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Shivangi, Ajay to lead Punjab in basketball
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 19
Shivangi of Gurdaspur and Ajay Pal Singh of Mansa have been named captains of the girls' and boys' teams, respectively, for the 31st Sub-Junior National Basketball Championship to be held at Thiruvananthapuram from August 23 to 28, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association. Punjab contesting left for Thiruvananthapuram today.

The members of the Punjab teams were given kits at a function held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, SP (Detective) and president, Ludhiana Basketball Association (LDBA), was the chief guest. Mr Toor, along with other office-bearers of the association, wished the players good luck for the meet.

Others who were present at the function included Mr Sohan Lal Lotey, District Sports Officer, Mr Vijay Chopra, vice-president, LDBA, Mr J. P. Singh, secretary, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, Dr S. Subramanian, senior coach and former director, NIS, Patiala.

The following boys and girls comprise the Punjab teams for the national meet. Boys-Ajay Pal Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Gursewak Singh and Sukhdeep Singh from Mansa; Harmeet Singh, Manjeet Singh, Vikramjot Singh and Tejinder Singh from Bathinda; Richard and Akash Gill from Ludhiana ; Rajan Sharma from Moga and Nikhal Kumar from Jalandhar. Mr Rajinder Singh Gill and Mr Nirbhay Singh will accompany the team as coach and manager, respectively.

Girls-Shivangi, Chetana and Rohini from Gurdapur; Mandeep Kaur from Ludhiana; Karamveer and Beant Kaur from Mansa; Harmanjot Kaur and Usha Rani from Bathinda; Balpreet Kaur from Muktsar; and Harpreet Kaur and Usha Rani from Faridkot.

Mr Gurjinder Singh and Ms Neelam Singh will accompany the team as coach and manager, respectively, while Mr Vijay Singla will be the contingent in charge.

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Bhai Veer Singh House enters final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 19
Bhai Veer Singh House emerged victorious by defeating Bhagat Singh House with a wafer-thin margin of 1-0 in the Inter-House Football Tournament being played here at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.

With this victory, Bhai Veer Singh House entered the final. In the final, it will take on Prof Mohan Singh House.

Arshdeep Singh of Bhai Veer Singh House put his side ahead when the opponents were yet to settle down. Both teams played well. 

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Mandeep ‘strongest woman of India’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 19
The Senior National Powerlifting Championship was held in New Delhi from August 8 to 12 in which Mandeep of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, here, won the overall Gold Medal.

Mandeep participated in 60 kg category and lifted 475 kg, which is a new record. Mandeep won the title of the “Senior Strongest Woman of India”. Mandeep had already won the title of the “Junior Strongest Woman of India” five times consecutively. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the college, congratulated Mandeep on her success.

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