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Convict escapes from central jail
Two guards suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
A convict fled from the Ludhiana central jail under suspicious circumstances late last night. The convict could not be traced till the filing of the report.

The police has suspended two jail guards — Harjinder Singh and Gurdev Ram — for negligence of duty.

The convict, Dharminder, alias Tinku, a resident of Barewal village, had been sentenced to jail on May 9 on charges of theft at Basti Jodhewal and Sarabha Nagar here.

The convict was found missing by the jail staff during the headcount after dinner last night. The police carried out frantic search of the area, but to no avail.

A senior police official said the jail had been facing staff shortage and it even did not have CCTV cameras.

“We have made repeated requests to senior authorities but to no avail. The jail has around 165 officials and it is short of at least 75 personnel.”

The official said the jail had around 2,500 inmates lodged in 21 barracks and 90 cells. He said the staff was far less than what was required to properly monitor the movements of inmates.

Tinku is not the first one to have escaped the prison. A convict had escaped the jail around a month ago.

Also, at least seven members of the dreaded Bangla gang had escaped from the prison recently.

Only one escapee had so far been apprehended, while the remaining were still at large.


DAV’s Govind tops in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
City lad Govind Bharadwaj of DAV Public School topped in the city by attaining fourth position in the northern region in the combined entrance test (CET) conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, the result of which was declared this afternoon.

Expressing his happiness, Govind said: “I am happy over my achievement as my hard work and perseverance has borne fruits. Now I will be able to get admission in college of my choice.”

Son of Mohan Bharadwaj, assistant manager in Union Bank of India, Govind has been securing good results in other competitive examinations too.

He scored 36th rank in the state in the AIEEE entrance examination. Govind said that he would either opt for aeronautical or mechanical engineering.

Govind said he used to study six to seven hours a day. He attributed his success to his parents and teachers.

Another city lad, Harmohit Singh Toor has stood second in the district securing eighth rank in the PTU CET.

Harpreet does it in medical stream

Harpreet Kaur, a student Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, attained second rank in the medical stream in Combine Entrance Test (CET) of Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, the result of which was declared today. She topped the city in the stream.

Harpreet is preparing for the Punjab PMT, scheduled for June 22.

She said: “I have completed my preparations for the same once and am revising my syllabus for Punjab PMT. I had earlier taken Chandigarh CET in which I attained 143rd rank.”

Harpreet had been putting in 8-9 hours of study every day after school.

“Right from the beginning of the session, I used to devote 8-9 hours to study and used to revise daily,” she added.

Daughter of Punjab National Bank zonal office employee Kuldip Singh Rai, she owes her her success to her parents.



Mystery shrouds DMC worker’s death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Raju, a 22-year-old sweeper at Dayanand Medical College (DMC), died under mysterious circumstances at a temple in Pratapsinghwala locality this morning.

Relatives of the deceased alleged foul play, while temple authorities said he died after he fell down accidentally.

The police has picked up Puppy “Baba” for interrogation. However, the details of the interrogation are unknown.

The police was looking into details of the case before the filing the report.

“We will be able to comment only after we see the body and get versions of all sides,” a police official at Haibowal Kalan police station said.

After the incident, relatives held Udit Rai, an accomplice of the baba, in confinement and questioned him.

The crowd also held Ajmer, an eight-year-old boy, who was witness to the incident, in confinement.

A relative of the deceased said: “The child has told us that Raju was beaten up with a baseball bat and a stick that the ‘baba’ carried. He told us that Raju bled profusely. We too saw blood stains on the ground.”



‘Peti’ Mafia At Rly Station
Excise staff on wild goose chase
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
The “peti” mafia, actively operating at the railway station here and evading taxes worth crores by sending goods to different parts of the country without proper invoices and documentation, appears to have become stronger with the protection allegedly being extended to it by certain railway officials as also the railway police.

The influence that the mafia enjoys within the railway premises here was witnessed by a team of enforcement staff of excise and taxation department here last evening.

As part of the exercise to check tax evasion, a team of the department had set up a checkpoint near Transport Nagar when they saw a loaded Tempo coming out of a transport company.

On the suspicion that the goods were being transported without proper documentation and payment of tax, the excise officials signalled the vehicle to stop.

However, the driver, instead of slowing down, entered the alleys of Hargobind Nagar in a bid to give the officials the slip.

Finding the tax officials on his tail, the driver reportedly hit a car of an official and managed to sped away.

As the enforcement staff followed the vehicle to the railway parcel office, they found the goods unloaded there and in the process of being booked for their respective destinations.

The attempt by the excise officials to take the goods in their custody for verification of invoices and other documents, was however foiled by railway officials and railway protection force staff, who arrived on the scene in no time.

As the altercation between the excise staff and railway officials was on, an operator of the mafia managed to get the goods loaded onto a wagon.Railway officials maintained that once the outward-bound goods were brought inside the railway compound, the excise and taxation staff of the state government could not impound them, while the excise officials claimed otherwise.

The enforcement staff was reported to have lodged a complaint against the Tempo driver with the police, charging him with rash and negligent driving and hitting a car.

Conceding that the efforts of the excise and taxation department to curb the tax evasion were not yielding the desired results due to “uncooperative” railway officials and colluding railway police, a tax official, requesting not to be identified, said operators of the mafia continued to find innovative methods to transport the goods to railway parcel office.

“Not only this, they do not hesitate to come in open confrontation with the enforcement staff when cornered. Now that the railway staff has also joined hands with them, our efforts to nab them have become even more difficult,” he lamented.



LIT complex awaits nod for auction
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 18
After crossing many hurdles, both legal and administrative, right from the conception to completion of construction, the commercial complex of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on the Maharani Jhansi Road here is all set to be put under the hammer after the state government clears the proposed reserved price for the 2.22 acre complex.

Built at a cost of Rs 16 crore and located in the midst of some of the posh residential areas besides lying close to upmarket commercial area of Ghumar Mandi, the complex is expected to yield anything around Rs 200 crore to the cash-strapped LIT, which will come in handy for the body, which has not developed any new residential or commercial scheme for a couple of years now.

LIT officials felt that the trust could have made more money if all 88 units in the complex were auctioned separately over a period but the department of local bodies of the state government is said to have sought a proposal for the sale of the complex as a single unit to the highest bidder in a transparent bidding process.

LIT’s executive officer Avtar Singh Azad said the proposal for conducting open auction of the complex and approval of reserved price was lying pending with the state government.

“As soon as it is cleared, we will take necessary steps to hold the auction so that the complex is thrown open to public.”

The ultra-modern complex, where construction work began in 2000, has a chequered history.

When construction was nearing completion in 2003, the site of the complex was attached and work stopped after three litigants obtained a stay order from a court.

The stay order was upheld by the High Court also and the LIT had to fight an extended legal battle to get the stay vacated from the apex court.

“One case involving area of 400 sq yd has been decided in favour of the LIT by the Supreme Court and we expect a similar verdict in our favour for the other two cases, which involve 600 sq yd piece of land on one side of the complex,” said Azad.

According to trust engineer Bharat Bhushan Sharma, the built-up area in the complex is 8,234 sq yd.

The two-level parking in lower and upper basement will have space of 250 cars and as many two wheelers.

On the ground floor of the complex, provisions have been made to house four banks and 14 showrooms, while it will have two restaurants (food courts), two department stores and 11 showrooms each on first second and third floors.

The fourth floor in the complex will have space of 41 offices and four small shops.

The top floor (5th) will be a residential area with eight apartments, each having three bedrooms and a carpet area of 1,880 sq ft, added Sharma.



Endless ordeal for 5-yr-old rape victim
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Eight months after a five-year-old girl of Rampur village, near Khanna, was raped and thrown into a well to die by her uncle, her life continues to be an ordeal with her family suffering in silence.

Besides facing social stigma, the family is facing threats from the accused’s family of eliminating the girl if they pursued the case.

The rape took place on October 9 last year when her cousin uncle, Narinder Singh, alias Nonny (22), took her away luring her with sweets. Her rectum was torn apart and she was thrown into a 30-foot-deep well with intention to kill.

A case of rape and attempt to murder was registered against him.

When she was brought to the DMC hospital in critical condition she was bleeding profusely. She remained in the well for 12 days and had ingested crustaceans and insects.

She was operated upon for repair of her damaged organs. A portion of her intestine had to be severed. She is only able to pass the stool through an aperture specially formed in her abdomen.

“This has left her sick and tired. She suffers pain in her joints regularly. Whenever she wakes up, she talks of dying. This has left us shaken,” said her grandmother.

Her physical agony is nothing compared to the turmoil that she faces every day at her school. “She hates when her schoolmates pry upon her asking why she was thrown into the well. Whenever she passes through the village street, people come out and start looking at her curiously. She hates those glances and most of the times comes back crying. She wakes up in the middle of the night screaming. We are living through hell,” says her mother.

The family has already spent over Rs 4 lakh on her treatment. Now they are debt-ridden. 



Underage Driving
Stringent laws needed, feel residents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Union women and child development minister Renuka Choudhury’s lashing out of parents for allowing underage children to drive and advocating amendment to relevant laws to bring such parents to the book has elicited a mixed response from city residents.

She had said this yesterday in context of the death of two minors in a road accident in Gurgaon recently.

She had stated that children were not to blame for reckless driving and it was the parents’ job to teach children how to go by the rule book. She had recommended the suspension of licence of those parents who allowed minors to drive to curb underage driving.

The city has witnessed similar cases of reckless driving involving minors.

Supporting the views of the minister, Rakhi, a homemaker, said: “Stringent steps need to be taken by the government so that no one flouts the rules. Parents spoil their children in the name of affection and provide them with expensive motorbikes and cars. Such kids not only put their life at risk but also of innocent people through reckless driving.”

Priya, a class XII student, said it was the responsibility of parents to ensure what was right or wrong for their children. “Mobile phones and motorbikes have become common with children. Such things often end up being abused by them.”

Disagreeing with the minister, Poonam, another homemaker, said: “This is easier said than done. It’s practically impossible to prevent children from riding two-wheelers as vehicles have become a necessity these days. In a competitive world, where students are always in a hurry, two-wheelers are a convenient mode of transport for them. The days of bicycle are over.”



Co-pilot at 13!
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Thirteen-year-old Yuvraj Sehdev has brought laurels to the city by earning himself a co-pilot’s licence from Airtime Canada.

He was part of an aviation and leadership camp for 12 to 15-year-old Ryan students that was organised in Canada.

The two-fold objective of the initiative was to orient students with a hands-on experience of being a pilot and thus opening an avenue to consider aviation as a possible career option and to enhance their self-confidence and boost their leadership skills.

Founder chairman of Ryan International Group of Institutions Dr A.F. Pinto said it was the responsibility of every educational institution to cater to the growing need of quality, skill development education in India.

Therefore, managing director Grace Pinto initiated efforts to establish friendship with institutions across the globe.



MC to improve roads around dry port
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 18
The municipal corporation will chalk out a comprehensive plan to improve roads and other infrastructure around dry port at Dhandari here under a centrally funded scheme aimed at providing better facilities for export promotion.

This was stated by MC superintending engineer Dharam Singh after conducting a joint inspection of the area along with senior officials of custom, department of foreign trade and representatives of Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) here today. He said the approach road to dry port, container freight depot and a couple of other main roads around Dhandari would be strengthened and re-carpeted to ensure smooth flow of heavy traffic related to export business.

Talking to The Tribune, regional chairman of EEPC S.C. Ralhan said the MC would get funds to the tune of Rs 1 crore from ASIDE scheme of the Union ministry of commerce (department of foreign trade) exclusively for improvement of infrastructure related to export promotion.

He said during the inspection, officials of the civic body had been told to prepare detailed plans for strengthening of roads around dry port after which funds would be allocated to them for this purpose.

Joint director general of foreign trade V.K. Gupta, MC joint commissioner Mohinder Pal and additional commissioner of customs Sandeep Puri also accompanied the inspection team at this occasion.



Bank employees hold protest against merger
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Bank employees held a protest demonstration outside the State Bank of Patiala office in Miller Ganj here today.

The employees protested under the banner of Punjab Bank Employees Federation on a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association and All-India Bank Officers Association.

The protesting employees condemned government’s attempts at “financial sector reforms”, including privatisation, mergers and consolidation, unrestricted entry of Foreign Direct Investment in banking sector and mobilisation of high cost deposits from big corporates.

Addressing the employees, Naresh Gaur, secretary of the federation, said the banks had huge amounts of deposits of general public and attempts to privatise banks would be against public interest.

Opposing mergers, he said: “The need of the hour is to strengthen the existing banks and bring more people under banking net. Mergers and FDI would be detrimental to public interest.”

The union leaders also said the number of branches of public sector banks in villages was reducing. Only seven per cent of the total branches are in rural areas whereas there is a strong need to expand the network in villages, they stated.

The Union leaders gave a call to observe July 19 as a ‘Save Public Sector Banks’ day. They also said the federation would hold a state-level rally of employees and officers on July 5 in which over 2,000 employees from various branches across Punjab would participate.



Amanpreet Murder Case
Husband taken to Delhi for narco test
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The city police has taken Sukhdeep Singh, prime accused in the Amanpreet murder case, to the CBI laboratory in New Delhi for a narco test. DIG Ishwar Singh said the police would get into the depth of the case for which the lie detector test of the prime accused, who is the husband of the victim, was essential.

He said the police would not allow any guilty to go scot free in the case.



Better sense prevails

Better sense seemed to prevail among the shopkeepers of Ghumar Mandi affected by sealing by approaching the right person in a right manner. And more sensible was the way adopted by Harish Rai Dhanda to pacify and convince the shopkeepers to set things right their own way, thereby protecting both law and order. Such maturity is expected from all leaders, be it a councillor, an MLA or a MP. However, it should be taken care of that it is not mere eyewash by a politician or a fake commitment by the shopkeepers.

Vicky Dhanda, Ludhiana 

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NRI police station registers first case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The NRI police station, which began functioning on April 12, has registered its first case. The case was registered on a complaint made by an England-based non-residential Indian, Bhagwant Kaur.

According to SP headquarters Harish Kumar, the complainant had alleged illegal construction on her plot at Gill village.

He added that SSP R.K. Jaiswal, after taking the opinion of district attorney (legal), ordered the registration of a case against the accused, Rampal and Rajesh Kumar, both residents of Preet Nagar, Shimla Puri.

According to the complainant, the accused had encroached on around 25 ft of the complainant’s land, which was adjacent to their plot.

The accused had raised a structure on the piece of land and rented it out.

NRI police station in charge Navreet Singh said: “So far, we have received around 70 complaints through email and letters, out of which 25 complaints have been solved.

No arrest has been made so far.



2 booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 18
Avtar Singh and Ramandeep Singh of Manuke allegedly trespassed into the house of Bant Singh of their village on June 11 and assaulted him with iron rod and sticks. The local police has now registered a case under Sections 452, 323 and 34 IPC. Some dispute of land is said to be the reason behind. No arrest has been made so for.

One held with knife

Amarjit Singh of Lohatbaddi was arrested by HC Jarnail Singh on June 17 near Sua Pul Johlan. The police recovered a spring knife from his possession, which he was keeping without license. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered by the Raikot police.



10-day summer camp concludes with a bang
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 18
Distinguished participants of the 10-day sports and educational summer camp of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, Chhappar, were felicitated at a concluding function organised on school campus yesterday.

Principal Kartar Singh presided over the function and Par Upkar Singh Ghuman; president of the Ludhiana Bar Association was the chief guest.

Appreciating the school authorities in promoting talent among children hailing from agrarian families, Ghuman called upon the students to make maximum use of facilities available to them. He acknowledged that the outstanding sportspersons were good at studies also.

Students were given training in football and hockey during the camp besides preparing them for various athletic events. Plays and movies showing patriotic were also shown.

An elaborate cultural program was presented on the occasion. Manpreet Singh, Tandeep Kaur, Sukhminder Singh, Amanpreet Kaur, Satnam Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Kaljinder Kaur, Paramveer Singh, Amanjot Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, Navdeep Kaur, Harpreet Singh, Tandeep Kaur, Sukhmansher Singh, Pawandeep Kaur, Charandeep Singh and Husanpreet Kaur were among others who were felicitated for their achievement in athletics.

Paramdeep Kaur, Kamaldip Kaur, Lokeshwinder Singh were declared best shooters. Jaspreet Kaur and Harjap Singh were felicitated for outstanding performance in yoga. 



Kids hone skills at summer camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
A two-week-long Gold's kids summer camp organised by Gold's gym, concluded here on Monday.

The camp offered children an opportunity to experience new things and make their vacations exciting.

According to gym’s general manager Smith Puri, children seemed to become more sedentary every year and were becoming prone to weight gain during summer vacation due to negligible participation in physical activities and increasing interest toward television and video games.

He said such camps provided opportunities to children to exercise, learn about a healthy diet and stay physically fit. Children needed regular exercise to build strong bones and muscles, he added.

Exercises also helped adolescents maintain healthy weight despite hormonal changes, rapid growth and social influences that often led to overeating.

Sketching, painting, dance, bhangra, personality development, table manners, pool games, nutrition classes, rock climbing, learning defense by kick-boxing, group dynamics, yoga, trip to Hardy world, and a movie show were conducted during the camp.



10 PTU students shortlisted by Infosys
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The placement cell of Quest Infosys organised campus interviews for Punjab Technical University students pursuing courses under the university's distant education programme. The interviews were conducted at Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP), Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana.

Er J.S. Kular, executive director of the learning centre, company representatives Dixit Guleria, territory manager, Bhupinder Singh, Gurvinderpal Singh and Harbaksh, sales managers of HDFC Bank, were present. Just before the commencement of the interview, Dixit Guleria delivered a pre-placement talk. He informed the students about job profile of the staff required by their bank. Ten students were shortlisted for jobs in the marketing sector and have been called for the second round of interviews.



Physiotherapy beyond bones and joints
Check-up week at Hero DMCH begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
The department of physiotherapy at Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) began a free physiotherapy week today.

Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist and coordinator, HDHI, said, “Physiotherapy is a discipline which has not yet been explored to its optimum. Of late, we have witnessed many cases wherein the most elementary knowledge could have saved patients from developing a host of complications. The initiative is a part of our campaign to make the common man aware of the different medical conditions wherein physiotherapy can prove to be immensely helpful.”

Elaborating on the diverse uses of physiotherapy, Dr Som Gupta, physiotherapist, HDHI, remarked that people only related physiotherapy to cases of orthopedic problems whereas it had applications much beyond just bones and joints. For individuals with cardiopulmonary disorders or those who underwent cardiac or pulmonary surgery, physiotherapic rehabilitation offered great benefits, the doctor added.

“Also, as people go through the normal aging process, physiotherapy can not only help in cases of joint problems, but also in cases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, balance disorders and incontinence. This branch called geriatric physiotherapy helps the elderly by developing a specialised programme to restore mobility, reduce pain and increase fitness levels,” the doctor said.

Another branch called neurological physiotherapy is focused on working with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and stroke. Therapists can help patients improve in such areas of dysfunction as paralysis, poor balance and loss of functional independence.

Most people are unaware that physiotherapic exercises during pregnancy are very helpful in ensuring a normal and non-cesarean delivery. Post-pregnancy, these help in regaining body shape by toning up lax joints and muscles. Besides these applications, the most well-known use of physiotherapy is in cases of dysfunction of musculoskeletal system and rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery. It helps in cases of post-operative joints, acute sport injuries, and arthritis.

Counselling about posture-related problems at work place was one of the most common uses of physiotherapy, informed the experts. 



Early detection of cervix cancer vital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
Chief of Gynae Oncology at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Dr Veena Jain was recently invited at the CME organised by Sevagram Wardha Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society and Kasturba Health Society at MGIMS at Sewagram, Maharashtra. The theme of the National CME 2008 was Women’s Health Nation’s Wealth.

Dr Jain delivered a talk on ‘Fertility Sparing Surgery in Carcinoma Cervix’.

Cervix cancer is the commonest cancer among Indian women. About one-lakh new cases of cervix cancer are diagnosed every year in India.

Indian women get married at a young age and complete their family before they can develop cancer cervix. But lately there is a change in trend with women being equally oriented to professional career. Women are now getting married at a later age and plan their pregnancy according to the professional commitments. If a woman suffers from cancer cervix before completing her family, she needs to preserve her uterus and get treatment at the same time.

The conference was attended by more than 300 gynaecologists from Maharashtra and other parts of India.

Dr Jain also participated as an expert in an open forum, where more than 15 cases with difficult problems involving cancer of genital tract in females were discussed.

The fertility preserving surgery can be performed only if patient is diagnosed in early stage of cancer. Most of the women in India (more than 70 per cent) are diagnosed at a later stage when surgery is not possible. Regular screening with pap’s smear, which is done once a year, can help diagnose them at an early stage so that their uterus can be preserved with control of cancer also.



69 attend softball trials
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 18
The two-day selection trials to choose Punjab senior men and women softball teams for the upcoming Senior National Softball Championship were held at the multi-purpose stadium of Guru Nanak Sports Complex and were concluded here today.

Thirty-four girls and 35 boys attended the trials which were organised by the Punjab Softball Association to pick up the probables for the national meet scheduled to start from June 25 to 30 in Chandigarh, said association honorary general secretary, P.N. Passi.

The selection panel of Harpal Kaur, Daljeet Kaur, Inderbir Singh, Chamkaur Singh, Jugal Kishore and Onkar Singh supervised the aspirants during the trials. The names of the Punjab teams would be finalised tomorrow, Passi said.



Coaching camp for tennis players
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 18
Harvest Tennis Academy at Jasowal, near Ludhiana, will organise a 10-day summer coaching camp for budding tennis players from June 21 to 30 on its courts.

Stating this here yesterday, academy vice-president Simmy Saran said coaches of the academy would fine-tune the skills of young boys and girls playing in the national and international tennis circuits.

She said the academy had invited top-ranked players from the region to avail themselves of the opportunity to learn from world-class coaches.

The camp, spread over seven hours a day, would integrate the advancement of tennis skills with the development of athleticism and mental strength through physical training by foreign coaches through scientific training methods like radar gun, ball throwing machines etc. AC accommodation, organic food and 24-hour security would be the added featuers of the camp, she added.



5 to represent district
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 18
As many as five students of Ramgarhia Secondary School, Malergunj, were selected for a 10-day long hiking and trekking camp organised by the youth services department.

The camp will take place at Kullu and Manali.

Paramjit Singh, Bhushan Kumar, Bharat Bhushan, Daljit Singh and Daljeet Singh. Principal Raja Singh and NSS programme officer Davinder Singh Lotey wished the luck to the selected students for for their expedition.

These students will represent the district at the camp.



16 students scale heights
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, June 18
Sixteen students of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, attended a 10-day youth leadership training and hiking trekking camp held at Solang Valley, Manali (HP). This camp was organised by department of youth welfare, Punjab University, Chandigarh. Ravi Kumar Nuri of BA I was selected as best camper in youth leadership training camp and Jasdeep Singh of BA I won best performer award in cultural activities. Students attended the camp under the able guidance and supervision of professor Amit Narula and professor Varinder Kumar.

More than 90 students from various colleges affiliated to Punjab University attended this camp. Students were given training on rock climbing, rappelling and river crossing. Different lectures and activities were organised to inculcate the sense of self-discipline, physical fitness, co-operation, peaceful co-existence, community living and sportsmanship. Students visited Rohtang Pass, trekked to Dhundi and Patalsu peak and paid obeisance at Hadimba Devi Temple and Vashist Temple.

Principal Dr Suresh Tandon lauded the efforts of staff members and campers on this achievement and added that these camps are necessary to develop leadership, decision-making and positive thinking capabilities in students.

Piara Singh Kalsi, president, N.K. Khanna secretary, Gobindgarh Education and Social Welfare Trust (GESWT), and Vimal Vinod Bansal, chairman, GPC, congratulated principal and the concerned staff members and participants for putting up a good show during the camp.



Harnimrat, Pomi to lead Punjab swimming squads
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 18
Harnimrat Singh from Sangrur and Pomi Mandal from Ropar have been selected to lead the Punjab boy's and girl's teams, respectively, in the 25th Sub-junior National Aquatic Championship to be held from June 26 to 29 at Kolkata.

According to honorary general secretary of the Punjab Swimming Association Balraj Sharma, on the basis of their performance in the sub-junior Punjab State Swimming Championship held in Ludhiana on June 1, the following 10 boys and nine girls have been selected to represent the state in the national meet:

The teams: Harnimrat Singh, Punitinder Singh, Harsimran Singh, Kajal Saini, Richansha and Harleen Kaur from Sangrur; Kulwinder Singh and Naseen Singh from Amritsar; Shahbaz Bhullar and Rajan Roop Singh from Ferozepur; Heman, Alisha, Jasmine and Vibhuti Syal from Patiala; Pomi Mandal from Ropar; Manavdeep Singh Bal, Shubhkarman Dhaliwal and Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal from Ludhiana; Deesh Deep Ghai from Jalandhar.

Ravneet Singh from Amritsar, Babu Dass from the Punjab Police and Jaswinder Kaur from Ludhiana will accompany the teams as officials while Tarlochan Singh from Ferozepur and Gagandeep Singh from Nawanshahr had been appointed technical officials, Sharma added.



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