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Probe into ‘manhandling’ of women demanded
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 26
The local area MLA of Ambala Cantt, DK Bansal, has written to the Union Defence Minister and the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, demanding a probe into the alleged manhandling of a few women residents of the town.

One of the victims, 70-year-old Chandravati, stated that a few Army officials picked her up from her home, House No. 65 on N road, and took her to the office of the estate defence officer. She also alleged that she had earlier, too, been harassed and intimidated by the personnel of that office.

She stated that she had been residing here for the past 45 years and should be allowed to continue to stay here as a tenant. A few other women also complained of similar treatment meted out to them. According to sources, the house concerned was locked around 15 day ago by the Army authorities.

Meanwhile, Bansal also highlighted the achievements of the last three years and future plans. He mentioned sewerage lines in every area of the town, lights at major crossings and establishment of a solid-waste plant at the cost of around Rs 12 crore at Patvi village. 



Eunuchs block road against land acquisition
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 26
More than 40 eunuchs blocked the GT road near Ambala City for half an hour today to protest against the acquisition of their plots by the state government for the establishment of a new vegetable market. The other plot holders also accompanied them.

The state government has decided to shift the present vegetable market outside the urban area and has acquired around 12 acres of land close to GT road in Ambala City.

Some property dealers have already sold the plots of this piece of land to various persons. Sixty eunuchs have also purchased 900 yards of land here.

The revenue department had issued the notice under Section 9 to the plot holders and the revenue officer had to announce the awards of the land today. When the district revenue officer G.R. Rohila reached on the site, the eunuchs stated raising slogans against the government. They threatened that they would not allow acquiring their plot by the government.

Later, on the assurance of a police officer to fix their meeting with the deputy commissioner on this issue, they dispersed.



Complete development projects in time: DC
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 26
Ashok Singla, deputy commissioner, has directed all officers to redress public grievances on priority and to take the public-oriented government-sponsored schemes to the grassroots level so that common citizen could derive benefit from these schemes. He also directed the officers to initiate development projects and complete these in the stipulated time.

Singla warned the encroachers to vacate the panchayat and municipal land along the roadside as this disrupts traffic; otherwise legal action would be initiated. He directed the food and civil supply officials to conduct surprise checking of ration depots and gas agencies to ensure smooth distribution of kerosine and cooking gas. He directed the revenue officials to speed up the loan- recovery process. He directed the health officials to identify villages where the sex ratio was low, so that awareness camps and other steps may be initiated in these villages to improve the sex ratio. 



Renovate weightlifting platforms, says coach
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The renovation of weightlifting platforms is urgently required so that the trainees can take full load during training sessions without any risk of injury as the platforms are in a mess.

The players are cautious while training, said K.D.S. Nagra, Sports Authority of India coach.

K.D.S. Nagra makes sure that the trainees strictly follow the instructions. Nagra, who was the chief coach and head of the department at NIS, Patiala, before his transfer to Chandigarh on December 31, 2007, has submitted a detailed report on the renovation of the platforms and other related matters.

The Chandigarh sports department is working on it and renovation work may start very soon.

Six to seven girls and equal number of boys are training under the supervision of Nagra.

He said there were 20 to 25 players. Due to annual examinations, attendance was thin now days.

The number would increase after the exams are over, said Nagra.

It will be better if the weightlifters have a separate hall as at present they share it with wrestlers. Besides Nagra, lady coach Umeshwari Sharma supervises the girl trainees.

With a view to educate the weightlifters, Nagra said anti-doping posters would be placed inside the hall.

He would also educate the trainees of the harmful affects of the banned substance. 



YPS Athletics Meet
Harkiran wins 1500m
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
Harkiran of Tagore House won 1500m race in the under-15 girls category, while Ada Gupta and Rupinder Kaur finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the second day of the 29th Annual Athletic Meet of YPS Public School here today.

Results: Boys

Broad jump (U-12): 1 Sidharth Yaddanapudi; shot put (above 16): 1 Gurjinder Singh Brar, 2 Arshdeep Singh Brar, 3 Sukhdeep Singh; discus throw (U-16) 1 Anshul, 2 Sanam, 3 Noorvir; 800m: 1 Siddharth Yaddanapudi, 2 Shubham Rathore, 3 Thupstan Nurbu.

200m (U-10): 1 Gurkaran, 2 Jasnoor; high jump (above 16): 1 Arshdeep Brar, 2 Gurjinder Brar, 3 Mohammad Wasim; 1500m (above 16): 1 Gurjinder Brar, 2 Aatish Bhalaik, 3 Gurjant, discus throw (U-14): 1 Gurfateh, 2 Dityan, 3 Ashmeet Singh, broad jump (U-10): 1 Sartaj, 2 Tushar, 3 Jasnoor.

Girls:(Above 15): 1 Navdip, 2 Kashika, 3 Puneet; javelin throw (U-15): 1 Harkiran, 2 Meghna, 3 Jasmine; 800m: 1 Simrata, 2 Palak, 3 Amrita; discus throw (U-15): 1 Neelam, 2 Harkiran, 3 Aarti; high jump (above 13): 1 Aarish, 2 Tarini, 3 Gurleen; broad jump (U-11): 1 Hargun, 2 Harleen, 3 Yejin.



Sonia, Gurpreet declared best athletes
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Sonia and Gurpreet Singh were declared best athletes among girls and boys respectively, in the 61st Annual Athletics Meet of Arya College that concluded here today.

Parvesh Chander Sharma, gold medalist in weightlifting in the Commonwealth Games, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function. Prof S.C. Sood, president of sports club of the college, read out the annual report, highlighting the achievements of college students during inter-college and inter-varsity competitions.

Dr S M Sharma, principal of the college, along with faculty and students were present on the occasion.


Boys: 400m - Pankaj 1, Sunil Paul 2 and Sidharth 3; 200m - Amit 1, Gurpreet Singh 2 and Ashish 3; 100m - Brij Bhushan 1, Amit Kumar 2 and Chetan Sharma 3; 1500m - Jagdeep Singh 1, Pankaj Gautam 2 and Pankaj Jatwani 3; 5000m - Simrat Dev 1, Brijesh 2 and Pankaj Bassi 3; Shot put - Ajmer Singh 1, Sandeep Thind 2 and Gopal Malik 3; 800m- Ashish 1, Uday Bhatia 2 and Ashutosh 3; Long jump - Gurdeep Singh 1, Gurpreet Singh 2 and Harpreet Singh 3.

Girls: 200m - Sonia 1, Shivani 2 and Shaveta 3; 100m obstacle race - Neha 1, Neha 2 and Rimi 3; Long jump - Sonia 1, Shivani 2 and Rimi 3; Chatti race- Pawandeep Kaur 1.



Pooja to lead city football team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Pooja of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, will lead the Chandigarh football team that will participate in the 16th Senior National Women Football Championship to be held at Haldia (West Bengal) from February 29 to March 17.

R.K. Sharma and Kamal will be accompanying the team as manager and coach, respectively.

The team: Pooja (captain), Sumandeep Kaur, Parminder Kaur, Harnoor, Rupinder Kaur, Punam Deol, Tanya, Punam Ghosai, Meena, Rekha, Simran Sardana, Anjana Dogran Priyanka Negi, Nikky, Sunita, Jaskiran, Renu and Kawaljeet.



I want to be like Sania, says Vibuthi
Mandeep Puri

Chandigarh, February 26
Following the footsteps of Sania Mirza, the young Vibuthi Khullar is preparing and practicing hard to win the under-14 title this year.

Apart from participating in the nationals, Vibuthi Khullar has won a number of titles in the under-10 category. Recently, she has won her first AITA Talent Series title that was held earlier this month.

Vibuthi, a trainee at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), Sector 10, has been playing the game since the last five years. “Sania Mirza is my ideal. I love the way she plays and I am looking to follow her traits”, says Vibuthi.

Vibuthi, who started playing tennis as an exercise and a source of recreation, is now gradually pricking up the pace of the game. “ I started tennis as an exercise and more of a hobby, but now I am enjoying the game. Though, it is too early to decide whether to opt tennis as career, but certainly I am looking to excel”, asserted the player.

Education and sports are two sides of the same coin, believes Vibuthi, who is a topper in the field of education. “Both education and sports are important in life. Enjoying the game is different, but giving up education for the sake of sports is obviously not my rule of life”, says Vibuthi.

“Tournaments like AITA are an asset for young players. Performing well in these tournaments certainly helps in increasing the ranking of the player. Moreover, good ranking attracts sponsorship, which is motivation for a player. Every player looks to excel, and recognition is the ultimate aim of every player”, added Vibuthi. 



Punjab team for one-day tourney
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
The following team has been selected to represent Punjab in the Inter-State One-Day Limited Overs League Tournament for Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting today in Delhi.

The names of team members are as under: Karan Goel, Ravi Inder, Sunny Sohal, Pankaj Dharmani, Ravneet Ricky, Udai Kaul, Mayank Siddanah, Gurkirat, Manpreet Gony, VRV Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Bharat Loomba, Ankur Kakkar, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Ankur Jund.



Sai shuttlers move ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Shree Satya Sai BEd College, Karaiwala, Muktsar, defeated SCD Government Evening College, Ludhiana, by 3-1 in the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (evening and education colleges) Tournament being played at Panjab University here today.

Individual results: Manish b Karan (21-7, 21-6), Rakesh b Deepak (21-12, 21-13), Deepak and Manish b Karan and Manpreet (21-17, 21-12), Vipul Bishnoi b Manpreet (21-17, 17-21, 21-04).



2 nabbed for vehicle theft
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
The local police nabbed two more persons believed to be members of the gang of vehicle thieves busted by the police early this year.

On January 6, the Mohali police had nabbed members of a gang of vehicle thieves and claimed to have solved over 50 cases of vehicle robberies in the area.

SP City Varinderpal Singh said Manzoor Ahmed and Fayaz Ali both residents of Jammu and Kashmir had been arrested last evening.

Earlier, Ripudaman Singh, Amar Bahadur Singh and Gurpreet Singh, all residents of Haryana, were arrested from the Lakhnour checkpoint. The gang had been actively stealing cars and other vehicles from the area for the past seven months and had admitted to have stolen at least 50 cars and sold these in Jammu and Kashmir.



8 nabbed for power theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The police arrested eight persons on the charges of stealing electricity from Sector 38-D.

According to the police, a case of theft under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 135 of the Electricity Act has been registered against the accused on a complaint lodged by Sanjiv Vashist, SDO Electricity Department, Sector 40, here on Monday. The police arrested Krishna, Ramesh, Kanta Sidhu, Pushpa Sidhu, Karan, Anand Kumar, Leela Wanti and Naveen, all residents of Sector 38-D in this connection.

Vehicle stolen

Amandeep Singh Gill of Sector 9-D filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bolero SUV (HR-99-BC-T-6330) was stolen from Sector 26 on Monday night. In another incident, Rupinder Singh of Mandi Gobindgarh lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-23-D-2550) was stolen from the Sukhana Lake parking lot on February 23.

Two separate cases of thefts have been registered. Ranjot Singh of Ph-II, Industrial Area, reported that three mobile phones were stolen from his motorcycle (PB-65-F-2220) parked in the parking lot of DAV School, Sector 15. A case has been registered.


Nirmal Kaur of Sector 29 reported to the police alleging that her sister-in-law Shakuntla Devi of Sector 24 had sold her a house on the basis of forged documents. A case of cheating and forgery under various provisions of the IPC has been registered in the Industrial Area police station.


A cyclist Suraj Kumar was hurt after being hit by a truck (HR-01-GA-0199) near ESI dispensary, Phase II, Industrial Area. He was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The truck driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle behind. A case has been registered in this regard.



Sufi maestro entrances audience
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, February 26
The spiritual bliss and grandeur of mysticism propagated by the great Sufi saints and poets was brought alive by renowned singer Hans Raj Hans at a live concert organised by the Sufi Foundation of India at Bhargava Auditorium here today. The special Sufiana soiree was organised to commemorate the award of Padma Shri conferred on the Sufi and folk singer Hans, the ‘Rajgayak of Punjab’.

Supported by an array of illustrious musicians and attired in black robes, Hans, with his winsome personality, took the centre stage only to spell magic with adroit musical rendition of "Raakho meri laaz", the mystic utterances of Hazrat Moinudin Chishti in calm contemplation. Emphasising the spiritual realism, Hans doled out Allam Iqbal's qalaam "Didar-e-ishaq mein" weaved in the melody of raga Darbai. He interspersed the presentations with soothing couplets from other poets.

Hans was at his best when he attempted to emulate the distinctive gayaki ang of his ideal Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. 'Dama dam mast qalander" provided the grand finale.

Earlier, the foundation's vice-chairman, S.K. Sharma welcomed chief guest N.P.S. Aulakh, DGP, Punjab Police, who honoured the maestro.



Treat for music lovers
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The aura at the venue provided testimony that the power of eternal music surpasses all boundaries and languages. At Government Museum and Art Gallery -10, the music lovers were taken for a soulful retreat as the trio from Austrian cultural forum set perfect tone for western classical music here today.

With Karin Leitner playing the silver flute, Gerhard Loffler on the guitar and Astrid as the lead singer, the combination generated by this Vienna trio was awesome for the listeners. Setting international flavour for limited audience in German language, the trio played different compositions of chamber music, a music that was once played for royalty.

“Chamber music also combines various instruments, yet is different from orchestra as the music generated is light and the audience small, intimate and limited,” said Karin.

While Karin has played music in India earlier too, both Gerhard and Astrid performed in India for the first time. “Though not traditionally inclined, we have heard a lot about the richness of pure Indian classical music. We have heard about the maestro Ravi Shanker,” said Gerhard.

Even though all three of them are expert soloists in their own field, they play together for the remarkable chemistry created through their respective communication with music.

An expert in opera singing, Astrid says the notion that this form of singing is just for the old people has been dispelled now and lots of young people too are adopting it. There are teenagers learning this form of singing and the people always relate to it with lights, colours and costumes.

Having nurtured their music skills in Austria, which they address to as the city of music, the trio believes the western classical music gaining popularity like never before.

The compositions that they played were of Mozart, Schubert, Villa Lob, besides various other forms of compositions which set the tone of happier as well as gloomy side of life, involving the audience by creating a musical magic.



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