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Sukhbir comes to Bains’ help
Mayor had recommended action against him
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
The city mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura today recommended action against senior Akali councillor Simarjit Singh Bains asking the Local Bodies Department to initiate proceedings against him and expel him from the Municipal Corporation for violating the decorum of the house.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune today, Gyaspura said he had written to the department enclosing a memorandum by employees and officials of the MC, demanding his expulsion.

The employees and officials had yesterday submitted a memorandum to the mayor asking him to get him expelled from the house as he had levelled allegations against commissioner Vikas Partap on the floor of the house without having any proof against him.

They had given a week's time to the government to take action threatening that if nothing was done they would have to go on pen-down strike and the public work would suffer.

Many Akali leaders had been seeing Bains as a reason behind unrest among staff and they had been thinking that Bains was trying to create problems for the MC as he was a claimant for the mayor's post. He had been very close to SAD acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal also.

The mayor is learnt to have met the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also yesterday evening and had a discussion with him over the issue. He, however, refused to divulge any details and said the meeting concentrated on development projects of the city.

Amidst all these developments, Bains, who had held a show of strength by bringing together more than 20 Akali councillors to support him on the issue went to meet Sukhbir Badal at Chandigarh today.

The meeting was continuing till the filing of this report. Sources close to him said he had gone to demand an inquiry into the flyover scam so that true facts can come to light.

Volte face

Later in the evening, the mayor retracted his statement and said he had not recommended any action against Bains. He said, “I have not even forwarded the memorandum of the employees to anyone.” When confronted by this correspondent that he had made a statement in this regard himself, he said, “I might not have listened to the question attentively and just stated in the affirmative.” And he banged the phone.

Political circles in the city related the development to meeting of Bains with Sukhbir Singh Badal in the evening.



Cycle industry looks Gujaratwards
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
Inability to resolve the industry's problems may cost Punjab government dear as industrial units have started looking for expansion opportunities in other states. Among the industries taking the lead include cycle and hand tool manufacturers who say they are unable to stay competitive amid continually rising costs due to several factors, including multiplicity of taxes. 

While a couple of hand tool manufacturing unit owners are already off to Gujarat to find out details like land costs, taxation structure, etc for setting up their units in that state, cycle unit owners, too, are contemplating a similar action.

"We can no longer afford to sit and continue waiting for the Punjab government to resolve our problems. I have decided to set up my unit in Gujarat and we are planning to visit the state to get detailed information on establishing our units here," said Satish Dhanda of Kelvin Bikes, who is also the president of the Indian Bicycle Manufacturers Association.

Locational disadvantage, say industrialists, is a major contributing factor to increased costs. Adding to it are heavy taxes, poor power situation and delayed refunds of value-added tax, they said. Particularly hit are export-oriented units in the state that have been suffering on account of all these factors for quite long.

For the state, which is trying to woo large investors from outside, this move of the industry could come as a major blow to economy as it is likely to hit growth of its manfuacturing sector in a major way.

"Land costs are high here, adding to it is the recent decision of the government to implement the entry tax. Refunds would take at least one year after shipment which not just means blockage of funds, but also loss of interest on money so blocked. On an average, there is an addition of Rs 5-6 per kilogram of material due to freight only. All the factors are big deterrents and if the industry is to compete, it has to look for alternatives," said an exporter. 



Gurgaon Killing
Schools need to be more vigilant: Experts
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
The shocking murder of a class VIII student in a Gurgaon school by his two class mates has made the local school authorities to sit up and take precautionary measures for avoiding such incidents. Many schools have started frisking the bags of students and are evolving plans to avoid such incident on their campuses. The American style of campus shooting, relatively less heard in the country, has spread shock waves with the school authorities immediately swinging into action to beef up the vigil. The fears of a similar incident in the city is not unfounded.

Last year, a student of a school in Sarabha Nagar was caught with a revolver in his bag. The weapon belonged to his father and the student had brought it to the school to throw his weight around.

A few months ago, some groups of students of another prominent school arranged a film like duel to settle scores among themselves. A senior police officer had avoided the incident to take an ugly turn as his son too was part of a group.

Teachers are already wary of children bringing mobile phones and adult magazines or even CDs to schools. The Gurgaon school incident has multiplied their troubles.

S C Saxena, principal, Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), termed the killing as an unfortunate incident, calling for the parents and teachers to be extra cautious about the children.

"We have been confiscating mobile phones from children but now more vigil will be required."

Rajesh Rudra, director, Greenland Senior Secondary School, feels the onus is more on parents. "Parents need to be more responsible and keep such thing beyond the reach of their children. The tragedy would have been averted if the father of the accused student had kept the revolver beyond the reach of his son. Now, schools will have to beef up vigil and need to pull up there socks as from now they have to encounter the biggest challenge ahead."

Sudesh Bajaj, district education officer (Secondary), says the Gurgaon killing is an outcome of the violent-ridden society. Parents and schoolteachers would have to observe the problem of children and take action before such blood shed."

Anjali, a mother said, “Parents need to interact more with their children and keep revolvers and adult material away from their children.”

This issue was well discussed among the students of the city as well. Parth, a student of XII, said, "From teacher to students, every body was talking of this incident even the school authorities specially checked the bags of the students." 



NRI murder: DIG orders fresh probe
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 12
Giving a new twist to the murder of Manjit Kaur, an NRI, who was allegedly murdered by her husband Jagpaljit Singh, the DIG has ordered a fresh inquiry to establish whether the woman was murdered or had died due to a road accident.

The Khanna police had on November 10 registered a case against UK-based NRI Jagpaljit Singh for having killed his wife Manjit Kaur during their visit to native Bija village, near here. The NRI couple had come to celebrate Diwali. However, on the November 9 evening, Jagpaljit Singh had approached the police claiming that his wife had been killed in a road accident by an unknown vehicle on Payal road.

He stated that they were on their way to a nearby Gurdwara to pay obeisance when the accident took place. 



Raid on medical store
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 12
In a drive launched by health authorities against drug abuse, a team of drug enforcement officials conducted raid on a medical store in Haibowal Kalan here last evening which yielded large quantity of addictive and narcotic drugs.

Civil surgeon Dr Sat Pal Sharma said a team comprising Sanjeev Kumar, district drugs inspector, and Jaswinder Singh, in charge of narcotics cell, inspected the stocks, record pertaining to sale and purchase of medicines and other documents at Sharma Medical Store.

In the course of inspection, the drug officials seized 3,800 capsules, 2,300 tablets of addictive substances and 25 bottles of cough syrup of different brands from the chemist shop. Seized drugs were produced in a local court to obtain custody and proceedings were initiated against the owner of the chemist shop, the civil surgeon said. 



Ranike: Insurance of farm animals must
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister of animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, Punjab, has stressed on the need of insurance of animals. He said 12,000 animals were insured last year and the state government targets to insure more than 15,000 animals this year. The state government had spent Rs 1.5 crore for this purpose.

Ranike was speaking on the inauguration of the one-day workshop on ‘Animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries officers’, organised by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu) here today.

Talking with mediapersons, Ranike said the department intended to open a regional centre for the benefit of farmers, researchers, scientists etc on 100 acre land near PAU.

Dr V.K.Taneja, vice-chancellor, Gadvasu said the workshop had been specially planned to share latest research findings, extension methodologies and strategies for effective transfer with field functionaries to support higher productivity of dairy and other animals, including fisheries.

More than 325 delegates of the state animal husbandry, dairy development, fisheries department and Punjab Milkfed participated in the workshop. Separate technical sessions were conducted for the officers from three directorates for in-depth deliberations.

The new white coloured strain of quails developed by Gadvasu approved by the ‘Germplam/variety Release Committee’ was also released.  




Schools ignoring students’ safety; to get legal notice 
Our correspondent

Samrala, December 12
Taking notice of alleged unconcern of management committees of certain private schools and colleges of the area, about safety of the students availing their transport service, the civil administration has warned them against violating the norms prescribed by the authorities and courts.

Though parents of the students, with an intention to ensure safety of their wards, have been paying substantially high fare, majority of the management committees have allegedly compromised with their safety. Barring a few, they did not bother to comply with the directions of the civil administrator.

Alleging that the management committees of majority of educational institutes had failed to make necessary arrangements, Sukhdev Singh Mahal, SDM at local subdivision, asserted that the erring institutes would soon be served final notices to either make amendments or face legal action.

Referring to observations made by officials deputed by him, Mahal maintained that contrary to directions of transport authorities and courts of law, a large number of obsolete vehicles were being used to ferry students. Instead of obeying rules, students were stuffed like goods in unauthorised vehicles, including modified ones.

Mahal said drivers of some school buses had informed him that their masters had been forcing them to drive fast in order to get more than one trips from one vehicle. He rued that the officials of majority of the institutes had ignored tips given by him during meetings held during past months.

“Now when the notice period given to them for making required arrangements has lapsed, we are left with no alternative than to initiate legal course to ban plying of virtual death traps,” said Mahal adding that final notices would soon be served to owners of vehicles and management committees of erring institutes.

The SDM had directed school authorities to ensure that only drivers with valid licenses and trained helpers were deputed on buses. Both of them should attend orientation courses being conducted by the transport authorities from time to time.

Name of the driver and manager, transport wing (with their mobile phones) should be written on the bus so that parents and passersby could inform them about any discrepancy. A senior teacher should accompany the students during transportation. Mahal suggested that a list of students, along with contact number of their parents should be displayed in the vehicle so that they should be contacted in case of need. 



Fill posts of headmasters; say teachers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 12
Accusing successive governments of ignoring interests of employees of state run schools, office-bearers of various trade unions have urged the authorities to consider hundreds of master cadre teachers for promotion to headmasters. 

They have threatened to launch an agitation, if their cases were not dealt with, on pattern of appointment of fresh candidates with 8 years experience from private schools.

Sikander Singh Jartoli, a GTU leader, and Balbir Singh, a Adhyapak Dal office-bearer, urged the authorities to fill vacant posts of headmasters from the senior JBT and master cadre teachers. 



Samples of milk products, other eatables taken
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 12
Teams of the district health administration took nearly two dozen samples of milk, dairy products, bakery products, spices and other eatables from different parts of the city today in the course of an anti-adulteration drive, launched on the directions of the state government.

A team of district health officer Dr S.S. Dhir along with Manoj Khosla and Ravinder Garg, food inspectors, set up a "naka" early in the morning for taking samples of milk and milk products. The health officials intercepted two tankers, carrying around 12,000 litres of milk and took four samples. Similarly, milk vendors carrying milk on jeeps, scooters and bicycles were also stopped and four more samples were taken. Later, samples of butter and cream were taken by the team from a dairy.

Another team of food officials, headed by Dr Puneet Juneja, went round several city localities last evening and took 13 samples of eatables.

According to official information, the officials took samples of wheat flour from a flour mill, biscuits from a bakery unit in Basti Abdullapur, "gajar halwa" from a sweetmeat seller at Dhuri Line, salt and vanaspati from a general store at Campa Cola Chowk, cooked daal and mineral water from a dhaba at Gill Chowk, salt from a general store and wheat flour from a ‘chakki’ in Dashmesh Nagar, desi ghee and milk from a milk-plant outlet.

All the samples were sent to the Government Laboratory for analysis and action will be taken if any of these samples were found to be adulterated or sub-standard. 



Teachers hold protest rally
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
As many as six teachers union of the district conducted a protest rally in front of deputy commissinoner office here today. The rally was headed by the member of the Democratic Teacher Front (DTF). The teachers union accused the government for providing free village land to the Bharti Foundation for constructing a school.

The teachers union alleged that the ploy to provide free land on the name of constructing an Adarsh School was a well planned move by the Punjab government to remove government school from the state. The union demanded to fill 40,000 vacant seats in the education department on the priority basis the union also demanded to regularise the computer teachers in the state. 



Restrictions imposed on rallies, processions
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
Sumer Singh Gurjar, Deputy Commissioner, exercising powers under Section 144, CrPC, has passed an order, as an emergency measure, to prohibit the assembly of five or more persons, holding processions rallies in the areas of Ludhiana district. This order comes into effect from December 8, 2007, to January 1, 2008.

The DC said this order shall not apply to a procession or meeting for which previous permission in writing had been obtained from the SDM concerned or any other officer authorised by him and customary processions in connection with weddings and funerals. Gurjar added that this order had been passed in apprehension of breach of peace and public tranquillity, which is likely to take the shape of violence. 



NRI kids have their roots there
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
“The new-generation children abroad are unlikely to return to India but their elders who went abroad for their livelihood are always yearning to return to their motherland. Though we know this land provides our livelihood but the ‘scent of the motherland’ pulls us back.”

These sentiments were expressed by Harjinder Singh Thind, a leading news director and a host of a talk show at the South Asian Broadcasting Corporation, while talking to the Tribune here today. He is currently heading the news section of the ReD (Reflecting Ethnic Diversity) 93.1 FM channel at Vancouver. The talk show tops the popularity charts in Canada as it presents a daily public debate on the issues.

On his current trip, Thind was honoured by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, for his contribution towards promoting Punjabi language and culture in foreign lands. He was also honoured by the Malwa Sports Club at the local Guru Nanak Stadium for the same.

Thind said, “NRI parents try their best to provide roots in India to their children. But our children have settled well in what they rightly call their motherland. I cannot think of selling my land in my village, where I fly back whenever possible. But my son wants me to sell the land so that I could buy him a Ferarri in Canada,” he said.

Thind did his L. LB from Panjab University and worked on a mail contract from Castlegar in Canada for nearly 20 years before he shifted to Vancouver in 1999, where he worked for Punjabi TV show ‘Rangla Punjab’. He then shifted to radio. Thind is one of the most popular talk hosts in the country, particularly due to the immense background material he has for his shows. Developments in Punjab are another highlight of his show, which records a tremendous response from the callers. 



Excise officials raid steel firm
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
Officials of the Excise and Taxation Department conducted a raid on Mahavir Steels on Jalandhar bypass here today.

The company, that imported yarn worth Rs 2.21 crore, stated the department, had a tax liability of Rs 9 lakh, which was unpaid. During investigations, a payment of Rs 1.8 lakh was done, said officials.

The department seized books of accounts and other documentary details and the company would come forth with its details within this week. 



Consumer movement yet to pick up in villages: Study
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
While the consumer movement has gained substantial growth in urban Punjab, it is yet to make some headway in the rural sector. A majority of consumers in villages are not aware of their rights and responsibilities as consumers. 

Their purchase practices are also not wise and logical because of their illiteracy and ignorance about their rights and responsibilities as consumers.

A study "Development and assessment of technical back-up for consumers of textiles and household durables", conducted under the guidance of Dr Neelam Grewal, professor and head, department of clothing and textiles, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), revealed that the shopkeepers were playing havoc with the poor consumers. They dictated their terms and had their say in everything. Sale of substandard, counterfeit equipment and textile was rampant in small towns and villages.

"The poor villagers are practically fleeced and looted as they do not have sufficient knowledge about wise buying practices, standardisation marks, guarantee/warranty system, after sales services and sufficient knowledge to identify and choose the genuine item. The things which are not even manufactured by big companies like Sony, LG, Samsung, etc, are being sold to uneducated people in villages and small towns", said Dr Grewal.

Funded by ministry of consumers affairs, food and public distribution, Government of India, New Delhi, the study revealed that even enlightened urbanites were indifferent to any organised consumerism.

Many of the urban consumers were unaware of clone ISI marks, consumer protection rights and services. Both urban as well as rural consumers were confronted with an array of problems of substandard items, duplicate, spurious goods, deficient services and overpricing.

"This is not solely because of manufacturers and marketing people but more so because of consumers' own lack of awareness about the laws that have been enacted for their protection against unfair trade practices. They grumble when cheated but avoid seeking redressal", informed Dr Grewal. 



Khanna elected bar council chief 
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 12
The Khanna bar council has unanimously elected Manish Khanna as its president for the next term, 10 days prior to the scheduled elections.

It is for the fourth consecutive term that Khanna will be holding the presidentship of the Khanna bar council. It is for the first time that he was elected unanimously.

Giving this information, senior advocate Swarn Singh Sandhu said nominations for the election to the bar council were filed on December 10. However, the lawyers decided unanimously that Khanna should be re-elected president of the council in consideration of the work that he had done during his previous tenures. Lawyers Shamsher Singh Gill, Harjinder Singh, Devinder Singh and Surinder Khanna hailed the decision taken by the council. 



Traffic jams

Ludhiana has achieved the notoriety of being the city of traffic jams. Go to any part of the town and you find road blockade with a long queue of vehicles.

The municipal corporation is responsible for the mess as it has failed miserably in removing the encroachments.

Traffic signals have been installed all over the city but a majority of them don’t function properly and the lights remain out of order, leading to frequent jams.

The matter requires immediate attention.

Sheetal Chawla



Biz Word
Ping crosses 1 lakh in subscriber base
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
Ping, a CDMA mobile service brand of HFCL Infotel Limited, reached a subscriber base of one lakh in Punjab on December 9 G.D. Singh, chief operating officer of HFCL Infotel Limited, said in a press note issued here today that this had been the fastest ever growth of customer base in the mobile domain in just 80 days since the launch of Ping in Punjab and Chandigarh on September 21. 

“HFCL Infotel invested Rs 100 crore for launching Ping mobile service which is today available in 270 towns and 2,050 villages of Punjab and Chandigarh through a statewide distribution network of 8,000 retail outlets,” he added.

Launched: ING Vysya Life today announced the launch of its new product ING Creating Star Education Guarantee Plan. The unit linked savings plan targeted at parents with young children, aims at pre-funding a child's higher education.The company also launched a nationwide 'Creating Stars' programme. The programme, meant for school children in the age bracket of four to eight years, invited them for a drawing and essay writing contest on the theme of 'I want to be a star when I grow up'. Over 1,000 school children from five city schools, including MGM, Sacred Heart Convent, participated in the contest. Students whose entries were selected will be given a certificate.

Jewellery collection: P.I. Jewellers launched ethnic Kathiawadi jewellery from Rajasthan here today. According to a press note, the jewellery is crafted with 22k certified gold and precious stones and reflects the opulence of regal Kathiawad. 

Share market is overpriced, says Patil
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
The capital market is currently overpriced and despite a constant rise, the suspense persists, said Mahesh Patil, portfolio manager, Birla Sunlife Mutual Fund, during a panel discussion at a summit on Investment Scenario organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) in association with ICICI Bank Corporate Investment and Services here last evening.

Patil said the investment market in the country had undergone a sea change in recent years. He said mutual funds had shown quite favourable returns during this period. Talking about features and benefits of investing in Systematic Investment Plans (SIPs), he said they balanced the risk factors very well and offered good returns.  



Placement Drive:
 Twenty RIMT students selected

Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 12
The RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology campus witnessed hectic placement activities this week for MBA students. The week witnessed the visit of three reputed companies of India belonging to banking and capital market sector.

Welcoming the corporate recruitment teams to the campus, the director general of the institute Dr B.S. Bhatia said top companies of India had visited the campus for placement during last years and he was confident that this year also the institute would be able to a better head hunting ground for the visitors.

Prof N.K. Maheshwary, placement head of the institute, said more front ranking companies of India are expected to visit the campus in coming days.

In this week, the companies that visited the campus for recruitment were ICICI Securities, Standard Chartered Bank and Kotak Securities. ICICI Securities selected two students Harpreet Kaur and Anit Mittal. The second company to visit the campus was Standard Chartered Bank. They selected four students as sales executives - Sunny Pahwa, Pardeep Kumar Taru 
Rishi and Gurcharan Singh. Kotak Securities organised joint campus recruitment process.

The company selected 17 students in all, out which 14 belonged to RIMT group.  

Globalisation involves core sectors: Prof
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 12
The department of foreign trade practices and procedures (vocational subject) of GGN Khalsa College organised an extension lecture on the topic "Globalisation and India’s foreign trade" here today.

The guest speakers were Dr Mohammad Saleem, head, PG department of economics, KLSD College, and Prof Ashwani Bhalla of PG department of commerce, SD Govt college.

Prof Parneet Singh, coordinator, introduced the guest speakers to the audience. Principal T.S. Anand welcomed the guest speakers and exhorted the students to imbibe the maximum from the knowledge of the scholars.

Professor Saleem spoke on how the winds of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation were blowing throughout the world, including India. Globalisation had given a mixed picture of some gains and losses to Indian economy. Professor Saleem highlighted how globalisation had resulted in an accelerated growth in exports since 1991, but also cautioned about the problem of adverse balance of payments which was increasing day by day due to various factors like steep rise in prices of petroleum products. He concluded with the observation that for the smooth and sustained development of Indian economy under globalisation, policy makers and planners had to look at the core sectors and the direction and strategy of foreign trade.

Prof Bhalla highlighted how the performance of a country on the export front was an indicator of its economic growth. He also discussed the emerging global opportunities for Indian exporters and made an assessment of India’s growing sectoral and manpower capabilities to exploit these. He also outlined the bold agenda for superlative export growth.

An interactive session followed the two lectures and students participated enthusiastically in the deliberations and acquired practical knowledge about the intricacies in the field of foreign trade. In the end, Prof Jaspreet Kaur proposed a vote of thanks on the behalf of the college. Dr Anita Nayyar, Harjinder Singh, Jatinder Kapoor, Deepak Walia, Ripudaman Singh Khalsa and Rajiv Kalra were also present. 



443 dental patients examined
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 12
Out of 443 patients who were given dental treatment during free dental check-up camp, 21 patients were given free dentures today by Dr Sarbjeet Kaur, on a function at civil hospital here today. SMO Satan Singh inaugurated the camp on November 16 which lasted till the end of the last month. Dr Gulzar Singh, Dr Gurpreet Singh, hospital staff and patients were present on the occasion.

The Pensioners Welfare Association secretary Pawan Kumar, Bhadal Thuha, Daya Wanti, a resident of Nabha Road, Amloh, who were among the dental patients said such long duration camps should also be organised in future. Dr Kaur informed the patients about the precautions for proper maintenance of artificial dentures. 



MPSG Hockey Tournament
Railways eves top pools 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 12
Northern Railway, Delhi, and Western Railway, Mumbai, wrapped up all three encounters to top their respective pools on the fourth day of the XIth All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women’s Hockey Tournament being played at Prithipal Singh Astroturf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University, here today.
A match in progress between Western Railway and Rail Coach Factory during the XI All India MPS Grewal Women’s Hockey Tournament being played at Prithpal Singh Astroturf Stadium at PAU ground in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
A match in progress between Western Railway and Rail Coach Factory during the XI All India MPS Grewal Women’s Hockey Tournament being played at Prithpal Singh Astroturf Stadium at PAU ground in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photogrph by Sayeed Ahmed

In their last league fixture, Northern Railway eves scored an emphatic 11-1 victory over North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur, to accumulate 9 points to top pool-A while Western Railway, Mumbai, pipped Rail Coach, Factory, Kapurthala, 5-1 to garner as many points and top pool-B.

North Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, secured six points each to finish second in pool A and B, respectively.

In the first match of the day, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, managed to squeeze past their spirited opponents, Madhya Pradesh Academy, Gwalior, 3-2.

The winners went into an early lead (third minute) when Binita Khess scored a fine field goal. Eight minutes later, they consolidated the lead through a penalty corner conversion through Subhadra Pardhan.

MP Academy players reduced the margin two minutes before the lemon break through Aruna who converted a penalty corner to make it 2-1.

The third goal for the SE came off Adline Karketta in the 60th minute (3-1). With just five minutes to go for the long hooter, MP Academy’s Aruna again struck to read the score sheet 3-2.

In the second match, Western Railway, Mumbai, edged out Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, 5-1 after leading 3-1 at half time.

WR eves drew first blood in the 13th minute when Rijuta Mallick converted a penalty corner and nine minutes later, Nishi Chouhan sounded the board to make it 2-0.

RCF players reduced the margin in the 25th minute through Renu Bala. WR increased the lead (3-1) in the 33rd minute as Rijuta was on target. They pumped in two more goals through Nishi and Rijuta to complete the rout 5-1.

The last match of the day played between Northern Railway, Delhi, and North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur, turned out to be a mismatch as the former came out triumphant without being challenged (11-1). The winners lead 7-0 at half time.

Rani scored four goals while Balwinder Kaur, Ritu, Manjinder, Kanta, Suman, Simerjeet and Joydeep chipped in with one goal each. The lone goal for the losers came off Ashrita’s stick.

Thursday’s fixtures: Northern Railway, Delhi, vs Western Railway, Mumbai, at 12 noon and North Eastern Railway, Goarkhpur, vs South Eastern Railway, Kolkata, at 2 pm. 



SAI centre players given sports kit
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 12
Trainees of the centre being run by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) here at Guru Nanak Sports Complex were distributed sports kit at a function organised at the multi-purpose stadium hostel today.

As many 83 trainees (boys and girls) of five disciplines, including handball, volleyball, judo, athletics and basketball received kit from Ramandeep Singh Grewal, former captain of the national hockey team and deputy director of sports, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Harbans Singh, in charge of the training centre, Ludhiana, informed that the sports kit had two pairs of tracksuit, T-shirts, socks and playing kits worth Rs 4,000 as per the norms of the SAI.

Harbans Singh read out the report highlighting the achievements of the players from the centre during the current year. Amit, gold medal winner in the Asian Judo Championship, was honoured for bringing fame to the centre.

Ramandeep Singh Grewal congratulated the players for their achievements and advised them to take the center on dizzy heights. He further stressed that players should also give proper attention to their studies along with sports as an educated sportsperson is the need of the hour as he or she could understand sports in a better manner.

Ramandeep said a good physiologist for the trainees could be beneficial as stint with such experts could make the players tougher, mentally.

Jaspal Singh, senior football coach and officiating district sports officer, Ludhiana, conducted the stage. Coaches of the centre were also present. 



Club honours medal winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
Hanu Tae Kwon Do Club felicitated its two players — Pooja Thakur and Jasween Kaur — with cash rewards for winning laurels the Inter-School Sports and Games Competition 2007-08 held by the CBSE at Jaipur recently.

Pooja Thakur, class X student of Shivalik Public School, won gold in the under-19 kg category and Jasween Kaur of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School clinched silver in the 35-38 kg weight category in tae kwon do.

The club had announced cash rewards of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 for Pooja Thakur and Jasween Kaur, respectively.

The club also rewarded Radhika Seth with cash prize of Rs 2,000 for winning gold in the Second Keshav Tae kwon do National Competition. 



List of T20 probables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The Chandigarh Twenty20 Cricket Association yesterday announced the list of probables for a preparatory camp for its upcoming Under-17 Twenty20 National Championship to be held in Chennai.

The five-day camp will be organised from December 18 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 32. All players are required to report to Amarjit Kumar at 9 am.

The list of probables: Vikramvir Sharma, Vivan Chopra, Tarushant, Amalvir Singh, Pardeep Singh, Sukhvir Singh, Gursahab Singh, Aman Dutt Sharma, Rubal, Rahul Sharma, Parmeet Singh, Aditya Bali, Rozal, Himanshu Sharma, Jaspreet Singh, Pardeep Gill, Shreshtha, Mohit Singh, Ajay Malik, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Gupta, Leeninder, Raman, Nakul Malik, Shamsher Singh, Nitish Choudhary, Navdeep Thakur, Sahej Mahajan.  



Green Land paddlers honoured
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 12
The students of Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, who gave a stupendous performance to win the bronze medal in the All-India CBSE Table Tennis Tournament held in Hyderabad from December 3 to 7 were honoured at a function held here yesterday.

As many as 600 paddlers from across the country along with those from the Middle East countries- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Bahrain- competed in the tournament in which palyers from the school finished third.

Manpreet Singh, Dharminder Kumar, Abhijit Singh Pandher and Arashdep Singh in the boys’ section while Shipika Bajaj, Jasmeen Kaur and Kriti Tandon in the girls’ u-16 years took part in the tournament and the boys clinched the bronze medal.

The boys paddlers beat Indian School, Jubail (Saudi Arabia) 3-0; outplayed V S St John's School, Krishana (Andhra Pradesh) 3-1; blanked Indian School, Bahrain 3-0; prevailed over SICA Senior Secondary School, Indore 3-2 and drubbed Indian School, Muscat 3-0.

In the match to decide the third position, Green Land School players overpowered Central Model School, Kolkata 3-1.

Rajesh Rudhra and Baldeep Pandher, chairman and principal, respectively of Green Land School along with other faculty members were present at the felicitation function.



Warm welcome for power lifting champs
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 12
Sports lovers of the area accorded a warm welcome to Mohit Dhand and Devinder Lalka of the Worldwide Health Club here yesterday. The duo won Junior Punjab Power Lifting Championship, held at Patiala on Monday.

According to Baljit Singh, club coach, Mohit had won the title in 110 kg category by lifting 655 kg weight while Devinder Lalka, in 125 kg category, ended up lifting 540 kg. The winners were given gold medals.

Dhand and Lalka were also selected to represent the state at All India Power Lifting Championship, scheduled to take place in Assam in the last week of January next year, said the coach. 



Volleyball trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 12
The Punjab Volleyball Association (PVA) will conduct trials here at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 20 at 1 pm to select the Punjab teams (boys and girls) to take part in the forthcoming Junior National Volleyball Championship to be held in Nagpur, according to Raj Kumar, honorary general secretary, PVA.

Players born on or after January 1, 1990, are eligible to take part in the trials. 



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