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Cops rain lathis on protesters
Many hurt in lathicharge at Rishi Nagar after MC demolition team attacked
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

A local resident pleads for mercy
Demolition sidelights: A local resident pleads for mercy
Policemen protect themselves from stones
Policemen protect themselves from stones

An MC official overpowers a protester at Rishi Nagar in Ludhiana on Wednesday
A woman caught in the lathicharge
A woman caught in the lathicharge
Protesters pelt cops with stones
Protesters pelt cops with stones. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, May 21
"We have paid the price for not voting for the ruling Akali/BJP candidate in the Lok Sabha Elections. They have ruined us. They had warned us of the consequences as they faced defeat. Our families have been residing here for the past 60 years. We tried to show the officials the documents but they just went on with demolition," said Ram, a 22-year-old youth, who was hurt in the lathicharge. He was screaming helplessly on the road near the rubble of his house at Rishi Nagar. The local residents took him to hospital.

Around 19 "illegal" houses were razed at Rishi Nagar by the MC. Though a huge police force, including police women, were accompanying the MC officials and staff, when the team reached the spot, unidentified persons, hiding in a house under construction, started pelting them with stones.

Another resident who suffered injuries on his fractured leg during the lathicharge
Another resident who suffered injuries on his fractured leg during the lathicharge

The police lathicharged the protesters. Many of them suffered injuries. Mohan Lal (30), who had a fractured leg, was not spared even.

"I do not know who pelted them with stones. I was just standing outside my house with a stick in the hand when the police came and started beating me brutally. I kept on pleading to them how I could pelt them with stones as I was already injured but they didn’t pay any heed to my pleas. I have suffered more injuries on my fractured leg," said Mohan Lal.

In the attack by the protesters, police Inspector Manoj Kumar and an inspector of the MC building branch, Pradeep Sehgal, were injured, who were shifted to the nearby hospitals. Sehgal received stitches on the head while. The condition of both of them is stable.

Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who, along with area councillor Balkar Singh and other Congress councilors, including Narinder Sharma Kala and Gurpreet Gogi, reached the spot to get the drive “stopped”, suffered minor injuries on the head.

Councillor levels allegations

"The corporation is doing injustice to them," rued Ashu. Area councillor Balkar Singh said: "His area was not even on the list of the MC demolition squad. When they can spare encroachments in the Pavittar Nagar area due to political pressure, then why were these residents not given time to show their documents?” said Balkar Singh.

We are following HC orders, says official

One of the MC officials said a meeting was held with the residents and they were categorically told that since they had encroached on the MC land, their houses would be demolished. "Now, they are levelling baseless allegations. We are not happy to see them uprooted but we have to adhere to the High Court's directions. A contempt of court application has been filed by an RTI activist," said the official.

Duty Magistrate arrives late for drive

The MC demolition team left for the spot at around 10:45 am as the Duty Magistrate, who had to accompany the team, reached late.


ICSE class X examination
Teshali tops city with 97.2%
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Results of Class X Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination was declared today. Students of Sacred Heart Convent School have secured top positions in the city.

Teshali Mittal from Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamalpur, has stool first in the city scoring 97.2% marks. Taranjeet Kaur (96.4%) and Mehakdeep Kaur (96.2%) from the same school are the other toppers. Four more students from the school have scored more than 95% marks. They are Prakriti Gandhi and Raghav Grover (95.8%), Himani Chhatwal (95.6%) and Snigdha Jain (95.4%). Fortyeight students of the school have scored 90% and above marks.

Amreen Kohli (95.2%), Ojasvi Jain (commerce, 94.6%) and Amolika Saini and Parthavi Madaan (94.2%) from Sat Paul Mittal School have fared well. Sarvesh Malaki and Pratibha have scored 93.2% marks. Swapnil Kalra and Ayan Watts from the same school have got 92.4% marks and 91.8% marks respectively.

At Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamalpur, Taranjit Kaur has secured 95% in English and 100% in computer application. Teshali Mittal also scored 100% in computer application and 98% in geography. Naina Aggarwal, Harpreet Singh, Mehakdeep Kaur, Raghav Grover, Samridhi Jain, Ekta Verma, Carron Batra have scored 100% in computer application. Naina Aggarwal has scored 100% in physical education. Snigdha Jain has scored 99% marks in maths. Himani Chattwal has scored 96% in science. Amandeep Kaur, Vikrant, Raghav Grover, Taranjeet Kaur and Mehakdeep Kaur have scored 97% in Punjabi while Ayushi Aggwarwal, Naina Jain, Prachi Chopra have scored 97% in economics.

At Sat Paul Mitta School, Amreen Kohli has topped in science, English and social studies with 97%, 94% and 97% marks, respectively. Pratibha has topped in Punjabi with 96% marks, Sarvesh Malaki in social studies with 97% marks, Saksham Kukreja in Hindi with 92% marks, Parthavi in maths with 98% marks, Swapnil Kalra in commercial studies with 99% marks, Arihant Joshi in computer applications with 96% marks, Ojasvi Jain and Garv Luthra in physical education with 98% marks, Shobita and Parthavi in arts with 95% marks and Rajdeep Singh has topped in music with 94% marks.



Mob thrashes car driver after he hit scooterist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
High drama was witnessed on the Shingar Cinema road after a car hit a scooter. Passersby pulled the driver out of the car and beat him up. They even damaged the car.

According to information, a girl was standing with his scooter outside a petrol station to refill the tank. The car driver, who had also come for refuelling, lost control over the vehicle and hit the scooter. The girl suffered injuries and was rushed to a private hospital by passersby.

Meanwhile, the local residents gheraoed the car driver and thrashed him. The Division Number 3 police reached the spot. However, no complaint was lodged.



Woman found hanging from ceiling fan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A newly married woman (20) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in the Dhandari area on the night of May 20. The deceased has been identified as Priyanka Singh, a native of Bihar.

According to police sources, she got married to Nitish Kumar, a factory worker, six months. She had been residing with her husband at a rented accommodation at Dhandari for the past few months.

Nitish Kumar said he was at the factory last night. When reached home today, he found Priyanka hanging from the ceiling fan. He informed the police about the incident.

The police said the woman was depressed and used to run away before marriage.

Gurmeet Singh, Focal Point SHO, said: "We have talked to her father on the phone. He told us that Priyanka was not mentally healthy even before marriage. Her parents would reach here tomorrow. Further action would be taken after recording their statements”.



missing girl
Parents sit on hunger strike
After getting assurance from senior police officials, end protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Parents of the 14-year-old girl who went missing on January 16 from her residence on Tajpur Road sat on hunger strike outside the office of the Commissioner of Police, accusing the department of inaction.

The girl’s parents, Azad Ali and Shabnam, alleged the Division No. 7 police were hand in glove with the “abductors”.

The parents and community leaders said the police were doing nothing to catch the accused, who were roaming free.

Mustkeem, a community leader, said today when Azad Ali was leaving his house for work, two unidentified motorcyclists threatened him not to pursue the case.

The police had registered a case against unidentified persons under Sections 365 and 366 of the IPC, after the girl went missing.

Mustkeem said: “In past five months, we have met all senior police officials. A special investigation team, too, was constituted to probe the case. Today, the Deputy Commissioner of Police once again issued directions to the crime branch to trace the victim. He asked the officials to submit a daily development report. If the police fail to take action in the case, we will continue the agitation.”

After getting an assurance from senior police officials, the parents ended their hunger strike.



NGO to open 50 skill development centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A skill development campaign was launched by the Sun Group through its NGO, Sun Foundation, at Guru Nanak Bhawan today. Under the campaign, 50 skill development centres will be opened across the state.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa was the chief guest. Foundation chairman Vikramjit Singh Sahney said the organisation was running 53 skill development centres in the state.

He said skill development centres to provide free training in self-employment and entrepreneurship would be set up in all districts. As many as 15 courses, including fashion design, graphic design, CAD, textile design and phulkari, will be provided at these centres, he said.

“Personality development and soft skills training programmes will also be run at these centres,” said Sahney.

The chairman said more de-addiction centres would be opened in addition to the two already running in the state. The organisation was also providing agricultural extension services for marginal farmers, he said.



AAP won seats owing to hype: Dhindsa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
State Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said a three-member committee of the Shiromani Akali Dal comprising Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Tota Singh and Sewa Singh Sekhwan was looking into the Lok Sabha election results to review the party’s performance in the state.

Commenting on the Aam Aadmi Party’s performance in the state, Dhindsa said the party was able to win four seats due to the hype created by Punjabi NRIs that led to a perception among the people that AAP would emerge as a strong party across India.

He said with the NDA forming government at the Centre, the SAD hoped that the state would get grants. The SAD government has been accusing the UPA government of step-motherly treatment.



counterfeit goods
Akal Market traders lock company’s raiding party
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A high drama took place at Akal Market when the garment brand Blackberrys conducted authorised raids at shops suspected of selling and counterfeit products. Four teams, which included two police personnel each, raided shops and seized 3,000 pieces of fake Blackberrys shirts and trousers.

Scuffle broke out between the market association members and the raiding party, when the latter started seizing the counterfeit goods.

The shopkeepers threatened to lock the teams if they refused to let go of the goods. After the police intervened, the company representatives were released.

Yogesh Tiwari, vice-president, marketing and sales, Blackberrys, said: “We will definitely take strong action against those at fault. We value the reputation we have gained over years and will see to it that no individual or group tampers with the image of Blackberrys.”



Cluster members saved Rs 5 cr: CII
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
City-based companies saved a total of Rs 5 crore under the ongoing Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Ludhiana Cluster Project.

This yearlong project was launched year in July 2013, under which seven companies joined hands to form a cluster.

The objective of the cluster was to “learn and share” with each other, under the guidance of experts from the CII Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

CII Punjab State Council chairman Sanjeev Pahwa said: “In today’s world, the Indian industry is facing severe competition from international organisations due to liberalisation and opening up of the market. To face this global competition and to grow in this scenario, the industry has to be cost-competitive and innovative. The CII aims to see the Indian SMEs integrate with the global supply chain. For this to happen, CII Punjab has taken an important initiative to promote competitiveness in the state through ‘cluster formation approach’.”

Pahwa said the confederation was planning to launch more clusters in Punjab, with one being in the pipeline for Ludhiana.

Ravinder Kumar, principal counsellor, CII Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs, said in past eight months, the cluster members were able to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and improve their product quality and manpower management manifold.

“By the end of this ongoing cluster, the member companies will be able to save approximately Rs 9 crore,” he said.



Pending water, sewerage bills
MC yet to recover Rs 19.13 cr
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
While the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is finding it tough to run its business in these times of financial crisis, water and sewerage bills worth crores of rupees remain unrecovered.

As per the audit report of the MC for the year 2012-13, city residents had to pay Rs 19.13 crores to the civic body as water and sewerage charges, as on March 31, 2013.

The audit report has been procured by a right to information (RTI) activist, Arvind Sharma.

"This amount is going up with the passage of time, but the officials seem least bothered,” said Sharma.

Spokesperson for the Congress councillors Parminder Mehta said not just the recovery of water and sewerage bills, several other recoveries running into crores of rupees had to be made by the MC.

"These bills are pending due to political pressure exerted by leaders who do not want to alienate their supporters. Each time the MC authorities try to take strict measures, they are stopped for one reason or the other,” said Mehta.


Bollywood and TV actor Vatsal Seth strikes a pose in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Bollywood and TV actor Vatsal Seth strikes a pose in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Actor Vatsal Seth comes calling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Bollywood and television actor Vatsal Seth was in the city for promoting his television show “Ek Hasina Thi”. The actor said he has been to Punjab many times, but was visiting Ludhiana for the first time.

He said he was playing a negative role which was a nice change for him

The actor, who belongs to Gujarat, said that people irrespective of religion, caste and region had voted for Narendra Modi.

Seth said he hoped that the new government would work for the betterment of the country.



High BP leads to serious problems
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A preventive hypertension camp was today organised at Community Health Centre, Sanhewal, under the supervision of Dr Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu, senior medica officer (SMO).

People from nearby villages also attended the camp. Twenty-two people were found to be hypertensive during the camp. ECG and BP tests were also done in the required cases and medicines were distributed. The camp will be on till May 28.

Also, an educative lecture was delivered by Dr Kulwant Singh and Dr Naveen Sikka regarding the role of daily exercise, low sodium diet and avoiding junk food.

Stress was laid on various reasons such as the use of bad oils, stressful lifestyle, lack of humour and negligence in early detection of hypertension.

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems such as heart disease.

“Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Symptoms of early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy spells or a few more nosebleeds than normal, these signs and symptoms usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage,” said Dr Sikka.

Types and Causes

Primary (essential) hypertension

For most adults, there’s no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called essential hypertension or primary hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years.

Secondary hypertension

Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly. Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension that includes the following health concerns:

  • Kidney problems
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain defects in blood vessels since birth (congenital)
  • Certain medications such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
  • Illegal drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines
  • Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use
  • Obstructive sleep apnea



Soft drinks leading cause of type 2 diabetes: Experts
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
With sun blooming to its peak one tends to pick a bottle of cold drink to beat the heat and with children going on summer vacations, the consumption of cold drinks increase among this age group, especially during this time of the year. But only a few people seem to be aware that these sugary soft drinks can cause a range of health problems.

Excessive consumption of soft drinks has led to rise in the cases of type 2 diabetes among children aged between two to 14 years. The kids having one or more soft drinks in a day are falling prey to diabetes as these beverages have high sugar content. In addition to this the consumption also leads to obesity.

“People who drink sweetened drinks are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For every additional regular can-sized sweetened drink per day, there is 18 per cent risk of developing diabetes. Coconut water or a glass of tap water is both healthier and a lot cheaper,” said Shilpa Joshi, Mumbai-based dietician and nutrition expert.

“These drinks also have a ‘glycaemic effect’ that can lead to rapid spikes in blood glucose, as well as disturbances to the hormone insulin, which normally regulates blood sugar. Excessive consumption of soft drinks by children are leading to type 2 diabetes and as well as obesity. Soft drinks that are high in calories are major contributors to obesity. The only solution is to regulate the dietary habits of the children and also encourage them to exercise,” said Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of Paediatric Department at Civil Hospital, blaming the rise in diabetes among children on their parents who often encourage a sedentary lifestyle.

Type 2 diabetes in children may develop gradually. In some exceptional cases, children who have type 2 diabetes have no signs or symptoms.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes in children is a chronic condition that affects the way the child’s body metabolises sugar (glucose). It is a disease more commonly associated with adults. In fact, it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. But type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fuelled largely by the obesity epidemic.

Warning bells

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
  • Areas of darkened skin

Preventive measures

  • Encourage the child to eat healthy foods
  • n Encourage the child to exercise daily
  • n Maintain healthy weight
  • n Oral medication or insulin treatment (in case the above mentioned measures don’t prove beneficial)


Excessive consumption of soft drinks by children is leading to type 2 diabetes. Soft drinks, which are high in calories, are the major contributors to obesity. The only solution is to regulate the dietary habits of the children and also encourage them to exercise.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, head, Paediatric Department, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana



Physical activity in kids take a back seat during summer: Study
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
Around ten years ago, summer vacations conjured up images of gully cricket, badminton and a lot of physical activity. However, nowadays holidays are just an excuse for children to spend hours hunched over tablets and gaming consoles accompanied by a bag of crisps or snacking on junk food along with a glass of carbonated beverage.

A marked decline in physical activity during summer holidays is having adverse effects on the overall health of children and also leads to weight gain during vacations.

A recent study by EduSports, which charts out sports curriculum for schools, has found that health and fitness levels of children after summer holidays decline over the vacation. “The advent of the internet age has seen a sharp decline in physical activity. Summer months further accentuate the problem as physical activity takes a back seat,” the study revealed.

Narinder Singh, a sportsperson from the city, said, “Children these days have become dependent upon gadgets be it for studies or for playing and as a result their health is deteriorating. Students are not spending much time in outdoor activities. Only those students, who have opted for specific games in the school, go out to play in the evenings. This trend is worrying,” Singh said.

Riama Mehra, parent of a Class V student, said her kid hates going out in the sun. “Children these days have created their comfort zones and do not wish to come out of it. They are dependent upon air-conditioners and hate to sweat out in the sun. On insistence, my son goes to swimming in the evening otherwise he does not indulge in any other sport which is very unfortunate,” she added.


The survey by EduSports looked at the performance of children in sports and physical fitness at the beginning of the academic year and again at the end of the year after the summer break. The study covered 77,699 children belonging to the age group of seven to 17 years across 68 cities.


The study found that 67 per cent of children displayed average or above average sprinting ability after going through an organised sports regimen throughout the year. However, after the summer holidays, only 59 per cent had the same sprinting ability. The study also found that children in non-metros had healthier BMI levels and were fitter than those in metros and two in five children did not have the right BMI levels.



Drug de-addiction centre comes up in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, May 21
A drug de-addiction centre constructed by the state government at Civil Hospital, Jagraon, became operational today. The centre has been set up to help the drug addicts get rid of this menace.
The newly constructed drug de-addiction centre at the Civil Hospital in Jagraon
The newly constructed drug de-addiction centre at the Civil Hospital in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

According to Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Civil Hospital, Jagraon, Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar the newly constructed de-addiction centre will prove quiet helpful in treating the persons who are addicted to various kinds of drugs. “This 10 bed de-addiction centre has a common room with television facility and indoor games, a badminton court and a dispensary at its disposal. The patients will be provided free treatment, food and medicines at this centre,” informed Dr Kakkar.

He further added that five staff nurses would be recruited soon for taking care of the patients to be admitted at the centre. “Besides this, two counsellors and three security guards will also be appointed at the centre soon, Dr Kakkar said.

“The recruitment process of the staff for the centre has already been initiated and they will be appointed soon. We have made alternative arrangement of nurses and other staff members to look after the patients till the recruitment process is completed,” Dr Kakkar added.

He said Dr Sushil Jain, SMO, Raikot, would be serving as the psychiatrist at the centre and he would be visiting there twice in a week to examine the patients admitted there.

Senior doctor and medical specialist Dr Kishan Singh has been appointed as the nodal officer of the centre while specially trained Dr Sandeep Singh and Dr Radha Goel will be assisting him in treating the patients.

“The menace of drug addiction has been ruining the lives of people. Therefore, the government has been opening such de-addiction centres at various places in the state. Keeping in mind the rising number of drug addicts, this drug de-addiction centre will prove of great help for treating the drug addicts,” said Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Jasvir Singh.

The construction of this de-addiction centre had started in September 2013, when Jagraon MLA SR Kaler had laid its foundation stone. The centre has been constructed in eight months and is ready to use.



Misappropriation of funds
Local Bodies Dept initiates probe
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 21
A vigilance team of the Local Bodies Department has initiated a probe against the local municipal council authorities for allegedly misappropriating funds.

As per a complaint submitted by one Raj Kumar, the civic body misappropriated funds meant for renovating an inn, constructed in the memory of social activist Sarojana Devi.

Raj Kumar accused the then president of municipal council, Ravinder Puri, in the complaint.

Terming the complaint politically motivated, Puri said the case had already been probed by three agencies. He said no irregularity was found in the renovation of the dharamsala situated at Dhanak Basti.

Legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan had also inquired into the allegations and given a clean chit to the officials supervising the renovation work.

Office-bearers and activists of social organisations of the area, led by Anil Kumar, Pawan Shurlia and Soni Saulanki, submitted before the vigilance team that the inn had been renovated to the satisfaction of the residents. They claimed that besides accommodating an anganwadi school, the dharamsala was made available to residents for organising social and family functions.

Interacting with mediapersons, chief vigilance officer RK Garg said besides inspecting the dharamsala and talking to residents of the area, the team had asked the municipal council officials to submit records of the project within two days.



ludhiana scan
Founder’s day celebrated

Sankara Eye Hospital celebrated its founder’s day on Wednesday. On the occasion, the hospital staff welcomed two new doctors namely Dr Satya Karna (Cataract, Refractive Error and Neuro Ophthalmologist) and Dr Madhu Karna (Cataract, Refractive Error and Pediatric Ophthalmologist). The hospital was opened on April 2, 2012. This is the 11th Sankara Eye Hospital functional across India, under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust.

Memorandum submitted

Youth wing of the Hindu Jagriti Morcha submitted a memorandum with the Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, AS Sekhon, on Wednesday. In the memorandum submitted they made him aware of the fact that the streetlights from Chand Cinema to Jalandhar bypass have been lying non-functional from the past many days. Members said that the lights should be made functional at the earliest to avoid any mishap.

Rajiv Gandhi remembered

Congress workers observed the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi on Wednesday. Functions were organised in the different parts of the city. Congress leaders said he was the son of the soil who laid down his life for the country and this day reminds us of his sacrifice and work towards the development and progress of the nation.

Utensils distributed

Ludhiana Youth Federation distributed mud vessels for pouring water for birds during summer at Gaushala Road and its adjoining areas on Wednesday. Members appealed the people to keep water outside their houses and on the roof tops for the birds. Nearly 150-200 mud vessels were distributed.

Shiv Sena activists hold protest

Punjab Shiv Sena activists protest against reckless driving by private bus operators in LudhianaShiv Sena, Punjab, protested against the private bus operators, whose rash driving has led to several accidents in routine. The protest was held at Bharat Nagar Chowk on Wednesday. A play was staged by the organisers depicting the scenario. The members of Shiv Sena also condemned the traffic police for taking a lenient view of the situation due to which lives were being lost.
Punjab Shiv Sena activists protest against reckless driving by private bus operators in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma




Home Guards jawan killed
Was hit by unidentified vehicle while on duty at Samrala
Our Correpondent

Samrala, May 21
A Home Guards jawan working with the Machhiwara police was killed in a road accident last night.

The victim, Balwinder Singh (45), was a resident of nearby village Garhi Tarkhana.

He was on duty on Garhi Bridge, when some unidentified vehicle hit him, before fleeing from the spot.

Balwinder received serious head injuries. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Machhiwara, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. He died in the way.

His body was handed over to his guardians after postmortem.

SHO Amardeep Singh said the police have registered a case against the unidentified driver. The deceased is survived by two sons and wife.

Women duped of ornaments, cash

Two women were duped of their gold ornaments and some cash by a woman at the Civil Hospital. The women—Ranjit Kaur and her daughter-in-law Mandeep Kaur, residents of Raipur Bet—had gone to the hospital to get medicines. While waiting at the OPD, a woman started talking to them.

She offered them water, allegedly laced with some sedatives. The miscreant took away three gold rings, an ear ring and around Rs 6,000, said the complainants.

The station house officer, Machiwara, said the police were probing the case.



Four drug peddlers held
Our Correpondent

Jagraon, May 21
The Jagraon police have arrested four alleged drug peddlers and recovered 300 grams of synthetic habit-forming drugs during separate operations in past 24 hours.

The accused have been identified as Shinder Singh, a resident of Patti Multani village near Sidhwan Bet; Gurwinder Singh of Mand Tihara village; Ranvir Singh, alias Rinku, of Sohian village; and Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Kothe Khajuran village near here.

Shinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh were arrested by different police teams of the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), Jagraon, at Mand Tihara and Patti Multani villages this morning, following tip-offs.

"The police seized 60-gm synthetic drug from Shinder Singh and 70-gm drug from Gurwinder Singh’s possession,” said Inspector Ramaninder Singh.

The police have registered two separate cases against both the accused at the Jagraon Sadar police station under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Another police team arrested Ranvir Singh on Malak Road the previous night. Ninety grams of synthetic drug was seized from him.

Jaswinder Singh was caught with 80-gm synthetic drug, following a tip-off.

The police have registered two separate cases against both the accused at the Jagraon City police station under the NDPS Act.

The police produced all the accused before a local court, which sent them to a one-day police remand.



Raid at Sub-Registrar office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 21
A team of vigilance officials, led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Bikramjit Singh, conducted a raid at the Sub-Registrar office at Transport Nagar here today. The team scrutinised the records at the office.

Bikramjit Singh said the team found some negligence on the part of the officials and staff.

“The tehsildar has not cleared files, which are to be cleared on a daily basis, for past two days. Also, many people were not given receipts of land transfer on time,” he said.

A report will be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner for appropriate action against the officials concerned, said the DSP.

Duo has narrow escape

Two persons, travelling in a car, had a narrow escape after the vehicle hit a bus on Chandigarh Road this evening. While the car was badly damaged, the duo escaped with minor injuries.

The victims have been identified as Satpal Singh and Gurbhej Singh of Bhaini Sahib. The Division No. 7 police have impounded the Haryana Roadways bus involved in the accident.

Youth goes missing

A 21-year-old Shivpuri resident is reportedly missing since May 16. The youth, identified as Kurban, a native of Kishanganj district in Bihar, reportedly, left for the railway station on that day.

His brother Naushad said Kurban was supposed to board the Karambhoomi train.

The youth, however, did not reach his destination, following which the police registered a case.



District body honours local cagers
Our Sports Reporter

The girls’ team that finished third at the Junior Punjab Basketball Championship in a jubilant mood after being felicitated in Ludhiana on Wednesday
The girls’ team that finished third at the Junior Punjab Basketball Championship in a jubilant mood after being felicitated in Ludhiana on Wednesday

Ludhiana, May 21
The Ludhiana District Basketball Association honoured all boys and girls who brought fame to the city during the First IMG-Reliance BFI Basketball Championship held at New Delhi during a function at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The cagers who cornered glory at the 65th Junior Punjab State Basketball Meet held at Bhaini Sahib recently were also felicitated.

Students of Nav Bharti Public School had represented the Ludhiana Basketball Academy at the New Delhi tournament, where they came out triumphant to lift the title.

These boys proved their mettle and emerged champions at the Bhaini Sahib meet as well.



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