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kidney racket
Police to visit Kolkata
Accused gets two-day remand; doctor's involvement in scam not ruled out
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
A day after the arrest of an Assam resident and the busting of a gang of swindlers allegedly involved in duping patients on the pretext of arranging kidney donors for them, the Sadar police is planning to visit Chandigarh and Kolkata for further investigation.

The accused, Perth Perteen Gahai, alias Baba, a resident of Mori Gaon village on Jaagi Road in Assam, who was arrested from the bus stand area yesterday, was produced before a court today, which remanded him in two-day police custody. The police has not ruled out the possibility of the involvement of a doctor in the scam.

Sadar SHO Amandeep Singh Brar said, "We will visit Chandigarh and Kolkata to collect more evidence. We will also visit the rest house in Kolkara where patients were made to stay and the hospital where the dialysis of patients was conducted."

Gurjeet Kaur (50), a resident of Jaswant Nagar in Ludhiana, who brought the matter to the notice of the police recently, said the accused had assured her that several patients had successfully undergone kidney transplant operations.

"The accused has denied carrying out any kidney transplant, but we will visit Kolkata and Chandigarh to check the veracity of his claims," said the SHO, adding that raids were on to arrest Baba's accomplice Narinder Kumar, a resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and government schoolteacher, who was at large.

Gurjeet Kaur said she came to know about Baba and Narinder while she was undergoing treatment at a private hospital on Ferozepur Road. She alleged that technicians working at the hospital introduced her to another technician working at a super-speciality hospital in Chandigarh. Gurjeet Kaur said the accused took Rs 15 lakh for getting a kidney transplant conducted. She was made to stay at a rest house in Kolkata for six months. Neither was the operation conducted, nor was the money returned.


Sahnewal, Samrala to have urban estates
GLADA issues notification for projects, to acquire land in villages
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 14
The proposed projects for setting up an urban estate at Sahnewal on the periphery of the city and another one at Samrala town in this district by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) have taken off.

After an initial survey and preparation of a tentative layout plan for the projects by GLADA, the Punjab Government has issued a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, expressing its desire to acquire land for these urban estates.

The proposed integrated urban estate at Sahnewal, to be developed on 1,125.42 acres, will include a dedicated industrial park, commercial pockets and residential areas while also providing the required land for the expansion of the existing airport at Sahnewal.

Going by the layout plan and the land specified in the notification, the project will be developed on land falling in Gobindgarh village (117.31 acres), Khakat (122.213 acres), Nandpur (165.913 acres), Pava (5.262 acres), Sahnewal Kalan-I (119.3 acres), Sahnewal Kalan-II (117.825 acres), Mangli Neechi (26.094 acres) and Mangli Unchi (415.8375 acres).

The urban estate at Samrala is proposed to be developed on 429.54 acres in Bondli village.

The notification, issued on June 5, 2013, by the Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, has authorised the Land Acquisition Collector-cum-Additional Chief Administrator, GLADA, to conduct a survey of the land described in the notification and perform all other acts required or permitted under the relevant provisions of the Land Acquisition Act.

As provided in Section 4 of the Act, the notification says that any person who has an objection to the acquisition of any piece of land specified in the notification, may withing 30 days of the publication, file an objection in writing before the LAC-cum-ACA, GLADA. ACA Baldev Singh said this (notification) was another step towards giving a practical shape to the projects which were, till now, on the drawing board. Once the survey was completed and objections, if any, received and disposed of, the notification for the acquisition of land would be issued by the government.



BJP councillor, husband booked
Renu allegedly contested elections on fake documents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Renu Sharma, BJP councillorLudhiana, June 14
The police has booked Renu Sharma, BJP councillor from Ward No. 29 in Deep Nagar, for allegedly contesting the elections by submitting fake documents. Her businessman husband Rajesh Sharma has also been booked.

The Division No. 8 police has registered a case against the woman councillor and her husband under Sections 420 and 177 of the IPC for fraud and knowingly furnishing false information to a public servant, thereby duping the public in general and the government in particular.

The case has been registered following a complaint lodged by Charanjit Singh Gill, a resident of Vishnupuri in the Civil Lines.

The police has also initiated a probe into Rajesh's business network following Gill’s allegations that he was doing hawala transactions worth crores of rupees.

The District Attorney has stated in his report that during an inquiry, it had come to light that in the income tax returns filed for 2011-12, Renu had shown her income as Rs 1,86,400, while her husband Rajesh had shown his income as Rs 1,57,340, whereas their firm, Shivam Enterprises, was doing business worth crores of rupees.

Showing bank documents, Gill said the account of Shivam Enterprises had Rs 7 crore when Renu fought the elections.

Showing another document procured under the RTI Act, Gill said Rajesh had Rs 81 lakh in his savings account.

"If Rajesh had a monthly income of around Rs 14,000, how come there was such a huge amount in his savings account," said Gill.

Gill said he had lodged several complaints with the police, stating that Renu had won elections by submitting false documents, but the police did not initiate any action against the councillor. Finally, Gill approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court directed the Commissioner of Police to conduct a probe and take action.

During the probe, it was found that Renu had two PAN cards. Both PAN cards had a similar unique identification number. While on one card, her date of birth was shown as 1964, in the second PAN card, her date of birth was 1968.

In the first PAN card, her father’s name was Krishan Narayan, in the second PAN card, her father’s name was Krishan Lal. Gill allegd that Renu deliberately concealed facts and gave false information to the returning officer.

The development has caused panic in the rank and file of the Ludhiana unit of the BJP. Gill is a close aide of former Congress councillor Raju Thapar.

While Renu was not available for comments, her husband said Raju Thapar was behind the “conspiracy”.

Rajesh said Raju's wife received a drubbing in the MC elections last year. He could not digest the defeat and was playing petty politics.

Election petition

According to the directions of the State Election Commission, if any candidate has furnished false information while contesting the municipal poll, there is a provision to challenge the election before the tribunal by filing an election petition. It is learnt that Indu Thapar had filed a petition in this regard before Babita Kaler, presiding officer, Election Tribunal-cum-Deputy Director, Local Bodies, Ludhiana. The probe found that not only had Renu furnished false information, she had also concealed some material information.

BJP leader’s take

"It is a nexus involving a corrupt police officer and anti-social elements to tarnish the image of the SAD-BJP combine. According to the FIR, it was a mere election writ petition, but the police went on to register a case. We will meet the Deputy Chief Minister and apprise him of the issue and demand strict action against the police officer concerned, " said Parveen Bansal, BJP leader.



cheque-bounce cases
Man gets jail for 6 months
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 14
Judicial Magistrate Jagmilap Singh Khushdil has convicted Amit Aggarwal of Hapur (UP) in two cheque-bounce cases of Rs 1 lakh each. He has been ordered to undergo imprisonment for six months. The court has also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 2,500.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by M/s Hemkunt Paper Mills Ltd, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that the accused had purchased MG Kraft paper, Kraft board and grey board on credit in 2003. In order to make a part payment, the accused issued two cheques for Rs 1 lakh each. However, the cheques were dishonoured for want of sufficient funds in the account of the accused.

The accused failed to make the payment despite having being served a notice, the complainant had alleged.



Deluge: No lessons learnt by MC
Civic body had faced a similar situation in August 2011
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation doesn't seem to have learnt any lessons from the past. During the first heavy rainfall of this season here yesterday, there was chaos in the entire city. Ludhiana had witnessed similar situation on August 13, 2011. Had the MC learnt lessons from the August 2011 rainfall, it would have geared up for the mnsoon.

The MC officers had to go through embarrassing situation after several road cave-in incidents were reported as well as roads were literally washed away as the city witnessed 178mm of rainfall yesterday. Hundreds of vehicles were also damaged due to rain because there was water logging on several roads.

All this happened despite the fact that Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, had written a letter to the MC Commissioner around 10 days ago asking all the MC officers to remain prepared to deal with such flood like situations.

Now, an inquiry has been ordered by the Mayor, in which the MC Commissioner has been asked to prepare a report and submit it within next 15 days.

While speaking to The Tribune, Harcharan said they suspect that the main reason behind the road cave-in in Kitchlu Nagar was the laying of optic fibre underground cables by telecom companies. “These companies hire untrained staff for laying of underground cables and that is why road gets damaged. I have asked the MC Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into this regard as well,” he stated.

Pre-monsoon rain had lashed the city yesterday, wreaking havoc on the infrastructure. Most of the city localities submerged in knee-deep water and majority of the road looked like water channels. The sewer network was also overflowing, adding to the misery of the residents.

Meanwhile, the bridges and roads branch of the MC has started repairing the road in Kitchlu Nagar.

“I have also asked the MC Commissioner to inquire about the lapses on part of the MC officials,” informed the Mayor.

Sources in the MC said the officials were not prepared to handle such problem as the monsoon season is yet to arrive and that is why they were caught napping.



waterlogging menace
Choked storm sewers to blame
No rainwater recharging system in place in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
In the absence of a proper water recharging mechanism in the city, rainwater goes down drain and finally polluted Budha Nullah. Had the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation constructed water recharging wells in the city, it could have contributed to water recharging every time it rains. At present, the rainwater or other disposed water goes directly into sewer lines and from there into the Budha Nullah.

If we talk of storm sewers in the city, hardly 11-12 per cent of the total area in Ludhiana has storm sewer project. But these storm sewers also don’t function properly as they already remain choked with polythene bags and other such things.

Every year, before the monsoon starts, directions are issued to the MC officials to clean all the storm sewers. But this task is not taken seriously. It is because is this lapse on part of the MC officials that the residents suffer due to water accumulation on the roads.

In some localities, such as Sarabha Nagar, where storm sewer is laid on some of the roads, the problem of water accumulation still exists. A visit to the area reveals despite the fact that it had stopped raining yesterday in the afternoon. Still the road opposite to Deepak Hospital had been water logged and people on two-wheelers had difficulty crossing that particular stretch.

Sources siad if the entire city is covered through storm sewers, we can save a lot of money as well as contribute to restoring our natural resources. City roads get damaged due to accumulation of water and sewers get choked as all rainwater goes directly into them.

The MC is already in talks with the the World Bank for laying of storm sewer in all parts of the city. But it is likely that the project, if cleared, would take final shape in some months from now.

Mayor, Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, claimed that he has asked the MC staff to carry out a survey of the city and make arrangements so that there is no water logging on the roads. “We might install grass paver tiles on some roads where problem of water accumulation exists,” he claimed.



Anti-encroachment drive opposed in Dugri
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Tehbazaari wing of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had to face opposition when they went to clear encroachments in the form of rehris from the Urban Estate, Dugri, Phase II area, of the city today evening. During the resistance, three persons, including an MC official, also received minor injuries.

As per information, the Tehbazaari wing officials had gone to the Urban Estate, Dugri, to clear encroachments. During the day, they cleared encroachments from Phase I. While another team was dispatched to carry anti-encroachment drive in Phase II in the evening.

As the Tehbazaari officials were confiscating rehris from Phase II, some rehri owners objected to it. Soon the owners were joined by some politicians, who reached the spot and asked the MC officials to release the rehris. By that time, the rehris were already loaded in the truck.

The MC Tehbazaari (Zone D) Superintendent, Naveen Malhotra, said the driver of the MC truck, in which the rehris were loaded, got furious and he tried to drive away the truck.

"As the rehri owners were opposing it, the truck hit a tree and two rehris fell down on the road. In this incident, one of our staffs, Gokul, and two women, who were just onlookers, got injured. However, all of them received minor injuries. But Gokul is still undergoing treatment at hospital in Dugri," said Malhotra.

As the women received injuries, the MC officials soon informed the Dugri police, which reached the spot and helped the MC officials in carrying their drive. In the end, a total of 13 rehris were confiscated from the area.

This is not for the first time that MC Tehbazaari officials had to face such opposition from rehri owners and politicians.



Youth Cong holds protest; Harsh is district BJYM chief
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The youth brigade of both the national parties, the BJP and the Congress, was in action mode today. While the District Youth Congress staged a protest against the state government for "having failed to control the deteriorating law and order situation" in Punjab, the Yuva Morcha of the District BJP elected Harsh Sharma as its new president today.

However, as observers noted, the action mode was visibly bereft of political acumen-the Youth Congress activists, in a bid to cast a slur on the ruling Akali Dal-BJP coalition, called the coalition "deaf, dumb and blind", a statement that does not go well with disability rights activists.

"Why should the words "deaf", "dumb" and "blind" be pejorative terms? It's sad that a national party that claims to champion the cause of the poor and the weak is insensitive to the people with disabilities," said a 50-year-old man with visual disability, while requesting anonymity.

Congress MLA, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, when contacted, said the Youth Congress workers had no intention of demoralising any person or group. They (the Youth Congress members) only intended to wake up the slumbering Akali-BJP government that has failed on all fronts, he added.

Even as the District Youth Congress struggled with its politically incorrect jibe, the District Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) was content with showcasing its untrammelled enthusiasm during the intra-party elections. Even before the BJYM president's name was announced, the boisterous celebrations almost drowned the speech of the district BJP, president Parveen Bansal. With overarching enthusiasm that refused to play a second fiddle to discipline, the BJYM welcomed its new president. Bansal, when contacted, said the BJYM members had only demonstrated their enthusiasm and that nothing more should be read into this.



Doctors asked to gear up for monsoon
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, today asked the medical officers of the health department to pull up their socks for combating with monsoon weather. He asked the medical officers to visit their respective areas and communicate with the sanitary inspectors in case they come across problem of water seepage problem anywhere and employees of A 2 Z company for clearing the garbage dumps.

Dr Subhash Batta issued these instructions to the medical officers at a meeting held here at Civil Surgeon office today. The medical officers were instructed to update daily the Civil Surgeon’s office about their visits and about the problems they have been facing from any other departments so that the solution of any problem could be provided then and there.

Nodal officers of the health department, including District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, and District Health Officer, Dr Avinash Kumar, have been asked to visit high risk zones of the city on every Saturday and Sunday to keep them updated about health issues in these areas. The high risk areas include Dhandari Kalan, Sherpur Chowk, Gyaspura etc from where maximum cases of gastroenteritis outbreak had been reported in past years.



IAS, PCS officers involved in bogus billing scam: Ex-minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Satpal Gosain, a former Health Minister, today made some revelations regarding the bogus billing scam. He alleged that bogus billing is going on in the state in nexus with some IAS and PCS officials.

Addressing a press conference, today, Gosain said bogus firms are causing a loss of nearly one thousand crore to the state exchequer. Also present on the occasion Vishal Kumar alleged that he was falsely entangled into the net of bogus billing by some businessmen with whom he was working.

"A bogus firm was made on my name and the department. It caused a loss of several crores of rupees. It was only when I got a notice from the department that I came to know about all this. Later, I came to know that they had made twenty such bogus firms under the name of different persons. I decided to put my foot down and made up my mind to expose the persons," said Vishal Kumar.

"We demand a CBI enquiry against the officials involve in the scam. Vishal is receiving threatening calls and security should be given to him," said Gosain while appealing to the chief minister.



World Blood Donor day
Blood donors set an example
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Dr Neena SoodLudhiana, June 14
Age is no bar if you want to work for a noble cause. By donating blood for the first time at the age of 50, Dr Neena Sood, a city-based pathologist, has set an example for women who have many apprehensions about it.

Dr Neena Sood, professor and head of pathology department, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana said: “It was my long cherished dream to donate the blood but due to one reason or the other I could not do it. On June 9, I got an opportunity to donate blood for the first time at the DMCH. Like all other women, I too had apprehensions that it will be painful. But these were all fears. Now I will continue to donate blood.”

Rajat SharmaUsually there are apprehensions that donating blood will be painful and may cause weakness. Another first time blood donor, Mayank Jain (18), said: “I donated blood today. The very thought of donating blood for thallesemic children filled me with inspiration. It is my uncle, Sonu Jain, who inspired me for the cause and today I did it.”

Karan Khurana, who donated blood for the second time today, said: “Today was my second time donation. On the inspiration of one of my friends who is associated with an NGO I donated blood again.”

A BCom first year student, Karan, said everyone should come forward for this cause.

Expressing their immense satisfaction first timer blood donors, Rajat Sharma and Mayank Kapoor, said: “Blood donation brings a feeling of goodness in one's mind. We appeal to all the youngsters to donate generously.”

Sudhir Moudgil, who has donated blood 109 times, said: “It was on March 19, 1985, when I donated blood for the first time and from that year onwards I keep donating blood whenever I feel like.”



70 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
To mark the World Blood Donor Day, Zindagi Live Foundation, an NGO, in association with the Christian Medical College and Hospital today organised a voluntary blood donation camp.

On the occasion, as many as 70 units of blood were collected. The camp was inaugurated by Dr Kim J Memom, Associate Director and Head of Urology, CMCH. While Dr Kamal Masih, Medical Suprintendent, CMCH; Dr Joseph John, Dr Rupinder Kaur, Dr N K Chaudhry and Dr Gaurav were also present.

Balram Mehta Senior, vice-president of Zindagi Life Foundation, said this was the 19th blood donation camp of the NGO. All the voluntary blood donors were honored by the CMCH.

Ashok Marwaha, founder of the NGO, said: “The NGO is dedicated in collecting safe blood and supports thalasemmic children.”

Amongst those present were yogesh Gupta, Praveen Sony Bakshi, Bobby Sharma, Kamal Kishore and Nitin Walia.

Meanwhile, the department of transfusion medicine at the SPS Apollo Hospital also organised a series of awareness and a special commemoration program for voluntary blood donors today.

Dr GL Avasthi, Director Medical Services, SPS Apollo Hospital, said: “Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life threatening conditions.”

Dr Hitish Narang, senior consultant, transfusion medicine, SPS Apollo Hospital, said: “An adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. WHO’s goal is to obtain blood from voluntary unpaid donors. Today, in just 62 countries, national blood supplies are based on close to 100 per cent voluntary unpaid blood donations and 40 countries are still dependent on family donors and paid donors.”



Elderly feel ignored by family members
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The words of Francis Bacon on old age, "I will never be an old man. To me, old age is 15 years older than I am" are very inspiring. But in today's fast moving world very few senior citizens follow it. Majority of them feel ignored by their own children and family members while some feel isolated in this modern world and thus indulge in fault finding in the social system.

However, it is a matter of a generation gap and one should try to digest it. The beautiful world of joint families is getting converted into nuclear families only because of this fact that none is ready to assimilate it. But it is the adjustment which is required on both sides.

Sharwan Kumar, founder of the Nishkam Ashram, said: "I have been serving the old people since 40 years. I feel that the elderly people should also compromise with the children. Families in present times are small and the senior citizens should not expect more attention. On the other hand, the children should also pay due regard to their parents. They should spend some quality time of communication with the parents."

He said usually old people indulge in fault finding habit, which is wrong.

Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, founder of the Guru Amardass Apahij Ashram, Sarabha, said: "Blessed are those who have children. Senior citizens devoid of children are worst hit these days."

He said, "Many senior citizens who are also devoid of property are almost homeless. Their plight is very critical."

An 85-year-old female, who lives with her relatives, said: "I have three children, two sons and one daughter, but none is ready to take care of me. I am suffering from many diseases. It is not my fault that my husband died at a very young age. I have spent all money on my children and nothing is left with me now. My daughter-in-laws don't prepare meals of my choice so I have started staying with my sister's family."



Organic food enters party menu
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Organic and low-calorie food has now entered the party circuit of Ludhiana. Initially, people use to woo their guests with Thai, Mexican, Italian and Arabian dishes but now health conscious "Ludhianvis" have started including organic and low-calorie food at the wedding menus and other parties.

"It is not just the higher end class who are going in for the organic and low-calorie stalls at their parties. The trend is changing. People are growing aware about the organic food gradually and demand for it is gradually growing beyond the domestic dinner plate," said Sameer Kocchar, a caterer.

"I am a diehard organic food and low-calorie foodie. Last month, I had organised a dinner at my place and everything in the menu was organic and low calorie. I wanted to make my dietary habits known to my friends and also wanted them to know that food can be tasty even it has less calories and is organic in nature," said Ritika, a city resident.

"If you want the taste of the organic ingredients to come through, you need to cook it in a manner that preserves the flavour. We generally grill and steam instead of deep-frying," said executive chef of a local five star hotel.

Some of the dishes from this chef include soya pancakes, millet and mushroom pilaf, broken wheat and fresh orange custard and roasted grain and dates granola with banana and yoghurt.

A diet consultant said, "People need to be aware about their diet. The food is the same but the way you cook and the ingredients you include while cooking are different. One should bake instead of frying or eat whole wheat instead of normal flour. Your choice makes the difference and I am happy that people of Ludhiana are making healthier choices these days," she said.



1,649 appear for PAU entrance test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The Agriculture Aptitude Test-2013 was conducted at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today for admission to BSc-Agriculture (Hons), a six-year programme. Dr BS Sohal, Controller of Examination, PAU, said the entrance test received an overwhelming response and there was a huge rush of students from across the state.

He said, of the 1,720 applicants, as many as 1,649 candidates, including 1,370 boys and 279 girls, appeared for the test. He said eight centres were set up on the PAU campus. The students were competing for only 70 seats, which include 50 seats at the PAU campus and 20 at the Institute of Agriculture, Gurdaspur.

Dr HS Dhaliwal, Dean Collage of Agriculture, said: “The programme is becoming very popular amongst the rural boys and the eligibility for appearing in the test is of matric.”

The dean visited different examination centers and had on the spot view of the arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the test.



Meritorious students to be felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
High Fliers Awards-2013 will be given to meritorious students who have done exceptionally well in their respective streams and have made the city proud. The students will be invited along with their parents and the school authorities to a function. Mementoes will be given to them.

The function will be held in the Guru Nanak Bhawan on July 19. “The selected students will also get scholarships,” said spokesperson for the Group K's Media Delight while addressing a press conference here today.

“We will be honouring the students of Class XII who have done exceptionally well in their exams and brought laurels to their families, schools, teachers and the city,” said the spokesperson.



TET Berozgar Adhyapak Union holds meeting over demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
The TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) Berozgar Adhyapak Union held a state-level meeting today at Chatar Singh Park to discuss their demands.

The president of the union, Amandeep Singh Phool, while addressing the meeting today , said the state government has been delaying the appointments of TET pass unemployed teachers since long. He said, "Neither the selection process of 3,442 posts is being completed nor the counseling of the 5,078 Pendu Sahyogi Adhyapaks is being done."



500 girl cadets attend NSS training camp

Ludhiana: Col Ashwani Kumar, Commanding Officer 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC, Ludhiana, gave a motivational talk to over 500 NCC Girl cadets of Ludhiana (covering more than 25 colleges and schools), attending the annual training camp, at GHG Khalsa College in Sudhar.

While addressing the motivated and highly spirited girl cadets, he emphasised on the need for maximum number of girls to join the NCC. He assured the cadets that his motivated team of instructors led by Captain Lovy Sharma (Deputy Camp Commandant), instructors from the Army, girl cadet instructors and associate NCC officers will inculcates qualities of comradeship, integrity, team spirit, discipline and benevolence amongst the cadets. The training is being imparted to the girls to empower them to fight against violence. He asked the cadets to make best use of this opportunity and contribute towards society. He also stressed upon the need to be the torch bearers rather than being mute spectators to any kind of evil.

Workshop on Adobe Photoshop concludes

The department of computer science and applications, Khalsa College for Women, organised a function to culminate one month summer training workshop that started in the month of May. More than hundred students under took training in Adobe Photoshop and Oracle. The training was imparted by Daisy Wadhwa, Amritpreet Kaur, Shikha Arora and Prabhjeet Kaur. The main aim of the training workshop was to hone the programming and designing skills of the students. The training focused both on the theoretical aspect of the software development and practical exposure too was given to the students.

Five-day workshop concludes at GNDEC

The department of computer application of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) organised a five-day TEQIP sponsored Workshop on computer training for staff of the college. Dr JN Jha, coordinator, TEQIP –II, accorded a warm welcome to Dr MS Saini, Director of the College, who was the chief guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jha said the objective of the workshop was an effort to further raise the professional skills of the supporting staff. Asst Prof Inderjeet Singh and Asst Prof Gurdeep Singh from the department of computer application conducted the workshop. The faculty members provided training on salient features of MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and hardware networking. — TNS



20-year-old youth robbed of Rs 17,000 in bank
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 14
Two armed assailants robbed a 20-year-old youth of Rs 17,000 at knife point and fled away. The incident happened at main branch of the State Bank of India located at Fountain Chowk here today.

Sources said the incident took place when the victim, Tahir Anjum, entered the bank premises to deposit the cash. While Tahir was filling deposited slip, two youths approached him and asked for a pen. Tahir handed over them the pen. When the youth went outside the bank without giving him his pen back, Tahir followed them asked to stop. Suddenly,one of the robbers pulled out a knife and pointed at Tahir. They then asked Tahir to hand over the cash. Tahir got panicked and gave them the money. The two made a quick exit out of the bank and vanished soon. Tahir raised an alarmed and tried to chase the youths but all in vain.

Soon after receiving the information, the ACP-West, Gurpreet Kaur Purewal, and SHO Division No 8, Ranjit Singh, reached the spot. The police scanned the CCTV recording of camera installed in the bank to identify the robbers.

The Division No 8 police station and the office of ADCP-III is located at just a stone throw away from the spot where the incident took place.

Jilted lover ends his life

A jilted lover committed suicide by consuming some substance at his house in Kabir Nagar near Daba road.

The deceased has been identified as Gagandeep Singh. The police said the deceased had an affair with a girl living in his locality. But the relationship between the two strained recently. Last evening, Gagan and the girl had some heated argument. Following which, Gagan consumed poison.

He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition where he died.

In the meantime, the police has registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide against the girl and two friends her brother (Raju and Pawan).

MC, PSPCL booked for negligence

A day after the death of two youths due to electrocution at Kot Mangal Singh area near Daba, the city police has booked a case under Section 304-A of the IPC for negligence causing death against the officer concerned of the Municipal Corporation and the Punjab State Power Corporation.

Sahil (22) and Sunny (22), both residents of Gopal Nagar, were travelling along with their friends on a motorcycle. Due to waterlogging in Kot Mangal Singh Chowk, their motorcycle slipped while taking a sharp turn. In order get back on their feet, Sunny and Sahil took the support of telephone poll. Residents said that high voltage current was passing through the poll as the dangling power cables were supported through it. The duo got electrocuted.

Police Commissioner holds meeting

Soon after holding the charge new Commissioner of Police, Paramjit Singh Gill, today held a meeting with the police officers at the Police Lines. Gill discussed the trend of crime in the city and sought suggestions for curbing crime. He also discussed the old and unsolved murder cases and also talked about the remedial measure needs to be taken to ease traffic chaos.



Dowry case: Man gets remand

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 14
The Mandi Gobindgarh police has registered a dowry case of Jaswinder Kaur against her husband, Charanjit Singh. The investigating officer, ASI Kewal Singh, said Jaswinder Kaur got married to Charanjit Singh in 1980 and her husband used to beat her up and demand dowry frequently.

She complained to the district police chief, following which the police registered a case under Sections 498-A and 506 of the IPC against her husband. The accused was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Amloh Parminder Kaur and was later sent to a judicial custody for 14 days. — OC



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