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No stopping these robbers
Take away youth’s car at gunpoint
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
In a daring incident, armed assailants struck again and robbed a youth of his car here last night. The youth was returning home after watching a movie with his friend at the PVR Mall located near the Sarabha Nagar market.

The incident occurred around 1.30 am, when 24-year-old Ankit Walia, a resident of Model Town, who is pursuing a course at a film institute in Mumbai, was about to sit in his Honda Accord car (PB-10-BW-4546), which he had parked opposite the mall. Two youths in their mid-20s and armed with pistols, alighted from a white Ford Fortuner parked next to Ankit’s car.

“One of the youths trained his pistol on my chest and asked me to hand over the keys of the car and my wallet. They also threatened me of dire consequences if I raised the alarm,” said Ankit, who is still in a state of shock. He said there were three robbers. While two of them alighted from the vehicle, the third one was still in the SUV. “As it was dark, I could not read the number of the vehicle,” he said.

His friend, Ankur, who was watching the film with him, came out of the mall. Ankur, who was standing at a distance, was not aware of the development.

“The two robbers sat in my vehicle and followed the white SUV. The vehicle headed towards the Ferozepur road,” Ankit said.

The victim rushed towards Ankur and narrated the incident to him. They then informed the police. Senior police officials reached the spot. An alert was sounded and all entry and exit points were sealed, but the robbers managed to give the police the slip.

After failing to spot Ankit in the parking, he went upstairs and saw him on the other side of the road. “It was after the youths fled in Ankit’s car and he came rushing to me that I came to know of the incident,” Ankur stated.

Fear of Toyota Fortuner

The fear of a white Toyota Fortuner, stolen from Patiala a few months ago, is haunting city residents. Though the police is on the lookout for this gang and highway robbers, no headway has been made yet. The first robbery by this gang was reported on May 6 when assailants fired a shot at the Mercedes of an industrialist and waylaid him a few metres away from his factory.

Police sources said last night’s incident was also the handiwork of this gang. They said the robbers were using Toyota Fortuner while committing the crime and struck every fortnight. The area around PVR was said to be its favourite hunting ground as the robbers had struck there twice in the past 10 days.

Major robberies so far

Jan 17 Iron trader robbed of Rs 3 lakh at Lohara Bridge

Feb 8 Businessman robbed of Rs 4.7 lakh and car in Model Town

Feb 9 Trader robbed of Rs 3 lakh near Jagraon Bridge

April 19 Armed men decamp with Rs 5.8 lakh from a factory at Jugiana village

May 6 Armed youths rob an industrialist of his laptop and luxury watch after a hot chase in Phase-V, Focal Point

May 13 Armed robbers snatch Rs 29 lakh from the sarpanch of Seehra village at Bajra road

May 14 Rs 60,000 robbed from a liquor vend at Ishwar Nagar bridge, two injured

May 21 Robbers flee with SUV at gunpoint in Sarabha Nagar

May 28 Rs 30 lakh robbed from the office of Western Union Money Transfer, Pakhowal road

June 12 Robbers flee with bag containing Rs 10 lakh from a forex dealer at Hambra road; and robbers take away car at gunpoint near Sarabha Nagar


Gift of life for dad
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Giving a whole new meaning to the father-child relationship, Varinderjit Kaur of Chak Kalan village has set an extraordinary example that even nature will stop and rethink.

The 23-year-old girl has taken the exclusive prerogative of giving life from a mother. The gutsy girl has given her father the most precious gift, the gift of life, by giving him a part of her liver.

Recalling the trauma, Varinderjit narrated her tale of woe. “In 2008, my father, Gurcharan Singh Dhaliwal, was diagnosed with hepatitis-B, which damaged his liver. In October that year, we were told that daddy was dying and we should take him home. Our refusal to accept fate made doctors rethink and after a detailed discussion, they suggested a liver transplant at Apollo Hospital in Delhi,” Varinderjit recalled.

Gurcharan Singh was immediately taken to Delhi, where his wife volunteered to donate her liver, but health problems posed a hindrance. “That was when Varinderjit came forward and offered to donate her liver,” said her proud father.

“Not once did I think twice. All I wanted was to save my dying father. The family objected to it, as did relatives, who argued that it would kill my chances of marriage. Marriage or no marriage, I had decided,” remarked Varinderjit, her voice choking with the pain of past memories.

After several counselling sessions with doctors, Varinderjit and her father Gurcharan were operated upon on October 19, 2008.

“Just before the operation, Varinderjit expressed her desire to have a look outside the window with me beside her. For her, that was the defining moment and may be our last,” said Gurcharan, tears of pride welling up in his eyes.

Since then, Varinderjit, a postgraduate in Punjabi, and an upcoming singer, had been dedicatedly looking after her ailing father. “She gave up the prospects of a singing career to care for me,” remarked her father.

Proud of his daughter, Gurcharan had only one thing to say, “Daughters do what many sons cannot even dream of. My girl is a living example. I wish that people learn something from her and stop killing daughters in the womb.”

He conceded that the donation had become a major social stigma for his daughter. “People come with marriage proposals, but when they know about the operation, they quietly go away, never to return,” said a distressed Gurcharan, adding that his girl had been leading a normal and healthy life after the operation. “I wish people can recognise her sacrifice and accept her,” he said.

As fate would have it, the brave daughter’s sacrifice did work for her father, but only till February this year. “Daddy was diagnosed with liver cancer a few months back. Doctors have given up on him. Only a miracle can save him now,” said a sad Varinderjit.



Leaving best foot on sands of time
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
“I do not want to go away from this world without giving it another Saroj Khan,” says veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan.

In the city to launch her dance school, Saroj Khan Dance Academy, she says dance is her life and passion.

“I love dance. I want to share my talent with the world and distribute it among dance lovers. This is precisely the reason that I have ventured into dance schools,” reveals ‘Masterji’, who has over 2,000 film songs to her credit, including in Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil, besides Hindi.

She already has a number of dance schools across India as well as one in Dubai. “I visit all my schools every month to review the performance of my students,” she says, adding that many Bollywood artistes are known to have opened many such academies, but opening a school is not enough.

“For me, recognising talent, nurturing it and giving it a proper platform is important. For that, personal involvement is essential,” she says about her dance academies.

On opening a dance school in the city, she remarks, “Punjab has immense talent and beauty, which is yet to be fully explored by the film industry. I want that more film producers explore Punjabi talent through my academy.”

She reveals that besides Ludhiana, she has set up similar schools at Chandigarh and Amritsar in collaboration with Leo One Production, while the ones at Patiala, Jalandhar and Pathankot are on the anvil.

“May be some day, I find another Saroj Khan from among my students, or may be a Madhuri Dixit or Sridevi,” she hopes.

Saroj Khan Unplugged

Favourite female dancer: Madhuri Dixit

Favourite male dancer: Shahid Kapur

Favourite dance form: Each form has its beauty

Favourite dance number: ‘Dola re’ from Devdas

Dream dance number: ‘Aa jaane jaan’ from Inteqam

Want to work with: Vidya Balan

Talent shows: Great platform for budding artistes

Fitness mantra: Dance from dawn to dusk takes care of fitness

Future plans: Working on broadway show Amrapali

Legacy: Son Raju Khan a famous Bollywood choreographer



Coming up: High-resolution satellite data for city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The city will now come under high-resolution satellite data, which will show each individual’s property clearly to the municipal corporation (MC).

Within two months from now, the latest high-resolution satellite data (World View/Quick Bird) will take care of any changes in the MC boundary in the near future by merely clicking pictures of each building, its exact location, approximate area and number of storeys added.

Giving details about the concept, MC Commissioner AK Sinha said after a recent meeting with the Chief Secretary of Punjab, it was decided to bring Ludhiana under high-resolution satellite data.

“The database will not be beneficial for the MC alone, but will be useful to other departments, including the police, emergency services and the election and electricity departments,” said Sinha, adding that it had to get approval by the F&CC now.

The satellite data would clearly demarcate household polygons, parks, vacant plots, roads, water tanks, hospitals, schools, shopping centres and other utilities and generate detailed land-use map for each ward.

“The data will provide a unique ID to each house for house tax. Though the MC generates good revenue from house tax every year, many are left untouched. Through this technology, no industrial, commercial or institutional building will be left. We will be able to get all geographical information of buildings,” added Sinha.

The data would be collected by a team of officials from the revenue department and the MC together to avoid any confusion. The database would comprise many attributes, including MC property Number, number of storeys and quality of construction.

The area recorded in the registry might be deemed correct and used for tax calculations. The data would be passed on to MC officials, who could use it for house tax calculations and billing for water and sewerage. All data would be updated every six months.



Women Entrepreneurs-IV
Cocktail of style & social service
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Divya Dhanda
Divya Dhanda. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, June 19
Luxury and social service don’t usually go together, but Divya Dhanda is balancing both these with a finesse. She hosts exhibitions and trunk shows and is introducing fashion brands.

At the same time, she never forgets to put aside a certain amount for differently abled children. Initially, she wanted to be an architect, but terrorism in Punjab proved to be a deterrent. Later, she joined her father-in-law’s business.

“It was during this time that I got an opportunity to travel a lot which had a strong effect on my persona. I came across people from various countries. Being style conscious, I realised that Indians have far less exposure to luxury brands. So, I thought of entering into the business of introducing luxury brands in the country,” she says.

She learnt that managing luxury brands is as much an art as science. The challenge is to create a demand for something that is not really needed. Creativity plays a key role in achieving this.

“I observed that city residents had a desire for lavish houses, luxury cars, opulent holidays and are always keen on buying unique and classy stuff, be it clothes, jewellery or other accessories,” she says.

She introduced brands like Jimmy Choos, Judith Leiber bags and evening gowns from Christie’s. “Today, everyone is aware of international brands. Trunk shows aren’t held to create awareness, but to facilitate buying. It’s simply about cutting down on travel time. And it’s not just a come-see, try-and-leave affair. The pockets are actually deep in Ludhiana!” she exclaims.

“The market for luxury brands has expanded. With income levels steadily on the rise and customers prepared to spend, such brands are growing in numbers. In the past, brands like Liz Claiborne and Pierre Cardin had made a hasty retreat following poor response in India. This led to a general perception that India is still not ready for luxury brands, but that is now changing. Many leading global luxury brand marketers have started taking our market seriously,” she says.

But luxury is one dimension of her activities. She regularly holds fund-raising events for Nirdosh School, which is run by the Inner Wheel Club. Her tryst with these kids began when she first visited Akashay Paristham, a New Delhi-based NGO, and started organising fund-raising events on its lines in Ludhiana. She holds three-four such events in a year.

As an entrepreneur she feels that although Punjab has made progress, other states have managed to march ahead. “Our neighbouring states enjoy some benefits and packages which are not provided to us by the government. Himachal got the special status in 2003, under which industries in the state enjoyed income tax holiday, central excise exemption and transport subsidy for 10 years. The package was recently extended by a couple of years.

“Industrial units in Himachal, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir do not have to pay income tax for the first five years and at the same time, are exempt from paying excise duty for 10 years after a project is set up. This is the main reason why the industry is shifting its base from Punjab. If given the same benefits, Punjab can work wonders on the industrial front,” she adds.

Featuring tomorrow: Pooja Mago, proprietor of Visions.

Profile in Brief

Designation: Proprietor of Joy de Vivre

Age: Late 30s

Academic qualifications: Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Success mantra: Work hard, be focused, and leave the rest to God

Lucky charm: Prayers

My daily routine

Day starts with either yoga or gym; send kids to school and read newspapers; take care of business; evening is spent with friends and social networking; spend time with kids; Saturdays are for socialising while Sundays are reserved for kids and movies.



It’s battle over land
Shooting range or park — that’s the question
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
A huge chunk of land, measuring 5,100 square yards and worth Rs 20 crore, at BRS Nagar here has become a bone of contention between residents, municipal corporation functionaries and local politicians, who want the land to be used for different purposes.

While a section of residents is leaving no stone unturned to set up a shooting range in the area, others are opposing the move tooth and nail, stating that the land should be used for setting up a park for children.

The land, earlier panchayat property of Sunet village, incorporated in municipal corporation limits, has suddenly evoked interest as every square yard of commercial land is worth Rs 40,000 in this prime area.

Two factions of residents have been levelling allegations and counter-allegations of land-grab against each other and have moved court also.

Surinder Pal Singh, a resident, says there are about 60,000 residents in the area, alleging that certain politicians want to grab it under the garb of a shooting club.

“As there is no community centre or public park in the village, children play a variety of games on the land, which is lying vacant. There was a crematorium and villagers had to pass through the land to reach there. We have filed a case in court against the proposed shooting club and the next hearing is on July 16,” he elaborates.

Jaswant Jeerath, general secretary of the Ludhiana Mahasabha, who is also a resident of Sunet, alleges that the area councillor is not willing for a shooting club on the land due to vested interests.

“Even the Chief Minister has sent approval on the issue. I do not know why people are opposed to a shooting range here. There are many aspiring sportspersons who cannot achieve their goals as proper facilities are not being given to them in the city. The shooting club will not be the property of a single person. The MC will remain the owner of the land and the land will only be given to sportspersons for training,” he says.

Area councillor Dr Hari Singh Brar says the MC took over the land in 1983-84. “The village has given areas like BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and Aggar Nagar, but there is no amusement park for children. The land must be developed for recreational activities so that children can play and the common man can relax in green environs while shooting, a game for the elite, can be shifted anywhere,” he says.

The issue came up for discussion during the General House meeting of the MC on June 15, but was put on hold as the House failed to reach a consensus on the issue.



Rs 100 cr grant for renovation of ponds
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, June 19
The Central government sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the renovation of village ponds in Punjab on the pattern adopted by Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman of the zila parishad, Ludhiana, under the Nirmal Jal Gram Yojna.

Joint secretary of the water supply and sanitation department of the union JS Mathur visited the pond of Detwal and Rurka villages yesterday and announced the grant.

He was here on the invitation of the zila parishad, Ludhiana, to evaluate the pilot project of ponds’ renovation.

Mathur while appreciating Ayali, said Punjab had always topped the list as far as sanitation work was concerned.

The Central government has appreciated the efforts of the zila parishad.

Mathur said the scheme adopted in Ludhiana would now be implemented in Punjab.

Sarpanch Harbir Singh Ayali, Sukhdev Singh Chak Kalan, SE AK Soni, XEN Mohammad Ishafaq, Jaswinder Singh Chahal, NP Singh, Amritpal Singh Gill, Harinder Singh Khanna, Baldev Singh AE, Sarpanch Detwal Lakhbir Sing and Sarpanch Rurka Baljinder Singh were present on the occasion.



Laying of Gas Pipes
Farmers meet DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Farmers of villages falling under Samrala Division and representatives of the Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, met Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari here today.

They demanded an enhancement in the compensation being given by the Petroleum Company.

District president Avtar Singh Mehlon said the company officials were not paying an appropriate amount to farmers.

He said the laying of gas pipes would affect the land value. Farmers should be allowed to construct their houses on the land, he added.

Another meeting of farmers will be held on June 22. The Deputy Commissioner has assured farmers that they would not have to bear financial losses,” said Mehlon.



Youth Cong begins drive against drugs
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, June 19
All-India Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav has launched a campaign against drug abuse, for which five villages from each district in the country will be identified.

Following directions of Rahul Gandhi, the Jalandhar District Youth Congress (Rural) is the first unit to adopt and initiate the campaign.

Its president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary said they started work on ‘A Tragedy Untouched’ from Goraya in the Phillaur subdivision today, adding that the youths taking drugs would be treated at de-addiction centres.

He stated that Union Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik had assured financial help to the Punjab Youth Congress to make the campaign a success and urged the state government to keep a check on ‘illegal’ de-addiction Centres and book the guilty.

Chaudhary alleged the open sale of intoxicants from several chemist shops in connivance with health department officials, asserting that the Youth Congress would work as a watchdog to monitor the sales of chemists selling intoxicants without ‘valid’ prescription.



13-year-old needs help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Financial constraints faced by the family of a 13 year-old boy, suffering from a painful condition of chest, is forcing him to live in misery, as he is not able to afford the treatment.

Girish Arora, a student of Class IX, have lumps in his chest. In medical terminology, it is known as gynecomastia. Since then he is struggling with it even as his parents do not have enough money to get him treated.

Son of a teacher in a private school, Girish has been advised surgery by local CMC doctors and he would have to spend Rs 1.80 lakh on it. ‘‘I have no money at all. I cannot afford his treatment, ’’ said Raj Arora, his father. Raj added that he got his son examined at several Delhi hospitals.

‘‘There they said he could be treated without surgery and the lumps would be dissolved with the help of medicine. But even for this treatment, I need at least Rs 1 lakh,’’ said his father. Good Samaritans can help this boy and lift him out of misery.



Thanks dad for everything
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The greatest gift I have ever had from God is my Dad!

The third Sunday of June is marked as the Father’s Day and is celebrated all over the world as a mark of love, respect and thanksgiving to the most special man in our lives-our father.

The man, with all his virtues and moral values nourishes our development. He spends his hard-earned money on us so that we get a better education as well as better facilities in all aspects of our life. But he never asks us anything in return.

Why? Because he is our father! So, why not make him feel special for at least one day?

Ludhiana Tribune found out that city’s youngsters as well as the not-so-young ones are all geared up to celebrate the Father’s Day with great enthusiasm and zest and dedicate the day to the greatest man in their lives.

“The Father’s Day is one occasion that every member in the family looks forward to. It is the time where individuals can spend quality time with their fathers. Those fun-filled activities and going out are some things that make this day truly special for fathers as well as the children,” says Aparna KR, a 27-year-old bank executive, who intends to take her father to meet his old friends at his native village in Amritsar as a gift on this Father’s Day.

Youngsters, too, have their plans. Fifteen-year-old Himanshi says, “I have got a set of two identical T-shirts, one for my dad and the other for me, with his and mine pictures printed on it. I guess this is the loveliest gift for him from me this Father’s Day.”

And when youngsters are at it, the old ones are definitely not the ones to lag behind. “I have prepared my father’s favourite dishes ahead of the Father’s Day and will surprise him, when he comes home from his daily morning walk. I have also brought his favourite bunch of pink rose flowers and written a small note of love. Though unsaid till now, this time, I felt like making the most of the day and express my love for him and make him feel very special,” smiled 59-year-old Devinderbir Kaur.

Meanwhile, gift stores across the city are decked up ahead of the Father’s Day with an array of gifts lined up on their shelves to attract loving sons and daughters. City’s schools, especially play ways, had been busy through the week, celebrating the day on their premises with kids and their fathers involved in fun-filled activities together.

About the day

The Father’s Day is a day honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 55 countries of the world and on other days elsewhere. It complements the Mother’s Day

Gift ideas for your dad:

n To make this day even more special and eventful, here are a list of gifts which are sure to bring a smile on your father's face:

n If he loves to be surrounded by music, then an i-pod with a collection of his favourites will be an ideal gift for him

n If you expect your father to be more punctual and report back home on time, then a classic vintage watch with an alarm will be just perfect for him

n If your father has a thing for his car, then a tool kit will be an ideal gift

n If you want to gift a card to your father, pour out your feelings with some special fathers quotes from the net

n If you want to impress his taste buds, prepare his favourite dishes and dessert or if you can’t cook, take him out for a special lunch/ dinner, followed by a quiet “walk the talk” session about the special bond you two share



Flood control rooms to be set up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The district administration will be setting up flood control rooms at the district headquarters and the subdivisional level to monitor the flood situation during monsoon.

This was stated here today by the Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari. He said flood control rooms would be set up from July 1 and would remain functional till September 30. He was presiding over a meeting of officials of various departments here today.

The control rooms would function round the clock. The subdivision-level control rooms would be set up in the offices of the SDMs.

He directed officials to chalk out plans for flood protection to be carried out at vulnerable sites along the Dhussi bundh and other places in the district.

A 90-km stretch of the bundh along the Satluj passes through the district. As many as 205 villages are in close vicinity of the bundh. The SDMs have been told to form a cluster of five villages each and deploy officials to give information on the rise of the water level to the control rooms.

Surinder Singh, SDO, drainage department, said Rs 45 lakh would be spent on strengthening spurs and studs at vulnerable sites in Madhepur, Mattewara, Dhulewal and Jamalpur Lely.

The XEN, drainage, has been told to set up information and working control rooms in his office, which would have contacts with the Bhakra head works to collect information regarding the discharge of water into the rivers.

The Civil Surgeons and Deputy Director Animal Husbandry have been instructed to constitute teams of doctors to meet any kind of emergency and keep sufficient life-saving medicines in stock.

Vulnerable Villages

n Madhepur
n Mattewara
n Dhulewal
n Jamalpur Lely

Info Collection

The district-level flood control room (ph no. 0161-2432100) will be set up at the office of the district revenue officer, mini secretariat. Any information about flood could be given at the office of the SDM, Khanna (01628-226091); SDM Samrala (01628-262354); SDM Jagroan (01624-223256), SDM Raikot (01624-266934); and SDM Payal (01628-276892). Information can also be given at the DC’s office (0161-2403100) and 9988113236.



Master town plan a hoax, says industry
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 19
Many fingers were raised over the master town plan during a joint meeting of officials, industrialists and traders here.

Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Bharat Bhushan Jindal, All-India Steel Rerollers Association chief Vinod Bashisht, Furnace Association president Mahinder Gupta, Harmesh Jain and Chanan Singh Matharoo called the plan a hoax for industry and trade.

They pointed out that the area from the Gobindgarh steel yard to Talwara village had no residential population, but this area had been shown as residential area.

Entrepreneurs would fail to get no-objection certificates for the installation of industry within five kilometres from the road and the residential area, they claimed. It was alleged during the meeting that the plan had been prepared with the motive of raising the value of the land.

District town planner Balbir Kumar and assistant district town planner Preet Kamal Kaur said the plan had been prepared to develop Fatehgarh Sahib district.

Gobindgarh town had been divided into three zones and care had been taken to provide all facilities, they said.



Pensioners celebrate foundation day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Pensioners’ Bhawan Management celebrated the eighth foundation day of Pensioners Bhawan here today.

Pensioners/family pensioners and their dependents from all over the district participated in the celebrations.

PK Khandelwal, deputy general manager, Union Bank of India (regional office), Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion.

BR Kaushal, chairman, Pensioners' Information Centre Management Committee, introduced the project to guests and said that the bhawan was constructed and equipped with necessary infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs 22 lakh.

Since then it was being maintained by pensioners in a dedicated manner, without any financial assistance by the government, he added.

“It provides a platform to all of us to share our ideas, views and social get-together. We discuss our problems, difficulties related to pension or pensionary benefits, etc. But we condemn the state government for its failure in not specifying its policy regarding the release of arrears of revised pension for the past 43 months,” said Kaushal.

RS Behal, general secretary of the Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, said as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission, arrears were already disbursed by the Government of India and other neighbouring states.

Pensioners urged the state government to allow fixation of the revised pensions based on the National Fixation of Pay as was done and recommended by the Punjab Third Pay Commission so as to bridge the gap between the pre and post retirees from January 2006.

Others present on the occasion included Dr Lakhbir Singh Brar, RS Behal, GL Bajaj, VK Khanna, JS Dhillon, Prem Sagar Sharma, Gurmail Singh and Harbhajan Singh.



Literature on livestock animals released

Ludhiana, June 19
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development Gulzar Singh Ranike released the first issue of Pashudhan Gyan Vigyan here.

Usha R Sharma, secretary, Government of Punjab, Dr HS Sandha, director, animal husbandry, Punjab, Dr HS Dhalla, editor-in-chief of the publication were also present. Dr Sandha said the literature on animal husbandry would be an official and regular feature of the Punjab Livestock Development Board and the animal husbandry department.

He added that it was the first literature for livestock farmers in Punjabi language along with photographs of prized animals of North India.— TNS



Doctors form association

Ludhiana, June 19
The homoeopathic doctors from all over the state working under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) met at Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College here and decided to form an association, which has been named the NRHM Homoeopathic Medical Officers Association.

Dr Hitesh Mahajan and Dr Balwinder Channalia were unanimously elected the president and the general secretary of the association. The other office bearers include Dr Gurvir Singh Dhillon, senior vice-president and Dr Azad Rai, vice-president. — OC



Two more stolen cars recovered
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 19
The Jagraon city police yesterday recovered two more cars from the kingpin of the 24-member gang of car thieves, from whom the police recovered six luxury cars on May 31.

The kingpin of the gang, Major Singh, was bought here on production warrants from the Bathinda jail. During intensive investigations, he identified two more cars, an Alto (PB10CG-0913) and a Zen (PB58A-1470) stolen by the gang. The police had confirmed that Major Singh’s brother Daljit Singh and son Parminder Singh were members of the gang and were masterminds in fabricating fake documents. The gang had been operational in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi, besides Punjab, and had hired a godown at Bhammian village on the Tajpur road, using it as showroom.



Two vehicle thieves nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Varinder Kumar, alias Vicky, of Shanti Vihar at Bhamia village, and Rajan Kumar, alias Denny, of Basant Vihar Colony at Haibowal, were arrested last evening.

They were wanted in several cases of theft and snatching. Besides a stolen motorcycle, the police recovered a .315-bore pistol, one live cartridge and a knife from the possession of the accused.

According to Harpal Singh, in charge, CIA-I, the police received a tip-off during a routine search at Janta Nagar that the accused were spotted in the area.

Following the receipt of information, the police laid a trap and nabbed the accused from the Shimlapuri bridge. Harpal Singh said they were wanted in several cases of vehicle theft. They were booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC.



One held with 6 gm smack
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, June 19
The police arrested a youth for possessing 6 gms of smack last evening.

The accused has been identified as Harpreet Singh, alias Kala, a member of panchayat at Boparai Kalan village.

According to SHO Jangjit Singh, the accused was nabbed at Rurka village.

A police party led by SI Chaman Parkash yesterday rounded up two youths Ricky and Sumit.

The police interrogated the duo and swooped down on Kala with the help of the Anti-Narcotic Cell sleuths.

Other two accused, Gill of Jangpur village and Geeta of Ludhiana are still at large.

Sources, however, revealed that the police actually recovered 1 kg of opium, three cough syrup bottles and three wrappings containing smack from the accused.

It was learnt that the police released Ricky and Sumit at the behest of some Akali workers.

Later, the police also refused to have recovered opium or cough syrup bottles.



6 kg opium seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 19
The police today arrested a youth and recovered 6 kgs of opium from his possession.

The accused has been identified as Gurdeep Singh, alias Baba, a resident of Bathinda.

SSP Ludhiana (rural) Harinder Singh Chahal Mohan Dass, said the accused was nabbed by a patrolling team near Khothe Khajooran.

The accused had concealed the contraband in a steel case.

The SSP said the accused had bought it from Meharban, a resident of Ramganj Mandi, Rajasthan, to sell it further to drug peddlers in the area.

A case under Sections 16, 61, 85 NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.



Mahajan Juniors, Super Club manage victories
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 19
Mahajan Juniors and Super Club recorded victories in their respective matches in the 15th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-14) being played at the MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

The match played between Mahajan Juniors and Pankaj Club turned out to be a mismatch, in which the former romped home winners by nine wickets.

Pankaj Club were bowled out for 73 runs in 20 overs.

For Mahajan Juniors, Shivang was pick of the bowlers. He captured three wickets for 18 runs, while Piyush took two for 20.

Mahajan Juniors made the required runs in just eight overs after losing one wicket. Piyush remained unbeaten on 44, while Mohit remained unconquered on 20.

In the match played yesterday, Vishesh (30) and Akhilesh (27 runs and 3 for 22) helped Super Club record four-wicket victory over National Club.

Batting first, National Club scored 137 runs in 29.5 overs. The main contributor was Sumin Sood, who chipped in with 61 runs.

For the Super Club, Akhilesh accounted for three wickets, while Parveen and Deepak Mehta grabbed two wickets each.

In reply, Super Club made 138 runs for the loss of six wickets in 30 overs to wrap up the issue by four wickets.

Vishesh scored 30 runs, followed by Akhilesh, who made 27 runs, while Parveen and Saurabh contributed 20 and 15 runs, respectively.

For the losers, Nitin claimed three wickets and Shubhankar secured two wickets.


Pankaj Club: 73 all out in 20 overs (Akshit 1 for 10, Piyush 2 for 20 and Shivang 3 for 18).

Mahajan Juniors: 74 for 1 in 8 overs (Gokul 4, Piyush 44 n.o and Mohit 20 n.o).

National Club: 137 all out in 29.5 overs (Nitin 5, Shivam 6, Sumin Sood 61, Arshmeet 12, Maan Singh 5, Akhilesh 3 for 22, Parveen 2 for 6, Deepak Mehta 2 for 17, Gurpreet Singh 1 for 11 and Manjot 1 for 23).

Super Club: 138 for 6 in 27 overs (Parveen 20, Vishesh 30, Saurabh 15, Manjot 5, Deepak 12, Akhilesh 27, Nitin 3 for 18, Tushar 1 for 20 and Shubhankar 2 for 8).



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