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Tiff over TV channel turns fatal
2 sisters consume poison, 1 dead
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Dakha, November 20
Two sisters of Gurusar Kaunke village, near here, allegedly consumed poison last night following a tiff over watching TV channels of their choice.

While the elder sister died, the younger one is fighting for her life at a private hospital here.

Amandeep Kaur, a student of class XII, died allegedly after consuming a poisonous substance, while her sister, Pawandeep Kaur of class VIII, who also consumed a similar substance is fighting for her life at Pandori Nursing Home.

Amandeep and Pawandeep had reportedly entered into an argument over the selection of TV channel they were watching last night.

Both were not ready to yield on the choice of the channel and ultimately consumed a poisonous substance.

Both were taken to the hospital in a serious condition.

The Dakha police handed over the body of the deceased after conducting a post-mortem examination under Section 174, CrPC.

Girls’ father Darshan Singh submitted that the family did not wanted action in the case.

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PAU Staff Poll
Maur recounts achievements
Mundi: Time for change
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The PAU Employees’ Forum led by D.P. Maur, the PAU Employees’ Sewa Dal (Charanjit Grewal) and the PAU Employees’ Federation led by Joginder Ram will jointly contest elections for all 15 seats of the PAU Employees’ Union for 2007-09.

An election meeting was organised near the College of Agricultural Engineering today which was attended by a large number of employees who had come in jathas led by Jaswant Singh from Thapar Hall, Sat Pal Sharma, Gurpreet Dhillon, Jaswinder Gholia, Kewal Sachdeva and Mohan lal from the engineering unit, Navneet Sharma and Harminder Singh from the College of Home Science.

Maur, addressing the employees, highlighted the achievements by his team in the last 12 years. He said the computer test for clerical staff was got abolished, a single audit system to lessen the work- load of employees had been implemented, 80 posts of clerk filled and FIRs registered against the engineering staff withdrawn.

Maur said the rival Deol group had not put up any candidate from the laboratory category and his group would benefit from this.

Harbans Singh Mundi, the rival candidate, said his group visited several offices and buildings where they were assured all cooperation in the coming elections on November 29.

Mundi said his supporters wanted a regime change for the better. Later, he held a meeting with his supporters.

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45,000 traders file VAT returns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Over 40,000 traders in this district filed their annual value added tax (VAT) returns till the last date for filing here today.

Heavy rush of assessees and taxation lawyers was seen at the local state excise and taxation office in the mini secretariat.

Over 15,000 traders from the district filed their returns today while the last few days witnessed submitting of returns by almost 25,000 assessees.

Department officials, in order to accommodate the heavy rush, were accepting returns till the filing of this report.

Tax experts, who had heavy rush of clients, too had a busy day. “Delays have gone down due to increased awareness. Though we do tell people to submit their returns early it is very tough to check this tendency,” said AETC M.S. Kondlas.

As the last date for submitting “C” forms and other forms along with returns was recently extended till March 31, 2008, traders were quite relieved.

“It would have been a big hassle if we were to deposit the returns along with these forms. However, now that the date was extended, we were able to submit our returns with ease,” said Avinash, a trader.

The week was particularly busy for accountants, CAs and other tax experts who received large number of clients during these days.

Sources revealed that on an average Rs 500 to 1,000 was being charged by experts to help their clients in filing their returns.

In most cases, experts work on an annual fee basis wherein they take care of monthly and quarterly returns of their clients as well.

To expedite work, experts have installed latest software that assists them in calculations pertaining to tax.

Lawyers, who had come in large numbers to submit returns for their clients, were irked with the requirement of certification from a chartered accountant (CA) in case of turnover exceeding Rs 50 lakh.

“Tax lawyers are as adept at their work as CAs. If they can provide certification to those whose turnover is less than Rs 50 lakh, they can do so for other assessees also. This provision should be done away with. Besides, it leads to no additional revenue to the government,” felt Ashok Juneja, president of the Punjab Tax Bar Association.

With return forms getting complicated, traders said most of them preferred to get this job done from experts. According to an estimate, over 95 per cent of traders filed their returns through experts in the field.

“Each day return forms are getting complicated. A minor mistake can land one in major trouble, which is why I have totally handed over my work to a taxation specialist,” a trader said on anonymity.

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Father-in-law booked for rape bid
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 20
The district police has registered a case against a 55-year-old man for allegedly trying to rape his daughter-in-law.

A case was registered after the woman approached the police along with her parents and alleged that on her refusal to “oblige” her father-in-law, he and his wife beat her up.

In her complaint, she stated that her father-in-law had been making overtures and she had discussed the matter with her husband.

Her husband told her to maintain a distance from his father, but refused to take any action to avoid a controversy.

She alleged that a few days ago when her husband had gone to his shop, her father-in-law asked his wife to go to the market and in her absence, he tried to molest her.

When she told her mother-in-law about the incident, instead of confronting her husband, she started beating her up. Later, her father-in-law also joined her.

She then told her parents about it and they decided to get a case registered against her in-laws.

The police has registered a case under Sections 376, 120 (B) and 34 of the IPC. 

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6 days gone, maid’s body not cremated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The family of the maid, who allegedly committed suicide after being raped in the house of an industrialist six days ago, have still not cremated her body. Her family wants the police to register a murder case.

It has prepared a petition to be moved in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking a fresh postmortem and investigation by the police of some other district, alleging that the local police was shielding the accused.

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Sadhvi’s murder Property dealer arrested
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 20
A property dealer of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony has been arrested in connection with the murder of a sadhvi at Dera Hari Sudesh Puri with the help of a migrant labourer a few days prior to Diwali.

Presuming that the police would declare the case untraced when the migrant will not be caught, he instigated him to flee. However, his absence from the funeral procession of the deceased made the police suspect him. He admitted to have committed the crime.

The accused killed the sadhvi as he did not want to return Rs 2 lakh borrowed from her.

Rajiv Kumar Tiwari, a resident of SBS Colony, along with Sonu of Ferozabad, allegedly killed Sulakhashana Devi (50).

The police had booked her servant Sonu on suspicion.

Tiwari, who would visit the dera frequently, told the police that the servant had been sent by him. Initially, he tried to mislead the police about the address of the servant, but later disclosed that he was from Ferozabad.

According to the SSP, the police arrested Tiwari for the murder. The investigating team had started treating Sonu as the main accused but the absence of Tiwari from the funeral made it suspect him.

Investigation revealed that Sulakhshana first met Tiwari in connection with the sale of a plot at Dhandara village.

Later, she started investing in property through him. About two years ago, he borrowed Rs 2 lakh from her, but when she asked him to return the money, he started making excuses.

In the meantime, his wife became pregnant and they wanted to opt for an abortion, but Sulakhshana asked them to leave the baby at the dera.

Tiwari’s wife, however, did not agree. He then decided to eliminate her. He promised to pay Rs 74,000 to Sonu. 

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Fake Currency
Big fish evade police net
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Even though the police has arrested seven persons in the last few days on charges of circulating fake currency, none of the prime accused or gang leaders have been nabbed so far. Those arrested were only conduits.

The police zeroed in on a Delhi-based supplier identified as Chauhan, but he, too, managed to escape. His alleged accomplice, Vikram Luthra, an employee with a local bank, was nabbed with just Rs 2,500 counterfeit notes.

Sources revealed that unless major operators like Chauhan were nabbed, the racket would continue as it would be easy for persons like Chauhan to find other people to work as conduits.

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Brick-kiln assn head booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The police has booked Inderpal Walia, president of the Ludhiana District Brick-kiln Owners Association, and Rajesh Kumar Singla on charges of duping a brick-kiln owner of Rs 2.87 lakh by not supplying him coal despite taking money in advance.

The accused allegedly tried to cheat the complainant, Devinder Singh Pradhan, by showing the supply through fake receipts.

The case was registered after an eight-month- long inquiry by the SP City-I. The economic offences wing of the police is now investigating the case.

Devinder Pradhan had said the accused had also cheated the government by showing false accounts.

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Loans to Dalits waived 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for Welfare of SCs and BCs, animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development, Punjab, has stated that the state government is committed to the welfare of the weaker sections and funds amounting to Rs 1,280 crore have been earmarked for the purpose.

He was addressing a function organised by the Self-Reliance Welfare Society in memory of its founder, the late Anokh Singh, at Punjabi Bhawan here yesterday.

The minister said the government had also waived loans worth Rs 14 crore pending against 26,000 Dalits and economically weaker families.

The government would also pay half of the fee of SC students getting training in nursing.

Ranike said the government had also established a social security fund of Rs 482.46 crore to release pension under various schemes of the social security department.

He claimed that the SAD-BJP had enhanced the amount of grant for the construction of houses for homeless SC families from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 per unit.

The minister said the government was committed to fulfil its promises made to the people before the elections.

He announced a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh for the coaching centre of the society.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, addressing the function, said Anokh Singh was a dedicated officer who had always helped poor SC unemployed youth to compete for higher government jobs.

R.P.S. Pawar, Punjab principal secretary and chairman of the society, said the society would continue to provide training and coaching to brilliant SC students.

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27 complaints settled at sangat darshan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
Taking action on a complaint of some residents of Jand village at a sangat darshan today, Priyank Bharti, additional deputy commissioner (D), has asked the DDPO to write to the higher authorities for initiating departmental action against the SEPO of the BDPO office, Raikot.

Kikkar Singh and others had submitted a complaint against the SEPO that the location of a drain had been shifted to their fields even after it was corrected through demarcation. Bharti directed all officers to submit inquiry reports pertaining to the complaints marked to them in a fixed time frame.

As many as 57 complaints were discussed at the sangat darshan, out of which 27 were settled after a discussion on the reports submitted by the officers concerned. Today, 29 new complaints were received.

On a complaint of Gurmail Singh, panchayat member of Hans Kala village, regarding the alleged encroachment by the sarpanch on panchayat land, the ADC directed the BDPO and the tehsildar to get the demarcation done and submit a report in the next sangat darshan.

In a complaint of ex-serviceman Harpal Singh of Jand village, the BDPO, Raikot, submitted an action taken report that the case was being taken up with the SDM to get the encroachment from government land removed. In response to a complaint of Harbans Singh of Jassowal Soodan village, the BDPO said the applicant had been allotted the plot and the possession given.

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Post office gets new head
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
V.S. Raizada has joined as the new senior superintendent, post offices. Raizada, who has spent 39 years in service, took over from Manisha Bansal, who has been promoted as director, postal services, at Ambala.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Raizada said he planned to make post offices more customer-friendly and take steps to increase revenue.

“During my service I have realised the problems that are faced by our customers. I plan to work toward solving problems related to post office deposit scheme withdrawals. Delays will be minimised,” he said. He said the department, which had recently tied up with the directorate of lotteries for sale of Diwali mahalakshmi bumper, is now trying to tie up for selling monthly lotteries as well.

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Cable theft snaps power supply
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 20
Power supply to tubewell motors of at least 10 farmers of the area was interrupted after cable from 12 electricity poles was stolen yesterday.

The affected farmers have urged the authorities to check the incidences of theft from the same place. In a communication addressed to senior PSEB authorities, Mukhtiar Singh of Kup Kalan alleged that conductor from at least 12 poles had been stolen for the third time in the past six months. The thieves also stole wire and other equipment from a transformer.

The authorities at subdivision office of PSEB maintained that the supply would be restored soon.

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Letters
Old to new

Thanks to the lack of will with municipal corporations, cities like Ludhiana are gradually becoming inhospitable places to live. People are moving out of the inner areas to the outskirts, but lack of planning may soon end up consuming these too. Can we build a new Ludhiana or an alternative city instead of expanding the existing old modules? Let’s explore!

For a beginning, the government can stop registration of residential and commercial properties after 2050. Also, let an alternative area be acquired and developed scientifically, sector-wise.

Every sector is provided with health centre, primary school, playground, etc. Instead of plots, apartments can be encouraged. Every sector must have a certain percentage of flats for people living below poverty line.

This will give a boost to the economy of the state.

G.S. Gill, Ludhiana

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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390 kg poppy husk seized
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 20
Striking a rich haul, the local police has seized 390 kg of poppy husk from the premises of a narcotics smuggler here.

However, the two members of the gang who used to bring the contraband from Rajasthan and sell it here fled in a Scorpio car (PB CA T 0740) laden with the contraband. The police has started a search for the accused.

In a press note released here today, the police said following a tip-off, a team of Jagraon city SHO and SHO Sidhwan Bet police station raided the premises of Jagtar Singh, alias Jaggi, at Kothe Fatehdin (Jagraon) where he had constructed a basement to store the contraband.

However, Jagtar Singh of Kothe Sherjang and Iqbal Singh of Kular fled in the car towards Sherpur Kalan after hitting a police vehicle.

The police seized eight bags containing poppy husk from a truck and five bags from the basement totalling 390 kg. The police has impounded the truck and registered a case under Sections 15, 25, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Man killed

Chandeshwar Shah (50) of Patna, a vegetable seller and settled at Kothe Sherjang, was killed when he was run over by a truck last night.

He was on his way back home when a speeding truck (RJ 31 G 4461) coming from Ludhiana hit him from behind, killing him on the spot, near the PSEB office on the Jagraon-Ludhiana GT Road.

The driver of the truck allegedly fled the scene leaving behind the vehicle.

The police has impounded the truck.

The body of the victim was handed over to the relatives after a post-mortem examination at the civil hospital.

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Nepalese held with contraband
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 20
The Khanna police has arrested a Nepalese resident with 12 kg poppy husk. The accused, identified as Arjun Kumar, son of Ran Bahadur and resident of Nepal, was arrested near the level crossing in Narottam Nagar here.

According to the police, the man was arrested after a tip-off.

The police said a case under relevant sections of the NDPS Act had been registered against Arjun Kumar at the city police station. The police was trying to locate the contacts of the accused.

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India-EU trade
402 tariff lines suggested for exclusion list
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The department of commerce, which commissioned a study through UNCTAD-India to identify the list of products where no preferential tariffs will be offered in the proposed India-EU bilateral trade and investment agreement (BITA), discussed details with industrialists here today.

The meeting was organised by Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) in association with the department of commerce, Government of India, and the joint director general, foreign trade.

The recommended exclusion list comprises 402 tariff lines, out of which 156 are under agriculture and 246 under non-agriculture sector.

Raj Gopal Sharma, deputy secretary, ministry of commerce, said with one agreement India would have preferential access to the market in 27 EU countries.

Negotiations for BITA commenced in June, 2007 and were expected to be concluded by end of 2008.

As the agreement on trade would be required to be consistent with WTO rules and principles, India was expected to commit to a zero duty customs regime on substantially all imports from the EU. Similarly, all EU member states were expected to commit to zero customs duty regime on substantially all imports from India, he said.

Under the proposed agreement, India and the EU would have the flexibility to exclude certain products from the tariff elimination commitments, the “negative list” items.

The EU is India’s largest trading partner. It provides a substantial market for India’s exports and has always been an important source of India’s imports, though the balance of trade has always been in EU’s favour.

The EU accounts for around one-fifth of India’s total trade (21.1 percent in 2006) whereas India contributes around 1.5 per cent of the total EU trade and is its 10th largest partner.

India’s top five exports to the EU for 2006-07 were textiles and clothing, mineral fuels and mineral oils, gems and jewellery, iron and steel and organic chemicals.

Whereas India’s top five imports from the EU for the same year consisted of machinery and mechanical appliances, gems and jewellery, electrical machinery and parts, iron and steel and optical and medical instruments.

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Students honoured at annual function
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 20
The annual prize distribution function of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (SGHPS), Doraha, was organised at the school auditorium today.

Prabhjot Kaur, principal, Gurmat College, Patiala, was the chief guest.

The function started with “shabad kirtan” by Bhai Amarjit Singh. Students then presented shabads. Various articles throwing light on the life of Guru Arjan Dev and his contribution toward Sikhism and world were read out by students.

School principal Col R.K. Sharma (retd) read out the annual report of the school highlighting the achievements of students in different fields.

Prizes were given to students for their achievements in academics, CCA, sports, inter-school competitions, regularity and calligraphy.

Hardeep Kaur who stood first in the district and third in the state in class X board examination was honored and given a scholarship.

Sujata Bhardwaj of class X was honoured for bagging prizes in inter-school science competitions at block and district levels.

Special tokens of appreciation were given to tiny tots of the kindergarten section who recited various “Banis” for Gurbani Kanth Competition.

Prabhjot Kaur appreciated the efforts of students and congratulated them for their academic and co-curricular achievements.

She exhorted students to follow the path of honesty, sincerity, hard work and dedication shown by Guru Arjan Dev.

Amrit K. Gurm, president, managing committee, thanked those present.

The school students served langar at the end. 

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Rs 100 cr for skill training centres
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
With a view to meeting the industry’s requirements of skilled manpower and generate employment, the government would set up skill training centres at a cost of Rs 100 crore, Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, chief parliamentary secretary, technical education and industrial training, said while addressing an industry-institutes’ meet here today.

He said a centre of excellence had been set up at the Ludhiana ITI under the new scheme of the government.

He said new courses of production and manufacturing like CNC machine operators, quality control and tools/die had been started at the centre.

He said it was the right time to review the technical training programme in consultation with the corporate sector so that the youth could be given training as per the needs of the industry and the service sector.

He said 10 new polytechnics, with the help of the union government, would be set up in the state.

A discussion was held at the meeting and industrialists put forth their requirements regarding the type of workers required. Onkar Singh Pahwa of Avon Cycles said they would bear the expenses for the erection of a new gate of the institute amounting to Rs 2.5 lakh.

Ranjodh Singh of G.S. Radiators said he would bear the expenditure on the furniture of the conference room of the institute.

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Deed writers get booths, finally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The Old Courts Welfare Council has expressed its gratitude to the deputy commissioner and the state government for providing booths to deed writers, stamp vendors and typists in the mini secretariat.

Ajit Singh Batra and Charanjit Singh Bhikhi, representatives of the council, said they had been struggling for the past four years to get space for the booths allotted. 

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Camp marks World Piles Day
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 20
A free check-up camp was organised at a local hospital to mark the World Piles Day here today.

Dr Gurdip Singh, hospital director, said piles was a common ailment as around one-third of the population suffered from it at least once in their lifetime between the age of 30 and 70.

He added that a large number of people mistook all colo-rectal problems, including rectal cancer, for piles.

Dr Harbans Singh, hospital managing director, inaugurated the camp. He said cases of piles were on the rise and the condition affected people in both developed and developing countries.

Poor-fiber foods like red meat, junk food, excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking combined with lack of physical activity and urban lifestyle were largely responsible for the condition.

The movement was initiated by “Pioneers’ Circle” in the public interest.

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Shagandeep bags Mr PTU title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Shagandeep Singh of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, bagged Mr Punjab Technical University (PTU) title in the PTU inter-college best physique competition held here yesterday.

The annual weightlifting, powerlifting and best physique inter-college competition was organised by Guru Nanak Engineering College.

Aabout 20 colleges affiliated with the PTU participated in these events.

The competitions were conducted under the guidance of Harbans Singh, SAI coordinator Punjab and in charge of the Sports Training Centre, Ludhiana, who was appointed observer by the PTU.

Pardeep Kumar, Mr India, was the chief guest. Dr H.K. Grewal, principal of GNDEC, congratulated the winners.

The results: weightlifting: (56 kg) Manveer Singh of GNE 1, and Arun Dev Singh of CEC, Landran 2; (62 kg) Jarnail Singh of CEC, Landran 1, and Rahul Bansal of GNDE, Ludhiana 2; (69 kg) Subhash Sharma of DIET, Kharar 1 and Pardeep Bhatia of CEC, Landran 2; (77 kg) Simranjit Singh of GNDE, Ludhiana 1 and Surjit Singh of RIET, 2; (85 kg) Jaspal Singh of RIET, Phagwara 1 and Rishav Gupta of GNDE, Ludhiana 2; (94 kg) Simranjit Singh of RIET, Phagwara 1 and Umesh Kumar of CEC, Landran 2; and (105 kg) Gagandeep Bajwa of CEC, Landran 1 and Gurpreet Singh of GNDE, Ludhiana 2.

Powerlifting: (52 kg) Manveer Singh of GNDE, Ludhiana 1 and Amar Iqbal Singh of GTB, Malout 2; (56 kg) Arun Dev Singh of CEC, Landran 1 and Rahul Bansal of GNDE, Ludhiana 2; (60 kg) Satinderpal Singh of RIET, Phagwara 1 and Gagandeep Singh of GNDE 2; (67.5 kg) Pardeep Bhatia of CEC, Landran 1 and Narinderjit Singh of RIET, Phagwara 2; (75 kg) Hardeep Singh of CEC, Landran 1 and Shankay of RIET, Phagwara 2; (82.5 kg) Shagandeep Singh of GNE, Ludhiana 1 and Harjeet Singh of CEC, Landran 2; (90 kg) Kunal Grover of RIET, Phagwara 1 and Umesh Kumar of CEC, Landran 2; (100 kg) Gagandeep Bajwa of CEC, Landran 1 and Ramandeep Singh of LLRIET, Moga 2; (110 kg) Harpreet Singh of CEC, Landran 1 and Jagroop Singh of GNE, Ludhiana 2.

Best physique: (60 kg) Gagandeep Singh of GNDE 1 and Sunny of RIMTM, Gobindgarh 2; (65 kg) Ranjan Kumar of CEC, Landran 1 and Bikram Singh of Indo Global 2; (70 kg) Pulkit Sharma of DIET, Kharar 1 and Pardeep Bhatia of CEC, Landran 2; (75 kg) Lovepreet Singh of GNE, Ludhiana 1 and Harminder Singh of IET, Bhaddal 2; (80 kg) Shagandeep Singh of GNE, 1 and Sanjeev Kumar of SAI, Bhadhani 2; (85 kg)Parminder Singh Sidhu of GNE-1 and Gobindpreet Singh of CEC, Landran 2; (90 kg) Rohit Walia of SUS, Tangori 1 and Simranjit Singh of GNE, Ludhiana 2; (90 kg and above) Sukhdeep Singh of GNE 1 and Ramandeep Singh of LLRIT, Moga 2.

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Manish, Gurpreet star in Punjab win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Punjab beat Rajasthan by two wickets in the first tie of the three-match cricket series organsied by the Punjab Sports Association for Blinds, Ludhiana, at Government College for Boys ground here today.

Batting first, the visitors scored 266 runs for the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 30 overs.

Nirmal (68), Hem Raj (40), Hardyal Meena (23) and Salam Ali (20) were the main scorers for them.

For Punjab, Rajinder Singh Cheema claimed two for 30 runs in his four overs, while Rakesh Prajapati and Mandeep grabbed one wicket each.

Punjab surpassed the Rajasthan’s total after losing eight wickets with one over to spare.

Manish (53) was the top-scorer, while Gurpreet Singh Machhiwara remained unbeaten on 42 runs.

Gurbir Singh Dehlon and Sandeep Singh Grewal of Fatehgarh Sahib made 22 and 26 runs, respectively.

For Rajasthan, Hardyal Meena and Hem Raj scalped one victim each, conceding 56 and 63 runs, respectively.

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