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Double murder at Field Gunj
Couple found dead in room with their neck slit
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A couple was found murdered under mysterious circumstances at Kutcha No. 7 in the Field Gunj area here today. The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Himanshu and his 25-year-old wife Lilita, alias Puja, who was seven months pregnant.

The incident came to light when Hansraj, Himanshu's father, did not get a response when he knocked on the door and informed the police.

The police broke open the door and found the bodies lying in a pool of blood. While Puja's body was on the bed, Himanshu's body was lying on the floor. The necks of both the victims had been slit. The police also found a kitchen knife on the bed and suspects that it may have been used for the murder.

The bodies have been taken to the Civil Hospital for postmortem and forensic experts have lifted fingerprints from the house.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-Crime) Harjinder Singh said: "Prima facie it appears that Himanshu might have killed Puja and later himself. Preliminary investigation indicates that the couple might have entered into a fight since the door was locked from inside and there is no other door in the room."

However, the involvement of a third person has not been ruled out. "We are working on various theories and have registered a murder case," the ADCP said.

Hansraj claimed that the couple had not fought with each other. "I was sleeping outside their room. I did not hear them fighting last night," he said, adding that he last saw his son at 4 am. "He woke up to go to the bathroom and locked the door again," he said.

Himanshu's mother Darshna Rani was inconsolable. He was the youngest in the family. His two brothers live in Jalandhar while the third stays in the city, but not with the family. 

Love angle?

Known to be an introvert among neighbours, Himanshu married Puja of Nabha last year. But according to neighbours, their relations were strained. A resident, requesting anonymity, claimed that he had suicidal tendencies as he was allegedly in love with a girl, but his family was opposed to the marriage. He had also slashed his wrists and was hospitalised for nearly two months.

Father under scanner

Hansraj did not raise the alarm and did not ask neighbours to help break open the door. It was around 1.30 pm that Hansraj quietly informed the police that his son was not opening the door, which has raised suspicion. Also it has come to light that Hansraj used to practice black magic.


MC contractors threaten to halt work on all projects
Ask cash-starved civic body to release payments 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
Faced with severe resource crunch, the Municipal Corporation (MC) faces the threat of all ongoing and proposed development works coming to a halt as contractors have expressed their inability to continue with the work unless their payments, long overdue, were released.

The contractors staged a dharna at the zone D office of the MC in Sarabha Nagar, alleging that the MC Commissioner had refused to give them a time frame for the payment of bills when a deputation of contractors went to meet him this morning.

They maintained that the schedule of payments of the development works carried out on behalf of the MC was erratic. "The bills are not cleared for months after completion of work and we have to pay for the construction material and the cost of labour from our own resources. Bills worth nearly Rs 102 crore are pending and most of the bills pertain to works carried out or completed since January 2012. We are left with no choice, but to suspend the ongoing works and refuse to offer bid for the proposed development projects," the contractors said.

Later, MC Joint Commissioner Ajay Sood persuaded them to have another round of talks with the MC Commissioner. Sood said the Commissioner had given the contractors an assurance that their bills would be partly cleared in the next couple of days, and depending on recovery from various sources of income of the MC, a payment schedule would be evolved for the clearance of outstanding bills within a stipulated period.



Few takers for vanity numbers this time
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The District Transport Office auctioned vanity numbers at Nehru Sidhan Kender today.

Manpreet Singh Chatwal, District Transport Officer, said the department earned Rs 35 lakh by selling vanity numbers of series PB 10 DD and DE. The department saw a fewer turnout of number-seekers as against last year.

The highest bidding in the PB 10 DE series was for 0001, which fetched the department Rs 4.31 lakh. The number 0003 went for Rs 80,000; 0004 for Rs 70,000; 0005 for 1.85 lakh; 0006 for Rs 70,000; 0007 for Rs 1.7 lakh; 0008 for Rs 65,000; 0009 for Rs 1.37 lakh; and 0010 for Rs 50,000.

"The response of the public was not as per our expectations. There could be several reasons for it, but we feel due to the online registration of numbers, fewer people turned up for vanity numbers. Residents prefer to buy numbers online. Another reason could be the economic slump," the DTO stated.



Free transport for govt primary school students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Now, students of government schools will not have to walk or hitch a ride to go to school. As per the directions of the education department, students of government schools would also have to take a bus or an autorickshaw. The Central government has released the budget for students of Punjab in this regard.

Transport service is only for students who study in primary schools that are 1 km from their home. The distance criterion will be 3 km for upper primary students.

According to information, 492 students have been identified in Ludhiana district who will benefit from this transport facility. The government has released Rs 14,76,000 for the purpose. The department will pay Rs 250 per month to each student as transport expenses.

The state project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has instructed schools to provide the details of such students to the department. This year, the government will provide the facility to 2,167 students in 12 districts.

"It is an appreciable step. The absence of transport is a major reason for students dropping out in primary and upper primary levels. Transport is a problem in rural areas and students have to walk miles to reach school," Sandip Singh, a teacher, said.

Distance criterion

The transport service is only for students who study in primary schools that are 1 km from their home. The distance criterion will be 3 km for upper primary students. As many as 492 students will benefit from this facility in Ludhiana district.



Overburdened staff nurses boycott work 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, August 9
Staff nurses boycotted the first half of the day and did not attend to patients even at emergency wards at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital today. The nurses have been demanding more permanent staff.

Indoor patients in all wards were attended to by student nurses. It was in the afternoon that the protesting nurses resumed work after getting an assurance from the Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, that 11 nurses had already been deployed from dispensaries to the Civil Hospital.

Seventy-year-old Gurdev Singh, a resident of Khedan village near Nakodar, who is undergoing treatment at the hospital, said: "Student nurses are here to take care of us, but staff nurses did not come in the morning. My bandage was changed by a doctor."

Fortytwo-year-old Nirmal Kumar, who is suffering from a heart ailment, said: "I was admitted to the emergency ward yesterday. A doctor and some student nurses came to check me up, but the staff nurses were missing."

Acting ward sister, Lavi Kalyan, and matron Surinder Pal Kaur said: "The hospital has 130 beds, and we receive 225 patients every day. We are overworked. We have been facing acute shortage of staff. One of our nurses retired recently, while some others are either on long leave or deputation. A ration of 1:5 should be maintained, but we are attending to 60 patients in the wards."

Some days ago, the Civil Surgeon had deputed 11 staff nurses from various dispensaries at the hospital. "But these nurses are not ready to do night duty. We decided to boycott work today and met the Civil Surgeon in this regard. We demanded that these nurses be deputed here permanently as we do not get any relief. He assured us that these nurses will continue to work at the hospital," they said, adding that they would also be meeting the higher health authorities in Chandigarh in this connection.



Punjab government will ruin industry: Veopar Sena
Demands rollback in power tariff and VAT on sugar
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 9
Veopar Sena Punjab, an organisation of traders and medium-scale industrialists in the state, has condemned the Punjab government for its anti-industry policies. Ravinder Dhir, president of the organisation, said it seemed the government had made up its mind to ruin the industries in the state. It became clear from the decisions taken by the government that would further increase burden on the already reeling industry in the state, he said.

"First, the government hiked the power tariff and now it has imposed a five per cent VAT on sugar. While hiking the power tariff, the state government also declared that it would collect the increased power tariff from the industrialists effective from April this year. Moreover, the government is also planning to impose professional tax and property tax. The industry in the state has already been facing difficult times, and these decisions of the state government will completely ruin the industry," said Dhir.

Dhir also questioned the subsidy being given to the farming sector. "On one hand the government is claiming that it has no money, and, therefore, it is necessary to hike the taxes. On the other hand, however, it has been giving subsidy of around Rs 5,800 crore to the farming sector, which does not justify the claims of the state government," he added.

The organisation has also appointed a 13-member committee of industrialists that would chalk out further strategy to press the state government to meet its demands. 



Woman stopped from seeing baby
Alleges paediatrician asked bill to be cleared first; hospital refutes charge
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A woman today levelled allegations against SPS Apollo Hospital, saying she was not allowed to meet her newborn till she deposited hospital bill worth Rs 75,000 for her caesarean section and post-delivery medical expenses.

High drama took place at the paediatric ward yesterday when the woman arrived at the hospital to nurse her baby, but was denied entry.

Her family then lodged a complaint with the police. The hospital, however, has denied the allegations, stating that her relatives were restricted from meeting the baby for fear of infection.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurmeet Kaur said in the last week of July, Manisha Ahuja gave birth to a premature child at the hospital.

Trouble began when the hospital authorities charged a whooping Rs 1.2 lakh for the operation and post-delivery charges as the newborn was premature and a lot of money was spent on treatment.

Due to financial constraints, the family could not deposit the entire amount and paid Rs 45,000 to the hospital. Manisha taped her conversation with the paediatrician, who asked her to deposit the money and showed the audio clip to the police.

"We have received the complaint and are investigating the matter. I have summoned the doctor concerned for his side of the story," said the ACP.

Allegations false

The baby was premature and weighed around 1,275 gm. It is commendable that the baby survived due to the efforts of our doctors. The baby is fine now. There was some misunderstanding on the part of the mother regarding access to the neonatal unit which was explained to her. It was for the benefit of her own baby. We have to restrict entry and allow access only for nursing. This is done to prevent the baby from undue exposure to infection, which may prove risky. The misunderstanding has been clarified and they have promised to abide by the rules — Kapil Chib, deputy medical director, Apollo hospital 



Rehri mafia illegally occupying park
Punjab Human Rights Commission seeks detailed report from MC before next hearing
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
Taking serious note of the rehri mafia unlawfully occupying a children park on the Metro Road in the Jamalpur locality here, the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought a detailed report from the Director, Local Self Government, Punjab, and the MC administration before the next date of hearing on November 22, 2012.

In the complaint filed before the PSHRC, an area resident Tejinder Singh, who is also the secretary of the Human Service Mission, a registered society, said that the vendors had removed the iron grills around the park near Gole Market, stalls with seating arrangements had been put up inside the park, and in flagrant violations of the laws of the land eating joints for sale of fast food were carrying out their business without any fear of the authorities.

The complainant further said that repeated complaints lodged with the civic body as well as the Greater Ludhiana Area development Authority (GLADA) had failed to evoke any positive response and no apparent action had been initiated from any quarter for evicting the unlawful occupants in the children park and restore the park back to the residents for its intended purpose.

"Ironically, both the MC and GLADA have been passing the buck and putting the onus on each other for removing the encroachments and getting the park cleared from the rehri mafia," Tejinder Singh maintained in his complaint while adding that most of the vendors were also involved in power theft through kundi connections for lighting and other purposes in the course of their business.

He also alleged that certain MC employees in collusion with the owners of the fast food stalls were collecting money from each rehri in return for protection from the authorities.

While passing orders on the complaint, Justice Baldev Singh and Baljinder Singh, members of the PSHRC observed, "On consideration of the allegations contained in the complaint, the Commission, prima facie, takes cognizance of the matter under Section 17(i) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, and calls for report from the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, positively before the next date fixed."

The PSHRC further directed that a copy of this order, along with a copy of the complaint, be sent to the Director, Local Self Government, Punjab, Chandigarh, and the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for compliance.



Residents want fencing along Sidhwan Canal 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Perturbed over the death of a 26-year-old youth who drowned in Sidhwan Canal, the Country Homes Welfare Society along with the residents of South City and Sukhmani Enclave, met Akali MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, requesting him to arrange for fencing along the canal to avoid such unfortunate incidents in future.

Thirty persons met Shivalik and expressed concern over the grave problem. Dr Vivek Saggar, a resident of Country Homes, said in the absence of fencing, it was risky to travel in dim vision. The authorities must make necessary arrangements for fencing the entire Sidhwan Canal road up to the South City. Besides, he said many a times, the vehicles fell in the pits.

Dr Saggar said, ”The ongoing traffic towards the Ferozepur road fell in the pits near the boundary wall of the Punjab Agricultural University due to the bad shape of roads and heavy incoming traffic towards Country Homes. The roads should be re-carpeted to avoid accidents."

Kulwant Singh, another resident, said on the entire road there were neither any blinkers nor any streetlights due to which at night accidents took place. Besides, the chances of incidents of snatching or loot increased due to poor visibility. The blinkers can guide the residents and can keep them on the track, said the resident. The residents also urged that the sewerage system be attached to the main sewage pipelines for better sanitation.

Akali MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, who resides in South City, said it was a serious issue and he had a detailed discussion with Darshan Singh Shivalik during a meeting held yesterday.

“We are hopeful of fencing the area to avoid such accidents," said Ayali.



Police also looking at drug angle 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
After claiming to be close to cracking the murder case of 21- year-old KFC employee Maninder Kaur, the police today went into a shell and did not divulge any further details in the case.

Sources have said that besides nabbing the accused woman and her boyfriend, who were suspected to be behind the gruesome murder of Maninder Kaur, the police was also keen on busting the drug nexus thriving in the city.

During the investigation, it has come to light that Maninder’s roommate and latter’s boyfriend were chronic drug addicts. The man, who is suspected to have murdered Maninder belongs to Moga. He had given .12-bore riffle to Maninder.

Maninder, a resident of Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, was transferred to a KFC outlet in Amritsar and was scheduled to join on August 10. On August 6 she reportedly told her roommate’s boyfriend to take the weapon or else she would report to the police.

The same day the police found the body of Maninder Kaur in a vacant plot in the Besant Avenue. Her scooter was recovered from Aarti chowk the next day.

Sources said that police was trying to find out from whom Maninder’s roommate and her boyfriend used to purchase drugs. The police was also investigating that besides Maininder’s roommate, who else was taking drugs. The police is also find out whether other women were also hooked on to drugs.



Taxation Dept gears up for online filing
The filing of information has been mandatory from August 10 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
On one side, the industry is against the online filing of the intra-state trade, but on the other the excise and taxation department is all geared up to start the online filing of the details pertaining to the trade carried out within the state. It will be mandatory for all to file the online information from August 10 onwards.

Industry representatives from across the state came to Ludhiana to participate in the hunger strike today and the BJP and Congress have also extended their support to the agitating traders.

Help desks have been formed at all the offices of the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) where traders can go and seek knowledge about the online filing or they can visit the department's website at www.pextax.com and click on the link e-trip for gaining information regarding information on the online filing.

Excise and taxation commissioner A.Venu Parsad said, "The notification will not be rolled back and traders should start filing the information online. They can either gain the information from the offices of the AETC or visit our website for the same," he said.

Gurcharan Singh, a small-time trader said he had no hesitation in furnishing the details of his consignments online. "But the only problem I am facing is that now I will be required to buy a computer along with an Internet facility and also employ a person for filing the details since I am not well versed with the computers". 

The Notification

As per the notification, information regarding intra-state movement of goods (within Punjab) will be required to be furnished by all persons making sales of Rs. 3 lakh and above in a single transaction except in the case of iron and steel where the threshold will be Rs 2 lakh instead of Rs. 3 lakh and above. It has been made applicable from August 10. 

How to fill e-trip form

First visit www.pextax.com and click the link mentioning e-trip.

Step 1: Login with valid user ID and password. User Id and password will be the same as used for E-filing.

Step 2: Fill the application form (Intra-state Transit).

Step 3: Click "Insert" button to insert bill details. one can fill one detail per form. If transporting with more than one consignment tick add bill check box.

Step 4: Click "Submit" button to save the record.

Step 5: Click "Pending Entry" link. Select the entry number to view and confirm record (check entry completed -- click "Submit")

Step 6: Click completed entry link to view status of confirmed formsx



Food samples from ‘karyana’ stores collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A team of health department today collected five samples of pulses and mustard oil from different shops.

District Health Officer (DHO)Dr Kulwinder Singh, said "We collected samples of three different types of pulses from two karyana shops near Ghumar Mandi. While a sample was also collected from another karyana shop at Bahadur Ke Road."

The DHO further said that they also came across five chicken sellers at Bahadur ke Road who were selling the stuff under unhygienic condition. We instructed them to use glass almirah and maintain proper hygiene.



Saplings planted to make city greener
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
With a motive to make Ludhiana greener, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking today planted hundreds of saplings in the focal point area while more will be planted in the coming months.

Ravinder Singh, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, was also present on the occasion and industry discussed various problems faced by them.

Avtar Singh, general secretary of CICU, said they wanted waiver of SAC approval for enhancement of power load for existing industrial units.

"The Site Appraisal Committee (SAC) approval is cumbersome and time -consuming process. This is the main hindrance for further growth and development of small-scale industry. We want the department to waive SAC permission for enhancement of power load up to 1 megawatt for existing industrial units that fulfill all norms of the pollution control board and other departments concerned. The competent POWERCOM Authority should be authorised to grant permission for this enhancement," he said.

The Board has already started online submission of application and consent management. But the industrialists have no proper knowledge of the submission of online application and consent. The Board should depute a representative for creating awareness regarding online submission of applications and consent management amongst the industrialists once a week, added Upkar Singh, joint secretary of the CICU.



Increase in power tariff condemned
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
The three parties comprising the Sanjha Morcha, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) and Punjab Peoples Party (PPP) yesterday staged a dharna at the Mini Secretariat here to register their protest against 12 per cent increase in the power tariff, additional VAT on sugar and other proposals to levy taxes on several other items.

Hundreds of the Sanjha Morcha workers, holding placards and raising slogans, converged at the venue of dharna and condemned the government for putting undesirable financial burden on the common man who was already reeling under the skyrocketing prices of essential items and overall inflation.

Speakers said any further increase in the power tariff was unjustified as the rates were already very high in Punjab as compared to other states. "The power tariff hike, coupled with additional VAT on sugar and other taxes will add to the miseries of the people who are yet to recover from the shock of petrol price hike and rising prices of other daily need items."

The Sanjha Morcha leaders asserted that it was the burden of very high taxes on several items in Punjab which had made petrol, sugar and many other items far more costlier in the state in comparison to other neighbouring states. "The heavy dose of taxation has exposed the real face of the government which was just waiting for the local bodies elections to be over."

Slamming the government for unprecedented power crisis in the state, they said all sections of people, including the trade and industry, were facing long power cuts which was adversely affecting the industrial growth and hampering commerce, thereby having a negative impact on the state economy. 



Root out female foeticide: ADC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Government workers should play an active role in preventing female foeticide according to Dr Neeru Katyal, Additional Deputy Commissioner.

Dr Katyal said this evil was a big blot on the Indian society, and government workers should work towards its removal.

Dr Katyal said female foeticide was not only a social evil but also a serious crime. Although the government had made strict laws against this evil practice, it could not be curbed without the help of the people, she said.

Women enjoyed equal rights in our constitution and were contributing constructively in social and economic development of the country, she said. 



Rs 200 hike for midday meal workers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Midday meal workers and sewing teachers in government schools of the state will soon get a salary hike. Punjab government took this decision on the recommendation of the cabinet sub-committee. Midday meal workers have been demanding an increase in salaries for several years.

Midday meal workers have been getting a monthly salary of Rs 1,000 and sewing teachers are getting a salary of Rs 750. In a notification released by the government, a hike of Rs 200 per month, to be implemented from Dec 1, 2011, was announced. Now, the midday meal workers would get Rs 1,200 and sewing teachers would receive Rs 950.

The workers are, however, not satisfied with the hike. Jagjit Kaur, a midday meal worker, said: "We work for eight hours daily in schools on these minimal wages. The hike of just Rs 200 after so many years is a big joke."

Parven, district president of the Democratic Mid Day Meal Cook Front Punjab said: "After several years, government gave this minimal hike. It is not enough. What is the real value of Rs 200 today? Due to inflation, a house can not be run with this small amount. We were demanding wages recommended under the labour laws. If government is not willing to give us Rs 6,500 per month, at least pay Rs 4,250 that is the minimum wage according to the government rules."



Students participate in inter-school competition

Ludhiana, August 9
Over 500 students from 25 city schools took part in an inter-school fine arts, literary, computer and hospitality programme at GGN Institute of Management and Technology here today.

The event, Matrix 2012, saw students compete in several competitions including rangoli-making, painting, declamation, business quiz, IT Quiz, flower arrangement, powerpoint presentation, salad making, and poster-making. Dr Jaswinder Bhalla, a noted Punjabi comedian and professor at department of extension education at the PAU, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Dr Bhalla apprised the young generation of tips and tricks of relieving tension and leading a stress free life.

Later Dr Bhalla gave away certificates and trophies to the winners of the various events. DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, was declared the overall winner. — TNS



Students, staff vow to follow traffic rules
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 9
Students and staff of Government Senior Secondary School, Kilaraipur, vowed to follow traffic rules in all situations here today. The oath was taken during a seminar on road safety conducted by the Traffic Education Cell, Ludhiana, on the school campus.

Students led by the principal vowed to join hands with the organisers in the crusade launched against road accidents that claim many lives in the region. Stressing on the need to educate rural masses about causes and consequences of vehicular accidents, the speakers maintained that pedestrians, cyclists and cart pullers were involved in a majority of road accidents.

"Erroneously, it is presumed that training the drivers about road safety is enough," argued Jagmel Singh, who headed the team of traffic educators. The speakers also made the students and staff aware of various traffic rules and the procedure to get a driving license made.



School notes

Janmashtami celebrations

Ludhiana: Don Bosco Global School, Ludhiana, resounded with festive fervour on the occasion of Janmashtami, the festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, on Thursday. The students gave performances in the form of dances and a skit. The skit highlighted the circumstances surrounding the birth of Lord Krishna, while the dances showcased his mischievous and playful nature.

Saraswati Modern School

Pre-primary section of Saraswati Modern School, Civil Lines, celebrated Krishna Janmashtami on Thursday. The programme was inaugurated by a lamp-lighting ceremony and rocking a cradle decorated for "Bal Gopal".

Cherry Lane Play

"Butter making" was organised at Cherry Lane Play School to celebrate Janmashtami on Thursday. Children watched fresh cream being churned to prepare butter, a novel experience for most of them.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir

Janmashtami was celebrated with traditional gaiety on the premises of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar. Students enacted various events and accomplishments of Lord Krihna's life in the form of colourful tableaus.

Bal Bharati

Students of Bal Bharati School celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, on the school premises on Thursday. The students were made aware of his teachings that include "doing karma should be our priority rather than the fruit of our Karma".

Dr RC Jain Innovative Public

Lord Krishna in all his "avatars" visited Dr RC Jain Innovative Public School on Thursday. The whole arena looked like Gokul on the occasion of Janmashtami celebrations. The program began with a holy hymn “Hari hum sharan tumhari”. Students also spoke on the life of Lord Krishna.

Maple Bear

Hundreds of children dressed as "Kanha" attended the Janmashtami celebrations at Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, on Thursday. Children played flutes and had butter on the occasion. The event consisted of several competitions and games.

Sri Guru Hargobind Public

Students of Sri Guru Hargobind Public Senior Secondary School, Thakkariwal, celebrated Janmashtami with great enthusiasm. The junior wing gave dance performances and sang folk songs on the occasion.

DCM Presidency

Class VI and the pre-primary section students of DCM Presidency School presented a cultural programme on the occasion of Janmashtami on the school campus on Thursday. Children performed "Krishna Leela" and sang bhajans.

OP Gupta SDP Model

The primary wing of OP Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School celebrated "Shri Krishanashtmi" on Thursday. Children were seen in great spirits on the occasion.

Harkrishan Public

Shri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated at Harkrishan Public Senior Secondary School on Thursday. Students were made aware of the importance of religious diversity of the country where different festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm.

Little Stars Playway

Little Stars Playway was decorated with flowers, rangoli and colourful balloons on the occasion of Janmashtami. Children dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha gave dance performances to celebrate the festival.

Vajra Army

"Gokulashtami" was celebrated at Vajra Army School on Thursday. Children dressed as Lord Krishna and "Gopis" danced on the bhajan "Maiya Yashoda".

Kids Quest Preschool

Students at Kids Quest Preschool performed "dandia" dance during the celebration of Janmashtami on the school campus on Thursday. Children were dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha on the occasion.

GMT Public

Kindergarten students of GMT Public School celebrated the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna on Thursday. Children came to the school dressed as Lord Krishna, Radha, and Sudama on the occasion.

BCM School

Kindergarten section of BCM School, Sector 32, celebrated Janmashtami on Thursday. The school got a new hue and vibe when young children entered the campus in the attires of Lord Krishna, Radha, Sudama and Meera Bai. The school was decorated with flowers, swings and childhood portraits of Lord Krishna.

DAV school

Janmashtami celebrations mark the tiny tot world at DAV Public School in the form of a tableau show. The tableau's depicted various phases of Lord Krishna's Life.

ABC Montessori

Janmashtami was celebrated at ABC Montessori School with great joy and fervour. Girl students dressed as "gopis" danced on the occasion.

Penguin Castle Preschool

Students of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated Janmasthami on Thursday. The school was decorated with flowers and rangoli on the occasion.

MGM Public School

Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated in MGM Public School on Thursday. Children attired in colourful costumes of Krishna, Radha, Gopis and gowalas took part in festivities. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Rail employees stage protest

Led by activists of Northern Railwaymens' Union, railway employees staged a demonstration to press the pending demands at the railway station on Thursday. NRMU divisional secretary Daljit Singh condemned the injustice being meted to loco running and traffic staff by denying them grade pay and allowances. He also demanded betterment of working conditions, reduction in duty hours of running and traffic staff and improvement in the condition of running rooms.

Literary academy condemns order

Punjabi Sahit Akademi has in a note condemned the orders of the Director General School Education, Kahan Singh Pannu, that make it mandatory for the officials and teachers working in government educational bodies to seek permission before writing on cultural, social and scientific subjects. Under the Government Employee Rules, 1966, which are to be implemented as per the order, they also need permission before getting any book published. The academy called the order unconstitutional as it prohibited literary and creative freedom.

Quit India Day celebrated

Freedom fighters and elderly Congressmen were honoured on the occasion of Quit India Day at Congress Bhawan on Thursday. District Congress Committee president Pawan Diwan talked about the importance of the movement, started by father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, in the freedom struggle. — TNS



Liquor seized in special drive
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A huge quantity of liquor was seized during a special drive conducted by Samrala Police here today. The police officials laid a special checkpoint (nakka) in the main chowk of the town in a drive against drug peddling and liquor smuggling.

DSP Samrala Pirthipal Singh said vehicles were being searched following an information that liquor and narcotics were being smuggled through the route. The police also conducted breath analysis of the drivers to ensure that they were not intoxicated, and the violators were booked. The DSP said such drives would be conducted on a routine basis to curb the menace.



Clash over land dispute
Six injured in two separate incidents near Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 9
Six persons were injured in two separate clashes over land dispute at Kaunke Kalan and Bhamipura villages near Jagraon. All the injured persons have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Jagraon.

The first incident took place at Kaunke Kalan village when two sides clashed over a dispute involving possession of a piece of land. According to sources, both the sides used swords, sticks and other sharp-edged weapons during the clash, thus injuring two persons from each side. The injured have been identified as Karnail Singh, Jarnail Singh, Boota Singh and Joginder Singh.

In his statement to the police, Karnail Singh alleged that he had purchased the land in question some time back, but Boota Singh and Joginder Singh of the same village wanted to forcibly occupy it. He said when he and his friend Jarnail Singh were standing near the piece of land; Boota Singh and Joginder Singh accompanied by some unidentified persons attacked them with swords.

Boota Singh, in his statement, however, claimed that the land was owned by one of his relatives Ujagar Singh who had leased it to Karnail Singh for a period of three years. Though the period of lease had expired some time back, Karnail Singh was not giving up the possession of the land, alleged Boota Singh. "I had only asked Karnail Singh to give up the possession that infuriated him, and he along with Jarnail Singh and some other persons attacked me and my friend Joginder Singh," said Boota Singh.

Boota Singh further said he had complained the police about the illegal occupation of the land, but no action was taken, which resulted in the attack on him.

In a separate incident, two brothers — Nacchatar Singh and Chamkaur Singh — were injured when some unidentified persons allegedly attacked them when they were working on their fields at Bhamipura village. In his complaint to the police, Nacchatar Singh alleged that around seven to eight persons, who had their faces covered, attacked him and his brother with an attention to forcibly occupy their land.

Confirming the clashes, SHO Jagraon Sadar police station Rachpal Singh said the police has recorded the statements of the victims in both the cases and started the investigation.



Woman held with habit-forming drugs
Accomplice-husband manages to fleeJaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 9
The Raikot police has arrested a woman along with a huge quantity of habit -forming drugs. The accused has been identified as Karamjit Kaur, wife of Kulwant Singh of Bassian village, situated on the Jagraon-Raikot Road.

As per information, the accused was arrested from near Shahjhanpur village on Wednesday evening during routine a check. ASI Hardeep Singh said when he was patrolling with a police party they saw a man and a woman coming on a bicycle from Bassian side.

"On seeing the police, the man fled away on the cycle leaving behind the woman. This made the police suspicious and when the police searched the bag the woman was carrying, 12 bottles of cough syrup and more than 200 tablets of habit-forming drugs was found in it. The police then arrested the woman," said the ASI.

During the probe, the woman confessed before the police that she and her husband Kulwant Singh had been smuggling drugs for some time. The police has registered a case against Karamjeet Kaur and her husband Kulwant Singh under the NDPS Act at the Raikot police station.

The police was conducting raids to nab Kulwant Singh who managed to escape from the scene taking advantage of the darkness, added the ASI.



ASI shoots himself with service revolver
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 9
ASI Sukhwinder Singh shot himself with his service revolver at his official residence on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. The police said no suicide note had been found.

Munshi Jaswinder Singh said he phoned the ASI this morning to go for training at Phillaur, but got no response. He then informed the duty officer, Suresh Kumar. When they reached his house, they saw his body lying in a pool of blood.

Suresh Kumar said the ASI was living with his wife and daughter, who had gone to look up his brother's ailing wife. The victim had recently been promoted. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC and handed over the body to his family after a postmortem.



Gaurav bags top honours in biceps contest
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 9
A large number of participants took part in the Open Biceps Competition held at a health club in Shastri Nagar here last evening in which the competitors gave their best to outwit their immediate rivals and bag top honours.

While inaugurating the competition, Nishchay Sachdeva, director of the Prime Bodies Health Club, urged the trainees to compete in the true sportsmanship spirit. "One should not be afraid of losing nor feel humiliated on losing," he added.


85kg and above: Gaurav first, Monty second and Goldy third;

80 to 85kg: Dr Garry first, Gurpreet second and Sahil Luthra third;

75 to 80kg: Mani first, Abhishek, Lakhbir, Rupinder and Suraj second and Gursimran third;

70 to 75kg: Arjun and Onkar first, Ayusham second, Rajan and Goldy third;

65 to 70kg: Sahil first, Nirmal second, Deepu and Gurmeet third;

60 to 65kg: Pawan first, Akash second and Manjot third;

55 to 60kg: Rishabh and Harshit first, Roshan second and Harmanpreet third;

Below 55kg: Arun first, Sahil Arora second and Brijesh third.



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