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Gang of snatchers busted, 6 held
21 stolen motorcycles, 45 mobile phones and four gold chains recovered from them
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
With the arrest of six persons, the CIA staff of the city police have claimed to have busted a gang of criminals, who were behind a spate of snatching incidents and vehicle thefts. The police has recovered 21 stolen motorcycles, 45 mobile phones and four gold chains from their possession.

The accused, identified as Ankit, Vikas Kochar, Krishan Kumar, Sahil Masih, Varinder Singh and Honey, were nabbed near Vardhman Mill, Chandigarh road, late last evening.

The investigating officer said the accused, who were riding motorcycles, tried to escape on seeing the police. The policemen chased and intercepted their motorcycles.

During investigation, the accused confessed to having committed snatching incidents and vehicle thefts in different areas of the city.

According to the police, Varinder Singh, alias Vicky, was a habitual offender. Earlier, he was caught for snatching mobile phones and gold chains.

The ACP, Gurbans Singh Bains, said all the accused were chronic drug addicts and residents of the Tajpur road area.

In order to meet the requirement of daily dose of drugs, the accused formed a gang and started snatching chains and stealing vehicles. Migrants were the preferred targets.

When the police arrested the accused, they were on their way to sell the stolen mobile phones and gold chains.

Another accused, Sahil Maseeh, was also booked under several cases at the Division Number 7 police station .

After stealing motorcycles, the accused used to park them at parking lots in the city. The police has recovered six stolen motorcycles from the bus stand parking.

Gurbans Singh Bains said the police was further investigating from the accused.


Villager killed in clash over cremation
Mohit Khanna/Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, August 18
A middle aged man of Pawa Khagat village was allegedly killed during a brawl among two groups over the issue of cremation of a former sarpanch's mother here today. The body of former sarpanch Ram Murthy's mother was taken to the cremation ground but the other group resisted them from performing her last rites at the place, claiming that the land was not meant for cremation.

Soon, both groups started hurling stones and bricks at one another. During the clash, Amrik Singh (45), son of Jawala Singh, was allegedly injured and he died instantly. His body was taken to the Civil Hospital Sahnewal.

The SMO of Sahnewal confirmed that the body bore a head injury, which might probably be due to a brick attack. The doctor also confirmed that an injured woman was brought along the deceased and she had been admitted to the hospital.

The injured woman has been identified as Baldev Kaur.

Sub-inspector Satnam Singh said: "The police was informed well before the cremation and we reached the spot. But, all of a sudden the situation worsened and the two groups came to blows. We just saw the old man lying down and brought him to the hospital. A case shall be registered once we receive the postmortem report," he added

Meanwhile, Balwinder Singh, the victim's brother, said the cremation was being performed on their land.

Amrik Singh had objected to the Amar Kaur's cremation while Ram Murthy claimed that he would perform the cremation there since it was a "shamlat" land.

Villagers alleged that the police officers, including Additional SHO Satnam Singh and SI Satnam Singh, thrashed them.

The Sahnewal ACP, Lakhvir Singh, said strict action would be taken against the persons found to be at the wrong side of the law.



2 years on, major posts lying vacant in Health Dept
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhana, August 18
While the season of water and vector-born diseases is in full swing, posts of Integrated Diseases Surveillance Project (IDSP) Officer, Ludhiana, and District Epidemiologist, Ludhiana, have been lying vacant for more than two years. Additional charge of both these posts lies with a medical officer of the district.

Sources said: "After the retirement of Dr Santosh Bharti in 2010, the post of Integrated Diseases Surveillance Project (IDSP) Officer, Ludhiana, has been lying vacant. Similarly, the post of District Epidemiologist has been lying vacant since April 2012 when the then District Epidemiologist, Dr Jasbir Singh, was promoted as Senior Medical Officer, Mandi Ahmedgarh. Now, the additional charge of both these posts is being handled by Medical Officer Anil Verma."

Dr Verma, Officiating District Epidemiologist (Ludhiana) and officiating Integrated Diseases Surveillance Project Officer, said: "I monitor both water and vector-borne diseases as I am holding both the additional charges. But, Ludhiana is a big district, so the department should fill both these posts at the earliest."

Sources in the Health Department said owing to more work load, none of the officers was willing to handle these posts. An officer said: "Sometime ago we got to know that an IDSP officer is being appointed. But, none joined here. Perhaps, both these posts need very responsible officers but no one is willing to assume charge."


Dr Ashok Nayyar, Director, Health Services, Punjab, said: "For public health, we should have specialists. I will look into the matter and depute someone."



Riya Sen wants to be part of Punjabi cinema
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
"I was sceptical before coming here, but people here turned out to be very decent," says actor Riya Sen who was in the city for the launch of a new collection of dress material. "My mother especially sent a bodyguard along with me, but it has been a good experience," she said.

For a second time in the city after nine years, she said it was a good experience. The last time I was here for a show. She would love to do Punjabi movies, and had got two or three offers from Punjabi film producers, she said.

"Punjabi films are fun and people here are full of life. I will like to do Punjabi films, if I get the right script," said the actor. "The Punjabi film industry is doing very well these days, and I will like to be part of it," she said. Language doesn't matter much when it comes to acting, as actors speak the language of the cinema, she added.

She is doing three movies, two Bengali and a Bollywood film, "My Idol", the shooting for which is about to start. Riya said when she's not doing any movies, she's travelling. "I am also do gym and yoga for fitness. I also like to cook," she says.

The actress said she is not interested in reality shows and wouldn't appear for any such show. She is interested only in doing movies. She can think about doing a television series later, she says.



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GLADA to bail out cash strapped Ishmeet Academy
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked GLADA to immediately release funds worth Rs 45 lakh for Ishmeet Academy here. A meeting chaired by the chairman of the academy, Parkash Singh Badal, was held in Chandigarh yesterday in which other members of the governing body also took part.

Gurpinder Singh, late Ishmeet Singh's father, told The Tribune that with this fund, the salaries of the academy staff were paid. He said GLADA had to arrange a corpus fund of Rs 5 crore for the academy and it released the funds in instalments. With these funds the expenses of the academy are met. "Last year, too, GLADA had released Rs 45 lakh. The funds are put in fixed deposits and with the interest the salaries of the staff members, who are 12 in number, are paid," said Gurpinder Singh, who is one of the members of the governing body of Ishmeet Academy.

It is also learnt that GLADA will also release Rs 1.5 crore to the academy, with which an open air theatre and a hostel will be constructed at the academy.

Badal had entrusted the task of maintenance and upkeep of the academy to GLADA. Besides, he had authorised the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to take decisions regarding the appointment of the official auditor.

The academy had been in controversies a few months ago when a few students had complained to the authorities about the "monopolistic" attitude adopted by a few members of the academy. The father of the late singer had urged the authorities that he would like to contribute for the academy, too, since it was built in his son's memory.



Importing finished jewellery economical
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Importing finished jewellery has become cheaper than importing gold after the recent hike in customs duty. Jewellers have now started importing finished jewellery instead of gold.

"Importing finished jewellery is cheaper than manufacturing ornaments locally with imported gold. Importing finished jewellery is economical and we are selling it in retail stores instead of importing gold," said Jatin Bhasin, a jeweller from Sarafan Bazar.

In the fifth such instance in 20 months, the government raised import duty on gold by 2 per cent on Tuesday. Now, the import duty is 10 per cent against less than 1 per cent in January, 2012.

The latest duty hike has brought the duty on gold on a par with finished jewellery. Considering the 1 per cent value added tax, the overall duty works out to around 11.5 per cent on both gold and finished jewellery. Hence, it makes sense for jewellery retailers to import finished ornaments than the bullion.

"Jewellers have started placing orders for finished jewellery with overseas companies, considering the hike in customs duty. This will definitely affect the local manufacturing units," added jeweller Ram Parkash from Ghumar Mandi.

Another jeweller said the recent hike in duty was adversely affecting jewellers so instead of importing gold, importing finished jewellery was a better option for them. "To offset our losses, we have started importing jewellery pieces," said he.



Man records 1,500-yr-old history of his village and Mangat clan
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Observing the change in human behaviour in this era of technology, a common villager has recorded the tales of his ancestors listened from his elders in a book. Mal Singh Rampuri, who has penned down a history book about his village and clan, stated in the era of new media technology, no one had time to sit on "satths" (a common place in a village) and listen tales from elders. So, I have wrote all the history of Rampur village and Mangat clan in the book".

Mal Singh has written the detailed history of the Mangat clan from Ghazni (Afghanistan) to Rampur village in Ludhiana district.

Mal Singh claimed that he used a rational method to write the history of the village. He used the records of the Revenue Department and references of renowned historians of the medieval period to write the book.

Taking about the motivation behind this initiative, Mal Singh said: "In the mid-seventies, Language Department of Punjab had published a book about the historical villages of Punjab. Our village is a major village of Payal block in Ludhiana district. I have started searching history of my village. Initially, some elders shared tales about the Mangat clan and village. Then I started a research on the historical sources about the Jatts, Mangats and my village and found the roots of the Mangats in the village".

"I have analysed the record of the Revenue Department, "Malwa Itihaas" by Sant Vishakha Singh Dadher, "Missal Hakiaat" bahis of Brahmins at Haridwar, "Jattan da Itihass" and several other historical written material. After getting all the details, it took me two years to write all the history from Ghazni to Rampur from the year 520 to 2011".

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the Punjabi Sahit Sabha, said, "It is a unique effort by Mal Singh Rampuri. It is not the history of only one village, but depicts the history of the whole of Punjab. It is really a good book".



Doraha-Neelon stretch awaits 4 laning
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 18
As per the commuters commuting along the Doraha-Neelon stretch, the work of four-lane project of the route seems to have stopped all together, thus leaving them in lurch. It was in August when Deputy Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the project which was otherwise supposed to take 18 months for its completion after meeting clearance from the forest department.

The funding agency for the project is Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) and the execution is being done by PWD. A total stretch of 5,474 km, including 4- lane from Neelon to Doraha and widening the road 10 m starting from Ropar to Neelon is a part of the project. A cost of Rs 240 crore was said to be incurred.

“It seems that the four-lane project was initiated only to be slackened to the extent of stopping,” alleged the commuters. They resent that it has been a year now and just the uprooting of trees is visible till date.

“The work along the stretch has nearly come to a standstill. If targets are not going to be accomplished in time, why are they fixed at all? The situation of this four- laning project is similar to the six-laning project of the national highway. Both the roads have been mercilessly dug up, without even bothering about reverting to them later on, come what may,” said a commuter.

“Initially, the authorities have to make a show of the work being carried at war-footing and hence they resort to digging and uprooting, almost everything which comes their way. But in a month or so, the enthusiasm, as if fades away, the authorities come to their original position. Then the commuters bear the brunt of the instantaneous acts of the department,” rued a commuter.

“The potholes created by recent showers along the road have made the lives of the commuters a hell. Thousands of trees have been axed along the canal and the portion gives a barren look now. If the work had to wait, it would have been better on the part of the authorities to let the commuters and the residents inhale fresh air at least for some more time,” said a villager.

Inderjit Singh, XEN Roop Nagar, said, “It is the rain which is a spoil sport. We are helpless as the drainage is towards the canal and if undertaken in such weather it can result in a breach. We don’t wish that any technical problem may creep up due to even a slightest mistake. But, we are confident that we shall complete the work before November, if the situations and the circumstances remain in our favour.”



Rise in demand for traditional ornaments among NRIs
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 18
Having remained imperceptible for more than three decades traditional ornaments, including kaintha, saggi phul, singhi and nath have started emerging as a choice among NRI youths and landlords.

Only a few jewellers are engaged in craftsmanship of these rare ornaments. Higher investment, lower turnover and disappearing traditional tools needed for shaping these ornaments were cited as the major reasons behind the tendency.

Observations revealed that youths from prosperous families, including landlords and NRIs, had started demanding traditional ornaments for special occasions. Unable to find ornaments of their choice at popular showrooms in metropolitans and modern cities, they (prospective customers) visited certain localities known for the smiting of these traditional ornaments.

Tarsem Lal Verma, a jeweller, said only a score of jewellers at Dhanaula, Dhuri, Ghanauri and Budhladha were engaged in craftsmanship of these ornaments. These traditional ornaments remained in demand till seventies.

Three types of Kaintha were reported to be in demand these days. More common is with ten beads (8 plus 2) and other two are with 52 beads and with Jugni. The yellow metal required varies between 40 gm to 80 gm.



400 parcels seized at railway station
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
In a big catch, the Excise and Taxation Department here has seized about 400 parcels from the railway station during a raid conducted under the supervision of District Excise and Taxation Commissioner (DETC) Rishipal Singh. These parcels were without proper documents and department officials have taken the parcels into their custody.

Rishipal said this was one of the biggest catches by the department. The raid was conducted with a team of 40 officials under his supervision. The raid started around 4 pm and lasted till late hours.

“We have the information that tax evaders were bringing goods from other states at the railway station here. A trap was laid to seize the material, which was going to be loaded in trucks to be supplied to shops/hosiery units, etc. Though we have not opened the parcels, we feel that these contain various items, including expensive electronic goods, too,” said the DETC.

He said the department was going to act tough against tax evaders and this was just the beginning.

“We are not going to spare tax evaders. As per the law, we can register a criminal complaint against them, if needed,” Rishipal said.

“Peti mafia” is active in the industrial hub of Ludhiana. If certain officials in the department are to be believed, then goods worth about Rs 10-Rs 15 crore are sent daily from here in an illegal manner. This would not be possible without the connivance of certain officials and political leaders. An official said tax evaders enjoyed political patronage and officials did not mind obliging leaders who were well influenced.



Teachers to hold protest march on August 22
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, August 18
The studies of students of around 175 private colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh are bound to suffer as teachers of all these colleges are proceeding on a mass casual leave on August 22 to hold a protest march in front of the DPI Colleges at Mohali. Earlier, on August 7 and August 13, the teachers observed two-period stay-in strike.

Annoyed over the wavering stance of the Punjab Government regarding the implementation of their genuine demands, the union has planned to resort to such means. But as the process of strikes, rallies and protests by teachers has already begun, the students, especially the freshers, are at their wits end to understand what the strikes and protests are all about and why the teachers, who should otherwise take classes as a matter of routine, are sitting on dharnas and engaging themselves in protests.

A final year student rued, “The process of strikes and protests has begun thus making the students suffer. Our syllabus has just started and if the teachers go on strikes, we shall not be able to fair well in our exams.”

“I simply don’t understand why can’t the government look into their demands seriously and sought them out permanently rather than putting us in a tight spot every time? The moment we make our minds to attend to our studies seriously the non-academic atmosphere of the college disrupts us,” said Anita, a final year student.

“It is not out of choice that the teachers take such a step. The government forces us to resort to such extreme measures. Around 2,000 teachers waiting for their salaries for the past nine months and around 1,000 for the past twelve months,” said Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary of PCCTU.

“How can a teacher teach when he is passing through a period of severe financial crisis? The first quarterly grant which should be distributed in the month of April has not reached yet despite the fact that Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned in the annual budget by the Punjab Government” he said.

Professor Komal, district president of PCCTU, said, “The other pending demands include the amendment in the Service Security Act of 1974, creation of posts of professors in aided colleges in tune with the government colleges, arrears of pay revision of teachers working against un-aided posts, relaxation of refresher courses and orientation courses at par with the government colleges, speeding up the case of arrears of DPEs/ Librarians lying pending since January 1, 1996, similarities in granting PhD increments with the counter-part government colleges, initiation of dialogue on pension scheme, etc.”



Garbage bins a nuisance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Overflowing garbage bins near the lights adjoining Panjab University's Extension Library have become a cause of concern. Nearly 3-4 garbage bins are lying there and garbage is overflowing from them for the past couple of days. Even the stagnant rainwater around these bins has further worsened the situation. The slip road has been blocked by these bins leaving no space for vehicles to pass.

“It has become difficult to pass through here. Foul smell emanating from these bins is making things difficult for commuters. This stretch has become a safe haven for mosquitoes, stray dogs and cattle,” said Satish Kumar, a city resident.

“Why the authorities are not getting the garbage bins cleaned? As it is rainy season, it can be hazardous and can lead to several diseases. The authorities should ensure that the environment is clean. Instead, garbage is overflowing and nobody is bothered about it for the past couple of days,” said Gurkirpal Singh, another resident of the city.

Garbage bins are scattered around the slip road and it is not possible for vehicles to pass.

“To make the things worse, these garbage bins have not been cleaned for the past several days. It has even become difficult to walk near this stretch. Sweepers come and dump the garbage on the road and nobody is there to keep a check on them,” said Jasjit Kaur, another city resident.



Clarify stand on Punjabi farmers in Gujarat: Tewari

Ludhiana, August 18
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari today asked the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab to clarify its stand on the Punjabi farmers in Gujarat, who were being targeted just because they belonged to a particular community.

Tewari said the Gujarati farmers' issue was still unsettled as the Gujarat government was vigorously pursuing its case against the Punjabi farmers in the Supreme Court and the matter was scheduled to come up for hearing in a few days. The Union Minister pointed out that given the fact that there is a BJP government in Gujarat and the Akali Dal is in alliance with the BJP in Punjab, it becomes the duty of the Akalis to spell out their stand on the issue and also explain what it has done to safeguard the interest of the farmers. — TNS



Kitty parties catching on in Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Hop into any of the restaurants in the noon and chances are you would come across a group of women sitting there having a kitty party going on. Chances are that they'd be playing a game of tambola as kitty parties and ladies clubs have made the game and the afternoon gathering as their favourite way to socialise.

“Otherwise, housewives have very little means to socialise. Kitty parties serve both the purposes i.e. catching up with friends and meeting new people and also purchase of some household items such as home furnishing items, bed sheets, suits, etc through a lucky-draw system,” says Asha Miglani, a member of kitty party group and a ladies club. Things like surprise gifts, and winning prizes always keep women interested in attending the parties, she says.

“Through these kitty parties, we get an outing and a chance to dine with friends at least once a month,” says Rupam, a housewife.

Ladies Clubs also hold monthly gatherings at hotels and restaurants to celebrate festivals and organise bigger kitty parties. “We also organise dance and fashion shows in which ladies of the clubs participate,” says Preeti, a member of a ladies club.

Restaurants are making it big from the kitty parties which happen regularly nowadays. “About 20 to 30 per cent of our revenue comes from kitty parties. At times, we have three-four large tables booked for different kitty parities going on at the same time,” says a manager of a vegetarian restaurant in a city hotel

“I have worked at various places, but the kitty parties here are a lot more. This perhaps is the result of more gregarious nature of people here, who want to meet up and enjoy more,” says Chef Vishvesh Khanna, from a restaurant in a city mall.



40 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Keeping up their promise of continued and unending support to thalassemic children, the New Aggarwal Peerkhana Trust organised its second blood donation camp in association with the Zindagi Live Foundation today at a dera in the Kakowal Road, Ludhiana.

A total of 40 units of blood were collected by a team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana.

This was Zindagi Live Foundation's 23rd camp and till date, approximately 3,500 units of blood have been collected and donated by the foundation in the past two years for thalassemic children.

The camp was inaugurated by Bunty baba himself, who also honoured 10 first-time donors and appreciated the efforts of the foundation in organising the camp.

Praveen Sony Bakshi, president of the foundation, thanked him and his followers in donating blood.

He also promised that they would keep organising such camps regularly so that thalassemic children might not face blood shortage.



Independence Day: Schools get it wrong

The country celebrated its 67th Independence Day on August 15. Like every year, schools, colleges, NGOs, social organisations, government machinery-all celebrated the day of national freedom with great fervour. As usual, the offices of newspapers were flooded with press releases by the schools about Independence Day celebrations. Schools are the foundation of children, but it was unfortunate that most of the schools mentioned wrong year of Independence. Some mentioned 57th year of Independence while some others mentioned 62nd year of Independence. It is expected that at least the schools should spread right information regarding the national festivals to the students.

Two sides of the same coin

Rain brings along cheer and mirth along with it and youngsters across the city were seen enjoying the first rainfall of the city to the fullest. Some were seen splashing water on their bikes while others were zip-zap-zooming in their swanky cars. Enjoying the weather with a hot cup of coffee and sizzling snacks, young brigade was seen making best out of the day. While, we journalists were reporting about the sorry state of the city as water got logged everywhere. While our photographer was clicking the pictures of the water collected at one of the roads, a group of youngsters standing nearby said, “There will be no fun if water does not get logged on the roads.” Every coin has two sides. While youngsters loved the stagnant water after rainfall, for a journalist it was something serious which reflects the apathy of the local administration towards the flood control measures.

Confused employee

Some people remain confused all the time, may be due to excessive work. In an office, here is an employee who always remains confused and loves to remain in his own world. Perhaps he does not even tend to bother what others have to face due to his confusion. One day, I needed some information and called him up. Instead of giving me the information he started explaining the life-cycle of Plasmodium -vivax. I felt as if I was still in the Zoology class of pre-university. Despite of interrupting him he paid no attention towards me and kept explaining it whole heartedly. I asked his officer about his behaviour. The officer said, "Now we have understood his basic nature and when we need information about one project, we ask him to provide about the other. Only then he provides us the information of the project which we need. So, you should follow the same pattern if you want to get any information without wasting time.” Listening to this I just wished that his mind gets cleared of all such confusions.

Contributed by: Shivani Bhakoo, Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria.




Rakhi making contest

Ludhiana: With a view to strengthening the bond of love between brothers and sisters, an inter-section rakhi making and thali decoration competition was held among the students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School here. The students participated enthusiastically in making colourful rakhis and decorating thalis for the occasion. The best rakhis were exhibited on the display boards and certificates were awarded to the students. The students also tied rakhis on trees. Chairman Rajesh Rudhra and principal of the school Baldeep Pandher applauded the efforts put in by the students.

Funds raised

The chain of Green Land Schools endeavoured to make a humble contribution for the rehabilitation of flood-hit people of Uttarakhand. Going by the commitment towards the nation, the management, staff and students collected Rs 5.05 lakh to contribute towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Every branch of Green Land contributed about Rs 1 lakh for the same.

Baby show

Rising Stars School organised a baby show for children aged between 6 months and 3 years. Games and activities were organised for the kids. Health checkup of babies was also done on the occasion. The children were judged on the basis of their activeness, confidence, etc. — TNS




New machine acquired

Dr GS Bajwa, professor and Head of Opthalamology) informed that DMCH has recently acquired the 'Infiniti Phacoemulsification machine' for advanced suturless cataract surgery. It increases surgical efficiency with the reduction of phaco energy without compromising the results, lesser heat generation and less irritating fluid being used during the surgery. All this keeps the eye in a more natural state.

Musical concert held

A musical concert was held at South City during which singers from various states performed at the event. Singer Vishal Bhalla's song ‘Kehdu tumehe’ was mesmerising.


United Nations Youth Organisation has condemned the happening at the border and has urged to stop the Lahore Bus service and Samjuta Express. “Time has come when we should take a strict action against the neighbouring country as it has not stopped from intruding on our land,” said Shiv Gupta, president of the organisation.

Activists of Bhartiya Valmik Aad Dharam Samaj during a meeting at Circuit HouseMeeting

A meeting of Bharatiya Valmik Aad Dharam Samaj (BVADS) held at circuit house here on Sunday. A good number of activists of Aad Dharam Samaj were present on the occasion. Some of the activists of other Valmiki organisations joined BVADS.

Activists of Bhartiya Valmik Aad Dharam Samaj during a meeting at Circuit House. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Annual function

Annual function of the school for underprivileged was organised at Santushti Vidya Niketan, Chander Nagar. The school is being run by Santushti Charitable Trust for the underprivileged children. Mridula Jain from Shingora Shawls was the chief guest on the occasion and Tripta Sabharwal, who donated Rs 2 lakh was the guest of honour. Students presented a cultural programme at the function. They also demonstrated the benefits of Yoga and pranayam. — TNS



Book on Indo-European legal system released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
A book titled – ‘Indo-European Legal System – A Comparative Study’ authored by Ludhiana's practicing criminal lawyer Harpreet Sandhu was released by Justice AP Lavande, a senior judge of the Bombay High Court in Goa, in the presence of other honourable judges, Justice RC Chavan, Justice FM Reis, Justice UV Bakre and BP Deshpande, registrar of High Court of Goa.

The honourable judges of the High Court of Bombay in Goa while releasing the first edition of the book appreciated the research work done on the comparative study by Harpreet Sandhu, the former additional advocate general of Punjab.



NGO saves mongoose

Ludhiana, August 18
An NGO, CAPE-India, has saved a mongoose that was entangled in waste threads. On late Saturday evening, the NGO got an information from Harish Sharma that the leg of a mongoose had been entangled in waste threads and it attacked whoever tries to save it.

Dr Sandeep K Jain, chief coordinator, CAPE-India, said: "I visited the site with a volunteer and tried to call the District Forest Officer, but could not do so. The Chief Wildlife Warden, Punjab, was informed. Mongoose is protected under the Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. We reached the spot at Mahavir Colony on the GT Road where the mongoose was entangled in waste threads."

Dr Jain got a hooked rod and removed the mongoose from the plot. Its leg was badly entangled in the waste threads. With some efforts, they removed the threads from its leg. As soon as it got free from the entangle, it ran away into its habitat." — TNS



GK Joshi felicitated

Ludhiana, August 18
A function was organised by the Central Bank of India Employees Union today to felicitate GK Joshi, general secretary of the union, on his nomination as the workman director on the board of Central Bank of India.

KK Taneja, field general manager, was the guest of honour. Taneja advised the staff members to take active part in the development of the bank. He wished Joshi a successful tenure as the workman director. — TNS



Two shops raided

Ludhiana: The police raided two shops at the scooter market in the Gill Road and recovered duplicate parts of a renowned company on Saturday evening. Surinder Kumar, a resident of New Delhi, who is also a legal adviser with the company, told the police that shopkeepers at the market were selling duplicate parts of his company. Taking a swift action, inspector Lakhvir Singh with a police party raided the shops and arrested their owners. The police also recovered around 2,000 duplicate parts of vehicles with the trademark of the company. The accused have been identified as Taranjeet Singh, a resident of Shimlapuri, and Vijay Batta. A case has been registered against them.

Dowry cases registered

The city police registered two different cases of violence against women. In the first case, complainant Anu, a resident of Ali Ganj, alleged that after her marriage in September 2012, her husband and in-laws started harassing her for dowry. The accused have been identified as Prince, husband, and Neelam Kapoor, mother-in-law, residents of New Kartar Nagar in the Salem Tabri area. In another case, Harleen Kaur, a resident of Model Town Extension, lodged a complaint with the police. Harleen stated that she was married to the accused in 2004. She alleged that after her marriage, her husband and in-laws harassed her and forced her to bring more dowry. The accused have been identified as Gurminder Singh, husband, and Harjit Singh, father-in-law, residents of Moti Bagh Colony, Phoolanwal village. Cases have been registered against the accused. However, no arrests have been made so far in both the cases.

Two drug peddlers nabbed

Drug peddlers in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday
Drug peddlers in police custody in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The police has nabbed two drug peddlers on the Tajpur Road on Saturday and recovered 54 kg poppy husk from their possession. CIA official Lakhvir Singh along with a police party was present near Amrit Dharam Kanda on the Tajpur road and stopped the suspects who were riding a motorcycle. During the checking, the police recovered the poppy husk from their possession. The accused have been identified as Sunil Kumar, alias Sonu, and Mohammad Asik, alias Mintu, residents of EWS colony on the Tajpur road. Gurbans Singh Bains, ACP, crime, said Sunil posed himself as an Army man and brought the poppy husk from Gwalior on a train. Bains said during the investigation, the accused revealed that in the past four years, he travelled more than 150 times from Ludhiana to Gwalior and smuggled the poppy husk. Sunil had hired Asik for supplying poppy husk. On Saturday, too, the accused brought poppy husk from Gwalior on a train and was on way to his room on the Tajpur road when the police arrested him. A case has been registered against the accused.

Travel agent booked

The police registered a case against a person for duping a city resident of Rs 7 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad, on Saturday. In a complaint lodged with the police, Jaspal Singh, a resident of Harnam Nagar, Model Town, said the accused, Deepak Verma of Joshi Nagar in Haibowal, took Rs 7 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him abroad. The complainant further alleged that the accused neither sent him abroad nor returned his money.

Man booked for molestation

The police registered a case against a person for molesting a minor girl on the Tajpur road on Saturday. The complainant, a resident of EXS Colony on the Tajpur road, told the police that the accused, who lives in the neighbourhood, molested her 13-year-old girl. The accused has been identified as Ajay Gupta, a resident of the same area. A case has been registered against the accused. — TNS



Neha, Simarjit set up title clash in badminton championship
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 18
Neha Rani survived some anxious moments against Prerna Dawar while Simarjit Kaur faced a little challenge from Jasmine Jain before romping home victorious to set up the title clash in the girls’ U-15 category on the fourth day of the Ludhiana Open District Badminton Championship being held at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The first semifinal played between Simrajit Kaur and Jasmine Jain turned out to be a rather one-sided affair as the former won it comfortably 21-11, 21-8.

In the second semifinal, Prerrna Dawar fought valiantly against Neha Rani before losing it 14-21, 14-21 to assure herself a place in the final.

In the men's section, all seeded players overpowered their respective opponents to advance into the last eight stage. They include Lakhwinder Singh, Amit Bhasin, Gurbaksh Singh, Chanpreet Singh, Akash Mahajan, Puneetinder Singh, Raghav Aggarwal and Anand Tiwari.

Today's results

Men’s singles (pre-quarter final): Lakhwinder Singh bt Amanveer Singh (21-6, 21-8); Amit Bhasin bt Jawant Singh (21-19, 21-14); Gurbaksh Singh bt Sachin Kumar (21-16, 21-10); Chanpreet Singh bt Ekampreet Singh (21-10, 21-7); Akash Mahajan bt Akhand Partap (21-12, 21-9); Puneetinder Singh bt Mitash Jain (21-13, 21-15); Raghav Aggarwal bt Surya Goel (30-29, 18-21, 21-18) and Anand Tiwari bt Sannath Jain (21-18) (conceded).

Boys’ singles (U-19) pre-quarter final: Surya Goel got walkover against Akhil; Lalit bt Ekampreet Singh (21-17, 23-21); Mitash Jain bt Aryan Arora (21-9, 21-12); Aditya Gupta bt Amit Kainth (21-15, 21-12); Sanath Jain bt Rishab Arora (21-6, 21-6); Amit Bhasin bt Rohan (21-12, 21-10); Sachin Kumar bt Shubham Kukreja (19-21, 21-15, 21-11) and Guranjan Singh got walkover against Asith.

Boys’ double (U-19) quarter final: Mitash Jain and Surya Goel got walkover against Atul and Akhil; Adityya Gupta and Shubham Kukreja bt Rishab Arora and Amit (21-14, 21-11); Guranjan Singh and Sanath Jain bt Lalit and Ekampreet Singh (21-12, 21-7); Sachin and Amit Bhasin bt Abhinandan and Anmol Seth (21-8, 21-9).

Girls’ singles (U-10): Arunima Pal bt Palika Jain (21-5, 21-6); Navleen Kaur bt Disha Sharma (21-5, 21-3); Manya Oswal bt Arzoo Sharma (21-4, 21-4); Sanya Jain bt Samridhi Bhardwaj (21-8, 21-9).



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