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ZP Polls
Wrong candidate declared winner
Congress workers block traffic for three hours
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Congress workers block traffic on the Patiala-Rajpura highway on Saturday.
Congress workers block traffic on the Patiala-Rajpura highway on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Rajpura, May 17
A large number of Congress workers from nearby villages blocked the Patiala-Chandigarh highway for nearly three hours protesting against declaration of a wrong candidate as the winner in the block samiti and zila parishad elections.

The activists raised slogans against the state government for declaring the wrong candidate as the winner when actually Buta Singh from the Congress had won the elections.

"They had declared me winner from Damanheri village in the block samiti elections on the day of counting but instead of giving me the certificate of declaration, they gave the same to a BJP candidate," said Buta Singh.

He said, “The duty staff, instead of putting my name in the list, have added the last votes (around 200) to my opponent’s account," he said.

“When we approached the assistant returning officer for the certificate, they kept dilly-dallying the issue over one pretext or the other. We then gave an ultimatum and time till today and blocked the Chandigarh-Patiala highway after they failed to sort out the issue,” he said.

Even at 8.30 pm, Buta Singh, along with a large number of villagers, kept waiting outside the deputy commissioner's office in Patiala for the certificate.

When contacted, assistant returning officer and tehsildar Kuldip Singh admitted that their staff had committed the mistake and they would have to write to the election commissioner to get it rectified.



Man, mother booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 17
Gurpreet Singh and his mother Karnail Kaur, residents of Arya College road, have been booked on charges of murdering Gurpreet’s wife.

Acting on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Kharar police today booked the duo for killing Gurpreet’s wife Supinder Kaur on September 16, 2005.

In her appeal to the high court, Supinder's mother Karnail Kaur had stated that she married off her daughter to Gurpreet almost 20 years ago. Since the day of her marriage, Gurpreet, his father Prem Singh and mother Karnail Kaur had been harassing Supinder. Many times, village panchayat had resolved the dispute.

On September 16, 2005 Gurpreet called Karnail and told her that Supinder had committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets. When Karnail and her family members reached her daughter's home, they found that Supinder's body bore injury marks and had swelling on face. Also, blood was oozing out of her mouth. Later, preliminary postmortem report also suggested that the deceased was beaten up badly.

Karnail Kaur claimed to have brought this matter to the notice of the Ropar SSP but nothing was done. Thereafter, she approached the high court. Acting on her plea, the high court ordered on March 1 this year that a case be registered and an inquiry by an SP rank official be carried out.

The police got the information today and booked Gurpreet and his mother Karnail. His father Prem Singh had died an year ago. The matter is being investigating.



Youth commits suicide, 2 booked
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 17
Twenty-two-year old Jaspreet Singh, son of a retired PWD employee, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence in Guru Nank Pura Mohalla, here on late Thursday night.

His family members rushed Jaspreet to the hospital in a critical condition, where he later died. The police recovered a suicide note from his pocket and registered a case against two persons whose names were mentioned in the note. The dead body was handed over to the family after a postmortem. A large number of people attended his cremation.

According to information, Ved Prakash and Pritam, his neighbours were allegedly trying to involve Jaspreet in a false case of stealing a scooter. In his suicide note he has mentioned that he was not involved in any theft.

Meanwhile, Rajwinder Singh Sohal, DSP, said on the complaint of the brother of the deceased an FIR under Section 306 of IPC has been registered against Pritam Chand and Ved Parkash. He said the suicide note would be verified and the cause of death would be determined after the postmortem report.No arrests have been made so far.



47-yr-old man’s body found
Our Correspondent

Lalru, May 17
Ajaib Singh (47), a resident of Lalru, was found lying dead near the railway tracks here this morning. The police has so far, ruled out any foul play behind the death, however, it was yet to be established whether it was an accident or suicide.

According to the sources in the railway police, the deceased was crushed to death under a passenger train. The driver of the train was the first to notice the body, who immediately informed the police.

The body was handed over to the family after a postmortem.

Recently, the victim had complained to the station head officer regarding a clash that took place between him and a former sarpanch’s nephew. Though the panchayat had ended the matter in a compromise, but it was totally against the will of Ajaib Singh, said sources adding that this could have driven him to commit suicide.



Wheat stubble worth Rs 90,000 gutted
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 17
Fire broke out in a ‘gaushala’ at Sirhind and wheat stubble worth Rs 90,000 was gutted, here yesterday. The fire broke out during the wee hours in one of the sheds where wheat stubble was stored.

The in charge of the ‘gaushala’ Singhi Kumar said the workers left at around 10.30 pm last night, but when they saw smoke emanating from the place during the wee hours today the local fire station was informed. Fire tenders from Fatehgarh Sahib and Khanna were also called in for help.

However, the fire could not be doused even after 12 hours as the quantity of the wheat stubble was huge.

A large number of nearby residents also came forward for help. Efforts were on to completely overpower the fire till the filing of this report.



Punjab pocket gold

Ambala, May 17
As many as 400 players from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and J&K participated in the All-India Open Table Soccer Championship being organised at Police DAV Public School in Ambala City.

In the under-16 girls’ doubles category, Punjab achieved gold medal while Rajasthan and Haryana secured silver and bronze, respectively. — OC



7,752 nomination papers filed
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 17
As many as 7,752 people filed their nominations for 593 posts for panchayat in the district. While 1,893 people filed nominations for 168 seats in Ropar, 2,057 filed their papers for 146 seats in Anandpur Sahib, 137 filed nominations for 137 seats in Nurpur Bedi, 1,061 nominations were filed in Chamkaur Sahib for 79 seats and 946 filed their papers for 63 seats in Morinda. Only one nomination was cancelled in the scrutiny process today from Chamkaur Sahib area.



Top golfers for PGTI championship
First hot weather pro event in Chandigarh

Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 17
Top professional golfers from all over Asia will converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club to participate in the Rs 30-lakh PGTI Players Championship to be held from May 28 to 31.

The first hot weather championship could be a major draw as most of the top professional golfers are available on the pro circuit.

A brainchild of the Professional Golf Tour of India, the Chandigarh championship will be the first in a series of four events wherein each zone of the country (north, west, east and south) will host one event every season. These championships are supported by Taylormade, Pepsico, Gatorade, Aquafina, Tropicana and CNBC-TV18.

Gautam Thapar, president of the PGTI, said: "The championships will herald a new era for Indian professional golf. It is in line with our vision to take Indian professional golf to the global level. These competitions will provide ample opportunities for young professionals to play their best and prepare themselves for international tournaments."

The PGTI's latest initiative will provide the required momentum to the Indian professional golf circuit. These championships will not only provide PGTI members with more opportunities, but will also make the Indian tour more lucrative. An annual feature in the PGTI calendar, the championships will help generate greater awareness about the sport.

PGTI tour commissioner Ajai Gupta said: "The introduction of the championships emphasises that the PGTI is, in a true sense, a 'body by the players for the players'. The players will now get more opportunities to compete and enhance their skills that will in turn help them win laurels for the country at the international level."

According to top Indian professional Jyoti Randhawa: "This is a step in the right direction and will make the Indian tour reach the level of other international tours. These four events will surely attract more professionals and also encourage amateurs into the professional fold."

"The PGTI championships will draw professionals from all over Asia, making the Indian tour more exciting and challenging. It will also encourage youngsters to take up golf professionally," said European Tour regular Shiv Kapur.



Cricket Tourney
Pace Club register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A fine batting performance by opener Tanvir (50) backed by lethal bowling by Sumit Hooda (4 for 15) enabled Pace Club-32 to defeat Inscol XI by 48 runs in the ongoing IInd Gold Cup League Cricket Tournament at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, here today.

Batting first, Pace Club-32 put on 130 for 7 in 20 overs. With his half century, Tanvir emerged the highest scorer for the winners. Rohit Singh with his 32 runs ably supported him.

Sunil proved to be the most economical bowler, finishing with the figure 1 for 12.

In reply, the Inscol team succumbed to a clinical bowling attack of Sumit Hooda, who returned figures of 4 for 15. Anil Sharma, too, restricted the batsmen and claimed 3 for 3 to help the team in saving the meagre total.

Ramesh was the only batsman to get past 20 runs. The team was bowled out for 82 runs in 16 overs with the last six wickets falling for three runs.

In the second match of the day, Fortis XI beat Trimax Computer by nine runs.

Batting first, Fortis XI made 163 runs while Trimax could score 154 for 7 in the allotted overs and finished loser.

Brief scores: Pace Club-32: 130 for 5 in 20 overs (Tanvir 50, Rohit Singh 32, Sunil 1 for 12, Gandhar 1 for 15, Ravi 1 for 27)

Inscol XI: 82 all out in 16 overs (Ramesh 22, Sumit Hooda 4 for 15, Anil Sharma 3 for 3, Ashish 2 for 25, Ajit 1 for 17)

Fortis XI: 163 for 7 in 20 overs (Kuldeep 31, Neeraj Rana 27, Rajwant Jassar 3 for 26, Neeraj 3 for 35)

Trimax Computers: 154 for 7 in 20 overs (Deepak Dhiman 44, Sandeep 34, Pankaj 2 for 14).



AITA: Uttkarsh moves ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Local lad Uttkarsh Khosla moved ahead beating another local player Parth Rastogi by 8-1 in the (under-12) second qualifying round of the All-India Tennis Association Talent Series at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts, Sector 10, here today.

Another Chandigarhian Abhijit virtually thrashed Punjab player Karanveer by 8-0 whereas Jotpal of Punjab stormed into the next round by beating localite Nihit Rawal by 8-3 in the same category.

According to the CLTA sources, over 125 players from different states are participating in the tournament.The matches of main draw will start from May 19.

Results: Qualifying round: U-12 (second round): Abhijit b Karanveer 8-0, Mohit Jain b Lovedeep 8-3, Akhil b Harpreet 8-5, Shramay Dawan b Kunal Mittal 8-5, Uttkarsh Khosla b Parth Rastogi 8-1, Akhil Solanki b Rahul Aggarwal 8-5, Shubham b Sahej Chopra 8-2, Vaibhav Kumar b Tejas Malik 8-7(3), Raghav Talwar b Arshdeep 8-0, Devan Sharma b Sagar 8-0, Jotpal b Nihit Rawal 8-3, Basudev Mehra b Ankit 8-2, Aditya b Abhimanyu 8-2, Chinmay b Sanjam 8-0.



Gaytri grabs gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Gaytri of Silver Oak School bagged gold medal while Ishita of St Joseph’s, Sector 44, got silver medal in the sub-junior girls’ category (17 kg) of the 4th Chandigarh State (Sub-junior, junior and senior) Karate Championship at Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, here today.

Earlier, Chandigarh mayor Pardeep Chhabra inaugurated the two-day tournament that is being organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Karate Do Association.

More than 150 karatekas from the different government and private schools participated in the tourney.

Results: Below 23 kg: 1 Prabh Siran (Ryan International School), 2 Sachi (Ryan International School-49); below 29 kg: 1 Drishti Gupta (Ryan International School), 2 Aahana (Ryan International School Sec-49); below 32 kg: 1 Nandini (Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School), 2 Kanika (GMHS); below 40 kg: 1 Anjali (GMSSS-37), 2 Archana (GMSSS-40).

Remaining bouts will be held tomorrow 10.30 am onwards at the same venue.



Football coaching course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Gabriel Joseph, director (coaching) of the All-India Football Federation, will conduct an introductory coaching course for outstanding players/officials from May 19 to 24 at St Stephen's School in Sector 45 here.

During the one-week course, being organised by the Chandigarh Football Association, Joseph would apprise the participants of the nuances of the sport.



World Hypertension Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The ‘World Hypertension Day’ was observed today, with the theme of this year being ‘Measure your blood pressure at home’. According to physicians hypertension is a leading cause of death in the world. As per current estimates, one out of every five adults in Indian have hypertension. India, in fact, is heading towards becoming the hypertension capital of the world, said Dr Sandeep Jassal, preventive healthcare consultant.

Recent studies have shown that in the last three to six decades the number of people with hypertension has increased by about 30 times among the cities and by about 10 times in the villages.

However, hypertension is controllable, said Dr Jassal. High blood pressure can be controlled using medicines and lifestyle modifications including reduction in salt intake, regular exercise, limiting intake of fats, curbing etc.



Disposable insulin pen launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Aventis Pharma launched a new pre-filled disposable insulin pen - Solostar(R) - for treatment of hyperglycemia in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

“The pen offers a convenient option for administering once-daily 24-hour LANTUS(R), the number one prescribed insulin in the world,” said Susheel Umesh, senior director of cardio-metabolism business unit.



Principal files complaint against student’s family
Alleges pressure for admission

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
Relatives of a student allegedly misbehaved with the principal of a government school here today. Principal of Saarthak School, Sector 12A, Nirupma, has lodged a complaint with the police that a group of people misbehaved with her in order to pressurise her to admit Shalini, a former student of the school.

Shalini’s relatives, however, denying the allegation, said they had gone to the school after the Panchkula district education officer (DEO) had asked the principal to admit Shalini in the school. However, the principal called the police, they said.

Shalini’s brother Amit Gupta said his sister, a student of Class XI, secured 82 per cent marks in the Class X examinations, the result of which was announced last month. After the results, the principal came to know that Shalini was her former colleague’s daughter, said Amit.

“The principal had developed animosity with my mother when both of them were posted at the same school a few years ago,” he alleged.

To settle scores with his mother, the principal coerced Shalini to apply for a transfer certificate, after which Shalini was admitted to a school at Sector 20, he said adding that still the transfer certificate was not issued.

When the matter was brought to the notice of secondary education director Anurag Rastogi, he told DEO Kanta Malik to ask the principal to admit the student, claimed Amit.

The DEO confirmed that she got instructions from the director and said the principal was informed about it yesterday.

“I rang the principal but she could not be contacted and I told a staff member to inform her about the director’s instructions,” said Malik.

“However, the principal has not bothered to call me back till now,” added the DEO. Nirupma, however, could not be contacted.

SHO of Sector 20 police station Ajit Singh said the principal had informed that the student had already received the transfer certificate. Now the police would check the school records to ascertain the truth, he added.



Three arrested for snatching
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
With the arrest of three people, the local police claims to have busted a gang involved in snatching of mobile phones. The accused have been identified as Sammi Sharma and Sunil Kumar, both residents of Mohali, and Sukhwinder Singh of Palsora.

Addressing a press conference, Madhur Verma, ASP, Chandigarh police, revealed that the trio, all between 20 to 25 years of age, used to snatch purse and mobile phones, especially from ladies from different parts of the city. However, the trio said the police had falsely implicated them.

One of the accused Sukhwinder Singh said, “A close associate got involved in an argument in Sector 23 yesterday, following which he immediately called me. I reached the spot along with my two friends and thrashed the two, who latter lodged a complaint with the police that we tried to snatch the mobile phone. The police is trapping us in a false case”, alleged Sukhwinder.

Whereas the ASP said the trio under the influence of liquor use to snatch mobile phones from people walking in the dark. The accused tried to snatch a mobile phone from Varun Chandel, a resident of Sector 23, yesterday night but failed. They managed to flee from the spot, he added.

The police inquired the registration number of the motorcycle (CH-03-Z-0250) on which the accused were riding. The police at last managed to nab the accused at around 2 am today morning.

The police raided the whereabouts of the accused before the arrest. The accused frequently use to change the rented accommodation, in which they were staying and use to contact each other through the mobile phones.

The trio was produced in the court today from where they have been sent to the judicial custody.



Foreign Trade
Stress on infrastructure development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
“The government, within its limited scope under the WTO, has made its best efforts to provide support to exporters in their difficult time and has continued with a stable policy regime,” said R.S. Gujral, director-general, foreign trade, here yesterday.

He was addressing an open house session organised jointly by the PHD Chamber and Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

He said extension of DEPB benefits and interest subvention scheme till March 31, 2009, and continuation of Section 10 B for EOU by one year would help a cross-section of exporters.

On the issue of reducing transaction costs for exporters, Gujral said greater electronic data interchange facilities for exporters and procedural simplification would help contain it.

He appreciated exporters’ efforts towards achieving higher export growth. The open house was part of post-policy exercise to understand the new measures/provisions/ implications.

Gujral announced that hand tools would soon be notified in focus products.

The DGFT agreed on the inadequacy and high cost of infrastructure, particularly, the port facilities, roads and power as the key bottleneck in industrial growth and consequently exports.

He also agreed on giving high priority to infrastructure development through public-private partnership.

Among others who spoke were Satish Bagrodia, senior vice-president, PHD Chamber, and Dr R.K. Dhawan, chairman (northern region), FIEO, who stressed the need for urgent steps for exemption/refund of state and central levies to the exporters.



Majestic start to musical soiree
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, May 17
The two-day Satguru Partap Singh Commemorative Sangeet Sammelan got off to a melodic start at the Bhargava auditorium of the PGI here today as celebrated maestros in the vocal and instrumental segments cast a serene spell on the devout audience.

Father-son duo of Sukhdev Singh and Santa Singh Namdhari commenced the sammelan with an invocatory composition ‘Aad Gur Eh Namah’ set to raga Malkons by their guru Jagjit Singh Maharaj. It was indeed a treat to watch the adroit mastery of Sukhwinder Singh on tabla.

Baljit Singh Namdhari gave a captivating recital on taar shehnai playing alaap, vilamabat and drut gat in the oldest raga Shree. The swaal jawab with spontaneous replication on tabla by virtuosi

Avirbhav and Fateh Singh enlivened the performance. The divine fervour prevailed in the packed hall as the doyen of Patiala’s Kasur ghrana Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty took the centre stage only to send the audience in a scintillating reverie. He bared the melody of a popular raga Bhopali in ‘Sab such dena Prabhu’. He was at his best while doling out a thumri ‘Tere naina jadu bhare’ in which the influence of his mentor Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was pervasive. Inderbir Bhaduri and Vijay S. Mukerjee accompanied the maestro on tabla and harmonium. Padmabhushan Pandit Debu Choudhury, despite the paucity of time, spelt melody through soulful strains of 17 fret sitar. Ustad Akarm Khan left an indelible mark while accompanying Pandit Debu Choudhry on tabla. Earlier, former Jharkhand speaker Inder Singh Namdhariand city mayor Pardeep Chhabra honoured the artistes.

Kathak guru Shobha Koser, C.R. Moudgil, director, Haryana Sahit Akademi and Prof Yash Paul graced the occasion.

Legendary sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez, vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar and tabla maestro Sukhwinder Singh will perform tomorrow.



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