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Will Mr Change’s broom vroom?
As Arvind Kejriwal visits city today, people mull over supporting him
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Ludhiana has generated a buzz in the city, the electorate is not sure whether a second chance should be given to AAP after Kejriwal quit as the Delhi Chief Minister (CM). “The electorate at Delhi had given him a chance. But he threw it away by quitting. He should not have resigned,” says Sachin, a young man who works in private sector.

Although the youngsters say Kejriwal’s brand of politics has certain sincerity about it, they feel that the party’s ‘lack of political maturity’ is its major drawback.

“Expectations ran high when the AAP formed the Delhi Government. But the government lasted only 49 days as Kejriwal quit over the Lok Janpal Bill,” says Anurag Madaan, an engineer. Nevertheless, it’s hard to question the intentions of the party candidates, particularly in constituencies like Ludhiana. The AAP candidates are sincere and well meaning, he adds.

Many youngsters believe if Kejriwal had continued as the CM, he would have made changes for the betterment of Delhi. Kejriwal and his team are different from most politicians, say the youngsters. According to Anurag Bhaskar, a BSc agriculture student, the common man can relate to the AAP’s genre of politics.

Another student Sharad Upadhayay says most political parties adopt contradictory stands. But the AAP is clear about its pro-people agenda. “Yet, it’s a risky proposition to elect the AAP candidates after the Delhi fiasco,” she says. “Still, there’s no harm in giving the party a second chance,” she adds as an afterthought.

However, Nidhi Kalia, a postgraduate student feels that AAP has squandered a ‘wonderful opportunity’ of governance at Delhi. “Any second chance to the party may not be in the best interests of the nation.”

Quitting as the Delhi CM made a dent in Kejriwal’s popularity, says a political analyst. ‘Kejriwal’s entry into politics was a ray of hope for the middle class disillusioned with the politics that smacked of ‘chalta hai’ mentality. He inspired optimism among the electorate weary of corrupt politicians. But now the people feel that the AAP has not lived up to its image. Kejriwal’s quitting as the Delhi CM is a major reason for the people to feel unsure about the party.”

Kejriwal’s resignation dented party’s image

Expectations ran high when the AAP formed the Delhi Government. But the government lasted only 49 days as Kejriwal quit over the Lok Janpal Bill. Many youngsters believe if Kejriwal had continued as the CM, he would have made changes for the betterment of Delhi. Kejriwal and his team are different from most politicians, they feel.


Woman, son foil robbery bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
A brave woman foiled a robbery attempt made by a newly hired domestic held at Krishna Nagar near Ghumar Mandi last night.

The domestic help, along with his accomplices, tried to rob the family by taking them hostage.

Hailing from Nepal, the domestic help overpowered Aarti Sharma, wife of industrialist Ashok Sharma, and her son Ashutosh Sharma.

Before committing the robbery, the accused disconnected the telephone connection. They also damaged the CCTV camera installed in the house. Aarti said she was in the kitchen and Ashutosh was in the bedroom when Hari attacked her with a screw driver.

She said his accomplices Raman and Bharat Sawant overpowered Ashutosh. Aarti managed to escape the clutches of the accused. She rushed towards the porch and raised the alarm. When Hari's accomplices rushed to nab Aarti, Ashutosh caught hold of his mobile phone and reportedly messaged his friends for help.Soon Ashutosh's friends and colony residents came to their rescue and overpowered the domestic help and his accomplices. They were thrashed black and blue and handed over to the police. Ashutosh and his mother were rushed to the hospital. ACP (West) Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu said the trio was arrested and investigations were on. Sources said the trio had planned to kill the mother-son duo and then commit robbery in the house.

Action sought against accused involved in firing

Mounting pressure on the police to arrest the accused involved in the firing that took place at the District Food and Civil Supplies office in Sarabha Nagar on Wednesday night, Jaspreet Singh, who was shot at, sent a letter to the Election Commission.

Jaspreet also sough action against Akali leader Jagjeevan Singh Kheernia's nephew, who was party to the violence. Flashing pictures of the accused, including Pawandeep Singh Pawani and Jagroop Singh Kheernia, with a SAD leader, Jaspreet's friend Paramjeet Singh said the police was not acting due to political pressure.


The woman managed to escape the clutches of the accused. She rushed towards the porch and raised the alarm. Her son caught hold of his mobile phone and sent messages to friends seeking help.



Slapgate prompts police to step up security
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
This time, Arvind Kejriwal will not be accessible to the common man.

Not taking any chances following the slapgate in Delhi, the police will step up security ahead of the visit of the Aam Aadmi Party supremo to the city tomorrow. Fifty police personnel will be put on duty to check untoward incidents, if any. Kejriwal was slapped by an auto driver recently. Police Commissioner Sanjiv Kalra said: "I just spoke to the coordinator of the local unit of the AAP to work out all necessary arrangements for tomorrow's rally."

Sources said the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) would supervise the security arrangements. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) would provide security cover to Kejriwal. Paramilitary personnel will also be deployed.

The sources said the move was taken following intelligence inputs.



Nachattar sang away his blues in jail
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, April 11
Noted Punjabi singer Nachattar Gill was today released from the Central Jail, Ludhiana, following his acquittal in a rape case.

He remained in jail for more than three months and went through a harrowing time. He was hopeful of getting bail but his plea was dismissed by the court of Additional Sessions Judge. Sources said he sang songs for jail inmates on December 31, 2013. A day after his arrest, the singer termed the incident unfortunate, adding that the girl was misusing the law meant for their protection. Efforts to contact the singer proved futile as he did not want to court any controversy. An aspiring model had alleged that the singer had developed physical relations with her on the pretext of giving her a role in his music album and helping her become a top model.

Two other accused Charanjeet Singh Channi, a property dealer, and Jagdeep Singh were also released from the jail following their acquittal orders. Finally, he was given a clean chit by the court. He proved his innocence, said a close associate of the singer.

He was arrested by the police on December 24, 2013, after the girl appeared before the Chief Minister of Punjab alleging police inaction.



Bodies found
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 11
Bodies of a man and a woman were found near Raul Bridge at Doraha last night. There were injury marks on the bodies. The police said after killing the two, murderers dumped them near the bridge. The hands of the deceased were tied and it seemed that they were tortured before being murdered.

While the man was in his forties, the woman was in her thirties.

Passersby spotted the bodies which were sent to Sidhu Hospital for identification.

Doraha station house officer Devinderpal Singh said the man's body was naked while the woman was wearing a brown 'salwar kameez'.

The police said the connection between the two could not be established and that they were investigating the matter.

Publicity gimmick

Congress leader and newly appointed coordinator for Delhi elections Ishwarjot Cheema said: "The AAP is not leaving any stone unturned to hog cheap publicity. I would not be surprised if the slapgate turns out to be a publicity gimmick."



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Contractors question process
Accuse MC officials of not enforcing conditions that kept them away from bidding
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 11
Contractors who failed to bid for the project of laying interlocking tiles due to some stringent conditions in the notice inviting tender have accused some senior officials of the civic body of favouritism.

The contractors have alleged that the successful contractors, who have begun the work on the over Rs 50-crore project, are not being made to follow the conditions in question.

The notice inviting tender (NIT) and the subsequent correspondence between the municipal corporation officials and the bidders (copies of which are in possession of The Tribune) indicate towards a possible connivance between the MC officials and the contractors over the conditions laid down in the NIT with regard to financial capacity, quality control and other infrastructural requirements on the part of manufacturers of interlocking tiles.

Anil Sharma (name changed), an enlisted contractor with the MC, said none of the successful bidders had submitted documents pertaining to manufacturing capacity, experience and turnover during last two years, details of technically qualified professional team and area of the factory of the firms from whom interlocking tiles and paver blocks are to be procured.

“Conditions number 38 and 39 mentioned in the NIT clearly require the firm supplying interlocking tiles to provide, in an affidavit, details of manufacturing capacity and experience. It requires it to have a turnover of more than Rs 100 lakh during past two years and be working from a factory set up over an area of one to two acres with technically qualified staff,” he said.

Contrary to these conditions, the certificate issued by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to a Patiala-based firm from which a couple of contractors were procuring interlocking tiles and paver blocks had expired on December 5, 2013, while the contractors had submitted a copy of the certificate to the MC in second week of December 2013.

Sharma and many other contractors, who feel cheated for having been kept away from the tendering process with some of the “deterring” conditions in the NIT, allege that certain MC officials with vested interests had got the stringent conditions included in the NIT in the name of quality control.

“But those very conditions which had kept many of the contractors away from the tendering process have now been given the go-by, showing the real intentions of the civic body officials,” the contractors said, while demanding a high-level probe into the whole tendering process and subsequent developments.



Poll campaign: Panel keeps a close eye on items being used by candidates
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
The Rate Fixation Committee, constituted to keep an eye on items being used by the Lok Sabha candidates while campaigning, has sent a proposal to the Deputy Commissioner to fix the price of around two dozen such items.

The committee has already fixed rates of 28 items being used by the candidates. With the change in weather, the committee is now focusing on items that come handy in summers besides other items not included till now.

Election Tehsildar, Ludhiana, Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, who is also a member of the committee, said the proposed items include sticker, badge, cap, cycle, muffler, sweets, balloon, drinking water, soft drink, minibus, sofa set, centre table, fan, air cooler and tent.

The committee comprises Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Isha Kalia, District Public Relation Officer Prabhdeep Singh, District Transport Officer Anil Garg besides Sukhdev Singh Bhangu, an official of the civic body.

General Observer arrives in city

SP Thakur has been appointed as the General Observer for the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency. Thakur held a meeting with District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal. He also met members of the static surveillance teams and flying squads. The official can be contacted at 8146596709. ADC (D) Isha Kalia said any person interested to meet him can do so by seeking a prior appointment on the mobile number. The meeting time is between 5pm and 6pm at Sutton House, Punjab Agriculture University.



Poll duty of staff to hit procurement
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
With the Punjab Mandi Board staff involved in procurement of wheat being put on election duty, it is becoming difficult for them to manage the affairs.

They say while the staff in Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ferozepur and some other districts had been exempted from poll duty, in Ludhiana it had been done only partially.

An employee said after a long time the Lok Sabha elections were overlapping the procurement season.

“Procurement is a big affair in an agrarian state such as Punjab. If we are put on election duty, wheat procurement will suffer. Moreover, in districts including Bathinda, Ferozepur and Jalandhar, the staff has not been put on election duty,” he said.

Another employee said they would take up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner.



Private firms, docs chip in to create awareness
Gurvinder Singh and Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Instead of just promoting their products, various brands have launched special campaigns to motivate residents to vote during the Lok Sabha elections.

With tag lines such as “Ungli Uthao Nahi, Istemal Karo” and “Your Right Your Vote”, various apparel brands, educational institutes and other companies are using advertising space on unipoles and hoardings across the city to make people aware of their voting right. These brands include Monte Carlo, Neva, Mindplus and the Gulzar Group of Institutes.

"Brands are creating goodwill for themselves by spreading the message of social responsibility. Brands, in general, use festival to run special campaigns, but this time they are using the General Elections for the purpose," says Ravi, a resident.

Eateries motivate youth

Restaurants, too, are encouraging youngsters to vote.

"We are offering a 10 per cent discount to anyone who signs a pledge to vote," says Naval from the Icy Spicy restaurant.

"We are also offering tea at Rs 2.50 instead of Rs 15 to anyone who signs the pledge," he says.

"Our country needs youths to play an active role in nation building. Youth-centric brands, therefore, must encourage youngsters to take interest in politics, vote and change the nation for the better," says Harman, a resident.

Get 25% off at OPDs

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has also come up with a novel idea of inspiring people to exercise their franchise.

"Patients, who vote, will receive the out patient department (OPD) services at a cheaper rate. The rates will be cut down by as much as 25 per cent by IMA members across the city," said IMA state president Dr Manoj Sobti.

The move is a part of the IMA’s "Healthy Democracy" campaign. Dr Raj Kumar, president, IMA, Ludhiana, said it is a nationwide campaign to boost voter turnout by creating awareness on voting right.

"A large number of eligible voters do not participate in elections and the initiative taken by the IMA is to create awareness among them. Patients coming to us on the day of polling will be given a 25 per cent discount on the OPD services," he said.

Patients just need to show the ink mark on their finger to avail themselves of the discount. The association has also requested non-allopathic doctors, homoeopaths and other practitioners to offer the discount.



Milk suppliers oppose Rs 10 hike
After discussions, agree to an increase of Rs 2 per litre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Protesting against increase of Rs 10 per litre, hundreds of milk suppliers of the city had gone on strike. But after the issue was taken up by the milk suppliers with the district administration, the dairy union has now agreed to increase the milk prices by Rs 2 per litre, instead of Rs 10.

The dairy owners had cited the prices of milk have been hiked as the price of husk (used as fodder) had increased manifold.

Parveen Dang, president, Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena informed that around 500 milk suppliers of the city had gathered at Haibowal Dairy Complex in protest against price hike of Rs 10 per litre.

The matter was then brought to the notice of deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal, who deputed additional deputy commissioner Baldev Singh to look into the matter. A meeting was held at the Mini Secretariat, which was attended by GA to DC Bhupinder Singh, Deputy Director (Dairy) Bhupinder Singh and Verka Milk Plant Manager S R Saini.

After this meeting, another meeting was organised between the members of Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena and Narinder Kumar Sharma from Dairy Owners Association. It was after this meeting that the dairy owners agreed in writing that the milk prices would be hiked by only Rs 2 per litre. The dairy owners rued that rice husk is being used in dying industry and that is why their prices are skyrocketing.

Due to this hike in milk prices, the prices of milk products as well as sweets have also increased. “These prices have been increased due to hike in milk prices as well as other products,” informed a sweet shop owner.

Officials meet

A meeting was held at the Mini-Secretariat, which was attended by GA to DC Bhupinder Singh, Deputy Director (dairy) Bhupinder Singh and Verka Milk Plant manager SR Saini.



Mid-day Meal Scheme
Schools await foodgrains
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Due to delay in the supply of foodgrains by Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation, a number of schools did not receive wheat and rice for mid-day meal this month. The block primary officers and schoolteachers had been managing the supply from their own sources to run the Mid-day Meal Scheme in schools.

The Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation provides the foodgrains to schools on quarterly basis as per the strength of students. However, the Midday Meal Society has released the monthly fund for the scheme. The district in-charge of the scheme said Rs 1,82,64,000 had been released 1,500 primary and middle schools in the district. There are 1.75 lakh students, who are benefited through the scheme, in 1500 schools of the district. The Midday Meal Society releases the monthly grant to run the meal in the schools which include the salaries of cooks.

Tarsem Lal Banga, district in-charge, Mid-day Meal Scheme said, "We have released the monthly grant. The wheat and rice has also been distributed in many of the schools but due to delay in the supply by Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation some of the schools did not get foodgrains. It would take some more days to provide the rice and wheat to all the schools of the district. We have instructed to block primary officer to speed up the distribution of foodgrains.



5 major banks offer easy loan to medical students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
The five leading banks of the country will be providing easy education loan for medical students. The five banks are State bank of India, IBDI bank, HDFC bank, Bank of Baroda and PNB.

"My daughter who is in class tenth wishes to pursue medical sciences in the next class but I was little worried as it is quite expensive but with banks coming forward with easy loans for medical students things would become easier for me," said Satish Aggarwal, a parent.

Medical education is quite expensive, due to which students find it difficult to pursue them. Now with the help of banks students can avail loan for medical studies easily, added Sumitra Shah, a science teacher.

SBI provides education loan above Rs 4 lakh at the rate of 3.5 per cent and above Rs 7 lakh at 2 per cent above the stated base rate. From IDBI Bank, students can get the educational loan for medical courses up to Rs 10 lakh. The bank puts no loan margin up to an amount of Rs 4 lakh but above the loan of Rs 4 Lakh, 5 per cent is applied to the total expenditure on the course if a student studies in India, whereas the HDFC bank provides education loan up to Rs 10 lakh and unsecured lending up to Rs 7.5 lakh. No collateral security will be required for loans up to Rs 7.5 lakh. PNB will provide educational loan that can be availed up to a maximum limit of Rs 10 lakh. Bank of Baroda provides loan up to Rs10 lakhs. The loan margin is provided above Rs 4 lakh, which is 5 per cent and above Rs 4 lakh it is 15 per cent. Students wanting to study abroad can avail the loan up to Rs 20 lakhs.



Harshdeep Kaur, Jaggi enthral audience at Lodhi Club
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Noted Bollywood singer Harshdeep Kaur along with lyricist-singer Jaggi were in the city today to perform at Lodhi Club. The singer said she has been coming to perform in Punjab often and has performed several times in Ludhiana, and it feels great to come here. She said she had performed at Lodhi Club about 8 years back.

She said she thinks in Punjabi, and is working on a new single, that is a melodious song. It is a Punjabi song, she said. "Because it is Punjabi it comes from inside, so the first thoughts are in Punjabi," she said. She has also composed the song. Harshdeep has lent voice to many Bollywood movies.

Singer Jaggi said he is not a trained singer or musician, but feels that he has a good ear for music, which he believes is a gift from God. He was born in a Phagwara village, but brought up in Mumbai. He has sung a single titled Rabba, and has performed at Coke Studio as well.

He said independent music though has been "eaten" by Bollywood music, but with Coke Studio and MTV Unplugged, it is making a comeback. He said independent music was ruling in the 90's, but with the coming of great musicians like AR Rahman and Preetam, Bollywood music had improved and caught on with the quality independent music. But gradually, independent music is coming back the popularity of rappers and singers such as Honey Singh, he said.

The performance of the show at the club is an extension of the popular Royal Stag MTV Unplugged music show aired on MTV. This season the concept of the music show has been has been adapted as live concert that is being organized in 10 cities. It was organized at Lodhi Club as part of live concert series.



Three persons come in contact with high-tension electricity wires
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
Three persons came in contact with high-tension electricity wires while putting up a hoarding near Arora Cinema today.

The injured have been identified as Vijay Kumar, Pinka and Jatinder Kumar. Pinka's condition was stated to be critical as he has suffered more than 80 per cent of burns.

The incident took place this afternoon when Vijay Kumar and Pinka, who work at a shop that makes hoarding, were installing the hoarding of Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Jatinder Kumar, who work at a dhaba, also joined them. An eyewitness said the trio came in contact with the wires. The three were rushed to Pahwa Hospital on an auto-rickshaw. Pinka was taken to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. No press release on the incident has been issued by the local unit of the Congress.



Utmost care required during pregnancy, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 11
National Safe Motherhood Day is observed across the nation on April 11 to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities for pregnant and lactating women. But the health department officials expressed ignorance about any such day and failed to observe it.

Dr Kulwinder Brar, a city based gynecologist said child birth is like second birth for a woman and utmost care is required before and after delivery.

"Over the last few decades, the country has taken many initiatives and made progress. With the implementation of schemes such as Janani Suraksha Yojana by Government of India we have been able to bring the women in the institutional fold," she said.

Shanti Devi from Samrala, ASHA, knows nothing about any such day. She said, “I like my job and I love what I am doing. I serve a thousand families and people in my village respect me. I guide pregnant women on nutrition and safe delivery, and ensure they are not anemic. I encourage them to go to the hospital for routine check-ups.”

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare instituted National Safe Motherhood Awards for health providers which are awarded annually. These awards are given in the following categories accredited social health activists, auxiliary nurse midwife, anesthesia skills (trainer and trainee) and emergency obstetric care (trainer and trainee).

To tackle maternal mortality

  • Ensure delivery in hospitals/institutions or by skilled birth attendant
  • Reduce maternal anemia and improve ante-natal care (ANC)
  • Effective postnatal care for mothers and newborns Postnatal care (within 24-48 hours of delivery)
  • Stop child marriages
  • Provide education to girls



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Awareness march

Members of Gurmat Gyan Missionary College and Guru Nanak Multivarsity, in association with members of various social organizations, schools and colleges, carried out an awareness rally against drugs. During the march, the participants were holding placards educating the masses that they should not vote for those candidates who are luring the voters using drugs and liquor.

Belan Brigade holds meeting

The Belan Brigade of Navkiran Women Welfare Association today organised a meeting at Dugri village. Anita Sharma, president of the association, informed that the women were educated that they should not let their family members to vote for those who are distributing drugs and liquor.

Music academy promotes voting

For educating the masses regarding their right to vote, the Ishmeet Singh Music Academy organised a musical night at Mohi village of the district. During the programme, the students recited a jingle written and composed by academy director Dr Charan Kanwal Singh. The district administration officers were also present on the occasion.


Sunjay Jain, national president, Vishwa Jain Sangthan, visited Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. He was in city to receive ‘Teerthankar Vardhmaan Award-2014’ for his services rendered to the Jain community by playing a crucial role for getting national minority status for Jains as well as managing various educational and religious organisations. Shiv Ram Saroay, chairman, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, Dr Sandeep K Jain, convenor, VJS Punjab Chapter were also present on the occasion.

DBA poll

Eight more aspiring contestants today filed nomination papers on the last day of nominations for the annual elections of District Bar Association scheduled to be held on April 24. For the post of president Ashok Sharma, for the post of vice-president Rakesh Bhatia and for the post of secretary Rustam Pal Singh filed nomination papers with the RO. Whereas for the post of joint secretary Vikram Monga, for the post of finance secretary Kuldip Banga, for the posts of executive members Puneet Sareen, Amandeep Singh and Divjot Kaur filed the nomination papers.

Sapru campaigns

Film actress-turned-politician Preeti Sapru visited the city to campaign for the SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali. In a function organised at ward no 38, Sapru urged the gathering to vote for Ayali. She claimed that the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is the best national leader who can form a strong government at the centre.


The Youth Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema has been nominated as the Congress Party’s Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency coordinator for all Youth Congress and former Youth Congress leaders and workers. He said he will work hard to ensure the participation of the Youth Congress in the poll campaign of the Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Baisakhi celebrations

Baisakhi celebrations: Members of Venus Ladies Club present a dance
Baisakhi celebrations: Members of Venus Ladies Club present a dance. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Venus Ladies Club celebrated Baisakhi today amid dance and games. They also symbolically placed and harvested strands of crop as a mark to celebrate the festival in a traditional manner. The festival was celebrated by Niharika Ladies Club also. They talked about the significance of the festival. Shaheen from the club said the festival marks the New Year and thus is a very important festival. The club members danced on Punjabi songs like Deeva Bale Saari Raat. 'Odhni' and Jhanjhar competitions were also organised on the occasion, she said. “The festival marks the start of the new year. Although the significance of the festival has declined with the rise of the cities, but considering the agriculture is still central to the soul of Punjabis and closely associated with our culture, the festival is and must be celebrated in the traditional manner,” says Jaspal, a resident. — TNS



Thieves strike at shop

Ludhiana, April 11
Thieves stole silver ornaments worth Rs 70,000 from a jewellery shop at Bazar Sarafan. In the morning, an area resident informed the jeweller, Lokesh Khanna, about the incident, who further called the police.

The police are checking the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. — TNS



Brother-in-law held for woman’s murder
Our Correspondent

Khanna, April 11
The Khanna police claimed to have cracked a murder case within 24 hours of the incident. The murder took place on the night of April 9. The body of a woman was found under mysterious circumstances at Goslan village.

SSP Khanna Harcharan Singh Bhullar said Mohan Singh of Bulara village complained to the police that his daughter Sandeep Kaur was married to Balbir Singh of Goslan village. Balbir Singh died after 18 months of the marriage. She was remarried to Balbir’s elder brother Inderjit Singh. Inderjit Singh maltreated her. He forced her to develop relations with his younger brother Beant Singh. But his daughter refused to do so.

The complainant further alleged that one day they got information that his daughter was unwell. He rushed to her in-laws’ house where they found his daughter lying in a pool of blood.

DSP- D, Khanna, during the investigation found that the brother-in-law Beant Singh was irritated on her refusal to develop relations with him and in a fit of raze he murdered her. SSP said the alleged accused confessed his crime and they had also recovered the weapon used in the crime.



T20 Cricket Tourney
Bobby’s all-round performance takes Jalandhar academy to win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 11
With a 71-run innings followed by a fine bowling performance (three for 16), Bobby helped Jawahar Cricket Academy, Jalandhar, script a six-run victory over Sunrise Cricket Academy, Ludhiana, at the Eighth Sanjeev Kaushik Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) that began at Baran Hara Ground on Hambran Road here today.

Put into bat, Jawahar Academy scored 128 runs for the loss of six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Bobby hammered 71 runs while Raghav Pandey and Yogesh contributed 24 and 12 runs, respectively.

For Sunrise Academy, Rahul captured two wickets for 21 runs. Dharamvir and Munish Pandey chipped in with one wicket each for 7 and 25 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, Sunrise Academy could muster 122 runs after losing six wickets. Raghav Pandey top scored with 39 runs and Chhattarpal made 36 runs, while Munish Pandey scored 14. Yogesh took two for 21 runs.

Earlier, in the inaugural match, Channi Coaching Centre defeated Sat Paul Mittal School by 64 runs. Batting first, Coaching Centre made 124 runs, losing seven wickets. Anubhav scored 23 runs, while Piyush Verma and Kashyap Sharma contributed 20 and 15 runs, respectively.

In reply, Sat Paul Mittal School's inning folded at 60 runs after 13 overs. For Coaching Centre, Samar grabbed five wickets for 14 runs and Kashayap Sharma took two for four runs.

In another match, Saraswati Modern School recorded an emphatic nine-wicket win against Yamuna Model School, Haibowal Kalan.

Yamuna School were bundled out for 75 runs in 17 overs. Deepak made 22 while Jagtar contributed 12 runs. For Saraswati School, Piyush secured four wickets for just 12 runs while Harpreet claimed three for 9 and Prince Kanda captured two for 13.

Saraswati School achieved the target in 11.5 overs after losing just one wicket. Harpreet and Ankit remained unbeaten on 22 and 20, respectively, while Piyush made 12 runs to steer their team to an easy victory.

Kamla Jain, chairperson of Saraswati Modern School, Hambran Road, inaugurated the tournament, in which eight teams are taking part.



District athletics meet begins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 11
Over 300 athletes took part in various track and field events on the opening day of the Open Ludhiana District Athletics Championship at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Competitions in the under-14, 16, 18 and 20 years categories besides in the men as well as women's section are being conducted during the two-day meet.

Satvir Singh Atwal, president, District Athletics Association, Ludhiana, declared the meet open. Sher Singh, honorary general secretary of the association, along with coaches and other office-bearers of the body were present at the stadium.

First day's results

100m race
Boys (U-20) — Gurdeep Singh of SDP Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 1; Gurwinder Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Manupur, 2; Mavtej Singh of GGN Public School, Ludhiana, 3; (U-14) — Naresh Kumar of SAI Training Centre 1, Varun of GMT Public School, Ludhiana, 2; Satish Kumar of GTB, Khanna, 3; (U-16) — Harpreet Singh of SAI Training Centre 1, Mohit Kumar of GNP School, Ludhiana, 2; Rajesh Kumar of Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 3; (U-18) — Lakhwinder Singh of Jagraon 1, Raghav Sharma of KVM, Ludhiana, 2; Sajjan Singh of Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 3; men— Vishal Bector of Government College, Ludhiana, 1; Raman Sharma of Ludhiana 2; Sandeep Chandla of Ludhiana 3; girls (U-14) — Kashvi Chhabra of Bal Bharti Public School, Dugri, 1; Jaspreet Kaur of Government High School, Lall Kalan, 2; Gaganpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, 3; (U-16) — Jaspreet Kaur of Government High School, Utala, 1; Vani Bhandula of Bal Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, 2; Manveer Kaur of Spring Dale Public School, Khanna, 3; (U-18)—Vipanjeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, 1; Malika of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, 2; Shivani of SN Public School 3; women—Veerpal Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 1, Manpreet Kaur of Samrala 2; Neelam Kaur of GNGC, Model Town, Ludhiana, 3.

110m hurdles
Boys (U-18)—Suraj Kumar of GMT Public School 1, Navsharan Singh of GGN Public School 2; (U-16)— Gurjinder Singh of SAI Training Centre 1, Amandeep Singh of SAI Training Centre 2; Namneek Singh of Bal Bharti Public School 3; Men—Tarundeep Singh of GPC, Khanna, 1, Ravinder Singh of LCET, Katani Kalan, 2; Nishan Singh of Hambran 3.

3,000m walk
Girls (U-16)—Harmanpreet Kaur of Khanna 1; (U-18) — Pallavi Sethi of GTB, Khanna, 1; women—Daljeet Kaur of Khanna 1.

Hammer throw
Girls (U-20) Upneet Kaur of Rampur 1; (U-18)—Arshpreet Kaur of Rampur 1; boys (U-18)—Gurpreet Singh of Khanna 1; Gurminder Singh of Rampur 2; (U-16)—Baldeep Singh of Begowal 1.

Discus throw
Girls (U-18)—Kayanat Gill of KVM, Ludhiana, 1; (U-16)—Gursimran Kaur of Rampur 1, Jaskirat Kaur of Rara Sahib 2; Jashanpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, 3; boys (U-20)—Manpreet Singh of Machhiwara 1, Navdeep Singh of Ludhiana 2, Danish Kapoor of Ludhiana 3; (U-18)— Divnoor Singh of Khanna 1, Mandeep Singh of SAI Training Centre 3; (U-16)—Harjot Singh of Khanna 1, Hardeep Singh of Dadahoor 2; Amarjeet Singh of Khanna 3; men—Harpreet Singh of Khanna 1.

Shot put
Boys (U-20) — Amritpal Singh of Mullanpur 1; (U-18)—Navjot Singh of Khanna 1, Hardeep Singh of Ludhiana 2; (U-16)—Simranjot Singh of Khanna 1, Dilawar Singh of Doraha 2; Amarjeet Singh of Khanna 3; (U-14)—Harjot Singh of Khanna 1, Jugraj Singh of Dehlon 2; Anmol of KVM, Ludhiana, 3; men—Gurpreet Singh of Khanna 1, Manpreet Singh of Khanna 2; girls (U-18) Inderpreet Kaur of Rampur 1, Ravneet Kaur of Dehlon 2 and Kayanat of KVM, Ludhiana, 3; (U-16)—Jaskirat Kaur of Rara Sahib 1, Nimanjot Kaur of Rara Sahib 2; Alisha Joshi of KVM, Ludhiana, 3; (U-14)—Jashanpreet Kaur of GNPS, Ludhiana, 1, Sukhmanjot Kaur of Rara Sahib 2; Supreet Kaur of Rampur 3; women— Harpreet Kaur of GNG College, Ludhiana, 1, Neelam Kaur of GNG College 2.

Triple jump
Boys (U-20)—Parminder Singh of GTB, Khanna, 1; Kunal Sharma of Ludhiana 2; (U-18)—Harpreet Singh of SAI Training Centre 1, Harjot Singh of Jagraon 2; Jaskaran Singh of Raikot 3.



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