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Acid attack on couple
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Some unidentified assailants threw acid on a couple while they were returning home on a motorcycle after visiting a private hospital. The incident took place on the Churpur road at Haibowal late last evening.

The victims have been identified as Sumit (24) and Shveta. The victims had gone to the hospital for a routine medical checkup.

According to the police, the attackers threw acid on the couple when they were barely 200m from their house.

The DSP said the attackers waylaid them and threw acid on them. Sanjiv was seriously injured and was taken to the DMCH where his condition is stated to be serious.

The condition of his wife, who sustained burns on her forearms, is stated to be stable.

On seeing the couple screaming for help, some residents came to their rescue and took rushed them to hospital.

Dr Sandeep Puri, medical superintendent, DMCH, said Shveta had sustained 10 per cent burns, but her husband had received 40 per cent burns and had been put on a ventilator. “His condition is serious as acid burns are severe compared to flame burns,” he said.

It is learnt that last night’s attack was not the first on Sumit. He was thrashed by some people six months ago.

Ramesh Tandon, father of Sumit, claimed that his son had no rivalry with anyone.

The police has registered a case and started investigation in the case.

However, according to the Station House Officer of Haibowal, Gurpreet Singh, it was a case of personal enmity.

“We are trying to gather more information in the case. We are questioning the parents and relatives of the victims to make some headway,” he added.


Paying price for paramedical staff’s error
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Jaswant Singh Arora (49) is paying the price for an error committed by a paramedical staff working in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) as he was supposed to undergo bone marrow aspiration test and biopsy instead of the bone density test as recommended by his orthopaedic consultant.

The patient, a resident of Jamalpur, Ludhiana, is undergoing treatment for severe backache under Dr R Bhalla, senior orthopaedic consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. Dr Bhalla had on the basis of his diagnosis recommended bone density test in his follow up advice dated August 21, 2009.

Jaswant Singh and his wife Dimpy Arora had on September 19 gone to get the tests conducted at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Surprisingly, paramedical staff on duty after going through the diagnosis and follow-up slip given by Dr Bhalla mentioned bone marrow aspiration and biopsy on the invoice.

Dr Preeti Bajaj, associate professor, pathology department, DMCH, went through the documents and patient’s brief history from his wife. “Dr Bajaj seemed doubtful as she had confirmed about the tests mentioned on the hospital invoice from him. But, I being a layman could not follow the medical terminology and gave my assent for the tests,” complained Dimpy Arora.

Dr BS Shah, head of pathology department, was present at the time of the biopsy, the complainant added

However, Dr BS Shah, who is DMCH medical superintendent also, stated that the bone marrow test and biopsy was part of the investigation to know about the exact condition of the bones. Dr Shah agreed to the “error” on the part of paramedical employee and assured to look into the matter. Dr R Bhalla stated that the bone marrow test and biopsy could not add to the patient’s problem, instead the findings can be helpful in detecting problem if any.



Colony residents thrash cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Two cops were allegedly manhandled by some residents of Company Bag Colony when they had gone to settle a dispute at Preet Nagar here today.

The incident took place this morning when head constable Baldev Singh visited the shop of a refrigerator mechanic, Ranjit Singh, in connection with a monetary dispute.

Ranjit Singh had alleged that some residents of the colony had got their refrigerators repaired, but had not paid the money. In the meantime, some people gheraoed the shop and started manhandling Baldev Singh.

Sensing trouble, he informed the control room and requested for more force. Constable Sanjiv Kumar also reached the spot and tried to pacify the infuriated residents. But they began to thrash him and also tore his uniform.

It is learnt that due to embarrassment, the cops did not go to the Civil Hospital, instead they went to a private clinic for their check-up.

The police has not registered a case yet. Gurpreet Singh, SHO Jodhewal Basti, refused to divulge any details about the incident. But sources in the police said the cops were deliberately concealing the names of the residents as the latter were backed by a politician who had impressed on the police to settle the matter.

Even the mechanic refused to reveal the names of the attackers.



Assault: Residents block traffic
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 24
Residents of Dadheri village here staged a dharna and blocked traffic for three hours here today, demanding that all accused named in an assault case be arrested.

The blockade was lifted after the police said one accused had been arrested and the others would also be arrested soon.

It was stated in the complaint that Avtar Singh, husband of sarpanch Nachhattar Kaur, was sitting in his shop last evening when former sarpanch, Bhupinder Singh, along with his sons and brother, allegedly assaulted Avtar Singh and wounded him seriously. He was taken to the Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

On hearing about his death, people of the village reached the hospital and staged a dharna against the police inaction. Nachhattar Kaur said she had got the encroachment on shamlat land removed and had also submitted a complaint to the higher authorities regarding the misappropriation of panchayat funds by the former sarpanch, who had threatened her of dire consequences.



Karate player run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 24
A 17-year-old karate player of Khanna was run over by a speeding truck on the GT Road here this evening.

The victim, Neeraj Walia, was on her way to AS Model Senior Secondary School on her bicycle when a truck hit her. She fell off her bicycle and was crushed under the front wheels of the truck. She died on the spot.

As per her family members, she was going to school for karate practice. She was a resident of the Model Town area.

The police has impounded the truck, but its driver managed to flee from the spot.

A case has been registered after recording the statements of onlookers and the family members of the deceased.



Raid on 2 cold stores
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
With Diwali round the corner, the stocking of various commodities and adulteration of food products is on the rise. Keeping this in view, the excise and taxation department conducted raids on various places here today.

Raids were conducted on Kissan Cold Store and CC Cold Store located on the Jalandhar bypass after the excise department got a tip-off. Dry fruits were stored in both cold stores. The stock was inspected and records were also verified by the department. The tax they were paying and the price at which they were selling the dry fruits was also checked.

Sources in the department said the department would conduct more raids to verify if cold store owners were paying the right amount of tax.



Vocational training at PAU brings hope for rural women
Sheetal Chawla

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
“I have opened a showroom of phulkari in Patiala,” said Paramjit Kaur, who has just completed her training in phulkari making from College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University.

“Our training programme includes food preservation, candle making, cross stitching, gift wrapping and phulkari making,” said Dr Neelam Grewal, dean of the college.

She added that the Punjab government had launched a programme under the rural employment scheme last year.

Under this programme, as many as 150 women were trained by experts of the college, said Neelam.

She said, “A woman of Nawan Shahar, who has recently set up a phenyl making unit in the area, is earning well.”

Anita Jethi of Ludhiana, who deals in soft toys, pot making and jewellery making, said it had become easy for her to make ends meet.

Sarita Devi of Gurdaspur has started a business of beekeeping and supplies honey to the nearby areas. Sarita also makes pickles, vermicelli, turmeric, red pepper jams and bhujiya.

Another woman from Bathinda, who learnt tie and dye art from the college, now runs duppatta-dyeing business and earns Rs 6,000 a month.

Neelam said as many as 26 women entrepreneurs had put up stalls at the kisan mela on the PAU campus on September 17 and 18.

“The training programme is held at the PAU headquarters and Krishi Vigyaan Kendras,” Neelam added.



PAU Notes
Writers’ assn reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The Young Writers Association of Punjab Agricultural University has been reconstituted by the PAU sports and youth activities council in its 46th meeting held under the chairmanship of PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang. Gurbhajan Gill, editor Punjabi at centre for communication and international linkages, has been appointed president.

Other members are Dr HS Dhaliwal, additional director extension education, Dr DS Dhillon, head, department of extension education, Dr Varinder Randhawa, head, department of home science extension education, and Dr Kiranjot Sidhu, senior scientist.

Ramandeep Singh, deputy director sports, will be the secretary of the association.

Late scientist remembered

“Changi Kheti and Progressive Farming", a monthly magazine for farmers, which is published by the PAU centre for communication and international linkages will dedicate its October’s edition to Dr Norman Borlaug, a well-known scientist in the field of agriculture.

Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director communication, said Dr Borlaug was father of the green revolution. Dr Borlaug was a professor at Texas AM University.

During his visits, he used to interact with farmers.



Mullanpur Nagar Panchayat
Absence of executive officer hits work
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, September 24
The Mullanpur nagar panchayat has been facing discrimination at the hands of the Akali government for having a president belonging to the Congress, alleged Telu Ram Bansal, president of the Mullanpur nagar panchayat, here.

Addressing mediapersons, he said employees of the nagar panchayat were threatening to go on protest for non-payment of wages.

The nagar panchayat has 43 permanent employees, besides 26 temporary and 13 councillors. Wages alone accounted for Rs 6 lakh per month.

However, the wages have not been disbursed as there is no executive officer to sign cheques along with the council president.

The previous executive officer of the council, Surinder Kumar, was transferred to Khamano Mandi on August 31 and since then the post had been lying vacant.

Also, the post of SO has been lying vacant for over two years and Raikot SO Avtar Singh has been given additional charge of Dakha.

However, he visits the Dakha council office only twice a week and that too for just a few hours.

This is affecting work as proposed high-rise buildings had not received sanction.

Telu Ram said they had given many representation to Manoranjan Kalia, minister of local bodies, besides director at Chandigarh and deputy director at Ludhiana regarding their problems but to no avail.

People visiting the nagar panchayat have been undergoing inconvenience as they have been unable to obtain birth and death certificates.

In the absence of the executive officer, the nagar panchayat cannot issue any notice regarding matters concerning collection of house tax, illegal construction, approval of site plans, etc.

The employees of the nagar panchayat staged a protest in front of the council office and raised anti-government slogans. The president and councillors also joined the protest.



Ministerial union to hold rallies from Oct 1
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 24
Irked over the state government’s delay in accepting the demands of government employees’, the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union has decided to hold gate rallies in all district headquarters from October 1 to 7 followed by traffic blockade on October 9.

President of the state unit of the union Sukhwinder Singh said in the wake of widespread resentment among the employees over indifferent attitude of the government, it had been decided to intensify the agitation. “A proposed meeting with the Chief Minister on August 26 was deferred at the last moment and has not been convened even after a month.”

At a meeting on July 30 with the representatives of the union, the Chief Minister had accepted most of the demands in principle and the chief secretary were asked to make a detailed note in this respect, which was to be discussed at the meeting scheduled for August 26, which never took place.

The main demands put forth by the union are replacement of condition for typing test for recruitment of clerks with computer literacy, grant of pay scale equal to BEd teachers to graduate clerks, renaming the posts of clerks, withdrawal of condition to get NOC from the vigilance department, grant of powers for settlement of refundable and non-refundable advances to DDOs and decentralisation of powers for reimbursement of medical allowances.



City Concerns
Power shortage due to mismanagement

The recent 17.5 per cent hike in power tariff for the domestic sector by the Punjab State Electricity Board has affected the common man. Besides this, the hike that has been implemented from the back date is cited as unjustified by people. The summer months have already been harsh on residents due to the power cuts. And even after suffering long hours of cuts they would have to pay power bill arrears from April onwards. This is what a cross section of people has to say on the issue.

The Punjab government’s decision to hike power tariff retrospectively is the height of cruelty. It certainly is a tax for non-performance. Crafty politicians don’t hesitate to squeeze whatever is left in pockets of starving workers. Millions of people rarely get two square meals due to long power cuts and consequent lay-offs whereas the politicians are busy in plundering national wealth to feed their insatiable lust for money. The power shortage in Punjab is the result of open loot, mismanagement and non-performance. Kundi connections and other means of mass pilferage are allowed by authorities only to camouflage the real culprits. Funds are being plundered in the garb of providing free power to farmers. Clandestine increase of 17.5 per cent since April has been made purposely to grant a pittance and claim generosity later on to assuage rising tempers. This point bears testimony, as the move has been held back for exploring knotty but sure options. Why the state government is not tapping solar, wind and biogas energy to end the crisis is a million dollar question. The government has not even tried to popularise the use of solar cookers. I think people should compel authorities to disband the PSEB immediately and restrict ever-increasing number of looters at least.

DN Sharma

Stop power thefts

Electricity being scarce, there is absolutely no sense in giving free electricity to the farm sector; still worse is government’s decision to force domestic consumers pay for the benefits given to the others. It should remember that no benefit could last long unless costs are recovered. Moreover the problem of electricity theft, that is responsible for making the board bankrupt, is being ignored. Instead of raising the tariff it should have cracked down on defaulters. The current hike would unduly burden the honest consumer and the industrial sector. The board should stop playing puppet in the hands of power-hungry politicians, streamline its working and distribution system to come out of losses rather than taking such anti-people decision.

Satvir Singh, Katani Kalan

Govt must share burden

The Punjab State Electricity Board can’t justify increase in the tariff rate and that too from the back date. At the one hand the government is not able to provide the basic facilities, including electricity and on the other increase in power tariff, for whatever they are providing, is not at all welcomed news for common man. They are already facing the recession with rates of almost all-basic things continuously getting out of their reach. The government has to take some burden of common man on its own shoulders. But they are doing just opposite by further increasing it. Hike in electricity bills will definitely take a huge toll on common man’s pocket. The tariff rate should be judged on the basis of the monthly income of the families. Now is the time that the government should implement some new rules.

Amarjit Singh

Bail out the board

Too many power cuts were and are the result of the bankrupt Punjab State Electricity Board. There is a need of funds to keep it working. We should not worry about what we are not getting rather we should enjoy what ever is available. We should cooperate the board by ignoring difficult times of power cuts and also by voluntarily paying more then what are being billed. Since this is not a private sector and is run entirely by the government. it is our duty to help it out in the times of crises. As we expect the government should help common man in crisis, the same way a collective effort of common man can definitely bail out the sinking board. All funds collected by social organisations be it a NG O or the clubs and all surplus funds of the religious institutions be donated to the board as it is more needy then the gods. Moreover, the charity boxes should be provided all over to collect donations by the board. Hike in tariff by 17.5 per cent is not sufficient to sustain the losses. And we should be conscious enough to realise that this is only due to our misdeeds in past be it in the form of thefts, misuse or kundi connections that is responsible for such a situation. This will also ease pressure on the government to not privatise this sector and provide free electricity to farmers, and the desired persons at its will. Do donate to enjoy power without cuts next summer.

RR Dhanda

Accept tariff hike

The citizens keeping in view the helplessness of the government must accept the recent hike in power tariff. It is because the board is incurring huge losses on the account of the following reasons. Firstly, power consumption needs have largely multiplied over these years with electrical appliances and AC’s turning out to become basic goods from being luxuries. The state cannot meet this growing demand even after exhausting its entire potential (hydro) and thus has to import It from other states (given the high cost of setting up new thermal plants) at a much higher rate than that provided to domestic consumers. Secondly, a huge amount of subsidy and free electricity is given to farmers considering the fact that prosperity of farmers’ results in the prosperity of the nation. Thirdly, an alarming rate of electricity thefts has been recorded on the part of consumers, which is an indicator irresponsible and corrupt citizen. It is required on the part of citizens to cooperate with government by sacrificing some amount of their individual benefit for social good, which will ultimately result in betterment of each one.

Gurleen Kaur



Security up ahead of festivals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
The local police has beefed up the security in the wake of Navratras and Dussehra festivals. Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers in and around the Dussehra grounds and famous temples following the threats by terrorist organisations to targets the crowded places during the festival season.

In the wake of the terror threats, the senior police officials are planning to install doorframe metal detector at all entry points of Ram Lila grounds, while the temples have already installed the detectors on their premises.

Dr SS Gill, SSP, said high alert had been sounded in the city following which cops in the civil dress and quick reaction teams had been deployed to keep an eye on anti-social elements. He said those visiting the Ram Lila ground would be thoroughly frisked.

Stepping up the late night vigil, the police has also installed special checkpoints and intensified patrolling throughout the city. The police along with fire and health officials have been asked to remain on toes till the end of festive season, SSP added.

“We urge residents to inform the police about any suspicious object, which looks lucrative. Further, we are also informing people to call police in case they see a briefcase. Public announcements system is also being used to create awareness among visitors to the Ram Lila ground,” added Gill.

Gill said: “We are instructing the Ram Lila committees to deploy volunteers to ensure security in the ground.” The police will keep a special check on eve teasers and the accused caught for teasing women would be dealt with an iron hand. Further, residents are being informed to stay alert as pickpockets and thieves target the families who carry their children to watch the fair. 



Installation of tube wells
Councillors vent ire on Sinha
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
Councillors vent their ire on Municipal Commissioner AK Sinha yesterday after the corporation failed to install tube wells and start repair of roads despite assurances given during the last week’s house meeting.

According to information, Congress and BJP councillors met the commissioner so as to remind him of promises and claims he and the mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura had made during the house proceedings.

BJP councillor Satish Nagar from ward No 32 met the municipal commissioner to enquire about installation of a tube well in his ward. He told him those living in his ward were getting water through tankers for the past few weeks.

The councillor was surprised when the commissioner replied what could he do. This made him angry and he walked out of the Sinha’s office, another BJP councillor added. However, the matter was sorted out after BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu intervened.

Similarly, Congress councillor Rakesh Parashar and Sanjay Talwar, too, aired their grievances. Talking to The Tribune, they said, “The contractor had laid pebbles on a road between Laxmi Cinema and the Baba Than Singh Chowk. The commissioner had assured us that the work of laying premix would start in three days. Now, even after five days no work has started. They added that one tube well each in their ward had failed and residents were suffering.

The Municipal Commissioner said: “The Punjab Water and Sewerage Board has been directed to start work on tube wells.”



Foreign fellowship for vet varsity scientist

Ludhiana, September 24
Dr Ajeet Kumar, assistant professor (presently pursuing PhD) in the department of veterinary gynaecology and obstetrics, GADVASU, has been awarded a fellowship for six months by the Canadian Bureau for International Education on behalf of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, and Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme.

The fellowship is awarded to graduate students from a pool of highly competitive candidates pursuing research in various arenas. The fellowship is tenable at the department of veterinary biomedical sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He will be conducting research to explore the possibility of heat shock protein as a potential fertility marker for buffalo bulls.

Preliminary studies conducted on gene expression in buffalo sperm indicate that this gene is highly expressed in high fertility bulls. Identification and purification of the heat shock protein in relation to semen quality and fertility in buffalo bulls and further development of its monoclonal anti-body may be used as a bull fertility diagnostic kit in future. — TNS



Review meeting of banks held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 24
A review meeting of banks for the quarter ending June 2009 was organised recently. Annual credit plan for 2009-10 was formulated for Rs 5,821-crore disbursement under the priority sector by banks in the Ludhiana district alone. During the first quarter of 2009-10, the banks had disbursed Rs 1,551 crore against the target of Rs 1,517 crore in the priority sector advances.

According to an official press note, in agriculture and allied services, the banks achieved Rs 905 crore against the target of Rs 729 crore. There was an increase of 124 per cent. In the public sector, there was a total achievement of Rs 1,551 crore against the target of Rs 1,517 crore.

Except in advances section, the banks showed an increase in deposits, credit deposit ratio, priority sector advances and advances to weaker section.



Special lok adalat tomorrow

Ludhiana, September 24
A special lok adalat would be organised on September 26 for settling women cases in the district courts complex. Session Judge SP Bangarh said matrimonial and domestic violence cases and those concerning women would be taken up in this special lok adalat.

Nine benches have been constituted to hear the litigants. These benches would be headed by Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal, GS Saran, Ashok Kumar, Fast Track Court judge Harveen Bhardwaj, Lakhwinder Kaur, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division) besides civil judges Balwant Singh and Jarnail Singh. — OC



Labourer dies of snakebite
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, September 24
A migrant labourer died of snakebite yesterday. Lakhan Shah (29) was staying at a room provided by a factory at Humbran.

The snake bit him after he went to the fields for collecting fodder for his cattle. Labourers found him lying unconscious and took him to a hospital in Ludhiana. But, he died on his way to the hospital.

A case under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered in this regard.



Two booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 24
Two persons have been booked for cheating a woman on the pretext of sending her daughter to Canada. Sukhdev Kaur of Rurka village near Mullanpur in a complaint lodged with the police had stated that Tejwinder Singh Sekhon, the accused, and his wife, Kulwinder Kaur, lured her to send her daughter, Ramandeep Kaur, to Canada for a nanny course.

The accused were themselves conducting the course and the interview. The deal was struck at Rs 11 lakh. She paid Rs 4 lakh at her uncle Gurpal Singh’s house at Agwar Lopon on 25 January 2004. She paid the balance amount of Rs 7 lakh later on.

The accused made her daughter to complete the nanny course, but she could not pass the interview conducted by the embassy. The complainant then asked the accused to either return the amount or send her daughter to Canada. The accused refused to do so.

The accused stated that the girl could not clear the interview despite their training. The complainant then lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. The accused, then, paid Rs. 2.5 lakh to them. However, they refused to pay the balance amount and went into hiding. On November 3, 2007, she again lodged a complaint with the SP (H), Jagraon, who ordered EO wing in charge to enquire into the matter. The EO wing in charge found all allegations true as both accused had gone into hiding and the court had declared them proclaimed offenders in 2007 itself.

On the basis of the report, the SSP Ludhiana (Rural) ordered a case to be registered against the accused. Thus, a case under Sections 420 and 120B of the IPC was registered against the man and his wife.



Three booked for gangrape
Our Correspondent

Raikot, September 24
Three persons, including the father-in-law of the complainant, have been booked for the gang-rape. A resident of Mehal Kalan in Barnala district in a complaint lodged with police and a petition in the High Court had stated that she got married to Ajaib Singh.

She alleged that her father-in-law Harnek Singh, Angerej Singh, alias Geja, brother of Ajaib’s first wife and his nephew Gurpreet Singh had gang-raped her at the Barnala bypass Chowk on January 14 after picking her from her home.

However, the cops first dismissed her application after turning her complaint as frivolous. However, her medical report confirmed the rape. On the basis of the medical report she approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court and obtained a direction for registering the case against the accused.

The SSP Ludhiana (Rural) entrusted DSP (D) to probe into the matter and ordered the local police to register the case against the accused. However, the investigation by The Tribune revealed that Ajaib Singh after deserting his previous wife married the complainant. Instead of living with his parents he started living with the complainant. Now, Harnek Singh, father of Ajaib Singh, refused to give Angeraj Singh his due share.



Duped by travel agent, man ends life
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 24
A man reportedly committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance.

He took this extreme step after being duped by a travel agent who had embezzled his hard-earned money.

The deceased has been identified as Sukhchain Singh (40) of Jandi village near Sidhwan Bet. Charanjit Kaur, the wife of the deceased, in her statement to the Sidhwan Bet police has stated that Sadhu Singh of Chand Purana village in the Moga district used to frequent her house.

The maternal parents of Sukhchain Singh also lived in this village.

Sukhchain Singh was interested in going abroad. Sadhu Singh asked him to contact Baldev Singh of Jandi village, whose relative Gurtej Singh ran his own travel agency at Jaiton Mandi.

Sukhchain along with Sadhu Singh and Baldev Singh visited Jaiton Mandi and paid Gurtej Singh Rs 4 lakh after selling his properties for sending him to New Zealand. Gurtej Singh neither sent him to New Zealand nor returned his money.

The three accused tried to evade him on one pretext or the other.

Sukhchain, who was under depression, ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance.

A case has been registered against the three accused.



Petrol station man robbed
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 24
Two youths snatched a bag containing Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 from a patrol station employee. These youths came to Maansoravar filling station at Ramgarh Bhullar village and enquired about 1 liter mobil oil at around 9 pm.

Surinder, one of the employees, went inside the petrol station to bring the mobil oil while the another Surinder went near them. No sooner he approached the accused, he was attacked with sharp-edged weapon. They, even, snatched the cash kept in his pockets. On seeing this, Surinder rushed to his friend’s rescue. They, too, attacked him. Hitesh said the exact amount snatched could not be ascertained but it might be between Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.

DSP Mukhtiar Singh and Sidhwan Bet SHO reached the spot to investigate the matter. A case has been registered against the unidentified looters under Sections 323 and 382 of the IPC.



Motorcycle stolen
Tribune News Service

Samrala, September 24
A motor cycle owned by a journalist working for a Punjabi daily was stolen from Durga Mandir recently.

Surinder Singh in a complaint lodged with the police stated that he had gone to cover Ram Leela adjoining the temple when his TVS Victor motor cycle (PB 43 A 7527) was stolen from the parking lot adjoining the temple.

He said he had gone there around 9.30 pm and after 15 minutes he found the bike missing.

A complaint in this regard was lodged with the police.



Taekwondo: BVM lads win eight medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 24
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, excelled in the Inter-School District Taekwondo Championship (boys-14) organised by the district education department at BVM, Udham Singh Nagar. Players from this school bagged eight medals, including three gold.

Results: Below 18kg- Anmol of BVM School 1st; Akshat of BCM Shastri Nagar 2nd and Deepak of BCM, Dugri, 3rd.

18-21 kg- Puhskar Rawat of BVM School 1st; Samidhya of BCM, Shastri Nagar 2nd and Harmanjot of BCM, Dugri, 3rd.

21-23 kg- Geetansh of BCM, Shastri Nagar 1st; Lakshaya of BVM School 2nd and Roshan of Green Land School, Chandigarh road 3rd.

23-25 kg- Mudit Sood of BCM School 1st; Randhir of BVM School 2nd and Mohammad Fazal of Green Land School, Chandigarh road 3rd.

25-27 kg- Kaushal of BVM School 1st; Akash of Arya School 2nd and Ravinder of P Royal School 3rd.

27-29 kg- Harsh Sareen of Saraswati Modern School 1st, Mridual of BCM School 2nd and Sarvan of Arya School 3rd.

27-29 kg- Harsh Sareen of Saraswati Modern School 1st; Mridul of BCM School 2nd and Sarvan of Aryua School 3rd.

35-38 kg- Shubham Katyal of BCM, Dugri, 1st; Kashish Kanojia of BVM School 2nd and Parkash Yadav of RS Model School 3rd.

Above 41 kg- Manrajdeep Singh of Saraswati Modern School 1st; Harshit of BCM School 2nd and Shubham of BVM School 3rd.



Kho Kho: Ramanpreet declared best player
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 24
Ramanpreet Kaur was declared the best player in the interclass Kho-Kho championship organised by the Guru Nanak National College sports council, Doraha here, today.

At least five teams took part in the championship. A BA IIIrd year team was declared first while the runners’ up trophy went to BA Ist year. Rupinder Kaur was declared the first runners up while Mandeep Kaur was the best chaser among the players.

Principal Narinder Singh Sidhu distributed prizes among the winners. Gursharan Kaur, dean, Sports Council, inaugurated the championship.

Dr Nirlep Kaur Deol, head, physical education department, said the inter-class competitions set the ball rolling for the players.



City girls set six records
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 24
Ludhiana swimmers proved their mettle in the girl’s section and created six new meet records in the 39th edition of the Senior Punjab State Swimming Championship for men and women, held at Sangrur, recently.

Swimmers from the city won maximum medals to stamp their superiority over others. The girl’s squad from Ludhiana annexed 23 gold medals; five silver in addition to two bronze medals and bagged the overall trophy.

Suhapanpreet Kaur rewrote a new meet record in the 50m-backstroke event; Kawalpreet Kaur established a new record in 50m butterfly as well as 100m butterfly events; Arashpreet Kaur Grewal created a new record in the grueling 1500m freestyle event.

Besides this, the relay team comprising Suhapanpreet Kaur, Arshpreet Kaur Grewal, Shubh Karman Dhaliwal and Kawalpreet Kaur created a new meet record in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle events.

In the men’s section, Amarpal Singh Grewal and Adhiraj Sharma from Ludhiana made their presence felt. Amarpal Singh won silver medal in 100m backstroke and a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle while Adhiraj Sharma clinched a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly event.



Maninder clinches silver in boxing
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 24
Chakar Boxing Academy clinched four medals in the 41st Punjab Youth Boxing Championship held in Sunam recently.

Prof Balwant Singh Sandhu, in charge of the boxing team, said Khusdeepak Kumar bagged a silver medal in the batom weight category.

In the light weight category, Maninder Singh clinched a silver medal, while Sukhdeep Singh and Lakhbir Singh won bronze medals in the welter and fly categories, respectively.



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