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PhD entrance test on July 30
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 5
Punjabi University, Patiala, has announced the date of entrance test to PhD.The test will be conducted on July 30. Students, who cleared the exam last year, have not been allotted seats so far. Last year also, many students, who cleared the exam, had to return empty handed, as the university did not have seats.

Students are perturbed over the university’s decision. They said the university should either accommodate those students or exempt them from taking the test every year.

“This causes problem, as it takes three years for a student to finish his or her research. Whereas the test is valid for a year. Taking test again and again is wastage of time and money. If the university cannot accommodate all students, it should at least form a rule that students who have cleared the exam should not take the test again. Anyone, who clears an entrance test, can apply for a seat whenever its vacant,” said one of the students.

Chandan Singh, Dean, research, said the test would be valid for one year. “In case students don’t get seats and one year passes, they will have to take the test again,” he added.

When questioned about the students who did not get seats last year, Chandan Singh said the university could not help it. He said, “University professors can guide only limited number of students and we don’t ensure that everyone who clears the test would get a seat. We tried our level best to accommodate maximum number of students.”

Sources in the university said keeping in view the number of students, who had cleared the entrance test last year, the university authorities had requested professors in various affiliated colleges to give admission to students, but the response was not good.



Controversy over construction of mosque
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 5
The situation in Nagal village was tense from the past two days due to controversy among two communities over construction of a mosque in the village.A police team was deployed to control the situation. Members of the Muslim community were constructing the mosque on the land of Punjab Wakf Board, which is spread over 10 bigha, when some people belonging to the Hindu community allegedly damaged the structure.
 The danmaged structure of the mosque at Nagal village near Dera Bassi
the remains: The danmaged structure of the mosque at Nagal village near Dera Bassi. A Tribune photograph

Talking to mediapersons, Sardar Ali, Lakhbeer, Saleem, Jagga and Ramjan, members of the Muslim community, said they had planned to construct the mosque in the village in 2006 and collected funds for the same. The construction work on the land of Wakf Board was started three years back and no objection was raised by anyone.

The construction work was resumed on Friday and some Hindus allegedly damaged the structure last night. Village sarpanch Jagdeep Singh said that some Hindus believed that a cow would be killed during the construction of the mosque and therefore they opposed its construction.

However, members of the Muslim community said they did not have such intentions and sought a peaceful resolution. Meanwhile, SHO Harit Sharma said the situation was under control and the issue would be resolved with the consent of both the communities.



Teachers sit on dharna
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 5
Teachers under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan today protested against the State Government to press their demands. Led by the body’s president Didar Singh from Kapurthala and chairman Ram Bhajan from Hoshiarpur, a group of teachers sat on a dharna on the national highway 21 at Krishna Enclave near Khanpur.

They said earlier the Chief Minister had agreed to fulfil their demands for regularisation, but now the government had backtracked. They threatened to go on fast unto death if the government did not agree to their demands.



Spreading awareness on pollution-free environment
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 5
On the eve of World Environment Day, Paryavaran Welfare Society organised an Environment Rally from Thapar University to Leela Bhawan Chowk.Harpal Juneja, senior youth Akali leader, flagged off the rally.

President of the Paryavaran Welfare Society Rajneesh Kumar told mediapersons the aim was to educate and enlightened residents of Patiala regarding the healthy and pollution-free environment.

The theme this year was “Forest - Nature at Your Service.” Large number of society members, students of Thapar University, Easy Day Associate, local and village residents participated in the rally by carrying placards and banners containing different slogans like Today’s effort for Environment makes Provision for Tomorrow, Save Environment Save Generations, Not for One Day but Forever Lets Preserves Mother Nature etc.

After the rally, Dr PK Bajpai spoke on the issue of global warming and Dr Ripudaman Singh on trees and its importance.



2 booked for robbery

Zirakpur, June 5
Two unidentified youths, armed with a knife, assaulted a resident of Sundra Kheri village and took away his motorcycle.According to the police, victim Harjinder Singh was moving towards Zirakpur side. While he stopped his motorcycle near Bhudda Dal School to get easy, two unidentified youths assaulted him and snatched his motorcycle (PB65-L-2026) at knifepoint, the police added.

The victim alleged that they also took away his mobile phone. A case has been registered. — TNS



Gurpreet scripts Mohali win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The Chandigarh team failed to overcome the brilliant bowling performance by Mohali’s medium pacer Gurpreet Singh in the ongoing U-19 Dhruv Pandove Trophy being held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, today.

Gurpreet Singh with his seven-wicket haul helped the hosts to bowl out Chandigarh on the total of 118 runs in the first innings.

While chasing Mohali’s target of 323 runs, Chandigarh batsmen failed to face the bowling attack of Gurpreet and the batting line up collapsed in only 60 overs of the first innings.

Bir Karan Goel was the only batsman, who remained unbeaten on 42 (not out). Jaskaran Singh (20) and Gaurav Singh (18) were other contributors to the team’s total.

The hosts after a brilliant performance had made a 205-run lead on the opponents.

Before end of the day, Mohali in their second innings made 63 for no loss in 21 overs. However, after no possibility of an absolute result, Mohali got two points on the basis of the first innings.

From the batting side, Kinderpreet (41) and Sachin Sohal (20) remained unbeaten.

In the second match of the day, Patiala defeated Bathinda at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.

While chasing the target of 350 runs, the visitors failed to face a bowling attack by Sukhwinder Singh (five for 40) and were bowled out for 139 in 52.1 overs. For Bathinda team, Arjun Singh (33) and Sangram Wadhawan (29) were the main scorers.

While in the second inning of the match, Patiala made 87 for five in 26 overs before the end of the day. Pawan Dabas took two for 23 after taking seven wickets in the first innings.

In the third match of the day, Amritsar overcame Jalandhar after Jalandhar team bowled out for 199 in 62 overs.

Brief score (Match I):

Mohali 1st innings: 323 all out in 94.4 overs (Kinderpreet Singh 81, Subeer Hayar 44, Maninder Singh 65, Anmoljit singh 64, Shine Sharma 23; Gaurav Singh 2 for 55, Naveen Dhiman 3 for 73 and Aman Bharti 3 for 44).

Chandigarh 1st innings: 118 in 60 overs (Birkaran Goel 42 not out, Jaskaran Singh 20, Gaurav Singh 18; Gurpreet Singh 7 for 35).

Mohali 2nd innings: 63 for no loss (Kinderpreet 41 not out, Sachin Sohal 21 not out).

Match II:

Patiala 1st innings: 350 all out in 91.4 overs (Vikramdit 100, Manpreet Singh 35, Harkirat Dhillon 50, Gauravpreet Singh 51, Karan Kaila 66; Pawan Dabas 7 for 96, Ramesh Prasad 1 for 40 and Manoj Kumar 1 for 41).

Bathinda 1st innings: 139 all out in 52.1 overs (Arjun Singh 33, Sangram Wadhawan 29; Sukhwinder Singh 5 for 40).

Patiala 2nd innings: 87 for 5 in 26 overs (Manpreet Singh 20, Vicky Sharma 20 not out; Pawan Dabas 2 for 23).

Match III:

Amritsar 1st innings: 366 for 9 in 95 overs (Shivlove 51, Rohan Marwaha 61, Navneet Singh 106, Vinay Chowdhary 56, Vikramjit 44, Kamal Passi 19; Sahil Malhotra 3 for 29, Jagrit Singh 2 for 9, Anmol Luther 3 for 44).

Jalandhar 1st innings: 199 all out in 62 overs (Anmol 55, Love Kumar 44, Mandeep 27; Vinay Chaudhary 4 for 44, Ashwani Kumar 4 for 55 and Rahul Kanojia 2 for 26).



Veteran players for athletics meet in California
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Veteran athletes Gurjivan Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh Sidhu will participate in the upcoming World Masters Athletics Championship to be held at Sacramento, California, from tomorrow to 17.

Gurjivan Singh Sidhu will participate in the shot put and hammer event of the competition, while his brother Pragat Singh will participate in the hammer and discus throw event of the competition.

Earlier, Sidhu Brothers participated in various national and International veteran games and they will aim to bag gold medal in their respective events of the competition.

“We aim to win gold medal in the competition and we hope like our previous tournaments we will be able to achieve our aim,” said the duo.



11-run victory for Godrej XI

Panchkula, June 5
Godrej XI defeated Dell XI in the league stage of the IVth Hot Weather Cup Cricket Tournament being held at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here today. The winners defeated the opponents by 11 runs.

Batting first, Godrej XI made 149 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Skipper Vaneet Chawla topped the score chart with 52 runs. Charanjeet Lovely contributed 25 runs for the team’s total. Upinder Ahluwalia was the pick of the bowlers for his 3 for 32.

In reply, Dell XI managed to make 138 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Upinder Ahluwlia (44) and Rajat Bhatia (36) were the main contributors.

In the second match of the day, ICICI Bank XI defeated Class XI by 33 runs. Batting first, ICICI Bank XI made 132 runs in 20 overs, whereas in reply, the opponents were bowled out on 99 runs with one over left for the game. — TNS



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