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PSEB Class VIII Examination
Arundeep tops in city
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Soon after the results of the Class VIII examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board were declared the shy and soft-spoken Arundeep Kaur, who studies in Nankana Sahib Public School near Janta Nagar, received a kind of reception, which she might not have ever dreamt of. The fellow students put her on their shoulders and went for a victory lap inside the school premises.

She has stood third in the state and topped in the city by securing 844 marks out of 900 (93.78 per cent).

According to her parents, Arundeep has a habit of standing first in each class since her childhood. But this time, she has not only topped in her school but also in the city.

Though she is too young, but she as already set a goal in life. She wants to become a computer engineer.

Sharing her success story with The Tribune she said, “ I am at the top of the world. I owe my success to the computer as I used to take full use of it during my computer period and imbibed as much knowledge as I could while surfing the Internet.”

She said it was her father who broke the good news and congratulated her for the achievement. “Seeing the jubilation at the school I became emotional and shared the experience with my grandmother Sukhjit Kaur at home,” she said.

For Arundeep, Maths never posed riddle for her. “Maths is my favourite subject and I find pleasure in solving questions.”

According to her teachers, lots of hard work by Arundeep Kaur has put her at the top spot.

“She used to study in school from early morning till late evening and after taking dinner she used to study for another three hour before going to sleep,” said her teachers Satwinder Kaur and Rupinder Kaur.

Daughter of Parminder Singh, a computer designer-cum-photographer working with Sood studio in Sarabha Nagar, and housewife mother,

Satwinder Kaur, who also takes tuitions, Arundeep brought laurels not only for the school but also for her parents whose joy seem no bounds.

She is an inspiration for her younger brother Bobby, who studies in Class VI in the same school. Principal, Satwinder Kaur, credited the success to her teachers.

Now her next goal is to top the Class X exam. “ I want to top in the state and would now focus on learning Punjabi which has been introduced to us a few years ago so that I could score good marks in it.”

Beside, Arundeep, four other students of the school figured in the merit list. They are Ashu, who ranked 18 in the state, Hardeep ranking 29, Jaskiran Kaur ranking 41 positions in the state and Ashwin ranking 52 in the state.


Defying acute illness, students attain top slot
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Despite being bedridden due to acute illness for nearly three months, Abhya and Lovleen managed to claim 12th and 40th positions in the Punjab State Education Board examination for Class VIII.

Abhya Ranjan Yadav, a student of BCM School, Focal Point, ranked second in the district.

According to her father Arun Yadav, who works as a pharmaceutical agent, Abhya suffered from dengue and two months after she was diagnosed with typhoid.

“She could not attend her classes due to the illness. Otherwise she could have done pretty well in her exams,” said Arun.

Even principal of the school ML Mehta said Abhya was a bright student and always scored well in exams. This year, too, the school had pinned high hopes on her.

Similarly Lovleen Garg, who is suffering from some blood complication, secured the 40th position in the Class VIII exams.

His mother Parminder Rani said, “My son had to face a hard time while preparing for exams. Many a times, he collapsed due to the ailment. But he did not let his ailment come in his way. Had he been fit and fine, he would have certainly topped the examination,” said Parminder Rani.

Exam Woes

Power pangs added to the woes of students, who had to face a lot of problem while preparing for exams. Almost all toppers complained that the frequent power cuts played havoc with their dreams. Due to outages in the morning, they could not study properly and their results were affected.



Jagdish Bhagat Singh stands apart!
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Nowadays when people find it difficult to spare time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for bringing us Independence, Jagdish Bhagat Singh stands apart. He is so impressesd with the life of Shaheed Bhagat Singh that he has not only suffixed Bhagat Singh with his name but has also changed his entire lifestyle as a mark of respect for the great martyr. For the past two decades, he has been dressing-up like Bhagat Singh. Today, he came all the way from Panchkula to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara near here.

Caring little about critics, at all family functions, get-togethers, office and in routine life, Jagdish Bhagat Singh (50) dresses up like Bhagat Singh with a tilted hat, exactly the same attire and sharp moustaches. "A minor incident changed my entire life. Hailing from Kaithal, I happened to come across a statue of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. I was so attracted towards it that I decided to follow in his footsteps. Most of my time is passed on influencing younger generations to realize the importance of Independence and sacrifices made by the great heroes. I urge them to stay away from drugs to lead a healthy life", he said.

When the end came to Kultar Singh, one of brothers of Shaheed Bhagat Singh admitted to the PGI in 2005, it was Jagdish, who stood by him. "Being in service, it was not possible for me to spend entire day with Kultar Singh but evenings were enough to take care of him and his family. It was from within, I did not do anything to get attention", he said.

Seeing his dedication and love for great leader, even the colleagues and bosses are supporting him in his cause. Born to a Jat family at Bahmniwala village near Kaithal in Haryana, in his early 20s, Jagdish Bhagat Singh decided to adopt the martyr as his role model. His passion did not end here, he has built a small temple in his house, where Shaheed Bhagat Singh is worshipped daily by him and his kids.



Former councillor unhappy with design
Covering of Gunda Nullah
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Questions are being raised over the way in which Gunda Nullah was going to be covered by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC). Those closely watching the technical side of the project feel that the design for covering Nullah should be approved by engineers else spending hefty amount on the much-awaited project would be of no use.

A question on its feasibility was recently raised during a District Grievances Committee meeting. Pran Bhatia, former councillor and member of the District Grievances Committee, told The Tribune that as per his knowledge and discussions with a few Civic officials, the B and R department would be constructing the side and the centre pillars for covering the nullah.

“Side pillars are alright but centre pillars will create lot many problems after some time. The solid waste and garbage will get collected around the centre pillar and block the passage. If the nullah gets blocked, it will overflow and damage the roads. Besides, there will be no provision for cleaning it except for breaking the entire road. Similar design was prepared about four years ago and we had objected to it even then”, said Bhatia adding that engineers followed the same pattern without thinking about its feasibility.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari has assured the committee that he will write a letter to the Municipal Commissioner on this issue. The cost of covering two parts of Gunda Nullah from Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib to Buddha Nullah and from Transport Nagar to Buddha Nullah was about Rs 16 crores about four years ago. But, this time, the contractor was being given Rs 14 crore for covering one nullah, Bhatia said. The project should have been handed over to the Sewerage Board Department, as they are aware of all technicalities about the system.

“We are not bothered about money. If the corporation has plenty of money, they can waste it but the project from which residents of Ludhiana have high expectations, must provide relief to them”, said Bhatia.



Panel seeks memorial at Naughara Mohalla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The Shaheed Sukhdev Yadgar Committee has in collaboration with the Indian Workers Association, Great Britain, decided to circulate books on ideologies of Shaheed Sukhdev Thappar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Rajguru in English, said Dr Hardeep Singh, convener of the committee, while speaking on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar observed at Punjabi Bhawan yesterday.

“The government should construct a national monument at his house in Naughara Mohalla,” said Dr Hardeep Singh, convener of the committee. Bharat Bhushan Thappar, nephew of Shaheed Sukhdev Thappar, was also present on the occasion. He said the family would donate martyr’s ancestral house to the government if it was built as the national monument.

Shaheed Sukhdev, who along with Bhagat Singh and Rajguru laid sown his life for the country, was born and brought up at Mohall Naughrar, Ludhiana.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Hardeep Singh stated that it was a matter of pride for the people to live in the same city where the martyr had spent early years of his life. “He contributed 23 years of his life to the Independence struggle, to weed out British imperialism from India. But the governments in 63 years of Independence has neglected his birth place Mohalla Naughara,” said Dr Hardeep.

In 2004, the committee had erected a monument at this house and for the first time in 2007, the present Punjab government had decided construct a national monument, but nothing has been done so far. 



Martyrs statues at crematorium!
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, May 15
Unable to find a place for installing the statues of their heroes, residents of Galib Kalan village installed them at the village’s crematorium. The martyrs deserve a honourable place in society, don’t’ they?

Youngsters should know about the valour and sacrifice made by their ancestors and get inspiration. Instead of installing them at a public place, the villagers installed them at the village’s crematorium. Leave aside history of the martyrs; nobody has even bothered to mention their names.

One of the martyrs has been identified as Raunki Singh and the other as Nirmal Singh. There are numerous places in the village where these statues could rest, but unfortunately most of these places have been earmarked for one or the other projects.



Houses of martyrs to be preserved
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The Punjab government has decided to renovate and preserve the ancestral houses of martyrs of freedom struggle, said Minister for Jails and Tourism Hira Singh Gabria. Paying floral tributes to Shaheed Sukhdev on his birth anniversary at his ancestral house at Naughara Chaura Bazaar here today, Gabria said the state government had prepared a comprehensive plan to renovate of the historical buildings and houses of the heroes of the freedom struggle.

He said these places would be developed as tourism destinations. He said Rs 20 lakh had been approved for the renovation of the ancestral house of Shaheed Sukhdev at Naughara. A meeting in this regard has been called on May 19 at Chandigarh in which representatives of the Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust will also take part.

He said a grant of Rs 3.5 crores had been approved for the beautification of Rose Garden, Rakh Bagh, Clock Tower and Shiv Mandi.



Slang ruining students’ English writing skills
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, May 15
Many of the slang terms used by teenagers yesterday are incomprehensible to older generations. Scanning the answer sheets of candidates one often wonders whether we have now reached a point where youngsters habituated to using Internet slang words have forgotten ‘standard’ English. This was the view expressed by most of the teachers who were assigned to evaluate examination papers of students.

“Internet slang has become so ingrained in the students’ psyche that, while marking the papers, these unapproved Net slang words pop up every now, playing havoc with the grammatical as well as the standardized concept of the English language. The slang words and acronyms kids commonly use have affected what is being actually taught. What they are doing instead is distorting the spellings and adding to imprecision”, commented an English lecturer.

“As compared to the previous year I have come across a number of papers this time where students have given a free flow to Internet slang. The most interesting but at the same time regretful thing is that examiners also tend to approve the slang usage most of the time, though mechanically”, the teacher added.

Parents and the teachers are baffled by the usage of slang words. Said a concerned parent,” The use of Net slang is causing a great of damage to those who are yet to master the English language as well as those who are in the formative years, especially kids. They are baffled by most of the words while surfing the Internet or at other times watching TV commercials or still another while coming across kiosks or hording on the way. They are learning something else but are being made to encounter something altogether different”.

Common disclaimer phrases are now a days being contracted into acronyms as ‘wu’ for what's up, ‘plox’ for ‘please’, BBS’ for ‘Be back soon’, ‘DW’ for ‘don’t worry’ ‘GJ’ for ‘good job’ ‘GL’ for ‘good luck’, ‘HTY’ for ‘Hai to you’, ‘GN’ for ‘good night’, ‘KT’ for ‘keep in touch’, ‘KTHXBYE’ for saying ‘Ok, thank you and and goodbye’, ‘Awf’ for ‘Away from the keyboard’, ‘AFAIK’ for ‘As far as I know’ or for that matter single letter words as ‘U’ replaces ‘you’, ‘O’ replaces ‘oh’, ‘M’ replaces ‘am’ and ‘R’ replaces ‘are’.

Often those who aren’t interested come to adopt slang words due to peer pressure. “Everyone uses slang terms and if we speak the normal language we might be viewed as odd”, said a youngster.

“It all began with the mobile phones where the character limit of text messages demands brevity. In an attempt to convey much in one go, the language came to be abridged to the extent that it is slowly becoming the way of life, now to an irreparable extent,” said a student.

“I think if the situation continues to be the same, we are someday going to reach a point of no return. Our children will refuse to accept the standard usage of English any more. We are digging our own graves by making our children learn and use a language which is no language at all” opined an educationist.

“Using these slang words speaks of carelessness on the part of the user and indicates he is not keen on learning the proper use of English. Correct writing should be advocated at any cost or we would have to repent for our own doings later on. Netspeak is seriously affecting their way of writing, speaking, conversing and at the same time behaving. Use of slang derails them from the track. Hence, we have to be overcautious”, said an English language teacher.



DMCH research paper selected in USA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
A clinical research paper on minimal hepatic encephalopathy prepared by the department of gastroenterology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, was selected by the American Gastroenterological Association during the Digestive Disease Week Conference held at New Orleans, Louisiana, the USA, recently.

The research paper emphasises on the effectiveness of Rifaximin, a new non-absorbable, gut specific antibiotic, that kills the ammonia producing gut bacteria and decreases blood ammonia levels.

The clinical research paper is based on the clinical study, which was conducted at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana.

The study showed that out of 298 patients with liver cirrhosis, 115 patients (40.9 per cent) were diagnosed with minimal hepatic encephalopathy.

Rifaximin was highly effective in improving fine motor skills, attention, concentration and mental speed of patients.

As it did not absorb in blood, Rifaximin had negligible side effects.

Digestive Disease Week is the world’s largest and America’s most prestigious annual conference of gastroenterologists. Around 18,000 gastroenterologists from all over the world attended the conference. Dr Sandeep Singh Sidhu presented the paper on May 4, 2010.

The paper was highly acclaimed after an intense debate among the gathered and leading researchers.

Chairperson Dr Philip Schoenfeld remarked that the study was well designed and executed with a clear message that Rifaximin was an effective and safe medicine for patients suffering from cirrhosis and minimal hepatic encephalopathy.

Punjab has a large population of patients with cirrhosis of liver. It is caused mainly by alcohol abuse and Hepatitis C viral infection.

A significant proportion (22-85 per cent) of patients with liver cirrhosis have a complication called minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Hepatic encephalopathy refers to brain dysfunction solely due to liver disease. It is called minimal, as patients have no gross complaints. Clinical examination is normal too.

These patients, however, have impaired fine motor skills, attention, concentration, and slow speed of mental processing. These cognitive defect affect their daily activities. Verbal communication is unaffected. Hence, blue collar workers such as farmers, machinery operators, construction workers and housewives are affected more compared to white collar workers such as officers, clerks, students and businessmen.



BCM school students win quiz

Ludhiana, May 15
BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School yesterday won the city’s final of Limca Book of Records Quiz 2010.

Winners would now compete with students from 80 schools in the semifinal. Students of Satpaul Mittal School were declared runners-up. Around 182 students from 33 schools in the city participated in the quiz and only six schools made it to the final. BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Satpaul Mittal School, BCM Basant Avenue, Dugri, Spring Dale Public School, DAV Public School and Partap Public School were the ones to reach the final.

The winning team was felicitated by DP Singh, senior vice-president, Ludhiana Beverages Pvt Ltd, franchise partner of Coca-Cola India.

Jasmine Jawanda, Limca Book of Records holder for having the longest eye lashes, and Paramjit Singh Kaur, principal, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, were also present.

The initiative involves participation of young geniuses from classes VIII to XII. As part of the initiative, series of quiz competitions are being organised across 3,500 schools across 100 cities, divided into four zones-North, South, East and West. The quiz, which began in April and will conclude in December, 2010, has three stages-inter-school level, semifinals and national final. — TNS



At The Crossroads
Standing tall as critic of critics

In the present age, Punjabi writers are not writing mostly for their readers, but for the critics. They are apprehensive that without drawing the attention of the critics towards their work, their place in the literary world will be uncertain.

The critics, on their part, are not observing the rules of literary criticism and are mostly subjective in their views. As a result, there is no proper assessment of Punjabi literature, as in the past. Now ill-informed critics are ruling the roost.

Incidentally, criticism has become the fiefdom of academics who have no rivals in the field. Prof AR Vasavi of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, laments that the growing distance of academics to being intellectuals has eroded the very quality of ideas and knowledge.

The academics are now involved in other pursuits like upward social aspirations and political opportunism. In the process, intellectuals are missing in academics and their literary criticism is hackneyed and cliche-ridden.

Prof Harbhajan Singh Bhatia is an academic, but the intellectual in him is assertive. He has been for long a critic of critics, which, of course, is a formidable task. He must first read what critics have read and then pass judgement on their observations.

In his latest book ‘Chintan: Punar-Chintan’, he has traced the development of Punjabi criticism from critics in the colonial era like Maula Bakhsh Kushta and Bawa Budh Singh, through critics during the period of the struggle for independence like Prof Puran Singh, Gurbakhsh Singh Preetlari and Sant Singh Sekhon to post-colonial critics like Dr Harbhajan Singh, Prof Kishen Singh and Dr Attar Singh. In these 20 research papers, Dr Bhatia has reassessed the criticism of Punjabi literature during the 20th century.

Meta-study has been his specialisation in the field of literary criticism. In 1981, he was awarded PhD degree for his thesis ‘Punjabi Criticism: Theory and Practice’. This pioneering work received applause from critics like Dr Harbhajan Singh and Dr TR Vinod.

Thereafter, there was no looking back for him. His books such as ‘Punjabi Sahit Alochna da Itihas’, ‘Punjab Gulp: Samvad te Sameekhia’ and ‘Punjabi Alochna: Sidhant te Vihar’ appeared at regular intervals.

Like Matthew Arnold, he evaluates the assessment of a critic by adopting the method of comparison and contrast. When assessments about a particular creative writer by two or three critics are juxtaposed, the true picture emerges in the mind of the reader.

Not much is left for the commentator to comment upon, although he expresses his point of view in a suave manner. His essays on Dr TR Vinod, Dr Tejwant Singh Gill, Dr Kesar Singh Kesar and Karanjit Singh are comprehensive. At times, these verge on creative criticism. He never tries to outsmart his contemporaries.

In regard to critics like Sant Singh Sekhon and Kishen Singh, he is reverential, but there is no hero worship. Unluckily, Dr Attar Singh could not get much time to resort to his method of pinpointing cultural, social and historic dimensions of Punjabi literature.

Prof Kishen Singh, in his eyes, was impulsive in his comments on literary persons and was prone to expressing extreme views about literary theories. He was, of course, a staunch Marxist, but had full faith in the holy scriptures of the Sikhs. He quoted profusely from Gurbani to prove his viewpoint that the Gurus were precursors of the theory propounded by Karl Marx.

Dr Bhatia’s research work on Nanak Singh is a very good example of criticism of criticism. He has juxtaposed the views of many critics about the contribution of Nanak Singh as a novelist in such a manner that the reader is fully involved in the process of assessment and, in the end, feels enlightened.

In this essay, he has also expounded the ambivalent views of Sant Singh Sekhon about Nanak Singh. In an unguarded moment, Sekhon says, “Nanak Singh is not merely a great novelist of our mother tongue, but also of our country Bharat”. Later, he made unsavoury remarks about the novelist a number of times.

Dr Harbhajan Singh Bhatia stands alone under the canopy of Punjabi criticism. He is not evaluating Punjabi literature per se, but like a maverick, he is watching closely the other critics with a view to pointing out their foibles or extolling their plus points.

— NS Tasneem



‘Misuse’ of Grants
Centre asks Punjab to provide details
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tewari said yesterday that the Union Government had taken a serious note of the ‘misuse’ and ‘misdirection’ of the Central grants by the Punjab government and the state had been told to provide a detailed report of utilisation of funds released under various centrally-funded schemes.

Addressing a public meeting at Chet Singh Nagar on Gill Road here yesterday, Tewari further stated that if the Punjab government failed to submit a satisfactory report of utilisation of central grants, he would personally take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and deputy chairman of planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia to stop all central grants to Punjab.

Citing a specific example of “gross misuse or misdirection of central grants”, Tewari alleged that he had facilitated the approval of Rs 50-crore grant for cleaning of Budha Nullah. But not a penny had been spent by the municipal corporation for this purpose. “It seems the bankrupt state government has spent the funds somewhere else for which I have sought details of the utilisation of this particular grant,” said Tewari.

The MP was accompanied by former mayor Nahar Singh Gill, former chairman of Punjab Housefed Krishan Kumar Bawa, PPCC secretary Pawan Diwan and Palwinder Singh Taggar.

Claiming that the Congress delivered what it promised, he said most of the promises made by him at the time of Lok Sabha election last year had been fulfilled. “I have worked towards redressal of major problems and infrastructure development projects for the mega city. Cleaning of Budha Nullah is being taken up and the city has been linked with the air network,” Tewari claimed.

Tewari further observed that with the commencement of a commercial flight between the mega city and the national capital, a long standing demand of the city population, especially the members of trade and industry, had been fulfilled.



Work on Gill Chowk flyover complete
Sukhbir Badal to throw it open for public on May 18
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Even as the work on the much-awaited Gill Chowk flyover is over, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is waiting for Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to inaugurate it on May 18.

Hundreds of commuters facing inconvenience will have to wait for another three days before they can ply their vehicles on the overbridge.

Following construction work on the flyover, commuters going towards the Industrial Area, Partap Chowk and Focal Point have to take alternative routes to reach to their destinations. However, traffic will be eased out at Jagraon Bridge after inauguration of the flyover.

Talking to The Tribune, MC Joint Commissioner MS Jaggi said it took 18 months to complete the his project costing Rs 22.5 crore.

Gill flyover had remained in controversy since its inception as MC councillors had raised objections over the proposed design prepared by the contractor. Some councillors opined that the flyover should be interlinked with other bridges, including Dholewal bridge, Dhuri Line and Campa Cola Chowk so as to ease traffic. However, it could not be materialised. The construction work started only after the F&CC approved designs. 



Bharat parishad gets cheque for Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
LIC Golden Jubilee Foundation, a trust formed by the LIC, handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to the Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust. The money will be used to buy a rooftop solar photovoltic system, which will benefit poor, differently-abled and deserted persons.

The cheque was handed over by SK Aggarwal, senior divisional manager, LIC, Ludhiana division, as first instalment to the trustees of Bharat Vikas Parishad at their Rishi Nagar Centre.

Aggarwal said, “Most of our investments are geared towards industrial growth, infrastructure growth and national development.”

He said, “The LIC divisions in India, including Ludhiana, select 10 poor students (five girls and five boys) every year for scholarship. These students are selected irrespective of caste, colour and creed.”

“The LIC division in Ludhiana has launched an Eco-Friendship campaign to spread awareness about environment, ecology protection and conservation of power.”



Captain gets rousing welcome
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was given a rousing welcome by Congress workers and leaders on his arrival at the district courts complex here today. He was here in connection with the hearing of the City Centre scam.

This was the first visit of Captain Amrinder Singh in the city after the verdict of the Supreme Court holding his expulsion from the membership of state assembly as illegal. A large number of Congress leaders, including MLAs and former MLAs from across the state, reached the city to show solidarity with him.

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Legal Cell chairman Dharamjit Singh Khera organised a function at district court to extend warm welcome to the former CM.



Slum dwellers to get houses by Sept: Brar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The first batch of slum dwellers would get their houses by September. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, KP Brar, here on Thursday.

Brar told The Tribune that a private company had surveyed the areas and the move was afoot to shift a few families to these houses.

“We expect that 1,200 slum dwellers will be able to get houses by September. The houses for the weaker sections are being constructed at Gyaspura and Mundian village. We are getting the records (where people have built shanties) whether the property comes under the corporation or not. At least 4,850 families will be given houses under this scheme,” said Brar.

Zonal commissioners, senior town planners and assistant town planners were also present at the meeting.



Five booked for bigamy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 15
The police yesterday booked five persons of a family and arrested one person for bigamy. Ajaib Singh of Hathoor had filed a complaint with the police alleging that his son-in-law had married another woman without divorcing his daughter. The complainant said his, Kamaljit Kaur, was married to Baldev Singh of Bhai Chak Ka village near Raikot and the couple was blessed with a girl child. However, her in-laws started harassing her for this, alleged the complainant.

Following this, Kamaljit went under depression and was treated by her parents. But her in-laws refused to accept her even after she was treated, alleged the complainant.

Meanwhile, Baldev Singh, in convenience with his father Manjit Singh, his mother Jinder Kaur and his married sisters Paramjit Kaur and Varji Kaur married another woman without divorcing Kamaljit.

The police has registered a case under Sections 494, 420 and 120-B of the IPC against the accused and arrested Jinder Kaur, Kamaljit’s mother-in-law. All the other accused are at large.



3 of family killed, 2 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Samrala, May15
Three members of a family, including a three-year-child, were killed and two others seriously injured in an accident near Malmajra village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road last night.

Parminder Singh (29) and his younger brother Harjeet Singh (28), both residents of Sector 32, Ludhiana, were returning to Ludhiana from Kurali with their families. When their Indigo car reached the T-point near Malmajra village at about 12 noon a Tata 407 tempo coming from Malmajra side collided head on with the car.

Three-year-old Gurjass Singh, son of Parminder Singh, died on the spot. Others sustained serious injuries. A few members of a family who were in another vehicle informed the highway patrol.

The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital. Parminder Singh was also declared brought dead. The injured Harjeet Singh, Gurmeet Kaur, wife of Parminder Singh and Harjass Singh (5) son of Harjeet Singh, were referred to CMC, Ludhiana, where Harjeet Singh also succumbed to his injuries. The other injured were also reported to be in critical condition. aA case has been registered against the unidentified driver of the Tata 407.



3 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Khanna, May 15
The police today booked three persons on charges of cheating two residents of Nurpur Mand.

The accused have been identified as Jarnail Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Gurvinder Singh.

In their complaint to the police, Harvinder Singh and Bhupinder alleged that they had bought a piece of land near Machhiwara bus stand from the accused.

Later, they came to know that the land was already sold to someone else.

A case has been registered in this regard.



Over 150 take part in karate tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
Over 150 contestants took part in the junior section of the inaugural edition of the Ludhiana District Karate Tournament being organised by the Ludhiana District Karate-Do Association at the multi-purpose indoor hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

Pawan Dewan, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, declared the championship open in which participants between three and 25 years of age are contesting. Competition in the sub-junior section was held on the opening day.


Girls: 15 to 20 kg (3 to 5 years): 1st Sanchi Goyal, 2nd Ishgun Kaur, 3rd Gunika and Vedanta; 15 to 20 kg (5 to 7 years)- 1st Gaganpreet, 2nd Arashpreet Kaur, 3rd Harleen Kaur; 20 to 25 kg (3 to 5 years): 1st Kritika, 2nd Sanchi; 25 to 30 kg: (7 to 9 years)- 1st Garima Bansal, 2nd Ramaya Khanna, 3rd Riya Goyal and Gorvi Sood.

Boys: 15 to 20 kg: (3 to 5 years)- 1st Goyyum Jain, 2nd Parav Jindal, 3rd Ronak Handa and Ritvik; 15 to 20 kg: (5 to 7 years)- 1st Garvit Bansal, 2nd Gitansh, 3rd Fatehjeet Singh and Harshdeep Singh; 20 to 25 kg: (5 to 7 years)- 1st Bhavya Singh, 2nd Sakshasm Singh and 3rd Dilraj; 25 to 30 kag: (7 to 9 years)- 1st Aryan Oberai, 2nd Shrey Khanna, 3rd Ansh Lakhanpal and Dilraj Singh.



Kickboxing Meet
Jesus Sacred Heart students clinch 4 golds
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
The students of Jesus Sacred Heart School, South City, Ludhiana, gave a stupendous performance to enable Punjab team to clinch four gold medals and an equal number of bronze medals in the Open National Kickboxing Championship held in Goa recently.

Four students from the school namely Shivam, Preetpal, Tarun and Anmol Rattan, along with 14 other players, drawn from various parts of the state represented Punjab in the championship.

Shivam and Preetpal, both students of Class VIII, made their presence felt, as they bagged gold medals in their respective weight categories, while Tarun and Anmol Rattan, students of Class X, walked away with a bronze medal each. On the basis of their performance during the championship, Shivam, Preetpal and Tarun have been selected to represent India in the Thailand International Thaiboxing Championship to be held in Thailand from June 30 to July 7.Principal of the school Anju Banga and chairperson Amarjit Kaur appreciated efforts of the students and wished them good luck for the forthcoming international tournament.



Tennis: Double crown for Ankush
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
Ankush Arora from Ludhiana, representing Punjab, won the double crown in the AITA Talent Series Tournament conducted at the Total Tennis Academy of The British School, Sector 70, Mohali, yesterday.

Top seed Ankush, a student of Class VIII of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, quelled a strong challenge from his rival Tegbir Hara whom he outnumbered in three sets to bag the title in the boys’ singles under-14 category.

Ankush went down in the first set 3-6 but bounced back in the next set to wrap it up 6-2 to level the score one-all. In the third set, Ankush kept his composure at crucial moments and forced Tegbir to commit fouls. He romped home comfortably to win it 6-2 and the match with two games to one.

In the doubles' section, Ankush paired with Rahul Seth of Chandigarh to win top honours. The duo overpowered the pair of Parneet Deol and Anmol Rattan Kamboj in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to emerge champions.



Chess tourney for visually impaired
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
The Sharp Chess Federation for Blind (SCFB), affiliated with the All-India Chess Federation for the Blind, will organise the second edition of the Ludhiana Open Chess Tournament for the visually impaired boys and girls as well as men and women at Sita Mata Mandir, near Daresi ground, here on May 22 and 23.

According to Sandeep Minhas, president of the federation, six rounds on Swiss League basis will be held during the two-day tournament. Position holders will be given cash prizes.



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