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Ex-Army captain held for cheating
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, November 8
The Rajpura police today arrested a retired captain and two others for cheating a large number of aspirants for jobs and befooling them on the pretext of giving them jobs in the Army.

The accused have been identified as retired captain Harnek Singh, a resident of Patiala, Pal Singh of Patiala and Amrish Kumar, alias Pappu, of Amritsar.

Police have recovered fake stamps of four tehsildars of different districts, besides fake SC/ST certificates and other documents. Police officials said that the accused were arrested on the complaint of three Army aspirants from Amritsar.

The complainants, Harjinder Singh, Baljeet Singh and Jaswinder Singh, all residents of Amritsar, alleged that the accused have pocketed money from a large number of boys on the pretext of giving them jobs in the Army but neither did they helped in providing jobs nor did they return the money. The boys said that the accused have taken an amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh from them.

Police have arrested all the accused today after registering a case against them under various sections of the IPC. Further investigation is on.



Punjab to start 3 dairy training institutes
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 8
The Punjab government would start three modern rural dairy training institutes in a state to train new entrepreneurs to usher a new era in the second white revolution.

Gulzar Singh Ranike, minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development, said while addressing progressive farmers after laying the foundation stone of a hostel at the modern dairy training centre, Chatamali, near Kurali. These modern dairy training institutes were under construction at Abul Khurana village in Muktsar, Gill village in Moga and Verka village in Amritsar. These centres would provide the dairy training to more than 800 trainees in a year to adopt this financial viable venture, he said.

The trainees from the neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar had also contacted the centre for taking admissions in the training courses, he added.

The Punjab government had already allotted Rs 40 lakh to construct the hostel for the trainees.

Among others Ujjagar Singh Badali, an MLA, Morinda, SDM Ropar Dr. Basant Garg, director dairy development Inderjit Singh Sra, and Jagjit Singh Rattangarh, a member of SGPC also addressed the function.



21 awarded degrees at CIIS
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 8
As many as 21 management and engineering students, who completed international study courses being run by the Continental Institute of International Studies (CIIS) were awarded degrees at a convocation ceremony organised today at CIIS campus.

13 MBA, three mechanical engineering and five computer applications’ students received their degrees in the presence of the chief guest, technical education minister Swarna Ram, guest of honour Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, and top officials from Georgian College and Thompson Rivers University, Canada.

The convocation ceremony at the CIIS headquarters at Jalvehra began on a patriotic note with Indian and Canadian national anthems.

Dr Kathleen Scherf, president and vice-chancellor, Thompson Rivers University, Canada, awarded the degrees to 13 MBA students, who passed out in the courses run by Thompson Rivers University.

Aditya Raj, computer and programming analyst student, and Sandeep Kaur Dosanjh, PBDM student, won the best graduate awards at the convocation.



10 years on, murder accused yet to be held
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, November 8
Hardeep Kaur, a widow from Kurari Mohalla, here, continues to fight for the past 10 years to get justice for the murder of her husband. Though a court had issued arrest warrant against Sarwan Singh and others, whom she held responsible for her husband Kesar’s murder, the accused are yet to be nabbed.

She said the additional session judge on her complaint has issued a charge sheet to all accused, including Sarwan Singh, Gurwinder Kaur, Gurmeet Singh, Surinder Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Sonu, Chain Singh and Prithavi Singh on June 10, 2008, under Sections 364 , 302, 201, 406, and 120-B, IPC, but the accused have not been arrested due to the negligent attitude of the police, alleged she.

Narrating the story of murder of her husband Kesar Singh, Hardeep said a murder case was registered at Kalka police station in April, 2001 after Hardeep turned to the high court.

Hardeep’s husband Kesar Singh was never seen again after leaving home for Delhi on August 31,1998, in his brother Sarwan’s Maruti van. Accompanied by Gurmeet Singh, Kesar Singh was heading to Delhi to buy goods for his shop. However, Kesar did not return.



1 killed, 8 hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, November 8
A resident of Ajraur village was killed in an accident and eight others received injuries when a three-wheeler was hit by a speeding truck near Liberty Chowk at Rajpura bypass today.

The deceased could not be identified as relatives fail to reach the spot, however, the injured said the deceased was a resident of Ajraur village.



PSEB linesman injured
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 8
A linesman of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was injured today after receiving electric shocks. 52-year-old linesman, Charan Singh, a resident of village Daun Majra, was working on an electric pole near the railway station.

JE Ashok Kumar was accompanying him. Charan Singh was working on the maintenance line.

The feeders of Sante Majra and Jhanjheri had been suspended due to maintenance work. A mild current passed from the line and Charan Singh received a electric shock. He was stuck to the pole till JE Ashok Kumar got him down.



Grant released for govt school
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, November 8
Chief parliamentary secretary Raj Khurana has released a grant of Rs 2.57 lakh for the government school in Khanpur Baring village. Speaking during the occasion he said Rs 1.21 crore would be spent on various developmental works in Rajpura. These works include broadening of roads to reduce accidents and other developmental works.

Villagers during the occasion demanded that their school should be upgraded with modern facilities and must be augmented with more classes up to 12th. — TNS



3 get life imprisonment for murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Additional district and sessions judge R.S. Attri today sentenced Mewa Ram, Sucha Ram and Darshan Singh to life imprisonment for murdering one Raju at the district courts. The court also convicted the trio for suppressing evidence under Section 201 of the IPC.

Pronouncing the judgement, the court held, “An unknown young man had lost his life whose body has been thrown in the forest area and the convicts have been convicted for his ghastly murder.”

According to the prosecution, the police had recovered a mutilated body from a forest area near the Sector 39 grain market on the complaint of one Tinku, who later turned hostile. The body bore injury marks caused by a sharp-edged weapon on the head and other parts. The word "Raju" was tattooed on victim's hand. The victim could not be identified. During the trial, witness Jagtar Singh, who claimed to be local leader from BJP, stated that two accused - Mewa Ram and Sucha - made extra judicial confession before him that they had committed the crime.

The victim was in his thirties. The police had arrested five members of the Sansi tribe in connection with the murder, citing illicit relations as a motive for the killings.

The police had arrested four brothers, identified as Sucha Singh, Raj Kumar, alias Raju, Darshan Singh and Maheshi, of the Sansi tribe living in a nearby orchard. One of their relatives Mewa Ram was arrested in December 2005.

The murder was detected by village women, who found the headless body and informed the sarpanch. The victim was wearing blue trousers and a red T-shirt. His belly was brutally lacerated. As no blood was found on the spot, the police said the victim was killed somewhere else and the body dumped in the area.



Man booked under Dowry Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Saneha Garg, a resident of Mullanpur, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her husband Parveen Kumar, a resident of Behlana, harassed and maltreated her to bring more dowry. A case has been registered under Sections 406, 498-A of the IPC at the Sector 31 police station.

Bhupinder Singh, SHO police station Sector 31, said, “The accused has not been arrested and the case has been transferred to the woman and child support unit.”


The police registered a case on the complaint filed by Ritinder Dhilon, a resident of Sector 15, alleging that an unknown person hit and threatened her near her residence yesterday. She was injured and admitted in Government Multi speciality Hospital-16. A case under Sections 323, 554, 506 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.


Vishal Goyal, a resident of Sector 40, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Pulsar motorcycle (PB-27-C-4466) was stolen from Sector 40 yesterday. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

In another case, the police registered a case on the complaint filed by Rohit sharma, a resident of Sector 22, alleging that his motorcycle (CH-04-A-2380) was stolen from Sector 21. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station of Sector 19.

In another case, Devinder Pal, a resident of Sector 23, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Chetak scooter (CH-01-W-8952) was stolen from Sector 17 on November 4. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

In yet another case, the police registered a case on the complaint filed by Sandeep Mittal, a resident of Mohali, alleging that his laptop and some important documents have been stolen from his car in Sector 26. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Anoop Srivastva, a resident of Manimajra, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his cash Rs 12,000 and two stereos were stolen from his residence last night. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.

Mobile snatched

Bahadur, a resident of Sector 37, filed a complaint with the police alleging that some unknown persons snatched his mobile phone and purse containing cash of Rs 400 from the Sector 37 market yesterday. A case under Section 356, 379 of the IPC has been registered.



520 cartons of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 8
Despite claims of the UT excise department of having curtailed permits given to liquor contractors, the Mohali police today seized a huge cache of liquor being smuggled from the UT to Bathinda.

At a naka laid by SP (detective), R.K. Bakshi, at least 520 cartons were seized from a truck in Dera Bassi.

A police official said around 520 boxes of liquor were seized near the Sundra road at Mubarakpur, Dera Bassi. Two persons, including driver of the truck, have been detained for questioning.

The police official stated that they have launched a drive against smugglers and in the coming days they expect to recover more contrabands. The vehicle has been impounded. A case under the Excise Act was registered against the accused at the Dera Bassi police station.

In other two nakas, the Dera Bassi police recovered 77 boxes of liquor being smuggled from Chandigarh to Karnal. The police stated that according to information, they intercepted the vehicles near toll plaza. The police stated that 70 boxes were recovered from parcel vehicle. The accused were arrested and the case has been registered.


Thieves decamped with cash and jewellery after breaking into a house in daylight at Kansal, Nayagaon, on Friday.

According to the local police, Banwari Lal, a resident of Nayagaon, alleged that the gold jewellery, a gold biscuit 20 g and cash around Rs 8,000 was stolen from their house.

3 die in accident

Three persons travelling in an auto-rickshaw were killed and five others were injured when the auto-rickshaw rammed into a stationary military truck near Chatt village on the Zirakpur-Patiala road here late last evening.

According to the police, Kulwant Singh (32) and Raman Kumar (23), both residents of Rajpura and Davinder Singh, a resident of Kurala village, Banur, died in the accident.

The victim died as the overloaded auto-rickshaw went out of control after hitting the truck. All injured were rushed to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, by a highway patrol van.

Couple booked

The local police has booked a Mohali couple, Vijay Oberoi and Ajit Oberoi, both residents of Phase 8, under the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, on the basis of a complaint lodged by their neighbour, Karamjeet Singh.

According to the police, the couple was booked after Karamjeet lodged the complaint alleging that the couple after washing clothes used to throw water in his house. Both the parties reside in a common building on a rented accommodation. The complainant used to object the couple for their act.



Budha Dal outplay St Xavier's
Tribune News Service

DAV SSS-8 boys (in sky blue) avoid a GNPS player in the Rao Jai Singh (for boys) and Shant H Singh (for girls) Memorial Basketball Tournament
DAV SSS-8 boys (in sky blue) avoid a GNPS player in the Rao Jai Singh (for boys) and Shant H Singh (for girls) Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 8
Budha Dal Public School, Patiala, boys outplayed St Xavier's School, Sector 44, by 63-36 in their opening group-B match of the Rao Jai Singh (for boys) and Shant H Singh (for girls) Memorial Basketball Tournament being organised by the New Public School in Sector 18, here today.

Antar made all the difference as he contributed a lion's share with 36 points. He was well supported by Simranjit (13), Gurpreet (11) and Sumit (10). St Xavier's main scorers were Lovepreet (9), Gurjot (6) and Akash (6).

In the same group, the hosts, NPS, defeated DAV Model, Sector 15, by 58-40. Playing before the home crowd, Parveen (15), Balraj (13) and Sartaj (12) combined well out prevail over DAV-15.


Boys: Guru Nanak Public School-36, Chandigarh, (Satwant 24, Gobindeep 6, Gursharandeep 8, Vineet 4) bt DAV Senior Secondary School-8, Chandigarh, (Sanoj 4, Deepak 5, Vijay 4, Ajay Pal 2, Ranjit 8, Sonu 6, Chetan 6) by 42-35.

Girls: St Xavier's-44, Chandigarh, (Harneet Brar 16, Adeline Mary 10, Reetinder Brar 4, Mankanwar Rai 2) bt DAV-15 Chandigarh (Romila Negi 9) by 34-14.

Govt SSS, Gidarbha, (Kajol 9, Sukhpal 6, Prabjot 4, Shallu 4) bt Budha Dal Public School, Patiala, (Jasmeen 2, Amandeep 2) by 29-4.

St Kabir School-26, Chandigarh, (Rupandeep 14, Prakriti 4, Tanvi 4, Naina 3) bt JNV-25, Chandigarh, (Ruchi 6, Pooja 5) by 25-17.

NPS-18, Chandigarh, (Varsha 22, Megha 14, Hareetinder Gill 6, Amandeep 5) bt Sacred Heart-26 (Ravleen 7) by 49-12.



Chandigarh’s Kahlon finishes tied fifth
Muniyappa registers first win

Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 8
Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh fought back with an eagle and a birdie in a flawless 33 back nine to card a three-under 69 and finished tied fifth as Bangalore’s C.

Muniyappa capped his first professional win, returning a six- under 66 in the final round of the Toyota Altis Open PGTI event at the Eagleton Golf Course near Bangalore today.

The Bangalore-based golfer totalled 19 under 269 for the tournament to record his first win since turning professional in 1996. Australia’s Kunal Bhasin finished three strokes behind Muniyappa to grab second place. Anirban Lahiri, the joint leader after round three slipped to third place on the final day as his overall score read 15 under 273.

C Muniyappa (67, 66, 70, 66) climbed from 11th to 10th on the PGTI Order of Merit after taking home the winner’s purse of Rs 3,23,300. Muniyappa, thus, ended his title drought as his previous best performance on the PGTI was tied second at Pune in September this year.

Mukesh Kumar (68, 67, 70, 69) continues to lead the PGTI Order of Merit after finishing fourth with a tournament total of 14 under 274.

Himmat Singh Rai (72, 66, 70, 68) joined Harmeet Kahlon (71, 64, 72, 69) at the tied fifth spot both, as they totalled 12-under 276.

Kahlon played a bogey and a birdie for a par 36 at the turn. But in the return nine he sank a birdie on the 13th and followed it up with an eagle on the 15th for a three under back nine and a final card of 69. He finished seven strokes behind the champion and pocketed a cash prize of Rs 76,300.

A bogey-free back nine with four birdies in a final day card of 68 saw Sujjan Singh of Chandigarh finishing tied seventh at 10-under 278 (73-70-67-68) and pocketing Rs 52,967.

S Chikkarangappa (71, 68, 66, 74) of Eagleton won the amateur title. He finished 10th and his total read nine under 279.

City golfer Uttam Singh Mundy, who fired a hole-in-one yesterday, shot an eagle and a birdie in a bogey-free back nine to tie for the 15th spot at six under 282 (71-71-70-70). He pocketed a prize money of Rs 31,300.

Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar finished tied 17th at five under 283 while Mysore’s Rahul Ganapathy was placed tied 23rd at four under 284.

The other city golfers in the fray were, AS Lehal at three under 285 (75-64-73-73) tied 26th, Ranjit Singh at two under 286 (70-71-75-70) tied 27th, Harendra P. Gupta at one under 287 (69-73-73-72) tied 30th, Randhir Singh Ghotra at two over 290 (73-72-71-74) tied 34th, Ajetesh Sandhu at three over 291 (68-72-76-75), Roop Singh at seven over 295 (75-72-72-76) tied 46 and Gurbaaz Mann at 13 over 301 (72-73-75-81) tied 53.



Inter-College Baseball Tournament
Ludhiana college emerges winner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
The Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, annexed the Panjab University Inter-College Baseball (Women) Championship for the session 2008-09 being played at PU grounds here today.

PU campus, Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, and GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, bagged the second, third and fourth position, respectively.

Meanwhile, on the second day of the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (Women) tournament, GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, trounced MG Kh. Girls College, Kottan, by 25 points. While MCM DAV College-36, got the better of MGKM SS PE Jhakroudi (Samrala) by 4 points.



South Asian shooting meet
Smeet selected in seniors’ team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
Local lad Smeet Singh has been selected in the senior shooting team of India and will be participating in the South Asian Shooting Championship to be held from November 20 to 28 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

In this championship, he will be a part of the three-member squad, including A.D. Peoples and Aroze Pal Sandhu, in skeet event. He was selected for this event at the trials held in Delhi from September 8 to 12 and also because of his performance in the recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune where he bagged the first position in the juniors and the third position in the seniors skeet event.

This is the first time Smeet made it to the seniors. He had already represented India for five times in the junior team. “I am very excited and want to live up to the expectations of my team mates by giving my best shot in Pakistan,” he said.



Jeev climbs to tied 19th slot
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 8
Jeev Milkha Singh climbed to the tied 19th spot after playing a one under par 12 after three holes in the unfinished third round besides carding a one under par 71 in the second round earlier in the day in the $ 50 lakh HSBC Champions Asian Tour event at Shanghai in China today.

Jeev took to the field for the second round today after yesterday’s play was abandoned due to heavy rain. He fired a lone birdie on the second hole in a bogey free one under 71.

With tournament officials deciding to put all players straight back out for the third round without a redraw, so as to meet their objective of completing 72 holes in the HSBC Champions by Monday, Jeev was among the 52 players who were back on the course for the start of their third round.

He sank a birdie on the second to be one under par 12 when the play was called off for the day. Tomorrow the play will start early so that the fourth round is completed. Otherwise the tournament officials may continue with the fourth round on Monday.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, both current world number three and 12, respectively, underlined their star credentials by taking a share of the second round lead. Stenson fired a three under par 69 for a 10 under par 134 total.

Garcia, who began the day a single shot behind Stenson, also posted a 134 after his two-day round scores of 66 and 68 to take a single shot lead over England’s Oliver Wilson and Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy who are both in tied-second on 135.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson posted a 70 to share fifth place with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell on matching 136s while Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng kept Asia’s hopes alive when he returned with a 138 to stay four shots off the lead.



Dhillon wins ladies’ golf title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 8
Rima Dhillon logged 39 points to triumph from Chandigarh Golf Club in the All-India Eileen Mandal Memorial Golf Tournament played on the Chandigarh greens on a stable ford format yesterday.

A categorised tournament of the Indian Golfing Union Ladies’ Section (IGULS) the tournament is played in all golf clubs of the country every year on the first Friday of November.

Finishing two points behind the leader was Pikka P. Singh at 37.Dalbir Sahi and S. Ratia tied for the third slot at 35 points. But Dalbir Sahi was declared the second runners-up as she played a better back nine.

The top three scores of all clubs have been forwarded to the IGULS where the lady logging the all-India best score will be declared the winner of the Eileen Mandal Memorial Trophy.



Vaid bowls RLCR to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 8
A fine spell of bowling by Rajesh Vaid (4 for 16) enabled RLCR XI to defeat Pace Club-32 by four wickets in the IInd RLCR League Cricket Tournament, being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at Government Model Senior Secondary School ground in 32 ground here today.

Pace Club-32 won the toss and elected to field. RLCR XI scored 98 for 8 in 22 overs. Neeraj Rana played a defiant knock of 41 runs. Rajesh Vaid was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four important wickets, including that of Neeraj, and gave away only 16 runs in the process.

In reply, RLCR XI easily achieved the target as they made 99 for 6 in 18 overs. Damandeep top-scored with 23. At one stage, RLCR XI was precariously placed at 45 for 4. However, Damandeep along with Ashok (19) saw their team through.



‘Synthetic tracks must to uplift sports’
Sandeep Rana

Kanwaljit Sandhu Koonar, country’s first woman to win a gold medal in 400m race in the Asian Games
Kanwaljit Sandhu Koonar, country’s first woman to win a gold medal in 400m race in the Asian Games. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 8
From being the country’s first woman to have won a gold medal in 400 m race in Asian Games, a way back in 1970, to become the first to be a Punjab Rattan Awardee and then becoming the first woman director of national camp of the prestigious NIS, Patiala, Kanwaljit Sandhu Koonar has certainly many firsts to her credit.

Recently retired from the the NIS director’s post , she has come a long way spanning over three decades of her illustrious sports career.

Even at 60, she is no mood to lay back and is looking forward to indulge in sports, especially in athletics, which she calls is her “first love”. “I just got retired and am looking forward to share my sports experiences with the younger lot by associating with the Punjab government or the Chandigarh sports department,” she said.

To uplift the sports at the grassroot level, this flying cat is a firm believer of introducing two to three synthetic tracks in every town. “The synthetic tracks is a basic requirement in athletics and can change the face of Indian athletics, if introduced and maintained properly,” she opined.

She further said, “Synthetic track is the need of hour because at the international arena you have to compete on them whereas on the contrary, cinder tracks don’t only decrease the potential of sportsperson but is also injury prone.”



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