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Parking staff overcharging
Accused of rude behaviour; charging Rs 30 instead of the stipulated Rs 10 for the first hour
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
City residents have alleged that parking contractors along Ferozepur Road are overcharging. Instead of the stipulated parking fee of Rs 10 for the first hour, the contractor of the parking lot opposite Silver Arc Mall is allegedly charging Rs 30.

This is not the first time that a parking contractor has been accused of overcharging. The contractor of the parking lot in the Feroze Gandhi Market has been accused of overcharging several times, but the MC has not taken any action against him.

Jandeep Kaushal, a resident of Doraha, said he had gone to a shopping mall and came out after a few minutes. "An employee of the parking contractor demanded a fee of Rs 30. When I reminded him about the stipulated fee, he charged Rs 10. However, many people are not aware about the actual fee often get fleeced. The contractor tears the fee portion from the parking slip to hoodwink people," he said.

Some residents have also alleged that the parking contractor's staff even misbehave with them whenever they take up the issue of overcharging.

A city resident, Gagan Gill, said he had gone to Ansal Plaza along with his family today. "I didn't know that we would be charged for parking our vehicle there. As we got off the car, one of the contractor's employees shouted at us and in an abusive language asked us to take the parking slip. When we asked him to be polite, another man with a pistol reached there and misbehaved with us. We are willing to pay Rs 10, but the MC should ensure that the parking staff do not speak in such a rude manner," said Gagan.

MC Tehbazaari Superintendent Naveen Malhotra said he would look into the matter. "These are serious allegations and need to be probed. I once again appeal to all city residents that they should not pay even a single extra penny for parking their vehicle," he said.


English, maths Achilles' heel for Army aspirants
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
It is not the declining physical standards but the ghost of English and mathematics which is proving to be the Achilles' heel for candidates participating in the ongoing Army open recruitment rally at the Dholewal Military Complex.

The problem can be gauged from the fact that some candidates were unable to write their father's name in English. Many other were seen resorting to cheating.

The startling facts came to light when the candidates, who cleared the physical fitness test, were asked to fill a form required to appear for a written test.

Several candidates were seen rummaging their bags and searching for documents so that they could spell their father's name correctly.

"Now, you will cheat even to write yours father's name," yelled a recruiting officer at a candidate. Of the 11,000 candidates, over 4,000 cleared the physical fitness test. Many candidates, who cleared the physical fitness test, failed in either in the maths test or in English, ending their dream of becoming a soldier.

According to Director, Recruitment, MS Mahar, a candidate is required to score 40 marks each in English and maths in the matriculation examination.

"The Army is all about a perfect blend of a sound body and mind," said Mahar.

On the other hand, several aspirants blamed the faulty education system for their poor performance. One of the candidates said, "Everyone knows the standard of education in government schools in the state. Emphasis is never laid on maths and English. Even if we fail in either of the two subjects, we are promoted to the next class. I realised the importance of these two subjects after participating in the recruitment rally."



CMCH docs remove rare testicular tumour in 2-year-old
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Doctors of the Christian Medical College and Hopsital in the city have successfully removed a rare testicular tumour in a two-year-old child through laparoscopy.
According to a hospital press note, "A two-year-old boy was brought to the Department of Paediatric Surgery from the border area of Kashmir, with swelling over the right side of the abdomen and difficulty in passing urine. Clinical examination revealed that the child had absent testis in the right scrotum since birth. Further, blood tests and CT scan investigations revealed that the right testis was present in the abdomen and it had become a big tumour."

Dr William Bhatti, Professor and Head, Department of Paediatric Surgery, with his team of doctors, comprising Dr SN Bedi, A Grewal, S Dhuria, Karan (Technologist) and Dr Dootika Shukla, Professor of Anaesthesia, performed a laparoscopic operation on the child and removed 200 grams of testicular tumour.

The child is reportedly doing well and has been sent home.

Dr AG Thomas, Director, Christian Medical College and Hopsital, Ludhiana, has stated that advance laparoscopic treatment for surgical problems in children is available in the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the hospital.

Common problem in boys

Prof William Bhatti said absent testis in scrotum was a common problem in boys and their parents should consult paediatric surgeons for further management.

Surgery for absent testis should be done between the age of 6 months and 18 months of age, otherwise growth of testis will be retarded.

There are 50 or 60 fold higher chances of testicular cancer in boys and young men with absent testis in scrotum.

Surgery for absent testis in scrotum and present in abdomen can be done with the laparoscopic technique and child has to stay in the hospital for a day.



Audit report finds fault with LIT
Says it has failed to act against defaulting allottees
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 9
There seems to be no end to the woes of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) when it comes to the internal audit, which continues to unveil more and more financial irregularities and lapses. Now, it has been indicted for its failure to act against defaulters among allottees of 81 middle income group (MIG) flats constructed in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar Colony of the LIT.

The audit report for 2011-12, a copy of which has been obtained by Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary, respectively, of the Council of RTI Activists, under the Right to Information Act has revealed that the LIT had got 81 three-storeyed MIG flats constructed in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar Colony, which were allotted from September to December 2002 after following the due process.

The audit team has put it on record that the demand and collection register containing the details of payments made by the allottees was not produced before the auditors despite repeated audit requisitions. Even personal meetings with LIT officials did not evoke the desired response.

According to the audit report, the test audit of no dues against flat number 31 (first floor) revealed that payments received from allottees of 81 flats were not properly recorded in the demand and collection register, and further entries made in the register were not attested by the competent staff/officials.

The auditors pointed out, "It has been further found that certain allottees had failed to deposit even a single instalment against the flats allotted to them after the payment of the earnest money and the initial deposit. Surprisingly, the LIT authorities failed to take action against the defaulting allottees and neither were any demand notices issued to them for the payment of overdue instalments along with penal interest as per the terms and conditions of the allotment."

The report said the failure of the staff/officials concerned to initiate action against the defaulters often led to financial losses to the Trust as the allottees sought remission or rebate in interest and penal interest for late payment of instalments on the grounds that recovery notices were not issued to them on time.

The auditors have directed the LIT authorities to take appropriate action against the erring staff and officials for their failure to properly maintain the demand and collection register as well as for the lapse in taking action against the defaulting allottees.



suicide by youth
Mother, maternal uncle booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A day after 19-year-old youth Ram Partap's body was found from an auto-rickshaw near Nanaksar Gurdwara, the city police today booked his mother Radhika and his maternal uncle Bhure Lal, a resident of Sunet village, for abetment to suicide and dumping the deceased's body to eliminate evidence.

According to Vakil Mahato, an auto-rickshaw driver and resident of Sarabha Nagar, Ram Partap was known to him. While he was ferrying passengers from BRS Nagar and heading towards Clock Tower, he spotted Ram Partap's auto-rickshaw and was shocked to see him lying dead on the back seat.

Later, he learnt that a drunk Ram Partap had a heated argument with his mother. In a fit of rage, he allegedly hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan.

To hide the incident and to avoid legal tangles, his mother and maternal uncle took his body in his auto-rickshaw and dumped it near Nanaksar Gurdwara on Ferozepur Road.

The police has booked the accused under Sections 306 and 201 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Initially, the police suspected it to be a case of murder. SHO, PAU, Paramdeep Singh had even stated that the victim had injuries on his neck.

However, during the course of the investigation, it was found that Ram Pratap had committed suicide at his house in Sunet following a heated argument with his mother.



Goods worth lakhs destroyed in fire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Goods and raw material worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire which broke out in a godown of a leading clothing company located near the Jalandhar Bypass on the GT Road here today.

The fire started at around 4.20 pm and was doused by the fire brigade staff in over two hours.

Fire brigade officials said a short circuit was the likely cause of the fire. Fire Officer Rajinder Sharma said the fire broke out in a godown of Venus Garments this evening.

“The company owners had stored yarn, raw material and other goods in the godown, which were destroyed. We suspect that goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in this fire incident,” said Rajinder Sharma.



Get websites ready by Sept 15, schools told
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has given time till September 15 to all the schools to make their websites with comprehensive information about their setup and management, failing which the registration to classes IX and XI will not be done by the board.

Earlier deadline was July 18 but since most of the schools failed to adhere to it, the CBSE has once again sent the circulars to the affiliated schools.

The information to be provided online on the web portal includes affiliation status, details of infrastructure, names and designation of teachers and their salaries, class-wise enrolment of students, postal address and email, telephone numbers and details of members of the school management committee. The schools have to prepare their annual report containing the information and upload on the website before September 15.

"The CBSE has been reminding the schools to upload information on their websites over and over again. We already have our website with complete information. If this time by September 15 the schools donot make their websites with full information then they will face serious consequences. The board will not give registration to the students of class IX and XI of these schools," said Navita Puri, principal of KVM School.

"This is mandatory as per rules of affiliation bylaws of the board. All the schools affiliated to the CBSE are required to develop their websites and upload the details. Our school already has a website with complete information," said Paramjit Kaur, principal of BCM School.

Gagan Saini, a parent while appreciating the step taken by the CBSE, said: "Things need to be transparent and for that a positive step has been taken by the CBSE. Every parent through the website will have a fair idea about the school, management and infrastructure provided in the school."



Rain no damper on Eid celebrations
Tribune News Service

Muslim devotees offer Eid prayers in Ludhiana on Friday.
Muslim devotees offer Eid prayers in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, August 9
Hues of devotion and bonhomie were visible on the road near Jama Masjid at Field Ganj and many parts of the city as Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr today. Thousands of devotees gathered at Jama Masjid, Famra Road and at other mosques in the city to offer Eid prayers.

The devotees turned up at religious places in large numbers despite the morning rain. They offered prayers in the open as it rained. Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi said this day was a prized gift to the devotees who observed Ramjan fast for a month. Observing fast this month is a means of being a good person throughout the year, he said. He prayed that the day would bring happiness to the state. Heera Singh Gabria, Chairman, District Yojna Board and Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwadia were among the devotees on the occasion.

"We wait for this day after observing 29 'rozas'. This is a very special day. Rain or no rain, we had to come for the morning namaz," says Abdul, a resident.

The festival was celebrated today, as moon was seen last evening. If it were not seen yesterday, the day would have been celebrated tomorrow. It marks the culmination of the month of Ramzan, when Muslim devotees observe 'rozas', fasting during the day time, reading the Quran, performing namaz and focusing on the cleansing of soul.

Muslim families greeted and wished one another 'Eid Mubarak' after performing the morning namaz at various religious places. They visited their relatives in the city and exchanged gifts and the popular "sewaiyas" prepared on the occasion.

Land for Eidgah

Meanwhile, Gabria, during the Eid celebrations on Famda Road, said the state government would soon allot land for an Eidgah near the city. Abdul Shakoor Mangat, member of the Minority Commission, said unlike the other state governments, the incumbent Akali-BJP government had not only gave representation to the Muslim community in the government, but also provided the community opportunities to take their own decisions.



Cycle assn poll scene hots up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
With the elections of the United Cycle and Parts Association approaching, its members have started indulging in allegations and counter allegations. Two factions have emerged and two names have been announced for the main candidature.

One name, which is doing rounds, is that of present president Gurmeet Singh Kular while the other is that of past president Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma. Both the factions are making their best possible efforts to woo the members.

In a recent release issued to the press, Kular said Vishivkarma's claims that he had been able to get a subsidy worth Rs 31 lakh during his tenure as president from 2007 to 2009 is totally false and misleading.

Only Rs 2 lakh was received as grant for a dispensary during Vishivkarma's tenure, 20 lakh during the tenure of GL Pahwa for UCPMA Building (R&D Centre) and Rs 7,96,109 as China Tour Subsidy from the MSME during the tenure of DS, said Gurmeet Singh Kular in the release.



Snap trade ties with Pak: Industry
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Trade relations between India and Pakistan have once again jeopardised in the wake of the killing of five Indian soldiers along the LoC in J&K. It has sparked a wave of resentment among the trading community. The local industry says the government should snap trade ties with the neighbouring country.

The industry is of the general view that trade with Pakistan should be stopped to protest the soldiers' killings. "We have given many chances to Pakistan but every time it has disappointed us and now time has come we should call off our trade relations with the neighbouring country".

Trade is surely going to be hit again. Who will take the plunge now? After January's incident, talks were slowly gaining momentum. Pakistan also missed the deadline for granting Most Favoured Nation (MFN) trade status to India in December last year. The matter got delayed with the change of government there. Bilateral trade has been progressing smoothly between India and Pakistan and both sides have made considerable progress in improving trade ties but now things are again back to square one," said Manish Sharma, an exporter.

Another industrialist from the city said bilateral trade was possible only when both countries shared a good bond. "After the recent incident, trade through the Wagah border should also be stopped".



Three new ACPs join city police force

Ludhiana, August 9
Three new Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) today joined the city force following a major reshuffle by Punjab Police. Gurjit Singh has been posted as ACP of Focal Point, Balraj Singh ACP of Headquarters and Lakhvir Singh ACP of Sahnewal.

Balwinder Singh has joined as Deputy Superintendent, Jails.While ACP Gurbans Bains, ACP Jaswinder Singh, ACP Naresh Kumar and ACP Naveen Kumar have been transferred from the city. — TNS



Seed producers, nursery growers get tips at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
A monthly training camp of the Seed Producers' and Nursery Growers' Association (SPNGA) was held at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) yesterday. During the camp, Additional Director of Extension Education HS Dhaliwal interacted with seed producers.

Dr TS Riar, coordinator, SPNGA, said the university experts educated the participants about the raising of vegetable nurseries and seed production. The resource persons from the PAU included Dr TS Dhillon, vegetable science expert, Dr TP Singh, plant breeder, and PPS Pangli, president of the SPNGA. A three-day training course on "Storage and Processing of Horticultural Produce" will be organised from August 12 to14 at the PAU.

Book released

The Director of Agriculture, Punjab, Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu, on Thursday released a book titled "Agripreneruship- An Opportunity for Rural Employment" at the Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), PAU. The book, which has chapters mostly contributed by the PAU and GADVASU faculty, has been jointly edited by Dr Manjit Singh Mahal, Director, PAMETI, and Dr Jasbir Singh, Deputy Director (Marketing), PAMETI. Dr Sandhu said the book would act as a guide for the rural youth as it covered all the technology packages concerning agriculture and allied sectors.



Hike in reward for exposing tax evaders soon
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
Detection of tax evasion is going to become lucrative for revenue officials as the government has planned a massive jump in their rewards. To encourage the staff of the customs, service and excise departments to unearth cases of tax evasion, the government is planning to raise the amount of the rewards by 10 fold. The reward scheme was introduced in 2001.

According to sources, the Central Board of Excise and Customs is finalising a proposal to raise the reward amount for field officials up to the rank of deputy commissioner to Rs 50,000 per case from the current Rs 5,000 per case.

"A raise in the reward amount will definitely help in increasing revenue collection," said a source from the department.



BJP Mandal protests against Pakistan
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, August 9
The BJP Mandal of Sahnewal today protested against the brutal killing of the Indian soldiers and burnt an effigy of Pakistan. They shouted slogans against Pakistan and strongly urged the Indian government to withdraw its hand from any sort of involvement with Pakistan.

Pawan Kumar Tinku, senior BJP leader, said, “The irony of the situation is India leaves no stone unturned to build peaceful ties with Pakistan, but to no avail. It’s high time to revert back.”



Age no bar: Elderly going hi-tech in Ludhiana
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
At an age when one gives up on aspirations and considers oneself as old, the elderly people in Ludhiana are learning computers. There is no age for learning new things, they say.
These elderly people have started afresh to learn the language of mouse, keyboard and computers at a computer centre at Shri Geeta Mandir.

Reasons for starting to learn computers differ for one person to other but not the passion. Ramesh Saluja wanted to learn computers so that she can communicate with her children who are presently abroad. Having joined the computer class about three months back, and learnt the basic, she now uses internet with ease. "Although I used take someone's help to use the internet, but now I can operate it on my own and use social media to communicate with my children," said 65-year-old Saluja.

"The number of students at the computer centre has grown from 65 to 90. Nominal fee of Rs 100 per month is charged," said Pardeep Dhall, a member of the temple's management committee.

"The atmosphere at the centre is good and the faculty members teach well too. There is no age for learning. I wanted to gain knowledge of computers, so I joined here," says 57-year-old Deepak Gupta.

Rama Dhall (60) said she used to see youngsters operating computers proficiently but had no inkling of how to use them. "I wanted to learn to operate computers from a long time, so decided to learn it here," she said.



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Teej celebrated

Ludhiana: Teej was celebrated at Shri Geeta Mandir on Friday. Devotees gathered at the temple to celebrate the day. A devotee said, "The festival marks the union of Shivji and goddess Parvati."

Vanamahotsava celebrated

CAPE-India and Shri Ram Lila Committee, Daresi, on Friday celebrated Vanamahotsava by planting trees. Dr Sandeep Kumar Jain, chief coordinator, CAPE-India, and co-opted member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, along with volunteers and members of the Shri Ram Lila Committee planted saplings of Kaner, Har-Singaar, Dek, Neem, Jamun, Alstonia, Acacia and Tun. President of the Ram Lila Committee Kamal Bassi, general secretary Sanjeev Kundra, Sukh Ram Mahajan, Shivram Saroye, Kamini sharma, Surinder kanda, Rakesh Jain, Harsh Bhardwaj, Subhash Sodhi, Rajesh Sharma and forest officials were also present at the occasion.

Blood donation camp held

The First Murti Devi Memorial Blood Donation Camp was organized at Kanganwal village on Friday. Dr Rajinder Mittal inaugurated the camp and former president of the municipal council Ravinder Puri presided over the fucntion. Tarsem Garg, convener of the project, said over 51 persons had donated the vital fluid during the camp. Dr Jyoti Kapoor in charge of the blood bank at the Civil Hospital, Malerkotla, while receiving the donated blood, said diagnostic tests were performed to rule out possibility of hazardous pathogens.

Meeting of school welfare assn

A meeting of school welfare association was held on Friday during which the matter of increase in vehicle tax was discussed. Members of the association said, "The rates of petrol and diesel are already high and on top of it they will have to pay heavy vehicle tax. Neighbouring states like Himachal, Rajasthan and Haryana does not have any such tax. Either the government should rollback the increase or we will be forced to come on roads."

Quit India Movement

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi was garlanded by the leaders and workers of District Congress Committee, Urban and Rural, near Mata Rani Chowk on Friday on the occasion of the anniversary of Quit India Movement. On the occasion, DCC (U) president Pawan Dewan and DCC (Rural) president Malkit Singh Dakha spoke on the importance of the day and said that Mahatma Gandhi following the path of peace had launched Quit India Movement to get the Nation free from clutches of the Britishers.

Book released

A book by a Ludhiana-based advocate Harpreet Sandhu was launched by Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul at High Court. The book is titled 'Indo-European Legal System- A Comparative Study'.

Sewing machines donated

Yog Aur Sewa Parivar donated seven sewing machines and paid Rs 30,000 as is first installment of study scholarship to 20 deaf and dumb students of the School for the Deaf, Humbran Road. Yoga tips were also given to the students on the occasion. — TNS



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Industrial visit

Ludhiana: Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, organised an industrial visit for the students of BBA first year to the Beetel Unit, Hambhran Road, Ludhiana. The students of the college along with the faculty members, Prof Jai Parkash and Dr Robin Kaushal, visited the Beetel plant. The students were attended by VK Sharma, Senior HR Executive, Beetel, who guided the students during the visit. The visit was very knowledgeable and students learned about the production, plant layout, supply chain management technique and quality control. Dr RL Behl, principal of the college, explained the importance of industrial visits to the students.

Runway project

Young designers of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design, INIFD, Ludhiana display their designs at a runway project. The project was a part of their academic curriculum in which students of BSc (Fashion Design second year) designed garments. Direct and indirect inspirations for all the garments were taken from architecture of the famous buildings and monuments across the globe. Palak, Gurpreet and Nishima got the first prize for their dress which derived its inspiration from one of the monuments of Japan.

It was a very unique dress with the best use of style and color. Anmol, Ridhima and Suvidha bagged second prize for designing a long dress which was inspired from Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, which was highly appreciated by the audience. One piece dress designed by Kirti and Deepanshu was evaluated as the most appreciated dress as the neo-classical sculpture of Statue of Liberty was beautifully taken onto the dress through its silhouettes. A little black dress was announced to be the most innovative dress of the project which made a statement of its own in the show. This dress was designed by Parneet and Japneet by taking inspiration from lower pyramids of Paris. The efforts of the students were highly appreciated — TNS 



Minor girl kidnapped
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 9
The Jamalpur police has registered a case against a person for kidnapping a 16-year-old girl on the the pretext of marrying her. The accused have been identified as Jagjit Singh, a resident of Jaspal Bangar village. The incident took place on July 29.

According to the girl’s father, a resident of the Mundian Kalan, he, along with his wife, had left for duty and his daughter was alone at home. When the couple returned they found their daughter missing. The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC.

Thieves strike at NRI’s house

Thieves struck at NRI Davinder Sharma's house at New Shakti Nagar. The incident took place on July 24. Jagdish Sharma, his brother-in-law and a resident of Janakpuri, said Davinder was settled in England and he was looking after his house. During the night of July 24, thieves entered the house by breaking open the lock of the main door of the house and decamped with cash and gold ornaments kept in a cupboard.

Woman booked for forgery

The police has booked a woman under Section 406 of the IPC for criminal breach of trust for allegedly usurping Rs 7.5 lakh from Sukhjit Sharma, a resident of Basti Jodhewal. The accused has been identified as Preetinder Kaur Bedi, a resident of Tagore Nagar. According to Sukhjit Sharma, property consultant, his son had gone to Australia on study visa and he wanted him to get settled over there. His friend Tarlochan Singh introduced him to Preetinder for the purpose. Preetinder assured him that she would help his son to get a permanent citizen status in Australia. The deal was settled at Rs 9 lakh. Sukhjit provided her the required money, but the accused was unable to do the job. She returned only Rs 1.5 lakh to Sukhjit.

Man robbed

The police has booked a person and his woman accomplice for robbing a person by offering him a chocolate laced with sedatives. The accused has been identified as Deepak, a resident of Azad Nagar, Gill road. The incident took place in March. According to Vaneet Chauhan, a resident of New Kundan Puri, near Civil Lines, the accused and his woman accomplice offered him a chocolate laced with some sedative. After consuming the chocolate he fell unconscious. When he regained consciousness he found that the accused had stolen his gold rings, a locket, Rs 20,000 and a mobile phone.

Laptop stolen from car

The police has registered a case of theft against an unidentified youth for stealing a bag of an employee of the power corporation. Sukhvir Singh, a resident of Preet Nagar in New Shimlapuri, said he visited the Mall road on July 29 for some personal work and parked his car outside the residence of a judicial magistrate. When he returned, he saw a youth taking out the bag containing a laptop from his car. He raised an alarm but the youth escaped with his laptop.

Woman accuses cop of misbehaviour

A 55-year-old woman have alleged that the Jodhewal police misbehaved with her at the behest of another woman. Neerja Kumari, a resident the Basti Jodhewal, reached the Commissioner of Police's office along with the area residents to lodge a compliant. A monetary issue was stated to be the reason behind the incident.



Four injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 9
Four students of Gobindgarh Public School were injured when a car collided with a truck (Canter) coming from the focal point side on the national highway today.
Division no. 2 police station SHO Davinderpal Singh said the wounded were taken to the local Civil Hospital.

Later, they were shifted to a hospital in Mohali. The police has taken the vehicles in custody and launched a search for the truck driver. 



Shubham Dyal steers PAU zone to championship win
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 9
A patient knock of 30 runs by Shubham Dyal Singh of KVM and a valuable contribution of 60 runs with Bhasvar Sharma for the opening wicket, steered PAU zone to a comfortable 7-wicket victory over Ludhiana II zone and emerge as champions in the Ludhiana District Inter-zonal Cricket Tournament (u-14) that concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School ground, PAU campus here today.

Ludhiana II zone's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired as their innings collapsed at 88 run in the allotted 20 overs.

The main contributors were Nihal Wadhera and Raghav who scored 26 and 23 runs, respectively. For PAU zone, skipper, Mohan of Government Model School, PAU, led from the front, took two wickets for 14 runs while Arjun Puri from KVM got two wickets after conceding 17 runs.

Rahul and Harsharan claimed one wicket each after giving away 11 and 15 runs, respectively, that restricted Ludhiana II zone’s inning to a modest total of 88 runs.

PAU zone’s Arjun Puri remained unbeaten on 13 runs and saw his side achieving the target in the penultimate over of the match. All the three wickets, PAU zone lost, were taken by Aditya who conceded 20 runs.



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