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Major train tragedy averted
Ludhiana, October 21
A major train tragedy was averted here late last evening. But for an alert railway operating and power cabin staff, thousands of passengers aboard the Ambala Cantt-Amritsar passenger train (DMU) and the 12238 Begumpura Superfast Express from Jammu Tawi to Varanasi would have been in danger as both trains were running on the same track in opposite directions near the Ludhiana railway station.

Tributes paid to police martyrs
Ludhiana, October 21
Police Commemoration Day was observed today with a solemn parade held at the Central Police Lines here this morning. The names of around 700 officers and men were read during the commemoration parade. As many as 53 personnel, who laid down their lives for the safety of city residents during the dark days of militancy, were remembered on the occasion.


Martyrs' kin allege raw deal
Ludhiana, October 21
Kin of police personnel, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, are living an agonising life. While some have not been offered jobs, those who got jobs have not been given promotions. Davinder Kumar, who was recruited as a constable following the death of his father Chaman Lal, is a victim of alleged government apathy. Chaman Lal died while fighting terrorists on January 16, 1986.

Infusing life into clay:
A girl takes part in a clay modelling contest during the Golden Jubilee Inter-College Youth Festival at the PAU. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

4 hurt in group clash
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
At least four persons, including two brothers, were hurt in a group clash that took place at Aittiana village in Ludhiana district, near here, late this evening. The two brothers received bullet injuries in the incident.

2 booked for duping widow of Rs 2 lakh
Jagraon, October 21
A widow of Hathur village near Jagraon was allegedly duped of Rs 2 lakh by two persons on the pretext of sending her daughter abroad. The police has booked two persons in this regard. The accused have been identified as Bagha Singh and Jaswant Singh, both residents of Muradpura village in Tarn Tarn district. The accused are at large. The police is conducting raids to arrest them.

90-yr-old woman done to death
Ludhiana, October 21
A 90-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death in the Lohara area here today. The incident came to light when Darshan Singh, an NRI and son of the victim, identified as Nachatter Kaur, arrived at the house and saw his mother’s body lying in a pool of blood. He raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident. The SHO of the Daba police station, Jatinder Singh, said, “Robbery does not seem to be the motive behind the killing as nothing has been stolen from the house and it has not been ransacked.”


Reporters’ Diary
Life without cellphone
Today we cannot imagine life without a cell phone. Few days back my mobile phone developed a snag and I had to spend four days without it. Although I was relieved of irritating marketing calls and did not receive any unnecessary phone calls, yet I faced many difficulties. I arrived unannounced at my sister's place only to find that she was not at home. My frantic search for a PCO turned futile and I had to borrow a phone from a shopkeeper to make a call to her.

Ludhiana scan
Anniversary celebrations
The Bhartiya Valmiki Youth Federation will organise a "shobha yatra" to mark the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki on October 28. The yatra will start from Rajiv Gandhi Colony, Focal Point. This was said Veer Dara Taank on Sunday.

Organisers address a press conference ahead of a “shobha yatra” to be held to commemorate be birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki, in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

School notes
Athletics meet
Ludhiana: Sat Paul Mittal School organised its eighth annual athletics meet on Saturday. Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh was the chief guest. Bipin Gupta, vice-chairman, Governing Council of the school declared the meet open. Students participated in 100 m, 200 m and 4X100 m races. Satluj House was declared the Cock House. Avranpreet Singh of Class VIII-A, Viren Thapar of Class X-B and Shubhankar Gupta of Class XI-C were declared best athletes in Group A, B and C boys categories, respectively. Muskaan Bakshi of Class VIII-D, Mehma Vij of Class X-A and Mannat Bhogal of Class XI-A were declared best athletes in Group A, B and C girls categories, respectively.

It’s like a homecoming, says Rajesh Puri
Ludhiana, October 21
Rajesh Puri, veteran actor and theatre artist, was in the city yesterday. He played the character of a funny and innocent person in the play, “Tere Ghar Ke Samne”, which was staged at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening. He said he had been to the city earlier as well and it would be the third time, he would be performing here. He said he felt nostalgic while on the way and feels good about the appreciation he receives from people.

Kashmira Shah (right) performs during the play, “Tere Ghar Ke Samne”, staged in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajn

Youth murdered over land
Khanna, October 21
A youth of Bilaspur village, near Doraha, was murdered last night and his body was spotted in the fields this morning. In a statement given to the police, Nimal Singh, the deceased’s father, said a village youth, Manpreet Singh, called his son Gora Singh (25) at about 8 pm and both went towards the fields.

City mourns Yash Chopra’s death
Yash ChopraLudhiana, October 21
As Yash Chopra passed away today, the city mourned the loss. Yash Chopra and BR Chopra had lived in the Mali Ganj area of the city after the partition. Remembering the gregarious and jubilant film director, many in the city felt sad Vikas Garg, a Field Ganj resident, said: "One of the jewels of Bollywood has gone." "I have hardly missed any of his movies," he says.

Dhindsa inspects construction work on memorial
Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 21
Taking seriously the alleged use of poor quality and inappropriate material in construction of Wada Ghallughara Kup Rohira Memorial, which is being constructed to commemorate the sacrifice of 35,000 sikhs, who were massacred by Ahmed Shah Abdali on February 5, 1762, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said," We want to see the the each rupee spent from exchequer on any project is worth its value." He said he had directed the company officials to ensure that all material, which did not fulfil the durability criteria, should be replaced.

PAU youth festival: Students showcase their creativity
Ludhiana, October 21
The third day of the "Golden Jubilee Inter-College Youth Festival" of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), witnessed scintillating performance during various creative and intellectual events. The participants showcased their talent and aptitude in photography, on-spot painting, extempore/ elocution and rangoli competitions. Dr DS Cheema, Director Students' Welfare, welcomed the guests and the participants.

A student makes rangoli during the Golden Jubilee Inter-College Youth Festival of the PAU in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Inderjeet Verma

World plantation day
Developing special bond with trees
Ludhiana, October 21
Raghav Bansal (14) has been regularly planting saplings for the last five years. Motivated by plantation drives held in schools and colleges, many youngsters have made it a point to plant trees every year.

2 killed in accident
Samrala, October 21
Two friends were killed in a accident when a tyre of their car burst and the vehicle overturned after hitting a tree. According to information, Avtar Singh (25), a resident of Kohara, and Amarjit Singh (19), a resident of Koom Kalan, were returning to Kohara in an Indica car after making some arrangements at a marriage palace. At about 12.10 am when they reached near Chahilan village, a tyre burst and the driver lost control over it. The car hit a tree and overturned.

Health team collects 12 samples of eatables
Ludhiana, October 21
A team of the district Health Department today collected eight samples of sweets from different sweet shops at Jagraon.

Belgium murders
Punjab to raise issue with Centre
Doraha, October 21
“The Punjab government will raise the issue of the security of Punjabis, who are abroad”. This was stated by Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, who was attending the bhog ceremony of the NRI woman Rajvir Kaur and her three sons at Buani village today.


Primary School Games
Ludhiana players dominate on Day II
Ludhiana, October 21
Players from Ludhiana district dominated the proceedings on the second day of the 28th edition of the Punjab State Inter-District Primary School Games being held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Ludhiana lads and eves recorded victories in kabaddi matches to stamp their superiority. Besides, players from Patiala district and Bathinda too came out triumphant to advance into the next round.

Feast time for budding players: Players have langar during the 28th Inter-District Primary School Games at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Students get bigger platform
Ludhiana, October 21
“I have never seen such a big stadium with seating arrangements. I used to practice on the footpath of a link road at my village. So it is a bit uncomfortable to run on Astro turf. Everything is new for us but I am enjoying", said a 10-year-old athlete from the border village of Chogawan in Amritsar district.

Prized possession: The team of Spring Dale Senior Public School that won the 16th Cluster Volleyball Championship held in Amritsar. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Officials determine players’ age by counting teeth
Ludhiana, October 21
While the other nations are adopting ultra-modern techniques in the field of sports, we are still dependent on the centuries-old procedures. It may sound surprising that sports officials determine players’ age by counting their teeth before a sport event.

Mumbai ONGC drub Baba Farid Club
Ludhiana, October 21
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Mumbai, registered an emphatic 7-4 victory over Baba Farid Club, Chandigarh, to begin their campaign on a sound note in the All-India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy-2012 being organised by the Sports Council of Ludhiana at the Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.



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