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Three lose life over bet
Mowed down by train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Daredevilry proved fatal for three friends who were run over by a train near Sunet village here in the wee hours of today.

The deceased have been identified as Anis (14), Kalla (18) and Lallu (18), residents of the village.

According to police sources, the incident took place around 5 am. The train crushed to death Kalla and Lallu while Anis took a hit. He sustained serious injuries on his head and legs.

The GRP police took the deceased to Jagraon and Anis was rushed to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries later.

It is learnt that the trio used to smoke ganja and last night, after having it, they bet on a stunt. According to the bet, whoever would be the first to get off the track when the train arrived would lose. GRP sources said the trio could not estimate the speed and were crushed under the train.

The parents of Kalla and Lallu said they were working as daily-wage earners and did not come home on the pretext of working late at night.

The incident came to light when Anis’ family was seen discussing his whereabouts. However, they dismissed the issue, saying that the trio must have gone to the track to defecate. Riyaz, father of Anis, said he came to know about the incident at 7.30 am when his neighbours told him that his son had sustained injuries.

The hospital authorities said only after receiving the postmortem report would they be able to say if the victims were under the influence of some intoxicant.



Cruel blow of fate
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Tragic scenes were witnessed at Sunet village after three youths of the village were mowed down by a train here today.

While Kalla and Lallu died on the spot, life dealt a cruel blow to Anis’ family. His father Riyaz was seen running from pillar to post since the time of the incident. First, he was busy arranging for medicines for his son and later, was running to make arrangements for his burial.

“Resident of the village informed me that Anis was hit by a train. I did not believe it at first and even told them that my son was sleeping on the roof,” he said.

But his worst nightmare came true when he learnt that his son was not at home. “I rushed to the spot where bystanders told me that Anis had died and had been taken to Jagraon. I lost all hope, but somehow managed to gather strength and travelled to Jagraon to get the body. When I reached Jagraon, the GRP police told me that my son had survived and I rushed to the Civil Hospital at Ludhiana,” he said, adding that his joy knew no bounds and he kept thanking God for saving his child.

But his joy was shortlived. “It seemed that my son was waiting for us. He spoke to us and soonafter, died in my lap,” said Riyaz, still in disbelief over his son’s death.

“I do not know why he went towards the railway track,” he kept wondering. Munni Bai, mother of Anis, was inconsolable. Eldest of his four siblings, Anis was helping his father in the handicraft business for the past four years.


Road recarpeting ongoing, still
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Recarpeting of the Gill road is going unabated at night despite the orders of MC Commissioner GS Ghuman.

While Ghuman had given written orders to stop road-metalling with immediate effect, the contractors have not complied with the directions and even MC officials have failed to implement these.

Road construction in monsoon is not viable because it hits the quality of the road as high temperatures are required for recarpeting.

The Tribune team visited the Gill road at around 11.45 pm last night and found that recarpeting was going on still. Around 30 men and women were involved in the task and two trucks were loaded with premix.

Labourers revealed that they had got directions from the contractor to go on with the work. “We started work at around 10.30 pm and would continue to do so all night,” a labourer said, adding that they were instructed to lay five trucks of premix on Friday night.

On July 17, The Tribune had reported that work on the road was going on in spite of the Commissioner’s orders. However, the civic body had failed to do anything about it.

During a finance and contracts committee meeting a few months ago, a proposal to blacklist the company that had been allotted work on the Gill road was also mooted, but the decision was reviewed in the next meeting and another chance was given to the contractor.

That’s not all. Road samples of the work undertaken by the company had failed the quality test and an SDO and a JE were suspended for trying to bribe scientists undertaking the quality test.

There were reports of road construction at Kareempura Bazaar and Jail road on Thursday night, but the MC failed to check it.



Tubewell meant for 5 villages supplies water to only one
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Tanda Kushal (Macchiwara), July 18
When an overhead reservoir and a tubewell were installed at Tanda Kushal in 2002, residents of Panj Garian, Udhowal Kalan, Jharaudi, Lakhowal Kalan and Tanda Kushal villages were delighted that at least now they would get potable water. However, it has been seven years since the tubewell became operational, but the
water supply is limited to Tanda Kushal.

The worst affected among these villages is Bagh Tanda where villagers are getting yellow stinking water from hand pumps bored to a depth of 150 ft.

Sarpanch Amrik said: “Residents of the villages, especially children, often fall prey to water-borne diseases like diarrhoea.

One person in each house of the village complains about illness. It’s not that the pipeline has not been laid, but work has been stalled midway by the contractor and ourrepeated pleas haveyielded nothing.

Government schools in these villages also get the same dirty water through hand pumps due to the failure of water supply through pipelines.

The condition in the village is so bad that the only tubewell for the three villages does not even have chlorination facility. The chlorination tank has algae in it, revealing how serious the government was about providing water to rural areas.

Neetu Marwaha, a teacher, said: “I bring a bottle of water from my home because this water stinks and one can’t even think of drinking it.”

The water table is really low and it’s not possible for everyone to install deep-bored hand pumps.

Manjit Singh, panch of Udwal Kalan, said while the pipeline to Bagh Tanda was yet to be completed, the pipeline to their village had been completed, but till date, there was no water.

Even repeated requests to officials have not yielded any results. He said the project was undertaken to supply water to around 2,600 persons, but benefited only 600 persons.

“If you see the area near the taps which has rusted you would know what sort of water we are drinking,” Bhupinder Kaur, a resident, said, pointing towards orange marks around the taps and water pipes.



Two run over by truck
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 18
Timely action by the police and passersby saved the life of a scooterist who, along with his mother and nephew, was run over by a truck near Lehra village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road this afternoon. However, his mother and nephew died on the spot.

The victims have been identified as Talwinder Singh of Thooliwal village, his mother Mohinder Kaur and nephew Sunny.

Reckless driving by the truck driver and narrowing of the road due to four-laning work were cited to be the reasons behind the mishap.

The police has launched a manhunt to nab the driver, Gursevak Singh of Dhuri, after registering an FIR against him. Though he had succeeded in fleeing from the spot, persistent chase by villagers led by Nahar Singh forced him to abandon the truck (Hr 62-0582) near Malerkotla in the evening.

A police team led by Gurmit Singh, SHO, along with villagers rescued the critically injured Talwinder Singh and took him to hospital. His condition is stated to be serious.



School building awaits inauguration
Loveleen Bains

Sahnewal, July 18
The vocational building of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, erected by spending lakhs of rupees, has been awaiting inauguration for the past 14 years.

The building was constructed by the PWD in 1994. It waited for the vocational staff, which never turned up for the reasons best known to the government, the result being that most students, who were keen enough to acquire vocational training, had to pass out without it.

Apart from the teachers and the students of the school, the Parent Teacher Association also feels the urgent need for according vocational education to their wards in the wake of present economic recession and reduced availability of jobs and cut-throat competition.

The vocational education, apart from being worthwhile, is much more securing and promising as compared to other studies. "The students show eagerness for such courses as they provide them with technical know-how, but in this particular case, due to absence of staff, we are left with no other option but to ask them to opt for another trade, sometimes, much against their wishes.

The irony of the situation is that the girls studying in the school do not have any option but to receive education from this particular institution due to financial and other social constraints, said Durlabh Singh, a senior teacher of the school.

“We are eagerly interested to study vocational subjects, but for the want of teachers, it seems, we are being denied the right to stand on our own feet,” said one of the students, who fervently hankers for an independent professional outlook.

The vocational subjects as horticulture comprising agricultural trade and agricultural services, business and commerce, book-keeping and accountancy, home science, commercial garment-making, knitting technology, textile craft (weaving), textile designing, engineering and technology, which are being mostly taught at other government schools, are being denied in this particular school despite the fact that a full-fledged building prevails for the purpose.



Fake currency notes
Circulation on the rise in Malwa
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 18
Counterfeit currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 are turning out to be too real 
to eyes.

The reports of spurt in circulation of these notes, coupled with lack of knowledge about characteristics of genuine currency, has panicked cash handlers to the extent that they do not hesitate mutilating new notes by writing names of persons tendering them.

Let alone exchanging lower denomination genuine notes with higher value currency, majority of people avoid accepting higher denomination notes, how normal might they look like.

Liquor vends, charity receivers, shagun envelops and orchestra groups are most suitable wallets wherein smart people get rid of fake notes. In absence of any formal complaint, the police is unable to initiate any action in this regard.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that a large number of fake notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 were in circulation in towns and localities of this part of Malwa.

It is not only the quantum of the fake notes but the fine printing and high-quality currency paper that has been used to print the fake notes that has baffled cash handlers.

People, including professional cashiers, instead of verifying genuineness of currency notes at the time of transaction, bind the person tendering the note that he or she will have to replace it in case it is found to be fake at a later stage. Name and address of the person making payment is now written on notes, thus mutilating the currency in violation of RBI directions.

Residents complained that even payments received from financial institutes, including banks and post offices, were not safe. As none of the institutes has installed bank note processing machine to sort the currency, the notes are checked by cashiers in a cursory manner. In case of huge receipts, the cashiers skip physical verification and depend on counting machines for ensuring number of pieces. At the time of payment, onus of checking genuineness of currency lies on the client.

Investigations further revealed that majority of the currency notes, including new crisp ones, wore some or the other markings on them. These varied from mobile numbers to complete addresses of those who probably had made payments to some government or non-government agency.

This reporter caught hold of some currency notes of Rs 1,000 denomination in which cashier of a public school had written names of students on whose behalf notes were tendered.

A cashier of a local bank, on the condition of anonymity, told The Tribune that cash received from wine contractors, orchestra groups and religious organisations was more susceptible to have fake notes. 



Programmes to improve learning at primary level
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Punjab will implement specific programmes for improving levels of mathematics and science at primary and upper primary level during the year 2009-10 with independent testing to track the progress, to improve the teacher training programmes and to facilitate remedial teaching.

This will be done under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan programme. The state will also undertake evaluation of Learning Enhancement Programmes such that baselines are available and outcomes can be measured. It will improve the learning levels of 15 per cent.

Learning Enhancement Programme for promotion of reading, learning and numerical skills for primary children was carried out under “Parho Punjab” project.

Special efforts and activities have been taken up for promotion of learning in mathematics and science at upper primary level, under which a system of monthly tests in these subjects has been started for upper primary classes. Competitive tests for science and mathematics have also been started from this year for Class V and VIII. A system of awarding the top three performers at district level has been instituted. Establishment of science and mathematics lab is under process. The items will be procured by the Village Education Development Committee (VEDC) at their own level, however, to facilitate the VEDCs, rate contract has been done for science and mathematics kit for upper primary schools and mathematics kits for primary schools.

For science and mathematics enhancement at primary level, Rs 134 lakh have been allocated, respectively, for the provision of science kit and strengthening of primary maths kit. Rs 1,000 per school will be given for 13,400 schools for provision of science and mathematics kit, respectively. Rs 175 lakh have been granted for continuous and comprehensive evaluation of achievement levels of Class V children (baseline, monthly, quarterly test and competitive examination).

Rs 60 lakh have been allocated for supervision and monitoring of block resource persons, district resource persons and district science supervisors (Rs 3.03 lakh per district for 20 districts).

For enhancement of science, mathematics and social science at upper primary level, Rs 111.38 lakh each have been granted for strengthening of science and mathematics labs (Rs 2,000 per school for 5,569 schools for science and mathematics lab, respectively), Rs 100 per teacher per day for training of teachers for effective teaching of science, mathematics and social science and LEP strategies, Rs 4,000 per school for 5,569 schools (Rs 222.76 lakh) for special attention to children with low performance in science, mathematics and social science, Rs 25 per child for 7,42,301 children, Rs 185.57 lakh for continuous and comprehensive evaluation of achievement levels of primary children (baseline, monthly, quarterly test and competitive examination and Rs 50,000 per district for 20 districts for monitoring and supervision by block resource persons, district resource persons and district science supervisors.



Stress on consumption of milk
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Lesser consumption of milk leads to deficiency of calcium in the bones, thereby resulting in oestoprosis. This was said by endocronologist Dr Parminder Singh.

Dr Parminder was addressing a gathering of leading integrated family physicians of Ludhiana.

Dr Singh said the milk was the best source of calcium in our day to day diet and lesser consumption of milk leads to deficiency of calcium in the bones. Milkless diet was considered a Western and modern diet in our younger generation was causing serious health concerns.

Pushing down the food with Coke and Pepsi, had become a sacred and mandatory eating habit in youth that led to deficiency of calcium in the body, which ultimately resulted in the incidence of osteoporosis in the older age, said the doctor.

He further said the calcium was the most important constituent in pre-puberty years in males and pre-menarche years in females. Hormonal changes take place in such a way that maximum utilisation or mineralisation or strengthening of bones takes place during this period.

Keeping girls away form milk, either due to discrimination or due to obesity-phobia, renders them pre-exposed to incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal years, after cessation of menstrual cycle after the age of 45 plus. It happened again due to hormonal changes in the body, which leads to more loss of calcium from bones, leading to weaker bones.

This phenomenon leads to the increased incidence of bone fractures, with minor injury. Vertebral bones and other weight bearing small bones get stress fractures, even in the absence of any visible injury, due to loss of calcium in the bones.

So any women above 45 years or after menopause need addition of extra-calcium in diet may be in the form of milk or as calcium tablets. Interestingly, obese persons or overweight people have lesser chances of bone weakness as their bones get strengthened during these years of obesity, while lean and thin built males and females are more prone to develop fractures, in case of deficient diet.



80 admitted to BSc Agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The result for admission to six-year BSc Agriculture (honours) programme at the College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been declared.

Giving details, PAU registrar Dr RK Mahey said around 80 candidates had been selected for admission. He said the selected students should deposit the fee at the office of the dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, on or before July 29 and should come for registration on August 3. The final selection will be done on the basis of medical fitness certificates from the Chief Medical Officer, PAU, within a week after depositing the fee, Dr Mahey said.

He added that the selection notice had been posted on the notice boards and would be available on university website www.pau.edu. The candidates would be intimated by post, he said.



Cadets attend NCC camp
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 18
NCC cadets of Government Senior Secondary School, Purain village, near here, came home after attending a 10-day camp at GNE, Ludhiana. The students were given a warm welcome by their schoolmates and the staff as the students scored first positions in volleyball, athletics, firing, giddha and solo dances.

Jaspal Singh of 10+2 set a good example before other students by voluntarily donating the blood at the blood donation camp organised there. The care-taker teachers, Harjeet Kaur and Amanjot Kaur, who have accompanied the group to GNE, said in drill, the school students impressed everybody with their fascinating performances.

Talwinder Singh, the SS master of the school, said extra free classes were being taken up at the school for the weaker students. He also said new games, like chess, table tennis and cultural activities, like singing, drama, debate, poetical recitation etc, were being started in the school from this session.

Principal and the staff of the school congratulated the students for upkeeping the name of their school in the inter-school NCC camp.



Ryan students shine
Tribune News Service

A girl shows her creation during “Education and Career EXPO-II” in Ludhiana on Saturday.
A girl shows her creation during “Education and Career EXPO-II” in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, July 18
A group of students, aged from 14 to 15 years, from Ryan International School, Ludhiana, successfully computed the online course in news and journalism, entitled "Beyond Breaking News (BBN)", which was launched by Ryan International Group of Institutions (RIGI) and ICEPLEX.

After one month of online training, the students went to Mumbai for practical training. The programme was aimed to brighten the future of journalism and to provide students a practical knowledge about news editing, reporting, camera operations, news production, news casting and video editing.

Each student was a part of one group, which produced and presented a complete news bulletin of 30 minutes.

Principal of the school Gurpreet Kaur Sandhu said,"Going by the vision of our founder-chairman, Dr AF Pinto, and managing director, Madam Grace Pinto, we are on a lookout for adventurous projects, which give our students new horizons to widen their imaginative skills.”

Proficiency Test

Sahil Aggarwal of ABC secured third rank in the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) conducted in June at all India level, the result of which was declared by the Institute of Charted Accountants of India today.

Sahil Aggarwal scored 190 marks out of 200 and topped North zone. Aman Aggarwal and Hitesh Batra, also of ABC tutorials, topped in the city by securing 175 marks each.

Education expo

The education and career expo started here at a city hotel today.

The exhibition will go on for another two days. The exhibition fetched maximum number of visitors today. The promoters of the company e-factory worked on the concept of reaching students in the cities with limited educational options.

Rajan Bhatia and Vipin Wadhwa, organisers of the event, told the mediapersons that the exhibition was useful for students of all streams. Colleges from all over Punjab are participating in the Surya Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, Frameboxx, Ludhiana, JD Institute of Fashion and Technology, Ludhiana, Jetking, Ludhiana, Buddha Institute of Aviation and Technology, Delhi, and a lot of local and national institutes participated in the show.

Our motive was to provide best educational platform to the urban and rural area students, said Vipin Wadhwa. The company was targeting for high-level exhibitions in various fields in the future.



300 saplings planted

Jagraon, July 18
About 300 saplings were planted today at the Kother Rahalan village near here. Raghubir Singh Toor, president, Jagraon Bar Association, was the chief guest at a simple function held by the panchayat of the village and Baba Jahar Wali Sports Club. About 300 saplings were planted in coordination with the forest department and the Jagraon administration.

Youth of the village and the panchayat, lead by Sarpanch Hari Singh, and president, Dilbagh Singh, with the office-bearers and members were present on the occasion and participated in planting the saplings with much enthusiasm. — OC



  Sadhar college students excel in PU exams

Mullanpur Dakha, July 18
Students of MA-I English of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, have excelled in Panjab University’s annual examinations, which were held in April/May, 2009.

Jagtar Singh bagged first position in the college by securing 68.25 per cent marks, while Ramanjit managed to bag the second position by securing 62.5 per cent marks.

The overall pass percentage of the college was much higher as compared to the overall pass percentage of Punjab University. The college principal, Dr SS Deol, and president of the governing council S Manjit Singh Gill congratulated the students. — OC



Arhtiyas stage protest
Traffic chaos on GT Road
Tribune Reporters

Doraha, July 18
The traffic along Sidhwan canal and from Ludhiana-side had to be diverted due to the blockage of National Highway by the Arhtiya Association at Khanna today.

A lot of traffic mess was observed in Doraha, while the traffic was diverted from Neelon towards Samrala-side and finally to Khanna. The police officials and commuters had a tough time tackling with the situation.

One of the commuters said it was wrong on the part of the strikers to create hurdles for the general public in this manner. “I had to reach for an important business transaction at Delhi, but nearly half an hour was wasted at Doraha itself. The Arhtiyas should better impose a dharna in front of some higher official’s office or at some minister’s residence rather than posing such problems for the commuters,” he said.

“It was awful to stand in the scorching sun. I had to stand in a long queue due to high traffic congestion till the police came to our rescue and cleared the mess by diverting the traffic,” added another resident.

Gurpartap Singh, station house officer, Payal, said the traffic was diverted for two hours, from 11 am to 1 pm, due to the call given by the Arhtiya Association at Khanna. Although at one particular time, congestion began to develop, but it was cleared in few minutes and the situation brought under the control. It, however, went smoothly thereafter.”

Mandi Ahmedgarh:
Commission agents of the area, protesting against the government’s decision to make payment of procured foodgrain directly to farmers, today threatened to hand over the keys of their establishments to the CM if the decision was not revoked.

Addressing a gathering of commission agents and farmers of the area, office-bearers of the arhtiya union alleged that the state government was bent on disrupting the trade of the state by allowing a section of farmers to “grab” the money lent by the agents.

“But the government must understand that the money lent by agents to farmers belongs to members of all sections of society. We have borrowed this money from retired employees, farmers and financial organisations. How will we return the money?” they asked.

Expressing solidarity with the union, office-bearers of various units of the organisation from Payal, Malaudh, Sihar, Kanganwal, Maholi, Kila Raipur, Latala, Raikot and Ghaloti decided to continue with their struggle until the “anti-trader” and “anti-farmer” decision was not withdrawn.

According to Khet Pal, patron of the union, a large number of activists and office-bearers of various unions of localities falling under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts, had announced their support to the state body at a meeting in Khanna this afternoon.

With barely any produce arriving in the market, the commission agents have mediated no purchase or sale during the past 17 days. 



  Spot billing extended to 40 divisions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has further extended the scheme of spot billing from five divisions to 40 divisions in the state.

PSEB chairman Harinder Singh Brar stated that the spot billing would be carried out by board employees in 20 divisions and through outsourcing in the remaining 20 divisions, thereby benefiting over 20 lakh consumers.

The job of spot billing has been assigned to M/s KLG Systel, Gurgaon, and M/s CSS Techenergy, Hyderabad, for 10 divisions each under the revised outsourcing plan of the PSEB.

M/s KLG will carry out the work in Ludhiana city central, Sundar Nagar, Focal Point and CMC.

The outsourcing agencies will start survey from July 20 followed by commencement of actual spot billing in all divisions from the second week August.

PSEB employees and representatives of the outsourcing agency will provide doorstep services pertaining to meter reading of consumers, preparation of bills, delivery of bills and collecting payments from domestic and non-residential consumers with connected load up to 20 kW.

KD Chaudhry, member distribution, advised consumers to check the identity card of the personnel coming for spot billing, which he said had been authorised by the PSEB.

Chaudhry said the scheme had been going on successfully in various cities/towns, including Ludhiana, wherein the staff noted down the meter reading into their machine and prepared a bill that was handed over to the consumer on the spot.

However, it was up to the consumers to pay the bill to the service personnel there and then or on/before due date at any automated bill payment machine or cash counter of the PSEB.

The service personnel are authorised to collect cash payment of bills up to Rs 1,000 per consumer only. The payment of bill of Rs 1,000 or above will only be accepted through payee cheque drawn in favour of “Punjab State Electricity Board”.

Consumers can contact SK Arora, director (billing), Patiala, or the respective board’s divisional engineers for billing related queries and complaints.

Brar added that the scheme had been framed keeping the convenience of consumers in mind where they could check the reading and correctness of bill and pay it there and then only.



BJP seeks action against Dr Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
BJP district president OP Bhardwaj, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal, Amit Gosain along with other activists yesterday handed over a memorandum to the DIG (Ludhiana range) demanding action against Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu for having falsely implicated a group of people on charges of vandalism in his hospital in Doraha.

The leaders accused Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu of medical negligence, causing the death of BJP leader Jagat Bhushan Johar following his bariatric surgery at Sidhu Hospital in Doraha on July 11. They stated that the case registered against Dr Sidhu under Section 304 of the IPC should not be withdrawn.



HDFC branch opening meets with protest
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 18
Officials of HDFC Bank had a sour experience when their enthusiasm of opening a new branch of the bank here was cut short by protests by fraud victims on the bank premises on Thursday.

The bank management had shifted the staff of the Jagraon branch after five of its employees were arrested by the police on December 29, last year, for embezzlement.

Crores of rupees were embezzled from the accounts of unsuspecting account holders of the branch.

Following the protest, the bank officials had to call in the police. Maghar Singh Braich, an Akali leader, along with Kanwaljit Singh Khanna, Balwinder Singh, Surinder Pal Singh, Sadhu Singh, local leaders, led the protest and raised slogans against the bank administration and disrupted its opening ceremony for over two hours.

The protesters demanded the money of victims back from the HDFC management.

The protest started with a demand for refund of Rs 9 lakh that one of the fraud victims, Karamjit Singh of Mullanpur, had lost during the scam.

HDFC zonal head Vineet Arora and branch manager RK Sood, after consultations with the higher officials of the bank, sought time till July 22 from the protesters and assured that the refund would be arranged soon. The protesters relented after the assurance.

Later, Telu Ram Bansal, president, nagar panchayat, Prem Inder Kumar and Anand Sarup Singh inaugurated the branch.



Residents want Rishi colony under MC
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 18
Irked over poor infrastructure development, shabby condition of roads and parks and lack of sanitation in Rishi Balmiki Nagar colony, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, the residents have pleaded with the state government to hand over the colony to the municipal corporation for proper maintenance and sustained development of basic amenities.

After a meeting of the core committee of the Rishi Nagar Welfare Association, a memorandum was forwarded to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia and chief parliamentary secretary for local bodies Harish Rai Dhanda to initiate steps to handover the colony to the MC, as the work defined in the town planning scheme of the colony had been completed and it had also completed the mandatory 20 years of existence.

Focussing on the upkeep and development of the colony, Satish Thaman, chairman of the association, maintained in the memorandum that the LIT authorities had virtually closed their eyes towards this colony.

“The roads, parks and bylanes are lying in a state of utter disrepair and the water supply, sewerage network and sanitation are far from satisfactory. To make the matters worse, several development projects have been kept on hold for more than a year and half and repeated pleas of the residents have gone unheeded,” he said.

The residents’ body further stated that the development of the colony had commenced in 1977 and having completed 20 years of being carved out, the MC should have taken it over long time ago for maintenance, which unfortunate had not been done.

Inquiries made by The Tribune with the LIT officials revealed that a resolution for handing over the colony to the MC had already been adopted by the trust, which had now been given the nod by the local bodies department.

“We have informed the MC that formalities for handing over the colony to them have been completed and the civic body could take over the colony. It might take some more time for the MC to step in and take control of the colony, but from our end the decks have been cleared,” said LIT officials.



Fire in factory, house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Fire broke out at a factory and a house in the city on Thursday night.

According to sources, a fire broke out at RP Hosiery in Shivpuri around 10.40 pm and it took around one and half hours for two fire tenders to douse the flames.

Munish Jain, an eyewitness, said: “The fire apparently started due to a spark in a generator at the factory.”

Another fire was reported at a house on the Shahpur Road around 3.40 am. A fire tender was pressed into service to douse the flames and it took half an hour to control the fire. However, no loss of life has been reported in both cases.



Fancy Lights: Contractor gets show-cause notice
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
Following the publication of report “Fancy lights rusting, already!” on July 17, MC Commissioner GS Ghuman issued has show-cause notice to the contractor.

Talking to The Tribune, Ghuman said: “I have issued a show-cause notice to the contractor and asked him to tell why the lights have started to rust so soon.”

He added that he would be able to comment further only after receiving a version of the contractor.

On Friday, The Tribune had highlighted the condition of fancy lights worth Rs 6 crore, which were installed despite opposition after first monsoon showers.

These lights were installed on the pretext of beautification of the city, while the civic amenities were still a distant dream for the industrial city with a population of around 40 lakh people.



Man held for burglaries
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 18
The police has arrested a notorious thief wanted in large number of cases of burglary committed at various localities here.

Goods and valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh, stolen from two houses around a fortnight ago, were recovered from various places on his disclosure.

Gulshan Kumar, a resident of ward No. 2 of Jagera Road, was arrested by a police team led by Harinder Singh when he was trying to strike at a house yesterday.

According to Malerkotla DSP Gurpreet Singh Sikand, Gulshan had admitted to committing a number of burglaries at various localities, including in Sangrur, the district headquarters.

Sikand used to target residences of employee couples who had gone on vacation after locking their houses for a few days. At times, he used to remain inside the targeted house for days together.

Gold and silver jewellary, digital cameras, VCD and artificial jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh, stolen from two houses during the last weeks of June were recovered from Gulshan.



Body of unidentified youth found
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 18
The body of a youth bearing wounds inflicted with a sharp-edged weapon was found in a deserted colony on outskirts of Himanyupur village in Ludhiana district, near here, today.

The Ludhiana police has initiated process to identify the victim and his assassins. Old enmity or a love affair is suspected to be the reason behind the murder.

The body of the youth, aged between 30 and 35 years, bearing multiple wounds, was found in a pool of blood in a deserted colony coming up near Himanyupur village this morning.

The youth, 5’-8” tall and stoutly built, seemed to have met with an accident earlier as the body bore marks of injuries and bandages, besides fresh injuries inflicted with sharp-edged weapon.

Multiple injuries on face, neck, head, abdomen and other parts of the body suggested that the assailants had killed him brutally.

According to Parampal Singh DSP Sadar, some passersby spotted the body in the morning. Varinder Kumar, sarpanch, after receiving information brought the matter to the notice of the police.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the assailants had killed the victim somewhere else and dumped the body by carrying in a vehicle sometime after midnight.

The victim wore a T-shirt and undergarments and his trousers and sports shoes were lying near the body.

“Ek-Onkar” on one hand and letters “BS” tattooed on the other arm suggested that he belonged to a Sikh family. But he was wearing “mala” around his neck.

An SIT (special investigation team) led by SHO Sadar Mandeep Singh tried to get the body identified by residents of about 20 surrounding villages but to no avail.

“We had requested sarpanches of surrounding villages to announce about the recovery of the body on the public announcement system installed at common places and religious places of these localities. Over 600 persons came to see the body but nobody could identify it,” said Parampal Singh, adding that pictures of the body were telecast on local channels too.



3 held for assault, snatching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 18
The CIA-II police has busted a three-member gang of drug addicts who used to waylay people at night and snatch their belongings by stabbing them.

The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh, Jaswinder Singh, both residents of New Janakpuri, Haibowal, and Sonu, a resident of Salem Tabri area.

The accused, in their early 20s, were said to be chronic drug addicts and had been committing crime to meet their daily need of drugs.

Dilpreet Singh, in-charge CIA- II, said the three had recently stabbed Labh Singh, a local resident, and snatched his wallet containing cash along with some gold ornaments.

The police received a tip-off that the accused were planning another snatching near the Sahnewal area. The police laid a trap and arrested the three.

During investigation, the three confessed to committing the crime.

Meanwhile, the CIA-II police has arrested two youths, who had allegedly broken the locks of an SBI branch in Focal Point on March 21.

They had made a futile effort to steal cash from the bank’s chest.

The accused have been identified as Panju and Sonu.



3 booked for theft
Our Correspondent

Raikot, July 18
The police yesterday booked three persons for committing robbery at a mobile phone shop recently.

The three had allegedly broken into Ganpati Telecom and decamped with 17 mobile sets worth Rs 40,000 on the intervening night of June 7 and 8.

Shop owner Tarun Kumar of Aggarwal Mohalla had complained about the theft to the police.

After investigation, the police booked Suresh Kumar of Balmik Mohalla, Mottu Singh of New Kula Patti and Isher Singh of old Kula Patti for the theft.

The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC. No arrest has been made so far.



Unauthorised gas agency busted
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, July 18
The police busted an unauthorised gas agency, accused of stealing LPG and selling underweight cylinders, at Humbran village on Thursday.

On a tip-off, SHO Dharam Paul, special cell in-charge Ramaninderjit Singh and inspector Sucha Singh along with a police team raided the premises of Surinder Kumar of Humbran in Dashmesh Nagar and recovered 53 gas cylinders, including 17 for domestic and 36 for commercial use.

The police had information that the accused used to commit theft of LPG from cylinders and then sell it in the open.

It was learnt that the accused ran a parallel gas agency and used to prepare commercial cylinders out of domestic ones. He used to allegedly sell underweight cylinders to prospective buyers.

The police has seized 20 packets of seals without any markings and 37 cylinder caps. Also, 175 lt kerosene stored in a drum has been seized.

The accused is said to have been in the business for some time and had a substantial clientele that used to approach him for regular supply.

The accused claimed that he used to procure cylinders from Mullanpur, Sudhar, Jagraon and Ludhiana.

SHO Dharam Paul said investigation was on.

The police has registered a case against the accused under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. A Ludhiana court has remanded the accused in police custody till July 19.



104 kg poppy husk seized

Khamano, July 18
The police seized 104 kg poppy husk from a car at Maheshpura village, near here, today. A police team had set up a barricade at Maheshpura bridge in the wee hours when they pulled over an Esteem car. The driver stopped the car and fled the scene. On search, the police found two bags containing poppy husk from the car.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Amrala.— OC



Martial arts show
Our Sports Reporter

A girl breaks marble slabs during a martial arts show in Ludhiana on Saturday.
A girl breaks marble slabs during a martial arts show in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 18
A large number of girls participated in a martial arts show organised by the National Karate Federation of India at Kamla Lohtia College, here today. The partipants exhibited various martial arts techniques.

While, Upasna broke 40 marble slabs, others performed techniques useful in self-defence.

Kumari Shweta, Priyanka, Komal, Monika, Pinky, Preeti, Nitika, Kajal Kashyap, Deep Mala, Pooja, Ruhani, Isha Thakur, Manisha and Simran gave a show of advanced techniques.

Rakesh Pandey, former Punjab minister, and Surinder Dawar, former, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab, gave away certificates to the participants.



Football Tourney
Punjab Blue, PSEB in final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 18
Punjab Blue and PSEB, Patiala, registered victories in their respective semifinal encounters (boys u-17) in a similar fashion (2-0) to set up the title clash in the First 7-a-Side Schools Football Championship at the Punjab High School ground at Mundian Kalan on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, near here, today.

In the first semifinal, Punjab Blue defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-0. Karamjit Singh and Mavi accounted for one goal each. In the second semifinal, PSEB, Patiala, beat Maharashtra in an identical fashion (2-0) to advance into the final.

In the u-14 group, Chandigarh survived a scare before emerging victorious 1-0 against PSEB, Patiala, to assure themselves a berth in the title clash match.

Devinder Singh, councillor, municipal corporation, Ludhiana, inaugurated the championship in which 18 teams are taking part.



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