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MC removes encroachments
Kuldip Bhatia

Shopkeepers plead with the MC staff against challans for encroachments in the Kochhar market in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 7
A team of the tehbazari wing of the Municipal Corporation today cleared temporary encroachments in several localities, issued challans for goods stacked on the roadside and impounded vehicles for wrong parking and obstruction.

Led by tehbazari superintendent of Zone D JS Sekhon, the MC team issued 140 challans to shopkeepers in Jawahar Nagar Camp for creating obstruction on the roadside by stacking furniture, racks and merchandise. Photographs of the encroachments, which were clicked taken yesterday, were attached to the challans as evidence of the violation, said Sekhon.

The MC staff removed at least 12 flower stalls from the roadside near Durga Mata Mandir, removed three push carts from the Feroze Gandhi market and removed the temporary vegetable market from J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar.

Sekhon said four vehicles were impounded from Gian Singh Rarewala Market. Of the vehicles impounded by the MC staff, two were displayed for sale by a car bazar dealer, while two others, parked alongside the road, were being repaired outside a motor workshop.

He said the shopkeepers in all commercial hubs had been sternly asked not to place their goods on pavements or alongside roads and streets, and to also ensure that their vehicles and those of the customers were parked in the designated parking areas.


Firing incident
Councillor’s supporters give cops 48 hrs to arrest accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
A day after the firing incident outside the office of Ward No. 16 councillor Radhe Krishan, his supporters gave a 48-hour deadline to the police for arresting the husband of a former woman councillor and his accomplices.

The firing incident and damaging of vehicles parked outside the councillor's office yesterday had triggered an angry protest on the NH-I, resulting in a massive traffic jam which caused inconvenience to a large number of commuters.

At least 12 persons, including Focal Point Station House Officer Gurtej Singh, were hurt when the protesters allegedly threw stones at a police party.

"We have given a 48-hour deadline to the police for arresting the accused, Gurpreet Singh, alias Kakka, and his accomplices. If the police fail to arrest them, we will launch an agitation," said Arvind Kumar, personal assistant of the councillor.

The police have registered an attempt-to-murder case and slapped several sections of the Arms Act against Gurpreet Singh and his 10 accomplices, including Mandeep Singh, Chhota, Mona and Tubbay.

The case has been registered on a complaint of the councillor. The complainant has stated to the police that last evening he was riding a motorcycle along with his friend Raju Patel. When he reached Steet No. 2 in Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Gurpreet Singh and his men intercepted them and assaulted them.

Radhe Krishan said Gurpreet Singh fired shots from his double-barrelled gun. He said both of them ran for their life and managed to hide in a house.

He alleged that Gurpreet Singh and his accomplices also damaged some vehicles.

A high alert was sounded after several migrant labour organisations joined the protest. The protesters, brandishing sharp weapons, created panic among residents.

Sources said sensing the gravity of the situation, the Commissioner of Police deployed all Station House Officers of the city on the spot.

The police have lunched a massive manhunt to nab the accused. The police have rounded up a few persons in connection with the shooting incident and they are being interrogated.



BSP protests against ‘lawlessness’, price rise
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 7
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today held a protest march from Jagroan Bridge to the Mini-Secretariat against the "anti-people polices" of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab. Led by state secretary Ajit Singh Bhaini and in charge of Ludhiana zone Hargopal Singh, party workers organised a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Punjab Governor through the district authorities.

Addressing the rally, party leaders expressed concern over the growing "lawlessness" in the state with several mafia groups indulging in drug trafficking, land grabbing and illegal sand mining allegedly under the patronage of senior government functionaries.

They said the people in Punjab were being throttled under the burden of undesirable taxes in the name of property tax, regularisation fee for illegal colonies and hike in power and water rates. To add to the misery of the poor people, the government had utterly failed to curb the rising prices of essential items.

The BSP leaders also charged the Punjab government with resorting to political vendetta by implicating political opponents in false criminal cases and also usurping the central funds meant for the welfare of Dalits and weaker sections.

Senior BSP leader Lalji Prasad Gautam said the UPA government was on its last leg. "People are now fed up with scores of scams, corruption and anti-poor and anti-people policies of the Centre, and they are just waiting for the next elections to throw this government out," he said.



Poisonous fodder leaves 10 head of cattle dead
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Ten head of cattle died after reportedly consuming poisonous fodder at Purni Gaushala near the Division No. 3 area here this evening. Giving details about the incident, Sham Lal Sapra, coordinator of the gaushala, said the incident came to light at around 6.30 pm when the caretaker saw the cattle collapsing.

The authorities maintained that the cattle died by consuming fodder offered by an outsider. "We check the ingredients of the fodder before serving it to the cattle. The cattle died by consuming fodder offered by an outsider," said Sapra.

He said the police were informed about the incident and the carcasses of the cattle had been sent to a veterinary hospital. The police have not ruled out foul play behind the incident and are checking the CCTV footage to find out as to who offered the fodder to the cattle.

‘Outsider gave fodder’: The authorities maintained that the cattle died by consuming fodder offered by an outsider.



90-year-old Azad Hind Fauj veteran in penury
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Sitting on a chair at a general store near Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal, 90-year-old Azad Hind Fauj veteran Narender Singh, who now lives in penury, recalls his good old days. "I was a soldier in the Azad Hind Fauj under Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. My number was 77986."

Once a proud soldier of the Azad Hind Fauj, Narender Singh is now at the mercy of residents of Dholewal as there is none from his family to take care of him. He has been staying at Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal, since 1950. He usually spends his day at the general store near the school.

Tarakki Lal Thapar, owner of the store, says, "Naredner Singh belong to Dabehar Kalan village in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan. He had 28 family members, but during the 1947 riots, only he and his sister survived while all other members were murdered. Narender SIngh and his sister then shifted to India."

His sister Kulwant Kaur died in 1970. Since then, he is being looked after by area residents. Thapar, who is also president of the Dholewal Welfare Society, said,"I have been a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Dholewal. I know Narender Singh since my childhood days. He is a noble soul. He comes to my shop daily. We share tea and snacks. People living near the vicinity of the school fulfil his other daily needs such as meals."

Narender Singh said, "I do not get pension or any other relief from the government. Last year also, I had met one of the senior officers of the district administration regarding pension. However, nothing has been done so far."

What the Deputy Commissioner says

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said, "I will send a representative to meet him soon. He is most welcome to stay in our Old-Age Home being run by District Red Cross. We will adjust him even if we have a shortage of space. He can meet me anytime in the office. As far as his pension is concerned, we will do something as per the law."



Staff of TB, AIDS wings call off strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The Ludhiana TB Employees and AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association called off its strike after an assurance was given to it that its demands would be met. While employees of the AIDS wing have called off their strike till February 12, employees of the TB wing have given the authorities time till February 28 to fulfil their demands.

Jagtar Singh, president of the Ludhiana TB Employees Association, said they had met MD of the National Rural Health Mission Hussan Lal and he had given them an assurance that their demands would be fulfilled.

Central TB Division had sanctioned increments to the employees, which were to be implemented from April 2013. However, the Health Department failed to do so following which employees of the TB wing went on strike.

After getting an assurance from the Director General of the National AIDS Control Organisation, the AIDS Control Employees Welfare Association also called off its strike and resumed work. They were on strike demanding a revision in their salary and regularisation of services.



Online admit cards
Poor server mars PSEB initiative
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The initiative of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to provide relief to students and school managements by issuing online roll numbers proved to be a damp squib. The server remains busy for most of the time and the school managements fail to download the roll numbers of the students.

Various school managements who tried to download the roll numbers of the students complained that the server has not been responding to their requests. Most of the times, either the downloading process of roll number is incomplete or is downloaded without the picture of the applicant.

Ravinder Singh, principal of a private school said, “We have been trying to download the roll numbers of students since yesterday but could not succeed in it.”

“I was quite happy with the announcement of PSEB. But today, despite several attempts I failed to download roll numbers with photographs. We have complained to the senior board officials and they assured that the problem will be addressed soon,” said Rajinder Sharma, president Private School Association.

Dr Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal, chairperson PSEB, said yesterday, the problem was sorted out in the evening. But the server remained busy during the school timings today. She said, “I have appealed to the school managements avoid downloading all the roll numbers in one go. There is a lot of time with them to download.”


There is no major technical error. The server has been running busy as all the schools started downloading the admit cards simultaneously. We have already flashed messages to all District Education Officers and schools heads to avoid downloading the roll numbers at once. — Dr Tajinder Kaur Dhaliwal, PSEB chairperson



Orientation programme

Ludhiana: To motivate National Cadet Corps volunteers towards joining the defence forces, No.4 Pb Air Sqn NCC organised a lecture-cum-orientation class for the SSB interviews. Over 50 cadets, including 24 girls, attended the session at the unit office in Sarabha Nagar. Enthusiastic and inquisitive cadets interacted with the guest speaker, Wing Commander Chauhan, education officer at the Air Force Station, Halwara.

Paper presentation

Mandi Gobindgarh: Students took part in paper presentation and quiz at the RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology. The event was organised by a students’ club of the department of electrical engineering. The event began with the head of department’s address. Ten students participated in the paper presentation, while four teams fought for the top honours in the quiz. The students gave presentations on various topics including energy security, green power storage and energy audit. Manish Kumar of the sixth semester bagged the first prize for his presentation on energy audit. Speaking on the occasion, Institute’s director Harsh Sadawarti motivated the students to participate in such events to enhance their skills and talents.

Annual Day

Phillaur: DRV DAV Centenary College organised its annual day-cum-prize distribution function on Friday. The principal, Dr SK Mahajan, welcomed the guests and read the annual report. The students were motivated to achieve success through hard work and dedication. — TNS


From schools
Rangoli competition

Ludhiana: A rangoli-making competition was organised for the primary wing students of GNPS, Model Town. Students made beautiful patterns based on different themes. Headmistress Dr Harjit K Dua said such competitions helped in developing students’ aesthetic skills.

Science exhibition

A science exhibition was organised by the science-stream students of Mata Ganga Khalsa Girls Collegiate Senior Secondary School, Kottan. Working models of transformer, rain alarm, electromagnets, biogas plant, froth floatation process, magnetic separation, conductors and insulators, all prepared by the students, were displayed at the exhibition. Principal Dr Jatinder Kaur inaugurated the event and appreciated the efforts made by the students.

Story-enacting contest

A story-enacting competition was held at Green Grove Public School. Students of Classes I to V took part in the inter-class event. It comprised narration and choreography. The stories ended with a message on good values. Some of the stories were ‘Naughty Sparrow’, ‘Brave Tailor’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Birbal and the Washerman’ And ‘Fisherman and the Minister’.

Sports meet

The annual sports meet of BVM, Chandigarh Road, commenced with the hoisting of flag by the principal, Ranjeet Kaur. It was followed by a march past. Tiny tots actively took part in frog race, balloon race, biscuit race and obstacle race. Three-legged race and sack race besides the conventional 100-m, 200-m and relay races were organised for the Classes I to V.

Students felicitated

Mandi Ahmedgarh: More than 200 achievers of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School were felicitated at the annual prize distribution function organised at Chhappar village on Friday. The speakers motivated the students to adopt learning as a way of life. They said knowledge acquired during the school life shaped the future of every individual. Students presented a cultural programme comprising skits, folk dance and gymnastics. Prize winners included 200 students who brought laurels to the institute in academics and sports competitions.

— Tribune Reporters



Science and technology entrepreneurs’ park
Free courses attract youth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Youths are heading to the Science and Technology Entrepreneurs’ Park on Gill Road to get enrolled on various free courses started under the National Skill Development Programme. Courses, which cover various sectors such as business process outsourcing, information technology and retail, are open to those who have completed matriculation, said Puneet Singh, head of IT department and consultancy coordinator.

Under the skill development programme, the trainees will also be getting a stipend of Rs 2,000 for pursuing the courses, said Puneet Singh.

Also, those who want to set up their own businesses would receive free counselling on entrepreneurship, he said.

Some of the free courses started by the Department of Science and Technology include mobile repair, hardware networking, welding and AC repair.

Puneet Singh said paid courses in IT are also being run at the technology park. These include software training and development of mobile applications under the aegis of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College.

“As some of the IT companies have also set up their offices on the premises, the trainees get to work on live projects and are trained by developers themselves,” said the department head.

The park is offering office space to start-ups at nominal rates besides guidance and support for a year, he said.

Harnoor, an engineering student who started a website development consultancy, said he was ably guided during his training in website development and also got adequate support for the consultancy he set up.



Ludhiana scan
Medical camp

Ludhiana: Ludhiana Mediways Hospital organised a free multi-specialty medical check-up and awareness camp at Gurudwara Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha, Barewal on Friday. More than 200 patients were provided free consultation by a team of medical experts. The patients also availed benefit of free sugar and BP tests. Medicines for many common ailments were distributed among needy patients.

Grant given

Villages under Dakha constituency will be transformed. This was stated by MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali while granting a cheque of Rs 40 lakhs for Sawadi Kalan village on Friday. The villages will be given facilities at par with the cities. Safe drinking water, sewerage facility and concrete roads will be provided in every village, said Ayali.

Eye check-up camp

Mohandai Oswal Hospital conducted a Free Eye Check-Up Camp at Cheryu Hospital, Dholewal, in Ludhiana on Friday. Nearly 120 patients were benefitted from the camp. Fifty patients were checked for eye-sight and 20 patients were given specs free of cost.


Contract Multipurpose Health Workers Union staged a dharna outside Civil Surgeon’s office on Friday. “From the past six years we are struggling to become permanent employees but no step has been taken by the government in this regard,” said Kiranjit Kaur, president of the union. She said the employees would continue with the struggle until they were made permanent.


A special seminar for women belonging to minority group was held in Ludhiana on Friday and the main stress was laid in raising their standard of living. Councillor Daljeet Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. He said women hold important position in society and the programme was being held under the aegis of the Central Government. — TNS



Motion IIT-JEE to launch its first centre in city

While evaluating local educational trends in Punjab, Motion IIT-JEE is going to launch its first centre in Ludhiana. According to company executives Motion IIT-JEE will hold bi-yearly baseline talent search examination at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Director Achint Goel said the students could come directly to the venue on February 9 to give the exam and to avail the scholarship worth Rs 1 crore.

International hair, make-up artists visit VLCC

International fame hair and make-up artists Vanera Nurakhenova and Farida Abylbekova, who belongs to Eastern Europe, visited VLCC Centre at Ferozepur Road on Friday. They are on their trip to various branches of VLCC Health Care Limited in Jammu, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.

Maruti launches new car

Maruti Suzuki’s new dream car ‘Celerio’ was launched by Libra Autocar (Maruti dealers) in Ludhiana on Friday. It was launched by Ranjeet Singh Dhillon (MLA Ludhiana East).

Redefining hospitality

Soon to open Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, will redefine city’s hotel experience by providing a right blend of impeccable service and luxury. It offers 168 contemporary guestrooms, including four types of luxury suites measuring 409 sq ft (38 sq m) each with a work station and high speed internet connectivity. For the discerning business traveller, the Regency Club rooms offer complimentary transfers, broadband wireless internet and access to the Regency Club private lounge that serves continental breakfast, cocktails and refreshments.

Akash Institute announces scholarship test

Aakash Educational Services Limited, an institute for medical and engineering aspirants, is conducting the Admission-cum-Scholarship Test (ACST) for its medical/IIT-JEE/foundation Courses 2014-15. Students of Classes VIII and IX will be eligible for the foundation courses, while students of Classes X and XI can take part in the engineering and medical courses. — TNS



Artscape 2014: A delight for the senses
22 artists from different walks of life are exhibiting their paintings at Punjabi Bhawan
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

An artist shows her painting during an exhibition at MS Randhawa Art Gallery in Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana, on Friday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 7
A five-day art exhibition, titled 'Artscape 2014', began today at MS Randhawa Art Gallery in Punjabi Bhawan. Organised by Kalpana Fine Art Society, the event is exhibiting works of 22 artists from the city. Artists from all walks of life, including students, pensioners, homemakers and freelancers, are displaying three to four paintings on different issues.

Gopal Krishan Sharma, a pensioner, has captured an episode from the folklore 'Sassi Punnu' in one of his paintings. Artist Rupa Arora has depicted the life of today’s women, who despite the freedom granted by the modern society are still facing discrimination.

Homemaker Sonia Kumar has brought to the fore the life of an acid attack. With symbols such as flowers and a cozy home representing a happy life, the transition to a darker life is shown using symbols such as dry leaves.

Septuagenarian Hardev Kaur's painting shows fickleness of life through the metaphorical inflated but empty balloon.

Other artists participating in the exhibition include Rubi Arora, Ambika Nayyar, Navdeep Kaur, Mandeep Kaur, Nivanjeet Kaur, Anchal Gupta, Jagroop Singh, Aneesha Modi, Bhawna Saxena, Kulwant Seehra, Jaswinder Kaur, SK Garcha, Gurpreet, Monika Jangra, Jaswant Singh, Ravinder Ravi, Amar Singh and Harimohan.

After a long wait

Finally, MS Randhawa Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibition. The space, till a few months back, was being used to run a book shop. Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi president said the gallery would provide a platform to artists to showcase their works. Janmeja Johl from Punjabi Sahit Akademi said being a non-commercial art gallery, artists could display their works after paying a nominal fee. Those interested can contact Punjabi Bhawan for the same, he said.



GCG hosts inter-college competition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
An inter-college competition was held by the department of fine art at the Government College for Girls. The function was presided over by the principal, Gurminder Kaur.

More than 100 students from 10 colleges participated in various events. The principal motivated the students to organise exhibitions to display their works of art. She said fine art was a creative subject, with the help of which people could exhibit their emotions through colours.

Renu of the SDP College for Women won the first prize in spot landscape competition. In best out of waste competition, Vandana of the Government College for Girls was victoritous. In pot decoration, Payal Kamboj of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women bagged the first prize, while in clay modeling, the top honours went to Amanpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College.

The card making competition saw the host college’s Jasleen Kaur emerge victorious, while in the file decoration competition, Anshika Aggarwal of SDP College for Women stood first.

Krishna of the Khalsa College for Women won the mask painting competition, while Arshdeep Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College won the poster-making competition.



Suspected swine flu case reported
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
One more suspected case of seine flu has been reported in Ludhiana. His blood sample has been sent to the PGI, Chandigarh. "The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious. The best way to protect oneself from this flu is to take precautions and maintain proper hygiene," said Dr Gautam Aggarwal from SPS Apollo Hospital. Dr Aggarwal said washing hands frequently and properly was the best way to prevent the spread of infections. One should use a tissue while sneezing.

Symptoms of Swine Flu

Headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, aches, fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, throat irritation, nausea and diarrhoea


  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot running water. If hot water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
  • When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth, nose.
  • Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid getting near to those who might be sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Arrangements by the Health Dept

In Ludhiana district, 44 isolation beds and 41 ventilators have been reserved for suspected swine flu patients in all major hospitals and medical colleges. There is no shortage of medicine/VTM bottles and other logistics.



Different strokes: For the love of art
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Fazluddin, or Baba, as he prefers to be called, moves places selling paint brushes to fine art students and artists. A former government auctioneer based in Delhi, Fazluddin has his brushes on display at Punjabi Bhawan, where an art exhibition is being organised.

"Art is my passion. I wanted to take up a profession that could get me closer to artists. By providing students and artists with brushes not only do I get the satisfaction of helping them in creating their works of art, I also get to see their work and get invited to exhibitions as well," he says.

Fazluddin has over 40 different varieties of brush, ranging from number 0 to 60. He says sometimes, he picks up rejected brushes and fixes them to perfection, which enables him to keep the costs minimal for himself and his buyers.



Minister lays foundation stone of animal dispensary at Khanna
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 7
Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike along with Ranjit Singh Talwandi today laid the foundation stone of block-level animal dispensary building at Khanna to be constructed at the cost of Rs 60 lakh. Ranike stated that the dispensary would have facilities such as x-ray and scanning machine for animals.

Ranike said the Punjab Government was providing 35 per cent subsidy to scheduled caste women and 25 per cent to women belonging to general category to start animal husbandry occupation. Apart from it 50 per cent subsidy for cattle shed and 50 per cent subsidy on machinery used are also given for the purpose.

He said the needed block-level animal hospitals would be constructed at the cost of Rs 40 crore and Rs 20 crore would be spent for repair of existing animal hospitals. He said the appointment of chairman and staff of the proposed Punjab Cow Save Board would be done soon and the stray animals would be kept in the proposed gaushalas in respective cities.



PRTC pensioners hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
Pensioners of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) organised a rally against the state government as well as the PRTC here today. Pensioners said they had not received pension for the last two months and even the arrears were pending.

Krishan Lal, president of the PRTC Pensioners Association, Ludhiana, said if the department failed to pay their pension within the next two days, they would intensify their protest. Jagdish Singh, general secretary of the association, said a state-level meeting of all pensioners would be held at the bus stand, Patiala, on February 12. "We will decide our next course of action there," he added.

Prominent among those who took part in the protest were Bachittar Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Hardev Singh and Suresh Sood.



Cloudy weather to continue, sunny days after Feb 10
Tribune News Service

Students at the PAU seem to be enjoying the misty weather. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, February 7
The cloudy weather would continue and there is also a chance of thundershowers in the city in the next 24 hours. Weather experts at Punjab Agricultural University have said the city residents would enjoy sunny days only after February 10. Even the maximum temperature is likely to go up by a few degrees after February 10.

Dr KK Gill, Assistant Professor, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, said the weather would remain the same in the next 24 hours. "The city might also witness thundershowers in the next 24 hours, which means there will be chill in the air. We are expecting clear weather only after February 10," Dr Gill added.



Police crack whip on traffic violators
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The city police today challaned motorists for installing black films on their vehicle’s windowpanes besides designation plates on the bumpers of their vehicles. The special drive was carried out by the police personnel at the Sarabha Nagar market this evening.

"Black films have been banned by the Supreme Court. This is a serious violation of the Motor Vehicle Act. We have fined the vehicles which were violating the law," said station house officer (SHO) Vinod Kumar.

Some residents, caught during the drive, were seen trying to use their political clout to avoid being challaned.

The police officers on duty, however, did not let go of the violators, refusing to speak to anyone on their behest.



Two proclaimed offenders arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
The police have nabbed two proclaimed offenders who were wanted by the Uttar Pradesh and Sahnewal police. They have been identified as Sunil Kumar from Ittawala Chowk in Shimlapuri and Bachitter Kumar, alias Natta, from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Station House Officer of the Sadar police station, Amandeep Singh, said the duo was nabbed following a tip-off. While Sunil was wanted in a snatching case, Bachitter was wanted by the Uttar Pradesh police in a culpable homicide case not amounting to murder.

Thieves nabbed

The police nabbed two thieves and recovered a stolen motorcycle, camera, five mobiles from their possession. Umesh Kumar of New Madhopuri and Sanju Kumar of Shivpuri were arrested by the Sunder Nagar police following a tip-off.

It was learnt Umesh is a habitual offender and had recently come out of jail.



1 held with 8 gm of heroin
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 7
The Jagraon police have arrested an alleged drug peddler and have seized 8 gm of heroin from him possession. The accused has been identified as Jagdeep Singh alias Deepa, a resident of Sherpur Kalan village near Jagraon.

The alleged drug peddler was arrested by a team of Anti-Narcotics Cell of Jagraon police near Kothe Khajura village during routine patrolling. The police have registered a case against the accused under the NDPS Act at Jagraon city police station and further investigation is on.

Giving the details of the drug seizer, Jagraon Station House Officer (SHO) Muhamad Jamil informed that the accused was arrested by a police team led by ASI Pritam Singh during patrolling near Kothe Khajura village last evening. “The police team stopped a suspicious youth and during search, 8 gm of heroin was recovered from his pocket. Following this the police arrested the youth,” said SHO Jamil.



Nav Bharti lads lift basketball title
Our Sports Reporter

A match in progress on the concluding day of the BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab Schools Basketball League in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 7
Nav Bharti Public School of Ludhiana (Sr) in the boys’ section and Government Senior Secondary School, Mall Road, Amritsar, in the girls’ section emerged champions in the BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab Schools Basketball League that concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the boys’ final, Nav Bharti Public School faced a weak challenge from their opponents, Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, as the former romped home triumphant 42-30.

The local lads went into an early lead and managed to hang on to it till the long hooter. Gurwinder Singh fashioned Nav Bharti School's victory as he made 22 baskets.

In the match to decide the third position, Nav Bharti Public School of Ludhiana (Jr) survived a scare against Punjab State Sports School, Jalandhar, before scraping past with a wafer thin margin of just one point (45-44) in which Ajit Kumar contributed 18 points for the winning side.

The final in the girls’ section, played between Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Mall Road, Amritsar, and Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Amritsar eves came out victorious 57-34.

Likewise, the match between Apeejay School, Jalandhar, and Government Senior Secondary School, Sardoolgarh (Mansa), turned out to be a mismatch as the former won without being challenged (41-19).

Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal will be the chief guest at the prize-distribution function. The winners in both the sections received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each in addition to the trophies while the runners-up pocketed Rs 30,000 each. The teams finishing third got richer by Rs 20,000 each.

Gurpreet Singh Toor, JP Singh, Teja Singh Dhaliwal and Vijay Chopra, all office-bearers of the Ludhiana District Basketball Association, along with coaches, players and Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, watched the finals.



Agricultural varsity all set for college basketball league
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A revamped basketball court at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana. photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 7
The city is all set to organise the BFI-IMG Reliance College Basketball League, which would kick start at the basketball courts, Punjab Agricultural University, tomorrow. A total of 20 teams, 10 each in the men and women's category, would participate in this league, which would end on March 15.

While speaking to The Tribune, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, said the league would be organised in four phases.

"The matches of the league will be organised at basketball courts of Punjab Agricultural University as well as Guru Nanak Stadium here. The best teams of the state will compete against each other," he said.

Harjinder Singh, basketball coach of the Sports Authority of India, said matches would be organised every weekend.

"Teams from colleges such as SCD Government College, Government College for Girls, Punjab Agricultural University, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, all from Ludhiana; Government College, Amritsar, DAV College, Jalandhar, will participate in the league. Both the basketball courts have been revamped," he said.



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