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Heritage hotel puts Patiala on India’s tourist map
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 1
Tourism in the once princely township is all set to get a major boost with the opening up of the Baradari Palace, Punjab’s first heritage palace hotel.

The hotel was earlier in the thick of a storm when several voluntary organisations and some influential residents raised their voice against the closure of the road opposite to the hotel. However, the road is still closed and residents have got used to it and are taking alternative routes to their respective destinations.

Sources reveal that 4.65 acres in Baradari Gardens around Rajindra Kothi was handed over to the Neemrana Group of Hotels, which was converted into a heritage hotel.

The Rajindra Kothi earlier used to house the state archives department and now it has been renovated and refurbished to house the state of the art hotel.

“Even tourists from states like Rajasthan were wary of hotels in Punjab. As a state, which is seriously looking to attract tourists, we had to come up with such a project,” an official of the Neemrana Group said.

Patiala already has museums, parks and other sites of tourist interest and the latest venture will only add to its lustre. The Rajindra Kothi is a sprawling garden palace laid out around a Mughal style Baradari and was constructed in 1876 by the then ruler of Patiala state, Maharaja Rajinder Singh. The ruler actually wanted to move out of his residence and hence conceived the Rajindra Kothi and the adjoining cricket stadium.

The heritage hotel will have 11 suites and 6 rooms. While the suites are priced at Rs 5,000, the rooms are comparatively modestly priced at Rs 3,000. The USP of the hotel is that it is the first heritage hotel established in Punjab.

Sources reveal that the Neemrana Group of Hotels has signed a 30-year lease agreement on a profit sharing basis. Apart from this profit sharing, the group will be paying 5 per cent of the gross revenue generated by the hotel to the government. The group has invested Rs 4 crore in the project. It has plans to add a cafeteria, bar and a swimming pool to the existing infrastructure.

The hotel, essentially a public-private venture, was inaugurated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on September 21.



Chautala addresses traders’ meeting
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 1
INLD supremo and former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Parkash Chautala, who was here to address the meeting of traders, severely condemned the state government on various aspects.

The programme, which was organised yesterday by the local unit of the INLD at Ambedkar hall premises, was jam packed by the traders to hear the addressing of Chautala.

He flayed the Congress government in Haryana for allotting 25,000 acres to the Reliance group. He said the state government has exempted Reliance from getting the CLU certificate and no stamp duty. He said according to a report by the Reserve Bank of India, there was scandal and manipulation of Rs 1 lakh crore in the deal. He also condemned the state government for shortage of electricity, rising inflation and on deteriorated condition of law and order in the state. He also recalled the achievements of the Chautala government during its tenure.

The local and district INLD leaders, including city president Sushil Garg and district president of INLD Pradeep Chaudhary, also spoke on the occasion and put forth various problems being faced by the people of the area for more than three years.



Cars, buses damaged at Mulana varsity
Provocation yet to be ascertained
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 1
Around two dozen persons allegedly ransacked about 12 buses and four cars of Mulana University, Mulana, which were parked on the university campus this evening. Though the persons stated to be the ex-employees of the university, the university administration denied their claim.

According to the information, the persons armed with sticks and rods reached near the petrol pump on the university campus and started breaking window panes of the buses. They also broke the glasses of four cars parked in the administrative block.

The university administration immediately reported the matter to Mulana police station. The police has registered a case against seven persons in this regard and took them into custody for interrogation. It could not be ascertained what provoked the persons to ransack the university property.

Meanwhile, police force has been deployed on the university campus to check such incidents in future.



Seminar to mark Gurta Gaddi Diwas on Oct 4
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 1
Punjabi University’s vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh and SGPC chief Avtar Singh will open the proceedings of a national seminar in observance of Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations in remembrance of the 300th year of the consecration of Guru Granth Sahib. The seminar will be jointly organised by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair of the University and local Khalsa College on October 4.

Dr Jodh Singh, chief editor, Encyclopaedia of Sikhism, will chair the academic session of the seminar and Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia will read the welcome address. Giving this information, chair professor Baltej Singh Mann and Khalsa College principal D.S. Ubha said the theme of the seminar was “The message of humanity in Sri Guru Granth Sahib”.



Woman killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Morinda, October 1
Karam Kaur, a resident of Khanpur village, was hit by a speeding bus yesterday at Morinda highway. Karam was standing with her son Bhupinder Singh on the roadside to cross the road. Bus driver Ajaib Das, who was on way to Chandigarh from Morinda, hit the woman and fled from the scene.

The injured was rushed to Civil Hospital, Kharar, from where she was referred to GMSH, Sector 32. She succumbed to her injuries late last night. A case has been registered.



Truck rams into railway crossing
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 1
A recklessly driven truck (HP-63-2743) rammed into the Kalka - Pinjore railway crossing late on Tuesday night. Ajay Jyoti Sharma, company commander of Railway Protection Force, Kalka, revealed that the speeding truck damaged the height gauge and the moving machine of the railway crossing.

This caused inconvenience to the trains running on the Kalka - Ambala rail section. A case has been registered against truck driver Bahadur Singh of Shimla, who has been arrested under Section 154 of the Railway Act, added Sharma. The truck has been impounded.



Goals galore as Punjab eves beat Delhi
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, October 1
Goals were galore as Punjab pumped in plenty to make mincemeat of Delhi 14- 0 in the girls’ category on day two of the 29th Boys and 12th Girls junior National cycle polo championship played at the local Polo grounds here today.

The Punjab eves, taking advantage of home environs, pumped in as many as14 goals to down a listless looking Delhi. For the hosts, Gurpreet Kaur turned out to be the highest scorer with 7 goals, with the last two efforts being her best goals. Avneet Kaur chipped in with 4 while Gurvinder Kaur and Sushma scored two and one goals respectively to add to the Delhi woes.

In other high scoring matches, Uttar Pradesh, drubbed Madhya Pradesh 11-0 with Savita top scoring with 4 goals to her credit.

Kerala downed Chandigarh 14-0 with Sarenya pumping in eight goals for the winners.

In an evenly contested match, Tamil Nadu, eves rode on their luck to scamper past Delhi 2-0.

In the boys’ category, the only worthwhile match to write home about was the one played between West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. The ultimate winners West Bengal started strongly but later ran out of steam to enable J&K to level the scores. However, Dilip Mishra, who scored all the five goals for Bengal, stood out with a stellar performance to enable Bengal to subdue a fighting J7K 5-3.

In other lop sided matches, Kerala downed Manipur 11-0, Jharkhand beat Tamil Nadu7-1, Rajasthan ran past Karnataka 5-1 and Pondicherry swamped Gujarat 8-0.



Gallantry Quota Row
Admission allowed to left-out ‘genuine’ case
Vijay Mohan & G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed a writ petition by the son of an army officer who had contended that he was not granted admission in a local engineering college under the gallantry awards quota even though his father had been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation for gallantry.

The directive, issued by a Division Bench comprising Justice Hement Gupta and Justice Kanwaljit Singh, would now enable the candidate, Nikhil Dogra to enter the engineering college for which he had been denied admission earlier.

The Joint Admission Committee of the Panjab University had granted admission to wards of officers awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM). They had allegedly been termed as gallantry awards in order to get benefit of the quota. The nomenclature of the certificate’s title to be submitted for availing benefit under the quota reads “Certificate of Gallantry Award to Military/Paramilitary Personnel”. VSM is awarded for distinguished service and is not a gallantry award.

According to Para of the prospectus, only gallantry awards qualify for availing benefits under the quota. The awards mentioned in order of precedence are from Param Vir Chakra to Menton--in--Despatches, followed by “other awards”. Awards like President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and other medals given for gallantry to police, paramilitary and fire services personnel fall in the “other awards” category.

The contention of the aggrieved parties was that the “other awards” was a sub-category of the gallantry awards category, dealing with those gallantry awards that could not be specifically named in the prospectus. They added that given the nomenclature of the prospectus, it was incorrect to assume that “other awards” called for a separate category outside the gallantry awards category where medals like the VSM could be entertained.

These “incorrect” certificates had been counter-signed by the authorities concerned at military and paramilitary establishments. Admissions had already been granted to wards to VSM awardees, ignoring some candidates who were not only wards of gallantry award winners, but also higher in the order of merit.

The committee had refused admission in Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology to the son of an officer decorated with the Army Chief’s commendation on the ground that the Hindi word “Prashansa” mentioned on the citation meant “appreciation” and not “commendation”.

Interestingly, the same committee had granted admission to another candidate in another college on the basis of a similar commendation certificate under the gallantry awards quota.

Parents and legal experts had contended that it was illegal and unethical for the university to follow different set of standards for the two institutes when the admission brochure and the rules governing admission in both were the same.

The ministry of defence had, in response to a query by the Chandigarh Administration, clarified that the Chief’s Commendation is an award for all purposes and recipients of commendations for gallantry should be considered for admissions in educational institutions.



2 women held with 23-kg beef
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The police recovered 23 kg beef from two women at Indira Colony this morning. However, two male members of their family managed to flee.

According to sources, tension prevailed in the locality when word spread that beef was being sold in the locality. Soon people gathered and went to the police station. They raised slogans demanding the arrest of the accused.

The police conducted a raid and seized 23 kg beef, which was sent to the CFSL for examination. Mani Majra police station SHO said 42-year-old Taiba and her daughter Rani had been arrested while her son-in-law Gulfam and her son Mohammad Sajjad managed to flee. A case has been registered.



Three held for assault, robbery
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 1
Baring tall claims of the Chandigarh police of ensuring safety to women, Chanchal, a Burail resident, was allegedly assaulted and robbed of her gold ring and a chain by four youths near her house.

Chanchal had gone out of the house late last evening when she was allegedly assaulted by two youths — Sumit and Vijay.

They assaulted, threatened and snatched a gold chain and a ring from her around 10.15 pm. The woman raised the alarm upon which a member of her family came for help. However, two more men joined the assaulters and beat the two up. The accused were in their twenties.

The police has arrested three of the accused — Sumit, Vijay and Ravi — while the fourth is at large. A case has been registered under Sections 356, 379, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC at the police station-34.

Burail police post in charge Rajdeep Singh said: “We have recovered the chain, ring and arrested three of the accused. The accused have admitted to having been under the influence of liquor.”



Body found at petrol station
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
The local police has booked a driver of a car belonging to a snacks industry at Bapu Dham for an alleged hit-and-run case, resulting in the death of a 19-year-old youth here today.

According to the police, the deceased, Bhajan Lal, along with three others, was returning to his home at Rajiv Colony after watching Ramlila when the car hit them near Labour Chowk late last night. While Bhajan was injured critically, others escaped with minor injuries and rushed to inform about the incident to Satpal, the father of the deceased. However, he found the body to be missing when he reached the spot.

Later, the body was found near the petrol pump of Sector 16 in the morning. However, on the complaint of Satpal, who saw a crane towing away a car in at night, the police identified the vehicle and booked the accused. The body was sent for postmortem.



Car stolen from Sec 32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Vikas Goyal, a resident of Sector 32, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Innova car (CH 04 A 3736) was stolen on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 from his residence. A case has been registered under Section 379, IPC, at the police station-34.

One held

Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Raipur Khurd, complained to the police that Ramesh, a resident of Nepal, was allegedly caught red-handed while steeling a battery from his Tata-407 (HR 37 9903) from his residence on September 29. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. The police has arrested the accused.



Grewal is PU sports director
Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, October 1
The long wait for the director sports, Panjab University, has finally come to an end with Dr Charanjit Singh Grewal’s appointment as the director sports of physical education department.

The post had been lying vacant for many years now, as the university couldn’t find a suitable candidate for the said post as per the existing norms. It is important to mention here that it was only after the authorities relaxed the norms to get the candidate and it zeroed in on Dr Grewal and the post was filled.

Grewal who was earlier working as the assistant professor in physical education and sports at Panjab Engineering College, Chandigarh said, “I consider this appointment as one of the best things to happen in my life and with an ecstasy it brings in a lot of responsibility as well.”

Talking to The Tribune about his future plans for the betterment of sports at PU, Grewal said, “I will make sure the selection of players is done in a fair manner and will also see to it that deserving players get their dues.”

Grewal who has been working with the PEC for about 22 years, boasts of producing many national and international players, including Jugeshinder Singh (athletics), Davinder Kumar (hockey), Amandeep Johl (golf), Yadvinder Mittal (cycling) and Puneet Rana (swimming).

But he is disappointed also due to the lesser participation of the PEC students in sports, “Students here are not keen to take part in sports and think that as they are from engineering background so they don’t need to go for sports,” he said.

Terming grounds as the temples for sportsmen he said, “Panjab University has one of the best grounds in the country, if looked after properly, games of international standards can be held here. I will talk to UGC for grants regarding the same.”



Delhi School clinch cricket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Modern School, New Delhi, beat YPS, Mohali, by 19 runs to win the final of the IPSC Cricket Tournament held at YPS, Mohali, here today.

This was organised by the old students association of YPS, OYA (Old Yadavindrians Association) to reward the talent of under-14 cricketers.

The tournament started on September 27, with five schools participating, including YPS Mohali, Modern School, Delhi, St. John’s High School, Guru Nanak Public School and St. Anne’s Public School.

Malvinder Singh, president of the association gave away prizes to the following:

Player of the tournament- Mehnazpreet S. Chail of YPS, Mohali

Best batsman of the tournament - Paukraj Singh of St. Anne’s

Man of the match- Sidhrath of Modern School, Delhi

Best bowler - Shiv of Modern School, Delhi

Best wicket Keeper - Arsh Goel, YPS, Mohali

Best Fielder - Pranav Jain, YPS, Mohali



SGGS lift volleyball trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
SGGS Collegiate Public School (Girls) Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged the CBSE Cluster North Zone Volley Ball Tournament defeating Greenways Public School, Chamkaur Sahib, in the final match by 3-0 held at SGGS Collegiate Public School, here today.

In boys category, DAV Sector 8, Chandigarh, team won the title by defeating Guru Nanak Khalsa School, Sector 30, Chandigarh, team by 3-0 in the final match. About 31 teams of CBSE affiliated schools from the northern region took part in the tournament, which concluded here today.



Punjab thrash Baroda by 114 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
In a one-sided affair, Punjab thrashed Baroda by 114 runs on the second day of league match of the Senior National Twenty20 Cricket Championship at DAV College, Sector 10 here today.

The other teams, who remained winners in their respective matches, were Haryana and Anoop Cricket Club teams.

Batting first, Punjab batsmen piled on 194 runs at the loss of four wickets in the allotted quota of overs. Gurvivek stole the limelight by hitting quick 82-run knock in 61 balls with the help of ten boundaries and a six.

In reply, Baroda was bundled on paltry 80 in just 14.4 overs. Parminder emerged as the highest wicket taker for the winners, snapping three being followed by Mangal and Gurjit, who took two wickets each.

In the second match at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 grounds, Haryana clinched the match by five wickets.



Ajay, Vishesh qualify for semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Ajay Yadav, a trainee of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, upset second seed S. Kamal of Karnataka in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the boys under-18 singles quarter-final of the AITA Championship being played at Sector 10, Tennis Stadium, here today.

Qualifier Vishesh Sinha of Maharashtra ousted Gurinder Singh in a tough quarter-final match.

In a closely contested encounter, all the sets were extended to a tie-breaker session. Vishesh, down by one set, overcame his tough opponent by 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).


Girls u-14 singles (Q-finals): Bhavima Wadhawan bt Samriti 6-2, 7-6 (4); Anukriti bt Anjali 0-6, 7-5, 6-0; Rinisha bt Harman Kaur 6-3, 6-0; Lavanya bt Hasan Abdal Dhanoa 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3.

Boys u-14 singles (Q-finals): Nischay Rawal bt Atul Sri Patel 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, Ranjeet Singh Manish Kumar 7-5, 7-6; Fatehdeep Singh bt Tarun 6-4, 6-1; Kamal bt Mukund 6-3, 6-2.

Girls u-18 singles (Q-finals): Arzoo bt Parminder Kaur 6-4, 6-1; Mehak bt Jaanesh 6-2, 6-1; Ankita bt Ravnoor 6-1, 7-6 (4); Samriti Joon bt Noor Paul 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Boys u-18 singles (Q-finals): Vishesh bt Gurinder 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5); Madella bt Armaan Chaudhary 6-3, 6-2; Mandeep bt Tushal 6-3, 6-4; Ajay Yadav bt S Kamal 6-4, 6-3.



Atray meet earns Ganguly Test berth
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
BCCI-backed local JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament proved lucky for ‘Bengal Tiger’ Saurav Ganguly.

Proving all the speculations about his ousting from the team India, Ganguly has secured his berth in the team for first two tests in the Indo-Aussie series, starting from October 9.

Talking to the Tribune, Vivek Atray, the organiser of the annual tournament, said after his dismal performance in the recently held Sri Lankan series, most of the cricket experts as well as aficionados were of the view that time has come for the veteran player to call it a day.

“Though we don’t claim that Ganguly’s performance in our tournament made his selection in the team, the tournament just proved lucky for him”, said Atray citing the previous examples of M.S. Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra and Dinesh Mongia, who also got chance in the Indian team immediately after participating in the tournament.

Munaf Patel, who also found berth in the team, also took part in two matches of this edition of the tournament, culminated on September 30.



Chirag wins snooker title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
Chirag Khurana from Kurukshetra upset Chirag Arora to win the Junior Snooker Title during the 22nd Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship being held at Haryana Billiards, Sector 11. In the first semifinals Chirag Arora defeated Karan Issar 2-1, Karan played his best ever game and won the first frame easily hitting breaks of 29 and 31.



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