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Storm wreaks havoc on city, periphery
Buildings collapse, trees uprooted; several areas go without power; no loss of life reported
Tribune News Service

A signboard lies on the ground
A signboard lies on the ground
A man braves the storm in Ludhiana on Sunday
A man braves the storm in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma and Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana/Samrala, Sept 15
Strong winds threw life out of gear in the city and the surrounding areas this evening. Power supply to many areas of the city was snapped as electric poles and lines got damaged due to the dust storm.

An old building near Rekhi Cinema Road collapsed. However, no loss of life was reported from any part of the city. A wall collapsed in the Field Ganj area. A building also collapsed in the Hambran Road area.

Trees fell in various parts of the city, including Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Dugri, Bhadaur House and the Ferozepur Road area. A traffic jam was witnessed as a tree fell in the Upkar Nagar area. A couple of trees fell near ESI Hospital at Bharat Nagar. The wall on the right side of the entrance to the Silver Arc mall was damaged.

Power supply was disrupted in almost the entire city, said Tarlok Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer. It was restored in several areas after about four hours, but many areas were still without power at the time of the filing of this report. He said the power supply was mainly disrupted because of damage to electric poles and power lines.

Traffic came to a standstill in many parts of the city as the visibility was reduced considerably due to the dust storm. It became dark early and people commuting on roads had to turn the headlights of their vehicles on early in the evening. The winds were accompanied by a thundershower. Signages of many showrooms fell.

The situation was equally bad on the periphery. Life came to standstill in Samrala, Khamano and Machhiwara as well. Trees fell in Chehlan and Ghulal village and there was a blackout. A building and a were damaged in Machhiwara. Vehicles were damaged as trees fell on these at Ghulal and Jamalpur. The police was seen clearing fallen trees in Samrala. Traffic on a link road came to a halt because of the storm. The Samrala-Machhiwara road was later cleared by the police. Electricity poles and transformers were damaged in the area. Power from the 132 kV substation (Ropar to Ghulal and Jamalpur-Ghula) had not been restored till late at night. The Samrala-Ropar road remained closed to traffic. The GT Road was cleared for traffic after several hours.


Schools ignore orders, collect funds from students
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Not caring two hoots to the letter issued by the Director General of Secondary Education (DGSE) stating that schools should not collect "paper fund" from students, several schools in the district are openly doing so to "run their show". Principals/headmasters say since the department does not provide any grants for answer sheets, they had no option but to collect nominal funds from the students.

President of the Nakal Virodhi Teachers Front Sukhdarshan Singh said in 2011, the DGSE had issued a letter to all DEOs and principals/headmasters asking them not to collect any paper fund or examination fund from the students.

"The letter had stated that question papers would be sent by e-mail. The school authorities should download the question paper and write it on the blackboard and ask students to solve it. However, according to fresh instructions by the department, the question papers have to be photocopied and then distributed among the students," said Sukhdarshan Singh, adding that the school authorities were collecting funds from the students as they had no corpus fund. He, however, said the collection of money from students was uncalled for.

General secretary of the Punjab Government School Teachers Association here Parveen Kumar said the Education Department did not provide any funds for the answer sheets and the xerox copies of the question papers. "The schools have no funds. Collecting Rs 10 to Rs 15 from each student is not bad as the money is being spent on the answer sheets and the question papers or else the department should provide us funds for the purpose," said the general secretary.



Victims’ relatives scared as gangster Raja seeks parole
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Relatives of victims killed by notorious criminal Rajiv Raja, who is currently lodged in jail, have expressed concern over the "tactics" being employed by the serial killer to come out on parole on the pretext of his mother's ailment. They expressed apprehension that Raja would flee after coming out of jail and again form his criminal network. Meanwhile, a team of jail officials have launched a probe into the issue. The team will visit the city and file a report on whether Raja should be allowed parole or not.

"We are scared ever since we came to know that Raja wants to come out of jail on parole. In 2009, he had escaped from police custody by throwing red chilli powder on the two policemen who were taking him to the court for a hearing. He then formed a gang and again started committing robberies, including the sensational robbery at a jewellery store in Panchkula. Fortunately, he was arrested. I am sure he will try to jump the parole," said one of the victim's relatives. Tripta Devi, mother of Raja, sent a medical certificate to the jail in Patiala so that her son could seek parole.

Tripta was also in jail in connection with a murder case and had come out on parole on August 23. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital on September 9 with multiple health complaints. The police suspects it to be a well-planned attempt of the family to help a criminal escape from the jail.



City jewellers still dread criminal Rajiv Raja
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The name of Rajiv Raja still causes jitters among jewellers, who had witnessed the gruesome killing of Rajesh Sachdeva and Darshan Singh's wife in 2006.

A class XII pass out, Rajiv became a reporter of a local television channel before entering the world of crime.

Harbouring the desire to become rich overnight, Raja, along with his paramour Pooja, alias Neeru, committed three back-to-back robberies and murders of jewellers.

Apart from being involved in the bone-chilling murder of Rajesh, owner of Raghav Jewellers, in 2006, Raja also led a gang that killed jeweller Darshan Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur in their house the same year. The duo was also involved in the murder of Jaswant Rai in July 2005.

Raja and Neeru had become expert in meticulous planning, precise operation and ruthless execution of crime. So much so that the duo kept visiting the city even after killing the owner of Raghav Jewellers and a few days later they killed the owner of New Punjab Jeweller and his wife. Rajiv lived in the Tajganj area of the Division No. 3 police station while Neeru lived in Haibowal.

He had come in contact with Neeru while covering an assignment for a cable TV network. She had asked Rajiv to strike big twice or thrice and then lived peacefully.

Rajiv, who had started into the world of crime by stealing vehicles, had already perpetrated some snatchings when he met Neeru. Both decided to target jewellers to make a quick buck.

Jeweller Rajesh's killing

Neeru took the job of salesgirl at Raghav Jewellers and got close to Rajesh. She took him to a couple of isolated places and succeeded in winning his confidence. On the evening of May 12, she took him to a rented house in Jamalpur, where Raja and his four accomplices (already arrested last month) were waiting for them. They tortured him. One of the accused even peeled off skin from his arm. He was forced to return to his shop in Ghumar Mandi late at night where the accused looted all the jewellery from the shop. He was later strangled and stabbed to death in his Santro car, which was found near Chamkaur Sahib on May 13, 2006. The post-mortem examination had revealed 24 stab wounds on his body.

Darshan Singh and his wife’s murder

Rajiv fled to Jalandhar along with other members of his gang and planned a strike at Darshan Singh's shop, New Punjab Jewellers. Police sources said the accused disguised themselves as milk vendors. On July 3, 2006, they posed as the relatives of the regular milk vendor and told Darshan that they would come in his place to supply milk tomorrow at 4 am instead of 6 am. They, however, changed the plan and entered the premises at 3 am. Darshan and his wife Paramjit Kaur put up a valiant fight despite their injuries and forced Raja and his accomplices flee the scene without stealing the jewellery. The accused went straight to Jalandhar. Darshan and his wife Paramjit Kaur's murder stirred police in action. Rajiv, who had his sources in the police, countered its every move to nab him. Rajiv, along with Neeru, visited the city and opened fire at a police informer. Fortunately, the man survived the attack.

On July 24, 2006, Rajiv and Neeru were caught near Laddowal while they were leaving the city.



Auto driver thrashed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
High drama took place outside Durga Mata Mandir here this evening when the parents of a girl thrashed an auto-rickshaw driver in full public view. The driver allegedly kidnapped the girl and tried to rape her.

The girl, a student who stays near the Jalandhar bypass, was returning home in an auto. The driver asked other passengers to get down and sped away along with the girl to a secluded place. The girl somehow managed to escape. The girl's parents today laid a trap and nabbed the auto-rickshaw driver and thrashed him badly. The police is investigating the matter.



‘Crippled’ corporation no bed of roses for new Commissioner
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 15
As former Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rahul Tiwari takes over the command of the municipal corporation, replacing the incumbent, RK Verma, it will take more than the proverbial "magic wand" for the new MC chief to pull the civic body out of the quagmire that has been created by "inefficiency, abject corruption, political interference and resource crunch".

The new Commissioner will have to set his priorities right to make some headway in reviving many of the stalled development projects, bring about improvement in the delivery of services and set the process in motion to launch other ambitious infrastructure development projects which are still on the drawing board. All this will need effective measures to raise the much-needed resources and improvement in financial management, which, of late, has been the bane of the civic body.

District Congress Committee (DCC) president Pawan Dewan said various development projects launched by the MC in the past were hanging fire and had been missing deadlines for several years now.

"Projects, including the construction of a road along Budha Nullah, covering of the open drain from Gurdwara Dukhniwaran to Kidwai Nagar, construction of over 4,800 dwelling units for the urban poor and an indoor stadium on Pakhowal Road, which have been stalled for want of funds, amply depict the sad state of affairs of the MC, which is virtually on the brink of bankruptcy," he said.

The DCC chief said for the MC, which found it hard to pay salaries to its staff and carry out even minor repair works or maintenance of roads, water supply and the sewerage network, projects involving hundreds or thousands of crores like the Metro, eight-laning of Ferozepur Road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal, 24-hour canal-based water supply and "Mission Ludhiana" announced by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal appeared like a pipedream.

Claiming that political consideration had been taking a toll on development works in the mega city, Parminder Mehta, spokesperson for the Congress councillors, said development works in the city ought to be need-based and not on the basis of political affiliation of the councillor of any particular area.

Mehta hoped that the change of guard at the MC would see the constitution of the Finance and Contracts Committee soon, a statutory requirement which has remained elusive even after more than a year of the new MC House having come into being.

As a former councillor put it, the new Commissioner would have to walk the tightrope to wriggle the MC out of the massive financial crisis, an unmotivated workforce, political interference and living up to the expectations of the people.



guga mari festival
Devotees’ rush catches admn unawares
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 15
Catching the administration and social organisations unawares, a large number of devotees from the town and adjoining villages converged on the Guga Mari shrine at Chhapar village to pay obeisance to Guga, the embodiment of "Nag Devta" today.

Activists of political parties and volunteers of social and religious organisation, who had come here for making preparations for events scheduled for Tuesday and the following days to mark the festival, said the event had started ahead of the formal commencement of the mega event.

While security arrangements are yet to be made, SSP Ashish Chaudhary has advised the SHOs at Jodhan, Sudhar and Raikot to step up vigil along the roads leading to the venue of the mela. Teams of policemen, including police women, have been deployed near the shrine.

Contrary to the earlier trend, a large number of devotees from the town and adjoining localities paid obeisance at sacred shrine Guga Mari, ahead of the formal commencement of the mega event on Tuesday.

The vendors, who had already set up their stalls near the shrine and on the roads leading to the venue, did a brisk business today.

Reacting to the sudden arrival of a large number of devotees, the office-bearers of a religious organisation, which had announced that it would hold a langar during the mela, served "karhi-chawal" to the devotees today.

Meanwhile, the SSP of Ludhiana (rural ) held a meeting with the officials posted at the police stations of the area.



Would love to do Punjabi movies: Nandini
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
Actor Nandini Vaid, who has made her debut with “Horror Story”, was in the city today. The actor, while talking about her debut movie that was released recently, said she would like to do a Punjabi movie if a good script comes her way.

“Punjabi cinema is up and, if offered a good script, I will like to do Punjabi movies,” she said.

Her co-actor in her first movie Karan Kundra has also done Punjabi movies.

She is a Punjabi girl inside and would like do a role like Kareena Kapoor of “Jab We Met”. “I am quite like Kareena Kapoor of ‘Jab We Met’, a Punjabi girl,” she said.

Nandini Vaid said she liked the spirit of Punjab and the Punjabi culture. She moved to Mumbai for modelling assignments, debuted with the movie “Horror Story”.

She was in the city for the second time during her visit to Kelong restaurant. She said horror movie genre was a form of entertainment. She, too, is scared and believes a bit in paranormal, but this is something that remains to be seen to be accepted.

She said modelling and acting were very different and acting was more challenging.

She hopes to get good roles as some of the projects were in the pipeline, the actor said.



reporters’ diary
Civic body’s ‘dhol wala’ move boomerangs

As the top brass of the Municipal Corporation decided to adopt a novel method of deploying a "dhol wala" (drum beater) to make public announcements about default in payment of arrears of house tax and user charges in a bid to improve recovery, the move has bounced back on the civic body itself. Reacting to the MC decision, the Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena has said it would also announce the failures of the MC by the beat of drum at the residences of the top MC officials. The residents' body has rightly said that if the MC intended to expose the defaulting tax payers in this way, it should also be prepared to face a similar fate (beat of drums) in cases where it failed to redress the grievances of the public or provide proper delivery of services.

Women's clubs do charity

There was a time when homemakers used to become members of women's clubs. But with the passage of time, the notion of womens's club has taken a swirl and now working women are also taking out some time to be a part of these clubs. The members of these clubs no longer indulge only in playing "tambola" or "antakshri", but are also taking up projects of social cause. Even the cultural activity held in the clubs are planned meticulously. Functions are organised on a large scale (see pic) and some part of the money collected from the functions goes to charity. Women of the nation are going in the right direction and we salute their spirit.

'Enigmatic' smile

Every individual has his or her own personality. But in today's world many pretend what they are not. There is an employee in a government department whose smile reminds his colleagues and officers of "Monalisa", the famous painting of Leonardo Da Vinci, which is known for the most engimatic smile in the world. One of his coworkers said: "This employee usually complains of suffering from some lifestyle disease and usually gets a long rope from his boss. Whenever there is an argument in that office between two staff members, he keeps mum and smiles in a very satirical way. But when it comes to making fun of anyone, he smiles in a rhetoric way. So, it will not be wrong to say that he smiles "Monalisa way".

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Manav Mander, Anupam Bhagria



Will focus on small, medium sector: Assn chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
A day after the elections, silence prevailed on the premises of the United Cycle and Parts Association (UCPMA). The office has been abuzz with activity for the past couple of months due to campaigning by both the factions of the UCPMA.

Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma was declared the winner yesterday after defeating his close contender Gurmeet Singh Kular.

“My main aim after assuming the post of the president will be to uplift the small and medium sector,” said Vishivkarma.

The research and development centre, which has been lying closed for the past few years, would be reopened. Research and development is the backbone of the small and medium enterprises. They need to walk hand in hand with the new technological advances. That would be possible only if they were acquainted with the new techniques and research was carried out, said Vishivkarma.

“After assuming the post, the first work I will be doing is to reopen the research and technology centre,” he said.

“The work I will be taking up during my tenure will be to make the government subsidies and schemes reach the small and medium sector. There are many schemes of the Central and state governments of which small sector are unaware. I will try and make the sector aware of the schemes and also help them in getting the benefits from the schemes,” he said a day after winning the elections.



Immunisation campaign begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The 3rd sub-national immunisation campaign kicked off here today.

District immunisation officer Dr Sanjeev Hans said: “As many as 1,65,767 houses were visited today and about 80,514 children up to 5 years’ of age were vaccinated.”

The Health Department has a target of administering pulse polio drops to as many as 3,85,000 children in five days. There are 1,587 teams of volunteers having 3,174 volunteers. As many as 7,10,000 houses will be covered as the teams will go from door to door for administering these drops.

The pulse polio campaign will be for five days in the city and the peri-urban areas, including the Sahnewal and Koomkalan blocks. However, in the remaining blocks it would be of 3 days.

The timings for the campaign will be from 8 am to 4 pm.



Book on Guru Gobind Singh’s life released
Tribune News Service

Dignitaries during the release of Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas' book "Dashmesh Pita Mere Ang Sang" at Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday
Dignitaries during the release of Dr Kulwinder Kaur Minhas' book "Dashmesh Pita Mere Ang Sang" at Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, September 15
A book titled “Dashmesh Pita Mere Ang Sang” was released by the Unesco Club of Punjab today at the Punjabi Bhawan.

The book, penned by Dr Kulvinder Kaur Minhas, is about the learnings from the life of Guru Gobind Singh.

She said his life was like a book and the fact that he sacrificed right from the childhood and struggled without showing any fear or concern gave me the cause to fight against injustice. His life gives an inspiration to fight for the underprivileged and the weak, and this has given me the confidence to stand against cruelty.

Dr Minhas has been a teacher for many years and principal at Sargodha School. She has written many other books, including “Hanere Vich Chan Di Leek”, “Main Inj Nahi Karanga” and “Yadan De Naksh”. She has written her book of essays “Jinhi Chakhya Prem Ras”. She has written another book titled “Budhhi Te Akash”. Last year, she wrote a book “Karam Yogi Balwant Singh Seechewal”.

Even the courage of Sahibzadas and the Zafarnama Guru Gobind Singh wrote was about standing for the right and righteous.

“I have shared how the book has guided her life,” she said. Noted literary personalities Dr Surjit Patar and Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill were present on the occasion.



Union felicitates schoolteachers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The Recognised and Affiliated Schools Union (RASA) held a brief function here yesterday to honour the teachers who have put in efforts to improve the results of their respective schools. Sore over the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the teachers, the union said though the department had claimed that teachers would be honoured once the minister was back from his overseas visit, none of the teachers had been given any intimation by the department in this regard so far.

The state government did not celebrate Teachers' Day on September 5 due to the "busy" schedule of the Education Minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka.

The president of the Democratic Employees (teachers) Front Ramanjit Sandhu said teachers were being "sidelined" and "exploited" by the government. "One day in the year is fixed when the government honours teachers. This year, that day, too, was not celebrated to honour the teachers, who had worked hard to improve the system. The government is not doing justice to the teachers. They are not being given their salaries on time," said Sandhu.

A Principal of a government school said teachers in the state were feeling neglected and there was an unrest among them. "The state government has empty coffers and it wants to save resources and everything is being put on the teachers. For example, if mid-day meal is not provided to students, teachers are asked to collect funds and do the needful. Question papers have to be photocopied and it becomes a headache for teachers to arrange funds. How can they provide a strong foundation to the future generations when they themselves are dissatisfied," the Principal said.



SBI donates water purifiers to schools

Manager of the Dehlon branch of the SBI Sher Singh offers water to a student at Ghungrana near Ahmedgarh
Manager of the Dehlon branch of the SBI Sher Singh offers water to a student at Ghungrana near Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photograph

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 15
Recognising their responsibility towards the welfare of the students from the economically weaker sections, the officials of different branches of the State Bank of India donated water purifiers to many schools.

The main function was held at Government High School, Ghungrana, which was presided over by Principal Dilbagh Singh. Manager of the Dehlon branch of the SBI Sher Singh was the chief guest. Assistant general manager Vijay Nagpal monitored the installation of water purifiers in schools.

Appreciating the role of the bank in sharing the responsibility with the state government, vice-chairman of the Ludhiana Zila Parishad Parminder Singh Rangian and ZP member Jagdeep Singh said parents and teachers should ensure that their wards did not contract water-borne diseases by drinking unsafe water. — OC



Students bring laurels to college
Bag first, fourth positions in Panjab University MCom examinations
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 15
In a historic achievement for Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, students of the college bagged two positions out of the top four positions in MCom second semester examinations of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.

Two students of Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, brought laurels to the college by clinching the first and the fourth positions, respectively, in the university in MCom second semester examinations, the results of which were declared on Friday.

Abhishek Gupta secured 1,115 marks out of a total of 1,400 marks to emerge as the university topper in MCom second semester examinations. Abhishek Gupta scored 80 per cent marks, thus making the college as well as his family members proud with his achievement. Abhishek Gupta, who belongs to a middle-class business family of Jagraon and aspires to be a Charted Accountant, had secured third position in the university in the first-semester examinations.

Apart from Abhishek, his classmate Priya Malhan, too, brought laurels to the college by bagging fourth position in the university in the same examination. Priya Malhan obtained 1,087 marks out of a total of 1,400 marks (77.64 per cent) to clinch fourth position in the university and second position in the college.

Earlier, during the first-semester examinations, Priya Malhan had secured second position in the university. Priya Malhan, who belongs to a middle-class business family, wants to become an IAS officer.

The common thing about both these young achievers is that they did not get any tuition and prepared for the examinations on their own.

“The credit for our success goes to the hard work put in by us and the guidance of our teachers. We will do our best to improve our performance in the future examinations,” said Abhishek Gupta and Priya Malhan.

Expressing satisfaction over the achievement of both the students, college principal Dr Karan Sharma congratulated both the achievers and their family members.

He credited the faculty members of the college for this remarkable achievement and asked other students to take inspiration from Abhishek and Priya and work hard to excel in their career.



from schools
Environment olympiad

Ludhiana: Sacred Heartians of Jamalpur performed well in the first International Environment Olympiad-2013 organised by City Montessori School, Gomati Nagar Campus-II, Lucknow, from September 7 to September 10. The event was inaugurated by Shivpal Yadav, PWD and Irrigation Minister of Uttar Pradesh. A delegation of 10 student-members participated in various events like speech, choreography, photography, street play, rip van winkle - drama, paint your future, make best out of waste and environment quiz. Satvikaa Singh bagged the first prize in speech on the topic “Global Warming - How seriously to take it”, and second prize in shoot out (photography). She was also a logical participant in environment cafe. Senior team was adjudged first in choreography - “The Assence of Water”. Spiritual and educational sessions were conducted by founder manager Dr Jagdish Gandhi and principal and convener Neeti Tandon. Team leaders Kamla Kashyap and Sukhraj Kaur said: “It was a platform of learning experience not only for students but also for teachers.”

Hindi Diwas celebrated

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, celebrated Hindi Diwas. Students of all the classes participated enthusiastically in the event. Students from Nursery to class XII contributed to the celebration in one way or the other. On this occasion, albums in the form of different thoughts were put together. These albums contained different views, opinions and expressions on vernacular topics. The topics were “my signatures”, “my favourite thoughts”, “my introduction”, “one good thing I have learnt”, “my message to my people”, “my ideal”, “colourful things I have seen” and many more. The creativity and the innovation put in by the brainy and emotional thoughts of BCM Aryans was commendable. It was a true presentation of their golden hearts showing immense respect for their national language. — TNS



From colleges
Ritika Narang crowned Miss Fresher

Ludhiana, September 15
The Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management extended an affectionate welcome to the newly added members of the SACCM family through “Samanvaya 2013-14”, the freshers’ party of the college. The grand show set into motion with the auspicious lighting of the candelabra and the encouraging welcome words by Dr RL Behl, principal of the college. The seniors exhibited their happiness and excitement through a variety of mesmerising performances and the freshers were rejoiced and overwhelmed by this warm gesture. The event witnessed the performances of groups like Incredible 12, Bhangra Revolution, After 8, singing, dances and games. Modeling by the freshers enhanced the glamour quotient of the party and this turned out to be a great way of introduction of the new students. Ritika Narang was crowned Miss Fresher and the title of Mr Fresher was awarded to Manish Malhotra. At the end, principal Dr RL Behl appreciated the efforts of Prof Sanjay Gupta and Prof Kanwaljeet Singh the faculty coordinators, students and all the staff in conducting the programme. The principal exhorted the freshers to make the most of their time in the college.


Dr Jagwant Singh, Senator of Panjab University, addressed the students of Post Graduate Diploma in International Business at Kamla Lohtia SD College on “Current Economic Scenario of India & Punjab”. Students were enlightened on various aspects of Indian economy, especially agriculture, politics, good governance, factors governing development, India’s foreign relation, devaluation of currency. Students were given the choice to ask their queries. Dr Singh made the session interactive through his motivational words. He encouraged the students to have good work habits and be an active part of the Indian economy in improving it.

Inter-college quiz competition

University Business School organised “Gyan-Manthan”, an inter-college quiz contest, on its campus. As many as 22 teams from across Punjab participated in the event. DP Singh, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Ludhiana beverages, was the chief guest. SK Sharma, director, Nahar Group of Companies, and HN Singhal graced the prize distribution function as the special guest and the chief guest, respectively, in the evening. SCD Government College for Boys’ team stood first in the quiz contest. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

New Swan was awarded first prize in the Farm Implement Sector at PAU Kisan Mela - 2013. The award was bestowed upon Upkar Singh, Group MD, Barunpreet Singh, Director, and Malikat Singh, Head, Marketing, Punjab. Straw bailer, straw rack roto seeder in stainless steel and spreder, besides high quality rotavators, straw reaper, etc., were displayed during the mela.


Pancham Hospital was inaugurated here on Sunday by the managing director and chief cardiologist of Pancham Hospital, Dr RP Singh and Director Dr Anoop Chand, Director Dr Harsimran Singh (Medicine) and Director Harmanpreet Singh. It is an 80-bed super-specialty hospital. On the occasion, Dr RP Singh said: “Our motto is excellence and commitment to care. Our focus is on quality and ensuring that every person who steps through our doors is given the best possible attention and treatment.” The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Subhash Batta, who was also present on the occasion, said: “'Such hospitals are the need of the hour for the city residents.”

Free consultation

Dr Surinder Gupta-led NIMA Ludhiana team provided free consultation regarding diabetes and breathing disorders to as many as 180 patients. Free blood glucose test, BMI basal metabolic index, free breathometer test, free neuropathy test, free dietary/lifestyle modification advice and free initial medicines were given to the patients. Dr Gupta, while interacting with the patients, said Ludhiana being an industrial city, was always high on the air pollution front. With high suspended particles in air due to smoke, gaseous fumes and dust, respiratory diseases were bound to happen. People should be vigilant enough to protect their respiratory system from allergic and infective disorders.

Artificial limbs distributed

Artifical limbs being distributed among the needyThe Maharaja Aggasen Sewa Sangh, BRS Nagar, held its 13th mega free artificial limb distribution camp at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Dharamshala, BRS Nagar. As many as 107 physically challenged persons were given artificial limbs, callipers, tricycles and hearing aids, etc. RP Gupta, president of the Maharaja Agarsen Sewa Sangh, said this camp had been arranged with the help of its members and more than 350 people had been benefited through these camps.

Artifical limbs being distributed among the needy. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Welcoming the statement of new Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal that he would tackle the problems of senior citizens on a priority, SP Karkara, who is also the president of the Federation of Senior Citizens' Associations of Punjab (FEDSEN-Punjab), besides being the president of the Senior Citizens' Welfare Association, Ludhiana (SCWAL), said on Sunday that it was a heartening news for the elderly and aged persons of the district. Karkara said senior citizens, who constitute 10 per cent of the population of the state according to the 2011 Census, were the most vulnerable section of society. They were unable to approach the authorities concerned for the redressal of their problems due to physical limitations, etc. He, therefore, appealed to the new DC to nominate a nodal officer with a dedicated telephone number whom elderly could contact in emergency.

SBI opens branch

The State Bank of India’s 43rd branch in Ludhiana was inaugurated on the Shingar Cinema road. The branch was inaugurated by Assistant General Manager Anil Kumar Bhardwaj. While addressing the gathering, he assured to provide the best customer service to the public. The bank would also grant advances to the deserving entrepreneurs for their manufacturing and trading establishments.

Meeting held

A meeting of the Bharti Valmiki Dharam Samaj was held here on Sunday to discuss about the Shobha Yatra that will be taken out on October 17 on the occasion of birth anniversary of Bhagwan Valmiki. Addressing the meeting, Virotam Lakshman Dravid said the yatra would start from the Daresi Ground. He also assigned different works to different workers for the successful carrying of the yatra.

House society poll

The cultural secretary of the Lodhi Club, Pawan Garg, on Sunday won the elections of the Agar Nagar Cooperative House Building Society with 79 votes. He thanked the residents of Agan Nagar A and B block. KK Bawa, former chairman of Housefed Punjab, said Pawan Garg was hardworking. He was congratulated by Rakesh Garg, Savhin Gupta, etc. — TNS



Minor raped
An athlete, girl was practising
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, September 15
A minor girl, an athlete, of a nearby village was raped by a youth last evening while she was exercising along with her minor sister near her village.

According to information, the girl, a resident of Mal Majra village, was practising along with her minor sister. When both the sisters were returning to their village, a youth, named Charanpreet Singh (22) of Sangatpura village caught hold of the girl and dragged her into a nearby sugarcane field near the same village. Her minor sister raised an alarm and ran towards her house.

In the meantime, the youth raped the girl and warned the girl against telling anybody about the incident. Her sister returned with her uncle and found the girl in a bad condition. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, where she was admitted to the Emergency ward.

The Samrala police has registered a case under section 376, IPC; Section 8 of the Protection of Children Act and Section 3 of the Scheduled Caste Act against the youth.

The vicitm belongs to a poor Dalit family and is a student of class I. Her father is no more and they are three sisters.

The SHO of Samrala said they had arrested the accused and he would be presented before a court tomorrow. Medical examinations of both the minor girl and the youth were conducted and the rape charges were established from the medical report.



Crime briefs
Eight gatecrashers booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The city police has booked eight persons who had gatecrash a party taking place at a marriage palace in the Jawaddi area and assaulted the disco jockey (DJ) and the manager. A case has been registered on the complaint of Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Passi Nagar. According to the complainant, the accused, Arun Singh Bedi, Bawa, both residents of Punjab Mata Nagar, Vipan, Palli and their four unidentified accomplices from Ambedkar Nagar, gatecrash a party on the intervening night of September 13-14. The accused indulged in hooliganism and entered into a fight with the DJ crew. Ashok Kumar, the manager of the marriage palace, tried to intervene, but the accused assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons. Ashok sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to a hospital. Before fleeing the scene, the accused snatched the walkie-talkie sets from Ashok. The Sarabha Nagar police has recorded Ashok's statement and registered a case under Sections 307, 382, 324, 323, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC. The police has started a manhunt to nab the accused.

Case registered

The city police has booked Sukhwinder Singh, the owner of Dream Products, a day after an employee of his factory died at a hospital during the treatment. The victim, identified as Pankaj Kumar (22), was working at Dream Products in Daba. On September 12, he sustained electrical shock while switching on a plug for the water supply. He was rushed to a hospital under serious condition where he died yesterday. The police has booked Sukhwinder under Section 304-A of the IPC for negligence resulting in his death.

Man booked

The city police has booked a person for creating a fake profile of a woman on a social networking site and posting lewd pictures on it. The case has been registered on the complaint of the woman’s husband, a resident of Quality Chowk.



Man held with 1 kg opium
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 15
The city police has nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 1 kg of opium from the possession of the accused.

The accused has been identified as Gagan, a resident of Kadwai Nagar. He was nabbed from the Sufian Chock here this evening by a team of the Anti-Narcotics Cell.

During the search, the police seized 1 kg of of opium from his possession.



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