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Youth murders employer’s daughter
Tribune News Service

Sharda Kumari, the victim.
Sharda Kumari, the victim

Ludhiana, March 18
A 21-year-old migrant killed a seven-year-old girl and threw her body into Buddha Nullah. The victim, identified as Sharda Kumari, had gone missing from her residence at Kundanpuri last night. She was last seen with the accused, Videshi Sahni, who hails from Bihar.

Earlier, Sahni was arrested on a complaint of the victim's father Ram Kumar.

When interrogated by the police, Sahni confessed he had first attempted to rape the girl, then killed her and threw her body into Buddha Nullah. He said he did so to settle a score with Ram Kumar.

He told the police that he used to embroider clothes for Ram Kumar but the latter had fired him recently.
Divers search for the victim’s body in Buddha Nullah
Divers search for the victim’s body in Buddha Nullah. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Yesterday, he consumed liquor and then went to Ram Kumar’s house. He met his wife Mohini Devi and took Sharda along on the pretext of buying her an ice cream. He took Sharda to banks of Buddha Nullah where he attempted to rape her and then stabbed her with scissors. He threw the body into the nullah and returned to his house, Videshi said.

He said he was drunk and did not know where he threw the body.

Meanwhile, the police launched a massive search operation near Deep Nagar and Kundanpuri.

The police retrieved the body in the evening and sent it for postmortem. They also recovered the scissors used in the crime.


3rd Cong list too without candidate from Ludhiana
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
With no mention of the Ludhiana candidate in the third list of the Congress candidates released today, the speculations over the Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency are rife again.

The local Member Parliament (MP) and Union Minister, Manish Tewari, had earlier expressed his reluctance to contest the elections. His reported ill-health and hospitalisation further fuelled the speculations.

Today, as the third list of the nominations was awaited, the names of senior Congress leaders, including Partap Singh Bajwa, Jagmeet Brar, Surinder Dawar, Surinder Singla, as the potential candidates from Ludhiana had been doing the rounds in the political circles till the evening. Later, in the third list declared late evening, Bajwa was allotted ticket from Gurdaspur.

Dawar said he was not interested in contesting the Lok Sabha poll. "If the party high command had assigned this duty to me a year ago, then it (my decision) may have been different," he said.

Even as the speculation mounts over the nomination of the Congress candidate from Ludhiana, there is also a buzz that Tewari has been asked by the party high command to reconsider his decision.

Meanwhile, the Congress Workers' Forum has alleged that the Akali Dal and the Congress are playing a friendly match in Ludhiana. Tewari's decision of not contesting the elections has demoralised the Congress workers. "The (Ludhiana) ticket could have been allotted to the Congress legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu. But it's too late to do that now. The party can declare an Independent candidate as its joint candidate," said the forum's convener Sunil Puri.



Bains seeks Police Commissioner’s transfer
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Two days after six supporters of the Bains brothers, including two relatives of Simarjeet Singh Bains, who is an independent candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, were booked for rioting and violation of the election code by the Sarabha Nagar police, he sent a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, accusing the police for favouring the ruling party.

Targeting Commissioner of Police Paramjit Singh Gill, Bains has stated that Gill has a biased attitude. He was favouring the candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Manpreet Singh Ayali.

Bains alleged that Gill was posted in the city with the sole purpose of ensuring the ruling party candidate's victory. Ayali has pasted more than 5 lakh posters across the constituency but the police have not taken any action. On the other hand, his supporters were picked up while they were distributing stickers among the residents, he added.

Bains claimed while the police were quick to take action against his supporters, no action was taken against the SAD workers for similar offences.

Under such hostile circumstances, it will not be possible to hold free and fair elections, Bains said, adding that the Commissioner of Police should be shifted elsewhere.

The controversy

The incident took place on March 16 when a flying squad team, headed by an Executive Magistrate, nabbed six persons, including two relatives of Simarjeet Singh Bains, for forcibly pasting stickers on vehicles. Those arrested have been identified as Jagmeet Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Inminder Singh Brar, Amanpreet Singh, Ravinder Singh Kalsi and Rahul Tiwari. They have been booked under sections 341, 506, 188, 148 and 149 of the IPC and sent to the Central Jail for seven days as a preventive measure. The police maintained they were following the Election Commission's guidelines.



EC nod to allotment of liquor vends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Putting to rest the controversy regarding the approval from the Election Commission for carrying out the allotment of liquor vends, the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Anurag Verma, has said they have received the Election Commission’s consent. Since the model code of conduct is in force, the Excise and Taxation Department had to seek permission from the Election Commission for carrying out the allotment.

"We have received a consent letter from the Election Commission and now the allotment will be carried out in all the districts of Punjab as planned," said Verma.

The last date for submitting applications was March 14 and Ludhiana alone has received 7,351 applications with a fee of about Rs 44.8 crore. Last year, the number of applications was 8,366 with a fee of about Rs 52.82 crore, said Darbara Singh, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner.

The new Excise Policy will lead to a fall in the retail prices of liquor. The department has reduced the rates of extra licence fee on Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL). While there will be no change in the number of vends, the quota of country liquor has been increased.



Media Certification and Monitoring Committee
Only two candidates turn up for certification
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
To monitor the publicity expenditure of the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, the District Electoral Officer has constituted the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). But a few candidates have approached it to get their advertisements and campaigns certified.

Isha Kalia, Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), Ludhiana, who is heading the MCMC, said: "Very few candidates have approached us for getting their advertisements certified. A few days ago, Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains approached us for getting some of his pamphlets and stickers certified. Akali candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali approached us for getting certified his CDs. We asked him to fill in some annexures but he has failed to do so."

A team of around six members has been monitoring the publicity expenditure of the candidates. Jaswant Kaur, one of the college lecturers who are assisting the MCMC, said: "I have been deputed on poll duty till April 30. We are monitoring the campaigning of the candidates. Whenever we watch any clipping related to them on a TV channel, we immediately report it to the MCMC who check as if the particular candidate has got his campaigning or advertisement certified. If certified, they add its cost to the account of the respective party.

Once nominations are filed, expenses will be added to the account of the respective candidates.

Parties yet to register with state commission

There are some parties such as the AAP and certain Independents who are yet to register with the Chief Election Commission of Punjab. When asked to which accounts their expenses are being added, Isha Kalia said: "We are yet to get a clarification from the Chief Election Commissioner of Punjab."



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Take strict action against violators
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The discharge of toxic chemical residues from local dyeing units into Buddha Nullah is increasing at an alarming rate. Residents, whose lives are being put to risk due to this practice, want an end to it; else, they say, the city will have to pay a huge price.

Enforcing agencies to blame

Failure to take the rise in pollution seriously is no less than criminal negligence on part of the enforcing agencies. Studies have revealed the presence of toxins and heavy metals in the food chain due to use of water from Buddha Nullah for cultivating vegetables and other crops. Residents are suffering from one serious ailment or the other due to its polluted water.

— Reena Malhotra, homemaker

Inspect treatment plants

There are over 250 dyeing units in Ludhiana and they all discharge chemicals along with the sewage. Although a majority of dyeing units claim to have installed effluent treatment plants, there needs to be a check on their working condition on a regular basis. These chemicals are very harmful and pose a threat to human lives. The authorities concerned should take strict action against those found guilty.

— Sushil Jain, industrialist

Find the root cause

Buddha Nullah is considered the dirtiest of its kind in Punjab. It has been like this for past 15 years, spreading diseases in the nearby areas. Although, crores of rupees are being released by the government to clean it, nothing has been done. Authorities need to find the root cause of this pollution. It may be the dyeing units or any other industry. The violators should be severely punished.

— Pishori Lal, senior citizen

Industrialists must not shirk responsibility

The dyeing industry must not be allowed to discharge its waste directly into the main sewerage of the municipal corporation. The dyeing industry is making money and it is the moral responsibility of industrialists to install proper common effluent treatment plants to treat their waste water before it is discharged into the main sewerage.

— Gurmeet Sondhi, banker

Residents pollute too

Crores of rupees have been spent, both by the state and Central government, to clean Buddha Nullah, but still there is no respite. Not just the dyeing units are throwing their waste into the nullah, residents, too, contribute to pollution by throwing garbage. If the pollution is not brought under control, we will have to pay a huge price.

— Sanju Dhir, industrialist

Water spreading diseases

The contaminated water in Buddha Nullah has always been a matter of concern for the residents of Gaunspur, Walipur and nearby villages, as many of them are suffering from hepatitis-C and liver cancer. Still, no strict action has being taken against those playing with the lives of hundreds. Those discharging pollutants into the nullah need to be taken to task.

— Gautam Sharma, businessman



RTI Commissioner comes calling
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
It is perhaps for the first time that the Commissioner, State Information Commission, has visited the Municipal Corporation to hear the explanation about the delay in providing some information to an applicant. Around 370 applications under the Right to Information (RTI) have been filed by KS Kairon, president of the National RTI Activist Forum, of which 25 were heard by Commissioner Parveen Kumar here today.

The Commissioner said: "Around 50 applications are being taken care of by me. The Commission thought instead of calling staff from every department of the MC to Chandigarh, it was better I visited the office to listen to the officials. If we had called the staff to Chandigarh, the MC work would have suffered. I have heard explanations for 25 applications and the remaining 25 will be looked into tomorrow. Orders will be issued after hearing the explanation by the officials tomorrow," said Parveen Kumar.

These applications were filed by Kairon in September 2013. In January, Kairon moved the first appellate authority and when no information was provided to him at that level too, he moved the State Information Commission.

Kairon said: "I have filed more than 370 applications under the RTI but the MC has not provided me appropriate information. The applications are related to the public works and MC expenditure worth crores on development works. Grills installed by the civic body around the public parks are often stolen by thieves but the authorities never lodge any FIR.

“Crores are spent on road repairs every year. However, these develop potholes in a short span of time because of the use of sub-standard material. I have got replies to such queries."

Kairon also alleged he was being "threatened" by many officials for seeking information.



NGOs hold rally on women’s safety
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Nari Suraksha Hamari Suraksha, a campaign was initiated by Brahmakumaris. They have taken a challenge for better life by creating a better world by taking up a campaign today on women security under the theme "Call of Mother India-2014".

Security and respect for women by empowering the pure and dignified image of women is the need of hour, said Bharamkumaris.

A walk was today organised under the guidance of sister Raj, in-charge,

Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. The walk started from Aarti Chowk and then went from Ghumar Mandi towards Dandi Swami, Kitchlu Nagar and finished at Brahmakumari’s centre near DMCH.

The rally was flagged by DC (development) Isha Kalia. In this rally many NGO's such as Jeet Foundation, Ahsaas Charitable Trust, Aagaaz Foundation, BJP Ludhiana Mahila president Sakshi julka, Punjab Mahila Samiti and Belan Brigade participated.

Addressing the gathering, sister Raj said this Nari Suraksha mission has been created with a pure and powerful thought of bringing about a visionary change that is crucial in bringing about a transformation in the way people visualize women and children.

Brahmakumari sister Saras said International Women's day is being celebrated in true sense by this spiritual family by providing a safe and healthy environment to women.

"The issue of injustice starts from our own family by the way of gender bias. We need to infuse the whole new approach among our family members, a soul taking birth rather than female or male. Indeed, such campaigns are needed to create awareness among the youth and changing their attitude towards women in the spiritual manner. This nationwide program aims at educating and enlightening the masses on efficacy and virtues of treating women with respect, dignity, justice and fair play without any gender bias," she added.



CBSE advises schools to visit Parliament Museum
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
In a move to enhance the knowledge of students regarding history, art and culture, the Central Board for Secondary Education advised schools to arrange educational tour to hi-tech museum, located in the Parliament Complex, New Delhi.

In a circular issued by CBSE, it asked the schools to organise educational tours to the museum for the school children above the age of 10 years.

Dr Sadhana Parashar, director, academics, Research Training and Innovation, informed to the school heads that the museum depicts the democratic heritage of India. "The Museum provides a rich experience to the students, teachers, parents and others," said Parashar.

According to Parashar, the museum can be very helpful for the visually challenged students to get the knowledge about the heritage of country. "One more interesting feature available is the ‘Braille’ facilities for the visually challenged visitors available in the museum," she added

The museum is open for public viewing from 11:00 am to 05:00 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. It will help in enhancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the democratic cultural legacy of the nation.

Harpreet Kaur, a history teacher, said, "This visit would be useful for the students as they can learn more from the animated pictures. They gain more from the audio and visual presentation of history. The local schools should arrange the visit."



MC staff protest over delay in salaries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The Municipal Karamchari Sanyukt Committee members today protest outside the civic body’s main office, demanding the disbursement of their salaries.

The MC employees said they had not been paid their last month’s salaries, making it difficult for them to meet their household expenses.

Vijay Kumar, an office-bearer of the committee, said many employees were unable to deposit their children’s school fees. The employees alleged that due to corrupt practices in the civic body, employees were being made to suffer.

The employees said strict action should be taken against the corrupt officials. They also said the contract with A-Z Company be terminated in the interest of the MC employees.



Delay in salaries
College teachers to hold protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The teachers of government colleges are also going to join protest of teachers of government aided private colleges who have decided to boycott the examination duty.

The Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers' Union had already announced that the teachers will boycott examinations of all the universities of state including Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and Punjabi University.

The Punjab Government Colleges Teachers’ Association announced that the local unit of the association will stage a protest in both the government colleges tomorrow. The teachers will boycott the classes and protest against the government.

The Association gave a call to stage protest and ‘gherao’ the candidates of ruling alliance in all the constituencies in the state on March 25.

Jaipal Singh, general secretary, Punjab Government Colleges Teachers’ Association said, "We will stage a protest against Manpreet Singh Ayali on March 25 in Ludhiana. The units of the association at Amritsar will ‘gherao’ Arun Jaitley on the same day. We will ask from the candidates that why people cast their votes to them as they failed to release the salaries of teachers. If the government does not release the salary we will be forced to intensify the struggle. We will boycott the examination duties if government will not pay our salaries."

Panjab University examinations are scheduled to start from April 2, while GNDU examinations will start from March 18. It is worth mention here that teachers at Government College did not receive the salaries for last three months and employees working in government-aided private colleges have not received salary for past nine months.



Students compete for ‘golden glory’ at DMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
As a part of the golden jubilee celebrations at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, a two-day annual cultural event—Ectopia 2014—began here today.

The function was inaugurated by DMCH managing society secretary Prem Kumar Gupta along with principal Dr Daljit Singh.

In his address, DMCH cultural committee chairperson Dr Sandeep Puri said everyone had been eagerly looking forward to the event as it happened to be the fiftieth year of the institute.

The theme of Ectopia 2014 is “Aurarius Gloria” that means golden glory.

The first day of the event saw undergraduate medical students taking part in a number of competitions: extempore, spontaneous dance, debate, quiz and just a minute.

During the just-a-minute event, participants had to talk for sixty seconds on the importance of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the debate was a discussion on whether betting in cricket should be legalised.

Tanu (2012 batch), Eshaan (2010), Sana (2012) and Sahil (2011) were among the winners.



PAU's magazine a hit at Kisan Mela
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
The PAU has managed to increase its circulation of “Changi Kheti”, a scientific magazine for farmers. The circulation has increased for the first time PAU had even given 50 per cent discount to farmers subscribing the magazine during the recently concluded Kisan Mela.

Changi Kheti is a magazine published by PAU authorities for farmers and its English version is titled ‘Progressive Farming’. Their present subscription is around 12,000.

The idea to increase the circulation of Changi Kheti and Progressive Farming was discussed during a meeting chaired VC Dhillon.

Dr Baldev Singh Sohal, additional director (communication), PAU, said a plan was formulated and presented to the vice-chancellor.

“I wanted that the circulation should be at least doubled and we decided to start a special campaign to givefarmers these magazines during Kisan Mela would get 50 per cent discount. We were surprised to see that in two days, 3,700 farmers subscribed these magazines,” informed Dr Sohal.



Need for free legal aid on doorstep: Sessions Judge
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
District and Sessions Judge KS Kang, who is also the chairman of Legal Services Authority, today stressed on the need to provide free legal help to needy persons on their doorstep.

The judge was speaking during the opening session of a four-day training workshop for para-legal volunteers at the conference hall of District Courts Complex here today. Around 80 persons from Samrala, Khanna, Jagraon and the city participated in the workshop.

Chief Judicial Magistrate KK Singla, who is the secretary of the Legal Services Authority, gave tips to the participants on how to interact with the aggrieved persons.

He also told them how to draft various types of applications. He asked them to take help of lawyers sitting in the front offices established by the authorities at different places.



College notes
Teachers’ union elections

Ludhiana: The bi-annual election process of the Arya College Teachers Unit of Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union were held recently. A new team headed by Prof Devinder Joshi, Head of the Post Graduate department of Punjabi, as President was elected and took over from the out going team. Prof Parminder S Bhogal, Head of the Post Graduate department of Political Science, was elected vice-president and Prof Parveen Sharma, Head of the Department of Physics was elected the secretary.

Techfest held

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology in its continuous process to improve the knowledge and skill of budding professionals started two-day ‘LCET Techfest Dhiuksham 2014’ recently. More than 2,000 students from 40 colleges participated in the event. This event focused on the working and conceptual models on science, technology and environment, which were made by the participants. This fest included events like display of science models, robotics, paper presentation, extempore, debate and debugging. — TNS 



LS candidates celebrate Holi with residents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
Politicians cutting across the party lines used the festival of Holi to "connect" with the electorate. SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali visited Krishan Balram Gaushala Trust at Dolon Khurd to celebrate Holi. He also visited the old age home and Bal Bhawan to play Holi.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate HS Phoolka visited Gau Dham Mandir. Later, he went to Rajiv Gandhi Colony and Jamalpur Colony to play Holi with the migrants.

Taking a dig at the local MP and Union Minister, Manish Tewari, Ayali said Tewari's attempt to find an "escape route" on one pretext or the other had proved that the Congress had already lost half the battle in Ludhiana, even before the filing of the nomination papers.



Exam helpline launched

Ludhiana, March 18
To combat with examination phobia, an NGO Ek Umeed Foundation, Ludhiana, launched ‘Operation Examination Phobia’ here today. More than 100 professionals from various sectors participated in the event.

Dr Manoj Lekhi, founder chairman of the NGO launched helpline number 86-99-161-161 for counselling the students, parents and teachers. Dr Gurbhajan Gill, president, Punjab Sahit Academy, was the chief guest. Paramjit Kaur Chahal, DEO, Ludhiana, Dr JS Dhiman, additional director (research), PAU, were also present. — TNS



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Brinda Karat to visit city

Senior leader of the CPM Brinda Karat will be coming to Ludhiana on March 23. She will address election rally in favour of CPM candidate Sukhvinder Singh Sekhon from Ludhiana Lok Sabha Constituency. This was told by district secretary Amarjit Mattu.

World Glaucoma Week celebrated

On the instructions issued by Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta, World Glaucoma Week was celebrated from March 9-15 at Community Health Centre, Sahnewal. It was observed under the guidance of Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, senior medical officer. During the week 74 patients were checked out of which one was referred to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Patients were also told about the symptoms of glaucoma and were advised to immediately visit a doctor if their specs number change often or they feel any irritation in their eyes.


Maha Sabha Ludhiana held a protest against MC authorities here today. The members alleged that MC officials in connivance with political leaders had deliberately kept garbage dump in Sunet. The members also said for the past six years, they were trying to get the debris shifted to other place but to no avail. The dump was near memorial of martyrs, said Jaswant Jeerath, general secretrary Maha Sabha.

Hola Mohalla

Guru Gobind Singh Circle clebrated Hola Mohalla by organising a sports meet. Teams from five different schools participated in the meet. Different sports including rope pulling, kho-kho and others were played during the celebrations. Youth was advocated to play games and stay away from drugs.

Workshop held

The Anti-Corruption Federation of India today organised a workshop at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Bharat Nagar Chowk, here today . Federation’s national president Neeraj Chawla while propounding his views assertively emphasised that until and unless the people of this country will be governed by our political and social leaders. No real democracy can ever be prevailed in the entire nation. The foremost duty of the people to whom we choose and thereby send them to Assemblies or Parliament is to make laws more convenient and suitable for an individual or citizen of this country than to be biased in favour of any certain group or party. We have to bring the present governing system to an end which nowadays is running through the sweet will and personal whims of our politicians and social leaders, Chawla added. Chawla urged that it is the high time when there is need of enactment of the statute to make judiciary accountable.

General meeting

The annual general meeting of Sutlej Club Ludhiana was held under the president ship of Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, who is the ex-officio president of the club. While speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, DC Rajat Aggarwal informed that the elections of Sutlej Club are due. “But as the code of conduct has already been imposed, we would have to look with the Election Commission of India guidelines as to whether we would be allowed to hold elections or not. I am still looking into the guidelines and final date of election would be declared later.”

Auction of canteens

The auction of canteens of sub registrar office on Hambran Road and sub registrar Ludhiana (South) will be held on March 21. A new auction date had to be announced after the auction of these canteens failed today. SDM Kuljit Pal Singh Mahi informed that earlier this auction was held on March 7 and March 14 but none of the applicants participated. So now the new date of auction has been fixed for March 21.

Pen-down strike

The employees of cooperative banks today organised a pen down strike and also held a protest against the state government here today. Dhanwant Singh Sekhon, president, The Ludhiana Central Co-operative Bank Employees Union, informed that the employees have been demanding for a long time that the co-operative bank employees should be given pay grade on the pattern of Punjab government and Agriculture Development Bank. But the state government has not paid any heed towards our demand and that is why we are forced to hold this protest, said Sekhon. — TNS



Driver in police net for crushing man to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 18
A tractor-trailer driver has been booked for crushing an unidentified man to death under his vehicle at Tajpur Chowk on Sunday.

The accused, identified as Gurmail Singh of Bhamian village, was booked on the complaint of a Model Town resident, Jassvir Singh.

The complainant told the police that Gurmail Singh was speeding his tractor-trailer and crushed a pedestrian to death under it.

Gurmail Singh has been booked for reckless driving resulting in death under Section 304-A of the IPC.

Man booked for fraud

The city police have booked a firm agent for committing a fraud of over Rs 13 lakh.

The accused, identified as Atam Park resident Pawan Kumar, was booked for fraud and criminal breach of trust under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC.

The complaint, Sushil Kumar of Salem Tabri, told the police that Pawan, who worked in his firm, usurped money collected after selling goods in the market.

Labourer ends life

A factory worker committed suicide over some monetary issue involving a colleague. The deceased, identified as Vijay Kumar, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room located in the migrant quarters at Iqbal Nagar near Tibba Road here on Tuesday. He left a suicide note in which he stated that he was taking the extreme step due to some monetary issue.



National Rural Sports Festival
City judokas return with medals
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 18
City judokas who took part in the National Rural Sports Festival held from March 10 to 13 at Ranchi proved their mettle, winning two gold and one bronze medal.

Of the four judo players from the city who took part in this event organised under the Union Government’s scheme Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan, three finished among medal winners.

Gurpartap Singh, a Class X student of Nav Bharti Public School, and Bableen Kaur, a Class IX student of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Dugri, clinched gold medals in their respective weight categories.

Gurpartap proved too good for his rivals and fetched gold in the below 46-kg group while Bableen got the better of her opponents in the below 63-kg category.

Another judoka from the city, Jatin Kumar of Nav Bharti Public School, reached the semifinals stage in the below 60-kg weight category. He, however, had to content with a bronze medal.

Jaspal Singh Jassi, a student of Class IX at Government Senior Secondary School, Salem Tabri, also accompanied the judokas to Ranchi but could not take part in the competition as he was the lone competitor in the below 90-kg group.

The judokas were given a rousing reception on their arrival here this evening. Their coaches, Rakesh Singh, Sonia Kumari and Parveen Thakur, along with other trainees were present at Guru Nanak Stadium to receive them. Davinder Singh Walia, president, Ludhiana District Judo Association, congratulated the players and their coaches on this achievement.



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