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Ill-equipped Fire Brigade fuels fears 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Fire Brigade is ill-equipped to tackle fire incidents in shopping malls-cum multiplexes. Reason: The brigade is without hydraulic ladders and other such equipment.

The brigade is ailing for the past many years, but no steps have been taken to upgrade it.

The absence of a hydraulic ladder makes high-rise building vulnerable to fire incidents. Besides, firemen have no safety equipment, including face masks.

As per rules, one fire tender is required for a population of 50,000, which means for a population of 17 lakh in Ludhiana, 34 fire tenders are required. However, the Fire Brigade has only 13 fire tenders in working condition.

Similarly, with the number of high-rise building, especially shopping malls-cum-multiplexes coming up in the city, there is urgent need for a hydraulic ladder.

“A hydraulic ladder costs around Rs 8 crore and in Punjab, only Mohali has a hydraulic ladder, while Chandigarh has two. Even the hydraulic ladder in Mohali was purchased from funds arranged by the Chief Minister,” said Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu.

Goods worth crores were gutted when a fire incident took place in Indra Hosiery in the Sunder Nagar area of the city in January. The extent of loss was high because the fire brigade did not have a hydraulic ladder, due to which fire on the third floor of this factory could not be doused on time.


Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu said he had written to the Ludhiana MC to upgrade infrastructure and provide manpower. “Employees are working overtime and there is an urgent need to recruit more staff,” he stated.

No recruitment since 1981

In 1981, the city had four fire stations, four fire tenders, 18 leading firemen and 86 firemen. More than 32 years have passed and the position of fire brigade has deteriorated instead of improving. Now, the city has just four leading firemen and 42 firemen. It clearly shows that the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is not serious about the safety of residents because as the city has grown, both in size as well as in population, the number of firemen should be increased. 


CBSE asks schools to start Mandarin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has again asked the school managements to start Mandarin (Chinese language) as optional foreign language course in the CBSE-affiliated schools.

Earlier, the CBSE had issued the circular in 2012, but not a single school started the course. School managements said the students did not show interest to join the course.

Many entrepreneurs from the city visit China to sign business deals regularly. The school managements were hopeful that the students would show interest in learning Mandarin.

The CBSE has again issued the circular and asked schools to start the course for Class VI students. The CBSE offers 34 languages, including 12 foreign languages. The CBSE circular states the course will cater to the diverse needs of the students. The CBSE has trained teachers for the course.

Gurminder Kaur Gill, principal of Guru Nanak International School, said: “We had sent notices to parents for enrolling their wards in the course, but nobody was interested. If they show interest, we can start the course from the next session.”

Avtar Singh, an entrepreneur, said: “I often visit China for business deals. It is convenient if we know Mandarin. Parents should encourage their wards to learn the language.” 



Civic body clears Rs 1,252-cr Bus Rapid Transport System project
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The General House of Municipal Corporation today cleared all the major agenda items during an emergency meeting held at its Zone-A office today.

The meeting was called to pass the agenda for the Rs 1,252 crore Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) project for the city to the Government of India for approval before the imposition of the poll code.

Before the proceedings, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria appealed the members of the house to be agenda-specific. However, Opposition and Independent councillors vent their ire when they were not given an opportunity to speak.

Mayor said the last round of meetings were being held in Delhi for Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) schemes. The approval for the Bus Rapid Transport System for Ludhiana was of utmost importance. The BRTS was largely a replication of Metro Rail System with buses rolling instead of trains, he said.

Apart from the main item of the BRTS, the house also cleared HUDCO line of credit of Rs 2,000 crore (financial assistance for rejuvenation/upgrade of internal public streets in Ludhiana). The house also gave its nod for the temporary shifting of the maalkhana to provide parking space to vehicles of advocates at the Mini-Secretariat. The agenda for adopting the Punjab Municipal Outdoor Advertisement Bylaws, 2012, was also approved.

Noisy scenes

The situation went out of control when a few councillors alleged that the Mayor was rude while addressing them. The Mayor asked a police official to make sure that only councillors, mediapersons and MC officials attended the house meeting. Objecting to this, Rajinder Singh Bhatia, son of Amarjit Singh Bhatia (Akali leader) said his elderly mother was accompanied by a helper and the police official asked him to leave the premises. At the same time, many others were still sitting who had nothing to do with meeting, alleged.

Targeting the Mayor, Congress councillor Rakesh Prashar said development works in his ward were stopped at the behest of the Mayor. Gohalwaria clarified that since he got a complaint by a resident that there was no need to repair the roads, officials were asked to visit and see if these actually needed repairs.

Independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal said the Mayor should not consider himself ‘God’ while sitting in the chair. Reacting to this, the Mayor said such allegations had nothing to do with the house meeting.

While noisy scenes were witnessed in the house, MC officials were busy having refreshments. 

Drains to be cleaned

Leader of the Opposition (Congress) Hemraj Aggarwal said residents are facing difficulty ever since the sanitation workers refused to clean the sewerage. The authorities assured that safety kits would be provided to workers and machines were being purchased to do the needful. The choked sewerages would be cleaned before monsoon, the officials said. 

Where are the funds ?

Congress councillors’ spokesperson Parminder Mehta hailed the initiative taken by state government to come with the BRTS project in Ludhiana. As per the proposal, 50 per cent of the ~1,252 crore would be given by the Central Government, 30 per cent by the MC and the remaining 20 per cent by the state government. “But will the fund-starved MC be able to contribute its share of more than ~360 crore, especially when there are no funds to give salaries to the employees,” said Mehta. 



Vet, pharmacist get show-cause notice 
Were found absent during DC’s visit 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal has issued a show-cause notice to two doctors posted at the Civil Veterinary Hospital, Mehdudan, near Samrala.

During the DC’s recent surprise visit, two employees, Dr Rajpal Jindal and pharmacist Baljit Singh, were found absent from duty whereas they had marked their attendance in the register.

“Show-cause notice has been served to the employees. We are waiting for their reply after and action will be taken accordingly,” added the DC.

Dr Inderjit Singh, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry, said he was aware of it but his office had not received the show-cause notice. “Some employees of the hospital have been assigned the duty of distributing mineral mixture and Dr Jindal is one of them. So, he was not in the hospital during the DC’s visit,” he said.

When contacted, Dr Rajinder Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, Samrala, said Dr Jindal was not present in the office during the DC’s visit as he was assigned the duty of distributing subsidised mineral mixture at the Civil Veterinary Hospital, Samrala.

After making his attendance, Dr Jindal went to Samrala for distributing the mineral mixture since he is a member of three member committee assigned for the distribution of same,” said Dr Rajinder Singh.

Pharmacist Baljit Singh has an additional charge of Begowal village and he went there after lunch. 



Interim Rail Budget upsets industry
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 12
The interim Railway Budget presented by Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharage in the Lok Sabha has failed to bring cheers to the general public and the industry.

Terming it as virtually a “no budget”, national president of the Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India Badish Jindal said the minister might be having his eyes on the coming Lok Sabha polls which made his task difficult. But still, the budget had failed to address the specific problems of passengers and the industry.

Jindal said two main issues that needed to be rationalised in the Railway Budget were abnormally high freight rates and passenger fares of air-conditioned (AC) class, especially AC-I, which presently was more than the air fare.

He said Punjab had a disadvantage of location being too far away from ports. “What the industry and business in Punjab needs are rational freight rates so as to be able to compete in the domestic and global markets with industry located in other states,” he said.

The Railway Minister had also failed to make any announcement for providing better amenities and facilities at the Ludhiana railway station, which has been given the status of a “model” railway station. Besides, no new train has been announced for the city,” Jindal added.

Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal Mohinder Aggarwal criticised the Railway Budget saying the proposed hike in catering charges was uncalled for. “The railway are already serving poor quality food items on railway stations and the catering service being provided on board the trains, including elite Shatabdi trains, also leaves much to be desired.”

Rajinder Syal, a frequent traveller said providing better amenities and facilities both at the railway stations and in the trains to railway passengers seems to be among the least of the priorities of the government.

“The minister should have announced more trains on trunk routes connecting Ludhiana with other metro cities and fare structure, especially of the AC classes ought to have been rationalised, which has not been done,” he said.

Sher Singh, chairman, Northern Railway Pensioners’ Association said the railways had been persistently neglecting their retired employees. The railway budget had failed to make any mention of much needed improvement in the medical and healthcare facilities for the railway pensioners and serving employees, he remarked. 



Chargesheet filed against 7 persons 
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 12
The police have filed a 500-page chargesheet against seven persons in the infamous Harpeeet Kaur acid-attack case in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranjeev Kumar Vashisht.

Those named in the chargesheet include Amitpal Kaur, Parvinder Singh, Sanpreet Singh, Gursewak Singh, Ashwani Kumar, all residents of Patiala, Jaspreet Singh of Ragera village, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Rakesh Kumar, alias Premi, of Bhaddal Dhua village, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Taking cognisance of the chargesheet, the CJM has fixed Feburary 17 as next date of hearing. The court is likely to commit the case to the Sessions Judge on the next date of hearing. Thereafter, the trial will commence.

The police have cited 51 persons as witnesses. The investigation relies upon the call details of the accused, CCTV footage of the main accused, Amitpal Kaur, in an ATM booth and her bank statement. The list of witnesses includes 10 doctors from the Indian Burns Society, Navi Mumbai, and three doctors from the DMCH, Ludhiana.

A youth had thrown acid on Harpreet Kaur on her wedding day on December 7, 2013, in a beauty salon in the Sarabha Nagar area. She died at a hospital in Mumbai on December 27, 2013.

One of the accused had thrown a jar full of acid on her. Two women employees of the salon also suffered injuries in the attack.

Amitpal Kaur suffered 50 per cent burns. After being treated in a city hospital, she was air-lifted to Navi Mumbai's Indian Burns Research Society National Burns Centre on December 12.

As per the chargesheet, Parvinder Singh at the instance of Amitpal Kaur hatched a conspiracy in connivance with his associates and carried out the attack after taking money from the prime accused. The prime accused was divorced by the brother of the victim's fiancé.

One of the accused, Major Singh of Kheri Aania village, Patiala, is still at large. 



Songs that soothe away vulgarity 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Disenchanted with vulgarity in Punjabi music, three youngsters have formed a band 'Singh Rocks'.

Harpreet Safi, one of the three vocalists, said songs promoting vulgarity had become a nuisance.

"Through our songs, we sensitise residents against social evils such as female foeticide and drug abuse," he said.

"We have written all songs. We do not believe in copying," said Safi. An MA in Punjabi and MPhil, Safi was working as a lecturer at a university earlier, but his passion for music and need for bringing a change forced him to look for a job that afforded him more time to devote to the band, he said.

Other performers in the band are Tejinder Singh and Ramajit Singh. They are using different techniques to get the message across. "Although 'boliyan' are considered to be a part of the folk songs, we are writing new 'boliyan' from the perspective of social issues that need to be highlighted," he said. "We have used various literary techniques such as satires in our songs to highlight the issues. Some of the songs address many issues while others focus on one issue," he said.

"We believe that whatever is the 'input', similar will be the 'output', so if children listen to vulgar songs, it will erode social values," he said.

"Rock music focuses on spreading social messages. We want to connect with the new generation, the music that the youth relates to these days," he said. 



Strike by postal employees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Employees of the Department of Posts observed a one-day strike to press for their demands today.

Boota Singh, district secretary of the All-India Postal Employees Union, stated the National Federation of Postal Employees and Confederation had decided to go on a two-day strike.

"We want the authorities to merge dearness allowance (DA) with interim relief. We are overburdened as the government is not expanding the department. We are against the privatisation of the department."

"Employees are yet to be promoted. The department used to give night duty allowance and overtime allowance a few years ago. Without citing any reason, all these facilities were stopped. Our wages have not been revised," said Boota Singh.

Visitors to the post office had to face inconvenience, he said. Hari Om, a resident of Maya Nagar, said, "I was unaware of the strike. I wanted to speed post a recruitment form, but had to return disappointed."



Kidney stones taking kids by surprise 
Junk food behind the lifestyle disease, say experts; affects children as young as 10 years
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Increasing intake of fast food like cheeseburgers, fries, pizzas and soft drinks is landing children with kidney stones. Teens’ being diagnosed with the problem has taken parents and the medical community by surprise.

Earlier considered to be an adult malady, it is now said to have started affecting children as young as 10 years old. Clearly, it is the lifestyle choices that are coming under scanner.

Dr Francis, associate professor, urology department at Christian Medical College and Hospital, said that there were two types of stones being formed in children. One type is due to metabolic abnormalities and the other is due to malnutrition.

“Stones due to metabolic abnormalities are due to salt imbalance in the blood while those occurring due to malnutrition are due to improper diet. Children today have grown fond of junk food and hence lack proper nutrition. They become obese leading to development of stones in the kidneys,” said Francis.

Since Punjab is the stone belt, one should get complete checkup done after every six months. The early detection is the key for preventing kidney failure later in the child's life and can be done by the various diagnostic tests, he added.

“Junk food in itself is a stone. Increasing consumption of junk food is the main reason for developing kidney stones in children. Apart from metabolic abnormalities, changing lifestyle and eating habits are contributing a lot towards growing number of cases of stones in children,” added Dr Vikas Kumar, urologist from SPS Apollo Hospital.

Adding further Dr Kulwinder Singh, an urologist, said stone occurrence in the age group of 10-18 had become common as there were at least 10 to15 such cases every month.

Stones are formed when the urine contains more crystal forming substances such as calcium, uric acid and a compound called oxalate, but less of water.

"We have operated many in the age group of 10 years and below. While in many cases, they are caused due to metabolic reasons such as malabsorption issues or family history and in others it is caused by unhealthy lifestyle," added Singh.

Children who develop kidney stones have a greater chance of redeveloping them in future. Doctors also blame lack of physical activity for the stone formation. “Young people don't drink enough water and juice and end up being dehydrated. Aerated drinks are preferred, which add to the damage,” he added.

"Children these days love cheeseburgers and junk food. They favour processed foods with high amount of salt and preservatives and also frozen non-vegetarian food. Most of these youngsters are obese and this predisposes them to the condition,” adds Ruchira, another medical practioner form the city. 


* Drink lots of water

* Avoid eating fast food and aerated drinks

* Eat healthy and nutritious food

* Get regular health check-up every six months



Iron and steel traders to oppose VAT notification
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 12
Iron and steel traders have opposed the recent notification of the Excise and Taxation Department regarding VAT and threatened to close down their business and hold protest on roads.

Gurinder Singh Juneja, president, Ludhiana Iron and Steel Merchants’ Association, stated that the Punjab Government had issued a notification reducing VAT rates from 4.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent on iron and steel goods. At the same time, VAT refund will be available on the reduced rate of 2.5 per cent on the stock maintained by them. “With the implementation of the notice, the iron traders will face huge losses in business”, said Juneja. “The government should review the policy in the interest of the business community. Otherwise we have decided to oppose the Akali-BJP government on every platform”, said Juneja. 



Indo-Pak Expo 2014 begins today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
The Indo-Pak International Trade Expo is all set to start tomorrow. The second edition of the Indo-Pak International Trade Expo, is being organised at Hotel Gulmor from February 13 to 17.

Upkar Singh Ahuja, convener, Ludhiana Zone, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that this would be the 12th such expo in the series of trade fairs being organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote bilateral trade among the participating countries.Surjit Kaur, deputy director, PHD Chamber, said that the expo exhibited range from Pakistani onyx marble, textiles, dry fruits from Kabul, Kashmiri Carpets, Jaipur jewellery, home appliances, wellness and healthcare products, high-end leather bags and crockery and quilts. “The very objective of organising such expos is to engage masses in people-to-people dialogue ”, said Surjit Kaur. PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khursheed Barlas, CEO, Pakistan World Trade and Expo Centre, said the credit definitely goes to such exhibitions and expos as these help in confidence building. 



Civil Surgeon’s office in poor shape
Was declared unsafe building 13 years ago 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Till the proposal to set up the Civil Surgeon’s office at Civil Hospital becomes a reality, the staff at the Civil Surgeon’s office is forced to sit in the decrepit building which has been declared unsafe by the Punjab Public Works Department some 13 years ago.

In 2012, the roof over the verandah in the office collapsed due to rain and a number of almirahs containing official record were buried under the debris, but this did not ring a bell in the government’s ears. Sources said that the proposal of setting up of Civil Surgeon’s office at Civil Hospital was still in papers.An employee posted at the Civil Surgeon's office, on the condition of anonymity, said that they were constantly living under fear as the building had been declared unsafe more than 10 years ago. Adding further he said, “Two years ago, birth and death records were buried under the debris after heavy rain and now, we seem to be waiting for our turn. Some rooms at the office are in bad shape as their roofs have developed cracks. Higher authorities seem least concerned as no repair work has been undertaken so far.

While KS Saini, Assistant Civil Surgeon, said that they had no other option till the office was shifted. “The proposal for setting up of the office at Civil Hospital is still in the pipeline. From time to time the Public Works Department has been coming for repair work when needed,” Saini said.



Woman delivers twins in Ambulance 108
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
A woman delivered twins with the help of the staff of Ambulance 108 while being transported to a hospital.

Beauty (23) while was being taken to a hospital from Vishivkarma Colony went into labour in the ambulance. Beauty delivered twins, both boys. The delivery was normal. Everything was on track while delivering the first baby, but complications arose while giving birth to the second baby as his umbilical cord got stuck in his mouth.

It was with the help of online assistance from Dr Sunil that the staff of Ambulance 108 was able to help the woman deliver the second baby safely,” said Jagdeep Singh, cluster manager of 108 Ambulance. Emergency medical technician Upkar Singh, pilot Satnam Singh and Dr Sunil, who was assisting them online were a part of the 108 Ambulance team.

108 Ambulance team honoured

At a function held at Civil Hospital, the Civil Surgeon appreciated the work being done by the 108 Ambulance team and they were honoured. So far, 8,01,732 people have benefited from 108 Ambulance in Punjab and 1,072 cases have been given help while moving in the ambulance with help from an online doctor. 



Industrialists extend financial help to farm university
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Industrialists have extended financial help to the cash-starved Punjab Agricultural University.

With the funds, they want the university to provide facilities to morning and evening walkers.

Visitors to the university lamented that despite paying service tax, they were deprived of basic facilities.

They said the PAU should install more benches and water taps on the stretch. Besides, rains shelters and toilets should also be constructed.

Deepak Thapar, who visits the university every day, said: "We have taken up the problems with some industrialists and they are ready to extend financial help," he said. "Recently, the foundation stone of Bougainvillea Garden was laid near Botanical Garden. But the proposed garden never came up. The area looks like dumping site. The garden can be developed with Public Private Partnership (PPP)," said Thapar.



Farewell party
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
Students of Green Land Convent School organised a farewell party for their seniors. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the chain of Green Land Schools, was the chief guest. The students presented bhangra. Class XII students delivered speeches. 



gadvasu notes

National conference
Ludhiana: Scientists working in the department of animal genetics and breeding, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), were felicitated during a national conference on 'Emerging Problems and Recent Advances in Applied Sciences: Basic to Molecular Approaches' held at Charan Singh University, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), on February 8 and 9. More than 400 scientists attended the event. Dr Balwinder Kumar and Dr Sikh Tejinder Singh were conferred the Young Scientist Award. The two scientists and Dr Prem Prakash Dubey were also given the Best Poster Award. — TNS 



School notes


Cultural programme marks athletics meet

DN Everest Model High School, Chak Sarai Road, held its annual prize distribution function on Tuesday. Dr Santosh Kumari, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Khanna, was the chief guest. Prof Harlal Singh, former director, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, Sushil Malhotra, member, Central Board of Film Certification, Delhi, Prof Satish Joshi, head, Punjabi department, Arya College, Ludhiana, were the guests of honour. Students presented a programme. They also enacted skits.

Fancy dress competition

GGN Public School organised a fancy dress competition at Rose Garden. As many as 100 children participated in the event. Students presented a dance. They also played variousgames. — TNS



Business news

Rozgaar Mela

Avtar Singh, president, CICU, said they would organise Rozgaar Mela on February 13 at Over-Seven-Seas Resorts, Ludhiana-Jagraon Road, Jagraon, from 11 am. Upkar Singh Ahuja, general secretary, said the event aimed at generating employment. He said the CICU had also invited heads and senior officials of the HR department of various industries to the event. "They will interview job seekers and we are hopeful of giving 100 offer letters on the day," he said.

Commercial body's meeting

At a meeting of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO), Gurmeet Singh Kular, president, thanked Ravinder Singh, chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, for extending voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) till February 28. KK Seth, chairman, FICO, said: "The industry should avail of the benefit. Now, it will have to pay fee for three years instead of 15 to 18 years." — TNS



Ludhiana scan


A function to felicitate those who resolved the tussle between the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Morcha and A to Z Company were honoured at Pakhowal Road. Surinder Klyan, Ompal Chinalia, IS Bharti and BS Chauhan were honoured.

Memorandum submitted

The Valmiki Sewak Sangh submitted a memorandum to the MC Commissioner. Members of the sangh said they had asked the authorities to fulfil their demands within 15 days. They said if their demands were not met, they would resort to agitation. The members demanded that employees who were working on DC rates should be regularised. The pay scale should be revised, they said.

Tricycles distributed

The Lord Mahvir Seva Sansthan distributed tricycles, wheelchairs and ear machines among the needy at the Civil Hospital. Office-bearers of Ann Jal Seva Trust were also present. He appreciated the efforts of industrialist Prem Sagar.

Demands raised

The district unit of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. Sawaran Singh, district president, INTUC, said the government should regularise ASHA and mid-day meal workers.

Action sought against illegal autos

The LPG-CNG Auto-Rickshaw Drivers' Association submitted a memorandum to the District Transport Officer asking the official to keep a check on illegal autos in the city. Jaspal Singh, president of the association, said,"We met the DTO and asked him to take action against those plying illegal autos." The official assured them of doing the needful. — TNS



Class XI student found dead
Our Correspondent

Khamano, February 12
A student of Class XI was found dead near the railway tracks near Khamano. The deceased was identified as Gurjot Singh (16), a resident of Barwali village.

His uncle Ravinder Singh said Gurjot had gone to attend tuitions.

When he did not return home in the evening, they started looking for him, he said. They spotted his body near the tracks.

The body was handed over to the family after the autopsy. The family was inconsolable.



Crime briefs


Elderly woman killed in hit-and-run case

The city police today booked the driver of a car in a hit-and-run case that killed an elderly woman and left another woman injured. Inderpreet Singh, a resident of Phase- II (Urban Estate) Dugri, said that he was visiting Garden Resort in Jodha along with his family. While he was returning home, a driver a Mitsubishi Lancer car (PB - 08- AC-1300) hit his vehicle.

The impact was so strong that his mother died on the spot, while his wife suffered a fracture. The Sadar police has registered a case of reckless driving resulting in death against the unidentified car driver and started the investigation.

3 students injured in road mishap

The driver of a car rammed his vehicle into a rickshaw injuring three students. The incident took place in the Isa Nagri area this afternoon when the students were returning home from school.Eyewitness said, the driver of a car rammed his vehicle into a rickshaw. The impact was so great that the children were thrown to a distance. The students were rushed to a clinic and sent home following treatment. The car driver was nabbed and taken to the police station.

Theft at mobile shop

Thieves struck at a mobile shop near the Division No. 6 area and decamped with 25 mobiles and recharge coupons. The incident came to light yesterday when Rajinder, owner and resident of Shivpuri, reached his shop and was shocked to find it ransacked. He said that the thieves broke open the shutters of the shop and decamped with 25 Chinese mobile phones and recharge coupons.

Land fraud

Three persons have been booked for usurping a land by making fake registry. The accused have been identified as Heera Lal of Ropar, Pritpal Singh, alias Bunty, and Sumeet Singh, alias Rimple.The case under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC was registered following an investigation conducted by Swapan Sharma, ADCP- IV. Complainant Kawaljit Singh told the police that he had purchased a land at Pakhowal road. Last year, he was shocked to find that the trio of Heera Lal, Pritpal and Sumeet made a fake registry on the basis of fake land documents.


A bag containing important documents was snatched from a bank employee by two youths riding on a motorcycle today. The incident took place this morning when Lalit Kumar, a collection manager of HDFC Bank, was travelling towards inter-state bus terminus to catch a bus for Moga. He said when he reached near Gill flyover, two motorcycle-borne youths (without a number plate) came from behind and snatched the bag containing the important bank documents and his lunch box. Lalit said he immediately informed the police about the incident. Later during the day, Lalit submitted a formal complaint at Shimlapuri police station.

3 nabbed for drug peddling

The city police have nabbed three persons and recovered 100gm heroin from their possession. The accused has been identified as Jasbir Singh of Jalandhar, Jobanjit Singh of Khaira Bet and Manpreet Singh of Nurpur Bet. The accused were nabbed by a police party from the Ladhowal area last night. Kawaljeet Singh, SHO, Ladhowal, said the contraband was worth Rs 50 lakh in the international market. It is learnt that the three were drug addicts but of late, they had also started selling drugs. 



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