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MC on demolition spree, pulls down 21 shops
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 4
The building branch of the Municipal Corporation today demolished 21 shops and other commercial establishments during a demolition drive against unlawful constructions across the city.

The team, which comprised of six building inspectors, labourers and a police contingent, reached Kitchlu Nagar where two shops being constructed beyond the permitted area and another being built without an approved plan were demolished.

The lintel of a shop along a nullah in Haibowal was razed and the shuttering dismantled. On Chuharpur Road, the boundary wall and foundation of a shopping complex were demolished as the construction was being undertaken without any approved building plan.

Similarly, the shutter of a shop being carved out in a house on Main Haibowal Road was removed while construction of another shop was stopped for deviation of the building plan.

The MC team faced mild resistance from a woman when the shop on the main Haibowal Road was being demolished. On the intervention of the area councilor, Maharaj Singh Raji, an undertaking was taken from the owner of the building that no further construction will be carried out and the portion raised in violation of the building bylaws will be demolished by the owner.

The MC team directed the owner of a residential house in Luxmi Nagar locality to stop construction of his shop. The shutter of another shop being constructed in a residential building in the Model Town Extension area was removed.

Assistant Town Planner of the MC (Zone D) Rajinder Sharma, who was instrumental in planning the major demolition operation, said violation of building bylaws, especially the practice of conversion of residential premises into commercial buildings, would not be tolerated.


Mystery over bobbitisation of youth deepens
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The mystery shrouding the chopping of genitals of a 22-year-old Assamese youth deepened today when the victim said he had bobbitised himself.

However, Jodhewal Station House Officer Harwinder Singh suspects his claim. "I think the victim has gone in depression after the incident. The victim is a right-hander and his right hand was chopped off. How can a man bobbitise himself and chop off his hand in a clinical fashion," said the SHO.

Sources said the Jodhewal police had taken the victim to Tibba Road to recreate the scene of crime. The victim couldn’t tell the police where he threw his organs.

“It appears the victim’s genitals were clinically removed. Seeing expertise with which the entire procedure was carried out, we believe more than four persons were involved,” the police added.



Head Mistress campaigns for Ayali
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Surinder Kaur Dyal, Head Mistress at Government High School (boys), Gill, has campaigned for the Akali-BJP candidate, Manpreet Singh Ayali. Earlier, she was transferred for taking part in political activities in 2012.

Yesterday, Surinder Kaur Dyal, claiming her to be the president of the Istri Wing, issued a press note, stating that he had conducted several street meetings.

According to the press note, Surinderpal Kaur Dyal participated in Manpreet Ayali’s campaign in Ward No. 68. Surinder Kaur, along with several other women, conducted door to door campaigninig for the Akali-BJP candidate.

Earlier, Surinder Kaur Dyal had campaigned for former Akali minister Heera Singh Gabria. Taking serious note of the complaints received against her, then Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Kaur Sidhu had transferred her to Government High School, Gumti Kalan, Bathinda, in January 2012. But after the elections, she again managed to get herself transferred to Ludhiana.

Meanwhile, Surinder Kaur Dyal said picked up the phone when this reporter called her up. However, she abruptly disconnected the call when asked about her participation in the election campaign.

Meanwhile, Paramjeet Kaur, District Education Officer (DEO), Ludhiana, said: "No one can campaign for any of the political party. I am not aware about the Surinder Kaur Dyal's participation in the election campaign. If we receive any complaint against her, I will write to the higher authorities for action".



Firm lays cables without permission
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 4
On one hand the cash-strapped Municipal Corporation is not able to provide good roads to the city residents while on the other there is no check on companies digging up roads without permission.

Even as the public anger over the use of poor quality material in the construction of Pakhowal Road and the samples taken by the City Mayor having failed the quality test is yet to settle down, a leading mobile service provider started laying optical fiber cables (OFC) on this road on Thursday evening without permission.

The matter came to light when a city-based RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, who was passing the site where the workers of the company were laying the cables. He got suspicious as the work was commenced late in the evening. Sharma asked their supervisor if they had taken permission from the MC for laying the cables. The supervisor said the permission was yet to be granted but they had commenced the work in anticipation.

Sunil Sharma, SDO (B and R) of the area said no permission for road cutting was granted to the telecom company “A report has been submitted to the XEN of the B and R branch and appropriate action, as per the rules, will be taken against the company for causing damage to the public road,” he said.

Meanwhile, the men and machines of the telecom company were removed from the site and the work stopped.



Commuters bear brunt of employees’ agitation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Commuters remained at the receiving end of the agitation of the members of the Punjab and UT Employees Sangharsh Committee who locked the entry and exit gates of the local bus stand today. The main gate of the bus stand had remained locked from 2 pm to 3 pm.

The members claimed that during a meeting with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on February 18, the latter had given consent for several of their pending demands. They nothing has been done by the state government with regards to their demands, forcing them to choose the protest path.

As the main entry and exit points of the bus stand were locked by the protesters, the bus stand wore a deserted look. The bus operators had to park their buses on the road, which led to traffic jams.

A commuter said he missed a bus to Bathinda. “There was chaos outside the bus stand and I missed the bus. The protesters should not have locked the main entry and exit points,” he said.

However, the protesters justified their action. Gurjit Singh Jagpal, general secretary, Punjab Subordinates Federation INTUC (Punjab), claimed they had planned a state-level protest in Bathinda on April 18.

“The Chief Minister had promised to fulfil our long-pending demands on February 18 but now he has adopted a dilly-dallying attitude. This clearly shows he is not serious about our issues. We have been forced to take such harsh steps,” he said.



Railway overbridge
Finally, one side thrown open
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 4
After missing a number of deadlines and facing many roadblocks for almost 15 years, the railway overbridge constructed in place of Lakkar Pul was partially thrown open here today.

The overbridge will provide yet another mode of connectivity between the old city and the Civil Lines area. It will also ease a lot of pressure on Jagraon Bridge and Domoria Pul, the two existing links between the old city and new localities.

Senior municipal corporation officials said after a letter was received from the construction wing of the Northern Railways that safety grills had been provided on the portion of the bridge that ran over railway tracks, the up-ramp of the bridge from the Clock Tower side was opened for traffic.

Due to the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections being in force, no formal inauguration was organised. The MC employees removed the barricades put up at the entry to the up-ramp from the Clock Tower side and the exit on the Civil Lines side to formally open the ROB, in the presence of MC Additional Commissioners Sumit Jarangal and Isha Kalia besides railway officials.

The down-ramp of the flyover on Mata Rani Road near Bhadaur House will take a couple of months to become operational, said the officials of MC and Northern Railways.

Missed many deadlines, cost went up over fourfold
The construction of the railway overbridge in place of Lakkar Pul, which remained a landmark of the city for several decades, started in 1999-2000 at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore. By the time the project neared completion after missing more than a dozen deadlines, its cost had escalated to a staggering Rs 58 crore.



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Curbing drug menace my aim: Bittu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Member Parliament and Congress candidate from Ludhiana constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu said crusade against drug-peddling and development of Ludhiana are his main goals. Establishment of Post Graduate Institute of medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and international airport in the city are his priorities.

Bittu was addressing an election meeting held by MLA Rakesh Pandey in North Constituency of Vidhan Sabha. While talking to media Bittu said in the reign of SAD-BJP alliance law and order situation in the city is matter of anxiety for city residents. It has become hard for women to come out of their houses. Drugs had ruined lives of many and SAD leaders are directly responsible for the drug menance.

Drug peddler Jagdish Singh Bhola has named revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, son of cabinet minister Sarvan Singh Phillaur and several other SAD leaders, as kingpins of drug racket.

Bittu added that SAD and BJP claim to be parties based on religious ideology but are involved in drug peddling.

He said, he has initiated a crusade against drug peddling and during his tenure as president of Punjab Youth Congress he had initiated a drive against drug peddling in Punjab.

The others who were present at the occasion were Hemraj Aggarwal, Parminder Mehta, jai Parkash, Ashwani Sharma, Manpreet Grewal, Rocky Bhatia, Sabi Toor, Himanshu Walia, lucky Kapoor and Raju Thapar. 



HS Phoolka under attack
Riot victims’ welfare society alleges he withdrew case against Tytler
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The members of 1984 Sikh Katle-Aam Peerat Welfare Society (Punjab) today alleged that the AAP candidate HS Phoolka has withdrawn his anti-Sikh riot case against congress leader Jagdish Tytler filed in Karkardooma Court of Delhi.

Surjit Singh and Gurdeep Kaur, president and women wing president, respectively, of the society said Phoolka has withdrawn complaint in anti-Sikh riots case on April 3 and now the next court hearing has been fixed for April 17. "This case is related to Jasbir Singh, who is residing in USA and had sought court's permission to depose in front of them. Sikhs residing in USA had already paid 1,850 US dollars to the lawyer through another lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannu," alleged Gurdeep Singh.

Meanwhile, denying the allegation HS Phoolka in a press statement said, "No case against Sajjan Kumar or any other accused has been withdrawn at all. In fact, the cases against Sajjan Kumar have been instituted and charge sheets were filed by CBI and I cannot possibly withdraw any of those cases.”

He further said the Sultanpuri case against Sajjan Kumar is presently in the trial court and the next date of hearing in the same is 14th April and 17th April. The cross-examination of prosecution witness no.1 is currently going on by the defense counsel and after his cross-examination the cross-examination of the other witnesses would proceed. In the Delhi Cant. case, appeal being argued by Phoolka is pending in the High Court against the order of the trial court and the next date of hearing is 28th May 2014.

Phoolka alleged Surjit Kumar never participated in any of these cases in any way whatsoever. He never had any link with or anything to do with any of the cases all these years, as is apparent from the record itself.

As far as the case of Jagdish Tytler is concerned, ADJ Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj had rejected the clean chit given by CBI and had directed CBI to conduct further investigation in the case and record statement of Alam Singh, Santokh Singh and Resham Singh. Jagdish Tytler has challenged this order in the High Court and the next date in this case is 17th April. The CBI has been trying to locate the address of Alam Singh, who is in USA and has changed his address.

He said, "The other case against Jagdish Tytler was a defamation case filed by Phoolka in Ludhiana and the magistrate in Ludhiana had issued warrants against Tytler. Later this case was transferred by the Supreme Court to Delhi. That case is also currently pending in Patiala House court."



People will teach lesson to Cong: Ayali
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
SAD-BJP candidate for Lok Sabha Constituency Ludhiana Manpreet Singh Ayali during a party meeting said that the there is ‘Modi wave’ in the entire country and the next government would be of the NDA. Congress party has always ignored the interests of Punjab, and the people of the state would teach Congress a lesson, he added. Campaigns in the support of Ayali were carried out in different wards of the constituency. Amit Puri joined SAD on the occasion.

Ayali held meeting with councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, Pardeep Kumar Dhall and Parminder Singh at ward number 59. He also campaigned in ward number 23 and 26 and appealed people to vote for SAD-BJP alliance.



Vote for AAP to change corrupt system: Khalsa
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 4
Harinder Singh Khalsa, former MP and AAP candidate, from Fatehgarh Sahib said Akali Dal is not a political party but a "hooligans club" while the AAP is principles-based party and committed to change the system in the nation. He was addressing media persons in Khanna.

He was here to address a meeting of party workers to chalk out programme for the Lok Sabha elections.

He said he became a Member of Parliament after persuaded by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal but he felt the heat and soon left the SAD. Khalsa, a resident of Leel village, said he did not like politics but remained an MP for about one and a half year in 1996. He alleged main political parties including Akali Dal, BJP and Congress are corrupt and AAP is fighting to root out corruption from the politics.

In his address he said Arvind Kejriwal and AAP is a natural phenomenon as the people of the country are fed up with corruption and want to change the system. He appealed the party workers to spread their voice against corruption and system among people.

He maintained that the elected MP's of AAP will be answerable to the people and will try best to solve the problems of the people. Several local leaders of AAP were also present in the meeting.

Ramoowalia's brother campaigns for AAP

Senior Akali leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia's brother Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia today reached Ludhiana to campaign for AAP. Iqbal Singh Ramoowalia, a resident of Canada, said, "I am not going to join any political party but I am here to campaign for AAP in Punjab. Majority of Punjabis residing in Canada are in favour of AAP. He said Punjabis living over there feel that drug addiction and unemployment has ruined Punjab's youth. He said, "I feel strongly for my native state, so I am here to actively campaign for AAP."



Congress holds workshop
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 4
A booth management workshop of the Congress party was organized at Samrala in Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. Co-ordinator Surinder Upli along with some other trainers briefed the congressmen about the polling process.

Jaspreet Singh, a senior functionary of Congress party from Samrala, said large number of workers participated and heard the trainers with interest about polling process.

He said that these workshops are under process on the directions of AICC and will help party workers to work better for party candidates.

After this workshop party candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha Sadhu Singh Dharmsot addressed the gathering and appealed them to work for ensuring victory of the party.



2 independent candidates file nominations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
the third day of nominations of Ludhiana Lok Sabha Constituency two more independent candidates, Raj Kumar Atwal and Kulwinder Pal Singh, filed nominations today at Mini Secretariat.

With this there are 6 candidates who had filed nominations. There will be no nominations on April 6 and April 8 due to public holidays. Rajat Aggarwal, district electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner, Ludhiana said, "The scrutiny of nominations will be on April 10. The last day for filing the nominations is April 9. Names can be withdrawn on April 12 till 3 pm.”



Anupam Kher to stage monologue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Veteran actor Anupam Kher was in the city today. He was here for the promotion of his monologue autobiographical play ‘Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai’. He is also going to inaugurate Dr Mohinder P Sambhi hypertension chair and clinic at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Anupam Kher said this is the first time that he is performing the play in Punjab. He said the play was first staged 10 years back and would be performed at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Saturday. This would be 221st show of the play, he added. The play has been staged at various places in the country and abroad. It has also been staged in Chandigarh a few times, he said.

Talking about his wife and actor Kirron Kher contesting as BJP candidate from Chandigarh for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, he said as a husband, he is supporting his wife. When she decided to enter politics or contest for the elections, he completely supported her, and she is an independent person, he said.

He added that of late Kirron felt that she wanted to come to Chandigarh more often now, as she grew up in the city, he said, and it so happened her name was decided as a candidate from Chandigarh. He said she is a very committed and dignified lady and she would be a great representative of Chandigarh in Parliament.



Brick-kiln workers hold protest, demand wage hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Brick-kiln workers led by the Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union gave a memorandum to labour commissioner for hike in the wages. Earlier, brick-kiln workers along with trade unionists held a district-level rally at Chatar Singh Park here today.

The workers raised anti-government slogans and demanded to implementation of labour laws.

Tarsem Singh Jodhan, a unionist, urged to the labourers to ask the question from various political parties regarding poor health and education system unemployment and poverty.

Jodhan alleged that the political parties lure the voters by providing drugs, utensils, cloths and other items. They are never concerned about the permanent solution of problems and fulfill the basic needs.

Speaking on the occasion, Parkash Singh Hisowal, general secretary, Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union, said anti-labourer policies of the SAD-BJP government pushed the brick-kiln workers in deep financial crisis. Brick-kilns workers get only three months of employment in one year as brick-kilns remain closed for more than nine months in a year. The brick kiln owners did not attended meeting organised by administration.

Parvinder Kumar, another speaker, said: "The policies of the Akali-BJP government and the UPA-led Union Government are same. Labourers working at brick-kilns in the state are unable to provide education to their children. Brick-kiln owners pay them marginal salaries. We demand a hike in the daily wages of brick-kiln labourers". The union also demanded to eliminate the contractual system at brick-kilns.



Disruption in flights affects travel plans
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 4
Major flight disruptions due to pilots of an international airlines striking work has disturbed the travelling schedule of non-resident Indians (NRIs) visiting their native places in the region.

As the NRI’s from the Malwa region prefer the company for overseas journey, they are waiting for the services to normalize instead of booking alternative flights.

The tendency is bound to affect the work of the stranded NRIs and studies of their children.

Sukhvir Singh Grewal, an NRI from Canada, who is visiting his native village, Kila Raipur, and was scheduled to join work at Calgary in Alberta on Monday, is among those who are waiting for the flights to resume.

"Although, my decision to stick to the specific company is going to affect the schedule of all members of my family, I have decided to wait for the normalisation of services," said Grewal. The disruption of flights has also been a dampener for an octogenarian from Lalton village, Prem Nath Kalia, who had planned to travel to Ontario, Canada, to see his newborn great grandson.

Pardeep Sethi, president of the local unit of Rotary Club, said some members of his organisation who were planning to visit Sydney in Australia to attend a convention had decided to wait for some days before making any alternative arrangements.



Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School
Parents up in arms against fee hike
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
Objecting to the fee hike at Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, students’ parents protested outside the school in Sector 39, Jamalpur, this morning. The protesters also blocked traffic on Chandigarh Road for 10 minutes.

The parents said the school had increased the annual fee by Rs 7,000 in two years. They said they could not afford to pay such a high fees.

The parents reportedly resorted to protest after the school principal did not give them time for a meeting yesterday.

Today, around 50 parents gathered outside the school gate and raised slogans against the school authorities. Despite several attempts, the authorities did not allow them to enter the school.

MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and local councillors besides the police reached the spot. After the intervention of politicians, the authorities gave the parents time to meet.

Gagandeep Singh, a parent, said: "We wanted to discuss the fee-hike issue with the school authorities, but we were not allowed to enter in the school. I had paid Rs 18,000 as annual fee two year ago. This year, the school authorities demand Rs 25,000. This hike is unjustified."

Kawal, another parent, said: "Last year I submitted Rs 21,000 as my child’s school fee. Now, I have to pay Rs 26000. There should be regulatory bodies to keep a check on the amount of fee being demanded by schools”

MP Singh, spokesperson of the school, however, said the fee was nothing in comparison to that of other schools with same educational standards.

“There are some schools in the city who have been charging three times the fee being charged by our school. Our school gets no aid from the government. This issue was raised by some politically motivated persons,” he said.

Singh said the parents were asked to meet the principal on Monday, as the principal was out of town.



Poll duty irks PAU staff
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
With the Lok Sabha elections just round the corner, Punjab Agricultural University emplyoees have been allotted poll duties.

The PAU staff feel the election duty would mean extra burden on them and would also affect the functioning of the farm varsity.

An employee said he worked at the university from 9 am to 5 pm, and now would have to report to poll rehearsals on Sunday as well.

“We have only one day to spend time with our families and take rest,” he said.

The district administration maintains that it is the duty of government officials to discharge their poll duties.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Isha Kalia said most of the poll-related rehearsals have been kept on either Sunday or after 2 pm on working days.

“Being a government official, they would have to take part in election duties. Even I have been performing my duty on holidays,” she said.



from colleges
GNIMT holds sales fest

Ludhiana: Guru Nanak Institute of Management Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised "Mini Bazaar", a sales fest, under the aegis of the Indian Society for Technical Education. MBA students showcased their marketing skills through creative and innovative ideas.

Mock poll debate

Students of the PCTE Group of Institutes organised a mock pre-poll political debate. Students donned the role of Lok Sabha candidates. Those in the audience put queries to them.

College principals to support boycott

In protest of the non-receipt of salary grant since May 2013, principals of private-aided colleges have decided to support the boycott call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh Colleges Teaching Union. Dr SS Deol, general secretary of the association of principals of colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, said most of the colleges were unable to pay salary to the staff for past four to six months. — TNS



Technology imparted

Ludhiana: The Department of Food Science and Technology at the Punjab Agricultural University has educated Kulwinder Singh, a sugarcane grower hailing from Khara village in Tarn Taran district, on the commercialisation of ready-to-serve processed sugarcane juice. Department head Dr Amarjeet Kaur said experts demonstrated the detailed process of preparation and preservation of juice. She said sugarcane juice is rich in calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, along with high concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants, proteins and soluble fiber.

Annual meet

The Punjab Agricultural University will host an annual group meeting of the All-India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project from April 7 to 9 on the campus. The meet will be organised in association with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, and the Crop Improvement Society of India, Ludhiana. Eminent scientists from various parts of the country will participate in the meet. The inaugural session will be held on April 8 at 9.30 am. Special lectures, formulation of technical programme for 2014-15, interactive session on public-private partnership and cultural programme will also be held on the occasion.

Scientists meet sugar industry representatives

The PAU-Sugar Industry Interface was organised on the campus on Friday. Ranjit Singh, Cane Commissioner, Punjab; representatives from Sugarfed, Punjab; chief cane development officers of cooperative sugar mills of the state; senior officials of the university and scientists working on sugarcane participated in the event. The meet aimed at strengthening linkages with sugar mills for research and extension activities and addressing the challenges ahead. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, said more area should be brought under sugarcane cultivation by adopting autumn planting, popularising intercropping, and restoring crushing schedule for maximising sugar recovery of mills. Ranjit Singh said that one meeting with PAU scientists should be held before autumn and spring planting seasons. Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries and the participants, Dr SS Gosal, director of research, said the major objective of this meet was to promote sugar industry in Punjab and maintain close liaison with the sugar mills for the development of successful quality seed cane programmes. — TNS



Designer wear launched

Ludhiana: Study By Janak, a brand known for its designer wear, has launched an exclusive line of sherwanis--Jehangir Collection--that are handcrafted at their production unit. Vandy Mehra, director, Study By Janak, launched the collection during a press conference at the city-based store on Mall Road. The intricate detailing that takes two months to be completed makes this collection unique.

Vandy Mehra said: "Groom wear has become an equally relevant part of wedding shopping as the bridal shopping has been. As a brand, we have been known for designer groom wear and this collection sets a benchmark.”

Mehra said the brand had chosen Ludhiana as the first city to launch the collection.

Tiwari, Kular honoured

Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations organised a meeting to honour two dignitaries.

Rahul Tiwari, who has been appointed Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister, and Gurmeet Singh Kular, who is the new chairman of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ludhiana Zone, were felicitated.

Veteran industrialist OP Munjal and Onkar Singh Pahwa, chairman, BRADO, congratulated Tiwari and Kular. — TNS



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Police chief welcomed

Asian Club, a social organisation, on Friday welcomed the newly appointed Police Commissioner Sanjeev Kalra. Arora Maha Sabha has also welcomed the new police chief.

Literary awards

Punjabi Sahit Akademi has announced two new awards for honouring Punjabi writers. The first award would be given to five writers in the memory of Charan Dass Jain, father of Harish Jain and Satish Jain, owners of Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh. The awardees will get Rs 21,000 each. The second award has been established in the memory of Dr Ravinder Singh Ravi. These awards will be given annually on April 6.

Drug-free poll

Navkiran Women Welfare Association has decided to form committees of their belan brigade at ward-level in the city. The association members the committees had already been formed in more than 90 villages of the state. The belan brigade has been formed to advocate drug-free elections.


Khanna: Over 100 faculty members from private schools attended a lecture on knee joint pain and arthritis at Sacred Heart Convent School. The key speaker at the event was Dr Harpreet Singh Gill, senior consultant and co-ordinator, Department of Orthopaedics, Fellow Johns Hopkins University, USA. He spoke at length on knee joint problems and arthritis in the elderly. Dr Gill said exercise and weight loss were generally the first line of defence. — TNS



8 booked for harassing woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The Focal Point police have booked eight persons for pestering a woman to withdraw a civil suit against one of them.

The accused have been identified as Joginder Miglani, Bhupinder Singh, Pargat Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Ranjeet Kaur, Manpreet Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Vijay Goyal.

The complainant, Prabhjot Kaur, told the police that Joginder Miglani and his accomplices sent her a letter and a compact disc containing her morphed pictures. She said Miglani stated in the letter that if she did not withdraw the case against him, he would put the lewd pictures on the internet.

Besides booking the eight under Sections 294 and 506 of the IPC, the police slapped Sections 66-E, 67 and 67-A of the IT Act on them.



7 gamblers arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 4
The city police have arrested seven businessmen while they were gambling in Model Town extension here this evening. The CIA staff has recovered Rs 4.39 lakh from the possession of the accused.

The accused were identified as Mukesh Kumar , Satinderpal Singh , Jatinderpal Singh , Baljinderpal Singh, Prem Kumar, Bhupinder Singh and Amandeep Singh.



crime briefs
Swindlers rob woman

Swindlers posing as good samaritan robbed an elderly woman of her gold jewellery near historic Shangla Wala Shivala temple here today.

Raj Madan (65), victim, said the incident took place this afternoon when she was visiting the old city area to buy Ayurvedic medicine. She said when she reached near the temple a man approached her and told her to come on the side of the road. She followed the man. On reaching the side of road the man introduced her to his friends. They told the woman that a snatching took place in the area and she should keep the jewellery in the bag. She said when she was keeping the jewellery in the bag; the swindlers engaged her in conversation and took away the gold ornaments. Later her son Sonu Madan, a bicycle trader at Pratap Chowk, reported the matter to the police. She claimed that she was wearing jewellery worth lakhs of rupees.

Two migrants stabbed

Two migrant labourer were stabbed by a gang of robbers who operate in the guise of auto rickshaw drivers. The victims were identified as Aniz and Mohd Akram. Both were rushed to private hospital with stab injuries. Their condition was stated to be stable. The incident took place in old city area last night when the duo along with their three friends, Pappu, Somi, Mohammand Yakub were heading in an auto rickshaw to railway station for catching a train to Delhi. The injured stated to the police that auto rickshaw drivers stopped the vehicle on the pretext that it has developed some snag. In the meantime some assailants arrived in another auto rickshaw and told migrants to hand over their belongings. When they resisted the assilants attacked Aniz and Akaram. Assailants fled with the belongings of the victims. It is learnt from the sources that police has arrested two gang members and hunt is on to nab the rest.



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