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contempt of court plea
HC puts civic body on notice
4,506 encroachments yet to be removed despite court orders
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
The Council of RTI Activists, an NGO, has filed a contempt of court petition against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for not removing permanent encroachments from the city. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the MC for March 2.

The petition was filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Rakesh Kumar Verma, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and others for violating the directions of the High Court issued earlier.

Petitioner Rohit Sabharwal said the High Court had in 2009 directed the MC that "left-out encroachments, in all circumstances, shall be removed within six months…."

It is learnt that there are 4,506 permanent encroachments in areas under the jurisdiction of the MC in the city.

"Violating" the MC orders, the MC authorities have removed only 32 encroachments and 4,506 encroachments are still intact.

Rohit Sabharwal had filed an RTI application on July 12, 2012, seeking information regarding the total number of permanent encroachments in areas under the jurisdiction of the MC.

"According to the reply received from the Assistant Town Planner, in Zone-A, there were 2,152 encroachments, in Zone-B, there were 1,029 encroachments, in Zone-C, there were 256 permanent encroachments and in Zone-D, there were 1,069 encroachments,” said Sabharwal.

Sabharwal said according to a reply received from the ATP of Zone-A, from January 17, 2012, till date no permanent encroachments had been removed.

No survey was conducted regarding buildings which had come up again after being demolished. In Zone-B, no encroachments had been removed during the past six months, while in Zone-C, on July 25, 2012, 29 encroachments were removed. In Zone-D, only three encroachments had been removed, ,” said Sabharwal.

The contempt petition was heard by the High Court on January 14. The next date of hearing has been fixed for March 2. The court has issued notices to MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma and Municipal Town Planner Raj Kumar.


dsp murder case
Court frames charges against accused
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, January 15
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh today framed charges against all accused arrested in the infamous DSP Balraj Gill and Monika Kapila muder case.

The court fixed January 29 as the next date of hearing. It directed the prosecution to start examining the prosecution witnesses from the next date of hearing.

All six accused, Harminder Singh, alias Binder, Pritpal Singh, alias Ladoo and Umesh Karda, residents of Talwara village, and their accomplices Ravinder Singh, Hussanjit and Davinder Pal Singh Laddi have been charged with committing the brutal murder of the duo. They have also been charged with destroying evidence to hide the crime.

Special Public Prosecutor Sukhchain Singh said charges had been framed against all accused under Sections 302, 404, 379, 465, 468, 471, 474 and 120-B of the IPC.

DSP Gill and his friend Monica Kapila were found murdered at a farmhouse in the Golf Link area near Hambran Road on Feburary 1 last year.

On June 15, 2012, the local police had filed a chargesheet containing 374 pages against the six persons arrested on chagres of killing Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill (46) and Monica Kapila (38) on Feburary 1 in Ludhiana. There were around 70 witnesses cited by the prosecution.

In its chargesheet, the police has heavily relied upon extra judicial confessions, the footprint report, the fingerprint report and the mobile tower location report to connect the accused persons with the commission of offence, apart from oral circumstantial evidence of witnesses. The DNA report of the accused’s hair is still awaited.

The farmhouse belonged to a friend of the DSP, where the duo met with the tragedy.

The accused used to loot lovebirds in the Golf link area at night. DSP Gill and Monica became victims of the accused's greed.

At the time of the incident, the DSP was not carrying his service revolver and gunmen were also not accompanying him as he had concealed his identity from Monica.

Besides questioning over 2,000 youths living in Hambran and the surrounding areas, the police had grilled the owner of the farmhouse and an officer of the Assistant Commissioner of Police level for not sounding an alert on time.

The case was cracked by the police on April 5 last year with the arrest of three prime accused.



LPG cylinder explodes as cold storage catches fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
An LPG cylinder exploded after an old cold storage located near Chand Cinema caught fire in the wee hours of today. It took fire brigade officials more than four hours to douse the flames.

Fire brigade officials said the fire had broken in the cold storage around midnight, but the fire brigade was informed at 4.33 am. With the help fire engines, the officials managed to douse the flames by 8 am.

The officials suspect that the fire at Satluj Cold Store may have been triggered by a lighted ‘beedi’ thrown by someone as there was straw around or a firecracker may have landed there.

A firefighter, Navrang Singh, had a providential escape as timely intervention by his colleagues saved him from falling from a height of 20 ft.

It is learnt that as the firefighters were trying to douse the flames, a commercial LPG cylinder lying inside the cold storage exploded.

A fire dozer was also sent to the spot. A fire dozer can store water equivalent to four fire tenders.

Subodh Kumar, owner of Satluj Cold Store, said fortunately there was no loss of life. “It’s was an old cold storage and we were already in the process of demolishing it. Husk was lying scattered in the cold storage, due to which the fire spread. A lighted beedi or a firecracker may have led to the fire incident,” he said. 



Man's body found hanging from tree
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Panic gripped Model Town Extension and the surrounding area after the body of a man was found hanging from a tree near a Krishna temple here today.

The incident came to light at 9.30 am when a resident of the area saw the body and informed the police.

According to Surjit Singh Nagra, in charge of the bus stand police post, the man, who appeared to be a migrant in his thirties, is yet to be identified.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the man may have committed suicide last night. A cloth was used for hanging. The police has not ruled out other angles. There is a possibility that the man may have been gagged to death and his body hanged from a tree to make it appear like a suicide to hoodwink the police.

The police took the body to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem examination. Nagra said they were waiting for the postmortem report.



Double whammy for rape victim
Lost mental balance after her son went missing from bus
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
A fresh revelation in the incident in which a resident of Tibba Road was booked on a charge of raping a mentally-challenged woman has left the police shocked.

It has come to light that it was a double whammy for the woman. According to the police, the rape victim was normal like any other woman till a few days ago.

A resident of Bhugga village in Hoshiarpur, she suffered a "stroke of madness" after her child went missing while she was travelling back to Hoshiarpur on a bus after attending a wedding at Phagwara.

The story unfolded today when relatives of the rape victim visited the Division No. 7 police station. The Phagwara police was searching for the mother-son duo for the past four days. It was being suspected that the mother was raped and the child killed.

The rape victim had left the house on January 6 along with her two-and- a-half-year-old son to attend a wedding.

After attending the wedding on January 9, she incidentally caught a wrong bus and reached Ludhiana instead of Phagwara. She does not know how and where she lost her child.

For nearly three days, she kept wandering on the streets of Tibba Road and the surrounding area searching for her son in tattered clothes.

On January 12, Taranjit Singh, who lives in the EWS Colony after being deserted by his wife, took advantage of the woman in distress and allegedly raped her.

The rape victim was married nearly 15 years ago. Her husband sells vegetables for a living.

One of the victim's relatives said Manpreet Singh, the boy who went missing, was born after three daughters.

Today, the Phagwara police got information about the missing woman and informed the family members.

For the past two days, the woman was kept at the Division No. 7 police station and was provided home-cooked food by the police.

Yesterday, the Nari Nikatan authorities in Jalandhar had refused to admit the woman, citing her mental condition.

The investigating officer said the Nari Nikatan authorities expressed concern over the woman's mental condition and suggested that she should be sent to a healthcare centre.

Fortunately, her relatives arrived today. The police has launched a hunt to find the missing boy.



Drug peddler arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
The city police has arrested a drug peddler and seized 25 kg of poppy husk from him.

The accused, Vikram Singh, alias Bikka, of Dhandra village was arrested from the Basant Avenue area here this morning.

He was travelling by a car when he was stopped for checking at a police naka in the Basant Avenue area. The police found a sack full of poppy husk. Vikram tried to run away, but he was overpowered. The accused has been booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Amandeep Brar, SHO, Sadar, said the police was trying to find out from where Vikram brought the drugs and where he was to deliver the countraband.



Major reshuffle in Ludhiana MC
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Hours after an IAS couple, Dr Sumit Jarangal and Isha Kalia, assumed charge, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had a major reshuffle of senior posts today. While Dr Sumit will now be the Zonal Commissioner of Zone D, Isha will be the Zonal Commissioner of Zone A.

Ajay Sood, a PCS officer, who was earlier posted as the Zonal Commissioner Zone D-cum-SDM, will now be the Zonal Commissioner of Zone C. PS Ghuman remains the Zonal Commissioner of Zone B.

Both Dr Sumit Jarangal and Isha Kalia were transferred to the city last week.

Besides being the Zonal Commissioner of Zone A, Dr Sumit will head the Bridges and Roads, Operations and Maintenance, Horticulture, Street Lights, Projects and some other departments of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

Isha Kalia will be heading the building branch, Advertising, Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd, Computerisation and some other departments of the civic body.

Joint Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon, who was earlier the Zonal Commissioner of Zone C, will now be the overall in charge of the health and sanitation branch. Kamlesh Bansal, who was earlier posted as the Zonal Commissioner of Zone A, will continue to work as the Additional Commissioner (Technical) of the Operations and Maintenance Wing.

Rakesh Kumar Verma, MC Commissioner, said both the officers joined the MC today and they would be taking formal charge of their offices tomorrow. “I expect that both of them would contribute to the overall development of the city,” said Verma.

MC has three IAS officers
The recent posting of a 2009-batch IAS couple, Dr Sumit Jarangal and Isha Kalia, in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will take up the tally of IAS officers in the MC to three. It will be after almost a decade that three IAS officers would be posted in the MC at the same time. While Isha has served in the district earlier, it would be Dr Sumit Jarangal's first posting in Ludhiana. Isha Kalia was earlier posted as the SDM, Jagraon and Payal, in the district. Prior to this posting, Isha was posted as the SDM-II in Jalandhar and Dr Sumit was posted as the SDM, Nakodar. While Isha hails from Karnal, Dr Sumit is from Jammu and Kashmir.



illegal colonies
Delay in announcement of new policy benefits developers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 15
The state government has not been able to come out with its promised new policy for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, which have been proliferating in every nook and corner of Punjab. While thousands of developers of the existing unauthorised colonies have been waiting for the policy to get their unlicensed colonies compounded and regularised, many other unscrupulous developers do not hesitate from carrying out internal development in recently carved out colonies or taking up reconstruction of demolished structures.

Officials of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) admit, though candidly, the regulatory and enforcement measures against the existing colonies have virtually been put on the hold for the time being.

"We do take notice of any attempt to carve out a new colony without obtaining a licence under the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act. In some cases the demolition of internal structures was carried out recently. We are committed not to allowing any more unregulated development," the officials said.

However, when it comes to acting against hundreds of other unauthorised colonies in the mega city, the GLADA regulatory mechanism is found wanting. An official, requesting anonymity, said a body of the property developers has arrived at some understanding with the senior government functionaries which stands in the way of taking a penal action against the existing unauthorised colonies.

In an exhaustive fresh survey conducted by GLADA to identify the existing unlicensed colonies, the count stood at 979, which also included a few colonies in Khanna, Moga, Phillaur and Ferozepur, which are under the purview of GLADA.

The delay in the announcement of the new policy for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, feel several developers, is proving counter-productive. "While the government is losing revenue on account of external development charges and licence fee, the developers are facing a worst kind of crisis as their investment has got stuck. There are no buyers of residential and commercial properties," said Gulshan Kumar, CMD, GK Group.

He said the real estate sector had high hopes from the government. Had the new policy for the regularisation of unlicenced colonies been announced as promised by the government on several occasions, it would have given a new lease of life to the crisis-ridden real estate market.



attack on advocate
Lawyers threaten strike
Tribune reporters

Ludhiana, January 15
The District Bar Association today resolved to go on strike if all the persons involved in an assault on a local lawyer were not arrested soon. The attackers also snatched Rs 10,000 from him.

A delegation, led by DBA president Jagmohan Singh Warraich, its former president Naval Kishore Chibber, Gurjinder Sahni, Harinder Narang, Manveer Gill, Gagandeep Saini today met the Commissioner of Police and expressed their concern about the dealy in the arrest of the accused.

Judicial Magistrate Kiran Jyoti remanded one of accused, Ravi Bali of Gopal Nagar, in police custody for one day.

The lawyer, Gurinder Pal Singh and his relative Harshbir Singh were reportedly attacked by miscreants.

More trouble for youth leader

A day after being booked for allegedly manhandling and snatching Rs 10,000 from an advocate, Ravi Bali, president of the Mahatma Rawan Youth Federation, had more trouble after he was booked by the Haibowal police in a land grab case.

The case was registered on a complaint of a Sangrur resident, Kimti Rai. According to the complainant, Bali and his aide Satish Kumar prepared fake documents in order to encroach upon a piece of land.

Ravi Bali, who was arrested in a snatching case yesterday, was produced before the court and sent to police remand.

The Haibowal police would question the accused tomorrow in connection with the land grab case.

On January 11, when Ravi Bali, along with his supporters, was staging a protest against the sale of plastic strings at Shri Ram Kites, near Bhuriwala Gurdwara, in Haibowal, he had a heated argument with Gurinderpal Singh Kahlon, who was purchasing kites on the occasion of Lohri.

Kahlon has stated in his complaint that Ravi and his supporters manhandled him and snatched Rs 10,000 from him.



rti act
Trust penalised for delay
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, January 15
The State Information Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 4,000 on the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for its failure to provide information sought by Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Rajguru Nagar here, under the Right to Information Act, on time.

The complainant had filed an appeal before the state commission, alleging that the public authority (LIT in this case) had refused to provide the information sought by him under the RTI Act, with the plea that the information related to a third party.

The complaint said on the intervention of the Commission, the information was provided to him in part and that too after a long delay.

On the last date of hearing on January 5, a representative of the respondent maintained that the information sought by Gurcharan Singh was provided to him on December 11, 2012, and December 31, 2012.

State Information Commissioner Chander Parkash has observed in the orders that even though the information has been provided to the applicant, the information was not provided within the stipulated period due to an evasive attitude of the pubic authority.

The applicant was left with no other option but to take pains in getting the information.

The Commissioner has ruled: "In view of these facts, I am of the view that it is a fit case where compensation should be awarded to the applicant as he has suffered a lot on account of attending the hearings of the commission to get the requisite information from the PIO concerned.

Awarding a compensation of Rs 4,000 to the applicant, the Commission directed that the amount be paid to the complainant through a crossed cheque/bank draft within three weeks from the date of the order, and a copy of the same be produced before the commission on the next date of hearing, which has been fixed for January 30, 2013.



PAU students protest merger of batches
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 15
The students of Agriculture College of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) continued their stir over merging their batches here today. The student boycotted the classes on second day and sat on Dharna outside the Vice-Chancellor's office. Earlier, the students had organised a dharna outside the dean agriculture college in the morning.

Punjab Agriculture University Student Union (PAUSA), Dean Agriculture College informed that the decision of merging the batches has taken by the PAU authorities collectively.

PAUSA activists alleged that Vice-Chancellor pressurised girl agitators to call off the protest. Parminder Gujar, president PAUSA said, "We are stand for genuine demand because the proposed merging of batches is not in the favour of students. The boycott of classes has been proving costly as we feel that study is suffering. But we will continue our dharna till our demand is met. If the authorities fail to review its decision of merger of batches, we will have no other option but to call closure of all the colleges of University."

Meanwhile, PAUSA activists alleged that the PAU authorities have threatened the parents of students on phone. "Some of the girls informed that their parents received calls from PAU complaining that your daughters were not attending the classes," informed Gujar.



Man tests positive for swine flu

Ludhiana, January 15
One more patient tested positive for swine flu at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today.

District Epidemiologist Anil Verma said: "Yesterday, we sent three samples for testing. The patient, who tested positive, is from Ferozepur."

Schools will be issued instructions related to swine flu. Dr Verma said: "We issued all such instructions in September and October. As suspected cases of swine flu have been reported, fresh instructions will be issued to schools again." — TNS



College staff not paid salary
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 15
The teaching and non-teaching employees of SCD Government College have not received their salaries for the month of December, said sources. According to the information, the status of college principal is not clear that either government has extended her service or not. Principal, Neelam Bharadwaj, had joined the SCD Government College on July 31 and she had drawing and disbursing officer powers (DDO) till October 31, 2012, as she was to retire on that day.

But the government did not give any instruction that if she will continue to work on this post or not. Now she can neither use the DDO powers and not sanctioned the salary bills of employees.

Around 150 teaching and non-teaching staff members have been facing harassment due to the delay in their salaries. According to a member of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teacher's Union, employees may suffer more as the DPI (colleges) has still not provided any alternative to sanction the bills.

Neelam Bardwaj, principal SCD Government College said, "I am waiting for the directions from higher authorities. I hope that salaries would soon be released."

Jaipal Singh, professor at SCD Government College, said: "We have talked to the DPI office about this problem. Government should release the salaries soon. Moreover, we demand that in the case of extension in services, the government should take decision before sometime from the retirement."

"It is tough to manage the things due to delay of salary. Most of the employees get domestic good on installments. All are facing inconvenience as they are able to give installments,” said an employee of the college.



Veterinary varsity launches website
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 15
Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, today launched a new website of the university. The new website seems to be more user friendly as it had several extra features and was easier to navigate. Its features include upcoming events, job notice, life on campus, link to consortium E-resources and faculty login for updating their profile.

Dr Taneja, while inaugurating the new website, shared his views about increasing impact of information and communication technologies on information and knowledge generation and dissemination. He expressed that the technological advances had brought the world very closer, virtually transforming it to a global village. He stressed that the university faculty and students should take full advantage of newly launched website for advancement in teaching, research and extension. He was of the view that clean well structured website was the face of the university.

The GADVASU has a well-established Local Area Network connecting all offices via more than 400 nodes throughout the campus. In 2012, GADVASU joined the National Knowledge Network (NKN), state-of-the-art multi-gigabit network for providing a unified high-speed network serving as a backbone for all knowledge related institutions in the country.

Dr HS Sandhu, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, and Dr RS Brar, university librarian thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his continuous support in expanding the university network and library infrastructure. The university library has more than 13,000 books and coloured atlases.

Dr RS Brar said that the access of website is the same old one www.gadvasu.in.



Youth Cong burns Pak effigy
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, January 15
The Youth Congress of Sahnewal today raised slogans against what they called the inhuman and dictatorial attitude of Pakistan against India. They demanded justice for the aggrieved family of the victims.

Members of the Youth Congress took out a protest march through the main market of Sahnewal and burnt the effigy of Pakistan.



Thieves strike at two houses

Ludhiana, January 15
Thieves struck at two places in the Islam Gunj area here today and decamped with cash and gold ornaments.

In the first strike, the thieves stole15 tolas of gold ornaments, 500 gram of silver ornaments, cash and valuables from Billa Singh’s house.

Billa Singh said the thieves might have struck at midnight. Billa told the police that he was fast asleep when the theft occurred.

In the second incident, thieves fled with cash and valuables from Rakesh Kumar’s house. Thieves entered the house through a ventilator and decamped with two mobile phones and Rs 20,000 cash. — TNS



from colleges
Student exchange programme

Ludhiana: Three students of PCTE Group Of Institutes, Inderbir Makkar, Gurpratap Singh and Sharal Norden from PGDM fifth trimester went to University of Angers, France, here yesterday for a three-month trimester under a students exchange programme.

Four students from Angers will visit PCTE Group Of Institutes under the same programme next week. PCTE signed an MOU with University Of Angers for faculty and students exchange and research. — TNS



from schools
Russian Cultural Exchange Programme

Ludhiana: Ryan International School celebrated Lohri on the school premises. Bhangra and Giddha Dance performances added to the festivity. A troop of Russian students was participated in the programme. Principal Parveena John said that the such programmes offer new learning opportunities to our students. They act like a door way which facilitates our students to cross the boundaries and the make the world their oasis."

Declamation contest

To pay tribute to Swami Vivekanand on his 150th birth anniversary, a declamation contest was conducted at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. Students from classes VI to VIII participated in the competition. They spoke on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekanand, the great thinker and philosopher. Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi, Director Education, highlighted the doctrine and philosophy of Swami Vivekanand. — TNS



Man killed in mishap near Dasuya
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, January 15
A 32-year-old was killed in a road accident at Hajipur, near Dasuya.

The victim, who has been identified as Savroop Singh, a resident of Islam Gunj, was a private taxi operator.

He was returning home after leaving his client at Hajipur village, near Dasuya. Hardly had he drove a few kilometres from Hajipur, the vehicle hit a divider and turned turtle. He died instantly.

The Dasuya police reached the spot this morning and contacted the victim’s family.

His wife, a mother of three children, fell unconscious on hearing the news of his death.

Bank manager booked

The Moti Nagar police has booked the branch manager of a bank and his aides for withdrawing Rs 1.2 lakh by stealing the ATM card of an account holder.

The accused have been identified as Ravinder Singh, Branch Manager, Bank of Baroda, and his aides Dharminder Singh and Baldev Singh.

The complaint, Ashok Kumar had lodged a complaint with the bank that someone was siphoning off money from his account.

The police has procured a CCTV footage of the ATM from where the latest transaction from the account was made. The trio was caught on camera while they were withdrawing money from the account.



2 held with stolen mobiles
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, January 15
The Apran police has succeeded in busting an inter-districts gang of criminals and arrested its two gang members identified as Jatinder Kumar of Badhowal village PS Mahilpur, and Purshotam Lal of Chack village Gujjran, PS Garhshankar, during a check point by the Apra police SHO Pushkar Bali near Jajjan Chowk here today.

Phillaur DSP, Paramjit Singh Pannu, while confirming the incident said that the police has recovered eight stolen mobile phones and a stolen motorcycle from the possession of the arrested accused.

The accused have confessed their involvements in more than 15 criminal incidents in the Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahar. They are already facing a case of abduction of a minor girl in PS Mahilpur and looting a gunman of Nawanshahar SSP, said Pannu. The police is investigating the matter and much more disclosures are expected from the arrested accused during further interrogation, said Pannu.



Cop denied bail in rape case
Legal Correspondent

Ludhaina, January 15
The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Darbari Lal today dismissed the anticipatory bail application moved by Inspector Dilpreet Singh of Model Town in a rape case.

The court found that the accused was not entitled to the benefit of discretionary relief of anticipatory bail in a heinous offence of rape.

He has sought bail with the plea that the registration of the FIR was a result of some misunderstanding between the parties, which has been removed. He has also produced an affidavit executed by the prosecutor regarding a compromise reached between the parties.

The Inspector’s lawyer had also submitted before the court that in view of the compromise reached between the parties, a writ petition seeking the quashing of the FIR was also filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which was pending decision. It was also submitted that the FIR was most likely to be quashed as there was no dispute now.

The Additional Public Prosecutor, Neelam Pathak, opposed the grant of anticipatory bail to the accused.

When the case was registered against the officer, he was posted in the intelligence wing of the city police. He was booked in a case of rape on a complaint made by a woman from Jodhan village. While the police said it was still probing the complaint, the officer claimed he was being framed in the case.

According to the Sahnewal police, the woman, who is a divorcee, said in the complaint she was raped by the officer.



Jarkhar Sports Festival inaugurated
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 15
The 27th Annual Sports Festival which is being organised by the Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club at Jarkhar village about 20 kms from here on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road got off to a colorful start today.

Though the competitions started yesterday yet the opening ceremony was formally held in the evening under floodlights today. The participants took part in a march past as MLA, Darshan Singh Shivalik inaugurated the festival, popularly known as Mini Rural Olympics.

Earlier, the games torch was brought from Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, in a procession in which a number of sportspersons and sports organisers took part. The procession halted for a while at the historical Gurdwara, Manji Sahib, Alamgir and proceeded to the main venue, Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium in Jarkhar village.

After a lap in the stadium, the torch was handed over of the international hockey star, Harpal Singh who placed it there. The ceremonial torch will continue to lit during the course of festival.

This was followed by the gatka and a laser show, which was highly appreciated by the spectators present there in the stadium.

On the second day, in hockey (men), Indo-Tibet Border Police (ITBP) outclassed Haryana XI 7-2 while Jarkhar Academy outplayed Punjabi University, Patiala, 4-1 and BSF, Jalandhar faced a stiff challenge from Panjab University, Chandigarh, before coming out triumphant 1-0 and PSPCL XI, Patiala, defeated Moga XI 6-2.

In six-a-side hockey (boys), Jagtar XI, Ludhiana, drubbed Nabha XI 8-3 and Kila Raipur pipped Raikot 7-2 while in the girl's section, Khalsa Club, Ludhiana, beat Kila Raipur 4-2.

In kabaddi (one village), Jassar defeated Bhutari 15-12 and Mahraj Bathinda outnumbered Ghaloti 15-5 to set up the title clash.

Faridkot lads wrapped up their match (handball) against Muktsar 18-9 to advance into the next round while the match played between Ludhiana and Chandigarh ended in 19-19 draw.

In the girl's section, Hoshiarpur overpowered Tarn Taran 15-11 to begin their campaign on a sound note.

In basketball (boys), Ludhiana Academy beat Amritsar district 58-47 and in the girl's section, Ludhiana district proved good for Amritsar district whom they outplayed 50-47.

Narinder Pal Singh, chairman of the organising club besides its president, Harkamal Singh, Sarpanch Dupinder Singh Dimpy, Baldev Singh and Tejwant Singh Sidhu were among other dignitaries present at the inaugural function.



Athletics meet begins at GNGC
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 15
Prabhveer Kaur stole the limelight, clinching three titles on the opening day of the annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College (GNGC), Model Town, here today.

She bagged top honours in the 200m, 800m and 1500m races to stamp her superiority over others.

Earlier, Prem Gupta, secretary, management committee Dayanand Medical College and Hospital declared the two-day meet open in which a large number of participants are taking part.

Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust and Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, principal of the college welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Shiv Prashad, a leading industrialist along with Dr BS Shah, Medical Superintendent, Deepak Hospital and Kartar Singh District Sports Officer, Ludhiana were guests of honour on this occasion.

The chief guest took salute from the participating students who took out an impressive march past. He released colorful balloons to mark the opening of the meet.

Rajni, a student of MA I, political science took the oath on behalf of the participants to compete in the true spirit of sports.

First day's results: 800m race-1. Prabhveer Kaur 2. Amandeep Kaur 3. Kulwant Kaur; Javelin throw: 1. Amandeep Kaur 2. Sandeep 3. Swaranjit Kaur; 1500m race: 1. Prabhveer Kaur 2. Jaspreet Kaur 3. Suman.

Shot put: 1. Nitya 2. Swaranjit Kaur 3. Bhupinder Kaur; High jump: 1. Varsha 2. Neha 3. Amandeep Kaur; 200m race: 1. Prabhveer Kaur 2. Gurinder Kaur 3. Manpreet Kaur.

Discus throw: 1. Manisha 2. Navdeep Kaur 3. Manpreet Kaur; Long jump: 1. Shivdeep Kaur 2. Swaranjit Kaur 3.Gurpreet Kaur; 400m race: 1. Amandeep Kaur 2. Rajni Bala 3. Harmandeep Kaur.

Three-legged race: 1. Sujata and Jag Manpreet Kaur 2. Depinder Kaur and Manju Rani 3. Gurpreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur.

Skipping race: 1. Naiya 2. Madhuri Mawaya 3. Preet Kaur; Musical chair race for clerical staff: 1. Vijay Partap 2. Gurmeet 3. Raj Kumar.



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