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Hospital back to old ways after minister’s visit
TB patient shifted to female general ward
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
Less than 24 hours after Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla had expressed satisfaction over the state of affairs at the city’s Civil Hospital, a tuberculosis patient housed in the female general ward, unclean corridors, dirty storerooms, discoloured walls, stinking washrooms and bloodstained bedsheets were the order of the day at the hospital.

While the hospital premises were given a spic and span look during the minister’s visit late yesterday evening, things were back to square one today morning.

A woman suffering from TB was moved to the female general ward, posing a threat to other patients undergoing treatment there. “Her sputum had tested negative for TB hence we had allowed her to share the ward with other patients”, the hospital’s senior medical officer, Dr US Sooch, claimed.

Health experts said sputum of TB patients test negative soon after they are administered antibiotics, but that does not mean they cannot spread infection.

Meanwhile, other patients expressed their resentment over the woman sharing the ward with them. ‘‘We came here to get treated, not to catch infectious diseases,’’ said a patient when she learnt about the matter.

The TB patient, too, had her own tale of woes to narrate to The Tribune team. “I’m buying two injections costing Rs 50 from outside the hospital adding after the staff told me they were not out of stock”.

Cleanliness and attendance of doctors/nursing staff just before Chawla’s visit was indeed a pleasant surprise for the indoor patients who were unable to absorb the frantic cleaning of the corridors and washrooms. However the happiness of the patients and their attendants was shortlived as soon after the minister left the indifferent attitude of the hospital staff was back in place.

Unable to hold back her anger Nanki, attendant of a patient, said: "Mosquitoes and mice are a nonstop trouble for the patients and the nurses when apprised of the situation yell at the attendants asking them to go to good/private hospitals to avail facilities. My sister was even refused clean bed sheet in the last ten days and I had no option but get a clean sheet from home”.

So much so that the inter operative and postoperative medicines are also unavailable in the hospital.

The civil hospital has a monthly collection of Rs 4 to Rs 5 lakh from the OPD fees, medico-legal examination and laboratory investigations and the senior medical officer is entitled to use 40 per cent of this amount for purchasing medicines, necessary equipment and maintenance of the infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Sooch claimed that, "Despite spending liberally from the user charges we are unable to purchase complete medicine for all the indoor patients. We try to provide clean bedding to all as recently 250 bedsheets were purchased”. The SMO however denied having ordered for the hospital to be cleaned up before Chawla’s visit. “I got to know about her visit only after she had left the hospital”, he said.

I was stationed at the police post inside the hospital till 2004 and since then hospital authorities have failed to provide sufficient nursing staff in both the male and female wards. Doctors take rounds on time but there is only a solitary staff nurse on duty who is running from pillar to post to deal with both paperwork and patients. Patients are thus not being administered their dose of medicine on time.

— Harmesh Lal, a head constable, undergoing treatment for jaundice at the Civil Hospital


‘Fake bill’ scam
MC bid to save indicted officials, contractors
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
In an apparent volte face members of the municipal corporation’s core committee have begun efforts to save the skin of civic officials and project contractors accused of complicity in the “fake bill” scam by asking the state government to “listen to their viewpoint” before filing FIRs against them. This despite the fact that eleven months ago the committee had itself urged stringent action against the suspects indicted by an inquiry into the fraud.

The decision to make a fresh appeal on the matter to the local bodies department was taken at a meeting of the core committee chaired by mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura in which all the members took part. There was detailed discussion on the application of officials indicted by MC additional commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar in her inquiry report on the scam.

In the backdrop of the state government’s decision to lodge FIRs against the suspects, the officials had said in the application that as the three indicted contractors - Sunny Gosain, who is the grandson of Punjab assembly deputy speaker Satpal Gosain, Virender Kumar and Kulbir Singh - had already returned the excess payments and the indicted officials were facing administrative action, no further action by the police should be taken against them. Despite of the fact that the enquiry report by Brar had held this nexus responsible for bringing loss to the state exchequer, the officers today asserted that as no loss has been incurred to MC so no action should be taken against them.

Surprisingly the members of the core committee, who had been pressing for strict action against the suspects, did a U-turn and unanimously decided to ask the government to review its stand by hearing the pleas of the indicted officials.

Sources said as the district police has refused to look into case citing that it is under the ambit of the vigilance bureau so by asking the state government to take decision after listening to the plea of officers the core committee wants to save these affluent contractors and officers indicted in the case.

The sources added though many committee members were in favour of action against the corrupt contractors, they were overruled after it was realized this step would not be in the interests of some people.

When contacted senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal said, “It wasn’t a U-turn by us, rather we wanted the government should decide the case on merit”. Refuting accusations that the civic body wanted to save the indicted officials and contractors, he said: “They only want that no injustice should be done to anybody”. 



Youth dies in police custody
Mohit Khanna/Gurminder Grewal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, Khamano, November 11
The alleged custodial death of a Dalit youth on the premises of the Khamano police station last evening has once again laid bare the blatant violation of human rights by men in Khakhi.

Though the police tried to keep the matter under wraps, the incident came to light when a few Dalit organisations staged a dharna in front of the police station today and demanded registration of a criminal case against the guilty cops.

Soon the police went into a denial mode and claimed that the victim had allegedly committed suicide. The victim identified as Hardeep Singh (27), a resident of Sarwarpur village, was nabbed last evening in connection with a theft case. Rajpal Singh Gill, the SHO, confirmed that the youth was wanted in the theft case.

He was arrested from Barwali at around 4.15 pm, taken to the Khamano police station and detained in a lockup. The police claimed that Hardeep had complained of breathlessness in the evening. He was taken out of the cell and allowed to sit in the open. After spending sometime in open, he requested the cops to allow to him answer the call of the nature.

He was reportedly allowed to use the bathroom. As soon as he entered the lavatory, he closed the door from inside. Cops alleged that when the victim did not come out of the lavatory they broke the door open. On entering it, they found the youth hanging from an iron grill of the ventilator. They alleged that the victim used his jeans to strangulate himself.

The SHO claimed that he immediately informed his seniors about the incident. Following the incident, Duty Magistrate AK Bansal visited the police station and recorded the statement of victim’s father Kesar Singh. The magistrate ordered a post-mortem examination of the victim to be conducted by a team comprising three doctors from the Khamano civil hospital.

The victim was facing charges of committing a theft in a mobile store at Barwali village. The cops alleged that Hardeep along with his accomplices had stolen six mobile phones from the shop. A few cops said the youth committed suicide after his activities were exposed.

On being caught, Hardeep had reportedly told the police that his family would be subjected to humiliation because of his activities. Kesar Singh, father of the victim, in his statement to the police had stated that he did not want action to be taken against any police officials in this regard.

Mahinder Singh, a BSP leader, staged a protest against the youth’s death in police custody in front of the Khamano civil hospital this morning. He alleged that the police had got the statement signed by the victim’s father after pressurizing him.

A large number of cops were posted outside the civil hospital to tackle any untoward incident. Despite repeated attempts PS Umranangal, DIG, was not available for comments. Box: The police has registered an FIR for theft under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on November 10, the day the youth died.



Sukhbir’s rally
Bus commuters to face the heat
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
Commuters are expected face a tough time tomorrow with all buses run by private operators remaining off the streets as they would be used for ferrying participants to Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal's rally in Payal near here.

Local transport officials began impounding large and mini privately run buses run in the evening. The operators were asked to ferry SAD workers and participants from various parts of the district to ensure Sukhbir's rallies at Payal and Mullanpur Dakha were a success.

While district transport officer Ashwini Kumar denied any bus had been confiscated, JS Grewal, president of the private bus operators’ union, said they were asked to send their buses to Dana Mandi by today afternoon.

‘‘We were threatened with ‘challans’ (fines) and impounding our buses if we failed to do so. Now we are helpless. We cannot do anything. The innocent commuters from different parts of the district, who come to city every morning to reach their workplace, would suffer as they would have no means of transport. Besides the bus operators will suffer losses as they were being offered only fuel. We’ll have to pay from our own pockets”.

The city has 400 private buses that include mini and large ones. Grewal claimed 200 of them had already been impounded. Several operators did not ply their vehicles on the streets fearing these would be impounded and parked them in inner city areas.

The private buses were the lifeline of residents in peripheral areas of the city. Hundreds of students, teachers, employees and other people depend on these buses to reach their destinations every morning. In the past also, the private buses have been detained several times for political rallies.

This has caused a lot of heartburn among commuters who are stranded on the roads in absence of transport.

The operators have been demanding that they should be paid at the rate of Rs 2,500 per bus besides fuel.

Kumar, however, vehemently denied the district transport office had impounded any bus.

‘‘It’s not transport officials who have held the buses, but the politicians might be doing so”, he remarked.



Like father like son 
31-yr after Badal laid stone, Sukhbir to lay it again College foundation to be laid today; people want old stone to be removed first
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 11
Thirty-one year after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of a Government Degree College in Ahmedgarh at MGMN Senior Secondary School here; Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal will lay the foundation stone of yet another college at Amragarh village on Friday. The then Chief Minister late Beant Singh had also laid a stone of Lal Bahadur Shastari Vidya Mandir in 1992.

Residents of the town and surrounding villages want top leaders of the SAD to get the foundation stone of the degree college removed before laying another one at Amragarh tomorrow.

“With most of the foundation stones laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal in the region, we urge the leaders to either remove the foundation stone or start constructing the college that was announced by senior Badal on April 12, 1979,” said the residents.

Accusing successive governments of ignoring long-pending demands of those residing in this area, the residents have urged the SAD and Congress leaders to visit Gandhi school before starting any campaign in future.

“The foundation stones of degree college and Lal Bahadur Shastari Vidya Mandir, which were laid by Parkash Singh Badal and late Beant Singh in 1979 and 1992, respectively, will remind the SAD and Congress leaders of their unkempt promises,” Jagjit Singh Jajjie and Naresh Sharma, social activists of the town stated.

Irate residents have even threatened to take Congress and SAD leaders to task.

Completion of these institutes seemed to be a distant dream, with the authorities having forgotten the same and probably mistaken Ahmedgarh for Amragarh, said the residents.

Bimal Kumar Sharma, councillor, and Tarsem Garg, president, CB Welfare Association, said Badal had issued verbal orders for constructing the degree college in the town, but the work never started. The Janta College for Women and Rashtriya Adarash Mahila College are the only women colleges in this region.

Beant Singh laid the foundation stone of LBS Vidya Mandir, when he had come to announce the establishment of a subdivision on December 30, 1992. Despite Beant Singh’s promise to release a grant for erecting a new building of Adarsh School, no funds were received.

Verbal Orders

Badal had issued verbal orders for constructing the degree college in the town in 1979. But, the work never started. The Janta College for Women and Rashtriya Adarash Mahila College are the only women colleges in the region.



Delay in paddy procurement
Tewari meets Pawar, seeks relief for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
A delegation of prominent rice shellers, arhtiyas and farmers led by Manish Tewari, national spokesperson of the AICC, met Union Cabinet Minister Sharad Pawar at Krishi Bhawan to apprise him of the agony faced by them and take necessary steps to quicken the pace of paddy procurement.

Tewari pointed out that Ludhiana along with a few other districts had recently been left out as far as special relief was concerned. A special relief of Rs 100 to Rs 200 was announced for the rice shellers by the ministry for Bathinda, Mansa and Moga districts. The minister directed officials concerned to visit the district and examine the stocks for which the relief has been announced and submit report at the earliest so the same relief could be disbursed among local rice shellers.

Tewari pointed out that due to the excessive rain, late sowing of paddy and cool temperature in October and November the moisture content of paddy arriving in the grain markets is above the specified limits and thus necessary relaxation must be given due to the late harvesting of the paddy. 



Sidelining of mayor
Councillors condemn senior minister 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 10
Councillors of the SAD-BJP alliance joined hands with the Congress to condemn a senior minister of the alliance for ignoring the mayor during his repeated visits to the city.

The matter came to light during the core committee meeting which was attended by Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal; Akali councillors Simerjeet Singh Bains, Pal Singh Grewal, Balwinder Singh Gill and Prem Mittal; Congress councillors Parminder Mehta, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Amrit Varsha Rampal, Sushil Kumar Raju Thapar and BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu. The matter of ignoring the mayor was raised by Prem Mittal, who cited a fax message sent for the function of Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia in the city. In it the names of all officers, MLAs and other elected representatives was written but that of the mayor was missing.

He told the councilors that it was an insult of the first citizen of the city that would not be tolerated. All Congress councilors also joined him and said it was not only mayor’s insult, but also that of the entire civic body. Likewise the core committee, including the BJP members unanimously criticised the minister for ignoring the mayor. A few members even alleged that it was not for the first time that the minister had ignored the mayor.

Subsequently, the core committee condemned the incident and asserted that the dignity of the mayor’s office should be maintained for which a letter was written to the principal secretary of the Local Bodies department urging him to look into the matter. Later the senior Deputy Mayor Praveen Bansal requested Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura to accompany him to the function’s venue. But the Mayor frankly refused to attend the function in which he was not invited. However, Bansal succeeded in persuading the Mayor to attend the minister’s function. 

Minister Feigns Ignorance

Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia feigned ignorance about the matter. He, however, said strict action would be taken against the officer responsible for not including the mayor’s name in the list



PM told to impose duty on bicycle, parts 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
The Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India has in a letter written to the Prime Minister urged him to impose anti-dumping duty on bicycle and its parts. Huge imports of bicycle parts have affected the domestic manufacturers.

“Exports of bicycle and its parts have gone down considerably whereas the imports have increased manifold,” said Joginder Kumar, president of the federation.

The anti-dumping duty is imposed to prevent dumping and ensure fair trading practices and to create a level playing field for domestic producers vis-à-vis foreign producers and exporters resorting to dumping.

Manufacturers have demanded that the government must clamp anti-dumping duty immediately and protect the domestic industry from closure.



Garment exporters expect dull Christmas
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
This year’s Christmas and New Year could be dull for the textile industry as far as business is concerned. The industry is upset due to abnormal rise in the prices of cotton and other yarns. Garment exporters have anticipated it on the basis of export delivery schedules due to rise in the prices of cotton yarns and its scarcity in market.

Garment manufacturers fail to procure yarn for the spring-summer season. Yarn prices for the medium counts (used in hosiery and knitwear) such as 20s, 30s and 40s have gone up by more than 30 to 40 per cent since January. Yarn constitutes 60 to 70 per cent of the fabric cost. The government of India allowed export of cotton to the extent of 55 lakh bales from November 1 this year. “Over 90 per cent of cotton export has gone to China, Pakistan and Bangladesh who are our close competitors. In simple terms we are exporting our employment to China and other countries through export of cotton,” said PD Sharma, president, Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Due to the rising cost of cotton, manufacturers have started substituting cotton by polyester and yarn etc., Sharma added. 



City bus service to start in January
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
Finally, after a month’s delay, the stage has been set for the rolling out the much-awaited city bus service in the first week of January. At least 200 fleets of buses would be introduced in the first phase. Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia said out of 200 at least 40 would be low-floored air-conditioned buses.

The issue of the annual maintenance contract (AMC) that had stopped the parley between TATA and the state government was sorted out today in meeting held at Chandigarh.

Sources revealed that the state government would purchase 40 low- floor buses from the company for which the final agreement would be reached in the coming week. The government and the municipal corporation was keen to start the bus service at the earliest as it would help in reducing the traffic congestion in the city.



Two factions exchange blows near college
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
The tussle over the run-up to the election for the post of the district president of the student wing of the Congress took an ugly turn when two factions of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) went on a rampage and exchanged blows outside SCD Government College here today.

Jaswinder Singh (Jassi), who is also contesting the presidential election, alleged that besides damaging two vehicles, the group led by Ravi Khawjke, sarpanch of Khawajke village, allegedly robbed his supporter of Rs 1.50 lakh and a licenced pistol.

The matter came to light this morning when the two groups visited SCD Government College to garner support for the upcoming elections.According to Jaswinder Singh, his men reached the college this morning and started pasting posters on the wall outside the college.

The group led by Ravi Khawajke, which came in support of his brother Billu, raised objections and told the youths not to deface the college property.

This led to a heated argument between the groups. Jaswinder alleged that after meeting professors and students, he drove back to his office, while Ravi Khawajke along with his accomplice intercepted Jaswinder’s supporters and damaged two vehicle of his cavalcade.

He said Ravi and his men robbed Rs 1.50 lakh and a licensed revolver from his supporters and fled from the scene. He further complained that the police did not register a case. “We are standing here since morning but the police has not yet registered the case,” said Jaswinder.

On the other hand, Manainder Badi, SHO, Division No 8, said no robbery took place and it was a minor scuffle between the two groups.

Bullu, younger brother of Ravi, who was visiting the police station, levelled a counter-allegation and stated that Jaswinder’s supporters concocted stories to defame his brother.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association, who lives close to the college, expressed his disappointment over the episode. He demanded that such youths should be dealt with sternly. 



Medals, scholarships instituted

Punjab Agricultural University gives scholarships and medals to its students as sponsored by different individuals. Recently, a scholarship for a student of B.Sc. Agriculture (hons) a six-year programme in the name of S Gurdit Singh Kang has been instituted. A medal is to be awarded to a student excelling in M.Sc. (biotechnology), in the name of Dr Manjit Singh Kang, VC, PAU, and an eminent agricultural scientist has been instituted. For these awards, the requisite amount of Rs 10 lakh (Rs 5 lakh each) has been deposited with the Comptroller of PAU, by S Gurdit Singh Kang. Kang, father of Dr Manjit Singh Kang said that the award to the students would motivate others. — TNS



700 students participate at dimt extravaganza
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 11
A two-day annual cultural competition “ROSHNI-2010”organised at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology concluded yesterday.

On the concluding day, Ranbir Singh, political secretary, was the chief guest for the morning session and Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, MLA, was the guest of honour for the morning session. Dr Buta Singh Sidhu (dean, academics), Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, was the Chief Guest for the evening session and also gave away prizes to the winners. Dr Gursharan Kaur, Medical Director, Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, exhorted the students and the participants to fix a goal and work towards its accomplishment with single-minded devotion. “Never be let down by the distractions that may come your way .Try to emerge victorious in the battle field by the dint of your dedication and perseverance. Let no hardship ever try to dampen your spirits. Target high and achieve high, this should be your only sole aim in life” the chief guest said.

A total of 700 participants of various schools and colleges participated in different events, including Rangoli, creative writing, quiz, poster making, bindas bol, ad mad show, flower arrangement, mehndi, pot painting, dance to the tune and folk song.

The results of the events are as follows:


Rangoli: Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna-1, DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Khanna-2, Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna-3

Creative writing: Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna, and BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-1, Government Senior Secondary School, Boys-2,Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana-3.

Quiz: DAV Public School, Ludhiana-1, Doraha Public School-2, BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-3

Poster making: Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana-1, Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana-2, BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-3

Bindas Bol: Green Grove Public Senior Secondary School, Khanna-1, Doraha Public School-2, Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana-3

Mehandi: DAV Public School Ldh, BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-2, GTB Senoir Secondary School for Girls, Doraha-3

Dance to the tune: Guru Nanak International Public School, Ludhiana-1, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School-2, DAV Public School, Ludhiana-3

Folk song: Government Senior Secondary School Boys, Jarg-1, Guru Nanak International Public School Ludhiana -2,Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School-3

Pot painting: DAV Public School Ludhiana-1, DAV Public School Ludhiana-2, Government Senior Secondary School, Boys-3

Flower arrangement: BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-1, BCM Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana-2, Doraha Public School-3


Rangoli: Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-1, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ludhiana-2,Shree Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-3

Creative writing (essay): PIMT Mandi Gobingarh-1,Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-2

Creative writing (short story): Shree Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-1, Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ludhiana-2

Creative writing (poetry): Shree Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-1, A.S College for Women, Khanna-2

Quiz: Shree Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana-1, Mata Ganga Khalsa College Kottan-2, Attam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana-3

Poster making: Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-1, Government College for Women, Ludhiana-2, Government College for Women, Ludhiana-3

Flower Arrangement: Ramgarhia Girls College for Women-1, Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-2, Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-3

Mehandi: MTS College for women-1, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Model town, Ludhiana-2, Government College for Women, Ludhiana-3

Dance to the tune: A.S College for Women Khanna-1, Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-2, Gobindgrah Public college Alour-3

Folk song: Gobindgarh Public College Alour-1, Mata Ganga Khalsa College Kottan-2, Guru Nanak Girls College, Model town, Ludhiana-3

Pot painting: Government College for Women, Ludhiana-1, Government College for Women-2, Ramgarhia Girls College for Women-3

Ad mad show: National College Machiwara-1, Attam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana-2

The Overall Trophy of the schools was won by Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, Ludhiana, and those of the colleges was won by Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana.



From Schools
National Education Day
Tiny tots at a Children’s Day celebrations at St Xavier Play Way School in Ludhiana
Tiny tots at a Children’s Day celebrations at St Xavier Play Way School in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

BCM Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, Chandigarh Road, organised an essay writing competition on the topic "Education: A sine-qua-non for the growth and success in the memory of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad" on the occasion of National Education Day on Thursday. Students from classes VIII-X participated in the competition with great zeal.

Children’s Day

Children's Day was celebrated with much fanfare at St Xavier's Play Way School here today. Main attractions of the show were Kids' Carnival, Magic Show, tattoo making, bouncies, Mickey Mouse, jokers and other cartoon characters. Tiny tots came dressed as Chacha Nehru and relished sumptuous delicacies.


To provide a platform to students to explore their oratory skills, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, organised an inter-school Vedic declamation contest on Thursday. Tarun Dhand was the chief guest. He as accorded a warm welcome by principal Paramjit Kaur. After the lamp-lighting ceremony, judges were introduced. Fifty-four students from 27 elite schools from in and around Ludhiana participated enthusiastically in the contest.

The chief guest appreciated the students' efforts.

Results English: 1. BCM Senior Secondary School, Dugri; 2. BVM School, Bhai Udham Singh Nagar; 3. BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; consolation - DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. Hindi: 1. BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road; 2. Kundan Vidya Mandir; 3. DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur; consolation - DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road.



Alpine, Green Land paddlers share honours
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporters

Ludhiana, November 11
Players from Alpine International School and Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, shared the honours, wrapping up two and one title, respectively in the 16th CBSE Cluster Table Tennis Tournament, which concluded at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Alpine International School paddlers won the titles in the boy's 14 and 19 years sections while Green Land Senior Secondary School students stamped their class and clinched the title in the girls U-16 years group.

Director, MGM Public School, Gajjan Singh Thind distributed the prizes. Principal of the host school, Poonam Sharma and director (academics), Ashok Setia along with faculty and a large number of students were present at the prize distribution function.

Final results

Boys (U-14): Cambridge International School, Jalandhar bt Apeejay School, Jalandhar 3-2.

Boys (U-16): Apeejay School, Jalandhar bt Alpine International School, Ludhiana 3-1.

Boys (U-19): Alpine International School, Ludhiana bt DAV International School, Amritsar 3-1.

Girls (U-14): Alpine International School, Ludhiana bt DAV International Public School, Amritsar 3-1.

Girls (U-16): Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana bt Innocent Heart School, Jalandhar 3-1.

Girls (U-19): DAV International Public School, Amritsar bt Alpine International School, Ludhiana 3-0.



Rs. 5.35 lakh robbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing Rs. 5.35 lakh by throwing chilly powder on the victims at Kharyara village here today.

The incident took place this afternoon when Avtar Singh and Amolakh Singh, both farmers of Kharyara village, were returning home after withdrawing ` 5.35 lakh from a bank in Dhnansu village.

Amolakh Singh said he was riding the motorcycle, while Avtar Singh was riding pillion.

Amolakh said when they entered Kharyara village, they were intercepted by two youths, who were riding a motorcycle.

Amolakh said the youths tried to snatch the bag, but Avtar offered resistance, following which the robbers threw red chilly powder in their eyes. The accused then snatched the bag and fled from the scene. Avtar informed the police about the incident. 



Gang of robbers busted, 2 arrested 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 11
With the arrest of two persons, the city police claims to have busted a gang of inter-state robbers and vehicle thieves. The accused had committed a few robberies and stolen vehicles from the city recently.

Weapons like country-made pistols, eight expensive cars, SUVs and two motorcycles were recovered from their possession.

Yurinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), said the two accused identified as Kamaldeep Singh, a resident of Model Town, and Satpal Singh, a resident of Kot Kupura, were nabbed from Sarabha Nagar. Manhunt has been launched to nab the two accomplices- Avtar Singh and Gagandeep Singh-both residents of Khanna and Shimlapuri area, respectively.

During the interrogation they reportedly confessed having committed all such offences. They also divulged that Gagandeep was the kingpin of the gang.

The accused further told the police that Gagan got married and fled to Denmark a few months ago following which the gang got disintegrated.

They were behind sensational daylight robbery of foreign currency worth Rs 10 lakh that took place at the Western Union Money transfer office located at the Pakhowal road on May 27. The gang had stolen a Varna car on a pistol point from the driver of a Khanna- based cloth merchant from the Melhar Road on June 12.

The gang had also stolen two cars, including Toyota Innova and Fiat from Phase V, Mohali, and a car from Machhiwara.

Yurinder Singh said: “We are at the preliminary stages of the investigation. We suspect that the gang was operating in other districts of the state. The accused are notorious criminals and have been wanted in over six criminal cases.”

He added that the police would take up the issue of Gagan’s deportation, who was hiding in Denmark. 

Educated Thieves

Kamaldeep and Gagandeep, the two accused, were B- Tech degree holders. Easy money and unemployment reportedly drove them to the world of crime



City man found dead in Jammu
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 11
A 40-year-old man, a resident of Ludhiana, was found dead under the Tawi Bridge here this morning. He had a wound on the back of his head.

The police said the deceased had been identified as Rajbir Singh, a resident of Guru Nanak Colony in Ludhiana. His parents in Ludhiana had been informed and they would reach here tonight to claim the body.

Ajay Bhat, SHO, Nawabad police station said, “We got the information about the recovery of a body around 8:15 am and rushed to the spot.

The body has been shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here for post-mortem.”

“It seems the deceased was a drug addict and his parents have also told us that they were unaware about the presence of their son in Jammu,” said Bhat. However, he said the police had not recovered anything illegal from the belongings of the deceased.

Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC.

The SHO said the family members of the deceased, who work as labourers, were on their way to Jammu and would reach here late this evening. 



Woman found murdered

Phillaur, November 11
Baljit Kaur (31), mother of two boys, was found murdered near her in-laws’ house at Litrran village in the Phillaur sub-division in the wee hours today.

The DSP said the woman was partially chopped off from her neck. A case has been registered against unknown persons. The body was handed over to her family members after the post-mortem examination. — OC



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