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Man shoots mother-in-law
Deserted by wife, accused fires at four other family members
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 11
An elderly woman was killed while four other members of her family, including two minor children, were injured when her son-in-law allegedly opened indiscriminate firing at them around 9 pm last night. The incident, which took place at Virk village near Sidhwan Bet, spread shock and panic in the area.

The accused, Hakam Singh of Bassian Bet village near Sidhwan Bet, was reportedly angry with his in-laws as his wife had reportedly deserted him some days ago.

The deceased has been identified as Surjit Kaur, mother-in-law of the accused. The injured include the accused’s father-in-law, Najjar Singh; sister-in-law Sarabjit Kaur; and her two minor children.

Surjit Kaur died on the spot while the injured have been admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana. The condition of the injured is stated to be out of danger.

As per information, Hakam Singh had married Harpreet Kaur about seven years ago. According to sources, there was some dispute between Hakam Singh and his wife for the past some time. A few days ago, Harpreet Kaur went abroad, leaving him behind.

In a fit of rage, Hakam Singh went to his in-laws’ house last night and opened fire. After killing Surjit Kaur and injuring the others, he fled from the scene.

Soon after the incident, a police team led by SHO Sidhwan Bet Gurpreet Singh reached the spot. SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Amar Singh Chahal and DSP (Jagraon) Harpal Singh also arrived at the scene to take stock of the situation. The body of the deceased has been sent for a postmortem.

The accused is absconding. The Station House Officer said a case had been registered against Hakam Singh following the statement of Najjar Singh and investigation was on. The police was conducting raids to nab the accused.


DSP’s Murder
Many turn Sherlock Holmes
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The brutal murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill has brought out “Sherlock Holmes” in those directly or indirectly related with the slain DSP and Monica Kapila, wife of an industrialist.

Discussions about the double murder have become a routine matter for residents, including families of police officials. The condition of police officials probing the case is pitiable. They not only have to answer a volley of questions posed by the media, but also their friends and relatives who want to know how the case is progressing.

“Try to understand my situation. I have lost a colleague and a good friend. I am investigating the case and answering questions. Wherever I go, people ask me about the progress in the case,” said a police officer.

There is no dearth of those who are using their detective brains to conclude it was a case of contract killing. Then there are others who term it as revenge killing. On the other hand, relatives of the victims’ families are suspecting that their friends, who were in contact with the DSP on the ill-fated day, could also be a part of the conspiracy.

Some others suspect the involvement of very senior police officers who were jealous of the DSP’s image of an honest and upright officer.

There are talks that the case would be solved after a new government comes to power.

Miffed at the ongoing debate, a friend of the slain DSP said: “I am pained to see people concocting stories about the killings. Instead of idle talk, they should come forward and demand a high-level probe into the case.”

Punters also jump in

Punters have started betting on the case and have fixed rates relating to the possible angles on which the police is probing the case.

Senior police officers visit crime scene

Several senior police officers from other districts have been visiting the farmhouse where the crime took place. According to a source, nearly 10 police officers have visited the farmhouse so far.



26-year-old engineer run over by train
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
A 26-year-old engineer, Satbir Singh, was run over by a train near the Shastri Nagar level crossing at midnight.

The victim, a resident of Model town extension, had returned home from Hyderabad only a fortnight ago.

The incident came to light this morning when the residents informed the police about the mutilated body of the youth on the track. The GRP personnel reached the spot and identified him from some papers lying in his wallet.

Satbir’s parents, who were searching for him, also reached the spot. Satbir was reportedly suffering from depression and had committed suicide by jumping in front of the train.

It was learnt that the victim, a bachelor, had been offered a Rs 14-lakh package in an electronics firm.

Despite repeated attempts, Gursharan Singh, victim’s father, refused to comment on the incident.

The investigating officer said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated and the body handed over to the family following a postmortem.



Man gets 7-yr RI for rape
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 11
Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Gulzar has convicted Dharampal, alias Ricky, of New Ashok Nagar, Salem Tabri , on the charges of enticing a girl and raping her. He has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years.

A case was registered following the complaint of the father of the girl in 2008. The accused had stated that the girl was his legally wedded wife. They were having an affair, but due to difference in caste, her parents were not ready. So, they got marriedin a temple. A photocopy of the marriage certificate purported to have been issued in Delhi was also produced. But neither was the original certificate produced nor the relevant record summoned to prove the authenticity of the certificate.



Days set to get colder
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Cold wave intensified in the city today as throughout the day the sun kept paying hide and seek. By evening, it became cloudy. The weather will remain cloudy and there is a possibility of showers in the next 48 hours.

Dr KK Gill, assistant agrometrologist at Punjab Agriculture University, said: “The day temperature has decreased by 2 degrees Celsius. It is expected to remain cloudy till Monday and there could be showers. The change in weather is due to western disturbance. There will be a further fall in the day temperature by 3-4 degrees and the coming days will be colder. However, due to the cloudiness the nights will be warmer as the night temperature will increase.”



ectopia 2012
DMCH cultural fest draws to a close
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
Ectopia 2012, the three-day cultural festival of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital concluded here today. The 2007 batch bagged the first position, while the 2009 batch came second.

A large number of students took part in events such as ‘Antakshri’, monoacting, ‘Ad Fads’, solo dance and choreography competition held yesterday evening.

In the solo dance contest, medical students entertained the audience by dancing to bollywood and folk numbers. In the female category, Raavika (2009 batch) got the first prize, Dalisha (2008 batch) and Sumati (2009 batch) got the second prize, and Shubneek (2009 batch) won the third prize. In the male category, Sameer Mittu (2009 batch) was declared first, Praful Tiwari (2007 batch) was second and Aman of (2011 batch) and Ishant (2010 batch) stood third.

Five teams participated in ‘Antakshri’, with the teams of 2007, 2011, and 2009 securing the first, second and third positions respectively.

The students also presented a choreographed programme on socially relevant issues. The teams from 2007 and 2008 batches secured the first position for their act on the theme ‘Poverty and Child Education’. Teams from the 2010 and 2009 batches won the second and third prizes for their performances on the themes ‘Corruption Scenario in India’ and ‘Save Environment’ respectively.

In the ‘Ad Fads’ segment, participants conceptualised and enacted advertisements on the stage. The 2007 batch won the first prize for its witty ad ‘Rupa Backline’.



payment of electricity bills
Human rights panel seeks report on ‘harassment’ to consumers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 11
Acting on a complaint about harassment to general public during the payment of electricity bills at the cash counters of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in different parts of the city, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a detailed report from the power utility before the next date of hearing on April 24, 2012.

Devinder Singh, a local shopkeeper, and an RTI activist had lodged a complaint with the state rights panel alleging that staff manning the cash counters of PSPCL in its divisional or sub-divisional offices across the city was more often than not reluctant to accept the payment on various pretexts.

“At times, either the persons deployed at the counters went missing or the excuse of computer snag or server down was put forth. There have been instances when those waiting for their turn for a long time were sent back,” the complainant asserted.

Citing press reports, the complainant also alleged that consumers were forced to make the payment of their electricity bills at "easy bill" outlets where they had to shell out an extra Rs 10, or even more for each bill. Devinder Singh further charged the PSPCL staff and officials with ulterior motives for making the cash counters non-functional.

“The PSPCL employees and officials are hand in glove with the private bill collection outlets and the unholy nexus needs to be broken to save the people from exploitation, as well as from loss of time and financial unnecessary financial burden.”

The commission prima facie took cognisance of the matter and sought a report from the Secretary, Punjab State Power Corporation, Patiala, under Section 17(1) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, before the next date of hearing. The case will come up for hearing next on April 24, 2012.



College students run for fitness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The PCTE Group of Institutes organised ‘Run for fitness’ today at its Campus-II. The event was held to make youngsters aware about the importance of keeping a good health. Hundreds of students participated in the race.

The race took off from Campus-II and concluded at Campus-I, and saw the participation of 481 boys, 243 girls and 15 faculty and staff members. The students ran for about 2 kilometers, and all of them completed the race.

Dr KNS Kang, director general of the PCTE Group of Institutes, said that, “The run was an effort on the part of institute to promote fitness and awareness among the youth."



From Colleges

Quiz contest

Ludhiana: Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, hosted the 6th inter- college quiz contest here today. As many as 22 teams from different colleges of Punjab participated in it. After the preliminary written test, the best six teams were short listed for the final rounds of the quiz. The questions were based on Indian business, international business, Indian culture and tourism, general awareness, current affairs, media and entertainment, history and geography, sports, and science and technology. The quiz was conceptualised and organised by faculty members Dr Robin Kaushal, Prof Suvidha Kamra and Prof Jai Parkash. The team from GGDSD College, Chandigarh, bagged the first prize. The second and third prizes were won by Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala, and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, respectively.

Col PS Choudhary, Director (Education), and Dr RL Behl, principal,congratulated the winners and gave away the prizes.

Book fair organised

A one-day book fair was organised by Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College at the college lawns. Gursharan Singh Narula, (honorary general secretary), Gujranwala Khalsa Educational Council (GRW), inaugurated the fair. He advocated for an open shelf library system to help the students have a glimpse and knowledge of the world. Speaking on the occasion, principal RP Singh also emphasised on the necessity of reading books. More than 10 renowned booksellers and publishers from various parts of Punjab displayed books in the fair on the disciplines of literature, art, religion, ethics etc.

Seminar held

PTU Regional Center, Quest Infosys, organised a seminar and placement drive for the MCA-semester V students at the PTU Learning Centre, Quest Infosys, here on Saturday. As many as 30 students participated in the seminar. The seminar was addressed by resource person Jaswinder Singh who spoke on the topic ‘Emerging Career in Open Sources’. He gave information about PHP, JAVA, MYSQL, JOOMLA and said that one could earn a lot by using open sources for website and software development. One can become an excellent software engineer if he or she is willing to learn about the utility of open sources, he added.

Alumni meet

Jetking’s alumni meet, Udaan 2012, was held today at the Punjabi Bhawan. Around 400 current students were present in the function, along with 25 alumni who had specially come to attend the meet. Studnets also presented cultural programme during the event. — TNS



From schools

Session on parenting skills

Ludhiana: A session on 'Parenting Skills' was organised by the Indus World School at Hotel Park Plaza. The session stressed on the importance of empathic listening and empathic response. While addressing the parents, principal of the school, Ramanjit Ghuman, said that conventional schools hindered the development of children by restricting their natural potentials.

Rishi Bodh Utsav

Khanna: Rishi Bodh Utsav was celebrated on the campus of Hindi Putri Pathshala Senior Secondary School. The school which participated include DAV model Senior Secondary School, Hindi Putri Pathshala Senior Secondary School, DAV Public Senior Secondary School, and Ved Mandir High School. Various cultural events were held during the function. — TNS



Gang of thieves busted, 3 held

Phillaur: With the arrest of three persons, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves.

The accused have been identified as Mandip Singh of Dhanda village, Sunil Bahadur and Vikramjit Singh, both residents of Atti village, under Sections 379/411IPC. A stolen motorcycle was also recovered from the accused.

Scooterist killed in mishap

A scooterist died after being hit by a bus on the Noormahal-Talwan Road in Phillaur last night. He was identified as Jasbir Singh of Shadipur village. Driver of the bus fled from the spot. — OC



Raj runs to glory
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 11
The 92nd athletics meet of SCD Government College concluded here today. Jaswinder Singh Brar, DPI(Colleges)a, Punjab, was the chief guest. He said the department of higher education was putting in efforts to provide all facilities to sportspersons.

Dr DS Chahal, head of the physical education department, read out the annual report.

Results: Raj Kumar first in 1,500m race; Manish Chauhan first in long jump, Shivam first in shot put; Balwinder Singh first in discus throw; Kulveer Singh first in javelin throw; Amrit Pal first in hammer throw; Rabneet Kaur first in shot put and discus throw; Dupinder Kaur first in high jump and javelin throw and Rupinder Kaur first in long jump.



Punjab team pocket medals in martial art
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 11
The kurash (martial art) squad won three medals in the inaugural edition of the Junior National Kurash Championship (boys and girls) held at Indore recently.

A 16-member team from the state vied for top honours in the championship in which participants from across the country competed. Karan from Punjab pipped his opponents to bag a gold medal in the 60 kg category. He also won a silver medal in the open category. Another player from the state, Baljinder Singh, outperformed his competitors but tumbled down at the last hurdle and had to content with a bronze medal in the 81 kg category.

The Punjab State Kurash Association extended a warm welcome to these players on their arrival here today. They were received at the Guru Nanak Stadium by the office-bearers of the association.



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