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Acid attack on girl
Residents seek exemplary punishment
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The yesterday's incident of acid attack on a 24-year-old bride-to-be at a salon located in the posh Sarabha Nagar area has sent shock waves across the city. The incident has yet again brought to fore the ugly face of male chauvinism where women are subjected to eve-teasing, snatchings, rapes and acid attacks.

While a majority of residents demanded exemplary punishment for the attacker, the intelligentsia stressed the need for restoring a healthy environment for women in the city.

Ludhiana Tribune spoke to a cross section of society and took their views on the yesterday's barbaric incident of acid attack.

Her physical pain may end, not mental pain

I am emotionally choked ever since I learnt about the incident. We scream in pain when something hot falls on us. Imagine the condition of the girl. Unfortunately, the physical pain may end but what about the mental pain she will suffer for the rest of her life due to her disfigured face.

— Prof KBS Sodhi, writer

Need to end this barbarism

We had called a meeting of the Vishav Punjabi Vichar Manch in the wake of the incident. Nearly 50 writers attended the meeting. We have passed a resolution and demanded stern punishment for the accused in the acid attack case. We need to end this. It can happen to anyone's sister, mother and daughter.

— Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president, Punjabi Sahit Akademi, Ludhiana

A shame for our city

It is a tight slap on the face of male chauvinism that stoops so low to curb the freedom of women. It is a shame that such an incident took place in our city. Strict law enforcement only cannot deter such incidents. A healthy environment is needed to save the degeneration of society.

— Surjit Patar, writer

Victim’s pain hard to mitigate

This has not happened for the first time. Even if the culprit is jailed, his suffering would be negligible compared to that single moment in which the victim was attacked. Nobody can imagine the thoughts which may have crossed her mind in that moment, killing her each time. Any punishment to the accused cannot mitigate the pain she is going through.

— Varun Garg, writer and orator

Need to launch campaign against acid attacks

I am compelled to think we are living in Taliban's Afghanistan. All right thinking persons should launch a campaign against these acid attacks and compel the government to bring in a stringent law as it was done in Nirbhaya's case.~

— Dr Anshu Vatsyayan, Ayurveda expert

Time to introspect

It is time to introspect. Such incidents reflect the moral degeneration of society and depict a very negative image of the state. A woman is free to marry any man of her choice. It is height of chauvinism. At the same time, there should be fear of law and a check on the sale of acid.

— Dalip Batish, senior criminal lawyer

The letter

The letter, which the attacker handed over to the girl before the attack, reads the attacker and the victim had been in a relationship for the past three years and both of them got married in a court a year ago. The attacker, identifying himself as Vishal Garg, stated in the letter that he was going to commit suicide after attacking the victim as he could not tolerate someone marrying the girl he loved. ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal has questioned the authenticity of the letter. She said it could be a ploy to mislead the police. She said the girl was not married previously.


Acid sale
Guidelines of SC have little effect
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

A policeman picks the victim’s mobile phone following the acid attack at the salon in Ludhiana on Saturday. a file photo

Ludhiana, December 8
The Supreme Court guidelines to the states for keeping a check on the open sale of acid in the wake of rising cases of acid attack seem to have had a little effect in the city as its sale goes unchecked in several parts of the city.

The latest incident of acid attack has yet again brought to fore the easy availability of acid. A hosiery businessman said the acid was an essential ingredient in the dyeing industry. The government needs to device a strategy so that the business should not suffer.

Sources in the police said the acid was so strong that it burnt even the appliances and furniture at the salon in the Sarabha Nagar market.

The salon authorities said they had suffered a loss of more than Rs 5 lakh.

The ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal said action would be taken against the person who sold acid to the attacker. The victim's mobile phone was also burnt in an acid attack.

It is not the first time that a crime has occurred at the particular beauty parlour in the Sarabha Nagar area. Earlier, a woman was robbed while she was going towards her car after visiting the salon. It is learnt that the salon charges a hefty amount for bridal makeup but did not employ any security guard at the place.

Questions are being raised how the attacker was allowed to enter the room of the salon where the victim was getting her bridal makeup. Why didn't anyone stop him?



LIT passes the buck to MC on encroachments, violations
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 8
Even as the vigilance wing of the Local Government Department as well as the state vigilance bureau are looking into massive encroachments and brazen violations of building bylaws and illegal change of land use in various colonies developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), the LIT authorities have admitted that except for sending notices to the violators, no further action has been taken.

Not only this, the Trust authorities have chosen to pass the buck to the Municipal Corporation, saying that most of its colonies stood transferred to the MC for maintenance as per the provisions of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning Act.

Information obtained from the LIT under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary, respectively, of the Council of RTI Activists, indicated that the action taken by the Trust with regard to encroachments, violations of building bylaws and illegal change of land use in Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Valmiki Nagar, Model Town Extension, Kitchlu Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colonies was confined to issuing notices to the violators.

Surprisingly, the information provided by the Public Authority of the LIT said while action as per the rules was taken against the violations of building bylaws or demolition carried out wherever called for, no separate record of such action was maintained.

The LIT authorities further said some of the schemes for which information was sought, had already been transferred to the MC for maintenance and the applicant ought to obtain information from the civic body.

In a complaint lodged with the Department of Local Government and the vigilance wing, the Council of RTI Activists has asserted that over the years and well before transfer of the schemes to the MC, encroachments, violations of building bylaws and illegal change of land use had been carried out with the connivance and complicity of the field staff and officials of the LIT, which called for a detailed probe and action as per the law against the guilty persons.

Notices only in LTI action

Action taken by the Trust with regard to encroachments, violations of building bylaws and illegal change of land use in Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Valmiki Nagar, Model Town Extension, Kitchlu Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colonies was confined to issuing notices to the violators.



Kanwalpreet brings laurels to city
Wins gold and bronze in Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Kanwalpreet Singh (20), a differently abled youth, has brought laurels to the city by winning two medals in the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games held in Sydney (Australia) from December 1 to 7. Kanwalpreet participated in the bocce contest (Italian bowling played on a long narrow dirt court) and won gold medal in the singles and bronze medal in doubles events.

As many as three players from Nirdosh School, Ludhiana, participated in the games. Another player, Monu Bhalla, won silver in the singles event whereas Lovepreet Singh clinched two bronze medals in the singles and doubles events of the same game.

Earlier, a selection camp was held in Chennai in September where Kamalpreet Singh, Lovepreet Singh and Monu Bhalla were selected for the games.

As many as 2,000 special athletes from 32 countries participated in the games. As many as 382 athletes from India participated in different sports events.

The players will reach the city on tomorrow.

“The trio had been practise the game at Nirdosh School for the past some years. With the efforts of Surat Singh Duggal of Nirdosh School, they got an opportunity to prove their mettle in an international event,” Ranjit Singh, father of Kanwalpreet Singh, said.

“I am on cloud nine with the achievement of Kanwal and other players from the city. It’s a matter of proud for Punjab. The state government and other sports organisations should recognise the potential of the youth,” he added.



Ludhiana scan
Federation meets commissioner

Members of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (FICO) under the president ship of Gurmeet Singh Kular met PS Pruthi, Chief Commissioner, Customs Central Excise and Service Tax, Northern Region, regarding the problems of Industries. Members also handed over the memorandum to the commissioner and requested him to abolish 2.06 per cent central excise duty on complete bicycles as they pay 12.36 per cent central excise duty on the raw material and other inputs which non-refundable. "The basic exemption on excise duty should be increased from Rs 1.50 crore to minimum Rs 3 crore for smooth operation of industries," said Kular.

CM’s birthday

Birthday of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was celebrated by Akali Dal leader under the guidance of Hira Singh Gabria. Gabria congratulated CM on his birthday and said he has spent his whole life for Punjab and its people.

Scholarship for girl students

Bharat Vikas Parishad, Tagore branch, organised “Äid to needy girl students" function to facilitate the education of bright and intelligent but financially weak girl students of different schools and colleges. The function was organised in collaboration by BVP Charitable Trust, Punjab and 129 students received stipend today.

Meeting held

Punjab Chandigarh Medical & Sales Representatives' Union (PCMSRU) held a meeting, here on Sunday. Union Secretary Amnish Kumar said medical representative should get highly qualified worker scale and the working hours should be fixed to 8 hours. He said General Council meeting of FMRAI will be in February at Chandigarh where medical representatives would discuss the problems of medical representatives and the members of Ludhiana unit will also participate in it.

Singer visits city

XPLORA Design School invited Bollywood singer Kamal Khan to the city today. Film animation was explained to students. Sunil Nanda, director of the institute introduced the new venture "Brilliko-The Learning Hub" which will be launched soon. Brilliko will provide English speaking and personality development classes. In Brilliko students will get an excellent opportunity to enhance their speaking and writing skills.

Investors' conclave

The crisis-ridden real estate developers in the state are pinning high hopes on the investors' conclave being organised by the Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Chairman of the Punjab Chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) Anil Chopra said this while addressing a press conference. New investment in various businesses and industry in the state to the extent of some forty thousand crore of rupees would provide the much needed spur to the real estate sector besides giving a new lease of life to overall state economy. He said in last two years stagnating global economic conditions had led to a declining GDP of 5 percent. "However, to dispel the general feeling of gloom, the government has continued to maintain its momentum of introducing structural reforms in the economy. He said the real estate sector is also witnessing a huge potential in the coming decade since urbanisation has been increasing at an unprecedented rate, with almost 71 million people added to the urban population from 2001 to 2011.

Commission formed

Ludhiana Vikhat Lok Sabha Commission, Punjab, was formed today. Surinder Singh 'Raji' was chosen as the chief patron and Sarabjit Singh was chosen as the chairman of the organisation. Gurmukh Singh Tona was appointed as the president of the organisation.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was held at Gobind National College Narangwal. 70 units of blood were collected by blood bank of Dyanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. The camp was jointly organised by the college and Bhai Ghanaya Sewa Society Ludhiana. It was inaugurated by director, Punjab University Regional Campus, Dr Hardaljit Singh Gosal and Taranveer Singh Nimana, president of society was guest of honour.

Musical evening

The District Administration organised a musical evening at the Rose Garden here on Saturday. The budding singers from Ishmeet Academy performed during the event. A good number of audiences was present on the occasion. — TNS



From schools
Play competition

Ludhiana: An inter-house English play competition was held in DRVDAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur. “Nature” was the theme of the play. First prize was bagged by Prosperity house, Dignity house got second prize and Unity house got third prize. Principal Yogesh Gambhir congratulated the winners and said such plays sensitise the students about nature.

Police DAV Public School win championship

The girls’ gymnastic team of Police DAV Public School, Ludhiana, won the Zonal Level Girls Gymnastic Championship of DAV National Sports held at DAV University, Jalandhar. They defeated the DAV Public School, Bhikhiwind, (Amritsar). Pushpa, Manju, Raavi, Himani and Muskan were the participants of the winning team. Dr Anu Verma, principal of the school, appreciated the efforts of the winning team. The winning team will now be competing for national title.

Workshop held

DCM Group of Schools organised a two-day workshop on the women empowerment. It was held in collaboration with a Shanghai based organisation “International Women’s Academy” (IWA). Co-founder of IWA, Dr Peter Le Masurier interacted with the students. The students also visited a nearby school in a rural area which provided a peep into the prevailing condition of the girls. The students showcased their concern by helping the under privileged girls.

Fun sports meet

Police DAV Public School organised a fun sports meet for its kindergarten section here today. Students participated in different fun filled and sporting events. The tiny tots participated in different events like butterfly race, umbrella race, hit and run race and musical chair etc.

Declamation contest

GGN Public School, Rose Garden, conducted the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Inter-School English Declamation Competition here today. In this competition, 67 speakers of 34 schools participated and expressed their views on the current social and environmental issues like Man vs. Nature- an alarming tussle, Education without values makes man a clever devil, Generation next, Generation violent- who’s responsible? First prize was bagged by Ishudeep Kaur of Guru Nanak International Model Town, second prize was won by Gurkanwal Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, and third prize won by Harnoor Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, and Muskaan Gumbar of KVM Civil Lines. Consolation prize was awarded to Luvleen Kaur of Green Land Convent School, Phase II Dugri and Isha Gupta of DPS School. Guru Nanak International Model Town was adjudged the overall winner of this competition.

Theme assembly

Based on the theme of Team work, a theme assembly was held in KVM City Campus for Class VII. Role play, group song and even the dance was based on the theme and emphasised on the importance of “We” over “Me”. The Head Mistress Namita Raj Singh also appreciated the efforts of the students as well as teachers.

Athletics meet

A mega show of athletic events was organised at SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road and OP Gupta Model Senior Secondary School, Quilla Mohalla. Paramjit Kaur Chahal, district education officer (secondary), was the chief guest. Athletes exhibited their best performance in the events. Gurmeet Singh was declared best athlete in under-19 category, Abhimanyu was declared best athlete in under-16 category. Sonia was declared best athlete in U-19 (girls) category while Shallu won top honours in the under-16 category. — TNS



MC House meeting
SAD MLA’s soft tone raises eyebrows
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The soft tone of SAD MLA Simarjit Singh Bains during the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s General House meeting held on Friday raised several eyebrows. Bains and his group of councillors, who are otherwise vocal against Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, did not speak much during the meeting.

Sources within the SAD said a “secret” meeting between PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, who supports the Mayor, and Simarjit Singh Bains, was held on Thursday (a day before the General House meeting at the Circuit House, here, which paved the way for a smooth holding of the General House meeting in the MC Zone A office.

Besides, even a senior leader, who is close to Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, was also in touch with the Bains brothers and wanted that the proposal regarding the advertising policy should be passed without any hindrance.

It is learnt that to “win over” Bains brothers, the development works worth around Rs 10 crore were passed for the Atam Nagar and Ludhiana (South) constituencies, represented by Simarjit Singh Bains and his elder brother Balwinder Singh Bains, respectively.

Among the Bains brothers, only Simarjit Bains attended the House meeting. Councillors from his group, who are otherwise vocal over several issues discussed in the meetings, hardly interfered in the House proceedings.

“The state government wanted that the proposal regarding advertising policy, which was even opposed by the BJP, the Congress, Independents and even some SAD councillors, should be passed. They knew that if they want this proposal to be cleared, they need to pacify Bains brothers as well as Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, as if they take a stand together, it would have been difficult for the SAD to pass this resolution as this group holds a considerable influence in the MC House,” said a senior SAD leader, requesting anonymity.

It is also learnt that Sharanjit Singh Dhillon also held a meeting with some Congress MLAs over the matter.

'Secret' Meeting

Sources in the SAD said a “secret” meeting between PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, who supports the Mayor, and Simarjit Singh Bains, was held on Thursday, a day before the General House meeting that paved the way for a smooth holding of the General House meeting in the MC Zone A office.



Protests affect normal life in city

Every other day protests are being staged by one or the other associations raising their demands. But little do the members of these organisations know how much inconvenience they cause to the public during these protest rallies. Protesters gather around at one place and burn effigies of the government and disperse from the scene but little do they make efforts to clear the mess they have created (see pic). It is the public which has to bear the brunt of such protests that cause them inconvenience and sometimes leads to traffic jams as well.

Trails needed at parks

Though the administration is beautifying parks and making tiled pathways at such places, some residents find it funny. Having hard pathways laid out in the parks for walking, one of the residents sitting at a park said these were no different from walking on a road. The real joy of walking in a park is on the grass or a trail. What is the point of walking in a park, just to enjoy the greenery. Instead of having a hard pathway, trails should be created for walking, another resident said.

Traffic woes

Planning and regulatory measures to check traffic and enforcement seem to be least of the priorities for both the City Traffic Police and the Municipal Corporation if the chaotic traffic conditions prevailing at Mata Rani Road and Bhadaur House are any indication. Almost a two-third width of the road from Deepak Cinema Road to Mata Rani Road having gone into the down ramp of the still under-construction railway over-bridge in place of Lakkar Pul, the remaining part of the road is not even sufficient for one-way traffic. However, with the traffic police and the MC closing their eyes over the issue, two-way traffic continues on this stretch of road that leads to traffic jams for long durations. Though shopkeepers, residents and commuters are facing hardships due to the issue, authorities seem to be in a deep slumber.

Net enclosure for scribes

During the recent review meeting of the IV World Kabaddi Cup conducted by higher officials at the Guru Nanak Bhawan here, one of the top officials with the district administration said a net enclosure had been exclusively made for the media to cover this mega event. Several computers will be arranged in this media house for the convenience of reporters and cameramen to send their news right from the venue. Without keeping anything in heart or mind, an official said: a ‘kukkad-jali’ (net enclosure) had been set up for the media. One of the reporters said: “Sir, please think of us and say that an enclosure has been made, else your officials will get an opportunity to ask all kukkads (reporters) to go inside the net on the final day of the Kabaddi Cup.”

Contributed by Manav Mander, Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia and Gurvinder Singh



Trade unions to hold protest at Parliament on Dec 12
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Addressing the rally of Hosiery Workers Union (AITUC) at Basti Jodhewal Chowk, today, DP Maur, general secretary, joint council of trade unions, Ludhiana, 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 like food, shelter, health and education.

“Therefore there is an urgent need for the working people to unite in strength to lead the struggle against these policies so as to meet the goal of sustainable development in the interest of all the people of the country,” he said.

General secretary of AITUC Ludhiana, OP Mehta said the government continues to act in ruthless manner against the common people and the response to people’s agitations by the Prime Minister and some of his ministers was arrogant.

Addressing the gathering Feroze Master, senior leader of the Hosiery Workers Union, said the trade unions have decided to intensify their joint agitations and march to Parliament on 12th December 2013 on the charter of demands which includes seeking check on price-rise, end of labour law violations, for social security and 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/ govt. sector enterprises and resources, national minimum wage to be raised to not less that Rs 10,000, universal entitlement of maternity benefit to working women. He further demanded that the piece rate for the cutter master should be revised or they should be given a salary of Rs.20,000 for eight hours of work.



Acupuncture helpful in de-addiction: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
A national meet on acupuncture was organised at Dr Kotnis Hospital. Acupuncture experts from different parts of the country have descended for the two-day meet to discuss the recognition of the therapy. Dr Debasis Bakshi, director of Indian Research Institute for Integrated Medicine said acupuncture can be very effective in treating drug addiction. He said in US jails, acupuncture is used for treating persons suffering from the problem of drug addiction.

He said that new advances are being made in the therapy. It can be used to stimulate different areas of brain as well, and improve vision. It is very effective in treatment of paralytic stroke and patients can be cured quickly from the treatment.

Dr Ram Gopal, chairman, research advisory board, Indian Research Institute for Integrated Medicine, and chairman of All India Coordination Committee for Alternative and Traditional Systems of Medicine said there is a need for revival of old techniques of medicines. Even though the lifespan has increased, but more diseases are emerging and the older ones are becoming more dangerous. Some of the diseases are becoming drug-resistant. Acupuncture is the solution to these health problems, he said. Not only it is quicker, but also relatively inexpensive and with no side-effects, he said. "We are not against allopathic medicines, but acupuncture must get recognition," he said.



Chrysanthemum show begins

Ludhiana, December 8
Chrysanthemum flower show and competition was organised at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar. More than 250 varieties of chrysanthemums including variants of snowball, pompon, obsession in decorative, spider, quilled, spoon, anemone, reflexed and others were on display during the event. People from various parts of the city participated in the show. More than 200 children from different schools and colleges participated in the show and the painting competition organised on the occasion.

Earth and the universe were depicted through different colours and words depicting knowledge were made in the centre of the design.

"Such flower shows and competition is a perfect way to celebrate nature. Chrysanthemums in particular are breathtaking both in their variety and beauty," said a participant.

Jatinder Sandhu, president of management committee of the Gurdwara said the Gurdwara has been carrying out such exhibition for a couple of years to promote love for nature and aesthetics amongst residents. A campaign for saving and beautification of environment 'Balehari Kudrat Vaseya' is inspired from Guru Har Rai, the seventh guru who was a great environmentalist of his time, he said. — TNS



Medical camps held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
A medical camp was organised by Senior Citizens Conclave in cooperation with Temple of Humanity Trust at Adarsh Public School. Almost 500 patients comprising largely from the marginalised sections of the society were screened during the camp. Naturopathy and Yoga Camp was also set-up to apprise the patients of the relevance of maintaining good health.

ECG, blood sugar, blood pressure, hemoglobin test and other routine tests were conducted at the camp. Free medicines were distributed and patients were offered considerable concessions on follow-up treatment. Mahavir International distributed knee caps and allied limbs free of charge during the camp.

Another free medical camp was organised by The Active Crime Front Against Corruption and Red Swastik Society at Government Primary School, Chander Nagar. More than 200 schoolchildren and 150 residents were examined. Free medicines were distributed.



Date extended for providing subsidised LPG cylinders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Gas agencies have extended the date of providing domestic gas cylinders at subsidised rates till January 1, 2014. Earlier, the agencies were told by their respective companies to provide cylinders at subsidised rates till December 1 only.

Confirming the development, an agency owner said all the agencies have been told to provide subsidised cylinders to consumers till January 1, which is a major relief to the residents.

The owner, wishing not to be quoted said, "Those who have booked their cylinders or the ones to whom the gas cylinders are to be delivered in the month of December, subsidised rates will be charged. From January 1, the cylinders will be available to the consumers for over Rs 1000 and the subsidy will be deposited in their respective accounts after a week or so".

At the same time, the owner added that this was clear violations of the Supreme Court orders, which had clearly mentioned that Aadhar Cards or any such document should not be made mandatory to claim subsidies.



Supporters of BJP, AAP celebrate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
Supporters of the BJP celebrated the victory of Bhartiya Janta Party in the Vidhan Sabha elections in four states, the result of which were declared today. They celebrated party's victory at Clock Tower by bursting crackers and by distributing sweets.

Talking to the Tribune, Pawan Kumar Bansal said,"Today's victory has given a big jolt to the Congress. The results of these Vidhan Sabha elections have cleared that in the year 2014 Congress will be defeated badly and NDA government will come to power."

Supporters of the Aam Adami Party also celebrated the performance of the party at Clock Tower. Suresh Aggarwal, a worker of the party, said," This is the victory of Aam Adami and not of Arvinder Kejriwal. With this victory people have another option in Punjab also."

Meanwhile, it was observed that during the celebrations by both of these parties, roads leading to Clock Tower witnessed traffic jams.



Woman dies in head-on collision, son injured
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 8
A middle-aged woman was killed while her son suffered critical injuries when a car rammed into a truck coming from the opposite direction on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway, near Sugar Mill, here early this morning. The deceased has been identified as Kamlesh Aggarwal, wife of NN Aggarwal of Moga. Their son, Aman Agarwal, is undergoing treatment at the DMCH, Ludhiana. His condition is stated to be critical.

According to sources, the accident took place early in the morning when Kamlesh and her son Aman were coming from Moga in a car (PB-29 AE 1585). As soon their car reached near the sugar mill, Jagraon, it collided head-on with a truck (PB-08 BC 9945) coming from the Ludhiana side. The woman was driving the car at the time of accident, the sources added.

A police team reached the spot and shifted the victims to the hospital. "The woman succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital," said the investigating officer, ASI Balwant Singh. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against an unidentified truck driver and investigation is on. The truck has been impounded.



Three missing girls rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 8
The city police today recovered three minor girls who had went missing on November 7 under mysterious circumstances from outside their house in Thrike village. The trio, Neha, Vandana and Sanjana, was found from a dhaba in Phillaur.

Amandeep Singh, SHO, Sadar, said earlier also these girls went missing on another occasion.

He said their mother was suffering from an ailment and the father was working hard to eke out a living.

On November 7, they returned home after school and accompanied their elder sister Neha.

They were spotted by a dhaba owner in Phillaur who rescued them and was looking for their parents.

Later, the police after getting information about the incident handed them over to their parents.



Rs 3.5 lakh in cash, cellphones stolen in separate incidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 7
The police today witnessed two theft incidents in the city. In the first incident, thieves struck at a mobile phone shop located at Tibba Road and decamped with cash and mobile phone handsets worth over Rs 3 lakh.

The incident came to light when Pawan Kumar Gupta, owner of the shop, went to his shop this morning and found it ransacked.

Gupta said the thieves entered the shop by making a hole in the wall, adding that he had suffered a loss of over Rs 3 lakh.

In another incident, thieves decamped with cash worth Rs 50,000 by breaking open the windscreen of a sports utility vehicle parked near Kalsian Gali in Miller Gunj.

Harjit Singh of Kadian village said he was in the city this evening to buy some garments and parked his car near a shop.

When Harjit approached his vehicle, he was shocked to find the windscreen broken.

He said the thieves took away a bag containing Rs 50,000 cash kept in the vehicle. Later, the police recovered the empty bag near a gurdwara.



Amritsar school pip GMSSS in basketball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 8
Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Amritsar, warded off a stiff competition against Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), PAU campus, before coming out triumphant 27-18 in the ongoing IMG Reliance Punjab Schools Basketball League being held at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The losing side fought it tooth and nail but failed to capitalise upon scoring chances at a crucial juncture that eventually proved fatal. For the winners, Somi sank in 12 points.

In another encounter, GGSSS, Amritsar, prevailed over APJ School, Jalandhar, 33-23 in which again Somi played a pivot role scoring 10 points.

The GMSSS, PAU campus, suffered a second defeat as they went down fighting 22-30 against Government Senior Secondary School, Sardoolgarh.

APJ School managed to scramble past Government Senior Secondary School. Sardoolgarh, with a narrow margin of three points (40-37) and Government Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, recorded 32-16 victory against the government school, Sardoolgarh.

In the boy’s section, Tomar scored 10 points to anchor Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, to outplay Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, convincingly (51-21) while Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, pipped Junior Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 63-59.

In their second match, Junior Nav Bharti Public School outnumbered Green Land Public School, Ludhiana, 64-31.



Sports day celebrated at school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 7
A large number of students competed in different sports disciplines and fun games in the annual sports day at Bal Bharati Public School (BBPS), Dugri branch, here, today.

Participants representing four houses of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars took part and the Venus House lifted the overall trophy while the Earth House was declared the best March Past contingent. SK Bhattacharya, convener, BBPS sports council, New Delhi, presided over the function. Former international volleyball star and ADCP, Ludhiana, Sukhpal Singh, was the guest of honour. Principal, Punam Dogra welcomed the guests. Students who won laurels in the district, state, national and international tournaments were also honoured. Participation of parents in the cycling race was the attraction of the day.



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