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Smoking at public places
Patiala collects Rs 6,100 fine
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 27
The Health Department has so far collected a fine of Rs 6,100 by way of penalty from those, who were smoking at public places.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Sham Lal Mahajan said today that the Health Department had launched a special campaign on the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner of Patiala and launched a massive drive to check sale of tobacco and tobacco products in the vicinity of educational institutions and smoking at public places.

He said Dr Vikas Goyal had been appointed the Nodal Officer to ensure implementation of the campaign. The Station Master of Patiala railway station and the General Manager of the Patiala Depot of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation had been empowered to fine those who defied the ban.

The DC had directed the Civil Surgeon to pass on instructions to the sub-divisional magistrates, Railways authorities, principals of schools and colleges, caretakers of marriage palaces and others to penalise those indulging in cigarette smoking, violating the regulation, which prohibited people from smoking at public places.

Official sources said an 18-member committee had been formed to take concrete measures in order to curb smoking in Patiala district.

The Civil Surgeon said following instructions from the Deputy Commissioner, guidelines had been issued to the senior functionaries of the Education Department to ensure that there were no shops selling cigarettes and tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of the educational institutions.

They had been told to ensure that there was no violation of this order within 100 yards of the school premises. Social organisations had also been asked to cooperate with the Health Department staff.

The marriage palaces have been instructed to put up "No Smoking” boards to make the public aware of the harmful effects of smoking. The DC sought the cooperation of the officials in the district administration to carry out the operation against smoking, which was a health hazard for people of all age groups.



Cheating Case
Baba sent to 14-day judicial remand
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, January 27
Baba Pritpal Singh, chairman of Gurdwara Gur Sagar Sahib near Sukhna Lake, was produced in the Dera Bassi court today from where he has been sent to a 14-day judicial remand.

Baba Pritpal Singh had been absconding for five months when his last bail plea in a cheating and forgery case was rejected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Baba had allegedly forged signatures of Kamaljit Kaur and sold her property for Rs 1.2 crore on basis of a fake general power of attorney, for which he had been booked in the case on May 20, 2008.

A few months ago, he and his followers on the basis of fake general power of attorney (GPA) had reportedly sold chunks of land at Madopur village to a real estate company, ATS, and some individuals in 1996. In most cases, the owners of the land had not visited the village for long.

The police during the course of investigating the case of a Rajpura resident, Paramjit Singh, who was allegedly duped of Rs 35 lakh by him, stumbled upon these startling facts. They had sold the land owned by the father of an Additional Sessions Judge posted in Punjab.



Plea to hold exam again
Tribune News Service

Lalru, January 27
Eleven students of Industrial Training Institute, Lalru, could not appear in their compartment examination conducted on Wednesday due to miscommunication in timings of the exam.

The students have appealed to the Director of the Punjab Technical Education Board to reorganise the examination for them. The students alleged that to confirm the examination schedule they had visited their institute on January 22, where the office clerk told them that their exam would take place on January 27 at 2 pm.

However, an official of the institute claimed that the actual date and time of the exam was displayed on the notice board for the betterment of the students but they did not bother to look at the board.



Ex-serviceman killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru, January 27
Ex-serviceman Jilavar Singh (53), a resident Jatana, Sonipat, Haryana, was killed after being run over by a train at the Lalru railway platform yesterday.

The police stated that the incident took place when the handicapped man was trying to board the train 2CNA (Nangal to Ambala) from the wrong side of the platform.

He fell on the railway track as his walker slipped. The train ran over his legs leaving him dead on the spot, said the police.



Mahila Cong staff resent chief’s appointment
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 27
The Mahila Congress workers, at a meeting here today, resented the appointment of Kanchan Sharma as president of the District Mahila Congress Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib.

The meeting was called by Ramesh Kaur, president of the Bassi Pathana Block Mahila Congress, and was attended by several party workers.

Neelam Rani, secretary of the District Mahila Congress, presided over. While talking to mediapersons, Neelam said there was resentment in the party over Kanchan’s appointment. She alleged that Kanchan had joined the Congress only a year ago and that she was rewarded the post in short time. She said party high command had ignored the sentiments and services rendered by its workers at the grass roots level. She said they would raise the issue with the state president.

Paramjit Kaur, Jaspal Kaur, Satya Rani and Sushila Rani were also present.



Tributes paid to principal
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 27
Representatives of various sections of the society paid tributes to retired principal SP Chopra, on his bhog ceremony, at Tyagi Mandir here yesterday.

Chopra, who retired as principal after nearly four decades of service in Punjab government education department, died at the age of 85.

Born and brought up in Patiala, Chopra was a graduate from Government Mohindra College from where he did his BA in 1949.

He joined the education department starting his career from the Government High School in Narwana, now in Haryana. He did his masters in history.



Release fund for construction of judicial complex: HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Union of India to release the remaining fund of Rs 5.60 crore, as the construction work of judicial complex in Sector 43, which was at a standstill.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh observed it was contemptuous because Central government was not following the orders and releasing the required funds.

Directing the release of fund before February 12, Chief Justice Mudgal also asked the Central government to file a status report on the issue.

Earlier, on November 11, 2009, the High Court had directed the Central government to release the sanctioned amount of Rs 18.60 crore to Chandigarh for construction of the judicial complex, but on Wednesday, UT informed the court that the Union of India had sanctioned Rs 18.60 crore for the construction of new judicial complex at Sector 43, but had released only Rs 13 crore. Despite several communications, Central government was not releasing the remaining amount, it was added.

Backlog halts recruitments

The Chandigarh administration today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that new recruitment will not be made in any department till the backlog was cleared.

The assertion came during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by the All-India Blind Employees Association. The administration also furnished details on vacant posts of physically challenged and the steps taken by the administration to fill them.

The affidavit filed by the UT administration said as on January 26, 128 posts were advertised for the physically challenged. Out of the total, 70 posts were filled, while process was on to fill up 50 more.

Taking affidavit on record, the High Court adjourned the case to February 3. In their petition filed in 2007, the association had sought directions to fill up the vacant posts. In February last, the High Court had warned the administration to fill up the posts.



Recovery Suit Against Badal
Court dismisses plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
A local court today dismissed a petition filed in the ongoing recovery suit against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by a former Deputy Director of Information and Public Relation Department, Punjab, Jagdeep Singh Chauhan.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, J Sidhu, today dismissed the petition filed against the Punjab Chief Minister way back in 2004.

Earlier, the court had started ex parte proceedings in the case, as repeatedly summons could not be received by Badal. The defence had moved an application under Section 340 of the Cr PC claiming that Badal had given a false affidavit.

It must be recalled that Chauhan filed a recovery suit against the Chief Minister in 2001.

In the recovery suit, Chauhan had said that in 1998 he was working as the Deputy Director of the Information and Public Relation Department in Chandigarh and alleged that Badal, had directed him to work in the election campaign of his son Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Chauhan alleged that he had spent Rs 1, 50, 458 from his own pocket for the media coverage with the hope that Badal would return it.



Man acquitted as rape victim turns hostile
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
In a complete U-turn of events, a rape victim today deposing before the court turned hostile paving way for the acquittal of her alleged rapist.

After the girl’s statement was recorded before the court, the boy was acquitted of all charges.

The girl, who had lodged a complaint earlier against her alleged rapist stating that he befriended her as both of them were working in UT Estate office. “ We fell in love and he coaxed me establish physical relation ship with him. Taking advantage of our friendship, he raped me. Afterwards, he convinced me that that he would marry me if I would continue in this relationship. He even made me meet his parents, who stay in Ambala Cantt. His parents had also agreed and had given their consent to our marriage”, she had stated in her compliant.

Later she said that the boy backtracked from his promise of marrying her. The girl also claimed in her statement that she had undergone abortions as well.

Finally, a case was registered at Sector 39 police station under Section 376 of the IPC in August 2007. The boy was, however, released on bail.

In a complete reversal of her earlier statement, the girl deposing before the court of Additional District And Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today stated that the she did have any physical relationship with him and the promise of marriage was never there. “There was no commitment of marriage between us”, she stated. According to the available information, the girl had said that she wanted the case to end so that she could marry and settle down in life. Both the girl and the boy after nearly three years of court proceedings have agreed to reach upon a compromise on the matter.



Man held for stealing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The police arrested Manga Ram, a resident of Burail, who was caught red-handed, while stealing a bag at the Sector 43 ISBT yesterday.

Pardeep Kumar Shukla of Noida reported to the police alleging that Manga Ram was caught red-handed while stealing a bag from the Sector 43 ISBT yesterday morning. The bag reportedly contained a laptop and mobile phone. A case has been registered.


M Bhandari of Sector 45-A reported that someone had stolen Rs 23,000, a gold set, a pair of earrings, a diamond ring, five pairs of gold rings, a gold pendant and two wrist watches from his residence during the intervening night of January 23 and 24 by breaking the main door lock. A case has been registered.


Simranpreet Singh of Phase I, Industrial Area, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Raman and Tanu had beaten and threatened him in the Sector 29-D market yesterday.

He was injured and admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Sachin of Mohali reported that someone had stolen Hero Honda motorcycle (PB-27-C-4157) from the Sector 35-C market yesterday. In another incident, Surjit Kumar of Sector 20-A reported that someone has stolen Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-P-0451) from in front of his residence on Sunday night.

Two separate cases of theft have been registered.


Ganpat Rai of Maloya reported to the police that his 30-year-old nephew Mohan Lal had gone missing from his residence on January 19. A DDR has been registered. Anybody having a clue of the whereabouts of the missing person can inform the family on 98147-53562.


Rajni Mittal of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported to the police that an unidentified cyclist had snatched her gold chain on January 25 when she was playing badminton near her residence. A case has been registered.



Thieves decamp with gold, cash
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 27
Thieves decamped with cash and gold ornaments from a house in Phase XI.

Ashilesh Kumar, who lived on the first floor of the house as a tenant, said he had gone out of station on January 23, along with members of his family. When they came back today the locks of the house were found broken and the entire house had been ransacked. The thieves took away about Rs 11,000 in cash and around 12 tolas of gold ornaments.

The thieves had also targeted the ground floor of the building which was locked as the owner of the house lived abroad.

He said the police was informed in this regard and further investigations were on.

In another case Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Phase X, also complained to the police that thieves had broken into his house and taken away gold ornaments and household items when the family had gone out of station for three days.

The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard.

Scooter recovered

The police recovered a stolen Honda Activa from a resident of Guru Nanak Colony, Phase XI, when a naka was laid in the area.

According to the police, head constable Harpreet Singh had got secret information that the suspect was going from Phase IX, Industrial Area, towards Sohana on the stolen vehicle which was later recovered at the naka.



Rakshat dazzles in Pace Riders win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Excellent bowling spell of Rakshat helped Pace Riders clinch the first U-13 Tricity Premier League Cricket Tournament being organised by BTS Cricket Academy at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.

In the final match, Pace Riders defeated Rihalz Worriers by six wickets.

After winning the toss, Rihalz Worriers elected to bat first. However, its batsmen failed to score on the tight bowling by Resham and Rakshat of the Pace Riders who took three wickets each giving away 15 and nine runs, respectively.

Rihalz were bundled out for 92 runs in 18 overs. Rizul 22 with three fours and Arunam 14 were main scorers.

In reply, Pace Riders achieved the target in 18.2 overs losing only two wickets. Nipun impressed with his batting performance as he hit quick fire 45 of 37 balls, including six hits to the fence. Vaibhav was the other batsmen to score 22 runs and remained unbeaten till the end of the match. For Rihalz Worriers Amrit and Honey took two wickets each giving away 15 and nine runs, respectively.

Rakshat was declared man of the match, while Nipun of Pace Riders was declared man of the series, Yuvraj of Punjabi Tigers got the best batsman award, while Resham of Pace Riders secured the best bowler award. Best fielder award was bagged by Arslen of Pace Riders, while best wicketkeeper and best all-rounder was secured by Arunam of Rihalz Worriers and Yogesh of Modgill Challengers, respectively.

Earlier in the semifinal matches, Pace Riders and Rihalz Worriers had beaten Modgill Challengers and Punjabi Tigers, respectively to enter into the final.

In the first semifinal, excellent all-round performance by Amit helped Rihalz Worriers beat Punjabi Tigers by 27 runs.

After winning the toss, Rihalz Worriers elected to bat first and scored 122 runs losing eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Amrit 29 and Rizul 24 were the top scorers, while for Punjabi Tigers Lakshay and Mandeep took two wickets for 16 and 12 runs, respectively.

In reply, Punjabi Tigers failed to achieve the target and were bundled out for 95 runs in 19.2 overs. Yuvraj Gill 26 and Bhav 15 were the main scorers. For Rihalz Worriers, Rizul and Amrit took three and two wickets, respectively.

In the second semifinal, Pace Riders beat Modgill Challengers by nine runs.

After winning the toss, Pace Riders elected to bat first and scored 132 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Nipun 42, Inderjeet 23 and Parvesh Sharma 20 were the main scorers, while for Modgill Challengers Jaswinder was the only bowler who impressed with his bowling figures of one for 18.


Rihalz Worriers: 92 all out in 18 overs (Arunam 14, Rizul 22, Resham 3/15 and Rakshat 3/9)

Pace Riders: 93 for four in 18.2 overs (Nipun 45, Vaibhav 22 n.o., Amrit 2/14 and Honey 2/12).



14 global marathoners confirm participation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Marathoners from Kenya, Ethiopia and England would be in the city shortly for the first Chandigarh Marathon-Run for the spirit of Chandigarh to be organised by the sports department and tourism department in association with the Running and Living Infotainment on January 31.

Stating this to the media here today, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas announced that confirmations had been received from 14 renowned international marathoners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Poland and England.

Niwas said a total of around 2,600 registrations, including 100 for full marathon, 250 for half marathon and 2,250 for 5 km dream run had been done.

He said the marathon, which would be an annual feature, would provide them an ideal platform to enjoy running.

Running And Living Infotainment CEO Rahul Verghese and also event manager for the Chandigarh Marathon apprised that some registration would be done at the expo on January 29 and 30 for those who were left out. A pre-marathon marshal run would be flagged off by renowned cricketer Dinesh Mongia along with Ram Niwas and Sanjay Kumar, finance secretary, from the Rock Garden.

Verghese said in order to add glamour quotient to the marathon, celebrities like Kiron Kher and Gul Panag were expected to participate in the event and added that renowned Bollywood actress Poonam Dhillon had already confirmed her participation, while confirmation from Kapil Dev was awaited for the mega event.



Olympian Ajmer Singh passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Former Vice-Chancellor of Laxmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior, and Maulana Abul Kalam Chair and Director Sports, Panjab University, Olympian prof Ajmer Singh died here on Tuesday.

According to family sources Ajmer has donated his body for medical research to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research(PGIMER), Chandigarh. He has left behind his wife, two sons and grandchildren.

His body will be kept for paying last respects at the Community Centre, Pushpak Complex, Sector-49B, Chandigarh, on January 31 at 11am, and thereafter his body will be handed over to the PGIMER authorities. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal paid tributes to the 1964 Tokyo Olympian and Asian gold medallist, who died here after a prolonged illness. He was 70.

Meanwhile, in a condolence message, the Chief Minister described the Arjuna Awardee as a rare example of scholarly pursuits and sporting activity. In his death, the sports fraternity had lost a gem. He also shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family.

Punjab Sports Director Padam Shree Olympian Pargat Singh expressed his sorrow on the demise of the former ace Indian sprinter and able educationist. His death had left a void, which would be difficult to fill, he added.

Paying tributes to the former ace Indian athlete, Dr Jagtar Singh Gill said even though Ajmer Singh was no more but his vision, professional commitment, devotion, dedication and his memories would always remain with them forever.

Among those, who paid tributes on Ajmer Singh’s demise include Dalel Singh, Director, Physical Education and Sports of Kurukshetra University, former international volley ball player, and Dronacharya, coach of cricket icon Kapil Dev Nikhanj Desh Prem Azad.



Ex-PU sports director’s death condoled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
A condolence meeting to mourn the sudden demise of Dr Ajmer Singh, an Arjuna awardee, was held today at 11 am at the physical education department of Panjab University here today. Faculty members and students gathered in memory of the former vice-chancellor of Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior and former PU sports director.

They extended their sympathies to his family members and prayed for the peace for the departed soul, said Prof G.S Brar, chairman of the department of physical education. Dr Daleel Singh, a student of Ajmer and sports director at Kurukshetra University, also expressed his condolences.

Former health director passes away

Dr Assa Singh, who was Punjab director of health services from 1995 to 1982, died at the age of 86 in the early hours of January 26 at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. He held the position for seven years, by far the longest. He did his MBBS from Medical College, Lahore and later went to England for higher studies.



Satluj Public drub Vivekanand school
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
Unbeaten knock of 72 by Manan Vohra enabled Satluj Public School, Sector 4, beat St Vivekanand School, Zirakpur, by 9 wickets in the Satluj T-20 championship being held here today.

Batting first St Vivekanand School scored 131 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Prince 41, Jagroop 23 n.o, and Sachit 22 were the top scorers. For Satluj School Harpreet Singh and Karanveer Brar were pick of the bowlers, who took two wickets each giving away 22 and 25 runs, respectively.

In reply, Satluj Public School achieved the target in 15.4 overs losing just one wicket. Manan was the main architect of the Satluj team, who scored unbeaten 72, while Ankush Dhariwal was the other batsman who scored 31 runs. Brief scores:

St Vivekanand - 131/8 in 20 overs (Prince 41, Jagroop 23 n.o, Sachit 22, Harpreet Singh 2/22, Karanveer Brar 2/25).

Satluj - 132 for 1 in 15.4 overs (Manan 72 no, Ankush Dhariwal 31.

In the second match of the day APJ School, Kharar, beat Dhruv Cricket Academy, Patiala, by 9 wickets.

Batting first, Dhruv Cricket Academy was bundled out for 86 runs in 19.1 overs. Paramvir 22 and Laxmi 21 were the main scorers while Balwinder Singh 3 wickets for 20 runs and Aditya 2 wickets for 13 runs were the main wicket takers.

In reply APJ School, Kharar, achieved the target by scoring 88 runs for the loss of one wicket in 14.1 overs. Kapil Punia scored 33 runs while Sahil remained unbeaten on 25 runs. Brief scores:

Dhruv Cricket Academy: 86 allout in 19.1 (Paramvir 22, Laxmi 21, Balwinder Singh 3/20, Aditya 2/13)

APJ: 88 for one in 14.1 overs (Kapil Punia 33, Sahil 25 n.o)

Tomorrow’s fixture: St Stephens, 45, Chandigarh, Vs Dhruv Cricket Academy, Patiala, at 1 pm.



City team for national desert safari
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
A 10-member city team, including five girls, has been selected to be a part of the national-level desert safari to be organised in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, from February 1 to 8.

NSS state liaison Bikram Rana said here today that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, under the Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme was conducting the desert safari for NSS volunteers. Rana said the volunteers had to undergo adventure activities and 18 km trekking. Each volunteer was required to carry medical fitness certificate.

Those who have been selected for the desert safari include Devan Verma, Arsh Garg (both DAV College, Sector 10), Manoj Kumar (State Institute of Education, Sector 32), Deep Narayan (PG Government College, Sector 11), and Kuldeep Singh (Government College, Sector 46) in the boys’ category. In the girls’ category, Parul Rana (MCM DAV-36), Asha Ramkumar (Dev Samaj College of Education-36), Preeti (Government College for Girls, Sector 42), and Kamboj Jyoti and Ubhi Sarbjot (both Government Home Science College, Sector 10).



Trials for T-20 tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Trials to select probables for the 2nd All-India U-19 T20 National League Cricket Tournament to be held at Agra (UP) from January 31 will be held on January 28 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40.

Stating this in a press note, Sukhdeep Singh, Secretary T-20 Cricket Association Of India, said a total of 16 teams would be participating nationwide and a cash reward of Rs 75, 000 would be given to the winning team. He said those interested in participating the tournament should contact coach Rajeev Sharma on his cell no 9646053772.



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