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Jawan dies in accidental fire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

JagmohanLudhiana, October 11
A 39-year-old jawan was killed when a rifle went off accidentally while he was reportedly cleaning the weapon at his brother's house at Chet Singh Nagar in the Shimlapuri area here today.

The victim has been identified as Jagmohan of the 3rd Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry. Jagmohan, posted in Assam, was on a month-long holiday and was reportedly staying at his brother's house.

The incident took place here this morning. Satpal Kaur, sister-in-law of the deceased, heard the sound of a bullet shot and rushed to the room.

On entering the room, she saw Jaghmohan lying in a pool of blood and gasping for breath. In the meantime, Jagdev Singh, Jagmohan's brother, also arrived at the house.

Jagmohan was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injury in the evening. According to Jagdev Singh, Jaghmohan was cleaning his licensed .12-bore double-barrelled rifle.

However, the police is probing the case from other angles as well. It has not ruled out the possibility of suicide or murder.

Jagmohan was to join duty on October 14. Jagmohan, a resident of Lakha village near Jagraon, had got married nearly 11 years ago and had two sons from the wedlock.

ACP Mukhtiar Singh said the couple had strained relations due to which Jaghmohan had not visited his wife and children during his holidays.

Month-long holiday

The victim has been identified as Jagmohan of the 3rd Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry. Jagmohan, posted in Assam, was on a month-long holiday and was reportedly staying at his brother's house


Labourers feel the heat as soaring prices hit construction work
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Till recently, the industry, landlords and builders used to complain of labour shortage. However, due to the recent "slump" in construction works in the district, labourers have started feeling the heat this time.

As the prices of bricks and sand have reached an all-time high, construction works in the district have virtually come to a standstill. Worried over not getting regular work/wages, the labourers say that if the government fails do something to control the prices of construction material, they will "die of starvation".

A labourers' union had submitted a memorandum to the district administration yesterday, saying that the government must take necessary steps in this direction so that they do not die of hunger. Suresh Tiwari, a leader of the Bharat Nirman Mazdoor Union, said it was unfortunate that the successive governments did not pay attention to the welfare of the labourers. Tiwari said shelters/homes were being made for animals, while the labourers had been left to their fate by the governments.

"Sand mining must be started so that the prices of construction material come down. Once that happens, construction work will start in full swing and labourers will get their daily wages. As the construction work has virtually stopped due to the soaring prices of sand and bricks, labourers are not finding regular work," said Tiwari, adding that even in villages, there was not much demand for labour.

Labour unions said the 1996 guidelines meant for providing better facilities to labourers must be implemented by the government. "The industrial hub has always been dependent on labour, both skilled and unskilled. A hue and cry is raised whenever there is a shortage of labour, especially when labourers go to their native villages for festivals. However, now when we are facing tough times, nobody is coming to our rescue," said Sita Ram, a daily wager.

'Start sand mining'

"Sand mining must be started so that the prices of construction material come down. Once that happens construction work will start in full swing and labourers will get their daily wages. As the construction work has virtually stopped due to the soaring prices of sand and bricks, labourers are not finding regular work"

Suresh Tiwari, Bharat Nirman Mazdoor Union leader



Mayor launches cleanliness drive
Safai workers oppose privatisation of work, hold protest
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 11
An innocuous move by certain officials of the municipal corporation turned into an embarrassing situation at a cleanliness drive launched by the civic body with city Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, other officials and councillors sweeping roads in the Miller Ganj locality today.

Even as volunteers of several NGOs, school and college students and safai workers of the MC were getting ready to launch the sanitation drive, activists of the Bharatiya Valmiki Sewa Dal, led by Surinder Kalyan, arrived at the spot and lodged a protest against the volunteers, including the MC staff, donning T-shirts and caps bearing the name of A2Z Waste Management Company, the firm which has been entrusted with the task of sanitation and garbage collection in the city.

Kalyan said the safai workers were opposed to the privatisation of the work of sweeping roads and garbage collection, and safai workers' unions had asked the state government to review the decision. "MC officials made the regular staff of the MC wear uniforms of A2Z company, which was like rubbing salt on the wounds of protesting sanitation staff," he said.

Launching the cleanliness drive, the Mayor sought the cooperation of residents in keeping the city clean. He said even as the firm entrusted with the task of sweeping and garbage collection had placed containers and bins to cover most of the city, people still threw plastic bags full of garbage all around.

"Without awareness among the people and their cooperation, the gigantic task of bringing improvement in the level of sanitation in the city cannot be achieved," the Mayor said.

The cleanliness drive, he added, would continue till October 31 and during this period two wards from all four zones would be cleaned every day. During the drive, roads and streets would be cleaned, garbage and debris lifted and stagnant water drained out.

MC officials said the duty chart of the sanitation staff had been prepared in a manner that safai workers would perform their routine duty in the morning, and thereafter carry out the work of cleanliness of other areas as additional duty so that the routine work of sweeping of roads and streets was not disturbed.

"We have roped in a few voluntary bodies, NGOs and the student community as well to join the cleanliness drive to give the residents a sense of involvement," a civic body official said.



Head Constable booked on charge of rape
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A day after a Head Constable was caught during a raid in connection with a flesh trade racket in the Shivpuri area, another Head Constable was booked on a charge of rape at the Dugri police station here today.

Head Constable Palwinder Singh, posted at the Dugri police station as head munshi, was booked on a charge of raping a woman in 2011.

His accomplice, Saroj, a resident of Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, has also been booked for conspiracy.

The victim has alleged that Palwinder Singh was blackmailing her by claiming that he had videographed her while she was being raped.

Due to fear of public humiliation, she remained tightlipped on the incident and did not report the matter to the police.

She said the incident took place in January 2011 when she visited Saroj's house. Palwinder also arrived at the house. The victim alleged that Palwinder raped her after offering her a cold drink laced with sedatives.

The woman had levelled allegations against Palwinder on May 21 this year.

ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal was looking into the matter. After investigating the matter, she recommended that a rape case be registered against Palwinder Singh and Saroj be booked for conspiracy.

Both accused are at large.



Girl's body found
Our Correspondent

Khanna, October 11
The Machhiwara police has recovered the body of a migrant girl, Cheeku, who fell into the Sirhind canal along with two other girls on October 7. The mishap had taken place when the girls had gone to take a dip in the canal in connection with the Jeetia Parn festival.

Since the day of the mishap, several migrant labourers were manning some spots in the Sirhand canal to find the bodies. Machhiwara SHO Hardeep Singh said some migrants, who were manning the Garhi bridge, noticed the body of the girl in the canal and informed the police.

The body was handed over to the parents of the girl. Cheeku was the only child of her parents. The bodies of the remaining two victims, both of whom are sisters, are yet to be recovered.



1 held on extortion charge
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A suspect was arrested today for allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore as extortion money from a city-based industrialist. Davinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, received an SMS on October 8 from an unknown number in which the sender demanded Rs 1 crore from the industrialist.

The sender had stated in the SMS that they would kill the industrialist's son if he failed to give them the amount. After remaining quiet for two days, Davinder Singh reported the matter to the police.

After a day-long investigation, the police nabbed the suspect. However, the police remained tightlipped and did not divulge any details about the arrest.

Rs 1 cr demand

Davinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, received an SMS on October 8 from an unknown number in which the sender demanded Rs 1 crore from the industrialist. The sender had stated in the SMS that they would kill the industrialist's son if he failed to give them the amount



Will Metro project be viable?
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Tall claims are being made by the state government on making the Metro project a reality in the industrial city of Ludhiana. The project will be similar on the pattern of New Delhi to provide relief to commuters and to ease out unnecessary burden of vehicles on the roads.

Still, those involved with the project in depth doubt on the feasibility of the project, as nothing on the price of ticket has been decided so far, which was the major factor for making it successful.

The project was initially proposed in 2008 with an estimated cost of about Rs 10,300 crore. In all these years, the cost of construction has reached to an all-time high and the estimated cost would be around Rs 12,000 crore as surveys were still on. Besides, it is being designed as a joint venture of private-public partnership (PPP), in which the Central government was expected to pool 20 per share and the state government, too, will put its 20 per cent share, while the private company will be asked to put 60 per cent share. As per the proposal, Rs 2,400 crore each will be put by the Central and state government and about Rs 7,200 crore will be provided by the private company.

An official studying the project in detail said as per this bifurcation of funds, the private company would shell out about Rs 72 crore as the monthly interest (if we count it 1 per cent and the figure comes out to be about Rs 2.5 crore daily).

“While the total population of Delhi was about 2 crores and 5 per cent of the people travel in Metro. The population (official) of Ludhiana is about 16 lakhs and 5 per cent population means about 80,000 residents will travel in Metro. The private company will not be putting anything from their own pockets, ultimately the residents have to shell out money. And in that case, will the residents be shelling out Rs 300 on the ticket if the pattern is same as in Delhi? There seems to be no viability in the project if these figures are to be believed,” said the official further adding that the municipal corporation was already facing the financial crunch, it can never be expected to put finances in the project. The official also said at least five to seven years were required to complete the Metro project and by then, the inflation will rise further.

Meanwhile, MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma said on the price of the fare (ticket), nothing had been decided yet. “The surveys are still being studied by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), but the fares will definitely suit the pocket of commuters,” assured Verma.



Burning of stubble goes on unchecked in district
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
In the absence of strict measures taken against violators, burning of stubble by farmers goes unchecked in the district, causing health hazards to residents and spoiling fertility of the soil.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) under Section 144 had recently banned the burning of stubble in open, but the unethical practise goes unabated on the peripheries of the district, as no complaints get registered against the defaulters.

The law enforcing agencies find it “difficult” to take an action on their own till the complaints were lodged.

Farmers have been openly flouting the rules by burning the paddy straw in their fields starting from Hambran to Lalton, Jagraon, Khanna, Payal, Samrala, Machiwara and Kila Raipur, etc, in order to get rid of the leftovers of the crop.

The smoke emitted from the burning of straw poses several health hazards. Due to the practice, cases of respiratory ailments witnessed an increase. Besides, major cases of fire also get reported from villages every year, as the fire caused by the burning of straw damages electric wires.

Santokh Singh, a farmer near Jagraon, said the farmers were aware about the ban on the burning of paddy straw in open, but they are helpless as the government did not provide any solution to this problem.

“We cannot afford to buy expensive machinery to tackle the problem,” he rued.



Encroachments on roads: Dept holds preliminary inquiry
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 11
A team of vigilance officials of the local government department, Punjab, today conducted a preliminary inquiry into certain encroachments on public roads and unauthorised constructions in some parts of the city.

On the directions of the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the local government department, vigilance officials, Mohinder Pal and Sunil Sharma, inspected a few petrol filling stations on the Ferozepur Road and a site of mobile communication tower in Singhpura locality.

The vigilance officials said the complaints of unauthorised erection of a mobile tower and encroachment on the public roads by some petrol pumps were forwarded by the principal secretary, local government department, to the CVO for further action.

They said as per the record produced before them by the building branch of the municipal corporation (MC), the civic body had initially granted permission for installation of mobile tower, which was subsequently withdrawn after objections raised by the residents of the locality.

“The structure of the mobile tower is intact at the site, but it is not operational at present,” the officials informed.

On the complaint about encroachment on schedule roads by the petrol filling stations, the vigilance officials said one of the owners of the petrol stations inspected by them had produced permission obtained from the public works department, whereas a few other petrol station owners had been asked to produce relevant record.

“We have also asked the officials concerned of the MC to make available record pertaining to any permission granted to the petrol pumps for setting up structures on the public roads or other government land if any,” the vigilance officials said.



6 more test positive for dengue
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Six more patients have been tested positive for dengue. Out of this, five persons belong to Ludhiana and one to Faridkot. With this, the number of cases of dengue in Ludhiana district has reached 73.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, a team of the health department today organised a seminar to spread awareness about dengue and preventive measures to be taken at Government High School, Haibowal Kalan. It was held under the leadership of district health officer, Ludhiana, Dr Kulwinder Singh.

Psychotropic drugs seized

A team of the health department raided chemist shops and collected as many as five samples of medicines and also seized habit forming drugs worth Rs 3,000.

A team of drug inspectors, including Karuna Gupta, Roop Preet Kaur, Preneet Kaur and Sukhbeer Chand raided these shops. According to Sukhbeer Chand, “We raided Chhabra Medicos and Kanchan Medical Hall at Kochhar Market and collected four samples of ointment and cough syrup. Another raid was conducted at five shops in the Sherpur Chowk market. We collected one sample of medicine from Vishnu Medical Hall. Habit forming drugs, including 14 Rexcoff, 500 tablets and 386 capsules, were seized from Vardaan Medical Hall.” Three shops were also raided at the Vishavkarma Market, Jamalpur. These included Davinder Medical Hall, Ambe Medicos and Gaurav Medicos.



Dept collects eight samples of eatables
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A team of the health department today collected eight samples of eatables from various places. A team of the health department, which conducted a raid on the instructions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, under the leadership of district health officer, Dr Kulwinder Singh, with food safety officers, namely Sukhbeer Chand, Harpreet Kaur and Ravinder Garg.

Ravinder Garg said, “We collected samples of burger and popcorn from the canteen of PVR Cinema at the Silver Arc Mall. While two samples of pasta and sambar were collected from a food court of the same mall.” Two samples of ice cream were collected from Thancos Natural Fruit Ice Cream from Kesar Complex and two samples were collected of jaafrani patti from a shop of Moti Ram And Sons, Books Market. We also sealed 360 packets of jaafrani patti, added Garg.



Battle female foeticide, villagers exhorted

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
An awareness camp against female foeticide was organised by the Child Development Project Office (CDPO) Dehlon at Jarkhar village. Manjit Kaur, Child Development Officer, presided over the concluding session.

Emphasising on the need of restoring optimum gender ratio and significance of a woman in the society, speakers including Kaur, Singh, Kanwaljit, Gurmel Kaur and Amarjit urged the residents to consider their daughters as an asset rather than a liability. They urged the villagers to fight female foeticide.

Speakers discussed the menace of infanticide with thrust on the causes and practices prevalent century ago and divulged that the current trend of female foeticide had declined the child sex ratio, particularly in Punjab.

Charanjit Singh, a folk singer and senior functionary of the department, made residents aware about importance of girls through his songs on the subject. Women were told about the consequences of repetitive abortions, importance of nutrition for girls during their adolescent years and for young mothers during pregnancy. — OC



Minor fire at kidney centre
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 11
A fire broke out in a storeroom at the kidney centre, sister concern of Deep Hospital, last night. According to officials of the hospital, no injuries have been reported, as the fire broke out in a store room, situated on the fourth floor of the hospital and no patients were admitted there.

Officials of the fire department informed that the fire broke out at 12.23 am and was brought in control after three hours of struggle and medicines and chemical stock got burnt in the fire.

The cause of fire is still not clear. Assistant divisional fire officer informed that the cause of fire was a short circuit, but owner of the hospital alleged that it was a mischievous act.

“All electric wires and equipment are fine. So, it is not a case of short circuit,” said Dr Baldeep Singh, owner of the hospital.

According to Dr Baldeep Singh, the fire was minor and was controlled within an hour.

District fire officer Kartar Singh said, “Two fire tenders were involved in dousing the flames. We observed that the incident took place due to short circuit.”



DCP, SSP-Khanna transferred
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
In a major reshuffle in the police department, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) GS Toor and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Khanna, Ravcharan Brar, were today transferred to Faridkot and Bathinda, respectively.

IPS S Bhupathi, who was earlier in the intelligence branch, would takeover the charge of DCP, Ludhiana, while Indermohan Singh, who was earlier posted as SSP, Muktsar, has been posted as the SSP, Khanna.

For both Toor and Brar, it was relatively a short stint. While Toor remained on the post of DCP for two months, SSP Ravcharan Brar created a record of sorts, as he was transferred thrice in the last four months.

Brar remained on the post of SSP in Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Khanna in the last four months. On the other hand, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP-IV) Sushil Kumar has been made the Commandant, 2nd Commando Battalion at Bahadurgarh. He has been replaced by Suresh Kumar Sharma, who would take the charge of ADCP-IV, Ludhiana.



Liquor vend near school reopens
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
A high drama was witnessed outside a liquor vend at Rishi Nagar. The liquor vend, which was closed down a few days ago, as it was situated near the school premises, was reopened today.

Mahila Congress president Leena Taparia reached the spot and questioned about the approval given to reopen vend. “We came to know that owner of the liquor vend was getting the approval from some official in the excise department. We acted promptly and reached the excise department and met DETC Kawalpreet Brar,” said Leena Taparia.

“After listening to us patiently, the DETC assured us that since the liquor vend is situated near the school, it cannot be opened according to the Excise Act. She assured us that the vend will not be allowed to open,” said Taparia.



CBSE to publish students’ artwork
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
With the aim of boosting soft skills of students, the Central Board of Secondary Education has initiated a new project under which it will be inviting artwork from students and use the selected works in its publications.

Schools are the reservoirs of creative talent. The CBSE invites young artists from affiliated schools to showcase their creativity through paintings. The board will generate a pool of artwork on the theme of education, which will be used in the publications and other resource materials," said a communiqué sent by the CBSE to the schools.

"It is a good step taken by the board. Through this programme, the board has recognised the need of honing students’ soft skills rather than just focusing on studies," said Anjali Aggarwal, a parent.

"This is a very good initiative. We always want students to develop their extra curricular talent. It helps them to relax and enjoy their lives. The popular saying "All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy" is very true. In today's world of competition, one needs to relax and unwind and such projects prove really useful for students," added Lakhwinder Kaur, a teacher.

The board will set up a three-member screening committee to select the best entries.

The Pre-requisites

  • The artwork must be related to the theme of education
  • The content should not hurt the sentiments of an individual or a community, and should not be anti-national or communal.
  • The scheme is open mainly to students from Class IX to XII of all the CBSE-affiliated schools across the world.
  • Each student could send three of his/her best art works.



College starts fortnightly newspaper
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 11
If Ludhiana can be considered as a metropolitan, how people enjoy night life in the city? How do drugs ruin the life of the youth? These are some issues which are highlighted by students of a local college in a fortnightly newspaper launched by it. The students of Mass Communication Department at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, are working to bring a change in society by publishing this fortnightly paper, which is full of social and local issues.

The second issue of the paper was published recently.

Kirti Loomba, Assistant Professor, Mass Communication Department, said: "The objective of launching this fortnightly paper is to encourage students for development and make them aware about the problems being faced by society. It will also sharpen their journalistic skills".

"The students come up with a variety of ideas for this paper. They share their ideas with teachers then we finalise the contents. Except for funding, all the work relating to the publishing of the paper is done by the students. They collect news, edit it, click photographs and design pages on their own," Kirti added.



Subsidised notebooks a respite for parents
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
The initiative of the Education Department to provide practical notebooks to the students of government school at subsidised rates has been welcomed by both the students and parents. Students from class VI to X are entitled for the benefit.

A practical notebook worth Rs 190 will be available at Rs 50 while notebooks priced Rs 80 and Rs 60 will available at Rs 39 and Rs 28, respectively.

"With the price of every commodity going up it has become really difficult to make both ends meet. Notebooks at subsidised rates have come as a relief to us. The prices of books and notebooks are also sky-rocketing and the government has really helped the parents by providing notebooks at subsidised rates," said Jaswinder Singh from Lalton village, whose two children study in a government school.

Today prices of notebooks and other stationery is beyond the reach of the common man. The government move will be a big relief for us, said Santosh Kumari from Jawahar Nagar Camp.



pau notes
Save diesel to check farm input costs: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
In view of the hike in diesel prices, the farm machinery and power engineering (FMPE) experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have urged the farmers to follow useful tips for conserving fuel.

Diesel is used in tractors for carrying out different farm operations, including tillage, sowing, harvesting and stationary functions like water lifting and threshing. Saving diesel will reduce the agricultural input costs, they added.

The Senior Research Engineer and Head of the FMPE, Dr Gursahib Singh, said farmers should not let the tractor engine run idle for long. Avoid resting the foot on the clutch pedal as it leads to wastage of engine power and clutch wear, he said.

Emphasising that proper traction aids need to be used to prevent slippage while operating tractor on sandy and wet fields, he said farmers should use extra weights, sand or water ballasting for this purpose. He stressed worn out tyres need to be replaced and that the tyres must be kept at proper recommended air pressure.

Youth festival

The PAU is all set to hold the "Inter-College Youth Festival" for the session 2012-13 from October 19 to 25 and “Golden Jubilee Folk Festival" on October 30. Dr DS Cheema, Director Students' Welfare and chairman of the organising committee, said various committees had been constituted under the patronage of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, for a smooth conduct of the festivals.

Farmers’ training begins

A five-day training programme on post-harvest technologies for rural catchments for farmers from Ludhiana began today at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology. Around 10 farmers are taking part in the training programme.



from schools
Fancy dress competition

Ludhiana: Pre-primary section of Saraswati Modern School organised a fancy dress competition here on Thursday. Tiny-tots came to the school dressed up as different characters. Jasmeet, Kashish, Prajwal, Gunjan, Angel, Harvan, Akshita, Daksh, Harsh, Kartik and Yukta were the winners.

Dance show

“Kaleidoscope”, a dance show was organised at DAV Public School. The show was a blend of songs, dances and plays in which the budding flowers of pre-nursery section cast their spell on the audience. The programme continued for three days during which students of nursery, LKG and UKG presented cultural shows.

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day was celebrated at Ryan International School, Jamalpur, Ludhiana. Students of classes VI and VII clicked photographs of people performing acts of kindness. Thereafter, an exhibition was organised in the amphitheater area of school. The event turned into an opportunity where students not only learnt about the humanitarian deeds and actions but they also learnt to spot them happening around them and appreciated. The winners were awarded.

Inter-house quiz

An inter-house quiz was organised at Guru Gobind Singh Public School. Four houses participated in the competition. There were five rounds in the quiz memory skill, awareness logical reasoning, mathematical skill and rapid fire round. The student of Shai Mati Das house bagged the first position and the first runner up team was Baba Banda Singh Bhadur.

Gardening competition

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised gardening competition for the students. The students participated in the competition. In the competition, the students planted the saplings in the earthen pots. They also decorated the pots with different decorative material like paint, artificial flowers, sparkles etc. They brought various types of saplings such as tulsi, mint, sunflower, rose etc. The motive behind the competition was to develop the sense of responsibility of saving environment and trees among young minds. The students were judged on the basis of steps followed by them while sapling their plants. The winners of the competition were Gurkamal Kaur VII (first), Himani VIII (second) and Mehak Arora VII (third). — TNS



National Post Day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
Ryan International School, Jamalpur, celebrated the National Post Day here on Wednesday. The students of classes I and II wrote endearing messages to their loved ones on post cards.

The students then went to a post office to personally post their letters and also took a quick tout of the post office to understand how the system works. They also learnt about the different services that a post office offers. It was indeed a very insightful trip for the students.



6 selected at placement camp

Ludhiana, October 11
The Indian Society for Technical Education Students' Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) and its training and placement cell organised a placement camp for the students of MCA (final semester).

A team of Ossagho Corporation interacted with the students who had appeared for an aptitude test and personal interview. Around 40 students appeared for the interview. Of them six students were selected. All the selected students will get industrial training on ERP on a no-cost-no-stipend basis. — TNS



Girl commits suicide
Student of BA-III, she was upset over poverty
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Amandeep KaurSamrala, October 11
A girl of a nearby village allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Sirhind Canal near the Garhi bridge here in the afternoon. Her father Mukhtiar Singh said his daughter Amandeep Kaur, who was a student of BA (third year) at Malwa College, Bondli, Samrala, had gone to the college in the morning.

She was upset due to poverty. They were stunned to hear about her taking the extreme step, he added.

According to the SHO of Machiwara, Hardeep Singh, witnesses told him that the girl reached the Garhi bridge by bus. She kept her belongings, including the identity card and bag, aside and wrote some thing on a notebook. After that she jumped into the canal. Passers-bys jumped into the canal to save her but by the time she was taken out of the canal she had died. Her body has been kept in a mortuary and post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow.

No case has been registered. The SHO said a suicide note was recovered from his notebook in which she had stated that she was committing suicide on her own and no one was responsible for her death. However, the SHO said, they were enquiring into the matter.



Drug peddler arrested
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 11
The Dehlon police arrested the kingpin of a gang of drug peddlers and seized a haul of pharmaceutical preparations today. The accused was identified as Narinder Singh, alias Nindi, of local Ward number 4, at Jandali road.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, said the police team led by SHO, Dehlon, Amandeep Singh Brar, arrested the accused when he was on his way to supply a consignment of habit-forming drugs to his customers, whose identity has not yet been established.

The police stopped his motorcycle at the Gopalpur chowk on Ludhiana-Malerkotla road and became suspicious when he tried to flee.

A bag containing contrabands was recovered from his possession. It contained 10,000 tablets of Phenotil, 1,000 tablets of Nimtid-10,000 tablets of Nitrizipam-10,000 capsules of Parvon Spas and 70 bottles of Rexcof.

Investigations revealed that the accused was involved in drug trafficking for a long time. But could not be caught because of his modus operandi.

Though he used to purchase the banned products from the wholesale market at Pindi Gali, Ludhiana, he never carried the material in his vehicles. Instead, he used to change the mode of transport frequently. His consignments used to be carried from Ludhiana to local area through public transport including private buses, auto rickshaws and bullock carts and thereafter the same was supplied on motorcycle.

“Had he not carried the bag containing drugs on motorcycle from somewhere near outer boundary of the Ludhiana city, he could have evaded arrest even today,” the police said.



One arrested with 192 kg poppy husk, 8 kg opium
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 11
The Jagraon police has arrested a drug peddler and seized a massive quantity of opium and poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been identified as Jagseer Singh, alias Seera, a resident of Sidhwan Kalan village near Jagraon.

As per information, Jagseer Singh was arrested during a routine check by a police team from the CIA staff, Jagraon, from the link road connecting Alighar village with Sidhwan Kalan village today.

The police has seized 8 kg of opium and 192 kg of poppy husk from the accused. As per an estimate, the approximate market value of the drug contraband seized is Rs 8.80 lakh.

Giving details of the incident, the DSP, Jagraon, Surinder Kumar, revealed that a police team led by the CIA staff in charge, Inspector Rajesh Kumar, had set up a police naka at the Alighar-Sidhwan Kalan link road this morning.

During the naka, the police saw Tata Indica car (DL-3-CW-3727) coming from Sidhwan Kalan side. On seeing the police, driver of the car tried to flee from the spot, but the police chased him and nabbed him, stated DSP Surinder Kumar.

According to the DSP, the police recovered 192 kg of poppy husk packed in six bags from the car.

During further search, the police also recovered 8 kg of opium. Following this, the police arrested the accused and confiscated the vehicle.

The police has registered a case against the accused under various sections of the NDPS Act.



Flour mill owner convicted in cheque-bounce case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 11
Judicial Magistrate Ekta Sahota has convicted Manmohan Singh, owner of Manmohan Flour Mills, Kalsi Nagar, Dholewal, Ludhiana, in a cheque-bounce case. He has been sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of one year.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding on the complaint filed by Kotak Mohindra Bank Limited. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

The complainant had submitted that the accused had taken a loan from the bank. Thereafter, the accused issued cheques of Rs 1,18,970 and Rs 53,260 in favour of the complainant in 2009 as installments with the assurance that the same would be encashed on its presentation to his bank.

But when the cheques were presented to the banker of the accused, the same were dishonoured with the remarks “insufficient funds”, meaning that the accused was not having sufficient funds in his account to honour the cheque.

Despite serving legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, added the complainant.

On the other hand, the accused denied the allegations.

He had claimed that the cheques were misused by the complainant, as the same were issued against the loan agreement, which has already been cleared. But he failed to lead any evidence in support of his contentions. After appreciating the evidence on record, the court found him guilty.



DAV-Jalandhar cagers outplay Lyalpur Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 11
On the third day of the Punjab Colleges Basketball League, eight matches were played which made the total league matches 24 so far. In the tournament, over 12 matches are in men section and 12 in women section were played.

Now the following teams reached the Super League Semi-finals. In the men section, S.C.D. College, Ludhiana, D.A.V. College, Jalandhar, DAV, College, Amritsar and Public College, Samana reached in Super League Semi-finals. Meanwhile, in the women section, H.M.V., Jalandhar, G.C.W., Ludhiana, BBK, DAV College Amritsar and Hindu Kanya College, Kapurthala reached the semifinals.

Results: Men Section: DAV, College, Jalandhar beat Lyalpur Khalsa College by 65-32 points. Public College Samana beat College of Agriculture, Ludh by 54-18 points. S.C.D., College, Ludhiana, beat Khalsa College, Amritsar by 53-30 points. DAV College, Amritsar beat Punjabi University Campus by 57-48 points.

Women Section: Khalsa College, Ludhiana, beat Akal Degree College by 48-44 points

College of Veterinary Sciences beat S.R. Government College, ASR, by 38-29 points. HMV, Jalandhar, beat BBK. DAV College, Amritsar, by 52-25 points. G.C.W., Ludhiana, beat Hindu Kanya College, K.P.T. by 41-37 points.



Sehajbir bags gold in world karate meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana October 11
City boy, Sehajbir Singh Gill, brought laurels by winning the gold medal in the World Karate Tournament held at Capetown University, South Africa, from September 29 to 30. Ashok Chohan from Seishinkai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do School of Punjab, said that players from nearly 30 countries has participated in this tournament.

“Sehajbir Singh has won the gold medal in U-6 category. This boy is source of inspiration for all the upcoming Karate players of Ludhiana,” said Ashok.

He said Sehajbir Singh has qualified for the Mix-Marshal Arts Championship which ill be held in the USA on July 13.



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