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Gill flyover opened to public, at last
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Much to the relief of local residents, the Gill chowk flyover was opened to the public by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Minister for Industries and Local Bodies Manoranjan Kalia here this evening.

The flyover was aimed at helping commuters moving towards Cheema chowk, Industrial Area and Focal Point avoid traffic jams at Jagraon bridge.

The foundation stone was laid by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on July 10, 2008. The flyover, worth Rs 23.15 crore, was 370 metres long and 16.5 metres wide.

Though the contractor had given the go-ahead about 10 days ago, the authorities were waiting for VVIPs to inaugurate it because of local political pressure.

Student organisations and Congress councillors had raised a hue and cry over the attitude of the authorities.

According to a municipal corporation official, it had started with a lot of hiccups. The designs were not approved by councillors, who suggested alterations.

Also, there was not much technical support. Sukhbir also laid the foundation stone of the Pratap chowk flyover.


But sports fraternity fumes
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s visit here for the inauguration of the flyover has left the sports fraternity fuming. His helicopter landed at and took off from the football ground of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Players and coaches said the cavalcade restricted their movement on and around the playgrounds and adjoining roads.

“We have to wait till the VIP movement is over. We end up wasting a day when the stay of VIPs is prolonged by hours,” said Mahinder Singh, a football player.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association, said playgrounds were not for takeoff and landing of helicopters.

“We feel like captives at our own campus, which is violation of our right to freedom of movement,” said Jaspal Singh, a student.

Repeated visits of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy had been causing inconvenience to students. Paucity of funds had already been plaguing the university.

Blame it on Knits and Wear 2010

Helicopters of the Chief Minister and his deputy normally land at and take off from the mela ground of the PAU. Owing to the Knits and Wear 2010 there, it landed at and took off from the football ground. The sports fraternity and the employees’ union of the PAU had protested against such an incident at the PAU playground earlier



City bus service by Dec-end
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
The much-awaited city bus service, a long-pending demand of residents here, will start from December 2010. In the first phase, 60 world-class AC buses will ply within the city limits for the convenience of the general public.

This was announced by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal here today after inaugurating the Gill Flyover.

Speaking on the Metro project for the city, the deputy CM said the file was lying pending with the Central Government for viability gap. "These are all national projects. As soon as they give us a nod, the state government will start working on this Rs 9000-crore project (metro)," he said, adding that the city airport had provided great relief to industrialists in the city.

Talking particularly about Ludhiana, Badal said projects worth Rs 1000 crore were going on and some of them would be started soon to provide relief to the residents. He also said that infrastructure development remained on top of the Akali-BJP agenda.

The power situation had improved in the state in recent times, as the government was spending Rs 650 crore on improving the power transmission and people would feel the difference by December 2010.

He said the state government was committed to providing basic facilities to the people of Punjab, and in this direction, projects worth several crores were going on in all major districts of Punjab, including Ludhiana, Mohali, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

on the cards

  • Partap Chowk Flyover will be opened to public on May 15, 2011
  • Lakkar Bridge will become functional on April 15, 2011



Woman robbed of Rs 90,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
A 70-year-old woman was today robbed of jewellery worth Rs 90,000 at knifepoint by an unidentified youth, who took her to a secluded place on the pretext of being a close to her politician son.

The woman identified as Mahinder Kaur, mother of SAD (New Delhi) leader Jaswinder Singh Balliewal, had left her Gurdev Nagar house to catch a bus from the Aarti Chowk in the afternoon.

On her way to the bus stand, a scooterist stopped on the pretext of being close to Balliewal. He asked her to accompany him to another friend’s house so that he could invite them for a function.

‘‘He told me he was coming to my house but I met him there. He was so accurate with the names of our friends that I could not mistrust him even for a second. I sat on his scooter. He took me towards Rajguru Nagar,” said Mahinder Kaur.

He stopped his scooter at an isolated place, took out a knife from his pocket and asked her to remove all her jewellery.



Improper Biomedical Waste Disposal
Case against Mahavira hospital in offing
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Having refused authorisation to the Lord Mahavira civil hospital, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is now registering a criminal case against it and the Senior Medical Officer there under Section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act.

The hospital authorities have been found guilty of disposing of biomedical waste in a manner not prescribed. What is more shocking was the sale of the plastic items from the hospital waste in the scrap market.

Following a complaint pertaining to the violation of these rules, filed by Rohit Sabharwal on behalf of the anti-corruption and crime investigation cell, PPCB officials had visited the hospital in February.

According to the complaint, the hospital had been resorting to indiscriminate disposal of biomedical waste, including tubes, disposable gowns, masks, scrubs, needles, syringes, dressings and blood.

Senior environmental engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, SP Garg, told the Ludhiana Tribune, “I had investigated the matter and was shocked to find that a handcart was used to throw biomedical waste and the plastic from it was being sold in the scrap market. We are not going to let the hospital authorities get away with this and the guilty will be brought to book. The punishment varies between one and six years of imprisonment.”

PPCB acts tough

PPCB Chairman Rajat Aggarwal, in a letter to Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary Health, has stated that it is cancelling the authorisation of the hospital. The letter also states that hospital records point to 4 kgs of biomedical waste being given to the common facility everyday whereas the PPCB has found the generation of 40 to 50 kgs daily.

Hospital’s denial

Dr US Sooch, senior medical officer, has refuted the allegations of the sale of plastic products in the scrap market. He says the hospital does not generate more than 12 kgs of biomedical waste a day, which can be verified. “We have written to the PPCB Chairman to reconsider authorisation,” he adds.



Power breakdowns Residents up in arms
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, May 25
With the entire region sweltering under the rage of soaring mercury, and the regime of scheduled and unscheduled power cuts continuing, majority of the city residents have to grapple with the menace of frequent breakdowns, leading to power failure for hours together not only during the day time, but also during nights.

As the demand for electricity is at its peak due to hot weather conditions, most of the transmission and distribution network in the city, especially in the old city localities, not having been upgraded, the breakdowns in power supply due to burnt cables, blown fuses of transformers, and burning down of overloaded transformers has assumed alarming proportions.

To add to the woes of the affected residents, the mechanism for registration of complaints regarding disruption in power supply and rectification of faults by the technical staff of the Punjab State Power Corporation (Powercom) leaves much to be desired.

A call centre for computerised booking of complaints and tracking their disposal became operational here last year, but it hardly made any difference.

Power situation in Rose Enclave was worse due to a fault in the main cable from 11 pm yesterday. It was rectified after nearly 16 hours as power was restored at 3 pm today.

Of late, there have been similar complaints of disruption in power supply for long durations due to cable or transformer faults from many localities, both in posh residential areas and old city.

The worse sufferers being Mochpura, Shimlapuri, Karnail Singh Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Janta Nagar, Gill Road, Haibowal, Dugri, Chandigarh Road, Saban Bazar and Lakkar Bazar.



Worked-up docs set to beat heat in cool environs
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Going by the adage, "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy", city doctors are all set to pack their bags for holidaying in the cool environs of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Srinagar and Goa. The idea of holidaying for Dr Vivek Saggar, a dental surgeon in the city, is switching off the mobile phone and rising up late in the morning.

"I will be off to Vancouver and New York for 10 days with my family, which seldom gets time to spend with me."

East or west Goa is the best, feels an elated cardiac surgeon Dr HS Bedi, who despite being one of the busiest persons, terms "holidays" a must for the rejuvenation of human mind and soul. Five days on the seashore sounds heavenly, as this gives me a lot of time with the family, says Dr Bedi.

"To keep up the spirits of my team, I take 90 per cent of the department staff for a weekend to Barog (near Shimla) for a weekend every year," shared Dr Bedi.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, a psychiatrist, feels that holidaying is a must for doctors, adding, "I have actually prescribed holidays to a large number of city doctors who just can't find time for recreation in their busy schedules."

Revealing about his holiday destination, Dr Gupta said he would go to Australia with his family once his sons are through with their medical college examinations.

Another eye-specialist from Ludhiana is all set to go for two weeks’ holiday to New Zealand, terming it as the most picturesque place in the world.

But for others, a week at a comfortable resort in Srinagar and Manali is just fine, as their idea is to relax, pamper themselves and their wives and most importantly stay away from the morose atmosphere of hospitals.

Leave tough for govt docs

The scenario is different for specialists working at the Civil Hospital of the district headquarters, as the department heads refuse to give them a long leave. A specialist gives application for a week-long holiday, which is rejected. Thereafter, the application is sent again for reconsideration and then starts the bargain for curtailing the number of days.



Milk production dips as temperature rises
Consumers complain of adulteration
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Khamano, May 25
Milk consumers complain adulteration as temperature increases in various parts of Punjab due to which milk production has reduced drastically. Since most of the small and marginal farmers fail to take care of their livestock in summer, the milk production reduces drastically during these days.

“Due to lack of electricity, poor availability of water and green fodder in the fields the farmers fail to provide suitable environment to their livestock, which reduces milk production,” said Harmeet Singh, a farmer from Khamano in Fatehgarh Sahib.

He said even the milk vendors had been buying packed milk from grocery shops to meet the demand of their customers.

“The taste of milk, curd and cheese has changed since the past few days and even the packed milk or curd is not as tasty as it was a few days ago,” said Rosy, a school teacher in Fatehgarh Sahib.

The milk vendors also resort to adulteration and mix refined oil, urea, milk powder and other illegal things, which harm the health of milk consumers, especially children.

Though health department officials collect samples of milk, they could not seize adulterated milk until the arrival of the lab results.

“We get the lab results of milk samples after around a month and till then the entire adulterated milk is sold off to the consumers,” said district health officer Dr Jagpal Singh. He said on the spot milk checking is the only way to get rid of the problem.

Farmers said the milk production in summers reduces as most of the small farmers rear buffaloes instead of cows. Cows, as compared to buffaloes, continue to give substantial amount of milk during summers without extra care.

Water sprinklers, better quality of green fodder and continuous water supply also helps in getting more milk from the livestock. “The soaring temperature makes cattle uneasy and if a cow yields 20-litre milk in winters, it reduces to 13 to 15 litres in summers,” said Ravinder, a dairy farmer in Badoshi Kalan.



‘Train students according to industry needs’

Ludhiana, May 25
Suresh Kumar, principal secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, today held a meeting with the Institute Management Committee here today at Industrial Training Institute. The industrialists present at the meeting discussed about the shortage of skilled labour for the industry.

Suresh Kumar said Rs 1,500 crore would be spent under the National Skilled Development Council to impart technical training to workers. He also appealed to industrialists to keep in touch with the industrial training institutes and keep informing them about the new techniques and machines. — TNS



‘Be careful in selecting professional institute’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 25
With the admission process on at academic and professional institutes, a number of national and regional dailies, magazines and periodicals have been carrying advertisements, listing the claims of ever-increasing private universities regarding infrastructure and placement.

With the credibility of some deemed-to-be and deemed universities under the scanner, it is important for engineering and management aspirants to evaluate their standing.

With universities and colleges mushrooming, the moot question remains whether those have been approved or recognised by a competent authority or not.

Though the Supreme Court has allowed around 44 deemed universities to go ahead with admissions, uncertainty prevails over their future.

These views have been expressed by Dr Harsh Sadawarti, principal of the RIMT Institute of Engineering and Technology. He has suggested some guidelines for aspirants while choosing an institute.

The Internet is being misused for designing dazzling websites and making false claims regarding infrastructure, he says, advising aspirants to visit the campus first.

Ask students and alumni to get first-hand information on placement, he says, stressing on a check whether faculty fulfil norms required by the AICTE and the UGC.

There is no authorised government body on rankings, he asserts, warning that the universities and colleges hire private agencies to conduct such surveys.

He has emphasised checking affiliation and approval by the AICTE, the UGC or the NCTE, warning against special schemes like gifts or discounts to lure students.

According to him, a number of institutes have gone in for tie-ups with foreign universities, but aspirants should check the validity of degrees issued by those.



From Schools & Colleges
Talented scientist

LUDHIANA: Sachin Aggarwal of 10+1 (non-medical) of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School was the proud participant in the state-level “Inspire” exhibition, organised at RS Model Senior Secondary School here. The exhibition was sponsored by the department of science and technology, Government of India, New Delhi, in which 226 schools from all seven sub-divisions of this district took part.

Besides a merit certificate, the Punjab School Education department also awarded a shield, books and calculator to the budding scientist. Director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia, while congratulating the student, motivated him to work earnestly for achieving his goal in life.

Fun mania

To enable the students enjoy in a different way, “Fun Mania” -- a week-long fun activity started at GMT Public School. Students took part in different activities like western dance, bhangra, cooking, maths magic, table tennis, football, volleyball, badminton and spoken English. Students of Classes III to VIII participated in these activities. Students of KG block especially enjoyed the “rain dance party” in the school.

Freshers’ party

Freshers’ welcome party was organised at New GMT Public School for the new students to make them enjoy the set up and feel comfortable. The function started with the welcome address by principal Jasbeer Kaur Bhalla.

A cultural evening comprising shabad, salsa, hip-hop, Rajasthani folk, giddha and bhangra were also presented. Prizes and certificates were given to the winners.

Pool party

The pre-primary wing of GNI Public School organised a pool party. The kids came in cool and soothing summer dresses for the occasion. They enjoyed playing water games. To beat the heat, kids took dips in water and splashed water on each other. They relished summer fruits and refreshing juices while also dancing on different numbers. Director P Kahlon, principal GK Gill, headmistress C Paul and co-ordinator Abhineet Sarna were present at the party with the little ones.

Summer camp

The 10-day long multifarious “Summer camp - 2010” was organised at Saraswati Modern School here on Tuesday. The camp was inaugurated by Kamla Jain, president and founder of the school.

Various options regarding the activities were given to the children. They could go for painting, cooking, art and craft and dance. Badminton, yoga and karate were included in sports category while spoken English was compulsory activity for all. Principal Gitanjali Datta lauded the parents for their support in making this summer camp, which would provide their children with an opportunity to bring out their hidden talents at the tender age.

Moral values

A programme was held at New Senior Secondary School, (Sarabha Nagar) here by Roshan Lal, chief secretary of Ved Parchar Mandal on development of moral values among the students.

Principal Samuel observed that such programmes created enthusiasm among students for the nation and also boosted the self-confidence among students, which remained the first secret of life and imbibed moral values as well.

The judges declared Amardeep Singh as the winner followed by Monika and Bharti Sharma in that order.

Centralised admission

In the current academic year, the Panjab University, Chandigarh, will organise a centralised admissions process for BCom-I in the affiliated colleges. Three zones have been prescribed for admissions which include Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Hoshiarpur. For Ludhiana Zone, the SCD Government College has been made a nodal centre.

The process of admissions will start on May 30 with placement of an advertisement by the university in the leading newspapers, which will carry all the details regarding the admissions.

The students would be able to fill up online forms, which will be available at www.pubcomadmissions.com. The last date to submit the online form will be June 21. The scrutiny of the forms will be done at Chandigarh only. The centralised counselling for the city colleges will be held from July 10 to 13 at SCD Government College here. This was stated by Dr Karmajeet Singh, member of Syndicate of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and in charge of the centralised admissions here on Tuesday in the meeting of principals of local colleges.

Baljeet, Ravneet win contests

On the penultimate day of the seven-day special NSS camp being organised at Guru Nanak Girls College here a declamation contest was held among NSS volunteers. The topics included global warming and ice age, green revolution, water conservation, preservation of historical monuments and save environment from pollution.

The volunteers actively participated in the contest and exhibited their concern towards the pollution-free environment through their writings. Among the participants Baljeet Kaur (BCA-II) was declared 1st, Manjot Kaur (MSc-I chemistry) was adjudged 2nd and Simranpreet (BSc-II) was placed 3rd.

A mehndi competition was also held. The volunteers framed their innovative styles of mehndi - Arabic, bridal, traditional etc. Among the participants Ravneet Kaur (BA-II) stood 1st, Harpreet Kaur (MA-II) 2nd and Inderpreet & Rimaljit shared the 3rd position.

Principal Charanjit Mahal distributed plants to NSS volunteers and motivated them to plant trees to keep the city clean and to conserve natural resources.

NSS camp concludes

The valedictory function of the seven-day NSS camp in Devki Devi Jain College was held on Tuesday. On the concluding day, the volunteers planted saplings. The NSS volunteers presented a beautiful cultural programme on the theme of the importance of women in society.

Nand Kumar Jain, president of the college managing committee, encouraged the students for selfless social service. Kedar Nath Jain, secretary, and Rajiv Jain, manager of the committee, appreciated the spirit of NSS volunteers. — OC



Census to continue till June 15
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
The first phase of the Census 2010-11 is going on in the district from May 1 and will be completed by June 15.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldip Singh Vaid said here today that during the ongoing Census operations, data was being collected for housing census and national census register so as to issue unique identification card to each and every citizen of the country.

He said the staff deployed for collecting the required information were going door-to- door to get the information and fill up the forms.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner has urged people to cooperate and provide correct information to the employees carrying out Census operations since its statistics were quite significant in many respects. He further said the information collected in the course of Census would be kept confidential. 



Gurdwara Construction
8 hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 25
Eight persons, including seven women, sustained serious injuries in a group clash over the construction of a gurdwara’s boundary wall at Mor Karima village yesterday night.

The village was tensed for over a month after villagers resented the then gurdwara management committee’s plea not to use the land adjoining it as a dumping ground. The matter was brought to the notice of the Dakha police, but till date the issue has not been resolved.

About a month ago the villagers had clashed with each other over the raising of the same boundary wall. In fact, the land where the gurdwara existed was a common land. Five years ago when Gurmail Singh was the sarpanch, the panchayat had allowed the construction of Ravidasia gurdwara, as this community had no place of worship.

No boundary wall was raised at that time. The adjoining land of the gurdwara was being used as a Ravidasia crematorium beside a memorial of Shaheed Bakshish Singh, septic tanks of some houses, dung mounds, fodder storage, fuel storage and even cattle sheds.

Chaman Parkash had persuaded the old management committee to resign and a new committee without majority of Akali workers was constituted. The area had a majority of Congress supporters. The new committee got the land vacated forcibly yesterday. This led to the clash between two groups. Those injured in the clash have been identified as Chinder Kaur, Ranjit Kaur, Binder Kaur, Amar Kaur (an octogenarian), Sri Ram Singh from the aggrieved group that faced forcible eviction.

Three others from the rival group also sustained injuries. They have been identified as Kamaljit Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Swaranjit Kaur.



Fly in flavoured milk bottle
Tribune News Service
Jagjit Singh Maan
Jagjit Singh Maan 
with the milk bottle. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, May 25
City resident Jagjit Singh Maan had bought a pack of 12 Verka’s Pio (flavoured milk) bottles a few days ago. He allegedly found some foreign particles in it.

Jagjit Singh said after finding a fly in the milk bottle he went to Verka’s marketing executives, Balvir Singh and Rakesh Kumar. He was made to talk to one of the marketing executives in Patiala but even he failed to give a reply.

Verka has been certified to be a food safety unit by the government. Thus, how can it play with the health of their consumers? Its certificate should be cancelled, he said.



3 held for robbery bid
Tribune News Service

Samrala, May 25
Alert villagers of Lall Kalan, 8 km from Samrala, caught three men, who had allegedly scaled boundary walls of some houses to steal/rob valuables.

As per the villagers, the men came on scooters and tried to steal belongings of villagers by scaling walls of three houses. However, they were chased by some alert villagers, who overpowered three of them and then handed them over to the police in the wee hours today.

The villagers alleged that police failed to reach the spot despite repeated phone calls. The villagers, after thrashing them, admitted the accused in the local civil hospital.

The accused have been identified as Sandeep of Mandiala Khurd village, Kala of Haripur village and Dhani Ram. Those who managed to abscond are Satta of Mehandipur village and Tejvir of Kishangarh.

While Samrala DSP Ravinder Loomba said they were investigating the matter and it was yet not clear whether the accused were actually thieves. However, the villagers said the accused tried to steal valuables in village houses and were caught red-handed while stealing gold from a house and were trying to snatch gold ornaments from a woman.

The villagers alleged that some miscreants were active in and around their village and had committed thefts and robberies during the past few days.

The accused were handed over to the police this morning.



Man convicted in cheque-bounce case
Our Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 25
Judicial Magistrate Yukti Goyal has convicted Shawinder Kumar of Railway Colony in a cheque-bounce case. He was awarded one-year imprisonment in the case and fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon him.

The orders were pronounced while disposing of a complaint moved by Som Nath of Model Town, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted before the court that the accused took a loan of Rs 75,000.

Thereafter, in order to repay the loan amount, the accused issued a cheque of Rs 75,000 on May 24, 2007. However, the cheque was dishonoured for want of sufficient funds in his bank account. Despite the issuance of legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, he added.

On the other hand, the accused pleaded innocence. He had submitted that actually he took Rs 17,000 from the brother of complainant namely Yash Pal. At that time he had given one blank cheque as security, which was misused by the complainant. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found him guilty.



Bharat, Geetansh shine on Day One
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 25
Thanks to fine batting by Bharat Malhotra (108) and Geetansh Khera (87), Ludhiana amassed a huge total of 399 runs and then accurate bowling by Baltej Singh and Deepak Bansal restricted Kapurthala to 57 for 5 on the first day of the third match of the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 Cricket Tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Punjab Agricultural University ground, here today.

Batting first, Ludhiana made 399 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted 95 overs. The main contributors were Bharat Malhotra and Geetansh Khera. Bharat’s innings of 108 runs was laced with 11 boundaries and one six while Khera’s 87 runs included 11 hits over the ropes.

Sunny Pandey scored 58 runs with the help of 10 fours and Gagandeep played a hurricane innings of 39 runs which included four boundaries and two sixes. Akhil Aggarwal and Deepak Bansal chipped in with 48 and 39 runs, respectively, while Varun Chitkara contributed 14 runs.

Ludhiana’s innings witnessed two useful partnerships. Akhil Aggarwal and Sunny Pandey added 95 runs for the second wicket and later, Bharat Malhotra and Geetansh Khera figured in a 132 runs stand for the fourth wicket.

For Kapurthala, Krishan was the lone successful bowler who sent down 28 overs and claimed three wickets for 109 runs.

The visitors began their reply on a dismal note, losing five wickets in 13 overs with just 57 runs on the board. Mandeep Singh was holding his forte with 42 runs against his name.

For hosts Ludhiana, Baltej Singh and Deepak Bansal took three and two wickets, respectively, after conceding 26 runs each.



Athletics: Satinder bags silver medal 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 25
Local athlete Satinder Singh has brought glory to his employers, Indian Railways as well as coach Sanjeev Sharma by clinching a silver medal in the 50th Open India Athletics Championship held at Kochi in Kerala, recently.

Competing in 400m hurdles event, Satinder Singh finished runners up. He clocked 50.9 seconds to bag a silver medal. The first position in this event was annexed by Joseph, also from Indian Railways who took 50.6 seconds to finish ahead of others.

In the last edition of this championship, held at Bhopal, Satinder Singh had secured a bronze medal with timings of 51.04 seconds. Satinder is the sixth Indian to run 400m hurdles below 51 seconds mark.

Satinder owes his success to coach Sanjeev Sharma of Punjab Sports Department. “I have been able to improve consistently under the able guidance and training by my coach,” he said.



Dakha girl cagers excel
Our Correspondent

Mullanpur Dakha, May 25
Girls from GTB National Public School here have done well at the 37th Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship, held at Bhagta Bhai Ka in Bathinda district from May 19 to 22.

Gurpreet Kaur, Simranpreet Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur, Barinderpreet Kaur, Arashpreet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur and Inderpreet Kaur were part of the Ludhiana team, which were runners-up in the under-14 category.

The girls were given a warm welcome and felicitated on their return. In the 36th state meet, the team had finished fourth at Sangrur in 2009.



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