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improving law and order
Midnight raid at railway station
Cops inspect premises following reports of lawlessness; fine tipplers at liquor vend
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
To tighten the noose around anti-social elements and drivers of illegal auto-rickshaws, the city police conducted a surprise midnight raid at the railway station here last night.

The team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Sukhpal Singh Brar challaned the tipplers, who had visited the railway station at night to buy liquor.

The ADCP ordered the closure of the liquor vend, which was functioning at midnight in violation of the guidelines.

Ludhiana Tribune had highlighted several times in the past that the railway station had become a den of anti-social elements, including snatchers, drug peddlers and robbers, frequenting the area at night.

There were several allegations that the menace was thriving right under the nose of the police. It was also alleged that police personnel took bribe to ignore several illegal activities near the railway station.

There have been several incidents in the past where a gang of robbers allegedly posing as auto-rickshaw drivers and passengers targeted people hiring autos at the railway station.

Taking note of the prevailing lawlessness outside the railway station, ADCP Brar convened a meeting with officials yesterday and ordered heavy police patrolling near the railway station.

“Lawlessness will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against those creating ruckus in the city. Besides, checking the luggage of suspected persons, we also issued challans to the tipplers,” said ADCP Brar.

He said the drive would continue until people don’t follow the rules.

Meanwhile, city residents have lauded the move.

“Visiting the railway station at night is not safe as criminals frequent the area. The lower-rung policemen mint money by targeting residents who visit the station to receive their relatives,” said Tarun Khurana, a resident.

Recently, Jaspreet Singh Bawa, was stabbed 26 times with an ice pick outside the Pandi Parantha Wala, a eatery located on the Chauri Sarak on the night of May 27. After battling for 10 days, Bawa succumbed to his injuries. Later, the relatives led by Congress leader Ishwarjot Cheema carried out a candle march and accused the eatery owner of deleting the CCTV footage in which the accused was caught stabbing the victim. Police officials said the eatery owner had been asked not to operate the joint at night.

Lawlessness will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against those creating ruckus in the city.
— Sukhpal Singh Brar, 
adcp (headquarters)


Sahnewal Airport
Mock anti-hijacking drill: Admn, police caught unawares
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The mock anti-hijacking drill conducted at the Sahnewal Airport sent the government machinery in a tizzy here today. An alert was sounded in the morning in various government departments that the Sahnewal Airport had been hijacked.

The Administration and the Police Department immediately swung into action. Police officials, including Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Sahnewal) Lakhveer Singh and SHO Sahnewal Anil Bhanot, rushed to the airport, which was already cordoned off by the security personnel deployed there.

Fire tenders and ambulances arrived on the premises in no time. Officials from the administration also gathered at the spot.

Soon, the word spread that a plane had been hijacked at the Sahnewal Airport. Rumours, that a few industrialists had been taken hostage, spread like wildfire.

In no time, the Police Department started receiving frantic calls from curious residents who were eager to know the authenticity of the news.

However, the air was cleared and people were informed that it was a surprise mock anti-hijacking exercise.

ACP Sahnewal Lakhveer Singh said, “There was no need to panic as it was a routine exercise. The mock exercise is conducted to check whether all departments are prepared to tackle any eventuality.”

how the exercise kicked off
Alert sounded in the morning in various government departments that the Sahnewal Airport had been hijacked.
The Administration and Police Department immediately swing into action.
Fire tenders and ambulances arrived on the premises in no time.
Top cops arrive at the airport. The area was already cordoned off by the security personnel deployed on premises.



Indians in Iraq
DC starts helpline number
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
To provide information to people whose family members were staying in Iraq, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal has launched a helpline number of the District Defence Welfare Officer — 0161-2741066.

The DC said, “The phone number will remain functional for 24 hours.”

He urged the residents that the families of Indians living in Iraq to contact on the number and provide details of their family members.

“The government will contact them and remain in touch,” added Aggarwal.

As per the District Administration, it has received information on more than 30 persons, who are staying in Iraq but are safe. The DC has also urged residents to contact their nearest police station or tehsil, so that government officials can contact them to know about their well being.

Nearly 40 Indians working in a construction company were abducted by gunmen from the Iraqi city of Mosul.



City’s Kshitij secures 249th rank in JEE
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Kshitij Bajaj has brought laurels to the city by securing the 249th All-India Rank (AIR) in the Joint Entrance Test (JEE-Advanced), the results of which were declared today.

He had scored 330 marks out of the maximum 360 in the JEE (Mains).

He wants to be a mechanical engineer. “I want to join the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi or Mumbai.”

A student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Kshitij scored 95 per cent marks in Class XII.

Kshitij gives the credit of his success to his parents and teachers.

His father, Sanjay Bajaj, is a manufacturer, while his mother, Vimi Bajaj, is an accountant.

On his success mantra, he said, “I achieved success through hard work.” The final rankings of JEE will be released on July 10. The weightage of Class XII marks will also be added to the JEE Advanced marks.



Regularisation of unauthorised colonies in a logjam
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 19
Thanks to a flawed policy, coupled with the lack of initiative on the part of the Local Area Development authorities and civic bodies, the regularisation of more than 10,000 unauthorised colonies and lakhs of buildings — constructed in these colonies across the state — is caught in a complex procedural wrangle.

Even though the Punjab Government has issued directions to all the competent authorities to finish the work of regularisation of colonies, plots and built-up properties and issue the no-objection certificates (NOCs) by July 31, things are moving at a snail’s pace.

Information gathered from the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authorities (GLADA) reveals that more than 1,140 applications were filed by developers of unauthorised colonies under the provisions of the revised policy for regularisation till the stipulated date.

“Till date, just half a dozen NOCs have been issued to the developers who had paid 10 per cent of the compounding fee and have also completed all the required formalities,” said a GLADA official, while adding that, “All applications for regularisation of colonies were being referred to the District Town Planner, who will verify that the said colonies haven’t violated the master plan.”

Enquiries made with the Town and Country Planning Department revealed that the verification of colonies in the light of the master plan of the city was stuck up due to non-availability of khasra plans with the authorities.

“Only with the help of khasra plans and names of villages, it can be verified that the illegal colonies have not been developed in violation of the master plan and these are not being put to any other use than laid down in the master plan,” said an official.

With the Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2013 — enacted by the state government to amend the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995 (commonly known as PUDA Act) and pave way for compounding of illegal colonies — having lapsed in April 2014, no new applications for the regularisation of colonies and built-up properties in such colonies, were being entertained.

A city-based estate developer suggested that in order to achieve the desired results, the government ought to introduce an amendment in the legislation and provide more time to developers and the owners of plots/properties in unauthorised colonies for getting these regularised.

Going a step further, the developer said a mechanism should be put in place to accept online applications for regularisation of colonies and properties on the payment of a token application fee. “The NOC should be issued on receipt of applications and a provision can be made for the payment of compounding fee and all other charges at the time of registration of sale deeds or transfer of ownership,” he said.

caught in a wrangle
More than 1,140 applications filed by developers of unauthorised colonies under the provisions of the revised policy for regularisation till the stipulated date.
Enquiries made with the Town and Country Planning Department revealed that the verification of colonies in the light of the master plan of the city was stuck up due to non-availability of khasra plans with the authorities.



Guilty will not be spared: DC
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Perturbed over the huge number of complaints against “illegal” buildings being constructed in the city, the Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal said he was not going to spare the guilty officials. He also said action will be also taken against the owners of illegal buildings.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Aggarwal said 70 per cent of the complaints received by him were of “illegal” buildings.

“It is really unfortunate that there are so many complaints against the building branch. On this serious matter, a meeting of all the ATPs, building branch inspectors, draftsmen from all the zones will be held on June 21. I am going to make it clear that erring officials will not be spared and strict action will be recommended against the owners of illegal buildings, too, as per law. Ludhiana is a densely populated city with major problem of traffic congestion. Such illegal commercial and residential buildings will add more problems to the city,” said Aggarwal.

An ATP, wishing not to be quoted, said whenever some illegal construction took place in city, the building branch persons got to know about it. “But when the interests of certain inspectors or officials are taken care of, latter prefer to look the other way. Illegal buildings are mushrooming in almost every zone and there is need to adopt strict measures against defaulters else it will be too late,” said the ATP.

It is perhaps because of the callous attitude of authorities in the past that hundreds of illegal buildings have mushroomed in city in past few years. The shop-com-flats in areas including Ghumar Mandi, Model Town, BRS Nagar had been converted into well established hotels, restaurants, clinics for vested interests and the traffic problem in the city has become bad to worse.



Strike enters 19th day, truce not in sight
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The strike of fishery students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) entered its 19th day today. Disappointed after a meeting with Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for Animal Husbandry Dairy and Fisheries, the students informed that they will intensify their struggle.

As many as 12 final-year students of Bachelor of Fishery Sciences (BFSc) along with some pass-out students had been sitting outside the veterinary hospital for last 18 days. The district administration had arranged a meeting of students with Gulzar Singh Ranike but students did not get any positive response from the minister.

“We have been sitting peacefully outside the university campus. Now all the students have completed their course and all are eligible for job. Ironically, there is no hope of job in near future. We are not demanding jobs on the spot. We are just demanding assurance of job from government but minister even can’t assure the jobs to well qualify youth. We will not sit calm,” said Kushwinnder Singh, a protester.

“On one hand CM Parkash Singh Badal and minister for Animal Husbandry Dairy and Fisheries claim to uplift the fishery sector in the state but without filling the vacant posts of fishery officers in state how the fishery sector will be improvised,” said another protesting girl.

Varsity told students to vacate hostel

The university authorities cancelled the hostel seats of 7 students for staying outside during nights to participate in strike and violation of the hostel rules. The protesting students alleged that university authorities were pressurising them to vacate the hostel so that they might end the strike.

Students informed that the hostel wardens at GADVASU hostels asked students to vacate the hostel rooms by tomorrow evening. According to the students they can stay in the rooms till July 31 when the semester ends. They had paid for the hostel rooms till the month of July.

Meanwhile Dr Prayag Dutt Juyal, registrar, GADVASU said, “The degree programmes of these students have been completed so they have to vacate their hostel rooms. It is a routine practice. We can’t provide them hostels to carry on strike. As per the hostel rules they can’t stay in hostel after the completion of degree programme. Moreover, they have violated the rules by staying outside during nights. We have to repair the hostels so they have to vacate the rooms.”



2,456 candidates sit for CET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Guru Angad Dev and Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) conducted the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to bachelor of veterinary science and animal husbandry, bachelor of fisheries science and BTech (dairy technology) programmes.

The Controller of Examinations, Dr Sushil Prabhakar, said a total of 2,710 candidates applied for admission to these courses of which 2,456 candidates (1,526 boys and 930 girls) appeared in the entrance test conducted across three centres at RS Model Senior Secondary School, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar and BVM Senior Secondary School, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana.

Vice-Chancellor Dr VK Taneja had the first hand information about the arrangements for the conduction of entrance test and also visited the three centres.

Registrar Dr PD Juyal said the first counseling for BVSc and AH/BFSc and BTech (dairy technology) are scheduled to be held on July 22 and 23 respectively at the Silver Jubilee Auditorium of the College of Veterinary Science, GADVASU. He said the test was conducted for 62 seats of BVSc and AH 20 of BFSc (Bachelor of Fisheries Science) and 27 of BTech (dairy science technology).

The CET-GADVASU results will be declared within 2-3 days.

Students may check the results on the university website and university notice boards as well. 



Fighting drug abuse: Toll-free helpline to be launched soon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
A high-level team, under the supervision of Home Secretary, paid a visit to the city to check and assess the progress made in the direction of de-addiction of drugs.

During a meeting, Home secretary Sameer Kumar and Inspector General (Litigation) BK Uppal said a team will conduct a ground level survey to study the work undertaken to tackle the menace of drugs. Further a toll-free number will be launched soon, where the addicts will receive counselling from trained professions.

The team will remain at the district headquarters till the completion of their study. Once the study completes, the report would be submitted to the government.

Home Secretary Sameer Kumar, IG BK Uppal, Commissioner of Police RK Jaiswal and Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal briefed the gathering about the state government’s resolve to eradicate the menace of drugs and provide drug addicts with proper rehabilitation.

The team would also make a personal visit at the de-addiction centres and will give suggestions as to make the working of such centres more effective.

Civil Surgeon Subash Batta was directed to prepare a list of de-addiction centres in the district.

During the meeting it was said that the persons caught with drugs would be sent to de-addiction centre once they were released on bail. The identity of the addict would be kept a secret, said an official on the occasion.

During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal suggested that the state government should formulate memorandum of understanding (MOU) (on the lines of cancer treatment facility introduced by the state government) with private hospital for the treatment of drug addicts. By launching such scheme, the addict can receive free medical treatment at any hospital, said Rajat Aggarwal.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, (SSP) Harsh Kumar Bansal, SSP, Jagraon, Ravcharan Brar, Superintendent, Khanna, in charge de-addiction centre Dr Sudha and District Public Relation Officer (DPRO) Prabhdeep Singh Nathowal were also present on the occasion.



Road safety a prime concern for this crusader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 19
Instrumental in getting the Children’s’ Traffic Park built in the 1960s, this crusader has been working for road safety for a long time now.

“The traffic in the city needs to be regularised on the lines of how it is managed in metropolitan cities such as Mumbai,” said the convener of the Road Safety Minded Citizen’s Council, Sham Singh Harika, who feels road safety is the prime concern for the city as thousands of vehicles get added to the city every year. Apart from traffic congestion, it also leads to road accidents as the width of the road remains unchanged, said Harika.

“The traffic needs to be regulated. Different closing time needs to be allotted to different institutions. Following this, vehicles will not come out on the road all at once and cause traffic jams,” said Harika.

He said the road infrastructure needs to be made better.

The Jagraon Bridge has been there from the pre-partition times and remains choked most of the time during the day. The Administration needs to work with the railways as well to widen it to prevent it from becoming a traffic bottleneck, he said.

“I have worked for improving the environment and have sought changes in the building bylaws which will make it mandatory to plant trees. According to the size of the residences, there must be a minimum number of shady trees that should be planted necessarily around the area, said the convener of the council.



Mayor conducts surprise checks at parking lots, finds discrepancies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
As regular complaints were being lodged from different areas regarding fleecing by parking contractors in the new parking lots, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria along with a councillor today conducted surprise checks using a private vehicle instead of an official car.

He visited the parking lot at Sarabha Nagar and the attendant charged Rs 10 (as prescribed by the MC authorities), which was supposed to be valid from 6 am-11 pm daily. After visiting some other places, Mayor again visited the parking lot and showed the slip to the man. This time, the slip was torn by the attendant. Mayor warned attendant not to do such fleecing of residents. He said, “Residents can come to the market about 100 times if they wish and same slip will be valid till 11 pm,” said the Mayor.

He also noticed that parking men were collecting fees from the road near Sarabha Nagar D Block, which was not included in parking zone. He took all the slips and asked attendant to send the contractor.

“I will keep on conducting such surprise checks to see that attendants were not fleecing visitors. If residents have any problem on parking issue they can always contact me,” said the Mayor.



Low hanging wires pose threat
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 19
Residents of Karnail Gate locality of Jagraon have been living under constant danger of being electrocuted due to low hanging power cables in various streets of the locality. These low hanging power cables have been posing serious threat to the lives of the commuters as well as the residents living in the locality.

During a visit to the locality, it was found that the power cables were hanging quite low in many areas of the locality. The joints of some of these power cables are naked at some of the places, thus, posing a risk to the lives of the local residents.

The area residents said they have been facing huge problems due to these low hanging power cables. “At some of the places, these power cables are touching the rooftops of some of the houses where children keep playing. In case any person comes into contact with these power cables, it may lead to dire consequences,” said Advocate Amrinder Singh, a resident of Karnail Gate area.

According to area residents, they have informed the authorities of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PowerCom) about the problem many a times but nothing has been done to raise the level of these power cables.

“We have requested the authorities of PowerCom requesting them to raise the height of these low hanging power cables and cover the joints which are naked. But it seems all our requests seem to be falling on deaf ears as nothing has been done to raise the level of these power cables so far”, rued Lal Chand, another area resident.

Gurpreetmohinder Singh Sidhu, Xen, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Jagraon, said, “We will look into the matter and raise the height of power cables at the earliest,” said Sidhu.



Stray cattle menace irks residents in Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 19
Stray animals nuisance continue to haunt residents of Jagraon. A large number of stray animals keep wandering in different areas of the town, hence causing problems for residents as well as commuters.

Shopkeepers at the Sabzi Mandi rued that stray animals damage vegetables and fruits kept by them outside their shops. Besides a large number of stray animals on different roads of the city, including one of the busiest Ludhiana-Moga highway, has been posing serious risk to the lives of the commuters.

As the number of these stray animals has increased manifolds recently, the risk of the commuters meeting accidents has also escalated. One can often see a large number of stray animals sitting in the middle of roads or wandering freely on different roads, hence becoming a major reason for the rise in number of accidents.

Animals wandering freely on the road form a bad impression on the visitors. These stray animals also damage the public property to a large extent.

“One can easily spot these stray animals moving or sitting right in the middle of various roads thus making things difficult for the commuters and residents,” said Arun Kumar, a shopkeeper of a store on the Raikot Road.

The local Administration has allegedly failed to control the problem so far. Though there are two gaushalas located in the city but these are not enough to handle these animals. The SDM, Jagraon, Apneet Rayat, said the local Administration is constructing a gaushala in Jagraon to accommodate animals.

“Once the construction work of this gaushala is complete, the problem of stray animals will be solved”, said the SDM.



Marxist communist party flays hike in bus fare
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 19
The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) has criticised the hike in the bus fares saying it will hit the pocket of the common man badly.

The secretary, Punjab State Committee MCPI(U), Pawan Kumar Kaushal, said the hike had been aimed at providing benefit to the transport companies owned and operated by the private operators, especially the Badals.

He further said the steep increase in the bus fare will cause further increase in the prices of the food items and other essential commodities and will make the life of the common man more miserable.

“Instead of increasing the bus fares, the government should have reduced the extra VAT on the petroleum products. But in order to take advantage of the price hike, the government decided to increase the bus fares so that the Badals’ transport companies get benefitted,” said Kaushal.

“Surprisingly, the fleet of AC and luxury buses owned by Badal family also has been heavily exempted from hike in Motor Transport Tax,” he added.

The Marxist Communist Party of India (United) demanded an immediate roll back of the hike in bus fare in the interest of the common man.



Varun visits city to promote film
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June19
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan visited the city today. He was here for the promotion of his upcoming movie and inauguration of PVR Cinemas at Pavilion mall. Huge number of fans gathered to have a glimpse of the actor.

Varun said he was happy to visit Ludhiana. He said he had visited the city for the first time. He was excited as 20 years back his father David Dhawan had also lived in the city, he added. “When I told my father that I am going to Ludhiana, he was elated,” he said. Fans gathered around outside the mall when they got to know about his visit. He said he got late because of the delay in his flight by two hours. Being a Punjabi, it is good to be in Punjab. He talked about his upcoming movie Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya.

Harshita, a resident, said she rushed to the mall when she got to know that Varun was about to reach Ludhiana. “It was great to see the actor. He looks as good in real as he does on the screen,” she said.

Fans of the actor cheered and greeted him as he entered the mall. They cheered him and clicked pictures on their mobile phones. Female fans cheered and gathered around his car. One of his fans Agam said it is good that Varun got a good fan following with just a couple of movies, he said.

Seeing a large crowd some of the residents started to enter the mall. The staff of the mall had to explain that the mall had not been inaugurated so far.



NGOs install warning boards along ‘killer’ canal in city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
To avoid any untoward incident at Sidhwan canal where many youngsters die just for the sake of a dive, city-based two NGOs have installed warning banners on the banks of canal. Shri Geeta Mandir Vikas Nagar and SGM Nishkam Sewa Ashram have installed warning banners stating, “This is killer canal and it had killed many bath takers. Save your life. Police helpline number 100 and 9815800251”

Pardeep Kumar Dhall, general secretary, Shri Gita Mandir, Vikas Nagar said, ‘Many children had lost their lives while bathing in canal. Apart from a warning, we have also inspired people not to put filth and plastic material in the canal and to keep it clean. We know that boards will be destroyed by anti social elements as this does not suit them but we will continue our moral duty.”

Many youngsters enjoy swimming in the canal and some of them have even lost their precious lives in the strong current of water while swimming in Sidhwan canal. Despite of deaths, the youngsters can be seen playfully diving and swimming in the canal.

Dhall said, “We have installed as many as 8 such boards on the banks of canal. The youngsters playfully jump into canal specially on seeing the train on railway line which goes towards Ferozepur. We would be successful even if we could save even one life. We appeal people not to swim in the killer canal.”



Snag in goods train leads to snarl
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
Motorists had a harrowing time at the manned railway crossing in Shastri Nagar as the level crossing remained closed for nearly 40 minutes after a Jagraon-bound goods train developed a mechanical snag.

The busy stretch of road, with bumper to bumper traffic, connects Sarabha Nagar and Pakhowal Road to Shastri Nagar and Model Town Extension.

The unrelenting mercury added to the misery of fuming and fretting people who were caught in the traffic jam. Total chaos prevailed on both sides of the railway track over the inordinate delay in opening of the barrier and restoration of the traffic movement on the road.

A few of the affected persons also called up the police and railway authorities to apprise them of their predicament without evoking any positive response.

According to Station Superintendent RK Sharma, the level crossing was closed to let a goods train pass for its onward journey to Jagraon. However, as the train was put in motion, it developed a load jam. In such cases the wheels of the bogies are locked with the brake discs due to pressure disturbance.

Sharma said the technical staff of the railways, were deployed to rectify the snag and it took some 20 minutes time before the train was moved. “The level crossing which normally remains closed for about 10 to 15 minutes to let a train pass, had to be kept closed for about 35 minutes,” he added.



Students bring laurels in CATC-61 NCC camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Students of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar Bye-Pass, performed good during a ten-day CATC-61 NCC camp held at NCC Academy, Malout, Punjab.

In shooting camp, organised by 19th Punjab Battalion NCC, Ludhiana, Pushant Moudgill, JD cadet, won gold medal in Battalion Group Competition and qualified for CATC Shooting-1-62, an inter-group competition to be held in Ropar from July 3 to 12, 2014 at NCC Academy, Ropar. Girl cadets also performed very well.

Ritika won gold medal in drilling and Deepshikha bagged gold medal in poster making competition. In slogan writing Shilpi got silver medal and in cultural folk dance Nitika bagged silver medal. During the camp children performed in drilling, firing, compass and map reading.



Students excel

The students of BSc-III (Biotech ) Honours of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, won accolades for the college by attaining 100 per cent result. Ravinder Kaur secured first position in the college by obtaining 74 per cent marks whereas Harpreet Kaur and Gurmeet Singh placed themselves second and third by obtaining 73.3 per cent and 72.8 per cent marks respectively. All other students fared well by obtaining first divisions.

Adventure camp

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management participated in seven-day adventure camp organised by Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi, at Van Niwas, Nainital with 69 students and five teachers along with Dr RL Behl, Principal of the College. The adventure camp covered activities like rock climbing, river crossing, bouldering, rock scrambling and trekking to land’s end, Sri Aurobindo peak, Kainchi Dham covering distances from 4 to 16 kms. Students learned the art of making various kinds of knots such as figure of Eight knot, Middleman knot, Bowman’s knot and Endman’s knot along with Claw Hitches on full tree and half tree.

GNIMT students bag positions

Punjab Technical University (PTU) has issued merit list of BBA 1st, 3rd and 5th semesters for November 2013 examinations. Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana bagged five positions in the list. Suruchi Ahuja with 86.67 per cent, Sukhvir Kaur with 85.33 per cent and Harsimran Kaur with 84.33 per cent marks stood 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively in the University while Sharadha Srivastava with 83.67 per cent marks got 7th position in BBA 3rd Semester and Jasleen Kaur Birdi with 77.17 per cent marks got 10th position in BBA 1st semester.

Industrial visit

The Department of Electrical Engineering, RIMT-IET, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised an industrial visit for the students of 2nd semester to Diesel Loco Modernisation Works, Patiala. This industrial visit was a part of 4-week Institutional training being conducted by the department. On reaching DMW, an overview of various sections was given to the students by officials. After that the students were divided in two groups and were made to visit the operational sites and workshops along with the faculty members Manjit Verma and Kuldeep Singh. — TNS



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Delegation meets CM

A delegation of Akali leaders met CM Parkash Singh Badal at Secretariat in Chandigarh. They congratulated him for appointing three new ministers in the cabinet.

World Tummy Day

Just Sonia Weight Lose Clinic organised ‘World Tummy Day’ on Thursday. People were told about the importance of the right diet and the needs to control obesity. Dr Sonia from the clinic said by becoming vegetarian, people can save themselves from stomach diseases. She said one should consume a lot of water in summers for a better health.

Govt flayed

Convener of the Industrial Cell of the BJP, Ravinder Arora, said the state government wants to destroy the industry by increasing the electricity charges.

Foundation day

The Pensioners’ Information Centre Management Committee (PICMC) celebrated its 12th Foundation day at the Pensioners’ Bhawan on Thursday. Members of 22 different associations of pensioners, family pensioners and their dependents, having a membership of over 22,000 of the district federated with PICMC, jointly celebrated the event. The deputy general manager, Central bank of India, regional office, Ludhiana, HS Brar, was the chief guest and presided over the function. GL Bajaj, chairman, PICMC, introduced the project. — TNS



4 booked for duping bank of Rs 2.5 cr
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The city police have booked four persons for duping a bank of Rs 2.5 crore on the pretext of setting up a factory unit. The accused have been identified as Ravi Goel, Sanjay Bhatia, Jatinder Makan and Gaurav Gupta of New Model Town.

A case has been registered on the compliant of Satinder Singh, an employee of the Punjab National Bank.

Satinder Singh stated to the police that the four accused had applied for a loan of Rs 2.5 crore on December 12 for setting up a factory unit.

The complainant said neither the accused returned the money to the bank nor did they set up a factory unit. Following a probe, a case of fraud was registered against the four persons. The accused are yet to be arrested.

Two booked for snatching

The city police have booked two persons for snatching mobile phone of a woman while she was standing outside her sister’s house in Salem Tabri area.

According to the complainant, Ajay Verma, a resident of Baba Balak Nath Mandir in Salem Tabri, his sister-in-law Kanika, a resident of Batala Road, Amritsar, was standing outside their house, when two youths on a scooter snatched her mobile phone.

Kanika raised alarm but the accused managed to escape.

The police have registered a case against Satpal Singh of Peeru Banda colony in Salem Tabri and his unidentified accomplice in this regard. Investigations are on, said a police official.



Man held for raping minor

Sihar, June 19
The police have arrested a man of Sihar village in Ludhiana district for allegedly raping a minor girl.

The accused has been identified as Jagtar Singh.

Bhikhi, father of the victim, and villagers complained to the police that Jagtar Singh had allegedly exploited the minor girl.

The police registered an FIR under Section 376 of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse Act 2012. —OC



Mohali beat Ludhiana by 8 wickets
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 19
Mohali beat Ludhiana by eight wickets to garner full points on the last 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 grounds here today.

Mohali required just 75 runs to record an outright victory and they achieved the target in 16.3 overs.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 298 all out in 98.1 overs (Kashish 59, Rajat Arora 37, Nikhil Chowdhary 52, Parul Mehndiratta 107; Harmanvir 3 for 93 runs, Jasinder 2 for 92 runs, Akshay 3 for 61 runs and Ramandeep 1 for 6 runs).

Mohali (first innings): 399 all out in 123.5 overs (Shubham Gill 141, Abhijit Garg 41, Ramandeep 81 and Pranjay 76*; Navandu Sharma 3 for 78 runs, Hartejsawi 3 for 69 runs, Kashish 3 for 55 runs and Nikhil Chowdhary 1 for 57 runs).

Ludhiana (second innings): 175 all out in 55.4 overs (Kashish 20, Rajat Arora 25, Parul Mehndiratta 47, Harkunwar Makkar 19 and Manvir 28*; Jasinder 7 for 56 runs, Harman 1 for 54 runs, Akshay 1 for 35 runs and Shubham Gill 1 for 2 runs).

Mohali (second innings): 75 for 2 in 16.3 overs (Shubham Gill 29, Karan 25 and Ramandeep 16*; Kashish 2 for 22 runs).



Swimming meet begins today
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Ludhiana, June 19
The three-day 39th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Water Polo Championship for boys and girls in the age groups of 15-17 years and 13-14 years in all the national events will begin tomorrow at the swimming pool of Punjab Agricultural University. More than 250 players will participate in the event.

Swimmer Harleen Kaur from Sangrur, holder of a national record, will be among others seen in action. Some other talented swimmers who are currently attending coaching camp at Bangalore will also be competing in different events of the championship.

The Punjab state junior swimming teams (boys and girls) in the these age groups will be selected during this meet for the 41st Junior National Aquatic Championship scheduled to be held from July 12 to 16 at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, stated Balraj Sharma, honorary general secretary, Punjab Swimming Association.



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