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Two killed, 12 hurt in blast at Ludhiana iron furnace unit

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Two labourers were killed and 12 others injured in a blast in an iron furnace unit in Punjab's Ludhiana town, police said.
 
The injured, most of them migrant workers, were rushed to hospitals here with 25 to 30 per cent burns. Two of them have been shifted to Rajindra Medical College and Hospital in critical condition.
 
The labourers were involved in remodeling hot iron when the incident occurred, a police official said. The blast was so powerful that the factory was also partially damaged.
 
"We rushed to the site on hearing the sound of the blast. Two labourers died due to burns, while 12 others were admitted in hospital," a labourer told the police.
 
Prima facie it appears to be a case of negligence, said the official.
 
Ludhiana and its nearby town Mandi Gobindgarh are iron industry hubs of Punjab.
 
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1 dead in Ludhiana jail clash; inmates post live videos on FB

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One person died and five prisoners and six police personnel received injuries after a bloody clash erupted between two groups of inmates in Ludhiana Central Jail on Thursday as they pelted stones at each other.
 
The inmates even made video clips of the incident on their cellphones and posted them live on Facebook.
 
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who is in New Delhi, has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, to be conducted by the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana. Taking serious note of the incident, the Chief Minister asked for a detailed probe to identify the instigators of the violence.
 
The police fired several rounds in the air to bring the situation under control, a jail official told IANS. In the melee, 11 inmates tried to escape but most of them were apprehended.
 
State Jail Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who did not rule out the possibility of using mobile phones in jails, admitted that there was no work culture in the prisons.
 
He also demanded the deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in all the high-security jails in Punjab.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Pradeep Aggarwal, told the media outside the jail that all the inmates have now been locked in the barracks.
 
He said the death of jail inmate Sunny Sood due to illness at a hospital on Wednesday night provoked the violence.
 
The news of Sood's death triggered a riot in the jail premises with the 3,100-odd inmates refusing to return to their barracks and taking to pelting stones, which were available due to some ongoing construction work.
 
The rioting inmates also set on fire the record room and the car of the Jail Superintendent apart from vandalising jail properties, officials said.
 
As they tried to break the prison gates, the police tried to stop them by firing in the air, as per initial reports.
 
Thursday's incident took place less than a week after Mohinder Pal Bittu, the prime suspect in a case relating to the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari in 2015, was beaten to death in the high-security prison in Nabha, near Patiala, by a murder convict and a murder accused on June 22.
 
Demanding the sacking of the Jail Minister, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal said the violence in Ludhiana jail was the latest proof of 'jungle raj' in the state.
 
"Prisoners rebelled, used gas cylinders to conduct blasts and even chased and injured prison guards, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DCP), besides breaking out from the jail. This is indicative of a complete breakdown in administration of jails in Punjab," he said.
 
A clean-up exercise was needed which could only be done by immediately sacking Randhawa, Sukhbir Badal added.
 
A probe by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be ordered to ascertain what led to this incident and why the jail administration failed to control it, he added. 
 
"Earlier, we have continuously witnessed cases of drug seizures and use of mobile phones in jails. The Patiala jail has even witnessed sodomy on jail inmates in league with jail officials to extort money from them. There are also widespread reports of corruption and mismanagement," he said in a statement.
 
The Ministry of Home Affairs in a communication to the state government on June 25 announced the deployment of CRPF in three high-security prisons in the state in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Bathinda.
 
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Football: Sethu FC overpower Manipur Police to win Hero Indian Women"s League

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Riding on Sabitra Bhandari's brace, Sethu FC  (Madurai) overcame Manipur Police SC 3-1 to win the Hero Indian Women’s Football League trophy in Ludhiana, Punjab on Wednesday.
 
Manipur Police led 1-0 at half time, but Sethu staged a comeback in the second session, pumping in three goals to win their first title.
 
Radharani Devi had put Manipur Police in the lead towards the end of the first half, but an own goal by Umapati Devi put Sethu back in the game, before Nepal international Bhandari turned up the heat to score two goals and win it for the Madurai-based side.
 
Sethu got off with more chances in the first half, as they kept the Manipur attackers in check and built on their swift counter-attacks to move the ball up the pitch quickly. 
 
Their left winger Sandhiya had the first clear chance a little after 10 minutes, when she received the ball just inside the box but she muffed it as she scuffed her instep shot.
 
The winger had another good chance when she received the ball from a melee inside the Manipur box, but her shot rolled inches wide of the post.
 
Manipur’s prolific goalscorer Bala Devi was tightly marked, and she often had to drop to the midfield or to the right wing, in order to make some space for herself. 
 
Manipur’s goal came with a little over a minute of regulation time left for the first half, as Radharani leaped above the rest to nod in a corner from the left.
 
In the second session, Sethu  started on an attacking note and got the equalizer when Dangmei Grace cut through the right flank  and sent in a low cross to captain Indumathi Kathiresan, whose powerful drive was deflected by Manipur Police defender Umapati Devi into her own goal (1-1).
 
Five minutes later, the Madurai side took the lead as mercurial striker Bhandari was set through on goal. She  rounded off the keeper, before slotting it into the net from an angle.
 
Bhandari scored her second goal when Sandhiya broke swiftly down the left and played her in through the channel between the left back and the left centre-back. The Nepal international opened up her right foot and slotted it into the bottom corner to make it 3-1
 
From then on, it was a matter of seeing out the Manipur attacks and, Sethu defenders Ashalata Devi and Sweety Devi, and midfielders Sumithra, Ratanbala and Indumathi  foiled  all the attempts.
 
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Women's football: Manipur Police to take on Sethu FC in final of Hero Indian League

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Manipur Police and Sethu FC (Tamil Nadu) chalked out contrasting victories over their respective rivals on Monday to set up a title clash in the Hero Indian Women’s Football League in Ludhiana.
 
In the first semi-final, riding on Bala Devi’s four goals, Manipur Police overpowered Gokulam Kerala FC 4-2 despite being one player down in the second half, while in the other semi-final Sethu FC thrashed SSB Women FC 8-1.
 
Thanks to Bala Devi, Manipur Police ousted Gokulam after trailing 1-2 at one stage and played with one player less after defender Romi Devi was sent off in the 47th minute.
 
Manipur took the lead at the quarter-hour mark. Daya was played into the box via an aerial through ball, but was fouled by Gokulam centre-back Poli Koley, resulting in a penalty and Bala Devi made no mistake in converting it.
 
Gokulam started to play their counter-attacks off Manisha and got their equalizer through a corner, as Bina Devi turned it into her own net from a melee.
 
In the second half, Gokulam striker Anju Tamang penetrated the Manipur box and fired a shot that was blocked off the line. However, it had struck Romi Devi’s hand and she was subsequently sent off. Ranjana Chanu converted the ensuing penalty to put Gokulam in front for the first time.
 
Manipur, however, did not lie low, despite being one player down. They pressed forward, and earned another foul inside the opposition box, which gave them a penalty to equalise from. Bala Devi duly converted it to put her side level.
 
Bala put Manipur ahead again with a superb goal. A minute later, Bala with a powerful left-footer sent the ball home (4-2)/
 
With this performance, Bala now moves on to 26 goals in six matches in this tournament so far.
 
In the other semi-final, Sabitra Bhandari scored four goals enabling Sethu FC to rout SSB Women FC 8-1.
 
Dangmei Grace put them in the lead within the first quarter of an hour. The India international was in form as she created the chance that led to the second goal which was scored by Nepal international Sabitra Bhandari. Grace soon added a third on the stroke of half-time.
 
Grace scored one a few minutes after the restart, while Sabitra Bhandari scored two more as both the India and the Nepal internationals completed their hat-tricks, before Dular Marandi pulled one back for SSB. However, Ratanbala soared up the pitch from the restart and immediately restored Sethu’s six-goal cushion just a minute later.
 
The final   will be played on Wednesday.
 
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Women's football: Bangalore record first victory, Kolhapur wins but out of contention

Bangalore United FC in action against Baroda Football Academy in the Hero Indian Women's Football League in Ludhiana on May 16, 2019
Bangalore United FC in action against Baroda Football Academy in the Hero Indian Women's Football League in Ludhiana on May 16, 2019
Bangalore United FC and Kolhapur City chalked identical 2-0 victories over Baroda Football Academy and SAI-STC Cuttack, respectively, in the Hero Indian Women’s Football League in Ludhiana on Thursday.
 
Bangalore United got their first win as they beat Baroda Football Academy through goals from Sivakumari Arumugam and Paromita Sit. With this win Bangalore now move on to four points from as many games in Group II.
 
Bangalore were the dominant of the two sides as they kept the ball for long spells and passed it around.
 
Captain Amoolya Kamal was perhaps their most influential player from the middle of the park, combining well with Khushbu Kumari to form a formidable mid-field partnership.
 
The winners got their breakthrough with a little less than 10 minutes left for the half-time whistle, when Sivasankari gave them the lead.
 
After the changeover, Baroda attempted to orchestrate their attacks through left winger Mona. However, Bangalore pushed their defence stalwart Komal Kumari into the holding mid-field position to neutralise the threat.
 
Bangalore threw forward Paromita into the mix in the second half, and she had an influence on the play, linking up with Amsa.
 
With a little under 10 minutes of regulation time left, Paromita once again linked up with Amsa, who cut inside and relayed it off for captain Amoolya. The Bangalore captain's first-time shot rattled the crossbar.
 
The combination finally worked out with about five minutes of regulation time left. Amsa was fed the ball on the right wing, as she dashed into the box and sent in a low cross that Paromita merely had to tap into the goal from inside the six-yard-box.
 
In the other match of the day, it was a mixture of both experience and youth, as captain Kamala Devi and Renu scored the two goals for Kolhapur.
 
With this win, Kolhapur climbed over SAI to the third place on the table with seven points, but it was not enough for them to make it to the semi-finals.
 
Kolhapur were on the offensive from the very start and got the lead early on when Kamala Devi dribbled past two defenders and fired it in from outside the box on the seventh minute.
 
They went on to double their lead in a little over 10 minutes before the half-time whistle, when Renu put one in from long range. The India U-19 international received the ball on the right, dribbled past a defender and sent in a cross that sailed over SAI keeper Subha Patra into the goal.
 
The proceedings continued to be dominated by Kolhapur in the second half, as they looked up to their strong backbone -- Jabamani Tudu in defence, Kunti Kumari Lakra holding the middle, and Nigerian Crystal Eke leading the line.
 
With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, Renu had a chance to score a brace when she controlled a cross from the left and unleashed a fierce shot that thudded the crossbar. 
 
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Women's football: Gokulam (Kerala) top group 1, SSB (Bengal) closer to semi-final

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Gokulam Kerala outplayed Hans Club Delhi 3-1 to top Group 1 with an all-win record in the Hero Indian Women's Football League in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
 
Earlier, SSB Club (Bengal) thrashed Panjim Footballers 6-2 to keep their hopes alive for a semi-final berth.
 
For Gokulam, who have already secured a spot in the semi-finals, the goal scorers were Anju Tamang, Ranjana Chanu and captain Dalima Chhibber while Anushka Samuel netted one for Hans Women.
 
Gokulam forward Anju Tamang put her side in the lead in the 10th minute. However, Hans  drew parity in the 20th minute through  Anushka Samuel.
 
However, the Kerala team, dominated the play for most of the first half, and eventually regained their lead, when Ranjana Chanu scored an absolute blinder of a goal. 
 
Gokulam captain Dalima Chhibber extended their lead a little after the hour mark, when the ball was crossed in from the left and she tapped it into the goal from inside the box.
 
Hans had the chance to halve the lead mid-way through the second half, when Anushka was played through on goal as she beat the Gokulam offside trap. She only had goalkeeper Linthoi to beat, but the latter made a fine save to keep Gokulam’s two-goal cushion.
 
With this result, Gokulam finished the group with five wins out of as many matches, having scored a total of 16 goals and conceded just one.
 
In  an another match, Ranjita Devi, Sumila Chanu and Sangita Basfore scored a brace each for SSB, while Karishma Shirvoikar netted two for Panjim.
 
It was Panjim which took the lead against the run of play when Karishma finished a swift move to put them in the lead.
 
However, once SSB settled into the game they equalized through international Sangita Basfore as they went on to dominate the game for the rest of the half.
 
In the second half, Chanu and Basfore struck in quick succession to give SSB a 3-1 lead.
 
Chanu struck again a few minutes later as she dribbled past two defenders inside the box and slotted it into the bottom corner. Ranjita  added a fifth for SSB, when she nodded in a corner from close range.
 
With a little under 10 minutes to go, Ranjita scored again, this time from a melee inside the penalty area, before Karishma added a consolation goal for Panjim in the dying seconds of the game.
 
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Women's football: Manipur Police in semi-finals, Cuttack FC keeps hopes alive

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Striker Bala Devi fired three goals as Manipur Police trounced FC Kolhapur City 7-1 to storm into the semi-finals while SAI-STC Cuttack pipped Bangalore United FC 1-0  to keep their hopes alive for a last-four berth in the Hero Indian Women's Football League in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
 
Apart from Bala Devi, other goal scorers for Manipur were Irom Prameshwori Devi (2) Pramodini Chanu and Daya Devi (one each).
 
Manipur started on an aggressive note and went 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes itself, with Irom Prameshwori Devi and Bala Devi being the goal scorers.
 
Kolhapur retaliated and their Nigerian forward Crystal Eke broke the offside trap, dummied Manipur keeper Roshini Devi, and walked the ball into the goal (1-2).
 
However, Manipur took  a two-goal lead again as Bala Devi scored another right on the stroke of half time (3-1).
 
Manipur dominated the second half by playing a highly effective offside trap. Daya Devi added a fourth for Manipur when Bala played her into space on the right and the former beautifully chipped Kolhapur keeper Gyurme Dolma Tamang.
 
The winners added two more goals, thanks to Bala Devi, who dribbled past three players and laid it off for Salam Pramodini Devi to fire it past the keeper. A couple of minutes later, Bala scored her third goal to complete the rout.
 
In another match,  Deepa Nayak converted a penalty late in the second half to earn three points for SAI, after the side from Odisha suffered a 0-10 loss against Manipur Police SC in their first game.
 
Jyoti Kumari was awarded the Player of the Match for her gutsy display in defence.
 
Bangalore United started off the game at a high tempo, enjoying long bouts of possession, as they pushed the likes of Paromita Sit and UK forward Tanvie Hans up front. While Sit led the line, Hans dropped back to pick up the ball and spray it around the park.
 
SAI, however, defended resolutely till the end of the first half, and came out with more purpose in the second. India U-18 international Soni Behera played a crucial role in the middle of the park, aiding the defence to thwart the Bangalore attacks.
 
Their plan worked perfectly and a counter-attack with a little under a quarter-of-an-hour left, when a hand ball inside the Bengaluru box by Sivasankari Arumugam resulted in a penalty for SAI, which was duly converted by Deepa Nayak.
 
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Gokulam Kerala beat Panjim Footballers 2-0 for their fourth straight win

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Gokulam Kerala FC beat Panjim Footballers 2-0 for their fourth straight win while Hans FC defeated Rising Students' Club 2-1 to record their second victory in the Hero Indian Women Football league in Ludhiana on Saturday.
 
India internationals Sanju and Anju Tamang were on target for the Kerala side, but it was their teenage mid fielder Manisha, who stole the show to take the Player of the Match award.
 
It was defence-vs-attack all through as Gokulam took the initiative from early on.  Sanju intercepted a pass from the right and unleashed a drive into the bottom corner.
 
Gokulam picked up where they left off in the second half as Manisha dictated terms from midfield again. She linked with Bawitlung, who played a delicious one-two with Babysena Devi to break free of her marker, but Panjim keeper Ashika Gadekar came off her line and swept the ball off the Mizo forward's feet.
 
However, Manisha created an opening which led to the second goal. She  sold a dummy at the edge of the penalty box, and played a delicate through ball to Anju Tamang, who merely had to beat the keeper, which she did with great aplomb. This win took Gokulam a  step closer to the semi-final spot, as they now have 12 points from four matches – a perfect record in the tournament so far.
 
In another match, Hans  FC  kept their hopes alive as they beat Rising Student Club 2-1. Hans FC’s Nigerian midfielder Rita Casia was the star of the show as she controlled the midfield and also scored an absolute scorcher from long range.
 
Rising Student Club started off the game with the higher tempo, incessantly going on the attack in the early exchanges.
 
However, it was Hans who had the earliest chance, when Jyoti Ann Burrett knuckled a free-kick from long range. Her shot was well-placed, but it was saved by RSC keeper Rani Bhowmick. Krishna Barick had an early opportunity to put RSC in front when she got the ball inside the opposition area, switched to her left foot, but Hans keeper Vanshika Rana thwarted the attack.
 
Hans midfielder Rita Casia put her side in the lead with a powerful shot giving RSC goalkeeper Rani Bhowmick  no chance to block it.
 
Hans doubled their lead soon after, when Anushka Samuel broke free and slipped it past Bhowmick (2-0). Sradhanjali Panda scored in injury time to pull one back, but it was too little, too late for RSC.
 
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Gokulam Kerala trounce SSB Club 5-0, Panjim Footballers pip FC Alakhpura 2-1

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Gokulam Kerala trounced SSB Club 5-0 for their third straight win while Panjim Footballers pipped FC Alakhpura 2-1 to record their first win of the Hero Indian Women’s Football League in Ludhiana on Thursday.
 
Gokulam Kerala‘s Anju Tamang was the star of the show, as she scored a brace and played a crucial role in her side’s big victory.
 
Gokulam started the game off swiftly, as they broke the deadlock straight from the kick-off. An intricate move was finished off by India international Tamang. The entire move took Gokulam just 14 seconds, which makes this the fastest goal of the season.
 
Gokulam widened the lead when Anita Rawat scored minutes before the half-time break. Sanju soared up the left flank and sent in a low cross that was tapped in by Rawat.
 
The Kerala side started off in almost exactly the same fashion in the second half as well, when they got the ball from SSB, registered a shot on target from Ranjana Chanu, and watched in delight as the opposition keeper Manju fumbled the ball over the goal-line.
 
Bawitlung Vanlalhriattiri made it four with a little over a quarter of an hour of regulation time left on the clock. The second-half substitute was played through on goal, as she rounded off the keeper, sold a dummy and walked the ball into an unguarded goal.
 
Tamang added another goal in the second-last minute of regulation time to make it another 5-goal victory for the Kerala side.
 
In the other match, Panjim Footballers overpowered FC Alakhpura 2-1 in a tight affair.
 
Karishma Shirvoikar broke the Alakhpura defence twice to help Panjim earn the three points, but it was the tactical defence of Scindia Saudatikar that stole the show and earned the defender the Player of the Match Award.
 
Shirvoikar beat the Alakhpura offside trap, ran on to an aerial ball that was played in behind the defence, and slipped it past the Alakhpura keeper Neelam to put Panjim in the lead.
 
Having taken the lead, Panjim were happy to sit back and let Alakhpura have the ball, while they concentrated on keeping their defensive shape intact.
 
Keeping their backline strong was a strategy that worked wonders for Panjim, who had conceded three in their previous match against Hans Women FC.
 
It took them a little over 10 minutes after the start of the second half to double the score. Again, it was an aerial ball played in behind the defence, as Karishma ran on to the ball and lobbed it over the keeper.
 
Alakhpura reduced the margin as India U-18 international Samiksha expertly nodded the ball home.
 
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Hero Indian women’s football league to kick off in Ludhiana

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The 12-team Hero Indian Women’s League will kick off in Ludhiana, Punjab tomorrow.
 
Defending champions Rising Student’s Club kick-start the Hero IWL edition as they face off against Gokulam Kerala FC in the first match.
 
The  teams  are divided into two groups of six each. Group I consists of Rising Student’s Club, Gokulam, FC Alakhpura, Hans Women Football Club, Central SSB Women Football Club and Panjim Footballers. 
 
Group II consists of Manipur Police, Sethu FC Bangalore United FC, SAI-STC Cuttack, FC Kolhapur City, and Baroda Football Academy.
 
“Women's football in our country is going through an exciting phase. We have seen the Indian women's team produce some great results on the international front,” said All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.
 
“We are sure to see the rise of more talented players in the third season of the Hero Indian Women's League. I would like to thank the Punjab Football Association for their support in hosting the IWL, and wish the participating clubs all the best for the tournament in Ludhiana,” he added.
 
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Chandigarh man arrested for wife's murder in Goa

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A 28-year-old Chandigarh-based part-time travel agent Sukhvinder Singh has been arrested by the Goa Police for allegedly murdering his wife while on a holiday in North Goa's Arpora village on April 27, a police officer said on Friday.
 
Singh, who is accused of murdering his wife, was nabbed from a hotel in Ludhiana, Punjab, after a manhunt which spanned days and across several cities, Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Pankaj Kumar Singh told reporters on Friday.
 
"During interrogation it was revealed that on the fateful day, the couple had a heated argument resulting in a fight after which he slit her throat with a knife," the SP said.
 
Singh and his wife, Alka Saini, 25, from Himachal Pradesh, had checked into a resort in Arpora village located 20 km from Panaji.
 
The woman was found dead with injuries to her neck by hotel maintenance staff on April 27 and Singh was reported missing, following which the Goa Police had filed a murder case at the Anjuna police station.
 
Pankaj Kumar Singh said that police had sent teams to multiple locations including Delhi, Chandigarh, Kapurthala and other places, where the accused was known to have relatives. 
 
Sukhvinder Singh was eventually arrested from a hotel room in Punjab's Ludhiana town, the police officer said.
 
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Reliance Industries partners Vardhman Textiles to develop innovative R|Elan fabric

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) entered into a partnership here today with Vardhman Textiles Ltd., one of the largest textile companies in India, to manufacture innovative R|Elan fabric. 
 
As a part of this engagement, RIL’s R | Elan technical team will work closely with Vardhman to develop a variety of new manufacturing processes to manufacture specially engineered R|Elan fabrics, sources said.
 
The innovative high-quality fabric collection will straddle across the performance and sustainable themes in formals, casuals and other women wear segments. R|Elan technical team will provide the technical knowhow, specifications and parameters to ensure the best quality fabric is produced, they said.
 
"R|Elan, the new-age fabric brand from Reliance Industries, is growing from strength to strength with the tie up with Vardhman.
 
"Vardhman is one the largest textile companies in India and a name to reckon with in quality and product superiority. Vardhman possess large capacities in yarn, sewing thread, acrylic fiber, garment and steel manufacturing. Vardhman always thrives to use its vast experience for manufacturing high quality textiles," the sources said.
 
Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Ms Suchita Jain, Joint Managing Director, Vardhman Textiles Ltd. said, “We see many exciting possibilities with R|Elan to create new fabric developments. Our strengths have always been rapid innovation and creating strong product ranges that are acceptable to brands, and Reliance is the perfect partner for our developments. The technical team at R|Elan is very supportive in enhancing our manufacturing prowess."
 
Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Division, RIL said: “We are proud to be associated with the leading player Vardhman for R|Elan. We will work together to ensure the consumer’s growing demand for high-quality performance and sustainable apparel are met with R|Elan. This partnership further emphasises our focus on creating opportunities for entire textile value chain, including brands and apparel manufactures.”
 
R | Elan technologies are outcome of RIL’s research and development efforts and its vast expertise in fibres manufacturing. R | ElanTM is a portfolio of innovative fabrics that does more than just fabrics do. R | ElanTM is next gen Fabric 2.0 and its compelling applications helps meeting diverse needs of ever demanding customers. R | ElanTM has carved its niche across apparel segments like activewear, denim, ethnic & western wear - both formals and casuals.
 
RIL has partnered with more than 30 players that are equipped to produce new-age fabrics using R|ElanTM technologies. This pan-India network of the Hub Excellence Partners (HEP), will provide assurance to brands/retailers of streamlined production, timelines and standard quality. These partners will also receive assistance for technical, leads and new product development needs.
 
"R|Elan products will thus provide consumers next generation fabrics that are in line with the latest fashion trends while also fulfilling their lifestyle needs. RIL’s efforts will give consumers the assurance that if there is R|Elan on the outside, there is something special on the inside," the sources added.
 
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11 dead as factory collapses after fire in Ludhiana

 
Five-storeyed factory buildings as firefighters try to douse blaze
At least 11 people, including four fire officials, died after a five-storeyed plastic factory building went up in flames and then collapsed suddenly in the Sufiyan Chowk locality here yesterday.
 
Ludhiana district officials told NetIndian over the telephone that eleven bodies had been recovered so far and about eight or nine others are still feared trapped in the debris of the building, located in Industrial Area A.
 
They said two persons were rescued from the building and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
 
The fire broke out around 6 am yesterday and soon spread to the entire building. Even as firefighters were battling to control the flames, the entire structure came crashing down suddenly within a matter of seconds, around 12.15 pm, trapping about 20 people -- factory workers, fire fighters and some onlookers -- under tonnes of debris.
 
Some sources indicated that the building collapsed after an explosion caused by chemicals stored in the factory. Some adjoining buildings were also affected and could be at risk, they said.
 
Search and rescue teams, including personnel of the local Fire Brigade, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), went on through the night last night and were continuing today.
 
At least 15 fire tenders and earth-moving equipment were deployed at the scene of the tragedy.
 
Police have registered a case and are investigating the cause of the fire and subsequent events, the sources said.
 
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Two injured as Jhelum Express derails near Ludhiana

At least two people suffered injuries when ten coaches of the 11078 Jhelum Express from Jammu Tawi to Pune derailed near Ludhiana in Punjab in the early hours of Tuesday, official sources said.
 
Ten coaches of Jhelum Express derail, two injured
At least two people suffered injuries when ten coaches of the 11078 Jhelum Express from Jammu Tawi to Pune derailed near Ludhiana in Punjab in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
The two injured were taken to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana for treatment, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Railways said on Twitter.
 
The mishap occurred around 3.10 am while the train was approaching the bridge on Sutlej river on the Phillaur-Ladowal section in Ferozepur division of Northern Railway, near Phillaur, about 125 km from here.
 
The derailed coaches were B5,S1,PC,S2, S3,S4,S5,S6,S7 and S8, the Ministry said.
 
Rescue and relief teams were rushed to the scene of the mishap and buses were arranged to transport the passengers to the Ludhiana station, from where arrangements were made to send them to their destinations.
 
The derailent affected rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar section, causing delays in the running of some trains. Efforts were being made to restore normal traffic on the route.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines to provide information to passengers: Jammu Tawi -- 0191-2470116, Jalandhar 0181-2225966, Ludhiana -- 0161-2741143, Amritsar -- 0183-2225087 and Pathankot 0186 -- 2233532
 
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Foundation stone laid for Mega Food Park in Ludhiana

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Union Minister Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of a Mega Food Park here yesterday.
 
“Ludhiana Food Park is the gift of the Prime Minister to Punjab and will give benefit to farmers and processors of Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, S.B.S. Nagar, Jalandhar, Moga, Sangrur and Barnala district of Punjab,” Ms. Badal told mediapersons.
 
She said that, in order to give an impetus to the growth of the food processing sector in Punjab, the Ministry had approved three Mega Food Parks in the state. Out of these, the first Mega Food Park located at Fazilka has already become operational, she said.
 
A third Mega Food Park (Sukhjit Mega Food Park) has been approved by the Ministry in Kapurthala District.
 
Ms. Badal said the Ministry of Food Processing Industries had been implementing the Mega Food Park Scheme in the country to give a major boost to the food processing sector along the value chain from the farm to the market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach.
 
This Mega Food park has a Central Processing Centre (CPC) at Ludhiana and four Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) are being set up at Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Fazilka and Bathinda to provide strong backward linkages.
 
The park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000 – 30,000 farmers in its catchment area.
 
Ms Badal said the Mega Food Park would be set up with a project cost of Rs. 117.61 crore in an area of 100.20 acres.
 
The park will have facilities of 500 kg/spiral freezer, 1000 MT cold store of onion and garlic, 1000 MT frozen cold store of vegetable produce, 10000 MT dry warehouse, 10000 MT silos, 100 MT ripening chamber (ECRC), 1 MT/Hr dehydration line (ir dried), 400 MT cold storage, reefer vans, food incubation centre (ICRESAT) and testing laboratory, she said.
 
She expressed confidence that the Mega Food Park project will create a modern infrastructure for arresting post-harvest losses of horticultural and non-horticultural produce and provide impetus to the growth of food processing sector in Punjab. 
 
The project will help in providing better prices to farmer, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to agricultural produce and create huge opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment for the youth of the state.
 
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti were also present on the occasion.
 
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National SC/ST Hub to be launched at Ludhiana on October 8

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A National Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) Hub to promote entrepreneurship in the communities will be launched at Ludhiana in Punjab on October 8, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra said here yesterday.
 
Chairing a meeting of the national committee to review the progress of the SC/ST Hub, he said it would be launched within a record time of seven months from the announcement in the budget speech of 2016-17.
 
The Union Government was keen to inculcate the spirit of self-employment among the SC/ST population, he said, and urged all the participants, especially industry associations, to take it up in a mission mode.
 
The Ministry has made an initial allotment of allocation of Rs. 490 crore for the period 2016-2020 for the project. 
 
he Hub would primarily aid in strengthening market access and linkage, monitoring, capacity building, leveraging financial support schemes and sharing industry best practices.
 
It would operate from National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) headquarters in Delhi, supported by a special cell created for the purpose, he added.
 
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CCEA nod for 4/6 laning of Kharar-Ludhiana section of NH-95 in Punjab

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the development of 4/6 laning of the Kharar-Ludhiana section of national highway (NH-95) (new NH-5) in Punjab. 
 
An official press release said the cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 2069.70 crore, including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 76 kms. 
 
This work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V in Hybrid Annuity Mode, it said.
 
The sub-project (Kharar-Ludhiana) is part of the project of Chandigarh-Ludhiana. The project was divided in two sections i.e. Chandigarh-Kharar and Kharar-Ludhiana. The Chandigarh-Kharar section has already been awarded for four laning on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode, the release added.
 
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Progress under urban missions in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh to be reviewed

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Implementation of new Urban Missions -- the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission -- in the States of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh will be reviewed at a meeting in Chandigarh today.
 
Mr Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (Urban Development), along with concerned Mission Directors from the Ministry of Urban Development, Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, Advisor to the Administrator of Chandigarh and concerned officials besides some Municipal Commissioners will attend the day-long review meetings to be held separately state-wise at the Secretariats of Punjab, Haryana and UT Guest House. 
 
District Collectors and other field officials will participate in the review through video-conferencing, an official press release said.
 
These meetings are being held as a part of State-wise review meetings being held by the Ministry of Urban Development. Such reviews have so far been held in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Jaipur and Visakhapatnam.
 
As many as 20 cities in Haryana, 16 in Punjab and Chandigarh have been included in the Atal Mission which is aimed at improving basic urban infrastructure relating to water supply, sewerage networks, storm water drains, urban transport and open and green spaces.
 
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For the year 2015-16 under AMRUT, an expenditure of Rs. 408 crore has been approved for Haryana, Rs. 710 crore for Punjab and Rs. 573 crore for Chandigarh for improving basic infrastructure in mission cities. 
 
The Central Government has agreed to provide an assistance of Rs. 219 crore for Haryana, Rs. 276 crore for Chandigarh and Rs. 319 crore for Punjab for the State Annual Action Plans approved for 2015-16. Action Plans for 2016-17 of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh under AMRUT will be considered for approval soon.
 
Under Smart City Mission, Ludhiana in Punjab was selected among the first batch of smart cities and the Ministry has approved Ludhiana’s Smart City Plan with a proposed investment of Rs. 1,049 crore. The Ministry of Urban Development has already released Rs. 200 crore for 2015-16 for Ludhiana.
 
Faridabad in Haryana and Chandigarh have been subsequently selected among the second batch of 13 smart cities in a Fast Track Competition.
 
Under Swachh Bharat Mission, Central assistance of Rs. 56 crore has been released to Punjab, Rs. 30 crore for Haryana and Rs. 1.70 crore for Chandigarh.
 
The Coordination Committee for Development of Chandigarh will also meet today, the release added.
 
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Bharti Foundation appoints Sulabh for construction of 12,000 toilets in Ludhiana

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Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with social service organisation Sulabh International for construction of toilets in rural households across Ludhiana district of Punjab under its "Satya Bharti Abhiyan".
 
A press release from Bharti said that, as part of the MoU, Sulabh would construct 12,000 toilets in households lacking basic sanitation facilities In Ludhiana under the first phase of the campaign.
 
Bharti Foundation announced the Satya Bharti Abhiyan earlier this year with the aim of improving rural household sanitation facilities in Punjab.
 
As part of this initiative, the foundation has adopted Ludhiana district and committed an investment of Rs 100 crores over the next three years for constructing toilets in rural households lacking such facilities in over 900 villages.
 
In addition to rural household sanitation, the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ will also invest in improving sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building new toilets for girls, where no such facilities exist.
 
Sulabh works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. Sulabh International is the largest non-profit organization in India.
 
As per the MoU, Sulabh will also conduct a survey of the target villages to identify beneficiaries, undertake construction of individual household toilets and carry out Information Education Campaigns over the next 12 months.
 
Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Sulabh to roll out the first phase of the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’. Sulabh has been a pioneer in providing sanitation solutions to the poor in India and we are confident that their expertise in this area will add immense value to this initiative. Sanitation for all is a big priority for the country and Bharti Foundation hopes to contribute towards the cause in a meaningful way through this initiative.”
 
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Bharti Foundation to help improve household sanitation in rural Punjab

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Bharti Foundation, the development arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced a new initiative – Satya Bharti Abhiyan - to help improve rural household sanitation facilities in Punjab.
 
A press release from the Bharti Group said that, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to the corporate sector in his Independence Day speech to strengthen the Government's initiative on this score, the foundation had decided to adopt Ludhiana district, the home district of its founders, as its focus area for improvement of rural sanitation.
 
As part of the programme, the foundation will invest upto Rs 100 crores in constructing toilets while reaching out to every rural household lacking such facilities in the district over the next three years.
 
In addition to rural household sanitation, the Satya Bharti Abhiyan will also invest in improving sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building new toilets for girls, where no such facilities exist.
 
Lack of proper sanitation facilities, particularly for girls in rural schools has been an important factor leading to large-scale dropouts, thereby negating the substantial improvement in enrolment that the country has achieved in recent years.
 
These initiatives will be supported by the two group companies – Bharti Airtel Limited and Bharti Infratel Limited, it said.
 
“Lack of private sanitation facilities in rural households not only constitutes a major cause of embarrassment for the women, but also points to a much wider problem of rural hygiene and cleanliness," Bharti Foundation Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said.
 
He said Satya Bharti Abhiyan would help cover a long felt gap in rural hygiene infrastructure in Punjab, besides contributing to the larger National Mission of ‘Swachh Bharat’ in its own limited way.
 
"It is our commitment that no single household or school in rural Ludhiana will be without a toilet by the end of this tenure," he said.
 
Bharti Foundation provides free education to underprivileged children in rural areas. Its programmes presently reach out to over 52,000 children from socially and economically challenged backgrounds, with special focus on the girl child. 
 
The flagship Satya Bharti School Programme offers free quality education through 254 (Primary, Elementary and Senior Secondary) schools and employs approximately 1600 teachers from the local communities. 
 
These schools provide free mid-day meals, books and uniforms to all the children. As an organization, Bharti Foundation has always been conscious of the importance of promoting the cause of health and hygiene amongst students and accordingly provides for separate toilet facilities for boys and girls in its schools, which in turn has proved to be a major factor driving girl child enrolment. Presently, around 50% of the students in these schools are girls.
 
Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, co-chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “Improvement in private rural sanitation facilities will have a positive impact on public health in the long run. Separate toilet facilities for girls in village schools can bring down dropout rates drastically to help leverage the current rural school infrastructure better. Hailing from Ludhiana, we are extremely delighted to be contributing towards such an important cause having direct implication on the quality of life in rural areas of the district. I will be personally involved in monitoring the progress of the programme.”
 
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Centre okays three projects under JnNURM for Amritsar, Ludhiana in Punjab

 
The Government of India has approved three new projects for Punjab under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) -- two in Amritsar and one in Ludhiana.
 
The approval was given at a meeting of Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under Urban Infrastructure Governance (UIG), JnNURM of Union Ministry of Urban Development here recently, an official press release said here today.
 
The projects include a sewerage & sewage treatment plant for South East Zone in Amritsar. The approved cost of the project is Rs. 89.27 crore and Centre will bear 50% of this cost which is Rs. 44.63 crore. An amount of Rs. 11.16 crore will be released as first instalment.
 
The major outcome of this project will be 100% coverage of sewerage system with sewage treatment of that area. It will also improve existing sewerage facilities and create durable public asset and quality oriented services in the city. The duration for implementation of the project is 36 months.
 
The second project is a water supply scheme in Balance Area of Amritsar (Phase-II). The approved cost of the project is Rs. 89.13 crore and the Centre will bear 50% of this cost which is Rs. 44.56 crore. An amount of Rs. 11.14 crore will be released as first instalment.
 
The major outcome of this project will be social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Amritsar town. The availability of potable disinfected water shall eradicate the problem of gastroenteritis and other water borne diseases. On completion of this project, about 1.2 lakh persons will be benefitted and 10% population out of which 8% population belonging to urban population and 2% minority population will be benefitted. The duration for implementation of the project is 36 months.
 
The third project is Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Facilities at Ludhiana, which is estimated to cost Rs 97.85 crore and the Centre will bear 50% of this cost which is Rs. 48.92 crore. An amount of Rs. 12.23 crore will be released as first instalment.
 
The major outcome of this project will be to improve the existing conditions of waste management in the city. The duration for implementation of the project is 24 months.
 
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Modi says he will act like a "watchman" and protect the nation's coffers

Will guard nation if I become PM: Narendra Modi
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, today accused the Congress of rampant corruption and emptying the nation's coffers of money meant for the welfare and development of the people.
 
Addressing a rally at Jagraon in Punjab, Mr Modi promised pro-people and corruption-free governance if he were voted to power.
 
He said that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would work as a National Development Alliance in government.
 
"I will not work as a Prime Minister, but as a chowkidar (watchman). I will not let any hand touch the nation's coffers," he said.
 
"It is surprising that they are accusing others of being corrupt when their government was engulfed in so many scams," he sad.
 
"It is now A for Adarsh (scam), B for Bofors, C for Coal scam," he said, referring to some of the alleged scams during the tenure of the UPA government.
 
He said the Congress spent all its energies glorifying one family, instead of remembering leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai.
 
Addressing concerns of Sikh farmers in Kutch, he assured them that not one of them would be asked to leave from the state. "An officer can go but no Sikh farmer will leave Gujarat, and I am very clear on this," he said.
 
Mr Modi spoke of the strong bond between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab. “Our alliance with Akali Dal is not merely a political alliance to fight elections…this is an alliance highlighting our togetherness!” 
 
He said this alliance had been able to keep the Congress from practising its policies of "divide and rule" and appreciated the efforts of SAD leader and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in charting a growth story for the state.
 
He said that the people had reposed their faith in the Badal government for the second consecutive term, bucking the anti-incumbency trend. "Punjab chose development," he said.
 
He said that while Mr Badal had focused on agricultural growth, his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had helped boost industrial growth in the state.
 
He said there was need to boost the manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors to boost the national economy.
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Mr Modi mentioned how he had closely worked with leaders such as Parkash Singh Badal, Devi Lal, Bansi Lal and Farooq Abdullah when he was working for his party in Punjab and said he had imbibed their qualities.
 
He said the people of Punjab had contributed a great deal to the development of the country, especially in the areas of agriculture and national security. He said there was need to focus on procurement, management and distribution to give a further thrust to agriculture.
 
“Our priority should be how to increase productivity per acre and bring technology in agriculture. For this, I suggest that the FCI be divided into three parts: one that will focus on procurement of grains, second on its storage and the third on the distribution of grains," he said.
 
Accusing the Centre of being indifferent towards farmers, he said that, for instance, the implementation of the minimum support price (MSP) declared every year remained only on paper.
 
On the recent decision by the Centre on one-rank, one-pension for the Armed Forces personnel, he said similar announcements made in the past were never implemented.
 
“One Ran One Pension was a long standing demand. Sadly the Centre plays with the emotions of our servicemen,” he said.
 
He spoke about the close bonds between Gujarat and Punjab and said Sikh farmers settled in Kutch had turned barren land in the region into green fields.
 
“Go to any part of the world, and you will see a Gujarati family and a Sikh family. They are living peacefully with the society," he said.
 
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National Youth Awards presented at Youth Festival in Ludhiana

Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Jitendra Singh and Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari with National Youth Awardees, at the inaugural function of the 18th National Youth Festival, at Ludhiana, Punjab on January 12, 2014. Read story.
Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Jitendra Singh and Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari with National Youth Awardees, at the inaugural function of the 18th National Youth Festival, at Ludhiana, Punjab on January 12, 2014.
Read story.Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Jitendra Singh and Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari with National Youth Awardees, at the inaugural function of the 18th National Youth Festival, at Ludhiana, Punjab on January 12, 2014.

 

National Youth Festival 2014 to be held in Ludhiana from January 12-16

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More than 5000 youth from around the country are expected to participate in the 18th National Youth Festival will be held in Ludhiana, Punjab from January 12-16.
 
The festival is held every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand on January 12, which is observed as the National Youth Day.
 
The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India and the Government of Punjab. 
 
Each State and Union Territory is expected to send a contingent of 100 participants for the various competitive and non-competitive events such as classical vocal solo, classical dance, folk dance, one act play and so on.
 
The festival will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Jitendra Singh on January 12 at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Manish Tewari wil be the guest of honour while Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will preside over the function.
 
During the ceremony, National Youth Awards and Awards to Outstanding Youth Clubs will be conferred. 
 
The closing ceremony will be held on January 16, when prizes will be distributed for the various competitive events held during the festival.
 
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The theme of the festival this year is ‘Youth For Drugs Free World’. In recent years, there is a worrying trend of increasing drug abuse among the youth of the country, which is fast threatening to derail the promise of the much talked about demographic dividend. 
 
Today, many young people and their families are being affected by the menace of drugs and the festival will be used as a platform to increase awareness about the problem.
 
YuvaKriti, a social development fair, will be organised during the festival to provie an opportunity for young artisans to showcase their talent.
 
There will also be a national youth convention as well as "Suvichar", an event in which young men and women will get a chance to interat with eminent personalities.
 
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President's Standards awarded to IAF's 220 Sqn and 32 Sqn at Halwara

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Standard to the 220 Squadron of Indian Air Force, at  a ceremony at Halwara, Punjab on November 20, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Standard to the 220 Squadron of Indian Air Force, at a ceremony at Halwara, Punjab on November 20, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented Standards to two of frontline fighter squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) -- 220 Squadron and 32 Squadron -- at an impressive ceremonial parade at the Air Force Station at Haldwara near here today.
 
Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,  Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command, Air Marshal S S Soman and AOC-in-C South Western Air Command Air Marshal Daljit Singh were present on the occasion besides a host of other serving and civil dignitaries. 
 
The Standard for 220 Squadron was received by Group Captain Sharad Aneja, Commanding Officer, and the Standard for 32 Squadron was received by Group Captain G V N K Varma, Commanding Officer.
 
The parade witnessed a spectacular fly-past primarily consisting of the aircraft flown by the units being awarded the President’s Standards. A total of 12 aircraft participated in the fly-past displaying clockwork precision.The breath taking fly-past was synchronised with significant events of the parade. 
 
The fly-past commenced with three Mi-17 IV helicopters in Victory formation with the lead aircraft carrying the national flag and the other two aircraft carrying the IAF flag. 
 
The fly-past was coordinated with the National Salute given by the parade to the President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
 
This was followed by three Su-30MKI aircraft flown in a Victory formation. The fly-past of the three Su-30 MKI aircraft was timed with the presentation of the President’s Standards to 220 Sqn. 
 
Three Bison aircraft in Victory formation followed the Su-30MKI aircraft while the President’s Standards were being handed over to 32 Sqn. 
 
The three Su-30MKI aircraft paid tribute by forming a Trishul in the sky over the parade ground as the uniformed personnel saluted the President’s Standards being marched out of the parade.
 
The fly-past was followed by a display of low level aerobatics by a single Su-30MKI. The display portrayed the aircraft as an extension of the pilot’s mind and body as it executed breath taking manoeuvres which demonstrated the capabilities of the man and the machine. Just like the flypast, the ‘Air Warrior Drill Team’ mesmerised the audience by their precise and coordinated drill movements. 
 
The President’s Standard is the highest and most prestigious honour bestowed upon any unit of the Armed Forces in recognition of its invaluable contribution to the security of the nation, both during hostilities and peace.
 
220 Sqn has a rich history spanning over five decades. The Squadron was raised at Palam as 51 Auxiliary Air Force (AAF) Squadron and was equipped with Vampire aircraft. The Squadron moved to Pune in November 1962. It was at Pune, on 9 January 1963, that 220 Squadron was formed. It was initially called the ‘Fighting Tigers’. The Squadron was later re-equipped with the indigenous HF 24 ‘Marut’ aircraft in April 1969 and re-located to Jodhpur in December 1970. 
 
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The unit effectively and innovatively employed the Marut during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan air campaigns. It was during its stay in Jodhpur that the squadron was rechristened as 'Desert Tigers'. After flying the Marut for 12 years, the squadron converted to the newly inducted Mig-23 BN aircraft in Jodhpur in 1981. After flying the MiG-23 BN over deserts of Rajasthan from 1981 to 1997, the squadron moved to Air Force Station Halwara on 31 August 1997. 
 
The unit operated from this base till 2005, when it was number plated. It operated from Leh and Pathankot during operation Safed Sagar in 1999. The squadron was resurrected at its present location on 1 September 2011 with the state of the art SU-30 MKIs. 
 
32 Sqn AF, the ‘Thunderbirds’, was formed with the Mystere IV ac on 15 October, 1963 at Air Force Station Adampur. This premier frontline fighter squadron later operated the Vampire (1965) aircraft followed by the Sukhoi-7 (1969), the MiG-21 Bis (1984) and is currently operating the versatile Bison (2003). 
 
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