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Sportspersons honoured
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18
Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan honoured sportspersons in Chunni Kalan on Sunday. He gave away prizes to winners.He urged students to take part in such activities.

He also honoured BEd students, who participated in various sports events.



Open Draughts meet
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 18
The fourth Open Draughts Championship for Women was organised by the Yadawindra Sports Club under the patronage of the Draught Association of Punjab and Draught Federation of India at NIS Partial today.

Around 13 states took part. The tournament was played on knock out basis and a few international players, too, took part in the championship.



30 injured as bus overturns
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18
As many as 30 persons received injuries when a bus, on its way to Vaishno Devi shrine, overturned on the GT Road, Sirhind, during the wee hours today.

The minibus lost its balance due to potholes near an under construction flyover. The passengers said the bus was driven at a very high speed and the driver was warned by some passengers just a few minutes ago.

The passengers said they were on their way from Madhya Pradesh to Vaishno Devi shrine. Prem Bai, Komal Rani, Durga Prasad and others said they had dinner near Rajpura where the bus driver also consumed some liquor and then drove the vehicle at a breakneck speed.

All injured were rushed to Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital with the help of area residents and the police and most of them were relieved before afternoon. Police officials said they had not received any written complaint about drunk driving from any of the passengers and no case had been registered in this connection. 



Four held for planning robbery
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 18
The police nabbed four persons here today when they were planning a robbery near Ambala on the Kardhan road. On a tip off, the police laid a trap and arrested them.

The accused have been identified as Chhota Rinku and Manoj, both residents of Ambala Cantt, Pardip and Lalit Kumar. The police had recovered two revolvers and a sharp edged iron knife from their possession.

Rajbir Singh, SHO of Mahesh Nagar police station, said the accused were planning a big robbery in the city using these weapons. He further said that the accused had committed several robberies in the past and had involved in a number of criminal cases.

This is a big breakthrough for the Ambala police as they are expecting to solve several cases of highway robberies with these arrests.



Another BKI terror suspect held
Tribune Reporters

A suspected terrorist in police custody in Dera Bassi on Sunday.
A suspected terrorist in police custody in Dera Bassi on Sunday.

Dera Bassi, April 18
The local police had arrested a man who they said was a terrorist with links to the outlawed ‘Babbar Khalsa’ group. According to reports, the man, identified as Avtar Singh, son of Malk Singh and a resident of Materi village in Ambala district, was apprehended in Ambala for having ties with “international terrorist organisations”.

The police said Avtar was “close” to Purshotam Singh, who was residing in Europe and was allegedly involved in abetting terrorist activities in India.

A local court sent Avtar to four days’ police remand. SSP Gurprit Singh Bhullar said the suspect would be interrogated during his detention.

ZIRAKPUR: Avtar Singh is said to be the brother of Purshotam Singh. Last month the police had arrested three suspected BKI terrorists -- Daljit Kumar, Purshotam Singh, alias Pumma, and Karwinder Singh.

Deepak, another suspected BKI terrorist, informed the police, after an interrogation, that Karwinder had handed him over Rs 1 lakh, which he had allegedly received from abroad for funding terrorist activities in the state. 



World Heritage Day
Children walk the extra mile
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 18
Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Ambala, organised a heritage walk and painting competition on the occasion of The World Heritage Day here today.

INTACH, an NGO, is involved in sensitising people about cultural legacy of India and to instill a sense of responsibility towards preserving our cultural heritage.

The walk commenced from St Paul’s Church where children were briefed about its history.

The church that was destroyed during the 1965 war has become the symbol of Ambala.

After visiting the church, the children went to Rani ka Talab and Raja ka Talab in the Patel Park which was constructed by Raja Ranjit Singh about 400 years ago. The Raja and Rani after taking bath used to pray at Shiv Mandir in Patel Park.

A painting contest was also organised at various schools in Ambala.

Brig AP Bam gave away prizes to the winners.



Annual Day
Puppet show by tiny tots charms audience
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 18
Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 today celebrated its annual day on its premises. The function was inaugurated by the chief guest, Brig AP Bam, Commander, HQ PH & HP (I) Sub Area, and presided over by the chairman of Kendriya Vidyalaya Management Committee.

Principal of the school Sham Chawla presented the annual report of the school and highlighted the achievements of the school and the students in the field of academics, sports and other co-curricular activities.

A welcome dance and a puppet show presented by tiny tots fascinated everyone. To maintain the rhythm of the celebrations, a cultural programme was also organised by the students. Prizes were distributed by Ila Bam, the first lady in the camp, to the participants.

At the end of the function a Western dance — “Hip Hop” — combined up with “Punjabi Wedding” spiced up the atmosphere. The chief guest boosted the morale of the students and praised the function for its richness and variety. He encouraged them to take every occasion by the forelock.



Man sets tenant’s belongings on fire
Tribune News Service

Renu Bala shows her house at Palsora Colony, Sector 56, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Renu Bala shows her house at Palsora Colony, Sector 56, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 18
A landlord-tenant dispute today took a violent turn, with the landlord allegedly setting afire belongings of the tenant in Palsora Colony here today.Sources said both parties were having a dispute and the matter had earlier also been reported to the police.

 On March 11, the police had arrested both tenants Raj Kumar, his wife Renu, and the landlord, Narinder Kumar, of Sector 41, his wife Madhu Bala, and others under preventive measures, fearing breach of peace under Sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The matter is pending before the DSM (South).

Today, Narinder Kumar, his wife, son Vijay Kumar, another son and two of his friends went to their house and had a heated argument with those present in the house. Raj Kumar, who drives a tourist bus, was not at home at that time and his wife went to report the matter to the police.

The police took its own “sweet time” to come and she went to her mother’s residence for help. By the time she reached home, it was set afire by her landlord, a neighbour told the police.

The police has registered a case of mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy a house under Section 436 of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint lodged by the victim’s neighbour Ram Naresh.

He told the police that people objected to Narinder Kumar setting afire the house, but he refused to budge. He had a bottle carrying petrol, which he sprinkled in the house and set it afire.

People told him to throw the articles from the house if he wished to get it vacated, but should not burn it.

The SHO said efforts were on to trace the accused.



Pankaj, Rajiv win in doubles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Pankaj Mittal and Rajiv Mahajan beat Gurpreet and Sanjay Dhingra in two straight sets 21-8 and 21-8 in the plus 35 doubles category of the First Chandigarh Badminton Club Veteran Championship being held under the Aegis of the Chandigarh Badminton Association, at the Sector-42 Sports complex here today.

Earlier, the championship was declared open by Om Parkash Thind and Sanjay Kochhar, organisers of the tournament.


R Chawla and VP Singh beat Jatinder Sehgal and Surinder Singh 26-24 and 21-12, Riaz Huda and Om Beer beat PJ Arora and Sanjay Judge 21-12 and 21-12, Tejinder Bedi and SP Singh beat Sukhdev and Devinder 21-13 and 21-14, Dr AS Bawa and Pandit Vijay beat Ajay Manchanda and Sunil Behal 16-21-21-11 and 21-12, Manmohan Sharma and Haroon beat Munish and Pankaj Goyal 21-15-21-23-21-7, Sanjay Sharma and Sanjeev Sharma beat Amit Dhumiya and Munish 16-21-22-20-21-17, Gurpreet and Rajneesh Bhatia beat Sandeep and Manchanda 21-14-21-12.



Puneet triumphs in Panchkula golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Panchkula, April 18
Puneet Dhiman romped home winner in the 0-9 handicap category logging 45 points in the Golf Medal Tournament held on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Sponsored by the State Bank of India, the tournament saw more than 80 golfers teeing off after a gun-shot start on a hot and humid day for the trophies at stake in different categories.

SK Sehgal, chief general manager, SBI, Chandiarh, gave away prizes to the winners.

Ajay Kanwar clinched the trophy in the 10-13 handicap category with a tally of 41 points with Nobel Dhiman finishing second at 37.

Col RP Gulati logged 46 points to triumph in the 14-18 handicap category with GD Sharma finishing three points behind at 43.

The SBI special prize was claimed by PC Sharma.Gurjit Singh had the longest drive of 295 yards and Sanjay Malik was nearest to the pin.



AICF trials on April 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Trials to select probables for the city cricket team to participate in the tournament to be organised by the All-India Cricket Federation (AICF) would be held at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium on April 22.

AICF president Deepak Kumar said trials were open for boys in the age group of 13 to 19 and interested players should reach the venue at 9 am.

He said the dates of the tournament would be announced soon. The matches will be played in Chandigarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kanpur and Noida.

As many as 72 matches would be played in the prize money tournament, he added.



Chess: Tejas, Arunima lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Tejas Nagpal of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, with 3.5/4 points and Arunima Goyal of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, with 3/3 points lifted the U-13 Boys and Girls Chess Championship Trophy, respectively, which concluded at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-C, here today.

In the U-7 category, Anhat Singh of SFW School, Sector 26, and Anika Nagpal of Carmel Convent, Sector 9, stood first.

Tejas Nagpal, Anubhav Tuknayat and Arunima Goyal and Tanya Kaushal have been selected to represent Chandigarh in the U-13 boys and girls nationals to be held in Puducherry from June 26.

In the U-7 category, Anhat Singh, Aayush Raj Kapoor and Anika Nagpal have been selected to represent Chandigarh at the nationals to be held at Jamshedpur from November 21.

AP Saksena, preside,nt Chandigarh Chess Association, gave away prizes and trophies to winners.


U-13 boys: Tejas Nagpal and Anubhav Tuknayat 3½ points; Amartya Bhattacharjee, Jaskeerat Singh, Ishan Singh and Yash Raj Kapoor 3 points; Abhishek Aggarwal, Archit Gupta, Pranay, Archit Aggarwal, Manish Mandal and Rishab Jain 2 points; Gurpreet, Sorab, Shaiq Shah, Tanush and Harshpreet 1 point.

U-13 girls: Arunima Goyal 3 points; Tanya Kaushal, Tarini Goyal and Kashish Kaushal 2 points.

U-7 boys and girls: Anhat Singh 3 points; Aayush 1.5 points; Jayesh 1 point and Anika .5 point.



Rishav guides Panchkula Royals to win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 18
An excellent knock of 88 by Rishav Sharma helped Panchkula Royals beat Panchkula Fighters by one wicket in a nail biting finish in the league match of the First Panchkula Junior Cricket League held at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, here today.

Batting first, Panchkula Fighters put up a total of 191 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 30 overs. Karan Brar (60 runs off 48 balls) and Shikhar Dhyani (38 runs off 38 balls) were the main scorers. For Panchkula Royals, Aditya (2 for 32), Amit Kumar (2 for 29) and Vipul Kumar (2 for 22) were the main wicket takers.

Chasing the target of 191 runs, Panchkula Royals achieved the target. Rishav Sharma (88 runs off 72 balls) and (Karan Sandhu 58 runs off 37 balls) helped Panchkula Royals achieve the target in 26.5 overs.

For Panchkula Fighters, medium pacer Abhimanyu Bhardwaj was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped five wickets giving away only 19 runs in his quota of six overs. Himanshu Sharma impressed all with his bowling figures of 3 for 23.

Rishav Sharma and Abhimanyu Bhardwaj were declared men of the match.

In the second league match of the day, Panchkula Challengers beat Panchkula Royals by two wickets. Jatin Sandhir of Panchkula Challengers was declared man of the match.

First match

PKL Fighters

191 for 9 in 30 overs (Karan Brar 60, Shikhar Dhyani 38, Aman Kumar 22, Shivanshu Sharma 2 for 18, Aditya Nain 2 for 32, Amit Kumar 2 for 29 and Vipul Kumar 2 for 22).

PKL Royals

194 for 9 in 26.5 overs (Rishav Sharma 88, Karan Sandhu 58, Ramansh Bhardwaj 18, Abhimanyu Bhardwaj 5 for 19 and Himanshu Sharma 3 for 23).

Second match

PKL Royals 174 all out in 25.3 overs (Animesh Goyal 58, Rishav sharma 28, Shaswath Sharma22, Shivanshu Sharma 18, Aatish Bansal 3 for 21, Jatin Sandhir 3 for 21 and Sunandan Moudgil 2 for 18).

PKL Challengers

175 for 8 in 24.2 overs (Jatin Sandhir 50, Manpreet Sodhi 40,Ravi Sharma 24, Ravi Kant 18, Rahul Gilhotra 16 not out, Amit Dhiman 3 for 28, Animesh Goyal 2 for 45 and Amit Kumar 2 for 32).



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