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Seals from 3 complexes removed
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 20
The municipal corporation today removed seals from Hotel Park Plaza, Olivia and KP Complex on Ferozepur Road after the commercial establishments provided parking space on their premises following the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.

The complexes were sealed by the MC following the directions of the high court for using service lane along the national highway for parking of vehicles. The parking space on the premises was being put to commercial use.

In the orders issued on May 29, 2013, the high court directed the MC to provide designated paid parking areas along Ferozepur Road in service lane or other vacant places. The HC also imposed restrictions on the duration of parking of vehicles in the paid parking lots.

The HC had also made it clear that the visitors to hotels, restaurants, malls, marriage palaces and multiplexes would not be allowed to use the paid parking lots.

The orders had laid down that all such commercial establishments that intended to convert a part of their building into earmarked parking, would submit the revised building plans duly signed by an approved architect along with requisite charges as may be prescribed under the building bylaws along with other necessary documents.

"Upon submission of these revised building plans, the MC shall decide the matter within four days. If the site plan so submitted is found in accordance with the building bylaws, the MC shall remove the seal from the premises to allow commercial establishments to continue with their activities subject to an undertaking to be given by them that an alternative parking area shall be made available within a month," Justices Surya Kant and RP Nagrath had ruled.

The business establishments which were sealed on May 10, 2013, had filed applications through their counsel Harpreet Sandhu for removing seals from their premises. They also submitted building plans to provide earmarked parking space within their premises on June 10, 2013. In accordance with the HC orders handed down on May 29, 2013, the officials of the building branch of the MC removed seals from the premises and permitted the commercial establishments to carry out their normal activity. 


Traders evading tax to face penalty
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Following reports of tax evasion by traders, the Excise and Taxation Department has issued a notification asking traders to register their goods at the information collection centres.

Many traders evade tax by ferrying their consignment through public transport. The department will now impose a heavy penalty on violators.

"If one fails to get the goods registered at the barrier, they will have to pay 50 per cent of the value of goods as penalty plus VAT,” said an official.

Companies that display their products in cities also use public transport to ferry their goods and evade tax. “Heavy penalty will be imposed on such companies,” the official said. 



PPCC secy’s arrest sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
High drama was witnessed outside the Police Commissioner's office today when protesters demanded the arrest of PPCC secretary Almudin Saifi and his 
two aides.

Almudin was booked by the city police following Mohammad Khurshid’s death due to cardiac arrest at Mayapuri on Tibba Road.

The protest was led by Bablu Qureshi, president, Minority Council, Punjab. During the protest, Bablu fell unconscious and was rushed to the Dayanand Medical Hospital and College. He was discharged after medication.

Bablu alleged that Almudin, who has been booked for abetment to suicide, met police officials yesterday, which was against the law.

"Almudin has committed a non-bailable offence. The police should immediately arrest him, said Bablu.

Denying the allegations, Almudin said the issue had been politicised by some ruling party leaders.

Bablu alleged that Almudin was pressuring the victim for arranging Rs 60,000 for getting his two sons freed from the police custody. 

SIT constituted

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill constituted a special investigation team (SIT) comprising DCP Harsh Bansal, ADCP-1 Nilambari Jagadale, ADCP NK Sharma, ACP (East) Satish Malhotra and SHO, Jodhewal, Balwinder Singh to investigate the matter. 



Man posing as assistant sub-inspector held 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
The city police nabbed an impostor, who allegedly used to dupe residents by posing as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police. The accused has been identified as Jagtar Singh, a resident of Sultanwind Road, Amritsar.

The police of Division no. 8 attested the accused following a tip-off. The police said Jagtar used wear police uniform for threatening residents at Rakh Baag and Rose Garden. He used to take away cellphones and cash from them.

The police raided Rose Garden at the Civil Lines area at 5.30 pm to nab the accused. The police said the accused was a hardcore criminal. A number of cases have been registered against him at various police stations in Amritsar.

Parveen Randev, investigating officer, said: “Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused had a criminal past. He was also wanted by the Amritsar police.” 



Health officials destroy substandard food items 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 20
With the aim of preventing water borne diseases during the rainy season, a team of Health Department officials conducted a surprise checks at several shops located in the various parts of the town today. The team members led by Jagraon Civil Hospital senior doctor Harinder Sharma also destroyed the eatables being soled in unhygienic conditions.

The team visited a cold drinks factory in Fili Gate area of the town, where the team members found the cold drinks were kept in highly unhygienic conditions. The team members destroyed the drinks from the factory. Though no action was taken against the owner of the factory and he was let go with the warning. The Health Department officials warned the factory owner to maintain proper hygiene while filling the bottles in the future otherwise an action would be taken against him.

Later on, the team visited Old Sabzi Mandi Road where they found a large number of vendors selling fruits and vegetables in highly unhygienic conditions. The team members destroyed the vegetables and fruits kept in open by the vendors and instructed them not to keep vegetables, fruits and other eatables in open.

Apart from Old Sabzi Mandi Road, the Health Department team also examined shops at Tehsil Road, Raikot Road, Kamal Chowk, Sadan Market and some other areas of the town. The team members primarily focused on shops that were selling sweets, fruits, vegetables and other eatables and wherever the team found eatables kept in unhygienic conditions, it destroyed these eatables.

Civil Hospital Jagraon Senior Medical Officer Dr Balwinder Singh said that raid was conducted for creating awareness to prevent an outbreak of water borne diseases during the ongoing rainy season.

"This drive would continue and regular inspections would be conducted in the area. We would not allow anyone to play with the health of the people. Though this time the team only issued warnings to the shopkeepers who were found selling eatables in unhygienic conditions, next time if any shopkeeper is found selling eatables in unhygienic conditions, a strict action would be taken against him", said Dr Balwinder Singh.

He also appealed the common people to keep their surroundings clean and prepare vegetables and other eatables in hygienic conditions to stay away from various water borne diseases.



Food safety Act goes for a toss
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Roadside vendors in the city are violating the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, with impunity.

Most of the vendors selling golgappas do not wear gloves. They do don't maintain hygiene and cleanliness.

Flies and mosquitoes are seen hovering around the food. Rakesh Kumar, a street food vendor at Model Town, said officials of the health department visited the area at whims.

"All this is happening right under the nose of the health department and the district administration," said Sadhna, a Dugri resident.

"The government should take a serious note of the hygiene at such vends as it poses a threat to the health of the residents," he said.

District health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said the department was doing its best. "Efforts are on to maintain the quality. The department collects food samples on a regular basis," he said.



Rain fury: Residents extend help to stranded pilgrims
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 20
Feeling concerned about the most distressing situation in the flood-hit regions of the Uttarakhand, samaritans have started coming forward to chip in for undertaking rescue operations, which might continue for weeks to come.

However, in the absence of any organised movement to help the victims, common people, predominantly women, are undecided about mode of extending their help.

A large number of residents preferred to send money to social organisations, engaged in sharing responsibility of the government, to rescue the stranded devotees and natives of the hill state.

Media reports and repeated replay of distressing clips on TV channels have acted as catalyst to persuade the potential donors.

Annapoorna Arora, a bank official of Dehlon said all her colleagues had decided to contribute liberally for helping flood victims of Uttarakhand. “Like all other citizens, we also feel concerned about the safe return of devotees, trapped in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand state,” said Arora.

She further said that she and her colleagues had decided to contribute their share to organisations working for rescue and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

The financial help would be in addition to any contribution to be made by the parent organisation, said Arora.

Realising that sending perishable eatables to the flood hit areas would not be a feasible proposition, Manav Sethi, a real estate dealer from local town said that dealers of the region had decided to send blankets and garments to the victim families.

Identifying geographical distance as the major hindrance in sending help to the victims, Dr Rajinder Mittal, chairman Social Welfare Organisation, and councilor Bimal Kumar Sharma said residents had started sending monetary help to the management committees of the Ashrams and religious organisations.

Meanwhile, the local administration led by president municipal council Ravinder Puri has succeeded in establishing contact with the members of all the groups of pilgrims from local town, who were stranded at the various places at Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Though the stranded devotees are yet to reach safe places, their families have heaved a sigh of relief with the reports about their wellbeing.



Clerical staff strike makes applicants suffer
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
The strike of the clerical staff entered the second day today. Visitors were at the receiving end as they had to return without getting their work done.

President of the DC Office Karamchari Union, Ludhiana, Baldev Singh said on the request made by the Deputy Commissioner, they had agreed to make the certificates of the Scheduled Caste/Backward Class candidates contesting the gram panchayat elections to be held on July 3 in Punjab.

"We have asked a few clerks to make the certificates. We do not want candidates to suffer because of our protest against the state government. At the same time, we are not doing any other work in any of the offices," said the president.

Due to the three-day strike, visitors to the Mini-Secretariat had to suffer unnecessarily.

Joginder Singh, a visitor, said he had come from Jagraon and was not aware about the strike. "I had to get my file cleared from the SDM office, but the staff is on strike. Now, I will have to come on Monday," he said.

State exchequer to suffer losses

Due to the pen down strike by the clerical staff, the state exchequer will have to suffer losses to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore as no land deals will be registered. One of the clerks with the revenue department said on an average, the district generated Rs 600 crore annually. "We are not doing any registry work in tehsils. There is a slump in the real estate and the strike has aggravated the woes in terms of revenue loss," said the clerk. 



Developing countries must share technology: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Badish Jindal, the National President of FASII, represented India in International Labour Organization (ILO) as an adviser and strongly raised the issue that different norms are required for the developed and developing countries. He further said that the developed countries must share the technology with the developing countries, which was supported by the Secretary Ministry of Labor and Employment of India and the employer groups of the Asian countries.

Against the strong demand of workers, the employers opposed the profit sharing, where as it has been decided to create five crore new jobs by 2015.

It was also decided that the special policies would be drafted in the world to give more opportunities to the women and old. The unemployment of youth below 25 years was also discussed and all the nations were requested to prepare a draft containing special policies for their employment and training. It was also decided that special rules would be made for the job security of the women and old, said Jindal.

The ILO is an important body of United Nations and all the 185 countries abide by the rules made by ILO.This year the 25 serious complaints were heard by the credential committee of ILO. The countries were asking to take the proper measures for abiding the ILO rules.



Luxembourg perfect destination for investors, says Ambassador 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
Projecting Luxembourg as an ideal entry point to the European market, Gaston Stronk, Ambassador of Luxembourg said, “Luxembourg can be used as a passport to Europe.” Stronk was here in Ludhiana during an interactive session organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Flanked by France, Germany, Netherlands, Stronk said, “You can reach 60 per cent of EU GDP just by choosing Luxembourg as an entry point, with EU being a single market with 350 million consumers.”

Boasting of the best logistics set up in the world, Stronk said Luxembourg was equipped with highly skilled multi-lingual work force making it a natural choice for the investors. He further said a favourable and legal framework of regulations, were more to support and sustain rather than refrain.

Citing amongst the five main reasons to choose Luxembourg, Stronk said, it was a leading international financial centre, besides being equipped with the availability of sophisticated investment vehicles and having the number one investment fund centre in Europe, and number one for listing of international bonds in Europe.

Sharing that Luxembourg looked forward to be a more strategic partner with India, Stronk said that strong market dynamics, enabling environment for investments and most importantly, the government's commitment to market driven growth made Luxembourg a perfect investment destination.

The attractive tax benefits for employees, low social contributions for employers, possibility of tax consolidation, flexible company law, no red tape, and easy access to the decision makers, made Luxembourg an ideal country for investment.

Indicating that the future prospects for trade and investment between our countries are significant, Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that economies of both Louxembourg and India offered innumerable opportunities and it was important that both the countries carry on the existing strong relations.



Portion of building gives way
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 20
Heavy rain that lashed the city last week has taken a toll on an old and dilapidated building on Deepak Cinema Road which partly crumbled today.

The entire front portion and ceiling of a room have caved in. The owner of the building, who runs a tea shop in a part of the building, was away.

Ashok Kumar, owner of the building, said the wall of he building caved in this afternoon. The building is 75-year-old, with the whole structure standing precariously.

The owner said there was no loss of property as no household items were kept inside. "Only the discarded items are lying inside," he said.

Area residents said the building was unsafe and should be pulled down to ensure public safety. 



Child labourers rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 20
The labour department has rescued more than 10 child labourers who were working in hotels, restaurants, dhabas and industrial units in the city. The labour department has conducted a raid on 250 establishments. 

“We cannot divulge details as we are yet to confirm the age of rescued children,” said Mona Puri, Assistant Commissioner, labour department, Ludhiana. “We started the week-long campaign to rescue child labourers on June 17,” she added. 



Financial help sought
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
National general secretary of the International Human Rights Organisation Harinder Singh Bholu and state president of the United National Youth Organisation Dr Shiv Gupta submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, appealing to them to grant an aid of at least Rs 5,000 crore to the Government of Uttarakhand.

Dr Gupta said the PM should announce ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh per victim.

All state governments should extend their assistance to the government of Uttarakhand.



Neighbours, relatives offer help
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 20
Residents of the Rishi Nagar area and family friends of the Salwans came forward to trace missing Sarvesh (11).

The boy went missing in Kedarnath. Sarvesh's parents and sister are safe. Four residents reached Dehradun to get some clue.

Sunil Datt, a resident of Rishi Nagar, who is in Dehradun, said, "We reached Dehradun at 4 pm. We checked the list mentioning the names of the persons who were rescued by the Army, but Sarvesh's name figured nowhere."

"We are hopeful of tracing him soon," he said. 



World Music Day: They are all out to rock city
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
They leave stethoscopes, pairs of tongs and put on scarves and bandanas instead of operating masks and catch hold of a base guitar, drumsticks and a microphone.

Students at medical colleges go all out for rocking the audience with their music.

"Rock music is the music of the youth and the most popular among youngsters," said Ritansh (20), an MBBS student at the DMCH.

He and his batchmates formed a rock band 'Chronic RRRReiGN' in college. The band name comprises acronym of the members' names, including Ritansh at the base, Rohan at drums, Ritesh at keyboard, Rajat, lead guitarist, Gurveer, vocalist, and Nilanshu playing keyboard and vocals.

Nilanshu said, "We sing Coke Studio tracks from both India and Pakistan."

"We all had inclination towards rock music. After six odd months of coming to the college, we formed the band

a year-and-a-half ago and have so far performed and got invited to perform at various places and high-profile events in the city," said Ritansh. We are going to start writing our own lyrics and compositions now," said Nilanshu. "We recently sang the rock version of 'Fevicol' song, which was liked by the youngsters," he said.

Another rock band 'Black Ice' was formed in the beginning of 2012. With Gunveer at the drums, the team has Jovan, Jishu, Shaurya, Siddharth in the band. The band mostly sings English tracks. "We formed the band last year and have performed in college festivals," said 21-year-old Gunveer. Rock music gives you a break from the routine stuff. "Although our schedules are hectic, but rather than whiling away our time, we focus on music," said Ritansh.

The students take their passion seriously as they have a separate room where the rock bands have the jamming sessions.

"We have got sound proofing of our jamming session room done. Each of us have an instrument costing us more than Rs 30,000 and we have to shell out money before the events," said a member of the team.

But it is the passion for music that keeps them going. Other bands in the city, including Nostalgia, Distortions Crew, have been performing in the city. "Rock band Syndrome that was already successful at the DMCH paved way for us and more bands," said another band member. 



14,500 teachers without job
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
While the previous batch of successful Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) candidates, has already been struggling to get jobs in the government schools, as they had passed the test aroung two years back, another batch of about 8,500 TET candidates is again ready to start their struggle for the jobs, after the declaration of results, here today.

About three lakh candidates had appeared for TET held on July 3, 2011 and just two per cent of the candidates had passed that time, making the count of successful candidates to about 6,000. While those candidates have already been struggling for getting the jobs in government schools, another batch of about 8,500 students is again ready to find the jobs. The recent TET was conducted on June 9 and about two lakh candidates had appeared for the particular exam, a mandatory test, to get jobs in government schools.

Deep Raja, the president of district unit of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) Unemployed Teachers Union said, "It is shameful state of affairs. Today, we are holding a protest in Ludhiana and raising slogans against the state government for not filling the vacant posts in schools, despite the fact that we had successfully cleared the test around two years ago. Though government had given advertisements in September 2011 for taking in 5,078 posts of teachers all over Punjab, it has been two years, no vacancy has been filled so far. And today, about 8,500 fresh rivals have been added, which makes the total number to about 14,500", rued Raja. He added that despite being given assurances and number of posts lying vacant in the schools, the TET candidates have been running from pillar to post to get their dues.



From colleges

Motivational trip

A motivational trip to Faridkot Military Station was organised for the NCC girl cadets for attending a combined annual training camp at GHG Khalsa College, Sudhar under the command of camp commandant Col Ashwani Kumar. The aim of this trip was to give an exposure to the military's way of life to girl cadets and motivate them to join defence forces. They were shown artillery guns, and other military equipment. Besides, cantonment activities were also shown to them. The cadets were fully impressed with the way the training was conducted and at the end when these cadets were asked about joining army , all of them showed their willingness. Cadet Rajandeep said that it was a great opportunity for them to learn about army being an NCC cadet.


Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)-II of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, organised a workshop on TALLY software for its ministerial staff.The workshop was inaugurated by Dr MS Saini Director GNDEC, Ludhiana. SS Arora, the event coordinator, accorded a warm welcome to the resource person Bhanu Garg, trainer and Taranveer Singh, network administrator from NIIT Ludhiana . The resource person introduced the objectives, importance and features of Tally ERP-9 software. She discussed the concepts of loading the company name, financial year with the help of example. She further discussed various types of accounting information, entries and focused on voucher entry, invoice, orders entries, data configuration, advanced configuration, accounting and inventory features. The resource person also enlightened the audience about groups, ledgers and taxation. A detailed discussion was held on the accounting information as to what were groups and ledgers. — TNS



PAU notes

Orientation course

An orientation course on Planning, conducting and implementing research and demonstrations’ was organised at Punjab Agricultural University on Thursday. Scientists from krishi vigyan kendras, Farm Advisory Service Scheme and Regional Research Stations participated in the course. Chief guest Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, observed: “With the advancements in agriculture, it is vital to sensitise farm scientists to address the shortcomings in the farm demonstrations.”

In his inaugural address, Dr JS Dhiman, additional director of research, Natural Resource and Plant Health Management, and coordinator of the course, said the extension functionaries had been playing an important role in carrying the farm technologies forward to the grassroots level.

During the course, experts delivered lectures on various aspects of effective field demonstrations.

Interview date rescheduled

The head of the department, fruit science, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr PS Aulakh said the interview for the one-year horticultural supervisor training course 2013-14 had been rescheduled from July 3 to July 5due to the panchayat poll in the state.

He said the interview, for which the applications have already been received, will be held on July 5 at 9 am at the department of fruit science.

Training course

The Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, will organise a three-month training course on integrated crop production for the rural youth from August 1 to October 31 at Kairon Kisan Ghar of the university. Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, said the rural youth from across the state, except Gurdaspur and Amritsar, in the age group of 20 to 40, with matriculation qualification, were eligible for the course.

Dr TS Riar, in charge, Young Farmers’ Training Course, said hat the aspiring candidates could collect the application form from the office of the Directorate of Extension Education. The last date for the submission of form is July 29 and the interview will be held on July 30 at Kairon Kisan Ghar at 10 am. The candidates are required to bring their matriculation as well as age proof certificates during walk-in interview. The selected candidate will have to deposit Rs 500 as security, which will be refunded after the completion of the course, he said. The course fee is Rs 300 whereas the accommodation charges are Rs 100 per month. — TNS 



Man held for snatching bag 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 20
In a bizarre incident, a youth allegedly snatched a bag full of money from a woman, cashier of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, at Sidhwan Khurd village near Jagraon today afternoon. The bag contained cash worth more than Rs 1 lakh , however, the accused snatcher was arrested by the police within one hour of the snatching incident.

The accused youth has been identified as Rajinder Singh alias Ravi, a resident of Sidhwan Khurd village. The police has also recovered the money, snatched by the youth from the woman. Later on, the police registered a case against the accused at the Jagraon Sadar police station on the complaint of victim.

The incident took place near the office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited at Sidhwan Khurd, around six km from Jagraon. The cash snatched by the youth was collected after the electricity consumers deposited their bills at the office.

According to sources, the incident took place when Rajinder Kaur, who works as a cashier at the Sidhwan Khurd office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, was going to deposit the cash in the Sidhwan Khurd branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce. "The woman cashier had left the office for the Oriental Bank of Commerce on her bicycle. She had travelled a little distance when a youth, who had covered his face with a cloth, suddenly emerged out of the bushes.

He pushed the bicycle after which the woman fell on road. Following this, the accused snatched the bag from the woman and fled away," added the sources.

When the victim started shouting, several villagers gathered there. The victim told the villagers about the incident, following which the villagers made an announcement from village Gurdwara to alert the other villagers.

The villagers also blocked all the roads, approaching the village, and informed the police about the incident. Soon after this a police team from Jagraon Sadar police station arrived the village and a joint manhunt was launched by the police and the villagers.

After some time, the police nabbed the accused youth who was hiding in the washroom of a house located in the village. The police also recovered the bag containing the cash from him.

The Jagraon Sadar police station SHO, Rachpal Singh Dhindsa, said that the bag snatched from the woman, containing cash worth Rs 108,000. "We have arrested the accused youth and recovered the money.

A case has been registered against the accused Rajinder Singh, alias Ravi, on the complaint filed by Rajinder Kaur and further investigation is on", said Dhindsa. 



Police cracks murder case 
Our Correspondent

Khamano June 20
Khamano Police claimed to have solved a murder case of a missing person of Samrala and arrested a youth and his beloved in this connection. Gurdeep Singh Saini, a resident of Samrala, who was working in a mill at Khamano was missing from May 20 under the mysterious circumstances. The accused have been identified as Vinay Kumar, a resident of Maheshpura village and his beloved Manpreet Kaur, a resident of Mohan Majra village.

Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, said that Gurdeep Singh was working in a mill at Khamano as a manager for last 22 years and was crazy for gold ornaments and money, along with ATM cards.On May 20, Gurdeep came to his work in his Zen car but did not return home. His wife Narinder Kaur gave his information of missing to Samrala and Khamano police. During the enquiry, it came to notice that Vinay Kumar had also worked in the mill under Gurdeep Singh. Vinay, in lust for money and gold hatched a conspiracy along with his beloved. Under their plan, Vinay called Gurdeep Singh to meet him and his beloved. When Gurdeep Singh reached at the place of meeting, Vinay offered Gurdeep a glass of wine mixed with sedatives intoxicants powder. When Gurdeep became unconscious they extracted his gold ornaments, cash and ATM card from his pockets. Thereafter, they both put him on the rear seat of their car and after reaching near Ropar they threw him in the Bhakra canal.

The Khamano police had registered a case in this connection on June 8 and after the enquiry, Vinay Kumar and Manpreet Kaur were arrested. Some of the gold ornaments, stolen from Gurdeep along with ATM card, Zen car, were also recovered from them. The body of Gurdeep Singh was fished out of the canal in Haryana, under Choki Maloya, on May 29 and after enquiry the Khamano police came to know about the incident. 



Bus staff, motorist enter into scuffle

Ludhiana June 20
In a road rage, a driver and conductor of a private bus scuffled with a car owner on Ferozepur Road. After an hour-long argument, they reached a compromise. The owner of the car said he stopped his vehicle at a red light near Aarti Chowk. 

The bus which was coming from the Ferozepur side hit with the car from the rear as the driver failed apply the brakes. After the accident, arguments between car owner and bus driver started on the spot. Thereafter a person, claiming himself to an official of bus company came and promised to get the car repaired. —TNS



Two held with drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 20
The police arrested two persons and recovered a pistol, two ammunitions and 150 gm of drug powder from them. The accused have been identified as Daljit Singh and Mukhtiar Singh, residents of 33 ft Mundian Kalan. 



Crime Brief

22-year-old woman abducted

A 22-year-old woman was abducted by a motorcyclist near Vaishno Devi Chowk on Wednesday evening. Her father Harjit Singh lodged a complaint with the police. The woman works with a private company. A case has been registered.

Drugs seized

The police arrested one Jaspal with 250 gm of drug powder from Guru Vihar last evening. Jorawar Singh, a resident of Dhreta district, Jalandhar, was nabbed with 220 gm of drug powder from Mani Singh Chowk. Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Silkiana village, Jalandhar, was held with drugs. The police recovered 11 liquor boxes from the possession of Parveen Kumar, a resident of New Kundanpuri.

Girl abducted

The police has booked a youth for abducting a girl on the pretext of marrying her. The accused has been identified as Sarbjeet Singh, a resident of 33ft Road Mundian Kalan. The complainant, Pinki Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, reported to the police that her 17-year-old sister Ankita went to a grocery store, but never returned. Pinki Singh alleged that Sarbjeet abducted her sister. A case has been registered.

Chains snatched

Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched two gold chains and earrings from two women. The complainant, Sujata, a resident of Urban Estate, Dugri, said the youths came and snatched her chains. In another incident, Nirmal Kaur, a resident of Sector 41-D, Chandigarh, told the police that she was going to the market when two youths came and snatched her earrings.

Man booked for fraud

The police has booked a travel agent for duping a local resident on the pretext of sending him abroad. The accused has been identified as Sandip Singh, a resident of Harike village. The complainant, Harjeet Singh, said he had given Rs 8.5 lakh to the accused to send him abroad. A case has been registered.

Missing girl yet to be traced

It has been over two days since one-and-half-year-old girl Alka was kidnapped from the Focal Point area, but the police is still groping in the dark. On Monday afternoon, a 25-year-old youth kidnapped the girl. ADCP II Bhupinder Singh Sidhu said a special search team, including two ACPs, was formed to trace the child. Sources said several suspects had been rounded up for questioning so far, but the police has not got a lead so far. Alka's father Suresh Kumar said he had not received an extortion call. Suresh Kumar told the police that he had no personal enmity with anyone. 



Cricket tourney: Pankaj Club edge past National Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 20
In a thrilling finish, Pankaj Club beat National Club by four runs during the inaugural match of the 18th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-15) being played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College.

Pankaj Club won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated 30 overs, they scored 165 runs after losing six wickets.

Their innings revolved around Naman and Varun who scored 47 and 38 runs, respectively. Nikhil and Keshav too played useful innings of 19 and 18 runs while Navkirat made 12 runs.

For National Club, Shubham captured two wickets for 39 runs while Paras claimed one wicket for 29 runs.

In reply, National Club could muster 161 runs losing nine wickets in the allotted 30 overs and fell short of the target by just five runs. Jashan's contribution of 40 runs went in vain. Similarly, Harkirat and Chander Kesh who made 16 and 12 runs, respectively also failed to cheer their side as National Club fumbled to surpass its rival's total of 165 runs. For the winners, who played the pivot role in containing National Club included Keshav and Akshit, grabbing three and two wickets after giving away 14 and 7 runs, respectively. Harshit got rid off two batsmen for 18 runs and Naman scalped one wicket for 30 runs.



Cricket meet

Ludhiana, June 20
Eight teams will be vying for top honours in the three-day cricket league to be organised by Swami Vivekanand Sports Club at Arya College from June 21 to 23.
Parveen Bansal, president of the district unit of the BJP, will declare the league open tomorrow at 6 pm. — OC



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