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Man strangles wife to death
Tries to hoodwink police by claiming that she committed suicide
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The Sadar police has arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly strangling his wife and spreading the word that she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The incident came to light when the sarpanch of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar near the Dhandra road informed the police that a woman, Sarabjit, had committed suicide at her in- laws' house.

The Sadar police, including Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO, reached the spot.

"The victim's husband, Mandeep Singh, was mourning her death. He told us that his wife committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. However, a coat of dust was seen on the blades of the fan. Had the woman committed suicide by hanging from the fan, the dust would have got removed. However, that was not the case. Further, the distance between the fan and the bed was not sufficient enough for a grown-up to commit suicide," the SHO said.

The police took Mandeep for questioning during which he confessed that he strangled his wife to death following a quarrel last night.

He told the police that he killed his wife when his younger brother and mother had gone to a relative's place.

Sarabjit Kaur, a resident of Bagarian village in Tarn Taran, married Mandeep Singh nearly a year ago. Her relatives alleged that she was being harassed for dowry. They said Sarabjit's father was a grocer and failed to meet the repeated demands of Mandeep.

Last night, the couple had a quarrel as Mandeep was demanding a gold ring before attending a family function. The SHO said the body had been sent to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem and Mandeep Singh had been arrested on a murder charge.


GLADA sells 5 commercial sites for Rs 4.22 crore
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 30
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold five commercial sites in the Dugri Urban Estate, Phase III, netting Rs 4,22,53,000 in the process against the reserve price of Rs 4.12 crore for the sites.

While all five shop-cum-flat (SCF) sites, measuring 121 sq yards each, were sold, the offer for the sale of 15 booth sites with a floor area of 22.68 sq yards each, was withheld due to a low turnout of bidders at the auction.

According to GLADA estate officer RK Popli, who conducted the auction along with Additional Chief Administrator Supreet Singh Gulati, the highest price fetched by an SCF site was Rs 70,500 per sq yard and the lowest successful bid stood at Rs 69,500 per sq yard for the SCF sites, which had a floor price of Rs 68,148 per sq yard.

Fifteen bidders, each one of them having paid an eligibility fee of Rs 50,000 for the booth sites and Rs 1 lakh for the SCF sites, participated in the auction.

According to the terms and conditions of the auction, the successful bidders were required to pay 10 per cent of the bid amount at the fall of the hammer along with 2 per cent cess, to be collected for the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund. The balance amount can either be deposited within 60 days of the issuance of the allotment letter with a 5 per cent rebate or in four equated yearly instalments with 12 per cent interest.

The sites were sold on "as is where is" basis with the condition that these will be used for the purpose mentioned in the allotment letter, and no change of land use will be permissible.

Popli said GLADA intended to offer for sale more commercial sites in Dugri, Phase II and III, in the next couple of weeks. The booth sites, which could not be auctioned today, would also be offered for sale in the next round of auction, he said.



0001 goes for Rs 3.70 lakh at auction
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The district Transport Department today netted Rs 24.17 lakh through an auction of vanity numbers at Bachat Bhawan here. A large number of bidders turned up for the auction of the series PB 10 DS along with their supporters.

The department auctioned the first 100 numbers today, while the remaining 150 vanity numbers will be auctioned tomorrow.

District Transport Officer Anil Garg said Ludhiana remained the numero uno district in generating revenue to the state exchequer through the auction of vanity numbers. He said the number 0001 was bought for Rs 3.70 lakh by Jaswinder Singh of Chandigarh for his Cruze car.

"People in Ludhiana district love to buy new vehicles and don't mind spending lavishly on getting the numbers of their choice. Single-digit numbers remain the favourites among the residents," said Garg.



7 samples of eatables fail purity test
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Seven samples of eatables, which were collected this month by a team of the Health Department, have failed the purity test. The District Health Officer, Dr Abnash Kumar, said, "A sample of chamcham collected from Nath Di Hatti, Chandigarh Road, Samrala, was found containing non-permitted synthetic colour. The food analyst found it unsafe for consumption."

The other samples that failed the purity test included a "chutney", collected from Malwa Sweets, Samrala. It was found substandard as it contained synthetic colour. From the same sweets shop, a sample of khoya was also collected, which had a fat content of 14.13 per cent, whereas according to the prescribed standards, it should be 30 per cent. Samples of pink and green burfi, collected from a sweets manufacturing unit in New Sabji Mandi, was found containing aluminium-coated leaf instead of silver.

Two samples of refined cottonseed oil collected from SP Trading Company, Gokul Road, Ludhiana, were found containing suspended matter.

8.2 quintals of sweets seized

A team of the Health Department on Wednesday seized 8.20 quintals of substandard sweets from a Tata Ace on Rahon Road. The sweets were being transported by Surjit Singh, the manufacturer. The sweets incldued burfi, dhoda, patisa and milk cake.



16 more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Sixteen more patients tested positive for dengue here today. The patients are under treatment at various hospitals in the city. Patients from Ludhiana city who tested positive for dengue belong to Janak Puri, Rahon Road, Giaspura, Islam Gunj, Heera Nagar, Kalai Sarak, Focal Point, Sherpur, Daba, Dhandari and Jodhewal.

Ludhiana hospitals have so far received 1,049 dengue patients this season, of whom 636 were from Ludhiana district, 296 from other districts and 117 from other states.

A team of the Health Department visited Harcharan Nagar, Shingar Cinema, Harchand Nagar, the rear side of Gulmohar Park, Tajpur Road and Indrapuri and held nine group meetings.

The team checked 66 coolers and 145 containers. Larvae were found in six coolers/drums. Of these, four coolers with larvae were found at Satyam Hospital, Harcharn Nagar. The sanitary inspector of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been informed in this regard.

The team delivered health talks at Government High School, Indra Puri. It also distributed pamphlets.



Cabinet Minister under fire
Panchayat union charges Dhillon with patronising anti-social elements
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 30
Shirmonai Akali Dal (Badal) legislator from Sahnewal and Cabinet Minister (PWD) Sharanjit Singh Dhillon is under fire from a panchayat union which has charged him with patronising corrupt and anti-social elements, murdering democratic values and intimidating panches and sarpanches of his own party for personal and political reasons.

Dhillon has, however, refuted the allegations, asserting that these were motivated and he was unnecessarily being dragged in a dispute between a former sarpanch and a serving panch.

Addressing a news conference here today, Dilbagh Singh, a former sarpanch of Gautam Colony, and claiming to be the president of the Panchayat Union, alleged that Dhillon had managed to get nomination papers of several candidates for the posts of panches and sarpanches cancelled to get his own henchmen elected to these posts.

"Not only this, many of the elected members of panchayats and sarpanches falling under the Sahnewal assembly segment were not allowed to assume office for their refusal to toe the line of the minister," said Dilbagh Singh while claiming that Dhillon was instrumental in registering criminal cases against his political rivals, many of whom had long association with the ruling party.

Rubbishing the allegations, Dhillon said Dilbagh Singh and a serving panch of Gautam Colony had a dispute with each other and both of them had filed criminal complaints against each other which were under investigation. The minister further added that he had been approached by both the parties to intervene for a patch up which he refused on the grounds that both Dilbagh Singh and his opponent party were facing serious charges which included grabbing panchayat land and misappropriation of funds.

He termed the charges levelled against him as false, motivated and born out of frustration while adding that the law will take its own course.



YAD activists gift onions to Tewari
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Showing the concern over sky-rocketing prices of onions, activists of Youth Akali Dal (YAD) threw onions at Manish Tiwari's house here today. Akali workers, led by Meetpal Singh Dugri, National vice-president of YAD and Senior Akali leader, Ravinderpal Singh Mikku, visited the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tiwari's residence to present him onions as a Diwali gift.

The security officials at the gate informed that Manish was not available at home. The activists asked to security personnel to get the onion packet from them. But the security personnel denied. No one responded to Akali activists from Tiwari's resident for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, the irked activists put the onion package on the gate of house and raised slogans against the Union Minister and the UPA-led Central Government. In the meantime, someone from inside the house threw the package outside the gate. After which the YAD workers threw some onions inside the house.

Meetpal Singh Dugri, national vice-president, YAD, said, "We have presented the onions to Union Minister Manish Tiwari to symbolise the inflation during the UPA tenure. Not only onions, but the prices of petrol, diesel, domestic gas and other products of daily use have also been increased. On the occasion of Diwali, we presented onions to Manish Tiwari so that he can realise the crisis of common man occurred due to inflation.

Ravinderpal Singh Minku, all-India vice-president of Youth Akali Dal, said, “When a common man is facing critical finical crisis, the minister of the UPA-led government has been looting the public funds. We urge the Union Minister to take care the inflation in the country."



dhanteras shopping
Residents to miss gold coins
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Gold coins will not be available in plenty this Dhanteras and Diwali as a ban has been imposed on the import of gold coins and medallions and the government has asked the banks to strictly follow the guidelines restricting the inward shipments of the yellow metal.

"Import of gold coins and gold medallions is prohibited. Traders can buy gold from the domestic market and make coins, but the government will not relax the curbs that have been imposed to contain the current account deficit. The banks have been asked to strictly adhere to the norms on gold imports," said a senior official from a nationalised bank.

Post offices will not be selling gold coins this festive season. "We can clear the old stock lying with us but no new stock will be added this year," said a employee of the postal department.

Even jewellers have decided not to sell coins, and instead divert them to jewellery-making to meet the shortage of gold caused by the government's curbs on the imports of the yellow metal.



Youth Cong alleges fleecing by pvt labs
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 30
The activists of the local unit of the Youth Congress today held a protest against the alleged exploitation of people by private laboratory operators. The protesting activists alleged that the private laboratory operators had been exploiting patients by charging exorbitent fees for tests conducted by them.

They alleged that while the government laboratories charged around Rs 90 of blood test, the private laboratory operators made patients shell out more than Rs 300 for the test.

"There is no facility of conducting medical tests on subsided rates at the local civil hospital. Taking advantage of patients' helplessness, the private laboratory operators are looting them," said Jagraon Youth Congress president Manjinder Singh Dalla.

The Youth Congress activists submitted a memorandum to Jagraon SDM Apneet Rayat and demanded the fixing of minimum prices of various medical examinations conducted by the laboratory operators.

The activists also visited the Civil Hospital to submit a memorandum to Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Karanvir Goel but he was not present in his office. After waiting for a long time, they handed over the memorandum to Dr Arun Gupta, a senior doctor.

They have urged the local administration to fix minimum fees of medical tests and keep a check on the private laboratories to prevent exploitation of patients.



Admissions to associate schools barred
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The admissions to the associate schools, which are being run on an area of 200 sq yards or less in Punjab, will not be allowed from the next academic session starting from March, 2014. Around 233 schools have not fulfiled the norms of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and the latter have served these schools 15 days notice to put objections, if any. Out of the total number, around 60 schools are from Ludhiana region.

Confirming the development, the chairperson of Punjab School Education Board, Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, said admissions would not be allowed in the schools, which were being run on less than 200 sq yards of area.

“The lists of such schools were prepared by the Education Department during a checking process. The admissions will not be allowed in such schools from March 2014 as they have not fulfilled the norms,” said Dhaliwal.

As per School Sangh, Punjab (under which associate schools are covered), there were over 3,500 total associate schools in Punjab.

The general secretary of School Sangh, Punjab, Bhuvnesh Bhatt said notices were received by the associate schools, who had not fulfiled the norms.

“But there are many government and affiliated schools, which are running within 150 sq yards of land in shifts. Rather than deciding to stop admissions in associate schools for not fulfilling the land condition, government must concentrate on what kind of education is being provided by the associate schools. As far as notices are concerned, about 80 per cent of the schools are expected to fulfil the condition and will submit the papers to the department as soon as possible,” said Bhatt.

It may be mentioned here that ever since the notices have been served to the schools in the district, majority of them are trying to arrange for more land (adjoining, if possible) to fulfil the norms.

pseb Land NORMS

  • The Punjab School Education Board has issued notices to around 233 associate schools that have failed to fulfil the land criterion
  • The PSEB chairperson says admissions to schools running on an area below 200 square yards will not be allowed
  • Around 60 such associate schools are in Ludhiana district alone
  • The School Sangh, Punjab, says instead of the land condition, quality education should be the focus of the PSEB



Streetlights outside shrine vandalised; devotees fume
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 30
Resentment prevailed among devotees after miscreants vandalised the streetlights installed outside Saint Lappeshah Dargah located in the old city area of Jagraon last night. The incident came to light this morning when some nearby residents saw broken streetlights outside the shrine. As soon as the news broke out, a large number of people assembled outside the shrine.

The incident has spread anger among the devotees. Condemning the incident, the devotees demanded from the police officials to trace the miscreants who broke the lights and to take a strict action against them.

“When I came out of my house today in the morning, I was shocked to see that the streetlights installed outside the shrine were broken and the pieces of the glass scattered on ground,” said Prem Kumar, a resident of nearby area.

Later on, the residents informed the local police about the incident following which the police visited the shrine to collect clues. The police officials assured the devotees of taking an appropriate action against the miscreants. The police officials also appealed the people to avoid any confrontation and maintain peace and harmony.

Confirming the development, SHO Jagraon Mohamad Jamil said the police has been trying to trace the miscreants responsible for the incident and a strict action would be taken against them.



Festivities turn sour for Kalakh family
Only son dies a day before returning from Dubai for Diwali celebrations
Our Correspondent

Kalakh, October 30
Festivities turned sour for a local peasant family when their only son, who was expected to come home over a week ago, died a day before his scheduled arrival here. His body was brought home and cremated today. The deceased, Narinder Singh Cheema, was the only son of Jagjit Singh and Kuldeep Kaur and was settled in Dubai.

Agony of the aggrieved family was compounded because of delay in transporting the body due to technical problems.

General secretary Istry Akali Dal Amanjot Kaur Ramuwalia and Manish Tewari, Union Minister of State, had to intervene in the matter to get the procedure expedited.

With the intent to improve the financial condition of the family Narinder shifted to Dubai about six years ago and was presently plying a truck there.

Randhir Singh Cheema, a close associate of the family, said Narinder had planned to attend two weddings at his in-laws place along with Diwali celebrations with his family.

While the family was expecting him to arrive on October 21, Narinder collapsed suddenly when he had gone to confirm his air travel ticket with some travel agent on October 20, a day prior to his scheduled departure from Dubai.

Though, the news of his sudden demise reached his relatives on the fateful day, nobody broke the news to his parents, wife or children.

The deceased, NarinderSingh Cheema, is survived by his wife Kamaljit Kaur and two children Ramanjot and Rasanjot besides old parents. He was the only brother of three sisters.



Rs 30-cr grant cleared for city sewerage, says Tewari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The Union Urban Development Ministry has released Rs 30.17 crore of the Additional Central Assistance for providing sewerage and a sewage treatment plant in Ludhiana under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

This was disclosed by the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister and local MP Manish Tewari here today. He said he had received a communication today from the Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Kamal Nath, that Rs 30.17 crore had been released for "providing sewerage and a sewage treatment plant" in Ludhiana.

Nath told Tewari that the Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance was being advised to release the funds to the State of Punjab.



Ministerial staff burn govt effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The ministerial staff today staged a protest and burnt an effigy of the state government at the Mini-Secretariat here today. The agitated staff said the government was imposing all cost-cutting measures on the employees of the state government while those in power were enjoying all perks.

The president of the State Ministerial Service Association, Ludhiana, Sushil Kumar, said their dearness allowance was due from January 1, 2013, which was 8 per cent, but the state government had released the dues from July onwards. "The dues from January to July have not been given to us, which is unfortunate. Besides, another 10 per cent allownace from July 1, 2013, is due and the government has not bothered to mention anything about that. We have already submitted memorandums to the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister through the respective DCs of all districts in October. We will fight till we get the dues", he said.



AAP opposes newly imposed taxes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner's office against newly imposed taxes by the state government. Volunteers of the AAP gathered to protest against property tax, fee for regularisation of colonies, enhanced transport fees and taxes, increased electricity rates or taking up advance securities, VAT refund, e-trip and other new taxes.

A memorandum to the Punjab Governor was also given through the Deputy Commissioner.

Harjot Singh Bains, state convener of the AAP said the party has launched a state-wide agitation against these new taxes and in the upcoming week the AAP would hold protests on the above issues throughout the 22 districts of the state.

He said every time the Punjab Cabinet meets, they end up with a list of new taxes. “It might be farmers, entrepreneurs, employees and students all sections of society are under extreme pressure and openly seem revolting now and then."



Pak singer honoured in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
He chose to pen down his own words rather than learning what others have written. SM Sadiq, a lyricist from Lahore, ran away from his home when he was 13 as he wanted to make his own fortune. Sadiq was today honoured by local singers during a function organised here.

Today, Sadiq is equally popular in both the countries, India and Pakistan, and the people of both the nations listen to his songs with great love. "Dil cheez hai kay zany, aaha sila diya, aakhiyaan nu chain an aave" are some of his hit songs with are popular across the borders.

"Music knows no boundaries. One cannot restrain the music within certain limits. I have my fans in Pakistan as well as India and people of both the countries are same to me," he said.

He was today honoured by local singers during a function organised here.



cultural exchange
Chinese students visit Desh Bhagat University

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 30
A Chinese delegation consisting of 20 students from Beijing and Shanghai Universities visited Desh Bhagat University to participate in an international youth cultural exchange programme.

The coordinator of the Chinese delegation was Tulili, an official from the Ministry of External Affairs, China. The objective of the programme, sponsored by CPAFFC, was to strengthen the Sino-Indian ties through educational and cultural collaboration.

While welcoming the delegates, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Dr Shalini Gupta said such cultural and leadership exchange programmes dismantled the barriers between different nations, as the youth all over the world faced same challenges, shared same responsibilities and nurtured same aspirations. — TNS



PTU youth festival

Ludhiana: The second day of the three-day long Punjab Technical University (PTU) Inter-Zonal Youth Festival kicked off to a very colourful start at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, on Wednesday. About 27 colleges from all across the region gave vibrant performances in events such as skit, mime, Western vocal solo, Western group song, vaar singing and many other events. Maheshinder Singh Grewal, advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister, was the chief guest for the occasion. Prof Sohinderjit Singh, president, GKEC, welcomed the chief guest. While addressing the audience, Grewal said the energetic performances made him nostalgic about his college days where he was an active participant. He appreciated the teams for putting up a great show.

Workshop for African students

A two-day workshop on the ‘Enterprise Development for African Students’ commenced at the PCTE Group of Institutes under India-Africa partnership initiative by All India Management Association and the Ministry of External Affairs, India. African students from various courses studying at PCTE participated in the event which is further followed by industrial visits to companies on October 31. Gloria, a BBA student from Tanzania, said, “The workshop helped me in understanding the business models in a better way and the requirements to initiate a business in Africa.” She said the interactive session with the guest speakers was very useful in terms of motivating entrepreneurship. Dr JS Juneja, chairman SME committee, AIMA, stressed upon the need of enterprise development in modern day business. He said Africa being a developing continent has huge potential market for business developers. , Dr KNS Kang, director General, PCTE Group of Institutes, said it was a great opportunity for young students to understand the potential of doing business globally while listening to various speakers. He said India and Africa had already proved to the world that a relationship was based on complete trust and understanding which results in lasting friendship and mutual beneficial cooperation in terms of business. He highlighted the commitment of the college with African students as PCTE at present has more than 150 African students from 15 countries across the continent.

PU Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival

Third day of the four-day 55th PU Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival concluded on a successful note here at AS College, Khanna. Avinash Rai Khanna, Member of Parliament, was the chief guest for the occasion during the morning session. Also, comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann entertained the audience with his pranks and performance. Drama, histrionics, skit, mimicry, mime, debate, elocution, poem recitation, on-the-spot painting, clay modeling, on-the-spot photography, collage making, poster making, still life drawing, cartooning and installation were the events organised on the third day of the youth festival. For the evening session, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman, Planning Board, Punjab, was the chief guest whereas Dr Gauri Dutt Sharma Director Doordarshan Kendra /Jalandhar and Dr SM Kant, Advisor Youth and Cultural Affairs, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, were the guest of honour. — TNS



Hunger strike

In compliance with a call from the National Federation of Telecom Employees, members of the Ludhiana unit of telecom employees on Wednesday observed hunger strike and held a lunch-hour demonstration to express their disappointment over the denial of right to bonus for the fourth consecutive year. Sudhakar Rai, president, and Surjit Singh, secretary, observed a fast from 10 am to 5 pm.

Shopkeepers demand security

The members of Chaura Bazaar Traders’ Welfare Association, Electrical Market Association, Books Market Association, Arora Market Chaura Bazaar, Girjaghar Chowk Shopkeepers Association, Ludhiana Electrical Traders Association Mata Rani Chowk, Akalgarh Market Shopkeepers Association, Basati Bazaar Shopkeepers Association, Wholesale Cloth Merchants and Trade Merchants Association, have asked the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation along with Police and District Administration to provide them with basic facilities and security during the festive season. The shopkeepers said due to Diwali, thousands of people throng the markets daily, but the entire area faces security threat due to obvious reasons. “We demand that CCTV cameras should be installed in the area so that the police can keep a check on anti-social elements,” said a shopkeeper. Another shopkeeper demanded that the police should set up a control room in the area. They also demanded that a one-way route should be planned besides the restricted entry of vehicles from 10 am to 8 pm.


The workers of Shiv Sena Samajwadi during a party meeting on Wednesday exhorted the city residents not to burn crackers on a large scale during Diwali as it leads to air and noise pollution. Karan Bajaj, an office-bearer of the party, while addressing the meeting said it would be wise of the city residents if people from various colonies gathered at one place and would burn fire crackers as it would also result in less wastage and litter. — TNS



120 sacks of poppy husk seized
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 30
The city police seized around 120 sacks of poppy husk from an abandoned truck near the Army Cantonment at Dholewal here this evening. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP- II) Bhupinder Singh Sidhu confirmed the development. He said the contraband was hidden under the heaps of red chillies.

Sources said on seeing the police naka, the truck driver and his accomplice fled the scene. The police searched the vehicle and found the sacks of poppy husk hidden under the red chillies.

The police suspects that the contraband was taken from Uttar Pradesh as the truck bears a Uttar Pradesh registration number.



Gang kingpin fond of motorbikes

Ludhiana, October 30
The 17-year-old rape victim, Payal (name changed), who was running a gang of thieves that busted yesterday, dressed like men and had trimmed her hair to give a boyish look.

The police stopped her at a check point near BRS Nagar bridge, while she was riding a bike with Sheru, for overspeeding. The police asked her to produce the documents of the mobike. When she failed to produce the documents the police took her to the police station. Ater interrogation, it was discovered that she was the kingpin of a gang of thieves. — TNS



Youth robbed of mobile phone

Ludhiana, October 30
Two motorcycle-borne persons robbed a youth of his mobile phone near Aarti Chowk. The victim, Neeraj Sabharwal, a resident of Chhawni Mohalla, reported that the incident took place around 11 pm on October 27 when the accused followed him and the pillion rider and took his mobile phone at knife point.

Two booked for fraud

The city police has booked two private financiers for fraud of Rs 5 lakh. The accused have been identified as Kamaljit Singh, alias Raju, and Satwinder Singh, alias Soni, residents of Guru Gyan Vihar and Flowerv Encalvec, respectively. They were booked on the complaint of Parminder Singh of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Dugri. Parminder reported that he had borrowed Rs 1.4 lakh from them on interest. He added that he had given four blank cheques and land documents of his house as a guarantee to the accused. When he paid the entire amount, Kamaljit and Satwinder returned three cheques and the land documents. But they kept one cheque and told Parminder that they had misplaced it. Parminder said he was shocked to know that when they withdrew Rs 5 lakh from his account.



Police finds leads in blind murder case

Dehlon, October 30
The local police has initiated probe into a murder of a woman of Lohara village, whose blood-stained body was found buried under wheat chaff in her niece's house at Bhutta village near here where she had been staying for over a fortnight.

Sources said that some personal enmity seemed to be the reason behind the murder committed when all the members of the family were away.

Jasvir Kaur (55), a resident of Lohara village, was found murdered with sharp-edged weapons. The assailants, who are suspected to be plural in number, attacked Jasvir when she was washing clothes. — OC



Bal Bharti lads shine in TT meet
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 30
Nimish, Gaurav and Tamanpreet Singh, all students of Bal Bharti School, and Taniya from DAV Public School were at the centre stage in the cadet section (u-12) on the opening day of the 24th Prithipal Singh Memorial Ludhiana District Table Tennis Championship played at the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

In the cadet girls' section, Taniya, besides Shruti Bansal, Vaibhavi and Asihveer, wrapped up their respective quarter final matches to secure berths in the last-four stage.

Taniya managed to prevail upon Harmanpreet from Bal Bharti School in straight sets 11-7, 11-8 and 11-0 while Shruti Bansal of Bal Bharti School faced a stiff challenge from Harleen of DCM Presidency School whom she overpowered 3-1 (11-8, 11-6, 7-11 and 11-7).

In the third quarter final, Vaibhavi of BCM Senior Secondary School, too, had to toil hard against Sargun of DAV Public School before coming out triumphant 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 and 11-5 while Asihveer of DAV Public School beat Baljot Kaur of Bal Bharti comfortably to complete the semifinal line-up.

In the cadet boys' quarterfinals, Nimish, Gaurav, Prikshat and Tamanpreet Singh scripted easy victories and assured themselves a place in the semifinal.

Nimish of Bal Bharti School outplayed Navkirat of Aspire School 11-8, 11-5 and 11-9 and Gaurav of Bal Bharti School defeated his school mate, Pranay 11-6,11-9 and 13-11 while another student of Bal Baharti School, Prikshat recorded a facile win over Gurmandeep, also of Bal Bharti School 11-1, 11-1 and 11-1 as Tamanpreet Singh pipped Rishit of Bal Bharti School 11-7, 11-6 and 11-8. All these winners qualified for the last four stage.



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