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Cop’s weapon snatched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
Three unidentified miscreant snatched the service revolver of a police head constable, who was on Police Control Room (PCR) duty, at Aarti Chowk in early hours of Saturday.
The head constable, Narinder Kumar, said three miscreants came in a white coloured car at 1.58 am.

“One of them threw red chilli powder in my eyes, snatched my service revolver and fled,” said the head constable.

Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill said: “The head constable tried to catch hold of one of the miscreants, but failed. Their intention was to snatch the weapon. They snatched his phone and also damaged his wireless set.”

After the incident, the head constable flashed a message at the PCR post at PAU Gate No 2. The Police Commissioner claimed that all district police in-charges were alerted.

A CCTV footage, which the police managed to get from a dhaba at Aarti Chowk, revealed that miscreants fled toward the Mullanpur Dhaka side after committing the crime.

The hunt is on to nab the miscreants, said the Polcie Commissioner. 

PCR motorcycle to have two policemen

Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill interacts with police officials at Aarti Chowk on Saturday.
Police Commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill interacts with police officials at Aarti Chowk on Saturday. 

The Police Commissioner, Paramjit Singh Gill, on Saturday ordered to depute two police personnel on each PCR bike after miscreants snatched the service weapon of a head constable at Aarti Chowk. The Police Commissioner said 25 more policemen from police stations would be deputed on PCR duty. “We had already decided to strengthen the PCR. We feel that a single policeman is insufficient on a PCR bike,” said the Police Commissioner. The police deputes two personnel per PCR motorbike to keep a vigil on anti-social elements on the outskirts of the city. However, in the city, one personnel has been deputed per PCR motorbike. Earlier, the department used to depute two policemen on each motorcycle. On June 20, an NGO, Helping Hands Club, held a meeting with the Police Commissioner and demanded to depute two policemen on a PCR bike. “We are deputing additional 25 policewomen and 15 policemen at various locations of the city to check crime and manage traffic,” said the commissioner. 


Police arrests notorious criminals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
The city police nabbed two notorious criminals, wanted in several cases of murder, loot and snatching.
The Basti Jodhewal police arrested Harbhajan Singh, alias Tholu, a resident of Jahangir Colony of Majitha, and his accomplice Dinesh Kumar, alias Mental, of Bhattiyan Colony, Ludhiana, on Friday from Bahadurke Road following a tip-off.

Harbhajan is also wanted by the Taran Taran police in murder and loot cases. The police said 27 cases, including four cases of murder, 11 loot and 12 burglary, had been registered against Harbhajan at different police stations of the state.

Satish Malhotra, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ludhiana East) said Harbhajan had shifted to Ludhiana some months ago. He met Dinesh in Ludhiana. The accused used to loot labourers. Both admitted their involvement in 10 cases of loot and snatchings in the past few days. "Harbhajan Singh had fled from the police custody in Taran Taran on April 30, when policemen were taking him to a court for hearing in a loot case," he added.

In a recent incident, the accused had snatched a mobile phone and cash from Prem Singh, a resident Kasabad village. The accused assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons on June 14.



No check on commercial activity
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
A city-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has asked the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to take action against persons indulging in commercial activities in the Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar area.

Representatives of the NGO, Maha Sabha Ludhiana, said the market developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) was finding no takers due to illegal constructions in the area. The 60 feet main road of the area has become an illegal shopping centre, the NGO said.

The Maha Sabha has shot off a letter to the MC demanding action against shopkeepers indulging in illegal commercial activities in the area.

Though the MC authorities acted tough against violators in service lanes on Ferozepur Road following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it had failed to check violations in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

Several shops and commercial establishments have come up on the 60 feet road, a residential area. Around 400 shops in the area have been constructed in violation of the building bylaws and illegal construction activity is still on, claimed the NGO.

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

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

Col Jagdish Singh Brar, president of the Maha Sabha, said the improvement trust had auctioned the booths a few years ago. “These booths had a parking facility and were meant for commercial purposes only. But due to the illegal shops, the booth owners are suffering. We will move the court if the MC fails to take action against the illegal shops,” he said.

The building branch officials of the MC said they take action against violators. "A few days ago, we had demolished a portion of one such illegal shop on the 60 feet road," claimed a building branch official. 



Mayor talks tough to officials
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
Open manholes have claimed a number of lives in the city. In order to ensure that no such incident takes place in future, the Mayor has issued fresh instructions to Additional Commissioners (Technical).

Ludhiana District Congress Committee president Pawan Dewan said with Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria seeking an affidavit from the municipal corporation officials about the details of Rs 330 crore spent by them in the past few years, it was clear that there was some problem on the financial front. He demanded that an independent probe should be conducted into the expenditure.

As per the instructions, the SDOs of the operations and maintenance cell will have to give in writing that all manholes in the city are covered.

Several lives are lost due to missing manhole covers every year.

The Mayor has asked the officials to take the written statements seriously. An FIR will be lodged against the erring MC employees.

The officials make tall claims every monsoon.

If someone falls into a manhole, the MC official put the onus on drug-addicts or charge them with stealing iron bars.

Earlier, the MC used to install metallic covers on manholes, but miscreants would steal them to earn a quick buck.

"Nowadays, cemented covers are used, but even these are not spared by the miscreants," claimed an official of the O&M cell.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said Additional Commissioners (Technical) Manjit Singh and Kamlesh Bansal had been asked to seek written statements from all SDOs of the O&M cell.

"They will give it in writing that all manholes are covered and that there is an adequate stock of covers. Besides, they have also been asked to submit details of sewerage-related works carried out in the past three years," said the Mayor.

Past incidents

July 2011: An open manhole in Madhuban Enclave on Barewal Road turned into a deathtrap for a family of three, including a four-year-old child, who had a miraculous escape when the bike they were riding on nearly fell into it in July 2011.

January 30, 2011: Seven-year-old Sujan died after falling into an open manhole near the Jalandhar bypass after his father's scooter skidded.

April 18, 1999: City resident Sarita Ahluwalia lost her life after falling into an open manhole near Punjab Agricultural University.

1998: 56-year-old Rakesh Talwar was paralysed after the scooter he was riding fell into an open manhole in the Dhobi Ghat area on Rajpura Road which was flooded with rainwater. 



Mullanpur Municipal Council without fogging machine
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
The monsoon has hit the region but the Mullanpur municipal council is ill-prepared to contain vector-borne diseases.

The civic body does not have a vehicle-mounted machine.

The problem came to the fore on Monday when a team of the health department visited Mullanpur to spread awareness about vector-borne diseases.

The team was led by Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Senior Medical Officer, Sahnewal.

Sidhu said,"I was told that someone had stolen the vehicle used for carrying out fogging."

Dr Balvir Singh Gill, executive officer, Municipal Council, Mullanpur said,"We are reeling under financial crisis. We are yet to receive the last month's salary. As far as fogging machine is concerned, it is very expensive. It costs over Rs 3,000 per day for fogging. So cannot afford to spend so much. We have asked the A2Z company to carry out fogging in the town."

He said,"The vehicle was stolen in January this year. We have a trolley and are thinking of asking area councillor to arrange a vehicle."

The civic body staff claimed that they were ready to face any situation.



58 persons rescued from Hemkunt Sahib reach city
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
As many as 58 members of two families rescued from Hemkunt Sahib reached Ludhiana this evening.
They were lucky to have a narrow escape but the stories they told others were heart-rendering. The district administration has set up a control room and had made arrangements for their short stay at the Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-state Bus Terminal here today.

Administration officials said around seven buses would reach Ludhiana from Chandigarh for these survivors. But only one bus reached till late evening.

People from nearby areas have come to meet them and get information about others who are still stranded at Hemkunt Sahib and Kedarnath.

Family of Parminder Singh Ahuja, including 30 members, also shared their experiences at the bus terminal.

“We have left the city on June 14 for Hemkunt Sahib and reached the next day at the Gobind Ghat shrine in the base of Hemkunt Sahib. We stayed at two hotels there. During the intervening night of June 16-17, the hotel owner asked us to leave the hotel as the flood water entered its rooms. We got panicky and ran towards the gurdwara sahib as cars, JCB machines, buildings and stones were submerged in the rainwater," Parminder said.

"We cannot forget this tragic scene in our life. I have seen a car floating in a river in which a family was sitting and shouting for help.” he said.

“We stayed on a road without having anything for two days. Even we have given Rs 80 for a water bottle. Later, Army personnel rescued us. The role of local administration was not appreciable. Then the Sikh Sangat arranged langar for all,” said Sweety Ahuja, another survivor.

Ekam Singh (8) and Khushi (8), who have been studying in KVM School, were also feeling relieved after returning with their family to the city.

Jagjit Singh, another survivor, said: “Our 28 family members and relatives were stranded at the Gobind Ghat for five days. We left the hotel around 2am on June 17. We were lucky as the hotel building fall down a few minutes after we left it. The power house, generator and all infrastructure were washed away. We stayed for four days on a road that was broken from both sides.”

“Yogeswer, a local resident there, gave shelter to women and children of our families. We cannot afford the eatables sold by local shopkeepers as they had been charging 10 times the price. We have seen some disastrous incidents which were still disturbing us. A local driver of a bus lost his life in front of us,” Jagjit added.



0001 fetches Rs 2.25 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana June 22
The district transport office held an auction of vanity numbers in the PB 10 DN series on Friday.
The department succeeded to sell 76 numbers. It generated a revenue of 17.85 lakh.

The number PB 10 DN 0001 fetched Rs 2.25 lakh.

The number 0002 was auctioned for Rs 95,000, 0003 for Rs 80,000, 0004 fetched Rs 22,000, 0005 went under the hammer for Rs 80,000, 0006 was auctioned for Rs 10,000, 0007 for Rs 1.20 lakh, 0008 for Rs 25,000, 0009 for Rs 80,000 and 0010 for Rs70,000.

Anil Garg, DTO, said, "We have managed to earn a revenue of Rs 17.85 lakh from the auction."



MC fails to clean rainwater drains in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 22
The lethargic approach of the Jagraon Municipal Council authorities in cleaning drains in the town has made residents sceptical of its preparation to tackle the problem of waterlogging.

The residents rue that the municipal council employees have not cleaned the rainwater drains. Residents of localities situated around Ganda Nullah say most of the drains are full of garbage and muck.

“The authorities seem to have learnt no lesson from the first rain of the season some days ago when most of the areas of the town remained flooded with rainwater. Even after rain, the municipal council authorities have failed to clean the drains,” says Ankush Kumar, a resident of Disposal Road.

The failure of the municipal council in cleaning the drains has also irked the traders of Old Grain Market. The market is situated in the lower part of the town and water from many areas gets accumulated here during rain.

"The MC has failed to make the efforts to deal with the problem of waterlogging. Water enters our shops when it rains and we have to suffer losses,” said Amrinder Singh, a commission agent at Old Grain Market, Jagraon.

Some other areas of the town, including Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Kamal Chowk, Sadan Market, Rani Jhansi Chowk and Malak Road, also face the problem of waterlogging.

Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the municipal council had already initiated the process of cleaning the drains to avoid waterlogging. 



A salute to Army daredevils
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
President of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Avtar Singh Makkar lauded the Indian Army for doing a commendable job.
The officers have rescued thousands of pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand so far. "I salute the Army for saving so many precious lives," said Makkar during a function to celebrate the birth anniversary of Master Tara Singh at the GGNIMT."

Makkar was accompanied by SS Dhindsa, Balramji Das Tandon and Charanjit Singh Atwal.

Makkar said the SGPC was doing its best to rescue the pilgrims stranded at Hemkunt Sahib and other places. He said they had sent 24 mini buses and eight SUVs to Dehradun for the rescue operation.

Makkar said the government wanted to send the helicopters too, but did not get a go-ahead.

"We have also sent a team of doctors and ambulances from Guru Ram Das Medical Hospital to the rain-hit areas. The SGPC was also organising langars for the pilgrims, he added.

When asked why the state government was receiving flak as far as extending help to the stranded pilgrims was concerned, Makkar said the SGPC had already sent 250 persons there.

Besides, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal had cut short his foreign trip to be with the stranded pilgrims.

"We are hopeful of rescuing all devotees within two or three days," said Makkar. On the death toll, he said the exact figure could not be ascertained.

Sukhev Singh Dhindsa said the state government was making efforts to get to the stranded pilgrims at Uttarakhand.

Granddaughter of Master Tara Singh Kiranjot Kaur released a calender, The dignitaries demanded that a statue of Master Tara Singh should be installed in the city. They added that a chair in his name should be set up in the university. Tributes to flood victims were paid. 



Marble traders in excise dept net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
The Excise and Taxation Department today conducted a raid on Jai Shakti Marbals and Jai Mata Marbals at Jalandhar bypass. Simultaneous raids were conducted on the four premises and a godown of the group.

The raiding party consisted of the AETC, mobile wing, Patiala, Jaswinder Singh, and AETCs from Ludhiana Bhupinder Gupta and HPS Ghotra. Some important documents and computer records were seized during the raid. 



Rain fury: Admn opens relief centre at Khanna 
Our Correspondent

Khanna June 22
The Khanna district administration today opened a 24-hour relief centre at the office of the municipal council.
Khanna SDM Anand Sagar Sharma said the administration would provide refreshment to the pilgrims who return safe from the rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand.

Arrangements are also in place to ferry pilgrims to their destinations.

He said the police and civil officials would be on duty round-the-clock at the relief centre. He also said that exact number of the devotees and tourists from the area who visited Uttarakhand was yet to be ascertained.

Four members of a family from Khanna, who had gone to Kedarnath, had gone missing.

The authorities are yet to trace them.



Special policies to be drafted for women, jobless
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
Badish Jindal, national president of FASII, represented India in the meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an adviser and said different norms were required for developed and developing countries and developed countries must share the technology with the developing countries that was supported by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and employer groups of the Asian countries.

Against the demand of workers, employers opposed the profit sharing whereas it has been decided to create 5 crore new jobs by 2015.

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

The ILO is the main body of the United Nations and all 185 countries are to abide by its rules. This year, 25 complaints were heard by the credential committee of the ILO. And countries were told to take proper measures for comply with the ILO rules.



Violence begets violence: See what your child imbibes?
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
Famous scientist Albert Einstein said: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

But a few parents follow it while upbringing their children. Busy in their hectic schedules, majority of parents make even their toddlers to sit and watch cartoon shows. Perhaps little do they realise that they are feeding their minds with violence.

Dr Gurpreet Kochhar, consultant paediatric neurologist at SPS Apollo Hospital, said: “Children who start watching cartoons start develop tendency of violence. While watching cartoons, they start imitating actions also. It starts among children from three to four years of age. Later on they also develop tendencies for alcoholism and drugs and become aggressive at later stages. They become less sensitive and start accepting violence.

As per a study conducted by PGI, Chandigarh, such children perform poorly in school and are poor in psycho-social adjustment.”

Not only cartoons, but video games are also equally harmful for children. Dr Arvind Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said: “Both cartoons and video games have rash content. Parents’ guidance is must for children while watching cartoons so that whenever any agressive content comes, they may make child realise that it is wrong. Parents must supervise what their children are playing and watching.”

Dr BP Mishra, Professor of Clinical Psychology in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said: “About 60 per cent children up to the age of 10 develop impatience and later develop the habit of getting involved in violence.”

do’s and don’ts

  • Dr Gurpreet Kochhar said as per the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should keep following in mind
  • Allow child one to two hours of quality TV watching
  • Avoid TV watching by a child who is less than two years
  • If a child imbibes any negative point, it should be discouraged
  • Turn off TV while having meals



City witnesses splendid performances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
It was the city's brush with entertainment as singer Gurdas Mann and noted DJ Aqeel gave splendid performances last evening.
Mann had come to the city for a promotional event.

He doled out popular numbers, including 'Challa', 'Roti', 'Sai', 'Jawani', 'Cycle', 'Boot Palisha' and 'Apna Punjab'. DJ Aqeel was in the city for
the launch of his night club brand Hype.

He said, "I am overwhelmed by the thought of performing for the crowd of Ludhiana known for its die hard party spirit and class of taste in lifestyle," he said.

"It is good that parties and DJ culture in the city is catching on," said Rishi, a student.

"Night life in the city is becoming more vibrant now," said Nitin Sood, a Sarabha Nagar resident. 



pau notes
International conference

Ludhiana: Dr VP Sethi, Associate Professor in the department of mechanical engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, was invited as the keynote speaker to the International Conference on ‘New Energy and Sustainable Development (NESD 2013)’ held from June 14 to 16 at Beijing, China. He delivered the inaugural speech during the plenary session on current status on greenhouse heating and cooling technologies, thermal modeling aspects and innovative technologies.

Apart from publishing over 50 research and review papers in the international and national journals of repute, Dr Sethi has also developed several greenhouse-related technologies during the last 15 years.

Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, VC, PAU, Ludhiana, has congratulated Dr Sethi for achieving this honour and bringing laurels to the university. Dr PPS Lubana, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology also congratulated him. — TNS



Rupee’s fall: Cars, home appliances to cost more
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 22
With the rupee depreciating by nearly 8 per cent against the dollar, consumers may have to shell out more for home appliances and cars.
The drop has forced the companies to increase the prices of cars and appliances.

"At present, there is a rolling inventory for about 30 days in the market. After this window period, prices are likely to rise by 3 per cent if the rupee does not recover," said a salesman.

The companies are closely monitoring the situation. "If the situation remains the same or the rupee depreciates further, it will definitely have an impact on pricing," said the spokesperson of a consumer goods company.

The valuation of the products imported into India is done in dollars. Therefore, the fall will definitely impact the landing cost.

"The rupee depreciated by 7 per cent in the past four weeks. Various companies have raised the prices by 2-3 per cent but if it continues to be this way, the prices may increase by 3-4 per cent by next month," said Mohinder Singh, a sales executive.

The rupee depreciation puts a lot of pressure on car manufacturers as they import most of the components.

"It is never an easy decision to increase the prices, but car companies are left with no choice but to increase the prices as they are not able to absorb the impact within themselves," the spokesperson stated.



Dist admn fences building to prevent water accumulation
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

A cemented fence constructed at the DTO office in Ludhiana.
A cemented fence constructed at the DTO office in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 22
Speaking volumes of the inability of the district administration to resolve the problems of waterlogging and lack of sound planning, a cemented fence has been constructed at the entrance of the DTO office to prevent rainwater from entering the premises.

Last week, rainwater had entered the premises.

Rather than fixing the problem in a planned manner, the administration chose to construct a temporary barrier.

"It is strange that the administration officials failed to stop the rainwater from entering the building. How will they deal with a flood-like situation, if they cannot prevent waterlogging," said a resident.

This exposes flaws in the construction of the building. "The incident has exposed the ill-preparedness of the officials," said Rakesh working at Mini-Secretariat.

"Employees are facing a lot of inconvenience," he said.

"How will the administration deal with waterlogging," said Rahul Taneja, a resident.

District Transport Officer Anil Garg said "We had to construct the barrier as the monsoon has set in. We have written to the PWD department in this regard," he said. 



Hundreds file papers on last day
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Candidates file papers at
Candidates file papers at 
Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 22
On the last day of the filing of nomination papers for the gram panchayat elections to be held on July 3, hundreds of candidates filed papers for the posts of sarpanch and panchayat member today.

With this, the nominations have come to an end. On June 24, the papers will be scrutinised and candidates can withdraw their papers on June 25. During the four-day nomination process, hundreds of candidates filed nominations.



ludhiana scan
Cycle makers meet MC chief

A delegation of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association met MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma. President of the association Gurmeet Singh Kular highlighted various problems. Gurmeet said roads at Focal point was in a bad shape. The members expressed resentment over the imposition of property tax. They urged the commissioner to organise a seminar on property tax.

Summer fest ends

Dance performances marked the end of chill pill summer fest-2013 at Lodhi club. De Samar Academy presented a fashion show. Cultural secretary Pawan Garg said there were more than 150 participants in the camp. Cookery, nail art and hair styling workshops were also held.

Lights installed in park

Lights were installed in parks at Chhani Mohalla. Area councillor Anita Krishan Kharbanda said an amount of

Rs 2.30 lakh was spent on the installation. She said there had been no lights in the parks for the past 10 years.


A seminar to mark Budh Purnima and Ambdedkar Jayanti was organised by the Punjab Buddhist Society at Takshila Mahabudhh Vihar. President of the Maharashtra unit of the Akhil Bharti Bhikhu Mahasangh Bhadant Dhamm Nag was the key speaker.

Health team visits EWS Colony

A team of the health department visited the EWS Colony at Tajpur Road. An anti-larvae team sprayed the area. Residents were told to drain out stagnant water. Pamphlets were distributed. The team directed the residents to clean water coolers every week. The team also visited the Transport Nagar area.— TNS 

Pay challans online 

The district transport office has introduced the facility of online payment of challans. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the facility had been introduced to save residents from making rounds of the transport office. District transport officer Anil Garg said the department had tied up with HDFC Bank. — TNS



from schools  and colleges
BA-III exam: GPC student first in Panjab University

Ludhiana: Neena Seth Pajni, Principal, Gobindgarh Public College (GPC), Alour, said today that it was a matter of great honour for the college that Sonia Sehgal of BA-III year got the
first position in Panjab University by securing 83.5 per cent marks in the annual examination held in April 2013.

Dr Pajni said she also got a scholarship and the lifetime membership award from the Alumni Association of Panjab University on the basis of her first position in the BA II year annual examination held in April 2012.

Students excel

After registering huge success at JEE (Main), students of Aryabhatta Tutorials continued their outstanding performance by registering high success rate for the fourth consecutive year at the JEE (Advanced).

A total of 15 number of Aryabhatta students had qualified and would be joining IITs to pursue their engineering degree, said a press release.

Sachin Aggarwal has topped at the institute with All-India Rank 683. Sukhmaninder Singh has also closely followed with AIR 1,963.

Ayushmani (AIR 3,304), Divyanshu (AIR 3,657), Karan Saluja (AIR 4,103), Abhinav Singla (AIR 5,920) and Lakshya (AIR 6,637) are other notable performers from the institute from its regular classroom course.

Summer camp

Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Senior Secondary Public School organised a summer camp, ‘Muskaan’, for three weeks from June 3 to June 22, 2013, for the underprivileged children who were studying under the aegis of project ‘Udaan’, an initiative by the school for education for all.

About 55 children were picked up every morning in the school bus and they got the advantage of getting education during the camp. Many of them have joined the
mainstream classes in the school and are performing well with other children.

It has made a difference in the lives of these children as they say they have attended such a camp for the first time in their life. Activities like dance, art and crafts, computers, meditation and story-telling occupied the leisure time of the children. They also enjoyed a party organised by staff members of the school. Smiles on their faces show the enthusiasm with which they participated in these fun-filled activities. — TNS



2 held for running fake marriage racket
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 22
The police has booked four persons for duping rural youths by solemnising fake marriages.
Two suspects, including a woman, were arrested last evening.The accused have been identified as Amandeep Kaur, alias Anita of Ludhiana, Jaswinder Singh of Tihara village, Kewal Singh of Kulahar and Balvir Singh of Gujjarwal village, Ludhiana district.

Manpreet Singh of Ber Kalan village told Malaudh SHO Vikramjit Singh that the accused persuaded him to marry a woman, saying she was an orphan but later he learnt that the woman was already married.

The marriage was solemnised on April 17. Manpreet alleged that the accused had taken cash and jewellery from him.

The complainant said Jaswinder Singh, who posed as a cousin of the woman, took Rs 10,000 and gold ornaments from him.

Investigations revealed that the gang had duped two families belonging to Bhadalwad and Bhagta Bhaie towns.

A case has been registered.

2 held with 10 gm of heroin

Jagraon: With the arrest of two persons, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of robbers.

The police recovered one country-made pistol, three live cartridges and 10 gram of heroin from their possession. The accused have been identified as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Himmatpura village, and Bhola Singh, a resident of Nihal Singh Wala village in Moga district.

Jagraon SHO Mohhmad Jamil said the accused were drug-peddlers.

He said on receiving a tip-off, the police arrested the accused. A case has been registered. 



National Club Seniors script facile win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 22
National Club Seniors registered an easy 60-run victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, in the second match of the annual Hot Weather Cricket Tournament (U-18) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at SCD Government College today.

Batting first, National Club Seniors could not survive for their allotted 45 overs as their innings culminated at 143 in 32 overs. The main score getters were Gurkaran (33), Saurav Khurana (34) and Nikhil (37). For PAU School, Anil was the most successful bowler who got five batsmen out for 15 runs. Rahul and Gagan accounted for two wickets each. Chasing a small total, PAU School were bowled out for 83 runs in 29 overs. Only one batsman could touch the double figure. Nipun scored 14 runs, followed by Faizal (8), Abhi (7) and Chhattarpal (6). For National Club, Vishwanath got three wickets for 12 runs while Nikhil captured twoand Mohit scalped two wickets.



Mahajan Juniors emerge victorious
Our Sport Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 22
Fine batting by Devam Kapoor (82), Nihal Wadhera (36) and an equally useful contribution with the ball by Harman (5 for 9) and Manjot (4 for 5) enabled Mahajan Juniors to rout National Club by 150 runs on the third day of the 18th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-15) being played at SCD Government College.

In the stipulated 30 overs, Mahajan Juniors scored 192 runs for the loss of just three wickets. Besides, Devam and Nihal, Tanroop Saini contributed 22 runs while Lovish Dhir scored 19 runs. For National Club, Harkirat and Chander Kesh were wicket takers. Harkirat chipped in with two wickets for 24 runs while Chander Kesh took one for 26. In reply, National Club was shot out for a meagre score of 43 runs in 17 overs. Chander Kesh (9), Jashan (8) and Shivang (5) were the notable scorers. Harman and Manjot ripped apart National Club's batting line-up, taking five and four wickets, respectively. Shivam grabbed one wicket for nine runs.



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