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Infant dies of suspected diarrhoea
Health department denies outbreak at Geeta Nagar as cases sporadic
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
An 11-month-old baby Neha, a resident of Geeta Nagar near Basti Jodhewal who had been suffering from suspected diarrhoea and high-grade fever, died on late Thursday evening. Four others are also reportedly suffering from acute diarrhoeal disease with no dehydration. Meanwhile, health officials ruled out outbreak as the cases were sporadic and not confined to one street.

The baby's mother Lalita and father Inderjeet Gautam, who are in a state of shock, said: "Neha had four-five bouts of loose motion on Thursday morning and vomited once. She also had high fever. We took medicine from an RMP doctor. The loose motions and vomiting stopped, but fever shot up. She breathed her last on the way to hospital in the evening."

The couple has another daughter who is three years old. Inderjeet Gautam said: "None of us are suffering from diarrhoea. Neha was on bottle-feed since her birth. We used to boil the bottle once a day and after every feed wash it with detergent."

Asked if they ever attended an awareness camp of the health department in the area, he said: "I have been living here for the last four years and have never come across any such camp. But this morning, many doctors, ANMs and other staff of the health department visited our house and asked us about Neha's medical history."

The district epidemiologist, Dr Puneet Juneja, said: "We held a check-up camp in the area today. At present, four cases of acute diarrhoeal disease with no dehydration have been reported . Out of these, two patients are below five years of age and two are adults. They have been given ORS packets." 

Septicemia likely

Since the cases are sporadic and not confined to one street and the number is not high, it is not an outbreak of acute diarrhoeal diseases. Neha was suffering from high fever and her parents took her to a local practitioner, who advised her to be admitted. She was not admitted to hospital and she died. All her other family members are all right. The possible cause of her illness is septicemia and not diarrhoea. — Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon


MC, health dept pull up socks
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The Municipal Corporation (MC) and the health department seem to have woken up from slumber following the death of 11-month-old Neha.

Residents said after many days they saw MC safai karamcharis in the area today. A medical check-up camp organised at a gurdwara by the health department was also a first, the residents claimed.

Inderjeet Gautam, father of the deceased, said: "After about 10-12 days I saw many safai karamcharis lifting garbage. They should lift garbage every day. Not only MC employees, but also the health staff visited the area today and made people aware about water and vector-borne diseases."

Sham Sunder, a resident of Gurmel Nagar adjoining Geeta Nagar, said: "There is no sewerage system here and drain water is everywhere."

The health department teams surveyed four streets in the immediate vicinity of the area comprising 1,000 residents. The team distributed chlorine tablets and ORS packets among residents. Health education pamphlets were also distributed, urging people to use boiled/chlorinated water. They were also told not to eat cut or overripe fruits.

About 292 patients visited the medical camp and were treated for various ailments. None of the patients required admission.

The Municipal Corporation team was also working in the area and was told to increase the chlorine levels in water being supplied to the area and also improve sanitation.

The District Epidemiologist, Puneet Juneja, said: "We have been working in coordination with the Municpal Corporation. About a week ago, we got to know through ANMs about garbage dumps and got them lifted after informing the sanitary inspector.''

Appeal to public

The Civil Surgeon has appealed to the public to call at control room no. 01612444193 in case of a complaint so that timely action could be taken.

Drainage pipes are small

Sewerage is still to be laid here. A road is being constructed along the Budha Nullah. Due to this, drain water is now flowing to the nullah through small pipes. Residents keep throwing polythene bags in the drainage water, choking the pipes. We have told people to throw garbage in dustbins and have asked safai karamcharis to lift garbage every day. The sanitary inspector has also been told to ensure cleanliness in the area. — Daljeet Singh Grewal, Ward No. 8 Councillor



Powercom fails to meet demand
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has failed to bridge the demand supply gap in the city.

Even after imposing a ban on the use of ACs in PSPCL, the corporation has failed to improve the situation.

Power officials said overloading had aggravated the problem.

As the monsoon has not spread well, things have gone from bad to worse.

Residents are reeling under frequent power cuts. PSPCL officials admitted that a five-hour power cut was being imposed everyday, but residents lamented that they were facing outages every hour.

Chief engineer KL Sharma said, "We have to supply power to fields also. Moreover, the humid weather has added to our woes as it has become difficult for use to meet the supply-demand gap."



Green belt or concrete ground?
Contractors using green cover along canal to dump debris
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The green cover is decreasing in the city and the Municipal Corporation (MC) is not doing anything to even maintain the existing green cover. The green belt along the Sidhwan Canal in the Model Town Extension area has literally been turned into a dumping ground by private contractors to dispose of debris.

Horticulture wing officials do not even admit that debris is being dumped on the green belt, but when The Tribune team visited the spot, debris could be seen scattered on a large portion of the green belt. This is the same green belt where trees and plants were damaged after some safai karamcharis set garbage afire in June.

Residents said this was one of the worst maintained green belts of the city. “We think we are living in a posh locality, but the horticulture wing is not making any efforts to maintain it. Bushes have grown and the newly planted saplings have dried up even during monsoon,” a resident claimed.

Landscaping officer Surinder Kumar refused to admit that debris was lying in the green belt. But when told by The Tribune team that it had photographs to substantiate the claim, he immediately said it was the responsibility of the bridges and roads wing to get the debris cleared.

MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon, who heads the horticulture wing, said when Malwinder Singh Jaggi was the MC Commissioner, he had written to him regarding the issue. “But now he has been shifted. I will take up the matter with the department concerned,” he said.

Not our job

I have not received any communique in this regard from the landscaping officer. The debris is in the green belt, so the horticulture wing should remove it as it is the one maintaining it. If our house is unclean, we clean it ourselves. But if they want us to clean the green belt, we don’t have any problem doing so. — MPS Kalra, executive engineer (bridges and roads)



Police acts against eve-teasers
Searches bus stand, issues instructions to shopkeepersJaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 28
Taking a serious notice of the increasing complaints of eve teasing and abuse of the girl students by notorious youths at the Jagraon bus stand and various other areas of the city, the local police has launched a massive drive against the youths involved in such kind of activities.

To prevent the college going girls from being abused by the notorious youngsters, a police team from Jagraon Bus Stand police chowki conducted a surprise visit at the Jagraon bus stand today morning. A large number of college going youths were present in different groups at the bus stand when the police conducted this drive and chaos reigned supreme among these youths during the police drive.

On seeing the police party arriving at the bus stand, several youths present at the bus stand managed to escape from the spot while some others were held by the police party lead by the ASI Baldev Singh, incharge officer Jagraon bus stand police chowki. The police team questioned these youths for quite some time but let them go after issuing a warning to them of not getting indulged in such practices in future.

Following this action of the police, the local bus stand, which usually remained abuzz with the youngsters and college going students, wore a deserted look and only few passengers were seen at the bus stand.

During this exercise, the police also searched whole of the bus stand and instructed the shopkeepers at the bus stand to not let groups of youths assemble before their shops without any reason. The police also asked them to contact the police immediately in case the youths create any kind of trouble them.

It is pertinent to mention here that, the local police had been receiving regular complaints from the area residents about the groups of some youths involved in eve teasing and hurling abusing comments on the college going girl students at the local bus stand and some other areas of the city.

Later on, the police party started patrolling at various roads of the town including Tehsil Road, Jhansi Rani Chowk, Railway Road, College Road etc to check eve teasing. During this, the police found some other youths involved in abusing the girls.

According to sources, the police also rounded up some youths and took them to the police chowki. Though these youths too were released after some time by the police following an apology and assurance by these youths that they would not harass or abuse any of the girls in future.

ASI Baldev Singh, when contacted, stated that the police had been receiving complaints for the past some time that some youths had been harassing girls. Today's drive was conducted to teach a lesson to such kind of youths.

"This drive will also continue in coming days too to protect the girls from being abused by notorious youths and a strict action will be taken against those who are found involved in such kind of activities," he added.



Will start boating facility at Buddha Nullah, says MC Commissioner
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Terming his visit to the Budha Nullah as the one to the “Darker side of Ludhiana”, the newly appointed MC Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma, hopes to clean this water body and start a boating facility here.

It was an altogether different kind of ride for the newly appointed Ludhiana Municipal Corporation commissioner who visited the Budha Nullah here today. Verma paid a visit to the Nullah and the two Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP’s).

Verma termed his visit as the one to the “Darker side of Ludhiana”, which he plans to make “not so darker” in the years to come.

Accompanied by the senior MC officials including Joint Commissioner, AS Sekhon, Rakesh Kumar Verma, went to the Sewerage Treatment Plants in Bhattian and Jamalpur, the bio-medical waste treatment plant at Jamalpur, solid waste management plant and dumping ground at Jamalpur, slums of Dhandari Khurd, Fauji Colony, Sherpur, Baba Deep Singh Nagar and Ganda Nullah covering project. After visiting these projects, Verma reached the Budha Nullah.

An MC official, who had accompanied Verma to the nullah, said that Verma was literally shocked on seeing the pollution levels of the Nullah. “The MC commissioner was visibly saddened on the state of Budha Nullah. He told us that he wanted full commitment from all the MC officials, who were directly linked to the cleaning and maintenance of Budha Nullah,” the official informed.

When contacted for his reaction, Verma said, “I also visited the disposals which fall into the nullah. Our STP’s do not have the facility of treating the untreated water coming from factories and that is why it is falling directly into the nullah. A high-level team from the centre is visiting the city on Monday and it would hold a series of meetings with the MC officials as well as with the local industrialists regarding the setting up of a new Common Effluents Treatment Plant (CETP). Once, this CETP starts, the Budha Nullah will be a clean water body and day is not far when we would have a boating facility there,” claimed the MC Commissioner.

Takes round of proposed Ludhiana metro rail routes

After his visit to the STP’s and Budha Nullah, MC Commissioner, Rakesh Kumar Verma, also took a round of the proposed routes for the Ludhiana Metro Rail project. “I just wanted to have a feel of this route as I have a meeting in this regard in Delhi next week. I personally feel that when the metro project starts in Ludhiana, the city will join the next level of cities and will be able to attract a lot of investment,” he said.



Punjabi movie stars in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Star cast of the movie “From Sydney With Love” visited the city here today. Actors Bidita Das, Karan Sagoo and Sharad Malhotra came to the Westend Mall in the city for the promotion of the movie.

For Karan, it was like a visit to his "nanke" as his maternal family is in Ludhiana and he used to come here very often in childhood. He is Punjabi and very much connected to Punjab and would love to do Punjabi movie as well, he said. Having made his way into acting after various stints as top model and various advertising campaigns, he said that he is following his grandfather's dream as he also wanted to become an actor and went to Mumbai during the days Dharmendra ventured into the B-town. Having already acted on television under Yashraj banner, he is hopeful about the movie.

They shared that the movie was romantic comedy in which the heroine hailing from Bengal gets a scholarship and goes to study in Australia where she meets new friends. Talking about the movie, Karan said that the movie is fun and one can watch the movie with friends. About 70 per cent of the movie has been shot in Australia and the rest in India. Bidita Das, the upcoming actress who has done Bollywood movie as the river flows and has done five Bengali films said that she plays a Bengali girl in the movie.



Chetan Bhagat keeps date with city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Chetan Bhagat, one of India's most popular novelists, was in the city for a motivational session. His sense of easy-going conversation and persona is like his writing, interspersed with a sense of light humour.

He said, "My mother is from Ludhiana." He was amused and surprised that in the city known for butter chicken, hosiery and business, organisers took the "risk" to organise a session with an English author and about 900 persons were expected to visit the event.

He said nobody was immune to criticism and even sadhus got worked up if criticised. "But one has to be like a lotus in the muddy water," he said. But some criticism is valid to an extent, as people say that "the language can be better, that there are too many love stories and I market my novels."

With two Bollywood movies, including Hello and 3 Idiots, already made on his novels, another movie Kypo Chhe based on his novel Three Mistakes of My Life is in the offing, he says. Another movie based on his novel Two Sates is also being made, he informed. He said his new book called Book of Columns, is going to be released and has articles about "what young india wants". He added that he would like to write more about reaching the younger generation in smaller towns, and semi-rural areas.

Talking about the movie 3 Idiots not following the storyline of Five Point Someone and the slight tiff with Rajkumar Hirani, he said he had to give freedom to filmmakers and take initiatives, but the core message had to be the same, he said.

Talking about his message for the youth, he said youngsters today were ambitious and were more selfish concerned about "meri naukri and meri chhokri" but they lacked the exposure. "Now, Internet is everywhere, and there is no reason they shouldn't learn and be well-exposed and read. The system has to give exposure and opportunity to them," he added.

He was in the city for a motivational session CEO -2020 at Guru Nanak Bhawan organised in collaboration with the LMA and Shelly's Media Track. The three-hour session focused on communication, innovating for survival with the changing times and incorporating technology. 



Contribute to Wikipedia Punjabi, says representative 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
About 2.5 lakh people visit Wikipedia Punjabi every month, but the number of articles on the website are mere 2,400.

"Interestingly, Punjabi was one of the first languages along with Odia and Assamese to feature on Wikipedia back in 2002, but there has been very less contribution by people to the Punjabi version of the website," said Surinder Wadhawan from Wikipedia, who was here at the CCIT institute, for the first-ever workshop Wikipedia Punjabi.

"People probably turn back because they are either not aware that they can add, edit and correct all the information that is available on the website, or they don't know how to do so," said Wadhawan. "Wikipedia is a platform for everyone and one doesn't need to be an expert in an area to write about it. One can write whatever one knows about. All you need to do is to create an account and start contributing," he stated.

The process has been highly simplified since November last year with the introduction of unicode input language. "The key map has also been provided on the website. Typing in Punjabi is extremely easy on the website, even if you have never typed in the language before, because alphabet been attuned to the English keyboard," he added.

Shubhashish, a consultant with Wikimedia Foundation, said the website could become an asset for Punjabi language and Punjabi culture. "The best part is that it is a self-regulatory website as more and more people visit and contribute and edit the content, it becomes a collective knowledge base," he said.

Punjabi writer Janmeja Singh Johl was also present on the occasion. Gurdeep Singh Guglani, who has contributed more than 250 articles to the website, asked the students to use the website. "It is extremely simple to use and everyone should contribute to create the knowledge repository for all in our mother tongue," a student said.



Jagraon DSP's statement sparks row
Alleged that smack was smuggled into town from Ludhiana
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, July 28
The statement made by Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar that smack and heroin were being smuggled into the town from Ludhiana has not gone down well with Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

Surinder Kumar had stated this while addressing a press conference at Jagraon yesterday following the arrest of a youth with 5 gm of smack.

The DSP had stated that several shops situated near the Ludhiana Railway Station and Lakkar Bridge were involved in the sale of these drugs.

Reacting to the statement, Ishwar Singh stated, "There is no such area in the city where drugs are sold. It seems that the Jagraon DSP is not aware of the facts and ground realities and therefore I suggest him to clarify the facts before making such statements."

He added that the record available with the Ludhiana police made it clear that a large number of drug peddlers had been arrested by the police since he took over the charge as the Commissioner and there has been a considerable decline in the smuggling of drugs.

When contacted, Jagraon DSP Surinder Kumar said, "I had only said that the youth arrested with smack had confessed to have brought smack from Ludhiana, but my statement was presented in a wrong way," he added.



Govt schoolteachers not paid salary for two months
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
On the one hand, Education Minister of Punjab directed the officials concerned to install CCTV cameras in government schools to keep a check on teachers while on the other the Punjab government does not have sufficient funds to pay the salaries of government school teachers.

About 50,000 teachers of government schools have not received salary for the past two months.

The state government has stopped paying salary and other funds to teachers.

Sources said teachers working under the secondary plan and non-plan schemes had not received salary for May June while 7,000 computer teachers working under the ICT society had not received salary after April.

Teachers working on a contractual basis under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan had also been working without salary, they added

The Government School Teacher Union demanded that the salary be released at the earliest.

"Teachers are going through a harrowing time as they are finding it tough to make both ends meet. The government should end their woes and release the salary," said Parveen Kumar, a teacher.

Sukhdarshan Singh, another teacher, said, "If the government does not have sufficient funds to pay the salary to teachers, it should not make false promises. The government should tide over the problems of teachers."



SchoolSeminar on heart diseases

Ludhiana: A seminar on "Junk Food and Heart Diseases" was conducted in DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur. Shweta Gopika Chopra was the event manager. She apprised students of the harmful effects of junk food.

Group discussion

The Senior Humanities Forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, organised an inter-house group discussion. Chief guest MP Gupta, president, Kundan Lal Trust, was accorded a warm welcome by the head girl and head boy. The topics were "Is CCE playing with the future of children" and "RTE a challenge for private unaided schools."

Dream night party

Kindergarten section of BCM School celebrated "Dream Night Party" with great pomp and show. Students were encouraged to brush their teeth. Students enjoyed the party. Principal Amarjyoti Chawla addressed parents and asked them to inculcate cultural values in their wards.

Founder's day

The Founder's Day celebrations commenced at Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School. Baljeet, a student of Class X and Preeti of Class IX delivered speeches.

Declamation contest

DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, held an English declamation contest. Common psycho-philosophical issues were raised. Young speakers impressed one and all.

Yellow day

Jatindera Greenfield School, Gurusar Sudhar, celebrated yellow day. Students and teachers came dressed in yellow-coloured attire.

Science exhibition

Atam Devki Niketan, Kidwai Nagar, hosted LSSC (West) inter-school science exhibition. About 45 teams participated in the contest. Model-making competition, quiz, chart-making competition on the theme "Save Environment" were also held. In model making, St Kabir Academy stood first, Amrit Indo Canadian Academy stood second while SK Public School secured the third position. In the senior category, winners were St Kabir Academy (first), Blossom Convent School (second) and Eastwood International Public School (third).

An on-the-spot chart making was held on global warming and consequences of deforestation. Winners in the junior category were Alpine International School (first), Guru Nanak Public School Mullanpur (second) and Peace Public School (third) while in the senior category, Blossom Convent School stood first, Eastwood International Public School stood second and Alpine International School stood third. In science quiz, Blossom Convent School bagged the first position, Amrit Indo Canadian Academy stood second and DAV Public School, Jagraon, bagged the third position. — TNS



Farm varsity advises farmers to take to beekeeping
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Despite knowing the fact that farmers of the state are under debt, Punjab Agricultural University is suggesting them to adopt beekeeping.

The PAU authorities said beekeeping could be more profitable for landless farmers as it required less investment and space. As per the university, Italian honeybee is the best for beekeeping. Senior scientist Dr AS Atwal had introduced Italian honeybee during 80s.

The university provides a one-week training to farmers in beekeeping. Banks are providing loans to farmers for the purpose.

Experts said a box of bees cost Rs 5,000 and one could start the business by installing 10 boxes. A beekeeper could produce 30 to 50 kg honey from one box, he added.

Earlier, marketing was a problem for small farmers, but now private entrepreneurs have solved the problem as they buy the honey from far-flung areas by paying good prices. All KVK centres conduct training programme on beekeeping. 



25 attend workshop on English language teaching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
To meet the growing demand of the English language and related soft skills, British Council Library today organised a workshop on English language teaching "Presenting and practising Language" at Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri for teachers and trainers of English language.

About 25 teachers from different school in he city participated in the workshop. According to Mandeep Singh a freelance 'English Language Teaching' professional said that new methodologies for teaching should be incorporated to improve teaching and learning experience of students. She said that deductive, inductive and guided discovery approaches should be employed in classrooms to elicit response from students in classrooms and to showcase a range of grammar practice activities for use in the classroom.

Teachers should explore factors to make students remember when presenting on new language. She said that the teachers these days should incorporate new methodologies of teaching.

Teachers were informed about British Council Online membership, which includes online access to more than 70,000 academic books across subject areas like management, computers, science and the arts in addition to online access to more than 14000 e-journals across subjects.



Association of un-aided schools formed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A meeting of presidents of Educational Trust/Societies and principals of prominent schools affiliated to CBSE/ICSE was held at Auditorium of Kundan Vidya Mandir, here today. Over 70 representatives of these schools attended the meeting. The meeting aimed at considering the approach for the implementation of the provisions of RTE Act and building a consensus on these issues.

After a detailed discussion, an association of private un-aided schools of Punjab was formed.

A memorandum of aims and objectives of the association as earlier finalised by a core committee was circulated among members. It was decided to register the association and then make a comprehensive representation to the state government giving views of the association on the implementation of various provisions of the Act. 



Hepatitis-C support group launched

Ludhiana, July 28
Poonam Gulati, a Hepatitis-C patient, an entrepreneur and a senior patron of “Zindagi-Live Foundation”, Ludhiana, organised a meeting with members of Zindagi Live Foundation, other social activist, key opinion leaders, medical professionals here on Saturday. 

She launched her new initiative as "Zindagi Live Hepatitis Alliance" patients support and self-help group. The management team of Zindagi Live Foundation, Ashok Marwaha, Parveen Sony Bakshi, Yogesh Gupta and Shyam Gulati etc. Atul Sharma director Healthscape Solutions/Yellow Clinic participated in the meeting to give an outline to this organisation. — TNS



Flesh trade racket busted, 7 nabbed
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
A flesh trade racket was busted by the Daba police here this evening. DSP (South) Gurmeet Kaur said Ranjit Kaur, alias Rano, and her husband Sucha Singh, the main accused, were into the trade for the last many years and a case had earlier been registered against them.

The DSP further said four women and three men were arrested from the house of the couple at the Daba road, where illegal activities were going on.

Among the four women, one was a Nepalese, who lived at the house as tenant. One woman and two men were unmarried.

On a tip-off, the police raided the house and arrested the seven persons. They were booked under the Immoral Trafficking Act.



Man's body found in canal

Ludhiana, July 28
The body of a man, aged between 40 and 50 years, was recovered from the Sidhwan Canal, near the south city road here this morning. Investigating officer Gagandeep Singh said they got information around 7:30 am today about the body.

"We rushed to the spot and took the body out. The man was wearing a kurta-pyjama. He had grey hair and had his beard trimmed. The body was kept at the mortuary of the Civil Hospital for identification," he said.

"The body did not have any injury mark. It seems that he died two or three days back. As the water was low, the body was visible. Had the flow been fast, it could have taken the body along," he added. — TNS



Illicit liquor recovered, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
The police recovered illicit liquor from three persons in two separate incidents here today. On a tip-off from an informer, ASI Sanjiv Kumar nabbed two persons on a scooter from near the Dashmesh Nagar.

Two cases of liquor were recovered from their possession. After interrogation, 10 more cases of liquor were recovered from their house.

The arrested were identified as Satnam Singh (42) and Ravinder Singh, alias Kaka (23). The liquor was kept at their house in street 12 of the Dashmesh Nagar.

In the other incident, ASI Kapil Kumar nabbed Amritpal Singh Pali from the Dana Mandi. Two cases of liquor were recovered when the checking of his scooter was conducted.

Seventeen cases were recovered from his house at the Dashmesh Nagar. Cases under the Excise Act were registered against them at the Shimlapuri police station.



Undertrial dead
Family alleges he was beaten up
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28
Varinder Verma, an undertrial at the Central Jail, died at the Civil Hospital here today. According to information available, Verma was admitted to the hospital today when his condition deteriorated and his family staged a protest against the jail authorities.

They alleged that he died as employees at the jail and other undertrials beat him up on the jail premises.

The Deputy Superintendent, Central Jail, Kamalpreet Cheema, said Verma was lodged at the jail for the last three years and four cases, including one under Section 376 of the IPC, had been registered against him.

"It is a baseless allegation by the family that he was beaten up by the police or undertrials. Varinder Verma, about 32 years of age, was asthmatic and was undergoing treatment at the hospital in the jail since July 25. When his condition deteriorated today, he was immediately taken to the Civil Hospital, where he vomited blood and died. The police and other undertrials have no role to play in this natural death," said Cheema.

Verma's family staged a protest and raised slogans against the jail authorities after his death. They demanded a high-level probe into the death.



Coaches protest against sports dept
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 28
On one hand, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who holds sports portfolio, claims to provide better facilities and organise mega-events, but on
the other, coaches who train the players are not being paid sufficiently.

Coaches working with the Punjab sports department on a contractual basis protested at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. They urged upon the state government to regularise them and enhance their salaries.

The 55 coaches, stationed at different centres across the state, had been working with the department for last four years on a meagre salary of Rs 9,800.

According to Sanjiv Sharma, secretary of the Contractual Coaches Union, the sports department advertised 225 regular posts of coaches on July 14 last year, but did not mention any priority for coaches already working.

He rued that the advertisement did not mention experience and seniority of contractual coaches for consideration. A condition was added that the candidate should have won a medal in the sports discipline concerned. This had forced contractual coaches to file a writ petitiont to stall recruitment.

Following court orders, the sports department again advertised on July 15 this year. But after verbal promises, the department did not give priority to experience and seniority of coaches working on contract, he added.

"If the government does not meet our demands, we will boycott training and sports events," said Charanjiv Singh, president of the union.

"We contribute a lot to make all events organised by the Punjab government successful. The department takes our services for elections duty on minimal pay, but when we demand our rights, the government pays no heed," said another coach.

Said Jaspreet Singh, another coach, "The situation makes the future of sportsmen in Punjab clear. Who will be attracted to games when they know that their coaches are being paid Rs 9,800 as salary.

The coach of the women's kabaddi team, Manjit Kaur, had been working on contract. She met with an accident near Bathinda during the second World Kabadi Cup early this year.



Smooth sailing for seeded players in badminton
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 28
Seeded players had smooth sailing to move into the next round on the second day of the Open Ludhiana District Badminton Championship at the Shastri hall, near Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

Budding local shuttler Lakshay Sharma (6) stunned his opponent Saher Bharti.

In the under-13 years age group, Lakshay, a student of class II at the Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, outwitted Saher in straight sets 21-12, 21-17 to enter the fourth round.

Participants of the Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, dominated proceedings to make their presence felt.

In the boys' under-15 category, Pranshu Madan and Mitaksh Gandhi won. Aditya Gupta and Lakshay Singham in the under-17 group recorded victories
to march ahead.

Pranshu faced little resistance from Jivesh Jain, whom he outnumbered 21-11, 21-5. Mitaksh defeated Shviam 21-5, 21-11. Aditya beat Sunjosh 21-6, 21-2. Lakshay quelled a stiff challenge from Rohan Dhanda 20-22, 21-12, 21-19.

Today's results: boys' u-13 (third round): Pranshu Madan bt Guranshu Budhiraja 21-2, 21-3; Prateek Jain bt Akshay Khullar 21-15, 21-4; Navya Jain bt Arnam Jain 21-7, 21-8; Sanchit Gupta bt Amol 21-1, 21-4; Bhawya Khaira bt Jasleen Singh 21-18, 15-21, 25-23; Adhyam Chopra bt Samayav Malhotra 21-11, 21-13; Joshdip Singh bt Simran Singh 18-21, 21-5, 21-10; Akshit bt Gurkanwaldeep Singh 21-18, 21-15; Anhadpreet Singh bt Vandit Jain 21-17, 12-21, 21-15; Arsh Gupta bt Parnav 21-7, 21-2; Yuvraj Singh be Aalam Bedi 21-16, 21-16; Agrim Kapila bt Divya Rattan 21-9, 21-6; Lakshay Sharma bt Saher Bharti 21-12, 21-17; Kush Fateh Singh bt Ankit Goel 21-10, 21-7; Sannidhya bt Rishab Jain 21-10, 21-8 and Samyab Jain bt Gursidak Chhatwal 21-6, 21-6.

Boys' under-15 (second round): Dhruv bt Jasmeet 21-12, 21-11; Gurvir Singh bt Gurjot Singh 21-13, 21-14; Vaibhav Jain bt Rajul Arora 21-9, 21-5; Samyak Jain bt Banwarjit Singh 21-12, 21-15; Mahul Kakkar bt Gurmeet Singh 21-17, 21-17; Lakshay Singham bt Raghav Sachdeva 21-15, 21-14; Pranav Eadhwa bt Vinay Bansal 21-12, 21-13; Kulwinder Singh bt Prabhjot Singh 15-2, 15-7; Alok Yadav bt Vaibhav 21-7, 21-11; Raghav bt Abhishek Bhardwaj 21-18, 21-10; Pranshu Madan bt Jivesh Jain 21-15, 21-5; Rohan Thapar bt Jai 21-10, 21-7; Khush Fateh Singh bt Shubham 21-7, 21-10; Arjun Aggarwal bt Kapil Puri 16-21, 21-18, 22-20; Karan bt Ashish 21-7, 21-8; Ravel Singh bt Jaskaran Singh 21-5, 21-5; Sidharth Jain bt Deepak Duggal 21-13, 21-6; Milanpreet Singh bt Abhiraj Singh 21-3, 21-5; Samyak Jain bt Manmeet Singh 21-2, 21-8; Aditya Vohra bt Parvinder 21-16, 21-18; Mitaksh Gandhi bt Shivam 21-5, 21-11; Jaspreet Singh bt Gaganpreet Singh 21-8, 21-8; Digjit Singh bt Abhiratan Singh 21-7, 21-12; Agrim bt Arvind 21-7, 21-5; Abhinav Bakshi bt Divyansh Jain 21-10, 21-12; Rajit Gupta bt Padam 21-12, 21-14; Simranjit Singh bt Manav 21-1, 21-0 and Prem Singh bt Shivang 21-13, 21-6; boys' u-17 (second round): Aditya Gupta bt Sunjosh 21-6, 21-2; Jaskaran Singh bt Mohit 21-13, 21-19; Abhinav Jain bt Avirit Singh 21-15, 21-16; Kanav Dhinra bt Arham Jain 21-1, 21-10; Mitash Jain bt Ketan Goel 21-5, 21-11 and Ayush Gupta bt Aditya Pasricha 21-11, 21-9.



Green Land players shine in TT meet
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 28
Green Land School branches secured berths in the semi-finals in the boys' and girls' sections in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Table Tennis Tournament at the DCM Presidency School, Urban Estate, Chandigarh road, here today.

In the boys' under-14 semi-finals, the hosts beat the Green Land Public School, Dugri branch, 3-2.

The Green Land Public School, Sector-32 branch, beat the DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch, 3-2.

In girls' under-14, the Green Land Public School, Sector-32 branch, prevailed over the DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch, 3-2.

The BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, managed to scramble past the DCM Presidency School 3-2.

In boys’ under-16 semi-finals, the GMT Public School beat the DCM Presidency School 3-2. The Green Land Public School, Dugri branch, beat the DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch, 3-0.

In the girls' under-16 semi-finals, the DAV Public School, BRS Nagar branch, and Green Land Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, won their encounters.

The DAV Public School beat the Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri branch, 3-1. The Green Land School beat the BCM Senior Secondary School, Dugri branch, 3-1.



Ludhiana Academy, Nav Bharti win
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, July 28
The Ludhiana Academy began their title hunt in style, recording an overwhelming 102-15 victory against the Khalsa International Pothohar School in the third Mahindra NBA Challenge Basketball League, which started at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The encounter turned out to be a mismatch as Khalsa players failed to put a brave face and surrendered meekly. International Dildar Singh played a pivotal role for the winning side as he contributed 30 points.

The winners in the first edition of this annual league, Nav Bharti Public School, registered a thumping 64-7 victory over the Doraha Public School.

The match between Guru Nanak International Public School and the Government Model Senior Secondary School of the PAU, was a tight battle, with the former coming out triumphant with a wafer-thin margin of 45-44.

In other matches, the Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, outclassed the Police Lines Club 46-24, the Sangrur district beat the Green Land Senior Secondary School 98-8, the Bathinda district beat the DRRC Jain International School 46-20, the Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Patiala, outplayed the Muktsar district 64-42, the Amritsar district defeated the Faridkot district 65-50 and the Sports School, Jalandhar, thumped the Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, 56-3.

Earlier, Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh inaugurated the league. A record 112 teams were taking part in the under-13, under-16 and under-18 year age groups in the boys' and girls sections.

The league was being organised by the Punjab Basketball Association with the help of the Punjab sports department under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.



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