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Cops' brutal face exposed
Parade suspect semi-naked on road without investigating the matter
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
The police has learnt no lesson from the recent arrest of two policemen for custodial torture and illegal confinement of a nine-year-old boy. The city police repeated the same act in the full public view here today. The personnel of the Division No. 1 police station ill-treated a person, who was beaten up by the mob following allegations that he had duped a boy Rs 11,000 by posing himself as policeman, without investigation the matter properly.

The police officials, who reached the spot to rescues him from the mob, treated him harshly without investigating the matter. They removed his shirt and tied his arms while taking him to the police station.

Her daughter’s birthday

The victim had gone to AC Market in the Bhadaur House area to buy new garments to be presented to her daughter on her birthday.

The incident took place at 3.45 in front of the AC Market in the Bhadaur House area. The mob had thrashing Sarbjit Singh, a resident of Mandi Ahmedgarh. Some of the shopkeepers beat him up, alleging that he duped their brother of Rs 11,000.

A phone call had been made to the SHO of the police station to rescue the person at 3.54 pm.

A police party from the police station reached the spot 4.15 pm. The person was trying to told his side of story, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

The ASI ordered to remove Sarbjit Singh's shirt and tie his arms with it. His orders were soon followed and he was taken towards the Clock Tower on foot.

Premjit Kaur, Sarbjeet's mother, who reached the police station in the evening, said: "Sarbjit had gone to the AC Market to buy clothes for his daughter today. He wanted to present new garments to her daughter on her birthday. He had around Rs 10,000 in his pocket. I don't know how he reached the police station".

Parmveer Singh, officiating SHO, Division No. 1 police station, said: "Both the parties know each other and the dispute was over money. No one complained against Sarabjit. So, we let him go".

Talking about the shabby treatment meted out to Sarbjit, Parmdeep Singh said: "We can not investigate the matter on the spot. So, we took the person to the police station. Sometimes, criminals flee the spot and public alleges that the police released him. According to the policemen, who went to the spot, Sarbjit Singh was trying to flee the scene. So, they tied his arms with his shirt".

According to eyewitnesses, Sarbjit Singh was not going anywhere as his mobile and bike keys were in the shopkeepers' possession.


Maid's husband killed dentist, says police
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Paramjit Singh Gill, Police Commissioner, at a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, August 24
After investigating the matter deeply, the city police today claimed to have carcked the mystery shrouding the murder of dentist Gurinder Deep Kaur (24), whose body was found at a house in Krishna Nagar on Thursday. The police arrested maid Rajesh Kumar's husband on charge of murdering the dentist.

Meanwhile, the police gave clean chit to Tajinder Kaur, the deceased's sister in law. Earlier, the police had booked Tajinder on a statement of Harjinder Kaur, the deceased's mother.

Today, Paramjit Singh Gill, Commissioner of Police, held a press conference and narrated the story behind the murder. According to the police, the accused, Rajesh Kumar, a native of UP, has been residing in a quarter in the same house along with his wife Aarti for the last three years.

On Thursday, Gurinder Deep Kaur was alone at home while all the others members of the family had left for their work.

The accused borrowed a mobile phone from Gurinder Deep Kaur through his daughter to make a phone call to his brother. Later, he told his daughter to go out to play. On the pretext of returning the mobile phone, he entered the deceased's room.

The accused, who was under the influence of liquor, tried to rape the dentist. When she resisted his move, the accused strangled her to death.

After killing Gurinder, he again went to a liquor vend, purchased liquor and came back. He dragged the body to another room. He branded the body with hot iron to pass it off as an electrocution incident. The dentist had given a tough fight to the accused for around 15 or 20 minutes. Finally, he killed her and fled the house.

The accused, Rajesh used to run a meat shop in Haibowal and drank regularly.

According to the police, Gurinder was very helpful to Rajesh and his wife.



City women condemn scribe’s gang rape
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
Women in the city are both scared and anguished over the continuing incidents of rape reported across the country. The latest incident of gang rape of a Mumbai photojournalist has triggered fresh bouts of fear, anger and worry about women's security in the country. "No woman in any city of India is safe today," says Mona Lall, Additional Director, International Institute of Fashion Design. "There is much fear among women," she said.

"I think women must stand up for their own safety and others. Every woman should take the responsibility of protecting other women. Together we can bring the change," she says.

"We cannot depend on the police alone. The solution to this problem is in self-defence," she said. Pressure groups must be formed, and every girl is made aware of the need of protecting herself and other women, she said. Every woman should take the responsibility. We can't let this happen to us," she says.

"Every time I hear any such news, I feel a mental rape and personal insult. Every woman has to stand up for others," she said.

"Even though it is stressed that women are raped because of the kind of clothes they wear, no man has the right to look at then indecently, touch them or harass them," she said.

Dr Neelam Sodhi, a city-based gynaecologist said rape shook a woman to the very core, and destroyed her life. So many incidents of rape are clearly a failure of the system. Strong measures must be taken by the government to curb the menace," she said.

"Men need to be controlled and they must respect every woman," says Manvi Arora, a student.

Journalists from print and electronic media from the city got together at the Punjabi Bhawan to protest against the heinous crime. Wearing black bands as a sign of protest, they demanded speedy justice for the victim and stringent punishment for the perpetrators of the crime. They said the laws should be amended to have the provision of harsh and stringent punishment for crime against women.



Unauthorised colonies
Revised policy fails to address key issues
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 24
While the revised policy announced by the Punjab Government for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the state has generally been welcomed by developers and plot/property holders, there are several crucial issues, which the policy has either failed to address or at best the provisions are ambiguous.

Several city-based developers pointed out that the policy was silent on colonies developed prior to 1995 when the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act had come into effect.

"If the policy is aimed at regulating all unauthorised colonies placed in two categories, prior to July 2007 and thereafter till March 31, 2013, clear-cut provisions ought to be added to the draft policy for this purpose," pointed out Gaurav Chadha, a property developer.

Another developer Gulshan Kumar said the revised policy had not covered unauthorised colonies on leasehold land. "There are several other issues which need to be clearly defined to leave no place for manipulation, both by regulatory bodies and developers/ owners," he said.

Gulshan Kumar said the policy had not mentioned anything about the unlicensed colonies, which partly fall in the sector roads (which have not been acquired, developed or marked). Moreover, restrictions included in the master plan like minimum “set back” from drains, rivers, transport plans and zonal development plans have not been taken into consideration for the purpose of regularisation of colonies.

He said according to the policy, there is no requirement of regularisation of such unauthorised colonies where building plans have been approved by the competent authorities (mostly urban civic bodies).

"Nearly 90 per cent of the unlicensed colonies located within the municipal limits falls in this category as building plans of commercial and residential buildings are approved on payment of development charges by the municipal bodies," Gulshan Kumar said, pointing out that mere approval of building plans did not accord the status of "approved colony" and unless specific provisions are made in the revised policy all such colonies will continue to remain illegal.

Another coloniser, Ranbir Singh, said the policy had evaded the issue of commercial colonies or commercial pockets in unauthorised residential colonies. Minimum road width has not been mentioned for the plots in commercial colonies leaving many things to speculation or discretion.

He added plots in most of the commercial colonies were registered as residential properties to evade stamp duty. "Specific provisions need to be made for the classification of such colonies to facilitate the process of regularisation."



Dues pending, preparations on for next kabaddi cup
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
While the state government has announced the dates for the World Kabaddi Cup-2013, a contractor's dues for the earlier kabaddi cup have not been cleared so far. The lackadaisical approach adopted by the Sports Department is to blame for the non-clearance of the dues, as even after sending all the bills about eight months ago, the payment of about Rs 1 crore has not been released to the contractor till date.

The grand closing ceremony of the next kabaddi cup will be held in Ludhiana on November 23 at an expenditure of Rs 1.25 crore. The local authorities have been asked to make the show a memorable event.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari, claimed that money was not a problem as the authorities concerned received it in advance and bills were cleared on time. However, the officials of the District Administration are shying away from taking calls made by the contractor to whom payments pertaining to the last kabaddi cup are to be made.

The contractor, Even Management Company, which had been awarded the contract of arranging tents, food, stage setup, etc, for the last World Kabaddi Cup, has been striving to get its dues cleared.

An official said the district had organised several state-level functions but payments were yet to be released by different departments. "This year, too, Rs 1.25 crore is to be spent on the closing ceremony of the Kabaddi Cup but about Rs 1 crore on account of the last Kabaddi Cup is still to be paid. Besides, at the state-level swearing-in ceremony of the Zila Parishad members, about Rs 40 lakh was spent, but we are given about Rs 20 lakh. We are yet to get about Rs 1.25 crore from the government on account of the last kabaddi cup. We are literally making requests to people, whose dues are to be cleared, to cooperate with us but for how long? asked the official.

Meanwhile, Director Sports Shivdular Singh when asked about the delay in the release of funds for the last kabaddi cup said the events were held in 13 different districts and payments were released to 12 districts, leaving Ludhiana. "There may be some procedural delay as the bills were submitted late. Once we are clear with everything, payments will be made," said the Director.



Don't indulge in cheap political gimmicks, BJP tells Congress
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
In yet another case of a political adversary issuing a “political advisory” to the other group, the BJP has offered some “well-meaning” advice to the Congress. Punjab BJP General Secretary Tarun Chugh today urged the Congress to play a constructive role in Punjab politics. Instead of indulging in “cheap political gimmicks”, the Congress should try to focus on giving a right direction to the state politics, he said.

Criticising the mass contact programme launched by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Chugh alleged that the speeches that PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa made during the rallies were short on facts. “The PPCC chief is fiddling with the facts. He is distorting truth to suit his convenience, which is condemnable,” he said.

The state BJP General Secretary contested the Congress claims on the magnitude of unemployment in Punjab. “The figures being given by the Congress are highly inflated,” he said.

Chugh had yet another piece of advice for the Congress. He said the PPCC president should set his own house in order before criticising the state government.

“Fissures are clearly visible in the Congress. Senior Congress leaders have preferred to stay away from Bajwa's rallies,” said Chugh.

Chugh preferred to parry questions on the cracks within the Punjab BJP. On Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Member Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu's unhappiness with the party, he said he was not the competent authority to comment on it.

However, he said it was a breach of party discipline to approach media on party-related issues.

Giving a “self-attested” clean chit to the Akali-BJP combine on the issue of property tax, he also claimed that the Congress was blowing out of proportion the issue of the Sikh farmers in Gujarat.

For the industry, which according to the Congress is on the verge of closure in Punjab, Chugh promised a “Vibrant Punjab”.

“We (the Punjab Government) will bring new policies that will be still more industry friendly. We also plan to host a summit in which we will invite NRIs for investment in “Vibrant Punjab”. September and October will be the best for the programme,” he said.

‘Bajwa welcome to raise issues at open forum’

The PPCC chief is most welcome to discuss the issues of unemployment, property tax, etc., at any open forum. Chugh said this while interacting with mediapersons in the city on Saturday.



Gearing up for floods
Staff to get wireless sets
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
During the rainy season, there is a flood threat in the district as about 24,900 cusecs of water was released in the Sutlej in recent times, due to which the level of the river has risen up to 773.10. Following the information by the Drainage Department, the District Administration has asked Principal Secretary Home, Punjab DS Bains to provide wireless sets to the officials on duty.

One of the SDMs, wishing, not to be quoted said that all the SDMs, Tehsildars, Block Development Panchayat Officers, etc have been asked to visit the areas on regular basis. "There are some sensitive flood-prone points. Though we can go and see the situation yet in many areas, there are no mobile towers and in case of an emergency, we will be helpless in informing the authorities about the threat. We should be given the wireless sets, especially till the rainy season. Many officials have already requested for the wireless sets," said the SDM.

As per available information, the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has reportedly written to the authorities to provide at least 25 wireless sets to all the concerned officials during the rainy season.

The possibility of breach in bandh can take place at sensitive points, including Dhulewal Complex, Jamalpur Leli, Kasabad (East), Mattewara, Khera Bet and Mahilpur. Since from August 15 to September 30 is the "crucial-time" for floods, the officials of various departments have been asked to make arrangements for evacuation centres in case of an emergency and also for facilities like drinking water, toilets, electricity etc be arranged at these centres.


Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has reportedly written to the authorities to provide at least 25 wireless sets to all the officials concerned . Officials of various departments have also been told to make arrangements for evacuation centres in case of an emergency.



Ludhiana scan

Dr Paul Sudhakar of Christian Medical College and Hospital appealed to the citizens and the social welfare societies to donate for helping a poor 14-year-old girl child who has been diagnosed with pilocystic astrocytoma, a brain tumor with hydrocephalus. She had undergone a life-saving neurosurgery at the Department of Neurosurgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, with excision of the brain tumor. Approximate cost of the surgery, hospital stay and medicines will be approximately Rs 1.5 lakh (Rs one lakh fifty thousand only). In view of poor economic condition of the patient's family, her parents are unable to afford the cost of the surgery.

Protest against Mumbai gang rape

Students of Tech Education protested against the gang rape incident of a Mumbai photojournalist. They said the perpetrators of the crime should be hanged in public and the victim should be given justice.

4-year-old honoured

Youth Akali Dal members honoured a four-year-old child, Ekampreet, who can recite 'path' of Japji Sahib and Chaupai Sahib. His parents were also honoured on the occasion.

Eye check-up camp held

A free eye-checkup camp was organised by Dhan Dhan Baba Deep Singh Ji All-India Welfare Society at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir. Over 500 patients were examined and were given free medicines.

Anniversary function

A function at the third anniversary of Ganga Dhan Biradh Ashram would be organised on August 31 on the premises of the ashram at Chandar Nagar.

Institute inaugurated

Radiance Beauty Institute of London was inaugurated at Model Town Extension here on Saturday. Certificates would be issued by the UK branch. — TNS



Peti mafia
Excise raids to continue
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
Tightening its noose around tax evaders, the Excise and Taxation Department seized goods worth Rs 16 lakh from the Railway Station during the recently conducted raids. In about 400 parcels, which were in the possession of officials, the goods without bills included readymade garments and electrical gadgets. The officials said these parcels belonged to different persons, some of whom were still reluctant to stake claim on their goods, which were without bills.

Jaskaran Brar from the Mobile Wing of the Excise and Taxation Department told The Tribune that the parcels were worth Rs 16 lakh.

“A sum of Rs 4.5 lakh had been deposited by a few claimants, while many others were still reluctant to stake claim to their goods. We are hopeful that others will come to reclaim their goods by Monday and deposit the penalty,” said Brar.

When asked how much penalty will be imposed on tax evaders, Brar said the defaulters would have to pay 50 per cent of the cost of the goods as penalty to the department if they want their goods to be released.

One of the Excise and Taxation officials with the department said the raids should be conducted on a regular basis at the Railway Station to curb the nefarious activities of “peti mafia”.

“The department is losing revenue worth several crores of rupees due to the ‘peti mafia’. Most of the goods are brought to the industrial hub in an illegal manner by the tax evaders. The department, however, cannot do anything to curb the menace due to political pressure and connivance of certain officials,” said the ETO.

Meanwhile, District Excise and Taxation Officer Rishipal Singh said raids would be conducted in a routine to check the menace. “We will not let the 'peti mafia' continue with their illegal activities,” he said.



Printers to visit global exhibition

Ludhiana, August 24
A 32-member delegation of the North India Printers’ Association (NIPA) is leaving for Chicago, US, to visit Print-13 Exhibition. The NIPA delegation received a special invitation from the organisers of the exhibition. This group visit is being organised with the support of the Ministry of the MSME, Government of India, under the International Cooperation Scheme. The government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 23.97 lakh for this visit.

Kamal Chopra, General Secretary, said during this visit, the printers would visit the Print 13 Exhibition being organised in Chicago, US.

He said after China Print in May 2013, it was the second visit for the printers under IC scheme supported by the government. This visit might prove to be a landmark because in this competitive age printers could learn the latest techniques and innovations of the trade.

“Print 13 is the most innovating and exciting exhibition of digital, offset, flexo and hybrid technologies, products and services for the commercial, transactional, converting and package printing, publishing, mailing, in-plant, photo imaging and marketing industries this year,” said Parveen Aggarwal, president, Offset Printers Association. Members will experience the full spectrum of equipment, products and series for commercial printers, in-plant printers/ corporate/ government/ education print centres, sign & display shops/ wide format printers, package & label printers & converters, quick/ small commercial printers, photo imagers & retailers, transactional printers, mailing & fulfillment professionals, book printers/ publishers, newspaper printers/ publishers, marketing/ creative services professionals, media/ print buyers. — TNS



MSME financing: Banks told to follow guidelines
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
A meeting was organised by the Ludhiana Foundry Cluster Entrepreneur’s Organisation supported by the Foundation for MSME Clusters, Punjab. The main motive behind the meeting was the involvement of bankers like SIDBI, Punjab National Bank, SBI besides others by Yash Pal Gosain.

An interactive session on finance for MSMEs was presided over by the director of MSME who advised the bankers to strictly follow the guidelines in respect of MSME financing as the entrepreneurs have been complaining about the bankers’ bias towards big ticket borrowers only.

Rekhi, the principal industry officer from DIC, also informed that the support to micro entrepreneurs was the need of the hour since the MSMEs constituted 95 per cent of the micro units. Gosain even advocated for lower rate of finance to these units as the foundry entrepreneurs were mostly the part of micro units only.

Rishab Jain, SIDBI chief manager, gave a presentation on Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme. He informed that they had already engaged a knowledge partner to provide free services to MSME for free credit banking related services at their doorsteps.

The foundation also unveiled a plan for the facility of easy insurance to the foundry workers at soft premiums.



Exquisite jewellery showcased at fashion exhibition

Fashion designers showcase their designs during the ongoing Wedding Asia Fashion Exhibition in Ludhiana on Saturday. tribune photo: himanshu mahajan

Ludhiana, August 24
On second day of the ongoing Wedding Asia Fashion Exhibition, a large variety of fashionable attires and exquisite jewellery was showcased.

Many exhibitors from various parts of the country and abroad showcased their works. “There is a trend of pastels juxtaposed with neon colours,” said Meenakshi, a city-based designer. Fashion designer of Vajor, a Hong Kong-based brand said, “People here have good sense of fashion and that is the reason why we came here to showcase our products.” Jewellery by various brands was also demonstrated at the exhibition. “The trend for fancy shapes of diamond jewellery has caught on,” said Jatin Oberoi from Rare Jewellery. He said, “Classical pieces of jewellery, big diamonds are much in demand. Fusion designs combining the Indian and western designs are being liked nowadays. Also, marque and pear-shaped diamonds are being sought after these days.” Designers of Damali jewellers said, “Stones like emerald are in trend nowadays and clusters of diamonds are being used.” — TNS



Dengue larvae found at bus stand, zila parishad office
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
After finding larvae of dengue from different city hospitals about 10 days ago, the health department team now has found the larvae from two more public places. Under the directions of Dr Shubash Batta, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, and supervision of District Epidmiologist Dr Anil Verma, a team comprising of Bhag Singh and Amarjit Singh Assistant Unit Officer, Satinder Singh and Manpreet Singh Health Supervisor and Insect Collectors from Anti-Larva Section visited the local bus stand and zila parishad office where they found dengue larvae.

District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "The team also held a meeting with the concerned authorities of both the places and made them aware as how to keep the premises dengue free. Pamphlets were also distributed to the people present there."

As the season of vector-borne diseases is on the full swing, so the health department will continue its awareness campaign. By now, five dengue cases have been reported from Ludhiana.

Equipment sent to Muktsar

To safeguard people's health in the flood-hit area in Muktsar district, where danger of vector- borne diseases looms large, the district health department has sent some equipment to curb the menace of dengue and malaria. These include one fogging machine and five spray pumps.



Sufi album ‘Ishq Ibadat’ released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 24
A Sufi music album titled ‘Ishq Ibadat’ by Jasmeet Kaur was released today. The album consists of six songs penned by her, including Ali Maula, Chann Tareyan Di Lo Sajna, Jaa Vairi, Mujhe Tere Ishq Ne and Aaya Sakhee Ree. Three of the songs are in Punjabi and three in Hindi.

The album was released by Padam Shri Surjit Patar, principal of Ramgarhia Girls College.

Jasmeet said, “I have drawn inspiration from the writings of many poets and writers, including Amrita Preetam, Bhai Veer Singh, Yogananda and Surjit Patar.”

Earlier, she had written two books titled ‘Ik Chitthi Aapneya De Naa’ and ‘Chamkan Tare’. Also, a children’s story book written by her would be released soon.

She said, “For me, singing is not a hobby. It is a way of worshipping and feeling closer to God.”

The video of her song ‘Ali Maula’ was also screened at the function. The video has been shot at Naada Sahib in Chandigarh and in Kashmir.



2 get police remand for thrashing lawyer
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 24
Judicial Magistrate, Ashish Thathai, today remanded two accused, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer, Harinam Sandhu, till August 26. The assailants were identified as Rajdeep Singh and Amandeep Singh of Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana.

The police requested the court to give police remand as they were yet to arrest other three co-accused. Moreover, the snatched mobile phone and a gold chain were yet to be recovered. A case under Sections 382, 323, 149 of the IPC was registered against them.



NGO comes forward to ailing woman’s help

Ludhiana, August 24
"Raahat-Health For All" a Non-Governmental organisatio, helped a needy patient after performing her free surgery. Balwinder Kaur, a poor widow (65), is a resident of Dr Ambedkar Nagar. She had been suffering from stones for the past many years due to lack of money.

Dr Navdeep from Krishna Charitable Hospital approached Dr Raminder Soi of "Raahat- Health For All" after which Dr Soi and her team agreed for bearing the total expenses of Balwinder’s treatment. Balwinder was successfully operated upon and has now fully recovered. Meanwhile, Dr Raminder Soi said Balwinder was discharged from the hospital and that she was also given money for the medicines and for follow up treatment. — TNS



3 hurt in wall collapse
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 24
Three labourers were hurt when a wall that was being constructed by them caved in. One of the injured was referred to the Rajindra Hospital in Patiala while the other two were admitted at the Civil Hospital in Khanna. As per information, construction work to build a wall was on at a plot owned by Rajinder Singh near Shani Dev Mandir. During the construction the wall caved in suddenly and the labourers working there got injured.

The injured were identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of Seh village. He had fractured his leg and was referred to Patiala while the health of other two, identified as Baldev Singh of Panjrukha village and Mahinder Singh of Khanna, was said to be stable.



Police remand

Ludhiana: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA-1) has got the police remand of four persons, who were arrested from the Mini-Secretariat on Friday. These persons used to provide fake driving licences, birth and death certificates, voter identity cards, certificates of Punjab School Education Board, insurance policies and fake reports of the Police Department to residents. The accused have been identified as Karnesh Sharma, a resident of Anand Nagar, Kartar Singh, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev, Amar Singh, a resident of the Dugri Road, and Palwinder Singh, a resident of Detwall village. The police said the accused had fake stamps of officials of all departments. The CIA officials seized the fake documents from them. Parveen Randev, in charge, CIA staff, said: “We are investigating the matter and will get more details”.

Six booked

The police has booked six persons for snatching Rs 6,000 from a person at Gulabi Baag in the early hours on Friday. The complainant, Nirotam Kumar, a resident of the Tibba Road, said when he was going to the Railway Station, some unidentified persons stopped his motorcycle near the Gulabi Baag area. Nirotam said the miscreants snatched Rs 6,000 and other documents from him at knife point. — TNS



Alpine International lads triumph in TT tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 24
Alpine International Senior Secondary School scored an emphatic 3-0 victory over hosts GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass branch, to emerge as champions in the Inter-School Zonal Table Tennis Tournament (Boys-17) PAU Zone organised by the District Education Department on the GMT School campus here yesterday.

The final turned out to be a mismatch as Alpine International School paddlers proved too good for their opponents and romped home victorious without being challenged. The students of Alpine School, Aayush, Naman and Anuj, exhibited great mobility and agility that helped them fetch the title.

In the first of three matches, Aayush overpowered Neeraj 3-0 to put his side into the lead while Naman registered victory against Raghuvir 3-0 to consolidate the lead. Anuj proved his mettle against Ashutosh to wrap up the third match 3-0 and steered Alpine International School to script a facile 3-0 win. Rajeshwari Dhir, principal and managing director, Alpine International School, congratulated the students and their coach on this excellent performance.



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