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Murder most foul
Man pushes mother into canal for Rs 6 lakh
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, October 13
The greed for Rs 6 lakh drove a man and his two sons to kill his 65-year-old mother, Surjit Kaur, a resident of Khattran village after pushing her into the Bhakra canal on Dasehra day. The heinous crime came to light when police fished out her body from the canal yesterday.

The accused, Sohan Singh and his two sons, Jarnail Singh and Hardeep Singh, have been booked on a complaint by the daughter of the deceased, Gurpreet Kaur. Surjit Kaur had gone missing on Dasehra and her son had lodged a disappearance report with the police.

According to SP(D) Khanna, Balwinder Singh, the woman had sold off earth from her fields to brick-kiln owners for Rs 6 lakh a few days ago. Her son and grandsons wanted money from her, but she refused to part with a single penny. This made them angry and they started having arguments with the elderly woman, who did not buckle under any pressure.

The trio suspected that she wanted to gift the amount to her daughter and finally hatched a conspiracy to kill her. On Dasehra, Sohan Singh asked his mother to accompany him to a nearby village “as a distant relative wanted to meet them”. They left together on a motorbike with the woman riding pillion. When they reached village Khant on Bakhra Canal, Sohan Singh stopped his motor cycle and told her that his motor cycle had developed a snag.

In the meantime, her grandsons also reached there and they all thrashed her and tried to push her in the canal. She begged for mercy, but they refused to hear her cries and abused her. They then threw her in the canal but one of her legs got stuck in a barbed wire on the banks of the canal, but the trio managed to push her.

Sohan Singh later tried to file a false report with the Samrala Police about her disappearance, but on secret information their crime was detected and they were arrested.


Cloth merchant arrested for minor’s rape
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The three- year- old girl, who was raped yesterday in her school, had been overpowered by a 24-year-old cloth merchant in the school’s rest room. This shocking revelation was made by the police following the arrest of the accused. A resident of Shivaji Nagar, the accused, identified as Honey Kapoor, was arrested today.

The accused cracked soon and confessed to committing the heinous offence. Narrating the incident, Honey told the police he went to the private school on the afternoon of October 12, where unique identity cards (UIDs) were being prepared. He claimed he was under the influence of drugs. He saw the girl while standing in the queue. Finding an opportunity, he slipped from the queue and took the little girl in the bathroom where he allegedly raped her.

After raping the girl he panicked and fled the scene. The cops zeroed in on the accused during investigation.

Sources said that some area residents and employees of the UID centre also testified against the accused.

Incident leaves girl, family scarred

Parents of the victim said the incident had left the girl and her family scarred for life. “She will be branded a rape victim. I fear what will happen when she will be old enough to understand how she became a victim of a man’s animal instincts. She would have been safer in a jungle. Today I feel sorry for being the mother of a girl. What is her fault that she had to face all this trauma? Rapists should be castrated or given capital punishment. These people are a threat to society and should be punished in such a way that nobody dares to rape anybody, said the girl’s mother.

Chronic case of paedophile

“During the investigation, we found that the accused was roaming in and around the centre for a couple of days. We inquired from the youths with whom he used to hang around on the school premises. During questioning, Honey cracked soon and confessed to committing the rape.”

Sanjiv Kumar, investigating officer



Issuing vehicle RCs
Dealers face initial hiccups
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The state government may have "launched" the facility yesterday on registration certificates (RCs) of vehicles to be prepared by the dealers themselves, but the particular software to be installed with the dealers is yet to be connected with the main server at Chandigarh. Hence, it is expected to take at least a week for the process to begin smoothly.

Facing initial hiccups, dealers feel that though it was a beneficial facility being provided to customers, many issues still require to be "sorted-out" with the department.

Besides, many dealers in the city maintain that the department had promised that the RCs will be issued to customers within four days after getting the documents from dealers. Even after having submitted all papers/fees to the department about 15 days ago, dealers still require to get the document signed by the signing authority (DTO). Said a Honda dealer in the city, "We have submitted the documents but department has not reverted back the particular document with the sign of the DTO. Customers have been making rounds at our offices on a daily basis. They are our clients and it becomes so difficult for us to face them without getting their document prepared. Some of them think that the delay is on our part but we are helpless."

Another Maruti Dealer in the city said that though the software had been installed at their premises, it was still to be connected with the main server. "We are facing initial hiccups. We are regularly meeting with officials of the District Transport Department to get certain things cleared. Once our software is connected with the main server, things will be streamlined," said the dealer.

Despite repeated efforts, DTO Ashwani Kumar and Additional DTO TS Sahota could not be contacted for the comments.



Tae-kwon-do comes in handy for girls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Keeping in view the rising cases of eve-teasing outside the girls’ colleges, the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjar Khan campus, has taken an initiative to train its students in martial arts.

The Department of Physical Education has started training classes in tae-kwon-do for students. A number of students are taking these classes with enthusiasm and they feel that after learning various techniques of this martial art from their coaches, they would be able to handle the eve- teasers in a better way.

Pooja Bansal, a student of B.Com (I), said, "I never played any game in school but when I joined the college, I felt that Tae-kwon-do is the perfect game for self-protection. I haven't any experience of teasing, but this game has made me more confident.”

Palak, another student from BCA (I), said, "I joined Tae-kwon-do training classes a few days ago and have got a good hold on kicks, blocks and punches. Not only for self-protection, these classes also useful for physical fitness."

Jaswinder Kaur Ahluwalia, head of the department, told the story with pride, "I remember a few years ago, a hooligan blocked the way of our two judo players. The girls were not frightened. In the end, they taught him a good lesson."

"This game gives courage and confidence to the girls," said Arwinder Kaur, a teacher of physical education.

The girls are performing well in training classes. Tae-kwon-do is a very useful activity. It teaches self-defence and strengthens the mind and body through increased physical coordination and mental discipline. It also builds confidence. Taekwondo can be chosen as a career too.

Narinder Sharma, Coach



Adulterated ‘khoya’ being brought to city by road
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
The festive season is on and sweetmakers are busy preparing sweets. Due to frequent raids conducted by the health department last year along with media's exposure about adulterated ‘khoya’, this year the product is not being brought here through trains from neighbouring states but via road.

Manoj Khosla, Food Safety Inspector, Health Department, said,"We also information that khoya is coming from Muzzafarnagar (UP), Panipat (Haryana) and Sangrur (Punjab) to Ludhiana via road. We are keeping a strict vigil on all this and hope to seize it. We have raided many sweet shops and found that sweet makers are preparing khoya on their own. We are continuously checking the workshops of different sweet makers and have not found spurious or adulterated khoya as such. However yesterday at Lakkar Bazar we seized 50 kg khoya burfi, which was suspected to be adulterated. In Ludhiana there may be adulterated khoya, but not synthetic khoya."

He said if someone consumes adulterated sweets, one can suffer from indigestion and stomach problems. But for a layman, it is difficult to find out whether the khoya-based product is adulterated. He said,"The district health department has taken 37 samples in October. Today also we took three samples of Khoya Burfi, Gulab Jamun etc from Sidhwan bet side and will continue our checking campaign."

Status of samples taken last year:

  • Last year, the district health department took 98 samples of eatables, including sweets, bananas, papaya , khoya, Patisa, khoya burfi, milk, milk cake etc before Diwali. Out of these 13 failed.
  • When asked about the action taken against the failed samples, Dr Kulwinder Singh District Health officer, Ludhiana said, "We launched cases against the owners in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate and decision is being awaited."

Penalty or punishment under Food Safety and Standard Act:

  • Manoj Khosla, Food Safety Officer, health department, Ludhiana, said," Penalties and punishments under under the Food Safety and Standard Act vary according to different parameters:
  • For misbranded: penalty up to Rs 3 lakh, for sub-standard up to Rs 5 lakh.
  • Penalty for getting food not of the nature or substance or quality demanded is up to Rs 5 lakh. Penalty for misleading advertisement is up to Rs 10 lakh, food containing extraneous matter up to Rs 1 lakh, penalty for not complying with directions of Food Safety Officer up to Rs 2 lakh, unhygienic and unsanitary processing or manufacturing of food Rs 1 lakh.

None of the big sweetmakers are getting khoya from other states. All are making khoya on their own, although the milk supply is not as per the requirement. Moreover, Mandi Ahmedgarh has enough dairies, so sweetmakers also get khoya from there. There is hardly remains any need to get it from neighbouring states

— Narinder Pal Singh, president, Halwai Association Punjab

2 quintal ‘patisa’ seized

Today we seized 2 quintals of ‘patisa’ from a factory at Dashmesh Nagar, Jagraon. It was being prepared in an unhygienic way. The patisa was being prepared by adding sooji, maida, colour and sugar. We have also taken the samples of it. The owner of this shop is Shri Shyam

Manoj Khosla, Food Safety Officer



Married woman dies under mysterious circumstances
Parents allege foul play
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 13
A 25-year-old married woman caught fire under mysterious circumstances at her house located in the Agwar Khuaja Baju area here yesterday. Following this incident, the victim was admitted to the civil hospital where she succumbed to burn injuries today morning.

The victim identified has been identified as Simranjit Kaur. Three children, including a six-month-old girl and her husband Kamaljit Singh, survive her.

This incident took place at around 7 pm yesterday while Simranjit Kaur was preparing meals for the family members in the kitchen. The victim accidentally caught fire when the stove on which she was preparing the dinner exploded. She received serious burn injuries during the incident. She was admitted to the civil hospital. She succumbed to burn injuries today morning.

The parents of Simranjit have, however, accused her in-laws of killing their daughter. According to Surjit Singh, father of the victim, Simarnjit’s husband and other in-laws used to beat her for bringing insufficient dowry.

“Simranjit Kaur and Kamaljit Singh got married about seven years ago. Kamaljit and his parents started harassing my daughter soon after the marriage. Kamaljit had even deserted my daughter twice in the past, but the issue was resolved twice in the panchayat. Now, Kamaljit was pressing Simranjit for divorce so that he could marry someone else,” alleged Surjit Singh.

He further claimed that his daughter’s in-laws, just a day before the incident, had demanded Rs 10,000 from his wife when she had come to meet Simranjit. “When we expressed our helplessness in fulfilling their demand, they set my daughter afire with an intention of killing her”, alleged Surjit Singh.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 in this regard. Investigating officer Chaman Parkash said at case had been registered after recording the statement of the victim. According to Chaman Parkash, the victim had recorded in her statement that she caught fire accidentally while preparing dinner for her family. However, he promised to look into the allegations levelled by the victim’s parents.

A case has been registered after recording the statement of the victim. Simranjit had stated that she caught fire accidently while preparing the dinner for her family. But, we will look into the allegations levelled by the victim’s parents also and act accordingly

— Chaman Parkash Investigating officer



Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs
MCI asks state body to probe, act against guilty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 13
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) to investigate the alleged promotion and propagation of a few ayurvedic aphrodisiac formulations during the annual conference of the Society of Andrology and Reproductive Medicine (ANDROCON-2011) hosted by the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in February.

Taking cognisance of a complaint filed by Dr GS Grewal, a city-based doctor, and a member of the PMC, the Ethics Committee of the MCI quoted Clause 1.1.3 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) which says: “No persons other than a doctor having qualification recognised by the Medical Council of India and registered with the MCI/State Medical Council is allowed to practice modern system of medicine or surgery. A person obtaining qualification in any other system of medicine is not allowed to practice modern system of medicine in any form.”

The Ethics Committee of the MCI, quoting another earlier ruling, further observed, “The doctor having MBBS or MD degree under modern (allopathic) medical system are not trained in the pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and therapeutic aspect of Ayurvedic medicine during their course of study, and as such they can not prescribe Ayurvedic drugs.”

Concluding that there seemed to be a violation of the Ethics regulations 2002 in this particular case, the MCI has referred the matter to the PMC for necessary action since the doctors concerned are practicing in Punjab.

The MCI has directed the PMC to investigate and take necessary action within six months under Clause 8.4 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations 2002, which provided that decision on complaint against delinquent physician shall be taken within six months.

In case the complainant is not satisfied with the decision taken by the PMC, he will have the option to file an appeal with the MCI under Clause 8.6 of the same regulations, the MCI added.



Traders pledge to pay taxes on time
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 13
Traders, including commission agents and rice millers of the town and surrounding areas took a vow to contribute towards the region’s development by paying taxes and levies applicable on their firms and family members.

Oath was taken in response to call given by a few office-bearers of the social, financial and trade organisations during the concluding session of a seminar on the “Importance of Bank Finance in Growth of Small and Medium Entrepreneurs.”

Anuradha Narayanan, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, presided over the session and Amzad Ali, chairman, Sohrab Group of Industries, and Amrik Singh Jandali, chairman, Market Committee, Ahmedgarh were guests of honour.

Acknowledging that majority of the entrepreneurs of the region have succeeded in increasing the productivity and profitability of their firms with the help of institutionalised loans, members of the arthiya and rice millers’ association admitted that only those traders whose balance sheets reflected positive growth were granted loans.

Both Anuradha Naraynan and Amzad Ali were of the view that the concealment of income created more problems for the entrepreneurs than saving taxes. “Payment of a little extra tax by declaring income from all sources helps accumulate more capital besides avoiding exploitation at the hands of government officials,” they said.

Explaining various trader-friendly schemes of the bank, Naraynan disclosed that borrowers paying higher taxes were charged lower rate of interest.

Showing concern over the growing tendency of getting works done through middlemen, Naraynan urged the entrepreneurs to discourage it and approach bank officials directly. She also directed managers of various SBI branches not to entertain ‘agents’ and promptly processes all loan applications received from genuine entrepreneurs.

Acknowledging that majority of the entrepreneurs of the region have succeeded in increasing the productivity and profitability of their firms with the help of institutionalised loans, members of the arthiya and rice millers’ association admitted that only those traders whose balance sheets reflected positive growth were granted loans.



Car catches fire on Mall road
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
A white coloured I-10 car (PB 10 CM 4791) caught fire near Red Cross Bhawan, Mall Road, this afternoon. Nobody was inside the car when this incident took place. Fire brigade officials said the car, which was parked on the roadside, had got badly damaged by the time fire tenders could the spot.

A fireman said, “Nothing is left in the car. The charred remains of the burnt-out car can only be seen on the road.

Fortunately, nobody was sitting in the car when this incident took place.” The owner of the car has been identified as Sanjiv Mittal. He said his daughter, Swati Mittal, a student, had taken the car to her institute on the Mall Road and parked on the roadside. “But, somebody set afire heap of garbage and dry leaves lying near the car. Thus, the car caught fire. Nothing is left in it. But, my daughter is safe by the grace of god,” said Mittal. He, however, added that the people should desist from burning garbage and dry leaves on the roads. It could have proved fatal for passersby even, he added.



I-T dept conducts raid on three units
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Four teams comprising eight to 10 members each from the Income Tax department, are conducting surveys on three major forging and furnace units since 11.30 am today. The surveys are being conducted on Sunder Forging, Arora Alloys Private Limited and Khuran Steels on their premises in Focal Point and the Chandigarh road, respectively.

According to sources, surveys are being conducted under the supervision of DS Brar, Additional Commissioner (Range I) and Income Tax Commissioner I Kulwant Singh. Surveys were on till the filing of this report and it was expected to continue till late night.

Department officials have reportedly seized loose papers and computers of the above stated firms and their stocks were being checked. These firms would surrender undisclosed money worth crores once the survey concludes.

Meanwhile, another survey is being conducted under the supervision of Additional Income Tax Commissioner MPS Malhotra. The income tax officials raided three premises-Darshan Food, Darshan Namkeen House and Darshan Bakers-in Khanna today. The surveys are being conducted on the directions of Income Tax Commissioner II Kuldeep Singh. The surveys were still on and officials had seized the papers and other documents to unearth the undisclosed income.

Undisclosed Income

Officials of the Income Tax department raided three major forging and furnance units today. They also seized papers and other documents to unearth the undisclosed income.



Youth Fest
Spiritualism, social issues brought to fore
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 13
Essence of spiritualism and different shades of social and emotional issues came alive in today’s events in the GADVASU Youth Festival. The day was full of shabad gayan, mime, mimicry and one-act plays.

In the morning session, group and solo shabad gayan was performed and evening session was reserved for theatrical events like mime, mimicry and one-act play. While on one hand, the one-act plays showcased social and family issues, on the other hand, they highlighted environmental concerns.

Two plays, “Ghar Gum Hai”, which narrated the story of broken families and its impact on children, and “15 August”, a political satire, were staged. “Neer Nirupan” highlighted the problem of depleting water. “Siskiyan” expressed emotions due to female foeticide, whereas “Jadon Chann Roti Lagda Hai” depicted the socio-economic breaches of society.

Dr Darshan Singh Aulakh, organising secretary, said tomorrow’s events would include skits and mono acting.

Dr Satinder Pal Singh Sangha, DSW, said Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will be the chief guest tomorrow, whereas Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, will preside over the function.



Class XI students get Sparkz training at KVM School
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Sparkz is the name of the stationery company that is managed by class XI students of commerce stream of Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, with the help of their teachers.

Set up with an aim of giving students the exposure to skills of selling, negotiating, budgeting, marketing, management strategies and working as a team, the students apply their theoretical knowledge for running the company.

The team comprises of a CEO, an MD, a legal advisor, a purchase manager, a finance manager and marketing managers. “These are class XI students. They pass on the baton to the new batch every year around August. They run the company mostly on their own, but consult us when needed guidance,” says Neeraj Anand, who teaches business studies.

“Most of the work is managed by class XI students, while class XII students help them. We interview students before selecting a team of 16 students for the company,” said Manjeet Dhaliwal, another teacher.

Abhilash Aneja, who was the MD last year, feels it is a learning experience as acting as the managing director he had the responsibility of making profit. Everything doesn’t come easy to them. “At one point of time, the company started incurring losses and we had to find ways to increase revenue. So we came up with the idea of selling stickers on environmental issues. Our input cost was about Rs 2 and we sold the stickers at Rs 5, therefore generating profits,” says Yugank Sharma, who wants to become a charted accountant.

Divyansh Jain, who is the purchase manager, said he learnt about looking at the potential market. Ananya, the CEO this year, feels that it is a good experience to be able to practically do what they study in books. They have regular meetings to discuss about management strategies.

Principal Navita Puri said she started this initiative two years ago to give the students practical exposure.

Prateek Vadhera, who is now studying in the Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and acted as the finance manager of the company last year, feels that the experience gave him the practical knowledge. Garima who is studying at the National Law College, Bhopal, who worked as the legal advisor of the company, said the experience helped her in getting through the interview for the college.



Students rally against stubble burning
Our Correspondent

Dehlon, October 13
With an intention to make peasants aware of the deleterious affects of paddy stubble burning on the flora and fauna, students of government schools organised awareness rallies and marches today. Heads and teachers led the crusaders to awaken masses against the menace.

The crusade was launched in compliance with orders issued by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari. He had advised authorities of the district education department to help educate the farmers about the causes and consequences of the malpractice that had already caused substantial harm to the people.

A large number of students marched through the streets and fields to impress upon the farmers to stop burning paddy stubble as it had been banned by the administration.

The students were carrying placards and raised slogans against those, who according to them were not worried about their (students) future and sustainability of the environment. The students told the farmers that they, by burning paddy stubble, were helping in the emission of hazardous gases, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other oxides, which were injurious for animal health. People suffering from asthma, cardiovascular diseases and skin ailments were among the worst affected.



Teacher blogs to reach to his students
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Harneet Singh, who teaches history and civics at Sat Paul Mittal Public School, uses blogs for giving information and assignments to its students. Teachers are increasingly being informed and told to use technology as a tool to teach, reach and interact with students in the ways they find relevant and interesting.

“It is easier to connect with the students through blogs and Facebook, as this is the language they understand and find it interesting and attractive,” says Harneet.

Students also feel that studying this way enhances the learning experience. Rageshwari, a student of Class IX, feels that learning through blogs and presentations increase retention. Shreya Dada, another student, echoes that it is more exciting to study and recapitulate through blogs and it is easier also.

He lists syllabus, relevant information, worksheet notes and assignments on the blogs. To avoid the problem of stealing information, he protects documents by setting passwords, which are accessible only to his students.



Orientation programme ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 13
The two-day orientation programme organised by the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) for newly recruited computer operators under the Central-sponsored “Support to state extension programmes for extension reforms (ATMA) scheme” concluded today.

Fourteen computer operators from different districts of the state attended the programme.

Dr MS Mahal, director, PAMETI, introduced them to the concept of ATMA scheme, its background, objectives, strategy for its implementation and institutional set-up at village, block, district and state level.



600 examined at eye camp

Jagraon, October 13
The Shaheed Udham Singh Charitable Society, Jagraon, organised a free eye check-up camp today. Around 600 patients from different villages of Ludhiana district were examined by doctors.

As per the information given by Sukhdev Singh Toor, society president, a large number of patients suffering from various eye ailments were benefited. The patients were examined by an eye specialist, Dr Guarav Divedi, surgeon in charge at Vivek Charitable Hospital, Jalal.

Medicines were also given free of cost. — OC



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Workshop on soft skills development

ludhiana: The business administration department of Guru Nanak Dev Engineer College organised a workshop on soft skills development for students and teachers. The workshop was conducted by Sunita Sharma, MD, PELTC, and a resource person with the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh. The main emphasis of the workshop was on developing certain individual and group skills. She also highlighted the necessity of effective communication power required in the light of environment of global firms.

Industrial visit

The industry institute interface cell of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College organised an industrial visit for their MCom and BBA students to the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) on Thursday. Around 45 MCom and BBA students accompanied by Prof Deepak Dhingra, in charge, interface cell, and Prof Monica Chopra visited the Ludhiana Stock Exchange. Sadhu Ram, officer training, delivered a presentation on the capital market. He enlightened the students about SEBI and its role in capital market. He also explained about the online trading process through online trading session.

Poster-making contest

The NCC unit of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, in collaboration with the 3 Pb Girls Bn organised a workshop here on Thursday. A poster-making competition on the theme safety methods and how to play safe was conducted. The cadets took out a rally that made people aware of various safety measures that must be adopted in order to fight natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, Tsunami etc. Principal Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal stressed upon the need to spread awareness about safety measures and national disaster reduction. — TNS



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Congress organisational election

The organisational election officer of the Indian Youth Congress, Dalip Vajpai told party members at a meeting that all names of those persons, who had enrolled themselves as members, had been put on the website of the party. Objections or amendments to the list can be filed in the party office here from October 13 and 21. After the last date for filing of objections, no claims will be entertained and the list of members, eligible to take part in the organisational elections, will be treated as final. Details of rejected applications for membership are also available on the website, he added.

NCP slams govt

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has urged the Punjab Governor to dismiss the SAD-BJP government in Punjab. Slamming the government for its failure to curb the rising prices and mafia groups operating in land mining, liquor, cable network and real estate business, vice-president of youth wing of NCP, Sachin Tandon, alleged that senior government functionaries were lending overt and covert support to monopoly groups, thus becoming a party to exploitation of the people.

Industrial visit

The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) organised a one-day industrial visit for students of fashion design at Creative Knit Industry and Adinath Knit Industry here on Thursday. The students had a complete insight training of the practical aspects from pressing and pasting to fabric weaving and fabric printing, which involves the process of actual garment.

Training workshop

A training workshop on “Psychology of interview and selection” was organised at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) for MBA and MCA final-year students. Asit Ghosh, founder-director of Tuff Trak International from Kolkata, conducted the workshop. The students were trained to empower themselves for enhancing their interview skills, along with confidence building.

Awareness rally

DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, carried out an awareness rally on environment issue on Thursday. The rally was flagged off by Principal JK Sidhu. She apprised students about the problem of environmental pollution by burning paddy straw, which leads to respiratory diseases like asthma, lung cancer, etc. The students raised slogans appealing to landowners to end the practice of burning of crop residue for saving environment. — Tribune Reporters



Gold worth Rs 20 lakh seized, woman held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Jaspal Kaur (35) was arrested from her residence at Bhamiyan village during a raid conducted the police last night. Stolen gold worth Rs 20 lakh was recovered from her house. While the main accused, Harpreet Bittu, husband of Jaspal Kaur, is absconding.

CIA in charge Harpal Singh said the woman was arrested in a looting incident that took place near the Shivpuri Chowk on August 12. Parveen Kumar of Jain Jewellers was looted by two accused, Harpreet Bittu and Satpal Bobby, when former had alighted from the deluxe bus coming from Delhi near the Shivpuri Chowk.

Both, Satpal and Bittu, had stolen a bike on which they were hunting for a vulnerable target when they saw Parveen Kumar standing alone near the Shivpuri Chowk.

They asked Parveen Kumar to handover the valuables.

On searching, the accused found gold worth Rs 40 lakh tied along Parveen’s waist.

“We have recovered half of the gold from Bittu’s wife. Another half is still with Bittu and Satpal, who are absconding.

A case has already been registered against them,” the SHO added.



Two killed, three injured in mishap near Khanna
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 13
Two persons were killed and three others injured when a tempo collided with a Qualis and Swift car last night. The deceased has been identified as Anubhav Jain (14) and Parkash Kumar (32), both residents of Banur. Two injured have been identified as Ravinder Singh and Raghav Shukla, both residents of Mandi Gobindgarh and Sunil Kumar of Banur.

Both of them were returning from Ludhiana after attending a marriage ceremony of one of their relatives. One of the tyres of the Qualis, in which they were travelling, got punctured. They were waiting for a vehicle on the GT road for seeking help. Suddenly, they found a swift car coming from Ludhiana side and they signaled it to stop. They sought the jack from the driver. Meanwhile, a speeding tempo, coming from Ludhiana side, hit and crushed them under its wheels.

Three persons of the Swift car also came in its grip and sustained injuries. ASI Jaswinder Singh said all injured were stated to be serious.

They were referred to a hospital in Ludhiana.

The tempo driver fled from the spot after the accident, the ASI added.



Auto drivers clash over passengers, one hurt
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 13
An auto driver sustained grievous injuries after he entered into an argument with other auto drivers over lifting passengers today morning. The injured auto driver has been identified as Jaswinder Singh (35), a resident of Dashmesh Nagar in Jagraon.

According to injured auto-driver Jaswinder Singh, who is undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital, he had ferried a few passengers to Gurdwara Nanaksar today morning. A few passengers boarded his auto at Nanaksar bus stand.

This did not go well with other drivers standing in the Nanaksar auto stand. They started arguing with Jaswinder and asked him to not to take the passengers, as he was an outsider. But when Jaswinder objected to this, four auto drivers allegedly attacked and injured him badly.

They fled from the spot after assaulting Jaswinder. A few passersby rushed Jaswinder to the local Civil Hospital. Meanwhile the police has recorded his statement and started investigating the case.



Vehicle thief arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Sandeep Sharma (25), alias Gifty, was arrested by the Division No. 1 police station from the Kotwali Area for stealing three bikes from different areas of the city. A case under Sections 379 and 411 has been registered against the accused.

Division No. 1 SHO Amandeep Singh said the accused, a resident of Shivpuri, was working as a salesman in AC Market, Bhadaur House. He had lifted three bikes-Honda Shine (PB 10 BH 0786), Activa (PB 10 DL 2420) and another Activa (same number) from Dandi Swami and Pindi Street.



GCW eves clinch basketball title
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 13
The basketball team of the Government College for Women (GCW) won Panjab University Championship held at Panjab University from September 27 to 30. The team defeated Dashmesh Girls College, Badal, by 35-11 in the knockout match. In league matches, the team defeated PU Campus by 39-20, PGGCM by 38-20 and defeated Khalsa College for Women by 63-57.

Six players, namely Indu Bala, Jasdeep Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Rajveer Kaur, Ranveer Kaur and Chandeep, were selected for the inter-university camp.

Principal Gurminder Kaur, college faculty, head of physical education department Sharanjeet Kaur and associate professor Balbir Kumar congratulated the winners for their achievements.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary Punjab Basketball Association, Mohan Lal and Ashwani Kumar congratulated the team members and appreciated the efforts put in them.



Green Land eves hog limelight in chess
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 13
Girl students of Green Land Public School bagged first position in the under-19 category of the CBSE North Zone-II Chess Championship, which was recently held at Gita Bal Niketan Public School, Faridabad.

Boys of the same school qualified for the nationals to be held at DAV Public School, Ballabgarh, Haryana. Sunakshi Batra was declared the best player in the U-19 girls’ category. Both Sunakshi Batra and Tapsi Pahwa won the board prize as well.

Chairman-cum-director of the chain of Green Land Schools, Rajesh Rudhra, and principal Baldeep Pandher congratulated the students and their coach Karamjit Singh for their stupendous performance.



Khanna gets cricket academy

Ludhiana October 13
The sports facilities in Khanna got a boost with the opening of School Cricket Academy at Delhi Public School, Khanna. Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, inaugurated the academy by batting and bowling at the pitch.

The school’s swimming pool was also inaugurated by him. Sidhu stressed on the need for holistic development of the students, which could be achieved with the inclusion of sports and extra-curricular activities, along with regular academic studies. — TNS



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