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‘Toll’ order for commuters on National Highway-1
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura/Sirhind, September 4
Despite collecting toll worth lakhs of rupees daily on National Highway 1, the private construction company widening four lanes of 291-km Panipat-Jalandhar national highway into six lane is neither lifting injured nor patrolling highway as per agreement.

Instead ambulance and patrolling vehicles of the Punjab police are pressed into service to lift accident victim and to get the highway cleared for smooth flow of traffic.

As per the agreement with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), ambulances manned with at least two trained paramedics shall be available on project highway round-the-clock and response time should not be more than 10 minutes after receiving the call. The company executing the work is supposed to provide this facility.

Each ambulance should be equipped with the first aid, life saving medical services and support system implements for transporting the victims to nearest trauma hospitals and providing emergency medical aid during transportation of victims from accident site to nearest trauma hospital.

However, no such facility is being provided to commuters. Neither emergency phone numbers have been displayed on the highway nor company lifting stranded people and injured from the stretch.

As per office of SSP, Khanna, the Punjab police lifted 1,141 injured, stranded and other people from Khanna city itself last year.

Though the company began widening highway in May last year and also collected toll from commuters at the same time, it introduced ambulance after more than four months (September 24) and lifted only 27 people last year. This year also the Punjab police have lifted 572 people while the company has helped only 69 so far.

Kamalzit Soi, member of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, admitting the problem said, “Company is only collecting toll and hardly any facility is provided to commuters as per agreement. Neither they lift injured nor clear traffic bottlenecks. The road has also witnessed a rise in number of accidents due to process of widening.”

Harman Sidhu, president of Chandigarh-based NGO, Arrivesafe, said normally the roads are constructed or widened in a phased manner. “But apparently the entire 291-km long stretch has been dug up just to collect the toll,” he added.

The project director of the NHAI, Colonel R Rastogi, said phone numbers displaying emergency numbers of ambulance and patrolling vehicles would be displayed soon.



Paddy worth Rs 3,500 crore awaits milling
New stock to arrive soon
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
While paddy worth Rs 3,500 crore lies in rice mills, the new stock of the season is set to arrive soon. The Rice Millers’ Association alleges that lackadaisical attitude of the government has not only added to the problems of businessmen, but farmers as well.

A meeting of rice sheller owners was held today at Sirhind wherein they alleged step-motherly treatment by the government in dealing with the problem.

Press secretary of the Punjab Rice Millers’ Association, Nakesh Jindal said paddy purchasers go for two types of paddy, including a levy and another levy custom paddy. Under the levy milling, shellers purchase paddy at their own and sell rice after milling.

However, 75 per cent of total milling should be sold to government as per the Levy Control Act. The government has now refused to accept milled rice over the pretext of damage and discolour of the PAU 201 variety.

Worst affected are rice sheller owners of Bathinda and Mansa wherein 80 to 85 per cent paddy is still stored in nearly 75 per cent shellers.

Since government has refused to accept rice, neither shellers are able to store it nor are they allowed to sell it in open market.

Shellers said 140 lakh metric tonne of paddy was purchased by various procuring agencies of Punjab last year. However, 25 per cent of paddy is still lying in rice shellers, waiting to be milled.

They added that besides damage and discolour of milled paddy, there is acute shortage of godowns, which has added to their problems.



Conference on laparoscopic surgery begins at Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 4
A two-day conference of the Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of India (SELSICON), being organised by the Department of Surgery of the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, got underway here today.

Eighty-four renowned surgeons from places like Chennai, Goa, Chandigarh, Shimla, Muzzaffarnagar, Amritsar, Dehradun, Jalandhar, Rohtak, Agra, Ahmadabad, New Delhi, etc have come as faculty. About 1,000 delegates have registered for participating in the live workshop on laparoscopic surgery.

Principal of Government Medical College and organising chairman of SELSICON Dr Surinder Singh said laparoscopic technique was becoming very popular, as it reduced hospital stay for patients, besides reducing many other complications.

“The conference will be beneficial for medical students, as renowned surgeon from all over India will perform live surgeries in different operation theatres of the hospital and the participants will be able to watch live video of the operations, sitting in the college auditorium,” he said.

On the first day of the conference, experts elaborated on new laparoscopic techniques. Head of Surgery Department, Government Medical College, Patiala, Dr Surinder Singh performed lap cholecystectomy surgery (removal of gall bladder with laparoscope). It was followed by an operation on hernia by Dr MC Mishra, lap appendicectomy by Dr Pavindra Lal and removal of hydatid cyst by Dr Rajindar Prasad of AIIMS, New Delhi. In the afternoon, Dr KK Kothari from Ahmedabad performed esophagectomy (removal of food pipe in case of cancer of oesophagus).



Direct payment to farmers condemned
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, September 4
The Arhtiya Association, Punjab, at its meeting here yesterday, has strongly condemned the decision of the FCI to make direct payment of the procured paddy to farmers from this season.

According to sources, commission agents would boycott the FCI and won't sell even a single bag of paddy to the FCI, if they didn’t re-consider their decision. The meeting was presided over by Ravinder Singh Cheema, state president of the association.

Rajesh Singla, state press secretary of the association, said it was unfortunate that the FCI had announced to make direct payment to the farmers, whereas the state-owned procurement agencies have not taken any decision. He said commission agents had submitted a memorandum against the direct payment to farmers to the state government, but no decision had been taken so far. The announcement made by the FCI regarding direct payment would create chaos and hamper the paddy procurement process.



Birth, death certificates to be issued at villages
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 4
With a view to simplifying the process of obtaining birth and death certificates for residents of villages in Patiala district, the health department would be issuing these certificates at the village level.

Patiala Deputy Commissioner Dipinder Singh said based on the report of the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers, the auxiliary nursing and midwifery (ANM) concerned would issue the certificates. The ANM would be designated as local registrar, Senior Medical Officer/Medical Officer at the block Level as sub-registrar, District Health Officer and Assistant Civil Surgeon as additional registrar and the Civil Surgeon would be the registrar.



CBI Special Judge defers hearing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
CBI Special Judge Darshan Singh today deferred the cash-at-judge’s-door scam case to October 7 as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is still awaiting sanction from the Law Ministry for prosecuting Justice Nirmal Yadav.

Taking up the case today, special public prosecutor Pawan Dogra said in the court that the premier investigating agency had not received the go-head for prosecuting the high court judge.

In the last hearing, the CBI had moved second application seeking permission to prosecute the judge. The investigating agency had sought the permission earlier as well which was turned down.

The matter that shocked the entire judiciary came to light in August, 2008. The police had registered an FIR in the case when a packet containing Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, following which the matter was reported to the police.

The money was delivered by a clerk working under former Additional Advocate General of Haryana Sanjeev Bansal. However, on investigating the case, it was found that the money was meant for Justice Nirmal Yadav, who was later transferred to the Uttarakhand High Court.

The investigation agency (CBI) had filed a closure report in the case earlier, which was rejected by the court following which the CBI had moved application seeking sanction for prosecuting the sitting judge.



Maya Suicide
Accused files bail plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Mercy Sebestian, who is in police custody in connection with the Maya suicide case, today sought regular bail in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class SK Sharma. The court issued notice to the UT police for September 6 to file reply.

In her application, Mercy stated that she had been made scapegoat in this case. She further stated that there was nothing on record that provoked the deceased to commit suicide. It was stated that the deceased had already filed application in the court to hand over the case to an SP-level officer.

On July 24, Maya, a servant at Don Bosco Navjeevan Church, Sector 24, Chandigarh, was found dead. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan.

While the police registered a case on the charges of abetment to suicide against Mercy Sebastian, niece of Father Sebastian of the church, kin of the deceased, had alleged that Maya was murdered after Mercy learnt that her son Anup had proposed Maya for marriage.



Gang of burglars busted
15 tolas of gold, 8 mobile phones recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
With the arrest of five members of a gang of burglars, the Chandigarh police today claimed to have recovered 15 tolas of gold, eight mobile phones and a laptop. The police said the burglars lived a lavish lifestyle and used a part of the loot to pay fee to their lawyers.

DSP (South) Vijay Kumar said after receiving a tip-off on August 29, a police team laid a naka near Phase II market in Ram Darbar.

The police team apprehended Aman and Narinder Kumar, both residents of Phase II, Ram Darbar. Further interrogation led to the arrest of their three accomplices Ravi, Raman and Deepak, all residents of Ram Darbar. However, kingpin of the gang Nand Lal, alias Badshah, is still at large.

The DSP said the accused had been arrested a couple of times for committing thefts and burglary in May and June this year. “They used to conduct a survey of the house to be targeted and lay their hands on cash, jewellery and electronic gadgets,” he said.

The police recovered a pry rod from the accused, which they used to break open locks. Nand Lal is a notorious burglar.

The police said some associates of the accused pursued their case to secure their early release. Soon after being released the accused committed thefts. It said more burglary cases were likely to be solved after the arrest of their mastermind.



Another ATM fraud surfaces
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Even as the police is yet to identify persons behind the ATM fraud in the city, another resident lodged a complaint with the police that he had lost Rs 1.20 lakh to fraudsters.

Hardyal Singh, a resident of Sector 40-A, and a retired additional labour commissioner, Punjab, in his complaint alleged that he had an account in the State Bank of India’s (SBI) branch at Sector 37-C. He found that Rs 1.20 lakh had been withdrawn form his account and took up the matter with the branch manager. He came to know about the withdrawals after an entry was made in his passbook. He had reported the matter to the deputy general manager of the SBI, UT SSP and at the Sector 39 police station.

Man ‘fires’ shot, held

The police today arrested Varinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 55, under preventive measures.

DSP (South) Vijay Kumar said the police control room (PCR) received an information that a shot was fired in Sector 38 market around midnight. When a police team reached the spot, it found a Tata Indica car. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of a toy pistol and a knife.

The DSP said keeping a toy pistol was not an offence, but still they were verifying the matter. The car belonged to Varinder Singh of Sector 55. He is a contractor by profession. Meanwhile, a daily diary report has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.



Staff of pvt company ‘beat up’ youth
Tribune News Service

Dhruv Jha, who was allegedly beaten up by employees of a company, admitted to the PGI; and (top) blood splattered on the spot. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, September 4
A 27-year-old today alleged that he was brutally beaten up by employees of a company in Industrial Area, Phase II, when he had gone there to collect money last night.

The police arrived on the scene and took the victim, Dhruv Jha, a resident of Sector19, to the PGI as he had received serious head injuries. The police today recorded the statements of Jha and Deepak Bisht, the owner of the IAG Automation Energy Solutions, and investigations in the case were on.

The family members of the victim alleged that the company owed Rs 30,000 to Jha and the owner was dilly-dallying on the payment. They alleged that Jha was receiving calls from the company during the evening that his cheque was ready and he should come to collect the same. They said Jha was an employee of the company but later started his own work and was manufacturing packaging boxes for the electronic items for the company.

They alleged that as soon as Jha entered the premises some employees started beating him mercilessly. They said Jha tried to save himself by moving to the room on the first floor but 8 to 10 persons already present there caught hold of him and started beating him merciless.

When Jha did not return home his family members searched for him and later received a call from the police at 3.30 pm stating that Jha had been admitted to the PGI.

However, the owner of the company, Bisht, talking to the media alleged that Jha was levelling baseless allegations as he had already taken Rs 9,000 and had submitted the bills for Rs 8,500 only. He said Jha was not a regular employee and they engaged him for some petty jobs and added that he always used to take money in advance.

Bisht said Jha was mentally ill and had trespassed into the company premises around 7.30 pm even as the chowkidar told him to come the next day as there was no one inside the company. He said after this Jha started breaking the windowpanes besides damaging the furniture and other items on the premises. He said after hearing the shouts the tea vendor also tried to pacify Jha and later called the police.

The family members, however, accused the police of favouring the company owner as the investigating officer used the car provided by the company to reach at the PGI to record the statements of the victim.



Badminton Meet
Rupinder dazzles on Day I
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Displaying an impressive game, local lad Rupinder Singh defeated Kaushal Dharmamer of Maharashtra in the sub-junior boys U-16 singles by 21-17 and 21-19 in the second round of the 20th Smt Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament being played here today.

Earlier in the first round, Rupinder pulled off a mild upset by beating seventh seed Sai Tanuj of Andhra Pradesh by 21-13 and 21-11.

In another first round, Sushrut Karmakar of Maharashtra shocked sixth seed Santosh Ravuri of Andhra Pradesh by 21-18, 16-21 and 21-8.

Sushrut Karmarkar continued his winning spree, as he beat Daniel Faridi S of Karnataka by 21-6 and 21-17 in the second round of the match.

Eighth seed Subhankar Dey of Maharashtra was made to fight for every point by Neeraj Vashisth of Haryana before winning by 18-21, 21-17 and 21-19 in the junior boys U-19 singles match.

In another first round match, Nagendra Babu T of Andhra Pradesh ousted Harmaninder Singh of Chandigarh by 21-18 and 21-17.

Gopiraju G of Andhra Pradesh rallied to get the better of Rupinder Singh of Chandigarh by 11-21, 21-13 and 21-17. Unseeded Neeraj Vashisth of Haryana went down fighting to eighth seed Subhankar Dey of Maharashtra, who won by 18-21, 21-17 and 21-19.

Local girl Muskan Sohi moved into the sub-junior girls U-16 singles second round after defeating Pramada V of Andhra Pradesh by 21-12, 19-21 and 23-21.


Sub-junior girls U-13 (Ist round):

Harika V (1) (AP), bt Mithula UK (KTK) 21-9 and 21-7, Krishaeli Mehta (MAH) bt Apeksha Nayak (KTK) 21-14 22-20, Krishna Priya M (AP) bt Kuhoo Garg (6) (UTR) 21-13 and 21-12, Kanika Kanwal (DLI) bt Ashwarya Yadu (CG) 21-8 and 21-9, Shreyansi Pardesi (4) (MP) bt Sreya P (AP) 21-16 and 21-17, Anokhi Haria (MAH) bt Indraja Dandekar (MAH) 21-7 and 21-6, Riya Mookerjee (WB) bt Anura Prabhudesai (8) (GOA) 21-11 and 21-14, Pranali Karani (AP) bt Manimeghna V (AP) 22-20 and 22-20, Nivedha Srinivasan (PY) bt Rucha Brahme (MAH) 21-17 and 21-14, Mahima Aggarwal (5) (KTK) bt Lakshmi G (AP) 21-19 and 21-12, Yajum Laa (ANP) bt Apurba Boro (ASM) 18-21, 21-12 and 21-15, Santoshihasini Reddy (3) (AP) bt Anshu Sharma (MP), 21-7 and 21-2, Diksha Choudhary (CG), bt Shravani Veena M (AP) 21-13, 14-21 and 21-13, Vrushali G (7) (AP), bt Ashwini K Bhat (KTK) 21-11 and 21-12, Akshita Bhandari (UTR) bt Shriya Bhagwat (MAH) 21-13 21-16 , Shikha Gautam (2) (MAH) bt Sonika Sai P (AP) 21-9 and 21-9.

(2nd round): Harika V (1) (AP) bt Rishaeli Mehta (MAH) 21-14 and 21-13, Kanika Kanwal (DLI) bt Krishna Priya M (AP) 14-21, 21-17 and 21-16, Shreyansi Pardesi (4) (MP) bt Anokhi Haria (MAH) 21-16 and 21-13, Riya Mookerjee (WB) bt Pranali Karani (AP) 21-11 and 22-20, Mahima Aggarwal (5) (KTK) bt Nivedha Srinivasan (PY) 21-19 and 21-15, Vrushali G (7) (AP) bt Diksha Choudhary (CG) 21-4 and 21-11, Shikha Gautam (2) (MAH) bt Akshita Bhandari (UTR) 21-10 and 21-12.’

Sub-junior girls U-13 doubles (Ist round)

Vrushali G and Harika V (1) (AP) bt Anokhi Haria and Krishaeli Mehta (MAH) 21-12 and 21-15, Riya Mookerjee (WB) and Anura Prabhudesai (GOA) bt Lakshmi G (AP) and Mithula U K (KTK) 21-15 and 21-16, Shikha Gautam (MAH) and Shreyansi Pardesi (3) (MP) bt Apeksha Nayak (KTK) and Anshu Sharma (MP) 21-16 21-9, Krishna Priya M and Sreya P (AP) w/o Pinki Karki and Yanya Taring (ANP), Pranali Karani (AP) and Yajum Laa (ANP) bt Aruni Chouhan and Ashwarya Yadu (CG) 21-9 21-10, Ashwini K Bhat (KTK) and Kanika Kanwal (4) ( DLI) bt Sonika Sai P and Santoshihasini Reddy (AP) 21-12, 9-21 and 21-13, Indraja Dandekar (MAH) and Nivedha Srinivasan (PY) bt Vaishnavi K and K Pranavi Reddy (AP) 21-7 and 21-11, Mahima Aggarwal (KTK) and Kuhoo Garg (2) (UTR) bt Diksha Choudhary (CG) and Manimeghna V (AP) 21-8 and 21-9.

Sub-junior boys U-13 (Ist round)

Chirag Sen (1) (UTR) bt Nithin Dudala (AP) 21-9 21-15, Sai Kishore T (AP) bt Kevin Wong (CHG), 21-7 21-9, Anirudh Shanker A (7) (AP) bt Vaibhav Chauhan (UTR) 21-13 14-21 21-14, Siddharth Singh (UP) w/o Nihal Kothawale (MAH), Siril Varma A S S (3) (AP), bt Vyom Chauhan (UTR) 21-18 21-7, Arintap Dasgupta (WB) bt Aryamann Tandon (GUJ) 24-22 21-8, Mithun Manjunath (6) (KTK) bt Tukum Laa (ANP) 21-16 21-14, Kartikey Kumar (DLI) bt Rituparna Borah ( ASM) 17-21 21-13 21-11, Ritvik Bhardwaj (MAH) w/o Rubin Shah (MP), Kanishq M (8) (AP) bt Lakshya Sen (UTR) 24-22 21-16, Kashish Kumar (PNB) bt Shourya Singh (CG) 20-22 21-8 21-18, Chandra Kumar D B S (4) (AP) bt Tapas Shukla (UP) 13-21 21-14 22-20, Abdul Rehman Shaik (AP) bt Sahil Lokhande (MAH) 21-17 15-21 21-19, Bodit Joshi (5) (UTR) bt Sai Dinesh Reddy (MAH) 21-6 21-13, Nirmal Singh Negi (GUJ) bt Himanshu Bhardwaj (CHG) 21-13 21-6, C Rahul Yadav (2) (AP) bt Kartik Jindal (HAR) 21-11 21-18

2nd round: Chirag Sen (1) (UTR) bt Sai Kishore T (AP) 21-12 21-7, Anirudh Shanker A (7) (AP) bt Siddharth Singh (UP) 21-9 21-17, Mithun Manjunath (6) (KTK) bt Kartikey Kumar (DLI) 21-18 15-21 21-13.

Sub-junior girls singles U-16 (Ist round): Rituparna Das (1) (WB) bt Krishna Priya M (AP) 21-15 21-9, Muskan Sohi (CHG) bt Pramada V (AP) 21-12 19-21 23-21, Meghana J (6) (AP) bt Anura Prabhudesai (GOA) 21-16 21-7, Sudha Kalyani D (3) (AP) bt Shreyansi Pardesi ( MP) 7-4 Ret.

Sub-junior boys singles U-16: Arun George (1) (KER) bt Aarush Setia (DLI) 21-14 21-12, Sidharth Thakur (MAH) bt Shouvik Ghosh (WB) 21-17 21-10, Chaitanya K P (8) (AP) bt Komal (CHG) 21-12 21-8, Ashutosh Tiwari (MP) bt Azaruddin S K (AP) 21-19 7-21 21-19, Harsheel Dani (3) (MAH), bt Gangadhar Rao V (AP) 21-16 21-13, Talar Laa (ANP) bt Varun Padhye (MAH) 21-12 21-6 , Sushrut Karmarkar (MAH) bt Santosh Ravuri (6), AP, 21-18 16-21 21-8, Daniel Faridi S (KTK) bt Robin (CHG) 21-5 21-16, Kaushal Dharmamer (MAH) bt C Rahul Yadav (AP) 22-20 21-10, Rupinder Singh (CHG) bt Sai Tanuj M (7) ( AP), 21-13 21-14, Sanyam Shukla (CG) bt Raman Deep Singh (PNB) 16-21 22-20 22-20, Arsalan Naqvi (4) ( UP) bt Shlokh Ramchandran (MAH) 15-21 21-13 21-12, Chirag Sen (UTR) bt Chaitanya Reddy K (AP) 21-16 20-22 21-18, Sudhanshu Medsikar (5) (MAH) bt Shreyansh Jaiswal (CG) 21-18 21-14, Kanwaldeep Singh (CHG) bt Siril Varma A S S (AP) 21-18 21-6, Aditya Joshi (2) (MP) bt Balu Mahendra S (AP) 21-10 21-19

2nd round: Arun George (1) (KER) bt Sidharth Thakur (MAH) 21-12 21-17, Chaitanya K P (8) (AP) bt Ashutosh Tiwari (MP) 21-19 21-13, Sushrut Karmarkar (MAH) bt Daniel Faridi S (KTK) 21-6 21-17, Rupinder Singh (CHG) bt Kaushal Dharmamer(MAH) 21-17 21-19, Arsalan Naqvi (4) (UP) bt Sanyam Shukla (CG) 21-9 21-15.

Sub-junior boys doubles U-16 (Ist round): Sumit Sharma and Ramandeep Singh (PNB) bt Komal and Robin (CHG) 21-11 21-10.

Junior boys singles U-19 (Ist round): Sameer Verma (1) (AI) bt Venkatesh B (AP) 21-15 21-13, Akshit Mahajan (HAR) bt Riteja K ( AP) 21-17 21-11, Srikanth K (5) ( AP) bt Shiwam Sharma (UP) 21-19 21-8, Gopiraju G (AP) bt Rupinder Singh (CHG) 11-21 21-13 21-17, Vijetha N V S (3) (AP) bt Dewansh Jaiswal (CG) 21-13 20-22 21-19, Anurag Thakkar (MP) bt Harshvardhan Bisht (DLI) 21-13 18-21 21-14, Sarang Lakhani (7) (MAH) bt Anand Tiwari (PNB) 21-15 21-17, Vikas Harsha P (AP) bt Deepak Bisht (UTR) 20-22 21-18 21-12, G Saharsh Reddy ( AP) bt Ashish Sharma ( DLI) 17-21 21-19 21-19, Pratul Joshi (6) ( AI) bt Trinankur Nag ( WB) 20-22 21-14 21-15, Bhaskar Chakraborty (PNB) bt Deepak Khatri (HAR), 13-21 21-13 21-2, C.Rohit Yadav (4) (AP), bt Talar Laa (ANP) 21-13 21-15, Nagendra T (AP) w/o Nikhilesh Sarma (ASM), Subhankar Dey (8) (MAH) bt Neeraj Vashisth (HAR) 18-21 21-17 21-19, Hema Nagendra Babu T (AP) bt Harmaninder Singh (CHG) 21-18 21-17, Sai Praneeth B (2) (AAI) bt Abhinav Manota (PNB) 21-8 21-15.



Mahilpur academy edge past Mizoram
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Mahilpur Football Academy and local outfit New Public School recorded well-earned victories in the eighth Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India Under-17 Football Tournament here today.

In the Group B match held at the Sector 42 Football Ground, Mahilpur Football Academy edged past SSA Mizoram 2-1. SSA Mizoram completed their league programme with two victories and one defeat. For Mahilpur Football Academy, it was a second successive triumph. In the last league match, Mahilpur will meet Steadfast of Mumbai tomorrow. Steadfast have won one match so far.

Mizoram players, who are more skillful, wasted a number of chances to score, including a penalty which was taken by C Remmawia. Mahilpur goalkeeper Khalid Farooq saved the penalty. Mahilpur FA forged ahead through Gaurav Bahadur in the ninth minute and Amarjit Singh scored the second goal in the 33rd minute. Challian Tluanga reduced the margin with a powerful long ranger in the 75th minute.

Jasdeep Singh of Mahilpur was cautioned by the referee in the 30th minute for deliberately handling the ball. During the match, Rajbir Singh and Amarjit Singh of Mahilpur and Francis Ramdinmawia of Mizoram were involved in a verbal duel and were cautioned by the referee in the 70th minute. Francis was sent off the field by the referee as he was cautioned twice in this match in the 70th and 80th minutes.

Steadfast of Mumbai routed Haryana Football Association 6-2 for their first win from two matches. Haryana made their exit after suffering their third successive defeat. Steadfast scored through Abhishek (20th, 27th, 52nd, 54th), Karan (28th) and K Chung Lensana (38th). Hemant Sharma (34th) and Sumit (60th) reduced the margin for Haryana.

At the Sector 17 Football Stadium, New Public School, Chandigarh, edged past Sambalpur Academy of Orissa 1-0. Suraj Singh scored the match-winner for NPS in the 17th minute after converting a spot kick awarded by the referee as Ajmin Chisti of Sambalpur deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area. It was New Public School's second win from three outings. NPS have completed their league fixtures with two victories and one defeat.

The referee cautioned Ajmin Chisti of Sabalpur in the 16th minute of play and Raju Visar was cautioned for indulging in rough play in the 43rd minute. Triraj Pratap Singh and Rishi Chetri of NPS were also cautioned in the 21st and 52nd minutes, respectively, for indulging in rough play.

In another match, SGGS Paldi got the better of Madhya Pradesh 1-0. Manjinder Singh scored the all-important goal in the 73rd minute of play. Arashdeep Singh and Karamjit Singh of SGGS Paldi were cautioned by the referee for indulging in rough play in the seventh and 66th minutes, respectively.

Dalbir Football Academy, Patiala, drubbed Himachal Pradesh by a huge margin of 7-1. Paramjit Singh opened the account in the 30th minute of play for Dalbir Academy. Arshdeep Singh (35th, 72nd ) and Prabhjot Singh (40th) Vikramjit Singh (47th), and Viki Singh (50th and 68th) were the other scorers for the winning team. Rajesh scored the only goal for Himachal Pradesh in the 41st minute.



Horse riding contest from Sept 15
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 4
Heritage Equestrian Sports Academy (HESA), Punjab, is organising a seven-day international show jumping competition, national tent pegging championship and horse show starting from September 15.

The competitions will be organised at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Colonel Sarpartap Singh, chief show organiser, said the show had been named as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial Horse Show. In this competition horse riders from Bihar, Punjab police, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, the BSF and Indian Army confirmed their participation.

The schools participating in the competition include PPS Nabha, Kirpal Sagar Academy Rahon, Moti Lal Sports School Rai (Haryana) and schools from Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata.



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