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World kabaddi cup
Security stepped up in city
1,500 police personnel deployed; buses to bring spectators to venue
Shivani Bhakoo and Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Elaborate arrangements have been made for the closing ceremony of the World Kabaddi Cup to be held at Guru Nanak Stadium tomorrow.

Though the delegation from Pakistan has cancelled its visit, 1,500 police personnel have been deployed to keep an eye on anti-social elements.

Officials from the DIG Range, Ludhiana, and Jalandhar, Police Academy, Phillaur, and India Reserve Battalion (IRB) Commandants will take care of the security arrangements in and outside the stadium. Besides, several check-posts and barricades have been set up in and around the city.

Highly-placed sources said DIG, Jalandhar Range, LN Angra, along with other police officials, would oversee the security arrangements inside the stadium while the SPs and DSPs will be deployed at Park Plaza and K Classic Hotel where dignitaries will be putting up.

Parking of buses

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the parking of buses that will be bringing spectators from Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Hambran and Khanna. About 1,500 buses coming from Ferozepur will be parked in the Mini Secretariat. The buses bringing spectators from Habran will be parked opposite the DIG's office. The buses coming from Khanna and Doraha will be parked near the ESI Hospital, Bharat Nagar Chowk, while the buses bringing visitors from Jalandhar and local areas will be parked at GCW near Durga Mata Temple.

The guests

The important dignitaries coming to witness tomorrow's event include Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, ministers from Pakistan-Rana Sakaiulla, Rana Mehsur Ahmed, Sayyad Yahim Ahmed Hussain Kadmi, Khuram Dastagir and Quamra Michal. Besides, several MPs, MLAs and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries will also attend the programme. The programme will start at 6.30 pm and will conclude at 9.30 pm. Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif and singer Sukhwinder Singh will perform during the ceremony.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said several IAS and PCS officers had been deputed to take care of different blocks and venues. He said ADC (General) Neeru Katyal will be the liaison officer for the VVVIP block while Kuldeep Singh, PCS, will be with Pakistani delegates. The overall in-charge of the Guru Nanak Stadium will be Samrala SDM Ghansam Thori.

Stadium divided into blocks

The stadium has been divided into various blocks for the VVIPs, VIPs and general public. The entry and exit points will be different. A media centre has been set up for journalists and photographers. The health department has constituted medical teams for giving first-aid in case of emergency. The general public will sit in blocks C, D and E while the media will gain entry from gate number 6 of Guru Nanak Stadium


Cancer awareness survey 
Volunteers face awkward queries
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Volunteers of the cancer awareness survey deputed by the district health department have been facing awkward queries and ‘non-cooperative’ attitude of residents.

From queries like — "Why are you wasting our time and energy by giving the details about cancer?" "Which part of the body is affected in prostate cancer and why it is in men only?” — to the non-cooperative attitude, the volunteers have to tolerate all.

Talking to The Tribune, a volunteer said: “Some richie rich do not open the gate and even if their watchman opens it by mistake, their first and last sentence is we do not entertain people like you. AT such houses, we mark cross (X) and inform the medical officer concerned.”

A family who lost one of its members some time ago due to cancer not only shouted at these volunteers but said: "Why are you naming this deadly disease in front of us, go and ask someone else."

Another volunteer said: “We have seen that some non-educated people are more cooperative than the educated. One such person, whom we surveyed, told us that his brother died of cancer. The very next moment, he said: "I don’t know what cancer he was suffering from?"

Negative feedback

Assistant Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kaushal Saini, who is taking care of the cancer awareness survey said: “We do get the negative feedback from volunteers. We have asked them to preferably interview women at home as some male members ask them unnecessary questions. I daily counsel the volunteers before they leave. By now, we have completed about 70 per cent of our work in which covered population more than 25 lakh." 



New township on the cards
GLADA completes initial survey, awaits state govt's nod; Sahnewal airport to be part of township 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, December 14
If the proposals mooted by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Agency (GLADA) to set up a 1,500-acre township near Sahnewal on the city's periphery, along with a couple of new urban estates at Raikot, Jagraon and other surrounding towns, find favour with the Punjab Government, city residents can look forward to the development of quite a few residential schemes.

It was in late sixties and mid-seventies that several residential localities such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Urban Estate, Dugri, Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Valmiki Nagar and Housing Board Colonies were developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Agency and now defunct Punjab Housing Development Board.

Thereafter, even though there was a dire need for housing schemes in the wake of proliferating population in the industrial hub, none of the government agencies took any initiative. As a result, private builders and developers took the centre stage and a large number of residential colonies as well as housing projects were developed by them to meet the ever-growing need for housing.

GLADA chief administrator Shruti Singh said the initial survey for setting up a township in an area of 1,500 acres near Sahnewal had been completed.

"At the same time, we have also carried out surveys at some more places, including Raikot and Jagraon, where new urban estates are proposed to be developed," she said, adding that these are just preliminary surveys and further action will be initiated only after getting a nod from the state government.

She added that the expansion of the existing airport at Sahnewal would also be integrated in the new township, if it materialised.

Although, no further details of the new township were disclosed by GLADA officials, highly placed sources in the town and country planning department indicated that the proposed township would lie alongside the GT Road (NH 1), starting from the existing boundary of the Sahnewal airport and extending towards Chandigarh Road.

"Agricultural land of more than two dozen villages will be acquired for the township if the proposal is approved by the government. For the township to take shape, the master plan of the city will have to be amended which again is the prerogative of the state government," the sources added.



Trains bound for Bihar, UP should halt at Dhandari Kalan, says apex chamber 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal urging him to upgrade the railway infrastructure in Ludhiana.

Ludhiana is dependent on migrant labourers from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, who are concentrated on the city suburbs. The chamber urged the minister that trains bound for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh should not halt at the Ludhiana railway station, rather they should stop at the Dhandari Kalan railway station.

PD Sharma, president of the chamber, said: "At present, the entrance and exit at the railway station is from one side towards the old city and it leads to congestion. As a temporary measure, there is a makeshift opening towards the Civil Lines side. This side can be developed as the main entry and exit point.”

Listing another problem, Sharma said: "Elderly citizens find it very difficult to go upstairs to platforms, particularly to platforms no. 1 and 2. Many trains stop on these two platforms. Escalators should be provided to facilitate the elderly.”

The chamber also urged the minister to expedite the work on Lakkar Bridge, which is going on a snail’s pace. 



Leopard on the prowl in Ladhuwal forest area 
Our Correspondent

Phillaur, December 14
A leopard is on the prowl in the forest of Ladhuwal, creating panic among the residents of several villages for the past one month.

This was confirmed by divisional forest officer Vishal Chauhan here on Friday evening. He said the forest department had laid a trap and installed a cage to catch the leopard.

Tilak Raj, resident of Kadian village, said the leopard had killed two deer and more than 20 pigs in the forest and the villagers afraid to come out of their houses, especially during night.

He said residents of over 10 villages prefer to reach their houses before dusk.

The DFO said necessary arrangements were being made to catch the leopard and five more cages were being installed. 



Homage paid to Satguru Jagjit Singh, Pt Ravi Shanker
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 14
People from all walks of life paid tributes to Satguru Jagjit Singh. The Punajbi Sahit Akademi and its members paid floral tributes to the departed soul. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur International Foundation's convener Jagdev Singh Jassowal and president Krishan Kumar Bawa said atguru Jagjit Singh fought during the struggle for independence and later s workrd for the people and showed them the right path.

Meanwhile, Helping hands, a NGO, paid tributes to Pandit Ravi Shankar and members present on the occasion said that he was the person who took classical instrument, sitar on the international scene.



Book on new techniques for teaching English released 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The office of the Director General, School Education, has released a book on teaching of English for government schoolteachers for making learning the language interesting.

DGSE Kahn Singh Pannu said: “The book titled ‘Cornucopia’ has been focussed on making teaching English more student-centric and includes various activities teachers can do for making the language easier to learn.”

"The traditional methods of teaching English based on translations and emphasising on tenses are not as effective,” said Satish Kapoor, lecturer at Government School, Bharat Nagar. "Although teachers may be good in the language, but teaching of the language is a different thing and teaching methodologies have to be adopted to make these interesting," he said.

Teaching of the language gets a bit difficult for teachers as well as the students have already become averse to learning the language, presuming it is a difficult subject. As different and more interesting methods of teaching find place in the books, these would ease the job of a teacher in teaching the subject, and also make it more fun for students to learn the language," said another government school teacher.

Students are also hailing the initiative. "Learning English is very challenging for students particularly hailing from rural background. If teachers can use interesting methods for teaching of the language, it would be great," said Narinder Singh, a class VII student. 



Schools have failed to unburden children: CBSE 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
Too many projects in schools have burdened students. Though the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was supposed to make learning a fun, but students are assigned work at home. Students have to stay up late every night to complete the projects.

“Too many assignments are being given to students and they have no time to play," said Deepinder Kaur, a parent.

In a recent notification, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said that some of the schools and teachers were still indulging in inappropriate activities or conducting activities inappropriate for the school-based assessment scheme. The notification says that "teachers are not yet ready to give up teacher-centred methods."

According to the notification, schools are assigning too many projects in each subject to individual students which most of the time compel students to do these projects at home. The board has therefore advised the schools to assign a maximum of two comprehensive group projects covering each of the five major subjects and schools must follow cross-curricular approach in case of projects as the "transfer of knowledge from one subject to other can most effectively be demonstrated and strengthened through multidisciplinary projects."

"Schools are still taking irrational number of pen-paper tests and are assigning indiscriminate assignments, projects, homework," according to the notification and recommends that multiple modes of assessment such as quizzes, debates, group discussions, cross curricular group projects and if need be, only one pen and paper test may be used while doing formative assessments. Projects must be done in the class and within school duration under the direct supervision of teachers only, it reads.

Teachers should not behave like a moral watchdog and constant surveillance of students' behaviour in threatening ways in highly undesirable. Learner and teacher should work to build a relationship based on mutual trust and respect, said the notification. Schools should interact with parents on a regular basis through various channels to establish a positive environment of mutual trust to promote the wellbeing of the student.

"There is a need for better working of the CCE in schools and reducing project work though inter-subject projects. We are already following this method," said Mona Singh, principal, Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar. "Teachers are learning about the CCE in a better way and evaluation and teaching methods are improving," said Paramjit Kaur, principal, BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar. 

CBSE notification

According to the CBSE notification, schools are assigning too many projects in each subject to students, which they have to do at home. The board has advised the schools to assign a maximum of two comprehensive group projects covering each of the five major subjects and schools must follow cross-curricular approach in case of projects as the "transfer of knowledge from one subject to other can most effectively be demonstrated and strengthened through multidisciplinary projects."



Challenges in food safety discussed 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
The School of Public Health and Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), organised an international symposium on "One Health: Way Forward to Challenges in Food Safety and Zoonoses in 21st Century" and national conference of Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists from December 13 to 14.

Dr JPS Gill, organising secretary-cum-director, School of Public Health and Zoonoses, said it was an effort to allow different sectors to literally come on the same table and find collaborative ways to address challenges at the interface of livestock health and human health. Dr JPS Gill said the 'One Health' approach necessitates multifaceted and interdisciplinary networking and collaboration between experts in the professions of veterinary, human health, environmental, ecological, agricultural, and conservation sciences.

During the inaugural session of the conference, Dr SS Gill, V-C, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, said there was a need for collaborative and comprehensive approaches to keeping animals, people, and environments healthy. Veterinarians and Medical doctors together should come forward to control zoonotic diseases. He has assured full support for planning strategies for the control of zoonotic diseases and environment pollutants. Dr VK Taneja, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU has described International collaborative projects of GADVASU with other universities. He also emphasized the need for designing models for collection of epidemiological data of different prevalent zoonotic diseases. He also gave valuable suggestions to the scientists to combat the problems pertinent to food safety.



From colleges

Singer felicitated

The alumni association of Ramgarhia Girls College organised a get-together in the seminar hall to felicitate the family of Arshpreet Kaur, among the top eight finalists in the a TV music show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. Principal Dr Narinder Sandhu said it was a great achievement to be performing on a national TV channel. He said Arshpreet had done the college proud. Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, congratulated the family of Arshpreet for their support and for the moral encouragement given to the budding artiste. Harbans Singh, general secretary, Ramgarhia Educational Council, also wished the crooner good luck. Renowned Punjabi singer Sarbjit Cheema appreciated the melodious voice of the singer and said she had given Ludhiana the tag of a creative city. Faculty Members from the PG department of music reminisced about the days she spent in the college honing her talent and preparing for the inter-college competitions and Panjab University youth festivals.

Placement drive

MANDI GOBINDGARH: A placement drive was held on the RIMT campus by Seasia Infotech for BTech (CSE/IT) and MCA students. More than 100 students participated in the recruitment process. A total of 26 students were selected. RIMT Group chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal congratulated the students. Director Dr Harsh Sadawarti thanked the company officials and wished the students good luck.

Extension lecture

JAGRAON: An extension lecture on 'mind and memory management' was held at the GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near Jagraon on Friday. Management faculty from ITM, Kharghar, EV Swaminathan visited as the resource person on the occasion. A large number of students and faculty members of the college took part in the extension lecture. Swaminathan insisted on the need and significance of developing emotional and spiritual aspects of personality along with intelligence quotient. Giving examples of renowned personalities, including former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Swaminathan demonstrated various memory enhancing techniques for better retention before the students. — Tribune reporters 



From schools

Satguru’s death mourned

Ludhiana: The management, staff and students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, on Friday mourned the demise of Satguru Jagjit Singh, head of the Namdhari sect. A special assembly was held in which tributes were paid to the Satguru in the form of speeches by the teachers and students. A two-minute silence was also observed for the peace of the departed soul.

Prize distribution function

The prize distribution function was held on the campus of GMT Public School for the students of kindergarten. The students were given trophies and certificates. Directors of the school congratulated them.

Fruit day party

Students of ABC Montessori School, Basant Avenue, celebrated Fruit Day on Friday. Students were told about fruits such as mango, orange, apple, pineapple, strawberry, litchi, plum. Children were also told to hold one fruit in their hand and were told to guess the fruit after being blindfolded.

Junior RLMUN

Ryan International School, Jamalpur, Ludhiana, conducted RLMUN (Ryan Ludhiana Model United Nations) for primary section. It was an effort of connecting the world as one RLMUN leader to go the boundaries of countries and connect people with people, culture with culture and nation with nation. The students represented themselves as active and responsible citizens of their countries.

Fun fair

Firsteps School had a two-day fun-filled extravaganza where the school had a setting of a carnival. Parents and children were involved in the innovative games like monkey smack down and balloon dart game. — TNS

Children participate in activities at First Step Playway School and; (above) students during the prize distribution function at GMT School in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma



Murder convict commits suicide 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
A murder convict, Lakhbir Singh (47), committed suicide in the Central Jail this morning. The deceased had been in the jail since September 25, 2008.

Jail superintendent Surinder Paul Khanna said the deceased had allegedly murdered his father, his brother and a woman from the family.

A resident of Kotlaparhi village near Khanna, Lakhbir Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment on December 4, 2012.

The jail superintendent said he was found hanging from a grill of a toilet.

A suicide note, mentioning the names of two sarpanches, was recovered from the spot.

It was learnt that Lakhbir, who was an ex-serviceman, was under depression over some property dispute. It was written on the note that the sarpanches did not help him.

The jail superintendent said a Magisterial probe had been initiated into 
the matter.

He never complained about anyone which meant he was not facing any problem in the jail, he added.

"Lakhbir Singh went to the toilet in the morning and committed suicide. We have informed his wife and daughter.

The body will be handed over to the family after conducting an autopsy," stated Khanna.

Lecturer ends life

A 24-year-old lecturer of Guru Nanak Girls College, Bhavneet Kaur, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence this morning.

On the complaint of the deceased's father, DS Narang, the police has booked five persons, including Bhavneet's husband, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law.

The police has arrested her husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law while her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are at large.

As per information, Bhavneet Kaur tied the knot with Balpreet Singh, a resident of Ghumar Mandi, in April this year. He is into the business of readymade garments.

One of her colleagues said she had been depressed for the past few days but no one could think that she would take the extreme step.



2 drug peddlers nabbed
420gm of contraband seized from their possession
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 14
During a check-post near Gol Market, Jamalpur, yesterday, two drug peddlers were nabbed while two others managed to escape from the spot.

Dhrumal Harshadrai Nibale, Assistant Police Commissioner (East), said that at the check-post, the police stopped a Swift car (PB-10 CA 6572) and the two accused sitting in the front seat managed to escape while those on the rear seats were nabbed by the police. While checking, about 420 gm of contraband was recovered from their possession. Those nabbed, include Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony, Moti Nagar, Ramandeep, alias Robin, Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, while those who managed to escape, include Sunil, alias Sundri, a resident of Jagdishpura Tajpur Road and Vikram Dutt, a resident of Sector 39 Ludhiana. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against all the accused at the Moti Nagar police station.

The arrested accused have admitted to have been involved in the drug trade for a long time and were supplying drugs to youngsters at Samrala Chowk, Transport Nagar, Moti Nagar, Sector 32, Sector 39 and the Tajpur Road areas. The accused have been sent to police remand and will be interrogated further.

In yet another incident, the anti-narcotics staff nabbed an accused who was bringing a huge quantity of liquor. On getting a tip off, the police at check post on Hambran Road tried to stop a Scorpio car but the driver tried to flee from the scene, following which the police party chased and nabbed accused Amit Kapoor, alias Rocky, a resident of Prem Nagar, Civil Lines.

Amit was bringing a large quantity of liquor towards Haibowal side so that the bottles could be sold at higher prices to the residents there. As many as 16 cases of liquor have been recovered from the accused. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the accused at the Haibowal Police Station.

Heroin worth Rs 40 lakh seized

The narcotic wing on Friday recovered heroin worth Rs 40 lakh. Addressing a press conference, Harbans Singh, Sub Inspector, anti-narcotics staff, said that during a checking of vehicles near the Ghora Factory here, the police tried to stop a Maruti car PB 10 W 7979, which was coming from the Transport Nagar area. Instead, the driver tried to flee but the police party managed to stop the car and nabbed the accused. Accused Narinder Singh (42), a resident from Amloh and Harchand Singh, a resident of street number 4, Prabhat Nagar, were nabbed and a search was conducted by the police in the presence of a witnesses. A total 80 gm of heroin was recovered from them. The Police Division Number 6 has registered a case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 under the NDPS Act and the accused have been arrested. The accused will be presented in the court on Sunday.



3 booked for child trafficking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 14
The police has booked three members of a gang involved in child trafficking.

The accused have been identified as Ravinder Singh Bedi, an astrologer, Kamaljeet Kaur, a resident of Haibowal, and Dr Bakshi, a resident of Sector 32, Chandigarh Road. Investigating officer Karamjit Singh said Sonu Maheswari, a resident of Bathinda, lodged a complaint with the police stating that he had read an advertisement in a newspaper regarding child adoption. When he called up on the given number, Ravinder Bedi demanded Rs 5 lakh.

Sonu Maheswari gave him Rs 5 lakh, but did not get a child. Following which, Sonu approached the police.

A case under Sections 420-511-120B IPC has been registered against the accused who are yet to be arrested.



7 PSPCL employees booked for forgery
Charged with committing fraud to the tune of Rs  24 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 14
The police has booked seven employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) posted at the Lalton Kalan Subdivision here today for forgery. The main accused is Surjit Singh, who had entered fake details of salaries and benefited six employees of more salaries than the actual salary.

Police officials said, PSPCL Engineer Baljinder Singh Sidhu form the Lalton Kala Subdivision lodged a complaint that Surjit Singh, who has been posted at Lalton Kalan and used to prepare details of salaries for other employees, he along with his six accomplices, prepared fake details of salary and duped the department of Rs 24 lakh.

A probe was carried out by the department. Investigating officer Balveer Singh said that a case under Sections 409 and 420B of the IPC has been registered against Surjit Singh, Harnek Singh, Vijay Sutantar, Ashok Kumar, Pritam Kaur, Surinder and meter reader Mohan Lal at the Sadar police station, but the accused have not been arrested. 



4 get 7-yr term for murder bid 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 14
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Arora convicted four persons in an attempt to murder case. They were ordered to undergo imprisonment for seven years each.

Those convicted include Balwinder Singh, alias Billu, Simardeep Singh of Baranhara village, Lakhvir Singh of Halwara and Karnail Singh of Phullanwal village, Ludhiana. A fine of Rs 5,000 each was also imposed on the accused.

All the accused were facing accusations of firing gunshots in order to kill Rupinder Singh of Baranhara on September 21, 2005, when he was going on his scooter.

A case under Sections 307, 323, 341, 148 and 149 of IPC and 27 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused at the Sadar police station after the incident.

Cheque-bounce case: Two convicted

Judicial Magistrate Rahul Kumar has convicted Vivek Gupta and Parul Gupta, directors of M/s Virat Knitwears Pvt Limited, Sunder Nagar, Ludhiana, in a cheque-bounce case.

Both were sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. A fine of Rs 2,000 each was also imposed on the accused. The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by Mohan Lal Maini of BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that the accused had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh from him. In order to repay the loan, the accused issued a cheque for Rs 10 lakh.

But when the cheque was presented to the banker of accused, the same were dishonoured with the remarks ‘insufficient funds’, meaning thereby that the accused was not having sufficient funds in his account to honour the cheque. Despite serving legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, further added the complainant. 



All set for world kabaddi cup closing ceremony
Programme to begin at 6.30pm and will continue till 9.30 at night; Public asked to reach stadium by 5.30 in the evening to avoid inconvenience
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 14
The district administration claimed that all arrangements for the closing ceremony of the Third World Kabaddi Cup at Guru Nanak Stadium have been made and the programme will start at 6.30pm and continue till 9.30pm on tomorrow.

Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari released the schedule of matches, cultural programme, address of dignitaries and other details about the arrangements. The government officials confirmed the names of delegation from Pakistan and other dignitaries, who would be present on the closing ceremony of the World Kabaddi Cup.

Rana Skai Ulla, Law Minister, West Punjab, Rana Mehsoor Ahemand, Deputy Speaker, Punjab Assembly, Sayad yaheem Ahemand, Department of Higher Education, Khurm Dastgeer, member National Assembly, Kamara Michael, Senator, are the dignitaries, who will participate in the mega event.

Apart from these, some Members of Parliament of India, MLAs of Punjab, chief parliamentary secretaries, NRIs and other guests will also grace the occasion.

The district administration also announced the traffic route, sitting arrangements and parking plan. Tiwari appealed to the general public to reach the stadium at 5.30 to avoid any inconvenience.

Tiwari said the schedule of cultural performances and matches could be changed according to weather conditions. Bollywood artiste Katrina Kaif will be the main attraction of the show. 



Performers rehearse at function venue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 14
Performers including bikers, dancers, martial artistes and band rehearsed at Guru Nanak Stadium for the mega event of the Third World Kabaddi Cup here today. There are several cultural and marshal art items to be performed on the occasion.

Artistes from Wizcraft, an entertainment company, will present choreographies and dance items with various artistes of Bollywood and Punjabi singers.

Two different items of motorcycle stunts will also be held. Motorcyclists rehearsed this evening. A stuntmen troupe from Rajasthan will perform on the occasion. Manjit Singh, a motorcyclist, will tie a turban on his head while riding two Enfield motorcycles. A gatka performance will also mark the event. A laser show will also be organised on Saturday night.

Officials said that the stadium had the capacity to adjust 25,000 viewers and it is expected that the stadium would be filled to its capacity. Girls rehearsed on the tracks of Punjabi Singer Diljit Singh.

"It is a big opportunity for the budding artistes to perform in such a big event. It is going to be my first experience. I am very excited about the show and we hope that every one will enjoy our performances", said a dancer. Manjit Singh, stuntman said, "It's a matter of pride and I am feeling glad to be a part of the mega event". 



Exam-match clash upsets students
Say such events should not be organised during exams
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, December 14
Students are upset as the finals of the Third World Kabbadi Cup and the semester exams are clashing with each other.

“My semester exams have already started. But I long to see the finals of the

Kabbadi cup. It’s difficult to restrain myself from watching the match, and I know that I will land up watching it. I often follow my heart when it comes to watching crucial matches” Jaspreet Kaur, M.A student, who is appearing for her semester exams said.

“I may be resolute today that I’ will stay put with my books and not watch the match tomorrow, but I know I will give in as it is my favourite game”, Gurdeep Singh, another examinee, said.

“I do not know why the students have to suffer every time. Earlier, the IPL clashed with our exams and now it is the World Cup Kabbadi, a mega event, happening in our own city, and we are asked to sacrifice it for the sake of the exams. I will consider myself the luckiest person on earth if one of the two ie, either the exam or the match gets postponed” said another student taking the exams. “I know that my child is appearing in his exams. We as parents, in order to avoid any sort of distraction and that too at the eleventh hour, have to keep our television sets switched off. This I will surely do but with a heavy heart” said a father of a student. 

Final Matches

Men: India v/s Pakistan

Women: India v/s Malaysia 



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