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Concern over poor healthcare
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 20
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha , Ludhiana, has expressed concern over the deteriorating health standards , particularly over the deaths of several persons due to gastroenteritis and malaria. This, it said, had happened because of lack of concern over the public healthcare delivery system.

It said there was need for evolving a comprehensive public healthcare plan for the city and creating awareness among the masses. The jatha will distribute pamphlets and hold meetings in schools on the issue. 

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Ritu, Sanjiv bag badminton titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
Ritu Abaan and Sanjiv Kalia bagged titles in the womenís and menís sections, respectively, in the Life Insurance Corporation of India Divisional Level Badminton Tournament organised at the Shastri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the womenís section, Ritu Abaan got the better of Mamta Rani to clinch the title while the third spot was secured by Sushma Goel. In the menís section, Sanjiv Kalia defeated Amarjit Singh to romp home victorious and Ashwani Gupta secured the third position.

More than 50 shuttlers from local branch offices of the LIC of India along with those from Bathinda, Samrala and Khanna offices took part in this tournament.

Mr Sandeep Julka, Manager (P and IR), LIC of India, Ludhiana, gave away the prizes to the position holders.

On the basis of their performance during this tournament, Ritu and Sanjiv have been selected to represent Ludhiana zone in the Inter-Zonal Badminton Tournament scheduled to start from September 9 at Jaipur.

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Smile of BVM School in limelight
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 20
Smile, a student of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, was in the limelight winning two gold medals on the opening day of the swimming competition in the Ludhiana District Inter-Zone Games which began at AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, near here, today.

In the 50m breast-stroke for boys (u-17), Smile took 38.42 secs to win the gold medal. He was followed by Deepansh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, cemetery road, Ludhiana, who clocked 42.52 secs for the silver medal. Shiv Kumar of the host school finished third with 51.23 secs.

Smile clinched the second individual gold in the 200m back-stroke event. He clocked 3.04.23 secs and finished ahead of others to lift the gold medal. Balcharan of Sacred Heart School, Khanna, and Lovlesh Dhir of AS Modern Senior Secondary School finished second and third, respectively.

The opening dayís results: Boys- 200 m back stroke (u-14) Bharat Sharma of Government Senior Secondary School, cemetery road 1, Kishanjeet Singh of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School,Udham Singh Nagar 2, Raj Kumar of Government High School, Division No 5 3; 155 m free style (u-19)- Amit of AS Modern School, Khanna, 1, Sukhjit Singh of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School 2, Gurpreet Singh of Malwa Khalsa School, Ludhiana 3.

800 m free style (u-17): Vibhor of Kundan Vidya Mandir School 1, Bikramjeet Singh of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School 2, Bharat Bansal of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, 3; 100 m butterfly (u-19): Mridul Sunil of Alpine Interntional School 1, Warispreet Singh of DAV Public School, Ludhiana, 2; Abhishek of Arya School, Khanna, 3.

100 m free style (u-14) : Nikhil of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, 1; Karan of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, 2; Jagdeep Singh of AS School, Khanna, 3; 100 m free style (u-17): Sunil of Government Model Seniorr Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana 1, Vishesh of Sacred Heart School, Sarabha Nagar 2, Ankit of Sacred Heart School, Khanna 3.

100 m butterfly :Mohit of KVM School, Ludhiana 1, Bikramjeet Singh of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School 2; 400 m free style (u-19) : Amit Singh of AS Modern School, Khanna 1, Kulwinder Singh of AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna 2, Tarun Kumar of Government Model Senior Secondary School, cemetery road 3.

200 m individual medley: Aala Singh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana 1, Waris of DAV Public School, Ludhiana 2, Varinder Singh of Radha Vatika Senior Secondary School, Khanna 3; 200 m breast stroke (u-19): Mridul Sunil of Alpine International School 1, Gagandeep of AS Modern School, Khanna 2, Prashant of AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna 3.

200 m individual medley (u-17) Adhiraj Sharma of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar 1, Manvdeep Bal of DAV Public School, Khanna 2, Ajay Kumar of Government Model Senior Secondary School, cemetery road, 3; 200 m back stroke (u-19): Harbans Singh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana 1, Gagandeep Singh of AS Modern School, Khanna, 2, Varinder of Radha Vatika School, Khanna 3.

400 m free style (u-19) :Abhishek of KVM School 1, Jagdeep Singh of AS School, Khanna 2, Bhavneet Singh of Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, 3.

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