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Car mows down 2 cyclists
Two more killed in another collision
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
A Scorpio car went out of control and mowed down two cyclists, both migrant labourers, and injured four others near Dholewal chowk late this evening.

Harminder Singh Gill, driver of the car, was also injured when the car hit a tree after running over the cyclists and hitting three passersby.

The division No. 6 police reached scene and moved the injured to Apollo hospital and the civil hospital. The identity of the deceased and injured was yet to be ascertained.

Police sources said the driver of the car (PB 7 S 6437) was coming from Sherpur side to Dholewal chowk.

After crossing the military area, it went out of control and crushed the labourers.

The group of labourers was returning home after finishing the day’s work in a factory.

The police said the statement of the injured driver would reveal why the vehicle went out of control.

In another accident two persons were killed when a car in which they were travelling collided head on with a canter near Baddowal on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road yesterday night.

Victims, Jatin Khanna (22) and Umesh Kumar (32), residents of the Shimla Puri street No. 4 and the model town extension, were returning from Harsheela Resorts after attending a marriage when their car met with an accident.

Both accident victims were declared brought dead at a local hospital. 

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Stamp Duty Evasion
Rs 1.20 cr deal file goes missing
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
In a twist to the stamp duty evasion scam, a file relating to a Rs 1.20 crore deal of prime land in Dhurkot village has gone missing. The file was the main case of the 16 deals identified as wrong and undervalued, causing a loss of Rs 60 lakh to the public exchequer.

The loss was suffered owing to the alleged connivance of revenue officials in stamp duty evasion by showing the sold land as agricultural even as it was being used for commercial purposes.

Sources said the file went missing after the deputy commissioner ordered an inquiry on a complaint made by sub-registrar Mukesh Sharma.

The sub-registrar’s office has written a letter to the deputy commissioner, informing him about the missing file.

The administration was taking a serious view of the irregularity and stringent action would be taken if the file is untraced.

The documents in the file were significant as those were enough to scrutinise the deal and point out the irregularity. 

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City’s prime land to go under hammer
Casualty: 1,000 full-grown trees
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The government would earn crore of rupees by auctioning the prime old courts and tehsil complex land at the cost of depriving those residing in the congested old city of the green belt. As the state government has decided to sell the prime old courts complex land on the Humbran Road and that of old Tehsil in the Chaura bazar area, nearly 1,000 trees would be axed on the pretext of developing the area.

The government, under its new scheme, is selling the prime land to earn revenue. It plans to collect more than Rs 700 crore after auctioning these two prime land in the city alone thereby making it one of the biggest ever land deal in the state.

At least 9 acre of the old court complex and that of the old tehsil complex would go under the hammer. Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar told Ludhiana Tribune that the reserve price for the 9 acre old court complex was Rs 1.25 lakh per sq yard and Rs 1 lakh for nearly 2 acres of the old tehsil.

This exorbitant amount could leave the state government happier but residents of nearby areas are a disappointed lot. They had been urging the authorities to construct parks in these places. Though they are being forced to live in the congested areas but had every right for a park where they could go for a morning or evening walk.

Unfortunately, the land would go into private hands and commercial complexes are expected to come up, the trees in both areas would have to be axed. These two places are the only green belts in concrete jungle of the old city.

‘‘Why can’t the authorities see that the residents of these areas gather around the Fountain Chowk everyday for want of fresh air? They only end up inhaling fumes emanating from the vehicles? Instead of thinking about money all time, they can gift a park to the residents,” said Rakesh Kumar, a resident of the Mall Road.  

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Third victim in five months
800 employees still await safety kits
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
Despite a long-pending demand for safety kits for sewermen who clean manholes manually, nothing has come of it. As a result, a third life was lost in the past five months.

In July, Ramesh Kumar and Inder Singh had died under similar circumstances in the Industrial Area while cleaning a manhole.

Employees had been demanding safety kits with an oxygen cylinder for the past several years. So much so, that the chairperson of the National Commission of Safai Karamcharis was also told about the issue during her visit to the city and she had directed the MC to provide them with the kits.

Two years ago a similar tragedy had struck the city. At that time, the MC had bought 50 kit samples. However, the effort went to waste as the kits included a mask that weighed around 18 kg. The sewermen rejected the kits as it was difficult for them to carry so much weight and get down into a manhole with a 12 inch-diameter.

Around 700-800 sewermen are now left to perform their duties everyday under the shadow of death.

“Despite our demands, nobody has bothered to do anything for these people. Instead, they bought such heavy kits to discourage sewermen to demand these in future. The authorities should have studied the details of manholes before ordering the kits. The kits were meant for a manhole with a 22-inch diameter,” said Laxman Dravid, a local leader who has been spearheading a campaign for safai karamcharis in the city.

He said sewermen should also be given proper training. “As per rules, they should be given a training and such experts are available in Mumbai and Gujarat,” he said. 

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22-yr-old sewerman dies of asphyxiation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
A sewerman died and another was taken ill after inhaling toxic gases in a manhole that they were cleaning this afternoon.

Joginder Singh (22), who had entered the manhole first, died while the condition of Isham Singh (45), who tried to save him, is critical.

Just as Joginder Singh entered the manhole, he raised the alarm, stating that he was fainting. Answering his SOS call, Isham Singh also entered the manhole. He, too, shouted for help and
sewermen working on another manhole pulled them out.

They were taken to hospital where Joginder Singh was declared brought dead. The deceased belonged to Lohara.

Lachhman Dravid, president of the MC Employees Union, has demanded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the deceased. 

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Train-Bus Mishap
Negligent driver caused collision: Cops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The local police probing into the last night’s train-tempo traveler accident at an unmanned level crossing near Jagraon has held the tempo driver responsible for the accident.

Raju, driver, who was allegedly drunk, had rammed into the passing train. Initially, it was thought the train had hit the passing vehicle.

SHO (Railways) Gurnam Singh said Raju had been booked for negligent driving on the basis of the statement given by the injured and circumstantial evidence. He is being treated at the DMCH.

Triumphant team of the volleyball club of Rama and Rsulpur villages met with accident when the tempo traveler was hurled a few feet away by the train.

Raju, who was in joyous mood, probably failed to see the approaching train.

Jaswinder Singh, one of the injured, told Ludhiana Tribune that the players were having a great time on way back home, “We could only remember that the driver did not stop for long at the unmanned crossing and rode on only to hit the second last coach of the train. We were hurled back and only remember thrown up and down as the vehicle rolled over.”

The accident took place 5-km from Chuhar Chak village on the Ludhiana- Ferozpur track in which many people died.

Since the train was not running fast speed, it halted and passengers got down to rescue and send the injured to the local civil hospital.

The 14 injured persons have been identified as Manpreet Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Jatinder Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Raju, Harjinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Gurpartap Singh, Parminder Singh, Karndeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Arminder Singh all of Rama and Harpreet Singh, alias Happy of Rasulpur Mallah.

Manpreet Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Raju (driver) were being treated at DMCH.

Parminder Singh, Jaspreet Singh have been discharged after first aid and the eight others are being treated.  

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Pensioners’ day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee today celebrated Pensioners’ Day silver jubilee at Pensioners Bhawan here.

B.R. Kaushal, president of the committee, while welcoming the chief guest and the participants explained the significance of the day that was celebrated in recognition of the judgement delivered in 1982 by the constitution bench of the Supreme Court saying the grant of pension was not a bounty but rather a right and social obligation of the government under the Constitution.

Baljit Singh Johal, chairman of the business advisory council, Washington, who was the chief guest on the occasion, compared the plight of pensioners in India with western countries where the governments provide social security and medical facilities to the elderly people who enjoy a place of respect, honour and dignity under the state patronage.

Ten octagenarian pensioners were honoured.  

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PAU zoological society joins international body
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The zoological society of the department of zoology, PAU, has been awarded corporate membership of the China-based International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS).

Dr H.S. Sehgal, head of department of zoology, said the membership of the ISZS has been awarded in recognition of the work done by the society to promote academics, sports and other co-curricular activities.

The certificate of the membership was presented by the president of the society, Dr John Buckridge, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, at International Symposium of Integrative Zoology held in Beijing China during December 8-10.

PAU zoological society, which is more than 25 years old, organises specialized lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, training programmes, educational tours, interaction with eminent scientists and brings out publications in different disciplines of zoology. 

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Woollens distributed among 400 students 
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 17
The formation of NGO’s was a vital initiative to sublimate youth energy to help the weaker sections of the society and take the country ahead in global competition, said chief guest and district police chief Ranbir Singh Khatra at the 17th cultural mela “Mahak Panjab Di” organised by the Panjab Sabhyachark Club, Amloh, in assocation with Nehru Yuvak Kender, at the school ground here yesterday.

The chief guest distributed cardigans and shawls to 400 needy students of middle and high secondary schools of Amloh block.

The first session was chaired by property advisor Bahadur Singh which was inaugurated by Ram Raj Singh, father of former member of Parliament Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal. Guest of Honour, local MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, congratulated the club which started its activities since the militancy days by organising such functions.

The second session of the function was presided over by Rachhpal Singh Raipur, NRI and a social worker, who has extended help to many educational institutions of the area. Club president Roshan Lal Sood thanked the guests.

A play “Dard Unjamian-dhian-de” directed by Master Nirbhai Singh of the Peoples Theater, Amloh, was also staged. Maninder Manga, Sukhwinder Sonia, Harjit Harman, Supreet Sanni, Bhupinder Bhuri, Parminder Albela presented folk songs which spellbound the audience. 

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DMC alumni meet on Dec 23
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 17
The Dayanand Medical College (DMC) Alumni Committee will organise Alumni Meet-2007 here on December 23.

It will consist of a felicitation ceremony and cultural programme at Dumra auditorium in the DMCH complex, followed by a banquet at Hotel Park Plaza. According to an office-bearer of the committee, it is an annual event to help strengthen the relationship between alumni and their alma mater.

It also provides an opportunity to the institution to acknowledge the achievements of its alumni. Around 400 alumni are expected to attend the meet. 

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Will city politicians learn from Sidhu?
Seeking grants for constituency 
K.S.Chawla

Ludhiana, December 17
Will the city-based politicians follow the example set by Navjot Singh Sidhu in serving his parliamentary constituency and the Assembly segments? This question is being asked by residents of this industrial hub which not only contributes maximum revenue to the state exchequer but also gives maximum financial help to politicians as well as to the town. 

The residents of this city have filled the coffers of the politicians during the Vidhan Sabha elections but haven’t got anything in return.

It is pity that the local politicians irrespective of their affiliation with various parties have not shown the guts like that of Sidhu’s and got any worthwhile financial aid for the welfare of this cosmopolitan city. History is a witness to the apathy of the politicians of all hue towards this town. All these years, they have only bothered about their own welfare. Ludhianvis salute Sidhu and call upon the local politicians particularly those belonging to the ruling party to follow the path shown by him and in seeking financial aid for the city’s development from the Chief Minister.

SAD politicians are at present busy fighting within their own cadres. Three months have passed since the municipal corporation’s election. The first general house meeting was held in the first week of this month. But it failed to constitute the most important finance, contracts and the house tax committees. Rather, the general house witnessed turmoil when Akali councillor Simarjeet Bains publically levelled allegations of corruption against the municipal commissioner by violating all norms of decency. Almost two weeks have a passed since the allegations were levelled but neither the SAD president nor its acting president have taken any steps to stem the rot.

Rather the senior leaders are watching the whole “tamasha”. The development work of the town has come to a halt due to the infighting among the local SAD leaders. The need of the hour is to put an end to such a campaign of mudslinging and take steps for the development of the town.

Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, resident and Prof Gurcharan Singh General secretary of the peoples awareness forum an NGO hae urged the Punjab Chief Minister to discipline the councellors of his party and direct them not to level allegations against the senior officers publicly. They should report their grievances to the party high command instead of indulging in campaign of liffication and black mailing.

Prof Kapoor and Prof Gurcharan Singh have asked the local politicians to learn to fight for the rights of the local people and district from Sidhu. The politicians should not forget that the parliamentary elections are approaching and the people will teach them lesson if they fail to discharge their duties.

Residents are worried about the deteriorating state of affairs in the municipal corporation. The situation is getting beyond redemption and immediate and effective steps are needed to put the corporation on rails to resolve the problems.  

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Farmers stage dharna against chief agriculture officer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
Activists of the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha today staged a dharna against the ‘‘anti-farmer’’ policies of the chief agriculture officer.

Led by Mohinder Singh Seelon Kalan, the activists alleged that farmers of two villages Lohatbaddi and Talwandi Rai had suffered losses as poor quality paddy seeds and inferior pesticides supplied by New Jindal Trading Company, Lohatbaddi, and Hansra Agricultural Centre, Kamaalpura, respectively.

The farmers lodged a complaint in this regard and urged him to take action against the dealers. But are yet to get justice, said Seelon Kalan.  

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YouthScape
Enticed by wedding planners 
Shivani Bhakoo

Wedding choreographers are becoming the latest craze among the city elite. Gone are the days when people hired orchestra and dance troupes to entertain guests. These wedding choreographers train family members for particular occasions like sangeet, mehendi and shagun.

"It takes about a week to prepare for one occasion. Daily practise is a must. We have a long waiting list. From the the middle class to the elite, all prefer wedding choreographers. They all want to be part of the event," said a leading choreographer of the city.

The choreographers also train the family members in solo dances, the salsa and gidda. The trend has picked up in the last few years. The choreographers charge anything between Rs 15,000 - Rs 60,000 and above.

Neelima Jain, a socialite, says if the weddings are planned and family members participate in each function, it becomes more enjoyable. "Paying a small amount does not matter if weddings turn out to be special and memorable. Nobody wants to be a mute spectator any more.”  

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Stress Release
Corporates turn to spiritual trainers 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
Corporate Ludhiana seems to be finding solace in spirituality and motivational training-a new mantra for achieving success. A large number of motivational and spiritual trainers who have visited this industrial town in the past four to five months points towards an altogether new phase the corporate world is entering into.

Unlike past, when an average entrepreneur’s concern was restricted to getting work done and generating profits, an early burnout due to stiff competition has made factors like need to relax, overall wellbeing and not just professional success critical.

“With multiple players in each industrial unit, stiff competition has started showing fallouts in terms of health-related problems and early burnout. Corporate are fast realising that good performance is linked to physical, emotional, spiritual or professional wellbeing of an individual. Thus, most of them are turning towards motivational and spiritual trainers,” said Dr K.N.S. Kang of LMA that has taken a lead in inviting such trainers.

Industrialists feel that the trend, which was restricted to metros only, has started percolating to this industrial town also. Past few months have witnessed trainers in mind development, motivation, NLP, spirituality, visiting the city to interact with companies. Though individual companies conducting such sessions are still limited, a large number of them are thinking of conducting such programmes on a regular basis. A section of industrialists attribute this trend to need for concentration on overall wellbeing of their employees.

“Large as well as mid-size companies have started focusing on dealing with aspects like motivation, mind control and spirituality. They are, in fact, treading the footsteps of international companies. Among major problems that industry here is very likely to face in the near future is retaining its employees. Through such training sessions, wherein employees are taught about virtues, the necessity of looking within and developing their overall personality, they manage to connect their people better with the organisation,” feels S.C. Ralhan, an industrialist. 

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Police looks for arms in Sidhwan canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The city police today launched a search of the Sidhwan canal between Dugri and Jawaddi bridge on a tip-off that arms and ammunition had been dumped there by some criminals or terrorists.

Though senior police officials kept claiming that they were searching for a bag of an NRI that was allegedly thrown into the canal by some miscreants, sources said the policemen were searching for ammunition.

The police did not reveal the name and identity of the NRI whose bag was being searched.

The police had recently arrested two alleged terrorists and a Khalistan ideologue on the charges of smuggling RDX to the state to perpetrate a major terrorist attack. 

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Letters
Traffic management

I wish to highlight the pitiable condition of roads and traffic jams, especially in the old city. The road alongside Jagraon Bridge from Laxmi Cinema Chowk to Fieldganj (Jail road) is in a very bad condition. It is full of potholes with grave risk to passerbys, especially senior citizens. I request the administration to give the matter due importance in order to avoid accidents and save precious lives.

Secondly, there are no traffic lights or the traffic police on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Highway near Cheema Chowk, Janakpuri, Ludhiana, making the crossing of roads very dangerous. A lot of time is wasted in the process, that too with great grave.

I request the administration to ensure that bust roads must have traffic lights or the police. Preference should be given to traffic police who would implement traffic rules and not merely hunt victims to issue challans.

In busy areas such as Saban Bazar, Talab Bazar etc. , the administration should implement one-way traffic rules or remove encroachments by the shopkeepers and traders after due interaction with them. They should be warned of strict action if they do not cooperate.

Sudarshan Kumar Jain,
Janakpuri 

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Six booked for assault, trespass
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 17
The Humbran and Jagraon police have booked six persons on the charges of assault and trespass. In the first case, Jaswant Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, alias Sukha of Bhatian Dhaha, and Vivek Chand, alias Vikka, allegedly assaulted Piara Singh of the same village with sharp-edged weapons.

The Humbran police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 326 and 34 of the IPC.

The injured has been admitted to the local civil hospital. Sudden quarrel is stated to be the reason behind the case.

In the other case, Ajmer Singh, Rachhpal Singh and Nasib Singh of Indgarh allegedly entered Kuldeep Singh house and assaulted him.

The local police has registered a case under Sections 452, 323 and 34 of the IPC.

The injured as well as accused, Ajmer Singh, both admitted to the local civil hospital.  

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Vigilance nabs forest ranger
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
The vigilance bureau here has arrested a forest ranger, Balwant Singh, on the charges of demanding and taking bribe from a resident of Mandiana village.

A vigilance team led by SP flying squad S.S. Mand nabbed the accused who was allegedly forcing the complainant Noor Hassan to pay a bribe of Rs 20,000 if he does not want to face action for stealing wood from forest area.

The employee was nabbed red-handed with Rs 14,000 bribe amount paid by the complainant. Noor Hassan said he had earlier paid Rs 10,000 to the accused, who was demanding more.  

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Biz Word
Microsoft to help new companies 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
Fortis Technologies and Microsoft Dynamics today showcased their specialised IT solutions that can help upcoming companies in the state from improving their efficiency, increasing productivity and in turn boost profitability.

These solutions belong to the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) category.

Hari Kumar, business head, ERP and CRM Solutions, Fortis Technologies Private Ltd, said here today, “Most companies believe that implementation of business management or an ERP solution 
is a difficult and expensive task.

At Microsoft Dynamics solutions what we offer to companies are user-friendly and are training employees to use them.  

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Stock exchange gets new chairman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
S.P. Sharma is the new chairman of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE). At a meeting of its board of directors held here on Saturday, the LSE appointed Jagmohan Krishan as the vice-chairman.

The board shall comprise of 13 members, including an executive director, six director shareholders, three public representatives and three broker directors.  

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Class V board exam
Pupils of aided schools in syllabi conflict
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 17
The proposed decision of the Punjab School Education Board to conduct board examinations for class V students of government and private-aided schools has put thousands of students studying in private aided schools and their parents in a fix as most of their syllabi is at variance with that being followed by government schools.

Students allege that they are being harassed for no reason. Many aided schools, though affiliated with the PSEB, prescribe books of either OUP or NCERT to compete with students of CBSE schools.

Students complain that books of social studies and science are different from those being studied by students of government schools.

Moreover, the medium of teaching in such schools is English, instead of Punjabi, thus making it even harder for students to suddenly learn lessons in Punjabi language.

They say if the board authorities take any decision now, they will not be able to fare well in the examination, which is just two months away.

Parents of these pupils say the future of their wards is at stake as there is very little time at their disposal to prepare for the final examination.

Some are even mulling over making their children drop the examination and make fresh preparations next year.

They also complain that their children are not used to to taking such examinations. Taking such a test at a short notice can prove disastrous for them.

They rue that a decision should have been taken much earlier i.e. at the time when the syllabus was prescribed for these classes so that students could have read the same books and studied the same course.

They demanded that the board should either revert its decision or exempt private-aided schools, where the course is being taught differently, from taking board examination this time.

Principals of some affiliated school said the decision, if taken, will cause problems for them, as they were not prepared to make changes at this juncture.

They said they would meet the board chairman in this regard and get exemption at least for this session.

The board authorities at Mohali confirmed that the decision regarding the conducting of board examination for class V students of government, aided and affiliated schools had already been taken, public notice for which would shortly be released in leading newspapers. 

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From Schools
City lad honoured by President 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 17
Sanpreet Singh of Class V of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School (the only one from Punjab State) was honoured by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. He bagged third prize and a cheque of Rs 25,000 in the national-level painting competition. He also got the opportunity to present and explain his painting to the President.

The competition on “Energy Conservation-2007” was organised by the ministry of power, Government of India, at Power Management Institute, Sector-16A, Noida.

Parents’ Day: In view of widening gaps between parents and their wards in today’s rushy world, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, on Monday celebrated parents’ day. The celebration helped in developing the rich Indian culture among the young generation. Two days before, a card-making competition was organised where students expressed their feelings towards their parents by the way of self-made and beautifully decorated cards.

Celebration: In order to apprise the students with the composite Indian culture and its ancient heritage, Bal Bharati Public School celebrated the “Bharati Utsav-2007” with great fervour and enthusiasm. The cultural bonanza named as “Vignettes of India” focused on the vast cultural heritage of the different states of India. 

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CMCH to treat patients suffering from cancer 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 17
There is good news for patients suffering from blood-related cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma as the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has launched “clinical hematology and haemato-oncology” services recently. This was stated by Dr Rajesh Paul, medical superintendent of the hospital.

Dr M. Joseph John, consultant in clinical hematology and haemato-oncology, said this field specifically deals with diseases related to blood like low Hb, low platelets, low white blood cells, bleeding disorders, excessive clotting of blood (thrombosis) and blood related cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

He said those suffering from diseases like thalassaemia, leukemia, multiple myeloma and refractory lymphomas could completely be treated.

Patients suffering from hemolytic diseases like thalassaemic, sickle cell anemia and G6PD deficiency as well as bleeding disorders like hemophilia and blood cancers could avail the specialised services of this department, he added.  

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Club honours players, coaches, sports promoters
Our Sports Reporter

Players, promoters and coaches who were honoured by the Basketball Players Welfare Club.
Players, promoters and coaches who were honoured by the Basketball Players Welfare Club.

Ludhiana, December 17
Sportspersons who represented the country in different international meets and brought fame and those who carved a niche for themselves at national level tournaments were honoured along with sports promoters and coaches at a function here today.

They were felicitated at a function organised by the Basketball Players Welfare Club. Rajdeep Singh Gill, DGP, Punjab, and president of the Basketball Federation of India, and Arjuna Awardee Pargat Singh, former captain of the national hockey team and director of sports, Punjab, were the chief guests.

Basketball player Jagdeep Singh was given a motorbike by the organisers. The players, coaches and sports promoters who were honoured included (hockey): Col Jaswant Singh (Rome Olympics-1960), Sukhvir Singh Grewal (World Cup 1978 and coach of Indian team), Jagdeep Singh Gill (Asian Games 1982 and 1986), Hardeep Singh Grewal (Los Angels Olympics 1884, World Cup 1990), Ramandeep Singh Grewal (captain of Sydney Olympics-2000 and Asian Games 1998) and Charanjit Kumar (Asian Games 1982).

Basketball: Arjuna Awardees Ajmer Singh, Parminder Singh Happy, Anil Punj, Suman Shafrma and Sajjan Singh Cheema; international players Kuldeep Cheema, Vipan Kumar, Gagnesh Kumar, Dilawar Singh, Harmander Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Ashwani Kumar (coach), Arun Ashish Gill, Gagandeep Singh, Kamaljeet Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur and Harminder Kaur.

Nagma Mirza, Preeti, Sandhya, Harpreet Kaur, Jasdeep Kaur and Charandeep Kaur, members of the Punjab basketball team, were also honoured.

Athletics: Manjeet Kaur, medal winner in the 400 m and 4x400 m relay race in the Commonwealth Games; Mandeep Kaur, promising 400 m runner; Navpreet Gill, national record holder in the 110 m hurdles race.

Others who were honoured were Thakur Udya Singh Namdhari, patron of Namdhari hockey team and a leading sports promoter; Daljeet Singh Grewal, participant in 400 m race in the Commonwealth Games and Tokyo Asian Games- 1958; Jagdev Singh Sidhu, Captain Joginder Singh, Jagdish Singh Deol, Parvesh Sharma, Nirepjeet Singh Bedi, Gurdev Singh, Dr S. Subramanian, Sukhdev Singh, D.S. Bhogal, Amrik Singh Gill and Nirmal Rishi.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association and Vijay Chopra, vice-president, Ludhiana District Basketball Association, were also present. 

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Gurdeep Singh excels in long jump 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 17
The two-day 28th Master Athletic Championship that was inaugurated by the deputy commissioner Alak Nanda Dyal on December 15 concluded here yesterday evening. More than 450 athletes from the state participated in the competition.

Chairman of the club Bhushan Singh Rana welcomed the guests. Press secretary Sohan Dhaliwal said the winners would be provided athletic kits by the club to participate in the national competitions. Bhim Sain Goel distributed prizes to the winners.

Results: Long jump (+65 age group): 1 Gurdeep Singh, Amritsar, 2 Gurdial Singh, Gurdaspur; +80 years: 1 Banta Singh, Gurdaspur, 2 Amar Singh, Ludhiana; +75 years: 1 Darshan Singh, Jalandhar, 2 Balkar Singh, Fatehgarh Sahib; +70 years: 1 Karnail Singh, Ludhiana, 2 Gurnam Singh, Ludhiana; +55 years: 1 Devinderjit Singh, Amritsar, 2 Charan Singh; +50 years: 1 Mukhtiar Singh, Mukatsar, 2 Savinder Singh.

1000 m: 1 Roop Lal from Amritsar; 800 m: 1 Sharda Chandail, Mohali, 2 Pooja Goyal, Fatehgarh Sahib; +45 years: 1 Anoop Goyal, Fatehgarh Sahib, 2 Pirtpal Kaur, Patiala; +40 years: 1 Hardeep Sharma, Fatehgarh Sahib, 2 Neha Gupta; 800 m (men) +35 years: 1 Kashmir Singh Gurdaspur, 2 Rajinder Saini, Patiala; +40 years: 1 Teja Singh, Bhatinda, 2 Bant Singh.  

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KCW athletes finish runners-up
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 17
Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, bagged second position in the Panjab University Inter-College Athletics Championship held on the PU campus, Chandigarh, from December 7 to 9.

DAV College, Chandigarh, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, SGGS College, Chandigarh, Panjab University Campus, Chandigarh, MCM College, Chandigarh, Government College, Ludhiana, Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and DS College, Chandigarh, competed in this three-day championship.

Athletes from Khalsa College secured three gold, one silver and four bronze medals to finish runners-up.

The students who won medals are: Hardeep Kaur (gold in shot put and discus throw), Maninder Kaur (gold in javelin throw and silver in discus throw), Manpreet Kaur (bronze in long jump and shot put), Priya Bawa (bronze in 10,000m), Mandeep Kaur (bronze in 800m).

Besides, Ekta Loomba and Kamaljeet Kaur secured fourth position in high jump and hammer throw, respectively.

Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, college principal, congratulated the winners for their success. 

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