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Engg student stabbed to death
Two sons of Akali leader among six booked; MLA Bains seeks action
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Arsh Jangra, the victim
Arsh Jangra, the victim

Ludhiana, June 25
An 18-year-old youth was stabbed to death in Partap Nagar late last night. The deceased, Arsh Jangra, was a student of electronics engineering at a college in Mandi Gobindgarh. The Shimlapuri police has booked six persons in the case and has arrested one of them, who is the son of a local Akali leader.

The police action followed after Simarjit Singh Bains, an Akali MLA, and councillor Parminder Singh Soma staged a protest.

According to an eyewitness, the victim was standing near his house at around 9 pm when six persons riding three bikes arrived there. They gheraoed him and stabbed him on the chest with a knife. Arsh’s parents said the attackers shouted that they would leave Arash alive. After attacking him, they fled.

Arsh was taken to SPS Apollo Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Kin of the deceased alleged that the police reached the spot one hour after the incident. Parminder Singh Soma, councilor from Ward No. 68, backed a protest held by the family of the deceased and alleged that the police was favouring an Akali leader's sons.

Two of the accused are sons of Akali leader Kirpal Singh Sandhu, known to be close to Hira Singh Gabria, a former minister. The Shimlapuri police registered a case against Jyoti and Satwant Singh, residents of Partap Nagar, and Maninder Chahal, Sukhwinder Singh, Dara Singh and Inderveer Singh, residents of Bhgwan Nagar, under Sections 302, 148, 149 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.

The murder case again brought to the fore the factionalism in the SAD. Simarjit Singh Bains, Akali MLA, along with a large number of supporters, held a protest on the premises of SPS Apollo Hospital today, demanding action against the sons of the Akali leader.

Bains said, "Under the influence of Akali leader Hira Singh Gabria, the police delayed the FIR as Kirpal Singh, father of two of the accused, is close to the former minister. We staged a protest to get an FIR registered. If the police fails to arrest the accused, we will intensify the protest. We also demand the registration of a case against the Shimlapuri SHO for negligence.” Heera Singh Gabria was not available for comments.

What the police commissioner says

Our team, led by ACP (Crime), is verifying the facts. We will take action against the accused on merit. We have sent Shimlapuri SHO Jaswinder Singh to the Police Lines for delay in action. We are likely to arrest the accused and will conduct an inquiry.

Paramjit Singh Gill, Commissioner of Police


No trace of missing boy; family returns from U’khand
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
Family members of 11-year-old Servesh Salwan, who went missing on June 16 in flood-hit Uttarakhand, returned disappointed this evening after failing to find him. The family members, along with some residents of Rishi Nagar, had gone to search for him on June 21 to Dehradun.

The Salwan family, including Sandeep (45), his wife Meenakshi (40), daughter Manvi (16) and Servesh (11), had gone to the Kedarnath temple on June 13. Servesh got separated from them on June 16 due to to a flash flood at Ramwara in Uttarakhand. Except for him, all other members of the Salvan family reached the city today with several injuries. They were in a state of shock as they have not been able to trace Servesh.

The residents of Rishi Nagar, who had joined the family in the seach operation, have also come back from Dehradun. They are hopeful that Servesh will come back soon.

Sunil Dat, a resident of Rishi Nagar, who went to Dehradun in search of Servesh, said a resident of Ahmedabad had called up at Sarvesh's home on June 20 saying that he was safe. Following this, they went to Dehradun. They contacted the person who told them that he had met Servesh at Gupt Kashi on the way back from Kedarnath. He told them that Servesh was safe.

Sunil Dat said, "After visiting Kedarnath when the Salwan family was returning home, Servesh went missing at Ramwara after getting separated from the family during the flash flood. There was a single track at Ramwara and only one person could move forward. Sarvesh got separated from his family on this track."

Sandeep Salwan managed to contact his mother Sudershna Salwan (72) and brother-in-law Sandeep Rampal on June 19 in Ludhiana and told them about the incident.



Survivor recounts Uttarakhand horror tales
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, June 25
It was a real home coming for seven friends who returned yesterday on the ninth day after facing a brush with death for 72 hours.

Gurvir Singh of Sahnewal, one of the rescuers, narrated the tale of horror to this correspondent.

“I and my six friends were elated at having the darshan of Hemkunt Sahib when we left for home on the evening of June 14. As we reached Gobind Ghat the next day, it started drizzling in the evening. We enjoyed the rain as we did not have the slightest inclination of what was going to happen. We got up comfortably and started for Gobind Dham in the morning. We were still 5 km away from Gobind Dham when we were told by the returning sangat that a bridge had flooded and it was no point going ahead. As we were bent on having the darshan of Gurus, we refused to return and kept on moving. We heard cries around and decided to move back. We bowed our heads from there only and moved back. Within a few hours, these cries became as horrific as one could ever imagine,” said Gurvir.

He said: “We reached our hotel that we had left at Gobind Ghat. We could not even sleep after seeing the scene at the langar hall of the nearby gurdwara where people were crying for their near and dear ones because half of them had been drifted by the waves downwards, while others were still hanging above. As we tried to sleep, the forceful waves drifted our beds inside our hotel room. In no time, the receptionist of the hotel sounded a warning that the vehicles be brought to the upward parking as the flood had arrived. As my friends, Riki, Rittu and Sandeep, went to park our two cars in the parking, which was at a good height, I, Gurpeet, Jaspal and Gurpal saw a tempo traveller, filled with sangat, coming down with the flood”.

Gurvir said: “The water began to rise and there is no question about delaying any more. As we took out our cars from the parking lot, we saw at least 35 to 40 vehicles drowning at the same time. We began at 3 AM and reached the gates of Gobind Dham at half past three. We started for Joshi Math and travelled with half way missing and only a part of it really visible. As we headed towards Chanoli, which is 12 km from Joshi Math, we noticed that at least 200m of the road has been washed away. We were stranded at the place as there was now no road ahead. There, we saw one of the most horrific scenes of our lives. We saw six friends on five bikes coming downhill from a distance when a big rock fell on them throwing one of them into a deep gorge and crushing four others. Their bodies were taken out by the Army, but had to be handed over to the police till the traffic was allowed to move on. It was shameful that the police failed to arrive for nearly 30 hours, and when it did, it did not touch the bodies; instead asking the people to pick up the bodies”.

“The road to Karanprayag was finally cleared, from where we reached Rudraprayag. We spent the night at Pauri and reached Rishikesh the next day (June 19). There was simply no hope. It is all because of the Almighty that we came out of the ordeal. I love horror stories, but certainly not the real ones,” said Gurvir.



Bank officer booked for fraud
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, June 25
A bank officer has been booked by the Khanna police on a charge of defrauding an account holder of Rs 14.50 lakh. He has been identified as Surinderpal Singh, a resident of Rajpura.

He was working with IndusInd Bank and was posted as a field officer at Khanna. The victim has been identified as Surjit Kaur of Payal.

Avtar Singh, investigating officer, said a case had been registered against the accused under Sections 420, 406, 467, 468 and 470 of the Indian Penal Code.

Surjit Kaur had lodged a complaint with the police that Surinderpal Singh, a field officer, duped her on the pretext of providing her better facilities if she opened an account in the bank. She refused, but he kept luring her.

Ultimately, she fell in his net and opened an account in the bank.

The accused told her that her money would double in three years following which she gave a cheque to him. One day when she went to the bank, she found an amount of Rs 14.50 lakh withdrawn from her account.

When she asked him, he expressed ignorance, but finally confessed that he had withdrawn the amount to buy her a policy from an insurance company. The complainant said she had not given her consent for any policy. She said the accused gave her duplicate receipts against insurance policies.

When she came to know about the fraud, she demanded her money back. The accused refused to do so following which she lodged a complaint with the police.



Cyber slur: Dera followers hold protest in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
Followers of Dera Sacha Sauda staged a protest outside the Dugri police station to press for the arrest of the person who allegedly posted indecent remarks on the dera chief’s Facebook wall.

The followers alleged that the police had failed to arrest the accused even after 10 days of the complaint.

Gautam Sharma, a dera follower, said the police had sought evidence from them 10 days ago. They had submitted the evidence to the cyber crime cell at Mohali and had provided the IP address of the accused to the police. However, despite this, the police had arrested the accused.

Dharam Pal Singla, another follower, said the police had been delaying action on the pretext of an inquiry. “We are peace-loving people, but if someone defames our master, we will not stay calm," he said.

Jasbir Singh, another dera follower, said if the police failed to arrest the accused, they would intensify their struggle.

ACP Mukhtiyar Singh reached the Dugri police station and pacified the dera followers.



Realtors find fault with new regularisation policy
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 25
The Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association has rejected outright the new policy announced by the Punjab Government for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the state, saying that the policy will not serve the purpose of ensuring regulated growth, dispensation of justice to those who had invested their hard-earned money in unauthorised colonies and bringing in the much-needed revenue.

According to Kultar Singh Jogi, president of the association and member of the general council of the ruling SAD, the compounding fee as well as development charges to be collected from developers and plot holders, respectively, for both categories of unlicensed colonies, developed before August 17, 2007, and thereafter, are unreasonably high as well as unrealistic.

"For example, in class A cities like Ludhiana, the developer will have to shell out Rs 2.50 lakh per acre as compounding fee while the plot holders will have to pay Rs 250 per sq yard for colonies developed prior to the cut-off date whereas for the colonies that have come up after August 2007, the charges are Rs 15 lakh per acre and Rs 500 per sq yard, respectively," he said.

Similarly, the compounding fee and development charges in class B and C towns as laid down in the new policy were exorbitant and economically unviable, both for the developers and the plot holders, Jogi said, while urging the state government to review the policy and come out with revised compounding fee and development charges, which ought to be reasonable and affordable.

He said the Punjab Government should follow the example of Haryana and Delhi where unauthorised colonies were regularised in one go at a reasonable cost to the developers and the plot holders.



Pharmacists’ dharna enters 22nd day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
The dharna being staged in front of the zila parishad office here by the Rural Health and Veterinary Pharmacists Association (Class IV) today entered the 22nd day.

Addressing the protesters, office-bearers of the association condemned the lathicharge on pharmacists and Class IV employees in Patiala yesterday while they were holding a peaceful protest against the suicide by Jaswinder Singh.

They blamed the Punjab Government for Jaswinder Singh's death. They said they would apprised the people all over the state of the "wrong policies" of the government. Among others, the dharna was addressed by Harjinder Singh, general secretary of the association.



Power shortage hits residents, industry
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 25
With the paddy season under way in full swing and rains eluding the region, the gap between the demand and supply of electricity is widening, affecting residents as well as the industry.

The hot and humid weather conditions are adding to the misery of the people.

As the demand for power has shot up to over 2,100 lakh units (LUs) per day, and the availability from all sources is around 1,950 LUs, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has slapped three compulsory weekly day offs on arc and induction furnace units and two weekly day offs on category II feeders (predominantly industry) with immediate effect, say senior officials of the PSPCL.

Sources in the PSPCL said except for one unit of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Power Station, which was shut down for maintenance, all other thermal projects were generating power to their capacity. The availability of power from hydel projects was also normal, but the state was facing some problems in drawing power from the common pool with the upper limit fixed at 5,300 MW.

Domestic consumers are also at the receiving end with unscheduled power cuts being imposed all through the day, depending on the gap between the demand and supply. Even though officials of the power utility claim that there are no scheduled power cuts on domestic consumers, information gathered from different parts of the city indicates that power cuts are being imposed for two to four hours with each outage lasting half an hour to one hour, and even more at times.

For the past several days, city residents have been suffering the ordeal of extended power cuts right from early morning to late in the night. "There was a power shutdown early on Sunday morning and again on Monday, which led to disruption in the water supply. There were at least six power cuts all through the day on Monday, each one of these lasting over half an hour," said Banwari Lal Verma, a resident of the Civil Lines locality.

Residents from many parts of the city are sore at the unscheduled power cuts being imposed in the morning, which affects the water supply. "The power utility should at least have the mercy to ensure power supply in the morning so that people get water," said Kulbir Singh, a resident of the Haibowal Colony.



Auction of parking zones today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
The auction of parking zones along the Ferozepur road will be held tomorrow. The auction is being carried on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A total of 13 parking zones have been identified by the MC.

After the failed e-auction of the Mata Rani Chowk area, the MC will be selling these parking zones through an open auction. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to auction these parking zones so that the Ferozepur Road is not encroached again.

The MC officials have fixed Rs 5 for a cycle, Rs 10 for a two wheeler and Rs 10 for a car or a four wheeler for first hour and Rs 20 for two wheelers if parked for one to two hours and Rs 30 for four wheelers or cars for the same period. If the vehicles remain parked for more than two hours, then as per the court orders, the vehicle will be towed away. The area shopkeepers will be allowed to park one vehicle and they will pay Rs 100 per day.

The reserve price for site from Shiraz Hotel to Bharat Nagar Chowk has been fixed for Rs 28.80 lakh, reserve price for site from Bharat Nagar Chowk till New Courts Gate has been fixed as Rs 21.60 lakh, reserve price for New Courts till A Hotel is Rs 10.08 lakh, from Hotel Park Plaza till Punjab Furniture is Rs 11.95 lakh, from Punjab Furniture to Aarti Chowk is Rs 13.68 lakh, from Aarti Chowk till Gurdev Nagar road is Rs 14.40 lakh, from Gurdev Nagar till Gulzar Motors is Rs 57.60 lakh, from Gulzar Motors to Malhar Road is Rs 17.56 lakh, Malhar Road till Sarabha Nagar Mandir road is Rs 39.60 lakh, from Sarabha Nagar Mandir road till Vishal Mega Mart is Rs 11.52 lakh, from Circuit House till Aarti Chowk is Rs 24.48 lakh, from Aarti Chowk till Bhai Bala Chowk is Rs 57.60 lakh and reserve price for parking zone from Bhai Bala Chowk till District Courts Complex is Rs 21.60 lakh.

The auction will be held at MC's Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar.



Panchayat poll: Papers of several nominees rejected
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
During the scrutiny process of nomination papers for the coming Gram Panchayat elections, which started yesterday for 12 blocks, several papers were rejected by the respective returning officers due to various discrepancies found in the papers.

Though the scrutiny was to end yesterday, three blocks, Ludhiana I and II and Khanna, took too long to complete due to which it concluded today. Today, it was the day for the withdrawal of nomination papers, but as per reports, names will be cleared by tomorrow.

Elections for the posts of sarpanch and Panchayat members will be held in the district on July 3.

Liquor shops to remain closed on July 3

Keeping in mind the Gram Panchayat elections on July 3, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered the closure of liquor shops in the district, where the elections will be held. Tiwari said there would be ban on the sale and purchase of liquor on the day of the elections.



Schools to prepare mid-day meals
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
The state government has issued directions to the authorities concerned that mid-day meals will be prepared by the school authorities. Regular complaints on sub-standard food being provided to students in primary schools by the community kitchen here had become a daily affair.

As per instructions, from July 1, the schools in the city will prepare the meals for the students of primary and upper primary sections on their respective premises.

Tarsem Banga, manager, mid-day meals, said they have got instructions from Chandigarh and same has been passed on to the schools also.

“The contract to Jan-Chetna has been expired. It was an NGO which prepared mid-day meals at a common kitchen in Sherpur. The contract started in November 16, 2012 and will continue till May 31, 2012. Now summer vacations are going on in government schools and from July 1 mid-meals will ve prepared by the schools on their premises,” said Banga.

“From July 1, the rates of meals to students have also been increased. Earlier, it was Rs 3.11 per child per day for primary block and Rs 4.65 per child per day for upper primary block. Now, the rates will be Rs 3.65 per child per day in primary block and Rs 5 per child per day for upper primary block. We hope that things will improve,” said Banga.

The community kitchen has always been engulfed in controversies for distributing sub-standard food to students daily. Though district administration had taken several strict measures but complaints kept pouring in from schools. At times, biscuits were provided instead of food and sometimes students in many schools had refused to eat the meals supplied by the contractor.

The General Secretary of Government School Teachers’ Union, Parveen Kumar, said: “We hope that the decision will bring relief to parents, students and teachers. Now students will get proper and fresh food.”



Embezzlement case
GM, accounts head quit
Gumbar fails to appear before inquiry committee
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
After chairman Vishal Gumbar, Ananpreet Kaur, general manager of Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited, and Jasmeet Singh, accounts head, resigned from their respective posts today.

Meanwhile, Vishal Gumbar failed to appear before the inquiry committee probing the embezzlement of Rs 1 crore in Ludhiana Stock Exchange Securities Limited.

“We were told that Gumbar is in depression and has high blood pressure due to which he cannot appear before the committee. We have served him another notice through his brother to appear before the committee by Monday,” said Ajay Chaudhary, heading the inquiry committee.

“We quizzed two more officials from the Accounts Department today,” said Chaudhary.

Some members of the company had alleged that Rs 1 crore was transferred into Gumbar's bank account.



Project inaugurated twice, first by MLA, then Mayor
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and MLA Balwinder Singh Bains inaugurated the same project twice yesterday. This has not gone down well with the Akali leadership. Earlier also, the Bains brothers have remained at loggerheads with the previous Mayor.

The Mayor was to launch the start of sewerage cleaning work with the help of a super-suction machine in the Giaspura area yesterday evening. But before the Mayor could launch this work, the media received a press note stating that MLA Balwinder Singh Bains had launched the same work in the morning.

The Mayor launched the work in Ward Number 73, along the GT Road near Hanuman Mandir, where a Delhi-based company, which was assigned the task to clean the sewerage, started the work; whereas Bains project took off at Ward Number 75, where he told the residents about the cleaning process by super-suction machines.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the function was planned well in advance and he launched this project in the presence of all senior MC officials. “I don't know how and when MLA Balwinder Singh Bains launched the project when no MC official was present on the spot in the morning,” he said.

Gohalwaria said in the first phase of the sewerage cleaning, a stretch of 1.8 kilometer starting from Hanuman Mandir would be cleaned at an expected cost of Rs 54 lakh in a month.

The Bains brothers, MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, had remained at loggerheads with the previous Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura as well. Yesterday, Simarjit Singh Bains had also come in the open support of an Independent councillor, Daljit Singh Grewal, who had a clash with Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon’s supporters on Sunday. MLA Dhillon is a close confidant of former minister and senior Akali leader Hira Singh Gabria. The Bains brothers have always opposed Gabria, when he was a Cabinet minister in the previous Akali government.

The Bains brothers could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Protest against infant’s death at hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
Following the death of an 8-month-old child, his parents along with other residents held a protest outside Deep Hospital today.

Sources said: “It was around 9:15 am when Mintu, a resident of Sugandh Vihar on the Pakhowal Road area, brought his critically ill child, Aadarsh, for treatment to Deep Hospital. The child was given oxygen and his parents were told to bring some medicines. Before the child could be given first aid, he breathed his last. Following which, his parents along with other residents held a protest against the hospital authorities for not attending to their child properly.”

Dr Baldeep Singh, managing director of Deep Hospital, said: “The child was very sick when he was brought here. He was not even able to breathe properly. I was attending to a patient when they reached here. I immediately instructed the staff to put the child on oxygen and told his parents to bring the required medicines. But within no time, the child died even before being given first aid”.

He said: “After the child’s death, his parents staged the protest against the hospital authorities. I asked them to adopt the legal way if they have any complaint about the treatment. To avoid any untoward incident, I got police personnel deputed outside the hospital.”



Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will conduct the Common Entrance Test (CET) on June 26.

Dr PD Juyal, Registrar, GADVASU, said: “The roll number/admit cards have been dispatched to all the candidates. The candidates are advised to consult the website of the university (www.gadvasu.in). A total of 1,540 candidates will appear in the CET at RS Model Senior Secondary School, 952 candidates at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar and 83 candidates at Examination Hall, College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU, Ludhiana. All the arrangements for the entrance examination have been completed and a suitable number of faculty members and employees have been deployed for smooth conduct of the entrance examination.

Dr Sushil Prabhakar, Controller of Examinations, GADVASU, said: “A total of 2,575 candidates will be appearing in the entrance test. The number of applicants to the courses of Veterinary Science, Fisheries and Dairy Technology being offered by the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has increased tremendously as compared to the last year due to increasing interest and enhanced employment opportunities in these areas.”

Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, has extended his best wishes to the all aspiring candidates. First counsellings for BVSc and AH/BFSc will be held on July 23 and for BTech (Dairy Technology) on July 24 at the Silver Jubilee Auditorium, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.



Fellowship for 8 scholars

Ludhiana, June 25
Eight doctorate students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) have been awarded national fellowship, INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Fellowships have been awarded to Anupama Sharma, Mukesh Kumar Thakur, Akhilesh Kumar Verma, Shaswati Subhadarsini Pany, Ajayta Rialch, Omer Khalli Baba, Bhaskar Vemu and Mamta Pandey. —TNS



Teachers discuss flaws in education system
Tribune News Service

A teacher speaks during a meeting at the Circuit House in Ludhiana
A teacher speaks during a meeting at the Circuit House in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 25
Over 50 teachers from different government schools today held a meeting at the Circuit House to bring qualitative improvement in education system.

Kuldip Kumar Kaura and Sukhvinder Singh were the resource persons on the occasion. The teachers discussed education system of the state along with that of the whole country and ancient universities.

JS Maan, one of the organisers, said flaws in present education system were discussed.

The teachers said there was a need to bring changes in the education system so as to improve its quality.



Aadhaar cards: Admn fails to keep word on camps

Ludhiana, June 25
Even though the district administration announced that Aadhaar card enrolment camps will be held at various places from June 10 to 25, camps are not being organised at some of the places.

Some of the places like the community centre at BRS Nagar, Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar finds mention in the list announced.

"I read about the enrolment of Aadhaar card camps, but when I visited BRS Nagar's community centre, I was told that no such camps are being organised here," said an elderly man. —TNS



Religious congregation

Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat at the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana Ludhiana: A religious congregation was organsied on the occasion of Shab-e-barat at the local Jama Masjid. Shahi Imam addressing the gathering asked the devotees to pray for the well being of the people struck in floods at Uttrakhand. He also asked the people to make maximum contributions towards the relief fund.

Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat at the Jama Masjid in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Lottery result announced

The draw of Punjab State Monthly Lottery was announced on Tuesday. The first prize amounting Rs 51 lakh was sold by Subhash Paschira's lottery agency, Mohali, bearing the ticket number 623944. The second prize of Rs 5 lakh was won by a ticket bearing number 911726. The draw was taken out by ADC Neeru Katyal.

Manjinder is gen secy of cycle assn

A meeting of office-bearers of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers was held on Tuesday under the presidentship of Gurmeet Singh Kular. Manjinder Singh Sachdeva who was nominated as general secretary has taken over charge. He was welcomed by all the office bearers and staff members. Manjinder Singh Sachdeva said that he would work hard for the development of the association.

July 3 to be dry day

Rahul Tiwari, District Magistrate, Ludhiana, has declared July 3 as a dry day in villages in view of the panchayat elections. Liquor vends selling Indian and foreign-made liquor will remain shut and liquor will not be allowed to serve alcohol. In addition to this no person can store liquor in large quantities during these days.

Relief material for flood victims

Nishkam Sewa Ashram has decided to send relief material for Uttrakhand flood victims. They have requested members and general public to donate ration, spices, blankets and general medicines. "Donors may contribute old woolen clothes, utensils, kerosene stoves and other house hold items which are no longer used in their own houses. With hundreds of people becoming homeless and no roof on their head, all such items will be of great help to these needy and affected people," said Sarwan Kumar, founder of Nishkam Sewa Ashram.

Training camp organised

A five-day youth leadership training camp was held at the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle at Gurudwara Badu Sahib, Himachal Pradesh. Over 400 college students from various parts of the country participated in the camp. During the camp, students were advocated to follow the path of religion shown by the gurus.

Health awareness camp held

A health awareness camp was organised at Gill village. Health Inspector Lakhwidner Singh made people aware of the factors leading to malaria and how to prevent them. He advocated the people to keep their surroundings clean and do not let water stagnate.—TNS



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Farmers get tips

Ludhiana: Farm experts of Punjab Agricultural University have told the farmers of Punjab that July was the right time for planning and procurement of plant material for planting evergreen orchards of citrus fruits, mango, litchi, guava, loquat, ber, amla and papaya. It is the most suitable time for transplanting of papaya seedlings in the fields. Giving useful tips for horticultural operations in July, the experts said the vacant land might be put under kharif pulses like moong, mash, moth or jantar, etc, for green manuring.

Entrance test

Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday conducted a MET (Master’s Entrance Test) - Agriculture 2013 for admission to postgraduate programmes in the disciplines of Agronomy, Agro-meteorology, Entomology, Extension Education, Food Technology, Forestry, Nematology, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, and Horticulture (Fruit Science, Floriculture and Landscaping, and Vegetable Science). The entrance test evoked an excellent response from the students coming from across Punjab. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon along with the Registrar of the university Dr PK Khanna visited the examination centre to oversee the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the entrance test. Dr Khanna said a total of 300 candidates, including 192 boys and 108 girls, appeared for the test conducted for admission to various postgraduate programmes of the university. — TNS



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Students bring laurels

Ludhiana: Rashi Sood and Tavleen Kaur, students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, have jointly topped Panjab University in BCom (Hons - Marketing Management) by scoring 82 per cent in the annual examinations. This is the seventh consecutive time that Sri Aurobindo College has bagged the Gold Medal in BCom (Hons). The college has secured first five positions in the University in BCom (Hons- Marketing Management) and 18 of its students have scored distinctions. In BCom (Hons- Business Finance and Accounting) Hargun Nagpal stood second in the university by scoring 76.5 per cent. Dr R L Behl, principal of the college, said students and it was a great accomplishment for the college to have won the Gold Medal for the seventh straight time. Col PS Choudhry, director of the college, said after producing 19 position holders in BCom and BBA exams this year, the college has once again proved its mettle. SP Oswal, chairman of the college, congratulated the students and teachers on their winning performance.

RIMT introduces courses

RIMT Institutes has added another feather to its cap by introducing Academic College from session 2013-14. This college is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala. The courses introduced in this session are MCom, BCom, BCom (Professional), BSc (Agriculture), BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Management), BSc (Airlines, Tourism and Hospitality Management), BSc (Medical), BSc (Non-Medical), PGDCA. —TNS 



Wife held for murder bid
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 25
The Sudhar police has arrested a woman of Pakhowal village and her accomplice who attempted to murder her husband, a soldier, two days ago. The articles used in the crime have been recovered from the possession of the suspects.

The accused have been identified as Harjit Kaur and Jagjit Singh of Pakhowal village. Investigations revealed that the duo tried to murder Subedar Harmel Singh on Friday night.

Ashish Chaudhary, Senior Superintendent of Police, said a team led by Sudhar SHO Rajesh Sharma arrested Harjit Kaur and Jagjit Singh when they were trying to leave the area yesterday evening. The duo disappeared after injuring Harmel Singh on Friday night.

The investigation revealed that Harjit Kaur and Harmel Singh got married about 13 years ago. Things went normal for some years. After a few years, they started having differences on petty issues. Though two sons were born out of wedlock, Harjit Kaur was not happy with her husband.

The police is yet to ascertain the relationship between Harjit Kaur and Jagjit Singh. “About a month ago, Jagjit came to our house to rectify a fault in a tube light. It was then that I asked him to kill my husband who was scheduled to come here for the vacation,” Harjit told the police.

Harjit admitted that she had promised to give Rs 14 lakh to her accomplice out of the gratuity and pension fund, which she would have got after her husband’s death.

The duo allegedly conspired to kill Harmel Singh on Friday night when he was scheduled to return to his unit. During midnight, Harjit allegedly sent Harmel to bathroom where Jagjit was hiding with sharp-edged weapons.

Though initially Harmel was shocked to face the unexpected attack, he managed to escape from the clutches of the suspects and raised an alarm. He sustained serious injuries on the neck, face, head and chest.

Harmel, who was bleeding profusely, was immediately shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana by some villagers. The police, after recording his statement, booked both the accused under Sections 307 and 452 of the IPC.

The investigations further revealed that the suspects attacked the victim with his own weapon. The sword used in the crime was presented to the victim as recognition of his valour by some organisation.

The police recovered all articles used in the crime. Two sharp-edged weapons, surgical gloves, bloodstained clothes and two cellphones were among the seized articles.



16 arrested for gambling

Ludhiana, June 25
The police arrested 16 persons for gambling and recovered Rs 6.10 lakh from their possession yesterday evening.

The accused have been identified as Inderjit Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Deepinder Singh, Yogesh Kumar, Bhupinder Singh, Sanjiv Kumar, Vikramjit Singhm, Sukhwinderpal Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Himmat Rai, Tajinder Singh alias Tinku, Tajinder Singh alias Chhotu, Harvinder Singh, Manpreet Singh and Sanjiv Kumar of Chhawni Mohalla. The accused have been arrested under Sections 13, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act.

The police also arrested Gurpreet Singh and Deep Sharma for luring people for betting. The police has registered a case against the accused under Section 420 of the IPC. — TNS



Sex racket busted in Dugri area
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 25
The city police claimed to have busted a sex racket being run from a rented apartment at MIG flats in the Dugri area yesterday evening. The police arrested two pimps and three couples, including the kingpin of the flesh trade.

The police said two minor girls had also been recovered from the same house, but they were not involved in the flesh trade. The minor girls were absconding from their houses and pimps provided them shelter.

The accused have been identified as Lakhwinder Kaur (kingpin of the flesh trade), a resident of Phase 7, Dugri, Boby, a resident of Phase 2, Dugri (pimp), Sheru, a resident of Baba Deep Singh Nagar (pimp), Harpret Kaur, a resident of Jandali Kalan, Mandeep Kaur, a resident of Shimlapuri, Navjot Singh, a resident of Railway quarter, Dhuri Railway Line, Rahul, a resident of Rajgarh village near Pakhowal, and Harbans Singh, a resident of Payal.

Satwinder Singh, in charge of Police Station, Dugri, said the main accused, Lakhwinder Kaur, rented an apartment for Rs 6,500 at MIG flats. The owner of the apartment, Kirpal Singh, resides in Bihar. Lakhwinder Kaur used to arrange girls for this business and Sheru and Boby used to arrange costumers.

The police got a tip-off when three youngsters came to the apartment. The police raided the house and arrested the couples and the pimps.

The police said the youngsters, who came with the pimps, chosen minor girls. These girls refused to go with them and started crying. This resulted in the busting of the sex racket.

Satwinder Singh, SHO, Police Station, Dugri, said: “We have arrested all the accused from the spot. The women arrested from the spot have been sent to a jail. Meanwhile, minor girls have been sent to a juvenile home in Jalandhar.”



Protest against police

Ludhiana: The family members and relatives of the deceased, Vikas Parbakar, staged a protest outside the Division No 4 police station demanding the arrest of accused persons. The body of Vikas Parbakar was fished out of the Sutlej yesterday.

Teacher held for rape

The city police has nabbed a schoolteacher for rapping a minor girl of Class X. The accused, Sandeep Kumar (24), had committed the crime one and half month ago. The accused was the sports teacher at the Sant Kartar Singh Kamaliya Wale Education Institute. Nilambari Jagdale, ADCP City-I, said the accused was at large from the day he committed the crime. He was arrested from Panipat.—TNS



cricket tourney
Coaching Centre register win over PAU school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 25
Coaching Centre registered a two-wicket victory over Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, during the 18th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-15) being played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today.

Batting first, PAU School made 151 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 30 overs. Navnit scored 22 runs, while Mohan and Raghav contributed 15 runs and 14 runs, respectively.

For Coaching Centre, Manuj Saharan claimed three wickets for 23 runs, while Abhinav captured two wickets for 36 runs. Baljot Singh grabbed one wicket for 18 runs.

Coaching Centre surpassed PAU school’s score with three balls to spare after losing eight wickets. The top scorers of their innings were Karan and Baljot Singh who scored 50 runs and 22 runs, respectively. Manuj contributed 15 runs, while Tushar and Dilprit made 11 runs each.

For the losers, Rahul (3 for 17) was the main wicket-taker. Arjun, Adarsh and Vikram grabbed one wicket each.

Meanwhile, in the match played between National Club Seniors and Ludhiana Club in the ongoing Hot Weather Cricket Tournament (U-18) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at the same venue, the former emerged winners by four wickets.

In the stipulated 45 overs, Ludhiana Club was bowled out for 203 runs. The useful contributions were made by Jaish Jain (41), Jaskaran Bhangu (27), Vaibhav Kalra (24), Harkunar Makkar (21), Deepin Chitkara (17) and Simran Singh (14).

For National Club, Nikhil Chowdhary was the wrecker-in-chief, who took five wickets for 29 runs. Saurabh took three wickets for 30 runs, while Aayush Chawla and Vishwanath chipped in with one wicket each.

In reply, National Club made 205 runs after losing six wickets in 41 overs. Rajat Arora (60) and Saurav Khurana (44) played a pivotal role in achieving the target. Gurkaran was the other notable contributor who scored 30 runs.

For Ludhiana Club, Harnoor Mand took two wickets for 28 runs, while Harkunwar Makkar, Simar Singh and Anmol grabbed one wicket each.



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