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Frisking in, drugs out of courts complex
Tobacco products, contraband seized, destroyed everydayMohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The drive by the city police to search visitors as well as litigants for security purpose before they enter the District Courts Complex is turning out to be a major deterrent for those carrying drugs and tobacco products inside the complex.

Security guards manning the entry points of the court complex were given instructions to frisk visitors as well as litigants so that no one could sneak firearms inside the complex but it was found that many visiting the court complex were carrying tobacco products.

The security staff at the entry point said, “Every day we seize packs of cigarettes and other tobacco products, which the residents try to sneak inside the complex. Later, during the day we have to destroy the seized "material". The sources said the search drive was launched after Ishwar Chander, Commissioner of Police, learnt that kin of undertrails were handing over drugs to the latter when they were visiting the court for hearing. The undertrials further took the contraband inside the jail for use.

Many undertrials could be seen smoking cigarettes while sitting in “Bakshi Khana” and prison buses.

"Everyday we recover tobacco products, which the litigants try to sneak inside the court complex. Some people try to outsmart us by hiding poppy husk and habit-forming capsules and syrups in socks and in undergarments. At times it gets very difficult for us to detect such material," said Pargat Singh, a newly recruited constable.

Many women, whose husbands are involved in criminal cases, bring drugs and tobacco products to hand it over to their drug-addict husbands, when they come to the court for hearing.

Gurpreet Kaur, ACP (West), said the manning of entry points had strengthened the security at the court complex. Due to the presence of the police at the entry points, the miscreants are unable to take the contrabands inside.

Senior lawyers Munish Purang and Dalip Batish have also hailed the move. They said several requests had been made to tighten the security around the court complex as the place not only held the hearing of high-profile politicians and dreaded militants, but it also housed thousands of case files.

"Every corner of the court complex is filled with residue of tobacco products. Further, sneaking of drugs inside the court complex has been a perpetual problem. Fortunately, the police has been able to check the menace to a great extent, or else it could have led to serious implications," said Purang.


All-women gang targeting religious places
60 in number, they operate in groups
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Following the arrest of three women who were caught red handed while stealing at Nanaksar Gurdwara during Holi festival two days ago, it has come to light that the trio were part of a 60-member all-women gang of thieves who targeted religious places, including Golden Temple, Chintpurni, Jwalaji and Anandpur Sahib.

In the investigation it was found that the trio of Kiran, Charanjit Kaur and Kallo, belong to Sangrur and the surrounding area.

According to the Jagron police, the gang operated in groups and had often been in and out of jail. These women had stolen cash and gold jewellery of 12 devotes visiting the Nanaksar Gurdwara.

While Kiran, Charanjit Kaur and Kallo were nabbed, six other women accomplices managed to flee. Victim Mahinder Kaur said the trio surrounded her and swiftly removed her gold chain when she was paying obeisance at the gurdwara. Mahinder Kaur raised an alarm and the women devotees nabbed the trio. The other devotees too complained of theft.

AS Chahal, SSP, Jagraon, confirmed the arrest and said the police was conducting raids to nab the rest of the accomplices. 

Habitual offenders

Kiran, Charanjit Kaur and Kallo are habitual offenders and have hoodwinked the police several times in the past.

At the time of arrest, they often give wrong statements to the police by naming their accomplices, who are already facing jail term.

The police after recording statement of the women thieves, terms rest of the accomplices as absconding.

Further, when the case goes to court, the women get bail on grounds that they were falsely implicated in the case as their accomplice, whom the police has shown as absconding, were actually in jail during the time of their arrest.



Licences of 23 chemists suspended
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The health department has suspended the licences of 23 chemists and cancelled the licences of two for not keeping the sale and purchase record of medicines.

Disclosing this, Pardeep Kumar Mattu, assistant drug controller, said, "Many of these chemists have also been debarred from keeping habit-forming drugs. There are 23 chemists whose licences have been suspended. These include Sood Medical Hall, VPO Ranni, Rajinder Medical Hall, Dalla Road, Jagraon, Bajwa Medical Hall, Guru Arjun Dev Nagar, Ludhiana, Dhaliwal Medicos, VPO Dalla, Duggal Medical Hall, Ajit nagar, Amit Medical Hall, Shastri nagar, Sukhwant Medicos, New Shimla Puri, Atul Medical Hall, South Model Gram, Ludhiana, Drug Division, Pindi Street, Ludhiana etc."

He further said that the licenses of two drug stores have been cancelled. These are Drug Point, Chandigarh Road, and Naveen Medicos, Lajpat Nagar, near Ludhiana Bus Stand.



Jagraon road in disarray
Residents demand immediate repair, threaten stir
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, March 10
Residents of several localities situated near the Rani Jhansi Chowk on Tehsil Road have demanded the local municipal council to immediately repair the road from Railway over-bridge to Kamal Chowk.

According to the residents, the road has been in an utterly bad condition since a long time. They say that several people have even suffered injuries after falling due to bad condition of the road. Irked residents have even threatened to hold protest against the municipal council if it failed to start construction work in the near future. The road had neither been constructed nor repaired for more than 4 years, they claim. “This road was last repaired in 2008. While constructing this the contractor used materials of such a poor quality that the road start breaking within six months and has been laying in shambles since then,” said Bobby, a local shopkeeper.

The residents said that they have taken up the issue of this road with municipal council authorities, but to no avail. They say that neither any political party nor the local administration seems to be serious towards solving this long pending problem. “Every time when we took up the matter, we were given assurances of starting construction work on this road; but these assurances have proved futile so far and nothing has been done to improve the situation,” said Ashok Kumar, resident of Sant Nagar.

The residents have also threatened to block the traffic on this road on a regular basis if the authorities fail to start the work at the earliest.

Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the municipal council has started laying interlocking tiles in the entire town and soon the work of laying interlocking tiles will be started on this road also. He claimed that all the formalities to construct the road had been completed and the contract in this regard has also been issued. 



Post offices get a facelift
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, march 10
The lines in the new logo of the postal department have become more fluent, buildings of post offices have turned red and white, customer areas and counters have turned swanky.

The system became more streamlined as the core operations started becoming better. These changes are part of the “Project Arrow” at the post department which is aimed at making the system better.

The transformation is taking place in a phased manner.

Sources said four post offices, including Head Post Office, Central Post Office and sub-post offices at Model Town and Miller Ganj were identified for the implementation of “Project Arrow” two years ago. “Under the project, the "look and feel" and "streamlining of the operations" were implemented in all offices, but Miller Ganj post office still awaits its better "look and feel". It wasn't done due to budget constraints,” sources added.

The sources said an amount of Rs 20 lakh had been earmarked for the renovation of Head Post Office while Rs 10 lakh would be spent on sub-post offices.

Residents said, “When other post offices, including the Head Post Office have been transformed, I hoped for a brand new post-office experience here also, but it hasn’t happened in the past couple of years,” said Harmandeep, a resident of the area. 



Saras Mela gets off to a flying start
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Saras Mela began at Government College for Women here today.

The 12-day event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Rural Development. Manpreet Singh Ayali, MLA from the Dakha constituency and chairman of the zila parishad, was the chief guest.

Joint Development Commissioner IRDP Kahan Singh Pannu said, “The event provided an opportunity to self-help groups.”

Self-help groups from all over the country are exhibiting their creations.

Pardeep Aggarwal, ADC (Development), Ludhiana, said, “Punjabi singer Diljit will perform on Saturday night. Cultural troupes from North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, will also entertain the visitors. On March 17 and 18, a fashion show will be organised. Bhangra will be presented by schoolchildren. The mela is an annual feature. 



Early detection benefits patients: Cancer expert
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
“Fatality rate is highest among cancer patients in the border state,” said Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, global ambassador of Roko Cancer, England.

Dhaliwal was addressing activists and office-bearers of medical, social and educational organisations at Shanti Tara College for Women at Akbarpur Chhanna, near here, on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, people in India, including medical professionals, are sticking to a three-stage diagnosis even after losing thousands of valuable human lives due to late detection of cancer whereas in England we go for additional zero and minus zero stages in routine,” said Dhaliwal.

Dhaliwal said of the total 1,600 screening camps, 940 were organised in the border state.

Dhaliwal stated that an MoU would be signed between the state government and organisation.

Claiming that the organisation had already started the process for constructing a 500-bed cancer hospital in Punjab, Dhaliwal said poor patients would get proper treatment at nominal cost.

“However it is not just our organisation, all other agencies, including the state government as well as individuals, are required to make efforts to sensitise people on the benefit of early detection of cancer,” he added. 



Senior citizens air grievances
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, march 10
Senior citizens in the city are optimistic that although the same party has won the elections, with the formation of new government, their lives under the new regime will be easier.

They are expecting better provisions and facilities for themselves from the new government.

“The Chief Minister himself is an 85-year-old senior citizen. So, the government should have all the more empathy and regard for the senior citizens in the state,” said 70-year-old Yashpal Bangia, who has authored a book on senior citizens. “The government needs to be more caring towards the senior citizens. About 16 per cent of the population comprises senior citizens, so a special ministry or a council should be formed for their welfare,” he said.

KK Chadha (78) also agrees that there is a need to form an advisory council. Security for senior citizens needs to be ramped up,” he added.

“This is a tender age, and there is a need to be better medical facilities. There needs to be free and low-priced medical facilities for senior citizens,” said Bangia.

Most of them feel that the governments in yesteryears have been indifferent and apathetic to the problems of senior citizens.

Most of the provisions for senior citizens remain confined to paper. “We still have to stand in long queues in most of the places. They mark windows for us, reserve seats, but it is mostly perfunctory,” said another octogenarian.

“The problems like electricity cuts, fuel hikes affect the elderly all the more acutely,” said Chadha. Old age homes should be better equipped and should be state-funded, said many, who are languishing in old age homes. There should be provisions for share of property and punishment for family members who oust their parents from homes, and their lives, some opined.

“Senior citizens are like venerable fragrance and wisdom. All they need is care and respect. The government and people should realise that,” Bangia added.



Proclaimed offender nabbed after 3 years

Khanna, March 10
Acting on a tip off, Khanna Police have arrested a proclaimed offender who had been absconding for three years. Talking about the arrest, ASI Jagar Singh gave information that a case was registered under section 382/328/411 IPC at Sadar Khanna police station against Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Sudhar village, and some others, but he was absconding from a court at Khanna.

Lakhvir Singh was arrested at the bus stand, Biza, while he was waiting for a bus. According to police officials, Lakhvir Singh and some other persons had robbed a truck loaded with tyres in 2009 near Guduara Sahib Manji Saheb Kottan. Five persons were arrested earlier in the case and Lakhvir Singh, along with four of his companions, were declared proclaimed offenders by the court in 2010.

The police officials said that Lakhvir Singh, during interrogation, has revealed that he and other group members had stolen tyres, televisions, and air- conditioners from shops at Khamano, Sidhwan Bet, Sudhar, Kartarpur, Rampuraphool and at some other stations. The alleged accused was presented in a court at Khanna from where he was sent to police remand for five days. — OC



UGC to organise workshop on RTI

Jagraon, March 10
A UGC sponsored two-day workshop on “Right to Information Act-2005: Generating Awareness among Disadvantaged Communities” would be organised for the women of Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet development blocks at Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, on March 13 and 14.

As per the information given by the college principal, Dr VK Sharma, the workshop would be inaugurated by Ravi Singh, former Information Commissioner, Punjab State Information Commission.

According to the principal, the purpose of this programme is to train women regarding the intricacies of the Act so that they may help in making the government more transparent. — OC



Pvt school principals, staff a harried lot
Find it difficult to collect roll numbers on their own 
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Private school principals and staff, who come to collect roll numbers from the district office of Punjab School Board (PSEB), have to face inconvenience while collecting the same as they have to do the work on their own. When the roll numbers of classes X and XII were being distributed, it was found that these packages were not sealed properly. Sources said as the PSEB was reeling under staff shortage, more employees could not be deployed for the distribution of roll numbers.

“The process is time consuming and taxing too as we have to look for packages,” said a principal.

“I collected a package on which our school's name was written, but when I opened it, it had the roll numbers of some other school. I had to spend hours to find the right roll numbers ,” said another principal. 



From colleges

National seminar
A one day national seminar was organised at Kamla Lohtia SD College by the Gandhian Studies Centre here today. As many as 30 delegates from all over the country participated in it. The chief guest was Prof AK Saihjpal, Vice-Chancellor, Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technlogy, Baddi (HP), and the guest of honour was Dr Satish Sharma, director, Public Schools and Colleges, DAV Managing Committee, New Delhi. Dr ML Sharma, chairman, department of Gandhian studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in his keynote address elaborated the key areas and aspects of ‘satyagraha’. He stressed that ‘satyagarha’ is a way of life based on truth and non-violence and its aim is to fight morally against imperialism, injustice and discrimination.
Dr Satish Sharma said that Gandhi’s philosophy was universal and has influenced the ideologies of people in the present times. Prof AK Saihjpal discussed the reflection of Gandhism in modern, India quoting examples of APJ Abdul Kalam, E Shreedharan, Ratan Tata and many others. He beautifully identified customer-care as a crux of Gandhism. Dr Manish Sharma, from the department of Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the resource person for the technical session of the seminar. He delivered his talk on efficiency and efficacy of ‘satyagraha’ in the current scenario. The winners of the inter- college slogan writing competition, a joint venture of Gandhian Studies Centre and National Service Scheme (NSS), were given certificates and trophies in the event. Principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma appreciated the efforts of coordinator Professor Sandeep Chanana along with team members.

International Women's Day celebrated

International Women's Day was celebrated at the Government College for Women by the College Women Forum. Gurminder Kaur, principal of the college, graced the occasion with her presence. Dr Surinder Kaur Gill, convenor of the forum, highlighted the importance of the day. Speaking on the occasion, the principal congratulated and appreciated the efforts put in by the faculty members and the students. She exhorted the students to fight for their liberty and equality. The topics of the declamation contest were ‘TV versus Women’, ‘Female Foeticide’, ‘Women Empowerment’, ‘Achievements made by Indian women’, ‘Role of a teacher in the development of a nation’.

Students shine

The students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, have once again shown their outstanding performance in Panjab University Examinations of MA (Music Vocal) I semester. Simran Kaur stood first in Ludhina district as well as in the college by scoring 76.5 % marks. Amarpreet Kaur stood second in the district as well as in the college by getting 75.5 % marks whereas Kawalpreet Kaur, with 70.5% marks, got the third position in the college. College principal Dr Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the teachers as well as the students.

Annual prize distribution

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, accoladed the star performers today at their 8th annual prize distribution function.As many as 124 star performers were honoured during the event. Chief guest Dr AK Kundra congratulated the prize winners. Dr RL Behl, principal of the college, passed on good wishes to the achievers for their future. The function concluded with the National Anthem. — TNS



Students walk proud with degrees
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
It was a day of annual convocations in the city as eight colleges, including five medical colleges, conferred degrees on students today.

The annual convocation of Christian Medical College, Christian Dental College, College of Nursing and College of Physiotherapy, Ludhiana, was held on the college campus.

Prof (Dr) SS Gill, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the chief guest.

Dr Abraham G Thomas, director, CMC & Hospital, was also present there.

Dr SM Bhatti, principal, administered the “Hippocratic Oath” to graduates and postgraduates. As many as 55 medical graduates, 25 postgraduates were awarded the degrees. Students excelling in various academic activities were awarded prizes and medals.

Dr Midhila Baby was declared the best intern. She was given a gold medal while Dr Shubdha Garg was awarded Dr Jaswant Kaur Gill Memorial Award. Dr Supriya Sen was awarded Dr Abraham G Thomas Award. An overview of faculty achievements was presented by Dr SM Bhatti.

The Association of Medical Alumni awarded the lifetime achievement award to Dr Patience Williams.

Dr VK Satija Award for best clinical teacher went to Dr Nitin Batra while Batch of 1976 Excellence in Teaching Award went to Dr Bobby John. Rejul K Raj was given alumni prize for best all-round graduate.

As many as 58 BSc nursing graduates and 23 MSc nursing postgraduates were awarded degrees on the 36th annual convocation. Gurwinder Kaur (BSc nursing first year), Damanpreet Kaur (BSc nursing second year), Navpreet Kaur (BSc nursing third year), Shefali Singla (BSc nursing fourth year) secured the first position. Gigi M George stood first in secured first position in BSc nursing aggregate. Amrinder Kaur (MSc nursing first year) and Sukhbir Kaur (MSc nursing second year) stood first in the college. Sukhbir Kaur stood first in MSc nursing aggregate. Special prizes were awarded to Shefali Singla, Twinkle Mary Paul and Gigi M George. Achsah T Thampi was declared the all-round best student nurse. Prof Ponnamma R Singh, principal, College of Nursing, congratulated all students.

Dr Abi M Thomas, principal, Christian Dental College, read out the annual report. About 40 BDS and four MDS graduates received degrees. Five students bagged gold medals.


As many as 51 graduates of the MBBS batch-2006 were awarded degrees and prizes during the annual convocation of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital held at the Dumra Auditorium.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India, Dr KK Talwar, was the chief guest. Renowned cardiologist and former director of PGIMER, Dr KK Talwar, is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including Padma Bhushan, Dr BC Roy National Award, Ranbaxy Research Award for Clinical Research.

The convocation began with a welcome address by Dean (academics) Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina.

Principal Dr Daljit Singh read out the annual report of the college. Dr KK Talwar said the institute, with its graduate, post-graduate and super-speciality programmes, was one of the most prestigious medical institutions of the region.

Sunil Kant Munjal, president of the DMCH Managing Society, congratulated the graduates.

The chief guest awarded 70 prizes and 17 medals to students. Secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta, Medical Superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr BS Shah and Dr Ashwani Chaudhary, chief cardiologist Dr GS Wander and Assistant Dean (academics) Dr Sandeep Kaushal were also present.

DD Jain Memorial College for Women

The annual convocation of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women was held here today. Dr CS Meena, joint secretary, UGC, was the chief guest. As many as 375 graduates and postgraduates were awarded degrees, while 18 students got the roll of honour.

BCM College of Education

The 13th annual convocation of BCM College of Education was held on the college campus. A total of 309 students (35 MEd and 274 BEd ) of the previous batch (2010-11) of BEd and MEd were conferred degrees on the occasion. Dr Brij Mohan Lall Munjal, chairman, Hero Motor Corporation, was guest of honour.

Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar read out the annual report of the college. The students, who received the college colours, included Pavneet Kaur (MEd gold medallist, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2009-10), Suman Rani (BEd gold medallist, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 2009-10) , Ushma Aggarwal (silver Medallist, Panjab University, Chandigarh) and Sandeep Kaur.

Malwa Central College of Education for Women

Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Civil Lines, held its 55th annual convocation of the college. As many as 241 BEd and 34 MEd students were conferred degrees. Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Manyawar Shri Kandhiram University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttar Pradesh, presided over the ceremony. Roll of honour was presented to Ishatpreet.

Kamaldeep Kaur was given S Harnam Singh Memorial Medal for academic excellence.

More than 100 academic prizes and 10 medals were given to degree holders for their achievements in various subjects and fields. Payal Sood, Sonia Wadhwa, Amandeep Kaur (MEd), Rikmandeep, Arul Mozhi V (BEd) were also felicitated.

Shivani Saggar and Preeti Sharam got Principal Tara Singh Memorial Silver Medal for securing the first position in MEd examination.

Madhu Bala and Pawandeep Kaur bagged Major Gurbachan Singh MC Memorial Silver Medal for securing the first position in BEd examination.

Dr Ravinder Kaur, principal of the college, read out the annual report.



Meritorious students felicitated 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 10
Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon, organised its annual prize distribution function today. Jaswinder Singh Brar, DPI, Punjab colleges, visited as the chief guest during the occasion, while Dr Satwinder Singh Dhillon, principal, Khalsa College Gardhiwala, Hoshiarpur, was the guest of honour.

After formally greeting the guests principal Dr Paramjit Kaur presented the annual report of session 2011-12. The chief guest gave away the prizes to the toppers of various classes, college colours to 30 students, merit certificates to 15 students and the roll of honor to deserving students. The students who made the college proud by bagging 11 university positions.

Among these Jatinder Kaur, Kuljeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur secured first, second and third position respectively in BA Honors (History). Jaskanwal Kaur of MA History (Part I) got the third position, Hardish Kaur of MA English Ist got the fourth position in Panjab University.

The chief guest in his speech praised the efforts of the institution in promoting the education of girls of rural areas. He also congratulated the prize winners and expressed his joy in seeing girls excel in all fields of life. The students of the college also presented a cultural program during the occasion.

The college principal, Dr Paramjit Kaur, thanked all the esteemed guests. The president of the trust, Dalbara Singh, secretary S Surjit Singh, and Dr Baljit Kaur Gill, principal GHG Harparkash College of Education, Sidhwan Khurd, graced the occasion with their presence.



Vet varsity gets grant for research

Ludhiana, March 10
The department of veterinary, gynaecology and obstetrics, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, has bagged two research grants from the department of biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi.

Dr Sarvpreet Singh Ghuman, associate professor, department of veterinary, gynaecology and obstetrics, is principal investigator of the three-year project, “Melatonin: A potential candidate for alleviating seasonal suppression of fertility in buffaloes”. His team includes Dr M Honparkhe (assistant gynaecologist), CS Ahuja (assistant professor) and RK Aggarwal (assistant scientist). — TNS



Gold chain snatched
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, March 10
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a girl here today.

The incident took place here this afternoon when the victim identified as Tanisha was visiting Haibowal market along with her mother.

A case has been registered.

Two persons shot at

Phillaur: Two persons sustained serious injuries when a villager, identified as Ravinder Singh, opened fire on them. A case has been registered in this connection.

Earrings snatched

Two armed motorcycle-borne youths snatched earrings from a woman near Gohawar village last night. In another incident, thieves struck at a shop and made away with goods and LPG cylinders.

A case has been registered in this connection. 



Hockey fans bat for Pargat Singh
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, March 10
Hailing Padma Shri awardee and former captain of the Indian hockey team, Pargat Singh’s victory in the state Assembly elections, hockey fans in the city have urged the government to give the portfolio of sports minister to him.

Appreciating Pargat’s contribution as the director, sports, Punjab, during the past five years towards the development of games, hockey lovers have pined their hopes on him as in their view, only a sportsperson of his calibre can put the things (sports) in order in the state.

The representatives of various sports associations, along with sports promoters, joined the game’s lovers in their resolve to call upon Parkash Singh Badal to induct Pargat in his cabinet and allot him sports ministry.

“Pargat Singh has already exhibited great qualities by leading the department of sports in the state, besides organising two World Kabaddi Cup Tournaments in addition to various sports competitions during his tenure as the director of sports,” opined certain sports promoters.

In a letter addressed to Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Sports Council of Ludhiana (SCL), too, urged upon him to bestow upon the responsibility of sports development in the state to the former international hockey star, Pargat Singh.

“It is fortunate that a dedicated person like Pargat Singh is available in the state and his services should be utilised for the betterment of sports and improving the infrastructure so that youngsters’ energy could be properly channelised,” said Thakur Udhay Singh, patron of the council.

Meanwhile, Gurbhajan Gill, chairman of the council, said the SCL would organise a function in the last week of this month at which Pargat Singh, along with another hockey star, former skipper, Indian hockey contingent, Sardar Singh would be honoured for their outstanding contribution to the field of hockey.



Bodybuilding competition today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 10
The Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABBA) will organise the 39th Senior Mr Punjab Bodybuilding Competition at Milan Palace in Dhuri tomorrow from 10 am onwards.

Dr Randhir Hastir, president of the organising association, said competition in the below 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, 100kg and plus 100kg categories would be held.

Participation certificates will be given to all competitors while Mr Punjab will receive a motorcycle. Performance in this meet will be taken into consideration while selecting the Punjab bodybuilding squad for the upcoming Senior National Bodybuilding Championship scheduled to be held in Pune.



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