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mc dues
Perform or perish, staff told
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Sending a clear and strict signal to its staff, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Malwinder Singh Jaggi, has told the MC officials to either perform or perish. These orders have been issued with regards to tax and dues that are pending against city residents. The Commissioner has told its staff to recover at least Rs 1 crore daily and if any official falls short of achieving the target, strict action would be taken against him, including suspension and charge sheet.

The city residents owe crores of rupees to the MC on account of pending house tax, water supply and sewerage bills.

As less than two months are left for the fiscal to end, Jaggi has told the joint commissioners concerned to initiate a daily recovery of Rs 70 lakh against house tax, Rs 16 lakh against water supply and sewerage charges and Rs 20 lakh from the building branch.

Owing to state Assembly elections, most of the MC staff was put on election duties, which hampered recoveries to a large extent. And with the current fiscal coming to an end, the MC is in no mood to tolerate any kind of interference which comes in the way of achieving its target.

“I would be personally reviewing the recovery of dues on a daily basis and if any official fails to achieve his target for two consecutive days, we will take strict action against him. If need arises, the official concerned will even be suspended and if the official fails to achieve the targets, I will personally recommend his case for charge sheeting him,” Malwinder Singh Jaggi told The Tribune.

Jaggi has appealed to the city residents to pay their dues on time. “If any defaulter fails to pay his dues, we might 
even seal his premises,” warned Jaggi.

The MC has set a target of Rs 40 crore for recovering the dues by March-end and the officials claimed that the special drive would start showing results from Monday.

The Target

As less than two months are left for the fiscal to end, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner Malwinder Singh Jaggi has told the joint commissioners concerned to initiate a daily recovery of Rs 70 lakh against house tax, Rs 16 lakh against water supply and sewerage charges and Rs 20 lakh from the building branch



Suspect gives police tough time
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
A high drama was witnessed at the District Courts Complex here today when a youth facing criminal charges, who was attending a court hearing, fled from the court on seeing the police.

The suspect, who has been identified as Munish Sharma, alias Tony, was wanted by the Model Town police in another criminal case. Tony was attending a hearing in connection with an assault that took place nearly two years ago at Hero Bakery, in which two persons had suffered serious injuries.

The Model Town police got the information that Tony had come for a hearing in the courts complex. A police team reached the spot to nab the youth. However, on seeing the policemen coming towards him, Tony fled from the scene and ran towards the Feroze Gandhi Market.

The residents were shocked to see the police in hot pursuit of the suspect.

Suspecting, Tony might be carrying a weapon, the residents ran for cover. It was after a 15-minute chase that the police personnel managed to nab Tony.



city parks
Panels charged with fund misuse
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 3
Even as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has been providing funds as per the policy laid down by the local government department, Punjab, to the park management committees (PMCs) for maintenance and development of parks in its colonies from January 2010, there have been complaints of misutilisation of funds or else developing certain specific parks while neglecting others.

In a complaint to the principal secretary, local government, Punjab, copies of which also been sent to the chairman of LIT, director of local government and regional deputy director, local government, Punjab, residents of E block of 475 acre scheme, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, have alleged that PMC of E block of the colony has been getting funds from LIT for maintenance of seven parks, but two parks - the one adjoining house number 110-E and another on 60-feet main road adjoining house number 114-E were being completely neglected.

The complainants, Arvind Sharma and Surinder Singh Grewal, have claimed that the public park adjoining house number 110-E was being maintained by residents from their own resources, whereas the PMC was not spending any money from the funds being provided by the LIT for this purpose. Similarly, the park adjoining house number 114-E was being partly maintained and funds meant for development of these two parks were being diverted elsewhere.

LIT superintending engineer SS Jakhar, however, stoutly refuted the allegations while maintaining that all funds were being released to the PMCs after proper verification of the work related to maintenance and development of parks. “As far as these two parks in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar are concerned, specific inspection will be carried out and action will be taken under the rules if there are any irregularities.”

Jaspal Singh Takkar, chairman of the park management committee of E-Block of the colony, also termed the allegations as baseless and motivated. “The PMC has been entrusted with the task of maintaining seven parks in the colony and all these parks are being properly maintained. The funds for maintenance of parks are released by the LIT authorities after proper verification of the work carried out by the PMC concerned, which is also open to scrutiny by the area residents or their representatives.”



Teenager commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her home in the Jodhewal area. The victim, who has been identified as Manjeet Kaur, was a class VIII student. She killed herself when she was alone at home.

While her father was away for work, her mother and brother had gone to a relative. The exact cause of the death couldn’t be ascertained till the filing of this report. 



Few takers for cervix cancer vaccine
World Cancer Awareness Day Today
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Breast cancer and cervix cancer are the most common types of cancer among women, yet a few go for vaccine developed for saving them from cervix cancer. The cancer of cervix is the only cancer whose cause has been identified, as it occurs due to human pipilloma virus (HPV). To lower down its risk, there are vaccines, but a few go for it.

Dr Veena Jain, head of gynaecology and gynaecology oncology at Medicity Hospital, said, “There are few takers of this vaccine, although it is useful. We recommend it between the age group of 11 to 45 years. Its best results come if it is given before one gets sexually active, i.e. prior to sexual activity.” Three dosages are given of this vaccine and each doze costs about Rs 2,000.”

Dr Jain further said cost was one of the major reasons behind it, as one had to spend an amount of Rs 6,000 for getting vaccinated against high risk of HPV. She further said, “Women with the family history of cancer opt for this vaccine out of fear. People in our city love to spend on costly clothes, jewellery, but give health the last seat. However health should be given the priority.”

Dr Tejinder Kaur, consultant gynaecology and oncology at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, said, “This vaccine increases the immunity level against HPV and has no side effect except temporary fever in some cases. But people are still not aware of it.”

The symptoms
Dr DS Sandhu, a leading oncologist of the city, suggested that if one comes across any of the following symptoms, she should immediately contact a specialist:

* If bleeding comes in between two menstrual cycles

* Bleeding after menopause

* In case of discharge

* Bleeding occurs during intercourse



Poll results to impact MC politics
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Vidhan Sabha poll results, which will be out on March 6, might have their impact on politics in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. This is so because at least six heavyweight councillors are contesting the state Assembly elections, which were held on January 30, and if any of them is successful in becoming an MLA, the upcoming municipal corporation elections would see an interesting contest between several leaders. The MC elections are expected to take place in August or September this year.

In the recently held state Assembly elections, six municipal councillors, namely Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, Senior Deputy Mayor Parveen Bansal, member of the Finance and Contract Committee Simarjit Singh Bains, Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Daljit Singh Grewal and Bharat Bhushan Ashu had contested the elections either on party ticket or as an independent.

Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura had contested the elections on Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) ticket from the Ludhiana South constituency, Parveen Bansal on the BJP ticket from Ludhiana North, Ranjit Singh Dhillon on the SAD ticket from Ludhiana East and Bharat Bhushan Ashu on the Congress ticket from the Ludhiana West constituency.

Both Simarjit Singh Bains as well as Daljit Singh Grewal, who were SAD councillors in the MC House, were expelled from the party after they announced their candidature as independents against the official candidates of the party.

During the last MC elections, both Giaspura and Bains were the main contenders for the post of Mayor. Now, if Giaspura wins from Ludhiana South, he would have to resign from the post of Mayor and it is learnt that several Akali leaders have already started lobbying for this coveted post. Similarly, if Parveen Bansal wins, he, too, would resign from the post of Senior Deputy Mayor, leading to a race for this post among the BJP councillors.

Not only this, if any of these councillors wins the Assembly elections, their respective wards, too, would have fresh faces and their supporters have already started eyeing these wards.

A senior councillor, who did not wish to be identified, told The Tribune that this was for the first time that six sitting councillors had contested the elections. “So we expect that the political scene in the MC will definitely change. Things would become clear after the results are announced on March 6,” said the councillor.



post elections
Duty over, reserve staff yet to get payment
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 3
The reserve staff have alleged that they were not paid for the duties performed by them during the Assembly elections.

Devinder Kaur of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, who had to perform the duty of a PO under the reserve-staff category, alleged that she had been attending rehearsals apart from attending duty on both days i.e. January 29 and 30 from 9 am to 5 pm. Devinder alleged that when they asked for payment, officials refused to pay on the grounds that the members of reserve staff are never paid.

“On our insistence, officials confirmed the issue from the DC office to which the latter responded that the payment due to the reserve staff is to be made. They asked us to wait and we did so, but to no avail,” Devinder added.

Similarly, Anju from Ludhiana, who, too, was part of the reserve staff alleged that the officials blatantly refused to pay them anything on the day of polling. “What if we were in the reserve staff? Did we, in any way, perform lesser duty than the ones who were actually deployed at the booths? We had to attend all the four rehearsals, reach at 8 in the morning on the day of polling and sit till 5 in the evening without having even a glass of water. The way the officials behaved with us, too, was in no way dignified. They asked us to leave after 1 pm, but we refused to follow their instruction. They simply told us that there was no such provision to pay to the reserve staff.”

Returning officer Amardeep Singh Bains said the reserve staff should definitely be paid for their duties. “We had 207 booths under us and it was not possible for us to give full payment to the reserve staff. But we shall be paying them shortly.”



Money order gets SMS wings
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Sending a money order to Bihar is now quick and no more a tedious job as the India Post has collaborated with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and launched Mobile Money Order Service (MMOS) in the states of Bihar and Punjab.

It is an SMS-based service for instant money transfer up to Rs 50,000. A senior official from the Postal Department has said the department has given priority to Bihar and Punjab for the launch of MMOS since Punjab sends the highest number of money orders while Bihar receives the highest number of money orders in the country every year.

"In MMOS, money is transferred within the country using a cellphone and through SMS. The customer has to go to the designated post office and furnish the mobile number, name, address and some other general information of the sender as well as the recipient.

Once the sender deposits the amount to be sent, an SMS containing a code is sent by the Postal Department to the sender and the receiver," said he.

The recipient can then collect the money from the nearest post office by furnishing the code sent through the SMS and an identity proof.

In one transaction a sender can transfer up to Rs 5,000 with service charge of 5 per cent of the amount to the Postal Department.

The new service would prove beneficial especially for the migrant labourers that come from Bihar to work in Punjab. 

Fact file

* The person intending to use the service would have to go to a post office

* The money sender and the recipient will receive a code number from the Postal Department through SMS

* After receiving the code the recipient can go to the post office and collect the money



Some play prank even on Ambulance 108
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Health Department launched the Ambulance 108 service under the National Rural Health Mission programme in Ludhiana district Seven months ago and since its ambulances have been catering to accident victims and patients. It seems strange but true, some people play prank on this emergency service.

Talking to The Tribune, Jagdeep Singh, Cluster Head of Ludhiana -1 Ambulance 108 Service, said: “People should understand our work and the circumstances under which we work. Only day before yesterday I got a call from Doraha for the ambulance service. Our Doraha-based ambulance staff was already attending to a patient. So I called up the Sahnewal-based ambulance and it rushed to the spot. But after reaching there we met a migrant who said he called up the ambulance just for fun sake."

Jagdeep said it was ridiculous that despite catering to the people in need, this service is not being taken seriously.

However, Cluster Head of Ambulance 108 Service for Ludhiana -11, Jatin Malhotra said: "We appeal to the public in general to call us up only when they need us and not for making fun of this emergency service."



City girl returns proud from Delhi
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
She called out ‘bugal-shastra’ and then ‘salame-shastra’ she paid salute to the Prime Minister as they marched in the Prime Minister rally on January 28 in Delhi. 16-year-old Bimaljeet Kaur is proud of being the only girl from Punjab for performing Guard of Honour.
Bimaljeet Kaur. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
Bimaljeet Kaur. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

When Bimaljeet Kaur attended her first NCC camp back in July, she had never imagined that it would transform her life.

The Guard of Honour is the highest achievement for an NCC cadet. Only a few best cadets get the opportunity are selected on the basis of discipline, drill, shooting, conduct, turn-out of the cadets etc.

She was the only girl from Punjab who performed as the Guard of Honour among the 20 girls selected nationally.

"We got the opportunity to meet Vice-President Hamid Ansari, the Defence Minister, and all the chiefs of the defence forces. It was great," she said. "The achievement will remain with me for as an unforgettable experience. When I joined the NCC, I had never thought that I would be able to attend the RD parade.

"Had our Commanding Officer, Lt Col Subhash Sehgal, and my school principal not convinced my parents, I would not have attended such a wonderful camp," she said.

Bimaljeet is brilliant in academics as well. She has scored 90 per cent in matriculation. Currently studying is class XI at RS Model School (commerce), the 5'10" girl wants to become a Chartered Accountant and wants to serve the Indian Air Force.

"Despite being busy with her camps, she has been scoring over 75 per cent," said her teacher.



New twist to apra murder
Police says milkman was killed for honour 
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, February 3
The case involving the murder of a milkman, Karnail Chand, which was first investigated presuming it was a result of ongoing personal enmity between Karnail and the suspects, who are fake travel agents, took a new twist today when it turned out to be a case of honour killing.

Phillaur SHO Surinderpal Singh said today that the murder was committed near Apra village on January 26. Harmesh Lal, the brother of the deceased, had alleged that four fake travel agents, namely Kuldip Singh and Parminder Singh of Apra and Hemant Kumar and Gurwinder Kumar of Jajja Khurad village, were responsible for the murder of his brother as they had taken Rs 5 lakh from the deceased on the pretext of sending him abroad, but they neither sent him abroad nor returned the money to him.

The police arrested all the four suspects, but during investigations, it came to know that the murder was committed after repeated teasing of Balkar Singh’s sister. Balkar is a resident of Apra village.

The SHO said it came to light that an eve-teaser was harassing Balkar’s sister and Karnail was encouraging the eve-teaser. Balkar, along with his two friends Sukhdev Singh and Sharanjit Singh, both residents of Lohgarh village, and Parminder Singh of Apra, hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Karnail.

The SHO said the suspects ambushed the milkman at a place mentioned by Parminder and murdered Karnail with sharp-edged weapons. The weapons and the motorcycle used in the crime have been recovered.

All the four suspects have been arrested under sections 302 and 120B of the IPC.



Varsity staff protest delay in salaries
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The PAU Employees’ Union held a rally near the Thapar Hall this morning to register their protest against delay in releasing of salaries by the Punjab government.

Baldev Singh Walia, senior vice-president of PAU Employees’ Union, led the rally. Addressing the rally, Gulzar Singh Pandher said non-release of salaries in the time had become intolerable for PAU employees. They said the Punjab government released salaries of their own employees but step-motherly behaviour was shown while releasing the salaries of PAU employees.



PAU  notes
Delegation from USA visits PAU

Ludhiana, February 3
A five-member delegation from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, USA, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), here on Friday. The delegation of group study exchange team of USA was led by Wendy S Marcus comprising of members namely Yulia V Yelle, Paul J Fox, Joy E Fox and Anna Elizabeth Haas. They held an interactive meeting. The dean postgraduate studies, Dr Gursharan Singh, said the university is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2012. 

PAU played a prominent role in heralding green revolution, there by transforming the nation from food-deficit to food-sufficient. He apprised the delegates of PAU's organisational set-up, research achievements, international linkages and highlighted that the university has a major mandate of research, teaching and transfer technology. Informing that PAU is modelled on the pattern of Land Grant Universities of USA, Dr Singh told that the university is the most preferred destination for foreign students.

Ms Wendy S Marcus said that their visit to the PAU aimed at getting an exposure to the agricultural and human resource development programmes at PAU. Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, additional director communication, said all the varieties released by the PAU have been well-received by the Indian farmers and abroad. — TNS



3 of family die in accident
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, February 3
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation ground of Jandi village, situated about 8 km from here on Jagraon-Sidhwan Bet road, when the last rites of a woman Gurpreet Kaur (25) and her child, Jashanpreet Kaur, who were killed in a road accident on the Bathinda-Malout road yesterday, were performed today.

Apart from Gurpreet Kaur and her daughter, Manjinder Singh, her cousin, had also died in the accident while her real brother Chamkaur Singh and the driver of the car in which they were travelling, Jeet Singh, were critically injured. Manjinder Singh’s last rites could not be performed today due to the delay in handing over the dead body to his relatives by the hospital authorities.

In the meantime, the driver of the ill-fated car also succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Bathinda in the afternoon.

The condition of Chamkaur Singh is also stated to be critical. The last rites of Jeet Singh and Manjinder Singh will be performed on Saturday at Chhajawal village.

The accident took place when the care, in which these five persons were travelling, collided head-on with an Army truck.



Computers donated to school

Ludhiana, Fenruary 3
Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, donated computers for Labour School at Moti Nagar. Wendy Marcus, the visiting Rotarian from Rhode Island, the USA inaugurated the "Computer Education Project to the underprivileged students. 

Dr Sanjeev Uppal, president of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, said the club wants to bring the children at par with the other school going children so they pooled resources to provide the computers to the school. — TNS



City bazars Part II
Chaura Bazar no longer stands by its name
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Believed to be over 100 years old, Chaura Bazar no longer stands by its definition. Encroachments on both sides of the road have narrowed down the way and sometimes it becomes even impossible to pass through the bazaar during daytime.

Girja Ghar, one of the oldest churches, at Chaura Bazar
Girja Ghar, one of the oldest churches, at Chaura Bazar. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

A decade ago, people from all walks of life used to visit Chaura Bazar for shopping. All hi-end shops were located here but slowly the shops started shifting from the congested bazaar. These shops have now shifted either to the Mall Road or Ghumar Mandi.

“There was a time when people not only from Ludhiana but also from other cities used to visit Chaura Bazar for wedding shopping, but today customers have been downsized to only migrants and those living in the periphery areas. City people no longer visit the bazaar as it is far off, congested and above all the elite shops have shifted from here,” said Satwinder Singh, selling clothes in a makeshift shop.

On Sundays, when the shops are closed, there is a heavy rush for Sunday Bazaar. It also remains the favourite haunt of the people from countryside and migrants. The makeshift shops and roadside vendors put up their stuff on the roads, which they sell at throw away prices.

Lyall Book Depot is famous for its collection of books. Books related to curriculum, competition and literature are available there.

There are some eateries, which are still the hot favourites among people. Sixty-five-year-old Parkash Sweets, Khushi Ram and Nathu Mal Ghudhu Mal are still thronged by people. Though Khushi Ram and Nathu Ram have also opened their outlets at the Ferozepur road and Old Court road, respectively, Parkash Sweets is still at its old place.

Jatinder Ghai, owner of Parkash Sweets, said the sweet shop was started by his grandfather in 1948. “Our shop is known for its shikanjvi, milk badam, chhole bhature and tikki samose. People from posh localities still come to our shop to relish our delicacies,” he said.

Ghas Mandi in Chaura Bazar was an integral part of the bazaar in yesteryears. Today it may look out of place, but grass was sold here, as most of the transportation was done through horse-driven carts and horses were fed with grass only.

Oldest buildings at Chaura Bazar

Girja Ghar

It is one of the oldest churches in the city with dates back to Pre-Independence times. The chowk near Girja Ghar is popularly known as Girja Ghar Chowk but today old structure of the church has given way to the new building.

Kotwali police station

The 174-year-old Kotwali police station has also been demolished to make way for an ultramodern structure. An inscription “1834”, which used to be on the building’s huge entrance door, was the only indication that it was built in that year. In the absence of any verifiable historical evidence, many theories about the building have been floated, including one that says it was actually a stable built by the Britishers to keep army horses.

Problems at a glance

Reaching Chaura Bazar has become a major hurdle today. Traffic congestion at the Clock Tower roundabout is uncontrolled. Encroachments on both sides have further narrowed down the roads in Chaura Bazar. Though four-wheelers are not allowed inside the bazaar, traffic management still remains a big problem of this bazaar.



From Colleges


Ludhiana: A symposium "Faiz, Shayeri Aur Shakhsiyat" at SCD Government College, Ludhiana. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, PCS and alumnus of the college was the guest of honour. The function was organised to commemorate the memory of the legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz whose centenary year is being celebrated all over the world.

Expert talk

A twp-day series of expert talks-symposium on "Challenges and Opportunities in Medical Image Processing Analysis and Applications" was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, here on Friday. Chief Guest, Dr Sneh Anand, professor and head of centre for biomedical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi addressed the problem of national importance. She demonstrated how electrical engineering principles could be applied to medical imaging to understand the physiology of reproduction and provide an electronic reversible fertility control device, intra-cranial pressure dynamics and its monitoring in newborn babies, EEG/MLAEP based depth of anesthesia index, a long-term marker for diabetes, sol-gel based biosensor and trans-dermal drug delivery system for treatment of diabetes and cancer.

Annual prize distribution
Scot Slessor, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada, gives away a prize to a student at the annual prize-distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Friday.
Scot Slessor, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada, gives away a prize to a student at the annual prize-distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Annual prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, was organised, here today.

Students get scholarship

Four students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women received Fair and Lovely Scholarship based on merit.


Several experts presented their papers on the concluding day of the national seminar on "Journey towards Self-Culture". The seminar is being held under the aegis of University Grants Commission (UGC) by Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana. The resource person Dr Param Saini, counsellor and psychotherapist, department of children and family services, Los Angeles, California, threw light on sub-theme II psychology. She stressed upon psychotherapeutics approach for personal awareness. She said psychotherapy is a good place to raise self-consciousness. — TNS



From Schools

Planets modelling
Children present an item at Maple Bear Canadian Pre-School in Ludhiana on Friday.
Children present an item at Maple Bear Canadian Pre-School in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: Planets modelling was organised by Maple Bear Canadian Pre-School to have students of nursery class a first-hand scientific knowledge of planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Students came in models like eight planets, which are a part of the solar system. All eight planets can be seen with a telescope or binoculars. Pre-nursery children were presented as electronic gadgets.

Students win laurels

To assess the creativity and encourage children to present content in an effective manner, a power-point presentation competition was held at GNPS. The presentations were based on topics like environment, solar system, festivals and education. Rann Vijay Singh, Jaspreet Kaur and Manraj Singh won top positions. — TNS



6 booked for fraud

Phillaur, February 3
The Phillaur police has registered a case against six persons on the charges of attempt to grab the land of their own NRI sister, Kamlesh Rani.The SHO added that the unknown woman brought by the other accused posed herself as the NRI, Kamlesh Kumari, to sell her share of a plot and appeared before Sub-Registrar, Phillaur. Later, the police got suspicious and investigated into the matter after which they found that the real NRI, Kamlesh Kumari, was still in Italy.

Shop burgled

The shop of a photographer was reportedly burgled in a nearby Katallon Village last night. The owner of the shop, Gurdev Lal, told the police that he noticed the theft when he came to shop today morning. The burglars took away with valuables worth more than Rs 1 lakh including one LCD, computer,printer,and digital camera. The police has registered a case. —OC



SAI trials
160 players shortlisted on Day II
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
On the second day of the trials being held here at the Guru Nanak Sports Complex to select talented boys and girls for induction into the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centre for the session 2012-13, experts shortlisted nearly 160 players. Over 350 sportspersons had registered with the authorities on the opening day.

Giving details of the day’s proceedings, in charge of the local SAI training centre, Harbans Singh informed that all aspirants were examined by members of the selection committee and experts of a particular game. They shortlisted players like athletics (30), basketball (15), football (30), handball (25), judo (23), volleyball (33) and weightlifting (four) for the residential as well as non-residential scheme.

“The selection process and field tests were conducted to judge specific skill, technique, tactics and performance ability of the each player. It was observed that some of the players, seeking admission in the SAI scheme, were having national and international standards,” opined Harbans Singh.

The in charge further said the main reason for the overwhelming response to the SAI scheme was to be considered as the good caliber of coaches.

The medical examination will also be conducted by qualified doctors and those found medically fit will be recommended for the interview and final selection, added Singh.

All shortlisted players will attend the interview to be taken by Rittu Pathic, assistant director, northern centre, while Harbans Singh, besides other members of the selection committee will assist her in the final recommendation of the players.



FC Mittal Trophy
Karan scripts Ludhiana victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Skipper Karan Goel leading from the front scored a century (104) and enabled Ludhiana to register victory by 41 runs against Jalandhar in the second match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship for the FC Mittal Trophy being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Burlton Park ground, Jalandhar, today.

Karan’s decision to bat first after winning the toss turned out to be a calculated move, as Ludhiana hoisted a big total of 299 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their quota of 50 overs.

Ludhiana started their essay on a cautious note with the frontline batsmen playing sensibly. However, the hosts managed to spring surprises with Ludhiana found fighting against the wall. They were three down with 75 runs on the board after 19 overs.

Then, Ludhiana captain, Karan Goel and Akhil Aggarwal rose to the occasion. The duo pulled their side out of woods, as they added 109 runs for the fourth wicket.

Karan scored 104 runs off 106 balls with the help of 10 hits to the boundary and three towering sixes, while Akhil contributed 62 runs.

Other useful contributions came through Chinton Sehgal (44), Bharat Malhotra (25) and Nitin Goel (23).

For Jalandhar, Yogesh was the main wicket taker who captured five wickets for 50 runs. Taruvar Kohli claimed two wickets after conceding 40 runs. Chasing an uphill task, Jalandhar’s innings culminated at 258 runs in 48.3 overs.

Taruvar Kohli top scored with 42 runs, followed by Ishan Malhotra, Luv Kumar and Sat Paul, which chipped in with 36, 35 and 32 runs, respectively.

For the winning side, Rahul Singla and Baltej Singh shared the bowling honours grabbed three wickets each for 43 and 33 runs, respectively. Bharat Malhotra, too, excelled with the ball, scalping two victims for 57 runs.

The third match will be played between Ludhiana and Patiala on February 8 at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.



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