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PAU staff spit anger on govt
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Members of the Confederation of PAU Pensioners, the PAU Employees Union, the PAU Fourth Class Workers’ Union and the PAU Teachers’ Association today held a rally in front of Thapar Hall to protest against the non-release of pensions from the past three months.

Addressing the gathering, speakers pointed out that in the absence of pension, which is the sole source of livelihood for many retired PAU employees, they were being forced to lead lives full of hardships. According to confederation president I.K. Garg, approximately 2,600 retirees of the varsity were living at the mercy of others. The worst affected, he said, were retired class IV employees and family pensioners.

The members stated that the repeated attempts to approach the higher authorities to seek pensions had failed with the authorities only making false promises without taking concrete action to further their cause.

N.K. Pillai, general secretary of the confederation, said it was shameful on the part of the varsity as well as the state government to allow retired employees to face hardships caused by withholding of pensions. “Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, have assured us that our pensions would he released soon. It has been one month since the declaration. There is no sign of pension so far"

Pillai said, "Every day has become a nightmare for retirees who have to struggle to pay their bills. As they borrow money from people to live their routine lives, debts are mounting with each passing day and the state government is least concerned. It seems they are waiting for a disaster.”

PAUTA secretary Dr Mukesh Saig said, “I met the Chief Minister on January 25 and the CM assured me that funds would be released for the grant of pensions, but so far there has been no news of any such grant". This, he said, puts a question mark on the credibility of the state government.

PAU Employees Union president Harbans Singh Mundi pointed out that the release of pension was the priority for non-teaching employees of the varsity as well.

He expressed displeasure at the delay in release of funds for pension, which, he said, was a committed liability of the state government and the responsibility the government could not shy away from.

The rally was addressed among others by M.R. Passi, treasurer of the Confederation of PAU Pensioners Dr S.P.S. Madan, K.S. Thukral and Avinash Sharma. The gathering also condoled the demise of PAU Employees Union general secretary Avinash Sharma’s younger son Vinay Sharma and retired professor, Department of Soils, Dr. P.R. Gajri. The members observed one-minute silence as a mark of respect for the deceased.



MC puts off tenders indefinitely
Contractors allege favouritism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Amid allegations of irregularities, the municipal corporation today postponed tenders for public works worth Rs 1.44 crore for an indefinite period.

Wire supply put on hold too

The Municipal Corporation today put on hold the supply of steel rope wire worth Rs 4 lakh when an inspection team from the civic body found substandard quality of material.

The inspection team comprised senior deputy mayor Parveen Bansal, leader of opposition in MC house Prem Mittal, SAD leader Harbhajan Dang and XEN A.K. Gupta. While the XEN said the rope wire used in sewer cleaning machines was having stickers of different companies while the tender was allotted to a specific company, highly placed sources said the inspection team was not satisfied with the quality.

The tenders for filling earth worth Rs 56 lakh and constructing platforms and sheds for city bus service worth Rs 88 lakh were to be allotted today, but contractors raised a hue and cry, saying the estimates had been tailored to suit a friend of a senior MC functionary.

Angry contractors called up commissioner Vikas Partap, who was in Chandigarh, and he ordered the postponing of the tenders.

The tenders were to be opened in the morning. Suddenly, the contractors began alleging that the MC functionaries wanted to allot the tenders to a particular contractor,already allotted another public work related to lifting of garbage.

They alleged that the estimates were prepared in such a way so as to suit the requirement of this contractor.

Parvin Bansal, senior deputy mayor, said he did not know what had transpired, but would scrutinise the estimates and if any irregularities were found, strict action would be taken against the employees concerned.

‘‘We do not want any such allegations to surface and bring a bad name to the civic body. Moreover, we cannot compromise on quality of work ,’’ said Bansal.

Pran Nath Bhatia, a former councillor, said the tenders that were opened on February 13 went to the contractor for a loss of 40 per cent. He said the losses would rise to 70 per cent, including office costs. 



‘Poor crorepati’ murder case shut after 5 months
FIR lodged against three relatives cancelled
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
The city police has closed the sensational "poor crorepati" murder case in which an over 70-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house near Bharat Nagar Chowk on the September 19 morning last year.

Division No 5 police station officials concluded in the investigation that the man, Kuldip Singh, was not murdered even though mystery still remains on how animal bites were found on his ankles, hands, besides pierced eyes.

The police has cancelled the murder FIR lodged against three relatives, including a woman, for the alleged murder of the aged man. One of the accused was a swimming coach posted with MC swimming pool.

Though the aged man lived in an old house in humble condition, he was owner of vast property as the house was located on the prime land. This was taken as the possible motive for land grabbers or relatives to kill him. Thus, the case earned the tag of murder of a poor crorepati.

SHO Division No 5 Shawinder Singh said the chemical examination report had already said the man had died a natural death.

The police investigation also corroborated that no murder had taken place. The FIR would be finally cancelled on the orders of a local court where the police would put the file.

The post-mortem examination had created quite a stir by announcing that the strange wounds found on his body were animal bites. There were reports before that it could be case of tantrik killing as alleged by Pritam Kaur, a sister of the deceased.

The police is still baffled on how the wounds were caused. The chemical examination report and the post-mortem report said the man had died few hours before his death was noticed. It is usually after several hours of death that animals start feeding the body.

Moreover, the body was not lying abandoned as the sister of the deceased lived in the same house.

SHO Shawinder Singh said the police had gone by the scientific report of the doctors that said the man had died a natural death. He said the wounds were intriguing but at the same time they were not deep enough to cause death or signify some torture. 



Cops have no mercy for 108-year-old man
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
In the ripe age of 108 years, this man is forced to make rounds of the police department seeking to reclaim his 20 marlas of land allegedly illegally occupied by a nephew in Hussainipur village in the district.

Walking with great difficulty with the help of a raw stick, the aged man, Sohan Singh of Lakhowal village, told Ludhiana Tribune in the corridors of the police station that he made umpteen requests to cops to help him but no one was listening.

The man narrating his tale in bits and pieces owing to problem of communication and short of memory said the police officials often sent him towards lower rank cops asking them to understand what he was saying.

The cops noted his complaint assuring him that action would be taken.

"I have no papers with me. I have been working as a sewadar in various gurdwaras, including the Dukhniwaran Sahib Gurdwara. I belong to Lahore. After migration from Pakistan, I was allotted land in Hussainipur village. But I could not cultivate it"

He said he had spent all his lives doing sewa in gurdwaras but now he cannot do any work in this age. He said he looked towards his land but his nephew has occupied it.



Escape By Undertrials
Advocates: Extend remand in jails
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, Feburary 22
Increasing incidents of undertrials fleeing from court complexes and during transit from jail to courts has highlighted the need for taking preventive measures. One such step could be introducing video-conferencing or deputing judicial magistrates to visit jails periodically to extend the remand of undertrials.

The Ludhiana police is facing an acute shortage of police personnel to guard the undertrials.

Their failure to handcuff the undertrials, as directed by the Supreme Court, and the leniancy of the police towards the undertrials, due to extraneous reasons, often helps the undertrials to escape.

Recently, eight members of the notorious Bangala tribe, fled during transit from court to the jail in Ludhiana.They were facing serious charges of murder and looting.

In Ludhiana, as many as 30 undertrials made their escape last year. The number is nine so far this year.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice, Vijender Jain, has chalked out a strategy to deal with the problem.

Reliable sources said the court has selected two districts in Punjab and Haryana on an experimental basis-Jalandhar in Punjab and Gurgaon in Haryana- to test the success of the new system.

The court has directed the distict and sessions judge, Jalandhar, to ask judicial magistrates to visit the jail periodically and extend remand of undertrials there itself.

President of the District Bar Association Parupkar Singh Ghumman says the presence of undertrials could be marked through video-conferencing.

He said due to shortage of policemen, often the undertrials were not produced for months in the courts.

District attorney Mitter Sain Goyal said there was an urgent need to introduce this system in the city. A senior police official, who did not want to be quoted, admitted shortage of personnel guarding the undertrials. 



Factory blast claims 3 lives
n It’s due to blockage in gas pipe, says owner
n Caused from a bomb in scrap, claim kin
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 22
Three persons were killed in a blast yesterday in Prem Steel & Metals Ltd, Amloh Road, here when a factory worker Chander Sekhar (40), resident of Adamgarh (Uttar Pradesh)was cutting the scrap with the help of a gas cutter and the blast took place. It was so severe that truck Driver Bakhsish Singh of Salani village and a worker Surat Singh (40) of Machhrai Khurd village, who were standing nearby, were also killed.

DC Fatehgarh Sahib Ashok Kumar Singla, district police chief Kaustab Sharma, SP Shamsher Singh Boparai, SDM Manish Kumar and SHO Sikhjeet Singh Virk reached the site immediately. According to Singla, an enquiry was ordered to SDM, Amloh, who will submit his report within a week. According to police sources, a case has been registered on the statement of mill supervisor Ram Surinder and after the enquiry report, the police will go ahead with the case.

The SDM said the enquiry would be completed within a week. He would look into the matter whether the factory had adopted safety measures prescribed by the rules or not. He has recorded the statement of six factory men. According to mill owner, the blast has been caused due to the blockage in gas pipe but Bant Singh and the relatives of victims are not convinced with this opinion and they doubt that the blast had been caused from a bomb in the scrap.

People of the area blocked the traffic on Amloh-Mandi Gobindgarh for some time which was restored after the assurance of SP Fatehgarh Sahib.

The post-mortem examination of the victims in Civil Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, could not be completed till 3 pm today. People of Salani village raised slogans against the mill owner and the police and demanded registration of case against the mill owners.



Youth robbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Two robbers snatched a bag containing Rs 11,000 from an employee of Ganesh Floride Company at knife point in Rakh Bagh, considered a secure area.
The employee, Pintu Singh, was robbed at 9.30 am when he was on way to the State Bank of India, Fountain Chowk, for depositing the cash.The robbers, on a motorcycle, fled before the youh could raise an alarm.



Avtar, Randhir top best breed contest 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Avtar Singh from Harnek dairy farm(Lapranwaley) won the first and the second prizes, respectively, with his murrah breed in the best breed contest for buffaloes during the mega dairy show organised by the Progressive Dairy Farmers Association at Baddowal village near here yesterday.

The first prize for the murrah buffalo was Rs 11,000 and the second prize consisted of Rs 9,000 cash. Bobby from Gurma village won the third prize in the contest which consisted of Rs 7,000 cash.

The animal fair features leading dairy farmers from all over the state. Dr Paramjit Singh from the Animal Husbandry department said "during the fair, different teams of doctors provide medical advice to the dairy farmers, besides providing technical expertise for organising and judging the show. The organisers distributed prizes worth approximately Rs 15 lakh.

Randhir Singh from Rode Moga village won the best breed contest with his jersey in the cows category. Sukhmandar Singh with his Neeli Ravi, also from the same village, was second. Rajinder Singh Gill from Jharshaad village won the contest in the HF cows category.

Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for animal husbandry, fishery, dairy development and sports, said a new college dedicated to development of different services for the dairy animal care would be set up at Guru Angad Veterinary and Animal Sciences University at a cost of Rs 5 crores shortly.



IT men expect to recover Rs 25 cr income
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
An undisclosed income of more than Rs 25 crore is expected to be unearthed from the raids that were conducted by the Direct Investigation (DI) wing of the Income Tax Department here on Thursday.

According to sources, heavy concealment of income has been detected from a real estate firm and several other firms that conducted transactions with it. The amount of this income is more than Rs 25 crore, said sources.

Meanwhile, it is also learnt that cash and jewellery worth more than Rs 1.5 crore has been detected so far from the investigations.



Officials check evasion of tax
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Tax officials here today conducted door-to-door investigations on dealers in Civil Lines, Pakhowal Road and Gill Road to check Value Added Tax (VAT) evasions.

The officials checked bill books of the dealers and even put their signature so as to counter check the details and even keep a tab on future transactions of these outlets.



Brothers held for thefts
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 22
The local police has nabbed two brothers who had been booked under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC for allegedly stealing household goods and valuables from various houses and government veterinary hospital during last month. Goods worth Rs 2 lakh were recovered from their possession.

A police party from the Sibia Road nabbed Bhagwan Singh Bhanni and Swaran Singh Gauri of Katcha Kila area last evening. At least five theft cases had been registered against them during last month. All the thefts were committed on nights.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects belonged to a noble, middle class family. Despite being fairly educated they could not get a job and ultimately conspired to make money by selling stolen articles. 



Seminar on customer relations tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
The Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) will organise a one-day national seminar on customer relationship management in banking and insurance sector in collaboration with the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, on February 24.

This will be an event where people from the industry and academics will get together to discuss various issues relating to customer relations.

Dr M.S. Kang, VC of the Punjab Agricultural University, would be the chief guest. 



Budget Expectations
Textile industry wants cheap loans
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Small and medium scale textile enterprises here are hoping that in this union budget, finance minister P. Chidambram would come out with ways to provide easy and cheap finance to these units.

This industry also wants that Technological Upgradation Fund (TUF) should be extended to used machines and the import duty on machines be reduced to zero.

Feeling discriminated against large corporate units in the textile industry, they say high cost of finance, currently hovering around 14.5 per cent, is on a much higher side and it needs to be brought down to around 10 per cent.

“In wake of stiffening global competition, the need for easy finance for textile industry cannot be undermined. While large companies manage to bargain and are able to get finance at even lower than 10 per cent, for small units the cost is much higher. The finance minister, in this budget, should provide a level playing field so that we are able to perform well”, said Vinod K. Thapar, president of Knitwear Club.



Multiplex bags award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Waves Multiplex, a chain of cinema halls from the Rs 2,500 crore Chadha Group, has bagged an international award 'Visual Merchandising and Retail Design'.

A company spokesperson here today said that the award had been conferred on the multiplex for its overall appearance and maintenance. More than 10 contenders from India were shortlisted for the award, the spokesperson added.

"By offering a wide video screen, a cafeteria and platinum lunges wherein viewers can enjoy facilities like food, call button or any assistance and comfortable seating, we intend to change movie viewing experience," said Manpreet Singh Chadha, owner of the Chadha group.



Kamaljit wins teaching-aid contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Kamaljeet Kaur (Malwa Central College of Education) won the Panjab University, zonal skill-in-teaching and teaching-aid-preparation competition for Zone-B organised at GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sudhar (Ludhiana), yesterday. She won the contest in the Teaching of Science category.

Amulpreet Kaur (DM College of Education, Moga) and Kuldeep Kaur (Bhuta College of Education, Ludhiana) were second and third, respectively.

Amandeep Singh (Bhuta College of Education, Ludhiana) won the teaching-aid-preparation contest in another category. The second and third places were bagged, respectively, by Manisha Jam (Malwa Central College of Education) and Suman Sharma (GHG Khalsa College).

Chetna Jethi (Malwa Central College of Education) won the skill in teaching of mathematics contest. Arvinder Kaur (DM College of Education, Moga) and Preetkamal (Bhuta College of Education) were second and third, respectively.

The top three winners in the teaching-aid-preparation of a special category included Silki Maini (Malwa Central College of Education), Sarabjit (Bhuta College of Education) and Ravinder Kumar (AS College of Education, Khanna). The skill-in-teaching of Physical Education contest winners included Radhika (GGS Khalsa College of Education, Kamalpura), Kiran Dhillon (GHG Khalsa College of Education) and Shweta (Malwa Central College). The last contest was won by Kulwant Singh (GHG Khalsa College) Kuldeep Kaur (Satyam College of Education, Moga) and Sukhjinder Singh (Tagore College of Education, Moga).



Budget Expectations
1,000 take part in campus interviews
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology(GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here organised joint campus interviews for MBA/MCA/BBA/BCA students. More than 1,000 students registered themselves for the first day of joint campus session.

Companies that joined the placement drive are Centurion Bank of Punjab, HDFC Bank, Assure Corporate Solutions, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Standard Life, Met Life, Birla Sunlife, Tata Teleservices, Danik Jagran, Ad Factory, India Bulls, FCS Software Solutions, Arcient Technologies, ICICI Prudential, Aspire, WNS, Reliance BPO, Max New York, Zenpact, Magus, Intellinet.

Students from GGNIMT Ludhiana, CMTR Kharar, Lovely Institutes, PCTE Baddowal, Khalsa College, Ludhiana, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar appeared for the interviews.

Ritesh Singla, a representative, GNIMT, informed the mediapersons that results of various interviews and information about further rounds will be conveyed on Monday.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, director, GNIMT, said the response of industry had been encouraging. He added that a strong liaison with industry was must for the success of business schools. In an endeavour to produce professionals as per the requirements of the industry, industrial visits, seminars and workshops are organised regularly.

Play staged: Directorate of Student’s Welfare and department of entomology organised a cultural evening as a part of the series of activities planned to observe the birth centenary of Dr M.S.Randhawa, former PAU vice-chancellor. The cultural evening had a variety of events such as presentation of panorama showing Punjabi culture, including jaago, a slide show, poetry and a one-act play entitled, “Bus hun hor nahin”. Dr Manjit Singh Kang, PAU vice-chancellor, admired the play that showcased the atrocities being meted out to women adding that cultural shows provide opportunities to project the essence of culture. After lighting the inaugural lamp in front of the portrait of Dr Randhawa, Dr Kang, Dr Neeta D.Kang, Dr P.S.Minhas, Dr M.S.Aulakh and Dr D.S.Brar offered floral tribute to Dr Randhawa. Dr Gurdev Singh Sandhu, a former professor of entomology, rendered a poem specially composed on the life and achievements of Dr Randhawa.

Farewell party: The students Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a farewell party to bid adieu to the students of Class XII. A DJ party was also organised. Students of Class XII shared their experiences with the juniors. They presented flowers to the principal, headmistress, management members and teachers.

Sweet notes: Ryan International School, Ludhiana, echoed with the sweet notes of flute played by the ace flautist of the country, Pandit Ronu Mazumdar, here today. He was accompanied by Sudhir Pandey on Tabla. Sudhir Pandey’s passion for music was so irresistible that he gave up his career as an IAS officer. Pandit Ronu Mazumdar is known for his versatility with the artistic medium and is an inspiration to his numerous followers. He has created an enviable niche for himself in the field of contemporary popular music which is exemplified by his Grammy Nomination in 1996.



Dr Ambedkar Hall opened
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 22
The centre of excellence scheme, for modernising the industrial training institutes in the state, launched by the Punjab government has received overwhelming response from rural youths. The technical education department has recruited over 500 instructors for training people in those trades that had earlier been closed.

This was claimed by chief parliamentary secretary, department of technical education Bikramjit Singh Khalsa after inaugurating Dr Ambedkar Hall at Amarpura Mohalla here today. The inaugural function, organised by the Doctor Ambedkar Social Welfare Society, was presided over by former minister Abdul Gaffar.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Khalsa claimed that response was more encouraging among the dalit youths, who in absence of other sources of income, had made up their minds to start their own ventures after being trained from various skill centers. “Opening of new skill centres and upgrading of the existing technical institutes has encouraged youths to acquire quality education in the industrial and technological fields,” the minister claimed. Khalsa announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for renovation of the hall.

Former minister for education Abdul Gaffar claimed that short-term courses would help the unemployed youth take up self-employment projects.

Pyara Singh, president, Ram Singh Dhillon, general secretary, Kuldip Singh Karwal, general secretary, SAD (youth wing) and Kishori Lal Badhan, former president, municipal council, were present on the occasion.



Young lawyers association formed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 22
The young city lawyers have constituted an association named Young Lawyers Welfare Association under the patronage of the member of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Harpreet Singh Garcha. Sanjeev Malhotra has been elected as the chairman of the association.

President of the association, Shaiwal Gupta, vice-presidents- Rana Harjasdeep Singh, Parvinder Singh Pari and Sanjeev Sharma, general secretary S.K. Sharma, finance secretary Mandeep Singh, secretaries- Rohit Gupta and N.S. Rana, joint secretary Navita Sharma, press advisor R.K. Arora and executive members- Gagandeep Saini and Dinesh Pure were chosen unanimously. 



Leucoderma curable, says expert 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 22
SPS Apollo Hospital organsied a special leucoderma awareness and check-up camp in the department of dermatology here yesterday. A team of consultants, led by Dr Jastinder K. Gill, consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist, examined nearly 60 patients while also educating them about the causes and treatment of the skin disorder.

Interacting with the patients, Dr Gill said leucoderma was a disorder of the pigment cells of skin and hair. The disease, appearing in the form of white patches, affected around one to two percent of the world population.

She made it clear that leucoderma was not an infectious disease and the patient could not pass it on to others through physical contact.

Claiming that leucoderma was curable, Dr Gill said several different treatment options were available, depending on the number of white patches. The goal of treatment was to stop the pigment loss and then to bring back the colour to the area. 



Technique of hair transplant introduced
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 22
The department of dermatology at DMCH here has introduced latest technique of hair transplant for the benefit of those suffering from hair loss or baldness caused due to different factors.

Amrit Nagpal, Gian Chand Dhawan, both vice presidents, and Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary of DMCH managing society, formally inaugurated the facility.

Focusing on the new technique of hair transplant, Dr Alka Dogra, professor and head of the department of dermatology, said this procedure was advancement over conventional strip technique. This method was better as it involved no sutures, no visible scarring in the donor area and the results were perfectly natural.

Dr Aman Dua, assistant professor in dermatology, said the technique for hair transplantation was the only permanent and natural way of hair restoration in male pattern baldness. The technique was equally effective in females and eyebrow hair loss due to trauma or burns.

Depending on the area to be treated, the number of sittings were calculated and planned. The surgery involved multiple sittings, each lasting around 6-8 hours. The procedure was carried out under local anesthesia with the patient remaining awake throughout.

The full results were seen after 6- 8 months when the re-growth occurred. 



Sports Meet
Vishal adjudged best player
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Vishal was adjudged the best player in the annual sports meet of Lord’s Divine Public School, Noorwala Road, Ludhiana, held today. A large number of students competed in various events, including fun games. Principal H.C. Gupta distributed prizes to the winners.

Results: Nursery: 25m race: 1 Gagandeep, 2 Abhishek and 3 Sadgi; banana race: 1 Abhishek, 2 Gagandeep and 3 Sadgi; hurdles race: 1 Gagandeep, 2 Abhishek and 3 Inderpreet.

LKG: 25m race: 1 Harjot, 2 Sanjeev and 3 Manik; banana race: 1 Sanjeev, 2 Rishika and 3 Hitik; hurdles race: 1 Harjot, 2 Hitik and 3 Rishika; frog race: 1 Harjot, 2 Sneha and 3 Rishika.

UKG: 25m: 1 Varun, 2 Komal and 3 Pankaj; banana race: 1 Varun, 2 Anish and 3 Manmeet; hurdles race: 1 Varun, 2 Anish and 3 Vanishka; frog race: 1 Divyansha, 2 Varun and 3 Anish.

Class I and II: 100m: 1 Anmol Patial, 2 Ritik and 3 Shreyansh; 50m: 1 Anmol Patial, 2 Nitu and 3 Parbhat; back race: 1 Anmol Patial, 2 Kashish and 3 Rajat; hurdles race: 1 Anmol Patial, 2 Shubham and 3 Angad; potato race: 1 Karan, 2 Anmol Dhir and 3 Gargi.

Class III and IV: 100m: 1 Monu, 2 Magandeep and 3 Vishal; 200m: 1 Monu, 2 Vishal and 3 Mukesh; back race: 1 Mukesh, 2 Vishal and 3 Harshdeep; hurdles race: 1 Monu, 2 Vishal and 3 Magandeep; rope skipping race: 1 Harmeet, 2 Taranpreet and 3 Radhika; banana race: 1 Vishal, 2 Anand and 3 Mukesh.

Class V and VI: 100m: 1 Sajanjeet, 2 Gagandeep and 3 Shivam; 200m: 1 Sajanjeet, 2 Jagmeet and 3 Gagandeep; rope skipping race: 1 Sonia, 2 Kriti; hurdles race: 1 Sajanjeet, 2 Shivam and 3 Dinesh; potato race: 1 Jagmeet, 2 Abhishek Sharma and 3 Shivam; banana race: 1 Sajanjeet, 2 Vivek Jaswal and 3 Sahil.



First Indian Grand Prix Athletics Meet
Basant Bahadur sets new national record
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, February 22
The first Indian Grand Prix Athletics Meet concluded at the NIS synthetic track yesterday. Basant Bahadur’s new national record in the 50km walk was the highlight of the one-day meet, which assumed all the more significance because of its proximity to the Beijing Olympics.

The 16-card meet, which according to the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) was a platform for Olympic aspirants, opened with a bang with Basant Bahadur of SSCB creating ripples by shattering the old record in 50km walk for men. The steady Basant Bahadur did not put a step wrong and claimed the gold by clocking 4 hours 10 minutes and 22 seconds.

The Services walker eclipsed the old record of 4:16.22 seconds standing in the name of Gurdev Singh of Hyderabad, which was created in 2005.



JCT take on Salgaocar SC today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
In their last league fixture of the ONGC-I Football League slated to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium here tomorrow, last year's runners up JCT, Phagwara will clash swords with Salgaocar SC of Goa.

JCT at the end of the 17th round have 30 points and are placed at third spot after the two Goans outfits, Dempo SC and Churchill Bors, occupying the top two slots with 33 points each. The visitors, with just one win in their kitty and eight draws have accumulated 11 points are struggling at the last position and facing the relegation.

Earlier, in the ninth round match of the current league, played on January 3 at Goa, the sides were tied at 3 all. The home side start favourites in the match to be played on Saturday and set to secure full three points to maintain their standing at points table.

Both teams had strenuous practice sessions today at the match venue. An exciting encounter is expected on Saturday.



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