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Gulzar has date with Punjabi varsity
Attends convocation

Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 29
With Oscar-awardee Gulzar attending the 33rd convocation of Punjabi University, Patiala, it was a dream come true for the students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Centre of Advanced Media Studies.

After the convocation, Gulzar reached the Department of Journalism for an interactive section with the students who were looking forward to making a career in cinema or journalism.

Talking about his writings, Gulzar said it was very important to be deeply attached with a subject before putting it down. Like a soul is attached to God, you have to first connect to a subject and believe in what you write. Only then can you write something meaningful.

On being questioned about his favourite work, he said Maachis was his favourite till date. It was a subject really close to my heart. Writing, directing and getting the movie approved from the Censor Board was my biggest achievement. Above all the viewers’ acceptance of such a delicate topic was what made it unique. I am in love with Punjabiyat and through this movie, I could express my love along with highlighting the problems of both quarters of society — terrorists and victims. I am sure that was my best work ever, he added.

Asked about the difference in writing for your own film and for some other director, he smiled and said there was a lot of difference. “When I direct myself, I am closely attached to the film and pour all my feelings into the movie and when someone else directs it, he interprets it in his own way and in his own style.”



Woman, paramour held for killing husband
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 29
The Patiala police today claimed to have arrested a woman, Supriya, and her paramour Charinder on charges of “murdering” Pawan Kumar Chibby, who was Supriya’s husband.

According to the police, Supriya, and Charinder Singh, alias Happy, and Gaurav Sharma, alias Lucky, were involved in a conspiracy to kill Patiala resident Chibby, who was missing since December 23 night. While two of the accused have been arrested, one of their accomplices Gaurav is still at large.

Making this revelation, Patiala IG Paramjit Singh Gill said that Pawan went missing under mysterious circumstances on the intervening night of December 23, 24. His swift car bearing registration number PB-11AH 0624 was also untraceable. On the basis of information given by Supriya, a report of missing was lodged at Police Station Division Number 4. Subsequently, a team of senior police officials under SP (detective) Gurdeep Singh Pannu was constituted.

During investigations, cops noticed that there were several bloodstains in Pawan Kumar’s bedroom. The circumstantial evidence was enough to gauge that the crime had been committed by someone close to Pawan.

Giving further details, SSP Ranbir Singh Khattra said that Charinder worked as a driver of Pawan Kumar till six months back. “Pawan’s wife Supriya developed illicit relations with Charinder and used to meet him in Pawan’s absence. Six months back, Pawan spotted Supriya and Charinder in a compromising position. Immediately Charinder was thrown out of his job. But the duo still kept meeting”, he said.

SSP added that finally, Supriya and Charinder decided to do away with Pawan. “Supriya told Charinder that on December 23, she, along with her two kids, would go to her parent’s home at Chintpurni, Ropar. Pawan Kumar would be alone at home and he could kill him and destroy the evidence”, cops told mediapersons.

Officials further disclosed that as per the planning Supriya went to Ropar along with her kids and on the intervening night of December 23, 24, Charinder and his friend Gaurav killed Pawan Kumar with sharp-edged weapon, while he was sleeping in his home. The duo took away Pawan’s body in the Swift car and threw it in the Bhakra Canal at Ganda Kheri.The police informed that Pawan’s body was being searched in the Bhakra Canal. A case under Sections 302,201,120-B, 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

Meanwhile, the Patiala cops have solved another murder case of vegetable vendor Radhe Shyam, alias Shori. Radhey was found murdered in the fields of a government poultry farm, Jail Road, on December 27. The deceased was murdered using sharp-edged weapons.

“Radhe used to stand on roadside at Marhian Road Tripri. He used to sell vegetables at a cheaper rates to his permanent customers, because of which another vegetable vendor Rinku had a problem. On December 27, Rinku along with his friend Baljinder called Radhe to have liquor together. While the three were sitting together, Rinku and Baljinder stabbed and killed Radhe”, disclosed SSP Ranbir Singh Khattra.



Looking Ahead-2010
Building activity likely to pick up
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 29
A number of constructions in the district are to take shape in the year 2010.

But promises made by political leaders to bring about development in the area have taken a back seat.

Construction work of World Sikh University began this year that would make the district an epicenter of Sikh religious studies. While the SAD-BJP government has kept its promise of commitment towards religious project, it has not been able to maintain the dilapidated haveli of Diwan Todar Mal. The people feel that the government must declare the haveli a monument and work for its restoration.

Politicians had a busy time securing edge over each other by announcing grants or laying foundation stone of projects like bridges and flyovers. The construction of flyover at Brahman Majra village, which started this year, is expected to be completed by 2010 year end.

In 2010, the residents of Bassi Pathana, Khamano, Sirhind, Mandi Gobindgarh and Khamano blocks want basic amenities to be provided to them.

Shortage of drinking water, potholed roads and limited sewerage capacity needs immediate augmentation.

The Chief Minister gave a grant Rs 2 crore for various developmental works, which has not been sufficient enough. A multi specialty hospital near Peer Jain village has been waiting for funds for the past many years.

The district has witnessed high number of fatal accidents. A multi-pronged approach towards upgrading medical facility for victims, speedy rescue operations and adequate mitigating methods are needed to improve the situation.

Major accidents were reported at GT Road, Sirhind, Mandi Gobindgarh and Khamano wherein 17 persons have lost their lives in accidents.

The other problems, which remain on papers and have not been solved by the government, include the ill condition of ancient Aam Khas Bagh that awaits renovation and a tourism hotel that has failed to take off in the bagh despite repeated attempts and tall claims by the administration.

Immediate upgrading the Fire Department is needed. Presently, the department is one man show for the past many years and despite buying two fire tenders no second employee has been recruited.



Irregular LPG supply irks residents
Hemant kumar

Kalka, December 29
Resentment continued to prevail among thousands of LPG consumers with regard to the irregular supply of LPG gas for the past couple of months.

Consumers of Bharat Gas Agency, Kalka, said as the gas agency discontinued to deliver cylinders, consumers had to stand in long queues to get cylinders.

Consumers of the Indane Gas Agency, Kalka, are facing the same problem.

Some of the senior citizens of Kalka alleged that the irregular supply caused a great inconvenience to them.

They rued that the Indane Gas Agency made unnecessary delays in the delivery of cylinders.

“The agency books a cylinder after 21 days of the last delivery and makes the next delivery after 27 days, which means 48 days are needed by an agency to deliver cylinders,” said a resident.

Students denied admission

Residents of Morni Hill, which falls under the Shivalik Board of Reserved Hills, have condemned the department of higher education for not allowing students to take admission in Diploma in Education (DEd).

Residents alleged that the admissions for the above said course at DEd institute in Morni have already been done on the merit basis.

Vijay Bansal, a local advocate and senior politician, said the department of education had reserved 50 seats in the above said course for local students.

He added that the department of higher education, Haryana, had not issued any notification in this regard till date due to which local students were denied the admission.

They have urged the higher authorities to issue notification in this regard as soon as possible.



SBoP donates Rs 1.65 lakh for SOS kids
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 29
The State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) today delivered a cheque of Rs 1.65 lakh to SOS children village situated at Rajpura.

Giving this information here today RD Modi, general manager (Planning and Development), State Bank of Patiala said the bank was always playing significant role in the field of community services banking activities. To continue this tradition and with renewal of sponsorship of 23 orphan children of SOS children village of India, the bank is sponsoring these children for their maintenance and education since 2004.

He said that the bank reiterated the commitment of the State Bank of Patiala for social development and awareness programmes in collaboration with social organisations. Modi also appreciated the endeavour of the SOS village, which had made it possible for the children to grow in a conductive environment.



Demolition of temple, gurdwara opposed
Attar Singh

Patiala, December 29
Public anger against the district administration for issuing a demolition notice to remove the ancient heritage Gurdwara Ramgarh and Kausalaya-Ram Mandir situated in Ramgarh Fort at Gharam in this district gained momentum as “Black Flag” protests were started by the Patiala Beopar Mandal here today.

Prem Choudhry, general secretary of the Patiala Beopar Mandal, described the notice issued to Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa, convener of the heritage body, as “unjust and provocative”.

The mandal appealed to the Punjab government to withdraw the notice in order to avoid any repercussions, as devotees would never allow any harm to the holy shrine.

Chaudhry urged the social organisations to save the national heritage.

He alleged that conspiracies were being hatched to damage the holy shrine. He said, “People will not hesitate to make any sacrifice to protect the holy shrine.”

Meanwhile, Dr MS Randhawa claimed that the matter was brought to the notice of the Punjab Home Secretary.



3 killed in road mishap

Ambala, December 29
Three persons were killed in a road accident near Naraingarh last evening. The police registered a case against the driver of the truck.

According to information, Ravinder Kumar, Surender Kumar and Balinder were going to their village on a motorcycle. When they were crossing the Kakar Marja village, a truck hit the motorbike. The injured were rushed to the local civil hospital where they succumbed to injuries. The police handed over the body to the relatives after a post-mortem examination. — OC



Fog leads to accidents
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 29
Fog over the district resulted in minor accidents today. There was no visibility beyond 10 yards of distance.

Due to the fog, a Corolla car met with an accident neat Navipur village. The car stepped upon a divider which resulted in minor injuries to its occupants.

Similarly, near Gunia Majri village, under Mullepur police station, a canter and a Scorpio vehicle had head on collision. Minor incidents were reported from the area near Madhopur chowk and Fly Over chowk.

The railway traffic too remained disrupted due to fog. As per the Sirhind railway station master Ramji Lal Meena most of the passenger trains were running late by an hour.

Even markets wore a deserted look due to fog and sales picked up only after sun came out at around 11 am.



Mohali witnesses rise in crime
Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 29
Recent recoveries of stolen vehicles and success in tracking down tricksters behind theft of cash, vehicles apart, car thieves and burglars continue to remain a step ahead of the Mohali police.

The percentage of detection still remains far less than the number of vehicles stolen in the past one year. Of the roughly 500 thefts cases reported in the district, the investigating officers have managed to trace down the stolen property in less than 50 per cent of the cases. During the current month, around 20 thefts cases have been registered so far.

Otherwise also, the changing economic profile of the district, especially the city is witnessing a sharp rise in thefts cases when compared to the previous year. Hard pressed with VIP duties, the investigating officers do find it hard to exclusively work on the theft cases. As a result, the acquittal rate remains much higher than the conviction rate, indicating shoddy investigations. Not only the theft cases, the incidents of burglaries have also gone up. Special drive like night dominance launched by new SSP GPS Bhullar towards the fag end of this year did result in curtailing the incidents of snatching. But still, the snatchers kept the police on its toes as around 20 incidents were registered with the police.

Similarly, the incidents of kidnappings, abduction and rape have also registered an increase during the year. The police did manage to solve more number of kidnapping cases and arrest the accused when compared to the previous year. However, the acquittals in rape cases remained higher than the convictions. In case of henious crimes like murders and dacoity, the Mohali police managed to solve a number of cases. But the police has failed to solve the sensational murder of an Airtel employee, Sameer Watts, who was shot at near Fortis Hospital in March this year.



Woman duped of Rs 60 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Three Mohali residents allegedly duped a woman of over Rs 60 lakh, which they had borrowed. The police said Hardial Kaur of Sector 33 lodged a complaint alleging that Amar Nath, Ashok Kumar and Rajesh Kumar, all residents of Mohali, had borrowed Rs 62 lakh from her husband on April 25, 1999 for purchasing a house in Sector 19.

She claimed that the accused had assured her that if they failed to return the money then they would get a will made in favour of her husband. However, they neither returned the money nor gave possession of the house.

The police has registered a case of misappropriation, cheating and criminal conspiracy against the accused.


Des Raj of Sector 46-D reported to the police that a motorcyclist, Anupam of Sector 27, rammed his vehicle into his scooter near a petrol pump in Sector 44 on December 27. He was injured in the mishap and was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving has been registered.


Anil Kumar of Palsora reported that someone had stolen engine and juicer from in front of his residence on December 23. In another incident, Naveen Kumar of NAC, Manimajra, filed a complaint with the police that someone had stolen outer unit of an air conditioner on November 25.

Two cases have been registered in this regard.



Two arrested in theft case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
The police today arrested two youngsters on charges of committing a theft at a resident of their common friend in Sector 20 here this afternoon.

One of the accused told the police that he needed money for his mother’s operation.

According to the police, 28-year-old Amit Kumar of Sector 20, a driver at the irrigation department, Haryana, told the police that he withdrew Rs 1.60 lakh from the Bank of Patiala this morning. His friend Rahul (18), a resident of Ram Darbar, was accompanying him. They came to his residence and put the money in an iron cupboard before leaving.

Amit came to his residence around 5:15 pm and found the lock of the main door broken. The cash in the cupboard was missing. He reported the matter to the police. Soon a team from the Sector 19 police station and from the crime branch reached the spot and investigated the matter.

Amit told the police that his friend Rahul was with him when he withdrew the money. The police called latter to the spot, who broke down during the interrogation and said the money was with his friend Arun.

The police conducted a raid at Arun’s residence in Ram Darbar and recovered the amount. Arun told the police that his mother had a stone in her gall bladder and was to be operated upon. He needed money for her operation.



2 killed in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 29
Two labourers died after accidental fall in two separate incidents in the district. An 18-year-old labourer, Kundan, a resident of Indira Colony, Sector 17, Panchkula, while working as a daily wage earner at Maya Gardens project, Zirakpur, slipped from the stairs of the fourth floor. He was rushed to a private hospital before being taken to a government hospital. He was declared brought dead. The mother of the victim also works as a labourer at the accident site.

Police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The autopsy will be conducted tomorrow at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

In another case, Kehar Singh, a 25-year-old labourer, died after falling from a roof at the Gulmohar City extension construction site, Habilpur village, Dera Bassi. The victim hails from Chatt village. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Equipment stolen from PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Projectors and other expensive equipment were reportedly stolen from the Advance Pediatric Centre (APC) of the PGI.

According to the police Dr Suresh Kumar Gakhar, technician in the Radiology Department in the APC, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that an overhead projector worth Rs 50,000, terarecon work station and monitor worth Rs 15 lakh were stolen from the department during the intervening night of December 26 and 27.

Sources said the investigators had examined the spot and were puzzled as no locks were broken and there were no signs of any forced entry into the room.

The police said it appeared to be the handiwork of some insiders and they had the record of the whereabouts of the staff members at the time of the reported theft of articles.

A case has been registered under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard.



Rizul shines with bat and ball
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Fine all round performance by Rizul 67 of 59 balls and 2 for 7 helped GNPS and CCA beat CC-37 by 83 runs in the first under 13 BTS Gold Cup Cricket Tournament organized by BTS Cricket Academy at Banyan Tree School Ground, Sector 48, here today.

After winning the toss GNPS & CCA elected to Bat first. Rizul made 67 runs in 59 balls with help of blasting 14 fours all around the ground. Simerjeet 38 of 35 balls (7x4) and Shubham 28 of 19 balls (5x4) were the other main scorers for their team. Aakash of CC-37 was the only bowler who slowed the scoring rate of the opponents as he took 2 wickets giving away only 16 runs.

In reply CC-37 batsmen could not withstand the accurate and tight bowling of Shubham 5 for 10 and Rizul 2 for 7 and were bundled out for 72 runs in 19.4 overs.

Aranav 17 Jagjeet 30 were the top scorers for the CC-37 team. and took 2 wickets for just 7 runs. On other end CC-37 was in problem from very first over as they lost their first 2 wickets in just 5 overs as a result they could not achieve the target and bundle out for just 72 overs.

Brief Scores:

GNPS & CCA: 155 for 2 in 20 Overs — Rizul 67, Simerjeet 38, Shubham 28, Aakash 2/16).

CC-37: 72 for all out in 19.4 Overs — Aranav 17, Jagjeet 30, Shubham 5/10, Rizul 2/7).

In the second match between Greenfield Cricket Academy and MCM Blue Caps -36, Greenfield Cricket Academy won the match by 6 wickets.

After winning the toss MCM Blue Caps - 36 elected to Bat first and scored 108 runs losing 8 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Shubham 37 runs of 25 balls (7x4) Mayank 17 of 29 balls (2x4) impressed with their batting while CC-37’s Bhav took 2 wickets giving away only 7 runs.

In reply Greenfield Cricket Academy achieved the target of 109 in just 17 overs losing only 4 wickets. Bhav 29 of 24 balls (4x4), Rishab 27 of 44 balls (4x3), Sherry 27 of 24 balls Not Out (4x4) were the top scorers for their team.

MCM’s Jaswinder impressed with his bowling spell as he took 2 wickets giving away only 15 runs.

Brief Scores:

MCM Blue Caps - 36: 108 for 8 in 20 Overs (Shubham 37, Mayank 17, Bhav 2/7)

Greenfield Cricket Academy: 109 for 4 in 17 Overs (Bhav 29, Rishab 27, Sherry 27 N.O. Jaswinder 2/15.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: First match Kundan V/S DAV Ambala at 9.00 A.M. and second match between LIC Junior and GNPS & CCA at 12.00 P.M.



Govt College for Women register victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Government College for Women, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Inter-College Weightlifting Championship with 20 points, while GGS College for Women, Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged the second position with nine points.

Government College for Girls, Sector 42, secured the third position with nine points, while PU Campus, Chandigarh, stood fourth.

Results: 48 kg: Reenu, PU Campus, 1, Preeti, GGS College, Chandigarh, 2 and Mandeep, MTSM College (W), Ludhiana, 3.

53 kg: Arshdeep, GGS College, Chandigarh, 1, Anita, PU Campus, Chandigarh, 2 and Shobha, Government College, Ludhiana, 3.

63 kg: Rajni, GC, Ludhiana, 1, Rajwinder, GCG 42, 2 and Sadhna, GN Kh College, Ludhiana, 3.

69 kg: Navjot Kaur, GC, Ludhiana, 1, Geetanjali, Dev Samaj College-45, Chandigarh, 2 and Dawinder, GCG-42, Chandigarh, 3.

75 kg: Harpreet 1, Mamta Rana 2 (both of GC Ldh, GC Ldh) and Anu Bala, MTSM College, Ludhiana, 3.

+75 kg: Narindrjeet, GPC Alour, 1, Gaganpreet, GN Kh, Ludhiana, 2 and Jasbir Kaur, GCG -42, Chandigarh, 3.



LIC Juniors outplay MCA-YPS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
A fine knock of 35 in 29 balls by Kartavya helped LIC Juniors beat MCA-YPS by one wicket in the St Soldier’s Trophy being held at St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, here today.

MCA-YPS won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 157 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Shubham (54) and Mandeep (32) were the top scorers for their team. For LIC, Arjun picked three wickets for 31 runs, while Aman scalped two wickets.

In reply, Kartavya scored 35 runs in 29 balls with the help of four fours and Akhil (27) helped LIC Juniors win the match by one wicket on the last ball. For MCA, Ravtej scalped two wickets by giving away 23 runs.

In the second match, BTS beat BVCA by four wickets in 19.2 overs. BVCA won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first six overs, they mustered 45 runs for the loss of one wicket and after that BVCA batsmen collapsed and could score only 116 for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs.

Lakhwinder 39 off 37 balls with seven fours and Akshdeep (23) were the main scorers for the BVCA, while Amrit of BTS took two wickets by giving away 18 runs in his four overs.

In reply, BTS chasing a small target scored 117 for the loss of six wickets in 19.2 overs. Shubham scored 33 off 26 balls with four fours and one six and Parvesh 19 (19) with three fours were the main scorers.

DAV-8 will take on Greenfield at St Soldier’s International School-28 at 12 pm.



SGGS College beat DM College

Chandigarh, December 29
SGGS College, Chandigarh, beat DM College, Moga, by 2-0 in the Panjab University Inter College Tennis (Men) Tournament being played on a knock-out basis on the PU campus here today. In the first match, SGGS College’s Deepinder beat DM College’s Nishant in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1, while in the second match Gaurav of SGGS beat Bhavey of DM College in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. — TNS



Handball trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Trials for the 38th Senior (women) National Handball Championship to be held from January 17 in Nagpur will be held at DAV SSS, Sector 8, on December 31.

Interested players can contact Kashmir Singh at DAV at 3 pm.



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