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crime rears its ugly head in city
35-yr-old hacked to death
 Was living alone in house, kin allege illicit relationship led to killing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
Panic spread in the Haibowal area when the body of a 35-year-old man, who was hacked to death in cold blood, was found lying in his house in the Durga Puri area here today.

The body of the victim lying on a bed and blood stains on a wall of his house at Durga Puri, Ludhiana, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The victim identified as Ashok Kumar was a cycle mechanic and was living alone in his shop-cum-house.

The incident came to light today morning, when residents of the colony, who had kept the utensils for “Chabeel” in his shop, gathered outside his house.

“We kept on knocking the door but there wasn’t any response. After waiting for 15 minutes, we decided to go upstairs. We saw the blood-soaked body of Ashok on entering the room,” said a resident of the colony, who was, too, terrified to tell his name.

People informed the police about the incident. According to Sub- Inspector (SI) Bitten Kumar, the victim was killed with a sharp-edged weapon.

Though the police could not recover the weapon used in the crime, but they are suspecting that accused might have used a round-shaped weapon for the killing the victim as Ashok bore fatal wound on the neck. The victim might have been killed more than 10 hours ago the blood on the fatal wound had dried up.

Children look towards the house where murder took place in Ludhiana.
Children look towards the house where murder took place in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The blood was splattered all over the room and the body of Ashok was lying on the bed.

“The victim might have been killed in delirium as there is no sign of resistance. If he would have been in senses he could have raised an alarm or tried to protect himself from the fatal assault,” the SI said.

“It’s a cold-blooded murder and the assailant had come with a motive of eliminating the victim,” SHO Salem Tabri Davinder Kumar said.

The assailant knew the victim. As before killing Ashok, both of them had consumed liquor as was evident from presence of a liquor bottle and salad in the room.

The victim was living alone in the house for the past two years. His wife Puja had deserted him and was living in the Jawahar Nagar area along with two sons- Karan and Paras.

The residents claimed that Ashok never created ruckus in the locality.

His mother, Shakuntla, was in a state of shock. She is living along with her younger son Bharat. She came to know about the incident from the police.

The police has ruled out motive of robbery behind the murder as the victim was a cycle mechanic and did not posses enough money.

“Prima facie it appears to be a case personal enmity or it could be a case of killing due to illicit relationship. However, we have began the probe and the accused would soon be nabbed,” the SHO added.


Killer spotted

A resident claimed that he had seen the suspected killer. He said a short statured man with long hair came on a motorbike and entered the victim’s house last night. After about an hour the man left Ashok’s house. Ashok did not come to say goodbye to him.

Illicit relationship

Wife and children claimed that illicit relationship between Ashok and a migrant woman led to his killing. They added that this created fissures in the married life of Ashok. Blinded in love, Ashok deserted his family and purchased a house in Durga Puri and started living here.Sources said the younger son of the victim knew the whereabouts of the woman and the police was raiding the place to detain her for questioning.


ASI loses struggle for life
 Was shot at by robber on May 18
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
After struggling for life for nearly a month, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurdial Singh breathed his last at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here this morning. He was 45. He was shot at in the neck and head as a robber opened fire during a chase at Vishal Nagar on May 18.

The ASI, in charge of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, and Ajay Sharma, working as private help at a police post, were shot at while trying to overpower robbers.

Dr Ashwani Chaudhary said, “Gurdial breathed his last at 10:30 am. There was no sign of improvement since the time he was brought to the hospital. His respiratory system was not functioning due to the bullet injury on the spinal cord and it caused damage to the brain. He was on a life support system ever since and today, his heart stopped pumping. He was strongly built and that was why he could sustain such an injury.”

Gurdial’s elder brother Hardev Singh said, “We knew that it was coming, but somehow, were trying to delay the inevitable. Had he been alive, the assailants who killed him would have been behind bars.”

Hardev was at the hospital ever since his brother was brought here. Gurdial’s body was brought to the Civil Hospital here for post-mortem examination. The cremation took place at a crematorium in the grain market near the Arora Cinema.

Sequence of events

* May 18, 4:30 am: Gurdial Singh forms two police parties
* 5 am: Spots suspects near Hero Bakery chowk and gives two motorcycle-borne robbers a chase in his private vehicle
* Reaches Vishal Nagar, intercepts and overpowers the two robbers
* 5:45 am: One robber frees himself, pulls out a weapon and shoots at Gurdial and Ajay
* 6:30 am: Gurdial rushed to DMCH with bullet injury in brain and spinal cord close to neck, put on life support system
* DGP PS Gill visits DMCH, followed by politicians
* May 19: Police releases sketches of accused
* May 20: A SIT formed to nab accused, no sign of recovery
* June 12, 10:30 am: ASI breathes his last



Many pour in to bid adieu to asi
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Tragic scenes were witnessed at ASI Gurdial Singh’s during his cremation today. Gurdial’s wife, Rajpal Kaur, fell unconscious on learning about the death of her husband.

Gurdial leaves behind two sons- Navi (12) and Robin (20). Relatives, including senior police officials and politicians, reached the ASI’s house at Guru Naka Colony located near the Gill level crossing to console the family.

The elder son of the cop lit the funeral pyre in the presence of wailing women relatives. Even the hardened cops could not control their emotions and broke into tears.

Robin (20), son of ASI Gurdial Singh, had been visiting various shrines for his father’s early recovery. Robin and Gurdial shared special bond with each other. “Their relationship was beyond that of father and son. They used to discuss everything and call each other often during the day. Hardly any day had past when Robin had food without his father. But from now on he would have to eat the dinner alone,” said Balwant Singh, a close friend of Gurdial.

Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, too, prayed for the departed soul. The residents performed an ardas at a gurdwara located in the area and even visited the cremation ground to pay their tributes to the man who laid down his life for their safety.

Navi (12), the youngest son of the cop, was too young to react and started crying on seeing wailing Rajpal Kaur.

Ill-fated family

* The ASI had three brothers. While two died due to some ailment in their prime, the ASI fell prey to bullets. Hardev Singh recently opted for VRS on health grounds.

Well-deserved honour

* ASI Gurdial Singh was given a guard of honour. Special team of the Punjab police fired five rounds in the air to pay tributes to the brave.



Bravery award recommended
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh while extending support to the family of the ASI stated that the entire police department was with them at the time of grief.

“We will provide all possible help to the family members of the brave officer. I am proud of ASI Gurdial Singh, who laid down his life for the sake of people’s safety. I will request the DGP to recommend his name for the bravery award and also provide a suitable job to children of Gurdial Singh in the police department,” said the Police Commissioner.

The Police Commissioner said, “He used to wake up at 4.30 am with a sole motive of nabbing the culprits so resident could walk without any fear.”

Gurdial’s brother Hardev Singh said his brother had been laying a trap in the area for the past three months to catch hold of criminals. “The day Gurdial received a tip-off about the presence of the accused in the area, I told him to take a few strong cops for nabbing the culprit. But Gurdial smiled and said he was capable of overpowering such criminals. I was told that my brother managed to overpower the accused, but unfortunately the accused were in possession of a weapon and opened fire at my brother.”

ACP Narinderpal Singh Ruby, who has worked with ASI Gurdial Singh during the dark days of terrorism, said, “He was a brave cop and during terrorism he had been instrumental in nabbing of numerous terrorists. For him nabbing such criminal was a routine job. I could only say that something went horribly wrong.” 



No headway in murder case yet
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Nearly a month has passed after the Assistant- Sub Inspector (ASI) Gurdial Singh was shot at while overpowering armed assailants in Vishal Nagar and died in DMC Hospital here today, but the police is still groping in the dark and has failed to make any headway in the case.

While cops have identified the accused and even released their sketches, the accused are still absconding.

Recently the police formed a special investigation team (SIT) and sent it to Haridwar following a tip-off that the accused were hiding in the temple city, but the efforts did not bear any fruits.

In the meantime, the police came to know that the robbers were residents of Jodhewal Basti area and Jalandhar.

A brother of one of the accused was allegedly facing murder charges and languishing in central jail. Investigating officials said the police was trying its best to nab the accused.



Youth drowned, 2 feared dead
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The idea of spending adventurous weekend went horribly wrong when three out of five youths, who were swimming in the Satluj, were swept away by the current and are feared drowned. Two others were saved by residents of Jamalpur Lali.

The youths identified as Tarun (19) and Varun (20), both brothers, and Abhishek, all residents of Kali Sarak on the Bahadurke road, feared to have been drowned. While Sonu and Happy were saved by residents. This incident took place at around 12 noon.

According to an eyewitness, all of them were swimming and playing pranks on each other.

Sonu and Happy were saved as they managed to swim close to the shore, Tarun, Varun and Abhishek were swept away by th current.

Meharban SHO Sumit Sood said: “We have launched a search operation to locate the three youths, who are feared to have been drowned. Divers have also been sent to trace the bodies.”

The search operation was on till the time of filing of this report. On May 23, Sidharth (16) and Gagandeep (17) were drowned while swimming in the Sidhwan Canal.

The body of Tarun has been fished out. 



Learning Urdu is in
Anupam Bhagria
tribune news service

Ludhiana, June 12
At a time when more and more city residents are learning foreign languages, with French, German and Spanish being the most popular choices, here is a group of people who have preferred to pick up Urdu rather than the world lingua francas. From college going students to retired principals and bureaucrats, all study together in the Urdu classes that are being conducted with the assistance of the Punjab language department at Punjabi Bhawan since the past two decades.

Surinder Bir Singh, a retired principal of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College who is the eldest student of the current class, said: “I’m learning this language (Urdu) because of two reasons: First, I should learn something new and second, I feel that every language is situated in a social and cultural context. Moreover after meeting Prem Singh Bajaj, a retired principal of Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon I felt very enthusiastic to learn Urdu from him."

Ask Surinder, a mechanical engineer, if he ever feels superior in the class and he says: ``We’re all the same - rather with age my mind has gone slow and I take sometime to learn. One remains a student till the last days of his life. Presently I’m preparing for the Urdu exam and hope to clear it as I have revised the whole syllabus once."

The language department conducts an examination carrying 50 marks every six months for the Urdu certificate course with this year’s exam scheduled on June 28.

Not only retired people but housewives have also evinced keen interest in learning this language, which developed under local Persian, Arabic and Turkic influence over the course of almost 900 years<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urdu>.

Said Supinder Kaur Gill, a resident of Model Town and the mother of two schoolgoing kids: “My love for Urdu poetry led me to learn this rich language. And, after learning it at Punjabi Bhawan, I have begun enjoying ‘ghazals’ (odes) of Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Begam Akhtar and others. I feel very sad mastering the language doesn’t help in career development in this country now."

Sukhwinder Singh, a 23-year-old MCA student, said: ``I come here every day from Padin village to learn Urdu. I’m a coin collector and couldn’t decipher the Urdu words on some coin, but now I’ve become an expert at it. After learning the language here I’m teaching Urdu to three school students in my village”.

Retired college principal takes classes

y Prem Singh Bajaj, a retired principal of Lala Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, who has been teaching Urdu at the city’s Punjabi Bhawan for the past 16 years, said: “I love to teach this rich language. Earlier I was paid ~250 a month for taking the class but now this amount has been raised to ~ 2,500. Presently, I have seven students in the class”.



World Anti-Child Labour Day remains on paper
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The labour department's tall claims of keeping a strict vigil to check child labour in the city seem to have gone up in smoke. Today being World Anti-Child Labour Day, the department seems to be enjoying a Sunday while hundreds of children are still seen working as labourers on city roads.
cut it out Kareem Ashraf works at a food shop.
cut it out Kareem Ashraf works at a food shop.

As per the census data prepared by the government for 2001, there were 1,77,268 children (in the age group of 5-14 years) working in Punjab.

This number has surely increased manifold as the population of the state has increased in the past 10 years.

A large number of children can still be seen working on roadside ‘dhabas’, mechanic shops, tea stalls and industrial units. Poverty has often been cited as the reason for child labour in the country.

While it is true that the poorest, most disadvantaged sectors of Indian society supply a vast majority of child workers, child labour perpetuates poverty as it displaces adults from their jobs and condemns children to a life of unskilled and poorly paid work.

A special team has been constituted by the district administration to check child labour. Satnam Singh, Assistant Labour Commissioner, says they are observing Child Labour Elimination Week from June 12 to 18.

Labour department officials rue the fact that due to shortage of staff in the department, they are not able to perform their duties efficiently. Sources within the department say there are 18 sanctioned posts of labour inspector in the district.

"There are only seven labour inspectors in the district. They have additional charge of other towns and that is why their job suffers," the sources add.

What child labour is

* Bonded child labour
* Child labour in farm sector
* Street kids working as beggars, selling flowers and other items
* Children working at matchbox factories, glass factories, steel units
* Children working as domestic servants and at hotels, restaurants and 'dhabas'

What the law says

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, enacted in 1986, prohibits the employment of children in certain specified hazardous occupations and processes and regulates their working conditions in others. The list of hazardous occupations and processes is progressively being expanded on the recommendations of the child labour technical advisory committee set up under the Act. In consonance with this approach, a national policy on child labour was formulated in 1987. The policy seeks to adopt a gradual and sequential approach, with a focus on rehabilitation of children working in hazardous occupations and processes in the first instance.

It attracts fine

y Those found guilty of employing children can be fined a minimum of Rs 10,000 and a maximum of Rs 20,000. Complaints can be registered on Assistant Labour Commissioner's telephone number 0161-2532032 from 6 am to 10 pm and at the head office in Chandigarh on 0172-2702486 from 9 am to 10 pm.

Health hazards at factories

* Brick kilns: Skin diseases
* Tobacco industry: Lung diseases, asthma
* Spinning units: Respiratory diseases, tuberculosis
* Glass factories: Risk of losing eyes, body parts
* Plastic units: Risk of amputation



City has many more tales of lost childhood to tell
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Eleven-year-old Kareem Ashraf hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and has been working as a child labourer for roughly around five years. The extent of misery can be gauged from the fact that despite working hard at a makeshift food shop, he hardly knows how much his monthly salary is.

"I have been working at a makeshift food shop near Bhadaur House for the past five years. My father works at another shop nearby. He got me a job at this shop many years ago," says Ashraf.

He has two siblings. When asked about them, he ignores the question and continues his work. We ask him, "Do you not want to go to school?"

He says, "No, I am working. So, I cannot attend school," says Ashraf. He should be playing with friends on a Sunday, but ironically, keeps working at the shop.

Twelve-year-old Ranjit Kumar sells goods at his father's rehri. "I do not join him everyday. On Sundays and other holidays, I come along and work at the rehri."

Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, he is a student at a private school in Salem Tabri. "I want to study and that is why I go to school," a shy Ranjit says.

He reminds us of the boy named Stanley, featuring in the movie 'Stanley Ka Dabba'. Like Stanley, he also studies during the day and later works as a labourer at his uncle's food shop.

Besides Ranjit and Ashraf, there are thousand's of others who are like them. They are forced to work as child labourers at 'dhabas', food joints, tea stalls, factories and other such places.

Most of the time, children are put to work by their families, which take them as an extra helping hand.

But they should remember that a child has every right to go to school and spend his time with friends. Is anyone listening?



Khalsa college students excel in BCA exams
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 12
The students of Khalsa College for Women at Sidhwan Khurad, near Jagraon, have shown commendable results in annual examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Anupama Rani claimed 11th position with 80.37 per cent in BCA first year examination, the results of which were declared few days back. Anupama Rani has also topped the class while Harmandeep Kaur and Kirandeep Kaur of the same class stood second and third position, respectively, with more than 80 per cent.

Besides, Mandeep Kaur stood first in the college by claiming 78.13 per cent in BCA second year examination. Similarly, Pawanjit Kaur clinched the top position in BCA third year with 79.20 per cent.



Good news for residents of Dehlon
 Authorities okay expansion of healthcare centre
Mahesh Sharma

Dehlon, June 12
There is a glimmer of hope for residents of the local village and surrounding localities falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur, as the authorities in the health and family welfare department have given a nod to upgrade the only health care centre situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway.

The authorities have initiated the process of getting a piece of land, which is under the possession of the police department, transferred to the civil hospital. Unavailability of land had emerged as a major impediment in expansion of the hospital, for which the state government had already sanctioned a grant of Rs 2 lakh.

Though the civic body had passed a resolution in this regard over six months ago, the officials concerned had been putting off execution of the proposal.

Disappointed over the alleged apathy of the authorities, residents led by Jasbir Singh Pappu and Paramdeep Singh had sought intervention of SAD MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, who is also in charge of the newly constituted Gill constituency.

It was after Shivalik urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to impress upon the authorities concerned to expedite the process that managing director of the Punjab Health System Corporation Rajjie P Srivatsava took up the matter with the higher authorities in the police department and asked them to get the piece of land transferred in the name of health department without a further delay.

Maintaining that the Finance Commissioner (Revenue) had already approved the transfer of land, Srivastava wrote, “As the delay in transfer of piece of land measuring 10 kanals has already staggered the expansion work, you are advised to get the land transferred without any delay.”

Jagdeep Singh, a member of the block samiti, alleged that the facilities available at the centre were not adequate to cater to residents of over 30 localities. As there is no other government or private health centre situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway, victims of road accidents are also shifted to this hospital.

The government had sanctioned a grant of Rs 2 lakh for expanding and upgrading infrastructure at the centre, unavailability of land resulted in staggering of work on the project. 



Students seek Punjab government’s intervention
 Say donated land should be used for their welfare
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 12
Students and their parents from the local town and surrounding localities have urged the Punjab government to impress upon its counterpart in Himachal Pradesh to dedicate Anand Bhawan and 28 acres associated with it to the student community from Haryana and Himachal Pradesh besides Punjab.

“A struggle will be launched in case the said property is not restored for the cause of original beneficiaries according to the wishes of late Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, who had donated the land near Chail for a children home,” threatened the students.

“Now, when we have come to know that late Maharaja Yadavindra had donated the property to the government of erstwhile Punjab (Maha Punjab) for establishing a children home, why should we be stopped from claiming the land,” said students.

In a communique to the authorities, including the President of India, Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of the Punjab, students have demanded that the Himachal Pradesh government should revoke the lease deed made in favour of some organisation and establish a children home. Children from Punjab, Himachal and Haryana should be allowed to spend vacation there.

Arguing that the donated land could not be used for any purpose other than desired by the donor, parents of some students alleged that the Himachal Pradesh government had committed a mistake by leasing out the land to some organisation for any purpose other than running a children home. “In case the government cannot manage the land according to the wishes of late Maharaja Yadavindra, it should be either returned to his successors or be transferred in the name of the Punjab government, which had taken charge of the property in 1956,” they added.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had ordered officials concerned to lease out the property to controversial Patanjali Yogpeeth on the pretext of opening a branch there. A token amount of Rs 1 was charged as rent.

Though the matter remained buried for a long time, former Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amrinder Singh had raised the issue immediately after the Union government led by the Congress declared an open war against Baba Ramdev. 



3-day exhibition on rice processing
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, June 12
The three-day international exhibition on rice processing technology was inaugurated at Jifco Resorts, Sahnewal, on Friday.

An exhibitor demonstrates the working of a machine at Sahnewal.
An exhibitor demonstrates the working of a machine at Sahnewal. A Tribune photograph

Tarsem Saini, president of the All-India Rice Millers’ Association, was the chief guest. Machinery manufacturers from various countries and India participated. Hundreds of rice millers reached the place to have a look at the latest rice milling machineries.

Tarsem Saini expressed that there was a need to introduce the latest rice machineries in the region. “The aim is to spread awareness regarding latest machines to be used and the new trends in the milling industry,” he added.

“We have issues about gunny bag recovery. Situation of milling of paddy for 2010-11 has worsened, as only 55 per cent milling has been completed so far. Due to delay, the broken percentage has increased to 40- 45 per cent instead of its permissible limit of 25 per cent.



Children get dance tips
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Broadway Dance Training Institute, Model Town extension, organised a summer dance mela here yesterday. The special attraction of the event was Jai from “Dance India Dance” and “Dance ke Super Star”. He performed and shared his experience with participants.

Jai, who teaches dancing skills in Bollywood, has performed in movies like Faltu, Wanted, Action Replay and some reality shows.



pau notes
Farmers told to use water judiciously

LUDHIANA: “Agricultural sector consumes more than 85 per cent of available water resources and more than 70 per cent of irrigation demand is met by groundwater. There is a lot of pressure on groundwater resources, which are waning every year due to increasing number of tubewells, prevailing cropping pattern, increasing population, industrialisation, urbanisation and declining rainfall. Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has evolved numerous technologies to reduce the groundwater depletion,” said Dr Rajan Aggarwal from the department of soil and water engineering.

Brushing up the knowledge of farmers about judicious use of water, he highlighted water saving technologies such as laser land levelling, furrow irrigation, delayed transplanting of paddy, sprinkler and drip irrigation and root-top water harvesting.

‘Take to agronomic technique’

Maize holds a unique position in world agriculture, for food (23 per cent), cattle feed (12 per cent), and poultry, pig and fish meal feed (51 per cent), starch (12 per cent), brewery (1 per cent) and seed (1 per cent).

The experts of plant breeding and genetics, PAU, provided scientific tips to farmers for successful maize cultivation during kharif season.

They highlighted that maize accounts 15 to 56 per cent of the total daily calories of people in several developing countries.

Advising farmers to follow agronomic practices, Dr Surjit Singh said last week of May to June end is the optimum time for maize sowing. It leads to the vacation of fields for timely sowing of next crop like potato, toria, wheat, etc.

He added that maize can also be sown in the second fortnight of August, which gives high yield due to low temperature and increases grain filling period of the crop, resulting in more productivity.

Dr Mahesh Kumar recommended to sow long duration varieties with row spacing of 60 cm and short duration varieties at 50 cm.

Maintain optimum plant population by thinning at about two weeks after sowing with plant to plant distance of 20 and 15 cm for long and short duration varieties, respectively.

The sowing should be done using 8 kg seed/acre for all the varieties except pearl popcorn, which requires 7 kg seed per acre, said Dr Kumar adding that during the dry and hot periods maize could be sown in trenches made by tractor/bullock drawn ridger.

He also suggested to sow on the ridges in late kharif to evade excess water stress at early stages. — TNS



from Schools & colleges
Talent blossoms in summer camp

Ludhiana: Children yesterday had fun during the summer camp organised at Bal Bharati Public School. The camp included a variety of activities like pottery, cooking, dance, sports and swimming.

This was an opportunity for kids to explore their talents and mesmerise everyone with their extraordinary capabilities. The children (3-15year) were divided in four groups. The scorching sun could not dampen the enthusiasm of young swimmers, who learnt various styles, including butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke.

Then there were cookery classes where they were taught how to gratify their taste buds independently. The variety of sandwiches and mouthwatering salads were their favourites. Their creativity came to foreplay in the art and craft section. They were fascinated to see a potter’s wheel, a rare sight these days. They also learnt to make best out of waste when they made useful laptop bags from worn out jeans and beautiful hand bags from old spaghettis.

They also learnt to make attractive pen-holders and envelops.

Children also tried their hands at decorating pots and paintings. They enjoyed their favourite sports like basketball, badminton, table tennis and skating in the presence of expert coaches who gave them tips to improve their techniques. Principal Punam Dogra appreciated those participating in the camp for their performance. She emphasised that children were blessed with innumerable talents by God, most of which remain unexplored in the absence of opportunity and proper guidance.

Honing talent

To enable children channelise their energies and utilise their vacations, a twelve-day summer camp was organised at Radcliffe School. Students of Radcliffe School and various other city schools participated in various activities with great enthusiasm. Ranging between two and eight years, children had a fun time. They were divided into three age groups, including two and three, three and five and five and eight years. Each child was taught according to its age and interest. Children learnt various crafts like pot painting, flower-making, tile-making, pencil holder and clay modelling. They were also taught stencil painting and spray painting. In dance and music, they learnt different foot-tapping numbers, old and new and medley of both. In dramatics, they were given knowledge about basic expressions, language of drama and expression through body language.

On the concluding day of the camp, children presented dances learnt and a skit based on the theme that parents’ quality time was important for proper upbringing of children. An exhibition of items made by these children was also put up for parents.

Workshop for teachers

GNI Public School organised a workshop on “Teaching of English Language” for its primary and pre-primary teachers under the aegis of principal Gurmant Kaur Gill. It was a seven-day workshop, designed with a view to apprise the teachers of the CCE method of teaching English. Nearly 25 teachers participated in the programme, where the focus was on English language enhancement, development of teaching methodology and overall personality development of the teachers.

The content of the programme was designed to develop participants’ communicative and proficiency skills. Emphasis was laid on perfecting the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Extensive grammar practice, instrumental in perfecting the foundation of English was part of the programme.

Career counselling

A city-based NGO, Jan Saksham Foundation (regd), in association with career expert Saksham Katyal and AryaBhatta Tutorials organised a free career counselling session for students of classes IX and X of Spring Bells Day Boarding School. The seminar was started with a sapling planting ceremony on the school premises.

Chairman of the foundation Gurdip Singh emphasised upon the need of planting saplings. Career expert Saksham Katyal was also there to guide students about unconventional career options available to them after Class Xth. He shared his five-point formula for a successful career, which every student needs to apply in his life to secure a bright future.


The name of Prabhsimran Kaur, who topped the city in BCom I examination conducted by Panjab University, was wrongly mentioned as Prabhsharan Kaur. The error is regretted, stated a communique by Government College for Women.

Chabeel organised

Management, principal and staff of Guru Nanak Girls College organised a chabeel on its premises to observe the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal inaugurated the chabeel.


BCom-II students of GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, have secured top positions in Panjab University annual examination. The pass percentage of the college is 95 per cent, with 92 students securing the first division. Rahul Kwatra has topped with 79.1 per cent, Naveen Chander stood second with 78.17 per cent, Aashish Bhatia and Harmandeep Singh Benipal Bagged stood third with 78 per cent.

Pool party

To beat the heat, Guru Nanak Public School, Birmi, organised a pool party. Tiny tots had the best of time while splashing water and having fun with their friends.

Students partied throughout the day. It was a treat for children on a hot summer day. A real beach scene was created for students by spreading sands, chairs, colourful balls, toys, umbrellas and balloons. Students were dressed in colourful swimsuits, sarongs, goggles and hats. They relished juices and snacks.

Summer camp

A 10-day summer camp at Everest Model High School, Giaspura, concluded here yesterday. The motive behind organising the camp was to explore students’ talent.

Various activities like yoga, sports and martial arts were held for students.

Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, presided over the function. The function started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by speech.

Camp ends

The 15-day summer camp concluded at Ryan International School, Dugri. Students got an opportunity to learn bhangra, Bollywood dance, skating and basketball during the camp. The main attraction was exhibition of art and craft by students. They were taught to make key rings, mirrors, bracelets, key holders, hair bands, snake and ladder, glass painting, flower making and pen holders. Students also learnt English conversation skills like extempore, role playing, debates, discussions, picture drawing and object speaking. 

Students excel

Seema, Sapna and Shivani Sharma of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, secured first, second and third positions, respectively by securing 79.47 per cent, 79.39 per cent and 76.08 per cent in BCom second year annual examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The overall result of the college is 100 per cent. Dr Parkash Verma, officiating principal, congratulated the toppers. — TNS



District Scan
Ludhiana Scan
5D experience unveiled in city

Bonzai has unveiled 5D adventure at the cinema of a local mall. A project of Rachit Seksaria and Rohit Kapur, the technology for the same has been outsourced from the United Kingdom. Rachit said, “The moment we got this idea from Disneyland, we planned to work on it.”


Surinder Kaur Dyal, an Akali worker, was today nominated district president of the women wing of Shiromani Akali Dal. She has replaced Kashmir Kaur. Dyal was nominated by Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, state president of the wing, stated a communique here today.


To protest against the suspension of three officials of SCERT in a paper leak case, the united front of Senior School Officers Association today decided to stage a massive protest on June 22 in Jalandhar. Three top officials, including SCERT director Avtar Singh, assistant director, Punjab, and circle education officer, Patiala division, Nabha, Jagtar Singh and Patiala circle education officer Roshan Lal, were suspended in the case. Punjab Government Teachers’ Union state vice-president Balbir Singh Ghuman and Punjab subordinate Services Federation District chief Jarnail Singh said their organisations had decided to stage district wise protests to expose the truth.

Grants distributed

Phillaur: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarwan Singh Phillaur distributed development grants worth Rs 4 crore to about 80 panchayats, including 2.21 crore to 44 panchayats near Phillaur and Rs 1.75 crore in Rurrka block during two functions held in Phillaur and Rurrka yesterday. Phillaur SDM Pritam Singh was also present on the occasion.


Juki India Private Ltd in association with the Knitwear Club organised a seminar on “Line Production and Balancing” on June 10 at the club’s office.

The event aimed at providing guidance to factories on productivity and efficiency.

Production management expert Mayur DN in coordination with Parminder Singh and Kumar J gave tips on how to improve productivity by making participants aware of the importance of line production and balancing, motion ergonomics, problems in bundle production and waste management concepts. An audio-visual presentation made the seminar more comprehensive and self-explanatory. Narinder K Miglani, general secretary, and Charanjiv Singh, secretary, were also present. The feedback received by participants/merchandisers was positive.

Artificial limbs distributed

AMLOH: The local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a free medical camp to distribute artificial limbs among differently abled persons at Ram Leela Trust Hall. A grant of Rs 21,000 was given to the parishad by chairman of 24 Channel TV Labh Singh Ahluwalia. Chairman of the parishad Ashwani Abrol said an ambulance had been arranged by the parishad on the Gobindgarh chowk to ferry accident victims.

— Tribune Reporters



Two booked for Abetment to suicide
 Sought money even after it was paid
Mahesh Sharma

Mullanpur Dakha, June 12
After having booked two moneylenders of Habbowal Kalan under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC for allegedly abetting another resident of the same locality to commit suicide, the local police has initiated probe into sequence of events leading to death of the victim whose body was recovered from a canal near Birmi village a few days ago.

The deceased identified as Amit Kumar had allegedly committed suicide after the suspects continued to demand money even after the entire amount was paid to their father about a month ago.

Vinod Vadhera and Sahil Malhotra, the suspects, though were yet to be arrested; their relatives alleged that the complainants had got them booked with an intention to build pressure for getting the balance amount waived off.

The police had recovered the body of an unidentified youth from a canal near Birmi village a few days ago. The deceased was identified as Amit Kumar of Habbowal, who had been reported missing since June 2. His wife, Preety, had lodged a missing report at the Model Town police station.

Investigation by a police team led by SHO Prem Singh revealed that Amit Kumar had borrowed Rs 2.30 lakh from the suspects a few years ago.

According to Naresh Kumar, deceased’s father and complainant, the principle amount had increased to Rs 15 lakh, though Amit had been paying the interest from time to time.

Amit used to remain upset after the moneylenders started threatening him of dire consequences in case the principle and accrued interest was not paid immediately.

Both parties met on March 31. Naresh Kumar paid Rs 5 lakh as final settlement during the meeting. But the suspects allegedly continued seek more money.

Feeling trapped in vicious cycle of interest and swollen principle, Amit Kumar left his house on June and his body was recovered from the canal a few days later. 



Biker killed
Our Correspondent

Khamano, June 12
A motorcycle-borne person was killed and another was seriously injured in a road accident near Ranwan village on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near here last night.

According to information, Jagjit Singh, a resident of Ghungrali village, was going towards Morinda on his motorcycle with another person Saudager Singh. When they reached near Ranwan village an unidentified vehicle hit them and they fell on the ground.

Jagjit Singh, who was driving the motorcycle, died on the spot while Saudager Singh was seriously injured. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Khamano.



City cagers humble Faridkot
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) overwhelmed Faridkot 71-20 to storm into the semifinal league in the boy’s section on the third day of the 62nd Junior Punjab State Basketball Championship being played at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here.

Players in action during a match between Ludhiana and Amritsar in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Players in action during a match between Ludhiana and Amritsar in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

In another quarterfinal encounter, Amritsar stunned favourites Mansa 65-63 to book their berth in the last four stage.

It was a nail-biting finish and players of both the sides fought a pitched battle for each point and a mistake in the dying moments by Mansa player Jaspreet Singh, who lost ball possession, cost them the match by a wafer-thin margin.

In the girl’s section (semifinal league), reigning champions, Jalandhar, were made to struggle by Kapurthala. The lead was changing hands often as Kapurthala were leading 9-8 at the end of first quarter, but Jalandhar girls wiped out the deficit and gained three-point lead (23-20) at half time.

Last year’s champions Jalandhar toiled hard in the third and fourth quarters to prevail upon their spirited rivals 40-39.

In the second semifinal league match, hosts and last year’s runners up Ludhiana were stretched by Amritsar girls and finally the former won it 62-54 due to some consistent shooting by international Nagma Mirza who alone contributed as many as 36 points to her team.



Hockey camp at Jarkhar 
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
To promote the game of hockey at grass root level across the state, Surjit Hockey Society, Jalandhar has started a programme 'Play Hockey' during which upcoming hockey players are being imparted training at different venues. The programme has received an overwhelming response at all the places where the camps are held.

A training-cum-coaching camp in this regard started at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village near here today. The talented boys under the age groups of 14 and 17 attended the camp which would continue till June 30.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, an organiser of the camp informed that coaches Harminder Pal Singh and Gurstatinder Singh taught points to the budding players. "Sports kits and other necessary equipments would be provided to these campers on the conculding day of this camp," said Jarkhar.

Chairman, Jarkhar Hockey Academy, Paramjeet Singh Neetu, vice chairman, Satinder Singh Gill, secretary, Zora Singh, Ranjit Singh Deol, Pehalwan Harmail Singh, Sarpanch Dapinder Singh and Surinder Pal Singh were present on this 



Kila Raipur XI, Jarkhar Seniors in semis
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Kila Raipur XI and Jarkhar Seniors Taj Resorts XI wrapped up their matches to enter semifinals in the senior section of the second edition of the Prithipal Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised by the Jarkhar Hockey Academy and Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village, near here, today.

Kila Raipur XI scored an emphatic 5-0 win over Gill Club, Ghawadi, while Jarkhar Seniors Taj Resorts XI survived many anxious moments before romping home winners 5-3 to book their places in the last four stages.

The match played between Kila Raipur XI and Gill Club of Ghawadi turned out to be a mismatch as the former came out triumphant (5-0) without being challenged.

Kila Raipur XI surged ahead in the seventh minute when Master Kuljeet Singh found the target and he increased the lead six minutes later. In the 24th minute, Balwinder Singh consolidated the lead (3-0), while Kuljeet Singh Kala made it 4-0 in the 32nd minute. Gurdeep Singh struck in the 37th minute which sealed Gill Club's fate.

In the second match (senior), Jarkhar Seniors Taj Resorts XI quelled a strong resistance from Sunday Morning Club of Ludhiana whom they eventually overpowered 5-3.

Sunday Morning Club earned lead in the ninth minute as Lakhwinder Singh sounded the board. However, Gagandeep Singh of Jarkhar Seniors restored parity in the 14th minute.

Jarkhar Seniors went into lead in the 27th minute through Sarpanch Dapinder Singh. They cemented the lead in the 29th minute when captain Gursatinder scored an excellent goal to read it 3-1.

Sunday Morning Club reduced the margin (3-2) in the 30th minute through Sukhwinder Singh, but conceded another goal in the 38th minute as Dapinder Singh struck again to make it 4-2.

Jarkhar Seniors added one more goal in the 39th minute through Tajinder Singh which read 5-2. Sunday Morning Club scored third goal in the 47th minute which came off Gurdeep Singh's stick (5-3).

In the match played in the junior section, Sudhar Sports Wing beat Kila Raipur 'B' 5-1 and Jagtar XI, Jarkhar, defeated Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, 5-3 to advance into the next round. Satinder Singh Gill Kaka (Canada), Gurpreet Singh Gill, general secretary, Youth Congress, were the guests of honour today. Office-bearers of the Jarkhar Hockey Academy and Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association were present there to encourage the players.



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