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Armed youths rob sarpanch of Rs 29 lakh
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
In a daring daylight robbery, three heavily armed youths today chased a man in a car, opened fire at him and forcibly took away Rs 29 lakh he was carrying near the Bajra road, 10 km from the city.

The incident took place at about 3 this afternoon when the victim, identified as Manjit Singh, 'sarpanch' of Seehra village, was riding in his Chevrolet Optra car from Seehra to Bajra village after receiving the ‘token amount’ of Rs 29 lakh for sale of his land.

Narrating the incident, Manjit said he was sitting on the car’s rear seat while his driver, Darshan Singh, was on the wheels when three young men in a light blue Suzuki Zen car began tailing them.

According Darshan, one of the youths waved a gun at him and indicated at him to stop the vehicle. However, instead of slowing down, Darshan said he stepped on the gas and tried to speed away. “The robbers kept on chasing us for three kilometres. The road was deserted at that point of time”, he added.

In the process Darshan lost control over the car and it swerved into a field. The robbers, who were armed with baseball bats, swords and pistols, alighted from their vehicle and broke the front windshield of Manjit's car with a bat. They then ordered Manjit and his driver to step out of the car.

Later one of the youths fired a shot at Manjit’s legs, who got frightened and handed over a kitbag containing the money to the robbers.

Manjit said the three youths were speaking chaste Punjabi. “They took my mobile phone along with them before feeing the scene”, he added.

Manjit said he then called up the cops on a cellphone borrowed from a commuter. A police team soon arrived at the scene. DCP Parmod Ban said an investigation had been launched and the suspects would be apprehended soon.

Sources said the police is questioning the man from whom Manjit received the ‘token amount’ of money for the land sale.

"It’s definitely the handiwork of someone who knew Manjit was carrying such a large amount cash. Otherwise who could have known he was having lakhs of rupees in his car?’’ asked a police official.


19 hurt as school bus overturns
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 13
Nineteen students of a local school sustained injuries after the bus, in which they were travelling, turned turtle while overtaking a vehicle at Payal this morning.

All children are, however, safe and no causality has been reported.

The van of Green Grove Public School was on its way to the school when the driver, Surinder Singh, in his attempt to overtake a vehicle, reportedly lost control over the vehicle and the mishap took place.

Of the 38 children travelling in the bus, around 19 sustained injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital immediately.

According to a hospital employee, “Two children have been discharged from the hospital, while the rest are undergoing treatment.”

“A Class VIII student, who had received a head injury, was referred to the CMC, Ludhiana,” said DSP Payal Rattan Singh Brar.

The driver of the van has been booked for negligence. As per the ruling of the court, school bus drivers are supposed to follow the speed limit strictly and in no case it can be more than 60 kms/hr, but in this particular case, the driver was running at the speed of 75 kms/hr.

According to eye witnesses, the driver was aware of the fact that a mishap could take place, but still he did not stop the vehicle which was overloaded with schoolkids,” he added.

The management, principal and staff of the school, however, rushed to the spot on learning about the accident.

“All children were sent home, except two, who had sustained minor fractures. Parents heaved a sigh of relief on finding their children safe and sound. The situation is under control,” the principal added.

“The road, where the accident occurred, is narrow. The tempo driver applied sudden brakes, failing which the van driver could not make a correct judgement at the time and the mishap took place,” she reiterated.



School buses go off road today
Parents upset
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Hundreds of schoolchildren as well as their parents are set to suffer a great deal of inconvenience after drivers of school buses and vans told the latter to make their own transport arrangements to pick up and drop their wards from schools tomorrow.

The district transport office (DTO) has reportedly asked the School Van Operators Association, Ludhiana to "arrange" at least 100 vans for to take devotees to Fatehgarh Sahib tomorrow to attend the ‘Fateh Diwas’ celebrations. Members of the association, apparently left with no choice, have agreed to send at least 60 to 70 vehicles to take people from the city.

According to sources, van drivers are perturbed threatened us but in case we refuse they may begin ‘challaning’ (imposing traffic fines on) vehicles or even impound them in retribution", said one of the drivers, adding about 10-15 vans will be going to Fatehgarh from each school.

Talking to The Tribune, Anjali Sharma, mother of a school student, said parents’ schedules are upset due such arbitrary decisions by officials. “Being a working woman it’s difficult for me to drop my child at school and later pick him up”, she said.

"My husband is working in Panchkula and I’ve to manage everything on my own. Such official orders create problems for us. Now I’ll have to take half day's leave tomorrow to take my child to his school and then collect him afterwards", she added.

District Transport Officer Ashwani Sharma, however, denied he had approved any such order. “No school van or bus driver has been asked to provide his vehicle for the trip to Fatehgarh”, he added.

Van drivers left with no choice

An office bearer of the School Van Operator Association, Ludhiana said drivers of school buses and vans had no option but to send their vehicles to Fatehgarh. "The district transport office wanted at least 100 vehicles for the trip but only 60 to 70 vans could be arranged from all the major schools. If we don’t provide the vehicles we may face the wrath of the transport department, hence we have been forced to oblige it. As if this was not enough, parents are now cribbing and accusing us of disturbing their schedules", he said.



Unnatural ripening of fruits goes unchecked 
Anshu Seth 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The unrestrained practice of unnatural ripening of fruits with calcium carbide, popularly referred to as “potash”, has resulted in manifold increase in the cases of mouth ulcer, diarrhoea, allergic reactions and even severe food poisoning.

The nonchalance on part of the department of health and family welfare to carry out raids in the main mandis of fruits and vegetables in the city has encouraged the wholesalers as well as retailers to continue with the malpractice.

Despite the ban imposed on the sale of calcium carbide, the chemical is easily available in the markets, as the law-enforcing authorities have failed to check its sale. The chemical releases acetylene gas that results in overnight ripening of unripened fruits like mango, banana and papaya.

Ludhiana, being the second largest ripe banana market in North India, is supplying bananas worth 15-20 lakh to various parts of the state, which is why the dealers, in order to meet the demand, resort to the shortcut of chemical ripening the bananas.

The samples of bananas taken by the department of health and family welfare last year had failed in the laboratory tests. Cases were registered against fruit dealers, but owing to the delay in prosecution in the court of law, the offenders after getting bail are back to their previous practice.

A majority of the dealers in the main sabzi mandi in Salem Tabri are openly carrying out the process of ripening of fruits with the banned chemical. The dealers had erected small shelters where the process of ripening bananas, mangoes and papayas with the help of the banned chemical is carried out every day.

This process is even carried out in houses of migrant labourers in their residential colonies. 



City on air map
Cong, SAD vie for credit
Kuldip Bhatia

Sahnewal (Ludhiana), May 13
It was a pitched battle of one-upmanship between the Congress, led by Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee, and the Shiromani Akali Dal under the leadership of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal right from this morning as the ATR 42 aircraft of Air India was about to touch down on its first scheduled commercial flight from New Delhi to Ludhiana at 12.15 pm today.

While both Tewari and junior Badal were on board the flight, along with MPs and other senior party leaders, cavalcades of motor vehicles, all with stickers and their respective party flags, kept shuttling between the city and Sahnewal carrying supporters and later the VIPs for a show of strength outside the airport.

Dozens of luxury cars were parked inside the airport parking, almost all of them with red beacons atop them, and just outside the airport, the national highway (GT Road) looked like a sea of vehicles and people on both sides of the road. A little before the flight was to arrive, there was a traffic jam on the highway and it became rather impossible to take the turn for entry to the airport.

There was elaborate police arrangement at the entry gate of the airport and only those persons were permitted to enter who figured on the lists provided by both the parties to police officials. However, several Congress leaders were seen complaining that the ruling party had managed to get entry for a large number of its activists inside the airport whereas many of the Congress functionaries were left high and dry. A former minister and a Congress leader had a tiff with police personnel over parking of his car and hot words were exchanged from both sides.

As the aircraft landed at the runway, which was some 35 minutes behind schedule, there was virtually free for all as each and every Akali Dal worker scrambled to get noticed by the Deputy Chief Minister while the Congress leaders wanted to get close to Tewari and shake hands with him.

Both the SAD and the Congress had put up pandals outside the airport, along the GT Road, where speeches were made by the local party functionaries and later senior leaders also made brief appearances and addressed the workers.

Contrary to common belief that during the 75 minutes of the maiden flight between the national capital and the industrial hub of the state, uneasy tension would have prevailed in the aircraft due to presence of senior leaders of the traditional rivals, there was no uneasiness or tension.

Despite aggressive postures having been adopted, more by the local supporters of SAD and the Congress over the issue of taking credit, both Tewari and Sukhbir acknowledged that they had spoken to each other in the VIP lounge at the Delhi airport and thereafter inside the aircraft on burning issues of Punjab.

As per officials at the airport, both the inward and outward flights today were near full. More than a dozen passengers, in addition to political leaders, travelled on Delhi-Ludhiana flight while the return flight had 37 passengers.

Heat and Dust

Even as the day was extremely hot, the scorching heat and clouds of dust raised by hundreds of vehicles on the GT Road failed to dampen the enthusiasm of supporters 
of the two parties who kept marching towards the airport on foot, two wheelers, cars, tempos and tractor-trollies, raising slogans at regular intervals



Grievances Committee Meet
DC issues show cause notices to absent officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari yesterday asked the commissioners of police and the municipal corporation to be present at the next meeting of the district grievances committee and issued a show cause notice to the district food & supply controller for remaining away from yesterday’s meeting.

Tewari was chairing the grievances committee’s second meeting here yesterday. He said he had written to both the commissioners after several nongovernmental members of the panel objected to their being absent.

Sunil Mehra, A BJP leader, even objected to the absence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who happens to be the ex-officio chairman of the committee. Defending Badal, Tiwari said the CM had asked him to take care of the meeting in his absence “as he could not be present everywhere”.

Tiwari also announced he was issuing a show cause notice to the DFSC asking him why was he had been absent from the meeting. ‘‘I want all the officials to attend the meeting. Only then the grievances would be redressed”, he said.

Meanwhile, as many as 27 complaints were heard at yesterday’s meeting, out of which 10 were redressed. The rest were kept pending. The major grievances related to public included covering of the Ganda Nullah passing through the city, lack of parking space, building flouting bylaws, Rah Bagh becoming a haven for drug addicts, eve teasers troubling students outside Khalsa College for Women and several others.

A councillor, Sarabjit Singh Kaka, raised the issue of buildings on commercial roads that were not providing parking space in their basements. The MC representative and joint commissioner Kamalpreet Kaur Brar said the MC had prepared a report that said all buildings measuring 500 square yards were providing parking space in the basement.

Former councillor and BJP leader Pran Nath Bhatia objected to the design of covering of the Ganda Nullah. He said the proposed design was faulty and the MC was “all set to waste” Rs 16 crore on it. Tiwari said he would forward the case to the MC commissioner.

Varun Kumar, a Congress party leader, brought up the matter of “eve teasers” who were allegedly harassing students of Khalsa College and morning walkers in Rakh Bagh. Tiwari said he would forward the complaint to the police commissioner.

‘DC has limited powers’

When members of the grievances committee asked the DC to take strong action against the DFSC for being absent, Tiwari said he could not do anything except issuing a show cause. “A DC cannot transfer anybody except patwaris. ‘And in case of ‘patwaris’ too, we all know what pressures are exerted,’’ he remarked as the entire house broke into guffaws.

Elusive public representatives

Except two MLAs including Ishar Singh from the Koom Kalan segment and Gurdeep Singh Bhaini from Jagraon, none of the public representatives out of the rest dozen segments were present. The two MPs including Manish Tewari and Sukhdev Singh Libra were also absent.



Erratic power schedules may cost consumers dear
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Industrial electricity consumers may have to pay a heavy price on account of bureaucratic mismanagement in the Punjab State Power Corp (PSPC). During the past week the corporation has thrice changed the schedule of power cuts and weekly offs for saving electricity. Consumers will be charged Rs 100 per kilowatt, to be added in their monthly bills, if they do not comply with the new regulations.

Most of the time consumers remain uninformed about the decisions taken by PSPC as it usually does not issue any public notification. However, changes in weekly offs for power saving and duration of power cuts is updated on the corporation’s website.

"The frequent changes in schedule are due to mismanagement in the corporation. Information regarding these changes in only available on the PSPC website but only 20 per cent of industrial units have Internet access. The penalty for infringement of schedules and peak loads is very high. It’s the corporation’s duty to notify consumers beforehand," said BK Jindal, regional chairman of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII).

On May 5 the weekly off for power saving was reduced from 58 to 34 hours.

Then again, on May 7, the weekly off for furnaces and ‘category III’ units was cut down to 48 hours and from May 10 the weekly off for ‘category II’ units was increased from 34 to 48 hours.

Not all industrial consumers have Internet access and information on PSPC’s frequent changes in power cut schedules fail to reach the consumers.

Harmohinder Singh, an industrialist said, "I have Internet at my factory but it’s not possible to check the PSPC site everyday to see if any new notification has been issued by the corporation. It’s the latter’s duty to inform its consumers”.

"In case we fail to comply with the changes made by PSPC in power schedules we will be fined heavily. The corporation should inform consumers about any changes. It can do it through the electronic or print media, as no one accesses its website every day," said another industrialist, Keshav Gupta. 



Garment makers rue delay in payments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Garment manufacturers in Ludhiana are a harassed lot, as they have not received their payments from various corporate stores for long.

A meeting of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Garments Manufacturers Association of Ludhiana was held in this regard.

Members of the association said they had sent written requests to the corporate stores to release their outstanding payments. They had also paid frequent visits to the offices of some customers, but to no avail.

Irked over the false promises of corporate stores, members initiated action under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. Though some of the units started receiving payments, there were many which were yet to receive their dues.

A number of pleas have gone unheeded. These corporates pick one unit, squeeze it and then hop on to the other unit to exhaust its limited capital resources.

Members resolved to deal with them firmly and decisively. The general body said if corporates did not release their payments immediately, they would report the matter to the MSME Ministry under Section 420/406 after taking the local government/administration into confidence.

Ajit Lakra, member of the Core Committee, said, “Most of the units work in cooperation with chain stores to help them maintain their supply lines for summer wear.

However, the association will closely watch these chain stores as to how they clear their outstanding payments in the coming days.

Dinesh Gupta, general secretary of the association, said MSMEs in Ludhiana should remain vigilant in their dealings with chain stores. He further stressed that all MSMEs should avail benefits as provided under the MSME Development Act, 2006. According to the Act, all corporate buyers are legally bound to make payments of MSMEs within 45 days on receipt of goods, failing which interest on the outstanding amount compounded on a monthly basis will have to be borne by the buyer. The interest will be disallowed at the hands of the buyer under the Income Tax Act.



Programme on dairy farming
Our Correspondent

Raikot, May 13
Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, organised an awareness programme on modern dairy farming and its features at Milk Chilling Centre here yesterday.

The programme was presided over by chairman of the plant S Ajmer Singh Bhagpur who insisted on adopting modern practices to get maximum profit from dairy farming.

HS Grewal, GM of the plant, assured milk producers that they would be provided with bulk milk coolers soon.

Harinder Singh, deputy manager, extension services, said use of antibiotics should be avoided, as these could prove harmful.

An interactive session was held, in which farmers aired their grievances. Various issues, including production and marketing of spurious milk and exploitation of farmers at the hands of milk transporters, were discussed at length. 



Police recruitment starts tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 13
The recruitment of male constables for the Punjab Police and the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) that were postponed to April 9 from April 1 will now take place from May 15.
The schedule
Roll No 50001 to 50400 :May 15
Roll No 50401 to 50800 : May 16
Roll No 50801 to 51138 : May 17
Applicants for only PAP : May 18

SSP Harinder Singh Chahal said at a press conference that as per the orders of IGP (Zone 2) Jalandhar, the recruitment drive will take place at Government Senior Secondary School from May 15 to May 20 for the candidates who have jointly applied for the PAP and the Punjab Police.

The aspiring candidates had submitted their application in March. The physical tests will be taken as per given schedules according to their roll numbers. The SSP said all candidates must report at the venue till 8 am along with all testimonials in original and an additional set of attested photocopies of documents already attached with the applications otherwise their candidature would not be considered.



Living life the organic way!
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Organic seems to be the buzz word these days, be it clothes, food or beauty products, health freaks want everything organic in order to get closer to nature. Youngsters don’t want to settle for beauty products that contain plastics, silicones, petroleum, artificial fragrances, dyes, and other synthetic ingredients. Organically aware people today ensure that all the products are made with certified organic content and contain zero black list ingredients.

As the Ludhianvis are lapping up the organic stuff with great gusto, various outlets are fast adding shelves of this stuff to their stores. No wonder that the organic food products like whole wheat pastas, pasta dressings, jams, canned fruits, pickles, sauces, all kind of spices, honey, roasted snacks, breakfast cereals, flour, salad dressing, all kinds of pastes, and tea of various kinds is today available in the market.

For beauty products, everything that one needs on the dressing table is today also made from natural products.

Organically hand-made soap, body oil, face wash, lip butter, face cream, moisturiser and fruit packs are a pick of the beauty freaks.

"Compare any organic product with others. For instance organic avocado oil, blessed with major collagen boosting action to regenerate and soften skin and combines with certified organic macadamia nut oils and Australian jojoba can give competition to any brand of skin rejuvenators," said Navneet, a regular user of natural beauty products.

Nina Grewal is one regular customer of Fabindia where apart from buying clothes she also shops from the "green section". "I come here for a few specific items. Pastas, jams, spices and tea are on my list every month. To rejuvenate, I dig into body oils, soaps, creams and skin toners," she adds. Richa made a small change in her grocery and switched to refined bread for whole grain bread and cooked whole-wheat pasta and rice. 

Colours on packets

Green: Fully certified organic farm. No chemicals used for a long time.

Blue: In conversion. No chemicals used. The produce is from farms in conversion for organic certification.

Yellow: Natural. Farmed naturally without a history of chemical use. Certification process not yet started. Many of the processed foods are also in this category. None of them contain any synthetic additives, preservatives, colours or flavours.



Lawyers protest on VAT registration no
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
The District Taxation Bar Association (Sales Tax) today protested outside the office of sales tax department to highlight their problems related to Value Added Tax (VAT).

Addressing a gathering, president of the association Kawarjit Singh said they were facing difficulties in getting a new VAT registration number. "Despite the fact that all the desired documents are attached with the application form, we fail to get a VAT registration number. It takes months to get a new VAT registration number," he said.

Jatinder Khurana, press secretary, said VAT refunds were not issued since long. "VAT refunds are pending from the past six months. As per rules, VAT refund should be issued within six months," he added.

Secretary DK Saluja added that it takes a lot of time to get the VAT number unlocked. "Traders and lawyers have to make several rounds to the office in case a VAT registration number is locked by the department," he said.



International Nurses Day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
City hospitals today observed International Nurses Day. Various functions and competitions were organised by the nursing associations of hospitals here.

The Trained Nurses’ Association of India, CMC branch, celebrated the day at the College of Nursing in Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

Prof Triza Jiwan, principal, College of Nursing, emphasised on multi-dimensional role of nurses in chronic care not only in the hospital, but at community level also.

She recalled efforts of the founder of nursing profession Florence Nightingale, who despite being from a rich family gave up luxuries to serve those in pain.

The nursing superintendent Prof Triveni Rajappa graced the occasion. As the theme “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care”, Prof Sudesh David urged the nurses to continue taking care of chronic patients in hospital and community. Scientific session was conducted by Prem Lata Prakash, Monia Singla, Anju Bala and Palvi. Association president Balqis Victor, along with executive members, arranged the programme. The function was concluded with a dinner.

The programme included various activities such as panel discussion, debate and poster-making competitions that were held in the SPS Apollo Hospital throughout the week. Today's function was presided over by Lt Col Neera Devi, chief of nursing services. 



From Schools and Colleges
Job fest
Tiny tots with their degrees at Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass.
Tiny tots with their degrees at Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass. Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

LUDHIANA: Quest Infosys, PTU Regional Centre, organised a two-day mega job fest for students of IT and Management Courses at GGNIVS, Ghumar Mandi, here today.

Prof Manjeet Singh Chabbra, coordinator of the institute, inaugurated the fest.

Companies like Johnson & Morison, Reliance Communications, Swani Motors, Virka Infotech, Easy Way, Technowave Global Solutions, Infozee, Maxicon Healthcare, CCIT, Libra Automobile, Reliance Capital Services, Growing Concept and ING India will hire students.

Around 400 students turned up on the first day.


Mehta Gurukul Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, held its annual prize distribution function. Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, professor and chief 
cardiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, was the chief guest.

The event started with lighting of the traditional lamp followed by a shabad kirtan. Students presented action song, folk dances, classical dances, bhangra, giddha and a skit. An artiste from Mumbai, Amit Manav, mesmerised audience with his performance. Dr Wander gave away prizes to meritorious students.


HVM Convent School organised an English rhymes competition. Children dressed in colourful clothes recited poems. A calligraphy competition was also organised on the occasion.

Principal Santosh Bakshi and director DP Sharma gave away prizes to winners.

Talent hunt

PTU Learning Centre Cyber Star Infotech under the Distance Education Programme organised the Talent Hunt 2010 at Sunder Nagar, Basti Jodhewal.

Around 40 candidates were shortlisted for the final round. The winner will get a free industry training.

Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony was held at Green Land Senior Secondary School, Jalandhar bypass, here today.

Students of the pre-primary wing presented a gala show.

Drawing contest

Around 1,000 students participated in the drawing competition organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle here today.

Twenty schools participated in the competition. Students from classes I to V took part in the competition.

Members of the study circle organised the event at various schools. — TNS



Snake scare in college
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Snake scare is looming large in the Government College for Women after a student of the college suffered a snakebite five days ago and had to be admitted at the DMC hospital.

The student, identified as Ramandeep Kaur from Bathinda, who was staying in girls’ hostel of the college, sustained the snakebite five days ago and was subsequently rushed to the hospital by hostel staff. She was discharged and sent home.

According to hostel warden Manpreet Sahota, the girl was provided timely medical treatment by the college authorities.

However, the incident has spread fear amongst the girls living in the hostel. Currently over 50 students are staying in the hostel. They are reluctant to come out of their rooms at night fearing the snake.

Initially, the college authorities tried to keep the matter under the wraps and even warned the students not to discuss the matter with outsiders.

The matter, however, came to light when the family members of the victim complained against the college authorities for negligence.

Narrating the incident, college students said the incident took place in the wee hours on May 8, when Ramandeep stepped out of the hostel and was bitten by a snake.

The girls complained that the college authorities were doing nothing to detect the snake. “We are scared ever since the incident took place. We are not going out in the lawn to play due to the fear of snakebite. Many girls are planning to return home following the snakebite incident,” said a student.

On the other hand the warden said there was no need to panic, as the snake was not located in the premises.



PAU Notes
Book on media released

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang recently released a book, “Writing, Print Media Planning and Publishing” written by Arjman Chand Goel, former press manager in the PAU printing press. The book provides details about publishing, procurement of ISBN number and glossary of useful terms.

Dr Kang described the book as a style manual and said the publication should not only be useful for English authors but also for Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi authors.


PAU Teachers’ Association (PAUTA), PAU Employees’ Union and PAU Class IV Workers’ Union held a meeting recently wherein it was decided to constitute a PAU joint forum of employees and faculty members under the chairmanship of Dr GS Saroa (president of PAUTA). There is resentment among faculty and employees of the PAU for delay in salary. — TNS 



2 nabbed for gambling in college
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 13
Security guards of SD Government College nabbed two youths after they were spotted gambling on the college premise here today.

The college authorities said while the two youths were nabbed, their two accomplices managed to flee.

The youths have been identified as Ankush and Mukesh and their accomplices are identified as Joginder and Raman.

The incident took place at 12 noon, when the security guards spotted them while they were scaling the college wall. Later, they were seen playing gambling near the school cricket ground.

The security guards laid a trap and nabbed them red-handed, while Ankush and Mukesh were overpowered, Joginder and Raman managed to escape.

They were locked in a room before they were handed over to the police. College principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar said: "We would not allow any kind of anti-social activity on the college premises. For the past few days we were receiving complaints that some outsiders were seen gambling inside the college premises. Today, the youths were nabbed and handed over to the police."

However, they were let-off following a warning.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 13
A motorcyclist was killed in an accident when a tractor trolley hit him near Sherpur Chowk here yesterday.

The youth identified as Jaspreet Singh was riding motorcycle (PB 10 BX 3251). He was returning to Sidhwan Bet to his house when the tractor trolley (HP 12 8342) driven by Gurmeet Singh of Kother Jiwa hit him injuring him seriously. He was taken to Jagraon civil hospital soon, but on seeing his critical condition, the doctors referred him to Ludhiana where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police on the statement of Manpreet Singh, brother of the deceased, registered a case against the accused under Sections 304 A, 279 and 427 of the IPC.

No arrest could be made, as the driver of the tractor trolley managed to flee.

In another incident, a labour working for deepening and de-silting the village pond at Aliwal village under the NREGA Scheme died suddenly.

The deceased identified as Pritam Singh (40), suddenly fell down and was brought to Mata Kaushalaya Devi Pahwa hospital at Humbran where doctors declared him brought dead.The police proceeded under Section 174 of the CrPC on the statement of deceased’s wife.

Youth killed in road mishap

Samrala: A resident of Chahilan village died after being hit by a car on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road last night.

The deceased, identified as Satnam Singh (24), was spotted by some villagers early this morning. The villagers then informed the police. Father of the deceased Bhupinder Singh reached the spot and identified the body.

The body was handed over to family of the deceased after an autopsy.

A case under Section 279, 304, 338 IPC has been registered. 



Newly born girl found dead
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 13
A newly born abandoned girl child was found dead near the Government School of Mukandpur village, near Dehlon, yesterday. When some students playing at the school went towards the nearby village pond to get their ball, they discovered a child lying there.

The children informed school teachers and the principal, who in turn informed the Sarpanch of the village Jang Bahadur Singh. He reached at the spot along with other panchayat members and found that the dead child was a girl.

The panchayat then informed the Dehlon police, who took the body of the child in their possession for postmortem. The SHO, Dehlon, speculated the child to be born out of an unwed relationship. A case under Section 318 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified woman.



37 take part in SAI hockey trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 13
As many as 37 boys turned up for the trials conducted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Namdhari Sant Khalsa Virasat Sports Complex, Bhaini Sahib, near here. These trials were held to select the talented players between 14 and 18 years of age to adopt them under the sports promotion scheme of the SAI.

Harbans Singh, in charge of the SAI Training Centre, Ludhiana, and coordinator, Punjab, said the selection panel comprising of experts, supervised the boys during the trials before short listing 20 boys for the Day Boarding Scheme of the SAI.

The members of the panel, including Bhupinder Singh, SAI coach from Doraha, Mohan Singh, SAI coach from Sansarpur, and Gurvinder Kaur from St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, conducted certain tests on aspirants, such as motor abilities tests to examine the speed, strength, flexibility, agility and endurance of the players. The boys were then put to specific game tests, said Harbans Singh.

It was observed during the trials that most of the boys were quite good in skill tests and had a good physique also. The aspirants included Lakha Singh, Jaswant Singh, Malak Singh and Harmeet Singh who had participated in the Junior National Hockey Tournament.

The selected boys were called for an interview to know their prefixed aims and targets, followed by medical examination, added Harbans Singh.

The selection panel recommended the names of these 20 boys for approval to the executive director (A), SAI NC, Chandigarh. After their enrolment in the Non-Residential Day Boarding Scheme, the boys would be provided facilities as per norms of the SAI like stipend, sports kit, insurance coverage, sports equipment and sports training.



Softball team announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 13
The following girls and boys have been selected to represent Punjab in the forthcoming 28th Junior National Softball Championship slated to be held from May 25 to 30 in Puducherry.

Boys have been advised to report for coaching camp to be held at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, on May 16 at 8 am, while girls have been asked to report at BBK DAV College, Amritsar, on May 15. The selected players are (boys) Rahul, Simranjit Singh, Inderbir Singh and Ajay Kumar from Amritsar, Vikramjit from Shamsher, Chander Shekhar and Kamalpreet from Ludhiana, Mandeep, Jagdeep Singh and Maninder Sidhu from Sangrur, Sukhwinder and Abhijeet from Patiala, Amit Bhogal from Jalandhar and Bhawanjot Singh from Gurdaspur.

Onkar Singh and Chamkaur Singh will accompany the team as manager and coach, respectively.

Girls- Reena from Jalandhar, Navneet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Manpreet Kaur from Gurdaspur, Amandeep Kaur, Simran Pahwa and Surpreet Kaur from Sangrur, Dixa, Sharanpreet Kaur and Jasleen from Ludhiana, Rasmeet Kaur from Bathinda, Jyoti from Moga and Simranjot from Patiala. Daljit Kaur has been named manager, while Harjit Singh will be the coach.



Shavinder bags bronze in boxing

Jagraon, April 13
Shavinder Kaur Chakar bagged a bronze medal in the Junior National Boxing Championship held in Tamil Nadu from May 3 to May 7. In the 50kg category, Shavinder defeated Nivelita of Uttarakhand. 

Terming it a grand success, coach Sunil Kumar congratulated Shavinder on her achievement. Shavinder Kaur has also bagged two gold medals at the state-level championships in Punjab. She participated in the nationals for the first time. — OC



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