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Punjab all-rounder Abhishek Sharma will lead a 15-member Indian under-19 squad for the Youth Asia Cup to be held from December 13 to 24 in Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Thursday.

“The All India junior selection committee of the BCCI met in Delhi today to select the India under-19 team for the Youth Asia Cup 2016 to be held in Sri Lanka from December 13 to 24,” a statement from the board read.

Organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), India are the defending champions after having won the trophy in the previous edition in 2013, held in the United Arab Emirates.

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Kurali lad Harjeet Singh has won the Jugraj Singh upcoming player of the year award (U-21) during the Hockey India (HI) Annual Awards in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Singh also won the individual achievement award for scoring a goal on his debut.
Singh said, “I am very happy to win this award. I will try to live up to the expectations of my seniors and coaches. This award will motivate me to work harder and achieve more laurels for my country and my family.” Singh led the Indian side which trounced Pakistan in the Junior Asia Cup last year.
The winning members of the Junior Asia Cup hockey team were awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh each.
Vikas Dahiya, the winner of the goalkeeper of the tournament award, was awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh. Harmanpreet Singh, the highest goalscorer of the tournament, was also rewarded during the function.
Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy (CFHA) product Dharamvir Singh, Kothajit Singh, Birendra Lakra and Sushila Chanu were rewarded for completing the 100-match milestone. All of them were presented with a cheque of Rs 50,000 and a trophy each.
Gurbaj Singh and VR Raghunath were awarded for turning out in India colours for the 200th time and were presented with a cheque of Rs One lakh each along with a trophy.
The Jaman Lal Sharma award for invaluable contribution in hockey was given to coach Baldev Singh. The Baljit Singh goalkeeper of the year award was given to Hisar goalie Savita Punia. Ritu Rani bagged the Ajit Pal Singh midfielder of the year award. The Dhanraj Pillay forward of the year award was bagged by Shahbad striker Rani.

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Government Senior Secondary School, Gidharwindi, survived a scare against Sant Ishar Singh Memorial Public School, Rara Sahib, before romping home victorious in boys’ U-14 volleyball in the annual Ludhiana District-Level Games organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Guru Nanak Stadium and Punjab Agricultural University here today.

In the final, Gidharwindi players managed to prevail upon Rara Sahib boys 26-24, 27-25 to fetch the title. In the match played between AS Senior Secondary School, Khanna, and Coaching Centre, Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, the former came out victors 25-12, 25-19 to secure the third position.

In handball (boys U-17), Nav Bharti Public School, Ludhiana, bagged top honors, while SAI Coaching Centre, Ludhiana, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

However, in girls’ section, Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU, Ludhiana, stamped its class winning the title, followed by DAV Public School, Ludhiana, which finished at the second place. The third position was bagged by Kinder Garten Senior Secondary School, Samrala.

In weightlifting (boys U-14), Khanna, secured 34 points to emerge as overall champions. Doraha got 17 points to secure second position, while Jarg garnered 13 points to finish at the third place.

In girls’ section (U-14), Khanna with 31 points again won the overall championship and Jarg (31 points) closely followed them at the second place, while Rauni collected 8 points to secure the third position.
Ludhiana’s Agrim Kapila fetched top honors in badminton (boys’ U-17) and Hakam Singh of Bhaini Sahib secured second position, while Sanindya Nuatiyal of Pakhowal finished at the third place.
In girls’ U-17 section, Lovepreet Kaur from Bhaini Sahib came out victorious, while Surinder Kaur and Himakshi Chawla secured the second and third positions, respectively.
In kabaddi (girls’ U-14), Khasi Kalan beat Government High School, Lohara 27-17 to clinch the title and Bhamian School drubbed Guru Har Gobind Public School, Dadhahur 23-2 to secure the third position.
Kartar Singh Sehmbey, Assistant Director, Sports, Punjab, and officiating District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, distributed prizes. Harbans Singh, senior kabaddi coach along with coaches Sanjeev Sharma (athletics), Harinder Sharma (handball), Shubhkaran Singh (weightlifting), Jagdeep Singh (volleyball) and Arunjit Kaur (hockey) were among others present on the occasion.

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In a tournament at Kila Raipur, a Ludhiana village famous for ‘Rural Olympics’, distributed 46 kg desi ghee along with trophies, medals and cash prizes, among winners of second volleyball and desi khedan (traditional games), a village level tournament, on Tuesday.
To give out ghee as a prize was the idea of village NRIs, who, like last year had sponsored the tournament.
Paramjit Singh Grewal, one of the organisers from the village said, “In Punjab, honouring players with desi ghee may be a new idea but in countries like Canada, Australia or the US, it’s quite common in tournaments organised by Punjabis.” Grewal further said, “It is more motivating than medals and trophies. Mothers will also be happy that their sons have brought desi ghee home.”
Winners of the tournament, Bhavjeet Singh Grewal and Barjung Singh Grewal were given 5 kg ghee each, and three best teams –Jodh, Burjung and Shaheed Baba Dhumaji club,that had six players each were individually given 2 kg desi ghee along with cash prize of Rs 6,100, Rs 4,100, and Rs 2,100, respectively.
Baljeet Singh, an elderly spectator said, “We are grateful to our NRIs for organising this tournament as such events keep the youngsters connected to sports. We are also impressed that players were awarded with desi ghee as it is ghee and other milk products that give you real energy.”
The tournament was organised in memory of Rajwinder Singh Raju who was a famous hockey player of the village.

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With his campaign titled “Stop Defaming Punjab”, well known artist of Punjab Harp Farmer wants to restore the pride of Punjab and has requested people to stop defaming it. The Lipi Foundation is already running a campaign “From Shame to Pride” to end stereotyping.

Pained by the defamation of Punjab on the drugs issue, Farmer started a drive against this negative agenda. He posted his video encouraging Punjabis to come forward to support the mission. The video has garnered more than 1.5 million organic views on Facebook within one week. Prominent celebrities Daler Mehendi and Ankur Singh Patar supported his mission on social media with their selfie videos. Ankur Patar is one of the three illustrators in the world, Adobe is making documentary on. Over 1000 videos have already been posted by youth of Punjab on various social media platforms with the hashtag #StopDefamingPunjab.

Finding Harp’s idea in sync with their campaign “From Shame to Pride”, Lipi Foundation joined hands with Harp.

Dr. Mahek Singh, Prinicipal Consultant, Lipi Foundation says, “While I was working with CAPART, MoRD and Centre of Excellence, Punjab University as a research associate, I found that most of the issues in the social sector come from stereotyping. In case of Punjab, the negative stereotyping is leading to unrest. As a result the region is defamed and looked down upon. Through our campaign “From Shame to Pride” we at Lipi foundation intend to bring the unbiased and positive side of the region to the forefront.

The startling news of drug abuse in Punjab have been making rounds in the country bringing a bad name to the state, which has prompted Harp Farmer to start an online campaign, which is gaining popularity. He launched this campaign through his page “Stop Defaming Punjab”.

Addressing media persons here, Harp stated, “I feel the pain when I travel abroad and people paint all the Punjabis in negative colours of being drug addicts. But these are not the true colors of Punjab. My mission is aimed at presenting the true colours of Punjab and clear myths regarding the drug abuse.”

“It’s a shame that some people are presenting a gory picture of Punjab for their selfish gains. Unfortunately they fail to understand that they are hampering the progress of the youth of Punjab. Drugs is a national problem and being a border state Punjab has been used as the doorway for drug trafficking but that doesn’t mean all Punjabis are the consumers of drugs,” he further added.

Lipi Foundation and Harp Farmer plan to do awareness campaign in different colleges and villages across Punjab, to educate the youth against the social evil of drug abuse.

Harpreet Singh is a multifaceted personality with a proven track in Photography, Filmmaking and acting. Widely famous as Harp Farmer from village Nadalon, District Hoshiarpur, Harpreet has been working with a sole motive of promoting Punjab and the spirit of Punjab for the last 5 years. He has held exhibitions in India and Australia under the banner “Colors of Panjaab” to showcase various facets of vibrant Punjab. Harp believes that there is a lot in Punjab that is still untold and that the villages (Pind) of Punjab hold a lot of talent, which needs to reach the world.

The Lipi Foundation is a social organisation working in the space of Family Counselling and digital awareness and aims to construct better communications tools for common masses. The social organization was already running a campaign called “From Shame to Pride” which aims at bettering communication in the social sector.

This newly formed association is certainly a good news for Punjab which was reeling under the attacks of sensational comments as a result of political vendetta in the region.

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Punjab is the land of rich cultural heritage, spirituality and deep-rooted traditions. It is the land of our gurus, the land of hardworking, honest and hospitable Punjabis. Punjabis are renowned worldwide for their generosity and warm hearts. Our culture and religious views are gaining popularity and fondness across nations.

But sad reality is that leaders are hampering the beauty of Punjab for their own political motives by calling Punjabis “drug addicts”.

Harp Farmer has started a campaign “Stop Defaming Punjab” fighting for motherland and spreading the awareness to not let the personal agenda of a few politicians ruin what Punjab stands for.

This campaign by Harp is getting a huge and positive response for raising a loud cry against corrupt politicians defaming their own land on drugs.

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Chandigarh (India), June 10 (ANI-Businesswire India): With his campaign titled “Stop Defaming Punjab”, well known artist of Punjab Harp Farmer wants to restore the pride of Punjab and has requested people to stop defaming it. The Lipi Foundation is already running a campaign “From Shame to Pride” to end stereotyping.

Pained by the defamation of Punjab on the drugs issue, Farmer started a drive against this negative agenda. He posted his video encouraging Punjabis to come forward to support the mission. The video has garnered more than 1.5 million organic views on Facebook within one week. Prominent celebrities Daler Mehendi and Ankur Singh Patar supported his mission on social media with their selfie videos. Ankur Patar is one of the three illustrators in the world, Adobe is making documentary on. Over 1000 videos have already been posted by youth of Punjab on various social media platforms with the hashtag #StopDefamingPunjab.

Finding Harp’s idea in sync with their campaign “From Shame to Pride”, Lipi Foundation joined hands with Harp.
Dr. Mahek Singh, Prinicipal Consultant, Lipi Foundation says, “While I was working with CAPART, MoRD and Centre of Excellence, Punjab University as a research associate, I found that most of the issues in the social sector come from stereotyping. In case of Punjab, the negative stereotyping is leading to unrest. As a result the region is defamed and looked down upon. Through our campaign “From Shame to Pride” we at Lipi foundation intend to bring the unbiased and positive side of the region to the forefront.

The startling news of drug abuse in Punjab have been making rounds in the country bringing a bad name to the state, which has prompted Harp Farmer to start an online campaign, which is gaining popularity. He launched this campaign through his page “Stop Defaming Punjab”

Addressing media persons here, Harp stated, “I feel the pain when I travel abroad and people paint all the Punjabis in negative colours of being drug addicts. But these are not the true colors of Punjab. My mission is aimed at presenting the true colours of Punjab and clear myths regarding the drug abuse.”

“It’s a shame that some people are presenting a gory picture of Punjab for their selfish gains. Unfortunately they fail to understand that they are hampering the progress of the youth of Punjab. Drugs is a national problem and being a border state Punjab has been used as the doorway for drug trafficking but that doesn’t mean all Punjabis are the consumers of drugs,” he further added.

Lipi Foundation and Harp Farmer plan to do awareness campaign in different colleges and villages across Punjab, to educate the youth against the social evil of drug abuse.

Harpreet Singh is a multifaceted personality with a proven track in Photography, Filmmaking and acting. Widely famous as Harp Farmer from village Nadalon, District Hoshiarpur, Harpreet has been working with a sole motive of promoting Punjab and the spirit of Punjab for the last 5 years. He has held exhibitions in India and Australia under the banner “Colors of Panjaab” to showcase various facets of vibrant Punjab. Harp believes that there is a lot in Punjab that is still untold and that the villages (Pind) of Punjab hold a lot of talent, which needs to reach the world.

The Lipi Foundation is a social organisation working in the space of Family Counselling and digital awareness and aims to construct better communications tools for common masses. The social organization was already running a campaign called “From Shame to Pride” which aims at bettering communication in the social sector.

This newly formed association is certainly a good news for Punjab which was reeling under the attacks of sensational comments as a result of political vendetta in the region. (ANI-Businesswire India)

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Though footvolley will be held as a demonstration game in Rio Olympics this year, the enthusiasm is no less for the three-member Indian team who are confident of giving their best performance in the event. This time 24 countries will be participating in the cultural event against eight countries which had taken part in the London Olympics in 2012.
India will be participating for the first time in the event based on its performance in Asian Footvolley tournament held in Thailand in May this year. Amid all this, Punjab has a reason to cheer. Eighteen-year-old Jashandeep Singh Sidhu from Barnala is the only one to represent Punjab in India’s Footvolley team. The other two are from Maharashtra.
“Since it will be a demo game in Rio Olympics, the Association is taking care of all expenditure for the players and we are hopeful that the sport will be included in 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Karan Avtar Kapil, secretary of Footvolley Association of India.
Talking about how he developed interest in the game, Sidhu said he was playing football since he was in Class 6 and when he was in Class 11 he to took up footvolley and started learning the sport.
Sharing a little trivia, his coach Ashok Sharma said, “The game was started first in 1962 in Brazil.” Talking about his achievements, Sidhu said he won a silver medal in 2013-14 in Punjab state games followed by another silver in the National Footvolley Tournament held in Karnal in 2014-15. The game is played in a set of two, with three or even four players on each side. The matches will be played from August 22 to 28 in Copacabana, the official beach stadium of Olympic games, said Avtar who will be accompanying the players. The team will leave India on August 14.

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Rio Olympic in Brazil would witness maximum participation of Punjabi players in men’s hockey squad as 5 players from the state selected for the Indian team today. The players includes Manpreet Singh (Midfielder), Rupinderpal Singh (Defender), Harmanpreet Singh (Defender), Akashdeep Singh (forward) and Ramandeep Singh (forward). It may be mentioned here that all these players have international exposure as Manpreet Singh has played 156 National/International matches, Rupinderpal Singh 144, Harmanpreet Singh 16, Akashdeep Singh 102 and Ramandeep Singh participated in 72 matches.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal , who also holds the charge of sports and youth affairs department, has congratulated the Indian team, especially the players from Punjab. He said that after winning the medals at champion’s trophy and Sultan Azlan shah cup, the Indian team would bring laurels to the nation by striking the gold medal in hockey to end the drought of 36 years after 1980 Moscow Olympic.
He said that the Punjab Government has set the target of maximum participation of Punjabi players for Rio Olympic, 2016, which would be achieved after the final announcement of Indian contingent for Olympic. He said that Punjab is the only state, having maximum 6 international Astroturf’s developed with Rs. 77 crore , provides a big push to the hockey culture in Punjab. He also said that as per the state’s sports policy, any player winning an individual or team gold in Olympics will be awarded with Rs 2.25 crore. The silver and bronze medallists would take home Rs 1.01 crore and Rs 51 lakh, respectively. Besides that a MOU was also signed with the Victoria University Australia for scientific development of sports in the state.
It’s worth mentioning that players from Punjab have made a remarkable contribution in the Indian team who bagged the Silver medal in champion trophy, recently concluded in London. Earlier Indian team has also won the silver medal in sultan Azlan shah hockey cup in Malaysia.

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The startling figures of drug abuse in Punjab have been making rounds in various news reports. Unfortunately there is complete absence of empirical data or research studies, which can form the basis of claims made by various politicians. The statements like “70% of the Punjabis are drug addicts” are hampering the growth of Punjabis not only nationally but bringing bad name to the state internationally. Pained by the defamation of Punjab, Harp Farmer, the well-known artist of Punjab started a drive against this negative agenda through his page “Stop Defaming Punjab” (https://www.facebook.com/StopDefamingPunjab/). He put his video encouraging Punjabis to come forward tosupport the mission. The video garnered 2.9 lakh organic views, 11000 likes, 1100 shares and 2900 comments within 4 days. Prominent celebrities like Daler Mehendi, Babbu Mann, Ankur Singh Patar and Guru Randhawa supported his mission on social media with their selfie videos.  Over 500 videos have already been posted by youth of Punjab.