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Scheduled release of 56,000 cusecs water in Sutlej, canals
Admn in top gear to avert flood-like situation
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
The scheduled release of 56,000 cusecs water in Sutlej river/canals tonight has spurred the Ludhiana district administration into last-minute action to avert a flood-like situation in villages on the banks of the Sutlej.

An amount of Rs 50 lakh was released to the drainage department for taking necessary measures to strengthen the "Dhussi bundh" across the Sutlej in Ludhiana district.

Mattewara, Kassabad, Kehra Bet, Maddepur and Dhulewal villages having been identified as the vulnerable spots and have been provided with necessary gear to deal with the situation.

The administration has provided boats, rudders, life jackets, OBC engines, ropes, hooks, tents and bamboos to the patwaris in Mattewara, Kassabad, Kehra Bet, Maddepur and Dhulewal villages.

A team of officials from the district administration is visiting the sites of Dhussi bundh to supervise the ongoing work of strengthening of the Dhussi bundh on the banks of the Sutlej.

Ludhiana deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari, in a letter written to the XEN, drainage department, has categorically stated that the department will be held responsible in case of any negligence that leads to any sort of damage to lives and property.

Speaking to The Tribune, the DC said, "The villagers too have been roped in as they are already giving a Thikri Pehra, so as to give a prior warning to the administration in case of emergency. I have called an all-department meeting on August 24 to review flood-control measures and immediate action in case of emergency," said the deputy commissioner.

Officials not to leave station

Keeping in view the emergency situation, the deputy commissioner in a notification issued to senior government officials, has asked them not to leave the station without his prior permission.

Villagers’ view

People in Issapur, Daulatpur, Mand Choragi, Milkwal villages in the Bet area have expressed apprehension over the arrangements made by the district administration. "Our villages are susceptible to floods. Despite our repeated requests, the government has failed to erect a bundh in our area," rued a group of villagers from Issapur.


High drama at mini-secretariat
Members of two riot victim organisations clash
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Riot victims form a chain at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Friday
Riot victims form a chain at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Friday.

Ludhiana, August 20
A high drama was witnessed at the mini-secretariat when two groups led by Surjit Singh, president of the Danga Pirit Welfare Association, and Charanjit Singh, president of the 1984 Sikh Qatl-e-Aam Peerit Action Committee exchanged blows and tossed turbans in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here today. The two groups continued to clash for nearly half an hour, but neither the police nor the public intervened to settle the issue.

The incident took place when Charanjit Singh, a resident of Patiala, who was reportedly travelling to Amritsar to pay obedience at Golden Temple, made a stopover in the city. Charanjit along with his supporters formed a human chain and staged a dharna against Surjit Singh at Bharat Nagar chowk, blocking traffic for nearly 10 minutes.

Singh alleged that Surjit Singh, president of the Danga Peerit Welfare Association, had done nothing for the cause of the riot victims. “Instead, he had pocketed huge money meant for the victims of 1984 riots.”

He said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal should withdraw their party's support from Surjit Singh.

Later Charanjit Singh handed over a memorandum to ADC (general) SR Kaler

and sat in front of the DC office. In the meantime, Surjit, who was present in the court complex, came to know about Charanjit’s presence at the mini-secretariat. Surjit along with his supporters, including women, reached the DC office and entered into heated arguments with Charanjit. Both the groups then exchanged blows. Surjit alleged that Charanjit manhandled two women workers of his association and tore their clothes. Both the groups later lodged a written complaint against each other. Surjit alleged that Charanjit had visited several districts to garner support of the riot victims, but flailed in his endeavour after which he (Charanjit) visited the city to deliberately malign his image.

Under vigilance scanner

Interestingly, Surjit Singh was appointed as the member of the District Grievance Committee on Friday. Sources said he had been appointed as member following the direction of the Chief Minister. Sources further said that Charanjit and his men came to know about the development and staged dharna against Surjit.

Surjit is also under the vigilance bureau scanner in a fund-embezzlement case.

CBI probe sought

Demanding a CBI inquiry into the misappropriation of Rs 440 crore relief package issued by the Central government, Surjit alleged that Surjit embezzled funds meant for the riot victims. However, Surjit has denied the allegations.



Unclaimed vehicles to go under hammer
No effort made to trace owners
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Though the police is trying to auction unclaimed vehicles that are lying idle in all city police stations, literally no effort has been made so far to trace their actual owners.

On one hand the cops complained that they were grappling with space shortage, but on the other crime busters have so far failed to trace the stolen vehicles.

On an average 55 vehicles are stolen from the city every month, but the tracking rate of the police is less then five per cent. Unfortunately, in order to evade accountability the police don’t even register an FIR in majority of the vehicle theft cases. The cases of stolen vehicle are generally reported in the daily diary report (DDR).

In most of the cases the police escape by filing untraceable report in the court to put an end to the legal proceeding. While the police might pocket lakh of rupees by auctioning these vehicles, people who have lost their vehicles in the past few years have nothing to gain.

According to a vehicle insurance expert, majority of the owners don’t get their vehicles fully insured. And they are not entitled to receive claim, in case thieves lay hand on their vehicle.

The major problem faced by the police is from the vehicles involved in the accidents. These vehicles are considered jinxed by their occupants and the latter refuse to take them even on “supurdari.”

The huge pile up of such jinxed vehicles, including trucks, cars, two wheelers and bicycles could easily be spotted outside any police station in the city.

As the police has already obtained necessary clearances from the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and other competent authorities, including illaqa magistrate, the unclaimed vehicles would go under hammer anytime soon.

The summons pertaining to the non-traceable vehicles have been sent to the residents, who lost their vehicles nearly two years ago and filed an FIR in this regard.

This has left the vehicle owners high and dry. They are complaining that the police has played a cruel joke with them. The residents have complained that the police should compensate the people, whose vehicles were stolen.

The vehicles, which are set to go under hammer, are Maruti 800, Tata Indica, SUV, trucks, buses, tractors, motorcycles and bicycles as well.

While some of these have got badly damaged for being immobile for years, the other are still in working conditions and require only minor repair and facelift. Officials said the revenue thus generated from the public auction would go to state treasury and later could be used to spruce up the police stations or to meet other financial liabilities within the department.

According to police sources, the vehicles, which would go under hammer in the first phase include 450 vehicles impounded under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh had initiated the auction process during his surprise check in the city police stations. During his visit he found vehicles haphazardly piled-up outside various police stations.

Public pressure, Health dept worried

The move was initiated following public pressure. The area residents raised the issue in front of police commissioner and requested him to find a solution. Subsequently the health department also told the police to clear the mess, as the impounded vehicles have virtually become the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Nothing for Real Owners

The reason behind the pile up of vehicles in police station is the inefficiency of the cops. Whenever police bust a gang of thieves and recover vehicles, no effort is made to trace the real owner.



Panchayat land worth Rs 200 cr grabbed, allege villagers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 20
More than 21 acre of panchayat land, including 3 acre area of pond worth over Rs 200 crore at Jhammat village has been allegedly grabbed by influential persons in connivance with the village sarpanch, her predecessors and officials in the revenue and rural development departments.

Despite several representations being submitted by village residents to higher officials, the matter is dragging its feet without reaching any conclusion.

Addressing a news conference here today, Gurpal Singh, member of the panchayat, along with several village residents, alleged that over the past few years, certain influential persons of the village had grabbed 18.5 acres and while the litigation was on, the land, commanding a hefty price at that time, was sold. "The then village sarpanch and members of the panchayat closed their eyes to the act," he said.

Gurpal, Gurmukh Singh and other village residents added that the act of the

panchayat did not stop at that. “More recently, several others had filled up almost the entire 3-acre area of the village pond and put up structures to gain permanent possession, while the sarpanch and other members of the panchayat failed to act against the unlawful occupants due to their own vested interests.”

Village residents maintained that land grabbers greased the palms of officials concerned each time an inquiry was initiated. “A number of inquiries were initiated by the department of rural development and panchayats at local and directorate-level, but each time culprits, enjoying political patronage and proximity to sarpanch and some of the panches, managed to scuttle the process.”

In August 2007, director, rural development and panchayat department, Punjab, through an office order, had suspended the then sarpanch Mohinder Kaur, Sukhpal Singh, Balwinder Kaur and Satya Devi, members of the panchayat, for their alleged connivance in misappropriation of common land belonging to the panchayat.

In November 2009, in an inspection report submitted by the Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Ludhiana- I to the directorate, sarpanch Gurmeet Kaur was indicted for allowing her father-in-law Charan Singh, who is not an elected representative, to conduct panchayat affairs, acting in undue haste in construction of a shed in the cremation ground, which caved in overnight.

The official had recommended appropriate action against the sarpanch, which was never taken. In yet another report, by the BDPO to the Zila Parishad, submitted a few days ago (August 16), the official did find substance in the allegation of encroachments on a major part of the village pond. “The exact area under unlawful occupation can be ascertained only after demarcation by the revenue department, for which several requests had already been made to the Tehsildar (West), but with no results so far,” the report stated.



Chinese rakhis to don Indian wrists
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
China has come calling again and the dragon is hidden no more. India's festival season is set for a touch of Chinese “wrist work”. Chinese manufacturers have mastered the art of making traditional Indian Gods and religious symbols. Even Indian rakhi manufacturers are importing raw materials from China and are assembling these in India.

Apart from strings and beads used in Indian rakhis, these carry figurines of animated characters like Pokemon, Power Puff Girls, Ben 10, Bob the builder, Popyee, Shin-chan and, of course, our vey own Ganesha and Hanuman on the satin bands, and cost anywhere between Rs 20 and Rs 450. All these are now being manufactured in China and that, too, at half the cost.

A stationery shop owner at College Road said, “Chinese rakhis are dominating the market. The Chinese rakhis have become a rage among kids because of the Pokemon and Shin-chan characters on them. Even the rakhi’s with fancy lighting and characters attract children. For instance this week, anyone buying a rakhi for a kid has been only picking up these Chinese rakhis.”

“The brighter the rakhi, the more dangerous it is. And, unlike toys, the rakhis are unbranded, so the risk is greater. I will avoid buying Chinese rakhis for my relatives,” said Shweta.

But there is reason to worry. The government had recently banned Chinese toys in Indian markets because of their toxic content. It’s the bright colours on these figurines which are a cause for concern as millions of Chinese-made toys have been withdrawn from markets in the US and Europe after they were found to contain lead-based paint that can harm a child if ingested. The colours and PVC material used in the rakhis are similar to those on the toys. Apart from the fancy rakhis for kids, Lumba Rakhi has also made its way into Punjab. Lumba Rakhi for Bhabhi comes in the shape of pretty hang-ons, which can later be tied on the wall as a decorative piece.

Postal dept gears up

To tackle the rakhi rush, the Postal department has placed seperate post boxes for rakhi mail. Special Rakhi envelopes at the price of Rs 10 are also avaialble with the department. These envelopes are waterproof and help in delivering rakhi safely. Special post boxes have been placed at four post offices at Central post office, Miller Ganj post office, head post office and Focal Point post office.



Delayed Regularisation
BEd teachers up in arms against govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
BEd teachers of the state are once again up in arms against the Punjab government.

They protested against the government's decision on delayed regularisation of BEd teachers. State president of the BEd Teachers' Front (Punjab) Ajit Pal Singh Jassowal and district president Harvinder Singh said today that the government's decision on delayed regularisation of BEd teachers would be opposed tooth and nail.

"The government announced that regularisation of 14,000 BEd teachers of the state would be done by September, 2011. Whereas the regularisation is due on April 2011. The delay is unjustified. We will protest," said Jassowal.

Harvinder said the delay would result in great financial losses to the teachers. "It’s an harassment. There is resentment among teachers across the state," he added. The duo said if the Punjab government would not review its decision soon and take steps, they would lunch an intense agitation.



Villagers in tizzy over unexploded bomb shell
Don’t panic, shell harmless: Authorities
Mahesh Sharma

Jagraon, August 20
While authorities were busy searching unexploded bomb shell which, according to the Indian Air Force (IAF) Halwara officials, had fallen outside the boundary of the Sidhwan Khurad range last night, residents of localities surrounding the range were spending sleepless nights.

Maintaining that the shell is harmless in its present state, the Jagraon Sadar police has urged the residents not to panic.

The residents of these localities got panicky after the news about dropping of the shell outside the boundary wall of one of the ranges spread last night.

Since the villagers were not clear about the incident, they kept on enquiring about it from social leaders and police officials known to them. Residents of Giddarwindi, Janetpura and Malseehan Bhayee ke helped the authorities in tracing the bomb shell.

Problem compounded as the IAF officials were not clear about the jurisdiction of the police station looking after the area surrounding the range.

A former SHO of the Sidhwan Bet police station, who was hundreds of miles away from the spot, was first to be informed about the incident last evening. He informed the present incumbent at Sidhwan Bet police station Kulwant Singh, who further passed the information to officials concerned.

Investigations revealed that IAF officials had sought the help for searching the unexploded shell that missed the target during routine exercise and fell somewhere outside the ranges yesterday afternoon. The civil authorities were also asked to make this information public so that the shell was handed over to the IAF authorities in case someone recovers it.

Referring to information received from the IAF officials Rajwinder Singh maintained that the shell in its present state was not harmful as it contained no explosive.

“However, the residents should not touch or handle any object resembling the shell. They should inform us and we will coordinate with the authorities concerned in this regard,” said Rajwinder while appealing residents not to panic.

The incident is not an isolated one. Residents of this area have been living in constant fear of becoming the target of such projectiles.

A few years ago, splinters of a ‘blank’ rocket, used by pilots in routine target practice had fallen on two houses at Sherpur Khurad village near the Sodhiwalla range. Houses of SI Harchand Singh (retd) and Hoshiar Singh were damaged in the incident.

Though the villagers never demanded shifting of the ranges they were concerned about their and properties safety.

IAF Unaware

A former SHO of the Sidhwan Bet police station, who was hundreds of miles away from the spot, was first to be informed about the incident as IAF officals were not aware of the jurisdiction of the police station looking after the area surrounding the range.



Budding designers cast spell
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) organised its annual fashion show “Fashionista” last evening to encourage the upcoming designers of the institute. The fashion show marked the completion of 10 years of the institute in imparting fashion education to students.

The fashion show represented the latest style. Style, design, innovation and creativity was showcased by graduating students of MBA, MSc and BSc from fashion, knitwear and textile design department of PIFT.

The show was choreographed by Kaushik Ghosh and renowned models from New Delhi and Mumbai walked the ramp, displaying PIFT students' creations.

Kila Raipur MLA Jassi Khangura was the chief guest. Fifteen models - Femina Miss India Personality Sangeeta; Femina Miss India Beautiful Skin Sarayu; Femina Miss India Personality and Wills Lifestyle model Sahiba; Dubai Fashion Week model Hida; Lakme Fashion Week model Khusbu; Elite model and India Fashion Week model Ekta, MTV Roadies finalist and leading fashion model Priyanka, Fashion Week models Ananya, Bindya, Aryan and Vishesh walked the ramp.

A special round for kids on latest trends was also held. The fashion show witnessed participation from top most industrialists, educationists and socialites.

An award ceremony was also held.



Residents continue to get adulterated milk
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 20
Residents of Mandi Ahmedgarh and nearby areas are fortunate that the milk supplied to them does not contain chemicals that are hazardous for health. However, almost 50 per cent residents are being duped as the milk they get is adulterated with water.

These observations were made on the basis of nutrient results of samples brought by the residents to a milk-testing camp, organised by officials of the Punjab Dairy Development Board at Shree Ram Dharamsala by the Rotary Club, Ahmedgarh.

According to SP Sofat, president of the Rotary Club, at least sixteen out of the 33 milk samples failed the purity test during the camp.

The camp was organised by the Punjab Dairy Development Board in the town as a part of awarness program, said deputy director, Punjab Dairy Development Board Prem Singh Kaira. A team of technicians led by the inspector Harmesh Singh Gill collected milk samples from residents and examined them for presence of adulterants. Kaira said almost all failed samples had 75 per cent water. "This is not an isolated camp where milk samples have failed the purity tests. Every year, such cases have been reported from all parts of the state. Such cases register a sharp increase during summers when milk production is low," Kaira said.

The deputy director said the dairy department would give a detailed report of the tests to the higher authorities.

The purity test is done free of cost at the department office on a regular basis. 



From Colleges
Talent hunt

A talent hunt programme was held today at Arya College. The function was inaugurated by principal Dr TL Joshi. He appreciated the efforts of dean Dr VB Sudhir and co-dean Dr SP Singh for organising the event. More than 200 students participated in the function. A variety of items like folksongs, ghazals, solo-dance, group dance and instrumental music were presented by the students.

Peace march

Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary was celebrated at Khalsa College for Women (KCW). More than 400 NSS volunteers took part in a peace march. The aim was to promote national Integration and communal harmony among people of all religions, languages and regions. The march commenced from the college campus, passing through the premises of sister institutions, before heading towards nearby areas. Sarbarinder Kaur, manager, KCW, and principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind flagged off the march, wherein students holding placards marched ahead.

Recruitment drive

The placement cell of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a campus placement drive by Daksh, Gurgaon.

The recruitment drive received an overwhelming response from the students. The rounds consisted of group discussion, logical reasoning, numerical ability, semi-technical and aptitude test.

Placement co-ordinator Prof TS Arneja said officials were impressed with the performance of the students.

A total of 45 students were given offer letters. College principal Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi and general secretary of the college governing body Prof Gurbir Singh Sarna congratulated the students.


The Punjabi department of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Challenging Aspects of Punjabi Poetry from Modernism to Post Modernism”. Dr Jagbeer Singh was the keynote speaker. Dr Sukhdev Singh, Dr Rajinderpal Singh, Dr Harvinder Singh, Dr Ravinder Singh and Dr Sohindeer Beer were the resourcepersons.



5,000 visit industrial expo on Day I
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
International Industrial Expo and Conferences, Ludhiana, was inaugurated at Punjab Trade Centre by Inderjit Pradhan, chairman of the Small Scale Industrial Development Board, here today.

Pradhan lauded the efforts of Paramount Exhibitors in bringing world-class technology to the doorsteps of local industrialists.

Over 5,000 visitors attended the conference on Day I with over 75 stalls.

Spokesperson of BOSCH, India, said since inception in 1993, the Bosch Power Tool division in India had grown to become the market leader in power tools segment. With a complete range of power tools for construction, woodworking and metalworking industry, the division meets and fulfills the needs of professional users.

Some of the other prominent companies participating in the exhibition include Bright Burnishing Tools, Hitachi Power Tools, JK Files, Lubi Pump, Nikka Mal and VM traders.



Rajiv Gandhi remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 20
Congress leaders and workers paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 67th birth anniversary today, terming him as the architect of computer age and laying the foundation of a strong panchayati raj system in the country.

The Terrorist Victims’ Association, Punjab, organised a blood donation camp in Atam Nagar locality where 73 volunteers donated blood while the District Youth Congress (DYC) held a road race to mark the occasion.

The blood donation camp was inaugurated by Khushnandan Sharma, son of Dr Kali Charan Sharma, who was gunned down by terrorists during dark days of militancy.

Paying tributes to the former Prime Minister, Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the association said Rajiv Gandhi was a great visionary who led the nation towards a technological revolution. "The country made all-round progress under his leadership. His contribution to information technology revolution and decentralisation of powers to village level for strengthening of the panchayati raj institutions will never be forgotten."

The road race led by DYC president Dimple Rana was flagged off by Ludhiana MP and national spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee Munish Tewari along with District Congress chief Jagmohan Sharma and Mahila Congress president Leena Taparia.

Addressing party workers, Tewari said it was due to Rajiv Gandhi’s vision that India today stood in front ranks among the technologically developed countries.

The Kashyap Rajput Sabha also organised a function in the memory of Rajiv Gandhi.



Rare surgery performed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Dr BS Aulakh, professor of urology and head transplant unit, DMC and Hospital, who was honoured with the state award on Independence Day this year, performed a rare laparoscopic bilateral adrenalectomy.

He has performed more than 10,000 surgeries pertaining to kidney (kidney stones, carcinomas and kidney transplant), prostate diseases and cancer and pioneered in the field of laparoscopic surgeries in urology

An 18-year old patient was brought to the hospital with increasing body weight, proximal muscle weakness, back pain, uncontrolled high blood pressure (not coming down 190/110mm Hg despite the simultaneous use of three different anti-hypertensive medicines) and moon-like face for the past four years.

After evaluating the patient bio-chemically and with MRI of abdomen, Dr Parminder Singh (professor and head of endocrinology at DMCH) diagnosed him as a case of cushings syndrome, the cause being micronodular bilateral adrenal hyperplasia which needed surgery to cure disease by removal of both adrenals.

Adrenal is a gland located on the top of each kidney and its hyper functioning gives rise to profuse metabolic disturbances in the body.

Dr Baldev S Aulakh and his team decided to operate on both sides (both adrenals) through laparoscopic technique in one sitting with Dr Anju Grewal and Dr Sunil Katyal, both anesthetists.

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy involves making 1 cm incisions through which the laparoscope and tiny operating instrument are inserted; picture is seen on a TV camera and surgery done with tiny instrument instead of hand going inside the abdomen.

It includes less analgesia requirement, less blood loss, lower complication rate, shorter hospital stay, more rapid return to normal activity, increased patient satisfaction and less late morbidity, said Dr Aulakh.



Printer’s panel get Rs 5.70 lakh grant-in-aid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Arun Kumat Jha, Director, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises today distributed the grant-in-aid to the tune of `5.70 lakh among delegates who visited the Sino-Label and Printing South China Trade Fair at Guangzhou, China, under the banner of the Offset Printers Association (OPA) under the international cooperation scheme of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The grant-in-aid was distributed during the MSME seminar to be conducted by the Offset Printers’ Association where SS Dhillon, Director, MSME, spoke about various schemes available with the department for the overall benefit of trade and industry.

Rajesh Jain, branch manager, National Small Industries Corporation, also spoke about the role of NSIC in promotion and development of Micro and Small Enterprises in the country. Speaking about the seminar, Parveen Aggarwal, OPA president, said the ministry had already approved Ludhiana as the ‘printing and packaging cluster’ and this visit of Jha would further strengthen our goal.



Youth development board a farce, says RTI activist
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 20
If the information provided by the Director, Youth Services, Punjab, who is also the convener/member secretary of the Punjab State Youth Development Board under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) is any indication, the board has failed to do any worthwhile work since its inception some one-and-a-half year back and serve the desired purpose.

Asserting this here yesterday, a city-based RTI activist and president of the Rajiv Gandhi Youth Federation Varun Mehta said the SAD-B chief and deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had played a cruel joke on the youth of Punjab by setting up a "virtually defunct" board for their welfare.

"After making a promise that the SAD-B will set up a board for the development of youth to give effect to several welfare programmes as also provide employment opportunities to them, junior Badal had nominated the president of student wing of his party - Gurpreet Singh Raju of Patiala as chairman of the board just to provide benefit of a government vehicle with red-beacon atop it with status of a Minister Of State, to one of his cronies," Mehta maintained.

He said information provided by member secretary of the board under the RTI Act on July 19, 2010 revealed that the government had released no funds to the board ever since it was established. "How can a state board, its chairman and members function without funds, and what purpose can they serve ?"

Mehta further alleged that the Director, Youth Services, Punjab, had chosen to ignore the part of his application under the RTI Act which sought details of the work done by the Youth Development Board from February 2009 - when it was constituted, till now. "From the ambiguous information provided by the member secretary of the board, it is clear that the said board has done nothing for the welfare of the youth and the ruling coalition has only been exploiting the youth with false promises and commitments," he added.



Tributes paid to Longowal
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 20
At least 200 SAD-BJP activists, led by Jagwant Singh Jaggie and Amar Singh Saraon, left for Longowal on Friday to join the activists from other parts of the state to pay tribute to late Harchand Singh Longowal.

Addressing a gathering at the local grain market, the leaders recollected the contribution of Longowal towards restoring peace in the region.



Unidentified body found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Panic gripped the Ferozepore road area after commuters spotted the body of youth floating in the canal here today.

The youth could not be identified, but preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was killed with the help of sharp-edged weapons.

The body bore several wounds, which provided that the youth was killed, claimed the police.

The police has sent the body to civil hospital for post-mortem.



Cash, valuables stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 20
Unidentified thieves decamped with a bag containing cash, a laptop and a mobile handset by breaking the windscreen of a car at Basti Jodhewal here today.

Simran Sidhu, who runs a garment export unit in Jammu Colony, said she went to a factory unit at Basti Jodhewal in the afternoon for purchasing hosiery material and left the bag inside the car.

In the meantime, two unidentified youths came on a motorbike, broke the windscreen of the vehicle and fled with the bag containing cash Rs 50,000, a laptop and a mobile handset.



LBA lads retain title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) won their semifinal league fixtures in the boy’s section to retain the title, while in the girl's section, Jalandhar dethrone reigning champions Ludhiana district in the 61st Punjab State Junior Basketball Championship that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

The LBA lads stamped their authority, as they wrapped all the three league encounters to garner full six points and romped home. Amritsar district and Ludhiana district with one win and two losses finished second and third, respectively.

In the last encounter, LBA got the better of Ludhiana 54-30. The winners immediately surged ahead and maintained the lead.

Their title clash was spearheaded by Rajan Sharma and Bikramjot Singh, who netted 20 and 12 points, respectively, while Sumit Bajaj was the lone fighter for the losers, who chipped in 17 points.

Similarly, in the girl's section, Jalandhar registered victories in all three matches to come out as winners, while the current champions, Ludhiana district with two wins finished runners-up and Gurdaspur district won one and lost to matches to secure third place.

In the last match played between Jalandhar and Ludhiana, the former emerged victorious 63-47.



Green Land School emerge victorious
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, bagged titles in the girls under-17 and 19 categories in the Ludhiana Inter-School Chess Championship being played at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, here today.

In the under-14 group, Ryan International School, Chandigarh road branch, emerged winner. In the girl's U-19 years, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, finished second while Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk branch, secured the third position. In the girls U-17 category, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and Gree Land Convent School, Sector 32 branch, secured second and third positions, respectively. BCM Senior Secondary School was runners-up.



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