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Abhishek’s death
Report rules out drug overdose
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The chemical examination report has ruled out the presence of drugs/intoxicants in the viscera of 22-year-old Abhishek Banerjee.

The report defies the police’s drug overdose theory. “Until now, we were thinking that my son died of drug overdose, but his death turned out to be a cold blooded murder. A forensic expert told me that my son could have been asphyxiated. A pillow was found on the rear seat of the car,” said AK Banerjee Abhishek’s father.

Abhishek was found dead in his black Honda City car outside SCD Government College on June 22.

His death had sparked a controversy, questioning the state government’s much-hyped anti-drug drive. As the police had closed the matter by terming it a drug overdose case, Banerjee probed the case on his own.

Banerjee, who runs the Sadbhavna Group of Institutes in Raikot and a de-addiction centre, said according to the autopsy report, his son had died at 11.48 pm on June 21. “His hands and legs had turned blue. This does not happen in a drug overdose case. There was no injection mark,” said AK Banerjee, questioning the police’s theory of Abhishek’s death due to drug overdose.

The police were prompted to take action which led to the questioning of a police official’s nephew who had met Abhishek on the fateful night. The suspect told the police that he had last seen Abhishek with five youngsters.

“I knew it was not an open and shut case. There was blood in my son’s mouth. It does not happen in a drug overdose case,” said AK Banerjee. Banerjee added that his son was pursuing LLB from Pune. He had not consumed drugs for the past three months. “He had promised me that he would not do drugs ever again,” claimed Banerjee.

ACP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh said he had asked the officials’ concerned to look into the report and start investigations.

Banerjee said the police official’s nephew was his patient and that he had befriended Abhishek at the de-addiction centre.

He said the youth had given a false address. The suspect told the police that Abhishek was standing near his car with five persons when he left the place at 8 pm.


What happens when protectors side with molesters?
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
They commit the heinous act and get away with it. Rape accused have always had their way. First information reports (FIRs) have been of no help. Victims and their families keep shuttling between offices.

Instead of arresting the accused, the police seem keen on effecting a compromise. Two month ago, a woman was abducted and raped on the banks of the Sutlej. She was taken hostage for four days. A case was registered, but action is still awaited.

In the beginning, the police kept dilly-dallying, but when the matter was highlighted in the media, the case was registered against Naresh Kumar, a resident of Bharti Colony, his accomplice and aunt Gulabo for kidnapping and raping the woman.

Sources said a few days after the registration of the case, Naresh left the country to avoid police action.

Social activist Jagshir Singh of Mullanpur said instead of arresting the accused, the police were emphasising a compromise. Seeking justice, the victim has been running from pillar to post.

A family residing near Tibba Road had a similar tale to tell. A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped twice, raped and subjected to child marriage.

“My sister was kidnapped twice and kept under inhuman conditions. Even after the registration of a case, the accused are roaming scot-free and threatening me of dire consequences. We are called at the police station and made to sit for hours together. The police is pressing us to keep quiet. Officials would have been on toes, if such an incident would have happened to a relative of some police official,” said a member of the family.

The girl was reportedly kidnapped on April 5 and traced on April 11 following the registration of the kidnapping case. The victim was kidnapped again on May 18 when she, along with her parents, was going towards the railway station.

Initially, the police did not register the case. The victim’s parents had to approach the higher authorities to get the case registered on July 30.

On August 4, Rameshwar Chourasia, BJP MLA from Bihar, visited Tibba Road and met the migrant family. Chourasia hinted that the kidnapping of the 15-year-old girl could be a handiwork of an organised gang. The girl was finally rescued on August 13.

Seven persons, including prime accused Guddu, his father Niyad Ahmed, mother Nasima, Laddo, Jyoti, her namesake Jyoti and local leader Manpreet were booked for kidnapping the victim. The case was registered two months ago, but no action has been taken so far. Recently, two cases were registered against a godman for allegedly raping a girl on the pretext of ridding her of evil spirit. In September, the Model Town police had booked a godman, Rajesh Kakkar, a resident of Guru Gyan Vihar, for raping a minor on the pretext of curing her. The victim’s family had cried foul and accused the ‘godman’ of threatening them. Similarly, a self-proclaimed godman allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl. The accused, identified as Zakir Ansari, a resident of Hargovind Nagar in Gyaspura, is yet to be arrested. It is learnt that he offered money to the victim’s parents for withdrawing the case.

Flip side

The sensational rape case, in which famous Punjabi singer Nachhatar Gill was involved, took many twists and turns. Inquiries were conducted for a year. However, the matter was later settled in the court and the woman withdrew her complaint. The withdrawal of the case had raised questions. A retired officer said vested interests and political pressure delayed the arrest of the accused as it gave an opportunity to “corrupt” police officials to extract money from the accused. The delay in such cases leads to out-of-court monetary settlement.

Predators roam scot-free

In September, the Model Town police had booked a ‘godman’, Rajesh Kakkar, a resident of Guru Gyan Vihar, for raping a minor on the pretext of curing her.



Protest and its aftermath
Vice-chairman of Local Body Cell apprehends threat to life, files police complaint against PPCC chief, his aide
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Two days after the protest against Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa turned ugly and led to a scuffle between party workers, Gursimran Singh Mand, vice-chairman of of the Local Body Cell, Punjab Congress, today approached the police.

He filed a complaint with the Police Commissioner against Bajwa and his aide Ishwarjot Singh Cheema fearing danger from both the Congress leaders.

Mand said on October 29, he along with his supporters was holding a protest against Bajwa when Cheema threatened to kill him and his family.

He told the Police Commissioner that if anything would happen to him, Bajwa and Cheema would be responsible for it.

Mand, in a communique issued this evening, said he had brought the matter to the notice of Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh yesterday, adding that the latter appointed him the secretary of the Punjab Jatt Sabha.

Ishwarjot Cheema slammed the allegations as baseless. He said the protest was stage-managed by Capt Amarinder Singh and that Mand had been rewarded (made secretary of the Jatt Sabha) for the job.

Cheema added that he did not expect that the senior leader would stoop so low and use puppets to damage the Indian National Congress.

The incident

Congress workers held a noisy protest against PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Carrying black flags and placards, they raised slogans “Go back Bajwa” and “Bajwa bhajao, Congress bachao” outside a hotel where Bajwa was interacting with mediapersons. The protesters and Bajwa’s supporters entered into a scuffle. Leaders had to intervene to sort out the matter.



auction of sites
GLADA nets Rs 1.86 cr
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 31
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today sold seven booth sites in Dugri Urban Estate, Phase II, for Rs 1.86 crore at a marginal premium of 11 per cent through a public auction. The reserve price of the sites was Rs 1.68 crore.

The sale of seven booths, out of 15, proposed to be put under the hammer comes as a small consolation for GLADA as there were no takers for 44 other commercial sites which were put on the block for sale.

GLADA estate officer RK Popli, who conducted the auction along with additional chief administrator Kuldeep Singh and other officials, said the highest bid for the booth site, measuring 22.69 square yards, was Rs 1,18,500 per square yard while the lowest successful bid was Rs 1.15 lakh as against the reserve price of Rs 1,05,820 per square yard.

In all, 13 bidders participated in the auction for booth sites after having deposited an eligibility fee of Rs 1 lakh. Six intending buyers had deposited eligibility fee of Rs 3.53 lakh for offering bids for the SCF sites in the Dugri Phase II scheme, but the offer was withdrawn by the officials as the bids were considered to be on the lower side as compared to the prevailing market price.

As per the offer document, GLADA had offered for sale 59 commercial sites which included two chunks of land in Dugri Phase I, a hotel site in Sector 32-A on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, 14 booth sites, seven SCO sites and 10 shops in Dugri Phase I, one SCO site, nine SCF sites and 15 booths in Dugri Phase II. Put together, these commercial sites had a floor price of around Rs 55 crore.



Youngsters add colour to winter’s balmy evenings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Come winter and youngsters are not only all agog about enjoying the nip in the air, but also the opportunity the season brings with it to experiment with their attire.

“For me, autumn-winter is a festive time as I get to adorn fabulous clothes while enjoying the chilly weather,” said Ruchi, a resident. Pre-winter fashion clothes are tip-toeing the fashion forecast this season. Neon colours that were the hot favourite last season are out. Gundeep Kaur, fashion faculty at INIFD, said this time around neons had fazed out and it was monotones that were in.

Apart from that, microprints are also popular. Plaids, also called “checks”, are back in vogue. People have started sporting light cardigans. Harishita, a resident, said as compared to summer, winter offered a variety of clothing to experiment with one’s look. “One can wear jackets, coats, sweat shirts, cardigans, pullovers, stoles, shawls, overcoats, hats and more. There are endless ways of looking great and different every day,” she said. “This is the reason winter is always eagerly awaited by fashion lovers. There is a variation in the styles from pre-winter to winter as well, from light clothes to heavy woollens,” she said.

“In winter, caps, gloves and mufflers add to the great look and you can match these according to your style,” said Saksham, a student.



Regularisation of illegal colonies
MC to launch awareness drive
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
With the new policy for regularisation of illegal colonies as well as plots and properties in such colonies being notified by the Punjab government on October 28, the Municipal Corporation has geared up to launch a comprehensive awareness drive for the intended beneficiaries.

Addressing a news conference here today, MC Additional Commissioner Dr Rishi Pal Singh said the civic body would put up banners and hoardings to apprise the people of the features of regularisation policy, so that maximum number of people and developers of colonies located within the city limits could derive benefit from the one-time offer.

Special camps and counters in the offices of the civic body would also be set up to guide the applicants and colonisers and receive applications for regularisation of illegal colonies, plots and built-up properties in these colonies.

The official said under the provisions of the new policy, pending applications, which could not be processed for want of certain documents or other formalities, would also be taken up for regularisation of colonies and properties on payment of the stipulated composition fee. Also, those who could not submit their applications when the previous policy had lapsed could do so till January 27, 2015, along with required documents and composition fee as prescribed in the policy.

According to the Additional Commissioner, the schedule of ward-wise and zone-wise special awareness camps was being drawn up and would be announced in next couple of days.



Compensation for riot victims
Sikh migrants’ body hails announcemnt
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 31
The Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board has hailed the announcement of Rs 5 lakh compensation for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The board, however, has termed the NDA government’s decision to pay the relief to just 3,325 families, against a total number exceeding 10,000, discriminatory.

Calling for a fair and transparent disbursement of the amount to genuine claimants, chairman of the board Kartar Singh Patna said the erstwhile UPA government had released Rs 440 crore to the Punjab government for payment of rehabilitation grant to each of the 2,200 victims or their families, out of which the state government had disbursed only Rs 223 crore.

“Part of this amount (Rs 223 crore) did not reach the intended victims, but was misappropriated by touts and henchmen of political leaders. Several cases of fraud, misappropriation and forcible occupation of property are still pending in various courts against the culprits,” he said.

Patna demanded that the “dubious” role of leaders of the ruling party in Punjab, bureaucrats and touts in allotment of residential flats and booths to riot victims be probed by the CBI to bring out the truth and punish the guilty persons. He also sought similar compensation of Rs 5 lakh to every riot victim or their family without any discrimination.

Councillor demands relief for victims of militancy

Meanwhile, BJP councillor Inder Aggarwal called for a similar financial relief for innocent people of Punjab who were killed at the hands of terrorists during the long spell of militancy in the state from 1980 to 1992.

In a representation to the Punjab Chief Minister, the councillor said successive governments in Punjab had remained insensitive to the thousands of victims of terrorism, whereas the fate of the victims of anti-Sikh riots and those falling to the guns wielded by militants was the same.

Aggarwal said the state government led by Parkash Singh Badal should take a cue from the initiative taken by the Centre and announce a package of financial relief for victims and families of terrorism in Punjab.



Schemes for expectant mothers, neonates
More families avail of health facilities
Our Correspondent

mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
Schemes launched for the welfare of expectant mothers and neonates are fast becoming popular among the lower and middle class. Till recently, only families belonging to the BPL and reserved categories used to avail the services provided at government hospitals and dispensaries.

Acknowledging the trend, Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Arashdeep Singh Thind said the officials concerned had been advised to rope in office-bearers of social and medical organisations for the promotion of various schemes aimed at the welfare of mothers and their children.

The Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) and the Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHSNC) are some of the schemes launched recently by the government.

According to the stats, the primary health centre in the town and surrounding localities had started receiving more beneficiaries under various schemes.

Unlike the earlier trend, families from urban localities and the middle strata of society, who earlier used to shy away from availing the services at government medical centres, have also started availing the facilities.

Organised efforts to educate the masses about the schemes and the extra facilities provided by the government besides the appointment of experienced doctors are some of the major factors behind the trend.

Referring to the information received from the Health Department, Thind claimed that more than 3,200 expectant women availed medical services at government-run hospitals and dispensaries in Sangrur district. At least, 298 women were provided medical help during child birth at their homes, said Thind. Expectant mothers in the 19-45 year age group, availing institutional medical services at these centres, were given Rs 500 to 700 besides free medicines.

Appreciating the role played by some social organisations in spreading awareness about the well-being of expectant mothers and neonates, Civil Surgeon Dr Subodh Gupta said the district Health department had initiated a process to rope in more organisations for the mission.

Teams of ASHA workers and ANMs had been constituted, who would identify the beneficiaries and motivate them to avail the health services at government hospitals, he added.

Fact file

  • Unlike the earlier trend, families from urban localities and the middle strata of society, who earlier used to shy away from availing the services at government medical centres, have also started availing the facilities.
  • Organised efforts to educate the masses about the schemes and the extra facilities provided by the government besides the appointment of experienced doctors are some of the major factors behind the trend.



Dist officials take national unity oath
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was observed as National Unity Day today.

Remembering the country’s first Home Minister’s contributions towards national integration, Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal administered an oath of unity to various department officials at Bachat Bhawan.

He asked the officials to administer the same oath to employees in their respective offices.

The Commissioner of Police, Parmod Ban, besides Additional Deputy Commissioners Amrit Kaur Gill and Supreet Singh Gulati were present on the occasion.

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited officials also took the pledge to strive for national unity at the zonal headquarters as well as divisional offices.

Chief Engineer (Central Zone) Rachpal Singh motivated the staff of the power utility to perform their duty diligently.



Death anniversary
Congress pays tributes to Indira Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Congress Sewa Dal, Ludhiana (Urban), paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary here today.

Addressing the gathering at Abdullapur Basti, body president Nirmal Kaira said Indira Gandhi sacrificed her life to safeguard unity and integrity of the nation. He said she was a far-sighted and determined leader.

During another function held at Shimlapuri, party leaders recalled Indira Gandhi’s services to the country. Present among others were Gurnam Singh Kaler, Tilak Raj Sonu, Rajesh Nagpal, Ajay Dang, Mohan Singh Dugri, Parmatam Tiwari and Ranjeet Singh Baba.

At yet another function organised at Shimlapuri, former district Congress committee president Pawan Dewan said: “It was her immense and unfailing faith in the secular values that ultimately led to her paying with her life.”

He motivated the party workers to learn from her “great sacrifice, which had no parallel in the modern history”. The workers observed a two-minute silence in Indira Gandhi’s after paying floral tributes to her. The gathering included former block president Palwinder Singh Taggar, Vinod Bathla, Balwinder Bedi, Rajnish Chopra, Sadhu Ram Singhi, Dr Onkar Chand Sharma, Rajesh Sonia, Bhadur Singh Riat and Prince Johar.



Month on, cops still clueless about youth’s disappearance
Our Correspondent

Sudhar, October 31
The police are still clueless about the sequence of events leading to the mysterious disappearance of a youth of Sarabha village whose motorcycle was found from the Abohar branch of the Sirhind Canal here.

Family of the missing youth is panic-stricken after an incident in which two miscreants, armed with weapons, tried to enquire about the victim’s mother from two women on outskirts of the village five days ago.

The missing youth, identified as Manpreet Singh, aka Gaggu, a football player and a student of BA I had gone missing after he left his home for college at Narangwal village on September 24.

Though the police had recovered his motorcycle from the canal a few days ago, they are still clueless about the sequence of events leading to the disappearance of the youth.

Upset over the tardy investigation, Gaggu’s sisters Harman Preet Kaur, Amar Preet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur said the miscreants must have thrown their brother’s motorcycle in the canal to misguide the police. “The fact that both the number plates of the motorcycle are missing suggests that the motorcycle was deliberately thrown into the canal,” they said, urging the authorities to expedite the investigation.

The family members started apprehending danger to their lives and property after two motorcycle-borne youths asked about Gaggu’s mother Sukhwinder Kaur from Paramjit Kaur and Paretana Kaur. “Had our mother been with Paramjit Kaur and Paretana Kaur, they could have harmed her too,” said the sisters.

Maintaining that Paramjit Kaur and Paretana Kaur had informed the police about the latest incident on Tuesday, SHO Sudhar Shiv Kamal Singh said the investigating team had been directed to identify the miscreants on the basis of information provided by the women.



Poor condition of road irks Kothe Jeeva residents
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 31
Residents of Kothe Jeeva village on the outskirts of Jagraon have been facing a tough time due to the poor condition of the link road connecting the village with the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway.

According to the villagers, the link road had not been constructed for a long time. The villagers regretted that though they had raised the issue with Jagraon MLA SR Kaler and the local administration on various occasions, nothing had been done to improve the condition of the road.

During a visit to the area, it was found that water had accumulated on the road and commuters were facing problems while passing through the road. Moreover, students at a management and technology college on the road has been facing a tough time.

Annoyed over the constant neglect of the authorities in repairing the road, the villagers staged a protest yesterday. They raised slogans against the state government and the local administration.

“The road has not been even repaired for a long time. During a visit to the village in June last year, MLA SR Kaler had promised to reconstruct the link road within two months but the promise was not fulfilled,” said Gurmit Singh Geeta, a resident of the village.

The villagers have urged the local administration to repair the link road. Jagraon market committee secretary Jaswinder Singh said the link road could not be constructed due to a shortage of funds with the department. MLA SR Kaler said he did not remember any commitment made with the villagers. “I would look into the matter and make sure the work is done if required,” he added.



Give objections to voters’ list in writing: Divisional Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
AS Pannu, Divisonal Commissioner Patiala and the role observer appointed by the Election Commission of India for amendments in the voters’ list, have appealed to the political parties to give in writing if they have any complaint related to the voters’ list. He stated this while addressing a meeting of representatives of different political parties at Bachat Bhawan today.

Pannu said,” If anyone has any complaint regarding the voters’ list, he should submit a complaint in writing so that action could be taken against the booth-level officer. It has been observed that when the amendment in the voters’ list starts, people come up with verbal complaints due to which the Election Commission faces problem in taking appropriate action. So, it is mandatory that all political parties appoint their booth-level agents so that action could be taken against any wrong-doers.”



delay in inauguration
Will open up Lodhi Road underpass to public, says Congress
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A delegation of the Ludhiana Congressmen, led by PPCC Economic and Political Planning Cell chairman Ishawarjot Cheema and block president Kulbir Singh Neeta, brought to the notice of MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu the alleged deliberate delay in the inauguration of the Lodhi Club underpass.

The residents are facing inconvenience due to the delay, they alleged. Raveneet Bittu, Bharat Bhushan, Ishwarjot Cheema and Kulbir Singh Neeta also visited the site. Bittu said, “This is deplorable that the underpass has not be opened.”

It was also decided that if the underpass was not inaugurated in next three days by the administration, the Congressme, led by Ravneet Bituu, would throw open the underpass to the public.

With the inauguration of the underpass, the vehicular traffic on the Pakhowal and Ferozpur roads will ease and the people living in the area will heave sigh of relief.



Vigilance Awareness Week observed

Ludhiana, October 31
United India Insurance Co Ltd observed the vigilance awareness week in all its offices from 27 October to 31 October.

The observance commenced after all employees took the pledge of working honestly and fair public dealing on October 27. It was also resolved that the employees would work collectively for the eradication of corruption. Messages sent by the President, Prime Minister and Central Vigilance Commission were also read on this occasion.

A special lecture was delivered on the premises of the regional Office, Ludhiana, by Dr Rakesh Kumar, HOD, Hindi Department, Government College for Girls. The primary focus of his address was transparency and honesty in public life. The eradication of corruption was the other area that got prominence in his address.— TNS



Investigation into death of woman demanded
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 31
Bhajan Singh and his wife, residents of Sangowal village, have demanded probe into the death of their daughter who died at the house of her in-laws on October 23 under mysterious circumstances.

In a complaint to the Machiwara police, Bhajan Singh stated that his daughter was married to Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Jhar Sahib village, two years ago. He alleged that on October 23, his son-in-law called him and demanded Rs 20,000 on the pretext that their daughter Veerpal Kaur was ill.

Later, he informed that Veerpal died of heart attack. He alleged that when they reached their son-in-laws house, they found marks on the throat of their daughter but they were told by Gurvinder Singh and his family that Veerpal had committed suicide by hanging herself. They further alleged that they were not allowed to inform the police before the funeral.

Bhajan Singh demanded a fair probe into the matter. SHO Darshan Singh confirmed the development and said that the investigation was on.



ludhiana scan
Five test positive for dengue

Five more patients tested positive for dengue belonging in Ludhiana. A woman (27) from Prem Vihar and four men from Ranjodh Park, PAU, Model Town Extension and Rajesh Nagar resepectively are under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The number of dengue patients diagnosed has gone up to 130, of which 92 belong to Ludhiana.

Delegation leaves for Japan

More than 30 members of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking, including president Avtar Singh, left for Japan to attend the Japan International Machine Tool Fair-2014, which is being held from October 30 to November’ 4 at Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre ) by the Japan Machine Tool Builders Association, on Friday. The main purpose of the delegation is to explore new areas of technology infusion, use of low cost automation and the improvement in the market of MSMEs products.

Power shutdown

Sever 11 KV feeders fed from the 66 KV Model Town substation will remain shut due to the maintenance work on November 1 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The power supply to Model Town, Model Town Extension, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Abdullapur Basti, General Bus Stand, Shastri Nagar, Atam Nagar, Dugri Urban Estate Phase I and II, Vishal Nagar, Punjab Mata Nagar, Jawaddi village, Vikas Nagar, Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Guru Gian Vihar will be affected.

Interactive session

Bangalore-based Stonehill International School, an initiative of Embassy Group, on Friday held an interactive session on IB learning. Governing council representatives, senior faculty members and programme co-ordinators of the school met with the parents and students. The programme to reach the students looking to pursue international education in a residential school that serves a multicultural community of students from across the world.
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust and the Swami Vivekanand Sports Club, Ludhiana, flag off relief material for the flood-hit in Assam
The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust and the Swami Vivekanand Sports Club, Ludhiana, flag off relief material for the flood-hit in Assam. A Tribune photograph

Relief material for flood-hit

The Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust and the Swami Vivekanand Sports Club, Ludhiana, on Friday sent relief material for the flood hit in Assam. Yash Pal Gupta said after J&K, Assam had been hit hard by floods and it was their duty to extend a helping hand towards the families in need.

Non-functional streetlight

The Thapran Mohall Welfare Society said the streetlight (fluorescent lamp) installed in Mohalla Thapran was lying non-functional for more than a fortnight. A complaint for the repair/replacement of the streetlight has been lodged with the Municipal Corporation as the complaint office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has not taken any action so far. The matter has also been brought to the notice of the area councillor.

Ban on stubble burning

District Magistrate Rajat Aggarwal has banned the burning of paddy stubble under Section 144 of the CrPC till December 29. He said the stubble burning causeed pollution, which resulted in several diseases, he added. — TNS



Students pledge to strive for unity
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 31
Following the directions of the CBSE and UGC, schools and colleges organised activities on the first National Unity Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Besides the unity pledge, run for unity, speeches, discussions and other activities were organised.

Police DAV Public School

The principal administers the unity pledge on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to students at Police DAV Public School in Ludhiana on FridayThe day starting with the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge, followed by the “Run For Unity” in which the students took laps of the sports ground. In order to convey the message of importance of unity in keeping public places clean and to keep alive the spirit of “Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign”, the students undertook cleanliness drive on the campus.
The principal administers the unity pledge on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to students at Police DAV Public School in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

GRD Academy
Students and teachers take part in a run at Arya College
Students and teachers take part in a run at Arya College;
Children prepare a poster at BCM School in Ludhiana
Children prepare a poster at BCM School in Ludhiana; and
Students take out a rally at Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot, as part of National Unity Day on Friday
Students take out a rally at Swami Ganga Giri Janta Girls College, Raikot, as part of National Unity Day on Friday. Tribune photographs

Celebrations conveyed the message of importance of unity in sustaining any work. The students participated in delivering speeches on the life of Sardar Vallbabhbhai Patel. Poster and collage-making activity was also organised on the theme “Unity and Integrity” and “Safety and Security”.

Atam Devki Niketan

At the Kidwai Nagar institute, the unity pledge was taken by the students and the staff. Painting and singing competitions were held on the theme “Rastriya Ekta” to pay tributes to Sardar Patel and other freedom fighters.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir

Students at the Udham Singh Nagar and Kitchlu Nagar campuses of the school participated in a plethora of activities that began with the pledge and run for unity. During the run, the students help placards highlighting the message of national integrity. Painting and poster-making competition was also organised.

St GDS Convent School

Various activities were conducted during the morning assembly on the school premises. Poster-making, painting and collage-making activities besides debate were conducted in various classes. The topics included national festivals, symbols and national growth. Speeches were delivered on the topic “Students’ contribution in maintaining national unity”.

BCM School

Students and faculty at the Dugri-based school took a pledge to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation. Later, a run was flagged off by the school principal, Dr Vandna Shahi.

Green Land School

Poster-making and collage-making competitions were held. A play depicted the life of Sardar Patel was staged. Students pledged to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation.

Guru Hargobind School

Students delivered speeches, highlighting the life and achievements of Sardar Patel. They also pledged to strive for national unity.

New GMT Public School

New GMT Public School organised a “Rally for Unity”. Students raised slogans. Principal Manjeet Kaur motivated them and appreciated their efforts.

BCM Arya Model School

An array of activities including collaborative painting, collage making, online debate, run for unity and team debate was organised at the Shastri Nagar-based school. Nearly 15 teams from reputed schools participated in the activities.

Tagore Public School

The day started with the pledge for national unity. Students took the oath to solemnly dedicate themselves to the cause of preserving national unity.

Ramgarhia Girls College

Students were apprised of the life, achievements and contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. They participated in discussions.

GMT College

Students shared their views on the contributions of Sardar Patel through speeches and PowerPoint presentations. Students recited songs and poems related to national integration.

DD Jain College

All took the pledge to dedicate themselves to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation.

SCD Government College

Principal Dharam Singh Sandhu led the “Run for Unity”, which saw the participation of students, teachers and administrative staff. They pledged to preserve unity and integrity of the nation.

Doraha College of Education

Doraha: The faculty as well as students of the college participated in the pledge taking ceremony for a better future of nation. The students shared their views on the need to ensure national integration.

Green Grove Public School

Around 800 students ran for unity. Principal S George flagged off the rally. President JPS Jolly congratulated the students and said the event was the need of the hour.

Radha Vatika School

Khanna: Radha Vatika School, Radha Vatika Model School and Radha Vatika College celebrated National Unity Day. Students displayed various posters carrying messages such as “Save the Girl Child”, “Swachh Bharat”, “Corruption-free India”, “Unity is the Real Strength” and “Drug-free India”.

GG Janta Girls College

Raikot: The day was celebrated under the guidance of principal Dr Savita Uppal. The principal administered the oath of unity, safety and security to all students and staff members.

Green Valley Public School

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Students organised a rally and took the oath to preserve national unity. Victoria Public Senior Secondary School, Lehra, and Maya Devi Senior Secondary School, Pohir, too observed the day.

Malwa College

Samrala: The Bondli college paid rich tribute to the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India. All students and employees participated in the event. Some teachers discussed the life of Sardar Patel and his contribution to national unity. An oath was administered to the gathering. Principal Dr Jaspal Singh said such leaders and statesmen are very rare.



PAU youth fest: Literary, poetic events rule Day 2
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Sarabjit Singh Sidhu and Shaminder Shammi, students of the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, were adjudged winners of the poetic recitation and “Haas Ras” poetry, respectively, on the second day of Inter-College Youth Festival at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

The day was marked by literary and fine art events. A number of participants focussed on issues and challenges faced by the agrarian society of the state in their poems. The students participated enthusiastically in poster making, debate, clay modelling and poetic events.

During poster-making competition, the students exhibited their creative skills on the themes “Save Girl Child” and “Drug-free Punjab.” In debate and poetry competitions, the students expressed their views on the topics “Youth — the keeper of Punjabi culture”, “Pen — power of writing”, “Soaring New Heights” and “Childhood”.

The chief guest, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director of research, natural resource and plant health management, said the varsity had made commendable efforts to make the students multitalented.

“The student life is a learning stage that inculcates discipline and boosts the confidence of the youth,” he said.

Referring to the debate competition, Dr Dhiman said that “matter, method and manner” were three vital ingredients for this event. The guest of honour, Dr Chander Mohan, additional director, communication, said youth festivals instilled a spirit of competition and tolerance among the younger generation. Jaspal Singh, chief engineer, PAU, presided over the poetry session.


Poetic recitation — Sarabjit Singh (College of Basic Sciences and Humanities) 1, Kamal Preet Kaur (College of Agriculture) 2, Jasmine Sidhu (College of Agriculture) 3; Haas Ras — Shaminder Kumar (College of Basic Sciences and Humanities) 1, Rachandeep Kaur (College of Agriculture) 2, Sahil Sharma (College of Agricultural Engineering) 3; poster making — Chetan Kaur (College of Agriculture) 1, Karun Katoch (College of Agriculture) 2, Munish Verma (College of Agricultural Engineering) 3; debate — Sachi Chugh and Ruchika (College of Agriculture), Anmol Grewal and Gurkanwal Kaur (College of Basic Sciences and Humanities) 2, Khushboo and Kutika Gupta (College of Home Science) 3; best debater for the motion — Sachi Chugh (College of Agriculture), best debater against the motion — Kutika Gupta (College of Home Science); clay modelling — Ranbir Singh (College of Agriculture) 1, Suman Kumari (College of Basic Sciences and Humanities 2, Atma Singh (College of Home Science) 3.



Students, teachers donate blood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in association with Bhai Ghanaiya Misson Sewa Society and Rotary Club, Ludhiana, organised a mega blood donation camp today.

Over 500 students and faculty members donated blood. Inaugurating the camp, college director Dr MS Saini said the insitute and its NSS unit were actively involved in social welfare through blood donation camps, cleanliness drives, awareness drives against drug abuse, etc.

Taranjit Singh Nimana of Bhai Ghaniayaji Mission Sewa Society said it was 118th blood donation camp being held by the society. MS Dhaliwal of Rotary Club said the club was promoting the noble cause of blood donation by collaborating with various agencies. The camp was organised with cooperation of doctors from DMC, Krishna Hospital, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Red Cross Society, Ludhiana.

The students were given a blood donor badge along with a donor certificate. Programme officers, NSS, Arvind Dhingra and Deepinder Singh said all students had shown an exemplary enthusiasm in donating blood.



26 teams compete in quiz at DAV School
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, organised a quiz here today.

As many as 26 teams from various Sahodya schools participated in the event. The purpose was to make the students aware of current affairs besides test their knowledge about historical events, scientific discoveries, inventions and great personalities of the world.

Four teams qualified for the final round: DAV Public School, BRS Nagar; BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; Guru Nanak International School, Model Town; and Delhi Public School, Ayali Kalan.

The school principal, JK Sidhu, congratulated and felicitated the winning team. In her message, she stressed the need to organise such competitions from time to time.



Five youths booked
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
The police have booked five youths and recovered 4,600 litres of kerosene from them. The suspects, identified as Tarun Kumar of Qila Mohalla Daresi Road, Ludhiana, Kamlesh Kumar of Mallpur, UP, Jagga Singh of Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana, Rajan of Qila Mohalla, Ludhiana, and Raju of Ludhiana, have been booked under Section 7 of the Essential Commodity Act. Tarun and Kamlesh were arrested while the others managed to flee.

On receiving a tip-off, the police intercepted a Tata 407 Tempo and a Bolero pick-up and nabbed the two accused who had collected 23 barrels of kerosene oil from various places.



Sangrur villager nabbed for robbery attempt
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 31
The Sadar police have claimed to nab the miscreant, who allegedly made futile attempt to rob Rs 3 lakh from the owner of a petrol pump and eatery on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near Kup Kalan village a week ago.

Though the police are yet to identify the accomplice of the accused, it was suspected that a woman accompanied him during the robbery bid.

The accused has been identified as Mandeep Singh of Bharthala Mander village in Sangrur district.

Ram Singh of Kup Kalan said a car-borne youth had tried to snatch his bag containing Rs 3 lakh in cash last Saturday. He was hurt in the accident as the car dragged him to a long distance.

Ram Singh had informed the police that a youth (Mandeep Singh) had tried to snatched his bag. After receiving the information, the police, led by SHO Harvinder Pal Singh, initiated the investigation into the case and identified the accused on the basis of information provided by the passersby and customers at the dhaba.

The accused was identified when he was trying to leave the area yesterday. The car ( PB 10 CY 4530 ) used in the crime was also seized.

The police is yet to identify the other accomplice of the accused but it is suspected that a woman accompanied him during the robbery attempt.



crime against women
2 booked for woman’s rape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The city police have booked two persons for raping a woman.

The victim is married to a London-based NRI for the past six years and has two children.

The Shimlapuri police identified the accused as one Varinder Singh, a transporter, and one Preet of Kabir Nagar.

The victim, a resident of Daba Road, told the police that on October 20, the accused, who are known to her husband, came to her house.

The duo allegedly offered the woman some soft drink laced with some intoxicants.

When the victim got unconscious, the tow accused allegedly raped her, complained the woman to the police.

Man in police net for raping woman

A case has been registered against a man for allegedly raping an employee of a five-star hotel on the pretext of offering her a better job.

The accused, identified as Karan, alias Honey, allegedly took the victim to her house in Housing Board Colony, BRS, Nagar and raped her.

He also uploaded her lewd video on a social networking website and threatened her.

21 booked for eve-teasing, physical assault

A case of eve-teasing and assault has been registered against 21 persons after residents of Jassian village staged a dharna outside the Police Commissioner’s office here today.

The residents said that Ajay, Ravi, Mannu, Lallu, Gurdeep Singh and Jaswinder Singh intercepted a Class XII girl and started passing lewd comments at her. When the girl raised the alarm, her parents arrived at the scene. The youths allegedly called their 15 friends and attacked the girl’s family.



Four jailed for murder
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Additional Sessions Judge SP Sood has sentenced four persons to life imprisonment for killing Rakesh Kumar of Gulchaman Gali on May 9, 2005.

The convicts, Manpreet Kaur, her brother Prithvi Rana, mother Kirpal Rana of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar and Sanjiv Sharma, are residents of New Vishnupuri. They were told to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each.

Illicit relations between Rakesh and Manpreet reportedly led to murder.

A case under Section 302 was registered against the accused at the Division No. 7 police station on May 10, 2005, following the complaint of Pawan Kumar, brother of the deceased.

The complainant had stated that Rakesh had left home saying he was going to Prithvi’s house to attend a wedding. When he did not return home, they started looking for him. Rakesh was found dead at the accused’s residence.

The accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication. They said they were at some other place at the time of the murder, but failed to convince the court.



Women Games: Patiala gymnasts reign supreme
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
The gymnasts from Patiala proved too good for their rivals, securing 186.05 points to clinch the title in the team championship during the ongoing Punjab State Women Games here today.
A volleyball match in progress on the second day of the Punjab State Women Games in Ludhiana on Friday
A volleyball match in progress on the second day of the Punjab State Women Games in Ludhiana on Friday

Gurdaspur eves accumulated 176.70 points to finish second, while Bathinda players collected 154.80 points to secure the third place.

In the individual category, Simran Kaur of Gurdaspur secured 40.35 points and was declared the best gymnast. Naginder Kaur, also from Gurdaspur, with 40.05 points and Pankhurhi Rathore of Patiala (38.45 points) finished on the second and third place, respectively.

In the track-and-field events, Jaspreet Kaur of Bathinda came out triumphant in the 100m sprint. She clocked 11.92 seconds to finish ahead of others to grab the gold medal. Kirandeep Kaur from Jalandhar took 12.19 seconds to win the silver, while Neelu Yadav of Patiala's attempt of 12.49 seconds fetched her the bronze.

Jaspreet added another gold medal to her kitty when she romped home victorious in the 100m hurdles. She clocked 14.75 seconds, whereas Kulwinder Kaur of Sangrur (14.88 seconds) and Khushpreet Kaur of Amritsar (16.76 seconds) got the silver and bronze, respectively.

In 400m hurdles, Veerpal Kaur of Bathinda piped her opponents to win gold medal. Her namesake, Veerpal Kaur, also from Bathinda, came second, while Taranpreet Kaur of Patiala had to remain content with third position.

In 3000m race, Harpreet Kaur of Patiala won gold, finishing it in 10:32.46 minutes. She was followed by Gurpreet Kaur of Tarn Taran and Harpreet Kaur of Hoshiarpur who clocked 10:39.33 minutes and 10:44.74 minutes, respectively.

In shot put, Manpreet Kaur of Patiala won gold hurling the iron ball to a distance 15.09 metres. Harkirat Kaur and Gurleen Kaur, both from Jalandhar, got silver and bronze medals with 14.43 metre and 10.16 metre, respectively. Bhoomika Thakur of Gurdaspur won gold medal in long jump with a leap of 5.89 metres, Kulwinder Kaur of Sangrur secured silver medal with 5.35 metres, while Sukhwinder Kaur of Fazilka got bronze medal with 4.79 metres.

In high jump event, Amarbir Kaur of Amritsar clinched gold with 1.55 metres, while Sandeep Kaur of Sangrur won silver with 1.50 metres and Bhoomika Thakur of Gurdaspur got bronze with 1.40 metres.

Other results

Handball (quarterfinals) Ludhiana bt Bathinda 19-8, Ferozepur bt Amritsar 19-5, Roop Nagar bt Hoshiarpur 17-9 and Tarn Taran bt Kapurthala 19-10; (semifinals) Ludhiana bt Ferozepur 21-15, Ropar bt Tarn Taran 27-26; badminton (quarterfinals) Sangrur bt SBS Nagar 2-0, Amritsar bt Ferozepur 2-0, Jalandhar bt Roop Nagar 2-0 and Ludhiana bt Moga 2-0; swimming (400m freestyle) Kawalpreet of Ludhiana 1, Ishpreet Kaur of Ludhiana 2 and Mansi of Jalandhar 3; (4x400m medley relay) Ludhiana 1, Sangrur 2 and Jalandhar 3; hockey (quarterfinals) Amritsar bt Ludhiana 4-0, Jalandhar bt Tarn Taran 5-1, Muktsar bt Bathinda 1-0 and Patiala bt Kapurthala 9-0; basketball (quarterfinals) Patiala bt Hoshiarpur 44-13, Jalandhar bt Amritsar 86-81, Ludhiana bt Bathinda 35-5 and Kapurthala bt Gurdasspur 37-12; kabaddi (quarterfinals) Amritsar bt Patiala 40-26, Jalandhar bt Mohali 30-5, Ropar bt Bathinda 25-10 and Ferozepur bt Faridkot 31-16; table tennis (semifinals) Roop Nagar bt Ludhiana 3-0, Amritsar bt Patiala 3-1; volleyball (quarterfinals) Ludhiana bt Muktsar 3-2, Mansa bt Mohali 3-1 and Jalandhar bt Hoshiarpur 3-0.



350 vie for ‘Fastest Indian’ tag
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
With the aim to produce Olympic-level sprinters, GAIL (India) Limited in association with Spoment launched the sixth leg of “GAIL — The Fastest Indian” here today.

Like at other cities, the hunt in Ludhiana took off on a high note at the GRD Academy, Hambran Road. A remarkable display of talent by students eager to show their athletic abilities was the highlight.

More than 350 students from 30 schools participated in 100m, 200m and 400m heats. The high-spirited races were followed by the finals, which were held in the afternoon, followed by the prize distribution.

The talent hunt has already passed through Chandigarh, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi. It will be held at 13 more cities across the country.

This novel initiative targets securing medals in athletics at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The winners of the finals will receive scholarship up to their postgraduation so that they can focus on athletics. They will also receive specialised training from renowned national and international sports trainers.


100m (boys) Naresh 1, Albert John 2, Chanpreet 3; (girls) Rajdeep Kaur 1, Lavleen Kaur 2, Harneet Kaur 3; 200m (boys) Kavi 1, Sonu 2, and Vikas 3; (girls) Harmandep Kaur 1, Arshdeep Kaur 2, Gurleen 3; 400m (boys) Vaibhav 1, Kartik 2, Harshit 3; (girls) Amanjot 1, Anmol 2, Nandani 3.



Gurmel Singh appointed amateur kabaddi federation chairman
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
Gurmel Singh Pehalwan, a former kabaddi star and prominent sports promoter from Ludhiana, has been appointed the chairman of Circle-Style Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India.

In a communication from the president of the federation, Dr Mridul Bhadauria, Gurmel Singh has been urged to continue to work for the development of “this wonderful Indian game of kabaddi” in the country.



Softball trials tomorrow

Ludhiana: Trials to select the Punjab men’s and women’s teams will take place on November 2 at Guru Nanak Stadium. The Punjab Softball Association secretary said the trials will begin at 9.30 am.

The selected players will take part in the seventh North Zone Softball Championship to be held from November 7 to 9 at Chandigarh. — OC



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