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Migrants head back home
Industrial production likely to go down by 25% as workers go on festival holiday
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Migrant workers keen on being with their families on Diwali and Chhat puja are leaving the city for their native places as a result of which the industrial production is likely to go down by nearly 25 per cent in the coming days. The Ludhiana railway station is crowded with workers waiting to board trains to UP and Bihar these days.

Workers usually travel to their home states at this time of the year for Diwali. Several workers from Bihar, who were ready to board trains today, said they had planned a month-long holiday.

Yogesh, a migrant from Bihar, said every year he celebrated Diwali and Holi with his family back home. "I plan to come back by the end of next month," he said.

Surinder Kapoor, owner of a small scale unit, said 60 per cent of his workforce was going back home to celebrate Diwali and he had engaged workers on a temporary basis. "Since Diwali is one of the main festivals, I cannot deny them leave. I hope they come back soon. The production process gets affected during the festive season," he said.

Another migrant, Suresh, who works in a local dyeing unit on the Jalandhar bypass, is all set to board a train to his home state Bihar. He is carrying special "gujia" and "besan laddoos" with him from Ludhiana. "My wife is fond of this mithai and every year I carry it with me from the city. I plan to return soon after Chhat puja," said Suresh.

However, there are some workers who have made plans to celebrate Diwali with fun and frolic while being in the industrial city.

Hailing from Mathura, Brijesh, who works in a garment manufacturing unit here, will be unable to celebrate the festival of lights with his family because of unavailability of tickets and shortage of holidays this Diwali.

"Ludhiana is like a second home for me. I will celebrate the festival of lights here the way I do it back home. My co-workers are my extended family and I will celebrate with them, " he said.


Cracker market at Dana Mandi raided
10 suspected child labourers found to be over 18 years old
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
To curb child labour, the police, along with an officer of the Labour Department, conducted a raid on a wholesale cracker market at Dana Mandi here today.

The police said the raid was conducted on a tip-off that shopkeepers had employed minor children for selling crackers. According to sources, 10 "juveniles" were reportedly "rescued" from Dana Mandi. However, the raid turned out to be a futile exercise as the children rescued from Dana Mandi were found to be over 18 years old.

Confirming this, Balwinder Singh, SHO, Salem Tabri, and labour inspector Baljeet Singh said, "We conducted a raid to see whether child labour was being employed, but none of the children employed by cracker vendors was a minor."

Labour inspector Baljeet Singh said 10 workers, suspected to be minors, were singled out during the raid, but the doctor accompanying the raiding team declared them over 18 years old following a medical test.

The sources said the cracker vandors had received prior information about the raid and all minors employed by them were moved out from the venue before the arrival of the raiding team.

A cracker vendor criticised the police for employing "pressure tactics" before Diwali, alleging that policemen and their relatives wanted to get a rebate while purchasing crackers.



Rly quarters not whitewashed for years
Employees’ union says DRM had promised to get it done before Diwali
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The Railway authorities have failed to fulfill their promise to get railway quarters whitewashed before Diwali. Irked from the delay, a delegation of the Northern Railway Men's Union met the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at Ferozepur Division today. He promised the Railway employees, residing in the Railway colonies that their quarters would be whitewashed before Diwali.

According to the residents of Railway colonies, “Some of the railway quarters have not been whitewashed for the past many years. The condition of walls of these quarters is pathetic. The railway employees have been demanding whitewash for the past several months and they were hopeful that the authorities will do it till Diwali.”

Mohinder, a resident of the Railway colony said, “Now, Diwali is just two days away but whitewash work is yet to be started. Leaders of the NRMU told us that the DRM has promised to get the quarters whitewashed. But nobody came here to do the work.”

Daljit Singh, Divisional Secretary of the Northern Railway Men's Union, “It was the major concern of the railway employees so we have requested the Divisional Railway Manger for the same. He had promised us but nothing has happened so far. We have reminded the authorities several times but they did not fulfill the promise.”

"Yesterday, we met with the DRM in Ferozepur. He has promised again to do the same before Diwali. We also told the officials about other demands. If the authorities did not fulfill our demand, we will go on strike on November 9," said Daljit Singh. 



Residents eye diamonds as yellow metal becomes dearer
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Rising gold prices have pushed an increasing number of city residents to opt for white gold, diamond or platinum jewellery this festive season over the yellow metal. Jewellers have announced many kinds of offers to lure customers ahead of Dhanteras tomorrow.

Gold price are expected to cross the Rs 33,000 on 'Dhanteras', a day considered to be auspicious for buying the precious metal, on account of rising demand amid tight supplies.

Elevated gold prices have led Indian investors to eye diamonds and platinum as a lucrative investment opportunity. Under such circumstances, jewellers have started focusing on the platinum-based diamond jewellery over traditional gold and silver ornaments to tap the changing preferences of domestic consumers.

"There seems to be an increasing interest among the domestic consumers for buying platinum and diamond jewellery. Frequent price fluctuations in gold and silver prices seem to have drawn attention of jewellery buyers towards platinum and diamond-based jewellery," added another jeweller Mala Dhanda, owner of a jewellery shop at College Road.

In the domestic market, gold is being sold at a high premium due to supply crunch caused by government measures to restrict the import of precious metal in an effort to cut current account deficit. People have started avoiding gold and in turn jewellers have announced offers to lure customers.

"Impact of high gold premiums will be there on prices on Dhanteras because supplies have dried up in the absence of imports in the past three months," added Jain.

While buying utensils on Dhanteras have always been popular crockery shops have displayed huge varieties of steel and copper utensils outside their shops which people will be buying as it is considered auspicious. "With gold becoming out of reach, people are increasingly buying utensils to mark the occasion of Dhanteras,” said owner of a crockery shop at Ghumar Mandi.



Early morning rain brings chill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Today's rain brought chill in the weather. The agro-meteorology department at Punjab Agricultural University recorded a 12 mm rainfall in one and a half hours. The rain has led to a major fall in the maximum temperature, which was 26.6 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees less than the normal temperature. The minimum temperature of the day was recorded at 16.5 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees more than the normal temperature.

The experts at the department have predicted that rain was unlikely during the next few days but the temperatures would remain the same. "The next sunny days would bring the temperature to the normal level and it is expected to be less cold in the coming weeks," said the experts.

Dr Kulwinder Kaur Gill, agro-meteorologist at the PAU, said: "The morning showers occurred due to the western disturbances".

She added the showers were harmful for both the cotton and paddy crops, which were being harvested.



Ramakant’s sculptures say it all
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A sculpture of a baby girl in a palm of hand depicted the need for protecting girls and prevention of female foeticide. Prepared by an amateur artist, Ramakant, the sculpture was presented recently to Bathinda MP and founder of Nanhi Chhan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who was here to attend a function regarding spreading awareness against female foeticide organised at Shree Geeta Mandir.

This was not the only sculpture he has prepared, but Rama Pandit who is popularly called Ramakant here has to his credit many idols and artifacts.

Ramakant said, “I keep thinking of new ideas and share it with the temple management committee members.” Pardeep Dhall, from the management committee said that Ramakant makes beautiful idols and artifacts for the temple.



Now, design your rangoli with stencils
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Diwali celebrations are incomplete without a beautiful rangoli. We start cleaning houses these days before the festival so that the house look perfect and the rangoli proves an icing on the cake on the Diwali night.

While traditional rangolis were made up of rice powder, people have started using variety of colours. Now, eco-friendly colours are also available in the market while some people also make use of the flowers like marigold, chrysanthemums, jasmine, etc to outline the design.

"Diwali celebrations are incomplete without rangoli. It is a best way to greet guests on this day. Like every year, I will be making rangoli. I have also started planning in advance. I will be making use of the flowers and will be making organic colours a home," said Shalini, a graduation student.

Meanwhile, those, who are not confident of making a perfect rangoli, can grab a stencil for it. All you have to do is fill in the colours in the stencil and your beautiful rangoli is ready for the guests coming to greet you. There are different sizes and shapes of stencils in the market. Ranging between Rs 50 to 100, these have come to the rescue of those who are not very good at art.



Last date for e-filing extended

Ludhiana, October 31
The Excise and Taxation Department has extended the last date for e-filing of VAT returns for the second quarter from Oct 30 to Nov 5.

"There was a huge online rush of assesses to file the VAT returns for the second quarter. Keeping the rush and the ongoing festive season in view, the last date for filing online returns for the second quarter has been extended till November 5," said a senior official of the department.

Jatinder Khurana, a taxation lawyer, said: “Now, traders can file their returns peacefully after Diwali.”



44 more down with dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
As many as 44 more patients from Ludhiana have been diagnosed with dengue at the city hospitals and the Government Medical College Patiala. Most patients are from the city and belonged to Sherpur, Giaspura, Daba, Dhandari, Basti Jodhewal, Rishi Nagar, Bahadurke, Laxmi Nagar, Salim Tabri, Agar Nagar, Jassian Road, Model Town, Raikot.

Meanwhile, a team of the Health Department today visited Vishnupuri, Santokh Nagar, Shivpuri, New Shivpuri, Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, Sardar Nagar, Basti Jodhewal and held 24 group meetings. A total of 205 desert coolers and 449 containers were checked and dengue larvae were found in five desert coolers and in a lot of about 150 cold drink bottles kept on the rooftop of a house in Shivpuri.



Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
The District Congress Committee observed the martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as National Integration Day. Paying tributes to the slain leader, Pawan Diwan and Malkiat Singh Dakha, presidents of the urban and rural units of the party, said she would always stand in the history as a great visionary and a far-sighted and determined leader.

The speakers placed on record the contribution of Indira Gandhi in economic reforms, Green and White revolutions, and especially her role during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Volunteers of the Congress Sewa Dal, led by their district president Nirmal Kaira, also held a prayer meeting to pay tributes to the former Prime Minister.



Education Dept launches awareness programme

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 31
With intent to sensitise students about prevention and cure of vector-borne diseases, the State Education Department has launched a special programme on prevention and cure of such problems.

Recent spurt in cases of dengue has been reported to be a major factor behind the move which involved replacement of prescheduled programmes with those on the issue.

Besides disseminating knowledge through slides and lectures by experts through regular Edusat programmes, heads and teachers of various government-run schools will arrange educative lectures on the issue during morning assembly every day.

Director General School Education (DGSE), Kumar Rahul, has advised the heads and teachers of various government-run and private-aided schools to ensure that students of all the high and senior secondary classes imbibe tips of prevention and cure of the vector-borne diseases including the dengue, through the regular Edusat programmes.

Prescheduled programmes on routine subjects, including history, social sciences and allied topics have been replaced with special programme on prevention and the cure of vector-borne diseases. Earlier, multimedia slides on the subject were shown on Wednesday.

Perusal of communication addressed to all the District Education Officers, headmasters and principals of schools revealed that the higher authorities in the education department had decided to rope in students of all schools for playing their role in prevention and cure of vector-borne diseases including dengue. — OC



Plays highlight women’s plight
PTU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival concludes; Jalandhar college secures first position in bhangra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Theme of ‘exploitation of women and their plight in the male-driven society’ ruled the plays, staged on the fourth and concluding day of the PTU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival, organised at GGNIMT today.

Although the plays touched many other issues and topics, women subjected to exploitation and suppression ruled the plays. Whether it was exploitation of the uneducated woman in 'Ali ki Chitthi', or injustice meted out to girl in 'Kathputli' or deplorable plight of migrant women through 'Jhana De Pani', most of the plays had female characters as the most suppressed and dejected in the male-dominated society. Even the partition episode 'Parinde Ud Jaange' had the woman character, who was at a difficult stage.

Apart from the women exploitation, another play ‘Mukti’ poignantly depicted the condition of the elderly languishing in old-age homes, ousted by the children borne by them.

Apart from the one-act-play, mimicry, Punjabi folk dance (girls), debate, poem recitation, still photography, creative writing and quiz were also organised. Results of the events were declared in the evening.

Story writing: 1. Adesh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Faridkot; 2. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib

Poetry writing: Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib; Institute of Engineering & Technology, Bhaddal.

Essay writing: 1. Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering & Technology; 2. Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology.

Elocution: 1. Baba Farid College of Engineering & Technology, Bathinda; 2. CT Institute of Engineering Management & Technology, Jalandhar.

Poetry recitation: 1. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib; 2. Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Ropar.

Debate: 1. Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering & Biotechnology, Ropar; 2. DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology.

Still photography: 1. DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology; 2. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Mimicry: DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jalandhar; 2. Institute of Engineering & Technology, Bhaddal.

One-act play: 1. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib; 2. CT Institute of Engineering Management & Technology, Jalandhar.

Bhangra: 1. CT Institute of Engineering Management & Technology, Jalandhar; 2. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College and DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology.



From schools

Apple Tree Preschool

Apple Tree Preschool, BRS Nagar, celebrated Diwali on the school campus. The school was decorated. Rangoli and thali decoration competition for the mothers of students was also held. Vinita Chaudhary won the rangoli competition was and the first prize in thali decoration was bagged by Parminder Kaur.

Victoria Public School

Victoria Public School, Ahmedgarh Lehra, celebrated Diwali with rangoli and earthen lamps. The school students were busy in decorating the campus. The students were advised to stay away from crackers and give the message of smokefree diwali.

ABC Montessori School

ABC Montessori School, Basant Avenue, also celebrated Diwali with devotion, enthusiasm and excitement here on Thursday. Competitions like rangoli making, diya decoration, cooking without fire, Diwali craft etc were held for mothers of the students. Gifts and certificates were given to the winning mothers.

Police DAV Public School

Police DAV Public School, Police Lines, Ludhiana, took an initiative to inculcate the value of 'Sharing and Caring' among the school students on the occasion of Diwali. The Social Welfare Club of the school planned a visit of the students to Bal Bhawan, managed by the Red Cross Society, Ludhiana. The school students presented a small cultural programme and had a friendly interaction with the Bal Bhawan children by playing several 'On the Spot Games' with them.

Spring Dale Sr Sec Public School

Students of Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School presented models on various sub-themes in the NCERT Science Exhibition which was organised by the Punjab Government. Eight models prepared by them secured prizes, three first prizes and five second prizes.

Ryan School lad wins laurels

Abhishek Sharma of Ryan International School secured the Best Cartoon Award, at a conference on National Cartoon Competition for youth convened by the UNESCO and the CSIR and other National Institutions on Oct 28 on the topic “Climate Change in Himalaya-Current Status and Future Perspective”. 


DRV DAV Centenary Public School

Students of DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Phillaur, celebrated Diwali by organising different activities. The students decorated the earthen lamps in an exhibition on the school premises. 



Ludhiana scan

Diwali exhibition

A two-day Diwali and Dhanteras mela was organised at a hotel with products of more than 50 top brands on display. Organiser of the fair said that people have the option of buying luxury brands from various industries such as jewellery, accessories, fashion, gifts, toys, footwear, home decoration, furnishing, kitchen appliances, packed food etc.

Bank opens branch

Punjab & Sind Bank opened its new branch at Kiri Bhumal village near Sidhwan Bet here on Thursday. It is the 1199th branch of Punjab & Sind Bank and 63rd branch in Ludhiana.

Function on Vishwakarma Day

A state-level function will be organised at the Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here on November 4 on the birthday of Vishwakarma, the pioneer of architecture and building technology.



SHO suspended for releasing truck containing ‘stolen’ grain
Mohit Khanna and Jaswant Shetra
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana/Jagraon, October 31
Mullanpur Dakha SHO Manjinder Singh has been suspended on a charge of allegedly releasing a truck containing "stolen" grain meant for beneficiaries under the public distribution system.

The suspension of the SHO has indicated that grain is being siphoned off from Pungrain godowns located near Mullanpur.

While the SHO has been suspended, officials of Pungrain are yet to initiate a probe into the matter.

Jagraon SSP Ashish Choudhary confirmed the development and said Manjinder Singh had been suspended.

The incident took place in August when the Mullanpur police received a tip-off that grain meant for the PDS was being stolen from godowns of Pungrain.

The police laid a trap and impounded a truck carrying grain. The truck driver was detained and the ration depot owner also taken to the police station. Police sources said soon three food inspectors reached the Mullanpur police station and claimed that the grain was being taken from the godown after completing all legal formalities.

The truck was released after the gate pass pertaining to the truck was shown to the police officer concerned, said the sources.

The police informer, who had provided a tip-off to the Mullanpur police about the alleged siphoning of grain from Pungrain godowns, brought the matter to the notice senior police officers and a Vigilance officer, after which the SHO was suspended.

However, the latest police action has raised many an eyebrow as the Pungrain authorities have not initiated any probe into the matter, nor has any complaint been lodged by any official regarding grain having been stolen. Speculations are rife that the SHO, who enjoyed a clean image, could have become a victim of a political conspiracy.

It is not the first time that Pungrain has been in a controversy. Earlier, there have been allegations of corruption against a few employees for illegally supplying grain meant for the poor to private flour mill owners after receiving kickbacks.



Gang of juvenile thieves on the prowl in Ludhiana
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A gang of juvenile thieves, who target people at marriage celebrations, is actove in the city. While the relatives of bride and groom remain busy in the celebrations, the children, aged between 10 and 12 years, mix up in the crowd and steal begs often containing cash and jewellery.

In the latest case, Inderpal Singh of Ahmedgarh Mandi fell victim to the gang. The incident took place on October 23 when he organised the wedding function of his son at a marriage place on Ferozepur Road.

In his complaint to the police, Inderpal Singh has said he handed over the bag containing cash and jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh to his wife Rajinder Kaur. While she was busy in the celebrations, someone stole the bag. Later, members of the family scanned the wedding videos and the recoding of the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the marriage place. They were shocked to find that thieves were none other than a boy and a girl, aged about 12 years, who were playing along with other children at the "pandal".

The Sadar police has registered a case of theft and started investigation.



Woman robbed, 8 booked

Ludhiana, October 31
The police has registered a case against eight persons who robbed a woman of her mobile phone and other valuables.

Amarjeet Kaur of Gurbaksh Nagar in Salem Tabri said the miscreants visited her house on Wednesday. She said some of them were carrying video cameras and introduced themselves as the reporters of a TV channel. She said they started making a video of the house and then took her into a room and demanded Rs 50,000. When Amarjeet Kaur raised an alarm, they fled the scene. — TNS



Woman dies in accident
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 31
A middle-aged woman was killed after being hit by a vehicle on the Barnala-Jalandhar highway last night. The accident took place near Ramghar Bhullar village, about 5 km from Jagraon.

The deceased has been identified as Sheela, wife of a migrant labourer from Bihar. The woman crossing the highway when the accident took place.

According to sources, the woman was tossed to a distance of around 10 metres. The local villagers rushed the woman to the Civil Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the accident. The police has registered a case against the driver on a complaint of Raju, husband of the deceased. 



6 booked on charge of planning robbery
Tribune Reporters

Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 31
The police has arrested six miscreants who were preparing to commit a robbery at a deserted place near White House Palace here last night.

The suspects have been identified as Mangat Rai, Hardeep Singh, Baljit Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Lakhan and Surinder Singh. The investigation team seized one car, motorcycle, two air-conditioners, one coloured TV, one inverter, two LPG cylinders and other valuables besides sharp weapons from them.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Amargarh Gurmit Singh said city police SHO Mandhir Singh had got a tip-off that at least six persons, equipped with weapons, were planning to commit a robbery.

The police raided the site and arrested the suspects after a brief chase. They have been booked under sections 399 and 402 of the IPC and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

One held with illegal liquor

Jagraon: The police has arrested a person with 36 bottles of countrymade liquor from him. The accused has been identified as Boota Singh, a resident of Agwar Ladhai locality here. A case has been registered against him under the Excise Act.

Jagraon SHO Mohamad Jamil said: "They had got a tip-off that a man carrying illegal liquor had been seen on Raikot Road. A police team raided the site and nabbed Boota Singh. When searched, the police recovered 36 bottles of illegal liquor from his possession.



Man gets jail for sodomising 6-year-old
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, October 31
Judicial Magistrate Harpreet Kaur Nafra has convicted a man, Gurpreet Singh, alias Golu, of Ward No. 2, Sahnewal, of sodomising a six-year-old boy.

The convict was ordered to undergo a two-and-a-half-year jail term. He was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 5,000. "I am of the considered opinion that offences against children are increasing day by day. An offence of such a serious nature does not warrant a lenient view. So, the convict does not deserve any leniency," observed the court, while declining the plea of leniency filed by the accused. The victim boy had identified the accused in the court.

A case under Section 377 of the IPC was registered against the accused on August 21, 2011, following a complaint filed by the victim's father, Harpreet Singh.

According to the complainant, on August 20, 2011, he saw blood in the stool of his son. He took him to a doctor, who gave him some medicines, but his condition did not improve.

When he asked his son what had happened, he narrated the entire incident. He then took his son to the Civil Hospital, Sahnewal, where he remained hospitalised till August 25, 2011.



Patch work on ‘dead’ track
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
Finally, the Sports Department has initiated the patch work on the synthetic track in Guru Nanak Stadium. The synthetic track was laid in 2000. The company, which installed the track, had told the sports officials that it had a life of 10 years.

Work on the synthetic track at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. 
Photo: Inderjeet Verma 

According to the technical experts, the condition of track is too pathetic to hold sports athletics events at the stadium.

The athletes have demanded that the track should be replaced with a new one. The workers of a Delhi-based contractor started the patch work yesterday.

Sanjeev Sharma, athletic coach of the Sports Department, said: "Technically, the track should be replaced after 10 years. The synthetic track has been damaged due to regular use. We welcome the move of the department to repair it".

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said: "We have informed the higher authorities about the condition of the track. We have also sent a proposal to replace it. To avoid inconvenience to players, we have decided to repair the track".

The government organises a number of non-sports functions, including entertainment shows, during the Kabaddi Cup, state functions on Independence Day and Republic Day and cultural 'akharaas', in the stadium. Event management companies hardly care to avoid damage to the track during such functions.



GMT School emerge cricket champs

Ludhiana, October 31
Hosts GMT Public School, Jalandhar bypass, beat Sunrise Cricket Academy to lift the trophy of the GMT Cricket Cup Tournament that concluded here today.

Batting first, Sunrise Cricket Academy scored 199 runs in the allotted 20 overs. The main contributors were Gurjot and Mohit who scored 73 and 51 runs, respectively. Hitesh and Jatin excelled with the ball for GMT School, chipping in with two wickets each.

Needing 10 runs per over, GMT Public School made 200 runs in just 12 overs after losing two wickets. Jaskaran played a whirlwind innings of 78 runs off just 26 balls while Hitesh faced 26 balls and hit 53 runs that steered their side to overhaul Sunrise Academy's total.

Amit was named the best fielder while Jaskaran was declared the man of the match as well as player of the tournament. Jatin Bali and Jaskaran were adjudged the best bowler and the best batsman, respectively. — OC



BVM students bag 5 medals in yoga meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
Students of Bharitya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar branch won five medals in the Punjab State Yoga Championship organised by the Rashtriya Kalyan Yoga Kendra, affiliated to India Yoga Federation, at Munjal Auditorium here yesterday.

In the boy's section, Shubham bagged gold medal in the 15-18 years group while Nitin Sharma won silver medal in the same age category. Sachin secured silver medal in the 8-12 years section and Dhruve finished at the third spot to secure bronze.

In the girls' section, Dimple from the school clinched silver medal in the 15-18 years section. Besides, Vishesh Mohit, Ritik, Sajan, Ritika, Vibha and Sakshi won consolation prizes.

Bandana Sethi, Principal, BVM Udham Singh Nagar, appreciated the students and sports in charge Baljeet Singh Gill on the fine performance.



Trials to select football teams on November 4
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
Trials to select the Ludhiana football team (u-19) will be conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium here on November 4 from 10 am, said Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president, District Football Association, Ludhiana.

Boys born on or after January 1, 1995, are eligible to take part in these trials. Interested players are requested to attend the trials in full kit and bring their birth certificates in original along with two coloured passport size photographs.

The selected players will represent Ludhiana district in the 35th Junior Punjab State Football Championship scheduled to be held from November 16 to 20 at Baba Kala Mehar Stadium in Barnala, said Bajwa.



TT tourney: Navdeep, Tanya set up summit clash
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 31
Navdeep Kaur, student of the PAU, and Tanya of DAV Public School today got the better of their opponents to set up the title clash in the junior girls' (u-18) section on the second day of the 24th Prithipal Singh Memorial Ludhiana District Table Tennis Championship under way at the Punjab Agricultural University here.

In the first semifinal, Navdeep came out victorious against Yashmilan Kaur of DAV public School in straight sets 11-8, 12-10 and 11-6 while in the second semifinal, Tanya quelled a strong challenge from Akshita of Kundan Vidya Mandir whom she managed to beat 11-9, 6-11, 13-11 and 11-8.

In the junior boys' section (u-18), Sameer of GMT Public School, besides Navnidh of Green Land School, Sharandeep Singh of DAV Public School, Parvanshdeep Singh of DAV Public School, Shubham of Green Land School, Jashandeep of Sat Paul Mittal School, Saransh of Green Land School and Harnoor Singh of DCM Presidency School won their respective pre-quarterfinals to book berths in the last-eight stage.

Sameer beat Rupesh of Green Land School 3-0; Navnidh outplayed Nitin of Green Land School 3-1; Sharandeep Singh edged past Ayush of Alpine International School 3-2; Parvanshdeep outnumbered Jasjot of Ryan International School 3-1; Shubham blanked Garry Vij of DAV Public School 3-0; Jashandeep pipped Naman of Alpine International School 3-2; Saransh beat Harry Vij of DAV Public School 3-2 and Harnoor Singh routed Jaiditya of Sat Paul Mittal School 3-0.



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