03062018-LT-01.qxd 6/2/2018 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 3 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Raising awareness 2 versions of maths paper ASI accused of bias Leaders and activists of Punjab Pradesh Khattri Sabha take out a road show in the town. P3 The proposal by the CBSE evokes a mixed response from students, academics in the city. P2 A resident of Puri Vihar has accused an ASI and a Head Constable of threatening him. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7:26 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5:23 AM Mixed response to farmers’ strike in city Supply of milk hit to some extent, prices of vegetables rise Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 Dairy and vegetable farmers gave a mixed response to the nationwide strike to stop the supply of dairy and farm products. Though there were reports of small-scale dairy farmers, who supply milk to the city on a daily basis, being forcibly stopped by activists of farmer associations, the situation by and large was normal. Various farmer organisations have called a 10-day national-level strike against lower prices of farm products and inflation. In some areas of Ludhiana, the supply of milk was disrupted as the small-scale dairy farmers, who collect milk from villages and then supply it to Ludhiana, were stopped by farmer union activists in villages. Many of them were forced to return to their villages while milk of a few others was spilled on roads by the agitators. “I am a small-scale dairy farmer and the only breadwinner of my family. Today, I collected milk from various houses of the village and was going to supply it to Ludhiana. Essential supplies normal at Mandi Ahmedgarh, vicinity Mahesh Sharma The prices of vegetables have increased due to the strike by farmers. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN When I was a few kilometres away from the city, some farmer activists stopped me and asked me to return. When I requested them to let me supply the milk today otherwise I would incur loss, some of them forcibly spilled milk from one of my drums on the road and I was forced to return,” said Tara Singh, a farmer of Hasanpur village. Similar incidents were witnessed in the Hathur and Bassian area of Jagraon when some farmer unions stopped milk suppliers and forced them to return. As far as vegetables and other farm products are concerned, there is no major scarcity in the area. Dealers had already stocked huge amounts of vegetables keep- ing in view the 10-day strike. The prices of some vegetables increased considerably. The situation is expected to get worse during the coming days if the farmer associations do not end the strike before its 10-day period. Farmers in no mood to relent. P3 Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 2 Residents of the town and its adjoining localities continued to receive essential commodities, including milk and vegetables, even on the second day of 10-day nationwide strike by farmer associations. As the protesting outfits had warned farmers and producers against supplying farm and dairy products to cities and towns, other members of agrarian families, including children, are supplying these products. Milk and its products were even available at cheaper rates at some villages. Armandeep Singh, a Class VII student of Phallewal, brought milk to a dairy on the Dehliz road with the help of a driver. “Though we appreciate agitators’ stand for demanding higher rates for commodities being produced by farmers, we cannot tolerate wastage of these goods,” said Armandeep. Armandeep Singh, a Class VII student, brings milk to a dairy on the Dehliz road on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Naresh Sharma, a social activist of Yash Painter Wali Gali, said one of his friends at Pohir village had brought him milk from the village where it was available for Rs 20 per litre against the normal price of Rs 45 per litre. “We decided to buy milk from villages after we heard announcements made on the public address system at religious places at Khera and Pohir villages about the sale of milk at cheaper prices,” said Naresh Sharma, maintaining that milk was sold at these villages for Rs 25 and Rs 20 per litre respectively. Rajesh Goyal of Subash Nagar area said fresh vegetables and fruits were available at routine prices in the market. Protesters tried to stop farmers bringing milk and vegetables to the market at some places early in the morning. However the protesters were dispersed following intervention by the police. Buddha Nullah bridge opens to light traffic Ludhiana, June 2 A dilapidated Buddha Nullah bridge on Old GT Road, near the Chand cinema, has been opened to light vehicles. Earlier, the bridge was closed to all kinds of traffic on May 28. However, the MC officials had then requested the traffic police to open the bridge to light vehicles, including twowheelers and cars. The ACP-Traffic, Gurdev Singh, said heavy vehicles, including trucks and buses, were not allowed to cross the bridge. Executive Engineer of MC Teerath Bansal said they had inspected the bridge, which was estimated to be 100 years old. “After inspection, we wrote to the traffic police for opening the bridge to light vehicles. There is no danger to the bridge if cars and twowheelers are allowed to cross it. We will install girders to stop entry of heavy vehicles to the bridge.” Bansal said: “We are going to get a design prepared for the reconstruction of the bridge. The tenders for its reconstruction are likely to be floated in the next three months.”— TNS Big strides by tennis Gang behind factory robberies in city busted, five arrested prodigy Hitesh Wins silver in Ten Pro Global Junior Tour Ludhiana, June 2 The city police claimed to have busted a gang that committed robberies at many factories in the city by holding guards captive. Five of the gang members have been arrested. They have been identified as Jagjit Singh, alias Baljit of Hakam Singh Wala, Bathinda; Harvinder Singh, alias Bindri of Ghwaddi village; Lovedeep Singh, alias Deepu of Bhamian; Bhupinder Singh, alias Gagan of Varinder Nagar; and Daljit Singh, alias Gill of Bhattia Beit. Rajvir Singh, ADCP said on , the night of May 21, the gang struck at a factory in Industrial Area A. They held the Hitesh Chauhan with his coach Vikramjeet Singh. A TRIBUNE PHOTO Anil Datt Ludhiana, June 2 City tennis prodigy, Hitesh Chauhan has been making big strides as he made his presence felt in the international tournaments. Hitesh (10), student of Class V at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, has returned from Belgium where he secured silver medal in the Ten Pro Global Junior Tennis Tour that concluded on May 27. Around 160 upcoming tennis players from across the globe took part in the meet. Hitesh overpowered all his opponents to storm into the final where he faced Flenn from the United Kingdom. He waged a spirited battle against his rival before going down 46, 3-6 to settle for silver. A trainee of the Ace Tennis Academy at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Hitesh joined coaching there five years ago under the guidance of coach, Vikramjeet Singh. Hitesh impressed the coach with his hard work and passion for the game. Hitesh fetched his maiden title three years ago when he emerged victorious in the U-8 category in a district-level tournament organised by the Ace Academy. He then cornered glory in the U-12 section in the All-India Tennis Association Series Championships at Karnal, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, respectively. Last year, Hitesh took part in the Ten Pro Global Junior Tennis Tour held in Spain and finished at fifth place. Hitesh also realised his dream there to meet his role model, world champion Rafael Nadal. Hitesh follows a strenuous practice schedule, attending the courts in the morning and physical workout at a gym, followed by long running at the Punjab Agricultural University campus in the evening. His coach, Vikramjeet said: “He is a hard worker and has all ingredients of becoming a star player. He has to improve his fitness, so that he can endure gruelling matches. Hitesh is also to overcome his anger which sometimes plays a negative role in his performance.” Hitesh is practising hard for AITA Series Championship scheduled to be held this month in Guwahati and then the Ten Pro Global Junior Tour in the US next month. c m y b factory guard, namely Budhai, captive and took away a huge stock of yarn, a computer set and an LED. Acting on a tip-off, the police on Saturday laid a naka at Kirti Nagar, Chandigarh road. They were arrested with a vehicle carrying goods stolen from the factory. Two of their accomplices, namely Ramneet Singh, alias Deepu of Hazuri Bagh Colony; and Jatinder Puri of Rishi Nagar, who were on a motorcycle, escaped. Efforts were on to nab them. — TNS >> Accused in police custody on Saturday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN
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