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Mattewara Bir dying slow death
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Hundreds of trees in 2,937-acre Mattewara Bir, a forest reserve in the district, have died and many others are drying up even as the forest department authorities grope in the dark about the problem ailing the trees.

The forest department is yet to conduct a census of the trees that have dried up and do anything to save the remaining ones. They have not started a tree plantation drive to help the forest. All this despite the fact that the district as well as the state has already lost 90 per cent of its forest cover to multiple factors.

Numerous trees like sheesham, kikar and eucalyptus, which used to form a dense forest, have dried up. A visit to the forest shows dried trunks of trees with no green cover. Just a few of them, mostly neem, are still surviving.

A forest official said a team from the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, had visited Mattewara to study the reasons after the matter was reported by the department. It was yet to submit the report. He said the preliminary research had shown that changes in weather condition, lowering of underground watertable and fungal attacks seemed to be the major reasons.

‘‘We are also shocked to see the trees dying in the bir. We have chalked out a plantation drive in the forest under which we will plant as many as 5 lakh trees, ’’ said the official.

While lowering of the underground water table is being cited to be one of the reasons, the trees on the bank of the Satluj passing through the area have also dried. The water table usually is recharged by a water body like a river and it does not go down on its banks.

The drying of the forest has left the villagers of Mattewara worried. Former sarpanch Baldev Singh Mattewara said they were pained that the death of trees had not moved the forest authorities enough to start a plantation drive. He said he had been in the village for past more than 70 years but things had never come to such a pass.

‘‘It used to be such a thick forest that we were scared to go inside it. Over the years the trees vanished and now they are dying in huge numbers, ’’ said Baldev Singh.

He added the villagers were ready to help the department in case they were interested in taking up afforestation work.

The forest official said the department would be planting varities of trees. They were waiting for winter to be over so that they could start with their drive. A list of trees was already prepared.


Quacks thrive in city
Sale of spurious homoeopathy medicines goes unchecked
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The purpose to promote homoeopathy system of medicine under Ayush, a scheme of the National Rural Health Mission, stands defeated as the district homoeopathy authorities have no power to check the ongoing malpractices of quacks and sale of spurious homoeopathic medicines.

The state government has appointed homoeopathy officers at the Primary Health Centres but has failed to evolve a system to check the private homoeopathy clinics and drug stores.

With increasing inclination of people towards homoeopathy, there is an alarming increase in the quacks in the city and peripheries that has added to the risk to the lives of ignorant and uneducated populace.

The missing role of the health authorities to control the malpractices in the homoeopathy system was evident from a case registered at the Salem Tabri police station against two quacks. Following a complaint of Dr Chamkaur Singh, a homoeopathic practitioner, the police registered a case against Bhupinder Singh and Satpal Singh under Section 420 for violation of the Copyright Act, who were caught with 40 sachets of medicines bearing the name of Jagdish Dawakhana (a homeopathy clinic run by Dr Chamkaur Singh).

The irony of the situation is that the duo having risked the life of a child by illegally administering spurious medicines have been booked.

Dr Chamkaur Singh stated they were earlier working at his clinic and had quit a year ago.

It was only after getting repeated complaints from patients that the doctor investigated into the matter, thereby discovering that they were selling spurious medicines.

However, district homoeopathy officer Dr Kulwant Singh didn't have any clue about the whole episode as he said, "I don't know anything about the case and do not have any authority to check the homoeopathic clinics or initiate raids on the quacks.

There is no drug inspector for the department of homoeopathy and checking the homoeopathic drug stores and clinics is under the jurisdiction of the civil surgeon office." 



Fluctuation damages electric appliances
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 20
Electrical fixtures and appliances of a large number of houses were damaged in the New Chander Nagar locality under Haibowal sub-division following fluctuation in voltage caused by snapping of a power cable in the area.

Hundreds of area residents complained that electrical lamps and tubes went off in a flash at around 8 pm on Thursday while other household appliances like TV sets, refrigerators and computers were also damaged due to high voltage.

The voltage fluctuation was caused apparently due to snapping of a neutral cable of the transformer, resulting in high voltage.

Pankaj Rai, a resident of street no. 2 in New Chander Nagar said that for a split second, the voltage went so high that all bulbs, tubes and UPS were damaged.

The residents say the power cable network in the colony is in a bad shape. Loose and naked joints of PVC cables and slack LT cables cause spark and lead to frequent power breakdowns. The matter has been taken up with the officials concerned, but to not avail.

PSEB officials at Haibowal sub-division told The Tribune that the neutral cable in the area snapped which led to a sudden spurt in voltage.

Such voltage fluctuation is common, often caused by overload on the system or fiddling with the LT cables. The fault was rectified and power supply to the area restored after about two hours, the officials said.



Kidnapping of Sarpanch 
Former jail supdt, ex-cop face trial
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, Feburary 20
A local court has summoned former deputy jail superientedent, Jalandhar, Mohan Singh and former CIA in charge, Batala, Ashwani Kumar on the charges of kidnapping former sarpanch of Baunkar Gujran Amarjit Singh and making casteist remarks.

Passing the orders, Judicial Magistrate Pooja Andotra held that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against the accused. The court has summoned them to face trial under Sections 365, 342, 427, 323, 148, 149 and under Section 3 of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Act.

The orders were pronounced in a complaint filed by former sarpanch of Baunkar Gujran village Mansa Ram, father of the allegedly kidnapped Amarjit Singh.

The complainant had stated before the court that his son had contested the election for the post of sarpanch of the village. He had claimed that deputy jail superintendent was also residing in the village, who along with his brother were actively supporting the candidature of the opponent of his son.

His son got elected as sarpanch as the family was enjoying considerable support from the villagers. Since that day, Mohan Singh had started nursing grudge against their family. “He could not tolerate that my son will rule the village, who belongs to Ravidasia community,’’ said he.

On September, 2004, a police party comprising 12 persons headed by the then CIA in charge Ashwani Kumar, along with Mohan Singh, had forcibily entered their house. They started abusing the family members and passed remarks to his daughter-in-law Shinder Pal Kaur, knowing well that she belongs to a lower caste.

They also pulled her hairs and slapped her. Thereafter, they kidnapped his son, added the complainant. The matter was reported to the police and a case was registered at Koom Kalan police station on September 14, 2004.

But police officials did not investigate the matter fairly. No effort was made to arrest the accused. Finally, the case was hushed up. Though he made several representation to the DGP and the SSP, Batala, the Human Rights Commission, Punjab, and the SC & ST Commission, New Delhi, yet failed to get justice, he added.

The case would now come up for hearing on April 1, 2009.



‘Jag Jeondyan De Mele’  scores over ‘Delhi-6’ 
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
It was a good day for Punjabi cinema as Harbhajan Mann's “Jag Jeondyan De Mele” took lead over Abhishek Bachchan starrer Delhi-6 on the opening day today.

Comparing the movie with the popular love sagas made in Bollywood, the fans have tagged the love story as “JJDM”.

The overwhelming response of college students to the movie is a boost for the Punjabi cinema as was evident from their attendance at the PVR and Waves Cinema. The shows are full and people have rave reviews for the movie.

Harbhajan Mann, the actor in lead role in JJDM said: “The whole crew of the movie was positive of the response, but it's the roaring response that has added to our determination to revive the Punjabi film industry. Audiences in Jalandhar and Ludhiana have reciprocated to the advanced technology, improved sound system and freshness in music.”

Taranbir, an ardent fan of Tulip Joshi, described her as a perfect combination of beauty and talent. “She looks awesome and has portrayed her character with precision,” she added.

A group of students from Khalsa College, Civil Lines, stated that they are permanent audiences of the opening show of every Punjabi movie.

The box office collections of JJDM in Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Ludhiana were better than that of Delhi-6, which despite being a subject-oriented movie got a lukewarm response.

However, Vineeta a bank official thinks otherwise as she reviews Delhi-6 as a story of India that lives in the hearts of millions of Indians. “It's a poignant love story filmed in the backdrop old Delhi which was popularly referred to as Delhi-6 after its PIN code number 110006." 



41 couples tie nuptial knot 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
In a service towards downtrodden and poor families, the Guru Nanak Charitable Trust, Glasgow, the UK, helped 41 couples to get married.

A mass marriage programme was organised by the Trust at Cheemna village and the marriages were solemnised at a local gurdwara by Bhai Nichawar Singh of Nanaksar Kelaran . The needy couples had come from far away places of Punjab.

Manjit Kaur and Gurmeet Singh came from Alipur village near Zira, Ferozepur, whereas Cheena Kaur and Jaswant Singh came from Amritsar, Pinder Kaur and Amar Nath from Thamanwal, Jalandhar and Balbir Kaur and Lakha Singh of Gharana village, Faridkot, had come for their marriage.

Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, president of the trust Gurmail Singh Dhillon, Glasgow, Balwant Singh Saggu, Naresh Verma, Gurmail Singh Dhami, Mohinder Singh, Gurkirpal Singh, Iqbal Singh, Parminder Singh Uppal, Harnek Singh and many others came to attend the function. A common kitchen was arranged for all visitors and families.

Gurmail Singh Dhillon said it was the fifth mass marriage programme by their trust. Gold ornaments and gifts worth more than Rs 75,000 were given to the couples.

He said in the mass marriage programme, parents of brides searched for grooms and then approached sarpanches of their villages for their marriages.

Bhullar appreciated the initiative of the trust and said more institutions should come forward for such a noble cause. 



‘Clean drinking water within 3 yrs’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali said Ludhiana district was leading in implementing the Rs 1,280-crore village drinking water and sanitation project being funded by the World Bank.

Addressing a meeting of the water supply and sanitation department here today, he said the works under the scheme include cleaning of village ponds and improving sewerage system. He said the government was concerned of the drinking water problem and all the villages of the state would get clean drinking water within next three years.

He said the facility under the scheme would be extended to villages that pay 10 per cent of the amount sanction by the World Bank. At least 70 villages have deposited the amount and work has already started in 20 of them, he added. 



‘Declare bank holiday on Shivratri’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 20
Several Hindu organisations have urged the state government to declare a holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act on Shivratri, which falls on February 23. They said it would enable employees of the banking and insurance sector to observe their religious festival.

The Punjab Pradesh Maharaja Agarsen Sabha, the Ajar Amar Bhagwan Parshuram Brahmin Sabha, the Shivratri Mahotsav Committee, and the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum have made a strong representation to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Punjab Governor General SF Rodrigues (Retd), for a bank holiday on Shivratri, a major festival of the Hindus.

Functionaries of these bodies alleged that the state government had always given a raw deal to the employees with regard to the declaration of holidays. "With a five-day week, the state government employees have 31 gazetted holidays and two restricted holidays during the year. In contrast, only 17 holidays have been notified under the Negotiable Instruments Act (bank holidays) which is gross injustice to the employees, who work for six days in a week," they stated.



Arrest of party man
Congmen gherao police station, block highway
Our Correspondent

Samrala February 20
Congress worker Gurpal Singh, who was arrested by the Samrala police last night, was today released unconditionally after Congress workers, under the command of ex-MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon, gheroed the Samrala police station and blocked traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh National Highway for about 2 hours.

The dharna was lifted when Gurpal Singh was released without any case and the DSP Samrala assured the Congress workers that the cases registered against 20 persons, who were Congress workers and residents of Shamgarh, will be verified.

According to information, the tension has been prevailing in Shamgarh for the past some days over the dispute of possession of 52 quarters of a colony that were given to the poor villagers in 1975.

Some cases were also registered against some persons. The police, with the help of the administration, was restoring the possession of colonies to its real occupants and the situation was tense. The Congress workers alleged that the police was registering cases in this regard against the Congress workers and even the police booked the village sarpanch. Last night, the police again took a person and kept him in custody without any case till he was released today in presence of ex-MLA and Congress workers.

The people had to face difficulties to reach their destinations because the traffic was diverted through other roots. The DSP said the police was acting on the directions of civil officers, including BDPO, Samrala. He said Gurpal Singh, who was taken into custody, was also occupying a house illegally and he was called for some questioning but he was released to save the situation.



Virasata organises workshop for unemployed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Working for the upliftment of the educated and unemployed youth, Virasata, a city-based NGO, organised a day-long orientation workshop at Sasuralli colony near Gaunsgarh today.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Garg appreciated the members of the Virasata for educating and facilitating rural folks about government schemes.

Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal, chairman, Virasata, said a 45-day free vocational training would be provided under this programme in various streams such as mobile phone technology, computer hardware, computer networks, fashion designing. Following the training, the youth would be facilitated with subsidised loans under various government schemes to those interested in entrepreneurship. He added all these services would be provided free of cost.

An interactive session was also organised for the participants wherein officers of various state and Central government departments answered to the queries of the youth and motivated them to enhance their skills through these vocational training programmes to venture into their own business. The programme was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro-Small Medium Enterprises.



7 head of cattle charred to death
Tribune News Service

Khanna, February 20
Seven buffaloes, including four calves, were killed in Soiyan village late last night due to fire. The animals were owned by a family belongs to the Gujjar community, who had been putting up near bus stand of the village for past nearly four years.

The fire broke out in the shed at around 8.30 pm wherein these animals were kept.

The fire engulfed the entire area within a few minutes and all seven animals, which included four buffaloes and three calves, died.

Residents said two families of this community had purchased four acres of land wherein they had also kept these animals.

They were selling milk of these animals to earn their livelihood.

Owner of the animals Alaf Din said the fire spread so quickly that they failed to react swiftly. "Though we managed to save two young ones, one male buffalo and a cow but rest of the animals were charred to death", he said.

He added that their household items, including beddings and some utensils, also got burnt in the fire.

The residents and other Gujjars living in the vicinity tried to help them out by pouring water but to no avail.

Family members of Alaf Din said they expected a loss of more than Rs 2 lakh in this incident.

Jagroop Singh said a DDR in this connection has been lodged and a case in this connection would be registered by the police only after getting a formal complaint in this regard.

An inspection of the spot revealed that the fire could have been erupted due to a short circuit or with the flames emanating from nearby tandoor.

He revealed that the shed had a thatched roof.

A team of four doctors from nearby villages has been treating rest of the three animals which received more than 50 per cent burns.



Portal for textile exporters 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Under its initiative Project Vikas, Microsoft India announced the launch of an E-Readiness Centre (ERC) and a common portal for textile exporters and manufacturers here today.

The centre, which was inaugurated by additional district commissioner Kuldeep Singh, will help the SMEs through technical guidance.

Project Vikas, a joint initiative of Microsoft India with the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC), focusses not only on driving IT penetration, also skill and capacity building, helping the clusters increase their efficiency and reliability.

The highlight of this solution is its flexible matrix functionality that enables one to enter, maintain and view basic item information, sales and purchase prices, technical specifications and order information.

Rajiv Sodhi, director of Emerging Geographies, Microsoft India, said it would enable the manufacturers to grow their business. “Members will be provided information regarding buying agencies, shipping details, important circulars and bulletins as well as value added services that included details on couriers, travel agencies, fashion and apparel training institutes.”

He further said they were cognizant of the possible impact of the current economic environment on small manufacturers. The information technology can help make operations more efficient, increase revenues and deepen relationships with customers and partners.

"With the launch of this centre and the portal, Project Vikas will focus on helping SMEs understand the value of information technology, showcase solutions that are relevant for the cluster and enhance the skills of entrepreneurs interested in leveraging IT to be more competitive,” Sodhi added.

The Ludhiana cluster portal is: www.nmcc-vikas.gov.in/ludhianahosiery 



Dhindsa lays stone of link road
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 20
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP from Sangrur, and general secretary of the party, laid the foundation stone of a 3-km link road from Dhaler Kalan village to Kanganwal village near here today.

The road will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. He presented a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to the panchayat of the village.

Dhindsa said the SAD-BJP government had virtually changed the lifestyle of villagers by undertaking massive development works in rural areas of the state. He called upon voters of the area to support their candidates during the coming parliamentary elections. 



‘It may take time to overcome recession’ 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
It may take long for the economy to come out of the ongoing global recession, said Himadari Chatterjee, senior vice-president of Axis Bank, Mumbai.

He was in the city to address a seminar on “Latest developments on foreign exchange frontier”. He said the economy might take more than a year to come out of crisis. “The worst-affected are those who export their products to Europe and the US,” he said, adding “Too much leveraging is not good.”

Welcoming the interim Budget presented by the Union Finance Minister, he said it could not have been better.

The seminar was organised to provide all quantitative tools for foreign exchange options to exporters and importers. It covered areas such as the latest guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India, currency futures, financial management and fluctuation in foreign exchange market.



350 examined at eye camp
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
The 34th eye-checkup camp and the sixth eye-operation camp was organised by the Lions Club in the civil hospital here today. The camp was inaugurated by Bhag Singh Malla, chairman, district planning board. Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, MLA, Jagraon, was the guest of honour.

As many as 350 patients were examined by eye specialist Dr Sukhjiwan Kakar and his team out of which 97 were recommended surgery.

The surgeries will be conducted in the civil hospital. The club has promised to provide free lenses and medical aid to the patients.The camp was supervised by SMO Hari Krishan Singla 



Manvir best in mask making
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 20
The students of Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, showed their skills in flower arranging, snack-making, salad decorating, gift wrapping, mask-making and paper folding competition under two categories ie juniors

(Class I to V) and seniors (Class VI to XI) today.

Traditional snacks were prepared by the students, which were presented with appropriate accompaniments. Students participated in the flower-making, gift-wrapping and salad-making competition with great fervour and enthusiasm.

In flower arrangement, Taqdeer and Navdeep Kaur won the first prize while Snehjot stood second. Akansha of Class VI was declared the second runner-up.

In paper folding (Group I), Balpreet of Class I stood first, Manvir, also of Class I, secured the second position and Patwant of Class II stood third. While in Group II , Millanveer of Class IV stood first, Manvir Spal second and Gurpreet bagged the third position.

In gift wrapping from Group I, Harman of Class I stood first, Pallavi, also of Class I, secured the second position and Harleen of Class II stood third. In Group II, Riddima of Class IV stood first, Heena of Class V stood second and Anmol of Class V bagged the third position. In Group III, Kanwarpal of Class VI stood first, Manjot of Class VII second and Jasper of Class VIII secured the third place.

In mask making from Group I, Manvir Rao stood first and Simran of Class V stood second. In Group II, Rupinder Kaur of Class IX stood first, Hasrat of Class VI stood second and Jasvir of Class VII secured the third place.

In snack making from Group I, Kanwar of Class II stood first, Arshleen of Class II secured the second position. In Group II, Navreet of Class IV stood first, Priya of Class V second, Savreen and Prabhjot of Class III bagged the third place. In Group III, Jaskiran and Ramnik of Class VII stood first, Vikram and Amit of Class IX second and Amritveer of Class VII stood third.

In salad making from Group I, Roben of Class II stood first. In Group II, Navpreet of Class V stood first, Arman and Dalwinder stood second and Jasmeen and Narpinder stood third. In Group III, Simran of Class VIII stood first, Gurkaran of Class VI stood second and Simranjeet of Class VII secured the third place.

The school president, JPS Jolly, along with principal S George appreciated the students and said such competitions should be conducted often. 



Board exams from today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 20
All arrangements for the examinations of class VIII and XII of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) have been finalised.

The exams are to begin from February 21. District Education Officer (secondary) Amarjit Kaur said question-papers, answer-books and other examination equipments had been sent to all examination centres. She had given strict instructions to superintendents and the supervisory staff for the smooth conduct of the examinations and no leniency would be shown to anyone indulging in unfair means.

The supervisory staff should keep a strict vigil on the students to check cheating. They had been instructed not to carry their mobile phones to the examination halls. She had instructed all the principals and heads of the institutions that all the instructions issued by the PSEB must be carried out efficiently and cheating would not be tolerated. Flying squads had been formed for the surprise checking of the centres. 



From Schools
Tiny tots excel in story telling
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Bal Bharati Public School organised a story telling competition for its pre-primary wing (Classes nursery, mont-I and mont- II). The students participated in the competition with great zeal and enthusiasm.

There was a wide array of stories from panchtatra, folklores and fairy tales in the competition.

Principal Punam Dogra encouraged all children to come forward and participate in such activities to develop their confidence.

The little narrators, who were appreciated for their performance, were Hardik Khurana, Goyyum Jain, Guneet Kaur, Sahajleen Kaur, Manya Verma, Udayveer Singh, Gurnoor Kaur, Sameeksha, Navika, Mihir, Jasnoor, Bhavya from Class nursery, Fatehjeet Singh, Ishita Makoo, Shreyans, Avya Sood, Khushi Dogra, Gursahib Singh, Romitra Handa, Aditya Sharma, Budisha Nanda and Tamanpreet Singh. 



Punjabi University Don feted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 20
Recognising his contribution to the field of journalism and education, social and religious organisations of Butahri village felicitated Harjinder Pal Singh Walia, reader and chairman department of journalism and mass communication,

Punjabi University, Patiala, on the concluding day of annual sports fair at the village stadium on Thursday.

MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa presented mementoes to Walia on behalf of the villagers.

According to SGPC member Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra, office-bearers of a few social and religious organisations, including Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Foundation, Butahri Welfare Association and Sports Club Butahri, felicitated Walia.

Appreciating Walia’s role in development of vernacular journalism in the area, Saharanmajra claimed that he had been instrumental in organising workshops and seminars on various elements of reporting in villages and towns of the area.

Besides coordinating with administration as general secretary of the All India Media Teachers’ Association, Walia succeeded in involving NRIs in development of Punjabi through the Global Punjab Foundation. 



Payal wins declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
The political science department of Ramgarhia Girls College organised an inter-class declamation contest.

Many students participated and expressed thier views on topics like international terrorism, issue of protection of environment and demand of new international economic order.

Payal Dhawan was adjudged the winner whereas Neeru Rani and Manmeet bagged second and third prize, respectively. Principal Jasbir Kaur applauded the efforts of the students.


SDP College for Women organised the Om Parkash Gupta Memorial inter-college debate competition here today. The competition was held in the memory of eminent freedom fighter and social worker Om Parkash Gupta.

Seven teams from different colleges of the district participated in the contest. Ruchika from the SDP College won the first prize while Kuldeep Kaur from GNG Khalsa College for Women stood second. And Swastika Khosla from the Government College for Women was declared third.

The overall running trophy was won by Guru Nanak Girls College.



2 booked for gambling
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 20
The police today arrested two persons for gambling at a public place.

The accused have been identified as Raj Kumar and Mahinder Singh. The police also recovered Rs 850 and Rs 640 from their possession.

1 held with smack

The police has arrested Tejinder Kumar with 10 gram of smack. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. 



Simarjeet emerges winner in 200m 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 20
Rupinder Kaur was adjudged the best athlete during the annual athletics meet of Mai Bhago College for Women held here today.

The principal of Jagraon DAV College and fellow and syndic, Panjab University, Dr Satish Kumar Sharma, was the chief guest on the occasion.

College principal Manjit Kaur Dhillon read out the annual report of the college, highlighting the glorious achievements of the college in the field of academics, sports and cultural activities.


Winners of following events: 200 m: Simarjeet, 100 m: Parveen

Sack race: Amandeep

Three-legged race: Navneet

Long jump: Manpreet

Spoon race: Ramninder 



Daudhar clinch kabaddi title
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
The team of Daudhar won the title of Kabbadi Open Championship by defeating the team of Jandi village.

In the 70-kg category, the team of Sangatpura village was declared the winner whereas the team of Chowkiman village was declared the runner-up.

The NRIs of the village encouraged the players by cheering them up and by giving them the cash prizes on every move of the players. The chief guest of the tourney, Manpreet Singh Ayali, distributed the prizes to the winning teams.

He was accompanied by chairman Maghar Singh Bariach, Sukhdev Singh, Chand Singh Dalla, Gurcharan Singh Grewal, Ranjodh Singh Talwandi and sarpanch Kuldeep Kaur among others.

Ayali inaugurated the construction of the village stadium and gave Rs 1 lakh to the Youth Services Club, Chowkiman village, for conducting the rural sports festival.

He also handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh for the development works of the village. 



Athletics meet for girls ends
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 20
The 35th annual athletics meet for girls of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded today. The meet was inaugurated by Dr Harbans Singh, former principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar, and GTB National College, Dakha.

In his inaugural address, the chief guest asked athletes to adopt a positive attitude towards life and remain prepared for challenges with a stable mind, open heart and healthy physique.

He congratulated the college management and the principal for organising such shows and asked students to adopt the spirit of true sportsmanship in their lives so that they might take victory and defeat in the same stride.

Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion. Roop Brar, president, college managing committee, Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary, Tarlok Singh Jaggi, joint secretary, Rajinder Singh Khalsa, director, Jaswant Singh Gill, Balwinder Kaur, officiating principal of GN Model Senior Secondary School, Prof Kuldip Singh from GCW, Ludhiana were among others who were present.

The results of various events organised for boys and girls in the two day athletics meet are as follows -

100m - race: Saroj Kumar, BAII -1, Sukhdev Singh, BAIII -2, Hardeep Singh, BA I -3

Discus throw: Navaldeep, BA III -1, Gurjit Singh, PGDCA -2, Satnam Singh, BAII -3

150 m - race: Sanoj Kumar, BAII -1, Davinder Singh, BA I -2, Jaspal Singh, BA II -3

400m - race: Sanoj Kumar, BAII -1, Satnam Singh, BAII -2, Pardeep Kumar, BA II -3

Javelin throw: Satnam Singh, BA II -1, Gurjit Singh, PGDCA -2, Rajan, BCA1-3

High Jump: Gurjit Singh, PGDCA -1, Amanpreet Singh, BA II -2, Sanoj Kumar, BAII -3

Triple - jump: Sanoj Kumar -1, Sukhdev Singh, BAIII -2, Sukhjit Singh, BAIII -3

800 m - Rupinder Kaur, BAII -1, Jaspreet Kaur, BA II -2, Prabhjot Kaur, BA II

2 km walk -Ramanpreet Kaur, BA II -1,Gurwinder Kaur , BAII -2, Sarabjeet Kaur, BA III -3

Long -jump: Jugraj Kaur, BA II -1, Jaspreet Kaur, BCA I -2, Prabhjot Kaur, BA II -3

Shot put -Sandeep Kaur, BCA III -1, Gursharana Kaur, BA I -2, Navjot Kaur -3

1500m - circle race: Amandeep Kaur, BA III -1, Sandeep kaur, A III -2, Jaspreet Kaur, BCA I -3

200m - race: Navshikha Sharma, BAI -1, Ramanpreet kaur, BAIII -2, Preeti Sharda, BA I -3

400 m - race: Rupinder Kaur, BAII -1, Pawanpreet kaur, BA II-2, Sandeep Kaur, BA III -3

High - jump: Hasandeep Kaur, PGDCA -1, Jagdeep Kaur, BA III -2, Jaspreet Kaur, BA II -3

Discus - throw: Ramandeep Kaur, BA III -1, Sarabjit Kaur, BA II -2, Navjot Kaur, BA II -3 



Double delight for Rimpledeep
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 20
It was a double delight for Harvest Tennis Academy trainee Rimpledeep Kaur of Punjab in the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being played at the sprawling campus of the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal, Ludhiana.

Rimpledeep won both the singles and doubles titles in the girls under-18 event.

In singles, Rimple had a close breath win over Gundeep Kaur (also a trainee of Harvest Tennis Academy). In the doubles event, Rimple paring with Rajbir Kaur of Harvest Tennis Academy, defeated Priyanka Rawat of Uttranchal and Baljinder Kaur of Haryana 6-1, 6-1.

In the boys’ singles under-16, Maninder Singh of Haryana beat Atul Sri Patel of Uttar Pradesh in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. In boys’ under-18 singles, second seed Ronit Bisht of Delhi defeated top seed Navneet Kumar of Uttar Pradesh.

Lt Col J.S. Maan, General Manager, Harvest Tennis Academy, distributed prizes along with Gurvarinder Sahota, tournament director, AITA Championship Series.


Girls' singles u-18: Rimpledeep Kaur bt Gundeep Kaur 6-4, 6-4.

Boys' singles u-16: Maninder Singh (DLI) bt Atul Sri Patel (UP) 6-4, 6-4.

Boys' singles u-18: Ronit Bisht (DLI) bt Navneet Kumar (UP) 6-0, 6-1.

Girls' singles u-18: Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) and Rajbir Kaur (PB) bt Priyanka Rawat (UTA) & Baljinder Kaur (HAR) 6-1, 6-1.

Boys' singles u-16: Manoj (CHD) and Mandeep Kumar (CHD) bt Rishab Dev (PB) and Manish Drall (DLI) 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Boys' singles u-18: Navneet Kumar (UP) and Ajay Yadav (CHD) bt Kunal Anand (DLI) and Jatin Dhaiya (DLI) 6-4, 

Girls' singles u-16 (semifinals): Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) bt Shreya Pasricha (DLI) 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2; Rajbir Kaur (PB) bt Riya Bhatia (DLI) 6-3, 6-1.

Girls' singles u-18: Gundeep Kaur (PB) bt Baljinder Kaur (HAR) 6-3, 7-5; Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) bt Jaspreet Kaur (PB) 6-2, 6-1.

Boys' singles u-16: Maninder Singh (DLI) bt Bavneet Singh (DLI) 6-0, 6-2; Atul Sri Patel (UP) bt Rishab Dev (PB) 7-5, 6-3.

Boys' singles u-18: Navneet Kumar (UP) bt Kunal Anand (DLI) 6-2, 7-6; Ronit Bisht (DLI) bt Maninder Singh (HAR) 6-0, 6-0.



Sukhjinder Kaur best athlete
Our Correspondent

Raikot, January 20
Swami Ganga Giri Girls College conducted a two- day athletics meet, which was concluded here today by Dr Charanjit Singh Grewal, director sports, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Results: 100 m race: 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Ramandeep Kaur, 3 Nirmaljeet Kaur

200 m race: 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Nirmaljeet Kaur, 3 Sumanjeet Kaur

400 m race: 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Kirandeep Kaur, 3 Jaspreet Kaur

800 m race: 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Amarjeet Kaur, 3 Rajwant Kaur

4000 m race: 1 Manjinder Kaur, 2 Sukhjinder Kaur, 3 Amarjeet Kaur

Sack race: 1 Ranjit Kaur, 2 Deepika, 3 Amandeep Kaur

Long jump: 1 Manjinder Kaur, 2 Sukhjinder Kaur, 3 Tavinder Kaur.



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