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SP, SI among 8 booked
Cops had ‘illegally confined’ complainant in land grab case
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The city police has booked eight persons, including Mangal Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) in the Chief Minister's security, Sub-Inspector Dalip Bedi, now posted in Fatehgarh Sahib, and retired Inspector Narata Ram, in a land grab and illegal confinement case.

The case was registered on the directions of Neeraj Singla, a Judge, on a complaint filed by Pal Singh, a resident of Ashapuri.

Besides these three, hotelier Chander Shekhar and his accomplices Rajesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Balwinder Kamar and Narinderpal Singh have also been booked.

The matter dates back to 1994 when Chander Shekhar, owner of a hotel in Bhadaur House, and Pal Singh were at loggerheads over a 3,367 sq yd plot in the Barewal area.

In his complaint, Pal Singh alleged that Chander Shekhar and his accomplices took illegal possession of his land. When he tried to stop them, they assaulted him.

He said when he approached the police to lodge a complaint, Dalip Bedi, who was then the SHO of the Sarabha Nagar police station, illegally confined him in the police station with the help of then ASI Narata Ram and then Sarabha Nagar DSP Mangal Singh.

He said while he was wrongfully confined to a cell, Chander Shekhar, along with his accomplices Rajesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Balwinder Kamar and Narinderpal Singh, ASI Narata Ram's son, took illegal possession of his land.

Pal Singh alleged that in order to save their skin, the policemen implicated him in a false case, which was registered at the Division No. 5 police station.

It is learnt that five inquiries have been conducted in the 19-year-old matter so far.

Gurveer Singh, SHO of the PAU police station, said on the phone that a vigilance inquiry had found the policemen at fault and had stated that Pal Singh was implicated in a false case, while another inquiry conducted by the CBI had given a clean chit to the policemen.

Pal Singh had move the court in the matter. The court ordered the police to register a case and investigate the matter.

The accused have been booked under Sections 323, 342, 447, 500, 148 and 149 of the IPC for assault, using deadly weapons, criminal trespass, defamation and wrongfully confining a person. None of the persons has been arrested.

Pal Singh also does not have a clean image. According to the SHO of the PAU police station, Pal Singh was declared a "bad character" as he was involved in 13 cases, including five pertaining to fraud.


Newborn sold for Rs 8 lakh to Delhi trader, rescued
Baby boy’s maternal grandfather, nurse, hospital attendant among four arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
A newborn baby boy, who was allegedly kidnapped by his maternal grandfather a fortnight ago, was reportedly sold to a Delhi-based businessman for Rs 8 lakh through Facebook.

The city police today arrested four persons, including a nurse and a middleman, who were involved in selling newborn children.

The accused have been identified as the baby boy's maternal grandfather Feroz, his friend Irfan, Gurpreet Singh and Sunita, who were working as an attendant and a nurse, respectively, at Satyam Hospital, where the baby was born.

ADCP (IV) NK Sharma said the woman's father, the nurse and the middlemen connived and allegedly sold the child in Delhi.

He said a police team was sent to Delhi, which rescued the baby. The baby has been handed over to his mother and is reported to be healthy.

On April 14, 20-year-old Noora, a resident of Iqbal Nagar in Basti Jodhewal, along with her mother, had approached the police and lodged a complaint against her father Firoz for kidnapping her baby.

Noora was deserted by her husband nearly four months ago. As she was five months' pregnant, she started living with her parents. Noora said she gave birth to a baby boy on April 9. She alleged that ever since the birth of the baby, her father wanted to sell her son.

On April 10, nurse Sunita and attendant Gurpreet Singh allegedly took the baby and the next day she was told that the baby had died due to an ailment. The duo gave Noora Rs 45,000 and told her to stay quiet.

During questioning, Noora's father Firoz told the police that the baby was sold to a businessman in Delhi in connivance his friend Irfan, hospital attendant Gurpreet Singh and nurse Sunita.

He told the police that Gurpreet Singh had struck a deal with a businessman for Rs 8 lakh. The deal was made on the social networking website, Facebook.



Thieves strike at NRI’s house
Decamp with gold jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh, LCD
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Thieves struck at a house of an NRI located in Sarabha Ngar and decamped with gold jewellery worth over Rs 7 lakh, besides a 52-inch LCD and other valuables. The house belongs to Mohinderpal Kaur, who is currently staying in Australia following the death of her husband.

The matter came to light when Jagdev Kaur, a retired school Principal and Mohinderpal Kaur's elder sister, reached the house this morning along with other relatives following information given by a servant and neighbours that some noise was heard from the house at midnight.

When the relatives entered the house, they were shocked to find it ransacked. Mohinderpal's relatives informed the police about the incident.

In her complaint to the police, Jagdev Kaur said Baldev Singh, the owner of the house and her brother in-law who was a coloniser, had died in December 2012 and since then her sister was living with her daughter Amarinder Kaur, who was settled in Australia.

On March 15, the duo had gone to Australia and had left their servant, Ram Bachan, who had been serving them for the past over 30 years, as the caretaker of the house. Bachan used to sleep in the servant quarters located at some distance from the house.

The accused allegedly entered the house by breaking open the door lock of the drawing room. Then took away jewellery from the cupboards in the bedroom and also an LCD and clothes. They left the empty jewellery bags near the entrance to the drawing room before leaving the house.

IPS officer Deepak Helori and Inspector Mandeep Singh reached the spot and started investigations. Teams of fingerprint experts also inspected the spot.

Helori said the police had registered a case in this regard. Inspector Mandeep Singh said the theft seemed to be the handiwork of an insider as the accused exactly knew where the gold jewellery had been kept.



Work hit as government fails to appoint LIT Executive Officer
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 23
The Local Government Department, Punjab, has failed to appoint a new Executive Officer for the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) after Avtar Singh Azad was sent on compulsory retirement on April 11 on a charge of dereliction of duty. Senior officials have not made any temporary arrangement to deal with the day-to-day working of the Trust.

With the post vacant for the past 11 days, the working has come to a standstill and visitors have returned disappointed.

The staff dealing with the public at the LIT is also a harassed lot since those coming to the office for works such as registration of sale deeds, making late payment towards instalments and transfer of property have to be turned back as the Executive Officer is the dealing official for all these works.

The worst sufferer is the accounts department since all financial transactions have to be routed through the Executive Officer, who has the authority to sign cheques and operate bank accounts.

An official in the engineering wing said the payments to be made to contractors for the execution of development and maintenance works had been delayed further.

"If the situation continues for a few more days, some contractors, expecting payments of their bills last week, may discontinue the ongoing works due to an element of uncertainty prevailing right now," said an official on condition of anonymity.

Although it was not officially confirmed, sources said former Executive Officer Azad was also moving various quarters for a review of the decision of his premature retirement, which had come almost at the fag end of his career as he was due for retirement in a couple of months.

"Right now, all important decisions are being put on hold. Only documents of emergency nature or date-bound payments of utility bills are being dealt with at the level of the Chairman," said an employee of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust.

RK Verma, Commissioner of the municipal corporation, who also holds the additional charge of the Chairman of the LIT, said there was no definite information about the appointment of the Executive Officer. Some arrangement will be made in the next three days, he said.

Former officer making efforts?

Although it was not officially confirmed, sources said former Executive Officer Azad was also moving various quarters for a review of the decision of his premature retirement, which had come almost at the fag end of his career as he was due for retirement in a couple of months


Right now, all important decisions are being put on hold. Only documents of emergency nature or date-bound payments of utility bills are being dealt with at the level of the Chairman

an employee, litx



GLADA sells 11 properties for Rs 6.74 cr
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today realised Rs 6.74 crore from the sale of 11 commercial properties in the Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, and Dhandari Kalan, Phase III. Shop-cum-flat (SCF) sites, shops and booths of the total 29 properties on offer were sold at a marginal premium of around 4 per cent over their total reserve price of Rs 6.47 crore.

According to RK Popli, Estate Officer, who conducted the auction along with Additional Chief Administrator Baldev Singh, of the five SCF sites, each with an area of 121 sq yards in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, two were sold, while six booths, measuring 22.68 sq yards each, of the total 10 proposed to be put under the hammer in the same locality found buyers.

The SCF site was sold at the highest bid of Rs 82,100 per sq yard against its reserve price of Rs 80,694 per sq yard while the highest price fetched by a booth was Rs 1,40,600 per sq yard against its reserve price of Rs 1,14,912 per sq yard.

The buyers' response to the SCF sites in Dhandari Kalan, Phase III, turned out to be lukewarm as just one site, measuring 121 sq yards, was sold of the total 11 put under the hammer. The SCF site yielded a nominal premium and was sold for Rs 1,62,000 per sq yard against the floor price of Rs 1,60,752 per sq yard.

Two shops of the three offered for sale in the same area were sold at a comparatively high premium. The highest bid of Rs 1,60,500 per sq yard was offered for a shop with an area of 33.33 sq yards each against its reserve price of Rs 1,34,705 per sq yard.

Popli said over 25 bidders participated in the auction after the payment of the eligibility fee of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 for the SCF sites and booths/shops, respectively.



Eve-teasers attack girl’s father, held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Two eve-teasers were arrested for culpable homicide after they attacked and injured a girl's father, who was trying to protect his daughter from being molested in the Dugri area here last evening.

The incident took place when the 19-year-old girl, a BCom student at Arya College, was on her way home after attending tuition classes. The girl's father, along with his wife and brother, was standing at Dugri as the girl had already informed them that some eve-teasers had been stalking her every day.

As soon as she left her tuition classes, two youngsters started following her. The girl's father said he had informed the Dugri police station about the incident. The girl's father and his brother tried to overpower the eve-teasers to take them to the police station, but they attacked the girl's father with bricks. He suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital. The eve-teasers fled the spot.

The accused have been identified as Gunpreet Singh, a BTech student and resident of Upkar Nagar, and Gagandeep Singh of the Kapoor Market on the Bindraban road in the Civil Lines, who runs a sewing machine business.

Dugri SHO Satwinder Singh said, "We have arrested both eve-teasers. The duo was produced in a court, which remanded them in judicial custody.”



dsp murder case
2 accused move HC for bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Two accused in the DSP Balraj Gill double murder case have sought regular bail. The two, Ravinder Singh and Hasanjeet Singh, have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the rejection of their bail plea on February 11 by a Ludhiana court.

Taking up the petition, Justice Sabina has issued a notice of motion to the state of Punjab and other respondents. Counsel Harpreet Sandhu filed a power of attorney in the court on behalf of the complainant in the case, Kashmira Singh Gill.

The case came up for resumed hearing this afternoon, but could not make much headway. It will now come up for resumed hearing on May 13.

DSP Gill and Monika, a resident of Ludhiana Model Town, were brutally murdered at Agnihotri farmhouse near Golf Link Apartments on Hambran Road, 7 km from the city, on February 1 last year.

A day after the incident, an FIR was registered for murder and other offences under Sections 302, 379, 465, 468, 471, 474, 201, 120 B and 34 of the IPC. All six accused were arrested and sent to judicial custody. A challan was produced in a Ludhiana court on June 12 last year.

Charges were framed by the Additional Sessions Court on January 15. Ravinder Singh and Hasanjeet Singh, currently lodged at Ludhiana, filed a petition for regular bail before the Additional Sessions Court on February 5. But, both the applications were dismissed. The trial is pending for April 29.



Youth gets 7-year jail for rape
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 23
Additional Sessions Judge Surinder Pal Kaur has convicted a youth, Upinder Paswan (25), a resident of Ranjit Da Vehra, Meharban village, Ludhiana, of kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old minor girl.

He was sentenced to undergo seven years' rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on the accused.

A case was registered against the accused at the Meharban police station on Feburary 12, 2011. According to the prosecution, the accussed kidnapped the girl, who was residing in the same vehra, and took her to Bihar, where he raped her.



Local politicians have their way
Tehbazari officials return without carrying out anti-encroachment drive
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The officials of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had to face politicians' ire for yet another day today. A day after the building branch officials were prevented by politicians from removing encroachments from Haibowal, the Tehbazari officials, who had gone to remove encroachments from the Shingar Cinema road today, were stopped by the local politicians.

The local residents, shopkeepers and "rehri" owners held a protest against the MC team. They forcibly took away five confiscated "rehris".

The protesters were led by area councillor Inder Aggarwal and later BJP district president Parveen Bansal joined them.

According to information, the Tehbazari wing officials had gone to the Shingar Cinema area to clear the road of illegal "rehris". The officials claimed that the drive was planned following a complaint by a resident.

When the officials started confiscating "rehris", their owners objected to the drive, claiming that these were parked on the footpath and were in now way slowing the flow of traffic. However, the officials continued with the drive. When area councillor Inder Aggarwal came to know about the drive, he rushed to the spot and asked the officials to leave the area.

The MC Tehbazari Superintendent, Rajeev Bharadwaj, said he had gone to the area to clear the cinema road of encroachments following a complaint. "We were not allowed to confiscate 'rehris' as Parveen Bansal and Inder Aggarwal resisted the drive. Bansal stated that he will speak to the MC Commissioner about it, so we came back," he claimed.

Speaking to The Tribune, Inder Aggarwal claimed that earlier the ‘rehris’ used to block the flow of traffic. "I persuaded the ‘rehri’ owners to shift to the footpaths. It's sad that the MC officials confiscated the ‘rehris’, which were parked in a corner. I wonder why the Tehbazari officials fail to notice the ‘rehris’ parked outside the Zone A office, at Field Ganj, Saban Bazar, Chaura Bazar and other such areas. It's almost every fortnight that these ‘rehris’are confiscated," he claimed.

Aggarwal stated if the MC wanted to clear the road of encroachments, they should first take action against the government offices and banks in the area. "Several vehicles remain parked on the Shingar Cinema Road outside these banks, but the Tehbazaari wing has never confiscated them. The MC should, in fact, provide a piece of land to these 'rehri' owners," he added.



transfer jitters
Zila Parishad elections bring respite to govt officials
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
In view of the coming Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections in Punjab, which have been scheduled for the second week of May, the State Election Commission has banned new postings in the state till May 31. The ban has come as a major "relief" to officials who were having transfer jitters.

However, they feel they will be transferred anytime as the Lok Sabha elections-2014 are likely to be announced anytime.

According to the Election Commission, the officials, who have been posted in a district for the last three years, have to be shifted in any case. In almost all the departments, the issue of transfers is extensively discussed among officials.

"Thankfully, we will not be transferred till May 31. But for how long can we escape from transfers? My transfer is long due and it will be notified anytime after May 31," said one of the top officials here.

Another senior PCS official said she was mentally prepared as her transfer was on the cards. "Since my children are studying here, I wish I was posted nearby. The government has the right to shift us anywhere and we must not complain," she added.

"Of course, it is not easy to adjust to a new environment but there is no other option. We all have to abide by the rules".

An official in the Excise Department here said he was granted a "grace" extension by the government. "Ludhiana, which is a happening town, attracts officials. I have told my wife and children to be ready to leave the city anytime. Both my children like the city very much and they feel bad when the issue of transfer is discussed. But, you can not escape it," he said, adding that many officials had "sources" in Chandigarh, who provide them information about any changes being carried out by the government.

Being an industrial hub and one of the biggest districts of Punjab, transfer to Ludhiana is considered as a "plum-posting". And most of the officials feel bad when they are posted to small districts.



All set for ZP poll, says Deputy Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, while briefing the media at the Bachhat Bhawan today, said elaborated arrangements had been made for a smooth conduct of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections.

Tiwari said from April 26 to April 30, candidates could file their nomination papers with the respective returning officers. The scrutiny of papers will be done on May 2 and candidates could withdraw their nominations on May 3. The date of polling is May 12 and counting will be held on May 14. The Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections will be over by May 15.

The polling staff will get the required material from the Zila Parishad office on April 25, said Tiwari.



Wheat arrivals pick up in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 23
After a slow beginning, wheat arrivals in the grain markets here have picked up in the last week. Wheat procurement is in full swing at Jagraon Grain Market, which is the second largest grain market in Asia after Khanna Grain Market.

Jaswinder Singh, secretary, Market Committee Jagraon, said: "Wheat arrivals at the local grain market have increased manifold in the last two or three days. More than 1,000 quintals of wheat has arrived at Jagraon Grain Market in the last three days. Apart from the local grain market, wheat arrivals have also picked up in all the grain markets located in the rural areas," said Jaswinder Singh.

The arrival of wheat at the local grain market in the last couple of days has been quite high compared to wheat arrivals recorded in the last week. Last week, only 700 quintal of wheat had arrived at the local grain market while the wheat arrivals recorded in the last three days have touched the 1,000 quintal mark.

"The pace of wheat arrival is expected to pick up further in the coming days as harvesting is in full swing. Elaborate arrangements have been made at all the grain markets of the area for a smooth procurement of wheat and we have been working round the clock to make sure that farmers face minimum problems," added Jaswinder Singh.

Despite a rapid rise in wheat arrivals, procurement is going on smoothly at the local grain market. According to the figures provided by the officials of the Jagraon Market Committee, more than 80 per cent of wheat brought to the Jagraon Grain Market has been procured by various government agencies. "The remaining wheat has not been procured for there was moisture beyond the permissible limit in it," said Jaswinder Singh.

The officials have appealed to the farmers to bring fully ripe wheat crop with minimum moisture contents to avoid harassment.

The farmers have expressed satisfaction over procurement process.



Delay in starting pool worries swimmers
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 23
Though the swimming pools at private clubs have been functioning for the past two weeks, there is little hope the Municipal Corporation will make its pool functional till May 1. The MC authorities have invited tenders for the maintenance of pool on April 20.

Coaches and players, who use the MC pool, are quite worried as to how they will prepare for the upcoming competitions.

Rajinder Boparai, coach at the MC swimming pool, said: "Our competitors have been practising for the past 15 days but we have no hope of starting practice here till April 30. Swimming trials and competitions will start from May 10. How will the players perform good in these competitions without getting adequate time for practice?"

Visakha Singh, a senior coach from the city,said: "The pool should have been filled by the first week of April". While the Municipal Corporation has again failed to repair the broken tiles in the swimming pool, sanitation is also in poor state in its adjoining areas.

Balwinder Singh, SDO, Municipal Corporation, said: "We have to do a lot of paper work before starting the pool. Workers have been deputed to clean it. It will be made functional by May 1."



delhi rape case
Protest for speedy justice
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The five-year-old innocent girl, Gudia, who was brutally raped and tortured by two youths in Delhi recently, has left an impact on the tender minds (children), who talk about the incident with their parents and teachers. The capital of India seems to have become a "deadly" place, where they do not wish to visit.

The Tribune correspondent spoke a number of children aged between 7-14 years, who feel that girls were not secure in Delhi and anything could happen to them if they visit Delhi.

Surabhi (name changed), a Class V student, said raping a five-year-old child was a barbaric act. "My mother made me aware about the incident and cautioned me not to get friendly with strangers. Besides this, she also explained me that I should not trust the near and dear ones too and talk immediately about anything suspicious to her. While I play in the park or when I go to my friend's place, she sends my elder brother with me now," said the student.

A teacher at Sacred Heart School said while she was taking her English class today, a few girl students asked her if Delhi was a "deadly" place.

"I asked them why they were asking such a question. Responding to my question they said so many rape incidents are being reported from Delhi which means that it was a bad city for girls. Though I tried to give them the best possible explanation but they did not look satisfied. This scary impact will last long on their tender minds," said the teacher.

Meanwhile, the protests to bring speedy justice to Gudia continued here. The members of the Matra Shakti Bachao Association by holding black flags in their hands held a protest march and raised slogans against the political leaders. They said if the government should step down on moral grounds. "The incidents against girls/women are increased on and the government is not even bothered," said one of the members.

Signature campaign

An NGO, Ehsaas, held a signature campaign to provide speedy justice to Gudia at Dandi Swami. President of the organisation Sangeeta Bhandari said that she was an innocent child and was tortured by "wolves". "A speedy justice should be provided to the victim," said Bhandari.



Special immunisation drive from April 25
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
In continuation with the RI (Routine Immunisation) Intensification Drive and in line with the World Immunisation Week (2013), four rounds of special immunisation weeks will be observed in the current year. Its first round is going to start from April 25.

District immunization Officer Dr sanjeev Hans said, "Four rounds will be be held. Round one will be from April 25 to April 30, round two will be from June 3 to June 8, round three will be from July 8 to July 13, round four will be from August 19 to August 24."

The routine immunisation on Wednesday and Saturday will be held as per the schedule.

The Government of India had declared 2012-13 as the year of ‘Intensification of Routine Immunization’.



General body meeting held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
A general body meeting of the Ludhiana Focal Point Association, Phase IV-A, was held here today. The meeting was presided over by Rajan Gupta, president of the association. The balance sheet for 2012-13 was presented by Sita Ram Bansal, finance secretary, which was approved unanimously.

Discussions were held regarding the problems being faced by the members of the association particularly the dumping of garbage by safai karamcharis behind plot No D-143, just at the entrance of phase IV-A and unscheduled power cuts.



board norms
Check land status of schools, DEO told
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The Punjab School Education Board has sent a list of about 303 private schools in the district, which were allegedly functioning from an area less than 500 sq yards. The District Education Officer(DEO )has been asked to inspect these schools and submit a report.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said she had received the list all these were private schools affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board functioning from an area less than 500 sq yards, which was one of the conditions for getting affiliation from the board.

“I will soon constitute teams comprising principals/senior teachers to check if the schools fulfil the other norms of the board or not. A report will be sent to the board in this regard,” said the DEO.



panjab university
Narjit tops MA-III sociology exam
Lovleen Bains

Doraha,April 23
Narjit Kaur of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has topped the Panjab University MA sociology (Semester-III) exams. Narjit Kaur has secured 81.75 marks in the subject. She had secured second position in PU MA sociology (Semester-I) exams.

"Despite the fact that she got married in between her student life, she has taken care of her family as well as studies and has secured even better this time. Narjit is a girl of determination and I have high hopes from my daughter," said her proud father.

Navanpreet Kaur and Reema Goswami of the same class has secured second and third position by securing 79 per cent and 77.75 per cent marks, respectively.

Dr Gurjit Virk Sidhu, head of the department of sociology, said: "A total of 18 students appeared in the exams and all have passed with first divisions."




Khanna students shine in university exams

Ludhiana: The AS College for Women, Khanna, got 100 per cent result in the first semester exams of MSc (Maths) declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Swaranjeet Kaur and Geetika Bansal of the college bagged fifth position and sixth position, respectively in the university exam. President of the AS High School trust Ashok Sharma (Advocate), college secretary Vikas Mehta along with the college principal Dr Meenu Sharma congratulated the staff members of PG Department of Mathematics and students for there outstanding result.

Vocational training

Many students fail to choose a rightful career path in spite of being talented, skilful and intelligent because of inadequate skill development training of students. This was said by Prof Harpreet Singh, principal, Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT), while addressing the students, who completed the 2-day vocational training programme in the fields of computer designing, banking and communication skills. More than 100 students from government schools of Sahnewal attended the training programme. The students of knitting and technology stream were given specialised training on how to use various softwares by Sagar Kapoor and Anchal Sharma of the DIMT. The students of banking stream were given exposure in banking processes and procedures by Dr Nishi Bala, Raman Kumar and Saranleen Kaur. The students were also made to attend career guidance session to update their information about the latest courses. While interacting with the students, the principal advised the students to follow their interest while selecting the course. The principal wished students luck for their future endeavours. — TNS




Foundation day

Ludhiana: The students of the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, celebrated their foundation day on Tuesday. The day began with the “hawan” ceremony. Various skill oriented competitions like drawing competition for Class III, creative writing competition for Classes IV and V, slogan writing and poster making competitions for Classes VI to VIII and paper reading contest for the students of Classes IX and X were organised on the campus based on the theme of “my dream school”.

Training workshop

A two-day training workshop on the continuous and comprehensive Evaluation was held in Radha Vatika Senior Secondary School, Khanna. Many members of the Sahodya Schools (East), principals and teachers participated in the workshop. Director of Sahodya (East) Gurinderpal Singh; principal of Rara Sahib school and principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Doraha, and DP Thakur, Treasurer, Sahodya (East); welcomed the resource persons, Radha Singh and Sushant Wadhwa, and all the delegates who attended the workshop. She touched all the areas like enhancing capacity building, communication skills, soft skills, introspecting self as a leader, acknowledging, differentiation, understanding mindsets and creating a learning culture within the school. It was an interactive workshop where all members participated whole heartedly.

Mahavir Jayanti

The World Earth Day and Mahavir Jayanti were celebrated on Tuesday on the premises of SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal. A slogan writing competition on the topic “face of climate change” was also organised on the occasion. The students presented hymns on the life Mahavir.

World Book Day

The ‘World Book Day' was celebrated at BCM Kindergarten with a great zeal and fervour. The young scholars were introduced to various books in the school library. The students showed a keen interest in the books and enjoyed looking at the pictures. “Books are our true friends and a great treasure in our life. Habit of reading must be imbibed in the children right from their childhood,” said Dr Vandna Shahi.

Blue Day

The Blue Colour Day was celebrated on Tuesday at Toddler’s World of Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri. The event was celebrated to acquaint the little cherubs with the concept of blue colour. The Blue Colour Day was celebrated for the little ones; wherein a thorough understanding of blue colour was given through different activities like showing the students by creating a water scene with lot of blue coloured fish and sea animals. The classrooms and corridors were beautifully decorated with blue coloured objects, balloons, ribbons and soft toys. The little cherubs made blue coloured boats and sang the song “row row, row your boat” while rowing their boats in the school splash pool. To mark this special day the students and teachers were dressed in blue coloured dresses. — TNS




Admission process begins

Ludhiana: The admission process for the academic session 2013-14 commenced at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The university has invited applications from the candidates residing in Punjab and Chandigarh for the admission to various undergraduate, postgraduate programmes and diploma course. Dr PK Khanna, PAU Registrar, said: “The prospectus can be obtained from the Centre for Communication and International Linkages, PAU, Ludhiana, and the in charge, Institute of Agriculture, Gurdaspur.” The prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the PAU website. For course, details candidates can visit the PAU website. The last date to apply for the academic programme’s entrance test is May 8, 2013, whereas with late fee, it is May 15, 2013. The last date to apply for the academic programmes without entrance test is June 18, 2013 whereas with late fee, it is June 25, 2013. — TNS




Animal welfare camp

Ludhiana: The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised an animal welfare camp at Umedpur-Dugri village on Tuesday. A team of experts, Dr M P Gupta, Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Dr Udeybir Singh and Dr Ashwani Kumar from the veterinary university, were present on the occasion to treat the animals and to guide the livestock farmers. During the camp, as many as 50 cases of buffaloes, cows, bullocks and dogs were taken up. Dr RS Sahota, director of the extension education, revealed that more animal welfare camps will be held regularly for the welfare of animals. — TNS





Ludhiana: Divisional secretary of the Northern Railwaymen Union (NRMU) Daljit Singh has sought support of the railway employees for the elections of the union to be held on April 25, 26 and 27. The verdict of the elections will settle the issue for the recognition to the union as an official body of the employees. Focusing on the achievements of the union, he said the body was committed to take a stand against policies of privatisation of railways, handing over railway's land to private players and threatening the future of the employees by allowing FDI in pension fund.

Medical camp

The Ved Parchar Mandal (West) organised a free homeopathic medical check-up camp at Phullanwal village. A large team of senior and experienced doctors conducted medical check-up of patients belonging to all age groups under the expert guidance of Dr Satish Kapoor.


The youth Congress workers from Gill constituency protested against the increase of power tariffs. The protest took place at Agar Nagar. The protest was led by Harjinder Dhindsa. The workers were arrested by the police and were later let free. Dhindsa said the party was struggling for the interests of the public.


A design awareness seminar was organised by the Printing and Packaging Cluster Development Company. Gaytri Singh, chief coordinator (North Zone), Design Clinic Scheme, Ministry of MSME, gave a presentation on the design clinic scheme. She explained various concepts of design technology proposed by their agency at various places which helped industries reducing production cost drastically. She said that their survey would be conducted at 15-20 units in Ludhiana which would include thorough examination of the production process and unit layout. After the inspection, report of suggestions for improvement would be given to the individual units separately. She said Ludhiana has the potential to do something unique.


Ravi Sharma has been appointed as the senior vice-president of the women cell of the Anti-Crime Bureau Against Corruption. Vipul Sharma has been appointed as the secretary of the urban wing of the bureau.


A special meeting of the Sarvjan Kalyan Prishad was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Dr DP Khosla, national co-ordinator. Speaking on the occasion, he said: "Very soon a meeting will be held to take care of the problems being faced by the people who are from other states and are residing in the city. " — TNS



Teacher booked on charge of molestation
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 23
The Khanna police has registered a case against a teacher on the charge of molesting a student of Class IX. The incident happened at a government school near Khanna. SHO Sadar Khanna Waryam Singh said a student of Class IX of Shaheed Karnail Singh Issru Government Senior Secondary School, Issru, alleged that a teacher of her school molested her.

The complainant alleged that the teacher called her to the school staff room on the pretext of showing some exam papers and when she went to see the teacher he molested her as no body was present in the staff room.

SHO said the complainant alleged that somehow she managed to run outside from the staff room after freeing herself from the clutches of the teacher and narrated the entire incident to her parents who brought her to the police station and lodged a complaint with the police.

SHO said the police has registered a case in this regard under the relevant sections and appropriate action would be taken after the probe.



Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
With the arrest of two persons and recovery of 15 stolen motorcycles, the city police claims to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves, who used to sell the stolen motorcycles on instalments to factory labourers.

The accused have been identified as Harjinder Singh, a resident of Rasulpur village, under the Phillaur police station, and Sonu Singh, a resident of Preet Nagar, Tajpur road. Vicky Sharma, a resident of Tibba road, has absconded.

The ADCP IV, NK Sharma, said one of the accused had a master key to open the locks of motorcycles.

After lifting the vehicle, Vicky used to prepare fake documents and then sell them to migrant labourers, who work in factories, on monthly instalments.

"They used to charge from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 per month," said Sharma.



27 bottles of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
The Excise and Taxation Department today conducted raid at the Captain Jack Sparrow Restaurant located at Elite Arcade, Mall road, and found that they were serving liquor without any license.

"As many as 27 bottles of liquor were found on the spot. They were seized by the department. The owner does not hold license for serving liquor. Manager of the restaurant Rinku has been arrested while Sunny Khosla, owner of the restaurant, managed to escape from the spot," said Parminder Singh, Excise and Taxation Officer.



Inter-school chess meet on April 27

Ludhiana, April 23
The second edition of the Ludhiana District Inter-school Prize Money Chess Championship will be held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, on April 27 and 28. Cash prizes worth Rs 21,600 will be given to the winners.

According to Vikas Sharma, president of the Ludhiana District Chess Association, competitions in three age groups (under 9, under 13 and under 17, both boys and girls) will be conducted according to the Swiss league system in six rounds under the latest FIDE rules.

Interested players may confirm their participation by April 24 with Vikas Sharma (9815730066), Arvinder Preet Singh (9814084872) or IK Kalia (9814120639). — OC



Basketball trials on April 24
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 23
Trials to select the Ludhiana district basketball squads (sub-junior boys and girls) will be conducted at the Guru Nanak Stadium at 4.30 pm on April 24. Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, said players born on or after January 1, 2000, could take part in these trials.

They have to bring their date of birth certificates.

The selected boys and girls will represent Ludhiana district in the Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship to be held in Bathinda from April 25 to 28.



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