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8 of family assaulted
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 18
Eight members of a family were seriously injured when they were attacked by a group of youths carrying swords and guns late last night.

The incident occurred at Jalubi village in Mullana. All the injured have been admitted to the Mullana Medical College and are undergoing treatment. The injured have gashes on the head as well arms. Amar Singh, the eldest member of the family, has received injuries on both his hands, back and head in the incident.

The injured include Amar Singh, Nirmal Singh, Vijay Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Shiv Kumar, Bachna Ram and Kshamta. Kshamta, who is pregnant, was hit on the back.

According to Amar Singh, around 10-15 armed youths came to their house at about midnight while they were asleep. Before they could react to the situation, the youths attacked them. Cries for help from the family alerted a few villages who rushed to their aid. Bachna Ram, who was one of the first to reach the spot, was also injured in the attack.

Refusal to sell their property to an acquaintance a few days ago was cited as the reason behind the attack by Amar Singh. A call from Kshamta to the Barada police station helped the police nab the driver of the vehicle, which was used by the attackers. The vehicle was traced close to Ishargarh village, near Pipli on GT road. Driver Karamjit has been arrested.

According to the police, Karamjit had disclosed that the attackers had hired him from Nabha in Patiala to ferry them to Shahbad on the pretext that there was a marriage there. An FIR at Barada police station has been registered and investigations are on.



Two held for April 5 kidnapping
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 18
Two accused involved in kidnapping of a college youth on April 5, who were at large, were arrested here today.

Randhir Singh, a resident of Khant, and Malkit Singh, a resident of Sakrulapur area, were arrested today from the town. They were booked with six others for kidnapping 22-year-old Guriqbal Singh, a resident of Ranjit Nagar in Kharar. Guriqbal was allegedly kidnapped, beaten up and handed over to the Mataur police on April 5 late night.

Guriqbal and his four friends, including Raman Verma, Hemant Verma from Kharar and Chetan and Gagan from Fatehgarh Sahib, were coming back after attending the retirement party of their friend's father at Khanpur resort. When they reached near Khanpur village at 11 pm, another vehicle hit them. All five youth ascended from the vehicle and got into a verbal duel with occupants of the other vehicle. They reached a mutual consent wherein the owner of the other vehicle gave Rs 2,000 as compensation for damaging the youth's car.

Later, when Guriqbal and his friends reached near the Kharar civil hospital, two vehicles gheraoed their car and stopped them. Around 15 youths descended from these vehicles and started beating up Guriqbal and his friends. All others managed to escape from the spot but the attackers managed to get hold of Guriqbal and the car he was travelling in.

The attackers took him to Rana factory in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali. There they beat up Guriqbal before dropping him off at Mataur police post. They told Mataur police officials that they had a fight with Guriqbal.

Next day the police arrested four people for kidnapping, beating up and illegally confining Guriqbal. All four accused were employees of Rana Factory. The accused Gurpreet Singh (25) is a resident of Mohali, Gurmeet Singh (40) is a resident of Rauli Kalan village, Balbir Singh (30) is a resident of Kalhar village in Dera Bassi and Basant Kumar (19) is a Nepalese, who lives on the factory premises.



‘Parents responsible for poor condition of girl child’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 18
"Parents are solely responsible for the deteriorating condition of the girl child, a fact which needs immediate attention." This was the gist of a study conducted by consultant paediatrician at Government Rajindra Hospital Dr Harshinder Kaur, who is also being honoured by a New Zealand-based NRI at a function slated to be held by the Bhagat Singh Foundation Trust at Aukland on May 29.

Bhagat Singh Trust is an NGO engaged in saving the girl child with emphasis on checking the menace of female foeticide in India.

Citing statistics, Dr Harshinder Kaur said only 50 per cent of the girl children were brought for vaccination after birth for every 1,000 boys brought at Government Rajindra Hospital here.

The study concludes that "the decreasing number of girl children becomes more and more evident as the girl child reaches the age of five because a majority of nursery classes in schools show one third or less girl students as compared to their male counterparts.”



Cantt elections held
Tribune News Service

Voters await their turn to cast their votes during the Cantonment Board elections in Ambala
Voters await their turn to cast their votes during the Cantonment Board elections in Ambala on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ambala, May 18
Polling for eight wards of the Cantonment Board were held peacefully today. No untoward incident or clash was reported.

As many as 33 candidates contested the elections, which were held after a period of 10 years. The last Cantonment Board elections were held in 1998.

The counting of votes will begin tomorrow morning at 8 pm. The results will be declared by afternoon. Four major political parties, including the Congress, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Vikas Parishad fielded one candidate each from eight wards. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) fielded only six candidates. The party did not field any candidate from ward Nos 5 and 8.



Ambala Mall Road closed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 18
The famous Mall Road of Ambala Cantt will remain closed to vehicular traffic starting tomorrow. A decision to this effect has been taken by the station commander, Ambala Cantt. The Mall Road between Napier Road Crossing and Kharga Library crossing will be closed for civilians. Alternate routes for vehicular traffic have been made.

Sources in the cantonment stated that this initiative was being taken keeping the security aspect in mind and also because many accidents had been reported on the Mall Road.



Birkanwar takes Mohali to decent total
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Birkanwar Singh with his ton (111 off 155) enabled the Mohali team to consolidate its position in the two-day match against Zone A of the Punjab State Under-16 Years Tournament for M.L. Markan Trophy at YPS grounds here today.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Mohali scored 308 all out in 77.5 overs in the first innings with the help of joint efforts of batsmen Birkanwar, Subeer Hayer and Sourav Chopra.

Birkanwar, emerged the highest scorer, hitting 18 boundaries to reach 111-run knock while Sourav hit 68 in 94 balls.

On the course to complete his half ton, Hayer (53 off 107) slammed 9 boundaries.

For Zone A, Princepal Singh and Amandeep Singh claimed three wickets each for 111 and 71 runs, respectively. Shahbaz was the other notable wicket taker for the team, returning with figure 2 for 64.

In reply, Zone A was 43 for 3 at the close of day’s play. Sumit took two wickets being followed by Munish with one wicket.

In the second match between Chandigarh and Amritsar at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, Amritsar made 292 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 95 overs in the first innings.

In reply, Chandigarh was at 13 for one in 10 overs when the bails were lifted.

Earlier, Jagdeep Singh (112 not out off 207 balls) steered the Amritsar team to respectable total. Kamal Passi (67 off 79) and Mohit Handa (27 off 49) contributed with their fine knocks.

Beer Karan Goel (3 for 97) and Naveen Dhiman (3 for 77) were the main wicket takers for the hosts.



AITA: Raghav, Abhijit move to main draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
City lads Raghav Talwar and Abhijit Singh moved into the main draw winning their respective games in the final qualifying round of the boys’ under-12 category in the AITA Talent Series (U-12 and 16) at CLTA courts here today.

Talwar and Abhijit beat Vaibhav Kumar and Mohit Jain with an identical score 8-5 to secure their place in the main draw, starting tomorrow at the same venue.

Other results: Boys’ U-12: Final qualifying round: Utkarsh Khosla bt Alek Solanki (DLI) 8-1, Raghav Talwar (CHD) bt Vaibhav Kumar 8-5, Abhijit Singh (CHD) bt Mohit Jain 8-5, Subham Midha (DLI) bt Akhil Bansal 8-6, Alex Solanki (DLI) bt Rohin Vinayak 8-2, Chenmay bt Aditya Malik 8-2, Jotpal Singh (PB) bt Vidit Vohra (CHD) 8-0, Shramay Dhawan (DLI) bt Akhil Ranjan 8-7(8).

Results Boys’ U-16

Final qualifying round: Manoj (CHD) bt Sachin Kumar (CHD) 9-1, Prateek Agwana (MAH) bt Dlawinder (PB) 9-1, Ajay Thakur (PB) bt Rahul Mehta 9-2,

Gautam Ahuja bt Dhruv Goel 9-3, Samin Bhargav bt Devbir S. Virk 9-6, Sandeep Singh (PB) bt Ashray Bhasin 9-6, Deepak Shah (UK) bt Aman Rawat 9-5, Rakshit Rishi bt Rajveer Singh 9-8(5)

Girls-U-16: Final qualifying round: Shalini Jain bt Sute Yadav 8-2.



One million lives go up in smoke
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Going up in smoke

  • Tobacco kills 1 million persons in India
  • Every sixth second tobacco claims a life
  • About 2 lakh workers die of passive smoking annually
  • Over 700 children in the world breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke

Chandigarh, May 18
About one million Indian lives go up in smoke every year.With tobacco killing nearly 5.4 million persons around the world annually, the World Health Organisation(WHO) has estimated that deadly tobacco claimed about 100 million lives in the 20th century. In the backdrop of these chilling facts, the Burning Brain Society (BBS), an NGO, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the Tobacco-Free World Foundation, today announced annual awards for people working on tobacco control.

“Annual Tobacco Control Warrior Awards” will be awarded in eight categories every year. And the recipients would be selected from India by way of selection, invitation and nomination, BBS chairperson Hemant Goswami informed. Painting a grim picture of the scenario ahead, he said if the current trend continued, there could be up to one billion deaths (equivalent to current population of India ) in the 21st century. Tobacco remains the biggest cause of heart attacks and cancer. What is more unfortunate is that nearly 80 per cent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the developing countries like India within a few decades.

“People don’t realise it but the tobacco epidemic which kills nearly 1 million people every year in India is man-made and preventable. On an average, one death every six seconds is caused due to tobacco use. If we put in a little bit of effort, tobacco can be de-glamourised and millions of lives can be saved

“At least two lakh workers die every year due to exposure to second-hand smoke (smoke from other people’s cigarette/beedi) at work. An estimated 700 million children, or almost half of the world’s children, breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke, particularly at home which causes many serious diseases in children,” Devender Madan, secretary-general BBS , added.

Meanwhile, the awards would be given in the following categories: Best enforcement activity, the best mass media effort, best civil society effort, tobacco control bravery award, best state government initiative, best district/city initiative, best educational institute initiative and best business house.



Fake Press Stickers
Police fails to take action
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The police fails to proceed against Rachit Bansal, who was caught a day before with fake press-parking stickers on his car, which municipal corporation officials deny being issued through them. Rachit is said to be a youth leader.

According to sources, on Friday, Rachit’s bother Rohan Bansal reported to the police that two unidentified youth snatched cash and mobile phone from him in Sector 23.

However, during the investigation, the police found a number of loopholes and it turned out to be a planted story.

The incident came to light when Rachit came to the police station in his luxury car (CH-03-Z-0084) that had two municipal corporation press-parking stickers bearing serial numbers 34937 and 34938 pasted on the front windowpane.

The MC authorities, however, denied issuing the stickers. Despite the fact that the media highlighted the issue, the police has failed to inquire into the matter and trace the vehicle. Interestingly, the police is waiting for a complaint to be lodged by someone.

Madhur Verma, ASP, Chandigarh police, said, “Certainly an inquiry would be done and disciplinary action would be taken if the stickers turn out of be fake.”

Mayor Pardeep Chhabra told The Tribune, “Although it is difficult to investigate the matter after two days, we will look into the matter and take suitable action against those found guilty as the corporation reopens after the weekend.”



Three vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 22, lodged a police complaint that his car (HR-6-B-7550) was stolen from his residence on May 16.

A case under Section 379 of IPC has been registered at Sector 17 police station.

In another incident, Varun Rana, a resident of Ambala, reported that his two-wheeler (HR-01-S-8445) was stolen from Sector 17, while Ashwani Kumar of Sector 38 alleged that his motorcycle (CH-24-T1400) was stolen from Sukhna Lake. Cases have been registered.



Hallmarking centre opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The first hallmarking and assaying centre for gold jewellery has opened in Chandigarh. With the opening of this center, jewellers in the region will no longer have to go to Delhi to get their jewellery hallmarked.

The deputy director, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Bhupinder Singh handed over the certificate of recognition to Baljeet Narang and Vinod Gakhar of VB Enterprises, after the center was inaugurated.

He said that this centre would also cater to the jewellers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.



A melodious evening at Kala Bhavan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab Sahit Sangam, in collaboration with the Punjab Arts Council, presented a musical soiree titled 'Sureeli Shaam' at Punjab Kala Bhavan here yesterday.

The programme, conceived and directed by Shiromani Sahitkar Award winner Prof Phool Chand Manav, featured well-known lyricist and composer Prof Rajesh Mohan as the main singer.

Rajesh Mohan commenced the concert with a ghazal 'Baahar sadak pe..' composed in raga Mian Malhar. Rajesh also doled out Punjabi songs and self-composed 'Tappe'. Harjit Singh and Gurnam Singh accompanied the artiste on tabla and harmonium.



Play on infidelity in marriage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Fidelity and trust in marital relationships has become a thing of past. This was aptly depicted by “Seduction”, a play staged by Echelon Theatre Art Group at Punjab Kala Bhawan here yesterday.

The play revolves around three characters, a couple and a guy.

Peter, a playboy, tries to seduce his friend Nick's wife with his acumen and tricks and finally he falls in love with her. Later in the play, he realises how important relationships are in anybody’s life.

The play focuses on how the couple starts feeling that an unknown person has entered their life and has started understanding them in a better manner than their partners.

Written by Ashu Sharma, the play conveys the message with the help of light dialogues and comic scenes. Apt dialogues add humour to the play and the interest of the audience is maintained till the end.



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