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330 gm of RDX seized 
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur/Ludhiana, December 22
The police has found 330 gm of RDX hidden in a drainage pipe connecting two fields at Rurka village, near Mullanpur, this morning. The police said the explosive was enough to blow up a big shopping mall. It was seized from Gurinder Singh, allegedly an RDX smuggler and a Shingaar cinema blast suspect.

He had been arrested by the Phagwara police. The local police had brought him on production remand for questioning.

He was in hiding and was targeting a VIP. He told the police that the mastermind behind the RDX smuggling, Gurpreet Singh, had to tell him where to assemble the bomb and whom to target.

The DGP, N.P.S. Aulakh, told The Tribune in Phillaur today that the police was facing the challenge of terrorists trying to regroup in the state.

He said alertness shown by the Ludhiana police had led it to the recovery of RDX and the Shingaar case would be solved soon.

The SSP, Ludhiana-Urban, R.K. Jaiswal, said the seizure pointed out that terrorists had stored RDX, detonators and assembling material at various places.

“We have made headway in checking the movement and activities of the terrorists with this seizure. There is a possibility that similar or more explosives have been hidden somewhere else. It will be an ardous task to find the connecting links between them,” he said.

The SHO of the Mullanpur Dakha police station, Balbir Singh, said with this seizure, the number in the RDX recovery case had gone up to 7 kg. Three accused have been arrested so far. They are Bhavdeep Singh, Bhagwan Singh and Gurinder Singh.

The police has also been searching for weapons in the Sidhwan canal for the past week on the information that weapons or explosives were dumped there after the police started raiding premises of terror suspects.

Though there are reports that some weapons have been found, no police official has confirmed it. 

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‘Taare Zameen Par’ touches hearts
Special sceening for special kids
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
It was a joyous occasion for nearly 200 differently abled children for whom a special screening of “Taare Zameen Par” was organised here today. The film, which dwells on special children, touched the hearts of the kids.

Accompanied by their teachers and attendants, the children enjoyed themselves and said they were feeling pampered at having the entire hall booked for them.

“The movie was very nice. But I am even happier that we have come out together with our friends which does not happen normally,” said Jaspreet Grewal, a student of Ashirwad North India Cerebral Palsy Organisation.

“Most of the times we are forced to restrict these kids within their homes or schools. Going out becomes cumbersome for parents too at times as special care and infrastructure is required to handle them. However, today they had the hall to themselves and we had no worries about the seating arrangements and their response to the film etc,” said Poonam Kalra, a social activist.

She added, “More such initiatives are needed to make life good for these kids.”

“Every child is special”, says the film’s theme line and portrays the need for acceptance of those with special needs.

“It has encouraged us and it tells us that special children can also do well,” said Gagandeep, another student.

Tejinder Singh, manager, PVR, said it was an effort to add happiness to the lives of people. “It was a happy occasion for all of us. We would continue making such efforts in future as well,” he added.  

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Cheque Bounce
Trader told to pay Rs 5 lakh penalty
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 22
Judicial magistrate Charanjit Arora has sentenced a businessman, Balbir Sinigh, owner of Titan Knitwears, to an imprisonment for one-and-a-half years in a cheque bounce case.

The judge also ordered the accused to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the complainant.

The orders were pronounced while deciding a complaint filed by Har Narain, owner of HN Beas Hosiery, Madhopuri. He had submitted that the accused had purchased hosiery goods worth Rs 5 lakh from him.

The accused had issued a cheque for Rs 5 lakh, but

it was dishonoured. A legal notice was issued to the accused, but he failed to make the payment.

However, the accused denied purchasing goods from the complainant. But the complainant produced copies of the bills.

The magistrate held that it was established that the cheque had been issued for discharging the liability raised due to the purchase of the goods.

While holding Balbir Singh guilty, the court directed him to undergo imprisonment.  

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Dist Bar Elections
Candidates allege foul up in ballot papers 
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, December 22
Three contestants who lost in the elections to the District Bar Association (DBA) held on December 20, have alleged foul play in conducting the elections. They have demanded a meeting of the general house of the association.

A contestant for the post of vice-president, N.D. Chopra, alleged that the ballot papers were published correctly, but later, the ballot papers were published again with mala fide intention.

In those ballot papers, there was no column in front of his name. Due to this, several voters ticked or marked in front of his name. Such votes were rejected by the returning officer and the assistant returning officer.

For the post of vice-president, Harinder Singh Narang, was declared elected.

Another contestant for the post of secretary, S.M. Sharma, also alleged foul play. He claimed that he filed the nomination paper under the name of S.M. Sharma, but these ballot papers were not used in the elections. New ballot papers were published, in which his name was mentioned as Surinder Mohan Sharma. However, he was better known as S.M. Sharma.

Due to this, the voters got confused and did not cast their vote for him.

A contestant for the post of joint secretary, Navita Sharma, also alleged misconduct in the counting process. She said as per information by the RO, the total votes polled were 1,255. The winning candidate, Madeep Singh Sidhu, was declared to have got 605 votes and Naginder Singh Gill 124 votes.

She was stated to have got 467 votes. “If we count all these votes, these came to only 1,196. Where have 59 votes gone?” she asked. She has demanded recounting of votes.

These lawyers have made a written representation to the newly elected president, Parupkar Singh Ghumman and demanded a meeting of the general house to discuss this issue and decide the future course of action.

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Man gets 1-year jail for fraud
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
Additional chief judicial magistrate K.S. Cheema has sentenced Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Partap Nagar, to one-year imprisonment in a cheque bounce case. He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 and a compensation of Rs 40,000 to the complainant.

The orders were pronounced while deciding the complaint filed by Damanpreet Singh, a shopkeeper of Bharat Nagar Chowk. He had submitted that the accused had purchased furniture worth Rs 90,000 from him on April 10, 2004.

He paid Rs 10,000 as advance and issued a cheque for the balance amount. But when he presented the cheque, it was dishonoured.

The complainant then served a legal notice on Sukhdev Singh through a registered post, but it was received back as undelivered. He then filed a complaint in the court.

The defence counsel of Sukhdev Singh stated that he had issued the cheque to the complainant as security, which had been misused by the complainant. He had never purchased any furniture from the complainant. 

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Avenues in fish farming discussed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A meeting of fish farmers was held at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here recently with the joint efforts of department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension and fisheries unit of the university.

Fish farmers and those intending to start fishery from various districts of the state participated in the meeting.

Dr Asha Dhawan highlighted the importance of water quality management in fish farming.

The methods, right from collection of water sample to its analysis with respect to major parameters like oxygen level, alkalinity, salinity and optimum temperature, were demonstrated to farmers at the fisheries unit.

She advised them to keep an eye on water quality to check losses in fish farming especially in cold weather.

Dr Kamaldeep Kaur, head, fisheries unit, talked about the activities of recently formed fisheries development board at Hyderabad to boost the sector at the national level.

Dr S.K. Kansal coordinated the meeting and congratulated the association members on registration of their body as Innovative Fish farmers’ Association. 

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MP opens health fest 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The state government is committed to providing quality health services to people and for this all block-level hospitals are being strengthened by deputing expert doctors and providing latest treatment and diagnostic facilities.

This was stated by MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon at a function after inaugurating the first “Health awareness festival” at Dhamot village in the Payal constituency, 35 km from here, yesterday. He said in order to extend medical facilities to the rural population, four such festivals were being organised in the district out of the MPLAD funds, where the specialist doctors would treat patients and provide free medicines.

Dhillon said similar health awareness festivals would be organised at Jagraon on December 22, at Hambran in Dakha constituency on December 24 and at Pakhowal in the Kila Raipur constituency on December 27. Expressing his concern over the skewed sex ratio in Punjab, he called upon the panchayats and educational institutions to come forward to shoulder their responsibility to check the menace of female foeticide, which, if allowed to continue, could cause a serious imbalance in society.

Dhillon fervently asked the village panchayats to utilise the funds given to them under MPLAD quota efficiently and assured that sufficient money would be made available for this purpose. He said the health department had been directed to ensure proper medical check-up and follow-up treatment to all of nearly 1,000 patients, who had registered at the health camp. If needed, the festival will be extended for another day to cater to all patients.

Civil surgeon S.P.Sharma, while addressing the gathering, said in the health fair, people from more than 40 surrounding villages had turned up to availing the medical facilities. He said special arrangements had been made to conduct ECG and other diagnostic tests on the spot. 

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Nursing staff donate blood 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 22
The department of transfusion medicine at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised a voluntary blood donation camp here yesterday to mark the “Annual Voluntary Blood Donation Day.” BSc nursing students along with nursing staff of the hospital and its sister concern Hero DMC Heart Institute donated blood. Over 80 units of blood were collected during the camp.

DMCH managing society secretary Prem Gupta welcomed students, staff and faculty members of the hospital.

DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh, Dr J. Whig, vice- principal, Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, Dr Jasbir Kaur, principal of the nursing college, Dr Praveen C. Sobti, professor of paediatrics, and Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head, department of transfusion medicine, were present.

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Villagers throng health mela 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 22
A large number of people from different villages took part in a family welfare health mela organised under a scheme of the National Rural Health Commission at the local civil hospital here today.

The speakers educated people on problems related to health, AIDS, drugs, tuber culosis, family planning.

District mass education and welfare officer Satish Sachdeva highlighted the problem of female foeticide and how it had reached alarming proportions.

People lined up in queues to get themselves registered for checkup and getting medicines free of cost during the five-day mela.

MP Saranjit Singh, SDM Gurloveen Singh, civil surgeon Dr Satpal Sharma, former MLA Bhag Singh Malah, SMO Dr H.K. Singla, Dr Ashok Sharma, Prof Baldev Singh were also present.

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140 kg poppy husk seized, 1 held
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 22
The Sudhar police has booked Babli of Narangwal and Kala of Bhundri and seized 140 kg poppy husk from their possession. According to information, the police intercepted a car (DL-A-26) at Rajoana Khurd village during patrol and seized the contraband. 

A case has been registered under the NDPS Act. While Babli was arrested, Kala managed to escape.

In other incidents, the Sudhar and Dehlon police arrested two persons with poppy husk from their possession.

The Sudhar police arrested Balraj Singh, alias Raja, of Pakhowal from Leel village and seized 15 kg poppy husk.

Also, Butta Khan of Nagal Kalan was arrested by the Dehlon police from Bhaini village. The same quantity of poppy husk was seized from him as well.

Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered.

Assault

Ravinder Singh of Swaddi Khurd was admitted to the local civil hospital after he was allegedly attacked by five persons at Ramgarh village today.

According to Avtar Singh, father of the injured, Kaka Singh, Ajmer Singh, Kinda of Swaddi Khurd, Jagdish Singh, alias Desha, Tinda of Ramgarh allegedly waylaid his son, a kabaddi player, and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons.

An old enmity is said to be the cause behind the attack.

Rickshaw-puller killed

Sukhwinder Singh of Herain, a rickshaw-puller, was killed in an accident near Noorpura village when a bus (PB 10 BF 4765) hit his rickshaw. The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 279, 427 and 304 of the IPC. 

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Biz Word
Leather brand eyes 20 pc growth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Hidesign, a brand of leather products and accessories, opened its first store in Punjab here today. The company, that recorded a turnover of Rs 100 crore last year, and is expecting a 20 per cent growth this financial, would soon come up with exclusive stores in Amritsar and Jalandhar, said Dalip Kapur, company president.

He said the company that catered to luxury segment was focussing on high potential B segment towns as well.

Having recorded an increase from 8 per cent to 40 per cent in share of Indian market towards its total turnover, he said rapid economic growth was reflecting on customer preferences towards luxury brands as well.

“We are recording the highest growth in India, South Africa, Russia and China. The UK and the US are important markets, but the growth is not as much as it is in these places,” he said.

Changing income patterns and rise in number of working women was proving to be a boon for brands like his, he added.

“Working women are looking for more variety accompanied by style and at the same time are conscious of quality. Around a decade ago, almost 80 per cent of our products were meant for men, but now the share is even for men and women.”

Talking of trends, he said India was in sync with whatever was being followed internationally.

“The requirements are similar particularly as the world is a smaller place now. Designing part of our company, which is taken care of by our designer in Milan, has not felt the need to bifurcate customers in various geographical locations. Indian customer is as trend savvy as a customer anywhere else across the globe.”

Winners get gold

Pushpa Relan from Haibowal, Kanta Devi from Rahon Road, Chanchal Rani from Anandpuri and Gurmeet Kaur from Shivaji Nagar, winners of the Vardhman Maha Gold Scheme were given gold by V.K. Goyal, chief executive of the company, here today. The recipients emerged winners for their hand-knit items.

Water softener

Kent RO Systems has launched an automatic water softener. A company press note said the product removed hard salt contents present in water, thereby enhancing its quality and making it suitable for daily use. Mahesh Gupta, managing director, said: “We ignore the fact that the water we use for other daily chores is also harming us. Keeping all factors in mind, Kent automatic water softener is developed to give total solution to all hard water worries.” The product is priced at Rs 50,000.  

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Christmas celebrations at schools
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Christmas was celebrated with gaiety and fervour at various schools of the city. DIL’s Nursery School, Model Town Extension, was bedecked with balloons, stars and buntings for the occasion. Children came dressed up as Santa Claus, Mother Mary and fairies. Children sang carols and danced to music.

Children were greeted by principal Harbans Kaur who spread the message of peace.

Sweets were also distributed among students.

Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School also took part in Christmas celebrations. The school was tastefully decorated and children sang carlos with Christmas trees in the backdrop.

School principal and director highlighted the importance of the festival and urged students to follow the path of virtue and generosity.

She also distributed sweets and gifts among them.

Wylie Memorial School celebrated the festival by inviting slum children to join the festivities.

Children sat alongside students and took part in the celebrations.

Slum children also got a chance to dance with Santa Claus. 

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From Schools & Colleges
10-day NSS camp begins 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
A 10-day NSS camp began at Kamala Lohtia Sanatan Dharma College, near Daresi Ground, here today. Chief guest Subhash Dawar addressed the volunteers and advised them to help in the nation-building.

He advised students to show respect and honour to elders and teachers and empathise with the weak and down-trodden.

Naveen Mittal, Dr D.V. Jindal, Brij Mohan Rahlan, and Deepak Kaushal also participated in the function and exhorted students to extend selfless service to the society.

As many as 100 volunteers are participating in the camp.

Another 10-day NSS camp for boy and girl volunteers was inaugurated at SCD Government College for Boys here yesterday.

The camp is being organised on “Healthy youth of India”.

The camp was inaugurated by Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh and Dr Davinder Singh Sandhu.

Dr Aulakh delivered a lecture on kidney disease and organ transplant. Dr Sandhu made the volunteers aware of causes and treatment of cancer.

Dr Malkiat Singh, college principal, inspired volunteers to participate in the camp.

Prof P.S. Grewal introduced and welcomed the guests. Prof Parveen Gupta, Prof Harbans Singh, Prof Rajdeep Singh Gill were also present.

Function

Green Land Convent School, New Sarabha Nagar, organised its first annual prize distribution function and cultural programme here today. Rajesh Rudhra was the chief guest.

He said unity could be promoted through education.Students brought alive the diverse Indian culture through spirited dances like Rajasthani dance, Dogri dance, gidda and bhangra.

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CMC’s Xmas gift for kids
Opens child development clinic
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
The paediatrics department of Christian Medical College has added neuro-development clinic to its general services for children. The clinic will cater to children having problems with normal brain development, besides various learning and behavioral problems.

Cerebral palsy and mental retardation are two common and known presentations of illness of children in this group of disorders, which have been the focus of attention of most paediatricians.

Dr Tejinder Singh, professor and head of the department, said the clinic would taken care of by Dr Jugesh Chhatwal and Dr Monika Sharma.

Dr Monika Sharma is trained at the medical college, Thiruvananthapuram. Anne Thomas, a child psychologist trained at Chennai and CMC, Vellore, is also part of the team.

The services of a physiotherapist (with training in neurodevelopmental therapy and occupational therapy), paediatric orthopaedics surgeon, otolaryngologist, speech therapist and paediatric ophthalmologist will be assimilated in the clinic soon to provide an all-round support and care to children with developmental disabilities.

Most parents continue to suffer with minor and major mental and behavioral disabilities of their children, largely because of lack of focus on these problems by doctors and pediatricians in general.

Minor deviations are assumed to be normal by both well-concerned parents and doctors alike. Often, minor learning problems end up being a great handicap for children in adult age.

Problems in learning and other school-related severe problems, mental retardation and cerebral palsy are easy to recognise.

But there is a larger group of children — especially babies born premature with low weight at birth and those with serious problems at birth — who are likely to develop problems later on and need special attention and monitoring.

Older children who suffer meningitis and encephalitis are susceptible to having future mental and behavioral problems.

The clinic proposes to provide facilities for developmental monitoring of this high-risk group and provide early intervention therapies.

It will also serve as a centre for diagnosing learning disabilities and offering therapies for behavioural problems such as hyperkinetic disorders and autism. 

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Laparoscopic kidney transplant 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology, department of transplant surgery, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), has performed a urological laparoscopic procedure for the removal of the non-functioning kidney filled with pus. The condition is medically known as pyeonephrosis.

According to Dr Aulakh, a 42-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with complaints of passing pus in urine and increased frequency of micturition for the past two years. After x-rays, ultrasound scan and nuclear scan, the patient was found to have irreparably damaged kidney due to silent stone. The kidney also had pus within. The patient had a past history of undergoing ureteroscopic removal of the stone.

A laparoscopic procedure for the removal of kidney (nephrectomy) was performed on the patient, which is technically very demanding procedure, he said.

During the surgery, three holes were made to insert a camera and other working instruments to separate the kidney from other organs and remove it. The surgery involves hospitalisation for a brief period, less post-operative pain and faster recovery in comparison to open surgery.

He added that untreated kidney stones could result into serious complications like infection of kidney (pyeonephrosis), non-functioning kidney and cancer of kidney.

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US cardiologist at HDHI
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Keeping in view the spurt in the number of cardiac patients during the winter season, Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) will make available the expertise of the renowned cardiologist from the USA Dr Anil Kumar Mehra.

Dr.Mehra, a cardiologist at the University of Southern California, Division of Cardiology, Los Angeles (USA), will assist the team of HDHI interventional cardiologists in performing complicated procedures, till January 5. 

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Hockey stadium in for makeover
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 22
Pirthipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium will soon adorn a new look as Punjab sports director Pargat Singh has ordered a major structural modification there. The modifications will be made to make the stadium people-friendly.

Pargat Singh, who was here to assess the state of the stadium, ordered the construction of a shed over spectators’ stand to protect them from sun and rain during matches.

He said he was upset to see spectators run for cover from rain during the final match of the 11th Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Women Hockey Tournament.

He also ordered the construction of dressing rooms and bathrooms for the convenience of players.

“We only have one Astroturf to hold competitions besides this in the state i.e. at Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar.

“As both stadia share the burden of hosting almost all tournaments held in the state, it is the responsibility of the sports department to improve the infrastructure there.”

The cost of upgrade is likely to run into lakhs of rupees.

“The department has made all arrangements and the construction will be completed in phases,” he said.

Players had been complaining about lack of changing room and bathroom facilities at the stadium, owing to which they had to change in makeshift tents.

On the condition of the Astroturf, he said: “The pressure cleaning machine has turned out to be a boon for the turf. The condition of turf has improved and I expect that it will last for another couple of years.” 

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Students take part in sports meets 
Tribune Reporter

Ludhiana, December 22
A large number of boys and girls took part in various competitions on the opening day of the annual sports meet of New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar and Civil Lines branches, here today. School principal Rajesh Prashar inaugurated the meet.

Results: junior section: volleyball: Sarabha Nagar branch 1, Civil Lines branch 2; table tennis: Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; throwball: Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil lines branch 2; carrom: Ritvik Sharma of Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Shubham of Civil Lines branch 2; kho-kho (girls) Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; kabaddi (boys)- Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; badminton: Civil Lines branch 1 and Sarabha Nagar branch 2.

Senior section: vollyball- Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; table tennis- Civil Lines branch 1 and Sarabha Nagar branch 2; throwball- Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; kho-kho- Sarabha Nagar branch 1 and Civil Lines branch 2; kabaddi- Civil Lines branch 1 and Sarabha Nagar branch 2; badminton- Civil Lines branch 1 and Sarabha Nagar branch 2.

Sahnewal

The annual inter-house sports meet organised by Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Sahnewal, concluded here today.

School chairman Harbans Lal Aneja inaugurated the meet by hoisting the flag.

School director B.K Aneja emphasised the importance of games in the growth of students.

He said games stimulated physical as well as mental growth apart from imbibing cooperation and discipline in them. Students of Beas, Ganga, Satluj, and Yamuna houses participated in athletics events.

They took part in games like cycling, banana race, three-legged race, lemon race, frog race, toffee race, cricket, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and badminton.

School principal Col Kulwinder Singh honored the winners.

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Muktsar prevail over Moga 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 22
Muktsar waged a spirited battle and prevailed over Moga by a solitary goal in an u-16 match of the Punjab Hockey League for boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium on the PAU campus here today.

The goal came off Mandeep Singh’s stick in the 43rd minute of the encounter.

Earlier, in the first match (u-14) of the day, Kurali pipped Amloh 1-0. After the first barren half, Rohit scored a fine field goal in the 42nd minute which sealed Amloh lads’ fate.

In another u-14 match, Muktsar defeated Amloh 3-0 after leading by two goals at half time.

Jaspinder Singh converted a penalty corner in the 28th minute to put Muktsar into the lead.

Five minutes later, Harsimranjit Singh struck to consolidate the lead while Mandeep Singh found the target in the second session (38th minute) to complete the rout (3-0).

Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, scored an easy 4-0 win over Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Amritsar. The winners were leading 3-0 at half time.

Malwa School, Ludhiana, surged ahead in the 10th minute through Harkamalpreet Singh and Tarandeep Singh sounded the board in the 26th minute to make it 2-0 while Satbir Singh struck two minutes later to increase the lead.

Tarandeep struck again in the 39th minute which enabled Malwa School, Ludhiana, to wrap up the issue 4-0.

In the last mach of the day (u-16), Sangrur beat Spring Dale School, Amritsar, 3-1.

Harpal of Sangrur put his side ahead in the 12th minute while Ramandeep Singh (49th minute) and Parvinder Singh (50th minute) added goals to cement the lead.

The lone goal for Spring Dale School, Amritsar, was scored in the 52nd minute by Satinderjit Singh. 

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Twenty20 teams selected
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 22
The following were selected to represent Punjab in the twenty20 national championship, scheduled to be held at Bhubaneswar from December 26 to 29, on the conclusion of the 10-day coaching camp here.

Senior team: Ranjit Singh, Amritpal Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Kanwalpreet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Navdeep Singh, Harjeet Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Varinder Singh, Chetany Prabhu, Ravi Bajaj, Teenu Singh, Balvinder Singh and Inderjeet Singh. Junior team: Akshay Gill, Paras Ghai, Shallu Rathore, Honey Bhatia, Charanpreet Singh, Vinayak Sharma, Naveen Mishra, Jatinder, Ritesh Tripathi, Harman Singh and Shamsher Singh. 

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Badminton
LBA boys take Punjab to semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 22
Pranav Chopra and Raj Kumar of the Ludhiana Badminton Academy (LBA) helped Punjab enter semifinals in the Junior National Championship (team event) currently being held at Mellore in Andhra Pradesh.

According to a communique received here today, in the quarterfinals, Punjab defeated West Bengal. In singles, Pranav Chopra defeated Shubankar 19-21, 21-11 and 21-16 and in doubles, Pranav Chopra and Raj Kumar got the better of West Bengal pair of Shubankar and Dey in straight sets 21-11, 21-18.

This victory has assured Punjab a bronze medal. In semifinal, Punjab take on hosts Andhra Pradesh.

Rajinder Kalsi, secretary, Punjab Badminton Association, and Ravi Jain, vice-president, LBA, have congratulated the boys and coach Mangat Sharma on their performance. 

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