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Obstructing RO during civic poll
Congress MLA chargesheeted
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, June 9
The Dehlon police has filed a charge sheet against Congress MLA Jassi Khangura, representing Kila Raipur assembly 28 days after the registration of a case against him.

He, along with a few other persons, has been chargesheeted for allegedly deterring a public servant from performing official duty.

Earlier, the MLA, along with several Congress activists, was booked under Sections 294, 323, 341, 353, 186,148 and 149 of IPC at the Dehlon police station on May 12, 2008. He was booked on the complaint of a returning officer in zila parishad elections.

Interestingly, on June 4, 2008, police officials of the Dehlon police station had arrested MLA at his hotel Majestic Park Plaza. He was freed on furnishing bail.

But in the next few days, offence under Section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) was added. This offence was non-bailable and the police could arrest him anytime.

Apprehending the arrest in this case, the Congress MLA has moved to the court seeking anticipatory bail application. Taking congnisance of his bail application, the court of additional sessions judge Kishore Kumar issued notice of motion to state for June 11.

In its bail application, the MLA has claimed that he was innocent. He was falsely implicated in the case due to political vendetta.

He has claimed that he also moved a written complaint against the returning officer for siding with the ruling Akali party. In order to save himself, the returning officer cooked up the false story and got registered a false case against him at the instance of his political bosses.

It was alleged that the police officials came to his premises with the intention of arresting him on June 7. Luckily, he was not available. The defence counsel insisted for granting interim bail to the applicant during the course of arguments. But the court issued notice of motion. The arguments on the bail application are likely to be heard on the next date of hearing.



Youth hacked to death; people watch on
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
A group of at least 12 miscreants, armed with sharp-edged weapons attacked and chased two youths of Pakhowal village and killed one of them in a shop where the victims had tried to hide late last night. The deceased was identified as Dharminder Singh (25).

Villager watched the youths being hacked, but none came to their rescue. So much so, taxi drivers, after being threatened by the assaulters, refused to take the victims to a hospital.

Old enmity was reported to be the cause of rivalry.

The Raekot police had registered an FIR under Sections 302, 307, 148 and 149 of IPC against the 12 persons. No arrest was made till the filing of the story.

Dharminder and Kuldeep Singh, alias Ravi, who were standing near bus stand at Pakhowal village, were attacked by a group of gangsters armed with swords and axes at about 8 pm yesterday. Four of the assaulters were identified as Nikka, Deepa (of Pakhowal), Harpreet Singh and his brother Kuldeep Singh of Toose village.

Preliminary investigations by a police team led by DSP Raekot Narinder Singh Ruby revealed that the victims had tried to save themselves by hiding in a shop, but the assaulters chased them and hacked them after dragging them from the premises. While Dharminder died on the spot, Ravi was shifted to a multi-specialty hospital at Ludhiana.

Dharminder and Ravi had attacked and injured one of the suspects Harpreet Singh about one month ago. In order to teach them a lesson, Harpreet and his associates assaulted them last night.

Though the brawl continued for a long time and a large number of persons, including some family friends of the victims, were there, nobody dared to intervene. Dharminder and Ravi succeeded in hiding in a shop by lowering the shutter of the establishment, but the main counter of the shop obstructed the complete closure of the shutter. The assaulters forced open the shutter and attacked the victims.

Shockingly, the victims remained lying in a pool of blood for a long time as the assaulters had threatened the rescuer of dire consequences. While Dharminder had died before the arrival of cops, Ravi was shifted to hospital in a vehicle arranged by the police.



Only bidder for PB-10 CG 0001
Auction cancelled

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The auction of most sought-after number “PB-10 CG 0001” was withheld by the District Transport Office, Ludhiana, as there was only one applicant for the number.

The office generated a revenue of Rs 20.65 lakh from the auction of vehicle registration numbers of six series today held at Nehru Sidhant Kender.

Much to the surprise of the staff at the District Transport Office, the response of bidders at the auction was lukewarm as compared to previous auctions held in Ludhiana. Interestingly, the highest bid of Rs 1,50,000 was made for number “0009” by HR International, Jalandhar.

"The spirit of Ludhianavis was rather damp which is contradictory to their craze for special registration numbers. We have fallen short of almost Rs 9 lakh as compared to the previous auction but are hoping for a better response in the next auction to be held after three months," said district transport officer Chander Gaind.

As per the notification sent by the government to the DTO, it has been mentioned that numbers which have no bidders at the scheduled auction should be reserved for government vehicles. However, the DTO said the decision would be taken only after discussing the matter with higher authorities.

A total of 317 numbers of six series were auctioned out of which 43 numbers from CB series generated Rs 1,16,000, with Rs 1,59, 000 from 33 numbers of CC series.

There were 27 numbers from CD series and 19 numbers from CE series which were auctioned for Rs 61,000 and Rs 1,41,000 followed by 43 numbers from CF series for Rs 1,72,000.

There were 147 applicants for CG series who contributed Rs 14,11,300, thereby adding to the revenue of the Transport Department.



Mob razes liquor vend in park
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
An irate mob forcibly removed and damaged a liquor vend from a green area near Karabara Chowk this morning. It came up at the place last midnight. The mob ruled the area for over an hour, blocking traffic with the vend structure that was pulled in the middle of the Jalandhar bypass road, setting some of its parts on fire and breaking bottles on the road. They also set many tyres on fire on the road.

Several tipplers made best use of the commotion by stealing a large number of bottles as the vend staff ran away to safety. The police called traffic police vans and JCB machines to remove the broken vend from the road.

The vend was installed here earlier also but shifted in the face of objection by area residents. It came up at 2 am today. Residents led by municipal councillor Hans Raj started gathering in large numbers in the morning. They attacked it around 8:30 am.

Their main objection was that the vend was close to a school, in green area and next to a residential colony.

The vend owner, Charanjit Singh Chadha, of the Ponty Chadha group said he had opened the vend after taking permissions from different departments.

He said he suffered a loss of over Rs 6 lakh in the attack. He said the removal was illegal. He had made a complaint to the Salem Tabri police.

HanRaj, municipal councillor of the area, said the vend had come up at the place despite strong objections of the residents, "We opposed it from the day one and got it shifted. However, to our dismay, the vend owners erected it at night. If they had all valid permissions, why were they scared of openly installing it.

Salem Tabri police station SHO Beant Kumar said an FIR against the persons who vandalised the vend and blocked traffic had been registered. “We will identify the culprits and arrest them.”

A large number of liquor vends in the city are facing similar controversy. Residents of different areas have been objecting to installation of a vend on the side of Gill Chowk, which continues to function from the same place.



A tree of contention
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Idols of gods and goddesses that have been placed under a tree in Kitchlu Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday.
Idols of gods and goddesses that have been placed under a tree in Kitchlu Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, June 9
Elderly residents and cops of Kitchlu Nagar are jointly opposing the demarcation of a peepal tree in front of police post as certain residents are trying to encroach upon the area to set up a temple.

The concrete platform around the tree was used as a common place for morning and evening walkers to sit and rest till a year ago. There were pictures of several gods. But some persons of the area put up marble idols of gods and goddesses under the tree.

They even tried to put up an iron fence around the platform so as to set up a temple but police officials did not allow them to do so. The residents are, however, continuing to pay obeisance under the tree.

Virinder Bhakoo, president of the Kitchlu Nagar Residents Association has shot off letters to district administration and senior officials of the police from preventing the area from being encroached upon.

In his letter, he said there were already three temples in their area and the place was being converted into a temple just to encroach upon the piece of land in front of the police post. He demanded that the idols should be shifted respectfully in a temple so that these were treated with respect.

‘‘These idols keep lying under the tree. Bird droppings fall on these idols throughout the day. Why should we treat these like this? Just for a piece of land? ’’ asked Bhakoo.

He added the persons wanted to fix iron grills and fencing around the tree and cover it with fiber ceiling.

‘‘The elderly of area are not liking the way some persons are trying to exploit religion for their vested interests. They are, in fact, hurting the religious sentiments. The encroachment can also create a law and order problem, ’’ added Bhakoo.



PAU to survey farmers’ suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Punjab government has sanctioned a survey project on incidents of farmers' suicides on account of indebtedness in the Punjab state. Under the project, PAU’s department of Economics and Sociology is to undertake a survey.

Head of the department, Dr R.S. Sidhu said a workshop would be organised on June 11 at Farmers Service Centre, PAU, wherein 20 experts from Punjabi University, Patiala, Panjab University, Chandigarh, GNDU, Amritsar and New Delhi will be participating to brainstorm how to objectively assess the linkage between suicide and debt before the start of the project. PAU vice-chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang would preside over the function.



292nd Martyrdom Day
Tributes paid to Banda Bahadur
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
Tributes were paid to Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on his 292nd martyrdom day at a function organised jointly by the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Manch and Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation at Bhai Randhir Singh Bhawan here today. Speaking on the occasion, Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of the manch, lamented that the nation, particularly the Punjabis, had forgotten the sacrifices of Banda Bahadur in restoring the Punjab’s pride. “It was Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, who had challenged the tyrannical Mughal Empire and had gone all out to reestablish supremacy of the Sikh empire after Guru Gobind Singh.”

Patron of the manch and former legislator Jagdev Singh Jassowal urged the Central government, as also the state governments of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, to set up a Centrally-sponsored technical institute at Lohgarh, located on the border of the two states in Sirmaur district. “It will be a befitting tribute to the supreme martyr if a technical training institute is set up in his name at a place which was his capital after reestablishment of the Sikh empire.”

According to Bawa, the congregation adopted a few resolutions, which were unanimously passed on the occasion. The manch urged the SGPC to erect a suitable memorial at Sirhind in remembrance of Banda Bahadur and 740 other Sikh soldiers, who laid down their lives while conquering Sirhind. The memorial will serve as a permanent symbol of “Sirhind Fateh Diwas” and inspire the coming generations for sacrifice and self respect.

Through other resolutions, the manch called upon the government to celebrate 300th Sirhind Fateh Diwas in 2010 at a state-level function, which should focus on social evils like drug addiction, female foeticide, dowry and corruption. It also wanted identification and restoration of historic sites related to Banda Bahadur, a public holiday on his birthday (Oct 16) or martyrdom day and inclusion of his life history in textbooks.



Now, cell to trace stolen vehicles
Gurdeep Mann
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 9
Vehicle theft will soon be a thing of past with a company launching a GSM- based machine-to-machine anti-theft and vehicle-tracking device. The 200-gram machine, to be fitted under the dashboard of a car, can trace those stolen and also sends SMS alerts on owners’ mobile numbers.

"As soon as the door of a car is opened, customer’s mobile will instantly start getting alert messages. Besides this, one of the cell numbers given by the customer will also start receiving calls automatically," said Amit Goyal from Amsaki.

A Delhi-based firm, Amsaki, which manufactures this device has recovered 13 stolen vehicles since April 2007. Besides busting a few gang of car thieves from Haryana, they have recovered stolen cars from Delhi as well.

"It is like tracing a mobile phone wherein a chip is being installed in the car that keeps on communicating with owners mobile phone and with server of chip provider company", Amit revealed. The company plans to open its centres in Punjab, especially in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Chandigarh.

The machine gives location of the vehicle through SMS, last four GSM towers visited, along with time, the officials revealed. Company officials claim that nearly 40,000 vehicles are stolen every year throughout the country. So far, these gadgets have been installed in 3,000 vehicles in Delhi and adjoining areas.

Out of 13 cars stolen from in and around Delhi a few were recovered from Haryana, Faridabad and UP areas. The Chandigarh police has already started an awareness drive in this regard. Most of the cars stolen from Punjab are either from big cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala areas where people own luxurious cars.



Price Hike
People want change at Centre: BJP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Launching a scathing attack on the Union government for the ever-increasing prices of commodities, the Punjab unit of the BJP yesterday blew the election bugle and stated that if it returned to power at the Centre, it would help people come out of the present crisis.

Kiran Ghai, national secretary, BJP, while addressing a meeting of the working committee here yesterday said the people were sick of the inflation and wanted a change at the Centre.

Rajinder Bhandari, president, state unit of the BJP, also criticised the Union government for rising the prices of petroleum products. He contrasted the situation with the stability in prices during the NDA regime when despite the Kargil war and Tsunami disaster, inflation was well under control.

The unit passed a resolution calling upon the state government to provide some relief in fuel prices by reducing the tax. “The Centre has given us wounds and the state governments have been asked to provide a balm by slashing state taxes.”

He said the BJP was very confident of faring well in the coming municipal council elections in the state and the Lok Sabha elections as well.

Later talking to mediapersons, local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia said the Union government should have itself slashed import duty and other taxes on petroleum products before asking the states to reduce taxes to offset the price rise.

Describing the 8.24 per cent inflation as the highest ever, Kalia said the “able economists” in Dr Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambram had proved incapable of handling the nation's economy.



Oil Price Hike
MCPI asks Left to withdraw support
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
Punjab state committee of the Marxist Party of India (MCPI) today urged the Central leadership of the CPI and the CPM to withdraw support from the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre over the steep hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG which, it observed, would break the backbone of the common man.

The state committee of the party, which met here under presidentship of Kiranjit Singh, termed the hike in oil prices as an unbearable burden, which was a manifestation of the “anti-people” economic policies of the government.

The MCPI further asked the state government to rise above political considerations to provide relief to the masses by cutting down the rate of sales tax on petrol, diesel and cooking gas as had been done by other states.

Releasing the proceedings to press here today, state secretary of the party Kuldip Singh said the meeting had expressed concern over mass- scale bungling, irregularities and malpractices in the recently held panchayat elections in Punjab. “The results do not reflect the real representation and popularity of the successful candidates and their parties.”



Now, work on Chandigarh road stopped
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
After stopping the recarpeting work on the Humbran and the Gill roads for not fulfilling the terms and conditions for laying the roads, the municipal corporation has stopped the work on the Chandigarh road following a snag in a paver.

The work was started a few days ago. According to superintending engineer, Dharam Singh, the paver had developed a snag and was not laying the road efficiently.

‘‘We have asked him to replace the paver so that the work finishes within stipulated time, ’’ said Dharam Singh adding that as soon as the paver was replaced the work would restart.

XEN Karamjit Singh said he had issued a notice to the contractor, as the paver was not of requisite strength. It was taking extra time and delaying the work.

The corporation had asked him to replace it with required paver so that the road gets recarpeted before the monsoon.



MLA bereaved
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Chander Kanta Bedi, mother of a local MLA Harish Bedi died here last evening after a prolonged illness. She was 82. She was cremated here in the morning.



Slimming centres mislead

Those who look for a short cut to shed extra kilos are misled by the advertisements put up by slimming centres. Sedentary life-style, absence of physical activity and wrong food habits amongst the people have led to the mushrooming of these centres in the city.

The wily counselors at these centers weave psychological traps around the customers and ask them to pay 5 to 7 times of the amount displayed in the advertisements.

People crazy for regaining smart looks readily shell out huge amounts. But they soon realize that their purses have become slimmer without getting promised results.

The victims should approach the consumer court.

K.B.S. Sodhi, Ludhiana

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8 booked for murder
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 9
Kuldeep Singh, Harpreet Singh of Toosa, Nikka Singh, Deepa Singh of Pakhowal along with six others have been charged for murder under sections 302, 307, 148 and 149 of the IPC by the Raikot police. Dharminder Singh and Kuldeep Singh of Pakhowal were attacked in their village with sharp-edged weapons on June 8.

Dharminder Singh died on the spot whereas Kuldeep Singh sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the Ludhiana civil hospital. Harpreet Singh, one of the assailants, entered into quarrel with Dharminder Singh and Kuldeep Singh about a month ago during which Harpreet Singh had suffered injuries. In order to take the revenge, the accused attacked them.

Shop burgled: A few persons entered into a shop in Agwar Gujjran, Jagraon, last night and stole taps worth thousands of rupees. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered. Meanwhile, the Raikot police arrested Shamsher Singh of Bhaini Bringa on May 8 from near Rupa Patti village and 32 kg of poppy husk was seized from his possession. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against Shamsher.



Brick-kiln owner booked
Tribune News Service

Khanna, June 9
A brick kiln owner has been booked for not releasing the payment of 25 people due to which a pregnant migrant woman, whose husband was working in Bhullar Bricks at Chak Maphi village, died. A case has been registered under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against brick kiln Manjinder Singh.

Jaswinder, husband of Maushmi, alleged that the owner refused to release the payment of about 2.5 lakh due to which his wife could not get treatment on time. She died of a brief illness late last night and was seven months pregnant.

The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination at Khanna Civil Hospital.



Farmers worried about labour shortage
Migrants demand Rs 1,500 per acre; sowing starts tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
With the paddy session beginning tomorrow, the labour shortage has once again become a matter of concern for farmers. The labour, which charged Rs 600 per acre (paddy sowing) last year, has suddenly started demanding Rs 1,500 per acre, adding to farmers’ worries. It is expected that wages will increase further in the coming days.

Talking to The Tribune, Santokh Singh, a farmer from Dhatt village near here, said the paddy sowing was expected to continue till the mid of July due to the labour shortage. In the absence of traditional labour, the farmers had to depend on migrant workers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. “Earlier, Punjab used to be suitable destination for getting good returns for migrant population, but now, they are well paid by their own landlords. They prefer to stay in their native villages. Labour shortage is the biggest challenge ahead for Punjab farmers”, he added.

BKU (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said the farmers, already reeling under the financial crunch and stress had to offer huge amount to migrant workers. Apart from money, they had to offer food and other perks. “What else we can do? Today, the Bihari and UP labourers have become very demanding. They know that farmers will suffer huge losses in the absence of labour. If the farmer starts paying huge amount to workers during sowing and harvesting season, what will he eat? The government seems to be least bothered about their (farmers) plight”, said Rajewal adding that in coming days, farmers will try to grab other’s labour due to manpower shortage. “They will be paid even higher than Rs 1,500 per acre”, he added.

Another farmer from Mullapur, Ajmer Singh, said half of the Bihari labour was being lured by the neighbouring state Haryana. “Paddy sowing is also going to start in Haryana. A large number of farm workers coming from Bihar are being stopped in Haryana by offering lucrative packages”, he said adding that migrants had started dictating their terms to the farmers in the region.



Farmers let down over denial of agri package
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Farmers in the state have expressed resentment over Centre's reported refusal to include the state in a Centre-sponsored agricultural package. The farmers said the step-motherly treatment meted out to them had dampened their spirits, but they would struggle till the Centre realised their worth and made the state gain from the National Food Security Mission (NFSM). They will start a state-wide agitation in support of their demands.

Bhupinder Singh Maheshri, general secretary, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), said despite providing food security to nation, farmers of the state had always suffered at the hands of the Central government. The refusal to include Punjab in the NFSM (Kharif-2008) was a clear indication in this direction. Maheshri said the Centre was ready to spend a huge amount on importing wheat from other nations in case of shortage, but refused to pass on the deserved share to Punjab farmers even after their record wheat production.

"We are fed up with anti-Punjab farmer policies of the Union government. Two of our major demands include waiving the loans and inclusion of Punjab in the agricultural package," said Maheshri.

The BKU will hold its first dharna on June 9 in the districts of Faridkot and Ludhiana. On June 10, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Bathinda districts will be covered, while on June 11, protest rallies will be held at Tarn Taran, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Jalandhar. On June 12, 13 and 17, the districts of Mohali, Barnala, Mansa, Sangrur, Ferozepur, Muktsar, Patiala, Amritsar and Gurdaspur will be covered.

"Though the paddy sowing season is ahead, the farming community stands united as far as their rights are concerned," said Maheshri. He declared many districts in Punjab had recorded lesser yield of paddy than last year. Besides, water depletion was another matter of concern this season. "Keeping all factors in mind, relief must be provided to Punjab farmers", he added.



Anti-farmer polices: BKU stages dharna against government
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The district unit of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) staged a dharna outside the mini secretariat here today. The dharna was organised by the farmers against the inflation and "anti-farmer" policies of the Union government.

Puran Singh Shahkot, general secretary, BKU, while addressing farmers said the government was delaying the implementation of Dr M.S. Swaminathan report, which was in favour of farmers. He said on one hand, the government claimed of being farmer-friendly while on other, the same report had not been implemented so far. The farmers demanded Rs 1,540 MSP for rice, Rs 4,000 for cotton, Rs 1,527 for maize and Rs 200 per quintal for sugarcane.

They said the Union government always meted-out step motherly treatment to the farmers of Punjab. The farmer had not even benefited from the "loan-waiver package" either. They also said the Union government's "anti-Punjab farmer" policies had dampened their morale.



Guru Angad Dev varsity to boost dairy farming
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Many of the research and training programmes, proposed by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to boost animal husbandry, particularly dairy farming, have been approved by the state government.

Dr O.P. Parmar, director,Extension Education, with the university, talking to The Tribune, said though the dairy industry was growing at the rate of 8-9 per cent per annum, the shortage of trainers and professionals was impeding its progress.

The varsity will receive over Rs 50 crore (in instalments) from the state government and Indian Council for Agricultural Research for various dairy-farming projects. They will have to manage the projects with limited staff, he added.

In the next four-five months, the university will start training centres, research projects and new programmes at Kalicharani in Bathinda district, Padrikalan in Talwandi and Talwara in Hoshiarpur district. That means Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions will be covered under the projects.

Besides, conservation of beetal goats, a Rs 70-lakh project by the Department of Animal Husbandry and the Ministry of Agriculture will be started at Talwara and Padrikalan. A Rs 4-crore project to conserve and improve neeli Ravi buffaloes will be started at Padrikalan and another project on Sahiwal cows will be started at Kalicharan by the varsity, said Dr Parmar.



Institute introduces vocational courses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Distance education study centre, Ludhiana, affiliated to Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, has recently introduced courses in modern office management and secretarial practices, textile designing and printing, and dress designing and tailoring.

Nirbhai Singh, centre in-charge said the main objective of these courses was to remove unemployment. For the past 91 years, Dayalbagh Institute had been offering education at no-profit basis.

These programmes were targetted at remote areas of the country with a view to provide vocational training with certification.



PAU scientist honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Dr Neena Singla, assistant zoologist, PAU, has been conferred with Bharat Jyoti Award for her meritorious performance and role in academics and research by India International Friendship Society.

The award was conferred on her by Dr Bhishma Narain Singh, former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu and Dr G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former Election Commissioner, in a seminar, held in New Delhi recently. Dr Singla is presently working on management of Prudent Pest in an ICAR project and has presented her findings in various international conferences. She has also been the recipient of M.S. Randhawa Medal and Young Scientist Award for the best paper presentation.



37 selected for cricket tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 9
At least 37 probables and six boys as standby have been selected during the trials conducted here yesterday to choose the Ludhiana district cricket team (u-19) for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues from June 20 onwards, according to joint secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, Naresh Marwaha.

Chaman Lal Malhotra, Sham Lal, Pawan Pandey and Naresh Marwaha were among those who supervised the trials. The selected boys are- Deepak Bansal, Geetansh Khera, Rahul Singla, Lalit Malhotra, Sanchit Gosain, Ashish Kumar, Akhil Aggarwal, Abhishek Talwar, Davinderjit Singh, Mohit Sharma, Jashan Sidhu, Rattan Singh, Manpreet Singh, Himanshu, Jayant Batra, Abhijit Randhawa, Vivek Kumar, Gurinderjit Singh, Gaurav Sharma, Maninder Singh, Adarshpreet Singh, Kanwalpreet Singh, Tarsem Singh, Harjit Singh, Atul Kohli, Vaneet Sehgal, Sagar Sharma, Baltej Singh, Piyush Raj Soni, Gurdeep Singh, Pawas Bhatia, Sandeep Singh, Inderjit Singh, Gurinder Singh, Bharat Bhushan, Navdeep Singh and Shivam Passi. Stand by are Atish, Subhash Kumar, Satbir Singh, Rajesh Kumar and Sumit Sharma.

The selected players have been asked to report to Charanjit Bhangu, coach, Arya College, on June 10. The Ludhiana team will be finalised on June 19, said Naresh Marwaha.



TML to sponsor Super Sixes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 9
TML-Voice of India, a Hindi news channel has announced to sponsor the Super Sixes award in the cricket tri-series currently being played in Bangladesh. India and Pakistan, besides hosts Bagladesh, are playing in the series.

Madhur Mittal, CMD of TML-Voice of India, said,"We are ecstatic to be associated with such a spectacular event. A player who hits maximum sixes in a match will get a prize of US $ 1000."



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