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Complainant concocts Rs 24 lakh snatching
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The Rs 24 lakh snatching that took place on Ferozepur Road on April 15 has turned out to be a story concocted by the complainant. The man, who staged the loot drama, was arrested today. The police have recovered Rs 23.89 lakh cash from his possession.

The accused, identified as Mandeep Singh (30) of Dhapai village, near Jodhan, claimed on April 15 that two unidentified persons had stanched his bag containing Rs 24 lakh.

Mandeep Singh, who worked as a cash collection agent for Radiant Cash Collection Security, had told the police that he was going to a bank located near Fountain Chowk after collecting the cash from MBD Cinepolis, Biba Apparels, Max and Vasan Eye Care.

Mandeep said when he reached near Gate No. 1 of Punjab Agricultural University, two persons came from behind and accosted him. The duo accused his of teasing a girl. Mandeep declined and heated arguments ensued.

Mandeep said the two manhandled him too. In the meantime, the man sitting pillion snatched the bag and ran away. He chased him but the snatcher boarded a vehicle and escaped towards the Jagraon side. Meanwhile, the person riding the motorcycle also escaped.

Mandeep brought the matter to the notice of the company authorities, who lodged a complaint with the police.

After receiving the complaint, a team of the CIA Staff, led by ADCP-Crime MS Dhesi, ACP-Crime Jaswinder Singh and Inspector Ashok Kumar started investigation into the case.

The investigators found several lose ends in Mandeep's narration of the broad daylight robbery. The mobile location of Mandeep showed he visited a house of one of his relatives after collection the cash, the fact which he did not tell the police.

Mandeep soon cracked and confessed that he had concocted the robbery story. He said he did so out of greed. Instead of approaching the bank to submit the cash, he went to his sister's house and kept the bag containing cash there.

Later, he went to the same place and raised the alarm about the fake robbery.

The police took him to his sister's house where he had kept the cash and recovered the money.


Man behind Rs 47 cr fraud arrested
Was arrested at Delhi Airport along with his accomplices
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
In a major breakthrough, the city police have arrested industrialist Jagjit Singh and his three accomplices, who had formulated a fake sale deed of about 17,000 sq yd land owned by two brothers (one is an NRI and the other has died) and committed a fraud of Rs 47 crore.

Jagjit Singh, who had been on the run since September when he was booked by the police in the land scam, was arrested at Delhi Airport while he was reportedly trying to escape to Andhra Pradesh. His accomplice Onkar Singh and the two imposters Surjit Singh and Gurnam Singh, who posed as the dead brother, Gurmail, and NRI Gurdev Singh, were also arrested.

Jagjit was recently declared a proclaimed offender (PO). Jagjit, the owner of NKH Garments Private Limited, NKH Fashions and Omax Steel, arranged two imposters, who posed as Gurmail Singh (who died in 2008) and Gurdev Singh (a US-based NRI) and got fake land registries done. The land is in Jugiana village.

The multi-crore fraud had been detected after four years when bank officials visited Gurmail's house and told his son Gurinder Singh that the bank had given a loan of Rs 47 crore on the basis of three plots, measuring 2,255 sq yd, 7,541 sq yd and 8,120 sq yd in Jugiana village. According to the police, as Jagjit Singh had not paid the loan instalments, the loan amount was increased to 86 crore.

Gurinder Singh immediately brought the matter to the notice of the police. He said: "My father died on July 8, 2008, while the fake registries of the land were executed on March 16 and 22, 2010. Two imposters posed as my dead father and uncle, who was then in the United States (US), and got the fake registries done."

On September 15, the police booked Jagjit Singh, Balvir Singh, numberdar of Gobindgarh village, Sham Singh, numberdar of Mundian village, Raman Kumar of Shimlapuri, property dealer Tersem Singh Sodhi and unidentified persons under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

Balvir, Raman and Sham were arrested soon after the registration of the FIR.

During the probe, it had come to light that Jagjit had taken a loan of Rs 47 crore from different banks and set up a company, Omax Steel, in Budhewal village.

A historysheeter

He was booked in 1998 for running a fake currency racket and served three-year jail term. He was also booked by the Division No. 6 police station in a fraud case. In 2005, he was booked for opening fire.


We are investigating the case from all angles, as the accused has committed a multi-score crime. Efforts are on to arrest his accomplice Tersem Singh, a property dealer.
Gurpreet Singh, SHO, NRI Police Station



Murder mystery solved, mobile call nails 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
With the arrest of three persons, the city police have claimed to have solved the mystery shrouding the murder of a 21-year-old youth, who was suspected to have been kidnapped for a ransom of Rs 12 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Karanjit Yadav, alias Nikku, Vikas Yadav and Dhayan Singh. They were arrested in the Jassain area today.

The accused confessed that they killed Rajneesh, alias Shintu. According to the victim's father Satya Ram, his son had left the house on January 28 for taking part in a recruitment rally and had not returned since then.

Satya Ram received an anonymous call for a ransom of Rs 12 lakh to free Rajneesh. He reported the matter to the police. During the investigation, police stumble upon a vital lead that indicated the involvement of Dhayan Singh, who is a cousin of Rajneesh.

Dhayan Singh said he knew about Satya Ram’s assets. He planned to extort money from him by threatening him with his son’s murder.

Dhayan Singh involved Nikku and Vikas in his plan. The trio took Rajneesh to Amethi on the pretext that they had to collect some money from a trader and they would distribute it equally among themselves.

Dhayan Singh told Rajneesh that all of them would make a stopover for night in the Taal Khajuri forest area. All of them consumed liquor, following which the trio gagged Rajneesh to death.

To make sure Rajneesh was dead, the accused slit his neck and returned to Ludhiana. Dhayan Singh feigned ignorance about the disappearance of Rajneesh and offered his help to locate him.

After sometime, Vikas and Nikku pressed Dhayan Singh for money and the latter made a ransom call, which helped the police nail them. The SIM card was procured on fake identity. The police perused the call record and arrested the trio.

They were presented before a court that sent them to police remand.

Friends turned killers
Dhayan Singh involved Nikku and Vikas in his plan. The trio took Rajneesh to Amethi on the pretext that they had to collect some money from a trader and they would distribute it equally among themselves. Dhayan Singh told Rajneesh that all of them would make a stopover for night in the Taal Khajuri forest area. All of them consumed liquor, following which the trio gagged Rajneesh to death.



Liquor vends along national highway continue business
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

The liquor vend opposite Waves Mall in Ludhiana.
The liquor vend opposite Waves Mall in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, April 4
Liquor vends along the national highway are still operational, in contravention of the state excise policy. The state government had informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that according to the excise policy, liquor vends cannot be set up along the state and national highways from April 1.

These vends have put up their shutters but continue business from the back doors. The owners have put posters and boards outside the vends, informing that liquor is available at the back doors. A majority of liquor vends located along Ferozepur Road have adopted this novel method to deceive the authorities.

Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill said the department was regularly checking the national highways to detect violations. “Challans have been issued to many vends, which were found open on the national highway,” she said.

With regard to the vends located along with Ferozepur Road, she said: “I will send my team to the place today and necessary action will be taken against the erring contractors,” she said.

Kulwant Singh, a senior citizen, said the contractors cared little about the ruling passed by the High Court. They are carrying out their business as usual from the back doors. “The department should take stringent action against the violators and their licences should be cancelled,” he said.

The state government was asked to remove all liquor vends located along national highways in the wake of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Arrive Safe Society. The PIL was filed by the NGO against the mushrooming of liquor vends along the national highways in Punjab and Haryana, which were the major cause of accidents.



Leaders sort it out in unparliamentary language
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
As the polling date, April 30, is drawing closer, "hot-blooded" politicians are leaving no stone unturned to prove they are the right persons to be elected. At public gatherings, they do not hesitate from using unparliamentary language while running down their opponents.

While campaigning in Amritsar, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh referred to Bikram Majithia as "bandar" (monkey), and added "usnu puttha tang daunga".

In another such speech, Prem Singh Chandumajra, a candidate from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), used referred to the rival woman candidate from the Congress Ambika Soni as "buddhi aurat".

Though the Chief Election Officer, Punjab, VK Singh had recently asked the candidates and leaders to refrain from using undignified language against each other, mud-slinging is at its best this Lok Sabha elections.

Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal termed Prem Singh Chandumajra as "chandu chor chandu daku". The SAD has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for allegedly using derogatory language against its candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra.

In another case of putting once foot in it, Capt Amarinder Singh referred to his rival from Amritsar and BJP candidate Arun Jaitley as "Jaitley, kaitley, footley".

In his verbal attack against Capt Amarinder Singh, Bikram Majithia said: "Tainu border paar kara daange" (we will shunt you across the border).

Harsimrat Badal, MP from Bathinda, termed Sukhpal Khaira as "chukwan chulha". Manpreet Singh Ayali, SAD candidate from Ludhiana, used words such as "choorhi kass dewanga" against Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains.

In this war of words, even a bureaucrat had to face the wrath of a leader in Bathinda over the allotment of symbols. Manpreet Singh Badal alleged that Bathinda Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav was "kamau putt" (earning hand) of the Akalis. He alleged that the “kite” symbol was deliberately allotted to someone else.

Bhagwant Mann to Parkash Singh Badal: "Ambulance wich mareez tarapda hai te Badal uppar hasda rehnda hai"
Arun Jaitley to Capt Amarinder Singh: "Captain mazboot nahin majboor"
SS Dhindsa to Congress: "Congress jamakhoriyon ka kila"
Bikram Majithia to Capt Amarinder Singh: "Gardan marorh deyange"
Manpreet Badal to SAD: "Chor te daakuan di party"
Sukhbir Badal to Capt Amarinder Singh: "Angrezaan de zamane di top"



ludhiana votes 2014
AAP campaign gets star appeal
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
AAP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat Gul Panag was in the city to campaign for party's Ludhiana candidate HS Phoolka. The party's road show started from the party office on Pakhowal Road and passed through Bhai Wala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Clock Tower, Division No. 3, CMC Chowk, BRS Nagar and Sarabha Nagar.

Gul said people should vote for honest candidates and make the right choice.

She rallied in an open jeep. Waving her hand, punching fist in the air, she was also greeting onlookers. A party worker fell off his vehicle near Bharat Nagar Chowk. Later, Gul boarded a bus from Bharat Nagar Chowk to Durga Mandir as she interacted with passengers.

Party supporters and workers in cars and two-wheelers accompanied her. Phoolka was not a part of the road show today. The workers said he had gone to attend hearing in the Jagdish Tytler case. Phoolka's daughter Prabh Sahai Phoolka and his cousin Capt SS Kang also canvassed.



Sikh panel puts candidates to test
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 17
The Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board asked all major political parties and their candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to make their stand clear on all crucial issues related to victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 so that more than 15,000 families settled in the city could decide their line of action.

In an open letter to state presidents of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Admi Party as well as their respective candidates, the board maintained that just about 10 per cent of the of the entitled riot victims had been allotted residential flats.

Chairman of the board Kartar Singh Patna said a large number of flats earmarked for allotment to riot victims were under unlawful possession of 'bogus' applicants or else were occupied by certain self-styled leaders while the bona fide victims and their families were being deprived of the facility. According to Patna, an ex-gratia grant of Rs 2 lakh announced for the riot victims in 2006 had been grossly misappropriated. A vigilance probe conducted into the irregularities had established that funds were misappropriated and did not reach the intended beneficiaries. Listing several other issues such as the constitution of boards at the state and national levels for redressal of grievances of the riot victims, Patna sought reply from the political parties and their candidates. "Depending on the response of the political parties or their candidates, the riot victims will take a decision to cast their votes in the ensuing elections," he added.



Will rid state of drug addiction, says Bittu
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 17
Congress candidate from the Ludhiana constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu today appealed to voters to support him in the general elections.

Bittu went door to door in Jagraon and nearby villages. The Congress candidate received an enthusiastic response from the electorate during his visit. He also listened to their problems and assured them of doing the needful.

Bittu said eradicating drug menace topped his priority list. He assured residents that if voted to power, he would would leave no stone unturned.

"Drug addiction has reached alarming proportions. I fear the evil, if not controlled timely, may ruin more families as compared to the families devastated during the days of terrorism," said Bittu.

Recalling his performance as an MP, Bittu stated that he raised a number of questions related to Punjab in Parliament and brought several significant development projects to his constituency during his tenure.

Reminding the voters about the significant role played by his grandfather and former Chief Minister Beant Singh in wiping out terrorism from the state, Bittu expressed hope that the people of Ludhiana would pay back for the supreme sacrifice made by his grandfather.

Earlier in the morning, Bittu attended a function hosted by the Jagraon Bar Association. The association extended support to Bittu. 



People want to teach SAD-BJP a lesson: Kotli
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Congress MLA from the Khanna constituency Gurkeerat Singh Kotli said SAD-BJP alliance would face wrath of people of the state in the elections. He said they were fed up with corruption, drug addiction, poor condition of law and order and wanted to teach the SAD-BJP alliance a lesson.

Kotli went door to door in ward number 46 seeking support for Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Senior Congress leaders KK Bawa, Jasbir Singh Jassal and president, Congress Sewa Dal, Nirmal Singh Kaira also campaigned for Bittu.

He said the Congress had developed the state. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari had introduced the City Bus Service. "He also set up the Passport Service Centre, started Ludhiana-Delhi Shatabdi and 108 Ambulance Service," Said Bawa.

Kotli said the SAD-BJP combine should provide basic facilities to residents before making tall claims. "The party leaders are self-centred and are not bothered about the welfare of people," he said.

Bittu campaigned in the Gill constituency. 



Choose candidate with a clean image: Bains
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Independent candidate from the Ludhiana constituency Simarjit Singh Bains met residents at various places in the city. He said people should choose a candidate with clean image.

He said he would always raise his voice for the people. Bains said CM Parkash Singh Badal raised a slogan 'Raaj Nahi Sewa' in one of his rallies while Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said '25 saal raaj karange' in another election speech.

His brother MLA Balwinder Singh Bains said the foundation stones that were laid by Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal were only to fool the people. As per a press note, 84 Danga Peerit Colony extended support to Bains.

At Talwandi Kalan and Sawaddi Kalan, Bains said the foundation stones laid by Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal were misleading. At Dakha, he alleged that those who were distributing drugs were running de-addiction campaigns. He took out election rallies at Majri, Khanrwal, Bassian Bet and Threeke villages.



Social site or battlefield?
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
Social media has emerged the most accessible battlefields for supporters of various candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections.

Besides humbugging candidates and parties of their choice, subscribers are exploiting more popular sites for airing their anguish against their target governments and candidates.

The tendency, however has saved the atmosphere from being disturbed as the commentators being distantly located do not bother to clash physically.

Subscribers supporting the Congress shared and tagged a tailored picture in which one of the top leaders of their opponent party has been shown as 'Nasheri Bhagwan'.

Showing the leader holding bottles of different brands of liquor, the post displays element of manifesto as 'Nasha milega har galli dukaan, karda vaada mein Nasheri Bhagwan'.

Another subscriber has cited scores of points to air his anguish against his rivals. Sand issue, rising prices of liquor, registration of illegal colonies, hike in registration of new vehicles and VAT are the highlighted points of his post.

Though proceedings of important meetings being held by civic bodies are not easily available, one of the subscribers have posted an unsigned copy of the resolution passed by head of the civic body which shows that rent was not recovered from liquor contractors.

Some subscribers unhappy with the Congress and the SAD have posted a status which reads 'Congress te Akali ikk hee sikke de do passé ne' (the Congress and the Akalis are two sides of the same coin).

Some enthusiasts have cited particular cases for opposing their targets. A legislator who had launched movement against drug addiction recently has been cited to be cornered by an elderly person during an election meeting held at Sherpur Khurd in Ludhiana district.

Cartoons of folk singers who remained in news due to their alleged proximity to leaders in power, prime ministerial candidates of various parties, former government heads (alive and dead) and kin of various candidates have been used to draw attention of users by a large number of subscribers of social sites.



Sukhbir seeks support for Ayali

Ludhiana, April 17
The Congress is on a ventilator which will be removed on the day of polling. This was stated by SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana constituency Manpreet Singh Ayali at Durgapuri falling in ward number 27. Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, sought support for Manpreet Singh Ayali. Sukhbir appreciated the efforts put in by the party workers. The Sabji Mandi Ahrtiya Association, Bahadurke Road, New Subzi Mandi's president Som Nath Fauji extended support to Ayali. — TNS



Words can work wonders

Politicians are often seen using unparliamentary language against each other. It is sad that they stoop so low to catch the attention of voters.

If you are contesting to gain something, let it be done in a dignified manner. Voters cannot be fooled. Abusive language used by political leaders leave a bad impression on the public.
Kajal, tutor

I am a first-time voter. I wonder why politicians indulge in mudslinging to woo voters. They don't even hesitate to hurl abuses at each other. They should learn to respect their opponents.
Hemdeep, student

Candidates who use abusive language have no right to contest the elections. When they cannot control themselves, how can they even think of eradicating social evils? How can they play with the sentiments of voters?
Ashu Jain, businessman

Voters are too smart to understand what is right or wrong and you cannot change their mind by using such foul language. The Election Commission should take action against such contestants.
Sanjiv Gupta, government employee

We want to change the system. Look at the way our political leaders are making public speeches. What will they teach to our future generations when they themselves have no respect for ethics and moral values.
Ritu Dhanda, homemaker

If you want voters to support you, talk about development, women empowerment and social evils. It is easy to launch an attack on a rival.
JR Monga, senior citizen



Civil Hospital not in the pink of health
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The Civil Hospital presents a picture of neglect. It should be well-equipped and have all basic facilities but the ground reality tells a different story.

No seating arrangement outside the mortuary

Family members of the deceased are seen standing or sitting on the floor outside the mortuary at the Civil Hospital. "Relatives have to wait for hours to get the body of their loved one released, still the hospital authorities have failed to do the needful,"said Shiv Ram Saroay, president, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, and member, Rogi Kalyan Samiti, Civil Hospital.

ICU needs to be upgraded

The Intensive Care Unit of the hospital needs to be upgraded. Although funds for the same was released by the government in February, the work is going on at a snail's pace. As a result, patients are referred to other hospitals. There is no ICU ward for swine flu patients. SMO Dr RK Karkara said the work would be completed within three months.

Lack of cleanliness

The hospital should be cleaned on a regular basis. Wild grass and weeds dot the premises.

Blood bank running without licence

The licence of the blood bank expired two years ago but the authorities did not got it renewed. Last month, a team from the Centre Drug Licensing Authority (CDLA) came to the hospital for inspection and found a few discrepancies. Now, the hospital is overcoming its shortcomings to get the licence renewed.

Lack of basic facilities

The hospital has only two ventilators, out of which, one is used in the operation theatre and the other is not in a working condition.

There is no MRI facility. Maximum cases of road accidents come to the hospital but it lacks the facility.

There is no central oxygen supply at the ICU.



PAU rice improvement centre adjudged best
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The All-India Coordinated Rice Improvement Project (AICRIP) Centre (Rice Pathology) in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been conferred with the certificate of excellence and best AICRIP Award for 2013.

Out of 47 different centres funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for rice improvement work in the country, the work of Rice Pathology, PAU, was adjudged as the best. Dr Matthew Morell, Deputy Director General (Research), International Rice Research Institute, Philippines and Dr Swapan Kumar Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, New Delhi, presented the award to Dr Jagjeet Singh Lore, Rice Pathologist, PAU, during the 49th Annual Rice Research Group Meeting held at the Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad, from April 6 to 8, 2014.

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Director of Research Dr SS Gosal, Additional Director Research (Crop Improvement) Dr RK Gumber and Dr Shashi Banga, Head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics along with Dr GS Mangat, team leader, congratulated the AICRIP (Rice Pathology) team of the university. They exhorted the scientists to continue working with dedication and bring more laurels to the varsity in future as well.



Railway pensioners air grievances
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 17
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Medical Superintendent at Divisional Railway Hospital, Ferozepur and the Chief Medical Director, Northern Railway, New Delhi, the Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association has highlighted the woes of the railway pensioners.

Chairman of the association Sher Singh said most of the life-saving medicines were not being supplied to many of the pensioners who had undergone cardiac procedure (angioplasty) or were afflicted with other critical ailments like diabetes and cardiac problem. “To make the matters worse, there is no recognised hospital in the city where railway pensioners could avail treatment for emergency conditions,” he said.

On poor diagnostic facilities and restrictions on routine laboratory tests, the association pointed out that the upper limit of Rs 5,000 per month for laboratory tests was unwarranted. The railway pensioners ought to be examined and required diagnostic tests be carried out on a regular basis without any restriction so that incidence of any disease could be detected well in time and treated, the memorandum said.

The railway pensioners flayed the policy of the railway authorities on posting of specialist doctors only at divisional hospitals and denial of this facility at sub-divisional hospitals or health units.

“In order to provide comprehensive medical care to the pensioners and serving railway employees, specialist doctors, including dental surgeons, medical and surgical specialists and cardiologists, be posted at the sub-divisional hospital in the city,” the association demanded.

Most of the life-saving medicines are not being supplied to many of the pensioners who had undergone cardiac procedure (angioplasty) or are afflicted with other critical ailments like diabetes and cardiac problems.
— Sher Singh, Chairman,
Northern Railway Pensioners Welfare Association



Commissioner holds meetings

Ludhiana, April 17
Municipal Corporation Commissionerv Shruti Singh, Additional Comissioner Sumit Jarangal and other senior officials of the Municipal Corporation held several meetings on various issues here today. During the meetings, major issues, including the city development plan, cleaning of Buddha Nullah, Rajiv Awaas Yojna and mechanical sweeping, were discussed in detail with officials.

Dr Sumit Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, said by May 31, a thorough project to clean Budha Nullah would be finalised and work initiated to restore its four-decade old status when residents used to bathe in it.

"It is a major environmental issue, concerning all. We feel funding will not be any problem as everyone wants it to be cleaned. If all goes well then we are planning to come up with a cycle track or jogging track along the nullah and all 170 small nullahs will be connected," said Dr Jarangal.



GADVASU to hold free deworming camp on April 21
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will organise a free anti-rabies vaccination and de-worming camp on April 21 to celebrate the ninth foundation day of the varsity.

Dr PS Mavi, Head of Department, said the pet owners could avail the facility by getting their dogs and cats de-wormed and vaccinated against rabies. He added it was a very fatal disease that could get transmitted from animals to human beings.

“Rabies is a dreadful disease and vaccination against this disease is mandatory for pet dogs to safeguard the family members and human population. It is acute, progressive, incurable viral encephalitis with a fatal outcome which is transmitted through injection of infectious saliva into a broken skin mainly through animal bite, licking of scratches, abrasions, and open wounds,” Mavi added.



Sudden showers worry farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
Sudden rains and winds blowing in the region have caused panic among the farmers. The farmers, who had already started harvesting their produce, have stopped it for 3 to 4 days as combines fail to work on wet soil.

As per Dr LK Dhaliwal, director, School of Climate Change and Agricultural-Meteorology, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), said 3.4 mm of rains were recorded in Ludhiana today.

President of BKU Balbir Singh Rajewal said in Sangrur and Gurdaspur, the condition was bad and combines could not be used to cut the standing crop. “In Gurdaspur, due to hailstorm the fields are wet. In fact, special girdwari should be done and farmers be compensated. Even in Ludhiana, crops cannot be harvested for another 3 to 4 days,” he said.

PS Pangli, president, Seed and Nursery Produce Association, PAU, said though it was a cause to worry but not an alarming situation as produce was ready. “The only thing is that the harvesting process will be delayed for a week or so as the fields are wet,” Pangli said.



from colleges
Roadshow promotes polling

Ludhiana: Students of the RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a roadshow to raise awareness on voting and the importance of vote. Holding banners with slogans encouraging youths to vote, over 300 students took part in the roadshow.

Assistant professors Jasmeet Singh and Hardeep Kang, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, were the coordinators of the show. Director Dr Harsh Sadawarti said every eligible voter should vote and those above 18 years should get themselves enrolled in the voter’s list.

Seminar on self-defence, traffic rules held

The Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a seminar on self-defence, traffic rules and equal rights for men and women. District Traffice In-charge Karnail Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector Charanjit Singh and Head Constable Rajinder Singh addressed students on the occasion. Inspector Karnail Singh threw light on different aspects of life. PIMT director Dr Manisha Gupta thanked the speakers.

Car rally urges people to vote

The Ludhiana College of Engineering & Technology, Katani Kalan, took out a voter awareness car rally at Katani Kalan, Samrala and Macchiwara. College director Dr JS Sohal and principal Dr Pawan Kumar flagged off the rally in which over 300 students took part.

More than 100 cars were part of the rally, which passed through various localities. The participants held banners carrying slogans urging voters to go to the polling booth on April 30 and exercise their franchise.

The students exhorted people to vote first and then do other chores on the day of voting. People at Katani Kalan, Samrala and Macchiwara welcomed the rally. They pledged to vote and contribute towards increasing the polling percentage. — TNS



from schools
Foundation day

Ludhiana: Foundation day was celebrated at Bal Bharati Public School. Havan and ardas was performed to seek blessings of the Almighty. Students participated with religious fervour and paid obeisance.

Red day celebrated

Red day was celebrated by the students of the Montessori section at Ryan International Public School. Keeping in view the playway method and learning from real life experiences the concept of colours was reinforced upon the students. The students came dressed up in red attires. A special assembly was conducted for the students to make them aware of various objects.

World Heritage Day

World Heritage Day was celebrated at Ryan International School, Dugri. Students of Montessori classes celebrated the day by wearing attires of various countries such as Japan, China, England, Spain, etc and walked the ramp. They also spoke few lines about the respective countries. Principal Ritu Syal said it was our moral duty to save the heritage and culture of the world. “School is a platform where we train students to understand the importance of various cultures and acquire a sense of preserving them,” she said. — TNS



Kick boxing session held for females

Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana, organised a session on kick boxing for female associates to teach them self-defence.

With the recent increase in crime against women, the session was organised to assist female associates to engage in self-defence for their safety.

In the evening, yoga sessions were organised to encourage employees to do meditation for relaxation of the body and soul from daily strenuous schedule of busy lives. — TNS



ML Markan Trophy: Ludhiana script victory, earn seven points
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 17
Ludhiana defeated Kapurthala by an innings and 43 runs on the second day of the match during the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (Under-16) for ML Markan Trophy played at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College today.

Hosts Ludhiana resumed the day's proceedings at 241 for seven and added 47 runs losing one more wicket when skipper Deepin Chitkara declared the innings. Last night's not-out batsman Anmol Sharma remained unconquered on 68 runs.

With the first innings' lead of 191 runs, Ludhiana again contained the visitors to 148 runs in the second innings, thus wrapping up the match within two days and earned seven points. Paramvir and Rajan were the main scorers making 51 and 31 runs, respectively.

For Ludhiana, it was once again the pair of Deepin Chitkara and Anmol Sharma who shared the bowing spoils grabbing four wickets each to anchor their team to an emphatic victory.

Brief scores

Kapurthala (first innings) 97 all out in 24.4 overs (Shaihd 22, Sarthak 17, Deepin Chitkara 7 for 35 and Anmol Sharma 3 for 27).

Ludhiana (first innings) 288 for 8 declared after 81 overs (Jaish Jain 64, Deepin Chitkara 26, Gurjot 73 and Anmol Sharma 68 n.o; Gurvinder 6 for 104).

Kapurthala (second innings) 148 all out in 54.1 overs (Rajan 31 and Paramvir 51; Anmol Sharma 4 for 41, Deepin Chitkara 4 for 70 and Jaish Jain 1 for 13).

In the second match to be played on April 19 and 20 at the same venue, Ludhiana will take on Ferozepur.



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