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Gunman’s carbine goes off at Ambala courts
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 13
The carbine of gunman of judicial magistrate Vijay James went off accidentally, causing panic in the courts complex here today.
The gunman (in circle) of judicial magistrate Vijay James whose official carbine went off accidentally at the courts complex in Ambala
The gunman (in circle) of judicial magistrate Vijay James whose official carbine went off accidentally at the courts complex in Ambala on Monday. Photo: Kamal Sachar

Nobody was injured in the firing, which happened around 11 am. However, windowpanes of an adjoining office of the SDM courts broke after bullets hit them.

Six rounds were fired from the carbine when it slipped off the gunman’s shoulder.

People present in the corridor of the building ran for cover on hearing the shots.

Chaos and panic gripped the courts when gunshots were heard.

However, work continued as normal in most courts and people only learned about the incident when the work had finished for the day.

The police reached the scene and started its investigation. According to sources, action will be taken against the gunman for not having kept the weapon in safety mode. The gunman has been taken in police custody.



Boycott of civil judge’s court continues
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 13
The Bar Association continued its boycott of the court of civil judge at Ambala City for the sixth day today. None of the members of the Bar appeared in the court of A.S. Nayyar. Lawyers have been protesting against the behaviour of the judge and demanding his transfer.

In a notice pasted on the entrance to the courtroom, the association said the lawyers would continue their agitation till the judge was transfer.

Bar Association president S.M. Sharma said a deputation of the association had met Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is also the inspecting judge of the Ambala courts, and apprised him of the problem. He said he had asked the district and sessions judge to send a report in this regard.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Bar was held in the bar room today. It was attended by district and sessions judge B.M. Bedi. Bar secretary Rajan Gupta highlighted the reasons for their boycott of the court.

Bedi assured lawyers of sending their grievances to the inspecting judge soon so that the matter could be resolved.



Punjab in for another white revolution
New techniques adopted to improve milk yield
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 13
Another white revolution in Punjab seems to be in the offing. The state government, under a novel policy is unveiling plans to ensure proper lineage of livestock to ensure a better supply of quality milk.

Sources say under this plan, milk yield will increase manifold.

Punjab currently is one of the largest producers of milk in comparison to other states who have a larger area. It’s milk availability stands at around 960 ml per head.

This is higher than others states’ average of 250 ml per head. With such high milk availability, the state is in a position to export milk to other state as well and when the new plan unfolds, the states milk availability is bound to increase manifold.

A Patiala-based Punjab government husbandry and dairy developmental board source says a healthy calf from a high-yielding mother can be used to impregnate scores of buffaloes every year.

He adds that cattle competitions will be organised all over the state to identify best quality cattle with maximum yield. Their male calves can be used to artificially inseminate more cows and buffaloes.

He added that through breed improvement, the government wants to increase milk yield in the state. This, the official adds, is also being done to increase the declining population of milch animals across the state.

The government has already organised a cattle competition at Muktsar and more such competitions will be held soon. For this, the husbandry departments of Patiala and Jalandhar will be involved in a big way.

The spokesperson adds that currently an average buffalo gives 15 to 18 litres of milk a day, which is not good enough. By adopting new scientific techniques, this yield will go up to 23 litres per day, he adds.

Comparing the situation to Gujarat, which has revolutionised dairy farming, officials say the milk production here is lower.

Malkit Singh, an expert in dairy development, says Punjab cannot be compared with Gujarat since numerous private dairy farms have come up in Punjab over the past few years.

Malkit, who has embarked on many foreign jaunts espousing the cause of dairy farming, admits that Gujarat has a good co-operative structure.

However, he adds that even in Punjab co-operatives like Verka are coming up in a big way. Co-operatives minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh has already gone on record saying that Verka milk products, including state’s favourite drink lassi, are famous all over the world.



Official visits dengue-hit areas
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 13
“In an attempt to fight the menace of dengue fever, the government has provided kits to all government hospitals and dispensaries in the district,” said managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, M.S. Sandhu, during his visit 
here today.

He added that the Government Rajindra Hospital, one of the biggest government hospitals in the state, had been made the nodal hospital. The in charge of the department of medicine has been made its nodal officer.

Sandhu visited dengue-affected areas of the city and held meetings with officials of the district administration, health department and the municipal corporation. He urged people not to be swayed by rumours and added that free health services were being given to people at government hospitals and dispensaries.

Citing statistics, Sandhu said so far 38 patients with dengue had been identified out of whom 34 had been treated and were now recuperating at their homes.

Four more cases were still under observation at the Rajindra Hospital. Medical superintendent Surinder Singh accompanied Sandhu.



Principal secys oversee paddy lifting
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 13
Principal secretary to chief minister D.S. Guru and principal secretary, health and family welfare department, Vijay Kain visited grain markets of Morinda and Ropar, respectively, today.

Both officials had come to oversee work of paddy procurement in the district and have first-hand account of problems being faced by farmers.

Guru said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had deputed 17 principal secretaries to oversee paddy procurement arrangements in all 20 districts of the state.

All principal secretaries visiting grain markets had been directed to redress farmers’ grievances on the spot, Guru added.

Vijay Kain directed the Ropar district administration to ensure that farmers’ payments were cleared within 24 hours of procurement and no backlog was kept.

Deputy commissioner B. Purushartha said of total 20 centres in the district, procurement had started at 14 already.

Deputy commissioner B. Purushartha added that 97 per cent of paddy had been lifted from these centres.



RTI staff missing in District Courts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The RTI Act has failed to take off in the District Courts complex, Sector 17, with various functionaries just passing the buck. The superintendent of the courts has been given the additional charge of dealing with the various applications under the RTI Act.

When the TNS approached the authorities to inquire about the number of applications that have been filed in past six months and whether information was served to the applicant no information was given, they stated that one person attached with the court of district and sessions judge K.K. Garg deals with the RTI applications who was on leave so the information cannot be provided.

While another person attached with the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Kanchan Mahi, who has been given the additional charge of dealing with the RTI applications, was also on leave. Thus in the absence of a few officials, the applications pertaining to the RTI Act are not taken up.

H.C. Arora said, “The Act has mentioned that no separate appointments for providing information under this Act is to be made. Thus the court staff that is already burdened with work finds it difficult to provide information that has been sought.”



Purse containing valuables stolen
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
A local resident lost valuables and cash after thieves took away a purse lying in his car after breaking the windowpane here today.

According to B.B. Sharma, a resident of Sector 20, he along with his wife had gone to kisan mandi in the evening.

Before leaving their car, the couple concealed a purse containing a gold chain weighing around 30 gram, a watch and Rs 2,500 in cash under the seat.

However, upon return after buying vegetables, they found the windowpane of the car broken and the purse missing.



Scooter stolen, case registered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13 
In a case, Vikas, a resident of Sector 41, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-Y-9287) was stolen from Sector 22 on October 12. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 17.

Scooter taken away

In yet another case, Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Sector 47, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (PB-12-E-2409) was stolen from his residence during the intervening night of October 11-12. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 31.


In one more case, Bhawar Lal, a resident of Sector 51, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his scooter (PB-23-C-5139) was stolen from his residence on October 5. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 34.

Liquor seized

Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, has been arrested by the local police from his house and recovered 72 quarters, 32 halves, five bottles, four boxes of dry Zen and nine bottles of liquor from his possession. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the police station of Sector 11.

Man arrested

In yet another case, Ravinder, a resident of Maloya, has been arrested by the local police from near his residence and recovered 16 quarters of country wine from his possession. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the police station of Sector 39.

Property stolen

Sanjeev, a resident of Ram Darbar, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his one gold set, one gold earring and cash Rs 10,000 was stolen from his house during the intervening night of October 12-13. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 31.

Hit and run

Col. (Retd) Balkar Singh Ghuman, a resident of Sector 70, filed a complaint with the police alleging that driver of car (CH-01-J-0719) hit his Activa scooter (Pb-65-E-8326) near Sector 19-20 dividing road on October 10. A case under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 19. No arrest has been made so far.



New Public School eves win trophy the easy way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Hosts New Public School, Sector 18, won the girls’ trophy without any sweating as their rivals and defending champions IS Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, failed to show up in the final of the 11th CBSE Cluster XIII Inter-School Basketball Championship for boys and girls held at the NPS courts here today.

The Dev Samaj girls came to the court and warmed up. As the match was about to start they left the court, giving walkover to their rivals.

Sacred Heart, Sector 26, defeated Carmel Convent, Sector 9, by 32-28 in a classification match to decide the third and fourth places.

The result of the boys’ final has been withheld as NP School lodged a protest against Sanjeev Rao of SD Public School alleging that he was overage and not eligible to compete.

The final was played at a fast pace. After losing two quarters at 10-16, 17-18, SD Public School bounced back into the game with vengeance and narrowed the margin by winning the third quarter by 13-7.

CBSE observer Rakesh Verma confirmed that he had received a protest from NPS alleging that Sanjeev Rao was not eligible to take part since his date of birth is 1989. The CBSE authorities in Delhi had been apprised of the situation, and after verification, the result would be announced, said Verma. If the protest is upheld, SP Public School may be scratched.

However, the SD Public School authorities said; "According to our records, Rao's date of birth is 1990, and he is eligible to compete."

In the match for third and fourth positions, Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, defeated Maharaja Hari Singh Agricultural College, Jammu, by 66-33.



Simi all set to record hat-trick 
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, October 13
Fresh from her 27-stroke triumph in the Women's Professional Golf Tour at Panchkula, India's fifth-ranked pro on the Asian Ladies Golf Tour Order of Merit, Simi Mehra, is all set to complete a hat-trick of victories in the fourth leg of the tour starting at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Tuesday.

Simi’s display in the Panchkula greens was a clear indication of the class of golf she is capable of churning out on any given day.

Delhi's Nalini Singh, who has a slender lead in the season's Order of Merit, will try her best to take on the in-form Simi. The Chandigarh greens are much tougher than the Panchkula course. But the greens are just right for the ball to roll in after a perfect putt.

Preetinder Kaur will lead the Chandigarh challenge with Parnita Garewal staying away because of ill-health. Preetinder had finished third in the Panchkula leg of the tour.

Joining the Tour for this leg are Delhi's Shalini Malik and amateur Sharmila Nicollet.

Being played under the auspices of the Women's Professional Golf Association of India and being sponsored by DLF in association with Aegis and Graavaa, the total prize money for the tournament is Rs 1,68,750 with the winner of the tournament taking back a cheque of Rs 50,468. The first round will commence at 9 am.



16 schools to participate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
As many as 16 schools of the region have confirmed their participation in the second Ess Vee Soccer Cup being organised by Ess Vee Group at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here from October 17 to 19.

Giving this information here today, Deepak Uniyal, a spokesperson of the organising committee, disclosed that the winners would get a cash prize of Rs 11,000, kit bags, mementos and a trophy. Runners-up will get Rs 7,100, a trophy, mementos and kit bags.

The teams, which finish third, will get a cash prize of Rs 5,100, a trophy, mementos and kit bags. The fourth position holders will receive Rs 2,100 and kit bags. 



Administrator’s challenge hockey tourney from Oct 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Having successfully conducting a number of tournaments, including recently concluded Administrator's Cup All-India Football Tournament, the Chandigarh sports department today announced to organise the inaugural Cup Hockey Tournament for boys under-17 at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here from October 16 to 22.

Addressing a press conference at Sector 42 sports complex, Chandigarh sports director Inderjit Singh Sandhu, said the matches would be played on a league-cum-knockout basis under the rules and regulations of the Indian Hockey Confederation. It will be a cash prize tournament, which carries a cheque of Rs 50,000 for winners and Rs 25,000 for runners-up.

"Besides the cash prizes, the Chandigarh administration will provide free board and lodging, transportation from the place of their journey to all outstation teams. The total budget is approximately Rs 8-9 lakh.” The teams have been divided into following groups.

Pool A: Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, Hockey Academy, Gurgaon, Sukhchain Hockey Academy, Faridkot, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Academy, Amritsar.

Pool B: Chandigarh Hockey Academy, Hyderabad Hockey Academy, Cheema Hockey Academy, Batala, Kurukshetra SAI Academy.

Pool C: PNB Hockey Academy, Delhi, Chandigarh Sports Department Coaching Centre, Punjab, and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, Mehta Gurukul Hockey Academy, Doraha.

Pool D: Rail Coach Factory, Kurukshetra, Hockey Academy, Lucknow, and Amritsar XI.



Rana Sodhi is vice-president of Indian Olympic Association
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi (MLA), president of the Chandigarh Olympic Association, and chief whip of the Congress Legislative Party, Punjab, has been elected as vice-president and Suresh Kalmadi (MP) is re-elected as president of the Indian Olympic Association during recently held elections of the apex body at Pune.

Rana Sodhi was a joint secretary in the previous Indian Olympic Association’s body. He is also in the organisation committee of the Olympic Association of 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held at New Delhi. 



Saurabh XI notch up 44-run win
Our Correspondent

Patiala, October 13
Saurabh XI notched up a 44 run win against Abhijit XI, Ambala, in a league match of the Billu Memorial Cricket Tournament organised by Black Elephant Cricket Club on the Army school grounds here today.


Saurabh XI: 118 all out (Amarpreet Singh 21, S.Chopra 13, Jashan Singh 18 (not out), Sahil Verma 12, Yograj three for 17, Harshdeep Singh one for 11, Kashish three for 16, Abhijit two for 24).

Abhijit XI, Ambala: 74 all out (Kashish 15, Charanjot 12, Anshuman 18, Amarpreet Singh one for 11, Ayush four for seven, Varun two for 16, Dhruv one for 15).



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