L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


MC fails to rein in encroachments
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria’s claims of not allowing rehris on roads notwithstanding, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s tehbazaari wing has failed to check the menace in the city.

Makeshift vendors can be seen on every busy road and intersection in the city putting commuters to inconvenience. These vendors have encroached upon a large portion of road in Chaura Bazaar, Subhani Building Chowk, and other busy markets in the old city area.

Though officials of the tehbazaari wing claim to have carried out anti-encroachment drives in different parts of the city, the effort has failed to bear fruit.

The reason is but obvious. Whenever a ‘rehri’ is confiscated by the tehbazaari wing, it is released after paying a petty fine and the vendor again stations his ‘rehri’ on the road.

A vendor in Feroze Gandhi Market said whenever his ‘rehri’ is confiscated, he treats it as a day’s loss. “I get the rehri back after paying the fine. This problem can be solved only if the MC provides us space to carry out our business,” he said.

However, MC officials say even this does not solve the problem as these vendors are in a habit of encroaching upon the road. “There need to be strict rules like if a rehri is confiscated more than two times, it should not be released,” said a tehbazaari wing official.

It’s not only roads, but the areas around the MC’s zonal offices are also encroached upon by these vendors. Rehris are seen parked opposite the MC’s Zone-A office at Mata Rani Chowk, Zone C office on Gill Road and Zone B office near Shingar Cinema.

As per rules, every rehri owner has to get registered with the MC before setting up his shop in the city. But over the years, it has been observed that many rehri owners are operating without getting registered.

It is observed that in many parts of the city, apni mandis as well as rehris operate from the road under the “patronage” of either the area councillor or some other senior MC official. MC officials recently took action against illegal mandis in different parts of the city, but one such mandi was operating from the road near the Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar last evening, leading to snarl-up.

MC to carry out special drive
"The apni mandi was operational on the road on Sunday as no MC staff member was working. Maybe, the vendors are taking advantage, since it was a holiday. But from now on, special drives will be carried out even on Sundays. I am firm on my stand that rehris will not be allowed to operate from roads."
— Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, Mayor


Frequent VIP visits: Cops feel the heat
 Constable asked to run 400m on synthetic track for coming late on duty 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
VIP visits to the city is not only troubling residents, but police officials are also feeling the pinch. In the latest incident, a police constable was asked to run a 400m lap on the synthetic track at Guru Nanak Stadium after he failed report on duty on time.
A policeman was made to run on the synthetic track at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday.
A policeman was made to run on the synthetic track at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu mahajan

The police official who was marking the attendance got upset at this and told the constable to remove his jacket and run the whole lap. The women constables present at the stadium were shocked.

Later during the day, a police official who was deputed near Fountain Chowk, complained that they were stressed out with the frequent visits of the VIPs in the city.

The policemen, who were cooling their heels following the visit of the President and the Prime Minister, are again put on gruelling duties ahead of the Kabaddi World Cup final followed by Jagannath Rath Yatra, Christmas and the New Year celebrations. The leaves of policemen have been cancelled till further orders.

Besides, the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister are visiting the city every alternate day. 

No dearth of shirkers
There is no dearth of shirkers. Recently, ACP Swapan Sharma took such policemen to task who were sitting idle at Bhai Bala Chowk, just hours before the arrival of the President. Swapan Sharma spotted the policemen and rapped them for not taking their duty seriously.



12/12/12 is gonna be memorable one
 Will now come after 1,000 years 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Those whose birthday or anniversary fall on December 12, have eagerly been waiting to make their day memorable as the day - 12/12/12 - will now come after 1,000 years.

Those children who will turn12 on December 12 are the excited lot. Their families have planned some thing special for them so that their day is full of fun and frolic.

Sehajbir Singh, a Class VI student of DAV Public School, will be celebrating his twelfth birthday on December 12, 2012. JP Singh, Sehajbir’s father, said the particular date would now come after 1,000 years (ie12/12/3012). "Since he is turning 12, we have hosted a party at a hotel here where family members and his friends are invited. We want to make it special for him. Though he is not aware of the day’s importance, but we will go all out to make it memorable for him", said the father.

Expressing happiness, Amanpreet Singh, an auto-parts dealer, said that his son Navnoor Singh would turn 12 on December 12. Navnoor is a student of Class VI at Guru Nanak Public School here. He said that his friends told him that he was lucky as the particular date would come again after 1,000 years. "He is very excited and wants to make his birthday special. We have arranged a party at a restaurant here and his school friends are invited. We will click pictures to make it a memorable for him", said the father.

While many others, celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries on December 12 feel that it is just another day.

Twins Rajan and Daisy, who are above 50 years of age, said that they knew that it was a special day but for them it was a normal day. "We are grown up and matured. No doubt, the date is rare and special, but for us it is just like any other day", said Rajan. 



Aggarwal named leader of opposition in MC House
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
After a gap of more than two months, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has finally got the leader of the opposition.

Hem Raj Aggarwal has been named as the leader of the opposition, while Rakesh Prashar has been named as the senior deputy leader of the opposition and Sushma Mehta as the deputy leader of the opposition. The decision was taken by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee in Chandigarh today.

With these appointments, the infighting between the local Congress is set intensify as all three leaders are considered close to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister and local MP Manish Tewari, who is at loggerheads with Ludhiana (West) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who has rejected these appointments.

In the absence of the leader of the opposition, several issues concerning city residents remained unattended, with no Congress leader voicing his concern. In the 75-member Ludhiana Municipal Corporation House, Congress is having a total of 19 councillors, two more than its tally in 2007.

The issue of finalising the name of the leader of the opposition was hanging fire ever since the new MC House was administered oath on September 21. It is learnt that the main reason behind such delay was the ongoing tiff between District Congress Committee (Urban) president Pawan Dewan, a close confidant of Manish Tewari and Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

Even when a function to honour Manish Tewari was organised by Pawan Dewan on November 11, a group of leaders and councillors from the Ashu group boycotted it. These leaders included Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA Surinder Dawar, former DCC presidents KK Bawa and Jagmohan Sharma, former MLA Harmohinder Singh Pardhan, councillors Deepika Bhalla from Ward Number 54, Narinder Sharma from Ward Number 52, Mamta Ashu from Ward Number 49, Balkar Singh Sandhu from Ward Number 55, Gurpreet Singh Bassi from Ward Number 53, Maharaj Singh Raji from Ward Number 28 and Jai Parkash Sharma from Ward Number 30. Interestingly, all these councillors owe allegiance to the group headed by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

While the Ashu group was lobbying for Gurpreet Singh Bassi, a two-time councillor, and Manish Tewari and Pawan Dewan wanted Hem Raj Aggarwal, a four time councillor as the leader of opposition.

Commenting on these appointments, MLA Ashu said the PPCC decision was unacceptable. “The party should have appointed those people who would have been able to take the ruling Akali-BJP combine head on. But if the party feels that these people could help them win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, then it’s for them to decide. When Hem Raj Aggarwal remained as leader of opposition, he could not perform well and moreover, with these three appointments, the PPCC failed to strike a balance within all constituencies of the city, with all three of them are from Ludhiana North constituency,” stated Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

Pawan Dewan, however, hailed the decision. “There is no infighting in the Congress and even the councillors from the Ashu group have given all rights of choosing the leader of the opposition to the PPCC president,” claimed Dewan.

Hem Raj Aggarwal said he would work for strengthening the party. “We will also raise issues concerning the common man and will not let the Akali-BJP combine to harass city residents,” claimed Aggarwal.

On the opposition benches

* Sushma Mehta is the wife of former councillor Parminder Mehta, while Rakesh Prashar is a brother of Ashok Prashar “Pappi”, who had lost the last Assembly elections from the Ludhiana (South) constituency

* Sham Sunder Malhotra was the leader of the opposition in the previous MC House, but this time, he lost to Gurpreet Singh, an Independent

* After the 2007 MC elections, Prem Mittal was appointed the leader of the opposition, but during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Mittal along with his political mentor Congress heavyweight Gurcharan Singh Galib, joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. Presently, Prem Mittal is an Akali MLA from Mansa

* After Prem Mittal joined Akali Dal, Hem Raj Aggarwal was appointed the leader of the opposition for one year, while Sham Sunder Malhotra remained on this post for 18 months 



English kabaddi players bowled over by Punjabi hospitality 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Women kabaddi players from London are bowled over by the Punjabi hospitality. On their maiden visit to the city, they said the warmth given by people was enough for them to visit the place again.

Traffic came to a standstill for a few minutes when English women came out from a Volvo bus along with several policewomen to buy Indian stuff at Ghumar Mandi today. The policewomen asked commuters to move as the players wanted to buy traditional Indian stuff like bangles, bindis and decorative items.

Talking to The Tribune, a kabaddi player from London, Sally, said it was a treat to come to India, especially to Punjab. "People are so loving and warm-hearted here. You don’t feel homesick. The food is good, a little spicy, but I enjoy it. The city is nice. There are many markets and shops and attractive things to buy here,” she added.

Another player, Kally Sue, was seen applying henna on her hands from an artist in Ghumar Mandi. "It is so pretty. I have been told that this is a temporary tattoo. They are making it so beautifully,” she said, adding that India was amazing and the people were very helpful, friendly and concerned. “It’s good to be here,” said Sue. When asked about kabaddi, she said it was her life. "But Indian women players are too polished and we feel a threat from them in the game,” she said.

Another player, Ashley Hunter, said the atmosphere in India was warm and friendly. She said it was a lifetime experience for her. Terming kabaddi as a rough game, Hunter said she enjoyed the game to the utmost. “It is my first visit to Ludhiana and I will always remember it,”  said Hunter. 



Loudspeakers irk residents
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 10
The nuisance, created by the loudspeakers, blowing from religious places and that too at a high pitch, has been causing inconvenience to Sahnewal residents and forcing them to lodge complaints with the Nagar Panchayat, which has failed to provide any permanent solution to this ever increasing problem so far.

“We have a temple and a gurdwara near our house and the loudspeakers start blowing early in the morning and afternoon, disrupting our routine work. My child is presently appearing for his exams. As soon as he sits for his studies, the sound of loudspeakers disturbs him to such an extent that he is not being able to concentrate on his studies. We had requested the caretakers of these religious places to keep the sound low but they retaliated by increasing the volume of the loudspeakers.We then approached the Nagar Panchayat, which asked the caretakers to keep the volume low but everything turned futile,” said a resident. “ We are not being able to concentrate on our studies due to the loudspeakers, which force us to leave our studies midway,” complained a student of class VII. “Now we are in a fix now. We do not know what should be done. My father suffers from hypertension and rest is what keeps him normal. But he gets disturbed by the sound of the loudspeakers which continues throughout the day and makes him restless. Is there is no authority to check the authoritative attitude of these religious practitioners?,” said a resident.

Another resident said : “I hold tuitions, students come at five in the evening but due to the the sound of the loudspeaker from the nearby temple, We are being forced to discontinue with the classes."

The sound of the loudspeaker from the nearby temple proved so disturbing for a resident of Sahnewal that he had to sell his house as he could not bear the disturbance any further. "Has the administration become deaf to such an extent that it cannot attend even to our urgent needs? Life seems to have become a real hell as there is no one to hear our problems. If the situation continues, we will sit on a dharna in front of the Nagar Panchayat office as they have done nothing to check this menace,” said an angry townster.

Tehsil Sukhdev Singh Bajwa, who is posted at the Sahnewal sub -tehsil, said: “l will personally looking into the matter and the needful will be done at the earliest.”



rai bahadur road
Narrow lanes harrow residents
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Apart from theft cases, there are a number of problems at Rai Bahadur Road. A fatal mishap can take place at the narrow lanes in the area.

Highlighting the problems Sandeep Miglani said, "It is one of the oldest bazaars in the city so the roads here are narrow and it becomes difficult to commute on these," he said. Another trader said, "The roads are narrow and to aggravate the problem traders have displayed their goods on the road," he added.

IS Minhas, who has a shop in the area, road said, "Narrow lanes of the bazaar make it impossible even to walk. During peak season, the situation worsens. Open electricity wires in the area pose a threat to residents. In case of a fire, it will not be possible for the fire tenders to reach the place," he said. Traffic congestion is the major problem faced by traders. "Carts and rickshaws add to the woes," added another shopkeeper.



Finding job online may land you in trouble
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Those surfing Jobsite to get a suitable placement may land in trouble as they may not find a dream job, but end up losing their hard-earned money.

Recently, the police booked a Dugri resident for cheating youngsters. The matter came to light when an unemployed woman residing in Anna Nagar in Chennai reached a bank to deposit Rs 1,800 in the account as directed on the site.

Suspicious bank officials informed the financial intelligence bureau about it.

The bureau further wrote a letter to the city police and asked it to check the credentials of the the job site.

Dugri SHO Satwinder Singh Virk said a similar complaint was lodged by Abraham Khan of Mumbai.

The SHO said Abraham had received an email from the job site a few months ago. It was written that the Jobsite arranged placements in multinational companies. Abraham stated that he had paid Rs 1,800 as registration fee in the account.

The SHO said that Abraham was asked to pay Rs 15,000 as service charges in three instalments. A few days later he received a call that the company had arranged a job for him in Assam with a salary of Rs 12,000 per month.

The police said when Abraham Khan said that he wanted a placement in Mumbai, he was asked to pay Rs 12,000 more.

Virk said 180 persons had invested in two different bank accounts of the Jobsite. When the site operator came to know about it, he closed both the accounts.

A case has been registered against the website operator.

Harpreet Singh, a resident of Baba Deep Singh Nagar in Dugri, levelled serious counter allegation of custodial interrogation against the police. Harpreet Singh, who runs a job portal, claimed that the police had kept him in illegally detention for three days. He said the warrant officer of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had got him released.

He said he had filed an appeal in the court against the injustice done to him.

Harpreet alleged that the police was harassing him and even took his mobile phone.

He added that he had lodged a complaint with the senior officials.



Hosiery traders install CCTV cameras
 Say move will keep unscrupulous elements at bay
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Hosiery traders at Rai Bahadur Road have installed CCTV cameras to keep an eye on unscrupulous elements.
A CCTV camera installed outside a shop on Rai Bahadur Road.
A CCTV camera installed outside a shop on Rai Bahadur Road. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

"Winter is the time when the market is abuzz with activity and unscrupulous elements make hay. To check theft incidents, we have installed 14 CCTV cameras that are linked to an LED at one of the shops," said Sandeep Miglani, a trader from the Rai Bahadur Hosiery Association.

He said they were planning to connect the CCTV cameras with the police control room.

Another trader, Krishan Chand, said, "During peak season, there is a huge rush. Roads remain choc-o-block and such elements make the most of it. "

"Last year, some miscreants took away my gold chain at knife point. After that incident, I avoid going to the market alone. The installation of CCTV cameras is a good move and it will help in checking such incidents," added an elderly woman in the area.



Punjabi movie starcast in city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
The starcast of upcoming Punjabi film "Saadi Gali Aaya Karo" was in the city today. The lead actors, Anuj Puri, Nav Bajwa and Zoya Afroz interacted with mediapersons. They said the movie was a romantic comedy.

"Two boys, one Punjabi and the other Haryanavi, fall for the same girl. The movie is a blend of laughter, love and romance," said Anuj Puri and Nav Bajwa.

While Zoya Afroz has worked as a child artiste in Bollywood flick "Hum Saath Saath Hain". She is also working hard for winning the Miss Indore title.

"My training sessions will start from next month and I am hopeful of winning the title," she added.

The movie will be released on December 14.



Pictures on wedding cards, boxes the latest fad
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Wedding invitation is a kind of mirror which reflects your taste and the kind of wedding you are going to host. Ludhianvis known for their flamboyant lifestyle love to opt for something unique and special, when it comes to wedding invitations.

Wedding cards and boxes with the pictures of bride and groom are in vogue this wedding season. Last year, it was the picture of the couple at the entrance of the wedding venue that was a trend and now the couple's picture on the wedding invitations and boxes has become the in thing.

"People want something new and they do not want to repeat the same type of invitations which their relatives or friends have sen," said Ramesh Verma, who designs wedding cards and boxes.

An excited Shilpi showing her wedding invitation said, "It gives such a personalised look to the invitation. I and my fiancée got a special photo shoot done for the picture which was to be put on the cards and the result has come out very well," she said.

Alpna Chadha, a wedding planner, said, "Wedding invitation is the first peep you get into the scheduled wedding and it must be sole and exclusive. Today, the couples are taking extra initiatives to make their wedding invitations special. Pictures of the soon-to-wed couples on the invitations is a rage these days. The pictures give a special look to the invitations."



pau notes
Residents get tips on diet, healthcare
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Home science experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have urged the residents to keep their surroundings clean. An expert, Dr Sukhminder Kaur, said cold, cough, sneezing and chest congestion were the common winter ailments.

"A mixture of ginger juice and honey is useful in case of cough and congestion," she suggested.

She added tulsi, mulathi, banfsan and cardamom boiled in milk or tea were also beneficial.

Referring to diet and healthcare, Dr Kiran Grover said fresh green leafy vegetables such as spinach, fenugreek and mustard were rich in Vitamin A, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants. "Seasonal fruits like kinnow, guava, and amla are good for health as these are rich in Vitamin C and also help build immunity," she said.

Advising the use of natural seasoning like mint, coriander, spices, lime juice, ginger, and garlic to add flavour to food, Dr Grover emphasised on taking a handful of mixed nuts such as almonds, walnut, cashew nuts and peanuts instead of heavy fried snacks in between the meals.

About home cleaning, Dr Surinderjit Kaur suggested the use of thick dark coloured curtains for doors/windows, durries/rugs for floor and thick bedspreads to bring warmth in rooms. "In severe cold weather, hot air blower/room heater can be used for a few hours to keep the room warm," she said.

Training course

A two-day training course on "Use, Cleaning and Care of Household Appliances" will be organised by the Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for farm women and rural youth at Kairon Kisan Ghar on December 11 and 12.

Dr MS Gill, Director of Extension Education, said the PAU experts of family resource management, food and nutrition and clothing and textiles would educate the trainees about the use, care and maintenance of cooking and baking appliances, washing machine, geyser and iron, and refrigerator. 



from  schools
Art and craft exhibition

St Francis Convent School, Bhamian Kalan, held a two- day art and craft exhibition recently. The exhibition was organised by Chhavi and Helen with other student members of the Arts Club. A unique blend of imagination and colour brought glamour to the show. The show was followed by a cultural programme, performed by the senior students. The main theme of the exhibition was based on winter season. Chief guest Rev Sr Betty appreciated the innovative ideas of the students.

School teachers attend a development programme at PAU School in Ludhiana
School teachers attend a development programme at PAU School in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Talent Hunt-2012

Talent Hunt-2012, a multi-talent event was organised at Indus World School on Monday. The competition was held in various categories like dance, singing, art and craft, comedy, mimicry. The participants were categorised into three age groups and the selections were done accordingly. Around 550 children participated in the preliminary rounds held on the school campus. The aim of the programme was the holistic development of children which is very essential in the 21st century. Participants from all over Punjab came to showcase their talent. Parents were seen making rounds to find out the results.

Athletics meet

The four-day long annual athletics meet concluded at Greenland Senior Secondary Public School, Jalandhar bye-pass, on Monday. More than 1,000 students participated in various games like back race, obstacle race, sack race,100 mt race. Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the school, principal Baldeep Pandher and headmistress Ruby Sharma congratulated the winners and distributed the medals.


MGM Public School, Dugri, organise a seminar against MGM Public School, Dugri, organised a seminar against drugs on the school premise on Monday. Avtar Singh, region chairperson of the Lions Club, was the chief guest on the occasion. Under the theme, "NASHE TYAAGO HUN TAAN JAAGO", a declamation competition was also organised, in which students from different classes participated and aired their views against drugs. Sonika of class X, Taranpreet of class X and Amanpreet of class VII bagged the first, second and third slots respectively. Principal Poonam Sharma along with director Gajjan Singh Thind urged the students to stay away from drugs. —TNS


Mandi Ahmedgarh: Students of Government Middle School, Sayan Kalan, and Government Middle School, Natt village, emerged winners and runners-up in the block-level quiz competition, which was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, on Sunday. Balwinder Singh Grewal, principal of the school, presided over the concluding session of the event. — OC



Ludhiana Scan

Essay writing contest

The National Service Scheme unit of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, observed the World Human Rights Day on Monday. An essay writing and poem recitation competition was held on the occasion. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal urged to practise human dignity which was the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. She said the Human Rights Day presented an opportunity to celebrate the human rights.

World Human Rights Day observed

The District Bar Association, Ludhiana, observed the Human Rights Day on Monday. The bar members, including secretary Gurvinder Singh Sodhi, said there was a need of promoting awareness about human rights.

Christmas celebrated

College of Nursing, CMC, Ludhiana, celebrated the Christmas on Monday. The programme began with a welcome speech by Principal Ponnamma R Singh following which all the dignitaries, teachers and students joined the college choir to sing the congregational hymn. The opening prayer and the Christmas message was given by Rev Rogers.Later, the students presented the play, "This is Christmas".

Survey on cancer

Till the 8th day of the cancer awareness survey, 529 suspected cases of cancer have been detected in the district. “So far, the Health Department teams have visited 62,208 houses and covered a population of 2,84,900,” said Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Kaushal Saini. — TNS



Women held for stealing Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
Two women dressed as beggars were arrested for stealing Rs 50,000 from the pocket of a hosiery trader at Bharat Nagar Chowk today.

The incident took place this evening when Amarjit Singh, a resident of Model Town, who was on a motorcycle with his son Kamaljt Singh, stopped at the traffic lights. Four women came and surrounded them. One of the women stole Rs 50,000 from Amarjit's pocket.

On finding the money missing, Amarjit raised the alarm, following which passersby gathered and managed to nab the women. They were handed over to the police and the money was recovered from their possession. 



Kabaddi cup
Deputy CM visits stadium
Oversees arrangements; holds discussions with senior officials of admn
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 10
The administration and the police have now geared up to make elaborate arrangements for the "special-guests" from Pakistan for the World Kabaddi Cup, to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium on December 15.

To oversee all the arrangements, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal along with Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia visited the stadium today and held detailed discussions with the senior officials of the administration and the police.

Sources said, Sukhbir saw the enclosure where delegates from Pakistan would be seated to witness the closing ceremony of the kabaddi cup final.

The renovation work at the Guru Nanak Stadium is going on in full swing. The Deputy Chief Minister gave instructions to the bureaucrats to avoid any kind of lapse.

"We have been asked to speed-up the work. Since, the World Kabaddi Cup is the brain child of Sukhbir Badal, he wants everything to be in its place. If we make any mistake we are sure to get into serious trouble. We have our fingers crossed that everything goes well on the day of the closing ceremony", said an official on duty at the stadium.

The sources said, as many as 40 delegates headed by Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Sehbaz Sharif will reach Ludhiana on December 15. The delegates will land at the PAU grounds at around 12 pm in four helicopters. The delegation will have a meeting with the scientists at Punjab Agriculture University.

Their lunch will be at PAP, Phillaur. From 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, the delegates will watch the world cup closing ceremony for which Wizcraft Company has already begun making their stage at Guru Nanak Stadium.

The dinner for the delegation will be held at Maharaja Grand and they will stay at Park Plaza.

The Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan) is expected to visit his native village Tarantaran the next day.



Hussan Deep, Nimrat adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh,  December 10
Hussan Deep and Nimrat of Sohrab Public Senior Secondary School emerged best athletes during the annual sports meet that concluded on the school premises at the Ludhiana-Patiala road near here today.

Over 250 students were felicitated on the occasion for their outstanding performance in academic, extracurricular and sports activities held during the session.

Dr Indu, IAS, inaugurated the meet and Farzana Alam, chief parliamentary secretary, was the chief guest. Rajesh Tripathi SDM Malerkotla and Bollywood singer Kamal Khan gave away prizes to the winners.

Addressing the gathering, the speakers impressed upon leaders of various social and educational organisations to focus attention on education and development of their wards.

Amzad Ali, chairman of the trust, said the sports meet had been conducted according to the norms laid down by the international sports organisations.

Artists from Alaf La Public School, Sohrab Public School and Tara Convent School were felicitated for achieving first three positions in the state-level poster -making competition organised on the occasion.

Digvijay, Ashutosh, Aadil, Sharafat, Shubham Ghaie, Aiman and Aabid of the host school were among those felicitated for excellence in their respective fields.

The grandfather-grandson race, mother-child race, family relay race, potato spoon and kangaroo race, besides traditional athletic events were applauded by all present at the event. 



Kila Raipur games to begin on Jan 31
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 10
The 77th edition of the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as Mini Olympics, will commence on January 31, 2013, and 8,000 sportspersons and artistes are expected to participate in the event.

New events like horse race heats and folks dance competitions will be included to make the event more attractive. The announcement was made at Grewal Sports Stadium, near here, after a meeting was held.Paramjit Singh Grewal, secretary of the organisation, said the four-day event would begin on January 31, 2013. "As many as 8,000 sportspersons will participate in the event and over one lakh spectators are expected to witness the event," said Grewal.



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