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A day of accidents, violence
Three of family crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, February 19
Three members of a family, including a three-month-old child and a woman, were crushed to death by a speeding canter in a road accident near Spring Dew Public School, 7 km away from Jagraon, on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway this afternoon.

The victims have been identified as Kuldip Singh (28), his wife Jaswinder Kaur (25) and their three-month-old son. The victims belonged to Bairoke village, near Baghapurana, in Moga district.

They were returning to their village on a motorcycle (PB-25 D 2163) after visiting a relative in Galib village, near Jagraon. When they reached near Spring Dew Public School, they collided head-on with a Swaraj Mazda canter (PB-30 D 1236) coming from Moga side. The impact of the collision was such that the canter dragged the motorcycle for nearly 30 feet.

All three victims died on the spot while the canter driver, identified as Jamal Khan, fled from the spot after the accident. Soon after the accident, a highway patrol team reached the spot and rushed the victims to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, where they were declared dead on arrival. It is learnt that the canter is associated to the Light Truck Union, Moga, and loaded with milk powder.

According to Gurpreet Singh, brother-in-law of victim Kuldip Singh, the ill-fated family had come to meet him at his residence in Galib village this morning. In the afternoon, Kuldip started his journey to his home on his motorcycle and met with an accident. He was the sole bred winner of the family, Gurpreet added.

Meanwhile, a case in this regard was registered at the bus stand police post, Jagraon, and the investigation was on. The canter driver was absconding till the filing of this report.


Six injured in a pile-up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Six persons were seriously injured in a road accident involving two cars and a Mahindra Maximo delivery van near Gahaur village on Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway this evening. The injured were immediately rushed to different hospitals of Ludhiana by an ambulance of the Lok Sewa Committee, Mullanpur.

As per information, a Toyota Innova car (PB-10 CT 0006) was going from Jagraon side to Ludhiana when it hit a Mahindra Maximo delivery van from the back side. A Maruti Zen car, which was coming from Ludhiana side, also hit the delivery van.

The injured have been identified as Surjit Singh, Karampal Singh and Angrez Singh, all residents of Moga. Those who were trevelling in the Maruti Zen car, were also injured in the accident. They were identified as Sikandar Singh and Ajmer Singh of Marwala village and Jasvir Singh of Koharwala village in Faridkot district.

After the accident, the Mullanpur police impounded all the vehicles and started the investigation. No case was registered till the filing of this report.



Road rage takes ugly turn
ITBP personnel thrash youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Road rage took an ugly turn after personnel of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) allegedly thrashed a youth at Vishkarma Chowk here today. On the other hand the ITBP personnel have denied the allegations and claimed that the youths hurled abuses and even damaged the windshield of the bus.

The incident took place at 4 pm when the bus ferrying the ITBP personnel collided with a car of a youth identified as Ankush, near Vishkarma chowk.

This accident led to a heated argument between the ITBP personnel and Ankush. The situation soon turned ugly when Ankush stopped the bus driver from ferrying the vehicle. The youth claimed that he was thrashed the ITBP personnel.

Soon relatives of Ankush reached the spot and staged a dharna against the personnel. The protest led to a massive traffic jam on the Jagraon bridge, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

Soon the police reached the spot and both the groups were taken to Division No 2 police station. Till the time of filing this report both the groups were levelling allegations and counter allegations at each other and the police had not registered the case.



Police arrests well-connected conman
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Threatened DGP’s wife in 2004

Such were the guts of accused Sushil Kumar Goyal that in 2004 he had threatened the wife of the then DGP, Haryana, Ranjiv Dalal. The reason behind the threat is not yet clear, but following the incident a case was registered against the accused. Police sources said he used to extort money from the tehsildar-cum-sub-divisional magistrate

Ludhiana, February 19
In a major development, the city police has claimed to have nabbed a conman who was giving nightmares to top bureaucrats of the state by using their names and identities for taking vehicle loans.

The conman had even spread his tentacles in Chandigarh Secretariat. There were allegations that the con was effective in transferring cops and in return he was pocketing huge money.

DCP Yurinder Singh stated that the accused, identified as Sushil Kumar Goyal of Jagdari district in Haryana, used to change his identity very frequently.

He was known as Yashpal, Rakesh Kumar, Deepak Kumar and Deepu in the bureaucratic circle across the state.

Almost the entire state police was on the hunt of the accused, but due to the fear of backlash by his confidants sitting in Chandigarh, the cops refrained to nab him.

Sources said Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh gave the go-ahead order to SHO, Shimlapuri, Balwinder Singh after it was found that the accused was spotted in the city.

Modus Operandi

The accused had prepared fake cards of top IAS officers of the state, including DS Guru, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. The accused has admitted to have made 30 such card of DS Guru, while three cards belonging to Subodh Chander, IAS, Chief Secretary of the state. Besides, he was in possession of identity cards issued by the Punjab Roadways Traffic Manager.

He was having 66 stamps of highly placed officers posted at plum positions in the state government. He was also holding forged registration certificate of several vehicles.

During the interrogation he confessed that he was using the name and identities of these officers to get the vehicle financed from the banks.

Further he had taken loan from several banks by using the names of these high profile officers. After taking loan he used to flee the place, leaving the banks and the senior bureaucrats at loggerheads.

The accused was wanted in six cases of fraud by the Sadar police, Division No 5 police, Kernal police, Panchkula and Sector 36 police in Chandigarh.

ADCP Sushil Kumar said strict action would be taken against the stamp manufacturer, who created fake stamps for the accused.

Further the police officer stated more skeletons were likely to tumble out of the closet during the course of investigation.



Jail inmate sedates cops, escapes from hospital
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Notorious thief Arjun, a resident of Hoshiarpur, who was undergoing jail term for several cases of theft, again gave the police a slip and escaped from a civil hospital here today by sedating two police officials.

The incident came to light today morning when the hospital staff found the police officials in an unconscious state and informed the Division no. 2 police.

The condition of the police officials, identified as constable Paramjit and Sham Singh, was stated to be serious.

Due to high fever, Arjun, who was undergoing jail term since August 21, 2010, was rushed to a civil hospital on February 17.

Jail guards Paramjit and Sham Singh were deployed for the security of the inmate.

According to sources, the incident occurred last night when the accused mixed some sedatives in milk.

Soon after consuming milk, the police officials fell unconscious. In the meantime, the accused freed from handcuffs and fled.

The police is suspecting the involvement of an accomplice of Arjun behind the escape.

The police officials are enquiring the hospital staff, whether someone came to meet Arjun in the hospital.

The accused also fled with the mobile phone of one of the police officials. Meanwhile, a team of police officials has been sent to Hoshiarpur in search of the accused.

SHO Surinder Mohan said a case has been registered and search was on to nab the accused. “We are hoping to get clues from the police officials after they regain conscious.”



12-year-old boy sustains bullet injury
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
In yet another incident of firing during a wedding, a 12- year-old boy sustained a bullet injury when a celebratory shot by an allegedly drunken man hit the former during the pre-wedding party at Pakhowal village late last night.

The incident took place when the family members were taking out a “Jaggo” in the village to celebrate the wedding in the family. According to an eyewitness, a drunken man shot a fire in the air, which hit the leg of Jovandeep. He fell on the floor and was soon rushed to the DMCH. The condition of the victim was stated to be out of danger.



SAD-BJP out to lure voters
MC enhances annual budget to Rs 800 cr
Manvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

All for votes

Authorities have increased their annual budget from Rs 633 crore last year to Rs 800 crore this year. Politicians of the ruling alliance have been pressurising the officials of the Municipal Corporation to get more developmental works approved for their areas so as to lure voters

Ludhiana, February 19
With Assembly elections scheduled to be held in March 2012, authorities of the Municipal Corporation are all set to spend whopping amount on developmental works for wooing the voters. The civic authorities, for this, have increased their annual budget from Rs 633 crore last year to Rs 800 crore this year.

Politicians of the ruling alliance have been pressurising the officials of the Municipal Corporation to get more and more developmental works approved for their areas so that voters could be wooed before the poll. Thus, keeping in view the demands of the politicians, the authorities of the Municipal Corporation have proposed a hike of Rs 177 crore in its budget. The accounts branch of the civic body has sent a proposal to the top brass for its approval.

The accounts has in its proposal stated that Rs 800 crore would be needed for ensuring overall development of the city, which would be Rs 177 crore more then Rs 633 crore kept as budgetary allocation last year. Sources in the civic body revealed that out of Rs 800 crore the lion’s share would be given to the Building and Road (B&R) and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) branches, which are two main wings for constructing the roads and maintaining the sewerage systems, respectively. The sources added that after getting the nod of top civic officials, the agenda would be placed before members of general house in its budget session, which is likely to be held next week. As all leaders want the city to be developed, thus the agenda is likely to be approved without any hindrance, the sources added.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, who also happens to be the in charge of the accounts branch, confirmed that a proposal for Rs 800 crore budget for the civic body had been sent for approval. “The move is not at all connected with elections. It is our duty to ensure city’s development, so we are focusing on it,” she added.



Examination fever grips students, parents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Tips for students

  • Follow timetable regularly
  • Identify topics that are difficult. Study them thoroughly and understand
  • Indulge in physical exercises or meditation. These act as stress busters
  • Sit calmly and try to evaluate yourself
  • Try to improve your concentration
  • Be happy and cheerful
  • Shun negative thoughts and fear

Ludhiana, February 19
With the onset of “examination season” in many schools in the city, students get anxious and while hearts of many skip a beat, others spend sleepless nights. It is not just the students who are a worried lot, but the parents, too, are stressed and panicked. The fear of failing to perform to the best of their ability is certainly making students unhappy, stressed and insomniac.

Talking to The Tribune, Kriti Sharma, a ninth standard student, who usually gets more than 85 per cent, says: “These are final exams. We have been told that this time we will get the toughest of question papers and the marking will also be very strict. I am really scared. My parents have lot of expectations from me. Though I have prepared well, I get confused. These days I don’t feel like watching television or listening to music.”

Dipankar (name changed), another class X student, whose exams are scheduled from March 17, says he may be doing well in the class, but when he is asked to prove his prowess through examinations, he often gets stressed and frustrated.

“I can’t sit and study for more than an hour. Whenever I come out of my room, my mother asks me to go inside again and study. No one understands me. My parents want me to be with the course books all the time. My mother gets hyper if I try to tell her that I was tired. So, I restrict myself in my room even when I am not studying,” he adds.

A parent, Shalini Goel, says she gets confused and worried during her 13-year-old son’s final exams more than him. “I stop going to social gatherings or kitty parties. If I will go here and there, he will not study at all. I need to be around him all the time to make him study. I was so worried that I had to take a sleeping pill last night. I woke up at 3.30 am to make him revise his lessons,” she narrates.

The school teachers and parents feel that competition has become an inseparable part of our lives and it is the fear of this competition that leave us feeling unhappy and paranoid.

Monika Maini, a teacher at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines says the fear of being put to test is quite stressful for many students. “This affects them adversely and they fail to perform well in examinations. We must understand their psyche too. Parents need to provide a comfortable atmosphere to the wards, which children need the most during exams,” she remarks.

Another teacher, R Sabharwal, says many students experience unpleasant and negative thoughts during the exam time, by which they lose concentration while preparing.

“Concentration plays a very important role among students. They should study with no disturbance and with a peaceful mind. Parents need to give healthy food to kids and let them relax for about half-an-hour so that they are all fresh to sit and concentrate again,” she says adding that happiness also plays a positive role during this time.



Challenges in financial sector discussed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 19
More than 100 delegates from various parts of the country attended the two-day UGC sponsored national conference on “India an Emerging Service Economy: Issues and Challenges” being organised by the postgraduate department of commerce and business administration, Guru Nanak National College.

Dr BS Bodla, Dean, University School of Management, Kurukshetra University, was the chief guest.

He spoke on “India’s Financial Services Sector: Emerging Issues and Challenges in Global Era”.

He threw light on the growth and prospects of banking and insurance sector in India.

Prof Gagandeep Sharma, head, department of management studies, BBSB Engineering and Technology, spoke on the issue “Indian Services Sector: Opportunities, Challenges and Comparative Strategies”. He said skilled and efficient labour held the key to an all-inclusive growth of the country.

Guest of honour Dr Bikram Singh Virk, Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College, Kapurthala, deliberated upon “Government and the Service: Improving Quality of Government Service”.

He talked about the expectancy model of customers. He compared the services provided by the government sector with that of the private sector and found that the latter outperformed the former in every respect. He also suggested ways and means to improve the government services.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed guests.

Prof Gursharanjit Singh, Prof Balwant Singh Pangli, general secretary, college management committee, and director Jaswant Singh Gill dwelt on various issues.

Harpreet Dua, fellow, Panjab University, Dr Jagpal Singh, fellow, Panjab University, Dr RK Lekhi, director, Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Tarlok Singh Jaggi, assistant secretary, Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Hadarshan Singh Mangat, Adarsh Pal Bector, managing committee members, were especially present on the occasion.



Man of Mettle
City’s ‘honey man’ wins Golden Trophy
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Jagjit Singh Kapoor profoundly known as “Honey Man” once again proved his mettle by winning “Golden Trophy” from Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Jagjit Singh Kapoor, chairman, Little Bee Impex, received this award for outstanding export performance from Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, along with Rahul Khullar, commerce secretary, and Asit Tripathy, Apeda chairman.

Overcoming obstacles being faced by the exporting fraternity, the company was able to register a healthy growth of 45 per cent during the current financial year. “This year, we did a business worth Rs 178 crore and Rs 200 crore is our next year’s target,” he added.

They are exporting honey to 48 countries and have 50,000 honeybee colonies, which is largest in the world. Little Bee Impex is an export-oriented unit and a flagship firm of Kashmir Apiaries Group and has received APEDA award for quality honey from India for six consecutive years. Sharing his success story he said, “I just started with five colonies and today I am the biggest exporter of honey from India,” he added.

In 2010 Kashmir Apiaries Exports made history by running the first ever “Honey Train” in the history of the Indian Railways and for the exporters across India. Proving the proverb true that “He climbs the highest who helps another” Jagjit Singh Kapoor devoted his life to the honey business and serving the needy right from the day when he started his career in 1981 and blossomed into Kashmir Apiaries Pvt. Ltd; now a group of companies.

Keeping in view the tribulations of beekeepers, he has established a Lee Bee International Institute of Bee Keeping and AFRO Enterprises as an outstanding R&D organization, which provide latest technical knowledge, skill upgradation and SOS outreach services through different training, workshops, awareness camps and electronic connectivity.



Honey festival at PAU

Ludhiana, February 19
Preparations are on at the Punjab Agricultural University for the honey festival and flower show, to be held on the campus this month.

A Honey Festival-cum-Experience Exchange Workshop on “Prospects and promotion of apiculture for augmenting hive & crop productivity" will be organised from February 22 to 24 by the department of entomology, PAU, in collaboration with the directorate of extension education under the aegis of National Horticulture Mission (NHM).

Dr AK Dhawan, head, department of entomology, said the festival would take stock of the past achievements, present status of beekeeping and suggest future guidelines. — TNS



Political rallies put off bus operators
Shivani Bhakoo/TNS

Ludhiana, February 19
More than 250 bus operators in the district have been asked to provide vehicles for mobilising masses from nearby villages to Dana Mandi where a state-level function is scheduled for tomorrow.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and several other ministers will attend the function to be held in memory of Moti Ram Mehra.

But the bus operators seem to be in no mood to "oblige" politicians. “We are into the business to gain something and not to oblige the ruling parties. Pay us well and get our vehicles, but paying just for diesel is unjustified. “In the past one month, this is the fourth time that we have been asked to provide vehicles,” rued the bus operators.

The buses were sent to Muktsar, Moga, Majitha and Fatehgarh Sahib. “And tomorrow also we will be ferrying villagers,” said a bus operator, who was asked to speak to representatives of the District Transport Office near Arora Palace this afternoon.

A school bus operator said, “Since it is Sunday tomorrow, schools will remain closed. But we have been asked to send the vans. Now we are requesting drivers to cooperate with us, as we cannot afford to say no to the District Transport Office. Since drivers and conductors, too, want to spend time with their families on a holiday, we will have to look for an alternative,” said the operator. The bus operators said earlier it was easy to "oblige" politicians, as diesel/petrol prices were low, but with the rising prices, they avoided providing vehicles. “We are under tremendous pressure. If we refuse to send vehicles, they will start issuing challans. And if we send the buses, we will suffer losses. If payments can be made for sound systems, catering, tent houses, then why are we left behind?” questioned JS Grewal, district president, Mini Bus Operators Association.



From Colleges

Research project

Ludhiana: Dr Anil Gupta, head, department of botany, Arya College, has been granted a major research project by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, on “Systematic Studies on the Genus Agaricus from Punjab State”. Dr Gupta will complete the project in three years. He has already made his mark in the field of research of mushrooms. Dr Gupta said he had done research on 60 species of mushrooms out of the 200 species discovered so far in India. He said there were only two species of mushrooms which were cultivated for human consumption. He asserted that his research would help find some new edible mushrooms. Dr TL Joshi, principal of the college, congratulated Dr Anil Gupta on his success and hoped that his research would contribute to the development in the field of science and human welfare as a whole.

Fashion show

DRESSED TO KILL: Students of Guru Nanak Girls College walk the ramp during ‘Fashion Flora’, an annual event of the college, in Ludhiana
Students of Guru Nanak Girls College walk the ramp during ‘Fashion Flora’, an annual event of the college, in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Guru Nanak Girls College dazzled with myriad hues as the annual fashion event “Fashion Flora-11” was organised here today. The magnificent show witnessed the amalgamation of talent and beauty. Students of the department of fashion design sashayed down the ramp with pride as the dresses they wore were self designed. The colourful range of dresses included formal, informal, bridal and ethnic wears that were showcased in two sessions, wherein the first session included seven rounds and the second session consisted of 25 rounds. Chief guest Harish Rai Dhanda, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, appreciated the efforts of students and encouraged the institution to organise such events that gave an opportunity to young minds to explore their innovative capabilities.

Judges included Dr Rita Kant and Anu Gupta, assistant professors, University Institute of Fashion Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Vandana Gandotra, assistant professor, department of clothing and textiles, College of Home Science, PAU, Ludhiana, Manmeet Sodia, director, Ivanna Institute of Fashion Designing, Sunil Vinayak, fashion designer, and Shelly Jain, president, Gayatri Ladies Club.

Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal applauded the amount of labour put in by students and faculty of the fashion designing department to make the event successful. Emphasising on the need of the contemporary world to be self employed, she went on to say that fashion business had intensity, vigour, energy and vast opportunities that provided a platform to budding creative minds to excel in this field. Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, applauded the brilliance and excellence of talent shown by students in their collection.

Alumni meet

The first alumni meet of University Business School was held with great enthusiasm. The meet provided an opportunity to UBS faculty and students to come together and get updated and reconnected with old friends and faculty. Dr Deepak Kapur, director, Panjab University Regional Centre, informed students about the achievements and progress of the department. The event was followed by the distribution of mementos and a colourful cultural event.

Role of writers

The department of Hindi and Sanskrit at Master Tara Singh College organised a seminar on the “Role of writers in development of society” here on Thursday. Dr Mukesh Arora, Senator, PU, Chandigarh, presently head of the Hindi department, SCD Government College, here presided over the seminar. He gave tips to students on writing and its role in development of their intellect. Dr Arora addressed the queries raised by students. College principal Dr Parveen Chawla presented vote of thanks. The best students in poetry were honoured. — TNS



Automotive makers’ meet

Ludhiana, February 19
The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA), northern region, organised its first-ever auto component buyer-seller business meet and exhibition here yesterday at Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings.

The meet was inaugurated by LD Mittal, chairman, Sonalika Group. Rattan Kapur, chairman, ACMA (northern region) and managing director, Mark Exhaust Systems, said recession had accelerated the transformation of the automotive industry by shifting the focus to the East.

In a recent study conducted by “Ernest and Young” it was indicated that the Indian auto component industry has the potential to grow from its current level of US $ 26 billion to almost US $ 110 billion by 2020. Kapur also shared the challenges that were being faced by the auto component industry in order to reach to this level. Some of the challenges faced by the industry included access to capital, availability of skilled manpower, rapidly increasing inflation, technology up-gradation and lack of proper infrastructure, he said. — TNS



28-yr-old property dealer shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
A property dealer was shot at by an armed assailant on the Pakhowal road here late last night. The victim has been identified as Joy (28), who was returning home when some assailants, who were travelling in a car opened fire at him.

The shot hit his ankle. However, the victim managed to escape.

In the meantime, the accused also fled.

Joy informed the police the about the incident and was taken to a hospital by his friends.

The police has registered a case against unidentified assailants and investigations are on.



Realtor alleges assault
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
Director of Basant Avenue Colony Dinesh Garg has alleged that his rival property dealer, along with his accomplices, thrashed him and fled with his SUV at Basant Avenue near Dugri Dhandra road here today.

According to Dinesh, the incident occurred toady morning while he was on his way to office in his SUV.

He claimed that some armed assailant led by a rival property dealer Gurnam Singh, intercepted his vehicle.

As soon as he stopped, the assailants pulled him out of his vehicle.

Garg said Gurnam and his men thrashed him and fled with his SUV.The police, on the other hand, has said that Garg was concocting stories to settle personal scores with Gurnam.

According to sources, earlier, both the property dealers were close friends, but turned foes later on.

Till filing of this report, the police was still investigating the matter.



Petrol Bombs
Ex-Shiv Sena chief, son convicted
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, February 19
Former Shiv Sena Rashtrawadi chief Jagdish Tangri and his son Sunil Tangri have been sentenced to a three-year rigorous imprisonment for making petrol bombs and gathering arms to attack the police.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court of Additional Sessions Judge Harveen Bhardwaj held that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt.

The court has also convicted co-accused Harwinder Pal Singh, Sai Dass, and Rakesh Tangri. They were also awarded a three-year rigorous imprisonment. However, co-accused Vijay Dabi was sentenced to a two-year imprisonment.

Tangri's bad days started when in the first week of July, 2002, the police conducted a raid with more than 150 policemen, along with a team of the CIA wing, at Gur Mandi and seized fake CDs. About seven persons, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between the police and shopkeepers.

On the very next day, the police booked Shiv Sena chief and some others on the charges of making petrol bombs, collecting arms and provoking Shiv Sainiks to launch an attack on the police party, in case it raided the Gur Mandi area again.

An FIR was registered against them under Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosives Act Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Sections 302, 115, 384, 148 and 149 of the IPC at the division no . 3 police station.

After getting a nod from the then Chief Minister of Punjab, the police had cracked down on Tangri’s den, his supporters and raided the suspected hideouts.

Tangri was booked in six cases on various charges, including possessing pornographic stuff, extorting ‘’hafta’’ from shopkeepers of Gur Mandi and supplying arms to Gujarat rioters. But he was acquitted in most of the cases.

Accused-turned-approver Yadwinder Singh had deposed against the Shiv Sena chief and his son. He stated before the court that after the raid by the police in connection with pirated CDs, the duo provoked others to launch murderous attack on the police party to teach them a lesson, if it raided the area again. He had also asserted that ‘petrol bombs’ were distributed by them.



Justice Kumar inspects courts
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 19
Justice MM Kumar of Punjab and Haryana High Court today inspected the working of the district courts here. He conducted the inspection without any prior intimation.

Later, he interacted with the president of the District Bar Association (DBA) Naval Kishore Chhibber.

He also visited the Lawyer's Chamber Complex Part-II, along with DBA president. Former DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman was also present.



Team’s performance to decide viewers’ interest
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 19
It will be the performance of the Indian team that will decide viewers’ interest in the World Cup, feel sports lovers across the city. Hotels and restaurants in the city have pinned hopes on the Indian team’s performance.

“We had a disastrous World Cup in 2007, in which the Indian team were shown the door in the beginning of the championship. We had to suffer huge losses, as customers did not turn up to enjoy the food while watching the Indian team in action. I hope this time the team do well in the World Cup as our entire business depends on their performance,” said a hotelier.

As subscribers to cable television will have to miss the action due the ongoing tussle between the sports channel authorities and cable television operators, owners of hotels and restaurants are eager to cash in on the opportunity.

A majority of the hotels have subscribed to direct-to-home (DTH) service to attract customers.

“It’s a big event, especially when India is one of the host countries. We have four LEDs in our restaurant and are planning to install one giant projector for our customers,” said executive director of a hotel Jawed Grewal.

Amit Behal, a businessman, went on to add that the fate of World Cup and particularly cricket depends on the Indian team’s performance. “The game will be watched only if the Indian team do well,” he said.



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