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Dip in liquor prices gives tipplers a high
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
It is raining booze these days. In the wake of the contract for liquor vends expiring on March 31, tavern owners who failed to get a contract this year have crashed the prices of liquor massively with a view to exhaust their stocks before the expiry date.

According to the excise policy, they cannot carry forward their stocks into the new fiscal. Prices have been slashed by 20-25 per cent and more fall is expected in the coming days.

Most brands, as also country-made liquor, are being sold much below the rates fixed by the government. In an attempt to woo Bacchus lovers, contractors have displayed the slashed rate lists in big fonts outside their taverns.

Vends on the Pakhowal road, Ferozepur road, Civil Lines and many other areas are making all possible efforts to exhaust their stocks.

Brands like Royal Stag, Signature, Royal Challenge are being sold at 20-30 per cent discount while the prices of the country-made liquor have also been cut by almost the same.

Brands like Antiquity Blue and Rivera Wine, which were earlier available at Rs 530, are now available at Rs 450. Peter Scot and Antiquity Rare, which were earlier priced at Rs 430 are now being sold at Rs 320, while Signature and Blenders Pride has come down to Rs 300 from Rs 400.

A contractor who owns a tavern at the Ferozepur road said the next two days would see a further cut in the liquor prices. 


MC staff to go on protest leave
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Executive engineers, SDOs and junior engineers, besides the entire supervisory staff of the MC will go on a four-day casual leave from March 25.

This is sure to affect work as the government has yet to fill vacant posts of supervisory staff. Overburdened with field work and orders of superiors, the supervisory staff feels that it was heavy at the top while the entire work in the district had to be supervised by only 17 JEs.

The general secretary of the MC Engineering Association, Sunil Sharma, said all engineers would go on leave from March 25-28. He said the total strength of XENs, SDOs and JEs in the district was 48.

“Against 90 posts of JE in the city, there are only 17. You can judge from this how overburdened we are. Generally, an SDO gets services from three-four JEs, but here the services of a JE are being taken by three-four SDOs. We are also human, how can we justify if the work suffers?” he asked.

The president of the association, Joginder Singh, said the authorities had also written to the government to fill vacant posts as it was the need of the hour. But no attention was being paid to their request.

For the past three-four years, the supervisory staff has been plagued with the same problem. “In the past also, we had protested, but political leaders intervened and assured us that fresh recruitment would be made soon. Years have past, nothing has been done so far. On March 18, we had written to the authorities to call us for negotiations so that the mass leave could be avoided, but they are in no mood to resolve this,” he rued.

Another SDO, on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that several officials were there to issue orders, but there was limited staff to execute those.

“We have to do a lot of leg-work. We need to get more staff here. There is staff crunch in every MC in the state, but in Ludhiana, the situation is worse. We are ready for talks, but policy-makers don’t seem to be interested in providing a solution,” the SDO complained.



Rash Driving
MC counsels drivers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The MC today summoned its drivers and checked their licences, besides warning them not to drive rashly.

Senior officials of the MC held a meeting with the drivers to make them realise the gravity of negligent driving.

Taking steps in this direction, a sum of Rs 20 lakh was sanctioned by the MC on the spot for the purchase of tyres. All MC vehicles, including tippers, vans and Tata 407, would be sent for repair.

The MC Commissioner, AK Sinha, said a driver and helper each would now be sitting in the trucks so that there was no problem while negotiating turns.

“The drivers whose licences have not been renewed for long would not be allowed to drive MC vehicles. We will take every step to prohibit such unfortunate incidents from recurring. We have tried to counsel them well,” he said.

Prior to yesterday’s incident that claimed the life of a young girl, an MC truck had crushed two students of Class X on March 14.

The truck had hit their bicycle from behind and one of them died on the spot while the other succumbed to his injuries at the CMCH. A compensation of Rs 2 lakh each was given to the families of the victims.



Two killed as bus rams into car
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 23
Two persons died when a bus rammed into their car last evening. The deceased have been identified as Jagroop Singh (45) and his mother-in-law Mukhtiar Kaur (75) of Talwandi Khurd near Mullanpur. He was returning from Raikot after meeting his in-laws when the incident occurred.

She was sitting in the front seat and died on the spot. The wife of Jagroop Singh, Parminder Kaur and his daughter Pardeep Kaur, sitting in the rear, sustained serious injuries.

They were taken to hospital from where they were referred to the DMCH in Ludhiana. The impact of the accident was such that the window panes had to be ripped off to pull out the victims. The accident took place around 4 pm on the outskirts of Halwara village on the Bathinda-Ludhiana state highway.

The car was hit by a Bathinda-bound PRTC bus coming from Ludhiana. Harjinder Singh, driver of the bus, has been arrested under Sections 304-A, 338 and 427, IPC.



Speeding bus runs over man
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
A washerman at a cloth unit was crushed to death by a speeding private bus on the Noorwala road here today.

The incident took place this morning when the victim, Girdhari Lal (28), was heading towards his factory unit.

According to an eyewitness, he was crossing the road on his bicycle when the bus hit him from behind. He fell off the cycle and the bus ran over him. The driver and conductor of the bus fled from the spot.

Commuters and workers blocked traffic and staged dharna, demanding the arrest of the bus driver.

In the meantime, the police reached the spot and managed to defuse the situation.



Abducted child rescued
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
A two-year-old boy, who had been abducted, was rescued by the police and handed over to his parents here today.

The joy of the boy’s parents, Nirmla and Vinod, knew no bounds when the police handed over the child to them.

The accused, Mushtaq (22), had abducted the boy to put pressure on his parents to allow him to marry their 13-year-old daughter. He told the police that after abducting him from Dhandari, he caught a train and fled to Delhi.

En route, he repeatedly slapped the boy to make him stop crying. Abdul Sattar, who was nabbed for helping Mushtaq in the abduction bid, rued that he paid the price of keeping bad company. Sattar had given shelter to Mushtaq.

“He was nervous and was hugging the boy when he entered my one-room quarter in the New Karim Nagar area. Looking at the child’s condition I allowed him to stay,” he rued, adding that the boy was nearly unconscious due to dehydration.

“My brother fetched an ORS and gave it to him. Mushtaq told me about the entire incident and I realised the mess I was in. I told him to leave immediately, but he promised me that the matter would be resolved in the morning as the girl’s father was coming to hand over the girl to him,” he claimed.

Mushtaq and Sattar were nabbed by the police from the Old Delhi bus stand yesterday.

The accused were produced before the court today and were sent to police remand.



4 nabbed for planning robbery, arms seized
Tribune News Service

Khanna, March 23
The police arrested four persons for planning to commit robbery in a bank and confiscated arms and ammunition from their possession today.

The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Laddi, a resident of the Lalheri road, Khanna, Karan Sood of Jalandhar, Harbhajan Singh and Jasvir Raju of Ludhiana.

The police has recovered one .32 bore revolver with 13 live cartridges, .32 bore pistol with three live cartridges, a country made pistol with three live cartridges, 19 live cartridges of .315 bore gun and a sharp edged iron knife.

Police officials investigating the matter said the accused admitted of planning to commit a robbery in the city using these weapons. They added that the accused have earlier also committed heinous crimes.

The police was looking for accused Laddi in a car theft case wherein he had stolen the vehicle with his five accomplices. Notorious Laddi had also assaulted cops. Some days ago the Samrala police had also arrested Laddi, but he managed to escape from the clutches of cops.

The gang members had fired gunshots on a police party near Bhadson village and fled with one of their arrested gang members.

The police was taking the accused back to jail after producing him in Khanna courts. Mandeep was one of the accused who had fired at the police at Rajpura for which he was sent to jail.



Temp rises to 35° C
It’s too hot for March
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
With the maximum temperature hovering around 35 degrees Celsius followed by minimum temperature around 18 degrees Celsius, experts at the department of agro meteorology, PAU, have termed the temperature as 7 degrees above normal.

In the recent years, the maximum and minimum average temperatures around March-end did not exceed 28 degrees Celsius and 11 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Dr KK Gill, assistant agro meteorologist, said: “The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in the second week of March this year was two degrees above normal which gradually escalated to 4-5 degrees above normal in the third week.”

Terming the western disturbances as the cause behind the rising temperature, he said there was only 25 mm of rainfall in February and no rainfall in March so far.

March was considered to be the most pleasant month in the year, but the rise in mercury this year has forced people to switch on coolers and air-conditioners.

Molly, a schoolteacher, said: “It has become impossible to go out in the sun. For March, this is rather odd.”

District epidemiologist GP Mangla stated that the department of health and family welfare had already chalked out a plan of action to combat dengue, diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and other water-borne diseases.

“We are starting with area-wise awareness campaigns in low-lying localities as well as posh localities. We have already written to the MC to take corrective measure for the supply of potable water and proper disposal of waste,” Dr Mangla said.

Unable to deal with the sudden rise in temperatures, some people are suffering from insomnia and hot flushes at night. They have been advised to get maximum fresh air in the morning and evening, followed by exercise.

Agriculture scientists have expressed concern over the dry spell, saying that it could have a bad effect on the late sown wheat crop. However, they ruled out any harm to the crop sown in time.



Highly educated, but apply for menial jobs
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 23
Ranjit Singh, an MA, BEd, like thousands of graduates and postgraduates from Punjab and Rajasthan has made up his mind to work as a driver in the Delhi police.

Baldev Singh of Brau Wala at Mansa district is among those desperate parents, who are ready to send their educated daughters miles away from home in search of jobs for which even a matric pass is also eligible.

Gurmeet Kaur, another graduate, who has been teaching in a private school for several years, is now hoping for one out of 5,000 posts of constables in Delhi police entrance test, exam for which was conducted at various centres in metro cities yesterday.

Disappointed over “unconcern attitude of successive state governments towards providing them jobs as per their degrees, thousands of youths from the region thronged the Capital to appear for the entrance test for recruitment as drivers and constables in the Delhi police.

Hoping that there selection would be on merit basis, the candidates rued that local leaders of various political parties had been exploiting them and their parents for long, but failed to secure their future.

“Each time we remind them of their un fulfilled promises, but sadly they try to convince us that it’s not possible for everyone to get government jobs. Though some of our friends were picked up, we were not even called for an interview,” rued a local youth alleging one politician had duped him of Rs 1 lakh on pretext of getting him a job in the state government department.

Having cleared the physical test, he is now hopeful of getting a driver’s job at least without paying any bribe.



Floral tributes paid to martyrs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 23
The Punjab Government would initiate necessary steps for renovation and preservation of ancestral houses and buildings connected with martyrs and prominent freedom fighters in the state so that the younger generation could take inspiration from their sacrifices.

This was stated by Punjab minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria while paying floral tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their martyrdom day at Jagraon Bridge here today. Gabria also visited the ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara in Chaura Bazar, the commercial hub of the city, later in the day to offer floral tributes to the statue of Sukhdev.

He also announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh for the renovation of the ancestral house of Sukhdev in the city, saying the funds would be released very soon. Gabria said the state government had prepared a comprehensive plan for the renovation and preservation of the historical building and houses of the heroes of the freedom struggle. “All such places will be developed as tourism destinations and properly advertised to attract both domestic and foreign tourists to these sites,” he added.

Paying his tributes to martyrs, the minister said the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who laid down their lives for the sake of the country, had left a lasting impression in the minds of the people.

He said Punjabis had always remained in the forefront to make sacrifices for liberation and later defending the freedom of the nation.

Exhorting the people to follow the examples set by freedom fighters and martyrs, Gabria said fight against social evil like drug addiction, female foeticide and dowry, would be a real tribute to martyrs. He called upon the youth to refrain from drugs and intoxicants.

Activists of the District Youth Congress (DYC) observed martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru as “prerna diwas” (inspiration day) by taking out a peace march and offering floral tributes to the statues of the three martyrs on Jagraon Bridge here today.

Led by DYC president Dimple Rana, the party workers commenced the march from Congress Bhawan and passed through Clock Tower Chowk, Railway Station, before reaching Jagraon Bridge where statues of the martyrs were garlanded. The Youth Congress workers took a pledge that following the footsteps of the martyrs, they would always be ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of unity and integrity of the country.

Speaking at the occasion, Rana said people of Punjab could take genuine pride in the fact that a large number of Punjabis had taken part in the freedom struggle and made numerous sacrifices to attain Independence from the British rule. “Thousands of martyrs have shed their blood to earn the freedom and it is the bounden duty of each and every citizen to safeguard it at all costs,” said Rana.

Recalling the supreme sacrifice made by the trio -- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru -- the DYC president said these martyrs chose to sacrifice all luxuries of life and went to gallows to mobilise the fellow countrymen for the fight against the British rule.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPM) paid homage to the martyrs in their own unique manner. While garlanding the statues of the martyrs at Jagraon Bridge, the functionaries of the Left parties rued that the dreams of these martyrs of building a society based on equality and social justice in an independent India, had failed to materialise. “Unfortunately, the policies of the present governments are contrary to those beliefs, leading to miseries of the common man and weakening the sovereignty of the country,” they observed.



Martyrdom day confused with birth anniversary
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Schools goofed up today, as instead of observing martyrdom day, the city schools were seen celebrating by organising functions.

Some play-way schools in the city instead of paying homage to the freedom fighters- Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev organised a dance and fancy dress competition.

Several kindergarten schools confused it with the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh and later took corrective measures when they were told that Bhagat Singh's birthday falls on September 28. "There is no harm in celebrating the day provided we don’t use the day to hog publicity," said senior Prof KBS Sodhi. Parents were left dejected when school authorities sent the invitation stating that they were celebrating martyrdom day and instructed the parents to send their ward dressed like Bhagat Singh.

Gori, mother of a three-year-old boy said: "It’s sad that this is the kind of education our children are receiving from schools that fail to differentiate between celebration and sacrifice."



Peace march to observe the day
Our Correspondent

Phillaur/Nakodar, March 23
State-Level Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh was observed by the Punjab Youth Congress at Phillaur and Nakodar by organising a Peace March, solemnising mass marriages of 21 poor girls at Nakodar village and distributing 11 sewing machines to poor women at Phillaur here today.

Vikas Upadhyay, secretary, Indian Youth Congress and in charge of Punjab affairs presided over and led the peace march, which was attended by thousands of youth Congress activists.

Paying tributes to the martyrs, Youth Congress leader said the nation must respect the sacrifice of these freedom fighters and urged the youth workers to help educate at least one child thus helping to the society to fight illiteracy.

Youth Congress Secretary Vikas Upadhya spoke regarding the programme outlined by Rahul Gandhi to reach out to the most needy masses in the rural areas and infusing spirit into the youth cadre to fight the social evils.

Punjab Youth Congress president and MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, grandson of the Late Shaheed Beant Singh, urged the youth activists to fight illiteracy, anti-social activities and be a part in nation building.

Senior Congress leaders, former ministers- Santokh Singh Chaudhary and MLA Amarjit Singh were present.



Rally taken out to pay tributes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 23
The Jagraon police in collaboration with the Youth Welfare Society and Aman Folk Dance and Welfare Club remembered Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev Singh on their death anniversary.

A rally was also taken out. The youth was advised to keep up the national values set by the national hero's. SSP Harinder Singh Chahal flagged off the rally that comprised of youth in saffron headgears from his office.

The rally comprised of youth and the police on their vehicles leading through the busy markets here passing through Tehsil Chowk, Sherpura Chowk, old grain market, Railway road and returned at Rani Jhansi Chowk.

SHO Pawanjit, Traffic police, in charge Kanwarpal Singh, CIA in charge Tehal Singh accompanied the rally and paid tributes to martyrs.

A torch from Hussaniwala was specially bought to Jagraon that was destined for Sowaddi village where a patriotic programme was organised to mark the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at the local Government Senior Secondary School.

Plays, choreographies with nationalist and patriotic themes were also staged. SSP Harinder Singh Chahal, zila parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali, MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Gurcharan Singh Galib, Gurvinder Singh of AS Automobiles, Major Singh Bhaini Sarpanch Pargat Singh, Avtar Singh were present.



Ishmeet’s poster defaced again 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
A fortnight after Voice of India - Ishmeet’s billboard was defaced and subsequently replaced by his family, miscreants were at it again by damaging the new poster on the chowk named after the singing sensation.

Not only the relatives, but the fans commuting through the chowk are peeved at the incident. Ishmeet’s uncle, Dr CK Singh, who is a rabies expert in GADVASU, was dejected over the incident.

“We are planning to raise the height of the poster so that it could be away from human approach. I fail to understand what kind of pleasure someone is getting by defacing the poster of Ishmeet, who lives in the heart of millions of Ludhianavis,” said CK Singh.

Gurpinder Singh, father of Ishmeet, who criticised the first occurrence of the incident, was seen visibly disappointed and refused to comment on the uncalled for episode.

On the other hand, commuters are quite vocal in their criticism and expressed regret over defacement of the poster. “Only a loser could do such an act. The miscreant can only tear the poster, but is forgetting that Ishmeet lives in our heart,” said Gurjot Singh, a resident of Model Town.

Renu Sethi, a housewife, said she made it a point to watch the poster of her favourite singer while crossing the roundabout. But today, she was shocked to find the singing icon’s poster being defaced again.

However, the family has not yet registered the matter with the police. In the meantime Nirmal Singh, SHO, Model Town police station, said a cop who regulated traffic at the chowk had been told to be vigilant.



Students told to fight environment pollution
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 23
Department of Civil Engineering, RIMT-Institute of Engineering Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised an environment awareness campaign, including tree plantation and poster-presentation competition on the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

Principal Dr Rajwant Kaur, Dr Ambrish Gupta and Girpreet Kaur were judges.

Dr Bansal spoke on the sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh for the freedom of the country and asked the students to follow his path.

He said: “Bhagat Singh fought against the British rule and you have to fight against environment pollution and population explosion. Youth is the backbone of the nation and if they decide to fight against this evil then nothing is impossible. He also highlighted the path shown by our holy books to fight against environmental degradation.”

Dr Harsh Sadawarti encouraged the students for presenting posters for a great cause, including global warming, drug de-addiction, population explosion, rainwater harvesting and green belt development. Dr Batra said population explosion was responsible for several resource depletion and environmental degradation.

He added that global warming and many other social issues have become a matter of international concern.

About 70 entries of posters on various themes were received and presented for exhibition. Out of which Devinderdeep Singh, student of RIMT-College of Architecture was first, Sumit Singh and Dheeraj Bharadwaj of Civil Engineering, RIMT-IET were second and Tarandeep Kaur of RIMT-MAEC won third prizes, respectively.

As many as 15 trees were planted by Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, chairman RIMT-Group of Institutes and principals, directors and HoDs of RIMT Group of Institutes.

RIMT-Group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal inaugurated the event. Director general Dr BS Bhatia, RIMT College of Education principal Dr Rajwant Kaur, RIMT-MAEC principal Dr Pritpal Singh, RIMT-MAEC director Dr DS Taneja, RIMT-IET principal Dr Harsh Sadawarti and Dr Ambrish Gupta, principal RIMT-COA, were present.



Army recruitment from today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The 103 Infantry Battalion of Territorial Army (SIKH LI) will organise a recruitment rally for the categories of Soldier (General Duty) and Soldier (Tradesmen) at GT Road, Millerganj, here from March 24 to 27.

According to sources, recruitment for candidates from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Union Territory, Chandigarh, and Delhi will be carried out tomorrow, whereas recruitment for Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir candidates will be conducted on March 25.

The medical examination and checking will be held on March 26 and 27. The candidate should be 10th pass with 45 per cent marks except districts of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur of (HP) for which the eligibility is middle class.

The candidates appearing for tradesmen category should be a matriculate and between 18 to 42 years, weigh at least 50 kg, 160 cm in height and 77-82 cm chest. Preference will be given to ITI qualified, computer literates having a driving license of light and heavy vehicles/sportsmen who have represented at district/state-level and cooks with experience.



Jawan cremated with state honour
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 23
An Army man, who sacrificed his life fighting the state enemies across the border in the Poonch area, in Jammu and Kashmir, on the morning of March 21, was cremated in his native village, Jassowal, near here, with full state honour.

Wrapped in the Tricolour, his body was brought to the village by Col. Bahadur Singh and Capt. Vinarm Gupta of Rashtriya Rifles. Sepoy Rajinder Singh, the deceased Army man, joined the Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army in 1999. Guard of honour was given to the martyr by the team of 24 Armymen from 31 R Kota and 503 AD Regiments.

The pyre was lit by his brother Sukhpal Singh amidst slogans of ‘Rajinder Singh Amar Rahe’. Besides the members of his regiment, chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali, MLA Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, Ranjit Singh Talwandi and others were present to pay homage to the martyr. Tehsildar Mohan Lal represented the state in the cremation.

Tragically, Rajinder was engaged with a girl from Malerkotla and the marriage was scheduled for April 11. His duty hours were to complete by 6 in the morning, but he was hit by a bullet from the cross border firing just five minutes prior to the change of shift.

He has got his leave sanctioned and on the day of his death he was to leave for his village at 12 in the noon.



Thieves decamp with Rs 1.3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
Thieves struck at a lottery shop near Clock Tower and decamped with Rs 1.3 lakh cash by breaking the shutter of the shop late last night.

The incident came to light this morning, when Ramesh Kumar, owner of ‘Omparkash lottery stall’ reached the shop. He informed the police about the incident and claimed that he had left Rs 1.3 lakh cash in the cash counter of his shop, as he had to make some payments early in the morning.

He said the shutter was uprooted while the locks were intact. The Kotwali police, along with dog squad and fingerprint experts, reached the spot and started the investigation.

The theft has left the cops puzzled as the place is heavily guarded. Further, the lottery stall association has also employed a watchman for the security of the shop.

The police was currently quizzing the watchman and cops deployed in the area. Sources claimed that the theft might have taken place between 2 am and 4 am as traffic starts building up in the area from 5 am.



Man nabbed for killing brother 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 23
The police has arrested an accused, his wife and an accomplice and claimed to have solved a murder cases in which the man had allegedly killed his younger brother following a property dispute.

The accused, Ramrai, his wife Rani and his accomplice Deepak were nabbed from Jodhewal here this afternoon.

The trio, along with their accomplices, were on the run following the murder of Dharminder (38). While Dharminder was killed, his wife Madhu (35) and two younger brothers Ramesh and Shashi sustained injuries in a fight.

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon when the eldest brother Ramrai, along with his goons, attacked the family members with sharp edged weapons following a property dispute.

According to the police, both the groups were at loggerheads over a piece of land. The fight took place when Dharminder, along with his brother, tried to take possession of the disputed land.



Ravi, Anu, Amandeep best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 23
Ravi Kumar was declared the best athlete in the boys’ section while Anu and Amandeep Kaur were jointly named the best athletes among girls in the annual athletics meet at GMT College of Education, Jalandhar bypass, here today.

Kashmir Singh Thind, chairman of the college, inaugurated the meet in which over 200 participants took part in various games. Principal Dr HS Sidhu congratulated the position holders.

Results: Long jump (boys) - 1st Upinder Singh, 2nd Inderjit Singh; 100m race - 1st Ravi Kumar, 2nd Upinder Singh, 3rd Kulvinder Singh; 200m race - 1st Ravi Kumar, 2nd Upinder Singh, 3rd Kulvinder Singh; 400m race - 1st Ravi Kumar, 2nd Kulvinder Singh, 3rd Upinder Singh; javelin throw - 1st Harsimrat Singh, 2nd Kulvinder Singh, 3rd Pawan Kumar; discus throw - 1st Harsimrat Singh, 2nd Kulwinder Singh, 3rd Vikas Kumar; long jump - 1st Ravi Kumar, 2nd Upinder Singh, 3rd Inderjit Singh; shot put - 1st Harsimrat Singh, 2nd Kulwinder Singh, 3rd Vikas Kumar; spoon race - 1st Harpreet Singh;

400m race (girls): 1st Amandeep Kaur, 2nd Anu Thakur, 3rd Poonam; 100m race - 1st Amandeep Kaur, 2nd Pooja, 3rd Meenakshi; 200m race - 1st Anu Thakur, 2nd Renu, 3rd Raminder Kaur; javelin throw - 1st Raminder Kaur, 2nd Rishab Jindal; discus throw - 1st Danika Vohra, 2nd Mandeep Kaur, 3rd Pooja; long jump - 1st Anu Thakur, 2nd Amandeep Kaur, 3rd Raminder Kaur; shot put - 1st Aditi, 2nd Danika Vohra, 3rd Simran; three-legged race - 1st Jyoti and Monia, 2nd Poonam and Renu, 3rd Gurdeep Kaur and Vibha.



83 players selected for coaching centre
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 23
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) conducted trials to select the players for the regional coaching centre run by the association here at Arya College.

A large number of upcoming cricketers u-12, 14 and 16 years attended the trials and as many as 83 boys were shortlised by the selection panel of the LDCA under the chairmanship of Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman, selection committee, Punjab (senior).

The selected players have been advised to report to coaches Charanjit and Sirazuddin at Arya College on March 24 at 4 pm.

The district teams for the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship will be picked up from these players.

The names of the selected players are (u-12)- Lovish Dhir, Gurjot Singh, Keshav Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Kawalpreet Singh, Jaish, Aayush, Shivang, Neeraj, Ishan, Anubhav, Abhijit, Pranav Bajaj, Ravirat Singh, Hitesh and Vishwas.

U-14: Varinder Pal Singh, Jaskaranvir Singh, Deepin Chitkara, Sumil Sood, Kanav Garg, Ramandeep Singh, Sumer Singh Virk, Harnoor Singh, Shubhendu, Raghav Sharma, Kunal Chopra, Rohan Gupta, Arshmit Singh, Rohit Verma, Simranjit Singh, Vishwanath, Kunwarjit Singh, Nitin Grover, Shivam, Shriram, Vidhant and Aakash.

U-16: Parul Mehndiratta, Sandeep Singh, Amit Yadav, Mayank Bhagaria, Rahul Talwar, Shubhankar, Munny Pandey, Angad Singh, Chirag Maria, Pushkin, Navdeep Singh, Gautam, Deepak Sharma, Jatin Arora, Amit Malhan, Deepak Mehta, Lovejot Singh, Sharaj Kapoor, Arshdeep Singh, Baljit Singh, Anirudh, Ajit, Mankaran Hara, Daljeet Singh, Nikhil Chowdhary, Jagmeet S Bajaj, Jaskaran Singh, Mohit, Vishesh, Anmol Bhardwaj, Gaurav, Omesh Handa, Sukhwinder Singh, Manpreet Gill, Pankaj Bali, Shubham Kwatra, Gurjot, Rishaw Maria, Yogesh Soni, Bunty, Rajneesh Pandey, Khushwinder, Prabhtej Singh, Parveen Kumar and Jatinder Singh.



Gaurav wins silver medal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 23
Gaurav Kumar, a student of MBA final year at the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), Ludhiana, had brought laurels to his alma mater as he bagged a silver medal in the National Bench Press Powerlifting Championship held in Jamshedpur, recently.

According to Dr KN Singh Kang, director general of the PCTE, Gaurav, who represented the state in this meet, finished runner up in the 82.5 kg weight category. Nearly 300 lifters, including a number of international contestants, took part in this mega event.

Dr Kang appreciated Gaurav’s achievement and wished him more success in future 



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