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Dalit youth killed, anger spills on roads
Protesters attack commuters, damage vehicles, block traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

(1) An angry mob brandishes sticks; protesters stop an ambulance at Bharat Nagar Chowk; commuters walk home in the absence of public transport; and smashed windshield of a vehicle in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: Himanshu Mahajan 

Ludhiana, August 29
It was free for all in the city today after a 23-year-old Dalit youth was killed.

A mob of around 1,000 people, including youth and women, of Jawahar Nagar, Ambedkar Colony and Abdullapur Basti went on a rampage and vandalised shops, buses, cars and motorcycles near the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT).

Miscreants took advantage of the deteriorating law and order situation and started thrashing commuters.

Hashish Sachdeva, a veteran journalist, was assaulted and suffered an injury on his leg. The miscreants didn’t even spare woman and assaulted them with wooden sticks. Some youths tried to set a fuel station on fire. However, the police foiled their attempt.

The protesters staged dharna at Bharat Nagar Chowk and blocked traffic. The protesters also demanded the arrest of persons accused of killed the Dalit youth. They also raised slogans against the police and the state government. The sit in continued for nearly three hours.

Serpentine queues of vehicles were seen on then roads leading to Bharat Nagar Chowk. Snarl-ups were also witnessed on Ferozepur Road, Pakhowal Road, Sarabha Nagar, Fountain Chowk and Ghumar Mandi.

After remaining stuck in snarl-up for hours, commuters preferred to walk to their destination. Women and children were the worst hit. School buses and ambulances were also seen stuck in traffic jam. Many vehicles developed a snag due to overheating. The protesters lifted the dharna following assurance by Congress leader Baljinder Singh Bunty and a BJP leader.

Later in the evening, the protesters again blocked the road and smashed the windscreens of buses and cars.

They also ransacked the house of the accused, Arun Kumar, and then tired to set the house of councillor Kapil Kumar on fire.

Heavy police posse, including the quick reaction force (QRT) and anti-riot vehicles, was deployed in the area.

The murder

The incident took place at midnight when the victim, identified as Shammi Kumar of Ambedker Nagar near Model Town Extension, was visiting Jawahar Nagar, to meet his sister.

On his way back home, he was waylaid by Arun Kumar and his accomplices at the Jawahar Nagar camp. They attacked Shammi Kumar with knife and fled. The brother-in-law of the victim, Vijay Kumar, was informed about the incident.

Vijay said 108 Ambulance reached nearly an hour after the incident, while police came after four hours. Shammi Kumar was first taken to a private hospital from where he was rushed to the Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

ACP (West) Gurpreet Kaur Purewal said a murder case has been registered against Arun Kumar and his accomplice.

The accused is said to be a close relative of councillor of the area Kapil Kumar Sonu.

The victim’s relatives said Shammi was killed at the behest of Kapil Kumar. 

Councillor stages dharna

Councillor Kapil Kumar Sonu along with his supporters staged a dharna against the police at the Kochar Market police post, alleging that the police was harassing his relatives. 

(Clockwise) A protester lies in front of a police vehicle near Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Thursday, A youth allegedly tries to set a petrol pump on fire near
Bharat Nagar Chowk and Congress leader Baljinder Singh Bunti (in magenta turban) tries to pacify protesters at Bharat Nagar Chowk. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan


Police remains mute spectator
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
It was a classic display of lawlessness and police inaction in the city today. Groups of unruly youths held the city to ransom by brandishing wooden logs, and the police watched the show like a mute spectator.

The morality touched its lowest ebb as the unruly mob didn’t even spare women.

The protesters also blocked traffic at Bharat Nagar Chowk, putting commuters to inconvenience.

The exasperated reaction of a harried commuter sums up the situation: “If the police resorts to cane-charge on the unruly mob, the politicians and media term it as a human right violation. But what about the common man? What is my fault,” said Karan Kumar, a resident of Jagraon.

Industrialist Paramvir Bhogal, who was on his way to his factory, remained stuck in the traffic jam at Fountain Chowk. “I could not even reverse my vehicle. After struggling for an hour, I managed to reach Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon Bridge. Finally, I decided to park my vehicle along the road,” said Paramvir Bhogal.

Sonu, a resident of Paatran, who was visiting city after a long time, was upset to see unruly mod smashing the windscreen of buses.

“My friends were rightly terming it as a mad city. I was shocked when a youth came in front of the bus and smashed its windscreen. The youth was accompanied by nearly 10 armed persons who directed the driver of the bus to stop the vehicle. I alighted from the bus and started running. Now, I have to walk to Salem Tabri, which is nearly 4 km from here," said Sonu.

Tulsi, who had picked up her children from school, said: “Fortunately, the rickshaw puller called me and told me about the protest. So I rushed to the school to pick up my children. Thankfully, they are safe."

Chand Lal (70) of Jawahar Nagar, who was discharged from a hospital, had to walk to his place in the absence of any conveyance.

The septuagenarian said he was forced to get down of an ambulance after its driver was asked to reverse the vehicle by the unruly youths. 

Police should take action

“Law is equal for all. Two youths were put behind the bars for allegedly thrashing a lawyer, who was answering nature’s call on a wall. It remains to be seen what action the police takes against the unruly youngsters who held the city to ransom,” said Sham Singh Harika, a veteran politician turned social worker. 



MC to hold camps for regularisation of colonies 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 29
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has set the ball rolling for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies within the city limits. While the civic body has chalked out an elaborate plan to organise awareness camps in different parts of the city to apprise developers and plot and property owners with the detailed procedure for the regularisation of colonies, plots and properties, some 60 applications have already been submitted with the MC.

Addressing a news conference here today, MC additional commissioner Isha Kalia said arrangements had been made at suvidha centres in the sub-registrar's office to receive applications for the regularisation of colonies from developers and also from the property owners.

“Besides, applications duly completed in all respects will be received from the stake holders at the camps to be organised by the MC with an objective of creating awareness about the revised policy for regularisation of unlicensed colonies and also to motivate the developers and property owners to come forward for regularisation of their colonies, plots and properties," she said.

As per the provisions of the revised policy notified on August 21, 2013, applications for the regularisation of colonies as well as plots and properties in such colonies, along with stipulated development charges have to be submitted within 45 days.

The MC Additional Commissioner said as per the schedule drawn for the awareness camps, commencing from August 26, 2013, till October 4, 2013, the MC would hold 26 camps in different localities in zone A, 33 camps in zone B, 89 camps in zone C and 97 camps in zone D. “The staff and officials of the building branch of the zone concerned will be available at the camps to guide and assist the applicants to fill the forms for the regularisation of colonies and complete other formalities as laid down in the policy.”

Kalia said it was in the interest of developers and other stake holders to get their colonies, plots and properties regularised. Once the process of regularisation is over, the MC will formulate comprehensive plans for the development works in all such colonies and ensure basic amenities to residents of all such colonies that had been regularised under the revised policy, she said. 

All arrangements in place

MC additional commissioner Isha Kalia said arrangements had been made at suvidha centres in the sub-registrar's office to receive applications for the regularisation of colonies. As per the provisions of the revised policy notified on August 21, applications for the regularisation of colonies as well as plots and properties in such colonies, along with stipulated development charges have to be submitted within 45 days. 



4.7 earthquake shakes city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
An earthquake measuring 4.7 on Richter scale shook the city at 3.43 pm today.

As per the Met department, Chandigarh, the tremors were felt in Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Roop Nagar, Ludhiana and some districts of Himachal Pradesh.

No loss of life or property was reported.

The tremors triggered panic as residents started calling up their dear ones to enquire about their well-being.

There were a few who uploaded videos on social networking sites and mobile messaging service.

Amrit, a student, said, "I was surfing Internet when I felt the tremors."

Another city resident, Geet, said, "I have never felt this way before. My heart started sinking and I ran towards the lawn." It seemed as if the house would fall apart, she added.

Surinderpal, director, Met department , Punjab, said, "Hoshiarpur-Himachal Pradesh border was the epicentre of the earthquake. No casualty was reported." 



Stamp released before schedule 
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A postage stamp released this month took philatelists by surprise. It was to be released in September.

The stamps have been arriving late in post offices and many of these have not been released.

The stamp on Raj Bahadur was to be released on September 22. "There are flaws in the philately calendar. Some stamps have not been released. There was some error regarding the date for the release of the stamp," said Mukesh, a philatelist.

The stamp was released a couple of days ago. It was released to commemorate the 101st birth anniversary of the freedom fighter and the Cabinet minister.

He is known for his decision of allowing commercial advertisements on radio and television. He later became the Union Cabinet Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Shipping and Transport. Modernisation and expansion of major ports at Mumbai, Madras, Kolkata, Vishakhpatnam, Cochin, Kandla and new posts at Mangalore, Tutocorin, Paradip and Haldia were commissioned during his tenure.

Influenced by Bhagat Singh, he later became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He actively participated in the freedom struggle and was imprisoned several times. Post-independence, he was chosen as the representative of state of Bharatpur Constituent Assembly. He was later inducted in the Union Council of Ministers and served as the Minister of State for Communication. He was instrumental in spearheading polices which helped in strengthening and empowering the communications network.

"The postage stamp will be a part of my collection," said Rohit, a philatelist.

Head Post Office short of staff

The Head Post Office is short of housekeeping staff. There are four vacancies for Class IV employees and two posts are still lying vacant.

The building houses the city division department, Mufassal division and circle stamp depot.

An official said they had to hire the housekeeping staff for carrying out the cleanliness work.

"The government should fill the vacant posts," said another official.

During rainy season, the problem aggravates. "We do not have workers to weed out wild growth from the rear of the post office. Two people can't keep everything neat and clean," said the official. The government should do something to solve the problem, said an official.



System of online filing not operational
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
The system of online filing of VAT-20 return is not operational for the past one week. Although those who want to file the return for financial year 2012-13 have ample time as the last date is in November, but those who want to surrender their VAT number are facing tough times.

Apart from filing the form manually, the online filing of VAT-20 return is mandatory for those who want to surrender their VAT number for any reason.

Jatinder Khurana, a tax professional, said that it had nearly been a week since the system of online filing of VAT-20 return was not operational. "We have even contacted the company who is maintaining the website but to no avail," he said.

Jatin Sharma, a trader, said that he wanted to surrender their VAT number as he was supposed to shut his business. "Every other formality has been completed, but the process cannot be completed, as they are unable to file their VAT-20 return. The online filing is not operational for the past one week and I am facing a lot of inconvenience," he said.



6-kg tumour removed 
Tribune News Sevice

Ludhiana, August 29
A tumour weighing 6 kg was surgically removed by a team of doctors at the Mohandai Oswal Hospital. The 7-year-old girl weighed 20 kg when she was admitted to the hospital.

Gagandeep Kaur was admitted to the hospital with large abdominal mass.

On further diagnosis, a tumour, neuroblastoma, was found in the left adrenal gland. “As the tumour mass was very large in size, chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions were given to which patient responded well to some extent, but later on the patient complained of an excruciating pain in the abdomen, difficulty in breathing and severe malnutrition, which necessitated us to opt for surgery for saving the life of the girl, said a doctor from the team of surgeons who operated on the girl.

Dr VK Kaushal, medical director, Mohandai Oswal Hospital, said, “The patient was operated on August 21 by a team of expert surgeons comprising of Dr Amreek Singh, surgeon; Dr Digvijay Singh, urosurgeon; anesthetists Dr BK Mohindra and Dr Gurdeep Singh Sodhi; pediatricians Dr RS Sibia and Dr Nardeep Singh. The operation was successful.”

“The surgery involved the removal of the left adrenal mass along with the spleen and left kidney,” said the medical director.

The 7-year-old was shifted from recovery room to the general ward, on second post-operative day. She is stated to be stable and is presently on an oral diet.



Shiv Sainiks, BJP workers come to blows
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena exchanged blows outside the office of the ADCP (IV), NK Sharma, at Moti Nagar.

The groups were summoned by the ADCP as they had entered into a scuffle a few days ago.

On reaching the office of the ADCP, the activists of the both the groups started hurling abuses at each other.

They also entered into a scuffle. The police had to intervene to control the situation. 



Four more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Two individuals from Shimlapuri and Sherpur have tested positive for dengue today. The patients are undergoing treatment at the SPS Apollo Hospital.

A resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, has also tested positive for dengue and is admitted to SPS Apollo Hospital.

The number of patients suffering from dengue is on rise. Another male from Bikaner is also admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

While two patients from the city tested positive for the dengue yesterday, the number has risen to six in two days. 



15 challaned under Tobacco Control Act
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
A team of the Health Department has challaned 15 persons under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Control Act, 2003.

Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Senior Medical Officer, Sahnewal, said: "Under Section VI of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Control Act, 14 persons were challaned for consuming tobacco in a public place while 15 others were fined for selling tobacco products at Sahnewal, Ramgarh, Mundian Kalan, Mundian Khurd and Mullanpur. A fine of Rs 3,650 was collected from the violators.

The team comprised the nodal officer, Dr Pawandeep Dhillon, health inspector Dalbeer Singh and multipurpose health worker Jagjit Singh.

Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Senior Medical Officer, Sahnewal, appealed to the public not to consume tobacco products. He said tobacco consumption was injurious to health. He said those found consuming liquor at public places would be fined. 



Power to remain shut for 4 hours today 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Due to maintenance and repair work of 11KV Satluj Feeder, power will remain shut today from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.

The affected areas include Satluj Club, the DC's residence, Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Mal Road, Rakh Bagh, the head post office. Power supply to adjoining areas will also remain unavailable.



From schools and colleges

Janmashtami celebrated

Ludhiana: Students and teachers of Vajra Army School celebrated Janmashtami with zeal. A colourful programme was held to mark the day. Teachers highlighted the importance of the day. Students of the primary wing gave a dance performance. A skit was also presented. The main attraction was the 'matki' ceremony.
Students play musical instruments during a summer camp; and (right) Chhota Bheem 
entertains schoolchildren in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Workshop on fire safety

A workshop on fire safety was held at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. A mock drill was conducted. Senior science teacher Manju told students how to use a fire extinguisher. Principal Mona Thakur said one should not get panicky.

Teej celebrated

Teej was celebrated at Green Grove Public School. Karanveer of Class IX and Ravleen Kaur of Class IX highlighted the importance of the festival and delivered speeches in Punjabi and English.The school was decorated with flowers.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was held at BCM School, Dugri. Tips on good parenting were given. An interactive session was also held. Parents were informed about new school programme. The principal urged the parents to spend quality time with their wards.


Janmashtami was celebrated at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar. Students came dressed in traditional attire.The function ended with a cake-cutting ceremony.

Learning becomes fun

Bheem’s Masti Ki Class, an interactive school contact programme, will cover over 5 lakh students from approximately 550 schools across eight cities in India. A brainchild of POGO, the session will be interactive and engaging, providing a fun-learning experience to children. In Ludhiana, POGO will cover 50 schools and engage over 50,000 students. Chhota Bheem paid a surprise visit to Ryan International School today.

Student shines

Chetna Aneja, an MBA student, secured the fifth position with 88.31 per cent in the examination conducted by Punjab Technical University. Chetna Aneja said regular studies was her success mantra. Director, GGNIMT, Kuldip Singh congratulated Chetna on her achievement. Dr PS Khattra, principal, motivated her to keep up the good work. Gunwant Singh Dua, coordinator, GGNIMT, appreciated her efforts.

Results out

Students of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, secured top positions in MA fine arts examination conducted by Panjab University. Krishna secured the fourth position with 90 per cent, Jasmeet Kaur secured the fifth position with 89 per cent while Manpreet Kaur stood seventh with 88.5 per cent. The managing committee congratulated principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind and staff.

Students bring laurels

MSc students of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women brought laurels to the institution by performing well in the examination conducted by Panjab University. Manpreet Kaur stood first with 81.6 per cent, Jaspreet stood second with 81.1 per cent while Meenu stood 10th with 78.2 per cent. Hira Lal Jain, chairman of the college managing committee, congratulated the staff and students.

Saplings planted

The NSS unit and Rotaract Club of Doraha College of Education in collaboration with the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology carried out a tree plantation drive. Japuir Singh, director, Doraha College of Education, and Dr Sandeep Sawhney, principal, Doraha College of Education, planted saplings.

Club formed

The Partap College of Education formed a Rotaract Club. Ashima , Swati and Monica were honoured and scholarship was given to Anjali and Varun. Preet Kamal of BEd was elected president, Sonorika was named vice-president, Saurabh was elected sergeant, Kirti treasurer while Shaveta Punj and Jaspreet of MEd were elected secretary and joint secretary, respectively.— TNS



Stalemate ends: Hustle and bustle back on PAU campus
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Sixteen days after students called off their strike, classes resumed at Punjab Agricultural University today.

So far, the authorities have not issued a notice stating that the rustication of three students has been revoked.

It was learnt that the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar were busy attending a meeting of the board of management in Chandigarh.

The authorities told the students that the notice would be issued tomorrow.

Office-bearers of the Punjab Agricultural University Students Association thanked students and members of the PAU Teachers' Union for extending support.

Karanvir Singh, vice-president, PAU Students Association, said, "The authorities have always cooperated with the students. The differences have been sorted out."

The staff and security heaved a sigh of relief with students ending the strike.

"I don't know why the students went on a strike but the authorities have taken a wise step by accepting their demands," said a security guard.

A press note issued by the vice-president of the PAU Students Association stated, "The association has not given any statement regarding its demands. So far, we have not received anything in writing from the PAU authorities. The association has faith in the authorities. We request them to treat the students leniently. If we have made any mistakes during the protest, we are ready to apologise to them. We thank the teachers and authorities to rethink their decision. The classes have resumed."



Ludhiana scan


The Indian Overseas Bank inaugurated a Rapid Retail Processing Centre (specialised branch) at the Court road on Thursday. The branch was inaugurated by the chief manager, Pawan Kumar Aggarwal, under the leadership of the chief regional manager, S Kedarnath. Branch Manager Muneesh Saggar said this is a step towards focussing more on retail lending and to reduce the turnaround time for credit delivery.


The District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Pawan Dewan, and the Distrct Congress Committee (Rural), president, Malkit Singh Dakha, appealed to the party workers to pay homage to a former Chief Minister, Beant Singh, at the 19th death anniversary of the CM, in Chandigarh on August 31.

Joint meeting

A joint meeting of members of The Indian Institute of Architects comprising of architects from Jalandhar and Ludhiana was held on Tuesday in Phagwara. The meeting was chaired by Pal Singh, chairman, Publication Board India of The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA). The chairman explained in details about the past achievements of IIA and approsed the members of the immediate works in hand to do for the welfare of profession, including participation of the state architects in different award programmes across the nation. The new team of IIA at Mumbai has already decreased membership annual fee as promised in elections, said the chairman. Architects were also requested to give their consent for the upcoming tours to Chennai, Kathmandu and Lahore as per the rules. The state-level 3rd consecutive exhibition of the building materials ‘Archibuild’ is also going to be held in Chandigarh in the month of September.

Ganesh Mahotsava

Ganesh Mahotsava Committee, Aatam Nagar, will be celebrating a twelve-day long Ganesh Mahotsava from September 6 to 18 at Aatam Nagar. The function will be inaugurated on September 6 at 9 am. The final day of the festivities will see a shobha yatra and the idol will be immersed in water on the last day of the mahotsava.


The Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, in collaboration with the Rotary Club, Ludhiana, organised a meditation seminar on Thursday. The meditation Yog Guru Master Minood, Founder of Temple of Inner Wisdom, India, said, "Listening to intuition was possible only in silence. Meditation helps us achieve a state where we can access higher levels of consciousness." The session lasted for over 21 minutes. — TNS



5 booked for murder
NRI wife, cousin hatched the conspiracy
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 29
The local police has arrested Gursewak Singh’s cousin along with three contract killers, allegedly hired by him, for killing his own cousin. The victim, Gursewak Singh, was found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances two days ago at a link road connecting the Agwar-Lopon area with Nanaksar.

According to the police sources, victim’s US-based wife and his cousin allegedly hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Gursewak Singh.

The police has not yet revealed the identity of any of the accused. “The police has also booked victim’s US-based wife, along with the four youths, for hatching a conspiracy of murder,” added the sources.

Gursevak got married to an NRI two years ago. The girl originally hailed from a nearby village. Soon after the marriage the girl allegedly developed an illicit relationship with her husband’s cousin who was married as well.

Gursewak's cousin reportedly divorced his wife, after some time.

The sources close to the family alleged that Gursewak's NRI wife sent money to his cousin for hiring the contract killers. Not only this, the sources also alleged that she kept his cousin informed about the whereabouts of her husband on the very day he got killed.

Following the incident two days ago, the police had booked murder case against some unidentified persons.

The Station house office, Jagraon, Mohamad Jamil, said, “The police has almost cracked the murder case and further investigations were on.”

The SHO, Mohamad Jamil, refused to divulge any further details regarding the case.



Three killed in factory 
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, August 29
Three migrants were killed after they fell into a heated tank at Parveen factory in Kanganwal village yesterday evening.

According to information, 25-year-old Anil was taking out frozen wheat flour from the boiling gas tank, when he accidently fell in it. In an attempt to save him, 20-year-old Makbool and 35-year-old Ram Sewak jumped into the tank.

The three were rushed to the Apollo hospital, where Anil was declared brought dead, while the other two were admitted in serious condition. Makbool and Ram Sewak succumbed to their injuries last night.

A case has been registered under Section 174 of the IPC.



Swindler nabbed 

Ludhiana, August 29
The city police has nabbed a swindler who was posing as a tantrik and duping innocent residents on the pretext of providing them treasure hidden in their homes.

The accused has been identified as Amritpal, alias Kala, a resident of Sahnewal. The accused was nabbed from Sahnewal Chowk at a police checkpoint following a tip-off. The police said the accused along with his woman accomplice used to pose as a tantrik and duped residents on the pretext that there was a hidden treasure in their home and he would help them get it. To “please the celestial powers”, he used the take Rs 40,000 from the residents. — TNS



Police DAV School gymnasts hog limelight
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 29
Gymnasts (boys) from Police DAV Public School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, stole the limelight as they emerged overall champions in the Inter-School Gymnastics Championship (boys U-14) organised at Khanna today.

A press note issued here today, Dr Anu Verma, principal, Police DAV Public School, said that the school contingent romped home as champions, Vinod, a student of the school, was adjudged the second-best gymnast. Another student, Prince, was named the third-best gymnast.

In the girls’ section too, students finished among position holders. Manju was declared the overall champion while Pushpa was adjudged the third-best gymnast.

Verma congratulated the students and wished them more success in future. 



‘Dhyan Chand like Bradman, Pele’
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 29
The 108th birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand was celebrated at the Jarkhar Hockey Academy of Jarkhar village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road today.

Trainees of the academy along with the chief guest and former national hockey player, Amrik Singh Minhas, and office-bearers of the academy observed a two-minute silence to pay tribute to the hockey wizard who had excelled in various international tournaments and brought fame to the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Minhas said that like Dhyan Chand, players from the academy could hog the limelight and bring fame to the state as well as the country. "Dhyan Chand's popularity was like that of Don Bradman in cricket and Pele in football," added Minhas.

Matches were held in the senior and junior section to mark the occasion. In the junior section, Jarkhar Academy overpowered GHG College, Sudhar, 6-4, while in the senior group, Jagtar XI, pipped Pargat XI 9-8.

Paramjeet Singh, president of the academy, and sarpanch Dapinder Singh thanked the chief guest. Social worker Daljeet Singh Jawanda donated two desert coolers to the academy.

Yadwinder Singh Kang, managing director, Prabhal Cements, announced that the player from the academy who would bring laurels at the international level tournament would be sent to the USA for advance training.

Jagdeep Singh Kala, Joginder Singh, Jagdeep Singh Bulara, Surjeet Singh Deol, Ranjeet Singh, Gursatinder Singh, Tejinder Singh, Sandeep Singh Pandher, Deedar Singh, Mandeep Singh Jarkhar and Baba Rulda Singh were among others present on the occasion. 



Martial art: BVM girls make a clean sweep
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, August 29
Girl students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) Senior Secondary School, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, proved their superiority and made a clean sweep, wrapping up titles in the U-14, U-17 and U-19 sections in the Inter-School Squay Martial Arts Championship organised by the District Education Department at BVM Udham Singh Nagar branch here today.

In the girls’ U-14 category, BVM secured 21 points to emerge as the overall champions while Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, with 16 points and Government High School, Barewal, with 14 points finished at second and third, respectively.

BVM girls accumulated 24 points to finish well ahead of others in the U-17 age group and bagged top honours. Government High School, Barewal, scored 15 points to finish as runnersup while Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar (10 points), had to be content with the third position.

In the U-19 category, BVM students pocketed 25 points to clinch the title, followed by Government High School, Barewal (19 points) and BVM, Kitchlu Nagar branch (15 points), respectively.

Bandana Sethi, principal, BVM, Udham Singh Nagar branch, appreciated the girls and sports incharge Baljeet Singh Gill on the stupendous performance.

Individual results U-14

Below 23 kg: Kangna of GRD Academy 1, Navraj of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Bhupinder of G.H.G. Khalsa School 3 and Sandeep of Government High School Barewal 3.

Below 27 kg: Komal of G.N.P. S 1, Priya of Government High School, Barewal 2, Amritpal of G.H.G. Khalsa School and Ridhi of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 3.

Below 31 kg: Mannat of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 1, Ishpreet of GNPS 2, Feeza of Spring Dale School and Aarti of Government School, Barewal 3.

Below 35 kg: Vanshika of B.V.M. Udham Singh Nagar 1, Nimmi of Government School, Barewal 2, Aaisha of Spring Dale School and Purva of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3 .

Below 39 kg: Deepmala of Government School, Barewal 1, Kirat of GNPS 2, Amritpal of Spring Dale School and Bhavna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 3.

Below 43 kg: Eknoor of GNPS 1, Puneeta of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, 2, Kamalpreet of Spring Dale School and Tarandeep Kaur of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, 3.

Above 43 kg: Ashima of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 1, Palak Arora of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Navneet of Spring Dale School and Manider of Government School, Barewal 3.


Below 36 kg: Komal of BVM School Udham Singh Nagar 1, Gagan of Government School, Barewal 2, Reena of Govt. School, Kotmangal 3.

Below 40 kg: Sunita of B.V. M. Udham Singh Nagar 1, Simranjeet of Govt. School, Barewal 2, Deepali of Govt. School Kotmangal and Samridhi of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 44 kg: Subreet of GNPS 1, Nisha of Government School, Kotmangal 2, Harvinder of Government School Barewal and Priyanka of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 48 kg: Amandeep of Government School, Barewal 1, Priyanka of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Mamta of Government School, Kotmangal, and Agrima of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 52 kg: Gurmeet of GNPS 1,Sofia of Government School, Barewal 2,Tanya of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar, and Tanny of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 56 kg: Ritika of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 1, Shuriti of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 2, Ramandeep of Government School, Kotmangal.

Above 56 kg: Maghna of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 1, Ramandeep of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 2.


Below 42 kg: Nirma 1of Government School Barewal, Alka of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Suriti of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 46 kg: Aditi of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 1, Sonia of Government School Barewal 2, Yogveer Kaur of Spring Dale and Aarti of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 3.

Below 50 kg: Diksha of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, 1, Heena of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Rashiva of Government School, Barewal 3.

Below 54 kg: Jyoti of Government School Barewal 1, Simaranjeet of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 2, Vani of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, and Megha of Spring Dale 3

Below 58 kg: Gayatri of Government School, Barewal, 1, Priyanka of Spring Dale 2, Ishita of B.V.M. Kitchlu Nagar and Akriti of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 3.

Below 62 kg: Himanshi of B.V.M. Udham Singh Nagar 1, Babhaya of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 2.

Above 62 kg: Varinda of BVM, Udham Singh Nagar 1, Shifali of BVM, Kitchlu Nagar 2.



Poor sports infrastructure irks Pawan Kumar Teenu
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 29
Pawan Kumar Teenu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, showed his concern over poor sports infrastructure when he came to the city. Teenu visited Guru Nanak Stadium Sports Complex on the eve of birth anniversary of the hockey legend Dhyan Singh to celebrate National Sports Day.

Teenu met basketball players in the basketball hall and discussed about the problems being faced by the players. During an interaction, he assured the players that he would address all their problems.

Teja Singh Dhaliwal, Secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, demanded that more job opportunities be provided to the players so the more youths were encouraged to join sports. Teenu asked Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, to make an estimate so that the Basketball Hall could be renovated. He announced Rs 1 lakh grant for the Ludhiana Basketball Academy on the occasion. Teenu also visited the hostel of the basketball academy and expressed his dissatisfaction on the existing infrastructure. He instructed that the garbage, dumped inside the accommodation of the basketball complex be lifted.

Teenu admitted to the delay in the ongoing projects like the Multipurpose Hall, Guru Nanak Stadium and Prithipal Singh Hockey Stadium at Punjab Agriculture University. 



National Sports Day celebrated

Ludhiana, August 29
The sports fraternity celebrated the National Sports Day here today. A function was organised at Prithipal Singh AstroTurf Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University campus to mark the 108th birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand.

Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal Neeta, who was the chief guest of the evening, recalled the unparallel contribution of Dhyan Chand. "It was sheer dedication and hard work that Dhyan Chand reached such heights," said Grewal.Kartar Singh Sehmbey, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, also spoke on the occasion. He highlighted the achievements of Dhyan Chand in the field of hockey. A match was also held on the occasion.—TNS



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