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Editor in a tight spot
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) here today filed a formal complaint with the district police seeking registration of a case against the editor in chief of the daily Spokesman and author of a controversial article that was published in the paper on April 12.

The party men met SSP Dr Kaustubh Sharma and submitted a written complaint against the editor in chief Joginder Sawney and Hari Ratan Yukta, the author of the article.

In its complaint, the SAD (A) stated that the article was an effort to spread misinformation on core-values of the Sikh religion. The party said article had hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh by showing irreverence to the Sikh scriptures.

The party stated that the author had said Guru Granth Sahib was nothing but a mere book and it should not be treated as the living embodiment of the ten Sikh Gurus.

The party stated that the SSP had received the compliant and had assured appropriate action in this regard. 



Three-year-old girl kidnapped
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
District police has registered a case against a couple for allegedly kidnapping a 3-year-old from UP.

According to the police, one Ram Suraj and his wife Sangeeta lodged a complaint that a couple, whom they at met at the local gurdwara, kidnapped Reshma from their house. They said a few days back Sarabjit Singh alias Jasbir Singh and his wife came to their house in their absence and took away their daughter. A case under Sections 361 and 365, IPC, was registered, their sketch has also been released.



Motor stolen, police fails to lodge FIR
Tribune New Service

Kharar, April 21
Kharar police has failed to register an FIR into the case of disposal motor of Kharar grain market, which stolen two months ago. The 10 horsepower motor was being used to pump out disposal water of entire market into a nearby nullah.

The motor was stolen on February 14. Market committee secretary Gurmohan Singh said police was apprised of matter on February 18. The cops have not visited the spot even once to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, SHO city Manjit Singh said he is unaware of any such communiqué sent by the market committee. He said he would look into the matter.



City lad in Zonal Cricket Academy
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Lanky city lad Sahib Malhotra has made it to the Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) north zone under-19 camp of National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.

The performance put up by this fast bowler during the Inter-State (U-17) Tournament for Vijay Merchant Trophy held in December-January, opened the doors of prestigious ZCA to him. In the tournament, Sahib claimed 13 wickets in five matches and was instrumental in his Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association team in reaching the quarterfinals.

The 6’3’’ tall cricketer will now attend the ZCA camp, starting from April 28 to May 31 at Dharamsala.

The elated teenager said this was the second time that he had attended the zonal camp. “I was among 24 trainees of the camp for under-17 age group last year. But unfortunately, I could not make it to the final 16, who got a chance to polish their skills at NCA,” said 16-year-old Sahib who has been honing his skills at St John’s Cricket Academy, Sector 26, under the supervision of coach Nagesh Gupta.

Lauding his trainee, coach Nagesh said, “At this age, Sahib has total control on out-swing and in-swing bowling. Besides his speed, which is over 125 kmph, the line-length he possesses, makes him a lethal bowler. His height is a big advantage as a fast bowler. Now I am working to improve his speed.”

On the other hand, the youngster said his selection in the ZCA had boosted his morale and this time he was looking forward to attract attention of the authorities with his performance during the camp.

“My immediate target is to represent the country in Under-19 World Cup,” said Sahib who has represented the HPCA in under-15 for two years under-17 in inter-state tournaments. 



Gold Cup
Sector 16 team thrash Shree Shree Academy by nine wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Cricket Stadium Sector 16 team thrashed Shree Shree Academy by nine wickets in a league match of 2nd CCA Under-13 Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at GNPS grounds, Sector 36, here, today.

In a low scoring match, Shree Shree team batted first after winning the toss. Displaying poor show, the whole team was wrapped up on just 71 runs in 20 overs. Only Harshit reached double figure with 16 runs.

In reply, Navansh and Kapil displayed firework with their willows and overhauled the target in just five overs. With the help of Navansh’s 37 and Kapil’s 17 runs, the team scored 72 runs at the loss of one wicket.

For Shree Shree team, Gurdeep took one for 21.

Brief score Shree Shree: 71 in 20 overs (Harshit 16, Akhil 1 for 6, Naveen 1 for 15)

Stadium 16: 72 for 1 in 20 overs (Navansh 37, kapil 17, Gurdeep 1 for 21). 



143 kids participate in athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 21
The Phase IV Residents’ Welfare Association organised an athletics meet for children here yesterday.

Children between the age group of 5 to 13 years participated in a host of events.

Among those who won various athletics events include Agrim Puri, Abhijit Singh, Hitasha, Yuvraaj Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Sahil Puri, Bhavneet Kaur, Jasleen Kaur, Arshpreet Kaur, Rahul Gupta, Pankaranjit Singh, Jatanpreet Singh, Cherry, Simranpreet Kaur, Harnoor Kaur, Manmohit Singh, Prabhkaran Singh, Deepanshu Gosain, Varsha, Manvinder Kaur, Harleen Kaur, Manveer Singh, Satvinder Singh, Shibham, Gunjan, Gursharan Kaur, Ushmeet, Sahil, Vikrant, Shamsher Singh, Tamanna, Dalip Kaur, Harsheen Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Rehatpreet Kaur, Harnam Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Kuldeep Kaur, Sangeeta and Sharanjit Kaur.

Organiser Puran Singh Kirti said the athletics meet was an annual affair and this was the third meet to be organised.

Another athletic meet for children was held at Phase V. The meet was inaugurated by Anurag Aggarwal, general secretary, Mohali Industries’ Association. The meet was presided over by district public relations officer Dr Uma Sharma. Ninety boys and 53 girls participated in the meet. The winners include Mohan Kumar, Angad Singh, Sahiba, Barleen Kaur, Ish, Rinku, Pushpa, Shivangi, Ritik, Gaganjot, Khishi, Navjot, Jaskirat, Gagandeep, Sandeep Kaur, Anushpreet, Arshjot, Gurjot, Shubham, Ratanjit, Nagita, Punam, Sukhvinder, Meharban, Saurav, Varun and Sanchita.



Chess: Pranjal, Tarini to represent city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Pranjal Kaura and Sunbir Singh in boys’ section and Tarini Goyal and Gauri Chuttani in girls’ category, will represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming Parsavnath XXII National Under-9 Boys and Girls Chess Championship-2008 being held in New Delhi from April 28 to May 6.

The players were selected on the basis of them securing top two positions in their respective sections during the Under-9 Boys’ and Girls’ Chess Championship that concluded yesterday at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44.

Pranjal emerged winner with four points while Sunbir got the second position with three points, whereas Tarini topped in the girls’ category trailing Gauri to second spot.



26 attend national camp
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
The badminton hall at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, is buzzing with activity as national camp for doubles probables for Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in New Delhi got underway here yesterday.

In the camp, being conducted under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India and District Badminton Association, Panchkula, 26 players are taking part. Senior coaches Sanjeev Sachdeva, S. Mahajan, Vijay Deep Singh, Ajay Kanwarand and Archana Deodar, have been imparting training to the probables.

Probables are: Boys: Dibya Jyothi Bora, Pranav Chopra, Sai Praneet (AP); Girls: Ashwini Ponnappa (KTK), Nitya Sosale (KTK), Soumya Padhe (KTK), P.Jyotshna (AP), Aparna Balan (KRL), Anjali Kalita (ASM), V.Diju (PSPB), Akshay Dewalkar (AI), Arun Vishnu (KRL), K.Tarun (AP), Ram C. Vijay (KRL), Dinesh T. (Rlys), Suraj P.H. (KRL), Bennet Antony (KRL), Alwyn Francis (KRL), Shankar Gopan (KRL), Swetna Kelkar (MAH), Daya Elsa Jacob (KRL), Lavanya (AP), Daniya Nair (Rlys), Kristi Das (ASM), Pradyna Gadre (MAH), Mudra Dahinje (MAH).



Fullerton XI lift cricket cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A fine all round performance by Amandeep Saggu enabled Fullerton XI to lift the trophy beating HDFC Bank XI by four runs in the final match of the Vth Bharat Kesho Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Sector-16 stadium here today.

Saggu, who scored 95 and later claimed three wickets for 20, played a key role in the win.

Earlier, batting first, Fullerton put on 218 for 8 in 30 overs. At one stage, the team was tottering at 57 for 3 but the valuable 101-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Amandeep Saggu and Munish Mahajan helped the team to reach a comfortable position.

Mahajan’s contribution of 39 runs was also notable. For HDFC, Vipin, Ajit Singh and Gurinder Saini took two wickets each.

In reply, HDFC put up a neck-to-neck fight but gave up on just four runs short of the rival’s total.

The team put on 214 for 7 in 30 overs. Vipin and Gurinder Saini gave good fight with their 70 and 45 runs knocks.

Brief Scores:

Fullerton XI : 218 for 8 in 30 overs (Amandeep Saggu 95, Munish Mahajan 39, Vipin 2 for 30, Ajit Singh 2 for 27,Gurinder Saini 2 for 42)

HDFC: 214 for 7 in 30 overs (Vipin 70, Gurinder Saini 45, Amandeep Saggu 3 for 20).



Kang third in Pak Amateur Golf
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, April 21
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh is back from Pakistan after finishing third in the Pakistan Amateur Golf Championship that concluded on the par-72 greens of the Islamabad Golf Club on Sunday.

The four-day championship that saw action among 85 golfers of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, saw Muhammad Safdar of the host country clinch the title returning a two over par gross score of 290. Four strokes behind the leader at the second spot was Mithun Pereira of Sri Lanka, with Kang finishing third at 296. One stroke behind Kang was another Indian Vikram Rana.

Kang had problems with the putter returning a three over par 75 on the opening day. A one over par 73 on the second day and identical two over par 74 on the last two days saw the Chandigarh golfer finish with an eight over par aggregate. "My putting stabilised as the game progressed," said Harjinder.

Rain and hailstorm hit Islamabad prior to the championship. But the clouds cleared on the opening day. "The course is a perfect setting for long and short game. It has everything. It is an interesting course," said Kang.

Kang, who was off to Gurgaon to tee off for honours in the LG ITC Classic Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Jack Nicklaus designed Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon tomorrow, said he was happy about his game. "I am hitting the ball well, thanks to Jesse Grewal, who has honed my skills," said Kang.

In the team event in Pakistan, Harjinder Singh Kang and Jasjit Singh finished third. Pakistan won the team championship with Bangladesh finishing second.

Shaveeta Sarang of India won the title in the women's event. Shaveeta's total gross score was 237. She was followed by Pakistani golfer Tahira Nazeer, with a gross score of 244 points. Third position was also taken by the Indian golfer Neha, also scoring 244 points.

Women's International Team event was clinched by the Indian side. Pakistani team remained second in command.



Carrom C’ship
St Xavier's boys outplay Holy Child lads
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
Hosts St Xavier's School boys’ team outplayed Holy Child School by 3-0 in their preliminary round match of the 2nd edition of the Clive Shear Memorial Carrom Tournament for Boys and Girls Under-17 on the school premises here today.

The other victorious team in the boys’ category was St Xavier's School, Sector 44 of Chandigarh, which won two matches.

Firstly, they beat St Xavier's School of Mohali by 3-0 and in the second one, the team drubbed The Gurukul of Panchkula by an identical score 3-0.

In the tournament, which was inaugurated by Poonam Sharma, principal of Ryan International School, Chandigarh, a total of 12 schools from the tricity are 


Boys: St. Xavier's, Chandigarh b St. Xavier's Mohali 3-0 and St Xavier's, Chandigarh b Gurukul Panchkula 3-0, Gurukul, Panchkula b CL DAV Panchkula 2-1, Ryan Int Chandigarh b Saupin's Chandigarh 2-1, St Xavier's Panchkula b Holy Child, Panchkula 3-0

Girls: St Xavier's, Mohali b Saupins' Chandigarh 3-0, St Stephen's Chd b Holy Child, Panchkula 3-0; St Xavier's Chandigarh w/o DPS Panchkula, Ryan Int Chandigarh b CL DAV Panchkula 2-1



Skating competition from April 26
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
Coach’s Skating Club is organising a two-day skating competition at Blue Bird School, Sector 16, here, from April 26.

According to organsier Chander Singhal, all age groups, including under-4 to above-16 can participate in the boys’ and girls’ categories in the competition in which all speed and roller hockey events would be held.

“The entries, along with a photocopy of birth certificate of participant, can be sent latest by April 25 in Blue Bird School rink between 5 pm and 7 pm only,” said Chander.

The event will start at 4 pm with Rink Race-1. The interested can also contact A.D. Sharma on 9888252807.



Dr Wig joins GMCH
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
In an era when former senior doctors of the prestigious PGI here are making millions in the private sector, Prof J.D. Wig, a former head of the department of general surgery, PGI, today chose public service over moolah by joining as a professor at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

“Prof Wig will prove to be an asset to the GMCH given his vast experience of 33 years at the PGI. His experience in starting surgical gastroenterology courses at the PGI would come handy with the GMCH on the threshold of starting these courses to open new vistas for general surgery,” Prof Raj Bahadur, director-principal of the GMCH, told The Tribune.

A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Prof Wig has several prestigious awards to his credit, including the B.C. Roy Award for eminent medical teacher, Col Sanghan Lal Oration Award of the NAMS and the Medical Council of India Research Award. 



Dispute over house turns ugly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
An alleged dispute over possession of a part of a house took an ugly turn today when two real brothers clashed with each other at their Sector 9 residence, here this afternoon. Both the parties were levelling allegations at each other and the police were yet to initiate action in this regard till late at night.

The police said the house was divided between Des Raj Juneja, an octogenarian businessman and his two sons, Naresh Juneja and Ajay Juneja. Des Raj used to live with his younger son Ajay for years, along with his wife Saraswati, but began living with his elder son of late following differences with Ajay.

It all started today when Des Raj called some persons and removed some flowerpots and a cupboard, which according to him was blocking the passage. Ajay and his son Ankit intervened and stopped the persons from removing their articles and a clash ensued.

Ajay reported to the police that Naresh had called ‘goondas’ to forcibly remove the cupboard and other articles. He alleged that a group of youngsters smashed the flowerpots and assaulted his family members. On the other hand, Naresh’s wife Shusheel Juneja said it was Ankit who picked up the quarrel and broke the glasses of her house.

Varun, the grandson of Des Raj, alleged that a complaint had already being filed his grandfather regarding harassment by the Ajay Juneja. Varun alleged that Ajay had already grabbed a part of the premises and is now looking to take up possession of the entire house. “In today’s incident Ajay thrashed my grandfather and also other people who had come to help him,” he said.

Meanwhile, the SHO of Sector 3 police station inspector Ram Gopal said the matter was under investigation and they were recording statements of both the parties.



Berkeley group forays into real estate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The Rs 400 crore Berkeley Group today announced its foray into real estate business with the launch of its new company - Berkeley Realtech Limited. The company will provide commercial, retail and industrial space on a rental basis to corporates.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Sanjay Dahuja, director of Berkeley Realtech, said they were targeting a business of Rs 300 crore in the first year of its operations. “We will help the corporates in finding suitable space on rental basis in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula as per their requirements.

The company will also assist corporates starting from personal verification and surveying of site, proper handling of legal procedures till signing of the final agreement. We will be providing a video and photographs of the location to our clients, so that they are assured of the neighbourhood,” he said.

The company would charge one month rental from both landlord and occupant as commission for the deal, he added. “We have identified 400 such locations which can be leased out and are further looking for more space so as to cater to the emerging requirements of companies,” added Dahuja.

Berkeley Group, having interest in automobiles, insurance and finance, is looking to increase its turnover from Rs 400 crore to Rs 1000 crore by end of 2008-09.

“We are expecting our sales from other businesses to increase from Rs 400 crore to Rs 700 crore and balance Rs 300 crore would come from realty business,” said Dahuja.



Painting exhibition kicks off

Chandigarh, April 21
Dutch artist and musician Martin Voorbij attempted to translate his dreams into reality by organising a painting show on wheels and as many as 374 painters of the world endorsed his noble endeavour with their prized works. As a result, a mobile painting exhibition titled “Show Your Hope” was born in 2003 and it has been showcasing rare works of the elite international artists since then.

More than 300 exhibits depicting diverse socio-cultural traditions, aspirations and dreams of the people of a particular region or country of the contributing artist are part of the repertoire that is carried in a mobile van to places. The exhibits, which have come to India for the first time, will find display at 13 places. Dr Swaran Singh, secretary, cultural affairs, Punjab, accompanied by noted poet Surjit Patar and Rajpal Singh, inaugurated the show at the art gallery of Punjab Kala Bhavan. The exhibition will be on till April 23 from 10 am to 6 pm. — OC



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