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Immigration kingpin jumps from moving train, flees
Was lodged in Tihar Jail and was being taken to Jalandhar for hearing; facing 60 fraud cases
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
An undertrial, notorious for having multiple aliases and facing 60 immigration fraud cases, jumped from the moving Jehlum Express here today. Gagan Kumar Bakshi of Lambra village in Jalandhar and currently lodged in the high-security Tihar Jail in Delhi was being taken to Jalandhar for hearing by a team of four Delhi Police personnel.

According to Partap Singh, Head Constable, who was leading the team, the incident took place around 4.30 in the morning when the train came to a halt at the Ludhiana railway station.

Gagan Kumar was freed in the train compartment as he wanted to use the urinal. In the meantime, the train started chugging again.

Gagan saw the train door open while he was washing his hands. Sensing an opportunity, he pushed a policeman and jumped out of the moving train.

The policemen, too, jumped off the train and gave the accused a chase, but Gagan managed to escape from the scene. Gagan also known by aliases Jatin Kumar, Arun Kumar, Rajesh Kumar, Tilak Raj and Ranjan Sharma. He is facing 56 cases of immigration fraud in Jalandhar alone.

He had been booked by the Nawanshahr and Ambala police for duping people on the pretext of sending them abroad. Yesterday, he attended a hearing in Ambala and was scheduled to appear before the court for hearing in Jalandhar and Nawanshahr, respectively.

The GRP police said it had registered the case and started investigation. The police is also probing the involvement of Delhi police personnel in the escape of the criminal. Gurnam Singh, SHO, GRP, said the hunt was on and the accused would be nabbed soon.

How it happened

The incident took place around 4.30 in the morning when the train came to a halt at the Ludhiana railway station. Gagan Kumar was freed in the train compartment as he wanted to use the urinal. In the meantime, the train started chugging again. Gagan saw the train door open while he was washing his hands. Sensing an opportunity, he pushed a policeman and jumped out of the moving train



Snatchers stab woman
Flee with her gold ornaments
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
In yet another snatching incident, two motorcycle-borne snatchers stabbed a woman and fled with her gold jewellery in Focal Point, Urban Estate Phase-II area, here today. The incident took place merely a few yards from the residence of Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura.

According to eyewitnesses, victim Paramjit Kaur was entering her house after receiving her grandson, who had just arrived from school.

In the meantime, two youths entered the house on a motorcycle and waylaid Paramjit Kaur. They tried to snatch the earrings of the woman, but Paramjit responded strongly and opposed the snatchers.

She further raised an alarm and shouted for help. He grandson rushed inside the house to inform his grandfather Shamsher Singh about the incident.

One of the snatchers pulled out a knife and stabbed Harjit's left arm. The assailants then snatched the gold ornaments of the victim and fled from the scene.

Due to the stabbing injury, the victim got panicky and fell unconscious. She was rushed to a hospital by residents, where she was stated to be out of danger.

Following the incident, the police launched a hunt in the area and installed police check-points at various places but failed to nab the culprits.

Later during the day, the police registered a case against unidentified snatchers.

Earlier too the snatcher had targeted the area. Nearly a month ago, snatchers had broken windshields of seven cars and stolen costly accessory lying inside.


Cong leader booked in land grab case
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Former District Congress Committee (DCC) president Jagmohan Sharma and his close aide were booked in a multi-crore land grab case by the city police here today. The case was registered following the complaint of Harpal Singh, a resident of Gurdev Nagar.

According to the complainant, he had recently purchased a plot, measuring 16,000 sq-yd in partnership with Vipan Jain (65) and Jagmohan Sharma, in the Dhandari Khurd area.

Harpal Singh said the veteran Congress leader, along with Vipan Jain, started the construction work on the land without taking his consent. Harpal claimed that the division of the plot was not done yet.

Acting on the complaint, the police registered a case under Sections 427, 447 and 506 of the IPC for land grabbing and threatening.

On the other hand, the Congress leader has slammed the allegations against him as baseless and claimed that he was made a victim of a conspiracy hatched by a high-rank police officer in connivance with Harpal.

Jaghmohan Sharma further went on to claim that he had started the construction of the land in his piece of land. The police has marked an inquiry to ACP Swapan Sharma.



Man booked for raping daughter
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The city police has arrested a man for raping his 16-year-old daughter. The accused, identified as Satish Kumar, who spent over a decade in jail for brutally killing his wife Kamlesh Rani, was caught again by the Salem Tabri police last evening on the charges of raping his daughter.

According to the police, Satish Kumar, who came out of prison nearly a year ago, was raping his daughter for nearly five months. The girl lodged a formal complaint yesterday, following which the father was booked.

Narrating her tale of woes, the girl said her mother had died a few years ago, following which she could not study further and started living in a temple located near Chand Cinema along with other orphan girls.

Her father, on his release from jail, obtained her legal adoption from court.

"Initially, everything went well, with my father showing utmost care, but soon everything changed and lust took over paternal love. He started offering me sedatives and raped me many a time. He further threatened me with dire consequences if I made the matter public," said the rape victim in her complaint.

It is learnt that the priest at the temple where the girl used to live came to know about the incident and asked the girl to lodge a complaint against her father.

Ravinder Kumar, SHO, Salem Tabri, said soon after receiving the complaint the police nabbed Satish Kumar and started investigation.



20-yr-old hit by truck, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A day after two women were run over by a speeding truck, a 20-year-old girl lost her life after being hit by a pick-up truck on a flyover near Atam Nagar Chowk here today. The victim, identified as Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar, was studying BCA course.

The incident took place around 4.30 pm when the victim was going to take her tuition classes.

The over-speeding pick-up truck came from behind and hit the rear end of her scooter. The police registered a case against the truck driver under Section 304 (A) for rash driving resulting in death.



Liquor vends fall in line
Now owners put up small display boards
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
After the Excise and Taxation Department cracked its whip on the liquor vends, owners have now put small display boards outside their vends. Last month, the department had issued notices to the liquor vend owners to remove huge hoardings and posters displayed outside.

Notices were issued to the owners of all vends to remove the hoardings. In the beginning, some tavern owners had covered the boards and posters with cloth. Since they could have been challaned, they switched to small boards.

Some liquor vends that are still to follow the practice are under the department's scanner. According to the excise policy, only a board measuring 4'x2' mentioning the name of the owner and class of licence is required. In addition, it is also mandatory to write "drinking is injurious to health" outside the vend.

A salesman at one of the liquor vends said since they were issued notices by the department, they had displayed a small board outside the vend with the statutory warning.

ETO Paramjit Singh said after they had issued notices to the liquor vends, they had switched to small display boards along with the statutory warning. "Those who are still to follow the pattern according to the excise policy will be taken to task," he said.

Dalbir Singh, a city resident, said he had observed that taverns have started mentioning a warning on the boards. "It is a good step initiated by them. Drinking and smoking advertisements should not be glorified, as these pass a wrong message to the public in general and youngsters in particular. ,” he added.



No scheme to rehabilitate beggars
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Though the district administration and police have put up boards at major places in the city, asking residents not to encourage beggars by giving alms, as their number will be increased manifolds in a few years to come. Unfortunately, neither the administration nor the police or any NGO has been able to find a solution to curb the menace in the city.

Neither any scheme nor any proposal has been mooted by the state government for rehabilitation of the beggars in the state.

If certain police officials are to be believed then begging is being encouraged by a full-fledged mafia for its own vested interest, which is operating not only in Punjab but in other states, too. “We can ask residents not to provide alms to beggars, who are hale and hearty. A person who is physically challenged or visually impaired should be helped, but not the ones, who beg to get drugs,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.

He further said the police did understand everything and had indications that a well-organised mafia could be responsible for the menace, but due to other pressures, one preferred to work as per the priorities.

At every nook and corner in the city, the beggars holding little kids in their arms, ask for the alms from residents. And a majority of them prefer to take money instead of clothes and food. Beggars dominate the scene outside the religious places and at times posing danger to passersby and devotees.

But to curb the menace, neither the government nor any NGOs have started any project so far. Though the Government of India through its social welfare department had initiated a scheme through which the rehabilitation and counselling of beggars could be done but for that an NGO has to volunteer its services, totally on this project. But in the financial hub of Punjab, no NGO has ever offered its services for getting the scheme implemented.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Pradeep Aggarwal said at three places, including Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana, there was a proposal to construct a beggar home. The social welfare department of the Government of India had asked the services of an NGO for running the scheme but none has volunteered for the services. “Though I held three to four meetings for getting the scheme implemented in the city, but to no avail. The scheme offered to rehabilitate the beggars, providing them vocational training along with food,” said Aggarwal.



Sikh migrants seek justice
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 17
Charging the state government with giving step-motherly treatment to the Sikh migrants, the Ludhiana Sikh Migrants Welfare Board has said that even after 27 years, the victims of anti-Sikh riots had not been given justice.

The SAD-BJP government had not taken any worthwhile steps for the rehabilitation of the migrants, and even part of the central grant of Rs 2 lakh each for the 22,000 riot-affected families had been misappropriated.

Chairman of the board Kartar Singh Patna said while the genuine riot victims were still waiting for relief and rehabilitation measures, certain self-styled leaders of the migrants had forcibly occupied hundreds of government flats and booths with the overt and covert support of the ruling party as well as the district administration. "This act of high-handedness had usurped the residential and commercial properties worth crores of rupees, which rightfully belonged to the Sikh migrants."

He saidd it was unfortunate that even after explicit directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the allotment of residential flats and commercial booths to the riot victims, the state government, the district authorities and the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), which is the nodal agency for this purpose, had failed to act in the desired manner.

Patna said the self-seeking and corrupt leadership of the Sikh migrants stood exposed now and some 50,000 riot-affected families had realised the need for a united forum which could strive to save their social, economic and political identity.

"With this objective in mind, the district-level Sikh Migrants Boards will be constituted soon and within one month, the district-level office-bearers will meet to form a state-level body which will act as a true representative of the victims of anti-Sikh riots," he added.



Tipsy cop creates ruckus at hospital
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A tipsy policeman created midnight drama at the Civil Hospital. After creating a ruckus, he broke a window glass of a police post located in the Civil Hospital here last night.

However, the police remained tight-lipped about the incident, but the matter came to light when the tipsy policeman was rapped by his senior officer for misconduct here this evening.

The policeman, who has been posted as head constable at the Division No 2 police station, allegedly visited the police post located in the Civil Hospital last night and created a ruckus. He was locked in a room. He broke a window glass in the room. Surjit Singh, munshi of the Division No. 2 police station, confirmed the incident.

However Seetal Singh, police post in charge, feigned ignorance about the incident.



Experts stress use of solar water pumps
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
The rate of electrification in India has not kept pace with expanding population, urbanisation and industrialisation and has resulted in the increasing deficit between demand and supply of electricity, said experts of the Department of Soil and Water Engineering (SWE), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Dr AK Jain, Head, SWE, said: "There is a limited availability/access to grid power in the rural areas and the farmers have to rely mostly on hand-operated and diesel-operated water-lifting devices and pumps. However, they are expensive to run. The farmers often run out of money buying fuel to operate their pumps before the crop is ready for harvest. To overcome this problem, solar water pumping system is an alternative to the Punjab farmer."

The experts, Dr Rakesh Sharda, Dr Sunil Garg and Dr Mukesh Siag, said India had been endowed with abundant renewable solar energy resources.

Dr Sharda said the water-pumping system was operated on solar energy available from the sun during the day time. Functioning during sunshine hours, these pumping systems are ideal for small and middle farmers, who do not have access to electric connection and use diesel pump sets, to meet their irrigation requirements, he added.

Referring to the requirements of solar water pumps, Dr Garg said they required no fuel and little or no maintenance. The system needs a shadow-free area for installing the solar panel. Their operating cost is less compared to diesel pumps and there is no dependence on conventional energy resources.

Clean and efficient, requiring low labour, durable, eco-friendly, having a long-operating life (20 to 25 years), non-polluting, simple to install and easy to remove, transport and store are some of the advantages of the solar water pump, said Dr Siag. "It will give freedom from power cuts and load shedding," he said, adding that nowadays systems that require no manpower to change the direction of solar panels are available in the market. Automatic solar trackers adjust the direction of the solar panels as per the direction of the sun.

Eat broccoli to stay healthy

A vegetable of Italian origin, broccoli is high in vitamin C as well as dietary fibre and contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. Highlighting the health benefits of broccoli, experts of Food Science and Technology (FST), PAU, have advised people to include broccoli in daily diet for good health and for protection from various types of diseases. The Head of FST, Dr KS Minhas, explained that broccoli, most closely resembled cauliflower, which was of the same species. The USA is the largest producer of broccoli in the world whereas in India, its cultivation ranks fourth after cauliflower, cabbage and knol-khol, he divulged.

The PAU experts, including Dr Poonam Aggarwal and Dr Swati Kapoor, said the vegetable grows best when exposed to an average daily temperature between 18° C and 23° C. Broccoli is harvested before the flowers on the head bloom bright yellow.

College of Agriculture convocation

The convocation and prize-distribution function of the College of Agriculture, PAU, will be held on March 1 in the Pal Auditorium of the university. Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, PK Basu will be the chief guest while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will preside over the function. A flower show dedicated to Dr MS Randhawa, will be organised on March 1.

Board chairman interacts with students

The Chairman of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), Dr Gurbachan Singh, visited the PAU. He interacted with the scientists and postgraduate students of the Department of Agronomy. A PAU alumnus, Dr Singh exhorted the scientists to do quality work for competing with the developed nations. He referred to the students as "future scientists" and emphasised the need to apply more science in agronomy to achieve potentials yield of field crops.



Declamation contest held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy organised a declamation contest on the theme “Herbal drugs, pharmacist- a health care professional and lifestyle drugs" here today. Twelve students declaimed on these issues which are becoming increasingly important in our society.

Director Principal Kuldip Singh welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of a pharmacist. He exhorted the students to rise from just being dispensers of medicines to custodians of health care in our society. He advised them to realise their responsibility as a health-care professional by refraining from dispensing psychotropic drugs.

Ravinder Dang, Head of the Department, advised the students to educate patients about the side effects of drugs and dangers of self-medication. The contest was judged by Roopreet Kaur and Karuna Gupta, District Drugs Inspectors, Ludhiana. The judges appreciated the efforts of the students and the faculty in organising the event. They also made the students aware about the abuse of lifestyle drugs in the West. Many research studies conducted in the West have concluded that not only are our lives becoming stress prone and our lifestyle more sedentary, but also we are getting into the habit of taking pills for temporary relief. Tushar Ralli, Simranjeet Kaur, Priya Arora, and Gagandeep were declared winners.

Award ceremony

Sethi Study Circle on Friday organised an award-distribution ceremony to felicitate its students who have got study visas and scored well in the IELTS test. Among the awardees were, Jyoti Rai Dhand, Amanpreet Kaur, Ankit, Puneet Sharma, Ankit Chopra, Manpreet Kaur, Bikramjeet Singh, who sailed through their IELTS test with commendable scores. The students who successfully got their study visas for Canada, New Zealand and Australia also shared their experiences with the aspiring students. Pritpal Sethi, CEO, ongratulated the candidates.

Students visit Nestle plant

All the students of first and second year of Ludhiana Group of Colleges, Chaukimann, visited the plant of Nestle India Ltd, Moga. The visit was organised with the aim of exposing the students to the industrial environment. They visited various sections where processing operations to make sauces, noodles, etc, were being undertaken. The officials of the company apprised the students about water pollution and helped them understand functioning of a water treatment plant.



BCM Arya students’ model wins Ist prize
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 17
A state-level science exhibition for students was recently held at Anandpur Sahib by SCERT, Chandigarh. A team of four students, Yatin Chopra, Kuljeet, Raghav and Nitesh, from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, displayed their model “BCM e-Complex, a green building” at the exhibition and bagged the first prize in the energy conservation category. They have been selected for a national-level science exhibition to be held soon.

Quiz contest

The pre-primary wing of GN International Public School (Senior Secondary), Model Town, organised a quiz contest in the series of “Chote Ustad” for UKG here on Friday. The quiz consisted of five rounds, namely block building, mental ability, rapid fire, rhyming words and memory game. There was mass participation. Participants’ keen sense of observation, memory retention and presence of mind was worth watching. Principal Gurmant Kaur Gill gave away certificates to the winning team.

Rhyme show

It was a fun time for the children of Lovely Lotus School, when they came dressed as different fruits, vegetables, animals and birds and recited small rhymes in praise of the given character. It was a moment of pride for the teachers when all the students participated in the show, showed emotional intelligence and were motivated to give their best. 



‘Decision to discontinue flying squads to send wrong signal among students’
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, February 17
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided not to constitute flying squads to check copying during the second semester this time, as it has been facing a shortage of funds. The responsibility of preventing copying would rest on the District Education Officer (DEO) and observers deployed in schools.

The Ludhiana Tribune speaks to academicians, parents and students to get their opinion on the issue.



MC ex-chief’s watchman murdered
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 17
Assailants barged into former municipal council chief Joginderpal Singla’s house in Chanderlok Colony here today and murdered chowkidar Ram Bhadar (45), a resident of Harmpani (Nepal), with sharp-edged weapons.

Talking to the media persons, Singla said the chowkidar had been working at his residence for the past 17 years. His family had been out of station since Thursday while he had gone to attend a bhog at Khanna today when the incident took place. He came to know about the incident when the domestic help informed him about the matter.

District police chief B.L Meena, SP (D) Gurpreet Singh, Amloh DSP Arashdeep Singh Gill reached the site. The police is investigating the matter. The number of assailants is not yet known.



Doc sent to judicial remand

Ludhiana, February 17
Two persons, including Dr Anil Kumar Pandey of Balaji Nursing Home and his woman partner Neeraj of Basti Jodhewal, who were booked yesterday by the police following the complaint of an area resident for administering door-to-door chickenpox vaccine in the area by charging Rs 100 per dose were sent to judicial remand today.

The health department sent the medicine for testing in laboratory. — TNS



A day of athletics meets in Ludhiana
Amandeep declared fastest runner
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 17
Amandeep Kaur, a student of BA I, proved to be too fast for her immediate opponents in the 100m sprint to emerge as the fastest runner in the 51st edition of the Annual Athletics Meet of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, which began here today.

Besides, Amandeep romped home victorious in the 50m dash and high jump events to hog limelight on the opening day. She also finished among position holders in three-legged race, 100m hurdles, long jump and slow cycling to stamp her class.

Paramjit Singh Pannu, Assistant Commissioner of Police, special branch, Ludhiana, declared the meet open. He took the salute at an impressive march past. The BA II contingent bagged the march past trophy while the BBA contingent was declared the runners-up.

Colourful balloons were released and crackers were burst to mark the opening ceremony. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal of the college, thanked the chief guest for sparing time for the inaugural function.

First day's results: 50m race- 1 Amandeep Kaur , 2 Jasbir Kaur and 3 Sukanaya; 800m race- 1 Gurpreet Kaur, 2 Satinderpal Kaur and 3 Mandeep Kaur; long jump- 1 Sukanaya, 2 Sabina and 3 Amandeep Kaur; high jump- 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Sukanaya and 3 Sabina; javelin throw- 1 Sukhjinder Kaur, 2 Monika and 3 Arshia; three-legged race- 1 Monika and Teena, 2 Manveer and Mandeep, 3 Amandeep and Lovepreet Kaur; 100m race- 1 Amandeep Kaur, 2 Jasbir Kaur and 3 Satinderpal Kaur; tug-of-war: 1 BBA and 2 MA; shot put- 1 Harmandeep Kaur, 2 Manpreet Kaur and 3 Juhi Dhingra; discus throw- 1 Harmandeep Kaur and Charandeep Kaur, 2 Juhi and Ravinder and 3 Arshia; slow cycling- 1 Kiran, 2 Charandeep Kaur and 3 Amandeep Kaur; 100m hurdles- 1 Jasbir Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur and 3 Gurpreet Kaur; rope skipping race- 1 Aarti, 2 Mandeep and 3 Parminder Kaur.



Gurpreet, Preet best athletes

Gurpreet Kaur, student of MCom I in the women's section while Preet Gursimran of BCom II in the men's section proved their mettle and were declared the best athletes in the annual athletics meet of Kamla Lohtia SD College, Subhash Nagar, near Daresi ground, here today.

Results: Men- 1500m race- 1 Sagar Chauhan, 2 Preet Gursimran and Abhimanyu Sharma; Long jump- 1 Jagdeep, 2 Anuj and 3 Rajneesh; 200m race- 1 Preet Gursimran, 2 Ripan Kumar and 3 Sahil Kalra; Shot put- 1 James Babu, 2 Vikas and 3 Jatinder Sharma; 400m race- 1 Manu Sharma, 2 Preet Gursimran and 3 Rajnish Kumar; 800m race- Sajan Chauhan, 2 Vikas Sharma and 3 Lakshman.

Women- Shot put- 1 Maninder Kaur, 2 Priyanka and 3 Shweta; 400m race- 1 Anjum Khan, 2 Gurpreet Kaur and 3 Jyoti; Long jump- 1 Priyanka, 2 Deepika and 3 Gurpreet Kaur.



Jasmeet, Manbir shine

Jasmeet Kaur and Manbir Singh were declared the best athletes among girls and boys, respectively, in the 14th Annual Athletics Meet of BCM College of Education, Chandigarh road, here today. Venus House was adjudged the best house.

Rupinder Ravi, assistant education officer, Ludhiana, and state organiser, sports, Punjab, was the chief guest at the inaugural function.

Dr Khushwinder Kumar, Principal of the BCM College of Education, welcomed the chief guest and members of the management committee of the college. Results: Girls- 400m race 1 Sarika, 2 Jasmeet Kaur and 3 Sunita; Chatti race- 1 Rajni, 2 Gurpreet Kaur and 3 Aman Kaur; sack race- 1 Jasmeet Kaur, 2 Rupinder Kaur and 3 Amandeep Kaur; 200m race- 1 Jasmeet Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur and 3 Sunita; Long jump- 1 Jasmeet Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur and 3 Sarika; Shot put- 1 Harpreet Kaur and 2 Harmeet Kaur; 100m race- 1 Sarika, 2 Jasmeet Kaur and 3 Amandeep Kaur.

Boys: Shot put- Inderpreet Singh, 2 Sukhwant Singh and 3 Manbir Singh; Sack race- 1 Manveer Singh, 2 Sukhwant Singh and 3 Paramjeet Singh; 100m race- 1 Manveer Singh, 2 Deepak; Long jump- 1 Manbir Singh, 2 Gaurav and 3 Surender.



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Reeta best athlete
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 17
The 7th Annual Athletics meet of Doraha College of Education was organised today. The chief guest on the occasion was Pargat Singh, former Captain of Indian Hockey Team. Sandeep Sawhney, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest.

The inauguration function began with the recitation of the Shabad. The chief guest hoisted the flag and declared the athletics meet open. Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Group of Institutes, Tapvir Singh, coordinator of Doraha Public School, Japvir Singh, director, DIMT, Doraha, were also present.

The guest of honour took the salute of the march past. Students participated with enthusiasm in various events like 800m race, 400m race, 100m race, long jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, sack race, spoon-and-lemon race, potato race, chatti race and tug-of-war. For the evening session, the chief guest was RK Banger, former Principal of Government Rajindra College, Bathinda.

A cultural programme was also held where prizes were given to the winners. The day culminated with National Anthem.

The results are as under:

800m race: Reeta Rani-1, Prabhjot Kaur-2 and Jaspreet Kaur-3; 400m race: Reeta Rani-1, Prabhjot Kaur-2 and Surinder Kaur-3; 200m race: Poonam Devi-1, Prabhjot Kaur-2 and Sandeep Kaur-3; 100m race: Reeta Rani-1, Sandeep Kaur-2 and Sonia Pathak-3; 50m race: Prabhjot Kaur-1, Jasvir Kaur-2 and Sonia Pathak-3; javelin throw: Jasdeep Kaur-1, Ravinder Kaur-2 and Amandeep Kaur-3; shot put: Ravinder Kaur-1, Jasdeep Kaur-2 and Reetu Bala-3; discus throw: Reetu Bala-1, Ravinder Kaur-3 and Amandeep Kaur-3; long jump: Rajdeep Kaur-1, Poonam-2 and Jagdeep Kaur-3; chatti race: Surinder Kaur-1, Amandeep Kaur-2 and Manpreet Kaur-3; bangle race: Kiran Pawar-1, Anu Sohata-2 and Jaspreet Kaur-3; backward race: Jagjit Kaur-1, Sapna-2 and Gurpreet Kaur-3; chain race: Parveen Sharma-1, Harpreet Kaur-2 and Meenu-3.



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PAU Model rout TSS School
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 17
Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, today routed Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary School by a huge margin of 140 runs in the second match of the PCA Inter-School Cricket Tournament (u-16) for Coca Cola Cup. The tournament is being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College ground here.

The PAU school won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated 50 overs, they scored a mammoth total of 253 runs for the loss of just two wickets.

Their innings revolved around Punit, Nipun, Parul and Sher Bahadur who scored 81, 52, 49 (not out) and 38 runs, respectively, to put their side in a commanding position.

For Teja Singh Sawatantar School, Rajnish and Rahul shared one wicket each conceding 30 and 63 runs, respectively.

Chasing the daunting task to overhaul a big total of 253 runs, Teja Singh Swatantar School wilted under pressure and finally caved in at 113 runs in 31.5 overs.

Parvin top-scored with 27 runs and was followed by Varinder and Rajnish who contributed 17 and 16 runs, respectively.

The main wicket takers for the winning side were Karan Singh (4 for 25), Mayank (2 for 6), Parul (2 for 20) and Sher Bahadur (1 for 22).

Former international cricketer Chaman Lal Malhotra was the chief guest. He encouraged the players and advised them to work hard, be punctual and dedicate themselves to the game which would definately help them to perform well.

Tomorrow, the third match will be played between St Thomas Senior Secondary School and Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU.



Need to promote sports at grass-roots level: Pargat
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 17
The 38th annual athletics meet for girls of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, concluded here today. The meet was inaugurated by former Captain of Indian Hockey Team Pargat Singh.

Pargat Singh stressed promoting sports at the grass-roots level. “As far as the promotion of sports culture in Panjab is concerned, we have to arrange sports infrastructure, sports equipment, nutritious diet, scientific training for all those budding athletes whose talent goes unrecognised,” he said.



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