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Dog menace gets worse
Over 1,250 cases of dog bite in past 5 months, contractor warned
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
A student of standard nine, Devyanshu, who lived at Mahavir Colony, Sunder Nagar, was recently killed in an accident when he lost control over his motorbike and rammed it into a transformer. He got panicked and lost control over the bike as a pack of dogs chased him.

In the past five months, more than 1,250 cases of dog bite have been reported at the Civil Hospital. Many such cases go unreported. As the menace of stray dogs continues to haunt the city residents, it seems the authorities are waiting for many more fatal incidents to happen.

The construction of kennels for stray dogs has been going on at a snail’s pace for the past several months. Though the corporation authorities claimed that the sterilisation of dogs would be started by April or May, even the construction of related structures could not be completed to date.

The Senior Veterinary Officer, Municipal Corporation, Dr YP Singh, said a warning had been issued to the contractor, who had been awarded the construction of kennels on Hamran Road. “The contractor has been asked to complete construction within 45 days. Besides, he has been released a payment of about Rs 18 lakh by the corporation, so that work continues. Once the construction is complete, we will immediately call the company officials (which has been awarded the contract of dog sterilisation) to start with the project,” claimed Dr Singh.

Meanwhile, the District Congress Committee president, Gurpreet Gogi, who is also a councilor, said dogs ruled on the city roads. “The corporation authorities make plans without vision and these often fizzle out. We cannot lose human lives like this. At the same time, we can not become cruel to animals. The project should be started after a thorough planning. The project should not meet the same fate as the Doggie Lane project, which never reached the desirable conclusion,” said Gogi.

The contractor has been asked to complete construction within 45 days. Besides, he has been released a payment of about Rs 18 lakh by the corporation, so that work continues. Once the construction is complete, we will immediately call the company officials (which has been awarded the contract of dog sterilisation) to begin work on the project.
— Dr YP Singh, Senior Veterinary Officer, Municipal Corporation


Endless wait for bill reimbursement
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Empty coffers of the Punjab Government have been giving a tough time to government employees. A large number of employees have been waiting for their reimbursement to be cleared. Some cases are as old as 9 months. Even the medical bills of some pensioners have not been reimbursed.

One of the government employees said: “My bills from February to September this year are yet to be cleared. Earlier, I used to enquire from the District Treasury department about the status of my bills. But after getting the same reply every time, I have now stopped asking them too.”

Others said they were yet to get payments against their fuel and TA-DA bills. An officer said: “My bills have been pending since June. Leaders keep issuing statements that Punjab is doing well and progressing in every field but the real situation is ‘palle ni dhela kardi mela mela’”.

Some of the employees were hopeful that in view of the festival of Diwali, they will get their bills reimbursed. A woman employee said: “The festival season is almost over but our bills are still pending.”

Not only the serving employees but the pensioners are also feeling the pinch of poor financial state of the government. Vijay Gupta, a retired Naval Officer, said: “My wife Promila Gupta, who retired from the Education Department, underwent eye surgery in June. She submitted her medical bills worth Rs 1,200 for reimbursement. We are yet to get the payment. We visited the District Treasury Office many times to know the status of our case but had to return empty-handed.”

Rashpal Singh, District Treasury Officer, said: “We have cleared all bills submitted by pensioners. Owing to 13 holidays in October, the reimbursement of this month is yet to be released”. He said they had cleared all medical bills presented by the DDO till September 30. They were still waiting for the approval from the Finance Department for the remaining bills.



CLU notices: MC may seal buildings
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The seven-day time given to the owners of a few building on Malhar Road for depositing the change of land use fee with the Municipal Corporation has ended but none of them has come forward to pay the fee. Since there were Diwali holidays, the civic body has decided to wait till October 27 or 28. If it gets no response from the owners, it might “seal” the buildings.

The Assistant Town Planner (Zone D), SS Bindra, said notices were served on the owners of five buildings on Malhar Road, which were being used for commercial purposes without depositing the fee with the Municipal Corporation.

“Except for one, neither any owner visited the MC office with any document nor did any of them respond to the notices. On Monday, a personal visit will be paid to these buildings to check their documents. If the owners are found without proper records, then their structures will be sealed by the MC,” said Bindra.

The Municipal Commissioner, Pradeep Aggarwal, had recently asked all ATPs to conduct a survey of major roads in the city and prepare a list of the total number of buildings and those building maps of which had still not been approved by the MC.

The building branch completed the survey of Ferozepur Road today and the officials of the building branch were busy getting details of Mall Road and Malhar Road. “The surveys are on and will be completed within a few days. Though the Commissioner has asked us to submit the report by November 4, we may take two or three days more to complete all documentation,” said Bindra.

Meanwhile, the PSPCL has been told that before providing temporary or permanent electricity connections to some industry or business establishments, the authorities must make sure that the building owner has papers showing that he has applied for the building plan map/approval of the building map. “All these efforts are being made to curb the mushrooming of illegal buildings in the city”, said ATP Kamaljit Kaur.



Body found dumped in vacant plot
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The body of a man was found in a vacant plot near Krishan Kisan Cold Store, GT Road, here yesterday. The police got information about the body through a wireless message.

A case under section 302 of the IPC has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station. The investigating officer, Maninder Bedi, said the deceased was aged between 35 and 40 years. The face was badly smashed. After killing the person somewhere else, the body was dumped in the vacant plot, said the investigating officer.



Festive season brings ailments along
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The festival season which brings joy to all has a flip side too. The city hospitals have been receiving a large number of patients with high blood pressure, heart problems, chest pain and breathlessness.

Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist of Hero DMC Heart Institute, said: “During the festival season, people love to have sweets and fatty stuff. But all this affects their health. We have been receiving more patients in the past two or three days than normal. Most of these patients have problems caused by noise and air pollution. However, excessive partying and intake of food rich in fats and salt are other reasons behind their ailments.”

Dr HS Bedi, head of the cardio vascular and thoracic surgery department, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, said: “This year, we have received fewer patients (post Diwali) than last year. But the risk of having a heart attack during the winter months is twice high compared to the summer. Cold weather poses danger for those with heart disease for a variety of reasons.

Dr Karamvir Goyal, head, medicine department, Fortis Hospital, said: “Owing to a decrease in night temperature and an increase in pollution level these days, more patients with complaint of chest and uneasiness in breathing have been visiting the hospital in the past few days.”

Cold weather blues

In cold weather, the blood vessels squeeze to retain heat. The narrowing of arteries leads to a strain on the heart. This has a dual effect. Not only does the heart have to work harder, but its blood supply also gets reduced.
Blood platelets appear to be more active and stickier and therefore more likely to clot.
People tend to eat and drink more, and gain more weight during the holiday period and winter months.
During the winter months, there is a change in the ratio of daytime hours to night hours, which causes an increase in the number of stress hormones.
Depression is common in winter. The holiday period for many people is a very stressful time due to family issues or financial pressure.
Less sunlight in winters not only adds to depression but also lowers levels of vitamin D (which comes from sunlight). This has also been linked to heart attacks.
The risk is higher people commonly avoid seeking treatment for symptoms during this time of year.

Tips to keep heart healthy
Stick to your normal exercise plan.
Avoid very early morning walks. Wait for sunrise.
Wear proper warm clothes. A thermal inner, muffler, cap, warm socks and a jacket with hood are a must to enjoy a healthy walk. For Sikh gentlemen, a turban offers good protection to the head from the cold.
Start slow: The cardiovascular system can adapt to slow and progressive changes but it has a much more difficult time adapting to sudden changes.
Follow a proper trained gym instructor’s exercise programme.
Eat a prudent diet low in saturated fats and calories. Nuts and dry fruits can be taken in moderation if one is not overweight. Avoid fatty, fried and non-vegetarian food.
Avoid tobacco, coffee, tea or alcohol just to ‘warm you up’. The additional nicotine and caffeine put a strain on the heart.
Don’t ignore symptoms if you are feeling unwell.
Sit in the sun as this improves your levels of Vitamin D.



Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration
Docs dwell on cervical diseases
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The 32nd Annual Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration on ‘Surgical Management of CV Junction and Cervical Spine Diseases’ was organised by the Dr Lobo Memorial Trust and Department of Neurosurgery at CMC Hospital, Ludhiana, here today.

Eminent neurosurgeons from various parts of the country came to deliver talks.

Dr LH Lobo Memorial Trust has been organising the Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration and Scientific Symposium for the last three decades in the memory of the Late Dr LH Lobo who was an eminent and renowned Orthopedic Surgeon, Former Professor and Head of Department of Orthopedics, Former Principal at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.

The Late Dr LH Lobo was well known for his compassionate and skilled treatment by many of his patients and the community.

The inauguration of the Oration and Scientific Symposium and CME was done by the Guest of Honour Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Advisor to CM Punjab. The Chief Guest was Professor Atul Goel, Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, who delivered the oration on Surgical Management of CV Junction and cervical spine diseases. Dr Abraham G Thomas, Director CMC and Hospital and Sukhpat Rai Wadehra, President, Dr LH Lobo Trust were also present. Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal, Professor and Head Department of Neurosurgery, CMC introduced the chief guest.

Eminent neurosurgeons who gave the scientific talks include Dr P Sarat Chandra, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Gamma knife Center, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr Manmohan Singh, Additional Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Center, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr Pravin Salunke from PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr Krishna Prabhu, Professor of Neurosurgery at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore Tamil Nadu and Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal, Professor and Head, Department of Neurosurgery, CMCH, Ludhiana.

The Scientific Symposium was given 2 CME credit hours by the Punjab Medical Council and was attended by around 300 Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedicians, medical faculty, residents and students who had experienced an immense scientific feast in the portals of Christian Medical College and Hospital.



Farmers preserve paddy straw as prices of wheat chaff rises
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 25
The farmers, who care two hoots for bans and restrictions imposed on burning of straw, are all out to preserve as much paddy straw as possible.

A warning by the civil administration to initiate strict action against violators of the ban imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC was cited to be an immediate factor behind the tendency.

Environmentalists in this part of the state visualized recent hike in prices of dry fodder, including wheat chaff, as blessing in disguise for obvious reasons.

Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Arashdeep Thind and Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Rajat Aggarwal have directed Sub-Division Magistrates of areas falling under their respective jurisdiction to initiate strict action against those farmers who create air pollution by setting paddy straw on fire to save labour and time.

SDM Malerkotla Amit Bemby has already directed SHOs at Malerkotla, Sadar and Sanduar police station besides the local police station to initiate action against all peasants who try to clear their fields by burning paddy straw.

Observations revealed that hundreds of tons of paddy straw, which earlier used to add obnoxious gases in the atmosphere after being burnt, was being persevered as dry fodder this year.

The tendency had also benefited unskilled labour as more hands are getting work now.

A large number of farmers were seen getting standing paddy straw in their field cut for preserving it as fodder for cattle.

Keeping in view the hike in prices of wheat chaff, they (farmers) did not hesitate to pay extra labour charges for cutting and chopping stumps of paddy left after cutting it harvester combine.

The menace of environmental pollution and degradation was also reduced by nomadic cattle rearers, who were allowed to collect straw standing in fields owned by big landlords free of cost. They (nomads) used the stuff for constructing huts and mixing with fodder for cattle.

Farmers and owners of dairy farms are worried over steep rise in prices of dry fodder, including wheat chaff during recent months. Prices of wheat chaff had almost doubled in last one year. Industrial buyers are offering even higher prices for the stuff. Sources asserted that price would rise after few months when the present stocks gets exhausted.

According to an estimate over 50 million tons of paddy straw is produced in the Malwa region every year and at least one fourth of it is burnt to save time and labour charges by the farmers. Though the administration had been imposing ban on the practice during past years, the malpractice continues without check due to lack of strictness.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board, the statutory body to check deterioration of environment in the state was also unable to take any action against the erring farmers, as the burning of straw does not come under the purview of the Air Pollution Act of 1981. Though the board has launched a campaign to educate the farmers against the dangers of burning organic waste no action was taken under the Public Nuisance Act.

The malpractice has been costing dear to farmers and the government. The disposal of straw by burning has been considered an inefficient method as important soil-nutrients and humus are wasted, besides causing pollution.

Huge tangible and intangible loss is incurred by farmers when they burn huge stocks of straw every year, worth crores of rupees, besides losing about 50 lakh tons of organic carbon, 60,000 tons of nitrogen and 35000 tons of phosphorous and potassium every year.



Litterateurs honoured in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, October 25
Darshan Singh Darshan Memorial Award function was organized by a literary organization Sirjandhara in collaboration with Punjabi Sahit Academy at Punjabi Bhawan today.

On this occasion four litterateurs were awarded for their achievements in the field of literature. Famous writer Sulakhan Sarhaddi was awarded with Darshan Singh Darshan Yaadgari Award.

Dalvir Singh Ludhianvi, Mukesh Aalam and Gurcharan Kaur Kochhar were awarded Sahit Sewa Award for their contribution to literature. The gathering was addressed by professor Gurbhajan Gill, former president, Punjabi Sahit Academy, Dr Ajit Singh and Karamjit Singh Aujla, President, Sirjandhara.— TNS



TET pass graduates still jobless
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
More than 18,000 unemployed graduates who cleared the Teachers Eligibility Test continue to struggle for employment in the state. They passed the test in the past four years, but only a fraction of them got jobs, and they continue to lodge their protest against the state government. After the implementation of Right to Education Act 2009, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) made Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) mandatory for recruitment of teachers in schools. State Council of Education Research and Training issued a notification that qualifying TET would not entitle any person for recruitment, as it is only one of the eligibility criteria. About 9,000 candidates passed the exam in 2011, and 8,000 passed next year. More than 2,000 have cleared the test this year. The unemployed graduates are organised under TET Passed Unemployed Teachers Union.

According to Right to Education, there should be a teacher for every 30 students and going by that there should at least be 40,000 posts with the state government, says Amandeep Singh Phool, President of TET Pass Unemployed Teachers Union. But the candidates passing the test are not been given jobs, he said.

After struggle and meeting with the CM in 2012, following which 5,078 posts were advertised by the government to be hired as Rural Associate Teachers. But only a fraction of the teachers have been hired, and more than 3,000 graduates who were counselled should be given these jobs. Vacancies should be created for hiring those who pass the test, said another TET passed youth. Officials in the education department, however, continue to maintain the state considers TET as the minimum eligibility and doesn’t ensure appointment.



Dr Bector gets PCMA lifetime management award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Punjab Commerce and Management Association will confer PCMA Life Time Achievement Award to eminent management scientist Dr CR Bector, Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba, Canada.

The name of Dr Bector was cleared in the core committee meeting of the PCMA awards headed by Dr Prem Kumar, Project Director, BML Munjal University, Gurgaon, Dr GS Batra, President PCMA and Head School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Ashwani Bhalla, Executive Vice-President, PCMA, and Professor and Programme Coordinator, Post Graduate Department of Commerce, SCD Government College, Ludhiana. The name of Dr C.R Bector will finally be endorsed in the executive meeting of the PCMA scheduled on October 27.

The award ceremony will be held during the 11th PCMA International Conference scheduled for November 7-8, at MM Modi College, Patiala. Giving details, Executive Vice-President Dr Ashwani Bhalla said Dr CR Bector, who hails from Ludhiana, completed his BA in 1956 from Panjab University and PhD in 1969 from Indian Institute of Technology. Dr Bector started his teaching career from Purdue University, Indiana, United States of America, and presently Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba (Canada). Inspite of having achieved so much in the academic career Dr Bector has his roots in Punjab and love its culture very much. PCMA will also give Management Excellence Award and other academic excellence awards in the teaching and management excellence awards on this occasion for which nominations has been invited till 31st of October, 2014. Any person in the field of commerce and management education can nominate one person on the basis of his/her achievements. The nominations can be sent on the pcmaregd@gmail.com.



Don’t carry weapons to schools: SSA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Taking a serious note of the practice of bringing weapons to school by teachers, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Authority, Punjab, has sent a letter to government schools prohibiting teachers to take any weapons with them to schools.

The notice by the SSA Authority states that no teachers or students are allowed to bring weapons of any kind to schools. Regular checking should be conducted to maintain discipline and educational environment in schools and action must be immediately taken if any such case of carrying weapons to school comes to light.

According to sources, the practice of carrying weapons in schools has been carrying on, because of which the DGSE has taken notice of the matter and sent directions to maintain discipline and not carry any weapons to schools.

“There has been a practice of carrying weapons to school by teachers, particularly during the school games, just as a matter of showoff,” said a government school teacher on condition of anonymity. Some teachers tend to carry these weapons to sports grounds, he said. Another teacher said some teachers consider it right to carry weapons to schools just because these are licensed weapons. “Licensed weapons give you authority to keep a weapon for security, but it is unethical to carry these to school. Young minds are impressionable and carrying these to school might send wrong message to students,” he added.

“What is the point of carrying weapons to school, where these are absolutely unwarranted,” said another school teacher. “Schools are regarded as temples of education, and carrying weapons to the place vitiates the atmosphere of learning,” he said.

The notice by the SSA Authority states that no teachers or students are allowed to bring weapons of any kind to schools. Regular checking should be conducted to maintain discipline.



Youth’s death
Kin protest outside police chief’s office

Ludhiana, October 25
The kin of 27-year-old Mishu Kalia, who died in an accident recently, held a protest outside the office of the Police Commissioner today.

They alleged that their son was “murdered”. The protesters said robbery was the motive behind the crime. The deceased was carrying Rs 1.5 lakh. The accident occurred at Civil Lines two days ago. Kalia was on his way to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar when his two-wheeler rammed into a road divider. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The father of the deceased, Ashwani Kumar, alleged that his son, a cloth merchant, was “killed”. The family demanded that a case be registered against the culprits. ADCP III Paramjit Singh Pannu assured the victim’s kin of doing the needful. He said he had formed two teams to probe the case. Following his assurance, the protesters lifted the dharna. — TNS



Industrialists to visit Tokyo

Ludhiana, October 25
A 25-member delegation of the CICU will visit Tokyo to attend JIMTOF-2014 Exhibition from November 1 to 6. The exhibition is held every year. The event aims at strengthening trade ties through increased international transactions.

Makers of cycle parts, automotive parts and components, sewing machines and parts, die and modules, sheet metal components, farm equipment, machine tools, water and sewerage plants, pneumatics and press tools, hand tools, CNC & VMC parts and diesel fuel injection will leave for Tokyo. The delegates will meet members of the Japan Forming Machinery Association. The Government of India has subsidised the airfare under the International Cooperation Scheme.

Avtar Singh, president, Upkar Singh Ahuja, general secretary, CICU, extended gratitude to Minister of MSME Kalraj Mishra. — TNS



ludhiana scan
4 dengue cases reported

Four patients were tested positive for dengue in Ludhiana. A female aged 30 years from Civil Lines, 15-years-old male from Aman Nagar, 25-years-old male from Chander Nagar and 47-years-old female from Gandhi Nagar are under treatment at DMCH. By now 105 patients have been diagnosed with dengue in Ludhiana.

Vishwakarma Day

A puja was organized by the Maintenance Department of DMCH & Hero DMC Heart Institute on the occasion of Vishwakarma Day, which began yesterday morning. Today on the conclusion of puja, a langar was organized for all the employees. Secretary of the DMCH Managing Society Prem Kumar Gupta, Chief Cardiologist Dr GS Wander and Medical Suprintendent Dr Sandeep Sharma were also present on the occasion.

During the day, the employees of different departments were also seen worshipping their tools and instruments. They prayed for a better future, safe working conditions and above all success in their respective fields.

Industrialists awarded

Thirteen industrialists were awarded with Vishwarkarma Award 2014 for their outstanding contribution towards Punjab by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a state-level celebrations. These include Amarjeet Singh Lotey, Chanan Singh Matharoo, Dinesh Singh Bhogal, Gurmeet Singh Kular, Harjit Singh Sondh, J.R.Singal,Jagdev Singh Amar, Joginder Singh, Manjinder Singh, Sachdeva, Raghbir Singh Sohal, Raman Seth, Vipan Mittal, Hari Singh Preet Tracter. — TNS




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One killed, 3 injured in road accident

Machhiwara, October 25
One person was killed while three were injured in a road accident near Machiwara. The deceased was identified as Roshan Singh (52), a retired army captain, of Ramgarh Mand village.

As per information Roshan Singh was going with his wife towards Jharoudi village. When they reached near Dhanoor village, a motor cycle coming from opposite side collided head-on with their motor cycle. Due to collision all four persons received injuries and rushed to Civil Hospital, Machiwara.

Captain Roshan Singh was declared brought dead. Other three persons got injured. Machiwara Police on the statement of wife of the deceased had registered a case in this regard and inquiring the cause of accident said SHO Machiwara Darshan Singh. He said the injured were identified as Raju and Ravi and were under treatment. — OC



1 held with drugs
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 25
The Jagraon police have arrested a drug peddler and seized 296 grams of drug powder from him. The accused was identified as Harjinder Singh alias Jinda, a resident of Khatra village in Tarn Taran district.

As per the information, the accused was arrested by a police team near Lande Fatak area of Jagraon yesterday evening during a routine checking. The police have registered a case against the accused under the NDPS Act and further investigations are on.

Giving details Station House Officer (SHO) Jagraon Shiv Kamal said the police team lead by ASI Jarnail Singh had set up a check post near Lande Fatak area of Jagraon. “The police team stopped a person. When searched the police recovered 296 grams of drug powder from his possession. Following this the police team arrested the accused,” said the SHO.

The accused was presented before a local court which sent him for three days police remand.



This athlete sowed tireless efforts to reap gold
Mandeep Kaur, who won a gold medal for the third time in the Asian Games, was felicitated by the Jarkhar academy
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 25
Ace athlete Mandeep Kaur, who won a gold medal for the third time in a row in the Asian Games, was felicitated for her outstanding achievement.

The Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy, Jarkhar, honoured Mandeep at a function in Circuit House today. MLA Manpreet Ayali presented her a citation and handed over a cash prize of Rs 31,000. She was named the brand ambassador of the 29th Jarkhar Sports Festival, popularly known as the Modern Mini-Olympics.

Mandeep Kaur highlighted the achievements of Punjab women players in the last editions of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. She said the players had performed well at the national and international-level tournaments.

“Women players from Punjab made the nation proud at international arena. Heena Sidhu and Maliaka Goel (shooters), Amandeep Kaur (hockey) and Sukhbir Kaur (athletics) brought fame to the state as well as the country. Besides, Indian hockey team (men) won a gold medal in the Asian Games at Incheon after 16 years and seven players from Punjab were members of the victorious team,” said Mandeep Kaur. Punjab players proved their mettle at various international meets and their achievements should be acknowledged by the state government. They should be provided employment according to their performance, added the athlete. She called upon parents and teachers to encourage boys and girls to take part in sports.

This would help in a balanced development of the youth and would also keep them away from evil habits, she said.

Rachhpal Singh, Chief Engineer, PSEB, was the guest of honour. The official appreciated Mandeep Kaur. He said the athlete was an inspiration for youngsters.

Jagroop Singh Jarkhar, director of the hockey academy, thanked guests and congratulated Mandeep Kaur on her stupendous performance. He announced that players of Indian hockey team, along with other achievers, would be honoured at the closing ceremony of the Jarkhar Sports Festival.

Among others who attended the function were Joginder Singh Grewal, president, Jarkhar Hockey Academy, advocate Harkmal Singh, president, Mata Sahib Kaur Sports Club, sarpanch Dapinder Singh, Hardayal Singh Aman, Surinder Singh Khanna, Robun Singh Sidhu, Paramjeet Singh Neetu, Balwinder Singh Threeke, Sharanjeet Singh Threeke, Sandeep Singh Pandher, Tejinder Singh, Shingara Singh Jarkhar, Jagdeep Singh, Sarpanch Balwinder Singh, coach Harminder Pal Singh, Jagdeep Singh Kahlon, Tara Singh Sandhu, Parveen Thakur, Manminder Singh Happy, Ranjeet Deol, Balwinder Singh Boparai and Jasbir Singh Khanpur.

Mandeep Kaur was named the brand ambassador of the 29th Jarkhar Sports Festival, popularly known as the Modern Mini-Olympics.



321 turn up for trials
Our Sports Reporter

Players await their turn during the trials at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana.
Players await their turn during the trials at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 25
An overwhelming number of aspirants (321) turned up to attend the trials for the forthcoming World Kabaddi Cup. The four-day exercise began at Guru Nanak Stadium today. Probables (men and women) will be selected for the fifth Kabaddi World Cup to be held from December 6 to 20 at different venues across the state.

For men, the trials are being held on October 25 and 26 while for women, the trials will be held on October 27 and 28.

Today, the players reported at the venue to register their names for the trials. The process began at 10.30 am. As many as 182 raiders and 139 stoppers attended the trials. The selection panel comprising senior officials of the Punjab Sports Department, besides former international kabaddi players watched the aspirants. Sikander Singh Maluka, Punjab Cabinet Minister, and president of the Punjab Kabaddi Association, supervised the trials. Rupinder Singh Ravi, convener of the upcoming mega event coordinated the trials.

Ten teams in the men’s section while eight contingents in the women’s section will compete in the annual feature scheduled for December.



Table tennis: Parivanshdeep claims sub-junior title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 25
Parivanshdeep, a trainee of the PAU Coaching Centre, prevailed over Raghuvir in four sets to win the title in the boys sub-junior category on the second day of the 25th Prithipal Singh Memorial Open Table Tennis Tournament being held at the indoor gymnasium hall of Punjab Agricultural University.

The final was a battle of nerves as both the players exhibited great mobility, ball control and powerful back-hand shots. Parivanshdeep survived many anxious moments in the first set before wrapping it 11-9. Raghuvir bounced back in the match, winning the second set 11-9.

However, Parivanshdeep managed to put his act together in the third set and won it 11-6. He maintained the momentum in the fourth set to win it also easily 11-5 that helped him fetch the title 3-1.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, chairman, PHD Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ludhiana Zone, and president of the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation, was the chief guest today.


Cadet boys (semifinals): Tamanpreet beat Gurnoor 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, Jasknwal beat Pranav 11-8, 11-7, 11-7; cadet girls (semifinals): Gauri beat Sargun 11-7,11-5, 11-9, Aishveer beat Harleen 11-9, 11-8, 11-5; sub-junior girls (quarterfinals): Tanya beat Mehak 11-4, 11-5, 11-8, Ananya beat Baljot 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5; Bharti beat Tamanna 11-7, 11-5, 11-6; Yashmilan beat Aayushi 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5; youth boys (quarterfinals): Jashandeep beat Sandeep 11- 8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, Naman lost to Sahibjot 9-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, Harnoor beat Pardeep 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, Pankaj beat Taran 11-9, 13-11, 14-12; youth girls (quarterfinals): Bhoomika beat Poonam 11- 7, 11-8, 11-6, Amoldeep beat Aparna 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, Annanya beat Tamanna 11-5, 11-7, 11-8, Tanya beat Anmol 11-6, 11-5, 11-8; sub-junior girls (semifinals): Annaya beat Tanya 6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 and Jashmilan beat Bharti 11-7, 11-5, 11-9.



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