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bank strike
Transactions worth Rs 1,000 cr hit
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Transactions worth ~1,000 crore were affected in the industrial hub today due to the one-day nationwide strike call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBUs).

As lakhs of bank employees/officers in the country were on strike, all transactions were stalled at public sector banks and thousands of consumers in the city had to suffer.

SK Kathuria, assistant general manager, State Bank of Patiala, said in this big commercial town, huge transactions took place daily. "As per an estimate, transactions worth about ~1,000 crore must have been affected in the city alone due to the strike in the country," said Kathuria. Due to the strike, consumers in the city had to suffer a lot, as there was no clearing, processing or returning in the banks. At the State Bank of India, treasury branch, Civil Lines, many consumers were seen waiting for the bank to open at 10 am. Consumers got disappointed when the security guards informed them about the bank strike. Many other banks had put huge locks on the main gates and posters pertaining to the strike were pasted on walls so that the public knew about the strike.

Industry suffers

The strike will cast its shadow on Ludhiana’s industry, particularly on exporters. Ludhiana Hand Tool Association president SC Ralhan said that though the industry was prepared and many of the works (related to banks) were done in advance, exporters may get affected if the price of the dollar was decreased. "If the rate of the dollar decreases on Monday, city exporters, whose transactions are in crores, will bear losses," said Ralhan. 

RBI guidelines

The RBI issued guidelines for continuing the bank bunsiness. For this, it nominated two banks - HDFC and SBI - to be associatited with the bank in charge of the district for clearing, processing and returning. The PNB did not associate itself with HDFC as per the RBI’s plan since the SBI was also on strike. Due to this, the clearing volume was adversely affected.

Empty ATMs

Many of the city ATMs got quickly dried up as no cash could be deposited in the machines. As a result residents were seen frantically visiting different ATMs to withdraw cash.

40,000 cheques cleared daily

In the city alone, about 40,000 cheques worth between Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 crore are transacted. Clearing in the city could be possible in just 16 banks, comprising private and some cooperative~

— PD Sharma, President, Apex Chamber


Privatisation, merger policies of govt flayed
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 5
On the call given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBUs), consisting of nine trade unions in the banking sector and representing nearly 10 lakh bank employees and officers, employees and officials of public sector banks observed a strike and held mass demonstrations here today.

The bank employees were protesting against policies of privatisation, merger, entry of foreign capital in the banking sector and other pending demands of the employees and supervisory staff.

At a rally organised under the banner of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation (PBEF) in front of Canara Bank at Bharat Nagar Chowk here, the trade union leaders vociferously opposed privatisation and merger of public sector banks, reduction of government equity in public sector banks, proposed loan from the World Bank for the banking sector and unrestricted entry of foreign capital in the banking sector.

Making a strong case against outsourcing permanent banking jobs and normal banking services, they stressed the need for adequate staff in the banks through recruitment to maintain and improve customer services while also demanding the revival of banking service recruitment boards for this purpose.

The speakers at the rally wanted scrupulous implementation of policy on compassionate recruitment as also the financial compensation scheme as finalised between the Indian Banks Association and the UFBU. The need of the hour, they emphasised, was the issuance of revised uniform guidelines on house building, vehicle loans and festival advance to bank staff.

Other issues raised at the rally included five-day working for banks, regulated working hours of bank

officers, improvement of pension scheme in the banking sector on the lines of central government scheme, withdrawal of arbitrary instructions to banks not to improve or amend any service condition without the government’s permission. Calling for strengthening the public sector banks to enable them to serve the masses more effectively, the striking bank employees said more and more branches should be opened in rural and unbanked areas.

"Adequate funds required for this purpose be made available by the government from out of its own resources and not by availing loan from the World Bank or handing over to private capital."



20 dyeing units get week’s time
PPCB tells them to set up common effluent treatment plant
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has given a week’s extension to the 20 dyeing units, located on the Bahadurke Road, that were issued closure notices by the PPCB last month.

Board officials said the units had been asked to purchase land for setting up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) and finalise the project within the next seven days or else face closure.

On the other hand, Tarun Bawa Jain, president, Bahadurke Textile and Knitwear Association, claimed that he along with other association members had met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence in Chandigarh yesterday. “The CM has granted us a 15-day extension and by that time, we will start the construction of our project. I don’t know why the PPCB officials are saying that we have been granted a week’s extension,” he added.

The PPCB had issued closure notices to 20 local dyeing units on July 21 for failing to initiate the process of installing a CETP.

The erring dyeing units were asked to explain their position individually within 15 days as to why the board should not direct the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) authorities to disconnect their power connections without any further notice. The CETP, based on zero liquid discharge technology, is being constructed by the Bahadurke Textile and Knitwear Association, and it is to start functioning from November 30.

However, Jain said the association had purchased the land. “We have land in our hand and are in the process of completing paperwork for the land where the CETP will be commissioned. The CETP will become operational by November 30,” claimed Jain. Karunesh Garg, senior environmental engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, said the extension to the erring units would be given from today onwards.

Erring units

Arihant Scientific Dyers, Atam Dyeing, Triveni Processors, Sangat Dyeing House, Adinath Dyeing, Ranbir Textiles, Sangat Dyeing House, Ekta Dyeing, Nexux Dyeing, Sri Balaji Dyeing, Oswal Dyeing, Girnar Hosiery Factory, Adinath Knit and Fab, PI Cotex, Chopra Processors, SK Brothers, Hues and Tints, Screen Printers, Jain Shawl, Balaji Scientific Dyers, Navkar Dyeing House.



Factory worker robbed of Rs 3.90 lakh 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
In a daylight robbery, three motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched Rs 3.90 lakh from an employee of a nut-bolt manufacturing unit at gunpoint from the Focal Point area here today.

The incident occurred in the afternoon when the victim, identified as Surjit Singh, was returning to his factory unit after withdrawing cash from the HDFC Bank located in the Miler Gunj area.

According to Surjit (35), three youths, riding on two motorcycles, intercepted him near the Rockman factory unit in the Focal Point area.

"The three were wearing turbans. Before I could react, they started shouting that I was the man who had robbed them. I got panicky and told them not to fight. In the meantime, a youth riding pillion pulled out a pistol and trained it at me. They knew that I had kept the cash in a bag and without wasting time, they snatched it and fled with the booty. I was too terrified and raised an alarm when the robbers were fleeing from the spot," said Surjit Singh. Investigating officer said the robbers played a trick. They started fighting with Surjit and gave an impression to the onlookers that it was a personal enmity. It was later when the trio fled the scene that the residents realised that Surjit was actually robbed.

Vikram Singh, owner of HEX nut-bolt factory unit, said Surjit had been working with them for the past eight years. Ruling out any foul play, Vikram said, "I have full faith in Surjit. He had been doing the banking transactions for us for the past many years and there have been no complaints about him."



Life term for killing father
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
Additional Sessions Judge Mandeep Pannu has convicted Baljinder Singh, alias Raj, of Rabbo Nichi village in Payal of killing his father Baldev Singh in a murderous assault.

He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000. A case under Sections 302 and 307 of the IPC was registered against the accused on the statement of his brother, Avtar Singh.

The complainant had stated to the police that he used to run a health club — Panesar Health Club — from his house. His other brothers were married. Baljinder Singh had been living separately for the past 12 years. The complainant claimed that the accused did not want him to get married and wanted his share in the property.

Baljinder had threatened his father against marrying Avtar off. “However, a month before the incident, my father solemnised my marriage. This enraged Baljinder, who would often quarrel with our father.”

Around 7.30 pm on March 30, 2008, the accused attacked his father when the latter had gone out of the house after dinner. The accused was armed with a sharp-edged weapon.

“On hearing the noise, I rushed out of the house and saw Baljinder inflicting blows to the chest of my father. My father fell to the ground. Our neighbourers came out but Baljinder fled the scene,” the complainant said. Avtar Singh alleged that the accused also tried to kill him by hitting him on the head with the weapon but he survived.

The police later arrested the accused and seized the weapon used in the crime.

The accused pleaded not guilty in the case and termed the prosecution’s contention baseless. However, after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found Baljinder guilty.



Choked sewerage forces residents to stage protest
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 5
Residents of two localities - Gandhi Nagar and Ajit Nagar - situated on the Raikot Road are up in arms against the local municipal council for not paying heed to their demand of cleaning the blocked sewerage, which has made their life a virtual hell.

Irked at the apathetic attitude of the MC officials, a large number of residents held a demonstration on the Raikot Road on Wednesday evening and blocked the Jagraon-Raikot road for over two hours.

The protesters demanded the immediate cleaning of choked sewerage, which had resulted in flooding of streets with sewage in the two localities.

The residents had been finding it hard to move out of their houses as streets remained flooded with sewage. The unbearable stench of the sewage had made the matters worse for residents.

Besides, the sewage was acting as a breeding ground for mosquito larvae, thereby increasing the risk of spread of water-borne diseases.

The residents feared an outbreak of epidemic if the problem was not solved at the earliest.

This is not the first time that the residents of the two localities have protested over the issue of choked sewerage. They have been grappling with the problem for several years. The situation aggravated during monsoon every year.

Though the residents have protested several times in the past against the MC representatives, nothing has been done to improve the situation.

A similar protest last year had taken an ugly turn when area residents hurled abused at MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir during his visit to the area. Some irate residents had even slapped the president as he tried to pacify the protesters.

The failure of MC officials or representatives to visit the residents holding the demonstration yesterday added fuel to fire. However, a police team led by Raikot police post in-charge visited the scene and convinced the protesters to end their demonstration.

The protesters threatened to hold similar protests in front of the residence of area councillor Kala Kalyan and MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir if the council failed to solve their problem within one week.

Dhir said the sewerage got blocked due to the ongoing construction work on the Raikot Road.

“Once the construction work is completed, the problem of blockage will be solved,” he added.



Kissan sabha gets support for protest rallies
Fight against rising prices
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 5
Continuing their struggle to get their demands fulfilled, office-bearers of the Punjab Kissan Sabha (CPI and CPM) have started mobilising support for their schedule protest programmes at the tehsil and district level.

Referring to the outcome of nukad meetings organised at various localities of the area today, sabha leaders claimed that members of various organisations other than cadre of the host outfit were enthusiast to participate in the protest rallies to be organised at Jagraon (August 10), Raekot (August 11), Mullanpur (August 12) and Issru (August 15).

Referring to information received from in charges of various blocks, Baldev Singh Latala, district general secretary, claimed that activists and office-bearers of various organisations, irrespective of their political allegiance had showed their inclination to join hands with the sabha in fight against unprecedented price hike and exploitation of farmers.

Withdrawal of hike in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG, constitution of a debt waiver commission on the pattern of Kerala government, rationalisation of bank loans and special facilities for borrowers obeying financial discipline were major demands raised by the union.

Accusing successive governments of showing unconcern over increasing incidents of suicide by debt-ridden farmers in the state, the sabha had threatened to launch a coordinated struggle to impress upon the government to fulfill their demands at the earliest.

Tirlochan Singh Raekot, president; Sikandar Singh Jartoli, tehsil general secretary; Kartar Singh Buani, state committee member; Inder Singh Gorsian, Gurmel Singh Roomi and Ranbir Singh Lall Kalan addressed meetings at various places.



MC fails to provide info on Zone-D building
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The Ludhiana municipal corporation has failed to provide information regarding the construction of the Zone-D building sought by a local resident under the RTI Act.

On July 11, MC Commissioner AK Sinha had directed the MC officials to provide the information to city resident Kuldip Singh Khaira within 15 days. However, even after the passage of 24 days, the corporation is yet to provide this information to the applicant.

Khaira had filed an application with the MC demanding the plot number of Zone-D building, popular name of the building, name of the owner, date and number of sanction of the site plan and certificate, total area covered, number of basements, permissible height of the building, minimum parking area, name, address and class of registered architect/building designer to occupy the building in pursuant of Section 272 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976.

However, in its reply, the corporation stated that the file related to the construction of the Zone-D building, which was purportedly encroaching on a green belt, had gone missing.

On July 11, the MC Commissioner had ordered an inquiry into the matter. He had told senior MC officials to locate the file or fix the responsibility on officials found guilty of misplacing the file. He had also ordered the filing of a criminal case against those found guilty of wrongdoing.

Interestingly, the corporation does not have any documentary proof to establish that the Zone-D building belongs to it. The building branch of the corporation has given this in writing to an RTI application by Khaira.

Khaira stated that on July 11, the MC Commissioner had directed the officials concerned to provide information other than that of the work file, which had gone missing.

“The accounts branch was directed to give details about the total expenditure of the building, measurement book of the building and details from the establishment branch as to which officials supervised the construction of the building. However, even after the passage of 24 days, the MC officials have failed to provide this information, which reflects on their seriousness about the RTI Act,” claimed Khaira.

Executive Engineer HC Salaria said all departments concerned had been sent letters to provide the information. “Today, we have sent reminders also, and by August 11, Khaira will be supplied the information,” added Salaria.

File missing

In its earlier reply to a query, the municipal corporation had stated that the file related to the construction of the Zone-D building, which was purportedly encroaching on a green belt, had gone missing



Training programme for dairy farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Husbandry University (GADVASU), had organised the third knowledge upgradation programme for dairy farmers of Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, which concluded here today.

CH Srinivasa Sastry, customer relations manager, Indian Immunologicals, came to buck-up farmers and field officials.

Thirty-five farmers of Gujarat, Bihar, Jharkand, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab participated in the training programme in which information regarding milch breeds, balanced feeding of dairy animals, housing, vaccination, de-worming, infertility problems, right time of insemination, clean milk production, marketing of milk and milk products were provided to the farmers.



District scan

BSNL cautions customers:
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has cautioned its customers not to call back any missed ISD call from Maldives (from series 96098...) as a heavy amount of Rs 187 may get deducted from their mobile phone account.

Sukhbir Badal criticised: Parminder Mehta, a member of the media committee of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has launched an attack on Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for allegedly taking over cable TV network in the state and its gross misuse for political purpose. He said the close associates of the junior Badal had taken control of the cable TV network through strong tactics and newscasts were being used directly and indirectly for propaganda of the ruling combine while the opposition parties were being blanked out. “This is an attack on the freedom of speech  and freedom of press and our party will not take it lying down.”

Seminar on breastfeeding: A seminar on benefits of breastfeeding was organised at the Civil Hospital here on Friday. Inaugurating the programme, Dr HS Bali said breastfeeding was one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother could do for her child. Dr Rajinder Gulati, medical official (paediatrics) at the Civil Hospital, Raikot, and representing Ludhiana Academy of Paediatrics, who was the guest speaker, said the benefits of breastfeeding extended well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all vitamins and nutrients the baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect the baby from illness. Breastfeeding may also help children avoid a host of diseases that strike later in life such as diabetes, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease.

Van gifted: Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), an NGO, has extended its support to Muskan Welfare Society under its “Project Sunrise”. The AOF donated a school van to Muskan Special School, which will help them ferry special kids to school from in and around the city. Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali handed over the keys of the van to the society secretary, Gulshan.

LIC supports bank staff: Employees of the LIC of India under the banner of All-India Insurance Employees Association held a demonstration in front of the divisional office to express solidarity with the striking bank employees. They protested against the government move to privatise public sector banks and to reduce the government equity in banks. They also opposed the Banking Law Amendment Bill, 2011, and the policy of liberalisation of the financial sector.

Memo submitted: After two days of chain hunger strike organised by the District Youth Congress (DYC) in Goraya, hundreds of activists of DYC led by general secretary Jaspreet Singh today submitted a memorandum to the naib tehsildar, Goraya, and urged him to initiate required steps to provide fresh drinking water and disposal of stagnated rainy water.

Tricycles distributed: Under the distribution drive started by the Youth Akali Dal, Yadvinder Singh Yadu, general secretary, distributed 10 tricycles to needy persons of the area during a function organised at the grain market, Khanna. Yadu in his address stated that the Youth Akali Dal would distribute 15 more tricycles in the coming days. He stated that a big drive would be launched in the area soon to aware the youths about the ill effects of drugs, dowry, female foeticide and other social evils. tribune reporters



Open manholes, black hole in PAU’s reputation
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, August 5
It’s not only the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), which is often accused of being careless about installing covers on manholes, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) also seems to have joined this notorious league.

It is only due to sheer negligence on the part of varsity officials that several open manholes don the campus. Students have rued that if PAU officials failed to take any action in this regard, the day is not far when a tragedy can take place in the campus.

Such open manholes were spotted near the student’s home, an area, which is thronged by a large number of students everyday.

“They also make the surroundings stinky and unhygienic. Open manholes are black spot on the reputation of the university because the university is one of the best agricultural universities in Asia,” said Hardeep Singh, a student of BSc second year.

“It sounds odd that the university is facing such an embarrassing problem in the governess of Vice-Chancellor,” said a fresher.

Estate officer of PAU Jaskaran Singh Mahal said, “I would check open manholes and make sure that all of them get covered as early as possible.”

According to the MC record, more than half a dozen persons were killed after falling in the open manholes in the last five years. 

Past incidents

January 30, 2011: Seven-year-old Sujan died after falling into an open manhole near the Jalandhar bypass.

April 18, 1999: A city resident, Sarita Ahluwalia lost her life after falling into an open manhole near PAU.

In 1998: 56-year-old Rakesh Talwar was paralysed after the scooter he was riding fell into an open manhole in the Dhobi Ghat area on the Rajpura road.



From schools

Teej celebrated with fervour:
Teej was celebrated Girls enjoy Teej celebrations at Kiddies Paradise School in Ludhiana with fervour at many city schools. Dance, giddha and tradition pervaded the atmosphere. Little children dressed up in traditional Punjabi attires, embellished in traditional ornaments danced to the tunes of “Mai Vari Mai Vari” at Kiddies Paradise School. Punjabi beats and songs reigned supreme at Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, while primary wing of Guru Nanak International School got all adorned with flowers and phulkaris. Teachers at Tagore Public School made the day special by applying mehandi. Phulkari, parandi, Patiala shahis, Punjabi juttis, along with Punjabi ornaments made the ambience come alive at Greenland Public School.

Girls enjoy Teej celebrations at Kiddies Paradise School in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Foundation Day: The Foundation Day was celebrated at Spring Dale Public School amid a cultural programme that included mime, English play, western dance, action song, giddha and bhangra. Prayers were held for the prosperity of the institution and for the well being of the founder of the school, Avinash Kaur Walia. The function ended with the National Anthem. Satpal Gosain, Cabinet Minister, Punjab was the chief guest.

Clay modeling contest: The final round of the clay modeling competition was held at Bal Bharati Public School. The theme of the competition was flower bouquet. The children showed their creativity by making clay models of flowers and bouquets, leaves, pots, vase and baskets. — TNS

Stress on importance of fruits: MANDI GOBINDGARH: Children of CS International School, Mandi Gobindgarh, modeled on the theme of fruits at a function organised by the school here on Friday. It was an effort to encourage children to inculcate healthy food habits instead of eating junk. Principal Gagandeep Katoch explained about the importance of fruits in our daily life. The children recited rhymes on different types of fruits. — OC



 From colleges

Students win laurels: Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, showed their mettle by bagging first position in BSc I biotechnology (honours), the result of which was declared here on Friday. Sonam has stood first in the university with 80.5 per cent marks, while Gursimran, Parul and Simarpreet have clinched the sixth, seventh and eighth positions in the district.

Induction programme: The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Model Town, extended a warm welcome to freshers of BBA, BCA, MBA and MCA. A five-day induction programme was organised for the new entrants in the institute. Dr HS Singha, director, congratulated the students for taking up professional courses.

Top positions: Students of BSc I (biotechnology) of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, have proved their excellence in Panjab University annual examinations. Gagandeep Kaur stood eighth in Panjab University and first in the college by securing 74.4 per cent marks. Surinder Kaur bagged the 10th position and second in the college by securing 72.9 per cent marks. Ramandeep Kaur, students of MA II (political science), stood first in the college by securing 77.88 per cent marks. Jaspinder Kaur bagged the second position in the college by securing 72 per cent marks. College principal, Dr Charanjit K Mahal, and president S Gurbir Singh congratulated all for this glorious success.

Divya brings laurels: The PTU, Jalandhar, has released the merit list of gold medalists in various disciplines on Thursday. Divya Jain, a student of GNIMT, Model Town, is to receive a gold medal in the MBA. The university has scheduled its ninth convocation on August 18 at National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. The students who have secured gold medals shall be awarded degrees/diploma certificates during convocation. — TNS colleges



Beer Day festivity doesn’t cheer social bodies
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 5
Labelling beer as the gateway to hard liquor, office-bearers of various social and religious organisations of the area have condemned the celebration of the International Beer Day (IBD) by certain organisations.

They have urged apex religious bodies of the state to impress upon the government to impose a ban on the celebrations in the state.

“Beer has ruined more families than any other class of liquor, as it has emerged as a gateway to hard liquor like whiskey. Drunkards force their teetotaler friends to take bear by arguing that it was not liquor. And once they start drinking beer, they easily graduate to consuming hard liquor,” said Deepak Sharma, local unit president, Har Har Mahadev Sewa Sangh, after addressing a meeting of activists and office-bearers of certain social and religious organisations at the local Ram Mandir Dharamsala here today.

Regretting that some outfits in the area had organised special parties to celebrate the day on Thursday, Sharma said these organisations never bothered to celebrate occasions like National Days.

Inder Pal Singh and Yogesh Goyal, office-bearers of the Durga Sewa Society and Bhartia Mahavir Dal, alleged that unconcern of office-bearers of state-level religious bodies had resulted in a situation wherein the youth were easily falling prey to the western culture. Traditional drinks of Punjab, like and lassi, were being replaced by beer and wine.

Councillors Khushi Mohammad and Bimal Kumar Sharma, office-bearers of the Milk Dealers’ Association, regretted that none of the government and non-governmental organisations had bothered to check the consumption of liquor by minors.

“We fail to understand what welfare they are doing to society by celebrating the Beer Day. If they are so interested in organising functions, why did they forget to observe ‘The World Milk Day’ on June 1,” asked Khushi Mohammad and Sharma.

The origin

The International Beer Day celebrations started in Santa Cruz, California, US, four years ago. The celebrations, which used to be planned throughout the US and in the Philippines, Turkey, Australia, Israel, England, Estonia, South Africa, Canada, Lebanon, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, have now caught on in Asian countries as well



Speeding BMW overturns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
A speeding BMW SUV driven by a Gurdev Nagar resident overturned after hitting a divider near Welkom Chowk on the Ferozepore road late last night.

According to the police, the incident took place when the driver, identified as Gora, was coming from Mullahpur in his BMW SUV (PB 10 CL 2700) but lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into the divider. The impact was so strong that a traffic light was uprooted.

According to Rohit Pabreja, an eyewitness, the vehicle was doing well over 100 km/hour when it crashed into the road divider.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, had a providential escape as airbags came to his rescue.

According to the police, the occupant was taken to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

The accident led to a traffic jam after onlookers blocked the road.

‘Doing 100 km/h’

An eyewitness said the BMW SUV was doing over 100 km/h when it’s driver, Gora, lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a divider. The impact was so severe that a traffic light was uprooted



I-Day arrangements reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The city police conducted a meeting with Railway officials and RPF authorities to check security arrangements in the wake of Independence Day.

The meeting was conducted here this afternoon to ensure better coordination between the railway police and city police to nullify any effort of anti- social elements breaking peace on the I-Day.



Arrangements finalised for SGPC polls
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 5
All arrangements have been finalised for the proper conduct of elections to Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for which the acceptance of nomination papers started from yesterday and will continue till August 11. Even though the administration has made provisions for acceptance of nomination papers by returning officers concerned on public holidays or on Saturday and Sunday, no papers were filed till date for any of the 13 SGPC seats in the district.

Addressing a news conference here today, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said 923 polling booths had been set up for the elections for which voting will be held on September 18. 



Burglars decamp with 220 gm of gold
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, August 5
The house of Jhalman Singh, a resident of Kang Jagir village in Phillaur sub-division, was reportedly burgled last night.

The burglars entered the house and succeeded to take away 22 tolas of gold ornaments worth Rs 5.50 lakh and cash Rs 11,000. The police has registered a case in this regard and started the investigations.

In another incident, two unidentified armed robbers snatched Rs 50,000 from Rajinder Parshad near Bir-Bansian village last night.

Meanwhile, the Apra police has arrested a vehicle thief, along with a stolen Vespa scooter from him last night.



Unidentified body found
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Panic spread in the Madhopuri area after an unidentified body was found floating in the Budha Nalah here today. The incident came to light here this morning when onlookers spotted the body and raised an alarm.

Soon the police reached the spot and after much effort, the body was fished out from the Budha Nalah. According to the police, the identity of the deceased could not be established yet and the body was badly mutilated.



4 of gang held for 2 murders
Killed labourer, watchman for money to buy drugs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
Four members of a gang landed in the police net for killing two persons, here yesterday. The gang members admitted to having committed the crime for a handful of money to buy drugs.

In police custody, they showed no sign of penitence for their act that ruined the lives of victims’ children forever. With the arrests, the CIA claimed to have cracked two murder cases that took place in the city in the past one year.

The agency said they suspected the involvement of the gang in more such cases. However, two other members of the gang, Vicky and Deepu, managed to escape.

The suspects — identified as Ashu of Dhuri Lines, Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, Tej Parkash, both of Shimlapuri, and Inderjeet Singh of Lohara — were detained on the basis of suspicion from a check point near Arora Cinema on the Gill Road.

The ugly side of the four men, who appeared to be small-time drug addicts, has shocked the police.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashish Chaudhry, the four were behind two gruesome murders that took place in the city.

The suspects confessed before the police that they had killed a migrant labourer, Sanjay Mandal, in the Model Town area on November 5 last year and taken away Rs 300 from the victim’s pocket.

On June 13, the gang struck again and clobbered a watchman of Nepalese origin to death with bricks. The gang took away Rs 4,500 after killing the watchman.

Migrants were their prime target. They used to lay trap at a secluded place and attack their target to rob them.

“They were merciless. Their sole purpose was to attack and kill the victim. And they were doing so just to buy drugs,” said DCP Ashish Chaudhry.

The suspects have been booked under Section 302 of the IPC. They were produced in a court, which remanded them in police custody. A hunt is on to arrest the remaining two gang members.

Targeted migrants

The gang used to target migrants at a secluded place and attack them with the intent to kill before taking away cash'



Gang of con men busted; 4 arrested
Used to target gullible victims, mostly migrants, in banks
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
The CIA claims to have busted a gang of con men who used to dupe residents of their hard-earned money at banks. The gang of four had been thriving on the greed of their targets and tactfully making their victims partners in crime.

Those arrested have been identified as Vijay, Chandan, Mukesh and Jatinder Singh.

They used to hang outside a bank and zero in on their target, preferably a migrant.

The gang had recently conned Deep Singh of Jassowal village of Rs 20,000, when the latter had gone to the bank in Sarabha Nagar to deposit cash.

Deep Singh said: “On July 4, three members of the gang entered the bank along with me. After a few minutes, the fourth member of the gang, who claimed to have been carrying Rs 1 lakh in cash, also entered the bank. He told me that he had found the cash from the road and wanted to deposit it in the bank, but did not have an account. In the meantime, his three accomplices, who posed as depositors standing in the queue, told the man that they would deposit the amount on his behalf. However, the man carrying the cash asked for surety. So the three gave him some money from their pocket. Accordingly, I gave him Rs 20,000 in cash. I was told that soon after the man left the bank, they would share the booty. I was made a partner in crime. I thought that by duping the man, I would pocket more money. However, when I started counting the cash, to my shock I found blank papers cut to the size of notes in the wad beside some currency. I later realised that I had been conned. I am glad they are in the police net.”

The accused have been booked under Section 420 of the IPC and Rs 10,000 recovered from them.



Factory worker run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 5
A 27-year-old hosiery factory worker was crushed to death under a speeding truck at Kali Sarak, near the Jodhewal area, here today.

The incident took place this morning when Anil Kumar was cycling towards his factory unit.

According to an eyewitness, a speeding truck came from behind and ran over the victim. The truck driver, Amarjit, of Himachal Pradesh tried to flee the scene but was overpowered by the residents and further handed over to the police.

The Jodhewal police has arrested the driver for causing death due to reckless driving.



Facile victories for SDP school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 5
SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road branch, recorded easy wins in the under-17 and 19 groups in the Ludhiana Inter-School Cricket Tournament (PAU Zone) being conducted by the Punjab Education Department here today.

In the u-19 match played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University campus ground, SDP School beat GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, by 37 runs.

Batting first, SDP School scored 95 runs for the loss of six wickets in 10 overs. Pankaj Chowdhary made 28 runs, while Simranjeet and Rajat Bhatia contributed 19 and 18 runs, respectively.

For GMT School, Kamal grabbed two wickets for 25 runs in his quota of two overs.

In reply, GMT School was shot out for 58 runs in 9.2 overs. Mudit and Inderpal scored 12 and 10 runs, respectively, while other batsmen failed to click and they had to taste defeat.

For the winning side, Simranjeet, Ashish and Piyush Likhi claimed two wickets each.

In the second match played at PAU, SDP School scored an eight-wicket win over St Thomas Public School in the under-17 group.

St Thomas School (52 for 9) set the target of 53 runs in 10 overs. Abhishek and Rishabh scored 11 runs each, while Jaswinder made 10 runs.

For SDP School, Abhinav was the most successful bowler who chipped in with four wickets for just five runs, while Jaswinder took two for 7 and Mintu captured two for 12 runs.

SDP reached the target just 5.2 overs, losing two wickets in the process. The main contributors were Dharampreet and Jaswinder who scored 22 and 13 runs, respectively, while Pawan remained unbeaten on 11.

For the losing side, Khushpreet was the lone wicket-taker, claiming both the victims after conceding 22 runs.

In another match (u-14), Saraswati Modern School defeated Tagore Public School by eight wickets.

Chasing Tagore Public School’s score of 39 runs, SDP School surpassed the total in 5.5 overs after losing two wickets.

Harpreet and Shubham remained unbeaten on 15 and 19 runs, respectively.



KVM, SVM shuttlers enter finals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 5
Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines branch, in the boys’ under-14 and 17 categories and Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School in the under-19 group wrapped up semifinal matches to secure berths in the final of the Ludhiana Inter-School PAU Zone Badminton Tournament at Shastri Hall, near Guru Nanak Sports Complex.

In the boys’ under-14 section, Kundan Vidya Mandir players outplayed Saraswati Modern School 2-0 and Delhi Public School overpowered Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2-1 to enter the final.

In the boys’ under-17 semifinal, Kundan Vidya Mandir blanked Delhi Public School 2-0 ,while Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road branch, defeated Tagore Public School 2-0 to book their place in the title clash match.

In the under-19 group, Sanatan Vidya Mandir outclassed Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, 2-0 to reach the final, where they will meet the winner of the match slated to be held between Kundan Vidya Mandir and GGN Public School Rose Garden branch.



BVM lads triumph in dodgeball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 5
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School Kitchlu Nagar branch proved too good for Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd branch, whom they beat 2-0 in the final of the Ludhiana Inter-School Dodgeball Tournament (boys’ under-19) at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here today. The tournament was organised by the Ludhiana District Education Department in which teams from different schools across the district took part.

Earlier, in the semifinal, BVM players stamped their authority over Government High School, Ber Kalan, by beating them 2-0 to set up the title clash with Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal branch.



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