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Punjab to provide specialized training to budding talent: Majithia

Felicitating world shooting cup winner Heena Sidhu at a function here on Sunday, president of the Punjab State Rifle Association and cabinet minister Bikram Majithia said the Punjab government would evolve a special policy to train players of various competitions for bigger sports events. Heena recently won a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup finals in Munich, Germany.

punjab Updated: Nov 25, 2013 12:44 IST
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Felicitating world shooting cup winner Heena Sidhu at a function here on Sunday, president of the Punjab State Rifle Association and cabinet minister Bikram Majithia said the Punjab government would evolve a special policy to train players of various competitions for bigger sports events. Heena recently won a gold medal in the ISSF World Cup finals in Munich, Germany.


"Besides jobs and promotions for sportspersons, on the lines of Maharashtra and Haryana, special training will be imparted to budding players to train them for international competitions such as Olympics," he added.

Majithia said the sports policy prepared by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had starting bearing fruit. Stating that nearly 80% shooters winning international competitions belonged to Punjab, he added, "Besides Heena, Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Manavjit Sandhu, Zorawer Sandhu and Avneet Sandhu have also brought laurels to the state."

The minister said international-level shooting ranges would be set up in Punjab and all possible support would be extended to the budding players.

"As president of the Punjab State Rifle Association, I will discuss the requirements of shooters with the deputy chief minister for immediate support," he added.

Before winning the World Cup, Heena won the Hungry Open, SAFF Games, Asian Shooting Championship, National Championship besides other competitions.

Later in the day, Majitha inaugurated a branch of the Capital Local Area Bank, an event which witnessed the presence of SAD and Congress leaders simultaneously.

Rising above party lines, the leaders of both parties not only exchanged formal courtesies, but also shared the table for refreshments.

Addressing mediapersons, Majithia said, "The bank after running successfully in urban areas is now rendering services in rural areas with a turnover of more than `1800 crore."

He appreciated that the RBI and ministry of finance had allowed the bank to set up two new branches in Amritsar and Ludhiana.

Sarvjit Singh Samra, MD of the bank, said the Capital Local Area Bank forayed into the banking sector in 2000. "At present, we have 31 branches in Punjab with nearly 2,37,000 customers."

Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, Congress leaders RL Bhatia, MLA OP Soni, Jasbir Singh Dimpa and others were also present on the occasion.