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Heavy rain brings city to a standstill again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
With the continuous heavy rainfall since Thursday evening, city residents had a harrowing time on Friday as streets turned into streams. Many of them caved in including a stretch of Daba Road near Maghar Di Chakki and another part of a street near the Punjab Handloom House in Maya Nagar. A large tree reportedly fell near the CRPC branch near the police commissioner’s office at the mini secretariat.

Following a relatively light spell of rain on Thursday night residents woke up to a cloudy morning and it began raining heavily at about 11 am. The rainfall continued for over a couple of hours and by that time the streets were flooded with water.

The areas worst affected were in the old city including Chaura Bazaar, Meena Bazaar and Mata Rani Chowk, where knee-deep water had accumulated.

Long lines of vehicles choked the streets, leading to interminable traffic jams. Many vehicles got stuck in the water, leaving commuters stranded in the middle of the road.

Rainwater also accumulated on the Domoria Bridge, on the Shingar Cinema and Rahon Roads and in Basti Jodhewal, Haibowal, Shivaji Nagar and Gurdev Nagar.

Even the area adjacent to the municipal corporation’s Zone A office was submerged in knee deep water that also entered some of the shops and houses nearby. The street near the MC office looked like a rivulet and the scene was similar in Chaura Bazaar, around the Clock Tower and on the old GT Road.

This is the second spell of heavy rainfall this monsoon season. On August 12 the city received 400 mm of rain over a span of 12 hours, throwing life out of gear. Losses due to the showers in the district were estimated at Rs 88 crore.

MC officiating commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi admitted rainwater had accumulated in some parts of the city. “However, efforts are on to ensure streets are not submerged. Anyway, the water has receded in most areas by now,” he claimed.


37.9 mm rainfall in under 24 hrs
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has said the city witnessed 37.9 mm of rainfall from 8.30 pm last evening to about 2.30 pm this afternoon.

A portion of Daba road that caved-in following heavy rain in Ludhiana
A portion of Daba road that caved-in following heavy rain in Ludhiana on Friday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Experts at the PAU said it was unusual as the average rainfall for the entire month of September was 100 mm. “This time, till today, the city has witnessed 50.7 mm of rainfall. There are chances of light showers in the next 24 hours as well,” Dr KK Gill, agrometerologist, said.

“Monsoon is still going on and this rainfall is due to the disturbance in the south easterly winds. But there are chances that in the next 36 hours, the weather would clear,” Dr Gill said.

On August 12, the city witnessed 400 mm of rainfall, which was four times above normal as the rainfall for August is 102 mm. For the entire monsoon season, the normal rainfall is 580-600 mm.

This monsoon, the city has witnessed a lot of rainfall, with 350 mm in June, 150 mm in July and around 480 mm till August 12.



Not just eyes, I will donate body too, pledges Gosain
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Taking a cue from the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who has taken a pledge to donate his eyes, Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain is willing to donate his body after death.

Gosain said: “Why only eyes? I will take the pledge to donate my whole body. It is a very noble cause. The Prime Minister has done a commendable job by taking this pledge.”

Former MLA Harish Rai Dhanda is also willing to join this cause. “I will also take the pledge to donate my eyes. The Prime Minister’s action is inspiring,” he said.

Dr Ramesh, chairman of Punarjot Eye Bank Society, said: “On our motivation, many people have come forward to donate their eyes. Local Bodies Minister Teekshan Sood and his family members have also filled the form pertaining to eye donation.”

“We have started widening our network by involving city doctors and requesting them to motivate patients to donate eyes. We held a programme in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, and the Ludhiana Opthamological Society. So far, we have transplanted 3,500 corneas free of cost,” Dr Ramesh claimed.

About 1 lakh corneas are required every year for transplantation in India. But only 40,000 are available. The ministry of health and family welfare is making efforts to generate awareness about eye donation.

Cornea shortage

About 1 lakh corneas are required every year for transplantation in India. But only 40,000 are available.



Verka hikes prices of milk products
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, September 9
For the second time in the last few months, Milkfed (Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Ltd) has increased the prices of its popular Verka brand milk products.

A 200 gm cheese pack has become more expensive by Rs 4 and pouches of curd and ‘lassi’ by a rupee, officials of the state-owned group confirmed. Now, 'lassi' will cost Rs 20 a litre while the price of cheese and curd will be Rs 40 and Rs 12 per 200g packs, respectively. The new prices are effective from September 5.

Earlier a litre of ‘lassi’ was available for Rs 19 and a 200g pack of cheese or curd cost Rs 36 and Rs 11, respectively.

Justifying the price hike, SR Saini, general manager of the city’s Verka milk plant, said: "The move is only to 'adjustment' the prices of milk products to prevent customers from being shortchanged. Because of the shortage of coins shopkeepers often give people toffees instead of change”.

Asked why the prices were not reduced by a rupee instead of increasing them by that amount, Saini replied: "The costs of product inputs are rising by the day. A year ago our milk procurement price was Rs 380 per kg of fat, but now it’s Rs 440 per kg of fat. Hence it’s not possible to cut prices by even a rupee. Also, the input costs for dairy farmers have increased as fodder has become more expensive. Besides, the recent hike in diesel prices has jacked up transportation costs."

Reacting to price hike, Gurjot Walia, a resident of the city’s Dugri locality, said: "The increase in prices of Verka milk products will hit my daily budget and I’ll have to shell out extra money every month for buying the required quantity”.



Admn, organisers gear up for Mela Chhappar
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 9
What originated as a small gathering of local residents for worshiping snakes, embodiment of Guga Peer over 150 years ago has emerged as a mega festival during the past three years.

The administration, organisers and vendors are busy in giving finishing touches to the preparations for the event commencing tomorrow.

Though originally the fair had started a small congregation of the devotees of Guga, it has now transformed into a big festival with immense political, economical and social importance.

Meanwhile, to supplement the arrangements made by the administration, various social organisations of the town and surrounding villages have come forward to organise ‘langars’, ‘chabeels’ and medical assistance camps for the welfare of devotees and volunteers during the Chappar mela.

Hind Hospital, Bharat Vikas Parishad and the CB Welfare Association will organise separate camps near the main gate of the Guga Mari and the police control room.

“We have already arranged for two ambulances and besides providing the first aid, the volunteers will shift patients to medical healthcare centres at local town and nearby cities,” said Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman of the CW Welfare Association.

Investigations revealed that a number of valuable lives had been saved due to prompt medical assistance by the organisers of the camps during the past years. A substantial number of drugged victims, who had become unconscious after consuming drug-laced ‘prasad’ given by some swindlers, and accident victims were saved due to easy availability of medical assistance.

Bimal Kumar Sharma and Dilshad, councillors, said a number of social organisations had finalised preparations for organising ‘langars’ and ‘chabeels’ at the mela site.

Rain dampens spirits

Intermittent rain throughout the day before the commencement of Chhappar Mela dissipated the traditional fervour at the rural fair.

Owners of various vends and organisers of conferences of various political parties, who had been busy in preparing pandals, eventually gave up and decided to halt the preparations for some time after seeing the mood of the weather God.

However, followers of Guga Peer continued pouring in to pay obeisance at the shrine.

Meanwhile, the administration had banned carrying of lethal weapons and agricultural tools, which could be used as weapons, at the mela site and six villages, including Chhappar, Latala, Dhulkot, Jand, Jurahan and Maherna Kalan.



1053 number for eye donation lying defunct
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Toll-free number 1053 launched the Ministry of Telecommunication for eye donation is yet to become popular in the city. This number was issued by the Ministry of Telecommunication to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about two years ago so that those willing to donated their eyes or that of their relatives after death could get themselves registered through this number.

According to sources, “A few persons have used this number in the past two years. Reason: People get discouraged, as it is accessible only from a landline. This number remains out of order most of the time despite numerous complaints lodged to rectify the fault.”

Dr Ramesh, chairman, Punarjot Eye Bank Society, said, “This number should be made accessible even from the cell phone so that more and more people could use it.”

Toll free number 1919 is active in six states for eye donation. Yesterday, Dr AS Rathaur, Assistant Director General, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who was in the city to attend a function also asked Chief Medical Officer Dr Daleep Kumar and Dr Ramesh to get the number 1053 changed to 1919.

However, Dr Daleep Kumar, CMO, Ludhiana, said he would urge the Ministry of Telecommunication to get the number changed from 1053 to 1919. “I am not aware of 1053. I will ask the concerned officer about it and tell you afterwards,” the SMO added.



BMW left in parking lot for 3 days gets cops jumpy
‘Mystery’ owner turns up just before car was being towed away
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
While city residents often blame police apathy for the steadily rising number of auto theft and carjacking incidents, many people themselves are not taking precautionary steps to prevent their vehicles from being stolen.

In the latest such case a careless resident left his BMW car costing nearly Rs 25 lakh at a parking lot in the Feroze Gandhi market for three straight days. The presence of a luxury car bearing Delhi license plates sent the local police into a tizzy. The cops thought it may have been carjacked or stolen in Delhi and abandoned in the market parking.

However, the car owner, later identified as Satish Kumar, who owns a hosiery unit in the Sunder Nagar area, suddenly appeared at the parking lot while the cops were about to tow it away. He reportedly told them he had parked the car there three days ago and had gone to attend to some work.

“I got late and couldn’t take the car from the parking lot. The next day also I was caught up with work. When I eventually went to the parking lot I was told the attendants had already left for home. The security guards posted there turned down my request to take away my vehicle. Today (Friday) it was raining heavily and I was waiting for the rain to stop. When I came to the parking lot to get my car I was shocked to see the cops towing it away”, Kumar told the police.

The cops later allowed him to drive away with the vehicle after he produced the requisite documents.



Training for beekeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The PAU department of Entomology will organise an advance training course on bee breeding and mass queen bee rearing techniques from October 12 to 14. Giving an overview of the programme Dr Balwinder Singh, Head of the department of Entomology said fast production of quality queen bees on commercial scale at beekeepers' level will give a fillip to the beekeeping and its diversification. He further informed that the course will see the participation of experienced and progressive beekeepers having large apiary units, practice innovative and scientific bee-keeping.

The trainees will be imparted practical knowledge on selection of stock, quality drone bees rearing, establishment of mating nuclei, gyne cell grafting, selective breeding, maintaining queen bee banks and on preparing bee packages. Besides, the thrust would also be on equipping the beekeepers with the novel queen bee rearing techniques involving karl-jenter and cup-kit systems.



Power Theft
8 defaulters penalised, two booked
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 9
The anti-power theft police station of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has registered power theft cases against two persons and deployed teams to arrest the defaulters. The PSPCL’s enforcement wing has detected and slapped a penalty of Rs 8.76 lakh in eight cases of power theft.

According to police officials, Rajesh Attri, a resident of the Jassian Road in Haibowal Kalan, was caught stealing power during a raid conducted by the enforcement wing. PSPCL officials had lodged an FIR with the anti-power theft police station and imposed a penalty of Rs 3.17 lakh on the defaulting consumer. Another consumer, Bhupinder Singh of Mullanpur, was also caught in the act. A case of power theft has also been registered against him besides imposition of a penalty of Rs 1.04 lakh.

The officials of the enforcement wing said nearly 300 connections of domestic, commercial and industrial consumers were inspected in the past a few days and six theft cases were detected. A total penalty of Rs 4.55 lakh was imposed on the defaulting consumers while the anti-power theft police was also asked to register cases against them.

Besides power theft, the inspection led to detection of 30 cases of wrong meter reading, one of unauthorised load and 40 cases of other irregularities in usage of electricity. A cumulative demand of Rs 11.5 lakh had been raised against the defaulting consumers.



Youth hit by mini bus, dies
Our correspondent

Machiwara, September 9
A 22-year-old newly married youth was crushed to death when a mini bus ran over him last night. Following the incident dozens of residents of Manewal village blocked the traffic and damaged the mini bus. The victim has been identified as Sher Singh who married two months ago.

Sources said Sher Singh, a farmer, was riding his motorcycle on the Rahon road and had reached near Manewal village when a mini bus of a spinning mill hit him. He died on the spot. After the villagers came to know about the incident, they reached on the spot and blocked the traffic on the road.

The angry villagers were about to set the bus on fire but the SHO of the area managed to pacify them. The driver of the bus, in order to save his life from the angry villagers, hid himself. Later, he was taken into police custody.

Sher Singh’s family members kept his body on the road for about half-an-hour and agreed to stop the agitation only after an assurance from the police officials to take a stern action against the accused. The body was handed over to the family members after postmortem today.



2 youths snatch gold chain
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
The snatchers seem to be moving fearless in the city. In the latest incident two motorcycle borne youths snatched away with gold chain of a girl in Model Town area today.

Narrating the incident Krishan Kumar, father of the girl, said he was ferrying his daughter to the college on a scooter.When they reached near Children Traffic Park located in Model Town, two youths riding on a motorcycle came from behind and the pillion rider lashed on the neck on the girl and snatched her gold chain.

The girl started screamed and Krishan stopped the scooter to check whether his daughter was safe. In the meantime, the snatcher had fled the scene.



Photography event new charm of youth festival
Charanjit Singh Teja

Ludhiana, September 9
Youth festival holds a new charm for photography enthusiasts in the city as the photography event has been included in it.

Though eight colleges from the city would participate in this event, only one participant from each college could take part in it. Five photographs have to be clicked in 2.30 hours on a given theme, while the theme will be given on the spot.

As per the university rule book, Photoshop will not be permitted. Judges will format the memory card before the event starts.

In the preliminary round, participants will submit their five developed photos. From these, the judges will choose the best photograph. In the final round, the photographer of the best picture from all eight participants will be adjudged as the winner.

“It is a very good decision of the university. Government should encourage the youth in developing such skills,” said Prof Ashwani Bhalla from SCD Government College. “This event will bring out talent of the participants. This will also let them discover their latent talents and they could also take it up as a profession,” he added.

Government College for Women, Master Tara Singh College, Mata Ganga College Manji Sahib Kotan, SCD Government College, Khalsa College for Women Guru Nanak Girls College are among the colleges that will participate in the event.



Strike by lab technicians from September 12
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 9
In response to the decision taken by the state body of the Medical Laboratory Technicians’ Association, laboratory technicians working with the health and family welfare department will go on strike on September 12 for three days and stage a dharna outside the office of the civil surgeon to protest against indifferent attitude of the state government towards their genuine demands.

With the contractual workers of tuberculosis wing of the health and family welfare department already on an indefinite strike for the past eight days, the day today working of the department has got disrupted.

A meeting of the district unit of the association, held here today under the presidentship of Bharpur Singh, decided to join the call for the three -day strike after the government adopted a stubborn attitude.

Activists of the body said if the government failed to accept their pending demands, they would be forced to intensify their stir by sitting on an indefinite hunger strike outside the residence of Punjab Health and Family Welfare minister Sat Pal Gosain from September 25 onwards.



sehajdhari issue
Captain, Sarna responsible for mess: CM
Our Correspondent

Khanna, September 9
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has held Capt Amarinder Singh, Paramjit Singh Sarna and a few other Congress leaders accountable for the Sehajdhari letter case in connection with the SGPC poll and demanded action against them. He termed the news about cash crunch in the SGPC as mere speculation. Badal also addressed rallies at Samrala and Payal in support of party candidates for the SGPC elections.

A showdown was averted at Samrala when a large number of Powercom employees, who had gathered to show black flags to the Chief Minister, were persuaded by the police officials to defer their programme after the Chief Minister agreed to meet them.



college shootout
Taking cue from past, authorities gear up to foil repeat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
After a youth was killed and several others were injured in the shoot-out in Kamla Loti College a few days ago, the colleges in the city are gearing for strengthening their security set up in order to avoid the repeat of such incident. Most of the authorities have installed doorframe metal detectors and CCTV cameras at the entrance to discourage armed outsiders from entering the colleges.

Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal, SCD Government College, said to keep a tab on the entry of outsiders, 11 CCTV cameras had been installed at different places on the college premises.

“We have deployed security guards to discourage miscreants from entering the premises. Doorframe metal detectors will surely help the college authorities in tightening security,” Makkar said.

Another college principal said the row over the leadership of college unions was behind the ruckus. The college principals should take steps during these months to foil any attempt on the part of miscreants to disrupt harmony in the college.

“The college is an educational institution not a jail. The police has to play a major role in keeping a tab on anti- social elements,” he added.

“We have been told to stop people with their faces covered from plying two-wheelers inside the campus,” said Arun Joshi, a senior security guard at the PAU.



Dental check-up camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College & Hospital organised a free dental check up and awareness camp at Karma Hospital. A team of dental surgeons comprising of Dr Ekta Singh Suneja, Dr Vikrant Sharma, Dr Preetinder Singh Mokha, dental interns and paramedical staff examined the patients.

Those who attended the camp were informed about the oral health hygiene routine, prevention methods and significance of periodoc dental check up and timely treatment.



ludhiana scan
Transport workers irked

The contractual workers of the Punjab Roadways would stage a dharna at the Punjab Assembly during the forthcoming assembly session on September 29 if the State Government failed to sort out the pending issue of regularisation of contractual workers. A meeting of the Punbus Contractors Workers Union, Punjab, held here on Friday noted with concern that a nexus of political leadership, bureaucrats and contractors was exploiting the contractual employees. Trade union leaders addressing the meeting alleged that the Punbus management was making fresh recruitments on considerations other than merit while the contract workers were being ignored for regularisation.

New car launched

Tata Motors launched the new version of its premium hatchback -- Tata Vista -- on Friday. Giving details, a spokesperson of the company said the new Tata Vista comes with a new front chrome grill, complemented with a new triple barreled headlamp for excellent visibility in low-light conditions. The new Tata Vista claims to deliver a mileage of 22.3 kmpl for diesel and 16.7 kmpl for petrol.

Onam celebrated

Muthoot Finance, Clock Tower, celebrated Onam with customers and guests. NK Gosain, branch manager, said the company had 3,336 branches in India and abroad and mainly dealt in gold loans and millions of people were availing the facility.

Badal's statement condemned

The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat has taken strong exception to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s terming the candidates of panthic morcha, contesting elections for the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee as Congress agents.

Nominations invited

Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust has invited nominations for the “Sat Paul Mittal National Award for Outstanding Services to Humanity” for 2011. The award will be given in two categories -- individual and institution. Both the categories carry a prize of Rs 2 lakh along with a citation and a medal. The nominations can be sent to “The President, Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust, Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana - 1410001” or emailed in pdf format at gen.secy@nskt.org.

Fellowship awarded Dr Jatinder Singh Goraya, consultant paediatric neurologist at the DMCH, has been awarded fellowship in neurology by Royal College of Physicians of Canada. According to a press release issued by the hospital, “He is the second neurologist from India to get this coveted fellowship.”

The fellowship is awarded to physicians who successfully complete a comprehensive and rigorous training programme and pass the certifying examination conducted by the Royal College. The fellows are required to participate in the Royal College’s programmes of continuing professional development to maintain this certification and fellowship. — TNS



School notes
World Literacy Day

Ludhiana: World Literacy Day was celebrated at GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass, here on Thursday. Students from various classes helped the support staff of the school to read and write. The maids of the school were taught to write their names and address in Punjabi and Hindi.

Creative contests

‘French Extravaganza’ was celebrated in BCM Arya Model School with different contests. Students of Classes IV and V of the French Club took part in collage making, calligraphy and dialogue contest.

Handwriting competition

A handwriting competition was organised at SSS School, Thareeke, Ludhiana, in order to encourage students to write in clear hand. The students who scored the best were given awards.

Ganpati Mahotsav

Ganpati Mahotsav was celebrated in Green Land Public School, GT Road. Hymns in the praise of Lord Ganesha were sung. President of Sidh Data Sewa Society Rajesh Rudra said complete devotion and faith could help a person overcome the obstacles in life. — TNS



Minor girl commits suicide
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, September 9
A class XI student of Sanmati Government Science and Research College, Jagraon, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her house last night. The 17-year-old was a resident of the Kacha Malak road, Jagraon.

As per information, the victim took the extreme step after being allegedly raped by a youth of the same college some days ago.

Sources said the victim’s classmate Rajwant Kaur had an affair with Pardeep Singh, a BSc final year student of the same college. A few days ago, when Rajwant was going to meet Pardeep at Moga, she took the victim along with her.

When they reached Moga, they found Darshan Singh, another BSc final year student of the same college, with Pardeep. After that all of them visited a farmhouse where Pardeep and Rajwant went to a room. In the meantime, Darshan Singh, who was sitting in a separate room with the victim, allegedly raped her.

When both the girls were returning from Moga, a relative of the victim saw them and informed her parents. When girl’s parents asked her if she had visited Moga, she denied and told them that she was in the college.

But when her family members enquired from the college they came to know that she was absent on that very day. It was also found that her classmate Rajwant Kaur and both the boys, Pardeep Singh and Darshan Singh, were also absent from the college on the same day. After the whole incident came to light, the college authorities suspended all four students.

It was then that the victim narrated the incident to her family. Feeling embarrassed after this incident, the victim consumed some poisonous substance and committed suicide last night.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against the three persons, including the girl, on the complaint of the family members of the victim. When contacted, the investigating officer said, “The police has registered a case under Sections 376, 306 and 120-B of the IPC against Pardeep Singh of Dhoorkot village, Darshan Singh of Jhandeani village and Rajwant Kaur of Jagraon and the investigation is going on.”

According to the police, the body of the victim has been sent for the postmortem at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon. None of the accused was arrested till the filing of this report.

n The victim took the extreme step after being allegedly raped by a youth of the same college some days ago
n College authorities had suspended her for bunking class



Nephew shoots at uncle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 9
A 72-year-old man was allegedly shot at by his nephew over a land dispute at Sunet village near BRS Nagar here last night. The victim identified as Sohan Singh was rushed to CMC hospital for treatment after the shot fired from the close rang broke the thighbone of the victim.

Baldev Singh, a resident of Sunet village, said Sukhdev Singh, brother of victim Sohan Singh, was at loggerheads over an acre worth Rs 5 crore.

Sonhan Singh, a bachelor, was thrashed by Jatinder nearly 10 days ago when the former came to see the disputed land.

“We had even reported the matter to the police and filed a written complaint against the culprits,” said Baldev Singh.

Last night Sukhdev Singh entered the one-room accommodation of Sohan Singh and entered into a heated argument with the latter.

Sukhdev Singh told the victim to transfer the entire property in Jatinder Singh’s name. When Sohan Singh refused Jatinder Singh entered the room and shot at the victim’s leg.

Jatinder managed to escape from the spot. “Sohan Singh was lying in a pool of blood. His leg was broken and he was screaming in pain.

We rushed him to a hospital where he was operated upon,” said Baldev Singh.

The police said a country-made weapon was used for committing the crime. The Sarabha Nagar SHO said a case had been registered and manhunt launched to nab the accused.



3 ‘notorious’ criminals nabbed
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 9
The Ludhiana (Rural) police arrested three notorious criminals from Kamalpura village situated on the Jagraon-Raikot road yesterday evening. The accused have been identified as Himmat Singh, Neela and Jaspal Singh Vicky, all residents of Akhara village.

Ludhiana (rural) SSP Amar Singh Chahal was on his way to inspect security arrangements made for the Chhapaar Mela at Chhapaar village near Mandi Ahmedgarh when he spotted three youths standing near Kamalpura village bus stand. One of them was holding suspicious looking thing in his hand.

As soon as the SSP’s car stopped near them, the youths left the motorcycle and fled from the spot. Security guards of the SSP chased and nabbed one of the accused. Two others managed to hoodwink the cops. The police recovered a country-made pistol. A huge contingent of police was summoned to Kamalpura village and a manhunt launched to catch the accused.

The house-to-house search operation continued for more than 6 hours. Himmat Singh and Neela were finally nabbed by the police from a house located on the outskirts of the village. The police wants Himmat Singh in more than 10 criminal cases and Neela in four cases.



An all-rounder in the making
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, September 9
“Shane Warne has been my idol since I was a child”. Children playing gully cricket will echo similar sentiment, but this city lad’s action speaks louder than words.

He has not only excelled in bowling but in batting also. BY taking 25 wickets in three matches in an inter-district cricket tournament, he has proved that he can weave magic with the red cherry.

Sandeep Singh (17) first played the cricket a decade ago. Rolling his fingers for the leg-spin was the outcome of his natural instinct. This leggie’s favourite delivery is googly, as he loves to beat the batsmen. He can also wield his bat in the field in the need of the hour.

He has been a consistent performer gobbling 12 wickets and scoring 250 runs in last year’s tournament as well. He has also played and done well in under-22 inter-district championships.

His outstanding performance is the result of 6 to 7 hours of training everyday. “I train at Arya College for a few hours in the morning and then from 3pm to 7pm.” After reaching home in Shimlapuri it is time for hitting the ball in the nearby nets under the lights.

The coach is also proud of him. “He is a promising young bowler. With his variety, line and length, he is one of the finest leg spinners in his age group in the country,” says Charanjit Bhangu, chief coach, Ludhiana District Cricket Association. “He is hardworking and sincere. He impressed the selectors in Ranji camp held recently.”

His father Avtar Singh loves the game and wants to see his son do well in it. Youngest of his three sons, Sandeep is the first one in the family to take up cricket and has his eyes set on the wicket and donning the blue.



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