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Poster war leaves 12 injured
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Poster war between two groups, led by BJP leader Satish Naggar and an independent candidate's husband Krishan Kharbanda, turned ugly and left 12 persons injured here today. According to eyewitness, five shots were fired during the clash, but no one was shot at. In order to create panic, some miscreants spread a word that BJP leader Satish Naggar had been shot dead. Later, it was discovered that Naggar had sustained minor injuries and was stated to be normal.

Heavy police has been deployed in the area following the clash.

The incident took place at Baili Ram Chowk in Chawni Mohalla in the afternoon when both groups, who were pasting posters of their respective candidates, attacked each other with sharp-edged weapons.

Pawan Kharbanda, bother-in-law of independent candidate, Anita Kharbanda, claimed that Krishan, along with Pawan Taneja, Vinod Kharbanda and roughly eight to 10 children of the locality, were pasting posters in Baili Ram Chowk.

In the meantime, Satish Naggar, along with his brother Pardeep Naggar, who is facing a murder case, reached the spot and started hurling abuses at Krishan.

Satish shooed away the children, who were pasting posters, said Pawan and further added that when he reached the spot to resolve the issue, Satish, Pardeep and their supporters attacked them with sharp-edged weapons and fired shots at them.

Krishan and his supporters Vinod, Pawan Taneja and Sanjiv Handa sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital. He said in order to hoodwink the police Naggar's aide spread the rumour that Naggar had been shot dead.

Anuradha Naggar, wife of Satish Nagar and BJP candidate from Ward No 32, levelled allegations that it was Krishan, Pawan, Vinod and their accomplices who assaulted Satish Nggar and tried to shot at him, but fortunately he survived.

"My husband had just returned home after meeting ACP Swapan Sharma. Meanwhile, some residents gathered around the house and Naggar went outside to greet them. Soon shots were fired and I saw Kharbandas, along with their supporters, thrashing Naggar. Naggar's brother and supporters rushed to their rescue, but they were attacked by the assailants. Kharbandas fled from the scene firing shots," said Anuradha Nagar.

Naggar and her seven supporters were rushed to Civil Hospital for treatment.

Soon after the incident, the police swung into action and reached the spot. DCP Ashish Choudhary also took stock of the situation and visited Civil Hospital and DMC& H. He met the injured and told the investigating officer to initiate the probe and register a case against the culprits.

He confirmed that the police had received information about the firing of shots during the clash.

The city police booked both groups under Section 307 of the IPC. ACP (North) Swapan Sharma confirmed the development. He said Naggar, Kharbanda and their supporters had been booked in an attempt to murder case.



Lifeguards lacking in many city pools
Charanjeet Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

A view of the municipal corporation swimming pool in Rakh Baag. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, June 5
A budding swimmer lost his life learning swimming in Mumbai on Sunday. Swimming pools of Ludhiana depict a story of apathy, as these are lacking in many aspects. The Tribune made a reality check on prominent swimming pools of the city and found that the pools run by the Municipal Corporation are lacking in safety measures. However, pools at Punjab Agricultural University and the Sutlej Club have a decent basic infrastructure, but there is absence of lifeguards in these pools.

Ironically, coaches have been performing the duties of lifeguards during the practice sessions. The depth of the pool is also a major threat to the lives of swimmers. Instead of 6-7 feet, it is 6-18 ft. Even the ground level is not crystal clear. There is 7.64 lakh gallon cube water in the pools, which is also in a filthy condition due to the poor working of water treatment plant and the authorities have to clear such a huge amount of water within two months. Otherwise, it increased slipperiness in the pool. There is no proper seating arrangement at the MCL swimming pool and even the bathrooms of these pools are not well maintained. Anyone could easily find big cracks on diving stands and tiles of pools are also in poor condition.

However, a water treatment plant is installed at the PAU pool, but it lacks clarity. For beginners, there is separate low-level pool of 3ft depth at the PAU, but the situation is the same here.

"My seven-year-old daughter came to the PAU pool for practising and I used to sit at pool everyday as a life guard for her daughter. However, the pool authorities also deployed their lifeguards, but parents, who send their kids to pools, should accompany them," said a mother.

Lucky, a swimmer from the city, said, "Most of the times, the trainee is responsible when in case any accident occurs at pool. Moreover, lifeguards are compulsory at pool.

Rajinder Boparai, coach, MCL pool, said that they were providing their services well. Budding swimmers could not have proper dip due to lifeguard jackets and they could not learn swimming well. Boparai said for the past many years, he had been working as a coach here and he had never faced any unfortunate happening on the pools in his presence. But he feels that there was a need to decrease the depth of the pool and make the existing water treatment plant more effective.



Over 6,000 energy meters not sent to lab for testing
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 5
In blatant violation of the Electricity Act and conditions laid down in the Electricity Supply Manual, more than 6,000 energy meters, removed from premises of domestic, commercial and industrial consumers during ther past several years, have not been sent to the meter examination laboratory (ME Lab) by officials of various divisions of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in the city and elsewhere in the central zone.

The issue assumes significance in view of the fact that more often than not, the energy meters, whether burnt down or replaced for a variety of reasons, and tested at the ME Lab, are found defective, slow or tampered with, and attract penalty as per the rules. In other words, had these thousands of energy meters been sent to the ME Lab for testing within the stipulated time, the power utility could have earned a huge revenue by way of penalty imposed in cases of defective energy meters.

Information obtained under the Right to Information Act 2005 by Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, reveals that the maximum number of such energy meters, 3849, were lying in the Khanna circle of the PSPCL in the central zone. In the Khanna circle, the highest number of such meters, 1536, were reported by Khanna division, followed by 934 by Amloh division, 726 by Sirhind and 658 by Mandi Gobindgarh division.

In the city, the Focal Point division under the City East circle topped the list, where 351 electricity meters, removed from the consumers' premises, were not sent for testing to the ME Lab, while the least number of such meters, 15, were reported by Model Town division under the City West circle.

The City East and City West circles had reported 832 and 368 energy meters lying with them, which were not sent to the ME Lab for testing. In the Suburban Circle, comprising Dakha, Jagraon, Raikot, Lalton and Ahmedgarh division, 995 meters were lying in different divisions.

Section 57.3 of the Electricity Supply Manual stipulates that all burnt or defective meters, along with the first report, will be sent to the ME Lab within one week of replacement, and further that the officer in charge of ME Lab, after carrying out the test checks, will submit his report to the officials concerned of the division/sub division within 15 days.

The PSPCL chief engineer of Central Zone KL Sharma, however, stoutly refuted the possibility of any foul play or ulterior motives behind the delay in sending replaced meters for testing. He said the PSPCL was carrying out routine replacement of energy meters - from electro-mechanical to electronic in a big way. Moreover, a large number of energy meters lying with various divisions could not be sent for testing due to court cases, having been challenged by consumers or other disputes.

"Even otherwise, just about one or two percent of the meters, replaced in routine, and tested at ME Lab, were found defective or tampered with. Therefore, to say that a huge loss of revenue was involved due to the non-testing of these meters, will be stretching it too far," he added.


SUV damaged as building structure comes crashing down
Tribune news Service

The damaged SUV parked near Old Sessions Chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 5
Parking a vehicle under an under-construction building proved costly for Aman Batra, owner of a grocery store here, as a portion of the structure came crashing down on his new sports utility vehicle (SUV), worth over Rs 17 lakh, today and damaged it.

The incident took place this evening when Aman visited the store and parked his vehicle at a parking lot of the under-construction building.

"I was sitting inside the store when a loud noise shook me from the seat. I rushed out of the store to see what had happened, but was shocked to witness that the structure had collapsed on my SUV," lamented Aman Batra.

He demanded action against the owner of the building for using sub-standard material and violating building bylaws.

"If the building could not sustain strong winds and came crashing down like a pack of cards, you can well imagine the future of the structure," said Batra.

SHO Division No 4 Vinod Kumar rushed to the spot and inspected the building.

"The outer wall was of just 4 inches width. The place remains heavily crowded during the day. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident. We have established contact with the owner of the under-construction building and action would be taken after receiving the complaint," said SHO Vinod.



Maternity row
Woman throws acid on sister
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, June 5
A maternity row took an ugly turn and made two sisters bitter enemies. The hatred reached such a point that one sister allegedly threw acid on the other. Narinder Kaur, who suffered burn injuries on her face and other body parts, alleged that her sister had thrown acid on her in the Partap Singh Wala area in Haibowal here yesterday.

The incident came to light here today when the victim, undergoing treatment at a local hospital, lodged a complaint against her sister Jaspal. Narrating the incident, she said Jaspal threw acid on her face while she was walking in the park.

"Jaspal Kaur had adopted my son Rubal. Now Rubal (22) is settled abroad and calls me as her mother and Jaspal feels jealous of this. Our relations also strained and I started the legal proceeding to reclaim the right over my child. Jaspal Kaur, who is eyeing the property of my child, was rattled bvy my husband's paternity claims and threw acid on me. She is backed by my elder sister Jaswinder Kaur, who has political connections," said Narinder Kaur.

Kuldeep Singh, husband of Narinder Kaur, said they had lodged a complaint with the police and demanded stern action against the sister.

The investigating officer said he had recorded statements and was in the process of registering a case against the sister. The police, however, was not ignoring the possibility that the case could have been stage managed to settle scores.

Jaspal Kaur was not available for comments.



Cong dissidents face expulsion
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The Congress party is all set to act tough with dissidents. More than 20 party dissidents are likely to face expulsion. According to sources, a list of 23 dissidents has been sent to the party high command for this purpose.

The chairman of the Congress party screening and campaign committee for the Municipal Corporation (MC) Ludhiana polls, Lal Singh, is in the city since Monday. MP Manish Tewari is also in the city. During the past few days, senior Congress leaders have been making attempts to win over the dissidents.

Meanwhile, the Congress Worker Forum Convener Varun Mehta said all 18 candidates fielded by the forum would contest the polls. While claiming that no Congress leader had approached the forum, he said, "We are not against the Congress party. In fact, we are loyal workers of the party. But the forum candidates will contest as Independents in the MC polls."

When contacted, Lal Singh said he had sent the dissidents' list to the party high command. "The morale of the Congress workers is high. We have a team for each of the 75 wards. These teams start the campaigning at 6 in the morning," he added.



June 7, 10 declared 'dry days'
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
District Magistrate Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari has declared June 7 and June 10 as "Dry Days" in Ludhiana district under Section 54 (1) of the Punjab Excise Act.

He said no liquor shop, hotel, restaurant, club, marriage places and other establishments selling or serving liquor or intoxicants shall be permitted to sell or serve liquor or intoxicants to anyone on the "Dry Day".

No non-preparatory club, star hotels, restaurant, marriage places authorised for possession, supply and sale or liquor or intoxicants shall be permitted to sell or serve liquor or intoxicants shall be permitted to sell or serve liquor or intoxicants on the Dry Day.

The storage of liquor and intoxicants by individuals shall also be curtailed during the dry day and restriction provided under the Excise laws on the storage of liquor and intoxicants in unlicensed premises shall be rigorously imposed.

He said during the election to the municipal councils/ nagar panchayats, to be held on June 7, and election to the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, to be held on June 10, the closure of the liquor shops by declaring "Dry Day" and stopping the storage and sale of liquor within the jurisdiction of Ludhiana district was absolutely necessary.



Ward number 70
Shortage of potable water troubles residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Major Issues: There is no green belt or park in the ward and residents demand that the councillor should get a park constructed so that this industrial area gives a greener look.

  • Residents complain of shortage of potable drinking water.
  • Problem of garbage and industrial waste is prevalent in the ward and the residents want this problem to be solved.
  • Problem of stray animals, especially dogs, could be seen roaming freely in several parts of the ward.
  • Web of wires can be seen passing from top of several streets of the ward.

Main Areas

Parbhat Nagar, Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, Janta Nagar, Kot Mangal Singh, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, some portion of Partap Nagar, besides others.

Population: 30,000

Voters: 11,000

Councillor Speaks

When I became the councillor, there was some problem of water shortage. But during my term, I have got four new tube-wells installed in different parts of the ward and now there is no such problem. I have always emphasised on providing potable drinking water to the residents and I think I have succeeded in it. Several other development works worth crores were carried out in my ward. — Pushwant Kaur Gohalwaria

Residents Speak

Heaps of garbage is a common sight in the ward and the councillor should lay special emphasis on finding a solution to it. — Naseeb Singh

Even though the roads have been re-carpeted, in some parts of the ward, electricity poles and transformers are installed in the middle of the road, which leads to several accidents. — Sukhdev Singh Lotey



Ward number 71
Frequent sewage blockage, traffic jams define ward

Major Issues

  • Residents complain of sewerage blockage in some parts of the ward.
  • Being a semi-industrial area, the problem of garbage and industrial waste is prevalent in the ward and the residents want this problem to be solved.
  • Residents complain of traffic congestion on the roads and want that some narrow roads should be made one way or traffic police personnel should be deputed to keep a check on traffic related violations.
  • Problem of stray animals, especially dogs, could be seen roaming freely in several parts of the ward.
  • Web of wires can be seen passing from several streets of the ward.

Main areas

Water accumulated on a road.

A machine used to clear sewage line placed in the middle of the road.

Kot Mangal Singh, Guru Angad Colony, Gurpal Nagar, Kabir Nagar, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Mauji Colony, New Amar Nagar, besides some others.

Population: 35,000

Voters: 25,000

Councillor Speaks

I have always kept a proactive approach, so that residents of my ward don’t have to go through any kind of harassment or pay bribe in any of the government offices. I have formed a team of my supporters, who act as a single window system for the residents. If any person wants any help or is having some problem, all the person needs to do is to come to my office and rest will be taken care by my team. Several development works have been carried out in my ward and that is why, I managed to win the Vidhan Sabha elections. — Simarjit Singh Bains

Residents Speak

Our councillor has always helped us whenever we are in problem and even personal favours. You would not even find a single person who can claim that the councillor has taken bribe or any favour in lieu or any work. — Parveen Mittal

Several development works have been carried out in the ward. We do have some problems related to sewer blockage and want that they should be solved. — Baldev Singh



72, worst ward of city!
Major Issues

  • Heaps of garbage littered in almost every nook and corner of the ward is a common sight.
  • Being the Mayor’s own ward, still ward number 72 is one of the worst and most neglected wards of the city.
  • Residents complain of shortage of potable drinking water and sewer blockage in many parts.
  • The ward is having a large number of “vehras”, most of which are owned by politicians. People living in these “vehras” are living in pitiable condition.
  • Due to unhygienic conditions prevailing in the ward, diseases such as gastroenteritis, dengue and water-borne diseases are common throughout the year.
  • Problem of stray animals, especially dogs, could be seen roaming freely in several parts of the ward.

Main Areas

Giaspura village, New Giaspura, Sua Road, Hargobind Nagar, Atma Singh Nagar, Ambedkar Colony, besides some others.

Population: 20,000

Voters: 7,000

Councillor Speaks

When I became the councillor, the main focus was construction of a Mini Rose Garden. Being the Mayor of Ludhiana, I had to focus on all 75 wards, but still have managed to do a lot of development of my own ward. Several tube-wells were installed and in the last five years, I have spent an amount of around Rs 8 crore on different development works. — Hakam Singh Giaspura, Mayor

Residents Speak

You name it and this ward has every possible problem. The Mayor has done very less for the overall development. — Bhuwan Bharti



Parks, playgrounds missing in ward number 73
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

A view of the poor condition of a street in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 5
Major Issues: Roads and streets in major areas of the ward are uncarpeted.

  • Most of the areas are deprived of basic civic facilities like potable water supply, sanitation and sewerage.
  • The problem of garbage disposal is one of the major problems in the area, as a number of empty plots of the area have turned into dumping grounds.
  • Residents complained that the area has no parks and playgrounds.
  • Water blockage during the rainy season becomes a menace for the residents in some of the areas.


Voters: 20,000

Population: 50,000

Major areas: Gagan Nagar, Pakhar Colony, Maha Singh Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Gurmail Nagar, Amardas Colony, Jain Colony, Sarpanch Colony, Gill Colony and Guru Nanak Nagar.

Councillor Speaks

I have spent a big amount of grants on installation of sewer pipelines. Potable water was provided to a number of colonies. Development work in some illegal colonies is also going on. I have re-carpeted all major roads in my tenure. — Baby Singh Thakur

Residents Speak

}Nothing is favourable in this area to live. There is no maintenance of streets. Most roads have not been carpeted. There are no parks in the area for children to play. People have encroached upon the parks and the MC is helpless to remove them. Roads turn into dirty slush pools during the rains. — Bitu, a resident of Ajit Singh Nagar



Give estimate in 3 days: DC
Shifting the wall of Government College for Women

Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has asked the authorities of Government College for Women and Municipal Corporation to raise objections and provide estimate details respectively, on the proposal of shifting of college wall back to widen the main Mata Rani Road, near Jagraon Bridge. Holding meeting with both GCW and MC authorities today, Tiwari said that before reaching to any conclusion, the pros and cons of the project had to be discussed in detail with both college authorities and MC.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Tiwari said that the total length of the wall of Government College for Women was 895 feet by 20 feet (18,000 square feet), which had to be shifted if road had to be widened to provide relief to the general public. "It is not a small project. We have asked the MC to provide exact estimate of the whole project. Not only the college wall has to be shifted but also the existing dividers will also be constructed again according to the width of the road. Besides, a footpath needs to be constructed outside the Durga Mata Temple", said Tiwari.

He also said that administration was not going to take any decision on its own. As there was a problem of traffic on the particular road, if it was widened, huge relief will be provided to the commuters. "But we will discuss the proposal with the Secretary, education, once college authorities give us their objections and Municipal Corporation gives the detailed estimate of the project," said Tiwari.

It may be mentioned that temple authorities had initially requested administration to provide land from GCW's sports ground for the parking of vehicles of devotees, which was reportedly rejected. But for improving the traffic situation on that particular stretch, another proposal was made to take-over portion of sports ground to widen the road. College authorities and students have objected to the proposal following which meetings were being held.



Students, faculty members condemn move
Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
While administration wants the boundary wall of Government College for Women to be shifted for widening the road opposite Durga Mata Mandir, the college authorities, especially staff and the students, do not seem to be happy with the proposal.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari today visited the college and sought objections from the college authorities on the proposal to acquire18,000 square feet of the college land for widening the road.

Principal of the college, Gurminder Kaur, commenting upon the proposal, said they never want the wall to be shifted. “If the boundary wall is shifted, it will result in reducing the area of the playground. We will never want that to happen but since it is a government institute we will have to comply with the instructions. We will be writing a letter to the deputy commissioner tomorrow citing the reason for not shifting the boundary wall," she said.

Sharanjeet Kaur, head of physical education department said if the boundary wall is shifted it would not be fair on the part of physical education students. The space of the playground will be reduced which should not be done.

“Instead of shifting the boundary wall of the college, the administration should try and uplift the unauthorised shops that have mushroomed around the temple. In addition to this, proper traffic management is required around the area since many people come to pay their obeisance at the temple and some even indulge in distributing eatables to the beggars sitting outside the temple by parking their vehicles in between in road which results in traffic jams,” she added.

Further, she suggested that the road could be made one way on the lines of Ghumar Mandi. “Instead of shifting the boundary wall of the college, the need of the hour is proper traffic management by deputing traffic cops round the clock on the specific road. Even if the wall is shifted, I am sure after few days we will be seeing the area encroached either by vendors or beggars,” she pointed.

One of the physical education students said they do not want the area of the playground to go. “The playground area should not be reduced by shifting the wall. This is the place where we practice and we strongly condemn the shifting of the wall," she added.



Ludhiana scan
Memorandum handed over

Ludhiana: English Master Association (EMA), Ludhiana District body, led by Amandeep Singh, District President submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday. In this EMA memorandum, it has been demanded that the subject teachers should be promoted in their subjects only. English Master's transfer policy should be made and they should be allowed to be transferred on vacant social studies posts. Punjab Government should convert vacant social studies posts into English posts so that every school in Punjab should have English master post. Primary teachers also should be promoted as English masters.

Religious camp

Ramgarhia Educational Council organised a religious camp on June 4. As many as 700 students participated in the camp. Vardinderpal Singh from Atam Parkash Welfare Society addressed the students. The camp will conclude on June 6.


Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker Punjab Assembly, visited Jalla Afazalpura, Gobindpura Majari, Barmalipurand Bishanpura villages in his constituency Payal. While addressing the public Atwal said that during the next three years Government would provide all the basic facilities to villages of Punjab. He promised that villagers also enjoy the facilities like urban.

Player Gurpreet Singh Chahal visited Blind Ashram at Gill Road here on Tuesday. He visited the place on the occasion of birth anniversary celebration of Bhagat Pooran Singh. He said that people working for the service of others are a guiding light.

Meeting of SC/BC Union

A meeting of SC/BC Teachers Union district Ludhiana headed by Balwinder Singh 'Latala' was held at Chatar Singh Park. In this meeting, a discussion was held regarding the organisation of cadre camp in Ludhiana. A decision was taken to organise the cadre camp on June 5 at Government Senior Secondary School (boys), Jawahar Nagar Camp. This cadre camp would be supervised by state head of Union Gurmail Singh Chandigarh. In this camp, teachers would be made aware about the prestigious history of the union, they would also be informed about their rights and duties.

Martial arts

A belt test was conducted for trainees of "Dragon Tiger Technique Chinese Martial Arts" at leisure Valley. Charish Sahadev, chief instructor, promoted fifty students aged 4 to 17 to the next level and trainees were awarded with new belts.

Ban on carrying weapons

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari has ordered that the during the municipal corporation elections, carrying weapons including explosives, firearms or sharp weapons including tridents, daggers, etc would be banned from June 7 to June 10.

— Tribune Reporters



A visual treat from sky
Venus will appear as small disc by coming between Earth, Sun
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
It is going to be a visual treat for those interested in astronomy and sky gazing, as planet Venus is going to appear as a small disc, as it comes between Earth and the Sun. The phenomenon is known as the transit rare of Venus and was last seen in 2004 and would not happen again until 2117.

According to experts, the planet is visible in North India tomorrow morning, as the planet appearing as a dark disc would be seen crossing the Sun from one end to the other.

Youngsters in the city are excited about the celestial event. “I have heard about the event from our teacher and I am super excited about watching the event in the morning,” says a student.

Vinay Sharma, vice-principal Don Bosco School, who teaches physics, said only seven such occurrences had been recorded in the past, the last being in 2004. He further said appropriate measures should be taken to watch it, as watching the Sun with naked eye could harm the eyesight.

Dr Narinderjit Singh, educator-cum-coordinator at Nehru Planetarium, said the transit would start at about 3 am in the morning and would continue till 10 am. “The best time to watch the transit would be right at the sunrise,” he said. He further said watching the Sun with naked eye was harmful and people could use X-ray film to see the phenomenon in the absence of proper equipment and telescope.



'Strong safety norms needed at pools'
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
It has been four years since Gurpinder Singh Sodhi and Amritpal Kaur lost their son Ishmeet Singh in a tragic incident while he was swimming in a pool at a hotel in Maldives. Not only the family but also the entire country wept at the untimely death of him who became everybody's favourite by winning "Voice of India" contest.

Four years after, yet another boy lost his life in a swimming pool in Mumbai on Sunday and it seems nobody learnt the lessons in these four years, neither the swimmers nor the pool authorities.

"In one second you loose a precious life and only we can feel what we are going through from all these years. Proper facilities should be provided at the swimming pools and the concerned authorities should regularly conduct checks on them. Life is valuable and we cannot loose it due to the carelessness of others," said Gurpinder Singh.

Foremost, instructions should be pasted for the swimmers with a warning that in case they do not follow they will be themselves responsible for any unfortunate incident. Lifeguards are must, which is usually missing at the beaches and pools. Government needs to wake up towards this serious issue and should act sternly with the offenders, added he.

"We have lost our son and we do not want any other precious life to be wasted due to negligence. Neither the swimmers nor the pool authorities should take the things in a careless manner. Proper life guarding facilities should be provided at the pool side and those who fail to provide should be taken to task," added Amritpal Kaur.



Villagers protest filling up of pond
Mahesh Sharma/ Gurminder Grewal

Fatehpur (Khanna), June 5
Defying the state government's agenda to provide hygienic basic amenities to residents of all rural and urban localities, the civic body of this village in Ludhiana district has filled up the village pond; allegedly to facilitate a land mafia and grab the village common land.

Accusing the incharge of the block development and panchayat office of being hand in glove with the land grabbers, residents have urged the authorities to probe the matter and initiate action against the erring officials.

Admitting that the main pond had been filled up without their consent and some land had been illegally possessed by residents of the locality, Maya Kaur and her son Raj Pal Singh, members of the civic body, alleged that Jaspal Singh, BDPO who had been deputed to probe the allegations levelled by residents, had threatened to suspend them (members) when they asked him not to bow to the pressure of the chief of the village panchayat. "Instead of listening to grievances of residents, BDPO Jaspal Singh insulted me,” said Maya Kaur.

A delegation of residents has urged the authorities, including DC, Ludhiana, and Additional Deputy Commissioner, to initiate action against sarpanch of the village who had allegedly allowed the move of his favourites.



PCTE signs MoU with France University
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) Group of Institutes has signed an MOU with University of Angers, France for Academic Exchange of students. Dr KNS Kang, Director General, PCTE Group of Institutes, along with Harpreet K Kang, Dean, International Affairs returned today from their trip to France, where they had extensive talks with regard to possibilities and opportunities between the two Institutes.

Dr Kang said that University of Angers was set up way back in 19th century by Napolean Bonaparte, and is a huge university with 25,000 students and about 900 students.

The tie up had initially began for students of MBA IB (International business), but as the talks progressed through the day, the officials of University of Angers found it rather compelling to extend this beyond, and involve departments like Airlines, Tourism, Informational Technology and Pharmacy.



From schools
Summer camp

Ludhiana: A summer camp was organised on the Tagore Public School premises from May 25 to June 5. The students had varied options to choose ranging from creative spheres like dance, art and craft to sports field like badminton and skating and finally to improve the necessary skills like spoken English and handwriting. The 10-day package had a lot for the teachers as well. Various workshops in the subjects of English, Hindi, Punjabi, mathematics, science and social science were organised to improve the learning methodology of the students.



Jarkhar Academy pocket hockey title
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 5
The Jarkhar Academy prevailed over Grewal Hockey Academy of Kila Raipur 7-6 to clinch the title for the third consecutive year in the junior section in the Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival held at the Mata Surjit Kaur AstroTurf Stadium of Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road.

This hockey festival was organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, in association with the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association in memory of hockey star and Padmashree awardee, Prithipal Singh.

In the senior section, the Friends Club of Doraha survived a scare against the Grewal Club of Kila Raipur before emerging victorious 2-1.

The final in the junior section was a see-saw battle, as the defending champions, Jarkhar, faced a strong resistance from their opponents. After matching each other, the two teams were tied 6-6 at the end of the regular period.

During the stipulated time, Ajay Pal Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Joginder Singh and Lovepreet Singh contributed one goal each for the Jarkhar Academy. Adesh Kumar and Jaspreet Singh accounted for two goals each for the losers. Jagpreet Singh and Harsimranpreet Singh pumped in one goal each to restore parity (6-6).

The issue was decided through the golden goal that came off Ajay Pal Singh Jarkhar, who was also adjudged the player of the tournament.

The title clash match in the senior section, too, was a battle of nerves. Sukhjit Singh put Friends Club of Doraha into the lead in the 12th minute. Ten minutes later, Kila Raipur levelled the score through Master Kuljit Singh (1-1).

After changing ends, both teams dished out fast hockey and made frequent forays into each other’s citadel, but failed to translate the chances into a goal.

In the 38th minute, Gurpreet Singh of Friends Club weaved a good move and dodged past rivals’ defense to roll the ball into net, which sealed Kila Raipur’s fate 2-1. Sukhjeet Singh of Friends Club was declared the player of the tournament.

Former national hockey star, Manmohan Singh Kuku of Dhamot village, was honoured by organisers at the prize distribution function.



Sher-e-Punjab academy pugilists win laurels
Girl trainees bag two gold medals in national meet
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 5
Two trainees of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar near Jagraon, who won two gold medals at the national-level boxing championship held at Kolkata recently, were given a warm welcome when they returned to the village after participating in the event today.

According to organisers of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, two girl trainees of the academy represented Punjab in the 7th Sub-Junior National Boxing Championship for Women held at Kolkata from May 27 to 31 and won two gold medals. Harpreet Kaur won a gold medal in the 36-kg weight category, whereas Mandeep Kaur won a gold medal in the 40-kg weight category.

“The pugilists of Punjab won three gold medals in total and out of these, two medals were won by the trainees of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, which is a huge achievement,” said elated principal Balwant Singh Sandhu, president of the academy.

While congratulating the winners, Raj Kumar Goel, chairman of market committee, Hathur, also announced a cash prize of Rs 15,000 to them.



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