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Industrialist booked for fraud
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The city police today booked an influential industrialist, Vikas Jain, Director of Oswal Apparels, on a charge of committing a fraud of over Rs 51 lakh. The case has been registered on the recommendation of a special investigation team (SIT).

Inspector Gagandeep Singh, in charge of the economic offences wing of the police, said the accused had been booked under Sections 418, 419, 420 and 477-A of the IPC for “fraud and cheating by falsification of accounts”.

According to the complainant, Chanderbhan Chauhan, in 2009, he got a contract of Rs 2.12 crore for the construction of industrial units from Jain.

Chanderbhan said while Vikas Jain made a partial payment of Rs 1.61 crore, the remaining amount of Rs 51.13 lakh was still pending.

Last year, Chanderbhan was in for a shock when Jain told him that he had cleared all the payment.

According to Jain, he had issued a cheque for Rs 51.13 lakh to Chanderbhan, who had withdrawn the money from a bank.

Chanderbhan cried foul and reported the matter to the police. A special investigation team, comprising the then ADCP (Crime), the ACP (Traffic) and the in charge of the CIA, was formed to probe the case.

The SIT found that a bearer cheque was issued by Jain in Chanderbhan’s name. Inspector Gangdeep said instead of handing over the cheque to Chanderbhan, Jain sent his men to the bank, who encashed the amount and handed over the amount to Jain.

The fraud came to light during the investigation. "We have registered a case and have started investigation," said Inspector Gagandeep Singh. Jain is the second prominent businessmen from the city to have been booked for a white colllar crime. Earlier, last month Jagjit Singh, owner of NKH Garments, was booked in a fraud case of Rs 26 crore.

Accused Director of Oswal Apparels

Vikas Jain, Director of Oswal Apparels, has been booked on the recommendation of a special investigation team. Inspector Gagandeep Singh, in charge of the economic offences wing of the police, said Jain had been booked under Sections 418, 419, 420 and 477-A of the IPC for “fraud and cheating by falsification of accounts”.


A to Z field staff end strike
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The field staff of A to Z company today called off its two-day-old strike following the intervention of local MLAs and councillors. All 415 field workers resumed work after company officials promised to meet their demands.

The field staff, including supervisors, drivers and workers, had not been collecting garbage from the city since Thursday.

According to Simarjit Singh Bains, MLA from the Atam Nagar constituency, A to Z officials had sacked 35 employees recently, which led to resentment among the staff. Moreover, the company had not issued appointment letters even after two years of the employment. Employees also did not have ESI and PF numbers. The company reportedly used to transfer employees to other states.

MLAs Simaranjit Singh Bains and Bharat Bhushan Aashu, and some councillors today intervened in the matter and resolved all issues.

Aashu, MLA, Ludhiana (West), said the company officials accepted all demands of the employees following which the striking staff resumed work.

Bains said, "We are concerned about the cleanliness of the city. We cannot afford a strike by the employees even for a short duration."



Navratra fervour grips industrial city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The festival of Navratras began with religious fervour in the city today. Temples have been tastefully decorated to worship Goddess Durga for the next nine days. Devotees, including the elderly and children, were seen visiting temples to seek the blessings of the Goddess.

They lighted lamps at the temples and offered prayers to the Goddess.

Hotels, clubs and restaurants in the city have started offering "Navratra delicacies" for those observing fast.

Aarti Mahajan, a homemaker, said she waited eagerly for these nine days, when the entire atmosphere is filled with religious fervour. "These are special days and are considered auspicious. I make purchases during these days," she said.



baby swapping case
Keep newborns’ photos in record: SMO
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
Once bitten twice shy. The old adage holds true for Senior Medical Officer (SMO) RK Karkara. Two days after a controversy over the alleged swapping of a baby boy with a baby girl, the SMO today ordered the staff to get photographs of babies clicked at the time of the birth so that a proper record of the identity of the newborns can be maintained.

Besides, the Civil Hospital authorities have started attaching a band on the wrist of the newborn.

They are also taking the hand and foot impressions of the newborn to maintain a proper record.

Till now, no visuals such as photographs were kept in the hospital records. Confirming the development, the SMO said, "I have ordered to get photographs of babies clicked at the time of the brith so that the hospital can maintain a proper record."

Sources said the need for maintaining a visual record was felt after Sushila (26) and her husband Sandeep sparked yet another controversy by claiming that the baby girl was born before September 30 and appeared to be 10 to 15 days old.

The Health Department has also launched a parallel probe into the matter and has constituted a board of two paediatricians and a radiologist to determine the girl's age.

The sources said the baby girl's "age issue" had put the hospital staff in a tizzy as the latter had no visual record to establish that it was the same baby that was born in the hospital.

Sources in the Heath Department said apart from conducting a DNA test, the Civil Hospital authorities had no other option to establish the paternity of the child.

"The DNA result, too, can prove counterproductive. The Civil Hospital authorities have no record to prove that the newborn girl brought by Sandeep and Sushila is the same child that was born in the hospital on September 30. If the DNA result turns out to be negative, the hospital staff will be in trouble as the parents have levelled allegations of swapping of the baby boy with a baby girl," said a doctor.

Intriguingly, it took three days for Sandeep and Sushila to lodge their protest. A Civil Hospital employee said in serious cases such as child swapping, the parents create a major scene at the hospital. However, the fact that Sandeep and Sushila remained quiet for quite some time has raised eyebrows.

Politics in the controversy cannot be ruled out. The sources said the appointment of Dr Karkara as SMO had caused much unease among politicians.

The sources said an "environment" was being created for Dr Karkara's transfer. However, Dr Karkara refused to comment on the issue.

The controversy

Sushila (26) and Sandeep, who already have three daughters, had, on October 3, claimed that their fourth child was a baby boy. They showed documents issued by the hospital in support of their claims. Sushila claimed that she had given birth to a baby boy on September 30. The police has registered a case against the hospital staff for kidnapping and committing a fraud.



Ludhiana Civil Hospital sans security arrangements
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The controversy arising from the issue of alleged swapping of a newborn baby boy with a baby girl is not likely to end yet. However, the security lapse at the Civil Hospital has raised many questions and it is found that the security arrangements at the hospital are in a pitiable condition.

The 110-bedded Ludhiana Civil Hospital has around 250 patients every day and the same number is of attendants, who stay there to take care of their patients. The number of patients visiting the OPDs is much more higher.

According to information, there are a total of six security guards deployed at the hospital, three for day duty and two for night duty. One guard takes day off everyday in rotation. It is almost impossible for such a poor number of security men to guard three buildings of the hospital.

Only two or three security guards can not watch every nook and corner of the hospital. Not only security guards, but also posts of staff nurse, peon and safai sewak are lying vacant. This staff also help in maintaining security as they remain present at the hospital during odd duty hours.

In Labour Ward, only a single woman is present on duty. The hospital authorities have failed to install close-circuit television cameras in any of the wards.

Shivram Saroay, president of the Ann-Jal Sewa Samity, said the civil hospital has no security arrangements and the police post set up on the premises has no concern about the security of the hospital.

Only 6 security guards

There are a total of six security guards deployed at the hospital, three for day duty and two for night duty. One guard takes day off in rotation. It is almost impossible for such a poor number of security men to guard three buildings of the hospital.



Health Dept, MC to hold anti-dengue drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
To check the spread of dengue in the city, the Health Department and the municipal corporation will start a joint drive from October 7. The Health Department has constituted 18 teams to make the public aware about the breeding of mosquitoes.

The Health Department and municipal corporation teams will check coolers and uncovered containers for dengue larvae and issue challans to the defaulters.

The Health Department has appealed to the people to keep their coolers clean and to dry them once a week. They have also been urged to keep their rooftops, uncovered water containers and tyres dry.

The municipal corporation will conduct fogging in all wards of the city from October 7 to 13. The Health Department has appealed to the public to keep the windows and doors of their houses open during the fogging operations.

Meanwhile, five more cases of dengue have been reported from Ludhiana district at city hospitals. Of these, four were reported from SPS Apollo and one from the CMC.



Report if schools demand donations: CBSE
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
With the admission process going to start in leading schools from December, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), to generate awareness amongst the masses, has asked the parents to report to the board if the schools, affiliated with the CBSE, asked for any donations from them. The board may has taken a decision to put up a notice on its website sensitising public that schools can’t ask for donations, the managements of leading private schools have now started asking for the development-funds for the school instead of donations from the parents.

Talking to The Tribune, Harmeet Kaur, principal, Nankana Sahib Public School, said board had issued such instructions so that schools did not make unjustified demands from parents.

"The parents have been raising hue and cry that certain schools ask them to donate generously for the school. The practice, they say is rampant at the time of new admissions. Board has made it clear on its website that schools can not demand anything from the parents and in case latter are being asked to provide something, board should be contacted," said Harmit Kaur.

While principal of another leading school in the city, wishing not to be quoted said the school managements did not take any donations but development-funds from the parents.

"We do not ask for any donations but school has to be improved with better infrastructure and development-fund is must," said the principal.

Terming the practice to be unethical, certain principals feel that at times due to middle-men, disrepute was brought to the leading schools.

"If any funds are being taken by the school authorities, the receipt for that has to be given by the schools. If any school asks for cash and kind, parents have every right to contact the Central Board of Secondary Education", said Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM school.



Students stage protest against Principal
Our Correspondent

Khamano, October 5
Students of science and arts group of Jawahar Navodiya Vidaliya, Farour, today, protested against school principal and staged a dharna at Tehsil Complex, Khamano and demanded immediate transfer of the principal. The students nearing 80 in strength including girls levelled serious charges against the Principal and said that he has fitted CCTV cameras in bathrooms and watched girl students while bathing and changing clothes. They alleged that they are charged Rs 3,000 to 4,000 for minor mistakes. The students revealed severe high-handedness of the principal including the supply of sub-standard eating material, physical verification of girl students, using of derogatory words against Punjabis, sub-standard cleanness of the school and even demanding money from school students on the name of cleanness. They also presented a memorandum to Naib Tehsildar, Khamano, Harpreet Kaur, who assured to take up the matter with higher authorities.

Meanwhile, school Principal Rajan Kumar refuted all the allegations and said he is only imposing discipline in the institute.

He however said CCTV cameras have been installed in class rooms not in bathrooms. He also refuted allegations of using derogatory words against any caste and creed.

On the other hand, students threatened that they will restore to traffic blockade if the principal is not transferred immediately. Students marched up to Khamano on foot and refused to return till the transfer of the principal but they were persuaded by Naib Tehsildar.

Officials concerned were continuing their efforts till filing of the report to solve the issue and were present in the school.



Villagers protest police ‘inaction’
Accuse Jagraon MLA of shielding rape accused Sarpanch who is on the run
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 5
A large number of residents, including women, of Kothe Fatehdeen village, located on the outskirts of Jagraon, today staged a protest outside the Jagraon city police station to lodge their protest against the delay in the arrest of the village Sarpanch, who has been accused of raping a minor Dalit girl of the same village.

The protesters carried out a protest march in the city and raised slogans against the police as well as Jagraon MLA SR Kaler. They alleged that the police had been deliberately delaying the arrest of the Sarpanch at the behest of local MLA SR Kaler, who is trying to shield the accused because he belonged to the ruling party.

The police had booked Parminder Singh, Akali Sarpanch of Kothe Fatehdeen village, for allegedly raping a minor Dalit girl of the same village more than three months ago. He has absconded since the registration of the case against him. The villagers have staged several protests demanding his arrest.

Addressing the protesters outside the Jagraon city police station, CPI(M) state committee member Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon and district secretary Amarjit Mattoo alleged that the police had not been arresting the accused Sarpanch at the behest of Kaler.

Showing the copies of the arrest warrants issued by a local court around 25 days ago against the accused Sarpanch to the media persons, Sekhon said: "The failure of the police to arrest the accused has raised a serious question mark over its functioning."

Mattoo said: "Being the elected representative of the area residents, Kaler must publicly clarify whether he is willing to get justice delivered to the victim family or shield the accused Sarpanch who belongs to his own party," said Mattoo.

The protest continued for more than three hours and the police personnel kept the police station locked from inside during the protest. However, the protesters agreed to end the protest when SHO Mohammad Jamil assured them them that the police would make every possible effort to arrest the accused Sarpanch as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Kaler denied the allegations of trying to shield the Sarpanch. "I never intervene in police matters and there is no question of shielding a rape accused, no matter to which political party he belongs," he said.



Halt trains at Samrala: Residents
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, October 5
Hundreds of workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and some other organisations staged a dharna at the Samrala railway station against the non-stoppage of trains here.

Addressing the protesters, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia and former MLA Jagjivan Singh Khirnia alleged that though farmers of the area had given land to the Railways Department, they were not getting any facility.

They said the hopes of residents had dashed as no trains stop here. They were expecting halt of trains at the station to facilitate residents of the area to visit Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, and some other religious places.

The agitators threatened that they would resort to some other means if the authorities failed to halt trains at the station.

The dharna continued for about an hour, however, no official turned up at the venue.

SDM, Samrala, Ghanshiam Dhori, said the demand of the residents was genuine. He had received a memorandum regarding the matter from them and he had forwarded the same to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, for further action.



‘Regularise unauthorised colonies by October 7’
Our Correspondent

Amloh, October 5
Unauthorised colonies\ plots under the municipal limits of Amloh\Mandi Gobindgarh have been given a chance up to October 7 to get these regularised, failing which FIR will be lodged against the defaulters. SDM Rajdeep Kaur (PCS) stated this while addressing mediapersons here yesterday.

They could apply to the Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, or the SDM office at Amloh through suvidha kendras. Applicants could also apply through the executive officer concerned of their respective Municipal Councils, Rajdeep Kaur added.



regularisation of illegal colonies
Plot owners left in the lurch
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The last date for submitting fees for the regularisation of illegal colonies is October 7. With just two days left, certain colonisers/plot holders are left in the lurch as GLADA is not considering their "chain" of property and they are being asked to pay "exorbitant" fees for getting their properties regularised.

Talking to The Tribune, Aneesh Sobti, a local resident, said he had purchased a plot in Thakur Colony, Pakhowal Road, in 2008. The colony was established in 2004 and the person from whom he had purchased the plot was the first buyer who had purchased the plot in 2007.

"I have got all the documents pertaining to the 'chain' of the property. The documents are the proof of the establishment of the colony, still I am being asked to pay as per property purchased by me (in 2008). There is a difference of Rs 80,000 or 90,000 in the fees to be deposited. Besides, the policy by the state government clearly mentions the regularisation charges in case of residential plots/buildings in unauthorised colonies, developed before and after August 17, 2007," Sobti said.

He said there were many such persons who had to pay hefty amounts as the authorities were not considering their 'chain' of properties. "When Municipal Corporation is getting the regularisation fees considering the chain, why can not the GLADA do that? Why are we being asked to pay more when the policy is the same everywhere," asked Sobti.

Another plot holder, Dinesh Kumar said when the policy was framed it was stated that the authorities would consider the "chain" of a property but now GLADA maintained that the fees would be liable according to as and when the plot was purchased by the buyer. "There is a huge difference in the fee structure for the colonies developed before and after 2007. We are ready to pay the fees but again here, we are being duped by the authorities as we are being asked to pay more. If we register our complaint to GLADA officials, they ask us to contact the higher-ups. How can a common man contact the Secretaries or the ministers?," he asked.

Even in the government forms for regularisation of colonies, "the year of establishment" (of property) has been written, which indicates the year when a particular colony was established or developed and not when plots were purchased by buyers later.

The Chief Administrator of GLADA, RK Verma, however, said GLADA was charging as per the fee structure mentioned on the PUDA website. "There was some clarification issued later on the fees and we are adhering to the recent directions by the government," said Verma.



Industrialists meet Finance Minister
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 5
Representatives of the All-India Steel Re-Rollers Association yesterday met Finance Minister P Chidambram at his north block office in New Delhi and gave some suggestions for the re-rolling industry which is on the verge of closure.

The meeting was arranged by MLA, Amloh, Ranndeep Singh, who was also present.

They suggested that under the central excise law deemed credit should be allowed on the purchase of scrap and GST should be imposed at the earliest.

In the memorandum, it was suggested that "when the industrial growth is well below the level of 5 per cent, fixing of ta\rget for the Income Tax and Central Excise over 15 per cent is a step towards harassment of the industries in the hands of officers. The practice of fixing targets in both central excise and income tax should be discontinued."

President of the Association Vinod Vashisht told the Finance Minister that as per data supplied by the Punjab State Power Corporation, 101 steel units in Khanna and Mandi Gobindgarh alone had got their power disconnected due to recession and accrued losses and the remaining units were working at 30 per cent capacity. Another 100 steel units are on the verge of closure.

After a detailed discussion with the members of the association, the Finance Minister has given an indication that the demand of provisions of deemed credit is productive and will be implemented.



Home Guards jawans await salaries
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna/Samrala, October 5
Hundreds of personnel of the Punjab Home Guards in Khanna police district and some other areas are without pay for the last two months.

Several Home Guards personnel said they were forced to borrow money from others to feed their families. Though they perform duties 24 hours, they are without pay for the last more than two months. With festival season around the corner, they are unable to purchase essential things for their families. They also revealed that they were given only Rs 400 per day in a monthly salary of Rs 12,000. Many of them have put in about 25 years and had performed duties during militancy.

Commandant Home Guard of Ludhiana Reet Inder Singh Bhinder confirmed that the Home Guards jawans of Khanna, Jagraon, Ludhiana and Ropar, who fall under his jurisdiction, had not got their salaries. He said they had sent all the bills to the authorities and they were yet to receive money from the state government exchequer. He said as soon as they received approval from the government, they would immediately transfer pay into the jawans' accounts.



Splendid performances mark cultural fest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
Performances of emerging artistes in colorful attires from various parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana marked the annual intra-regional cultural festival organised by the Power Grid Corporation of India, Northern Region Transmission System (NRTS)-II, at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening.

A cultural festival and traditional handicrafts exhibition was also organised during the event.

JP Singh, Executive Director of the NRTS-II was the chief guest whereas SK Sharma, General Manager, was the guest of honour.

Singh inaugurated the exhibition in presence of guests, corporation staff and their families. The cultural festival encompassing talent from the four northern states enthralled the audience by presenting colorful folk dances and songs highlighting the rich composite culture of the region.

The cultural programmes showcased burning issues like girl child abuse, dowry and corruption.

‘Yeh Kahani Nari Ki’ was presented by young artistes of the Abullapur substation. Other performances include 'Samajik Buraiyan' by artistes of the Kishenpur substation, 'Prakrti Hi Jeevan Hai-Jiyo aur Jeene Do' by the Kaithal substation team, 'Ek Kadam Beteyan Di Aur' by the Kartarpur substation team, 'Asli Dhan' by another debutant team of Nalagarh substation, ‘Jai Kisan' by the Moga substation team, Haryanvi folk dance by artistes of Hisar and ‘Ganga Ke Guhar’ by the team of the Regional Office, Jammu.

Later mementoes and trophies were distributed among the participants.

While the team from Jammu bagged the winner’s trophy, teams from Nalagarh, Hisar and Kishanpur substations bagged the second, third and fourth prizes, respectively.



Lifestyle exhibition begins at Park Plaza
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

An artist with her quilled paper jewellery at the exhibition
An artist with her quilled paper jewellery at the exhibition

Ludhiana, October 5
‘Carnival of Lights’, a lifestyle exhibition, saw a conglomeration of various lifestyle, fashion and home decor designer brands coming together. The two-day exhibition started today at Park Plaza has exhibitors from various places, including Delhi and Amritsar.

Neha Ahuja from Inaya Delhi brought with her quilled paper jewellery that was different and interesting.

“Though quilling technique is being used for making envelopes and decorative boxes, we have brought jewellery made with paper. There are designs, including butterfly, floral designs, especially made for teenage girls and younger girls, she said.

Some of the pieces could also be worn by adults that are combined with stones and pearls. These are created in various colours, shapes and designs, Ahuja said.

“These jewellery pieces are light-weight, elegant and skin friendly and are painted with lacquer, giving them a sheen and making durable as well as waterproof,” she added.

These jewellery designs, with gold leaf in traditional pattern, have been worn decades ago. Being made by jewellers from Amritsar, these designs are reminiscent of the old cultural richness. A lot of the design influences are from the Rajasthani and Punjabi cultures, said Sanjeev from Dhawan Kundan Creations.

He said these designs were innovated in such a way so that these do not lose the traditional touch.

Another item that was on display at the exhibition was pashmina shawl. Created with pure Pashmina wool from the Upper regions of Himalayas, Varuna Anand from Jammu brought a rich collection of shawls. Apart from the pure solid pashminas, some were richly embroidered with Sozni and paper mash work ‘jambewars’ are created with intricate embroidery techniques that cover the entire shawl lending it rich exquisite look. Kani shawls take up to a year to complete, she said.

These were all embroidered by hands and the cost of a shawl starts with the basic ones at Rs 35,000 and goes up to Rs 3 lakh, she added.



Tech-fest concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
A two-day technical event organised by various technical societies of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College concluded today. The event had a mixture of traditional and innovative events.

Technobotix, an event, in which students were to tackle obstacles on land and in water using their own designed robots; Quizainre, a quiz show, in which fierce competition was witnessed amongst the participants.

Other events included Rajneeti which consisted of three rounds, the question hour, parliament and debate. An event on town planning was organised in which students were to design a township for given number of inhabitants.

Other events of the day included concrete design, fast fingers, scratchthon, pirates of surveying, apti war etc. Over 2000 students from various colleges participated in the event. Studens participated with full zeal and performed their best in various events.

The valedictory function was presided over by YS Brar, dean, student welfare, who applauded the efforts of students in organising an event of this scale.



from schools
Student honoured
General Gaurav Shamsher Jang Bahadar Rana honours Navjot Kaur at Lawrence School, Sanawar, on Saturday
General Gaurav Shamsher Jang Bahadar Rana honours Navjot Kaur at Lawrence School, Sanawar, on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

A resident of Koom Kalan village was honored at Lawrence School, Sanawar, for scoring maximum marks in science stream by Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff. Navjot Kaur Atwal, who is studying at Sanawar School, topped the institution with 95.5 per cent marks. She was honoured during the annual school function by Chief of Army Staff of Nepal General Gaurav Shamsher Jang Bahadar Rana with a gold medal, who was guest of honour, during the school function.

Poster-making competition

Working on the key question of energy conservation and for generating awareness among youngsters, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, organised a poster-making competition for primary and middle wing. Posters depicted that money, talent and political policies need to be perfectly coordinated for the purpose of saving energy. Students showed that rapid inputs of science and technology had given various luxurious and added comforts to our lives adding both physical and mental laziness. After congratulating the winners, officiating principal Neelam Mittar said energy should be used to upgrade human existence not for degrading the future lives by misusing it.

Navratra celebrations

The Navratra celebrations function was celebrated with religious fervour at Everest Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. Tiny-tots dressed in gaudy dresses presented a charming show. Rajinder Sharma, president, association of the affiliated schools, Punjab, encouraged children and told them about the ancient Indian Culture. Principal Asha Sharma, distributed sweets and fruits among the students. She motivated the kids to participate in such cultural activities. She emphasised on the physical development of the children along with their mental development.

Ramlila staged

Dussehra celebrates the Lord Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil. In an interesting depiction of the epic, at Pallavan School here, the story of Ramayan was depicted by the tiny-tots here today. Students played the role of the characters given to them. Games like Sita ki Bindi, Ring Hanumans Tail and Havan Karengae were enjoyed by the kids. Ashok-Vatika scene was created at the school premises and kids took keen interest in the epic. Kids were dressed as Lord Rama, Ravana, Lakshman, Sita, Sarupnakha etc. Their performances mesmerised everyone. The parents were proud to see their kids performing with confidence. Heena Goyal from Pallavan said such activities put a life-long mark in the minds of tiny-tots. "They will never forget the festival and its importance," she said.

Blood donation camp

In the fond memory of its founder Kundan Lal, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, organised a blood donation camp on the school premises here today. The camp was organised in an association with Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The camp was a great demonstration of team spirit as the school students, particularly of Class XII, organised the first ever all student's event as a tribute to their founder.

Seminar held

lnnquest Learning Solutions conducted a seminar in DAV Public School , BRS Nagar. Kultar Singh Arora addressed the class teachers of the Pre-Kg to Vth classe. In an informative and educative lecture, he pressed the need to identify and explore the innate potential of the children. He emphasised that each & every child is gifted with a different learning ability which needs to be enhanced. He stressed upon the need to encourage the slow learners by adopting different techniques which can go a long way in improving educational standards. It was an interactive session where the teachers participated enthusiastically and sought the answers to their queries.

Students selected

Athletes of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sahnewal, have been selected for the National Level Athletic Meet to be held in Kerela on November 17.Sister Pavitra, principal of the school, and Ajay Agnihotri, coach, shared that Gurlalpreet Singh, Saloni Jassar, Neha Dhaka, Pallavi Sharma and Ishwinder Kaur will participate in the National Level Meet. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan
Showrooms open on Sundays

All major showrooms would remain open on Sundays as well till March 31, 2014, keeping in view the festival season. This was said by the Ludhiana Cloth Merchant Assocation. Showrooms in the areas of Mall Road, Fountain Chowk, Pakhowal Road and Ghumar Mandi would remain open on Sundays as well.

Effigy burnt

District Youth Congress members burnt an effigy of Baba Ramdev for allegedly speaking indecently about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Condemning Ramdev, Congress members Yogesh Handa and district congress vice-president Raju Vohra said if he wants to join politics, he should take off his saffron clothes. They said he should apologise publicly to the PM, failing which he would be welcomed with black flags on his arrival to the state.

T20 tourney

India’s first sports-based women driven health awareness campaign National Awareness League (NAL) will organise its second T20 women cricket match at Ludhiana. The first match was played during the launch of NAL on the occasion of World Heart Day at New Delhi. The matches are being organised to generate awareness of physical activities in prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Artificial limbs

A limb donation camp would be organised on October 6 to donate 51 artificial limbs at Freemasons’ Hall, adjoining the church at the Sarabha Nagar.

Cong meeting

District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan said rather than the Akali-BJP government, it was the rule of ‘Badal and company’ in Punjab, which is following the footsteps of the British East India Company. He said this during a party workers’ meeting at Atam Nagar on Saturday, adding that the government was levying inordinate taxes and people were reeling under the burden of the same.

Purchase of paddy

The Punjab Government has made adequate arrangements for purchase of paddy yield from farmers and any delay in the purchase of the yield would call for action against erring officials or workers. This was said by Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal at Dana Mandi, Payal. He visited the food grain market at Doraha and Malaud earlier during the day.

Talent hunt show

F2 Race Way, Adventure and Sports Park and Ishmeet Singh Music Institute have organised a talent hunt show - ‘Jashan-e-Youth’. Ishmeet Singh Music Institute shall be providing professional grooming to the selected persons in the field of singing and dancing. Ten premier educational institutions of Ludhiana will be involved as participating institutions in the event. The auditions will be conducted at the participating institutions.



Youth booked for eve-teasing

Ludhiana: The police has booked Gagan Dutt of Punjabi Bagh Colony for teasing a girl. The victim said she was going for tuition when Gagan passed nasty comments about her. When she objected, he threatened her with a sword and said he would kill the girl and her family.

Six quintals of poppy husk seized

The city police has seized 5.60 quintal of poppy husk worth Rs 11 lakh and booked seven persons in this connection. Salwant Singh, kingpin of the gang who had been peddling drugs for the past three decades, and his accomplices Jageer Singh, Kamaljit Singh and Gulag Singh, all from Ladhowal and Kutbewal villages were arrested while Salwant Singh's son along with his mother and two more accomplices escaped. Salwant Singh, who is said to be politically well connected, smuggled drugs from Rajasthan.

Man takes poison

Day after 28-year-old woman, identified as Vaishali, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Salem Tabri, her husband Sandeep, too, attempted to end his life by consuming poison. The incident took place on Saturday, following which he was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition.

Two booked

Amloh: The police has booked two persons who had allegedly posed as police officials and threatened Ashish Garg on the mobile phone. According to SHO Shivinderpal Singh, Ashish Garg of Amloh has stated in his complaint that Sultan Khan and Dalbir Khan, both residents of ward No.18, Pirkhana road, Khanna, had allegedly abused and threatened him on the mobile phone. Ashish had recorded the conversation in his mobile. A case has been registered.

Employee electrocuted

An employee of the Municipal Council, Mandi Gobindgarh, was electrocuted while he was trying to rectify a fault on the Mata Rani road power lines. The victim has been identified as Rupinderpal Singh of Ghania-ki-Bangar (Gurdaspur). Rupinderpal was taken to the local Civil Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. — TNS



Gang of swindlers busted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 5
The Sadar police has booked five members of a gang of swindlers, including two women, for allegedly duping innocent youths of over Rs 25 lakh on the pretext of getting them government jobs and sending them abroad. Four of the suspects belong to a family of Dugri village in Malerkotla tehsil.

The case was registered on the basis of seven complaints lodged by as many victims before SSP, Sangrur, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, who had directed Sadar SHO Jasvir Singh to initiate action after registering a case under section 420 and 120 B of the IPC.

Surinder Singh of Dugri village, Jatinder Singh of Gosal village, Manjit Singh of Madnipur village, Darbara Singh of Mullanpur Khurad, Amrik Singh and Jagtar Singh of Rajewal village had alleged that the suspects had duped them of Rs 25,05,000 on the pretext of getting them government jobs and sending them to foreign countries, including Canada, Australia and the US.

Investigations revealed that to impress their targets, the supects would present the kingpin of the gang (a woman) as a very influential person who had very close relations with a number of bureaucrats, ministers and officials of embassies of various countries.

The victims claimed that the amount had been paid to the suspects over six months from October 2012. No arrest has been made in the case yet.



state games
Ludhiana women finish third
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
Though Ludhiana finished at the third place in Punjab State Women's Games, which concluded in Bathinda today, the players failed to repeat their performance that fetched them the second position in the last edition of these games.

The sports persons from Jalandhar won the games by a big margin whereas Sangrur district bagged the second position.

The players from Ludhiana scored overall 24 points in all the sports. The district teams and individuals players of swimming and tennis played well and contributed maximum points to the Ludhiana kitty. The players of hockey, kabaddi, handball, volleyball, gymnastic and athletics did not contribute much to the Ludhiana tally.

"We have won some individual medals but failed to perform well compared to last year," said Sanjiv Sharma, athletics coach.

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said: "Our players played well but the results are not as per our expectations. This time, we had been expecting the first position".



KVM lads advance into final of U-19 cricket tournament
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 5
Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, scored an overwhelming 57-run victory over Christian Eminent Public School, Indore (MP), to assure themselves a berth in the final of the 14th All-India Bhai Gobind Singh Pasricha Cricket Tournament (u-19) being held at MGN Public School ground, Adarsh Nagar, Jalandhar, today.

Eight teams from across the country are competing in this annual tournament being organised on a knockout basis in which matches of 20 overs a side are played. KVM, in their first encounter, defeated St. Stephen Public School, Chandigarh, to move into the second round where they drubbed the team from Indore convincingly to book a place in the title clash.

Batting first, KVM scored 157 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. The main architects of their innings were Jaskaran Singh and Parul Mehndiratta who contributed 46 and 32 runs, respectively, while Deepin Chitkara and Bhuvnesh Rai chipped in with 20 runs each.

For Christian Eminent Public School, Ajay Partap Singh and Pranjal were the successful bowlers. Ajay captured four wickets for 30 runs while Pranjal scalped two victims for 15 runs.

Chasing the target, Christian Eminent School were restricted to 100 runs in 19 overs. Except for Ankush Singh (41) and Pranjal (10), no other batsman could reach double figure.

For KVM, left arm spinners Raghav Sharma and Navendu Sharma shared bowling spoils. Raghav got rid of four batsmen after conceding 15 runs and Navendu claimed three wickets for 18 runs. Anmol Sharma grabbed two wickets for 10 runs while Jaskaran Singh took one for 10 and helped their side to romp home victorious.



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