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Mayor pulls up staff 
Was upset over lack of cleanliness on city roads 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria pulled up the MC staff for its failure to keep the city roads clean. The Mayor visited the four zones of the city last evening and found that the roads were not being cleaned.

The Mayor was shocked to see a permission slip issued by an Akali MLA to a vendor during a surprise check at an illegal rehri market on Chandigarh Road. The slip mentioned the name of the vendor and it directed the Zone B staff of the MC as well as PUDA and GLADA officials not to harass the vendor. The Mayor took the slip from the vendor and warned others against encroaching upon the government land.

The Mayor, accompanied by senior MC officials, inspected Ferozepur Road, Jagraon Bridge, Sherpur Chowk, Samrala Chowk, Tajpur Road and Chandigarh Road last evening.

As the inspection of Chandigarh Road was going on, the Mayor saw a rehri market near Mohini Resorts. He alighted from his vehicle and asked the vendors why they had encroached upon the government land. The vendors said they had a permission to set up shops on GLADA land.

“Rakesh Kumar Verma, MC Commissioner-cum-Chief Administrator, GLADA, denied having granted any permission to set up reheri market on Chandigarh Road. Meanwhile a person produced a handwritten permission slip issued by a local Akali MLA,” said the Mayor.

After coming to know about the incident, the Mayor issued directions to his staff not to budge under any such pressure. 


Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar residents to get more facilities 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Employees of the engineering branch of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) are likely to while away their time as a resolution regarding transfer of the 475 acre Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar scheme to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been passed.

Reason: The Ludhiana Improvement Trust has already handed over four colonies to the MC. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar is the fifth colony to be handed over to the MC.

These residential colonies include 256 acre Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, 129 acre Rajguru Nagar, 30 acre Bharat Nagar Extension and 8.4 acre Baba Ishar Singh Nagar.

The decision has brought smiles on the faces of residents of the area as they can now expect an all-round development in their locality.

During the last General House of the MC held on March 12, Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal tabled the proposal of handing over Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar to the MC. It was seconded by Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu.

A section of employees of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation were opposing the proposal saying that it should have been floated by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. But as MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma is also the administrator of the LIT, it was not a tough task for Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria to pass the proposal.

Speaking to The Tribune, councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal said the Ludhiana Improvement Trust did not have a mechanism to lift garbage. “I have been paying for fogging in the area. Residents have also hired garbage collectors to keep the area clean. For the past 10 years, the area has no sewermen, gardeners and sweepers. However, the MC has sanctioned Rs 9 crore for the development of the area,” he said. 

What after transfer

Residents of Kabir Society will be able to get their land registries done

A2Z Waste Management Ludhiana Ltd will collect garbage from the area

Residents living in 100 sq yard and 125 sq yard houses (in blocks D, H and G) will be exempted from paying water supply and sewerage bills

Regular fogging will be done

Permanent sweepers and sewermen will be appointed

Maintenance of streetlights will be done by the MC contractor

Gardeners appointed by the MC will manage the greenbelts and parks 

Silver chair goes missing from Sai temple

Thieves decamped with a silver chair weighing 12 kg from Sri Sai Baba Mandir at Satjot Nagar on the intervening night of May 31 and June 1. The theft came to light when priest Ram Roop Dixit found the chair missing. Ravi Kant Sharma, president of the Sri Sai Baba Trust, said thieves also took away a bell and a lamp from the temple. P6

Eve-teasing: Victim’s parents thrashed

The city police booked three members of a family and four others for thrashing the parents of a girl who became a victim of eve-teasing. P6



Medicines gutted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Medicines worth lakhs were gutted in a fire that broke out at a godown in the old city area this evening. A short circuit is believed to be the reason behind the fire. It took 10 fire tenders more than three hours to douse the flames.

The fire brigade officials had a tough time to locate the entry gate due to the thick smoke.

In the absence of fire safety equipment, the firemen had a tough time controlling the blaze. The firemen had no masks to cover their faces. 



City railway station to have solar lights
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Taking a big leap towards energy conservation, the Railways is in the process of installing solar lights at the Ludhiana railway station. Four solar lights have already been installed at the railway station.

Two lights have been installed at the railway hospital, one at the ticket counter, Civil Lines, and another at the power station. Officials said more lights would be installed on the railway premises. 



Cable theft hits rly bookings
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Passengers at the railway station faced sheer inconvenience this morning when the connectivity cable of an internet service which connects the private railway ticket counters was stolen early in the morning. The passengers were seen standing in long queues to buy the tickets outside ticket windows at the railway station.

With the theft of the connectivity cable, all private ticket booths stopped working. The passengers who used to buy tickets from these booths also joined the railway ticket windows. One of the ticket both contractors said, the internet connections at ticket booths stopped working at around 5 am.

The service provider company took seven hours to restore the connectivity of internet. The private ticket counters started working at 12 noon.

The Railways had collaborated with private firms to reduce crowding at the ticket counters of the railway station. Private contractors have installed six ticket booths on various locations surrounding the railway station.

These commission based booths help to reduce the burden at the railway ticket windows.

Chaman Lal, a contractor of a private ticket counter said, "It is not the first time that the cable has been stolen. It is a routine affair. Today, someone had stolen three meter cable near the goods godowns on the railway premises.

It proved costly for us," he added. 



State government swings into action
To convene meeting of District Commissioners, Zonal IGs on tomorrow 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
While the Punjab and Haryana High Court has said that "very soon there will be an organised mining mafia in Punjab", the state government seems to have swung into action, though late. The Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal has convened a meeting of all the Deputy Commissioners and Zonal Inspector Generals of Punjab at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh, on June 3, on the issue.

The letter (a copy of which is with The Tribune) has been issued by the General Coordination Branch of General Administration, Government of Punjab, in this regard.

A senior official in Chandigarh, wishing not to be quoted, said, "The letter just says that to curb illegal mining in the state, meeting has been convened. As the High Court has also taken note of it, the state government seems to be adopting strict measures against those involved in it. We feel that strict guidelines will be issued to the DCs and the Police Department to crack whip against the guilty. Such measures should have been taken long time ago by the government as there is not just a revenue loss to the state exchequer but mining near the river banks increases chances of floods, manifolds".

One of the mining officers in Punjab said that illegal mining was rampant in districts like Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Nawanshehr, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Moga, Ferozpur, Ropar and Mohali districts. Besides, illegal mining was being done in certain areas in Patiala district, too. He said, "As compared to previous months, illegal sand mining had been curbed to an extent as the contracts had already been given to the near and dear ones of the political leaders. But many others were still indulging in the illegal practice".Due to the well-organised "cartel" on sand-mining, it was the common man, who had to pay exorbitant prices to get sand. Few months ago, sand was available for Rs 8000 to10,000 per 1000 feet but today, the prices had reached to Rs 27,000 per 1000 feet. Certain members of the Youth Congress, Phillaur, had sought a probe by the CBI into the illegal mining in the state. 



Adopt direct seeded rice technology: PAU experts
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Farmers worried about the shortage of migrant labour for transplanting of paddy seem to be preferring to join seminars and training session being conduct by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Agriculture Department, instead of waiting the migrant labourers on Railway stations.

However, the PAU claims that Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) save the ground water and labour but the farmers seems less concerned about the water as the second advantage of sowing direct paddy attracts them more.

It has been learnt that migrant labourers form UP and Bihar now come in less numbers and farmers have much more for transplanting the paddy.

With the objective to promote the direct seeded rice, a state level seminar on "Direct Seeded Rice: Prospects and Challenges" was organised by the Department of Agronomy of the Punjab Agricultural University today. Farmers from across the Punjab have attended this seminar.



Residents oppose opening of liquor vend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
District Congress Committee Ludhiana (Urban) president Pawan Dewan has alleged that the ruling SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab was responsible for alcohol addiction among the people.

He said the number of liquor vends was more as compared to the number of schools in the state. Dewan was addressing residents who had staged a dharna against the opening of a liquor vend in the Shimlapuri locality today. Women, too, participated in the dharna. The protesters raised slogans against the state government. One of the protesters, Devinder Singh, also observed a fast as a mark of protest against the opening of the vend. Dewan said the Congress would continue its fight against drug menace in the state.Among others present on the occasion, included block president Palwinder Singh Taggar, District Congress Committee vice-president Balwinder Singh Bedi, ward president Kamal Sharma. 



Missing boy traced
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Machhiwara June 1
The Machhiwara police recovered a boy who went missing on May 27 from Morkarima village in Machiwara and his foster parents had registered a case of abduction with the Machiwara police.

The boy was handed over to his grandfather. The Machiwara Police Station SHO said that Ravipal Singh (13) who was adopted by Jagdev Singh of Indra Colony, Machiwara, went missing under mysterious circumstances and his foster parents had reported to the police that he was abducted. All police stations of the state were put on alert.

The Dakha police informed the Machiwara police that they had recovered a boy who was roaming around in the area. A police party reached the Dakha police station and recovered the boy from Morkarima village. The boy told the police that his foster parents often used to beat him up and so he left his house.On May 27, he left Manikhera village on his cycle and reached Morkarima village, which falls under the Dakha police station. Some village residents took him to their house and also informed the police.The boy was presented in the court and in his statement he expressed his desire to go back to his biological parents. He was then handed over to his grandfather today. The above said boy was adopted three years ago. 



gadvasu notes
Reap maximum benefit from fish farming in summer, says expert

Ludhiana, June 1
Proper care and right knowledge is the key to reap maximum benefit from fish farming in the summer season. The views were expressed by Dr Meera D Ansal, college of fisheries of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. She emphasised that provide sufficient comfortable zone to your fish below the surface layer, which gets heated up far beyond optimum temperature range (28-320C). Maintain six feet water depth and to mitigate heating up of water; partial shading of pond with trees is also recommended. Further, take care of the water quality. 'Oxygen' is the most important issue to be addressed, which may fall to lethal levels, especially during dawn, due to enhanced biological activity in the pond.

Hence, aerate the ponds during early hours of the day before sunrise, either by adding fresh water or by aerators. High oxygen content will keep the fish healthy and increase its food converting efficiency. If the fish come on the surface to gasp atmospheric air, provide aeration and also suspend manuring and feeding of fish.

Partial water exchange improves water quality. Nutrient-rich pond water can be used to irrigate the agricultural fields and fresh water can be added in the fish ponds. It will improve water quality in the pond and reduce fertiliser requirement for the crop. Farmers also need to check diurnal variation in water pH, which may cross 9.5 during peak day hours and fall below 7.5 during night hours, due to excessive growth of algal blooms in the pond. Algae also grow very fast during summers and nutrient enrichment leads to formation of algal blooms.

Manuring/fertilisation of pond shall be suspended in case water turns dark green, dark brown or greenish brown in colour and a green, brown or sometimes red coloured algal mat appears on the water surface. Regular bottom racking with the help of barbed wire is recommended to prevent accumulation of toxic gases like ammonia and carbon dioxide. Toxicity of ammonia in fish ponds increases with increase in temperature and pH, which can be reduced by keeping the ponds well aerated and adding a dose of gypsum/alum as per expert advice. Increased input in terms of seed, feed and fertiliser is a strict 'NO'. It not only enhances input costs but also elevates the risk of failure. — TNS



It is time to chill
Students heave a sigh of relief as summer vacation starts
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Thousands of students studying in government primary, middle and higher schools heaved a sigh of relief as the education department announced the summer vacations from June 1 to 30. Now that the mercury is hovering around 46 degrees Celsius, the summer break was much needed, feel the teachers, parents and students.

Though government schools have been closed, certain private schools have still not announced their summer vacations and the parents feel that it was difficult for the children to bear scorching heat and school managements must close schools for vacations.

The general secretary of the Government School Teachers' Union, Parveen Kumar, said the department had extended the date of admissions to Classes IX and X up to July 15. "For the month of June, the schools will be closed. Though admissions have already been started for these classes but during vacations, there will be break then from July 1 onwards, students will have 15 more days to get admissions again," he said.

Raghav, a student, said these vacations were always very much awaited when he could relax and enjoy. "But the scorching heat spoils the plans. Still, we get much respite. We have been given holiday homework, which needs to be completed before schools reopen. But we get plenty of time for both homework and play," he said.

Another student, Deepti, said she waited for the break to join some summer classes. "My mother wants to try my hands on cooking, so I will be attending cooking classes to learn making South Indian dishes," she said.

Meanwhile, a parent of a sixth standard student said the school, where her daughter studied, will be closed in the second week of June. "By that time, half of the summers are over. This year, May was so hot and her daughter suffered from bad stomach and vomiting due to severe heat. All the schools must give summer break to children on one particular date," said the worried mother.



Now, pay to play at PAU
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University, has issued a circular that the authorities will now only allow the use of play ground and public infrastructure under "pay and play" scheme where coaches are available at the PAU.

Now outsiders can only practise for badminton, table tennis, basketball, handball, weightlifting and swimming sports at the PAU grounds by paying the charges.

Vice-Chancellor has ordered to disallow the use of play ground in the games where university coaches are not available. The youngsters, who come to play in Punjab Agriculture University to practise separate games for fitness, are unhappy with the decision.

With this decision, those, who practise under the private cricket coaches and play football for pleasure, will suffer the most.

"We play football at the PAU ground everyday. Now the authorities have ordered that the practise has not been allowed in university grounds. It sounds strange that university is forbidding to play the youth as they have to encourage the youngsters to play," said a player.



PAU official gets warm send-off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Senior editor (Punjabi) at the Centre for Communication and International Linkages (CCIL) of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Gurbhajan Singh Gill, was given a warm send-off on attaining the age of superannuation.

In his letter of appreciation, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, eulogised Gill for his 30 years of devoted service to the PAU and wrote that he has carved a special niche for himself in the field of Punjabi. “As the Senior Editor (Punjabi) at PAU, he has made a vital contribution to the agriculture by disseminating the farm worthy knowledge to the farmers through the monthly farm magazine “Changi Kheti,” he wrote.

Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Gursharan Singh, said the PAU is proud of Gurbhajan Singh Gill for his great service to the farmers as well as the literary world of Punjabi. He wished him a joyous and a cheerful post-retirement life. In his welcome remarks, Dr HS Sehgal, Additional Director of Communication, recalled Gurbhajan Singh Gill’s meritorious services at the CCIL and said he is steeped in Punjabi ethos.



Principal accuses college secy of misbehaviour
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Khanna, June 1
A controversy between Principal RS Jhanji, of AS College, Khanna, and college secretary, Dr Anil Joshi, is still going on and the management is said to have called a meeting in this regard to solve the issue as it can affect the image of the institution in the coming admission session.

The controversy arose when the college principal alleged that the secretary was interfering in the routine matters of the college and even misbehaved with the teaching staff and with himself also.

Principal Jhanji, further alleged that staff of the college gave a memorandum against the attitude of the college secretary to the management.

When president of the management, Ashok Sharma, was contacted in this regard, he confirmed the incident.

However, he claimed that he along with the secretary general of the management will visit the college and record the statements of both the parties (principal and college secretary) to ascertain the facts and will decide on the next course of action after that.

On the other b hand, when Dr Anil Joshi was contacted for his comments in this regard, he said being the secretary of the college, it was his duty to check the functioning of the institution.

Joshi further added that all the allegations levelled by the college principal Dr RS Jhanji were baseless.



From schools

Rally on Anti-Tobacco Day

NSS Volunteers of SDP Sr Sec School, Hazuri road, took an oath to abstain from the drugs and to spread aware among public about its ill-effects. They marched a rally through Chaura Bazar. The students were holding banners and placards depicting the ill-effects of tobacco and other drugs.

Summer camp

Sports summer camp, organised by Bal Bharati Public School, concluded here on Friday with a dance fiesta where children expressed their joy and ecstasy by tapping their feet to the tunes of melodious songs. The camp, that commenced on 20 May, was designed to inculcate true sportsmanship and to discover and develop children's potential by helping them learn something extra through different sports activities. A host of activities like karate, basket ball, swimming, badminton, table tennis and skating were organised during the camp. — TNS



Ludhiana scan


An executive body meeting of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punajb was organised in the city here on Saturday. It was presided over by Manjit Nagpal. The association members thanked the state government for levying of electricity charges on industrial rates rather than commercial rates.

Kissan union airs grievance

Bharat Kissan Union members complained about low procurement price of sugarcane for Rs 290 per quintal by the state government. They said even though the procurement price has been increased by Rs 40, but it is not enough. Representatives of the union said that the state government should declare the minimum procurement price of Rs 450 per quintal. The investment expenses of farmers for planting of sugarcane are not met at the current procurement prices, they said.

Free workshop

One day free 'Art n Craft workshop' was conducted by Dreamers Creative Academy, Haibowal, here on Saturday. The academy had invited two professionals from the field of creativity and designing to conduct the workshop which lasted for almost three hours. The students were also given a talk on the role of graphic designing in the enhancing creativity and practicing new techniques in Art and Craft. Students made products with "Best out of Waste" technique. They were also taught the art of window displaying and importance of creativity in day to day life. — TNS



Man hangs himself to death
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 1
A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a chain installed at a workshop. The incident occurred last night at Chhapar in Hargobind Nagar village near here. The deceased has been identified as Deepak Kumar of local ward number 4.

The body of the deceased was noticed when the owner of the workshop made futile attempt to open the shutter and same was broken in presence of parents of the deceased later.

Hardeep Singh, in charge police post at Chhapar said Rahul Nahar had informed the police that his brother-in-law, Deepak Kumar, ended his life by hanging with a chain installed in workshop where he (Deepak) had slept as usual last night.

The deceased had returned from Shimla yesterday and the family said that he was normal till 11.30 pm after which he went to sleep in the workshop as usual.

The family was shocked to find his body hanging in the workshop after Gurtaran Singh, owner of the workshop, failed to open the shutter from outside.

Body of the deceased was handed over to his family after conducting inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC. 



Crime briefs

Silver chair goes missing from Sai temple

Thieves decamped with a 12 -kg heavy silver chair of idol Sai Baba at Sri Sai Baba Mandir at Satjot Nagar on intervening night of May 31 and June 1. As per information, people came to know about the theft this morning when priest Ram Roop Dixit entered the area where idol of Sai Baba was placed. Dixit saw that the chair was missing. He informed the residents. Ravi Kant Sharma, president of the Sri Sai Baba Trust said that besides the chair, the thieves also stole a bell and a lamp from the temple.Sharma informed that a watchman was appointed for the security of the temple, but was unaware of the incident. It is suspected that thieves entered the temple from a window in the veranda of the temple. A complaint has been lodged at the Basant Avenue police post by the Sri Sai Baba trust.

Eve-teasing victim’s parents thrashed

The city police registered a case against three persons of a family and four unidentified persons for thrashing the parents of a girl who was a victim of eve-teasing. The division number 7 police station had received a complaint in which the complainant, Sushil Kumar, a resident of Vishkarma colony, alleged that Daljit Singh, a resident of the same colony teased his daughter on May 27, who was a student of class XII in a school at Field Ganj. Sushil Kumar said, his daughter told him about what Gurjeet did. Sushil alleged that When he went with his wife and son to Gurjeet Singh's house to complain about his act his family members along with four to five unidentified persons thrashed them. The police has registered a case .

Mother-in-law alleges abuse

The city police has booked two brothers and unidentified persons in a case in which mother-in-law complained that her daughter-in law abused and beat her up at Tagore Nagar on Tuesday. Usha Goel, a resident of Tagore Nagar, lodged a complaint at the division No. 8 police station that her daughter-in-law Sharu Jain had abused her when she was taking her dinner. Then her daughter-in-law called her brother and some unidentified persons to her house andwho attacked her and her son.



Sangrur swimmers corner glory
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 1
Swimmers from Sangrur district bagged two out of four titles which were decided on the opening day of the 28th Sub Junior Punjab State Swimming Championship for boys and girls that began at Brajindra College swimming pool, Faridkot, today.

Other two titles were clinched by Patiala and Ferozepur districts, respectively. As many as 170 participants, including 120 boys, are taking part in different age groups.On the basis of their performance in the meet, the state contingents will be finalised to take part in the 30th Sub Junior National Aquatic Championship slated to be held from June 20 to 23 at Campal, Panaji (Goa).

First day's results

200m freestyle (boys III): Asbag Khan of Patiala 2.41:95 secs (first), Gursimranjit Singh of Ferozepur 2.47:87 secs (second) and Shubhpreet Singh of Sangrur 2.59:52 secs (third).

200m free style (girls III): Deepali of Sangur 3.05:41 secs (first), Pavit Sofat of Ludhiana 3.09:19 secs (second) and Disha Thakur of Ropar 3.21:70 secs (third).

200m individual medley (boys III): Dilbirjeet Singh of Sangrur 3.07:31 secs (first), Abikaran Bhulllar of Ferozepur 3.08:46 secs (second) and Asbag Khan of Patiala 3.21:51 secs (third).200m individual medley (girls III): Sudhrishti of Ferozepur 3.40:95 secs (first), Disha Thakur of Ropar 3.45:32 secs (second) and Chilman (third).



Budding boxer to represent India
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1
Sukhdeep Singh (19), a budding boxer from Chakar village of Ludhiana district, has been selected for the Asian Boxing Championship, which is going to held in Jordan from June 30 to July 9.

Sukhdeep will represent India in the championship. Sukhdeep had won a silver medal in the FXTM International Boxing Cup held in Cyprus.

Sukhdeep took to boxing in 2005 and won a bronze medal in the Sub-Junior Boxing Championship in 2006. NRIs Ajmer Singh and Baldev Singh sponsored Sukhdeep and arranged for his training in Canada and Cuba, which further sharpened his skills.

Baldev Singh Chakar, boxing coach and In charge of the Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy Chakar said, "Sukhdeep has a lot of potential. We are expecting gold form him in the Asian championship. He can win a gold for us. Moreover, he is in good form. ".

Sukhdeep had shown his mettle in the Senior National Boxing Championship 2012, held at Hyderabad and won a gold medal. He also clinched the gold medal in the Fifth Inter-Zonal All-India Championship in 2011. 



Cricket: Ludhiana recover after early blows
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, June 1
Hosts Ludhiana, after reeling 121 for 4, managed to recover and post 233 runs on the first day of four-day match against Jalandhar in the Punjab State Inter -District Cricket Tournament (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy being played at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Ludhiana skipper Nikhil Choudhary won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a good start with the opening pair adding on 61 runs for the first wicket and were sailing smoothly (100 for 1) but pacer, Manpreet of Jalandhar ignited quick fall of wickets.

He consumed three wickets in quick succession, leaving the hosts struggling at 121 for the loss of four wickets. Nimit Malhan contributed 49 runs, while Gurkaran and Parul Mehndiratta chipped in with 27 and 29 runs, respectively.

Nikhil Choudhary, who had excelled with the bat, playing a sheet anchor role (269 runs) against Amritsar and (175 and 96 n.o) against Mohali to steer Ludhiana to register outright victories, appeared today to be a pale shadow of himself as he was dismissed cheaply after making just six runs.

However, Ludhiana found its saviours in Sandeep Singh and Hartejasvi who not only denied the visitors any success but also carried their bat till the end of day's play. The pair shared an unbeaten 112run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Sandeep remained unbeaten on 74 that included nine hits over the ropes while Hartejesavi was at the crease with 31 runs against his name.

For Jalandhar, Manpreet claimed three wickets for 64 runs and Rishin Sharma got rid off one batsman after giving away 56 runs.



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