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Bogus bomb fright at court complex
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

A room being searched for a bomb at the district court complex in Ludhiana on Tuesday and below the device that caused panic
A room being searched for a bomb at the district court complex in Ludhiana on Tuesday and below the device that caused panic.Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 15
A bomb scare in the district court complex here today caused panic among hundreds of litigants, lawyers, judicial staff and officers.A litigant raised the alarm when he noticed a device with blinking red and green lights that gave the impression of a bomb.

He shouted there was a bomb and people started running for cover. The incident occurred outside the court of Judicial Magistrate Deepti Gupta on the fourth floor. The bomb-like device was placed under chairs meant for seating litigants.

The matter was reported to Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, who sent senior police officials to the complex, and the fourth floor was evacuated.

The bomb disposal squad was pressed into service. After about 45 minutes, the squad declared that it was not a bomb and someone had intentionally put it there to terrorise people.

The card box contained a brick, a battery, a fan condenser and small bulbs with an indicator. The police also combed the entire court complex for any bomb, but found nothing.


Land for 4 police stations
Unruly scenes mar MC House
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Today’s meeting of the municipal corporation's house to discuss a proposal to build bridges on the Budha Nalah, Rahon Road, Vivek Nagar, near Dhobi Ghat, Kapil Park and GT Road near old Chand Cinema took a contentious turn after several Congress party councillors sat on a ‘dharna’ (sit-in) on the floor disrupting the proceedings.

Breaching the decorum in the house, the Congress councillors raised slogans. The house wasted nearly half an hour on wrangling over the proposal, which was eventually approved after much argument.

The drama began when Sushil Raju Thapar, councillor of ward no 29, opposed the proposal to construct bridges because, according to him, there was no need to do so.

However, Roopamdeep Kaur Malhi, councillor of ward no 31, urged the mayor to clear the plan, saying her ward required the bridges. The proposal was then passed amid much commotion.

Except for a couple of issues all the proposals were cleared unanimously. The house approved the agenda item to provide jobs to residents on “compassionate grounds”.

The house also passed another important agenda about declare several city roads as commercial. The house also unanimously passed the agenda item about calling of tenders for city bus service.

In the zero hour, the opposition members demanded that meetings of the health & sanitation committee as well as the water supply & sewerage board committee should be held every month.

They also sought provision of water supply and other basic facilities to wards located on the city’s outskirts.



Conman dupes residents of lakhs, vanishes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A man who masqueraded as a “middleman” of a bank defrauded hundreds of city residents of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them personal and house loans on easy installments. The fraudster even put out advertisements in some leading vernacular newspapers promising to provide easy financing to residents.

Sadhu Singh, one of the victims whom the conman duped of nearly Rs 70,000, said: "After I read the ad I went to meet him (conman). He introduced himself as Narayan Panday and promised me he would arrange a home loan of Rs 7 lakh for me. According to the deal I gave him Rs 70,000 upfront and the attested documents of my house. He told me to deposit the cheque for the remainder of the amount after five days. Accordingly, I filed the cheque but it bounced. I immediately rushed to his ‘office’ but found the conman had already vacated it and had fled”.

Sohan said he had borrowed money to get the housing loan. "I’m in deep trouble now. I’ve lost all the money I had saved and, what’s more, I’ve to return the money I had borrowed from people," he rued. The conman, along with two accomplices - a girl and a boy - were operating from an office on Gill Road.

Varinder Singh, a resident of Ishwar Nagar, has a similar story to tell. "I met Sohan Singh at ‘Narayan Panday’s’ office and later realised I was being fleeced. Panday charged me Rs 10,000 to get a loan of Rs 7 lakh," he lamented.



...And dog scare at school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Dog scare has gripped students of Smt Krishna Devi Memorial High School, New Kundan Puri, after stray dogs bit the principal and a peon.Frightened by stray dogs, the students have stopped coming to school. Those coming to school on foot are the most frightened ones, as they are more prone to attacks by dogs. Though the school is closed due to summer vacation, extra classes are being held in the school.

A few days ago, a peon was attacked by the dogs and her leg was badly chewed by them.

Vijay Kumar, director-cum-school principal, also came under the wrath of the dogs yesterday. It is the duty of the municipal corporation to take steps to curb dog menace, but the MC has done nothing, he said.

“It is impossible to shoo away the dogs. As my father was out of town, I did not go to the school today because I am frightened of the dogs,” a student said.



Cops vow to donate blood
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
Acknowledging the fact that blood donation was a noble contribution towards ailing humanity, cops of Ludhiana (rural) district vowed to spread awareness about blood donation among masses.An oath was taken in response to the call made by SSP Harinder Singh Chahal on the occasion of the World Blood Donation Day yesterday.

Terming blood donation as a noble contribution towards the ailing humanity, the SSP called upon the cops in his district to donate blood voluntarily.

Stressing on the need for voluntary blood donation, Chahal urged office-bearers of social, educational and religious organisations of the area to join hands in creating awareness about the significance of blood donation.

Chahal also urged youth of the area to shun hostility and obey traffic rules to save blood.

Chahal also supervised blood donation camps organised in the area.



From Schools
Puppet show at Maple Bear

LUDHIANA: A puppet show was organised by Maple Bear Pre-School during the save earth summer camp-2010 held on its premises. Over 100 kids participated in the camp. Puppets from Rajasthan were displayed in a fun-filled drama based on Rajasthani folklore. Principal Veena Aggarwal, Maple Bear Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, said most of the puppet shows have lost their charm due to the influence of cinema, television and video. But still puppetry is a popular media amongst children, educators and communicators. “We should realise the importance of saving this ancient art of folklore and keeping all beneficial facts. The government must also take initiatives to open many puppetry theatres and regularly organise the puppet shows in the schools so that our children should be associated to our culture and traditions which have many benefits,” she said.

Martyrdom day

Management, staff and students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School celebrated Sri Guru Arjun Dev’s martyrdom day today. The celebrations started with a “Japjee Sahib path”, followed by an ardas and chhabeel wherein all participants were given prasad as a part of the Shaheedi Parv celebrations. Director and founder-principal Avinash Kaur Walia and headmistress Kamalpreet Kaur exhorted the students to follow the footsteps of the Guru.

Summer camp ends

A 15-day summer camp organised by Vardhman International Public School concluded here today with great pomp and show. Students took part in music, dance and art and craft activities enthusiastically. They learnt the art of paper craft, fabric colours, tile and emboss painting. Handmade craft, which included bandhan vaar, bead curtains, puppets, carry bags, etc., were made out of waste material. Special attraction of the camp was dance. Children enjoyed learning traditional folk dances of India, western aerobic and semi-classical dances.

The children exhibited their creations at an exhibition and also gave spectacular dance performances for parents and guests. School manager Sanjeev Jain said the event was a part of the school’s endeavour to keep traditions alive. — TNS



BKU tells farmers not to pay power bills
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 15
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has taken umbrage over the issuance of power and canal water bills to farmers by the state government while the air over productivity bonus is still to be cleared.

BKU secretary general Puran Singh Shahkot and general secretary Harmeet Singh Kadian said here today that the BKU had asked farmers not to pay electricity and water bills as the government had backed out from its commitment to provide power and water free of cost to farmers.

“To make a strong case against the issuance of bills without advance payment of productivity bonus, the BKU will hold district-level protests and submit memoranda to the government against this arbitrary decision,” the BKU leaders stated. They also said the old debts of farmers should be remitted.



‘Developing countries more vulnerable’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 15
Dr Jeyaraj Durai Pandian, professor of neurology and stroke specialist at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here, gave an invited talk in the recently concluded European Stroke Congress at Barcelona in Spain. He spoke on “stroke prevention strategies in low and middle income countries”.

Dr Pandian has the distinction of being the first Indian neurologist to deliver an invited speech at the European Stroke Congress. He also attended the board of directors’ meeting of the World Stroke Organisation, which was also held in Barcelona.

In his lecture, Dr Pandian stated that about 5.5 million deaths occur due to stroke every year worldwide and 87 per cent of the deaths happen in resource-poor countries like India.

“The average age of stroke sufferers in India is 15 years less than the stroke patients in developed countries. Hence, stroke affects individuals in the prime years of their lives in developing countries. The condition is preventable by controlling risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high blood cholesterol, obesity, by stopping smoking and following a healthy lifestyle,” he added.

He further emphasised that a balanced diet and daily exercise would prevent stroke occurring for the first time. Stroke patients suffer with sudden trouble speaking, sudden trouble in understanding, sudden weakness in one side of body, sudden numbness in one side of the body, sudden imbalance, giddiness and unbearable headache.

Those developing such symptoms, Dr Pandian said, ought to be rushed to a medical institution for timely assistance, treatment and follow up. “Time is a crucial factor. The patients need to be administered a clot bursting drug called rtPA, which has to be given within four and a half hour after onset of stroke symptoms,” he added.



Girls all the way yet again
Pocket 300 merit positions out of 403
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Girls have once again made a clean sweep in the PSEB Class X results. Besides the top slot being bagged by Shilpa Garg of BCM School, out of the rest nine top positions, as many as six have gone to girls.

Out of a total of 403 merits, 300 have been bagged by girls. Twentyfive city girls are among the first 100 scorers while only 13 boys from the city could make it to the top 100.

The pass percentage of boys, who appeared from various government schools across the state, is 74.20 per cent while those of private schools is 84.36 per cent. The pass percentage of government school girls is 79.64 per cent and that of private schools 89.73 per cent.

Meanwhile, government schools have once again been badly beaten by private schools.

A total number of 1,61,549 students from various government schools appeared for the Class X board exams this year, out of which 1,24,046 have cleared the exams. Among private schools, there were 1,01,685 candidates, out of which 88,010 passed.

The government schools have a pass percentage of 76.78 while private schools have registered a pass percentage of 86.5.

Besides this, only 18 students from various government schools of the state could make it to the merit list this year while only one student from a government school figures among the top 100 scorers. 


THUMBS UP (100 per cent pass percentage)

Govt High School, Abbuwal

Govt High School, Dangian

Govt High School, Harnampura

Govt High School, Hissowal

Govt High School, Lakho Gaddowal

Govt High School, Shahpur road

Govt High School, Saloundi

Govt High School, Rabbon Uchi

Govt High School, Sarinh

Sant Ram Singh ji Govt High School, Babarpur

Govt Girls' High School, Boparai Kalan

Govt High School, Bowani

Govt Sr Sec School, Butahri

Govt Sr Sec School, Gidderwindi

Govt Sr Sec School, Hans Kalan

Govt Girls' High School, Hathur

Govt High School, Jandi

Govt Sr Sec School, Jaspal Bangar

Govt High School, Khandoor

Govt Kanya Sr Sec School, Mallah

Govt High School, Mallah

Govt High School, Pamal

Govt Sec School, Ranguwal

Govt High School, Rurka

Govt High School, Sahibana

Govt High School, Sangat Pura

Govt Girls' High School, Siarh

Govt High School, Sihandaud

Govt High School, Tihara

Govt Sr Sec School, Uski

Govt Sr Sec School, Guram

Govt Sr Sec School, Malsian Bajan

Sant Baba Gurbachan Singh Govt Sr Sec School, Sahauli

Govt Middle School, Badowal


Govt Sr Sec School, Kubba (48.78%)

SSSBM Govt Sec School, Nurpura (48.14%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Lalheri (47.61%)

Govt High School, Bibipur (46.93%)

Govt High School, Pabbian (46.87%)

Shaheed Isher Singh Memorial Govt Girls Sr Sec School, Daheru (45.09%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Behlolpur (44.8 %)

Shaheed Balwant Singh Govt High School, Braich (44.44%)

Govt High School, Nagra (44.44%)

Govt High School, Dhatt (44.44%)

Govt High School, Boparai Khurd (44.44%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Libra (44.3%)

Govt High School, Pherurian Acharwal (43.24%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Lehal (42%)

Govt Sr Sec School for Boys, Sidhwan bet (41.93%)

Govt High School, Jargari (41.3%)

Sant Baba Mihan Singh Govt High School, Dhaipai (41.1%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Gujarwal (40%)

Govt MD High School, Lohat Baddi (40%)

Govt High School, Lall Kalan (39.13 %)

Govt Sr Sec School, Tahli Sahib (36.9%)

Govt High School, Pandori (36.84%)

Shaheed Jatinderjit Singh Govt High School, Jarg (36.36%)

Dr Dwarka Nath Govt Girls' High School, Raikot (36.36%)

Govt High School, Devatwal (36%)

SNS Govt High School, Jouhlan (35.71%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Halwara (33.89%)

Govt High School, Ghudani Khurd (33.33%)

Govt High School, Manewal (33.33%)

Shaheed Prem Singh Govt High School, Katanai Kalan (31.42%)

Govt High School, Sherpur Bet (30.23%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Sohian (29.16%)

Govt High School, Panjgraian (25.23%)

Shaheed Col Harcharan Singh Sekhon Memorial Govt Sr Sec School, Dakha (25%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Hambowal Bet (23.07%)

BM Govt Sr Sec School, Raikot (20.63%)

Govt Sr Sec School, Shehbazpura (17.07%)


l Overall result down by 7 per cent

l Only one govt school student among the top 100 scorers

l 18 out of 403 merit positions go to government schools



Delay in de-notification
Councillors submit memo

Khamano, June 15
Nine councillors of the nagar panchayat, Khamano, yesterday submitted a memorandum to SDM Khamano Inderjit Kaur Kang regarding the delay in de-notification against the panchayat president.

They alleged that even after six months, no confidence of motion was moved against the president, adding that the de-notification was necessary in 21 days according to law. They alleged that the delay had affected the development work in the area.

They said if their demands were not met, they would sit on dharna on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road. — OC



3 killed in separate mishaps
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, June 15
Inderjit (10) was electrocuted in his house at Ravidasspura last night. He was playing on the roof when he suddenly touched live high tension wires. He was brought to the Phillaur Civil Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

In another incident, a woman, Harjinder Kaur, died of snakebite in nearby Jaggo-Sangha village last night.

In yet another incident, an unidentified middle-aged man was run over by a train near the Phillaur railway station yesterday.

The bodies of all three deceased were sent to the Phillaur Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.



Unions demand capital punishment for accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
Members of various social and youth organisations, including Kaarkhana Mazdoor Union, Lok Morcha, Punjab, and Moulder and Steel Workers’ Unions, today held a protest rally outside the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding capital punishment for the accused of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

Addressing the rally, Inkalabi Kendra general secretary Kamaljeet Khanna, Punjab, and president Jaswant Jeerakh demanded that death penalty should be given to those responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy, wherein thousands of innocent people had lost their lives.

The protestors also staged a dharna and raised slogans against Anderson.



Pesticide factory gutted
Our Correspondent

The factory that was gutted in Samrala on Tuesday.
The factory that was gutted in Samrala on Tuesday.Photo: Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, June 15
A pesticide-producing factory, Modern Pesticide Limited situated at the Lakhowal road, Kohara, was gutted in a fire caused due to a short circuit early in the morning at about 7 am.

The four-storey building got gutted into the fire, resulting into heavy losses, including machinery and a huge stock of pesticides.

According to Sanjay Kumar, factory owner, and manager Tarlochan Singh, the fire spread within a short span of time. The factory workers worked hard to douse the fire, but it was controlled after hour’s long struggle of three fire brigades.

On information, officials concerned and a police party reached the spot and inquired the reasons behind the fire. The factory owner told he had suffered the loss of about Rs 2 crore.



Office-bearers elected

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 15
Members of Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahaveer Dal of Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala districts at a meeting presided over by Raj Kumar Singla Patran elected its office-bearers.

The names of the office-bearers are as follows: district president- Ved Parkash Sahi of Mandi Gobindgarh; general secretary- Sat Paul Aggarwal of Nabha; cashier- Suresh Paul Sharma of Batonia; chief patron- Raj Kumar Singla of Patran; patrons-Dharam Pal of Samana, advocated Sohan Lal Agnihotri of Rajpura, Chaman Lal of Mandi Gobindgarh, Prem Chand Singla of Patran, Satpal Bansal of Nabha, Ram Singh Rammi of Banur and Kasturi Lal of Mandi Gobindgarh; senior vice-president- Davinder Sarup of Banur, vice president- Rakash Pal of Bhadson; secretary- Vinod Kumar Garg of Samana; joint secretary- Rajesh Kumar Babla of Patiala; organiser- Rajinder Gandhi of Rajpura, dalpati- Jagmohan Lal Garg of Samana, senior vice-dalpati- Hans Raj of Nabha; and vice-dalpati- Narain Dass of Satrana. — OC



KIXO launched

LUDHIANA: Specially targeted at semi-urban population, Bharat Box Factory (BBF) Industries Limited launched a detergent powder, KIXO. Anti-dust agents in the detergent will make sure that the dust does not cling to the cloth. 

Addressing a press conference, BBF Industries Limited director Yuvraaj Aggarwal said in addition to the anti-dust agent, it contained special whitening agent, colour guard, fragrance and the detergent was salt based. Further, he added that KIXO is available in two-pack size i.e. 675 gram at Rs 20 and 1 kg at Rs 30. — TNS



Italian kabaddi player shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
A kabaddi player, who represented the kabaddi team of Italy during the Kabaddi World Cup, was shot at following a heated argument at Seerah village here this afternoon.

The player, identified as Gurdial Singh (32), was rushed to the CMC hospital in a critical condition. The incident took place around 2 pm when Gurdial Singh was reportedly travelling towards Meharban village in his car, when he met with an accident at the Meharban-Seerah road.

Both the parties entered into a heated argument following which the unidentified accused pulled out a gun from his vehicle and opened fire at the grappler. The kabaddi player was taken to the CMC hospital by his relatives. However, relatives of the victim refused to divulge any details about the attack.

Even the police and the hospital staff kept a mysterious silence about the incident and did not interact with the media.

Despite repeated attempts, the SHO, Meharban, Jatinder Kumar, did not pick up the phone. Meanwhile, family sources said the reports of bullet injury could spoil the immigration process of the grappler.

Police sources said the bullet injury was fallout of a gang war. A team of surgeons operated upon Gurdial Singh till the time of filing the report. It is learnt that the family was planning to take the grappler to an undisclosed location. The kabaddi player reportedly belongs to an influential family.



Man held for theft at father-in-law’s house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 15
The police today arrested a man for stealing two kilograms of gold ornaments and Rs lakh in cash from a house in Kucha Baile Ram in Purana Bazar. The suspect, identified as Varun Khanna, a resident of Shivpuri, committed the thief at his father-in-law’s home while the latter, Bhushan Dhall, a noted industrialist in the city, was away. According to the cops, Varun along with his brother Gaurav Khanna hatched the conspiracy a few weeks ago.

Following a plan Varun visited his in-laws’ house along with his wife on Sunday with Gaurav also joining them. Later, during the evening, Dhall and his wife left to attend a religious discourse. Sensing an opportunity, Gaurav kept his sister-in-law and other members of Dhall’s family engaged in a conversation. In the meantime Varun, broke open the almirah and stole cash amounting to Rs 3 lakh as well as gold jewellery weighing near 2 kg, hiding them in his car’s trunk.

In order to give the crime an appearance of a burglary, Varun raised an alarm at about 10:30 pm and informed his father-in-law that a thief had broken into his house and decamped with cash and gold ornaments. Dhall subsequently informed the cops.

The Daresi police led by SHO Ravinder Kumar and investigating officer Bittan Kumar arrived at the scene and began investigations. "We told Varun and Gaurav not to leave the house till the time we completed our investigation. The area is densely populated and it is impossible for a suspect to flee the area without being noticed," said Bittan.

The police conducted a search of the house after neighbours expressed ignorance about any suspected burglary in the locality. After the day-long search the cops began searching vehicles of area residents. Sensing trouble Gaurav tried to flee in his car but the cops managed to stop the vehicle. After searching the car they found the cash and gold ornaments hidden in its trunk. The police has booked the brothers, who own a shoe store in Chaura Bazar, on charges of theft. Varun had married Dhall’s daughter two years ago.



Four arrested for snatching
Tribune News Service

Samrala, June 15
The Khanna police today arrested four persons for snatching a bag of money from a bus conductor deployed with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU).

In his complaint to the police, bus conductor Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Khirnia village, alleged that unidentified men snatched a bag containing about Rs 8,000 cash, unsold tickets worth Rs 22,000 and other documents, including his identity card. They entered a scuffle with Kulwinder last evening when he was on his way back on a bike from Khamano to Khirnia.

He was rushed to Khirnia village by some passerby and a complaint in this regard was lodged with the police.

Police officials said the complaint carried names of the accused and raids were conducted at their houses and other hiding places and all four accused were arrested.

They had been identified as Kulwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, both brothers and Jaswant Singh Sant, residents of Todarpur village, and Gurjeet Singh of Kotala village. A case has been registered against all accused.



Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Patiala get better of Ludhiana
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 15
Patiala emerged victorious after defeating Ludhiana on the basis of the first innings lead of 117 runs during the Punjab State Inter-District U-19 Cricket Tournament for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala, today.

In reply to Ludhiana’s first innings total of 201 runs, Patiala began the day’s proceedings at 18 for one and went on to make 318 runs in 85 overs.

Their innings revolved around Vicky and Anmol, who contributed 94 and 46 runs, respectively. For Ludhiana, Abhishek Talwar was the most successful bowler, who scalped four wickets for 57 runs.

Devinder claimed three wickets, while Jashan Preet Sidhu grabbed two wickets.

Ludhiana in their second innings made 18 for two after seven overs.


Ludhiana (first innings): 201 all out in 84.4 overs (Akhil Aggarwal 31, Sunny Pandey 45, Gurinder Hara 31, Shivam Passi 19 and Jashan Preet Sidhu 20 n.o; Bhavish Goel 5 for 46, Amrinder 4 for 83 and Vicky 1 for 31).

Patiala (first innings): 318 all out in 85 overs (Vicky 94, Anmol 46, Amrinder 42 n.o, Bhavish Goel 39, Abhishek Talwar 4 for 57, Devinder 3 for 74, Jashan Preet Sidhu 2 for 35).

Ludhiana (second innings): 18 for 2 in 7 overs (Shivam 6 and Sunny Pandey 0). 



Ahmedgarh Sports Club clinch trophy
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 15
The Ahmedgarh Sports Club and Malerkotla Cricket Club emerged winners and runners-up, respectively, in the Rajiv Sanjiv Memorial Cricket Tournament that concluded at MGMN Senior Secondary School here yesterday.

Councillor Bimal Kumar Sharma and Harjinder Singh Nathumajra gave away prizes to the winners of the tournament organised by the RS Sports Club.

According to Deepak Sharma, coordinator of the organisation, 20 teams of the area had participated.

Prince of the winning team was declared the best organiser and Yuvraj Sharma was the best batsman.



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