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Candidates fail on education front
Out of the 30 candidates in fray, only one is postgraduate, two double graduates and four graduates
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Most of the candidates in fray from the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency were only eligible for a class-IV government job considering their educational qualifications.

Out of the 30 candidates in fray, only one is a postgraduate and holds a doctorate degree, two are double graduates and only four are graduates.

One of them studied till BA-I, another till prep, eight are matriculates and seven are not even matriculates. Five have not mentioned their educational qualifications in the affidavits and one of them is a qualified boiler attendant.

A perusal of affidavits submitted by these candidates revealed that a Punjab Agricultural University Professor, who is in fray as an Independent, is the most educated. Harbans Singh Sodhi is BSc, BVSc, MSc and also holds a PhD degree in agriculture.

Congress candidate from Ludhiana Manish Tewari is double postgraduate, has done his BA (Honours) and also LLB. The Lok Bhalai Party candidate, Girdhari Lal, too is a double graduate with a BSc and a BEd degree.

An Independent, Rajesh Gandhi, is a Bachelor in pharmacy, Shambhu Kumar Singh, Kunal and National Panthers Party nominee are Bachelor in Arts.

Except these seven candidates, all others do not even have a Bachelor's degree, a requisite for landing with a good job. SAD nominee and former Parliamentarian G.S. Galib studied till BA-I and an Independent, Tehal Singh, is Prep and a diploma holder.

The BSP nominee from Ludhiana, Kehar Singh, is a matriculate. The Democratic Bharatiya Samaj Party candidate, Sanjeev Kumar Atwal, is also a matriculate. Surinder Singh Sodhi, a Lok Jan Shakti Party representative, Jaspal Singh of the Bharatiya Gau Taj Dal, AjayTandon, Gurcharan Singh, Rajesh Patel and Vijay Kumar Goel, all independents, are matriculates.

Laddu Shah of the Lok Priya Samaj Party, two Independents, including Chander Dev Singh and Balbir Singh, studied up to the middle standard only.

Sheikh Mukhtiar, an Independent studied up to primary, Jasvir Singh Thethi, another Independent, up to seventh, Ravinder Kumar flunked in eighth and Ravinder Kumar Rajasthani is an under-matric.

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Heat wave, power cuts aggravate students’ woes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
As the mercury soars up to 42 degrees celsius in the city, schoolchildren bear the brunt of the bristling heat wave.

They are made to sit in the school for five to six hours.

The situation is further worsened by frequent power cuts.

Today power remained suspended in the schools from 7 am to 10 am and then again from 12 noon to 1.30 pm.

The situation in government schools turned from bad to worse during this period.

School timings are from 8 am to 2 pm and a majority of students either come on foot or on bicycles in the scorching heat.

Inquiries revealed that government school functionaries could not make any change in the school timings without the permission of the state government. The government had provided generators to the schools but no funds were allocated for the purchase of diesel.

On the other hand, private schools have better arrangements to meet such situations. They have installed high-powered generators.

Col DB Sharma, director of a private school, said, “In order to relieve students from the scorching heat, we have installed generators in the school.”

In BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, students have been exempted from wearing a tie with school uniforms. Principal RS Patial said he would also be reducing the working hours of the school.

Rajesh Rudra, director, Greenland Public School, said they could not change the working hours, as a majority of students belonged to working couples.

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Milk gets dearer by Rs 2
Dairy farmers increase price, Verka sticks to old rates
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Dairy farmer in the city have started charging Re 1 and Rs 2 per litre more on milk from May 1 following dip in production.

Now, the consumer has to shell out Rs 27-28 per litre on milk being purchased from the open market. However, Verka has no plans to increase the milk rates for the time being.

Daulat Ram, a dairy farmer supplying milk in various areas of the city, including Rani Jhansi road, Ghumar Mandi and Civil Lines, said the rates have been revised from May 1. He said it was not viable for the dairy farmers to sell the milk at old rates as there was 20-25 per cent increase in the rates of fodder and other products.

"The rates are usually increased in summers when the milk production is low. The decision to increase the rates has been taken collectively by the dairy farmers,” he added.

A resident of Model Gram, Ginni Ahuja, said earlier the rates were increased between 50 paise and Re 1 per litre. “But this time, their milk supplier has asked us to shell out Rs 2 per litre more. We will be getting milk at Rs 28 per litre now. Consumers have no choice but to pay more. We can not expect that these revised rates will ever come down,” she rued.

The milk prices have been increased in several areas, including Dandi Swami, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Model Town, Model Gram, Civil Lines, Haibowal Kalan etc.

A resident of BRS Nagar, Bhupinder Kaur, said during the elections, the rates of commodities used to come down. "But it’s surprising that the milk rates have been increased,” she said.

It may be mentioned here that the Progressive Dairy Farmers' Association (PDFA) had written to Milkfed, Dairy Development Board and the Punjab Farmers' Commission to increase the rates of milk at the earliest to save them from losses.

When contacted, general manager, Verka, Bhupinder Singh said: “Though our purchase rates have increased up to Rs 5 per kg (fat), we have not increased our retail price. We have no plans to increase the rates for the time being,” he added.

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Snag in sub-station
Residents sweat it out for 4 hours
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
The breakdown at the 220 kv PSEB sub-station at Lalton, followed by explosion in the current transformer, left city residents hapless, as power played truant in various parts of the city for almost four hours, this morning.

The areas including Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Model Town, Urban Estate, Dugri, Civil Lines, Haibowal, Gill Road and Ferozepur Road remained without electricity from 6 am to 10.30 am.

Contrary to the claims of the PSEB officials that the power breakdown at the sub-station affected only a few areas, a large number of areas, which do not get supply from the Lalton sub-station, too, witnessed a complete blackout for two-three hours.

People in Haibowal, the CMCH and adjoining areas also remained without power supply for long.

However, Chief Engineer (Central), PSEB, BS Bath, said power supply was disrupted in major parts of city, as the whole system had to be shut down for load shedding. “However, we have managed to restore power in almost all areas by distributing load of the erring transformer to other transformers.”

He further said the CMCH and adjoining areas were affected, as the BBMB had shut down power for some time.

Meanwhile, the life of people was thrown out of gear, as the water supply was also disrupted, hindering routine chores.

Rued Suhani, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, said, “I had to borrow two buckets of water from my neighbours to send my kids to school.”

Blaming it on the “poor maintenance” of existing system in the PSEB, an ex-serviceman said, “People reeled under six-eight hours power cuts in the city and the state at large during winters, which was the right time for carrying out maintenance work. But the missing work culture among the technical staff and lack of motivation from the authorities has resulted in the breakdown of the whole system.”

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Industrialists oppose duty on steel import
KS Chawla

Ludhiana, May 2
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has strongly assailed the proposal of the Director General Safeguard to impose 25 per cent safeguard duty on import of steel items of HR coil, sheets and strips. This will be applicable on the import of the HR coil, whose price is below $ 600 dollars per tonne. The duty will remain in force for 200 days.

PD Sharma, president of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, alleged that the Union government was trying to help the cartel of main steel producers without any reason.

He said the government recently imposed a duty of 5 per cent on import of steel and other restrictions for import of steel. Even the Competition Commission of India has alleged that the price of steel was fixed as a cartel and HR coil, which was widely used, was the worst-affected item of the steel.

Sharma said the international price of the HR coil was $400 per tonne and the indigenous producers of HR coil were selling the same at $450 per tonne. The import of steel had already come down and there was a scope for reducing the prices of steel instead of imposing duties.

Meanwhile, the prices of the steel have risen by Rs 1,000 per tonne despite the fact that there was not much demand for the same in view of the recession in the industry and the global meltdown.

Inquiries made by The Tribune show that the prices of kulfi has risen to Rs 27,300 per tonne from Rs 26,200 per tonne and ms rounds, angle iron and flat steels have also risen by Rs 1,000 per tonne ranging from 31,000 to Rs 32,500 per tonne.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, said there was no reason for the rise in the prices as the production of engineering goods had already come down due to the meltdown. There were neither export orders nor any demand from the domestic consumers.

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Ahmedgarh bus stand lacks amenities
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 2
Six months after Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal assured residents of the area of better facilities at the local bus stand, the authorities concerned have failed even to undertake minor repairs.

The subject has emerged as one of the major poll issues, exposing alleged apathy of the SAD-BJP leaders towards genuine demands of the residents.

Defending their senior leaders, activists of the SAD-BJP regime maintained that the proposal of construction of a new bus stand near the Malerkotla-Ludhiana highway was in the pipeline.

Irrespective of their political allegiance, residents have urged the authorities to ensure that commuters and passengers were provided at least basic amenities at the bus stand.

Investigations revealed that the condition of the bus stand, owned by the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), had deteriorated. What to talk of providing basic amenities, including drinking water, clean lavatories and the weather-defending waiting halls, the authorities have even failed to maintain motorable floor for buses.

Situation at the entry and exit gates is worse where the floor looks like a deep wide pit. Scared of driving through these craters, drivers of some buses prefer to drop passengers outside the bus stand. Boarding bus during rainy season becomes almost impossible for women and children here.

Congress leaders, led by PPCC General Secretary Rajnish Sharma Guddu and Jagjit Singh Jajjie, alleged that the administration had deliberately let the condition of the bus stand worsen so that it (bus stand) could be sold to some private organisation.

"Instead of providing facilities to the passengers and the staff, officials conspired to transform the bus stand into a commercial unit,” they alleged.

Referring to media reports, the Congress leaders regretted that the Transport Minister had indicated about six months back that the bus stand would be replaced with a multiplex. He had disclosed that a new bus stand would be constructed near the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway.

The PRTC had constructed the present bus stand with the help of local social organisations about three decades ago. The corporation had purchased a low-lying land at a throwaway price.

Things went smoothly for about 10 years, after which a majority of bus drivers, plying between Ludhiana and Malerkotla, stopped coming to the bus stand.

In the absence of basic amenities at the bus stand, office-bearers of some social organisations tried to provide drinking water here. The courtesy, however, ended due to alleged non-cooperation from the PEPSU authorities.

Requests by the residents for improving services and repair of the bus stop building fell on deaf ears. The Ludhiana Tribune had carried a series of stories on the plight of the commuters.

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Defacement of Property
Youth risk their life for appeasing leaders
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 2
Removal of advertisement material by authorities from public buildings and registration of cases against those violating the provisions of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act has left no impinge on supporters of the Lok Sabha candidates from this area.

In an effort to appease their leaders, hired or voluntary supporters, mostly teenagers risk their lives for affixing posters and banners on electrical, including high voltage transformers and poles surrounded by the naked high-tension cables. The process gets riskier as the job is mostly done during the night hours.

Observations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that despite a ban on the defacement of public property, the parties and common man continue to flout the rules. Not just private and government buildings, supporters are not even sparing monuments and statues of the martyrs.

The administration has been taking action against violators for defacing the public property and had also got them cleaned after a stringent drive. However, numerous properties, including a few monuments and statues have again been covered with posters.

At the present moment, the entire area has been decorated with posters in view of the election campaigns of Gurcharan Singh Galib (SAD), Manish Tewari (Congress), Charanjit Singh Atwal (SAD), Sukhdev Singh Libra (Congress), Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) and Vijayinder Singla (Congress), who are contesting the Lok Sabha election for Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and the Sangrur constituencies.

Under the provisions of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997, defacement of private property can invite strict punishment for violators, but disgusted with the way the legal system works, most people prefer to spend money to undo the damage than file a complaint.

As per the law, no one can paste posters, banners and slogans on a building unless its owner grants a written permission. The party, association, body, candidate or a person concerned is liable to be prosecuted and charged with causing willful damage to the property of others.

Under the Act, the defacement of the properties included interfering with the appearance or beauty, damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring in any other way, whatsoever, and the property included any land, building, hut, structure, wall, tree, fence, post, pole or any other installations.

Similarly, fixing of posters on power and telephone poles or putting up banners on poles and on the roadside is also punishable under the Act.

Though, a number of cases have been registered against violators at the Latala police chowki and local police station, the enthusiastic supporters continue to violate norms as if they know that their political masters would handle the things after the election process is over.

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Missive to CEC against MC Commissioner
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Congress councillor Sushil Raju Thapar has complained against the Ludhiana Municipal Commissioner to the Chief Election Commissioner, New Delhi.

In his letter, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Thapar stated that G.S. Ghuman had violated the code of conduct and misused his official position. He said a number of employees of the corporation had been sent to Bathinda where Harsimrat Badal, wife of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, was contesting the elections.

He stated that there was no provision and no rule permitted to send employees outside Ludhiana, especially during the poll. He stated that the employees had been sent with instructions to influence voters of the area in order to ensure victory of Harsimrat.

He added that two employees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, Ram Prakash and Tarsem, died while they were forcibly asked to clean the sewer.

He said the matter should be taken seriously and investigations should be made.

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Galib invited for debate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Congress candidate from Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari today hit back at his rival Gurcharan Singh Galib for raising “irrelevant and insignificant” issues.

Referring to the criticism of his vision document by Galib and some other Akali leaders, Tewari asked them to come out with their own vision document rather than criticising it merely for the sake of criticism. He also invited Galib for a public debate on his vision document.

Addressing a meeting of the chartered accountants in Ludhiana Club today, Tewari said: “Galib has no moral authority to comment on the vision document leave apart criticising it”.

He added: “Galib, at this ripe age of 82, should have taken a graceful retirement from politics rather than being embarrassed by referring himself as a Congressman while being in the Akali Dal.”

Tewari appealed to the people to make the right choice as it was up to them to vote either for a young candidate or an aging leader who has already spent his life and wants a “graceful exit”.

Tewari said that once elected, he would constitute an advisory committee comprising of representatives from all professions, trades and other sectors to have a regular and proper feedback about their problems.

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NRI brothers release poetry book
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Ajmer Rode and Navtej Bharti, both brothers based in Canada released their poetry book “Leela” at a function organised here today.

Ajmer said most of my poems were related to the nature or the women’s plight.

While his brother Navtej Bharti wrote continuously for 22 days. In some of his poems women form the central character.

Uzbekistan-based poet, Ukta Moy, recited a poem from her book “My Heart is Weeping.” on the occasion.

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350 lawyers examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 2
The District Bar Association today organised a heart and diabetes check-up camp in association with the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at the district court complex here today.

Sessions Judge GK Rai and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda inaugurated the camp. All judicial officers were present on the occasion.

A team of doctors led by Dr GS Wandor and Dr Parminder Singh examined more than 350 lawyers as well as judicial officers.

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Shahi Imam condemns atrocities against Sikhs in Pakistan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 2
Shahi Imam Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani has condemned the Taliban for its activities against Sikhs residing in Orakzai and for levying “jaziya” on them.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Shahi Imam said: “Islam doesn’t allow anyone to take “jaziya” forcefully. The activities of demolishing houses in Orakzai by Taliban have brought a bad name for Islam.”

He added that the Sikhs who are being victimised by the Taliban had been residing in that area for the past 200 years and they had no right to ask the community to leave the place. Shahi Imam said people who were troubling these Sikhs were enemies of both Islam and humanity.

Demanding the Pakistani government to compensate the community, Shahi Imam said, “These Sikhs should be given back the respect. This is a motivated move to break the age old relationship between Sikhs and Muslims.” He added if needed he would send Dini Markaz along with the SGPC, if the latter visits Pakistan to protect the community.

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‘Making people laugh on clean jokes a challenge’
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
"A comedian always sees the things upside down," says world famous comedian Papa CJ.

He tickled the funny bone of city residents during his performance organised by the Ludhiana Sanskriti Samagam this evening.

"I chose the profession of a comedian to make fun and to have a large number of fans all over the world. And I did it. It is a good life but you have to have tenacity, perseverance and self-belief. And you should love what you do. Today, I travel all over the world because of my profession,” he says.

He was born in New Delhi and grew up in Kolkota and settled in London. He studied at Lawrence School in Sanawar and completed his masters in business management from Oxford University.

He has been into this profession for the past four years and loves to write his jokes himself. "All my jokes are self-written and politics, travel and relationships are my favourite subjects. It is very easy to make people laugh on crude jokes but the real challenge lies when you make people laugh while cracking a clean and simple joke," he adds.

But sometimes his profession lands him into trouble as well. “While attending a social gathering, people come and ask me to crack jokes. You don't meet a boxer and ask him to punch you. I am a stand-up comedian, not a clown," he further says.

Even as CJ takes issues with the manner, in which the comedy is perceived by the public, he says as an artiste, he keeps on preparing new material for gigs all time. "Above all, I am proud to be a Punjabi," he adds.

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Detect breast cancer early: Doc
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
Women from different parts of Punjab came forward to motivate others for timely detection and treatment of the breast cancer at Grecian Hospital today. The CEO of Grecian Hospital was in favour of the early detection of cancer. Mukhtiar Kaur from Bagha Purana said most of the women at her village had developed symptoms similar to mine. They are waiting for my recover, she added. Oncologist of the hospital emphasised on the need of doing away with the negative thought.

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Students awarded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2
"Toppers’ Day" was celebrated by the primary wing of RS Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here.

The function was presided over by principal ML Kalra. A cultural programme was presented by the students.

Chief guest Mohan Lal Kalra distributed the prizes to classes from LKG to Class V. The students, who got first prizes, were Rahul Chaudhary (Class III), Malak Sharma (Class IV), Riya (Class V).

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2 arrested in murder case
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 2
The police today arrested two of the three accused in the Rauwal murder case.

Three accomplices of Rajinder Sharma of Susma Patti village, Madhepura district, in Bihar, had killed Rauwal two months ago and buried his body in the fields. On April 25, Vibehsh Yadav, one of the accused, under the influence of liquor, spoke of the sequence while half asleep.

When the matter came to light, Joginder Sharma, brother of the deceased, complained to the police, which exhumed some bones and belongings from the field in the presence of scores of villagers and Duty Magistrate Paramjit Singh Sahota, Jagraon Tehsildar and Dr Satpal of the Sidhwan Bet civil hospital on April 27 and registered a case against the accused.

Rajinder at that time informed The Tribune that the police had arrested all the three accused, but Sidhwan Bet SHO Dharam Paul denied the revelations made by him.

The matter today became controversial when, in the presence of Gurcharan Singh who bought the accused Ranjit Singh and Guddu Kumar for production before Magistrate, the accused alleged the police of letting off Vibehsh Yadav, the main accused in the case. However, the court of Ranjeev Kumar, here sent the accused in to police remand till May 5. SHO Dharam Paul, however, denied the allegations.

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Man jumps in front of train, dies
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, May 2
A man reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train today morning. He has been identified as Buta Singh (56), a resident of Hathoor village, near here. He jumped in front of the Ferozepur-bound 4629 passenger train coming from Moga at around 7.30 am.

He was stated to be upset after his son, Jagjit Singh’s, love marriage with a girl of the same village. He was to get engaged and marry tomorrow. Buta Singh left the home at 1.30 am after an altercation over this issue with his son yesterday. He boarded a bus at 4.30 am and reached an isolated area near the Aliwal village drain.

A few passers by saw him hiding in the bushes. In charge of the GRP post in Jagraon recovered a diary from his pocket. In it he had blamed his son for committing suicide. Since the note had no signature, cops refused to treat it as a suicide note.

On Kulwant Kaur’s statement, wife of Buta Singh, the police preceded under Section 174 Cr.PC. Another person Baljit Singh (55) had committed suicide at this very place on April 24.

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Saraswati School triumph
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
In the inaugural match of the first edition of the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19) being played at SDP College for Women here today, Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, defeated SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road branch by four wickets.

Batting first, SDP Senior Secondary School made 154 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. The main scorers were Krishan and Rajab Ali who contributed 40 and 18 runs, respectively.

For Saraswati Modern School, Saurabh and Abhinav shared the bowling exploits. Saurabh chipped in with three wickets for 25 runs, while Abhinav grabbed two wickets for just four runs.

Saraswati Modern School overhauled their opponent's score in just 16 overs after losing six wickets. Their innings revolved around Manik who scored 66 runs off 55 deliveries and Nikhil who faced 14 balls and made 16 runs.

For the losers, Krishan took two wickets for 12 runs, while Bhupinder captured one for 32. Earlier, the tournament, in which 16 teams from all over the district were participating, was inaugurated by Col PS Bedi.

Members of the management committee of the SDP schools, including HK Chugh, Sanjeev Gupta, Vijayinder Gupta, RK Khurana, Sanjeev Bindra, Baldev Raj, Lekh Raj Arora, Varinder Gupta, along with principal, Jasveer Singh Chauhan and Ashok Kumar Verma were present at the opening ceremony.

The winners of this tournament will pocket a cash prize of Rs 11,000 besides a glittering trophy, while the first runners-up will receive a cash prize of Rs 5,100 and the second runners-up will get cash prize of Rs 4,000.

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TT Tourney: BVM students clinch titles
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
Dhriti Sharma and Yashi Sharma, both sisters and students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar branch, defeated their opponents to emerge champions in the sub-junior and cadet girl’s singles categories, respectively, of the Ludhiana Schools Open Table Tennis Tournament organised by Alpine International Senior Secondary School, here today.

In the sub-junior section, Dhriti Sharma, Class VIIIth student, survived anxious moments against her younger sister, Yashi Sharma, Class IIIrd student, before managing to squeeze past in a final that was resolved in five sets.

Dhriti went down fighting 11-13 in the first set but bounced back to win the next one 11-6. In the third set, Yashi exhibited deft footwork and ball control wrap it up 13-11.

However, in the fourth and fifth sets, Dhriti kept her composure, which paid dividends as she won these quite easily 11-4 and 11-6, and etched her name on the winner’s trophy.

In the cadet girl’s final, Yashi, after initial hiccups, prevailed over her spirited opponent, Gurleen from Alpine Inter Senior Secondary School and bagged the title.

Yashi sweat it out in the opening set before romping home victorious 12-10 but faced a little challenge in the next two games which she wrapped up 11-4 and 11-6 to give double delight to her school, BVM, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar branch.

Bhumika of Alpine International Senior Secondary School, who had stunned the last year’s champion and top seed, Kritika, also of the same school to emerge champion in the junior girl’s singles section, added another feather in her cap today when she outplayed her schoolmate, Anushka in straight sets 11-7, 11-4 and 11-9 to win top honours in the youth girl’s section.

In the boy’s singles final, Rosel of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines branch, had to fight it tooth and nail to edge out Sean of Sacred Heart Convent School 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 9-11 and 11-7 and clinched the title.

In the junior boy’s singles section, Agnish from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School defeated Abhaydeep Singh of Sacred Heart Convent School 14-12, 12-10 and 11-5 and in the sub-junior section, Sean of Sacred Heart Convent School outnumbered Raghav Jindal of Alpine International Senior Secondary School 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 and 11-8 to emerge champions.

In the cadet boy’s final, Harnoor Singh of Darshan Academy got the better of Jashandeep Singh of Sat Paul Mittal School, Dugri whom he beat 11-7, 11-13, 9-11, 11-5 and 11-5.

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Markan Trophy semi-final
Ludhiana struggle against Patiala
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 2
Ludhiana skipper Sunny Pandey's decision to bat first after winning the toss turned out to be a miscalculated one, as they were bundled out for a paltry 211 runs in the first innings against Patiala in the semi-final of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy, being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, here today.

Most of the Ludhiana batsmen failed to hold on to the ground as their wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Only four of them managed to put up some resistance against the accurate bowling by the host bowlers.

Chirag Maria was the top scorer with 81 runs, followed by Abhinav Bhatia, who chipped in with 36 runs. Gurpreet Singh contributed 33 runs, while Mankaran Singh scored 25 runs to provide Ludhiana a total of 211 in 90.4 overs. For Patiala, Sukhwinder Singh was the most successful bowler, who captured four wickets for 80 runs. Kanwarpal Singh and Karan Kalia scalped two wickets each, after conceding 25 and 62 runs, respectively. Pardeep grabbed one wicket for 26 runs.

At the draw of stumps, in reply, Patiala was 98 for one after 24 overs. Viren was out for 30, while Manpreet Singh and Shivam Goel were at the crease with 41 and 16 runs, respectively. The one wicket that fell was taken by Nikhil Choudhary.

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