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Fake Bill Scam
13 MC officials suspended
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
In a major development the Punjab Local Bodies minister today suspended 13 officials of the municipal corporation whose names have surfaced in the fake bill scam. Talking to The Tribune, minister Manoranjan Kalia said: “I have ordered suspension of 13 officials, including one SE, three XENs, three SDOs, two JEs, two DCFAs and two officials from the local audit branch. The action has come following preliminary enquiries conducted by the additional commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.”

The names of the officials who have been suspended are SE Arun Sharma, XENs HS Khossa, PK Chaddha, Karamjit Singh, SDOs Rahul Gagneja, Deepak Kocchar, Rakesh Sharma, JEs Rakesh Singla, Harjeet Singh, DCFA SK Gupta and Yashpal Anand. While action against DCLA SS Brar and VK Khanna have been ordered to examine local funds.

The minister said, “As far as action against three erring contractors Varinder Kumar, Kulbir and Sunny Gosain is concerned it would be decided after final report of inquiry underway by the local bodies vigilance cell is submitted. The embezzlement that had come to fore is a criminal breach of trust and no body in my department would be allowed to misuse public funds.”

The minister was of the opinion that the entire fraud in the fake bill scam was planned and it did not happened abruptly. “It took time for all fraud and I assure public that no one would be spared. Transparency in departments headed by me is my priority and they would witness winds of change,” Kalia added.

This is the second biggest suspension in the local bodies department. Earlier, 16 EOs were suspended by the minister on the reports of corruption. The scam came to light in November involving embezzlement of funds exposing official-contractor-politician nexus.

The fake bill scam revolves around three contractors and a few municipal corporation officials. The three contractors were given 13 works of lying cemented and premix roads in A and B zones. Out of total 13, 10 works were issued to Varinder, while Kulbir and Sunny got one and two works, respectively. The corporation issued work orders for construction of these roads in 2008 and the contractors started working on the projects. After completion of works, the contractors were given full and final payments for the work undertaken by them. However, contractors in connivance with the municipal corporation officials prepared forged bills for these 13 works and submitted it to the civic body, seeking more payments.

The total forged bills submitted by the three contractors were above Rs 1.5 crore and the civic body issued payments of around Rs 74 lakh to trio on these forged bills. The irregularity of paying money to the contractors for the work they had already been paid came to fore during probe done by Additional Commissioner KP Brar.


Would-be mothers push for New Year deliveries
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
Fascinated with the idea of delivering a baby on the first day of the year, a few of the expecting mothers from the city have made “reservations” in advance at respective hospitals.

Dismissing the cautions of the astrologers not to deliver babies on January 1, 2010, as lunar eclipse falls on the same day, the mothers to be are adamant to go ahead with their plans of childbirth.

A few couples have even given their consent to the gynaecologists to go ahead with the elective caesarians.

Sister Rupinder working as a staff nurse at Deep Hospital in Model Town, too, is planning to deliver her baby on January 1 as she shared, “My due date is on January 19 but I have asked my doctor to admit me on the morning of January 1 and induce pains.”

Dr Manpreet the gynaecologist at Deep Hospital said two more women had approached her for the New Year babies and they would be admitted to the hospital on January 1.

Suman Hospital, Model Town, too, has three expecting mothers who plan to deliver their babies on January 1.

Shared a mother to be that she has already bought pink coloured dresses for the infant adding, “I have prayed day and night to be blessed with a daughter.”

However, a few couples were not so lucky as their plans for having a New Year baby did not materialise as nature took its course and the babies were delivered two days before the due date.

A gynaecologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) while sharing her past experience said, “A few persons are crazy enough to call their would be babies as “models” as a mother was crazy to get the latest “model” on January 1,2009,but she delivered twin babies at 11.30 pm on December 31.”



Banker’s Murder: Role of police under scanner
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The story of the city police behind cracking of banker Pran Ranjan Sinha murder case has come under a scanner with the Sinha family refusing to accept a gold bangle and a ring, claimed to be belonging to Pran by the police yesterday.

Pran’s brother, Uday Ranjan Sinha, while talking to The Tribune said today that he was surprised as the police had hinged its murder story around the gold jewellery that he never wore.

While thanking the city police for solving the two-month-old blind murder case of Pran Ranjan Sinha from Jharkhand, who was working as an Assistant Bank Manager at Union Bank, Feroze Gandhi Market branch, the Sinha family said they would not accept these ornaments.

‘‘He never wore any such bangle. In fact nobody in our family wears such an ornament. I don’t know why the police is saying he was wearing it, ’’ said Uday adding that they would also check whether the purse and the mobile phone recovered by the police belonged to Pran or not.

The Sinhas who want to preserve Pran’s belongings have declined to accept anything that does not belong to him.

“We are looking for his bag and 15 pairs of clothes which he brought from Delhi. If we could get hold of the clothes I would be grateful to the cops,” said Udhay. He further added that he used to visit Delhi once a week to get his clothes washed.

The police had claimed that the bag proved to be his nemesis on December 19, the gang of three snatchers posing as auto-rickshaw drivers thought that Pran was taking cash in the bag and managed to persuade him to sit in the auto-rickshaw.

Meanwhile, CIA-II, in charge, Harpal Singh, who cracked the case, said the family might not know that he was wearing the bangle. ‘‘The accused themselves told us that they recovered the bangle from them. He was a bank manager and he could always afford a gold ornament. What is so strange about it?’’ he added.

Uday, who is planning to visit the city next week said: “I want to meet the accused. If they were snatchers then why didn’t they let him go after snatching his purse and mobile phone, what was the real reason to kill him? I want to listen the entire incident. Since the time my younger brother died I haven’t slept properly. I want to know the real story.”

Pran, who sat in an examination conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), said: “It’s ironical that he is not here to celebrate the occasion”.



MC removes 235 encroachments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The town-planning wing of the Municipal Corporation demolished structured near the Jalandhar bypass here today. Giving details, STP TS Tulli said: “The drive began from the Jalandhar bypass and covered the Rahoan Road. We removed about 235 encroachments that were beyond building line and were marked by the inspectors and draftsman during the drive.”

As far as oppositions were concerned, the civic body had a spat over demolition of a wall of a marriage palace. The marriage palace owner had tried to alter the municipal marking by painting it white, but the officials recognised it and took disciplinary action. The civic body also removed a few kiosks that had come up on the roads.

The officials on duty revealed that a month long drive had started bearing fruits. “The roads have started appearing broader and if the PSEB officials try to change position of power poles and transformers, vehicles would get more space to move,” they added.



Former SSP, 14 others booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The city police has registered a case of fraud against a retired SSP and 14 others, which includes two city-based liquor barons, for allegedly grabbing a prime land belonging to an NRI worth Rs 9 core situated on the Malhar Road.

Giving the details about this multi-crore scandal, a city resident Varinder Kumar, who on behalf of land owner and United Kingdom- based NRI Harbhajan Singh, alleged that retired SSP Harnek Singh and his two sons Rupinder Singh and Mehboob Singh, all residents of Mohali, Amrik Singh, of Bathinda, Mani Singh, Sardool Singh of Muktsar, Sukhminder Singh of Moga, Chander Mohan, Chetan Singhnia, Bonny, Nachhattar Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Kulwant Singh and Manjit Singh, all from Ludhiana, have been booked for fraud and various other criminal charges by the city police.

All accused were booked for preparing duplicate power of attorney of 900 sq yard land belonging to Harbhajan Singh.

Varinder alleged that the senior cop used his position in order to usurp the land.

Varinder further alleged that Harbhajan lodged various complaints in 1986, 1997, 2007,2008 and 2009, but his complaints were turned down by the police.

It was after the retirement of the cop that the case against the accused.

Varinder added that the deputy commissioner and the SSP registered the fraud case following a thorough investigation.

“Now the former SSP Harnek Singh is trying to dump the matter by conducting another probe,” said Varinder Singh.

On the other hand Harnek Singh said he was not related to Harbhajan Singh and had never met him. He has been dragged in the case and there must be a political hand behind it, he added.



New Year Bash
Cops in mufti to keep a check on rowdyism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
Hooligans and drug peddlers beware of rowdyism and drug peddling on the New Year eve! For the man in stylish clothes, dancing next to you may be a cop on the lookout for eve teasers and addicts.

In a mood not to spare anybody, the city police is all set to crack a whip on those who would try to spoil the New Year jig of residents by passing nasty remarks and indulging in eve teasing. According to SSP SS Gill, cops will be deployed in muftis at some of the key spots to keep a check on drug peddling as well as eve teasing.

Besides, elaborate arrangements have been made to teach the boozers a good lesson. The police has identified key spots, which have witnessed some of the bloodiest brawls in the past. These are Sarabha Nagar Market, Model Town Market, Ghumar Mandi, Dandi Swamy road and surrounding areas.

The police has geared up for a special watch near the discotheques and a few hotels, which are organising New Year bash.

Special police check post will be erected at some of the key locations to fine people for drunken driving. The city has witnessed some serious accidents in the past few years, due to drunken driving.

To discourage this practice the city police will take strict action against youths engaged in fight and creating ruckus on the city roads. Strict action will be taken against the eve teasers as well, the SSP added.

The SSP has recently met officials of a few leading hotels and restaurants, who are going ahead with the New Year bash. “We have told them to conduct a thorough check inside their premises well before the function. They have also been told to arrange private security guards to evade sudden eventualities. Further cops will also be deployed at these spots,” the SSP said.



Lunar eclipse fails to shadow revellers’ spirit
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
The lunar eclipse that will start within minutes of the ushering in of 2010 may matter a lot to astrologers but is unlikely to affect plans of revellers who have booked pubs, lounges and restaurants in advance to party through the night.

This New Year the eclipse will play spoilsport. People will have to be careful and not view the eclipse through naked eyes directly between 12.22 am and 1.24 am. In view of the eclipse, temple will shut their doors early on December 31.

“There is no effect of lunar eclipse on this New Year celebrations. We have already booked our parties. People in the city love to party and such celestial changes don’t come in between their celebrations,” said general manager of one of the city hotels.

For Amanpreet Singh, the lunar eclipse is of no importance. When informed about the eclipse falling on this date after a century, he said, “It does not make any difference to me and I will be having a blast with my friends”. He is planning to go to his favourite destination Goa on New Year and has already made his bookings in advance.

“I think most people are not even aware of the lunar eclipse falling on this New Year’s eve. And of those who know, few are caring about it,” said Sumesh Chander, city based astrologer. It is advisable not to eat during the lunar eclipse and expectant mothers need to take extra care of themselves and avoid deliveries during the eclipse, added Chander.

But for senior citizens like Hem Raj Sharma lunar eclipse will mar the celebrations. “Every year I usher into New Year by praying in the temple. But since this year there will be lunar eclipse temples will be closed I will not be able to perform my pooja.”



Looking Ahead
Clean governance, rural development top the list: DC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
He took over the reigns of district administration when the department was under severe criticism for corruption. Be it politicians or public, all of them had pointed their guns at the deputy commissioner’s office; Vikas Garg managed the affairs well.

He not only made various departments under administration public-friendly by introducing facilities like Suvidha Centre, but also gave a respite to those visiting the tehsildar’s office.

Not deterred by violence that strike city thrice, he handled law and order in an impressive manner according to residents. In a chat with Jyotika Sood, he reveals his memories of 2009 and vision for 2010.

Q. Was 2009 memorable or forgettable?

Ans. The district administration is a department that is associated with public dealings. After joining the office, my first priority was to improve the governance and I feel my efforts have started bearing fruits. So the year was overall okay for me. There were some tough times, but we had achievements too. The four-lane of National Highway No. 1, development in rural areas with the help of NREGA grants and the Red Cross funds are a few that would give a new way to Ludhiana.

Q. Was the year disappointing or inspiring?

Ans. It was an inspiring year on the whole. I believe every event in your life teaches you something, if you are keen to learn. For me life is a learning experience and I feel inspired. When I get positive response from the public for introducing new projects, it inspires me and helps to add a new vision.

Q. Did anyone make you happy this year?

Ans. The team spirit among departments that I witnessed in Ludhiana is commendable. Generally projects hang fire due to frictions among bureaucrats, but I am lucky in this case. Be it the SSP or the municipal commissioner, all of them have extended support whenever I had asked for it. In fact, I try my best to discuss development projects with other departments so that they feel a part of district administration and make efforts to bring transparency in the administrative system. I also want to thank Ludhianvis for helping us to bring tough situations during the curfew to normal.

Q. Any ‘first’ during the year?

Ans. It’s tough to tell you at this point of time because I couldn’t recall any thing right now. But I do wish to highlight a positive thing I have found in residents here. Ludhianvis are vibrant and they want things to happen fast that are a great motivation force for a bureaucrat. I’ll try my best to channelise this energy in a direction that would make public more happy.

Q. What are your plans for 2010?

Ans. My priority list is huge. Public-friendly and clean governance is one of my targets for 2010 and I’ll try my best to come as a winner on public scale. More rural development through NREGA funds, developing city infrastructure, introduction of more service in Suvidha Centre, etc are some of the other projects on my work list. I need public support for make Ludhiana a better place and hope people too would help me.



At The Crossroads
Unique personality of an author

The man who has been looming large on the horizon of Punjabi literary world for a long time has not received due recognition so far. The reason being his nature of remaining aloof so as to concentrate on his creative work. Besides, he has been a playwright, poet, prose-writer, critic, editor, biographer and translator, all rolled into one.

He is also the author of six original and four edited books in English and is still going strong.

Dr SN Sewak (1936) taught English to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for three decades and retired in 1996 as professor and head, department of journalism, languages and culture. Prior to that he had a stint in Iraq, from 1960 to 1964, as English teacher he befriended many like-minded persons, of whom he is very proud. He is a teacher first and littérateur afterwards. He has master's degree in English and Punjabi, besides PhD from Panjab University on “Dimensions of Realism in Modern Western Drama and their impact on Punjabi Drama”.

He passed through proverbial trials and tribulations to gain his status as a teacher and writer. He had to migrate with his mother and siblings in 1947 from Chichawatni (Pakistan), where a group of rioters attacked their house, brandishing bloodstained swords. Luckily, the presence of mind of his widowed mother saved the family and they reached Amritsar safely.

Later, they settled at Beas where the mother started her practice as health visitor and took care of her sons and daughters.

The young Satya Nand (Sewak), whose schooling had been disrupted at NAC High School, Chichawatni, resumed his studies at Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa High School, Baba Bakala, where he took admission in Class VII.

Thereafter, he rose like phoenix to find his rightful place. He has paid tribute to his mother in his biography “Maalan te Phulwari” which has been acclaimed as a remarkable biography. It’s the autobiography of the author himself.

Dr Sewak is at his best in literary and cultural seminars as well as book-release functions. The originality of his comments, supported by excerpts from the text, impresses the audience. He modulates his voice quite often so as to lay emphasis on a certain aspect of his observation. Many a time he steals the show like a great actor who is conscious of his time of entry and exit.

Ludhiana has a tradition of production of plays, mostly in Punjabi Bhawan.

Harpal Tiwana nurtured here, including Om Puri and Raj Babbar, who are now renowned actors. Later, the mantle of staging plays in the city passed on to Nirmal Rishi, a seasoned stage actor and cine artist. Nirmal Jaura has also done a lot in this field. The organisation LSS has been inviting thespians from all across the country to stage plays at Guru Nanak Bhawan, in the vicinity of Punjabi Bhawan. Amidst these activities, Dr SN Sewak has written, produced and directed such full-length plays as “Janam Din”, “Rishte” and “Dulla”, besides the poetic play Farhad and Nukkar Natak Madari. In these ventures, his wife Amrita Sewak played her role admirably, both as an organiser and actor.

Interestingly, he was has been deeply imbued with the teachings of Sikh Gurus as he was very fond of attending Dharam Siksha classes in Khalsa School at Baba Bakala. He says: "I can never forget the good old days at Baba Bakala, where I got an opportunity to learn about the 10 Gurus, the Sikh religion and culture. The Shlokas of Guru Tegh Bahadur and the hymns of Guru Gobind Singh exercised a great influence on me".

No wonder Dr SN Sewak's book "Guru Gobind Singh - Apostle of Universal Brotherhood" has received rave reviews in the national press. This is another dimension of his multi-dimensional personality. He may come up, in the coming years, with something still more unique in the fields of literature, religion and culture. — NS Tasneem



Title deeds on reserve price
Deadline for registration extended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 30
There is good news for allottees of properties in various colonies developed by government agencies like improvement trusts, PUDA, local area development authorities or urban local bodies, as the Punjab government has further extended the date of registration of title deeds on reserve price till March 31, 2010.

Earlier, the facility was available till tomorrow i.e. December 31, 2009.

A notification issued by the department of revenue and rehabilitation of the Punjab government on December 15, says in the previous notification dated November 11, the date mentioned as December 31 may be substituted as March 31.

While extending the facility of registration of sale deeds at reserve price, the state government had notified the Punjab Stamp (Dealing of Under-valued Instruments) (Second Amendment) Rules 2009 framed under the Indian Stamp Act 1899 (Central Act No 2 of 1899).

Under the notification, it was laid down that the consideration amount fixed at the time of allotment of immovable property by any government/semi-government organisation would be deemed to be the collector’s rate and the stamp duty would be charged for registration of document upon the consideration amount fixed by the government/semi-government organisation, provided that document was got registered by the original allottee up to cut-off date (March 31, 2010 in this case) or within three months of payment of the last installment according to the schedule of payment of such allotment.

Hailing the further extension of the facility of registration of title deeds at reserve price, Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) chairman Ashok Juneja said even though a large number of original allottees of plots and properties of the trust had availed of concession being allowed since March, 2009, still another period of three months (till March, 2010) would provide immense benefit to those allottees who could not get their sale deeds registered till now for one reason or the other.

As far as LIT allottees are concerned, Juneja said nearly 90 per cent pending files for registration of sale deeds had been disposed of during the past six months after he assumed office and documents for registration had already been handed over to the allottees.

“We will take measures to clear all pending cases of registration of properties and, barring those cases where allotments are questionable or there is some legal hitch, all allottees will be handed over documents for registration well before end of March next year,” he asserted.



Wish List-2010
Cleanse polluted mindset of people: Bhalla
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
For centuries humour has been the best medium for conveying messages and amongst the Punjabi comedians nobody does it better than Jaswinder Bhalla. People eagerly await his “Chankata” series for the past one-decade. The comedian, who is also working as the professor of the extension education in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), wishes to focus on “saving water” campaign in 2010.

Q. What is your message for fans for 2010?

Ans. This is the right time for people to act as whistle blowers against the corruption, manipulation, injustice and discrimination at all levels. Sitting back and cursing the system won’t work as people have to be up in arms against politicians and corrupt officials instead of going on rampage as witnessed in the city on two occasions.

Q. What is the best “jibe” taken by you against the ruling party in Punjab in “Chankata 2010”?

Ans. Akalis after coming to power had promised to bring back the Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s rule in Punjab and they did live up to their promise. There was no electricity during the Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s reign and the Akalis, too, ensured that the state remains without power during their reign.

Q. Which issues concerning Ludhiana do you plan to raise your voice against in 2010?

Ans. The “Chankata” team has pledged to fight against pollution in Ludhiana, be it of soil, water or “minds”. People are wise enough to understand the government’s motives and it is high time for the representatives to realise the gravity of situation and act accordingly. Pulling wool over the eyes of the people by promising to run Metro in Ludhiana will not get them anywhere “metro ki pathian te chalani hai” (metro can’t be run on dung cakes).

Q How do you plan to educate farmers on diversification in your capacity as PAU professor?

Ans. It is not easy to convince a farmer to adopt diversification but having worked with them for years I know their pulse well. I will ask a few NGOs to help me with the plan to organise comedy programmes with emphasise upon diversification of crops.



Chinese confectionery floods market
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
After Chinese mobiles and electronics, confectionery items have invaded the Indian market. Chinese chocolates have now replaced Swiss chocolates in the market.

However, in spite of the popularity of Chinese chocolates, especially for gifting purposes, city residents are wary of buying them for personal use.

Chinese confectionery items are preferred because of their superior packaging, lower price and better taste.

However, people do not prefer Chinese confectionery items over others for personal consumption as they are not confident about the ingredients. Instead, they prefer to gift these due to their attractive packaging.

Chinese chocolates, cakes, sweets and lip-smacking lollies and candies have flooded the market. “This Christmas, Chinese confectionery items had sold like hot cakes. People preferred these products over the Indian ones because of their attractive packaging. Even schools and other organisations that had organised functions preferred Chinese confectionery over local bakery products,” said Chitranjan Singh, a bakery owner on the Pakhowal Road. With New Year round the corner, shopkeepers selling Chinese products are expecting brisk business.

“While nothing can replace Swiss chocolates, Chinese chocolates have definitely made their presence felt here. However, people prefer to gift Chinese confectionery products instead of consuming these personally,” added another bakery owner on the College Road.

Gaganpreet, who runs an NGO, said she had bought Chinese chocolates and cakes for kids and would distribute these on the New Year.

“Before buying, I had checked the date of packaging and expiry. The product is as healthy as any other local made item. The best thing about Chinese products is that they are beautifully decorated and packaged, something Indian items lack,” she added.



Dealers in driver’s seat as car sales zoom
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
With the year drawing to a close, the sale of car is in top gear, a pleasant surprise for automobile dealers in the city.

December generally tends to be a lackluster month in terms of vehicle sales, with people postponing their purchases till January to ensure that they get latest model of cars.

Car companies are giving discounts and other offers to their buyers in the year’s final month to lure customers. Buyers are also in a bright mood to buy cars even at the year-end.

Some dealers in the city say compared to last few years, 2009 has turned out to be the best so far, as sales have gone up considerably for the period.

“Almost all stocks have been cleared primarily due to announcement by major companies to increase the prices of their vehicles by 1-2 per cent in the coming year,” said general manager of a car company.

He said they had sold nearly 250 cars and the pressure of selling as many cars as possible by the year-end was off.

“Due to the scheduled price increase, I preferred to buy my car before January 1. No matter the model of the car will be 2009 but I ended up saving some money. I am buying car for the family and will not sell it early. So buying an older model was not a problem for me,” said Harminder Grewal, a customer.

“Gone are the days when people used to postpone their plans of purchasing cars. Other than offering discounts, manufacturers nowadays launch new models in such a way that it does not affect sales near the year-end,” said spokesperson for Dada Motors.

Another dealer added that a few years ago, cars were dumped at the dealerships near the end of the year but 2009 was better as compared to 2008 as no dealer had got leftover stock. The stocks have almost been cleared.”



Youth urged to fight drugs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
Youth Welfare Federation Mahila Wing today took out an awareness rally against social evils. The wing members called upon the youth to fight against drug addiction and asked them to educate people against female foeticide. The federation also supports the cause of eunuchs and sex workers who are looked down upon by the society.

The federation members asked people to contact them on getting information of the birth of the eunuch child. "It is the right of the parents and the child to chose a living, as it is not necessary for every eunuch to earn a living by joining the singing /dancing groups of eunuchs," the federation activists added.

Chief parliamentary secretary Harish Rai Dhanda took part in the rally and appreciated the efforts of the federation members.



Pay Scales
PAU employees suspend strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
In a major relief to Punjab Agricultural University employees, Punjab government has released the grant to the university for implementation of revised pay scales.

Following the announcement, the PAU employees’ and teachers’ joint forum suspended its 35-day agitation against the state government.

Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu and Dr KS Sangha, convenors of the forum, informed of the development. A rally was also addressed by MLA Harish Rai Dhanda, and Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr MS Kang during which the latter declared that the revised pay scales would be given to the employees soon.

HS Mundi, president, PAU Employees’ Union, Avinash Kumar Sharma, general secretary, Lakhwinder Singh Sandhu, Dr Harmeet Singh Kingra, vice-president, PAUTA, and Dr SK Sangha, general secretary, PAUTA, Dr JS Virk and Amrit Pal thanked the government.



Meeting on traffic rules
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 30
An interaction meeting on awareness and observance of traffic rules was organised by an NGO, New Hope, at SSP’s office here today.

NGO president NS Nanda appreciated Dr SS Gill, SSP, for the progress and improvement regarding law and order and traffic awareness in the city.

The SSP assured members of taking measures to make the city safe for residents.



LDCA XI ‘A’ clinch title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 30
A captain's knock of 71 runs and an equally valuable innings of 51 runs by Harjit helped LDCA XI "A" to trounce Mayank Goswami Cricket Academy, Jammu, by 10 wickets to win the title in the First Invitation Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19) organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Mayank Goswami Academy's decision to bat first after winning the toss proved to be a miscalculated one, as their innings folded in 33 overs and they could last for the allotted 40. Their innings revolved around Supreet and Shubham who contributed 50 and 41 runs, respectively.

For LDCA XI "A", right arm spinner, Vivek Kumar was the pick of bowlers. He took six wickets for 19 runs, followed by Akhil Aggarwal who grabbed two wickets for 19 runs. Abhinav Bhatia and Abhijit Randhawa scalped one victim each after conceding 25 and 27 runs, respectively.

LDCA XI "A" surpassed the visitor's total in 21 overs without losing any wicket. Akhil Aggarwal remained unbeaten on 71 runs including 12 hits to the fence, while Harjit's essay of 51 n.o. was studded with 10 boundaries. Vivek Kumar was adjudged man of the match. Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman of the selection committee (senior), Punjab and Rajinder Nath Mahajan, president of the Ludhiana District Cricket Association gave away prizes to the winners.



Jai Parkash is Mr Libra
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 30
Jai Parkash warded off stiff resistance from his rivals to emerge as Mr Libra-2009 in the bodybuilding championship held at a health club on the Ferozepur road, here today.

Nearly 140 competitors battled it out in the annual meet organised by the club. Dr Diepak Prashar and Ravi Prashar, both international judges, watched the participants, who took part in the bench press and bodybuilding events.

Dr Diepak said the aim of organising the event was to raise awareness among younger generation about evils like drugs.

“We face deadly diseases due to poor diet. Only regular workout and good diet can keep us fit and strong,” added Prashar.

Results: lightweight: Amit Narula 1, Sourabh 2 and Manish Jain 3; heavyweight: Jai Parkash 1 and Harminder Singh Harry.



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