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A brother’s gift to sister — bone marrow
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
Words are a pretext and it is the special bond called love that sails you through. Setting an example, a four-year-old has gifted his sister something that one can't even think of, a bone marrow. Sitting in his mother's lap, Ram does not even know what he is doing for his sister Ragini, who is a thalassaemic. For their mother Dippli Verma, it is not less than a miracle.

Ragini, too, has no idea what's going on. She just smiles while showing her henna that she applied on her palms during a Teej function.

At the auditorium of Christian Medical College and Hospital, the twins underwent a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) test under a project 'A HOPE' started by the Salaam Zindagi Foundation and Punjab Thalassaemia Welfare Society for thalassaemic children.

The father of the two, Sandeep Verma, said, "My wife gave birth to the twins on February 15, 2009. After five-six months we learnt that Ragini was a thalassaemic. We have been in touch with the NGO since 2010. A few days ago, we were told that a bone marrow transplant could save our daughter and that the bone marrow of the brother and the sister could match. The HLA test was conducted today and the report would be out after two weeks, he said.

Dr M Joseph John, head, bone marrow transplant unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, said,"The ideal age for the stem cell transplant is between two and seven years. The hospital administration and doctors have joined hands with NGOs like Salaam Zindagi Foundation to make the endeavour a success."

Ray of hope

The Salaam Zindagi Foundation & Punjab Thalassaemia Welfare Society has started a project 'A Hope' for thalassaemic children.

The NGO has been working for the cause for long. It bears all expenses of the treatment. Inaugurated by Bhagwan Singh, a social activist, and Komal Aggarwal, president, Punjab Thalassaemia Society, the project has given 26 children a reason to smile.

Crores have been earmarked for the project. Today, all 26 patients and their donors underwent a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) test at Christen Medical College and Hospital. Samples have been sent to the USA. An HLA tests costs over Rs 6.5 lakh.Manjit Saini, president, Salaam Zindagi Foundation, said, "The Youth Chemists Welfare Club and Punjab Thalassemia Society will bear the expenses. Lovely Dawar, president, YCWC, extended support to the organisation. In the first phase, 52 (both recipients and donors) in the two to seven age group will undergo the HLA test.

In the second phase, the bone marrow transplant will be conducted (the bone marrow of a donor and a recipient should match."

The ordeal

Shashi Sharma, a resident of Vardhman Nagar, Rahon Road, claimed that despite undergoing tubectomy at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital in 2005, she got pregnant. "Post-surgery, heavy bleeding for one-and-a-half years left me worried. On consulting a doctor, I learnt that I was five-month pregnant. My son, Param, is thalassaemic. My husband deserted me five years ago. I have four children to look after and work as a domestic help. Param also underwent an HLA test."


Manjit Saini, president, Salaam Zindagi Foundation, appealed to residents to come forward for the cause. The contribution will be tax free as the NGO has 80-G tax certification for income tax exemption. Good Samaritans can contact Manjit Saini at 98147-04064 and Baldeep Singh Naagi at 9988660032.


Woman dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
A woman died under mysterious circumstances in the 33 Feet Road Daba area this morning. The deceased was identified as Lakhwinder Kaur. The police has arrested her husband Manpreet Singh on the complaint of the deceased's father Mandeep Singh. Lakhwinder's parents have accused Manpreet of demanding dowry from her.

Mandeep said Lakhwinder Kaur got married to Manpreet Singh over two years ago. The couple has a five-month-old baby out of the wedlock. The complainant said Manpreet Singh used to harass his daughter for dowry.

He even beat her up at times, he added.

The panchayat members had to intervene to sort out the matter.

Mandeep Singh said despite taking cash in two instalments, Manpreet was asking for a motorcycle.

Manpreet Singh said they saw Lakhwinder hanging from a ceiling fan and rushed her to Apollo Hospital. But the deceased's father said Manpreet strangled her to death.

Ashwani Kumar, SHO, Daba police station, said, "We have sent the body for an autopsy. The cause of death can only be ascertained after we get the post-mortem report."

A case under Section 304B IPC has been registered.

Man held for rape bid

The police today arrested a person on the charge of attempt to rape at Daba Road.

The accused has been identified as Ravinder (39), resident of Vehra Sham Singh, Kabir Nagar.

The complainant, Deepak Kumar, a resident of same area, said the accused tried to rape his eight-year-old daughter last evening.

The accused offered the girl a toy and took her to the terrace. The victim's father saw the accused going upstairs and caught hold of him. The accused tried to flee, but the residents nabbed him and handed him over to the police.

Ravinder hails from Bihar and has two sons and a daughter.

The accused was today produced in a local court which sent him to a 14-day judicial remand.



An apology for a philatelic bureau
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
The philatelic bureau at the rear of the Head Post Office presents a picture of neglect. Unclean floor, dusty stamp counter, shoddy display boards and dilapidated furniture, the bureau is only a shadow of what it used to be. Still members of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club (LPC) hold a meeting in the building every second Sunday. "The club members have been holding meetings for the past 40 years," said Yashpal Bangia, president of the club.

The philatelic bureau that was inaugurated in 1999 by Col Tilakraj, the then Chief Postmaster General. Bangia said there was a great following for philately and the department was enthusiastic about its promotion.

"We were elated at the opening of the bureau, but after three-four years, the interest of the postal department in philately at the state circle level seemingly fizzled out, so there was no maintenance of the bureau thereafter," he said. "There is a need to revive the bureau. It should be converted into a museum and an exhibition centre.

Display and sale of postage stamps should be started here again," said Mukesh Malhotra, a member of the club.

"Philately is a knowledgeable hobby. Even now children show interest in the hobby, but there is no place where children can meet and share their interest," said Bangia. "We come here because we have been attached to the place for a long time, but children will come only if it is properly maintained, cleaned and proper signages, information boards are installed," he said.

Senior Postmaster Swaraj Kaur said the postal department was ready to get the bureau cleaned up but the philatelic club members never approached the post office for the purpose. The post office is short of housecleaning staff, with only two sweepers looking after such a large building, against the posts of four sweepers, it is not possible to depute a sweeper for daily cleaning of the philatelic bureau as it is rarely visited. "If the club members inform us a day or two before their meeting, the place can be cleaned up. But they never inform us before holding any meeting," she said.



Education department on recruitment spree
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
Finally, the education department has filled the vacant posts at government schools in the state. Recently, the department appointed principals in 105 government schools. As per information, most of the newly appointed principals have been elevated from lecturers and have been allotted stations by the authorities.

In Ludhiana district, 12 schools, Government Senior Secondary School, Hathur, Government School, Barundi, Government Girls School, Mallah, Government School, Pakhowal, Government School, Manupur, Government School for Boys, Sahnewal, Government School, Bhaini Darera, Government School Gonsla, Government School, Manuke, Government School, Dhanot, Government School, Nathowal and Government School, Kandiana, have got the new principals. An official of the district education department said the posts had been lying vacant in the schools for long. "Senior lecturers were officiating as principals in these schools. But it was affecting the working of the schools and the appointments have come as a relief," said the official.

Vacant posts filled

The department has appointed principals in 105 government schools. In Ludhiana, vacant posts have been filled in 12 schools. Lecturers had been officiating as principals in the schools.



Ludhiana scan

The executive members of the Ludhiana Citizens' Council congratulated micro-surgeon Dr AG Thomas, director, CMC Hospital, for his rare distinction. Dr Thomas has been named the only Indian surgeon for ‘Innovative Surgery’ by the American College of Surgeons, which has completed 100 years (1913-2012) and has compiled pioneering events in the field of surgery across the globe. Dr Thomas's work in face-reattachment has been listed, in the decade 1991-2000, as a milestone.

Medical camp

A medical camp was organised at the Dholewal Military complex. Medical specialists such as Oncologists, ENT specialists, Paediatricians, Gynaecologists, Eye Specialists and Physicians from renowned hospitals attended the camp and conducted a free-of-cost check up for the families of the military station. The camp was inaugurated by Anita Dahiya, senior director, Family Welfare Organisation, Dholewal Military Station. As many as 120 families underwent the medical check up which was organised under the aegis of 715 (independent) Air Defence Brigade.


The vice-presidents of DMCH Managing Society, Amrit Nagpal and Gian Chand Dhawan, along with the secretary, Prem Kumar Gupta, inaugurated the Phaco-emulsification machine for advanced cataract surgery and optical coherence tomography (OCT) for analysing retinal disorders, in Eye Department of the hospital. Also present on the occasion were Dr Daljit Singh, principal; Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, dean academics; and the medical superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri. Dr GS Bajwa, professor and head of Opthalamology, said the machine increases the surgical efficiency.


A 31.5 MVA power transformer is being installed at the 66KV sub-station, GT Road. Power supply in the area will be affected, during the installation, for two hours.

Prize distribution

Punjab Pradesh Maharaja Aggarsen Aggarwal Sabha organised a prize distribution function at MGM Public School, Urban Estate, on Saturday. As many as 18 students were honoured on the occasion and books were distributed among the underprivileged students.


A meeting of the Revenue Patwar Union was held on Saturday. It was presided over by Nirmaljit Singh Bajwa. Members urged the government to release wages according to the directions of the Central government and give arrears, as per the revised pay scale. They also demanded the installation of computers at the Patwari workstations, so that the public records can be easily accessed and securely maintained. — TNS



From colleges
Harsimran Kaur crowned Miss Fresher

A freshers’ party was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College on Saturday wherein the new students received a heartwarming welcome. The event started off with the lamp lighting ceremony. Students of various streams presented a cultural programme comprising dances, melodious songs and skits. The hallmark of the day was the Miss Fresher contest. Freshers sashayed down the ramp with poise and grace. The brains of the participants were put to test in the question-answer round and after qualifying all these rounds, Harsimran Kaur was adjudged Miss Fresher and Kritika and Pooja were declared first and second runners-up. respectively.

Students shine

Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have excelled in MA (Fine Arts) IVth semester exams, results of which were declared by Panjab University recently. Beant Kaur secured the first position in the university by scoring 87.06 per cent marks.. Neha Gupta has been placed third in university by scoring 86.68 per cent marks. Shilpa Bedi stood VIIIhe in university with 86.25 per cent marks. Neharika bagged the IXth position with 86.12 per cent marks. The managing committee congratulated principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind and the staff of the fine arts department for their efforts.


The post graduate department of international business of Kamla Lohtia SD College organised a personality development workshop (Phase I) for students in association with JCI India, an NGO serving the society, especially the youth. The focus of the workshop was on how to make an impressive CV, which is the first impression on any prospective employer. JCI CA Jasminder Singh, national trainer, JCI University, USA, was the keynote speaker of the event. He gave tips on how to make a smart and presentable CV.

Tarot card reading

International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) organised a workshop on tarot card reading on its campus on Saturday. Harpreet Kaur, a Delhi-based tarot card reader, conducted the one-day workshop. Harpreet provided an insight to students about the history of tarot and card reading, significance of various cards and their relation to sub-conscious mind. The motive of the workshop was to guide students for self-discovery and to get in touch with one's own intuition. — TNS



From schools
Karate champs

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School won the overall trophy in the U-17 karate championship. The players also won the tae kwon do tournament. The girls’ team bagged the second position in the U-17 category. The team bagged nine gold medals five silver and four bronze. Five out of eight students are competing at the state level in Muktsar and the other three students will be going for the state-level tournament in November. Avinash Kaur Walia, founder principal and director, congratulated the winners.

I-Day celebrated

Students of Green Grove School paid homage to martyrs on the Independence Day by taking out a peace march. Principal Suzy George unfurled the Tricolour. Students sang patriotic songs.

Awareness rally

Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised a traffic awareness rally in association with Lions Club Supreme, Mandi Gobindgarh, on Saturday. Anil Aggarwal flagged off the rally. More than 100 students took out a procession in and around Mandi Gobindgarh holding banners and placards in their hands to sensitize people about road safety. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni urged the people to obey the traffic rules.

Foundation stone laid

The foundation stone of the kindergarten section of BCM Senior Secondary School, Basant City, was laid by Satyanand Munjal. Manager of the school SK Mehta and educational adviser RB Khanna were also present.

Teej celebrations

Students of the BVM celebrated Teej. Students were dressed in traditional Punjabi attire. the students also presented a cultural programme. — TNS



Tewari chants unity mantra
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
Th Congress suffered a ‘hit wicket’ in the Assembly poll in Punjab. Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said this during his visit to the city yesterday to inaugurate the AIR FM Radio.

Underscoring the need for unity in the Congress, he said: "The people of Punjab wanted a change in the political rule in the state, but we (the Congress) left no stone unturned to 'hit wicket' our own party." Earlier also, Tewari had stated that no political party had the power to defeat the Congress in Punjab, the Congress had defeated itself in the state.

Coming down heavily on the state government on the issues of cable mafia, illegal mining of sand and imposition of e-Trip on traders, Tewari questioned the "silence" being observed by the ruling alliance in Punjab with regard to the Punjabi Sikh farmers in Kutch district of Gujarat.

Later, the Union Minister, who's the Congress Member Parliament (MP) from Ludhiana, reeled off a list of development projects initiated by the Congress-led UPA Government for the state of Punjab.

He said he had chosen the occasion to speak about the projects and schemes of the Union Government as the Akali Dal "wanted to know what the Congress MPs had done for the state". It may be mentioned that earlier on August 15, during the programme organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal at Issru, Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia had flayed the Congress MPs from Punjab for "having failed their state".

Highlighting the Centre's role, Tewari said the Union Government has given about Rs 100 crore for laying various link roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna. The Planning Commission had given Rs 50 crore to the State Government for the cleansing project for the Budha Nullah. Besides, a sum of Rs 16 crore was released to the State Government by the Union Environment Ministry. However, the State Government not only failed to contribute its own matching share of Rs 50 crore, but also spent the Central funds elsewhere, he alleged.



Planning a garden for your home? Go for it
Rainy season is the right time to do so, says expert
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
This is the right time to plant trees and start home gardens, says expert. During the rainy season plants grow, as they get plenty of water, and the weather is conducive to the growth of plants. The plants grow fast in the tropical weather-like conditions.

A variety of flowers and plants can be planted during the rainy season. chrysanthemum is the most sought after flower, people want them in their gardens. One can get both large and small varieties, says Juhi Bakshi of Technocare nursery. Planting of palms is also catching up in the city, she says. Palm varieties like bhutia capitata are quite pretty and plant lovers are going for it.

Michelia champa, magnolia and grandiflora known for their beauty and fragrance can be grown in the season.

Plants like hamelia patans, lantana and leucophyllam particularly attract butterflies and hummingbirds, so those who love butterflies and twitter of birds can go for these, says Juhi.

Smaller bamboos like multiplex bamboos, Buddha belly bamboos look beautiful in home gardens, one can opt for smaller dwarf plants, a large number of varieties are available in the nurseries.

While choosing plants, one should not go for the current appearance of the plant, but how these would turn out in a year or so, says Juhi. A lot of people just pick up specimens of different plants and flowers for their gardens, but one should take in to consideration the overall symmetry of the garden and choose plants according to the overall look and theme of the garden, rather turning their gardens into a specimen garden. They must have proper equipment for planting and maintaining the garden.

Use of 'Neem khad' is growing as it has antiseptic qualities and fewer pesticides are required when one uses it. For the potted plants, those who can afford can go for cocopeat, prepared from vermiculite and amperlite, rather than using just soil.

This allows faster growth of roots and can replace soil completely. It can also be mixed with soil in 50- 50 or 70- 30 proportions, she adds.



PU inducts three members into managing body of pvt college
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
The Syndicate of Panjab University, Chandigarh, has decided to induct three members to the managing body of Guru Nanak Girls College here. In a letter to the principal of Guru Nanak Girls College, the Deputy Registrar (Colleges), Panjab University, stated that Prof Nandita Singh Dr Jagwant Singh and Prof Karamjit Singh (all from PU) would attend the meetings of the managing body.

The letter to the principal reads: "If it is found that an affiliated college, under private managements, is not being properly managed, the Syndicate may authorise the Vice-Chancellor to appoint a representative or representatives of the university to the managing body of the college for such period as may be prescribed by the Syndicate."

The letter directed the principal of the college to act pursuant to the decision of the Syndicate which says: "If a representative of the university appointed on the managing committee of an affiliated college is not invited for the meetings, the proceedings will be regarded as invalid. The TA and DA of representatives will be paid by the college concerned."

Report of panel fabricated: President

President of Guru Nanak College Trust Gurbir Singh said the authorities had not received any letter from the university. "A committee from the university came to the college to conduct an inquiry. The report of the committee is false and fabricated. We have not received the detailed inquiry report. We will challenge the letter on an appropriate forum as and when we get the letter. The allegations levelled by one of our teachers and a former Trust members are baseless, the president said.



Jewellers smile as prices of gold set to stablise
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
Smiles are back on the faces of jewellers after the prices of gold and silver are set to stablise. The government recently raised the import duties on gold for the third time to curtail the current account
deficit and stem volatility in the rupee.

The government has increased the customs duty to 10 per cent from 8 per cent on gold and platinum and 10 per cent from 6 per cent on silver.

The government has also raised the excise duty on gold and silver bars.

The move has helped the rupee edge up against the dollar, but has made the commodity costlier by about Rs 600 per 10 gram.

"The basic purpose of enhancing the duty was to curb the import of gold. The price of gold has been increased, which has given a breather to the jewellers," said ram Parkash, a jeweller from Ghumar Mandi.

“This will give a boost to the grey market in the country. Unofficial gold will be available at a lesser price than official gold.

The move of the government was to restrain the current account deficient, but will also lead to smuggling of gold," said RK Verma, another jeweller.

"The move has only pushed up the premium in the market and has made gold costlier for consumers.

The fresh import duty has increase the price of gold by Rs 50,000 per kg. While the consumers were waiting for the gold prices to fall further, the government has increased the duty on gold," added Santosh Aggarwal, a city resident. recently, the prices of the yellow metal had reached an all time low du to which the jewellers’ business suffered all over the country. Now, with the change in scenario, their business is looking up.



Emotions unfold on canvas
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
This artist has painted emotions on the canvas, Gurjot Kaur, an architecture student, painted in black, white and grey to depict emotions like care, sensitivity, love and respect through her paintings in poster colour.

Her works are on display at Gallery Artmosphere. Like her, 14 more artists from different backgrounds have come together to showcase their work in the group exhibition, capturing different moods and facets through their art in various media.

Using pastels and mix media, Sahil Jain depicted the secrets female friends share, the calm of human mind and other ways.

Kirandeep Kaur has brought her kitchen to life while Saru S delves into the lack of concern people show about their environment. Interior design student Mallika Singla has captured the camouflaging effect of colours. Gurpreet Bhamras celebrates womanhood through her paintings.

Daman Singh used red, black and white to show rose and Harmandir Sahib in her pop-art style of paintings. Facial expressions tell the story in retired banker Sarbjit Sahni's paintings. Kamal Bhandari's paintings depict his forte in still life.

Aneesha Modi has used mix media for her paintings. Rekha has displayed Ganesh in clay and acrylic and Deepti Jain who started painting after a span of 15 years has painted scenes and paintings. Neetu Singh collages are on various themes apart from oils. Artist Kamalnath from Saharanpur has exhibited semi-abstract paintings.



Mentally challenged gets a new home
Tribune News Service

Mentally challenged Desu at the ashram.
Mentally challenged Desu at the ashram. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, August 17
A mentally challenged old man got a new home at “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram” Sarabha, when Dr Naurang Singh Mangat, founder of the ashram, took him to his ashram after he noticed him lying alongside a road near Sudhar village.

Mangat said it seemed that the man had been living on the road for months now. He was wearing dirty and torn clothes. After medical and nursing care at the ashram, his condition had improved, but continued to be critical.

He can walk with the support of a stick and can hear and understand, if spoken loudly, but cannot speak clearly. He mumbles his name as Desu and sometimes calls himself Walaitee Ram of Bhattian village and some times of Bassian village. But he has no idea where his village is located. He can not remember anything about his family.

Mangat said that last year, about 25 homeless people had found shelter at the ashram.

The ashram which is located in the middle of Sarabha- Sahaulee and Abbuwal villages takes care of the destitute, disabled, blind, orphans, poor, homeless, aged, and those living in misery with no source of income. The inmates of the ashram are not charged even a single penny. All the necessities of life (lodging, food, clothes, medical help and nursing care) are provided free of cost. The ashram raises its funds through donation.



Printers’ delegation to visit Bangkok
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
More than 30 printers from the city will leave for 'Pack Print International 2013', jointly organised by Messe Dusseldrof (Asia), Thai Packaging Association and Thai Printing Association, at Bangkok from August 28 to 31.

The visit to PackPrint Intl. is being organised under the ongoing 'Soft Intervention' of Printing & Packaging Cluster at Ludhiana. The visit is supported by the ministry of MSME, Government of India.

Giving details of the project, Mahesh Khanna, GM, District Industries Centre, said: "The ministry of MSME has adopted the cluster development approach as a key strategy for enhancing the productivity and competitiveness as well as capacity building of micro and small enterprises (MSEs)."

The visit of cluster actors of Printing & Packaging cluster at Ludhiana to the international exhibition at Bangkok is being arranged to give them a wide exposure and encouragements to improve the system of working, technology and qualitative approach, he added.

Giving details about the exhibition, Parveen Aggarwal, president OPA, said, it was the only event in the Southeast Asia that takes a closer look at technologies driving printing and packaging innovations.



Post-mortem duties: Finally, doctors get new roster
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
Finally, doctors at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, have succeeded in getting a fresh duty roster for postmortem duties. Dr Avinash Jindal, president, PCMS Specialists Doctors Association, Ludhiana, said, "To conduct postmortem duties is the job of the Emergency Medical Officers (EMOs), but some specialist doctors are also being deployed on these duties as there is deficiency of EMOs. Being specialist doctors, we hesitate to do such duties. For a postmortem duty, we have to devote more time on court evidences, which consumes a lot of our time and keeps us away from our specialty work."

He further said that the government had not been able to fill the posts of EMOs despite repeated efforts. He said, "Yesterday, Dr RK Karkara, Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital, called us for the meeting and told us that each specialist doctors would have to do one postmortem duty at least. Today, the new roaster of duties was released which suits almost everyone."



Another robbery bid at ATM
Shimlapuri police registers case against unidentified miscreants
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
The Shimlapuri police registered a case against unidentified persons for a robbery bid at an ATM of Central Bank in Chet Singh Nagar on the intervening night of 15 and 16. The accused persons tried to loot the ATM containing cash, but did not succeed in their attempt.

The bank had hired a private company to operate and make the security arrangements for the ATMs. The officials of the company lodged a complaint at the Shimlapuri police station. In his complaint, Lakhwinder Singh, resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, stated that some miscreants tried to break the ATM machine and take away cash from the ATM.

Surprisingly, the miscreants removed the CCTV camera installed inside the ATM cabin and took the camera with them.

Ironically, no security guard has been deputed for the security of the cash at the ATM. Kuljit Singh Nagra, SHO, Shimlapuri police station said, "The police is investigating the matter and trying to trace the miscreants. We have registered a case against unidentified persons under Sections 427, 511, 457 and 380 of the IPC".

Third incident in one-and-a-half months

The attempt to loot the ATM at Chet Singh Nagar is the third attempt of the gang in the past one-and-a-half months. On July 10, Rs 5 lakh was looted from an ATM at Sahnewal. Meanwhile, on the same day, there was another attempt to loot an ATM in Sunder Nagar. The police is still clueless about the gang who have the same modus operandi. In all three incidents, the miscreants have used gas cutter to open the ATMs.



Four booked for trespass in separate cases in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 17
The city police has booked four persons for breaking walls of two separate plots with the intention of taking the possession in different two cases here yesterday. In the first case, the three persons broke a boundary wall of a plot in Rajpura Colony.

The accused persons have been identified as Kashmir Singh, Mohinder Singh and Jarnail Singh, residents of Partap Singh wala village. In his complaint, Parveen Kumar, a resident of Basti Rajpura, stated that his brother Rakesh Kumar owned a plot of 385 square yard in Basti Rajpura. The accused persons have tried to take the possession of his plot at 3.30pm yesterday .They have broken the boundary wall of the plot. Parveen Kumar said when they reached on the spot, the accused persons fled the scene. In another case, Murari Lal, a resident of Basant Avenue, alleged that his brother Jawahar Lal Aggarwal had broken a wall of his plot with a an earthmoving machine in the Industrial Area on August 14. The complainant said that when he tried to stop them, the accused beat him. The police has registered a case against the accused persons.

Smack recovered

The police nabbed two persons with 5 gm smack yesterday morning. The accused have been identified as Gurjant Singh, a resident of Hambran and Charanjit Kaur, a resident of Talwandi village.

Rajinder Singh, Investigating Officer, Ladhowal police station, said that the police party nabbed the accused when they were heading towards Hambran village.

The police found their activity suspicious and checked them and recovered 5 gm smack from their possession.



5-kg opium seized
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 17
The local police has recovered five kg of opium from two persons at different places. Deputy Superintendent of Police Manmeet Singh Dhillon said, “Station house officer (SHO) Harbinder Singh along with his team stopped a person, Jatinder Singh, at a naka and recovered 3-kg opium from his possession.”

Meanwhile, the police party led by the SHO, Davinderpal Singh, seized 2 kg of opium from a former councillor, Davinder Singh, alias Bittoo.

Both the accused have been booked under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS act. Dhillon said, “In the preliminary inquiry, they confessed they used to bring opium from Rajasthan and supply it in Ludhiana.”



Junior baseball championship concludes
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 17
The Khalsa College for Women and BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point branch, were declared joint winners as the final remained unresolved in the girls’ section of the fifth Junior Ludhiana District Baseball Championship being held at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, here, yesterday.

Both the teams scored one point each and had to share top honours. Earlier, in the semifinals, Khalsa College overpowered Government Senior Secondary School, Kum Kalan, 11-5 while BCM School got the better of RS Model Senior Secondary School 3-0 to set up the title clash. Matches in the boys' section were played today in which nine teams competed. The final was held between BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, and Government Senior Secondary School, Kumkalan, in which the former came out triumphant hands down (5-0). Ajay and Pankaj scored two points each to script victory for BCM School.

In the semifinal, BCM School drubbed Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary School 6-0 and Government Senior Secondary School, Kum Kalan scraped past RS Model School 2-1 to enter the final.



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