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Union govt land worth crores being grabbed
Colonisers filling up seasonal rivulet
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
In violation of a stay order by a civil judge here, some colonisers are filling up a seasonal rivulet in the Kara Bara area, near Bahadur Ke road.

The rivulet is the property of the union government and forms a natural drainage system. As per an estimate, the land is worth over Rs 15 crore and has allegedly been grabbed.

One side of the rivulet has been completely erased from the map. Instead, a well-levelled road is in its place.

On the other side of the road, nearly 15 shops have come up. A signboard says that the land is a site for a police post.

A vigilance inquiry report has indicted a number of officials and persons in this regard, but the report is gathering dust.

Ajit Singh, a resident who is fighting the land-grabbers, alleged that the police post had been given land to get the patronage of the police.

He along with a few others have taken on the accused even as the district administration and the police have turned a blind eye to the violation.

They are fighting the legal battle against 15 persons and departments, including colonisers, the drainage and revenue departments and the police.

“We have been informing officials how the accused were filling up the rivulet at the dead of night, but no one has responded,” he said, alleging that there were threats to his life and also that of his family members.

While other department officials could not be contacted, the SHO of Salem Tabri, Beant Juneja, said he had received no complaint from the residents.

“They have been meeting senior officers, who told them to file a complaint but no one has approached me so far,” he claimed.

The illegal activity began in September last year. Work was stopped in October when a news report about the alleged encroachment appeared in The Tribune.

The administration remained active for a few days but nothing concrete was done.

The departments have been pointing fingers at one another, saying that they had first “allowed” the encroachment and later did not stop it.

The drainage department had reportedly written letters to the revenue department and the police department for the registration of cases against the encroachers, but now department officials say that the land falls in the jurisdiction of the MC.

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City units to go green
First-ever initiative in the northern region
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
In the first-ever initiative by the industry in this region, over 300 steel forging enterprises here would be earning revenues by reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.

These units would be adopting green technologies.

Under an agreement between the Small Industries Development Bank of India and Tools and Forging Envirocare Private Limited, an SPV floated by SMEs in the steel cluster here, SIDBI would encourage units to take up energy saving initiatives, thus making them eligible to earn revenues through carbon emission reduction (CER).

“It is the first-ever initiative in the northern region.

The units that participate would earn roughly $12 billion, which would be given to them by the World Bank over a period of 10 years,” said S.C. Ralhan, president of the SPV, while talking to The Tribune. He said the units would also improve their productivity and gain by saving on oil consumption and power.

The units that would adopt environment friendly technologies have already gone in for an energy audit and are expected to begin the process from next month.

The World Bank has given its backing to this initiative by agreeing to purchase 99,000 CER units from the SPV.

Ralhan said the baseline study had already been made, and the pre-design document would be sent to the UN soon.

The MoU was today signed in New Delhi in the presence of R.M. Malla, chairman and MD, SIDBI, Charles Carmier, team leader, energy and environment, India, World Bank, and Ralhan.

Carmier said: “SMEs in the Ludhiana steel cluster have taken the lead in energy conservation and adoption of green technology. We would like to replicate this in other SME clusters as well.”

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Power tariff hike rollback on paper only
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 19
Even as more than a week has elapsed since the CM announced a rollback in the power tariff hike, under pressure from the BJP, the PSEB has failed to evolve a mechanism to revert to the old power rates.

Bills to consumers are still being recovered on increased rates and if the government decides to give relief with retrospective effect, the board will find it hard to refund the excess amount deposited by the consumers.

The tariff for all categories was jacked up by 8.4 per cent on the recommendations of the Punjab State Power Regulatory Authority, amid protests by trade and industrial organisations and the urban population.

It took several meetings between the SAD and BJP leaders of Punjab, before the CM agreed to withdraw the hike and make good the financial loss worth about Rs 298 crore suffered by the board on this account.

Inquiries made by The Tribune from the commercial and billing sections of the PSEB revealed that so far no instruction had been received in this regard from the government.

Officials at the circle and division level maintained that until a circular was received from the headquarters and modalities for the refund of excess amount was evolved, the increased rates had to be in force.

“We have been issuing bills from September on revised rates and will continue to do so until instructions are received to revert to the old rates,” an officer in the account section of the PSEB said, on condition of anonymity.

Several representatives of trade and industrial organisations criticised the government over the inordinate delay in giving a practical shape to its decision.

“When the power tariff goes up or rates of any other utility service are increased, the revised rates are charged with immediate effect. But now that the tariff hike is to be withdrawn, the government is dragging its feet,” lamented Chander Bhan, a trader.

Domestic consumers are wondering if they will get a refund. Remarked Asha Rani Vohra, a teacher, “Even if there is a simple mistake in the bill and the excess amount is paid by a consumer, it takes several months before the PSEB office adjusts it. We have little hope of getting the refund.”

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Two killed in freak accidents
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Five unnatural deaths took place in the city today. Two of them were alleged suicides, one succumbed to burns while two others died in freak accidents.

Damu Mohanti, 36, reportedly killed himself after he lost a lot of money in the lottery and gambling trade.

The police said he was found dead in his room this morning. He seemed to have consumed some poisonous substance.

His family members said he was depressed over losing a lot of money. He was also under debt. In another case, an unidentified woman allegedly jumped in front of a train near Dhandari this afternoon.

Railway police sources said some persons living in a slum near the accident site said the woman was seen walking near the track and she flung herself in front of the train.

The police is trying to establish her identity.

Meena, 45, succumbed to her burns at the civil hospital after battling for life for three days. She had suffered the burns while working in the kitchen.

The police said investigation suggested that it was an accident.

A migrant labourer, Sunil Kumar, died in a freak incident at Kakkowal village when he went to an underground room where a motor was installed and got electrocuted when the power supply came suddenly.

Manjit Singh, a farm labourer, died when he accidentally consumed expired medicine in his house. He was rushed to hospital, but could not be saved.

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Malls no shoppers’ paradise
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Visiting mega malls and retail outlets is turning out to be an unpleasant shopping experience for many city residents due to billing-related problems. This is in contrast to tall claims of corporates who boast of “great shopping experience” as their USP.

Overcharging and excessive waiting time for billing, apart from “rude behaviour” of staff in several cases, are what residents complain they have to face.

This, in spite of the fact that mega shopping malls, marts and retail outlets continue to offer products at a “premium rate” to cover their costs.

No wonder, many residents say they have started doubting their choice of going to large retail outlets and malls over the next-door grocer or other retailers.

“After I reached home recently, I realised that some items included in my bill were not bought by me. On calculation, I found that the total amount was exceeding my actual purchase. Customers don’t often go through the bill after making purchases,” complained Kamlesh Kumari, a resident.

Residents say ambience at such shopping marts attracts them to go there for shopping.

With organised retail having entered almost all segments, people prefer shopping at such outlets due to a relaxed environment.

However, not only are incidences of faulty billing frequent, insufficient infrastructure at most of these outlets leads to a long waiting period in getting the billing done.

“Initially I was happy as I could shop at leisure. But when it comes to billing, queues are so long that at times it can take more than half an hour to get the billing started. What is worse is that some goods do not carry a tag for the computerised system to read. In such cases, I have many a time been sent to another counter to get separate billing done for such goods,” says Parkash Singh, another resident.

People feel that retail outlets should equip themselves with infrastructure that supports the kind of footfall they receive.

“On one side one is irritated due to long queues, on the other there are rude staff who totally refuse to help. If these marts are charging us a premium rate due to the ‘experience’ they offer, they must assure that they do not fail to keep their promises,” says Varinda Sharma, a student.

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Posters, hoardings mask public property
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Government and public property is being defaced with impunity in the city owing to visits by VIP leaders and callousness of private companies, unions, labourers and farmers.

The recent visit of BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati is the latest example of defacement of government and public property across the city.

Slogans in her praise or that of the party have been painted all over the elevated road.

The entire city has been defaced with hoarding and placards put up in the praise of the leader.

Agitated by the defacement on the wall of his house, Darshan Kumar, a resident of Slaem Tabri, said: “They have pasted their party posters and painted slogans all over my house wall.”

“Not a single major spot in the city has been left untouched by parties. Earlier, a huge hoarding of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was put up at Bharat Nagar chowk but was replaced by another in the praise of Mayawati. Even the wall of the BSNL office was defaced by her party workers. All this has been done right under the nose of authorities,” rued Joginder Singh, a resident of Sham Nagar.

Rajiv Gaagat said earlier posters were seen during the time of election only but now 
the trend has changed and the entire city is defaced by posters and banners whenever the chief minister visits the city.

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Family seeks help for ailing member
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 19
Avtar Kaur, a 33-year-old woman, was leading a happy life with her husband and two children until she gave birth to a healthy baby boy one month ago.

Soon after the delivery, she started suffering severe abdomen pains. For immediate relief, she took painkillers and injections, which resulted in ulcer formation in her intestines.

After her condition worsened, the woman was left with no alternative but to go for surgery. Since then, she has been operated upon thrice but due to weakness, the post-operative recovery has been slow.

Her husband Charanjit Lal, a daily-wage labourer, has exhausted all resources to raise money for his ailing wife.

While the woman continues to fight for her life after having been put on ventilator support, her husband is finding it hard to arrange money for her treatment.

To make the matters worse, their family members have deserted them and they now look to philanthropists to come forward and support them.

Those interested in helping Avtar Kaur and her family can contact the office of medical superintendent, CMCH.

All donations should be made in favour of Christian Medical College and Hospital, with “Treatment for Avtar Kaur” written overleaf of the cheque, demand draft or on covering letter.

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SAD (A) lashes out at Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Daljit Singh has criticised the Badal government’s move to hand over primary education in villages of the state to a private company for free.

He has also opposed the giving of panchayat land to the company for free.

He said schools were likely to impart education of a majority religious group in the state, which would have a direct impact on the social fabric.

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Tribune scribe bereaved
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Pritpal Singh Ahuja, 70, a forensic expert and husband of Asha Ahuja, a correspondent with The Tribune, died after long illness here yesterday night.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His elder son is a DJ Bhanu Ahuja while another is settled in Canada. Pritpal Ahuja’s last rites will be performed at the cremation ground of Block-I, Bhai Randhir Singh, tomorrow afternoon.

P.S. Ahuja was an expert in deciphering frauds related to hand writing, signatures and forgery. His forensic reports have led the police and judiciary to solve s large number of cases. His reports were quoted in a few important judgements as well.

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Letters
Diminishing readership

India celebrates the National Book year annually from November 14 to 20. But it is painful to see that readership of newspapers and books has taken a strong beating from the electronic media.

India has produced excellent literary works like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Arthashastra- just to name a few. But the point is how many, especially the youngsters, have read them?

India is presently passing through turbulent phase. One can witness politically-motivated violence, religious bigotry, hatred, animosity and non-tolerance. The point is, a well read person will definitely think twice before indulging into anything destructive.

Reading is not just a physical act but a complex and pleasant experience which cannot be considered in isolation without taking into account the role and mind of the author. Jean Paul Sastre rightly says that reading is a part of generosity between author and the reader.

The Internet or the visual media is no doubt, a great aid to human progress. But it can supplement, not supplant, reading. So it is the duty of everyone to encourage reading, especially among the younger generation. The success of “Harry Potter” series is a silver lining in the cloud

Rupinder Singh, Ahmedgarh Channa

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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One hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 19
Gurdev Singh, alias Sandeep, of Rasulpur was injured when a scooter hit his motor cycle (PB 10 BP 7584) near his village. The injured has been admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana.

The local police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338, and 427, IPC, against the rider of the scooter, Hanuman, alias Gaini, in this regard.

Assault

Som Raj, Balwinder Singh, alias Binder, of Sukhanand and another person have been booked by the local police for assault. According to information, the accused, travelling in a Maruti Zen car, intercepted Ved Parkash of their village while he was on his way to Ludhiana on a motor cycle and assaulted him.

They also damaged the complainant’s motor cycle and intimidated him.

The injured has been admitted to the civil hospital, Ludhiana. No arrest has been made so far. A case under Sections 325, 506, 427, 34, IPC, has been registered.

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State Bank of Patiala to focus on retail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The State Bank of Patiala is planning to come out with innovative products to cater to its customers.

The chief general manager of the bank, Diwakar Gupta, who was here to inaugurate the bank branch in Saban Bazar, said retail would remain the key focus area.

“The bank is customer friendly and is working more towards coming out with schemes suited to the needs of our customers. We are launching more products with diverse features,” he said.

Expansion was also on the cards. The bank was fully computerised and had more than 800 branches. The number of branches would be increased, he said.

Talking about the focus areas, he said the bank would pay special attention to retail lending.

Gupta also interacted with customers who were present on the occasion.

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PAU polls: Candidates file nominations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Candidates belonging to various organisations filed their nomination papers for 15 posts of the executive of the PAU Employees Union here today. The nomination forms were submitted to V.K. Dutta, chairman, election committee.

D.P. Maur filed his nomination for the post of president while Paramjit Singh Gill filed his nomination for the post of senior vice-president. Others who filed their papers from the Maur group include Dr Gulzar Singh, Joginder Ram, Baldev Singh Walia, Amrit Pal, Balwant Singh, Jarnail Singh, K.K. Sachdeva, Som Nath Sharma, Parveen Kumar Garg, Gurmail Singh Tung, Amarjit Singh and Avtar Singh Maan.

Addressing a gathering of supporters, Maur said after winning the elections, the executive committee would take up the remaining demands of the employees.

He said the employees had entrusted their faith in him and this was the reason that his group had won elections for the past several years. Harbans Singh Mundi, representing the PAU Employees Federation and PAU Employees Progressive Front, filed his nomination for the post of president.

He said those ruling the union for the past 12 years needed to be removed. 

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From Colleges
NCC Day at Master Tara Singh College
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The NCC wing of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women celebrated the NCC Day here today. Group cap N.L.Khan, director, PH, HP and C.Directorate, was the chief quest while Col. S S Saini, officiating group commander, NCC Group, headquarters, was the guest of honour. The programme began with the recitation of Saraswati Vandana. Mandeep Kaur soul full rendering on sarangi,Punjabi folk dance captivated the audience.

Principal Madanjit Kaur Sahota dwelt on the idea that the morals that NCC officers teacher, the values that they inculcate and the noble ideals that they inspire had profound impact on the clean state of the students' hearts. The following students were honoured on this occasion. Best cadet- under officer Harpreet Kaur, best social server-Neetu Chawla, best shooter- under officer Harpreet Kaur, best in drill- under officer Savita.

Movie Show: The women forum of G.C.W. organised a movie show here today. College principal R.K.Aulakh presided over the function. She was accompanied by vice-principal of the college Neelam Sharma. Two documentary movies titled "Beyond women's stereotype" and "Can't take it any more" were shown to the students. Neelam Kapoor and Dinesh Lakhanpal were the guests of honour.

While addressing members of forum, Dinesh Lakhanpal said, “Even today the women are not being given their due respect in the third world countries like India. A large number of women were being exploited in this men- dominated society.”

President of the women forum Neetu Bala,vice-president Pinky spoke on various topics. Sarabjot Kaur, teacher in charge of the forum, presented a vote 
of thanks. 

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GNN College team adjudged best 
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 19
“Jhoomer” and shabad gayan teams of GNN College, Doraha, won first prize in the inter-zonal youth festival of Panjab University that was organised at DAV College, Abohar, from November 15 to 18. Students of the college took part in five items.

College principal Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated the participants for excelling in the youth festival. The college team won the first prize in the shabad gayan competition. The “Jhoomer” secured first prize and was adjudged best team. Classical vocal team secured third prize. Davinder Singh won the first prize in classical instrument (non-percussion) and won individual second position in both “Indian orchestra” and “shabad gayan”, respectively.

Secretary of the managing committee Balwant Singh Pangli, director Jaswant Singh Gill, college principal Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated the participants and teachers.

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Obscenity charges against teacher
Students, principal depose before panel
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 19
Girl students of Government Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Rai village, Ludhiana district, gave an account of the alleged obscene acts of their former Punjabi lecturer to a four-member committee, deputed by the district education officer, Ludhiana, here today.

In their statements, students alleged that the teacher used to call them to the school, hours before it opened on the pretext of preparing them for kabaddi matches.

School principal Surinder Pal Singh also deposed that he had to reschedule his routine in order to keep a watch on the teacher’s activity.

The suspect, Bhupinder Singh, currently posted as Punjabi lecturer at GSSS, Rauni village, in Payal subdivision, however, did not join today’s proceedings.

Residents of Talwandi village, including office-bearers of various social and constitutional organisations, were present at the deposition before the committee led by GSSS, Jagraon, principal Parveen Kaur.

Surinder Pal Singh said senior girl students had been made to come to school early. “Bhupinder started calling certain girls to the school ahead of the scheduled opening time on the pretext of preparing them for kabaddi matches. When I came to know about this, I rescheduled my routine and started coming to the school accordingly,” he told the committee.

Though Parveen Kaur declined to comment on the outcome of the inquiry, she said the suspect did not join the proceedings today.

As Bhupinder did not join the proceedings today, we would submit our report after recording his statement, she said. The Raikot police had booked Bhupinder after female staff, students and their parents had staged a protest at the GSSS, Talwandi Rai, a fortnight ago.

Students of classes XI and XII had accused the teacher of misbehaving with them and attempting to outrage their modesty.

He was also accused of instigating boys to indulge in love affairs with girls.

Though students had reported the matter to the school principal, the latter, allegedly succumbing to political pressure, failed to take action.

Situation had turned unruly when a delegation of parents led by PTA office-bearers and other leaders felt offended and reported the matter to the police.

Bhupinder was later booked and arrested by the Raikot police, and Ludhiana DEO Sudesh Bajaj transferred him to GSSS, Rauni.

Though residents of Rauni village had initially protested against the posting of a “tainted” teacher at the school, Bhupinder was allowed to join on the intervention of senior authorities.

The committee besides listening to the grievances of the PTA and other social organisations of the village went to various classes to gather information.

PTA president Joginder Singh Grewal, sarpanch Rajwinder Kaur and former sarpanch Jodh Singh were present.

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Arya College wins declamation contest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
SDP College for Women organised an inter-college declamation contest here today. Former vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University S.P.Singh was the chief guest. The function began with lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The topics were "elections of students federation", "commercialisation of cultural programmes", "increasing crimes in society", "rights and duties binding political leaders".

The participants from a large number of colleges spoke on numerous topics.

N.S.Tasneem, Ashwani Bhalla and Shakuntala Yadav were the judges. Arya College got first prize while BCM College of Education came second and SDP College for Women stood third. The overall trophy was won by Arya College for Boys.

In his presidential address, the chief guest congratulated the winners and appreciated the efforts of management, staff and students for organising such an event.

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Everest cagers retain title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
After a tough battle, reigning champions Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana, prevailed over UP Inter-College of Varanasi 59-54 to retain the title in the second edition of the National Schools Basketball League that concluded at AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, near here, yesterday.

Everest school lads were leading by six points (29-23) at half time. However, a spirited UP inter-college fought back in the third quarter.

International cagers Arjun and Vishesh unleashed their shooting skills, enabling them to not only wipe out the deficit but help them gain a two-point lead (40-38).

Stung by the retaliation, Everest school cagers went all-out in the fourth quarter, maintaining the pressure, which proved fruitful as they managed to wrap up the cliff-hanger 59-54.

For winners, the main scorers were Gurwinder (9 points), Shamsul (8), Kuldeep (6) and Kanmoni (4).

Arjun (17) was the top scorer, followed by Vishesh (10) and Swatantra and Ravi (7 points each) for the runners-up.

Earlier, St Joseph School, Kerala, quelled a strong challenge from Dr Hari Singh Senior Secondary School, Kotkapura, before emerging triumphant 59-57 to secure the third poistion.

Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, director and Basketball Federation of India president R.S. Gill gave away the prizes.

Everest Public School received Rs 50,000, UP Inter-College got Rs 30,000 and St Joseph School, Kerala, Rs 20,000 as prize money.

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Khalsa college defeat SDP
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
Fine all round performance by Rajinder Kaur (81 n.o and 3 for 12) helped the Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, to beat SDP College, Ludhiana, by 61 runs in the first match of the Panjab University Inter-College Women’s Cricket Tournament being played at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, yesterday.

Batting first, Khalsa College scored 189 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Rajinder Kaur remained unbeaten on 81 while Ramanpreet Kaur scored 16 runs.

SDP College bowlers conceded 52 extras while Baljeet Kaur took three wickets for 25 runs.

In reply, SDP College was out for 128 runs after 46 overs. Priya (41 n.o) and Pooja (12) were the main contributors. Khalsa College bowlers, too, conceded 54 extra runs. Rajinder Kaur and Sukhwinder Kaur took three and two wickets, respectively.

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Double delight for Abhaydeep, Nirdosh
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
Abhaydeep Singh and Nirdosh of PAU Coaching Centre came out strongly by winning two titles each in the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Championship at Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday.

Abhaydeep clinched titles in the cadet and sub-junior boys section, while Nirdosh bagged the junior girls’ and women’s titles.

In the cadet boys’ singles final, Abhaydeep got the better of Raghav Jindal of Alpine International School 11-8, 11-9 and 13-11. He then outclassed Sidharth of the PAU Coaching Centre 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11 and 11-7 to wrap up the title in the sub-junior section.

Similarly, Nirdosh beat Kriti Aggarwal in straight sets 11-8, 11-5 and 11-9 to lay her hands on the title in the women’s section. She then defeated Shveta 11-7, 11-5 and 11-6 to win top honours in the junior girls’ section.

In the junior boys’ singles final, Bhavuk Jain of Alpine International School created a flutter when he scored a 9-11, 12-10, 11-8 and 11-9 upset win over current Punjab champion Manpreet Singh.

In the men’s final, Sahil toiled hard to outclass Dharmendra in five sets 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 6-11 and 11-9.

In the sub-junior girls’ final, Karitka of Alpine International School fought hard to outplay Anushka from the same school 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9 and 12-10.

SP vigilance, Ludhiana, S.S. Mand distributed the prizes.

District sports officer, Ludhiana, Gianinder Singh Sandhu, Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association secretary Feng and senior TT coach of Sports Authority of India Jaspal Singh were among those who attended the prize distribution function.

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Guru Nanak Khalsa College cyclists excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
Cyclists of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, have once again proved their mettle in various cycling tournaments.

For, riders from the college — Anureet Kaur, Nisha Rani and Karamjit Kaur — have stamped their supremacy over their opponents and brought glory to their alma mater.

In the Punjab State Cycling Championship organised by the Punjab Cycling Association at the Punjabi University, Patiala, the team from college bagged the overall trophy.

Anureet won gold medals in the 500m sprint and 200m sprint, besides a silver medal in the 3,000m team pursuit. Nisha Rani bagged a silver medal in the 500m time trial event and also clinched a silver medal in the 3,000m individual pursuit.

In the Panjab University Inter-College Cycling Championship conducted at the Punjab Agricultural University velodrome, cyclists from the college finished runners-up.

College principal Dr Manju Chawla congratulated the girls and their coach for brining laurels to the college.

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Patiala win fencing championship
Tribune News Service

Khamano (Fatehgarh Sahib), November 19
Fencers from Patiala snatched the crown at the 21st Punjab Senior Fencing Championship that was held at the local Government Senior Secondary School's indoor stadium in the district.

The Patiala fencers swept the gold medals in all epee, sabre and foil team events in both the men's and women's category during the championship to dominate the proceedings. While the second place was occupied by Fatehgarh Sahib, the third spot was won by fencers from Gurdaspur.

The championship was inaugurated by Ravinder Kumar, subdivisional magistrate, Khamano, while Samrala MLA J S Khirnya, presided over the concluding ceremony of the championship.

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