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Haryana girls defeat Chandigarh
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib May 29
Haryana girls won the 21st Sub-Junior National Hockey Championship by defeating Chandigarh in the final by a margin of 1-0, while Mizoram secured 3rd place. The championship was organised jointly by Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, Indian Hockey Federation, PEPSU, Women Hockey Association and District Women Hockey Association at ITI Grounds, Bassi Pathana. Teams from 19 states took part in this championship. Sukhbir Badal, Deputy Chief Minister gave away the prizes to the winners.

Addressing the gathering, he said that the State Government has created world-class infrastructure for sports in the state so that budding talent could be groomed for international championships. He added that he has already issued directions to fill the backlog of 3 per cent quota of sportspersons in all the departments and they have been asked to send the compliance report within one month. He said that sports persons have been given maximum benefit by the Punjab Government. He said that the state government had taken a major initiative in sports infrastructure development with construction/upgradation of 6 international level hockey stadiums and 8 multi-purpose sports stadiums with the joint cost of more than Rs 200 crores.

He said that the state had already set up a sports school at Ghudda village and has chalked out an ambitious plan to set up such sports school at each district headquarter besides, a stadium each at every block. He said that Punjab was the first state in the country having its comprehensive sports policy with special focus on the creation of sports infrastructure and picking up the sports talent at the earlier stage to further groom it. He informed that the state sports department had also installed more than 5000 gymnasiums besides distributing more than 10,000 sports kits to the youngsters to encourage them to opt for sports.

Earlier, prof HS Mejie, chairman Mehar Baba Charitable Trust and Justice Nirmal Singh (retd) MLA welcomed the Deputy Chief Minister and apprised him about the problems being faced by the people of Bassi Pathana region.

On the occasion, the former international hockey stalwarts Ajit Pal Singh, Balbir Singh senior, Rajinder Singh, Narinder Singh Sodhi, Surinder Singh Sodhi, Inderjit Singh Chadha, Rani Rampal, Jasjeet Kaur, Coach Baldev Singh, Hans Raj Chabbra, Jatinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Ajit Singh and Arun Rishi were honoured.



Residents get unhygienic water
Parmod Mehta

Banur, May 29
The residents of Banur have been compelled to drink unhygienic water for the past three months due to defect in three tube-wells from which water is supplied to them. As per the information, the residents of ward numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 and 13 have been receiving unhygienic drinking water foir the past three months.

The residents of the affected areas had complained that they had raised the issue with the authorities concerned but nothing has been done so far. They demanded safe and potable drinking water as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Banur municipal council executive official Baljeet Singh Sandhu said the responsibility of maintenance of water supply system was of the sewerage board. But the municipal council had taken some steps to resolve the water supply problem. Xen sewerage board BL Ranga said the unhygienic water supply problem in Banur was caused due to water level, which was going down in the summer season.



Fresh probe sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The complainant in the case involving irregularities in a theme park project today filed an application in the court seeking directions to the CBI to conduct a fresh investigations in the case.

The CBI had filed a closure report in the case in which former UT Adviser Lalit Sharma, former UT Home Secretary Krishan Mohan and former Director Tourism Vivek Atray are the accused.

Complainant Vivek Aditya also contended before the special CBI court that the CBI had put on record only four pages of the CVC report. They have deliberately not put on record the rest of 36 pages of the central vigilance commission’s report, which directed the CBI to investigate the matter in 2008.

On the last hearing on May 26, the special CBI court directed the CBI to put on record the CVC report which was forwarded to the CBI for investigating the matter regarding alleged corruption by the three former bureaucrats of the UT Administration in the allotment of the controversial theme-cum-amusement park project to Unitech.

However, the complainant contended that the CVC report had a total of 40 pages and the CBI had deliberately not put on record the 36 pages of the report where the CVC had mentioned the contentions to investigate the matter.

The court has directed the CBI to put on record the rest of 36 pages of the CVC report and also asked the CBI to reply whether the matter needs re-investigation or not. The case hearing is now slated for June 4. 



Bail denied to accused in betting case

Chandigarh, May 29
A local court today denied bail to all the accused who have been arrested for betting during the IPL matches. The special investigation of team (SIT) of the UT Police last week busted a gang, which had been active in betting during the IPL matches.

The police had arrested six persons in this connection and recovered Rs 1.5 lakh along with several mobile phones, fake SIMs, two laptops, a computer monitor, a Toyota Fortuner. — TNS



Court sends 3 accused to police remand
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 27
The local courts have sent all three accused, Jatinder Singh alias Joji, Satnam Singh Satti and Navtej Singh, to a two-day police remand.

A man named, Saudagar Singh, was hacked to death with an axe in front of local district courts in full public view on May 22.

Earlier, the police sought five days remand for the accused, all of whom have criminal background.

Meanwhile, the police was still to lay hands on the rest of the accused including Gursimran Singh, Randhir Singh, Billu, Lucky and some other unidentified persons.

The Mohali SSP, GS Bhullar, said that raids were on to nab the rest of the accused.

“We have vital clues about them. They would be soon in police net,” said Bhullar.



Gang of vehicle thieves busted
27 cars recovered by police; were active in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 9
Continuously following a vehicle theft case of 2009 finally led the Panchkula police to burst an interstate gang of vehicle lifters who were active in northern states of Haryana Punjab, Chandigarh and national capital region of New Delhi.

The CIA staff of the Panchkula police led by ASI Surjit Singh on a secret information came to know that one of the accused Sher Singh, a resident of Rattangarh village, Kurukshetra district was driving an Indigo car with a fake registration number. The police laid a naka at Sector 11 on May 16 last and arrested the accused.

Sher Singh had stolen the Indigo car Indigo car CAX-5145 from Parteek Hotel in Morni and was driving the same after affixing a fake number plate PB-11AX-9163. The owner of the car Shamsher Singh, a resident of New Delhi had filed a complaint in the Chandimandir police station on June 8, 2009.

During investigation, he revealed to the police that two more accused, who have been identified as Sher Singh, Ashish Chaudhary, resident of Kaithal and Niraj alias Babloo, resident of Koar village Karnal district, were involved with him. They were later arrested on May 24.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Parul Kush Jain said that the three accused had told the police they had received many stolen cars from Ramu alias Ram Niwas, kingpin of the gang and a resident of Raichandwala in district Jind and further sold them. They disclosed that Ramu has his own gang to steal vehicles from Punjab, Haryana, Panchkula, Chandigarh and National Capital Region of Delhi and after tempering with their engine, chassis numbers and affixing fake number plates he used to sell. The trio confessed that they had stolen 27 vehicles in Haryana, Punjab, Delhi etc.

Giving the criminal record of Ramu, the DCP Jain said that main accused was involved in a case registered against him under Section 379 of the IPC in Sadar police station, Jind, in December 2012. Sher Singh was involved in case registered against him under Section 379, 411 of the IPC in the Civil Lines police station, Karnal.

Jain said that the police had recovered 27 cars of various makes and models including Mahindra Pickup vans, Indigo CS cars, Bolero jeeps, Santro Car, tractors, Verna, Tata Safari and Tavera.

She said that investigations in the cases were on and the police was hopeful to arrest the main kingpin of the gang Ramu, alias Ram Niwas. She added that with the arrest of the accused there was possibility of solving of many cases of similar nature.



Mandeep brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
For the cricket people, the recently concluded IPL (Indian Premier League), might not have brought some good news, with the Kings XI Punjab team failed to show up their best even in the fifth edition. And in between all this, 20-year-old Mandeep Singh, have brought some cheers, after bagging the Citibank Rising Star Award 2012.

The right-handed batman impressed both fans and critics with his masterful batting display and scored a total of 432 runs in this season of the IPL. He also became the highest scorer for the Kings XI Punjab side. He is adjudged  as the most promising  under-23 player.

"My hard works pays off well so that I can achieve big in future. My coach, Vikram Rathore, stood by me every time and my teammate’s also helped me a lot. I will continue to serve my best in cricket,” said Mandeep Singh.

“It is a matter of pride for us that he has been adjudged as Citibank “Rising Star” we always had full faith in his capabilities and it is heartening to see him mature and take on added responsibility in the team,” Col Arvinder Singh, COO, Kings XI Punjab.



PU shuttlers win top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Shuttlers training at Panjab University’s badminton centre won top honors during the Chandigarh State Junior Badminton Ranking tournament, concluded at Badminton Hall of Sports Complex, Sector 42, here.

In the finals of girls (U-19) category, Muskan Sohi overcame Kailas by 2-0 (21-14 and 21-16) while Kails defeated Muskan by 2-0(21-19 and 21-18) to win the girls (U-17) final.

In the title match of boys (U-17) category Akshey beat Adhiep Singh by 2-0 (21-16 and 21-15). Kawaldeep Singh won the boys (U-19) group after defeating Kenneth Wong by 2-0 (21-13 and 21-14).



Srinivas leads in first round
Tribune News Service

A player hits a shot during golf championship at the Golf Club in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
A player hits a shot during golf championship at the Golf Club in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, May 29
Golfer R Srinivas of Bangalore shot a five-under-67 to claim the first round lead at the PGTI Players Championship, on the first day, being played at the Chandigarh Golf Club, here today.

On other hand, local Harendra Gupta and Delhi duo of Shamim Khan and Naman Dawar finished joint second at four-under-68, at end of the day. R Srinivas with his short game made the first birdie of the day on the second hole followed by a 15-feet birdie putt on the third. Later, with a bogey on the fourth Srinivas came back strongly and shot an eight-iron shot to set up a birdie on the eighth.

Srinivas, who is yet to win his maiden professional title, collected three birdies in a row from the 11th, 13th to take his score to five under. He chipped-in from the bunker on the 11th and missed an eagle by a whisker nine-iron approach shot on the 12th.

Second position holder and Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta did not have the best of starts as he bogeyed the opening hole after a poor tee-shot. However, he picked up 3 birdies in quick succession on the second, third and fifth to move to two under. He converted a 25-footer on the third. Shamimknocked down 15-feet birdie putts on the second and 12th and landed it within a foot of the pin for birdie on the 17th in his round of 68. Naman joined Harendra and Shamim in joint second after he made an eagle, 5 birdies and 3 bogeys in the opening round thanks to his superb ball striking.



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