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Nursery Admissions
Schools violate SC order
‘Interactions’ unhealthy: Psychologists
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Openly violating the Supreme Court’s direction, city schools are busy interviewing children for admitting them to the nursery and kindergarten classes.

Despite the ban, most of the schools, particularly the more sought after ones, are conducting these interviews, which they term as “interactions” with parents of the wards here.

The stress that kids and parents are undergoing is palpable. Heavy rush outside the schools to obtain admission forms, submitting them and to check the results declared by these schools were a common sight today as the admission process is in the full swing. Most of the parents have applied in at least five to six schools to ensure that their ward gets an admission in a “good institution”.

“I am quite happy with my child’s interview and I am praying that he gets selected,” said Kiran Punni, mother of a three-and-half-year-old. Waiting outside one of the “high status” schools here to check the results, her anxiousness made her arrive two hours prior to the scheduled interview.

The scene was not much different outside a few other schools where parents could be seen checking on dates of submitting forms, interviews etc.

“We are only conducting an interaction. It is essentially done to determine whether the parent will be able to provide a healthy learning environment to the child,” claimed a school principal.

Despite these claims, what remains a fact is the amount of stress that little ones have to undergo during the process that marks their entry into the world of the cut-throat competition.

Blaming the education system, Pooja a child psychologist, agreed that such stress was “uncalled for, unhealthy and hampered proper development of a child.”

Prior to this exercise, a few city schools were conducting mock interviews for both parents as well as their wards. With a large number of parents zeroing in on a few select schools, most of them make their wards undergo the “interaction” at at least five to six schools.

“We were busy through out the last month preparing for the interview. With kids one can never be sure of the performance. Mock tests helped my three-year-old child to perform better in the interview.

All I am doing now is praying for him getting selected in a school that is top on my priority list,” said Charu Tanuja, a Civil Lines resident.

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Land-Grab Case
Chahal's kin shown dead by family
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Kartar Singh, a resident of Daad village here and an elderly relative of BIS Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh, is on bail in a land-grab case registered against him in June this year. But for all practical purposes, it was a "dead" Kartar Singh who was booked, arrested and put under trial all these months.

For, as per a case registered against him in the Division No. 5 police station, Kartar Singh had allegedly been pocketing freedom fighter pension since 1993 on false claims. When there was fear of being exposed in a complaint made to the police by another villager in 1993, his son told the police that Kartar Singh was dead.

The matter came to light in June this year when Kartar Singh, his son Jagdish Singh along with BIS Chahal and other relatives were booked in an alleged land grab bid in Daad village. Chahal's son is married to the daughter of Jagdish Singh.

Chahal was arrested in the much- publicised case under controversial circumstances when he had gone to the local Vigilance Bureau office to join investigation into the City Centre Project scam.

The case was registered on the basis of an inquiry conducted by the Economic Offences Wing of the local police.

SSP RK Jaiswal had ordered the investigation on the complaint of Sukhwant Singh of Daad Village. He is a son of Harchand Singh on whose complaint Chahal and others were arrested on land grab charge.

Sukhwant made the complaint when he was on parole. He is serving life sentence for killing a son of Kartar Singh.

According to the allegation, Kartar Singh had allegedly made a false freedom fighter certificate in 1988 to get pension. He then applied for a petrol pump in the freedom-fighter quota. He was even honoured by former Chief Minister Beant Singh for his role in freedom struggle.

Sukhwant Singh claims in his complaint that it was only after the honouring ceremony that the villagers came to know about it. When a complaint was made, Kartar Singh allegedly stopped withdrawing the freedom fighter pension.

The complainant then alleges that the treasury department later lodged a report with the then Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, that one Kartar Singh of Daad village was not taking pension. He further alleged that when an inquiry was started, the accused allegedly in connivance with the Sadar police showed in police records that Kartar Singh had died.

The police records have shown his family members’ name correctly but mentioned Kartar Singh was a Harijan. The complainant claims that he was the same Kartar Singh who is alive and in police custody now.

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Industry exempted from seeking clearance
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
The state government has exempted industrial units from obtaining clearance from the Site Appraisal Committee (SAC). The exemption, applicable on setting up of new units and for the expansion of existing ones, is applicable in designated areas of the Focal Point and the industrial estates. It comes as a major relief for entrepreneurs who had to obtain clearances from at least 12 departments.

The director of factories, Punjab, said this was decided during the 39th meeting of the SCA-cum-SAC, wherein units falling in the designated areas would be exempted from obtaining the clearance for the site.

The condition to obtain the SAC clearance was imposed about two years ago. Despite repeated requests by the industry the government had not withdrawn it. As a result, the existing units that wanted to expand were particularly in a tight spot.

“Setting up of a new unit meant obtaining approvals from at least 12 departments, including the forest and the electricity. With this exemption, after obtaining the permission from the pollution control board only a new unit can be set up,” said Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president, United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association.

The industry has welcomed this decision. Leaders of the industry said cumbersome processes discouraged units from setting their base here.

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Soon, instant money transfer at post offices
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
City post offices would soon provide instant transfer of money. Beginning next month one would only have to withdraw the money from a post office that a person had received from some other station.

This facility, it is expected would come as handy for the migrant labourers working in the local industrial units.

“It is on lines of the instant money transfer. The sender will get a code from the post office which he would have to convey to the receiver. In turn the recipient will have to visit a local post office and collect the cash,” V.K. Raizada, senior superintendent of the post offices, told Ludhiana Tribune.

While such a facility is available at a few other places across the country, the city would soon be able to get benefit out of it.

Raizada said this would help those who don’t even have bank accounts. This would help the post offices in generating revenue.

The post offices had also tied up with a few companies for selling mutual funds and for collecting loan installments.

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Education trust provides aid to two burn victims
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
The Anand Isher Educational Charitable Trust has come to an unusual aid of two minor children as they become the unfortunate victims of the constant quarrel between their mother and father.

Apart from ensuring treatment to the two brothers, Sonu and Golu aged 3 and 5 year old, respectively who are under treatment at the CMC hospital, the trust headed by Sant Baba Singh Ji has made a rare move by arranging legal help for the bail of their father, who was booked for forcing their mother to commit suicide.

The children suffered serious burn injuries last month when their mother allegedly set herself on fire. She was unhappy at the constant fighting with her husband.

Kartar Singh, principal of Anand Isher Singh Public School and spokesperson of the trust said they believed that only the father of the children can take best care of them. “As he is in jail, we have arranged advocates to contest his bail,” he added.

The younger one, Sonu, sufferred 25 per cent burns and the elder, Golu, suffered 30 per cent burns. They are recovering after having undergone blood transfusions and surgery.

The nursing staff is caring for them as they are in isolated rooms. They should be discharged within a fortnight but the doctors fear that if they do not take proper care thereafter, complications may arise. They are on normal diet now, but are unable to walk as they have burns on the feet too and also due to surgery on the thighs.

A few donations have started coming to the hospital, according to the head of department Dr Vijay Obed.

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Official papers aren’t enough for ‘84-riot victim
Meeting with CM remains futile

Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Official papers aren't proof of being a riot victim for Joginder Singh, a 72-year-old cancer patient living in the city since 1995. He was shot at in the face in Aligarh during the 1984 riots following assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, where he was working in the deputy commissioner’s office. Joginder Singh has a copy of the FIR dated November 1, 1984, a copy of the medical discharge report and certificate of Rs 1,000 given to him as an aid, besides a few other documents.

The victim has done rounds of different government officials and ministers, however,but to no avail. He wants to be treated as a riot victim and has failed because he does not carry a "red card". Earlier this week on December 11, He met Parkash Singh Badal at his residence during the weekly darshan. "Badal just took my application and passed it on to officers. The officers heard me sympathetically, however, no one assured any help". I have also sent a copy of the letter to Gen S.F.Rodrigues (retd.), Governor of Punjab, and sought his help.

After Partition, the family of Joginder Singh shifted from Pakistan to Aligarh. “We never thought we were in any alien land. I worked for the DC office till the fateful day when I was beaten and even shot at. When I recovered, I brought my family to Ludhiana and helped them settle down.", he said. The victim did go return to Aligarh to resume his duties till his retirement in 1993. He finally returned to Ludhiana after his retirement.

"I signed my dying declaration in front of a magistrate during the riots. I spent 45 years after Partition in Aligarh. Aren't these proof enough to prove that my family was a riot victim?

"After so many years of shuttling between different departments, I am actually not seeking any financial help. I only hope I will get some justice in my case being taken up properly. I don't want to die with a message that no justice prevails in the country", he added.

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City to be litter-free soon
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
The city is all set to have bins if an individual’s effort bears fruit. Sanjiv Puri,a local businessman,has started a campaign by roping in office-bearers of welfare societies, officials of the municipal corporation, the Improvement Trust and a local legislator to put up bins in different parts of the city to take care of the litter.They will also provide funds to him.

‘‘I have prepared a sample of the bin after spending from my pocket. By February 10, I have vowed to distribute 1,000 bins in different parts of the city,” Puri said.

He added that initially the bins would be placed in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Rishi Nagar. The garbage would be lifted on daily basis. If all goes well, the service would be extended to other parts of the city. Dhanda has agreed to provide Rs 50 lakh for the project, claimed Puri.

Puri thought over this when his son complained to him that there was no bin on the road for disposing off his wafer packet. At this, he decided to do something to keep the city clean.

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Rotary Club provides relief to poor kids
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Th Rotary Club of Ludhiana North provided sweaters, shoes and socks to children of National Children Labour Project School at EWS Colony, Tajpur Road, to protect them against cold, said Dr Vijay Obed, president of the club.

This school is run by the government under the National Children Labour Project and has 50 students.

Dr Obed said these children have their classes in the open and many of them don’t wear sweaters and shoes. These children come from poor families and their parents are daily wagers and not able to afford sweaters or shoes.

Swaran Singh, in charge of the school, was grateful to the club members and donors for their help.

Dr Obed said this was possible because of generous donations from the club members. Members present on the occasion were R.S. Behal, Manmohan Singh, Sunil Bansal, Naranjan Singh, V.S. Sachadeva and Parminder Singh

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City IT dept wins Hindi award
Raju William
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, December 15
The Income Tax office at Ludhiana has bagged the second position among eight Hindi-speaking states in the North zone for implementing Hindi in its official day today matters in the category of the Central government offices. This office was also placed second among the members of the Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) at the district level for the purpose.

Additional Commissioner (Income Tax), Ludhiana, J.R. Kajla received the award from the State minister for home affairs Manik Rao H.Gavit at a function at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited auditorium at Ranipur in Hardwar on Friday.

Kajla told The Tribune that the achievement was commendable because Punjab is not a Hindi-speaking state. The distinction is the outcome of tireless efforts of the MS Rai Commissioner Income Tax Ludhiana in promoting the official national language. He also praised all the 102 government member offices of the TOLIC at the district level for their participation in the competition.

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Letters

Role of police

I want to draw the attention of administration towards the fact that the entire police department is always busy in handling the security of the VIP’s. If someone has any work at the police station, the station in charge frequently says they have no time left to solve big problems as they are handling the security of the politicians.

Security has become a status symbol instead of need in so many cases. Politicians forget public as soon as they get elected. Their focus shifts from the public. So many letters and articles are published in different newspapers everyday highlighting the problems, but nobody cares. We request the authorities to spare police so that they can perform other functions as well and the public is not harassed.

Garish Gupta
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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Drug peddler held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
The Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Ludhiana (Rural) district police nabbed a drug peddler from the Rode level crossing in the Jagraon area and seized 1 kg opium from his possession today.

According the SSP (Rural),Ludhiana, Jaswinder Singh,alias Bhindi of Preet Nagar, Jagraon, was arrested and preliminary investigations revealed that the accused used to purchase the contraband from Ajmer Singh Pheruraian, an undertrial booked under the similar Act.

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Fix pesticide usage limits: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will continue to involve the use of pesticides as a key component for crop protection. Due to economic and ecological reasons, the pesticide use remains a debatable issue. Despite many benefits of these chemicals, certain ecological problems are also associated with their misuse or abuse. The retention of their harmful residues in food, feed and other components of environment is the most serious one.

According to Dr N.S. Butter, head of the department of entomology, to address these problems, the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, was hosting the 16th annual workshop of “All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues” today and the second workshop of the Central Sector Scheme, “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level” tomorrow in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

He said as many as 70 scientists working in the field of pesticide residues would be participating in these workshops.

The mandate of these projects was to conduct supervised field trials with a view to study the persistence of promising new chemicals on different crops, to work out the waiting periods for the safety of the consumers, said Dr Butter.

He said the data generated from such research trials was discussed by the regulatory authorities at national-level for fixing legal limits of pesticides on different food commodities, to identify sources of contamination and to unearth ways and means to take away these so that the food items sold in the market were free from pesticide residues.

The workshop recommendations would go a long way in addressing the problems of pesticide residues at the national-level so that these residues do not become a barrier while exporting out food commodities to other countries and public get healthy food free from residues.

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Fish farming more lucrative: expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
With more and more farmers opting for fish farming it is slowly becoming a lucrative business for them. Since the state government has decided to grant subsidy for the second time to sustain the aqua culture, the fish farmers have heaved a sigh of relief. The farmers claim that if all goes well and they get enough grants from the state government, it will usher in an era of “Blue Revolution” in Punjab.

Dr Kanwaljit Singh Sidhu, president, Fish Farmers Association, Punjab, said more than 3,000 farmers had opted for fish farming in the past few years. They were also getting good returns (as compared to wheat and paddy). He said if the state government started a processing plant to debone the fish, huge amount of fish could be exported to countries like Thailand, Finland and Malaysia.

“We are satisfied for the time being but if we start producing more fish, we will have a problem of marketing. In Punjab, bonefish is consumed by migrant population only. Others prefer to have boneless fish. We are producing varieties like Katla, Rohu, Morak, Common Carp, Grass Carp and Silver Carp, which have bones. We cannot produce boneless fish because of different climates here”, said Dr Sidhu.

He further informed that state had 12,650 villages and each village had 2-3 ponds, which could be renovated and made available for fish farming. “Not only fish farming will grow but 30,000-50,000 unemployed Punjabi youth could be easily be employed in the fish industry”, he added.

Dr D.S. Syal, director, Fisheries, said they had recently tied-up with Australian government to develop aqua culture in saline waters in districts like Muktsar, Mansa and Faridkot. “Even the World Bank team has agreed to boost fish-industry in Punjab”, he said.

Another farmer, Pritam Singh said fish farming had gained popularity as it stopped global warming, kept the environment clean and stabalised the depleting water table. “If government wants to boost this industry, they must make plans keeping in mind the problems faced by fish-farmers. Production will never be a problem, we should be given assurance about perfect marketing by the government”, suggested Pritam Singh.

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ICAR short course on food laws at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
An ICAR-sponsored short course on the “Food Laws and Standards: Changing Scenario and Safety of Consumers” is being conducted by the department of food science and technology of Punjab Agricultural University. The course will continue till December 19.

Chief guest Dr G.S. Chahal, dean, college of agriculture, in his inaugural address, emphasised on the need for safe food for everyone. He said it was the right of the consumers to get wholesome, nutritious and safe food.

Dr H.P.S. Nagi, senior scientist (food technology) and course director, outlining the objectives of the course, said due to the problem of growing population, urbanisation and lack of resources to deal with pre and post-harvest losses in food, together with problems of environment and food hygiene, adversely affect the quality and safety of food.

The course will provide a discussion forum for quantitative improvement. It will also help update the knowledge of researchers, teachers and extension workers and create awareness about food laws and standards for the safety of consumers. The recommendations and outcome of the interaction with speakers from government agencies, health departments, Bureau of Indian Standards, Agmark, quality certifying agencies, quality control laboratories, academia and industry will help in addressing these issues for the benefit of producers, processors and consumers.

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Sharma: Education being commercialised
Tribune News Service

Khanna, December 15
Former AICTE director and advisor of the union ministry of defence production and the HRD ministry D.K. Sharma yesterday conducted a faculty development programme at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences.

He said teachers most of management colleges teachers were inexperienced. They were not competent enough to produce skilled human resources for managing the industry. The applicability of the concepts that they have learnt were missing in their outlook. Their approach towards life should be practical and holistic, Sharma added.

To a question that today education was becoming commercial, the former advisor said the government could not spend crores of rupees for opening institutes of excellence and thus private participation was a must. He said the faculty must acquire representation for guiding the industry and for making innovations so that they could earn for themselves and the college.

He said the corpse funds had been created in most of the IITs and IIMs by way of participating in projects and guiding the industry. They produced entrepreneurs who had contributed towards the country’s development.

Director-General of the Desh Bhagat Group Shalini Gupta proposed a vote of thanks. Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by chairman Zora Singh, who while speaking on the occasion, said such programmes proved to be a stepping stone for bringing excellence in the system.

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Anmol wins inter-school declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Everest Public Senior Secondary School organised its founder’s day on the school premises on Thursday. Students and the staff paid rich tributes to school’s founder late Dina Nath Sharma, whose aim was to educate the poor and backward class students. DTO, Ludhiana, Chander Gaind, was the chief guest. Former Punjab School Education Board director Prof Harlal Singh was the guest of honour. An inter-school declamation contest was organised on the occasion. Student of a few schools spoke on various topics. President of the association of the PSEB-affiliated schools, Punjab, (Regd) Rajinder Sharma welcomed the guests and principals of various schools.

Chander Gaind and Prof Harlal Singh distributed prizes among the winners. President, Everest Educational Society (Regd.),S. Sadrool Singh Grewal,S.K. Sharma and Ravi Nandan Sharma were also present on the occasion. The results are as follows: -Winners of Hindi medium topics.

Anmol of S.N. Public School, Ludhiana, stood 1st; Priyanka of Akal Sahai Convent School, Ludhiana, stood 2nd and Kanika Miglani of Navyug High School, Ludhiana, stood 3rd. Consolation prizes were won by Diksha of B.C. M. School, Ludhiana and Anishka of Rajindra Model School, Ludhiana.

Winners of Punjabi medium topics.

Rachan Singh of S.N. Public School, Ludhiana, stood 1st;Gulshandeep of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, stood 2 nd and Yogita of Central Model High School, Ludhiana, stood 3rd. Consolation prizes were won by Manpreet of Akal Shai School, Ludhiana, Ramandeep of Anand Isher Public School, Ahmadgarh.

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Cultural fest at Alpine school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Disneyland Nursery School and Alpine International, Ludhiana,celebrated its cultural function. Principal Rajeshwari Dhir welcomed the guests. The students enthralled the guests with prayers, nursery rhymes, Haryanvi dance and various other dances.The tiny tots of the Disney school enthralled the audience with their dance" Mast Kalandar" and "Hare Ram-Hare Ram" which was appreciated by all.

The students also dramatised the play "The Merchant of Venice." Christmas songs, dances and Carol gave spread joy among all. The function concluded with folk dance Gidda and gyannastics.

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“Charandas Chor” mesmerises students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Charandas Chor, a play scripted by Habib Tanveer, was organised by Spic Macay at Ramgharia Girls College here today.

Ranjodh Singh, president of the Ramgharia Educational Council, lit inaugural lamp.

The play revolved around the life of a thief, enacted by Chetram Yadav, trying to escape from the police. During his effort to move away, he reaches the abode of a saint, played by Manharan, who blesses him with a luxurious life and takes a promise of remaining truthful always.

The story takes dramatic turn as thief stays truthful but also rejects luxuries. Strong acting and script kept the audience glued to their seats. Shalini Yadav and Santosh Yadav also acted in the play.

Principal of the college said the college would continue conducting such events for its students.

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Personality development
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Chartered accountants here received tips on personality development from Ratish Bhateza at a seminar on ‘Personality Development in Modern Era and Wealth Tax” conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants yesterday. Bhateza explained how one’s personality could influence one’s success in various arenas of life. He talked of ways to effectively utilise one’s strengths.

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Daljeet Singh is Bar panel chief
Our Correspondent

Khamano, December 15
Daljeet Singh Shabi was elected president of the Samrala Bar Association by just one vote. About 53 out of 58 advocated had cast their votes. Daljeet Shahi secured 27 votes whereas Anil Gupta got 26 votes and win the election.

The other office- bearers, who were elected on December 10 are: vice-president- R.S.Gill; general-secretary- H.S.Guran and treasurer-Amit Saddi.

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Hepatitis C silent epidemic, says doctor
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
Terming Hepatitis C to be “a silent epidemic", Dr Harmeet Saluja, a gastroenterologist, has called upon office- bearers of various social, educational and other bodies to educate people about the causes and consequences of the dreaded disease.

While addressing office-bearers of various local organisations, Dr Saluja cautioned that the disease would transform into an epidemic soon. Saluja expressed the apprehension that residents of the Doaba and Malwa regions of the state were more susceptible to the menace that had already claimed many lives.

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Chak De stars outshine real stars
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 15
Though the “Chak De India” actors have earned laurels all over the country and even abroad for their reel life portrayal of legendary hockey players who won Gold medal in the 2002 Commonwealth games held in Manchester but the real icons Manjinder Kaur, Sita Gosain, Suman Bala, Amandeep Kaur, KSH Suraj Lata Davi and Sabba Anjum, who graced the Pirthipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium, PAU went unnoticed.

All these legendry hockey players were here to participate in the 11th Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Hockey Tournament held recently. These were the girls who created history and made the country proud and even hogged the Bollywood attraction, inspired by their success the film industry later made a blockbuster film “Chak De India”.

They were hurt when autograph hunters approach the actresses but failed to acknowledge the star and real life player sitting next to the celluloid character. Recently, when an organisaiton brought them together to watch the “Chak De India” movie in a hall, most of the fans gathered around the actresses.

But despite the hurt, the real stars are putting up a brave face. They don’t mind that their achievements have gone unnoticed; on the other hand they thank the ‘Chak De India’ for popularizing hockey.

Manjinder Kaur, a seasoned hockey player for the Northern Railway, shared her experience with Ludhiana Tribune, she said after the success of ‘Chak De India’ the entire film crew invited us to watch the film. During the show, crazy fans thronged the heroines of the film to get autographs. The rush was so much that all hockey players were pushed to the corner as if those heroines were the ones who won the Gold Medal in the Commonwealth.” “But its ok as their acting have made the film a big success.” she adds swiftly.

K S H Suraj Lata Devi who is an Arjuna award winner and plays for western railways thank the actors of the film, “ it is just because of them that the entire country knows about women’s hockey today, earlier the southern side of the country were less responsive to the game.”

While rest of the players are proud of their common wealth achievement Sita Gosain who played vital role in the 2002 Common Wealth winning team said, “ I am proud that we made the impossible look possible and encouraged Bollywood to make a film on us. Tough, no one take notice of us but a sense of pride is always there.”

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Govt will honour NRIs for promoting sports: Badal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 15
The Punjab Government today announced that it would honour Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who contributed towards promoting sports in the state.

Addressing the audience at the inaugural function of the two-day America-Canada Kabaddi Cup Tournament being held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today, Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab, said sports culture in the state could survive only with the help of Punjabis settled abroad. He urged upon the Punjabi NRIs to contribute for the promotion of sports.

Badal said though cricket remained the favourite game among youngsters, a few opt for other disciplines such as hockey, football and kabaddi. Punjabis living in foreign countries had been successful in preserving the game of kabaddi in other countries.

The Chief Minister announced that the state government would organise functions at Chandigarh and Jalandhar on January 5 and 6 where the problems faced by the NRI’s would be redressed besides honouring those who extend help to the government for the development of villages and promoting sports.

He added that if an NRI gave financial help for the development works in the village to which he belonged, the state government would give a matching amount for the purpose.

He said the state government would give cash prizes to the players who won medals in the Asian games, Commonwealth games and Olympics.

Meanwhile, teams from DAV Club of Jalandhar, Alankar Tony Club of Kube, Dashmesh Club of Nakodar, Guru Gobind Singh Club of Kotlithan Singh, Parasrampur Club and Baba Deep Singh Club of Kapurthala won their respective matches to advance into the next round.

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Hockey Tourney
Ferozepur lads beat Jarkhar Academy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 15
After leading by two goals, Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, squandered away the advantage to go down 2-3 in a u-14 year’s match of the Punjab Hockey League for boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here yesterday.

Jarkhar lads opened the account in the 13th minute through Narinder Singh and five minutes later, Gagandeep Singh found the target to read the score sheet 2-0.

However, their joys were short lived as Ferozepur players struck in the 22nd minute through Sukhjinder Singh (2-1). The score was levelled in the 31st minute when Sucha Singh sounded the board to read it 2-all. With few seconds to go for the lemon break, Sucha Singh again struck to complete the rout.

In the second match (u-14), Moga got walkover as their opponents, Bathinda, failed to turn up.

In the last match (u-16) of the day, a brace each by Lovepreet Singh and Deepinder Singh helped Faridkot to outplay Gurukul Mehta Hockey Academy, Doraha, 5-2.

It was Gurukul Mehta Academy boys who went into an early lead (3rd minute) when Ravinder Singh scored a fine field goal to put his side ahead. In the 10th minute, Lovepreet Singh of Faridkot was on target, which levelled the score.

Four minutes later, Lovepreet again sounded the board to make it 2-1. Next minute, Probhjot Singh of Doraha academy struck to neutralize the lead. Komal Kumar found the target in the 30th minute, which put Faridkot into the lead 3-2.

After changing ends, Deepinder Singh scored two goals (50th and 56th minute), which sealed Doraha lads’ fate 5-2.

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Athletic meet: Amanpreet wins 50m race
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 15
A large number of students took part in the annual sports meet organised today at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Hargobindpur, about 10 km from here. Competition in regular disciplines and fun games were held during the meet.

Results: Junior category- 50 m race: 1 Amapreet Kaur, 2 Harpreet Kaur and 3 Taranpreet Kaur; one-leg race: 1 Jaskarn Kaur, 2 Daljit Kaur and 3 Jaspreet Kaur; three-legged race: 1 Gurpreet and Inderjeet Kaur, 2 Rajpreet and Kirandeep Kaur and 3 Piyusha and Navdeep Kaur; sack race: 1 Alka Rani, 2 Jaspreet Kaur and 3 Rajinder Kaur; potato and spoon race: 1 Pooja Rani, 2 Amandeep Kaur and 3 Mandeep Kaur.

Senior category- 50 m race: 1 Jaskarn Kaur, 2 Daljit Kaur and 3 Jaspreet Kaur; one-leg race: 1 Reetu, 2 Harjit Kaur and 3 Gurpreet Kaur; three-legged race: 1 Preet Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur, 2 Mahinderjit Kaur and Ramanjeet Kaur and 3 Kiranjeet and Surjit Kaur; sack race: 1 Amanpreet Kaur, 2 Supreet Kaur and 3 Rachhpal Kaur, potato and spoon race: 1 Jaspreet Kaur, 2 Jaswinder Kaur and 3 Bhamjeet Kaur.

Balwinder Singh, principal of the school, gave away prizes to the winners. He also congratulated Sukhjeewan Singh and Bhagwant Kaur for conducting the meet successfully.

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Grewal: Each block to have well-equipped stadium
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 15
Mahesh Inder Grewal, general secretary of the SAD (B) and former minister, today announced that in order to promote rural sports, a technical stadium would be erected in every block here, in the near future.

Releasing this information, he said a master plan was being prepared through which it would be ascertained that the stadiums possess all the infrastructure required, apart from catering to the needs of the sportspersons whose talent especially in the villages remains untapped due to paucity of technical equipments.

Grewal said it was the rural sports that have been utterly ignored by the Congress government for the past five years. As a result the sports had received a serious setback, he said. The joint alliance would lay special focus on the development of various sports in the blocks so that rural sports could get considerable promotion.

Talking to mediapersons, the Akali activist said the Akali Dal-BJP Government would make special efforts to provide basic amenities to the people of the area. He said a grant of Rs 2 crore and 48 lakh had been distributed in Doraha, Payal, Amloh and Maloud areas.

Criticizing the Congress government, he said under the leadership of Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab would once again be economically stable.

A large number of Akali leaders and workers of the area were present.

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Cricket
Navdeep to represent Punjab
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 15
The management committee of the GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, felicitated Navdeep Singh, a student of BA I of the college, who had been selected for the Senior Power Twenty Cricket Championship scheduled to commence at Bhuvneshwar (Orissa) on December 26.

Principal Swaranjeet Singh said Navdeep had been selected to represent Punjab on the basis of his performance in trial matches played recently.

Jasbir Singh, secretary general of the Punjab State Power Twenty Cricket Association, had informed the institute about the achievement yesterday.

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