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Suicide bid by lovers, boy feared drowned
Girl rescued by onlookers after couple jumped into canal
Jaswant Shetra

Similar incident just a month ago

The incident revived memories among people in the area about an “honour killing” exactly a month earlier in which a ‘Dalit’ youth, Gagandeep Singh of Lamma Jattpura village, was murdered by the ‘Jat Sikh’ family members of the girl he loved.

Jagraon, August 2
A love affair between two youngsters, both minors and belonging to a different “caste”, came to a tragic end on Tuesday with both the boy and girl jumping into a canal in a frantic attempt to end their lives. Though the latter survived after she was pulled out of the water by some people standing nearby, her lover is feared to have drowned.

The boy has been identified as Lovedeep Singh, a resident of Kukkar Gali, Jagraon who was studying for an electronics diploma at ITI, Manuke while the girl has been identified as Amandeep Kaur, a resident of Bardeke village near Jagraon and a class 12 student of Government Sanmati College for Science & Research, Jagraon.

According to sources, the young couple had been “in love” for a long time and wanted to get married. However this was not acceptable to the girl’s ‘Jat Sikh’ family while the boy belonged to a “lower caste” family. “Lovedeep had a strong emotional attachment with Amandeep and he wanted to marry her. But after the girl’s family members opposed the idea the boy had been very upset for quite some time”, said a close friend of Lovedeep.

On Tuesday morning Lovedeep met Amandeep outside her college from where both of them boarded a bus bound for Raikot. They got down near the Akhara village bus stop situated only a few meters away from the Abohar branch canal.

According to sources, the couple had a discussion regarding their relationship and the probability of their getting married. “When Amandeep told Lovedeep her family would never agree to their union. Lovedeep got upset and they then decided it would be preferable to die together. Holding each other’s hands, the jumped into the canal. However Amandeep was rescued by some people nearby who jumped into the canal. Though they also tried to save Lovedeep he could not be found in the canal water. Though the boy’s body has not yet been recovered it is feared he might have been swept away with the fast current”, the sources added.

Soon after the incident a police team arrived at the scene and took Amandeep into custody. In her statement to the cops the girl admitted she and her boyfriend had decided to commit suicide as her family members were against their plan to marry each other.

Meanwhile, no case has been filed by the police till the filing of this report. According to SHO city Gurpreet Singh, the police has deployed divers at various places to find Lovedeep’s body. “We have recorded the statements of family members of both the boy and the girl. We are looking into various aspects of the incident and appropriate action will be taken after verifying the facts”, he added.


Ludhiana presented as clean to UK delegation
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

‘Want to see entire city’

The delegation members said they had come to the city with an open mind and would be able to comment further about the city only when they go through the entire city.

India Connection

The delegation members traced their roots to India. Sarbjit Singh, who basically hails from Jalandhar district, recalled how he would board a bus for Mehr Chand Polytechnic College at Jalandhar. “I still remember that we used to travel by holding the steps behind the bus. Those were good days, but now things have changed and a lot of new things have come up. I have visited my ancestral village many times, but this is my first official visit to Punjab,” said Sarbjit.

Satish Shah, whose family is from Gujarat, informed that he was born in Tanzania. “For a few years, I went to school in Gujarat, before my family shifted to UK,” said Shah.

‘Leicester has 40 pc people of Indian origin’

The delegation members said Leicester and Ludhiana are totally different in terms of geographical area and population. Leicester has an area of 73 sq km, whereas Ludhiana city has area of more than 159.37 sq km. Leicester City has a population of around 2 lakhs, whereas Ludhiana city has a population of 16 lakhs. Satish Shah informed that out of the total population of Leicester, almost 40 per cent were of the Indian origin. “We have many councillors including Piara Singh Clair, Culdip Bhatti, Inderjit Singh Gugnani, Sundip Meghani, Veejay Patel, Rita Patel, Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Baljit Singh, Rashmikant Joshi, Harshad Bhavsar, besides many others of Asian origin,” stated Shah.

Ludhiana, August 2
Ludhiana is a very clean city and the roads wear a very clean look. This is the impression gathered by a three-member UK delegation on a visit to the city.

Thanks to the Municipal Corporation (MC) that is in a cleanliness overdrive and has chalked out the itinerary of the delegation in such a way that the delegation only sees good things in the city.

The Budda Nullah, the pockmark on the city, has been given a go-by on the delegation’s schedule. Various places like the indoor stadium on Pakhowal Road, projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Rose Garden, Guru Nanak Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, Rakh Bagh, Sewerage Treatment Plant at Balloke and some other projects are on the list.

The delegation started its visit around the city today and the Zone D office of the civic body, where the delegation had its first meeting with the officials, was given a spick and span look.

Even the door frame metal detector, which is kept at the entry of the Zone D building, was working. Most of the days, it is seen that this device remains out of order.

The roads, from where the delegation members passed this morning, wore a clean look. Sources in the MC said this was being done so that the delegation members could have a “good” picture of the civic body’s functioning in their mind.

On the other hand, the delegation members said they had come to the city with an open mind and would be able to comment further about the city only when they go through the entire city.

On asked about the traffic congestion in the city, Satish Shah, one of the delegation members stated, “It is our first day to the city, but surely Ludhiana is having a large number of vehicles,” he quipped.

Though the MC officials claimed that they had planned the visit of Leicester City Council officials in such a manner that they could have a complete look of their “sister city”, things seemed otherwise.

Buddha Nullah, which is one of the most-talked-about things in the city, has been left out of their itinerary. Though the UK delegation would be visiting various places such as the indoor stadium on Pakhowal Road, projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Rose Garden, Guru Nanak Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, Rakh Bagh, Sewerage Treatment Plant at Balloke, and some other projects, Buddha Nullah was left out.

Sources in the MC claimed that this was being done as the MC officials did not want to show “something” which showed the civic body’s failure to their foreign guests.



PU yet to declare MA-I results
New academic session begins in city colleges
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Students in a fix

Students have been making the rounds at their colleges to ask officials whether they had any idea when their results would be declared. Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal of SCD Government College, said it was the first time in the past three or four years that results had been delayed. We have been in regular contact with PU authorities as students are anxiously waiting for their results. We hope within a week or so all results will be declared, she stated.

Ludhiana, August 2
Though the new academic session has begun at city colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, the varsity has yet to declare the results of about a dozen examinations held last April. Students have been enquiring about their results at their respective colleges but the latter have not been able to tell them the exact date when the results would be declared.

While PU has declared the results of almost all undergraduate students, the results of MA (first year) in subjects like fine arts, political science, history, English, Punjabi, Hindi, geography and economics as well as results of the MSc (mathematics), MCom (first year) and MSc (IT) (first year) part I exams have yet to be announced.

Students have been making the rounds at their colleges to ask officials whether they had any idea when their results would be declared. Sujata Anand, a student who has yet to secure admission in MA (second year), said: "Though the new session commenced at the end of last month PU hasn’t declared our results. The results of all the first-year MA exams are awaited. The varsity should have declared the results by now”.

Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal of SCD Government College, said it was the first time in the past three or four years that results had been delayed. "There have been no admissions to the second year MA courses while MA- I classes have already begun as there was no delay in BA-III results. We have been in regular contact with PU authorities as students are anxiously waiting for their results. We hope within a week or so all results will come out", she stated.

An employee at the varsity office of controller of examinations said on condition of anonymity: “We have yet to get the exam marks sheets that were to be sent by external examiners. Unless they send us the details we can’t compile the results”.

Meanwhile, PU controller of examinations AK Bhandari could not be contacted for comment despite repeated attempts.



Mystery shrouds Rs 5 lakh funding for college structure
Minister claims grant for heritage home released; college denies it
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, August 2
Where has the Rs 5 lakh grant for a “heritage home” at the Government College of Women, Rakh Bagh announced by Punjab tourism minister Hira Singh Gabria gone? While he claims he had released the money for maintenance of the dilapidated structure college officials assert they never received the funds.

‘‘I didn’t announce the grant at any function - I just sanctioned the funds and they were released, ’’ said Gabria. However, the college principal, Gurminder Kaur, averred: "I don’t know anything about the grant. They never gave us anything of the sort. The Rs 5 lakh that the minister says has been released was for the college’s conference hall”.

The roof and walls of the heritage home, which houses ethnic items and is located near the principal's office, used to leak whenever it rained but only a few college students were aware about this. Broken couches and chairs in the verandah give it the appearance of a junk room, with stray dogs finding shelter in boxes lying outside the home.

The home, a dream project of former principal Prabjot Kaur, was built in 2006 in association with the Punjabi department. The college’s old students association funded Rs 1.25 lakh for the initiative. Rural students contributed old ornaments, traditional outfits, agricultural instruments, old doors, traditional kitchen appliances, ‘charkhas’, ‘sandooks’ (boxes), ‘gadis’ (carts), flour ‘chakis’ and many other items, some from their homes.

"I’ve been eager to see the interior of the heritage home but am still waiting for an opportunity. My friends visited the place once during the past three years on ‘Dheean da Mela’, a festival for daughters organized by the tourism ministry, but I missed the chance because of long lines”, said Gurdeep Kaur, a third-year BCom student.

Srishti, BCom final year student, said: “We went inside the heritage home in October last year. The stuff is good but we don't know why the college administration doesn’t take proper care of it."

"It was an effort for urban students. Those students are totally unaware from our heritage. It was also useful for MA (Punjabi) students for whom 'Punjabi culture' is one of the course subjects. Students and teachers of Punjabi department did a lot for this dream. We went remote villages to collect antique pieces. But without proper care everything is spoiling" said Jaswant Singh, professor from Punjabi department.

“We don’t have the time for proper maintenance of the heritage home. First it was exams, after that holidays and now admissions are going on, we will care after examination”, said Gurminder.

The city administration has organized a ‘Dheean da mela’ twice during the past five years and on these occasions it decorated the home but later completely forgot to maintain it. “We had requested Gabria to take care of the heritage home and hope the state government will take the initiative", said the convener of heritage home who is an associate professor of Punjabi at the college.



Jailed cop booked for sneaking in opium
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Barely eight days after he shot at SHO Brij Mohan and helped his criminal son Mandeep Singh in escaping during a police raid, Sukhwinder Singh, a constable with the municipal corporation, yet again landed in trouble after he tried to sneak 15-gm opium inside the Central Jail here today.

The incident took place here this afternoon when a youth, Shebi, came to meet the constable. Sukhwinder hid Rs 3,000 in his turban and put 15-gm opium in a bandage on the right leg.

When Sukhwinder was returning to his barracks, he was searched by the jail security guard, who found the cash and opium on the cop facing attempted-murder case.

According to the jail authorities, Sukhwinder had been further booked for sneaking opium inside the jail. A hunt was on to arrest the visitor who visited the constable.



DTO has no count of illegal vehicles on city roads
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Punjab Pollution Control Board’s chairman KS Pannu may have directed the district transport department to curb the menace of rising pollution levels generated by un-registered vehicles, especially auto-rickshaws, in the city, but the department seems to have no way of tackling the problem or getting the exact number of illegal vehicles plying on city roads.

A few defaulters are caught by the department only when they are issued challans, while several others continue to ply their vehicles illegally unabated.

On the estimated number of illegal three-wheelers or heavy vehicles plying on city roads, District Transport Officer Ashwani Sharma said the department had no way of counting the exact number of vehicles without documents.

“Such vehicles are found only while initiating a challan drive. Vehicles without proper documentation are issued challans and penalties are imposed on them. In severe cases, many vehicles are impounded by the department,” he says adding that challan drives are initiated by the department regularly to keep a check on illegal plying of vehicles.

Rajnish Kumar, an auto-rickshaw driver, says, if not all, drivers of almost half of the three-wheelers plying on the city roads do not have proper documents.

However, in the absence of stern action by the department, a majority of drivers do not bother to update their documents.

“A traffic policeman of the municipal corporation had recently challaned my vehicle and taken my registration copy. Due to personal problems, I could not go to the office to collect the RC, but am still plying the vehicle. I cannot earn my livelihood if I stop plying my vehicle,” says Rajnish Kumar.

An employee working at the DTO, requesting anonymity, says ideally all such vehicles should be impounded by the department.

“However, the government has not formulated any policy on keeping illegal vehicles in the custody of the department. Secondly, due to political interference, we can hardly crack a whip against the defaulters (majority of whom are auto-rickshaw drivers), as they are a good vote bank for political parties.

Auto-rickshaws and heavy vehicles keep plying on roads without fitness certificates or valid permits but we can do little to stop them,” he rues.

The department does not have any mechanism to count the exact number of vehicles plying on roads without valid documents. Such vehicles are found only while initiating a challan drive.

Ashwani Sharma,
District Transport Officer



Pruned to 25 beds, ayurvedic hospital yet to take off
Stone of 50-bed facility laid in Oct; deadline jumped 5 months ago
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Govt project that backfired

The Punjab government had approved the opening of five new ayurvedic hospitals in the state i.e. at Ludhiana, Datarpur (Hoshiarpur), Amritsar, Bathinda and Jalandhar. The hospitals were started at four places, including Ludhiana, in 1992 but they all failed due to shortage of funds and staff. The Ludhiana hospital had 10 beds.

Ludhiana, August 2
The much-proclaimed 50-bed ayurvedic hospital, the foundation stone of which was laid last year by the then Health and Family Welfare Minister Luxmi Kanta Chawla, has failed to come up in spite of the fact that its deadline ended over five months ago.

On October 16, while laying the foundation stone of the hospital, Chawla had set a deadline of five months for making the hospital functional.

However, the Rs 37-lakh project, funded by the National Rural Health Mission, has been delayed by over five months and the officers of the department blame it on the municipal corporation.

Dr Narender Dhand, district ayurvedic officer, said: “Earlier, the hospital building was supposed to be constructed on the ground floor alone. However, the municipal corporation denied permission to cover the green belt area of the park where the building was to come up. So it was decided to construct its first floor as well. As a result, the hospital, which was earlier supposed to have 50 beds, will now accommodate not more than 25 beds.”

Dr Dhand further said the delay in the setting up of the hospital was due to the refusal of the corporation to allow construction of a ramp to join the first floor with the ground floor.

“We later learned that the area where the ramp was to be constructed was with the Model Gram Society. So the construction got delayed. We hope to get the hospital ready by August-end.”

The hospital premises, which has three OPDs, four therapy rooms along with emergency services, has two big halls, where indoor patients will be treated.

“The contractor also delayed the project. And now everything is complete, except the toilets. Once the hospital starts working, it will provide quality treatment to patients through Panchkarma,” added Dr Dhand.



power shortage
Harsh regulatory steps blow to industry
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 2
Harsh regulatory measures slapped on the industry by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in the wake of severe power crisis in the state seems to be a double-edged sword.

Industrial units have been forced to cut down their production from three to one day. The units have also been barred from purchasing power from the open access system during compulsory weekly day offs. To make the situation worse, those procuring power under this system have been forced to pay an additional line charge of Rs 80,000 per month.

To check the gap between demand and the availability of power, coupled with overloading of the northern grid, the corporation has, with effect from August 1, imposed one compulsory weekly day off for industrial units fed from category II feeders while arc-induction furnaces and rolling mills have been asked to observe three compulsory weekly day offs.

Slamming the corporation for its failure to fulfil the demand of more power for the industrial sector and denial of the right to purchase power under open access system, Badish Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations, said, “ Though the industry has been barred from purchasing power from other sources during compulsory weekly day offs, it has been forced to deposit Rs 2,700 per day for keeping that option with them.”

“The open access option is available to units with a connected load above 1 MW. About 250 units have opted for this and most of them are induction furnaces and rolling mills. These units are assisting the corporation by purchasing power at their own level so as to help it cater to other categories of consumers,” added Jindal.

Charging the corporation’s management with taking a stand, which tantamounts to forcing the industry to shut, Jindal said even procurement of power under the open access system appears to be unacceptable to them. “The industry was earlier barred from purchasing more than 50 per cent of its total consumption under the open access system during the working days. But, now, the corporation has banned purchase of power during the compulsory weekly day offs, which is entirely unjustified.”



Auto-rickshaw fare hike irks commuters
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 2
As the commuters are finding it difficult to cope up with the increased auto fares for smaller routes, the union is thinking in terms of reconsidering the decision to a considerable extent.

Om Parkash Jodhan, president, Auto-Rickshaw Union, said that, keeping in view the problem faced by the commuters, the union was thinking in terms of giving relaxation to commuters especially on the smaller routes. “The union is thinking upon the feasibility of giving relaxation of Rs. 5 upto 1.5 km. The decision may be taken in the coming days and the commuters will be duly informed about the reversion. In case of over-charging by any auto-rickshaw driver, the commuters can launch a complaint with the auto union immediately so that necessary action can be taken against the accused” the president said. The commuters are facing tough time due to what they call ‘double’ hike in the auto fares. As the auto-rickshaw union had hiked the minimal fare from Rs 5 to Rs 10 for shorter routes as well, the commuters were quite upset over the hike.

“Even if the union reverses the prices for a fixed distance, the auto drivers and owners keep charging the same from the commuters. When one resists, one is not allowed to board the auto and has to face embarrassment in front of other commuters. The drivers do not stick to any distance- they have be paid the same, it may be for 5 km or even for half a mile” expressed a commuter who hires an auto from Atam Park for the bus stand.

At the time when survival has almost become next to impossible in the wake of ever increasing prices, this price hike has almost come as a bolt from the blue. “Paying Rs 10 every time for even a small distance really pinches you a lot. What can one do if the cost of transport exceeds your earnings?” said a factory worker.

“Shelling out Rs 10 every time really leads you to rethink of what has to be done in this case. We know that no government is bothered to think about the common man and the appalling conditions we are facing in this inflated conditions. Is there any patience left in us that needs to be tested further?” complained a migrant woman working at a rubber factory.

A daily commuter, who travels from Dholewal Chowk to Sherpur Chowk and shells out Rs 20 in a day, is so perturbed that he now prefers leaving early from his home to walk his distance rather than spend so much for so less. “The hike every time is unjustified but I wonder why the government does not intervene in this issue. The unions have nothing to lose but what about those whose medium of transport is none other than the auto rickshaw” he added

“If the union can think of reverting the fare upto 1.5km then why not upto 2 km? The union should at least think twice before taking such decisions which directly affect the common man and put them in a tight corner” said another commuter.



Leicester Council
Delegation inspects various projects
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
A three-member delegation of the Leicester City Council visited various ongoing development projects in the city today. The delegation will remain in the city till August 7.

Satish Shah, who took stock of the under construction Partap Chowk flyover and Lakkar Bridge, was enthusiastic with the scale of projects being undertaken in the city. “As compared to Ludhiana, Leicester is a small city and I am pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of construction activity is going on in the city,” he added.

Executive Engineer HC Salaria said the delegation members were told about the reason behind the delay in the completion of the various projects. The delegation members also visited Rakh Bagh and Guru Nanak Stadium.



vet varsity
Faculty, students meet to curb ragging
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Behind the facade of "welcoming" new students to college, ragging is a notorious practice, wherein, senior students get an excuse to harass their junior counterparts and make them easy targets. To curb the menace of ragging in institutes of higher education, as per the directives of the University Grants Commission, the College of Dairy Science and Technology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) conducted a meeting of faculty with old and fresh students to discuss the anti-ragging issue. Dr. Amandeep Sharma said that aim of the meeting was to create cordial relationship between junior and senior students.

The students of the college were made aware of different Acts and punishments pertaining to ragging. Students were informed about anti-ragging committee constituted at the college level to help them in need.

The students were notified about the number of posters displayed on the campus giving detailed description of the Supreme Court directives and penalty liable to be imposed on those involved in such activities.

The old students and new entrants shared their views regarding studies and their hobbies on this common platform. The old students assured cooperation to the freshers.

Sharma gave telephone numbers of the anti-ragging committee members to the freshers so that they could reach them in need. The students were asked to report any ragging incident taking place on the campus.

The programme was organised with the efforts of Sharma, Dr. PK Singh, Dr. Amit, Dr. Inderpreet and Dr. Gopika. The meeting was concluded on the note that no student should be a mute witness to ragging and every student should strive towards creating a ragging free atmosphere in the institute.



Farmers asked to opt for kisan credit cards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The Kisan Credit Card Scheme (KCCS) is considered as a big leap by the institutional sources of farm credit to ensure a hassle -free and adequate credit to farmers, and thus has redefined the rural credit, highlighted PAU experts of the Department of Economics and Sociology.

Stating that the KCCS has substituted all other existing, institutional modes of short-term credit delivery, the experts said, "In Punjab there are three KCCS implementing agencies, viz. public sector banks (PSBs), co-operative banks and regional rural banks. These banks had issued over 13.9 lakh Kisan Credit Cards in the Punjab and 955.8 lakh at the all-India level." Emphasising that small and marginal farmers should take advantage of this scheme, the PAU experts advised the farmers to use the credit limit for productive purpose and always go for the public sector banks.



Out on bail, two accused find house burgled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, august 2
A year after being jailed for killing a relative, two accused, who were released on bail today, were in for a shock when they found their house ransacked, and cash, gold jewellery and other belongings stolen.

According to Amar and his mother Chamali Devi, they went to the Sunder Nagar police post to get the keys to their house after their release.

“When we reached our house, located on the Tibba Road here, this afternoon, we were shocked to find it ransacked. Nearly Rs 1.40 lakh in cash lying in the cupboard was stolen. The gold earring of my mother was also missing,” claimed Amar.



75-yr-old waylaid, earrings snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
A 75-year-old woman was waylaid on her way to a temple in New Hargobind Nagar near Dharampura by two youths riding a scooter. They snatched the gold earrings she was wearing at around 6.30 am today. The victim has been identified as Dharma Devi.

Dharma Devi said the youths stopped the scooter near her and the man riding pillion alighted from the scooter and grabbed her from behind. The youth removed both of her earrings and fled on the scooter before she could react.

Chander Parkash Satia, son of the victim, said the snatchers were in their mid-20s. Fortunately my mother did not sustain injuries, he added. The police has been informed about the incident. Meanwhile, the police has begun the probe and is searching for a CCTV camera installed in the street for identifying the suspects.



issru conference
Cong begins mobilising cadres
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
The District Congress Committee (Urban) has started mobilising workers for the forthcoming political conference at Issru.

A meeting of the block presidents in this regard was organised here today under the presidentship of District Congress Committee chief Pawan Dewan. He called upon the party functionaries and cadres to reach Issru on August 15 to mark the “beginning of the end” of the SAD-BJP government.

Dewan said this political conference to be organised on August 15 would be addressed by the in charge of the party Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak, PPCC President Capt Amarinder Singh and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari.



Punjabi writer honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana, was honoured with the fellowship of the Punjabi Sahit Akademy in recognition of her services to the cause of Punjabi language and culture. She has been a renowned Punjabi writer who has created a niche of credibility as a writer.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jai Roop Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Central University, Bathinda, said that to promote and safeguard the Punjabi language it was not the government alone that should play a role but it was the writers' community who should promote Punjabi language through their writings.

The vernacular languages should also play their role in making the science understandable by the common man.

He added that the way the Central government was promoting Hindi, the state governments should do so for their local languages.

After receiving the fellowship, Tiwana expressed her gratitude.

She saidthat the Punjabi Sahit Akademy was playing a major role in getting a proper place for Punjabi and nurturing the cause of Punjabiat within the country and abroad.

On this occasion, Dr. Karnail Singh Somal and Iqbal Singh Haryana were honoured with Mata Jaswant Kaur Award with the presentation of a citations, shawls and cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.



from schools
Teej celebrated

Ludhiana: Teej was celebrated at Maple Bear, a playway and nursery school, at Udham Singh Nagar. Girls wore green clothes like lehanga, suits, green bangles. Children enjoyed on the swings and sang songs. Various delicious food items are relished by all in the school. The students were told about the importance of Teej.

Students win gold medals

Two students of Spring Dale Public School have won gold medals in the U-19 category in the Punjab District Judo Tournament. Rahul Sharma and Sunil Kumar of class XI performed well in the competition. The school has been awarded a trophy of appreciation, as the school has stood second in the tournament. Principal Sandeep Raikhi congratulated the students on their achievements and inspired them to excel in co-curricular activities.

Rakhi-making competition

Teej and rakhi-making competition was organised at HVM Convent School. Students participated in rakhi-making and card-making competition. Teej was also celebrated on the occasion. Singing-competition was held in which students sang traditional songs. Children from the primary classes also took part in clay-modelling activity. Prinicipal Santokh Bakshi said that these activities were essential to keep the young generation in touch with the Punjabi culture. — TNS



ludhiana scan
CA examination

A felicitation programme was held at Hotel Le Baron in which 75 ETEN CA students were facilitated. ETEN CA, a pioneering initiative from IndiaCan, announced the results for the CA examinations held in May 2011. In the recent examination of CA final held in May 2011, 405 ETEN CA students have become chartered accountants after clearing both the groups of final examinations, whereas 112 students have cleared either the first or the second group of CA final examination. Along with these results, ETEN CA has produced 10 All-India rank holders. As many as 43 out of 75 students cleared the final papers from Ludhiana.

Prize distribution function

Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana zone, organised a prize distribution function at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, here in which prizes were given away to winners of "rang bharo" competition. Among the winners were Ramandeep Kaur (Avon Ranger cycle), Noorpratap (piano), Anika Sehgal (helicopter with remote), Archita (carrom board), Arshiya Jain (game table) whereas special prizes were won by Ishika, Shriya, Ridhi Goyal and Kashish Bansal.

Paying power bills made easy

Easy Bill, a pioneer in bill payment industry, has added yet another facility to its existing range of services. A Hero Group company, Easy Bill, has announced its tie up with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for providing bill payment services at its retail outlets in 24 major cities of Punjab including Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Patiala and Bathinda. The customers can now pay their electricity bills in cash at any Easy Bill outlet at no extra cost. — TNS



One dead, two injured in road accident
Jaswant Shetra

Sawadi Kalan (Jagraon), August 2
A 70-year-old man died while two others were critically injured when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by an overspeeding Jeep near Sawadi Kalan village on the Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet Road today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Mohinder Singh (70). Those injured have been identified as Avtar Singh (35) and Darshan Singh (40). Three of them were residing at Daudhar village in Moga district.

The accident took place at around 8 am today morning when Mohinder Singh along with two others was going towards Sidhwan Bet on the motorcycle. Overspeeding Mahindra Pickup Jeep hit their motorcycle from the back as soon as they reached near Sawadi Kalan village. All three of them fell on the road.

The impact of the crash was such that Mohinder Singh died on the spot while two other persons also sustained critical injuries. A highway petrol vehicle reached the spot and rushed all victims to the local Civil Hospital. The doctors declared Mohinder Singh brought dead. Two injured were referred to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, due to their critical condition.

The doctors at the Civil Hospital stated that both injured sustained serious injuries on their heads and other parts of the body. Besides, an arm of one of the injured also got fractured. However, the condition of both injured is said to be stable now.

A case has been registered against the driver of the Pickup Jeep at the Sadar police station and the investigation is on. The police has also impounded the Jeep.

SHO Sadar police station Rachpal Singh Dhindsa said: “The police has booked and arrested Jeep driver Nar Singh of Malhian village near Nakodar.”



Eve-teaser nabbed for snatching mobile phone
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
So far, he had been let-off after a warning for eve-teasing, but this time Jaspreet Singh of Urban Estate, Dugri, was in trouble for snatching a mobile phone of a woman and eve-teasing her.

Complainant Priyanka, who also lives in Urban Estate, Dugri, said that the man fled with her mobile phone when she came to pay obeisance at a gurdwara in Model Town.

The incident took place at around 8 pm last night. At the gurdwara, Jaspreet fled with the mobile phone of Priyanka.

According to sources, the suspect was scared of being caught as he had sent nasty messages to Priyanka on the mobile phone.

The woman further alleged that she had filed many eve-teasing complaints against the suspect, but every time Jaspreet was let- off with a warning.

On the other hand, the relatives of Jaspreet have claimed that Priyanka was levelling baseless allegations to settle some personal score.

They alleged that initially, Priyanka tired to implicate him in an eve-teasing case, and now she had successfully implicated Jaspreet in a false mobile snatching case. SHO Model Town SHO Navreet Singh said a case was registered on the complaint of the woman and the police had begun investigating the case.



Gang of seven teenage thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
With the arrest of seven teenagers, the Focal Point police claimed to have busted a gang of thieves, who were behind the burglary that took place at a music-cum-mobile store near Sua Road at Gyaspura on July 31.

The accused, all in their early teens, were arrested following a tip-off from the Focal Point area here today.

According to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-II) Satbir Atwal, the seven teenagers had trespassed into the shop of Ram Nath, owner of RN Music Centre, and decamped with 30 mobile phones, a dish TV, four DVDs and a phone.

The teenagers were in the process of selling the stolen goods when they were nabbed.



Woman commits suicide, in-laws booked
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 2
A resident of Kotla Masood village allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance as her in-laws used to harass her for bringing insufficient dowry. The deceased has been identified as Anshu Bala.

The local police has registered a case against five members of her in-laws family, including her husband. Anshu Bala’s father Jagdish Lal alleged that his daughter was forced by her in-laws to bring more dowry on numerous occasions. Her pleas not to force her to do remained unheard.

Fed up with her in-laws’ pressure, she consumed some poisonous substance and later died at Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana, Jagdish Lal added. The police has booked Anshu’s husband Tejinder Pal, brother-in-law Preet, sister-in-law Satish, mother-in-law Suman and father-in-law Surjeet under Section 304-B of the IPC.

The body of Anshu Bala was handed over to her family members after a post-mortem examination. Anshu Bala had got married to Tejinder Pal three years ago.



Mrinal stars in KVM win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 2
A hat-trick by Mrinal Pratap Singh and matching contribution with the bat by Sunny Pandey and Abhinav Bhatia, helped Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, record a comprehensive 88-run win over Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road branch, in the Punjab Schools (PAU Zone) Cricket Tournament (u-19) at the Government Model Senior Secondary School ground of Punjab Agricultural University here today.

The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Education Department.

Batting first, Kundan Vidya Mandir made 120 for the loss of 3 wickets in the allotted 10 overs.

Their innings revolved around Sunny Pandey and Abhinav Bhatia who scored 45 and 35 runs, respectively. Chirag Maria and Sagar Khurana chipped in with 9 and 7 runs.

For Saraswati Modern School, Shubham and Shiraj scalped one wicket each, conceding 19 and 21 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, Saraswati Modern School’s innings folded at 32 runs in 9 overs. Tushar was the highest run-getter who made 10 runs, followed by Pranav who contributed 7 runs.

For the winners, Mrinal Pratap Singh was the pick-of-the-bowlers who sent down just one over, gave away just one run and grabbed a hat-trick.

Kunal Pratap Singh took three wickets for 3 runs, while Paras Bharadwaj claimed three wickets for 6 runs. Abhinav Bhatia secured one wicket for 5 runs.

Brief scores: Kundan Vidya Mandir: 120 for 3 (Sunny Pandey 45, Abhinav Bhatia 35, Chirag Maria 9, Sagar Khurana 7; Shubham 1 for 19, Shiraj 1 for 21).

Saraswati Modern School: 32 all out in 9 overs (Tushar 10 , Pranav 7; Mrinal Pratap Singh 3 for 1, Kunal Pratap Singh 3 for 3, Paras Bharadwaj 3 for 6, Abhinav Bhatia 1 for 5).



Saraswati lads outplay SAN Jain school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 2
Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road branch, had a mixed luck as its students went down against Kundan Vidya Mandir in the under-19 section whereas they scored a thumping 10-wicket victory over SAN Jain Senior Secondary School, Benjamin Road branch, in the under-16 category of the Punjab Schools (PAU Zone) Cricket Tournament at SDP College for Women ground here today. The tournament is being organised by the Punjab Education Department.

SAN Jain School won the toss and decided to bat first. Their innings culminated at 57 runs in 14.4 overs. Dipanshu top-scored with 22 runs, while Prabhjot contributed 11 runs.

For Saraswati Modern School, Piyush took three wickets for 11 runs in three overs, while Harpreet claimed two wickets for 10 runs in as many overs.

Saraswati Modern School achieved the target in just 7 overs without losing any wicket.

Raghav and Lovepreet remained unbeaten on 30 and 20 runs, respectively, and enabled their school to win the match easily.

Brief scores: SAN Jain School: 57 all out in 14.4 overs (Dipanshu 22, Prabhjot 11; Piyush 3 for 11, Harpreet 2 for 10.

Saraswati Modern School: 58 without loss in 7 overs (Raghav 30, Lovepreet 20).



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