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NGO’s initiative to save birds
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 27
The Basant Ritu Club, an NGO, has taken lead in checking the declining population of birds in the state.

The club has installed about 150 nests in Environment Park set up by the forest department.

The park has been developed on a vacant stretch of government land that was otherwise being used as a garbage dump. The nests have already started attracting birds.

Divisional forest officer Karamjit Singh Jatana said the park provided perfect environment to the birds. Spread over an area of 13.74 acre, the park had been planned on specific themes ranging from fragrance garden, singing bird paradise, sacred grove to a herbal and cacti garden.

Jatana said the nests had been fixed atop different kinds of trees and at different heights after careful planning to suit to the habitation habits of different species of birds. The birds that had adopted the artificial nests included common sparrow, dove, jungle myna and parakeet.



Ex-servicemen pay homage to martyrs
Tribune News service

Patiala, April 27
The Ex-officers Association, Patiala, organised a function to pay homage to martyrs at Patiala War Memorial here today.

A large number of retired officers, JCOs and jawans gathered at the venue to pay homage to the martyrs and to lodge their protest against the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.

The senior most war decorated officer Col Harwant Singh, accompanied by Lt Gen G.P.S. Brar and Maj Gen M.S. Chahal and Maj Gen Gurjit Singh Sidhu, laid a wreath at the memorial and lighted candles. Thereafter, four JCOs and six jawans also lighted the candles and paid floral tributes.

A two-minute silence was also observed at the end.

It was also decided to urge the central government to review the recommendations of the sixth pay commission relating to the Armed Forces. It was also decided to urge the authorities concerned for setting up a special pay and pension commission (SPPC) for personnel of the defence services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and veterans chaired by a retired Judge or the defence minister.

Meanwhile, members of the ex-servicemen wing of the SAD also protested against the recommendations of the sixth pay commission and held a rally to lodge their protest.



Woman’s charred body found
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 27
Badly burnt body of Deepali was recovered from the bathroom of her house at Ambala City today. The police has booked three members of the in-laws family.

Deepali, a resident of Shahbad, was married to Ashwani around five years back. She had a four-year-old daughter.

In the afternoon, the deceased’s father-in-law informed the police that her daughter-in-law had set herself ablaze. The police immediately reached there and found a badly charred body. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Father of the deceased Pawan Chadda said her daughter had been harassed for dowry. He alleged that her daughter had been killed by her in-laws. On the other hand, the father-in-law of the deceased refuted the charges. The police also recovered a suicide note, but it has yet to be verified.

Later, both parties were summoned to the police post No. 2 where they levelled allegations against each other. There was a clash between the two parties in presence of the police. The body was sent to hospital for postmortem.



City rower gets Olympic berth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
It is a proud moment for the city as a local rower Manjeet Singh has qualified for the Olympics at the Pre-Olympic regatta held at Beijing, China, yesterday in the Lightweight Coxless Pairs (LM2-) event, with his partner Devender Kumar Khnadwal from the Army. Giving details, Pramod Singla, joint secretary of the Rowing Federation of India said with the spectacular achievement, Manjeet had got the distinction of being the first rower from Chandigarh to have qualified for the Olympics.

Manjeet, a student of BA-I in the local SGGS College, Sector-26, has cornered glory by winning one gold medal in the events of Coxless Fours (JM4-) during 10th South Asian Games held at Colombo, Sri Lanka in August 2006.

Apart from that, he won two silver medals at the 12th Junior Asian Rowing Championship held at Singapore in July 2006, while in the 12th Senior Asian Rowing Championships, held at Chung Ju, South Korea last year in October, he won a silver and a bronze in Coxed Eights (M8+) and Coxless Pairs (M2-) events, respectively.

Manjeet, who belongs to Isa Panj Gurain village, near Jalalabad (District Ferozepore), has been training at the Sukhna Lake under the Chandigarh coach Arvind Sehgal. “Manjeet is expected to return from China in a day or two”, Singla added.



Arun skates to victory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
Arun stood first while Anmol and Yash Gupta stood second and third, respectively, in the 14 to 16 years category (boys) of the rink race I during the 2nd Open Skating Carnival. The two-day carnival is being held at the skating rink of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16.

In the 12 to 14 years category (girls), Ankita won the top honours while Nikita got the second position and Shagun remained third.

The two-day carnival was declared opened by Anurag Rastogi, commissioner and director general of the education department, Haryana.

Results: Rink race I (boys) above 16 years: 1 Jaspreet Singh; (girls): Preeti; (boys) 14 to 16 years: 1 Arun, 2 Anmol, 3 Yash Gupta; (girls): Dixa Gaur; (boys) 12 to 14 years: 1 Hardeep Singh, 2 Anshul Sharma, 3 Simrat; (girls): 1 Ankita, 2 Nikita, 3 Shagun; (girls) 10 to 12 years: 1 Meghna Bist, 2 Tamana Arora, 3 Sobhna and Himanshi Singhal; (boys) 8 to 10 years: 1 Sarthak Saxena, 2 Balkirat Singh, 3 Naman Gupta; (girls): 1 Kiran George, 2 Priyanka Gupta, 3 Chavi.



IPS Kurali clinch trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
International Public School, Kurali, clinched the championship, beating the hosts Ryan International School, Sector 48, 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the Coca Cola Inter-school Football Championship concluded at the football stadium, here today.

Earlier, both the teams put up a great game but could not score in the stipulated time. The match went to a penalty shootout through which the Kurali team managed to beat the hosts.

For his good show throughout the tournament, Rishang Sharma of Ryan school was declared the best player in the championship. St. Joseph School finished third. The chief guest Tilak R. Sarangal, secretary health and family welfare, govt of Punjab gave away award to the winning team. Former captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Harjinder Singh was also present as the guest of honour.



48 donate blood during camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh unit of Sri Ram Sharnam Ashram organised a blood donation camp to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Satyanand Maharaj, founder of Sri Ram Sharnam, here today.

Dr Sat Pal Singla and Krishan Dham, chief organisers of the unit said 48 persons donated blood during this camp. A team from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, under the supervision of Dr Paramjit Kaur collected blood units. On the occasion, Amritvani Satsang was also observed in the morning which was attended by large number of followers of the mission.



80 examined at disability camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The State Resource Centre of the Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, held a one-day disability camp at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, here today.

The purpose of the camp was to bring all the services under one roof. During the camp about 80 patients of various disabilities got themselves registered.



One held for stealing purse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Mewa Singh, a resident of Mani Majra, has been arrested on the complaint of Gaurav Chandel who caught him red- handed while he was stealing his purse from ISBT, Sector 17, here yesterday. A case under section 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered at police station-17.


In another incident, Bivhas Kumar, a resident of Panjab University, has been arrested by the crime branch of Chandigarh police on charges of gambling at a public place. A sum of Rs 705 was recovered from his possession. A case under section 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered at police station-11


Vikas Grover, a resident of Haryana, has filed a police complaint against Kulwant Singh, a driver of Tata Sumo (CH-01-Q-9286), who had hit the complainant near Fun Republic on April 26. The complainant was injured and was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. A case under section 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at Mani Majra police station.


Vishal, a resident of Sector 20 filed a police complaint against Varinder of Sector 20, alleging that he was assaulted by the accused on April 24. The complainant was injured and was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, sector 32. A case under section 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered at Police Station-19.

In another incident, Pinki Sharma of Burail reported to the police that her husband Jatinder Pal had beaten her up at her residence on April 26. A case under Section 323 and 506 IPC has been registered in police station-34.


The local police have registered a case against the owner of EDU Visa consultancy on charges of defacing a government place. According to the police, the accused had pasted the poster of his company on the walls of the PGI on April 26. A case under Section 3 of the Defacement Act has been registered at police station-11.



Man, daughter injured in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
Mohan Lal and his daughter Pranita were seriously injured when a jeep hit their motorbike on the national highway No. 21 near Kalka here today. The girl’s leg got fractured in the accident. Both of them were taken to a local hospital where due to critical injuries, doctors referred Mohan Lal to the PGI.

They were going to Dera Bassi from Kalka. The driver of jeep fled the spot leaving the vehicle. The police impounded the vehicle and registered a case against the driver.



Kala manch stages musical show
Tribune News Service

A girl performs a dance "Kerala Nadanam" during the 18th annual function of the Kerala Sastra Kala Manch at Sector 10, Chandigarh
A girl performs a dance "Kerala Nadanam" during the 18th annual function of the Kerala Sastra Kala Manch at Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 27
Labourers and workers, who have put in their sweat in creating wonders, never get mentioned in the pages of history, and the monuments are identified by the name of their makers. This was the message conveyed by the Musical Statue “One Question Mark” organised on the occasion of 18th annual function of Kerala Sastra Kala Manch at Chandigarh today.

The impressive performance presented by the artists depicted the example of the construction of Taj Mahal in which thousands of labourers worked for years to present the monument to the world, a feat that has no parallel in world history. The musical statue presented that the hard work and skill of the labourers was not recognised and only the name of Shah Jahan, who got it constructed for his beloved wife.

On this occasion a play named “Phoolan” was also staged by the artists based on the life of Phoolan Devi, which have not found mention in many books written on her and not even in the movie by Shekhar Kapoor. Through this play the author tried to show the atrocities and bitter experience faced by the backward women.

Artists also performed Kerala Nadanam classical dance, Kadhaprasangam, a musical storyteller that included dialogues, music and expressions by the artist. Besides this mimicry, contemporary dance and mono acting were also performed by Delhi-based artists.

The event was inaugurated by Haryana, DGP, John V. George. Others who graced the occasion included chairman of Indian theatre, Punjab University, Prof Kumara Verma, associate editor of The Tribune, A.J. Philip and NARCOTICS Control Bureau, director Dr Saji Mohan.



Book released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 27
“Jiini raahi mein langia”, an autobiographical work of Ujagar Singh Nirala, was released at a function organised by the Puadhi Punjabi Sath here today.

IIT engineer turned writer Nirala is 74 years old. He started writing poetry when he was still in college. This is his third work and first prose work.

His earlier works include collections of poem ‘Ambrien chamkan tare” published in 1997 and “mere armaan” published last year.



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