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Three-year-old kidnapped, rescued
Ransom call gives it away
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, November 22
In a high drama, a three-year-old child was traced and rescued within hours of being kidnapped here today. The police traced the child after kidnappers made ransom calls to the family.

Eyewitnesses said, a white Zen pulled up in front of the house around 2.15 pm and kidnapped three-year-old Krish Virdi, son of Rajpal Singh, while he was playing outside the house. The family members raised the alarm and contacted the police.

Around 3 pm, the kidnappers called up the family and threatened them of dire consequences. They also made a ransom demand.

The caller identified himself as Mohinder Singh from Nawanshahr district.

Police officers were at the family’s home when the call came. The police asked the family members to engage the kidnappers on the phone while it traced the phone number from which the call was being made. The local police sounded the Nawanshahr police, which swung into action and arrested the caller, Mohinder Singh. The police recovered Krish Virdi around 4.30 pm.

After kidnapping the child, the abductors took him to Bulewal village and then to Dakarla village under the Balachaur police station in Nawashahar. Thereafter, they left the child with Satpal, brother of Mohinder.

According to the police, Mohinder’s mother was also involved in the incidence.

The police has booked four persons - Mohinder, Mohinder’s mother, Kindu and Vicky - in this connection.

SSP Arun Pal said the police had also recovered the car used in the crime. He added that the child’s father was a property dealer and had a dispute over financial issues with Mohinder. To avenge that, Mohinder had abducted the child.


City gridlocked
Nagar kirtan spells chaos on roads

Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Lack of coordination between the traffic police and nagar kirtan organisers spelled chaos on city roads as commuters remained stuck in snarl-ups for hours today.

Serpentine queues of vehicles were seen on the roads leading to prominent spots of the city.

One-way traffic enforced by the city traffic police to regulate traffic in various parts of the city backfired as instead of easing the traffic it unleashed chaos.

The roads leading to Jagraon Bridge, Clock Tower, Domoria Bridge, MC office, Karimpura Chowk and Gill Chowk witnessed worst traffic jams during the nagar kirtan.

Caught in the traffic, some commuters opted to park their vehicles at the railway station and walk to their destinations.

Women were the worst hit, as besides being caught in the gridlock, they were harassed by eve-teasers who took advantage of the chaos.

“There is hardly anywhere to move and to top it all a bunch of eve-teasers have made my life miserable. I have no option but to push aside people for space,” said Ritu Sahni, a resident of Malout, who was here for shopping.

The chaos also led to pollution and unnecessary loss of fuel as vehicles remained stranded or moved at snail’s pace. Those who had to deal the most with pollution were two-wheeler riders and pedestrians.

Mamta, while trying to clam down her 2-yr-old son who had suffered a bout of cough due to pollution, said: “My son is suffering from bronchitis and I was taking him to the doctor. But we are now stuck in a traffic jam I don’t know where to go.”

SP (traffic) Rupinder Singh said: “We had made adequate arrangements to tackle the situation but a large number of tractor-trailers from villages and other parts of the district had been invited by the nagar kirtan organisers, which resulted in traffic chaos. However, we managed to control the traffic by evening.”

A city resident lamented the administration had been sleeping over the matter and taken virtually no steps to ease the problem of traffic.



Nagar kirtan taken out
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Nagar kirtan was taken out in the city today ahead of martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur. The procession started from gurudwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib and went through Field Gunj, Brown Road, Chaura Bazar, Kailash Cinema road before coming back to the gurudwara.

Palanquin, decorated with flowers and bearing Guru Granth Sahib, was taken out during the nagar kirtan. Devotees were seen jostling to have a glimpse of Guru Granth Sahib. Parsad was also offered to them on the way.

Children dressed as Panj Payaras lead the nagar kirtan. They were dressed in turbans and traditional dresses with kirpans in their hands. An unusual sight was a small kid in traditional dress in his pram was also a part of the nagar kirtan. Devotes sung hymns on the way depicting the sacrifice of Guru Teg Bahadur.



Robbery Bid
Sans gun, guard stands to lose job
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The act of bravery may cost a security guard his job, as his employers have expressed reluctance to continue engaging his services after his gun was snatched by robbers last evening.

Ranjodh Singh, security guard at a branch office of Bank of India, had lost his gun while foiling a robbery attempt at the bank last evening.

Father of three daughters, Ranjodh Singh, had pleaded with the robbers for mercy when they snatched his gun away and were all set to shoot him. He said: “I pleaded with them to spare my life, as I have three young daughters back home.” Though, the robbers spared his life, Ranjodh Singh feels he may lose his job as he is no longer in possession of his weapon. He lamented that he cannot afford to purchase a new weapon with his meager salary, as he is the only breadwinner in the family of five.

Ravi Kant Chaudhry, branch manager of Bank of India, Dhandari Kalan, said: “I have reported the matter to the higher-ups. It is now for them to decide whether Ranjodh will be provided with a weapon at the expenses of the bank.” However, sources in the bank say as Ranjodh is no longer in possession of the weapon, he is of no use to the bank and that may cost him his job.

Meanwhile, the police has located the getaway vehicle used in the crime.



Court reprieve for tehsildar
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, November 22
The court of additional sessions judge G.S. Saran today rejected the plea of the vigilance bureau (VB) seeking cancellation of regular bail granted to tehsildar-cum-sub registrar Arvind Prakash Verma in a graft case 
last month.

The bureau had sought the cancellation of the bail with the claim that the accused was trying to tamper with the prosecution evidence after his release on bail.

It had also recorded the statement of clerk of sub-registrar office Karamjit Kaur against Verma under Section 164, CrPC, before a judicial magistrate.

Earlier, the bureau had claimed that Verma had forcibly handed over over 100 documents, including sale deeds, wills, etc. to his clerk for keeping them in sub-registrar office, which were stated to be missing from the office.

They termed it an attempt to destroy evidence against him.

In a reprieve to Verma, the court accepted his application seeking protection from the court in the previous FIR, in which the bureau had already added Section 8, CrPC, and Section 201, IPC, against the accused. Now the bureau is unable to arrest him in the same case again.



Man held with 1.5 kg charas
Our Correspondent

Raikot, November 22
The Raikot police today arrested a man with 1.5 kg charas from his procession.

During routine patrol, a police team led by ASI Charanjit Singh caught a pedestrian as he tried to flee on seeing them near Bhaini Baringa village.

The police during search seized the banned substance.

The accused has been identified as Sahi Ram of Dharu village in Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act.



Proclaimed offender nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The police nabbed a proclaimed offender from Jodhewal Basi here today. The accused, Jatinder Kumar, had been absconding in cases of illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.

Jatinder Kumar had been on the run for the past five years.

The accused was nabbed by a team of the PO cell of the Ludhiana police headed by C.S. Khehra.

He was presented before the court of judicial magistrate Amita Singh, who sent him to jail.



Authorities tighten noose around erring drug sellers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 22
Taking cognizance of reports of drug stores being run by persons who do not hold valid licences of qualified pharmacist, the health and police authorities have warned owners of such shops to desist from violating provisions laid down under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Certain shopkeepers, who were known for supply of scheduled drugs to addicts without prescription, preferred to keep their establishments closed than to maintain proper records about sale and purchase of drugs.

Investigations by The Tribune revealed that the local authorities had tightened noose around those petty shopkeepers at local town and surrounding villages of Ludhiana and Sangrur districts who are suspected to be running their shops without holding valid licences.

Though the district health authorities and the drug inspector had seized a huge quantity of scheduled products from a shop situated at the railway road here recently, it resumed its business shortly after departure of the raiding team.

Investigations further revealed that the owners of tainted drug stores had been evading action as they did not keep large stocks of these drugs at the main shop. They were reported to maintain stocks either at their residences or at some other shops in the vicinity of their shops. Some such shopkeepers are known to bring drugs in guise of their tiffin. Their servants or children can be seen carrying tiffins between shop and the residence many times a day.

Owners of some drug stores at Latala, Barundi, Rachhin, Maherna Kalan, Dhulkot and Kalakh were summoned by authorities at the Latala police station.

Latala SHO Kulwant Singh said he, acting on the directions of his seniors, had warned owners of certain drug stores to desist from practice of selling scheduled drugs without prescription of a physician.



Schools & Colleges
Shreyan wins declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
An English declamation contest was organised for the students of primary section by the Junior Humanities Forum at Kundan Vidya Mandir. The function was presided over by Annu Sehra, incharge of the primary section. In this inter-house competition, the participants expressed their views on the topics “Aim High”, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” etc.

Shreyan Vasan of Subhash house got first prize, Tarannum of Tagore house and Gauri Phull of Nehru house won second and third prizes, respectively.

In Hindi, Rohit Kapoor stood first, Pujan Chibba stood second, followed by Gitika and Anupama who got third prize.

Annual function

Third annual function of Educational Group was organised by Sourabh Madan and Vipin Mittal, directors of the group, on November 21 at Mohini resorts. Satpal Gosain, deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, was chief guest.

A cultural programme was also organised. Nearly 100 diploma and 70 prizes were awarded to the students.

Prize distribution

Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School organised its annual prize distribution function here today. Dr M. S. Kang, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, was chief guest.

Satwinder Kaur, principal of the school, read out the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school.

Dr Kang appreciated the contribution of the school management to cater to the rural area students with best infrastructure besides providing a quality education. He said the education is the knowledge that remains with us forever.


“Freedom to Speak” institute today organised a seminar on spoken English and personality development at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School. Puneet Batra, institute director, spoke on the importance of English to the students. He gave tips regarding the immigration procedures.

Sunil Arora, principal of the institute, encouraged the students and laid stress on the importance of spoken English.

Story writing

BCM Senior Secondary School organised an on-the-spot story writing competition in Hindi and English for the students of Class VII today. Winners of the competition were appreciated by D. P. Guleria, principal of the school.

An obstacle race was also organised for UKG students on the school ground. In girls, Lovepreet stood first and in boys, Jaskaran Jai won first prize. The principal gave away the prizes.



Dunghills block entrance to school
Rakesh Gupta

Raikot, November 22
Dunghills at Tajpur village have been blocking the entrance to anganwari school on the Raikot-Ludhiana road, causing inconvenience to passersby as well as schoolchildren.

One comes across these dunghills as you enter the village from Raikot side. The mounds of dung have been there for the past many years and some colonies of the village continue to deposit the animal waste there.

The heaps have been now blocked the bus stand shed and the entrance to the anganwari school. Though residents of the area request people not to deposit the animal waste there, nobody has paid heed to their requests, says Paramjit Singh.

Nachhattar Singh and Sukhdev Singh say the stench emanating from the dunghills has made their lives miserable. According to them, the stench becomes unbearable for residents living nearby in rainy season.

Though Raikot SDM Mukand Singh Sandhu has issued warnings against encroachment on the roadside, there seems to be no end to the problem of the area residents.

Village panchayat member Barinder Singh Khangura says the civil body knows the hardships of schoolchildren and residents of the area. He says though warnings as well as requests have been issued to people against the practice, no one is ready to listen.

He assured that they would remove dunghills and prevent people from throw dung there soon.



Plantation drive at Sacred Heart School
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Rising Youth Association today organised a plantation drive at Sacred Heart Convent School. SP City 3, Sajjan Singh Cheema initiated the plantation drive on the school premises.

Cheema said, "Saplings should be properly nurtured once they are planted otherwise it is just wastage of recourses".

The representatives of the association pledged to take care of these saplings and also nurture the old plants. Further, they pledged to start such drives in other schools as well.

Gurinder Chahal, president of the association added that their organisation comprises of young and energetic youth, working for the welfare of the people in the field of health and environment. “We are committed to provide free medicines and medical services for the ailing patients by coordinating with institutions and organisations. We are also committed to create a healthy environment for future generations by educating people on different aspects like water conservation, plantation and making people aware of different diseases.”



Workshop on global warming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Students of College of Nursing, CMCH, organised a workshop on global warming.

The objective of this workshop was to make the nurses aware of various impacts and threats of global warming such as green house effect, deforestation, changes in earth's orbit. Chief guest Dr Anoop Benjamin, head of the department of social and preventive medicine, discussed social, economic and international causes and influences of global warming. He emphasised upon individual efforts for controlling this monstrous problem.

Principal Prof Triza Jiwan emphasised upon effects of global warming on health of common men and nurses role for reducing this alarming situation. Workshop coordinator Dr Rajinder Mahal discussed various causes especially human causes for global warming and said modification of lifestyle and to adopt various methods of daily living activities for example, less driving, use of recycled products is the need of the hour.



A ‘special’ gesture

Special children are special in every way. During a recently held Special Olympics, the enthusiasm and affection of these was to be seen. A team from Pakistan especially flew in to be part of the games. During the coverage of the event, I interacted with them daily and the moment I use to enter the ground these children use to come to me, greet me and tell me about their day's events. The last day was very touching. The team members from Pakistan invited me to their country. Some of them even told me the dishes they will prepare for me. While some said they will prepare kebabs, others said it will be briyani. The list was endless. I was touched by the special gesture of these special children.

Carry on Punjabis

The Punjabis are known for their hospitality and warm hearts. Students from Muscat, Islamabad and Nepal who came to participate in inter-school youth festival were all praise for the affection showered on them. They were crazy about Ludhiana bazaar and the wide range of variety available in everything - from garments to woolen shawls to leather goods. Students from Muscat and Nepal said they were able to shop at reasonable rates as the two countries were very expensive. They appreciated Punjabi culture and Punjabi food. Three cheers for Punjabis.

‘Un’real estate

The ongoing meltdown in the global market seems to have cast its shadow on real estate business so much so that now one can buy property on the roadside, quite literally. Recently, a well-known real estate consultant and his men were seen camping on the national highway with a banner put up in the shop-cum-tent reading “Showrooms for sale”. Curious inquiries revealed that due to the slump in global market, sellers do not want to part with their land for peanuts and not many buyers want to make investments due to which the real estate market is witnessing almost nil business. Property consultants are deep in debt and thus, in a desperate attempt to attract business, many of them have adopted this novel way of selling whatever land they have in hand. Wonder if the consultant struck any deals sans a roof over his own head!

Nation’s pride

Recently, a function was held to celebrate Children’s Day where Bihar Governor R.L. Bhatia was the chief guest. At the end of the function, some students of a local school presented national anthem and interestingly, among 20 people who were standing along with Bhatia on the stage, no one except him knew the complete song. One must acknowledge the reverence for the national anthem - something missing among most of the Indians - that the Governor has.

Novel ways

“Bribe” indeed sounds passé when the whole world is working on lawfully accepted terminology of “incentive” oriented services. But what matters is the innovative methods evolved by young professionals to get some extra money from their clients even if they happen to be “ailing patients” in civil hospitals of a remote village of Punjab. A young doctor in order to avoid vigilance inquiries and maintain the reputation of a noble professional at the same time evolved some interesting ways for monetary benefits. Having cured a patient, the doctor courteously refused for cash instead asked him to recharge his mobile connection for the month. However, the best deal was the payment of two installments of the credit card when the patient was a rich NRI from Canada.

Mean business

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was here to participate in the Jagnath Rath Yatra recently, was thronged by leading industrialists during a lunch given in his honour. Industrialists of Avon Cycle Onkar Singh Pahwa, Vinay Singal of Eastman Group, Mahinder Goel, Gopi Kothari, Bumpy Mahindru, Sheela Jain, etc. urged him to provide more concessions to the industry in his state so that more industrial houses from Ludhiana could either expand or shift there. The Ludhiana industrialists have made the most of the industrial concessions offered in HP during the past few years. The state industry, as also chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his predecessor Amarinder Singh, had been crying hoarse against these concessions as this put Punjab at a disadvantage. But now, the industrialists here have been demanding it themselves, obviously with the sole interest of making profits from wherever these come, caring little about the “state” interests as they would claim while seeking similar benefits here. Dhumal promised them that if NDA came to power at the centre he would do something. Is Badal listening as his party is also an important constituent of the NDA as his state’s economy is at stake.

Wrong parking

Attending a function addressed by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal proved costly to a colleague who had parked her car near the bus stand a few minutes before his visit. Since there were no arrangements for parking due to VIP security, she had no option but to park it by the roadside. After listening to him, when she returned to her car, it was not there. After trying to find it in panic, she found out that it was towed away by cops. Already late to meet her deadline to file the report as the function ended late, she had to spend an hour asking the cops to release her vehicle. Finally they gave the car back to her taking a copy of the documents.

Carting away

In the absence of proper traffic management rules and inadequate markings for slow traffic, carriages drawn by donkeys and ponies continue to crawl on heavily crowded road. Not just the traffic problems faced by daily commuters, the hapless animals continue to keep pace with the fast moving vehicles. Very often , they get a stick on their back ordering them to hurry up.

(Contributed by Manav Ghuman, Sheetal Chawla, Charu Chhibber, Jyotika Sood, Anshu Seth, Rajesh Bhambi, Kanchan Vasdev and Sanjeev S. Bariana)



Poultry training from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Two weeks poultry training course will be organised from November 25 to December 6 by the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), a press release said here today.

Farmers from different parts of the state will be allowed to participate in this training course. Experts from College of Veterinary Science will deliver lectures on various aspects of poultry farming.

The farmers will be advised to have proper planning in relation to land, funds and availability of loans etc. Further, they will be advised to keep good breeding stock. They will be instructed to construct cheap, economical and comfortable sheds for their birds, for better hygiene and excellent management.

Major part of the expenditure in poultry farming is on feed and farmers will be guided to make a balanced feed at the farm itself. The farmers will also be trained to differentiate between healthy and sick birds. Role of regular vaccination and hygiene will also be stressed.

Experts from banks and insurance companies will deliver lectures regarding rules and facilities provided by them. A visit to the poultry farm will also be undertaken.



Promoting communal harmony
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
In view of Communal Harmony Campaign and Fund Raising Week being observed by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) from November 19-25, DMCH today celebrated Flag Day to promote communal harmony and national integration.

Prinicpal of DMCH, Dr Daljit Singh stressed on the need for promoting communal harmony in the nation.

Dr Navjot Bajwa, Prof and head of Biochemistry, DMCH, briefed the audience about the communal harmony week and Flag Day.

The activities including declamation contest, choreography, poster contest, slogan contest, group song, collage competition and solo song were organised during the week.

Sandeep (BSc Nursing), Vini Singh (MBBS batch 2007) and Eknoor (MBBS batch 2008) were adjudged the winners in declamation contest followed by BSc Nursing students and MBBS batch 2007 who bagged the second prize.

Roopam Saini (BSc Nursing) second followed by Mandeep Kaur (BSc Nursing) and Anita (MBBS Batch 2007) won first three positions in choregrphy. Ramandeep Kaur bagged consolation prize in poster competition. Babita (BSc Nursing), Preet Kamal and Sukhjinder (2008 batch) were winners in slogan writing. Students of 2008 batch got the first prize in group song.



Maruti A-Star out

Ludhiana: Maruti Suzuki India Limited unveiled the much-awaited world strategic model A-Star. “Light weight, 998cc K10B petrol engine, A-Star is a fuel-efficient car with a mileage of 19.59 km per litre,” said R.S. Kalsi, chief general manager (sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, here on Friday.

He said the car has been designed keeping in mind the aspiration of the urban economy-conscious customers. The newest model meets the European ELV norms, which implies that 85 per cent is recyclable. It is free from hazardous material like lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium. — TNS



Drug addiction

Drug addiction is one of the biggest evils of the modern world. Young men and women are the victims of drugs. Life in big cities like Ludhiana has become highly competitive and fast. Every body wants to be rich in short span of life.

During failure, many people undergo depression and try to escape from reality. For this they even turn to drugs.

It is the duty of our society, parents, teachers and social organisations to check this spreading menace. Students should be educated regarding the dangers of drugs. Parents must devote special care to their young children. Thus in this way we would be able to secure the future of our society.

Manjit Singh Mehram, Dugri, Ludhiana

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Robbers take away machines
Tribune News Service

Khanna, November 22
Some unidentified robbers take away costly machines from a factory situated on the Rattan Heri road. The incident took place late last night when 10 or 12 people arrived in the factory in a truck and started loading the machines, which were built in the factory.

The accused first tied up the watchman and another person with a rope after beating them severely. They loaded all the machines lying in the factory and left the place. The incident came to light when some nearby residents arrived in the morning and saw the two people tied up with ropes. They were rescued by the residents and the matter was brought into the notice of the police. The police has registered a case.



GNPS Athletics Meet ends
Ishminder, Arashdeep best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
Ishminder Singh and Arashdeep Kaur were named best athletes in the boys’ and girls’ above 14 years’ category in the two-day 32nd edition of the annual inter house athletics meet that concluded at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here today. Students comprising teams namely Bhagat Singh House, Bhai Vir Singh House, Porf Mohan Singh House and Maharaja Ranjit Singh House took part.

In under-14 section, Tanshikha was declared best athlete among the girl participants, while Tarandeep clinched this honour in boys' under-14 section.

Members of Bhai Vir Singh House proved their mettle over others to bag the overall trophy.

Sanjeev Kalra of Ganpati Jewellers distributed the prizes.

Final Results:

Boys above-14:

100m: Mohanpreet Singh 1, Amandeep Singh 2 and Harshpreet Singh.

200m: Ishmeet Singh Bhinder 1, Amandeep Singh 2 and Mohanpreet Singh 3.

400m: Mohanpreet Singh 1, Harshpreet Singh 2 and Armaan Bhatia 3.

800m: Mohanpreet Singh 1, Preet Gursimran Singh 2 and Navpreet Singh 3.

1500m: Preet Gursimran Singh 1, Navpreet Singh 2 and Ishjot Singh 3.

Long jump: Ishmeet Singh 1, Amandeep Singh 2 and Malwinder Singh 3.

High jump: Ishmeet Singh 1, Mohanpreet Singh 2 and Navpreet Singh 3.

Shotput: Bhajnik Singh 1, Amardeep Singh 2 and Gursimran Singh 3.

Discus throw: Bhajnik Singh 1, Naveen 2 and Harjot Singh 3.

4x100m relay race: Bhai Vir Singh House 1, Bhagat Singh House 2 and Prof Mohan Singh House 3.

4x400m relay race: Bhagat Singh House 1, Bhai Vir Singh House 2 and Prof Mohan Singh House 3.

Girls (above 14 years):

100m: Chanpreet Kaur 1, Parrydeep Kaur 2 and Baljinder Kaur 3.

200m: Unamjot Kaur 1, Parrydeep Kaur 2 and Chanpreet Kaur 3.

400m: Suhapanpreet Kaur 1, Japneet Kaur 2 and Gurpinder Kaur 3.

600m: Suhapanpreet Kaur 1, Dildeep Kaur 2 and Japneet Kaur 3.

Long jump: Arashdeep Kaur 1, Unamjot Kaur 2 and Kirandeep Kaur 3.

High jump: Arashdeep Kaur 1, Dideep Kaur 2 and Akreet Kaur 3.

Shotput: Manbir Kaur 1, Suhapanpreet Kaur 2 and Kirandeep Kaur 3.

Discus throw: Arashdeep Kaur 1, Manbir Kaur 2 and Anmol Kaur 3. 4x100m relay race: Bhagat Singh House 1, Prof Mohan Singh House 2 and Bhai Vir Singh House 3.

4x200m relay race: Bhagat Singh House 1, Prof Mohan Singh House 2 and Bhai Vir Singh House 3.

The meet was declared open by R.K. Jaiswal, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana yesterday.

Results of inaugural day

Long jump (boys Class VI): Karan Singh 1, Divyajot 2 and Sukhdeep Singh 3

Girls (u-14) 400m race: Simranjot Kaur 1, Gurleen Kaur 2 and Harshpreet 3

Girls (above 14 years) 600m race: Suhpanpreet Kaur 1, Dildeep Kaur 2 and Japneet Kaur 3

Boys (u-14) 800m race: Jaspinder Singh 1, Harpreet Singh 2 and Pawandeep Singh 3.



Cricket Tourney
Malerkotla to face Young Friends Club
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
On the penultimate day of the All India Bachhittar Singh Grewal Memorial Cricket Tournament (boys u-19) being organised jointly by the Shivam Cricket Academy and Lambardar Property Advertisers at Daresi ground here today, Young Friends Club of Delhi beat Jalandhar Cricket Club by five wickets and Malerkotla Cricket Club beat Bhiwani Cricket Club by four wickets to settle for the title clash match slated for tomorrow.

In the semi-final, Jalandhar Cricket Club won the toss and opted to bat first. They could not survive for full 20 overs, as they wrapped the innings by118 runs after 18.4 overs.

The main contributors were Suraj and Ravi who chipped in with 38 and 16 runs, respectively. For Young Friends Club, Delhi, their skipper, Ankit Maini scalped three wickets for 30 runs in 3.4 overs while Jatinder Singh claimed two wickets for 9 runs.

For Young Friends Club, thanks to a swashbuckling innings of 59 n.o off just 27 deliveries by Naved Hussain which included four sixes and as many hits to the fence, made the required runs for the loss of five wickets in just 14.2 overs.

Saurav Mongia hit 27 runs with the help of two boundaries. For the losers, Deepak and Himanshu grabbed two and one wicket, respectively.

In the second semi-final, Bhiwani Cricket Club made 87 runs after losing six wickets with main contributions coming through Hemant and Vivek who made 19 and 18 runs, respectively.

For Malerkotla Cricket Club, Shehbaz took two wickets for 15 runs and Makhan Singh grabbed one wicket for 10 runs in their quota of four overs.

In reply, Malerkotla Cricket Club scored 88 runs after losing three wickets in 11.5 overs. The main architects of their innings were Shahid and Parvesh who scored 34 and 15 runs, respectively.

For Bhiwani Cricket Club, Hemant captured two wickets for 16 runs while Manoj claimed one wicket for 17 runs. The final will be played on Sunday at 11 am.



PTU cycling meet today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
The 5th edition of the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Cycling Championship will be hosted by the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, at the Punjab Agricultural University here on November 23.

According to Col (Dr) H. S. Singha, director, GNIMT, teams from over forty engineering and technical institutes affiliated with the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, will take part in the one-day event.

Sarojini Gautam, registrar, PTU, will inaugurate the meet at 10 am.



Basketball league from Nov 27
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
The Punjab Schools Bhagat Singh Memorial Baskeball League for boys and girls to be organised by the Punjab Basketball Association will be held at Kapurthala from November 27 to 30, according to R.S. Gill, president of the association.

Only school team with two guest players from the same place can participate in this league and the winners will represent in the forthcoming National Schools Basketball League.

Meanwhile, three teams namely Punjab Police, BSF and Rest of Punjab will also compete simultaneously in the league.



Govt College boys emerge champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22
Satish Chander Dhawan Government College overpowered Ramgarhia School 6-4 to emerge champions in the men's section of the 14th Senior Ludhiana District Softball Championship held at Guru Nanak Stadium, here yesterday. Earlier, in the semi-final, Ramgarhia School outnumbered Teja Singh Swatantar Memorial School 10-4.



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