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Punjabi varsity syndicate clears promotions
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 29
Punjabi University has decided to award life fellowship to former vice chancellor of the university and noted economist Dr H.K. Manmohan Singh, while Dr Satinder Singh Noor has been appointed Professor of Eminence in the Department of Punjabi Language Development.

Also, Dr Mohinder Kaur Gill has been given life fellowship for her contribution to promoting the concept and philosophy of Guru Granth Sahib. Dr Rattan Singh has been given senior fellowship.

Appointment and fellowships were cleared at a university syndicate meeting, chaired by vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh, here yesterday.

The syndicate also approved around 25 per cent increase in fellowship amounts.

Besides, a larger number of promotions under the career advancement scheme were approved by the syndicate.

These included promotion from reader to professor of Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Dr Jaspal Kaur and Dr Sukhninder Kaur (history); Dr J.A. Khan and Dr Sansar Singh (political science-CC), Dr Ravi Kumar (Hindi), K.S. Sohal (geography), Dr Anita Gill (economics-CC); Dr Navtej Singh and Dr Sukhdial Singh (Punjab historical studies); Dr Lakhwinder Singh and Dr Balbir Singh (economics), Dr Nazar Singh (history-CC), and Dr Sukhwinder Singh (research centre for economic change).

Dr Sarbjinder Singh (religious studies); Dr Rakesh Kumar and Dr Anupama (economics) were promoted as lectures in the senior scale.

Appointments of Lieut-Col Mukhtiar Singh Sandhu (retd) as security-cum-transport officer and that of Capt Gurtej Singh and Rajinder Singh Dhindsa were approved as assistant security-cum-transport officers at the university campus and the Guru Kashi Campus, Talwandi Sabo.

Appointments of Dr M.S. Saini (dean, research), Dr Manjit Singh (dean, colleges), Dr K.S. Dhillon (dean, students), and Dr Balwinder Singh Tiwana (provost) were also approved.

Terms of Dr Jodh Singh as editor-in-chief of Encyclopaedia of Sikhism and Dr Gurmeet Singh Maan as director, public relations, were extended by one year.



Retiree suffers for dept’s fault
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 29
A pensioner alleged harassment at the hands of the industries department where he had served for more than 29 years.

Ashok Kapoor, retired as senior assistant on September 30, 2007, said the department was not releasing his due benefits. As per rules, his case for pension should have been sent six months before his retirement to accountant general, Punjab.

Instead his case was sent to AG Punjab after two months of his retirement and he got his pension later. "This happened despite the fact that I had given six representations to my department before retirement. I had repeatedly stated that all my dues towards department are clear and I have a no objection certificate regarding this," said Kapoor. He alleged that this was an administrative lapse due to which he suffered financial losses.

Also as per instructions of the department of finance, Punjab, those retirees, whose pension is deposited in respective bank after three months of retirement should be given benefit of current rate of interest.

"First my pension was disbursed after a battle and now I am fighting for the rate of interest I am eligible for," he said. Kapoor had also sought information under Right To Information (RTI) regarding delay in disbursal, but did not get any satisfactory answer. He will now approach commissioner RTI Punjab.



Traffic chaos a routine
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 29
Lack of a bus stand is taking its toll on commuters here. Heavy vehicles could be seen parked haphazardly on busy roads of the city.

Chaos on roads leads to a large number of accidents. Buses hardly halt at the area marked for bus stop. At Bassi Pathana, passengers could be seen waiting for buses without proper bus stand.

Sirhind and Mandi Gobindgarh bus stands too depict the sorry state of affairs where heavy vehicles led to chaos and traffic logjam on the entire G.T. Road.

"Red lights installed at various places in the city are not functioning for the past long time. Even if these lights work sometime, no one bothers to follow it", said Sukhdev Singh, a resident of the area.

"It’s a nightmare to ride a vehicle from Sirhind to Khanna as all vehicles, especially SUVs, buses and trucks are driven at a breakneck speed", said Bikram, who commutes between Fatehgarh Sahib and Khanna every day in car.

Traffic police officials washed their hands off by saying that they didn't have vehicles and funds to deal with this problem. Higher officials said they had been organising traffic awareness camps after every three months or so.

“Though the problem is serious but nothing could be done to reduce the number of accidents as it involves a large number of departments”, said a section of senior police officials. They said potholes on roads were creating nuisance for commuters and this led to accidents.

Senior medical officer of Civil Hospital Dr Kuldeep Singh Kang, Bassi Pathana, said everyday there was an accidental case reported in the hospital and many victims were referred to Fatehgarh Sahib civil hospital.

"There are number of deaths reported in this area for the past around more than a year. A large number of youngsters have lost lives in accidents in and around the area", he said.

The various hospital authorities in Fatehgarh Sahib and Bassi Pathana area revealed that lack of medical facilities resulted in death of many people.



Multi lads crush Black Elephant
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 29
Multipurpose Cricket Coaching Centre defeated Black Elephant Cricket Club by 8 wickets and clinched Challenge Cup (Under-16) played on the Multi Purpose Secondary School ground here today.

Winning the toss and elected to bat first, Black Elephant boys managed to score a fighting total of 175 runs for 8 in allotted 40 overs match. Kanwar played a super knock of 67 runs with the help of four sixes and five boundaries.

In reply, Multipurpose Cricket Coaching Centre boys started their inning in sound knock and scored 122 runs for first wicket between opener Sidhant (95) and Vikrant (53). Firstly, Vikrant lost his wicket when he try to lift Vipin over mid off and smartly caught by Kanwar. But from other side, Sidhant played BE bowler easily and ultimately Multi boys chase the total in 35.1 over after loosing just 2 wickets.

Brief Score : Black Elephant Cricket Coaching Center: 175 for 8 in 40 over (Kanwar 67, Prabjot 17, Karan 14 Bharat Sodhi 13, Sukhminder 11 not out) (Sandeep 2 for 20, P Khalsa 3 for 22, Navendu 1 for 36)

Multipurpose Cricket Coaching Center : 176 for 2 in 35.1 over (Vikran 53, Sidhant 95 Vinay Garwa 16 not out) (Vipin 1 for 25 Karan 1 for 20 )

The prizes were distributed by the Dronacharya Sardar Gurcharan Singh. Tej Krishan Kaul, NIS chief coach, was also present. Gurcharan Singh announced Rs 25,000 from his personal account to the multipurpose school for preparation of Turf wicket.



Rainwater enters houses
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur/Dera Bassi, June 29
The residents of these two towns went through a nightmare today with rainwater entering houses at many places here. The roads were flooded with knee-deep water and many roads were rendered unusable.

In Zirakpur, which was the most affected, the choice road area was blocked with choe water, turning the place into a mini lake.

Scooterists and two-wheeler drivers were advised not to use the road.

Similarly, the area where the flyover construction is going on, the national highway was flooded with rainwater.

Traffic jams were the order of the day and commuters had to wait for hours in their vehicles to cross the area.

The sewerage was choked and the storm-water drains were overflowing.

In Dera Bassi, the old bazaar roads and shops were flooded with water. The police station, too, was flooded with water. Many cars were stuck in knee-deep water that had gathered in some of the colonies like Balminki Colony and Preet Nagar here. The Dera Bassi police station, too, was flooded with water and the policemen had a difficult time drying up the entry to the police station.



DC warns errant milk sellers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 29
Deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin said the administration would not allow any one to play with the health of the people. While addressing a meeting of the Sweet Shop Owners Association of Ambala Cantonment, today, he said strict action would be taken if some one was found selling adulterated milk products.

He would also make it sure that the officers concerned did not unnecessarily harass the sweet shop owners, he added.

He said last month, the health department had collected the samples of milk from several shops, most of which were found failed.

Devender Kohli, president, Sweet Shop Owners Association, refuted the allegation that synthetic milk was being sold in the market.



Dramatists observe ‘demands day’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 29
National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) observed 13th death anniversary of G.S. Khosla, a disciple of mother of Punjabi drama Norah Richards, as ‘Theatre Demands Day’. The artists of NTAS including, Pran Sabhatwal, assembled at a function held at SDSE Senior Secondary School and remembered rich theatre contribution of Khosla, who founded Punjabi University’s department of speech and drama in 1967.

The artists lamented Punjab government’s attitude of negligence towards theatre movement.

They fervently appealed to the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to ensure revival of grants scheme in the state.



Govt college to start MCom
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 29
Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, is going to start MCom in the current session (2008-2009). New job-oriented and vocational courses are also in the pipeline to be started in the session.

MSc in geography, BCA and courses in biotechnology, geography and economics have already been started in the last session. R.S. Mann, principal of the college, said the college had reserved its place among 25 colleges of excellence short-listed by Haryana govt.



Man, son hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 29
A man and his son were seriously injured in an accident here today. The incident took place near Desu Majra on NH 21. At around 10 am, Jaswinder Singh and his son Navdeep Singh were coming to Mohali on a motor cycle when a vehicle hit them. They were immediately rushed to Kharar civil hospital and further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.



Pareen, Bhavya fight for title today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Pareen Verma (DAV Public) and Bhavya set title clash in the Mrs & Mr Kishan Lal Memorial Invitational Table Tennis Tournament in the kid singles section at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here tomorrow.

Pareen outclassed Lavisha 11-6, 11-2, 12-10 while Bhavya got the better of Kirti 11-5,11-7,11-2.

The other results are as follow:

Kid Boys Singles (U-10), (Ist round): Nakul bt Nishant 11-2, 11-5, 11-5, Tushar Bansal b Sidharth Gulati 11-3,11-5, 11-2, Pankaj Sidana b Debashish 13-11, 11-6, 11-6, Harshit b Shaurya Gupta 9-11, 11-5,11-4, 7-11, 12-10, Pankaj b Hardik 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2, Sohrab Grewal b Hardik 11-2, 11-4, 11-2

2 nd Round

Divaksh Dawar b Chetnaya Mittal 11-4, 11-2, 11-5, Divyankar b Ayaan 11-4, 11-1, 11-4, Ojas b

Tushar Bansal 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, Hardik b Sidhant Mahapatra 13-11, 11-7, 11-7, Nakul b Mukund Koundal 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.


Divaksh Dawar b Ojas 11-4, 11-4, 11-8, Nakul b Hardik 1-11, 11-8, 9-11,11-8, 13-11, Pankaj b Divyankar 11-8, 5-11, 13-11, 11-8, Sohrab Grewal b Ishu Dhingra 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2.


Divaksh Dawar b Nakul 11-4, 11-4, 7-11, 11-1, Sohrab Grewal b Pankaj 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 13-15, 11-5.

Kid Girls Singles

1 st round: Bhavya b Shivangi 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, Kirti b Inayat 11-1, 11-3, 11-1.

2 nd round: Lavisha b Avni Aggarwal 11-3,11-8,11-7, Kirti b Anshuki Verma 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6, Bhavya b Shagun 11-8, 11-5, 11-4.

Semifinals: Pareen Verma b Lavisha 11-6, 11-2, 12-10, Bhavya b Kirti 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.



ERCA, St Vivekanand to meet in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Producing deadly spell, off spinner Sumit Agniotri snapped five-wicket haul to guide his Edmund Rice Cricket Academy team to the finals of the All-India Challenger Trophy Under-16 Cricket Tournament, crushing Aresson XI by 113 runs in the semifinal match on St John’s High School grounds here today.

The other team, which has managed to secure its final berth through spin of coin, is St Vivekanand. Their semifinal match against Vivek High School team was abandoned due to rain.

Apart from scintillating performance by Sumit, who conceded just 15 runs to complete his five-wicket haul, Shasya delivered for the team with his 66-run knock.

ERCA put on 184 runs in the allotted 30 overs. Gaurav was another important batsman, who contributed 40 runs.

For Aresson XI, Jatin 3 for 8 was the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Aresson XI were all out for 71 runs in 19 overs.

Gaurav and Vishnu took 1 wicket each.

The other semifinal between St Vivekanand and Vivek High School was interrupted by rain.

Batting first, St Vivekanand were all out for 105 runs in the allotted 30 overs.

In reply, Vivek High School were eight for no loss in the first over when heavy rain stopped play.

The match was decided by the spin of a coin in which St Vivekanand emerged as the victorious team.

The final match will be held tomorrow at 9 am.

The tournament is being organised by Edmund Rice Cricket Academy and Aresson Sports Club jointly.

Brief score

ERCA: 184 for 8 in 30 overs (Shasya 66, Gaurav Malhotra 40, Jatin 3 for 8)

Aresson XI: 71 all out in 19 overs (Sumit 5 for 15, Gaurav 1 for 1).



Rathi Haryana Athletics panel chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Former MLA from Bahadurgarh Nafe Singh Rathi has been unanimously elected president of the Haryana State Athletic Association at the annual general body meeting of the association held at Jat Bhawan here today.

Abhey Singh Chautala, president, HSAA, was unanimously elevated to the post of life president. H S Bhadu was unanimously reelected secretary of the HSAA for the sixth time in succession.

The other office-bearers who were also unanimously elected for the next term of four years were: Gokal Chand (sr vice-president), I D Kamboj, Jagmal Singh,Dharamvir Dagar, Dilbagh Singh, Rajinder Malik, Devender Kadyan (vice-presidents), Raj Kumar Mittan (sr. joint secretary), Vinesh Mahlan and Chander Pal Chauhan (joint secretaries), S S Bura (treasurer) and Duli Chand, Ajmer Singh, Satpal Singh, Shish Pal Guladi, Ved Prakash, G S Bawa, Sanjay Singh, Azad Singh Rathi, Sumer Singh, Rajiv Khatri, Parveen Kumar (members executive committee).



Ambala engineers win cross-country
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Commander Works Engineers, Ambala, emerged victorious (overall) in the 10 km-long Cross Country Championship organised by HQ, Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Zone, on the Airport road here today.

The other participants in the event were Commander Works Engineer, Patiala, Commander Works Engineer, Shimla, Commander Works Engineer, Chandi Mandir, and hosts Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Zone.

The purpose to organise the event was to spread awareness about good health. Another event ‘Run for Fun’ saw good response with over 400 participants taking part in it. “The youngest participant was six-year-old while the oldest runner was around 60 years,” said the organisers.

Kanwarjit Manipal, IDSE, chief engineer, Chandigarh Zone, gave away the prizes.



Bikers leave for Khardung La
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
More than 50 motorcyclists left for Himalayan Odyssey, an annual event organised by Royal Enfield company, here today. The rally was flagged off by DSP (traffic) J.S. Cheema from a local Hotel.

The bikers set out on their journey yesterday from India Gate for their destination-Khardung La.

Encouraging the riders for the tough challenge, Cheema exhorted them to travel in a safe and responsible manner.



Eat slowly to stay fit, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
Many of us tend to overestimate the amount of food we need. The lack of portion control is one of the reasons why over 40 per cent of people are either overweight or obese. This was stated by Dr Yash Pal Sharma, cardiologist, while talking to the mediapersons at the Press Club here today.

He informed about his novel technique, “Eating with the help of brain signals”. He assured that through this technique one could get rid of so many diseases, including central obesity.

After observational experience on more than 1,000 persons of various fields (doctors, journalists, engineers), he concluded that eating slowly resulted in feeling full sooner, and thus eating fewer calories.

“Eating fast results in taking too many calories before you realise you have eaten enough. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signal of fullness.

Leisurely eating allows ample time to trigger the signal from your brain that you are full. And feeling full translates into eating less,” said Dr Sharma.

Obesity among children in India is already well-documented. Even in Chandigarh, about 30-40 per cent men, 50 per cent women and 30 per cent children are affected from central obesity, informed Dr Sharma.

Due to eating fast signal reaches the satiety centre late. The blood supply from various vital organs of the body gets diverted to the stomach and intestines. With the result the vital organs get less blood, less glucose and less oxygen.

This is the root cause of many diseases, including central obesity, heart attack and sudden cardiac death, brain stroke, hypertension, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome. In some cases, even cancer, early aging, graying of hairs and premature death can also occur.

"It’s true that eating slowly and taking smaller bites can be very difficult to do, especially when a person is busy and famished.”

“But one day you will find it easier to slow the pace if you eat regular meals, and never allow more than four hours to pass between meals,” says Dr Sharma.

“Take 15 minutes to relax, recharge, and refuel. These mini-breaks help to relieve stress too. Still can't slow down the pace? Try a few other tricks to help you recognise a full belly: Push away from the table and drink a large glass of water.”



150 examined at cardiology camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
More than 150 patients were examined at a free cardiology camp at Chandigarh Press Club here today. The camp, inaugurated by Justice Rakesh Garg, was organised jointly by OP Jain Memorial Trust and Escorts Heart Diseases Institute, New Delhi.

A seminar on heart diseases and preventive measures was also organised. Echo cardiography was done on 92 people on the accosion.

Sarbjit Pandher said the club would keep on holding helath camps for the benefit of the members in future as well.



Body found on rly track
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29
The body of an unidentified man in his mid-20s was found on a railway track near Vikas Nagar, here yesterday afternoon.

The police has ruled out foul play behind the death, however, it was yet to assert the reason behind the incident. The government railway police said the incident came to light around 3 pm when the body of the man was noticed on the tracks.

Investigation officer Avtar Singh said the body was crushed under the train and was difficult to identify. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.



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