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CBSE class XII
Girls win the race again
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Girls once again outshone boys in the Class XII CBSE exams, the results of which were declared today.

Girls have clinched the top positions in humanities, medical, commerce, financial marketing and mass media streams.

The highest percentage in the city in all streams has improved this year.

Ritish Goyal, a student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, has topped the district in the non-medical stream scoring 98.6 per cent marks. Son of a doctor, Ritish wants to become a computer engineer. Last year, Mehak of DAV Public School had topped the non-medical stream with 97.6 per cent mrks.

The highest percentage in the medical stream has been shared by two girls — Amreen and Isha Ramneek. They both scored 96.4 per cent marks. Amreen is a student of KVM School, while Isha Ramneek is from DAV Public School. Amreen aims at becoming a surgeon and Isha wants to be a gynaecologist. Last year, Ishani Garg from Sacred Heart Convent School had topped the medical stream with 95.6 per cent marks.

"My parents have always inspired me," said Amreen whose parents are doctors. Her father is a paediatrician while mother is an ENT surgeon.

Isha, who shares the top position with Amreen, wants to become a gynaecologist. Her father is a professor and her mother is a principal.

Ambika Goyal, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, has topped the commerce stream in the city with 97.8 per cent marks. Last year, Manpreet Kaur and Arshia Arora topped in the city by scoring 96.4 per cent marks in the commerce stream. "I do not plan things in advance. I want to concentrate on getting admission to a good commerce college," said Ambika.

Ramandeep Kaur from BCM School topped the humanities stream in the city by scoring 96 per cent marks. Last year, Abdul Shehbaz Thind from Kundan Vidya Mandir had topped the humanities stream with 95.4 per cent marks.

"After completing a degree in law from Panjab University, I want to join the judicial service. My goal is to become the Chief Justice of India one day," said Ramandeep.

In the financial marketing management stream, Aastha Jain from BCM School topped in the city with 95 per cent marks. Last year, Shreeyansh Singhal scored 94.2 per cent marks in this stream. Preetika Handa from the same school topped the mass media stream by scoring 93 per cent marks. This stream was introduced this year.


Meet the city toppers
Ludhiana Tribune takes a quick look at city toppers from four streams. They share their success mantra and their aim in life. 


Ambika Goyal 97.8%

Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar

Study hours 7 to 8 hours

Dream institute
Any reputed institute

Not planned yet

Success Mantra
Thorough reading of the books

Ambika Goyal, topper in the commerce stream, with her family.


Ritish Goyal (District topper) 98.6%

Sacred Heart Sen Sec School, BRS Nagar

Study hours 4 to 5 hours

Ritish Goyal, topper in non-medical shares a moment of joy with his parents.Dream institute
IIT, Mumbai

Computer engineer

Success Mantra
Study with concentration

Ritish Goyal, topper in non-medical shares a moment of joy with his parents.

(Two students share the position)

Amreen 96.4%

KVM Public School

Study hours
Most of the time book was opened

Dream institute
AIIMS, Delhi


Success Mantra
Consistency is the key to success

Isha Ramneek 96.4%

DAV Public School

Study hours 5 to 6 hours

Dream institute
Any reputed institute


Success Mantra
Hard work pays you in the end
Amreen, topper in the medical stream with her family; and (right) Isha Ramneek, the joint topper.
Amreen, topper in the medical stream with her family; and (right) Isha Ramneek, the joint topper.


Ramandeep Kaur 96%

Ramandeep Kaur, topper in humanities, with her parents. Tribune photosBCM School

Study hours: No fixed hour

Dream institute: Panjab University

Aim: Judicial services

Success Mantra: Hard work with lot of patience.

Ramandeep Kaur, topper in humanities, with her parents. Tribune photos



Bipneet scores 95.2 per cent in medical

Khanna, May 27
Bipneet Singh, a student of class XII (medical), Radha Vatika School, Khanna, did his school proud by scoring 95.2 per cent marks in the CBSE result declared today. Principal of the school, Shakar Sudha, said Bipneet scored 100/100 marks in chemistry. 

She also said that Harsimran, another student, scored 94 per cent marks in non-medical while Ravneet scored 90 per cent marks also in non medical. In commerce steram, Simarjit Kaur and Jasmeet Kaur also scored more than 90 per cent marks and stood in merit. — OC



‘Punjab’s contribution to civil services dwindling’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
More youths from Punjab should come forward and join civil services and contribution of the state to the civil services has been dwindling, said Dr DJ Singh, former Joint Director and Dean, Punjab Police Academy. He said this during the inauguration ceremony the new premises of a civil services coaching institute today.

He said youths in the state can contribute immensely in the development of the nation. So more youths from here must prepare and join the civil services, he added.

He said youths are intelligent. But they need proper motivation, orientation and shaping of mind.

He added that revised format of the civil services exams would be beneficial as the changes have been brought after long deliberation and discussion.

He said aspirants, while preparing, may feel perplexed and confused at some point. But they must focus and have confidence to get through. They must keep watch their diet and fitness as these are important during the preparations.

The aspirants must take quality food, and avoid junk food and prefer fluids and plenty of water. They must do deep breathing in the morning and evening, he said.

The revised syllabi and pattern of the civil services entrance examination now tests the practical knowledge and presence of mind more now, said Mukesh Chauhan from Career Planet.

He said that the examination now gives an equal platform to everyone rather than subject experts or those with professional subjects who had a bit of edge earlier, he added.



MC removes jhuggis near Orient Cinema
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Amid protests, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials today demolished the remaining 60 jhuggis behind Orient Cinema in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. Around 100 jhuggis were razed in the area on May 22.

In the past few years, around 200 jhuggis had come up on the prime government land in the posh Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area of the city. Residents of the areas had approached the MC to remove the illegal shanties, but to no avail. The residents had to approach a court to set the MC into motion.

The jhuggis had come up near an illegal garbage dump operated by A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd. The MC has, however, failed take action against the company.

Accompanied by police personnel, the MC officials reached the site this afternoon. Some jhuggi dwellers even sought extra time to remove encroachments.

Some jhuggi dwellers tried to stall the demolition drive. It took four ditch machines to clear the encroachments in a few hours.

MC tehbazaari superintendent Naveen Malhotra said all encroachments were cleared from the government land. “We have also warned the jhuggi dwellers not to encroach upon the land again, else strict action would be initiated against them,” he said. 



Walls defaced at railway station
After posters seeking support during elections, union leaders now paste ‘thanks’ posters
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The defacement of walls of the railway station continues even after a month since the railway employees’ union polls concluded. The Railways authorities have failed to remove posters pasted by union activists on the walls during the election campaign. Those who won the elections are now busy pasting new posters to thank those who voted for them.

A number of such posters showing gratitude towards the voters have appeared on the walls of the railway station, which have worsened the situation. "It is very disappointing to see posters pasted all over the walls of the railway station. Now the election is over. The railway authorities should remove the posters. Sticking of bills and posters must be stopped,” said Aman Malhotra, a passenger from Delhi.

"The employees and union workers should be asked to pay damages for this defacement. The railway authorities must take action against the guilty for the defacement of public property,” said Kartar Singh, another passenger at the railway station.

Meanwhile, the Railways officials refrained from speaking openly on the issue, as they do not want to antagonise the union members. "Pasting of posters was justified during the election campaign in order to publicise the election manifestoes, but now when the elections are over, there is no need to paste more posters just to say thanks,” said a Railways official. 



Show-cause notices served on 52 MC officials
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
During a surprise check conducted at the Zone-A office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation near Mata Rani Chowk this morning, 52 MC officials were found reporting late on duty.

The checking started at 9:15 am and continued till 10 am. Around 200 officials work in the Zone-A office, of which nearly one-fourth came late to the office. The latecomers included superintendent (head office), senior assistant, junior assistant, accountant, clerks, some of the light branch staff, sewadars, typists and a manager.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had ordered this surprise check, which was carried out by Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal. A senior MC official said they had already given 15 minutes of relaxation time to the staff as the checking started at 9:15 am. Surprisingly, some officials reported as late as 10 am, said Kamlesh Bansal.

The civic body has issued show-cause notices to the latecomers, after marking them absent for today. The Mayor said he was getting complaints that officials were not reaching the office on time. “So I asked the Zonal Commissioner to carry out a surprise check,” he said.



Production work on in full swing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
While we are sweltering in the heat, hosiery industry of the city is busy preparing for winters. After the recently conducted buyer-seller meet, the industry is all geared up and production for the winter season is on in full swing.

"The buyer-seller meet proved very fruitful and we are all geared up for the season. Production for the winter season has started in most of the units and if not, they will begin this week," said Harish Jain, a hosiery manufacturer.

“While the temperature outside may be boiling hot, but inside the units we are working on different wools and fabrics. People are busy buying the summer stuff while we are designing for the winters. Mixing and matching of colours and fabric is what is going on in the hosiery units these days,” said Mansi, a designer.

"The response we received during the buyer-seller meet held last week was tremendous. Both our hands are full and completing the orders within the given time span is our priority," added Kamlendra Gupta, an exporter.

Girish Saini, another manufacturer, is worried about the power cuts and labour shortage. "We are full of orders but we are worried about their completion. Power cuts are one of the major problems we are going to face besides the labour shortage," said Saini. 



PAU students ask authorities to beautify canteen area
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 27
Although the Punjab Agricultural University campus is known as a breathing space in the most polluted city of the state, students of PAU are not satisfied with the existing infrastructure of the university. Students feel deprived of an area on the university premises where they can enjoy sitting with people coming from within and outside the campus.

Students want the university authorities to develop and maintain the student home area. At present, a canteen and a cafe exist in this area that offer only tea, coffee and some snacks. The office-bearers of Punjab Agricultural University Student Association (PAUSA) had written to the Student Welfare Officer, PAU, requesting him to improve the canteen and the variety as well as quality of food been served there.

Most of the students are unsatisfied with the existing sitting arrangements. The benches and tables installed around the cafe can accommodate only 20-25 persons. Some wooden benches are also installed, but are uncomfortable.

The students are also concerned about the fencing and the pathways around the cafe. The existing fence has been broken at places which defaces the student home area. Students also want more grass cover in the area.

Cleanliness is also a major issue here. In the absence of proper facility for disposing off waste, visitors throw glasses and paper plates in the open. Students want authorities to depute workers to clean the area regularly.

Sharanbir Singh, president of PAUSA, said: “We met the Dean Student Welfare in order to request him to improve the condition of the cafe area. Officials visited the area and noted the requirements. They ensured us that the canteen and cafe area will be renovated.”

DSW Dr Balwinder Singh said: “We have received complaints about the canteen and cafe area from the students. We welcome this students’ initiative. I have asked them to give me suggestions as to how the area can be beautified. The university will initiate the renovation work soon after receiving their suggestions.”



Power woes hit farm varsity students
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Despite having power connectivity with the hotline, i.e. uninterrupted power supply, Punjab Agricultural University has been facing power cuts for the past few days. Power shutdowns during nights have become a routine affair on the PAU campus.

The examinations of various classes are being conducted these days, and students who are busy preparing for these exams during nights are at the receiving end.

The agricultural university has made no alternative arrangements for providing power supply in the hostels in case of power shutdowns.

On Saturday night, the power remained shut from 11.30pm to 1am at the girls’ hostel. A power cut around 11 pm for over an hour on Sunday night worsened the situation.

"Power cuts at night completely disrupt my schedule. I am already worried about my preparation for exams. The university authorities have to fix the problem soon or make some alternative arrangements,” said a student.

"We have informed the authorities about the problem. They assured us that it will be fixed,” said Sharanbir Singh, president, Punjab Agricultural University Student Association.

Dean Student Welfare Dr Balwinder Singh said: "The problem is not on the part of the university authorities. The power cuts happen due to some technical problem at the PSPCL feeder, which supplies the power to the campus." 



Building violations-I
Residences converted into shops overnight
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
Though the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is going strict on violators at service lanes on Ferozepur Road following orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it has failed to check violations in other parts of the city.

Several shops and commercial establishments have come up on the 60 feet road in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, a residential area. Around 400 shops in the area violate building bylaws and have no provision for parking.

The building plans of most of these shops are passed under the ‘residential’ category, but after the construction is over, these residences are used for commercial purposes.

Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, a posh locality of the city, was developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. It was later handed over to the MC.

In February 2011, a team of the building branch led by Assistant Town Planner Surinder Singh Bindra sealed six shops in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. The action was initiated after shopkeepers of the locality filed a contempt petition in the Punjab and High Court accusing the civic body of failing to check encroachments in the city. However, notices were served on 162 such shops on the main road in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, but only six shops were sealed. 

Seals broken, still no action

In a glaring example of how politicians misuse their power by violating rules, a former trustee of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and an Akali leader, Gurinderpal Singh Pappu, allegedly joined the shopkeepers in breaking the seals of five shops in February 2011. However, the MC failed to take action against Pappu.

Modus operandi

The shopkeepers, in connivance with building branch officials of the MC get their building plans sanctioned under the residential category

They then convert the residence into a shop

During construction, the owners claim that they are renovating the building

Once the construction is complete, the boundary wall is demolished overnight and the shop is opened 


Action will be initiated against persons carrying out illegal construction. I will ask the building branch officials to visit the area and make sure that no one violates building bylaws — — Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, mayor

No illegal construction activity will be tolerated. The MC will take action against persons indulging in illegal construction activity — Rakesh Kumar Verma, MC Commissioner 



International fest gives fillip to Punjabi cinema
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
It was a great fillip to Punjabi film industry as Punjabi movies were screened in Canada during the second Punjabi International Film Festival recently.

It gave a great opportunity for us to showcase the creative leaps being made by the Punjabi cinema, both commercial and art, said Ravinder Singh Ranguwal. He visited the five-day film festival. It was only its second edition, and this time it was bigger, with more films, more people and artistes, and more venues, he said. Over 25 movies, documentaries and short films were screened at the festival.

This time, Pakistani films were also screened during the festival, and movie stars from Pakistan visited the festival too. Punjabi actors from Bollywood, including Dharmendra, Om Puri, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, visited the festival. Celebrities such as Harbhajan Mann, Master Saleem, Rana Ranbir and others were also in attendance.

Artistes from Afghanistan, Morocco and Pakistan who performed various roles in Punjabi movies on both sides of the border participated in the cinematic extravaganza, said Ranguwal. "It was heartening to see the participation of the Punjabis settled abroad," he said. "Although the youth in Punjab is looking towards the West, the Punjabi youth in the West is watching Punjabi movies and taking initiatives to promote the Punjabi cinema," he said.

Pakistani movies Ishq Khuda and Kashmakash were well appreciated at the festival. First Punjabi horror movie Sikke was also screened. Movies and documentaries such as Nabar, Jatts in Golmaal, Jalvayu and Stupid 7 were also screened. "Musical performance of Master Saleem at the festival was well received by the audience," Ranguwal said.



From schools


Children learn dining manners: To apprise little ones about correct behavior on dining table, a table manner activity was organised on at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. Tiny tots of Montessori section learnt the basic essentials of dining in the company. They were taught formal ways of eating by spreading napkins and eating various dishes by using folk and knife.

Powerpoint presentation: An Inter-House PowerPoint Presentation was organised at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, for the secondary section based on science and mathematics. Students from all the four houses (Jagriti, Jyoti, Kirti and Shakti House) participated and shared their views amongst each other. The PowerPoint Presentation began with title slides that contained the names or topics of the presentations. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Free medical camp: Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association organised a free multi-specialty medical camp at Chak Bhai Ka village. An association of senior citizens of the village was also launched under the name ‘Bazurg Bhalai Sabha’. They have enrolled 72 members. The office-bearers elected unanimously for this unit include Sukhdev Singh (president) and Daljit Singh (general secretary). On this occasion, a team of five doctors examined 352 patients. ADC (D) promised that he will direct the development authorities to chalk a special development plan for this village.

Tributes paid to Pt Nehru: Mahila Congress and Youth Congress Vidhan Sabha (East) members paid tributes to first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru on his death anniversary during a programme at Guru Arjun Dev Nagar. On this occasion, district president Lina Tapariya said Pandit Nehru was the architect of modern India. Youth Congress Vidhan Sabha (East) president Anurag Tapariya also paid tributes to Pandit Nehru. At another function at Congress Bhawan, District Congress Committee, Ludhiana Urban, members also paid tributes to Nehru. On this occasion, party leaders Hemraj Aggarwal, Gurmel Singh Pehalwan, Prithpal Singh Ghayal and Parminder Mehta addressed the gathering.

Financial aid: Under the Integrated Financial Management System Scheme of the Punjab government, Rs 174,50,11,849 have been distributed among 68,666 beneficiaries. This was disclosed by spokesman of the finance department of the Punjab government. He said this scheme was started in Punjab on April 1 this year, and Punjab has become the first state of the country to start it. — TNS



Betting racket busted, three arrested
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
In a major breakthrough, the city police has arrested three persons, including two bookies, for betting on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

The accused have been identified as Arun Kumar Tangri and Rajinder Kumar, alias Vicky. They were arrested from a hotel in the Kotwali area last night.

Nine mobile phones, eight diaries, a junction box and Rs 11,000 were recovered from their possession.

The police said the third bookie, identified as Vipan Sachdeva, alias Goldy, managed to flee.

The police has also arrested Jaspal Raval, manager of the hotel, for allowing the bookies to bet on cricket matches in the hotel.

The raid was conducted last night at the hotel following a tip-off.

ACP Dhruman Nimbale said: "We are conducting preliminary investigations. Prima facie, the accused were betting on cricket matches."

The police will send the mobile phones and the junction box to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

CIA-I in charge Harpal Grewal said the accused used to check in the hotel during the IPL matches. He said betting on cricket matches ran into several lakhs. The diaries recovered from the accused have telephone numbers and names have been written in a code language.

The accused have been booked under Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC for fraud and criminal conspiracy.

A local court sent the accused to a three-day police remand. 



Another elderly woman robbed of gold bangles
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
A gang of swindlers, including two women, robbed another elderly woman of her gold bangles today.

Narrating the incident, Parveen Singla, a resident of Lakkar Bazaar, said she hired a rickshaw from outside her house to Ram Sharnam Temple.

When the rickshaw reached near Dugra Mata Mandir at Jagraon Bridge, two women travelling in a Maruti car signalled the rickshaw to stop, said the victim. She said a man was driving the car. The women said they were also going to Ram Sharnam Temple and offered her to accompany them in the car.

She alighted from the rickshaw and joined them in the car. The driver took two rounds of Fountain Chowk and asked the victim to alight from the car.

After she left the car, Parveen noticed that her four gold bangles were missing.

The incident shows the seriousness of city police to keep a check on the swindlers’ gang. Gaurav Bhakoo, a city resident said: "On May 20, the members of the gang tired to coax my mother to sit in a car. Without wasting time, I dialled the police helpline number and told the policemen that the suspects were on the Rani Jhansi road in a white Maruti car bearing a Haryana registration number. However, the police failed to act.” 



BJP leader shot at in Khanna 
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 27
A BJP leader was shot at by two motorcycle-borne persons in the thickly populated area of the town.

He was rushed to the Khanna Civil Hospital from where he was referred to Apollo Hospital in Ludhiana.

The victim has been identified as Amit Bhatia, former general secretary of the Khanna BJP. The assailants fled the scene after firing gunshots.

Khanna SSP S Bhoopthi said: “It may be a case of personal enmity as the victim has some dispute with his in-laws. A case has been registered.”

Condemning the attack on the BJP leader, district rural president of the BJP Bikramjit Singh Cheema said the law and order

situation in Khanna was deteriorating. 



Swindler dupes modelling aspirants
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, May 27
Over 40 persons, including 12 girls and their parents, arrived at the office of Commissioner of Police and demanded registration of a case against a swindler who floated a fake modelling agency and duped innocent persons on the pretext of getting them modelling and acting assignments. One of the victims, Rakesh Kumar (38) from Amritsar who works as a security guard, rues the day when he approached the modelling agency owner, Abhishek Kumar. "I read the advertisement in a vernacular paper in which Abhishek had claimed that he owned a modelling and grooming agency and could provide an opportunity to talented youngsters to work in Hindi television serials. I visited his office in Feroze Gandhi Market and handed over Rs 40,000. He got my portfolio shot in Phagwara. Since then I had been waiting to get an opportunity to work in a television serial. However, Abhishek stopped attending to my calls. I arrived in the city and was shocked to learn that the accused had fled after duping innocent youngsters," said Rakesh Kumar. Others too have a similar story to tell. They met the Commissioner of Police and sought action against Abhishek.

Minor girl kidnapped on pretext of marriage

The Jamalpur police has booked a person for kidnapping a 16-year-old girl on the pretext of marrying her. The accused has been identified as Prabh Gotra, a resident of Ambala. The incident took place of May 21. According to victim's father, his daughter went to school on May 21 but didn’t return home. Later they came to know that the accused had kidnapped her on the pretext of marrying her. The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC against the accused.

Two booked in land fraud case

The Jamalpur police has booked two persons in a fraud case. The accused have been identified as Chander Mohan and Sanjeev Kumar, both residents of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar. According to the complainant, Alwant Singh, resident of Mundian Kalan, he had purchased two acres of land from the accused for Rs 1.8 crore, and had paid Rs 50 lakh as token money. The accused got the registry done for just two kanals. Even after paying them the remaining amount, the accused did not get rest of the land registered. Following a probe, case was registered against the duo.

Seven in police net for assault

The Dehlon police has booked seven persons for thrashing a shopkeeper and snatching Rs 25,000 from him. The accused have been identified as Surjit Singh, Jora Singh, Pargat Singh, Raju, Bhupa and their two unknown accomplices. The incident took place on Saturday evening. According to Jaspreet Sngh, a resident of the Dehlon area, the armed accused entered his shop at Sarinh village and started vacating his shop forcefully. When he tried to stop them, they thrashed him and fled with Rs 25,000.

Man ends life

A 35-year-old man, identified as Gangu, committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his one-room quarter at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. The incident came to light late last evening when his wife woke up and saw her husband's body hanging from the ceiling fan. The deceased has three children, including two daughters and a son. The body was handed over to the family after conducting post-mortem.

20 fined under Tobacco Act

The district task force today fined 20 persons under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and their Distribution) Act, 2003. Disclosing this, Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur said, “Seven persons were challaned for smoking in the court complex. The remaining were challaned at Feroze Gandhi Market, Kitchlu Nagar, Dandi Swami Chowk opposite DMCH, and near ESI hospital.” Out of the 20 violators, 14 were fined for smoking at public places, while six were challaned for setting up kiosks for selling cigarette and other tobacco products. The team collected a fine of Rs 3,300. The team included Drug Inspector Sukhbeer Chand; Krishan Lal, representative of an NGO; ASI Tarsem Singh and Harpreet Kaur.



Rape in school
Girl’s parents meet police chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 27
The controversy surrounding the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl in a school near Tibba Road refuses to die down anytime soon.

Today the girl’s parents and relatives staged a dharna at the Civil Hospital, demanding action against the school authorities.

After lodging their protest at there, they headed towards Mini-Secretariat and met Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh.

The agitating parents and relatives of the four-year-old girl demanded that school principal be held responsible and arrested for the alleged rape incident that took place on the school premises on May 21.

The medical test conducted at the Civil Hospital remained inconclusive, following which swab samples were sent to a special laboratory.

The Jodhewal Basti police had registered a case of committing rape against unidentified persons on the statement of victim's parents. Earlier, the girl’s parents had assaulted the school staff and blocked the National Highway-I near Jodhewal Basti. Rajesh Bhutt, a member of the school management committee, who was brutally assaulted, is still recuperating at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.



Hockey meet: Jagtar XI register maiden win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 27
Jagtar XI, Jarkhar, drubbed Guru Gobind Singh Club, Ludhiana, 12-3, to register their maiden victory in the senior section of the Fourth Olympian Prithipal Singh Memorial Seven-a-Side Hockey Festival being organised by the Ludhiana Sports Welfare Association and Jarkhar Academy at Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar, near here today. Jagtar XI had entered the tie after losing the first two matches they played.

Grewal Club of Kila Raipur and Friends Club, Doraha, too, recorded wins in their respective matches.

In the third-round match, Jagtar XI stunned Guru Gobind Singh Club after leading 4-2 at the breather. GGS Club shot into an early lead when Ramandeep Singh Brar scored a goal. However, Jagtar XI scored the equaliser in the ninth minute through Damandeep Singh. They surged into lead in the 18th minute when Gursatinder Singh sounded the board (2-1).

Five minutes later, Gursatinder again struck to take the score to 3-1, while Manpreet Singh of GGS Club found the target in the very next minute to make it 3-2. The winners added another goal in the 31st minute, which came off Gursatinder's stick.

After changing ends, the Jagtar XI players appeared in their true elements and went on to score at regular intervals. Damandeep Singh scored in 43rd and 44th minutes, Maninder Singh Happy was on target in 48th minute, Harminder Pal in 37th minute, Gursatinder in 45th minute and Mandeep Singh scored in 48th and 56th minutes to complete the rout. For the losers, Ramandeep Brar scored his second goal in the 42nd minute.

In another match, the defending champions, Friends Club of Doraha, overwhelmed Sant Fateh Singh Club of Dholan 9-3. The winners were leading 5-2 at half-time.

For Friends Club, skipper Sukhjeet Singh chipped in four goals including a hat-trick. Other scorers were Gurpreet Singh (two goals), Harjinder Singh, Rajinder Singh and Prem Singh (one each). Harpreet Singh, Gaganjeet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh accounted for one goal each to reduce the margin for Sant Fateh Singh Club.

In the third match played between Grewal Club of Kila Raipur and Akalgarh XI, the former came out triumphant 8-6. The two teams were tied 4-4 at half time.



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