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City-Delhi flight resumes from June 3
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
There’s a good news for city residents as Air India has decided to restart the Ludhiana-Delhi flight from June 3 instead of June 15. Air India had suspended the flight from April 20 till June 15 following a snag in the aircraft. Officials of the airlines received a call from the general manager of Air India today that the flight would start from June 3.

The timings and days on which the flight operates have also been changed. As per the new flight schedule, the flight will operate thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Amrik Singh, manager of Air India, said the Ludhiana-Delhi flight would take off from the Delhi airport at 1.45 pm and land at the Ludhiana airport at 3 pm. “The same aircraft will then take off from the Ludhiana airport at 3.20 pm and will land in Delhi at 4.35 pm,” he said.

Air India has also opened its office on Dugri Road. “This office is located opposite King Spades Marriage Palace and will function between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm on all working days,” said Amrik Singh.

Flight schedule

  • Flights will operate thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • The flight will take off from Delhi at 1.45 pm and will land in Ludhiana at 3 pm.
  • The aircraft will take off from Ludhiana at 3.20 pm and will land in Delhi at 4.35 pm.

Air fare

  • Current fare: Rs 5,031 per person
  • Ticket purchased seven days in advance: Rs 4,507
  • If purchased 16 days in advance: Rs 3,930
  • If purchased one month in advance: Rs 3,111


ferozepur road
Court allows parking for an hour
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
There is a ray of hope for residents visiting commercial establishments along the service lane on Ferozepur Road. The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed parking of vehicles for a maximum of one hour on parking slots located between Ferozepur Road and service lanes.

The court has also directed the traffic police to make sure that no vehicle is parked for more than an hour. The vehicles of violators will be impounded.

Though the authorities are yet to receive the written orders, officials who attended the hearing claimed that the order would come as a breather for the residents.

It is learnt that the court has also directed the MC to auction the parking slots so that one hour maximum parking rule could be implemented in true spirit. The MC has also been asked to specify the number of vehicles to be parked at a particular slot.

The court has also directed the police to make sure that service lanes were not used for parking. If any person violates the orders, strict action should be taken against him, states the order of the court. All commercial establishments such as marriage palaces, hotels and shopping malls have been directed to ensure that they organise functions as per the parking space available with them.

The issue of the misuse of service lanes along Ferozepur Road came to the fore when a city resident living in a house opposite Punjab Agricultural University's gate number 2 moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court directed the MC to get service lanes along Ferozepur Road vacated. During the hearing on April 30, the court directed the MC to issue notices to 10 violators, identified by commissioners appointed by the court.

These commercial establishments included Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, a five star hotel owned by former Congress MLA Jassi Khangura, Ansal Plaza, a shopping mall, Hotel Friends Regency, Hotel Nagpal Regency, Khushi Ram and Sons, Olivia, Hotel Batra, Hotel A, K P Complex and Jay Sons, all located along Ferozepur Road.

On May 9, premises of two violators - Hotel Batra and Jay Sons - were sealed. On May 10, portions of Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, KP Complex and Olivia were sealed. On May 11, a portion of Khushi Ram and Sons was sealed.

Vehicles of violators to be impounded

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday allowed parking of vehicles for a maximum of one hour at parking slots located between Ferozepur Road and service lanes. The court has also directed the traffic police to make sure that no vehicle is parked for more than an hour. The vehicles of violators will be impounded, the court order stated.



Woman, visually impaired daughter thrashed, 3 booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A dispute over parking a car in the middle of the road turned ugly when three persons allegedly thrashed a woman and her visually impaired daughter. The accused, identified as Surinderpal Singh, alias Kaka, and his two accomplices are on the run after the police registered a case against them for assaulting the duo and vandalising their house.

The case was registered following an inquiry by IPS officer Deepak Hilori. The victim's father, Amar Singh, a resident of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, said his daughter was employed at a government employment centre on Pakhowal Road and her mother was accompanying her.

Amar Singh's wife entered into a heated argument with Surinderpal Singh over parking a vehicle. On May 19, Surinder Pal along with his two accomplices consumed liquor and entered Amar Singh’s house.

The trio vandalised the house and assaulted the mother-daughter duo. Police sources said after reporting the matter to the police, Amar Singh urged the policemen not to take action against the accused.

"Initially, the complainant told us that they were reaching a compromise. But each time they tired to end the dispute, thins turned ugly," said one of the police officers. Finally, a case under Sections 341, 324, 534, 506, 452, 427 and 120-B of the IPC for vandalising a house, thrashing and outraging the modesty of women was registered against the accused.



Cycle industry rides high on high-end bikes
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
In the age of luxury cars and super mobikes, the good old bicycle is still moving ahead. When major auto players seem out of breath, the bicycle industry is paddling ahead at full stream, thanks to the high-end fancy segment that has grown by almost 50 per cent in a year.

It is no more a black coloured old machine with a huge basket in the front. Today, bicycles are stylish and may weigh heavy on your pocket. The children’s segment is growing while the health and adventure freaks also don’t mind spending more on high-end cycles.

India is the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world after China. But a decade-and-a-half ago, the domestic industry almost faced extinction when highly efficient and cost friendly motorcycles were mass-produced in the country. All of a sudden, the simple bicycle lost its charm and status. But today, the Rs 1.25-crore domestic bicycle industry is fighting back.

"Our sales have also gone up by almost 30 per cent and that is a true indicator of growth. This has been an encouraging year as many updated models have come in the market," says Balwinder Singh, who runs a cycle shop on Gill Road.

According to industry figures, the children's segment has seen a considerable growth of 25 per cent in the past couple of years.

A majority of the buyers of fancy bikes is in the age group of 9 to 15. The reason that this segment has done well is because the demand is inelastic.

"Parents who want to buy cycles for their children want the best product rather than saving money. Besides, more and more urban adults are taking to cycling as a mode of recreation and fitness which has led to increase in the sale," says Blawinder.

The concept of cycling as an exercise is fast catching up in cities and most companies are shifting their focus from rural to the urban markets to drive sales.

"Nothing much is happening in the rural market," says managing director of a prominent cycle company. The market size for standard cycles is shrinking. Fancy cycles are catching all the attention and have seen a growth of about 35 per cent.

Encouraging trends

The sale of bicycles has also gone up by 30 per cent. This has been an encouraging year as many updated models have flodded the market, said a trader



Sacked worker booked for threatening woman employer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The city police has booked a person for allegedly threatening a woman employer. The man even threatened the woman that he would upload her lewd picture on a social networking website. The accused, identified has Rajiv Kumar, is a resident of Mahatma Colony on Tibba Road.

The victim's husband told the police that Rajiv was working as an embroider at his wife's boutique.

He was thrown out of the job for shabby work. Initially, he used to threaten the victim on phone, but later he started claiming that he had her lewd picture and would upload the same on a social networking site.

The victim's husband reported the matter to the police.

The accused has been booked under under Sections 66 and 67 of the IT Act, the police said.



A busy day for fire officials in city
Four fire incidents reported; short circuit suspected to be the reason
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
It was a busy day for the fire brigade today as four incidents were reported in different parts of the city. Short circuit is said to be the reason behind all four incidents. Furniture and other goods lying in a restaurant near Clock Tower in the old city area were gutted when fire broke out this evening.

As per information, the first floor caught fire and when the owner and the nearby shopkeepers saw flames coming out of the windows, the fire brigade was informed.Even though the fire station is hardly half kilometer away from the restaurant, fire brigade officials could not reach on time as they had gone to douse fire at some other place in the city. So the shopkeepers themselves took initiative of dousing the flames and by the time the fire brigade reached the spot, fire was under control. The restaurant owner said that short circuit could be the reason behind this incident.

In another incident, fire broke at a cardboard manufacturing unit in Moti Nagar. On coming to know about the incident, the fire brigade officials rushed to the spot and doused the flames. Fire brigade officials stated that they suspected short circuit could be the reason behind the incident.

The third fire incident took place at a medicine shop in the Prem Nagar area of Ghumar Mandi, in the wee hours today. The residents came to know about the incident when some passersby raised the alarm on seeing smoke coming out of the shop at around 3 am. The shop owner and fire brigade officials were informed, who reached the spot and doused the flames in around two hours. It is learnt that medicines worth lakhs were gutted.In the fourth fire incident took place at a yarn godown in the Sherpur area where goods worth lakhs were gutted. It was at around 6 pm when fire broke out in the godown due to short circuit. Fortunately, the workers of the godown had come out just few minutes before the incident. Fire brigade officials doused the flames here as well. The godown owner claimed that goods worth lakhs have been gutted.



building violations-II
Illegal commercial activity rampant
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Illegal commercial activity rampant in the residential area of Model Town has been posing problems to residents of the area. Apart from two roads, all roads in Model Town have been declared as ‘residential’ in the master plan and still the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials have not bothered to take note of the commercial activity that is going on right under their nose and prefer to look the other way.

As per information, two roads, starting from Link Road to Montgomery Chowk and from Montgomery Chowk to Gulati Chowk have been declared ‘commercial’, while commercial activity on all other roads is illegal.

The shops constructed alongside the roads have come up recently. It’s not only the local shopkeepers who have set up their businesses here, even the leading national and multi-national companies have joined in.

In the master plan prepared by the MC, these roads have been termed as ‘residential’, but commercial activity is rampant here and pose problems to residents of the area.

“Construction of a shop in the adjoining house had begun more than a year ago and when we complained about it to senior MC officials as well as the building branch, we came to know that a senior building branch official was shielding the person constructing it. If an MC officer, who is supposed to keep a check on such illegal activity, himself joins the law breakers, then one can imagine the state of affairs in the civic body. Despite our hue and cry, now a salon has come up in that place,” rued a resident of Model Town, who did not wish to be identified.

Another resident rued that due to construction work, there has been frequent traffic congestion in he area. “Our area used to be one of the most peaceful in the city, but now all we hear is honking of cars. I wonder why the MC is not doing its duty. We are planning to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the court, let us see what happens,” rued an area resident.



mid-day meal scheme
Register FIR against defaulters: Maluka
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
It seems to be game of passing the buck as far as serving of "low-quality" mid-day meals in government schools is concerned. While the education minister believes that it was the duty of the district administration to take an action against the erring contractor or the chefs, responsible for supplying "bad" meals, the officials concerned maintain that they could forward the complaints to the government for necessary action and they had to go by the law.

It may be the duty of the policy-makers or the authorities concerned to ensure that students got good quality meals. But the reality is that despite spending crores of rupees on the mid-day meal scheme, the students were being served "poor-quality" meals in government primary schools in Ludhiana.

Putting the entire responsibility on the local authorities for ensuring that meals were proper, the Punjab Education Minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka, said it was the duty of the district administration, health officials and police officials to take stern action against those held responsible for supplying "bad" meals to the students.

In a telephonic conversation with The Tribune, Maluka said, "If authorities get such complaints, an FIR must be lodged immediately against the contractor or the chefs responsible for preparing low quality food. We can not afford to distribute bad or low-standard meals to the students. The Deputy Commissioner must send Civil Surgeon, get the meals checked and if discrepancies are found, he must get an FIR registered against the defaulters."

The complaints against "low-quality" mid-day meals being supplied to the students in government primary schools seem to have become a regular feature now. Neither the authorities nor the contractor or the state government seem to be bothered to take steps to ensure that nutritious diet was being provided to the students, who came from poor and needy families. In some of the schools, the students have already refused to eat such meals but to no avail.

General secretary of the Government School Teachers Union, Parveen Kumar, said not just the poor-quality food was being served in schools but also packet of glucose biscuits (worth Rs 3 to 4) was given to the students. "Government is spending so much on the mid-day meals. But the real purpose gets defeated if students/teachers complain about the meals," rued the general secretary.

It may be mentioned that a few days ago, a press release was issued by the District Administration which claimed that the state government was spending about Rs 1.49 crore (every month) to provide mid-day meals to 1.34 lakh students in the district. A senior teacher at a primary school, wishing not to be quoted said a majority of complaints were being pouring-in from the schools in the city, whereas, in peripheries, students were satisfied with the mid-day meals to an extent.



gadvasu notes
Vet varsity prof gets fellowship
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Dr Sandeep Kaswan, an assistant professor at the Department of Livestock Production Management, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), was awarded Professor Tielen Foundation (PTE) fellowship.

The fellowship was awarded to him for his participation in the XVIth International Congress on Animal Hygiene recently held at Nanjing, China to present (oral) his research work on effect of different floor space allowance on carcass characteristics of crossbred (Landrace X Desi) pigs.

The congress at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University witnessed about 160 participants from over 34 countries presenting about 150 oral and 60 posters on scientific theme “Animal hygiene, health and welfare as corner stones of sustainable animal production.”

As a part of the PTE scholarship, he was awarded membership of the International Society for Animal hygiene (ISAH) along with the entire financial assistance towards participation of the congress. ISAH has members in more than 57 countries across the world.

Attending this congress helped the scientist in getting updated with recent advancements in the field of animal hygiene, health and welfare.

Earlier, Dr Kaswan, did his MVSc NDRI, Karnal and PhD from IVRI, Izatnagar in the field of Livestock Production Management.



Health Dept conducts check, destroys stale food
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A team of the health department from Primary Health Centre, Sahnewal, conducted a surprise check at Sherpur and Dhandari area and examined fruits and other food items on vends and shops.

The team, led by medical officer, Harpreet Singh, health inspectors, Satpal Singh and Gurdev Singh, checked the fruit vends, sweets shops, Dhabas, tea and snacks vends and juice vends in the area.

The health officials dumped all the items that were found unfit for consumption.

Meanwhile, Dr Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu, Senior Medical Officer, Sahnewal, issued instructions to the vendors and shopkeepers to keep vends and shops neat and clean. "The shopkeepers, who sell uncovered items will be fined," said Sidhu.



Over 400 chemicals cause cancer, say experts
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 29
Students and staff of MGMN Senior Secondary School vowed to abstain from the consumption of tobacco and tobacco products and joined a crusade launched against the menace by the health department. An oath was taken in response to a call made by the staff of the local civil hospital and the Rotary Club, Ahmedgarh, here today.

A seminar was held on the occasion in which Rajinder Goyal, president of the Rotary Club, presided while Dr Arun Kumar Handa, Senior Medical Officer, was keynote speaker.

Dr Arun Handa, urged students and officer-bearers of various social and educational organisations to join hands with the authorities in minimising the hazardous effects of tobacco.

"Though the administration has tried to create awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco, a majority of consumers and passive smokers have failed to realise the consequence of it," he said.

Experts illustrated that more than 400 chemicals, including nicotine, polycyclic hydrocarbons and benzo tar, could result in fatal diseases like cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Principal claimed that tobacco consumption in general and smoking in particular had been known as the main cause of chest diseases, including tuberculosis and lung cancer.

Passive smoking was far more harmful. The crusaders urged students to identify their role in maintaining a healthy society.



Book on youths’ problems released
Tribune NEws Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, today released a book entitled "Jive Jawani," penned by Gurpreet Singh Toor, a senior police officer and an eminent Punjabi writer.

It is worth to mention that Gurpreet Singh Toor is PAU alumnus and before joining the police services he used to be a professor at university.

Toor’s book is a collection of personal experiences and provides a deep and unique insight into the human world with focus on the realities of life. The book sheds light on the devastating effects of drug addiction, unemployment, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, black money circulation, lack of motivational and literate environment and unrewarding hard work on the youth of the Punjab.

In his remarks, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon lauded efforts of Gurpreet in writing down his experiences, and said that creating awareness among the masses about the persisting social evils is the need of the hour. Pointing out that drug menace, female foeticide, and expensive weddings are harming the society, he said.

He acknowledged Gurpreet's vital contributions to the society as a police officer and exhorted him to continue serving in future as well, and make the PAU proud through his writings.

Dr Surjit Patar, a renowned Punjabi poet and a Padma Shri Awardee, described the book as the inner voice of the author, Toor. He emphasised on bringing awakening among the public to battle the social evils in the society.



New EO for Improvement Trust appointed
Kuldip Bhatia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
At last, there is a ray of hope for city residents who had been making regular rounds of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) office here for various works related to trust properties without success for the past one and a half month.

The state government has, finally, posted Paramjit Singh, presently serving in the same capacity at Ropar, as the new Executive Officer (EO) of the LIT. Avtar Singh Azad, the previous EO of the Trust, was sent on compulsory retirement on April 11, 2013 on charges of dereliction of duty, and thereafter, no officer was appointed to replace him. A superintendent of the Trust Raj Kumar was given the temporary charge, but due to a large number of court cases, the officiating EO was not able to perform his public dealing work most of the time.

With the post of the EO, practically remaining vacant till now, the normal working had come to a complete standstill and most of the visitors to the office had to return back disappointed. "All those coming to the office for work related to registration of sale deeds, permission for making late payment towards installments, enhancement, non-construction fine or transfer of property, have to be turned back as the EO is the dealing official for all these works," said one of the LIT employees. At the same time, the work of the accounts branch as well as that of the engineering branch was also suffering because all financial transactions had to be routed through the executive officer as he has the authority to sign the cheques and operate bank accounts, sources in the Trust office said.

If the Trust employees are to be believed, in the absence of a full-time EO, all important decisions were, for the time being, put on the hold, and papers of only emergency nature, or else date bound payments of utility bills were being dealt with at the level of the officiating EO or the chairman. The new EO has not yet assumed charge of the office and is expected to take over in a day or so. In the meantime, RK Verma, Commissioner of MC, who also holds the additional charge of the chairman of LIT, has called a meeting of the Trust on May 31.




Story telling workshop

Ludhiana: A three-day story telling with dramatic effects, workshop was organised for the staff and students of Chanda Mama School. Teachers tried to create virtual reality by using puppets, masks, battery operated toys, musical instruments and live models with the result that the students were totally involved with the exercise. The performance of the teachers was judged on the basis of story content, depiction, dramatics used to enthuse the students for their participation and response. Students were adjudged on the basis of their response to the story and their participation in the dramatics. Lalita Gulati was judged as the best teacher, followed by Mandeep, Rinku. Among the students Gurnoor, Harbir and Sukhraj were the best.

Pool party

To beat the heat, Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Park, organised a pool party for the tiny-tots of nursery class. The pool side was decorated with beautiful umbrellas, balloons and tub toys.

Summer camp

A summer camp is being organised at Bal Bharati Public School. Keeping in mind the all-round development of children, BBPS has come up with a host of activities to keep them engaged during the vacation. The summer camp is designed to give the sports lovers, an opportunity to have a truly fun-based, learning experience this summer. The school has endeavoured to offer different sports activities like karate, basket ball, swimming, badminton, table tennis and skating. The camp has received an overwhelming response from students as many have enrolled themselves for two or three activities. Students of different age groups from class Nursery to Class X are learning the basic skills of various games from the experts. More than 45 children are learning the basic techniques of basket ball like dribbling, bounce pass, chest pass, man to man practice and lay up shot. It improves their throwing and running ability. Fundamentals of badminton like serve practice, drop shot, smash, forehand and backhand return stroke are being taught to students. Around 65 children are learning the art of balancing, stepping and zig-zag practice in skating. Swimming strokes are also being learnt by the children.

Inter-house declamation contest

Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy organised an inter-house declamation contest where two students from their respective houses symbolised various eminent personalities of the world. The main motive behind this contest was to acquaint today's youth with high ideas of people which took them to the great heights and made them immortal. Students personified themselves as Bhagat Singh, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Rabindernath Tagore, Marie Curie, Hillry Clinton, Benzir Bhutto. They appeared to be in the replica of these personalities. Their attire, vocal quality, gestures enthralled the audience. Sahibzada Zorawar Singh House bagged most of the laurels by coming upfront followed by Sahibzada Fateh Singh House. Results: Gurjinder Singh of class X of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh House scored first position Simrat Kaur of Class X of Sahizada Fateh Singh House Second, Baldeep kaur of XII of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh House bagged with third position. Appreciation prize was won by Rajvir Kaur of Class XI B (Sahibzada Ajit Singh House). — TNS



Ice-cream parlour owner booked
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
An ice-cream parlour owner booked for causing traffic obstructions at the busy Dandi Swami road. The accused has been identified as Sumit, a resident of Civil City, Chander Nagar. The police said, Sumit Kumar, owner of Natural Soup and Sales, had put up a make-shift kiosk on the road causing traffic obstruction.

He was told to remove the kiosks, but he did not comply with the direction. Following which he was booked.

One booked for eve-teasing

A taxi driver has been booked for eve-teasing following a complaint of a woman. The accused as been identified as Rahul Verma, a resident of Fateh Ganj. The incident took place last evening, when the accused tried to outrage the modesty of a resident of Prem Vihar by calling her at Leisure Valley Park. A case under Sections 323, 324, 341, 354 and 508 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

Man booked for fraud

The city police has booked a man for withdrawing cash by forging a signature. The accused has been identified as Sukhchain Singh of Dugri. Sukhchain was booked following the complaint of Senior Manager, PNB Bank, Sahnewal Branch. The senior manager has stated in his complaint that the accused got hold of a cheque of an account holder and withdrew Rs 99,800.

Three die in separate incidents

Three persons lost their lives in separate incidents that took place in different parts of the city here today. In the first incident 35- year- old man died by falling from a roof of a house located in Deep Colony. The incident came to light this morning when the residents spotted the victim's body and reported the matter to the police.The victim has been identified as Vinod Kumar (35). He had started living in the rented accommodation barely a fortnight ago. The body was sent to civil hospital for postmortem examination. In the send incident, a 40- year- old man died under mysterious circumstances near Civil Hospital here this afternoon. Commuters found the man lying on the roadside. Soon the man was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead. it is suspected that the man might have died duo to heat stroke. The deceased could not be identified. In the third incident Hardeep (31) of New Subash Nagar Basti Jodhewal, died under mysterious circumstances. According to Hardeep's relatives, he went to his room after taking dinner. It was around 2.30am he started vomiting and was rushed to hospital where he died. His body was taken to civil hospital for postmortem examination.



Man dupes two of Rs 70,000
Poses to be ‘close’ to Mayor; promises to get them jobs in MC
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
One person has been arrested for duping two city residents of Rs 70,000 on the pretext of getting him a job in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Interestingly, the accused even claimed to be ‘very close’ and ‘just like son’ to Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.

But later on when the victims came to know about the reality, the accused, identified as Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Vishwakarma Colony, was caught and taken to Mayor Gohalwaria’s house last evening. On coming to know about the entire incident, the Mayor asked the victims to hand him over to the police.

Rakesh had boasted about his ‘links’ with Gohalwaria to a woman named Chandan, resident of Labour Colony and Atul, resident of Ghora Colony. He had claimed that he would get help them get jobs in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, but even after two months, he failed to get them jobs, neither did he return the money.

A couple of days ago when the victims came to know of the reality, they contacted Rakesh and he claimed that the jobs would be ‘arranged’ by June 2. But last evening, people caught Rakesh near Manju Cinema, from where they took him to the Mayor’s house.

While speaking to The Tribune, Gohalwaria said that he too was shocked to know about the entire incident. “I have never seen this person. But it was later that my staff told that he used to come to my office and after spending some time, used to go back. The victims told me that he used to claim that he was going to my office for their job-related work. I immediately asked them to hand him over to Division Number 6 police so that we are able to know about the exact number of people he actually duped,” saidthe Mayor.

The Mayor has also urged the residents not to fall into such traps. “If any person claims that he can get them job in the MC in lieu of money or if any person claims that I have demanded money for some work, residents can contact and inform me at 9781200052 so that the guilty can be taken to task,” said Gohalwaria.

When contacted, Inspector Gurdev Singh, SHO of Division Number 6 police station, said that they were still verifying the matter. “Action will be taken as per law,” he claimed.



Six of a family booked for demanding dowry
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
Demanding dowry items before the wedding proved costly for the to-be groom and his family as they were booked by the police. The accused have been identified as Paramjit Kaur, Beant Singh, Gurjant

Singh, Dalbara Singh, Jang Singh and Harjot Kaur, all residents of Sanghe village near Chandigarh Road and Fathegarh Sahib, were booked under Section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 and 406 of the IPC for criminal breach of trust.

The accused have been booked following a-year-long inquiry conducted by Jaswinder Singh, ACP, Sahnewal.

Sarup Singh, a resident of Kumkalan, said his sister got engaged to Beant Singh a resident of Sanghe village on April 11 last year.

Soon after the engagement, the accused started demanding car, a necklace for groom's mother, a gold bangle and 10 gold rings for the boy.

The demands did not stop here and the accused demanded that arrangements for liquor and chicken be made for the 500 wedding guests. They said that if the demands were not met, they would cancel the wedding.

Pained to see her parents in such a situation, the girl gathered courage andcalled off her wedding. Her brother Sarup Singh reported the matter to the police and got a case registered against the alleged dowry seekers.None of the accused have been arrested so far.



2 booked with habit-forming drugs
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
The Sadar police nabbed two drug peddlers with habit-forming drugs here last night. The accused have been identified as Inderjit Singh, a resident of Dugri, and Palwinder Singh, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar.

Along with a huge quantity of psychotropic drugs, the police has also seized Inderjit Singh’s identity card.

Police officials said that the accused used to pose as a senior reporter of a vernacular newspaper to evade search of his vehicle at the police nakas.

The police has also seized a fake identity card of a vernacular paper from the possession of the accused.

Inderjit Singh reportedly told the police that he had purchased the car from person, a few years ago.

Giving details about the arrest, Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO, Sadar, said the police team nabbed the accused from the checkpoint on Dhandra road following a tip-off.

On seeing the police at the checkpoint, the duo tried to escape claiming to be from the press.

But the police insisted on a search and seized the car with a huge quantity on psychotropic drugs, including injections, 60 cough syrups, 5,500 tablets and 5,010 capsules. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused.



Two booked for fraud
Our Correspondent

Khanna May 29
The Khanna police has registered a case of forgery against two persons which provided fake matric certificates to two youths. Sources said that Manish Kumar, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, said he and his friend, Raj Kumar, had gone to Sangrur for recruitment in the army but failed as they were under matric.

When they came out of the recruitment ground, a person named Avtar Singh met them and lured that he could arrange for an original matriculation certificate for them. Avtar also assured that he would get them enrolled in the army as he has links with army officers. He demanded Rs 50,000 per person and took Rs 30,000 from each from them.

He called them on March 5, 2013 near Bulepur ITI and gave them certificates. Manish and Raj Kumar gave him the remaining amount. Manish said, “When we reached Patiala for recruitment in the army, the concerned army officers told us that our certificates were fake.

Manish said they talked to Avtar Singh about the issue. In the meantime, the matter was reported to the police, which registered a case against the above mentioned persons.



Taxi driver booked for stealing gold
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 29
A taxi driver has been booked for stealing 22 told of gold jewellery. The accused identified as Jatinder Kumar was booked on the complaint of Prem Chand of Janakpuri in New Delhi. Prem Chand said that he along with his wife visited Sunder Nagar on Jatinder Singh's taxi.

He said that he kept the bag containing gold ornaments in the taxi. Later during the evening when Prem's wife checked the bag she was shocked to find the gold missing. The matter was reported to the police. Following which the accused Jatinder was booked for theft.



Six injured in head-on collision

Doraha, May 29
Two cars collided head on the Southern bypass today afternoon. All the six occupants of both the cars were injured. One of the cars caught fire after which fire brigade had to be called. The injured were rushed to a local hospital.

Sources said that a car was going from Doraha towards Ludhiana. It collided head on with a Santro car, which was coming from the opposite side. Both the vehicles were running beyond their speed limits, added sources.

The injured were identified as Lekh Raj Anand, Taneja, Kaushal, Kundan, Zameto Devi and Jagindro. — OC



Two booked for murder
Our Correspondent

Amloh, May 29
Pritam Singh (55), a resident of Manngarh village, was allegedly murdered at a tube well here yesterday. Pritam’s son, Devinder Singh, alleged that his father went to the tube well yesterday to water the fields.

But Baldev Singh and Shamsher Singh, both brothers of the deceased, killed him.

The police has registered a case under Sections 304,120B of the IPC against the accused and started the investigation.

The investigating officer, ASI Mandeep Singh, said, the body of the deceased was handed over to the family after conducting the postmortem examination in the Civil Hospital, Amloh, today.

No arrest has been made on yet.



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