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Suicide bid by granthi in police station
Victim's kin say he was humiliated by the SHO; police denies charges
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, November 6
An elderly granthi of a gurdwara at Bhukhri village tried to commit suicide by taking poison in the Samrala police station due to alleged humiliation by the SHO and other policemen.

Gurdial Singh, son-in-law of the granthi, Baba Balihar Singh, said Balihar's son Sunny and he were called to the Samrala police station for questioning in connection with the disappearance of a woman of Lal Kalan village, who was missing from her house since October 29. According to him, the police was suspecting that the granthi's elder son, who stays abroad, was in contact with the missing woman.

He alleged that the police called both of them to the police station yesterday. Balihar Singh also accompanied the duo. They were allegedly tortured by the police, including the SHO and an ASI. They were let off at night yesterday and were ordered to come again to the police station today. Gurdial Singh alleged that the SHO humiliated his father-in-law in front of them and also used derogatory words against him.

Feeling insulted and humiliated, the granthi took poison in the police station and after some time, he fell on the ground. The granthi was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Samrala, from where he was referred to the CMC, Ludhiana, in a critical condition.

Samrala SHO Harjinder Singh said the granthi was not called to the police station and his son had been called for questioning as the woman who was missing from Lal Kalan village was found to be in contact with the granthi's elder son, who stayed in Malaysia.

He refuted the allegations of torture and humiliation. He said the granthi's son was called to the police station and let off after questioning. He said the granthi took poison outside the police station in the chowk and not in the police station as claimed by the granthi's relatives.

He said the woman eloped from Lal Kalan village from her in-laws' house and the involvement of the granthi's elder son came to light as the woman was in touch with him on the phone as revealed by her call details.

Acting SSP, Khanna, Hardial Singh Mann confirmed the incident and said it was an incident of attempted suicide. He said the granthi took poison outside the Samrala police station in the presence of the Bhukhri panchayat. He said they were looking into the incident.


Samrala SHO Harjinder Singh said the granthi was not called to the police station and his son had been called for questioning as the woman who was missing from Lal Kalan village was found to be in contact with the granthi's elder son, who stayed in Malaysia. He refuted the allegations of torture and humiliation



Escort vehicle's poor mileage shocks Mayor; probe ordered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The city Mayor has ordered a probe into a "guzzler escort vehicle" that gives a mileage of 7 km per litre. The matter came to light when the file for the servicing of Maruti Gypsy (the escort vehicle) was put up before Ludhiana Mayor Harcharn Singh Gohalwaria.

According to sources, Gohalwaria was astonished to see the low mileageof the vehicle and ordered a probe into the matter.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, Gohalwaria said, "I was shocked to learn that the average of the escort vehicle is merely 7 km per litre. This is a new vehicle and I do not think it should have such a low mileage. I have ordered the officials concerned to test the mileage of the vehicle."

The new Mayor has already ruffled many feathers with his way of working. "Let it be very clear. I will not let the hard-eared money of the taxpayers go waste," said Gohalwaria.

There have been allegations against some MC employees that they pilfer fuel form the official vehicle and sell it. The sources said employees use official vehicles for personal use, and show that the vehicles have a poor mileage.

The sources said other official vehicles would also be tested and their mileage would be compared with that stated in the file.



Police cracks whip on eve-teasers
Sets up naka outside Khalsa College for Women; challans youngsters
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Cracking the whip on eve-teasers, the city police today laid a naka outside the Khalsa College for Women and challaned youngsters making repeated rounds of the college in their vehicles. The police acted tough and spared none, including a youngster driving a BMW convertible and the son of a policeman. All of them stopped for checking at the naka.

The youth who could not show documents were taken to the police station and their parents were informed.

In the afternoon, 10 policemen, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal, laid a naka on roads outside the Khalsa College for Women.

The boys were caught off guard and were seen taking an a U-turn on seeing the policemen. The youngsters, who were caught by the police, were seen pulling out mobile phones from their pockets and calling their "influential contacts" for help.

"Kindly do not inform my father otherwise he will thrash me. Honestly, I did not intend to visit the girls' college," said Puneet Kumar, son of Parveen Kumar, Assistant Sub- Inspector (ASI), deployed in the crime investigation agency.

The police removed the pressure horn installed on Puneet's motorcycle and informed his father about it.

A person driving the BMW convertible of his friend was also stopped by the police.

The driver of the vehicle said, "I have two children. I was just passing from this road and was not indulging in eve-teasing. My friend has no place to park the vehicle as his house is being whitewashed."

ACP Gurpreet Kaur Purewal said, "Violation of traffic rules and hooliganism will not be tolerated. We will ensure that girls are provided a safe passage."

Many youngsters were seen apologising and promising that they will not indulge in eve-teasing again. None of the youths admitted that they were taking rounds of the college.

Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh had earlier issued a notice stating that eve-teasing victims could directly contact him and lodge their complaint.

Rap for cagers

Two basketball players, who claimed that they were visiting a bank located near the Khalsa College for Women, were stopped by the police. General secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association Teja Singh Dhaliwal, who happened to be visiting the area, spotted the two basketball players. Dhaliwal lost his cool and rapped the two players for visiting the college area.



Parking charges at Mini-Secretariat raise visitors' hackles
Contractor charging Rs 60 for a four-wheeler after six hours
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The multi-storeyed car parking at the Mini-Secretariat became functional recently, providing respite to visitors and officials. Though the contractor is charging Rs 20 as the parking fee for four-wheelers for six hours, after six hours, the visitors have to shell out Rs 60 for the parking facility at the newly constructed multi-storeyed parking. Visitors have termed it as “unreasonable” saying that it defies all logic to charge three times the amount after six hours for parking.

Officials at the Mini-Secretariat say the amount was increased three times to prevent parking of vehicles by visitors who come to the Feroze Gandhi Market and other nearby business establishments.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the parking fee for four-wheelers and two-wheelers was Rs 20 and Rs 10, respectively, for six hours. “Most visitors finish their work within six hours. In rare cases, visitors have to park their vehicles for more than six hours. I have been told that those visiting the Feroze Gandhi Market and other business establishments park their vehicles at the Mini-Secretariat for more than 10 hours. The step has been taken to prevent the entry of such vehicles. This parking is exclusively for visitors to the Mini-Secretariat and only they should avail of the facility,” said Tiwari, adding that in case he received any complaint regarding overcharging by the contractor at the parking lot, strict action would be taken.

After the multi-storeyed parking became operational, the number of vehicles parked in a haphazard manner on main roads has reduced.



Ludhiana scan

A three-day organisational workshop of Guru Gobind Singh Study Cricle concluded here on Tuesday. The programme commenced with the bhog of "sehaj path". Organisation secretary Barjinderpal Singh asked the participants to lead their life in accordance with the path shown in "Gurbani". In various sessions, issues related to languages, literature and culture were discussed. Delegates from other states, zones presented their reports and sought feed back.

Committee constituted

The Punjab Government has constituted a state-level committee to decide on Swami Vivekananda's 150 birth anniversary. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is the chairman of the committee. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Som Parkash and political advisor Kamal Sharma will be vice-chairmen. Its office members include Education Minister, Cultural Minister, Principal Secretary to the CM.

LIC agents honoured

At an annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, Rajinder Kumar, senior divisional manager, LIC, Ludhiana division, and marketing manager Satpal honoured 40 LIC agents. A special award instituted in the memory of late Sanjay Jindal was conferred on Tilak Raj for his excellent performance during the year.

Paddy procurement

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said till November 5, 13.66 lakh mt paddy had arrived in Ludhiana district. The agencies, including government and private, had purchased 13.3 lakh mt of paddy. The farmers had already been paid dues of Rs 1437 crore. Tiwari asked the officials to ensure that farmers did not face any problem while selling their produce.

Divali greetings

Senior Citizens' Welfare Association shared Divali greetings with the elderly at Swami Vivekanand Vridh Ashram on Tuesday. Apart from hosting lunch for the inmates, the association members entertained inmates with songs and poems and interacted with them individually. SP Karkara, president of the association said the programme was a part of welfare and charitable programme organised by the association. He appealed the philanthropists in the city to to come forward and help the association in the noble cause.

Sikh delegation meets Makkar

Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC ,said the Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee had all the respect for the sikhs living in Jammu and Kashmir and will extend every possible help to them. He expressed these views when a delegation of sikhs from Jammu and Kashmir visited him. He assured that the SGPC would do its best to promote Sikhism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Schools for poor

For making the future of the children of labour class bright, more National Child Labour Project schools will be opened in the state. These views were expressed by Simarjit Singh Bains, MLA, while inaugurating a school at Gill Road on Tuesday. He said 20 such schools had already been opened in Ludhiana and more schools will be started soon for providing education to the poor and needy children.

Union holds protest

The Lal Jhanda Mazdoor Union, associated with the CITU, burnt the effigy of Kuldip Singh Makkar, president of Punjab Brick Kiln Owners Association, and decided to observe black Divali if the " dictatorial attitude" of the Akali-BJP combine continues. The union was protesting against the Government's dilly-dallying in implementing the notification of May 30. "The minimum wages passed in the notification await the signatures of the Chief Minister of Panjab and it is being delayed due to reason best known to the Panjab Government. The Government terms Panjab to be a rich state but the situation is entirely opposite to it. The work at brick kilns have come to a standstill in Panjab where in other states it is flourishing. Earlier, the sand which was available for Rs 2000 is now above Rs 10000 . The bricks are no more available and the sand has gone out of the reach of the common man," said Ranjit Singh Sainakalan. — TNS



From schools & colleges
Divali celebration

Students take part in a modelling competition at the SDP College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Students take part in a modelling competition at the SDP College for Women in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Children perform during a function at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School in Ludhiana
Children perform during a function at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune photographs

A two-day divali festival began on the premises of SDP College for Women on Tuesday. various colleges joined the festival. The whole campus wore festive look with colourful flags, banners and rangoli designs. Balraj Bhasin, president of SDP Sabha was the chief guest on the occasion. He was accorded a floral welcome by principal Jasbir Kaur Makkar and director S Verma. The function began with Jyoti Prajavalan, a sacred ceremony. Members of Management and principals of various colleges lighted the function.


Students were felicitated at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) on Tuesday. They were felicitated for their performances in various inter-college events. The students had participated in cultural, literary; sports and technical contests. Those who got the certificates, included participants of university youth festival and members of the college cricket team. Apart from that, the students who have been participating in various inter-class activities, including corporate project presentations, word building, communication skills, quiz contests, social service activities, fine arts and cultural functions, were also recognised.

Students bring laurels

Students of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, continued their success story in the Inter-Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at GGSD College, Hariana (Hoshiarpur), from October 26 to 29. The college won first position in bhangra, story-writing and quiz.

Cultural programme

"Surtaal-2012", a cultural bonanza of melody and rhythm was held at DRV DAV Centenary College, Phillaur, on Tuesday. Dr Sukhdev Maingi was the chief guest and SK Malhotra, a businessman, presided over the function. Earlier, officiating principal Ravinder Kalia welcomed them and related their contribution in the development of the college. The winners were given away prizes by the chief guest.

Healthy Tiffin Day

"Healthy Tiffin Day" was observed at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School on Tuesday. The staff and students continued their endeavour to spread the message " Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy". More than 150 students participated in a modelling show and dressed up as various fruits and vegetables. The confidence and style with which the students walked on the ramp was commendable.

Visit to traffic park

Ryan International School, Dugri, organised a visit to a traffic park, Model Town, on Tuesday. The visit was organised to spread awareness among the students about the road safety rules. The students of grade IV to VII went to the traffic park. Jagmail Singh guided the students about the traffic rules and regulations. The students enthusiastically particpared. Headmistress of the school, Ritu Syal, said according to our mentor Dr Augustine F Pinto such activities encouraged the students to be responsible citizens of the country.



Surgeons honoured at national congress
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Surgeons of the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), participated and presented research papers during the 36th annual congress. The congress was organised by Indian Society for Veterinary Surgery and International Symposium on "Ruminant Surgery in Polyclinics, Co-operative Dairies and Shelters: Perspective 2020", which held at Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat.

Dr Narinder Singh Saini, professor and head of the department, received the prestigious RPS Tyagi Oration Award at the nati0nal congress and spoke on "Decision Making in Equine Colic Patients". The award was given to Dr Saini in recognition of contribution for the advancement of veterinary surgery. Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, professor, presented a paper on "Ruminant Surgery" and Dr Jitender Mohindroo, associate professor, discussed "Ultrasonography As A Preliminary Screening Tool for Thoraco-Abdominal Disorders in Ruminants" during the congress.

The two research articles "Evaluation of colour Doppler Sonography for Predicting Reducibility of Intussusception in Dogs" presented by Dr J Mohindroo and co-authored by Jasmine Kaur, SK Mahajan, M Raghunath and Tarunbir Singh and another article entitled "Blood Gas, Acid Base and Electrolyte Changes During Diazepam, Midazolam Pre-medication and Halothane, Isoflurane Maintenance in Bovine Subjected to Diaphragmatic Herniorrhaphy" presented by Dr Tarunbir Singh and co-authored by Harmanjeet Singh, M Raghunath, J Mohindroo, P Verma, NS Saini and SS Singh were given gold medals for the best research articles in the anesthesiology session of the congress. An appreciation award for the second best presentation of small animal surgery session was also given to the paper entitled "Diagnosis and Surgical Management of Thoracic Trauma in Dogs", which was presented by Dr Jitender Mohindroo and co-authored by P Verma, SS Singh, M Raghunath and Tarunbir Singh.

Dr NS Saini, head of the Department of Surgery and Radiology, congratulated the winners and said that the surgeons from GADVASU had excelled in the field of surgery and radiology and such awards would encourage the faculty and postgraduate students to work hard for the welfare of the animals.



Pendency of mutation deeds continues
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Despite being given strict warnings to clear the backlog of mutation deeds, there are cases where the pendency has stretched up to 3 months at various sub-registrar offices in the district.

Officials say Ludhiana, being the largest district, registers about 1,200 land deals daily. Mutation deeds involve a tedious process so it is virtually not possible to clear the backlog immediately. Residents, however, feel that mutation deeds must be put in the records within one month of the registry. Kartar Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar here, said though he got his land registered in August, he was not able to get his mutation deed.

“I had even deposited Rs 25 as fees for sending the document to me at the given address by post. It has not reached yet. I have been asked to collect the document after about a week,” said Kartar. He said if the document was not delivered within the stipulated time, then they should not have asked to deposit the fee to send it by post. A tehsildar at a sub-registrar office here admitted that the work of mutations was pending for about 2-3 months.

“Despite our efforts, we have not been able to timely put the document in the records as the mutation process is long and tedious. As many as 1,200 land deals are registered in the district on a daily basis. The patwari gets automatic information from the Revenue Department about the land deal registered. After the segregation of the documents, about 400 patwaris in the district get the respective documents for mutation. Everything is put in the computer by the patwari and the printouts are sent to the tehsildars for agreeing or disagreeing on the deal. After verifying the documents and visiting the places as per the Land Revenue Act, the tehsildar finally approves and disapproves the document,” he said.

While many visitors alleged that the staff at sub-registrar offices deliberately did not send the document by post as they wanted the visitors to pay them for getting the document.



Vat returns
Star-rating system raises doubts among traders
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's recent announcement about introducing star rating system for industrial units has led to speculation among industrialists. The owner of every unit is worried of the status it is going to get after the rating system is introduced.

While inaugurating the CII fair here, Badal had announced that the Excise and Taxation Department would be introducing a star-rating system for industrial units based on their track record of tax payment.

According to the new system, industrial units will be rated as A, B and C and preferential treatment in VAT refunds and other issues will be given to A star companies compared to the ones with the B and C rating.

The department will come up with a 100-point performance rating and an A star rating will require a score of 80 or above. The star rating will determine the tax compliance of the company and its reputation. The verification process of a unit will also be shortened based upon its rating.

Commenting upon this, Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association, said it was not possible to categorise the industry on any such ratings.

"No such system is included in the Punjab Industries Act. Instead the department should follow what is there in the Act according to which 75 per cent of the VAT refunds should be made within 60 days. Sine the department is unable to give refunds on time, it has developed a new tactic in the form of grading system," he said.

Jindal added that this system could also lead to corruption and there were no specific criteria for including a firm in any category. "If a person is paying VAT he has the right to get the refund. In case he is late in paying VAT, then he has to pay fine but no fine is imposed on the department for the delay in VAT refunds," he said.

Another industrialist, Jeevan Rai, commenting upon the system, said it was impossible to divide units under any such system. If anybody is claiming refund that means he is paying VAT. If everybody is paying tax then you cannot delay refund of any person because he is not under any specific category, he added.



Delegation of Apex Chamber meets tax officials
Tribune news Servi ce

Ludhiana, November 6
A delegation of Apex Chamber met the Financial Commissioner, Taxation, and the Excise and Taxation Commissioner in Chandigarh today. Crucial issues pertaining to VAT refunds were discussed during the meeting. The delegation said VAT rules provided interest for late payment of refund but in many cases, refunds were made very late and no interest was given.

While making VAT refund, information was sought from dealers regarding particulars of VAT payment for the last four stages. The delegation explained that no dealer should be penalised if they did not get the information.

There was delay in providing C forms to dealers, which was hurting the industry, they said. The Department of Taxation is already planning to hold camps in the districts to categorise the genuine dealers so that there is no harassment.



Interactive forum on ‘employee engagement’ held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM), India, held an interactive forum for the first time in Ludhiana, which brought to the fore various aspects of organisational employee engagement. The event discussed how business objectives can be realised by gaining the confidence and commitment of workforce.

The forum was addressed by Amit Khurana, CEO, SHRM. Khurana sensitised the audience about employee engagement based on his vast experience.

"Employee engagement is on both the rational and emotional levels. Expectations from employers in terms of compensation or long term benefits would decide how employees would feel towards the employer, he said."



Police to act tough with gamblers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
Amidst rising complaints that farmhouses located on the Hambran road have turned into casinos ahead of the festival season, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gurpreet Gill, Singh Sikand has assured that strict action will be taken against persons involved in gambling at farmhouses.

He said the police would intensify night vigil near Hambran road and South City area to tighten the noose around gamblers. These area are considered dens of snatchers and other anti-social elements and reports of gambling has put more pressure on the police.

There has been allegation that while the police is talking of strict action, yet it has soft corner for rich.



Kidnapper held
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 6
The Sidhwan Bet police arrested a migrant labourers for abducting a minor girl today. The accused has been identified as Rajesh Kumar Yadav, a resident of Bihar. He was arrested by the police when he was trying to take the girl to Bihar.

According to sources, Rajesh Kumar Yadav abducted a minor girl from Talwara village near Sidhwan Bet on October 30. Confirming the development, the police said Rajesh Kumar Yadav had been working with a farmer of the same village for the past several months. "On October 30 night, Yadav abducted the minor girl from her house. Next morning, family members searched for the girl but they could not find her and lodged a complaint with the police," said investigating officer ASI Gulzar Singh.

During the investigation, the police learnt that Rajesh Kumar Yadav was also not in the village since the day girl went missing. This made the police suspicious and it started tracing him. On Monday morning, the police received an information that Rajesh Kumar was in New Delhi. Following this, the police immediately left for Delhi and nabbed the accused from Narela Bus Stand, New Delhi, when he was trying to board a bus for Bihar.

The police conducted the medical examination of the victim at the Civil Hospital, Jagraon, to establish whether the girl was raped or not. The medical report of the girl has not arrived yet . Meanwhile, the police produced Rajesh Kumar Yadav before the local court, which sent him to two-day police remand.



Robbery: Man, lover held
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 6
An employee with a company planned and executed a robbery just to please his paramour but was rounded up by the Khanna police after his fake story was unearthed. The Khanna police recovered Rs 67,000 from him and his paramour. The accused has been identified as Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Bondal village and his paramour Baljit kaur of Manjali Kalan village.

Hardial Singh Maan,SSP, Khanna, said Sarwan Singh, supervisor of Bone Bread, had lodged a complaint with the police that driver Amarjeet Singh along with cashier Hem Raj were returning from Delhi after collecting money from dealers and when they reached near Hedon village suddenly a motorcyclist appeared and forcibly took away the money along with bill books.

The SSP said they become suspicious on this and formed a police team to unearth the conspiracy.

During interrogation, Amarjeet singh confessed that he hatched the conspiracy because Baljit kaur, with whom he has illicit relations, came to him a few days back and demanded some money which he could not give. Meanwhile, he planned the robbery and shared the plan it with his paramour.

The SSP said the accused confessed that he stopped his truck near Hedon village and offered a drink to cashier Hem Raj.

When the cashier lost his senses he informed Baljeet kaur who along her son Harjinder singh reached on the spot on a motorcycle and they took away the bag containing cash.

The SSP said Amarjit also poured chili powder into his own eyes.



Gang of thieves busted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
With the arrest of two persons, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves who struck at a factory in the Industrial Area, near Cheema Chowk, on the night of October 24 and decamped with 22 Japanese stitching machines worth Rs 30 lakh.

The ADCP- I, Nilamberi Jagdale, said the accused, who had been identified as Jagir Kumar and Raju Gupta, were arrested following a tip-off.

The police recovered 14 machines from their possession. The other accused, identified as Pariminder Chauhan, Sanjay Kumar, Manoj, Parminder Paswan, Arvinder and Sunil, are at large.

Jagdale said the accused were chronic alcoholics and were doing odd jobs for a living. They live in Bihari colony and its adjoining areas.

She said raids were being carried out to nab the other accused. "We are investigating the matter and seeking police remand of the accused to find out whom they wanted to sell the stolen machines," said the ADCP- I.



Two arrested for drug peddling
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The Daba police has arrested two persons for drug peddling. Ashok Kumar (43), a drug peddler, who was caught by the Daba police yesterday with 200 gm of heroin along with his accomplice Amarjeet Singh, was among the hundreds of Hindus who were forced to leave Amritsar during the dark days of militancy. After leaving Amritsar, Ashok started living in Panipat and hooked to drugs. It was in 2009 that his family moved to Shimlapuri locality in the industrial city.

Ashok befriended smack addicts and started selling the contraband to them. Meanwhile, he got in touch with a auto-rickshaw driver Amarjeet Singh and both got involved in the trade. The drug peddling turned into a money spinner and Ashok recently purchased a luxury car. He even shifted to a flat situated on the Jamalpur road. The police is on the lookout for other accused involved in the illegal trade, Kala, a resident of Jalandhar, Jassi, a resident of Phagwara, and another persons, who is a resident of Nakodar.



1 held with 17 stolen LPG cylinders

Ludhiana, November 6
The city police nabbed a man, identified as Varinder Kumar of Amarpura and recovered 17 LPG cylinders from his possession. The police came to known that Varinder had kept the cylinders in a vacant plot near the Civil Hospital. Varinder was arrested while he was selling the stolen cylinders. According to Gurpreet Singh, SHO, the case has been registered against the accused. — TNS



World Kabaddi Cup final to be held in Ludhiana
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 6
The Third International World Kabaddi Cup final will be held in Ludhiana on December 15 and all the departments concerned, including the Police Health, Transport and Sports, and the Municipal Corporation have been asked to put in their best efforts to make the event a success.

An official of the Sports Department here said a meeting of higher officials had been scheduled for November 8 where instructions would be given to officials regarding stay and other arrangements for players.

"Rooms will be booked in the hotels of Ludhiana district and all the guest houses/rest houses (both government and semi-government) will be booked. Around 700 players and officials are expected to attend the closing ceremony. Besides, there will be performances by Bollywood actors and a cultural show will be held," said a Chandigarh-based official looking after the arrangements for the tournament.

He also said the inaugural function would be held in Bathinda on December 1 and the closing ceremony would be held in Ludhiana on December 15. "The government floated fresh tenders today and interested companies can apply till November 9. Earlier, the government had invited e-tenders and at least three leading event-management companies (including one owned by a Bollywood actor) had applied. But, nothing could be finalised.

"For both the opening and closing ceremonies, fresh tenders have been floated for planning, organising and conduct of cultural events, fire-works, laser show, etc. We expect that about half a dozen companies will come forward for bidding," said the official.



Jagraon GHG Academy emerge b’ball champs
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 6
The students of GHG Academy, Jagraon, performed brilliantly during the two-day Sahodya Basketball championship that concluded at GHG Academy, Kothe Baggu, near here, today. As many as 12 teams from eight schools affiliated with the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) took part in the championship.

The GHG Academy team emerged champions in the boys’ category. The host school beat Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, by a huge margin of 23-4 in the final. Sacred Heart Convent School, Jagraon, beat Amrit Indo Canadian Academy, Ladian, 11-1 to finish third in the boys’ category.

In the girls’ category, Sacred Heart Convent School, Jagraon, emerged champions while GHG Academy finished second. Sacred Heart Convent School, Jagraon, beat GHG Academy, Jagraon, in a tough final by 23-20. Guru Nanak Public School, Mullanpur, ended up third in the girls’ category after beating Peace Public School in the match played for the third position.

Hardev Kaur Sidhu, principal of host GHG Academy Jagraon gave away the prize to the winning teams. Chairman of the academy Gurmail Singh Malhi congratulated the winning teams.



Multi-purpose School win
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 6
The RIMT-Inter School Cricket Tournament, which commenced on October 22, has evoked a great enthusiasm among the participants as well as the spectators.

The matches played yesterday included Multipurpose School, Patiala, versus Budha Dal Public School, Patiala.

In the match played between Multipurpose School and Budha Dal Public School, the former won the toss and chose to bat first. They beat Budha Dal Public School by 5 runs. Manveer, who was declared the Man of the Match, scored 28 runs for 22 balls and remained not out throughout the innings.



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