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MC fails to check burning of garbage
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The city has become unfriendly to morning walkers and schoolchildren who set out of home early, as harmful gases, pollutants and dangerous chemical await them from burning garbage dumped on the roadside.

But the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Limited are helpless when it comes to burning of garbage in the city.

However, senior officials of the civic body’s health and sanitation branch say the sanitary supervisors of the respective areas will be held responsible if the garbage is set on fire.

But these orders don’t seem to hold much ground as garbage is regularly being burnt in different parts of the city. Even in the Bhadaur House area, on the road which moves along the Ganda Nullah, garbage is set on fire daily.

City residents rue that instead of taking the garbage to the MC dumps, some garbage collectors prefer to burn it on the spot.

Burning of garbage in Asha Puri, Sunet, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Civil Lines and several other areas of the city is a common sight.

When contacted, MC Joint Commissioner AS Sekhon said: “Sanitary supervisors have been directed to check burning of garbage. It will be the sanitary inspector’s responsibility to make sure that the fire is doused and no such incident takes place in the future,” he claimed.

But when reminded that a garbage dump near Bhadaur House has been put on fire and the sanitary supervisor concerned has not bothered to douse the flames, Sekhon ordered his staff to visit the area and make sure the fire is extinguished.

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Will not allow A2Z to operate, say pvt garbage collectors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Though A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd has started door-to-door collection of garbage from the Chaura Bazaar area, members of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan have threatened they would not let the company operate even if an FIR is registered against them.

The MC has, however, claimed that the A2Z company was willing to give employment to all private garbage collectors.

Ever since A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd started its operations in the city from August 15, 2011, it has been facing protests by private garbage collectors. The garbage collectors even attacked some employees of the company twice.

Before the start of the door-to0door collection of garbage in the Chaura Bazaar area, the private garbage collectors under the banner of the Valmiki Samaj Bachao Andolan (VSBA) had protested against the MC and the A2Z company at Jagraon Bridge on January 28.

“Our delegation is in Delhi to take up the matter with PL Punia, chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. In October 2011, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had promised before the Assembly elections that A2Z would not carry out the door-to-door collection of garbage from homes and the company would lift garbage only from collection points. But they backtracked from their promise and allowed the company to carry out door-to-door collection of garbage. We will keep opposing the project as it will render us jobless,” claimed Kalyan, a garbage collector, who has been opposing this project from Day One.

Meanwhile, MC Joint Commissioner Amarjit Singh Sekhon has urged the garbage collectors not to oppose the project in the interest of the residents of the city.

“The company has offered to pay a monthly salary of Rs 6,000 to private garbage collectors and if any person or organisation wants to take up this matter with A2Z, I can arrange their meeting. I want to make it clear that the A2Z company is willing to provide employment to all private garbage collectors working in the city,” claimed Sekhon, who is also the in charge of the health and sanitation branch of the MC.



16-yr-old ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
A 16-year-old student of DAV School committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling hook of a room located in the backyard of his house in Phullawal village today. The deceased, identified as Gurvir Singh, was a Class IX student of DAV School.

The incident came to light this morning when Gurvir’s father Harpreet Singh saw him hanging from a ceiling hook.

He informed the police. The body was taken to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The deceased’s relative said Gurvir was upset for the past few days. He left home yesterday evening and returned late. “I cannot say anything. I am in a state of shock. My son was good in studies. But surely I would visit school and speak to the teachers,” said Harpreet Singh. Amandeep Singh, SHO, Sadar said the police would talk to his teachers.

College student booked for slapping girl classmate

A second-year student of a physiotherapy college in Sangowal has been booked for slapping his girl classmate.

The incident took place yesterday when the accused, Manwinder Singh, slapped the girl on the college premises following a heated argument. The college authorities lodged a complaint against him following which he was booked for creating ruckus.

Later, the girl whom Manwinder had slapped also lodged a complaint against him. Beside assault, the Sadar police has booked Manvinder for eve-teasing.

Thieves strike at showroom

Thieves struck at a cloth showroom on National Road and decamped with a laptop, cash and cloth material worth Rs 4 lakh. The incident came to light this afternoon when Lalit Sood, owner of First Lady Boutique, arrived at the shop and was shocked to see the locks broken. The watchman said he had seen two persons in a red car near the shop in the morning. The thieves were well dressed and stayed near the shop for about 10 minutes. Lalit said the thieves decamped with a laptop, Rs 22,000 and cloth material worth Rs 4 lakh. The watchman had jotted down the registration number of the vehicle.

Drug peddlers nabbed

The police has nabbed a drug peddler, Aniket Arora, and recovered psychotropic drugs from his possession at Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar. The police has seized 1,100 tablets and a huge cache of cough syrups from the accused who was trying to escape.



Mad race to admit toddlers to pre-school
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Mothers want their children to be aware of their surroundings at an early age. And they admit their young ones to kindergarten at the age of one-and-half-year. However, city-based psychiatrists say this could cause separation anxiety amongst children, which ultimately casts shadow on their overall development.

A survey conducted by The Tribune revealed that some schools in the city were admitting children at an early age, some not even completing two years. Kindergartens in the name of ‘toddler school’ and ‘fun school’ have mushroomed in the city where even the maids of the children are allowed to sit with them.

Coordinator of a pre-nursery school in the city said schools had no other option to admit toddlers. "The parents are keen to admit their wards to schools. They want exposure to the children. If we refuse them, our competitors will admit the toddlers,” said the coordinator.

As if it was not enough, even the expectant mothers have been making rounds to the leading schools so that there was no problem while admitting their children to pre-nursery schools.

Neha Sharma (name changed), who is expecting her first child, said: “I have been told that parents face a lot of problem at the time of admissions to kindergarten. We discussed the issue in detail with the family and everyone is of the opinion that registration in a good school should be done in advance.”

May lead to separation, anxiety

Dr Ravinder Kala, a city-based psychiatrist, however, said that sending children to schools at an early age was not advisable. "A child below the age of two years is emotionally dependant and attached to the mother. The separation, even for an hour, will lead to anxiety in the child. Toddlers are also not familiar with formal settings of the school. They do not feel emotionally or cognitively secure, they become clingy towards the parents. They feel insecure in the forced environment,” said Dr Kala.



Women in no way behind
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The cases of crime against women are on the rise, but there is no dearth of women who are taking the advantage of strict laws and are harassing men. Gurbaj Singh (32), a resident to Noorpur Bet village, is cursing the day he got married with Gurpreet Kaur aka Anu of Muthada Kalan in Phillaur in 2002.

Gurpeet was recently booked and was in jail for a month for obtaining a fake passport by showing herself as single.

She also fled with her paramour to Georgia in October 2011 to enter England as an illegal immigrant. She was caught and remained in a Turkey jail as well.

“Everything was well in the beginning. We had two children, but soon Gurpreet started staying out and used to turn up late at night. She used to fight when I used to ask her the reason of being late. One day she went missing. I came to know that she had fled to England with a Phagwara resident,” said Gurbaj Singh.

“I did not know where my wife was and Gurpreet’s parents had snapped all ties with us,” said said Gurbaj.

Gurbaj also know that when her paramour refused to marry her, she accused him of raping him and also filed a fraud complaint against him. A compromise was struck at Rs 2 lakh.

He filed a complaint with the police in November last year. After a month-long investigation, the Jalandhar police booked her for fraud and she was sent to jail.

After spending nearly one month in jail, she got an anticipatory bail. Gurbaj said, “She is neither giving divorcing me nor living with me, but she is threatening me. My life has become a hell,” said Gurbaj.

The police said Gurbaj was not the only man who had undergone the mental agony. There were several such cases were women treaded a wrong path and created problems for men.

Recently, a city-based medical student levelled allegations of rape against a Patiala-based doctor. The doctor was booked for rape. During the probe, it was found out that the doctor and the medical student were engaged and it was a consensual physical relationship during the time of the courtship. However, things did not went as planned and the engagement was snapped after which the woman filed a rape complaint. Following the probe, the rape charges were withdrawn.

Rishi Sood, a city-based medical equipment trader, also spent nearly six months in the jail on rape charges, which turned out to be fake. He is still receiving threats from the woman, who was booked in multiple cases by the Delhi Police.



Kila Raipur Rural Sports
Roads leading to venue even more 'adventurous'
Tribune's reporter Mahesh Sharma and lensman Himanshu Mahajan capture the glorious moments of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival on the last day
Our Correspondent

Kila Raipur, February 3
Assessing the Grewal Sports Stadium, the venue for the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Fair, popularly known as the Mini Olympics, was not a cakewalk for sports enthusiasts and participants coming from various parts of the country and abroad.

A majority of roads leading to the rural arena and playgrounds are in a dilapidated condition, and those leading to the venue of the 76th edition of the mega event are no exception.

While the present government has been boasting of promoting sports in general and kabaddi in particular and construction of stadia in the rural areas of the state, it has failed to provide a smooth passage to these venues.

The residents, including sports enthusiasts and organisers of rural sports, said the government should have also taken care of roads leading to various stadia and arena situated in the state, besides promoting various games.

The enthusiasts alleged that none of the roads leading to the Grewal stadium, including Ghungrana-Jartauli Road, Jodhan Road, Kalakh-Majri Road and Dhulkot Road, was in a good condition.

The stadia, including those at Gujjarwal, Kanganwal, Mehma Singh Wala , Latala, Dhulkot, Pakhowal, Sarabha, Jodhan and Kalakh villages, are among other playgrounds that can only be accessed by undertaking bumpy and tedious journeys.

Residents wish that dignitaries, including the Punjab Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, should visit these stadia so that the administration undertakes minimum repairs of potholed road at least before their visit. A ride to the stadium from Ahmedgarh, Ludhiana, Khanna, Malerkotla, Mullanpur, Sandaur and Raikot reveals that not even a single road has been repaired. With potholes and eroded berms, the roads have turned into a deathtrap for motorists.

Senior SAD leaders had been visiting a renowned kabaddi academy situated on Kalakh-Majri Road and house of its organisers, but none has bothered to get the bumpy road repaired.

Acknowledging the pitiable condition of roads leading to the Grewal stadium, PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon had declared to get the roads repaired without further delay.



Age no bar
Our Correspondent

Kila Raipur, February 3
Scintillating dexterity and agility defied gender and age differences when youngsters, children and veterans exhibited their courage during the 77th edition of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival.

Cabinet minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister, gave away prizes to winners of various events. Phillaur and Dhindsa announced a grant worth 30 lakh for the improvement of infrastructure at the sports stadium.

While Sukh Nagra Golu of Jodhan bagged Rs 1 lakh for winning the bullock cart race, hockey players of Mukandpur Hockey Club kissed a 1,000 gm Bhagwant Memorial Gold Cup by defeating Hans Kalan team. Jarkhar boys lifted the junior hockey cup by defeating Kila Raipur team.

Today being a public holiday at government offices and commercial establishments a large number of employees, teachers, students and traders turned up at the venue.

A merger of traditional and conventional sports, the mega event gave a platform to 6,000 sportspersons to exhibit their skills, besides attracting a substantial number of NRIs and foreigners. Kabaddi, tug-of-war, horse riding and daredevil individual performances remained the centre of attraction and kept the spectators glued to their seats.

Continuing their tradition of honouring outstanding sportsmen of the region , the Grewal Sports Association chose athlete Paramjit Singh, who broke Flying Sikh Milkha Singh's record, Dronacharya Award recipient Hargobind Singh Sandhu, wrestler Parminder Singh Doomchheri, Maluk Singh, former DSP, and hockey coach Baldev Singh Shahbad Markanda , Balbir Singh Grewal (hockey Olympian), Jagninder Singh Jindu (former hockey player), for felicitation.

The tug-of-war and kabaddi competitions displayed the strength and skills of athletes. Burj Hari Singh village won the men's one village open kabaddi title by defeating Malak village 25-9. Palledars' skill of loading and unloading trolleys emerged as one of the attractions. Team from the FCI, Raikot, led by Gurdeep Singh defeated Dhoorkot village led by Raju.


200 m (men): Maninder Singh 1, Mukesh Kumar 2, Neeraj 3; 200 m(women): Poonam 1, Kaushalia 2, Anupama 3; shot put (men): Tajinder Singh 16.39 m 1, Shankar Singh 9.84 m 2, Kamikar Singh 6.91 m 3; shot put (women): Harkirat Kaur 12.68 m 1, Rupinder Kaur 12.51 m 2, Kulwinder Kaur 9.11 m 3; long jump (men): Pardeep 1, Kulwant Singh 2, Gurpreet Singh 3; long jump (women): Kaushalia 1, Kulwinder Kaur 2, Pooja 3; 800 m (men): Manjit Singh 1, Ravinder Singh 2, Shavinder Singh 3; 800 m (women): Poonam 1, Anupama 2, Kiran 3; cycling 2 and 3 mile (men): Amandeep Singh 1, Ajit Singh 2, Kuldeep Singh 3; mule cart racing: Sikander Singh of Jodhaan 1, Saroop Singh of Pakhowal 2; horse racing: Jujhar Singh of Kakraran 1, Vicky Malhotra of Kohara 2, Malkit Singh of Dhurkot 3; tractor race: Mandeep of Koom Kalaan 1, Dilpreet of Sahibana 2, Channi of Gosalan 3.



The fast and the furious
Our Correspondent

Kila Raipur, February 3
Had bullocks participating in the traditional cart race at Grewal stadium in Kila Raipur ran on roads of a metropolitan city or a union territory, jockeys of a majority of these would have been challaned for violating the speed limit as it exceeded 50 km per hour.

Though organisers do not note down the speed of bullock carts, their speed is much more than that recorded in the time race event.

Bullocks owned by Jaggi of Assi Kalan, Ujagar of Maholi Kalan and Binda of Sahibana, were reported to have covered 300 m in 19.5 and 19.94 seconds at a speed of 50 km per hour which is the speed limit in a majority of cities.

None of the trains leaving the Kila Raipur station gives an acceleration equal to the bullocks participating in the mega event known as the Mini Olympics.

Deepa of Lohgarh village said the bullocks could have performed even better had there been no interruption in the previous years. "After being disappointed following the cancellation of bullock cart races due to a ban last year, a majority of owners had stopped taking care of their bullocks. It was only a few weeks ago that they started training and preparing their animals, after they became sure of participating in the event," argued Deepa.



Bullock cart race the only attraction
Our Correspondent

Kila Raipur, February 3
Bullock cart race remained the only attraction for the elderly on the concluding day of the Kila Raipur Rural Sports at Grewal Sports Stadium today. They remained glued to their seats in the stadium during the bullock cart races and preferred to stroll when the ground was occupied by other performers.

"Though other events are not less attractive, we come here to watch bullock cart races which are the trademark of the event," said Gurbachan Singh of Chhanna village in Sangrur district.

Niranjan Singh Dhillon of Jartauli said he had been coming to the stadium since 1953. Instead of remaining glued to his seat, when there were no bullock cart races, he watched old pictures of sportspersons displayed in the media centre.



Tragedy waiting to happen
Tibba Bridge turns perilous, authorities remain unmoved
Lovleen Bains

Sahnewal, February 3
It’s the presence of mind of commuters that keeps them safe on the perilous Tibba Bridge. The authorities have done nothing to make the passage safe on the bridge. The sides of the bridge have eroded.

The Public Works Department has been informed about the condition of the bridge, but to no avail. The authorities, it seems, are waiting for a tragedy to happen.

It is one of the busiest stretches in the area. “The authorities may claim that the work on the new bridge is on, but the old bridge which is busy the whole day is not repaired since long,” said a commuter.

“Crossing the bridge at night is more dangerous,” said another commuter.

XEN in charge Jagdeep Singh Tung said the new bridge would be thrown open to the commuters in a couple of weeks, but the old bridge will not be closed to traffic. “Maintenance of the old bridge is our first preference. As far as the safety of commuters is concerned, I will ensure that the bridge is maintained so that no untoward incident takes place.”



Govt adopting divide and rule policy: Teachers
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Government School Teachers' Union, Punjab, is up in the arms against the state government for "dividing" their cadre on the pretext of forming another Directorate for Kandi/Bet/ Border areas.

The teachers said with this, the teachers serving in Kandi/Bet areas could never get a transfer in other districts, if they wished later. This was nothing but a division of the cadre, maintained the teachers. And to make their fellow-beings aware about the "clever-policies" of state government, a state-level rally would be organised at Moga on February 9.

Parveen Kumar, general secretary, Government School Teachers' Union, said more and more teachers should gather at Moga so that government came to know about their strength.

"Earlier, it was one DPI, then the government created division by making two DPIs (Elementary and Secondary). And now there is a proposal to form a separate Directorate for Kandi/Bet areas and for this options have already been taken from the teachers," said Kumar.

Charan Singh Sarabha, patron, Government School Teachers' Union, said, "We already feel divided. If teachers are transfered to Kandi/Bet Areas, we will not be able to raise our voice due our weak strength. It is the state government's clever move to separate and divide our cadre so that we are never able to raise our voice against the government," said Sarabha.



Congress councillors' stir enters seventh day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
As the protest of a section of Congress councillors will enter its seventh day tomorrow, it is likely that some decision regarding the general house meeting will be taken. Ever since the new MC house was formed on September 21 last year, no general house meeting has been convened, due to which a section of Congress councillors have been protesting in Zone A office.

However, the Congress councillors alleged that the meeting was not being convened because Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria as well as the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party combine knew that the dwindling fiscal position of the civic body would lead to fireworks in the meeting.

The Mayor said the meeting would be convened soon.

A close door meeting between the Mayor and eight Congress councillors with MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu was held in the Mayor’s camp office last evening. “Apart from other issues, the issue regarding the meeting was also discussed," said an MC official.

Mayor Gohalwaria said, “I am not running away from anyone as I have already announced that the meeting would be held this month. The final date would be announced soon,” he claimed.



Swine flu claims two more lives
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Two more patients suffering from swine flu died at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and Dayanand Medical College Hospital (DMCH). One of the victims, who belonged to Ludhiana, died at the CMCH last night. Another patient, a native of Rajasthan and undergoing treatment at the DMCH, died this morning.

District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said six more suspected cases of swine flu were reported in the city hospitals today. A total of 27 patients have tested positive for swine flu at city hospitals out of which eight are from Ludhiana, two each from Barnala and Bathinda, four Faridkot, one from Fatehgarh Sahib, two each from Ferozepur and Jalandhar, one each from Moga and Muktsar, three from Sangrur and one from Rajasthan.



Reporters' diary
City residents love to flaunt

The show-off culture in Ludhiana refuses to die down. Residents may be "aware" of their surroundings and pretend to be well-educated, not bothered about others' lives, still if given a chance, they flaunt their expensive belongings. Recently, during a kitty party, a woman tried hard to show her expensive diamond bracelet. Busy playing tambola, the members did not bother about the expensive jewellery piece. The proud owner of the expensive jewellery piece had to say, "See my new purchase. It is for about Rs 3 lakh". While another said, "This iPhone 5 has recently been gifted to me by my husband. See the clarity, it is amazing". A kitty member murmured, why were they flaunting their accessories. "They got these things for themselves, which is good, but if they think they can dominate us by showing off, they are wrong."

Gaining popularity

Delhi seems to be a popular city as many places and products in the name of the capital are popular. 'Delhi Public School', 'Dilli de mashoor chhole bhature' and Dilli wali Sikanjavi are popular. "Although this is an old practice for increasing the sale of products, it is still working for institutions and traditional items alike," said a marketing specialist from the city. A resident said "dilli" like Ludhiana is varied and full of contrasts, so people could relate to the capital and find the name interesting.

Moga byelections

Before the announcement of candidates for the Moga byelections, workers of a political party were heard talking about the candidates during a wedding. A local leader joined them and said, "If I get party ticket and financial support, I will definitely win." "The byelections are a game of multi-crores," he said. To which a worker said, "I have a few crores which would not be enough to distribute tobacco products among migrants."

Patients at receiving end

Clerical staff of the health department went on a strike last week. Those coming from far flung places were at the receiving end. One of the visitors had come from a rural area to collect a death certificate of one of his relatives. Someone told him that the staff was on the strike and he would not be able to get the certificate. Following which, he rang up one of his family members, saying,"Chacha janam/maran wali khidki band hai" and switched off the cellphone.

Night shelters of little use

The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has set up night shelters for the poor and homeless in different parts of the city. But sadly, the poor still "prefer" to sleep in the open near religious places where they get food and other items in the form of alms almost every morning. It is learnt that they don't spend the night at night shelters because some of them later sell these items to shopkeepers who too visit the area every morning. "The business has been going on for several years. I wonder how these people are able to spend nights in the open when we cannot sleep without switching on heaters in our rooms. One morning, I distributed blankets among the poor outside a religious place. I went inside and when I came out after an hour, they were seen selling the blankets to a person. It was a sad sight because I wanted the poor to use the blankets, but they sold those," said a shocked friend of mine.

Contributed by Shivani Bhakoo, Gurvinder Singh, Charanjeet Singh Teja, Anupam Bhagria and Puneet Pal Singh Gill



Canada Kabaddi Cup: Spectators go berserk
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Those turning up for the Canada Kabaddi Cup suffered injuries when they tried to gain entry to Guru Nanak Stadium where Babbu Mann was to perform today. The spectators broke gates and grills.

The organisers had closed all gates and only those having identity cards were allowed to enter the stadium.

On seeing Babbu Mann, the spectators stared jumping from the galleries.

Harsharan, a resident of Mahalpur, suffered injuries after she jumped from a height of 8 feet.

Harsharan said, "I did not want to miss the show. I requested the security to let me enter the stadium, but they did not listen to me."

There is a ban on organising such programmes in sports stadiums, but the organisers did not care much about the ban. Spectators also broke glasses at the stadium.

Babbu Mann's mobile phone misplaced

  • Babbu Mann lost his cellphone at the stadium. It was learnt that the cost of the mobile was over Rs 1 lakh.
  • SHO of division number 5 said, "We have not received any complaint so far."



Miri Piri Kabaddi Academy corner glory
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
Miri Piri Kabaddi Academy, Kapurthala, won the Canada Kabaddi Cup at Guru Nanak Stadium today. In the final match of the 11th chapter of Canada Kabaddi Cup, Ambi-Amana Kabaddi Club were defeated by Miri Piri Kabaddi Academy, Kapurthala.

Ambi-Amana Kabaddi Club scored 29 points. Bana Dhaliwal, raider from Miri Piri Kabaddi Academy, was declared the best raider while Manpreet Dhala from Ambi-Amana Club, Moga, was named the best stopper.

Two semifinal matches were held. Ambi-Amana Kabaddi Club, Moga, won the semifinal match by defeating Azad Kabaddi Club (Edmonton), Ghall Kalan, 41-27.

Manak DhaliwalMiri Piri Academy, Kapurthala, won the match by defeating Baba Ishar Singh Club, Rara Sahib, 35-24. The winners were given a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while Ambi-Amna Kabaddi Club got Rs 75,000.

Driving force

  • Tattoos are the latest fad among players. They mostly get tattoos of Khanda (symbol of Khalsa), lions, swords and peacocks done. But Manak Dhaliwal, a kabaddi player from Miri Piri Kabaddi Academy, Kapurthala, has got the tattoo of his late father Surinder done on his arm.
  • Dhaliwal said his father was a well-known wrestler in Doaba region. Manak's father Surinder Singh died in April, 2008. "It is a permanent tattoo and I have decided that I will not get any other tattoo. It motivates me to perform well," said Manak Dhaliwal.



Hockey meet: Namdhari XI to take on Ludhiana XI
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Four matches will be played on the opening day of the 7th All-India Jagtar Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament (boys U-21) which begins at Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University tomorrow.

The tournament is organised in the memory of Jagtar Singh, a multifaceted personality, a renowned hockey player, sports promoter and founder of the District Hockey Association, Ludhiana. He served as the secretary of the association for more than 20 years. The first match will be played between the Centre for Excellence (Patiala) and the Sports Authority of India (Lucknow) at 9.30 am.

Namdhari XI of Bhaini Sahib will take on Ludhiana XI at 11.30 am in the second match, while the third tie will be played from 1.30 pm onwards between the Sports Authority of India (Bhopal) and Kurukshetra XI. The last match of the day will be played between the Surjit Hockey Academy (Jalandhar) and the Jai Bharat Academy (New Delhi) at 3.30 pm.

The tournament will be formally declared open at 1.30 pm by Ludhiana Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohakwaria. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, and Sukhdeep Singh, officer on special duty to Chief Minister, Punjab, will be the guests of honour.



Badminton meet
Pranav claims mixed doubles’ title
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 3
Ludhiana shuttler Pranav Jerry Chopra has added another feather to his cap by winning the ONGC All-India Ranking Badminton Tournament that concluded at Bengaluru yesterday. He bagged the honour in the mixed doubles category.

Pranav and Maneesha from Andhra Pradesh overpowered India's top pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan in three sets. Pranav and Maneesha wrapped up the first set 21-15 but surrendered the advantage in the next one losing it 18-21.

In the third and deciding set, Jerry and Maneesha, quelled a stiff resistance from their opponents before scrambling past 22-20 which also fetched them the title gruelling three sets by 21-15, 18-21, 22-20.

Talking to The Tribune over phone, an elated Pranav said, "Credit goes to Maneesha as she is just 17-year-old and it was her first exposure in the senior category. I started playing with Maneesha only last month and she adjusted in quickly and gave her best to bag the top honours,” said Jerry.

Praanav and Maneesha are both trainees of Pullela Gopi Chand Academy, Hyderabad. They got the better of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan, the No 1. mixed doubles pair in India.

However, Pranaav along with Akshay Dewalkar lost to Olympian V Diju and Alwin Francis in the final of the men's double. They lost the verdict 21-10, 15-21, 10-21.

Pranav Jerry Chopra started in 2013 as he won the men's doubles title at the All-India ranking tournament in Hyderabad last week. This is his second title during the last 10 days.

Pranav expressed gratitude towards his employers ONGC. He said they had helped him as financially when he had a knee injury last year and had also paid for his foreign tour.



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