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Bains, Gabria men clash at sangat darshan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Discipline among workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal became a casualty today when supporters of jails minister Hira Singh Gabria and Youth Akali Dal president Simarjit Singh Bains clashed on the stage of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's sangat darshan at Basant Park here this evening just a few minutes before the CM reached the function.

Hardev Singh, a supporter of Bains, sustained minor injuries and turbans of workers were tumbled around during the incident when supporters of both leaders manhandled and abused each other over the issue of reading a welcome note for the CM.

The supporters also hurled abuses, pushed each other and even manhandled several workers. Timely intervention by the police prevented the scene from turning uglier. Incidentally, Bains was present on the spot when the incident took place. Gabria arrived with the CM. When the CM arrived the supporters were working on their dishevelled turbans.

Gabria and Bains have been at loggerheads for the past some time. Bains was a strong contender for the post of the mayor in the city and Gabria was supporting mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura. The latter was named the mayor finally and the development had not gone down well with Bains.

Differences among the mayor and Bains remained the talk of the town for quite some time after Gyaspura took over.

They used to air their differences publicly also till the CM was said to have intervened and asked them to bury the hatchet. Though both shook hands in public, the problem continued to brew.


Badal opens bridge over Dugri
* Rs 50,000 cr to be spent on power projects
* Rs 78 cr released for development in wards
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of a bridge at Sidhwan canal near Dugri here.

The bridge to be constructed at the cost of Rs 1.50 crore was a long pending demand of area residents, who were complaining of heavy traffic due to the narraow existing bridge.

While addressing a gathering here today, Badal said to sort out the power problem and ensure the fast industrial growth, power projects of the 9,000 MW capacity were being executed approximately at a cost of Rs 50,000 crore in the state during the next four years and the state would be made a power surplus state.

Badal was addressing a big gathering at Sangat Darshan Programmes (SDP) organised at Urban Estate Dugri and Basant Park in Ludhiana Rural constituency covering six Municipal wards.

He elaborated that the work on thermal power project of 1980 MW capacity worth Rs 10,000 crore at Talwandi Sabo and at Gowindwal Sahib of the 500 MW capacity had already been started and another thermal plant at Rajpura would be started shortly.

The Chief Minister asserted that sangat darshan programmes were giving excellent results in solving the problems of the people on the spot and sanctioning the required development projects. He said his government had chalked out a comprehensive plan for the development in both urban and rural areas.

He said the government had already released funds amounting to Rs 350 crore for all Municipal Councils/Nagar Councils. He claimed that in the coming three years, all basic amenities of excellent quality would be provided to the whole urban population.

The Chief Minister also said the government was laying major stress to strengthen the infrastructure facilities in the state to give a boost to the fast industrialisation and heavy investment. Badal also listened to the individual problems of the people and issued on the spot directions to the officers concerned for immediate redress.

The Chief Minister assured them that special camps would be organised by the departments of food and supply and social security to issue yellow cards, prepare ration cards and fill the pension applications of the beneficiaries in each districts.

In the SDPs, the Chief Minister released grants amounting to Rs 78.35 crore for the different development works, including roads, water supply and sewerage projects, street lights, parks and community centres in six wards of the Municipal Corporation.

At the Urban Estate Dugri road, the Chief Minister sanctioned grants of Rs 19.72 crore for development projects in Ward no. 68, of Rs 5.70 crore in ward no. 65 and of Rs 4.98 crore in ward no. 67.

At Basant Park, Badal approved the grants of Rs.16.25 crore for ward no. 59, Rs 21.60 crore for ward no. 60 and of Rs 10.10 crore for ward no. 61. He also redressed the individual problems of the people.

Hira Singh Gabria, jails, cultural and tourism minster demanded the liberal funds for the development projects in all wards falling in the Ludhiana rural constituency.



Complainants draw police’s ire
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The complainants, who ignored the tardy investigation process of the police and were directly approaching Chief Ministers Parkash Singh Badal at his Sangat Darshan programme are now facing cops ire as the cops are reluctant to act on their complaints.

The city also witnessed flurry of visits made by the Chief Minister in the recent past for his much-hyped Sangat Darshan programme.

According to the police, the chronic complainants made full use of the opportunity and complained to the CM about the police inaction.

Now, cops are in a mood settle a score with such complainants.

Many lower-rung police officers have been taught a lesson by the CM for their alleged inaction to settle the problems of the complaints during the Sangat Darshan and other occasions.

Now, when the inquiry has been marked by the CM to the same police officials, they are not willing to entertain these complainants.

A resident, praying anonymity, said a theft had taken place at his house a fortnight ago but the police had not taken any action. Ultimately, they had to go to the CM during a sangat darshan. No case has been registered as yet. ‘‘Whenever we go to cops, we are told to go and meet the CM,’’ said the resident.

A police official said, "With the Sangat Darshan programme, such complaints got an opportunity to put pressure on the police. Every investigation requires time but still people use pressure tactics. People are making complaints at police stations and are also approaching the CM, complaining against the police inaction. How far this is right?"

On the other hand, people are making counter-allegations against the police for being busy in the preparations of the CM's arrival, giving two hoots to the problems faced by the common man.

"My property at Sunait village has been grabbed by the children of my brother-in-law. I have made repeated complaints and visited many time at the Sarabha Nagar police station but the police is busy preparing for the CM's visit and has no time to listen to my complaints. So I had gone to the CM and complained against the police inaction, "said Chand Kaur, an octogenarian, who is running pillar to post to get her land back.

Such tactics employed by people have put the police in a spot, especially the lower-rung officers are caught in awkward position.

As the city police was having sleepless nights making security arrangements for the CM's visits, the blame of inaction have rubbed salt on their wounds.

"It is really a thankless job. Despite limited resources and handful of policemen, we are doing our duty. But still we are scorned both by leaders and people," said a police official.



Youth booked for assault on granny
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 9
The local police has booked a youth of Jalwana village under Sections 452, 323, 506, 509 and 427 of the IPC for allegedly assaulting his grandmother and two nieces after entering their house forcibly two days back.

Property dispute was reported to be reason behind the assault. According to an FIR registered at the Sadar police station, Harvinder Kaur of Jalwana village in Sangrur district accused her nephew Swaran Singh, alias Sarna, of assaulting her mother Gurnam Kaur and daughters Manpreet Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur.

Sarna had earlier confronted the victim’s family in the afternoon. He had allegedly abused and threatened them of dire consequences in case they did not withdraw a court case in connection with some property.

“When I was coming to lodge a complaint at the police station, Sarna broke the door of my room with an axe and attacked my mother Gurnam Kaur and daughters Manpreet Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur. I returned to my house on being informed, and when villagers came to our help, he ran away threatening us of dire consequences," Harvinder Kaur said before the investigating team. The shocked family reported the matter to police on next day.

Though the police claimed to have raided hideouts of the suspect, he was still at large.



Woman succumbs to burns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
A woman who was allegedly set afire by her husband succumbed to her burn injuries at the local civil hospital yesterday.

Jyoti, the victim, was set afire by her husband, Pawan Kumar, for bringing insufficient dowry, on November 4. She was admitted to the hospital five days ago.

Victim’s father, Som Nath, alleged that the accused threw kerosene on her daughter and then set her ablaze. Her daughter sustained serious burn injuries and was rushed to civil hospital.

The victim’s father further alleged that her daughter who got married to the accused, a resident of Prem Vihar, nine years ago, was tortured for bringing insufficient dowry. The Salem Tabri police has booked Pawan in a murder case.



Teenaged girl murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
A 13-year-old girl was found murdered in mysterious circumstances at her residence in Postal Colony near Tagore Nagar here this evening.

According to the police, Sneh Lata's neck was slit and the body was found lying in a pool of blood.

According to her father, Gyan Chand, who is a Railway Postal Mail employee, said the family had gone to meet their relatives and Sneh was alone in the house. The deceased was a student of class V at a government school.

The body of the victim has been taken to the civil hospital for post-mortem. Police officials said the possibility of rape before murder could not be ruled out. They added that further details would be available only after the post-mortem report. The police was yet to record the statements.



Machines worth lakhs lying idle in vet varsity
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Two machines worth several lakhs of rupees are lying non-operational at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

According to sources, these two machines were purchased about two years back but the authorities has failed to get them installed till date. Both machines belong to the Livestock Product Technology (LPT) department of GADVASU. The department is considered to be the backbone of the varsity. The machines are covered with plastic sheets in such a manner that the authorities seem not to be interested to get them in use.

One of these machines is used to seal packets. It can be useful in dairy farming as it seals the milk packets, milk products or packets of pickles etc. If proper guidance or training was provided by the department, thousands of farm women could become self-employed by packing the material.

"The base of the machines must have been damaged by now due to rains. The sweepers find it easy to dump wastage near the equipment, which costs around Rs 20 lakh. The authorities claim to organise several training courses for farmers, if they start making use of these machines, farmers/farm women could learn to make variety of delicious products like carrot lassi, mango lassi, masala lassi, etc through the chilling machine", said one of the faculty members of the university further adding that machines could not become operational as "technical person was not available for the installation".

Dr V.K.Taneja, vice-chancellor GADVASU, said the varsity was in a process to get them installed in the next 15 days. "The machines can not become operational as other related material was not there. We did not get the money for whole plant in one go. The unit is still to be completed but we will use the machines soon", he assured.



I won’t fight LS poll: Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Clearing all doubts about parliamentary elections, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he was not interested in fighting the elections that were scheduled for next year.

“I had been a member of Parliament earlier, but the love of people of Punjab had brought me back to the state, and keeping this emotion in mind, I won’t fight the Lok Sabha elections,” he said while talking to mediapersons here recently

He was in the city to attend sangat darshan programmes that were held in the rural constituency of the district.

Talking about the hue and cry raised by Congress leaders, he said these programmes had given good results. Direct communication with people helped in finding that what they had been going through, he added.

Expressing happiness for the agricultural returns this year, the Chief Minister said even the new scheme of “pooling system of agriculture land of farmers” for housing projects had received a good response. “The government has already got two proposals from Jagraon and Gill villages of Ludhiana district, where farmers have expressed desire to contribute for development,” he added.

Regarding development in all districts, Badal said, “The Punjab government will keep a check on mushrooming of unauthorised residential colonies. I have directed all officials of the Urban Development And Local Bodies Department to be vigilant in the implementation of orders.”

He said the state government had chalked out a plan for both urban and rural development. “We have already released Rs 350 crore for all municipal councils/nagar councils. Out of this amount, Rs 3 crore is being given to A Class Municipal Council, Rs 2 crore for B Class and Rs 1 crore for C Class and notified area committees each,” he said, adding that even power problem in the state would end soon.



Advertising Scandal: BJP seeks CBI probe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, state chief of the BJP’s investor cell, in a written communication to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has highlighted an alleged advertising scandal of Rs 752 crore by oil companies in connivance with officers of the municipal corporations of the state.

He said oil companies had installed flex hoardings to advertise their products. However, till date they had not paid any advertisement tax applicable upon these hoardings. There were over 68,388 retail outlets all over India, of which 5,226 retail outlets were commissioned in Punjab.

These outlets have erected flex hoardings with an average 1,000 sq ft advertising space apart from other advertisement spaces such as glow facia and signages, which means advertisement tax on 52,26,000 sq ft advertisement space is fleeced by these companies.

He said, “If calculated, simply the amount runs to well over Rs 125 crore per annum to the Punjab government only.”

Grewal said a CBI or Intelligence Bureau probe should be ordered immediately, and responsibility of erring and corrupt officials of these oil companies, the municipal corporations fixed and guilty booked as per the rulebook.



More exchange of pilgrims on cards: SGPC chief
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, November 9
Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, has said that to foster better relationship between the SGPC and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Committee (PSGC) more exchanges between pilgrims will take place shortly.

In an interview to The Tribune he said the president of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Committee had brought nine groups of Sikh pilgrims from Pakistan for taking part in the Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations.

At least eight Sikh groups would soon be visiting historic Sikh shrines in Pakistan. The places of pilgrimage to be visited are Kartarpur -Guru Nanak Jyoti Saran, Gurpurab of Guru Ramdas and Nankana Sahib Saka (episode), which is observed in February. Sikhs are demanding a corridor for Kartar Pur, which on the Indo-Pak border in the Gurdaspur sector, he added.

Makkar said he was confident that stand off between the Haryana Sikhs and the SGPC would amicably be resolved as negotiations were likely to start after tomorrow. The SGPC has elected members from Haryana and want that they should be given autonomous status for running the affairs of the Sikh shrines in the state. They also want to get the number of SGPC seats in Haryana raised, he said and added that there was not much dispute over this issue.



Speaking Out
bagful of troubles

Polythene is a form of plastic which is non-biodegradable. This is the reason why plastic bags have been banned in various cities, including Chandigarh. Plastic bags choke drains, causing floods during rains. They end up being buried in a landfill site where they never decay. Thousands of land and sea organisms die every year because they swallow plastic bags. A cross-section of city residents share their views with Charu Chhibber regarding imposition of a ban on plastic bags in the city on the lines of City Beautiful.

— Amit Syal, a businessmanPolythene bags should have been banned in the city long time back. It is only due to the slackness of the administration that they are still in use here. I think it will be very difficult for the administration to implement the ban in Ludhiana as the business establishments would not like it. However, in spite of being a businessman, I would support the ban fully. We should use recycled paper instead of plastic and it would be cost-effective, too. When the other states can do it successfully, why can't we?

— Amit Syal, a businessman

— Vipan Malhotra, senior manager, Canara BankPlastic bags are very harmful as they are non-biodegradable and toxic as well. We as responsible citizens should stop using polythene bags even though there is no ban on them in the city. We should, as a community, request the authorities concerned to impose a ban on poly bags as it would save many precious lives.

— Vipan Malhotra, senior manager, Canara Bank

— Amarjeet Oberoi, hotelier and general secretary, PPCCIf administration imposes a ban and is strict with it, I think it will be successful here in spite of the reluctance from the business community which is heavily dependent on polythene. Numerous representations have been given to the government regarding the same, but to no avail. It seems like the government is least bothered about the health of the people.

— Amarjeet Oberoi, hotelier and general secretary, PPCC



Polish students visit Dhudike college
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, November 9
A group of 15 polish students visited North West College of Engineering and Technology, Dhudike. A majority of the students were of engineering courses. They were on a four-day trip to Punjab to attend the international cultural festival organised by Davinder Singh Chhina, director, the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council of Punjab. The council is working towards education, peace and development through sports and cultural activities. It has become a platform to propagate the message of love, peace, joy, goodwill and multi-culturalism all over the word. This is the 10th international group on the visit to Punjab by the initiatives of Davinder Singh. The council has set a trend of international cultural festival in Punjab.

Lakhbir Singh Grewal, chairman of the institute, Harry Gill, director, and Dr. Sharda, principal of the college, welcomed the students and were apprised about the folkloric traditions of Punjab and made them explore the great heritage of Punjab. The male students were gifted with souvenirs and girls were presented with phulkari as a token of love from the institute.

The Punjab multi-cultural festival at the institute was inaugurated by Jaswant Singh Johar, deputy commissioner, Moga. The students later went to visit the historic and religious places of Punjab.



PTU Youth Fest
GNIMT retains overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, won the overall trophy in the 5th Punjab Technical University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival held at Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology recently. This is the second time that GNIMT has won the overall trophy. BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the runners-up trophy.

About 37 management, technology, pharmacy and engineering colleges affiliated to PTU from Ludhiana, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib competed in the youth festival. The festival comprised various theatre, cultural, fine arts and literary events.

GNIMT secured first position by getting gold medals in collage, mimicry, vaar singing, classical dance, classical vocal solo and bhangra and silver medals in classical instrumental (percussion), skit, western vocal (solo), giddha, group song Indian and quiz.

PTU’s 5th Inter-Zonal Youth Festival was inaugurated by Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president the state unit of the BJP. The prizes for the first day were given away by Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary and on second day, the function was inaugurated by Sarojini Gautam Sharda, registrar, Punjab Technical University.



Fancy dress competition held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
VLCC Health Care, Sarabha Nagar, organised a Healthy Baby Show and Fancy Dress Competition here today. The children from many pre-nursery and kindergarten schools enthusiastically participated in the show. The show was conducted for the age group of 0 to 1 year. The judges were invited to judge their health status.

Depicting the parents' creativity, children from age group 1 to 5 years dressed in different attires and carried themselves with great confidence on the stage.

The judges were Mandeep Atwal, Harpreet of Hot Breads, Pragati of JD Institute and Anju of Bonn Breads. At the filing of report, the results were not declared.



Prize distribution function at Tagore school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
An annual prize distribution function was organised by Tagore Public School here today.

Minister of commerce and industry and local bodies Manoranjan Kalia was the chief guest. Hira Singh Gabria, minister of jails, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperative minister, Satpal Gosain, deputy speaker, Vidhan Sabha, Harish Bedi, MLA, Darshan Singh Shivalik, MLA, Rajinder Bhandari, president, Punjab BJP and O.P.Bhardwaj, district president, BJP, were present on the occasion.

The cultural bonanza included a scintillating choreography, Haryanvi dance, foot-tapping bhangra and rock camp. The school magazine ‘Jyoti Punj’ was released by the chief guest.

Principal Amrita Gakhar welcomed the chief guest and the other dignitaries. She highlighted various achievements of the school in the annual report.



Kids’ carnival begins at Ebony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Brightly coloured fancy dresses, rainbow colour brush strokes, fun parties and exciting prizes awaited children at the Ebony Kids Carnival - a three-week-long festival of fun and laughter - which started at Ebony departmental store here today.

The Ebony Kids Carnival is being organised simultaneously at all the Ebony departmental stores in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Faridabad.

The highlight of the carnival is different themed activities planned for each weekend. The first weekend witnessed a fancy dress competition for the age group of 7-12 years kids, who were dressed up in colourful dresses. The winners were given Ebony gift vouchers.

The second weekend November 15 and 16 will witness two days of painting competition and a grand finale-cum-kids party where kids will have a chance to rock-n-roll with lot of fun, music and magic will be held on November 23.

Julius Rajashekar, senior general manager (Operations), Ebony Retail Holdings, said, “Holding the carnival in the store gives the kids a different surrounding to play and enjoy themselves. The activities are creative and interactive and give the kids an opportunity to showcase their talent and reward them with exciting prizes.”



From Colleges
Govt allows PCTE to increase MBA seats
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
The Punjab government has allowed Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) to increase its intake in MBA International Business to 60. Before this approval the Punjab government had allowed only 20 seats. All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has given approval to Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) for 60 seats in MBA-International Business.

Dr K.N.S Kang, director PCTE, said, “The admission will be done directly on the basis of MAT rank/MAT score/graduation marks. The admission forms are available in the college. The admission counselling be held on November 10.”

Freshers' party

Guru Nanak Institute of Design and Technology, Model Town, organised a Fresher's party on the college campus. The students in their bright dresses rocked the show. There were 12 items, including group dances, solo performances and modelling rounds. The centre head Sukhpal Kaur, said these functions were important for motivating the students.

Technical fest

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, organised a one-day Intra-college technical festival-cum-cultural extravaganza "LCET Croma 08" here yesterday.

The festival was inaugurated by Dr J.S. Sohal, director and Dr Pawan Kumar, principal of the college. It generated tremendous response from more than 300 students in various disciplines. Their enthusiastic response and participation in quiz, web programming, circuit designing, bridge making, CAD designing, business bazaar, etc. proved beyond doubt that today’s youth had abundant talent and potential.

To add colour and spice to the festival, the organisers introduced competitive events like rangoli, collage making, mehandi, poster making and so on.



‘Visual Journey’ released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 9
A sabhyacharak programme was organised by the Dhan Pothohar Society at Punjabi Bhawan this afternoon.

M. S. Nanda, president of the society, welcomed guests.

At the function, his 16-page booklet “Visual Journey” captioned as “Nanda ki Kahani- Tasveeron ki Zubani” was released. The booklet depicted Nanda's journey of his life through photographs with the eminent personalities that included artists, politicians, writers that he met in his life. Earlier, his pictorial autobiographical “My Success Story” was launched by I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister of the country.

Nanda said he was launching his website wwwnnsnanda.com today. He said the website would help people know more about his struggles in life and understand that through three Ds i.e dedication, devotion and determination, they can reach their goals he has reached his.

Nanda further said the annual function of Dhan Pothohar Brotherhood would be held on January 9, 2009. An International Cultural Punjabi Conference would be organised on that day. Altogether, 11 prominent persons from the USA, the UK, Canada, Pakistan and India would be honoured on the day for their meritorious services in the field of art, literature, culture and upliftment of the society.

The other speakers were K.K. Bawa, chairman, Punjab Housefed, Dr Kewal Dhir, Prof Niranjan Tasneem, Darshan Arora, chairman, Citizens Council, Dr Jagtar Dhiman, Dr SN Sewak and Jagtar Singh Jassowal. They applauded the work being done by Nanda.



Model police station on cards
Our Correspondent

Samrala, November 9
The Samrala police station that was declared one of the top three police stations in the country in 2005 will now be declared model police station after formalities like computerisation of the FIR registration starts from January 1 onwards.

SHO Jaswinder Singh said Sanjeev Kalra IG (Ludhiana range) would reach tomorrow for overseeing the preparations. SSP Arunpal Singh had already given final touches to this scheme. After completing all formalities more staff would be employed. Facilities like token system for complaints, beat system, receptionist, waiting room, entertainment home, park and play ground for children besides a few other facilities would be available in this police station.

DSP Ravinder Loomba said schemes like jail officer, jail book and CIPA would prove beneficial for the public. The police personal would specially be trained for dealing with public.



New voters’ ID cards from today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer Sumer Singh Gurjar has stated that as per the election commission all those who have attained the age of 18 years and above by January 1, 2009, will be eligible for getting the voter identity cards.

They will have to submit form No. 6 and 001 along with two passport size photographs — one of which should duly be signed by the applicant. The applicants will have to submit these to the BLU of the polling booth in their respective constituencies between November 10 and 25.

Similarly, those who want to withdraw their votes should fill form No. 7; while those who want to get things corrected in their voters’ cards should fill form No. 8.



Mini Marathon
Tejinder, Rajdeep emerge victorious
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Surinder Singh Parmar, who emerged winner in the seniors’ category at the Mini Marathon in Ludhiana
Surinder Singh Parmar, who emerged winner in the seniors’ category at the Mini Marathon in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 9
Around 1,500 persons between 15 to 82 years of age, including boys and girls, men and women as well as veterans, besides physically challenged took part in the second Ludhiana Mini Marathon organised by an NGO- Bharat Vikas Parishad in association with the Indian Overseas Bank, Janpath Estates, Swati Industries and the Union Bank of India here today.

Almost all participants completed the run, which began from Guru Nanak Stadium, passed through the Mall road, Bharat Nagar Chowk, the Ferozepur road, the Rose Garden road, the Government College for Boys road before culminating at Guru Nanak Stadium.

Master Mohan Lal, minister for transport, Punjab, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president, Punjab unit of the Bhartiya Janta Party and ADGP, Punjab, Chander Shekhar flagged off the marathon at 9 am.

The deputy speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Sat Paul Gosain also made a brief appearance at the venue to cheer up the participants.

District sports officer, Jasvinder Singh Bhandari along with sports department officials was present at the venue to provide technical guidance to the organisers.

Kewal Krishan Bhanot (82) of Nakodar was the centre of attraction. He along with some other aged persons, fifteen in number, turned out to be a source of inspiration for the youngsters.

A fifty member contingent from the Indian Overseas Bank, led by its chief regional manager, Ludhiana region, V. K. Gupta, chief managers, senior managers and other staff members arrived at the venue where the organisers cheered them lustily. Bank men also took part in the marathon and completed it.

The organisers had made arrangements of providing water at five places on the marathon route. People cheered up the participants all along the route.

Tejinder Singh from Sirhind clocked 29.00:79 seconds to emerge winner in the men's section while Rajdeep Kaur from Ludhiana took 36.30:29 seconds to romp home victorious in the women's section.

In the men's section, Angrej Singh and Gurpreet Singh finished second and third, respectively, while Ranjit Kaur and Gurjit Kaur secured second and third positions, respectively, in the women's section.

In tricycle race, Surjit Singh completed the distance (1.5 km) ahead of others to come out triumphant while Niranjan Singh and Parmod Mahajan secured second and third place, respectively.

Similarly, in the senior citizen's category (3.5 km), Surinder Singh Parmar was the first to touch the ribbon at finishing line and emerged winner, followed by Teja Singh and Appar Singh Virk, who finished second and third, respectively.

Besides, mementoes, cash prizes were given to the first three position holders in all categories. The winners received cash prize of Rs 5,100 each while the runners-up pocketed cash prize of Rs 3,100 and third position holders were given cash prize of Rs 2,100 each.



Minithon at Ryan International
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 9
More than 4,000 students drawn from different schools took part in the 12th Ryan Maggi Minithon organised by the Ryan International Sports Club, Urban Estate, Chandigarh road, here today.

Hosts Ryan International School bagged top honours while Sutlej Public School finished runners-up and Bhartiya Vidya Mandir had to content with third position.

The former captain of the national hockey team and director, Sports, Punjab, Pargat Singh, and ADGP, Punjab, Chander Shekhar, flagged off the race in which students shrugged their shoulders to come out triumphant. Hakam Singh, mayor, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour on this occasion.

A cultural programme was also presented on this occasion by the students of Ryan International School which was highly appreciated. Free gifts were also given to all participants by Nestle India.



Special Olympics ends on a happy note
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 9
Special Olympics ended with a happy note while the players had mixed feelings. On one side they were happy to won medals while on the other side they were sad to depart from people with whom they had become friends during the two-day events. Participants from Pakistan were going back with a heavy heart. They wished they could stay back long or else could take their Indian friends along with them. They were seen inviting their Indian friends to Pakistan for a holiday.

Counting her medal tally Faraha said it has reached to five. She was happy to do well in the games and after going back to Karachi she will celebrate her victory by cutting a cake. "I called up my family and they will be ready with the cake once I land home," she quips.

Paksitan athletes Abhak, Umar, Raheem and Adil Ameer won the gold medal in 200m relay on the final day.

Nausheen won four medals and the glow on her face was very much evident. She invited her Indian friends to Karachi. "I will prepare tikka boti, kebab, roganjosh and briyani for you. We will have great fun once you come to my place," added Nausheen with tears in her eyes.

All players whether they were Indian or Pakistanis were seen promising each other to visit their countries. Though everybody was skeptical if they will visit each other's country or not so Essaj Khan from the crowd added that if not possible to visit their countries, "We will again meet next year during the Special Olympics" and every player from the crowd cheered.



Shivani declared best athlete

A two-day Punjab State Special Olympics concluded in Ludhiana on Sunday at Guru Nanak Public School. Kids with their smiling faces were seen receiving prizes from the chief guest, Harish Rai Dhanda. Shivani from Pathankot was declared the best athlete in the female junior category while Ramandeep Kaur from Ropar was declared the best athlete in the female senior category. Baljinder Singh from Ropar was declared the best athlete in the male category.

Results of various events:

Age group 12-15 (male)

100 m Dash: Kaushal Yadav, Ravi Kumar, Gaggu and Gurpreet.

Age group 22 and above

100 m Dash: Gaurav Kumar

Physically challenged male

25 m walk: Jagmit, Sahil

50 m Dash: Shamsher, Sulabh Jain, Sahil, Baljinder.



Hockey League
Kila Raipur lads drub Patiala 5-0
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 9
A hat-trick by Harjit Singh enabled Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, to drub Patiala 5-0 in a group 'C' match in the u-14 section in the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Weekend Hockey League for Boys being organised by the Punjab sports department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Kila Raipur drew the first blood in the 10th minute, which Sukhminder Singh scored a field goal. Thereafter, Harjit Singh occupied the centre stage as he pumped in three goals in a row (26th, 29th and 39th minute) to complete his hat-trick (4-0).

After changing ends, Kila Raipur lads added another goal in the 45th minute when Hardeep Singh successfully converted a penalty corner (5-0). They managed to hang onto the lead till the long whistle and wrapped up the issue quite easily.

Earlier, the first match of the day played between Kurali and Khaira in the group 'B' in the u-14 section ended in a goalless draw. Both the teams wasted a number of chances which came their way and had to settle for a draw.

The match played between Bahadurgarh and Khaira in the group 'B' in the u-16 category turned out to be a well contested affair in which the former managed to squeeze past 5-4.



Rohini House win overall trophy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 9
Rohini House won the overall trophy in the annual athletics meet of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar branch, which concluded here yesterday. Bhaskar House and Aryabhatt House secured the second and third position, respectively.

In the individual category (boys), Sachin was adjudged the best athlete in the under-14 section while this honour in the girls’ section was bagged by Priya.

In the boys’ u-16 section, Parth and Sahib shared the top honours while Anupjit Kaur was declared the best athlete in the girls’ section.

In the u-19 section, Sonikbir and Akriti were named the best athletes in the boys’ and girls’ sections, respectively.

Satyanand Munjal, managing director and co-chairman, Hero Cycles Ltd, gave away prizes to the winners.



Tennis tourney begins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana (Jassowal), November 9
The annual AITA National Lawn Tennis Championship (u-16) commenced at Harvest Tennis Academy courts, Jassowal, yesterday.

The preliminary round matches in the boys’ section held yesterday in which seeded players had easy outings and recorded victories in their respective matches.


Boys' singles (u- 16):

1st qualifying round: Jagdeep Singh (Pb) beat Yatin Kumar (Har) 6-3, 6-0; Mandeep Kumar (Chd) beat Hardeep Singh Honey (Pb) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5; Jagtar Singh (Pb) beat Anirudh Jain (Delhi) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3; 3-Mukund Sashi Kumar (AP) beat Agrish Sharma (Pb) 6-1, 6-0; Jajbir Singh (Pb) beat Tejbir Singh (Pb) 6-3, 6-4; 4- Anvit Bindre (Mah) beat Kanwaljot Singh (Chd) 6-1, 6-1.



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