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Students demand action against principal
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
A large number of students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, being run by the SGPC, today staged a protest against the college administration. They were demanding action against principal of the college for his alleged disrespect for Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

The college students alleged that the principal used an abusive language during a religious ceremony organised by a section of college students on October 22.

The incident took place when the college students had held a sehaj path marking the 300-year celebrations of Guruta Gaddi Diwas before Diwali. Principal of the college allegedly objected to students' decision, and asked them to postpone the ceremony to Sunday.

"Principal asked us to hold the ceremony on Sunday and not on any working day," said a student.

Students called on a strike for indefinite time period demanding immediate removal of principal from the college. They alleged the principal of hurting religious sentiments of the students and failing to reconcile the students' fraternity.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, who was in city today, tried to pacify the students. He also looked into the enquiry being conducted by a three-member team. The team failed to submit its report citing reasons of Diwali holidays.

Some of the college students were asked to attend the classes by the college administration and teachers. Many of the students then stopped the strike and joined classes.



DC flags off rally to start cleanliness week
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 3
Deputy commissioner Mohammad Shayin, Ambala, today flagged off a rally undertaken by schoolchildren from Panchayat Bhawan, Ambala City, to mark the start of a cleanliness week in Ambala.

The cleanliness week will be observed in Ambala till November 9, where residents will be educated about cleanliness and various programmes will be undertaken. The rally taken out by the schoolchildren went through various markets. They were carrying play cards which carried the message of clean and green environment.

The additional deputy commissioner also flagged off the rally of the schoolchildren from War Heroes Memorial Stadium in Ambala Cantonment. 19 schools participated in the rally which took rounds of the local markets to spread the word about cleanliness. In Brara, SDM Ashwini Mangi, also flagged off the rally from Senior Secondary School. In Naraingarh, the rallies were taken out in various villages by the schoolchildren. In Mullana, a painting competition was held at Senior Secondary School where 13 schools participated in the competition.



Murder accused arrested after 5 years
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested two murder accused after a gap of around five years. The accused have murdered one of their colleagues over a petty dispute on November 11, 2002.

The accused have been identified as Chindey alias Gurcharan, son of a pehalwan, a resident of Mukandpur Kolahi village in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh and Ram Rattan, son of Payare Lal, a resident of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.

According to police officials, the duo had murdered a 30-year-old Rahim Mohammad, a resident of Uttar Pradesh. Rahim was doing menial jobs in Mandi Gobindgarh and was residing in a rented room at Nasrali village.

The accused were also living in the same house but in a separate room. They all were doing menial jobs in Mandi Gobindgarh and its adjoining areas for the past few years. They entered in a scuffle over the petty issue and Chindey and Ram Rattan decided to eliminate Rahim. They murdered him a few days after the scuffle using sharp edged weapons. The police officials said the accused had planned the murder and fatally hit the victim while he was sleeping in one of the rooms. A case against the duo was registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC on the complaint of Swaran Singh, owner of the house where the accused and the victim were residing.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Dr Kaustubh Sharma said both the accused were arrested by head constables Harbhajan Singh, Gobinder Singh and constable Sulakhan Singh. Somebody gave a tip off to the police and they were arrested from Anjali Focal Point near Mandi Gobindgarh, he said. They would be produced in the court tomorrow, he added.



Cheema honoured at Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 3
Patiala-born wrestler Palwinder Singh Cheema, who has won the ‘Vishwa Khalsa Kesari’ title in the wrestling event organised at Nanded in connection with the 300 year ‘Gurta Gaddi Divas’ celebrations, paid obeisance at the Dukhnivaran Gurdwara here today.

Cheema was taken to the gurdwara where his achievements were lauded by a number of senior leaders of Patiala, including, SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra, former SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar, Surjit Singh Rakhra, Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur and Surjit Singh Kohli.

Chandumajra said Cheema had achieved a remarkable feat not just by winning the bout, but, also by defeating Olympian wrestler Rajiv Tomar. “Cheema was subjected to injustice earlier, as he was not sent to China Olympics. Politics should not be allowed to play any role in the arena of sports,” Chandumajra said.

Cheema’s parents Sukhchain Singh and Harjinder Kaur said they were hopeful that their son would fetch a gold medal for the country in the next Olympics or Asian games.



Two held for drug addict’s death
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 3
Two accused were arrested yesterday in the case of death of an inmate at Balongi de-addiction centre on August 22.

Surinderpal Singh Vohra and Sunil Jindal were arrested from their houses. Additional SHO Gurbaksh Ram, Balongi police post, said the duo were arrested from their houses. While Vohra is a resident of Sector 35, Chandigarh, Jindal is from Sector 9, Panchkula. The police will present them in court tomorrow for remand.

Earlier, the police arrested Ramanjot Singh alias Goldy, the owner of the Sankalp Nasha Mukti Kendra, Balongi, on September 20 in this case. All these accused were booked on August 23 on the complaint of Daljit Kaur, mother of an inmate of the centre Surinder Singh, who allegedly died after being tortured at the de-addiction centre.

The deceased 20-year-old Surinder, a resident of phase 3 B I, Mohali, was found dead under mysterious circumstances outside his house in the wee hours on August 23. Surinder Singh was a drug addict and his family had admitted him to this drug de-addiction centre at Balongi.

A few days ago, Kharar SDM Rajiv Kumar Gupta had submitted his report to deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari wherein all five de-addiction centres operating in Kharar were found inadequate and ill-equipped to work for drug addicts.



332 patients examined
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 3
All-India Medicine Graduate Association conducted its 13th diabetic-cum-medical camp here at Poulast Clinic, Jandli village, Ambala. As many as 332 patients were examined in the camp.

Urine sugar, blood sugar, ECG, LFT, RFT, BMI and cholesterol were examined free of cost. 40 per cent of the patients examined were borderline diabetic while 20 per cent were diabetic.

The diabetics were given free medicine, diet charts and ECG. Dr R.S. Chouhan (patron), Dr Mohammad Usman (president), acting president Dr Raman Khanna and general secretary Dr Tushar Sharma were also a part of the check up camp.



French expert guides engg students
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 3
Campus France, an agency established by France’s ministry of foreign affairs’ national education, visited Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, here for delivering a seminar on prospects available for master's degree of engineering in France. Dr Fadoua Bouz provided information regarding accommodation, transportation and sources of earning on and off campus while studying in France.



Religious yatra begins
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 3
A nine-day religious yatra orgnised by Akhand Dharam Sanstha under the aegis of Baba Dharampal Ji Rana reached Fatehgarh Sahib today. The yatra will cover the historical gurdwaras of Punjab. This is the 23rd yatra undertaken by this religious organisation. Fatehgarh Sahib Nehru Yuva Club welcomed the yatra.



CHB move to appoint chief engineer under scanner
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The Chandigarh Housing Board’s move to appoint an officer on deputation as the chief engineer has come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s scanner.

In a petition, superintending engineer G. S Rosha has claimed he was holding the chief engineer’s charge with effect from September 25 last year. But in September it was handed over to Krishanjit Singh, who was five years junior to him as superintending engineer. Now, the charge has been handed over to a superintending engineer of the electrical wing of the UT Administration. He added charge had been handed over to a person who had no right to hold the charge.

Rosha also sought directions to the Chandigarh Housing Board and other respondents to declare illegal their action of declaring him unsuitable for the chief engineer’s post. Directions for posting him as the chief engineer have also been sought.

He has also challenged the orders vide which he was awarded punishment of withholding one increment without cumulative effect.

Going into the background of the matter, Rosha in the petition stated he was promoted as superintending engineer on regular basis in May 2000. After about three years, he was charge-sheeted in a matter. But he was, subsequently, exonerated of the charges by an independent inquiry officer. Later on in September last year, he was handed over the current duty charge of the chief engineer’s post. However, the punishing authority, keeping in view the advice of the

central vigilance commission imposed upon him a minor penalty, which has also been challenged.

Arguing before the Bench of Justice S.K. Mittal and Justice Jaswant Singh, his counsel said the departmental promotion committee ignored the claim of the petitioner, through the incident related to year 2000.

The rules made it clear that the service record of past five years has to be taken into consideration and Rosha’s reports during the period have been outstanding.

As the matter came up for hearing this afternoon, the Bench verbally observed in the open court that the inquiry had exonerated him. If the conclusion in the report had not been accepted by the authorities concerned, a show-cause notice should have been issued to him. The case will now come up on November 5.



PU retirement issue
Relieved by varsity, teachers seek stay on HC verdict
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Relieved by the Panjab University (PU) immediately after the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed a bunch of 70 petitions for enhancement of retirement age from 60 to 62, the affected varsity teachers want the operation of the judgment to be stayed.

The relief, if granted by the high court, will enable the teachers to approach the Supreme Court without being affected by the orders passed against them by a Division Bench.

For the purpose, at least two applications have been filed in the high court. In one such petition filed three days after the judgment was pronounced, A.C. Julka and others have asked the court to stay the operation of the judgment for the time being.

The petitioners have contended they have been continuing in the varsity since long by virtue of an interim order passed by the high court. They have added that the operation of the judgment should be stayed for two weeks from the date the certified copy of the judgment was supplied to them, for enabling them to approach the Apex Court.

The applications are expected to come up for hearing before a Division Bench on Tuesday. As of now, all directly affected varsity teachers, continuing in service post 60, have been relieved by the PU. The relieving orders were passed the day the verdict was out.

The court, on October 31, had pronounced a one-line dismissal order as the deadline fixed by the Apex Court had left the Bench with little time to deliver a detailed judgment in the matter. As of now, the verdict in detail was in the process of being prepared.

The verdict by the Bench, comprising Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Rajan Gupta, came after hearing detailed arguments in the case on almost day-to-day basis.

The issue of enhancement of retirement age has been pending before the high court since 2000. The significance of the judgment can be gauged from the fact that almost 70 petitions were filed by the varsity staff for benefiting from the move to enhance the retirement age.



High Court
Assets details in sealed cover
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The details of “assets acquired by police and non-police officers in and around Chandigarh” were today submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the "Nayagaon land grab case".

The report, prepared by Punjab Additional Director-General of Police Chander Shekhar, was handed over in a sealed cover to Justice Sham Sunder by the state's Additional Advocate-General, Reeta Kohli.

The direction to file the report was earlier issued by the high court while hearing a writ petition filed by Kuldip Singh of Nayagaon.

Taking on record the report this morning, Justice Sham Sunder granted extension till February 2, 2009, for submission of the complete report.

Refusing to “shut its eyes” to the allegations and counter-allegations levelled by two senior IPS officers, Sanjiv Gupta and Sumedh Singh Saini, in the matter, Justice Ranjit Singh, on the previous date of hearing, had asked the ADGP to lay emphasis on Nayagaon, Zirakpur, Mohali, Kansal and Koraran area.

The Judge added: “It would also need investigation to see as to what is the source of acquisition”.

Admissions upheld

The high court today held the process of admitting students to Panjab University's MBA course in the University Business School did not suffer from any patent illegality.

The ruling by the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Nawab Singh came on a petition filed by candidate Devanshi Sharma. Dismissing the petition, the Bench ruled: “We do not find that the action of the respondent-university suffers from any patent illegality or material irregularity, which may warrant interference of the writ jurisdiction of this court”.

Devanshi had categorically stated the instructions published in the “Handbook of information and rules for admissions in 2008,” were not being complied with.



Cricketer’s Accident
Ishan held, bailed out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Ishan had knocked down two motorcyclists, Jasleen Singh and Vikram, near Sector 8 gurdwara on Saturday night. Though, he escaped unhurt, Jasleen and Vikram were injured in the accident. Jasleen Singh, who suffered serious internal head injuries, is still under treatment at the PGI while Vikram was discharged on Sunday. Both Jasleen and Vikram perform kirtan at Sector 8 gurdwara.

The SHO of the Sector 3 police station said a case under Sections 279 and 337 had been registered against Ishan on a complaint lodged by Vikram, who was riding pillion when the accident took place.

According to the police, Ishan was driving rashly when the accident took place while Ishan maintained he was not over speeding and the accident took place when the two youths on a motorcycle took a sudden right turn before him. In an attempt to support his claim, he held there was no point of over-speeding when one was approaching a turn and, that too, on a busy internal road.



Sec-25 resident held with smack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The local police arrested Rania, a resident of Sector 25, and recovered 5 g smack from his possession, yesterday. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the police station of Sector 11.

Cycle lifted

R.S. Gulati, a resident of Sector 42, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his two laptops and cycle were stolen from his residence yesterday. A case under Section 381 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 36.


Abdul Bajid, a resident of Sector 44, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rajnish Thakur, a tenant, has stolen his mobile phone from his house during the intervening night of November 1-2. The accused has been arrested and the mobile phone has been recovered from his possession. A case under Sections 380, 411 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 34.


Dr. Manjit Kaur Talwar, a resident of Panchkula, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her purse containing cash Rs 4,000, a pan card, driving licence, ATM card and mobile phone was stolen from the dental department of GMCH-32 yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 34.

Car stolen

In yet another case, Anuradha Saboo, a resident of Sector 5, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her Maruti car (CH-01-T-5003) was stolen from Sector 8 on October 31. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 3.


A scooterist Bimlesh Mishra and a pillion rider, both residents of Dakoli hit by an unknown car near the furniture market, Sector 42, on October 29. Both were injured and admitted to PGI. A case under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 36.



Snatchers have a field day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Snatches again made their presence felt in the city with three incidents reported from various parts of the city today.

According to the police the first incident was reported at 2.55 pm, when two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a mobile phone from Mehak Nagpal of Maloya. The incident took place at the Sectors 38 and 40 traffic lights point.

The second incident occurred at around 3.09 pm when again two unidentified motorcyclists struck in Sector 40 and snatched a purse from one Manjit Kaur of Sector 16. She told the police that she was coming from Jalandhar and the bus had dropped her at the roundabout of Badheri village.

After a gap of about seven minutes, the third snatching took place in the Sector 15 market area when two motorcyclists decamped with the purse of Renu Sharma of Sector 15.

Three separate cases have been registered in this connection in various police stations in the city.



City players win in Asian tennis meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Third seed Digvijay Singh Naruka, fourth seed Nischay Rawal, qualifier Kamal Kishore Maderana and wild card Bhavtaran Singh, all of Chandigarh, won their first-round matches in the boys’ singles with ease, while fifth Kuwar Singh Tater and eighth seed Sean Yip Quan of Malaysia were upset during the Asian Juniors Tennis Circuit held at the Sector-10 Tennis Stadium here.

M. M. Aamirsohra stunned eighth seed Sean Yip Quan of Malaysia in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in boys’ singles first-round match. Lucky loser Dheer Anus Bhatti shocked fifth seed Kuwar Singh Tater by 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in another first-round boys’ singles encounter.

Results: Boys (Ist round): Vishal Passi bt Aayush Mintri 7-5, 6-3; Jatinder Singh bt Sachin Kumar 6-3, 6-1; Atul Sri Patel bt Garvit Batra 6-1, 6-3; A. K. Paradh Saradhi bt Madurjay Dutta 6-3, 6-4; Nischay Rawal bt Ajay Singh Thakur 6-0, 6-2; Dhruv Goel bt Tanjun Sing (Singapore) 6-4, 6-2; Kamal Kishore Maderana bt Nikhil Passi 6-1, 6-2; S. K. Mukund bt Pranav Suri 6-1, 6-1; M. M. Aamirsohra bt Sean Yip Quan (Malaysia) 6-3, 7-5; Himanshu Sagar bt Nikhil Kannan 6-4, 6-1; Ketan Tayal bt Dhruv Yadav 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; Digvijay Singh Naruka bt Rishab Aggarwal 6-3, 6-1; Dheer Anush Bhatti bt Kuwar Singh Tater 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; Bhavtaran Preet Singh bt Sohil Singh Bedi 6-1, 7-5; Manish Kumar bt Fatehdeep Singh 6-0, 6-1; Nguyen Hoang Thien (Vietnam) bt Ogihara Kenta (Japan) 6-0, 6-0.

Girls (Ist round): Tarrannum Handa bt Priya Selvakumar 6-0, 6-0; Rajbir Kaur bt Kavita Mishra 6-1, 4-6, 6-0; Anushka Rajkumar bt Nikita Deshmukh 6-4, 6-3; Rimpledeep Kaur bt Vibhuti Khullar 6-1, 6-1; Bhavika Wadhawan bt Charvi Saxena 6-2, 6-0; Kavya Bharat bt Bharti Bylapudi 6-2, 6-1; Tahira Bhatti bt Diksha Aggarwal 6-3, 6-2; Parminder Kaur bt Neesha Menon (Malaysia) 6-0, 6-0; Swetha Sree Hari bt Ruchita Ugalmugle 6-1, 6-1; Sonali Bansal bt Bhavya Wadhawan 6-3, 7-6 (5); Vasundara Raju bt Sumeera Kamil 6-2, 6-4; Mrinalini Alla bt Harkirat Kaur 6-1, 6-3; Nikita bt Harman Kaur 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; C. Sai Samhitha bt Prabhuti Singhania 6-2, 6-3; Madhu Shani Rajendra bt Simran Wadhwa 6-7 (5) 6-4, 6-4; Tamhita Nguyen (Phil) bt Roma Chandiran 6-1, 7-6 (5), 6-1.



Free feast at ICL
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 3
If you want to enjoy your evening by watching a cricket match in a fantabulous environment with glitzy dance performance of cheergirls, that too free of cost, then Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, is the right place for you.

Considering the less number of crowds coming to the stadium, ICL organisers have found a new way to fill the stadium by giving free entry to people. Though the practice has been going on from the day one, but today it was all freely available.

Salman, who has been coming to witness the matches daily, said, “Almost our whole village (Maheshpur) come to enjoy the match as the entry is free.”

“For the first two days, they were quite strict but today they are not even bothered to ask whether one has a ticket or not?” his friend Saurabh added.

Surprisingly, one lad was seen distributing free tickets to people worth Rs 100, when this correspondent asked him of for one, he said, “Why one take two. I was given this bundle by my brother free of cost,” he added on asking where did he get it from and refused to comment further.

After noticing the practice asked the gatekeeper that we were three people without tickets, could we enter? He said, “chai pani kara dena aur kya” and demanded for Rs 50.

Moreover, the securitymen are lenient about the security too, as they are not keeping a check on the spectators at all.



PU Athletics Meet
Navjoban registers double victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The racing prodigy, Navjoban Kaur, a student of GTB College, Dasuya, once again bagged first positions in women’s 5000m and 1500m races on the penultimate day of the Panjab University Inter-College Annual Athletics Meet held on PU grounds, here today.

While in men’s 2000m walk, Jagsher of SG Khalsa College-26 got first position. Mukesh Singh of GC DAV, Dasuya, won 400m hurdle, and Gurpreet of Govind National College, Ludhiana, emerged winner in hammer throw.

Later, in women’s hammer throw, Randeep Kaur stood first, and in high jump event, Diksha of MCM DAV-36 bagged first position.



National Sports Fest
Trials to select Chandigarh teams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The sports department of the Chandigarh administration will conduct selection trials to finalise the Chandigarh women’s team for participation in the XXXIV National Sports Festival for Women (Group-I) at Bhubaneswar (Orissa) from January 18 to 21 in the basketball, handball, swimming and table tennis.

Trials will be conducted according to the following schedule:

Nov 7: Basketball at Sports Complex-7 at 4 p.m.

Nov 10: Handball at Sports Complex-42 at 4 p.m.

Nov 7: Swimming at Pool-23 (Yoga) at 4 p.m.

Nov 10: Table Tennis at TT Hall in Sector 23 at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the sports department of the Chandigarh administration is also conducting the selection trials to choose the Chandigarh women’s team for the participation in the XXXIV National Sports Festival for Women 2008-09 Group-III at Hamirpur (HP) from December 26 to 29 in tennis, hockey, athletics and badminton.

Trials programme

Nov 7: Tennis at Sports Complex-42 at 4 p.m.

Nov 17: Hockey at Sector 18, Hockey Stadium at 4 p.m.

Nov 7: Athletics at Sports Complex, Sector-7 at 4 p.m.

Nov 7: Badminton at Sector 42, Badminton Hall at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the department will also organise the Chandigarh Inter-College Cricket Tournament for the Administrator's Cup at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium from November 12. Entries close with Harish Sharma, junior cricket coach, and Naib Singh, senior manager at Cricket Stadium, Sector-16, up to November 10 at 5 p.m. The tournaments will be played under the ICC rules and regulations.



Women handball trials on Nov 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The Chandigarh Handball Association is conducting selection trials to choose the state team on November 5 at 3 pm at DAV Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 8 here.

The selected candidates will represent the state in the 37th Senior Women National Handball Championship to be held at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) from November 10 to 15. Bona fide players of Chandigarh should report at the handball ground of DAVSS School on the mentioned date and time.



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