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Trader prevents unloading of coal for 3rd day
Musclemen try to take possession of wagons
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
A renewed effort by a controversial coal merchant of Assam to infiltrate the coal trade worth nearly Rs 2.50 crore (daily) at the Ludhiana dry port led to violence this morning when his men tried to prevent labourers from unloading coal from the racks.

A group of 40-50 musclemen, led by R.S. Gandhi, the trader concerned, stormed the dry port in Gypsy vehicles bearing temporary numbers and allegedly beat up a transporter, Gurinder Singh Kairon, and threatened the labourers against unloading the coal. Such threats have kept the labourers away for the third day now.

The group also tried to illegally take the possession of wagons, prompting the railways and the police to send heavy force there.

Sources said the focal point police had detained five musclemen in this regard.

The railways has also filed a complaint with the police and the railway protection force, apart from the Coal Merchants Association.

As a fallout of the threats, the unloading of coal, which is transported to most of North India from here, remained suspended for the third consecutive day today, causing problems to neighbhouring states and a loss of lakhs of rupees to traders who pay wharfage at Rs 360 per wagon.

With seven racks, consisting of 40 wagons each, waiting to be unloaded, the local coal merchants would have to pay Rs 24 lakh to the railways.

A meeting was held by the police between the Coal Merchant Association and R.S. Gandhi to find an amicable solution.

Later in the afternoon, the deputy commissioner, Sumer Singh Gurjjar, held a meeting with railway officials and asked them to file a written complaint.

Only last month, the Gandhi group had left the city after its effort to gain entry into the coal trade failed with both groups making serious allegations against each other. Rakesh Kumar, president of the coal association, said they were suffering huge losses due to the illegal methods adopted by R.S. Gandhi.

The Coal Merchants Association and coal traders have lodged the complaint alleging that the accused were demanding money, which they termed as ‘Goonda Tax’, from coal traders. The accused have been booked under Sections 145 and 146 of the Railway Protection Act.



IT Surveys
Assessees surrender Rs 5.30 crore
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Post-surveys, concealed income to the tune of Rs 5.30 crore has been surrendered to the IT department by assessees.

According to sources, Taksons Industries surrendered Rs 90 lakh and V.K. Hosiery Rs 45 lakh. A sum of Rs 70 lakh was surrendered by Tushar Engineers and Rs 35 lakh by Indo Gem. Time Option surrendered Rs 50 lakh.

In case of Range 7, the amount surrendered was Rs 45 lakh by New Castle Hosiery, Rs 35 lakh by Petit Hosiery, Rs 60 lakh by H. Sagar Hosiery, Rs 50 lakh by Palace Jewellers and Rs 50 lakh by Swan Knitwear.

Tax sleuths conducted surveys on as many as 11 premises in several areas, including Ghumar Mandi, which is a major retail market, and Focal Point here yesterday.

Post-surrender of undisclosed income, the parties will be required to bear tax liability on the amount they have declared, say sources.

The department, it being the last quarter of the financial year, is likely to hold more surveys in days to come.

"This is being done through various modes, including door-to-door surveys where our officials visit the premises of an assessee and ask for a few details. It is only in case the department finds that a concealment is likely that the person concerned is asked to come forward on his own. Surveys are imperative to keep a check on tax evasion, which is massive," an official said.



Woman swindler arrested
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 18
Harpreet Kaur of Patiala, a self-styled social activist who had allegedly been duping people and officials on the pretext of getting their work done from the higher authorities, is cooling her heels in lockup at Machhiwara, near here.

She was booked under Sections 7, 3 and 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 420 of the IPC on the statement of Balwinder Singh, a revenue official at the sub-registrar’s office at Machhiwara, yesterday.

She had allegedly taken Rs 6,000 from him and had demanded Rs 25,000 for “entertaining” certain high-ranking officers. Balwinder Singh had earlier been suspended for manipulating records of land worth Rs 7 crore.

Harpreet Kaur was booked and arrested for allegedly extorting money from Balwinder Singh. She had sought the money on the pretext of getting action against him withdrawn.

The perusal of records at the police station revealed that she had called on Balwinder Singh on Wednesday and assured him that no action would be taken against him.

“As Harpreet had told me that she had met the authorities at the commissioner’s office in Patiala regarding the case, I showed her records pertaining to the dispute. After assuring me that I will not be involved in the case, she took me to market and made me pay for the things she bought,” Balwinder Singh told the police, alleging that she had taken Rs 6,000 from him on that day. She told him that she would meet the deputy commissioner, Ludhiana, on Thursday. Balwinder, however, became suspicious when she came to his house yesterday and demanded Rs 25,000 to get the matter hushed up.

“Balwinder informed us about the incident and asked her to wait in his office till he returned with the money. In the meantime, we arrested her,” SHO Randhir Singh said, adding that the money had been recovered from her.

Investigations revealed that Harpreet Kaur admitted to having got a large number of “tedious” cases settled by persuading the authorities concerned in the revenue department.

The police is trying to establish her links on the basis of the calls made by her from her mobile phone.



Torture Case
SSP pulls up cops, orders probe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, has pulled up Sarabha Nagar police officials for illegally detaining and harassing a migrant family at the behest of an influential person who accused them of theft.

Taking note of a Tribune report highlighting the plight of the accused Tikka Ram, the SSP has asked the SP city-I, Sukhchain Singh, to probe the matter and file a report at the earliest.

The SSP reportedly brought up the matter at a meeting of police officials last evening. He asked SHOs to follow the law in letter and spirit.

Tikka Ram’s seven-year-old daughter was accused of stealing Rs 35,000 from a house where she worked as a domestic help. The police had picked up her father and allegedly tortured him for four days. No case was registered against anybody. He got respite only after his family met the DSP of the area, who got him released.



Owner of Waryam Steels summoned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Officials of the central excise commission today resumed investigations in the case of Waryam Steels, suspecting duty evasion to the tune of Rs 4 crore.

Excise teams visited the official and residential premises of Atul Gupta, owner of Waryam Steels, and V.K. Concast, whose bail application was cancelled by additional sessions judge yesterday.

"As the bail is now cancelled, we expect the case to be speeded up," chief commissioner A.K. Mehra said. Gupta has been summoned before the department for further investigations on Monday.

The case of Waryam Steels has been in the limelight for over a month, particularly after the central excise commission, in a rare move, put Gupta under arrest. Officials said trouble began owing to the "non-cooperative attitude" of Gupta, who got himself admitted to hospital after raids were conducted on his companies. He later applied for anticipatory bail.



Root out female foeticide: Chawla
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
Punjab health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla today gave a call for launching a comprehensive mass movement to root out female foeticide from society. She exhorted NGOs and social service organisations to come forward for this noble cause.

She was addressing a seminar on “female foeticide and empowerment of women”, organised by Shaheed Memorial Society to mark “Womens Day” at Ramgarhia Girls College here. Sounding a note of caution over the prevailing trend of killing unborn girls, she said if left unchecked, this imbalance in the sex ratio in the state would lead to serious consequences in times to come.

Chawla said it was unfortunate that the latest machines and equipment, made available to us by the scientists to detect and treat problems during pregnancies, were being misused for pre-natal sex determination and termination of pregnancies in case of a female fetus. “It is all more shameful that Punjab, known as one of the leading states for developmental activities, is sliding down in social and moral values.”

The minister observed that our great saints, gurus and holy books had put the women on a very high pedestal and given them a place of pride. But in the modern times, girls were not only being ill-treated and denied their due place in society; people were going to the extent of snatching their right to be born. She said it was painful that it was the women who were playing a proactive role in the female foeticide.

“It is not the mothers, doctors or midwives who are responsible for the stigma of female foeticide in our society, but it is the perverted mentality. One we change of mind set and sees the brighter side of the girls achieving greater heights in all walks of life, only then we shall be able to rid the society of this menace.”

The health minister felicitated 12 prominent women, who had excelled in their respective fields. These included Rajinder Kaur, deputy director, Information and Public Relations Department, Uma Sharma, district public relations officer, Mohali, Dr Inderjit Kaur, president, Pingalwara Society, Pritpal Kaur, secretary, Punjab School Education Board, Hirdaypal Kaur, director, Youth Services, Punjab, Rupinder Rimpy, Punjabi singer, Dr Neeru Kakkar, Mullanpur, Renuka Nayyar, deputy news editor, Dainik Tribune, Mohinder Kaur, lecturer, Government College for Women, Principal R.K. Aulakh, Poonam Singh and Suraksha Kalra, principal, Deaf and Dumb School, Ludhiana.

Later, Chawla convened a meeting of senior women medical officers from the state and interact with them on implementation of health policies.



MC in spot over waiver
Water, sewage bill rollback
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Putting the local SAD-BJP-run municipal corporation in a tight spot, the Union government has asked it to stop waiving off the water supply and sewage bills to poor residents if it wanted funds under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

A communication in this regard was received by the local body recently. The matter cropped up during the municipal corporation’s core committee meeting today. The members, however, could not reach at any consensus and the issue was kept pending.

The letter states that crores of rupees under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission could only be released if the corporation did not give any sops to residents.

The situation arising out of this communication has put the corporation in a fix.

The water supply and sewerage charged were waived off for those living in houses measuring 125 sq yards in July 2006 during the Congress regime.

The waiving off of the water and sewage charges has been quite an issue since long. The matter was debated by the Opposition at that time more than the ruling party.

Succumbing to pressure, the government had announced that these families would not be levied any such charges.

Now, with the BJP-SAD combine running the local civic body, it seems quite perturbed over the development.

It is failing to understand what to do as the development would affect the urban population that mostly comprises BJP’s vote bank.

This was the only reason the today’s meeting could not decide on the issue.

‘‘We cannot allow the corporation to lose funds under the JNNURM. And at the same time we do not want that the residents have to pay these charges. We are trying to find some middle path if there is one,” said a BJP leader.

The meeting was chaired by Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura. Senior deputy mayor Parvin Bansal, deputy mayor Sunita Rani, Congress councillor Bharat Bhushan Ashu, SAD councillor, Harbhajan Singh Dang, Commissioner Vikas Partap and joint commissioner Ashok Bajaj were present on the occasion.



Hailstorm lashes city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The district experienced hailstorm in the small hours today raising concerns about the extent of damage caused to the crop among farmers even as agriculture experts said the wheat crop was not at risk as it was not in ear formation stage yet.

The hailstorm was experienced at 3.45 a.m. The PAU scientists said if the hailstorm lashes the region during February or March, only then it is detrimental for wheat crops as the grains forming in the ears of crop fall due to hail hitting.

Dr K.K. Gill, agrometerology department, PAU, said the hailstorm was caused due to low maximum temperature that was being recorded at 16 degrees Celsius against a normal temperature of 19 degrees C.

She said the minimum temperature that was more than normal during these days was actually bad for wheat crop. Due to cloudy weather conditions it was being recorded at 10 degrees though it should be 5 degrees during this part of the year.

The hailstorm would in fact benefit the crops as it helped in clearing the sky of clouds. It would also reduce the minimum temperature that was much needed for good yield.



At The Crossroads
Snow at Shimla

In midwinter this season while reading the novel “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway, I am reminded of the snows of Shimla. About 50 years ago, Shimla used to have frequent snowfalls during the months of December, January and February. Sometimes it could be quite heavy, covering the roads with a thick woolly carpet. It was a treat to walk on the freshly-laid snow, pushing down the fluffy layer with the feeling of a path-finder. Later, the pressed down snow turned into a passage, much traveled upon.

I am reminded of my visit to Kufri, in the company of three friends, in February 1957. That was the winter sports week, when skiing on the slopes of snow-covered hills was in the full swing. Walking down all distance from Sanjauli to Kufri was a hilarious experience. Then the steep rise from Dhalli to Kufri made us breathless but the sight was breathtaking. At the top, men, women and children were in a festive mood, throwing balls of snow at each other, rolling down the hilly slopes in gay abandon and then refusing to get up too soon.

Someone among my friends had a pleasant surprise in store for us. He produced a bottle of Rum from a pocket of his overcoat with the sleight of his hand, so as to say. From the other pocket, he fished out a plastic glass. Then the problem that confronted us was to procure water from somewhere. All around there was snow and snow but not a drop of water to drink. Without much ado the method of converting a handful of snow into water by putting it in the glass was devised.

To our surprise we later discovered that others had already invented that method, much ahead of us. It was not merely the stuff that lifted up our spirits, but the sea of humanity surging all around also created the heart-warming illusion of shipwrecked persons stranded on an island. That was “the instant made eternity.”

Now the season has changed in Shimla and the roundabout hills. There is scanty snowfall in Kufri and the trees at the Jakhu hill are seldom seen under a thick blanket of snow. Icy winds may blow now and then but the snow flakes avoid the denuded stretches of slopes, marked with clusters of concrete structures. In the plains people rush indoors when it rains, but in Shimla people come out of their homes when it snows. The more snow, the merrier it is.

But the younger generation is bereft of this luxury these days. At the best, the young persons can enjoy skating at the ice-skating rink. Earlier, ice-forming at the other side of the Rivoli Cinema was more or less a natural phenomenon. But the global warming has taken its toll at this site also.

Blizzards and gales are also now the things of the past. I remember that fortnight, between February 14 and February 28 in 1961, when it snowed continually, mostly at night, accompanied by winds of high velocity. Trees were uprooted, causing damage to electric wires, and water froze in the water pipes. In the morning snow was melted in a cane, placed on the stove, for the purpose of brushing the teeth and washing the face. At night the red-hot coals in the fireplace provided both light and warmth. During the night the snow-laden wooden roof sometimes caused alarm when the sound of the cracking of a beam was heard in utter darkness.

Mostly the mornings were sunny for a short while and in the sunlight icicles hanging down the eves provided the much-needed relief to the heart. Nature’s mysterious working was in tune with the joys and sorrows of life. On the road from Sanjauli to the Ridge, almost 10-foot of snow had accumulated during that period. People trudged on the narrow path that had been cleared from time to time with spades by the workers of the municipal committee. With the low clouds hanging over the head, it appeared as if one was passing through a tunnel of snow turned into ice.

Still it can be said, in the words of William Wordsworth, that - Bliss was it in that age to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!

— N.S. Tasneem



Lok Adalat
Recover interest from sub-postmaster, not customer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
The permanent lok adalat has directed the senior superintendent of post offices, Ludhiana, not to recover the interest paid to one of its customer, with the observation that he was not at fault.

The customer had deposited Rs 12.25 lakh in the MIS, but the limit was only Rs 6 lakh.

The lok adalat held that it was not the fault of the person depositing the money under the MIS. The officer concerned should have apprised the customer about it.

The presiding officer of the lok adalat, C.D. Gupta and its members R.S. Khokar and Nand Lal, however, allowed the department to recover the amount paid in excess to the customer from the sub-postmaster who had allowed the customer to deposit the amount.

Amrik Singh and his wife Kuldeep Kaur had deposited the amount with the sub-postmaster, Dhamot. They had submitted that sub-postmaster Jagdish Singh had told them that the amount would be deposited by opening various accounts for Rs 50,000 each and lower amounts.

The sub-postmaster continued paying the interest amount on these deposits, but later stopped paying the interest saying that the amount of more than Rs 6 lakh could not be deposited. The petitioners were also told that the excess amount had to be withdrawn and the excess amount paid as interest would be deducted from that amount.

After hearing the contentions of both parties, the court held that after June 2007, the post office would pay an interest applicable on the saving account in case of amount above Rs 6 lakh, and instructed that the postal department would not deduct the amount of interest already paid to account holders as they were not at fault.



Kidnapping Case
Case against DFO, 5 others motivated: Court
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, January 18
The registration of a kidnapping case against suspended District Forest Officer R.R. Kakkar and five other officials of the forest department, Punjab, seem to have been registered out of political pressure, a city court observed.

Additional Sessions Judge M.S.Virdi had granted anticipatory bail to Kakkar, Balbir Singh Dhillon, forest range officer, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur’s forest range officer, Kulraj Singh, Ludhiana’s block forest officer, Jarnail Singh, forest guards, Tirath Singh and Harbhj Rai, yesterday. The copy of orders was made available today.

Referring to the former state BJP unit Yuva mocha’s president, Sukhminder Pal Singh, the judge held that since he belongs to the ruling party, the possibility of registration of a false case against the accused (forest department officials) could not be ruled out.

Forest officials were booked on the charges of kidnapping and beating up an employee of Taj Resorts near Mullanpur. The complaint was filed by resort owner Atma Singh.

Referring to role of Atma Singh, the judge held, “After considering the arguments advanced by the Additional Public Prosecutor and the counsel of accused, I find that Atma Singh and Varinder Singh had violated the Forest and Wildlife Protection Act, which was found by the employees of forest department while on patrolling for which an FIR was registered against them.”

Even a criminal complaint filed by the forest department against them was pending in the court of Judicial Magistrate, Randhir Verma. So, I find it a fit case to grant the concession of anticipatory bail to all accused, the judge added.



Drug peddler held, 1.5 kg opium seized
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 18
The Ludhiana (Rural) police has arrested a drug peddler who had been active in this area for the past couple of years. Sleuths of the narcotic cell arrested Santokh Singh of Malai village, Sirsa (Haryana), from near the drain bridge at Dangian village in Ludhiana district yesterday evening. About 1.5 kg of opium was seized from his possession.

According to the SSP Ludhiana (Rural), the accused was arrested after the police received a tip off about the suspect’s movement. Santokh had been peddling drugs and narcotics to farmers and students of the area.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Santokh Singh used to purchase opium from Rajasthan for Rs 40 per kg and sold it here for Rs 60 per kg. The accused had been active in this business for the past many years and it was his fifth trip to the area. The seized consignment was to be distributed among old customers at Kaunke Kalan, Dangian and Rasulpur villages.



Gold goes missing from ring ceremony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Celebrations during the ring ceremony of Paramveer Singh, a Canada-based NRI and owner of Bharat Mechanical Industries, Moga, turned sour when a suitcase containing 300 gm of gold jewellery worth over Rs 3 lakh went missing this afternoon.

Raja Singh, father of Paramveer, said the ceremony was on when they found the jewellery missing.

The police is investigating the matter.



Over 100 attend teachers’ seminar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Guru Hargobind Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sudhar, organised a national seminar on “Teachers education-Challenges ahead”.

B.D. Budhiraja, Dean, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Prof M.C. Sharma, project director, UNESCO, presided.

More than 100 delegates from various colleges of Punjab and neighbouring states participated and over 50 spoke on innovative strategies, ICT, quality management, value dilemma, etc.

The seminar was divided into five sessions and chaired by various college principals.

At the valedictory function, Prof M.C. Sharma, chief guest, addressed the dignitaries.



Divyansh first in paper reading contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
The junior wing of the humanities forum organised a Hindi paper reading contest for students of the primary section at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today.

The function was presided over by principal S.C. Saxena along with primary wing in charge Annu Sehra. The participants spoke on topics like “Vishav Shanti aur Bharat”, “Sakshasta ki Badti Maang” etc as well as topics of moral value as “Shishtachar”, Naitik Shiksha ka Mehatav” etc.

Narinder Walia and Vibha Sharma were the judges. The results are as follows:

Divyansh of Tagore House, Ist, Ashutosh Gupta of Patel House, 2nd; Laghima Arora of Raman House and Abhas Arora of Gandhi House,3rd. Appreciation prize was given to Rupika of Nehru House.



Bhupinder tops in Gandhian studies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
Bhupinder Singh, a superintendent with the Central Excise Department, has stood first in MA in Gandhian and peace studies for the session 2006-07.

Panjab University bestowed a gold medal on him at its annual convocation held on Wednesday.



Angina common in industrial hub, says PU study
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 18
A study conducted by experts from the department of biophysics, Panjab University, and those from the department of community medicine, PGIMER, in collaboration with the Cancer Institute, Wayne State University at Detroit has revealed higher prevalence of angina (chest pain) and cardiovascular disease among people living in this industrial town.

The study that was published in a journal on environmental research and public health states that those living in Mandi Gobindgarh were more prone to cardiovascular diseases as compared to those living in non-industrial towns. Door-to-door surveys and an ambient air quality data collected over a period of 10 months found similarity between air pollution and chronic respiratory disease.

The experts also discovered that the air pollution had a negative effect on the psychological health of the people as cases of depression and elevation were more in Mandi Gobindgarh then Morinda, a non-industrial town. The female population showed marginally higher symptoms than the male one.

The average PM10 (particulate matter) levels in Morinda were recorded at 99.54µg/m3 and in Mandi Gobindgarh the same was recorded at 161.20µg/m3. As per the permitted levels the PM10 should not exceed 50µg/m3. The study also found that pollution levels increased with the onset of winters and declined with the onset of summer.

According to the experts, 18 per cent of the population in Morinda was found to be suffering from some kind of cardiovascular disease as compared to Mandi Gobindgarh where it was 40 per cent.

There is a similarity between increased cardiovascular diseases and the presence of pollutants in the air.

They stated that there was a need of further study in this direction and the data thus collected could be of great global importance.



New dialysis wing opened
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
A new dialysis wing with latest machines and equipment was made operational at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital here today. The new facility was formally inaugurated by chairman of Punjab Mandi Board Ajmer Singh Lakhowal.

Lakhowal stressed on the need for providing modern medical facilities to the people, especially weaker sections of society at affordable cost.

On arrival to the hospital, the chief guest was received by Bakshi Mohinder Singh, president of the hospital trust, and apprised him of the modern medical facilities available at the hospital. Students of Guru Teg Bahadur Nursing Institute recited a “shabad” from the Gurbani. Dr Neelam Sodhi read out the welcome address and focused on the history, performance and progress of the hospital.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were Joginder Singh Makkar, Inder Singh Chawla, Balbir Singh, Parupkar Singh, Joginder Singh Eros, Surinder Singh Bindra, Harbhajan Singh, Lt Col M.S Kang, administrator, Surinder Kaur Ahuja, nursing superintendent and Shailender Maru.



Seminar on blood component therapy
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 18
Experts from the field of transfusion medicine deliberated on emerging trends in blood transfusion at a seminar on “Blood Component Therapy during Deliveries”, at SPS Apollo Hospitals here yesterday.

Dr Hitish Narang spoke on blood component therapy in obstetric hemorrhage. Average blood loss was approximately 500 cc during the vaginal delivery and about 1,000 cc during the cesarean ones. Excessive blood loss or “postpartum hemorrhage” leads to complication during 4 per cent vaginal deliveries and 6 to 7 per cent during cesarean sections.

Dr Vaneet Kaur, gynecologist, said uterine atony (loss of uterine muscle tone), vaginal or cervical tears, retained fragments of placenta, placenta previa and uterine rupture were the main reasons behind hemorrhage during delivery.



Amritsar win by 35 runs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 18
Fine batting by Tarun Passi (50 not out) and Geetansh Khera went in vain as hosts Ludhiana lost to Amritsar by 35 runs in the inaugural match of the Punjab State Inter-District Senior F C Mittal Cricket Tournament held at the PAU here today.

The match was curtailed to 40 overs each side as the outfield was not conducive for play following the overnight rain.

Ludhiana won the toss and invited Amritsar to bat first. The visitors made 213 runs for the loss of six wickets with the main contributions coming through Sandeep Sawal, Chander Madan and Rahul Mattoo.

Sandeep remained unconquered on 48 runs while Chander Madan and Rahul chipped in with 37 and 35 runs, respectively.

Mayank Sharma, too, played a valuable innings of 33 runs.

For Ludhiana, Sunny was the most successful bowler, claiming two wickets for 31 runs.

Gagandeep Singh Toor and Gagandeep Dhand scalped one wicket each for 34 runs while Karan Goel grabbed a wicket for 44 runs.

In reply, Ludhiana could muster 178 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.

They were cruising well towards the target (140 for 5 after 32 overs) when Tarun Passi was hit on the face with a rising delivery from Amritsar pacer Bharat Loomba and had to retire.

Ludhiana batsmen could collect only 38 runs in the remaining eight overs, falling short of the target by 36 runs.

Other notable scorers were Geetansh Khera (30), Karan Goel (23) and Gagandeep Toor 21 n.o.

For Amritsar, Charanjit took two wickets for 22 runs while Tarun Sharma, Bharat Loomba and Sumit Sharma shared a wicket each.



Gujjarwal games begin with cart race
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 18
A bullock cart race was held on the opening day of Gujjarwal rural sports festival here today.

Owners were seen pushing the stamina of their oxen to the optimum to check if they were fit to enter the ox race at the Kila Raipur sports festival later.

"We make them run twice a day on barren land adjacent to our village. The Gujjarwal sports festival is a good platform where we can judge the ability of an ox. Here they face serious competition,” said Chattar Singh, who owns three bullocks.

Jockey Jassa Singh, who owns two bullock carts said: "To keep an ox as pet is a costly affair. We give them a healthy diet enriched with protein, mostly containing pulses and ghee to keep them in shape."

Another owner Gurcharan Singh said: "It's our hobby to invest in animals for races. Both my father and grandfather participated in bullock-cart races. It's all about name and fame. Consideration for money comes later."

The owners spend a handsome amount grooming animals, at times Rs 7,000 per month.The best timing in bullock-cart race so far has been 22.77 seconds."

The Gujjarwal games score over Kila Raipur games in one aspect-horse race.



PAU trounce Gurukul 2-1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 18
Hosts Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, survived a few anxious moments before emerging winners against Gurukul University,Haridwar, 2-1 during the North Zone Inter-Varisty Hockey Tournament for Men being played at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Pavninder Singh put PAU into the lead in the very second minute of the encounter. He increased the lead in the 31st minute while Rajinder of Gurukul University reduced the margin in the 58th minute.

In another match, Panjab University, Chandigarh, got the better of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi 4-1.

For the winners, Sukhpreet Singh scored a brace while Gurminder Singh and Jagjit Singh chipped in with one goal each. The lone goal for the losers came off K.Jayanta's stick.

In the third match, Kurukshetra University had to toil hard to outplay Punjabi University, Patiala, 2-1. Jatinder Singh and Rhit Kumar found the target for Kurukshetra University while Amrik Singh scored for Punjabi University.

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, faced a little resistance from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, whom they trounced 8-1.

Jujhar Singh scored four goals while Lakhwinder Singh, Sukhmander Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Ajay Kumar contributed one goal each. Ram Singh was the lone scorer for the losers.



JCT take on VIVA today
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, January 18
VIVA, Kerala, face a daunting task when they take on JCT, Phagwara, the premier soccer outfit of North India, in the 12th round match in the ongoing ONGC I Football League slated to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here tomorrow.

In the eariler match played against VIVA on December 29 in Kerala, JCT romped home victorious 2-0.

VIVA, Kerala, are placed at the seventh position with 12 points that include three wins, five losses and three draws from 11 matches while JCT are maintaining the second slot intact with 22 points that include six victories, four draws and a defeat.

VIVA coach Sreedharan A.M. said they would have a tough time against JCT on their home ground. “JCT have always been a tough team to play against, especially on their home ground. They are almost unbeatable,” he said.

In the current season, JCT was in great form and “we would have a tough time playing against them as they made us struggle at our own home ground last month. However, we will put in our best tomorrow in order to register a win as we need more points to improve the position in the points table,” he said.

Meanwhile, JCT coach Sukhwinder Singh said they were preparing hard for the match. “While VIVA does not hold a good position at the points table, but on a particular day any team could win and moreover, Anwar, Baljit Singh and the regular goal keeper Karamjeet are not fit,” he said.



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