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Hailstorm takes residents by surprise
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Children play with hails in the Sarabha Nagar area of Ludhiana on Saturday.
Children play with hails in the Sarabha Nagar area of Ludhiana on Saturday.
Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan (Left) and Children stand on the road during the hailstorm in the Dugri area.

Ludhiana, February 15
Hailstorm in the city took residents by surprise and brought cheers to many this evening. As it was witnessed in some parts of the city, the temperature took a further dip. Within seconds the ground turned white and it seemed as if it had snowed there.

The hailstorm was reported at Gill Road, Dugri, Model Town, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Punjab Agricultural University, Rajguru Nagar, Civil Lines, besides several other parts of the city.

Commuters caught in the hailstorm had to stop their vehicles midway and take shelter.

“I got stuck in the Gill Road area. We took shelter in a shop. We have witnessed hailstorm after many years,” said Jaspal Singh, a resident of Model Town.

Once the hailstorm ended, ecstatic residents, especially children, came out of their houses and were seen playing with the hails. “It seems that it snowed in the city. My children played with the hails,” informed Satvir Kaur, a resident of Dugri.

‘Northerly winds, western disturbances caused it’

Hailstorm occurred due to northerly winds and western disturbances. The northerly winds were blowing since Friday and that is why it has snowed in hilly areas. There were reports of hailstorm in some pockets of the city. The minimum temperature recorded on Saturday was 9.8 degree Celsius while maximum was 15.4 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature is below normal due to the northerly winds. We expect that the weather will become clear by Sunday evening. Hailstorm will not have any impact on the wheat crop. — Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, Assistant Professor, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU


Swine flu claims another life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
A 55-year old man, suffering from swine flu, died at DMCH last night. He was from Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, another patient from Jagraon has tested positive for the virus, he is also admitted to DMCH.

Two deaths and six confirmed cases have been reported in the city, so far. Both the deceased belonged to other states. Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, said that in case of fever, cough, sore throat with or without body ache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting breathlessness, chest pain, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discoloration of nails etc, the doctor should be contacted immediately. 

Take care

* Avoid contact with patient

* Stay at home, don’t go in crowded area

* Cover mouth while coughing and sneezing

* Wash hands often

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose or mouth

* Maintain healthy habits

* Get ample of sleep and exercise

* Drink lots of water and eat well



Two ADCPs transferred
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, there has been another reshuffle in the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate. Two Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCPs) have been transferred from the city, while three new ADCP -level officers have been posted in the city.

The ADCPs transferred from the city include Joginder Singh (ADCP- City 3) and Nilambari Vijay Jagadale (ADCP- City 1), while those who would be joining the city include Daljit Singh, Amrik Singh Pawar and Paramjit Singh.

Joginder Singh will now be posted as the SP (CM Security) while Nilambari Vijay Jagadale will be posted as AIG/Prov CPO, Punjab, in Chandigarh. Daljit Singh, who was the SP (City) Patiala, will now be ADCP- City 2, Amrik Singh, who was ADCP- City 2 at Amritsar will be ADCP- City 1, while Paramjit Singh, ADCP (Traffic), Jalandhar, will now be the Assistant Commandant in the Third IRB, Ludhiana.

Sources in the Police Department said that some more ADCP-level officers have been posted in the city, but this could not be confirmed till the filing of the report. 



Shruti Singh is new MC Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Shruti Singh, IAS, has become the new Ludhiana MC Commissioner replacing Rahul Tiwari. She will also be the chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust in addition to the Chief Administrator, GLADA. Rahul Tiwari has been posted as
Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

A 2004 batch IAS Officer, Shruti Singh, has also served as the Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, and Nawanshehr respectively. Presently, she was serving as the Special Secretary (Finance) and the Director (Lotteries) and Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare.



Deluged roads bring city to a halt
Take more than four hours to clear after continuous rain
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Intermittent rain in the city threw life out of gear. The waterlogged roads in low-lying and Old City areas took more than four hours to clear, once again bringing to the fore the poor drainage system in the city. Hardly 10 per cent of the city areas have the storm sewer facility.

As residents woke up on Saturday morning, they found almost all roads deluged. The morning walkers could not go for their routine walk as there were puddles of muddy water on the roads.

The residents remained at the receiving end in the absence of milkmen, hawkers etc. Besides, there was no power for more than three hours in various parts of the city. Several areas got waterlogged, making it difficult for motorists, especially those on two-wheelers to commute in the city.

The worst hit were the low-lying areas of Old City, including Books Market, Talab Bazaar, Gur Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Rani Jhansi Road, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Model Town, Pakhowal Road, etc.

Rainwater got accumulated on GT Road, near the railway station, under Elevated Road, Bhadaur House and Domoria Bridge, too.

Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said if the city had a storm-sewer facility, rainwater would not have accumulated.

Presently, just about 10 per cent of the city had the storm sewer facility, he said.

Those on two-wheelers had to drive their motorbikes through the waterlogged roads.

Rajdeep Singh, a commuter, said that the municipal corporation was wasting crores of rupees on recarpetting of roads, but unless there was no proper drainage system, the condition of roads would remain miserable.

Meanwhile, municipal corporation officials said that the teams of World Bank had visited the city recently and a project report was being made.

“We have identified several low-lying areas which need short-term and long-term arrangements to prevent water-logging. But it will take some time as lots of fund was required”, said the official. 

Area affected

The worst-hit were the low-lying areas of Old City, including Books Market, Talab Bazaar, Gur Mandi, Sarabha Nagar, Rani Jhansi Road, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Model Town, Pakhowal Road etc. Rainwater got accumulated on GT Road, near the railway station, under Elevated Road, Bhadaur House and Domoria Bridge, too.



‘Substandard’ material used
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria gets samples checked from lab, shoots letter to Minister, contractors
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
On getting samples of bricks, bitumen etc checked from a laboratory, it has been found that substandard material has been used by certain contractors to carry out development works in the city. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria has sought explanation from the erring contractors, besides a letter on the matter has been sent to the Minister, Local Bodies, Punjab.

Gohalwaria told The Tribune that on his way to inaugurate a development work recently, he collected sample of bricks from GT Road, adjoining Tibba Road, where a disposal work was going on.

"I got the samples of bricks checked from the testing and consultancy cell of Guru Nanak Engineering College, without telling anyone. The result shows that the bricks are of poor quality both at Tibba Road and those being used to construct a retaining wall at a nullah opposite Transport Nagar. We even collected samples of bitumen and concrete from Kabir Nagar. The result shows that the bitumen content was just 2.56 per cent as against 4.5 per cent required", said Gohalwaria adding that he was not going to spare the erring contractors.

The Mayor said that the public money was being wasted and being the representative of the people of Ludhiana, he could not allow the funds to be wasted like this. "Action will be taken against the erring contractors. In case, if any MC officials are found to be involved then they too will have to face the music. In extreme cases, the contract of the contractors can be terminated and they be black-listed", said the Mayor.

Meanwhile, the residents of Kabir Nagar and Tibba Road maintained that the particular road, on which the work was going on, was recarpeted just about a month ago. Gurbachan Singh, an area resident, said that the road had given way within a month as sub-standard material was being used by the contractor to construct it. "This is our money and we can not see it being wasted", he said.

Meanwhile, the Mayor has asked the residents to contact him on his mobile phone in case they doubted that poor material was being used in various development works in the city. Over Rs 700 crore are being spent on various development works in the city. 



AAP, SAD-BJP rallies on Feb 23
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 15
The announcement made by Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party about holding a massive public rally in Rohtak (Haryana) on February 23 has maximised the challenges for the SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab which is also going to hold a national level ‘Fateh Rally’ in Jagraon on the same day.

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi along with some other senior NDA leaders and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would be addressing the Fateh Rally to be organised at Sugar Mill, Jagraon, on February 23.

But as the dates of Narendra Modi’s Jagraon rally and Aam Aadmi Party’s Haryana rally clash with each other therefore it would be a much bigger task for the alliance government to make the rally a success. Moreover, now there would be a lot of pressure on the SAD-BJP leadership of Punjab to bring in maximum number of people during the Jagraon rally.

This occasion is being seen as an opportunity to judge popularity of Narendra Modi and the Aam Aadmi Party.

If the alliance government manages to assemble a good number of people during the rally, as being claimed by the SAD-BJP leaders, it would stamp the popularity of Modi and authority of alliance government in state. But in case, the alliance government fails to make an impressive gathering during the rally, it would be seen as an impact of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Originally, Narendra Modi’s Fateh Rally in Jagraon was scheduled for December 21 last year but a few days before the rally, the state government abandoned it due to bad weather conditions and dense fog that had engulfed the whole region.

Meanwhile, Simranjit Singh Mann led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Congress Party, which had openly declared to oppose Narendra Modi during his Jagraon rally in December, are mum on whether to oppose Modi or not. It appears as both the parties have backtracked from the issue.

Quite interestingly, when Narendra Modi’s Jagraon rally in December was abandoned, both SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann and Congress party had claimed that the rally has been abandoned out of fear of purposed resistance by their parties. Even though, only one week is left for the rally, none of these parties have given any indication of holding protest against Modi during his Jagraon rally.



PWD Minister inaugurates upgraded power house 

Samrala, February 15
Punjab PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon today inaugurated the upgraded power house worth Rs 25 crore at Ghulal village. The sub-station grid was pgraded to 220 kV from existing 132 kV. He said Machiwara, Samrala, Sahnewal, Khamano and Ghungrali grids will benefit from the up gradation of the main grid. He said now there would be an end to the often tripping of power supply. He informed that one more transformer of 100 MVA will be set up here for better supply to remaining villages of the area. He said now the 8-hour power supply to the farmers will be an easy task.

Dhillon added from April 2014, Punjab would be a surplus state in power and all sectors would be supplied 24-hour power supply. — OC



Programme to promote Punjabi on February 19
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
A cultural programme dedicated to Punjabi language will be held by Sabhyacharak Lok Manch and Active Anti-Corruption Group at Isa Nagri on February 19.

Leading Punjabi singers, including Manmohan Waris, Diljit Dosanjh, Harjit Harman and Inderjit Nikku will perform on the occasion. The programme is being organised to promote Punjabi.



PSEB shifts exam centre 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has shifted the examination centre for Classes X and XII from Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery road, to Khalsa Kanya Senior Secondary School. The school management at Government Senior Secondary School wrote to the PSEB to shift the examination as the management is going to demolish the old building of the school.

Now, more than 150 students of Government Senior Secondary School will appear at the examination centre at Khalsa Kanya Senior Secondary School. The open school students of Class XII will also appear at same examination centre.

Anoop Pasi, principal of GSSS, informed that PSEB has listed the school centre for regular examinations of Class X and open examinations for Class XII. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal visited the school on February 1 and announced the up-gradation of school building. The school is now going to demolish the old building to construct new rooms.

Official speak

After demolishing the old rooms of the school building, we are left with lesser space to accommodate students for the examination. So, we asked the higher authorities to shift the centre.~ — Anoop Pasi, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetry Road, Ludhiana 



English teachers taught examination skills

Ludhiana, February 15
A two-day english teaching workshop for teachers was organised by Cambridge University Press in Drishti Dr RC Jain Innovative Senior Secondary Public School, Pakhowal Road, Narangwal, today.

The objective of the workshop was to enlighten the english school teachers of different schools on the RWSL skill involved in the YLE and KET/PET examinations. Resource person Anil Kumar, an ELT professional, engaged the teachers in interactive child centric activities for classroom teaching. — TNS



Now ‘campus ambassadors’ to woo young voters 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
For the first time Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, has issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers to appoint ‘campus ambassadors’ in colleges of their respective districts. These ambassadors will be trained for wooing young voters in the college for encouraging them to get their votes prepared and then cast them to choose the leader of their choice. There are 53,527 voters of 18-19 years in Ludhiana district till date.

Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, Surinder Singh Bhangu said, “The aim behind this is to encourage youngsters to cast their vote. Some young voters do not take interest in the biggest exercise of country’s democracy. So, the brand ambassadors will inspire them to do so.”

Around 18 campus ambassadors have been selected here. Rajat Aggarwal, deputy commissioner-cum-DEO, Ludhiana, said, “We will train the ambassadors in this week.”

One of the college ambassador’s Nitika Teotia, a student of MEd at Malwa Central College for Women, Ludhiana, said, “I am finding this opportunity quite interesting. Youth is becoming more aware these days. I have participated in many activities of the college and now look forward to this one.” Each of the campus ambassadors will be given an honorarium of Rs 2,000 for this work.



Seminar on taxes organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
A national level seminar on sales tax and income tax was held here today in which Justices from Supreme Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court took part. The seminar was organised by the District Tax Bar Association, Punjab Tax Bar Association and All-India Association of Tax Practitioners.

Justice JS Kher, Supreme Court, said the country progressed as the tax-payers contributed towards the development. He said, “The tax-payers must pay the taxes with honesty and the government should use it religiously for developmental purposes.”

Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court AS Kaul said the lawyers must give right information about taxes to the tax-payers.

While the lawyers were of the view that change in tax-systems has made the things difficult and changes must not be made soon.



Probe role of Akali leaders: CITU
Sand being sold on black market; to stage protest on February 20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) has sought a probe from the Central Board of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged involvement of Akali leaders in drug dealing cases and selling sand on the black market.

To discuss the issue, a convention of Centre of Indian Trade Union was held at Punjabi Bhawan here today.

To press the demand for a CBI probe, communist leaders Jatinderpal Singh and Om Parkash announced a massive protest on February 20.

Centre of Indian Trade Union vice-president Tarsem Jodhan, said, “More than 15 lakh labourers earn their livelihood from working in construction fields. With the sky-rocketing prices of sand and crusher, construction work has been hit. The workers are unemployed.”

Jodhan alleged that Akali leaders had been patronising people involved in the black marketing of sand.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, communist leader Om Parkash said the policy of the Akali-BJP government ‘favoured’ the corporate sector.



Internet radio apps keep youngsters hooked
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The sight of people listening to radio brings back old memories how the medium was a rage among the masses until a few years ago.

The advent of technology, including mass media, may have cast a shadow on its popularity over the years.

But, the radio has made a comeback in the form of internet radio.

A large number of people, particularly youngsters, listen to international radio stations and music stations on their smartphones.

People have installed internet radio apps on their smartphones and listen to various radio stations.

“I used to listen to FM sometimes but ever since I installed the internet radio app on my smartphone, I am hooked to it. It offers me the best international radio stations,” said Rohit, a student.

Music buffs are particularly excited. “The best part is that there are so many music channels dedicated to each genre,” said Sehajpreet, another student.

The available features with these apps keep the youngsters hooked.

“Some of the apps also allow you to set your favourite radio station as the morning alarm. I wake up and listen to a new radio station every morning,” said another youngster.

“Since the radio apps are available on smartphones, I listen to these everywhere I go. Whenever I am travelling or during my leisure time, the smartphone is my companion with the radio on,” said another resident.

These internet radio stations have also brought respite to those who could not access FM radio stations in the city.

“I hail from Delhi and settled in the city now. I used to miss FM channels available in Delhi. But with the internet radio apps available on smartphones, I can listen to some of the channels. Now, I can listen to various channels available online,” said Shruti, another youngster.

“I love Punjabi internet radio channels being run by the Punjabi diaspora abroad. They give us a glimpse into the world of Punjabis settled abroad. This is a boon for music buffs,” said Charan, a resident.



NCP to conduct survey on cycle industry’s growth
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
To evaluate the growth of the cycle industry in the industrial hub, the National Productivity Council (NPC) will soon conduct a survey.

Giving information, Harbhajan Singh, director, National Productivity Council, said, “The NPC will evaluate the ups and downs in the cycle industry during the last five years.”

Singh was in the city to visit the Mech Auto Expo/Industrial Exhibition at GLADA Ground, Chandigarh Road.

The exhibition has been organised by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (MSME), in collaboration with the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association. The NPC officials said the survey would also study the effect of the import of cycles from China on the local industry.

Singh said the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) had given directions to carry out the survey.

The NPC will submit the report to the Central government. Following this, the government will frame policies to upgrade the cycle industry.

Local industrialists stated that the import of Chinese cycles and cycle parts had affected their industry over the last few years.

Meanwhile, SS Dhillon, director, MSME, expressed hope that the programme would go a long way in developing new relations and enhancing business prospects.

Dhillon also discussed the public procurement policy meant for 20 per cent mandatory purchase from MSEs by the Central government departments/ CPSUs.

He requested entrepreneurs to make them capable to meet the requirements of different departments. 



Pak ittar selling like hot cakes 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
‘Ittar’ from Karachi is attracting hordes of buyers at the ongoing Indo-Pak expo at Gulmor Hotel in the city.

While perfumes and deodorants contain chemicals or alcohol, ittar is chemical-free, skin-friendly and with a long-lasting fragrance.

“The popular fragrances from Karachi are oud, mashk, sultan and kasturi,” said Muhammad Hussain from across the border. “I have also brought perfumes from Dubai but more people are buying fragrances from Pakistan,” he said.

“We have ittars that cost as much as Rs 1.5 lakh per tola (10gm). Mashk, kasturi, ‘elvan’ cost more than Rs 1 lakh,” said Hussain.

The most expensive ittar that we have brought here is ‘ifra’ costing Rs 2,500 per tola, he added.

“There is no match for the fragrance of ittar. There is an organic feel to it that is not found in deodorants. Ittars have been used for centuries and are truly a delight for the senses,” said Ritu, who bought a couple of bottles.

Another shopper Harmeet, who also bought a fragrance, said, “Nothing beats the natural fragrance of ittar. The fragrance of perfumes is a bit synthetic and artificial, but that of ittar is natural.” 



Poll duty: DIO seeks info on staff
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
In view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election, the District Informatics Officer has directed 130 government departments to send information on their employees for election duty.

Kashmir Singh, District lnformatics Officer, Ludhiana, said, “To collect this data, the National Informatics Centre, Chandigarh, has developed a software, DISE-Capsule (District Information System for Election-Capsule). We have sent DISE-Capsule to about 130 different departments and asked them to send us the same within 10 days.”

DISE-Capsule will include all details of employees, their photographs, residential address, grade and the name of constituency near to him or her etc.

The same information has also been sought from the district education department.

An officer said, “We sent a CD of DISE-Capsule to the District Education Department. From here, they will inform all school headmasters and principals of government schools to send a list of their employees.”

However a senior officer, said, “While deputing employees on election duty, we always ensure to exempt lactating mothers, pregnant women and sick employees.”



From schools


Students welcome spring

An event named 'spring festivity fortnight' was organized to mark the onset of spring season on the school campus on Saturday. The students were seen dressed up as colorful flowers and butterflies to welcome the spring season. Kite flying and hot air balloons added to the fun and excitement of the tiny tots. The primary section students gracefully welcomed spring by enacting, singing and dancing on the theme 'spring in Punjab and spring in Jammu and Kashmir'. Through these activities the students were made aware of the cultural diversities of the country. Besides, special morning assembly was held during the fortnight where the students were given a platform to appreciate the beauty of the season through poem and songs.

Club activities

Club activities for the students of primary wing of Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, concluded. The students of Music Club presented devotional 'Kabir Ke Dohe' in their melodious voice followed by a presentation by Cookery Club. Mouth watering dishes such as 'tiranga salad, cold pasta, pineapple salsa, ribbon sandwiches and natcho dip were prepared. Through a speech and slide show, English Literary Club Members exposed the problem of Child Labour. — TNS




Clean and green Ludhiana

The other day I happen to visit Nehru Rose Garden developed by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. I felt happy to see the neat and clean lawns, beautiful roses of various types and colours with well-maintained rose beds on both the sides of the footpaths. Lights and fountains in working condition added further grace to its beauty. A number of youngsters and oldies were seen walking, talking and enjoying the serene environment. I congratulate the horticulture wing of the municipal corporation and hope that other parks in the city will attain the same status soon.

Dr YR Chanana, Ludhiana

Bumpy ride to Mandi Ahmedgarh

It’s a matter of shame and pity for local Municipal Corporation that the town which is well-known for its Gandhi Chowk, having eight roads that connect with different destinations, is in a pitiable condition. Besides, Railway road, Bank road, Mahavir road, Dehleej village road, Chhapaar village road and especially the road from Bus stand to Pohir village, which is a long stretch of more than 3 km and that connects the town with the main Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, are in a worst condition. The top layer has almost been wiped out along with potholes at every step. The road requires immediate attention. Also, private as well as government bus drivers usually hesitate to enter the city due to the bumpy roads. Moreover, there are more chances of risk to life. The MC should pursue an aggressive programme of constructing and reconstructing roads to raise the smoothness standards to curb accidents.




Man opens fire after altercation at function
Attempt-to-murder case registered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
After an altercation at a function, a person opened fire at another in the Guru Nanak Pura area of the city last evening. After the incident, an attempt-to-murder case has been registered against the accused. The accused has been identified as Jagmohan Singh, alias Hira, a resident of Sandhu Nagar, here.

Sub Inspector Janak Raj, SHO, Division Number 4 Police Station, said the complainant, Khushdeep Singh, a resident of Sada Singh Wala village in Moga district, had come to attend a function at his relative’s house in Guru Nanak Pura, here.

“At around 7:30 pm yesterday, he had an altercation with Jagmohan Singh, who had come to the function along with a friend. The argument took an ugly and Jagmohan opened fire at Khushdeep with his pistol. Fortunately, the bullet brushed past his forehead and hit the roof,” informed the SHO.

After the incident, Jagmohan Singh fled from the spot and is absconding ever since. “We are conducting raids to nab the accused,” claimed SHO Janak Raj.

On the complaint of Khushdeep Singh, a case has been registered.



Youth arrested with 20gm heroin
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The Shimlapuri police have arrested a youth and have recovered 20 gram of heroin worth around Rs 9 lakh in international market from his possession. The accused, Narinderjit Singh (26), is a resident of New Janta Nagar, here.

The police said Narinderjit was involved in supplying drugs to youngsters, including girls. “He not only supplied, but was a heroin addict,” informed Barinder Singh, SHO, Shimlapuri police station.

The police said that Narinderjit purchased heroin from a smuggler of Tarn Taran district. “He had purchased around 80 gram recently, out of which he had already sold 60 gram to the youngsters in the city. His main customers were young boys and girls,” informed the SHO.

Acting on secret information, the Shimlapuri police had set up a naka near Sidhwan Canal Bridge on Gill Road. “We saw Narinderjit coming on a scooter and when he was signalled to stop for checking, he tried to flee from the spot. But we nabbed him after a brief chase. During the course of investigation, Narinderjit disclosed that he has been involved in selling of heroin for the last more than an year,” informed the SHO.

During search, 20 grams of heroin, empty packets and a weighing machine was recovered from his possession. The police also recovered around Rs 90,000, which they suspect was earned by selling heroin.

Meanwhile, a case under NDPS Act has been registered against Narinderjit Singh at the Shimlapuri police station. He was produced in the court today and was presently on a two-day police remand.



2 illegal sand-laden tractor trailers seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
The mining department seized two illegal sand-laden tractor trailers from the Kohara Chowk on the Chandigarh Road here last evening.

Two persons allegedly smuggling sand were identified as Harpreet Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, both residents of Chaunta village.

On the complaint of Shingara Singh, industries officer-cum-mining officer, District Industries Centre, a case under Section 21 of the Mining Act and Section 379, IPC, has been registered against the duo at the Sahnewal police station.



City lad bags bronze in Judo championship
Anil Datt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 15
Local lad Nitin Sharma gave a stupendous performance in the Senior National Judo Championship held at Una, Himachal Pradesh, recently. He won a bronze medal in the below 60kg category.

Nitin’s achievement in the national championship was his maiden participation in the meet.

Prior to this, Nitin secured a silver medal, besides a cash prize of Rs 25,000 in the National Kurash Championship held in Chennai two months ago.

His coach, Parveen Thakur, said, “Nitin was going strong in the semi-final bout at Una but unfortunately, he lost his composure and got the bronze medal.”

“Currently attending the national preparatory camp at Sonepat for the upcoming Commonwealth Judo Championship scheduled to be held at Scotland,” said Thakur.



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