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Five shops gutted in fire
Nine fire tenders pressed into service at Chaura Bazaar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a major fire at Chaura Bazaar early morning today.

The shops are located near Division Number 1 Police Station in the Chaura Bazaar area. The fire broke out in a shop and quickly spread to four other stores, while engulfing the area.

While one shop was of electronic goods, the other four were of readymade garments.

The fire brigade was informed at around 7:40 am and nine fire tenders were pressed into service.

A fire brigade team led by Fire Safety Officer Rajinder Kumar Sharma rushed to the spot. “The fire-fighting staff took nearly three hours to douse the flames. A few shops were demolished with a ditch machine to prevent the flames from spreading to the adjoining stores,” Sharma told Ludhiana Tribune.

The shops were completely gutted even as the fire-fighting staff struggled tirelessly to extinguish the leaping flames.

The fire brigade officials suspect that the fire broke out due to a short circuit in a transformer located nearby.

“The exact amount of loss is yet to be ascertained, but it could run into lakhs of rupees,” claimed Sharma.

Meanwhile, the news of the fire breakout triggered panic among hundreds of shopkeepers in the area.


Sitting on a tinderbox: Fires ‘waiting’ to erupt at shops in city markets
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
The fire incident at Chaura Bazaar is a grim reminder that prominent markets located in its vicinity are vulnerable to such accidents.

Markets such as Gur Mandi, Saraafan Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar, Akalgarh Market, besides several others are virtually sitting on a tinderbox. A visit to these markets makes one feel claustrophobic as the narrow lanes are packed to the hilt with shoppers.

The thought of a fire breakout can make one jittery as there is no escape route. The lack of proper fire-fighting systems in shops has further compounded the situation.

“The five shops, which were engulfed in the flames, did not have proper fire-safety arrangements. A similar scenario can be seen at a majority of shops in the Old City area,” said a senior official of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation on the condition of anonymity.

More than 60 persons had lost their lives when a fire broke out at Gur Mandi in 1990. Going by the present state of affairs, it seems the authorities concerned have not learned any lessons from the past.

As a majority of these markets are overcrowded and large portions of the road have been encroached upon, it becomes literally impossible for a fire tender to enter the premises.

In case a fire breaks out at Sadar Bazaar (known as electronics market), Talaab Bazaar, Sarafan Bazaar, Pindi Street and other such adjoining areas, the civic body will ‘not be able’ to tackle the situation, nor firemen will be able to reach the area on time.

“Due to rampant encroachments in these markets, the streets are merely 4 to 5 feet wide. It will be difficult for a fire tender to enter the area during an emergency,” said a fire brigade official.

Ironically, the fire-fighting hydrants installed in the inner city areas, about two decades ago, are lying unused. The inner city areas have narrow, congested streets that are highly vulnerable.

Following the fire incident at Gur Mandi, the civic body had installed water hydrants in the inner bazaar areas.

However, these are lying defunct. Earlier, it had been proposed that the hydrants would be connected with the underground pipes, so that water could be drawn when a fire breaks out.

Besides, nearly 750 shopkeepers in the Akalgarh Market, near the Chaura Bazaar area, are also at the receiving end.

In case a fire breaks out in the four-storey building, property worth lakhs of rupees will be reduced to ashes in a few minutes due to the absence of fire fighting arrangements.

Water hydrants defunct for past two decades

Water hydrants installed at Chaura Bazaar, Laloo Mal Street, Saraafan Bazar, Pindi Street, Gur Mandi, Butey Shah Mandi, Puraani Kotwaali and other inner areas of the city have been lying defunct for nearly two decades.

The lack of proper fire-fighting systems in shops has further compounded the situation.



10 acres of wheat crop burnt to ashes near Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 2
More than 10 acres of wheat crop standing in the fields at Chaunkiman village, near Jagraon, was gutted in a fire today.

As per information, the fire broke out in a field where the crop was almost ready for harvesting. The flames spread rapidly to the nearby fields due to the fast blowing wind.

Within minutes, the farmers informed the villagers about the incident through the loudspeaker at the village gurdwara.

A large number of villagers soon arrived in the fields and tried to douse the flames.

The farmers took more than two hours to extinguish the fire but, by then, wheat crop standing in more than 10 acres of land had already been destroyed.

Teja Singh, a farmer of Chaunkiman village, said, “Three acres of my wheat crop have been completely destroyed. The crop of three other farmers, including Gurdeep Singh, Gurmit Singh, Hakam Singh, has also been gutted.”

Meanwhile, a team from the Chaunkiman police station arrived at the spot and initiated investigations to ascertain the reason behind the fire accident. ASI Sukhwinder Singh said the matter was being investigated.

The farmers, whose crop was damaged in the fire, have demanded compensation from the state government.



2 minors crushed to death under combine machine
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 2
A pall of gloom descended on the Guru Nanak Mohalla here as the tragic news of the death of two children of the locality spread in the area.
Onkar Singh
Onkar Singh

The deceased — identified as Onkar Singh (15), student of Class VIII, and Anurag (13), student of Class VI —were crushed to death under a combine machine today.

The incident took place when the deceased children along with another minor, Manish (13), also belonging to the same locality, were triple-riding and returning after paying obeisance at a function on the Amloh road.

While returning to Khanna, their two-wheeler slipped from the edge of the road and fell under a combine machine, coming from the opposite direction. The two minors were crushed under the machine. They died on the spot.

Manish sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a private hospital at Khanna. His condition is stated to be serious.

The driver abandoned the machine and fled from the spot.

Anurag, who stayed with his father at Delhi, had arrived in Khanna a few days ago to meet his sister and mother. Onkar is survived by a brother and a sister.

The bodies of the minors were sent for a post-mortem to the Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh. Following this, they were handed over to their family members.

Meanwhile, the police have impounded the combine machine.

SHO Ajay Pal Singh said a case had been registered against the driver.



Minor girl’s kidnapping
Parents allege police inaction
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
High drama was witnessed outside the Police Commissioner's office here today when the parents of a 14-year-old girl — who was allegedly kidnapped on January 16 — complained of police inaction.

Azad and Shabnam, parents of the minor girl, visited the office of the police commissioner along with Mohd Mustkeem, secretary of the Shahi Imam. Azad, who lives in EWS colony, said his daughter went to school on January 16 but did not return. The hapless father said after failing to trace his daughter for a day, he brought the matter to the notice of the Division No. 7 Police. However, he alleged, that the police did nothing to rescue the girl.

Azad further alleged that he got to know that his daughter had been ‘kidnapped’ by a mother-daughter duo, residents of Guru Ram Das Nagar, and allegedly running the flesh trade.

Azad said he reported the matter to SI Paramjit Singh and ASI Jasbir Singh. However, both the police personnel ‘failed’ to act.

Following this, Azad met DCP Harsh Bansal in March, who constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the issue. Azad alleged that though a month had passed, the SIT had ‘neither rescued his daughter nor booked the accused.’

Meanwhile, Mohd Mustkeem said they would lodge a protest if the police did not act in this matter.

Kidnapping bid in past

Azad alleged that the mother-daughter duo had also kidnapped his daughter in 2011. He said he had managed to rescue his daughter then and got a kidnapping case registered.



Canecharge to be probed

Ludhiana, May 2
A day after three persons were allegedly injured in a canecharge by the Focal Point police, the Commissioner of Police today marked an inquiry into the case.

The injured persons met commissioner Sanjiv Kalra and alleged that the Focal Point SHO Gurmit Singh rained lathis on them without listening to their problems. They claimed that they were holding a peaceful protest against the civic body over a choked sewerage near the Aarti Steel when the incident took place. — TNS



Showers bring down soaring temperature
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
A brief spell of rainfall provided a momentary respite to city denizens from the sweltering heat today. This also led to a dip in the maximum temperature.

The weather experts at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) informed that the city would experience a dust storm and thunderstorm towards the weekend.

For the last few days, the maximum temperature has soared up and crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark.

Dr LK Dhaliwal, director, School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University , said the light showers had provided respite to the residents from heat.

“The maximum temperature was 42 degrees Celsius today, six degrees above normal,” said the director.

However, weather experts say heavy rainfall would wreak havoc as wheat harvesting was underway in the district.

“The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 40-42 degrees Celsius. In case of heavy rainfall, the temperature will come down by a few notches. Thunderstorm and dust storm is likely to occur due to the Western Disturbances,” said Dr LK Dhaliwal.



removal of election posters, hoardings
DC announces 6-day drive
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
After successfully conducting polling for the Lok Sabha elections on April 30, the district administration is gearing up for a cleanliness drive.

A large number of posters pasted by candidates to woo residents as well as hoardings put up by the administration to motivate voters are still visible across the city.
Posters of Lok Sabha candidates dot walls of public and private buildings
Posters of Lok Sabha candidates dot walls of public and private buildings
Posters of Lok Sabha candidates dot walls of public and private buildings

District Election Officer–cum–Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Rajat Aggarwal said: “As polling is over, all posters and hoardings will be removed. A special cleanliness drive will be held for this purpose from May 10 to May 15.”

To run this six-day campaign, the DEO–cum–DC has appealed to all political parties, non-governmental organisations, municipal corporation and educational institutes and other organisations to volunteer.

He also appealed to residents to remove posters and other material from walls in their localities.

During these elections, the district administration put up many hoardings and pasted posters to motivate residents to exercise their voting right. The administration did succeed in its endeavour with the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency recording 70.22 per cent voting, up by 5.45 per cent from the 2009 Lok Sabha poll.



Encroachments to be removed today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Encroachments galore at Talab Bazar in Ludhiana
Encroachments galore at Talab Bazar in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, May 2
With the next date of hearing in the encroachment case on May 27 and Lok Sabha elections getting over in Punjab, officials of the civic body have geared up for removing around 4,500 encroachments from across the city.

According to sources, anti-encroachment drive will be carried out tomorrow, for which the MC has sought around 400 police personnel.

“We have sought 300 policemen besides 100 policewomen to make the drive successful. Officials from the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited will also accompany the teams for disconnecting power if encroachers resist,” said a senior MC official.

The MC had served notices on the encroachers yesterday. The last date of hearing in the case was in February, when MC Commissioner Shruti Singh had requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court to give her some more time as she had just taken charge.

Keeping in mind the Lok Sabha polls and other issues, the court had given three months’ time to the civic body.

“We could have continued with the drive, but due to pressure from various political parties, it could not happen, as it could have dented prospects of candidates. Now, elections are over and we have initiated the drive, for which duty magistrates have also been assigned to us,” said another high official of the Municipal Committee.



Illegal construction in shop poses threat to adjoining buildings
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 2
Taking advantage of five consecutive public holidays, a shopkeeper near Clock Tower on Old GT Road has started constructing a basement in his shop, posing danger to adjoining properties.
A basement being constructed in a shop near Clock Tower on Old GT Road in Ludhiana on Friday
A basement being constructed in a shop near Clock Tower on Old GT Road in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

That the construction work is being carried out without any approved building plan is beyond any doubt because taking cognisance of a public interest litigation (PIL), pending before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the municipal corporation has already served notices on shopkeepers and other property owners on both sides of the national highway (GT Road), restricting building activity of any kind within five metres of the highway.

Owners of adjoining properties had reported the matter to the police, apprehending danger to their shops and other buildings yesterday. “Police personnel from City Kotwali visited the site yesterday and today, and directed the owner of the shop to desist from carrying out unlawful building activity, but as soon as the police went away, the construction work resumed,” said a shopkeeper.

In a complaint lodged with the MC Commissioner with copies to the officials of building branch and the Assistant Town Planner of Zone A, Vikas Raikhy, owner of a shop adjoining the commercial establishment where construction of the basement is going on said the digging conducted for the basement posed danger to adjoining properties on both sides of the shop.

“The owner of the shop where basement is being constructed has dug portion of the shop without leaving statutory five feet of space (rule 4.7-xi) and has also not taken an NOC from the MC (rule 4.7-xiv),” said Raikhy in his complaint.

Assistant Town Planner (Zone A) Harpreet Ghai confirmed that no building plan could be approved for any building activity within five metres of the national highway as it violated provisions laid down in Section 143(1) of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning Act and Section 259(1) of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act.

He said the field staff of the building branch had been directed to visit the site of alleged unlawful construction of the basement and action, as per the law, woukd be taken against the owner of the property for violating building bylaws and other rules.



Uncertain weather worries farmers
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 2
There seems to be no end to the woes of the farmers as the wheat crop has been lying at grain markets due to unpredictable weather. The changing weather has left the farmers in a state of tension. Moreover, the slow pace of lifting the wheat crop from the grain markets has further increased the problems of the farmers as well as ‘arthiyas’ (commission agents).

The arrival of wheat crop at grain markets which got delayed due to late harvesting of the crop by the farmers because of bad weather has reached its peak during past some days. Though the procurement of wheat by the procurement agencies has been going smoothly, it is the slow pace of lifting the procured crop from the grain markets that has irked the farming community.

The slow lifting of wheat crop at Jagraon grain market, which is the second largest grain market in Asia after Khanna, has left thousands of farmers as well as arthiyas (commission agents) worried. Similar is the condition at various other grain markets located in rural areas of Jagraon where wheat crop weighing several thousand tones has been waiting to be lifted.

As per the information, around 90,000 ton of wheat was brought by the farmers to 16 grain markets located in Jagraon area since the beginning of harvesting season. Till Thursday, around 88,000 tons of wheat was procured by various procurement agencies while 2,000 ton of wheat crop is yet to be procured. According to sources, only 30,500 ton of wheat was lifted from the grain markets so far while more than 58,000 ton is still waiting to be lifted.

During a visit to Jagraon grain market, anxiety was visible on the faces of the farmers as well as arthiyas due to delay in the lifting of wheat. The farmers and commission agents complained that only about 32 per cent of the total wheat crop purchased by the procurement agencies was lifted from the grain markets even after three weeks of the beginning of procurement.

Gurdit Singh, a farmer of Kothe Hari Singh village, said the lifting of purchased crop has been too slow. "The lifting of crop purchased by procurement agencies has been quite slow this time. A huge stock of wheat crop purchased by procurement agencies has been still waiting to be lifted. We are bound to suffer losses if purchased crop gets wet in case it rains", said he.

Jaswinder Singh, secretary, Market Committee, Jagraon, said the procurement has been quite smooth and the crop is being purchased on regular basis. "The lifting process is a bit slow because of sudden influx of the crop in the grain markets during last some days. The pace of lifting would be increased further and we would make sure that stock is lifted in time," said Jaswinder Singh.



New menu for mid-day meal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Students studying in primary and middle classes will get the mid-day meal food as per the new menu. The new menu will be implemented from May 3. The mid day meal society Punjab claimed that it would be more nutritious as compares to the previous one.

The Mid Day Meal Society changes menu in accordance with the seasonal food and taste. Now kheer will be served on every Friday in the schools irrespective of the season. Kheer will be a regular feature now (every Friday). The District Education Office (Primary) issued the instructions to all the schools to implement the new menu.

As per the new menu the students will get rotis, daal with bottle-gourd and pumpkin on Monday. Khichdi prepared by adding vegetables and pulses will be served on Tuesday. Students will be served chapattis, Kala Chana with potatoes on Wednesday. Curry (onion pakora) and rice will be provided on every Thursday. On every Friday seasonal vegetables and Chapatti will be served. Rice and daal (cooked with bottle-gourd and pumpkin) would be served on Saturday.

Tarsem Lal Banga, District in-charge Mid Day Meal Scheme said, "The Schools will start serving food as per new menu from tomorrow. We have informed the schools to provide all the food items as per the menu. The food served as per new menu will meet the nutritious requirements of the students."



HS Phoolka launches plantation drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
AAP candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency HS Phoolka today launched two environmental campaigns in the city today.

The first campaign—Clean Ludhiana-Green Ludhiana, which includes plantation drives—aims at reducing pollution in the city with the participation of residents, Phoolka said.

Awareness on the issue would be spread among residents besides urging them to join the campaigns, he said.

While in urban areas, parks will be adopted for planting saplings, in rural areas, under the Har Ghar Rukh campaign, residents will be motivated to plant a tree in their compound. Cleaning of Buddha Nullah and “restoring its original glory” will be a part of the campaign.

Women’s safety campaign

Phoolka launched another campaign to tackle eve-teasing and curb crimes against women. Under the campaign, a helpline for women will be started soon for redressing complaints as well as counselling.

The coordinators for these campaigns will join hands with NGOs.

AAP candidate to campaign in Varanasi

Phoolka, meanwhile, will be visiting the Hamirpur constituency for campaigning for AAP candidate Kamal Kanta Batra, mother of Kargil War martyr Vikram Batra, before leaving for Varanasi on May 4 to make the poll pitch for party candidates in the area.



Animation institute holds annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Annual function 'Naurang 2014' was organised at Arena Animation, Ludhiana, to commemorate nine years of the institute in the city. An exhibition of the artwork of the students was also on displayed. Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion.

According to Prachi Sachdeva, new courses including augmented reality, projection mapping, crowd simulation, pixar renderman, VFX including nuke and mocha have been reintroduced at the institute. She said the new courses are all in line with the animation and visual effects being used in film and advertisement industry. Achievers at the institute were awarded today.

Augmented reality is in demand these days 3D models of the products can be displayed that is not there in reality, can be shown. Recently, videos of images on India Gate were very popular, he said. High-end visual effects on a product or a building are made through projection mapping. Large population is shown in movies. These are particularly being showcased in epic movies. Large number of people in stadium can be created in 3D, he added.

About 150 pieces of student work including digital paintings, human faces, cartoon characters, facial expressions, sketches, bikes, cars, interior design renderings were exhibited at the exhibition.



Medico-legal reports delayed due to holidays
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
People who want to seek experts' opinion on the medico-legal reports are facing a tough time due to the ongoing holidays. April 30 was holiday on account of elections, May 1 being World Labour Day and May 2, was Parshu Ram Jayanti. Now, doctors and experts for their opinions will be available only on Saturday.

Santana Singh said he was running pillar to post to seek medical opinion on the MLR but to no avail. "The legal proceedings are getting delayed as I cannot seek expert’s opinion," he said.

SMO Dr RK Karkara said though MLRs are being issued daily but doctors for their expert opinion will be available on Saturday due to the ongoing holidays.

Another person at the Civil Hospital for getting opinion said, "Those who attacked me few days back during a brawl are moving freely because I have not yet proved the gravity of my bruises which I received during a brawl. It seems when the doctor will come to write his opinion, my wounds will be healed by then."



from colleges
Volleyball tournament

Ludhiana: An inter-departmental volley ball tournament was organised at RIMT campus. Speaking on the occasion, director sports, RIMT, Dr Randhir Singh Pathania said, total six teams from different departments participated. Two teams participated from RIMT Maharaja Aggarsen Engineering College (electronics and communication engineering and mechanical engineering) and four teams from RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology (electronics and communication engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science engineering). Dr Harsh Sadawarti, director, RIMT Engineering Campus, attended the prize distribution ceremony as chief guest and awarded the winner's trophy to electronics and communication department and the runners-up trophy to mechanical department. Dr Sushil Garg, principal, RIMT, MAEC, was guest of honour.

Blood donation camp

NSS Department of Desh Bhagat University organised a blood donation camp in association with Rotary Blood Bank, Chandigarh. Members of the staff, students of different faculties and volunteers donated 83 units of blood. Vice-Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University, Dr SS Chahal was the chief guest. While inaugurating the camp, he said donating blood means saving precious lives and the students should come forward in large numbers for this service of mankind. While speaking on the occasion, Pro vice-chancellor Dr Shalini Gupta said blood donation is one of the best services of humanity. Desh Bhagat University has been organising such blood donation camps on regular basis and students remain ever ready to contribute to this noble cause. Desh Bhagat University chancellor Dr Zora Singh and pro chancellor Tejinder Kaur in their joint message stated that donating blood is donating life and students should set an example for others by becoming regular blood donors.— TNS



From Schools
Labour Day observed

Ludhiana: Students of Shifaly International School observed and marked World Labour Day. To show the picture of the real warriors of life who struggle for their livelihood in their day to day life, students were taken to the different places. The day was celebrated at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School with full aplomb. The function kicked off with a welcome speech of the workers and acknowledging their hard work. Workers were overwhelmed watching the function and expressed their gratitude towards the school management, teachers and students for their endeavour. President Balraj Bhasin and director S Verma focussed on the priceless contribution of the workers for the smooth functioning of the institution.

BCM Arya Model School

Labour Day was celebrated with fervour at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. All the class IV employees attended the function specially dedicated to them. Principal Dr Paramjit Kaur congratulated them on the day and acknowledged and appreciated their contribution for the school. It was an interesting fun-filled programme which included speech, solo dances, songs and other musical programmes.

Eco-Friendly week

Students prepare a chart during Eco-Friendly Week at BVM SchoolBVM Kitchlu Nagar observed Eco friendly week. Various activities such as slogan writing, paper recycling, making best usage of waste materials, Collage making and promoting use of paper bags instead of poly bags were conducted. Students of primary wing showed their concern for nature by watering and planting the saplings. Principal Neelam Mittar appreciated the efforts of students.

Students prepare a chart during Eco-Friendly Week at BVM School

Penguin Day celebrated

Penguin Day was celebrated by Montessori Kids at Ryan International School, Jamalpur. A special assembly was conducted in which a small workshop was organised to introduce and give knowledge about this day. Students were engaged in various related activities like making of piggy bank by pasting the cutouts of a penguin on it, cotton dubbing and thumb printing on the cutouts of Penguins. The tiny tots enjoyed doing these creative activities. Principal Dr Parveena John said, "Recreation and leisure plays an important role in a child's growth."

Parkash Utsav celebrated

Spring Dale Senior Secondary School celebrated Parkash Utsav of Guru Arjun Dev and Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti with devotion. A lecture was delivered in the morning assembly throwing light on the life and sacrifices made by them for the cause of the well being of humanity.

Athletics meet

Students representing different houses namely Mercury, Students take part in an athletics meet at Bal Bharti School in Ludhiana on Friday Mars, Earth and Venus competed in various sports events and fun games during the Annual Inter-House Athletic Competition held at Bal Bharti Public School here today. Students were present there to encourage their class mates. Principal Punam Dogra congratulated the winners. She distributed the prizes to the position holders.

Students take part in an athletics meet at Bal Bharti School in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photographs

Tribune reporters



ludhiana scan
Immigration exhibition

Gurpal Singh Uppal, immigration solicitor from the UK, said majority of students from Punjab got low-profile jobs in foreign countries due to their poor academic record and poor knowledge of English. He was in the city to participate in ongoing Prime Life Education and Immigration Exhibition in city. Speaking on the occasion, Amandeep Khangura, director of Prime Life Education, said India had world's largest market for education and training resources with 1.4 million schools and 28,000 higher education institutes. Over 30 immigration and education consultants, agents and advisors from India, Canada, America, England, Australia, Russia, New Zealand and many more countries have set up stalls at the event.

Power shutdown

The 11-kV Sant Isher Singh Nagar feeder, fed from the 66-kV DC Complex sub-station will remain shut on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm for urgent maintenance work. During this period, power supply to Model Gram, HIG flats in Sant Isher Singh Nagar, New Lajpat Nagar, Kartar Nagar, Partap Colony, Kochar Market, South Model Gram and Pink Flats will be affected.

Sahit akademi elections

The Punjabi Sahit Akademi elections will be held from 9am to 3pm at Punjabi Bhawan on Sunday. Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, returning officer, said the closing time had been extended keeping in view convenience of members who had to come from distant places. Dr Gill said only those members who produce vote slip signed by signatories authorised by the president or general secretary will be issued ballot papers and allowed to vote. For issuing vote slips, counters will be set up near the main gate of Punjabi Bhawan. The main gate will be locked at 3pm.


Punjabi writer Dr S Tarsem and historian Surinder Kochar have been awarded Bai Mall Singh Memorial Award and Bai Mall Singh Memorial Special Award by the literary organisation Sirjandhara at a function held at Punjabi Bhawan on Friday. A trilingual kavi darbar was also organised.

Bhog ceremony

The bhog ceremony of former national vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal Maninder Pal Singh Johar, alias Sunny Goodwill, was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Model Town Extension on Thursday. Many leaders including former minister and senior Congress leader Malkit Singh Dakha attended the ceremony.

Singing competition

Vineet Kathuria, a local businessman, has won the first prize at the IDOL National Singing competition held at hotel Aveda on Thursday night. The preparations for the contest were going on for more than six months, with state-level competitions held all over India and the state finalists were invited to Ludhiana to compete. The judges included singers Shibani Kashyap and Arshdeep Kaur. There were more than 35 finalists in three categories: male, female and children.

Campaign against liquor

Anita Sharma, president of Belan Brigade, has said drugs were the main cause of crime and social tensions in our society. “We demand that the state government should make it mandatory for liquor bottles to carry a list of ill-effects of drinking in detail. Just by mentioning that liquor consumption is injurious to health won’t solve any purpose,” said Anita.

Labour Day

Asian Club International’s Ludhiana branch honoured hardworking persons on International Labour Day. A poetry symposium was also organised on the topic of hard work and nationality at Rajindera Model Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Kalan. Industrialists Nitin Jalan and Pooja Jalan were the chief guests. — TNS



India will regain its glory in hockey: Prabhjot
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
It is encouraging that three boys from Punjab have found place in the national hockey team preparing for the upcoming World Hockey Cup to be held in Netherlands.

This was stated by international player Prabhjot Singh, who was in the city to attend a promotional event organised by a hair implantation company.

He said in the near future, India would regain its lost glory in the field of hockey.

Sharing his views on the preparations of the Indian contingent for the forthcoming mega event later this month, Prabhjot Singh said the team was raring to take part in the tournament.

He said boys had made a considerable improvement under the guidance of foreign coach Terry Walsh.

“The coach imparts training as per European standards, which has been fruitful. As the boys are feeling confident, we are hopeful to make it to the last-eight stage of the World Cup,” said Prabhjot.



ML Markan Trophy
Ludhiana thrash Gurdaspur to top the table
Off-spinner Anmol Danny picks five wickets in second innings to take match tally to 13
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
Anmol Danny bagged 13 wickets to steer Ludhiana to an authentic victory by an innings and 127 runs against Gurdaspur in a Punjab State Inter District Cricket Tournament (U-16) tie for ML Markan Trophy at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College here today.

After restricting the visitors to a modest total of 119 runs in the first innings yesterday, Ludhiana resumed the day’s play at 167 for 2 and declared the innings at 317 for 6 after 82 overs. Lovish Dhir, who was on the crease at stumps yesterday, went on to score 40 runs, while Gurjot made 64 and Nihal Wadhera scored 36 runs.

Trailing by 198 runs, Gurdaspur again failed to put up a brave face as their second essay culminated at 71 after 23.4 overs. For the hosts, it was again off-spin bowler Anmol Danny Sharma who excelled with the ball, claiming five wickets, which took his match tally to 13.

With this victory, Ludhiana earned seven points, and after five matches the hosts took their tally to 23 points to top the pool.

Brief scores

Gurdaspur (first innings): 119 all out in 45 overs (Neelpreet 24, Harmanpreet 40 and Rohit 19*; Anmol Danny eight for 45, Vaibhav Kalra one for 4 and Sajjanpreet one for 18).

Ludhiana (first innings): 317 for 6 declared after 82 overs (Shubhamdyal 45, Jaish Jain 85, Lovish Dhir 40, Nihal Wadhera 36, Gurjot 64, Vaibhav Kalra 20*; Inderbir one for 11, Vaibhav two for 104, Rohit three for 102).

Gurdaspur (second innings): 71 all out in 23.4 overs (Aditya 26, Sajjanpreet four for 12, Anmol Danny Sharma five for 30, Deepin Chitkara one for 20).



basketball league
Local govt colleges win opening ties
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, recorded victories in their respective opening matches at the ongoing First BFI-IMG Reliance National School and College Basketball League for boys and girls at New Delhi.

In the girls’ category, the government college eves defeated Loyola College, Hyderabad, 71-36. Main contributors for the local outfit were Kirandeep Kaur (27), Nagma Mirza (18) and Nirmal Kaur (13). Later, the team beat MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai, 71-63.

In the boys’ category, SCD Government College warded off a stiff challenge from Loyola College, Hyderabad, winning the tie 103-80. Palpreet Singh and Harmandeep Singh accounted for 25 points, while Abhishek Rai scored 22 points. Later, the Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Chennai, pipped the local boys 79-78.



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