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Daylight murder stuns city
Two migrant women killed in cold blood with a cricket bat
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Usha (40) and her daughter-in-law Punam (20) were brutally murdered with a cricket bat in broad daylight in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here today. While Punam died on the spot, Usha died while being taken to a hospital. The killers brutally attacked both women on their heads with the cricket bat. The family basically hails from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Kulwinder Singh Thiera and Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurpreet Purewal reached the spot. Thiera said Usha and her husband Ram Lakhan, who came to the city two decades ago, were staying in the rented accommodation in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.

“The incident took place at around 9. 30 am when both male members had left for work. Usha was a domestic help while her daughter-in-law Punam used to stay at home. Ram Lakhan is a rickshaw-puller while their son Rahul (Punam’s husband) works at a shop.

When Usha did not report for the work, an employer came to their home to enquire about her health. She saw both Usha and Punam lying in a pool of blood raised and an alarm. Punam had given birth to a daughter about 10 days ago. The killer, however, did not harm the baby sleeping in the same room. Both Usha and Punam were brutally murdered with a cricket bat,” Thiera added.

The police seized the blood-soaked bat and sent it to a lab for test. The police recorded the statements of other members of the family and neighbours. The statement of Ram Lakhan could not be recoded as he was in a state of shock.

Thiera ruled out robbery as motive as the family was poor. “We have recoded the statements of family members. We have been told that Ram Lakhan’s brother Arun and latter’s son fought with his wife. Ram Lakhan has brought Vidhan, grandson of Arun, to his home. We suspect that a family member might be involved in the murder. We are investigating the matter,” Thiera added.

Cruel joke

A relative was trying hard to feed the 10-day-old daughter of Punam and Rahul, who was wrapped in a thin blanket. The mother of Usha was inconsolable. My daughter hasn’t harmed anyone. Still, the god has been cruel to family and the little one.


Road rage
20-yr-old youth brutally killed on birthday
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
While planning to celebrate his birthday in the evening with family and friends, Sunny (20) could have never thought that it would be his death day, too. A resident of Street Number 6, Shimla Colony, Sunny was brutally murdered by four unidentified persons near his house, today evening.

Sunny’s father, Gurjinder Singh, is a construction labourer. Sunny was doing a course in architecture and running a mobile-repair shop. While returning home to celebrate his birthday, Sunny banged his motorcycle into another and entered into an argument with a few youths. The matter was resolved after a few passers-by intervened. Sunny retuned home.

He was making last minute arrangements for his birthday party when a boy came and asked Sunny to come out for a while. He took Sunny a few yards away from his house where three youths were waiting with iron rods and sharp-edged weapons in their hands. They attacked Sunny on his head and chest. Sunny’s younger brother Sumit and his friend Ravi ran to save him and started screaming. In the scuffle, Sumit also sustained injuries. The attackers fled from the spot.

Sunny, who was bleeding profusely, was rushed to the Christian Medical College and Hospital by neighbours. The doctors declared him brought dead. The Basti Jodhewal police has registered a case against unidentified persons.



Body fished out of manhole
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
An unidentified body was fished out by the police from a manhole near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here today. The Thana Sadar police has registered a case against unidentified persons.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurpreet Walia said the hands and feet of a middle-aged man were tied and thrown into the non-functional manhole.

“A safai karamchari spotted the body and told two to three boys standing nearby about it. The boys informed the police later on. The man might have been murdered five to seven days ago. The manhole is about 15-foot deep and was not in working condition,” Walia added.



Employee dies in mishap, family protests
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Shailender Kumar (40) was crushed to death by a truck while it was reversing at New Rajguru Nagar here today. Family members of Shailender and a few employees staged a protest against the alleged apathetic attitude of employers outside a gas agency.

Shailender Kumar was an employee of Cookwell Gas Agency, New Rajguru Nagar. Shailender was crushed to death by the truck while the company’s truck parked outside the agency was reversing.

An employee of the agency said the owners did even not bother to extend a helping hand to the kin of the deceased. “We along with the family members protested against their callous attitude. Shailender died on duty, the owners should have been sympathetic. The accident took place at 11.30 am,” the employee added.

He also said Shailender was working in the agency for the past 18 years. He was a resident of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. “He retuned from his village after leaving his family at home on February 20. He has two daughters and one son,” the employee added. The truck driver is absconding.



Draw of liquor vends on March 28
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
The draw of liquor vends for the next financial year will be held on March 28. The Excise and Taxation Department has invited applications for the same. Forms can be obtained from the office of the assistant excise and taxation commissioners on the payment of Rs 12,000 for a single unit, Rs 20,000 for two units and Rs 30,000 for three units and Rs 40,000 for four units, Rs 45,000 for five units, Rs 50,000 for six units, Rs 55,000 for those above six units and Rs 60,000 for zones within all corporation towns.

Excise and Taxation Commissioner A Venu Prasad said application forms could be downloaded from the department’s website www.pextax.com <http://www.pextax.com>.

A person will not be allowed to submit more than 10 applications per licencing unit/group/zone in corporation areas.

The applications in the prescribed forms along with the supporting documents must reach the office of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner by 5 pm on March 26. “Applications will also be entertained during holidays (March 24 and March 25) to avoid last minute rush,” he added.

A successful applicant will be required to pay allotment fee immediately on the draw of his lot which may be Rs 1 lakh per unit/group/zone in the case of corporation towns, Rs 5 lakh per unit/group/zone in other urban areas and Rs 2 lakh per unit/group in the rural areas.

The payment can be made by cash or through demand draft, banker’s cheque, pay order or other pre-paid bank instrument. Failure to deposit the allotment fee will lead to disqualification and cancellation of the allotment.

The draw of lots for the Ludhiana district will be held at Harsheela resorts on the Ferozepur road on March 28 at 9 am.

Applications invited

A person will not be allowed to submit more than 10 applications per licencing unit/group/zone in corporation areas. The applications in the prescribed forms along with documents must reach the office of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner by 5 pm



404 parks on Municipal Corporation’s ‘mercy’
Staff ‘shortage’ plagues civic body; gardeners found ‘maintaining’ politicians’ gardens
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
At a time when the city is fast turning into a concrete jungle due to haphazard growth, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation seems to have shut their eyes when it comes to maintaining the green belt in the city.

Out of 754 parks in the city, about 350 are managed by the park management committees run by various resident welfare associations. Those managed by residents are in good shape, but those on the “mercy” of the corporation are in a shambles.

While the residents accuse the corporation of callous attitude, officials of the civic body blame it for the “shortage” of staff in its horticulture wing. Ironically, the services of a large number of gardeners are being taken by none other than politicians and higher officials of the civic body at their residence. The gardeners remain “busy” maintaining their personal lawns throughout the day.

Presently, there is a workforce of 385 in the horticulture wing of the corporation, out of which at least 300 are gardeners, against sanctioned posts of 600. Municipal officials say that as per rules, for every acre, at least four gardeners are required.

Even the corporation is having just three supervisors to check the working of these 300 gardeners, who work in 14 different circles.

“But as we have to maintain a 25 acre Nehru Rose Garden in Civil Lines, 10 acre Rakh Bagh, 3.5 acre Leisure Valley in Sarabha Nagar, a three acre Rose Garden in Kidwai Nagar, a 2.5 acre Rose Park in Dugri, besides around 77.5 kilometers of the Central verges of roads and green belts, a workforce of 300 gardeners is not sufficient. We wonder why none of the municipal commissioners have diverted their attention towards this issue,” rued an official of the horticulture wing.

There are roughly around 200 parks, including green belts, situated in Focal Point alone and most of them are in poor condition. Even the park near Chawni Mohalla is in poor condition. The fountain installed inside the park is missing and there is also growth of vegetation inside it. Some of the other parks in the vicinity have literally turned into garbage dumps, with residents of the area throwing garbage there.

Another park opposite the Khalsa College for Women is also in poor condition and one can hardly figure out whether it’s a park or a vacant piece of land.

SS Chana, president, Federation of Pollution and Park Management Committees, who resides in I-Block of Sarabha Nagar says maintaining green cover doesn’t seem on the agenda list of the municipal officials.

“They are too busy on those things that are made up of concrete. A few months ago, trees had just “vanished” from a park in I block of Sarabha Nagar, all the corporation did was an inquiry, which remains incomplete till date. I wonder why the corporation is not doing anything to save existing green cover, leave aside making efforts to plant saplings. Moreover, we all know that municipal gardeners are deputed elsewhere,” claimed Chana.

We have requested people to adopt parks by forming park management committees so that these are maintained. Sadly, we have only 297 committees for maintaining about 350 parks in different parts of the city

— Surinder Kumar, MC Landscape Officer



Distributors fleece consumers
Force them to buy additional products on getting new connections
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Gas distributors are fleecing consumers by selling additional products while getting new connections. Consumers are forced to buy products like gas stoves, lighters, utensils etc after getting a new connection. Apart from this, some gas distributors are also selling products beyond LPG. General goods like sugar, flour, pulses are being sold by some of the LPG distributors.

Satinder Singh, a customer from S.B.S. Nagar, said, “Recently I got a new gas connection.

After giving me the regulator, the dealer also gave me a new gas stove and some allied products.

When I told him I did not need them I was told that buying these products was obligatory and they would not be giving the connection without them.

Since I have already bought a new gas stove, the one given by the distributor is of no use to me," he rued.

Another consumers said he was shocked to see LPG distributors selling grocery products like pulses, sugar, and flour. On enquiring, the person sitting at the booking window said they wanted that the needs of the customer be fulfilled under one roof so they had started selling these products. “If you call us we can also send them to your doorsteps along with the gas cylinder," he said.

Director of district food and supplies controller (DFSC) HS Sidhu has taken a serious note of those distributors selling products beyond LPG.

He has even instructed the department to deal sternly with such distributors. But the practice is continuing unabated.

When contacted, DFSC Rajnish Kumari, said that the distributors could not sell products beyond LPG and they could not force anybody to buy article along with them.

"We regularly conduct raids to find the culprits and in case any customer is being forced by the distributor to buy allied products, they can complain to us," she said.

Deal with erring disributors sternly: DFSC director

Director of district food and supplies controller (DFSC) HS Sidhu has taken a serious note of those selling products beyond LPG. He has even instructed the department to deal with such distributors sternly.



from schools & Colleges
Parents have a ball at family reunion function

Ludhiana: A family reunion function was held at Everest Play Way and Nursery School, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, here.

Prof Harlal Singh, former director, Punjab School Education Board, was the chief guest on the occasion. Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, Punjab, (regd), welcomed guests. Among others present on the occasion included BK Sharma, member, Everest Educational Society (regd) and Almudin Saifi, vice-president, PTA, and parents. Students presented a colourful programme. Parents enjoyed various activities like balloon dance and musical chair and they were also awarded for their performance. Prof Harlal Singh said the school had played a significant role in imparting education to students of the area.

Annual fest ends

Mandi Gobindgarh: “Shilp Master-2012”, a four-day annual fest of

RIMT-College of Architecture, concluded here last evening. Vice-chairman of the institute Vijant Bansal lit the traditional lamp and appreciated the efforts of students and faculty members. Students of the college participated in panel design, quiz, paper presentation, debate on architectural-related topics, sketching, face painting, clay modelling, duet song, skit, mono acting, Mr and Miss Fresher and Mr and Miss Rukhsat. Rupinder Kaur and Lovepreet Singh were selected as Miss and Mr Fresher, respectively, while Satpreet Kaur and Chetan Verma bagged the titles of Miss and Mr Rukhsat, respectively. Bhangra, giddha, skit, choreography, duet song and western dance were appreciated by all. Mural design and 3D structures prepared by students were admired by everyone.

Placement drive

Mandi Gobindgarh: The Computer Science Corporation (CSC) selected five students from the RIMT during a joint campus drive. Nearly 500 students from different colleges like Thapar and Rayat Bahra took the test. RIMT director. Dr Harsh Sadawarti welcomed the company officials. The selection process included written test, technical test, group discussion and HR interview.

Seminar on business management

Jagraon: A UGC-sponsored two-day seminar on “Innovation, Technology and Management in Business Exchange” was organised by the postgraduate department of commerce, Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon. Dr Subhash Chander, professor, department of commerce and business management at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest. On the first day, two technical sessions were held. The first session was presided over by Dr Amarjit Singh Sidhu, professor in-charge, Publication Bureau, GNDU, Amritsar, while Dr Jatinder Kaur, principal, MGK College for Girls, Kottan, presided over the second session. Several experts read out research papers on different topics.

The second day of seminar began with a brief report about the proceedings of the inaugural day of the seminar by Dr Rimpi Kaur of the host college.

Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma, UBS, Punjab University, Chandigarh, chaired the session and delivered a very interesting and gripping lecture on the significance of innovation not only in the business world but also in everyday life.

Delegates from various colleges read out their research papers and presented innovative ideas in business exchange. The question-answer session turned out to be a thrilling experience for students. College principal Dr VK Sharma thanked the experts who shared their views with students. The seminar concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof Renu Singla, co-convener of the seminar.

Prize-distribution function

Jagraon: Guru Tegh Bahadur National College Dakha organised an annual prize distribution function yesterday. The function began with a rendition of the college Shabad “Deh shiva bar mohe ehe” by college students. College principal Dr Assa Singh Ghuman read out the annual report of the college. Prof Jaswinder Singh Brar, DPI (Colleges), Punjab, was the chief guest. Professor Brar exhorted students to work hard. He advised them to make efforts to eradicated social evils like dowry, drug addiction and corruption. As many as 101 students were given academic prizes. Roll of honour was conferred on Khushdeepak Kumar for bringing laurels to the college in boxing while Mandeep Kaur was felicitated for promoting heritage. Apart from them, Inderdeep Kaur (heritage), Manjinder Singh (percussion), Harpal Singh (basketball) and Rajdeep Singh (football) were honoured with the college colour.

Harmeet Singh and Tejinder Kaur, who became best athletes among boys and girls, respectively, during the annual athletics meet of the college, were awarded Rs 5000 each and honoured with Major Bachittar Singh Trophies. A cash prize of Rs 3,000 was given to Simranjeet Singh for his achievement in powerlifting. College president Sher Singh Sekhon thanked the chief guest and applauded the efforts of the prize winners. He also urged the students to work hard. Prof Pavitarpal Kaur proposed the vote of thanks.

Workshop on first aid

Doraha: The NSS unit of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology and the NSS unit and Youth Club of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a one-day “First-Aid Training-cum-Workshop”. The aim of the workshop was to make the volunteers aware of various first-aid techniques.

Rajneesh Kumar, the resource person, emphasised on the role of first-aid techniques to meet immediate challenges. Amarjit Kaur, programme officer of GNN College Doraha, proposed the vote of thanks. Faculty members also attended the workshop.

Tribune Reporters



Ludhiana scan
Health workers meet DCP

A deputation of Universal Human Rights Organisation and Women Justice and Equality today met DCP Ashish Chaudhary for dismissing the case registered against nine workers of the Contract Multipurpose Health Worker Union at Division Number 2 police station. The deputation told the DCP that the state government and workers had reached a compromise, so the case should be dismissed. Kiranjit Kaur, president, Contract Multipurpose Health Worker Union (women) said, “It was on September 22 that we staged a protest in front of the house of the then health minister, Satpal Gosain, in support of our demands. A case was registered against nine workers under Sections 323, 186, 332, 353 and 283. Satnam Singh Dhaliwal, president, Universal Human Rights, DCP Aashish Chaudhary asked ACP (Central) Ravneet Chaudhary to submit the inquiry report.

Uniform, shoes distributed

About 105 girl students were given school uniform and shoes by Yog aur Sewa Parivar at Government Primary School. GL Brara, chairman of the organisation, presided over.

Saras Mela a hit

Saras Mela organised at Government College for Women has witnessed huge turnout and collected Rs 1 crore so far. This was stated by ADC Pardeep Aggarwal.

Medical camp

To celebrate the 72nd birth anniversary of former chairman DK Oswal, the management committee of Shryans Industries, Malikpur, organised a free eye camp at a charitable hospital and medical examination camp at the administrative block of the industrial group yesterday.

Roll back excise duty: Jewellers

A meeting of Rajput Swarnkar Sabha was held here today. Chief patron of the sabha, Dr Gurcharan Singh Sake, said the excise duty imposed on jewellers should be rolled back. “There will be a rise in the cases of smuggling if the duty is not taken back,” he said. — TNS



Woman foils robbery bid
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 20
Showing a good presence of mind, a woman living in a farmhouse situated just outside Madaarpura village near Sidhwan Bet foiled a robbery attempt by some unidentified youths last evening. The woman was alone at the time of the incident.

As per information, four unidentified persons posing as officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited arrived at the house of Baljinder Kaur in a car. They told her that they had come to take the reading of the electricity meter.

This made Baljinder suspicious because an employee of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had already taken the meter reading from her house only a couple of days ago. Besides, the number of these persons was also more than usual which was enough to make her understand that there was something wrong with these persons.

Sensing trouble Baljinder sent these persons to a room stating that the electricity meter was installed there. In the meantime, she quickly locked the other rooms of the house and threw the keys into a farm outside the house.

Baljinder then raised the alarm and started shouting for help following which the youths got afraid and fled from the house. One of the youths snatched earrings of Baljinder Kaur while fleeing and hit her with an iron pipe.

On hearing her cries, some nearby villagers immediately reached there but the youths had fled till then. She was taken to a hospital.

A case has been registered against the unidentified youths.



Pashu Palan Mela from today

Ludhiana: Pashu Palan Mela will be held at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, on March 21 and 22. Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU, said four awards would be conferred on progressive farmers, including Harminder Singh Sandhu for buffalo dairy farming, Harbhajan Singh for fisheries, Jatinder Singh for cattle dairy farming and Lakhwinder Singh for piggery.

He said the mela would be the centre of attraction not only for the livestock, fisheries and poultry farmers, but also for children, youth, senior citizens as well as women because different items would be on display.

The experts of the university will provide on-the-spot knowhow through discussion and practical demonstrations regarding upkeep, vaccination and other timely care of pets like dogs and cats. The pet owners will also get information about the latest products which are now available in the market.

The university has made arrangements to create awareness about synthetic milk that many unscrupulous people are selling in the market.

An exhibition showcasing the latest interventions in the field of animal husbandry will also be helpful for the unemployed youth of the state who are interested in setting up their own business in the livestock sector with minimum finances.

The university publications containing information related to livestock diseases, their remedial measures and information regarding training courses will also be available during the mela.

New product

The College of Dairy Science and Technology, GADVASU, has launched a new variant of ice-cream named ‘Yog Ice-Cream’. It has the taste of ice-cream coupled with the flavour of yoghurt. Traditionally, fermented milk products are considered good for gastro-intestinal health.

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor of GADVASU, formally launched the product on the eve of Pashu Palan Mela. He appreciated the efforts put in by Dr PK Singh and his team from the College of Dairy Science & Technology in developing Yog Ice-Cream.

Ice-cream is considered as one of the most profitable enterprises of the dairy industry. In India, the ice-cream industry is growing at the rate of 14 per cent annually. On the occasion, Dr SPS Sangha, Dean, College of Dairy Science & Technology, said the ice-cream business had ample untapped potential in India. — TNS



Bus stand’s police post in charge suspended
Had allegedly assaulted a expectant woman, cousin
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Dharmender, chowki in charge, bus stand, was suspended, allegedly for misbehaving and assaulting a pregnant woman and her cousin. According to available information, Ramanjit was going to drop his cousin Jashan, who is pregnant, to the bus stand, as she was to go to Chandigarh. On reaching the bus stand, a security guard asked Ramanjit to pay parking fees. Ramanjit said since he had come to drop his cousin, he would not park the car in the parking lot. The security guard reportedly began arguing with Ramanjit and the security staff called the police.

Dharmender, chowki in charge of the bus stand police station, on reaching the spot started arguing with Ramanjit and Jashan. The security guard along with chowki-incharge allegedly misbehaved and assaulted both Ramanjit and Jashan. The mobile phone of Ramanjit fell in the tussle and the police took it into their custody.

Jashan then called up her maternal uncle who reached the spot immediately. But the police and the security guard even misbehaved with SP Singh, father of Ramanjit. Jashan was reportedly admitted to DMCH as the police had manhandled her too.

"They did not listen to anyone. The security guard along with the police threatened that they would deflate the tyres of the car and would break the windowpanes. We immediately reached the bus stand police station and filed our complaint. Dharmender, the chowki in charge has been suspended", said Singh. He further added that Jashan was fine and doctors had discharged her.

Confirming the development, Kulwinder Singh, ADCP, said that the chowki in charge Dharmender was suspended on basis of the complaint filed by the complainants.



Residents a divided lot
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Residents of B-Block, Rishi Nagar, are a divided lot over iron gates, being put up by certain residents in the area for security purpose. While many of the B-Block residents feel that by putting up the iron gates, the High Court's directions will be violated. Besides, permission by the authorities - the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) - had also not been taken for putting up the gates. While others maintained that since crime incidents were increasing, installing of gates at all the entry and exit points would provide safety to the area residents.

A resident, on condition of anonymity, said that as many as 40 to 50 residents were in favour of putting up the gates, while more than 80 persons were against it. He said, "For putting up the iron gates at four points, we have been asked to put pay ~5,000 each. Many residents gave the money easily while some others refused to pay. Had they taken the permission from the authorities, there would have been no problem. If these gates are removed by LIT, as these are against the directions of the High Court, what will we do?”

Another resident complained that recently, a car was stolen from the area. The residents were installing iron gates for safety purpose.

While those in favour of installing the gates said that almost every planned society had these iron gates, which were beneficial as the watchman could keep a tab on every passer-by. "I do not think that anyone should object to this. Instead, they must extend their cooperation, as it is for the safety of all. We are not taking money for our personal work, if anyone has objection, he should come forward", said a resident.

Putting up of iron gates

This is violation of the orders of the High Court. We have not given any permission to put up iron gates in B-Block of Rishi Nagar. If residents are constructing the gates on their own, they are violating the court's orders.

— Madam Mohan Vyas, chairman, Ludhiana Improvement Trust



Sutlej Club elections on March 25
Contestants feel five days too short for preparations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Not giving enough time to the candidates for throwing extravagant and lavish parties, Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari finally announced March 25 as the date of elections during the annual general meeting of the Sutlej Club here today.

With elections to be held within five days of its announcement, the duration is short, feel certain members of the club.

Now that election code of conduct has been imposed, those contesting will not have much time to "lure" the members by throwing parties or organising get-togethers. Entire procedure of the elections will be completed within five days.

"The members have to file their nominations, then papers will be scrutinised and withdrawal of nominations will take place. We feel this time is too short for all the preparations.

Besides, the candidates have to contact about 3,000 members for their support and help, which will not be viable in five days," said a member of the club contesting for a key-post. "I wish 10-15 days should had been given for the elections, as I feel it is a bit too short a period," said Jagjit Singh, a senior member.

While many others still feel that the step taken by the president should be appreciated, as the members will not have enough time for petty politics, fights and brawls. "This is a very good step as contestants are unnecessarily spending lakhs on parties. Days before the announcement of the elections, contestants and their supporters have been engaging in brawls and altercations with one another and organising parties and coaxing members to vote for them.

Early elections would cut that short," said another senior member.

Talking about the reasons for announcement of early elections, Deputy Commissioner and president of the club Rahul Tewari said that there were complaints that members were indulging in too many parties in order to win support for the elections and shorter period of time would curtail this.



Promotion of theatre a must, say artistes
Youth, children turning apathetic towards art
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Theatre and art bring about the sensitivity amongst people and children. As the World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is being celebrated across the world, the need for promotion of theatre amongst youth and children is being felt in the city.

Many youngsters are apathetic towards art and many feel that theatre is being done and performed far too less than it should be.

"It is only during the youth festivals when students and organisers come out of woodwork just to increase the tally of prizes, and no sincere effort is being made to promote art," says Harpreet, a BA student, who has also performed in plays at the college and school level.

There has to be dedicated place for theatre in the city, a centre where theatre can flourish and encourage young artistes to come and explore their talent, said Deepika Sharma, a resident of South city.

Theatre artiste Samuel John from People's Theatre, Lehran, who has worked extensively in Malwa region, feels that real theatre is about touching the real issues.

Youngsters have to be reached out to and sensitised about issues and introduced to theatre to bring about a change.

He feels that the youth in rural areas in particular needs to be reached through theatre.

"The state government should make four activities mandatory at the primary level of schooling, including fine arts, physical education, music and theatre.

If they are introduced to arts early, not only will these make them better individuals, their art will also get refined as they grow,” he said.

Talking about Punjabi movies these days, he said that the youth in cinema belong mostly to the high society.

But theatre and movies have to reflect the real characters, the real aspirations, dreams and struggle of the youth, he said.

If we make good cinema and reach out to the youth, it will be appreciated, but we need to show tenacity and commitment, he said.

Karamjit Grewal, who has been working towards promotion of theatre amongst the children, feels that theatre can become immensely popular amongst children and youngsters, but they need to be introduced towards this sublime form of art.

Another teacher said that the government needed to take concrete steps towards promotion of theatre.



Seven ration depots raided
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 20
Takings serious note of the complaints filed by a few people, Additional Deputy Commissioner Rupanjali Kartik today raided seven ration depots. Six out of seven depots were found closed during the raid. All these depots are located in Geeta Colony of Jagirpur village.

Records of these depots were checked and the stock and sale registers were seized. Kartik said they had received numerous complaints from the people regarding the ration depots located in this specific area.

People have alleged that these depots belonged to members of the same family. They had not been distributing kerosene and wheat at lower rates.

“These depot holders were not following the rules and the stock was found lying in the verandas of their houses. We have also received complaints that these depots generally remain closed. Strict action will be taken against the offenders,” she added. 



Workshop for entrepreneurs

Ludhiana, March 20
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Institute in association with Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) organised an “Entrepreneurship Development Programme Workshop”.

Experts said self-employment was the best opportunity in the present changing industrial scenario.

Assistant director BS Nagi spoke on the role of MSME-DI in the development of industry in Punjab.

He briefed about the consultancy services and technical courses provided by the institute. — TNS



Woman booked for killing husband

Phillaur, March 20
The police today booked a woman, Reeta Rani, her paramour Sonu and his friend Satish Kumar (both residents of Ludhiana) under Sections 302/201IPC on the charges of murdering her husband Kashmir Singh at Khaira village.

Phillaur DSP Amar Preet Singh said the body was found from a well on April 8 last year and a case under Section 174IPC was registered. But when the family members of the deceased alleged some foul play, the police re-investigated the case.

The DSP said the accused and her lover decided to eliminate her husband and both with the help of another youth Satish Kumar, alias Kala, murdered the deceased. The accused are at large. — OC



Thieves nabbed

Ludhiana, March 20
Three thieves were nabbed by the Salemtabri police at a checkpost near Karabara Chowk here today.

The thieves have been identified as Vakil, a resident of Salemtabri, Nandan, resident of Street Number 2, Bindra Colony and Mukesh, a resident of Kali Sadak, Jodhewal. All the three accused have been involved in many theft cases in the city.

Sub-Inspector Bitten Kumar said that a case under Sections 379,380 and 411 have been registered against the accused. He said three television sets and three motorcycles were recovered from their custody. "We will interrogate them during the police remand", said Bitten Kumar. — TNS



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