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Snatchers’ gang busted
4 held, were behind 100 incidents; motorcycle, 70 mobiles recovered
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
In a major breakthrough, the city police have busted a gang believed to be behind 100 snatching incidents. The police have arrested four members of the gang. A stolen motorcycle, weapons and 70 mobile phones were recovered from the possession of the accused.

The accused have been identified as Karan Singh, alias Babblu, Raj Kumar, Jaspreet Singh and Kamalpreet Singh. They were arrested from a vacant plot in the Sham Nagar area here last night. Their fifth accomplice, Gurmeet Singh, managed to escape from the spot. The police said the accused belonged to Janata Nagar, Shimlapuri and the surrounding areas.

Commissioner of Police NS Dhillon said the arrest of the snatchers would bring huge respite for city residents.

The accused were behind several snatching incidents that took place in different parts of the city in the recent past. During questioning, they confessed to having committed over 100 snatchings.

The accused are school dropouts and belong to poor families. The Commissioner of Police did not rule out the possibility of the accused being drug addicts and committing snatchings for buying drugs.

Khula darbar to be a regular feature

The Commissioner of Police said his khula darbar (public interaction and on-the-spot complaint redressal) would be a regular feature. He said he had conducted two public interactions so far and got a positive feedback.

He said khula darbar would be conducted in the first week of each month in one of the four zones of the city. He said the 181 complaint number had provided encouraging results. A total of 1,336 complaints were registered at the 181 toll-free complaint number, of which 1,193 had been disposed of.

Accident relief fund

The Commissioner of Police has planned to set up an accident relief fund for providing timely help to accident victims. He said he was in touch with non-governmental organisations, the hospital authorities and philanthropists to discuss the modalities for setting up the fund. He said these funds would be used for providing timely medical treatment to the injured.


Teachers protest, want colleagues released
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The police and protesting teachers belonging to various unions kept playing hide and seek throughout the day today. The police had made foolproof arrangements to keep the teachers away from the Mini-Secretariat. The teachers managed to reach Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Bharat Nagar Chowk.

The teachers' unions, including the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union, the Democratic Teachers Front, the Government Teachers Union, the Government Schoolteachers Union, the Elementary Teachers Union (Sahota) and the BEd Unemployed Front, and kisan unions were demanding the release of 58 teachers of the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union arrested on Sunday.

The police had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the areas surrounding the Mini-Secretariat to keep the teachers away. A heavy police force was deployed at Bhai Wala Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Chhatar Singh Park, where the teachers were supposed to assemble. Senior police officials remained on their toes due to the protest.

The teachers alleged that the police had created several hurdles to stop the teachers and detained around 15 teachers at various places. Kawaljeet Khanna, one of the protesters, and some leaders of kisan unions were also detained by the police.

Around 150 teachers, including women, reached Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Bharat Nagar Chowk. The protesters wanted to meet the Deputy Commissioner to submit a memorandum.

The teachers raised slogans against the Akali-BJP government for arresting the teachers who were protesting peacefully.

Ramanjeet Singh of the Democratic Teachers Front said, “When Akali workers held a protest against the Centre, they also blocked roads, but Section 144 was not imposed then. Now when the teachers are protesting for their rights, the police are creating hurdles."

Yashpal, a teacher leader, said, “The protest will continue till the government releases our teachers.”

A Tehsildar from the DC's office received the memorandum.



Power engineers oppose further extension to CMD, to launch stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 5
Reiterating their stand in principle, engineers of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) have opposed further extension to its Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) KD Choudhry.

At a meeting of engineers from across the state, convened by the CMD here today, the engineers refused to support a resolution for the extension of the tenure of the CMD beyond the age of 62 years. PSEB engineers alleged that the meeting held today was called in a hurried manner, and for this purpose, the CMD had cancelled an already scheduled meeting in Patiala.

Baldev Singh Sran, president, and Sanjeev Sood, general secretary, of the engineers' association, said similar attempts to seek the support of the engineers for the extension of the CMD's tenure had been made earlier by some top officials of the PSPCL in Amritsar and at Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant in Ropar without much success.

The association has condemned the attitude of the management of trying to force the engineers to support the proposal to enhance the upper age limit of the CMD and the Director from the present 62 years to 65 years.

Sran and Sood said a tripartite agreement was signed between the Punjab government and various unions of the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board at the time of unbundling. “Our association has been extending full support to the government for smooth transition from the PSEB to the two companies set up for distribution and transmission. The move of the state government, which is one of the signatories to the tripartite agreement, to change the clauses unilaterally is unfortunate,” they said.

Taking a decision to go ahead with the scheduled protest of wearing black badges and holding protest rallies at Patiala, Jalandhar and Bathinda from tomorrow, the PSEB Engineers Association has also issued a written appeal to the CMD of the PSPCL, who himself has been an office-bearer of the body, not to seek further extension in his tenure in the larger interests of organisational development.



illegal change of land use
Violations continue as LIT looks the other way
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 5
Even as separate probes by the Vigilance Bureau of the Punjab Police and the Vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department, Punjab, into illegal change of land use and violation of the standard design in shop-cum-flats (SCFs) in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar schemes of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) are already being conducted, similar violations in two other schemes -- Maharishi Valmiki Nagar and Rajguru Nagar -- have come to light.

Information obtained from the LIT authorities by Arvind Sharma, secretary, Council of RTI Activists, under the Right to Information Act has revealed that the Trust had sold, through a public auction, 56 SCFs in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar and 49 in Rajguru Nagar. Under the terms and conditions of allotment, the change of land use (CLU) of these commercial-cum-residential properties is not permissible and the buyers are required to follow the standard design provided in the layout plan of these schemes.

However, as in the case of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar schemes, a majority of the SCF owners in the two other schemes have also converted these properties into commercial enterprises. Contrary to the CLU provisions and the standard design, most SCF owners are putting the residential portion in the SCFs to commercial use without attracting any penal action from the LIT.

The Public Information Officer of the LIT said no separate list of violations committed in the CLU and the standard design of SCFs was available with the Trust. Similarly, no details of the outstanding amount standing against the owners of SCFs or the action taken by the LIT for recovery were provided. The LIT also failed to provide details of the field staff and officials under whose tenure the provisions of the CLU and the standard design of SCFs were violated.

In a complaint submitted to Punjab Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, the Council of RTI Activists has called for a high-level enquiry into the blatant violation of the CLU and other terms and conditions of allotment in all schemes of the Trust.



Core issues to come up at meeting today
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The civic body is all set to take up several core issues at a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) here tomorrow. The issues which will be cleared by the committee members, including the Mayor, MC Commissioner, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, at the meeting will be placed before the general house, which is likely to meet on February 21.

The core issues include maintenance of streets, handing over the charge of 11 roundabouts to industrialists, allotment of land to Verka for booths, levying of betterment charges, dealing with advertisement defaulters and reviewing the progress of development works.

A resolution is being brought in the general house regarding 50 streets in the city. The Buildings and Road Branch has expressed its wish to maintain the streets if these come under it. Another major issue to be taken up at the F&CC meeting will be regarding providing MC land to Verka for setting up booths. Though Verka has requested the MC to provide land for at least 36 booths, the sites for eight booths have been rejected by the MC as the status of these is not clear.

The issue of advertisement defaulters is also likely to be discussed. Despite being given many chances, the defaulters have failed to deposit the amount for advertisements to the MC.

Row over maintenance of roundabouts

The MC will also discuss the issue of handing over roundabouts to industrialists for maintenance for the next five years. However, the issue has generated a controversy as some industrialists say the civic body has not issued a proper advertisement.



F&CC quorum still incomplete
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
Though more than eight meetings of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) have been convened since the SAD-BJP combine came to power in the state for the second consecutive term, its quorum is still incomplete.

Irked over the lackadaisical approach adopted by the MC in completing the F&CC quorum, officials in the Local Bodies Department have asked the civic body to send matters approved by the General House bypassing the committee.

According to the rules, the F&CC includes Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor, MC Commissioner and two nominated councillors. But to date, no elections have been held to induct two councillors into the committee.

Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said: "The F&CC has to have six members, including Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner MC and two elected councillors. Everyone seems to be so busy in the MC that nobody has time to hold elections for inducting two councilors into the committee. Or another reason could be the authorities are deliberately adopting dilly-dallying tactics due to political pressure. There is no point in bringing matters before an F&CC that is without complete quorum. Instead, matters can be straightaway put before the General House," said Bains.

Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said running affairs in this way is simply illegal. "Where is the problem in electing two councillors to the F&CC? This shows those in power have no faith in their own people. What is the idea of holding F&CC meetings?" asked the Congress MLA.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said: "We are in the process of completing the F&CC quorum soon".



Clerk caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The Vigilance Bureau today caught a clerk of Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited while taking a bribe of Rs 4,000 at his office in Sarabha Nagar here. The clerk has been identified as Rakesh Kumar Chopra. He was arrested on a complaint of Jasbir Singh of Dhandra Road in Dugri.

In his complaint, Jasbir Singh said he recently retired from the post of senior executive. He visited the office as his pension and other incentives were not released by the department. He met Chopra in this connection, who sought a bribe of Rs 10,000 for getting the work done. Jasbir said he gave the first instalment of Rs 6,000 and today he visited the office to give the second instalment of Rs 4,000. However, before meeting Chopra, he informed the Vigilance Bureau, which laid a trap and arrested the clerk. The clerk was produced before a court and sent on remand.



Fair deal: Special buses launched for the fair sex
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
There is good news for women. The Ludhiana City Bus Service today started two buses, including an AC bus, exclusively for them. The 35-seater buses hit the city roads today, giving respite to women.

Additional General Manager, Ludhiana City Bus Service, Baljit Singh said this was a long-pending demand of women.

The buses will ply from Green City to Metro (Jalandhar bypass) via Dugri, Phases I and II, Aroma Market, Preet Palace, Bus Stand, ESI Hospital, Bharat Nagar Chowk, the Government College for Girls, railway station, Clock Tower, Sabzi Mandi and Jalandhar bypass.

Asked if the drivers and conductors of these buses were also women, Baljit Singh said as of now, the drivers and conductors were men, but within a month, women drivers and conductors would be hired. He said the process to recruit women staff had already begun.

These buses would run on Ludhiana roads from 6 am to 6 pm daily. The buses would be available after every 40 minutes.

Lauding the move, Kanwaljit Kaur, a student of the Government College for Girls, said it would now become convenient for women to travel by bus.

"I used to travel by bus, but at times, I had to face inconvenience and finally decided to go to the college by an auto-rickshaw. It will also be a safe mode of transport for girl students," she said.



khanna incident
SAD factionalism comes to fore
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The Khanna incident has brought to the fore factionalism in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Khanna. Supporters of the Youth Akali Dal Ludhiana District (Rural) president, Yadwinder Singh Yadu, are blaming SAD Khanna in-charge and former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi and his supporters for framing Yadu, a charge vehemently denied by Talwandi.

Talwandi, while rubbishing the charge as "baseless and concocted", condemned the cold-blooded murder of the 21-year-old youth.

“How can anyone condone it (the murder)?" asked Talwandi. The law of the land will and should take its course, he added.

Claiming that president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) and Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia's name is unnecessarily being dragged in such cases, Talwandi said Majithia had given these youth leaders a responsibility. If these leaders choose to act irresponsibly, it is not Majithia's fault, he added, while talking to The Tribune.

He said Majithia had been apprised of Yadu's activities. Asked whether the party would take any disciplinary action against Yadu, Talwandi said it's up to the high command to take a decision on this.

According to sources, differences between Talwandi's supporters and the Yadu group have been simmering for a long time. Talwandi got the Akali Dal ticket from the Khanna constituency during the Punjab Assembly elections. Yadu, who had also staked his claim to the ticket, had to be content with YAD leadership in the district.

However, Talwandi denied that there was any factionalism in the Akali Dal in Khanna. "We (the leaders) are all working for the party. We hold joint conferences. Our work style may be different. But it's wrong to give any other colour to it," he said.

(With inputs by Mohit Khanna)

Simmering differences

According to sources, differences between Talwandi's supporters and the Yadu group have been simmering for a long time. Talwandi got the Akali Dal ticket from the Khanna constituency during the Punjab Assembly elections. Yadu, who had also staked his claim to the ticket, had to be content with YAD leadership in the district.



Trade unions back PRTC employees

Ludhiana, February 5
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the Karamchari Dal today joined hands to address the problems faced by the employees and retirees of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC). Their members had shut the main gate of the PRTC workshop, near Dhyan Singh Complex, from 11am to 1 pm.

The general secretary of INTUC, Suresh Sood, said the PRTC had not given salaries to the regular employees and pension to its retirees for the last two months. "How will the employees run their houses without money? The retirees need money as most of them are suffering from ailments. It is such a sorry state of affairs in the PRTC and the government is doing nothing," Sood added.

Many PRTC employees gathered outside the workshop and held a protest. Those who addressed the protesters included Mohammad Anwar, Daljit Singh and Jaswant Singh. — TNS



Govt to name roads after late Satguru Ram Singh
Our Correspondent

Bhaini Sahib, February 5
A state-level function to mark the 199th Parkash Purab of the late Satguru Ram Singh was held here. The function, which was presided over by Satguru Uday Singh, saw participation by hundreds of Namdhari followers.

However, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal couldn’t make it to the function. The Public Works Department (PWD) Minister, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, and the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal were the guests of honour at the function. They lauded the role of Kuka Martyrs in freedom struggle.

Dhillon declared that the Punjab government would name one or more roads after the late Satguru Ram Singh in the state and these would be selected by Namdhari Darbar.

Atwal regretted the absence of the Chief Minister at the function. He said Badal had to miss the function due to some important assignment. He assured the Dera of the Chief Minister’s support to its demands.



Punjabi movie star cast visits city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 5
The star cast of the upcoming Punjabi movie ‘Kirpaan - The Sword of Honour’ was in the city today. Actors including Roshan Prince, Gurleen Chopra, Sameksha Singh, Parmish Verma, director Amrik Gill and producer Rajinder Pal Singh were here for the promotion of the movie.

Talking about the movie, Gill said the movie is about making youth connect to their heritage. “Comprising elements of comedy, romance, patriotism and family values, the movie is mainly about culture and patriotism,” said Gill.

Set in 1850, this is a period film.

Roshan Prince, who plays the lead in the movie, said he was satisfied with doing a meaningful role after doing few comedy roles. He said although many comedy films have been made earlier, but movie like this is an attempt to create a new path for Punjabi industry and to add more meaning to the cinema. The protagonist in the movie, represents typical happy-go-lucky youth of today, but gets conscious about his roots and the need for preserving the heritage, he added.

Actress Gurleen Chopra said she plays the character of a girl living abroad, who despite being away is imbued with her cultural heritage and helps the protagonist realise his aim. This is the fourth movie for the actress who says she wants to do Bollywood movies as well.

This is the third Punjabi movie for actress Sameksha Singh who plays a role of a Police Commissioner in the movie.



Punjabi poet to be awarded
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 5
Eminent Punjabi poet Sardar Panchi will be felicitated with the 8th Pandit Padam Nath Shastri Shiromani Sahit award. Sardar Panchi will be bestowed upon the award during a function to be held on February 14 at Punjab Bhawan in Ludhiana.

This was stated by a senior official of Shastri Padam Nath Memorial Trust here.

Dr Fakir Chand Shukla and Prof Pritam Singh Rahi are some of the other renowned literary persons who have been bestowed upon the Pandit Padam Nath Shastri Shiromani Sahit award earlier.



new moon night
SP tells staff to be vigilant
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 5
The Superintendent of Police, Malerkotla, Jaswinder Singh, directed all personnels in the area to be extra vigilant during four days preceding and equal number of days following the New Moon night (amavasya).

He claimed that installation of CCTV cameras by owners of commercial establishments has helped the Administration check petty crimes.

Appreciating concern shown by the residents to install CCTV cameras outside their establishment in response to the appeal made by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amargarh, Gurmit Singh, the SP said the action has acted as a deterrent to the rising thefts in the region.

Emphasising on need for institutionalisation of private security system and night watchmen, Singh called upon the entrepreneurs to appoint ex-servicemen and unemployed youth for the purpose.

Singh said, “Even farmers and agricultural labourers reschedule their chores according to the movement of moon, therefore we decided that the uniformed force should also plan surveillance according to the lunar calendar. He said studies have revealed that burglars are more active during these nights for obvious reasons.



Woman electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, February 5
An elderly woman was electrocuted here today. The deceased has been identified as Rajo Devi (70), a resident of the Ropar Road area. Rajo Devi lived alone at her house.

She earned a livelihood by cleaning utensils at houses. When she did not go to work today, residents came searching for her house. They found her lying unconscious near an electric heater. Her one hand was burnt.

The police said no case had been registered in this regard.



22 institutes take part in inter-college events

Ludhiana: The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised Prof Gurbir Singh Sarna Memorial Inter-College Art and Literary Competitions on Wednesday. The event was organised to remember general secretary of Guru Nanak Education Trust (Gujarkhan), Gujarkhan Campus, Gurbir Singh Sarna.

Sarna was also a professor of economics at GGN Khalsa College, Civil Lines. The competitions comprised poetry recitation, declamation, creative writing, rangoli-making and on-the-spot painting. As many as 22 colleges of and around Ludhiana participated in the competitions. Padmashree Dr Surjit Patar, an eminent writer of international acclaim, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Kala Manch organises cultural programme

Punjab Sahitya Kala Manch in collaboration with the environment society of the Government College for Girls organised a cultural programme on the college premises. Dr Om Gouri Dutt Sharma, Deputy–Director General, Doordarshan Kendra, Jallandhar, was the chief guest and Gurminder Kaur, principal, GCG, presided over the function. A play titled ‘Janam din’ written by Dr Faqir Chand Shukla was staged on the occasion. The play highlighted the significance of tree plantation and after care.

BSc students visit weather forecasting station

Students of BSc Agriculture (Sem-II), RIMT Academic College, visited the Agro-Climatology Weather Forecasting Station called Doppler’s Weather Radar set-up by the Government of India at Punjabi University, Patiala. Professor Dr JAS Dhanju, assistant professor, Danish Puri and Maheshwar Ram accompanied the students. The concerned staff at the station said the main motive of the function was to provide a weather forecast of the region. Students were informed that the station was set up 30 years ago and has been working since then. The radar at the station has a range of approximately 500 kilometers. Information on the functioning of various instruments and equipments required for weather forecasting was also shared on the occasion.

Training programme

University Business School (UBS), Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, organised a training session on “Creative Thinking and Management Games” for the BCom and BBA students of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management. Students of the Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management participated in the event and highly appreciated the roles of management games method in learning. Anmol Jain and Harpreet Kaur, student of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, were given trophies for active participation. Sehajdeep Singh was awarded the certificate of merit. Jaiparkash, faculty member, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, extended thanks on behalf of college authorities to Dr Ravi Inder Singh, coordinator, UBS, and to the team of student coordinators.

Fun activity

‘Fizzy Dizzy’— a trademark activity of RIMT-IMCT was organised by MBA students. The activity was inaugurated by chairman Vijayant Bansal and Advisor SK Anand. Director Dr Manvinder Tandon said ‘Fizzy Dizzy’ is a research-oriented event and is a part of their class research project where people identify their favorite cold drinks without looking at the packing. The event aimed at helping students apply their classroom learning in real world context and gain confidence. The event team also said they have plans to conduct the same event and other student-led activities in other cities too in the coming months. Around 700 students and others participated in the activity. — TNS



Man dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 5
A man was crushed to death by a speeding unidentified truck on the national highway. The victim was riding TVS scooter, when a speeding truck ran over him. The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Rahaun village.

The police have lodged an FIR in this regard.

A case has been registered under Sections 337, 338 and 304 of the IPC.

The police are investigating the case.

Efforts are on to nab the driver, said a police official.

One booked for selling Chinese string

The Mandi Gobindgarh police have booked a man identified as Vidya Nidhi, alias Sonu, a resident of Dialpuri Sirhind.

Sonu has been booked by the police for allegedly selling Chinese string in the area.

The police have registered a case under Section 188 of the IPC.

The alleged accused has been released on bail, said head constable Chand Parkash here today.



Katoch Shield tourney
Ludhiana declared winners in Test marred by rain
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 5
The four-day Test between Ludhiana and Ropar to decide the team qualifying for the main pool of the Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament was marred by the morning rain. Ludhiana were declared winners on the basis of their first innings lead of 258 runs.

Last day’s play could be started after lunch break as the Punjab Agricultural University ground was wet. Only 36-over play was possible and Ropar, facing an uphill task of scoring 561 runs, could muster 191 runs losing five wickets.

Deepansh and Akshay were at the crease with 70 and 27 runs when it was called a day.

Brief scores: Ludhiana (first innings): 454 all out in 109.2 overs (Gitansh Khera 210, Nikhil Chowdhary 101, Abhishek Talwar 28, Abhinav Bhatia 83; Talwinder Singh 4 for 58, Resham 3 for 116, Harpreet Singh 2 for 152).

Ropar (first innings): 196 all out in 62.5 overs (Harmanjit 45, Deepansh 82; Baltej Singh 2 for 29, Amritpal Singh 2 for 28, Deepak Bansal 1 for 32 and Anil Sihag 1 for 42).

Ludhiana (second innings): 302 all out in 88.1 overs (Abhishek Talwar 18, Abhinav Bhatia 151, Vaibhav 31, Nikhil Chowdhary 55; Resham 4 for 75, Harpreet 2 for 112 and Talwinder 2 for 33).

Ropar (second innings): 191 for 5 in 36 overs (Deepansh 70 n.o., Akshay 27 n.o., Kulbir 39; Baltej Singh 2 for 25, Amritpal Singh 1 for 28, Sandeep 1 for 32 and Vaibhav Narang 1 for 37).



School basketball league semis today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 5
The semifinal matches in the boys as well as girls' sections in the BFI-IMG Reliance Punjab School Basketball League will be played at Guru Nanak Stadium here tomorrow.

The matches in the boys' section will be played between Government Senior Secondary School, Mall Road, Amritsar, and APJ Public School, Jalandhar; Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana (Jr) and Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana (Sr). The first semifinal in the girls' section will be played between Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, and Punjab State Sports School, Jalandhar. In the second semifinal, Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, will take on the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sardoolgarh.

Both the finals are scheduled to be played on February 6, said Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association. The winners in both sections will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each while the runners-up will pocket a cash prize of Rs 30,000 each. The teams finishing third will be richer by Rs 20,000 each.



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