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350 take part in athletics meet at Pbi varsity
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 20
The fourth Punjabi University Annual Inter-College B-Division Athletics Meet began at Raja Bhalendra Singh Sports Complex of the university here today. Around 350 athletes from 40 BEd colleges are competing in the tournament. Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Jaspal Singh, was the chief guest on the opening ceremony.

Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, Director Sports Department, welcomed the chief guest and other guests followed by the march past ceremony. Dr Jaspal Singh, while addressing the competitors, said the university was celebrating this year as the ' Development of University Sports Infrastructure' year, under which they are going to make Synthetic Athletic Track and a Multi-Gymnasium Sports Hall. He said the university was making every possible effort to promote sports culture.

Today’s results:

Men section: 4x400 m relay race: 1. Akal College of Education (ACE), Mastuana (Hardeep Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Jatinder Singh and Kuldeep Singh; 2. GCE, Faridkot (Jagbir Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Rajwinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh) and 3. SUS CE, Sangrur (Tarsem, Rajdeep Singh, Sunil and Sandeep Singh).

110 mt hurdles: 1. Lovepreet Singh (GCE, Patiala); 2. Gurwinder Singh (MCCE, Bhanupali), and 3. Manpreet Singh (GCE, Patiala).

5000 mt: 1. Jagvir Singh (GCE, Faridkot), 2. Gurcharan Singh (SVCE, Moonak) and 3. Sant Ram (PCE, Chunni Kalan).

Women’s section: 800 m: 1. Rinku Yadav (SUSCE, Sangrur), 2. Shaminder Kaur (MSKGCE, Patiala) and 3.Jaspreet Kaur (PCE, Samana).

Hammer Throw: 1. Amanpreet Kaur (MCCE, Bhanupali), 2. Ramanjeet Kaur (R&B CE, Sahauran, Ropar) and 3. Baljit Kaur (MCCE, Bhanupali).igh Jump: Anu Sharma (SUSCE, Sangrur), 2. Prabhkamal Virk (MSKGCE, Patiala) and 3. Charanjit Kaur (SUSCE, Sangrur).



appointment of five consultants
HC notice to NIPER
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali, on notice, while taking up a petition challenging the selection and appointment of five consultants.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued notice to the NIPER for May 14 on a petition in public interest filed by RTI activist Dr Rajinder Kumar Singla.

Notice has also been issued to Board of Governors, chairman, Registrar PJP Singh Waraich, Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, and the consultants.

Challenging the selection and appointment of Avtar Singh, RK Bhatti, Hari Mohan, Dr AS Bhatia and Dr Naresh Kumar as consultants, Singla claimed the entire process was carried out without inviting applications through advertisement.



woman’s detention
Show-cause notice to SSP

Mohali, March 20
The Punjab State Women Commission has issued a show-cause notice to the Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police for detaining a woman illegally at a local police station last year.

According to sources, in the notice, chairperson of the commission Paramjit Kaur Gill Landran has also directed the Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar to appear in person before the commission as despite several reminders from the commission in this connection, the police did not send any information or record to it so far. The commission has also sought the police record in this connection.

The victim in question is Baljit Kaur Purkhalwi, a former municipal councillor and media in charge of the Samaj Sewi Jathebandi Dalit Chetna Manch, who was allegedly detained at the Mataur Police Station for several hours following an attack on her family by some persons on February 21, 2012.

SSP Bhullar said he had already sent a communiqué to the commission in this regard. — TNS



CJ lays stone of court complex
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 20
Courts are meant to give justice to common people so the judges and lawyers should work dedicatedly in this direction. This was said by Punjab and Haryana High Courts Chief Justice AK Sikri today while laying the foundation stone of Mohali Court Complex at Sector 76.

The complex, on whose construction Rs 72.75 crore would be spent, would also house the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) office.

Justice Sikri said about 3 crore cases were pending in the courts across the country while in Punjab only the number of such cases was around 5 lakh. “The ADR are very effective and provides help in such situation,” said Justice Sikri.

Earlier, the district administrative officers said the complex would be one of the most advanced court complexes of the state and would have all facilities in it. “In first phase, it will be five-storeyed complex having 23 court rooms. Rest of the three-storeys will be constructed in next phase. It will take two years to complete the project,” said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam.



punjab housefed scam
Police remand for two

Mohali, March 20
Rupesh Jindal and Anjum Garg, who were arrested by the Vigilance sleuths yesterday in connection with the Punjab Housefed scam, were remanded in two-day police custody today.

Jindal and Garg along with another accused Amarjit Gupta had allegedly tampered with the tenders of 432 flats in Sector 79, which were being constructed by the Punjab State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies (Housefed).

Gupta was the superintendent engineer in the department then. He was later suspended for his illegal activities. Jindal and Garg had allegedly floated a construction company and filed fake documents with their tender, which was also tempered later in their favour.

Both the accused were produced before the court today evening which sent them for two days police remand. — TNS



Case against office-bearers of Shirdi Sai Samaj dismissed

Chandigarh, March 20
Chief Judicial Magistrate Parvesh Singla dismissed the criminal case pending against the office-bearers of Shirdi Sai Samaj, Sector 29, and acquitted the president Romesh Kalia and vice-president Anil Khurana of all charges. The case was registered nine years ago under Sections 420, 467, 478, 471 and 380 of the IPC.

As per the prosecution, the office-bearers were charged of grabbing cash boxes of the temple by forcibly taking possession of the temple premises. Other officers who have been acquitted include Bimal roy, Manoj Goyal, SK Jam and VK Narula. — TNS


Sex racket busted
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 20
In a joint operation, the Himachal Pardesh and local police busted a sex racket by arresting eight persons including six women and their two pimps from Dhakoli here today.

The arrested persons were identified as Arvinder Kaur, Kulwinder Singh Dhillon, his wife Kulwinder Kaur, Sarandeep Singh, Ramandeep Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Pachi and Karamjit Kaur. They were reportedly running a brothel from a rented accommodation at MC Enclave.

The area station house officer, Tarlochan Singh, said four prostitutes have become police approvers. “They have stated to the police that they were being pushed into the illegal trade forcibly by the rest arrested persons.”

The matter came to the light with the arrest of one Seema at Solan on March 17 at a check point.

A case has been registered at the Solan Police Station.

“During interrogation, one accused revealed the Himachal police that she was sent to Solan with a customer by Dhillon and others. A raid was conducted and arrests were made at her behest,” said Tarlochan Singh.

All the call girls belong to Punjab and were sent to various places including Shimla, Solan, Kufri and Delhi. “They used to charge Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 from the customers,” said the police.

The accommodation at Dhakoli belonged to Tajinder Kaur from Chandigarh. “The owner of the house would also be quizzed soon,” said the police. The police has started further investigations in the case.

All the accused have been taken to Solan by the Himachal Pradesh police.



SBI employee commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
A 53-year-old assistant manager with the State Bank of India (SBI) in Phase 1, Mohali, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in Sector 22.

The victim, Sanjeev Singla, hung himself from the fan in the bathroom at SCF 17-18 in Sector 22. The police recovered a six-page suicide note from the spot, which states six family members forced him to take the extreme step.

In the suicide note, the victim alleged that his brother, Rajiv, his (brother's) wife Anita Singla, their son, Chiraj Singla, mother, Indira Rani, a property dealer, Ajad Singh Ranga, and his son-in-law harassed him in the civil cases pending in the court against him. The police said there was a property dispute within the family and the victim was also named in a case of cheating registered by his family members against him.

DSP Ashish Kapoor said they were investigating the matter and a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC had been registered at the Sector 17 police station. "The allegations will be verified and then only further course of action will be taken," said Kapoor.



je examination
One held for cheating

Mohali, March 20
The Punjab State Cyber Cell sleuths today arrested another accused in the case of cheating during the last year’s PowerCom JE examinations.

The accused, identified as Amarpreet Singh from Sangrur, was the candidate, whom his friend Pritpal Singh, a BTech student of a private college at Fatehgarh Sahib and a resident of Rangia village, Ludhiana, was helping by sending answers of the questions through MMS and SMSs from his mobile phone. The examination was conducted on July 15, 2012. Pritpal Singh was arrested on March 9 by the cyber police. — TNS



Two held with 4 kg charas

Chandigarh, March 20
In a major breakthrough, the Sector 43 police today arrested two Nepali residents with four kilograms of charas. The police arrested Khem Bhadur and Resham Bahadur, both residents of Nepal, from the ISBT Sector 43 and recovered the charas from them.

Sub-inspector Rajiv Kumar, in charge, Sector 43 police post, said the market price of the recovered charas was between Rs 45 lakh and Rs 50 lakh. A case had been registered against them at the Sector 36 Police Station. — TNS



Golf Club gets sprinklers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Chandigarh Golf Club today launched an automatic sprinkler system for its greens and fairways. The move, said office-bearers of the club, would save 10 to 15 per cent water for the club and also enabled it to use the system even during the night hours which was not possible before.

Installed with an estimate cost of about Rs 70 lakh, the system laid down over 11.5 kilometers of underground pipe line covering all the nine holes. Officials said the complete pipeline is of the HDPE, which is much superior and withstands pressure variations to prevent leakages. New 349 pop-up sprinklers will get operated all over the course to cover the complete nine holes anytime during the day or night.

Inaugurating the system, president Chandigarh Golf Club, Gurinder Sandhu, said the new system would push the club towards achieving the International golf standards.

Another official, captain of the Chandigarh Golf Club, Sandeep Sandhu, said the new system would bring the major efficiency in water usage.

“At present over 8.5 lakh litres of tertiary water is consumed everyday in the club. The new system, which is completely computerised will save water from 10 to 15 per cent minimum, he said.

He said the new system will also extend the playing time as stoppages for watering can be minimised. It can be programmed to operate at nighttime or any specific time.



Golfer invents putting machine
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Golfer Gurbaaz Mann gives a demonstration of his new machine in Chandigarh on Wednesday
Golfer Gurbaaz Mann gives a demonstration of his new machine in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, March 20
A city based golfer, Gurbaaz Mann, today launched first of its machine called “Falcon Eye” that will enable players to redefine the notion of fast, medium and slow greens. Interacting with the media at Chandigarh Golf Range, Gurbaaz said the machine aims to enable players to have absolute numbers for a desired putting stroke in a measurement of speed, which they cannot achieve otherwise.

He claimed the machine is the original invention that will improve the skill level of players as well as introducing another technological advancement in golf in the form of a new speed reading unit for Greens, thereby offering better performance for golfers.

“More than 80 per cent of the professional golfers achieve only about 60 per cent of their Putting potential during competition and these numbers are much lower for an average golfer. With this aid, they can improve to a large extent,” said Mann. This machine was invented after nearly two years of research and was tested for the past six months.

CSR Reddy, president of the Chandigarh Golf Academy, said normally, golfers adapt to Greens with a lot of effort, varying from course to course and their performance varies dramatically because of the difference in the speed of greens and climate.

“With this exciting innovation making its way into golf, we aim to bring golf under new technology ambit,” he added.

Jessie Grewal, Director National Golf Academy of India said: It will help in making performance of a golfer consistent so they are not forced to rely on guess work. Another the advantages of “Falcon Eye” will be Green mapping of golf courses, helping superintendents to measure and maintain true speed even on difficult patches."



Tejveer wins laurels in Panjab University athletics meet
Tribune News Service

An athlete takes part in the long jump event during the annual athletics meet at PU in Chandigarh on Wednesday
An athlete takes part in the long jump event during the annual athletics meet at PU in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, March 20
Over 200 athletes from various departments participated in 52nd Panjab University Campus Annual Athletics Meet, which was held today on campus. Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, inaugurated the meet.

In professional category of the men’s section, Tejveer Singh of Department of Physical Education was the overall winner with 20 points.

In non-professional category, Prabhjot Singh of Department of Law won the top spot with 18 points.

Balbir Kaur of the Department of Physical Education was declared winner of the professional category in the women’s section. In non-professional category, Chien Sharma of UIET, PU, was declared the winner.

Prof AS Ahluwalia, Dean Student’s Welfare gave away the prizes to the winners.



18 players selected for non-residential cricket academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
There was a huge response for the trials held for the PCA U-12 to U-14 Non-Residential Cricket Academy, at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, Chandigarh.

As many as 130 youngsters from various schools and academies of Chandigarh took part in the trials which started at 10.00 a.m and continued till 4.30 pm.

The selection committee, comprising of former Ranji Trophy player Jasbir Singh, BCCI Cricket Coach Munish Bali and Chandigarh Coach Harminder Singh Pannu, put all the players through their paces and minutely scrutinised their ability with the bat and ball.

Mohinder Singh, honorary secretary, CCA and DP Azad, director Non-Residential Cricket Academies were also present during the trials.

The birth certificates of all the participants were scrutinised before they were allowed to take part in the trials.

Thirteen players and five stand byes were short listed after the trials. The second phase of trials will be held tomorrow at 10.00 am at C-Ground, PCA Stadium, Mohali, said Sushil Kapoor spokesperson of the Punjab Cricket Associatioin.



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