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Three nabbed for stealing motorbikes
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 6
The police today claimed to have busted a gang of automobile lifters and arrested three persons, including an Army man, and seized three motorcycles from them.

SP, Ambala, Bharti Arora, told mediapersons that the police received a telephonic call that a gang of automobile lifters was likely to dispose off stolen vehicles in the town.

The police acted on a tip-off and constituted a team to nab the burglars. It got suspicious when two youths on a motorcycle avoided stopping the vehicle on police signal.

Both were overpowered by the police and identified as Aman Kumar and Neeraj Kumar -- both resident of Singhawala village, near Ambala City. On interrogation, the accused revealed the whereabouts of their co-accomplice Udai Pal Singh, a resident of Badaun (UP), who is employed in the Army at Srinagar.

They were produced in the court today and were remanded in police custody for three days. The SP said several cases of automobile thefts were likely to be solved during interrogation.



Security siren at bank creates panic
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, May 6
Security siren at a nationalised bank created panic among residents and nearby schoolchildren, as it went off accidentally after a short-circuit here this morning.

Though the reason could not be ascertained, as some bank officials said it was a spark and others said it went off as a rat entered through the main entrance.

No bank official was present when the siren went off, however, a large number of students, teachers and area residents gathered outside and tried to enquire about the matter.

The phone number of bank officials were found only after one hour, who reached the spot to look into the matter.

Some police officials, too, reached the spot from a nearby police post and enquired about the incident.

The bank officials searched the area and found nothing incriminating. The bank officials were told to fix siren.



Research areas in biotech discussed
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 6
The department of biotechnology, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, organised an international symposium on formulating medicines-confronting cancer on its Landran campus.

Prof Peter Beech and Prof Jagat R Kanwar from Deakin University, Australia, Prof SN Sanyal of Panjab University, Prof Kulbhushan Tikoo from NIPER, Mohali, Prof Yogesh Chawla of PGIMER were present at the symposium.

Prof Peter Beech spoke on research areas in the field of biotechnology. Dr Kanwar shared deliberated upon cancer immunogenic therapy.

Prof Tikoo said epigenetic in cancer therapy resulted in change of gene expression rather than killing cancerous cells.

Chairman of the group Satnam Singh Sandhu and president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal proposed the vote of thanks.



Consumer Court
College told to pay Rs 67,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Rayat Technical Centre of Excellence, located in Nawanshahar, and city-based Rayat College of Law to refund Rs 67,605 to Nitish Garg. 

The forum has also directed the college to pay a sum of Rs 20,000 as compensation for charging fee even after migration of the complainant to the Law Institute of Panjab University on September 8, 2009.

Nitish, a resident of Bathinda, submitted to the forum that he had enrolled himself in the five-year course at Rayat College of Law (OP-1)in 2006. He studied their till the sixth semester. Thereafter, he wanted to migrate to the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, for which he made a request. He requested the college to provide him with the no objection certificate and results of the previous semesters, but they did not issue the NOC and asked him to deposit Rs 68,605 as fee for the seventh and eight semester.

In its written reply, the college submitted that the fee was charged for 2009-10 session, as the complainant himself sought admission and attended classes in the seventh semester. It mentioned that since the complainant left the college voluntarily, it could not refund the fee. 

“The present case involves migration of a student from one college to another under the same university i.e. Panjab University. The inter-college migration has taken place with the mutual consent of both the educational institutions. It was known to them that they were not to charge the student for such a migration. They have adopted unfair means to extract fee from the complainant. They have not even refunded the refundable securities to the complainant. To add to all the above, they have fudged and forged the attendance records of the complainant so as to extend the period of his stay at the college,” the forum observed.



Intoxicants worth Rs 5,000 seized
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 6
Showing concern regarding youth getting hooked to drugs, the police requested the health authorities to check the alleged sale of intoxicants, which was going on unabatedly around the Sohana area.

The SHO of the Sohana police station, Mohinder Singh, wrote a letter to the district drug inspector last month in which he alleged that certain chemist shops in the area were selling intoxicants over the counter. This was brought to his notice by members of panchayats and others.

The youth of the area were getting addicted to drugs and the number of such persons was increasing by the day.

This was also leading to an increase in the number of crime cases.

The SHO further stated in the letter that since checking the sale of intoxicants fell within the jurisdiction of the health department, it was requested to do the needful and if any help was required from the police, it would be readily provided.

A copy of this letter was also sent to the Mohali Civil Surgeon, Dr PK Sridhar.

District drug inspector Ramandeep Kaur said here today that inspections were carried out soon after the letter was received and action was taken in the evening as it was reported that sale of intoxicants generally picked up after 5 pm.

Intoxicants worth around Rs 5,000 were seized.

The police was told about the action later as sometimes important information got leaked. The police was asked to inform if any other case had come to its notice, but no response was received in this regard.

A report about the inspections was sent to the State Drug Controller.

Ramandeep Kaur further said that licences of three chemist shops were cancelled recently. While one shop was located in Kurali, the other two were based in Nayagaon and Mohali village.

The Civil Surgeon said it was the objective of the health department to take care of the youth in the area and a meeting would be organised with the SP (D) so that the police and health officials could work in a harmonious way to check the illegal use of drugs.



One arrested under Wildlife Act
Tribune News Service

The snake that was recovered from the accused in Mohali on Thursday.
The snake that was recovered from the accused in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 6
The police today arrested Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Amritsar, with a rare species snake that was handed over to the officials from the wildlife department.

However, his two accomplices managed to flee from the scene. According to police sources, Gurvinder Singh, a property dealer, was arrested on a tip-off near a gurdwara in Phase VIII with a bag containing the snake.

Police sources stated that the accused had brought the snake from Maharashtra for sale. Gurvinder Singh used to sell snakes between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, sources added.

Police officials stated that the accused used to get animals from various parts of the country and sold them in the region at high prices.

The police has registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, against the accused.



Cash, valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 6
Thieves decamped with cash and valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh after breaking into a house of a retired army official in Sector 16 here today. Owner of the house Colonel (retd) Mahesh Chadha and his wife were in Solan.

On seeing the house ransacked, their maid informed them about the burglary. On return, he found Rs 40,000 in cash, jewellery, silver coins and a digital camera missing from his house. Mahesh said a number of burglaries had taken place in the area in the recent past. A case has been registered.

Stone laid

The Muncipal Corporation is to set up a community centre in Sector 49.The Rs 4-crore project’s foundation stone to be constructed in an area of 1.64 acre was laid by Mayor Anu Chantrath here yesterday. For the first time, the community centrer will also be equipped with a swimming pool, which is a first in the city. It also has an e-Sampark Centre, besides hall and a reading room.

Provision for indoor games will also be made along with a landscape courtyard. The centre will have enough space for parking on the ground floor.



2 hurt in drunken brawl in Sec 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Two youths belonging to different groups were admitted to PGI with grievous injuries while half-a-dozen of their associates escaped with minor injuries following a drunken brawl outside a liquor vend in Sector 22A here late last night.

While one of the victims was stabbed with a Swiss knife the other was hurt after being hit by a broken beer bottle. An hour after the incident information on a motorcycle found abandoned in Dhanas village led the police to one of the suspected assailants, Jimmy, a resident of that area. He was arrested at his home in the wee hours today.

The victims have been identified as Rishab, 23, a Sector 22 resident, and Sunny, a resident of Dhanas. Rishab was stabbed with a knife in the back while Sunny sustained a deep wound in his waist inflicted by a broken beer bottle.

The investigating officer, subinspector Harbhajan Singh, said the police received information about the brawl at about 11:15 pm. A PCR vehicle rushed Rishab and others to the Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where Rishab was referred to PGI. A piece of the knife got struck in his back and he had to be operated upon. Fortunately, the knife did not hit his spinal cord.

The police learnt from rickshaw pullers present at the scene that an argument had broken out between both groups who later began attacking each other with beer bottles, spanners and knives. Before the cops could arrive there the assailants had fled the scene.

Sector 17 police station SHO inspector Jaswinder Singh, said the cops received information about an abandoned motorcycle found in Dhanas village. The description of the bike matched that provided by the rickshaw pullers, following which a police team reached Dhanas police post and traced its owner, a resident of the village. He told the police his nephew, Pardeep, had taken the motorcycle and the police then went to his home.

“We found Sunny bleeding from his waist. When asked about his injury he told the police he was hurt in the Sector 22 brawl. We rushed him to Government Multispecialty Hospital, from where he too was referred to PGI. The condition of both victims is stable”, said Jaswinder.

The police has registered a case of attempt to murder and common intention against Jimmy, Pardeep, Usman and Sunny under sections 307 & 34 of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint filed by Rishab’s friend, Sunil, a Sector 22 resident.



Katoch Shield
Vishwas fashions city win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Chandigarh’s skipper Vishwas Bhalla produced a captain’s knock to steer its team to beat Mohali team on the basis of first innings lead of 42 runs in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Seniors for Katoch Shield at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Though Mohali lost the match, it still sailed into top-four bracket with its better run-rate in its pool. The other semifinalists are Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Patiala.

Earlier, replying to Mohali’s score of 332, the city team started its innings on a good note as its openers Amit Prashar (29) and Sarul Kanwar (42) chipped in 74 runs together for the first wicket.

Off spinner Gunjot Singh sent both the openers back to pavilion. At one stage city was not in a good position with 85 for three. Then skipper Vishwas Bhalla salvaged the team with Simrat Bawa by stitching a superb partnership of 130 runs for the fifth wicket. Simrat Bawa’s 59-run inning was ended by Harmeet Bansal. Gaurav Gambhir joined the skipper and both took the score to 288 when Bhalla got run out just short of five runs for ton.

Later, Gambhir (51 n.o.) and southpaw Amit Uniyal (n.o.) were involved in an unbeaten partnership of 84 runs for the seventh wicket to guide the team to win.

City declared its innings closed at 374 for six in 92 overs.

Gunjot was the highest wicket-taker for the team, finishing with figure three for 139. He was followed by Harmeet Bansal, who took two for 54.


Mohali (1st innings): 332 all out in 94.3 overs

Chandigarh (1st innings): 374 for six declared in 92 overs (Vishwas Bhalla 95, Simrat Bawa 59, Amit Uniyal 52 n.o., Gaurav Gambhir 51 n.o., Sarul Kanwar 42, Amit Prashar 29, Harmeet Bansal two for 54 and Gunjot three for 139).

In the second match between Ropar and Ludhiana at Ludhiana, Ropar shocked Ludhiana on the basis of first innings lead.

In reply to Ropar’s total 367, Ludhiana was bowled out for 348 falling short of 19 runs to equalise the lead.

Nitin Goel played a fine knock of 115 against the Ropar team. Earlier, Ludhiana was tottering on 69 for five.

However, the win could not help the team to move ahead on the run rate basis.


Ropar (1st innings): 367 all out

Ludhiana (1st innings): 348 all out in 93.4 overs (Nitin goel 115, Bharat Malhotra 99, Ankur Kakkar 39, Rahul Singla 33 n.o., Karan Goel 26, Harman five for 93 and Amit Saini two for 48).

In the match played at Patiala, Jalandhar lost to Patiala, conceding a first innings lead of 211 runs.

Replying to Patiala’s first innings total of 394 for seven, Jalandhar were bundled out for 183 in 62.5 overs. Abhishek Gupta (48), Robin Singh (26), Ishan Malhotra (26) and Taruwar Kohli (20) were the main contributors for Jalandhar team.

The main wicket-takers for Patiala were Amrinder Singh (four for 38), Rajwinder Singh (two for 27), Ankur Jund (two for 31) and Mohit Mohindra (two for 45).

Patiala were 40 for one in their second innings when the game was over.


Patiala (1st innings): 394 for seven in 95 overs

Jalandhar (1st innings): 183 in 62.5 overs (Abhishek Gupta 48, Robin Singh 26, Ishan Malhotra 26, Taruwar Kohli 20, Amrinder Singh four for 38, Rajwinder Singh two for 27, Ankur Jund two for 31 and Mohit Mohindra two for 45).

Patiala (2nd innings): 40 for one in 16 overs

In the last match, Amritsar scored an outright win by an innings and 141 runs over Mansa and logged three points in the process.


Mansa (1st innings): 137 for all out in 45.2 overs

Amritsar (1st innings): 424 for seven in 95 overs (Sharad Lumba 113, Sumit Sharma 93, Mohit Handa 53, Bharat Lumba 60 n.o., Manish Bhatia 43 and Parminder Singh four for 128).

Mansa (2nd innings): 147 all out in 30.5 overs (Manil Bajaj 45, Parminder Singh 37, Gurpreet Singh 23, Manish Bhatia three for 26, Bharat Lumba three for 42 and Lakshay Seth two for 29).

Chandigarh, which is at the top in Pool ‘A’ with six points, would meet Jalandhar (four points) in a four-day semifinal to be played at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium, while Patiala (six points) will face the challenge of Mohali (two points) in the second semifinal to be played at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala. Both the matches will start from May 8 to 11.



St John’s, St Kabir enter semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
St John’s High, School 26, will take on St Kabir, School 26, while St Soldier International School-28 will lock horns with St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, in the semifinal of the Chandigarh State Football Championship U-16 for St Soldier Trophy at St Soldier International School, Sector 28, here today.

St Kabir School thrashed Stepping Stone, Sector 37, 4-2 in the quarterfinal encounter. Yuvraj enabled the winner to dominate the proceedings with his goal in the third minute. But the lead was neutralised by Lokesh in the 39th minute. The score was 1-1 at the end of regulated period. The decision came through tiebreaker. St Kabir’s goalkeeper Gautam saved three penalties to make his team win. In another match, St Joseph’s School defeated Mount Carmel, Sector 47, 6-5. — TNS



Kamal, Ranjeet to have a face-off in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Sixth seed Shweta Sangwan thrashed top seed Nikita 6-0, 6-2 in the U-16 girls’ category during the AITA Talent Series being held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector 10, here today.

Vanshika Sawhney outplayed Harsimran Kaur 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinal.

In the final of U-16 category for boys, top seed Kamal Kishore Maderana will have a face-off with unseeded Ranjeet Singh, both CLTA trainees.

Kamal reached the top-two bracket after beating Pranav Suri in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, while Ranjeet Singh upset Dheeranshu Singh Bhatti 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal match.

Shweta Sangwan will have a title clash with Vanshika Sawhney in the U-16 girls’ category.


Semifinal (boys U-12): Sumit Pal Singh beat Nihit Rawal 6-0, 6-2 and Paramveer Bajwa beat Param Pun 6-0, 6-2. Boys (U-16): Kamal Kishore Maderana beat Pranav Suri 6-3, 6-2 and Ranjeet Singh beat Dheeranush Singh Bhatti 6-2, 6-4. Girls (U-12): Nimrat Walia beat Rubani Ahluwalia 6-2, 6-2 and Prinkle Singh beat Aastha Malhotra 6-3, 6-1. Girls (U-16): Shweta Sangwan beat Nikita 6-0, 6-2 and Vanshika Sawhney beat Harsimaran Kaur 6-4, 6-3.

Boys doubles (U-12): Sumit Pal Singh and Param Pun beat Gulshan Singh and Aditya Sharma 4-0, 4-0; Rohit Kumar and Calvin Golmei beat Anmol Kamboj and Rishabh Sharda 2-4, 5-3, 14-12. Boys doubles (U-16): Ranjeet Singh and Kamal Kishore Maderana beat Mandeep Kumar and Kunwar Singh 4-1, 4-1; Sean Yip and Pranay Suri beat Ishaque Eqbal and Nishat Eqbal 4-2, 4-0



South Western Air Command record win

Chandigarh, May 6
South Western Air Command (SWAC) drubbed Air Head Quarters (AHQ) 7-0 in the league encounter during the Air Force Hockey Championship being played at the Air Force Hockey Stadium, 3BRD, here today.

In another match, Training Command and Central Air Command held to draw at 2-2. SWAC’s Brar stole the limelight with his four goals in 34th, 39th, 56th and 66th minutes of the match, while Sanwar, Manish and Dharmesh contributed one goal each to help the team win. — TNS



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