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Power cuts get worse
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 12
Immediately after the civic elections in the city concluded on Sunday, the power situation, which was already precarious ever since two 100 MVA transformers were damaged in a massive fire at the 220 KV Lalton substation, took a turn for the worse.

On Monday, power supply remained intermittent in most parts of the city, with load shedding at regular intervals all through the day, and even during the night. The power scenario became grimmer today with load shedding at most domestic feeders continuing while a six-hour shutdown at 220 KV Humbran substation further added to the woes of residents who were left without power in over a dozen localities.

Even though senior officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) claimed that a new 100 MVA transformer installed at the Lalton Kalan substation had become operational, and some load had already been shifted to it, there was no visible improvement in the power supply as far as domestic feeders were concerned.

Sources in the power utility attributed the frequent load shedding and line failure in residential areas to lack of adequate infrastructure and overloading on most of the transformers in the urban areas.

"With the shifting of load due to snags at the Lalton substation and Ferozepur Road substation, the distribution and transmission equipment had taken a beating, which has now necessitated major maintenance shutdowns at Humbran Road, Model Town, Dugri and Ferozepur Road substations on June 12 and 13," sources said.

Residents complained that the PSPCL kept them in the dark about scheduled shutdowns and in case of line failure or other snags, the staff at the centralised customer care centre turns unresponsive.

"The complaints booked at customer care centres about power failure due to blown fuses or other defects remain unattended for hours. Complaints booked during night remain unattended till late in the morning," said Kartar Singh, a resident of Kundanpuri locality.

That the poor quality of power supply in the city and frequent failures are the result of inadequate infrastructure and outdated equipment is borne out from the assertion of PSPCL officials at Patiala (headquarters of the power utility) who claim that as of now, there is no scheduled cut in power whereas the fact remains that people have to go without power for hours.


Theft at retd police official's house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Thieves struck at the house of Daljit Singh, a retired Deputy Jail Superintendent, on Tajpur Road today and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees.

Daljit Singh said his son Kawaljit died a few days ago and he along with his wife had gone to their native village in Rahon to perform the last rites. The incident came to light when they entered here this evening and were shocked to find the house ransacked.

The thieves fled with 13 tolas of gold ornaments and Rs 20,000. The police suspects that the theft could be a handiwork of an insider who knew no one would be at home.



Babus want subordinates to arrange for labour for kin
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Its not official, but bureaucrats have ordered officials working under them to arrange for migrant labourers for sowing paddy for their near and dear ones.
Low-ranking officials from government departments can be seen outside railway stations along with farmers to arrange for labourers for their bosses because of acute shortage of work force during the sowing season.

Farmers are making a beeline for the railway station, making lucrative promises to labourers like accommodation and coolers. Some farmers are even staying at the station at night to get "hold" of labourers early morning. As soon as trains arrive, farmers start offering their deals to them. Some are offering liquor every evening even as they argue with each other while bargaining with labourers.

"Many people are approaching us to arrange for labourers these days. Last year fewer migrant workers came for the paddy session, so this time farmers are more worried about the labour. A senior official from the department has asked us to arrange for labour for their relatives," said a policeman requesting anonymity.

Balwant Singh, a farmer from Phillaur, said: "Last year we faced inconvenience during the paddy session due to shortage of labour. The government had fixed the date of sowing paddy some years ago and farmers need the labour on time. Labourers are demanding double the wages compared to last year." Rajib Das, a labourer said: "Farmers are offering all the basic requirements to draw us. Our priority is to get good wages per acre. We are demanding Rs 2,000 for every acre as inflation has gone up since last year."



Alarmed, yarn dealers tighten security at units
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Panic has gripped yarn dealers and industrialists after yesterday's incident where yarn worth lakhs of rupees was stolen from a unit. Industrialists are now tightening security outside their units to avoid such thefts.

Burglars struck at a factory unit and decamped with polyester yarn worth lakhs of rupees by taking workers of the unit "hostage" in the Jodhewal Basti area.

Vipan Jain of Atam Industries said nearly 10 burglars scaled the wall of the factory last night and overpowered the workers. The burglars, who had come in a truck, took the yarn and fled.

The police has launched a hunt to nab the accused.

This is the fourth such incident where thieves have fled with costly yarn priced between Rs 100 and Rs 500 per kg. "It is usually migrants who indulge in such thefts and target units with weak security. Since they themselves work in yarn-using units, they are aware of the cost of the yarn. A few months ago one such incident took place in my unit and after that I tightened the security at night," said Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club.

Yogesh Singla, a yarn dealer, said he was shocked to learn about the incident. "At my godown, yarn worth lakhs of rupees keeps lying outside, but now I have deputed a security guard outside the godown and have also requested PCR personnel to make a few rounds at night. Yarn is getting costlier every day and thieves have started targeting raw material," he said.

Another industrialist, Vinay Kansal, said yarn was a costly commodity and that was why thefts of this raw material had started taking place. "The only solution is to tighten security in factories at night. In addition to personal initiatives, the police should also extend a helping hand and keep a vigil in industrial areas," he said.



Youngsters fail to make an impact
Lose MC elections by huge margin
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Even as several youngsters were given ticket by different political parties, very few of them managed to win. In the Municipal Corporation elections held on Sunday, they lost by huge margins.

Twentytwo-year-old Manpreet Singh Manna, who was the youngest candidate among all candidates in the state and was allotted ticket by the SAD from ward no. 39, lost to Sanjeev Talwar of the Congress by 186 votes. Manna is doing MBA through correspondence.

Twentyeight-year-old Parvinder Singh Lapran, Congress candidate from ward no. 45, was pitted against Akali heavyweight Kamaljit Singh Karwal. Lapran, who comes from a political family, lost to Karwal by 890 votes.

Similarly, 30-year-old Pardeep Singh Saabi Toor, Congress candidate from ward no. 31, lost to Narinder Singh Malhi of the BJP by a huge margin of 4,977 votes. Out of the total 13,711 votes polled, Malhi secured 7,391 votes.

Rupinder Singh Sheela, a 31-year-old Congress candidate from ward no. 60, lost to Jaswinder Singh Bhola of the SAD by 1,216 votes.

Thirtyfive-year-old Priyanka Basant, Congress candidate from ward no. 57, also lost.

Independent candidate Veeran Bedi managed to win from this ward and Priyanka stood third. Former Cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria's son, Rakhwinder Singh, who was the SAD candidate from ward no. 61, managed to win by a margin of 511 votes.



Woman killed in building collapse
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
In a freak incident, a 35-year-old woman died after a portion of a dilapidated building fell on her in Chaura Bazar here today. The victim has been identified as Surita, a resident of Tibba Road, who was shopping along with her sister-in-law Meera in the evening.

The police said a concrete structure fell on the victim near Girja Ghar Chowk. She was rushed to hospital, but was declared brought dead. Her husband is demanding action against the owner of the building.



Motorcyclist crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A 47-year-old man was crushed to death under a speeding car in the Ladhowal area here last night. The incident took place when the victim, identified as Bachittar Singh of Bagga Khurd, was returning home on his motorcycle after visiting some relatives in Phillaur.

According to an eyewitness, a speeding car hit the motorcycle in the rear. Bachittar Singh lost control and fell on the road. Before he could react, the car ran over him. Commuters rushed the victim to the hospital, but he was declared brought dead.

The Ladhowal police has registered a case under Section 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rash driving resulting in death against the unidentified car driver and has started investigation.



Youth beaten to death by uncle
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, June 12
A youth from a nearby village, Rampur, was allegedly beaten to death by his uncle and six others last evening following a land dispute. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Manjinder, alias Manohar Singh, while the accused have been identified as Bachan Singh, Amarjit Singh, Mukhtiar Singh, Hardeep Singh, Kamaljeet Singh, Pardeep Singh and Jang Singh.

Baljinder, SHO Doraha, said the incident took place late last evening when the victim was irrigating his fields. His uncle, with whom he had some land dispute, along with some others, came to him and started annoying him. When the victim objected to it, they allegedly attacked him with sticks. The victim fell unconscious and a passerby informed the victim's father Amar Jeet Singh about the incident.

Manjinder was rushed to the DMCH, Ludhiana, in a critical condition. He died in the wee hours of today.

A case has been registered against seven persons, who at large. The body of the youth was handed over to his parents after a postmortem.



Education Board goof-up
17 students wrongly marked failed in Class X exams
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
In a major goof-up made by Punjab School Education Board, as many as 17 Class X students of Nankana Sahib Model High School, Janata Nagar, were marked as failed by considering their grade O as zero marks in the result declared yesterday.

All these students were given O grade in subjects, including Health and Physical Education, Computer Science, and Home Science, for which the marking is done internally. While feeding the data, PSEB marked them F, i.e. failed on result card where grade O was to be mentioned.

According to the school authorities, all these students have performed well in first semester examination and grand total of their marks should make them register their names in the State merit list.

School Principal Satvinder Kaur said, "It is very painful for those students who were expecting theair place in merit list. All-over result of the school also suffered due to this negligence of the board authorities. We marked the O grade for all these students which means that they scored more than 90 per cent according to PSEB rules.

Parents of the students who were expecting their children to make it to the state merit list were also irked on the negligence of the board.

Achharjit Singh, father of a student, Jaskiran Kaur, said, My daughter's grand total of both semesters is 1231 out of 1300. She deserves place in the merit list but the board has shown her as failed. Our children have suffered due to the boards negligence.

When contacted, Vice Chairman of PSEB, Mohali, Suresh Tandon, said, It is a mistake on the part of data operator. Data was added wrongly. We are taking it seriously because concerns the future of the students. If any of the students deserves the place in merit list, we will revise it.



Contract teachers wait for their due
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Over 7500 teachers, who were contracted by the Punjab government after an advertisement seeking 7654 contract teachers was published in September 2009, are still struggling to get their due.

Their union had to struggle for several months to get the appointment letters. Finally, after two years, these teachers were recruited by the state government on minimal salaries. Presently, while the master cadre teachers are receiving Rs 5400, the lecturers are being paid Rs 6400.

Before the assembly elections, the SAD-BJP government had promised that their salaries will be doubled. The union is still waiting for the promise to be implemented.

The tag of contract teacher is disturbing our personal lives as other regular teachers do not recognise us as a teacher. We should be regularised, said Gurbeer Singh of Master Cadre Union.



They Beat odds to make families proud
Varinder Kaur, who stood 6th in the state, comes from a humble background
Charanjit Singh Teja/Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
These girls fought the odds by sheer grit to emerge triumphant during the PSEB Class X examination.
Varinder Kaur, who secured the sixth rank in the state, has shown exemplary determination. Her father died when she was in Class V. Her mother worked as a seamstress and it was difficult to educate her with limited funds. Her school fee was paid by the school staff. She did not let the odds bog her down. She is an all-rounder and according to her school principal, a good orator.

Samar Jahan Tyagi, he youngest of the girls, has secured the ninth rank in the state. Her father is a contractor in a steel company and doesn't have fixed income. Her role model is her father for the hard work he puts in. "He came to the city 20 years ago and by sheer hard work, made our house and educated his three children. I look up to him and want to make him proud of me," she says.

She is wiser than her years when she remarks: "Expenditure is more and income less." This was one reason why she did not take any tuitions. Whenever there was any doubt, she would consult her teachers.

Khushboo, who got the 32nd rank, also saved money on tuition. Her mother Suman said as a mother she would feel bad, but due to the meagre income of the family, Khushboo had to study on her own.



Congress leaders condemn attacks on Capt, Ashu
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The Congress leaders have condemned the incidents involving attacks on Capt Amarinder Singh and Bharat Bhushan Ashu by the Akali Dal workers on the day of municipal elections. Some ruling party workers allegedly attacked the state Congress president, Capt Amarinder Singh, in Patiala and local Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu in Ludhiana on Saturday. Chairing a meeting of Congress workers here today, senior leader KK Bawa said that the ruling alliance of SAD/BJP had brutally ‘murdered’ democracy. The booths were captured and anti-social elements created panic amongst the public, he said.



Women councillors vow to serve people
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal,June 12
All five victorious women candidates of the Sahnewal nagar panchayat seem to be enthusiastic as far as the development of their particular wards is concerned. They have almost jumped into the arena as they feel they owe a lot towards their people who have bestowed complete faith in them and voted in their favour.

Jaspal Kaur, Akali councillor from ward number 1, while sharing her views with this correspondent expressed, I will solve problems related to water, sewerage and sanitation. All defunct streetlights will be made functional."

Manju Bala, Akali councillor from ward number 5, said, Apart from dealing with residents' problems, I will cater to their day to day needs. I will focus on the issue of women empowerment. I have noticed women being suppressed despite the fact that they are the real home makers."

Kuljit Kaur Sandhu is the only Congress candidate to win from ward number 9 shared, "Since 1993, our family, despite the change in governments, has never seen defeat even once. Victory, despite opposition from all quarters, is not an easy thing to possess. Voters vote for candidate and not for the party."

Shakuntla Rani, Akali councillor from ward number 12, too, wishes to work for the betterment of people of her ward.

Parkash Kaur, Akali councillor from ward number 13, confessed, I am indebted to my people who have given me this opportunity."



'Breakfast diplomacy' the latest fad
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The race for Ludhiana Mayor has hot up, with "breakfast diplomacy" already starting in the city. All winning councillors from the ruling alliance and Bharatiya Janta Party, local MLAs and senior party leaders attended a meeting held at PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's house today.

Even as all leaders present in the meeting gave all rights to Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal for choosing the Ludhiana Mayor, the councillors have started lobbying for the prestigious post ever since the election results were out.

Interestingly, several Akali leaders raised eyebrows over the choice of venue, which was Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's house, where the meeting was called. Some of them even stated that as Dhillon was the only minister from the city, besides he is having a good equation with Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal as well as Sukhbir Singh Badal, he is 
fast turning into the next power centre of the Akali Dal in Ludhiana. "That is why, we did not want to skip the meeting," said a senior councillor.

Even during his speech, state irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon remarked over Sharanjit Singh Dhillon taking an initiative to hold the meeting. "Most of the ministers prefer to remain as guests, but its good that you have become a host," said Sekhon.

While speaking to The Tribune, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon stated, "It was decided even before June 10 (day on which the MC elections were held) that all SAD and BJP councillors would be called for a meeting here. We are one family and its better if we discuss our internal issues under a single platform," Dhillon said.

In his address, MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said, "I have heard of the dinner diplomacy, but Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has started the trend in our city, which is good."

Almost all councillors attend meeting

Those, who attended the meeting included Cabinet Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Dakha MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, Ludhiana South MLA Balwinder Singh Bains, Jagraon MLA S R Kler, Ludhiana East MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, Gill MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, former MP Gurcharan Singh Galib, former minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Punjab Agro chairman Amrik Singh Aliwal, BJP general secretary Kamal Sharma, BJP district president Parveen Bansal, Punjab SSS board chairman Santa Singh Umedpuri, Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal and Harish Bedi (both ex-MLAs), former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda, Hakam Singh Giaspura, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, besides some others.



Admns orders remain on paper
Registration of criminal cases against encroachers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The orders issued by the district administration to the police heads for registration of criminal cases against those farmers who had failed to remove encroachments along berms of rural link roads in the district still remain on paper, and nothing worthwhile has been done in this regard till now for the simple reason that political leaders have adopted a "lenient" view towards the "unlawful occupants" with eyes on the vote bank.

The district authorities had identified 63 major defaulters at various places in the district and the list was sent to heads of three police districts, Ludhiana Commissionerate, Khanna and Jagraon for booking the violators for failing to remove the encroachments at their own level after notices were served on them. Inquiries made by The Tribune from senior police officials revealed that not a single case had so far been registered against those occupying parts of link roads for cultivation of crops.

One of the police official said they had received the letter and had asked the DSPs to get these encroachments removed. He said, "Our intention is not to register criminal cases against them but to clear the encroachments and for this, we have given the necessary orders to the officials."

Meanwhile, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, who himself had initiated the anti-encroachment drive, said 90 per cent of the civil and police staff remained too busy due to the municipal elections. He said several encroachments were as old as 40 years and within a day, these could not be removed.

"Now they have started sowing paddy on these encroached roads and removing these at this time will be a great trouble. We will have to wait till paddy season is over. We are adamant on our stand to remove these encroachments but at present, we need to be little patient till the season is over," said Dhillon. 



3 hurt as car overturns
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
An overspeeding car turned turtle on a road near Jagraon Bridge here today.
The driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a sharp turn near Master Tara Singh College for Women.

The car toppled and turned turtle. Three persons were travelling in the car. They were rushed to a hospital and discharged later. The accident led to traffic jam on the elevated road.



Granthi commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
A 32- year-old granthi allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at a gurdwara located in Amarpura near the Civil Hospital here today.

The deceased was identified as Ajit Singh, a resident of Manakwal village.

Investigating officer said the deceased was under depression. He had tied the knot four years ago and the couple had a daughter out of the wedlock.

The incident came to light when one of the devotees spotted the victim hanging from a ceiling fan. The devotee raised the alarm and informed the police about the incident.

The incident led to panic in the area and the body of Ajit Singh was immediately taken to the Civil Hospital for an autopsy. The deceased used a turban to end his life.

The police has started an inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Hopes pinned on young councillors
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Young councillors, who have made it to the Ludhiana municipal corporation remained the hot topic during the SAD-BJP meeting held here today. Almost all speakers, who addressed the meeting held at PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's residence, emphasised that as a large number of youngsters had been elected as the councillors, they needed to serve the residents in a better manner.

After the meeting, senior Akali leaders have started speculating that the next Ludhiana Mayor could be from a younger lot. As per the "internal arrangement" between the SAD and BJP, the post of Mayor in Ludhiana goes to the SAD, while the BJP gets the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

This time, the Shiromani Akali Dal has managed to get 27 seats. In the 2007 MC elections, the party had got 24 seats, while the BJP had got 12 seats, which is one less than the 2007 poll when the party had secured 13 seats.

The names making rounds for the post of Mayor are a three-time councillor Pal Singh Grewal, outgoing Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura, senior Akali leader Kamaljit Singh Karwal, besides some others.

But senior leaders, including MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, BJP general secretary Kamal Sharma and some others 
mentioned youngsters in their speeches.

Kamal Sharma said as a large number of youngsters had been elected in the MC house, they should serve the city in a free and fair manner. Similarly, MLA Bains said as today's youth was full of energy, they should learn from the elders in serving the city residents.

After the meeting, a senior leader said this time, the party high command might give chance to the youth. "It is likely that a senior leader of the city might oppose Pal Singh Grewal, while Hakam Singh Giaspura has already served as the Mayor for five years. That is why, we have given all rights of choosing the Mayor to Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. We hope that he gives due representation to the youth," said the leader.



Go-ahead for 3 new courses
Industry-oriented courses to be introduced in GNIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, has authorised Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, to offer three new courses, i.e. M Com (Professional), B Com (Professional) and PGDCA. While PGDCA course is run by PTU since long, the other two courses have recently been introduced as part of an industry-oriented syllabus to prepare the graduates and post-graduates for suitable employment. The courses have been offered to a few selected colleges and GNIMT is one of them.

PTU has designed these courses to offer students a wide range of subjects ranging from accounting modules to core management modules. Seminars, workshops, software training modules and industrial training programmes have also been incorporated to bridge the gap between industry requirements and academic inputs. Like all other courses, PTU will run these courses on semester-system format. It has an edge over B Com/M Com in traditional format, because semester system enables the students to study the subjects comprehensively. 



From schools
Guru Nanak School gets merit positions

 Komalpreet Kaur
Komalpreet Kaur 

Ludhiana: Six merit positions were bagged by the Class X students of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, in the examinations of Punjab State Education Board, results of which were declared on Tuesday. Komalpreet Kaur stood seventh in the state and fourth in the district with 95.23 per cent marks. Kulpreet Kaur (95 per cent), Amandeep Kaur (94.92 per cent), Jotkamal Kaur (94.61 per cent), Gaganpreet Kaur (93.23 per cent), and Harneet Kaur (92.69 per cent) got ninth, 10th, 11th, 32th and 39th state ranks respectively. Overall, the school secured a 100 per cent result.

Shifaly Public School

Shifaly Public School has produced a 100 per cent result in the PSEB examinations. Dimpy, a Class X student, emerged the topper from the school. She has secured 91 per cent marks. She was followed by Richa Arora (90 per cent) and Babita Makkar (89 per cent).

Master Tara Singh Memorial School

Neha Kashyap, a Class X student of Master Tara Singh Memorial Collegiate Senior Secondary Public School, stood first in the school with 86.07 per cent marks in the PSEB examinations. Mansi Arora and Neha Bhola got second and third positions in the school by securing 80 per cent and 79.92 per cent marks respectively.

BVM School

Vinita Kumari, a student of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, has brought laurels to her school by securing 41st rank in the district in the PSEB Class X examinations.



Youths body found
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, June 12
Panic gripped Jalalaldiwal village near Raikot when a partially naked body of a youth was found in the fields of the village situated on the Ludhiana-Bathinda highway yesterday.

As per information, some villagers noticed the body of the youth. Following which they immediately informed the village panchayat about the dead body which further passed on the information to the police. Soon after this, a police team from the Raikot police station reached the spot. The police took the body into its custody and sent it for an autopsy.

Jagraon SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor visited the spot to take stock of the situation. As per sources, both the legs of the youth were badly crushed which indicated that the youth might have met with an accident.

The youth was identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Kala, of Lehra village near Dehlon. Raikot SHO Dilbag Singh stated that Mewa Singh, a resident of Mauliwia, Raikot, informed the police that Paramjit Singh had gone missing. He added that the youth was 'admitted' to a dera near Raikot, but he flee from there. A case under Section 174 of the CRPC has been registered.

The SHO has not ruled out the possibility of murder. He said a probe was on.



Ludhiana earn three points
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 12
The four-day match played between Ludhiana and Mohali during the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-22) being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Punjab Agricultural University here today remained unresolved.

However, on the basis of first innings lead of 69 runs, Ludhiana earned three vital points while the visitors went empty handed Needing 45 runs to surpass Mohali's first innings total of 414, Ludhiana began the last day's proceedings, with Davinder Sidhu and Gurinder Hara holding their fort at 34 and 21 runs, respectively. Ludhiana's scored 483 runs in 166.5 overs.

Today, Davinder Sidhu appeared to be a pale shadow of himself and lost his wicket after adding just one run to his overnight score. But, Gurinder negotiated Mohali's bowlers successfully and also assisted ably the new batsman, Sandeep Singh.

Eventually, Gurinder was bowled at his individual score of 34 runs. At this point, Ludhiana still needed nine runs with just one wicket in hand.

However, Sandeep, then found a matching partner in Sukhjinder Singh and the duo shared valuable partnership of 78 runs for the last wicket which also anchored Ludhiana to gain lead.

With just over three hours of play left on the last day and no result was in sight, it was merely a formality. In the remaining period, Mohali, in their second innings scored 238 runs after losing two wickets in 50 overs. The highlight of their second innings was an unbeaten century by Harpreet who remained unconquered on 152.

Brief scores: Mohali (first innings): 414 all out in 144.1 overs (Harsarup 98, Pukhraj 88, Ankit Pursharthy 67, Sachin Sohal 72 and Bir Kanwar 47; Sukhjinder 5 for 85, Himanshu 2 for 90, Sandeep Singh 1 for 24, Ashish 1 for 46 and Anil Siag 1 for 83).

Ludhiana (first innings): 483 all out in 166.5 overs (Sunny Pandey 27, Akhil Aggarwal 23, Nikhil Chowdhary 41, Ashish 87, Anil Siag 67, Geetansh Khera 21, Himanshu Shelly 22, Davinder Sidhu 35, Gurinder Hara 34, Sandeep Singh 69 n.o and Sukhjinder Singh 27; Harpreet 5 for 176, Mehnazpreet 2 for 78 and Gurpreet Singh 2 for 74).

Mohali (second innings)- 238 for 2 in 50 overs (Harpreet 152 n.o and Mehnazpreet 32; Sandeep Singh 1 for 69 and Akhil Aggarwal 1 for 29).



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