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MC truck runs over 2 students
The victims had gone to school to enquire about their exam centre for Class X
Shivani Bhakoo/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Rajinder Verma and Rajnish Patel, Class X students, were crushed to death under an MC truck here today. Rajinder Verma (17) died on the spot while Rajnish Patel (15) was taken to the CMCH in a critical condition, where after struggling for life for more than four hours, he succumbed to his injuries.
The father of Rajinder Verma (inset) mourns his son’s death. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan
The father of Rajinder Verma (inset) mourns his son’s death. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

According to eyewitnesses, both children were on a cycle and were returning home from school when a truck (PB 10 AF 3395) hit them from behind on the Tajpur road. Rajinder Verma died on the spot and passersby took Rajnish to the CMCH in an autorickshaw. Both victims were residents of New Puneet Nagar.

A case has been registered under Sections 279, 304, 422, 337 and 338, IPC. The in charge of the Tajpur chowki, Sukhbir Singh, said the driver of the truck had absconded.

The MC has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of the victims. The MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, expressed his condolences.

Rajinder and Rajnish were students of Daya Ram School and had gone to enquire about their exam centre.

Kanchan Verma, mother of Rajinder, fell unconscious when she learnt about the mishap. Basu Dev Verma, father of Rajinder, said being the eldest among the siblings, Rajinder was a dedicated student. “He would often tell me that once he finished studies, he will support the family. He was my backbone. If I knew this would happen, I would never have sent him,” he said.

Two kids electrocuted, hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Manpreet (11), son of Manga Ram, and Chandiram (10), son of Kuldeep Kumar, were electrocuted on the Vardhman road here today. Both victims have been admitted to the CMCH where their condition is said to be stable.

According to eyewitnesses, both children fell unconscious on the road and passersby were rubbing their hands and feet. “We do not know how they got electrocuted. Both were unconscious. We took them to a nearby hospital in an autorickshaw. Doctors told us to immediately take them to the CMCH. We took them there and informed their parents,” an eyewitness who did not wish to be quoted stated.

Both children are residents of Police Colony, Jamalpur.

Neelu Patel, sister of Rajnish, was inconsolable when his body was being taken to hospital for a postmortem. Vinod, uncle of Rajnish, said the boy’s father did not have a regular job and he had high expectations from Rajnish. He used to prepare for the exam for hours, but everything was finished now.


Blood bank runs without licence
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
In contravention of the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Dr BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital here is allegedly running the blood bank without a licence, thereby endangering the lives of people.

The licence of the blood bank had expired in March 2007, but the licensing authority did not renew it considering discrepancies.

However, the department of health and family welfare, in spite of the inquiry report submitted by the district family welfare officer and the district drug inspector that termed the blood bank a bundle of “incongruities”, has failed to take action against the hospital authorities.

The inquiry report was submitted on May 19, 2005, and was sent to the state drug controller for action, but nothing has been done to date and the blood bank is operational.

Jiwan, a Class IV employee of the hospital who was ousted from the hospital for having complained against the hospital authorities to the Ludhiana DC, has procured the copy of inquiry report under the RTI.

The report clearly states that the blood bank was found guilty of disposing of blood bags outside the hospital instead of following the procedure of biomedical waste. The hospital authorities had brought the blood bags from a blood donation camp organised at Anandpur Sahib on Holla Mohalla in 2009.

The most shocking revelation in the report is that the blood bank was undertaking tests for hepatitis, syphilis, HIV and HCV by rapid test only instead of testing it through ELISA, the right test to authenticate infections.

The report also pointed towards the frequent change in technical staff without the permission of the drug inspector. Also, the serum of patient (SOP) is not prepared or displayed as per schedule “F” of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, the report stated.

CK Sharma, a patient who had recently gone for blood test at the blood bank, expressed shock when a lab technician did the tests. “I am educated and I know that the tests can’t be done in the absence of a pathologist. Moreover, I was charged Rs 40 and Rs 60 for blood sugar and haemoglobin tests, but I was given the report for just one test,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, the department of health and family welfare, Punjab, has suspended the vaccination supply to the hospital following a news report carried in The Tribune on February 18.



Grandparents revisit childhood with tiny tots
Charu Chhibber/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Grandparents are antique little boys and girls! Living up to the adage, scores of grandparents, gathered to be part of a day dedicated exclusively to them, sang and danced like little kids as their wonderstruck grandchildren paid colourful tributes to the special bond.

Coming together to celebrate Grandparents’ Day in Jacob Auditorium of the PAU here today, tiny tots of Mother’s Pride School indeed made the day a very special one for their graceful grandmas and charming grandpas.

Cheers and laughter filled the air as tiny tots took to stage while proud grandparents watched them with hearts full of boundless joy. Each lip had a blessing and every single heart in the audience swelled with pride as the little ones gave scintillating performances for their dearest “dadu”, “dadi”, “nanu” and “nani”.

Not the ones to be left out, the school staff, too, joined in the celebrations as they sang and danced to the tunes of popular Bollywood numbers.

Greatest attraction of the event, however, was a very graceful performance by the senior most administrator of the school Dr DR Luthra. Breaking into a jig on famous melody of yesteryears “Ae meri zohran jabeen…” with classic red silk handkerchiefs in hand, Dr Luthra set the mood for the day as grandpas and grandmas from the audience could not resist shaking a leg on stage.

The exciting event reached its zenith when the beautiful grannies walked the ramp during a catwalk round followed by a ball dance for the elegant couples. The wrinkled smiles on many-a-face was quite matchless as the winners were given prizes and surprise gifts.

Overwhelmed with the special attention bestowed upon them, many grandparents took turns to thank the school management, especially the school director, for taking them on a trip into their long-forgotten childhood.

“I am so thrilled that I actually feel like a little girl. Thanks for bringing my childhood back after 50 years,” smiled a grandmother, summing up the feelings of all the others.

Talking to The Tribune, school director Shobhan Soi, who was glad to have his grandfather around for the function, said: “The event is our endeavour to inculcate moral values in our little students and tell them about the importance of one’s grandparents. After all, no one in this world can give the kind of love and affection one gets from grandparents.”



World computer engineering mela from March 19
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 13
RIMT Institute of Engineering and Computer Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, has decided to hold World Computer Engineering Mela on March 19 and 20. College principal Dr Harsh Sadawarti told this to mediapersons here today.

Tiny tots of Maple Bear Play Way perform during the annual day function of their school in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Tiny tots of Maple Bear Play Way perform during the annual day function of their school in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

The topics like software engineering, image processing, advance network technologies, databases, advanced computing and artificial intelligence have been circulated for the competition.

In the mela, which is being conducted under the supervision of RIMT chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal and vice-chairman Vijayant Bansal, 100 papers (out of 230 papers) of schools from the USA, Maharashtra, Nagpur, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai have been selected.

Dr Sadawarti further told that among the experts Dr Rajesh Bhatia from Thapar University, Patiala, KS Kahlon from Guru Nanak University, Dr Yogesh Chopra from GJ University and Himanshu Aggarwal from Punjabi University, Patiala, will visit the mela.

Extension lecture

DORAHA: An extension lecture on ‘Learning Theories’ was organised at the Doraha College of Education yesterday. Dr Tarlok Bandhu, Fellow, PU, Chandigarh, was the guest speaker. He discussed various concepts and learning theories in an interesting way. The lecture was interactive in nature.

Community event

LUDHIANA: A community event was organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle at Kadhar Nath Dharamshala today. This event was undertaken by staff members of the Targeted Intervention Project, which was acquired by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle from Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS).

Dr TP Singh (in charge, TI Project, GGSSC) graced the occasion as the chief guest. Vijay Kumar, PO-TI, SPYM-TSU, Punjab, and Project Managers of TI Projects from different NGOs were also present.

The event was organised for the high-risk community of HIV-AIDS. Community members showed their dancing and singing skills at the event. A quiz contest was also held. A skit on HIV-AIDS was performed with the message “prevention is the only cure”. Prizes were given to the winners. Peer appreciation awards were also given to peer educators. Poonam Kapoor (PM, TI Project, GGSSC) thanked the delegates.

FAREWELL: Students of PG department of sociology as well as hostellers of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, bid farewell to their seniors at two separate functions. The functions were presided over by Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal. The students presented entertaining cultural items, including dances and songs. The major highlight of both the shows was modelling by seniors. Fun games were also played.

VALEDICTION: Students of the commerce department of Ramgarhia Girls’ College bid adieu to their seniors during an exciting valedictory function here today. Several dance performances by students of BCom III and II were followed by a fashion show by BCom III students. Officiating principal Manmohan Kaur appreciated the efforts of the students.

LAURELS: As many as 10 students of TIME, Ludhiana, have received calls from IIMs. Twenty-five students from the centre have scored over 90 percentile while many have got calls from premier B-schools of India like FMS, XLRI, IIFT, IIT (Delhi and Kharagpur), Narsee Monjee (Mumbai), KJ Somaiya and Symbiosis.

Giving details, Puneet Walia of TIME said the institute students from all over India had secured 100 percentile in CAT 2009. Centre manager Namrata Walia congratulated the achievers and faculty for bringing laurels.



Annual Convocation
Divyanshu bags best all-rounder award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Forty-eight medical graduates of the 2004 batch were awarded degrees and prizes at the annual convocation of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital today at Dumra Auditorium. Padma Bhushan, Dr JS Chopra, former professor & head of neurology at PGIMER, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.

The convocation began with the welcome address by dean, academics, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, followed by the highlights and achievements of the college students, faculty and departments in annual report by principal Dr Daljit Singh.

Appreciating the progress made by DMCH, Dr JS Chopra said the institute, with its graduate, post-graduate and super-specialty programmes, was one of the most prestigious medical institutions of the state and the university.

He congratulated the parents and the teachers of the newly inducted young doctors. Sunil Kant Munjal, president of the DMCH managing society, congratulated the graduates and asked them to fulfil their duty with utmost dedication and within the limits of medical ethics. He exhorted the medical graduates to keep faith in their profession.

Vice-principal Dr Jagdeep Whig administered the Hippocratic Oath to the fresh graduates before presenting them their degrees.

The gold medal for the best graduate was presented to Dr Divyanshu Malhotra for standing first in all professional examinations of the university. The best all-rounder and best intern award also went to Dr Divyanshu Malhotra. The chief guest presented 86 prizes and 16 medals to the students of various batches who had excelled in various subjects. 



22 students caught copying; erring teachers shifted
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 13
Taking cognisance of alleged involvement of a few teachers posted at various government and private schools in facilitating use of unfair means during annual examinations being conducted by the Punjab State Examination Board, higher authorities in the education department have warned the erring staff of strict disciplinary action.

Controllers of the Examination of various centres have been advised to take the help of the police and civil authorities to prevent any external interference in the conduct of the examination.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that while a few teachers had managed to get themselves appointed as invigilators, others chose to aid in the process from outside the centres at their respective schools.

Though the authorities have imposed a ban on the entry and use of mobile phones inside the examination centres, majority of the invigilators and superintendents were seen making use of this technology for fulfilling their ulterior motive. Only students were asked to keep their mobiles outside the centres. Besides helping a few invigilators in interacting with subject teachers sitting outside the centres, the mobile phones allowed ‘well-wishers’ to raise an alarm about flying squads.

It has also been noticed that groups of teachers, favouring and opposing the use of copying, were confronted in the presence of parents of students appearing in the examination. Those trying to come true to the expectations of the department had to face ire of the parents. A few teachers had to seek the police help in carrying out their duty as the invigilators.

Maintaining that the sources had informed them about the involvement of teachers in facilitating copying at their schools, the authorities have warned the controllers of strict action against them and the teachers found guilty of promoting the menace.

“You all are directed that in case any teacher is found helping in use of unfair means at examination centres, strict action will be taken against him and the controller as well,” reads a communication written on behalf of the director general school education to all DEOs and heads of schools.

The controllers have been asked to take help of the civil and the police administration in smooth conduct of the examination.

Meanwhile, at least 22 students were found using unfair means during the board examination being conducted at various centres in the area yesterday.

Eleven copying cases were registered at Government Senior Secondary School, Mehal Kalan, Sangrur district, by two teams lead by principal Kamaljit Singh Narangwal and Raj Mohinder Kaur, DEO (S).

Seven students of Government School (Women), Payal, and four of the Mother Teresa School at Malaudh were caught copying by teams lead by Kanwal Jit Kaur Benipal and Bikram Jit Singh.

Teachers facilitating copying were transferred from respective deputations.



Anti-farmer policies
Kisan Sabha to hold rally tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 13
Activists of the Kirti Kisan Sabha (Punjab) and the Krantikari Dehati Mazdoor Sabha jointly organised a meeting at Comrade Krishan Kumar Kaushal Memorial Bhawan under the presidentship of Comrade Prem Singh Bhangoo, here yesterday.

Comrade Lakhwinder Singh Bowani, Hardev Singh Kheri, Zora Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Hakam Singh, chairman of the Milkman Union (Punjab) Iqbal Singh Mandoli, Kuldeep Singh, Pawan Kumar Kaushal, Bal Krishan, Sukhdev Singh and Sukhwinder Singh Bowani were present on the occasion.

The meeting was called for chalking out a strategy for a rally to be organised by 22 farmer and agricultural workers’ organisations on March 15 at Jagraon.

The members vowed to take part in the rally in support of the demands of farmers and agriculture workers and to oppose the anti- farmer and anti-people recommendations of the Sukhbir-Kalia report.

The members also demanded unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board, withdrawal of hike in diesel, petrol, kerosene and fertiliser prices and other essential commodities, arrest of those behind the assassination of Shahid Sadhu Singh Takhtupura and accused of the Khanna-Chamiara case in Gurdaspar district. They also pledged to demand speedy withdrawal of false cases against the leaders and workers of various organisations during agitations.



Eye bank holds seminar on glaucoma
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
The Punarjot Eye Bank Society under their project- Sanjh- organised a seminar wherein Dr Tanuj Dada, head, Glaucoma Department, AIIMS, New Delhi, who is also secretary of the Glaucoma Society of India, highlighted the latest research being undertaken for the detection, treatment and the surgery of glaucoma during the first such video conference organised in Punjab.

Dr Dada appreciated the work being done by the eye bank and assured it of all possible help from the AIIMS. Dr Amit Sobti, consultant, Glaucoma unit, AIIMS, New Delhi, said glaucoma was the second most cause of blindness worldwide. Nearly 4.5 million persons globally suffer from blindness due to glaucoma.

Subash Malik, secretary of the society, said last year their society under the Punarjot Health Education drive launched project “Sanjh” in which 170 awareness camp were organised in different parts of the Ludhiana district. Dr Ramesh and this team examined nearly 4,800 patients on the occasion.

Dr Ramesh, medical director of the society, said if left untreated, most cases of glaucoma gradually worsen and may cause blindness.

Dr Ramesh said medicines were available in the form of eye drops, lasers, or surgery. The most important aspect of anti-glaucoma medication was that these medicines have to be put life-long without missing a single dose.



Disowning of MF Hussain unfortunate, says Atamjit
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
“It is unfortunate that I live in a country which can’t own an artist like MF Hussain as it is the freedom for expression that sets an artist beyond bindings. People should leave their motherland because of paucity of finances but not because of cultural richness,” observed Dr Atamjit Singh, the noted playwright.

Dr Atamjit Singh, recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award 2008, for his play “Tatti Tawi da Sach”, was in the city to attend North-East and Northern Poetry Festival at the PAU.

Dr Atamjit Singh while outlining the country’s legacy said India is known for its multi-culturalism, which has been passed on to the countrymen by their forefathers and by allowing seepage of communal intolerance in our culture is like losing on the core values that have defined India for centuries.

“Salman Rushdie, the famous writer of India origin, too, was subjected to shame and humiliation by the radical groups. I in my capacity of an artist would like to leave India but it is my obligation towards my motherland that holds me here,” the writer shared.

Other noted poets and poetesses from Bengal, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Delhi, Punjab and Manipur shared today’s platform to appreciate each other’s works, which has been made possible through “translation drive” undertaken by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

Mandakranta Sen, young Bengali Poet recipient of Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, was among the widely lauded versifiers as she recited couplets from her poem “Left and Right”.

A feminist to the core, Sen has been compared the US poet, writer, novelist Sylvia Plath for her depiction of a creative woman synonymous to “The Witch”.

Dr Surjit Patar, noted Punjabi Poet and recipient of Saraswati Award of Sahitya Akademi, while summing up the passion of poets present on the occasion said, “Language is not a barrier for expressing emotions and this interaction and exchange of ideas between the poets further establishes the faith in semblance of thought that evokes love for fellow humans.”



Sunet village unveils statue of Baba Bhan Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
People of Sunet village have done what the state government has failed to do over the years. Villagers today unveiled a 30-foot high statue of martyr of the Gadar fame, Baba Bhan Singh, so that his patriotism could be a source of inspiration for the younger generation.

The villagers pooled in all the resources at their disposal and collected Rs 2 lakh for unveiling the statue of the martyr mounted on a horse. To send a strong message across, the villagers did not invite any politician for the formal unveiling ceremony. Representatives of various organisations active in keeping the ideology of martyrs alive were specially invited for the function.

The statue, sculpted by Sunil Dhawan from Tohana in Haryana, is made of fiber and painted bronze, took two months to prepare. It was shifted 10 days ago from Tohana.

‘‘Rs 2 lakh was not collected through any government agency. But all of us pooled in money and a lion’s share was given by NRIs sharing our ideology, ’’ said Jaswant Jeerakh, an officer-bearer of the organisation.

He added they took a great pride in the fact that they had erected a memorial for the martyr. Villagers donated the land and the organisation kept on working towards make the memorial more attractive. A library for children is also in the offing.

Col JS Brar (retd), another officer-bearer, said it was a matter of great shame that the government had not preserved the ancestral house of Shaheed Sukhdev. ‘‘What else can we expect for other martyrs?’’ he asked. He added that they had demanded a piece of land in the vicinity of Baba Bhan Singh’s memorial that was being gradually transformed into a slum. They would use their resources to set up a martyr’s memorial on the spot. The demand has already been forwarded to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, he added.

Baba Bhan Singh popularly known as the Britishers for participating in the freedom struggle sentenced Gadri Baba to life imprisonment. He was kept in an iron enclosure at the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The enclosure was so small that he could only squat in it. He died a painful death. His sacrifice was immortalised by residents of his village.



Pesticides in foods behind impotency: Doc

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 13
Drug abuse, incorporation of pesticides in the food chain and lifestyle factors have been identified as major reasons behind impotency among males. This, if not checked, would spell a doom for the social fabric of society.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that impotence among males was major reason behind rise in incidents of marital discord and incidents where women got their husbands brutally killed by paramours.

According to Dr Bhupinder Singh Bedi, former district Ayurvedic officer, a steep rise in incidences of impotence has been noticed during the past several years. In majority of the cases, couple seeking infertility treatment, male was found to be impotent.

Referring to results of diagnostic tests conducted on patients, between 25 and 35 years of age, Dr Bedi said the sperm count was almost nil in more than 80 per cent cases. — OC



LIC staff protest spells chaos
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
Commuters at the congested Bhadaur House were a harassed lot as employees of the LIC, on a call given by the Northern Zone Insurance Employees’ Association (NZIEA), registered their protest against the proposed amendments to the Insurance Law and LIC Act pending in Parliament by forming a human chain in front of branch office (unit-I) of the LIC, near Clock Tower, here today.
Traffic went awry after LIC employees formed a human chain during a protest in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Majahan
Traffic went awry after LIC employees formed a human chain during a protest in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Majahan

The employees carried placards and distributed leaflets among people highlighting their demands.

Amarjit Singh, divisional secretary, said: “By this action, we want to mobilise public opinion against the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009 placed in the Lok Sabha on July 31, 2009. Those Bills were referred to a standing committee on finance on September 14 and 19, 2009, respectively.

He said the proposed amendments were detrimental to the interest of the policyholders and the national economy.

He said last month they had mobilised policyholders and around 18 lakh policyholders had sent postcards to the Prime Minister requesting him to withdraw these Bills.

Through the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008, the government wanted to hike FDI cap in insurance sector from the present 26 per cent to 49 per cent, to amend GIBNA (general insurance business nationalisation) Act permitting the four public sector general insurance companies to approach the capital market to raise capital for their business activities, he added.

By the LIC Amendment Bill, 2009, the government intended to increase the capital of the LIC from Rs 5 crore to Rs 100 crore, amend surplus sharing from 95 per cent and 5 per cent to 90 per cent and 10 per cent to government and policyholders, respectively, and dilute the pattern of sovereign guarantee.

NZIEA president Harbans Singh said hike in foreign equity would increase the ability of private companies to manipulate and exploit the insurance market and that foreign capital would gain greater access and control over domestic savings.

LIC Pensioners’ Association president BD Sharma said the policies of the LIC enjoyed sovereign guarantee but it was a fact that the LIC never invoked the sovereign guarantee even once. This was because of huge strength built up by the LIC.

“The Bill seeks to provide government guarantee selectively from time to time, clearly aimed at finally withdrawing the sovereign guarantee,” said Sharma.



Fire at MC parking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 13
A fire broke out at the VIP parking of the municipal corporation office here today. Though no major loss has been reported, the entire shed of the parking was burnt down. Amarjeet Sharma, fire station officer, told the TNS that the fire broke out at 1.05 pm and three fire tenders were sent to the scene to control the blaze. “It took around 25 minutes to quell the flames.

Though several scooters and cars were parked in the parking lot, timely management averted major loss to property. The exact cause of the fire was known but we suspect it was due to a short-circuit,” said Sharma.



White paper sought on funds for Dalits, workers
Our Correspondent

Khamano, March 13
The Punjab government should issue a white paper on the funds allotted and spent for the betterment of the Dalits, labourers and small farmers in the state. This was stated by Bahujan Samaj Morcha chief Satnam Singh Kainth while talking to mediapersons at the grain market here.

He was there to address a district-level meeting convened to apprise people of the spiralling prices and anti-people policies of the state government.

He said the needy were lagging behind due to the shortage of funds. He demanded the release of funds for these categories on the pattern of Maharashtra government.

Addressing a gathering, he said his party would organise district and block-level rallies in the state and hold a state-level rally later.

District president Raghbir Singh Badla assured of working towards raising awareness among people in the district over the working of the government.

Avtar Singh Lataur and Rajwinder Singh Bhalmajra also addressed the meeting.



Jawan cremated with military honours
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 13
A jawan who died after suffering a fall while on duty was cremated at Kalsian village with military honours here today. Dharam Singh (47) had been with Defence Security Corps (DSC) for the past seven years and posted at Pithoragarh, Uttaranchal.

On March 11, when he was climbing up to his post tower, he slipped on the last step and fell. He suffered severe head injuries and died on the spot.

His body, wrapped in the Tricolor, was brought to his native village by a team of his battalion headed by subedar Madhwan and cremated with military honours.

He is survived by two daughters, two sons and his wife.

Scores of villagers, including sarpanch Harjinder Singh, Capt Kuldeep Singh (retd), former SDO Bachitter Singh, Pt Ram Saroop, were present at the cremation.

In a repeat of the earlier instance of neglecting the cremation of a freedom fighter, Mehar Chand Gupta, on March 4, the state administration again failed to give due honour to the Army man.

In spite of being informed well in advance, administration officials failed to make arrangements for the cremation of Dharam Singh.

No one from the police and civil administration even visited the family of the deceased.



Prabhdeep murder case
More persons involved in murder, suspect cops
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 13
The local police today expressed apprehension about involvement of a few more persons in the Prabhdeep Singh murder case, in a local court, when it produced prime accused Gurvinder Singh of Dugri after completion of his police remand.

Gurvider of Dugri was facing accusation of killing his daughter’s alleged paramour Prabdeep Singh (22) when he allegedly went to his house late in the night for meeting his daughter on February 8.

Additional Public Prosecutor Neelam Pathak informed the court that the police had recovered the revolver used at the time of commission of offence. She also claimed to have recovered a Scorpio, which was allegedly used by the accused while carrying the badly injured out of his house.

The public prosecutor sought more police remand with the plea that they apprehend the involvement of more persons in committing the murder and destroying the evidence. She said the accused was very clever and he was not disclosing as to who was with him at that time. So, more police remand be granted.

The lawyer of accused strongly opposed the demand with the plea that his client was innocent. He pleaded before the court that there was no eyewitness. As per the averments of the FIR, there was not even an iota of evidence that his client had fired shots.

However, the court of Judicial Magistrate Lukhvinder Kaur extended the police remand for a day. The accused had surrendered before the court on March 9. The police produced him on the production warrant in the court on March 10. Then he was remanded in the police custody till March 13.

As per the police version, the accused had fired shots and gave severe beating to Prabhdeep, who went into comma. He remained hospitalised for a number of days in a hospital and expired on February 20.



Robbery at wholesaler’s shop

Mullanpur Dakha, March 13
A few unidentified miscreants committed a theft at a vegetable shop and decamped with vegetables, furniture and other materials. Brij Bhushan, the victim, stated that he was running a wholesale vegetable business from the rented shop owned by Renuka Sekhon. He along with six other tenants was in litigation with her over the forcible eviction and got an order passed in their favour.

On the intervening night of March 11 and 12 at least 12 armed youth arrived in a tempo and broke open the locks of the shutter. They decamped with about 60 bags of potatoes, his scooter and other materials lying in the shop. The shop where the theft took place is located on the National Highway and is few yards away from the main chowk where the Dakha police has erected its picket.

Though neither the neighbours nor watchmen are ready to speak about the incidence, sources corroborate with the allegation levelled by Brij Bhushan.

However, Brij Bhushan alleged that the police was working in convenience with Renuka Sekhon, who is close to senior politicians and police officers of the state.

SHO Dakha, Jangjit, however, denied that they were under pressure. — OC



Athletics meet at Desh Bhagat
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 13
A two-day athletics meet organised at Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes concluded here today. ADGP Rajinder Singh was the chief guest on the first day. He also away prizes to the winners.
Medal winners with ADGP Rajinder Singh during the annual athletics meet of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes at Mandi Gobindgarh. A Tribune photograph
Medal winners with ADGP Rajinder Singh during the annual athletics meet of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes at Mandi Gobindgarh. A Tribune photograph

In his welcome address, group chairman Dr Zora Singh said the network of educational institutes had been imparting education to the youth in various streams.

Director general Shalini Gupta spoke on the performance of the institutes in academics and sports.

Vice-chairperson Tejinder Kaur and principals of the participating institutes were also present.

Punjabi University joint director Dr Bhupinder Singh inaugurated the function on the second day and state deputy director (sports) Chanchal Rangat was the chief-guest at the concluding function.

Students performed Malwai gidha and bhangra. At least 200 students from cluster colleges participated in the meet.

The results: Girls: badminton: Engineering College 1 and Ayurvedic College 2; table tennis: Engineering College 1 and Hotel Management 2; football: Engineering College 1 and BEd College 2; 800m race: Harmanpreet Kaur (Engg College) 1, Dalbeer Kaur (BEd College) 2 and Saista Parveen (Ayurvedic College) 3; long jump: Harmanpreet Kaur (Engg College) 1, Jyoti (Management College) 2 and Sakhshi (Ayurvedic College) 3; high jump: Sananda (Engg College 1, Jyoti (Mgmt College) 2 and Inderjit Kaur (Mgmt College) 3; discuss throw: Sunanda (Engg College) 1, Babanpreet Kaur (BEd College) 2 and Jaspreet Kaur (Ayurvedic College) 3.

Boys: 800 m race: Navdeep Singh (Engg College) 1, Balwinder Singh (BEd College) 2 and Soni Hussain (BEd College) 3; 1500 m race: Balwinder Singh (BEd College) 1, Navdeep Singh (Engg College) 2 and Dinesh (Engg College) 3; 3,000 m race: Balwinder Singh (BEd College) 1, Deepak (Engg College) 2 and Ravinder Singh (Mgmt College) 3; triple jump: Navdeep Singh (Engg College) 1, Harbinder Singh (Mgmt College) 2 and Abhishek (Ayurvedic College) 3; discus throw: Harmanjeet Singh (Mgmt College) 1, Manjeet Singh (Engg College) 2 and Naveen Kumar (Ayurvedic College) 3 and javelin throw: Gurvinder Singh (BEd College) 1, Abhishek (Ayurvedic College) 2 and Bhupinder Singh (Engg College) 3.



Kho-Kho Meet
Malwa college eves emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 13
Players of Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana, created history of sorts by emerging champions for the third consecutive year in the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho Championship (Division C) held from March 7 to 9 at Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh.

Twenty-one teams competed in the championship and in the final, Malwa Central College of Education drubbed hosts Dev Samaj College 10-3 to romp home as champions.

Earlier in the semifinal, Ludhiana eves outplayed Guru Ram Dass College of Education, Jalalabad, to storm in the final.

Harpreet Kaur and Rupinder Kaur gave excellent performances to enable their team fetch the title. Other players of the team were Ramandeep Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur, Daljeet Kaur and Amandeep Kaur. College principal Dr Ravinder Kaur appreciated the students on their achievement. She congratulated the students and coach Dr Sukhdev Singh Sandhu.



Veterans’ TT meet: Jawahar bags bronze
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 13
Jawahar Bhandari of Ludhiana brought fame to the city as well as the state by clinching bronze medal in the men’s doubles section in the National Veterans’ Badminton Championship held in Jammu recently.

Former inter-bank national table tennis champion Jawahar, pairing with Sanjeev Sood, won matches up to the semifinal stage before going down to the top-seeded pair of KK Rai and PG Kulkarni from Maharashtra.

In the singles category too, Jawahar made his presence felt as he wrapped up three matches to sail into the pre-quarterfinals.

However, he failed to qualify for the last-eight stage as he lost to top-ranked paddler KK Rai 6-11, 7-11 and 8-11.

In the team event, Jawahar Bhandari, a retired bank manager, captained the state team and helped it reach semifinal. In the semifinal, they were overpowered by Maharashtra 3-1.

He is preparing for the World Veterans’ Table Tennis Tournament slated to be held later this year.



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