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Blind murder case cracked
Four persons, including a woman, arrested; victim was missing since July 25
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The city police claimed to have cracked a blind murder case with the arrest of four persons, including a woman.

The victim, 57-year-old Amarjit Singh, a resident of Jhande village, was taken to Uttar Pradesh for a land deal, where he was murdered. His body was thrown into the Ganga, said the police. Amarjit went missing under mysterious circumstances on July 25.

The police has arrested Swarn Singh of Thrike village, his wife Sukhneet Kaur, his brother Gurcharan Singh and brother-in- law Kulwinder Singh today.

The hunt is on to nab the realtor, Amit, alias Rohit Chopra, who paid Rs 15 lakh to Sarwan Singh for allegedly killing Amarjit Singh. Sources said that after duping Amarjit Singh of Rs 1 crore, Rohit Chopra fled to Singapore.

Giving details, Commissioner of Police PS Gill said the incident indicated towards the moral degeneration of the society. “In order make quick buck, people do not hesitate to kill someone," said the officer.

The realtor, Rohit Chopra, coaxed Amarjit Singh into jointly purchasing 1,620 square yards near Jalandhar Bypass.

“Though the land did not exist, Rohit made fake sale deed of the land and showed Kulwinder Singh as owner of the property. They struck a deal for Rs 2 crore. Amarjit Singh handed Rs 1 crore in cash and Rohit gave a fake cheque for Rs 1 crore to Kulwinder," said SHO Amandeep Brar.

After receiving Rs 1 crore, Rohit fled to Singapore. Sarwan who, was the mediator, panicked and lodged a complaint with the police.

He contacted Rohit who allegedly asked Sarwan to eliminate Amarjit and gave Rs 15 lakh to him.

Amarjit's son Gurdeep Singh, who is in the Army, reported the matter of his father's disappearance with the police.

Nirpal Singh, a resident of Jhande village, spotted Amarjit along with Sarwan Singh and his wife. “Kulwinder and Gurcharan were also accompanying them. They told me that they were going to show them a property in Uttar Pradesh," said Nirpal Singh.

During interrogation, the accused cracked and confessed to killing Amarjit Singh and dumping his body into Ganga.

Sarwan Singh said he had 12 acres at Pirthipur in Shajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He told the police that on July 25, they took Amarjit in a car to Uttar Pradesh.

They purchased liquor on their way to Uttar Pradesh and after consuming alcohol, Amarjit fell unconscious. The police said Sarwan, Gurcharan and Kulwinder allegedly killed Amarjit.

After killing Amarjit Singh, they bundled his body in a sack and drove in a car to the banks of the Ganga. They returned to the city after dumping the body into the river.

Sources said that they accused were caught in the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at Shambhu toll plaza near Rajpura. Amarjit was spotted sitting in the vehicle.

The police has recovered two country-made .32 bore and .315 bore pistols, a .12 bore rifle and a huge cache of cartridges from the accused. The accused have been booked under Section 302 of the IPC.


It all started from Leicester Gurdwara
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
Randhir Singh, member of the rival Thakur Dalip Singh faction, who was allegedly chased out of Bhaini Sahib and was assaulted on Monday night while he was on his way to pay obeisance at Akal Bunga, claimed that he was targeted as his son Ranvir Singh was present at Namdhari Gurdwara at Leicester, England, where Thakur Uday Singh was attacked.

He said his son Ranvir was reportedly questioned by the Leicester police.

Sources in Bhaini Sahib said Ranvir, who is a disciple of Thakur Dalip Singh, had reportedly thrown a challenge at Thakur Uday Singh to address sangat at the Leicester Gurdwara. Sources said that supporters of the Uday Singh faction were suspecting Ranvir for engineering the attack on the Namdhari sect chief.

Day after Randhir Singh was allegedly assaulted; the police stepped up the security at Bhaini Sahib and surrounding areas.

Randhir had yesterday said that six persons, including Kesar Singh Laddi, driver of Mata Chand Kaur, wife of late Satguru Jagjit Singh, had attacked him.

The motive for the attack on Namdhari chief Satguru Uday Singh during his UK visit remains a mystery.

It is still unclear as to why Harjit Singh Toor, the assailant, wanted to kill Satguru Uday Singh.



Students of College of Agriculture join protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
Students of the College of Agriculture today joined the students of the College of Agriculture Engineering and boycotted classes. The students were protesting against registration of courses in BSc Agriculture in PAU.

The students led by the Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association boycotted classes in the first half and held a protest on the premises in the College of Agriculture Engineering against the rustication of three students of the college.

In the second half, the students of the College of Agriculture boycotted classes and held a protest outside the office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, HS Dhaliwal.

The office-bearers of PAUSA and students of the agriculture college alleged that the Dean had been harassing the students.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, vice-president of PAUSA, said: “The university is flexible on the credit hours and the registration of course. But the Dean did not allow the student to get the registration of the course. If the Dean allows the student to get the registration of course, he will complete the degree.”

Sahranbir Singh, president of PAUSA, said: “We met the university Registrar, who recommended offering special course to the student.

“If the authorities fail to address our demands, we will intensify our agitation, said Karanvir.



Sterilisation project goes to dogs
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is going slow on starting the stray dog sterilisation project in the city. Though the project to sterilise 25,000 stray dogs was approved at the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) meeting held on January 30 and even Rs 2 crore were sanctioned for the project. However, the civic body has failed to start the project.

Most of dog sterilisation projects started by the MC had to be stopped midway. Stray dogs can be seen in every nook and corner of the city. Though the MC claims that not many dog bite incidents are being reported, a majority of the cases go unreported.

On January 30, the F&CC cleared a Rs 2-crore project under which 25,000 stray dogs were to be sterilised. But now the MC plans to prepare another proposal, which it claims, would be better than the one passed on January 30.

A meeting to discuss the new project will be held on August 16. “We would discuss the project in detail,” said MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon.

Failed projects

A project for the sterilisation of 25,000 stray dogs costing Rs 1.5 crore was initiated by the MC in May 2010, but after sterilisation of around 3,000 dogs, the project hit several roadblocks. A private company was given the target of sterilising 750 stray dogs every month. The MC paid ~550 per dog and ~650 for a bitch. After running for some months, the project stopped in 2011 and the civic body started scouting for another company. Even tenders were floated, but the Animal Welfare Board of India raised questions over the technique which the MC was planning to use for the purpose. The MC had also decided to set up its own operation theatre, but it required around ~60 lakh, so this plan was shelved due to shortage of funds.



2 police officers to be decorated
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
Two police officers have been decorated with the prestigious Police Medal for Meritorious Service by the President of India.

Two names, Gurpreet Singh Toor posted as AIG (Crime), Ludhiana, and Sub-Inspector (SI) Harbans Singh, were announced from the office of the Commissioner of Police this evening.

Gurpreet Singh Toor has worked at various levels in the police department.

Besides, he has served as the DCP, Ludhiana, and SSP, Ludhiana rural. He has a flair for writing and has written two books on drug menace in the state.

A motivational speaker, AIG Toor, also writes weekly columns for Punjabi Tribune.

SI Harbans Singh, in charge of the Anti-Narcotic Cell, has also earned accolades for his crackdown on illegal liquor smuggling in the city.

His name was recently recommended by Commissioner of Police PS Gill for the police medal.

During his tenure, Harbans seized 56 kg of opium, 15 quintal of poppy husk, 3 kg of charas and psychotropic drugs worth Rs 60 lakh. He has also nabbed several notorious criminals.

He thanked seniors officers and Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill for restoring faith in him and encouraging him to perform well.



It’s payback time
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
People from all walks of life, who have done exceptionally well in their fields, will be awarded the State Award by the Punjab Government on the Independence Day tomorrow. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be presenting the award during a state-level function to be held at the SCD Government College for Boys.

Shital Parkash, an environmentalist from Raikot, will be awarded for his relentless working for the past 15 years. Parkash has planted 5,000 saplings to date and has transformed garbage-dumping sites into green hubs and has spent lakhs from his pocket.

Amit Jain, director, Shingora Textiles, will also be awarded for his efforts to impart education to girls.

He has initiated employee training and development programmes.

Davinder Singh Chhina, director, Punjab Cultural Promotion Council, will be awarded for his contribution to art and culture. He has been instrumental in spreading not only the folk dance of Punjab around the globe but also made Punjabis acquainted with the folk culture of other countries. Dr Neelam Sodhi, gynaecologist, mother, disability rights activist, life skills coach and environmentalist, Dr Neelam Sodhi, Founder of Ashirwad Trust, will also be awarded. She is instrumental in spreading awareness on cerebral palsy and has been conducting workshops to make society aware of the same. Dev Nanadan Khar will be awarded for his contribution to art and literature, Dr Sukhapl Singh, an entrepreneur, and Dr HS Dhaliwal, will also be awarded for their contribution to science and technology.



Cong leaders have double standards, says Punjab Revenue Minister
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The Congress is a party with double-standards, alleged Revenue Minister and Youth Akali Dal (YAD) president Bikramjit Singh Majithia. He was in the city to inaugurate of green drive by the Youth Akali Dal today.

The minister also attended a blood donation camp organised by YAD. Interacting with mediapersons, he alleged that while the PPCC had been criticising the BJP on the issue of ousting Sikh farmers of Gujarat, when a similar case had arisen in the Congress-ruled Haryana. He further said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had asked the PM to look into Durga Shakti Nagpal case and see that she was treated fairly, but whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka had been harassed for "exposing" Robert-Vadra's land deals. He said that a judicial probe should be conducted in the cases, and Khemka should be honoured rather than harassed, as he unearthed the deals.

He alleged that the Food Security Bill by the Congress was just a gimmick as they knew that the elections would be held at the time of implementation of the scheme.



13 food, milk samples collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
A Health Department team led by Food Safety Officer Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur conducted a raid and collected 13 food samples from different areas of the city.

The team has collected two samples of milk from dairies on Pakhowal Road. The samples of moong, chana, rajmah, rice, sugar and cold drinks has been collected from different shops. Samples of fine flour has been collected from a biscuit factory on the Jalandhar bypass. Meanwhile, water sample was also taken from a hotel near DMCH.

"To maintain quality and keep a tab on adulteration, we conduct raids on commercial setups on a routine basis", said Dr Avinash Kumar, District Health officer, Ludhiana.



Larvae found in 3 coolers at hospital

Ludhiana, August 14
A team of health department, led by Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, visited NS Pahwa Hospital and checked 32 coolers on the hospital premises. The team found larvae in three coolers.

The larvae were destroyed on the spot and a meeting was held with the hospital staff. The team instructed the hospital management to get the water pipes repaired as they were found to be leaking. Awareness pamphlets were also distributed.

The team urged residents to empty coolers once a week and clean them properly. — TNS



Trade imbalance hits bicycle industry hard
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, August 14
The trade imbalance with China and South Asian Free Trade Agreement countries has hit micro and small enterprises hard, particularly the bicycle industry.

The bicycle industry wants a similar scheme on the lines of Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme (TUFS), which saved the textile industry.

The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII) national president, Badish Jindal, also met SR Rao, Secretary, Department of Commerce, and submitted a memorandum in this regard.The Commerce Secretary also acceded to the request of the FASII to forward the communication submitted by the FASII to the Finance Ministry .“Items reserved for manufacture in the micro and small enterprises sector and the items reserved for procurement from the said sector are freely flowing into Indian markets. The trade imbalance has forced many micro and small enterprises in the country to down their shutters,” said Jindal.All the commodities, mainly, items of the MSE are being imported from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka under SAFTA. A majority of these items are made in China, but have the trade-mark of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This trend has hit the domestic micro and small enterprises.



WorldNet Express Service gets a boost this Rakhi
Popular among residents for speedy delivery of parcels
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The WorldNet Express Service, started in collaboration with the India Post at the post offices is garnering more response from the residents before the Rakhi festival, as the number of parcels being sent is increasing day by day.

The WorldNet Express Service promises to deliver a parcel sent abroad within a period of three to four days. Postal officials say that the number of parcels sent using the service has been increasing. As many as 81 parcels were sent using the service in June, 167 in July and more than 100 parcels have already been sent so far in August, said postal officials. "People want to ensure that their parcels reach their destination at the earliest, so they have started using this service," said a postal assistant.

There is not much difference in charges, the postal official said. "To send a parcel abroad by Speed Post may cost between Rs 700 to Rs 900, and using WorldNet may cost between Rs 900 and Rs 1100, so the difference is of Rs 200. But the parcel is delivered faster through the WorldNet service," says the official.

"More parcels are being sent abroad due to Rakhi. The number of parcels has increased as the festival is nearing," said the official.

Sending the parcel, using the service, varies from country to country. A parcel to the US would cost Rs 850, Australia 900, and Canada Rs 1,100, said the official. "I was told that the parcel would reach early through the WorldNet service, so I opted for this service to send rakhi to my brother, who lives in Canada," says Meenakshi Dewan, a resident.



Starcast of ‘Jatt Boys - Putt Jattan De’ comes calling

Ludhiana, August 14
The starcast of upcoming Punjabi movie “Jatt Boys - Putt Jattan De” was in the city. Lead actors of the movie Sippy Gill, Aman Dhaliwal and Isha Rishi were here for the promotion of the movie.

The movie is an entertainer, packed with action and comedy, says Aman, and shows the equation of old and new generation.Shot in Punjab and Bangkok, the movie will be released on August 23. It has been directed by Simarjit Singh Hundal. The movie also stars Om Puri and Jaswinder Bhalla. Isha Rikhi, the female lead, said it was her debut movie. — TNS



End of season sale: Shopaholics make a beeline for stores
Tribune News Service

Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, August 14
With stores across the city announcing end of season sale, shopaholics are all set to splurge on branded apparel and accessories.

"It is the best time of the year as one can pick the stuff at almost half the price,"said Shrishti, a resident.

"The sale will be on till August 25. The sale will help us liquidate the spring summer merchandise, making way for the new autumn winter season merchandise," said a store manager.

Boskee does not miss a day and rush to her favourite stores on the day the sale is announced. "People pick and choose the best stuff so I make it a point to go to the stores the day the sale is announced," she said.

With festive season round the corner, the residents are making the most of it. "This is the time to splurge as the stores are offering discounts on merchandise," said Kartik, a student.



Book unveils history’s unsung Sikh heroes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The repulsion and sacrifices of the Sikhs in the most horrifying battle penned on the pages of history, has been traced down in a book titled ‘Sikhs in World War I’ by Bhupinder Singh Holland.

The book lends voice to history's unsung Sikh heroes who laid down their lives during the First World War. The book was released on the occasion of the 10th death anniversary of Giani Bhagat Singh.

The encyclopedic and monumental work, with rare photographs, was released at the Department of History, Ramgarhia Girls College, by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar.

Avtar Singh Makkar said, “The contribution of the Sikh community during the World War I has been kept in shadow and this book will certainly be instrumental in shedding light on their immense sacrifices during the major war.”

The college principal, Dr Narinder Sandhu, said the release of a book that unravels the untold history of the Sikh martyrs is the most befitting tribute to Giani Bhagat Singh, who devoted his life to work for the community.

Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, said, “It was an honour for the Wisdom Collection to publish a book that commemorates the Sikh martyrs of World War I and saves a significant chapter of Sikh history from falling into the abyss of forgetfulness.”

The event was also marked by the presence of grandchildren of some of the Sikh martyrs who shared their vivid experiences with the gathering assembled on the occasion.



Training programme held at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
A one-day training programme on the ‘Management of Carrot Weed through Bio-control Agent in Punjab’ was organised at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The programme was conducted under the guidance of Dr Balwinder Singh, professor and head of the Entomology department, PAU. The programme was jointly coordinated by the Bio-control Section of the Department of Entomology, PAU, and the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology (PSCST), Chandigarh.

The entomologists from Farm Advisory Service Scheme (FASS) of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Patiala participated in the programme. Dr Deepinder Bakshi, principal scientific officer (Biotechnology), PSCST, briefed the audience about the topic.

Dr Sushil Kumar, principal scientist, National Centre for Weed Research, Jabalpur, addressed the gathering on the status of carrot weed ‘parthenium hysterophorus’ (Linnaeus) in India and its management through the use of a bio agent, a Mexican beetle, Zygogramma Bicolorata Pallister.

Dr Naveen Aggarwal and Dr Rabinder Kaur, scientists of the Bio-control section, highlighted the disadvantages of carrot weed, bio-control methods to control the weed and the uses of bio agent.

The experts also emphasised on the need of community awareness for the augmentation and conservation of beetle.

Scientists of PAU Department of Entomology also organised an awareness programme at Nanoki village, Patiala, wherein over 250 farmers and school students participated.

An exhibition was also showcased which demonstrated the different stages of the bio-control agent, Zygogramma, and its management. The live samples of Zygogramma beetle were also distributed among the farmers and schoolchildren.



Stamps to mark 125 years of Assembly
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
A postage stamp to commemorate 125 years of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, released by the postal department, reached the post office today.

The Kerala Legislature was started when the Maharaja of Travencore, established a council for the purpose of making laws and regulations in 1888. The inaugural meeting of the Council was held on August 23, 1888. The regions of Travancore, Cochin and Malabar merged to form the state of Kerala and the first Legislative Assembly of Kerala was constituted in 1957.

Prof Kuldeep Singh, Government College for Girls, said "The influence of Britishers in the political system was strong as they first came to South India and Bengal. They brought laws and legislatures in the Southern states and subsequently in other states. It was with the start of the legislature that parliamentary form of governance first began in the country."

According to the information brochure issued by the postal department, laws for social welfare like abolition of child marriage and polygamy, decentralization of power to local bodies, abolition of child labour and forest protection, were enacted in the regions of Travancore, Malabar and Cochin. A new building of the assembly called 'Niyamasabha Mandiram' was inaugurated in 1998 at Thiruvanathapuram.



SP Karkara elected FEDSEN president
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 14
SP Karkara has been unanimously elected as the president of the Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations (FEDSEN), Punjab. FEDSEN is the only state-level body of senior citizens in Punjab. It was formally launched by the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, on 30 January, 2010.

The state-level body consists of more than 30 associations of senior citizens across the state, comprising of as many as 6,000 members.

The founder president of FEDSEN, Dr AS Khera resigned recently, on health grounds, in a meeting conducted for the governing body of the senior citizens’ association.



I want to promote clean music: Yamla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
Vijay Yamla, the grandson of legendary Yamla Jatt, is bracing up to carry forward the musical legacy of his grandfather, who is accredited with the invention of the folk instrument Tumbi.

Vijay has started a Youtube channel ‘Hall of Fame’ on the Internet and has sung his debut song 'Pyar' written by his uncle, Jasdev Yamla. "I would also like to promote young talent through the medium of my shows and channel,” said Vijay.

Vijay said, “I want to promote Punjabi culture through music. The music common these days is harming the Punjabi culture. I want to promote clean music. Although folk instruments are on the verge of extinction, but these very instruments can produce the most magnificent music ever. The instruments may even be used in tandem with the western music. The 25-year-old plays several folk and traditional musical instruments such as dhol, tabla, dhaddh, nagara, Haryanvi nagara, Gujarati and Assamese dhols, in addition to algoze, vanjhali, morchang, ghara, chimta, bugdu, khanjr and synthesizer and drums.

Vijay, who has been lately getting a lot of attention, particularly among the Punjabi audience abroad, owing to his debut single, feels, vulgar lyrics, visuals in the music albums and songs, are harming the Punjabi culture and corrupting the young minds.



Let’s celebrate love, devotion. Jai Hind

GRD Academy

Ludhiana: GRD Academy, Hambran Road, celebrated the the Independence Day. The school also held an investiture ceremony. Students came dressed in colourful attire. The function commenced with Saraswati Vandana. The students presented a dance and a skit.

Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy

Students of Amrit Indo-Canadian Academy paid tributes to freedom fighters. A fancy dress competition was also held. Students came dressed as Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh and Lala Lajpat Rai. Principal of the school Jaskiran Kaur and president of the school Harminder Singh encouraged the students to follow in the footsteps of freedom fighters.

Gupta Model High School

Gupta Model High School celebrated the Independence Day. Patriotic fervour pervaded the school campus. Meanwhile, Babies Paradise Playway School hoisted the Tricolour. Principal of BCM School, Dugri, Dr Vandana Shahi was the chief guest. Students were dressed as freedom fighters.

Spring Dale school

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School celebrated the Independence Day. A speech was delivered by Shashank Srivastav of Class VII-O. A fancy dress competition was held. Students recited poems. Certificates were given to winners.

Kiddies’ Paradise School

Students of Kiddies Paradise School celebrate the Independence Day in Ludhiana on WednesdayStudents of Kiddies' Paradise School celebrated 'Jashan-e-Azadi'. The school was decorated. Students presented skits 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo' and 'Aye Watan Tere Liye'. They came dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Bharat Mata, Manmohan Singh and Indira Gandhi.

Promising eyes: Students of Kiddies Paradise School celebrate the Independence Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Everest School

Everest Buds Play Way School and Everest School Moti Nagar celebrated the Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan' at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. A fancy dress competition was held. Students gave a colourful performance.

Penguin Castle

Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated the Independence day. Students made flags. They came dressed in colourful attire. The National Anthem summed up the function.

BVM school

BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, held various activities to mark the Independence Day. Students participated in flag making and singing competitions.

Guru Nanak Public School

Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, participated in a singing competition. They sang patriotic songs and students of junior classes recited poems. Patriotic fervour marked the day.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School celebrated the Independence Day. Students gave dance performances and presented skits. School director Rev Father John paid tributes to the freedom fighters.

Cherubs The Preschool

Cherubs The Preschool, Dugri, celebrated the Independence Day. The school was decorated with balloons.

Students gave a dance performance. They made Gandhi caps and came dressed as freedom fighters. They sang the National Anthem. Sweets and chocolates were distributed among the students. The students also painted their faces.

BCM Senior Secondary School

BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, celebrated the Independence Day. Parminder Oberoi, headmistress, BCM Senior Secondary School, Shashtri Nagar, was the chief guest. Students performed giddha. Teej was also celebrated. Principal Amarjyoti Chawla appreciated the students.

BCM School

A patriotic group song competition was organised at BCM School, Dugri. Students paid tributes to freedom fighters. They were dressed as Bhagat Singh, Jhansi Ki Rani and Mahatma Gandhi. A special assembly was conducted. Mannat, the student of LKG, recited a poem. The school was decorated with balloons.

Don Bosco Global School

Don Bosco Global School celebrated the Independence Day. Students paid homage to freedom fighters.

A skit was presented by senior students.

Drishti Dr RC Jain school

Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Public Senior Secondary School, Narangwal, held a colourful function to celebrate the Independence Day. Students gave a musical dance drama presentation. The first newsletter of the school 'DRISHTI SOPAAN' was released.

GDS Convent School

St GDS Convent School celebrated the Independence Day. S Gurucharan Singh, chairman of the school, hoisted the National Flag in the presence of school managing director S Manmohan Singh, secretary Gurpret Kaur and principal Upasana Gautam. A cultural programme was also held. Students delivered speeches and sang patriotic songs. A puppet show was also held. The principal addressed the students. Sweets were distributed among the students. The function ended with the National Anthem.

Penguin Castle Preschool

Students of Penguin Castle Preschool, Udham Singh Nagar, paid tributes to freedom fighters. They made flags. They were dressed in colourful attire. A march past was also held.

Ryan International

Ryan International School, Dugri, celebrated the Independence Day. Students took part in a dance competition. Winners were given certificates.

Guru Nanak Model

Doraha: The Independence Day was celebrated in Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha. Students delivered speeches and sang songs. Rafat Parveen of Class X highlighted the importance of the day. Rohit Singh of Class XI sang a patriotic song. School vice-president Harpartap Singh Brar, manager Tarlok Singh Jaggi and principal DP Thakur encouraged students to eradicate social evils from society.

Doraha college

The Independence Day was celebrated at the Doraha College of Education. Students paid tributes to freedom fighters. Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, said, "We should now launch a crusade against social evils and corruption. Kanwal Preet, assistant professor, gave a PowerPoint presentation on 'India's struggle for Independence'.

Tagore International

Sahnewal: Tagore International Senior Secondary School celebrated the Independence Day. Students presented a colourful programme. They presented bhangra. A quiz was also held. The students paid homage to freedom fighters. The celebrations ended with the National Anthem. Sweets were distributed among the students.

Apple Tree Preschool

Students of Apple Tree during a function to mark the Independence DayApple Tree Preschool, BRS Nagar, celebrated the Independence Day. The school was decorated with balloons. Students came dressed as freedom fighters.They sang the National Anthem. They were also shown a presentation on freedom fighters. Sweets were distributed among the students.

Students of Apple Tree during a function to mark the Independence Day. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

USPC Jain institute

USPC Jain Institute of Professional Studies organised a function to mark the Independence Day. A debate on 'Have the dreams of freedom fighters been realised or not?' Two teams were formed and one team stated that the dreams of freedom fighters had been realised to a great extent and soon India would become a developed nation. It supported the point by saying that India had the world's longest constitution. The other group stated that India was caught in the vicious circle of corruption and poverty. Students said unemployment and illiteracy were the major problems plaguing the country. — TNS



college notes

SCD Government College organised a one-day seminar on ‘Women and Children in Need of Care, Protection and Free Legal aid’ in collaboration with the Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. The seminar aimed at creating awareness among the youth, especially girls, regarding legal remedies available to them, in case they face any kind of harassment. Justice KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, apprised the students of the procedure of getting the free legal aid.

Festival of Swings

Students of the Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology for Women celebrate Teej festival on the college campus in LudhianaGuru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, adapted the festive look of a lively village with students and teachers dressed in colourful traditional Punjabi attires. A Mehandi competition prior to Teej celebration was also organised. Aarti won the first prize in the competition, followed by Navjot and Amandeep Kaur. Avtaar Kaur Gill, wife of the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, and Paramjit Singh Gill were the chief guests on the occasion.
Students of the Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology for Women celebrate Teej festival on the college campus in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Freshers’ party

A fresher party was organised by the Departments of Computer Science and Business Administration at Khalsa College for Women.

The show was a blend of cultural items and various performances by the students.

I-Day celebrated

Students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology wear Tricolour ringsSportking Institute of Fashion Technology celebrated Independence Day with full spirit and vigour. The celebration commenced from the last week itself. All faculty and students actively followed the dress code in order to show patriotism towards the nation during the last one week. A small function was organised in the campus on Wednesday to celebrate the 66th Independence Day. The program started with Saraswati Vandana.

Students of the Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology wear Tricolour rings


Punjab Institute of Management and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised an open-house debate competition on Wenesday. The topis was ‘India really Independent’. — TNS



Man caught red-handed
Was selling unauthorised insecticides to farmers of Kum Kalan village
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
The officials of the Agriculture Department, Punjab, nabbed a person, who used to sell unauthorised insecticides to farmers of Kum Kalan village. The officials of handed over the accused, Ravi Kumar, to the police at the Kum Kalan police station.

According to information, the agriculture officials at Ludhiana got a tip off that a person had been selling the insecticide on a large scale in the villages of Mangat Block.

A team led by Chief Agriculture Officer, Bakshish Singh Chahal, laid a trap and caught the accused last evening. The officials recovered 1.75 litre "cartap hydro chloride from his possession.

Chahal said, "Only authorised dealers from the Punajb Agriculture Department can sell seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides to the farmers. To maintain the quality of these products, we keep a tab on the market, so that no one can cheat farmers. We have caught Ravi Kumar red handed, he has no authority to sell the pesticides.”

Jagdev Singh of the Agriculture Development Office Enforcement said, "We have sent the samples of recovered insecticide to the laboratory ".

"We ask the farmers to buy seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and insecticides from authorised companies and from the dealers registered with the Agriculture Department. The unauthorised products do not serve the purpose and can damage the crops" said Chahal. To maintain the quality of products, the District Agriculture Officer issued the licence to the dealers to sell the products required for crops in the area. The dealers can only sell the products of those companies, which are authorised by the Director, Agriculture, Punjab.



crime briefs
55-year-old man ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 14
Debt ridden 55-year-old man had committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his shop here today.The deceased has been identified as Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Joshi Nagar. He left a six-page suicide note in which he had stated that he was facing financial crisis and was continuously being harassed by a private financier, Roshan Lal. The police has registered a case against Roshan Lal for abetment to suicide and started the investigation.

Boy crushed to death

A 16-year-old boy was crushed to death by a truck on the Baddowal road here today. The victim has been identified as Mitilesh. He was heading for work in the morning when he was mowed down by a speeding tuck. Gursewak, the driver of the truck, was arrested.

Rs 31 lakh seized

The city police seized Rs 31 lakh unaccounted cash during a checking at Sherpur Chowk. The businessman who was carrying the cash could not provide sufficient details. The police informed the Income Tax Department officials and handed over the cash to them.

One held with drugs

The Haibowal police has nabbed one person for carrying psychotropic powder here last evening. The accused has been identified as Gurvinder Singh,alias Lovely, a resident of Rishi Nagar. The police nabbed the accused from Haibowal Khurd near Dairy Complex from a police checkpoint. On spotting the police he tried to flee the scene. The police found his activities suspicious and nabbed him. During the search of his belonging, the police seized 580 gm of sedative powder. The accused has been booked under Sections 22,61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Inmate booked for suicide bid

An inmate has been booked for suicide bid in the women jail in the Tajpur Road area.The accused has been identified as Harpal Kaur. The incident took place last night. The case was registered following an information that the accused inmate had tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrist with a blade.A case has been registered against her.

Husband, in-laws booked in dowry case

The police has booked three of a family for demanding dowry. The accused have been identified as Lovdeep Singh, his father JasvirSingh and his mother Narinder Kaur, all residents of Fatehgarh. Pardeep Kaur, a resident of New Subash Nagar in Jodhewal got married to Lovdeep Singh in 2011. After sometime her husband and her in-laws began torturing her for not bringing in enough dowry. She reported the matter to the police.



52-kg poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Khamano, August 14
A man was arrested by the Khamano police and seized 52-kg poppy husk from his possession.
The accused with seized poppy husk in Khamano police custody
The accused with seized poppy husk in Khamano police custody. A Tribune photograph

The accused has been identified as Kuldip Singh, a resident of Barma village, near Samrala.

The station house officer, Khamano, Palwinder Singh said, “We had laid a naka at a T-point, near Nanowal village. During a search of a car, about 52 kg of poppy husk was recovered in two bags. The occupant of the car tried to escape, but was arrested by the police.

A case has been registered against the accused. Investigations are on.



inter-zonal games
Pothohar lads emerge champs in basketball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 14
Students (boys) of Pothohar Sayeed Khalsa Senior Secondary School near Civil Hospital gave an excellent performance to steer Ludhiana II Zone to romp home as champions in the U-14 years group in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zonal Basketball Championship organised by the District Education Department.

In the final, played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU ground, Ludhiana II Zone got the better of Sahnewal Zone, 27-16, to lift the winners' trophy.

However, in the girls U-17 and U-19 years’ sections, players from Pothohar School toiled hard but fumbled at the last hurdle, as their teams had to be content with second position.

In the U-19 years’ group, Green Land School, while in the U-17 section, Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School bagged top honours.

Kuldip Singh and Mohinder Singh Pardesi, principal and director, respectively of Pothohar school congratulated the students and wished them success in future also. He lauded efforts made by all the players.



District badminton tournament from today
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 14
The annual Ludhiana District Badminton Championship for girls and boys will be held here at Shastri Hall, near Guru Nanak Stadium, from August 15 to 20.

Anupam Kumaria, secretary, District Badminton Association, Ludhiana, said that during the six-day meet, competition in the under 10, 13, 16, 17 and 19 years’ category, besides senior boys and girls' sections in addition to veterans' category will be conducted on the league-cum-knock out basis.

On the basis of their performance in the event, the players will be selected to represent Ludhiana district in the upcoming Punjab State Badminton Championship, said Kumaria.



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