course.

Last year, the number of seats for the course were increased from 40 to 70, keeping in view its popularity among the applicants. 



PAU Notes
Training for BSc, BTech students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Punjab Agricultural University began with one-month training on plant tissue culture and transformation.

Around 20 students of BSc and BTech from different states were enrolled for the same.

Dr SS Gosal, additional director of research (agriculture), said the training was being held in the laboratories of the School of Agricultural Biotechnology, PAU.

He said the training would mostly be practical oriented although knowledge about the basics of plant tissue culture and transformation would also be given to the trainees.

Moreover, they would be imparted with useful exposure to practical aspects of tissue culture, embryo-culture, agro-bacterium mediated transformation, genomic DNA isolation, PCR, etc.

He further said a similar training would be organised in July.

Dr Gosal said PAU was a preferred place for this training due to its facilities, scientific manpower and reputation.

He said students of different colleges pursuing BTech and BSc had a requirement for this one-month training.

Book release

The second edition of the book “Jeeve Dharat Haryavli” by Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, former director of extension education, PAU, will be released on June 4 during the meeting of PAU Kisan Club in the Wheat Auditorium on the university campus.

The book was an anthology of poems focusing on living and environmental concerns.

Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, will release the book. 



BCA II result declared
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
Students of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have achieved outstanding results by bagging four out of the top 10 university positions.

Sanchu Sethi has bagged the fourth position in the university by securing 81.88 per cent, Komal Ummat stood eighth with 81.18 per cent, Jyoti Gupta bagged the ninth position with 81.13 per cent and Sonam Lama stood tenth by securing 80.88 per cent.

Students of the college also clinched five out of the top 10 district positions.

The results are:

Sanchu Sethi 2, Komal Ummat 3, Jyoti Gupta 4, Sonam Lama 5 and Iksha Bansal 6.

As many as 84 students had appeared in the examination, out of which 65 got the first division.

Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal of the college, congratulated the students on this achievement.



Bid to rape 6-month-old; man booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 2
A 45-year-old man was booked for attempting to rape a 6-month-old girl at street No. 10 in Janakpuri here today. The incident happened this afternoon at “Paramjeet da Wehra” where around 10 families live in one-room quarters.

According to the mother of the girl, she took her child to the roof for a massage and left her there to fetch a bucket of water to bathe the child.

According to the police, finding the child alone, the accused, Bholu Ansari, a resident of Bihar and father of seven children, took the child to a room and tried to rape her. The girl’s screams alerted her mother, who along with some male members thrashed Ansari.

Arvind Singh Rana, a social worker, alleged that the owner, Paramjeet Singh, let off Ansari in spite of promising to hand him over to the police. The child was then taken to the civil hospital.

Later, the police registered a case against Ansari, who managed to flee.



Hooligans assault truck driver
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 2
Hooligans beat up a truck driver and forcibly took away his vehicle near Bija village. In his complaint to the police, truck driver Avtar Singh, a resident of Rajgarh village, said he was driving the truck from Mandi Gobindgarh and was bound for Jalandhar.

His truck was carrying 28 quintals of iron rods. When he stopped near Bija village to get the air pressure of the tyres of his truck checked, three unidentified men approached him.

They beat him up and then forced him to take the truck towards Tarkheri village in Amloh.

Later, they fled away from the spot taking away the truck.

In another incident, Sohan Singh, a resident of Issru village, was arrested with seven grams of smack from Chakohi village.

The police has booked him under the NDPS Act.



60 booked for group violence
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 2
The police has booked more than 60 persons of two groups who had a violent conflict on May 31. The groups equipped with sharp edged and blunt weapons clashed with each other at Gidderwindi village.

The police has booked 13 persons, including Gurjit Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Amandeep Singh.

The police has also booked 55 unidentified persons of both sides. No arrest has been made so far.



Two booked for bid to burn shop
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 2
Two persons were booked today for trying to burn a shop in Bivipur village near Payal. In his complaint to the police, Gurjant Singh stated that he sold general household items, cycle parts and books in his shop.

The accused, Beant Singh and Bhupinder Singh, burnt his shop over some dispute. He claimed that he had lost goods worth Rs 20,000. The police has registered a case.



Three booked for firing into air
Our Correspondent

Raikot, June 2
The Sudhar police has booked three persons for firing into the air to scare the complainant and beating him up on Saturday.

The complainant, Buta Singh of Rajoana Kalan, in his complaint to the police said he had 5 acres of agriculture land at two different places in the village but had only one tube well for irrigation.

In order to irrigate his other piece of land, he was laying underground pipes from one field to the other.

The accused — Nirmal Singh, Jagroop Singh and Satwinder Singh, alias Kanti — objected to this and intimidated him. They took out a 12 bore rifle and fired six shots in the air to scare the complainant.

SHO Sudhar Tehal Singh reached the scene and resolved the issue. The police booked the three under Sections 336 and 34, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Graft case: Two remanded in police custody
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 2
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate AS Virk today remanded the inspector of weight and measures department, Pritpal Singh, and assistant Som Parkash to one-day police remand in a graft case.

VB officials had pleaded before the court that they needed custody of the accused for a day in order to conduct fair investigation.

The duo was arrested by the sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau yesterday on the charges of accepting Rs 3,100 as bribe on a complaint moved by Sumit Kumar of Shivpuri.

The complainant had stated to VB officials that his father was working for repair of electronic scales of weight and measures.

They had also got a licence from the government for the same purpose.

On May 28, he went to the office of weight and measures situated at the Chandigarh road.

There he met the accused for passing some electronic scales of weight and measures, as per rules

But they demanded money for doing the job and the deal was struck at Rs 6,000, including Rs 2,900 as official fee, he added.



Punjab athletes hog limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Punjab athletes stole the limelight in the National Youth Athletics Championship held at Madurai in Tamil Nadu from May 29 to 31.

According to a press note issued by Isher Singh Deol, general secretary, Punjab Athletics Association, a six-member squad from Punjab competed in the meet and reaped rich haul of medals, besides winning the overall championship.

The athletes bagged six gold medals and five silver medals to stamp their superiority over others.

Kerala team, consisting of 36 athletes, won five gold, seven silver medals and had to content with second spot, while hosts Tamil Nadu with four gold, four silver and 10 bronze medals finished third.

Punjab athletes created three national and two meet records in this championship.

Gurwant Singh, shot-putter from Punjab, was declared best athlete in this event.

On the basis of their performance during the meet, Punjab athletes have been selected to represent India in the forthcoming Asian Youth Games to be held at Singapore from June 27 to July 3 and the World Youth Athletics Championship slated to be organised from July 8 to 12 in Italy.

Arpinder Singh, trainee of the SAI training centre, Ludhiana, established a new meet record in triple jump event with a leap of 15.21 m and also won a silver medal in long jump.

Another trainee from the centre, Bhagwant Singh, clinched gold medal in 100 m sprint and finished runner-up in 200 m race.

Gurwant Singh of Patiala with a throw of 18.20 m set a new national record in shot put and Prabhjot Singh from Amritsar hurled the disc to a distance of 59.62 m to create a new national record in discus throw.

Prabhjot Kaur of Patiala set a new meet record in shot put event with a throw of 12.94 m and she also bagged gold medal in discus throw, while Kirpal Singh from NIS, Patiala, bagged silver medals in shot put and discus throw events.

The Punjab Athletics Association will honour the athletes for bringing fame to the state at a function during the forthcoming Punjab State Athletics Meet, Deol added.



Ankur Kakkar to lead city
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
Punjab Ranji player Ankur Kakkar has been named captain of the Ludhiana team for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from June 6 at different venues in the state. Karan Goel will be his deputy.

The Ludhiana District Cricket Association conducted trials and picked up 39 probables who attended coaching camp and played practice matches prior to the selection of 16-member team for the forthcoming tournament.

The players: Ankur Kakkar, Karan Goel, Gaurav Marwaha, Deepak Bansal, Geetansh Khera, Bharat Malhotra, Gagandeep Dhand, Varun Chitkara, Rahul Singla, Varun Verma, Karan Puri, Lalit Malhotra, Chinton Sehgal, Tarun Passi, Chander Shekhar and Talwinder Singh.



Probables for softball meet announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 2
On the basis of their performance during the two-day Junior Punjab State Softball Championship held here at Guru Nanak Stadium on May 30 and 31, boys and girls have been picked up as probables for the 27th Junior National Softball Championship scheduled to be held at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh from June 9 to 14, according to Pran Nath Passi, honorary secretary, Punjab Softball Association.

The boys have been advised to report at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, and girls at Holly Heart Senior Secondary School, Sangrur, to attend training camp for the forthcoming national meet.

The boys: Mandeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Kunal Khurana from Sangrur; Vikramjit, Shamsher Singh, Shiv Kumar, Navraj Singh, Kamalpreet Singh and Amit Hans from Ludhiana; Amit Bhogal from Jalandhar; Simranjit, Rishabh Bali, Inderbir Singh and Ranjodh Singh from Amritsar. Inderbeer Singh and Chamkaur Singh will accompany the team as coaches, while Onkar Singh will be the manager.

Girls: Rasmeet Kaur and Arashdeep Kaur from Bathinda; Reena and Radhika from Jalandhar; Amandeep Kaur, Jasleen Kaur and Simranjit Kaur from Sangrur; Amandeep Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Prabhjeet Kaur and Amandeep Kaur from Gurdaspur; Diksha, Sakshi and Neelama Sharma from Ludhiana. Rupinder Kaur and Amrik Singh have been appointed coaches of the team, while IK Chauhan will accompany the squad as manager.



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