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Victims of holocaust remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 10
Doctors and medical students demanded complete abolition of nuclear weapons from earth to save the mankind from annihilation. The medical professionals were paying homage to the victims of nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki at a seminar organised by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here yesterday.

Speakers at the seminar sounded a note of caution to the people against the threat that the nuclear weapons posed to the mankind and expressed concern over nuclear weapons with nine countries of the world.

Dr GPI Singh, professor and head of social and preventive medicine at DMCH, spoke about the role of bodies like the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the IDPD for global peace.

Dr Balbir Singh Shah, professor of pathology, gave an account of what could happen in the event of nuclear war between India and Pakistan. He stated that up to 8 lakh people could be killed and 20 lakh others injured if a nuclear bomb fell over Mumbai.

Dr L.S. Chawla, president of the IDPD, said even if the governments decided against the use of such weapons, these could be used by non-state actors or misfired in a natural calamity. The only way was to abolish them and prevent such a catastrophe from occurring.

He apprehended that these plants could be a serious health hazard. The Chernobyl tragedy in Russia was still not forgotten where 93,000 people had died and 5,40,000 clean-up workers became invalid.

Maintaining that the nuclear plants in India, as per reports, have had about 300 accidents, he stressed the need for the utilisation of renewable energy resources.

IDPD general secretary Arun Mitra said war and violence were indeed a health issue since medical professionals had to deal with their consequences. Doctors and medical students could play a big role in generating public opinion against arms race.

He quoted several exchange programmes and dialogue with decision makers undertaken by the IDPD and other affiliates of the IPPNW in the countries of South Asia as a part of confidence-building measures.

Dr Daljit Singh, principal of the DMCH, said medicos formed the cream of intelligentsia and had, therefore, to show concern and act to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

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Sujata to represent city in science seminar
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 10
Sujata Bharadwaj of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, bagged the first position in the annual science seminar, organised by the District Science Department at Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, recently.

A total of 14 schools from various tehsils of Ludhiana participated in the seminar. The winners at tehsil-level competed with each other on the topic ‘Global Climate Change and Its Impact’.

While Sujata got the first prize, Navjot Kaur of Government Senior Secondary School won the second prize and Gurleen Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana, stood third. Sujata will now represent Ludhiana district at the state-level seminar.

Col R.K. Sharma, principal, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, congratulated Sujata for her excellent performance. He also lauded the efforts of Surinder Kaushal, science teacher, who guided her in preparing the topic. Sujata used modern aids like the OHP to prepare her slides to bring home the effects of global warming and its overall impact on the climate of the world. It was stressed that all the citizens should wake up to the reality of global warming.

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SVM school win opening match
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 10
Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, scored an emphatic 147-run win over Ewing Christian Senior Secondary School, Brown Road, in the opening match of the PAU Zone Punjab Schools Zonal Cricket Tournament (under-19) being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU ground, here yesterday.

Batting first, Sanatan Vidya Mandir School hoisted 194 runs on the board for the loss of six wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Their innings revolved around Suraj Parkash (23), Gaurav (29), Jitender (26), Shahzada (29) and Deepak Bansal (30).

For Ewing Christian School, Vivek was the main wicket taker who scalped four victims for 35 runs while Ajay took two wickets for five runs.

Ewing Christian School could make 47 runs in 13.2 overs. Raj Kumar and Mukesh made 10 and 11 runs, respectively, while Mohit scored 9 runs.

For Sanatan Vidya Mandir School, Shahzada was the pick of the bowlers. He took three wickets for five runs, followed by Deepak Bansal, who captured two wickets for 11 runs. Sahil claimed two wickets for two runs while Jatin and Suraj Parkash scalped two victims each.

Meanwhile, Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, began their campaign on a winning note wrapping up both matches (under-16 and under-14) in the tournament.

In the under-16 year category, KVM boys beat Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Kitchlu Nagar, by 91 runs and in the under-14 year section, KVM lads defeated Green Land Model Senior Secondary School by 11 runs.

In the first match (under-16) played on the Bachan Singh Academy ground, Balloke, KVM boys, batting first after winning the toss, made 145 runs for the loss of six wickets. The main contributors were Abhishek Talwar and Ribant Mehta, who scored 42 and 23 runs, respectively. Abhijit Randhawa made 19 runs.

For BVM School, Sanjeev and Nikhil chipped in with two wickets each conceding 30 and 19 runs, respectively. In reply, BVM School’s innings folded at 54 runs in 14 overs. Only Harish (20) could reach the double figure. For the winners, Akhil Aggarwal claimed three wickets for 10 runs while Abhijit Randhawa captured three wickets for nine runs. Mrinal and Kunal took one wicket each.

In the match (under-14) played on the SDP College ground, KVM School scored 86 runs in the allotted 15 overs with main contributions coming from Shubham Kwatara (24), Chirag Maria (21) and Abhinav Bhatia (9).

For Green Land School, Kamal and Sanjeev grabbed two wickets each for 9 and 15 runs, respectively, while Harish took one for 3.

Green Land School could muster 75 runs for the loss of six wickets thus falling short of the target by 12 runs. Harjot top scored with 24 runs and Maninder made 12 runs. KVM School's successful bowlers were Nikhil Chaudhary and Vishaw Marwaha, who captured two wickets each for 15 and 10 runs, respectively. Sriansh took one for 12 while Abhinav Bhatia chipped in one wicket for 7 runs.

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