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Garry Singh enters second round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
In all Chandigarh affair, Garry Singh Amor, a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, got the better of Pankaj Kumar (3-6, 6-4, 6-3) in a well-contested first-round boy’s under-16 match on the opening day of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Championship at CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

Coming back after losing the first set from Pankaj , Garry, having 42.25 AITA points, held his nerves to win the next two sets at 6-4, 6-3 to start campaign on a winning note.

Top AITA ranked Ashwani Kumar (26.25 points), a trainee of the CLTA Rural Scheme, stormed in the next round thrashing Mohammad Aiman Bin Abdullah of Brunei, another trainee at CLTA, under the Asian Commonwealth Countries-CLTA Programme, by 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the boy’s under-18 singles round.

Another local player Jatinder Singh secured place in the next round. He outclassed Amit Bzad of Punjab in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.

Results: Boy’s U-16 singles (Ist round): Naveen Mehla (Dli) b Vinayak Aggarwal (Dli) 6-0, 6-0, Saransh Bhatia (D) b Paramveer S. Toor (Chd) 6-0, 6-3.

Boy’s U-18 (Ist round): Ashwani Kumar (Chd) b Mohammad Aiman Bin Abdullah (Brunei) 7-6 (6), 6-3, Raghav Singhal (Chd) b Naveen Mehla (Dli) 6-2, 6-4, Ajay Yadav (Chd) b Harry S. Amor (Chd) 5-0, (concede), Maninder Singh (Har) b Aviraj Kamboj (Chd) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, Arman Choudhry (Har) b Gaurav (Pb) 6-2, 6-3, Sidhant Solanki (Dli) b Ishan Gupta (Chd) 6-1, 6-4, Akshat Joshi (Chd) b Amardeep Singh (Har) 6-2, 6-1, Amit Bzad (Chd) 6-1, 6-4, Navneet (UP) b Sidharth Baidwan (Chd) 6-2, 7-5, Rishab Dev (Pb) b Sunil Kaushik (Har) 6-3, 6-3, Garry S. Amor (Chd) b Kamal Kishore Maderana (Raj) 6-2, 6-2, Naveen Shankar (Chd) b Pankaj Kumar (Chd) 6-3, 6-3, Gaurav Inder Toor (Chd) b Paramveer S. Toor (Chd) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, Gurinder Singh (Chd) b Anupam Chhetri (Chd) 6-0, 6-2, Manish Kumar (Dli) b Jaivardhan Gupta (Chd) 6-1, 6-2.

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Saras Mela concludes with folk dances
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 17
Appreciation for artisans who took part in the 12-day long Saras Mela flowed in abundance as the festival concluded on a vibrant note at the Sheesh Mahal, here today.

The chief guest on the concluding day was the deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal. According to an official spokesman nearly 30, 000 people from the city and nearby areas flocked to the mela during the past 12 days. The festival was fully sponsored by the Central government even as the North Zone Cultural Centre complimented government’s efforts fully.

Artisans who brought their artifacts from distant places said although people did not spend much money on buying things, yet their was no dearth of appreciation for their products.

An artisan from Ahmednagar, Jaishankar, dealing in leather products revealed that their was some demand from people to buy leather purses and belts and it picked up during the last two days of the festival. However, he lamented that business was not upto the expectations and blamed poor purchasing power of people.

There was a mixed response from people. A school teacher said she was a regular visitor to such fairs and this one had nothing new to offer. On the other hand, Avtar Singh a small time businessman said there were a lot of new things on display at the mela.

The NZCC organised a cultural programme on the concluding day in the evening in which Rajasthani and Haryanvi folk dances drew maximum applause. Apart from this, other items also drew enough applause for the NZCC officials. Prizes were distributed by the deputy commissioner on this occasion.

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BJP boycotts MC election to mark protest
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
After remaining without a president for almost three months, the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib municipal council, today got a new head. SAD councillor Sher Singh was elected president of the civic body despite the alliance partner BJP boycotting the elections to register their protest against the Sirhind MLA.

The district unit of the BJP, on Saturday, had announced that it would field its own candidate against SAD nominee for the presidentship of the MC.

They had stated that Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti had got the election notification issued without taking them into confidence.

However, the party today withdrew from the elections.

Sources in the MC stated that though the BJP leaders tried to mount a lot of pressure to get the election notification cancelled, but following an intervention by a senior Akali leader, the elections were held as scheduled and the BJP decided to stay away from these.

However, MLA Didar Singh Bhatti said both the BJP and the SAD in Sirhind were like a family.

He said differences in a political alliance were common but these would not be allowed to affect the SAD-BJP relationship in any way.

He said disgruntled BJP leaders would be brought back into the fold soon.

The BJP had called an emergency meeting on Saturday evening to discuss the election notification that got issued by the MLA.

Following which, they had decided to contest the election against the SAD nominee. Though the Akali MLA was supporting Sher Singh for the post of MC President, the BJP was in favour of Ashok Kumar Sood.

BJP district president Lal Chand Jindal and Sirhind general secretary Harish Aggarwal said they had already conveyed their displeasure to the MLA.

The BJP leaders said it was in a bad taste that the MLA did not take them into confidence before going ahead with the president elections of the MC.

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IMA organises cancer awareness programme
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 17
The Patiala branch of Indian Medical Association today organised a Continuous Medical Education (CME) Programme on Cancer under the leadership of its president Dr D.S. Bhullar which was attended by 120 doctors, here today. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Navdeep Singh, a renowned medical oncologist and cancer specialist from Apollo Hospital Ludhiana, elaborated latest techniques used for treating cancer and said treatment of cancer is a team-work and dedicated efforts of all team members can give best to the patient.

He talked about the latest advances in the treatment of solid tumours and indications for bone marrow transplantation. He stressed for early detection of breast cancer by mammography like in Japan keeping in view the rise in breast cancer among Indian women so that treatment can be started at the earliest possible.

Dr D.N. Bharadwaj and Dr Harjot Kaur Bagga, Head of the radio-therapy department of Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, said the number of cancer patients in India is showing an upward trend but due to advanced means of cancer treatment in the modern era, the patients can still be treated satisfactorily.

Experts showed concern on the cost factor for the treatment of cancer patients and bone marrow transplantation. Dr Surinder Singh, principal of Medical College, Patiala, and ex-officio pattern of IMA, Patiala, was felicitated on the occasion. Dr Vishal Chopra, honorary secretary of the association elaborated the branch activities and a vote of thanks was given by Dr J.K. Kansal.

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TV stars stumped by Punjabi hospitality
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 17
The cast and crew of Veerawali, a TV serial being shot for a national Hindi channel, which came here to shoot at some of the striking sites in the historical town of Sirhind, are all bowled over by warm Punjabi hospitality.

Having spent days shooting at different locations, including the Aam Khas Bagh, the village fields and the narrows lanes of the old town of Sirhind, the TV stars are all praise for the Punjabis and delicacies that were served to them by the villagers.

Sameer Sharma, of Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki fame, who is playing the lead role against in the serial being shot for channel 9X, said he had heard about large-hearted Punjabis, but what he found here was far beyond what he had thought. Sameer, who became a diehard fan of ‘makki di roti te saron da saag', said it was something he would be missing immensely once they pack up and go back to Mumbai. Garima, the lead actress said the town, which otherwise has been overlooked by many associated with the TV entertainment, is providing a perfect Punjabi backdrop for the serial. She said the serial revolves around Simmi and her two brothers Khusal and Dharam.

Simmi has been brought up by her brothers, but when one of the brothers die under mysterious circumstances and the other leaves home, Simmi is left alone to fend for herself. The serial depicts how she manages to overcome all the odds and also tracks down the culprit responsible for her brother's death, Garima said.

Sameer, who was fascinated to know that the Aam Khas Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, said it was a wonderful experience to have shot at such sites. He said he would be recommending his directors to make the maximum out of the untapped natural surroundings and historical buildings of Punjab in their TV serials.

The crew has been shooting in the town for the past couple of days and would be leaving for Bombay day after tomorrow, after having shot 15 episodes of the serial in and around the town. 

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48 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Kharar, December 17
A blood donation camp was organised by Shaheed Udham Singh Blood Donors Club, Kharar, and Dashmesh Youth Services club, Malakpur, along with Blood Bank, Civil Hospital, Kharar, at village Malakpur here. Dr Jai Singh from Civil Hospital Kharar inaugurated the camp. He emphasised the benefits of blood donation and informed the public to make blood donation a campaign so that people don’t have to rush to Chandigarh for blood in case of emergency. The function was presided over by Jasjeet Singh Bunny SAD leader and chairman Punjab State Cooperative Bank. He gave Rs 5,000 as grant to the club. The team of doctors collected 48 units of blood.

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5 booked for kidnapping minor
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 17
The police here has booked five persons, including a woman, on the charges of kidnapping a minor girl of Saidpura village here.

According to the police, Joginder Singh, a resident of the village, had complained to the police that his daughter went missing on December 11. Even while the parents were looking for their daughter, the police said the family received a call from a woman named Sanjana Rani that their daughter was with her and was safe and sound. She did not give more information nor did she demand any money from the parents.

Joginder Singh told the police that Sanjana and the other four, Sandeep Kumar, Vicky, Vishal and Vijay Kumar, were tenants at his brother’s house in the village and they were found missing since the same day. The police has registered a case under Sections 363, 368 and 120-B, IPC, against the five.

The police were also told that the five had been living at Joginder’s brother’s place for quite sometime but no one had bothered to check which place they belonged to.

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Commando’s body found in Saharanpur
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 17
A police commando’s body, who had gone missing from Barara yesterday evening, was recovered from Saharanpur early this morning.

Tejpal Singh, 35, was a police commando and he was posted at Karnal. He had come home on two-day leave.

Yesterday evening at about 4 pm, he had gone out in his car after receiving a phone call. He had first dropped his son at his sister’s residence in Barara and then left. Thereafter, there was no information about him.

He had three mobile phones. Even though the phone was ringing, nobody picked up the phone. Two of the mobile phones stopped ringing at about 10 pm while the third phone stopped ringing at about 2 am.

Family members of Tejpal Singh frantically searched for him through out the night but to no avail. Early this morning, the family members received a phone call from Uttar Pradesh police stating that a car has been recovered from a canal in Saharanpur. The car was taken out of the canal. When the boot of the car was opened, the body of Tejpal Singh was found.

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Anmol Malhotra best batsman
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 17
DMW beat Black Elephant (MES) Cricket Club, Patiala, by 28 runs in the first Punjab Today Foundation Cup played at the Military Ground and clinched the trophy here today.

Winning the toss and elected to bat first, DMW team posted a modest total of 163 for 8 in allotted 40 over match.

Black Elephant (MES) Cricket Club boys managed to score 129 after loosing all wickets in 35.5 overs. Anmol Malhotra was adjudged best batsman of the tournament, Karan Sharma best bowler, Anmolpreet Singh best fielder and Abhi Mehta best wicketkeeper.

Colonel Ramesh Santhanam, Commander CWE, Patiala, was the chief guest. He distributed the prizes to the winners.

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