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Water cannons used to disperse protesting teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Water cannons were used by the police to disperse the protesting members of the Unemployment PTI (Kurukshetra University) Teachers Union Punjab at Matka Chowk, Sector 17, this afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 1.45 p.m. when the teachers marched to Matka Chowk and tried to lift barricades. The police personnel, already present there due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation, were taken by surprise at this development. They immediately swung into action and tried to disperse the protesters.

The undeterred protesters however, continued to shout slogans even as the police threw water cannons on them. The protesters, then sat down on the road and started raising slogans.

Interestingly, farmers present there in hundreds to press for their demands gathered around the protesters not knowing suddenly what had happened. Talking to TNS, the protesters said they wanted their demand of jobs to be fulfilled.

They claimed that on February 8, the high court gave directions to fill the vacant posts. However, nothing had been done about it yet.

“We should be issued appointment letters according to the high court directions,” stated a protester. The OSD to Chief Minister later visited the spot and was handed over a memorandum by the union. He assured them that their demands would be looked into. 



Ex-PU Prof appointed Fellow in Academy of Sciences 
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

 Rajinder Jeet Hans-Gill
Prof Rajinder Jeet Hans-Gill

Chandigarh, September 12
Prof Rajinder Jeet Hans-Gill is a lady of many letters and numbers. Retired last year from the Department of Mathematics at Panjab University she has added another 'numeral' to her many-feathered cap with her recent appointment as Fellow into the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), formerly known as the Third World Academy of Sciences.

An autonomous international organisation founded in Trieste, Italy, in 1983 under the leadership of the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development.

The Academy's Fellows and Associate Fellows (of which there are more than 700) are elected from amongst the world's most distinguished scientists and Prof Hans-Gill was one of 44 scientists inducted into the academy this year on September 4 and only one of the three from the field of Mathematical Sciences.

And needless to add, this affable lady is delighted. "I have been teaching for many, many years and of course I was not expecting this. Someone must have forwarded my name," she smiles.

Prof Hans-Gill's is known for her work within the field of pure mathematics-number theory with specialisation in the geometry of numbers-but mathematics happened to her quite by accident.

"The medical profession was my first love. My father was a doctor and I wanted to be like him." But the school in Gujjarwal near Ludhiana, where she was studying, did not offer maths and science. "So medicine was out of the question but my father taught me maths at home, so one can say it is my second love."

From then on it was mathematics all the way. After her graduation and masters degree from Ludhiana she came to Panjab University on a research scholarship and started working here.

At this time Prof R P Bambah took her in as his student and in 1964 when he decided to go the US, he took three of his research students with him. One of them was Prof Hans-Gill.

It was here, at Ohio State University that she got her PhD and even taught for a year and a half before coming back to India in 1967.

Today she is a NBHM (National Board for Higher Math) visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Study in Mathematics at PU and spends her time pottering amongst numbers, "continuing my research work on quadratic forms and view obstruction problems and learning more maths."

As for her successes, she says there is no formula except "a passion for what one does, coupled with hard-work and consistency".

But the most rewarding aspect of her work has been teaching. "I miss it. If one has good students in the class, there is nothing that can match it," she smiles. 



Manoj wins speech contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A two-day talent search competition began at Government College, Naraingarh, Ambala district, today. In the first phase, a speech competition, poetry recitation and a quiz competition were held.

Manoj Kumar of BA III won the speech competition. He spoke on the topic of bribery. Vijay Pal of BA III and Manisha Kalra of B.Com III stood second and third, respectively. In poetry recitation, Harpreet Kaur of BA III, Priyanka of BA III and Manoj of BA III stood first, second and third, respectively.

Six teams took part in the quiz competition, which was conducted by Dr Gurdev Singh Dev. The team of Gaurav, Pushkar and Anil Kumar stood first while the team of Govind, Rajendra Rana and Manish Chanana stood second. The team of Krishan Chand, Nirmal Singh and Jai Kumar was placed third.

The SDM, Naraingarh, Mr Devender Kaushik, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr Kaushik encouraged the students to work hard and aim high irrespective of their background. The Principal of the college, Dr O.P. Sihag, urged the students to make the best of the opportunity. 



Induction course for KV teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Thirtyseven teachers from different regions have converged on KV 2, 3 BRD Air Force Station here today for a week-long induction course for newly appointed TGT English.

Mr S.S. Sehrawat, Assistant Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh Region, was the chief guest.

Mrs Ranjana Bassi, course director and Principal of the host school, while welcoming the chief guest apprised the participants about the objectives of the course.

She highlighted the need for activity-based teaching and stressed on the multifarious role of English teachers.

Mr Sehrawat talked about the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan. Mrs Tripta Singh, vice-principal, thanked the chief guest and the participants.



DA on central pattern for Landran college staff
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
In order to attract and retain qualified and experienced faculty, the management of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, announced DA at Central Government rates for all faculty members with M.Tech. degree and three years’ teaching experience.

Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, said here today that parents and students had reposed overwhelming faith in the management of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges as evident from cent per cent admission in various courses.

Dr G.D. Bansal, principal, informed that on Teacher’s Day, this year, all faculty members of this college with postgraduate degrees and five years’ experience were promoted.



Court attaches salary of ADGP, Shimla
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Mrs Harreet Kaur today issued an order to attach the salary of the Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order), Shimla, Mr D.S.Thind, for not appearing in the court in a case of cheque bounce filed by a Sector 9 resident, Mrs Aninder Kaur Jawanda.

The orders to attach the salary will remain in force till the appearance of the ADGP before the court. For compliance, the orders were today sent to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shimla, to be served on the ADGP thorough the DGP, Shimla.

Sources said the complainant, Ms Jawanda, had filed a case under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. He had allegedly prepared fake registration documents of agricultural land in Chappar Chidi , Kharar.

Following the dispute, the two parties had entered into a compromise and the ADGP had reportedly agreed to pay Rs 90 lakh to Ms Jawanda. As part of the agreement, a Rs 50 lakh cheque of State Bank of India (SBI) was issued to Mrs Jawanda. But the cheque bounced.

After filing of the case, the ADGP failed to receive the bai able warrants and then non-bail able warrants from the summoning court. 



Lawyers seek proper sitting arrangements
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
Lawyers put up their furniture on the premises of the judicial court complex in Phase III B1 here today and started work even though no official permission had been provided by authorities concerned in this regard.

More than 60 lawyers put up tables and chairs and entertained their clients while sitting in the open. It is reported that police personnel on duty objected to this activity of the lawyers and closed the main gate of the building. This however, did not, deter certain lawyers.

It is learnt that some lawyers of the Kharar Bar Association also objected to this and reported the matter to the Additional Civil Judge, Senior Division, Ms Poonam Ratti.

Mr N.S. Minhas, president of the SAS Nagar District Bar Association, said it was the fundamental right of lawyers to sit near a court complex. He said that more than a month had passed since they had been making requests to the authorities concerned to make some arrangements for them but nothing had been done so far.

He said a meeting was held yesterday and it was decided to use the open space for sitting by lawyers till alternative arrangements were made. He said there was only one bar room which could be used only by lawyers and nobody else could enter it. As such it had become very difficult to discuss cases with clients.

Mr M.S.Chohan, general secretary of the association, said the organisation was ready to give an undertaking that the present arrangement was only temporary in nature and lawyers would immediately vacate the space when alternative arrangements were made by authorities concerned. He claimed that Ms Poonam Ratti had seen the lawyers sitting in the open but did not object.

The Judicial courts had started functioning from the building of a community centre on July 24. There was a scramble among lawyers for occupying space to place their tables and chairs outside the court complex. They were, however, not permitted by security personnel to have their way. 



Theatre has to be innovative for survival: actor
S.D. Sharma

Rajendra Gupta
Rajendra Gupta

“I weigh theatre in the scale of utility. What it offers should have meaning for life that we live and also for society we live in,” observed Mumbai-based thespian, cine actor and director Rajendra Gupta. In town to direct a play ‘Sirphire’ for the IPTA chapter of Mumbai in the ongoing national theatre festival, Rajendra shared his experiences and viewpoint on various aspects of the theatre with The Tribune.

Elaborating his viewpoint further he reiterated that theatre was the most effective medium for communication citing an oblique reference of a theatre production ‘Chankya’ in English of which he is part. ‘The theme of’ management’ in its wider perspective had been so immaculately elucidated that we have staged many shows for the major corporate companies on persistent demand. Likewise the powerful yet entertaining realm of theatre art can be utilised for other purposes of educational and social relevance.

Belonging to a business family of Panipat , Rajendra studied at Kurukshetra University before his postgraduation in direction at the National School of Drama way back in 1972. Despite impressive roles in 27 films, including Lagaan, Sehar, Ammu, Hatya Mission Kashmir and Apne and a marathon TV serial Chanderkanta, Saya, Dulhan, forthcoming Kasme Vaade and Raavan, the theatre is his first love.

Theatre teaches you to articulate and communicate your emotions and views in a candid and spontaneous expression. He maintains that ideal theatre is loyal to its people, their language, social realities and worthy of constant communication with the future. Any performance which touches your inner soul and tends to represent your sentiments is the ideal theatre production.

Terming the theatre festivals as an annual ritual Rajendra Gupta negated its contribution in the proliferation of the art. Rather theatre has to be more vibrant and innovative for its survival. Unlike the cinema where budding actors are projected during publicity the theatre is no more an ‘actors’ medium’ as only the ‘directors’ dominate the show.

Actors like me cannot be choosers for the film roles in view of financial constraints but for theatre we impose our opinion, says Gupta. ‘The factors like my impassioned love for the art, dreams, emotions and even failures constitute the driving force for my struggle to stardom as the best has yet to come from me, he professed.



Exploring the richness of dialects
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Alakh Nandan
Alakh Nandan

Chandigarh, September 12
As a man of the arts, Alakh Nandan has achieved more than others in his league. Having spent decades in the field of theatre, he has added several new dimensions to it. But his greatest achievement, by far, has been his ability to bust the myth that theatre can happen best in the more popular languages like Hindi and English.

Strange it may sound but Nandan has adapted “Waiting for Godo” to perfection in Chhattisgarhi. Not just that, he has also modified other western classics into Indian dialects like Bundeli, Bagheli and Bundelkhandi.

In Chandigarh today to stage one of his finest productions “Charpai” during the ongoing theatre festival at the Tagore Theatre, the thespian said the process of adapting stories into local dialects was not tough at all.

“It may seem so on the surface but it is not difficult. The simple reason is that local dialects are very rich, both with tradition and cultural influences. We have long underestimated them as narrow in appeal and weak in constitution. But in reality, they offer tremendous scope for assimilation. Any form of modern or post-modern literature can be translated into them,” he said.

Born in Bihar, Alakh Nandan grew up in the lap of tradition, picking up influences as they came. Hardly had he known that these influences would return to inspire him when he would get ready to seek an awakening through theatre. After initial training and dabbling in theatre at Jabalpur, Nandan moved to Bhopal as assistant director of Rangmandal — the famed theatre repertory of Bharat Bhavan.

“I was there for nine years, struggling to help the local population make sense of theatre. Being at Rangmandal was a challenge as we were expected to create space for theatre in a city which never had a tradition of theatre,” said Nandan.

“Soon we were commercialising theatre without even the intention of doing so,” said Nandan, recalling how people of Bhopal who had never seen theatre were beginning to pay to watch productions.

He has written five plays to date; the first being “Chanda Bedhni”, inspired by the tale of a community called Bedhni whose women traditionally practiced prostitution. “The story centred on one such bedhni (prostitute) whom the King fancied. Envious of the growing power of a prostitute over her husband, the queen engineers her murder and succeeds.

But even in her death, the prostitute inspires a generation. She goes down in history as a legend. Today many landmarks in cities like Bhopal and Udaipur are dedicated to her,” Nandan says.

“We speak for the voiceless. We also speak against the establishment lest complacency sets in and we, as a society, begin to rot,” says Nandan, who was just awarded Shikhar Samman — the highest award any artiste can get in Madhya Pradesh.



True expression of French play’s adaptation
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, September 12
The Mumbai chapter of the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA) staged the play ‘Sirphire’ on the third day of the National Theatre Festival at the Tagore Theatre here yesterday.

The thematic essence of the convincing and authenticated adaptation of French Noble laureate Albert Kamu’s ‘The Just Assassins’ found true expression in the presentation.

Acclaimed film actor Rajendra Gupta employed his directorial expertise to depict the ideological dimensions of the problem due to the widening gap between the royal rich and the poor during anarchy.

There was an oblique reference to the untoward happenings in Nepal during the struggle against the insensitive and oppressive attitude of those at the helm of affairs.

History repeated itself as a group of patriotic revolutionaries emerged to check and change the ideological superstructure of the ruling class.

Armed with an impassioned and determined idealism, the group engaged itself in fighting the corrupt system, injustice and oppression, but failing, at times, to get rid of their emotions while executing the plans.

Under the brilliant direction, Rahul Joshi, Nivedita Bauntiyal, Sanjay Sharma and Neeraj Pandey excelled.

The background musical score and chiaroscuro effects augmented the production level, which had an all-time relevance for the socio-political milieu.



Enthralling performance by Kumud Diwan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 12
The baithak concert organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra here was a blend of the classicism of Benares and the finesse of Lucknow. Endowed with a sonorous voice, Delhi-based vocalist Kumud Diwan reflected the inimitable ‘gayaki’ style of Shanti Hiranand, disciple of Begum Akhtar.

Kumud began her recital with the composition ‘Sachi kaho mohse’ in ‘Raaga Mishra Khamaj’, which showed her strong base in applying ‘khatka’ and ‘murkhi’.

She bared the ‘shringar rasa’ in the next rendition of a ‘dadra’ in ‘Raaga Pilu’.

She moved on to present an item in ‘Raaga Pahari’, which was well received.

As she doled out a ‘kajri’ in a light classical mould, her voice and persona had the audience spellbound.

She continued to regale the audience with her mastery in presenting more numbers.

As the grand finale, she sang Begum Akhtar’s ghazal ‘Un aankhon ka aalam’, followed by Shakeel Badayuni’s nazm ‘Ae mohabbat tere anjaam pe rona aaya’.

Kumud’s flawless Urdu diction and rendering of ghazals were reminiscent of Begum Akhtar’s golden voice.

She was accompanied by Jaishankar Mishra (tabla), Mohan Rawat (harmonium), Vinod Pawar (saarangi) and Pushpita Sen (taanpura).



Theatre workshop begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
To make teaching and learning a pleasure, a 20-day theatre workshop by CEVA Resource Centre began at The British School, Sector 8, here today. Ms Harleen Kohli, along with her team, is conducting the workshop for children in the age group of seven to 10 years.

They began with familiarisation exercise coupled with games and activities that saw enthusiastic participation of students. The students will be exposed to various group games, pattern blocks, drawing, story narration and building a story. In the end, a story is evolved and the students are told to enact it.

Polish and Bulgarian participants added an international flavour to the theatre workshop. The school plans to hold such events regularly by making these a part of the curriculum.

During evening hours, a workshop for foundation year II students is being organised by Joana and Magdha Barveeka. TBS Music Art Workshop holds music exercises, dancing activities and group games which focus on children’s group cooperation and self-confidence.



Baring the rot that poverty brings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Alakh Nandan’s “Charpai” made a strong statement. Set in a lower middle-class home where even square meals a day is a matter of privilege, the play brings pressing concerns to the fore. Where on the one hand it bares the ever-widening chasm between the rich and the poor, on the other it trails the process of decadence of a family - at the root of which is poverty.

The script by Rameshwar Prem evokes deepest emotions as it follows the life of a man trapped by circumstances. All his life he has laboured hard, saved enough money and sent it back to his ancestral home where his family lives. But when it is time to seek some rest post-retirement, he can’t have it. Even after years of hard work, he has remained poor, unable to feed his family and escape the wrath that follows.

His return is not a happy occasion — neither for him nor his family. As he enters his home, where he has longed to be for years, he finds no company. Lying on his cot — which the director uses as a symbol of lower middle-class penury — he bears the brunt of his situation. Among the many things he endures is alienation from his family and dissociation from his somewhat honourable past. Time and again he is rebuked by his own people for lying on the cot when all of them sleep on the floor. It is in this derision of the principal character that the justification of the title lies.

The play, staged at Tagore Theatre, is also about how money makes the mare go and how its dearth can make all the difference. Bonded to one another by nothing expect suffering, members of the family live a wasted life, making no attempt to mend the situation.

Contrarily, they find excuses for their misery and blame one another for the rot they suffer.

The lower middle-class sensibility is finely dealt with in the production that has well-chosen musical scores composed Pt Ravishankar Bhaskar, Chandra Barkar, Banraj Bhatia and Sultan Khan. Rivlal Sangde has presented the songs for the play. Ajay Singh Pal does a fine job as the protagonist. Other actors in the production include Priyanka Thakur, Bishna Chauhan, Lata Sangde, Amit Sharma, Javed Zaidi and Mahendra Singh.

The play was part of the ongoing theatre festival organised by the Haryana Public Relations and Culture Department.


Oriental Insurance holds blood donation camp on foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Oriental Insurance Company today organised a blood donation camp as part of its 60th Foundation Day celebrations here today.
Over 100 donors, mainly employees, donated blood . The camp was organised in association with the Department of Blood Transfusion, PGI.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr G C Geylong, Chief Regional Manager said: " We express our sincere gratitude to our clients and patrons for making Oriental Insurance Company the second largest non-life insurance company in India. We also appreciate the valuable contribution made by our employees in general and marketing personnel, including agents, in particular, for achieving the feat."

Oriental Insurance Company was incorporated at Bombay on September 12, 1947. The company was a wholly owned subsidiary of Oriental Government Security Life Assurance Company. it was formed to carry general insurance business. The company was a subsidiary of Life Insurance Corporation of India from 1956 to 1973 (till general insurance business was nationalised in the country).

In 2003 all shares of the company held by General Insurance Corporation of India were transferred to the Central Government.



Shishu Niketan upset holders St Stephen’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
An unbeaten knock of 59 runs studded with eight fours enabled Shishu Niketan to have an edge over the defending champions St Stephen’s School-45 in the third Molly Carver Memorial High Schools Cricket Tournament, being organised by DP Azad Academy at the St Stephen’s ground in Togan, near here, today.

Batting first, Stephen’s scored 106 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Akshay Sharma (27 with two fours) and Gaurav Puri (25 with three fours) were their main scorers. Anurag contributed 17 runs.

In reply, Shishu Niketan achieved the target in 18.4 overs, as they made 108 runs for 5 wickets. Neeraj Joshi stole the limelight with an unbeaten knock of 59 runs. His innings contained eight fours.

He and Sahil (13) contributed 55 runs for the second wicket.

In another match, half century by Pawan helped Stepping Stones of Sector 37 to defeat Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 by 22 runs.

Stepping Stones made 136 for 6 in 20 overs. In reply, the GNPS could make 113 for 8.

Brief scores:

St Stephen’s-45: 106-6 in 20 overs :

(Akshay Sharma 27, Gaurav Puri 25, Anurag 17, Neeran Kumar 1 for 14, Vinod 1 for 23).

Shishu Niketan-22: 108 for 5 in 18.4 overs (Neeraj Joshi 59 not out 8x4s, Sahil 13, Vinod 12, Jaspreet Singh 1 for 9, Gaurav Puri 1 for

3, Akshay Sharma 1 for 17, Partik 1 for 25).

Stepping Stones-37: 135 for 6 in 20 overs

(Pawan 50 7x4s, 1x6, Pamod 27, Abhishek 13, Himanshu 1 for 18, Amrit Pal 1 for 6, Shubham 1 for 23)

Guru Nanak Public School-36: 113 for 8 in 20 overs (Jaskaran 26, 5x4s,

Shubham 21, Abhishek 3 for 11, Depak 2 for 14, Varin 2 for 20).

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

St Stephen’s Togan vs Shivalik Public School-41 (8 a.m.) and DAV-15 vs St Xavier’s Mohali (12.30 p.m).



St Xavier’s beat Vivek High by 30 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
St Xavier’s High School, Mohali, carved out an easy 30-run triumph over Vivek High School, Sector 38, in the third Molly Carver Memorial High Schools Cricket Tournament being played at St Stephen’s School, Togan, near here yesterday.

St Xavier’s scored 102 runs before being dismissed in 19 overs. Paramdeep Singh (18 runs, 3 fours) and Harkiran Singh (17 runs, 2 fours) were their main scorers. Simran Mann remained not out on 14.

Deadly bowling spells by Harpreet Singh (4 for 21) and Harkiran Singh (4 for 20) demolished the hopes of Vivek High School who were bowled out for 72 runs in 17 overs. Only Abhinav (15 runs, 2 fours) and Shivam Bhambri (14 runs, 2 fours) played defiant knocks but in vain.

Arjun (3 for 17), Parth (2 for 25) and Suryansh (2 for 21) were the wicket takers for Vivek High School.

Brief scores: St Xavier’s: 102 in 19 overs (Harkiran 17, Paramdeep Singh 18, Simran Mann 14 not out, Parth 2 for 25, Arjun 3 for 17, Suryansh 2 for 21).

Vivek High School: 72 all out in 17 overs (Shivam Bhambri 14, Abhinav 15, Naman 11, Harpreet 4 for 21, Harkiran Singh 4 for 20).

Tomorrow’s fixtures: St Stephen’s-45 vs Shishu Niketan-22 (8.30 am) and Guru Nanak Public School-36 vs Stepping Stone-37 (1.30 pm).



Top cricketers to play in JP Atray tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Indian Oil Corporation, Mumbai, will take on All India Associate Banks, Bangalore, in the opening match of the 13th edition of the 12-day All India JP Atray Cricket Tournament to be held from September 17 to 28 at DAV School, Sector 8, here yesterday.

Addressing mediapersons at a local hotel here, the convener of the tournament, Mr Vivek Atray, said, “In the tournament, under the auspices of the Punjab Cricket Association and recognised by the BCCI, many top cricketers like Ritendera Sodhi, Gagandeep Singh, Pankaj Dharmani, Ajay Ratra, Sarandeep Singh, Rahul Sanghvi, Gagan Khoda, Joginder Sharma, A.T. Rayudu, B. Akhil, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Zafar, Rohit Sharma, Abbas Ali, Vankatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Dheeraj Jadhav, Naman Ojha, Parveen Kumar, Sidharth Trivedi, Neeraj Patel, Robin Utthapa and VRV Singh etc are likely to be seen in action”.

“Although the Indian Cricket Team is on tour to Malaysia till September 24, the local cricket fans will have the opportunity of seeing the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Mongia, R.P. Singh, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Virendra Sehwag, if Air India, Mumbai Cricket Association, Punjab Cricket Club or ONGC make it to the semi-finals stage”, said Mr Atray.

Briefing about the tournament format, Mr Sushil Kapoor, organising secretary, said, “The matches will be of 50 over each under the latest ICC rules for one day cricket and the SG Test Cricket Balls will be used. In case of rain interruption or curtailed matches the Duck-Worth and Lewis method will be applicable for the revised target.

The tournament format is on league-cum-knock out basis and the 12 participating teams have been divided into four pools of three teams each with the two top teams from each pool making the cut for the quarter finals after the league stage”.

Due to ICC Champions Trophy matches, this time no match would be played at the PCA ground, Mohali. As such the final of the tournament would be a day affair unlike last year. The other venues for the tournament will be Tau Devi Lal Cricket grounds, Sector 3, Panchkula, DAV College, Sector 10, and St. John’s High School, Sector 26, added Mr Kapoor.

The tournament, which has become one of the premier Tournaments of the country, is being held in the memory of late J.P. Atray, former ADGP, Haryana, who was a great lover and administrator of the cricket.

His Excellency, Dr. A.R. Kidwai, Governor, Haryana, would be the chief guest in the final match to be played at the Sector 3 Cricket Stadium, Panchkula.



Chandigarh thrash Panchkula by 10 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A fiery bowling spell by Mandeep Singh (4 for 7) helped Chandigarh thrash Panchkula by 10 wickets in the inaugural match of the Pataudi Trophy (Haryana inter-district tournament) at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology in Barwala today.

Resuming the innings with a lead of 45 runs, Chandigarh mustered a respectable total of 181 runs, getting a lead of 109 runs in the first innings, with Karan Kherwal playing an unbeaten knock of 46 runs.

Panchkula were bundled out for 126 runs in the second innings, with Mandeep bowling a fine spell of 2.3 overs.

Only Vishal Sahni, who scored 57 runs, could make a mark while opener Mandeep Singla scored 21 runs.

Chandigarh needed just 17 runs to win the match and they reached the target in 2.3 overs without losing a wicket.

Brief scores: Panchkula (1st innings): 72 all out (Tejwinder Gill 26, Mandeep Singla 18, Sumit Narwal 3 for 17, Vipul Chadha 3 for 3, Ajay Sikka 2 for 21); Chandigarh (1st innings): 181 all out (Amardeep Sonkar 49, Karan Kherwal 46 n.o., Kapil Pandey 5 for 30, Jitender Billa 2 for 51, Umesh Kaira 2 for 63); Panchkula (2nd innings): 126 all out (Vishal Sahni 57, Mandeep Singla 21, Mandeep Singh 4 for 7, Sumit Narwal 2 for 26); Chandigarh (2nd innings): 19 without loss.



Khalsa College student a promising swimmer
Tribune News Service

Gurbinder Kaur
Gurbinder Kaur

Chandigarh, September 12
The beginning of Gurbinder Kaur’s career in swimming was just a matter of chance. Her father Jharmal Singh, himself a Punjab’s senior football coach, wanted her to take up football, but had to drop the idea after seeing her passion for aquatic sport.

With her fine performances at state and national levels, Gurbinder proved that her choice was a right step. She has made her family, well wishers and coach proud by winning the Punjab State Senior Swimming Championship five times on a trot.

Gurbinder, a student of BA II at Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, was also declared ‘the fastest swimmer of Punjab’ in the Senior State Championship held at Ropar recently. There she bagged four gold medals. In 2004, Gurbinder was the only swimmer of the state who qualified for the Senior National Swimming Championship and competed in the event with Olympians like Shikha Tandon.

Apart from these, Gurbinder stole the limelight in the National School Games at Sirsa in 2004, where she not only won a gold medal but created a record in back stroke also. She clinched a silver medal too in the 50 m back stroke event.

Expressing happiness over the achievements of her daughter, Mr Jharmal Singh, a former national level football player, said, “Being a football coach I wanted my daughter to play football earlier. But I had to give up when I came to know about her love for swimming”, said the proud father.

Gurbinder, who started swimming nine years ago, has been honing her skills under the watchful eyes of Gurcharan Singh Chan, SAI coach at NIS, Patiala. Praising the commitment of this 18-year-old swimmer, Chan said, “Gurbinder is very particular about her training schedule. Her commitment towards the game would catapult her to the highest level”.

“She is very strong in the back stroke event but I stress on all round training. She will be ready for international events after two years”, added Chan.

Gurbinder, whose aim is to win Olympic medal, has been preparing hard as she covers 10 to 15 km distance daily in pool. 



MCM DAV win archery contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, clinched the top position in the Panjab University Inter-College (Women) Archery (Indian round) Championship with 1,394 points at PU campus here today.

The second place went to DAV College, Abohar, whereas the hosts finished third with 1,367 and 1,329 points, respectively.

Results: Team: 1 MCM-36 (Raman, Ratinder, Yogita) 1394 pts, 2 DAV College, Abohar, (Monika, Pallavi, Neelam Kamboj) 1367, 3 PU Campus (Gagandeep, Savitoj, Rinchan, Mini Garg) 1329.

Individual all-round: 1 Sarita Jhinjha (DAV, Abohar) 557 pts, 2 Sunita (Bhag Singh Khalsa College, Abohar) 555, 3 Ratinder (MCM-36) 542.

30m: 1 Sarita Jhinjha (DAV, Abohar) 302 pts, 2 Ratinder (MCM-36) 298, 3 Sunita (Bhag Singh, Abohar) 294.

50m: 1 Sunita (Bhag Singh, Abohar) 261 pts, 2 Sarita (DAV, Abohar) 255, 3 Raman (MCM-36) 254. 



KB DAV swimmers win 3 gold medals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Three swimmers of KB DAV School, Sector 7 won three gold, one silver and three bronze medals during the CBSE North Zone -1 Inter-School Swimming Championship held in New Delhi in September 8 to 10.

Karan Bhai won a gold medal each in 50 m and 100 m breast stroke along with a silver in 200 m breast stroke event. Sparsh Arora won one bronze each in 50 m breast stroke and 50 m butterfly events while Ishaan Bakshi clinched one gold in 50 m breast stroke and a bronze medal in 200 m free style event during the championship held at Delhi Public School, Sector XII, RK Puram, New Delhi. 



DAV College beat CCET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, lost to DAV College, Malout, 0-3 in the Panjab University Inter-College Table Tennis (Men) Tournament at PU Gymnasium Hall here today.

Thew other results are as follow:

Government College, Sector 11, b MM DAV College, Gidderbaha, 3-0 (Vinayak b Dinkar 11-7, 13-11, 11-6; Manoj b Arvind 11-5, 11-7, 12-10; Jatinder b Karan 11-9, 11-8, 11-7).

SCD Government College, Ludhiana b SA College, C&M, Ludhiana, 3-2 (Anil lost to Piyush 9-11, 11-7, 3-11, 6-11; Atul b Vikrant 11-4, 11-5, 11-1; Kulwinder b Manish 11-3, 11-5, 11-6; Atul lost to Piyush 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4, 9-11; Anil b Vikrant 7-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8).

DAV College, Malout, b CCET-26, 3-0 (Vishal b Anshul 11-1, 11-4, 11-4; Sumit b Gaurav 11-2, 11-4, 11-6; Ajaypal b Shashank 11-0, 11-5, 11-4).

DAV College, Abohar, b GN Khalsa College, Abohar, 3-0 (Aman beat Gaurav 11-5, 11-2, 11-7; Arinder b Gurpreet 11-6, 11-6, 11-8; Vikram b Inderpal 11-0, 11-2, 11-3).

GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, b DM College, Moga, 3-2 (Kamaldeep lost to Sumit 4-11, 12-10, 8-11, 8-11; Kamaljeet b Danjinder 11-8, 11-7, 11-8; Parminder lost to Ashish 5-11, 6-11, 8-11; Kamaljeet b Sumit 6-11, 10-12, 11-6, 14-12, 14-12; Kamaldeep b Danjinder 11-8, 11-8, 11-7).



Rowing championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh State Junior Rowing Championship for Men and Women will be held at the Lake Club on September 16 at 6.30 am. The following events will be conducted:

Single scull (1 x) (open for men and women), double scull (2 x) (open men and women), coxless pairs (2 -) (open for men and women), coxless fours (4 -) (open for men and women).

The entries will close with Mr Parmod Kumar Singla, Honorary Secretary, Chandigarh Rowing Association, or Mr Arvind Sehgal, rowing coach, on September 15 at 6 pm.

All oars boys/girls born on or after January 1, 1988, are eligible for the championship.



Chandigarh team take 45-run lead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
The Chandigarh team took a 45-run lead in the first innings in the inaugural match of the Pataudi Trophy (Haryana Inter-District Tournament) at the end of play on day one at the JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, near here, yesterday.

Winning the toss, Chandigarh captain Ajay Sikka invited Panchkula team to bat first. Ajay Sikka (2 for 21) and Sumit Narwal (3 for 17) gave early breakthroughs, while Vipul Chadha took 3 wickets for 3 runs in 3.1 overs. Panchkula could only manage a score of 72 runs and were all out in 40.1 overs. Tejwinder Gill (26 runs) was the top scorer from the Panchkula team. Mandeep Singla contributed 18 runs to the total.

In reply, the Chandigarh team took a lead of 45 runs with the Amardeep Sonkar scoring 49 runs. Kapil Pandey claimed 4 wickets for 21 runs.

Brief scores:

Panchkula District Team: 72 all out in 40.1 overs (Tejwinder Gill 26, Mandeep Singla 18, Sumit Narwal 3 for 17, Vipul Chadha 3 for 3, Ajay Sikka 2 for 21).

Chandigarh District Team: 117 for 7 wickets in 44 overs (Amardeep Sonkar 49, Sansar Bali 14, Kapil Pandey 4 for 21, Jitender Billa 1 for 25).



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