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600 students take part in IT fest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 14
A state-level festival of Technical Education and Information Technology was organised at Multani Mal Modi College here today.

Around 600 students from 24 technical educational institutions, including Punjabi University Patiala, Panjab University Chandigarh, PTU Jalandhar, and Thapar University Patiala, participated in the festival.

Dr SK Bhardwaj welcomed the participants on this occasion. Harmohan Sharma, said competitions in four categories- Test of skills in C Language, IT Quiz, Paper presentation and Web designing were held.


C Language Test: Rajiv Kumar, Modi College, Rajni Bala, Government College, Sangrur, Chandni Jain Sri Guru Harkishan College of Management and Technology, Patiala.

Web Designing: Sachin Goyal and Aman Sharma, S D College ,Barnala, Kapil Lamba and Mandeep Singh, MM Modi College, Patiala, Sanyam Gupta and Shubhangi Gupta, LBS Arya Mahila College, Barnala.

IT Quiz: Jagdeep Singh and Sumant Sharma, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh.

Paper Presentation: Jaspreet Kaur of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.



Two critically injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 14
Two persons received serious injuries in a collision between a school bus and private bus on the Kharar-Landran road today. The incident took place at around 8.30 am when a bus of Saint Soldier School, Mohali, was going from Landran to Kharar. There were two school children, a driver and a conductor of the bus in it.

A private bus coming from the opposite direction collided with the school bus at a high speed. School bus driver Sukhjinder Singh received serious injuries and was taken to civil hospital, Kharar, from where he was further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The students and nine others sustained minor injuries and were discharged after being administered the first aid. Private bus driver Anil Kumar is admitted in the civil hospital, Kharar. The police has not initiated any proceedings.



Pedestrian killed
Our Correspondent

Kalka, November 14
A recklessly driven unknown speeding vehicle crushed a pedestrian on the Kalka-Charnia road near Sheetla Mata Temple, Bharat Nagar T- point today. The deceased was identified as Shiv Lal (38), a labourer, who hailed from Basumaipura of UP. The incident occurred at around 10am when Shiv Lal tried to cross the road and was hit by a speeding vehicle. His head was badly damaged in the accident and he died on the spot. The driver of the vehicle succeeded to flee from the spot and could not be traced. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Kalka for postmortem.



Children’s Day celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Patiala, November 14
A colourful cultural bonanza marked Children’s Day celebrations at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here today. The paediatrics department of the hospital organised Teenagers’ Health Mela for children from the rural schools. Over 500 children from four schools participated in the event. Medical check up of students was done and they were apprised about immunisation, family life education, nutrition and hygiene. A poster competition was held on the topic of environment and drug abuse.

Ryan International

Ryan International, Patiala, celebrated the birthday of Panjit Nehru with a full fervour and enthusiasm. The Montessori section in fact celebrated the children’s week from November 7 and it culminated on November 14. The celebrations were inaugurated by Pooja Sharma, headmistress of the school. For the various events of the week, parents were invited as the chief guests and panel judges. It was amazing to see the kids sashaying across the ramp for the fashion show and the fancy dress display left many mesmerised. The sports events and folk dances thrilled all present there.

St. Vivekanand Millennium School

KALKA: St. Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT Township, Pinjore, celebrated Children’s Day in the school today. In the morning, Pooja made a speech on Childern’s Day. She said the day was celebrated to mark the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his love for children. It was the day to make children realise that they were very precious to their family, school and country.



High Court
Dismissal of Army man
Court martial proceedings upheld
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has not found any legal infirmity with the summary court martial, whereby an Army man was ordered to be dismissed from service and reduced in rank. He was also ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment for three months in a civil jail.

The petitioner, Sher Bahadur Singh, was posted in 218 Medium Regiment after participating in operations Rhino, Rakshak and Parakram. The allegation against the petitioner was that he had caused wrongful gain to himself by getting Rs 2, 16,000 credited.

In his petition placed before the Bench of Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Rajan Gupta, the petitioner had sought quashing of the court martial proceedings held on February 23, last year.

His counsel said the petitioner used to send written complaints to the senior authorities for the illegal activities going on in the unit. As a result, he was implicated in a false case.

The Bench observed: “The petitioner's signatures were obtained on a blank paper. Thus, no confession was in fact made by the petitioner….

“After dismissal from service, the petitioner filed a mercy petition dated March 15, 2007, before GOC-IN-C, headquarters, Western Command, wherein he again admitted his guilt. Thereafter, the petitioner also returned the entire amount. “A perusal of the record shows that sufficient opportunity was granted to the petitioner during the course of proceedings before the summary court martial to lead his defence…. No legal infirmity has been pointed out with the impugned orders. The writ petition is thus dismissed”.



Cop acquitted in corruption case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The special CBI court of Jagdeep Jain has acquitted constable Satish Sharma in a corruption case.

According to the prosecution, the accused had met with an accident in 2006, following which a case was registered. The CBI stated that the witness in the case was not deposing before the court to get his statement recorded in the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM).

Thereafter, the court issued non-bailable warrants against the witness. The CBI had alleged that the constable was purposely not getting non-bailable warrants executed.

Notice to 7 cops

The court issued notice to seven policemen who had challenged the cancellation of FIR against sub-inspector Ram Gopal registered on May 29.

Inspector Yashpal and 16 others had stated before inquiry officer DSP (CID) Satbir Singh that they had filed an application before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the out-of-turn promotion of SI Ram Gopal to inspector on the basis of a certificate issued by the Italian Yoga Schools Federation, which was not genuine.

The complainants added that the application before the tribunal was disposed of with directions that the IG of the UT police and the home secretary were to examine the matter minutely.

On the basis of the inquiry conducted by DSP Satbir, an FIR was registered against Ram Gopal.

In the cancellation report, it was mentioned that the allegations of projecting wrong picture before senior officers by Ram Gopal for getting promotion had been found not to be genuine.



Bouncer hurt in assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Sanjiv Kumar, a bouncer in his mid-thirties, was injured after a group of four persons armed with swords and iron bars assaulted him at the market in Sector 8, here this evening.

The victim was admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where his condition was stated to be stable, the police said.

According to the police, the incident took place around 6 pm when Kuldeep Singh, said to be the son of sarpanch of Kansal village, waylaid Sanjiv in the market, who was coming on a motorcycle with a girl.

Kuldeep along with his accomplices Akshay, Lakshay and another unidentified person travelling in a Hyundai Elantra car (CH 03 R 9336) blocked his way and assaulted him.

The police said Sanjiv sustained multiple injuries on the face, head, back and other parts of the body.

He was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, Sanjiv’s friends alleged that Kuldeep had had an argument with Sanjiv a few days ago and the assault was a repercussion of that incident.

Sanjiv was on his way home at the Police Lines in Sector 26 from Sector 17 when the assault took place. His father, Samey Singh, was a sub-inspector with the Chandigarh police and had died some time ago.

Police station-3 SHO Har Sahai Sharma said a case of causing injuries with sharp-edged weapons and criminal intimidation had been registered against the accused and raids were being conducted to nab them. He, however, denied that Sanjiv was accompanied by a girl.



Fraud lands detective agency owner in lock-up
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
A Mohali-based private detective has landed behind bars for allegedly duping his former teacher, a forensic expert, to the tune of Rs 1.27 lakh.

The NRI teacher reported the matter to the police when the accused refused to return the amount to her, which she had asked him to take from her tenant.

According to police sources, the accused, Surinder Pal Singh, who runs a private detective agency in Sector 70, Mohali, had misappropriated the amount he took on her behalf.

Dr B. Kaur of Sector 43 then lodged a complaint against him. The police arrested the accused on November 12 after registering a case of breach of trust under Section 406 of the IPC.

Dr Kaur told The Tribune that she trusted Surinder Pal and had rented out her house in Sector 48. She had asked him to collect the rent on her behalf.

For about two years, the arrangement went on smoothly as he used to collect account payee cheques in the name of her husband. However, about a year ago, he told the tenant to give cheques in his name, saying that she had asked him to take the money directly. He took 10 cheques and three instalments of the rent in cash, including one in advance.

When she visited India in August, she came to know that the money had not been deposited in her account for over a year. He remained elusive and when her attempts to contact him failed, she reported the matter to the police.

She said he had done a diploma in forensic sciences from Panjab University under her supervision.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station, Bhupinder Singh, said Surinder Pal was in police remand for two days. The police found that the tenant had given “self cheques” to him. He was produced in a local court today and was remanded in judicial custody.



Woman held for bootlegging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The local police arrested a woman, Usha of Bapu Dham colony for selling liquor illegally at her kiosk in the locality.

According to chowki in-charge Malkit Singh, four cases containing 48 quarters each of country wine were seized from her kiosk.

“During investigation, she revealed that she had started selling liquor just a week before as she was in need of money,” said the police officer. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14, Excise Act, has been registered at the police station-26. The accused was later bailed out.


Local police arrested Amarjit Singh, a resident of Sector 24, for causing injuries to Ram Dev Yadav of Panjab University after he hit the victim with his motor cycle (CH 23 6920 T) on November 10.

Yadav was admitted to the GMSH-16. Amarjit has been bailed out.



Jeev fires flawless 68
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 14
Jeev Milkha Singh could not have asked for more. He fired a flawless three under par 68 to keep his hopes alive of achieving the Asian Order of Merit crown a second time after the unfinished second round of the US $ 50 lakh Barclays Singapore Open at the Serapong course of Sentosa in Singapore today.

The chances became brighter with the current Merit leader Mark Brown of New Zealand on the brink of missing the halfway cut after rounds of 74 and 77. He was tottering at nine over 151 when a storm accompanied with lightening halted play on Friday.

Jeev, who won the Asian Tour number one crown in 2006, is all set to overcome the US $ 1,37,000 deficit that separates him from the top-ranked Brown this year.

The Chandigarh golf icon incurred a one-stroke penalty after completing his first round this morning due to a rule infringement pertaining to the preferred lie ruling signing for an eventual 73.

But Jeev showed his determination when he bounced back with three birdies in a bogey-free three under 68 in the second round when he took to the greens along with Brown and current co-leader Ernie Els, whom he trails by five strokes.

Jeev said, “I hit some good putts, but they just did not go in. I am pretty pleased with my round. Three birdies on this golf course, I will take it.”

Rules officials, who were alerted overnight that Jeev might have infringed the rules during Thursday's first round, went through the TV footages and the Indian agreed that he had run afoul with the preferred lie ruling by mistake.

“It was good that someone called that in, otherwise I would have been disqualified,” said Jeev.

“The rule is when you mark the ball, you got to have it in your hand. Once you leave it, it is in play. On number four yesterday, I picked it up and placed it right back and that is why I got a one shot penalty. One of the referees called in. I am glad that happened, otherwise I would not have been playing now,” he said.

Ernie Els two-day total of six under par 136 was matched by Simon Dyson of England, who enjoyed a bogey-free 67 while Asia's challenge was carried by big hitting Thai Chapchai Nirat, who fired a 68.

Young Irishman Rory McIlroy also carded a 68 to join Chapchai in a share of third place in the Asian Tour's richest national Open.



Gurusar Sadhar college take top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, defeated GNN College, Doraha, in the final match of the Panjab University Inter- College Hockey A-Division (Men) Championship for the session 2008-09 held at PU grounds here today.

In this match, Gurminder Singh struck the first field goal (38th minute) for GHG, both the teams gave their best to strike the next goal but till the end of the first half the score remained 1-0. However, in the second half , GNN seemed in full colours and took more goal-bearing chances.

Their efforts showed results when Gurmeet Singh provided a lead to GNN College ending the match in a draw, but later, the match went in favour of GHG college that lifted the winners trophy.

While in a match played for the second and third position, LLR Government College, Dhudike (Moga), easily thrashed SCD Government College, Ludhiana, 3-0. Taranpreet Singh of LLR College surprised his rival, as he struck a field goal in the 13th minute of the game. However, it was his teammate, Gursharan Singh, who netted two goals.

While in Volleyball A-Division (Men) Tournament, Government College, Sector 11, blanked KL SD College, Ludhiana, by 3-0.



Rashid lifts Sahi Golf Trophy
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 14
Seventeen-year-old Rashid Khan of Delhi completed a hat trick of triumphs in the LG Amateur Tour when he clinched the LG Samarvir Sahi Amateur Golf Trophy in spite of a double bogey on the last hole on the par 72 greens of Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Rashid had a three-shot lead going into the last hole. He seemed relaxed with a winning smile. But he faltered at that moment. Probably aware of the big gap that separated him from second-placed Vikram Rana. But despite a double bogey he clinched the third title in a row in the Amateur Tour, although by just a one stroke margin.

As he walked on to the course there was an air of expectation and a buzz around young Rashid. He wore the same determined look of a golfer looking to card another solid round, another good finish and add another win on tour. His focus wavered, his shots faltered and his round stuttered but nothing was going to deny him his third continuous win on the LG Amateur Tour. It is something the regulars on tour are getting used to and it was no surprise then to hear the winner's cry and the noise that blared over the public address system, “Rashid Khan- Winner of the LG Samarvir Sahi Amateur Tournament.”

Rashid said, “I dreamt last night that I won by one stroke. I am glad that my dream came true.”

Rashid did not have a good run in Australia and Brazil. But this triumph has given him a boost. He said, “After my poor performance in Brazil I came back and took some lessons from my uncle. That gave me a lot of confidence that I would win the title in Chandigarh. The only worry was my injured thumb. But once that healed, I kept the focus and I am happy to have won here.”

Both at the LG Golden Greens Amateur and the LG Northern India Amateur he cruised his way to victory. It was a whole different ball game this time around with just a solitary stroke separating him from the runners-up. But at the end of the day a win is a win.

Vikram kept it together, always kept Rashid in sight but the charge never came. He said, “A two stroke gap is really not a big deal in golf and I was really confident that I could pull through but unfortunately could not make it past him.” This was Vikram's third second place finish this season on the LG Amateur Tour. Earlier he had a second place finish at the LG Southern India Amateur and the LG Coimbatore Open Amateur. “It seems to be a jinx and I guess I need to find a way around it,” he said.

The rest of the field was never really in the picture and tough conditions throughout the week with fast greens and wind ensured that the third place finish was a distant 13 over par.

Ambala's Manav Das played a one over par 73 to move up to fifth place at 302.

Local lad Aman Guron managed his best finish on tour and would be looking for more such outings in the season ahead. But as of now, it is all about Rashid and everyone will be keeping a close eye on his progress in the months ahead.

Scores: 1. Rashid Khan: 292 (72-71-75-74); 2. Vikram Rana: 293 (75-69-76-73); 3. Angad Cheema: 301 (73-77-74-77); 4. Abhinav Lohan: 301 (74-77-72-78); 5. Manav Das: 302 (74-78-77-73); 6. Amanjyot Singh: 304 (77-77-76-74); 7. Kanishk Madan: 304 (72-82-75-75); 8. Gagan Verma: 304 (70-79-80-75); 9. Aman Guron: 304 (73-75-80-76); 10. Karan Vasudeva: 304 (73-76-75-80); 11. L. Selvadurai: 305 (78-80-74-73); 12. Navtez Singh: 305(75-76-79-75); 13. Pawan Kumar: 306 (79-70-80-77).



Boxing c’ship from Nov 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The 23rd Chandigarh State Sub-Junior Men and Women Boxing Championship will be held at Boxing Hall, Sector-42, from November 28 to 29 in all weight categories.

During the championship, Chandigarh team will be selected for participation in the national championship to be held at Gangtok for men and at Goa for women. The championship will be conducted in the weight categories between 30 kg to 86 kg and in five age groups for the boxers born in the year 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97. Only one entry from one team in each weight will be accepted.

Entries duly signed by the head of the institution giving the proof of age and weight of the boxers on the letter heads may be sent to the honourable secretary, CABA, H. No-3122, Sector- 46 C, before November 24.



Olympic round a real test for players
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Even the Olympic round, which was introduced for the first time in All-India Inter-University Archery Championship held in Andhra Pradesh recently, could not dampen the spirit of the duo Naveena Chaudhary and Mani Garg, who claimed the gold and bronze medal, respectively, in the women 50 m Indian round championship.

“We had never practiced in the Olympic round during our camps and practice sessions and it was the first time that we partook in the pattern which was very tough for all of us,” says Naveena, BA IInd student of MCM DAV College, Sector 36. Naveena, who has already an individual gold medal to her kitty in the rural state games and a team gold medal in the inter-college games exults, “I give full credit to my luck, besides my hard work as there was a very stiff competition among all participants.”

While Manu Garg, an IIIrd year engineering student of Panjab University campus gives the credit of her success to Robin Hood’s books, which taught her how to concentrate and focus on the game.

“Earlier I was a player of air pistol and later shifted to archery and both the games require a high degree of concentration that is why my interest generated in reading the Robin Hood’s books.”

The campus girl terms the Olympic round during the inter-university championship a real test.

“It was thrilling and as we hadn’t practiced the pattern it was a bit tough as well but I must say it was the real test,” quips the confident archer.

However, she admits, “It was very tough to concentrate amidst the shouts and sarcastic comments ofthe people who were around us.”Panjab University also stood third in the women 50 m Indian round championship in which more than 30 universities participated.



Football Tourney
St Stephen's win final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Defending champions St Stephen's Football Academy defeated Raghav Football Club of Haryana by 1-0 in the final of the North Zone Qualifier Manchester United Premier Cup 09 at the Air Force Station, Wilingdon Camp, New Delhi, on November 13.

All goals were scored by Golmei Mariamdun by converting a penalty. The tournament was organised by the Nike India and All-India Football Federation from November 11 to 13.

Other teams, which participated, were JCT Football Academy, Raghav Football Club, New Delhi Heroes, Shimla Youngs, Uttarakhand Football Club and Varanasi Football Academy.

The final round of India qualifier for the world finals will be held at Goa and two teams from each zone will be participating for the nationals’ title from November 30 to December 4.



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