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Eight booked for fraud
Took a loan of Rs 60 lakh from a bank on fake land documents
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The city police have booked eight persons, including a woman and three bank officials, for conniving with property dealers for getting a loan of Rs 60 lakh on the basis of fake land documents.

Inspector Gagandeep Singh, in charge economic offences wing, said the accused had been identified as Gurpreet Singh Goggi, Navneet Singh Lucky, both property dealers, Gurpeet Singh and Ankur Gupta, relationship and credit managers of Standard Charted Bank.

The other accused include Sunil Jain, credit manager of Centurion Bank (now merged with HDFC Bank), Manjeet Singh, Kamaljit Kaur and Satpal Singh, all impostors who helped the property dealers in preparing fake land documents.

Inspector Gagandeep Singh said the case was registered following a probe. He said Raminder Pal Singh had purchased a 400 sq yd land in Vikas Nagar over a decade ago. Out of the 400 sq yd, Raminder Pal sold 250 sq yd to Amarjit Singh of Punjab Mata Nagar. Amarjit purchased the land in partnership with Harvinder Singh of Vikas Nagar.

Later, Harvinder Singh paid the entire amount to Amarjit Singh and became the owner of the property. Then Harvinder gave the land to his son-in-law Ramandeep Singh for selling it.

A city resident, Sham Bihari Johar, expressed interest in purchasing the land. While the formalities of selling the property were in progress, officials of HDFC Bank approached Ramandeep Singh and said the land belonged to the bank. They also showed him the land records and the loan against the property, following which Johar refused to purchase the land.

Finally Harvinder's brother Gurdeep Singh purchased the land and lodged a complaint with the police.

During probe, it came or light that Harvinder had earlier given the documents of the land to property dealer Gurpreet Singh Goggi and his aide Navneet as both of them had once expressed their interest in purchasing the land.

It is learnt that Navneet and Gurpreet prepared fake land documents in connivance with Manjeet Singh, Kamaljit Kaur and Satpal Singh and took a loan of Rs 60 lakh from two banks.

After availing the loan, they returned the land documents to Harvinder Singh and refused to purchase the property.

The police said three bank officials helped the accused in availing the loan.

The police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC.

Gagandeep Singh, in-charge of the economic offences wing said the fraud case dates back to 2007, but the complaint was received in 2011. Besides the PAN card, the accused had prepared forged registry and other documents of the owner of the land for availing the loan.

The case

Three officials of a bank were also booked for conniving with property dealers. The fraud case dates back to 2007, but the complaint was received in 2011. Besides the PAN card, the accused had prepared forged registry and other documents of the owner of the land for availing the loan.


19 more test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Nineteen more patients tested positive for dengue in hospitals across the city today.

Out of these, 13 patients are from Ludhiana, eight from the city and five from the rural areas. Six patients belong to other districts. Two patients are from Jalandhar and one each from Kapurthala, Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala.

The health teams visited Grain Market, Arora Palace, Ashok Nagar Salim Tabri, Jalandhart Bypass and held 10 group meetings. The team also checked 39 coolers, 117 containers and 120 tyres.



Teachers go on half-day mass leave
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Students were made to suffer as teachers of aided schools went on a half-day leave to protest against the non-payment of arrears.

The protesting teachers gheraoed the treasury office. They said they were being harassed by the state government.

The teachers rued that after their struggle, the government had agreed to release their arrears. But the 30 per cent arrears of the second instalment were still pending.

"We have to protest to get our dues, said Devinder Rehan, press secretary of the Aided Schoolteachers’ Association. The president of the union, Savinderjit Kaur, said: “The state government allocates budget for aided schools. But the salaries of teachers and staff in these schools have not been paid since October as the budget has not been cleared by the Finance Department after August/September.

If state government is not able to provide grants, the aided schools should be merged with government schools.”

The protesting teachers said there were 484 aided schools in the state with over 4,200 teachers and these could be easily merged with government schools.



Disposal of blood
Inquiry officer yet to submit report
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
The inquiry officer appointed to probe the disposal of 32 units of blood at Lord Mahavir Hospital is yet to submit the report.

The report was to be submitted by November 13. The authorities had marked an inquiry after it was found that 32 units of blood expired at the Civil Hospital on November 8. Dr Maninder Singh was appointed as the inquiry officer.

When contacted, Dr Maininder said: "There was a delay as the in-charge of the blood bank was on leave. I have conducted the inquiry and the report will be submitted to the Civil Surgeon on November 21."

Meanwhile, Senior Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital Dr Rajkrishan Karkra said: "The in-charge of the blood bank has been questioned why the 32 units of blood were disposed of. I was told that due dengue outbreak, demand for platelets was high as compared to blood. Blood is a perishable item as its shelf life is only 30 to 35 days, so we had to dispose it of."

Dr Karkra said they have decided not to hold more blood donation camps in the near future.



MC chief means business
Asks civic body officials to act or face consequences
Kuldip Bhatia

Rahul Tiwari
Rahul Tiwari

Ludhiana, November 19
Mincing no words, Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Rahul Tiwari told the civic body officials to deliver or be prepared to face the consequences.

In a review meeting about the working of finance, building, roads, sewerage and water supply branches here today, he told the officials and the staff to show results.

Talking to The Tribune after the meeting, Tiwari said the officials were told to put a mechanism in place to make the working of the civic body transparent and redress the complaints of resident in a time-bound manner.

He said from now onwards, all civil works allotted to contractors would be uploaded on the website of the MC and the field staff as well as the contractors would be required to get the quality of work authenticated from residents of the area.

The Commissioner said tenders received from two agencies for the ambitious project of eight-laning of Ferozepur Road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal had been forwarded to RITES for expert opinion.

“One of the two agencies has quoted a lower rate of Rs 243 crore against the earlier estimated cost of the project at Rs 209 crore. RITES will submit a report within next three days on whether the MC should negotiate or recall the tenders,” said the commissioner.

He said the process had been set in motion to invite bids for the appointment of a consultant to prepare the detailed project report for the Rs 117 crore Jagraon Bridge project. As per the initial concept of the project, it is proposed to widen the road from Vishwakarma Chowk to Jagraon Bridge to cope with the heavy volume of traffic, and provide another wing to the existing bridge linking Ferozepur Road from Durga Mata Mandir point to Vishwakarma Chowk.

Among the other issues discussed at the meeting were the recovery of arrears, non-functional fountains and public conveniences. Tiwari said the staff concerned had been told to take action within three weeks when the progress would be reviewed once again.

redress complaints in time-bound manner

Officials were told to put a mechanism in place to make the working of the civic body transparent and redress the complaints of residents in a time-bound manner. All civil works allotted to contractors would be uploaded on the website of the MC. The field staff and contractors would be required to get the quality of work authenticated from residents of the area.



Winter sweeps city off its feet
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 19
City residents are experiencing nip in the air. Reason: The winter has set in on time this year after a gap of 15 years.
Students of a government school made to sit in the open in Ludhiana
Students of a government school made to sit in the open in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The day and night temperatures in the city have witnessed a dip. The agro-meteorology department of Punjab Agricultural University recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degree Celsius and a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius. The dip in temperature has forced residents to take out woollens.

Dr SS Kukal, director, School of Climate Change, Punjab Agricultural University, said the city was witnessing below normal temperature.

“The prevailing weather conditions are favourable for wheat crop. We got a bumper wheat crop in 2011-12 due to favourable conditions. The yield was low last season as the temperature rose in February and March,” said Dr Kukal.

Experts said the weather was likely to remain dry in the coming days. The night and day temperature would also experience a dip.



Sassy girl to sizzle on screen
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
After her stint with reality show Big Boss, Pooja Misra is all set to sizzle on the silver screen. She is doing an item number in Chandra Barot's upcoming film “Hum Baaja Baja Denge”.
Actor Pooja Misra in Ludhiana
Actor Pooja Misra in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

The film is produced by singer-turned-producer Anup Jalota. It will hit theatres next week.

Pooja Misra was in the city to promote her film.

Having started her career in showbiz with a dance number in “Dil Leke Dekho" (2006), Pooja feels that item numbers have changed a over the period of time.

“Today, films are promoted by item songs and these are an integral part of every movie,” she said.

Unlike in the past, even top notch actresses are doing item songs, said Pooja. People tend to forget the film but the item song remains on their lips for long. Item numbers are one of the main marketing tools and are frequently shown or played on TV and radio, she said.

Pooja said she got the offer couple of months before her stint in Big Boss. “Big Boss has changed my life. When I participated in the show, I was not aware that I will get so much success. The show made me a household name," she said.



anti-encroachment drive
MC set to take action
To carry out demolition drive on encroached govt land in Gur Mandi
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 19
Brazen encroachments on government land in Gur Mandi, and elsewhere in the city, are once again under focus as a team of officials and staff of the building branch of the municipal corporation today put markings on the encroachments made by shopkeepers in the congested commercial hub of the city so that demolition could be carried out.

Assistant Town Planner (ATP) Harpreet Ghai, who led the MC team, which was also accompanied by a police force, said the government land was being encroached upon by some three-dozen odd shops in Gur Mandi.

"We have carried out a fresh demarcation of the government land that is being encroached upon. The notices for demolition already stand served to offenders and if encroachments are not cleared by the shopkeepers on their own within the next few days, the MC will carry out a demolition drive to secure possession of the government land under unlawful occupation," he said.

The MC Commissioner, Rahul Tiwari, it is learnt, has asked the officials of building branch to carry out a concerted demolition drive to clear all unlawful occupations on the government land without any fear of interference by political leaders or other vested interests.

Sources in the building branch of the MC said that an action plan was under preparation to successfully carry out demolitions in Gur Mandi, Talab Bazar and alongside the drain in Haibowal, which had to be abandoned midway last year due to fierce opposition by the offenders and certain political leaders coming out in their support.



Pensioners voice anger
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Members of the PAU Retirees' Welfare Association and PAU Pensioners' Association staged a dharna in front of Thapar Hall today.

DP Maur, chairman of the PAU Retirees Welfare Association, said the Punjab Finance Minister had declared in his budget speech that the arrears of the pay commission related to the PAU would be released in the first quarter of the current financial year. More than half of the third quarter of the financial year has lapsed and they had not received a penny, Maur said. Dr Gulzar Pandher, general secretary, PAU Employees Union, said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced new projects on November 15. "If the government does not have Rs 3.5 core for the pensioners, how will it complete the Rs2,100-crore projects on time?" Pandher asked. Jagga Singh, secretary of the association, said, "If our genuine demands are not met, we will intensify the agitation."



Traffic awareness drive begins

Ludhiana, November 19
The traffic police have launched an awareness drive today. In the first phase, the police installed reflectors on the rear end of auto-rickshaws, bus, tractor, trailers and trucks.

Speaking in the occasion Vinod Kumar, SHO (Traffic), said the awareness drive was launched following the directions of Deepak Hilori, ACP (Traffic). He said as per the Vehicle Amendment Act 104, 2009, all commercial vehicles should have white reflectors on the front, yellow reflectors on the sides and red reflectors on the rear end. He said commercial-vehicle drivers should comply with the orders. — TNS



66 kV sub-station inaugurated at Bhagpur village in district
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, November 19
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the 66 kV sub-station at his native village Bhagpur today.

While addressing the villagers, Dhillon said, “Two acres of land was provided free of cost for the construction of the sub-station. The total expenditure incurred on its construction is approximately Rs 4 crore. It has been constructed in a record period of four months”.

“Quite a few industries have come up in the area and there were frequent power fluctuations, which was proving problematic for the villagers. The demand for the construction of a sub-station was urgently made by the residents. A number of connections were pending with the Powercom due to the non-availability of a sub-station in the area. As the work of the sub-station started, more and more industrial units came up rapidly thus giving more job opportunities to the unemployed rural folks,” the PWD minister added.

“As the Deputy Chief Minister has shown keen interest in making Sahnewal a model town, the area in and around are sure to be developed at a great pace in the coming months. The aim of the Akali-BJP government is to bring rural areas at par with the cities,” he added.

He said that more sub-stations would be constructed in the Sahnewal Constituency. He also announced the construction of a similar sub-station in Jandiali village in the next few months.

Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Mandi Board, said that all roads repaired before March 2006, would be repaired in the next few months.



Teachers want govt to fill remaining posts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Teachers, who have passed the Teacher Eligibility Test, have asked the state government to fill the remaining 3,442 posts at the earliest. They demanded that the recruitment process of 5,078 rural associate teachers should also be started as the counselling was done a month ago.

President of the Teacher Eligibility Test Pass Unemployed Teacher Union Deep Raja said in the last meeting held with the panel including, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka, DPI and DGSE, it was decided that in coming two months, the recruitment process would be started. "But to date, nothing has been done in this direction," said Raja, adding that every year, the state government conducted these tests but no recruitments were made. Raja said such tests were a waste of time and money. The government should take steps to fill the vacant posts.

The teachers threatened that they would resort to agitation, if their demands were not met at the earliest.



college notes
Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University honoured

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honoured Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Dr Zora Singh during the Rural Science Congress organised by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). A release issued by the corporate office of the university in Chandigarh stated that the CM was all praise for the university. He congratulated the staff, students and all those associated with Desh Bhagat University on delivering excellence. Pro-Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Tajinder Kaur was the guest of honour. Dr Zora Singh said the university had started courses such as aeronautical engineering and nanotechnology. He stated that the university was promoting promoting medical, technological and engineering education.

Among others present included president, Punjab Science Congress Association, director of Thapar University, Dr KK Raina, principal of the Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Dr SS Sangha, and former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University Dr RC Sobti.

Development programme

Teachers attend a seminar at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, on Tuesday
Teachers attend a seminar at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana: The ISTE faculty chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, will be organising a one-day faculty development programme 'A Tryst with Learning' for teachers. Asit Ghosh, a trainer and a motivator, was the resource person. Dr (Col) HS Singha, director of the institute, highlighted the importance of such programmes. The teachers from more than 20 schools attended the programme. The programme was coordinated by Kiranjot Kaur, head, Management Development Centre.

Annual function

DCM Presidency School celebrated its annual function 'Incredible India-2013'. Students from classes II to V presented a kaleidoscope of splendid dances. Kanta Gupta, director, DCM Group of Schools, presided over the function. Coordinators welcomed guests. Students of classes II and III mesmerised the audience with their performance. They highlighted the importance of 'Mother Earth'. The students also staged a play.

Extension lecture

The placement cell of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), organised an extension lecture on 'Study Abroad'. Gagandeep Singh from Edwise Overseas Education Consultancy, Chandigarh, was the resource person. College principal Dr Neena Seth Pajni welcomed guests. More than 100 students attended the session.

NCC cadets visit old age home

NCC cadets of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, in collaboration with 3 Punjab Girls Bn, NCC, Ludhiana, organised a visit to Nishkam Sewa Ashram, an old age home, near Daad Village. Thirty-six NCC cadets interacted with 30 inmates. They shared their experiences with them. The founder of the ashram also interacted with the cadets and motivated them to become responsible citizens. Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, principal, Khalsa College for Women, appreciated the efforts of the cadets and teachers.

Placement drive

Symstream Services held a placement drive on the RIMT campus, Mandi Gobindgarh. The company picked up eight students. Chairman, corporate relations, RIMT Group, Vijayant Bansal and college director Dr Harsh Sadawarti congratulated the students.

Road accident victims remembered

The management and students of the SDP College for Women remembered road accident victims. An extension lecture was delivered, apprising the students of traffic rules. In charge of the education cell and traffic training department Sukhdev Singh said commuters should not indulge in overspeeding. "One must not drink and drive," he stated. — TNS



from schools
Foundation day

Tributes being paid to Lala Lajpat Rai at RK Senior Secondary School in Jagraon
Tributes being paid to Lala Lajpat Rai at RK Senior Secondary School in Jagraon. A Tribune photograph

Jagraon: The foundation day and annual function of RK Senior Secondary School, Jagraon, witnessed a number of activities. The school was established by freedom fighter Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai in memory of his father. Several patriotic and cultural items were performed by the students. A choreography shedding light on the life and various aspects of Lala Lajpat Rai was also presented. A play depicting the role played by Lala Lajpat Rai in the freedom struggle left the audience spell-bound.

School principal read out the annual report of the school. The students who excelled in educational, sports and cultural activities were felicitated. Jagraon MLA SR Kaler was the chief guest.

SDM Jagraon Apneet Rayat was the guest of honour.

Sports day

Ludhiana: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BR S Nagar, celebrated its annual sports day with zeal. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Cabinet Minister (PWD), was welcomed by director of the school Rev Father John, principal Rev Sr Christo, sports department. The chief guest declared the meet open. A march past was held. The overall trophy was bagged by Tagore House while Gandhi House finished as runners-up. Sanchit Magon (junior boys), Vatsal Sharma (senior boys), Loveleen Brar (junior girls) and Aanchal Malhotra (senior girls) were declared the best athletes.

Founder’s day

Khanna: Staff shortage in government schools will be a thing of the past as the Punjab Government is in the process of filling all vacant seats, stated Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka during a function at Delhi public School in Khanna.He said 5,000 teachers were recruited a few months ago and 9,000 more would be appointed. "The process will start in three to four months," he said.Dance and play marked the founder's day celebrations. Principal Dr Parminder Duggal read out the annual report. — TNS



gadvasu notes

Ludhiana: The interview of Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, will be aired on AIR FM Gold on November 20 at 9.30 am.

The interview is a segment of 'Hi Ludhiana' which is broadcast at 100.1 Mhz from 9 am to 10 am. Issues pertaining to courses, services rendered by the university's veterinary hospital, extension programmes for farmers and dairy science will be discussed. — TNS



ludhiana scan
NCC week

NCC cadets take out a rally to sensitise residents against social evils in Ludhiana on Tuesday The Government College for Girls is observing an NCC week. Principal of the college Gurminder Kaur flagged off the rally. The event aimed at sensitising residents against social evils. The students pledged to root out the evils. The principal appreciated the efforts of the students. NCC captain Narinderjit Kaur Saini said the students were putting in efforts to eradicate the evils.
NCC cadets take out a rally to sensitise residents against social evils in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Blood camp

Dayanand Medical College in association with the Human Help Society organised a blood donation camp at Tibba Road. Seventy-two units of blood were collected. Daljit Singh Grewal, Independent councillor from Ward No.8, organised the camp.

Bridal collection

Lakmé salon presented bridal collection on Tuesday. Models Aanchal Oberoi and Sonalika Sahay displayed the creations. Hair and makeup were done by Sushma Khan.

Awareness campaign

SPS Apollo Hospitals launched an antibiotic awareness campaign. The theme was 'Bugs are smart, let's get smarter'. Dr Muktanjali Arya, senior consultant, microbiology, said, "Antibiotics are one of the most commonly misused drugs worldwide as a few people realise the significance of their judicious use. There is no check on the sale of the drugs. The campaign aims at encouraging rational use of antibiotics.

Industrial visit

Under the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Young Indians Ludhiana Chapter (CII) along with their Yi net of Punjab College of Technical Education visited Bonn Food Industries. More than 50 students from PCTE-Yi net visited the unit. Rakesh Vohra, HR head, Bonn Food Industries, and Satish Kumar, general manager, answered the queries of the students. They explained the importance of hygiene in the food industry to the students.

Floral tributes

The birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi was celebrated at Abdullapur Basti. Floral tributes were paid to the former Prime Minister of India.

Poetry festival

A poetry festival will be held at Punjabi Bhawan on November 24. Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali, Patiala, Ropar and Sangrur will be participating in the event. Forty poets will be taking part in the function.


Taranjit Singh Arora from Bhai Ghaniya Ji Sewa Society has been conferred Manukhi Sewa Award by Noble Foundation.

Desh Sewa Diwas

The Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society will be celebrating Desh Sewa Diwas on November 27 at Nehru Sidhant Kendra. General secretary of the society Vajinder Singh said students from 30 schools and colleges would be participating in the event and students excelling in different fields will also be honoured. — Tribune reporters



Thieves strike at 3 shops in Dharampura area
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Thieves struck at three shops located in the Dharampura area and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. The incident came to light this morning when the area residents found the shutters of these shops uprooted and immediately informed their owners. After receiving information, the owners reached the spot and reported the matter to the police. The police said thieves struck at two hardware shops and one cloth shop and decamped with cash and valuables. The police have registered a case and started the investigation.

Three-year-old raped

A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a three-year-old daughter of a peon in the Focal Point area here yesterday.

The accused has been identified as Ajay Kumar. The victim's mother, who works as a peon at a private school in Ambedker Nagar, said the incident took place this afternoon when she went to the principal's office and left her daughter at the gate of the school. When the victim's mother returned at the gate, she was shocked to find her daughter missing. While searching for her daughter, the mother heard her screaming for help.

The voice was coming from the nearby shanty. With the help of the residents, she managed to break open the door of the shanty and rescued her daughter. The residents thrashed Ajay Kumar black and blue and informed the police about the incident.He was then handed over to the police.

After conducting the victim's medical examination, the police have registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused.



World Kabaddi Cup
Preparations on in full swing
Events to be held at venues across the state between Nov 30 and December 14
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 19
Preparations for the Fourth Edition of the World Kabaddi Cup are in full swing. Workers, hired by the Punjab Mandi Board to facelift Guru Nanak Stadium, have been working round the clock to install fresh canopy and complete other renovation work. The events are going to be held at different venues across the state between November 30 and December 14.

The final of the mega event is slated for December 14 at Guru Nanak Stadium. Meanwhile, sports officials are busy organising meetings with all the departments concerned for putting things in place well before the event.

The officials of the Sports Department had stopped organising sports events at the football ground of Guru Nanak Stadium as they wanted the grass to grow on the ground. The officials are busy arranging for hotels, transportation and other facilities for guests and players. The Punjab Kabaddi Association and the Sports Department, Punjab, will depute 43 liaisons officers to accommodate the foreign teams. As many as 14 men teams and eight women teams will participate in the event. Meanwhile, the training camp of the Indian squad (men) is being organised at Bathinda and the camp for the women contingent at Jalandhar.

The Punjab Kabaddi Association announced Harpreet Singh Baba as the coach of the Indian kabaddi team and Harbans Singh as the assistant coach for the kabaddi team(men). Palwinder Kaur has been deputed as the coach for the Indian kabaddi team (women).

Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, said, "We are working hard to make good arrangements for our players and guests. The coaches and other staff of the Sports Department have been working hard to make the world cup a memorable event for all the spectators".



inter-school sports
1,600 students from different schools of state take part

Ludhiana, November 19
To recognise talented players, a sports festival was organised by Idea Cellular at Guru Nanak Stadium here today in which 1,600 students representing different schools from across the state took part in various sports disciplines.

Participants competed in athletics, volleyball, basketball, hockey and judo events. Kartar Singh, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, presided over the concluding function.

Addressing winners, Arul Bright, Chief Operating Officer, Punjab, J and K and Himachal Pradesh, Idea Cellular, said that it was a delight to engage with the budding sportspersons of Punjab with the unique campaign. This had provided them a platform to enhance sporting skills and showcase their talent, added Arul.

Besides, the festival will be held at five other places and the school winning the overall championship in each city will be given a cash prize of Rs 20,000 besides six months of free training and sports kit worth Rs 10,000. — OC



City swimmer proves her mettle
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 19
Once again, Kawalpreet Kaur, swimmer from the city, proved her mettle by clinching two medals in the All-India Inter-varsity Swimming Championship held from October 25 to 29 at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Kawalpreet clinched bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly events. Earlier, Kawalpreet won the overall trophy of Panjab University by winning 16 gold medals in the Inter-College Swimming Championship of Panjab University.

This year, Kawalpreet also won nine medals, including seven gold medals in the Punjab Women Festival held in Amritsar. A student of B.com (first year) at the Government College for Girls, Kawalpreet has participated three times in the National School Games.In 2012, she won a silver medal in the National Women Games held in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh).

Kawalpreet said that she had started swimming six years ago. Now, she was training under the guidance of coach Visakha Singh at a private swimming pool.

Taking about the future goals, Kawalpreet said "Now I am preparing for the Women National Games, which is to be held in Bhopal from December 15 to 23. I will win at least silver medal in the championship". "I want to become an international-level swimmer. My aim is to win medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games”, said Kawalpreet.

Visakha Singh said,Kawalpreet has done well recently. She is a very dedicated swimmer and I hope she will achieve a lot in future.



cricket tourney
Saraswati lads outplay GMT boys to enter semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 19
In a crucial match, Saraswati Modern Senior Secondary School, Hambran Road, scored an emphatic 38-run victory over GMT Public School to assure themselves a berth in the last four stage of the Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Cricket Tournament being organised at Green Land Convent School Stadium, GT Road, Manj Phagowal, on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road here today.

Saraswati Modern School won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated 20 overs, they scored 128 runs after losing seven wickets. Chitesh was the highest run getter, making 22 runs. Prince Kanda contributed 18 runs while Harpreet and Akash made 17 runs each.For GMT Public School, Rishab and Shivam sent down four overs each and claimed two wickets after conceding 20 and 26 runs, respectively.



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