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Independents spring a surprise in 3 towns
Tribune News Service

An elderly woman on a wheelchair on her way to a polling booth in Mandi Ahmedgarh.
An elderly woman on a wheelchair on her way to a polling booth in Mandi Ahmedgarh. A Tribune photo

Ludhiana, June 30
The SAD-BJP alliance won the MC elections in six towns of the district. Independents sprung a major surprise in Ahmedgarh where they won 12 out of 15 seats, defeating Congress, SAD and BJP.

The elections remained largely peaceful with sporadic incident of violence and skirmishes. There were allegations of rigging but no election was cancelled.

A man was shot at in Samrala near PNB Bank but it had nothing to do with elections, the police said.

Mandi Gobindgarh: No political party got a majority with Independents winning seven seats out of the total 19. The SAD won five, BJP three and the Congress four.

The prominent winners are: Harmeet Kaur Bhambri won in Ward No. 7, PPCC cashier Joginder Paul Singla in Ward No. 17, Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri and his wife Kamaljit Kaur of the SAD won in Ward Nos. 11 and 13, respectively, Morcha Dharam Pal in Ward No. 6, Mukand Aggarwal (Independent) in Ward No. 18. Two Independents supported by the SAD (Amritsar), Gurdeep Singh Goldi and Satnam Singh, won from Ward Nos. 5 and 14.

The other results are: Ward No. 1 Gurdev Singh Rehal (BJP); Ward No. 2 Satinder Kaur Bajwa (Ind); Ward No. 3 Raj Rani (Cong); Ward No. 4 Rajiv Sood (BJP); Ward No. 5 Gurdeep Singh Goldi (Ind); Ward No. 6 Dharam Pal (BJP), Ward No. 7 Harmeet Kaur (Congress); Ward No. 8 O.P. Gupta (Ind); Ward No. 9 Jagmeet Singh Sahota (Cong); Ward No. 10 Balwinder Kaur Salana (SAD); Ward No. 11 Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri (SAD); Ward No. 12 Rakesh Kumar Pappu (Ind); Ward No. 13 Kamaljit Kaur Bhambri (SAD); Ward No. 14 Satnam Singh (Ind); Ward No. 15 Harpal Singh Nasrali (SAD); Ward No. 16 Daljit Kaur (SAD); Ward No. 17 Joginder Pal Singla (Cong); Ward No. 18 Bal Mukand Aggarwal (Ind); and Ward No. 19 Mamta Jaluria (Ind).

Mandi Ahmedgarh: Independents ruled the roost in the Ahmedgarh municipal council elections by pocketing 12 out of 15 seats. The BJP lost all five seats it contested from while SAD retained three out of seven.

Despite allegations of large-scale rigging and violence by SAD during the panchayat polls in this district, polling passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported till the conclusion of polling.

Minor incidents were reported from some booths where senior SAD and BJP leaders contested and lost the election.

Approximately 75 per cent voters, including a record number of women, cast their ballot amid tight security though allegations of partiality by the polling staff in favour of the ruling party were levelled. However, SAD workers and leaders denied any campaign to coerce the voters.

Despite apprehensions of violence, there was a lot of enthusiasm among the voters.

The young and elderly could be seen making their way to booths.

At MGMN Senior Secondary School (ward No. 11), polling had to be stopped intermittently as supporters of the Congress and SAD candidates entered into a scuffle over the issue of identification of voters. Polling agent of SAD candidate Jagwant Singh Jaggie walked out and raised slogans against the staff many times. Commotion prevailed as the opposing parties levelled allegations against each other. The polling staff informed the district administration following which DSP (special branch) Hardevinder Singh Sandhu reached the spot and defused the situation.

Similarly, at ward Nos. 1 and 14, commotion prevailed for a long time.

Avtar Jassal (ward No. 1), Jiwan Singh (ward No. 2), Harbans Kaur Sekha (ward No. 3), Bhag Siingh Bhgga (ward No. 4), Usha Sood (ward No. 6), Dislhad Khan (ward No. 7), Surinder Kumar (ward No. 8), Manjit Chaudhari (ward No. 9), Kedar Kapila (ward No. 10), Bimal Kumar Sharma (ward No. 11), Rajnish Gudo (ward No. 13), Ravinder Puri (ward No. 14) (all Independents), Baljit Kaur Karwal SAD (ward No. 15) Shiraj Mohd SAD (ward No. 5), Gupreet Kaur SAD (ward No. 12) defeated their rivals by wide margins.

Jagwant Singh Jaggie, district general secretary, Ravinder Superfine, president, city Congress, Ashoo Tosh Vinayak, former president, Bhartya Yuva Morcha, Kishori Lal Badhan, former president, and Jatinder Kumar Bhola, former president, are among the losers. (Inputs from Bhushan Sood and Mahesh Sharma)



In Khanna, no clear winner

Khanna, June 30
The elections in Khanna were peaceful barring a few incidents of minor violence. The SAD and the Congress won 10 seats each while the BJP won five. Independents got two seats.

The police was patrolling areas where the situation had gone out of control. Normalcy was restored on the intervention of senior police officials. Around 80 per cent voting was reported.



In Doraha, it was photo finish
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 30
Out of a total of 13 wards here, the SAD-BJP alliance won seven seats while the Congress got six.

In Ward No. 1, Lal Chand Lali of the Congress defeated Darshan Singh Kala (SAD-BJP) with a mere 14 votes.

In Ward No. 2 (reserved seat), Vicky Rani of the Congress defeated SAD-BJP candidate Karamjit Kaur by 65 votes.

Out of the six candidates that were in the fray in Ward No. 3, Adarsh Pal Bector (Cong) candidate defeated Uday Sharma (SAD-BJP) by 30 votes. In Ward No. 4, Sudarshan Kumar Sharma (Cong) defeated BJP president Vinod Kumar Bector, SAD-BJP alliance candidate by 226 votes.

Bibi Satwinder Kaur, an alliance candidate, got the better of Surinder Kaur Daburjee of the Congress in Ward No. 5.

In Ward No. 6, Kanwaljit Singh Bittu (Cong) defeated Captain Jarnail Singh, allialce candidate while in Ward No. 7, Manjit Singh Jaggi of the Akali Dal, gained an upper hand over Kulwant Singh of the Congress.

In Ward No. 8, S.P. Sood, Congress councillor defeated Tarlochan Singh Sethi, an Independent with the support of the alliance and the MCPI (U). Gurwinder Singh Babbar, an alliance candidate from Ward No. 9 defeated Jasminder Singh Jassa, a former councillor and Congress candidate.

Savtantar Kaur, daughter-in-law of former MC chief Harnam Kaur and Congress candidate from Ward No. 10 was defeated by Devinder Kaur Sethi of the SAD-BJP alliance. In Ward No. 11, Inderjit Singh Kala, alliance candidate, defeated Ramesh Kumar of the Congress. Harnek Singh (Akali Dal) of Ward No. 12 defeated Jagroop Singh of the BJP. In Ward No. 13, Kulwant Kaur defeated Gurmit Kaur Roobal, a BJP candidate. No Congress candidate had filed nomination papers from this ward.



Over 75 pc polling in Doraha
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, June 30
More than 75 per cent polling was reported till 3.30 pm here today. Tehsildar ,Payal, Mandeep Singh Dhillon, said voting was more or less peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Doraha.

Akali and Congress candidates seemed to be satisfied with the polling process and no incident of booth capturing was reported. Congress leader Bant Singh Daburjee said the polling was conducted in a systematic manner.

Only in Ward Nos. 4 and 6 there was some problem which was resolved soon.

Long queues were seen in front of booths.


5 sustain burns as transformer catches fire
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 30
Five persons sustained burns and some cattle were reported to have died following electrocution after a 33 KV transformer supplying power to the Air Force station at Halwara caught fire yesterday.

The mishap occurred when slack 33 KV lines from the 66 KV grid at Sudhar snapped and fell on 11 KV feeder lines serving Budhail village.

With the high voltage current going back to the transformer, it caught fire following a blast. Fire fighters from the Air Force station, along with the fire brigade, took over three hours to control the fire.

Residents of Sarbha basti in Budhail village claimed that the current kept running in the snapped high tension lines for quite some time as a result of which five persons sustained burns and a few cattle heads had been electrocuted.

They said complaints of slack wires had been lodged with the PSEB several times, but nothing was done about it.

Three persons have been admitted to a nursing home in Sudhar while the other two have been discharged. PSEB officials said the transformer and high tension lines had caused a loss of nearly Rs 50 lakh to the board.

Efforts were on to replace the damaged equipment and restore power supply to the area, they added.



Drowning Case
SSP orders probe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
SSP R.K. Jaiswal today ordered an inquiry into the Bittu drowning case. The 10-year-old boy had died after drowning in a pit dug by the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) in Dugri on Saturday.

The SSP said he had marked the case to SP (city) Ashish Chaudhary. He said prima facie it appeared to be a case of negligence and the poor family should be compensated for the death.

Jaiswal said he had asked Chaudhary to call on the aggrieved family. If they were willing to submit a complaint, immediate action would be taken and a case registered.

He said the family had not filed a complaint to the police although a police party had gone to them after the news of the death.

“I have read from a newspaper report that the boy met with such a tragic end. Else, it looked like an accident. But now it is pointing towards negligence,” said Jaiswal.

Bittu had fallen in the pit dug by PUDA to raise a commercial building. The water had flooded the pit and overflowed onto the surrounding area, making the surface look even.

He had left his house on Saturday morning and his body was found from the ground that evening.

The story was highlighted in these columns today. No action was taken against anybody and no case was registered.

Area residents have, however, decided to fight a battle of justice for the poor migrant family. “We have sent copies of newspaper reports to the higher police authorities in Chandigarh. We will fight for the family, who are scared to come forward with a complaint,” said Manjeet Singh Mehram, a resident.

Area councillor Gurdeep Kaur said she would visit the family in the evening. “I will find out as to why they have not submitted a complaint as yet,” she said.



Srinagar Turmoil
Residents shelve pilgrimage plans
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
A number of city residents have postponed pilgrimage plans to the Amarnath shrine owing to the week-long violence in the valley over the controversy surrounding land transfer to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

While the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has assured of providing all facilities and security to Amarnath pilgrims during the ongoing yatra, which will continue for two months, devotees have expressed concern over the situation.

Even though the board had said that they did not want the land, tension still remained.

A large number of pilgrims feels that it is advisable to postpone the pilgrimage until the situation normalises.

Rajesh Saxena and his friends, who have postponed their visit to the holy cave for some time, said: “We are waiting for the situation to normalise. Once peace prevails in the valley, we will start our pilgrimage.”

Rajinder Sharma, national president of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Welfare Organisation, said: “Many devotees have already visited the holy cave and many are still on their way. Some people have postponed their pilgrimage due to violence. The yatra will regain momentum once the situation gets normal.”



Drug abuse by schoolchildren on the rise
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Drug addiction is on the rise amongst schoolchildren with most of them having an easy access to drugs and alcohol in the absence of check by law enforcement agencies.

Teenagers going to top schools in the city located in posh localities are addicted to contraband like heroin, smack, opium, codeine, cocaine, amphetamine, bhang and charas; cough syrup like Corex, Pensedryl; Proxyvon capsules; injections like norphine, morphine, fortwin; tobacco; alcohol.

Some teenagers even abuse substances like putting Iodex on bread, sniffing petrol fumes, insecticides, shoe polish and correction fluid.

Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, neuro-psychiatrist and drug de-addiction specialist at Guru Tegh Bahadur Charitable Hospital Dr Paramjit Singh Khurana said: “Around 20 fresh teenage cases of drug addiction are reported at the hospital every month.”

Dr Khurana referred to hookah joints as an easy access for teenagers to initiate their experiment with intoxicant.

“There were some recent cases wherein students admitted to having experimented with hookah first, followed by their addiction to charas and smack. The administration should discourage such joints as they are becoming a haunt for drug addicts,” Dr Khurana observed.

Doctors and law enforcement agencies should work in unison to curb the demand and supply of drugs, said a doctor working with drug addicts for the past one decade.

A resident of Model Town Extension said Dr Ambedkar Nagar, near Model Town Extension, was a hub of drug peddlers, who also supplied drugs to students.

“I have witnessed high school boys buy charas, opium and smack from men dressed up like beggars in the locality. Ironically, the police has failed to take action against these peddlers,” he added.

Specialists working at various drug de-addiction centres in the city pronounced that drug use was associated with a variety of negative consequences, including increased risk of serious drug use later in life, school failure, and poor judgment which put teens at risk of accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex, and suicide.

Parents could help teens through education on drugs, open communication, good role modelling, and early recognition if problems are developing, felt specialists.



Veggies on the boil
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Heavy rainfall has hit the supply of vegetables leading to a 20 per cent to 50 per cent rise in their prices within the past two weeks.

Common man is in for tougher times as prices may zoom further in the coming days, said experts. The past two weeks have seen a significant rise in prices of vegetables like cauliflower, green pea, bottle gourd, cucumber and capsicum.

“Vegetable prices have been continually rising. These days the rates are rising at a much faster rate. Worse is that there is little variety available,” rued Sudha Sharma, a homemaker.

In the wholesale markets, onion rates have doubled and it is now priced at Rs 7-8, while potato has recorded roughly 30 per cent rise and is priced at around Rs 10.

Bottle gourd, earlier priced at Rs 7 to 8 per kilogram is now available for not less than Rs 12, while the rate of capsicum has risen from Rs 12 to Rs 17 per kg.

Cucumber too has recorded a nearly double rise and is now priced at Rs 10 per kg from the previous rate of Rs 5-6 per kilo.

Green pea is available for Rs 22 per kg in comparison to Rs 13-14 a fortnight ago, while pumpkin is priced at around Rs 6 per kilo and French beans are available for Rs 16 per kg.

Prices in retail markets are 30 per cent to 100 per cent higher than wholesale.

“Supply has drastically reduced due to heavy rainfall. The widened demand-supply gap has led to the price rise. In the coming days, rates may continue to rise at a similar rate,” said Amarbir Singh, general secretary of the Ludhiana Fruit and Vegetable Commission Agents Association.

Diminished supply has left people with fewer options. “Unlike around a month ago, when we cooked green vegetables for both meals, these days, it is pulses and grams that we cook more often. There are fewer veggies and the ones that are available are exorbitantly priced,” said Simranjit Kaur, another resident.

The situation in case of fruits is reverse. There are not many takers for melons, watermelons, which has caused a steep reduction in their prices. Even mango prices have recorded a downfall of over 30 per cent.



Parks in bad condition

Parks and green belts provided by PUDA in Phases I, II, III of Urban Estate are in a bad condition. Wild growth and waste material can be seen all over the parks most of which are without boundary walls. Some of the residents have managed to maintain a few parks in front of their houses from their own pocket while others continue to face the callousness of the authorities.

Various welfare associations have approached the municipal corporation through media and written requests from time to time, but nothing has been done to upkeep the parks. The authorities should pay immediate attention to the problem.

H.S. Lamba, Ludhiana

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Sena men protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Activists of the All-India Shiv Sena today staged a protest against J&K government’s decision to withdraw the land allotted to the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. State unit president Kamlesh Bhardwaj warned the government against playing with the sentiments of the Hindus. If the government did not return the land to the board, the Sena would send a delegation to Jammu.



Industrialist duped of Rs 5.10 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Two Bangalore residents have allegedly duped a local trader of Rs 5.10 lakh by giving a fake draft as payment for a machine.

Yogesh Kumar, owner of Hi-tech International of Industrial Area, Ludhiana, has in a complaint lodged with the economic offences wing of the city police claimed that the accused — Ranesh Bhai and Ganesh Bhai, owners of Sachin Enterprises (50, BARA, near Pes College, Bangalore) — bought a machine from him but the draft of Rs 5.10 lakh turned out to be fake.

The police has registered a case.



BCA/BCom preferred over BA/BSc
Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
The newly introduced professional courses in both government colleges of the city are attracting a large number of students. Students prefer to join BCA, BCom to the traditional BA, BSc courses if the sale of forms for different courses in the government colleges is any indication. Secondly, both these institutions continue to attract more students due to their low fee structure as compared to private institutions and better results in the university.

As per information, the bachelor of computer application (BCA) at SCD Government College has started from this academic session (2008-09) and more than 2,200 application forms have already been sold. There are just 40 seats for BCA course.

One of the faculty members disclosed that career-oriented students chose professional courses. "We are surprised to see the enthusiasm among students for BCA/BCom courses at our college. We never expected to get such tremendous response in the first year itself," he said.

According to sources at Government College for Women, approximately 800-1,000 application forms for BA were sold in the college till date as compared to 1,700 and above in previous years. For BSc medical 80 students and BSc non-medical, just 200 candidates took the application forms whereas the college used to get about 200 and 450 application forms for BSc medical and non-medical, respectively, from the university.

But for just 50 seats of BCA, the college has already sold over 700 application forms.

The city has no dearth of colleges otherwise but the government institutions remained on priority among majority of students. Revathi Jain, a BCA aspirant said, "Students of this college hold many university positions every year which means that it provides good atmosphere for studies," she said.

The reasonable fee structure was another reason for parents to prefer the government colleges over private institutions. Satinderbir Singh, a parent, said he had decided to put his ward in SCD College. "For one-year BCA course, the fee is between Rs 14,000 and 15,000, but for the same course, one of the private institutes here asked for Rs 24,000. My son has scored well in Class XII, I hope he will get the admission here," he said.



Love Dale students showcase talent
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
The summer camp that was being held at Love Dale came to end with a function Le Baron today. Principal of Love Dale Prittama said: ''Though the camp did not witness any summer as the weather God was kind to shower rains throughout, the camp helped and inspired students to go through interesting and intensive training schedule.

The dance performance by students trained by instructors Bittu, Shilpa and Jaskirat enthralled the audience. Other events like folk dance, kalbelia, Punjabi dance, western dance, modelling and bhangra were also presented by the tiny tots. Shiv Kumar (IPS) was the chief guest. He gave away prizes to the students.



Navroop is state BDS topper
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Navroop Kaur Bajwa, student of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, Ludhiana, has topped the state in the BDS final-year examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, by securing 987 marks.

She has also got distinction in operative dentistry and endodontics and pedodontia and preventive dentistry. On being congratulated, an exuberant Navroop thanked the Almighty and her parents for all their love and support. She also expressed her gratitude towards her teachers for their guidance and motivation. "Above all, I am sincerely indebted to chairman Baba Jaswant Singh for his blessings and providing us with a conducive environment for the overall development and inspiring us to achieve academic excellence," the student went on to add.

Rohin Takkiar and Guneet Juneja have also made the college proud by securing the third and 10th positions, respectively.



Patients counselled on obesity
Our Correspondent

Doraha, June 30
Around 100 patients attended the 4th obesity support group meeting at a local hospital here yesterday. Hospital director and chief of surgery Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu emphasised the importance of obesity support group and said it was created to bring people, who have undergone sufferings due to obesity, on one platform and address their sufferings.

The group helped remove inhibitions in getting moral, psychological and medical support. It served to create a social network to which patients could turn for any type of emotional, nutritional and psychological support.

The group has a coordinator and a 24-hour helpline for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. He warned about health hazards related to obesity and said it put one at a higher risk of developing many serious medical conditions.

There are over 30 obesity-related medical conditions that can damage the quality of life and cause early death.

Some obesity-related medical conditions include type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cancers, carpal tunnel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, gallbladder disease, gout, hypertension, infertility, liver disease, low back pain, obstetric and gynaecologic complications, sleep apnea, stroke and urinary stress incontinence.

He said obesity had risen to epidemic proportions the world over with over 2 billion people falling in the overweight and obese category. Globally, the number of overweight people equalled the number of underweight people.

Latest data from the national center of health services in the USA reveals 34 per cent prevalence of obesity in American adults.

Even in recent survey conducted in Punjab, 26 per cent men and 28 per cent women were overweight.

According to the national institute of health, UK, bariatric surgery was the only effective treatment for long-term sustained weight loss.



IDA honours dental surgeon
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
The Indian Dental Association Ludhiana branch, organised a function to felicitate city-based dental surgeon Dr Bhagwant Singh for getting re-elected as vice-president of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation at the Asia Pacific Dental Congress held recently at Bangkok.

IDA state president Dr J.S. Judge said Dr Bhagwant was only the second Indian to be elected to the post and first to be elected twice.

Around 150 dentists of the city, including renowned personalities, from different walks of life attended the felicitation ceremony.

IDA Ludhiana president Dr Amar Singh and secretary Dr Vikas Jindal were also present.

Dr Bhagwant was presented with a roll of honour.



Modify lifestyle to fight diabetes: Docs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 30
Around 250 persons were examined during the 57th free diabetes detection camp at Diabetes Free World, near SDP College for Women in Shivpuri. The camp was organised by the district unit of NIMA.

Many with pre-diabetic status were advised to go for the corrective diet plan and lifestyle modifications though no medicines were prescribed to them.

NIMA doctors were led by district secretary of the association Dr Surendra Gupta.

Many non-diabetics suffering from neuropathy due to vitamin deficiency were advised to opt for the vegetarian diet. They were asked to consume healthy salads, fresh and leafy vegetables, pulses (non-crushed, non-washed, whole pulses and whole grains.

The doctors also advised diabetic patients to fight insulin resistance by adopting better lifestyle, regular walk and yoga.



Sushil, Jacky star in Lions win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 30
Fine bowling by Jacky (5 for 8) and Sushil (4 for 22) steered Roaring Lions XI to a comfortable four-wicket victory against Youngsters’ XI on the second day of the first Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (u-19) being organised by the Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Association at the Government Polytechnic Institute, Rishi Nagar, here today.

Two matches were slated for the day, but the rain that lashed the city last night rendered the ground unplayable and the organisers had to reschedule the matches. Thus, only one match could be played.

Yongesters' XI won the toss and elected to bat. However, their decision proved to be a miscalculated one as they could muster only 82 runs in 14 overs. Ricky top scored with 35 runs, followed by Arvind who made 25 while Mandeep contributed 10 runs.

For Roaring Lions XI, Jacky and Sushil were the pick of bowlers. Jacky sent down two overs and took five wickets for just eight runs while Sushil grabbed four wickets for 22 runs in four overs which included a hat-trick. Sunpreet captured one wicket for six runs.

Roaring Lions XI made the required runs in just 17 overs after losing six wickets. Their innings revolved around Gursharan Singh (22), Devinder (16) and Gaurav Ajay Kaura who remained unbeaten on 18 runs.

For the losers, Dushyant was the most successful bowler, claiming three wickets in 3 overs after conceding 18 runs. Ankur scalped one victim for 12 runs.



AITA: Tejas, Rohit sail into second round
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 30
On the third day of the annual PAU AITA Total Tennis Talent Series Championship organised by the Total Tennis Academy on the Punjab Agricultural University campus courts here today, Tejas Kapoor of Delhi and Rohit Puri from Haryana scored easy victories in the main draw matches and moved into the second round.

Both recorded wins in the boy’s u-12 years section. Tejas faced little challenge from his rival Santbir Singh from Punjab whom he drubbed 4-0 and 4-2, while Rohit thrashed Yashbir Grewal of Punjab 4-0, 4-0 in the other match.

In other matches, Mayank Rawat from Uttarakhand registered a comfortable victory over Daksh Verma of Punjab (4-1, 4-0); Sultan Singh of Uttar Pradesh defeated Prerak of Punjab 4-2, 5-4; Vibhu Khurana from Uttar Pradesh toiled hard to outplay Apoorav Reddy from Andhra Pradesh 3-5, 4-2, 4-1; Ankur Verma of Punjab managed to squeeze past Param Pun of Chandigarh 5-3, 5-4; Jodhpal Singh of Punjab got the better of Abhinav Mahajan of Punjab 4-1, 4-2; Himanshu More of Haryana beat Kshitij Verma of Punjab 4-1, 4-0; Fatehbir Singh of Punjab scored a facile 4-0, 4-0 win over Meet Rawal from Punjab and Abhijit Singh of Chandigarh outnumbered Amartiya of Punjab 4-1, 4-2.

In the boy’s u-14 years section, Maka Krishna Chetnaya of Andhra Pradesh beat Sheel Sagar of Delhi 4-0, 4-2; Rishav Dev of Punjab defeated Vishav Beriwal of Haryana 4-0, 4-2; Param Pun of Chandigarh outclassed N. Veer Kumar of Tamil Nadu 4-0, 4-1; Himanshu Sagar of Delhi pipped Ankur of Punjab 4-0, 4-1; Jasjeet Singh of Punjab prevailed over Andrew Pardeep of Chandigarh 4-0, 5-4 and Harpreet Singh of Punjab beat Tejas Kapoor of Delhi 4-1, 5-3.

All winners of today’s matches in the u-14 years category moved into the second round.



Dosti Cup from July 2
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 30
The Deaf Cricket Federation, Punjab, will organise Dosti Cup Cricket Tournament between Punjab XI (India) and Punjab XI (Pakistan) from July 2 to 6, according to federation general secretary Padam Passi.

Three twenty20 matches will be played at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.

The first match of the cup will be played at Gandhi ground, Amritsar, on July 2, the second at Bulton Park, Jalandhar, on July 4, and the third and last match will be held at the Punjab Agricultural University ground, Ludhiana, on July 7.

The following players have been selected to represent Punjab XI (India) in the forthcoming tournament: Varinder Singh, Arun Kumar, Munish Babbar, Rohit Kumar, Paramdeep Singh, Hitsh Soni, Surinder Singh, Abhimanyu, Satyanarayan, Karamdeep Singh, Riten Sood, Dilbagh Singh, Kirandeep Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Deepak Kala and Gurdeep Singh.



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