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Winds of fury leave a trail of destruction
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

PSPCL employees repair an electricity pole near Arya School in the Old City area of Ludhiana on Tuesday
PSPCL employees repair an electricity pole near Arya School in the Old City area of Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 5
High-velocity winds accompanied by rain damaged electricity poles and uprooted trees, disrupting power supply to the city today.

Officials of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said about 200 feeders tripped this morning. Though the officials claimed that the power supply was restored by 2 pm, some areas remained without electricity till evening.

A PSPCL official said: “Most of the feeders tripped as strong winds uprooted trees. Power cables were damaged and insulators also developed a snag.”

Deputy chief engineer (west circle) Tarlok Singh said: "In the west circle from Sahnewal to Baddowal, about 20 feeders out of the 300 developed a snag. The insulators and cables were also damaged.”

In the east circle, 100 feeders developed a snag and power supply was restored by 2 pm. In suburban circle, 35 feeders were damaged. The deputy chief engineer said power supply in the circle was restored by 11 am.
A man paddles his way through a mustard field on a cloudy Tuesday morning in Ludhiana
A man paddles his way through a mustard field on a cloudy Tuesday morning in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
An uprooted tree that damaged electricity wires on the Punjab Agricultural University campus on Tuesday
An uprooted tree that damaged electricity wires on the Punjab Agricultural University campus on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

PSPCL employees had a tough day today as they had to remove the uprooted trees that fell on the electricity cables.

KL Sharma, chief engineer, PSPCL, said: “PSPCL employees worked hard to restore power supply. We have rectified the minor faults."

Wheat crop damaged

Ludhiana: Strong winds accompanied by showers damaged the wheat crop on the peripheral areas of the district. Agriculture experts said the crop on fields that were irrigated recently was damaged. Experts from the agro-meteorology department of PAU said: "As the wheat crop is at the booting stage, the damage was not much." Dr KK Gill, agro-meteorologist at the PAU said: "The crop which got lodged by strong winds will revive in a couple of days. The crop is not mature, so the winds are not so dangerous. We had issued an advisory to the farmers some days ago asking them not to irrigate the fields.We are expecting sunny days after February 6, but winds will continue to blow till Tuesday night." The city recorded a minimum temperature of 13.6 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 17.5 degrees today. — TNS


property tax
Punjab Remote Sensing Centre to survey blocks 26, 36
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) will be conducting a survey regarding property tax in blocks 26 and 36 of the city from tomorrow.

Under the survey, residents will have to provide all details regarding their property to the PRSC officials.

Block 26 includes areas such as Model Gram, Feroze Gandhi Market, Shakti Nagar, besides other adjoining areas, while block 36 includes Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Vishal Nagar, Sham Nagar and other adjoining localities.

The survey will be carried out in all parts of the city and the centre has hired a private company,The Providers Informatics Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh, for the purpose.

It will be completing the survey within 60 days.

To make sure that all buildings as well as vacant spaces are covered under the ambit of property tax, the MC has got satellite mapping done through the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre located in Punjab Agricultural University. From tomorrow, the physical verification survey of all properties will start, so that the MC is doubly sure about the type and status of properties as the tax will be levied accordingly.

PS Ghuman, Joint Commissioner, MC, said all properties would be allotted a unique identification number by the PRSC. "I appeal to the city residents that they should provide only right information to the surveyors. Under Section 108 of the Punjab Municipal Act, the MC has every right to seek any information from the city residents," said Ghuman.

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will be levying property tax on the city residents from April 1. The city will be divided into eight different zones and each zone would have a different unit value, which would be fixed by a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner. The total amount of property tax to be paid by the city residents would be calculated on the basis of this unit value as well as a set formula.



Car taken away at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
There is no stopping carjacking cases in the city.

In the latest incident that took place on Ferozepur Road last night, four car-borne robbers trained a gun at a veterinary doctor and fled with his Volkswagen Polo.

The complainant, Dr Bhupinder Singh (32), son of Mahinder Singh, former SAD sarpanch, Issowal village, said he was on his way home after attending a seminar.

He stopped his car outside MBD Mall to grab a bite at a food joint.

"After spending 10 minutes at the eatery, I came out and started my vehicle. In no time, a car came in front of my vehicle and three persons carrying weapons alighted from the vehicle. Before I could understand anything, they trained the pistol at me and told me to step down," said Dr Bhupinder Singh.

"The best thing I could think at that point was not to retaliate. They were aggressive. They had to take the car anyhow. It was no point resisting them. If I would have tried to stop them, they might have opened fire at me," said Dr Bhupinder.

As his mobile phone was lying in the vehicle, Dr Bhupinder rushed inside the mall and informed the police about the incident.

Dr Bhupinder said soon after receiving information, the police reached the spot.

The police officers, including ADCP (Crime) Harmohan Singh and SHO Sarabha Nagar Mandeep Singh, along with his team, kept searching for the vehicle till wee hours. DIG (Ludhiana range) MF Farooqui also alerted the Jagraon police.

Moga SSP Ashish Choudhary asked the police personnel to remain on toes and nab the carjackers.

It is not the first incident of car jacking, barely a fortnight ago, robbers had fled with a white Hyundai i20.

Folly by PCR cops proves costly

Dr Bhupinder Singh said he told the PCR personnel that his phone was lying in the car. When they called up at the number, the robbers took the call and switched it off. A senior officer said if the PCR personnel would not have alerted the carjackers, the location of the miscreants could have been tracked.



Info panel penalises XEN
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The State Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the executive engineer (XEN) of the municipal corporation’s horticulture branch for delaying information under the RTI Act.

Harpreet Singh, a resident of Friends Colony on Jassian Road, had sought information on 15 points pertaining to the green belt area on Jassian Road, the GT Road side to railway line and the green belt plan on roads of Ward Number 26.

The MC had filed a reply on July 3, 2012. Dissatisfied with the information, Harpreet filed first appeal before the first appellate authority on July 9 and approached the State Information Commission on September 10.

“Perusal of the case file revealed that the information on points 1, 2, 3 and 9 of the application had not been provided to the appellant, which was to be provided by the PIO (bridges and roads) branch. The information on points 4 to 8 and 10 to 15 was to be provided by the XEN, horticulture branch, AK Singla. Also, a show-cause notice was issued to Dharam Singh, additional commissioner (technical)-cum-PIO (B&R) and AK Singla, XEN, horticulture branch,” read the order. Dharam Singh made written submissions in response to the show-cause notice.

“AK Singla has filed no response to the show-cause notice. He has also not cared to appear before the commission. In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 20(1) and 20(2) of the RTI Act, 2005, the commission hereby imposes a penalty of Rs 5,000 on AK Singla, for the unexplained delay caused in providing the information available in his domain. The fine is to be recovered from AK Singla’s salary and deposited in the state treasury,” stated the commission.



Indo-Pak Trade Exhibitions from Feb 15
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The PHD Chamber is organising two Indo-Pak International Trade Exhibitions (IPEX) in Ludhiana from February 15 to 18.

Terming the bilateral trade the most promising factor and the most potent instrument for having better bilateral relations between India and Pakistan; and facilitate progress in actualising their strategic partnership for future, Rajiv Bali, chairman, Punjab Committee, PHD Chamber, said, “If trade takes a front seat, other issues will take a backseat.”

“Booming bilateral trade may well be the strongest pillar of Indo-Pak rapprochement so much so that it shall not only overtake the pace of general confidence-building but also have a substantial impact on each other’s mutual perceptions,” said Bali.

“With the cross-border, trade especially being brought in for a noticeable transformation, it shall contribute to overall tranquility and peace in the area and shall well facilitate progress in the border areas,” said Bali. Bali said, “As per a recent US report, removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers can result in the trade expansion between the two countries from its current 2 to $2.5 billion to estimates ranging from $20 to $50 billion.”



Buddha Nullah: Delay in clean up worries human rights body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) today expressed concern over the lackadaisical approach of the administration to get Buddha Nullah cleaned up.

Despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court fixing the state's responsibility, nothing has been done.

In a press release issued by IHRO chairperson DS Gill, general secretary Mohinder Singh Grewal, women's rights counsellor Dr Jiwanjot Kaur and legal coordinator Sukhdev Singh, said it was really shocking and intriguing how the industrial units continued to discharge untreated effluents in the nullah. "The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken up the matter suo motu where the IHRO was made a petitioner in the writ through the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC)," said Gill.

He said the Punjab and Haryana High Court while rejecting the IHRO plea of appointing a public monitoring committee to watch and check the work being done to clean up the Buddha Nullah had categorically held that "it's a primary duty and responsibility of the government to complete the work efficiently and promptly". "Still the matter is hanging fire," the IHRO activists stated.

The IHRO is likely to approach the High Court again in order to speed up the matter of public importance as the pollution level is rising and is a threat to the lives of residents.



Cultural event at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
A three-day annual cultural event, Ectopia-2013, will start at Dayanand Medical College tomorrow. Students will take part in various competitions. DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh said cultural activities formed an integral part of leisure and recreation and students' participation in such cultural helped in exploring their talent.

The theme of the event is "Symphony of Colours".



Police vehicles injure 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Three persons, including two girls, were injured by police vehicles in two accidents today.

High drama was witnessed after two fashion designing students, were hit by a police vehicle at the Mini Secretariat light point this afternoon.

Bhawna, a resident of Division No. 3, and Nisha, a resident of Jamalpur, were returning home on a scooter after attending classes at the International Institute of Fashion Designing (INIFD) in Guru Nanak Bhawan.

They were waiting for the traffic signal to turn green. As they moved, a police vehicle of the SHO of Basti Jodhewal, which was being driven at a high speed, hit their scooter. The girls fell and suffered injuries. A relative of one of the girls came and asked the girls to leave the place. He said he was the friend of SHO Balwinder Singh. The man did not let the girls file a complaint.

In another incident, Shubham Ghai, the nephew of BJP leader and co-convener of district media cell Rakesh Ghai, suffered injuries after a vehicle of the traffic police ran over his foot. Shubham was stopped by the traffic police at Clock Tower Chowk and was challaned for not wearing a helmet. He said he was reading the challan when the police vehicle ran over his foot. He was rushed to a hospital.



Two more die of swine flu in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Two more patients suffering from swine flu died in city hospitals.

A resident of Ludhiana died at the CMC yesterday night. Another patient belonging to Rajasthan died at the DMC this morning.

Six more suspected cases of swine flu were reported in city hospitals today.

Till now, 27 patients have tested positive for swine flu. Out of these eight are from Ludhiana and two have died.



‘Missing’ youth returns home

Ludhiana, February 5
High drama was witnessed on Chandigarh Road after the son of an ASI reportedly went missing following a fight with unidentified persons at a hotel on the road.

The youth has been identified as Rohit (20), son of ASI Amrik Singh, who is posted at Mullanpur.

Unidentified persons entered the hotel this morning and picked up a fight with Rohit, following which he went missing. Amrik Singh reported the matter to the local police, following which a massive search operation launched on Chandigarh Road. It was learnt that Rohit had an affair with a girl whose parents were against their relationship.

The police questioned the girl's parents. Rohit returned home in the evening.



Discussions mark World Cancer Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Discussions marked World Cancer Day at Ludhiana Mediways Hospital on Tuesday.

Cancer awareness talks were delivered by Dr Satish Jain, senior surgeon and surgical oncologist, and Dr Veena Jain, senior gynaecologist and gynaecologic oncologist of the hospital. The myths about cancer, cancer diagnosis, treatment and misconceptions associated with the disease were discussed.

Regular check-ups can help in early detection of the disease. More than 100 participants, including patients and general public, attended the talk and participated in discussions. Lectures were also delivered.



From schools & colleges


Ludhiana: The primary wing of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School held a prize distribution function on Tuesday. The best three houses were given the winning trophies. The first position was secured by Nehru House, second by Shastri House while Tagore House stood third. Principal Rev Sister Christo congratulated the winners.


DAV School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, organised a fancy dress competition for students of Class I on Monday. Students came dressed in colourful attire. Aviraaj Singh stood first while Sehajpratap Singh and Vaishnavi secured the second and third positions, respectively. Ranveen bagged the consolation prize.

Students honoured

Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, organised its annual prize distribution function on Tuesday. Leader of opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sunil Jakhar was the chief guest. Sunil Jakhar inaugurated the school auditorium. The programme started with a shabad recital. The annual report was also read out. Meritorious students were honoured.


A seminar on prevention, causes and cure of cancer was organised to mark World Cancer Day at DAV College, Phillaur, on Monday. Dr Kunal Jain, assistant professor, was the chief guest.

Athletics meet

Khanna: A two-day annual athletics meet of AS College, Khanna, kicked off on Tuesday. Events such as 1,500 m race, shot put, 400 m race, long jump, three-legged race, javelin throw and high jump were held.— TNS



PAU notes

Training programme

Ludhiana: A training programme on "Agro-Based Industries" began at Punjab Agricultural University on Monday. The five-day programme is being organised by the department of processing and food engineering of Punjab Agricultural University. The programme aims at imparting training to farmers and rural youth in setting up their

agro-processing complexes. Thirty trainees from across Punjab are attending the programme. Dr Ashok Kumar, head, department of processing and food engineering said the participating farmers and rural youth would be given training in grain milling, oil seed and pulses milling, processing of spices, animal feed milling, quality control, packaging and marketing of finished products.


A workshop on "Climate Change and Sustainability of Agriculture" will be organised by Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh, department of science and technology (DST) and Government of India in the university on February 6. The Director of Research, Dr SS Gosal, pointed out that the global climate change in terms of increase in temperature due to greenhouse gases and erratic rainfall was challenging the agriculture sustainability. The PAU had started research work on developing climate resilient technologies under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific (PURSE) grant of DST. As a follow-up, an initial proposal for the establishment of "Centre of Excellence on Climate Change" at the PAU has been submitted to the DST, said Dr Gosal. He said it was in this context that the workshop was being organised to get the essential inputs from the stakeholders. "The dedicated and concerted efforts are vital for the formulation of climate smart agriculture required for sustaining national food security," he stated.

Annual function

The Kisan Club of Punjab Agricultural University will be holding its annual function on February 7 at the Pal Auditorium at 10 am. Dr Gurbachan Singh, chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi, will be the chief guest while Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, will grace the occasion. The

Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, will preside over the function. Manpreet Singh Grewal, press secretary of the club, said the progressive members of the club, including the women's wing, will be honoured for their excellence in agriculture and allied fields. Besides, an exhibition showcasing home-made preparations and items will also be held.


A three-day training course on "Efficient Use of Farm Inputs, Machinery and Agro-Service Centres" began at the PAU on Tuesday. Another five-day training course on "Production, Marketing and Post-Harvest Management of Fruits, Vegetables and Flower Crops" is also being held for the farmers of Jammu and Kashmir. The Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, is conducting and coordinating both the training courses. The training course for J&K farmers will also be held from February 18 to 22. The Director of Extension Education said the PAU experts would speak on the emerging role of cooperative societies in custom hiring of machinery in Punjab, various types of mechanical paddy transplanters, machinery for natural resource conservation, scope of floriculture, landscaping and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Besides, the farm experts will apprise the trainees of precision farming techniques in horticulture and floriculture, cultivation of garlic and peas, flower production of chrysanthemum, management and latest production technologies of mango and litchi, techniques to enhance fertiliser use efficiency and weed management.


A three-day training in "Micro Encapsulation Methods for Food and Biotechnological Application" started at the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology on Tuesday. The technology promises to increase shelf life and develop various kinds of functional foods. Growing urbanisation and increasing quality consciousness among consumers has led to rapid growth in the market for processed foods and functional foods. Microencapsulation paves a way for development innovative functional foods. It is a process in which tiny particles or droplets are surrounded by a coating to give small capsules many useful properties. — TNS



Yarn stolen from hosiery unit in city recovered, three arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The city police arrested three persons and recovered yarn worth worth Rs 35 lakh that was stolen from a hosiery unit here yesterday.

Besides arresting the accused, the police also recovered the stolen material and the two pick-up truck in which the yarn was ferried.

Giving details, Dhrumal Nimbule, Assistant Commissioner of Police (crime), said that three persons were arrested from a checkpoint at Chowk Jodhewala on Tuesday, soon after the theft.

The trio identified Billa, Mange Ram and Anil Sahni, were arrested along with a Mahindra Bolero and a “Chhota Hathi” (goods carrier) and a case has been registered under Sections 357 and 380 of the IPC”, said the ACP.They had stolen the yarn from Shivam Impex Radymade Garments at Bahadurke Road.

According to the police, the trio was planning to sell the stolen material at a cheaper rate in the open market. The accused have committed similar thefts at hosiery units located in the Jodhewal Basti area.

The activities of the accused were caught on CCTV camera installed at the hosiery unit. The incident came into light when Harjinder Singh, supervisor at the unit, arrived in the morning. He informed the owner Prem Kumar about the theft.After scanning the CCTV camera recording, the police took the camera footage that helped them nab the accused persons.



crime brief
Three vehicle thieves arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Three vehicle thieves were arrested with a stolen Swift car at a checkpoint at Jodhewal Basti here today. Accused Amritpal Singh, Shiv Charan Singh and Deepak Kumar had installed fake number plate after procuring a fake RC (registration certificate). The trio has been arrested and a case has been registered in the matter.“We are verifying whether the trio was involved in other vehicle thefts too”, said ACP Dhruman Nimbale.

Thief nabbed, stolen motorcycle recovered

The Jodhewal police has nabbed man and recovered a stolen motorcycle from the possession of the accused. The accused identified as Lakhwinder Singh was stopped at a police checkpoint, as he was riding a vehicle without a number plate. During questioning, it was found that the accused was a vehicle thief. He was arrested and the motorcycle was recovered.

Woman attacked

Rita Sharma, wife of Ram Kumar, a resident of New Tagore Nagar, has lodged a complaint against unidentified persons who entered their house Saturday evening. The person entered the room and attacked her with sharp-edged weapons and rods. She was injured and started yelling for help. The accused threatened to kill her and fled from the scene. The police has registered a case.

One held with stolen car

The police has nabbed a person with a stolen car during a naka at Sarabha Nagar. The accused has been identified as Arvinder Singh, a resident of Chimni Road, Shimlapuri. The accused was riding on a stolen vehicle bearing a fake number. During questioning, he confessed to have stolen the car from outside a mall few months ago. The accused has been booked under Sections 379,411and 473 of the IPC.

3 booked for extortion

Three persons have been booked by Moti Nagar Police under Sections 384,506 and 34 of the IPC for extorting money from vegetable vendors. The accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar and Raju, both residents of Ashok Nagar and Kishan Lal, a resident of Jawahar Nagar. The police was informed that the accused were extorting money from the vegetable vendors of the area. The police nabbed the accused red-handed and recovered the extorted money.

Gambling joints raided

The city police raided two gambling joints and nabbed nine persons for gambling and recovered the bet amount of Rs 60,000.The accused have been identified as Gagandeep Singh, resident of Azad Nagar, Balwinder Singh, Surinder Kumar and Raj Kumar, all residents of Ambedkar Nagar, were nabbed during the first raid conducted near Balaji Mandir last night and recovered Rs 24,900 from the possession of the accused.In the second raid, the police nabbed five persons, including Ramesh Kumar, Ranjit Singh, Angrej Singh, Bikramjit Singh, residents of Tibba Road and Rajinder Kumar, resident of Mohalla Balmik, Abdullapur. The police recovered Rs 35,700 from the possession of the accused. A case under Sections 13,3, and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered against the nine accused.According to Davinder Kumar, SHO, Model Town, both the raids was conducted following a tip-off.

Car stolen

Attending a wedding proved costly for a city resident as a vehicle thief fled with his SUV. Balraj Singh, a resident of Gill village, has lodged a complaint against some unidntified persons for stealing his car. The incident took place late last night, when Balraj Singh parked his Mahindra Balero, bearing number PB 10CS 2149, outside Hardy's World and went to attend a marriage. When he came back, he was shocked to find his car missing. A case has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC against unidentified persons for stealing the vehicle.

Domestic help flees with gold, cash

Trusting a domestic help proved costly for a city-based industrialist, Vinod Kumar, as the accused fled with cash and gold ornaments. The incident came to light here this evening when Vinod Kumar, a resident of Aggar Nagar, returned home after attending a wedding. He was shocked to find the house ransacked. His domestoic help of Nepalese origin, Ram Bahadur, was also missing. It did not take long for Vinod Kumar to realise that Ram Bahadur had fled with the gold and cash lying in the house. He informed the police. A fingerprint expert and dog squad was also pressed into service. Ram bahadur was hired on job a few months ago. The police is currently questioning the relatives of Ram Bahadur to gather information about latter’s hideouts

Human skeleton found

Panic spread in the Durga colony area near Dhandari when a human skeleton was found from a vacant plot.

The incident came to light when some children, who were playing cricket near the vacant plot entered the premises to pick up the ball. One of boy spotted a human skeleton and raised an alarm. The police soon reached the spot and began investigations.

Father, son booked for grabbing land

The city police has booked Jaspal Singh and his son Simardeep Singh for land grabbing and filing a false complaint to implicate a woman, her husband and son.The case was registered following a reinvestigation conducted by the police. Jaspal and Simardeep had lodged a complaint with the police that Shanti Devi, her husband and son, had grabbed a house in Shimlapuri. The trio was booked following a complaint. The woman appeared before the Human Right Commission. The commission ordered the local police to reinvestigate the matter. During the investigation, it was found that Jaspal and Simrandeep had lodged a complaint to implicate Shanti, her husband and son, in a false case.



Liquor vends to remain shut for two hours

Ludhiana, February 5
Liquor vends situated within the limits of the municipal corporation will remain closed from 12 pm to 2 pm as a mark of protest against the raids conducted by the excise and taxation department at the residence of one of the liquor contractor yesterday.

The meeting of the Ludhiana Wine Association was held here today during which the members condemned the raid conducted by the department at the house of Charanjit Singh Bajaj.

Bajaj said, "The department had conducted a search at my premises, but no discrepancy was found, but it has hurt my honour," he said. The action of the department was condemned by the members of the association and decided to appraise the higher authorities.

"We are running our business lawfully and paying taxes regularly and then also the department is conducting search operations at our houses," said Bajaj. — TNS



Police gets IMEI nos. of Babbu Mann's cellphones
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 5
A day after the city police received complaint of missing mobiles belonging to Punjabi pop singer and actor Babbu Mann, the police today started the investigation in the matter.

The police of division No 8 has got the IMEI numbers of Mann's mobile phones and put it on search.

Two phones of Babbu Mann had been stolen at Guru Nanak Stadium Ludhiana on February 3 during the performance in 11th edition of Canada Kabaddi Cup. Mann also appealed on the social network sites to give his cell phones back.



Youth commits suicide

Ludhiana: Rebuked by his mother for not taking studies seriously, a 20-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his house.

The deceased identified as Kishan was a resident of Dr Sham Singh Road near Mall Road.He was doing a cooking course and pursuing his higher studies. His parents were doing menial jobs to eke out a living.

Last evening, his mother rebuked him for not going to his tuition classes and then went to take Kishan's sister from her tuition classes.

When she returned, she was shocked to see her son hanging from a ceiling fan. She informed her husband. They took the body to civil hospital for postmortem examination. — TNS



Man gets 1-yr jail in cheque-bounce case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, Feburary 5
Judicial Magistrate Ekta Sahota has convicted Sandip Kumar of Tagore Nagar, Ludhiana, in a cheque bounce case of Rs 1,55,00. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. A fine of Rs 2,000 was also imposed on the accused.

The orders came on a complaint moved by Sunil Kumar of New Pavittar Nagar, Ludhiana. The complainant had submitted that the accused had borrowed money from him.

Thereafter, in order to repay the amount, the accused issued a cheque on December 5, 2006. But the cheque was dishonoured for want of sufficient funds in the account of the bank of the accused.

However, the accused pleaded that he was innocent. He submitted that the cheque was a result of forgery and fraud by the complainant just to pressurise him to settle a property dispute. But he failed to convince the court.



hockey tourney
Kurukshetra XI victorious
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 5
Strong contenders Namdhari XI of Bhaini Sahib suffered defeat at the hands of Kurukshetra XI 0-3 on the second day of the seventh All-India Jatgar Memorial Hockey Tournament (U-21) being organised at the Olympian Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Namdhari XI players appeared to be a pale shadow of themselves today as they failed to capitalise upon the chances that came their way.

They conceded the first goal in the 44th minute in a goal-melee, a self-goal. Elated at the success, Kurukshetra XI went all out to increase the lead. They made forays repeatedly into Namdhari XI’s territory. Pressure tactics yielded result in the 44th minute when Naveen Sagwan scored a field goal (2-0).

Naveen converted a penalty stroke into the goal in the 65th minute to further cement the lead (3-0).

On the other hand, Namdhari XI forced two penalty corners and one penalty stroke but failed to take advantage of these opportunities.In the second match, Surjit Hockey Academy, Jalandhar beat Centre for Excellence, Patiala, 4-1. For the winners, Shamsher Singh and Baljinder Singh scored one goal each while Ajit Pandit scored a brace to complete the tally. The lone goal for the losing side came off Jatinder’s stick in the dying minutes of the encounter.

In other matches, SAI, Lucknow, thrashed Jai Bharaqt Academy,Delhi, 7-1 and SAI,Bhopal, outplayed Punjab Agricultural University XI, Ludhiana, 6-2.Sunil Jakhar, the Leader of Ppposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly was the chief guest today. Bharat Bhushan Ashu, an MLA, along with other local Congress leaders were present there.



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