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DIG launches health scheme for Khanna cops
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 24
Health Scheme for police personnel of the district under the slogan Binsse Rog Bhae Kalyan and health for all was launched by DIG, Ludhiana range, Mr Parag Jain, at Satkar Palace, on Thursday said S.S.P. Khanna Naunihal Singh during a press conference organised at his office here to day. SSP said the scheme was launched in-association with the doctors of the area.

The SSP said the idea came to his mind after an health survey conducted on police personnels of the district. It was found that 28 per cent cops were suffering from cholesterol and 33 per cent from hyper tension. He said due to low income these cops failed to get proper treatment. So the issue was discussed with the doctors of the area and twenty-three doctors gave their consent to give fifty per cent rebate to the police personnels in the treatment and all tests.

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Asian cycling brought city on world map
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, December 24
The city played host to a variety of international and national sports championships in 2005 but the city sports persons could not make much mark in the national and international arena.

The high point was the organisation of the prestigious 25th BSA Asian Cycling Championship and the 12th Asian Junior Cycling Meet between December 11 and 18. This event brought the city on the world map. A record number of more than 500 cyclists from 24 countries competed in this eight-day sports extravaganza.

The road races were conducted on the National Highway No 1 between Doraha and Khanna while the track events were held at the Punjab Agricultural University velodrome. Defending champions South Korea finished at the top of the medals table, winning 43 medals, including 19 gold, while the hosts (only eves) with three silver medals occupied the 12th position. However, this achievement is not so small as India ended medals drought after a gap of 12 years. It was in the year 1993 that Indian cyclists had won a silver medal in in the Asian Cycling Meet in Malaysia.

The city played host to the National Snooker Championship in which a number of players of national and international repute were seen in action. A badminton team from Pakistan visited Ludhiana en route to Patiala to take part in the Indo-Pak Games held there.

Ludhiana is also known the world over for the rural festivals being held in different villages of the mega city. These festivals are organised in the winter season between November and February.

During the current year, Kila Raipur Sports Festival, Mata Sahib Kaur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament of Jarkhar, rural festival of Lalton Kalan, sports festival of Narangwal were some of the main rural sports events which attracted thousands of ruralities as well as people from the urban areas.

Kila Raipur Games, popularly known as Rural Olympics, attracted people from abroad who came to see rare human feats. The festival at Jarkhar, attracted top teams in hockey, volleyball, basketball and kabaddi.

The city was also the venue for international kabaddi tournaments. Punjabis, settled abroad visit their motherland in December, January and February and during their stay here, they organise kabaddi matches and distribute lakhs of rupees as prizes. The tournaments are Canada Gold Cup Kabaddi Tournament, Canada-America Kabaddi Cup and Lodhi International Kabaddi Cup Tournament. The organisers invite popular Punjabi singers to perform during these tournaments which help in attracting a large number of spectators from across the state.

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, which has the distinction of producing scientists of international repute as well as sportspersons who had brought glory to the nation in the past, received the most appropriate person as its Deputy Director, Sports. Ramandeep Singh Grewal, former captain of the Indian national hockey team. He took charge in the beginning of this year. The local office of the Punjab Sports Department also got a new head in Mr Gianinder Singh. Mr Singh took charge from Mr Sohan Lal Lotey midway through this year. Mr Lotey was promoted to the post of Deputy Director and was transferred to Chandigarh.

Two major hockey tournaments were also organised in Ludhiana this year. They were All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for Women in which top outfits of the country took part while in the menís section, the All-India Jagtar Singh Memorial Tournament was held at PAU.

Guru Nanak Public School, Sarbaha Nagar was the venue for the games for special children from Punjab and those from Pakistan. The school also played host to the North Zone CBSE Schools Hockey Tournament in November.

Ludhiana shuttlers made the city proud winning the team championships (boys u-17 and u-19 years) in the CBSE schools National Badminton Tournament held at Nagpur. Raj Kumar, Gurbakash Singh, Gurrattanvir Singh, Anand Tiwari and Ashutosh, all students of the Tagore Public School, Aggar Nagar, and trainees of senior badminton coach and District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, Gianinder Singh, gave a superb performance to win the championship in both the age groups.

In cricket, Ludhiana lads excelled. The name of local lad, Gagandeep Singh Toor figured in the Indian Test team which toured Sri Lanka early this year. Three other players from the city, namely Karan Goel, Ankur Kakkar and Love Abhlish were selected in the Punjab Ranji cricket team. The upcoming cricketers Ashish Sehgal, Dushyant Kohli, Tarun Passi and Karan Goel represented Punjab (u-22) in the Inter-State Championship while another budding lad, Geetansh Khaira, was the member of the cricket team (u-15 years).

Besides, two office-bearers of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) brought fame to the city. Mr Chaman Lal Malhotra, senior vice-president of the LDCA who was appointed selector to pick the North Zone team while Mr Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary of the association, was appointed as liaison officer of the Sri Lankan team during the second one-day played at PCA Stadium, Mohali, in November.

The infrastructure which was built as well as spruced up during the 31st edition of the National Games held here in 2001 was utilised well during the current year. The indoor multipurpose hall of the Guru Nanak Sports Complex and the basketball stadium were the venues for the National Basketball Championship held here from December 26, 2004 to January 2, 2005. Now a days, the basketball stadium is under renovation. This project will cost the Punjab Sports Department around Rs 15 lakh.

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Punjab teams for bíball nationals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
Damandeep Singh of Amritsar has been named captain of the Punjab menís team for the 56th Senior National Basketball Championship to be held from December 28 to January 4, 2006 at Pune, according to Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, ADGP, Punjab and president, Punjab Basketball Association (PBA).

Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, PBA and Mr Vijay Chopra, vice-president of the Ludhiana District Basketball Association were present at the Guru Nanak Stadium when the Punjab teams were announced by Mr Gill here today.

Other members of the team are: Jagdeep Singh, Fatehjit Singh, Pawandeep Singh, Rajwinder Singh and Snehpal Singh from the PSEB, Talwinderjit Singh and Amit Prashar from Ludhiana, Sharanjit Singh Dhaliwal of Patiala, Mahesh Mishra from the BSF, Jasjot Singh and Harwinder Singh from PAP. Dr S. Subramanian and Jagdeep Singh will accompany the team as the coach and assistant coach, respectively.

The womenís team include Kamajit Kaur, Taranjit Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Rajan Pal from Ludhiana, Kiranjeeet Kaur and Harwinder Kaur of Baba Lodhiana Academy, Saloni and Aashna from Jalandhar, Paramjit Kaur from Faridkot, Rajwinder Kaur of Hoshiarpur, Reena and Satvinder Kaur from Kapurthala. Kanwarjit Singh and Devinder Pal Singh Dhindsa have been appointed as the coach and assistant coach, respectively.

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Easy win for Khalsa College eves
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, scored an emphatic 6-0 win over Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, on the second day of the three-day Ranjodh Kaur Grewal Memorial Ludhiana District Womenís Hockey Tournament being played at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Sapandeep struck twice while Smita, Shweta, Manpreet Kaur and Chandni contributed one goal each and completed the rout.

In the second match, Khalsa Club, Ludhiana prevailed over Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, 2-1. Gurpreet Kaur of Khalsa Club put her side ahead in the 10th minute of the encounter. Doraha girls restored parity in the 15th minute through Gurdeep Kaur. Nutan of Khalsa Club found the target with just two minutes to go for the long whistle and helped her team to win by a narrow margin.

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A.S. school meet ends
Our Correspondent

Khanna, December 24
The 34th athletic meet of A.S. Modern Sr Secondary School, here, was concluded at the Principal Naresh Chandar Sports Stadium at Malerkotla Road, here on Friday. Hardip Singh and Amanpreet Kaur were adjudged the best athletes in the senior categories of boys and girls respectively. In the junior categories Harkeerat Singh and Nancy were adjudged the best athletes, while Gurinder Singh and Harmanpreet Kaur bagged the sub-junior titles.

On the concluding day of the meet and prize distribution function Mr A.P. Pandey was the chief guest. He distributed prizes to the winning students. In 1,500 metre boys race Sultan Mohamad stood first, Sukhbir Singh second and Karan Nanda stood third. In high jump amongst Sr boys Money Bector bagged the Ist prize, Varun 2nd and Hardeep Singh bagged the 3rd prize. In the long jump amongst senior girls Amanpreet Kaur stood Ist, and Amandeep Kaur 2nd and Simarnpreet Kaur bagged the third prize. In 100 metre race for girls Amanpreet stood first.

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Punjab volleyball tourney to be held from Jan 3
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 24
The 49th edition of the Punjab State Volleyball Championship for men as well as women will be held at Patiala from January 3 to 5, according to Mr Raj Kumar, general secretary, Punjab Volleyball Association. Teams from all districts along with those from PAP, the BSF, the PSEB and the PRTC are expected to take part in this three-day meet. Entries may be sent to Mr Naresh Pathak, organising secretary for this tournament.

On the basis of their performance during this meet, Punjab squad will be selected for the Senior National Volleyball Championship slated to be held at Pune from January 10 onwards, Mr Raj Kumar added.

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