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Fogging operations
Mosquitoes fail to wake up civic body
Councillors flooded with pleas from residents
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
It seems the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is not serious about the health of city residents, many of whom have already started losing sleep due to the mosquito menace. However, the MC plans to start fogging only in month of June. This despite the fact that councillors have been flooded with requests for fogging from city residents.

The medicine used in fogging machines is yet to be issued.

Last year, the civic body had started fogging through hand-held machines from April 1, but this time the civic body doesn’t seem to have any such plans as the councillors have still not been provided with the medicine used in fogging machines.

The Civil Surgeon has written to the MC stating that fogging should be started from June 16.

It is learnt that the medicine used for fogging is not approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but despite this the civic body continues to use it.

To check the spread of dengue, the MC had purchased 75 hand-held fogging machines from Germany by spending Rs 50 lakh in April 2011. Later, these machines were handed over to all councillors. Councillors say these fogging machines are like guns without ammunition.

Dr Vipin Malhotra said the Civil Surgeon had written to the MC stating that intensive fogging should start from June 16. “However, we have started fogging in high-risk areas. Fogging is done from 4 pm to 6 pm daily. Mosquitoes present in this weather are not very harmful,” claimed Dr Malhotra.


Sale of properties
Sluggish real estate market upsets GLADA plans
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 26
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had gone on an overdrive to sell commercial sites, built-up properties and residential flats in April to mop up the much-needed resources for several ongoing projects. The persistent slowdown in the real estate sector has, however, upset its apple cart with the four auctions conducted so far yielding results much lower than the expectations.

Yet another public auction for the sale of residential plots in Sector 39-A on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road is slated for April 29.

GLADA had offered for sale residential plots in Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road, which had a total reserve price of Rs 16.10 crore. In the auction conducted on April 15, only 19 of the 27 plots were sold for Rs 10.42 crore, which was a reasonably good performance, but that was, perhaps, the end of the party for GLADA.

The public auction for the sale of commercial sites in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, and Dhandari Kalan, Phase III, which followed on April 23, turned out to be a poor show as of all commercial sites with a floor price of Rs 27.88 crore, only a few were sold for Rs 6.74 crore.

The worst was still to come. Another auction conducted on April 25 for the sale of residential plots in Dugri, Phase II, a fully developed posh residential locality, was a total fiasco as no bidders turned up to take part in the auction. The plots proposed to be put under the hammer had a floor price of Rs 6.10 crore.

An auction held by GLADA today to sell commercial sites in Dhandari Kalan, Phase II, also failed to cheer up the gloomy scenario as of the 13 sites (four shop-cum-flats and nine booths) having a total reserve price of Rs 10.39 crore, only one SCF and five booths found bidders, yielding Rs 2.69 crore, marginally above the reserve price of the properties at Rs 2.65 crore.

The residential plots in Sector 39-A on Chandigarh Road, proposed to be put on the block on April 29 carry a reserve price tag of Rs 14.03 crore. But with the kind of track record of sale of properties, at least during this month, GLADA officials are not pinning much hopes on the forthcoming auction.

Even if the premium that the commercial sites and residential plots attract during the public auction of properties is not taken into account, the performance of GLADA as far as the sale of properties is concerned, is poor to say the least. In the four public auctions conducted so far, properties with a total reserve price of Rs 60.47 crore were offered for sale. However, the sold properties, yielding Rs 19.85 crore, brought just about one-third of the targeted amount to the GLADA kitty.

Disappointed over the results of the auctions held this month to sell commercial sites and residential plots, senior GLADA officials are learnt to be planning a change in strategy. "We are planning to change our strategy. From next month onwards, auctions of only such properties will be conducted that are in demand. Besides, we will keep a reasonable gap between the auctions," said an official.



Vector-borne diseases
Health Dept gets its act together
Poor infrastructure, staff shortage a hurdle
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
With the onset of the summer season, the worries of the ill-equipped Health Department have also increased manifold as experts fear more cases of water and vector-borne diseases this year as compared to last year. The department is already grappling with poor infrastructure and a shortage of manpower.

The District Epidemiologist, Dr Puneet Juneja, said, "To cater to the city having a population of more than 30 lakh, we have only 36 members in the anti-larva wing. We have constituted 18 teams of the wing having two members each. These teams spray medicine on stagnant water, use spray in the house of a confirmed dengue patient and the surrounding houses and spread awareness among the public about the disease."

Dr Juneja said, "Yesterday, we collected mosquito larvae from stagnant water near the Sidhwan Canal bridge at Jawaddin and from water of a dyeing unit in the city. We sprinkled medicine at both the places and also informed the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the owner of the dyeing unit about it."

The department has also started an awareness campaign from April 1 by holding lectures in government schools. Dr Juneja said, "We cover two government schools in a week and tell children and the school staff about water and vector-borne diseases."

Mosquito breed checkers needed

The department is in need of breed checkers to know the breed of mosquitoes in a particular place. The department was allowed to appoint breed checkers last year, but that happened too late. The Civil surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, said, "They are paid the minimum wages, which are far less than the market rates. So it is difficult to find breed checkers. Last year also, they joined us very late."

What the civil surgeon has to say

Despite a shortage of staff, we have prepared a roster to cater to different areas in the city. The employees get overburdened, but we have no option as the government has refused to appoint more staff as of now. I will hold a meeting with the district education officers (Primary and Secondary) and senior medical officers in the district and issue them guidelines. Dr Subhash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana



NRI’s murder: Wife, paramour awarded life imprisonment
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, April 26
Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh has convicted Kulwinder Kaur (30) of Guru Gian Vihar, Dugri, Phase I, and her paramour Balwinder Singh, alias Amni (29), of Lahil village, Dehlon, on a charge of killing NRI Kiranjit Singh.

The court ordered them to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 20,000 was imposed upon the woman. Her paramour was ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

Kiranjit Singh had come from Abu Dhabi in December 2010 and he was to return on March 20, 2011, but his wife Kulwinder Kaur hatched a conspiracy with her paramour and eliminated him.

"The husband was an impediment in their illicit relations, which led to his murder," the court said in its judgment.

Initially, it appeared to be a blind murder case. However, later the police found that his wife, along with her paramour, a kabaddi player, had strangled the 28-year-old NRI.

The accused were suspecting that Kiranjit had come to know about their illicit relations and strangled him to death while he was sleeping. Thereafter, they took the body on a motorcycle and threw it in a field.

Additional Public Prosecutor Amarjit Singh Buttar said the prosecution had examined 11 witnesses in the case.

An FIR under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC was registered against the accused at the Sadar police station on March 4, 2011.



Two killed in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Listening to songs on the mobile phone by using headphones proved costly for a youth, Jagdev Singh (17), a resident of Kakka Dhaula village, who died when his cycle hit a police bus on Tajpur Road here today. As the youth was listening to songs, he could not hear the horn near a turn as a result of which his cycle hit the police bus.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Satish Malhotra said Jagdev Singh belonged to a poor family and used to work in a hosiery unit near Samrala Chowk.

“At around 9.30 am today, he was going to his workplace on a bicycle. While riding the bicycle, he was also listening to songs on his mobile phone with the help of headphones. A police bus was on the way to ferry undertrials from Central Jail on Tajpur Road. Jagdev could not hear the horn of the bus, resulting in the accident,” said the ACP.

The 108 Ambulance was called and Jagdev was taken to the Civil Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, a case of rash driving has been registered against the bus driver, head constable Ranjit Singh, at the Division No. 7 police station.

In another accident, a factory worker died when his bike was hit by a bus belonging to a private factory near Jandiali village on Chandigarh Road here this morning. Two persons were injured in the accident.

The deceased has been identified as Om Parkash (22), who hailed from Uttar Pradesh and was working at a private factory in Jandiali village. The injured have been identified as Surjit Singh and Jai Parkash.

The accident took place when Om Prakash was on the way to buy medicines along with Surjit Singh and Jai Parkash. A case of rash driving has been registered against the bus driver, Palwinder Singh, at the Ramgarh police post.



Shopkeeper levels corruption charges against Health Dept officials
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 26
High drama was witnessed in Jagraon today evening when a local shopkeeper openly levelled corruption charges against some senior officials of the District Health Department. The shopkeeper has also reported the matter to the local police in this regard though no case was registered till the filing of this report.

However, the health department officials had to spend a lot of time at the local police station after the issue came into the notice of the police. Though the police allowed the health department officials leave the police station after around 8 pm, till then the town was abuzz with various kinds of rumours and the issue kept the local residents busy in making speculations.

According to sources, the complainant shopkeeper in his complaint to the local police alleged that certain senior officials of the health department demanded bribe from him for passing the samples of eatables they had collected from his shop.

In fact, a team of senior officials from the District Health Department had arrived Jagraon for inspection today and during this visit they collected some samples of eatables from various shops in Sidhwan Bet and Jagraon. "When the Health Department officials visited a shop located on Sherpur Road and collected the samples, the shopkeeper offered them bribes to settle the issue following this both the parties reached an agreement. In the meanwhile, the shopkeeper informed the police about this," added the sources.

Following this, the police summoned both the parties to police station. SHO Jagraon, Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa, confirmed that the police have received a complaint in this regard. "The matter is being investigated by the DSP, Surinder Kumar, and an action would be taken against the guilty," he added.

Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Subhash Batta, was not available for comments despite repeated attempts on his mobile number as the phone was switched off.



Hanuman Jayanti

Ludhiana: SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri road, celebrated Hanuman Jayanti with great zeal and enthusiasm. On the occasion, students presented hymns and recited poems to commemorate the selfless sacrifices of Lord Hanuman. All the teachers and students chanted “Hanuman Chalisa”. Balraj Bhasin, President, SDP Sabha, expressed his heartiest felicitations.

Graduation ceremony

The graduation ceremony in GRD Academy was organised on Friday for the graduation batch of Class UKG and V. The chief guest on the occasion was Parveen Oberoi, Wng Cdr JS Bhalla also graced the occasion with his presence. The programme began with the formal lighting of lamp by the esteemed guests which was followed by a “Ganpati Vandana” by the students. Principal Meena Jain extended a warm welcome to the chief guest, dignitaries and parents. Students presented animal dance on the theme “Anekta me Ekta hai” and role play in English (The Golden Touch). The special attraction was the Rajsthani dance which mesmerised the whole audience.

Capacity-building programme

A two-day workshop on capacity building on CCE got under way at DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. Resource person Radha Singh and Sidhant Mishra started the workshop by delivering in detail the relevance of CCE and then telling the teachers to get ready to embrace the changes. She talked in detail about formative summative assessments clearly telling about the clear demarcation between the two and also guided the teachers to be ready to do the work of recording the evidences in order to ensure sure and steady growth of the students. In the formative assessment, the teachers were given practice in various activities like role play, group discussion, debate and other oral activities. She guided the teachers to integrate various skills in one activity to avoid burdening the students in the process of assessment. The key point of the seminar was that teacher should play the role of facilitators and get the maximum work done under her/his supervision so that the end result is in the desired direction and each and every student gets to play a role according to his/her capacity to gain a sense of achievement to further improve in diverse fields of activities that form an integral part of annual evaluation. As many as 54 teachers from four different schools attended the seminar.

English poem recitation competition

To judge the expression and fluency of students, an English poem recitation competition was held on the premises of GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the students of Classes I to V. Poems were recited very beautifully keeping in focus rhythm, mood and diction. Themes of the poems were an outlet to spread messages like save environment and save girl child. The headmistress of the school Dr Harjit K Dua expressed that such competitions bring forth the inherent talent of kids and enable them to appreciate the rich treasure of literature.

Hindi poem recitation competition

A Hindi poem recitation competition was held on the premises of KVM, city campus, for Classes I and II. Headmistress, Namita Raj Singh presided over the competition. Sarita Maini and Rachna were the judges.

Talent hunt show

Magnificent smiles and high spirit marked the Talent Hunt Show at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, for primary and senior section on Friday. The function provided a wonderful platform to the students to showcase their talent through various activities like dance, singing, instrumental music, mimicry, mono acting and magic show. It was a platform for the students to exhibit their talent. All the participants were cheered up by the students as they gave heart throbbing performances. Students created an aura of happiness, enthusiasm and ecstasy. Principal of the school Jyoti Sachdev Pujara felicitated the efforts of the winners and said that these young minds must be given exposure to all the activities which would encourage them to work hard and polish their skills. — TNS




Ludhiana: Dr Richard Dursi, Esteemed PrEsident, Emeritus of Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, along with Carlos Delgado, Assistant Director of admission was in the city on Friday to provide opportunity to the Indian students to study at Baldwin Wallace University in USA. Addressing the students of various schools and colleges, they said the purpose of the seminar is to make the Indian students aware about the admission process at Baldwin Wallace University and the various courses in which the students can seek admission. They explained that the university seeks to prepare students for life in a global society through its broad curriculum and prepares them to meet the challenges with the help of internship and practical training.

Blood donation camp to be held

The Mahant Ganga Puri Sarva Hitkari Seva Mandal, Krishna Nagar Sudhar Sabha and Prabhandhak Committee, Gurudwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Govind Nagar and NSS unit of the GADVASU will organise a blood donation camp at the Langar Bhawan, Gurudwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Govind Nagar. "Residentsbetween the age of 18 and 60, weighing more than 45 kg and having 12.5 gm hemoglobin count will be allowed to donate blood," said one of the organiser of the camp.

Farmers flay property tax

President of the Punjab Kisan Sabha Gurchtan Singh Bassi and general secretary Suhkvinder Singh said, "Both the Central and the state government are making life difficult for farmers by levying property tax. If the state government was criticising the Centre for taxes, it has levied property tax on farmers as well." "None of the parties thus, are in favour of farmers. In the times, when agriculture is already not a very profitable venture, the government is making it very difficult to survive. The organisation at all levels would struggle till such taxes are withdrawn," they said.

Yarn units raided

The Excise and taxation department on Friday conducted raids at four yarn units in the city. Teams from Jalandhar, Bathinda, Kapurthala were also present during the raid. According to the sources, computer, documents and bill books were seized by the department during the raids. "Raids were conducted after a tip-off," said an official. — TNS



MA-I students shine in university exams

Ludhiana: Students of the Khalsa College for Women have achieved outstanding results in MA Semester- I examinations. The results were declared by Panjab University on April 17. Manpreet Kaur has bagged first position in the university exams by scoring 362/400 marks (90.5 per cent). Jasmeet Kaur bagged sixth position in the university exams by scoring 349/400 marks (87.2 per cent) and Krishna has bagged seventh position in the uni9versity exams by scoring 348/400 marks (87 per cent). All other students who had appeared in the examination have secured more than 74 per cent marks. The managing committee congratulated Principal Dr Varin, staff members of the fine arts department and the students for their sincere efforts in generating excellent results in university exams.

Summer workshop

A three-day summer workshop is being conducted on the premises of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology for prospective students. Friday was the inaugural day of the workshop which is being conducted free of cost for students seeking admissions in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The first day witnessed a foot-fall of as many as 64 participants from all over Punjab. After the registration, the participants were shown a presentation highlighting the career opportunities related to fashion and design field. The students were given lectures on latest fashion trends, knitting technologies and role of graphics in the field of designing. Apart from career counseling sessions, there was a “Creative Arts” session, wherein the participants got a chance to foray their talents through various art and craft activities. The event was appreciated by all the participants. — TNS



Class XI students can now study theatre
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Students can now take theatre studies as an elective subject for Class XI from the current academic session. Students can take the subject as an elective subject with any combination of three other electives and a language. It will have a theory paper of 70 marks and 30 marks for a case-study based project and viva-voce.

However, the course will be offered on first-come-first-serve basis. This means that the course is being introduced to test waters for now and will be introduced on a larger scale after studying response.

Appreciating the efforts, Navita, a dance teacher at a local school, said: “It is a positive step and will help finding good artistes. Students will get a base before they make up their mind to join theatre and will get to know about the intricacies of theatre.”

“Theatre is one of the strongest mediums of expression and has an important role in reinforcing the learning of other academic subjects that are taught in conventional ways. We hope students will take up the subject enthusiastically and will also help those who have an inclination towards theatre,” said another teacher.

Students will study theatrical forms and genres of their immediate cultural region and larger national and international contexts. The evolution of theatre from the earliest times and the social purposes it served will be part of the curriculum.



Labourer rapes 12-year-old
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old man has been arrested for raping a 12-year-old minor girl, a daughter of a migrant worker. When the accused committed crime, the victim’s family was sleeping on the rooftop of their house. The accused has been identified as Ram Sharan, a resident of Jagdishpura Mohalla on the Tajpur Road, here.

The victim’s father, who is also a migrant labourer, told the cops that on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, he was sleeping along with his family on the rooftop of his house. “When I got up at around 2 am on Thursday, I found my daughter missing from there,” he said.

When the minor girl could not be traced, her family members raised an alarm. After sometime, they recovered her from Ram Sharan’s room in the adjoining house.

Inspector Raj Kumar, SHO of Division Number 7 police station, said that by the time the victim was traced, accused Ram Sharan had already committed the crime.

“The family members got hold of him and handed him over to the police,” he informed.

The police was informed that Ram Sharan is a migrant labourer and is unmarried. “Earlier also he had made advances towards the girl child. But in the wee hours of Thursday, he managed to take her to his room forcibly and later raped her,” informed the SHO.

After this incident, a case under Sections 376 and 342 of the IPC has been registered against Ram Sharan at the Division Number 7 police station. The accused has been arrested and is in the police custody.



Apparel council ties up with Japanese federation
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
Apparel makers are seeking the help of Japanese designers to keep up with the fast-changing fashion trends in the land of the rising sun. Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has tied up with Japan Textile Federation for this purpose. A Japanese delegation is expected to be visiting some of the garment exporters in the city.

Under a tie up between the textile industries of the two countries, Japanese fashion designers will be offering colour and fabric forecasts to help apparel exporters understand Japan's changing styles in clothing.

“Fashion trend in Japan changes every 40 days. It is not just the pricing that works in Japan but also the colour and design for that particular season,” said Ashish Mahajan, a garment exporter form the city.

A visibly excited dealer, Kewalpreet Singh, apparel exporter from the city, said Japan is the promising among the new markets being considered. The tie-up will be benefiting Japan, as it too is keen on diversifying its sourcing basket to cut dependence on China.

“To reduce dependence on these traditional markets, exporters are marketing products by participating in trade exhibitions and holding road shows in new markets like Latin America and Russia. The new markets have started working for us. Exporters have already started getting orders from Japan, Israel, South America and South Africa,” added he.



103-yr-old woman’s body donated for research
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 26
A middle class family from Rasoolpur village near Jagraon had set a very good example for the others by donating the dead body of an elderly woman who died at the age of 103 years for medical research. The family members of the elderly woman, Tej Kaur, who died yesterday, have donated her dead body to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) Ludhiana for medical research.

According to the family members of Tej Kaur, they had donated her body to the hospital for the medical research as per her will.

"My grandmother did never believe in so called rituals commonly performed after the death of any person and she was strongly against omens. She had asked us a long time back to donate her body after death to the hospital for medical research. In her will too, she had expressed wish to donate her body after death for medical research and we have fulfilled her wish by donating her body after death to the hospital," said Dr Jarnail Singh, grandson of Tej Kaur.



Govt teachers demand amendment to RTE Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
A protest rally was today organised by the Government Schoolteachers Union, Punjab, against the policy of the privatisation of education. Protesting teachers demanded that the Right to Education ( RTE) Act should be amended.

General Secretary of the association Parveen, while addressing the gathering, said: “According to the new policy of the government there should only be only one school within 1 km range and if there are more than one school, then they should be merged.”

“We are against this policy of the government. Old schools should not be closed or merged. The government can keep a check on the mushrooming of new schools,” he said.

Protesting teachers also said that the funds allocated to them during this year’s budget was 14 per cent less than last year.

“Government should increase the budget rather than decreasing the same as education is the basis of society,” said a teacher.



Left party flays govt on price rise

Ludhiana, April 26
The Marxist Communist Party of India (MCPI) on Thursday lambasted the Union Government for the skyrocketing prices of essential items, massive unemployment and rampant corruption.

The protest rally organised by the state committee of the party at Mini Secretariat was presided over by Mangat Ram Longowal, Lakhwinder Singh Boani, Prem Singh Nanwa and Malkiat Singh Burail.

Addressing the rally, state secretary Kuldip Singh and other speakers attributed the ever rising inflation, unemployment among the youth and corruption in all walks of life to the neo-liberal policies of the centre and the state government. They condemned the policies of privatisation, entry of foreign direct investment (FDI) in key sectors, forcible acquisition of land of farmers and denial of remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce. — OC



Cost Counting EXAM
20 grace marks for BCom-II students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
A meeting of the Board of Directors for undergraduate classes was held today during which it was decided that 20 grace marks would be given to the students of BCom part II in cost counting subject.

Prof Arvind Malhotra, one of the members of the board, said they had decided that instead of re-conducting the exam, the students would be given 20 grace marks.

The question paper of cost counting was not set according to the pattern. It was all theoretical. As per the prescribed syllabus, 50 per cent of the paper had to be theoretical while remaining 50 per cent was supposed to be numerical based.

"We will be now be moving the application to the Vice-Chancellor and request him to give grace marks to the students instead of re-conducting the exam," he said.



NIMA holds seminar on community medicine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
The NIMA, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on community medicine on Thursday. Mahesh Satija, associate professor, Department of Community Medicine, DMC and Hospital, was the guest faculty.

Dr Surinder Gupta said, “Despite the availability of safest Rabies vaccine, people are dying of Rabies. Poor storage during transit and at retail stores quality of vaccine becomes doubtful. Further, many physicians at the grassroots level do not know that vaccine is effective, only if given on deltoid muscle of arm.” He said, “Rabies is 100 per cent fatal but On the other hand it is 100 per cent preventable also. Rabies vaccines are quite safe and effective in prescribed dosage. Moreover, no dosage adjustment is required in infants, pregnant women or elderly.”


College teachers’ union demands arrears
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 26
A general body meeting of the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College Teachers Association (GNECTA) was held regarding the pending arrears of the 6th Pay Commission.

The Staff members demanded that the management committee of the GNDEC should release the pending arrears which were their due right.

Earlier, a meeting of the heads of various departments and executive members of the GNECTA was held and it was demanded that the 20 per cent arrears have been given to other government engineering colleges and those colleges would also get the remaining 80 per cent dues in the coming days.



Third accused arrested in robbery case; 1 still at large
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 26
The local police has arrested another accused wanted in connection with an alleged robbery that took place outside a jewellery showroom in the Old City area of Jagraon 10 days ago. The accused has been identified as Prince, a resident of Jagraon.

As per the information given by the SHO, Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa, Prince was arrested by a police team following a tip-off from Jagraon bus stand when he was trying to flee from the town. "The police has also stepped-up the efforts to nab the fourth and last accused involved in the robbery incident and he too would be arrested very soon," said Bajwa.

Prince is the third accused arrested by the police in the alleged robbery incident took place on April 16 evening. The police had already arrested two other alleged members of the robbers' gang near Nanaksar on April 21. With Prince’s arrest, the number of robbers arrested by the police has reached to three though the fourth accused is still at large.

It is reminded here that four persons had allegedly robbed a local trader, Tarun Jain, on April 16 evening when the trader was returning to his house after closing his shop in Old Grain Market of Jagraon. The accused had looted cash worth Rs 5,200, two credit cards and some other valuables from Tarun. Following this, the police had registered a case against four unidentified persons on the complaint filed by the victim trader Tarun Jain.

However, the images of the alleged robbers were captured in the CCTV cameras installed outside the jewellery showroom where the robbery incident took place and the police identified the accused from the footage of the CCTV cameras. Five days after the robbery, two accused identified as Ravi Singh and Parminder Singh, alias Billa, were arrested by the police.

According to the police, Ravi and Parminder used to work at the shop of the trader Tarun Jain some months back and it were Ravi and Parminder who conspired to rob the trader while Raju and Prince assisted them in executing the plan.



Thief held with mini-bus
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 26
The local police has arrested a vehicle thief and recovered a mini-bus that had been stolen from a factory at Bilga village near Sahnewal on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Amritpal Singh of Kanganwal village in Sangrur district. The investigating team is yet to identify another accomplice of the accused.

Deputy Superintendent of Police at Amargarh said, a team of policemen supervised by SHO Jasbir Singh had nabbed Amritpal Singh when he was trying to leave the area in the mini-bus (PB13B 9877) that had reportedly been stolen from a mill situated at Bilga village near Sahnewal on Wednesday.

The police became suspicious about the occupants of the bus when the driver on being intercepted at a check point on the Chhapar road could not give satisfactory answers about ownership of the vehicle.

Investigations revealed the accused, who worked in the said factory, had taken away the bus when its driver was away.

As the bus was being used for ferrying workers from various villages of the region to the factory in routine, nobody suspected the occupants.

Though there were some passengers travelling the bus at the time of interception, the police let them go after verifying their antecedents.

The police is yet to ascertain whether the accused was involved in other cases of similar nature. Further investigations revealed that the owners had registered a case of theft against unknown members of a gang of thieves.



Snatcher in police net
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 26, 2013
The local police has arrested a member of snatchers' gang active in the area for past several months though his accomplice managed to escape. The accused arrested by the police has been identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Rocky while his accomplice, who managed to escape, has been identified as Harvinder Singh.

Both the accused are residents of Jagraon. SHO of the Jagraon city police station Kanwarpal Singh Bajwa said the accused Gurpreet Singh was arrested by the police following a complaint filed by Surjant Singh, a resident of Kothe Khajura locality, on the outskirts of Jagraon. According to police, the members of this snatchers' gang had executed several snatching incidents in Jagraon and surrounding areas.



Grocery store owner held for drug peddling

Ludhiana, April 26
A grocery store owner has been arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell and medicines used as drugs have been recovered from his possession. When the accused was arrested, he was on his way to deliver these drugs to his customers.

The accused has been identified as Dimpy Bajaj, and owns Dimpy Kiryana Store on Kanganwal Road, here.

Harpal Singh, in charge of the Anti-Narcotic Cell said they had set up a check point on the Kanganwal Road, when a Maruti Alto car (number PB10DQ 7840) was stopped for checking. “While checking, 24,725 capsules, pills and cough syrups were recovered from his possession,” informed Harpal Singh.

After his arrested, Dimpy confessed he was selling these drugs from his Kiryana Store for a long time. Some cases of liquor smuggling are also registered against him. — TNS



Hardeep beats Ajay in tennis tournament
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 26
The concluding day of the HTA-AITA Prize Money Tennis Tournament (men and women) held at Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal, near here today was a glorious day for Hardeep Singh Sandhu. In the men's final, Hardeep of Harvest Academy overpowered Ajay Yadav 6-1, 2-0 in what can be called a tough match. In the women’s section, Samriti beat Vineeta Singh 6-3, 6-3 in another intense match.

In the men’s doubles category, it was smooth sailing for Ronit Bisht and Ajay Yadav as they got a walkover. Another feather was added in Harvest Tennis Academy’s cap when Jassowal’s Rajbir Kaur along with her partner Vineeta Singh scooped up the trophy defeating Shehnaz Singh and Simran Wadhwa 6-0, 6-2.

Lt Col JS Maan, general manager, Harvest Campus, congratulated the winners and urged the youngsters to pick up the sport. He emphasised on the importance of outdoor activities that keep fit. He also gave tips on the right kind of diet, “It is imperative for every student athlete to be on a strict regime when it comes to nutrition,” he said.

Coach, James M Downing praised all the players and the winners. He was exceptionally pleased with the performance of the winners. “I feel quite disheartened when I see boys and girls cooped up in their rooms playing with their gadgets. They don’t realise that they have that athletic potential to become great players and do their country proud,” he added.

AITA senior referee, Surajit Bandyopadhyay, who ensured there were no glitches during the tournament was extremely pleased with the arrangements. “It gives me immense joy when I’m told that I would be going to Jassowal every time. I love the surroundings and especially the way Harvest Tennis Academy treats its guest," he added.

Todays' results: Men’s final-Hardeep Singh Sandhu beat Ajay Yadav (Chandigarh) 6-1, 2-0 (conceded). Women’s final: Samriti (Delhi) beat Vineeta Singh (Delhi) 6-3, 6-3.

Men’s doubles final: Ronit Bisht and Ajay Yadav got walk over Deepinder Bains and Gurinder Singh. Women's doubles final: Rajbir Kaur and Vineeta Singh bt Shehnaz Singh and Simran Wadhwa 6-0, 6-2.



Cricket trophy
Chandigarh register win
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 26
The three-day tie between Ludhiana and Chandigarh in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for ML Markan Trophy played at SCD Government College ground here today remained unresolved. But on the basis of first innings lead of 58 runs, the visitors were declared victorious.

Chandigarh secured three points while Ludhiana pocketed one point. The third match will be played between Ludhiana and Jalandhar from April 28 to 30 at the same venue.

Today, only one hour's play was possible as the rain again disrupted the match, leaving the field unplayable and forcing the umpires to call it off.

Hosts started final day's proceedings with score board reading 110 for 7. Last night not out batsmen Deepin Chitkara and Gurjot Singh succeeded in keeping their wickets in tact until the match was stopped due to rains. Deepin and Gurjot remained unbeaten on 51 and 23 runs, respectively, during the cricket tournament.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings) 101 all in 60 overs (Jaskaran Singh 21, Gurjot Singh 17; Raman Bishnoi 6 for 23, Nipun 2 for 19).

Chandigarh (first innings) 159 all out in 66.5 overs (Raman Bishnoi 49, Jasnoor 22, Yogesh 37, Anshul 17; Anmol Sharma 5 for 50 and Raghav Sharma 5 for 61).

Ludhiana (second innings) 142 for 7 after 70 overs (Jaskarn Singh 28, Deepin Chitkara 51 not out, Jasnoor 22, Gurjot Singh 23 not out; Adarsh 3 for 29 and Yogesh 3 for 32).



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