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Public glare on campus security
GNE College puts off exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The principal of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Dr M.S.Maini, has appointed a four-member committee comprising Dr Sehajpal Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Akshay Girdhar and S.S. Gill to inquire into the killing of a college student and suggest measures so that such incidents do not recur.

"The cremation of Rajdeep Singh will be held at Kohli Kalan village tomorrow. Practical exams scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed ", said Dr Saini.

Tarsem Bahia former senate and syndicate member, Panjab University, Chandigarh, condemned the killing as a "gory incident" and said the guilty must not be spared.

"The authorities need to arrange for more security at college/university campuses.The virus of violence is spreading among students," he said.

Of late, there have been a series of bloody brawls in city’s educational institutions. "I have become very concerned about what my son does at college. I ask him about his friends and their activities. Life styles have changed and I have become extra cautious," said Neha Rani, a housewife.

Often minor brawls turn ugly. In February this year, a number of students were rusticated from GADVASU following a scuffle. On April 21, PAU saw a bloody clash in which at least two students were seriously injured.

Ramanjit Kaur, a BA II student, said: "a section of my classmates, particularly those from wealthy families, are more interested in showing their money power. They come in big cars, carrying with them the latest gadgets. The college authorities do little to keep a watch on their activities.”



At last, veggies go cheap
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
After a long period of continual rise, prices of vegetables have finally begun looking down. The last one week has recorded a decline of 10 per cent to 20 per cent in prices as local supplies have improved while the demand is relatively decreased, said traders.

Residents can hope for better days ahead as the downward trend is expected to continue for the coming few weeks.

Potato that was priced in wholesale markets at Rs 5 to Rs 6 per kg a week ago is now available for Rs 4 to Rs 5 a kg, while Re 1 decline has been recorded in the price of onions, currently available for Rs 5 per kg.

Similarly, the rate of cabbage has reduced from Rs 4-5 per kg to Rs 3, of garlic from Rs 20-22 to Rs 15 per kg, cauliflower from Rs 13-14 to Rs 10-11, lemons from Rs 22-25 to Rs 15-18 per kg and bottlegourd from Rs 4-5 to Rs 3-4 per kg.

A couple of vegetables, imported from other states, recorded an increase. These include ginger the price of which has increased from Rs 40-45 per kilogram to Rs 55 per kilogram and green peas from Rs 15-17 to Rs 20-22 kilogram.

In the retail market, potatoes are available for around Rs 7-8 per kilogram, onion Rs 6 per kilogram, cauliflower Rs 18-20 per kilogram, gourd Rs 8-10 per kilo and tomatoes Rs 8-10 per kilogram. Retail prices are 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher than wholesale markets.

"Demand is not so high as marriage season is also quite ahead. Local supplies have improved in the last few weeks and the trend is likely to continue in the next few weeks," said Amarbir Singh, general secretary of the Ludhiana Fruit and Vegetable Commission Agents Association.



Despite warning, farmers continue to burn stubble
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Despite repeated warnings by the district agricultural department and scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here, farmers in the region continue to burn the wheat stubble.

The experts believe that farming community needs to be told about the ill-effects of its burning. Besides, air and land pollution, it caused incidents of fire, loss to the fertility of the soil and environmental degradation.

The scientists say that farmers should know that micronutrient, which could be made available to the soil from wheat stubble, were lost as a high temperature due to fire also reduces the soil fertility. Many friendly insects and worms that were found in the moist earth were also burnt.

Complaints of burning sensation on the nasal lining, frequent sneezing, trouble in breathing, weakness due to breathlessness, cough and mild fever were some common symptoms arising out of allergies due to stubble burn.



Flyover in place of Lakkar Pul soon
Mayor, MC commissioner visit site
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 15
After having been pushed to the backburner due to financial constraints and other procedural obstacles, the project for construction of railway overbridge in place of the now dismantled Lakkar Pul (foot bridge) might see the light of the day soon, if the civic authorities are to be believed.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, along with commissioner of the municipal corporation (MC) Vikas Pratap, senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal, deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, a couple of councillors and senior officials of engineering branch of the civic body today went round the tentative sites in the railway boundary where the overbridge will provide entry and exit to the traffic from the Clock Tower side. The possible alignment of the bridge which will meet the approval of the Railways were also discussed.

The virtually "jinxed" flyover project had been lying shelved for the past more than five years even after the MC had put in funds to the tune of nearly Rs 8.5 crore for construction of the motorable bridge which was estimated to cost Rs 13.26 crore at that time.

For the proposed overbridge, the civic body had paid Rs 6.38 crore to the Northern Railway for the construction of the bridge and cost of railway land while Rs 2.05 crore were paid to the PWD department, the executing agency for the project.

Not only the people of the city have suffered by way of traffic congestion on Domoria Pul and Jagraon Bridge during the past several year due to non-completion of the flyover, but also the cost had also escalated by almost three times, the experts maintain.

Talking to The Tribune, the MC commissioner said in view of the increasing needs of the traffic management in the city, the civic body was keen to complete the project in the shortest possible time.

"During the visit to the area to assess the possible sites for alignment from the Clock Tower side, several options were discussed. However, we do not want to rush the things as had been done earlier which is evident from the fact that huge amount has been paid to the Railways without providing them with detailed drawings and other information required for final approval."

The commissioner, however, confirmed that the earlier proposal to align the flyover with the elevated road (which is functional now) has been dropped and the railway overbridge replacing Lakkar Pul would only provide an additional motorable link between Civil Lines and Old G.T. Road in the old city.



Man held for supplying smack to jail inmate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
A man was arrested while trying to smuggle smack in a capsicum cover to an inmate of the Central Jail here today. The man, yet to be identified by the police, has been arrested and sent to Police Station VII for further investigation.

Police sources said the accused, who had come to visit an undertrial this morning. The havildar on duty asked him to show the possessions in the bag he was carrying. Police personnel made a thorough check as he had developed a doubt on the behaviour of the visitor.

On a closer inspection, the havildar detected a cut in a capsicum. When the vegetable was cut open, a small pack of the narcotic was found.



Undertrial flees from jail
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Beeru, an undertrial in several cases of theft and robbery, escaped from the city central jail late last night.

The incident has been confirmed by senior jail authorities.The accused was taken to court for hearing earlier in the day in connection with a case of theft.

He was found missing during the headcount in the evening. The authorities have suspended two personnel for negligence of duty. 



Price Rise
BJYM holds protest march against UPA govt
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today held a protest march in Ghumar Mandi area against abject failure of the UPA government at the Centre to check galloping prices of essential commodities and services. The protest action was a part of the continuing countrywide agitation against rising prices. State president of the party Vivek Moudgill also joined the protest march.

Addressing party workers, district president of BJYM Sandeep Kapoor said that the Congress-led UPA government had utterly failed on all fronts. The failure, however, was most glaring in an area that affected the common man the most, and on a daily basis - the prices of essential commodities and services.

"The family budgets of not only the poor, but even the middle classes have been badly affected by the steep rise in the prices of cereals, pulses, vegetables, edible oil, sugar, milk, fruits and meat. This has forced the poor, whose nutritional intake is already at precariously low levels, to consume less food. At the same time, several food items have either vanished or their consumption has been drastically scaled down in middle-class households."

Echoing similar views, district unit general secretary Vinod Sharma lamented that besides food, the cost of all other essential requirements such as clothing, shelter, transportation, medicine, etc. had also shot up during the four years rule of the UPA government. The growing cost of education meant that millions of young people, belonging to poor and middle classes, would not be able to fulfil their dream of living a better life.

At the same time, soaring prices of cement and steel, combined with higher interest rates on bank loans, had created a situation in which millions of middle-class families could no longer dream of having their own homes. The slowdown in housing construction, as also in manufacturing, had resulted in further increase in already high levels of unemployment.

He maintained that the unprecedented rise in prices was only partially captured in the officially declared rate of inflation of 7.41 percent at the end of March 2008, which itself was at a three-year high.

Responsible sections of the media had reported that even this figure was a gross under-declaration of the actual rate of inflation. Neither the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh nor the finance minister P. Chidambaram had so far come clean on charges that the government was fudging inflation statistics.



Delay in tax notifications worries industry
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Delay in various notifications by the excise and taxation department is adding to the industry's woes.

"Even after entry tax on worsted yarn was abolished, VAT on pulses was reduced to 1 per cent, on desi ghee to 4 per cent and it was declared that ball pens and refills up to Rs 25 per piece would be tax free, the department is yet to issue any notification," said industrialists.

Due to absence of notifications, taxes on these items continue to be charged at previous rates, thereby causing heavy losses and inconvenience to the industry, they said.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal president Kasturi Lal Mittal urged the government to issue notifications within 15 days.

"VAT on pulses in 10 states is nil and in three states, it is 1 per cent. The government declared last month that the rate on pulses had been reduced to 1 per cent and on desi ghee to 4 per cent from the existing 12.5 per cent. However, no notification is issued to implement the decision."

Talking about shawl manufacturers, Mittal said the entry tax on shoddy yarn was not being charged but on worsted yarn, it was charged at the ICC barriers resulting in heavy losses to shawl manufacturers and also creating unemployment." He added that the commissioner of excise and taxation department agreed in August 2007 that 'kirana' items would be published on a par with Delhi VAT Act but the same was yet to be notified.



Taxation body poll held
Ludhiana, May 15
Deepak Chopra was elected secretary and Gaurav Bhardwaj was elected joint secretary of the District Taxation Bar Association (sales tax) at the elections of the association today. The association elected Rajiv Jauhar as its president and Varinder Sharma as the vice-president.—TNS



Mastermind quiz at Apollo Hospital
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
April was observed as the “safety month” at SPS Apollo Hospital here. It culminated with a mastermind quiz contest. Six teams vied with each other for top positions in the quiz which veered round questions from crucial safety areas like infection control, radio diagnosis, biochemistry and the fire safety.

The first prize was bagged by the “Jagratha” team led by Dr Ashvani Singhal, who was supported by his team mates Dr Hitesh Narang, Ramandeep Dhillon and Harpinder. Team “Rakshna”, headed by Dr Praful Arya, along with Montoo Kumari, Chhaya, Monika Sharma and Javleen were adjudged the runners up.

Other participating teams were “Suraksha, Shurakha, Heffazat and Surakshitatuam”. In keeping with the spirit of the national integration, the teams were named in languages of various regions of the country. 



City doctor re-elected vice-chief of APDF
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
Former national president of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) and senior dental professional from the city Dr Bhagwant Singh has been re-elected as the vice-president of the Asian Pacific Dental Federation (APDF) as also the Asian Pacific Regional Organisation of Federation Dentaire Internationalle at the 30th Asian Pacific Dental Congress held at Bangkok, Thailand. He is the first dentist from India to be elected twice to this coveted post. Thirtyone member countries participated in the election.

Federation of Dentaire Internationalle president Dr Burton Conrod (Canada), past-president Dr Michelle, secretary general Dr Oliver Henedige (Singapore), International College of Continuing Dental Education president Dr Dato Ratnanesan (Malaysia), president APDF Dr Mirza, Dr Munir Amro (Jordan), Dental Council of India president Dr Anil Kohli, Dr R.K. Bali, IDA president Dr Deepak Kamdar, IDA general secretary Dr Ashok Dhoble, ICCDE fellow Dr Ajay Shahi and other prominent persons from the world of dentistry were present when Dr Bhagwant Singh scored a thumping win for India.

The Punjab state branch and Ludhiana branch of IDA have hailed the victory of Dr Bhagwant Singh saying the dental surgeon from the city had elevated the stature of Indian dental surgeons at the world forum.

On his arrival to the city after attending the regional meet at Bangkok, Dr Bhagwant Singh was given a rousing reception by the members of IDA which included Dr J.S. Judge, state president, Dr Gajinder Singh, Dr J.S. Kharbanda, Dr Vikas Jindal, Dr Rajesh Bhanot, Dr Kanika, Dr Rupinder and Dr Neha.



Proficiency in English

Craze for learning spoken English has taken city youth by storm. This has led to mushrooming of coaching centres. A large number of boys and girls flock to these centres with the aim of acquiring proficiency in spoken English, but find success eluding them even after months of coaching.

In most of these centres mode of teaching English is either in Hinglish (English in Hindi) or Punglish (English in Punjabi). Numerous centres are being run by laymen who are neither qualified enough nor have command over the language. They mint money by exploiting people’s craze for spoken English. For achieving success in this direction aspirants must spend most of their time in an atmosphere where English in spoken and heard, besides listening to English telecasts and broadcast. They should get addicted to English journals and newspapers and participate in group discussions under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Basics of grammar and strong vocabulary are, of course, pre-requisites.

K.B.S. Sodhi, Ludhiana.

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3 nabbed with spare parts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The city police has arrested three persons and seized 132 quintal of parts of cycle, tractor, generator, thrasher and combine machine worth Rs 25 lakh from the accused.

The police received a tip-off that the alleged accused were heading towards Sahnewal to sell the stolen material.

The accused were identified as Amarjit Singh alias Manga of Baba Colony, Ashok Kumar, a resident of Daba Colony, and Lukinder Singh, a resident of Shimla Puri.

SP-Detective Gurpreet Singh said, "The arrest by the police will provide a major relief for many manufacturing units across the district."

The accused persons have confessed of committing approximately 10 thefts of similar nature.

Jagjit Singh, a tractor parts manufacturer, said, "The manufacturing parts industry was facing heavy losses due to the constant cases of theft."

The accused have been booked under Sections 457, 380, IPC, for theft.



2 held for killing driver, cleaner of truck
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 15
A joint team of the Punjab police and Jharkhand police arrested Sukhpal Singh, alias Bhindi, of Rachhin village and Harjinder Singh of Sandaur village, who had allegedly killed the driver and cleaner of a truck in Jharkhand over three months ago.

The victims were killed to rob goods worth Rs 8.5 lakh. Harjinder Singh was arrested earlier.

Relatives of the accused tried to alert them by raising an alarm that some armed persons had come to kidnap them.

A team of the Jharkhand police led by Varinder Pal Singh, SHO, Dehlon, nabbed Sukhpal Singh from his native village when he was trying to leave the area this morning. Earlier the police had arrested Harjinder Singh from Sandaur village on the Malerkotla-Raekot road.

The arrested youth were wanted in connection with a double murder committed in West Bengal over three months ago.

Investigations revealed that the accused had allegedly murdered Harpreet Singh (26) of Sangatpura village, the driver, and Jagtar Singh (19) of Kothe Jharik, the cleaner of a truck that had left Punjab for West Bengal on January 14.

Harpreet and Jagtar remained in touch with their masters and members of their families for about a fortnight, after which their whereabouts could not be known. Their decomposed bodies were found in a forest near the border of Jharkhand. The victims were identified on the basis of documents found in their clothes.

The accused were identified by the Jharkhand police on the basis of calls made on mobile phones belonging to the victims and used by the robbers for some days.

Investigations further revealed that the accused had killed the victims with sharp- edged weapons and realised an amount of Rs 8.5 lakh from goods carried in the truck.

Sympathisers of the accused had tried to create a scene by misguiding residents of the area that some persons had tried to kidnap Bhindi.



PO nabbed from new courts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Amrik Singh Prince, facing trials in cases of blackmailing a former mayor and kidnapping a child, is yet again in the police net for his alleged involvement in the case of fraud committed 22 years ago.

The accused has been declared proclaimed offender (PO) by the court six years ago for duping investors.

The accused was nabbed by the Division No.5 police from the court premises.

Prince was booked in August 23, 1986, under the Money Transaction Act as he promised the investors to double the money.

The accused was declared proclaimed offender (PO) by the court of Rajesh Ahluwalia on August 3, 2002.



ICAR holds meet on oilseed at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
The annual research workers’ group meeting of All-India Coordinated Research projects on sunflower and castor was organised at Punjab Agricultural University, here today. The function was jointly organised by the PAU and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The meet was attended by top-ranking oilseed scientists of the country.

PAU vice-chancellor M.S.Kang said efforts should be made to improve its production and protect technology used for oilseed crops. 



Late arrival of papers from PU delays evaluation
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
Late arrival of papers from Panjab University, Chandigarh, is causing inordinate delay in evaluation of papers, thereby causing inconvenience to teachers who get insufficient papers against the stipulated number of 60 papers in a day.

Professor of physics at SCD Government College and president, Punjab Government College Teachers Association, Jaipal said, “Recently, I along with 10 other evaluators went to a checking centre where we were given 400 sheets instead of 2,000. It is high time that the varsity should evolve a precise mechanism for conducting and evaluating exams followed by timely declaration of the results,” Jaipal added.

Many a times the lecturers on evaluation duty despite reaching their centres at GGN Khalsa College and SCD Government College before time have to sit and wait for the papers to arrive. The evaluation time is divided in three slots that is 8 am to 11 am, 11 am to 2 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm, but on numerous occasions lecturers were free by the end of second session in the absence of required sheets per person.

While a few lecturers pointed towards the viability of OMR (Optical Mark Recorder) sheets with reference to timely declaration of results, PCCTU general secretary Kuldeep Singh observes that the PU authorities should have involved teachers before initiating the system. It is premature to comment whether or not OMR would enable the university in releasing the results ‘on time’.

Evaluating papers and spending extra time is not a problem especially when it benefits the students admits Surinder Kaur, lecturer in Punjabi, “provided the new system should have positive results”, she went on to add.

Further taking up the cause of lecturers who marked the sheets before April 19, the date of announcement of revision in remuneration of evaluation from Rs 8.50 to Rs 9.70 per paper, a lecture at GGN Khalsa College stated that the university should give revised amount to all evaluators for this session.



NSS camp at Kasabad
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
A 10-day NSS camp is being organised by the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women at Kasabad village these days. Y.S Walia delivered a lecture on pollution and environment on the third day today.

He told villagers how to keep the surroundings clean and made them aware of various types of pollutants. The villagers took keen interest in the motivation lecture on environment.

NSS volunteers of the college also taught basic alphabets of English, Punjabi to women and children of the village. Village sarpanch Tarsem Lal said villagers were happy to attend such a camp as they helped to create neat and hygienic environment.



Yoga camp at SVM School
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 15
A fortnight-long Yoga camp organised at Sanatan Vidya Mandir School by the Patanjali Yog Peeth Samiti culminated here today. Students from Class VI to Class X attended the camp. It was specially designed for the students of senior classes. Yoga experts, Krishan Lal Gupta, Ashok Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh and Vijay Kumar gave training of different asanas, mudras and pranayams. Students learnt many body postures during the camp.

The experts said kapalbhati pranayams cures heart and lungs disorders of nervous system, sugar and obesity. Whereas bhastrika and lom anulom is useful in curing cough cold and sinuses.

Experts cautioned that yoga is an ancient system of relaxation exercise and healing has been described as union of mind, body and spirit. Yog asanas were beneficial if done correctly and according to the capacity of the body. Yog not only makes our body fit physically but mentally as well. It increases concentration and removes strain.

In the end principal Sadhana Sharma, president Rajesh Kashyap, manager C. L. Sachdeva, vice-president Harish Sachdeva thanked both of them.



Dairy owner gets 5 years for rape bid
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
The court of sessions judge G K Rai has sentenced dairy owner Gurdev Singh alias Nikka of Kutbewal village, Ludhiana, to undergo five-year imprisonment on the charges of attempting to rape a girl of 14 years. He was also ordered to pay fine of Rs 2,000.

Delivering the verdict, the judge held that the prosecution charges of committing rape by the accused were not proved. However, it was proved on record that the accused had made an attempt to commit rape. The judge declined the plea of leniency raised by the accused.

The accused was booked under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC at the Salem Tabri police station on August 1, 2006, on the charges of raping daughter of a rickshaw puller, following the complaint of Karamjit Kaur, mother of the victim girl.

The mother had stated to the police that the accused was their neighbourer. On June 21, 2006, he had called her daughter to his dairy on the pretext of picking up dung but he raped her. It was alleged that they were threatened not to disclose the incident to anyone.

On the other hand, the accused had pleaded innocence and claimed false implication. He had submitted that due to party faction, he was involved in this case by his opponents.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the court observed that the medical examination of prosecutrix was done on August 2, 2006, after a long period from the day of alleged rape. Moreover, the medical evidence does not support her case. But from the evidence brought on record, it was proved that the accused had tried to commit rape with the minor.



SAI releases list of 51 players
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, May 15
Fiftyone players have been selected by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre being run here at Guru Nanak Sports Complex under its residential as well as non-residential schemes.

According to Harbans Singh, in charge of the SAI centre, Ludhiana, trials to select the talented boys and girls in the disciplines of athletics, basketball, judo, handball, volleyball and weightlifting were held on February 5, 6 and 7 here which drew an overwhelming response.

After analysing various qualities and potential among the aspirants by a panel of experts, the regional director, SAI, Northern Centre, Sonepat has released a list of players who have been advised to submit the necessary documents which include the original date of birth certificate, achievement certificates in sports, gradation certificate, school leaving certificate in original, counter signed by the respective district education officers, besides a bond on a non-judicial stamp paer of Rs 3, duly attested by the first class magistrate and a demand draft for Rs 1000 in favour of in charge, SAI Training Centre, Ludhiana, which is refundable.

The selected players are Bhupinder Singh, Manveer Singh, Amritpal Singh, Sunil Kumar, Manmeet Singh, Yudhvir Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Balkar Singh and Simranjeet Singh (all in athletics).

Arjun Prasad, Ajay Kumar, Kuljeet Singh and Harpreet Singh (basketball).

Gobind Rai, Gursahib Singh, Lovedeep Singh, Amarveer Singh, Varinder Kumar, Priya, Sunaina, Sonam, Nidhi Arora, Anjalai, Monisha Sharma and Bandna (judo).

Jashandeep Singh, Dharmveer Singh, Sukhbir Singh, Karam Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Amarjit Singh and Tej Kumar (handball).

Manjeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Amritpal Kaur, Manjot Kaur, Simranjit Kaur, Sonia, Sumandeep Kaur, Rekha, Ramandeep Kaur, Shweta, Neha, Rajdeep Abhi, Sunpreet Khaira, Gurpal Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Manish Kumar (volleyball) and Damanpreet Singh (weightlifting). 



Cricket trials on May 18
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will organise trials to select probables for the Ludhiana team (senior) here at Arya College ground, Civil Lines,on May 18 at 7.30 a.m.

Those selected will attend coaching-cum-training besides play practice matches prior to the finalisation of the district team to take part in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield slated to begin in the first week of June.



Ludhiana lads face uphill task
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 15
In the inaugural match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the M.L.Markan Trophy being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Gandhi ground, Amritsar, Ludhiana faced an uphill task as hosts Amritsar went on to pile up a mammoth total of 396 runs in 89.4 overs on the first day of the three-day tie.

Ludhian-skipper, Abhishek Talwar won the toss and invited Amritsar to bat first.Hosts had a dream start as the opening pair of Rohan Marwaha and Shivluv Sabharwal put on 91 runs before being separated. Rohan scored 53 runs with the help of 10 boundaries while Shivluv hit 96 which included 17 hits to the fence.

Thereafter, Amritsar lads went on further consolidate the position. Mohit Handa contributed 77 runs, studded with 10 fours, Vhshwas Mahajan made 43 which contained seven hits over the ropes. Vinay Chaudhary chipped in with 41 runs while Rahul Sharma and Navneet Singh scored 27 and 19 runs, respectively. Kamal Passi made 5 runs.

For Ludhiana, right arm off-spinner, Gaurav Sharma was the pick of bowlers. He sent down 34 overs and scalped five victims for 134 runs. Other wicket takers were Abhishek Talwar ( 1 for 61), Sandeep Singh (1 for 49) and Abhinav Bhatia (1 for 18).

Ludhiana began their reply on a dismal note as opener, Sahil Sood returned to the pavillion without opening his account. At draw of stumps, the visitors were struggling at 15 for 1 after 7 overs. The not out batsmen were Paras Mehndiratta and Sunny Pandey.



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