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Ruckus at Fun Cinemas
Manager, scribes lodge complaints against each other
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 27
Fun Cinemas in Ambala City today lodged a complaint against four journalists with SP Sibash Kabiraj and demanded protection for the cinema hall employees and Galaxy Mall.

In the complaint, they stated that they apprehended that the mediapersons could cause loss to the property or injury to the employees of Fun Cinemas.

Rupak Kumar, manager, Fun Cinemas, Ambala City, who registered the complaint, stated that they had only invited nine journalists to cover the yesterday’s visit of Sunny and Bobby Deol, who had come to promote their upcoming movie ‘Chamku’.

Three journalists —S.P. Bhatia, Gaurav Garg and Rakesh Makkar —came uninvited and instigated the public to gherao the actors and employees and also pushed 
the actors, who had to be later shifted to a room.

Rupak further alleged that these journalists forced their way to the venue of the press conference and misbehaved with the actors, guards and the cinema staff. Later, another journalist Tilak joined them and abused the staff.

They alleged that these journalists made it difficult for the actors to leave the venue and they were finally made to leave through the back door in a decoy car.

Meanwhile, the journalists also filed a complaint with the SP alleging manhandling by the Fun Cinema staff, actors Bobby and Sunny Deol and their bouncers.

Talking to The Tribune SP Sibash Kabiraj stated that the additional SP was looking into the matter and action would be taken soon against those found guilty.



Pbi varsity earmarks Rs 70 lakh for sports
Our Correspondent

Patiala, August 27
Punjabi University, Patiala, has decided to spend Rs 70 lakh on construction and renovation of various buildings and creating new infrastructure for the promotion of sports.

This was disclosed by V-C Dr Jaspal Singh while presiding over the annual meeting of the university sports committee.

Dr Jaspal Singh said the new projects included construction of a new weightlifting hall at a cost of Rs 20 lakh, two cushioned synthetic tennis courts costing Rs 20 lakh each and two clay court enclosures which would incur an expenditure of Rs 10 lakh.

The gymnasium hall would be upgraded with an eight-layered cushioned floor, equipped with the state-of-the-art acoustics system make-up costing Rs 20 lakh, he added.

Dr Jaspal Singh further said the university sportspersons won a total of 240 medals in different individual and team events in the last year’s All-India Inter-University sports competitions. The tally included 145 gold, 72 silver and 23 bronze medals. Out of these 132 gold, 64 silver and 21 bronze medals were grabbed in the individual events, while 13 of its teams cornered gold, eight silver and two bronze medals in the team events.

Director, Sports, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, disclosed that 17 sportspersons established new records in cycling, powerlifting and weightlifting events, while seven were declared as the best players. Two of university athletes also pocketed silver medals in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championship and one in the South Asian Federation Games, Dr Sharma said.



Taiwanese visit Punjab under exchange programme
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 27
Two delegates from Taiwan, Peng and Yag-Fang, who work for farmers co-operative organisation and Hsu, Ching-wen (medical student) visited Punjab under the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) programme.

The tour of these two IFYE’s was sponsored by the National 4-H Club Association of Republic of China. This exchange programme was in collaboration with International Farm Youth Exchange Association of India (alumni), IFYE, having headquarters in Bangalore. This organisation is recognised by the department of agriculture, Government of India.

The delegates were hosted by the newly constituted, regional IFYE India (northern chapter). Karanbir Singh Sandhu from Patiala, an IFYE member himself is the president, while the secretary-general of this regional chapter is G.S. Dhillon an IFYE member from Gurdaspur.

The delegates have been hosted by the various farmers’ families of North India. The delegates visited New Delhi, Agra, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kasauli, Shimla etc. During this tour, the delegates were facilitated with visit to the Taj Mahal, Sheesh Mahal Patiala, Rock Garden Chandigarh, Punjabi University Patiala, PAU Ludhiana, Pushpa Gujral Science City Jalandhar, retreat ceremony at Wagah Border and early morning visit to the Golden Temple. They visited an oil bran factory in Dhuri and a hosiery factory in Ludhiana.

Two delegates from Punjab and Haryana will be visiting Taiwan in September on return exchange.

The IFYE programme with USA was started in early 1950’s and it continued till 1980. The young farmer delegates had then visited USA and stayed with many families for six months and the same number of delegates came to India and stayed with families in the selected states of India.

Due to some reasons that programme was discontinued. Now with rejuvenated efforts of our IFYE Alumni this exchange programme with South Pacific Asian countries has been restarted. The IFYE India organisation is again approaching the Central government through the department of agriculture to restart the exchange programme, so that the young farmers benefit from the exposure. 



‘No white paper on floods’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 27
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, cooperation minister, said the SAD political affairs committee would decide about candidates who would be given party ticket in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

He turned down the Congress’ demand to issue white paper pertaining to the recent floods in the state. He said the Congress had no other issue to raise. He added that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had already toured the flood-hit areas while not even a single Congress leader had toured any such area so far.

He added that the Chief Minister had met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and urged him to give a special package for Punjab keeping in view the grim flood situation in the state.

He stated that the Cooperation Department had already disbursed an amount of Rs 2 crore for victims of floods.

Speaking about the formation of a separate SGPC for Haryana, he said the real SGPC was established after making numerous sacrifices. The Congress was unnecessarily raking up the SGPC issue in Haryana and if that happened, Punjab would go the J and K way. 



Minister okays Rs 50 lakh for MC work
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 27
The first meeting of the newly-elected municipal council of Dera Bassi was held today. The councilors resolved to upgrade the civic conditions and improve water supply in the area.

The meeting was held in the presence of co-operation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh. All the members including MC President Manjit Kaur and vice-president Seema Sharma, except the three independent councilors, were present in the meeting.

It was decided that a park would be developed at Adarsh Nagar at an estimated cost of Rs 15 lakh. The councilors also decided to construct water tank in the area and bore three new tube wells in ward no 4, 6 and 9. The co-operation minister also sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for other regular development work in the area. A house tax committee was also constituted.

Talking to the TNS, MC president Manjit Kaur said development would be done on priority basis. “Our motto is to complete all the pending works including sewerage system, drainage system and streetlights,” she said. SDM Sohan Lal Bhumbak was also present in the meeting. 



5 held for looting filling stations
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 27
The Rajpura police today arrested five looters involved in looting as many as 11 petrol pumps all over Punjab during the past few months.

The accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Raju, all residents of Dhuri, and Raja and Kala, both residents of Dhanaula near Sangrur.

They are said to be in their twenties and were involved in looting petrol pumps at gunpoint. Police officials said the accused had looted filling stations at Rampura, Ludhiana, Tapa and Patiala areas.

They were arrested by Basantpura police in Rajpura during a naka near village Jai Nagar. The accused were on two motorbikes and tried to take a u-turn from the police naka.

The alert police chased them and nabbed all the five accused. A 32-bore pistol, four live cartridges, one knife, four mobile phones and one iron rod were recovered from their possession. All the accused were brought to the police station where they admitted looting cash and mobile phones from various petrol pumps.

They looted Rs 9,500 cash and two mobile phones from a petrol pump near village Aluna in Patiala, Rs 3,000 cash from Nasrali petrol pump in Ludhiana, and Rs 11,000 and two mobiles from petrol pump near village Jaragh. They also looted Rs 4,500 and two mobile phones from a petrol pump near Ghanaur, Rs 42,000 from Dera Samadha near Dhanaula, and Rs 23,000 cash and one mobile phone from Dhanaula. A 12 bore rifle and Rs 16,000 from a filling station at Bhadaur, Rs 2,000 cash from petrol pump on Sunam Road, Rs 4,000 cash and a mobile phone from Tapa Road petrol pump, Rs 3,000 cash and one mobile phone from Rampura Phul and Rs 72 kg iron from Sangrur were looted by them. 



Man gets 10-yr RI for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 27
Additional Session Judge, Ambala, A. K. Verma, sentenced Ajay Kumar 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for raping a minor girl of Ambala city.

The judge further sentenced the accused three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1,000 under Section of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Both the sentences will run concurrently.

The judge observed in the order, "It was brutal, beastly act of the convict to rape a girl of tender age. The physical scar may heal up, but the mental scar will always remain. When a woman is ravished, what is inflicted, is not merely physical injury, but the deep sense of some deathless shame. The offender robbed the victim of her most valuable and priceless possession, that is, dignity. Law frowns upon such acts and provides for more stringent sentence."

According to the prosecution, Jhunni Devi, a resident of Ambala city, had filed a complaint with the city police on May 3, 2006 that her neighbour Ajay Kumar came to her residence and took away her seven years old daughter to his home on some pretext. After half an hour the girl, while crying, came back and said that Ajay had committed rape upon her. Jhunni Devi disclosed the matter to her husband and the matter was reported to the police.

While giving the judgment, the Judge observed: "It will be a mockery of justice to permit the accused to escape the extreme penalty of law when faced with such evidence and such cruel acts. To give the lesser punishment for the accused would be to render the judiciary system of the country suspect. The common man will lose faith in courts. In such cases, he understands and appreciates the language of deterrence more than the reformative jargon."



Women form self-help group
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, August 27
The Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT), in collaboration with State Bank of India, organised a seminar on women empowerment through income-generation scheme-cum-training programme at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre here today.

Patron of the trust Prof Hardarshan Singh Mejie inaugurated the camp.

A group of 10 women from Saidhpur village took the initiative and formed their self-help group with the support of the trust and marketing support of the FTP.



MC poll date advanced to Sept 14
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 27
Date of elections for Moga, Kharar, Muktsar and Sujanpur municipal councils and Badhni Kalan nagar panchayat have been advanced from September 20 to September 14.

As per the schedule released by the Punjab state election commission, September 1 has been fixed as first day of filing nominations and September 4 will be the last date for filing nominations. The scrutiny of nominations will be held on September 5, and September 6 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidature. The election process will be completed on September 17.

Polling hours have been fixed from 8 am to 4 pm on September 14. Ward numbers 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 15 in Kharar have 
been declared general seats, ward numbers 6, 1 and 14 are reserved for women. Ward numbers 5 and 11 are reserved for SC women and ward numbers 1 and 9 are reserved for SC candidates.

Kharar MC had proposed local bodies department to increase number of wards to 19 after delimitation. However, the proposal is lying pending and after Supreme Court's directions, elections will be held as per the old 15 wards notified in 2003.

Voters' lists have been revised for all the 15 wards. People residing in proposed four wards will not be able to cast their votes.



Court Brief
IA to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Indian Airlines has been directed to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to a resident of Sector 9, by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, for harassment. The forum also directed the airlines to refund the amount of Rs 1640 and to pay Rs 2500 as compensation.

The airlines is to pay Rs 10,000 for mental and physical harassment caused to the passenger after they cancelled a flight to Srinagar.
The petitioner, Rajiv Goyal, a resident of Sector 9, had planned a pilgrimage to Amarnath in 2007. While he travelled from Chandigarh to Delhi by Shatabdi, his flight to Srinagar was from Delhi with a stop at Jammu.

Rajiv stated that the airlines cancelled the flight to Srinagar without giving any reason. However, the passengers were later informed that the flight was cancelled because there were insufficient passengers who were to board the flight from Jammu.

Due to this discrepancy in services, the complainant suffered losses as his subsequent hotel and train bookings suffered. He had to cancel his Shatabdi train from New Delhi to Chandigarh.

Indian Airlines argued that the flight could not take off due to a technical snag. The company said the landing gear was not retracting, which compelled the pilots to return the plane after it had remained airborne for about 10 minutes. As no risk could be taken for the safety of passengers, the flight was cancelled.
The forum headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal observed, “The airlines have not produced any record to suggest if there was any such defect in the landing gear. The report about the repair of the said landing gear has not been placed on file.”

Sify to refund Rs 842

INTERNET: The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed SIFY services to refund the amount of Rs 842 to Anuj Kaushal for harassment and torture.

The forum also directed the company to pay Rs 1,500 as compensation along with Rs 500 as costs of litigation. The petitioner, Anuj, had requested SIFY to install CUG phone line and paid Rs 842 as the fee. The set was to be installed on the same day in the evening, but even after a lapse of seven months and repeated visits the line was not installed.

The company stated that stock of CUG phone sets had fallen short, thus there was delay in providing the connection. They also said there is no evidence that they were paid the amount. They also said they were now ready to provide the CUG line.



Kang tied seventh 
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, August 27
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh moved up the ladder to be tied seventh as 17-year-old Rashid Khan of Delhi consolidated his lead with a three-under par 69 after the second round of the LG Northern India Open Amateur on the par 72 greens of the Delhi Golf Club today.

Kang started off well, playing a blemish-free front nine with a birdie on the eighth. But things turned sour for him when he bogeyed on the 11th and 13th to finish with a card of one over par 73 to be tied seventh at five over par 149.

With the midway stage reached, Kang trails the leader by 10 strokes.

Rashid Khan was in a commanding position leading by five shots over top seed Gagan Verma who also played an identical card of 69 to be placed second.

Moin Malak's score of 71 put him in third place at 145, while Abhinav Lohan, Kanishk Madan and Saurabh Bauguna shared the fourth spot at 148. Pawan Kumar (Sr), HS Kang and Sidharth Seth were all tied for the seventh place at 149, while Jasjeet Singh was placed 10th at 150.

"I should have ended up with a much better score today," said Rashid after the round. "I was confident of a good score today mainly because of my opening round. Initially, I adopted a defensive approach which saved me from losing strokes but I wasn't gaining any. Hence I had to go on the attack," said Rashid.

Top scores (after 36 holes): 139 Rashid Khan (70, 69); 144 Gagan Verma (75, 69); 145 Moin Malak (74, 71); 148 Abhinav Lohan (77, 71); Kanishk Madan (74, 74); Saurabh Bahuguna (71, 77); 149 Pawan Kumar Sr (79, 70); HS Kang (76, 73), Sidharth Seth (72, 77); 150 Jasjeet Singh (75, 75); 151 Rahul Bajaj (73, 78); 152 Wasim Khan (79, 73), BR Raja (76, 76); 153 Tarun Ghogale (81, 72), Samresh Sardar (77, 76); Navtez Singh (81, 73); 154 Amit Kumar (78, 76); 156 Lakhan Singh (81, 75); Abhishek Jha (80, 76); Sidharth Sharma (77, 79); Divij Talwar (76, 80).



Stepping Stones’ shuttlers shine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Jasmine Kaur and Navika Bakshi helped Stepping Stones-37 to win over DAV-15 by 2-1 in the inter-school under-19 girls’ badminton semifinal match held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 here today.

In another under-19 badminton match GMSSS-23 beat GMSSS-18 by 2-1.

In under-17 girls’ badminton match, St Annes School-32 easily beat SPS-41 by 2-0. In the same event, Carmel Convent School-9 beat GNPS-36 by 2-1 and Sacred Heart School thrashed GNHS-36 by 2-1. While Carmel Convent School-9 clinched gold over St Stephen’s in the inter-school under-17 Lawn Tennis Tournament held at state level.

The team comprised of Ikttesh Chahal, Deepali, Saachi Chugh and Shubra Venkat.

In under-14 lawn tennis match too, Carmel Convent School got the first title by beating their mighty rival Guru Nanak Public School-36 by 2-0. In the second match, Sacred Heart School-36 thrashed DPS-40 by 2-0.

Other results:

Handball U-19 Girls: GMSSS-8 b DAV-15; GMSSS-35 b Sacred Heart-26; and GNPSS-6 b SDP-32.

Handball U-17 Girls: GMSSS-44 b GHHS-20, GMSSS-8 b GSSS-37 and GNPS-36 b SGGS-35.


Kho-Kho under-17 girls: SGGSSS-35 first, GMSSS-23 second and GHS-46 third.

Lawn Tennis U-14: Carmel Convent School-9 b Guru Nanak Nanak Public School-36; Sacred Heart School-26 b DPS-40.

Football U-17 final result: GMSSS-37 first, NPS-18 second and St Stephen’s-45 third.

Swimming Inter-School Competition: 50m Back U-14: Saira Bedi of Vivek High School-38 first; Garima Rawat of St Annes-32 second; and Sahibpreet of Saupins-32 third.

100m Free U-14: Chahat of Saupins-32 first; Garima Rawat of St Annes-32; and Saira Bedi of Vivek-38 third.

U-17 50m Back: SPS first, GMSSS second and St Kabir-26 third.

100m Free Style U-17: CC-9 first, SPS-41 second and Sacred Heart-26 third.

50m Back U-19: CC-9 first, SPS-41 second and GMSSS-21 third.

100m Free U-19: SPS-41 first, CC-9 second and GMSSS-37 third.



Man held for murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The police today arrested Ram Partap Singh, a resident of Kajheri, on the charge of murdering Abhey Kumar Tewari, whose body was found at Kajheri on June 12.

According to police sources, Ram Partap was arrested near ISBT, Sector 43. Ram Partap murdered Abhey (35), a financier, when he came to collect his money from the former.

“We found the unidentified body on June 12 which was later identified as Abhey Kumar. Ram’s brother Uma Shankar was arrested by the police earlier”, said Davinder Sharma, SHO, Sector 36 police station.

A case has been registered.



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