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Jammers, video conferencing in state jails soon: DGP
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 1
Jails across the state are set to go hi-tech with the installation of jammers and video-conferencing facility on the premises within the next two years. The project would cost Rs 55 crore.

DGP (Jails) Izhar Alam disclosed this during a meeting at the local Jail Training School, here today. He added that earlier, video conferencing was not possible as certain legal formalities had to be adhered to and prisoners were required to be present in front of the judicial officers.

However, he asserted that now a Bill for the provision of video conferencing had been passed in the state Vidhan Sabha. The facility would come into force once the Governor gives his consent to the said Bill.

Alam said there was no provision under the law to stop the illegal usage of mobile phones in the jails. However, he added that jail superintendent had been vested with powers to stop the practice.

He further said CCTV facility would soon be installed in the high security Nabha jail since TADA detainees were lodged there.

The DGP distributed sweaters, blankets and shawls among the jail inmates and also wished them on New Year.

G.S. Sidhu, principal of Jail Training School, deputy superintendent jails and other officials were also present.



Industrialist’s son missing
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 1
Ashok Kumar, son of an industrialist of Naraingarh, disappeared under mysterious circumstances last late evening. The IGP, Ambala range, and other senior officers have been camping at Naraingarh but no clue could be found so far. ADG, law and order V.B. Singh also reached Naraingarh.

According to information, Ashok went to his rice sheller in a car to drop his father but did not return. The car that belongs to his business partner is also missing. Ashok’s mobile phone is not responding either. It is suspected that he might have been kidnapped. However, the police has not confirmed it as yet.

Ashok’s family and the police are not disclosing any details in this regard. Sources said one of the family members of Ashok received a ransom call last night.



One killed, two injured
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 1
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured on Ambala-Naraingarh road near Panjokhra village today noon.

The deceased were identified as Satbir Singh and Harjit Singh while Awtar Singh sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the civil hospital at Ambala city. According to information, Satbir, Harjit and Awtar were going towards Punjab on a motorbike. When they were crossing Panjokhra, a truck hit their motorbike. Satbir and Harjit died on the spot.

The truck was impounded and a case was registered against the driver. The bodies were sent to the civil hospital for postmortem.



Nikita clinches victory, moves ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Harkerat and Nikita Sharma set up title clash in the girls’ under-12 section of the Girls’ under-12 of IIIrd St Peter’s Open Tennis Tournament being held at St Peter’s School courts, Sector 37, here today.

Harkerat got the better of Naemat 6-0, 6-1 while Nikita Sharma defeated Hassan Dhanova 6-3, 7-5, to be in the finals.

In boys under-12 section, Jatinder moved ahead beating Varundeep Chadha 6-0, while Kundan drubbed Dhruv 6-3, in the pre-quarterfinals.

Over 150 participants are participating in various events of the tournament.

Other results: Boys’ (under-10, quarter final matches): Paramveer Singh b Harpreet 6-2, Abhijit Singh b Varundeep Chadha 6-0.

(Under-12, pre-quarter final matches): Jatinder b Varundeep Chadha 6-0, Kundan b Dhruv 6-3, Param Pum b Harpreet Singh 6-2, Inder Bir Singh b Shraishth 6-2, Uttkarsh Khosla b Jeremy Ben Thomas 6-4, Raghav Talwar b Andren Pradeep 6-4, Abijit b Sanchit Thakur 6-1, Sachin b Rahul Aggarwal 6-0.

(Under-14, quarterfinals): Uday Singh Mann b Pankaj 6-5 (4), Ravisher Sandhu b Harmeet Singh 6-4, Bhavtaran b Arshbuland 6-1, Jatinder b Rajveer 6-3.



CLTA becoming vital venue for tourneys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is emerging as an important venue for bringing up budding tennis players and organising a number of international events in 2008.

CLTA, apart from providing basic training and facilities to the players, are giving performance incentive for players and for the coaches. The program includes incentive for the players who perform well and produces better results, and also for the coaches who render their expertise and guidance to these up-coming players.

Apart from the talent series and championship series, the association is organising international events, including ITF Junior Tennis tournament in the up- coming week and also ITF Men’s Future Circuit Tennis tournament in the month of March.

CLTA have produced many promising players which includes, Jaanesh Kaur, winner of AITA Championship Series in the under-16 category and Digvijay Mehta, winner of Asian Ranking Tournament under-16.

The association not only organise events but also gives sponsorships to players for participation in tournaments aboard. With the up-gradation of its infrastructure, Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association is organising special camp for foreign players, apart from which foreign coaches too have being called to guide the young players who can get guidance and expertise from these experienced foreign coaches.



Skating meet from January 4
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 1
The Roller Skating Association of Panchkula will be organising the 13th Panchkula District Roller Skating championship at the Skating Rink of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, here on January 4 and 5.

“Only the skaters of Panchkula district are eligible to participate in the championship.

All speed and roller hockey events will be conducted during the event”, said an organiser.

The selection for the state-level games to be held at Kurukshetra, Haryana would be done during the championship. The interested may contact A.D Sharma, organising secretary.



Sanjay Kumar is finance secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Sanjay Kumar was today posted as the new finance secretary of the Chandigarh administration. The union ministry of home affairs issued orders to this effect. Sanjay Kumar is a 1988 batch IAS officer of the Punjab cadre. He will replace S.K. Sandhu, the outgoing finance secretary.

He is at present posted as secretary, expenditure, in the Punjab government. Earlier, he has worked with the Chandigarh administration in the mid- 1990s as joint secretary, finance.



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