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Encroachment record goes missing
MC trying to protect encroachers?
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
An important record listing the encroachments on Chauri Sarak conducted by the Municipal Corporation has gone missing amid allegations that the civic body was trying to protect particular encroachers.

The survey was conducted following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a public interest litigation and as many as 150 encroachments were identified on Chauri Sarak alone. The HC had directed the MC to conduct a comprehensive survey of the encroachments.

Though the record is missing, the civic body has not taken any action against anybody in the office for misplacing the record except that a notice was issued to a dealing clerk. The clerk, it was learnt, replied to the MC but after that no action followed.

The missing of records came to light when a city resident asked the MC for taking a copy of the list of encroachments on the particular road under the Right to Information Act.

The MC kept on denying the information till the intervention of the State Information Commission. The resident, Rajesh Jain, took the matter to the commission and the latter directed the MC to provide the list.

Former MTP S.S. Bhatia stated before the commission that the survey was conducted by junior staff of the corporation but record of same was not traceable in the office of MC.

As the matter created ripples in the MC, a notice was immediately issued to the dealing clerk. But nothing came of it. No action has been taken against anybody.

Jain told Ludhiana Tribune that he had himself inspected the record, that was surveyed by Narinder Kumar and other staff members in January, 2006. Thereafter, a survey plan and list of encroachments on the municipal land was prepared by the staff of the MC. The same was approved by Updeshjit Singh, head draftsman, ATP Kamaljit Kaur, MTP S.S. Bhatia and others for removal of encroachments.

‘‘I inspected the documents on April 21, 2006, after I was asked to visit the office on any working day by the PIO of the MC. Later I applied for the certified copies of the same and it is still eluding me. ’’ said Jain.

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In Basta
Police clueless on 2 schoolgirls’ rape
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Investigation skills of the Sarabha Nagar police are currently under the scrutiny of the high court in the controversial maid rape and suicide case.

Past records of two other rape cases, lying unsolved for several months, indicate that this police station has been found wanting in effectively solving such crimes earlier also.

It was just another afternoon on September 20, 2006, for the family members of 11-year-old Surjita, who came home at that time happily and joyfully from the Bal Bhawan School.

That day, the wait seemed to have been stretched long till her naked body was found from the bushes near a gurdwara on the west bank of the Sidhwan Canal the next morning. She was raped and strangled.

More shocking was that the body was found about 200 metres away from the Raghunath police post falling under the Sarabha Nagar police station.

The anxious parents and the police searched at several places throughout the night unknowingly that the body was lying not far away from the police post.

The girl usually walked down to her home with two other classmates. They parted away near the police post. The victim girl was seen crossing the post but did not reach home. No one was seen following her.

The case file states all possible efforts have been made to trace out the case but success has eluded the cops.

In the second case, six-year-old Neha went missing from a jagrata in Rajguru Nagar on July 28. Her naked body was found next day from a vacant plot no 266-A in the colony.

She was raped and strangled with a T-shirt, the investigators stated.

Again, the cops were clueless. A special investigation was formed later under the leadership of SP-Detective Gurpreet Singh but it is yet to produce some results.

At one time, the cops believed these two cases and another one at Dhandari could have been committed by one serial rapist. However, the theory too could not provide much results.

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At last, master plan for town
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, November 25
At long last the Punjab Government has initiated steps for formulating the Ludhiana master plan to check unplanned development in the town. The town has witnessed unprecedented expansion during the past four decades which has been haphazard, thanks to the role of the municipal corporation and the other agencies like the urban development and housing development.

A large number of residential colonies have come up all along the periphery. In view of the prevailing mess, the state government has now decided to get a master plan prepared for ludhiana.

Arun Goel, secretary, housing and urban development, Punjab, who has served as DC, Ludhiana, had a field visit of this town. He was accompanied by officers of the state town planning department.

Goel held a meeting with officers of the MC, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), and the Improvement Trust and proposed a master plan.

The major emphasis will be planned urban development. There will be a separate industrial belt. Polluting industrial units would be out of the municipal limits.

Work on the demarcation of ring road has been entrusted with the PWD (B and R), says Vikas Pratap, MC commissioner. The road will have an alignment of 63 km.

Ludhiana town, which is the financial capital of Punjab, has been attracting investors in real estate, despite its unplanned growth. Real estate prices in the town have touched an all-time high, as witnessed during the recent auction of a commercial plot measuring 5,000 sq yards, which fetched Rs 77 crore-double the reserve price of the plot. The auction was organised by GLADA.

Ludhiana has also been witnessing the establishment of malls and multiplexes. Already, half a dozen malls have begun business and 12 are under construction in various parts of the town. Ludhiana will have about 24 malls in two years.

The task of giving a face lift to this industrial hub is stupendous and politicians will have to restrain themselves in extending support to those violating municipal norms.

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Lack of will blocks tenant registration drive
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The servant and tenant registration drive, considered a must for checking crime rate in the city, seems to have been forgotten after being sacrificed at the altar of politics.

The drive had begun with much fanfare two years ago with migrants and tenants asked to register themselves with their police station. Even the district magistrate promulgated an order making it mandatory for landlords to submit records and pictures of tenants and servants. Factory workers and owners were also directed to do the same.

Drive withheld...

  • After intervention of leaders from Bihar following a clash between migrants and locals
  • Industrialists not willing as it exposes migrants number before the Income Tax department
  • Landlords shy of giving record of tenants to the police in order to evade house tax.

It was suspended following a clash between migrants and locals and subsequent intervention of political leaders from Bihar, is yet to be restarted even as crime featuring these two sections of society continues to occur.

Four servants have decamped with money of their employers this month only with one of them decamping with a whopping Rs 15 lakh. In second case, six alleged employees of a soft drink manufacturer were absconding after committing a robbery in his house in Dugri.

In all these cases , the addresses of the servants as well as the tenants was not available.

The basic need for the drive was felt due to the problems faced by cops in catching a fugitive who runs away after committing a crime. Secondly, a large number of cases had come to light where criminals used the city as a good hiding place by taking rooms or houses on rent.

The cops after identifying those people had no clue to find out their whereabouts as neither the factory owners nor the landlords had exact information about their addresses in native states like Bihar or Uttar Pradesh.

The story was the same in the case of Punjabi tenants also who went untraceable after their involvement in a crime. Then, there were number of cases where servants had decamped after looting or drugging the employers.

Cops were quite helpless in hunting them down as the employers kept no record of their address or photographs.

Though officially, police officials state the tenant and servant registration as well as verification drive would be restarted soon, they confess it was a political decision and not merely administrative one.

Then, there was the pressure of the industrial lobby also. Industrialists were not willing to co-operate as the registration of workers reveals the exact number of employees with them which may not get on a par with their record in the labour department or the income tax department.

Secondly, the landlords too were shy of giving records of their tenants. Many of those would have to pay more house tax. Some were the benami owners of the property.

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‘Cop’ cons woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
A resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here, who claims himself to be a cop, has allegedly duped a woman of over Rs 2 lakh by selling her a flat which was already mortgaged with ICICI Bank.

The police has begun investigation into the complaint filed by the alleged victim woman, Sunita Bhalla, a resident of Punjab Mata Nagar.

She alleged that she had a sale agreement with the accused Ashok Kumar of a flat in Housing Board colony, BRS Nagar. She had paid him Rs 2.30 lakh. However, when she applied for a loan from a bank, she learnt the flat was mortgaged.

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Ludhiana Calling

Increasing number of shobha yatras, rath yatras and other religious processions, or political rallies and even private functions, for that matter,on the city roads are becoming a permanent source of harassment for residents. If growing outcry over the chaos that traffic diversions and blockades creates is any indication, the administration will soon have to find out a viable solution after discussing the problem at length with representatives of people and religious bodies.

SMSing to victory

Ishmeet’s victory in the final round of the Amul Voice of India show at Star Plus has made Ludhianvis proud who were keenly following the musical mega show for quite some time. However, for a few, the result was bit surprising as the Ludhiana lad was trailing in vote counts from other parts of the country. Without anybody coming on record, whispers are also doing rounds that a few gurdwaras in the city, and other parts of state, ran sponsored SMS campaigns to ensure massive victory for Ishmeet.

— Sentinel

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COMMUNITY

SAD (A) serves legal notice on Makkar
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 25
Accusing the SAD and the SGPC of exploiting resources of gurdwaras and government machinery for harnessing political gains, the chief spokesman of SAD (A) has served a legal notice to president of parliament of Sikhs and the manager of Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, for allegedly allowing unauthorised persons to convene a conference under the banner of their party. The conference is scheduled on November 30.

Denying allegations levelled by SAD (A) leaders, Avtar Singh Makkar, president SGPC, claimed the notice had no legal implication as the body was free to allow congregations, irrespective of the political alliance of the organisers.

Bhai Ram Singh, chief spokesman of the SAD (A), has served a legal notice to the SGPC and the management of the Gurdwara Manji Sahib of Alamgir village, questioning the grant of permission to Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu to convene a congregation under the banner of SAD (A) at the gurdwara premises on November 30.

According to Ajit Singh Auloarakh, district president, the party leadership apprehended that Daljit Bittu, who along with his associates, had been expelled from the organisation, would try to create a rift in their party by misguiding faithful activists. The stage might be used for spreading hatred against a particular community, apprehended Auloarakh.

Accusing Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, of trying to harness political gains by favouring Bittu and his associates, Auloarakh reminded that SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann was not allowed to organise functions at committee-run gurdwaras to observe Ghalughara Divas in 2005. He alleged that the SGPC, besides providing infrastructure to the organisers, would depute members of task force to attend the conference.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, denying charges levelled against the religious body management, claimed that the permission had been granted in the interest of the Sikh community. "As means to run these gurudwaras have been coming from sangat, any organisation, irrespective of its political alliance, has a right to organise functions here. Even Simranjit Singh Mann has been convening meetings at gurdwaras being managed by the body," said Makkar.

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Weddings: Hotels, marriage palaces packed to capacity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
With the season for the big fat Punjabi wedding starting marriage palaces and hotels in the city are overloaded with customers. The rush, that started today, would continue at least till December 4. In this industrial town where weddings are an ostentatious affair people have been careful enough to book the hotels and marriage palaces preferred by them well in advance.

For at least 50 marriage palaces and more than 100 good hotels in the city, it is peak business season and they are expecting to not just cover up for the days when they had no customers, but also to earn maximum profits.

“Our rooms are booked for at least two months now. Not just weddings, people are booking rooms for ceremonies like engagement as well. Besides, our hotel has a banquet hall which makes keeps us very busy,” said Arun Jaie, GM, Park Plaza.

For tourists coming from other parts of the country and foreigners securing a room in a hotel has become a tedious task these days. “A few of my friends from Mumbai came to the city. We enquired from at least five big hotels located on the Ferozepur Road, but were unable to get a booking for four or five days of stay. Finally they had to contend with a room in a hotel located in one of the congested areas of the city,” said Rupinder Singh, a businessman.

In case of marriage palaces the bookings had started almost four months ago. “As weddings are getting increasingly elaborate, people have a massive list of invitees. Accommodating a large number of guests is either possible only at banquet halls, which only a select few have, or marriage palaces and I think all are booked,” said Amarjit Singh of Shehanshah Palace on the Ferozepur Road.

Not only are the ones in top category, middle rung hotels, too, doing a brisk business. Discounts, as a result are almost negligible. While an average room rent for good hotels range between Rs 1,000 and Rs 4,000 per day, discounts of 10 per cent to 30 per cent are given by hotel owners during off season.

“We give priority to our permanent clienteles and the ones who have booked rooms in advance. Hotels don’t’ offer discounts during the peak season to new clients due to the heavy rush,” said N.S. Nanda, MD, Nanda Hotel.

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Tattoo craze picking up among players
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Tattoos are becoming popular among youth in general and players in particular. The players and budding models are making a beeline for getting their bodies tattooed. Seeing the latest trend, more and more tattoo-making artists are opening their outlets in the city these days.

One of the renowned Kabadi players, Balraj Singh said he got the tattoos made from London but seeing the artistic taste here, he got one made from Sarabha Nagar Market recently. “Tattoos have become very popular among players. All wrestlers, basketball players and models are getting different designs made on their bodies. The dragons and snakes remain all time favourite”, he said.

Nick, one of the artists, said he opened his shop last year and within a year, tattoo-making has become a lucrative business in the city. Not only the youth but the newly-wedded couples, too, got tattoos made on their arms, upper and lower backs and ankles.

Giving details about the art, Nick said in metropolitan cities like Delhi or Mumbai, people would go for tattoo making. The trend was not popular in Ludhiana earlier.

“A good tattoo-making artist will always maintain the standard. The atmosphere must be hygienic and latest machines shall be used, which don’t cause any harm to the skin. We use sterilized needles which are for one time use only. Good tattoos last life-time provided proper care is taken. Once a tattoo is made, you can’t erase it but can modify it with more attractive designs”, he said.

Saurav Gujral, a businessman said he used to get the tattoos made from Mauritius and that too at very expensive rates. “But everything is available in the city now. I got a tattoo made for Rs 600 per inch. It looks more attractive than the previous one”, he added.

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YouthScape
Go green on EVs
Mohit Khanna

ELECTRONIC two-wheelers are emerging as the latest fad among young bikers in the city. Though not as swift as the petrol machines, these are nevertheless catching the fancy of residents, young and old alike.

Those in the forefront of pollution-free campaigns also welcome the electronic bikes (EVs). Affordability is another factor in its favour.

The electronic two-wheelers cost just 10 paise per km whereas those run on petrol cost close to Re 1 per km. Then, there is no hassles of registration of vehicle.

The banks have evinced an interest in promoting the sale of EVs with easy finance schemes. But for those who prefer the zippy drive, these bikes are no attraction.

"I like these two-wheelers which are affordable and environment- friendly. Moreover, these bikes have flashy looks. I recently brought one and my friends are quite inquisitive to takle a ride on the bike,” said Kirti Chawala, a college student.

Cycle manufactures, departing from conventional, have tried to be futuristic and emerged as the biggest manufacturers of such EVs in the country.

Vishal Bharadwaj, a businessman, said: “These bikes are very useful for a city like Ludhiana, where life is becoming miserable due to pollution caused by heavy traffic.”

But not all are impressed by the EVs. “ People will now have to keep looking for power plugs to charge batteries as they do for their cell phones,” remarked a resident.

Some are apprehensive about the service cost and others worried about the rising electricity prices.

"What if the price of electricity rises further,” asks another wary resident. — TNS

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Liquor vends on canal banks to go

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 25
The state government has launched a move to demolish liquor vends and ahatas situated on the banks of canals passing through this region of the Malwa. One such vendor and an ahata was demolished by the authorities at Jhammat village near here late evening today.

Observations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that a liquor vend owned by a liquor contractor was demolished by a team of officials led by Biraj Lal, forest range officer, Doraha. The excise department had been approving and auctioning this vend for about 15 years. The vend staff was told the action had been initiated in pursuance of orders of a court.

Vends and ahatas at Butahri and Kalyani bridges would be probably demolished tomorrow.

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City police studying UP blasts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The city police is studying the serial blasts occurring in three cities of Uttar Pradesh on Friday to explore possible links between those and the Shingaar bomb blast incident here.

SSP R K Jaiswal said his detective wing was in touch with the investigators in Uttar Pradesh to find out the mode of the explosion as well as the chemicals used in it. He revealed so far there was no encouraging results as many common links had been found.

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Computer lab opened
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Ludhiana branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has established a computer lab for providing 100 hours of training to budding chartered accountants.

Arun Gupta, chairman of the branch, said: “We have decided to provide quality education at low cost to students. The branch is also planning to bring in eminent faculty members from Delhi”.

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Family planning camp
Our Correspondent

Khamano, November 25
A family planning camp was organised at the civil hospital, Khamano. Dr Aswant Kaur and Dr Shashi Kant, SMO, Khamano, briefed people who had gathered there about the ways and types of family planning.

Lady doctors told women about copper-T and its benefits. They also briefed the gathering about the use of birth control pills.

Dr Maninder Bajwa briefed people about the need of mother’s milk for newborns.

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CRIME
 

3 snakes, their skin seized from charmers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The profession of snake charming failed to turn lucrative for these two persons here as volunteers of the CAPE India, an animal welfare organisation, handed over the snakes to the Forest Department today.

Two cobras, one sand snake, two snake skins and one bone and other material related to wildlife was recovered from them. They were taken to Divisional Forest Office for action against them under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as snakes are Protected under Act.

It was after the volunteers received complaints from residents of New Madhopuri that several people, carrying snakes in baskets visited the locality. Not only would they seek alms, they also sold moulted snake skin etc to people.

The matter was brought to the notice of wildlife warden and to the chief coordinator of the CAPE India Dr Sandip Jain.

For a couple of days their activities were noted by the volunteers and the department. Forest guard Jasvir Singh, along with Ramkishan, reached and caught hold of Illachnath and Kishan Nath, who live near jhuggis near railway station.

Activists of the organisation said snakes, who are cold-blooded animals, hibernate during the winter months and were not active. However, snake charmers, to earn money, torture the reptile as a consequence of which sakes normally die in a few days only.

The snakes so used are kept coiled in small baskets till they die.

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Youth held with opium
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 25
The Payal police yesterday arrested a youth of Doraha town with 250 gm of opium. Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Balmiki Mohala, Doraha, was arrested from the Bishanpura village chowk by a police team led by SI Balkar Singh.

According to SHO Naveen Kumar, the alleged drug peddler was arrested during routine patrol. The accused was going on foot to supply the contraband to a customer when he tried to flee on seeing the police. The police nabbed him after giving him a chase.

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AGRICULTURE
 

Symposium on pesticides on Nov 29
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, in association with the state department of agriculture will organise a symposium on “Pesticides and Environment” on November 29. The department of entomology will try to make people aware of the use of pesticides and their ill-effects. Experts in the field of health, agriculture and industry from the university and the government will present their scientific data.

Panelists from government NGOs and public have been asked to frame recommendations for correct and environmentally-safe use of agrochemicals. The department of entomology will also organise the 16th annual workshop on “Residues of Pesticides” under the all-India network project on December 15 and 16.

Department head N.S. Butter said leading entomologists from different parts of the country would take part in it. Issues concerning the impact of pesticides in relation to crop pest management scenario would be discussed.

Pest management strategies for different crops will be identified based on the deliberations of the workshop. Committees for technical sessions and organisation of the workshop have been constituted. Symposium on pesticides on Nov 29 

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EDUCATION
 

PAU polls: Canvassing at its peak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Punjab Agricultural University is humming with activities due the electioneering by the Maur and the Mundi groups. Both groups are trying their best to garner support of more and more employees of the university. The elections will be held on November 29

The Maur group stated that all workers’ unions have promised to support it. Maur while addressing a gathering of his supporters near PAU library said he would work for the welfare of the employees if was elected.

Whereas, the PAU employees federation and the PAU employees progressive front, under the presidentship of Harbans Singh Mundi organised a meeting of their supporters near the soil building. Mundi said a large number of unions had assured to support his group.

He said the employees were fed up with the Maur group and wanted a change in the leadership.

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HEALTH
 

350 patients examined
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 25
At least 350 patients were examined in a free medical check- up and drug de-addiction camp, organised at Dr D.N. Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital here today. Deputy director (Social Security), Punjab, Surinder Kumari, while inaugurating the camp, lauded the initiative taken by hospital to provide affordable treatment to the economically weaker sections of society.

A team of doctors comprising Dr T.S. Cheema, Dr Varinder Kaur, Dr Monica, Dr Rajiv Arora, Dr K.K. Kharbanda, Dr Ajay Pal Singh and Dr Shashi Sharma examined the patients on the occasion. Gurinder Singh Dhaliwal, Prem Sharma, councillor, Karam Singh Dhillon, Dr Surendra Gupta, Gurdeep Singh Gosha, Balbir Chand and Jagjit Singh Gill were also present on the occasion.

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Oncologist joins hands with CMCH
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
There is a good news for cancer patients in the city as renowned oncologist Dr. Rajeev Bedi's expertise will be available in CMC for general and private patients consultation on Wednesdays. He has been working as a senior consultant and head, Department of Medical Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for the last four years.

Dr Bedi has been actively involved in research and is currently principal investigator for many international and national trials in head and neck, lung, GL cancers. He has published many papers in reputed journals and has read numerous papers in national and international conferences.

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SPORTS
 

Bodybuilding championship
Abhishek wins junior title

Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
At least 150 participants competed in the Ludhiana District Bodybuilding Championship organised by the Ludhiana Amateur Bodybuilding Association at Community Centre, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, here today.

International judge Vijay Sharma from Jalandhar besides nationals, Parminder Singh of Ferozepur, and Barjesh Kaushal from Mandi Gobindarh, were in the judges panel.

Results: (Junior) below 55 kg: Abhishek Dhir 1, Rajeev Malhotra 2 and Sachin 3; 55 to 60 kg- Shakti Raj 1, Jatinder 2 and Savikaar 3; 60 to 65 kg- Sukhwinder Singh 1, Anil Kumar 2 and Mandeep Singh 3; 65 to 70 kg- Ajay Saini 1, Gaurav Rishi 2 and Iqbal Singh 3; 70 to 75 kg- Inderjeet 1, Ranjot Singh 2 and Lovepreet 3; above 75 kg- Mukesh 1, Mohit 2 and Balwinder 3.

Senior: below 55 kg- Abhishek Dhir 1, Amit Mehta 2 and Rajeev Malhotra 3; 55 to 60 kg- Inderbir Singh 1, Shakti Raj 2 and Lokesh Dutt 3; 60 to 65 kg- Rahul Sharma 1, Dinesh 2 and Kulwinder Singh 3; 70 to 75 kg- Kulwinder Singh 1, Inderjit 2 and Manish 3; 75 to 80 kg- Mukesh 1, Shagandeep Singh 2 and Amit Sharma 3; above 80 kg- Saurabh 1, Tejinder Singh 2 and Mohit 3.

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Harmanjeet fashions Faridkot’s victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
Faridkot beat Bathinda 3-1 in the under 14 years section of the Punjab State Hockey League for boys (u-14 and u-16 years) being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh memorial Astroturf stadium in Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Bathinda lads drew the first blood in the 12th minute when Baljeet Singh scored a field goal to put his side ahead. Down by one goal, Faridkot boys exerted full pressure and made repeated forays into the rival’s territory.

Their moves bore fruit in the 28th minute as Karamjit Singh successfully converted a penalty corner to restore parity.

Immediately into the second half, Faridkot went into the lead when Gurbhej Singh sounded the board in the 36th minute. Harmanjeet Singh found the target in the 49th minute which sealed Bathinda’s fate 3-1.

In the second match (u-14), Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, blanked Sangrur 4-0. The winners were leading by two goals at half time.

Jarkhar academy opened the account in the 15th minute through a field goal scored by Gagandeep Singh. Four minutes later, Sukhwinder Singh struck to lead 2-0.

In the 40th minute, Sukhwinder Singh was again on target which increased the lead while Manjinder Singh added one goal in the 45th minute to help their team to wrap up the match easily.

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Sahodaya cricket tourney reduced to 12 overs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The inter-state cricket in the ongoing Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament has been reduced to mere 12 overs each raising questions over its status.Players, especially batsmen, don’t get an opportunity to show their expertise in technique. They had no option but to go out and take a blast showing a little of their professional expertise.

The matches are going on at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. Though with the reduction in number of overs players are not able to perform as organisers have not been able to distribute overs properly as it is just 12 overs game, which is ultimately affecting the player’s career. Players are resentful over the reduction in the number of overs; however, they are scared to express their differences and reservations openly.

“Only 12 over matches are being played in this Sahodaya complex cricket tournament and the proper distribution of overs is not being done as in 12 overs how many bowlers would get a chance to show their skills in bowling. We don’t know why 12 overs matches are being played.”

A number of parents vehemently questioned the status of the game and also rued over the fact that the quality of a player was not being judged properly which defeated the whole purpose of the tournament.

When contacted Principal of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Paramjit Kaur, whose school has been allotted the tournament said, “In previous years around 10 to 12 teams use to participate in the Sahodaya cricket tournament but this time 21 teams are participating. In case we stuck top a 20 over match format, it would have a much longer period for completion of the tournament.

These days are very crucial; to the academic exercises of the students so it was thought that a slight cut in the number 5 of overs be made. Principals of the participating schools had agreed to the change before final decision was taken”.

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Campus Club enter Twenty20 cricket final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
Thanks to strokeful batting by Rachhpal Singh (74) and an equally valuable allround performance by Goldy ( 67 n.o and 5 for 18), Campus Club beat Unique Club by 133 runs in the second semi-final of the 2nd Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament being played at Government Institute of Textile and Knitting, Rishi Nagar, here today.

Batting first, Campus Club hoisted a big total of 205 for the loss of four wickets. Rachhpal and Goldy took the Unique Club bowlers to task hammering 74 and 67 runs, respectively.

In reply, Unique Club were bundled out for 72 runs in 16 overs. Goldy and Tinku ran through Unique Club's batting line up. Goldy scalped five wickets for just 18 runs in four overs while Tinku consumed two wickets for 23 runs to guide Campus Club to a comfortable victory.

In the final, slated for December 2, Campus Club will take on Amarjit XI.

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Harmeen declared best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
Harmeen Kaur and Sukhsimranpreet Kaur were declared the best athletes in the girl’s under-14 and above 14 years sections, respectively, in the 31st Annual Inter-House Athletics Meet organised at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, held yesterday.

In the boys section, Arshdeep Singh and Ishneet Singh were adjudged the best athletes in under-14 and above year’s categories. Results: Girls (u-14) high jump: Gurpinder Kaur 1st, Onamjot Kaur 2 nd and Akreet Kaur 3 rd; (above 14 years): Arshdeep Kaur 1st, Jasmine Kaur 2 nd and Dildeep Kaur 3 rd; discus throw (u-14): Anmol Kaur 1st, Jaspreet Kaur 2 nd and Charandeep Kaur 3 rd; 100 m race: Chanpreet Kaur 1st, Gurparneet Kaur 2 nd and Chamanjot Kaur 3 rd.

Boys (u-14) discus throw: Naveen Singh 1st, Ranbir Singh 2nd and Anandpreet Singh 3rd; 400 m race: Amritpal Singh 1st, Angaddeep Singh 2nd and Arshpreet Singh 3 rd; 100 m race: Harshdeep Singh Devgan 1st, Arshdeep Singh 2nd and Amandeep Singh 3 rd.

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Alpine school to meet BCM school in final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 25
Alpine International Senior Secondary School beat GGN Public School, Rose Garden, by one run while BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, routed GMT Public School by 10 wickets to set up the title clash in the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Cricket Tournament being played at BCM School here today.

In the first semifinal, batting first, Alpine International School scored 102 runs for 4 in which the main contributors were Vikas (20), Rabeyg Dhillon (27) and Sandmdeep Singh (17).

For GGN Public School, Gursimran Singh took three wickets for 25 runs while Harmanpal Singh grabbed one wicket for 13 runs.

In reply, GGN Public School could muster 101 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, thus falling short of the target by two runs. Avneet and Amanjot scored 21 and 20 runs, respectively, while Gursimran made 12 runs. For the winners, Vikas and Sanamdeep captured three and two wickets, respectively.

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Gahil, Vikram fastest runners
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 25
The annual sports meet of Victoria Public School, Lehra village, concluded near here, on Friday. Former ADM, Punjab Roadways, Dev Raj Sofat, distributed prizes among winners of a few events at a function.

He said sports was necessary for the overall development of a child and urged management committees of private schools to inculcate sportsmanship in their students while they were young.

Principal, Sapna Dhand, and secretary, Sanjay Dhand, presented the vote of thanks.

Gahil Goel and Vikram were adjudged fastest runners.

Other results: (One-legged race): Chirag 1st, Davinder 2 nd, Navdeep 3 rd; Three-legged race: Puja-Vanshika 1st , Navpreet-Harjeet 2 nd, Pawanpreet- Puneet 3 rd; Pot race: Prabhjot 1st, Kiranjot 2 nd; Lemon race: Chirag 1st, Jagjoban 2 nd and Piyush 3 rd.

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PAU to host hockey meet
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The North Zone Inter-University Hockey (Men) Tournament for 2007-08 will be organised at PAU from December 20 to 26, according to director, students’ welfare, Dulcha Singh Brar.

Over 30 universities of North India will participate in the meet. Dr Brar said the PAU had given three captains to the national hockey team - Prithi Pal Singh, Charanjit Singh and Ramandeep Singh Grewal.

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