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Govt employees protest outside DC office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
The UT and Punjab Mulazam Sangharsh Committee today staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner's office. Employees from various government departments gathered at Bharat Nagar Chowk and raised slogans against the Punjab government.

The protesters said they were irked by the Punjab Chief Minister's failure to give the committee members time to meet on March 18.

Ramanjeet Singh Sandhu, convener of the committee, said they had been asking the government to regularise the services of daily wage earners and contractual workers in various departments. Sandhu said employees in various government departments were awaiting their salaries and instalment of dearness allowance.

District convener of the committee Gurmail Singh said: "If the government fails to respond to our long-pending demands, we will be forced to intensify the protest."

The committee has announced a state-level rally at Bathinda on April 18.


Class IV employees to launch agitation

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 21
Office-bearers and activists of the Class IV Government Employees Union threatened to launch an agitation in case their long pending demands were not accepted and implemented without any further delay.

Activists led by president Ram Avtar and Surinder Singh, secretary, alleged that the successive government had failed to implement reforms regarding welfare of Class IV employees of various departments.

Existing facilities provided to the employees were not adequate for leading dignified life, said the speakers who addressed the meeting held at Block Primary Education Office at Dehlon.

Merger of DA in salary, payment of arrears, enhancement of medical allowance and honourable wages for mid-day meal workers were the major demands.

Regretting that officials of various private banks bothered little towards problems related to delayed payment of salaries and pension.

The union leaders approached Sher Singh, manager State Bank of India, for discussing modalities of opening special salary package accounts at Dehlon branch. Singh assured that employees and pensioners opening such accounts would face no difficulty once the respective departments start crediting their salaries. — OC



Remove encroachment, hospital told 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 21
The municipal corporation has served a demolition notice on a local hospital for putting up a shed for parking of vehicles on the roadside.

Acting on a complaint lodged by city-based RTI activist Arvind Sharma, the Assistant Town Planner (Zone D) issued a notice to Sri Krishna Hospital, Model Town, under the provisions of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, for demolition of the shed within three days.

The official stated in the notice that on the basis of the complaint, a site inspection was carried out by a team of the building branch of the MC.

“The report submitted by the MC team confirmed that a shed measuring 97-by-14.9 feet has been erected for parking of vehicles by the hospital management on the land which forms a part of public road. The structure amounts to encroachment and is liable to be demolished,” the notice mentioned.

The MC has further told the hospital management that if the shed was not removed within the stipulated time, the MC will pull it down.

Arvind Sharma, in his complaint lodged with the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, and the MC Commissioner, had pointed towards the increasing tendency of encroachments and the failure of the local hospitals of make proper arrangements for the parking of vehicles.

He alleged that the MC was already grappling with the issue of proliferating encroachments and the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard were also not being followed. Citing specific examples, he said various hospitals in the city, including Sri Krishna Hospital in Model Town, were using parts of public roads and streets and other vacant pieces of government land for parking of vehicles.

The MC had recently issued show-cause notices to nearly 30 hospitals and nursing homes in the city which either did not have their own designated parking space or the parking area shown in building plans was being put to use for other purposes.



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Take a stand against drug mafia, Belan Brigade tells women
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Anita Sharma, a member of the Belan Brigade, while addressing a meeting of the brigade said today that women must take a stand against the drug mafia operating in the state.

She said though they have limited means and tools of communication against the powerful drug mafia, they were committed to act against it. Founder of the brigade Keemti Rawal appealed to the government to take steps to check the issue in the state.

All political parties should take responsibility to prevent the drug mafia from operating during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, he said.



Victims’ kin allege police inaction
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 21
The Mullanpur Dakha police have come under scanner for failing to arrest two youths accused of attacking and injuring three elderly persons, including two women, at Hassanpur village near Mullanpur Dakha over a property dispute more than a week ago.

As per the information, the incident took place on the evening of March 12 when the victim, Balwant Singh, his wife Pritam Kaur and sister Harbhajan Kaur were allegedly attacked and injured by two persons, including Balwant Singh’s own nephew Manpreet Singh alias Mani and one unidentified youth at their house in Hassanpur village.

Balwant Singh, Pritam Kaur and Harbhajan Kaur received serious injuries during the attack following which they were immediately rushed to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, by their family members with the help of some villagers. Later, the doctors at Civil Hospital shifted all the victims to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Ludhiana because of their critical condition. Now, the condition of all the victims is stated to be stable.

After the attack, the family members of the victims approached the police and informed about the incident following which the police visited the hospital and recorded the statements of all the victims. In his statement before the police, Balwant Singh alleged that his family was attacked because he has a dispute over some property with his nephew Manpreet Singh, who wants to take illegal possession of the property.

“On the evening of March 12, Manpreet accompanied by an unidentified youth entered my house forcibly. They attacked me and my family members with lathis and rods before fleeing away from the place,” alleged Balwant Singh. He further claimed that he had all the legal documents to prove that he was the actual owner of the land in question. “But Mani had been pressing me to give up my claim over the property. He also used to threaten me of dire consequences in case I do not give up my claim over the property,” added Balwant Singh.

However, three days after the attack the police registered a case against Manpreet Singh and one identified youth at Mullanpur Dakha police station under Sections 452, 323 and 34 of IPC on the basis of the statement given by Balwant Singh. Though, none of the accused has been arrested by the police in this regard so far.

Irked over the delay caused by the police in arresting the accused attackers, the members of the family have alleged foul play on part of the police. “The accused are moving freely in the area but the police have not arrested any of them so far. Instead of arresting the accused, the police are trying to force us for a compromise with the accused under pressure of a political leader of the area,” rued Gurmit Kaur, a close relative of the victim family.

Investigating Officer ASI Amreek Singh denied the allegations of trying to pressurise the victim family for reaching a compromise with the accused. 

Investigating officer’s take

The allegations levelled against the police of trying to pressurise the victims to reach a compromise with the accused are completely baseless. The fact is that we are making all possible efforts and conducting raids to nab the culprits. We will arrest them soon — AMREEK SINGH, ASSISTANT SUB-INSPECTOR



City industrialists should chip in to uplift schools: Club

Ludhiana, March 21
According to the members of Inner Wheel Club more Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is needed from the city of industrialists.

Schools here hardly receive any grants or funds from the government, but are dependent on the donations by the city residents. Being a city of industrialists and corporates, there is a need for more corporate organisations to help schools and organisations such as Nirdosh, under the CSR activities, a member of the club said.

She said children at the club-run school for mentally challenged- Nirdosh School- were being trained to become self-sufficient.

The school has 50 mentally challenged children, nine teachers along with a couple of speech therapists and a physiotherapist. “Some of the children have become self-sufficient through training and setting up simple things to make a living,” a member said. Some of the children have set up juice-shop, or are making a living by preparing decorative envelopes, candles, etc.

Products made by children are showcased during the two-day carnival of joy- the fashion exhibition featuring garments, jewellery, decor items. — TNS



GADVASU students meet CM, demand government jobs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Students and faculty of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) held a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Punjab Agricultural University last evening. The students raised the demand of providing jobs with the CM.

The delegation which held a meeting with the CM included Vice-Chancellor VK Taneja, director Students Welfare SPS Sangha, faculty members, students from fisheries and dairy technology colleges.

A dairy technology student of GADVASU informed that it was in 2008 when the state government felt the need of human resources in field of Dairy Industry in Punjab, so they decided to open the college of Dairy Science and Technology in GADVASU.

“The main idea behind this effort was to recruit skilled degree holders in dairy technology in Punjab Dairy Cooperative ‘Verka’, so that Verka can also uplift their position worldwide like AMUL. But, now IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) has started a correspondence-based diploma in dairy technology, with a duration of one year, with no in-plant training experience,” rued the students.

During the meeting with the CM, the students urged him to provide them with government jobs in this sector. “The CM has assured us that the needful will be done immediately after the code of conduct ends. Now, our college, college of Dairy Sciences and Technology is not taking an initiative to activate our college’s placement cell. Till now, out of two pass out batches, only three students have been placed in some good reputed jobs, that too with their own efforts. Initially, in the starting there was still a hope that may be some private firm will come to recruit our college’s degree holders, but now that one ray of light seems to last in the darkness as this year no firm is coming for the campus recruitments,” informed the students.



Mobile applications add a new dimension to art
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Youngsters are using smartphones and tablets to exhibit their creativity.

Due to the easy availability of mobile apps for art and design in touch-screen gadgets, youngsters are using these to infuse creativity in their designs.

These have not only replaced the actual artistic tools, but have also motivated many to take to art.

With this, many youngsters have turned into amateur digital artists.

“I always like to infuse creativity into art. Now, I use mobile apps to make pictures look better,” said a student.

Many apps that are available on tablets have the actual tools of art.

A variety of virtual pencils, charcoals, oil colours, water colour brushes are available to draw and paint.

The wide range of surfaces allows one to be creative and experiment new designs.

“Though some of the virtual online tools were earlier available in different softwares, their availability on touch-screen gadgets have added to the realistic dimension. This is because one virtually paints and sketches with the hand, rather than using a mouse,” said Deepinder Singh, a student.

“This is of creative use. Art was never this easy,” said Arnav, a student. “There are umpteen tools and apps that one can download on their touch-screen tablets and smartphones. Though I was not into art and design earlier, now I create designs every day,” said Arnav.

Many artists have also started using apps to create a copy of the artwork on their touch-screen gadgets before creating the final draft.

“Smartphones and tablets have almost replaced paper and art in every manner. Whenever an idea strikes my mind, rather than getting hold of my sketch pad, I use the virtual sketching app on my tablet. I try different colour combinations and designs before giving shape to the actual artwork,” said Sameer, an amateur artist.

“For anyone getting into art, this is a great help. One can create art just about anywhere,” said Tulika, another student.

“The virtual canvass, brushes and online tools give an artist a free hand to do anything he wants to,” she added.



City residents fail to get LPG subsidy on time
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
City residents rue that they are not getting the LPG subsidy on time, despite their Aadhaar cards being linked to their bank accounts.

They said they feel cheated as despite following the rules, still they are feeling harassed.

The Union Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Gas issued a notification on December 31, delinking the Aadhaar card with the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for LPG. A consumer was supposed to link his LPG connection and bank account with his Aadhaar card.

While speaking to The Tribune, Ramesh Kumar Sharma, a resident of the Mundian area of the city, alleged that he booked his domestic LPG cylinder in February, but was yet to receive the subsidy amount for it.

“I made the full payment to the agency, but I have still not received the subsidy. This is high time that the government should interfere and make sure law-abiding citizens should not suffer,” he said.

Another resident said they paid hefty amounts for purchasing LPG refills, but have failed to get the subsidy on time.

“There are several others like me who are not getting the subsidy transferred to our bank accounts,” said Surjit Singh from the Sant Nagar area.

DFSC Sona Thind said earlier, there was some problem in transfer of the subsidy amount to bank accounts.

“But from March 10 onwards, the issue has been resolved. Moreover, the matter is looked after by a different department,” she said.



World Down Syndrome Day observed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
World Down Syndrome Day was today observed by Ashirwad, which is also a unit of the North India Cerebral Palsy Association (NICPA).

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Neelam Sodhi, said down syndrome was not a disease but a genetic disorder that happens when a baby gets three copies of chromosome 21 (Trisomy 21), instead of the usual two.

“There are over a million people in the world with down syndrome and its estimated incidence is about 1 per 800 to 1,000 births. Children with this condition have special needs," Dr Sodhi said.

Ashirwad provides rehabilitation, support and therapy for individuals with down syndrome while offering day care services to children. We hope to create a support group for parents and doctors so that we can help children with down syndrome to reach their goals,” Dr Sodhi added.

A drawing competition was also organised for children with disabilities on the occasion. Children took active participation in the events.

Parents shared their experiences about their children.

Father of Karan, a boy with down syndrome, said there was a lot of improvement in his speech. Now, he interacts more confidently.

Sister of Jaskaran, another boy with down syndrome, said he knows how to use mobile phone and computer and also plays badminton. A social person, he was busy in various activities.

Gurjas, a little girl with down syndrome, has a lot of improvement in her physical condition after therapy. Children with Down syndrome also performed on a patriotic parody ‘Phir bhi dil hain Hindustani”. The programme was concluded with distribution of gifts.



Spread awareness with zeal, paralegal volunteers told
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 21
District and Sessions Judge-cum-chairman of the Legal Services Authority Karamjit Singh Kang today exhorted newly recruited paralegal volunteers to work with enthusiasm for spreading legal awareness among the masses.

The Sessions Judge was speaking on the concluding session of the four-day training workshop of paralegal volunteers at the conference hall of the district courts complex here today.

A large number of participants, including doctors, retired officials, youngsters, women, teachers and lecturers from Samrala, Khanna, Jagraon and Ludhiana, took part in the workshop.

He said the purpose for recruitment of paralegal volunteers was to reach to more and more persons belonging to the weaker sections of society in order to ensure that their legal rights were not infringed. In case of infringement, they must know that they have the fundamental right to have access to the justice delivery system.

They could knock the door of the judiciary and would be provided legal assistance and services of an lawyer free of cost. The fee of lawyer as well as incidental expenses would be borne by the legal services authority itself, the Judge said.

Later, he distributed identity cards among the participants.

Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of the Legal Services Authority KK Singla asked the participants to take help of lawyers sitting in front offices established by the authorities at different places, if required.

Singla said after the completion of the workshop, the paralegal volunteers would be deputed in different areas for spreading legal awareness. Moreover, they would be deputed in different legal aid clinics.

He added that the participants were made aware about various laws, including Hindu Law, Domestic Violence and protection law, PNDT Act, Dowry Prohibition Act and laws relating to husband and wife and children. Lawyers Deepika Singh, Rama Bajaj, AS Chadha, Vishal Tiwari were among those who spoke on various topics of law.



Couple alleges foul play
Says CHC authorities sold off their newborn 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
A couple from Juhada village, near here, have alleged foul play by the Community Health Centre (CHC) authorities and say that though they were expected to have twins, after the delivery the hospital authorities handed over only one child to them.

The couple has submitted a complaint to the Civil Surgeon and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jagraon, in this regard.

The couple, Simranjit Singh and Karamjit Kaur, alleged that either the hospital authorities or the Accredited Social Health Activists, who took the woman to the hospital, have sold off their one newborn.

"I got the ultrasound of my wife done in January that clearly mentioned that my wife was carrying twins. When we visited the CHC, Pakhowal, the authorities told us that there was only a single child and they could not hear the heartbeat of the second child. We asked them to go ahead with the operation as my wife was in labour. Later, they handed over one baby boy to us,” said Simranjit.

"When I asked them to at least show me my second child, they refused to do so, saying that there was only one child,” said Simranjit.

Harinderpal Singh, Senior Medical Officer, CHC, Pakhowal, who also operated Karamjit for the C section, said before delivery he clearly told the couple that there was only a single child and not twins as he could not hear the heartbeat of the second child.

Husband of the woman even gave us in writing that "though one baby is weak and the heartbeat of the other could not be heard, I am asking the doctors to perform the operation at my own risk," said Dr Harinderpal.

On the other hand, Dr Sunit Kumar Hind, who runs a private lab, and performed the ultrasound of Karamjit, said he stands by his report.

"I have checked my records and the report have been prepared by me and I stand by it," he said.

Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta said the couple had submitted a complaint with him and he himself had probed the matter.

"The staff of the CHC, Pakhowal, who were present during the operation, have confirmed that there was a single child. The SMO himself has performed the operation and there can be no laxity on his part,” he said.

When asked about the ultrasound report that the couple had, the Civil Surgeon said: "There is only one ultrasound done throughout the pregnancy period that shows that the woman was carrying twins. No ultrasound was repeated afterwards or done before. It is quite possible that the report could have been replaced by another report."



Blood bank running sans licence
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
The blood bank at the Civil Hospital is running without a licence for past two years.

Also, last month during an inspection of the blood bank, a team from the Central authority concerned found a few shortcomings.

Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Civil Hospital, Dr RK Karkara said the hospital had applied for the renewal of the licence well in time, but the authority failed to do the needful.

He added that alterations as per the recommendations on structural and other changes made by the visiting team had also been made.

“The compliance report regarding the changes will be submitted to the authority within this week,” said the SMO.

Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, too, claimed that the hospital had applied for the licence within the stipulated time.

“We have done our part. The renewed licence has not been issued by the Central authority,” he said.

Blood banks are expected to follow certain rules under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. They are issued the licence for a period of five years and should apply to the Central authority for its renewal at least a month before its expiry.



PSEB fails to change dates 
Despite delay in Class X exams, provisional admission to begin on April 1
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Though, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) had rescheduled the Class X examinations but in a fresh circular the board has failed to change the dates for admission to Class XI.

The delay in the examinations would add to the woes of students getting admission to Class XI in the next session. As per the directions from the PSEB, the schools will start the registrations for provisional admission to Class XI from April 1 and it would be closed by May 15. Meanwhile, the PSEB examinations will now start from March 25 and will conclude on April 5.

To get the provisional admission to Class XI the students have to fill the admission forms during the examinations. There are several government schools in the city where students have to work hard to get admission. According to the Administration of Government Modal Senior Secondary School, PAU campus, more than 1,000 students apply for 140 seats at the school. A number of other government schools give the admission to students on the basis of Class X results.

The school authorities are also in a fix as the teachers would remain busy with the duties for conducting general elections. It would be hard for the school administrations to accommodate the applicants without having proper staff.

Gurpreet Singh, a teacher, said, “The board should extend the dates for admissions to next class. Now, the students will have to buy the prospectus and fill the forms during the Class X examinations. Otherwise they will miss the opportunity to get admission in reputed schools.”

Sanjiv Tahpar, principal, Government Modal Senior secondary School PAU, said, “It is true that students will face inconvenience during examinations. We will fill the seats on the previous record of students. When the results will be announced only then the students will be registered on the basis of merit.” 



PAU students pay tributes to Khushwant Singh
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association (PAUSA) today recalled writer Khushwant Singh’s association with the farm varsity. Khushwant Singh had inaugurated the museum of Punjabi heritage located inside the PAU campus on April 24, 1974.

The PAUSA representatives paid floral tributes to the eminent writer, who passed away yesterday at the age of 99.

Karanvir Singh Sandhu, president, PAUSA stated that not many people know that the museum located inside the PAU campus was inaugurated by Khushwant Singh. “That is why we decided to pay floral tributes to him as he was an author of international acclaim,” said Sandhu.

Silika Gupta, a student of MSc (Microbiology) at PAU, said Khushwant Singh was a wonderful personality who never had anything to hide. “He was always open to things and the same thing reflected in his writings. I have read so much about him and just a thought that the PAU museum was inaugurated by him fills me with joy,” she said.

Meanwhile, the PAU ECO Club today held a plantation drive inside the PAU campus. DSW Dr Ravinder Kaur Dhaliwal inaugurated the plantation drive which was coordinated by students.



Degrees conferred on 368 students
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 21
A total of 368 students were conferred degrees on the annual convocation function at the Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, today.

Chief guest Dr (Prof) Jai Rup Singh, founder Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, said knowledge was the keyword in the changing world order and it was with hard work, humility and honesty that the youth can progress in today’s scenario.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college, read out the annual report of the college. 



From school/colleges


Science Olympiad result declared

The results were declared of the Silver Zone Science Olympiad organised by Ryan International School, Dugri, on Friday. Yashika of Class V, Yuvika of Class III and Namya of Class II bagged the first rank in their respective levels. Students have worked hard for this exam and brought laurels to the school. The Headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, congratulated the students and wished them good luck for their bright future.

Annual prize distribution

The annual prize distribution function was organized at the Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, on Friday. Paramjit Singh Gill, IPS, Police Commissioner, was the chief guest. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, read out the annual report of the session and highlighted the various achievements. As many as 600 students from arts, commerce, science, add-on-course journalism and CBA were awarded prizes for their excellent performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities.

Industrial visit

Department of Business Administration, RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a one-day industrial visit for MBA Semester II students to Ridhi Packages Private Limited, Baddi. During the visit, managing director Mukesh Jain gave a brief knowledge about the working of the plant and after that the students were made to visit the operational site of the plant. Karun Kashmiri, joint secretary of Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Industries Association (BBNIA) explained the working of the plant. He explained the importance of corrugated boxes as it was believed to be the lifeline of the industry. The students were made to observe the working of the latest machines used for production of pet jars. — TNS



Business news


Standard Electricals launches domestic fansStandard Electricals, a brand of Havells India Limited, announced its foray into domestic fans segment on Friday. The company launched 12 new models of premium range of fans including ceiling, pedestal, table, wall and exhaust fans in Punjab. Each of the fans is attractively styled, designed to perfection and created for the premium segment. The fans are priced between Rs 1,650 and Rs 2,500. The company operates in the regular and premium fan segment under Brand Havells and with this launch, the company aims to bolster its leadership position in the domestic fan market and raise its market share from 25 per cent to 30 per cent in the next 3 years. Anil Bhasin, senior vice-president, Havells India Limited, said, “The brand currently contributes around Rs 300 crore and we wish to take it to Rs 600 crore in the next three years. Standard fans offer best in class features such as superior air delivery and better performance even under low voltage conditions.” He added, “Punjab has been a strong market for us and we will further strengthen our presence with wider distribution through dealerships and galaxy stores and launch innovative and high quality products.”

Videocon d2h to telecast Star Sports-2

Videocon d2h, a DTH Service, has now added another sports channel STAR SPORTS -2 on its platform. With this addition of Star Sports -2 channel, Videocon d2h now offers 18 sports channels and services on its platform. “Videocon d2h has a subscriber base of more than 10 million and is the fastest to achieve the same. It has grown tremendously in the past 4 years, since it went pan India in February 2010,” Saurabh Dhoot, director, Videocon group, informed. — TNS



Ludhiana scan

Play in memory of Bhagat Singh

In the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the Active Anti-Corruption Group and Brothers Club would be organising a play at Mini Rose Garden, Kidwai Nagar at 3 pm on March 23. This information was provided by Ramesh Bangar, president, Active Anti-Corruption Group, in a press conference held 
on Friday.

Social worker passes away

Santokh Singh Gill (81), father of Gurmeet Singh Gill, president of USA wing of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation, passed away after brief illness at a hospital in the US. Krishan Kumar Bawa, president of the foundation, said Santokh Singh Gill was a social worker and contributed his life for the betterment of society.

Women get cooking tips

A ‘Mixology’ session was organised in Ludhiana on Friday. Conducted by cocktail expert Vineet Mishra, it was organised during the informal meeting of the Ludhiana chapter of FICCI Ladies Organisation.

Mishra said mixology was growing as people in metros were increasingly trying different cocktails. Rather than going with classic cocktails, more people now want their cocktails and mocktails ‘designed’ in a better way, he said.

The cocktail expert said molecular mixology, mixing of different chemicals to get interesting mix of cocktails was getting very popular.

A session for making food without cooking, including salad-making, was also part of the session held at Radisson Blu Hotel in MBD mall, Ludhiana. According to Komal Aggarwal from FICCI Ladies Organisation, various training programmes for women aiding them in business and entrepreneurial ventures to empower women were held by the organisation. But this was an informal session, she added.

Arora community to support Ayali

The Arora community of Ludhiana has pledged to support Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)-Bharatiya Janta Party candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Dewan Amit Arora and Amrik Singh Batra, state president
and district president, respectively of Arora Mahasabha said the decision was taken after a meeting with the SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali. — TNS



Youth held for killing girl
Had kidnapped the 5-yr-old on March 19, body recovered from vacant plot
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
A 19-year-old youth was today arrested for allegedly kidnapping and killing a five-year-old girl.

The body that was dumped by the accused, identified as Rakesh Kumar, was recovered from a vacant plot in the Meharban area here this morning.

The victim, Khushbu, was kidnapped on the evening of March 19 while she was playing with her friends outside her house at Bazigar Colony in Bajra village, said her father Shiv Ram, a building contractor.

The father said he received a phone call from a youth who claimed that he had kidnapped Khushbu. The caller allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh for releasing the girl, but after Shiv Ram expressed his inability in arranging the money, the matter was settled at Rs 60,000. Following this, Shiv Ram contacted the police.

Yesterday, the kidnapper allegedly called Shiv Ram once gain and asked him to keep the bag containing the ransom by the side of a peepal tree located on Kaka Dhulla Road in the Meharban area.

Shiv Ram did as told but no one came to claim the bag. The phone from which the ransom call was made also stopped working, said the police. Meanwhile, the police tracked the number from which the call was made and it was identified to be belonging to Uttar Pradesh. Soon, the accused, who hails from Partapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was found and arrested.

During the interrogation, he confessed to the crime.

The accused, who was studying in Class XII, told the police that he had come to the city recently to earn and support his studies.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective), MS Dhesi, said: "We were sure that a person who was close to victim's father was behind the kidnapping."

The accused, who worked at a factory unit, lived in the migrant quarters near Shiv Ram's house.

As the victim’s father was well off, Rakesh hatched the plan to kidnap and kill Khushbu and flee with the cash, said the police.

The accused told the police that he had killed the girl soon after kidnapping her and was monitoring Shiv Ram’s movements after dumping the body and making the call for ransom.

When he learnt that the girl's father had informed the police, he decided to leave the city but was nabbed, said the police. 

Got the idea from crime shows on TV

Rakesh Kumar told the police that he got the idea of fleeing with the ransom amount after kidnapping and killing the victim from television crime shows. The accused, however, could not outsmart the police and was arrested.



Gang of highway robbers busted 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 21
With the arrest of five persons, the city police claim to have busted a gang of highway robbers who used to target filling stations.

The accused—Gurmeet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Rajinder Singh, Deepak Raja and Yakub, all residents of villages surrounding Ludhiana and Moga—were arrested from outside a liquor vend in Sham Nagar.

Besides weapons that included a .12-bore pistol, the police recovered a Toyota Innova and a Tata Indica car used by the robbers while committing crimes.

The gang recently struck at a filling station and liquor vend on Hambra Road and decamped with cash after taking the employees hostage.

The police said the arrest would bring respite to commuters and people working at commercial establishments on highway.



Crime briefs


Army aspirant in police net 

An army aspirant has been booked for attempting to secure a job in the armed forces on the basis of fake documents. The accused, identified as Binder Singh of Julla Khurd village in SAS Nagar was booked following an internal probe conducted by Col Davinder Singh, Director, Indian Army Recruitment Centre, located near the Jagraon Bridge. During the probe, it was found that the accused had produced fake educational certificate and age proof for getting a job in the Army. The report was further handed over to the Division No 5. After going through it, the police registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

NGO leader booked

Staging a dharna outside the office of the Commissioner of Police proved costly for a NGO leader as he was booked for violating Section 144 of the CrPC, imposed by the police. The accused has been identified as Vinod Jain of Mohalla Sudhar Society, Golden Vihar Colony. Jain, along with his supporters, reached the office of the Commissioner of Police on March 19 and staged a dharna against the police for their failure in nabbing the alleged killers of a vegetable vendor, Sumit. The victim was allegedly killed in the Salem Tabri area a few days ago. Sources said Jain was warned by police personnel about Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in the area. However, he continued his protest following which he was booked. — TNS



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