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3 robberies, 2 snatchings in city
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Three robberies and a snatching incident have yet again rocked the city. In the first incident, armed robbers targeted a nut-bolt factory unit in Kanganwal. According to Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Model Town and owner of K Hi-tech Engineers Limited, nearly 15 armed assailants trespassed into the factor unit at midnight and held the 12 workers and two security guards hostage. The robbers, after locking up the workers in a bathroom, loaded raw material, worth Rs 6 lakh, in a truck. They stayed at the factory unit till the wee hours before escaping from the spot.

The workers informed Kuldeep Singh about the incident in the morning. Soon Kuldeep intimated senior poice officers about the robbery. He said earlier too robbers had targeted nut-bolt units in the Focal Point area, but the police had not taken any action against the culprits.

ADCP-IV Sushil Kumar said, "The matter is being investigated as how so many armed assailants entered the factory unit in the presence of security guards."

In the second incident, armed robbers struck at Kansal Industries in the Focal Point area. The authorities of the Kansal Industries said the assailants entered the factory unit at midnight and decamped with cycle parts worth Rs 1.5 lakh cash by holding the watchman hostage. The matter came to light when workers arrived at the factory unit and found the watchman tied.

In the third incident, armed robbers entered the house of a PAU professor located at Durgapuri in Haibowal and decamped with cash and gold jewellery by assaulting the wife of the professor.

The incident took place during afternoon when Prem Lata, wife of PAU professor Sukhdev Sharma, was alone in the house.

According to the victim, nearly five men entered the house and asked Prem Lata to hand over the keys of an almirah. Prem Lata opposed them and raised an alarm.

The assailants then attacked her with sharp-edged weapons. The robbers then broke upon the almirah and fled with gold ornaments and cash.

The neighbours saw the armed assailants escaping from the house of the professor. It was only then that they went in to see what had happened, when they saw Prem Lata lying unconscious in a pool of blood. She was rushed to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H), where her condition was stated to be serious.

The broad daylight robbery incident has sent shock waves in the Haibowal area. Residents complained that snatching and robbery incidents had become routine, but the police was not doing anything to curb the menace.

In the fourth incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the purse from a woman near Prince Hostel in Civil Lines here today.

Anita Duggal, a resident of Kailash Cinema, said she was visiting the area for shopping when the two motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and snatched her purse containing Rs 5,000 and mobile phone.

SHO Division 8 Ashwani Kumar said all the major business establishments and jewellery shops were located in the area. This was primarily the reason the snatchers were targeting the area frequently.

He said the police had laid check points at various locations in the Civil Lines to nab the suspects. He added that the police was also challaning motorcyclists for not carrying documents.

In the fifth incident, two motorcyclists snatched a bag containing Rs 2,000, a driving licence and a mobile phone from Binni Walia, who works at an automobile store. She was travelling on a scooter from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar to visit the house of her relatives in BRS Nagar.

According to the victim, two motorcycle-borne youths came from behind and pushed her. She lost control over the scooter and slowed it down a bit. In the meantime, the youth riding pillion snatched her purse. Before she could react, the miscreants fled from the scene.

Areas, places targeted

  • Nut-bolt factory in Kanganwal
  • Cycle parts unit in Focal Point area
  • PAU prof’s house at Durgapuri in Haibowal, wife seriously hurt
  • Purse snatched from woman in Civil Lines
  • Bag snatched from woman travelling on scooter in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar


Banks to suffer Rs 500-cr loss
All-India strike call given by trade unions for today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Banks will suffer loss worth more than Rs 500 crore due to the all-India strike call given by the trade unions. If bank officials are to be believed it will take two to three days to clear the backlog.

“Cheques and demand drafts won’t be cleared as banks won’t function tomorrow. It will take two to three days to clear the backlog,” a senior bank official said. He added that the city being the industrial hub, business, especially of small and medium scale units, would suffer.

Badish K.Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations (FOPSIA), said the government should take strict action against the trade unions for holding public to ransom. “We are paying huge rate of interest, the growth is nil, and still we are deprived of facilities by the so-called nationalised banks. February and March are crucial as maximum transactions take place in these months. The strike is uncalled for as we will suffer huge losses,” Jindal added.

President of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry PD Sharma said the credit growth of the banks was already decreasing. The frequent strikes further aggravate the situation and also deteriorate the banks’ performance. “Besides, the small and medium enterprises suffer due to the strikes. They have limited funds, which get stopped,” said Sharma. Meanwhile, employees of Class III & IV, under the banner of the Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, said they would support the trade unions. The employees said they would raise their voice against the increase in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the insurance sector and for protection of the public sector insurance industry along with the other demands of the people. Meanwhile, Class III & IV employees said they would support the trade unions.

Govt should take strict action

The government should take strict action against the trade unions for holding public to ransom. We are paying a huge rate of interest, the growth is nil, and still we are deprived of facilities by the so-called nationalised banks. February and March are crucial as maximum transactions take place in these months. The strike is uncalled for as we will suffer huge losses.

Badish K.Jindal, president, Federation of Punjab Small Industries Associations



PSPCL braces itself for strike
Officials, police to man sub-stations

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 27
In the wake of the call for a daylong strike given by the Central trade unions tomorrow, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has braced itself for maintaining uninterrupted power supply and keeping its sub-stations and other infrastructure operational.

PSPCL Chief Engineer (Central Zone) KL Sharma told The Tribune that officials right from junior engineers to superintending engineers would be deployed at all sub- stations and other facilities in order to maintain uninterrupted power supply in the areas falling under the Central zone. “We will also enlist electrical contractors. They will remain on alert so that line and cable faults or other interruptions in the power supply could be rectified which are normally attended to by the line staff,” he added.

Even though leaders of various PSPCL trade unions indicated that as always the striking employees will keep away from power supply installations and no attempt will be made to disturb the power supply, the top officials were not taking any chances.

Sharma said the issue of elaborate security for the electricity sub-stations and other installations had been taken up with the district administration and the police at the top level. “All sub stations and PSPCL offices will be guarded by the police during the strike,” he added.

While the PSPCL officials would, in all probability, be able to maintain power supply to the city and its surrounding areas, the work related to payment of electricity bills and all other official work in the divisional and sub-divisional offices of the PSPCL is expected to halt due to the proposed strike as no member of the staff will be available for public dealing, said the trade union leaders while claiming that the strike will be almost total.



Delhi-city flight lands after a week
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
After a gap of almost a week, the Delhi-Ludhiana flight “finally” landed at the Ludhiana airport today. Even though the flight was late by over an hour, the Air India officials said they were still getting a good response from residents.

The flight reached Ludhiana Airport at 1:15 pm and departed at 1:28 pm. As per the scheduled timings, the flight departs from the Delhi airport at 11:05 am and reaches Ludhiana Airport at 12:10 pm. The flight then departs from Ludhiana at 12:30 pm and reaches Delhi at 1:35 pm.

Amrik Singh, manager of Air India at Ludhiana Airport, said the last three flights, on February 20, February 22 and February 24, had got cancelled due to low visibility.

“As the weather was clear throughout the day today, there were no visibility related issues. That is why, the flight arrived and departed normally. In the coming days, we expect the flights to operate as per the schedule,” claimed Amrik Singh.

The lone Delhi-Ludhiana flight operates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Airport officials said the process of installing DVOR device, which helps in landing and take off of aircraft even in low visibility conditions, is going on. “Once this device is installed and starts functioning, we can have regular flights at Ludhiana Airport,” said an airport official.



Disabled 70-yr-old gets shelter in ashram
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
A 70-year-old disabled destitute, Karnail Singh, who spent sleepless nights on footpaths for the past more than a year and begged alms to fill his empty stomach, heaved a sigh of relief when an NGO "Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram" providing him shelter at the ashram.

After spending most of his life at Tungaherhi village in Ludhiana, Karnail Singh moved to the city as back in the village, he could not do anything.

"I had no other option but to sleep on dusty roadside under the open sky. I have no family. In this huge world, there is nobody, who can look after me. My wife died about 30 years ago and I do not have any child, either," said Karnail Singh with a choked voice.

After getting a call from a rickshaw-puller about Karnail Singh’s plight, Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, founder of “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram”, met Karnail on the Pakhowal road and shifted him to newly constructed “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram” near Sarabha village.

Dr Mangat said that Karnail had worked as a tailor in his native village for a long time. However, due to eye sight problem and spinal chord disorder, he had to quit work.

"He is unable to stand straight and is too weak to work as labourer. In such a situation, he had no other option but to beg and sleep on the roadside," said Dr Mangat.

"While many of us live in air-conditioned palatial houses and enjoy every modern comforts, we should also lend a helping hand to such people so that at least they have enough to eat and roof to sleep under,” said Dr Naurang, a former scientist at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

This ashram serves destitute, disabled, blinds, orphans, elderly and other needy people.

The ashram has no support from the government.



'Test based on caste dividing school children'
Charanjit singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
I am from this particular caste and I know castes of all my classmates! Surprisingly, these words are not from college or university students who were protesting on the issue of caste-based reservation a few years ago.

It's the conversation between government middle schools students, who started identifying the castes of their classmates after the special award competition given under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

To uplift girls and Scheduled Castes, the government started a special test up to 8th class, in which girls and SC boys can appear. But teachers of government schools found that after this test, students start identifying castes of one another and sometimes tease their classmates by calling them by their castes.

The competition was conducted on February 21 all over the state.

The SSA organises this Special Award Competition annually for 5th to 8th class. In this competition first three students were on block level. The first girl student is awarded Kalpna Chawla Award and the first boy gets Dr BR Ambedkar award in this competition. The competition is only for girls and SC/ST boy students, as boys from general and backward classes cannot appear in this competition. Dr Balwinder Singh Kalia, a teacher at a local government school, said, "A wrong message is spreading in the rest of the students who are deprived from this test. Otherwise, students are not so conscious about other castes. Government should set any other criteria in which caste could not be identified."

Another teacher Gurbeer Singh said, "We are dividing innocent students on caste basis. We observe changes in the attitudes of students after conducting this test. Otherwise, it is a very good effort of the government to uplift girls and poor students, but this test is making them conscious about caste.We should remove the classifications from society on the basis of caste".

"Most of the students in government schools are from poor class so there is no need to categories them on the basis of caste. Government should facilitate them equally", said Sandeep Singh another teacher.



Delegates attend CII, DIS meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
More than 50 delegates attended an interaction programme on "Beneficial Schemes for Industry Promotion", jointly organised by the CII Ludhiana and District Industry Centre (DIC), Ludhiana, here recently.

The CII, Ludhiana, Chapter and District Industry Centre (DIC) Ludhiana have taken a joint initiative to spread awareness on existing and recently launched schemes by state/government of India to promote industry in India. Under this joint initiative, a series of interactive sessions will be organised to update Ludhiana based industry.

In her opening remarks, vice-chairperson, CII Ludhiana, Sandeep Riat, said, "the objective of this initiative was to update industry on various beneficial schemes available for industries, that were sponsored by state/government of India and in a city like Ludhiana which was known as Manchester of India, earlier, and was a key contributor to both state and country's economy, now needs to promote its industrial belt once again as due to some factors, majority of the industries are planning to move out of state."

For the benefit and promotion of the industry in Ludhiana, it was important that some special benefits should be provided to industry so as to promote and upgrade it and to retain those business houses who plans to move out of the state.

"We sincerely hope that such kind of initiative will surely help and promote industry in the region," said Riat. In his address Rahul Ahuja, convener, the CII Ludhiana City Core Group, said “Ludhiana was not only known as an industrial city, it was the only city in the country which produced a number of entrepreneurial skilled personalities in comparison to any other city and such personalities have contributed to the country's economy via their skill and knowledge."

Vishav Bandhu, general manager, district industry centre, Ludhiana, along with his team of senior officers shared various schemes and interacted on various key issues faced by the applicants while applying for such schemes. Bandhu said that they had also formed a core group, which involves representatives from both the CII and the DIC, who will monitor the implementation part for the industries applying for such schemes and will organise similar sensitisation sessions on regular basis."



Encroachments dot Old Grain Market in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 27
The Old Grain Market of Jagraon has become a synonyms of encroachments with a large number of illegal encroachments, mushrooming in the market, for the past some years. There are several shopkeepers and traders of the market who have illegally encroached upon the Municipal Council land in front of their respective shops.

The state of affairs is such that many of the shopkeepers have extended the corridors of their shops up to 10 meters. In the absence of any action by the local Municipal Council authorities, many shopkeepers have even put up concrete constructions on the MC land.

Such illegal encroachments by the shopkeepers have further narrowed the already congested market due to which the people visiting the there have to face a lot of inconvenience.

Besides, these illegal encroachments have also been causing heavy revenue loss to the local Municipal Council.

The local residents feel that the main reason behind the continued mushrooming of these illegal encroachments is the lack of determination and will power among the local municipal council authorities to take strict action against such people who have made illegal encroachments in the market.

Even though some municipal councilors have been continually raising the issue of these illegal encroachments during the general house meetings of the municipal council yet nothing has been done to remove these encroachments from the market so far. Raising the issue in the recent meeting of the council during the last week, some of the municipal councilors had alleged that these shopkeepers have encroached upon the municipal council land in connivance with some senior council representatives.

Besides, Kamlesh Sabharwal, a former Congress councilor of Municipal Council, Jagraon, had also complained to the higher authorities of the local bodies department about the illegal encroachments in the market. Following the complaint, a vigilance team had raided Jagraon last week to examine the truth behind the allegations levelled by councilor.

Though the media has been highlighting the issue of the illegal encroachments made by the people at various places continually yet the authorities of the Municipal Council have taken no action against the encroachers so far.

The MC president, Baldev Krishan Dhir, also admitted that there are a lot of illegal encroachments in the market. “Whenever the municipal council employees launch any drive to remove these encroachments, some municipal councilors come to save the skin of the shopkeepers who have made illegal encroachments,” rued Dhir, urging the municipal councilors to not come to the rescue of such shopkeepers. Assuring that the municipal council will launch a drive to remove these encroachments very soon, he appealed to the municipal councillors not to shield such violators.



DGSE order: Confusion prevails
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Confusion prevailed among the teachers and the students over compartment examination for first semester of Class XI of the schools being run under the Punjab education department.

If the recently updated website of the Sarva Shilsha Abhiyan (SSA), Punjab, is to be believed, the students of class XI, who have failed in the first semester, can appear for the compartment examinations along with their second semester examination. Earlier, there was no such condition for class XI students. Earlier, the compartment exams were conducted only for the board classes VIII, X and XII.

The website mentioned that the class teachers would set the question paper for the students of class XI, who had failed in the Ist semester examination. The statement was in response to a query about the authority that would set the question paper for the Ist semester of class XI.

The schoolteachers, till the last semester, had evaluated the results of class XI from monthly tests, semester examinations and assignments. The process had been going on since October 2010 under the instructions of the DGSE.

"Just 15 days before the examination, the Director General School Education (DGSE) has given the instructions that the students of class XI, who had failed in the first semester exams, could take that particular subject exam again. This sounds very confusing. The DGSE did not mention that who will conduct the compartment examination for those students who failed in the second semester?" said a teacher of a government school, requesting anonymity.

"If the DGSE wanted to conduct the exams for the students, he should have given the instructions some months ago. The DGSE has instructed to conduct the examination just 15 days before the examination, how will the students prepare for it?" said another teacher.

Meanwhile, in-charge, monthly evaluation at the DGSE office, said that these instruction were by the DGSE, so I cannot comment on this. The DGSE was not available for comments.



Rail overbridges: Irked by traffic jams, people urge admn to approach railway ministry
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Feb 27
Having lost all hopes of seeing railway overbridges at certain crucial level crossings on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line, residents of the area have now urged the administration to approach the Union Ministry for Railways for getting their long-pending demand accepted.

They have also urged the authorities in the Railway ministry to direct officials of the local railway station to rationalise the schedule for the closure of the level crossing situated on both sides of the station.

Claiming that he had received a representation demanding construction of the rail overbridge near the railway station, S R Ladhar, divisional commissioner of Patiala, said he had directed his staff to coordinate with the officials in the state and the Union governments to expedite the process for the construction of the bridge.

Perusal of a representation given by office-bearers and activists of social welfare organisation to Ladhar during his visit to the town revealed that frequent and undue closure of level crossings at the Pohir and Jagera roads had not only become a nightmarish experience for motorists but also for residents, shopkeepers and pedestrians who suffer due to traffic jams on both roads.

“These crossings sometime remain closed for long duration for multiple train passage and shuttling of engine and a few coaches, thus taxing our patience,” rued activists led by Tarsem Garg and Pawan Singla convener and president of the organisation. They alleged that officials cared a little for the rule governing operation of level crossings.

They alleged that there had been frequent scuffles with the railway employee manning the level crossing over the issue of closure of gate for longer durations.

All pleas to higher authorities in the Railways have fallen on deaf ears. Owners of shops and workshops located on both sides of the Pohir and Jagera roads alleged that their business was affected adversely due to frequent closure of level crossings during the daytime. Finding it difficult to negotiate the traffic jams, clients have stopped coming to these shops.

The menace has also given rise to the law and order problem for the police. Impatience of commuters usually leads to bottlenecks followed by scuffles. At times it takes hours to clear the jams and resolve dispute arising out of the situation. The residents demanded that overbridges should be constructed to solve the problem.


The Railway Ministry, which took more than a year to respond to letters written by Fatehgarh Sahib MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, has rejected the demand for constructing a rail overbridge at level crossing B 25 on the Ludhiana-Dhuri line. The level crossing did not qualify for the construction of the rail overbridge on cost-sharing basis as it had very low TVUs of 81710. 



Ludhiana scan
PAU staff protest

The dharna by PAU Employees Union against the non-release of grants and consequently erratic payment of salaries to the employees, continued for the 25th day on the PAU campus. President of the union, Paramjit Singh Gill, said the employees working under the ICAR schemes were yet to receive salaries for January 2012 and 40 per cent arrears of revised pay scales.

210 patients examined

The Rising Youth Association organised a bone mass density (BMD) camp at RS Model School in which Dr Bikram Singh, orthopaedic surgeon examined 210 patients. Free medicines were provided to the patients and basic diagnostic tests like the BMD, uric acid and blood sugar level were also conducted free.

CPIM opposes NCTC

The state committee of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM) strongly opposed the proposed National Counter Terrosim Centre (NCTC) being framed by the Union Government while apprehending that the move would encroach upon the powers of the states and erode the federal structure of the constitution. The party also appreciated the steps taken by the Election Commission of India to checkmate the corrupt practices and other irregularities. It, however, noted with that the state election machinery had failed to check the free flow of money and liquor to influence the voters during last couple of days of election campaigning. (OC)

Abdul Hameed foundation

Veer Abdul Hameed foundation opened a gymnasium and book bank for underprivileged children, according to Kamaljit Singh Pappu, state president of the foundation.

Zonal conference

Zonal conference of the Mahavir International concluded here on Sunday. Dheeraj Kothari said the organisation has decided to plant two lakh samplings in the country for purification of the environment. — OC



Harassed migrants protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
A few migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, led by the Director of the Migrant Welfare Board, staged a dharna against railway authorities and Government Railway Police (GR) outside the railway station recently.

“Railway authorities, who are influenced by agents, are charging extra money for purchasing tickets from the counter. Personnel of the Government Railway Police frisk and allow us to enter general compartment only after extorting the money. The police don’t even register any case against pickpockets,” the migrants alleged.

Rakesh Kumar, a migrant, said, “ I reserved my ticket from Ludhiana to Gouda (Uttar Pradesh) on January 26. I bought the ticket from Tatkal window for Rs 822. They filled my phone number in the Id column of the ticket. When I boarded the train TTE asked me to show the ID proof. I showed him my driving licence. He said the phone number mentioned on the ticket was not valid. He imposed a fine of Rs 1,200 on me and pressured me to write on the fine slip that I don’t have ID proof.”

Director of the Migrant Welfare Board Hargobind Tiwari said: “Railway authorities, ticket clerks railway police and travel ticket examiners (TTEs) are in habit of cheating poor migrants. We want this practice to be stopped. We will intensify our protest if the Railways fail to take any action in this regard.”

Ravinder Kumar, railway station Supervisor, said, “I accept that migrants are facing problems. We are opening a few ticket counters due to the shortage of staff. The Railways has a very effective complaint cell. They should file complaints instead of protesting outside the railway station.”



Coventry mayor meets Giaspura
Tribune News Service

(From left) Mayor Hakam Singh, Coventry City Council Mayor Keiran Mulhall, Councillor Harjinder Singh Sehmi and Jane E Barlo at Mayor camp office at Ludhiana on Monday. a tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 27
Keiran Mulhall, Mayor of Coventry, an industrial city in central England, stopped in the city on way to Jalandhar. He met Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura at his camp office today.

He was accompanied by his personal secretary Jane E Barlow and Councillor Harjinder Singh Sehmi from the Cheylesmore ward of Coventry. Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura said Mulhall had come to meet his friend who resides in the city. He stopped on way to Jalandhar where a few organisations would honour him. I got a call from his local friend that the Mayor wants to meet me. Thus, I called him to my camp office today,” Mayor Giaspura added.

Mulhall met Giaspura and councillors Parminder Mehta, Pal Singh Grewal, Gurdeep Singh Neetu besides a few others. “We briefed him about the ongoing development works in the city. He left for Jalandhar after the lunch,” Giaspura added.



2-day exhibition at agricultural varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
A two-day farmer-scientist interface will be jointly organised by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on February 28 at Borlaug Wheat Auditorium of the university.

SC Aggarwal, chief secretary, Punjab, will inaugurate the exhibition and chair the technical session on "Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture." GS Sandhu, Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry Dairy and Fisheries (AHD & F), and NS Kang, Financial Commissioner (development), Punjab, will co-chair the session, while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, will chair the plenary session. Besides, the technical sessions on "horticulture", "live stock and fisheries", "crop improvement," "farm power and machinery" "diversification" and "secondary agriculture" will also take place.

During the programme, PAU experts will inform the farmers about the latest technological practices for efficient farm management and improved economics. In the technical sessions, the farmers will represent their views about the technology innovation and needs.



Schools notes
Grandparents day

The students of Saraswati Modern Scool celebrate Grand Parents Day in Ludhiana on Monday. A tribune photograph

Ludhiana: Pre-primary section of Sarswati Modren School celebrated Grand Parents day here on Monday. Children's grand parents had reached the school and played different kinds of games. The children performed dance on the occasion. Those grandparents, who won the games, were given with the prizes.

Prayer Day

GRD Academy, Hambran Road, organised 'Special Blessing-cum-prayer Day' for the students.

'Handwriting competition'

'Handwriting Competition' was held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on the school premises here on Monday. Topics relating to various aspects were given to the students who tried their skills and vied with one another. School principal distributed the prizes the students.

Science Day

National Science Day was observed to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr CV Raman at Ryan International School, Dugri, here on Monday. The students participated in model making activity. The students presented the models such as sense organs, skeleton puppet, windmill, pulley, electric circuit etc. They displayed their models in an exhibition held on the school premises.



Decreasing bats cause of concern
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala February 27
The number of bats has been decreasing day-by-day due to some unknown reasons for some years now. It is feared that several bats were killed by hunters for different purposes. Some years ago, a number of bats were witnessed on the trees falling between Garhi up to Katana Sahib on the banks of Sirhand Canal. These birds were seen hanging with big trees during the day and at night; these birds were seen flying near the canal water in a large number. But with the passing time, their number has decreased. At present these can be witnessed on only some trees.

Sources said that several bats were killed by hunters. It has also come to notice that the hunters often kill these birds in the wee hours to hide themselves and shoots the birds with sound proof air guns. It is also said that ‘tantriks’ kill these birds and burn the bats to please divine powers for their personal gains. Some officials also said that the hunters use the meat of these birds for different means.

Some social activists had expressed the fear that if the practice was not stopped, immediately, the bird may become invisible in the next some years.

When a forest official, Gurcharan Singh, was contacted in this regard, he said that he was not aware about this. He assured that they will take a legal action if any one is found killing the bats by the banks of the canal.



Missing boy found, sodomy suspected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
The seven-year-old boy, who was abducted from Moti Nagar here on Saturday night, was found in an unconscious state at a park in Moti Nagar.

The boy had sustained serious injuries and was suspected to have been sodomised. He was operated upon and it took 72 stitches on his face and body to stop his bleeding.

The boy went missing on Saturday evening when he was visiting a market to purchase some goods. The boy lives in shanty located in Moti Nagar. When the boy did not return, his family started looking for him and informed the police about it.

The next day the boy was found lying unconscious. He sustained serious injuries and was bleeding heavily. The boy was rushed to the Civil Hospital.

His condition was stated to be serious.

Paramedics said the assailants attacked his face and the boy was also suspected to have been sodomised.



Dental check-up in mobile van
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
A dental check-up camp was organised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Dhulkot village near here on Sunday.

Dental surgeons led by Dr Avneet and Dr Tadbir Sandhu examined over 100 patients and provided them treatment in a mobile dental van of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.



Lecture on ‘World Order Model Project’
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 27
The postgraduate department of political science, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised an extension lecture on ‘World Order Model Project’ (WOMP) delivered by Dr Rajesh Kumar, associate professor, School of Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, here today.

Dr Rajesh Kumar dwelt upon the concept of WOMP that became popular at least hundred years ago. “It provides the most idealistic vision for the new world order,” he expressed. He referred to the three new world order paradigms; realist, idealist and globalest. He pointed to the association of two Americal scholars, Saul H Mendloviltz, prof Richard A Falk and an Indian scholar Rajani Kothari with the WOMP during 1970s.

“In 1980s, the Trilateral Commission by David Rockfeller focused on developing trilateral regional cooperation by US, Europe and Japan,” he added.



Battle of kings, queens
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Playing cards have been a way of recreation for many of the residents in various elite clubs in the city. The trembling hands have cards up their sleeves. Some of them are little old but their spirits are young. The game of cards keeps them going.

It seems to be a great time for bonding together, chatting up and having a good time, many of them say. The old timers have become veterans of Kings, Queens and Aces. "I have been playing all my life it seems," says a member of a club.

Cards remain the heart of the club culture in the city, despite the emergence of many of the recreational activities over the years, says an elderly member of a club.



Awareness week
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, February 27
The local chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) observed the pregnancy awareness week from February 21 to February 27. Doctors of the IMA visited Lohara and Dhandari Kalan to make women aware of do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. A free check-up camp for expectant women was organised at a few nursing homes and hospitals today. Expectant women were given iron and calcium tablets free of cost. At least 430 expectant women were examined during the week.



Thieves decamp with gold, money
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 27
Some unidentified thieves broke into a house at Rauwal village near Sidhwan Bet last night and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth 2 lakh. As per the information, the theft took place at the house of Boota Singh of Rauwal village. The family members came to know about the theft when they woke up today morning.

Police said, Boota Singh had gone for some urgent work last evening and only two women, Boota’s mother and daughter-in-law present at the house when the theft took place.

Sources said the thieves entered the house after breaking a window pane when both the women were sleeping. The thieves broke the cupboards of the house before fleeing away with 60 grams of gold ornaments, 7 thousand cash and some other valuable articles.

The incident came to light when both the women woke up in the morning. As soon as they woke up, they found the cupboards broken and gold jewelry weighing 60 grams and cash worth Rs 7,000 missing.

Soon after this, the village Panchayat informed the Sidhwan Bet police about the theft. After some time a police team from Sidhwan Bet police station arrived the scene and started the investigation.

A case has been registered at the Sidhwan Bet police station against the unidentified thieves.

There had been marginal rise in theft incidents in the region during the past.

Earlier, too, the thieves had stolen gold worth 20 lakh from the house of a commission agent at Salempura village near Sidhwan Bet two weeks back.



Poppy husk seized, three arrested
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 27
The Raikot police has arrested three drug peddlers and seized 15 kilogram poppy husk from their possession. The Raikot police seized the contraband from the Tungaheri-Barundi road near Raikot during a routine search operation.

The accused have been identified as Dilbagh Singh of Thariana village near Pathankot, Rajesh Kumar of Beli village in Himachal Pradesh and Charandeep Singh of Gobindpura in New Delhi.

SHO of the Raikot police station Dilbagh Singh said today that a police team led by ASI Balaur Singh from the Lohatbaddi police post saw a Maruti car coming from the Tungaheri side. The accused tried to flee on seeing the police party. The police party chased and nabbed the accused. Their car was searched. The police recovered 15 kilogram poppy husk from a bag hidden inside the car. A case has been registered against the three accused at the Raikot police station under various the NDPS Act. They were produced in a Jagraon court, which remanded them in two days police custody.



Car stolen

Ludhiana, February 27 
Parking a car outside the house proved costly for a resident of Rajguru Nagar here.

The incident came to light here this morning when Gurdeep Singh, who owns a shop in AC Market, came outside the house only to find his car missing.

He informed the police about the incident. He told the police that he had parked the car outside his house last night. The police has registered a car theft case against unidentified persons and started investigation. — TNS



Man held with charas
Tribune News Service

A police official shows ‘charas’ recovered from a drug-pedeller in Ludhiana on Monday. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 27
The city police nabbed a migrant from Bihar in a drug peddling case and recovered 2.2 gm charas from his possession today.

Policemen saw a man carrying a bag near Sangam Palace here this morning and moving under suspicious circumstances.

They asked the man to show what was lying in the bag.

The suspect, identified Prem Parkah, was reluctant to open the bag.

On searching the bag, the police found charas in it.

The suspect tried to escape from the spot, but was nabbed.




Hockey fans celebrate as India qualify for Olympics
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 27
The sports enthusiasts in general and hockey fans in particular have hailed India’s victory over France in the Olympic Qualifying Championship held in Delhi last evening.

Representatives of various sports associations have congratulated the members of the team on this outstanding achievement.

In his message to the team players, Rajdeep Singh Gill, former DGP, Punjab, and president, Basketball Federation of India, hailed the team’s victory. “India will play in the Olympics after a gap of eight years. It is indeed a matter of pride not only for the players but also for the country,” Gill said.

Rajdeep praised the ace drag flicker, Sandeep Singh, who played the pivot role in Indian team’s success in Delhi. Sandeep scored a total 16 goals in the championship and helped India to qualify for the Olympics. “He reminded us of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand’s era,” added Gill.

The sports lovers distributed sweets among trainees of different sports disciplines practising at the local Guru Nanak Sports Complex to express their happiness.

Harpreet Singh Sidhu, chief patron, Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association, and All-India Guru Gobind Singh Gold Cup Hockey Tournament committee, Dronacharya awardee and senior hockey coach Baldev Singh, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Rupinder Singh Ravi, Assistant Education Officer, Ludhiana, and Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president, District Football Association, Ludhiana, also appreciated hockey team’s march to the Olympics.



Their hearts are leap(ing) with joy, ecstasy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Do you know why Olympics are the most looked forward to? Would the FIFA World Cup have been such a rage if it were held every year? Or for that matter our Cricket World Cup? In the same vein, their birthdays are indeed “super” and anniversaries of the rare couples are no less than jubilee anniversaries.

“Going by my birthdays, I’ll be 10-birthday-young,” chuckles Harpreet, who celebrates his 40th birthday on February 29. “Whenever someone asks my age, it becomes an instant amusement and brings upon smiles whenever I mention my date of birth or tell my age in this fashion. Although I would perhaps not be celebrating my birthday and hosting a party at this age, but because it comes after so long, my family, friends and I too believe that it needs to be celebrated,” says Harpreet.

Akriti (16), who studies in Class X, says I celebrate my birthday either on March 28 or March 1 every year. “It’s only after four years when I get to celebrate my birthday exactly on my birthday, it becomes all the more special for me,” she says. “It feels like passing by party-hall, without actually visiting it. So when we do, we do it with a bang,” he laughs.

For Harmeet Singh and Rajvinder Kaur, wedding anniversary happens to bring the “quadrupled joy” on February 29. “I have seen wives complain that their husbands don’t remember their anniversaries. But there is no chance for my husband to forget, as we just miss it every year, so “miss” it all the more,” says Rajvinder. “So both of us look forward to celebrate our anniversary keenly and making up for all the misses,” she says.



Ludhiana drub Bathinda
Win Dhruve Pandove Cricket Tournament by two wickets
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 27
Hosts Ludhiana survived many anxious moments before managing to sneak past Bathinda by 2 wickets on the penultimate day of the final match against Bathinda in the Dhruve Pandove Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-19) played at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

The match was being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.

Facing first innings’ deficit of 24 runs, the visitors resumed day’s proceedings with 39 for 2 and their second inning culminated at 114 runs in 42.2 overs.

Sunny remained unbeaten on 24 runs while Girish and Manpreet chipped in with 17 runs each. Siddique contributed 14 runs.

Paras Bhardwaj and Amritpal of Ludhiana were the pick of bowlers who got 4 for 48 and 3 for 40 wickets, respectively. Sandip grabbed two wickets for 20 runs.

Requiring just 91 runs for an outright victory, Ludhiana batsmen seemed to be short of ideas as left arm spinners Ramesh and Sukhmender of Bathinda found their rhythm instantly.

Both of them made Ludhiana batsmen dance to their tunes since the pitch cracked, helping the bowlers too much. It was very difficult to negotiate the spinners.

Abhinav Bhatia and Gurjot played their heads down which proved fruitful and enabled Ludhiana to romp home victorious. Abhinav made 25 and Gurjot scored 21 runs, respectively. Nikhil Chowdhary, too, played valuable innings of 18 runs as hosts achieved the target in 51.1 overs after losing 8 wickets.

For Bathinda, Ramesh scalped 4 victims for 27 runs while Shumender captured 2 wickets for 28 runs.

Brief scores: Bathinda (Ist innings) 220 all out -(Kumar Raghav 60, Girish 35 and Kamaljeet Sidhu 25; Amritpal Singh 4 for 50, Sandip Singh 3 for 35 and Paras Bhardwaj 1 for 17)

Ludhiana (Ist innings) 244 all out (Abhishek Talwar 107 n.o, Nikhil Chowdhary, Nimit Malhan 28, Chirag Maria 24; Sukhminder 3 for 73, Ramesh 3 for 78, Kuljeet 1 for 35 and Sunny 1 for 17).

Bathinda (IInd innnigs) 114 all out (Girish 17, Siddique 14, Manpreet 17 and Sunny 25 n.o; Amritpal 3 for 40, Paras Bhardwaj 4 for 48 and Sandip 2 for 20).

Ludhiana (IInd innings) 92 for 8 (Gurjot 21, Abhinav Bhatia 25, Nikhil Chowdhary 18, Ramesh 4 for 27 and Sukhmender 2 for 28). With this victory, Ludhiana has qualified for the elite group while Bathinda have relegated to the plate group.



LBA cagers outwit Hoshiarpur
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 27
The Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) began its campaign in a style with an emphatic 75-27 win over the Hoshiarpur district in the men’s section on the opening day of the 62nd Punjab State Basketball Championship (men and women) being played at Guru Nanak Sports Complex here today.

Players of the Hoshiarpur district appeared to be pale shadow of themselves as the academy boys faced a little challenge from the former and came out triumphant comfortably.

In the second match (men), Muktsar district proved too good for the Sangrur district whom they overpowered 67-37 and the third match was played between the Ferozepur and Bathinda districts in which the former, after initial hiccups, managed to scrape past 49-40.

Surinder Singh Kahana Dhesian inaugurated the four-day championship in which 17 teams in the men’s section and 10 teams in the women’s section are vying for top honours.

Yurinder Singh Hayer, SSP Jalandhar (Rural) and vice-president of the Punjab Basketball Association presided over the inaugural function.



City lad wins bronze in kurash
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 27
Baljinder Singh won bronze medal in junior national kurash championship that was held in Jammu recently.

Baljinder Singh (16) said it was a major achievement for him. He said since 2009 he is practising kurash in Ludhiana under the supervision of coaches Rajesh Singh and Parveen Thakur.

Talking about the game Baljinder Singh said, "Kurash was originated in Uzbekistan but it is becoming popular in India also. It’s quite similar to judo but technique of this game is bit different from judo.” He initially started playing judo but later his coach suggested him to play Kurash, he added.

Baljinder, who plays in 60 kg weight category, is now preparing for senior national Kurash championship that would held in Ludhiana next month. He hopes to get a medal in this competition also.

"It's my father Jagwant Singh's dream that I would represent the country in international Kurash championship.

He motivates me always,” he said.

Baljinder said he spends five hours everyday on practicing Kurash in Multi Purpose Hall. Baljinder, from Thakkarwal village of Ludhiana, also do a lot of exercise to maintain his body fitness.

Parveen Thakur, Baljinder's coach, is also happy with the performance of his student and said that Baljinder is one of the best trainees of his centre.



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