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338 students honoured on annual day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 1
Minister of Parliament Balwinder Singh Bhunder was the chief guest on the annual day function celebrated at Khalsa College, Patiala, today. A total of 338 students were given prizes on the occasion. For the session 2010-11, 47 students were awarded rolls of honour, 36 were given college colours and 13 students were honoured with special prizes. For the session 2011-12, 30 students were given rolls of honour, 49 were awarded with college colours and 12 were given special prizes.

While congratulating the winners, he said that in this fast-paced and stressful life, it is important for students to excel not only in academic sphere but in other areas as well. They should not try to follow short-cuts to success because one can succeed only with diligence, dedication and devotion.

He said that children raised in close-knitted families tend to develop better personalities and have stronger moral values compared to those who come from broken families. Good character is the greatest treasure and possession surpassing all material gains. He also announced to give Rs 10 lakh to the college for its development.

College principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries, including Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia. While reading the annual report, he applauded the achievements of the faculty members and students. The function commenced with a Shabad and in the end Ranjit Singh, a student of the college, gave an enthralling performance by singing the folk song 'Mirza'.

Prof Tarlochan Singh Mahajan, vice principal of the college, extended the vote of thanks. Prof Jaspreet Kaur conducted the proceedings of the function. 



Specify nature of land in two weeks: High Court
 Was purchased by 60 officers on city periphery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Nearly a week after the Punjab Government claimed it was probing whether the land purchased by no less than 60 high-ranking officers on the periphery of Chandigarh was public, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today set two weeks deadline for specifying the nature of the land.

As the case hovering around the acquisition of properties by the high-ups in Nayagaon and its vicinity came up for hearing before Acting Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Alok Singh, Punjab sought four months’ additional time for coming out with a reply on various issues.

These include the state government’s response to the setting up of a one-member commission of inquiry headed by a retired high court judge to probe the illegal occupation of village common land.

Its request, however, failed to find favour with the Bench; and it was made clear to the government that the Chief Secretary would have to put in an appearance in case of non-furnishing of reply.

The Bench, on a previous date of hearing, had made clear its opinion that only a commission could probe the matter independently. But before passing an order, the Bench had asked the state government to respond to the query why a commission should not be constituted.

The matter was brought to the high court's notice by Nayagaon resident Kuldip Singh. Accusing a senior police functionary in a land-grab bid in Nayagaon, he had sought protection, while praying for registration of an FIR and a CBI probe into the dealings. The inquiry was entrusted to the ADGP, after Justice Ranjit Singh of the High Court took cognizance of the matter. Justice Ranjit Singh had asked the ADGP to lay emphasis on the area comprising Nayagaon, Zirakpur, Mohali, Kansal and Koraran area. The Judge had added: "It would also need investigation to see as to what is the source of acquisition".

During the hearing, Punjab Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh had affirmed: “As per an affidavit dated November 29, last year, filed by his predecessor, it was submitted that in case of 60 officers - serving or retired - who had land in Chandigarh’s periphery, information was not clear as per the investigating officer’s report.

“Consequently, the investigating officer was asked to further probe the matter and report within a month. Finally, the information officer, vide letter dated January 6 submitted that as per the information collected by the them and as per the revenue record available, no public land was under illegal occupation of these 60 high-ups”. 



Court tells police to register FIR
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A lower court has directed the Chandigarh police to register a case of murder in connection with the mysterious death of a Burail resident last year. On October 31, 2011, a youth died after falling off the roof.

Jaspal Kaur, a resident of Burail, had filed a criminal complaint in the court on March 15, alleging that Uday, a resident of the same area, had gone to her house and pushed her son Sikander off the roof.

Jaspal moved the court stating that the police had failed to take any action on her complaint. She has stated in the complaint that she spotted her son standing along with Udey when her son suddenly fell off the roof. 



Samjhauta  blast
NIA in dock over arrest
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) today found itself in a spot as it admitted that Kamal Chauhan, an accused in the Samjhauta bomb blast case, was in custody on February 10.

The NIA counsel informed the special NIA court that Chauhan was released at Indore the next day. It further informed the court that the accused was again arrested from Noida on February 12.

The court fixed May 15 as the next date of hearing. Defence counsel Ajay Kaushik said the reply filed by the NIA had vindicated their stand that the agency had picked Chauhan earlier.

He said if Chauhan was released at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on February 11, it was not possible for Chauhan to reach Noida the next day.

The NIA produced Lokesh Sharma in court today. Lokesh had been lodged at a jail in Maharashtra in connection with the Malegaon blast case and was brought here on a production warrant.

On June 20 last year, the NIA filed a charge sheet against Swami Aseemanand and four others in the Panchkula NIA court.

The agency accused Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra, alias Ramji, of hatching a criminal conspiracy. It added that their plan resulted in blasts in the train near the Dewana station in Panipat district in February, 2007. The blasts resulted in 68 deaths, a majority being Pakistan nationals.



Chain snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Incidents of snatching continue unabated in the city. Shakuntla Sharma, a resident of Sector 40, reported to the police that two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons sped away after snatching her gold chain near her residence.

Man killed

A 49-year-old man was killed after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Industrial Area last night.

The police said the victim, Ram Shankar was not wearing a helmet. He suffered a grievous head injury. He was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, where doctors declared him dead.

The victim worked as a welder at a factory. The police has traced the registration number of the car.



Woman’s gold chain snatched 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
Three motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain of an aged woman at Sector 68 here this morning. The police registered a case at the Phase-VIII police station. The victim, Mohinder Pal Kaur, reported that she was buying vegetables in front of her house around 8:30 am when the incident occurred.

She said three clean-shaven youths came on black Pulsar motorcycle and parked it at a distance from her house.

One of them came near the ‘rehri’ and started enquiring rates, she added. He snatched the chain and the trio sped away, she further said.

She added that she could not notice the registration number of the vehicle. Her family searched for them, but in vain, she said. She called up the police station immediately.

She alleged that instead of flashing the report of the incident to all PCRs, the policeman answering the telephone wasted time in asking details.

She further said, “I was told at the police station that I should have called up the number 100. Why did they not flash the report from the police station?”



Two woman snatchers held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
Two women attempting to snatch the purse of another in front of a gurdwara at Sohana were nabbed red-handed by the public this afternoon and later handed to the police.

They were identified as Seema and Iqbal, belonging to the Sansi clan. They were reportedly involved in various incidents of theft and snatching earlier.

Several cases had been registered against them at various police stations. According to police sources, they tried to snatch the purse of Amar Kaur.

She was about to enter the gurdwara when the incident occurred. As the victim raised an alarm, many people gathered at the spot and nabbed the snatchers.

The police registered a case against them under Sections 382 and 34 of the IPC at the Sohana police station.



3 booked for not giving details of PGs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
Taking action against landlords who have not furnished details of their paying guests (PGs) or tenants, the Mohali Police booked three persons under Section 188 of the IPC here today.

“Kultar Singh, Sandeep Jindal and Surinder Singh have not furnished details of PGs staying in their respective flats,” said Harpreet Singh, Superintendent of Police (City). “As they have not complied with the directions, we have booked them under relevant sections of the IPC,” he added.

The police had raided three flats at the JVC Apartment in Sector 68 here earlier and rounded up about 22 youngsters, including six girls, staying there as PGs.

Though the police maintained that the action had been taken during routine checking, sources said some neighbours had lodged the complaint regarding nuisance being created.

The youngsters, all of whom said to be students, were taken to the Phase-VIII police station. The police verified their antecedents.

The parents of some girls were also summoned to the police station. The youngsters were then allowed to leave. The police said the three landlords had been staying at different places.

“The drive will be continued in the coming days. Those who are yet to furnish details of tenants or PGs should act soon,” Harpreet Singh said.



21-year-old girl commits suicide

Panchkula, May 1
A 21-year-old girl, Payal of Sector 14, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house late last night.

She was rushed to the Alchemist Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The body was sent to the mortuary of the Sector-6 General Hospital. According to police sources, the family informed the police that she had been under depression for the last few days and this could be the main reason for taking the extreme step.

The police registered a case. The body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem examination was conducted at the hospital. — TNS



Two Mohali XENs held for gangrape
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
After more than a month, the local police has arrested two officers with the Punjab government for gangraping a 19-year-old resident of Sector 15 on March 25. The accused were identified as Jaswinder and Jasveer, executive engineers (XENs) with the B&R wing of the PWD at Mohali.

The district court today remanded them to two-day police custody. The medical examination was conducted at the General Hospital in Sector 6.

In her complaint to the police, the victim had reported that she was forcibly picked by two unidentified persons on March 25, taken to an unknown place near Morni and raped.

The two later dropped near her rented accommodation. The police had registered a case after recording the statement under Section 376-G (gangrape).

Inspector Aman Kumar, station house officer (SHO) of the Sector-14 police station, said they were investigating the case.

He added that the two accused had refuted the allegations so far, maintaining that they had hired her services as a domestic help.

He further said the accused had stated that the complainant was trying to defame them as they had not succumbed to her blackmailing tactics.



Manjeet to fly to london
 Had represented India in Beijing Olympics in 2008 too
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Rower and an ex-trainee of the Chandigarh Rowing Training Centre at Sukhna Lake, Manjeet Singh, made the city proud after booking his ticket for London Olympics 2012, on Sunday.

Manjeet started his career in 2004 under the guidance of Arvind Sehgal, a coach from Chandigarh Sports Council, here.

The ace rower also represented the city in various national level rowing competitions.

Manjeet Singh will compete in the lightweight Men's Double Sculls event in forthcoming London Olympics. He secured his berth after winning the respective event during the FISA Olympic Continental Qualification Regatta for Asia held at Chung Ju, South Korea.

Manjeet will represent the nation for the second time after playing in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

“We all are happy for all the rowers who have qualified for London Olympics, especially, for Manjeet who has given us a reason to feel proud for by his remarkable achievement,” said Parmod Kumar Singla, joint secretary of Rowing Federation of India and honorary secretary, Chandigarh Rowing Association.



Yuvi returns to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Overcoming all the speculations, the local cricketer, Yuvraj Singh, landed in the city, here today. After coming out from airport, the ace player went to his residence. Yuvraj Singh has paid his maiden visit after the detection of the rare germ cell cancer between his lungs. 

Raring to go 

Yuvraj Singh in a jubilant mood on his return to Chandigarh on Tuesday after his treatment of cancer in the USA
Yuvraj Singh in a jubilant mood on his return to Chandigarh on Tuesday after his treatment of cancer in the USA. Tribune photo: S Chandan

The cricketer opted for complete rest at his residence and is expected to visit his ex-school and college during his visit to his hometown. Yuvi mentioned about his illness and also hinted that he was recovering. During an interaction with media, he said, “Now I want people to stop asking me about my illness. I am tuning well, people just keep on asking me about my illness as if I am still sick."

He added, “I was shocked but life has many ups and downs. I am looking forward for my return and hopefully I will fight hard for it.”

He also thanked all his wellwishers and fans. “I am happy to be in my hometown, where I learn the way of living I stated my career.

Yuvraj returned to India after his treatment in the United States of America for more than two months.



Eastern Air Command thrash Air Headquarters in football tourney
Tribune News Service

Players in action during a football match at 3BRD Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Players in action during a football match at 3BRD Air Force Station in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S chandan

Chandigarh, May 1
The team of Eastern Air Command defeated Air Head Quarter during the match of ongoing Air force football tournament, being held at, 3 BRD station here today.

In the first match of the day, Eastern Air Command overcame Air Head Quarter by 2-0. LAC Ashok Kumar stars the team’s victory after scoring two field goals in 32nd and 81st minute of the game.

On other hand, the second match of the day between Central Air Command and South Western Air Command ended in a draw.

Both the teams scored each goal in second half of the match. LAC Amit Chand put Central Air Command in eth lead after scoring a field goal in the 43th minute but LAC TS Kuki leveled the score for the South Western Air Command after scoring a brilliant goal in the 59th minute.



25 teams to vie for hockey title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Sub-Junior National Hockey Championship for Girls (U-14) will be organised at Bassi Pathana (Fatehgarh district), from May 20 to 28.

The Pepsu Women Hockey Association and the District Women Hockey Association of Fatehgarh Sahib, in association with the Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) will organise the event for the first time under the aegis of the Indian Hockey Federation.

As many as 25 teams from all across the country are expected to contest for the winning trophy in the hockey championship. The championship will be conducted at ITI Grounds in Bassi Pathana.

The organisers will provide a tourism kit and stay including boarding, lodging, transportation for the all the participating teams in the hockey tournament.



At 14, this tennis star aims high
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Karman Kaur, who recently bagged two titles in the recently held CLTA-AITA tennis tournament, here, made Russian professional tennis player, Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, her idol at the age of ten.

Karman Kaur
Karman Kaur

Karman from Delhi is 14 now and is giving her best in tennis these days. Adding another feather to her cap, she put herself in the top three players of the nation, in the girls (U-12) category. She has holding the top rank from past three years. She was also among the players who were invited to attend tennis workshops and to witness matches in centre court of Wimbledon (London).

“I have recently bagged two titles during the CLTA-AITA competition. Winning and loosing is an essential part of the game. But the most important is performance. It can’t be gained in one night and might not even in one year but hopefully, I will maintain my performance throughout my career,” said Karman.

The ace player started her career in 2007 and since 2010 she has been holding the third rank in the All-India ranking of girls (U-12) category. She has represented her state in various nationals and also won top honors for her state.

“Maintaining the rank is the most difficult task for a player. I have attainted it after sweating hard on field. I will try to maintain it till the time I can. My family has supported me through out.” said Karman.

Talking about the city she said, “Chandigarh has always been a hub great competition. The recently held tournament witnessed as many as 15 players contesting for the cup. Surrounding here suits me and it also hints towards my second home court that helps to overcome every hurdle in between my win” said Karman.

Karman has also represented Delhi in several tournaments and won three gold medals. She was also invited at Wimbledon last year to attend workshop.



cricket tourney
Tamil Nadu sends Haryana to pavilion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The cricket team of Haryana went down against that of Tamil Nadu in a match of JM Haaroon National Cricket Championship for boys (U-17).

Batting first, the loosing side set away a target of 109 runs before getting bundling out in the 25th over. Ashwani Kumar (47) was the main run getter for the team. For Tamil Nadu, SA Nithesh Arvind was the pick of the bowlers after taking 4 for 18 while Deepak and Aditya took two wickets each.

In reply, the wining side achieved the target in the 12th over of the match. R Kavin (53) and A Jerome (40) guided the team to victory.

Earlier matches:

Pondicherry beat Hyderabad

Hyderabad-127 for 7 in 20 overs (A Sharan 41, G Ganesh 20, Shanthan 22, AS Govindarajan 2 for13, M Affan 2for 17).

Pondicherry-128 for 2 in 18 overs (R Mustafa Sarosh 60, Asdul Latheef 18, Savrav Kumar 3for 23).

Jharkand beat Chennai. Chennai-154 in 25 Overs (Anirudh Baskaran 43, Nitin 5 for 30).

Jharkand-157 for 2 in 20.2 overs (Amardeep 75, Sarukh 52). Maharasthra beat Andhra Pradesh. AP-81 in 19.2 overs (Roop Datta 25, Satyam3 for 11, Yashkasrivan 3 for 18).

Maharasthra-83 in 11.3 overs (Yasmkasrivac 39).

Sri Lanka beat Hyderabad. Hyderabad-83 for 9 (20 overs) (Sovran 12, Ganesh 11, S Silva 2 for 9, N Pareira 2for 2, Y Rasmika 2for 15).

Sri Lanka-84 For 2 (L Lakshan 36, K Mendis 12,)


Srilanka beat Tamilnadu. Sri Lanka-181 in 30 overs (Hasam Dumimdo 83, Tilathsa Malshan 33, Vishal 4 for 33, Vignesh 5 for 29 (Including a Hatrick).

Tamil Nadu-133 in 29.4 overs (G Vignesh-31, B. Kevin 29, Malshan 2 for 13, Slva 2 for 12, Jalampathy 2 for 25).



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