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honour killing
Ex-councillor convicted
Had shot dead daughter, lover in 2005
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 9
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Karamjit Singh Kang today convicted Ravinder Sabharwal (45), alias Neeta, a former councillor of Jagraon, of killing his daughter and her lover in the name of honour.

The accused had been facing charges of shooting his daughter Rajni and her lover Rajesh Kumar of Jagraon.

Delivering the verdict, the court held that the guilt of the accused had been proved beyond any shadow of doubt. However, the court reserved the pronouncement of sentence till July 11.

A case under Sections 302, 452 and 34 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused at the Jagraon police station on January 14, 2005 on the complaint of Rajesh Kumar’s brother Rakesh Kumar.

Accused’s nephew Amit Sabharwal, alias Kala, was also named in the FIR but not indicted. He was declared innocent in an enquiry conducted by the crime branch.

In his complaint to the police, the complainant had stated that he along with his family members was at his house on January 14, 2005 when around 11.15 am, Sabharwal’s daughter Rajni, who was having an affair with his brother, walked in. Their marriage was fixed for January 30, 2005.

The girl’s father and another co-accused were against the marriage. They used to threaten that they would not allow the marriage to go ahead.

The two accused — Sabharwal and Kala — followed the girl into the complaint’s house. Sabharwal was carrying a revolver.

Kala screamed to separate the girl from the boy, he added. “We tried to stop them. In the meantime, Ravinder fired a shot from his revolver, which hit the girl in the chest. Thereafter, he fired two more shots at her,” added the complainant.

When the complainant’s brother tried to run away, he was caught by Kala. The girl’s father reloaded his revolver and fired two shots at the boy. “My brother fell on the ground. We raised the alarm but the accused fled the scene,” the complainant added.

The girl died on the spot, while the boy was taken to the local civil hospital where he succumbed his injuries.

The police had arrested the accused Ravinder the same day and recovered a .32 bore revolver along with three cartridges. The prosecution examined 13 witnesses in the case.


Girlchild gets biased treatment from the word go
A survey of CMCH reveals that parents of girls from lower income group or below poverty line families compromise with health of their daughters, but not their sons
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune New Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Although the state health department has implemented the PNDT Act for balancing the male-female ratio in the state, the fact remains that girls are getting biased treatment from the neonatal stage in the city hospitals.

These form the findings of the paediatrics department of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), as it receives 70 per cent boys suffering from different disease in the department, while only 30 per cent girls are brought for treatment.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Gurmeet Kaur, head of the CMCH’s paediatrics department said, “We analysed the data of the past 10 years of our department and observed that parents of girls who come from both the low income class and those below poverty line compromise with the ill-health of their daughters, but never do so with their sons. In the year 2009, we received 75 per cent male children in the first month of life, and in Intensive Care Unit, we received 69 percent males, in casualty, the figure was 62 per cent male children, in OPD, it was 66 per cent, and in general OPD, it was 60 per cent. The number has decreased a little, as in the year 1999, we received 83 per cent males in the first month of life and in 2010, we received 68 per cent boys in the first month of life, yet the gap of percentage between the treatment of male and female is too big."

The upper and middle class also have this sort of attitude, but it is comparatively less.

Dr Kaur,”Many times, parents bring their female children ailing with different diseases. But when we ask them to get the child admitted, they refuse and make lame excuses like “she will recover at home on her own”. However, for a sick male child, they do not take any risk and themselves come with requests like “if required, please admit our son and save him".

Mindset needs to be changed

The mindset here is still male- dominated, although it is changing gradually. We usually come across many parents who ignore giving proper treatment to the girlchild but leave no stone unturned for the relief of a sick male child. Even at the neonatal stage, sick female children are not given required health attention by such parents.

Dr Atul Goel, associate professor, paediatrics, CMCH



Pricey vegetables pinch common man
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Tomatoes are being sold at Rs 35 per kilogram in the city. In posh localities like Civil Lines, Sarabha Nagar, Gurdev Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar it is being sold for Rs 40 by the vendors. Not just tomatoes, but prices of other vegetables like potato, peas, cauliflower and bottle gourd have made a hole in the common man’s pocket. “Prices of vegetables are not expected to reduce till next month,” a vegetable retailer said.

Gurmeet Singh, a vendor, who sells vegetables in Civil Lines area, said prices of vegetables, especially tomatoes, have risen due to the monsoon, marriage season and damage to crops due to excessive rain. About a week ago, tomatoes were available for anything between Rs 10 and Rs 12. But, these were sold for anything between Rs 35 and Rs 40 in the city.

Sudha Narula, a homemaker, said, “It is difficult to run the household due to steep rise in the prices of vegetables. Even basic vegetables like tomatoes, beans, bottle gourd etc are being sold at exorbitant rates.”



Mediation proves fatal for auto driver
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
An auto-rickshaw driver, who tried to mediate in dispute between drug addicts, was stabbed to death in the Daba area.

This incident took place at around 9.30 pm last night when Baljinder Pal (29), a resident of Pakhar Colony in Daba, was returning home on his auto-rickshaw. As soon as he reached near a plot in Daba his auto-rickshaw developed snag and he stopped to check it.

Meanwhile, drug addict identified as Manjeet Singh jumped into his auto and told him to sped away. On being asked, Manjeet told him that he had a fight with Balwinder Singh and Chaman Sharma while they were taking drugs.

Manjeet told Baljinder that they were after his life. He, somehow, managed to save himself by escaping from the spot.

Jagraj Pal, brother of the victim, said, “As Baljinder knew Balwinder and Chaman, he approached and asked them to resolve the issue. But Balwinder and Chaman attacked my brother with sharp-edged weapons and fled.”

People took him to Oswal Cancer Hospital. Baljinder succumbed to his injuries in the hospital today.



Private colleges ‘not prepared’ to make learner's licences
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The state government's move to ask colleges - both private and government - to make learner's licences of college students on their campuses has not gone down well with college managements.

Though government college authorities have said that they were all "ready" to do the job, the idea has not found favour with private college managements who feel that it was an "unnecessary burden" put on them by the government to which they "could not refuse".

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, principal of a boys college here said that the duties which the District Transport Department (DTO) could not perform well were being transferred to us. "None of the private college management is ready to bear the unnecessary burden, but we cannot say no to the government. We have no other option but to adhere to their decision," he said, adding that if they refused to oblige the department or government, they would land themselves in trouble.

The principal of a leading girls college in the city said now the college management had to hire a worker specially to do the job. "This person will be given the forms to submit it to the DTO by standing in long waiting queues. Again afterwards, the person will collect the learners' licences from the department and bring back to the college authorities. This has been a matter of concern for the college authorities. We will not be paid anything to do the job. They can ask the government college authorities to do the job, but we are all self-managed institutes. The government must not force us to do their work," rued the principal.

It may be mentioned that the DTO had convened two-three meetings with the college authorities to know about their "consent". A majority of the colleges are still to give their nod to the DTO but the department is ready to put the colleges on duty (of making licences) by next week.

Ashwani Kumar, DTO, said the department had started getting the consent of colleges. "We expect to start the work within 8-10 days in colleges," he said. When asked that many college authorities were not ready to perform the job, Ashwani Sharma said, "They must not consider it a burden. It will be an easy service to their students. But there is no compulsion and we are not forcing anyone to perform the duty."



Real to reel world
Budding artistes make silent comedy film
Lack of resources no handicap for them; American director Tokamachi source of inspiration
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July9
Eight budding city-based artistes have come up with a silent comedy movie. They accomplished this task without any professional training and made the nine- minute-long movie without spending a single penny on it.

The group comprising Amarpal, Sarvottam, Lavish, Lakshay, Abhishek, Rajneesh and “Infinity Band”, a musical band launched by a few of them, has come up with “Theft that never was”, a silent comedy movie.

Rai Yuvraj Singh, director of the movie, who has just passed Class XII from GRD Academy said, “The script has been written by Amarpal. Rajneesh composed and directed the music for it. Lakshay and Abhishek were the cinematographers.”

The film is based on a story of two thieves, who break into a house, act foolishly and land in trouble. They are finally caught in a funny situation by the house owner, a man with big moustache. The jazz music adds spice to the comedy and reminds one of Charlie Chaplin’s comedies.

Although these boys were not professional, they directed the short film using handicam and SLR camera. Simple handmade lighting equipment was used in the film. It took two weeks to make the film and was shot at Rai Yuvraj Singh’s residence in Civil Lines.

Amarpal said: “We launched our band in 2008.We have given four or five performances. Rajneesh Sharma is the music director of the band.”

Yuvraj said: “We launched this band with an aim to perform at the international level one day. Although, I am going to Mumbai now for my direction course, our band will keep performing.”

Yuvraj Singh said, “I am fond of writing and singing. I have been singing English numbers since 2009. I am going to Mumbai to join a two-year diploma course in film direction. Three months ago, I started communicating with Samah Tokamachi, an American director on Internet. He inspired me to make short films. I have also sent this film to my teachers in Mumbai, who appreciated it a lot. Tokamachi, too, liked it.”



Disabled revel in Sukhbir’s birthday bash
Beneficiaries brought to the venue in AC buses; 1,100 given tricycles followed by feast
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service
A group of physcally-challenged people, who were ferried in an air-conditioned bus, arrive at the venue of a function organised to celebrate the birthday of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal; A beneficiary being carried by a relative; and a family is elated on receving a tricycle in Ludhiana on Saturday
Clockwise: A group of physcally-challenged people, who were ferried in an air-conditioned bus, arrive at the venue of a function organised to celebrate the birthday of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal; A beneficiary being carried by a relative; and a family is elated on receving a tricycle in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 9
Tricycles, T-shirts and a grand feast awaited over 1,100 physically challenged persons who were ferried from all over the state to the city in air-conditioned buses especially for Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s birthday celebrations, organised by the Youth Akali Dal, here today.

His 49th birthday proved to be a blessing for a large number of physically challenged persons, especially those from Amritsar who were driven into the city in an AC bus by Sukhbir’s brother-in-law and Youth Akali Dal president Bikramjit Singh Majithia.

Though they had to brave the heat in the grounds of the multipurpose sports hall for over three hours - as leaders belted out one speech after the other - after being distributed the tricycles, it was a day to remember for these people.

“I wish Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had 100 sons. This way we would have had 100 reasons - their birthdays - to remember him by every year,” said Sarabjeet Kaur, a resident of Kammokke village in Amritsar, adding that she was grateful that son got a tricycle.

With a sparkle in their eyes, a number of beneficiaries were seen admiring their new tricycles, painted in SAD’s trademark blue colour, bearing its election symbol in orange on the mudguards and rear of the seats.

“This tricycle would come in handy. It would have been better had they given me a pair of crutches as well,” remarked Pali Singh of Rasulda village in Ludhiana.

After getting their gifts, they had a feast with food and desserts especially arranged for them.

Some of them enjoyed feasting on ice cream candies. “I had four ice creams today,” said Harjit Singh from Faridkot.

It was also a day for SAD and YAD leaders from the city to make their presence felt. Nobody wanted to miss the occasion. Majithia, too, braved the sun for three hours to make the function, followed by the feast for the participants, a success.

City’s Youth Akali Dal president Simarjit Singh Bains ensured that there were no loose ends this time. Sources said it was a do-or-die battle for him, as two functions in the past, from which he was kept away, were not successful.


Heat leaves them speechless

The hot and sultry weather proved to be a damper as the beneficiaries and their relatives sweated it out in the scorching sun for three hours as leaders belted out one speech after the other.

Boxer Vijendra honoured

Ace boxer and Olympic silver medallist Vijendra was honoured at the function. Youth Akali Dal president Bikramjit Singh Majithia said youth, especially sportspersons, could do wonders without depending on dope.

No tricycles on buses, please!

The tricycles were taken back from the beneficiaries who had travelled from other parts of the state. Reason: As most were ferried in buses, the organisers said the recipients could not transport the tricycles with them on the bus.

Low-key affair for Gabria

Jails Minister Hira Singh Gabria, who celebrated Sukhbir’s birthday by organising an Akhand Path in his office, was among the first ones to leave the venue. It was a low-key affair for Gabria, a critic of city Youth Akali Dal chief Simarjit Singh Bains, as the function was dominated by Bains and his supporters. He left the venue soon after.

Some not so lucky

The build up to the tricycle distribution function to the disabled on Sukhbir’s birthday proved counterproductive for the organisers as a large number of people who were not registered with the Youth Akali Dal reached the venue to get a tricycle. As the tricycles were being given on a first-come-first-served basis, many of whom who had come from other parts of the state, were left disappointed as their counterparts from the city were given their share of tricycles. Bikramjit Singh Majithia later announced that those who were not registered with the wing would be given tricycles after a fortnight.



Tricycles won’t take SAD far: Beneficiaries
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Will the gifting of tricycles followed by a feast on Sukhbir’s birthday translate into votes for the Shiromani Akali Dal? The answer to the question posed by The Tribune to a number of beneficiaries was in the negative.

While Youth Akali Dal president Bikramjit Singh Majithia asserted that it was not a political function, the colour of the tricycles and party’s symbols on the bikes suggested otherwise. However, most of the beneficiaries said they would not vote on the basis of the gift.

“I will not vote in favour of a party just because it has gifted me a tricycle. I have to see what all the specific party has done for the common man during its regime,” said Bhupinder Singh, a 35-year-old physically challenged tailor from Wadala Bangar village in Batala.

The beneficiaries, who were mostly from below poverty line families, came up with surprising answers when they said such gifts would do little to appease them to cast their ballot in anybody’s favour.

“I do not have a job. I passed class 12 four years ago and am still jobless. I want employment. The state should think about people like me who cannot even walk,” said Gaganjit Singh, a 25-year-old polio-afflicted youth from Dharamkot, Moga.

Anoop Singh, a 60-year-old from Guru Har Sahay, who lost his leg as he could not afford a surgery after suffering a fracture, said: “The state government should have taken care of me. I was a daily wager till eight years ago. I haven’t worked ever since. My wife works as a domestic help and we barely manage to make two ends meet. Where is the healthcare for the poor?”

Som Kaur, a 12-year-old, who is 100 per cent disabled, has been struggling to get his disability pension.

Ravinder Singh, an 18-year-old from Kamokke, Amritsar, had to get his left leg amputated because he developed cancer in the knee. “My mother borrowed Rs 50,000 for the treatment and now we are under debt. How will I pay the money back? Can anyone help me out of this mess?” he said.



PU quashes principal’s appointment
College to move court
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
After the Panjab University administration quashed the appointment of Shiv Mohan Sharma as principal of the city’s Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, an affiliated institution, the college’s managing committee has decided to contest the varsity’s order in court.

Sharma reportedly became principal of the college in May. After RL Behal, the former principal, quit to join Shri Aurobindo College for Commerce, the college’s senior most faculty member, Mohammad Salim of the economics department was appointed officiating principal in accordance with the regulations.

During this time, the college administration advertised the post of principal and several eligible candidates applied. A three-member committee set up by PU, which included BD Budhiraja, a member nominated by the president of the college managing committee, Sunil Aggarwal, conducted interviews of the candidates and Sharma was unanimously appointed to the position.

According to regulations, Sharma’s case was forwarded for approval to the PU administration but the latter quashed the appointment. The college managing committee about four or five days ago received the letter.

Aggarwal said if the PU administration had any reservations about Sharma it could have raised it at the time of the interviews or when he was formally appointed.

“The PU administration is now objecting over the member nominated by president at the time of interview. I, being the president have the right to nominate anyone to sit at the time of interviews,” said Aggarwal.


The Panjab University is yet to take a final decision on Sharma’s appointment. We have come across discrepancies regarding his appointment, on the basis of which it has to be quashed~

Naval Kishor, dean, Panjab University’s College Development Council



Printing press destroyed in fire
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 9
A large number of goods were destroyed in a fire that broke out in a printing press at around 8 pm last night.

Jasbir Singh, owner of Sidana Printing Press, situated on Old Sabzi Mandi road, said, “ I went to my house after closing the shop at about 7.30 pm last night. After about 30 minutes, a few shopkeepers rang me up to inform about smoke rising from my shop. I immediately rushed towards my shop and opened it. BY that time, a large number of goods were destroyed in the fire.”

Jasbir Singh claimed to have lost two computers, a printing machine and a huge quantity of stationary in the fire. The fire broke out due to short circuit.

A large number of people gathered on the spot and doused the flames with the help of buckets and other household containers. It took more than an hour to control the fire.



Overage criminals’ good times to end
To be shifted from juvenile homes to prisons
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
A large number of shrewd criminals have escaped rigorous jail terms in the Central and Borstal jails on the pretext of being minor although they were aged more than 18.

But their “good times” might prove to be shortlived, as Women and Child Development and Social Security Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla has identified 36 such criminals, who are enjoying their stay in three juvenile homes in the state by claiming themselves to be minors.

A majority of these overage criminals are enjoying “aristocratic facilities” in the observation home run by the Department Social Securities for juvenile criminals in Shimlapuri.

The minister said these criminals take advantage of legal lacunae and project that they were minors when they had committed the crime.

“We had received complaints about the overage criminals, who are and “exploiting” the children and spoiling them. Following which we told the department to prepare a list of such overage criminals so that they could be sent to bigger prisons,” said the Minister.

The minister said these overage criminals give a tough time the to cops while being taken to court for hearing. They try to escape or sneak in drugs inside juvenile home.

The menace of overage criminals staying in juvenile homes came to fore in June last year when out of eight criminals who escaped from the police custody two were found to be over 18. Later when the inmates were caught by city police and Mohali police following raids they confessed before the juvenile home authorities that the overage criminals had hatched the escape bid.

Sources in the juvenile home said, “Nearly 10 criminals, who are presently lodged in the juvenile home, are more than 18 years of age.”

He added that they were enjoying the facilities of the juvenile home, as the department did not get their real age assessed through a medical examination conducted during at the time of their arrest. The reason best known to the social securities department.

Life in observation home

The inmates are imparted education and made self-reliant by being taught how to make handicraft or other skilled works. Several other norms and rules for the inmates are relaxed in comparison to life inside Central and Borstal jails.

What law says

Senior police officials said these criminals were taking advantage of the Juvenile Justice Act. As per the Act, if a criminal was below 18 years when the crime was committed, he would stay in the juvenile home till completion of his punishment.



Harassment by LIT
Complainant seeks action against erring officials
Mahesh Sharma

Ludhiana, July 9
Accusing officials of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) of harassing her unnecessarily in getting her residential plot under 475 Acre Scheme at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar over 14 years ago, the owner has urged higher authorities, including the Punjab Chief Minister and authorities in the department of housing and urban development, to probe the matter and initiate action against erring officials.

Claiming that she had completed all formalities, according to dictates of officials from time to time, the complainant alleged that she had been harassed unnecessarily, as she had refused to grease their palms.

While she has already submitted sworn affidavit to undertake construction within stipulated period, four months after depositing Rs 1,80,125 as non-construction and development charges, she has now been asked to produce a housing loan sanction letter from some bank.

Denying allegations levelled by the complainant, the executive official of the organisation maintained that the allottee was required either to transform the plot into or a dwelling unit of produce bank loan certificate before getting the deed registered in his or her name.

In a communiqué addressed to higher authorities, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, secretary department of housing and urban development and Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Darshana Sharma of Durgapuri area has demanded a probe into alleged harassment meted to her in getting her plot transferred in her name.

Though she could not undertake construction of the plot due to frequent transfers of her husband from one place to another, she was harassed unnecessarily when she tried to get the plot registered in her name.

Repenting that she could have better got the work done through some agent, Sharma regretted that she, along with other members of her family, was made to shuttle between various offices to complete formalities for getting non-construction charges and development charges deposited at the office.

“Though we were made to understand that title deed will be got registered in her name immediately after deposition of the calculated amount, our status remained unchanged even after four months,” said Sharma lamenting that she was put off on fake excuse every time she visited the LIT office to inquire the status of her case.

Though Sharma had seen a ray of hope when she was called for identification, done prior to the registration of the sale deed, she was shocked to receive a communication recently advising her to produce loan sanction certificate from some bank.

“I fail to understand from where I should produce a loan certificate when I don’t want to avail a loan,” argued Sharma.



From schools and colleges

Meritorious students awarded
Students of Sat Paul Mittal School perform
meritorious students display their awards during the prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Saturday
Students of Sat Paul Mittal School perform; and (below) meritorious students display their awards during the prize distribution function in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

LUDHIANA: Students of Sat Paul Mittal School have once again brought laurels to the school with a remarkable Class X board result. To honour the meritorious students of Class X, a prize distribution ceremony was organised on Saturday. The school management offered prizes and incentives to the deserving students. A scholarship of Rs 10,000 was awarded to students, who had secured 89.6 per cent and above marks and prize money of Rs 5,000 for the students, who had secured between 84.6 per cent to 89.5 per cent marks.

Prize money of Rs 5,000 was also awarded to the students scoring 100 per cent marks in various subjects. Lt Col Dr DB Sharma, director, Sat Paul Mittal School, welcomed chief guest Rakesh Bharti Mittal, chairman, governing council, who honoured and presented cash prizes to the meritorious students. A cultural extravaganza was presented by the students wherein a prayer dance, kalbalia dance and a medley on various songs was presented.

Rung bharo contest

Chandanbir Kaur of Dashmesh Public School, Tahliana Sahib, Raikot, Harpreet Kaur of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Dugri, and Ramandeep Kaur of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, secured top positions in the “rung bharo competition” organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana zone, in which 2,000 students from 25 schools of Ludhiana district participated. Avon Ranger Cycle will be given to the topper and winners will got many attractive prizes like piano, wrist watches, carrom board, electric goods and sports equipment. In the first group, Ankita of DAV Public School, Chetanpreet of Guru Nanak Bal Vikas Kender, Jagraon, Parneet Kaur of Dashmesh Elementary School, Kes Kumari of Shivalik International Public School got second, third, fourth and fifth position, respectively. Archna of Girls Public Sen Sec School, Muradpura, Ridhi, Sherya and Ishika of DAV School, BRS Nagar, Jasdeep Singh of Nankana Public School, Essru, Agam Rai of Alpine International School and Manveer Singh of Guru Hargobind Public School, Sidhwan Khurd, got special prizes.

In the second group, Noorpartap of DAV Public School, Arshpreet Kaur of Guru Hargobind Khalsa School, Bahadhurgarh, Ratandeep Kaur of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Dugri, Ruby of Guru Nanak Bal Vikas Kender, Jagraon, got second, third and fifth position, respectively. Vaishnavi of Guru Nanak International Public School, BRS Nagar, Harmanpreet Kaur of Nankana Sahib Pub Sen Sec School, Fatehgarh Jattan, and Gurnoor Singh of Nankana Sahib Pub Sen Sec School, Kot Gangurai, Sarabjot Kaur of PG Model School, Aasi Kalan, Gurleen Kaur of Sargodha Khalsa Girls School, Kamalpreet Kaur of GGN Public School got special prizes.

In the third group, Gourav Bansal, Guru Hargobind Public School, Sidhwan Khurd, Mehak Govt High School Jawadi, Dhiriti DAV School, BRS Nagar, Roohdeep Kaur of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Dugri, got second, third, fourth and fifth position, respectively. Manmeet Kaur of Nankana Sahib Pub Sen Sec School, Kot Gangurai, Jashandeep Kaur of Nankana Public School, Essru, Prabhjot Kaur of Nankana Public School, Rampur, Sanveer Singh, Nankana Public Sen Sec School, Killa Raipur, Naina Rajprohit of Alpine International School, Amritpal Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadhur School, Dakha, and Swati Saini Public School got special prizes.

NCC camp

The annual camp of the 3 Punjab Battalion NCC was held at the Government College for Boys. Near about 500 cadets participated from various schools of Ludhiana. Cadets of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bypass, Ludhiana, participated in this camp. Twenty-five NCC cadets participated in various activities and emerged out with flying colours. In the painting competition, Prafulit Singla stood first, Bhanu Sachdeva stood second and Vimmy Soin bagged third prize. In declamation, Bhanu Sachdeva stood first, Monisha Sikka stood second and Vimmy Soin stood third. In drill, Vimmy was declared third. Kunal, Rohit, Hemant Kalsi and Dishant emerged out victorious in football matches. Two cadets of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School have been selected as TSC.

Scholarship announced

It is a proud moment for BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, that eight students of the school have been selected for scholarship under Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research managed by the department of ministry of science and technology. Students will be getting Rs 80,000 per year till they pursue their higher studies in any institution. This innovative step by the CBSE has been appreciated by all, as it would serve as an encouragement to other students to prove their excellence to get this recognition and reward in the board examination. — TNS



Metro rail project
Govt surviving on lies: DCC chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 9
Putting a question mark on the metro rail project for the city, approved recently by the Punjab government, District Congress Committee (DCC) president Pawan Dewan questioned the efficacy of the state government - which had failed to launch the city bus service during its last four and half years of rule in the state despite having been provided with funds by the Centre - in running the metro rail, which required thousands of crores of rupees.

Addressing a series of meetings in different wards of the city here today, the DCC president said the government was only surviving on lies. He said while it had failed the whole of Punjab, the situation in urban areas was deplorable.

Referring to the tall claims of the government about having brought in development, Dewan said: “It took this government four and half years to approve the decision about running a metro in Ludhiana. That too, at a time when it became clear to the ruling combine that it would be demitting office in six months from now.”

He maintained that the people of the state had realised that the government had nothing to offer to them except lies and pipe dreams. He said the recent bandh call given against the price hike had been deservingly rejected by the people of the state.

“They (the government) stand exposed as on the one hand they impose heavy tax on petrol, on the other hand they submit memorandum to the Governor against inflation and price rise.”

Sushil Malhotra, Sudhir Sayal, Gurdeep Singh Ahluwalia, Davinder Singh Barewal, Karan Kalia and Navneesh Malhotra were among those present.



270 get school uniforms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
“We must come to the rescue of poor and needy. They need our love, affection and care. The meritorious students belonging to the needy and poor families must be encouraged by society,” these views were expressed by Harish Rai Dhanda, chairman Punjab Public Service Commission, here while distributing uniforms to needy students of Government High and Primary School, Ambedkar Nagar.

A total of 270 school students were distributed uniforms and shoes. He appreciated the efforts being taken by the chairman of the managing committee of school, Dr Surjit Singh. He said the management was serving for the cause of humanity.



‘Govt keen to promote vegetable farming’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
During his visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr BS Sidhu, director of agriculture, Punjab, said the government was keen to promote vegetable growing in the state.

Sharing details, he said Ludhiana had been earmarked for promoting vegetables in clusters of identified villages and added that with a budget layout of Rs 12.5 crore, vegetable farmers will be provided with financial support of Rs 33,000 per hectare within 40-kilometer radius. Dr Sidhu disclosed that there was a plan for developing nutrition gardens in the villages, each garden with 10 fruit trees, seasonal vegetables and pulses. The farmers of other districts will derive motivation from Ludhiana district, he said.

Dr Sidhu further said the government would make efforts to popularise farm literature in every village of Punjab.

He further added that with the help of new technologies, the wheat production had made a record and for this, the state had been bestowed with a national award. Punjab, for the first time after green revolution era, had produced 164.75 lakh metric tonne of wheat and had contributed significantly toward the national pool of foodgrains, said Dr Sidhu, adding that this time 110.93 lakh metric tonne of wheat had been purchased. Discussing about pesticide use in agriculture, Dr Sidhu highlighted that 49 per cent pesticides were used on cotton and that with the growing of Bt Cotton, the use had been reduced by 70 per cent.



Youth commits suicide

Khanna, July 9
A married youth of Khanna committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver last night. The youth, identified as Jagjit Pal Singh (27), a resident of Guru Angad Dev Nagar, Khanna, was in a drunken state and had some quarrel with one of his family members.

At about 11.30 pm last night, he took out the licenced revolver of his father and fired a shot into his head. He was seriously injured and was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Khanna, from where he was referred to DMCH, Ludhiana, where he succumbed to his injury. — OC



Tricycles given to physically challenged persons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The Bhagwan Mahavir Sewa Sansthan, a non-government organisation, distributed free tricycles to five physically challenged during a camp today at the residence of health and family welfare minister Satpal Gosain at Kidwai Nagar.

Addressing the gathering, NGO president Rakesh Jain said, “Our organisation has already got 450 patients of polio operated and distributed them the required artificial limbs and hearing aids, etc.”

Appreciating the services of the NGO, Gosain said he would help all those who would help the needy persons. The award of honour was given to Dr Pawan Dhingra, Taraun Jain Bawa, Pran Gupta, Jagpreet Singh, etc.



Tomato Fiesta at GGNIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The hotel management department of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised “Tomato Fiesta” for its students today.

The GGNIMT management had planned to organise this festival 20 days ago when the tomatoes were easily available for anything between Rs 10 and Rs 12 per kg. Since it was not possible to postpone the programme, chef Mandeep Singh used tomato puree in most of the dishes instead of fresh tomatoes.

“Initially we had planned to buy 1.5 quintal of tomatoes earlier for preparing 25 dishes. But the pricey tomatoes failed to deter the chef. He decided to purchase 45 kilograms of fresh tomatoes and for rest puree and paste. The constancy of paste is much thicker. Six kilogram of paste is equivalent to about 60 kilograms of fresh tomatoes,” added Mandeep Singh.

Meanwhile, the department prepared sumptuous tomato appetizers and dishes. These were complete blend of Thai, Mexican, Lebanese and French cuisines. The guests were served various types of tomato salads like tomato and hung curd salad, tomato and lettuce salad with Caesar dressing, tossed summer salad, Thai som-tam salad etc. Besides, chilled tomato and pumpkin soup with potato dices and spicy tomato and pepper soup with hint of garlic were served chilled to guests.

Former PAU dean, Dr MS Dhillon, was the chief guest.



Talwandi junior meets victim’s family

Jagraon, July 9
Jagjit Singh Talwandi, son of former SAD president Ranjit Singh Talwandi, met family members of the honour-killing victim-Gagandeep Singh-in his residence at Lamma Jattpura village.

Talwandi promised to support the family and warned the local police against excluding names of the accused due to political pressure. —OC



Conman caught duping youths
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The city police has arrested a Jalandhar-based con man for duping innocent youths and pocketing over Rs 24 lakh in the past two years by placing fake advertisements in newspapers. Ranjit Chauhan (34) used to insert placement advertisements in vernacular newspapers for hiring youths for a massage parlour.

In the advertisements, he used to make claims that he enjoyed links in the education department and universities. He would dupe innocent persons by claiming that he would get them through supplementary examinations.

During interrogation, Ranjit Chauhan said he lost money when he was lured by a placement agency through an advertisement two years ago. The advertisement was about a massage parlour.

Ranjit submitted Rs 1,000 with the placement agency but neither the money nor the job offer came through. A friend then told him that he had been duped.

However, the incident gave him an idea of making instant money. He along with his brother-in-law started placing advertisements in vernacular newspapers for the recruitment of young men for a massage parlour.

He used to give his mobile numbers in the advertisement. When the aspirants contacted him, he used to ask them to deposit Rs 1,000 as interview fee in his bank account.

For the purpose, he had opened an account in a nationalised bank in Jalandhar using fake identity.



Phillaur lad ‘gunning’ for glory
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Winner of over half a dozen medals in the National Shooting Championship at Delhi in January, Akshay Jain, a student of DRV DAV College, Phillaur, is now aiming for “Gun for Glory” — a shooting championship to be held at Pune in the first week of August.

Talking to The Tribune, Akshay who recently returned from Czech Republic after taking part in an international championship, said: “All top national shooters will participate in ‘Gun for Glory’. I am also packing my bags to attend a training camp before this camp at Pune and hope to make my mark.”

In July last year, this budding shooter achieved the first rank in India and at climbed up to the 19th position in the world in ISSF (International Shooting Sports Federation) World Shooting Championship at Munich, Germany.

On his trip to Czech Republic, Akshay said: “I participated in two events — free pistol and 10 m air pistol — but my score was average. The Sports Authority of India did not organise junior training camp before this event, which was badly needed. But I am not feeling exhausted and hope to come out with flying colours in ‘Gun for Glory’ being held in Pune from August 3 to August 9.”

Akshay who took part in an international shooting competition in May last year at Shoul, Germany, said: “I participated in two events and was ranked 21 in the world and seven in the team. But in the world championship, I improved my ranking from 21 to 19 at the world level and six from seven in the team. I attended both these championships at my own expense as the ministry of sports did not sponsor me. The National Rifle Association of India had recommended the names of 30 shooters for sponsorship but only nine got through. I was told to arrange for my ticket just a day before the competition. I had to pay double the fare. The competitions cost me around Rs 1.5 lakh each. But I had no way out.”

Akshay, who is pursuing BCom (second year), said: “I am grateful to my college principal Dr Karan Sharma for recognising my talent and giving me stipend. I want to break the record of Abhinav Bindra by winning two gold medals in the Olympics.”

Picked up at an an early age

Akshay practises two to three hours daily and puts in extra hours before a championship under the guidance of Sukhdev Singh and Gurdeep Singh. He took to shooting four years ago. “I was in class V when I visited a fair along with my father Parvinder Jain and surprised him with my skills with the air gun at shooting stalls. My father started encouraging me to become a shooter. I also realised my potential when I won several inter-school shooting championships while studying at Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Police Public School, Phillaur. I started taking formal training in the sport when I was in class IX and won a gold medal in the pre-national shooting championship,” he said.



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