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Another fraud case slapped on industrialist
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The police have registered yet another fraud case against industrialist Jagjit Singh, who was recently arrested for committing a fraud of Rs 47 crore by mortgaging a plot measuring 17,000 sq yd in Jugiana village to a bank on the basis of forged documents.

The case has been registered by the Division No. 6 police. Along with Jagjit Singh, the police have booked seven others, including the employees of the United Bank of India, numberdar Kulvir Singh, and three of Jagjit’s accomplices for committing a fraud of Rs 9.70 crore with the bank.

The case has been registered on the complaint of Gulshan Pahwa of Impact Metals. It is stated in the complaint that Jagjit Singh along with his accomplices formulated fake documents of Pahwa’s property and took a loan of Rs 10 crore from the bank.

The police found that the bank employees were hand in glove with Jagjit Singh and helped him availing the loan on fake documents.

The fraud came to light when Pahwa reportedly received a sarfaesi notice from the banks for not paying the loan instalments. Gulshan approached the police and was shocked to find out that Jagjit Singh had taken a loan on his property by formulating fake documents.

Jagjit was recently declared a proclaimed offender (PO). He had been on the run since September when he was booked by the police in the land scam. Jagjit was arrested at the Delhi airport on April 15 while he was reportedly trying to escape to Andhra Pradesh.

A case has been registered under Section 420 (cheating thereby dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (Forgery of a valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 120- B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC against the accused.

In the land scam case of Jugiana village, Jagjit Singh, the owner of NKH Garments Private Limited, NKH Fashions and Omax Steel, had 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 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 and got the case registered. 

There’s no smoke without fire

Jagjit Singh’s admission to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMC&H) still remains a mystery. He was arrested in April and was sent to the Central Jail at Tajpur Road. Jagjit complained of health problem and was rushed to the Civil Hospital. As per guidelines, if a patient’s condition deteriorates, he/she is referred to Rajindra Government Medical Hospital in Patiala or the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, but Jagjit was referred to the DMC&H. At present, he is undergoing neurology treatment at the hospital. 


Civil Hospital in ‘troubled waters’
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A tap runs dry at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana
A tap runs dry at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 5
Taps at the Civil Hospital have gone dry, courtesy a faulty tubewell. Left with no other option, patients are buying packaged drinking water. Sunita Rani, a patient’s attendant, said she had bought 20 bottles of water since yesterday. “With the taps running dry, the patients and their attendants are facing a tough time,” she said. Sources said doctors were getting water from home.

Tarsem Raj, an outpatient department visitor, said he was at the hospital to get his child examined. “To quench the thirst of my ward, I had to rush to the market.”

Senior Medical Officer Dr RK Karkara said the motor of the tubewell had developed fault. “It is the responsibility of the other department to get it fixed, but as the patients are facing inconvenience, I am getting it repaired. The problem will be solved by evening,” he said.

“There has been no water since yesterday. The authorities should do something about it. How can taps run dry in such a big hospital,” she said. 



5 booked for attempting to kidnap 20-yr-old girl
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The police have booked five unidentified persons for attempting to kidnap a 20-year-old girl from the Kot Mangal Singh area yesterday. The case has been registered on the complaint of girl’s father Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of the Kot Mengal Singh Main Market area.

He said as per routine, he dropped his daughter Priya at a computer centre. In the evening, when he was returning home with his daughter, five youths, who were in a Mahindra Bolero, started following them. One of them held his daughter’s hand and tried to pull her, he said

However, the girl raised the alarm and the youths fled.

Soon commuters and area residents gathered at the spot. The incident was reported to the police.

Later, the Daba police registered a kidnapping attempt case against five unidentified persons and started investigations.

Man booked for gunning down dog

The police have arrested a man for shooting a dog in Noorpur yesterday.

The accused has been identified as Sadhu Singh. He has been booked under Section 429 of the IPC for killing an animal. Several other sections under the Arms Act have also been slapped on him.

The police have also seized a .12 rifle from the accused.

The case has been registered on the complaint of Manjeet Kaur of Noorpur. She said Sadhu Singh had watered his field yesterday. As it was hot, her dog entered the field. She too left for her workplace. After sometime, she heard the sound of a gunshot and rushed to her place.

On reaching home, she was shocked to find the dog dead. Sadhu Singh, who was carrying the rifle, claimed that he had killed the dog as the latter was sitting in his field, said Manjeet.Later during the day, Manjeet Kaur and her family reported the matter to the police following which a case was registered.



Labourer falls off staircase, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
A mason died after falling off staircase of a house in Taj Gunj Mohalla near Division No. 3 today. The house, where the incident took place, is being renovated.

The deceased was identified as Anil Kumar (30). He was going towards the rooftop along with another labourer to inspect the work. It was learnt that Anil was feeling giddy and fell from the staircase.

He died on the spot. Heatstroke is suspected to be the reason behind his death.

Area residents complained that although the incident took place a few metres away from the Division No. 3 police station, it took the police over an hour to reach the spot. 



In civic body, revenue is the ruler
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The successful auction of prominent parking lots in the city has cheered the cash-starved Municipal Corporation. With more than 17 bidders coming forward, the civic body is hopeful of earning a good revenue.

The bidding for Ferozepur Road, starting from near Hotel Gulmohar up to Sidhwan Canal, started at Rs 37 lakh. The reserve price was Rs 32 lakh. Anjali Enterprises offered the civic body Rs 1.30 crore followed by Rs 1.35 crore by Radha-Raman. The bidding price of Rs 1.40 crore by Bhola and Company put an end to the auction.

Tempers ran high as the bidding touched an all-time high. The contractors have been given 24 hours to deposit the fee. If they fail to do so, the contract will be given to the next highest bidder.

The parking lot of Feroze Gandhi Market went under the hammer for Rs 1 crore. The reserve price was Rs 25 lakh. Since there was no other bidder, the contract was given to Anjali Enterprises. It was made clear by officials that in case the successful bidder failed to deposit the amount, a fresh auction would be conducted.

The parking lot of Kips market was sold for Rs 27 lakh to Bhola and Company while Block I, Sarabha Nagar, was auctioned for Rs 3 lakh. The parking lot of Ghumar Mandi was sold for Rs 30.50 lakh to Bhola and Company while the contract of Malhar Road was given for Rs 17.20 lakh.

Block I, Sarabha Nagar, Malhar Road and Ghumar Mandi are new parking lots. A civic official said the MC had decided to auction the sites in order to tide over financial crisis.

Commissioner speaks

The new Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Aggarwal, said: “We need to strengthen the financial position of the MC. Residents will have to pay nominal charges for parking vehicles at the parking lots. We will utilise the funds in the development of city.” 



Dismissal of Inspectors
Strike enters fourth day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The protest against the dismissal of two Inspectors of the Food and Civil Supplies Department entered fourth day today.

Members of the Inspector 2010 Batch Union, Punjab (Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs), sat on a dharna in front of the office of the District Food and Civil Supply Controller, Ludhiana, while the routine work remained suspended.

Union president Saravdeep Singh Bedi said the Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies Department, had assured the state union leaders, during a brief meeting on June 3, of a favorable outcome.

“Despite his assurance, no positive step has been taken in the case,” said Bedi.

He said Inspectors from all over Punjab were supporting the cause and struck work.

“Seeing such an overwhelming response from everyone, our will has strengthened further. District-level protests will continue all over Punjab till we hear something positive from the authorities,” he said.



advertisement row
Shiv Sena seeks Mayor’s resignation
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
In the absence of a proper formulation of the Punjab Outdoor Advertising Policy 2013, the advertisement row in the city refuses to settle down. The Shiv Sena unit today organised a dharna near Gunda Nullah demanding “punishment” for those involved in the advertising scam.

Unit president Rajiv Tandon said the city’s development had come to a standstill in the absence of funds. He said funds could not be generated until open tenders were floated for putting up advertisements in the city.

Tandon said in the absence of an advertisement contract for past two years, the civic body had lost nearly Rs 40 crore annually in revenue.

“We want Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria to resign. Also the serving minister whose son is involved in the scam should resign,” said Tandon.

The protesting leaders, however, did not take names of other six contractors who had installed “illegal” hoardings and advertisements on private buildings.

No clear policy

In the absence of a resolution approved for the new advertising policy by the state government, confusion prevails among MC officials and contractors.

Senior Deputy Mayor RD Sharma had raised the issue after the person in the dock deposited around Rs 4.5 lakhs as advertising tax to the civic body “haphazardly”.

“Similar rules had to be followed by everyone in the case. There are six other agencies, which are advertising on private property, but they have not paid any taxes to the civic body. The authorities never demanded any taxes from them to date and they paid money to building owners for putting up advertisements. There can only be two options: either the MC follows the previous policy and ask contractors to pay a tax for advertising on private buildings or devise a new policy, on which there have been no clear instructions yet. If we have not asked anyone to pay, how can any person be held responsible for duping the MC?” said a senior MC official.

Controversy politically motivated: Gohalwaria

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said the controversy was politically motivated, as only one person was targetted.

“As far as the loss of revenue to the MC is concerned, we will get all taxes recovered,” he said.



City chemists shut shops
Oppose frequent police raids under drive against drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Local chemists today shut their shops for four hours from 1 pm onwards. They were protesting against the rise in the number of raids at their shops as part of the ongoing drive against drugs.

The Retail Chemist Association of Ludhiana president, Aman, said: “The police have been harassing us unnecessarily. We already have officials from a number of other departments who keep conducting raids at our shops. Now, the police have joined them too. We, too, want a drug-free Punjab. We are not selling any habit-forming drugs and want the police to stop raiding our shops without any evidence.”

Residents, meanwhile, had a tough time due to the shutdown.

“I went to buy my mother’s daily dose but found chemist shops in thearea closed. I called my brother to tell him to collect the medicines from near his office, but shops were closed there as well,” said Paramjeet Kaur, a resident of Kochar Market.

Another resident, Sudhir Sharma, said he forgot to carry his inhaler today. When he went to a chemist shop to buy another one, he found it closed.

“I came to know from neighbouring shop owners that chemists had gone on a protest. I immediately went to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital to buy an inhaler, as any delay could have proved fatal,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nilambari Jagdale, met the protesting chemists and assured them that no one would harass them.

“All chemists should obtain the licence. If they have it already, they need not to worry. They should sell medicines only on prescription. If anybody harasses them, they can call the police control room (100) or any police official,” she said.



Brick kiln owners to cease operations
Will protest against mandatory environment clearance from June 20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Brick kilns in Ludhiana have decided to shut operations for an indefinite period from June 20. The move is in protest of the mandatory environment clearance.

Ludhiana District Brick Kiln Owners’ Association president Inderpal Singh said the last government made it mandatory for brick kilns to get the environment clearance.

“After completing all formalities, brick kiln owners in the city applied for the clearance, but all files have been returned on pretext of various shortcomings,” he said.

Association chairman Satish Aggarwal said it was impossible to carry out work under such circumstances.

“No brick kiln has got environment clearance. Either the mandatory clearance should be done away or at least there should be some leniency,” he said.

According to latest guidelines issued last year, brick kilns in Punjab would cease to operate if they failed to obtain environment clearance certificate from the competent authority.

The High Court had pronounced this judgement on the petition by Ram Singh, who had raised the issue of digging of earth from fields—a mining activity. The court accepted his plea and issued necessary orders to get environment clearance.

“The government process of getting environment clearance is very lengthy and cumbersome. Brick Kilns should be exempted from getting this clearance,” said Pankaj Vadhera, a brick kiln owner.

“The government has increased the VAT on brick kilns and labour rates have also been increased. Now, the environment clearance is proving to be the death knell. I applied for the environment clearance but my file was rejected. Now that a new government has taken over at the Center, we are hopeful of some positive change,” said another brick kiln owner.



pvt property defacement
All complaints redressed: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
All complaints related to defacement of private property during the recently held Lok Sabha elections have been redressed.

Disclosing this, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said: “More than 80 FIRs were registered against different persons for the defacement of public property.”

Commenting on the number of political posters visible in the city, the DC said: “Volunteers of NGOs and residents removed posters at some places. Now, it is the duty of the municipal corporation to do the needful.”



Protesting students meet ICAR official
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
On the fourth day of the protest, the fishery students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVSU) staged protest outside the Pal auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University, where convocation of Veterinary College was being held here today.
A protesting girl falls unconscious during the protest outside Pal Auditorium at the PAU.
A protesting girl falls unconscious during the protest outside Pal Auditorium at the PAU. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Dr KML Pathak, deputy director general (Animal Sciences) Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), who was in the campus as the chief guest for the convocation, met the protesting students. Students told him about their experience of meeting CM Parkash Singh Badal and Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries. Students, who were unsatisfied from the attitude and response of CM and Ranike, blamed that the university authorities and ICAR failed to assure jobs to pass out batches of the Fishery College.

Dr Pathak assured the students for the early sanction of a project submitted by the State to provide them job opportunities.

DR VK Taneja, vice-chancellor, GADVASU, also conveyed the students that university had been in constant touch with the state government for their employment and will continue to make further efforts for the same, both in public and private sector.

VC informed that the state government has submitted a project worth Rs 320 crore to the Government of India for strengthening of fish production under the protein supplement mission. The project is likely to be sanctioned and will provide various jobs for fishery graduates. He also advised them to have patience, resume their classes and complete their degrees in time.

Meanwhile, in a late evening statement, the protesting students stated that they are not satisfied with the promises of deputy director general of ICAR and vice-chancellor and they will continue the strike. The students announced that they will go on a hunger strike. Amardeep Kaur, a protesting student got unconscious during protest and was hospitalised.

University’s take

In a press briefing, University authorities claimed that since the inception of the College of Fisheries, university is continuously making efforts for the placement of their students in public as well as private sector.

The university authorities are in constant contact with the students on strike to convince them to resume their classes and complete their degree. They were advised not to stay outside during the nights, as it is not safe with respect to security and health of the students. The respective families of the students were also informed about their activities and parents of the girl students were also conveyed that it is not safe for their daughters to stay out on the road during night. Students and their parents were also made aware of likely attack by mosquitoes, insects, snakes or scorpios, which may pose serious threats to their lives. But neither the students nor their parents paid any attention to the advice.

However, the university deputed their security personals and female attendants for the safety of students during the nights, while local administration has also provided security, including lady constables, to the students. The university authorities said they were worried for the welfare and safety of their students, but it is unfortunate to know that they are blaming the University for pressurising them to call off the strike.



NIIFT students present their creations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Students of Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology showcase their talent today. They presented dresses created by them to participate in the annual fashion show of the institute ‘Anukama -14’.
Models strike a pose in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Models strike a pose in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan.

Director, NIIFT, Vishav Bandhu said each student will present four designer dresses. Presenting her collection, Shweta from NIIFT Ludhiana said her collection is named Aura and inspired from spirituality and has all the seven colours and floral designs. Kanika from NIIFT Jalandhar said her collection is inspired from the look of a Muslim bride. With necklace as the theme of her collection, she has made bedecked and embellished neckline that replicated the piece of jewellery. Sumit presented a dress that was based on the theme of cycle of life. His collection had symbolic representation of clock to depict the theme. Prashant presented his collection that he called as the picnic look and meant for casual wear with streaks of fashion. Another student presented her dress is inspired from Greek look of earlier times. It has been embellished with brocade work and named it as shapes of the season.

Representatives of the institute said the fashion event gives the students a platform to showcase the talent of the budding designers.

Former Miss India-World Navneet Kaur Dhillon, former Miss India-Universe Ushoshi Sengupta, and other models Aakshi Khatri, Sangeeta Khanayat, Tanya Singh were present today. They interacted with the students and will wear the dresses made by the students during the fashion event.

Miss India-World Navneet Kaur Dhillon said she was happy to be in Ludhiana. She said that she keeps visiting Punjab as it is her home. Talking about her experience of participating in Miss World beauty pageant, she said it was an enriching experience, as she learnt a lot during the pageant and met people from different cultures and countries. She is not just referred to as a model any longer. “Once a Miss India, you are forever a Miss India,” she said smiling. She will be doing a Bollywood movie. When asked if she would like to do a Punjabi movie, she said that she has been offered Punjabi movies many a time, but would for it only if the script of the movie is good.



SSA teachers stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
The teachers working under Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) staged a protest against the state government for not renewing their contract after March 2014. Irked teachers burnt the effigy of state government near Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT). As many as 1,273 B.Ed qualified teachers were recruited on contract in March 2013. The SSA authorities appointed them on a condition that they have to clear a six month course equivalent to Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) recognised by National Council for Teacher’s Education.

According to the protesting teachers there is no university or board which offer 6 months ETT equivalent course. So they were unable to do this course. Ram Bhajan Chaudary, president, SSA /RMSA Teachers Union said, “We have informed to the SSA authorities about the crisis. But instead of providing any relief they did not renew our contracts this year.”

Rajwinder Singh, senior vice-president of the Union said we are ready to do a course but government did not give any provision of course. Now more than 800 teachers recruited against 1,273 posts in March 2013 are teaching in schools. But government did not release our salaries.”

The teachers announced that a protest will be organised outside the office of Anjali Bhawra, Principal Secretary, School Education, on June 9. Teachers demanded that government have to start a course under Indira Gandhi National Open University so the teachers can pass the course. 



Anganwadi Mulazam Union holds meeting
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
District cell of Anganwadi Mulazam Union Punjab held a meeting today. A large number of Anganwadi workers led by Subash Rani, district president of the union, gathered at Chhatar Singh Park.

Union leaders said the state government has done some major changes to issue the aid to Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS). According to unionists, the state government shifted the officials, employees, Anganwadi workers, and helpers from non-plan scheme of budget to plan scheme.

Subash Rani demanded increase in salaries and to makr them at par with Haryana. “Haryana government has recently increased Rs 2,500 of Anganwadi workers and 400 for helpers. 



111 degrees conferred

Ludhiana, June 5
A total of 111 students were conferred with Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry degrees during the 13th Convocation of College of Veterinary Science of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

While delivering his convocation address, Dr Pathak, DDG, Animal Sciences, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) stated that GADVASU is one of the premier institutes for veterinary and animal science education and has achieved excellence and recognition nationally and internationally.

During the Convocation, three gold medals and merit certificate were awarded to the meritorious students. Money vouchers were presented to students excelling in studies to buy books.

Dr Pathak said the serious concern in veterinary education is veterinary human resource which is continuously facing the threat of shortage of skilled professionals. The number of veterinary graduates produced each year is still far below the required level. He called for the diversification of agriculture in livestock sector. About 70 per cent of the rural household owns livestock. Animal husbandry is an important source of employment in rural India especially for women. — TNS



World Environment Day

Ramgarhia SchoolWorld Environment Day was celebrated by different schools. NSS and NCC jointly observed the day at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj. Various types of events such as declamation contest, chart making contest and quiz were organised to mark the day. Jagtar Singh, general secretary and Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, were the chief guest on the occasion. The experts appealed to the student to control air, water, soil and noise pollution. They advised students to plant saplings to mark the day.

New GMT Public School

New GMT Public School observed World Environment Day today. Various activities such as essay writing on “causes and effects of global warming”, tree-planting campaigns, seminar on “ways to enhance natural resilience against climate change” were conducted to create awareness among the students. Director of the school Jasbir Singh Thind and Principal ManjeetKaur also planted trees on the school premises and gave the bird feeders and bowls of water to the students to prevent the declining ratio of sparrow population.

Creative workshop

The pre- primary wing of Police DAV Public School, was abuzz with activity as the students participated in a four-day long fun and frolic creative workshop. The students were given a chance to try their hands on a variety of activities which included creative writing for kids, handwriting improvement tips, art and craft. The music and dance sessions were the most enthralling for the students. A special dance party was organised on the concluding day. This initiative taken by the school was highly appreciated by the parents.

Summer workshop

In ten-day summer workshop of BVM School, Kitchlu Nagar, hundreds of students participated. To become rationale and economical the students are making best usage of waste material in making things of decorating homes. In computer networking, students were exposed to demonstration of UTP designing, setting IP addresses, sharing data resources and hardware devices. In personal grooming workshop the students were given tips on dynamic personality, communication skill, personality analyzing, etiquettes, managing time, memory graphing and managing distractions.

Workshop for teachers

‘Ethics in education’ a soul searching workshop was organised by the BVM. Trust to enlighten the teachers and parents with a motive to revive the human values and create a harmonious atmosphere in the school and at home. Dr Sarabjit Singh, associate professor, Department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and Culture, PAU, primarily focused to break the vicious circle of apathy and discourtesy to create a world of happiness everywhere. Teachers, the nation builders and the facilitators can only transform the society with their positive attitude. During the interactive session the parents and teachers shared their experiences. Principal Bandana Sethi thanked Dr Sarabjit for enlightening the teachers by presenting a memento and also thanked the parents for sparing their valuable time.

Summer camp

Tagore Public School

Tagore Public School organised a summer camp for the students. The students enthusiastically participated in various activities ranging from cooking to dancing, sports to yoga, calligraphy to spoken English and painting. The in-charges guided the students in their respective fields.

Spring Dale School

Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School arranged a summer camp for its students. The students selected the activities of their choice out of two categories and had both fun and knowledge. On the last day, a programme was arranged in which the students showed their talent in karate, cricket, vocal, instrumental music, folk dance, english speaking and personality development. Students enacted an English drama. — TNS



Ludhiana Scan

Environment Day

The Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing and Punjab Remote Sensing Centre celebrated World Environment Day. The event that aimed at raising awareness on environment conservation was sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, and Webrosoft, Ludhiana. Dr RK Setia, Secretary, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Ludhiana Chapter, gave an overview of the importance of the day.

Cycle rally

The Action Against Corruption members celebrated World Environment Day by organising a cycle rally. The rally went through various areas of the city including Naulakha Road, Kesarganj Chowk, Lakkar Bazaar and Karimpura Bazaar.

Awareness talk

The Indian Institute of Architects-Ludhiana Centre celebrated World Environment Day by holding a seminar to create awareness on the issue. HS Boparai and Rajan Tangri explained in detail the importance of healthy environment. Yogesh Singla talked about the golden rule of 3R: reduce, reuse and recycle.


To celebrate World Environment Day, Hyatt Regency representatives went to three city schools: ABC Montessori, Story Brooke and Playful Minds. They organised workshops to encourage the use of reusable material. Children were informed about the harmful effects of using plastic. They were taught how to make bags out of newspapers.

Training course

The Department of Processing and Food Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University will organise a training course on agro-processing centres from July 7 to 11. Rural youth will be equipped with the basic knowledge of processing agricultural produce and the related machinery during the course

Blood donation

To mark the company’s foundation day, employees of Shingora Textiles organised a blood donation camp on Thursday. A team of doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital collected blood.


The Rehri Phari Federation organised a seminar for various member associations. MC Zonal Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal was the chief guest. He made the federation members aware of the vendor policy.

Animal welfare camp

The People For Animals and SPCA organised an animal welfare camp at Bhagwan Mahavir Abhaeshala, Rahon Road. Teams from the animal husbandry department took care of animals. — TNS



Rs 1 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 5
Rs 1 lakh were allegedly stolen from a car today. The thieves reportedly broke the windshield of the car when the vehicle owner was visiting a friend’s office near Samrala Chowk.

The victim, Perminder Singh Pappu, had left a bag containing the cash in the car. The police have started the investigation. The thieves, suspected to be three in number, have been caught on a CCTV camera, said sources.



dhruv pandove trophy
Amritsar pile up 447 on Day 1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 5
It was a dismal day for hosts Ludhiana as Amritsar capitalised on fielding lapses and went on pile up a huge score of 447 for 8 on the opening day of the four-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Ludhiana skipper Nikhil Chowdhary won the toss and invited the visitors to bat. Local bowlers, however, did not receive the required cooperation from fielders, as they were taken to a leather hunt by Amritsar batsmen.

Ludhiana dropped as many as eight catches in addition to two sure stump chances that helped Amritsar in reaching the mammoth total in 96 overs. Abhinav remained the star attraction withmain feature of their innings was a century by Abhinav who contributed 146 runs.

Brief scores

Amritsar (first innings): 447 for 8 in 96 overs (Marshall 84, Abhinav 146, Rahul 51, Pathak 63; Hertejsawi Kapoor two for 70, Navendu one for 92, Nikhil Chowdhary two for 81, Vishwanath Bala three for 86)



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