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Poor show for women cops recruitment
* Only 20 out of 200 who appeared clear test * Most fail in the physicals
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Poor physical standards, coupled with hot weather conditions, resulted in a poor showing on the first day of the recruitment rally for women here today.

Only 20 of the over 200 candidates could clear the physical fitness test conducted by the police department at SCD Government College.

As the mercury was high, many participants were seen slipping, falling and suffering heatstroke during the course of the recruitment trials.

Nearly 40 participants failed to clear the first stage and were disqualified as they did not match the requisite height, 5 feet and 3 inches, laid down by the department.

A majority of participants lost steam during the 800 metres race, which was to be completed in four minutes.

The long jump and the high jump were the main hurdle and only 20 candidates could mange to clear 3.25 metres in the long jump and 1.05 metres in the high jump.

DCP Yurinder Singh expressed his disappointment at the poor performance. Hoping for a better showing tomorrow, he gave a reason behind the lacklustre performance.

“Such physical fitness trials needs proper training under the observation of an athletics coach. A majority of participants failed during the long jump and the high jump, which shows that they have did not practise before the trials,” he said.

The police department made arrangements for the smooth conduct of the trials. A number of paramedics, along with an ambulance, were deputed to rush the participants in case of an emergency. In order to maintain transparency, senior officials carried out a video recording of the entire trials. Sports department coaches were deputed to encourage the participants.

“It was no less than commando trials. I completed the 800 metres in four minutes, but failed in the long jump. The heat was the major factor behind the poor performance. Conducting trials under the scorching sun is not ideal for a physical fitness test.

The authorities should have conducted the trials in March or later this year. Conducting the trials in May is no time for trials,” said a participant.

Cops on toes, keep middlemen at bay

n Following allegations of nepotism and back door entry during selection trials, the city police were seen on their toes and keeping middleman at bay. The SCD Government College cricket ground was turned into a garrison and the entry of outsiders was strictly prohibited. Further, cops in mufti were on prowl near the college premises to detect any middlemen promising jobs to candidates in return for money.

Holding head high despite failure

* Those who could not make it continued to hold their head high and made a stinging remark at the ‘coquettish’ woman. Wiping their tears, some of the candidates said they were better than those who prefer to spend their lives indoors in front of air-conditioners and throw tantrums. In contrast, they said, they prefer to help their parents by taking up a honourable job.

"We are better. At least we put up a fight. Though we failed to make it, we would keep on trying till the time we are selected," said a few girls after failing to clear the recruitment trials.

But then, some were not gracious enough to accept the verdict. Some of the candidates chose to vent their ire on the lower rung cops and also accuse officials of bias. But none of the participant lodged a formal objection with the senior officers who were conducting the trials.

Most prominent among the candidates was a newly wed bride from Doraha. Decked in bridal jewelry, including ‘choora’. She said she had got married just a week ago.

"Before filling the forms for the selection trial, I had no clue that I would be married soon. Today I expressed my desire to my husband and told him that I want to be an earning member of the family”, she said. 


Family gets ransom call for Rs 6 lakh
 Missing son of ice cream vendor 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Two days after the six-year-old son of an ice cream vendor went missing from outside his house located in Punjab Baag Colony here, the family today recieved an extortion call for Rs 6 lakh.

Beeru, the kidnapped boy, had gone missing from outside his house two days ago. According to Meera, mother of the boy, he was playing in the street along with friends when he was abducted.

Initially, the family members kept searching for the boy thinking he had gone missing. Today late in the evening, the family received an anonymous call, saying the boy had been kidnapped. The call sent shock waves in the family.

The caller claimed himself to be an abductor and demanded extortion to release the boy.

The family reported the matter to the police. The cops registered a case against unidentified persons and started investigations.

Till the time of filing this report, the kidnappers did not establish contact with the family and did not even tell the location where the money was to be delivered.

Further, the father of boy, Sham Lal, a resident of Mathura, said the cops are tracing the number. The cellular number was procured from Rajasthan. But there was no clue.

Sham Lal, the ice cream vendor, said it was impossible for him to arrange Rs 6 lakh. "I have not been able to understand how the abductors could demand so much money from me," he said.

‘Impossible for me’

* Sham Lal, the ice cream vendor whose son was kidnapped, said it was impossible for him to arrange for

~ 6 lakh. "I have not been able to understand how the abductors could demand so much money from me," he said.



Petrol to get dearer by Rs 5; now Rs 70 a litre 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Petrol prices went up by Rs 5 from midnight. Though petrol dealers said nothing regarding this had been conveyed to them by the oil companies, speculation was rife all day that prices would be hiked from midnight.

The secretary of Ludhiana Petrol Pump Dealers Association, Ashok Sachedeva, said there were indications about the petrol-price hike. He said, "If Rs 5 was going to be the hike, petrol will be available for Rs 70 per litre. Presently, petrol is available at Rs 65.19 paise per litre".

On the roll-back of prices, Sachdeva added that if the state government reduced its taxes on petrol, prices could come down by Rs 2-3.



Permanent job, financial security matter more to them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
A permanent job and financial security score over marriage plans of the girls who are aspiring to join the Punjab Police as constables.

The girls participating in trials conducted by the police department said financial security was more important for them than getting married and reeling under scarcity.

“It is a respectable job and more importantly, a permanent job. I am working with a private company and know how women are being exploited in the private sector. Being in the police is always a better option,” said an aspiring cop.

Those who had already been working with the department did not bother about the taboo associated with the profession.

“We do not care whether we face difficulty in finding a match. At least we have a sense of satisfaction that we are leading an honourable life and not living at the mercy of any man,” said some woman cops sitting in an ambulance.

These women in khaki felt that they should be respected even more as they had opted for a better and tougher career. Being in the police made them a cop with a heart.

“I believe that women can understand matters in a better way. They will also improve the boorish tag associated with the police,” said another participant after being selected in the physical fitness trials. 



Construction firm playing with lives of commuters on the road
 Project on national highway riddled with ‘irregularities’
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Seven persons, including a cop and four children, have so far lost their lives due to the alleged reckless construction and widening of the National Highway-I from Phillaur to Doraha, which is resulting in frequent road accidents.

The project has been riddled with irregularities, with the construction company that has been awarded the contract allegedly flouting regulations with impunity, posing risk to lives of thousands of commuters using this busy stretch everyday.

The police washes its hands off the matter by booking drivers for negligent driving, but the question remains whether drivers are really at fault.

The death of Vijay Kumar in road accident near the Ladhowal police station today has again exposed the galling anomalies of the road construction company.

On May 11, Parkash Singh, son of a cop stationed at the Ladhowal police station, was crushed to death by a speeding truck.

Kamaljit Soi, who has launched a crusade against violations of road safety norms, criticised the construction firm for endangering the lives of people for the sake of minting money.

He said road markings were missing from the killer stretch to guide the commuters about the sudden turn. “Cats’ eyes are also missing, which should ideally by installed at the start of the diversion. Further, there is no spring post installed on the road, which works as shock absorber for commuters. I do not understand why the company is not following the road safety norms as mentioned in the agreement,” said Soi.

The Ladhowal Chowk, located on the GT road, is also the main shopping centre for residents of Ladhowal. The chowk remains busy throughout the day and many commuters, including truck drivers and auto-rickshaw drivers park, their vehicles at eateries located on the roadside, which further result in congestion on the road.

Surprisingly, no safety measures were taken following the death of seven-year-old-boy Sujan, who died after slipping into an open manhole near the Jalandhar bypass.

In August last year, an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tara Chand, who was posted at the Sahenwal police station, died after his motorbike collided with a boulder near Dhandari.

The Sahenwal police then booked the contractor for negligence under Sections 279 and 304 (A) of the IPC.

Similarly, a motorcycle-borne youth died after falling into a construction pit near the Jodhewal Basti area in August last year, but the road condition did not improve.

Two children of Kanganwal village died after falling into the rainwater-filled pit dug up for the drainage purpose by the private company at Dhadhari Kalan in July last year, but no action was taken.

"While the construction company is burning a hole in the pocket of commuters by charging a hefty toll tax, nothing has been done for the safety of the people," said Soi.



Cyclist run over by speeding truck
Relatives block NH-I
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
In yet another road accident here today, a cyclist was run over by an overspeeding truck at Laddowal Chowk.

Today’s incident is the fourth death in a road accident in the past five days.

The mishap took place at 5.30 am, close to the Ladhowal police station.

The victim, identified as Vijay Kumar (30), a resident of Ladhowal, and mechanic by profession, was heading for work when he was knocked down by an unidentified vehicle. He bled to death on the spot.

According to the police, a case under Section 304-A (death due to negligence) has been registered against unidentified drivers.

The victim was married and leaves behind two children. After his death, relatives of Vijay Kumar blocked road and staged a protest against the police for inaction.

This resulted in chaos on the GT Road, leaving many commuters stranded.
The cops faced a tough time in clearing the protesters. A cop, while complaining against agitators, said, “We can understand the loss caused due to the tragedy, but blocking road and harassing commuters is wrong.”

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended on the family of the deceased. The wife of the victim was inconsolable, while the children were clueless about the tragedy and kept on asking about their father. 

It seems blocking traffic is the order of the day. A day after nursing students laid siege to Sabzi Mandi and blocked traffic for nearly two hours, commuters travelling on National Highway-I were in for a tough time after relatives of Vijay Kumar blocked National Highway-I here on Saturday. 



Ex-CM’s road show harasses commuters
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Former Chief Minister and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Capt Amarinder Singh visit to meet newly nominated District Congress Committee chief, Pawan Dewan, held up the traffic on the Ferozepore road near Ansal Plaza today morning.

Capt Amarinder was in the city to appear in connection with hearing of City Centre Scam. Dewan had organised a function to felicitate the former Chief Minister at Kumra Palace on the Ferozepore road. After appearing in the court, Amarinder’s cavalcade reached the Ferozepore road and took a U-turn on the wrong side. Seeing his cavalcade, Dewan and his supporters rushed towards it and handed over bouquets to the PPCC supremo, who was running short of time, on the road itself?

This resulted in a traffic jam and harried commuters had to wait for the former Chief Minister’s cavalcade to leave the area.

“‘We are sick of the VIP movements in the city. Where was the need for Amarinder to take the wrong side? At least these people should be responsible,” said Gurbir Singh.

A woman said she had to wait for 15 minutes in scorching heat for the traffic to clear.’ We could not know what was happening. I just got to know that political leaders were exchanging pleasantries. How could they do so by holding public to ransom?’’ she asked.

The organisers said since Amarinder was in a hurry they decided to greet him on the road itself and everything ended in a few minutes. ‘‘He left in a jiffy. Still we regret the public had to face inconvenience, ’’ said one of the organisers.



Construction material strewn on roads bane for residents
Virtually impossible to pass through already congested roads
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Be it residential, industrial or the developmental works initiated by the government, the construction work is on at almost all the leading roads in the city. This has been causing lot of inconvenience to the general public, reason being the construction material scattered all over the main and the connecting roads. It becomes virtually impossible for commuters to pass through already congested roads with scattered construction material all-around.

Though it is still not the "peak" season for construction work, as the labourers are away to their native villages and the cost of construction has reached to an all-time high, still the main roads, bypass roads and connecting roads are either dug or are scattered with gravel, sand and bricks.

Ruing over the inconvenience being caused due to such construction works, a resident of Major Sham Singh Road, Avika Gupta, said that one of their neighbours had started renovating their house. "The road is about 20-feet broad. Three-fourth of the road has been covered with bricks, sand and cement. It becomes difficult to take out our car on the road. We have to take a longer route to reach the main road or to come back home. There should be some plan or policy so that normal routine of the people is not disturbed due to such ongoing constructions, or the construction work should be finished within a stipulated time", said Gupta.

Dilraj Singh (name changed), a shopkeeper at Ghumar Mandi, said that the main Ghumar Mandi road was about 40-feet wide. But a construction work was going on in the area for the past several months and their material had occupied half of the road. "Now the road becomes just 20-feet wide. On top of that, cars and two-wheelers are parked in a haphazard manner outside the shops. Almost twice or thrice a day, there are traffic jams or road-rage incidents. But we cannot help it. It is the authorities, who have to take action,” he said.

No solution to problem

There is no solution to the problem of littering of construction material on roads. We cannot stop anyone from keeping their construction material on roads as MC charges three-times debris fees from the owners out of which two-third is refunded once the construction is completed

SS Bindra, Assistant Town Planner



Hospital to deploy female guards
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
After receiving two complaints of sexual harassment in the past five years, authorities of Dr BL Memorial Kapoor Hospital have decided to deploy female guards on the hospital premises during night duty. Dr Wahegurupal Singh, medical superintendent of the hospital, said this while talking to The Tribune.

The medical superintendent said, “The hospital-based “committee for hearing complaints of sexual harassment” met today. Dr Harkamal Sidhu, Pappo Avinash, director, VRTC, and Dr Kiran Gupta first met with the intern, who had complained against Santosh Kumar, security guard, for holding her arm. The committee members counseled the intern for about an hour and told her not to worry about her future as she would face no problem in the college and hospital.”

Dr Wahegurupal said female security guards were already deployed in the hospital of interns. “But now we will also depute female guards for escorting interns from hostel to the hospital at night. Earlier male security guards used to accompany interns. However, male guards will do their duties as usual,” he added.

The authorities have also decided to shut hospital corridors after 3 pm. Santosh Kumar, the accused, is still at large. “The police has sought details of accused and his family members and we have handed it over to them,” Dr Wahegurupal Singh said.



Stylish mobile phones fad among youths 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 12
City youths are crazy about stylish mobile phones rather than its utility features. This was found in a study conducted by Amritpal Singh and Abhay Bhandari, both MBA students of Ludhiana Group of Colleges, Chaukimann, located on the Ferozepur Road. The study was conducted among rural and urban youths under the guidance of Prof Harpreet Singh, head, management section of the college.

The researchers found that the choice of mobile phone handsets is similar to fashion trends in garments. To substantiate their finding, they found that the demand of touch screen phones was very high. Almost half of the youth studied, wanted to have a touch screen phone. At the same time, flip phones, which were in vogue earlier, had changed into the least preferred choice.

Another highlight of the study was the preference to large screen size followed by colour of the handset. The keypad style and weight of the handset were low ranked factors.

The researchers said though mobile phone was a communication device, but its utility as an entertainment device was driving the youth crazy. The features like camera, Internet connectivity, music player and downloading got higher rank as the reason of having a particular mobile phone handset than communication features like clarity of voice and texting ease. The functions and name of a brand were more important than prices. Apart from this, medium size of mobile handset was much preferred by two third of the people and the small size of mobile handset was less preferred. 



Now, blood donation and collection just a click away in the city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Women Justice and Equality and Universal Human Rights Organisation, the two NGOs, have collectively prepared a website www.khoondaan.net <http://www.khoondaan.net>. Dr Harshinder Kaur, deputy medical superintendent of Rajinder Hospital, Patiala, inaugurated the website today.

Dr Harshinder Kaur said: “Any needy person can get blood free of cost just by filling a form available on the website. As soon as a person fills the form and submits it, he or she will get to know about the name and contact number of his/her nearest donor. This way a needy person can contact the donor and get any blood group required by him.”

While Women Justice and Equality president Ritu Pandit, and NGO chairman Satnam Singh Dhaliwalsaid, “ Any donor can register through this website. Donor will have to fill the form available on this site. He will have to specify the blood group along with his contact number and address. After registration that persons' name will flash in the donors’ list. Anyone who needs a specific blood group will search the list, contact the donor and get blood with the help of the blood bank of any hospital."

Asked who would screen the donated blood, Dr Harshinder Kaur said the hospital would do so.

‘Rampura Phool no. 2 in world in blood donation’

Dr Harshminder Kaur said, “Rampura Phool in Bathinda district is at number two in world for blood donation. Here 14.5% people donated blood. However Japan is at number 1 in the world where 15% people donated blood. It was about 8 years ago when 150 ladies donated blood collectively for the cause of humanity." She further said “In India we need 8 million units of blood, but get only 5.50 million units. So people should come forward for more blood donation."



Bhama Kalan gets Rs 8-lakh stadium 
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, May 14
Sharanjit Dhillon, chairman, Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and in charge of the Sahnewal assembly constituency, today inaugurated five newly constructed roads. These were constructed from funds from his discretionary quota.

A road to village stadium was constructed at a cost of Rs 8 lakh at Bhama Kalan. Another road was constructed at Harrian village at an approximate cost of Rs 12 lakh. Similarly, two roads were constructed at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. Dhillon also inaugurated the newly installed streetlights at Bhaman Kalan village.

Earlier, he laid foundation stone for the upgradation of the Ludhiana-Rahon road at Meharban village. Dhillon said: “Work for sewerage and water supply is carried out on a war footing. The century-old bridges on the Budha Nullah are being replaced with new ones at a cost of Rs 5.50 crore.” 



Book suspects, urges union 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, MAY 14
The Paramedical and Health Employees’ Union of Punjab has condemned a sarpanch and her husband, both residents of Buchar Kalan village, for allegedly attacking Kulbir Kaur, a multipurpose health worker.

The union has urged authorities to arrest the suspects against whom a case under Sections 353, 354,186 and 500 of the IPC was registered. It alleged that the police had failed to take action against the accused due to political pressure. The union threatened to launch a stir if the police failed to book the suspects. 



Traders can get 75 pc VAT refund
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
The excise and taxation department has issued the performa to be filled by traders, after which they can get 75 per cent of the VAT refunded on the basis of monthly returns against the indemnity bonds up to a particular limit of Rs 1 crore.

The procedure for provisional refund is simple. A refund is allowed provisionally on account of excess input tax credit, but the provisions will not apply till March 31, the closing of the financial year for which the refund is issued, or till the time the provisional refund exceeds Rs 1 crore, whichever is earlier.

The indemnity bond will be in form VAT-59, to be filled on a non-judicial stamp paper of appropriate value.

The indemnity bond has to be for an amount equivalent to the amount of refund, which has been arrived at after deducting any recovery due against the person, if any, and the amount not supported by statutory declaration forms, as specified under the rules.

The provisional refund will not be allowed to persons who are found to be indulging in bogus input tax credit claims against which tax has not been deposited.



Barn owl rescued
Captor was into witchcraft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
An injured and starved barn owl, whose wings had probably been clipped by someone involved in witchcraft, was rescued by a resident of Shimlapuri here today.

The resident noticed the injured owl when it was the centre of attraction for some children near a park. It had an injured wing and was bleeding.

He brought it home, provided it water and informed animal rights activists, who in turn, informed the Divisional Forest Officer.

The bird was brought to the office of CAPE-India by its volunteers and then handed over to forest officials.

The owl was taken to the Ludhiana zoo and tiger safari. It would be kept till it was able to fly again and then, would be released in the wild.



Controversy over corruption in GADVASU dept widens
Former head refutes charges, successor firm on allegations
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Dr MPS Bakshi, former head of the animal nutrition department of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), has refuted the allegations of corruption levelled against him after his retirement.

With his denial on any kind of irregularity in the department during his tenure, the controversy in GADVASU seems to have thickened as Simar Sagar Singh, serving as head of the department after Bakshi’s retirement, claims that varsity authorities need to thoroughly check the irregularities and corruption charges against the former head.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Bakshi said since he served the department for more than 30 years, none could point a finger at him, but all the baseless allegations were being levelled by someone with vested interests after he retired on January 31 in an attempt to malign his reputation.

“Not a single complaint was filed against me when I was the head of the department. After my retirement, within two months, all allegations were levelled against me. I do not have to say anything. Let the facts speak. The authorities are not going to spare anyone found guilty. Let GADVASU inquire into the matter to get the real picture,” said Dr Bakshi.

Simar Sagar Singh, professor of surgery and radiology, who was given charge of head of department of animal nutrition after Bakshi’s retirement, said the corruption charges against the former head were serious.

He said, “I will resign if the charges are found baseless. I have kept everything in front of the administration. Let the authorities check everything in the department. We definitely do not want the varsity to suffer. At the same time, the guilty should not be spared for the welfare of the varsity.”

Meanwhile, Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, said the university was doing its job and an inquiry was on. A committee had recently been constituted to look into the matter.

“We expect the committee to submit the report within a few days. Once we get the details, we will not spare the guilty,” he said.



A memorable evening at RIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 14
A farewell programme "Rukhsat" was organised at the RIMT Management Campus here to bid farewell to final-semester students of various streams. Dance performances by. junior and senior students made the evening memorable and entertaining and the students were seen rejoicing and dancing to the tunes of popular hit numbers.

Best dressed students were given titles. Isha was declared Ms Charming, Chandan Sharma Mr Handsome, Preeti Ms Evening, Irfan Mr Evening, Komal Ms Sparkling and Henry was Mr Dashing. RIMT Group of Institutes chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal wished the students good luck for the upcoming university examination and exhorted the students to continue working hard.

Director-General Dr BS Bhatia in his message reminded the students that they must always be aware of their responsibility as citizens and professionals and should contribute to the society in all possible ways.




Death of former board member mourned

Ludhiana: Teachers, students and employees of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) expressed their grief on the demise of Iqbal Singh Dhillon. Known for his contribution in growing potato on scientific lines in Punjab, the former member of PAU Board of Management and MP from Jalandhar Dhillon had been a progressive farmer who always remained on the forefront to promote the cause of farmers and farming of Punjab. PAU Registrar, Dr. RK Mahey, director of research, Dr SS Gosal, director of extension education, Dr MS Gill and other officers expressed that with the passing away of Dhillon, the state had lost a great visionary and friend of farming community and the University.

Interaction with Urdu poet

The PAU Young Writers' Association, organised a face-to-face interaction with the noted Urdu poet, Sardar Panchhi, with PAU students at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Auditorium in the Students' Home Complex. Sharing his life-long experience during his literary journey, Panchhi motivated students to work whole heartedly and with dedication to achieve their chosen goals. "One should not be deterred by unfavourable circumstances in life and should persistently carry out the mission", said Panchhi. He said that Urdu was a courteous and sweet language, which should be promoted in Punjab, since it had produced a number of noted Urdu poets and litterateur. He said that he happened to study people in different places of northern India including Alwar (Rajasthan), Karnal (Haryana), Rai Bareilly (UP) and Ludhiana (Punjab) where he found a significant decline in Urdu writers and readers. He appreciated Punjab Agricultural University for organising culture-promoting programmes.

Popularising summer moong

“The continued and sustained efforts of the scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have resulted in popularising summer moong cultivation in Punjab. The university has played vital role in increasing the area under summer moong in the state and the scientists from different states should follow the success story of PAU.”, these expressions were made by Dr BB Singh, Additional Director (Oilseeds and Pulses), ICAR, New Delhi, at the “Annual Group Meet of Coordinated Research Project on MULLaRP (moogbean, urdbean, lentil, lathyrus, rajmah and pea, project)” jointly organised by PAU and Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, which culminated here on Friday.Dr N. Nadarajan, director, IIPR, Kanpur, appreciating the role of PAU researchers and extension workers in the development of summer moong varieties, congratulated the scientists and exhorted them to keep it up in future and to work hard. — TNS



From Schools

National Technology Day

Sahnewal, Doraha: The National Technology Day was observed with enthusiasm at DOPS, Doraha, to commemorate technological breakthroughs. An inter-school contest for poster making and a power point presentation was organised by PSPCL (Punjab State Power Corporation Limited). Schools of Doraha participated in the contest. Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (SGHPS), Doraha, won the team trophy. Gagandeep Kaur of Class-IX won the contest by presenting the topic "Green Energy" though power point presentation. Sahil of Class-V spoke on the topic “Electricity Wastage and its Judicious Usage" and got the second prize. Jaskaran Singh of Class-V and Ravleen Kaur of Class-X participated in the poster-making contest and brought laurels to the school by winning prizes. School principal Manjushaw Vinayak encouraged and applauded the efforts of the students. She congratulated the winners and also enlightened the students about the life and accomplishments of Sir Albert Einstein.

Welcome party

A welcome party was organised by Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, to welcome the new students of nursery. Jaspreet Kaur, director SGHPS, was present as the chief guest on the occasion. The welcome song was dedicated to nursery children. Out of the nursery students, one child was elected Mr Party and another Miss Party. Mradul was elected 'Mr. Party' and Manleen Kaur 'Miss Party'. Apart from this, the runners up were: Paramjit Kaur, Harjot Kaur, Virpreet Kaur and Sidhman Singh.

Oath Taking Ceremony

Elections were held for the students welfare council at Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, on Saturday.

The students from class VI to class XII took part in the election process and cast their votes and elected Navneet Kaur as the head girl, Sagar as the head boy, Ravneet Kaur as the general secretary and Karan Bhatia as joint secretary. An Oath-taking ceremony was held where the chosen heads took oath to carry out their duties and responsibilities willfully and fairly. They were given sachets and badges and were made aware of their powers and duties. The newly appointed heads expressed their gratitude towards the students of different classes. The ceremony was winded up with the National Anthem.

After this ceremony a meeting was organized between the students heads and senior-faculty members. Important points related to various issues like cleanliness, discipline, academics, sports activities and co-curricular activities of the school were discussed and plans were made for the session 2011-12. — TNS



Robbers’ gang busted, five held 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 14
The Ludhiana (rural) police has busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of five of its members. Two other members of the gang managed to escape under cover of darkness. The police has seized two .12-bore pistols along with a few cartridges and sharp-edged weapons from them.

The accused have been identified as Jasveer Singh, alias Dharma, and Sukhwinder Singh of Hathoor village, Gursewak Singh, alias Sebi of Bodalwala village, Ravinder Singh of Malak village and Gurpreet Singh, alias Lucky of Chimna village near Jagraon. Rachpal Singh Dhindsa, SHO, Sadar police station, Jagraon, said a police team led by Hathoor police post in charge, Amarjit Singh, raided a vacant building near Deharka drain yesterday evening and arrested five members of the gang while they were planning to commit another robbery.

All five members of the gang are in their twenties. “The accused gang members had committed a number of robberies in Jagraon and Moga recently. The accused confessed having stolen wheat and rice from grain markets and a few rice mills in Lakha, Hathoor and Kanuke Kalan villages near Jagraon and Badhani and Ajitwal in Moga district,” the SHO added. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC has been registered against the accused gang members at the Jagraon Sadar police station. The police produced all five members of the gang in a local court today evening.



Tussle between teachers turn ugly, case registered 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 14
Tussle between two employees of Government High School at Hehar village near Sudhar took an ugly turn when a woman teacher allegedly abused and thrashed a principal after entering into argument during the morning prayer.

This incident also fluttered other staff members, students and residents of the area. The argument took place during the morning prayer on Thursday when Ajit Kaur, another teacher, held a separate prayer for students of her class while rest of the school was standing for daily morning prayer.

Principal Baljinder Kaur objected and asked the teacher not to do so, Ajit Kaur started arguing with the principal. The argument further infuriated Ajit Kaur and she allegedly abused and thrashed the principal. A case was registered.



Strange: Man commits murder to be with wife
Was coerced by mother-in-law; both behind bars
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
He committed a murder in cold blood to be with his wife as his mother-in-law had refused to send her daughter with him until he eliminated one of his close friends.

The women wanted to kill two birds with one stone, by getting one ‘opponent’ murdered and another, her third husband, implicated in the case. Both the accused, identified as Nirmal Singh, alias Gaggu, of Kasba Bharal village in Sangrur district, and Bhupinder Kaur of Maholi Kalan village were cooling heels behind bars, two days after the murder.

Avtar Singh of Maholi Kalan, a truck driver, was found dead in the fields along the Ahmedgarh-Maholi Road on Thursday.

Finding multiple injuries in the head of the body, the Ahmedgarh Sadar police had registered an FIR under Section 302 of IPC.

Investigations by a team of cops led by SHO Sadar Bikramjit Singh and Randhir Singh, in charge of the CIA, revealed that the deceased had been seen with one of his friends, Nirmal Singh, another driver, on Wednesday evening.

Avtar Singh and Nirmal Singh were also seen consuming liquor together, after which the former had not returned home. Further investigations revealed that the deceased was having a dispute with the in-laws of Nirmal Singh.

Bhupinder Kaur, Nirmal Singh’s mother-in-law, had six children from her two husbands, Sukhwinder Singh and Chamkaur Singh of Maholi Kalan, who had died one after the other. She was presently living with Bhola Singh, one of her brothers-in-law.

Bhola Singh and Bhupinder Kaur had married their daughter Amandeep Kaur to Nirmal Singh, who was already known to Bhupinder Kaur. While Nirmal Singh and Amandeep Kaur were enjoying their family life, Bhola Singh started forcing Bhupinder Kaur that Amandeep Kaur should not be sent to her husband and started harassing the mother and daughter physically and mentally. Unable to convince Bhola Singh, Bhupinder Kaur decided to implicate him in some case and allow her daughter live with Nirmal Singh. She also wanted to settle some old scores with Avtar Singh, who was also in dispute with Bhola Singh. She asked her son-in-law to kill Avtar Singh if he wanted to take Amandeep Kaur with him.

Referring to information received from the investigating team, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, DSP Amargarh, said Nirmal Singh had admitted that he had killed Avtar Singh by hitting him with bricks on the outskirts of Dehliz village and the body was thrown in the fields located along the Ahmedgarh-Maholi road.



Knits and Wear from May 16
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Knits and Wear, a buyer-seller meet, will be held in the city from May 16 to 18. It was four years back when the organisers, Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association of India, conceived the idea of holding a buyer-seller meet.

Sudershan Jain, president of Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association of Ludhiana, said the idea behind holding such a meet was to make Ludhiana a centre of attraction for knitwear and textile products of reputed, experienced and innovative visionaries.



Another computer store robbed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Thieves once again struck at a computer store located near the level crossing on the Ishmeet Chowk and decamped with four laptops and Rs 70,000 cash.

The thieves first struck during midnight, uprooted the shutter and sneaked into the commuter store.

The incident came to light this morning when showroom owner Rajesh Chopra reached the shop and saw the shutter uprooted. He informed the police about the incident.

Yesterday, the theives had stolen 15 laptops, two dream screens and over 100 pen drives from a shop located near the Aarti Cinema Chowk.

In both cases, the thieves first entered the shop by uprooting the shutters with the help of a car jack. The entire operation was carried out by them after midnight. The police is also not ruling involvement of an insider in the theft. 



Ludhiana emerge winner
Secured first-innings lead of 15 runs, earns two points
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 14
On the basis of first-innings lead of 15 runs, hosts Ludhiana emerged victorious against Ropar and earned two points in the fourth match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy played the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Yesterday, the visitors had made 155 runs in their first innings and in reply, Ludhiana were 80 for 4 after 36 overs. Resuming their innings today, Ludhiana were made to fight for each run, however, they managed to squeeze past the Ropar's total. Their innings folded at 170 runs in 75.2 overs.

Mayank Bhagaria and Nikhil Chowdhary batted sensibly and enabled Ludhiana to surpass Ropar's first-innings score. Mayank contributed 44 runs while Nikhil chipped in with 37 runs. Other notable scorers were Viren (24), Parul (18) and Rajat Arora (20).

For Ropar, Karan and Harpreet Brar were the pick of the bowlers, grabbing six and three wickets for 70 and 39 runs, respectively. Jagdip claimed one wicket for 32 runs.

Facing a defecit of 15 runs, Ropar were 77 for 4 after 41 overs in which Shubhankar made 29 runs while Anmolpreet was unbeaten on 26 runs.

For the winners, Hartejashwar captured three wickets for 24 runs and Nikhil Chowdhary took one for 17.In the last match to be played here on May 16 and 17, Ludhiana will clash with Patiala.



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