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Addl DC submits report 
Private schools’ fee exorbitant 
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh has exposed the managements of the private schools affiliated with the CBSE that are charging exorbitant fee besides other charges.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner was deputed by the Deputy Commissioner to look into the complaints filed by the Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena and Parents’ Association. The sena had also launched the agitation against the fee hike.

The Punjab Parents Association met the state education minister and complained against the private CBSE-affiliated schools. The deputation pointed out how the schools were violating the CBSE and other state laws under the nose of the government.

In a 38-page report, the ADC stated, “From the record submitted by the schools, it came on record that most of them hike the fees on a yearly basis. This is against the policy and CBSE’s instructions. The educational institutions should only be run for imparting education and not for making profit. Their motive should be to serve the cause of the education. Since students from all walks of life are getting education most of them are not in position to pay such an exorbitant fee. Thus, a uniform policy needs to be framed for increasing the school fees with some nominal percentage applicable to all schools. If the school authorities wants to increase the fee, they should seek parent’s consent as per the CBSE guidelines.”

Regarding admission or readmission fees, the Additional Deputy Commissioner has found that the admission fee is to be charged once while seeking admission and not at the later stage. Almost all schools are charging admission or readmission fees. This is against the policy. A uniform policy needs to be framed in this regard. Admission fee is to be charged from a student when he gets admission and not at later stage.

The ADC observed that most of the schools were getting building funds and dilapidated funds from the students, whereas both heads are same. It has also come on record that a few schools have already constructed their buildings. These schools don’t have the right to charge any money from the students on account of the building funds. Another thing to be discussed is that most of the schools are charging double building funds under two heads (building fund and dilapidated charges). Both these funds are same and the practice of charging double amount under two heads should be checked. Building funds are to be charged as proportionate of the cost of the building and not beyond that. As such, uniform policy should be framed.

Kuldeep Singh has pointed out that schools are also charging quarterly fee. This is putting a burden on the parents whereas the fee can be charged on the monthly basis.

The books, bags and uniforms are not to be sold by the authorities or through any agency on the school premises. But the school authorities should allow the parents to buy the books and uniforms from the market. No school is allowed to direct the students to buy double set of the same books unnecessarily. 


Tender Tampering
Tenders cancelled as MC officials fail to produce files
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Tenders worth Rs 19.5 crore were cancelled while these were being submitted in the municipal corporation’s Zone - A office today. Reason: Officials of the tender inviting cell have failed to present estimate files. The senior Deputy Mayor took this decision after cell officers-Dharam Singh, superintending engineer, and HS Khaussa, executive engineer-failed to present the details of a few tenders that were to be submitted.

The corporation had on June 20 invited tenders for 84 works. The last date for submitting these bids was July 8. But, the civic body had deferred it till today citing new office timings as the reason. The Tribune had on July 9 highlighted that this decision was taken so that a few officials from the cell could fiddle with the bids.

Cell officers were caught as they had wrongly put their foot forward. This step was taken after a few contractors alleged that the officers were not showing the details of the works to be undertaken. Bansal sought the estimate files and work details of a few projects from officers, which they failed to provide.

The officers replied that they were not in possession of the files as it was lying in another office. When Bansal enquired about the reason behind inviting tenders when the files were not lying with him, the officers could not answer. Finally, Bansal met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura and decided to cancel the tenders.

Talking to The Tribune, Bansal said: “We would put the house in order and the step taken today was part of this initiative only.”

Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman said: “Making the tender processing transparent is one of my priorities. If I receive any complaint regarding this, I will surely get the process cancelled.” 



Australian Dreams Part- IV
‘Life not rosy as projected’ 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Those who think life is rosy in Australia should go through this story highlighting the difficulties being faced by Indians Down Under.

With five to six students stuffed in one tiny room, the excitement of greener pastures disappears only a few days after a guy lands in the “dreamland”. On an empty stomach, these students set to work in farms for the whole day. What is more shocking is that in most cases, they are not paid by the farm owner.

Thousands of students fly to the “Land of Kangaroos” every year, hoping they would have a bright future for themselves and also change the fate of their families by working and studying overnight.

But once there, they realise that life Down Under is totally otherwise than what was projected to them back in India.

They get less time for sleep, say less than five hours. Neither can they miss their studies nor work.

As of working hours, they get maximum 20 hours in a week, which is not enough for the students to run the kitchen.They then resort to illegal methods to make money.Bad elements hire these needy guys for a paltry sum.

Here is the story of Sunny Dutt, hailing from a middle-class family, whose desire to make his family proud made him fly to Australia. The boy, who was never left alone back home, has none to look after him.

“Everything was new to me. I was scared and that was the time when I missed my family a lot. I had no money to call them. Even I did not seek any monetary support, as they had done a lot for me ,” said Sunny, in a choked voice over the phone.

“All hell broke loose when two weeks after my admission in the commercial cookery course, the college authorities asked me either to vacate the hostel or deposit 250 Australian dollars. Thankfully, I got the job of a salesman and moved out of the hostel and started living with other Indian students,” said Sunny.

He said his story was akin to those of a majority of Punjabi youths in Australia, longing for their families and friends in the motherland.

The village youths, who had earned a moolah by selling their agricultural land, would have never thought in their wildest of dreams that they would have to work in fields 10 times larger than their own land, which they recently sold in Punjab and travel to Australia, said R D Singh from Barnala.

Mandeep Singh said, “Those using styling gel to keep their hair straight and would never step down from their Bullet motorbikes are having a real taste of life. Surprisingly, they are turning good humans and showing concern for others.”

Sahil Chaudhry, sharing his experience, said, “With no money and no job I slept on the streets of Melbourne for many days until my friends from Ludhiana spotted me in a pitiable conditions. They not only gave me shelter but also got me a job.”



10-yr-jail for raping daughter
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, July 10
The court of Sessions Judge GK Rai has convicted Rampal Singh (40) of the gali No. 19, Fateh Singh Nagar Mohalla, Shimlapuri, Ludhiana, on the charges of raping his 13-year- daughter. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years.

The judge, while delivering the verdict, held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on the accused.

A case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Shimlapuri police station on the victim’s statement. The girl had told the police that she was living with her grandmother. Her mother had divorced Rampal as he was in habit of taking intoxicants. He used to live separately as well.

On December 11, 2007, when his grandfather had gone out, her father entered the house. He bolted the door and forcibly raped his daughter. After committing the crime, he left the house. Her grandmother returned home only to find her weeping. When my grandfather enquired about the incident, I narrated the entire incident to her, the victim added.However, the accused pleaded innocence. He told the court that he had been booked at the instance of his mother Kailash Kaur and brother-in-law because he was jobless. Moreover, he was suffering from mental illness. Since he was unable to do any work, his mother, relatives never used to like him. In order to get rid of him, they had falsely implicated him in the case, he alleged.

But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found the version of the accused to be untrue. The court also observed that he had failed to produce any proof regarding his mental illness. 



Hike in Oil Prices
Shiv Sena burns effigy of Central government
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 10
Activists of the Shiv Sena Hindustan, led by state chief Krishan Sharma and district president Anil Singla, staged a protest and burnt effigy of the Union government here today against hike in prices of petrol and diesel and the proposal to cut down subsidy on cooking gas.

The protesters carried banners and placards against the hike in oil prices and demanded immediate rollback of oil prices and warned the government against any cut on subsidy on cooking gas used for domestic purpose.

Krishan Sharma and other party leaders said the masses were already reeling under the spiralling prices of essential commodities and the government had added to their misery by increasing the prices of petrol and diesel.

“The Congress-led UPA government seems to have forgotten its poll promise of mitigating the suffering of the common man,” they added. The Shiv Sena leaders said the people of the country felt betrayed by the government decision of hike in oil prices.

In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, the party called upon the government to roll back the prices of petrol and diesel, scrap the proposal to cut down subsidy on cooking gas and take appropriate measures to control inflation.

Among those present on the occasion were Sanjay Pathak, Krishan Bansal, Ram Raj Garg, Avtar Singh Raja, Narinder Bhardwaj, Vimal Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Ravi Shankar Gupta, Tejinder Bajaj, Kanhaya Lal, Kuldeep Singh, Tarsem Singh and Rama Kant.



Congress grass a health hazard: PAU don 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Parthenium (congress or carrot grass) can be found in and around residential colonies, railway tracks, roads, drains, and irrigation canals all over Punjab. Apart from reducing yields of various crops, congress grass is proving to be a health hazard. This was stated by PAU scientist Dr VK Sindhu.

He said this grass could cause dermatitis and bronchial allergy (asthma) in human beings. Prolonged exposure to the weed could lead to all sorts of allergy, eczema, pollenosis, gangrene, rhinitis (hay fever), mental depressions, etching, etc. “We need to urgently check the spread of congress grass otherwise it could cause serious health problems among humans and animals,” warned Dr Sindhu. Public awareness is needed to launch an aggressive campaign to deweed this grass, he added.

According to Dr Sindhu, “The congress grass can easily be identified. It’s a fast growing annual with deep taproots and an erect stem that becomes woody with the age. It has pale green, branched leaves covered with fine hair resembling carrot and can go up to 1.5 to 2 meter. The weed appears in flushes throughout the year but its growth picks up in July or August. During the rainy season its nuisance value increases which have detrimental effects on human beings and animals, Dr Sindhu added.

He has suggested mechanical and chemical method to control the weed. Repeated cuttings, digging and manual uprooting of weed plants before flowering and seed setting is most effective. This can be easily done during monsoon when the soil is wet. In situations, where ploughing is possible like in gardens, tree plantations, roadsides, open waste lands, etc. The weed should be ploughed before the setting of flowers. Alternatively, the plants should be cut with some sharp hand tool well below the ground level by avoiding direct contact with the weed plant. The cut plants should be stacked at one place and destroyed by burning or burial.

Congress grass can be effectively controlled chemically by spraying Atrataf 50 WP (Atrazine) at 1.0 to 1.5 kg per acre as pre-emergence or post emergence. Alternatively, application of Round Up or Glycel 41 SL (glyphosate) at 1.0 litre per acre or Exel Mera 71 SL (glyphosate) at 600g per acre as post emergence also provides effective control. Any one of the herbicides should be dissolved in 200 to 250 litres of water and sprayed uniformly over one acre area infested with this weed. For attaining good control, these herbicides must be sprayed when weed plants are young i.e. when leaves are tender and it has not flowered. On grown up plants, the dose of Atrataf should be increased from 1.0 to 1.5 kg per acre. 



PAU Notes
‘Protect Pusa-1121 basmati from foot rot’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
“Foot rot is a serious fungal disease affecting basmati varieties of rice,” according to Dr HS Rewal, head, department of plant pathology.

He said Pusa-1121 variety of basmati was prone to this disease. The diseased plants looked taller in the nursery. The affected plants turned pale and dry from the base upward.

He said the incidence had been noticed in the nursery in districts of Jalandhar, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar and adjoining areas.

He also suggested measures to control the disease that included uprooting diseased plants from nursery and destroying them by burning and dipping the roots in 0.2 per cent solution (200 g in 100 litre water) of Bavistin for six hours prior to transplanting in the field.

Training concludes

A training course on the preservation of fruits and vegetables, organised by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, concluded here today.

Dr DS Dhillon, officiating director, extension education, said training programmes on different topics for the benefit of rural people were organised at the PAU. The participants were provided hands-on experience in the preparation of products from mango, lemon, mint, tomato, plum, rose, almond, etc.

Food scientists of the PAU also gave them useful tips for food preservation.

Dr PS Ranote, senior extension specialist, said the participants could generate gainful employment in ventures involving fruit and vegetable preservation.

Dr Neelam Mahajan presented an overview of the training programme.



MC adds rider to park bills’ clearance
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

An MC park lies in a dilapidated state in Ludhiana.
An MC park lies in a dilapidated state in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 10
While the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to maintain public parks, it is making it difficult for the Park Management Committees to do their work also.The public parks in the city, which are at the mercy of the Park Management Committees (PMC), will be once again left in struggling mode due to political interference as the MC has refused to pay the maintenance bills.

According to information, various PMCs have been denied payment of maintenance bills by the horticulture wing of the Municipal Corporation as they need to have signatures of two more municipal councillors.

Talking to The Tribune, Federation of Pollution and Park Management Committees president S.S. Channa said, "Several PMCs have approached me, stating that the MC is not clearing their park maintenance bills as they should be signed by two other councillors. We don't know from where and when this new direction passed, but if it is asked to implemented it, the PMCs would withdraw from maintenance of parks which means almost no green cover for the city."

The direction is an insult for the PMCs which are trying to maintain MC parks. Questioning the direction, he said, "Why the PMCs should get signature of other councillors, when the Municipal Councillor of the ward has already signed the bills. Besides, it means that the authorities have lost faith in the certification of the bills by the area councillors."

Members of the federation revealed that, “We have been told that the new orders have been passed in the Finance and Contracts Committee and the bills are to be countersigned by a sub-committee before they are accepted for payment”.

"We don't have time to knock at the doors of the councillors of the committee and if it continues, we would be forced to bring it to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court," said Channa.

He added that even the meeting of the PMCs should be convened immediately so that the promises made to them could be discussed.



Blood donation camp today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 10
A blood donation camp will be organised by Bhagwan Shree Laxmi Narayan Dham at New Dana Mandi, Jalandhar Bypass, on July 11 and 12 to help the thalassaemic children in the city.

It would be organised on the occasion of the two-day long Guru Purnima celebrations and Prabhu Kirap Dukh Niwaran Samagam, said sewadars of the dham.

Rakesh Anand, the organiser, said arrangements had been made taking into consideration the turnout, which was expected to be around 1 lakh.

He added that a free langar would also be served on the occasion.



World Population Day Today
‘Family planning must to check rise in population’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Civil surgeon Dr SP Sharma in a statement issued today emphasised on family planning and birth control with reference to population control on World Population Day tomorrow.

Dr Sharma said Ludhiana is the financial hub and a major city of Punjab with a population of over 3.5 million and district health administration is committed to look after the health interests people.

"The foremost need is to control the population, so as to provide good health to all," Dr Sharma added.

Dr Sharma emphasised on the need to address the growing population as a global matter, adding that the present world population of six billion is growing by 78 million per year.

"As a global community, we all share resources and judicious exploitation of resources in any part of the world should be the order of the day for a long-term sustainability of present population levels," Dr Sharma added.

The civil surgeon focused on the social and economic empowerment of women and up-holding their right to reproductive choices. Economic empowerment of women makes a sense and the United Nations Family Planning Agency (UNFPA) has endorsed it in its vision statement “investing in women and girls is cost effective and smart economic.”

The officials called upon people for their commitment to "cairo declaration" which he said would not only save lives of millions of women but also empower societies to achieve a better future.



Arhtiyas take out rally against direct payment
Tribune News Service

Khanna, July 10
Hundreds of arhtiyas and farmers from the adjoining areas today took out a protest march holding black flags in protest against the Punjab government’s decision wherein it was decided to give direct payments of crop to the farmers.

The protest march was taken out from Khanna Grain Market up to the office of the SDM on the GT Road. Traffic on the road remained disrupted for nearly half an hour due to the protest rally. The arhtiya’s raised slogans against the SAD-BJP government for releasing orders against the interests of arthiyas.

They submitted a memorandum to the Punjab government through the SDM for immediate redress of their problem.



Nehru award for PAU don
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Dr Anil Bhardwaj, a senior scientist in the department of soil and water engineering of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been selected for Jawahar Lal Nehru Award.

The award by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been given in recognition to his PhD research “Integrated GIS and Sediment Yield Modeling for a Watershed.”

Dr Bhardwaj has developed a two-dimensional physically based finite element runoff and sediment yield model for small agricultural watersheds.

He worked under the guidance of Dr MP Kaushal, professor and head of the department of soil and water engineering.

The award will be conferred on him during ICAR's award ceremony scheduled for July 16 at New Delhi.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 20,000, a gold medal and a citation.



MC axe on ten houses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
Continuing with its demolition drive, the town-planning wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed various encroachments in B-zone on the directions of the Municipal Commissioner.

ATP Kamaljeet Kaur and building inspector Kulwant Singh, along with the police team and JCB machines, held demolitions at four places where people had encroached upon the civic body land.

The demolition squad started work at 10 am on 33-foot road at Mundian Kalan where they demolished around ten houses that had been constructed on the MC land where flats for the economically weaker section are to be constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

According to officials the land had been encroached upon by the people and despite repeated notices, the encroachers had not left the place.



MC House Meeting
Cong councillors threaten to move HC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
After Mayor failed to address Congress councillors’ demand, the latter today threatened Mayor that they would be forced to resort to legal proceedings if he did not listen to them.

The councillors today submitted a letter to the Mayor telling him that if he failed to call a meeting they would file a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against him where he had been violating his power.

Talking to mediapersons on the second day of their agitation, the Congress councillors said: "Earlier, when Congress was in power, the SAD councillor Bairag Singh had moved a writ petition, following which the High Court had directed that it was compulsory to hold one house meeting every month according to the MC Act. We need to bring the same orders for Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, too, so that he is forced to call house meetings."

Congress councillor Sanjay Talwar and Rakesh Parashar said: "The Congress has 20 members in the 75-member house and according to MC Act, if one-fourth of the members ask to call a house-meeting, the Mayor is liable of organising it." They added that things with Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are getting worst and the Mayor has become a mute spectator to the deteriorating condition of the city.

Agreeing to them, Congress councillor Sushil Raju Thapar said: "We have told the Mayor that for the agenda to be passed, all files related to the works like - fancy lights, cats eye, tubewell allotment etc should be submitted."

The Congress councillors said they would continue with their stir till the Mayor calls upon another session of the MC house.

Among others present were Gurpreet Bassi, Ashok Bagga, Pritpal Singh Ghayal and Bharat Bhushan Ashu.



Residents stage dharna
Seek arrest of slain cop’s mother 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
The controversy surrounding the killing of woman constable Neelam Rani refuses to die down.

Over a fortnight after the murder of Neelam, residents of Kila Mohalla today staged a dharna at the SSP Office and demanded the arrest of Kuldeep Kaur, the deceased's mother and her accomplice.

The residents, led by Paramjit Singh, alleged that Kuldeep Kaur (65), her daughter-in-law Rekha and Vijay Kumar, a resident of Salem Tabri, visited Neelam's house in Kila Mohalla last evening.

When the residents of the area raised objection at their visit, the trio threatened them of dire consequences.

According to Paramjit Singh, Kuldeep Kaur threatened him in the presence of the area residents and said if he appeared in the court as murder witness, his family would have to pay a heavy price for it.

The residents alleged that Kuldeep Kaur hatched a conspiracy, along with Neelam's son Sunny, to kill her. It is alleged that Kuldeep Kaur wanted to usurp her daughter's land.

The residents have requested for police protection and demanded the immediate arrest of the 65-year-woman.

Sunny Shergill (17), and three others, including a woman, were booked for Neelam's murder. Interestingly, Sunny was the complainant in the murder case and had alleged that Neelam's paternal uncle Balwinder Singh had stabbed his mother who was a constable with the Punjab Home Guard.

Neelam, who had remarried Kulwinder Singh a year ago, was expectant. Besides fixed deposits worth Rs 16 lakh, Neelam had properties worth crores in her name.

According to the police, huge property and cash was the bone of contention between the mother and son, which led to frequent fights between them. 



Man kills brother for ‘illicit’ relations with wife
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 10
A man killed his younger brother for allegedly having an illicit relation with his wife. The deceased is identified as Gurmeet Singh (25) of Galib Khurd village near here.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night, when at 9 pm Baldev Singh returned home and found his brother Gurmeet Singh and his wife Paramjit Singh in a compromising condition.

Baldev abused Gurmeet in anger for destroying his home and for keeping an illicit relation with his wife. When Gurmeet tried to explain, Baldev lost temper and took the handle of hand pump and attacked him on his head.

Gurmeet was brought to a private hospital here in a critical condition but was later referred to the DMCH, Ludhiana.

On the way to Ludhiana, Gurmeet succumbed to his injuries. The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Section 304 of the IPC against the accused on the statement of his eldest brother Gurdev Singh and arrested the accused.

SHO Sidhwan Bet Balbir Singh told The Tribune that Gurmeet was married and had deserted his wife two years ago and was living with Paramjit in her house. Baldev had spent seven years abroad and returned only a year ago.

During this time, both of them developed physical attraction towards each other.

After his return, Baldev sensed some thing wrong between the two and threw Gurmeet out of his house. Gurmeet then started living in his elder brother Gurdev’s house and used to leave no opportunity of visit Paramjit whenever she was alone at home.



Rs 1.2 lakh snatched at gunpoint
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 10
The Sidhwan Bet police have booked four persons for snatching 1.2 lakh at gunpoint.

The incident occurred at Sherpur Kalan village last evening. Dharamveer Singh of Kothe Sher Jang of Jagraon has complained to the police that Davinder Singh, Sonu, Balwinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh of Kothe Sherjang snatched Rs 1.2 lakh by tricking him.

Nishan Singh, in-charge of the Galib Kalan police post said Dharamveer intended to buy a car. He expressed his desire to his friend Davinder, who further introduced one Sonu to him as a car dealer of old cars.

On March 6, Davinder called Dharamveer saying Sonu had a good car for sale and asked him to come with payment. Both of them started proceeding to Galib village on motorcycle. He then took Dharamveer on the drain and stopped the motorcycle for urinating.

Meanwhile, the accused reached the spot on motorcycle and scooter and snatched his bag containing money. After snatching, all the four left the place heaving him behind.

He immediately informed the Galib Kalan police post. The police has booked the four accused under Sections 382, 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far. Nidhan Singh said the police was raiding the suspected hide-outs to nab the accused.



Youth commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Khanna, July 10
A 20-year-old boy of Maanupur village today committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the fields adjoining his village.

The deceased, Manjit Singh, had not been living with his family members for the past some time. Villagers said the deceased was reportedly a drug addict and his family had recently disowned him. The exact reason behind the death of the deceased would be revealed only after the report of the post-mortem, said police officials, who reached the spot this morning. 



Case against 2 factories
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 10
A case has been registered under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act against Surinder Soda Water Factory and Prem Soda Water Factory following reports of samples taken from their factories in Ludhiana in May.

An official notification from the office of the Civil Surgeon stated that samples of these factories were found to be spurious.

The Civil Surgeon stated that the Department of Health and Family Welfare would continue its fight against the people involved in the sale of substandard eatble products and using adulterants in food items and beverages. 



Stamp Paper Scam 
Judicial custody for three
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 10
Duty Magistrate Pooja Andotra today remanded three persons, arrested in the alleged multicrore fake stamp paper scam, to judicial custody for 14 days. One of the accused Ravinder Pal Singh, stamp vendor, was remanded to police remand for a day.

Those remanded to judicial custody included Bhupinder Kaur, alias, Jyoti, and her two brothers Gobind and Jagjit Singh. They were in police remand for more than a week.

The police arrested Jyoti in this case on July 1. Since then she was in police remand. Her brothers were arrested a few days later on the charges of conniving with their sister in preparing fake stamp papers, while Ravinder Pal Singh had surrendered before the court.

The scam came to light when the sub-registrar (central) Major Gurinder Singh Benipal found that the stamp papers of Rs 45,000 denomination submitted to him by a private party were only a coloured xerox on May 7.

He had reported the matter to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana.



Kawalpreet creates record in 100m butterfly
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 10
Kawalpreet Kaur of Ludhiana created a new meet record in the 100m butterfly event in the girls group II section while swimmers from Sangrur dominated the proceeding, winning six gold medals on the opening day of the 25th Sub-Junior and 34th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Waterpolo Championship for boys and girls being held at the Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool here today.

Kawalpreet, a student of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, clocked 1.19:02 seconds to put to shade the previous record of 1.21:86 seconds set in 1990 by Jaslovleen, also of Ludhiana.

She was followed by Alisha Sharma of Patiala, who clocked 1.41:89 seconds and Tejmeen Sharma from Sangrur, who took 1.44:95 seconds.

Sangrur swimmers proved their supremacy over others, claiming six titles while Ludhiana swimmers clinched four gold medals on the first day.

Sangrur annexed top honours in the 400m free style (boys group I), 50m butterfly (boys group IV), 200m back stroke (girls group I), 200 m back stroke (boys group I), 200m back stroke (girls group II), 4x100m medley relay (girls group I) and 4x200m free style (boys group II).

Ludhiana swimmers gave many anxious moments to their opponents, wrapping up four titles. They emerged victorious in the 400m free style (girls group-I), 100m butterfly (girls group-II), 100m breast stroke (boys group-III), 100m breast stroke (girls group-III) and 4x200m free style relay (girls group-II).

Though the competition started in the morning, the championship was formally inaugurated by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, in the evening. Ramandeep Singh Grewal, former captain of the national hockey team and working as deputy director, Sports, PAU, Aprinder Singh Grewal, president, Punjab Swimming Association, were also present on this ocassion.

More than 400 participants are taking part in the three-day championship with Sangrur district, fielding a largest contingent of over 60 swimmers.

Today's results: 400m free style (boys-I)- Damandeep Singh of Sangrur 1, Kamaljeet Singh of Patiala 2 and Ajit of Jalandhar 3; 400m free style (girls-I)- Arashpreet Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana 1, Sehajbir Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Aarushi of Ludhiana 3.

100m butterfly (boys II)- Abhinav Dudeja of Amritsar 1, Sarabdeep Singh of Ferozepur 2 and Jaswinder Singh of Patiala 3; 100m butterfly (girls-II)- Kawalpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 1, Alisha Sharma of Patiala 2 and Tejmeen Sharma of Sangrur 3.

200m free style (boys -III) Deshdeep Ghai of Jalandhar 1, Karan Kumar of Sangrur 2 and Nasib Dhillon of Amritsar 3; 200m free style (girls-III) Jasmine of Patiala 1, Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 2 and Pukhraj Gill of Ludhiana 3; 50m butterfly (boys-IV) Jagdeep Singh of Sangrur 1, Adhiraj Mehra of Amritsar 2 and Abhikaran Bhullar of Ferozepur 3.

50m butterfly (girls-IV) Nadani Deora of Ferozepur 1, Punreet Grewal of Ludhiana 2 and Tamanna Jindal of Ludhiana 3; 200m back stroke (boys- I) Varinder Jit of Sangrur 1, Inderpal Singh of Ropar 2 and Ajay Thakur of Jalandhar 3; 200m (girls-I) Azalpreet Kaur of Sangrur 1, Suhanpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 2 and Arashpreet Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana 3.

200m back stroke (boys-II) Abhinav Dudeja of Amritsar 1, Harminder Singh of Sangrur 2 and Akshit Bawa of Ludhiana 3; 200m back stroke (girls-II) Kajal Saini of Sangrur 1, Tejmeen Sharma of Sangrur 2 and Simran Brar of Ludhiana 3.

100m breast stroke (boys-III) Manavdeep Singh Bal of Ludhiana 1, Shabaj Bhullar of Ferozepur and Jaskarn Singh of Sangrur 3; 100m breast stroke (girls-III) Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal of Ludhiana 1, Harleen Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Taj Dixit of Patiala 3.

4x100m medley relay (girls-I) Sangrur 1, Ludhiana 2 and Patiala 3; 4x100m medley relay (boys-I) Jalandhar 1, Ropar 2 and Sangrur 3; 4x50m medley relay (boys-III) Amritsar 1, Sangrur 2 and Patiala 3; 4x50m medley relay (girls-III) Patiala 1, Ludhiana 2 and Sangrur 3; 4x50m free style (boys-IV) Amritsar 1, Sangrur 2 and Ferozepur 3; 4x50m free style (girls-IV) Patiala 1, Ludhiana 2 and Ferozepur 3; 4x200m free style (boys-II) Sangrur 1, Ferozepur 2 and Patiala 3; 4x200m free style (girls-II) Ludhiana 1, Sangrur 2 and Jalandhar 3.



Double win for Ajay, Mehak
Rakesh Gupta

Mullanpur Dakha, July 10
The titles at Harvest Tennis Academy - AITA Championship Series being played on the eleven synthetic courts at the sprawling campus of the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal, Ludhiana, went to Saurabh D Patil of Maharshtra (Boys’ Singles under-16), Ajay Yadav of Chandigarh (Boys’ Singles under-18), Nehel Sahni of Delhi (Girls’ Singles under-16) and Mehak of Chandigarh (Girls’ Singles under-18).

Ajay Yadav and Mehak took a double crown, as they won both the singles and doubles under-18 titles. In the Boys’ Singles under-18 finals between Ayaj and Mandeep of Chandigarh were a treat. The match lasted for 120 minutes. Both the players slugged it out with no quarters taken or given. At the end of the day, it was Ajay who took the match 6-4, 6-3.

In the Girls’ Singles under-16 finals, Nehel Sahni beat Rimpledeep Kaur of Punjab, as she won the first set 6-3. It proved to be a wake up call for Rimpledeep who made a comeback but it was too late. The set went against the serves most of the time. Nehel lost her serves in the first, fifth and seventh games while Rimpledeep failed to retain her serves in the second, fourth, sixth and 12th games. Nehel took the second set at 7-5.


Girls u-16 Singles: Nehel Sahni (DLI) beat Rimpldeep Kaur (PB) 6- 3, 7-5

Girls u-18 Singles: Mehak (CHD) beat Gundeep Kaur (PB) 6-1, 6-4

Boys u-16 Singles: Saurabh D Patil (MAH) beat Abhimanyu Singh (DLI) 6-1, 6-1

Boys u-18 Singles: Ajay Yadav (CHD) beat Mandeep Singh Gill (CHD) 6-4, 6-3

Girls u-18 Doubles: Mehak (CHD) and Ravnoor Singh (CHD) beat Harkirat Kaur Bains (CHD) and Hasan Abdal Dhanoa (PB) 4-1, 4-1

Boys u-16 Doubles: Atul Sri Patel (UP) and Aayush Mintri (PB) beat Hardarshan Gill (RAJ) and Bhavtaran Singh (CHD) 4-0, 3-5, 10-8

Boys u-18 Doubles: Ajay Yadav (CHD) and Navneet Kumar (UP) beat Arjun Singh (DLI) and Arjun Tomar (DLI) 4-1, 5-3.



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