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Transporters at receiving end again
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A rally by the Students Organisation of India (SOI) at Patiala tomorrow spelt doom for private transporters of the city today as their buses were forcibly impounded for carrying workers to the rally spot.

District transport office employees as well as cops from the traffic police remained on their toes throughout the day asking transporters to send their buses. The process continued at the grain market throughout the day as the transporters watched helplessly.

Interestingly, not all buses that were being forced to take workers to Patiala were lined up at a given time. Five to 10 buses were called in at the market and sent to villages so that these could successfuly ferry workers to Patiala.

‘‘The buses were given the numbers to reach different villages. We will take these early in the morning and it will be a bad business day tomorrow. The commuters, especially the ones in countryside, will suffer. They will not get any mode of transport tomorrow as private operators mostly cater to their travelling needs,’’ said a transporter.

He added that they did not have the courage to say no to the DTO. If they say no, their buses would be impounded on one pretext or the other. They would be fined for no reason. The best is to give in silently.

He also said due to taking up of issue in the past by the media, the buses were being provided with the diesel for the first time. Otherwise, they used to get not even a single penny for the trip.

‘‘We are forced to do that. But it really pinches. It is shocking that government machinery works overtime to make a political rally being organised by the student outfit of the Shiromani Akali Dal a success. Is this a democracy or a dictatorship?’’ he asked.

Jaswinder Singh Grewal, district president, Ludhiana Mini Bus Owners Association, said they were being paid for diesel. So they will not suffer losses. ‘‘We can provide our buses for a day. We can do this for the government,’’ he said.

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Power theft
Police station, cops on defaulters’ list
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 17
The enforcement wing of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has detected several cases of power theft in the central zone during the ongoing crackdown against power theft. Among those caught in the act are police personnel, a police station in the district and both residential and business premises of a leading departmental store in the Civil Lines locality here. Those indulging in power theft through tempered meters or "kundi" connections have had a penalty of Rs 18 lakh imposed on them.

Director of Enforcement SS Kohli told The Tribune here today that police station at Dehlon in this district as well as the residential quarters of police personnel in the complex were found to be drawing unmetered power supply. The division of the PSEB had issued a demand notice of Rs 3 lakh on the police station.

Similarly, in the course of intensive checking of offices and residential premises of police employees in the Police Lines and police residential colony in the Jamalpur locality, six cases of theft, including one through "kundi" connection by a building contractor in the Police Lines, had come to light. The defaulting consumers were issued notices for a penalty of Rs 3 lakh in these cases.

The field staff of the enforcement wing inspected residential premises of owners of a leading department store in Haibowal last evening where seals of energy meter were found to be tempered with and excess load of over 12 KW was being used. The amount of penalty was being worked out which would be in the range of around Rs 4 lakh, Kohli added.

The business premises of the same department store in Civil Lines were inspected a couple of days back where excess load of 75 KW, besides fake seals on the energy meter were detected. A penalty of Rs 8 lakh had been slapped on the department store for indulging in power theft.

Sources in the PSEB revealed that the office complex of the Income Tax department, as also that of the Department of Central Excise and Customs, in Rishi Nagar was also inspected and at both places, where connected load far too excess than the sanctioned load was detected. The amount of penalty to be imposed on both departments was being worked out and demand notices would be issued soon.

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Bus operators fined for violating route permit 
Orbit Transport Company, owned by the Badals, also defaulter
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 17
Action tough on the private bus operators, the Regional Transport Authority has slapped compromise fee on 13 of them, including the Orbit Transport Company, owned by the Badals, for violating route permit.

The amount payable by the transporters was calculated on basis of number of missed trips noticed by the authorities.

The action was taken following a complaint by a social activist of Chhapar village, Sikandar Singh, alleging that the bus operators drop passengers at Pohir village instead of the local bus stand.

Acting on the reports submitted by the District Transport Officer at Sangrur and the PRTC, the Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Patiala, Ravinder Singh, asked the bus owners to deposit the amount as compromise fee for allegedly violating norms of their respective permits.

The RTA (Patiala) has also directed the officials concerned to prepare a list of transporters who were violating norms prescribed in their respective route permits by not reaching the Ahmedgarh bus stand. 

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Gill takes charge as city police chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The city, which is grappling with the unprecedented rise in the crime rate, got the new SSP today.

Soon after taking the charge, the city's new SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said he was determined to deal with the criminals with an iron hand and special focus would be on to nab the criminals, who were indulged in petty crimes.

An alumnus of Sanik School, Kapurthala, and MBBS from Government Medical College, Amritsar, Dr Singh is all geared up for the new challenges posed by the city.

A 2003 batch IPS officer of the Punjab cadre, Dr Singh is not an alien to this city. He has worked as an SP (City- I) during his previous assignment.

"So far, there is no need to make major changes in the ongoing programmers initiated by previous SSP RK Jaiswal, who has been quite instrumental in bringing down the crime rate," said Dr Singh.

Dr Gill was earlier posted as Hoshiarpur SSP. Dr Gill said his top priority would be to provide good policing to the residents so that the problems could be redressed quickly.

"This can only happen when there will be a good coordination between the police and residents," said Dr Singh and further added that there was an ungent need to streamline the work of the police department, which he hopes would help in bringing down the crime rate.

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Meet recovery targets, Ghuman to MC staff 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
With the financial year coming to an end, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman has directed officials to collect as much revenue as possible so that the civic body is able to meet its target.

During the review meeting held here today, the commissioner met officials of various branches, including the house tax and tehbazari wing, and asked them to be strict with defaulters and make them pay their dues.

According to sources, Ghuman was not happy with the recoveries made by the officials and the latter were once again on the receiving end for their incompetence to follow the directions.

While the house-tax department was able to make profits as compared to last year recoveries, building branch officials were once again the victim of the Commissioner's fury for their failure to check illegal construction going on in the city.

When they were asked for the reason of their failure to meet the targets, ATPs revealed the shortage of building inspectors as the reason, too, which commissioner assured them that they would provide more staff. Even the tehbazari officials were told to make it a point that encroachments removed by them shouldn't mushroom again.

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RPO does it again
Seeks marriage certificate of 8-yr-old boy for passport
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
In an apt example of comedy of errors, the Regional Passport Office (RPO) at Chandigarh has asked an eight-year-old boy to furnish an attested copy of his marriage certificate for passport.

Daanish Grewal's father Gurbachan Singh had applied for his son’s passport at the RPO on July 16, 2008, and is waiting for it since then.

Several reminders to the office did not yield any results till February 5 this year when the passport inquiry status on the RPO's website revealed that it would be dispatched in a week's time.

Grewal sat pretty waiting for the passport. When he did not receive it, he browsed the official website and was shocked to find out the status message that read -furnish attested copy of marriage certificate.

“I am shocked the way the office works. From where will I get my son’s marriage certificate? My son was born in May 2000. It is a question of common sense only that despite having his date of birth recorded in the website, a marriage certificate is being demanded,” rued Grewal.

The same status message was being displayed till the filing of this report also. It could be seen after logging on to the site with file reference number - CHD-K013423-08. It was last updated today.

“They took so long to issue my son’s passport. All this despite the fact that they claim it would be issued within three months. I am sick and tired of the delay. There is no reply to my mail sent to RPO today morning. What to do now?’’ he asked. 

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Drug peddler gets 10-yr RI
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 17
A local court has convicted Mukhtiar Singh, a resident of Mansooran village, and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing poppy husk.

Additional Sessions Judge M.S. Virdi has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the convict. In default of payment of fine, the convict will have to spend six more months behind the bars.

“The drug menace is spoiling the lives of youths. This illegal trade needs to be curbed with stern hands,” observed the judge.

A case was registered against the drug peddler at the Sudhar police station in 2002 under Section 15 of the NDPS Act.

According to the prosecution, ASI Amar Singh, along with a police party, nabbed the accused near the Mansooran canal bridge with two bags of poppy husk.

Though during the trial, the accused pleaded not guilty. He claimed he was falsely implicated in the case. However, after going through the evidence on record and hearing the arguments by additional public prosecutor R.S. Sibia, the court found him guilty. 

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Undertrial gives police the slip
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
An undertrial escaped from the police custody at the court complex here today.

According to information, the man identified as Dharamjit Singh was brought to the court from Jagraon for a hearing in a case, as he was booked under the NDPS Act. He told police personnel accompanying him that he wants to meet his legal adviser and fled away from the spot.

Laptops stolen

Five laptops along with Rs 3,000 were stolen from a shop owned by Atul at Samrala Chowk here last night. According to information, the incident was discovered today morning when Jaswinder Singh, owner of the neighbouring shop, noticed locks of the shop broken. A case has been registered.

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Students’ protest enters second day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Even for the second consecutive day today, students of Kamla Lohtia College did not attend the classes. The students have been protesting against the alleged fee hike by the management.

The agitated students said they were against the proposed fee hike as nothing about it was mentioned in the college prospectus when they had taken admission. They alleged that the management was fleecing them under the garb of the "university guidelines".

The issue of fee increase had sparked off a series of protests and strikes in different colleges of the city last November.

Meanwhile, the college authorities have maintained that the fee was increased as per the norms by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Teachers sore over UGC performance indicators 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The University Grants Commission's decision of developing academic performance indicators (API) and weightage points (WP) for performance appraisal scoring system (PASS) has absolutely not gone well with the teachers in this part of the region.

They said the draft notification on revision of pay scales, minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers in universities and colleges and other measures for the maintenance of standards had upset them as harsh conditions had been put on the teachers for their promotional avenues.

The PASS system has prescribed quality indicators, in which teachers have to score points to get promotion in the higher scales. The quality indicators include teaching, research and development-related activities.

Even the existing teachers, who have already got selection grade either before January 2006 or after January 2006 or have completed three years in selection grade on same date and whose promotion as associate professor is due, have not been spared by the UGC from PASS.

As per the new scheme, every college teacher has to score minimum academic performance weightage of 100 points at each stage to become eligible for promotion as associate professor or professor. For the promotion of associate professor, a teacher has to score 50 academic points in teaching and contribution to profession-related activities, 25 points in research-related activities and 25 points in extension, co-curricular and student mentoring activities.

Ashwani Bhalla, executive vice president of Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA), said though it was the requirement of the day to have good academic standards. "But the guidelines have come recently. How could the teachers already working as a selection grade lecturer or have completed three years in the grade, score the points on basis of past? They should be told to achieve the required targets within stipulated time but the promotions cannot be denied to them," he said.

Educationist Tarsem Bahia said the UGC must devise a formula, where selection-grade lecturer must fulfil certain time-bound conditions to become associate professors. He said the present selection-grade lecturers should be promoted as associate professors and when they complete three years in selection grade, conditions might be put on them to score minimum academic performance.

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Zila Parishad gives Rs 5 lakh to village
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, February 17
Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali handed a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to sarpanch Ravinder Singh of Bhanohar village while presiding over a gathering at the Government Elementary School here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Ayali said in the last two years grants worth more that Rs 16 lakh had already been released for the village development.

He said till date the Zila Parishad had released the grants worth Rs 5 crore and the grants worth Rs 2 crore were in the pipeline that would be dispersed within this fortnight for the development of the villages.

He said for the grants of Rs 2 crore they had identified 27 villages. Under this scheme, he said villagers also contributed Rs 1 lakh as matching grant.

He further added that already 70 villages had submitted their share and in Bhanohar village itself 20 persons had contributed Rs 5,000 each to get the grant for the village. He appealed other villages to follow the suit for the betterment of 
their villages.

He also said more villages would be brought under the scheme and he would see that the grants were properly utilised.

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Slump costs textile industry Rs 550 crore 
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Twentyfive major textile companies of the country have witnessed a loss worth Rs 550.12 crore in first nine months of 2008 against a profit of Rs 294.50 crore during the corresponding period of the year 2007, thus causing a droop of 287 per cent. This was said by SP Oswal, chairman, CII national committee on textiles, here today.

Oswal met the secretary, textile ministry, in Delhi last week and made a presentation on the situation prevailing in the textile industry of the country.

The textile companies included Vardhman Textiles, Welspun India, Rajasthan Spinning, Nahar Industrial Enterprises, Nahar Spinning and Exports, Abhishek Industries, Rajapalayam. Gangotri Textiles, Winsome Yarns Ltd, Prime Textiles Ltd, Ambika Cotton, Patspin India, Raymond Limited, Gtn Textiles, Cheslind Textiles Ltd, Super Spinning Mills Ltd, JCT Ltd, Winsome Textiles Ltd, Maral Overseas Ltd, Malwa Cotton and Himatsingka Seide.

He told The Tribune that the global recession in major importing textile economies like the USA, the European Union and Japan had adversely affected textile exports from India. For the first time in many years, US textile imports have declined by three per cent between January and November, 2008. On the other hand, Bangladesh and Vietnam have recorded positive growth in clothing exports to the USA during the period and Indian exports declined by three per cent. This indicates that Bangladesh and Vietnam textile exports to the USA are replacing Indian textile exports.

According to Oswal, India’s textile exports are expected to decline by 10 per cent from $22 billion during 2007-08 to $20 billion dollars in 2008-09. However, Chinese exports grew by eight per cent, from $171 billion in 2007 to $185 billion in 2008. He said the competing countries had responded swiftly to save their textile industry as China had increased the export rebates from nine per cent to 17 per cent in the span of three months. China also decreased the interest rate to 5.5 per cent to enable the industry to cope up with financial problems and to keep the mills running. Pakistan had extended the research and development support to six per cent to garment exports and also allowed mark up subsidy of three per cent on spinning sector on outstanding loans for financing import of machinery. It had announced two years’ moratorium period for repayment of all loans to help the industry to face liquidity problems caused by recession.

He pointed out that the Central government reduced the duty drawback rates in September 2008, which increased the difficulties of the textile exporters. The government had partially increased the rates, but still same were quite lower than pre-September 2008 level. Further, increase in minimum support price of cotton by 40 per cent by the government had crippled the industry to withstand the global economic meltdown, which had started showing its negative impact in domestic market as well. The collective impact of these factors was beyond the control of the textile industry and the turbulent time might continue for next two years.

Oswal called upon the government to put up a general moratorium of two years for loans given to textile industry extension of overall repayment by two years. This would enable the mills to keep running till the recession was over, even if there were no profits.

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Associate bank staff strike work
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
On a call given by the State Sector Bank Employees Association (SSBEA), employees of associate banks today observed a one-day strike and held a rally in front of the State Bank of Patiala regional office against the negative, adamant and uncompromising attitude of the bank’s management.

Addressing the bank employees, Naresh Gaur, secretary, said in the past when housing loan schemes, car loan, overdraft limits, festival loan were launched, these were extended to the associate banks on similar lines. More than 10 months back, these schemes were amended.

"Despite requests and agitations, the SBI management has not exceeded to our requests. Even a small matter such as a root-canal treatment facility has been extended to officers only but it has not been extended to the staff," added Gaur.

Leaders of the federation said as a result of the struggle of the SSBEA against the merger of the associate banks with the SBI, the SBI management had postponed the idea of the merger but it had not finally dropped the move. It was now adopting such practices which were detrimental to the growth of the associate banks.

"Though it talks about the group synergy, in practice, it is strangulating the associate banks’ growth and it is not giving the autonomy to the banks," added staff members.

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Students meet MC president
Apprises him of poor state of roads
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 17
Students of Saint Mahapragya School met president of the municipal committee Baldev Krishan Dheer and executive officer Shakti Kumar Kaushal here today.

They stated the city roads were in a bad shape and these get flooded even by mild rainfalls and the pits on the roads were not seen by the commuters. These deep pits were the main causes of the accidents that had claimed many lives. They said the condition of the Raikot road was even worse and walking was not possible there. The students were led by principal Jaandeep Singh Sandhu and DP Harvinder Singh.

The principal said in order to give the practical experience to the students they had led the students to the MC office, so that the next generation leaders and officers may get the first-hand experience of the working of public offices and they could know how to fight for their rights and face the obstacles in way.

EO Shakti Kumar, on one hand, appreciated the feelings of the students but on the other hand issued advises to the city dwellers to pay taxes and dues on time, so that the civic amenities could be maintained properly.

President Baldev Krishan said out of the Rs 3 crore grants for development in the city, they had spared a substantial amount for repairs of roads. Formar BJP city president Rakesh Katyal, District BJP Vaypar Mandal president Gopal Katyal, Ravinder Sabbharwal, Sushil Jain among other were present on the occasion.

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Small industry terms Budget a joke
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India has strongly condemned the interim Budget presented by the UPA government and has termed it as the worst budget ever.

“The vote-on-account Budget presented yesterday by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is nothing but a big joke with the industry. The industry, which was passing through the biggest recession ever, was looking for some stimulus package in the budget,” said Badish K. Jindal, chairman of the Punjab chapter of 
the Federation.

The industry was looking for relief in direct and indirect tax structures and in excise and custom duties. “But this was more like an election speech than a plan Budget as the concentration was more on announcing the social packages instead of announcing the plan for tax reforms for the industry,” he added. 

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Fighting odds to overcome disability 
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Fighting all odds, Kanwarbir Singh (26), suffering from cerebral palsy has successfully managed to overcome his handicap and lead a happy life.

He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after his birth following which he suffered from muscle movement in right side of the body. Getting support from his mother, a schoolteacher, Kanwarbir did his schooling from Baba Isher Singh Public School.

It was not just survival, but an instinct to make a career that added to his determination. He graduated from the SCD Government College making a place for himself in the society.

“Mobility was a problem and I did have my ups and downs while studying in school and college, but it was my elder sister's affection, mother's support and love from friends that made me overcome all the obstacles,” says Kanwarbir.

Kanwarbir's mother, Ajitpal Kaur, spare no effort to make him self-reliant and set him on the right track. “I could not undo what the nature had done, but the least I could do was to inculcate the feeling of confidence and courage in him and he reciprocated well to make me a proud mother,” says Ajitpal Kaur.

An inspiration for hundreds and thousands suffering from similar disorders, Kanwarbir has practised hard to deal with routine chores and not miss the art of tying turban also, to which he says, “Where there is a will, there is a way and I know I have a long way to go.”

Oozing with confidence, Kanwarbir, having worked for five years in the ICICI as operations executive, is presently working as a business executive with Base Pharma.

He is also hopeful of finding a suitable girl for himself, who according to him should see his abilities and not his disabilities.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral means brain and palsy refers to problem in muscle movement. Cerebral palsy can't be cured, but treatment can improve the child's capabilities.

Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. The earlier the treatment begins, the better chance of overcoming developmental disabilities.

Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drugs to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and alleviate pain, surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles, braces, wheelchairs, rolling walkers and communication aids such as computers with attached voice synthesisers.

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Apple drink launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Coca-Cola India launched Fanta Apple here today. The drink will be available in pack sizes of 300 ml bottle and PET pack priced at Rs 10 and Rs 20. 

DP Singh, senior vice-president of Ludhiana Beverages, addressing a press conference, said apple was one of the most preferred fruits in the country, hence Fanta Apple had been developed specially for Indian palates. "The launch of Fanta Apple is a step towards strengthening the fruit-flavoured sparkling drink segment," he added. 

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Hosiery goods worth 11 lakh seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A mobile wing of the excise and taxation department has seized hosiery goods worth Rs 11 lakh from the Ludhiana railway station. 

A special checking was conducted on the directions of Excise and Taxation Commissioner Tejbir Singh Sidhu.

Excise and taxation officer Bhupinder Gupta and inspector Abhishek Duggal seized 37 boxes of hosiery goods as persons carrying these failed to produce the bill.

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Intricacies of electron microscopy discussed

Ludhiana, February 17
The electron microscopy and nanoscience (EMN) laboratory, PAU, organised a seminar-cum-workshop yesterday.

Masako Nishimura, application engineer from Hitachi (Japan), interacted with PAU scientists and a team of doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital and Christian Dental College.

M.L. Sharma, technical consultant, Forevision Instruments, gave a snapshot of scanning electron microscopy for processing the biological specimens.

Nishimura handled biological samples and interpreted them.

The organiser of the workshop, Dr V.R. Parshad, director, EMN laboratory, said, “It was an orientation trip for the doctors as 
well as the agricultural scientists to the electron microscopy and was a unique experience to interpret and discuss various intricacies of EMN.” — TNS

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Speaking Out
Budget eyewash
People have termed the interim budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as eyewash. They feel that nothing has been done to control inflation. They feel that with the elections coming the budget has been tabled. Tribune staffer Manav Ghuman talked to a cross-section of society and here is what they have to say in this regard.

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Oz bravery award winner inspires youths
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Dr Albel Singh Kang, the first Indian recipient of bravery award by the Australian government, feels that bravery is there in each human being and what all needed is to express it in the times of need. Dr Kang is on a visit to the city these days.

Talking about his bravery award, he said it took three years to complete the formalities. Kang is also the first Sikh to have joined the New South Wales Police in Sydney, Australia.

Giving details about the incident, for which he was given the award, Dr Kang said he had gone for an evening walk with his wife when a robber holding a pistol stopped the couple and asked for their valuables. "I told him that we did not carry anything. I also showed him the empty pockets. As soon as he turned around, I tossed on him to snatch the pistol. Soon, my wife also helped me in getting the weapon. After struggling for five-six minutes, we were able to catch hold of the robber as well as the pistol.

The police was called by passersby and the man was sent to jail," he said.

The award was conferred on him by the Australian government in October 2005.

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Elderly woman falls off bus, dies
Our Correspondent

Khamano, February 17
An aged woman died when she accidentally fell from a roadways bus near Ranwan village here.

The victim, identified as Surjeet Kaur (65), a resident of Samrala, had come to Ranwan to hear religious dewan. When she was coming out of a PRTC bus, suddenly she fell off the bus and sustained severe head injury.

She was taken to civil hospital, Khamano, where the doctors referred her to the PGI, Chandigarh, after providing her first-aid. She died in the late hours yesterday night at the PGI.

No case was registered in this regard and her body was handed over to her guardians. 

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Tennis Tourney
HTA trainees enter quarterfinals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 17
The main draw pre-quarter encounters of the Harvest Tennis Academy - AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament - commenced today at the sprawling campus of the Academy at Jassowal today.

It was an easy outing for Rimpledeep Kaur, a trainee of the Harvest Tennis Academy, getting straight sets wins over Hasan Abdul Dhanoa of Punjab 6-3, 6-3 in the girls (u-16) group and then overwhelmed Bhavika Wadhawan of Chandigarh in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in the u-18 years section.

Another trainee of HTA, Rajbir Kaur, too, won in the u-16 category. She beat Bhavya Wadhawan of Chandiarh 6-3, 6-3 and in the u-18 and defeated Kaniksha Arora of Delhi 6-3, 6-3 in the u-16 category.

Other players from the HTA who made it the quarterfinal were Gundeep Kaur and Jaspreet Kaur in the girls section and Harry Jindal, Rishab Dev, Nikhit Prasad, Jatin Dhaiya and Manish Drall in the boys section.

Results: Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) bt Hasan Dhanoa (PB) 6-3, 6-3; Priyanka Rawat (UTA) bt Jaya Bhandari (DLI) 6-1, 6-1; Bhavika Wadhawan (DLI) bt Victoria Chahal (HAR) 6-2, 6-2; Shreya Pasricha (DLI) bt Kanishka Arora (DLI) 7-6 (2), 7-5; Anukriti Choudhary (DLI) bt Simran Wadhwa (DLI) 6-4, 7-5; Rajbir Kaur (PB) bt Bhavya Wadhawan (CHD) 6-3, 6-3; Sripriya Sarraf (BHI) bt Sumeera Kamil (DLI) 6-2, 6-4; Riya Bhatia (DLI) bt 2-Shivani Dabas (DLI) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.

Girls' singles (u- 18) pre-quarter finals: Sayesha B Dalal (DLI) bt Sripriya Saraf (BHI) 7-5, 6-3; Gundeep Kaur (PB) bt Shivani Dabas (DLI) 7-5, 6-3; Hasan Dhanoa (PB) bt Priyanka Rawat (UTA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Rajbir Kaur (PB) bt Kaniksha Arora (DLI) 6-3, 6-3; Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) bt Bhavika Wadhawan (CHD) 6-1, 6-1; Shreya Pasricha (DLI) bt Anukriti Choudhary (DLI) 6-1, 6-2; Baljinder Kaur (HAR) bt Karman Kaur (DLI) 6-3, 6-2; Jaspreet Kaur (PB) bt Diksha Aggarwal (DLI) 6-1, 6-2.

Boys' singles (u-16) pre-quarterfinals: Harry Jindal (PB) bt Ranjeet Singh (CHD) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Bavneet Singh (DLI) bt Hardeep Singh Honey (PB) 6-3, 6-1; Maninder Signh (DLI) bt. Jagdeep Singh (PB) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4; Kamal Kishore Madirana (RAJ) bt Jajbir Singh (PB) 6-3, 7-5; Atul Sri Patel (UP) bt Dhruv Goel (DLI) 6-2, 6-2; Rishab Dev (PB) bt Manish Drall (DLI) 6-3, 6-2; Manoj (HAR) bt Hardarshan Singh Gill (RAJ) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4; Nischay Rawal (CHD) bt Ravinder Singh (PB) 6-4, 6-1.

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Kabaddi to get accreditation
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 17
The Punjab government will give accreditation to the native game of Punjab kabaddi and will provide provisions of giving kabaddi players suitable jobs with the Punjab government. Deputy CM of Punjab and the SAD president Sukhbir Badal announced while addressing UK Kabbadi Tournament viewers.

He was here at the GHG Academy yesterday for giving away prize to the winners of the UK Kabaddi Cup. He gave away the prize of gold cup and Rs 1 lakh to the winning team of the Ambi Hathoor Club, Moga, who defeated Sant Ishwar Singh Academy, Rara Sahib.

He announced that the SAD-BJP alliance has decided to organise the Kabaddi Gold World Cup annually, in which the winning team will bag a cash prize of Rs 1 crore along with the gold cup while the runners-up and the third team will bag the cash prize of Rs 51 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, respectively.

He said their government would select 1,200 villages annually and would get a grant of Rs 1 lakh to develop the interests of children in various sports. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Ranjit Singh Talwandi, chairman Bhag Singh Malla, Amarjit Singh Chawla, Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president Baldev Krishan Dheer were present among others on the occasion.

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‘Bush’, ‘Karishma’ marvelled crowd at Kila Raipur games
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Kila Raipur, February 17
“Brett Lee”, “Shoaib” and “Sania” could not participate due to their unfitness, but “Clinton”, “Bush” and “Karishma” stole the show when they sprinted across the jam-packed stadium at Kila Railpur, where the 74th edition of the rural games took place.

The reference here is not about the iconic superstars or film celebrities and surely not the former presidents of America. These are the names of greyhounds, who took part in the canine race held at the rural sports festival. Besides dogs bearing names of film celebrities, the namesake of vehicles like Ferrari and Bullet had also participated in the rural Olympic.

Conventional dog names like “Tommy” and “Sweety” has changed into celebrity names and old pet names have now taken a back seat.

The announcement of the name of “Clinton” and “Bush” immediately caught the attention of spectators.

And when Karishma, emerged from the crowd, ready to compete at the track, the spectators were left rolling with laughter at their seats. Amrit, owner of “Bret Lee” and “Akhtar” said they were not fit to participate in the event this year, but “Clinton” was taking part instead.

The owner of canine “Ferrari” and “Bullet” said, "The names represent strength and power so I thought of calling my dogs by these names. I hope the name will work wonder for me."

Amrit said "It's a well-known fact that Clinton was the best President of the US, so I hope my dog will also emerge the best in the canine race. Had “Brett Lee” participated in the event, it would have surely won a medal."

Jagminder Singh said, "I am a die-hard fan of ‘Karishma’. I have watched all her movies and I got so fascinated by her name that I named my dogs name on her." 

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Cultural programme marks school’s sports day
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 17
The annual sports day was organised at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, today, in which a large number of students participated.

Sushila Gupta, former Deputy Mayor, inaugurated the meet and gave away prizes to the winners. Director of the school S. Verma and principal Tarannum Fatma were also present on the occasion.

It was entertaining to see the little ones bursting balloons, eating bananas and biscuits hurriedly in order to win the race. Little cheer leaders encouraged the participants.

Fun games were also held for the staff and parents and it was fun watching fathers trying to blow balloons, mothers balancing books on their heads and teachers making garlands in a one-minute game. A cultural programme was the main attraction of the function.

Results: Pom-pom race: Tamanna 1, Gurnoor 2, Sukhdee and Dinky 3; Bursting balloon race - Harnoor Singh 1, Eknoor Singh 2 and Balpreet Singh 3.

Cap race - Dhruv 1, Arman 2 and Anjali 3; Frog race - Dhruv 1, Piyush 2 and Ayush 3; Biscuit race - Arun 1, Raksheeta 2 and Anmol 3.

Lemon and spoon race - Shruti and Rankirat Singh 1; Treasure hunt- Simran 1, Shine 2 and Yashna 3; Hurdles race - Navjot Singh 1; Sack race - Sourav Arora 1, Manpreet Singh 2 and Abhishek 3; Banana race- Akriti 1.

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Rohit, Jyoti best atheletes
Anil Datt

Ludhiana,February 17
The two-day 89th edition of the annual athletics meet of Satish Chander Dhawan Government College concluded here today. Rohit Chhiber and Jyoti (morning group) and Chander Singh (evening group) were adjudged the best athletes.

Prof Rajinder Bhandari, president, BJP (Punjab), was the chief guest. He distributed prizes to the winners. Prof Devinder Chahal, head of the sports department, read out the annual report which highlighted the achievements of the college.

Dr Malkit Singh, principal of the college, thanked the chief guest and congratulated the winners.

Results: (Boys) 100m race- Rohit Chhiber 1, Jagdeep Singh 2 and Gurdeep Singh 3; high jump- Paramjit Singh 1, Rohit Chhiber 2 and Gurdeep Singh 3; long jump- Dhanraj Singh 1, Rohit Chhiber 2 and Vikas Kumar 3; 400m race- Rohit Chhiber 1, Mohit Arora 2 and Mandeep Singh 3; 5000m race- Gurpreet Singh 1, Jasvinder Singh 2, Jatinder and Jagdeep 3.

(Girls) 100m race- Jyoti 1, Jasseet 2 and Veerpal 3.

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Workshop on yoga

Ludhiana, February 17
The local fitness and dance institute, The Foot Loose, has organised a workshop on power heat yoga. Vinay Verma, director of the institute, has specially attended the advance course in yoga from Mumbai. "This is the first time that I will be holding a workshop on power heat yoga. Kareena Kapoor lost weight for the "Tashan" through this technique," he said. — TNS

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