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GLADA yet to recover Rs 16 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 28
While the Greater Ludhiana Area development Authority (GLADA) has gone in the overdrive mode to sell residential plots, flats, commercial sites and built-up properties to raise funds, it has failed to recover over Rs 16 crore against the properties sold in public auctions.

The audit report of GLADA, a copy of which has been obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, reveals that buyers of residential and commercial sites owe Rs 16.05 crore against the sale of properties till March 2012.

The audit report reveals that Rs 1,035.65 lakh was outstanding against the sale of residential flats, Rs 165.10 lakh against the sale of residential plots, Rs 173.80 lakh against the sale of commercial sites, Rs 98 lakh against the sale of institutional sites and Rs 132.50 lakh against the sale of land under the optimum use of vacant government land policy.

Taking exception to the failure of the GLADA authorities to effect recovery of arrears or take action for cancellation of the allotment as per the conditions of sale/allotment under the PUDA/GLADA Act 1995, the audit team pointed out that in most of the cases, the buyers/allottees had paid only 25 per cent of the total cost of properties.

"In majority of the cases, the allottees/buyers had apparently failed to pay the balance 75 per cent amount either in lump sum or in installments after having taken possession of the properties. At the same time, the GLADA authorities had failed to take action against the defaulting buyers," the audit report states while seeking justification from GLADA officials.

Sources in the real estate sector assert that the default in payment of the balance 75 per cent amount for sites/built-up properties is willful, especially in the case of commercial sites.

Most of the buyers deliberately choose not to pay the balance amount after taking the possession of sites/properties due to slack enforcement by GLADA, or for that matter by other government agencies. It is only when they face the threat of cancellation of the allotment they clear the dues, said sources.

GLADA estate officer RK Popli said notices for the recovery of outstanding amount against the sale of properties had been issued to the defaulters as per rules. Many of them had made full or a part of the payment. In cases where the buyers/allottees have failed to respond to the notices, action will be initiated for the cancellation of allotment and the sold sites/properties will be resumed, he said.

Audit report

The audit report reveals that ~1,035.65 lakh was outstanding against the sale of residential flats, ~165.10 lakh against the sale of residential plots, ~173.80 lakh against the sale of commercial sites, ~98 lakh against the sale of institutional sites and ~132.50 lakh against the sale of land under the optimum use of vacant government land policy. The audit team pointed out that in most of the cases, the buyers/allottees had paid only 25 per cent of the total cost of properties.


MC Joint Commissioner penalised Rs 25,000
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Taking a serious note of the nine-month delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act, the State Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Joint Commissioner Ajay Sood. The MC has also been asked to pay a compensation of Rs 4,000 to the complainant.

A city resident had sought information on five points pertaining to the sealing orders issued against some buildings in Zone C since January 2002 on August 10, 2012.

After failing to get the information, the applicant, Karandeep Singh, approached the State Information Commission, which directed the MC to provide the information. But the applicant still failed to get complete information after which Ajay Sood, Zonal Commissioner-cum-PIO, was issued a show-cause notice to him. The commission also asked him to appear for personal hearing on May 9.

“It is noted with concern that neither any explanation in response to the show-cause notice has been received from Ajay Sood nor has he cared to appear personally. The RTI application was submitted by the applicant on August 10, 2012, and even after nine months, the information has not been provided. The delay of nine months (270 days) is on a high side and cannot be given a go-by,” read the order of the State Information Commission.

The commission imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on Ajay Sood for not providing the requisite information to the applicant. The amount is recoverable from Ajay Sood’s salary within a month’s time.

The commission also awarded a compensation of Rs 4,000 to Karandeep Singh, which is payable by the Public Authority, office of the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, through the Ludhiana MC within a month’s time against acknowledgement.



Railways high-up shows no concern for rly station
Northern Railways general manager stays on board special train during stoppage in city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Dashing the expectations of the railway staff at the city railway station, general manager of Northern Railways VK Gupta did not alight from his train on the way to Delhi. During the 10-minute stoppage at the Ludhiana railway station, Gupta stayed on board train, while the crew accompanying him was being replaced. The general manager was returning from Jammu after conducting a meeting.

Most of the people at the railway station were surprised of the fact that Gupta did not show any concern towards the station, which is one of the top revenue generating railway stations in the zone. The station, moreover, has been facing a plethora of problems that needs attention of the higher authorities.

While the Railways officials at the station justified Gupta’s attitude, the railway station employees said he should have alighted from the train to enquire about the problems being faced by passengers and employees.

During Gupta’s brief stay, however, office-bearers of Northern Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU) met him to discuss their problems and demands with him. Daljit Singh, from NRMU, said: “We have apprised the GM of the ill-equipped railway hospital, lack of collaboration of the Railways with the private recognised hospital, sanitation problems in the Ferozepur division, the need to recruit staff in all the departments and problems regarding the maintenance of quarters. He ensured us that the authorities will address all these issues.”

Clean platforms, tracks welcome GM

Although the general manager of Northern Railways, VK Gupta, stayed at the Ludhiana railway station for only a few minutes and did not even alight from his train, the railway authorities cleaned all the tracks and platforms in the wake of his visit. As the GM’s special train arrived on Platform No. 2, Platform Nos. 4 and 5, which usually are ignored during cleanliness drives, were also cleaned by the railway authorities. DDT was also sprayed on all the tracks. "Seeing the cleanliness drive at the railway station, anyone can guess that some VIP is arriving here,” said Ravi, a daily commuter from Jalandhar.



Swindler strikes again, dupes woman of Rs 33,000, gold jewellery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
After conning a 16-year-old girl in the Mundian area yesterday, a swindler struck again and took away Rs 33,000 and 50 gms of gold ornaments from a woman. Narrating the incident, Kiran said the incident took place this afternoon when a youth came to her house in Jawala Singh Nagar on the 33 feet road.

"The youth said my husband Ram Bilas had met with an accident and his condition was critical. While I was leaving the house, the youth told me to keep the gold ornaments at home. He locked the house and handed over the keys to my neighbours," said Kiran.

She accompanied the youth on his motorcycle. The youth stopped the motorcycle and said it had developed a snag.

Kiran hired an auto-rickshaw and reached the hospital. Meanwhile, the youth returned to Kiran's house and decamped with gold ornaments and cash after taken the keys from the neighbours.



Thakur Dalip Singh joins investigations

Ludhiana, May 28
Thakur Dalip Singh, nephew of late Satguru Jagjit Singh, who was the spiritual head of the Namdhari sect, joined the investigations in connection with the murder case of Namdhari Avtar Singh Tari.

It was for the second time in past one week that Thakur Dalip Singh appeared before the special investigation team (SIT) consisting of DCP Harsh Bansal, ADCP-I Nilamberi Jagdale, ADCP-IV Naresh Sharma and ACP, Sahnewal, Jaswinder Singh.

The investigations lasted for nearly four hours. Gurmukh Singh, Namdhari Avtar Singh Tari's son was also present. Gumukh had accused Thakur Dalip Singh of allegedly orchestrating the killing of his father.

There were reports of heated arguments between both the groups, but the police denied it. The police officers did not divulge any details of the investigations.

Avtar Singh Tari was gunned down by three assailants near Katani Kalan village on April 12, 2011. — TNS



School principal held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The city police arrested the principal of a school on Tibba road, Bhuvneesh Bhutt, in a case of the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl that took place on May 21. The police has also sealed the school.

The girl’s parents and relatives backed by some politicians staged a dharna at the Civil Hospital demanding action against the school authorities.

After lodging the protest, they headed towards the mini-secretariat and met Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh. The principal was arrested in the evening. ACP Satish Malhotra confirmed the development.

However, the police failed to arrest the persons who 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 the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. Bhutt’s relatives said politicians were fuelling the protest. Congress women wing leader Leena Taparia had violated the Supreme Court guidelines by flashing pictures of the rape victim, they said.



22-yr-old woman killed in road accident

Ludhiana, May 28
A 22-year-old woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck at Ganesh Nagar Chowk today. The victim, Ravneet Kaur, was a resident of Vishwakarma Nagar near Dholewal. The incident took place around 10 am.

A truck hit the motorcycle she was riding pillion near Ganesh Nagar Chowk. The victim died on the spot.

The driver of the truck has been identified as Jaswant Singh. He tried to flee but was nabbed. "The accused has been arrested and booked under Section 304-A of the IPC. — TNS



PSEB Class XII results improve by 7%
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Despite the fact that strict measures were taken to curb mass copying in the schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board this year, there has been an improvement of about seven per cent in the results of Class XII as compared to previous years.

Director General of Secondary Education KS Pannu said the improved results were an outcome of the sincere efforts made by the teachers, students, staff members and board officials.

KS Pannu said, "The improvement is tremendous and in coming years, the board and Education Department will try hard that the results improve further.”

"In 2011, the results of government schools were just 72 per cent, while in 2012, the results saw an improvement of three per cent at 75 per cent but in 2013, the results have further shown an improvement of 7 per cent,” Pannu said.

"Going by the data, we can say that both teachers and students in government schools have made hard efforts to bring better results. The teachers have started taking pain in government schools. This is despite the fact that this time, we had adopted strict measures to curb copying in schools. We had registered many cases and at several centres, examinations were cancelled and reconducted. We have curbed the menace of copying to a great extent and in the years to come, we will try to curb it fully," said Pannu.

The general secretary of Punjab Government School Teachers Union (district unit), Parveen Kumar, said: "The result of Class XII is much better than in previous years. The major reason for this is that the masses have reposed faith in government schools once again and this has been the motivational factor for the teachers, who had put in their great efforts to provide the best education to the students. Besides, many teachers in government schools took extra classes for academically weak students. It is the joint effort by the students and teachers that has caused the improvement.”



With parking banned on service lane, hotels, shops look for alternatives
Most establishments using own parking space for commercial purposes
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Ever since the Punjab and Haryana High Court disallowed parking of vehicles on the service lane alongside Ferozepur Road, shopkeepers and owners of commercial establishments on this road have started finding new ways to park customers’ vehicles to ensure that their business does not suffer.

Some of these commercial establishments are offering valet parking services, wherein the customers’ vehicles are parked on streets adjoining the premises of the establishments or in vacant spaces, including in the case of one of the hotels in the public parking space at the Feroze Gandhi Market.

The decision to ban parking of vehicles on the service lane was taken by the court on the complaint of a city resident. Due to this court order, marriage palaces and hotels, which see the maximum inflow of residents, are the worst affected. Such establishments had been using the area marked for the parking space in their building plans for commercial purposes, leaving little space for parking of vehicles.

Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, a five-star hotel owned by former Congress MLA Jassi Khangura, which was to construct a 40 feet by 265 feet parking lot in the basement, failed to construct it, and was using the service lane for parking vehicles. Officials of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation, too, failed to notice this anomaly until they were pulled up by the court.

The rear parking of Khushi Ram and Sons, a sweetmeat shop, too, was never constructed and a workshop had come up there instead. Similar kinds of violations were witnessed in many other commercial establishments, where parking arrangements were given a miss as the MC officials looked the other way.

Now, with no option left, these commercial establishments are forced to look for alternative arrangements for parking of vehicles. Hotel Majestic Park Plaza is providing valet parking services to its customers, wherein the hotel staff parks customers’ vehicles in the public parking space at Feroze Gandhi Market, which is a few metres away from this five-star property. “Due to the parking of vehicles by the hotel, people visiting the market are finding it difficult to find space for parking their vehicles,” said a shopkeeper at Feroze Gandhi Market. Similarly, people visiting Hotel Friends Regency are parking their vehicles on the road on the left side of the hotel. Le Baron, a marriage palace opposite Gate No. 2 of Punjab Agricultural University, is also providing valet parking services to its customers.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said if any commercial establishment was parking its customers’ vehicles in the public parking lot of Feroze Gandhi Market, there was nothing wrong in it. “Besides, we have already asked the residents to make their own parking arrangements, and we will not let them park their vehicles on the road,” he said.



Bus service for Rishi Nagar residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The residents of Rishi Nagar, Y block, Telephone Exchange, Raman Enclave, Ashok Vihar and adjoining colonies will benefit from city bus service from tomorrow. The decision was taken by the Ludhiana City Bus Service Ltd after a delegation of the residents of the area met Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.

From tomorrow onwards, two out of a total of 10 low floor buses plying on Hambran Road route will now pass through Rishi Nagar, Y block Telephone Exchange, Raman Enclave, Ashok Vihar and adjoining colonies.

The residents will now be able to avail of the facility for four hours daily— from 8am to10am and 4pm to 6pm. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria informed that buses would pass through the area at an interval of 45 minutes.



Year on, C form yet to go online
Manav Mander
Tribune News Services

Ludhiana, May 28
It has been nearly a year that the government promised to put the C form online. The C forms are generally short with the department and traders have to struggle a lot to procure the same. Sometimes, they get it from the other states.

It is necessary for the traders engaged in inter-state transactions to fill C form with their quarterly VAT returns. But C forms are generally out of stock with the department.

Tejinder Syan, one of the traders, said: "The government promised to make C form online from this financial year but it failed to do so. Now, we need C forms for the next month to fill the quarterly returns. It seems that again we need to struggle for procuring them."

Jatinder Khurana, president, Taxation Young Lawyers Association, said: "Getting the C form from the department in itself is a difficult task. Sometimes, we use to get these forms printed for our clients. Traders are always in a lurch over the C form. We hope the forms are made online from the coming quarter. Online forms will save time," he said.

The form

It is necessary for the traders engaged in inter-state transactions to fill the C form with their quarterly VAT returns.



City tops Punjab in milk production: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
With a daily production of 37 lakh litres of milk, Ludhiana district tops Punjab in milk production. Punjab is the second largest region that produces 955 million metric tonnes of milk in India. The state produces 262 lakh litre of milk every day.

This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari while elaborating various schemes initiated by the Punjab Dairy Development Board and Dairy Development Department, Punjab.

Tiwari said the main reason for such vast production in the district was the latest techniques adopted by the dairy farmers and regular updates being provided by the scientists of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

He said that a dairy training centre in Bija near Khanna had started to provide latest knowledge to the farmers.

He said that the centre not just provides training to farmers from Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Sagrur but farmers from Haryana, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh too came here to get the training to increase the milk production levels. Besides, for helping poor and needy, dairy training courses were initiated by the government. The banks provided loans and government provided subsidy to the farmers, who wanted to start afresh in dairy farming. In the year 2012-13, about 46 new dairy units were started in Ludhiana district and various banks had provided loans of about Rs 2.50 crore to the farmers.

He said that those, who want to start the venture with 20 or more than 20 animals, the interest rates were further reduced by the banks.



Mayor orders inquiry
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
A day after The Tribune highlighted the illegal commercial activity in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has ordered an inquiry into the matter, directing the Additional Commissioner to prepare and submit a report in this regard.

The Mayor has also asked the building branch staff to conduct a survey of the area and prepare a report on the total number of such constructions, so that action could be taken against them.

The Tribune had reported today that around 300-400 illegal shops have come up on the 60 feet road at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, which is a residential area.

Meanwhile, some illegal shops are still under construction in the area. Despite the fact that a photograph of one such shop was carried in the newspaper, the MC officials failed to take any action against the owner. While three labourers were seen working at the site yesterday, today their number had in fact gone up.

While speaking to The Tribune, the Mayor said he had asked Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia to prepare a report on all the illegal constructions. When told that one shop was still under construction in the area, the Mayor said he would immediately ask his staff to visit the area and make sure that the construction work was stopped.



Mc surprise check
Now, notice served on 10 officials at Zone-D office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Show-cause notices were served on 10 Municipal Corporation officials who were caught reporting late for duty at the Zone-D office of the MC in Sarabha Nagar here today. The officials were caught during a surprise check by Zonal Commissioner Isha Kalia this morning.

After getting complaints regarding the MC officials coming late to work, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had directed all the zonal commissioners to conduct surprise checks at regular intervals. Isha Kalia said the officials found coming late to office included inspectors and clerks.

Yesterday, during a similar check at the Zone-A office, Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal had found 52 officials reporting late for duty.




IMA meeting

Ludhiana: Dr Manoj Sobti, president, IMA, Punjab, attended the central working committee meeting of IMA held at Cochin (Kerala) recently. DR sobti said that many important decisions at the national level were taken in the meeting. It was resolved that the menace of female feticide should not be checked only by making laws but by creating awareness too. Too many technicalities and too much paper work of PC-PNDT Act were condemned.

Challans issued

On the directions of Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, a team under the leadership of Senior Medical Officer of Community Health Centre, Sahnewal, Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu and Nodal officer Dr Pawandeep Singh Dhillon issued challan notices to as many as 18 persons for smoking at public places and for selling cigarette, beedi and other tobacco products. A fine of Rs 2,540 was collected from them. The SMO said that in this month 26 persons were challaned and fine of Rs 3,390 was collected from them. Dr Pavinder Pal Singh appealed to the public in general not to smoke at public places and sell tobacco products.

Homoeopathy camp

A free homeopathy camp was held at Dhandari Khurd. The camp was held on the directions of Dr Parwinder Pal Singh Sidhu. During the camp, nearly 104 patients were checked and free medicines were also distributed. A team of doctors advised the patients to take healthy diet and avoid eating out. They also said that uncovered and cut fruits should not be consumed from the market and one should be not buy over ripped fruits.


Manpreet Singh Ayali was honoured on Tuesday by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after he was awarded by the Central Government for the best zila parishad. Badal said that he has not only made Ludhiana proud but the entire state proud by winning the award. The CM also advocated the newly appointed zila parishad members to work like Ayali and bring laurels to the state.

Environment Day

In the wake of Environment Day, the Punjab Pollution Control Board organised a painting competition at BCM senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, on Tuesday. Students from 39 government and private schools participated in the competition. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria presided over the function. The winners were awarded by Environment Engineer G S Gill. — TNS




CCE workshop

Ludhiana: HVM Convent Senior Secondary School organised a Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) workshop. The workshop was conducted by the Learning Link Foundation, New Delhi. Radhika Chebrol was the resource person on the occasion under the observation of JK Sidhu, Principal, DAV Public School, BRS Nagar. The workshop aimed to empower the teachers to improve the teaching learning process and update their knowledge about CCE system for holistic development of each child through scholastic and co-scholastic activities.

Graduation ceremony

Greenland Convent School, Dugri, organised a graduation ceremony for the kindergarten students .A cultural programme was presented to mark the day. The programme started with a prayer sequence bringing out the importance of “Dus Avtaar”. The tiny-tots also showed love and gratitude to their mothers through a beautiful dance. The tiny-tots were conferred degrees by the Chairman Chain of Greenland Schools.

Children enjoy a pool party at Childhood Kindergarten School, Punjab Mata Nagar, Ludhiana
Children enjoy a pool party at Childhood Kindergarten School, Punjab Mata Nagar, Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Pool party

Blending fun activities with studies to refresh the mind of students, a pool party, “Beat the Heat”, was organised at Childhood Kindergarten School. Students from Classes nursery and pre-nursery enjoyed to the fullest by splashing water and dancing. Teachers also had fun with their students. After having a full dose of fun in the water with slides and games, the students were taken out of the pool. The students were provided with their favourite pizza. — TNS




Industrial visit

Ludhiana: The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology organised a one-day industrial visit for the students of fashion design, knitwear design and textile design department at the SP Garments and Padmawati Creations. The industrial visit was organised to make students familiar with the latest technology used in the industry.

Students bring laurels

Students of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, brought laurels to the college by securing 27 first divisions in BBA III examination held in April, 2013. Ichhpuneet Kaur scored 78.79 per cent and bagged the tenth position in Panjab University and third position in Ludhiana. Deepika Singal who scored an aggregate of 74.09 per cent stood second in the college. Ishpreet Kaur secured the third position by scoring 72.32 per cent. The general secretary of the college governing body, Gurbir Singh Sarna, and principal Manjit Kaur Ghuman congratulated the students and the members of the faculty for their outstanding achievements.

NSS camp

With the registration of 150 volunteers, a seve- day NSS camp began with the theme “Environment including conservation of natural resources and Preservation of Cultural / Historical Heritage” at the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines. The chief coordinator principal, Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, inaugurated the camp. The programme officer acquainted the volunteers with aims, objectives and motto of the NSS. She also apprised the volunteers with the importance of the theme of a camp and role of students in preserving environment and their culture and historical heritage. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Thind urged the volunteers to serve the community with heart and soul. — TNS



Youth booked for eve-teasing
Girl's family also in police net for assaulting youth’s father
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The Jodhewal police today booked a youth for eve-teasing. The victim’s parents and three brothers were also booked for assaulting the youth’s father. The youth, identified as Rahul, had allegedly followed the victim and passed nasty comments at her. The girl's father, Nanak Singh, accompanied by his wife and three sons, allegedly thrashed Rahul’s father, Krishan Gopal, who was trying to resolve the matter.

Two held with narcotics

The Division No. 2 police has nabbed a drug peddler and seized 20 gms of heroin from his possession. The accused has been identified as Ranjit Singh, a resident of Batala, currently residing at Gurmeal Park, Tibba Road. The accused was nabbed at a police checkpoint near Sufian Bagh. On spotting the police, he tried to escape. The police intercepted his motorcycle and during the search of his belongings seized the contraband. In another similar incident last evening, the Salem Tabri police nabbed a person carrying smack. The accused has been identified as Gurcharan Singh, alias Goldy, a resident of Shivpuri. Goldy was nabbed following a tip-off at a police checkpoint near Chand Cinema. On searching his belongings, the police seized 10 gms of smack from his possession.

Swindler dupes trader of Rs 90,000

A swindler duped a businessman and fled with a bag containing Rs 90,000 on Tuesday. The victim, Amit Kumar, said he was sitting in a car at Sherpur chowk when a person came on a motorcycle and told him that the tyre of his car had deflated. When he alighted from the car to check the tyre, the swindler took the bag and fled. The police has recorded Atul's statement and has started investigations.

Auto driver dies of injuries

An auto-rickshaw driver who got injured after his vehicle overturned on being hit by another vehicle succumbed to his injuries on Monday. The deceased, identified as Kapil Kumar, alias Mintu, hailed from Haryana. The incident took place when Kapil was heading towards Dholewal from Cheema Chowk. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, from where he was referred to Arora Neuro Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. A case under Sections 279, 304-A and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified vehicle driver for reckless driving resulting in death.



Man gets 6-month jail in cheque-bounce case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 28
Judicial Magistrate Jagmilap Singh Khushdil has convicted Shamsher Singh of Pawa village in a chequebounce case. He has been ordered to undergo an imprisonment of six months and pay a fine of Rs 2,000.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by Vasudev Jiwad Singh of Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla, Doraha. He had alleged that the accused had issued a cheque for Rs 60,000 on June 25, 2010, while discharging his liability. However, it was dishonoured for want of sufficient funds in his account. The accused failed to make the payment despite a notice being served on him.



softball tourney
Six boys, three girls from city to participate in national championship
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 28
Despite improper infrastructure for softball in the district, six boys and three girls have been selected for the state team to participate in the National Softball Championship.

The 31st Junior National Softball Championship is going to be held from June 3 to June 8 at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.

The player from Ludhiana, including Anil Thakur, Nitin, Anil Kumar, Anmol, Ravitej and Jasjot, will fight for Punjab in the boys’ team. Meanwhile, Sharanjit Kaur, Arashdeep Kaur and Amarjot will participate in women’s events.

PN Pasi from the District Softball Association expressed his delight and said, “It is a matter of pride that a good number of players have been selected from Ludhiana. We hope that our state team will perform well in the national competition.”

Around 45 teams, both boys and girls, from across the country are expected to participate in the championship.

"The championship will be inaugurated by Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, President, Softball Association of India, on June 3,” said Pasi.



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