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Anti-social elements have a field day
Armed assailants injure three shopkeepers
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
An assailant created ruckus in the Sarabha Nagar market last night, leaving three shopkeepers injured. One of the suspects was nabbed and handed over to the police after being thrashed.

The incident took place last night when nearly a dozen armed men entered a games shop and thrashed a businessman identified as Rajesh Kumar. They also attacked two salesmen, Raju and Karamjit Singh.

Rajesh, owner of a music store, said a youth was caught on the close-circuit television camera (CCTV) while stealing a mobile cover in the evening.

The incident led to a heated argument between the youth and Rajesh. The youth reportedly called his friends to the shop. In the meantime, Rajesh closed his shop and went to a games shop and narrated the incident to other shopkeepers.

“Just as we were thinking of calling the police, the assailants entered the shop and started thrashing us. The other shopkeepers came to our rescue. The accused fled the scene, but one of them was nabbed and handed over to the police,” said Rajesh.

Pardeep Kumar, the investigating officer, said the police had recorded the statement of the shopkeepers. “We will take the CCTV footage of the youth who was caught stealing the mobile cover. He has not admitted to his involvement in last night’s incident,” he said.


Drunk youths create ruckus in cinema hall

 Four drunk youths were nabbed by the police for creating ruckus at a cinema hall during a late night show in BRS Nagar. The youths reportedly picked up a fight with a group of youths during a late movie show. When the cinema hall authorities intervened, the accused thrashed them as well. The police reached the cinema hall and nabbed the youths while they were trying to flee. The youths reportedly threatened the police that their “politically connected” fathers would get the cops suspended.



All set for kabaddi world cup final
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Artistes rehearse at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Artistes rehearse at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 19
The stage is set for the finals of the second Kabaddi World Cup Tournament slated to be held here tomorrow at Guru Nanak Stadium.

The title clash in the men's section will be played between India and Canada. The match for the hardline cup will be played between Pakistan and Itlay.

The winners will be awarded by Rs 2 crore while the runners up will receive a cash prize of Rs 1 crore. The teams securing third and fourth places will pocket cash prize of 
Rs 50 and Rs 25 lakh, respectively.

In the women’s section India will take on United Kingdom in the finals. The match between the USA and Turkmenistan will decide the third place.

The winners will get a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and the team finishing second place will get a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh. The third and fourth position holders will receive Rs 10 lakh each.

Besides, the best raider and the best stopper will also be rewarded with a tractor each.

Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone along with Punjabi singer Harbhajan Maan and some other artists will entertain the spectators during  the finals.



Akshay, John geared for motorbike stunt
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 19
“Desi Boys” Akshay Kumar and John Abraham will entertain a 25,000-strong crowd with their motorbike stunts during the final of the Kabaddi World Cup here tomorrow.
It is learnt that Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are expected to make an entry on the stage on a motorcycle. City residents are trying hard to get hold of VIP passes. Many were seen thronging the house of SAD politicians and bureaucrats for the passes.

“I have tried to use all my connections, but have failed to get a VIP pass. I wanted to sit close to the film stars. It is a life-time opportunity and I did not want to miss it,” said Sahil Kumar, a resident.

Even the kabaddi players are excited about the visit of the actors. “It is like a dream come true. I am very happy that my favourite stars would be performing before us. I have watched all the movies of Akshay Kumar and am excited to know that I can meet him,” said Jatinder Kaur, a member of the Indian kabaddi team.

However, the arrival of a galaxy of stars does not seem to have gone down well with athletes. They said the star performance would damage the Astroturf.



Boy students get invite, but too late
Gurvinder Singh/ Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 19
Principals of government senior secondary schools have been issued instructions by the District Education Officer (DEO) late in the evening to inform their students to reach Guru Nanak Stadium tomorrow for the Kabaddi World Cup final. The principals, however, are in a fix as they do not know how to inform the students.

The Deputy Commissioner had asked the DEO to intimate the principals in this regard. Only boys from 10 local schools have been invited to watch the match.

“Students wanted to watch the match. Now, the government has given a chance to them. They should go,” said the DEO, Sudesh Bajaj.

“Tomorrow is Sunday and it’s not easy to inform all the students. But the authorities may require a huge crowd so the orders are mandatory. I was astonished when at 6.45 pm I was told to inform the boys to go for the match along with the school staff,” a principal said on the condition of anonymity.

“It is hard to contact the students this late. The teachers are trying to invite as many students as they can,” he added.



Another robbery at gunpoint
Mohit Khanna
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 19
There seems to be no end to incidents of snatching and robbery. While the police is busy ensuring the smooth conduct of the Kabaddi World Cup final to be held here tomorrow, anti-social elements are having a field day.

In yet another incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain and purse worth over Rs 1 lakh from a teacher at pistol point in the Model Town area here today. Before fleeing, the snatchers fired two shots into the air to deter residents from chasing them.

The incident took place around 2.30 pm when the victim identified as Jaswinder Kaur of Kamal Colony, Samrala, was returning home after attending a meeting at Gujjarkhan School in Model Town. She was walking towards the Dugri road to catch a bus to Samrala.

Two youths on a motorcycle and with their faces covered, drew close to her. “The youth riding pillion lunged towards me and tried to flee with my chain and purse. But I retaliated and overpowered him. I raised the alarm, but people did not come forward to help,” she said. By then, the snatcher freed himself and fled.

She said the snatchers were carrying a pistol. “I do not know if they fired a shot. It appeared to be a toy pistol.”

However, Sanjay, an eyewitness, said: “The snatchers fired two shots into the air to create fear. If they did not have a pistol, they would have been nabbed.”

Soon the police also reached the spot and recorded the statement of the victim. This is not the first time when a woman has fallen a prey to snatchers in the Model Town area. Three incidents of snatching have taken place in the area in the past three days, but the police has done nothing so far.

The Station House Officer of Model Town said the woman had stated that the snatchers were carrying a toy pistol. The police has launched a manhunt to nab the accused.



Air India alters flight timings
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, November 19
Much to the relief of city residents, Air India has changed the timings of flights operating from Ludhiana (Sahnewal) airport from November 23. Now, instead of evening, the flight would take off in the afternoon.

The timing has been changed keeping in mind the changing weather and its impact on visibility, which was causing regular delay of flights.

From November 23, the flight would take off at 12.30 pm instead of 5 pm. Even the days on which the flight would take off from the city havebeen changed.

Amrik Singh, manager of Air India at the local airport, said instead of flights operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, these would now operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “The flight would depart from the Delhi airport at 11.05 am and will arrive at the Ludhiana airport at 12.10 pm. The same flight will then take off from Ludhiana at 12:30 pm and reach Delhi at 1.35 pm. We are hoping that with the changed timings, city residents would avail of this facility in large numbers,” he said.

Ranjodh Singh, an industrialist, said Ludhiana was the financial capital of the state and the Ludhiana airport must be equipped with improved facilities.

“It should be an all-weather airport. Due to uncertainty of flights, we prefer using Shatabdi for going to Delhi. If flights get cancelled at the last minute, it becomes very difficult for us to look for an alternative. Flights should operate in the city on all days because now there is a gap of a day between the next flight and people visiting Ludhiana for business do not stay here for more than a day,” he added. 




Overcharging at Easy bill outlets
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) may have authorised easy bill outlets depositing the electricity bills but some of them have been found guilty for over charging from consumers.

In one such case, the department (PSPCL) recently cancelled the authorisation of Maurya Karyana Store, an easy bill outlet, near GNE College, Gill road on the complaint of Kuldeep Singh Khaira, a resident of Chet Singh Nagar.

In his complaint, Khaira said the owner of the easybill outlet demanded an extra amount of Rs 10 in addition to the electricity bill. As the complainant was aware about the rule of PSPCL regarding not giving extra money other than electricity bill, he refused to pay the extra amount. On his refusal, the owner of the easybill outlet (Maurya Karyana) returned the electricity bill and amount. Khera complained regarding the issue to the concerned official and again went to the outlet for payment of the electricity bill in the evening. But the owner said Khera could lodge complaint anywhere but they (the outlet owners) had to bear the expenses of PSPCL local officials and it was their right to charge the extra money from the consumers, alleged Khera.

The PSPCL's concerned official PK Monga asked one Sukhbir Singh, an assistant executive engineer, to look into the matter, after receiving the complaint. Sukhbir brought it to the notice of officials that the version of the complainant was correct and that the easy-bill outlet Maurya Karyana Store was charging Rs 10 extra from consumers. Besides, the matter was also referred to Easy Bill Limited for taking punitive action against the outlet under intimation to the office.

PK Monga, the official concerned, when contacted said, “Yes, the particular bill outlet was charging extra money from the consumers. The company, Easy Bills, informed us that his authorisation has been cancelled."



‘Gynaecologist, paediatrician must work in tandem’ 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Doctors give a live domonstration during the fourth National Conference of IAP Neonatology in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Doctors give a live domonstration during the fourth National Conference of IAP Neonatology in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, November 19
For the better health of neonatal, gynecologists should start communicating with paediatricians once they begin treatment of a pregnant woman. It will definitely result in better health of the neonatal. This was said by Dr Dinesh Gupta, a neonatal expert from Mumbai who was in the city to attend the IV National conference of IAP on the Neonatolgy Chapter.

Gupta further said, "If a gynecologist keeps informing the pediatrician about the health of the foetus, the expectant mother can be guided accordingly by the pediatrician about her diet."

He said that neonatal services are available in big cities but not in small towns. Many kids who are not able to avail the facility it might prove fatal for them. Talking about convulsions among neonatal, Gupta said, "Although there are many reasons for convulsions among the neonatal as their brain is not fully developed. Weakness at birth is also one of the reasons for it."

He said that in convulsions, the hands and feet of a baby starts shaking and sometimes get stiff, dilated pupils etc Such babies need immediate treatment at the neonatal service centers. He said, “The government should depute experts in rural areas and doctors should also come forward to help the poor and needy in villages."



Changes in textbooks from next academic session
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Rana Nayar, chairperson, department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on the feedback of the new textbook prescribed for BA I (compulsory), "English @ Work" has assured the faculty and students of English that it is not possible for them to bring about necessary changes in the textbook for the session 2011-12, but changes will be made during the next academic session.

In a letter written to Prof KBS Sodhi, Department of English, GGN Khalsa College here, Nayar said that department was grateful to get the feedback of the teachers and students on the particular textbook. He assured that all suggestions in this regard would be placed before the Undergraduate Board of Studies in its next meeting.

He said that it was not possible to bring about the necessary changes. Even if review was attempted, it would take minimum six months to carry out the changes made through different stages of decision making. And if the chapters were to be changed, consent of the publisher was required. The revised book will not be available before the start of the next academic session, Nayar said.

Ever since the particular textbook was prescribed for the students of BA I, neither the students nor the teachers felt "comfortable" with it. Sodhi, in a letter written to the VC, PU, in October 2011 had asked to make changes in the textbook as it was posing problems to the students coming from rural, urban, semi-urban, government and non-government colleges.

In the letter, Sodhi wrote, "There are apprehensions about its fall out which can lead to disappointment and frustration among the students resulting in poor pass percentage in university exams, which is already far from satisfactory. Poorer pass percentage is likely to have cumulative effect on the students' strength seeking admission to BAII and subsequently to BA III".

Sodhi said that it was a crucial situation, some urgent remedial measures were warranted before it was too late.



Green Grove students excel in declamation
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 19
An inter-house English declamation was organised at Green Grove Public School today.

Priya of class VIII spoke on "Improve Education in schools", Akanksha of class IX shared her views about the use of computer and Karanveer of class VII delivered her speech on "Rising Prices". Among juniors, Anika and Harwin of class (I A) was first, Sehnoor (I A) and Ivneet (III B) secured second position and Shagun (III B) got third position.

Arshnoor(II A), Alisha (III B), Tanveer ( II A), Harseerat (III A), Suhani(I A), Prabhjot (I A), Vineet (III A), Navleen (II B), Puneet (I A) and Sehajveer (II A) were declared the best speakers.

Among seniors, Navkiran (XI) secured first position while Navreet (X) and Priya (VIII) got second and third positions respectively. Akansha (IX) and Purnoor (XI) were given consolation prizes. Amritveer (X), Hasrat (IX), Karanveer (VII), Savreen (VII) Millanveer (VII) Pushpinder (X), Navera (XI), Navret (VIII), Ravneet (VIII) and Ramnik (X) were declared the best speakers. Students of class X Jaskirat, Ashna, Akshit and Pushpinder presented a power-point presentation on the life of Indira Gandhi.



National communal harmony week
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Communal Harmony Campaign and Fund Raising Week under auspices of National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) were celebrated today at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Addressing the gathering principal of the DMCH, Dr Daljit Singh, stressed on the need for promoting communal harmony in the country. Dr Poonam Singh, professor & head of anatomy, briefed the audience about the Communal Harmony Week & Flag Day.



Free medical camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
A free multi-specialty and super-specialty medical camp was organised. Around 1250 patients were benefitted from 13-day camp. The camp was organised to mark the founder’s day, Mohan Dai Oswal Multispecialty and Cancer Hospital.



Seminar on BSE SME-exchange
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
A seminar was held on "BSE SME-Exchange for the SMEs, Market Intermediaries and Investors", here today at CICU.

Avtar Singh, general secretary, “This will help in raising equity capital and listing of SMEs on BSE SME Exchange for the welfare and promotion of industry in Punjab,".

Upkar Singh, joint secretary, CICU said the BSE SME platform provided an opportunity to the entrepreneurs to raise the equity capital for the growth and expansion of SMEs. It also provided the immense opportunity to the investors to identify and invest in the good SME companies at an early stage.

Lakshman Gululothu, CEO, BSE SME Exchange, the chief guest on the occasion said the need for SME Exchange was there for long. "Many SMEs find it difficult to get listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) main board, there are only debt financing options without any access to equity capital for these SMEs so far."

Satnam Singh Bhatia, field general manager, Punjab National Bank, said the investor of equity capital was like a partner for the SME. There was no burden on the promoters and the investors could not compel him like in debt funding.



‘Halwai’ body backs accused shop owner
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, November 19
The Halwai Association, Jagraon, today backed the sweets shop owner accused of selling fungus-infested sweets to a customer few days back.

During a meeting of the association here today, the representatives of the association said that the customer who had accused the sweets shop owner of selling the fungus-infested sweets had in fact purchased the sweets from the shop about 10 days back.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, association president Nirmal claimed that the sweets shop owner had warned the customer not to keep the sweets stored fore more than five days but despite warning, the customer stored the sweet boxes for more than one week and the sweets were infested with fungus due to this. “Therefore it is not fair to blame the sweets shop owner for the sweets getting infested with fungus”, he said further.

Association office -bearers said, the association had also issued instructions to all sweets shop owners of the city to keep proper record of the sweets sold by them in future to customers so that if this kind of situation arose again, they could defend themselves.



Sweets samples taken from shops
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 19
A team of health department officials collected samples of various sweets from sweetmeat shops here last evening.

The team comprising food safety officer Harpreet Kaur, district health officer Dr. Kulwinder Singh and some other officials of the department collected samples of about 10 items from six sweetmeat shops.

The sample collection was conducted following a complaint filed by one Gurpal Singh of Agwar Lopo locality of Jagraon to Jagraon SDM Isha Kalia in which he had alleged that he had purchased 80 kg sweets from a famous sweets shop of Jagraon on November 10 on the occasion of marriage of his son but when he distributed these sweets among his relatives, many relatives called him up and complained that the sweet was infested with fungus.

Talking to mediapersons, Dr Kulwinder Singh said that the team had collected samples of as many as 10 items from 6 shops. He further said that the samples had been sent for laboratory examination and an action would be taken after receiving the results of the laboratory examination of the items.

Food safety officer Harpreet Kaur said that it would take about 15 days to get the detailed report of the samples collected by the team. She further informed that the shops from where the samples had been collected included Nirmal Sweet Shop situated on College Road, Satti Sweet Shop in Old Grain Market, Garg Sweet Shop Tehsil Road, Gian Sweets at Raikot Road and Bikaner Misthan Bhandar at Tehsil Road.



Book on Nanak Singh released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
A Punjabi book, "Nanak Singh-The Dickens of Punjabi Novel" was released today at Khalsa College for Women. "This book is an attempt to show that Punjabi literature is in no way poorer than English literature,”says Prof KBS Sodhi. Revealing about his book, Prof Sodhi said told comparative study on Nanak Singh and Dickens. Having done master’s degree both in English and Punjabi, Prof Sodhi has been able to understand the profundities of both the languages and of the novelists. Comparing their lives, he said there were many commonalities between the lives and thus writings of the two. “Both had poverty-stricken childhood and youth full of struggle. Both have written about the social problems of lower middle class and the evils of society. While Dickens wrote extensively about child labour, Nanak Singh wrote about the condition and exploitation of women. Both of them passed away at work while writing,” he said.

Prof said they were prolific, had similar childhood problems and wrote in a sentimental tone about the common man. Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor GNDU, was the chief guest. Prof Tasneem, Prof Prem Singh Bajaj, principal Gurcharan Singh and Punjabi Sahit Academy president prof Gurbhajan Singh were present on the occasion. 



Fog engulfs region
Lovleen Bains

Doraha,November 19
Sudden fog that engulfed the region today, made the easy going life a bit difficult for the townsters.

“Till yesterday it seemed that the weather till this time of November was more or less the same but today in the morning I was astonished to find the sudden shift from hot to cold. Cold wind too added to the weather,” commented Pawandeep Singh, who teaches at Guru Nanak Engineering College, Ludhiana.

As six laning project of National Highway is still in progress, the commuters too found it difficult to make their way through the fog especially in the wee hours today. “These diversions should be clearly marked at the very onset of wintry season so that it is visible from quite a distance,” commented Ramandeep Singh who commutes from Ludhiana to Doraha everyday.

Tejinder Singh, who is employed at Doraha and takes the canal road for commuting everyday, said the situation was worse along the canal due to the dense fog as nothing was visible.



from colleges
Students get business tips

Students at an exhibition on “Scanning of business world” at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana.
Students at an exhibition on “Scanning of business world” at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

The department of commerce of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, organised an exhibition on "Scanning the Business World", with the objective of acquainting the students with the dynamic business world. The event which was inaugurated by Principal Dr. Varinder Kaur Thind comprised of models, charts and power point presentations relating to different areas of the business world covering stock markets and gold market, banking and insurance sector, digital and e-marketing, inflation and recession in business, globalization effects on business and education, entrepreneurship and leadership, foreign trade policies, changing retail scie nce in india, emerging trend in tourism industry, legal framework of business, green marketing, social media and communication .

Stall on "Currency Forgery" bagged the first prize, The stall on "Trends in Stock and Gold Market" and "Idea Generators" bracketed second prize and the stall on "Green Marketing" and "Industrial Analysis" got the third prize.

In the individual prize category, prize for the best comprehensive and informative idea was given to Sanchita (B.Com II) on "Digital Marketing", Harmanpreet Kaur (B.Com II) got second prize on the topic "Caller tune Advertisement" and third prize was bagged by Pratibha (B.Com III) on "Rural Entrepreneurship in India".

Auditions for reality show

The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT), had hosted one of the exclusive auditions for an upcoming reality show at UTV BINDASS at PIFT campus on November 18 and 19. The auditions are being taken by Manik Vyas on behalf of UTV. The auditions are being conducted for an upcoming serial "Dating In The Dark" for UTV Bindass. The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology in Association with Style India,- one of the professional agencies are responsible for conducting the auditions. — TNS



from school
Roller skating c’ship ends

The two-day Ludhiana Sahodhya Roller Skating Championship concluded at GN International School. As many as 16 city schools, including Sacred Heart Convent School, DAV School, BCM Arya Model School, Shamrock School, MGM School, KVM School, Guru Nanak Public School, Drishti School, G.N. International Public School, Greenland School and Bal Bharti Public School participated in it. There were various rink events involving quads and inline events. Races of 300 metres, 500 metres, 1,000 metres were held in various age groups.

Maths workshop

A workshop on mathematics for middle school teachers was organised at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, under the aegis of Orient Blackswan. Nearly 40 teachers from various schools in and around Ludhiana attended this workshop. It was aimed to encourage Maths teachers to devise innovative ways of teaching maths to inculcate interest in students in the subject.

Painting contest

Nearly 106 students from 18 schools affiliated to the CBSE participated in the painting competition organised by the Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. The topics included my school, picnic scene, festivals, sports, child labour and incredible india. students used different media, including painting, pencils, crayons, water colours, oil colours and poster colours.

Founder’s day

Founders Day was celebrated at Gupta Model High School, Club Road. An inter-house declamation contest, cultural programme, choreography were organized during the day.

Lecture on income tax

Income-tax officers Rajeev Puri and Chrianji Lal delivered a lecture on income tax at Spring Dale Public School on behalf of 'Ministry of Finance' Government of India as ordered by the Income Tax Commissioner Ludhiana.

Fancy dress contest

Ludhiana Sahodya Schools Complex Inter-school fancy dress competition for K G Section was organised at DCM Presidency School. The competition was organised with a vision to sensitise the young about issues like junk food versus healthy food, community helpers and global warming.

Kabaddi tournament

Chain of Green Land Schools organised an inter-branch kabaddi tournament on the premises of Green Land Convent School. All five teams of Green Land Schools participated in it. Chairman Rajesh Rudhra congratulated the students and encouraged them to practice hard.

Athletics meet concludes

The spirit of competition, enthusiasm and sportsmanship marked the second day of the 35th inter-house athletic meet, Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. Dr Suresh Tandon, vice-chairman, Punjab State Education Board, Mohali, was the chief guest on the closing ceremony.

Parkash Utsav

Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated at Gujranwala Guru Nanak public School. It began with bhog of sahij path followed by soul elevating kirtan, sakhi, poems by the students. guru ka langar was served by the students.

Shabad gyan contest

An inter-branch Shabad Gyan competition was organised at all the 11 branches of Nankana Sahib Public School along with celebrations of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The campus was decorated with saffron-coloured flags. Students chanted sacred hymns. Chief guest Gurcharan Singh Gill gave away the prizes and cash prizes to winners. Principal Harmeet Kaur Waraich read the annual achievement report.

Founder’s Day

Delhi Public School, Khanna celebrated its first founders' day. Environment was the central theme. The week-long celebrations had inter-house competitions and activities, including elocution, colouring, spell-bee, quiz, treasure hunt, poetry recitation and rhyme recitation. Extensive workshops on art, drama and music formed an integral part of this week. — TNS



Four booked for fraud
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala November 19
The Machiwara police has booked four persons, including father and his two sons for defrauding more than 10 persons of about 32 lakh of the Machiwara area. The police said Mohan Singh of Burj Pawat village and some other persons had given a written complaint to the Khanna SSP against Narinder Singh Batra, two of his sons and one of their employee.

The SSP marked the inquiry to the economic offence wing who after probe found the above said persons responsible for breach of trust to more than 10 persons of the area and a case was registered in this regard at the Machiwara police station against Narinder Singh of Machiwara, two his sons named Kamalpreet Singh and Kamaljot Singh and their accountant Shamsher Singh. The police said the accused were still at large and they were conducting raids to nab them.

Narinder Singh was a commission agent at grain market, Machiwara, and several people of the area had deposited money with the firm owned by Narinder Singh and his family members but he disappeared some time ago with his family members.

The affected persons who are said to be in large number were running from pillar to post to get back their hard earned money. More than 10 persons of the area, including Mohan Singh of village Pawat, Angrej Singh also of Pawat had presented a written complaint to the police in this regard and they were booked after through probe.



Gurukul Academy, SAIL XI enter semis
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
Mehta Gurukul Academy, Doraha, along with SAI XI, Orissa, SAI, Patiala and Scindia Academy, Bhopal, secured berths in the last four stage on the penultimate day of the 9th All India Gold Cup Hockey Tournament (boys u-21) being organised by the Doraha Hawks Club at Mehta Gurukul Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, today.

The first quarter final was played between Mehta Gurukul Academy and Dhar Academy, Madhya Pradesh, which remained unresolved as the two teams were tied one-all.

Dhar Academy went ahead in the 11th minute through Manoj Patel while the Doraha outfit restored parity in the 29th minute when Ravinder Pal Singh found the target.

In the second quarter final, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Orissa, faced some resistance from Sports School, Jalandhar, whom they outplayed comprehensively 4-1. SAIL surged into the lead in the sixth minute. Jagtar struck in the 29th minute to consolidate the lead (2-0).

Ajmal Lakra pumped in two goals (29th and 23th minutes) to further cement the lead 4-0. The lone goal for the losing side came off Karanbir’s stick in the 58th minute.

The third quarter final played between SAI, Patiala, and Sports Hostel, Gurgaon, turned out to be contested affair in which the former managed to overcome stiff challenge and wrap up the issue 2-1. Sports Hostel drew the first blood in the 12th minute when Hassan Khan scored a superb field goal to put his team into the lead.

SAI bounced back to wipe out the deficit in the 27th minute through Jatinder Singh. He added another goal just two minutes before the long hooter which also fetched them the match and booked a place in the semi final. In the fourth quarter final, Scindia Academy, Bhopal, pipped Sangrur Academy 2-0. Sarfraz opened the account in the second half while Rajesh Kumar scored immediately to read it 2-0.

Both the semi finals and the title clash match are scheduled for tomorrow. An exhibition match in the women’s section will also be organised on the occasion.



Makeshift stages will damage infrastructure
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 19
Preparations for various events at Guru Nanak Stadium for the closing ceremony of the finals may cause damage to the sports infrastructure at the stadium.

It is a violation of the directions of the Cabinet, enforcing a ban on such events at sports stadiums. Several years ago, Sports Director Pargat Singh had also opposed such events in stadiums.

The authorities have set up two stages in the ground and one near the athletics track. The main stage is for politicians, chief guests and film stars while the other is for the band and performing artistes. The third stage will be the control room where the light and sound and all other equipment will be placed.

These stages are propped up on iron pillars which will damage the ground. Sports lovers and players fear that the stages may damage infrastructure, the repair of which will 
take months.

“It seems that the government is not bothered about protecting the sports infrastructure because it is organising the Kabaddi World Cup only for political gain,” an athlete claimed.

The general secretary of the Punjab Basketball Association, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, said: “The government is doing this for political mileage. It does not care about sports. Such events have caused extensive damage to the ground, the AstroTurf, fencing and seating areas of the stadium in the past.”



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