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Snatchers kill youth
All for a mobile phone; victim worked in a factory
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
Unidentified snatchers killed a 24-year-old youth near Dhandari here last night, all over a mobile phone worth just a few hundred rupees. The deceased has been identified as Sunil Bharti, a resident of Kushi Nagar, UP.

Inspector Kanwarjit Singh said to snatch the mobile phone of the victim, the snatchers attacked him with a dagger. Sunil succumbed to his injuries. The incident took place at around 10 pm.

Sunil worked as a welder at a factory in Dhandari and lived on the factory premises. He had come to the city in search of a job about six months ago.

His co-workers said after finishing the day’s work, Sunil had gone to the nearby market to buy vegetables. When he did not came back till 10 pm, the workers tried to contact him on his mobile phone, which was switched off. The workers got worried and started looking for him. They found him lying in a pool of blood on the main Link Road.

The workers immediately contacted the police. An empty purse was recovered from the spot and the mobile phone of the victim was found missing. The police has taken some drug addicts into custody. 

Victim was to get engaged

n Sunil was to get engaged next month at his native village. His friends said he was very happy and was planning to organise everything well in advance.

Earlier attacks

n In 2010, two migrants were killed by members of a ‘biker gang’ in the Focal Point area. Dozens of other migrants were looted by miscreants following which migrants had started moving back to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The ADCP, SS Atwal, said night patrol would be increased in these areas.


Petrol pumps to remain closed on April 23
Dealers seek higher commission; to observe strike
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
All the petrol station dealers across the state will observe a day-long symbolic strike on April 23 as part of a nationwide strike call in support of the demand to increase the dealership commission.

Ashok Sachdeva, general secretary of the Ludhiana Petroleum Dealers Association, said petrol dealers from the city would be joining the strike on April 23. “As of now, we are getting dealership commission on the basis of sale of each litre from our respective oil companies at the rate of Rs 1.49 on petrol and Rs 0.91 on diesel. In percentage term, it comes to 2 per cent of the value of petroleum products sold by us. Our demand is to make it 5 per cent and make it ad valorem so that whenever there is a rise in petrol or diesel, it will automatically increase our commission,” he said.

The dealer commission was revised by the oil companies in July last year. “The prices of petrol are revised every few months, but it has been nearly a year that the commission was revised. We will be going on a nationwide strike on April 23,” said Jagtar Singh, another dealer from the city.

Some of the other demands raised by the petrol station owners include introduction of charges for tyre service, which is free at the moment. The dealers want to keep it on a par with the same service being provided by other vendors. They also want to impose toilet usage charges at petrol stations to get money for maintenance.



City couple robbed, thrashed in Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
A Ludhiana-based couple faced a harrowing time last night when half-a-dozen youths snatched the woman’s purse, thrashed her husband and broke the windowpanes of

their car outside a discotheque in Sector 26 last night. Even as the police has registered a case of robbery, they are clueless of the identity of the accused. The incident occurred at 1.30 am last night when Tarandeep Singh and his wife Harveen, residents of Jamalpur in Ludhiana, came out of Tao in Sector 26. Four youths passed some comments at the woman as she was about to get in the car. One of them then snatched

her purse and fled in a car parked at some distance in which his friends were waiting. The car had a Punjab registration number.

Infuriated over their action, Tarandeep accelerated his car and chased the car of the youths. He managed to intercept the car in Sector 17 and confronted the youths, who overpowered him and started beating him up. When Harveen cried for help, the accused fled.

An injured Tarandeep returned to Sector 26 and called the police. The police said it was investigating whether the youths and the couple had indulged in an argument inside the disco that led to the incident. The CCTV footage at Tao on the exit gate is being scrutinised.

The couple left for Ludhiana after lodging an FIR with the police. A case under Sections 389, 356 and 427 of the IPC has been registered.



Demolition drive
Civic body clears violations, finally 
Kuldip Bhatia

A woman tries to resist the demolition of a portion of the boundary wall of her house.
A woman tries to resist the demolition of a portion of the boundary wall of her house. photos: inderjeet verma

Ludhiana, April 19
The Municipal Corporation (MC) today commenced a demolition drive to clear encroachments and violations on roads and national highways as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In an over six-hour operation, 26 structures located within 5 metres of the Old GT Road (NH-1) were razed without much resistance.

AS Sekhon, MC Joint Commissioner, who led the drive along with other officials of the building branch, said about .75 km length of the national highway from the Sabzi Mandi towards the Jalandhar bypass was cleared.

A strong contingent of police accompanying the MC team served as a deterrent to all those who made feeble attempts to resist the demolition of boundary walls, parts of built-up houses, shops and kiosks located within 5 metres of the road.

That the MC was under immense political pressure against the clearing of violations and encroachments was evident from the presence of a Congress legislator and several councillors whose area was covered today. However, none of them interfered with the MC operation which started at around 9.30 am and continued uninterrupted till 3 pm. In the wake of the MC elections, which are expected to be held in a couple of months, several councillors and legislators were pressuring the civic administration to go slow on the demolition and clearance drive, highly placed sources in the MC stated. “Had it not been for the fact that the matter is pending before the High Court and the state government is to file a reply on action taken with respect to the removal of encroachments and violations along the roads and national highways, the demolition operation would not have seen the light of the day,” a senior civic official said.



Noise pollution violators to be booked
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
Commissioner Police Ishwar Singh today asked residents of the city to adhere to the orders of the Supreme Court on noise pollution as hooters, sirens and loudspeakers playing music till late in the night disturbed the peace of senior citizens, ailing people and students. Anyone violating the orders would be booked under the law.

He said during wedding ceremonies, functions and processions, loud music continued to be played by the organisers. Pressure horns being used by trucks and buses caused disturbance and created panic among those commuting on roads. “We will book those found guilty. The orders of the apex court have to be implemented at every cost,” he said.

“Drivers of senior officers, even in the absence of the officer, blow horns and hooters in market places and roads. The balance of two-wheeler riders gets disturbed and chances of accidents increase in such situations. The drivers of police vehicles should also be told not to blow horns and hooters unnecessarily,” said Ravinder Pal Singh, a senior citizen. 



72-yr-old woman gets back possession of house from son
Was ill-treated and confined to a room
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
A 72-year-old woman, Rama Rani, who was ill-treated by her son, an advocate, got back the possession of her house at Madhopuri with the help of the police and an NGO.

The SHO Division Number 3, Maninder Bedi, said Rama Rani was a widow and lived alone in her house, a part of which she had rented out to shops. She had a son and two daughters. Her son Yogesh was an advocate and lived at the Chandigarh road with his wife and children.

According to the statement of the victim, her son and his family came to her house a few days ago with all their belongings. He said he wanted to sell his house and they had come to stay with her. But after a few days, the couple confined her to a room, where she was allegedly not provided anything to eat for hours together.

Her grandson opened the door and asked her to run away. Rama Rani then contacted her brother, who took her to Sangrur. Today, she met Commissioner Police Ishwar Singh and fell unconscious while narrating her woes.

Ishwar Singh ordered the arrest of her son and daughter-in-law. A police party along with an NGO Parijat raided the house and arrested Yogesh. Arpan, his wife, managed to escape. A case has been registered against the couple under Section 24 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens and Sections 342 and 506, IPC.



Canal edges pose risk
Stretch between Doraha, Neelon eroded in parts

Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 19
The eroded edges of the canal between Doraha and Neelon are posing threat to commuters’lives. This stretch is a major link between many villages here and therefore it is used extensively.

“The vehicles generally ply at a fiery speed on this stretch and the missing edges can lead to a major tragedy. However, the authorities seem to be oblivious of the matter,” said a commuter.

“The safety of the commuters should not be overlooked at any cost. Why can’t the authorities spare at least a thought for such a crucial matter? The coming monsoon season is going to play a havoc on these already weakened edges of the canal. The situation here calls for immediate attention,” said Prof Gagandeep Sharma, who resides at Rampur village.

“The missing edges can be detected at four or five places between Doraha and Neelon, especially near the Kushat Ashram. Near the Rampur level crossing the edges are dangerously eroded,” said Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker.

“The risks multiply at nights. There are no indicators at the place where the supports are missing. How can the commuter predict what lies ahead in the dark? A slight slip can result in a major tragedy. A first timer on this route will definitely miscalculate,” he added.

In-charge of the canals Inderjit Singh said, “The issue is in pipeline and the clearance from the forest department may take another two months. Still we should restore the edges immediately and make the road safe as early as possible.”



Patwari union stir enters second day 
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 19
The Patwari Union continued its pen-down strike for the second day here today. They are agitating against the suspension of patwari Ravinder Kumar by the authorities concerned.

They demanded immediate removal of the suspension. They also threatened to continue their strike unless the demands are met by the government. President of the union Sukhdev Singh has demanded judicial probe into the matter.

Due to the strike people had to suffer a lot. They faced difficulties in getting the revenue documents from the patwaries.

Although few managed to got their documents from the suvidha centres, but the documents related with the patwaries couldn't be obtained due to the strike.

Earlier, the SDM of Samrala along with a team of officials had recovered Rs 9,000 from Ravinder Kumar. On the basis of his report, the deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, suspended Ravinder Kumar.



Swine flu: 2 samples test negative 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
Two samples of suspected patients, who were being treated at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, have tested negative.

Dr Dipak Bhatia said, “One of the samples was of Anil Kumar, who died on the night of April 17, was tested negative. Sample of another patient from Chamba was also tested neagative.”



School defies court order
Denies admission; DEO says they have not received orders from court 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
Parents and relatives of Harman Dhingra visited the District Education Office to get the written evidence of argument between Deputy DEO Karamjit Kaur and authorities of Pumpkins Kindergarten School here today.

Meanwhile, District Education Officer Ranjit Singh Malhi was not available in the office when Harman's relatives went to meet him.

Harman's relatives alleged that the Deputy DEO, who had visited Pumpkins Kindergarten School yesterday, had not received their memorandum. The boy's uncle Vineetpal alleged, "The education department is hand-in-glove with the school authorities." Meanwhile, Malhi said the school authorities had told the deputy DEO yesterday that they had not received any orders from the court for admission, and would respond only if they received the orders.

Refuting the allegations levelled by the boy's relatives, Malhi said, "We don't have any authority to take any action against the school. If they are ignoring the court order, what can we do?"

The boys relatives said they wanted to file the contempt-of-court petition on the basis of the written evidence of yesterday's talk of the Deputy DEO with the school authorities. "We will meet the Deputy Commissioner tomorrow," they added. 

DEO does not meet kin of student

District Education Officer Ranjit Singh Malhi was not available in the office when Harman's relatives went to meet him.



GLADA sells 18 plots for Rs 14.25 cr
Residential plots were auctioned in Dugri at a premium
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 19
In what could be termed as a windfall gains for the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), 18 freehold residential plots in the Urban Estate, Dugri, Phase I, were sold through open auction at a premium of 44.46 per cent. Against the total reserve price of Rs 9,86,85,000, the total sale proceeds fetched a whopping Rs 14.25 crore.

Additional Chief Administrator of GLADA Jaswant Singh, who presided over the auction proceedings along with Estate Officer Jeet Ram, said five residential plots of 250 square yards each and 13 of 200 square yards each went under the hammer in the presence of at least 50 bidders. They had deposited eligibility fee of Rs 50,000 each before the commencement of auction.

The highest bid offered for a plot with a reserve price tag of Rs 25,500 per square yard was Rs 45,000 whereas the lowest successful bid was Rs 28,300 with reserve price being the same for each plot put on the block.

As per the terms and conditions of the auction, the successful bidders were required to pay 10 per cent of the total cost of the plot at the fall of hammer while another 15 per cent would be payable within 30 days of the auction. The balance 75 per cent of the bid money could be paid either in lump sum within 60 days of the issuance of sale letter in which case the buyer will be entitled to get a rebate of 5 per cent. Or else, the balance amount can be paid in four equated yearly installments along with 12 per cent interest.

The huge response to the public auction of residential plots after several still born bids to sell residential and commercial property has sent a wave of cheer among the GLADA officials who seemed to be quite upbeat over the turn of events. “It appears that the real estate sector is set for a turn around after a long and extended spell of recession,” a GLADA official remarked. 



Truckers threaten stir
Our correspondent

Machhiwara, April 19
Tension prevails in the local grain market after tenders for lifting the wheat were given to a few outstation contractors in place of the local truck union despite low rates quoted by it.

The truckers have threatened not allow outstation contractors to lift the wheat stock till their tenders are cancelled. Member of the Truck Union Committee KL Sachdeva said they their families would suffer if the tenders were not allotted to them, as they have no income source of income.

Due to the standoff, the commission agents, too, are worried about lifting of wheat from the grain market. A showdown was averted after a few workers of a contractor tried to unload “bardana”, but were forced to stop by truckers and labourers. The truckers have threatened to block the traffic if their demands were not accepted.



Students protest against opening of liquor vend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
Children protested against setting up of liquor vend near their school in Ambedkar Nagar today. Students of Nishkam Vidya Mandir High School and Women and Children Welfare Society had shown black flags and protested against its opening.

Dr Surjit Singh, President, Dr Ambedkar Welfare Society, said the liquor vend had been set up in a house with the support of a few government officials.

“A temple, a church and a high school of girls are located within 50 square yards of the liquor vend. This has hurt the sentiments of those residing in the area,” Surjit Singh said.

Resident of Ambedkar Nagar have urged the excise department to shift the liquor vend from the locality.

Parveen, a schoolteacher, said, “Poole often consumes liquor while sitting outside the school. A few of them fall in front of the school after guzzling liquor. This is vitiating the environment of the school. 



Poster-making contest on PAU campus
Tribune News Service

A student participates in a poster-making contest at the PAU  in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A student participates in a poster-making contest at the PAU  in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 19
The Fine Arts and photography Club of Punjab Agricultural University organised a poster making and cartoon-making competition here today.

The competition was sponsored by the Directorate of Students' Welfare of PAU.

As many as 15 students participated in these competitions.

The competition was open for the students of the Punjab Agricultural University and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science (GADVASU).




From colleges
Varsity toppers felicitated

Ludhiana: The management, principal and staff of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, on Thursday congratulated the toppers of M.A (sociology )semester-I examinations. Narjit Kaur, a student of the college, has secured 78.25 per cent marks and has stood second in the university and first in the college. Another student, Gursharan Kaur has secured 75 per cent marks and is sixth in the university and second in the college. Navanpreet kaur is however third in the college with 73 per centmarks

Farewell party

The faculty and students of MTSM College for Women, Ludhiana, gave a farewell party "Bon Voyage" to the final year students of MBACIT (affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh). The occasion was celebrated with lot of enthusiasm on the college campus. It was an occasion for the outgoing students to cherish the moments that they had spent on the campus and the professional education they acquired during the period. The first year Students gave brilliant performances and enthralled the audience. Dance performances and modeling were the main attractions of the party. Students also presented a skit on college life. — TNS



From Schools
37 students of DAV school awarded

Ludhiana: As many as 37 students of DAV Public School, Ludhiana, were awarded on Thursday at a special prize distribution for securing top ranks in Mathematics Olympiad. The school secured number one position in the entire Northern region. A Vedic maths organisation, Brainex Education, had organised the mega Maths Olympiad named as "Math-e-Magician" across Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal in the end of 2011 and early 2012.

Green Earth Day rally

To sensitise and inspire the public about the need to preserve Mother Earth, the students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School BRS Nagar organised 'Green Earth Day Rally' here on Thursday. The chief guest, Preenu Abrahim (ASM of Fritto Lays), flagged off the march with a message of saving the planet. More than 600 students of Classes VIII and IX walked from the campus to Lodhi Club and then back to the school.

Salad-making competition

DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, celebrated 'Health Day' here on Thursday day. All the students of Class V participated in salad-making competition and presented beautifully decorated salads. The winners were awarded with certificates.

Poetry recitation contest

An English poem recitation competition was held at GNPS Model Town Extension for the students of Classes I and II here today. The poems were composed on the theme of healthy living and saving the environment.

Eye check-up camp

An eye check-up camp for students and teachers was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Ludhiana. It was organised in collaboration with Vasan Eye Care Hospital. The students and teachers participated in the camp.


DAV, Sarabha Nagar, hosted an Inter-House English Declamation Competition in which 50 students from Classes IX and X participated. The students put forward their best foot in displaying their oratory skills. The motive was to develop communication skills in the students.

Investiture ceremony

Investiture ceremony was held at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bypass. The Prefect Council and House Council for the session 2012-13 were given the sashes during the ceremony by the chairman-cum-director of the school, Rajesh Rudhra, along with Baldeep Pandher and Vice-principal Naresh Bala. Khushwant Singh of Class XII (Science) was announced as Senior Head Boy and Bhanu Sachdeva from Class XII (FMM) as Senior Head Girl. Junior Perfect Council was also given sashes. — TNS



100 screened for Hepatitis B virus

Ludhiana, April 19
To mark World Liver Day, the department of gastroenterology, SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana, organised a free screening camp at Malerkotla for Hepatitis B virus under the leadership of Dr. Harmeet Singh Saluja, senior consultant, SPS Apollo Hospitals.

More than 100 patients were screened for Hepatitis B virus. Saluja said, early detection, timely treatment and need for vaccination against Hepatitis B virus could act as an important preventive measure. The hospital also distributed free information booklets and education material to the patients. Hepatitis (swelling of liver) is caused primarily by a group of viruses (A, B, C, D, E) and heavy alcohol use, besides many other causes. Hepatitis B and C are the more dreaded form of viruses, as they act as silent killers in majority cases. — TNS



Free medical camp at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
The department of surgery at DMCH is organising a free B.M.I. camp and seminar on bariatric surgery on April 21 (from 10 am to 12 pm) in the surgical seminar room. Those people who are overweight as per their height will be examined and their B.M.I. will be checked during the camp.

Registered people can talk directly to Dr PS Nain and Dr Ashish Ahuja regarding their problems pertaining to overweight. The department of surgery is working continuously to curb obesity by doing bariatric surgery. 



Book on Dakha village released
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 19
A book titled "History of Village Dakha" authored by Dr Harbhajan Singh Sekhon was released during a brief function held at the GTB National College Dakha today. Dr Assa Singh Ghuman, principal of the college, formally unveiled the book.

The book has been published in both Punjabi and English languages.

The author has made an attempt to trace the history and importance of the village. Dr Harbhajan Singh Sekhon said his book contains some valuable chapters on the significant personalities belonging to Dakha.

The pen-portraits of General Sant Singh Sekhon, Principal Sant Singh, Sekho, Major Bachitar Singh, Sher Singh Sekhon, Justice Jai Singh Sekhon, Pandit Kartar Singh Dakha and many others.

The black and white photographs along with some coloured ones would create immense interest among those who are associated with the village, he added.

Many educationalists and other dignitaries belonging to Dakha and Mullanpur were also present during the book release function.

In his address, principal Ghuman termed Dr Harbhajan Singh Sekhon as a great visionary and praised his contribution in the fields of art and culture.

He said the new book is a significant document. 



Panic at Bhadla village
Bomb-like objects found 
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Bhadla (Khanna), April 19
The ongoing digging work in a village pond at Bhadla village was stalled after a few bomb-like devices were spotted in it.

The villagers informed the Khanna police about it. Khanna DSP Paramjit Singh said a bomb disposal squad from Jalandhar was called for examining these devices. He, however, said these devices seems to be very old and might have been thrown by a scrap dealer.

The scrap dealers import objects like these, he added. There was no need to worry, as devices were outdated. The digging work is almost over. We haven’t found any such devices, but will keep on monitoring the situation.

A few villagers said the police reportedly recovered empty cartridges and one bomb-like device from the pond.

A bomb disposal squad defused a live bomb in Machiwara. 



RBI lowers interest rate, people happy
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
There is good news for city residents. Those taking loan will have to pay low interest rates as banks are gearing to pare back their lending and deposit rates. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signaled a reversal in the interest rate regime by cutting the key policy rate by 50 basis points. Home, auto and corporate loans are likely to become cheaper as the Reserve Bank has slashed the short term lending rate from 0.50 per cent to 8 per cent, signaling banks to cut rates. The reduced cost of borrowing would be passed on partially by banks to borrowers in the form of lower interest rate on loans.

“The RBI has taken a bold step. The reduction in the policy rate by the RBI will translate into lowering of interest rates. Base rates are expected to come down by about 25 basis points,” said senior State Bank of India official.

Base rate is the minimum lending rate below which banks can’t lend. Lowering that would mean reduction in all loans. To bring down the cost of borrowings for banks, RBI slashed short term lending (repo) rate after a gap of three years. Besides, RBI’s move to ease liquidity situation would result in the infusion of much needed cash flows into the banking system.

“Finally our dream of owning a house will be fulfilled as home loans will get cheaper this year. We were saving money to buy a flat for the past several years, but we are still unable to do so. After the home loans become cheap we are planning to buy our own flat very soon,” Rashmi Aggarwal, a professional, said. While for a few, dream of owning a car would be fulfilled after the loans go cheap. “Since the rate of interest on automobiles will be slashed, we are thinking of buying a car,” added Gurtej Singh, a government employee.



Security sought near FCI godowns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
The district area manager of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has asked the police and the district administration to provide security near the FCI godowns for safeguarding foodgrain as in the recent past, a theft attempt was made by about 15-20 miscreants at Mullanpur.

In a letter to the SSP (Rural), SHO, Mullanpur Dakha, and the district administration here recently, he said a theft bid was made last month but due to the alertness of the Police Home Guard deployed at the godown, the theft was averted. The miscreants had threatened the guards to be ready for dire consequences.

The FCI official has also asked the administration to take up the matter regarding frequent patrolling by the police near FCI godowns.



Ludhiana scan
Karamchari Dal

The Punjab State Karamchari Dal will hold a state level function here on May 1 to observe the May Day. Addressing a preparatory meeting convened by the district unit of the body, the state president Hari Singh Tohra said the employees will hold a historic gathering here on the occasion to focus on the ways to achieve their rights.

The function will be attended by senior trade union leaders as well as several government functionaries.

Bansal takes charge

Parveen Bansal took charge as the district president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today. He said his priority would be to broaden the party base in the district. “We will strive to eschew groupism at all levels,” he added.

Farmers’ awareness camp

A block level camp was organised under the instructions of chief agricultural officer Rajinder Singh Pander at Majjia Kurd village. The camp was presided over by additional project officer Dr Dharampal and Gurdev Kaur, chairman of Kisan Committee. The objective of the camp was to make the farmers aware of seed village scheme and teach them how to use fertiliser on the basis of soil test. They also urged the farmers to buy subsidised machines for farming. The experts from agricultural department gave tips on progressive farming.

Mazdoor union

Meeting of Karkhana Mazdoor Union and Textile Mazdoor Union was held here today. During the meeting the members discussed the tragedy that had occurred in the blanket factory in Jalandhar. Members said the incident was not just an accident.

The owner of the unit is accountable for the accident. The owner of the factory should not be let off and proper investigation into the case is required. They also demanded compensation for those who have lost their near and dear ones in the incident.

Philately Club workshop

Philately Club of Ludhiana will be holding a two-day workshop at Lions Bhawan to promote philately among youngsters. Workshops and seminars will be held on April 21-22. Members of the club will be displaying nearly 15 frames of their stamp collection.

Stamp on Princess Diana, chocolates, textile, princely states will be displayed during the exhibition. "We want to promote theme-based stamp collection. We have also invited students from 20 schools who will be participating in the workshop,” said a member of the club.

In addition to this stamp designing competition will be held on April 22 where different themes will be given to the participants.

Depot holders submit plea

The Association of Depot Holders presented a memorandum to the Amloh MLA, Randeep Singh. They demanded withdrawal of 63 per cent cut on kerosene. The MLA criticised the Panjab government’s move and for not implementing the assurance of payment of Rs 11,300 per month to the each depot holder.

The MLA addressed the meeting of Congress activists at Amloh today. District Congress Chief Harinder Singh Bhambri said the party would put up its candidates in all the 13 wards of Amloh Municipal Council in the coming election in June. 



Rs 3.65 lakh stolen
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, April 19
Cash worth Rs 3.65 lakh was stolen from a branch of Co-Operative Society in Rupewal village near Bilga here yesterday.

The Society’s chowkidar Kuldip Kumar told the police that he was on duty last night but went home at around 11 pm after receiving a call from his family informing him about his daughter’s ill-health. The police has registered a case and investigating it.

Thieves decamp with jewellery, cash

Valuable goods, including twelve tolas of gold ornaments, and cash worth Rs 5,000 were stolen from the residence of Satnam Singh in nearby Shadipur village last night. The family members were away when the incident took place. The police has registered a case.

Three drug peddlers held

Noormahal police has arrested three drug peddlers identified as Balwinder Singh, Rajinder Kumar and Thomas.

They recovered huge quantity of intoxicants, including injections, capsules from them.

The police has also impounded their car no (PB-8Q-3938). 



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