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Industrialists lay siege to road; lathicharged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Continuing their protest against the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), owners and workers of dyeing units today blocked traffic at Basti Jodhewal, causing inconvenience to the commuters.

Meanwhile, officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) confirmed to have disconnected power connections of 10 dyeing units at Focal Point and Tajpur Road.

The protesters threw chairs at vehicles and passers-by. The police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to disperse the agitators on the main road.

Chairman, Federation of Dyeing Association, TR Mishra said the dyeing industry was being penalised by the board without any fault. “We are going to intensify our agitation in coming days as both the state government and the PPCB seems to be least bothered about our plight. We want the orders to be revoked and the chairman of the PPCB removed immediately. We are adhering to the norms and are discharging water as per the conditions laid down by the PPCB, still the connections have been disconnected,” he rued.

Ram Bahadur, an industrial worker said they were without work due to closure of 10 industrial units. “Not only employers, but we also worried about our future. I fail to understand when all the other dyeing units are being run in a similar manner, why have the orders been given to snap electricity of a few?” he questioned.

Meanwhile, the industrialists seem to be in no mood to relent. They said unless their connections were restored and the PPCB orders revoked, they will not call off their strike.

10 dyeing units lose power supply
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 18
Complying with the orders of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), officials of the PSEB today disconnected power supply to 10 dyeing factories in the city for their failure to achieve stipulated norms for treatment of effluents.

The orders for disconnection of electric supply to six units were received in the city east circle yesterday while two more units were added to the list through another set of orders received here late in the evening.

"Accordingly, power supply has been cut to eight units in Focal Point division located in Focal Point and Tajpur Road dyeing complex," said HS Randhawa, deputy chief engineer of the PSEB.

Similarly, two dyeing factories, one each in the city west division and estate division had their power supply cut today on the orders of the PPCB to this effect, confirmed deputy chief engineer of City West circle Rachhpal Singh.


Show-cause notice to 9 MC officials
Non-compliance of orders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Taking strict notice of the “casual attitude” of junior officers for a review meeting, Municipal Commissioner G.S. Ghuman issued showcause notices to nine officials, who missed the meeting today.

These include draftsmen and junior draftsmen, who were absent and whose reports were incomplete.

Already irked over the absence of his subordinates, the commissioner got more furious when he was presented challan books, stating that these challans could not be issued to the defaulters because they required signature of ATPs.

Sources revealed that some challans dated as old as first week of July to which Ghuman got annoyed and sought an answer from his subordinates. "A building inspector from zone-A showed challans of July 7, which required signature of ATP Kamaljeet Kaur for further action," added the sources.

Apart from the non-issuance of challans, the low recovery from the building branch also invited criticism for his subordinates. "I cannot go to every site to see constructions and challan them," were the commissioner's words during the meeting.

Scolding his officers, Ghuman asked the officers to mend their ways failing which this time he would not spare anyone from the action.

Talking to The Tribune, Ghuman said, "Since STP B.S. Brar and MTP Hemant Batra are on leave, it's the duty of ATPs to be strict in their zones. I have directed officials of the building branch to be strict with illegal constructions, but their leniency is causing problem for the corporation, apart from the loss to the state exchequer. We need to be strict with defaulters and that's why I have directed the officials to take challaning process with full vigour."

During the review meeting on June 23, Ghuman asked draftsmen of the civic body to discharge duties of building inspectors along with their own due to shortage of staff.



ATM theft case solved; 3 nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
In a major success, the city police has nabbed the three accused in the ATM theft case, which took place here yesterday. The arrested men include the security guard of the ATM. An amount of Rs 7.31 lakh was found missing from the ATM machine at Rishi Nagar Block-Y yesterday.

While one accused was nabbed from the bus-stand, the other two were arrested from Barnala here today.

The accused were identified as Gurpreet Singh, who was working as a security guard at the ATM of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

According to SSP SS Gill, Gurpreet committed the theft along with Ravinder Kumar, alias Raju, and Mahesh Kumar, alias Kaalu, both residents of Dhanola village in Barnala.

The SSP said the absence of security guard Gurpreet Singh during the time of the theft raised doubts in the mind of investigating officials.

Immediately police teams were dispatched in different direction to nab Gurpreet. The accused were nabbed from the bus-stand with Rs 3 lakh.

During interrogation, Gurpreet confessed to committing the crime. He also told the police the whereabouts of the other two accused.

The police teams then headed towards Barnala and arrested Ravinder Kumar, alias Raju, from village Dhanola with Rs 2.20 lakh cash, while Rs 2.11 lakh was found from the possession of Mahesh Kumar.

During interrogation, Gurpeet Singh said he knew the password of the ATM, as bank employees used to operate the ATM machine in his presence.

On Monday, he found the timing apt to commit the theft. He stole the amount from the machine and distributed it among his accomplices in the evening.

Meanwhile, the police has freed the three people who were detained yesterday on the charges of theft.



Menace of liquor vends — Part-III
Sarabha Nagar turns into tipplers’ haven
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
There was a time when the Sarabha Nagar market was considered one of the safest and pleasant weekend destinations for the city residents, especially women and children. The place, which was famous for its night life, high-end restaurants and food joints, has now turned into a boozers’ den.

With six liquor vends on the Satpal Mittal road, now famous as “Theka Road”, a number of tipplers are a common sight on the stretch.

A famous general store has recently changed to liquor business, as there are more buyers for liquor than for milk products.

However, the mushrooming of liquor vends has become problematic for residents of Sarabha Nagar. Tipplers park their vehicles outside houses close to liquor vends.“After drinking, youths create a ruckus. Sometimes we have to call the PCR to deter the rowdy elements, but tipplers often bribe cops and keep on standing there till midnight and disturb our sleep,” said Saurabh Garg

If trouble arises near liquor vends, cops have often been spotted looking the other way.

Food joints are the worst hit. One such restaurant, which is situated between two liquor vends, is facing a decline in its clientele.

Though the police has raided these places on many occasions, it has failed to dampen the enthusiasm of tipplers.

Recently, a DSP-level official himself resorted to cane-charge to deter the youths, who were smoking hookah and consuming liquor in the open.

Though the restaurants have stopped selling hookah, liquor is still consumed in the open.

“Earlier, we used to boast having a house in a posh locality like Sarabha Nagar, but now we are thinking of selling the house and shifting somewhere else, as it is getting just impossible to deal with unscrupulous elements everyday,” said Manmeet Kaur, a homemaker.

As the area houses some schools, the presence of liquor vends adjoining them has become a matter of great concern.

Prem Kumar, a resident of Gurdev Nagar, said, “Many a time we have spotted students having beer and liquor during the afternoon. With the presence of liquor vends around some schools, it is getting very difficult to keep them away from drinking.”



Food Adulteration
8 samples taken
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
With an aim to curtail adulteration in food products, a team of health officials today collected samples of eight food items from different villages. District health officer, Dr SS Dhir, food inspectors, Dr Harjot and Dr Avinand Khosla, collected the samples of paneer from Samrala on the Machiwara road and the samples of dal channa, tea, fruit drink and ladoos from Ramgarh village on the Chandigarh road.

The team also collected the samples of ladoos from Bhaini Sahib and maida from Katani Kalan.

The samples taken will be sent for a laboratory test followed by an action on the people found guilty of the adulteration in the reports.



Legal guardianship of the disabled
Meeting to create awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
With an aim to create awareness about the legal guardianship of the disabled, the Local Level Committee (LLC) of the National Trust today convened a meeting under the chairmanship of ADC (D) Davinder Singh.

The meeting was attended by Aashirwad (an NGO working for the disabled) director, Dr Neelam Sodhi, district social security officer Inderpreet Kaur and assistant civil surgeon, Dr Yashpal Mehta.

The committee today decided to create awareness amongst rural and urban people regarding the legal guardianship of the disabled. It was decided to initiate a campaign to create awareness on the disabilities and provisions made by the government, including the schemes for loans, pension, health insurance, transportation facilities and education.

The National Trust Act, 1999, particularly deals with the legal issues faced by the disabled and special provisions made to protect their rights.

Dr Neelam stated that parents who felt that they could not make legal decision for their disabled child (above the age of 18 years) could nominate a person as a legal guardian to look after the matters pertaining to loan, property and finances.

The parents can procure the forms from the NGO office, which when filled by the parents will be scrutinised at the LLC meeting followed by the permission to get the legal guardianship of the disabled.

In case of an orphan, the institute can become the legal guardian.



Talks on swine flu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
The NSS and the Youth Red Cross units of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) organised an awareness talks on swine flu for its faculty and students here today.

Dr YS Walia, head, Walia Clinical Lab, the resource person, said, “Swine flu which started in Mexico six months back has now spread to most parts of the world, including India. Hundreds of people in India are suffering from swine flu and there have been a few reported cases of deaths because of this flu.

Elaborating on the symptoms of Swine Flu, he stated, “There may be low/high grade fever, running nose, cough and body aches.

”Although there is no vaccine or specific medicine available for swine flu, one can take certain precautions to avoid swine flu by washing hands frequently like using own personal towels, soaps, avoiding eating unhygienic foods and crowded places, keeping dust-free atmosphere around us and drinking boiled water.

He advised take steam, eat tulsi, turmeric and garlic as they increased the immunity.

He further stated that so far no vaccine had been developed to cure swine flu.

He conluded his informative talks by giving a few tips to prevent spreading of swine flu.



Dr Tejwant is engg college principal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Former PAU Dean of College of Basic Sciences and Humanities Dr Tejwant Singh has joined as principal of Desh Bhagat Engineering College, Mandi Gobindgarh. He served PAU at different positions, including lecturer/assistant professor of mathematics, associate professor, professor and head, department of mathematics, stats and physics, etc.

Dr Singh also held additional charge of a number of senior positions, including Director, students' welfare, Dean, postgraduate studies, librarian, head of the department of agricultural journalism and culture and controlling officer, University Information Technology Centre (UITC). 



Session begins with yajna
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, August 18
Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, today kick started its academic session with the solemnisation of a yajna. Students and staff members prayed for the betterment of humanity and pledged that they would keep working for the betterment of the institutes in the coming years as well.

The outstanding staff members were also honoured in recognistion of their services.

Desh Bhagat Group chairman, Dr Zora Singh, vice-chairperson Tejinder Kaur and director-general, Prof Shalini Gupta, welcomed the students and congratulated the students and staff members on the auspicious occasion.

A book “Excelsior” was also released, which carried the annual report of the institute.



Serial pays tribute to Rani Lakshmi Bai
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Rani Lakshmi Bai was an ordinary girl who went on to become an extraordinary ruler. Her defiance of the British stands as an example even today. The fervour that she aroused gave birth to various leaders and revolutionaries who finally freed our nation from the British.

The life story of this valorous woman will be unveiled for the first time on the small screen through Zee TV from today through its new venture “Ek Veer Stree ki Kahaani… Jhansi Ki Rani”.

“The serial attempts to bring forth various facets of this remarkable woman which are yet unknown to the people. The Rani is shown as a mother, a wife, a daughter and as a warrior. She essays all roles with equal aplomb. The show is a tribute to her bravery, gallantry and patriotism,” adds Ulka Gupta, playing Lakshmi Bai in the serial.

The lead protagonist, Ulka Gupta, is a complete enthusiastic cutlet. She is a true cricket aficionado. She not only watches cricket religiously but also makes it a point to play cricket in her free time. She is also into writing skits and plays. Interestingly, she also performs all stunts herself on the sets and took up on horse-riding in first go.

Born as Manikarnika, Lakshmi Bai, also known as 'Manu', was the daughter of a Maharashtrian Brahmin, Moropant Tambey from Varanasi. While the other girls of her age chose to do household chores, she played and defeated the local boys in muddy matches of kabaddi.

She was married to Gangadhar Rao, who was the Raja of Jhansi, at a very tender age. It was after her husband's untimely demise that the agile Rani became a true warrior and an epitome of women's power in the country.

Speaking on the launch, Nitin Vaidya, COO of ZEEL and business head of Zee TV, said: "Rani Lakshmi Bai was an icon of the Indian Independence movement. The new show on ZEE TV will present it from an outlook which would definitely leave its audience stirred. It will talk about how a simple girl turned out to be a revolutionary by merely making difficult choices".

"I see the Rani as an inspiration to every modern woman, who wants to carve a niche for herself, while simultaneously taking care of her family. The topic is very much relevant in contemporary times, when women are being inflicted with so many atrocities," feels Sakshi, a viewer who is anxiously waiting for the serial to go on air.

The show has been shot extensively across four states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.



Kidney patient needs financial help

Ludhiana, August 18
Gulshan Kumar (23), diagnosed with HIV infection, CKD-5 and acute febrile illness, is fighting for his life at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here. A native of Raison village near Karnal, the boy is undergoing treatment at the CMCH and comes to the hospital for dialysis every week.

Somprakash, the father of the boy, has sold off all his property to afford the treatment of his only son."I have to take my son to the hospital every week, but now all my financial resources have exhausted. I shudder to imagine the moment of losing him because of discontinued treatment," wailed the father.

Although the hospital authorities have decided to give discount on the boy's treatment, the family still needs substantial amount to continue the treatment.

The CMCH doctors on behalf of Gulshan and his family have appealed to the public to contribute generously for the noble cause.

The amount can be sent through cheque, draft or cash in favour of Gulshan Kumar Setia, c/o Somprakash Setia, Department of Nephrology and Renal transplantation, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. — TNS



PNB launches global credit card
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) launched its global credit card in association with VISA, which was accepted at over 29 million merchant establishments and 1 million ATMs worldwide, which used VISA as a payment gateway.

The credit card was offered only to customers having a minimum of six months of banking relationship with the PNB. The PNB will issue 2 lakh PNB global credit cards by March 2010.

This was stated by Ranjan Dhawan, chief general manager, PNB credit card venture division, the Punjab National Bank, head office, New Delhi, while addressing mediapersons here yesterday.

Dhawan further told the PNB had initially launched two varieties of consumer credit cards i.e. PNB global gold and PNB global classic, which would meet the needs of its customers and would cater to the requirement of different income groups.



A dream come true for village girls
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
With dreams in their eyes, these girls came to this city as they wanted to do something different. Earlier, it was in the kitchen of their homes where they used to cook but now they will be cooking in the professional kitchens. Thirty girls from different villages completed their course and headed towards a new life.

The sixth batch of the one-year certificate course in hospitality kitchen management (CHKM) passed out recently. They were presented the certificates by Jassi Khangura, MLA, Qila Raipur, and managing director, Hotel Majestic Park Plaza, at a function organised in the hotel here.

Girls from these small villages, Kulhar, Jarhtauli, Dhoorkot, Siarh, Sarabha, Gujjarwal, Barahmpur, Qilaraipur, Gopalpur, Toosa, Jagerha, Qilahaans, Khera, Aasi kalan, Lohat Baddi will now be making big in their world.

Sarabhjit Kaur from Dhoorkot village said it was like a dream come true for her. "We always dream to do something different from the usual and I am lucky enough to make my dream fulfilled," she smiles.

Khangura said the main purpose of this course was to provide job-oriented education to the youth of the rural and backward areas. "So far six batches of 30 candidates each have completed the course and most of them have been placed in the best hotels across the country," he said.

Another student Ramanjit from Jagerha village added that she was always fond of cooking. "But I never thought of developing this skill into a profession. I enjoy while I work as I love to cook," she smiles.

Minimum Qualification

The programme admits 30 students every quarter. The candidate should be 17 years of age at the time of commencement of the course and must have passed 10+2 in any discipline. However, for the SC/ST candidates, the educational qualification has been relaxed to 10th only. The course is managed and sponsored by the Babu Joginder Singh Benevolent Trust, which also runs other technical courses and welfare programmes in the area.



Communication skills must for good job: Experts
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 18
Graduates and postgraduates of rural areas need to improve their communication skills for getting high-profile jobs in multinational and public sector undertakings.

These observations were made during a “Job Fair” and career-counselling camp organised jointly by the local branch of Zenith Institute and Job Hunt, a job placement agency from Chandigarh, at Guru Teg Bahadur complex here yesterday.

“The major drawback of the aspirants was that they could not communicate well in all languages, including English. Though they fared well in their mother tongue, they could not converse in Hindi and English,” said Varsha, assistant human resource officer.

Investigations by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that a large number of youths, especially rural, had participated in the job fair, but only 30 per cent of them were offered job opportunity by the organisers. Others were asked to try their luck after improving their communication skills and other personality traits.

Experts from Ivy Institute, Ludhiana, provided carrier counselling on the occasion. 



Strike by IT staff
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
The Income Tax Employees Union today went on a half-day strike. A dharna was also staged at the Rishi Nagar IT office. Employees of group B, C and D participated in the strike.

Sandeep Kumar, secretary of the union, spoke against the issue of new exam policy without considering the suggestions made by the Income Tax Employees Union and also wanted the settlement on the issue of pay of inspectors and administration officers.



‘Spirituality develops overall personality’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
“Spirituality with non-directed prayers, meditation and providing unconditional service to the unprivileged people develop overall personality rather than physical or mental health’’, said Dr Daljit Singh, principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, during the inaugural address to the first year students of B.Pharmacy at PCTE Institute of Pharmacy.

Wg Cdr. HS Gill, chairman, PCTE group of institutes, Dr. KNS Kang, director-general, PCTE group of institutes, Dr. Darshan Singh, principal, PCTE Institute of Pharmacy and Dr. S.K. Munshi, professor of biotechnology, were present.

While chairman PCTE group of institutes emphasised the fact that healthy body led to healthy life, adding that one should not only do physical exercises but should take out time to read good books. It is advisable not to dwell on expectations from others and do something for society also.



Contractor accuses MC employee of graft
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
A scene was created in Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman's office here today when a contractor alleged that he had paid money to the personal assistant of the commissioner to get his work done.

The contractor, Arun Singla, had gone to meet the Municipal Commissioner and in presence of a few municipal councillors, he alleged that he had paid Rs 2,000 to Ghuman's personal assistant Ashok to locate his files.

Talking to The Tribune, Singla alleged: “When I went to meet the commissioner in his office today and told him that despite my repeated requests, his personal assistant failed to locate my files. However, he promised to locate them if I pay him Rs 2,000, but the work was not done even after paying the money.”

However, the commissioner's personal assistant denied the allegations.

Stating the episode as unfortunate, Municipal Commissioner GS Ghuman said: “I have directed zonal commissioner Vinod Sharda to investigate the matter.” 



Reliving moments of Independence
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Independence Day for octogenarian and septuagenarian writers and poets of the city is an occasion to relive the "patriotic moments" as is evident from their soul stirring excerpts.

Professor NS Tasneem, Dr Kewal Dheer and Principal Prem Singh Bajaj, the three "literary trio", who were born in Pakistan Punjab and came to India as refugees, have beautifully mirrored the emotions of billions through their prose and poetry.

Having experienced the passionate phase of the freedom struggle to the massacre caused in the Partition, Professor NS Tasneem (80) narrates his bitter and sweet memories of 1947.

“I can still recall my enthusiasm to voice the ideals given by Subhas Chander Bose and his Indian National Army, also the slogans that made every young man in Hindu college a freedom fighter in spirits.

But freedom came with disillusionment as the dream of Independent India turned into a nightmare following the announcement of the Partition.

"Yeh daag daag ujaala, yeh shab guzeeda sahar, ki intezar tha jiska yeh who sehar to nahin" the verse from the latest book authored by Professor NS Tasneem refers to the widespread carnage in the trains and refugee camps that "scarred the souls" of the citizens of the divided nation.

Short stories penned by Dr Kewal Dheer (72) instill love for motherland among the old as well as younger generations. A native of west Punjab, Dr Kewal Dheer recollects a short story that revolves round Independent India wherein political leaders, administrators and citizens have forgotten the "ethics" that weaved the dream of free India. The writer-cum-poet sums up with the verse "Sarfaroshi ki tamanna abhi tak hamare dil mein hai".



Madan Lal Dhingra remembered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
A Ludhiana-based NGO, People's Movement, held a function to commemorate the 100th martyrdom day of Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra.

Rachpal Singh from Bhaini Sahib lighted the lamp to inaugurate the function. Atul Kothari, national convenor of Siksha Bachao Andolan Samiti highlighted the need to inculcate the values of love towards the motherland.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajneesh Arora, V-C PTU, said that Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra was an eminent freedom fighter. 



State award in social services to Malerkotla don
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 18
Recognising his services towards fostering communal harmony and national integrity among the youth of local town and surrounding villages, the government has conferred the state award in social services on Prof Tanvir Ali Khan, a lecturer in Punjabi posted at Government College, Malerkotla.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presented the award constituting a gold medal, citation, shawl and Rs 11,000 to him at a state-level function organised at Ferozepur on Saturday.

A few social and educational organisations of the local town have also decided to felicitate the don. According to Ravinder Puri, a councillor and president of Journalists’ Association, the decision to felicitate the don was taken at a meeting of office-bearers of certain social and educational institutes held at the Municipal Park today. Appreciating the government’s gesture, the organisers claimed the move to honour genuine social workers would persuade more and more persons to come forwards in the service of society.

Prof Khan had been associated with a number of social organisations of the area for about three decades. Besides donating blood to a number of needy patients, Khan played a pivotal role in organising blood donation camps in various localities of Malerkotla sub-division. His contribution in preserving environment by planting saplings and spreading awareness about the menace of female foeticide, illiteracy and drug addiction has already fetched him a number of awards and honours.



Cop’s scooter stolen

Ludhiana, August 18
An unidentified person stole a scooter of constable Dharampal from outside the Daba Chowki here this morning. The incident took place when Dharampal parked his scooter outside the chowki and went inside to register the details of some case. When he came out, he was shocked to see his scooter missing.

Officials, however, remained tightlipped about the theft, which caused embarrassment to the police.

It is the third such case reported in the city in the past eight months. Earlier, the thieves stole the official vehicle of DSP (traffic) Gurdeep Singh from his house in January. — TNS



Man booked for suicide bid
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
A man, who allegedly attempted suicide after consuming poison, was booked here today. Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Manjit Nagar near Bus Stand, who was recuperating in Suman Hospital, alleged that his wife’s distant relatives had usurped his property.

He alleged that he was harassed by repeated questioning of the police and tried to commit suicide.

The SHO, Division No. 5, confirmed the development. He said Rajesh had been booked for an attempt to suicide.

According to the police, Rajesh has a history of misguiding the police. A few months ago, Rajesh blamed his wife’s relatives for poisoning him and even filed a complaint with the police against them.

Police sources said during the investigation, it was revealed that Rajesh had cooked up the poison story to frame his wife’s relatives in the case.



BVM bag 10 medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 18
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, bagged 10 medals, including four gold, three silver and three bronze, in the Ludhiana District Inter-School Kickboxing Championship organised by the education department at Saraswati Modern School, Civil Lines, here today.


Below 44 kg: Vidhu Anand of SMS School 1, Anmol of Saraswati Modern School 2 and Bhanu of Saraswati Modern School 3; below 48 kg: Dishu of SMS School 1, Sahil of Saraswati School, Partap Singh Wala 2 and Sawan of BVM 3; below 52 kg: Akwidner Singh of GHG Academy, Jagraon, 1, Gourav Shouri of BVM 2 and Govin Maini of BVM 3; below 56 kg: Parul Mittal of GHG Academy, Jagraon, 1, Paru of SMS School 2 and Gourav Sharma of Saraswati School, Partap Singh Wala, 3; below 60 kg: Vipul Gaba of BVM 1, Parupkar Singh of GHG Academy, Jagraon, 2 and Sahil Kalra of Spring Dale School 3; below 65 kg: Anil Sharma of BVM 1, Raghav Kashu of Spring Dale School 2 and Varun Dua of Saraswati School, Partap Singh Wala, 3; below 70 kg: Gagandeep of Saraswati School, Partap Singh Wala, 1, Lokesh of BVM 2 and Shashi Kant of BVM 3; below 80 kg: Sahil Joshi of BVM 1, Parul of BVM 2; plus 80 kg: Gagandeep Walia of BVM 1.



PAU paddlers dominate
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 18
Players representing PAU zone dominated the proceedings on the first day of the Inter-Zone District Table Tennis Tournament being organised by the Punjab education department at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, here today.

In the boys’ section, PAU paddlers registered victories to begin their campaign on a sound note.

PAU zone paddlers scripted victories in all age categories. In the boys’ under-14 category, PAU zone players blanked Sahnewal zone 3-0 and faced a little resistance from Jagraon zone before romping home winners 3-1, while in the under-19 category, PAU got the better of Ludhiana II zone in the similar fashion (3-1).

In other matches, Ludhiana II zone recorded 3-0 win over Kila Raipur zone in the under-14 and under-17 categories. In the under-19 category, Sahnewal zone survived some anxious moments before overcoming Khanna zone.



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