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20-yr-old run over by bus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Kanav Aggarwal, a 20-year-old youth was crushed under a bus near the Sarabha Nagar “pully” on Pakhowal Road last evening. Kanav, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, was a student of BCom-I at Shri Aurobindo College of Commerce here.

At around 8 pm yesterday, a bus of a private company hit his motorcycle and he was crushed under its tyres. The bus driver, identified as Baba, a resident of Pakhowal, did not know that Kanav had got crushed and stopped only after some people raised the alarm. But Kanav was already dead by then. The bus driver then fled from the spot.

Kanav’s father, Rajinder Aggarwal, owns a factory of cycle parts. He had an elder sister.


Friends remember Kanav as jovial and without spite
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Classmates and friends described Kanav Aggarwal, a first-year BCom student of the city’s Shri Aurobindo College of Commerce, as a jovial and optimistic person for whom there was no place for hatred or negative feelings.

Little did he know he would be meeting his friends for the last time on Tuesday evening before death snatched him away.

Kanav was killed in a road accident that occurred on Pakhowal Road when had gone with a friend to buy a birthday present for his close buddy, Pranav Gupta.

Pranav, in a choked voice, told the Ludhiana Tribune: “Kanav was an above average student and a thoroughly jovial and positive person. Today is my birthday and Kanav, along with another friend, Nishkarsh, had gone to the market yesterday evening to buy a present for me. They wanted it to be a surprise at my birthday party. I could never imagine the surprise would turn out to be such a cruel shock. Both had gone to their homes after getting the gift but Kanav, after a few minutes, again went to Pakhowal Road to buy some grocery products for home. We used to go to college together and I used to go to his place almost every morning”.

It was perhaps a birthday that Pranav would never wish to remember. "I’ve just come after attending the cremation of my dear friend”, he said while trying to hold back his tears.

After a condolence meeting was held at the Shri Aurobindo College of Commerce, principal RC Behal announced the college would remain closed on Wednesday. "It’s is a big shock for all of us. But we must check about the safety of our children so that no more innocent lives are lost in such fatal accidents", he said.

Meanwhile, heart-rending scenes were seen at the cremation venue with Kanav’s parents, sister and grandparents inconsolable. "The family members are devastated and no words or gestures can provide any succour to them in their hour of grief. Kanav was a lovable and obedient child", said a paternal uncle.



SHOs taken to task, 2 cops suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
The Police Commissioner has come down hard on Station House Officers (SHOs) who are “giving a free hand” to the gambling and “satta” mafia thriving in the city. The action was taken this evening following information that some SHOs had even arranged accommodation for members of the gambling mafia.

Two police officials deputed in the CIA were suspended in this connection and sent to the Police Lines. The Police Commissioner had called for an emergency meeting of all the SHOs in the city.

During the meeting, he reportedly named certain SHOs and asked them to stand up, police sources said. He gave them a dressing down and held them responsible for the audacity of anti-social elements. The DCP, Ashish Chaudhry, refused to divulge any details.



Lawyers want security tightened at local courts
Bar association condemns deadly blast outside Delhi HC
Rajneesh Lakhanpal
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 7
The powerful bomb blast outside a gate of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, in which at least 11 people were killed and several others injured, sent panic waves among the city’s legal fraternity for want of adequate security arrangements in the Ludhiana district courts.

Security was beefed up after the shootout at the lawyers’ chambers two years ago with one reserve Punjab police battalion deployed at all the entrance and exit points of the complex. However, with the passage of time, the battalion was shifted elsewhere and even the metal detectors installed at the gates removed after they became nonfunctional.

These days only the security personnel are present, frisking visitors at the district courts’ entrance gate (near the sessions judge’s court), with no policemen in sight.

There are three entrance points to the local courts - two from the direction of Model Town Extension and one from the Feroze Gandhi market. A large number of litigants and those accompanying them come through these gates without being checked as no cops have been deployed at these gates.

In order to check unlawful activities and to prevent any untoward incidents, a police post was set up at the district courts a long time ago. However, the police force did not have enough personnel to be deployed at all entrance and exit points to check visitors.

Condemning the blast outside the Delhi High Court, JS Miglani, vice president of the District Bar Association and Gurkirpal Singh Gill, secretary, said the incident was “shocking” and demanded security at the district courts be tightened.

Former Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana chairman BK Goel urged the city police commissioner to strengthen security in the court complex. “Several lawyers met me today, asking me to take up the matter at the higher level”, he said.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee legal cell’s chairman, Dharamjit Singh Khera, convenor Ashok Bhakri and general secretary Kamaljit Sharma as well as former additional advocate general Harpreet Sandhu condemned what they called the “terrorist act” outside the Delhi High Court. They have written a letter to the Punjab police DGP demanding adequate security at the Ludhiana district courts.

Requesting not to be quoted, a senior police official said: “There is an acute shortage of policemen to check all the entry points of the district courts complex. Even then we’re doing our best to provide security to litigants as well as judicial staff”.



Security check at railway station
tribune news service

Ludhiana, September 7
Security was put on high alert at the railway station following a bomb blast outside the Delhi High Court here today. The police checked tea stalls and the luggage of passengers. It also inspected the parking area and impounded unclaimed vehicles.

“We will be conducting frequent checks and more police personnel will be deployed in and around the railway station,” said SHO Kotwali Amandeep Singh.



Whistleblower’s ultimatum to Gosain
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Sukhvinder Singh, a senior assistant at the Pakhowal Community Health Centre, who was given the Anna Hazare award by Health Minister, Punjab, Satpal Gosain, on August 22 for unearthing three scams in the health department, has given a deadline of a week for action to be taken against the accused.

He told the minister and the Director Health Services to take strict action against the accused, failing which he would return the award.

According to an inquiry conducted last year by the Joint Director and Deputy Director Health Services, Satish Kumar Garg and Ganesh Kumar Bansal, who were serving at the Civil Surgeon’s office, were found guilty of tampering with and forging documents of the budget of the health department.

They were transferred, but Satish Kumar Garg has been posted back to the Civil Surgeon’s office.

In a statement issued here, Sukhvinder Singh said: “I unearthed three scams worth crores at the health department and Gosain honoured me with an award. But no action has been taken against the culprits. I request the minister to transfer back Satish Kumar as I fear he could again tamper with the records of the scam there. Strict action should be taken against the accused within a week else I will return the award.”



NRI nuclear scientist in soup
Was robbed of laptop containing crucial info, but no case yet
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
A France-based NRI nuclear scientist, whose ATM card and a laptop containing sensitive data on nuclear science was robbed on August 25, is in a soup as he is receiving queries from the French authorities on how he lost the laptop containing crucial details about the Indo-French project.

He is at present working in France as a research scholar in the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research.

To make matters worse, he was made to shuttle from one police station to another to get a case registered. The Chandigarh police has washed its hands of by giving a daily diary report (DDR) to him.

A resident of Khanna, Dr Aman Deep Sood, a doctorate from the department of physics, Panjab University, has been frantically calling the French embassy to tell them about the incident of sedation.

He said he was returning home after appearing for an interview at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee by a bus around 8.30 pm on August 25.

The bus stopped at a dhaba near Yamunanagar and he befriended a man there who laced his food with some pills. Dr Sood managed to reach his brother’s house in Sirhind, but had no inkling that he had lost his laptop and other valuables.

“After consuming food I started feeling drowsy and do not know what happened after that. I regained consciousness after three days and I recalled the sequence of events,” he said.

“I do not know how I reached Chandigarh though I had bought a ticket for Ambala. The police at Sector 43 told me that I had reached the police station during the wee hours on August 26 and narrated the incident. They handed me a copy of the DDR,” he said.

“The laptop contained years of research work in nuclear physics and was issued by the IFCPAR authorities.

What will I do? The French authorities will not believe that I was sedated. I will never return to India again,” he said.

Criticising the role of the police, he said: “It is bizarre. I was in delirium and told the cops that I have been robbed, but instead of taking me to hospital or launch a hunt to nab the suspects, the cops listed the matter in the DDR and showed me the door,” he alleged.

His ATM card was used at a shopping mall. He had brought the matter to the notice of senior police officials, but no action was taken to nab the accused he claimed.



Server down, work hit at treasury office
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Crashing down of the main server at the finance department in Chandigarh has delayed the monthly budget of government employees who are still waiting for their salaries of the month of August.

Due to ongoing problems of server, the computers have slowed down and thus affecting hundreds of employees of different departments including PWD, B & R, cooperative department and agriculture department.

According to sources, ''Earlier it was National Informatics Centre (NIC) which was providing its services through its serve to the district treasury offices. But on August 7 its contract finished. And the new contract has been given to a private company that has established its server at Chandigarh. But the services being provided by the new server are full of teething problems. Most of the time the server remains down. Due to this lot of work of clearing pay and GPF Bills is lying pending.” Balbeer Singh a class -III employee of the agriculture department said, “I applied for my GPF on August 25 but I am yet to get the money. I am being told that earlier there was no sanction, so it got delayed. Today it is September 7 but I am still waiting for the money which I need urgently."

Another employee of the cooperative department said, “we come daily for getting the dues and go back empty handed. We are told that computers are not picking up load, so it is getting delayed.”



Governor held up for an hour in city
Rain in Chandigarh delays chopper take-off
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, September 7
Punjab Governor, Shivraj Patil had to wait for nearly an hour in the city today after the pilot of his official chopper did not receive any signal from Chandigarh due to bad weather condition there.

The Governor was in town to address a function organised by Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) here today.

While the Governor was attending the function he was told about the inclement weather in Chandigarh. Patil had to wait at the local five star hotel after the function till the pilot received a go ahead from Chandigarh base. The travel time from Ludhiana to Chandigarh by chopper is 20 minutes.

His chopper had landed at mela grounds of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), much to the relief of sportspersons, who have been resenting the use of playgrounds for the landing of VIPs’ choppers.

Appreciating the move, PAU students said that they had no problem if VVIPs choppers landed at mela grounds but when sports-grounds were used for such purposes, the whole purpose of sports was defeted.

His chopper landed at PAU grounds around 11:45 am today.

Punjab Agriculture University Students Association President B.S.Sidhu said that students or the sports fraternity had no issues when choppers landed at mela grounds, but during rains or bad weather when authoritiesw allowed choppers to land at sports-grounds, the stadium got damaged due to the temporary helipad.

Meanwhile heavy security was deputed at the campus when Governor’s chopper was about to land. “Since the cars, or security are near the grounds, we are not disturbed much”, said Surinder Singh, another student at PAU.



Haphazardly parked vehicles, illegal rehris dot Bhadaur House area
MC turns a blind eye to menace
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
City’s Bhadaur House area seems to be in the grip of illegal rehris and haphazardly parked vehicles. And the Ludhiana municipal corporation’s office, which is barely 100 yards away from Bhadaur House, seems to be unaware of the menace.

Vehicles remain parked on the road, despite the fact that the MC multi-level parking lot and the one owned by Calibre Plaza are situated nearby.

One can also see vehicles, including trucks, parked on the incomplete Lakkar Bridge, which obstructs the movement of vehicles of contractors.

Two-wheelers parked haphazardly below the Lakkar Bridge flyover in Ludhiana (From top) Vehicles and illegal rehris on the road leading to Bhadaur House area make it difficult for one to commute
Two-wheelers parked haphazardly below the Lakkar Bridge flyover in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma (From top) Vehicles and illegal rehris on the road leading to Bhadaur House area make it difficult for one to commute.

Ironically, all this is happening right under the nose of the civic body, which seems to be least interested in checking the menace in the area.

A few days ago, a fire broke out in the area, and due to haphazardly parked vehicles on the road, fire tenders could not reach the spot.

The fire tenders could not even enter the Lakkar Bridge, as vehicles were parked at the entry point. Thankfully, the extent of fire was less.

NS Nanda, president, Bhadaur House Market Association, lamented that people visiting Bhadaur House and even adjoining markets parked vehicles on the road.

“I am one of the oldest businessmen of the area and have never gone through such a problem. I have raised the issue with the MC officials many a times, but they have failed to take any action. If action is not taken on time, people will keep parking vehicles on the road,” Nanda added.

A large number of people visit Bhadaur House and even Calibre Plaza also known as AC market.

An area shopkeeper lamented that most of the vehicles parked on the road were of people visiting Calibre Plaza.

“They park their vehicles, mostly motorbikes, along the road, and even under the Lakkar Bridge, which leads to traffic congestion and creates problems for area shopkeepers.

All this is done despite the fact that Calibre Plaza is having its own parking lot and some private security personnel are also deputed at the entry point. They never ask such persons to park vehicles on the top floor of Calibre Plaza and keep sitting there as mute spectators,” he added.

After the road connecting Mata Rani Chowk and Deepak Cinema road was opened for vehicular traffic almost a month ago, the area witnessed a sudden spurt in the number of rehris in the area.

Officiating MC Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi said he was not aware of the issue.

He added that steps would be taken to check the menace.



City Bus Service
Project gets delayed as company jumps deadline
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Even though the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) officials had completed the survey of 40 low-floor buses at the Tata company’s factory in Lucknow last month, the company has jumped the deadline of September 24, by which it was supposed to deliver 40 low-floor non-AC buses.

Reason- the MC officials have raised some doubts over a few technical issues.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, who is on the board of directors of Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited, stated that they could not go ahead with the purchase of buses, until the technical issues were addressed.

“The multiplex wiring, which the company is offering is “Master Slave”, but as per specifications of the Ministry of Urban Development, only “Master Master” wiring is allowed. We had asked the company officials to address the issue by Monday, but they said they would file a reply by today (Wednesday). All we want to know is whether they would replace the wiring or deliver buses with “Master Master” wiring. But we have not received any communiqué so far,” claimed DC Tewari.

Sources in the MC said earlier the company officials were to submit their reply by Monday, but when they didn’t send any reply, senior MC officials sent an email. “At that time, company officials sought two more days for the reply. But today also they have not filed any reply,” claimed a senior MC official.

Earlier, when the Tata company failed to deliver the AC buses on time, an earnest money of Rs 2.5 crore was forfeited by the MC. Later, a fresh contract for the supply of non-AC buses was held.

The company was to deliver 40 low-floor non-AC buses by September 24 and a contract in this regard was signed in May. The company officials have quoted a price of Rs 48 lakh per bus.

DC Tewari said if these issues were not resolved soon, the tenders could be cancelled and the entire process would have to be started again. “But everything would be decided in a meeting of the board of directors, which would be called soon,” claimed the DC.



Neo-natal jaundice not a disease
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 7
Jaundice in newborns is not a disease, but a physiological change. Dr Atul Goel, associate professor in paediatrics at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, says: “Almost every newborn has mild jaundice, but if it aggravates, it is serious and should be treated properly.”

Jaundice happens because at the time of birth, the liver of a baby is not mature enough, so it does not function properly. It takes three-four days for it to start functioning normally. But sometimes when the level of bilirubin goes up, it needs to be treated, he says.

Dr Neelam Sodhi, a gynaecologist, says: “When a mother has RH factor, but the baby has different, jaundice follows. Sometimes when we give an oxytocin injection for inducing labour, it may jaundice in the baby. Premature delivery and infection in mother or baby after delivery can also be a reason. If it occurs within 72 hours of the delivery, it may be due to physiological change.”

“But if the level of bilirubin goes up to 20-22, it may affect the brain. So, it should be treated,” she adds.

Explaining why this happens, Dr Daljeet Singh, head of the paediatrics department and principal of the DMCH, says: “Once a baby is delivered, the RBCs break down and the bilirubin goes up. If the mother has already gone an abortion, her body develops anti-bodies, so the baby will have jaundice. Mild jaundice is treated through phototherapy. The baby should not be exposed to sunlight as the ultra violet rays can affect the health of the newborn. If the level increases, the blood of the baby also changes.”



Cops seek locals’ help
Drive against gambling
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 7
Identifying traffic congestion, drug addiction and illegal lottery as major factors behind petty crime, the police sought the cooperation of elected representatives and office-bearers of social, religious and educational organisations in curbing the menace.

Addressing a public meeting at the local MGMN Senior Secondary School, Amargarh Deputy Superintendent of Police Narinder Singh Ruby called upon councillors and office-bearers of social and religious organisations to extend support to the drive launched by the police against drug addiction, illegal lottery, gambling and traffic violations.

Maintaining that anti-social elements could not be identified without the help of the local populace, Ruby urged social leaders to feel free to provide information about drug peddlers, gamblers and ‘satta’ operators in their respective areas.

Assuring that the identity of informers would be kept a secret, he argued that helping the administration in maintaining law and order and providing a crime-free environment was the moral duty of every citizen. Jatinder Bhola, Ramesh Ghai, Vicky Tandon, Kuldeep Singh Karwal, Sita Gogna and Jagwant Jaggi alleged that drug addiction and illegal lottery had ruined many families in the town in the past few years.

Though the local police, led by Rajesh Sharma, had tightened the noose against the perpetrators of these crimes, residents wanted that more efforts be made to eradicate these evils.



Laying of sewer
Work moves at a snail’s pace
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, September 7
The work pertaining to laying of sewer pipes is moving at a snail’s pace in the town. The sewerage board has dug up each and every street of the town. Dehlon residents said, “After digging up roads 15 to 20 days ago, the workers never bothered to visit the area again.”

They said they had been urging the authorities to get the roads repaired, but to no avail. “On Jandiali road, sewer pipes have been laid, but still it is in a bad shape,” said a resident.

Residents said the pipes which were being laid were of small size. “The problem will persist even after the completion of work,” lamented another resident.

Jasminder Sandhu, chairman, Market Committee, Sahnewal, said,“Replacing pipes without understanding the depth of the problem is useless. The department should work out a practical solution. Broken pipes are being used. Even the water supply has been disrupted due to laxity on part of the sewerage board officials,” he added.

Sharanjt Singh Dhillon, in charge, Sahnewal Assembly constituency, had directed the sewerage board officials to compete the work by September 30.

Amarjit Singh, SDO, sewerage board, said, “We will try to complete the work by October 1. “If the weather allows and there is no labour shortage, we shall be able to meet the target in the stipulated time. As far as the size of the pipes is concerned, the issue has been sorted out. We just want to tell residents that small streets cannot have big pipes,” he added.



mela chhappar
Vendors to put up stalls in periphery of town
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 7
With the SGPC elections keeping politicians preoccupied, only a few are expected to turn up at Mela Chhappar scheduled for Saturday. This has apparently discouraged vendors from hiring land for putting up stalls near Guga Mari shrine.

While this will help maintain law and order situation near the shrine, the police will have to deploy an extra number of cops on peripheral roads where stalls of eateries and fun games will be established for the first time.

Owners of land situated at the mela site and near the shrine had increased the rent substantially in view of the hike in prices during the year.

Though organisers of political conference have already hired plots of their choice, vendors, who come here with an intention to earn handsome income, seem to be a frustrated lot.

Maintaining that the rent of prime pieces of land had almost doubled, Lakhbir Singh, a vendor from Patiala, said he had decided to put up his stall on the periphery of the town.

Ashok Kumar, a contractor, said a large number of vendors had preferred to try their luck on link roads leading to the mela site than paying higher rent for land near the shrine. A piece of plot that was rented for Rs 61,000 last year, fetched Rs 1.5 lakh to the owner this time.



Demonstration by BSNL employees

Ludhiana, September 7
The BSNL employees today held a demonstration in front of the general manager’s office at Bharat Nagar Chowk. Com Balbir Singh, circle secretary, BSNL Employees Union, Punjab, while addressing a gathering said the management had taken an arbitrary and hasty decision to stop the allowances of employees, including freezing of the LTC.

“Despite reeling under financial crunch, luxurious mobile phones and cars are being purchased for officials,” said Balwinder Singh, district secretary, BSNL. — TNS



at the crossroads
Musings on Teacher’s Day

Teaching is not a profession but a way of life. Learners become teachers in the course of time. It is a life-long process which does not halt even after retirement. A teacher dreams of a better tomorrow and for that purpose he enthuses students to discard the hackneyed views and beliefs.

The role of a teacher is not confined to a classroom, rather in the social sphere, too, he has to act as a crusader against injustice and exploitation.

A great teacher is a student all his life as he learns from students as much as he teaches them. While teaching he comes across students from various sections of society and his contact with them enhances his knowledge of socio-economic problems.

His sympathy for the underprivileged determines his humanistic outlook and sympathetic point of view.

Without the awareness of the difficulties faced by have-notes, he cannot do justice to his classroom teaching as mere bookish knowledge is not enough.

The great teacher, Dr S Radhakrishnan, was considered philosopher-king when he assumed the office of the President of India.

During his tenure, he created such an atmosphere as was conducive to the enhancement of the prestige of teachers.

He had authored a large number of books on philosophy during his teaching career in India and abroad.

He dedicated Rashtrapati Nivas, Shimla, to Indian Institute of Advanced Study for postdoctoral research in humanities.

That was his historic contribution both as a teacher and a thinker. That institution has made progress by leaps and bounds over the years, while keeping aloft his name that serves as the Kindly Light of John Milton’s conception.

Now-a-days a teacher has to carve out his niche by hard work in educational hall of fame.

In society, too, he has to prove his probity on the basis of his credentials. He is no more above suspicion like Caesar’s wife.

His moral aptitude is also under the microscopic lens. Nothing can be taken for granted.

Every teacher has to come up to the expectations of his pupils and their parents.

Above all, he is answerable to his own conscience.

— by NS Tasneem



Carjacking gang busted
Mohit Khanna

Ludhiana, September 7
With the arrest of three persons, the city police has claimed to have busted a gang of carjackers, who robbed the car of a city resident on August 2. The suspects have been identified as Om Dutt alias Mintu, Sohan Lal alias Sonu and Saranjit Singh alia Kalu. They were arrested following a security check in the Dugri area here last night.

Bant Singh, SHO, Dugri police station, said the police was conducting a routine check and spotted a maruti Alto car.

The cops asked the car occupant to stop for a check but the suspects tried to flee the spot. After chasing them, the police party managed to intercept the vehicle.

The suspects failed to show any documents of the vehicle and during questioning they confessed that they had snatched the car from the Dugri area on August 2.

Bant said the police had launched a manhunt to arrest the five accused, who were also involved in the snatching incident. While giving details about the modus operandi, Bant said the gang used to intercept the cars on deserted road during the night. Once the occupant stopped the vehicle, the accused used to overpower the occupants and fled with the vehicle. The police said the gang had confessed to have committed one carjacking crime.

The accused were produced before the court and sent to police remand.



Cops arrest four robbers
Ashok Kaura

Phillaur, September 7
The Goraya police has claimed to have bust a gang of robbers with the arrest of four members near Boparai in Phillaur subdivision. The arrested persons were identified as Bachitra Singh, Jiwan Kumar, Harjinder Kumar and Pankaj Verma.

The police recovered 15 mobile phones, one laptop, three sharp-edged weapons and one motorcycle. The goods mentioned above were stolen from various places in the last few months. The accused have been found guilty and confessed their involvements in dozens of the cases of robbery.

The robbers were nabbed at a naka organised by the police after receiving a tip off, said the police. All the arrested accused were produced before the Phillaur Judicial Magistrate who sent them to three-day police remand.

Snatcher arrested

The Goraya police has arrested a snatcher identified as Sher Singh of Rurrka-Kalan village and recovered one pair of gold earrings last night.



Day after clash, seven booked for murder bid
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, September 7
The day after a violent clash at the Civil Hospital, the police today booked eight persons and some unidentified assailants in an attempt to murder case and for obstructing a policeman from performing duty.

The accused have been identified as Jaspreet, Sanjeev, Nitish, Charanjit Singh, Amandeep Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Ranjit Singh and Harjit Singh.

According to the police, old enmity between Sanjiv and Jaspreet led to the clash. The groups had also clashed at Tibba road yesterday morning. During the clash, Jaspreet sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital. Sanjiv and his accomplices came to know that he had been taken to hospital.

They then went to the hospital where the two groups clashed again. Sanjiv sustained injuries after being hit by a baseball bat. The police has arrested Jaspreet and seven others in the case.

Seetal Ram, in charge of the hospital police post, said the accused had assaulted him and obstructed him in performing his duty. The accused were produced before the court and sent to police remand.



Cheque bounce
Woman gets one-year term
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 7
Judicial Magistrate Vipindeep Kaur has convicted Mona Rani of Urban Estate Dugri in a cheque bounce case of Rs 2 lakh. She was sentenced to a one-year imprisonment. The court also ordered her to pay fine of Rs 5,000.

The complainant, Karamjit Kaur of Jethi Nagar, Khanna, Ludhiana, had submitted that the accused had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from her on August 22, 2008. She was given a cheque dated March 3, 2009, with the assurance that the same would be encashed on its presentation. But the same was dishonoured by bank.



Savinder, Parminder strike golds in boxing
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 7
Savinder Kaur and Parminder Kaur brought laurels to their village, Chakar, near here, as they won gold medals in their respective weight categories during the seventh Youth Women’s Boxing Championship held in Jalandhar recently.

Trainees of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, stamped their authority in the meet by winning top honours. Savinder Kaur beat Pooja Rani of Sangrur in 51kg to clinch a gold medal. Earlier, in the semifinal, she pipped national-level boxer Naina from Patiala to book her place in the title clash match.

Another upcoming boxer Parminder Kaur won a gold medal in 48kg. In the final, she got the better of Vaishali from Amritsar, also a national star.

Both the boxers were honoured on reaching their village today. Prof Balwant Singh Chakar, organiser of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Ajmer Singh Sidhu, Baldev Singh Sidhu and Devinder Singh, along with office-bearers of the academy, were present.



Chess Meet
Alpine school clinch titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 7
Players of Alpine International Senior Secondary School proved their mettle by clinching titles in the girls and boys sections in the U-14 category, besides in the boys U-19 group, in the third edition of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Chess Championship (West Zone) held at Alpine School.

In the girls U-14 section, Alpine School players proved too good for their opponents and secured top honours, while Blossom Convent School finished as runners-up and GRD Academy secured the third position.

Similarly, in the boys section (U-14), Alpine International School recorded victory to fetch the title. The second and third positions were bagged by Jatindera Green Field Senior Secondary School and Blossom Convent School, respectively.

Alpine International Senior Secondary School also romped home as champions in the boys U-19 section. Jatindera Green Field School had to content with second place, while Shri Guru Ram Rai School secured the third place.

However, in the girls U-19 category, Jesus Sacred Heart School emerged victors, followed by Sant Kabir Academy and Alpine International School.

Director, Alpine International Schools, Rajeshwari Dhir and principal, Anju Banga congratulated the position holders.



Cricket Meet
Ludhiana in strong position
Sandip Singh took seven wickets
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 7
Hosts Ludhiana, who were awarded four points on the basis of first innings lead against Muktsar, were in sight of an outright victory against Barnala on the first day of the third match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University here.

After containing Barnala to a small total of 98 runs, Ludhiana declared their first innings at 117 after losing just two wickets. At the draw of stumps, Barnala were tottering at 62 runs for the loss of six wickets in their second essay.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat. Ludhiana bowlers bowled to perfect line and length which paid rich dividends. Barnala’s first innings culminated in 26.2 overs with 98 runs on the board. Except for Aashish, who scored 25 runs, no other batsman withstood the ground.

Right arm, leg-spinner Sandip Singh ripped apart Baranla’s batting line-up, scalping seven victims for 22 runs, while Gurjot Singh claimed two wickets for 24 runs and Nikhil Choudhary accounted for one wicket for 18 runs.

Thanks to some fine batting display by Sunny Pandey (63 not out) and Abhinav Bhatia (37), Ludhiana declared their innings at 117 runs for 2 after 20.4 overs.

In the second innings, too, Barnala batsmen found themselves struggling with only 62 runs on the board after losing six wickets.

It was again Sandip Singh, who ran through the visitors' batting grabbing five wickets after conceding 29 runs, Nikhil captured one for 16.



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