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Cong leader Gabba locks tubewell room
Son assaults 60-yr-old woman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A 60-year-old widow sustained a fracture on her hand after she was allegedly beaten up by the son of a Congressman. Nisha Kaushal, a resident of Nawa Mohalla and mother of Sameer Kumar, a journalist with City Cable, was rushed to the civil hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

According to Sameer, Congress leader Parmod Gabba allegedly locked a tubewell in the area and told residents that water would be supplied to them according to his “convenience”. Nawa Mohalla residents, however, broke the lock this morning.

He said the incident occurred this afternoon when he was not at home. The Congress leader first came to his house and allegedly slapped his mother and after some time, his son, Shanker Gabba, accompanied with some goons, beat up his mother.

Meanwhile, Parmod Gabba and the brother of Sameer also sustained injuries in a quarrel. However, Parmod Gabba was not available for comments.

According to the SI, Surinder Pal, ASI Gurdev Singh is investigating the matter as both parties have sustained injuries and are admitted to the civil hospital.

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In Basta
Bodies’ identification comes in way of investigation
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Two unidentified lovers were killed on the rail track near Laddowal on June 9, 2004.

Three-and-a-half-years after the headless bodies of the youth and the girl, both appearing to be migrant labourers, were found lying close to each other on the track, the railway police has not even been able to identify them, let alone catch the culprits.

Their heads were found nearby. The police had to keep the head and limbs close to the torso to try to establish their identity but it was not of help.

Police investigation had come to the conclusion that both were lovers by the manner in which their bodies were found.

That the killing was gruesome was revealed by the postmortem examination report.

The two were alive when the train ran over them. It seemed some persons had held them tightly.

The timing of the death was at night.

The police said it was not possible for them to lie on the track on their own and hence, it was a case of murder.

No police station in the state gave a missing person report matching the description of the deceased.

Railway police sources said inquiries were made from various migrant labour colonies in the state, but no one had identified the duo so far.

The railway police records said the case was declared untraced after conducting investigations under Section 174, CrPC.

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Railways to pay Rs 10,000 for harassment
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered officials of the Northern Railway to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation to a senior citizen. The 69-year old had alleged harassment due to the negligence of railway officials.

The orders were pronounced by forum president A.S. Narula and members Pooja Dewan and Daljit Singh Bakshi while deciding the complaint filed by city resident Chandra Shekhar.

He had submitted before the forum that he and his wife Praful Kumari had planned to go to Haridwar. They got their ticket booked for July 8, 2006 in Hemkunt Express.

The ticket was under the reservation against cancellation category.

The railway authorities had mentioned on the ticket that the train would leave at 5.30 am on July 8, 2006. Accordingly, the couple reached the station at 5 am on the date of journey Rs 10,000 for harassment but were informed that the train timing had been changed to 11.50 pm.

The couple went home and reached the station again at 11.15 pm but they did not find their name in the reservation chart. On enquiry, they were informed that their ticket had expired, as their ticket was reserved for the train on July 7, 2006. The counsel for the railways, during arguments held that the train had been rescheduled from July 1, 2006.

After hearing the rival contentions, the consumer forum observed that it was highly improbable for someone to learn about the changed timing unless they were informed or the same was mentioned on the ticket issued.

So, it was a case of deficiency in services and the complainant must be  compensated.

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Kabaddi not foreign to them 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A 13-member under-18 girls kabaddi team consisting of girls from the UK, the US and Canada are making inroads into the rural sporting culture by their lively performances.

They today impressed spectators with their skills on field during the Canada Kabaddi Cup held at Guru Nanak Stadium here.

The girls are hooked to kabaddi and are now inviting their friends back home to join them.

These girls are no foreigners, as they have been living in India for over eight years now. They are part of Meri-Peri Academy, Amritsar, imbibing Sikh spiritual teaching.

For them, kabaddi truly represents Punjabi culture. All are adept in both Indian style as well as one-on-one circle style Punjabi kabaddi.

They feel kabaddi is like any another sport and have been playing the sport on weekends in Amritsar.

They started taking part in rural kabaddi tournaments to experience performing in front of thousands of spectators.

Last year, they represented their academy in various kabaddi tournaments held near Jalandhar.

Today’s appearance was their first one in a rural tournament this year. They have so far received numerous invitations from organisers of rural kabaddi tournaments.

On how they felt about getting injured, Simar, a team-member, said: “The threat of injury is there in any sport you play. We love this sport, as it depicts the toughness of Punjabis and their culture.”

According to their coach Gurjit Singh, the girls had been imbibing kabaddi skills for the past four years. They posed a stiff contest to local team, he added.

They were not only promoting Punjabi culture and values but also kabaddi, as after completing their course they would move back to their respective countries and teach their skills to others there.

Guru Surya, another student of the academy, said: “My parents have always encouraged me to take to this sport and will come to see my performance here today.”

Rashmin Kaur, another player, was overwhelmed by the fan following they generated wherever they performed.

“Kabaddi enthusiasts are everywhere. The turn out in large numbers to see foreign players play against India. People encourage us as much they encourage local girls and there are no biases.”

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60 pc children given polio drops
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
The deputy speaker of Punjab assembly, Sat Pal Gosain, today formally launched the mop up pulse polio campaign in the district by giving polio drops to an infant at the civil hospital here.

Civil surgeon Sat Pal Sharma, district vaccination officer Manjit Kaur and SMO of the hospital, Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, were also present.

Dr Sat Pal Sharma later inaugurated polio booths set up here. He said the mop up polio drive was being organised in the wake of a polio case having been detected in Moga district. “We are targeting coverage of nearly five lakh children, including those of slum areas, labour colonies and towns and villages around Moga,” he said.

Officials of the health department said by evening, around 60 per cent of children in the age group of 0-5 years had been covered. Volunteers would go from house to house during the next two days to vaccinate the remainder of the children. 

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Ludhiana Calling

VIPs going late to functions is commonplace here, but what makes it even worse is when organisers don’t care to inform the press about the delay. On Sunday, Mona Singh went for the inauguration of a fashion store nearly 45 minutes late. A couple of days ago, Mandira Bedi was over an hour and 15 minutes late.

An organiser said: “We are just employees so cannot question neither the chief guest nor the owners of the shop. I can understand the problem of journalists who fight against time to elicit information. At the same time, organising a VIP’s visit is too taxing even on a junior employee like me.”

Gridlock

Traffic police here is at its wit’s end handling persistent gridlock at Domoria Pul road, T-point junction of Deepal Cinema road and Old Sabzi Mandi road. Situation is worst at peak hours in the morning, at closing time of schools in the afternoon and in the evening. The traffic police and senior officials have tried various modalities like imposing one-way traffic, both on the Deepak Cinema Road and Sabzi Mandi side, but without much success. The motorists have been virtually left to fend for themselves and bear the brunt of prolonged logjams and delay in reaching their destinations.

Relief for some

The much-awaited first business meeting of the newly elected house of the civic body on Friday failed to take place due to the demise of senior BJP leader Lala Lajpat Rai. While everyone mourned the loss of a veteran political leader, the development came as a relief to the city mayor and other senior MC functionaries who were apprehending a showdown with their own adversaries within the party instead of opposition Congress, who were also sore over alleged discrimination on political grounds in allotment of development works in their wards.

Chill-out time

While winter is yet to unfold fully, Ludhianvis have started collecting things to keep them warm. Not only has the sale of woolens picked up, eatables like gachak, rewri and peanuts are also selling like hot cake. Sitting under the sun, people have started enjoying the weather munching on winter eatables.

Pachyderm residents?

Last evening, a young college girl, driving a two-wheeler, lost her balance and fell at the fountain chowk roundabout. Passersby, instead of helping out the girl, started passing remarks at her. One of them even suggested her to remove her sunglasses so that she could see clearly. The girl removed the glasses and asked a traffic policeman to help her out.

— Sentinel

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Donate for better healthcare, CM to NRIs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged NRIs settled all over the world to make liberal contribution towards strengthening health and education infrastructure in Punjab so that the poor could access modern health care facilities and unemployed youth could seek self employment through vocational training.

Laying the foundation stone of a super-specialty 500-bedded Sri Guru Amardas Hospital and Research Institute here, he said even after 60 years of Independence, the underprivileged people were being denied basic facilities like education and health care. “Poor people have no gainful employment and scores of them are dying for want of treatment which is beyond their means.”

The Chief Minister, while lauding the role of religious bodies, which were coming forward to set up educational institutions, vocational colleges and hospitals, remarked that these bodies were following the ideals of great gurus and saints in letter and spirit. “Service to fellow human beings, especially to the suffering humanity, is a real service to God.”

He said education and health care were areas of special priority for his government. “We have already initiated a plan to set up Adarsh School in each Assembly segment to provide quality education to poor people. Similarly, the government will move towards establishment of well-equipped hospitals in different parts of the state.”

In his welcome address, Baba Jaswant Singh, chairman of the trust, said the 500-bedded Sri Guru Amar Das Hospital and Research Institute would be constructed over 16 acres in the heart of a developed urban estate on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway.

He further said, “As children of God and blessed with all material bounties, we are ordained to share it with our less fortunate brethren as a part of our debt to the world we live in. In the same spirit of selfless service, we have embarked on a virtuous mission to alleviate the sufferings of ailing humanity and to provide quality health care for all.”

The institution, will have special focus on vocational training of nursing, para-medical sciences and hospital managers. To realise this objective, it will separate colleges to train the personnel in these disciplines. In addition, it shall focus on basic and applied research in the field of stem cell therapy leading to new therapies for treatment of cancer, diabetes, genetic disorders etc. Daljeet Singh Sagoo from England, representing an influential group of about 500 NRIs from the UK, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai, in his speech reiterated the commitment of the entire NRI Diaspora to the cause of health care development in their homeland, both in words and deeds.

Prominent among those present at the function were Ramesh Inder Singh, chief secretary, Punjab, Hira Singh Gabaria, minister for cultural affairs, tourism, jails and stationery, Avtar Singh Makkar, president SGPC, Harish Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Bikramjit Singh Khlasa and chief parliamentary secretary, Hakam Singh Giaspura. 

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Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar 
Fresh title deeds in sight for plot owners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
Owners of plots and other properties in “L” block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here have heaved a sigh of relief as the matter of transfer of property rights to the existing owners, taken up by chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, has evoked a positive response from the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) authorities.

According to Chanan Singh, president of Nagar Sudhar Sabha, and Rakesh Azad, president of Naujawan Sabha of the area, the issue had been hanging fire for some time, with the result that existing owners of plots and other properties had to face difficulties in the absence of title deeds in their names.

Since the present owners did not have documents to prove their title to the properties, they could not avail of loans from banks and other financial institutions for construction purpose.

Similarly, those in need to sell their property were also hard put to do so, they said.

“After repeated pleas made by the affected property owners and residents of the locality failed to yield any result, we had sought the intervention of Dhanda, who took up the issue with senior LIT officials,” said Chanan Singh.

After a nod from the LIT officials for transfer of property rights and getting fresh title deeds issued from the revenue department, the first installment of 37 applications were submitted to the LIT office by the residents last week.

“We now look forward to a speedy action on part of LIT officials and having title deeds to our plots and other properties in the locality,” said residents.

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Devotees, NRIs attend gurmat samagam 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
The third day of annual Gurmat Samagam at Gurdwara Nanaksar, Samrala Chowk, here saw a large number of devotees paying obeisance to the holy Guru Granth Sahib and enriching themselves with the blissful rendering of Gurbani kirtan and Gurmat Vichar by spiritual and religious intellectuals from all over the country and from other parts of the world.

In the morning, after the bhog of 21 “akhand paths” (continuous recitation), Baba Jaswant Singh, while addressing the sangat said Gurbani was God’s own diction.” By imbibing the values enshrined in it, being kind to others and leading a virtuous life, one can attain salvation. All worries and sorrows are vanished as one sacrifices his or her ego on the altar of spiritualism”.

He also called upon the sangat to work hard for providing quality education, particularly medical and technical course, to the coming generation. “Sangat from other countries is willing to contribute on a large scale for the hospitals and educational institutions in Punjab, but we should shoulder the responsibility of providing excellent management to the institutions, so as to bring the standard of education in our institutions at par with the good institutions in other countries like the USA, the UK and Canada.”

Raagi jathas of Bhai Devinder Singh Sodhi, Bhai Joginder Singh Riar, Bhai Bhola Singh, Bhai Jasbir Singh Riar and Bhai Lakhbir Singh performed kirtan in the morning diwans.

In the concluding function, renowned raagis, Bhai Harjinder Singh Srinagar Wale and Bhai Devinder Singh Sodhi, were honoured with ‘Shiromani Award’ by Baba Jaswant Singh. In the overnight kirtan darbar and sant samagam to be held from today evening till the next morning, many prominent saints and Sikh philosophers will participate. These included jathedar Trilochan Singh (Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib), jathedar Akal Takhat Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Giani Puran Singh, Amritsar, Baba Dia Singh Sursingh wale, head granthi Giani Gurbachan Singh, Darbar Sahib.

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Letters
MC wakes up

The local municipal corporation has done a commendable job by removing illegal encroachments especially from the main roads of a few localities. This has come as a big relief for the people of the city.

The administration has on numerous occasions removed the encroachments but after few days these again come up.

The same situation prevails on the main road of Dugri Urban Estate. The Chief Minister visited Dugri twice in November. All main roads were cleared of encroachments two days before his visit. But, as soon as he returned these roads were once again occupied by the vendors.

Still, lots need to be done in areas between the Dugri Canal Bridge and the Atam Park. Roads here are in bad shape and a major portion of it has been occupied by vehicle owners who come here for getting their vehicles repaired. Entire space has been converted into a parking lot.

Kuldeep Singh Kreer, 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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Proclaimed offender held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The local police today arrested Vijay Kumar, a proclaimed offender, who had run away three years ago with Sarasvati, a minor then.

The girl, who now bears Vijay’s two-year-old child, is pregnant.

The two had eloped on June 23, 2003.

The court had declared Vijay Kumar proclaimed offender on July 11, 2005.

The couple had fled to Bihar and decided to return thinking that the case had been closed.

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Fruit prices decline, veggies stable
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Thanks to the increased supply of fruits, prices have started going down after a few months. Prices of vegetables, however, remained stable during past fortnight.

While the price of red guava declined from Rs 200 to Rs 140-150 per 10-kg box, white guava recorded a decline from Rs 140 to Rs 100 per box in the wholesale markets. Apple rates reduced from Rs 300 per box of 15 kg from Rs 230 to 240 whereas papaya remained at a low of Rs 5 to Rs 6 per kg.

“Supply is in abundance and is expected to improve in the coming days. It is quite likely that the prices will reduce further,” said Amarbir Singh of the Ludhiana fruit and vegetable commission agents association.

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PAU exams on; students go on strike 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A large number of PAU employees have returned to work after a month-long electioneering, which saw Harbans Singh Mundi being elected as the new president of the non-teaching employees’ union.

The defeat of D.P.Maur came as a big shock for his supporters who were sure of winning this time, that too, with a huge margin. Perhaps employees wanted a change in leadership. Maur had remained president of the union for the past more than 12 years.Punjab Agricultural University Employees Federation candidate Harbans Singh Mundi, the newly-elected president of the employees union, giving credit of his victory to the untiring efforts of his supporters, said he will work for the welfare of employees.

These days students are busy with their house examination. The students differed over taking up the examinations as a majority of them decided to go on strike on the very first day of exam while a handful of them decided not to side with the union and take the exams. The issue was amicably resolved after authorities intervened. The examinations are on till December 4 and a large number of them who did not sit in their first exam, will be given fresh date after December 4.

Besides, a symposium on pesticides and environment held at the university on November 29 drew flak from many civic society groups and individuals. The Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), a civil society group, promoting natural farming complained to the vice-chancellor in a letter that it was unfortunate to hand-over the management to a group, which represented the manufacturers of deadly poisonous pesticides. The civic society had urged to use only crop protection chemicals. Over this controversy, the university officials, however, remained tight-lipped.

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Rows affect academic atmosphere
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, December 2
Since the SAD-BJP coalition government took over in Punjab, the academics have been feeling the heat in the four universities- Punjab Agricultural University, Punjabi University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Baba Farid University of Health sciences.

All this started with the opening of Punjab Agricultural University’s gate towards Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana. This led to the ouster of vice-chancellor K.S. Aulakh. It did not take long for him to submit his resignation or placate new political masters although he had two more years to retire. Ostensibly, the Chief Minister said the gate was opened as promised to the residents of Kitchlu Nagar during the poll. But, there surely seemed to be more than what could one think of. The state government promptly accepted Aulakh’s resignation and appointed then financial commissioner (Development) G.S.Sandhu as the acting vice-chancellor.

In Patiala, bureaucrat-turned-academician S.S.Boparai indicated before long that he had the muscles to face the heat. The vested interests on the campus of Punjabi University launched an agitation and politician of the Malwa belt Prem Singh Chandumajra entered the fray. Chandumajra was nominated as member of the syndicate by the new government. At one time it seemed that he was siding agitators for the ouster of the vice-chancellor. Boparai, being a seasoned bureacrates, kept the governor, who also happens to be the chancellor of the university and the chief secretary informed about the developments and told them about his side of the story. Boparai also tried to project his achievements particularly regarding the neighbourhood colleges and the recognition by the government of India with handsome grant. The tirade that Chandumajra had started reached the syndicate and the day today working of the university became difficult to manage. Things worsened when the vice-chancellor was interrogated by vigilance bureau officials. Earlier, the faculty had witnessed registrar B.S.Sandhu being arrested by the vigilance on charges of corruption. This perhaps hurt the vice-chancellor who decided to quit the job with dignity.

Things in Guru Nanak Dev University started worsening during the selection of three syndicate and senate members. Virsa Singh Valtoha wanted the vice-chancellor to nominate members as desired by the new political hierarchy. The vice-chancellor insisted that this should either be through election or he would consult the chancellor in case of authorisation which was not acceptable to Valtoha.

It goes without saying that higher education in Punjab is in a mess notwithstanding the fact that the education minister has been a professor in one of the universities.

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Nothing fake in reality shows: Mona Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Dramatisation in reality shows is necessary, feels Mona Singh of “Jassi jaisi …” fame. The tele star, who is busy hosting “Jhalak Dikhla Ja”, a reality dance show of celebrities, said such shows portrayed the truth and that people expressing their emotions was a true expression of what they felt at that very moment.

"Whatever happens during the show is captured in the camera and audience gets to see it in such shows, there is nothing fake in them," said Mona, who was in the city to unveil Sirius, a new solitaire collection by Kirtilals.

"I agree there is dramatisation in these shows, like we delay announcing results et al. But all that is necessary to keep the audience hooked." Having shed tears at the exit of at least three contestants in the show that she is hosting, Singh said: "I am attached to Mini Mathur, Tapur and Sonali.”

Her forthcoming projects, she revealed include another show based on makeovers. "Films too are on the cards, you would soon know," said the actor, who appeared much slimmer than her Jassi days.

Happy hosting a reality show, Mona said the feeling came also because she had been a part of the first series of the same show. "I feel pretty exited as my choreographer Tobby is participating this time as well, it feels tremendously good." In this show, Sandhya Mridul remains her favourite while if you ask her of her fashion icon, she quite strongly votes for Sushmita Sen "for the ease with which she carries herself". 

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Sahir’s poetry casts spell
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
A benign audience was witness to myriad shades of poetry by Sahir Ludhianavi at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra here last evening.

Sahir’s inimitable renderings exploring different semblances of love, friendship and enmity were presented.

The “Jashn-e-Sahir 2007” was organised by the Sahir Cultural Academy and the Adeeb International.

Barno Avezova from Moscow University and Dr K.L. Zakir, secretary of the Haryana Urdu Akademi, were honoured with Sahir awards.

Speaking in Hindi, Barno Avezova said her favourite all-time number was “Kabhi-kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai”.

Crossing all boundaries of religion, the poet had a great understanding of human emotions in all its different shades. His choice of words needs a special mention, he said.

Irtaza Karim of Delhi University said Sahir had an uncommon but brilliant expression of different moods.

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City girl pens “Agony and Ecstasy” 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Richa Bhatia (21) refuses to be a part of young brigade which hesitates in stretching themselves for realizing their dreams. This student of economics would rather move ahead without wasting time.

It is this attitude that has made her pen a poetry book “Agony and Ecstasy”, which was released by Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor M.S. Kang and former vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University L.S.Chawla here today.

Nearly 50 poems in her book dwell on life, destiny, love and the lack of it. For Richa, who “never thought writing was her cup of tea”, the time when she penned her thoughts arrived just a day before her examination. “It was a night prior to my exam that I had this strong urge to write. Hence, I penned each and every thought as it flowed,” she said.

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Sant Ishar academy lift kabaddi cup
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
Sant Ishar Singh Academy, Rara Sahib, overpowered Dashmesh Academy, Kalakh, 37-27 to emerge champions in the 6th edition of the Canada International Kabaddi Cup played at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

The event was organised jointly by the Malwa Sports Association and Frazer Valley, Canada, under the aegis of Punjab Rural Sports Promotion Council.

Earlier, in the semifinals, Sant Ishar Singh Academy prevailed over Ambi Athoor, Moga, 42-40, while Dashmesh Academy got the better of Harjit Talwar Club of Jagraon 39-27 to set up the title clash.

In the junior boys section, Punjab XI beat Miri-Piri Academy, Amritsar, 27-22, while in the women’s section, Punjab XI quelled a strong challenge from Miri Piri Academy, Amritsar, 19-13.

The winners pocketed a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, while the losing finalists got Rs 75,000.

Lok Sabha deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, tourism and jails minister Hira Singh Gabria and former minister Gurdev Badal were the guests of honour at the prize distribution function.

Gurjit Singh Tutanwala, Makahan Singh Saidoke, Ekam Singh Hathoor (international kabaddi stars) along with commentator Prof Makhan Singh Haikmpur were given motor cycles.

Earlier, Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for water supply and sanitation and information and public relations, Punjab, said the government was set to launch its NRI policy and a two-day special convention of NRIs would be organised from January 5 at a state-level function in this regard.

Majithia was addressing a largely attended gathering at a prize distribution function of 34th General Sham Singh Memorial Tournament organised by the Friends Sports Club at Roomi village, 40 km from here, last evening.

Majithia said Punjabi NRIs were taking keen interest in sports tournaments and in the development of their native villages.

He said keeping in view the attachment of NRIs with their birth places, the government had formulated a special plan to encourage them to invest in the state.

He said during the NRI convention, a comprehensive programme would be chalked out to redress their local level problems.

The minister presented gold cup to the kabaddi team of Roomi, which was donated by Sohan Singh and Mohan Singh, NRIs from the village.

Addressing the function, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, asked the sports club and the panchayat to organise the maximum number of sports events to direct the energy of the youth towards constructive activities.

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Shakun leads Amarjit XI to cricket title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
A powerful batting by Shakun Jindal (66 runs off 39 balls) and an equally valuable bowling by Amarjit Singh (4 for 9 runs) guided Amarjit XI to a comfortable 96-run victory over the Campus Club in the final of the second Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament which concluded at the Government Institute of Knitting and Textiles, Rishi Nagar, here today.

Amarjit XI won the toss and elected to bat first. In the stipulated 20 overs, they scored 211 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.

Shakun Jindal faced just 39 deliveries and scored 66 runs with the help of seven boundaries and four sixes. Tarun Passi contributed 34 runs which included six hits to the fence. Hippon made 28 runs while Lalit chipped in with 20 runs and Pawan scored 13 runs.

For the Campus Club, Mithun sent down four overs and grabbed three wickets for 29 runs while Jaswinder Birdi and Shinda scalped two victims each and Joga Singh captured one wicket.

Chasing the target, the Campus Club could muster 115 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Joga Singh (24) was the top scorer, followed by Mithun (17 n.o), Kirpal Goldy (11) and Shinda (10).

For the winners, Amarjit Singh was the pick of bowlers, claiming four wickets for just nine runs in his quota of four overs out of which two were maiden. Shakun Verma took two for 22 runs while Pawan, Varun and Preet took one wicket each.

Tarun Passi and Shakun Verma, both of Amarjit XI, were adjudged the best batsman and the best bowler, respectively, while Sapan Jindal of the same team was declared the best wicket keeper. Kirpal Goldy of the Campus Club was named the best all rounder.

Madan Lal Bagga, an Akali leader and former councillor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, distributed the prizes. The office-bearers of the Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Association were also present on the occasion. 

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SAI pip Malwa school
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 2
Sports Authority of India (SAI), Patiala, pipped Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 1-0 in the boys’ u-16 years category of the Punjab Hockey League organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus, here today.

The match got off to a flying start with players from both sides weaving good moves and threatening each other’s territory time and again. However, their repeated forays failed to extract any success.

After the first barren half, SAI, Patiala, surged ahead in the 39th minute when Manpreet Singh scored a fine field goal.

Malwa Khalsa School boys made desperate attempts to neutralise the lead but their forwards fumbled at crucial moments and the visitors managed to hang over to the slender lead (1-0) till the long hooter.

Earlier, in the first match (u-14) of the day, Karam Singh Academy of Jalandhar drew 1-1 with Master Paramjit Academy of Takhanwad (Moga).

Karam Singh Academy drew the first blood in the 28th minute as Inderjit Singh opened the account through a field goal. However, their joy was shortlived as five minutes later, the equaliser came off Tej Singh’s stick.

In another match (u-14), Sangrur beat Bathinda 3-1. All goals were scored in the second session.

Som Nath of Sangrur put his side ahead in the 42nd minute through a penalty corner conversion. Gurpreet Singh of Bathinda converted a penalty corner in the 46th minute to level the score.

In the 47th minute, Som Nath again sounded the board to help his team gain the lead again.

Sangrur’s Ravi Kumar found the target in the next minute, which sealed Bathinda’s fate 3-1.

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MGC win hockey championship
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 2
The hockey team of the local Mata Gujri College (MGC) won the Inter-College Hockey (Men) Championship by defeating Khalsa College, Patiala, in the last league match of the tournament.

It is worth mentioning that the team of Khalsa College comprised players of centre of excellence scheme which is sponsored by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) being run at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.

In other league matches, the MGC boys defeated Government Mohindra College, Patiala, by 6-0 and Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, by 1-0. The college was awarded the championship on the basis of better goal average. 

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