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Conveners appointed for MC chief’s poll
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 19
The district administration today appointed conveners for the election to the post of presidents and vice-presidents of the Bassi Pathana and Sirhind municipal councils.

Ashok Kumar Singla, deputy commissioner, said K.B.S. Mann had been appointed convener for Bassi Pathana and SDM Gurpal Singh Chahal for Sirhind. Both the conveners have issued agendas to respective members in this regard.

Charanjit Singh, executive officer, who has additional charge of the Bassi Pathana MC, said the elections for the post of president and vice-president would be held on July 21 at 4 pm on the premises of the Bassi Pathana municipal council office. Mann would convene the meeting. The council has 13 members and the MLA has one vote, so eight votes are required to elect the president and vice-president.

He said for Sirhind municipal council, there would be election for three posts - president, senior vice-president and vice-president. He said Chahal would convene the meeting on July 21 at 12 am in the council office. The council has 17 members and the MLA has one vote so 10 members are required to elect the office-bearers.

It is pertinent to mention here that the aspirants for the post of council presidents in both the councils have taken the councillors to a Himachal tour to avoid horse-trading. Eight councillors of Bassi Pathana and 14 of Sirhind are enjoying the hospitality of the aspirants.

There is a cold war going on between the two warring factions of SAD (B) led by former minister R.S. Cheema and MLA Didar Singh Bhatti. Both groups want to install their man as the council president. Sources said both the leaders had met Sukhbir Badal and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal separately to lodge their claims.



Villagers demand extension of lal dora
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, July 19
Residents of 154 villages of Kalka sub-division, which falls under the New Capital Periphery Control Act, have demanded that the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act (Haryana Amendment Act, 2003) be implemented. Under the Act, there is a provision of extension of 60 per cent of the red line of the existing village ‘abadi’ area

Villagers said a notification published in the official gazette of Haryana, under the Haryana Act No 22 of 2003, provides the above said extension. But the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control, Haryana Amendment Act 2003 has not been implemented so far. They have demanded immediate demarcation of village agricultural land and extension of the ‘lal dora’.

They have also alleged that due to non-implementation of the above said Act, the department of town and country planning, under a special campaign, have already demolished residential houses in the area, including Tipra Coloy, which has created a panic among them.

It must be mentioned here that in the past two decades, numerous new colonies have came into existence with more than 20,000 houses beyond the red line. The residents of the area, including Vijay Bansal, former secretary of state Congress, have written to CM, and deputy CM of Haryana regarding demarcation of the village land in Kalka.



Delegation meets education minister
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 19
A delegation of Kalka residents headed by former secretary of state Congress Vijay Bansal recently met deputy chief minister Chander Mohan and Haryana education minister Mange Ram Gupta and submitted a memorandum in connection with continuation of MA (political science) in Government Postgraduate College, Kalka.

Bansal said it was mentioned in the memorandum that first year PG classes in political science i.e. the intake class, is to be discontinued with due to the state government’s guidelines, as there were three sanctioned posts of lecturers for political science department and two lecturers were working against the same wherein one was NET qualified and other one was MPhil.

In the Kalka college, one sanctioned post of lecturer in political science department is lying vacant and the government can transfer a PhD lecturer to meet the requirement. It was also urged that PG classes in political science may be continued either by deploying adequate staff or relaxing conditions.



Parents up in arms against school for demanding funds
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 19
Parents of students of Holy Family School today held a protest meeting against the school for demanding funds.

One of the parents Chander Shekhar said the school had a parent-teacher meeting today. Few days ago, the school had sent students with slips asking each student to bring Rs 200 for buying new generator and filling land.

"It is a reputed school and should adhere to its reputation. It is unjust of the school authorities to ask students to bring money to raise infrastructure for the school," added another parent Amarjeet Kaur.

The parents said this was not the first incident of the school management asking for money from students.

Earlier, too, the school had demanded Rs 50 or Rs 100 from students on one pretext or the other.

A delegation of parents met Ropar SDM Kavita Singh and apprised her of the situation. The SDM has assured them of free and fair inquiry into the matter.



Punjab Athletics
Amandeep wins 100m title
Our Correspondent

Patiala, July 19
Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana won the 100m event in the 84th Punjab State Athletic Championship which commenced on Punjabi University campus here today.

Amandeep, who clocked 11.28 seconds, was followed by Ranjit Singh of PSEB and Inderpreet Singh of Patiala in the order.

On the distaff side, Rajwinder Kaur and Amandeep Kaur made it a 1-2 for Punjab Police while Inderpreet Kaur of Bathinda was placed a distant third.

The gruelling 20 km walk for men was won by Dilbagh Singh of Bathinda while Surender Singh of Sangrur and Amrit Singh of Amritsar were placed second and third, respectively.

In the women’s section, the event was won by Kamaldeep Kaur of Ludhiana while Harpreet Kaur of Sangrur and Amandeep Kaur of Amritsar came second and third, respectively.

Other results:

800m (Men): Satnam Singh (Kapurthala)-1, Vishwajit Singh (Jalandhar)-2, Gurpinder Singh (Gurdaspur)-3.

800m (Women): Manpreet Kaur (Jalandhar)-1, Ramandeep Kaur (Sangrur)-2, Ramanpreet Kaur (Hoshiarpur)-3.

100m (Women U-20): Deepti Rani (Ludhiana)-1, Rupinder Kaur (Amritsar)-2, Rajpreet Kaur (Hoshiarpur)-3.

800m (Girls U-18): Manisha (Jalandhar)-1, Harpal Kaur (Sangrur)-2, Simranjit Kaur (Ludhiana)-3.

Earlier, the meet was inaugurated by Punjab co-operation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh.



GNPS Academy lift Mount Shivalik Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
With sharing valuable partnership of 77 runs, Jaskaran Singh and Manan Vohra steered the CCA-Guru Nanak Public School Academy, Sector 36, to lift Mount Shivalik Trophy winning the Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

The winners beat Bhavan Vidyalaya of Panchkula by five wickets in the final match of the tournament organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy.

Chasing a target of 146 runs was not a tough job for CCA-GNPS batsmen as they scored 147 for 5 in just 19.1 overs.

Earlier, Bhavan team put on 145 all out in 34 overs with Tushar’s 30-run knock. Gaurav Tandon chipped in 21 runs while Aditya Guleria and Shubham Arora made 19 and 15 runs, respectively.

Kshitij Sharma was the highest wickets taker, claiming three for 20. Karan Geol and Shanshak took two wickets each for 18 and 33 runs, respectively.

In reply, Jaskaran Singh (46) and Manan Vohra (45) rose to the occasion. With the help of four sixes and three boundaries, Jaskaran posted 46 runs while Manan’s knock contained six fours and three sixes. Naveen was another notable contributor with 21 runs.

Bhavan Vidyalaya's Kunal and Shubham Bharti claimed two wickets each for 15 and 33 runs, respectively.

Rajeev Nayyar was adjudged the man of the series as he piled up 448 runs and captured three wickets in four matches.

Joint Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association M.P. Pandove distributed the prizes.

Brief score:

Bhavan: 145 all out in 34 overs (Tushar 30, Gaurav Tandon 21, Aditya Guleria 19, Shubham Arora 15, Sumit 14, Kunal 11, Kshitij Sharma 3 for 20, Karan Geol 2 for 18, Shanshak 2 for 33).

CCA-GNPS-36: 147 for 5 in 19.1 overs (Jaskaran 46, Manan Vohra 45, Naveen 21, Shubham 11 n.o., Kunal 2 for 15, Shubham Bharti 2 for 33).



Chess: Six lead in U-7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Tarini Goyal, Sarthak, Rishi, Jaskeerat, Kashish Kaushal and Tanush are leading the table tally grabbing one point each in under-7 category on the inaugural day of the Chandigarh Chess Championship for under-7 and under-17 age categories at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

Point position in under-7:

1 Point: Tarini Goyal, Sarthak, Rishi, Jaskeerat, Kashish Kaushal, Tanush.

Point position in under-17:

2 Points: Ameek Malhotra, Shirish, Srishti, Tejas Nagpal, Arunima Goyal, Mayank Kaura, Gitin Oberoi, Sachleen Singh, Sunbir Chawla, Mehul Jotshi.

1.5 Points: Simranjit Kaur, Ravi Shankar.

1 Point: Gauri, Ajaypreet, Akash Yadav, Amartya Bhatacharya, Ankur Nakra, Divyanshu, Kubber Makkar, Niharika, Shauarya Panpalia, Vashita Sharma, Pranjal Kaura, Bhavay, Gunbir, Gunjan Munjal, Jasmine, Kshitiz, Piyush, Rachit, Sahil Malhotra, Shyam.



Swimming meet from July 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The Chandigarh sports department will organise Administrator's Cup Swimming Championship for sub-junior, junior and senior boys and girls from July 29 to 31 at Yoga Swimming Pool, Sector 23, here.

The competitions will be held for under-10 (cut-off date 1-1-98), under-12 (cut off date 1-1-96 to 31-12-97), under-14 (1-1-94 to 31-12-95) and under-17 (1-1-91 to 31-12-93) and seniors.

Cash prizes will be given to the first three position holders.

Entries will close on July 28 at 5 pm with Jasjit Kaur, swimming coach, Yoga Centre-23, and Paramjit Singh, Nursery Swimming Pool, Sector 23.



Passport Scam
Two more suspects arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The crime branch today arrested two more suspects, including a Class IV employee of the regional passport office, in the stolen passport scam.

The duo have been identified as Ram Swaroop Bhatt, an employee of the passport office, and Naval Kishore Verma, a Delhi-based printing press owner.

According to sources in the crime branch, Upjeet Singh, a resident of Mukerian who was brought to the city on a production warrant last week, told investigating officials about the involvement of Naval Kishore. He was arrested from Delhi last night.

Ram Swaroop had allegedly supplied the blank passport to Naval. Ram Swaroop had got the passport from Som Lal who was in charge of the dispatch wing of the passport office at that time. Som Lal had died early this month.

According to Ram Swaroop, Naval had paid him Rs 1.44 lakh to him, out of which Rs 96,000 was given to Som Lal. “I got in touch with Naval through a Delhi-based travel agent, Surinder Singh, and was told to arrange for a blank passport for Naval. I stole 49 passports from a bundle of 50. The files, which were part of the passports, were thrown in the basement once the passports were sent to Delhi”.

Sources said Ram Swaroop had been suspended twice on the charges of stealing passports. The police had interrogated him twice, but had to leave him due to lack of evidence.

A local court has sent the duo to four-day police remand.

The matter came to light with the arrest of Sukhwant Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, and Raj Kumar, a resident of Patiala, who disclosed that apart from Vicky, another Jalandhar-based travel agent played a major role in sending them to Italy.

The duo was deported from Singapore last year for travelling on fake documents.



Rs 25,000 stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The thieves decamped with cash worth Rs 25,000 from a vehicle parked in Sector 8, here, this afternoon.

Vickramjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 48, told the police that the incident took place when he went to a bank in Sector 8. After withdrawing the cash, he came out and put the briefcase in his car. Soon after a man approached him saying that bank officials were calling him.

While he was inside the bank, another man approached his driver and said that the rear tyre was punctured. When the driver got off the vehicle to look, immediately that person fled taking the briefcase along.

A case of theft has been registered at the police station, Sector 3, in this regard.


On the direction of the court, the UT police yesterday registered a case of fraud against ICICI Bank, Sector 9, Mohindera and Mohindera Private Limited, Sector 26, Dimension Plus, Sector 8, and Goel Motors.

According to sources, Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 46 was offered a discount of Rs 35,000 by the agent of Dimension Plus, while he had gone to purchase a vehicle.

In his complaint to the police, he alleged that he was asked to pay Rs 6 lakh instead of 6.05lakh. The agents had defrauded him of Rs 15,000, which they never returned despite repeated attempts.

Gurjeet had approached the court under Section 156 of the CrPC, after which the local court ordered the UT police to register a case against the accused.


The crime branch today arrested a gang involved in stealing LPG cylinders.

The accused have been identified as Ramjan, Sonu, both residents of Uttar Pradesh, and Suresh, a resident of colony number 5.

According to sources, the trio was caught red-handed while it was selling LPG cylinders. Almost nine cases of theft have been solved after their arrest.


The local police today arrested five accused on the charges of rioting and causing injuries. The accused have been identified as Parvinder Singh, Wasim Akram, Nadem, Aftal and Aseem.

According to the police, the group allegedly thrashed Babli, a resident of colony number 4. Babli was attacked yesterday night, after which she informed the police. The group forcibly tried to took away Babli, besides beating her up.

The victim informed the police and narrated the entire incident. The police later arrested the group.


Jatinder Singh, a resident of Sector 8, alleged that his car (CH-01-Q-5399) was stolen from Sector 34. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station, Sector 34.

In another incident, Razia Begum, a resident of Sector 44, reported to the police that her scooter (CH-03-H-0608) was stolen from Sector 20. A case under Section 79 of the IPC has been registered at the police station, Sector 19.



Man killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Vicky, a resident of Sector 46, was crushed to death under a truck near the Kali Bari light point here this afternoon.

According to an eyewitness, Jitender Singh, Vicky was crushed under the tyres when a speeding truck (PB-07-B-5667) hit the scooter (Ch-03-Q-4124) he was riding from the rear.

Vicky sustained head injuries and was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

The driver of the truck, Balbir Singh, has been arrested and booked under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC.



Rs 2 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 19
Thieves decamped with Rs 2 lakh after breaking through the window of a vehicle parked in Sector 8, here, this evening.

According to the police, LC Mittal, a resident of Zirakpur, came to a gym in Sector 8. After spending an hour at the gym, he came out and was shocked to see the window of the car broken. Mittal’s briefcase containing Rs 2 lakh cash was missing from his vehicle (HR-51-S-0959). He immediately informed the police, and a theft case was registered.



Mellifluous rendition by Ustad Gafoor Khan
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, July 19
Serenity of sufi utterances and rich grandeur of Rajasthani folk music reverberated the Randhawa Auditorium as the Barmer based Ustad Gafoor Khan Manganiyar and troupe gave an entrancing music recital here today.

Courtesy the Indian National Theatre and the Punjab Arts Council, the city audience relished a blend of devotional, folk and sufiana music weaved in Indian classical music. Known as the entertainers and purveyors of ceremonial music in Rajasthan, the Manganiyars led by Gafoor Khan amazed the audience with dexterous display of perfection over the folk instruments.

The eight-member ensemble commenced the concert with an invocatory composition ‘Radha Rani de’.

Later, Alaudin Khan won applause for a playing a dhun on a rare instrument moorchang. But both Gafoor and Dilawar excelled with an adroit jugalbandi Kartaals.

However, the artists reflected the melodic fervour associated with their songs, couplets and poetry spelling the wisdom of Baba Bulle Shah, Farid, Shah Latif and other mystics. The audience seemed to have reserved the applause for the boisterous ‘Nimuda Nimuda’ wherein the artistes too extracted full pleasure like the listeners.

Earlier, the INT chairman Navjivan Khosla, IAS (retd) honoured the artistes.



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