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Woman hacked to death at home
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Mystery surrounds the murder of 47-year-old Inderjit Kaur, who was hacked to death at her Model Town Extension house here last evening.

Prima facie it looked liked a case of robbery, but the weapon used in the crime has raised eyebrows since a kitchen knife was used to murder her.

Circumstantial evidence gathered by the police indicated that the assailant had planned everything well in advance.

It is not clear if the assailant entered the house along with her or scaled the wall.

Police sources suspected that the accused might have entered the house during the routine power cut in the evening so that no one could identify him.

The police is clueless about the number of people involved in the crime, but the ransacked house and tattered clothes indicate that the victim offered resistance to the assailant.

According to Pritam Singh, brother-in-law of the victim, the accused took away jewellery, slit her neck and put her body in the bathroom.

He said Inderjit Kaur used to go for evening walk along with other women of the locality while Mohan Singh, her husband, would go for walk separately.

The SHO of Model Town said: “We have taken the weapon in our possession and would try to lift fingerprints of the murderer. We are investigating the matter from all angles.”

Meanwhile, the husband of the victim who runs a glow sign business was inconsolable. His two sons, who live in the US and BRS Nagar, have been informed.

Residents said the murder might have been the handiwork of some drug addicts as the locality had witnessed a rise in snatching incidents.

They stated that the Model Town Extension area was surrounded by Ambedker Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar and Shimlapuri area, which had a huge population of youths addicted to drugs.

Several cases had been reported in the past where drug addicts residing in these colonies were behind snatching incidents that took place in Model Town and its surrounding areas.


ICICI ATMs short of cash most of the time
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
With most ICICI Bank ATMs in the city running out of cash most of the time customers of the bank face a great deal of harassment running from one machine to another. Eventually they are left with no option but to access their accounts from ATMs of other banks and incur an extra charge for the transaction.

Under the revised norms on interbank ATM transactions a customer of one bank is allowed to make only five transactions free of cost at any of the partner bank's ATMs, after which money is charged per transaction.

Harpreet Singh, who works for an insurance company, said today was the fourth consecutive day he had been trying to withdraw cash from an ICICI Bank ATM. "I went to all ATMs of the bank in the city during the past four days but in vain. “The machines either say ‘out of cash’ or ‘temporarily unable to process transaction’. I’ve already made five transactions at ATMS of other banks and now I will be charged money for using their machines," he stated.

Another ICICI Bank customer added due to some technical fault at the bank's end her ATM card was not being accepted by machines of other banks. "I’ve only two options left now - either I keep making the rounds of ICICI ATMs or go a bank branch withdraw money by cheque. However, since I'm from outside the city I don’t have my chequebook with me right now. And the bank's ATMs are no good as they remain out of cash most of the time," she rued.

A security guard posted outside one of the ICICI Bank ATMs said the machines were almost always out of cash. "The regular timings for refilling the machine with cash is about 10 am but bank officials rarely do so. In fact the machine is not refilled for days together," he added.

The manager of the bank's branch on Ferozepur Road confirmed the fact that a lot of complaints had been pouring in this regard. "The ATM’s dispenser is apparently not working," he tried to reason. When asked if the dispensers of all machines of the bank were faulty, he could only say, "One can also withdraw money from ATMs of other banks".



Flying club to take off, finally
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
After remaining non-functional owing to bureaucratic wrangling over the past four years, the flying club of Ludhiana would soon go operational.

The civil aviation department of the state government is waiting for a nod from the Government of India to start flights from the club. “We had written to the Centre four days ago. We are sure that the nod would be on its way and the club would start flights soon,” Capt Abhay Chandra, adviser to civil aviation, Punjab, and manager of the club, said.

Talking to the Tribune over the phone, he said all formalities had been cleared and as soon as they got the approval, they would begin flights for trainee pilots.

The chief pilot of the club, Capt Sukhjit Singh Hara, said they had met all requirements now. Earlier, there were objections that they did not have an engineer
and a chief flying instructor, but now the club had appointed both.

The Chief Secretary had ordered that the plane which was being used by the Patiala Flying Club be brought back. The plane was restored to the club after the orders.

Credited with the prestigious tag of being the best flying school in the country during the 80s, the club was on the verge of closure. The latest development has provided a new lease of life to the club.

“It used to produce 20 to 25 pilots every year, but has not produced even a single pilot over the past five years. Gliders worth crores -- which used to fly for more than 3,000 hours -- are rusting in the hangar,” Capt Hara said, adding that the late Capt Kawaljit Singh had acquired his private pilot licence from the club.

“We hope that within the next 10 days, the club would be restored to its pristine glory. Many youths in the state are waiting for the club to start functioning,”
he stated. 



Robbers flee with truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Robbers struck at one of the busiest national highways in the region, NH 1, late last night and fled with a truck full of ironware worth Rs 10 lakh. The truck, which was being driven to the city by Lakshman Sharma, an employee of Juneja Castings of Jalandhar, was carrying ‘kulfi’ (ice-cream) moulds weighing over 33 tons. The driver was to deliver them at Jimco Industries, Dhandari Khurd, on the Delhi-Ludhiana highway.

On arriving at Jimco Industries at about 1:45 am, Lakshman fell asleep. Barely 15 minutes later three robbers attacked him and asked for the truck keys. When he refused they thrashed him and tied him up in the truck before driving off.

When the robbers reached Sahnewal they alighted from the truck along with Lakshman and tied him to a tree. They then fled with the truck.

Passersby noticed the driver, untied him and informed the cops. Police officials arrived at the scene at about 3:30 am and passed on wireless messages across the state as well the neighbouring ones to nab the culprits.

Lakshman told the police two of the three robbers were clean-shaven while the third wore a turban. All three appeared to be between 23 and 28 years of age and were speaking Punjabi, he added.

On the basis of Lakshman's statement, the police is trying to get the sketches of the robbers made. However, no clues were found till late in the evening. A case under section 382 of the IPC was registered at the Focal Point police station.

This is the second major robbery in the area in the past 48 hours. On Monday eight masked men robbed the State Bank of India branch in Kohara and decamped with Rs 3 lakh after injuring three bank employees.

The rising number of such daring incidents over the last few days has left city residents, especially businessmen, scared.



NRI shot dead in US
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 8
A local youth settled in California was shot dead in the US this morning.

The victim, identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma (46), who had migrated to the US in 1984, was shot dead by his friend Sukhwinder Singh (55), who used to live in his neighborhood in India.

The incident occurred in the Ferrigno area of California around 5 am when Pamma had gone to open his department store.

Sukhwinder Singh pumped five bullets from his gun into the victim, killing him on the spot. The police has reportedly captured Sukhwinder Singh.

Sukhwinder Singh was reportedly wanted by the police during terrorism here and had sneaked into the US to settle there. He had reportedly started a business with Pamma and the killing is the outcome of a dispute, the reason of which is not known. The family of the victim is stated to be in the US, except the father, who left for the country after the hearing the news.



Left lambasts govt over price rise
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
Taking the central government to task for its inaction against price rise, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) staged a dharna and offered themselves for arrest at the mini secretariat here today.

Addressing the dharna, party activists alleged that while the prices of essential commodities were persistently going up and people were finding it difficult to manage two square meals a day, the government was perpetrating a fraud by claiming that inflation had gone down to negative.

They maintained that food prices had gone up by over 20 per cent, which was a worrying trend as food was the basic necessity of people.

“The government is out to please powerful lobbies of sugar and other essential food items, which is evident from the soft stance the government had taken towards hoarders and profiteers.”

Referring to the report by the Arjun Sen Gupta Committee, which was appointed by the previous government, the speakers said 77 per cent population lived on less than Rs 20 a day in the country.

“No wonder a majority of our population is undernourished, as with prevailing prices the minimum cost of food necessary to sustain life is over Rs 50 per day. And this is just for basic food items like flour, dal, vegetables, sugar, rice, ghee and spices.”

Calling for effective steps to curb price rise, the leaders asked the government to look after the interest of the low income groups, who were entitled to a balanced meal and a quality life.

If the prices of essential commodities were not brought down to a reasonable level, the poor and the lower middle income groups would have to shelve their scant resources to survive.

“This, added to job cuts, contractualisation of jobs with low wages and no job security, would make the life of people miserable in the times to come,” they cautioned.

Flaying the policies of privatisation, the speakers charged the government with running away from its responsibility.

“Even basic services like education and health have been privatised. Profit-making public sector units are being handed over to the private sector and despite stiff opposition by people and employees, the state electricity board is in the process of being converted into corporations.”

Among the speakers were Nilotpal Basu, member, CPM Politburo, Kartar Singh Bowani, district secretary, CPI, Sukhwinder Sekhon, secretary, CPM, OP Mehta, Jatinder, Jagdish, Gulzar Gorea, Ramesh Ratan, Vijay Kumar, Gurnam Sidhu, Gurnam Gill, Avtar Gill, Surinder Singh Jalaldiwal, Mewa Singh Raikot and Raghbir Singh Venipal.



Unauthorised gate has residents fuming
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
For the “convenience” of few, a group of residents of street No. 8, New Janta Nagar, Daba Road, have installed a gate on a public lane.

The unauthorised blockade has irked area residents, who have been forced to take a detour to reach their destinations.

In spite of repeated complaints to the authorities concerned, the gate has not been removed.

Residents alleged that the gate has not been removed as the area councillor is backing the defaulters.

The installation of the gate has virtually stopped the movement of public and vehicular traffic.

The road is now being used to park cars or carry out works like welding, much to the chagrin of others. The gate also prevents residents from approaching connecting lanes.

Talking to The Tribune, a complainant, Kulwinder Singh, said the residents had submitted a complaint to the commissioner (zone C) at which some officials visited the scene.

“The street is the property of municipal corporation with a valid streetlight connection. The officers had ordered the removal of the gate but the area councillor intervened and things were back to square one,” he rued.

Another resident, Pawan Kumar, said the blockade had affected the normal life of people as a majority of residents had to take a U-turn from street No. 9 to reach street No. 8.

Assistant town planner (zone C), Nirmalpreet Singh said he had received a complaint yesterday. “We will visit the scene and act accordingly. The site could not be visited due to shortage of staff but we will remove the gate if it is unauthorised,” the ATP added.

Area councillor Swaran Singh said he was busy with some engagement and told the correspondent to go ahead with the story.



Widening work jeopardises motorists’ lives
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 8
The work on four-laning of the canal road along the southern bypass has finally been initiated but the axing of trees along the road and its partial usage by the labour engaged in the process has narrowed it even further, posing a risk to motorists.

The plight of the motorists taking the road and risking their lives due to eroded edges, absence of railings and partial caving in has been highlighted many a time in these columns.

However, the further narrowing of the road now poses even greater risk to the lives of motorists.

Motorists complain that felled trees remain lying on the road, increasing the possibility of a mishap. Also, workers sit by the roadside putting not only their lives on the line but also those of the motorists.

At times, motorists have been caught unawares by falling trees on the road.

A worker on the other hand claimed that in spite of their warnings, motorists refused to stop their vehicles and wait for the trees to be cleared. Consequently, minor altercations between mortorists and workers is commonplace.

A daily commuter said: “It takes years to construct a road. The road cannot be blocked for heavy traffic for long but it can be made safer by its restricted usage by deploying adequate workforce for the purpose. The workers should be directed to work and indulge in clearance of the road away from the canal side.”

“Grazing cattle too play havoc with the road and its edges. Cattle often block traffic or damage the edges of the road, making it harder for motorists to use the road,” said a motorist.



Subway eludes Yuvi’s village
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s Kanech village, near Doraha, is all but happy with the ongoing work on widening of the Sirhind-Ludhiana highway being carried out by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

“Though other villages have been provided with a subway under the highway, this facility has not been extended to our village,” rues Paramjit Singh, a member of the block samiti.

He says owing to the non-provision of the subway, people will have to make a detour of at least 4 km to reach the village from Khanna and other towns.

The subway should have been provided parallel to the village near the bus stand under the highway, he added.

“All other villages have been provided with the facility but we have been left out, which is wrong,” he rues, blaming the NHAI officials concerned for the miss.

Paramjit Singh says hundreds of students visit Sahnewal every day but due to the absence of the subway, they will have to travel around 4 km extra to reach their destination, he says.

No one will have a direct access to the highway from the village, he adds.

“Moreover, our village is linked with a 22-foot-wide Guru Gobind Singh Marg, which now stands blocked in the absence of a subway,” he says.

“We have brought the matter to the notice of the state government, urging it to take up the issue with the union ministry of surface transport,” he quips.



Adopt long-term measures to revive business: Expert
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 8
Enumerating strategy, talent management, value chain management and leadership management as most effective tools to dilute the aftereffects of global recession, Anil Joshi, director, ITIDA International, advocated necessity of long-term corrective measures for viability and development of any business organisation.

Joshi was talking to The Tribune after interacting with MBA students and office-bearers some commercial and industrial units of the region today.

An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University, a business administrator and conference moderator, Joshi maintained that a majority of big industrial houses and commercial organisations had started showing symptoms of recovery from the aftermath of global recession.

Referring to the observations made during extensive study of designated enterprises of at least 12 developed nations, Joshi stated that elements of deep and intensive transformation had proved effective in resuscitation of these entities after a long recession period.

Maintaining that prospective business administrators could save their respective enterprises from apprehended collapse, he argued that unorganised efforts would result in chaos and tumbling of existing system too.

He said inspirational leadership alone was not enough for streamlining the economic system of any area.

Organisational culture, long-term measures, collaborative risk management, dilemmas among executives, pliers on suppliers, directional and motivating leadership and business acumen were among other topics that were elaborated on during the interaction.



PSEB staff burn effigy
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) burnt an effigy of the state government and the PSEB management during a rally against the proposed unbundling and privatisation of the board at the west division office here today.

Addressing the rally, Kewal Singh Banwait, vice-president, PSEB Employees’ Federation (AITUC), and other trade union activists said in spite of stiff opposition by the PSEB unions, the government appeared to be hell-bent on unbundling the state electricity board.

“The experience of such privatisation, wherever it was given effect, has been disastrous. Not only will the job security of thousands of employees be at risk, the quality of power supply will also be adversely affected. The private corporations, replacing the PSEB, will also have a motive to make profit and may further raise tariff, thereby hitting the consumers hard,” they apprehended.

In an ultimatum to the government as well as the PSEB management, the functionaries of the PSEB trade unions demanded the withdrawal of move to unbundle the board and scrapping of the Electricity Act 2003, failing which the employees would be forced to go on an indefinite strike.

Other speakers included Mohinder Pal, president, west circle unit, Mushtaq Masih, co-convener, PSEBEF (AITUC) central zone, Som Nath, Harjit Singh, Ramesh Chand, Sunil Datt, Swarn Singh, co-convener, joint forum of PSEB unions, Balwinder Singh, Ranjit Singh and Ajit Chand.



300 given free medicines
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, April 8
The District Youth Congress (DYC) (Rural), Jalandhar, observed the World Health Day yesterday at the block headquarters of Goraya, Adampur and Bhogpur under the leadership of DYC (Rural) president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, along with national facilitator (training IYC) Monty Sehgal.

More than 300 persons were examined and provided free medicines. They were also apprised of different social programmes of the Youth Congress, which would help 
the common man in day-to-day life.

Highlighting the importance of World Health Day, Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary stressed that to build a strong country, we need to have healthy citizens.

He also applauded the team of doctors and youth activists who actively participated in the event and made the function successful.

Medical camp

Mullanpur Dakha: The Sudhar block of the Youth Congress and Mata Sham Kaur Charitable Trust, observed World Health Day by organising a free medical check-up camp in a slum area here yesterday.

Dr Jugraj Singh Bhatti and Dr Bhupinder Singh Sidhu examined 220 patients. The organisers of the camp distributed free medicines among the patients.

Samrala: A medical check-up camp was organised free of cost by the Samrala block of the Youth Congress at Shamgarh village, near here, to observe World Health Day.

Dr Harbhajan Singh Nagi and Dr Sangeeta Threja examined at least 110 patients. They were given medicines.

The doctors were honoured after the camp.



Some schools only preach
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
City schools do not practice what they preach. On one hand, they claim to be running a crusade against junk food by sending written notes to parents and by holding lectures to discourage students from consuming junk food, on the other hand, they allow school canteens to sell junk to the students, that too, at higher rates than prevalent in the market.

Most city schools, barring one or two, have a well-stocked canteen or cafeteria on the campus, which sell junk food items to the students.

Chips, cold drinks, biscuits, noodles, burgers, pao-bhaji, sandwiches, hot dogs, patties, pastries, muffins, toast, kulcha-chana, samosa, chocolates; you name it and you will have it!

These high fat, high sugar or high calorie “competitive” food is also sold outside the school campuses across the city by small-time vendors with no policy to keep a check on them.

This act of the schools has a majority of parents fuming. “The schools’ authorities should decide what exactly do they want. If they hold lectures, seminars and workshops in the schools discouraging the students from consuming fast food, then they should also ban its sale on the campus,” said Vineeta Handa, mother of two schoolchildren and a social activist.

“Over the years, most schools’ authorities have turned selfish and can go to any extent in order to make extra money even if it means playing with the health of the students. In order to mint money, the school managements give out their canteens to private contractors, who make junk food available to the students,” alleged Vijay Thapar, a parent.

Another parent Sumita Yadav added, “On one hand, the students’ handbook has instructions for the parents to not encourage or give fast food to the children in tiffin, on the other hand, they themselves encourage the kids to eat junk by providing it to them on the campus itself. This is sheer hypocrisy.”

While some school cafeterias overcharge the students for cold drinks, chips, biscuits and other food items, there are many, which provide these at the subsidised rates to the children. This, the parents added, was a tactic of the authorities to attract the kids to eat fast food.

Along with the parents, it is also the schools’ responsibility to control the children from eating junk, but instead of doing that, these schools are encouraging it.

“Worse is, they pretend to be curbing it by directing the parents to follow a diet chart for the lunch that kids bring to the school,” fumed Avinash Pratap Singh, a Class V student’s father.

Interestingly, none of the school heads commented on the issue. “If they don’t get it within the school, they will buy it from outside. To what extent can we stop them from eating junk food?” said a local school’s vice-principal, requesting anonymity.



CIPHET signs MoU with poultry farm
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
The Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today signed an MoU with White Pearls Poultry Farms for licensing them meat processing and value addition technologies for commercial use in Ludhiana.

CIPHET director RT Patil said packaging and branding held the key for marketing. “A very good packaging equipment is available for small-scale entrepreneurs, too, which produces excellent results,” he said, advising entrepreneurs and farmers to maintain the highest standards of quality. “Only then would we be able to create brands of international standards in processed food,” he said.

Gursharanjit Singh, owner of the White Pearls Poultry Farms, said Ludhiana was a big market for poultry products. “Meat processing and value addition technologies of CIPHET would help in increasing the range of products,” he said, adding that they would also be concentrating on packaging and advertising.

Scientist Suresh K Devatkal said so far they had transferred technologies of meat processing to five entrepreneurs in the country and three more were in the pipeline.



Puppet show enchants tiny tots
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 8
A welcome party was arranged for tiny tots of nursery class at Green Grove Public School here today.

The principal inaugurated the party by cutting a cake and gave a warm welcome to the tiny tots. Sweets, chocolates and snacks were distributed among the children.

A colourful puppet show enchanted the tiny tots.

This was followed by a magic show. The children were left awestruck at the brilliant performance of the magician.

The programme came to an end with a loud applause from the teachers and students.



16 students hired
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 8
As many as 16 students of Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology were shortlisted for appointment on managerial posts in Shriram Value Services Private Limited during a placement camp organised on the college premises yesterday.

Event convener Kiran Deep Kaur said a team of executives led by Rajat Kapoor and Ajay Fageria had selected at least 16 students of BTech and MBA for appointment as the management trainees in Shriram Value Services Private Limited.

The selection was made on the basis of performance of the aspirant in computer and general attitude test.

Principal Mandeep Bhullar and Prof DS Grewal thanked the representatives of the company for organising the camp.



49 visit science city

As many as 49 students of Government Girls’ High School, Kamran road, visited Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala. It was with the initiative of the Punjab School Education Board department and district science supervisor, Dr Shashi Trehan, Ludhiana. The students said they had a great time during the visit and they enjoyed “The Giant Dome Theatre”, “Virtual Expeditions (Flight Simulator) Virtual 3-D Show” and “Indoor Laser Show”.

World Health Day

The World Health Day was celebrated in a unique way at the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. To commemorate this day, a three-day Art of Living workshop “UTSAV” was organised at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, a constituent of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh. This programme is being conducted by the World Alliance for Youth Empowerment (WAYE), a youth wing of the Art of Living.

The workshop was inaugurated by Prof Shalini Gupta, director-general, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, by lighting a lamp. Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, and Tejinder Kaur, vice-chairperson, motivated the students to relieve themselves from tensions, maintain good health and remain away from drugs and narcotics so that they can excel in every field. In today’s workshop, over 500 students participated. Principals, faculty members and administrative officials were also present.

Seminar on eye care

The NSS unit of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology celebrated the World Health Day by organising a seminar on eye care in general and computer vision syndrome (CVS) in particular for its BBA and MBA students. Resource persons were renowned ophthalmologists, Dr Anjana Gupta and Dr Deepak Gupta, both from Ludhiana Eye Hospital, Atam Park. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director, accorded a warm welcome to the resource persons. Dr Anjana discussed the impact of excessive use of computer on human eyes. The resource person also distributed an eight-page pamphlet about eye care prepared by Cipla. — TNS



Gurdwara head priest suspended
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 8
On the recommendations of the inspection branch of the SGPC, the head granthi of Gurdwara Gobindgarh Sahib, Ranwan, near here, has been suspended by the local Gurdwara Committee following charges of moral turpitude.

Local Gurdwara Committee president Parmjit Singh Ranwan said three persons — Avtar Singh Bara, Hardev Singh and Avtar Singh Tari — had complained to the SGPC president, Dharam Parchar Committee secretary and other officials concerned against the head granthi of the gurdwara, accusing him of having illicit relations with a woman.

After receiving the complaint, additional chief inspector Joginder Singh of the Dharam Parchar Committee visited the gurdwara and recorded the statements of the persons concerned.

The complainants also presented evidence against the head granthi to the committee.

After going through the records, the inspection branch of the SGPC sent a letter (No. 87/32) to the local Gurdwara Committee for action against the granthi, holding him guilty of the charges.

On receiving the directive, the local Gurdwara Committee president suspended him with immediate effect.



Motorcyclist run over by truck
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
A motorcyclist was run over by a truck near the Ishar Nagar bridge at Lohara village here this afternoon. The incident took place around 1 pm when the victim, Jagdev Singh (48), was returning home to Sangowal village after buying medicine. 

According to an eyewitness, a speeding truck (PB10 AH 9714) hit the rear of the motorcycle and Jagdev lost balance. The truck then ran over him, killing him on the spot. The truck driver managed to flee. The police has impounded the truck and registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC.



World Kabaddi Cup
Stage set for final, arrangements reviewed
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 8
The stage is set for the final of the inaugural edition of the Pearls World Kabaddi Cup slated to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here on April 12.

The arrangements made to conduct this mega event were reviewed at a meeting held here today at the conference hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex, which was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, Ludhiana.

Officials of different departments of the district administration, besides those from the police and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation also attended the meeting.

After the meeting, Rahul Tiwari said on April 12, the match to decide the third and fourth positions would be played at 5.30 pm, followed by the final to start at 7.30 pm. The summit clash would be played under the floodlights.

A cultural troupe from the North Zone Cultural Centre comprising artistes from 14 states across the nation would perform during the closing ceremony. Famous Punjabi singers would regale spectators. The main attraction of the concluding function would be a firework show, said the Deputy Commissioner.

“Various committees with the officials of different departments as its members have been constituted to oversea the arrangements made to organise this event successfully,” he added.

He further said special seating arrangements had been made for VIPs. A separate enclosure for media personnel had also been erected in the stadium.

Teams of doctors from the health department will be there to provide assistance if needed, while the electricity board has been instructed to provide uninterrupted supply on Monday, added the DC.

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh, who was also present there, informed that security had been beefed up in view of this sports extravaganza, as a large number of spectators, besides the VIPs would visit the city. A plan has been chalked out for the smooth flow of traffic on the day, said Singh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Pramod Ban, along with Kuldeep Singh, ADC (general), KP Brar, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Harsh Bansal, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, SL Lotey, additional director, sports, Punjab, SDM Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, district sports official, Jagir Nahar and assistant medical commissioner, Punjab Health Services, YP Mehta, was present at the meeting.



Re-carpeting of road in full swing
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
Prior to the final of Kabaddi International, the work of re-carpeting of the road near Durga Mata Temple, Jagraon Bridge, is in full swing these days.

Due to the ongoing repair work, the traffic jams have become a routine and commuters feel harassed due to blockade of the entire one side of the road by LMC workers and machinery.

Jatinderbir Singh, a bank employee, said it was good that the road was being repaired so fast.

“But I was stuck in the traffic jam for 20 minutes today. During peak hours, the situation of traffic gets worsened. I feel that the repair work on such major roads should be done during night time when movement of the traffic is low,” he said adding that all industrialists had to pass through the Jagraon Bridge to be at the Industrial Area/Focal Point.

But such repair work wasted time of the commuters, he said.



Nitten, Sandeep enter doubles final
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, April 8
Nitten Kirrtane and Sandeep Choudhary booked berth in the final of men’s doubles category at the HTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Open Tennis Tournament being played at the Harvest Tennis Academy, Jassowal.

Top seeded Kirrtane defeated seventh seeded Timothy Rynold of Kerala by 6-3, 6-2 today. Unseeded Ajay Yadav was even quicker disposing of eighth seeded Kshitij Kamal of Delhi by 6-0, 6-2. Sandeep Choudhary ousted fifth seeded Arjun Singh 6-3, 6-3. The only match, which saw some fight was played by Gurinder Singh of Punjab who got the better of second seeded Bharat Bhardwaj of Haryana 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.

In the women category, unseeded Ravnoor Kaur of Punjab defeated second seeded Deepna Vazirani from Maharashtra 6-4, 6-4. Top seeded Shweta Rana from Delhi was made to sweat by Jeni Patel of Gujarat before prevailing 6-1, 5-7, 7-5. Unseeded Eetee Mehta of Gujarat beat sixth seeded Ikktesh Chahal of Chandigarh 7-5, 6-0.


Men’s singles quarterfinals: Nitten Kirrtane (Mah) (1) beat Rynold Tomithy (Ker) (1) 6-3, 6-2; Ajay Yadav (Har) (Q) beat Kshitij Kamal (Del) (8) 6-0, 6-2; Sandeep Choudhary (Raj) (Q) beat Arjun Singh (Del) (5) 6-3, 6-3; Gurinder Singh beat Bharat Bhardwaj (Har) (2) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.

Women’s singles’ quarterfinals: Shweta Rana (Del) (1) beat Jeni Patel (Guj) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5; Eetee Mehta (Guj) (Q) beat Ikktesh Chahal (Chd) (6) 7-5, 6-0; Supriya Mallaya (Mah) (Q) beat Abhilasha Ahuja (Har) (3) 6-2, 7-5; Ravnoor Kaur (WC) beat Deepna Vazirani (Mah) (2) 6-4, 6-4.

Men’s doubles’ pre quarterfinals: Ajay Yadav (Har) & Bharat Bhardwaj (Har) beat Arvind Vishnu Bestha (AP) & Sagar Manjanna (Kar) 6-1, 3-6, 11-9.

Men’s doubles’ quarterfinals: Ajay Yadav (Har) & Bharat Bhardwaj (Har) beat K Pradeep Reddy (AP) & Pavan Surya (AP) 6-3, 6-3.

Men’s doubles’ semifinals: Nitten Kirrtane (Mah) & Sandeep Choudhary (Raj) (3) beat Pradeep Deswal (AP) & Arvind Singh (Raj) 6-3, 6-2.

Women’s doubles’ quarterfinals: Shweta Rana (Del) & Deepana Vazirani (Mah) (1) beat Rajbir Kaur & Amala Aol Warrick (Kar) 6-1, 6-0; Ikktesh Chahal (Chd) & Ravnoor Kaur (3) beat Madhuri Patare (Mah) & Supriya Mallaya (Mah) 6-1, 6-2; Asha Nanda Kumar (Kar) & Akshitha Basavaraju (Kar) beat Gundeep Kaur & Jaspreet Kaur 6-2, 6-2; Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu (Chd) & Nehel Sahni (Del) beat Abhilasha Ahuja (Har) & Rimpledeep Kaur 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.



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