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Sukhbir leaves traders in the lurch
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The maiden visit of Sukhbir Badal to Ludhiana after taking over as the Deputy Chief Minister has left the traders high and dry as he failed to make any announcement in their favour.

The traders, shopkeepers and hoteliers, who attended his function, said they were disappointed as they had hoped that Badal would announce some concessions for them. Members and office-bearers of as many as 65 trade organisations were present during the function. The traders and shopkeepers submitted a number of memorandums to him hoping that he would take up their cause and redress their grievances.

“We were hoping he would slash the Value Added Tax and also announce rollback of luxury tax imposed on the hospitality industry, but he disappointed us,” said a trader, adding they were waiting for him since January 17, when their first meeting with him was postponed.

“Since then, there was a hype that the Deputy CM will listen to our grievances. There were reports that he would please the traders and take up their cause. We waited for the function eagerly for over a month,” he added.

The traders said all that Sukhbir said was that the government was elected by them and all their problems were the government's problems and they would be resolved one by one. He also said the government had constituted the traders board and it would gradually come up to their expectations.

“When we asked him about frequent power cuts, he announced a meeting of officials. That was all,” said another trader who said that power cuts had affected their business. The traders had submitted a memorandum asking the Deputy CM to provide them electricity six days in a week and have a blackout day on the seventh day.

Sukhbir directed the Chief Engineer, PSEB, to look into the suggestion and work out the practicality. He said a decision on the issue would be taken during the meeting.

Vice-chairman of the Punjab Traders’ Board Madan Lal Bagga submitted the memorandum to Sukhbir seeking VAT refund within two months, luxury tax of hotel industry withdrawn and one powerless day in a week.

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Gives Rs 10 lakh to lawyers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 16
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of multi-storyed parking here in the district court complex. He claimed that it would be the best place for parking. He announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for lawyers.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda and District Bar Association president Parupkar Singh Ghumman highlighted the problems being faced by the legal fraternity. They demanded financial aid for the upgradation of the library of the lawyers and the ongoing construction of the Lawyers Chamber Complex Part-II.

Ghumman said the lawyers had vacated several acres of prime land at old judicial complex from which the government has earned hundreds of crores. Now, the lawyers should be given financial assistance generously.

Chairman of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Balwinder Goel, DBA secretary Kamaljit Sharma, vice-president Anil Kaushal, Shiromani Akali Dal Legal Cell president Jagdev Singh Virk, Mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura and former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, accorded warm welcome to him on his arrival at district court complex.

Cabinet Minister Hira Singh Gabria assured all possible help to the legal fraternity. District Attorney Mitter Sain Goyal was also present on this occasion.

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A ‘powerful’ day
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 16
The mega city had no power cut during the period Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal was here to attend some functions today.

Even if the junior Badal would not be able to fulfil his promises made to the industrial associations and bodies of traders, he can at least be credited with providing some relief to the city people by the way of uninterrupted power supply.

People here are reeling under drastic power cuts without much relief. Ranging from three to six hours a day, power cuts have affected people in all walks of life.

Commitments made by political leaders or top brass of the Punjab State Electricity Board of providing relief in power cuts have turned out to be hollow. Earlier, it was during the visit of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that the PSEB had made sure not to impose any power cut to save him from any embarrassing situation.

People, meanwhile, are now looking forward to similar concessions during the visits of junior Badal, which are expected to be more frequent in the wake of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

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GM foods ‘poison on the platter’
Docs, NGOs join hands against ill-effects of genetically modified food
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
With a view to create awareness about hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMO), the Doctors for Food and Bio-safety in Punjab has decided to promote the recently launched documentary - “Poison on the platter”.

The documentary, produced by Mahesh Bhatt, is based on risks of genetically modified organism (GMO). Inspired by Jeferry M. Smith, the author of Genetic Roulette, who was recently in India to fortify the ongoing campaign against genetically modified food, the director joins the league of NGOs, professionals and celebrities as exposes the nexus between the biotech multinational companies from the US and government regulatory bodies in India.

The doctors said the film reveals the “hollowness” of the claims made by the regulatory bodies that GMOs are not available in India whereas almost every big and small supermarket in the country is selling American corn, soya products, chips and other genetically modified food products in markets. The multinationals are escaping from labelling the products as GMO, thereby duping even the educated class.

The doctors for Food and Bio-safety in Punjab, who have collaborated with the NGOs like the Greenpeace and Coalition for GM Free India, have decided to promote the documentary so as to create awareness amongst general public against the ill-effects of genetically modified food products which have flooded the India markets. The documentary will be screened for the general public with the help of NGOs and activists campaigning in favour of GM-Free India.

Dr GPI Singh, head, department of community/preventive medicine, DMCH, said, "All the Bt genes have been found in human gut who consumed GM food, thereby making the gut a factory of producing toxic genes which are being excreted in the environment. The world is already late in realising the gravity of the situation as the ill-effects of genetically modified food will outlast a nuclear warfare."

Coalition for GM-free India, consisting of farmers’ bodies, consumer organisations and NGOs, has called upon the Union Health Minister and the state health minister to put a ban on the GMOs. The coalition has 16 states as its members.

The doctors from Punjab, including Dr LS Chawla, former vice-chancellor of BFUHS, and Dr Daljit Singh, principal, DMC, stated that agriculture and health were under the purview of state governments following which Uttarakhand, Kerala and Karnataka governments had banned the GM crops and food in the states.

When contacted, Kavitha Kuruganti, member secretary of the Coalition for GM-free India, said Punjab Health Minister Dr Laxmikanta Chawla has assured to take up the matter with the government. "The Union Health Minister has taken a bold stand against unsafe GM food which is a boost to our campaign and we are banking our hopes on him for the health of billions."

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Employees come to PAU V-C’s rescue
Say he has not violated protocol by meeting Planning Commission Chairman
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
The employees and faculty members of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have come to the rescue of Vice-Chancellor Dr M.S. Kang following the recent statement of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, saying that he misused his powers by meeting Planning Commission Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The varsity staff is of the view that the V-C had every right to discuss the financial crunch being faced by the PAU as state government had failed to provide relief to varsity.

Dr S.K. Gupta, a senior faculty member from department of plant breeding, PAU, said the V-C had not violated any protocol and had not misused his position by meeting the Planning Commission Chairman. He said since the PAU was getting regular grants from Indian Council for Agricultural Research - a Central government agency, the V-C had every right to approach the Planning Commission Chairman.

Senior vice-president of the PAU Employees’ Union, Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu said the V-C had not violated any rules and regulations by asking for a grant of Rs 1,000 crore and a Central status the varsity.

“The state government has flatly refused to own the responsibility of farm varsity. Not only this, it has asked the authorities to generate funds on its own. We have every right to approach for getting the funds, why did the CM feel offended? The government is not doing anything for varsity, responsible for bringing green revolution in the country. We have the right to save this premier institution, if Dr Kang went to Montek Ahluwalia, he did not commit any blunder,” added Sandhu.

It may be mentioned here that various sections of media have highlighted the statement of the CM in which he had said that Dr Kang should not have gone to Ahluwalia directly for getting grants or seeking Central status for the PAU. He said that Dr Kang not only violated the protocol, but misused his powers.

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Girl faints at school’s annual function
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
A student of class VI fainted during an annual prize distribution function of DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, here today.

The girl fell unconscious while waiting for chief guest Dr Inderpal Singh, former pro Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, who came around half-an-hour late from the scheduled time.

Parents of schoolchildren said, "The students were asked to report to the school at 9 am and some of them were asked to stand and wait for the chief guest in the pandal." While the students were waiting, suddenly the girl fell unconscious and when she was revived, she revealed that she didn't have her breakfast, they added.

Another parents whose kid was sick said, "We had been asking teachers to allow us to meet our child as he is sick but to no avail." Since the kid is small, so we are really worried, said the angry parents, adding that the function was to be carried on till 4 pm and they were really concerned.

Meanwhile, school headmistress JK Sidhu said, "The girl fainted because she was heavily dressed up and was feeling hot. She was immediately attended and her parents didn't complain about anything."

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With polls nearing, quality of works suffers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
With the parliamentary elections nearing, the SAD-BJP government seems to have been rushing with the work just to prove that it has initiated development in the state ignoring the fact of quality coming out through this work.

One such example is construction of road in ward 37 where work has been going on at a very fast pace by the contractor without caring about the time of day.

Talking to The Tribune, resident Avtar Singh said, "The contractor has been doing work without caring about the quality and the road he is making. The constructed part is not even fit enough to survive for more than one month. It's really disheartening to see how public money is being wasted and when the same thing was brought to the notice of area councillor Poonam Ratra, her husband said it was none of your business."

Another resident of the area said, "The result of this constructed road will be questioned to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation who didn't even bother to check the working. Neither any officials nor the contractor is paying any heed to what we say." There attitude has really disappointed that how development would be initiated by compromising with the quality.

Meanwhile, municipal councillor Poonam Ratra couldn't be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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Robbery bid foiled, employee injured
Tribune News Service


Raghubir at CMCH, Ludhiana.

Ludhiana, February 16
A brave petrol pump employee foiled a robbery attempt, besides sustaining a bullet injury here this morning. The incident took place just a few yards from the police post situated near Vishavkarma Chowk.

The victim Raghubir was rushed to CMC Hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger. The incident took place early this morning when an unidentified man arrived at petrol pump.

Finding, no one around, the accused pointed a pistol at the petrol pump employee and threatened him to hand over the bag containing cash. Instead of handing over the bag, Raghubir retaliated strongly and tried to grab the pistol of the accused.

When the robber saw Raghubir approaching towards him, he fired a shot at the employee. Fortunately, the bullet snick past his face. He fell on the ground and started screaming.

According to the victim, the robber came on foot and soon after shooting him, he escaped. Meanwhile, the police has registered the case and started investigating the matter.

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24-hour power supply from next week: Badal
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Kahanpura (Mandi Gobindgarh), February 16
The entire state will get uninterrupted power supply from the next week. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said this while addressing public during the inauguration ceremony of a rolling mill.

He added that power supply would be made regular from the next week. "It will be ensured that all industrial units get regular power supply. Also agriculture sector and domestic consumers can now relax," he said.

While talking about Congress leaders' repeated statements calling for extra security forces during Lok Sabha elections, Badal said Captain Amarinder Singh was making these statements. "Captain is not even an MLA now. His statement carries no weight and neither needs to be taken under consideration," he added.

Badal inaugurated the rolling mill unit that is into manufacturing iron rods for building purposes.

On the statements released by Captain Amarinder Singh over the atrocities on Congress workers, he questioned: "How many Congress workers are manhandled in this district". There is no iota of truth in the statements released by Amarinder Singh, he said.

He said all Deputy Commissioners had been told to arrange the seeds of sunflower at their respective districts at economical prices.

Replying to the queries about the declaration of SAD candidate from the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, he said the name of the candidate would soon be released by their party.

He also congratulated NRI Gurmeet Singh Arora, owner of Geo Steels, and also assured him to provide all possible help to him by the Punjab government.

Replying to a query over the sale of a piece of commercial land by the municipal council of Mandi Gobindgarh, he said "it's better if the MC has sold the prime land before being encroached by unscrupulous elements". He also assured to return funds of Rs 3 crore to the MC, he announced during the Vikas Yatra.

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Pandit Rao mesmerises audience with his performance
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, February 16
Branding every soul with melody, Pandit Shubhendra Rao mesmerised audience with recital of raag shudh saarang on sitar during his performance at the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre and DD Jain College.

The artiste was in the city to perform at “The eternal quest”, a programme organised by SPIC MACAY.

Pandit Rao picked the sitar at the age of three and is referred to as the true protégé of Pandit Ravi Shankar who became his guru at the age of eight.

Pragmatic yet emotional for his music, the artiste, a fine combination of “fire and frost”, as his recitals, have a soothing and stimulating effect on his listeners.

Fusion according to him is a part of “Shastriya sangeet” as is evident from the influence of Persian music.

Indeed a true exponent of sitar, Pandit Rao has left the audience awestruck in the most prestigious musical concerts worldwide.

Mirza Ghalib remembered

Musical evening "Andaaz-e-Byaan" devoted to famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib was held in the city yesterday evening.

The programme was based on the poetry of famous gazal writers of classical era around the time of Ghalib. The evening was organised by "Dhvani", an association.

The programme started with Dr Vikram singing Ghalib's famous gazal "Woh visaal aur woh firaaq kahan". Randhir Kanwal sang the famous gazal of Mir "Patta patta boota boota haal hamara jane hai".

Then came Youshika's turn and she rendered effectively Ghalib's gazal "Harek baat pe kehte tum ke tu kya hai" while Zinia sang "Koyee umeed bar nahin aatee".

Randhir took the centre stage once more and sang Ghalib's "Aah ko chahiye ik umar asar hone tak". The programme ended with Zinia, Randhir and Youshika singing famous gazal of Ghalib "Hazaron khwahishein aisee".

Anil Kumar, secretary of Dhvani, emphasised the need to remember such big names in the field of art and said they not only promoted local young talent but also spread music through meaningful programmes, which were being widely appreciated by its audience.

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REPORTERS' DIARY
Better traffic sense need of the hour

The traffic is going terribly haywire in Ludhiana. Think of any time in 24 hours, be it the day or the night, there is always the possibility of getting stranded in a traffic jam. So much so, even during the midnight, people do not have any certainty that they will reach their destination in time, particularly along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road and that too during the marriage season.

On the night of February 14, the 7 km distance from Raj Guru Nagar to Mullanpur Dakha took people four hours, thanks to the reckless driving by the people themselves. In the mad race to overtake others, the vehicles get stuck and traffic comes to a virtual halt. It is not only the people going to the marriage palaces for attending functions, but people coming from far-off places like Moga, Muktsar, Ferozepur and Faridkot also have a harrowing experience. And the worst sufferers are the emergency patients who are referred to Ludhiana from these places. On the Valentine night, people parked their vehicles in the adjoining farms along the road and moved on foot. While the new SSP, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, should also focus on managing the traffic. But above all, it is the people who need to learn the ways of driving lest they add to the chaos on the roads. And in most of the cases, it is the wrong driving that causes jams on the roads lasting for hours and in the process making hundreds of people to suffer.

Raj the hairdresser

Sometimes, some movie stories have striking resemblances to real events. As the latest Shahrukh Khan starer “Billu” is making waves across the country in leading theatres, it reminds of Raj Hairdresser of Chaura Bazar. Like Shahrukh Khan remains attached to Billu Barber even after becoming the star, so was our superstar of yesteryear Dharmindra attached to Raj. He would sit in the salon of Raj for hours together. It was Raj who saw him off to Mumbai as he boarded the Frontier Mail to try his luck in movies. Raj used to display a poster size black and white photograph of Dharmindra in his shop. When people asked who he was, he would say his friend. And when they would point out that he resembled Dharmindra, he would never say yes he is Dharmindra, instead who would tell them he has a striking resemblance with Dharmindra but he was someone else. That was the greatness of Raj. He would never boast of his friendship with the star.

Modernity bites Rural Olympics

There was a time when people would keep on waiting for the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics. However, the changing times seem to have changed the character of the games itself. The growing commercialisation seems to have hit the spirit. Earlier, local residents used to play great hosts. But now that hospitality is no longer to be seen. Instead, there is very less rural character of the game. Except for the bullock cart race, the tent pegging and the dual horse ride (exclusively of Maggar Singh), there seems to be too much of commercialisation in the games and the surroundings. The bullock cart prices have gone up. So have those of the horses. And the rural environs have also changed.

There is no home-made food served by the local, instead there are packed lunches and food items. People have also been regretting the way participants intoxicate their animals with liquor for better (or the worst) performance as has already been exposed by the The Tribune on Sunday.

Valentine’s Day or show off

My friend was very excited about Valentine’s Day this time. She ordered a bouquet for her husband. She was sure that her husband will be floored by her affection. We both had a long discussion about the relevance of this day. She said the day broke the monotony of life and gave us some time to make the things special. She did not agree to my point that such days were a mere show off. In the morning, when the florist came to deliver the bouquet, her husband’s instant reaction (in front of the florist) was that “It is a purely show off, what was its need”? My poor friend's heart was broken instead of monotony of life as she was expecting.

Painful stretch

With the city population and number of vehicles in the industrial hub of the state booming at a maddening pace, the chaos on the roads seems to increase with each passing day. Traffic cops and those responsible for the management of traffic at their wits' end, it has virtually become an ordeal for the people to move on roads. What to talk of cars, three-wheelers and two-wheelers, even the pedestrians find it difficult to go from one place to another, or to cross roads or intersections. In particular, the stretch from Domoria Bridge up to T-junction leading to Deepak Cinema on the right and Old Sabzi Mandi to the left remains a problematic point. The traffic police has tried various remedies like putting up road dividers and making the section one-way without much success for the simple reason that volume of traffic is too much for the road and the T-junction. It will take much more than half-hearted and shoddy traffic planning. Is some body listening ?

Safety saves

Pollution in Ludhiana has reached an alarming stage. And the residents are not oblivious of it. Falling prey to several respiratory disorders, many commuters, especially two-wheeler drivers, have started covering their noses to ward off harmful effects of poisonous air. With the city having earned the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the northern region, CNG seems to be the only solution. Hope the authorities wake up much sooner than later and help the humanity facing health threat from toxic air. (see pic)

Defying rules, leaders’ style

Politicians in our country are very innovative and when it comes to presenting identities, their vehicles have become a brand ambassador for them. If you cannot afford or get a red beacon, never mind, your car’s number plate is enough to display your identity. Recently, I went to attend a political function where cars of some municipal councillors and party leaders were parked in a row. At the first look on the row it seemed that there was a car rally and every participant had been named with political hue. The number plates of all these were simply flouting traffic rules as they carried their designations in political parties and party symbols in colourful way.

Contributed by: Rajesh Bhambi, Manav Ghuman, Kuldip Bhatia, Kanchan, Jyotika Sood

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B.Com students protest fee hike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 16
B.Com students of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam college held a protest today within the campus against the recent fee hike by the college management.

The students said college authorities had refused to listen to their woes. On the other hand, authorities said fee hike was done as per norms set by the University and college should not be held responsible for it.

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GTB students bring laurels

Mullanpur Dakha, February 16
Students of GTB Institute of Management and Technology, Dakha, excelled in examinations held in May 2008 for the masters’ degree in MSc (IT) of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

Irbandeep Kaur managed to bag the fourth position in the university by securing 80.83 per cent, Sukhjit Kaur managed to bag the fifth position in the university by securing 80.79 per cent and Navneet Kaur was declared tenth in the university by securing 77.37 per cent.

Chairman of the institute S Sher Singh, an IRS (retd), members of the trust, principal and staff of the institute, congratulated the students for their brilliant performances. — OC

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Cleanliness drive by students
Our Correspondent

Raikot, February 16
Girls of the NSS unit of Sadbhawana College of Education for Women, Jalaldiwal, near here, launched a cleanliness drive in schools of three villages under Raikot.

The three teams of students, comprising 30 students each, visited Govt Model School Gobindgarh village, Government Sr. Secondary School, Jalaldiwal village, and Dadahoor village. Teachers performed their duties and enlightened the student on environment, global warming, moral values and role of teachers in the personality growth of students. A cultural function was also organized by these teams of students.

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Letters
Water pollution on the rise

This is with reference to the news published in Ludhiana Tribune "Festival leave Satluj stinking" dated February 7.

Most of the people are in the habit of making water polluted by throwing waste, polythene bags, litters of garbage and flowers without knowing the effect of water pollution.

The Ludhiana city is already in the grip of water pollution due to Buddha Nala. Similar example of water pollution can be noticed in the Sidhwan canal, which passes through the Ludhiana city.

We should respect the festivals but at the same time we have to think seriously about the increasing water pollution in our city. The local administration should look into the matter and public should also be careful not to make the river and canal water polluted.

It would be in the large interest of residents of Ludhiana.

Manjit Singh Mehram, Ludhiana

Readers are invited to mail letters (not more than 200 words) at "ludhiana@tribunemail.com" or post the same to The Tribune, 1, 2 Improvement Trust Building, Badaur House, Clock Tower, Ludhiana.

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CRIME
 

Youth run over by vehicle
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 16
A youth was run over by a vehicle yesterday night.

The highway patrol van found the body of a youth in a mutilated condition on national highway near Pandori village. The youth is identified as Vikramjit Singh (22) of Purani Mandi, Mullanpur.

The youth seems to be met with an accident around 10pm with a heavy vehicle.

The family of the deceased came to know of the death when they approached the Dakha police station this morning to lodge a missing complaint as Vikramjit Singh was missing since last evening.

The Dakha police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 304 A IPC against the vehicle and its driver on the statement of Gurmukh Singh, father of the deceased.

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SPORTS

Athletics meet concludes
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 16
The 38th annual athletics meet of GTB National College, Dakha, concluded today. The following is the list of winners of various events:

Best athletes:

GTB National College

Boys: Guru Dutt BA III won the title for the second consecutive year (1st 200 m, 400m, long jump, 2nd triple jump, 100 m and 3rd high jump).

Girls: Hardeep Kaur BA II (1st 400m, 200 m, 2nd high jump, 2nd high jump and 3rd discuss throw).

GTB Institute of Management and Technology

Boys: Jagjeet Singh BCA 2nd semester (1st 800 m, triple jump, high jump).

Girls: Sarabjeet Kaur BCA 2nd semester (1st 200 m, 400 m, 3rd 100 m and 1st 3-legged race).

Other results:

GTB National College

Boys: Shot put: 1st Balwinder Singh, 2nd Kamaljit Singh and 3rd Gurminder Singh.

400 m: 1st Guru Dutt, 2nd Sunil Kumar and 3rd Vicky Garg.

Long jump: 1st Guru Dutt, 2nd Kamaljit Singh and 3rd Vikram.

1,500 m: 1st Khushdeepak, 2nd Harwinder Singh and 3rd Supandeep Singh.

800 m: 1st Harmeet Singh, 2nd Patwant Singh and 3rd Harwinder Singh.

High jump: 1st Rajdeep Singh, 2nd Kamaljit Singh and 3rd Guru Dutt.

200 m: 1st Guru Dutt, 2nd Sunil Kumar and 3rd Gurmeet Singh.

5,000 m: 1st Harwinder Singh, 2nd Jagjit Singh and 3rd Boota Singh.

Discuss throw: 1st Harwinder Singh, 2nd Kamaljit Singh and 3rd Gurminder Singh.

100 m: 1st Sandeep Singh, 2nd Guru Dutt and 3rd Jagjeet Singh.

Girls: 400 m: Hardeep Kaur, 2nd Gunpreet Kaur and 3rd Harjeet Kaur.

Long jump: 1st Pawandeep Kaur, 2nd Sukhpreet Kaur and Manpreet Kaur and 3rd Sarbjeet Kaur.

1,500 m: 1st Manpreet Kaur, 2nd Sarbjeet Kaur and 3rd Harpal Kaur.

High jump: 1st Hardeep Kaur, 2nd Hardeep Kaur and 3rd Inderjeet Kaur.

200 m: Hardeep Kaur, 2nd Amandeep Kaur and 3rd Pawandeep Kaur.

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Annual DMCH sports meet kicks off
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
The 44th edition of the annual sports meet “Smash-2009” kicked started at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), here today. Undergraduate students of batches from 2004 to 2008 are taking part in this two-day sports meet during which competition in various disciplines are being conducted.

The meet was inaugurated by principal Dr Daljit Singh. Arpandeep Singh Brar, organising secretary of the DMCH Sports Committee, took oath on behalf of participants to play in the true spirit of the games.

Dr Daljit emphasised the importance of games that inculcate the qualities of discipline, hard work and punctuality. He appreciated organising committee members' efforts in holding the meet and wished the participants good luck.

The day started with a tug-of-war match played between students and faculty in which the latter emerged winners.

First day's results:

(Girls)- 100m race- Pukhraj 1, Priya Bharti 2 and Ridhi 3; 400m race- Pukhraj 1, Gurkamal 2 and Ridhi 3; 800m race- Gurkamal 1, Gurpreet 2 and Pinky 3; Shot put- Sukhraj 1, Simran 2, Inderjot and Bhawna 3; Three-legged race- Pinky and Gurpreet 1, Simran and Bhawna 2; Discus throw- Pukhraj 1, Bhawna 2, Simran and Inderjot Bajwa 3.

Boys: 400m race- Tejinder 1, Anubhav 2 and Paras 3; 800m race- Puneet 1, Praful Tiwari 2 and Sukhdeep 3; Long jump- Anubhav 1, Puneet and Praful 2, Harsimran 3; Shot put- Gurpreet 1, Gursimran 2, Harsimran and Nischay Pal Brar 3; Discus throw- Gurpreet Singh 1, Inderbir 2 and Harsimran Singh Chawla 3; Hammer throw- Tarunjeet 1, Gursimran 2 and Avreen Shah 3.

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Gurtej, Mandeep adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 16
Gurtej Singh of BA III and Mandeep Kaur of BA I were adjudged the best athletes at an annual sports meet of Government College, Karamsar Rara Sahib.

Amrit Varsha Sharma inaugurated the meet and former head granthi Baldev Singh presided over the concluding function yesterday.

Appreciating the role of teachers in inspiring students to adopt sports as their lifestyle, Sharma and Singh claimed that games enforced fraternal ties among otherwise indifferent persons. Prof Nirmal Singh and Giani Balwant Singh gave away the prizes to the winners.

Other results:

100 m (women): Mandeep Kaur-1, Amandeep Kaur-1.

100 m (men): Gurvinder Singh-1, Manvinder Singh.

200 m (women): Jaspreet Kaur-1, Jaspreet Kaur Somal Kheri-2.

200 m (men): Gurtej Singh-1, Maninder Singh-2.

400 m (women): Jaspreet Kaur Somal Kheri-1, Mandeep Kaur-2.

400 m and 800 m (men): Gurtej Singh-1, Jugraj Singh-2.

Shot put (women): Mandeep Kaur-1, Amandeep Kaur-2.

Shot put (men): Mandeep Singh-1, Manminder-2.

Long jump (women): Amandeep Kaur-1, Sukhbir Kaur Sangowal-2.

Long jump (men): Gurdeep Singh-1, Amrik Singh-2.

High jump (women): Mandeep Kaur-1, Sukhbir Kaur Sangowal-2.

3-legged race (women): Sandeep Kaur and Money-1, Parvinder Kaur and Gagandeep-2.

Chatti race (women) Harpreet Kaur-1, Kirandeep Kaur-2.

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AITA championship at Jassowal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
The main draw of the Harvest Tennis Academy, the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament, was held on the sprawling campus of the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal near Ludhiana today. Hardeepak Singh Saran, director of the academy, was the chief guest on this occasion. He wished players good luck and also briefed parents of the players present there about the academy projects.

He said the Harvest Tennis Academy was founded in 2005 in Jassowal village (Kular). The founder was a tennis-loving NRI, Harvinder Saran. The aim of starting the academy was to promote the game of tennis and also help village kids to learn, play and compete in the game free of cost.

The academy has one of the largest tennis infrastructures in India. It has 14 international standard tennis courts, six tennis coaches, one fitness trainer and also one physiotherapist.

PJ Michael, who has served with British School, New Delhi, for 25 years, is the consultant for the academy. The work on the school building has already commenced, Saran added.

The academy is also adding several new facilities like state-of-the-art gymnasium (tennis specific), sauna bath, steam bath, jacuzzi, hot tub, swimming pool, basketball court and a volleyball court.

Meanwhile, Joy Mukherjee, tournament referee, who is ITF white badge referee and has been conducting international and national tennis tournaments in India and abroad, stated that this academy is the finest tennis academy, which has a highly professional set up and excellent infrastructure.

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Gully Cricket
Ludhiana finish runner-up
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 16
What started as an exciting game ended in pure frenzy as city boys’ team finished as runners-up and pocketed a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh in the inaugural edition of the RIN T-10 Gully Cricket Championship played at Surat in Gujrat. Surat lads emerged winners to be richer by Rs 5 lakh.

According to a communiqué reached here, the final match, which saw some real good cricket, played by talented youngsters, enthralled 25,000 crowd to such an extent that they cheered every run scored and rival wicket that fell. Eventually, when the Surat XI scored the winning run, hundreds of people flooded the field to congratulate the winners.

Batting first, Ludhiana scored 93 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 10 overs. The main contributors were Chinton Sehgal (23) and Gagandeep Dhand (24).

For Surat, Hemal Patel chipped in with three wickets for 13 runs while Sanket Tandel grabbed two wickets for 15 runs.

Chasing the target, Surat made 96 runs after losing just two wickets in 8.1 overs. Their innings revolved around Abhay Patel and Shiv Pal Rana who remained unbeaten on 39 and 23, respectively, and saw the hosts to romp home victors.

For the losers, Karan Puri captured both the wickets conceding 15 runs.

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