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Projects fail to see light of day even in 2012
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

The Lakkar Bridge project is still far from being completed. The delay has been attributed to the slow pace of work on the part of Railways.

Ludhiana, December 30
Even though residents of the city are all set to welcome New Year, there are several projects in the city, which have missed the deadline in 2012. These projects include the Lakkar Bridge project, delivery of 30 low-floor buses for the City Bus Service, the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project, the Indoor Stadium on the Pakhowal Road.

During the year, the officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as well as the Public Works Department (PWD) had claimed that these projects would be completed by 2012-end, but the same old story of delays continues.

Lakkar Bridge

State PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had claimed on July 16 that the Lakkar Bridge project would be complete by December 31, but the project is still far from being completed. The project got delayed due to the slow pace of work on part of the Railways. Though the up ramps and down ramps have been constructed on both sides of the bridge, construction on the railway land is yet to be completed.

The much-hyped 933.162-metre-long Lakkar Bridge project has been hanging fire since 1997. It is a clear reflection of the sad state of affairs in the state government as well as the Railways that even after 15 years a civic project, which was aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the city, remains incomplete. Ironically, even the cost of the project has escalated from Rs 13 crore to Rs 58 crore now.

Indoor Stadium

It was claimed that the first phase of the Indoor Stadium being constructed on the Pakhowal Road would be completed by August, but work on the project, launched in 2004, still goes on. The construction of the stadium on a piece of land (playground of a government school) started in 2004 when senior IAS officer Sukhbir Singh Sandhu was posted here as MC Commissioner. At that time its cost was pegged at Rs 16 crore. Construction was stalled in 2007, and resumed in May, 2010. The delay in the completion of the project has raised its estimated cost from Rs 16 crore to Rs 25.89 crore.

Sidhwan Canal Expressway

The foundation stone for the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project was laid in 2009. The Rs 328.16-crore four-lane expressway of more than 26.9 km will have a carriageway on either side to provide a bypass for traffic going towards Ferozepur.

The project has a total of nine bridges, including five canal bridges, two rail over bridges and two flyovers. Earlier, this project was to be completed by October, 2012, and now the deadline of the project has been pushed further to March, 2013.

Low-floor non-AC buses

Similarly, another lot of 30 low-floor non-AC buses was to reach the city before the end of 2012. A few days back, it was claimed that of these 30 buses, 11 buses would reach the city before December 31. But, the buses are still parked in the regional sales office of the Tata company, near Chandigarh.


Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria claims that the completion of the ongoing development projects is among his priorities. "The Lakkar Bridge project got delayed due to the delay on the part of the Railways while the remaining projects would be completed soon," claimed Gohalwaria.


2 cousins killed in accident at Kohara
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
Two cousins, who were riding a scooter, were killed in a head-on collision with a car near Kohara here today. The victims, who have been identified as Harvinder Singh (22) and Jagdeep Singh (8), both maternal cousins, were going to Heeran village on the Chandigarh road.

According to an eyewitness, the accident took place in the afternoon when the driver of a Hyundai I-20 car lost control over the vehicle and rammed into the scooter.

Both Harvinder and Jagdeep died instantly.

A couple, who were travelling by the car, escaped with minor injuries.

The police has registered a case under section 304-A of the IPC for reckless driving causing death against the car driver.

The accident led to a traffic jam on the road.



Fog: No respite from train delays
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 30
With the inclement weather showing no improvement in the region, most trains continue to be off the track. There seems to be no respite for travellers as most of the long-route trains are running late by several hours.

Harried passengers, who are forced to wait at the railway station in the biting cold, often engage in arguments with the railway employees deployed at the enquiry counter.

According to the information provided by the railway officials (updated till 5.30pm), the 12331 Himgiri Express was running late by 17.15 hours, 12919 Malwa Express by 4.40 hrs, 15209 Jansewa Express by 11 hours, 13049 Howrah-Amritsar Express by 3.30 hours, 13005 Howrah-Amritsar Mail by 8.05 hours, 19027 Mumbai-Jammu Tawi Express by 2.30 hours, 14037 Delhi-Pathankot Express by 2.15 hours, 15211 Jannayak Express by 6.20 hours, 14673 Shaheed Express by 2.15 hours and the Amritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express by 7.25 hours.

Among other trains running behind schedule by up to 1hour 30 minutes were the 12920 Jammu-Indore Malwa Express, 14674 Shaheed Express and the 12498 Amritsar-New Delhi Shane-Punjab Express.



Delhi’s shame
Residents unite over social media; express concern about women safety
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
Coming together through a Facebook group, “Ludhiana Cares”, the members held a meeting and felt that women in Ludhiana deserve safer streets and a secure society. A meeting was organised by several NGOs and individuals who are also memeber of this group to discuss their views on the Delhi gang rape case and safety of women in Ludhiana.

The group said, “Since women in Ludhiana are actively involved in all spheres of social and professional life, they need to be provided with the full support of the administration and society on whole. Any marginalisation on the basis of gender will be considered as an outdated viewpoint and will be discouraged.”

It was strongly felt that the VIP security must be considerably reduced in order to free police personnel for the security of Ludhiana residents.

Harpreet Soin, chairperson, Women's Forum, said: “Ludhiana Cares is a forum for all the like-minded people who feel that the city has limitless potential but is slowly degenerating into an unsafe and inhabitable place. The group feels that by getting together; we can take charge of issues of the city by and large and bring a change in the society.”


  • Installation of surveillance cameras at identified spots, parks, parking lots and food joints
  • Installation, maintenance and upgradation of the basic infrastructure such as streetlights in parks, street corners and other secluded areas
  • District police women cell to have at least one helpline number for women, operational at all times
  • Promotion of helpline numbers in popular public locations must be done consistently
  • Ban on all public/ private conveyance (buses, vans, tempos, cars) with dark glasses and curtains
  • Help of psychiatrists should be sought for such cases



Watch your steps on city roads
Potholes dot roads, local civic body indifferent towards problem
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
City residents will be forced to celebrate New Year with a bumpy ride as several roads in city are full of potholes due to the callous attitude of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

Last month, the MC had uprooted several trees located in the middle of roads or those which were posing threat to motorists, but till date, the roads have not been repaired, which are slowly turning into death traps as the size of the potholes is increasing with each passing day.

At a spot opposite Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari's house on Pakhowal road, a tree was uprooted by the MC. Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials despite the orders of Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria have not repaired the road till date.

Several ditches and potholes are a common sight on several parts of the city, besides in some parts, garbage bins and iron bins are also lying in the middle or along the dividers, posing danger to the lives of motorists.

Despite the fact that many people have already fallen victim to such deathtraps yet the civic body has not paid any heed to the safety of residents.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said he had already issued orders that all such spots should be repaired as soon as possible by the Bridges and Roads (B&R) branch of the MC.

“If such spots have not been repaired, I will again ask the MC officials to repair them on a priority basis because the safety of city residents is my utmost responsibility," said the mayor.



From colleges
Annual training camp

A 10-day combined annual training camp under the command of Col Ashwani Kumar culminated today at Government College for Girls with a cultural programme. The aim of the camp was to inculcate qualities of leadership, self confidence and discipline among the NCC cadets. In the programme, cadets form various institutions showed their talent on stage. Col Pradeep Kumar, Deputyy Commander, NCC, Gp Hq, Ludhiana, graced the occasion with his presence as chief guest. Associate NCC officer Capt Narinderjeet Kaur on the concluding day read the camp report in which she presented the details of the 10-day activities in which cadets participated. The cadets who excelled in different competitions were awarded with medals by chief guest. He appreciated the efforts put by whole team of CATC-75 under the command of camp commandant.

Alumni meet

The Alumni Association of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, organised the annual alumni meet here today. The event witnessed a huge crowd of pass out GGNIMTians, who got together once again after one year. The event was initiated with a warm welcome followed by a grand cultural evening. The musical performance by Harjeet Harman was the star attraction of the day. The gathering danced enthusiastically on his foot tapping numbers. The ex-students came forward and expressed how the institute played a significant role in taking them to their current positions. They articulated the need for such get togethers to break the monotony of their busy schedules and to relive the wonderful college days once again.

Grant released

Sukhdev Singh Libra (Member of Parliament) today released a grant of Rs 1.80 Lakh out of the sanctioned grant of Rs 3 Lakh to AS College, Khanna, for the construction of new seminar hall. Principal Dr RS Jhanji; president Ashok Sharma; vice-president Dharam Pal Angrish; general secretary and staff members of the college were present on the occasion. President of the management committee Ashok Sharma expressed gratitude to Sukhdev Singh Libra for his support for development.

NSS camp organised

An NSS camp was concluded at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women on December 28. On the concluding day of camp, a motivation session was held by Sarabjit Kaur. A movie "Discover yourself and lead a peaceful life" was also shown to the NSS volunteers. A Valedictory function was held in which NSS volunteers presented various cultural items like Dance, Skit and Giddha. The prizes were distributed among the students for their performance during the camp.

Ramgarhia Girls College

An NSS camp was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, from December 23 to 29. As many as 160 students participated in this camp under the supervision of Dr Swarn Kaur Grewal, Prof Kanchan Mahendru and Prof Jasmeet Kaur. A number of projects, including adult education, first-aid, civil defence, personal hygiene, slum area, aids awareness, embroidery, painting and gardening were undertaken. A medical camp was organised during the camp.

Government College for Girls, LudhianaaOn the sixth day of the NSS camp organised by Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, began with slogan “Remove Child Labour, Save County”. Silence for two minutes was also kept for the victims of gang rape. A rally was organised on the social evils like child labour, female foeticide, drugs, women safety, illiteracy and environment pollution.



From schools
Annual day

Whizkidz celebrated its annual day today. More than 60 students of different age groups participated in the programme. The main attraction of the show was a play that highlighted the parental pressure on kids. Giddha and bhangra were also presented by the students on the occasion. Chief guest Kirti Sharma along with principal Dimple Verma gave away the trophies and medals to the participants.

Craft exhibition

A craft and model exhibition was organised at GRD Academy. Chairman Raja Singh and director Wg Cdr JS Bhalla were present at the exhibition to motivate the students.

Working models related to physics, chemistry, biology, English, Hindi, maths, sports, environment and pollution were exhibited by the students. The centre of attraction was the kindergarten craft exhibition, where the exhibits made by the tiny tots were displayed.

‘Healthy Tiffin’ competition

To inculcate healthy eating habits in the students, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a "Healthy Tiffin" competition for the students of nursery to class II. A salad-making competition was also organised for classes III to XI. On the occasion, the students were told about the importance of balanced diet. Shabad Sharma (KG) bagged the first prize in "Healthy Tiffin" competition, while Parul (Cass IV), Meghna (Class VIII) and Aditi (Class XI) were declared first in the "Salad-Making" competition. Principal Bandana Sethi gave away the prizes to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, she said, "Salad helps in preventing chronic diseases such as cancer and also keeps your weight down." Dr Mohan Lal Sharma has taken over the charge of DAV Public School, Pakhowal road, as the new principal.

Healthy baby show

A “Healthy Baby Show” was organised by Ryan International School. The event was judged by Neeta James. The children were judged on various parameters like hair and overall health. Headmistress of the school Ritu Syal said under the guidance of their mentor Dr Augustine F. Pinto, such activities promote healthy living and healthy habits among children.

New Year celebrations

A class presentation of nursery marked the Christmas and New Year celebrations at Apple Tree Pre-School. The school wore a festive look and was decorated with Christmas tree, bells, balloons and colourful buntings. The class presentation began with a prayer and was followed by a group enactment of a nursery song.



Justice delivery gained speed
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 30
The justice delivery system has witnessed a remarkable improvement this year, ensuring speedy disposition of cases. The judiciary has initiated several concrete steps to improve its functioning and make the system more transparent.

Rise in disposal of cases

In 2012, the number of cases disposed was higher than the cases filed. In all 48,152 cases were disposed of by the local courts, whereas 40,688 cases were instituted this year. Uptil November 20, 82,153 cases were pending in the local courts. In the appellate courts, 15,802 cases were filed, while 15,522 cases were decided. In the subordinate courts, 32,630 cases were decided, which was much more than the number of cases filed that stood at 24,886. This includes decisions made in 844 civil appeals, 1,644 matrimonial cases, 183 rent appeals, 470 motor accident claim cases, 89 murder cases, 487 cases under the NDPS Act and 763 criminal appeals. Subordinate courts decided 8,643 civil cases, 1,139 landlord-tenant dispute cases, 394 guardian cases and 5,616 criminal cases.

13 new courts set up

In order to provide speedy justice, around 13 new courts were set up in Ludhiana. The strength of working courts has risen up to 55, which is the highest number of courts anywhere in the state.

16 legal aid clinics opened

Sixteen legal aid clinics were set up in different villages, colleges as well at the local central jail to provide first-hand legal information and guidance for availing free legal services from Legal Services Authority. Para legal volunteers and lawyers man these clinics.

Judicial Service Centre inaugurated

Judicial Service Centre was inaugurated in the middle of this year. All cases pertaining to jurisdiction of lower courts and sessions courts are filed here. Computerised records are being maintained here after allocating different numbers to the cases.

20,000 files consigned to record room

It was a remarkable achievement for the judiciary that around 20,000 files of cases that were decided years back were consigned to the record room, resulting in the disposal of 7,200 pending applications with the copying agency. These applications were pending since 2010. The move became possible due to the strenuous efforts of Sessions Judge G S Matharoo, who joined here on April 1, this year. He was constantly getting complaints from the District Bar Association that the litigants were not being provided certified copies of judgments or orders. Matharoo cancelled the summer vacations of all the judicial employees to quicken the process.

Judicial employees faced the heat

Following the directions of the Sessions Judge, criminal cases were registered against three delinquent judicial employees, who failed to deposit the files of decided cases in the record room. One judicial employee was retired compulsorily. A clear message was given to the employees that either they should work with dedication and efficiency; otherwise, there would be no place for them within the system.

Seminars in villages to create legal awareness

As part of a new experiment, the State Legal Services Authority launched a massive campaign for creating legal awareness among villagers. The newly appointed secretary of the authority KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate, organised around 50 such seminars. The people were made aware about their legal rights as well as duties.

Youth sensitised about social evils

Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court AK Sikri presided over the state-level youth festival in November, 2012. More than 5,000 students from various colleges participated in these youth festivals held in all districts. This was for the first time that the Legal Services Authority took an initiative to directly interact with the college students to motivate them to play a constructive role in the society. During the youth festival, students discussed various topics including drug menace, corruption, ragging, legal literacy as an instrument of social change, rights of women and children, environment protection and fundamental rights

Mega lok adalat settled claims worth ~50 crore

As many as 22,357 cases, involving claims amounting to around Rs 50 crores, were settled during a mega lok adalat held in Decemeber, 2012, at the district court complex.

Permanent lok adalat disappointed people

The permanent lok adalat established in order to provide speedy justice, disappointed the people this year. There was no regular chairman at the helm of affairs and the two posts of members also remained vacant.



More feathers in cap for veterinary varsity
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The year 2012 proved to be another good year for Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

  • The veterinary varsity got accredited by UGC and accreditation by the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) is under process.
  • The first batch of students of the College of Dairy Science and Technology and the College of Fisheries passed out during the year.
  • The university admitted a total of 279 students in different streams, including Diploma in Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.
  • MTech in Dairy Technology was started to meet the human resource needs.
  • Three faculty members of the university attended six months of foreign training.
  • An international symposium on 'One Health: Way Forward to Challenges in Food Safety and Zoonoses in 21st Century' was organised.

Rs 500 lakh granted for research

ICAR awarded Rs 500 lakh to the university for a Major Research Project on animal disease registry and tissue bank. Two experiential learning units, one in dairy and another in medicine, were awarded to the university at a total cost of Rs 194 lakh. In addition, 21 competitive research grants were earned from various agencies. Many of these research grants were won by the young faculty at the university.

Fish processing technology with no wastage developed

Zero wastage fish processing technology for efficient utilisation of edible fish meat and processing of waste was developed with 100 per cent higher net profit. A fish disease diagnostic lab was also established for diagnosis and treatment of diseases of culturable fishes. Culturing, breeding and seed production of high value catfish, heteropneustes fossilis (singhi), was carried out successfully.

Value-added products introduced

New value-added milk products such as yog ice-cream, low-calorie mitha dahi and peda; meat-based products such as low-salt ham slices and buffalo meat nuggets; and fish products such as cutlets, nuggets, balls and fingers were developed. Efforts are being made to transfer these technologies to the industry.

Farmer and animal husbandary fairs

The university registered its growth not only in academics and research, but also in extension, especially demonstration and dissemination of technologies to livestock and fish farmers. GADVASU organised pashu palan melas, regional kisan melas and 27 training programmes. An information centre to attend to the queries of farmers from different districts of Punjab was set up.

Financial benefits

All financial benefits sanctioned by the state government, including ADA installments and revision of pay scales, were granted to the faculty and employees. The university succeeded in getting the non-plan budget enhanced from Rs 40.50 crore to Rs 54 crore for 2012-13.



Poultry training programme

The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, organised a two-week poultry training programme. Dr Harish Kumar Verma, HOD, said as many as 70 participants, including two women, from different parts of the state participated in the training programme. A complete capsule training programme on poultry was provided to the trainees on all aspects starting from selection of land, procurement of feeding, management of poultry birds, schedule of vaccination, handling of eggs, marketing of poultry birds, including preparation of project report and loan facilities. A field visit to the farm of a progressive farmer was also organised. Dr RS Sahota, director of extension education, was the chief guest at the concluding function. He said, “Poultry farming is an excellent field for employment as well as for meeting the protein needs of the people.” He said like other functional farmers' associations, poultry farmers can also form an association with the help of the university, which can be useful for the growth of poultry farming in the state.

Knowledge upgrade programme

The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), organised the 9th Knowledge Upgradation Programme for Dairy Farmers of Uttar Pradesh from December 24 to 28. Dr SPS Sangha, dean, College of Dairy Science and Technology, GADVASU, was chief guest on the occasion. He said, “Through the adoption of scientific and recommended practices it is very easy to increase the milk productivity of the animals.” On the occasion, Srinivasa Sastry, customer relations manager, Indian Immunologicals, revealed that the company is trying its best to upgrade the scientific knowledge of the dairy farmers of the country and for that the company has shortlisted the farmers and other technical officers from the country and they are being trained at GADVASU.



Villagers protest against power corporation
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, December 30
Irked over the failure of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited officials in rectifying an electricity transformer for around two weeks, a large number of residents of Rasoolpur village staged a protest against the authorities of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.

The protesting villagers also raised slogans against the officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.

According to protesting residents, the transformer supplying the electricity to houses in villages had broken down about fifteen days back as a result of which the residents had been facing a tough time. The villagers said the water supply has also been affected due to power snag.

The protesters claimed that they had informed the authorities concerned of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited about the problem many times but the authorities till date have done nothing concrete to solve the problem being faced by them.

"We also took up this issue with the authorities several times. Though the authorities assured us of rectifying the transformer but nothing has been done in this regard so far. If our demand is not met in coming some days, we will gherao the offices of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited,” said Avtar Singh Tari, general secretary, Pendu Mazdoor Union, while addressing the protestors.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited SDO Raikot Paramjit Singh Roomi said, “He is aware of the problem being faced by the villagers. I have already issued instructions to the linemen to rectify the problem in the transformer as soon as possible. The electricity supply would be resumed soon.”



Education Dept to conduct health survey in govt schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 30
Education department will conduct survey to identify physically weak students in government school for their treatment. Health department will conduct a medical check-up half yearly and categorise the students under Body Mass Index (BMI).

Director General of School Education (DGSE) Kahan Singh Pannu issued a circular to identify such students, who have less body mass than required.

“It is observed that most of the students who have less body mass are usually suffering from some kind of chronic disease. They need extra care from the teachers and school administration because a healthy student can prove good in study. However, students are getting food under mid-day meal scheme in government school but such students need more care. School authorities and teachers have take care about their diet so that they can grow equally as other children. If they find out that a student has been suffering from any chronic disease, they are required to consult with doctors of health department,” said Kahan Singh Panu, DGSE.

According to statistics, per cent students of government school across the state were reported under less body mass.

"School teachers and principals can play a key role in improving the health of students. I hope that teachers will make an effort for this noble cause,” said DGSE.



New year’s eve police tightens security
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The Ludhiana police has strengthened the security arrangements across the city on the New Year eve. The Police Commissioner has also imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the city to mantain law and order. Heavy police posse will be present at Sarabha Nagar, Mall Road, Ghumar Mandi, Ferozepur road and Malhar road to keep a tab on anti-social elements.

"Revelers consume liquor and then create ruckus and also indulge in incidents of road rage. Police personnel will remain on their toes to keep a tab on such people. We are not against celebrations, but parties should not cause trouble to others," said Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh.

Check posts will also be laid at various hotspots on the New Year eve. Meanwhile ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur said eve-teasers and hooligans will be sternly dealt with and no one would be allowed to create ruckus on the New Year eve. Policewomen would also be deployed in different parts of the city to ensure safety of women. The area, considered to be a party destination, witnesses chaos on the New Year eve.



Shahi Imam condemns Delhi rape incident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 30
The grief and anger against the Delhi rape incident continued on Sunday as well. Activists of the Youth Akali Dal burned effigy at Hazuri Baag Colony here today. Agitators led by Youth Akali Dal leader Yuvraj Malhotra demanded capital punishment for the accused of Delhi rape.

“Government should make proper arrangements for the security of women in the country. Law against such acts should be stricter,” said Yuvraj Malhotra. Meanwhile, Maulana Habiab-Ur-Rahman Sani, Shahi-Imam Jama Masjid, Ludhiana, also condemned the inhuman act of rape. Shahi-Imam also demanded strict punishment for the rapists.

Lok Gayak Kala Manch also held a protest rally and paid condolence to the Delhi rape victim. Hakam Bakhtari, president, Lok Gayak Kala Manch, said: “Not only in the case of Dhamni, justice should be given to all the rape victims.”



4 booked for kidnapping girl

Ludhiana, December 30
The police has booked four youngsters for abducting an 18-year-old girl from Azad Nagar, Bahadurke road, in the Jodhewal Basti area. The girl, who has been identified as Suman of Azad Nagar, Bahadurke road, was abducted on December 25.

When asked why a case has been registered four days later, Balwinder Singh, SHO, Jodhewal Police Station, said the police had received a complaint last evening and the case was registered immediately. A search to nab the accused has been launched.

According to Mohmmad Naim, the victim’s father, the incident took place around 7pm when her daughter was returning home. He, along with his relatives, kept searching for Suman, but they failed to locate her.

On December 27, Naim received a phone call. “It was Suman on the other side. She told me that while she was returning home from work three youngsters, with their face covered, pushed her into an auto-rickshaw and took her to an undisclosed location. She told me that she was kept in a dingy room and she somehow managed to make a call,” stated Naim in his complaint lodged with the police.

On the next day, Naim received another call at midnight. A woman told him that his daughter was safe and with her. She further warned Naim not to harass her brother Sonu. “We have procured the phone details and both the calls were been made from Uttar Pradesh (UP),” the SHO said. The police has booked Sonu and his three accomplices for kidnapping the girl. — TNS



Woman booked for confining daughter-in-law
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The police has booked a 55-year-old woman for confining her daughter-in-law and grandson. The woman, identified as, Sushma Jain, was booked under Section 342 of the IPC for wrong confinement following the complaint of Gunjan Jain. The accused an complainant reside in Surya Vehar near Raghunath Enclave.

The complainant said she had a dispute with her in-laws and the matter was being investigated by ADCP-I Nilambari Vijay Jagdale.

Gunjan said the official on friday had summoned her and her mother- in-law Sushma. But Sushma locked Gunjan and her son inside the house and went to the office of ADCP-I. Sushma marked her attendance and feigned ignorance about Gunjan's whereabouts.

Gunjan reportedly contacted the official and narrated the entire incident. Without wasting time, the ADCP sent policemen to check the authenticity of Gunjan's claims. Gunjan was found locked inside the house. Sushma was arrested and released on bail later.



Man booked for raping fiancee

Ludhiana, December 30
The city police has booked a doctor for duping and raping his fiancee, a medical student. The victim, in her complaint, stated that she got engaged to Doctor Kawar Samrat, a resident of Samana in Patiala, in May this year.

On October 10, Kawar allegedly called her to a hotel in Daad village on the pretext of helping her in filling the form for MSc admission. There he established physical relationship with her against her wish, she alleged. She said after some time the accused started blackmailing her and ultimately broke the marriage. — TNS



senior national basketball championship
Cagers honoured at opening ceremony
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, December 30
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) honoured players who enabled the Indian basketball contingents (men and women) to win gold medals in the inaugural edition of the South Asian Beach Games held at Hambantota in Sri Lanka last year. The BFI also felicitated the women cagers who brought fame to the country clinching top honours in the third Asian Beach Games conducted at Haiyang in China early this year.

Besides, coaches of the teams along with referees who made the nation proud in various international tournaments were also honoured.

The occasion was the opening ceremony of the 63rd IMG-Reliance Senior National Basketball Championship being held at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Padma Shri awardee and former Mr Universe Prem Chand Degra honoured the cagers, coaches and referees. Roopam Sharma and Rajdeep Singh Gill, CEO and president, respectively, of the BFI, MF Farooqui, DIG, Ludhiana police range and chairman, organising committee of the championship, were present there.

The players, who represented India at Hambantota, include Jagdeep Singh, Talwinderjit Singh, both from Punjab, Vishesh Raghuvanshi, Geethu Anna Jose and Anitha Paul Durai from the Railways, Yadwinder Singh from Uttarakhand, and Raspreet Sidhu and Prashanti Singh, both from Delhi. All of them along with their coach, Rajinder Singh, were given a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

The Indian women's team of Geethu Anna Jose, Anitha Paul Durai and Kiranjit Kaur, all from the Railways, and Shireen Vijay Limaye of Maharashtra bagged a gold medal in China. They, along with coach Prem Kumar, pocketed a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each.

In addition, five referees who accompanied the teams to international basketball meets were handed over cash prize money of Rs 30,000 each. They included Snehel Bendke (Maharashtra), D Ramesh Kumar and Michael Vino (Tamil Nadu), G Verghese (Kerala) and Atanu Banerjee (West Bengal).



City hosted Kabaddi World Cup final; India won
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The final match and the closing ceremony of the 3rd Kabaddi World Cup held at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on December 15. India continued to dominate in the sport by lifting the trophy in both men’s and women’s categories.

New canopies

The Sports Department got new canopies installed on the A and B blocks of the stadium, but the Punjab Mandi Board failed to install canopies on the F block.

School games

  • Inter-District Primary School Games held at Guru Nanak Stadium on October 20. Schoolchildren from across the state marched barefoot on the synthetic track during the opening ceremony of the event. Besides, most of the players came to participate without sports kits.
  • 57th National School Athletics Meet held at Guru Nanak Stadium on January 18. Students of government schools were ferried in overcrowded tempos to the opening ceremony.
  • 58th National School Games held at Punjab Agricultural University from December 18 to 23. Players across India participated in the under-19 hockey, kabaddi, kick boxing and hand ball events. Circle style kabaddi was introduced for the first time. Players suffered due to mismanagement on the part of the host — Education Department, Punjab.



Cricket tournament
Ranson Coaching Centre lift trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 30
Ranson Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, defeated BBS XI, Moga, by 14 runs to win Sanjeev Kaushik Memorial Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14) which concluded at Khalsa College for Women here yesterday.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Ranson Coaching Centre scored 82 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 16 overs. The main contributors were Chattarpal Singh and Tanroop Saini who made 18 and 17 runs respectively.

For BBS XI, Pardeep and Sonu grabbed two wickets each after conceding 15 and 24 runs respectively.

In reply, BBS XI could muster only 68 runs, with only one batsman, Gurinder, reaching a double figure (17).

For the winning side, Karan scalped two victims for just four runs, while Tanroop Saini chipped in with two wickets for 17 runs.

Harpreet Singh of Saraswati Modern School was declared the best batsman while Tanroop Saini was named the best bowler. Keshav Pandit emerged as the best all-rounder.



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