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4-yr-old girl kidnapped
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
A four-year-old girl was kidnapped from outside her house in the Janakpuri area if the city today. The girl has been identified as Manpreet Kaur, daughter of Gurpreet Singh, who sells chemical products at Khud Mohalla. The incident took place this morning when Manpreet was on her way to a grocery shop. The incident came to light when Manpreet’s mother Anita could not find her and raised the alarm. She informed Gurpreet Singh about the incident who intimated the police.

A police team led by SHO, Division No. 6 police station, Anil Bhanoot reached the spot and stated investigations. The police officials and Manpreet’s family members, however, refused to divulge details.

During investigations, it came to light that Manpreet was the foster daughter of Gurpreet Singh.

Manpreet’s mother Anita had strained relations with her first husband.

Anita has three children from her first marriage.

Sources said the police are also suspecting the involvement of Anita’s first husband in kidnapping Manpreet as no demand of ransom had been made so far.

The police were also scanning the call details and location of a suspect after it was found that he had called on Anita’s cellphone and told her that he had kidnapped the girl.


Woman held with smack
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
The Daresi police have arrested a woman and recovered 20 gm of smack, Rs 1.25 lakh in cash and gold worth Rs 8 lakh from her possession. The accused, identified as Minaksh Malhotra of Kakowal Road, was nabbed following a tip-off.

Sanjiv Kapoor said, "The family of the accused is facing 100 cases of drug peddling. The woman targets rich drug addicts and arranges party drugs for them."

The police are scanning the mobile details of the woman to find out who all were her clients.

She was presented in a local court which sent her tor judicial remand. In another case, the police nabbed Kulwant Singh, alias Nikka of Quila Mohalla, and recovered 120 gm of synthetic powder from him. The accused was nabbed from the Ved Mandir area following a tip-off.

Theft at shop

Thieves struck at a mobile shop in Sandhu Nagar, Haibowal, and decamped with Rs 10,000 in cash, 40 mobile phones and an LCD.

The incident came to light when the owner reached the shop and was shocked to find the shop ransacked. He told the police that the thieves had entered the shop by breaking open the shutters.

Raid on lottery unit

The police today raided an illegal lottery unit in the Janakpuri area and arrested 22 persons. Seven persons were the employees of lottery trader while 15 were customers. It is not the first time that the police have raided a lottery unit. Despite raids, the illegal units are flourishing under political patronage. Sources said the police had recovered Rs 3 lakh from the spot.



43,000 cases settled
Our Legal Correspondent

Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge SK Mittal hearing litigants during a lok adalat in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 23
Lok adalats were the best platforms to settle disputes for putting an end to litigation as well as bitterness amongst parties, said Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice SK Mittal. He was presiding over the national lok adalat at the district courts complex today.

A total of 43,000 cases involving an amount of Rs 1,01,78,00,718 were settled in the lok adalat. Justice Mittal stressed the need for motivating the litigants to settle disputes through lok adalats.

He claimed that the alternative dispute redressal system was getting stronger day by day. Earlier, Sessions Judge GS Matharoo, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, Additional Sessions Judges Sunil Arora, Paramjit Singh, CJM KK Singla, Pappu Abinash Singh, RD Chhabra accorded a warm welcome to the chief guest.

A contingent of the Punjab Police also presented a guard of honour to him.



Anti-littering drive
MC challans 45 shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
A total of 45 challans were issued during the anti-littering drive conducted by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Challans were issued to violators who had dumped garbage outside or near their shops in the city.

The anti-littering campaign started from Domoria Bridge. The MC team visited Kailash Chowk, Dandi Swami Chowk and Hambran Road. Later, a similar drive was carried out near Clock Tower, Raikhy Cinema Chowk and Guru Teg Bahadur Market.

The MC team was led by Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon and municipal health officers Dr Charanjit Uppal and Dr Vipul Malhotra. It has been observed that some shopkeepers dump garbage generated from their shops in the open.

Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Charanjit Uppal said such drives would be made a regular feature. “Our aim is to make the city litter-free.



Canteens raided, samples collected
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
A team of the health department conducted raids in canteens of schools and colleges and collected five samples of eatables. The team found that hygiene was not being maintained in most of the canteens. The raids were conducted on the directions of Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.

District health officer Dr Abnash Kumar said: “We collected five samples of eatables from canteens and shops."

The team of food safety officers Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur collected three samples from three canteens — a sample of juice from the canteen of Ramgarhia College, samosa from Ramgarhia School and samosa from Devki Devi Jain School. A sample of burfi was collected from a sweets shop at Azad Nagar and a sample of burger from an eating joint at Westend Mall.

“We found that most of the canteens were serving eatables in unhygienic conditions. We have instructed employees of these canteens to follow dress code, keep their nails trimmed, get their medical tests done and not to use artificial colours in eatables. The canteen owners were also asked to apply for food licence,” said Khosla.



Missing girl traced
Tribune Reporters

Khanna/Doraha, November 23
Khanna police have claimed to have traced a 24-year-old girl who had reportedly gone missing from Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, around 8 months back. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Sushil Kumar, said, “Kuldip Kaur, step mother of the missing girl, told the police officials that Ranjit Kaur, who was working as a staff nurse in Sidhu Hospital, was found missing on March 6. Her phone was allegedly switched off too.”

Her stepmother raised suspicion on Harjinder Singh, who also worked in the same hospital as a supervisor.

The police then registered a case under Sections 365, 120-B of the IPC against Harjinder Singh on November 21 and started investigations.

According to the SSP, a special team of CIA was constituted and Doraha police, under the supervision of SPD, Khanna, at last traced the missing girl from Chandigarh.

On interrogation, the girl said she was suffering from depression and Harjinder Singh just helped her out. “I deliberately switched off my mobile phone, so that nobody could contact me. I left the place to join as a staff nurse at a hospital in Chandigarh,” she said.

She added that Harjinder is not at all responsible for her action.

“I went on my own and stayed on my own, as I was no longer getting on well with my relatives,” said the 24-year-old.

The SSP said she was fed up with her stepmother and was doing a job at a hospital in Rajpura and later joined a clinic in Chandigarh.

The girl was presented at a court in Khanna today, but the court let her go as she was an adult and was capable of making her own decisions.

“No legal action was initiated against Harjinder as he did not commit any crime,” said the SSP.



Where there’s muck, there's brass
Well-connected persons convert Lakkar Bridge ramp into parking lot
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
Some persons with political connections are making a quick buck by illegally 'converting' the completed ramp of Lakkar Bridge towards Bhadaur House into illegal parking lots. The irony is that the practice of charging residents for illegal parking of vehicles on the ramp has been going on a few metres away from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation headquarters.

As per information, one is charged anything between Rs 30 and Rs 50, depending on the type of vehicle and the time for which it remains parked.

It is learnt that some politicians having allegiance to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal are behind the practice.

This may be the reason why the MC officials are not acting against violators.

Due to haphazard parking outside Calibre Plaza (known as the AC market), traffic jams are witnessed throughout the day. The problem worsens everyday when cloth merchants from across the state throng the market. Due to inadequate parking space, some politicians devised a new way of using the ramp on Bhadaur House side.

It has been observed that cloth merchants prefer not to park their vehicles in the parking lot of Calibre Plaza and instead park vehicles on the Lakkar Bridge ramp.

MC Additional Commissioner Davinder Singh said it was a serious matter and he would make sure that the practice was stopped. "I will ask my staff to visit the area and make sure no vehicle is parked there. Lakkar Bridge ramps cannot be used for parking vehicles," he said.

Work on Lakkar Bridge resumes

Six concrete girders were installed on a portion of Lakkar Bridge today. With the installation of the girders, the work on the much-awaited project has finally resumed.

Earlier on October 19, the contractor could not carry out the work as the Railways had failed to get the clearance from Commissioner (Railway Safety), New Delhi.

Today, six cemented girders were installed on the 35-metre stretch. The work which started at 12 pm was completed by 4.30 pm.

For carrying out the work, three cranes were hired by the contractor.

“The work of laying the slab on the 35-metre stretch will start in the next 15 days and we expect to complete it in a month or so. We expect that the Railways okays traffic closure next month and if everything goes as planned, we will be able to complete work on one side of the bridge by January,” said the contractor.

Three traffic closures are required to install 24 concrete girders. “Six girders have been erected and the remaining 18 will be installed shortly,” said the contractor.



Lakkar bridge project
Delay in work results in four-fold increase in cost
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
The sloppy handling of the Lakkar Bridge project by the staff of the Municipal Corporation, Punjab Public Works Department and Northern Railways has resulted in a four-fold increase in cost as compared to what was originally envisaged. When the project was initiated, its cost was estimated at Rs 13 crore, a figure that has now increased to Rs 58 crore.

Even though the upward ramps on the 933.162-metre bridge from the Civil Lines and Reikhy cinema side have been constructed, a portion on the top of the railway tracks is yet to be completed.

State PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon stated that the portion which was to be completed by the state government was completed on time and the portion which was to be completed by the Railways was incomplete. "I was surprised to hear the statement of Chief General Manager, Northern Railways, that the Lakkar Bridge project was delayed due to lapses on the part of the state government. This is far from reality. It seems that the statement was given to please bosses in New Delhi," he said.

Dhillon said, "The two ROBs' (rail overbridges) under the Sidhwan Canal expressway project were delayed as the Railways approved the drawings after several visits of the Punjab government officers at New Delhi. Lakkar Bridge is not on a cost-sharing basis and 100 per cent expenditure is being incurred by the state government. The Punjab Public Works Department has completed 90 per cent of the work in June 2011. The remaining 10 per cent is to be completed by the Railways. The Municipal Corporation deposited Rs 21.94 crore required for the construction of the railway portion in December 2010. After three years with 100 per cent money deposited, the Railways could not complete the work." Dhillon said the Punjab and Haryana High Court intervened in the matter and directed the railway authorities to complete the bridge on time. "The court is monitoring the construction and has directed the officials to submit the progress report on the work," he said.



From schools
Antakshri competition

An inter-class Antakshari competition for Classes IX and X was organised on the premises of BCM School, Dugri. Four teams, comprising five members each, participated in the competition. The four teams were named on musical notes- Sur, Taal, Melody and Rhythm. There were four rounds in the game.

Environmental issues discussed

Bal Bharati Public School organised a variety of activities during the Science Week, with an aim to develop awareness among students on the issues of global concerns such as global warming, ill effects of increasing pollution on biotic community on earth, depletion of resources and many more. The week commenced with an informative and interactive talk by Apinder Sodhi, an environmentalist. Sodhi represented India in Climate Reality Leadership Training at Istambul, Turkey. She urged students to lend hand in solving the problem by initiating small actions such as pooling the cars, going to nearby markets on foot/cycle and planting more trees.

Girl cadets felicitated

As a part of the ongoing NCC week celebrations, two girl cadets of No. 4 Pb Air Sqn, NCC, Ludhiana, Nancy and Sarita, were felicitated by Shanti Devi Public School, Chander Nagar, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. Both the cadets had successfully conquered Shitidhar Peak (17062 feet height) in Himachal Pradesh, as members of the NCC girls mountaineering expedition team.

Inter-house declamation contest

An Inter-House Declamation Competition, headed by Director Academic Ashok Kumar Setia, was organised on the premises of MGM Public School, with the support of Ved Prachar Mandal. Participants aired their views on several issues prevailing in the society today. Charanjit Kaur bagged the first position, followed by Priyanka Verma and Diljot Kaur. The chief guest gave away the prizes to the winners. Principal Poonam Sharma, besides acknowledging the efforts put in by supporting members of Ved Prachar Mandal, also felicitated the winners.

Gurpurb celebrated

Nankana Sahib Public School celebrated the Sikh Guru’s birthday on Saturday. Students, staff and parents celebrated Agman Purab of Guru Nanak Dev on the school campus. Inter-Branch Shabad Gayan Competition was organised in pure ragas. Over 11 branches, along with main school, competed with each other on the occasion. The president, SGPC, Avtar Singh, and Harpreet Singh Shivalik appreciated students for their performances. The principal, Harmeet Kaur Waraich, announced that the parents can now check their ward’s performance online anytime. Avatar Singh and Harpreet Singh Shivalik also inaugurated the cricket pitch made by the school authorities with the help of Ludhiana District Cricket Association. Shivalik, on behalf of Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA (Gill), announced Rs 5 lakh for new building of the school, while Avtar Singh announced Rs 2 lakh for further development of the school. — TNS



UPA Govt depriving common man of food, shelter: Dasgupta
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
The UPA-II Government is increasingly working in the interests of big corporate houses of India and the international cartels are undermining the national interest. Gurudas Dasgupta, MP and general secretary, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), stated this while addressing a convention at Punjabi Bhawan today.

"The latest decisions of the government are indicators of the rightist shift in the policies that is detrimental to the growth and progress based on justice and equality," he said.

"The government is more inclined to respond to the demands of the international finance capital and the MNCs while hitting the common man hard, even denying them basic amenities.

The AITUC general secretary said bringing in the FDI in retail trade would be a blow to more than 4 crore small traders, shopkeepers, marginal and poor farmers, other small producers of goods in home-based and small-scale industries. He deplored the 'accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few while the vast majority is labouring under acute poverty and unemployment'. "The latest reports have indicated that 100 top rich families own assets to the tune of Rs 16 lakh crore while 70 per cent Indians are forced to live on Rs 16.60 per day," he said.

He said the trade unions had decided to intensify their joint agitation and they would be marching to Parliament on December 12. "Our charter of demands includes seeking a check on price rise of essential commodities, pension to all workers, abolition of any ceiling on provident fund, gratuity and bonus, abolition of contract labour, equal pay for equal work, no disinvestment of public sector/ government sector enterprises and resources, universal entitlement of maternity benefits to working women."



From colleges
Students bring laurels

Gobindgarh Public College students bagged two gold and two bronze medals in different events held at Panjab University. Principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni, Gobindgarh Public College, said Karanveer Sharma and Gurpreet Singh, students of BA-I, won two gold medals in 84-kg and super heavy weight category respectively, in Panjab University Inter-College Wrestling competition. Mani Kumar of BA-II and Gurinder Singh of BA-I won two bronze medals in boxing championship. These competitions were held at Panjab University, Chandigarh recently.

Seminar on opportunities for administrative jobs

Shanti Tara Girls College, Akbarpur, Mandi Ahmedgarh, organised a seminar titled ‘Opportunities for Administrative Jobs’. Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, director, IAS Allied Services and Training Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the keynote speaker on the occasion. Advisor Education Surinder Kaur Dua and principal Ajay Batra welcomed Walia. Dr Walia emphasised on six D's- dreams, desires, determination, dedication, discipline and direction for success in every field. Dr Walia guided the college students as to how to crack civil services and other competitive exams. Stage was conducted by Prof Daljeet Khosla.

Parkash Utsav celebrated

Parkash Utsav was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm for a period of three days. The programme concluded on Saturday. The bhog ceremony was followed by shabad kirtan performed by students and faculty members of the college. Principal Dr Charanjit K Mahal urged upon students to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak. In keeping with the tradition, a langar was also organised. The president of Guru Nanak Education Trust, Gurbir Singh, addressed the congregation and highlighted the philosophy and message of the founder of Sikhism. The campus was decorated with flowers for the pious occasion.

NCC cadets visit Blind School in Jamalpur

NCC cadet of DD Jain Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, visited Blind School Jamalpur on the occasion of NCC Day on Friday. Cadets spent quality time with children and made them aware of the significance of NCC in life. Cadets showered them with gifts and wished for a bright future of the students. — TNS



Cops get wheels to fix offenders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 23
The traffic police have got 20 motorcycles for chasing offenders. Initially, the motorcycle traffic team will be deputed in Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, Giaspura, Model Town and some other areas of the city for round-the-clock patrolling.

The bikes, equipped with GPS, red, blue beacons and sirens, were flagged off by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Harmohan Singh Sandhu at Bhai Bala Chowk.

The manpower has also been increased from 181 to 245. The Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) has given 64 police personnel to the traffic police. The patrolling bikes have been attached with the traffic police helpline number 0161-1073 and after receiving information from the helpline number, the police personnel will reach the spot to ease traffic. Police sources said the motorcycle traffic team of city police would be used for chasing the traffic offenders.

Traffic offenders often speed away from the spot. Some of the officers have even suffered injured while chasing the offenders.

With the team at its disposal, such offenders will be given a hot chase and intercepted.

Challenges ahead

Though the city traffic police have got 20 new motorcycles, the biggest challenge for the authorities will be to arrange petrol for the two-wheelers. The police are already struggling to pay the fuel bills of the existing vehicles and the addition of 20 new motorcycles has only added to the burden.



Cycling meet: Patiala dominate on Day 1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 23
Patiala district dominated the proceedings, clinching seven out of 12 titles that were at stake on the opening day of the Hero Punjab State Cycling Championship being held at cycling velodrome of Punjab Agricultural University. Participants from Amritsar district bagged four titles while hosts Ludhiana made their presence felt securing just one title.

Bhag Singh, chairman, zila parishad, Ludhiana, declared the championship open in which 80 participants from all over the state are taking part in different age categories.

First day's results

Sprint (men): Amarjit Singh of Amritsar 1, Gurbaz Singh of Amritsar 2 and Jagjit Singh of Ludhiana 3; sprint (women): Baljit Kaur of Ludhiana 1, Rajbir Kaur of Amritsar 2 and Karamjit Kaur of PAU, Ludhiana 3; sprint (boys U-18): Rubal Preet Singh of Amritsar 1, Gur Preet Singh of Patiala 2 and Gagan Vir Singh of Ludhiana 3; sprint (girls U-18): Arwin Inder Virk of Patiala 1, Karamjit Kaur of PAU, Ludhiana, 2 and Pawneet Kaur of PAU, Ludhiana, 3; 500m time trial (boys U-14): Narian Singh Rathore of Patiala 1, Naman Kapil of Patiala 2 and Karan Veer Singh of Patiala 3; 500m time trial (girls U-14): Armeet Inder Virk of Patiala 1, Navjyoti Kaur of Ludhiana 2 and Parveen Kaur of Ludhiana 3; 500m time trial (boys U-16): Japjit Singh Sidhu of Patiala 1, Lovpreet Singh of Ludhiana 2 and Divraj Singh of Patiala 3; 500m time trial (girls U-16): Arwin Inder Virk of Patiala 1, Armeet Inder Virk of Patiala 2 and Veer Pal Kaur of Ludhiana 3; 1km time trial (boys U-18): Rubal Preet Singh of Amritsar 1, Gurpreet Singh of Patiala 2 and Rajbeer Singh of Patiala 3; 500m time trial (girls U-18): Jashanjit Kaur of Patiala 1, Arwin Inder Virk of Patiala 2 and Rajbir Kaur of Amritsar 3; 1km time trial (men): Amarjit Singh of Amritsar 1, Gurbaz Singh of Amritsar 2 and Gurpal Singh of Amritsar 3; 500m time trial (women): Jashanjit Kaur of Patiala 1, Rupinder Gill of Amritsar 2 and Dilpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 3.



Cricket meet
Sacred Heart claim title

Ludhiana, November 23
The final between Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and Spring Dale Public School during the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament turned out to be a mismatch as the former romped home as champions by 67 runs.

The match was played at Green Land School Stadium, GT Road, Manj Pakhowal, today. Spring Dale Public School won the toss and invited Sacred Heart School to bat first. Fine batting by Anmol Chugh, Anirudh and Ishan helped Sacred Heart School post a score of 153 runs, losing five wickets. Anmol top scored with 49 runs which came off 45 balls. Anirudh made 27 off 14 balls while Ishan contributed 26 from 21 balls. For Spring Dale, Jashan took three wickets for 15 runs while Gursewak claimed one wicket for 27 runs.In reply, Spring Dale’s innings folded at 86 run after 16.1 overs. Gurkirat scored 17 runs and Harminder made 11 runs.

Ramandeep contributed nine runs. For the winners, Paras scalped four victims for 22 runs in three overs while Ishan grabbed two wickets from 12 runs in as many overs. — OC



Grand opening to Special Olympics
Over 400 students from 36 special schools to participate in the event starting today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 23
A three-day 16th Punjab State Special Olympics was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here today. The events under different categories will commence from tomorrow.

As many as 400 mentally challenged participants drawn from about 36 special schools from across the state will be taking part in different events such as basketball, handball, powerlifting, skating and swimming.

Earlier, the games torch was lit by Sanjay Goyal. The participants carried the torch around the school stadium before finally putting it up there. The office-bearers of the Special Olympics Bharat, Punjab Chapter, Ashok Arora, Anil Goyal and Ravi Bhusha, principal of the host school Mona Singh, the general secretary, GNPS, Surinder Singh, and a large number of students from ‘Ek Prayas’, an NGO, were present on this occasion.

Addressing the participants, Mona Singh said we must work along with these special students, so that they feel at par with us and lead a normal life that everyone has a right on.



Statues of Milkha Singh, Dhyan Chand to be installed
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 23
The statues of legendary athlete Milkha Singh and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand will be installed at Jarkhar village, Ludhiana-Malerkotla road. The organisers of the famous Jarkhar Sports Festival, popularly known as Modern Rural Olympics, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club, have resolved to install two statues of these great sports stars on both sides of the gate of the main stadium.

Narinder Pal Singh Sidhu, chairman of the club, said the statues were being prepared at a cost of Rs 7.5 lakh. Milkha Singh and former hockey star Ashok Kumar, son of Dhyan Chand, will unveil the statues. Milkha Singh is elated at the clubs' decision.



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