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3 colonies, shops, religious place razed
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
Amid resentment, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s building branch demolished over two-dozen structures in different parts of the city today. These included three residential colonies, 15 shops, a religious place, encroachment in a park and an under construction house.

The officials also sealed a mobile tower of a leading telecommunication company after residents of the area objected to it.

The MC drive was led by assistant town planners Surinder Singh Bindra and Rajinder Sharma at 10 am from the Haibowal area. An under construction house being built on a drain in the Haibowal area was demolished. From there, the MC officials went to clear an encroachment from a park in Haibowal.

“A city resident had constructed a wall in a park, which is part of our town planning scheme. Residents of the area had complained about the encroachment and it was demolished today,” said ATP Surinder Singh Bindra.

Besides, three illegal colonies in the Haibowal area were also razed. “The owners of these colonies had not taken permission from the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and had started laying roads. We will not tolerate any such thing in the city,” stated ATP Rajinder Sharma.

A total of 15 shops in different parts of the Haibowal area were also demolished. A religious place in the Jawala Singh Nagar area of Haibowal constructed on the land meant for a road was also demolished.

A mobile tower of a telecommunication company was also sealed by MC officials. The company officials objected to the MC action as they said the company had taken permission from the civic body for it. They even argued with the ATPs, but the MC officials sealed it.

“Yes, they had permission for the tower, but there is a clause in the document that if any resident objects to it, the tower has to be removed. We switched off the mobile tower and sealed it. We also asked the company officials to remove it,” stated ATP Surinder Singh Bindra.

This was a massive demolition drive by the MC. The officials said the crack down against encroachers would continue. “We have received a complaint against an under construction hospital in C Block of Model Town Extension as well. This hospital is being constructed without the MC permission. The MC would soon demolish the illegal building of the hospital,” said ATP Surinder Singh Bindra.


12-year-old boy goes missing, returns home in the evening
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
A 12-year-old boy, who left for the school this morning and went missing under mysterious circumstances, was spotted in the Jamalpur area following a day-long drama this evening.

The boy, Sanchit Kapoor, a Class VI student of Ryan International School and son of real estate dealer Sandeep Kapoor, left his house at HM Colony in Jamalpur at 7.30 am for school. When Sanchit's parents went to his school in the afternoon, they were shocked to hear that he didn't reach the school.

Wasting no time, the family informed the police about Sanchit's disappearance. The police sounded a high alert.

Questions remain unanswered

  • The place from where Sanchit was reportedly kidnapped is generally crowded, but there was no eyewitness to it
  • Why Sanchit did not raise the alarm when he was being kidnapped
  • Why the snatchers took his bag and not the `10 note that was in his pocket
  • The place where the 'kidnappers' took Sanchit is 5 km from his house. Why it took the whole day for Sanchit to return home



One side of Sidhwan Canal bridge to remain closed for 5 hours today
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

DCP Gurpreet Singh Toor discusses traffic diversions with officials of the construction company
DCP Gurpreet Singh Toor discusses traffic diversions with officials of the construction company. Tribune photos

Ludhiana, October 5
One side of the Sidhwan Canal bridge on Ferozepur Road will be closed for vehicular traffic for five-and-half hours tomorrow on trial basis. If the plan works out well, this side of the bridge will be closed for three months.

The bridge (for traffic going towards Ferozepur) will remain closed from 9 am to 11 am, 4 pm to 6 pm and 7 30 pm to 9 pm for the construction of an underpass for the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project.

Once one side of the bridge is closed, traffic going towards Mullanpur, Jagraon, Moga or Ferozepur will have to take a left turn opposite PAU Gate Number 1. After crossing the Sidhwan Canal bridge near MC Zone D office and passing through Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, the vehicles will come on Ferozepur Road from opposite the Verka Milk plant.

Similarly, the other side of the bridge (for traffic entering Ludhiana) will also be closed for three months after the completion of work on the closed lanes.

The private company constructing this project submitted a formal letter in this regard in the office of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari, with a copy of it to the Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh on Monday.

A team of traffic police officials led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Toor visited the site this evening. Speaking to The Tribune, DCP Toor said: “One side of the bridge will be closed on trial basis so that we are sure that our diversion plan works well. I have asked the company officials to dismantle a part of the divider and footpath on the other side of the road to accommodate vehicular traffic,” he said.

Pardeep Kumar, project manager of Supreme Infrastructure, the company undertaking the project, claimed that the dividers in front of Verka Milk Plant and Nanaksar Gurdwara would be dismantled by midnight. “I have asked the staff to widen the road by tomorrow morning so that we can start the construction work,” he said.

The foundation stone of the Rs 318-crore Sidhwan Canal four-lane expressway project was laid in the 2009. The 26.9-km expressway project with a four-lane road and carriageways on its either side will provide a bypass for traffic going to Ferozepur. This project has a total of nine bridges, which include five canal bridges, two rail overbridges and two flyovers.

Sirhind canal closed for 21 days

Sirhind Canal taking-off from Ropar head works would remain closed for 21 days (from October 8 to October 28) due to the construction of the Sidhwan Canal expressway.



Notorious criminal nabbed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
In a major breakthrough, the city police nabbed a hardcore criminal from the Abdullapur Basti area today.

The accused, identified as Vicky, is wanted in two murder cases. Besides, 15 cases of snatching have been registered against him.

Following a tip-off, the CIA-II team conducted a recce in the Abdullahpur Basti area this evening. After waiting for sometime, the police team entered a house apprehended Vicky.

It is learnt that on seeing the policemen, Vicky pulled out his gun. But before he could fire, the police overpowered him.

The CIA team is interrogating Vicky, a resident of Shimlapuri.

He was involved in murders cases that took place at Model Town and Shimlapuri.

CIA in charge GS Bains confirmed the development, but refused to divulge details.



15 tractor-trailers impounded
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
A day after impounding 28 sand-laden tractor-trailers at Partap Chowk, the city police today confiscated 15 tractor-trailers.

The sand-laden tractor-trailers were parked near the Dairy Complex on Hambra Road. The action was taken following a complaint lodged by RTI activist Sarabjit Singh Kahlon.

SHO, Habowal, said the police has impounded 15 tractor-trailers which were being used for commercial purpose. A case under Mining and Minerals Act has been registered against the accused tractor-trailer drivers.



Jaipura road a bane of commuters
The road that was dug up for laying of sewer pipes four months ago has not been levelled and reconstructed
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, October 5
Commuters and residents are being inconvenienced as Jaipura Road that was dug up for laying of sewer pipes nearly four months ago has not been levelled and reconstructed so far.

“We have spoken about our problem to the authorities several times, but to no avail and the authorities too are not blind that they cannot notice the inconvenience being faced by hundreds of villagers who have no other option but to cross the road to meet their day to day requirements. I really do not understand when the authorities will begin to take note of our problems?” complained a resident who seemed to be fed up of the way the concerned authorities function.

When the Jaipura Road is dry, it is like hell for passerbys and the shopkeepers who have their shops on the edges. The dust which is raised by the passing vehicles is enough to stifle any one’s breath. When it gets wet, it becomes difficult to pass through it, as the heavy as well as light vehicles literally push their way through it. During rainy seasons water collect on it and it becomes slippery to the extent that each and every passerby dreads to tread across it.

“Only we know what problems we have been facing for the past few months. On one hand, the National Highway Authority is rendering us pathless by blocking all our ways and on the other hand, the local authorities are testing our patience by making us pass through a road, day in and day out, which is the most troublesome one” expressed another resident.

MC chief Inderjit Singh Kala said, “There was a problem of leakage which is being resolved by the committee after which the PWD and GLADA will begin its work. I am personally directing GLADA officials to finish off the work as soon as possible so that the residents and the commuters have to face least problem on account of the laying of sewer pipes. ”

While the SDO, GLADA, on the other hand blamed that the Municipal Council was delaying the work. “It is only after the committee gives a nod that we will begin the road work” he added.



One more tests positive for swine flu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
One more patient from the city has been found infected with swine flu.

The patient is under treatment at Mohandai Oswal Hospital. Conforming this Dr Deepak Bhatia, state nodal officer for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, said the state had recieved 12 confirmed patients of swine flu. However, district epidemiolgist Dr Puneet Juneja said none of the patients in the city was found infected with dengue today.



Excise dept's notices to traders
Tells them to submit TIN numbers, bank details
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
The Excise and Taxation department has asked traders to submit their tax information network (TIN) numbers and other bank account details. The department has asked the dealers to furnish bank account details since they have deposited less Value Added Tax (VAT). Many VAT traders in the city have received such notices and now they will have to submit their bank account statement for the entire year.

A trader said: "I have deposited the entire amount but now all of a sudden the department is saying that I have deposited less VAT". "Instead of sending me the notice, the department should check their own records. The worst part is that they are asking me to submit the entire details again. It will be nearly two-hundred pages and even the bank officials are finding it a bit difficult to do so," he added.

The department has asked to furnish necessary details like TIN number, nature of business, advocate's name and his contact number, tax deposited in the last two years. A senior excise and taxation official said the notices were being sent to the traders who were found depositing less VAT while other notices were sent for the upgradation of the department's knowledge.



Govt to set up adoption agencies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 5
The Punjab Government will set up an adoption agency and a children home in the every district of the state to facilitate adoption of orphan and deserted children. Out of Rs 19 crore, which will be spent on the scheme, Rs 9 crore had already been sanctioned. This was stated by Raj Kumar Jasra, Deputy Director, Department of Social Security, Women and Child Welfare, while speaking at a state-level seminar, organised here on Friday. The seminar was held in association with the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). CARA Joint Director JR Patti also attended the seminar.

Jasra said the underlying purpose of the seminar was to provide explicit guidelines to child welfare committees, working in the districts, about the role of the government in adoption of orphan children so that the legal process of adoption could be promoted and the parents, who adopt children, did not face any problems at later stage.

Outlining the detailed legal procedure required for the adoption, Jasra said seven agencies approved by the government were carrying out the work for the facilitation of adoption of children and in addition a five-member child welfare committee had been set up in the each district.

The government, he added, had established seven children homes in various districts besides four observation homes where facilities of boarding, lodging, medical care and education were being provided to orphan children up to the age of 18 years. In case, a child went for higher education, he or she could avail these facilities free of cost till the age of 21 years, he added.



His movie ‘Five Folds’ is making waves
To be screened at Sikh International Film Festival in New York in November
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 5
Satdeep Singh has been getting widespread appreciation for the movies he has been making. His movie “Five Folds” has won the best film award in the intermediary age group Jasdeep participated in.

The short film is about five folds of turban, in which a father of a child tells him about the importance of turban and tells him to recognise the five folds of turban with truthfulness, satisfaction, sympathy and help to the needy, piety for religion and patience.

In fact, his films have been winning in the category for the last three years says Satdeep. "I make movies that transcend religion and that appeal to everyone. The messages in the films are universal and everyone can relate to it," says the 25-year-old.

An engineer by profession, he is working as a Senior Research Fellow with the Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Organisation (MERADO). Talking about his passion for film-making, he said that he had been inclined towards films since childhood. "I was in Class VI, when I directed a play at school," he says. During the final year of my engineering, I made a film titled “Virse De Waris Nu”. After that he made films for online film festival at Sikhnet.com, in 2010 by the name of “Forgotten Truth”, which was based on the truth about death."The pains, suffering, strife in a man's life are the result of forgetting the fact that ultimately one has to die," he says. The movie won widespread applause. Another movie “Born to Lead” was again appreciated a lot, he says.

“Five Folds” is going to be screened at the Sikh International Film Festival to be held in New York in November this year, he says.

Having won the appreciation, he plans to get into film-making more seriously. "This is my passion and I want to make good world-class movies," he says. I am getting a lot of good projects as well, he says.



Deeply connected to Punjabi culture, says Miss Punjab Australia
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Miss Punjab Australia 2012 Manpneet Grewal in Ludhiana
Miss Punjab Australia 2012 Manpneet Grewal in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 5
Manpneet Kaur Grewal, who won “Miss Punjab Australia” this year is in the city. She is going to participate in the “Miss World Punjaban” event to be held in December this year.

Born and brought up in Australia, she says that although her family migrated from Punjab to Australia, care was taken that they were connected to their culture and heritage.

She says such contests encourage the Punjabi community across the world to connect to heir roots.

Preparing for the event, she is learning more about her culture and is learning the folk dance as well. She was inspired to take part in the contest as she too wanted to be a role model for young girls and an ambassador of Punjabi culture.

The pageant attracts Punjabis across the world. Miss Punjaban events in the US, Canada, Australia have already taken place this year. The events are going to be held in Europe, New Zealand and other countries as well, before the final in India in December.

Talking about the event, Jasmer Singh Dhatt, one of the organisers of the pageant says, "In order to promote cultural values, we have been organising the Miss World Punjab pageant."

"Miss World Punjaban is the only event of its kind where girls don't have to wear swimsuits and catwalk to show their beauty, which in a way encourages vulgarity. We encourage and help them to gain confidence and develop inner beauty through learning and knowledge. They get to know more about their culture and heritage, folk dances, health and arts," he says.



Farmers told to get combine harvesters checked

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 5
Besides, restricting paddy-harvesting hours and banning burning of stubble, the administration has directed the owners of combine harvesters to get their old reapers examined by the officials of the Agriculture Department and manufactures concerned.

The directions were issued after taking into account the consequences of harvesting with defective equipments during the past years. Dr Indu, ADC, Sangrur, directed to ensure that no harvesting was done during 7 pm to 10 am and stubble should be disposed off in an organic manner.

"We have asked the owners of combine harvesters to get their old equipments examined before starting harvesting," said the ADC. The ADC added that imperfect harvesters left more stubble, which had added to the woes of farmers. While promulgating prohibition orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Dr Indu directed authorities concerned to ensure that no farmer burn stubble. Baldev Singh Latala and Sikandar Singh Jartoli of the Punjab Kissan Sabha, had asked members of their organisation to act upon the advice of experts to improve quality of their produce. — OC



Seminar on use of farm inputs held

Ludhiana, October 5
A three-day training course "Efficient use of farm inputs, machinery and agro-service centers", organised by the Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), concluded here on Friday. The secretaries of the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) participated in the course.

Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, said the university since its existence had been working hard for the economic betterment of rural people and would continue to serve them in future also.

He emphasised that farmers should have technical knowledge of farm inputs and machinery for maximising their profits. — TNS



National seminar on engineering

Ludhiana, October 5
A national seminar "Engineering interventions and innovations for opportunities and challenges in Indian agriculture (EIIOC-2012)" on engineering interventions concluded at the PAU on Friday.

The seminar laid special emphasis on precision agriculture, crop solutions for diversified farming systems, farm machinery management and safety; post-harvest processing, value addition of horticultural produce and improving water-use efficiency for achieving maximum crop productivity. — TNA



from schools and colleges
Rally against female foeticide organised

NSS volunteers of SDP Senior Secondary School organised a rally against female foeticide on Friday. The volunteers were holding placards and raising slogans to make people aware of the ill-effects of female foeticide. Balraj Bhasin, president, SDP sabha, motivated the staff and students to launch a drive against female foeticide. Principal Jasveer Singh Chauhan highlighted the ill-effects of the menace for the coming generation if common man did not understand the importance of women in their lives.

Green day observed

Montessori wing of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, celebrated green day on Friday. To create awareness about the environment a special assembly and an interactive session was organised on the occasion. The students walked upon the stage and spoke about the goodness and nutritional value of green vegetables. Principal Parveena John congratulated the participants said: “It is never too early to teach students about the value of healthy lifestyle and important role that our environment plays in our well-being”.

Maths fest

BCM School, Chandigarh road,organised a maths fest on Friday. The fest includes a workshop, which would conclude on December 22 with celebration of the birthday of great mathematician Ramanujam. In the next three months the teachers will strive to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of mathematics through a large number of events and activities. During the first segment of the fair a workshop on “Latest Techniques and Teaching Methods of Mathematics” for the primary teachers of the school was organised. N N Parti, strategic head, Shalaun Hills School, Gurgaon, was the resource person, who along with Riya Dey shared his experience with the teachers. The school has further planned to organise the second segment by organising maths exhibition in November while December will witness the culmination of the celebration in the form of power point presentations regarding the best practices in Mathematics on the occasion of Ramanujam's 

Declamation contest held
Winners of a declamation contest strike a pose in Ludhiana on Friday
Winners of a declamation contest strike a pose in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Sanatan Vidya Mandir, Senior Secondary School, organised a declamation contest for the students of high and senior secondary classes on Friday. Executive members Rajesh Kashyap (president), Sadhana Sharma (principal) welcomed chief guests J S Khera, former district governor, Lions Club, and Roshan Lal Arya, president of Ved Parchar Mandal. Sadhana Sharma said such type of competitions were necessary for developing overall personality of students as these type of competitions inculcate the spirit of healthy competitions and develop leadership qualities in students. Chief guest J S Khera exhorted the students to imbibe good values and work hard to keep pace with changing times. He advised the students to save water to make the environment healthy for the survival of future generations. Prizes were distributed at the end of the competition.

Workshop on Hindi language

To improve teaching methodology and to keep with the trend of introducing various techniques in Hindi language, a workshop “Sankalp” was organised by Saraswati Publications on Friday. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Ram Karan Dabaas. As many as 41 teachers of 22 schools participated in the workshop. Various slides were shown to the teachers to clarify their doubts. The workshop proved to be a huge success.

‘Best out of Waste’ activity

An innovative approach was adopted to inculcate respect for the nature by organising “Best out of Waste” activity in Ryan International School, Dugri, here on Friday. The activity was organised for the students of Montessori wing of the school. The students made wonderful things of waste material. The headmistress of the school said such activities enhance creativity of the students.
Students perform giddha during the zonal youth festival at Dakha on Friday
Students perform giddha during the zonal youth festival at Dakha on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Youth Fest

The rich cultural heritage of Punjab was on display during the various events presented by the students of different colleges in the Punjab University Zonal Youth Festival Ferozepur-Moga Zone (A), which entered its third day at GTB National College, Dakha , on Friday. More than 1500 students of as many as 14 colleges are participating in the youth festival.

Annual exhibition
Studets showcase their creative skills during an exhibition at Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Friday
Studets showcase their creative skills during an exhibition at Kundan Vidya Mandir in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, presented the facts of mind, the culmination of science and nuances of craft in the Annual Art, Science and Computer Exhibition here on Friday. Dr Manohar Singh Saini, director, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. More than 100 innovative models and charts were displayed. A large crowd consisting of dignitaries, parents, students and media personnel visited the exhibition. Students exhibited their scientific aptitude through wonderful working models like hydraulic systems, energy efficient house, water treatment plant, probability games, ellipse, effects of global warming. School manager Ashwani Kumar appreciated the efforts made
by the students and the teachers. – TNS



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Drug Trafficking

while expressing concern over the large-scale drug addiction in Punjab the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) criticised the half-hearted approach adopted by the state government to curb the menace. Although the Punjab Government, led by the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP alliance, had started to wipe out the menace through the use of police, yet the results were almost zero, said IHRO chairperson DS Gill, here on Friday. The state administration should catch big fishes, involved in drug trafficking and the ruling alliance needed to make strict laws, he added. "The IHRO coordinated project 'Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts' is being carried out with the help of Sewa Punjab, Moga, and Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, we will lend every support to the government for the mission," said project director Mohinder Singh Grewal and coordinator Parminder Singh Gill Moga.

National conference

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will host the 30th Annual National Conference of Indian Society for Medical Sciences (ISMSCON) from 6th to 8th October. This is the first time that the conference is being organised in this part of the country since the inception of the society in 1983. The theme for the conference is "Understanding and Translating Staitsical and Epidemiological Innovation into Biomedical Research". The conference is being organised by the Department of Community Medicine under the guidance of organising chairperson Dr Anurag Chaudhary. Approximately 400 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the conference. The conference will be inaugurated by professor TCA Anant, Secretary,Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, India. Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Science ,Dr SS Gill, will also attend the conference.


The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated taxation lawyer Ashok Juneja as in charge of its legal and CA cell. Juneja is having long association with the party and has served as the member of various district and state-level committees of the BJP. He is presently heading the Punjab Tax Bar Association. — TNS



Nine booked in firing incident at Chakar village
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 5
A day after the firing incident at Chakar village near Jagraon in which three persons received bullet injuries, the local police has registered a case against nine persons under various sections of the IPC.

Rachpal Singh, SHO, Jagraon Sadar police station, said the police had registered a case against Yadwinder Singh Yadoo, Dulla Singh, Shingara Singh, Bant Singh and five unidentified persons under Sections 364, 307, 427, 506, 294, 120 B, 148, 149, 25, 27 and the Arms Act based on the statement of Ranjit Kaur, relative of one of the injured.

There has been no arrest so far. "We are conducting raids at the hideouts of the accused and all of them will be arrested very soon," added Rachpal Singh.

Three persons, including Amritpal Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Arashdeep Singh were injured when some residents from the same village had opened fire on them due to an old rivalry at Chakar village yesterday.

All three injured are undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana. The condition of all the accused is stated to be out of danger.



District Athletics Meet
STC trainees hog limelight
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 5
Trainees of the Sports Training Centre, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, hogged the limelight in the boy's section in the annual District Athletics Meet that began at Guru Nanak Stadium, here, today.

The participants from Nav Bharti Public School too made their presence felt as they followed the STC athletes.

First day's results

Boys (U-16) 800m race: Amritpal Singh of Nav Bharti Public School (first), Amritdeep Singh of Arya Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, (second) and Dilpreet Singh of Nav Bharti Public School (third).

Boys (U-18) - 800m race: Luvjot Singh of STC (first), Dharmendra Kumar of GTB, Khanna (second) and Prashant Sharma of GMT Public School, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-20) - 800m race: Gurjant Singh of STC (first), Maninder Singh of GHG Khalsa College, GuruSar Sudhar (second) and Hitesh Bhandari of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Ludhiana (third).

Boys (U-16) - 600m race: Abhay Puri of Nav Bharti Public School (first), Varun Kumar of GMT Public School, Ludhiana (second) and Dimpy Solanki of Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Ludhiana (third).

Girls (U-18) - Hammer throw: Upneet Kaur of Nankana Sahib Public School, Rampur (first), Arshdeep Kaur of Nankana Sahib Public School (second) and Rajpreet Kaur of Government College for Women, Ludhiana (third).

Girls (U-16)- 200m race: Gunjan of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar (first), Mandeep Kaur of Govt High School, Begowal (second) and Parwinder Kaur of Satluj Public School, Ludhiana (third).

Girls (U-18)- 200m race: Adhiti Sharma of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar (first), Sukhvir Kaur of GNGC, Ludhiana (second) and Rinky of Govt Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Kalan, Ludhiana (third).

Girls (U-20)- 200m race: Shivdeep Kaur of GNGC, Ludhiana (first), Yogita Rani of AS College for Women, Khanna (second) and Hardeep Kaur of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar (third).



Pugilists bring laurels to Shere Punjab Sports Academy
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 5
Trainees of the Shere Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar, near Jagraon, added another feather in the cap of the academy by winning as many as six medals, including two gold medals, during the 13th Senior Punjab Boxing Championship for Women. The event concluded at the Kamala Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, today.

As soon as the news of the trainees winning six medals in the championship reached the village, a wave of delight and pride spread among the villagers. The villagers distributed “laddoos” among each other to celebrate the achievement.

It is not the first time that the trainees of the academy have won medals in such a prestigious championship. Earlier too, the trainees had won several medals at various national level and state-level championships.

As Dr Balwant Singh Sandhu, chief administrator of the Shere Punjab Sports Academy, said Amandeep Kaur and Parminder Kaur won gold medals while Shavinder Kaur bagged a silver medal. Apart from them, Simranjit Kaur, Muskan Sidhu and Manpreet Kaur clinched bronze medals.

The winner pugilists were given a warm welcome by the residents when they returned to the village after taking part in the event. Later on a brief felicitation ceremony was organised at the academy to honour the winners. The chief boxing coach of India, Gurbax Singh Sandhu, felicitated the winners.



T20 Cricket Tournament
Ludhiana Zone II lads emerge champions
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 5
The Ludhiana Zone II defeated PAU Zone by four wickets to emerge as champions in the Inter-Zonal Twenty20 Cricket Tournament (U-19) organised by the education department here at Government Model Senior Secondary School ground of Punjab Agricultural University.

Batting first after winning the toss, the PAU Zone were all out for 81 overs in which the main contributors were Sumit Negi and Virender who made 29 and 18 runs, respectively.

For the Ludhiana Zone II, the main wicket taker was Sukha who got rid of four batsmen.

The Ludhiana Zone II achieved the target in 17.1 overs after losing six wickets.

The main architect of their innings was Sukha who remianed unbeaten of 36 while Ganga contributed 19 runs. For the losing side, Virender scalped two wickets.

Hockey Olympian, Hardeep Singh Neeta, gave away the prizes to the winners. Addressing the players, he advised that one should respect their parents, teachers and coach only then one could succeed in his/ her life.



Hockey Tournament Panipat eves stamp their supremacy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 5
Arya Girls Public School, Panipat, blanked Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hissar, 3-0 to win the title in the girls U-14 category in the North Zone CBSE Schools Hockey Tournament that concluded at the Mehta Gurukul Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, near here today. Alpine Public School, Bhawanigarh, secured third position.

In the girl's U-19 category, DAV Public School, Hissar, outwitted Vidya Devi Jindal School, Panipat, 5-0 to bag the top honours while Shah Ji Satnam School, Sirsa, finished third.

In the boy's section (U-14), Mehta Gurukul Public School, Doraha, beat Khalsa Academy, Amritsar, 6-0 to stamp their supremacy and Sant Sar Public School, Sirsa, had to be content securing third position.

Spring Dale Public School, Amritsar, edged out hosts, Mehta Gurukul Public Senior Secondary School, Doraha, in a tie breaker to lift the winner's trophy.



Women's cricket trials tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 5
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will conduct trials to select the Ludhiana women (senior) cricket team here at Arya College ground on October 7 from 11 am onwards.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, stated that the aspirants except from six districts namely Amritsar, Jalandhar, Mohali, Patiala, Chandigarh and Moga were participating in the trials.

The selected players will form Ludhiana XI to take part in the upcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Women to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from the third week of October.



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