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In the dark zone
Central Groundwater Authority imposes a ban on new tubewell connections to industry, farmers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The Central Groundwater Authority has declared Ludhiana, Khanna and Pakhowal as dark zones where groundwater cannot be drawn for industrial, agricultural or commercial use without its consent. The authority said submersible pumps or tubewells could be permitted only for domestic purposes. It’s noteworthy that almost 75 per cent of Punjab is on verge of acute water recession, with water level dropping at the rate of almost 0.75 metre per year.

Following the instructions by the authority, the district administration has rejected the applications of about 50 applicants in the past two months. The local industry has been raising hue and cry over the decision taken by the authority and maintain that their survival was at stake if permission was not granted to them to install tubewells or pumps.

The groundwater authority believes no new connections should be given as the groundwater is already depleting at an alarming rate in Ludhiana, Khanna and Pakhowal. Besides, in Pakhowal and Khanna, too, no new connections were given to farmers.

In order to tide over the problem, the district administration has written to the Punjab Chief Secretary to intervene and urge the authority to rethink its decision.

Rishipal Singh, ADC (D), secretary of the committee which gives new connections for tubewells, said the groundwater authority had banned drawing of water for the industrial, commercial, agricultural purposes. New connections could be given to applicants only for drinking water or for domestic use in Ludhiana, Khanna and Pakhowal.

"It’s a decision taken by higher authorities and we cannot interfere. But the local industry and farmers at Pakhowal and Khanna have been raising hue and cry as their work is suffering due to the unavailability of water. We have written to the Chief Secretary,” said the ADC.


encroachment in gur mandi
Religious bodies confront MC
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
After its proposed demolition of shops reportedly constructed on a government land near Mahavir Temple in Gur Mandi on Friday, which could not be carried out due to a stiff opposition by the affected shopkeepers and functionaries of the temple trust, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is now under pressure from several religious bodies to defer its action to clear the encroachment.

In an apparent bid to give religious colour to the MC action to clear all encroachments from municipal and government land in the city, activists of the Mahavir Mandir Trust, along with shopkeepers from Gur Mandi, staged a dharna at the Zone A office of the MC, terming the attempt of the civic body to pull down their shops as an ‘attack on religion’.

The protesters claimed the shops, which as per the MC were encroachments on the government land, were constructed more than 50 years ago. "Moreover, the shops formed an integral part of the temple as rooms above these shops were used for prayers and meditation," they asserted.

Later, the functionaries of the Trust submitted a memorandum, signed by over two-dozen religious and other bodies, to Additional Commissioner Sumit Jarangal in which they took exception to the MC’s bid to demolish the shops constructed around the temple.

Pawan Sharma, president of the Trust, who led the protest, said the MC had never taken up the issue of the alleged encroachment with the temple management or the Trust. In a veiled threat, he said any action taken against these shops by the civic body would hurt the religious sentiments of the residents of the city.

Sharma said the Mahavir Mandir Trust had taken the stand that the shops were the property of the temple and these had been rented out to the shopkeepers to generate regular income so as to meet the day to day expenses of the temple. He said the functionaries of the Trust had offered to the MC to produce relevant documents of the ownership of these shops in order to sort out the issue amicably.



50-yr-old man hacked to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Panic spread in the Model Town Extension D-Block area after a 50-year-old man was found murdered at his one-room apartment this evening. The victim has been identified Mahadev, an egg vendor, who was residing in a building owned by former MC councillor Inderjit Singh Gill.

The incident came to light when a person, known to Mahadev, opened the door of his room and saw him lying in a pool of blood.

He informed the residents of the area and the police was called. The police said the victim was hacked to death with a sharp-edged weapon. It appeared that the victim was killed last night. The police has not ruled out personal enmity to be the reason behind the murder.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhupinder Singh said nothing was missing from the room.

Mahadev's two daughters are married and he used to sell boiled eggs near the Dhuri level crossing for past several years.



Woman booked for concocting robbery story
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The city police has booked a 28-year-old woman for concocting a robbery story. The police has also arrested three persons, including a minor, and recovered jewellery and cash that was stolen from a house.

The woman, identified as Birinder Kaur of Bullara village, had taken the city police for a ride on March 11 when she claimed that four persons entered her beauty parlour posing as customers. Later they overpowered her and decamped with gold ornament and cash.

The police today nabbed a rag picker, Amarjit Singh, a resident of Jawahar Nagar Camp, Ashwani Kumar of Civil City, Haibowal, and a minor, who resides near the bus stand.

Amandeep Singh, SHO, Sadar, said the trio had been arrested and hunt had been launched to nab Barinder and Deepak Kumar, a resident of the Kochar Market area. It is learnt that Deepak is in the possession of a cash and gold ornament taken away from the house.

The police said Amarjit Singh had sold gold ornaments at Saharanpur. Barinder Kaur is known to Amarjit Singh and both of them hatched a robbery conspiracy together.

As per plan, on March 11 when Barinder was alone at her home, four persons, including Amarjit, Ashwani, Deepak and a minor, entered the house and decamped with gold ornaments and cash.

Amarjit reportedly told the police that Barinder wanted to elope with him. Sources said the police had procured the call details which established that the Birinder was in constant touch with Amarjit on the day of the robbery.

The SHO said Birinder was evading arrest and efforts were on to nab her.



Father ‘poisons’ children to death
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 18
A migrant labourer residing in a rented room at Dadheri village allegedly poisoned his children to death when his wife, Anju, had gone to a temple this morning. When Anju returned from the temple, she found her two-year-old daughter Muskeen vomiting and her four-year-old son Vijay, aka Bittoo, lying unconscious.

Her husband Gouri Shanker had already left. The children were rushed to the Mandi Gobhindgarh Civil Hospital. The doctors declared both the children brought dead.

The SHO of the Division Number 2 police station Avtar Singh said the police had lodged an FIR under Section 302 of the IPC against Gouri Shanker.

Sources said Gouri Shanker was a ‘tantarik’ and often used to beat up his wife and children. The bodies have been handed over to Anju after post-mortem.



Death of police personnel shocks Khamano
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khamano, March 18
Residents of the Khamano sub-division were in a state of shock after hearing the news of the death of six policemen in a road accident. Four of the victims were from Khamano.

Varinder Partap, aka Pandey, who was a resident of Faridabad, had shifted to Khamano several years ago and had constructed a one-room house in Ward Number 9 where he was living his two minor children, who are studying in Navodaya Vidyalaya, Farour, in Classes VI and X. He was a PHG jawan and use to offer water and tea in the police station, besides general duty. Due to his service of providing drinking water, he was also known as ‘Bhai Ghaniya’. His wife often remains ill.

Constable Kesar Singh, who had retired from Army, was also residing in Ward Number 9 and had joined police some time ago. Raj Kaur a woman constable also belonged to this sub-division as was residing at Panjkoha village.

Constable Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Sidhupur village, had joined the police recently. His family has a sorrow story as his father, who was a Home Guards jawan, was killed by terrorists in 1990-1991.

The last rites of all the four police personnel were performed with full police honours. DIG, Ludhiana Range, MF Farouqi, SSP Hardial Singh Mann and other police officers visited some the families. He assured all possible help to the deceased’s families.



Class X maths exam cancelled at city school
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Even as the Director General of Secondary Education (DGSE) is leaving no stone unturned to crack a whip against copying during the board exams, some schools are still using unfair means to get good results.

Taking a strict action against one such school, the district education office today cancelled the maths exam of Class X at BM Bhatt School, Shivaji Nagar.

Talking to The Tribune, District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said the exam was cancelled as the seal of a packet containing question papers was found broken.

"Since the seal of the packet was broken, we did not allow the centre to hold the exam today. It is unfortunate that due to the fault of a handful of persons, the students had to suffer. But we have to adhere to the instructions,” said Chahal.

The new date for the exam will be announced shortly, said the DEO.

Exams of Classes X and XII are being cancelled at various centres as cases of copying are on the rise. A senior teacher at an examination centre said copying could never be possible without the connivance of the board officials.



Budget wish list: City residents expect relief from taxes
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
With the Punjab budget to be announced on March 20, city residents have pinned high hopes on Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa. The first and foremost wish of every person living in Punjab is reduction in VAT on petrol.

"With the prices of petrol going haywire, the Punjab government needs to reduce VAT on petrol," said Davinder Singh, a senior citizen.

Priya Khanna, a resident, feels that more schemes should be launched for promoting education among girls.

The mid-day meal scheme, which was launched with much fanfare, has failed to serve the purpose.

"More funds should be allocated under the scheme and if possible cooks should be appointed for preparing meals on the school premises," she suggested.

Another city resident Kulwinder Singh, employed with a private firm, said, "Projects, started by the government, are stalled midway. A number of projects have been hanging fire. These should have been completed on time," he said.

Industry's wish list

  • Latest technology on the lines of TUFS for the cycle industry
  • More focal points should be developed
  • Technical courses

Residents' wish list

  • No more taxes
  • VAT on petrol should be reduced
  • Power generation should be made effective
  • More funds should be allocated for the mid-day meal scheme.
  • Schemes for the cause of girl child should be introduced



PAU staff demand salaries
Flay government for delaying release of grant-in-aid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Teaching and non-teaching staff at Punjab Agricultural University got together to demand the payment of their salaries here today. A huge number of employees under the banners of PAU Teachers’ Association, PAU Employees Union and PAU Fourth Class Workers Union raised slogans in front of Thapar Hall.

They condemned the Punjab government for not releasing the grant-in-aid for the payment of salaries for the month of February.

Paramjit Singh Gill, president, PAU Employees Union, while addressing the rally, said for the past three or four months, they were not getting salaries on time. He also appealed to the government to release funds to meet the 70 per cent arrears that are also pending for long.

Dr Gulzar Singh Pandher, general secretary, said a protest rally will also be held tomorrow if salaries were not disbursed by today.

Others who addressed the rally included Dr Mukesh Siag, president, PAUTA; Dr HS Kingra, general secretary, PAUTA; Avtar Singh Gurum, president, PAU Fourth Class Workers Union.



Greenland School to introduce CBSE’s international curriculum
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Keeping pace with the global needs, the Central Board of Secondary Education has formulated an internationally benchmarked global curriculum, the CBSE-International. Green Land School is among the 50 schools shortlisted all over India and only the school in the state to run the pilot programme under the new curriculum. This will be inquiry and skill-based learning keeping in mind needs of individuals.

There will be special qualified staff to teach the CBSE-I syllabus from classes I-IX. The teachers will have to follow continuous professional development through training programmes which will be organized by the CBSE on a regular basis.

Elaborating on the CBSE-I pattern, the chairman of the chain of Green Land Schools, Rajesh Rudhra, said it was a computer-based online teaching. Rudhra said students will have the choice of opting for the new curriculum or continue with the regular one. Students opting for the CBSE-I will be provided individual computers on their desks.

Japanese teaching method introduced

Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, has tied up with Zee Learn Brain Cafe and Gakken Education Company, Japan, to introduce the unique Japanese methodology of learning.

It focuses on children doing things with their own hands, i.e. activity-based learning. At the end of every year, students will be awarded certificates for their performance by Zee and Gakken Education Company. Principal Baljit Kaur said by learning to do things by themselves, the retention power of children increased.



50 blood samples not cleared for transfusion

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 18
Samples of at least 50 volunteers, who donated blood at a camp organised by the Social Welfare Organisation recently, were not cleared by pathologists of blood banks that received the fluid.

While 25 samples were found to be containing pathogens of dreaded diseases including hepatitis B and C, an equal number of donors were asked to get their serum examined for presence of various viruses or harmful antigens.

These revelations were made during the concluding session of the felicitation function at Grain Market. However, 1,065 out of the 1,115 units of blood had been cleared for transfusion. — OC



Young classical vocalist scales new heights
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Kapil SharmaLudhiana, March 18
A young classical vocalist from Ludhiana empanelled with the Ministry of Culture, Kapil Sharma will be performing at events organised under the aegis of the ministry across India. He has been nominated for the junior fellowship with the ministry.

Two years ago he was felicitated by President Pratibha Patil on Republic Day.

He performed during the classical music youth festival organised by the ministry. "An artist empanelled with the ministry can perform for a lifetime," he said.

He performed in various classical genres, his favourites being Holi gaayan, jhumri, dadra and khayal during a programme in Delhi.

He has performed at Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan in Jalandhar, Gulabbari Mahotsav at Kolkata, Dehradun Heritage Festival and Sangeet Sammelan in Varanasi.

He was also awarded Sangeet Ratna by Haridas Sangeet Sammelan.

"Being one of the few artists from the city to be empanelled with the Ministry of Culture from the state is a matter of pride," he said.

A disciple of Girija Devi, he spent eight years in Varanasi and Kolkata to learn music.

"I also got an opportunity to share the stage with Pandit Jasraj, Birju Maharaj and Girija Devi Shankar," he said. Presently, working as a faculty member at Ishmeet Music Academy, he wants to take classical music to the young generation.

Talking about classical music, he said, "Rather than appreciating the richness of classical music, youngsters are not even getting the opportunity to listen to classical and realise what bliss pure classical is. Youngsters need to be introduced to it." "Even the folk songs of Punjab are based on classical music but youngsters don't listen to it to realise the value of culture," he said.



Postal dept releases stamp on Jhulelal Sahib
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The postal department released a postage stamp on Jhulelal Sabib yesterday. Jhulelal Sahib, also known as Dayra Lal, is the community god for the Sindhis. His birthday, Cheti Chand, is celebrated with great devotion.

It is said that Jhulelal was born in Sind Province. He was revered by people of all communities because he propagated the concept of one god.

"Because there aren't many Sindhis in Ludhiana, so the birth anniversary is not celebrated here. But we have a lot of faith and reverence for Jhulelal Sahib," said Narinder Kumar Gangwani, a resident.

"There are many Sindhi families in Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat, so the day is celebrated with much enthusiasm there," he said.

"Earlier, we had an association of Sindhis when we would celebrate the birth anniversary of Jhulelal Sahib, but now we don't have any such association," said Prakash Chandar Gangwani.

"We have a great devotion for Jhulelal Sahib, but there is no temple devoted to Jhulelal Sahib, so we do not celebrate the day together," he stated. A city-based philatelist said he would cherish the postage stamp with respect in his philately collection.



Shopping mall: Land development authority visits city railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
A team of Railway Land Development Authority visited the city railway station to inspect a site for the proposed budget hotel and shopping complex. The entry point to the station will also be developed.

The authorities had sent a proposal to the Railway Ministry, following which the team visited the station. As per the proposal, shops will be constructed on the ground floor and the hotel will come up on the upper floor. A reservation centre and VIP waiting room will also be constructed. Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent, said, "The Railway Minister and senior officials are keen on developing the station. "We are waiting for the Railway Ministry's nod."



Body seeks release of arrested farmers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
Strongly reacting to repression let loose against the agitating farmers, the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta) has demanded immediate and unconditional release of arrested farmers and withdrawal of criminal cases registered against them.

In a memorandum submitted to the state government through the Deputy Commissioner, the district unit of the body said the police had arrested activists of various bodies of farmers who had launched an agitation on March 6 to seek remunerative prices of farm produce and acceptance of other genuine demands of farmers.

The BKU had asked the government to concede other demands like procurement price of crops as per report of Dr Swaminathan committee along with 50 per cent profit, remission of all debts of farmers, distribution of surplus land to landless farm workers, 200 units free electricity to workers and allotment of plots to them for residential purpose.

The farmers' body while expressing its concern over the persistent cut back in subsidies on farm products made a strong plea for restoration of all subsidies in the wake of poor financial health of the farmers.

"The government also ought to provide adequate compensation and rehabilitation measures to families of farmers who were forced to commit suicides. In addition to financial relief of Rs 5 lakh, one eligible member of the family be provided a government job and all debts of such families be remitted," the BKU demanded.

Police action

The police had arrested activists of various bodies of farmers who had launched an agitation on March 6 to seek remunerative prices of farm produce



Enrolment of Aadhaar cards resumes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Enrolment of Aadhaar cards resumed at the head post office today. The process was stalled for a month.

Information available online

Navneet Verma from Smart Chip Solutions said now people could update data and correct mistakes in their cards online. People can visit online and log in with their registration number and can correct any data. One can also visit the regional office at Sector 17 in Chandigarh to get a new copy of the card.



Justified transfer policy for MRs demanded

Ludhiana: The general secretary of the Punjab Medical Representative Association has demanded a ‘justified’ transfer policy for medical representatives.

Rajesh Kaul, who has also served as the president of the Ludhiana unit, said: “The state-level association will fight for the long-pending demands of medical representatives. These include a justified transfer policy as many times pharmaceutical companies transferred medical representatives without keeping in mind their performanc. The maximum working hours too should be fixed to eight hours.”

Another problem being faced by medical representatives is that companies distribute the same product to all the eight divisions, which adds to unnecessary pressure on them, he said.

He said the first state body meeting will be held tomorrow in which all these issues would be discussed. There are about 4,000 members in the state body. — TNS



Passers-by, police rescue two accident victims
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 18
Timely action by passers-by and the Dehlon police saved lives of two youths who were trapped in a car that caught fire after colliding with a cement-laden truck near Kilaraipur on the Dehlon- Pakhowal road last night.

Bawa of Ludhiana and Prabhdeep of Lohgarh village were rescued by some passers-by and a police team supervised by Station House Officer Satinder Pal Singh.

The Mercedes car, they were travelling in, was headed towards Kilaraipur when the driver lost control at a sharp turn and collided with the truck coming from the opposite side.

The collision was so powerful that the car was dragged for at least 20 feet. After the accident, the vehicle caught fire and passers-by had to break the windows to rescue the youths.

Profusely bleeding, they were shifted to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana. Driver of the truck succeeded in dodging the police.



Fill posts: Education officers

Ludhiana, March 18
The Block Panchayat Education Officers (BPEOs) held a meeting at the Mini Secretariat today. Bhushan Lala Khanna presided over the meeting. The officers said they were overburdened.

Implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act had doubled their work, they said. There are a total of 216 posts of BPEO in Punjab, and each officer covers nearly 80 schools.

The gathering said the vacant posts must be filled at the earliest, so that the work load could be divided. Besides, BPEOs must be considered at par with lecturers and should be paid accordingly, they said.

Officers also demanded a post of assistant BPEO as well as the recruitment of Class IV employees. — TNS



Govt dissolves MSME board
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The state-level advisory board for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of Punjab has been dissolved without any prior notice. The board could not even conduct its first meeting. The tenure of this board was three years.

The board was supposed to advise the state government on the ways to promotion the MSME sector. Stalwarts of industry were nominated as members of this board; however, the Punjab government dissolved the board without informing any of the members.

“This is an insult to the industrial associations of Punjab,” said Badish Jindal, national president of Federation of Association of Small Industries of India. Jindal was also a member of the board. Jindal has shot a letter to the Governor of Punjab requesting that the new board should not be considered for approval before the actual expiry date of the existing board.



Latest trends in financial sector discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The department of commerce at the SDP College for Women organised a one-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on the present scenario of the financial sector in India. Dr Deepak Kapoor, director, Panjab University Regional Center, was the chief guest during the inaugural session of the seminar.

Neel Kamal, head of commerce department, introduced the audience to the major thrust area of the seminar and its sub-themes including contemporary changes in banking, insurance sector reforms, capital marketing, financial performance of private sector banks in India, bancassurance, corporate governance and the timeliness of financial reporting.

Farewell party

The postgraduation department of commerce and business management of Arya College organised a farewell party for the outgoing students of BCom, BBA, MCom on Monday. Students were in high spirits.

They exhibited their talents through dance performances. Western, classical and bhangra performances were appreciated by the faculty and fellow students. Students also sashayed down the ramp.

College principal Dr RC Tejpal exhorted students to take a keen interest in cultural activities and sports along with academics in order to become an all-rounder.

The principal congratulated the award winners and wished them a bright future.

Prof AK Singla presented the annual report, highlighting various achievements of the department during the academic session 2012-13.




Cultural show

Ludhiana: A cultural programme comprising of folk and Western dances, songs and rhymes was held at Small Wonders on Monday. The stage was decorated with butterflies and colourful buntings. The pre-nursery students presented a programme based on the theme ‘Nature’. They were dressed as trees, flowers and animals. They gave the message of growing more trees. Nursery girls gave a breathtaking performance on the number ‘Radha teri chunri’ and boys performed on a medley. Dandia item captivated the audience. The programme ended with a bhangra performance. Principal Neeti Dewan congratulated children for their confident performances. Prize distribution function was also part of the celebrations. Children were given gifts, and awarded trophies for their achievements in academics, sports and other competitions.

Annual day

Indus World School celebrated its first annual day, Indutsav 2013, on Sunday. The school wore a festive look, while reflecting the theme of environment conservation. Balraj Bhasin, member, advisory board, and Davinder Bhasin and Mamta Batta, members of the governing board, graced the occasion. The show commenced with chanting of Sarv Dharm Prayer, an amalgamation of prayers of various religions. Principal Ramanjit Ghuman presented progress report of the school. The achievements where individual students brought laurels to the school were highlighted. The salsa performance by parents was well received. Enthusiastic parents accompanied by mentors then captivated all with their giddha and bhangra performances.

Welcome party

Ram Lal Bhasin Public School organised a welcome party for the Montessori wing. Students attended the school dressed in colourful attires. Various fun-filled activities were organised to treat the ‘special guests’. Children walked down the ramp. Tarun was crowned Mr Fresher and Harleen kaur grabbed the title of Ms Fresher. The principal, Mona Thakur, welcomed the new students.

Farewell party

A farewell party was organised at Cherrylane Play School on Monday. During the graduation ceremony all passing-out children were awarded certificates for successful completion of the nursery class. Parents were asked to write messages for the school, which were read out on the stage. The function ended with a cake-cutting ceremony.

Good Samaritan

Gurjinder Kaur Ginni, an NRI from Canada, has donated Rs 1 lakh and stationery to students of a school being run under the National Child Labour Project at Ambedkar Nagar. — TNS




Lowering age of consent opposed

Shai Imam and president of the Majlis Ahrar Islam Hind Maulana Habib-ur-Rahman has opposed the proposal of the government to lower the age of consent for girls from 18 to 16 years, saying the move was ill-conceived and will prove counter productive. Addressing a news conference, he said rather than acting tough against perpetrators of crimes against woman, the government was, in a way, trying to legitimise the heinous crimes like rape and abduction by lowering the age of consent. "Pre-marital physical relationship, even otherwise, was against the Indian culture and religious tenets of all communities,” he said.

CME on hepatitis

A continuing medical education on hepatitis C was organised by IMA, Ludhiana. Dr Anish Chopra, gastroentrologist and hepatologist consultant at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, was the speaker. He highlighted the causes and modes of spread of the disease. Dr Chopra also discussed various methods of treatment and means of preventing the disease. He said all doctors and paramedical staff should also get themselves screened for hepatitis C.


A seminar on the relevance of the ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev will be organised at Sunet village on March 23. It would be jointly organised by Inquilabi Kender, Punjab, at Baba Bhan Singh Yadgari Hall.


A meeting of Sarvjan Kalyan Parishad was organised at Circuit House today. It was the first meeting of the organisation. Strengthening the nation, removing the caste system and honouring martyrs was emphasised in the meeting. Dr DP Khosla from Safai Karmchari Bhalai Board was the chief guest. He said the youth should fight against social evils.

Habit-forming drugs seized

A team of district health department seized habit-forming drugs from a medical store on Pindi Street on Monday. Drug Inspector Sukhbeer Chand said, "On the directions of Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, we raided Gopal Medicos at Kundan Market on Pindi Street. We seized 7,200 capsules of spasmoproxyvon. These were worth Rs 14,000."

Library staff raise demands

Library restorers working in public and college libraries, along with the Democratic Library Employees Front, Punjab, announced a struggle to push their demands. They said that Shabad Prakash Library Act should be implemented in the state to prevent the youth from going astray and to promote book reading culture.


Youth Akali Dal honoured the producer, director and actors of the Punjabi movie 'Saada Haq'. Gurdeep Singh Gosha of the party said the movie brought forth "the truth of the dark period in Punjab". He said the movie also brought to the fore the unity shown by the Punjabi community despite the attempts of unscrupulous elements to disrupt the Hindu-Sikh unity in that period.

Dengue prevention

Sangeeta Bhandari from the women's wing of Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena has appealed to the Municipal Corporation to start fogging in advance to prevent dengue. “The administration starts acting when the mosquitoes already start spreading the disease,” she said. Fogging should be started early to curtail their breeding.

Modernisation of Ward No 48

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has said Ward No. 48 would be transformed into a modern ward by providing all the basic facilities. He said this during a function organised by the shopkeepers’ association of the ward.

Inns for devotees

Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar has said the organisation is building inns equipped with modern facilities for devotees visiting Harmandir Sabib, Amritsar. He said this during his visit to the city on Sunday.

Fill reserved vacancies: Dalits

A meeting of Dalit Adhikar Bachao Morcha, Punjab, was organised on Monday. It was presided over by Ram Chand Talwandi. It was decided in the meeting that a letter about the demands and rights of the Dalit community would be sent to the Chief Minister. They demanded vacancies for reserved categories should be filled without delay.

Marriages of poor girls solemnised

Jagraon: Marriages of 12 girls from financially weak families were solemnised at a function organised by the Lok Sewa Society. Local MLA SR Kaler, the chief guest, gave blessings to the newly married couples during the function organised at Geeta Bhavan. The society also provided utensils to the newly wed girls. Kaler applauded efforts of the society. He motivated the other non-governmental organisations to come forward and offer help to the needy people. Chairman of the society Gulshan Arora said the organisation had solemnised 150 marriages so far. — Tribune Reporters



2 held with Rs 2-cr drugs
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 18
The city police has nabbed two persons from different parts of the city and recovered 590 grams of psychotropic drugs worth Rs 2 crore from their possession. The drugs were allegedly meant to be used at a rave party. The accused have been identified as Brij Lal, a resident of New Hargobind Nagar, and Satbir Singh of Uttar Pradesh.

Brij Lal was nabbed from a checkpoint near the civil hospital, while Satbir Singh was arrested near Gill Chowk. Brij Lal was carrying 400-gm powder, while 190-gm psychotropic drugs were recovered from Satbir Singh.

The drugs have been sent to a special laboratory for chemical examination, the police said. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.

23-gram heroin seized

Jagraon: The Mullanpur Dakha police arrested two youths and seized 23 grams of heroin from their possession during two separate operations. The accused have been identified as Kulwant Singh, a resident of Ballowal village, and Davinder Singh, alias Lali, of Harnam Nagar in Ludhiana.

Station House Officer Manjinder Singh said the first accused was arrested from outside Kular village near Gurusar Sadhar. "A police team was patrolling the area, when a youth, on seeing the police, tried to escape. When searched, the police recovered 8 grams of heroin from him,” he said

The second accused, Davinder Singh, was arrested during a routine checking near Mandiani village. The police seized 15 grams of heroin from him. The police also impounded a Hero motorcycle from the accused.



Man killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
A resident of Kheri village was killed after being hit by a tractor-trailer on Saturday evening. The victim, Prem Kumar, was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered a case.

Flesh trade racket busted

With the arrest of six persons, including four women, the police has claimed to have busted a flesh trade racket at the Salem Tabri area. Dharampal, SHO, Salem Tabri, said following a tip-off, a raid was conducted.

The accused have been identified as Geeta, Manjeet Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur and Sonia. The police has arrested Mohd Aziz and Mohd Shaukat, who stated that they were customers.

Man duped of jewellery, cash

A swindler duped an elderly man of gold ornaments and Rs 20,000 today. Joginder Singh (80), a resident of Jamalpur, said a man entered his house on the pretest of asking an address. "When I told him that no such person lived in the area, he asked for a glass of water. I went inside to get him a glass of water, but he disappeared. Later, I was realised that the swindler had decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth," said Joginder Singh.



Fans raise a toast to Team India
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 18
Cricket fans broke into a frenzy as Team India scripted a comprehensive victory by six wickets over Australia to take a 3-0 lead in the four Tests series today. This is for the first time that India has taken 3-0 lead over formidable Aussies and is aspiring for a whitewash to create history of sorts.

Since morning, the lovers remained glued to their television sets for getting an update on the fifth and the final day of the penultimate Test played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

The visitors resumed the day's play at 75 for three and required 17 runs to make India bat again.

Today, the hosts tasted success instantly. Last evening's not out batsman NM Lyon was caught behind off Ravinder Jadeja. The visitors went on losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually their second innings folded at 223 runs, setting a target of 133 runs for victory.

Indian batsmen did a commendable job, scoring the required runs in 33.3 overs after losing just four wickets to lead the four Tests series 3-0. India had wrapped up first two Tests also. Budding cricketers, who undergo training at a coaching centre at Punjab Agricultural University, were overjoyous over their favourite cricketers making the visitors biting the dust at Mohali. These young boys cut a cake to celebrate home side's win.

The current Punjab Ranji players from Ludhiana, including Geetansh Khera, Karan Goel, Deepak Bansal, Baltej Singh and Rahul Singla, were a delighted lot when they were asked for their views. "The opening pair of Shekhar Dhawan and M Vijay provided India an ideal base and then Bhuwneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets yesterday to force the visitors on a back foot which paved the way for the hosts' win," they added.



Medal haul by PAU students
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 18
The students of Punjab Agricultural University have brought laurels to the university by clinching the overall championship trophy in sports for the fourth year in a row during the XIVth All-India Inter-Agricultural University Sports and Games Meet for 2012-13 organised at Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), Bidar, recently.

Dr Balwinder Singh, director, Students Welfare, said the university won four gold medals and one silver, besides one bronze medal during the meet. The PAU contingent, consisting of 48 students from the constituent colleges of the university and four officials, participated in athletics, basketball, badminton, table tennis and volleyball.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, congratulated the winning members and lauded their achievements.

In basketball (men), the PAU team won a gold medal by defeating Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, 35-24.

The team comprised of Raj Kamal Singh and Sumer S Aulakh (agri-engineering), Nikhil Khera (basic sciences), Piyush Sharma, Amandeep Singh, Tejinder Singh, Aalamdeep Singh, Sanjamveer Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Gurjeet Singh and Hardeep Singh (agriculture).

In badminton (men), the PAU squad bagged a gold medal. The team got better of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, 2-0. The team included Gurbaksh Singh (agri-engineering), Chanpreet Singh, Amit Bhasin and Puneet Inder Singh Grewal (agriculture).

In badminton (women), the PAU contingent clinched a gold medal by outplaying Govind Vallabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, 2-0. The team members are Harveen Kaur and Kashish Sharma (home science), Rohini Thakur and Jashandeep Kaur (agriculture).

In table tennis (women), paddlers from the PAU won a gold medal. The team outdid KVAFSU, Bidar, 3-1. The team consisted of Tanvi (agriculture), Gurpreet Kaur (agri-engineering), Prapti and Shweta Chauhan (home science).

In athletics (men), Raj Kamal Singh Dhillon and Azadwinder Singh (agri-engineering) won a silver medal and a bronze medal in long jump and high jump, respectively.

Charanjit Singh (badminton) along with Jaspal Singh, SAI table tennis coach, PAU, Harjinder Singh, SAI basketball coach, and Inderjit Singh, SAI handball coach, accompanied the PAU contingent at Bidar.



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