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Stray bull kills 7-yr-old
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Stray cattle menace claimed yet another innocent life in the city today. The incident took place at around 9.15 am when seven-year-old Mohammad Tasveer, a resident of New Pratap Nagar, Bahadur ke Road, was playing outside his home. The boy accidentally got entangled in the fight between four stray bulls.

The raging bulls hit the child and swung him into the air. Due to the severe impact of the strike, the child fell at a distance of about 15 meters. The furious bulls then moved towards the injured boy and trampled his head with their hooves, smashing it into two parts. Mohammad Tasveer died on the spot, revealed eyewitnesses.

Tasveer’s parents are from Uttar Pradesh. His father Mohammad Shamshaad works as a mason at a construction company and mother is a housewife. Tasveer was their eldest child. The couple has two daughters and a boy besides Tasveer.

Mohammad Shamshaad said: “Tasveer was my eldest son and I still can’t believe that he is no more. It was only this morning that he went outside to play with his siblings when the tragedy struck. We were inside our hut and came out after hearing his cries.”

“What we saw was a terrible sight of our son lying in a pool of blood with his head split into two,” added Shamshaad with tears rolling down his cheeks.

The deceased’s parents said they want authorities, who are responsible for keeping a check on stray animals, be punished so that “in future, no father loses his son like I have lost today,” Shamshaad said with tears in his eyes.

“But I don’t not know whom to approach and where to go,” he added.

Shamshaad’s employer Harman Arora has come forward to support the distraught family and “fight against those responsible for the child’s death”. Harman owns the construction company where Shamshaad is presently employed as a labourer.

Taking up the cudgels in his hands, Harman has decided to fight against the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for being responsible for the child’s death. “It is because of the lackadaisical attitude of the municipal authorities that Tasveer lost his life today. Stray cattle menace has assumed alarming proportions in the city and the corporation has terribly failed to curb it.”

Meanwhile, the body was taken to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination following which, it as handed over to the family.

A case under Section 174 of the IPC has been registered at the Basti Jodhewal police station at the behest of Harman.


MC refuses to learn from past
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Due to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s failure in tackling the menace of stray cattle in the city, another child lost his life today at New Pratap Nagar, Bahadurke Road. Had the authorities taken the issue of curbing the problem seriously, this child could have been alive.

Herds of cattle are seen in every nook and cranny of the city these days. Be it posh areas of Sarabha Nagar or congested parts like Bhadaur House or Clock Tower, cattle are seen roaming freely. In the absence of any government shelter for them, private cowsheds, too, refuse to accommodate these animals. Brij Mohan Sharma, a caretaker of a cowshed near the Hambran Road, said they could provide shelter to limited number of stray cattle.

“It is miserable state of affairs in the city. We have made these shelters as large number of people comes to offer green/dry fodder to the animals here. Two days ago, we caught a person who had brought his three cattle so that they could also get free feed. It is the authorities who need to adopt strict measures or who have to take care of stray cattle, whose number is increasing daily,” rued Sharma.

Recently, stray cattle near Haibowal killed a septuagenarian. In yet another incident, a girl child was attacked by cattle outside Dandi Swami Temple. However, the girl was rescued by the passers by. Not only they pose threat to common man but due to their increasing number, problem of traffic congestion has aggravated further.



Couple attempts suicide
Wife dead,man critical
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A 28-year-old woman along with her husband committed suicide after consuming a poisonous substance here last evening following a scuffle between the two. While the woman died late in the night at a private hospital, husband is struggling for his life.

Rajni and Ramesh Kumar, residents of Tibba Road, had been married for the past eight years. The couple’s two children and Ramesh’s mother also lived with them. The duo used to fight often due to the regular drinking habit of Ramesh, who was also a drug addict.

Last evening, the couple was alone at home when they had an altercation over a similar issue. Following the argument, the duo consumed poisonous tablets.

When Ramesh’s mother reached home, she saw her son and daughter-in-law Rajni vomiting. She immediately informed the neighbours who rushed them to a nearby private hospital.

While Rajni died late at night, Ramesh is stated to be critical.



Brawl at Cinema Hall
Inebriated youths assault cops, 4 held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A cop was seriously injured during a drunken brawl at a movie theatre here late last night after a few youths assaulted a police team here last night.

Jagdeep Singh, alias Billa, Amrik Singh, alias Mika, Avtar Singh and Pradeep Kumar, along with six other friends had gone to watch the last show of a Punjabi movie “Ekam.” The youths, all in inebriated state, started passing lewd marks on women in the middle of the movie.

When the people objected, the youths started hurling abuses on them following which the theatre manager was summoned. The youths had a scuffle with the manager and security personnel, who immediately informed the police.

A police team, led by ASI Jagjit Singh, immediately rushed to the spot. The youths, however, assaulted the police party as well. In the melee, constable Naseeb Singh sustained injury in his eye.

Jagdeep, Amrik, Avtar and Pradeep were arrested. However, other six managed to escape.

A case was registered against them at the Sarabha Nagar police station. Meanwhile, Naseeb Singh was taken to the Civil Hospital last night.

Doctors treating the constable said he was discharged in the morning after his eye was bandaged. He has been called again for the examination. Whether he would be able to see again would only be ascertained after an examination, said the doctors. Injury was grave, they added.



Tribune Impact
NGO apologises to Bedi, removes photo
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, April 24
The NGO that used the name and photograph of former super cop Kiran Bedi in the hoardings finally removed her photographs and tendered an unconditional apology to her for the blunder made by them.

The top office bearers of the Mullanpur Dakha-based NGO -- Anti Corruption Crime Prevention - Community Oriented Policing Society (ACCP COPS), including its national president Varinder Singh Sant, state president Sulakshan Garg and its state general secretary Rajesh Jain, zonal chairman Deepak Singla from Bathinda and others, yesterday visited the place of Kiran Bedi at New Delhi and tendered an unconditional apology to her with an assurance not to repeat the mistake in near future (a copy of the apology is with The Tribune).

The down-to-earth Kiran Bedi is said no have not only pardoned the office bearers of the NGO for using her name without her approval, but also offered to visit the place of activity of the NGO whenever invited.

Though the office bearers of the NGO are keeping fingers on their lips, sources said Deepak Singla, the zonal head of the NGO, was behind this mess.



MC to provide space for mechanics
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The car and scooter mechanics, who have encroached upon public property for their work and have no permanent shops, will soon be provided a place by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC) at a market price. This step will not only provide a good working atmosphere to the mechanics but the problem of traffic congestion will also be eased to a certain extent.

A survey in this regard has been going on at several areas in the city as per directions by Assistant Commissioner PS Ghuman. “We are trying to find out the exact number of these mechanics, who work on roadsides. After the completion of survey, we will provide them place at market rates so that they can shift their workshops there. In case they don’t agree, we will take an stern action against them as public property can not be misused like this”, Ghuman said.

The surveys have already been conducted at places like the Ferozpur Road, Sarabha Nagar I block, Pakhowal Road, Upkar Nagar, Kailash Chowk, Domoria Bridge and Haibowal etc. It will be carried out tomorrow also. One of the inspectors said the exact number of such mechanics would be known by tomorrow.

“But we have already identified about 175 car/scooter mechanics in the city today itself, who are using public property for repairing the vehicles. We expect that number will go up to 350. This is particularly about Zone D.



Shastri Nagar Under Bridge
Experts question its feasibility
Govt adamant; plan afoot to deviate the route
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
Engineers have questioned the feasibility of constructing a railway under bridge at the Shastri Nagar level crossing near BCM School as a drain is flowing right at that place. However, sources in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation maintained that they were helpless, as the government had already made up its mind in this regard. It is ready to go ahead with the project even if it meant deviating from the main road.

The sources revealed that municipal officials were dead against the construction of the under bridge and had even suggested an over bridge in its place. However, a close relative of a senior Akali leader owns a shopping complex right at the level crossing. The leader has prevailed upon the government not to construct the over bridge as he fears that the shopping complex might get “overshadowed” and lose its sheen. Thus, an obliging government decided to construct the under bridge there.

However, once the survey started on the feasibility, the officials found that a drain was running exactly at the place where the under bridge was to be constructed. Now, the officials are planning to deviate the route of the under bridge away from the drain which is far away from the main road, much to the chagrin of residents, shopkeepers and other businessmen.

The shopkeepers have been insisting that ideally there should be an over bridge at the place. But if the Akali leader does not allow it, let there be no under bridge either. Since a railway over bridge is coming up in the vicinity of the Convent School it will simply mean wastage of public money and harassment to hundreds of people. All this just to please one particular person whose business interests are being kept above everyone else.



Power Tariff
Federation of industries slams hike

Ludhiana, April 24
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India condemns the 5.72 per cent hike in the industrial power tariffs by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Authority.

This is the third increase in last eight months -- the tariffs had increased to around 17 per cent in September, then the 3 per cent duty was increased by the state government in the last budget and now on April 23 the tariff increased to 5.72 per cent. The total increase in the last eight months is around 26 per cent.

Badish K Jindal, chairman of the FASII, said the industry was also paying 20 per cent against cross subsidy of agriculture. “The industry is still under recession and can’t afford such increases. But even after such huge increase in tariff the condition of power is getting worst day by day and 58 hours power cuts + 15 hours peak load hours in a week clearly indicate the blackout in the upcoming paddy season,” said Jindal. — TNS



From Schools and Colleges
World Book Day at BCM School

LUDHIANA: BCM School, Dugri, celebrated World Book Day in order to inculcate reading habits among students and encourage everyone to discover the pleasure of reading. The celebration started with a silent reading for half-an-hour. The entire school read books, which was the hallmark of the celebration. Students were told about the importance of the day that is observed by the UNESCO to commemorate the memory of literary geniuses like Shakespeare and Cervantes. A quiz competition was held for Classes VI to IX. School principal Dr Vandna Shahi said: "Book is the purest essence of human soul, an instrument of knowledge and means of sharing".

Health day

LUDHIANA: Maple Bear Canadian Play Way and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, organised Health day keeping in view the deteriorating eating habits of children and their increasingly lethargic lifestyle. Through the event, Maple Bear authorities endeavoured to educate the kids and their parents about the importance of healthy diet and hygiene. Children were given presentations and tips on healthy eating habits and inculcate the habit of having lots of water, fruits, juices, vegetables, eggs, milk and its products in meals and say no to junk food. — TNS



Row over Noorwala gurdwara
Right to worship encroached upon, say Dalits
Charu Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
A month after tension erupted in Noorwala village near here over a place of worship, members of a particular community have said they are not being allowed to exercise their fundamental right to worship.

Accusing the state government of not providing them their right to worship, they met the chairperson of the National Commission of SC/ST, India, and asked him to resolve the issue at the earliest.

A delegation of Dalits handed over a memorandum to Buta Singh demanding that the controversial gurdwara at Noorwala be handed over to the community so as to enable them to perform their religious ceremonies. They also demanded that the accused responsible for creating ruckus and injuring the members of the Ravidassia community at the gurdwara on the occasion of Sankranti on the morning of March 14 be identified and punished.

The communal tension had gripped Noorwala village on March 14 when differences between Jat Sikhs and followers of Guru Ravidass took an ugly turn after the members of their communities clashed over the possession of a village gurdwara.

The gurdwara, constructed on a panchayat land, was the bone of contention between the two parties and was the reason behind the violent incident. While the Jats constructed a separate gurdwara last year, the old one had been locked.

On March 14, members of the Ravidasia community broke open the lock of the gurdwara and held a congregation to celebrate Sankranti. As they were about to install their religious scriptures on the premises, over 50 Jat Sikhs, accompanied by a few police personnel, reached the spot and damaged the ''Nishan Sahib'' as well as desecrated the holy book of Ravidasias.

In the ensuing violence, eight persons, four from each sect, were injured and many others, including women and children, sustained minor injuries in the clash.

Though the situation as brought under control by the police, the administration had taken the possession of the gurdwara.



Depleting Water Table
India must learn from UK: Expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
During the workshop on “Creation and dissemination of knowledge” at Punjab Agricultural University, Dr MS Gill, director of extension education, said growth and development should be based on knowledge and science rather than on resource and input used for sustainable progress.

He was delivering his keynote address on strategies and institutional mechanisms for effective knowledge dissemination.

Dr Gill further said bio-diversity conservation, indigenous technology wealth, organic farming, resource conservation and eco-friendly approach were the areas which required focus.

He categorically mentioned the per capita water requirement and depletion of water reserves in different countries, including India, the US, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK, and said we must learn from the long-term plan of the UK to arrest the depleting water by 2025.

He delved on various aspects of Indian agriculture such as integrated use of resources, post-harvest management and farmers’ participation in technology generation.

A delegation from the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) of South Africa comprising Prof PN Luswazi, former registrar and director, Centre for Rural Development, Dr Mzolisi Payi, director, WSU, Centre for Community and International Partnership, and Maggie Kisaka-Lwayo, executive manager (R&D), WSU, also participated in the discussion.



Students get tips to keep environment clean
Our Correspondent

Doraha, April 24
In order to celebrate the Earth Day, a rally was organised in the market of Doraha under the leadership of the coordinator of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology yesterday.

The rally was inaugurated by BS Rana, executive officer, municipal council and flagged off by Dr Gursharan Kaur of Sidhu Hospital, Doraha. The guests were accorded welcome by director of the institute Dr RK Lekhi.

While addressing the gathering, the chief guest said the Earth Day was the birthday of the earth. He further stated that the Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California. “Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event world wide,” said the executive officer. Dr Gursharan Kaur advised the students to avoid junk food, take balanced diet and not to indulge in drug abuse. “Peer discussion may help to eradicate these evils, which have become alarming,” she added.

The rally started off from the Railway Station. The students had placards and banners in their hands with messages for general public. They shouted slogans as save water, save Earth, grow more trees etc.

Students of the DIMT appreciated nature and learnt ways to protect environment.



Mobile shops raided
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 24
The police along with a team from a mobile company today raided mobile shops at Gur Mandi following reports of the sale of duplicate mobile phones and accessories.

At least six-seven representatives from mobile manufacturing company Nokia from Delhi, along with cops from the Division No 3 police station, went to Gur Mandi, a known grey market of the city, to conduct raids on mobile shops.

Apparently, Nokia authorities in Delhi were informed about the sale of duplicate Nokia mobile sets and batteries at various shops in Gur Mandi. “The company people got to know that many shop owners were selling Chinese mobile sets and accessories in the name of Nokia with fake stickers, stamps and bills," informed a police official.

He added that following the reports, the company decided to raid the shops with the help of the local police.

This afternoon, when the raiding party reached Gur Mandi, panic spread among the shopkeepers, who immediately downed the shutters and gathered in groups to protest against the raids.

The raiding party got some shops opened and conducting checks after making detailed enquiries from the owners about the mobile hand sets on sale.

They also asked for the bills of the products from the shop owners, who refused to produce the same.The shop owners also refused to divulge the details and addresses of the dealers from whom they get their stocks in Delhi.

Later, following heated arguments between the police and shop owners, some people pushed the members of the raiding party. Following this, the Nokia representatives decided to stop the raids and lodge a complaint instead. Some shop owners were rounded up and taken for interrogation to the Division No 3 police station. The Nokia party, too, followed the cops.

However, no case was registered till the filing of this report and the representatives of the company were still at the police station.



Panel for peace corridor

Ludhiana, April 24
The Kartarpur Sahib Peace Zone Corridor Project Committee has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking for the creation of peace corridor that would link Dera Baba Nanak with Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara.

This was stated by Amarjeet Singh Tikka, member of the committee. — TNS



Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 24
A resident of nearby village Amargarh commited suicide by hanging herself from the roof of her house. Amarjit kaur (35) was alone at her house when she committed the suicide. Her husband had gone out for the work and her children to the school. When her children returned from the school they found her hanging. They immediately raised an alarm. At this, the neighbours reached their house and informed the police. THe body was handed over to her guardian after a post-mortem examination.No case was registered in this regard.

2 held for drug peddling

Phillaur: The Bilga police busted a gang of drug peddlers and arrested two members, identified as Balbir Singh of Sanghowal village and Mangat Ram of Abohar, under Section 15 of the NDPS Act. The police also recovered 20 bags of puppy husk worth Rs 12 lakh from their possession near Sherpur village on the Noormahal-Talwan road. Phillaur DSP Kamaljit Singh Dhillon said other members, identified as Kartar Singh and Zindi of Sanghowal village and Raju of Dera village, managed to flee leaving a truck and an Esteem car behind.


Villagers protested against the careless working of PSEB employees, which caused fire incidents at different places due to sparking from lose electric wires yesterday. They hold demonstrations before the PSEB office sub-station in nearby Muthada.



Indo-French seminar on textile machinery
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, April 24
An Indo-French seminar on textile machinery was organised here yesterday. French technology should be adopted to make the Indian textile industry globally competitive, said Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, food and civil supplies minister.

Evelyne Cholet, secretary general, French association of textile machinery manufacturers, said there were more than 8,000 people working the French companies whose turnover was growing rapidly. Specialised research centres backed the companies. Most of the manufacturers, now, hold significant shares in the global market.

“We hope that this seminar will make Indian companies fully aware of the French technology. The French machinery manufacturers are reliable partners for the Indian textile entrepreneurs and can help them take advantage of the globalisation in textile,” she added.

Meanwhile, Kairon also visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and interacted with its Vice-Chancellor Dr Manjit Singh Kang. He said the information technology (IT) sector had acquired importance in all walks of life today than ever before. The modern information portals developed by his ministry could help in keeping track of production and marketing trends of food commodities. These should be included in the research-based information of the PAU that was relevant for farmers, he added.

Kairon said the facilities would require laptop or i-phone and training in their use to have the information before the user. Many databases that could be entered into the system could be production and marketing statistics, price trends, cropping pattern shifts, soil conditions, seed availability, data on water table, weather conditions, for which the SMS messages could be generated and flashed to the end-users. He said that the electronic gadget to handle and disseminate information could be created at PAU Centre for Communication and International Linkages, where the user after getting an operational orientation could disseminate the intended message to farmers.



Granthi nabbed for killing wife
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, April 24
A granthi killed his wife by strangulating her yesterday. After committing the crime he got himself admitted to the Dehlon Civil Hospital, complaining of abdomen pain to evade arrest. The police, on learning his strategy, has arrested him and the accused has confessed to his crime.

The incident pertains to Rurkan Kalan gurdwara near Delhon where the accused, Ashok Singh (35), was employed. He allegedly killed his wife Swaranjit Kaur (30) in the morning and absconded from the site. When the devotees came to the gurdwara, they found Swaranjit Kaur dead. They informed the sarpanch of Maha Singh village who in turn informed the Delhon police. ACP, Ludhiana Sadar, Narinder Pal Singh Ruby, along with the SHO, Dehlon, visited the spot.

There were clear signs of her being strangulated. Though married for four months, she had spent three months at the house of her parents at Lamme Jatpura village, near Raikot. The month they spent together witnessed altercations between the couple on daily basis.

Chotta Singh, the father of the deceased, complained to the police that Ashok Singh had murdered his daughter. He stated that Ashok Singh was demanding dowry, which they could not give, and hence he had turned his daughter out of his house.

The postmortem of the deceased was conducted today, which suggested that the deceased had died due to strangulation. The police booked Ashok Singh under Sections 304-B and arrested him from the hospital where he got himself admitted. Though the accused had confessed to his crime, he narrated a different story. He said his wife was characterless and had developed relations with some individual from the village here. He said whenever he complained about his wife to her parents they used to threaten him of dire consequences if he made any such complaint to anybody.

Under these circumstances he was not left with any other option except killing her and he did the same, he added. Though he had no remorse over his deed, he was worried over the future of his 10-year-old son he had from his previous marriage.



One held for gambling

KHANNA: The local arrested a gambler on Friday and recovered Rs 1,010 from his possession. The accused was arrested from near the bus stand while gambling with a few others who fled away on seeing the cops. The accused was booked under the Gambling Act and produced before the magistrate. Manhunt has been launched to nab the other accused. — TNS

1 booked for assault

KHANNA: One person was booked on Friday for beating up a a villager in Samrala. In his complaint to the police, Rajinder Singh alleged that Balwinder Singh of Kutala village stopped while he was going home and thrashed him over a trivial issue and even threatened him. Efforts are on to nab the accused. — TNS

De-addiction camp

AMLOH: DSP Gursewak Singh Barar assumed his office on Friday. He also urged people to come at a medical and de-addiction camp to be organised at Chelhan village on April 26 at 10 am. — OC



Man poisons overhead tanks to settle score
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
In a shocking incident, a former employee of the Simran Marriage palace-cum-hotel on the Lohara Road, in order to settle scores with his employer, went to the extent of poisoning the water in the overhead tanks of the marriage palace.

A team of health officials from the civil surgeon office immediately rushed to the spot and took samples of the water. The samples have been sent to a laboratory in Kharar for chemical examination. The officials have also sealed the two water tanks of 1,000 liters each.

The reports are expected to arrive by Monday, they added.

Sikandar Singh, former sarpanch of Lohara village, who owns the marriage palace while talking to The Tribune said his servant, Deepak, notice the forth in the water while cleaning his face yesterday morning. He even found the taste of the water bitter while trying to rinse his mouth. “Sensing foul play, he called me from the village. Thereafter we noticed the spilled powder near the water tanks,” said Sikandar Singh.

It was a miraculous escape for Deepak. He not only saved himself but also those coming to the marriage palace.

Sikandar Singh added that one of his former employees Kali, who had been thrown out of the job about a month ago had threatened Deepak to leave the work or face dire consequences. “We confronted Kali, who finally admitted that he had poisoned the water on the instigation of Sikandar’s old enemy. Kali was first served liquor and then sent to poison the water,” added Sikandar.

The police has registered a case under Sections 328 and 457 for trying to cause hurt through poisoning and trespassing in other’s property on Kali.

ASI Rawail Singh at the Daba police station said Kali was being interrogated.

However, Sikandar Singh is apprehensive about the entire issue, as he fears further attempts to harm him and his family. “I just want that the main culprits, working behind the scene, should be brought to the book by the cops,” he added.



City Centre Scam
Case adjourned till May 8
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 24
Court of Sessions Judge S P Bangarh today adjourned the hearing in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam involving former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh till May 8.

The defence lawyer representing accused Choudhary Jagjit Singh, former minister, continued his arguments on framing charges against his client. He asserted that no offence was committed by the minister. He claimed that there was no substantive evidence against him. So, the charges could not be framed against him.

The court heard the arguments for about two-and-half hour. The arguments by the counsel of the former minister would also continue on the next date of hearing, as the same were not concluded today.

Capt Amarinder Singh was not present during hearing. He was abroad. His personal presence had already been exempted by the court on the last date of hearing.

Meanwhile, Ashawjit Singh,director,IPE Company, sought permission of court for going abroad for a week.



Punjab Chess Tourney
Smooth sailing for seeded players
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 24
Seeded players faced a little challenge in their respective matches to advance into the third round on the first day of the second edition of the DD Khosla Memorial Punjab State Chess Championship for boys and girls (u-9, 13 and 17) being organised by the Ludhiana District Chess Association at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today.

In the boys’ under-17 category, top seeded Rahul Lamba from Ludhiana, along with second seeded Rajat Jatana of Kapurthala, Sushant Manuja from Ludhiana and Aakarshan Gupta from Jalandhar wrapped up their matches in the second round and sailed into the third round.

Earlier, principal of Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Rajeev Nagalia inaugurated the championship in which over 300 participants were taking part. Office bearers of the Ludhiana District Chess Association, besides faculty members of KVM School, Civil Lines branch were present at the inaugural function.

Other players who secured two points to enter the third round include — boys’ u-13: Imanjot Singh Deol of Ludhiana, Apoorav Anand of Patiala, Lovkesh of Amritsar; boys’ u-9: Anmol Bhagat of Jalandhar, Karaninder Singh of Jalandhar and Pratyoosh Chitkara of Ludhiana.

Girls’ u-13: Shubhamdeep Kaur and Himandeep Kaur of Ludhiana; girls’u-17: Amanpreet Kaur Grewal of Ludhiana, Shruti Tiwari of Ludhiana and Rytham Bhatia of Amritsar; girls u-9: Meenakshi of Ludhiana, Vavri of Jalandhar and Samridhi Manchanda of Ludhiana.



TT Tourney
Alpine School girls enter semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 24
On the second day of the 2nd edition of the Ludhiana Open Table Tennis Tournament being held at Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines branch, here today, girl students of the host school recorded victory in the sub-junior section to book their berths in the semi final.

In the quarter finals, Bhumika of Alpine International School scripted an easy victory over Parminder of Ryan International School 11-4, 11-9, 11-8 while Anushka quelled a strong resistance from her schoolmate Dhriti whom she overpowered in four sets 11-9, 6-11, 11-4 and 11-9.

Another upcoming paddler from Alpine International School, Kritika beat Himani of Sat Paul Mittal School in straight sets 11-8, 11-9 and 11-5 whereas Yashi survived many anxious moments before romping home victorious against Tarunpriya of Guru Nanak Public School 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11 and 13-11.

In the first quarter final, Abhaydeep Singh got the better of Rosel of Kundan Vidya Mandir 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 and 11-7 while the second quarter final was played between Shubham Grover and Mayank of Alpine International School in which the former emerged winner 11-9, 11-8 and 11-5.

In other quarter final encounters, Shaun outplayed Karanveer of Guru Nanak Public School 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 and 11-9 while Bhavuk overcame stiff resistance from Sandeep of Alpine International School whom he beat 11-9, 14-12 and 13-11.



Taek-won-do open challenge cup
Harsh, Deepak shine on Day 1
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 24
Over 100 participants competed in the inaugural edition of the Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Ludhiana District Taek-Won-Do Challenge Cup-2010 held at Arya Senior Secondary School, near Old Sabzi Mandi, here today.

Member of Parliament Manish Tewari declared the meet open. The chief guest also inaugurated the computer lab on the school premises.

Former minister, Punjab, Rakesh Pandey, councillor, municipal corporation, Parminder Mehta, acting principal of the host school, Davinder Tandon and Asha Anand Arya of Punjab Arya Pratinidhi Sabha were among others who attended the function.

Results: below 21 kg - 1st Neeraj Gautam, 2nd Vhirag Sahni, 3rd Harshit; below 23 kg - 1st Kartik Sharma, 2nd Sunny and 3rd Anmol Kanojia; below 25 kg - 1st Jashan Sharma, 2nd Suraj Nayak, 3rd Kapil Taneja; below 27 kg - 1st Rachit, 2nd Akshit, 3rd Mukesh Verma; below 29 kg - 1st Harsh Sareen, 2nd Deepak, 3rd Partap Soni; below 32 kg - 1st Deepak Sharma, 2nd Varun Kumar, 3rd Vivek Ahuja; below 35 kg - 1st Paras Sood, 2nd Sachin Kaushal, 3rd Lakhan Pal.



T20 cricket: 21-member squad announced
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 24
The Ludhiana District Twenty20 Cricket Association conducted trials to select the team (u-25) at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here today in which 54 aspirants turned up. A 21-member team was chosen to represent district in the Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (u-25) slated to be held at Hoshiarpur from April 25 to May 2.

According to the president of the association, Amarveer, Kuljeet Bhatia has been selected to lead the team. Other members of the team are- Pawan Kumar, Ashish Masih, Gautam Kumar, Sham Bhagat, Anil Kumar, Sonu, Sumit Chawla, Karan Kumar, Jay Sharma, Ashsih Kukgeti, Vikas Sharma, Robin Lawrence, Navneet Kumar, Varinder Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Gaurav Verma, Avneet, Pargat, Rajan Kumar and Gaurav Kumar.



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