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Speed thrills, but kills 
Overspeeding claims lives of three persons 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to accidents. A few drivers view speeding as an immediate risk to their personal safety or the safety of others.

Overspeeding claimed lives of three persons on the busy Pakhowal road near Lalton village on Thursday evening. The victims included pedestrians Shripal and Om Bahadur and 17-year-old Prabhjot, who was travelling in a car.

Inderjit Singh (19), who was behind the wheel and 12-year-old Dilpreet Singh were seriously injured in the accident and were rushed to a hospital. Their condition is stated to be critical.

The incident took place around 7.30 pm when Inderjit Singh and Prabhjot of Lalton village were returning home after picking up their relative Dilpreet from a tuition class.

When they reach near Anant Enclave, they lost control over the vehicle and the car hit two pedestrians before ramming into a tree.

While the pedestrians died on the spot, the injured were rushed to a hospital. Prabhjot was declared brought while Inderjit and Dilpreet were admitted to the hospital.

Inderjit's both legs were crushed, while Dilpreet suffered serious injuries in the accident.

The Lalton police post in charge said a case of reckless driving and causing death would be registered against Inderjit after recording the statement of victim's relatives. The police is also finding out if Inderjit had a driving licence. It is learnt that none of three car-borne youths were wearing seatbelts. 


MC’s house tax branch officials get notices 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has issued show-cause notices to officials of the house tax branch after the MC Commissioner termed the recovery drive unsatisfactory.

This has led to resentment among the officials of the house tax branch, who have threatened to go on a strike, it is learnt.

However, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma clarified that he did not intend to issue show-cause notices to the officials concerned, but somehow notices were issued to all.

The fund starved MC started a comprehensive drive for the recovery of pending house tax last year. This drive was being monitored closely by the MC Commissioner as well as other senior officials on a regular basis.

The MC Commissioner was not satisfied with the working of some of the officials and to set the house in order, he ordered that show-cause notices be issued to officials who had underperformed.

But the notices were issued to the entire staff which led to resentment amongst the officials, who gathered at the Zone A office and held a meeting.

An official said that 100 per cent recovery was not possible. “We are working in conditions where political interference plays an important role. But still we have managed to recover crores from the city residents. But we are letdown by the fact that despite working so hard, we have been issued show-cause notices. We may even go on a strike,” he said.

When contacted, MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma clarified that the show-cause notices were meant for a few officials. “But somehow the entire staff got the notices. Even I understand that some of them have performed exceptionally well. I have come to know that some of them even want to go on a strike, but this is not the right way. I urge them to perform their duties honestly so that the MC gets adequate funds for development,” he said. 



Govt orders cancellation of allotment of land
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 22
Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by the Council of RTI Activists, which was highlighted in these columns on November 30, 2012, the Local Government Department, Punjab, ordered the cancellation of the allotment of 3,556 square yards by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) to the Welfare Council, J-Block, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, for a community centre.
The community centre at the J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. A file photo
The community centre at the J Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. A file photo

The land was allotted to the Welfare Council in September 1985 at a reserve price of Rs 51 per square yard. The one-fourth of the total cost of the land was payable at the time of the allotment, while the balance was to be paid either in lump sum or half yearly instalments as per the schedule of the payment.

However, the Welfare Society got the possession of the land without making shelling out a single penny and subsequently also constructed two halls to make the community centre operational without an approved building plan.

In November 2008 and again in July 2011, the Welfare Society of the locality pleaded that the payment towards the cost of land be accepted from them at the original allotment rate of Rs 51 per square yard and that too without any interest, or penal interest on the default amount.

Vehemently opposing the claim of the residents' body, Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and general secretary, respectively, of the complainant body of the RTI activists, asserted that for all practical purposes, the welfare council had forfeited its right to the land due to persistent default (of more than 25 years) in making the payment. Moreover, they said it would be mockery of the law of the land if the prime land worth more than Rs 10 crore as per the prevailing market price was allotted for a pittance.

The orders issued by the Local Government Department, Punjab, on January 7, 2013, say that as per the recommendation of the chief vigilance officer, Local Government Department, the allotment of 3,556 square yard is cancelled for the failure of the allottee to deposit 25 per cent of the total cost as per the provisions of Punjab Improvement Trust (Utilisation of Land and Allotment of Plots) Rules, 1983.

The department has directed the LIT authorities to initiate action as per the rules for illegal construction in an area on the land allotted for the community centre and fix the responsibility of officials for the unlawful construction under intimation to the government. 



Service lanes cleared of encroachments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s tehbazaari branch conducted an anti-encroachment drive on the service lanes, between Gulmohar Hotel and Sidhwan Canal, on the left side of Ferozepur Road today.

The MC officials issued over 60 challans and impounded 40 two-wheelers. Besides, permanent and temporary encroachments were also removed. The MC team also removed generators, kiosks and stalls of eatables from the service lanes, besides challaning the violators.

But as soon as the MC officials left the spot, traders occupied the service lanes.

MC tehbazaari wing superintendent Naveen Malhotra said: “The MC is conducting such drives at regular intervals and soon the lanes will be free of encroachments,” he claimed. 



Cleanliness missing at rly station
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana February 22
The Union Railway Minister, Pawan Bansal, during his visit to the railway station had stated that steps would be taken to maintain cleanliness at the station.

But contractors hired by the authorities are not making efforts in this direction. It was learnt that the contractors dumped garbage near the old goods godowns at the station.

Earlier, the contractors used to dump the garbage in a vacant area in front of the post office at the railway station.

After the issue was highlighted in these columns a few months ago, the authorities lifted the garbage from the area. The contractors have started dumping garbage in the vacant area between the old goods godowns and the houses of track machine staff.

Ramesh, a railway employee, said, "The garbage littered near the godowns area annoys residents."

Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent, said, "The contractor is not doing his job properly. The garbage should be disposed of at the dumping sites. " 



Imposition of property tax opposed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Opposing the imposition of property tax, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) submitted a memorandum to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner at Zone A office today. The civic body had given 30 days' time to residents for filing objections.

Harjot Singh Bains, district convener of the party, claimed that since Tuesday the party volunteers had been conducting signature campaigns in various areas and in just three days thousands of people had joined them.

Before submitting the memorandum, the party volunteers staged a dharna at Clock Tower Chowk.

"In foreign countries, people pay taxes happily, because they get all facilities there, but in our country, this does not happen," stated Harjot Singh Bains.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said, "We will look into the objections filed by city residents," he stated.



Suicide drama outside MC office
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
High drama was witnessed at the Municipal Corporation’s Zone B office in the old city area this afternoon after a resident shot off a suicide note to the Zonal Commissioner, PS Ghuman, for not issuing TS-1 certificate for his land at Vishvakarma Colony.

Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Textile Colony of the city, had a heated argument with the MC officials a couple of days ago on the issue of non-issuance of the TS-1 certificate.

Following which, Gurbachan Singh sent a note to the MC zonal Commissioner Zone-II stating that he would commit suicide if he was not issued the certificate. Gurbachan sent a reminder the next day and stated that he would commit suicide.

The Zonal Commissioner informed the police about it.

The police summoned Gurbachan's family and he was stopped from taking the extreme step. 



International Cycle expo kicks off
Products of 60 producers put on display , small traders also get a chance 
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
A three-day International Cycle Expo began at the Government College for Women. The expo will showcase brand new technology, hi-tech products and the accomplishments made in the world of cycle industry. Nearly 35,000 people from across the world, especially China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and the UK are expected to visit the expo.

More than 60 cycle manufactures are displaying their products ranging from branded cycles to cycle tyres, accessories, various parts, forging etc. The major attraction at the event was a robot developed by a company in Bengaluru for welding purposes. High-end mountain and electric bikes were the other crowd-pullers.Apart from the major cycle players like Hero, Avon and Atlas, many small cycle manufacturers have also put up their stalls. Cycles, cycle parts and other accessories like baskets, air pumps and cycle paints are being exhibited at the expo.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association, said the cycle expo will bring good opportunity for manufacturers and dealers. “We will also be organising a seminar to encourage cycling among people. With the global warming increasing and prices of petrol and diesel going up, cycle is the best option as it maintains good health and is easy on pocket as well,” he said.

He said this was the first time that small manufacturers were engaged in making cycle parts like baskets, pumps, chains were displaying their products. Dashmesh Singla, dealing in cycle chains, said "Dealers not only from across India, but also from across the world, have come for the exhibition. I have got considerable number of orders on the very first day. Though we were not allowed to take orders at the exhibition venue, we took the dealers to our units where they placed their orders," he said. 



No takers for hotel site GLADA cancels auction

Ludhiana, February 22
The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) found no buyers for its hotel site in Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road and the auction scheduled to be conducted at the GLADA office today for the sale of 8,615 square yard chunk of commercial site, had to be cancelled.

The GLADA Additional Chief Administrator, Baldev Singh, told The Tribune that there were no bidders for the site, and not even a single intending bidder had deposited the eligibility fee of a little more than Rs 5 crore.The commercial site, earmarked for a hotel in the fully developed locality of Sector 32, carried a floor price Rs 60,000 per square yard and the total reserve price of the land was a whopping Rs 51.69 crore.

GLADA officials attributed lack of interest on the part of buyers to overall slowdown and slump in the real estate market, knowledgeable sources in the realty sector were of the view that the reserve price of the commercial site was very high as compared to the prevailing market prices. "In property transactions of huge size, unaccounted money plays a major role, which is not possible in purchasing property from a government body," the sources added. — OC



From colleges

SCD college bhangra team excels
The bhangra team of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, secured the first position in the inter-university bhangra competition held in Bathinda yesterday. The team won a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. The team represented Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sukhbir Singh was adjudged the best dancer and the dholi Binder Kumar was adjudged the best drummer and both of them bagged trophies. College principal as well as the team in charges Prof Jaipal Singh and Prof Paramjit Singh congratulated the teams.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Arun Grover and Dr Nirmal Jaura, director, youth welfare, PU, also congratulated the team.

Placement drive

Ceasefire Industries held a placement drive for MBA students. About 130 students participated in the drive. Dr Hukam Chand Bansal, chairman, Ceasefire Industries, complimented the students.


National and international issues were held on the second day of the International-level British Parliamentary Debate at the PCTE Group of Institutes. Dr KNS Kang, director general, PCTE Group of Institutes, congratulated the teams that entered the semifinals.


The botanical society of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, organised an exhibition. The society laid stress on the importance of trees. Students gave a PowerPoint presentation. Harsha and Navneet secured the first prize. Kirandeep and Harleen got the second prize. Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind applauded the efforts of the staff and students.


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector is a compulsion and if India wants to remain a signatory to international agreements promulgated by the World Trade Organisation and General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). We cannot close down the doors for international business partners," said experts and young research scholars during a one-day seminar on the FDI in the retail sector organised by the department of business innovations in collaboration with the department of economics and commerce.

Athletics meet

The 59th annual athletics meet of GGN Khalsa College concluded on Friday at the GGN ground. Surinder Singh Sodhi, IPS, DIG (Counterintelligence) Amritsar, was the chief guest. The two-day event witnessed a number of students participating in more than 30 events. The chief guest gave away prizes to winners. 



From school

Ludhiana: A series of competitions were held at Ryan International Public School. These included drawing competition, mat weaving and creative writing. Magic and puppet shows were also held.

Sports meet

Atam Public Senior Secondary School organised its annual sports meet. Students participated in various events such as bangle race, getting ready for school race, burst the balloon race, lemon race, spoon race, chati race, pick up the partner race, three-legged race, duck race, back race, camel race, sack race and football balance race. Principal congratulated winners.


A lecture on "Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health" was organised at Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School for the students of classes XI and XII. Dr Rajinder Gulati, pediatrician, Civil Hospital, Raikot, spoke on life skills’ necessary for adolescents to handle certain issues effectively and efficiently. Ten such skills identified by the the World Health organisation are self-awareness, empathy, coping with emotions, coping with stress, interpersonal relationship, decision making, problem solving, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking. Dr Gulati said adolescence was the period of emotional turbulence, which was actually brought about by hormonal changes taking place in the body. Anger was an emotion that affected not only persons associated with the cause, but also the person who was angry.

Farewell party

Students of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, organised a farewell party. They presented a cultural programme. Davinder Jaggi, councillor, was the chief guest. S Verma, director, RK Khurana, deputy director, Dhari Shah Singla, Prem Kumar Gupta, Sanjeev Bindra and Sarita Goel were also present.

'Mangal Prarthana Diwas'

"Mangal Prarthana Diwas" was celebrated at Sanatan Vidya Mandir. A workshop on "Mind management" was held. The topic was "How to train mind and intellect to secure more in exams". —TNS



Ludhiana scan

Recruitment rally
The Territorial Army will organise a recruitment rally on March 12 to 15 at the Millar Ganj unit in Ludhiana. Lt Col LS Chauhan said youngsters from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and Delhi can participate in the rally for the posts of sepoy general duty and sepoy tradesman. He said applicants from Punjab, J&K and Chandigarh would attend the rally on March 12 while those coming from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi would attend the rally on March 13.

A girl clicks her friend’s photograph during the flower show at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
A girl clicks her friend’s photograph during the flower show at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. 
Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Power shutdown
The power supply will remain suspended to areas between canal bridge (Gurdwara Nanaksar) and Park Plaza at Ferozepur Road and its surrounding areas on February 23 due to maintenance work of 11kv Park Plaza feeder from 10am to 4 pm.

5 test positive for swine flu
Five persons tested positive for swine flu in different hospitals. A patient belonging to Kapurthala district died. He was undergoing treatment at the DMCH. Of the five patients who tested positive for swine flu, two are city residents, two hail from Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur while the fifth patient who died was from Kapurthala.

Subsidy on farm equipment
Chief agricultural officer Dr Bakhshish Singh Chahal said the subsidy on agricultural equipment was being given by the agriculture department, Ludhiana, under the Macro Management Work Plan Scheme. He said under the scheme, 25 to 40 per cent subsidy was being given on farm equipment, including zero till drill, happy seeder, potato digger, potato planter, self-propelled reaper binder and fodder chopper-cum-binder.

ONIDA launched 32 new models of 'smart inverter' ACs in the city. GL Mirchandani, chairman, Mirc Electronics, said the ACs would redefine the standards of style and functionality.

The Anti-larva Scheme Health Assistant Union today held a protest in front of the Civil Surgeon Office, Ludhiana. Members of the union said they had not received salary for the past three months. Surjeet Singh, district president, said,"We will call off the protest only after getting an assurance from the Civil Surgeon, Dr Subhash Batta." — TNS



Ex-cop’s relatives accused of misappropriating funds 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Former DSP (Vigilance), Punjab Police, Gurcharan Singh who was jailed in a corruption case, appears to be in the dock again. A resident of Pabbian village near Mullapur has filed a complaint against Singh's brother and sister-in-law alleging they misused government funds for personal gains.

Refuting the allegation, Mohinder Kaur claimed that she was ready to face a probe and would come out clean.

Jagshir Singh claims as per information procured under the RTI Act, village sarpanch Mohinder Kaur and her husband Hakam Singh cornered money meant for the poor. Jagshir says Hakam Singh lives in a sprawling mansion and constructed a toilet in the house under a government scheme launched to benefit the poor. The complainant quotes another case: Major Singh, a resident of the village, who is visually impaired, has been shown as a daily wager under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Emplacement Guarantee Act (MNREGA- Card No 105). "The misappropriation of funds has been going on for over a decade. In 2008, the panchayat passed a resolution to construct 40 houses for BPL families. A grant of Rs 5 lakh was received by the panchayat. Out of the total amount, Rs 25,000 was issued to former sarpanch Sukhjinder's servant Radha Lal on December 29, 2008, vide cheque No. 116900, 117441. Radha, a migrant, had no land holding then. He had no ration card and voter card at the time of receiving the grant. The grant of Rs 25,000 was used by the then sarpanch Sukhjinder Singh for building a room on his land. The grant was issued by the present sarpanch Mohinder Kaur," said Jagshir Singh while showing RTI reports.

He claims that Radha Lal was still homeless. The woman sarpanch had got the BPL cards (blue ration cards) of many non deserving persons made.

"Similarly, another beneficiary of the government scheme, Baljinder Singh, is a ration depot holder. How can he fall in the BPL category? I was shocked to find his name (BPL card no 4215) on the list of 31 persons of my village. Hakam Singh, though owns a mansion in the village, has taken the MNAREGA benefit by getting his job card (No 66) made through his wife," said Jagshir Singh while showing a copy of an RTI report where Hakam Singh was shown as a labourer and withdrew money.

He complained that Mohinder Kaur had made bogus job cards of MNREGA to benefit his near and dear ones. For instance, Radha Lal has two job cards ( 64 and 81) and Harpal Singh (84-102). "Out of the total 110 cards, about 24 persons have two cards each," said Jagshir Singh.

DIG MF Faroqui said the matter had been referred to the department concerned. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the complaint had been forwarded to the ADC (Development) for conducting a probe. 



Man held with stolen motorcycle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
The Salem Tabri police arrested a person with a stolen motorcycle at Mohalla Peeru Banda last evening. The accused has been identified as Mandeep Singh, a resident of Jawahar Nagar camp. On seeing the police, the accused tried to flee, however, he was nabbed following a hot chase. Mandeep confessed to the crime. The police has impounded the motorcycle and booked the accused under Sections 379, 411, 465,468, 471, 473 IPC for vehicle lifting.

3 held for transporting sand illegally

The Ladhowal police has arrested three persons for transporting sand illegally at a checkpoint at Gospura last evening. The accused have been identified as Jaswinder Singh of Hambran, Bhupinder Singh of Dakha and Jagdish Singh of Noorpur Raikot. The police has impounded three trucks. A case has been registered.

Psychotropic drugs seized

The police has arrested a person and recovered a huge quantity of pharmaceutical drugs from his possession. The accused identified as Amritpal Singh, a resident of Urban Vihar, Dugri, was nabbed yesterday at a checkpoint at Midha Chowk. Injections, cough syrups and tablets were recovered. 



Cash stacking at home leading to crime incidents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 22
Crime incidents are on the rise as residents are stacking cash at home.

It is not the first time some insider has barged into the house with a purpose of killing and fleeing with cash.

Recently, two of a family, and a domestic help, were brutally attacked by none other than the painters who had whitewashed the house six months ago.

Similar incident took place on February 1, when Rajiv Jain, alias Raju, entered the Rishi Nagar E-Block residence on the pretext of giving a wedding invitation.

Raju, a relative of the businessman and owner of Love Bird fabrics, Rajesh Jain, along with his accomplices Jasdeep and Roshan, attacked Rajesh's wife Sunanda Jain, his son Sakshar Jain and domestic help Nikhil.

After assuming that the trio was dead, the accused fled with gold, diamond jewellery and Rs 80 lakh cash.

However, the trio was nabbed soon after the incident and major chunk of the robbed amount was also recovered, but the victims were injured seriously and were still undergoing treatment.

Sakshar's who was preparing for his board exam has not been able to study, as his neck was slit by the assailants.

Nearly 20 days have passed and yet he can not speak properly.

A police official said “Such crimes cannot be stopped.

In both the cases, the attack on Sunanda, Sakshar and domestic help Nikhil at Rishi Nagar and the attack on Veena, Deepika and domestic help Chotu in Shivaji Nagar, the insiders were involved. They knew that cash was kept in the house and that is why they planned to rob and kill the occupants and flee with the money.One has to be careful these days". 



Trials to select Punjab team on February 24
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, February 22
Trials to select the Punjab wrestling contingent will be conducted at Alamgir Akhara on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road here on Februray 24 from 10 am onwards.

Aspirants have been asked to contact Pehalwan, Harmail Singh Kala, general secretary, Punjab Wrestling Association, on cell phone number 9417328002.

The selected wrestlers will represent the state in the All-India Invitation and Bharat Kesari Competition-2013, to be organised at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh from February 28 to March 3 by the Indian Style Wrestling Association of India.

Two wrestlers from each state can participate in the competition to be held for the “Bharat Kesari” besides, individual weight categories, said Pehalwan Ram Krishan, president of the Punjab body.

The winner of the “Bharat Kesari” title will be given a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the first runners up will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and those reaching semifinals will get a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.

Similarly, position holders in different weight categories will be richer by Rs 15,000 and those finishing second will pocket Rs 10,000 each.

Those losing in the semifinals will get Rs 5,000 each, added Ram Krishan.



Urvashi declared best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
Urvashi, student of MSc I, was adjudged the best athlete at the 44th Annual Athletics Meet of the SDP College for Women, Circular Road near Daresi ground that concluded here today. A large number of students took part in the event.

Amarjit Singh Sekhon, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, declared the meet open and took salute from participants at an impressive march past.

Anshu, Aanchal, Hina, Pallavi and Aditi torched the games flame, while Ruby took oath on behalf of the participants to play in the true spirit of sports.

Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, along with Jasbir Kaur Makkar, principal of the college, faculty members and students were present there at the opening function.

Parkash Kaur Grewal, head of the physical education department, read out the annual report highlighting the achievements by the college students during the current academic session.

Isha Kalia, Additional Commissioner, MC, Ludhiana, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function She congratulated the winners.


Shot put: Aditi 1st, Kirti 2nd and Jyoti 3rd; 50m race: Jyoti 1st, Urvashi 2nd and Sarabjit Kaur 3rd; Potato race: Kirti 1st, Jyoti 2nd and Sandeep Kaur 3rd.

Long jump: Urvashi 1st, Beenu 2nd and Priyanka 3rd; Discus throw: Aditi 1st, Kirti 2nd and Kamlesh 3rd;

Rope skipping race: Vandna 1st, Jyoti 2nd and Sonika 3rd.200m race: Hina 1st, Urvashi 2nd and Shallu 3rd;

Three-legged race: Sushma and Jyoti 1st, Khushboo and Vaishali 2nd, Priya and Chandni 3rd.200m cycling race: Kirti 1st, Archna 2nd and Hema 3rd; Sack race: Jyoti 1st, Neelam 2nd and Hina 3rd; 400m race: Urvashi 1st, Hema 2nd and Razia 3rd;

Slow cycling: Asha Rani 1st, Aditi 2nd and Beenu 3rd; Chatti race: Manpreet Kaur 1st, Sukhandeep Kaur 2nd and Tajinder 3rd.



Punjab bodybuilding meet on Feb 24
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 22
The 40th edition of the Senior Punjab State Bodybuilding Championship will be organised by the Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABA) at Mangla Gaushala Asharm, near Sugar Mill, Dhuri, on February 24, Dr Randhir Hastir, president of the association, said.

The competition in the categories below 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90 kg and in the categories above 90kg weight will be held during the one-day championship.

The selection is being done for the forthcoming Bodybuilding Federation Cup to be held in Jalandhar on March 9 and 10. The first three position holders in each weight categories will qualify for the Federation Cup, informed Ravi Prashar, honorary general secretary, PABA.



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