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‘Need for earmarking protest zone’
Commuters suffer on second consecutive Sunday as teachers block main road yet again
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Teachers march towards the protest site
Teachers march towards the protest site.

Ludhiana, September 16
It seems that Sundays are becoming hot favourite among teachers for holding their protests. On the second consecutive Sunday today, hundreds of teachers held a protest by blocking the main road passing through the city, causing inconvenience to commuters.

Last Sunday it was the Karabara chowk on the main GT Road that was blocked by teachers for more than three hours and today it was the point near Vardhman Spinning Mills on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road, which was blocked for around three and a half hours.

The teacher unions on both these days were different, but the inconvenience to the residents was the same. Ironically, the residents had no other option but to find alternative routes to reach their destinations.

Today, hundreds of members of the 7654 Sanjha Front Teachers Union, Punjab, had blocked the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road from around 1:30 pm till 5 pm. Due to this blockade, the Ludhiana police had made elaborative plans and the traffic was diverted to alternative routes so that the commuters don’t face inconvenience. But, this certainly led to a waste of precious time.

Krishan Kumar, a resident of Kartar Nagar, said whenever he travelled to meet his relatives in Kharar, he preferred the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road. “But today, due to the protest by teachers, the traffic was diverted to the adjoining streets, which led to traffic chaos there. Now, I have to travel extra distance to Sahnewal and from there I will take a road towards Samrala to reach Kharar,” he added.

Due to regular road blocks in the city, the need of earmarking a specific place for holding protests is being felt once again.

“If this pattern can be followed in our state capital, then why not in Ludhiana? The residents should take up the issue with the elected representatives of their respective areas. I feel that if the state government really wants, then it can easily earmark a specific piece of land for protests. This will not only help in saving time, but even the police, which is deployed on the spot, will be able to devote much time in tackling crime than tackling teachers,” said Arvinder Singh, a shopkeeper of Samrala Chowk.


gastro outbreak
Minister's clean chit to Health Dept
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
"The Health Department is not responsible for the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the city. The contaminated potable water and poor sanitation arrangements lead to such outbreaks of diseases," said Madan Mohan Mittal, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister, while commenting on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in the city and dengue cases reported here.

"We have written to the departments concerned. As far as the Health Department is concerned there was no delay in providing treatment to the patients and adopting other curative measures," added Mittal.

The Health Minister was in the city to attend the 2nd annual conference of the Punjab State Chapter of Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of the India.

Around 200 delegates came from various parts of the North India registered for this event. Around 50 oral presentations and 20 electronic posters were presented by registered delegates during the scientific deliberations of the congress.

During this conference, the Health Minister emphasised the adoption of new technologies for researches and bringing about reforms in the medical field.

Talking about technical advancement, Dr Sameer Kaura, organising secretary, said, "At this conference effort has been made to save paper to some extent by going for electronic poster presentation instead of paper poster presentation".

Unattended, minister cools heels at cafe

The conference was scheduled to start at 9.30 am and the doctors started the function on time. But, the Health Minister, who was supposed to inaugurate the function, reached late by one hour. When the minister reached the conference hall, the presentation session was going on and all lights were off. The minister left the conference hall and went to a café in the same hotel. When the doctors came to know that the minister had left the hall, they got panicky. They started efforts to pacify the minister. Finally, they were able to pacify the minister and the welcome ceremony was organised with zeal. However, one of the organisers justified the minister's leaving the hall, saying that the minister did not want to disturb the ongoing presentation, so he left the hall.



Inter-state gang of looters busted
5 members held; gold ornaments worth Rs 11 lakh recovered
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, September 16
In a major breakthrough, the Khanna police has claimed to have arrested five members (all relatives) of an inter-state gang of looters, comprising mostly women, and recovered a large quantity of gold ornaments and cash from their possession.

Talking to media persons at the office of the Khanna district police today, the DIG of the Ludhiana range, MF Farooqui, said the district police, on a tip-off that four women members of a gang were roaming in a car along with a driver and they often robbed innocent women after offering them lift and also sold narcotics. A police team chased a swift car near Doraha while other teams blocked their way near Issru on the directions of SSP, Khanna, Ravcharan Singh Brar.

After being besieged by the police, the looters tried to escape and in a hurry hit DSP Payal’s vehicle. A police party, led by Inspector Waryam Singh, finally nabbed them.

The DIG said all the members of the gang were relatives and belonged to the Sansi tribe. At least 20-member gang, comprising mostly women, has been involved in incidents of snatching in almost all the areas of Punjab, in some cases even outside Punjab. They have perpetrated crime in several areas, including Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Moga, Faridkot, Muktsar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Delhi.

The main member of the gang is a proclaimed offender in two cases of loot in the Khanna area. The members of this gang would strike in remote villages and offer lift to women. Once a woman boards their car, they would rob her of gold ornaments and then push the victim out of the car with the help of their men accomplices at a deserted place. They had even forcibly pulled their victims into their car and robbed them in some cases.

Farooqui said this gang had seven splinter groups, which had been operating for about 4 years. The SSP, Khanna Police, Ravcharan Singh Brar said the police had recovered gold ornaments worth about Rs 11 lakh and about 1.6 lakh in cash from their possession. He said police parties had been dispatched to nab the other members of the gang.

4 cops honoured for bravery

The DIG, Ludhiana, MF Farooqui, honoured four personnel of the Khanna police for showing exemplary bravery during an operation to nab the members of the inter-state gang of looters. The four policemen are Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjit Singh, Havildar Shamsher Singh, Constables Sukhvir Singh and Rajwinder Singh. He added that one on the constables overpowered the car driver in a paddy field where he was hiding. The other constable jumped from his running motor cycle while he was chasing the members of the gang. The ASI, who was on control room duty, was in touch with all the officials concerned during the operation.



Abhinav’s family smells foul play
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The family of Abhinav Sachdeva, who was found dead at a vacant plot near the Feroze Gandhi market yesterday, staged a protest at the civil hospital today and refused to take the body. They claim that Abhinav was murdered but according to the police, it is an accident. The members of his family and relatives have sought a probe in his death.

After a day-long drama, Abhinav was cremated at a crematorium located at Model Town. The Commissioner of Police assured the family that a thorough probe would be conducted in the mysterious death.

"There are 13 multiple injuries on Abhinav's body and our question is where he suffered those injuries," said Dinesh Honda, a family friend.

According to Ravi, a relative, said, "We want that the police examine his call record properly. The police can trace the murderer easily by examining the calls made by his mobile phone".

Dinesh Honda, a family friend, said, "The last call which the family had received was on 6.09 pm on September 13. He had told her mother that he would be at home within half an hour. According to the call list, he received two calls after calling his mother. There were the calls from a traffic police constable".



Tough duty takes toll on policemen’s health
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

A policeman undergoes a check-up at a camp at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Sunday
A policeman undergoes a check-up at a camp at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 16
Nearly 50 per cent of the police personnel who attended a free medical check-up camp at the Police Lines were suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Skin diseases and symptoms of asthma were also found among a few.

Nearly 700 persons, including police personnel and their families, attended the medical camp organised by an NGO here today.

The camp was conducted under the observation of doctors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H), including Dr GS Wander, Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr JS Sakhon and GS Brar.

"Diabetes and hypertension are some of the common problems among policemen. Some were found to be suffering from skin disease as well. Interestingly, not many cops were having potbellies," said Dr GS Brar.

A cardiologist, Dr GS Wander, said, "I feel for them. All these are lifestyle diseases. These problems occur due to a lack of sleep, long duty hours and erratic routine."

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said steps would be taken to ease the stress level of policemen.

"We are conducting yoga and physical fitness camps for policemen," said the Commissioner of Police.

He encouraged the police personnel to get them and their families medically insured.

Langar turned out to be crowd-puller

Initially, a handful of policemen, along with the members of their families, turned up at the camp. As soon as the word spread that a langar was being organised at the camp, women, along with their children, started thronging the place. A woman said she got her medical check-up done and she didn't have to go through the routine chore of cooking food.

Cops seek leisure time

The doctors faced a situation when lower-rung policemen requested them to suggest bed rest on their medical check-up report so that they could go on holidays.



Wedding planners making hay in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

A model sports a designer dress at an exhibition in Ludhiana
A model sports a designer dress at an exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, September 16
Wedding exhibitions are beco4ming common in the city and the number of such events is witnessing an increase. A number of wedding and lifestyle exhibitions have already taken place in the city and many are being organised.

Organisers of such exhibitions are cashing in on the riches of the city and the love for glamour and celebration here. "Wedding is a multi-crore industry and Ludhiana is certainly a huge market, for its love for flamboyance and celebration," said an organiser of wedding exhibitions.

"People of Ludhiana have money and are becoming more aware. They seek high-quality fashion and upmarket lifestyle. This is the reason why we have brought high-end products of home décor and interior design along with the bridal wear this year," said Ratika Seth, another organiser.

A Buddha statue at a wedding exhibition in Ludhiana
A Buddha statue at a wedding exhibition in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Organising exhibitions by attracting customers has become a business here. "Wedding season, coupled with the festive season is the perfect time to beckon people," she said.

But owing to the increasing frequency of these exhibitions, the novelty factor about the exhibitions is wearing off and residents are getting used to the exhibitions in the city. "Earlier we used to run to any fashion and lifestyle exhibition happening, but now these have become a everyday affair. We know, even if we don't go to one, there is another one around the corner," said Komal, a resident.

As the exhibitions have become very common, organisers are now trying to create a brand of the exhibitions and trying to target a certain segment. "You have to do the groundwork and research to create a brand," said Maninder Singh Sethi, an organiser. "Exhibitions are a form of interactive marketing, so attracting a certain segment to your exhibition according to the kind of products needs research," he added.



Think of innovative strategies, Governor tells industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
It is high time that industry started thinking about innovative strategies to cope with the difficult and changing business environment. Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil made this statement while motivating entrepreneurs, business leaders, practicing managers and management students to harness their potential during the 34th Annual Day Awards function of the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) here today. Patil was invited as the chief guest on the occasion.

The Governor congratulated the winners of the LMA awards for their outstanding achievements. He concluded his address by reminding the industrialists about the corporate social responsibility.

The function was attended by almost 500 members, senior managers and executives from the region.



diesel hike
Punjab farmers to march to Delhi
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 16
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) will lead a massive march of Punjab farmers to Delhi on September 25 to lodge a protest against the "injustice" being inflicted upon the farmers by the Centre in terms of the hike in diesel prices, denial of relief package for crop losses caused by drought and uprooting of Punjab farmers from other states.

Announcing the decision after a meeting of the state committee of BKU here today, president of the body Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said thousands of farmers from all across the state would proceed to Delhi on September 24 by trains, buses, cars, tempos, trucks and tractor-trailers.

After a halt at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, a massive protest will be held in the national capital on September 25.

He said the Centre had increased the prices of diesel which would further add to cost of farm inputs. "But at the same time, the government was not prepared to grant a proportional hike in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat and other crops. "Similarly, the refusal of package of relief for drought-hit farmers of Punjab is arbitrary, unjust and discriminatory,” he added.

Lashing out at the Gujarat state government for its campaign to uproot the farmers, who were settled there for decades, he said the move was unconstitutional and against the law of the land.

Lakhowal said the agitation launched by the Punjab farmers under the banner of BKU would continue till the government relented and all their demands, including roll back of hike in diesel prices, remunerative MSP of wheat and other food crops as per the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Committee and package of relief for crop losses due to deficit rain, were accepted.

Among others present included Puran Singh Shahkot, Sharanjit Singh Mehlon, Harmit Singh Kadian, Shamsher Singh Gharuan, Gurjant Singh Abohar, Avtar Singh Mehlon, Megh Raj Buttar, Baldev Singh Gumtala, Ram Karan Singh and Harbinder Singh Bhamian.



Drowning incidents on rise
Children drowning in cattle ponds in Mandi Ahmedgarh
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
Taking cognizance of the incidents of children drowning in cattle ponds, office-bearers of various social organisations have urged the higher authorities to prevent such incidents. Meanwhile, they have launched a drive to educate people about the consequences of letting their children play near the water bodies.

In a communique addressed to higher authorities, including the Chief Minister and the Minister of Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, the office-bearers of different organisations, led by councillors Bimal Sharma, Dilshad,Kedar Kapila and Jiwan Singh, alleged that the administration had failed to safeguard the banks of the water bodies in the region, which had resulted in the deaths of a number of children.

They have urged the higher authorities to safeguard the banks of the ponds.

A few years ago SDM Malerkotla had directed officials of the Block Development Office to impress upon the officials of the civic bodies to construct a boundary wall around the cattle ponds but still majority of the ponds and water bodies remain unsafe.

The councillors regretted that the threat of an animal or a child getting drowned in the ponds, in the absence of boundary walls, was extremely high in the area.

As the ponds are generally situated close to the residential areas, the risk of falling into them is more during the night.

Earlier, several children had drowned in the ponds.

Dheeraj Kumar, 11, son of a migrant labourer of Kakarwal village, was found dead in the village pond recently.

In another incident Dilwar Khan alias Mehtab, 4, had died after drowning in a pond at Falaund village on August 28.



60 donate blood at camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 16
Terming blood donation as the most noble contribution towards humanity, office-bearers of some social and medical organisations urged the youth to donate blood at a blood donation camp here at Dehlon today.

The camp was organised by Milan Welfare Association. At least 60 persons, including 20 women, donated blood. Stressing on the need of voluntary blood donation, speakers, including Dr Jasbir Singh, SMO, Ravinder Puri, president of Municipal Council, urged the office-bearers of social organisations to join hands in creating awareness about the significance of blood donation.

"Blood, like many other organs of the body cannot be manufactured synthetically. Moreover, a healthy body can produce transfused blood within a reasonable period. So, in order to save lives, we should not hesitate in donating it," said the speakers.



City's hospitality bowls over Talpade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Bollywood actors Shreyas Talpade and Madhurima, who were in the city, were bowled out by the hospitality and warmth that the city offered to them. Stopping by in the city on a promotional campaign trail for their upcoming movie Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal, the actors said the city was impressive.

"It is a happening place and the response from people has been phenomenal. Although I have been to Amritsar and Chandigarh, it was my first visit to Ludhiana, and I would love to be here again," said Shreyas.

"It is a home away from home," he said.

"Although we keep doing some activity or the other in big cities, meeting and interacting with people in the interiors give you a better idea of what the expectations of the audience are from you," he said. "The real fans and audience are outside metro cities," he added.

He said cinema was becoming more realistic now.

"Punjabi movies are doing very well now, and I would like to act in Punjabi movies as well, if offered a good role. Language is not a barrier for acting. It makes no difference if it is Hindi, Tamil, Telugu or Punjabi," he added.

Actor Madhurima, playing lead opposite Shreyas, also loved being in the city.

"Ludhiana is an impressive city. People, food and hospitality here are excellent," she said. She had been very eager and keen to visit Punjab for a long time, she added.

"All my friends are Punjabis and they are totally fun and cool to be with. I wanted to spend more time to interact with people, but couldn't do it this time. "I wanted to enjoy more of Punjabi food and try "makki di roti, sarson da saag," she said.



Pilot project on cancer detection launched
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The state health department has initiated a pilot project on early detection and treatment of cancer in Faridkot and adjoining districts. This was stated by principal secretary, health, Vinni Mahajan while addressing a monthly review meeting of the Civil Surgeons at the Circuit House. She said a survey was being conducted and questionnaires were being distributed among cancer patients.

Talking about the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna, the principal secretary said,"People should be apprised of various beneficial schemes. Under the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna, will be treated free of cost at any government hospital for one month. The purpose behind the scheme is to check the mortality rate of newborns which is usually more in the first month of their birth."

Among others present included mission director, Punjab Health System Corporation, Raji Shrivastava, director, health services, Dr JP Singh, and mission director, National Rural Health Mission, Raj Kamal Chaudhary. The issue of staff shortage was also taken up by the officials during the meeting.

  • Earlier, the officials, along with Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, visited Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. They inspected the trauma ward, maternity ward, dialysis unit and dental unit. Dr Batta said,"Every month, 40 to 45 patients are admitted to the ward, but we have only two dialysis machines and a few trained persons to cater to them. We discussed the problem with the officials and they assured us of doing the needful." The officials also reviewed the arrangements for a free medical check-up camp to be held at Badal village.
  • Vinni Mahajan, principal secretary, health, said a survey was being conducted and questionnaires were being distributed among cancer patients.




From Schools & Colleges
Students speak on need to conserve ozone layer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Students and staff members of Government Secondary School in Sounti village, Amloh, celebrated Ozone Day on the school campus on Saturday. A speech competition was held on the occasion. Students, including Manisha, Neeru, Rahul, Gurwinder Singh and Karanveer Singh, spoke on the importance of the ozone layer and the need to protect it.

They apprised the gathering of disastrous affects of the ozone layer depletion on the health of living creatures. School headmaster stressed on the need to plant saplings. Prizes were also distributed to the participants.

Industrial visit

The industry institute interface cell of the Kamla Lohtia SD College organised an industrial visit to a hosiery mill on the Rahon Road here today. The management team of the mill interacted with the visiting students on the occasion. Students were introduced to the varied technical nuances involved in the manufacturing process of clothes.



reporters’ diary
No lessons learnt from past failures
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The mega city once again witnessed an outbreak of gastroenteritis in many localities, while the incidence of dengue is also showing no signs of ebbing. To make matters worse, a couple of patients admitted to a local hospital tested positive for swine flu.

City residents falling victim to water-borne diseases such as gastroenteritis, cholera and jaundice and vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria has become a regular feature in the present weather. The recurrence of these diseases speaks volumes about the poor condition of sanitation and public health as well as the total failure of authorities to take corrective steps and preventive action. Learning no lesson from their past failures, the government officials blame each other, or debate about calling the outbreak an epidemic or not. The insensitive administration makes no visible attempt to improve the level of sanitation and quality of drinking water, or provide basic amenities and break the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.

Keeping away from "commoners"

At an exhibition meant for the affluent of the city, a couple of exhibitors were discussing about the distance of the venue from the city. One of them was wondering aloud if the exhibition would attract enough footfalls, being organised on the outskirts of the city. The other one retorted, "It is good that only high-end buyers would come all the way for these expensive products. At least commoners won't come pestering us with "yeh dikhao, woh dikhao". A resident who overheard the conversation said the city was becoming a picture of contrast, where the haves are starkly juxtaposed with the have-nots, and the gap between them continues to widen.

Traffic woes

With each passing day, the traffic on certain roads, both in the old city and the newly developed areas, is getting worse with commuters and vehicles stuck in traffic jams. The traffic police officials also seem to be at their wit's end while managing the traffic on most of the roads as the vehicle population continues to multiply. Of late, there has been some improvement in the enforcement of traffic rules but proper management is still lacking. The traffic cops would do well by taking some tough decisions, and allowing only “one way” traffic on some of the problematic roads. This move will certainly meet some opposition from shopkeepers and residents of those areas, but at times a bitter medicine has to be given to cure certain chronic diseases.

When I lost a bet

Finally, my friend won the bet he had with me eight months back before the Assembly elections. He had made a bet that Capt Amarinder Singh and Manpreet Badal would come together after the elections. He presumed that they would form a coalition government after winning the elections. But after the BJP-SAD combine formed the government, I made him realise several times that he had lost the bet, and often ridiculed him when we discussed politics. A few days back, however, he called me up in a "triumphant" tone and said, "I told you before the elections that they will be together, and here they are. I have won the bet."

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Gurvinder Singh, Kuldip Bhatia, and Charanjit Singh Teja




Accupressure camp

Punjab Civil Medical Services doctors at a meeting in Ludhiana on Sunday
Punjab Civil Medical Services doctors at a meeting in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A free accupressure camp was organised by Mata Ganga ji Shabad Guru Langar Sewa Society at Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, on Sunday. A team of doctors including Dr Pardeep Verma, Dr Sunny Mehmi,Dr Krishna Rana,Dr Sanjeev Verma, Dr Gagandeep singh, Dr Sakshi will examine patients suffering from various diseases during the camp. The camp will remain till September 25 and the doctors would treat the patients through accupressure techniques.

FDI in retail opposed

The member of Minority Commission, Punjab, during a meeting of labour wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal, condemned the Central Government's move to allow FDI in retail. He said the move would hugely impact wholesalers and shopkeepers and would result in large-scale unemployment.

Mid-day meal workers

The Mid Day Meal Workers' Union, Punjab, has announced to hold a protest against the state government's move, according to which mid-day meal work would to handed over to private contractors from October 1 this year.They have announced to hold protest on September 18 in front of DC offices in many cities of the state.

Office-bearer appointed

Ajmer Singh Kalsi has been appointed as the general secretary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar International Foundation here on Sunday. He said that the 342nd birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadar would be celebrated in many cities this year.

Meditation camp organised

A two-day meditation camp was organised at the community centre of Aggar Nagar on Sunday. A number of meditation practitioners participated in the camp.The participants meditated on the tunes of spiritual music.

Salsa festival from September 28

Punjab International Salsa Festival will be organised in the city from September 28 to 30. This was stated by Sangita B Khushwaha, who is from Sangita's Studio of Performing Arts, on Sunday. She said the noted names in salsa and other forms of dance would participate in the event.


A meeting of the Azad Hind Nirman Mazdoor Union was organised here on Sunday. During the meeting it was decided that a function in the reverence of Vishwa Karma ji would be organised on September 17 and 18 at Lakshmi Nagar. — TNS



51 sacks of poppy husk seized
Six peddlers arrested, 6-kg opium also recovered from their possession
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The city police has claimed to have nabbed six drug peddlers and seized 51 sacks of poppy husk, along with 6 kg opium, from their possession. Giving details about the recovery, Nilambari Vijay Jagdale (ADCP-I) said the accused were arrested from the RK Machine Tool Chowk last night during a naka.

Harbans Singh, in-charge of anti-narcotic cell, said the officials intercepted a Maruti Alto car and detained two persons identified as Naresh Kumar and Waqt Rabri of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Harbans said four occupants of a truck also tried to escape on seeing the police, but they were given a chase and nabbed.

Six kg of opium and 51 sacks of poppy husk were recovered from the four, identified as Gautam, Mohan Lal, Uday and Krishan Kumar, all residents of Rajasthan and Chandigarh, respectively.

Soon ACP (Central) Ramneesh Chaudhary reached the spot and inspected both the vehicles.

The police said the contraband was hidden under the sacks containing white powder. Harbans said the drug peddlers were smart operators. Naresh and Uday were habitual offenders and were recently booked for liquor and drug peddling cases.



3 run over by trains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Three persons were run over by trains in three separate incidents here today. Kuldeep Singh, investigating officer of Government Railway Police (GRP), said the deceased could not be identified yet.

The first incident took place at Gyaspur when a 20-year-old youth was crushed to death while trying to cross a level crossing this morning.

During the afternoon, a 35-year-old factory worker died while crossing a railway track near Sherput Chowk. In the third incident around 8pm, a 40-year-old man was run over by a train while crossing a railway track near Sahnewal.

65-year-old man killed in accident

A 65-year-old man was crushed to death by an overspeeding truck near Green Land School on National Highway 1 here today. The victim, identified as Mahinder Singh, was riding on a scooter

Mahinder Singh, a resident of Banga, was in the city to attend a bhog ceremony of a relative. Victim's son Gurpreet Singh, who was accompanying him on a motorcycle, said the truck driver managed to flee.



Auto-rickshaw driver thrashes home guard
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
An auto-rickshaw driver was booked for beating a Punjab home guard personnel, Gurmeet Singh, on the Pakhowal Road today. Gurmeet alleged that he stopped the auto-rickshaw driver, following which the driver got into an argument with him and thrashed him.

The accused, identified as Amrik Singh of Gill village, was booked for obstructing a government official from performing public duty.



Kundan Vidya Mandir emerge cricket champs
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, gave an all-round performance and emerged champions in the U-14 and U-19 categories during the Punjab Schools Zonal Cricket Tournament (PAU Zone) organised by the education department here today. The final turned out to be a keen contest in which Kundan Vidya Mandir survived a scare before romping home as champions.

In the first final (U-14) played at GRD Academy ground, Hambran road, Kundan Vidya Mandir managed to scramble past Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University branch, by a wafer thin margin of one wicket with two balls to spare.

Batting first, Government Model Senior Secondary School could muster just 36 runs after losing eight wickets in the allotted 12 overs.

Chhattarpal was the highest run-getter, scoring 18 runs. Shivam contributed six runs.

For Kundan Vidya Mandir, bowling honours were shared by Vaibhav Kalra, Parth Sharma and Yashbir Puri. Vaibhav captured three wickets for five runs while Parth and Yashbir accounted for two wickets each after conceding three and four runs, respectively. Yuvraj Puri of Kundan Vidya Mandir was also in thick of action as he fielded very well and got three batsmen out. Chasing a modest total, Kundan Vidya Mandir faced a strong resistance as Government Model School did not surrender it easily and succeeded in taking the match into the last over.

Parth Sharma and Vaibhav Kalra played the sheet anchor's role to help Kundan Vidya Mandir to achieve the target. Parth top scored with 14 runs while Vaibhav remained unbeaten on 12.

Though, Gurjot Singh remained unconquered on just two runs, he gave an excellent support to Vaibhav to steer their team to romp home victors.

For the losing side, Mohan claimed three wickets for 14 runs. Other wicket takers were Rahul (2 for 5), Anmol (2 for 10) and Shivam (2 for 5). In the U-19 category, too, Kundan Vidya Mandir quelled a strong challenge from their opponents, SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori road branch, before winning a thriller on the pen-ultimate ball of the match played on the PAU campus.

Kundan Vidya Mandir were bowled out for 81 runs in 11.3 overs. The main scorers were Parul Mehdiratta (20), Rajat Verma (12) and Nikhil Chowdhary (11).

For SDP School, Joga Singh grabbed three wickets while Jaswinder Singh and Bobby took two wickets each. In reply, SDP School were sailing smoothly, but it was Rajat Verma of Kundan Vidya Mandir, who turned the tables. As, SDP School required 11 runs in the last over with two wickets in hand, Rajat conceded just one run.

Jaswinder Singh made 27 runs, followed by Bobby who contributed 10 runs. For the winners, the main bowlers were Parul (3 for 11), Navendu (2 for 5) and Rajat Verma (2 for 8).



Ludhiana trounce Hoshiarpur
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
Hosts Ludhiana had an eventful day as they wrapped up both their matches in the above 15 category during the Punjab Women's Hockey League being organised by the Punjab sports department at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the first match of the day, Ludhiana blanked Hoshiarpur 4-0 and later in the day, they got the better of Sangrur whom they pipped 3-0.

In other matches, Amritsar proved too good for Gurdaspur whom they defeated without being challenged 6-0 while Muktsar scored an emphatic 5-0 win over Mansa.

The match played between Bathinda and Tarn Taran turned out to be a well-fought affair in which the former managed to scrape past 2-1.

In the U-15 category, Amritsar along with teams from Ferozepur, Bathinda and Muktsar recorded victories to advance into the next round.

Amritsar outclassed Fatehgarh Sahib 4-1; Ferozepur overpowered Patiala 1-0, Bathinda prevailed over Gurdaspur 1-0 and Muktsar outwitted Mansa 3-1.

District sports officer, Ludhiana, Kartar Singh Sehamby said the league was being organised as per the state government's plan to promote the game among girls.

"The teams had been provided travelling as well as daily allowance, besides boarding facilities if needed," added Sehamby.



katoch shield
Ludhiana in a commanding position
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
The match being played between Ludhiana and Mohali in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield here at Punjab Agricultural University appeared to be an evenly poised affair.

In reply to Ludhiana's first innings score of 288 runs, the visitors were at 197 for 4 at the draw of stumps.

On the pen-ultimate day of the four-day match, with an overnight score of 195 for 7, Ludhiana folded their first innings at 288 in 121.3 overs.

Last night, not out batsman, Deepak Bansal, played a useful innings, remaining unbeaten on 56 runs while Sukhjinder Singh added 29 runs to Ludhiana's score.

Mohali, too, had a shaky start but managed to put the things in order later on, thanks to some casual approach by Ludhiana keeper, Geetansh Khera, who dropped at least three catches which helped the visitors recover from early shocks.

At draw of stumps, Sachin Sohal was at the crease with 65 runs against his name.

Brief score

Ludhiana (first innings): 288 all out (Arjun Puri 55, Nitin Goel 51, Devender Sidhu 47, Geetnash Khera 0, Bharat Malhotra 0, Rahul Singla 7, Sukhjinder Singh 29 and Deepak Bansal 56 n.o; Maninder Singh 4 for 64, Parneet Pandher 1 for 59, Varinder Singh 1 for 39 and Gurkirat Mann 3 for 66).

Mohali (first innings): 197 for 4 in 53 overs (Harpreet Mander 20, Sunny Sohal 12, Sachin Sohal 65 n.o, Mayanak Sidana 18 and Gurkirat Mann 71; Rahul Singla 2 for 91, Sandeep Singh 1 for 19 and Amritpal Singh 1 or 45).



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BVM make it to semis
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar branch, beat Harsh Vidya Mandir, New Subhash Nagar branch, by 28 runs and secured a berth in the semifinals (U-16) in the Punjab Schools Zonal Cricket Tournament (PAU Zone) organised by the education department at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, BVM scored 114 runs losing six wickets in the stipulated 12 overs.

The main contributions came through BVM skipper, Rahul Sikka, who played a quick fire innings of 58 runs off 27 deliveries and Rahul Sood who made 17 runs.

For Harsh Vidya Mandir, Deepak and Gaurav took three and two wickets, respectively, while Ankit grabbed one for 10. Harsh Vidya Mandir could score 86 runs for the loss of four wickets in 12 overs.

Brief score

BVM: 114 for 6 (Rahul Sikka 58, Rahul Sood 17, Varun 7 and Jatin 7; Deepak 3 for 11, Ankit 1 for 10 and Gaurav 2 for 20).

Harsh Vidya Mandir: 86 for 4 (Abhishek 41, Ankit 18 and Ravi 4; Konrak Chopra 3 for 6 and Rahul Sood 1 for 17).



shooting meet
Khamano boy strikes gold

Khamano, September 16
Local lad Kunwar Bir Singh has clinched a gold medal during the 37th Chandigarh State Shooting Championship held at Markfed shooting range, Phase VI, Mohali from August 27 to 29. Kunwar is a student of AKSIPS-41, Chandigarh.

His father Dr Charanjit Singh said Kunwar had participated in 10m air rifle event in the junior category and scored 587 points.

Kunwar has been selected for the 56th National School Shooting Championship to be held at New Delhi in December. He also hogged limelight during a championship held in Singapore. Kunwar practises for five hours under the supervision of his coach Col JS Dhillon and Manish Giri. — OC



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