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Rape bid: Parents seek action against principals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The newly formed Atma Devki Nikatan Parents’ Association has demanded action against principals of the school and college for allegedly hushing up the rape bid on a Class VII student. The accused, driver of a school bus, was arrested yesterday.

Backed by the Active Anti Corruption Wing, an NGO, a total of 88 parents whose children study in the school located in the premises of Devki Devi Jain College, filed 26 complaints against the school authorities. A social activist, Ramesh Bangar, appreciated the prompt action taken by police in the case. Bangar said action should be taken against both the principals as they were aware of the incident, still they tried to hush up the matter. He said in order to salvage the reputation of the institute, the authorities threatened the college students which further triggered protest.

The parents’ association also accused the school authorities of overcharging. The association demanded installation of CCTV cameras in classrooms and school buses. On November 29, around 100 students of DD Jain Girls College staged a protest in front of St Thomas School near CMC Hospital and blocked traffic for nearly two hours.

The students demanded action against the bus driver for attempting rape on a Class VII student.

The dharna was lifted after the case was registered against the driver.


New buses yet to hit road
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The new fleet of 25 buses of Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited is yet to run on city roads. Reason: The buses are yet to be registered as the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has not cleared the file since November 23.

The new fleet was flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on November 15.

Moreover, there is shortage of drivers as those deployed on contractual bases two years ago are demanding renewal of their contract. The contract expired on November 15. However, the authorities are in no mood to hire them directly and want to outsource their services through a private contractor.

Sources said the RTA had taken a plea that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the registration of diesel-run buses.

Baljit Singh, manager, Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited, claimed that the stay has been vacated. “I will approach the RTA tomorrow and expect that the buses will be cleared for registration. The stay orders have been vacated for the entire fleet of 200 buses under the city bus service project,” he said.

Once the paperwork related to 25 new buses is cleared, the authorities will start new routes — Pakhowal Road to bus stand and Octroi Post near Gill village to bus stand. These new buses include five low-floor AC buses procured from Tata, 10 non-AC low-floor buses from Ashok Leyland and 10 non-AC mini-buses from Isuzu.



Sidhwan Canal Bridge to be fully operational from today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The right side of Sidhwan Canal Bridge on Ferozepur Road will be thrown open to traffic from Tuesday.

The stretch on the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic for the past few months due to the construction of an underpass for the Sidhwan Canal Expressway project.

The opening of the bridge will ease the traffic on Ferozepur Road, one of the busiest roads in the city.

Assistant general manager of Supreme Infrastructure India Ltd, the company undertaking the project, Pardeep Kumar said the right side of the bridge would be thrown open to vehicular traffic from tomorrow.

“We wanted to open the stretch before the deadline of December 3, but there was some problem with our hotmix plant. But now the plant is working and the road would be carpeted overnight," claimed Pardeep Kumar.

This bridge is a part of the Rs 328.16 crore, 26.9 kilometre Sidhwan Canal Expressway project with carriageway on each side from the medium of Doraha to Ludhiana-Ferozepur Road, providing a bypass for traffic going towards Ferozepur.



Import tariff value on gold, silver slashed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The import tariff value on gold and silver has been slashed to USD 405 per 10 gram and USD 642 per kg, respectively, in line with global trends.

The notification in this regard has been issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under invoicing. The tariff value on imported gold stood at USD 414 per 10 grams, while on silver at USD 672 per kg earlier.

Besides precious metals, the tariff value on imported brass scrap has also been reduced to USD 3,906 per tonne from USD 3,995 per tonne. However, the import tariff value on areca nut and vegetables has been kept unchanged.

The import tariff value on gold has been changed due to volatility in precious metals in the global market.

However, in the domestic market, gold prices were ruling firm at Rs 31,320 per 10 gram due to high premium charges on the yellow metal in the wake of tight supply following the government's gold import curbs.

The government has taken several steps to reduce gold imports, including hike in custom duties.



Express Parcel Service launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The Express Parcel Service was launched today at the Head Post Office located at Bharat Nagar Chowk.

The Express Parcel Service will be available to both retail as well as business (corporate) customers.

Informing about the features of the the express parcel, Swaraj Kaur, Senior Post Master, said it was an air express parcel product providing time-bound delivery of parcels. The parcels would be transported by air or any other fastest means available. Meanwhile, business parcel was a contractual service, designed to suit the requirement of business customers for an economical and reliable distribution solution.

In case of any loss or damage of the express parcels or contents, the compensation payable would be restricted to Rs 1,000 or the actual value of the parcel or the content lost, whichever was less, she said.

The redirection facility will not be available to customers of the express parcel; however, consignments can be returned to the sender in case wherever the same can not be delivered. The consignments will be returned to the sender through the same transportation channel through which it was received.

Features of express parcel

  • Weight: Minimum chargeable weight for which Express Parcel consignments will be booked is 0.5 kg. Maximum weight of Express Parcel consignments will be booked across the post office counter by a retail customer and will be 20kg.
  • Maximum weight of Express Parcel consignments which can be booked by a contractual (business/ corporate) customer at identified centers is 35 kg.
  • Door to Door Service: All Express Parcel consignments will be given door delivery irrespective of its weight. Business/ corporate customers are provided pick-up facility from their premises.

Features of Business Parcel

  • Weight: Minimum chargeable weight for which Business Parcel consignments will be booked is 2 kg. Maximum weight of business parcel consignments which will be booked by a contractual (business/ corporate) customer is 35 kg.
  • Door to Door Service: All Business Parcel consignments shall be given door delivery irrespective of its weight. Business/corporate customers are provided pick-up facility from their premises.



lpg on subsidised rate
Don’t make Aadhar card linkage to bank account mandatory: Residents
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Domestic gas consumers in the city, have been told by their respective gas agencies that from December onwards, they would be provided LPG cylinders on non-subsidised rates only if their Adhaar cards are linked to their bank account. The consumers feel that the gas agencies cannot take such "harsh" decisions on their own, as the Supreme Court in its recent interim order had directed the governments that Aadhar cards should not be made mandatory for getting benefits under various social welfare schemes.

The consumers have been raising hue and cry as a majority of them do not possess Aadhar cards.

Satwinderpal Singh, a bank employee at the Civil Lines, said that until everyone was issued the Aadhar card, the gas agencies, should not take such anti-consumer" decisions.

“The government itself is not clear over the matter till date. When the Supreme Court has said that such identity documents will create a problem for those who do not possess it then the government should adhere to the instructions and the procedure of distributing domestic gas cylinders should be continued as is being done", rued Singh.

The LPG consumers include thousands of migrant workers, who do not possess the unique identification cards(UID) and for them, purchasing a LPG cylinder on non-subsidised rates will be impossible.

Shri Ram, a native from Uttar Pradesh, working at a hosiery unit in Industrial Area, here, said that it was impossible for him to get an LPG cylinder for Rs 1,000. "My monthly salary is about Rs 7,500 and I have to send money to my family back home in UP. In such circumstances, how can I afford to get LPG cylinders on a non-subsidised rates?", asked the worker.

Banks harassing consumers

One of the gas agency owner in the Field Ganj area said that the consumers were being harassed by the bank employees when they visited the banks to get their Aadhar cards linked. "Not only are they treated rudely by the bank officials but certain banks adopt a callous approach and deposit the subsidy amounts in other account numbers. Citing an example, the agency owner said that Paras Kumar, a resident of Maleri Gali, here, with Consumer Number 649534, had to face a lot of inconvenience when his subsidy amount was deposited in somebody else’s account by one of the branches of a nationalised bank here.



Eviction order a bolt from the blue
Not easy to shift base by December 31, lament residents of Power Colony
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
Residents of Power Colony at Sarabha Nagar have expressed helplessness in vacating their houses before December 31.

As the downtown is to come up on 32 acres, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had sent notices to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to vacate the land before December 31.

The state government wants to develop a theme park, shopping malls, multiplexes and luxury corporate apartments under the project. A private company will carry out the work and the land will be auctioned by the state government. It is learnt that 80 per cent of the profit will go to the kitty of the PSPCL while the remaining 20 per cent will be kept by GLADA.

The PSPCL offices, including the office of Chief Engineer (Central), Ludhiana, houses and an anti-power theft police station are situated on the land.

The land has been divided into two parts, 10.82 acres and 21.07 acres. There are PSPCL offices and 16 residences of Group A employees on 10.82 acres while on the second chunk of 21.07 acres, there are 600 houses of Groups B, C and D employees.

In these 600 houses, more than 150 families have been living for the past several decades while the remaining houses are lying vacant.

A PSPCL employee, who resides in the colony, lamented that they received orders to vacate the houses in mid November. "It is not easy to shift the base. How can the state government expect such a thing from us? There are several families whose children study and are to appear for board examinations early next year and if we shift now, their studies will be affected," he said.

Another employee said the top PSPCL management and officers are not supporting them. "We have been asked to vacate the houses where we have been living for decades. We will have to move the court," he stated.

Ludhiana (West) MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, under whose constituency the colony falls, stated that if the state government wanted to develop the project there, it should have at least given then six months' time to residents. It is impossible for the families to shift in such a short span of time. If the PSPCL employees want any help, they can contact me anytime and even the state government should rethink its decision," he stated.



They are better than the rest
Visually impaired bag prizes in state-level contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 2
Visually impaired students of the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC) performed well in the state-level competition organised by the Punjab state branch of the National Federation of the Blind at Hoshiarpur from November 30 to December 1, 2013. The students bagged six first prizes, four second prizes and five third prizes in various creative activities.

The first prize winners are Jaya (bhajan-junior), Sachin (writing-junior), Sabha (declamation-secondary), Surbhi (writing-secondary), Kiran's team, Dharminder and Babu Khan (quiz-secondary) and Arpit Sharma (reading-secondary).

Jagsir Singh ((reading-junior), Sachin (declamation-junior), Mona (declamation-secondary) and Surbhi (poetry-junior) won the second prizes while the third prizes were won by Jagsir Singh (poetry-junior), Raj Kumar (writing-junior), Mani Sharma (singing-secondary and writing-secondary) and Amrit (reading-junior).



Hosiery traders get lukewarm response
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
While the outstation consignments have been sent, the domestic demand is still to be picked up, as it has not turned that cold in the city yet.

Hosiery manufacturers say, “Our godowns are full to the capacity and we are just waiting for the demand to pick up. After rainfall, it seemed that it would turn very cold this winter but the situation is otherwise,” said Harsharan Mishra, a hosiery manufacturer.

Satish Aggarwal, another hosiery manufacturer, said “We just want the chill back in the air so that the demand for woollens goes up.”

“It is only during early morning and late evening that one feels the chill otherwise one cannot wear a sweater or jacket all through the day. We are expecting that December will be cold,” added Gurmeet Kaur, a city resident.



from schools & Colleges
Declamation contest

Ludhiana: Parneet Kaur of Green Land Convent School, Sector 32, secured the second position in Punjabi declamation contest at Guru Nanak International Senior Secondary School on Monday. Sixty-six students participated in the event. Her topic was 'Dhiyan (daughters)'. She was given a trophy and Rs 500 in cash. Principal Vinita Sanan congratulated the students.
Students of the Government College for Girls stage a play in Ludhiana
Students of the Government College for Girls stage a play in Ludhiana


SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road, organised an awareness camp to mark World AIDS Day. Jasminder Singh, biology teacher, sensitised students against the deadly disease. The NSS unit organised a seminar. The students queries were taken up by experts.


Students of BCM School, Basant Avenue, visited slum areas, Mother Teresa Home and Ekjot, a school for special children. They donated clothes, stationary and eatables. The students interacted with the special children. Principal Dr Vandna Shahi said such visits helped students develop an empathetic approach.

Annual function

Green Grove Public School Senior Secondary organised its annual function. Manmeet Sodhia, director, IVANNA Institute, was the chief guest. President of the school JPS Jolly along, chairperson Satinderjeet Kaur Jolly, principal S George and vice-principal Ronald de Rozario welcomed guests.


As a part of the ongoing cultural exchange programme initiated by the Ryan Group of Institutions, a circus group called Circ 'A' Holix from Germany, visited Ryan International School. The group stayed with students' families from November 29 to December 1. The group comprising 12 mesmerised all with their performance.

Placement drive

Thermax Limited carried out a placement campus drive for mechanical engineering students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College on Monday. The students took a test. Two students were picked up by the company.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was observed at the DD Jain College of Education on December 2. Rotary Club organised two extension lectures. Dr JS Bhullar, former Civil Surgeon, spoke on 'Awareness on AIDS' while Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind dwelt on 'Dental Hygiene'. A quiz was held. Various members of Rotary Club and Rotary Club Greater were present.


In a bid to polish the marketing skills of students, Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Pharmacy organised a workshop on marketing skill development. Alumni of the college, Lavish Chabbra (marketing executive, Lupin Pharma Pvt Ltd, and Vijay Thakur, marketing executive, Cadila Pharma Pvt Ltd, gave a presentation.Director-principal Kuldip Singh welcomed guests.

Musical evening

Members of the Asian Club entertain children and senior citizens at Bal BhawanAsian Club International organised a musical evening for children and senior citizens at Bal Bhawan, Sarabha Nagar. Members of the club Vishal Bhalla, Ashok Dhir, Rakesh Kapoor and Sanjeev doled out songs. The starcast of Just You and Me was also present. Sarabjeet Cheema entertained all.
Members of the Asian Club entertain children and senior citizens at Bal Bhawan. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Awareness camp

An eye awareness camp was organised at the Government College for Girls by the Red Cross Society. Dr Azad Gaurav Bansal, surgeon, and Chief Medical Officer at Vasan Eye Care were the chief guest. Principal of the college presided over the function. They were accorded a warm welcome by Red Cross in charge Kiranjit Brar and faculty member Rosy Nagpal. Dr Azad gave a presentation on 'anatomy of human eye'. — TNS



pau notes
Dr MIS Gill joins as head of fruit science dept

Ludhiana: A senior horticulturist of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr MIS Gill has joined as the head of the department of fruit science, PAU. During his 21 years of service in the university, Dr Gill has made significant research contributions to the field of horticulture involving conventional and biotechnological approaches. He has to his credit 16 research recommendations, including three crop varieties and 13 plant propagation, production, processing, protection and post-harvest technologies having field relevance. All recommendations made by him have been included in the Package of Practices of Fruit Crops, PAU.

Possessing extensive teaching experience, Dr Gill has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on horticulture and plant biotechnology. He has guided 10 MSc and four PhD students. He has also played a vital role in transferring farm technologies to the farmers. A recipient of 'Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (1998)', Dr Gill was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, for one year. Presently, Dr Gill is officer-in-charge of the 'All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Fruits' at Ludhiana centre and is working on guava and grapes. — TNS



gadvasu notes

Ludhiana: The department of veterinary and animal husbandry, Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised a seminar for pig farmers. Alferd Wahl, expert, Polar Genetics, Canada, delivered a lecture on artificial insemination in swine and adaptability of Canadian pigs. He discussed in detail about semen collection, semen evaluation, semen handling and artificial insemination technique in swine.

He said by adopting artificial insemination, there could be maximum utilisation of excellent germ plasm as well as fast multiplication of the same and additionally the spread of various diseases such as porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome, pseudorabies, swine fever, foot and mouth could be checked. The boars are kept at the boar station and semen is collected by adopting hygienic measures. Polar genetics experts provided valuable information regarding transportation, biosecurity and swine health and highlighted the importance of washing and cleaning of trucks and trailers. The seminar was sponsored by Polar Genetics, Alberta (Canada). Hundred farmers from the Progressive Pig Farmers Association, Punjab, attended the meeting and interacted with experts. — TNS



Awareness rally on World AIDS Day
Tribune News Service

Staff of the health department take out the rally in Ludhiana
Staff of the health department take out the rally in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, December 2
To mark World AIDS Day, 4 Punjab Air Sqn NCC organised a seminar and took out an awareness rally. Around 168 cadets attended the event.

The rally was flagged off by Wing Cdr SS Kaila, Commanding Officer, 4 Pb Air Sqn NCC. He said the NCC cadets could play a vital role in sensitising the general public against such diseases. At SCD Government College, a seminar was organised. The district health department organised a seminar on AIDS awareness at Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and district programme officer for AIDS Dr US Sooch, Dr Gurmeet Singh, in charge, Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) Centre, spoke on ART treatment. Dr SS Dhir, in charge, OST Centre, urged students to stay away from drugs. District mass media officer Harjinder Singh spoke on the preventive measures. Students of Guru Nanak Nursing College, Gopalpur, participated in a poster making competition.



muslim organisations
Efforts on to fulfil demands: Atwal
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 2
The speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal, gave an assurance to the office-bearers and activists of the Muslim organisations of paying heed to their pending demands at the earliest.

Atwal said the demands will be accepted by the government soon.

Responding to the appeal made by the Muslim leaders, led by former councillor Dilshad and president, Muslim Youth Front, Munir Mohammad, Atwal said the government had already initiated process for the allocation of extra land for a graveyard on Dehliz road here.

The demand raised by Muslims through Amargarh legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan has already been forwarded by the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, to the depart-ment concerned for the initiation of necessary action, informed Charanjit Singh Atwal.



BJP workers upbeat over Modi’s visit
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 2
BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Jagraon for the first time to address a rally being organised by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance on December 21 ahead of the forthcoming parliament elections. The rally being organised at the Sugar Mill, Jagraon, has been named as ‘Fateh Rally’.

However, the planned visit of Modi has given a new lifeline to the local leadership of BJP, who were feeling alienated after being ignored by the local leaders of alliance partner SAD on various recent occasions.

“The preparations for the rally are going at full swing and we will leave no stone unturned to make this rally a mega event,” said senior BJP leader Dr Rajinder Sharma.

BJP Mandal president Raj Kumar Verma said the party had already started mobilising the party workers throughout the area. “They have been asked to make sure that maximum number of people attends the rally,” said Verma.

Originally, the rally was planned to be held near Moga but the venue was changed a couple of days ago due to space issues. Apart from Narendra Modi, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, State BJP president Kamal Sharma, some cabinet ministers of Punjab and many stalwarts of NDA would also address the rally.

SAD (A) to oppose rally

The leaders of Simranjit Singh Mann led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) have declared to oppose the rally to be addressed by Narendra Modi. After a party meeting here today, SAD (Amritsar) senior vice-president Mohinderpal Singh said the decision was taken because Modi was considered as the most dangerous person for minorities. On the other hand, local Congress leaders are mum on the issue. Though, state party president Partap Singh Bajwa has declared to oppose Modi’s rally but no leader of Jagraon unit of the Congress party has issued any comment on whether to oppose it or not.



ludhiana scan

A delegation of Kirti Kissan Union met DIG, Ludhiana on Monday. President of the union Hardev Singh demanded that the police should not be biased. The members alleged that in case the people who want to lodge a complaint were associated with the ruling party then the complaint was adhered to at once but in case, people were associated with the opposition party, then they were not listened at all.

Gurmat samagam

Annual gurmat samagam at Gurudwara Nanaksar Sahib concluded amidst rising jaikaras on Monday. The function was held under the supervision of Sant Baba Jaswant Singh. Jathedaar from Takht Shree Akal Takht Sahib shared his views with the devotees on the occasion.


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif honoured renowned Urdu writer Dr Kewal Dheer for his contribution in the field of literature. During the function, he also talked about Dr Dheer’s autobiography titled, ‘Dr Kewal Dheer da 75 saal da safar’ and appreciated his efforts in bringing both the nations together.

Cycling event

Avon Cycles Limited, Ludhiana, has joined hands with the biggest cycling event of the country, named ‘Godrej Eon Tour De India’ to promote cycling in India. The second edition of the biggest cycling event in the country will be organised by ID Sports, Cycling Federation of India and UCI and marketed by Total Sports Asia.

Dengue cases

Five new cases of patients suffering from dengue have come to light from various hospitals of Ludhiana. Out of them, two are from Ludhiana city and one from rural area. While the other two patients are from from Jalandhar and Pathankot.

Letter written to Deputy CM

The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written a letter to the deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal, stating that there was a huge difference in the prices between the land at focal point and other areas. Only a part of the industry could be accommodated in the designated areas. The letter further stated that the competition for industry of Punjab was the same as that for every industrial unit irrespective of its location. From this angle, it was imperative to levy property tax at the same level. — TNS



Metal stolen from transformers
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 2
Some unidentified persons decamp with metal from five electricity transformers installed in the fields at Talwandi Kalan and Talwandi Khurd villages, near here, last night.

The theft has not only caused a huge loss and shock to the farmers but also to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). It has also raised a question over the efficiency of police because all the incidents took place within a span of few hours.

The incident came to light this morning when a farmer Harjit Singh of Talwandi Khurd village visited his fields. “I was stunned to see the transformer lying on the ground. It was not easy to remove the transformer because it was fitted firmly with the poles,” he said.

The police said the thieves executed similar kind of thefts in the fields of four other farmers, including Ajit Singh and Iqbal Singh of Talwandi Kalan village and Bhupinder Singh and Amarjit Singh of Talwandi Khurd village.

The farmers have demanded to intensify police patrolling in the rural areas at night. A case has been registered against the unidentified thieves at the Sidhwan Bet police station following the complaint lodged by the farmers.



Maid raids her way to Kenyan team
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The kabaddi bug stung her during the world cup last year. And there was no looking back for 23-year-old Asthara from Nigeria.

Asthara, who works as a domestic help, has made it to the Kenyan women kabaddi team. The team is here to participate in the World Kabaddi Cup.

The coach for the team, Mathew, said: "Asthara works as a domestic help and has limited resources. But her will and hard work brought her here. Last year, she saw some of the kabaddi matches that were being telecast worldwide and she got connected to a page "sankabaddipage" on Facebook by chance."

"She approached the selection committee and got entry into the team. She took coaching for 11 months and is one of the most dedicated players. Despite being injured several times, she never stopped playing. She has got one dream that her team secures good position in the world cup," said Mathew.

Kenya will take on India in their opening match. The team was at Guru Nanak Stadium for the practice session. Though for security reasons, the team members have not been able to see much in Punjab, but they are impressed with the Punjabi hospitality.



prison games
City team win tug-of-war
120 prisoners from 26 jails of the state participate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 2
The host trounced Patiala Zone 2-0 in tug of war, while Bathinda Zone thrashed Patiala 37-18 in kabaddi during the opening day of the Punjab Sudhar Home Sports 2013 that kicked off at Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Stadium in Central Jail today.

As many as 120 prisoners from 26 jails of the state are taking part in the games. Additional Director General of Police (prisons) Rajpal Meena inaugurated the games and the Superintendents and Deputy Superintendents of 26 jails of Punjab were present on the occasion.

He said the games would culminate on December 6. The teams have been divided in to four zones i.e. Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Amritsar.

Events like tug of war, volleyball, 100 -meter sprint will be organised. The jail was given a facelift in the view of the games.

Meena said, the main objective to organise the games was to divert the attention of inmates from drugs to sports. Meena claimed that more than 7,000 prisoners were being de-addicted at various prison de-addiction centres of the state.

Upbeat by the enthusiastic response, the ADGP further said the games would be an annual affair, now.

While complementing on the passion for sports among the inmates, Jail Superintendent SP Khanna said there was cut throat competition among prisoners.

Some of the inmates began practicing nearly three months before the games started.



Akal Academy, Dugri, excel in inter-school athletics meet
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 2
In order to promote rural sports and participation of village students in various sports events, the Punjab Youth Welfare Club and Gram Panchayat, Lopon, organized an inter-school athletics meet in which a total of 12 schools participated with enthusiasm.

Akal Academy, Dhindsa, Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Madpur, Government High School, Lalkalan, Baba Hast Lal Model High School, Madpur, Government High School, Begowal, Government High School, Jatana, Government High School, Ruplon, Green View Model High School, Begowal, Government High School, Ghulal, etc ensured their active participation in the competition.

Inderjit Singh Lopon, president, Cooperative Bank, Ludhiana, and Barjinder Singh Bablu, member, Zila Parishadm inaugurated the athletics meet today. Jarnail Singh, president, Punjab Youth Welfare Club. Harjinder Singh, Secretary, Manjit Kaur, sarpanch, Ram Singh Panch, Jatinder Singh Panch, Captain Bachan Singh and Thekedar Jaspal Singh were also present. In various events, , the results are as under. Akal Academy, Dugri, won the first prize by securing a total of 36 prizes while Khalsa Senior Secondary School came second by securing 14 prizes. Government High School, Lalkalan, and Baba Hastlal Model High School jointly secured the third position by securing 12 prizes.


100mt (U-14 Boys): Harwinder Singh-1, Natish mandal-2, Harwinder Singh-3;

100mt (U-17 Boys): Jaspreet Singh-1, Gaganpreet Singh-2, Manreet Singh-3;

100mt (U-14 Girls): Jaspreet Kaur-1, Manpreet Kaur-2, Simranjit Kaur-3;

100mt (U-17 Girls): Asha Rani-1, Rajpreet Kaur-2, Kiranjit Kaur-3;

200mt (U-14 Boys): Harwinder Singh-1, Harmandeep Singh-2, Blaraj Singh-3;

200mt (U-17 Boys): Jagvir Singh-1, Prabhjot Singh-2, Ramandeep Singh-3;

200mt (U-14 Girls): Jaspreet Kaur-1, Ankita-2, Pawandeep Kaur-3;

200mt (U-17 Girls): Asha Rani-1, Kiranjit Kaur-2, Devinder Kaur-3;

400mt (U-14 Boys): Harmanpreet Singh-1, Gurdilpreet Singh-2, Ravinder Singh-3;

400mt (U-17 Boys): Jagmeet Singh-1, Jaspreet Singh-2, Amninder Singh-3;

400mt (U-14 Girls): Ramanjot Kaur-1, Priya Kumari-2, Raminder Kaur-3;

400mt (U-17 Girls): Manpreet Kaur-1, Pawandeep Kaur-2, Ashleen Kaur-3;

800mt (U-17 Boys): Harjot Singh-1, Parneet Singh-2, Devinder Singh-3;

800mt (U-17 Girls): Jagdeep Kaur-1, Nancy-2, Ishleen-3;

Discuss Throw (U-14 Boys): Devinder Singh Bangar-1, Rajan-2, Satvir Singh-3;

Discuss Throw (U-17 Boys): Baldeep singh-1, Sukhjit Singh-2, Jashandeep Singh-3;

Discuss Throw (U-14 Girls): Manjit Kaur-1, Jaspreet Kaur-2, Ravneet Kaur-3;

Discuss Throw (U-17 Girls): Asha Rani-1, Nirmalpreet Kaur-2, Mandeep Kaur-3;

Shot Put (U-14 Boys): Satvir Singh-1, Rajan-2, Gurjit Singh-3;

Shot Put (U-17 Boys): Baldeep Singh-1, Manjoban Singh-2,Khushdeep Singh-3;

Shot Put (U-14 Girls): Balpreet Kaur-1, Damanpreet Kaur-2, Mandeep Kaur-3;

Shot Put (U-17 Girls): Ripanjot Kaur-1, Amanjot Kaur-2, Manpreet Kaur-3;

Long Jump (U-14 Boys): Harmanpreet Singh-1, Manpreet Singh-2, Harwinder Singh-3;

Long Jump (U-17 Boys): Jashpreet Singh-1, Manjot Singh-2, Manpreet Singh-3;

Long Jump (U-14 Girls): Gurpreet Kaur-1, Rupinder Kaur-2, Amritjot Kaur-3;

Long Jump (U-17 Girls): Navneet Kaur-1, Navjit Kaur-2, Grinika Sharma-3;

High Jump (U-14 Boys): Sehajpreet Kaur-1, Nisha Mandal-2, Gurdilpreet Singh-3;

High Jump (U-17 Boys): Sukhvir Singh-1, Parneet Singh-2, Dya Singh-3;

High Jump (U-14 Girls): Rajpreet Kaur-1, Ramandeep Kaur-2, Ankita-3;

High Jump (U-17 Girls): Rajpreet Kaur-1, Devinder Kaur-2, Avinash-3;

Javelin Throw (U-17 Boys): Baldeep Singh-1, Dya Singh-2, Jaskaran Singh-3;

Javelin Throw (U-17 Girls): Jasmeet Kaur-1, Lovepreet Kaur-2 and Prabhjot Kaur-3.



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