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Educate women to check atrocities, says expert
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 27
Dr D.S. Bhullar, president of the Indian Medical Association, Patiala, and president of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, informed that 10 to15 per cent women were physically abused. Interpersonal violence is the tenth leading cause of death in women aged 15-44 years. Perpetrators of such violence are almost exclusively men. Sex trafficking and prostitution also appears to be growing day by day.

He said physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in family as well as general community had serious consequences on the physical and mental health of the victims, which may end in homicide or suicide.

Highlighting the “White Ribbon Campaign” going on at the global level to stop violence against women, he urged the medical students to never commit or remain silent about violence against the fair sex. He was speaking at a seminar on “Crime against Women, Safety and Law” organised by the Patiala branch of the Indian Medical Association yesterday in the local Government Medical College.

Dr Jaswinder Pal Kaur Shergill, principal of the Government Medical College, who was the chief guest, urged the medical and nursing students to create awareness among the masses on crimes against women. She said crime against women in any form can not be tolerated in a civilised society.

Civil Surgeon, Patiala, Dr Kuldeep Kaur, who was the guest of honour, said that education of girls was a must to stop crime against women. Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi, gynaecologist from Rajindra Hospital, said any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life, constitutes crime against women under the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993).

Dr Jagbir Singh, vice-president of the IMA, Punjab, welcomed the participants and secretary, IMA, Patiala, Dr Vishal Chopra conducted the proceedings of the seminar. More than 300 medical and nursing students participated in the seminar.



Zirakpur shootout: Two in judicial remand
Tribune News Service

A policeman carries an injured accused in Dera Bassi on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Derabassi, November 27
In the case of cross firing between CIA cops and five suspects in Zirakpur, the Mohali police has achieved a significant lead.

Since one of the accused was wanted in an NDPS case, sources did not recover any drugs from him.

Meanwhile, the two accused were sent on 14 days judicial remand in the case registered under the Arms Act and in case of robbery, they were sent to five days police remand by a local court.

The main accused, Ravinder Singh Chhanga, claimed in the court that his cousin Mangal was never involved with him in any of his activities and the police was torturing him unreasonably.

On Tuesday, five accused were caught allegedly planning a robbery, who subsequently indulged in an encounter with the police. While Chhanga and Mangal were arrested by the police, three managed to escape.

The police further said the two accused were wanted in a case of car theft. Talking to Pal Singh, Chhanga’s father who lives in Zirakpur, said he met his son after one year today as he stayed away from house mostly and thus, he had come to visit his sister in Zirakpur on Tuesday, when the police started firing on him.



Badal’s Rs 250-crore aid
PUDA undertakes recarpeting of roads
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 27
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has undertaken the work of recarpeting of roads in Patiala.

Manjit Singh Narang, additional chief administrator of PUDA, told The Tribune here yesterday that PUDA had undertaken the development work with Rs 250 crore grant announced by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for urban area.

He said the PUDA had been allotted the work of recarpeting of roads in the limits of Patiala municipal corporation from ward No 17 to 36. In the first phase, as per the directions of Chief Minister, the recarpeting with premix had been started. The work in ward No 22 to 31 had been completed, while in the rest of the wards, it was scheduled to be completed by November 30.

Narang further said in the second phase, work of carpeting of concrete roads would be undertaken. Tenders for the repair of concrete roads had been called and these would be opened next week. Work on these roads would be completed within two months.

He said carpeting of roads, where fresh stone had to be put, would commence shortly as work had already been allotted. All these works were likely to be completed by March 31, he added.

Recently, the Chief Minister had announced a grant of Rs 250 crore for the development of the town during the sangat darshan programmes held at the town last month.

The town being former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s assembly segment, the SAD chief had tried to make a dent in the vote bank of the former Chief Minister with the grants worth Rs 250 crore.

The work in some wards falling under Samana sub-division, but which are part and parcel of Patiala town, has also started in right earnest. This is because of the fact that these wards fall under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation and do not fall under PUDA or the improvement trust authorities.

Additional chief administrator of PUDA, Manjit Singh Narang, today said the PUDA had sent a case to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who also hold the portfolio of urban development to accord approval for waiving the 14 per cent cess on execution of development work at Patiala.

He said there was a provision for levying cess in PUDA bylaws, and if the Chief Minister approved waiving of the cess, the PUDA would follow the decision. He said execution of development work by PUDA had already commenced.



Residents demand shifting of patwarkhana
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 27
The residents of Cheema colony here are facing a great difficulty because of the patwarkhana (office of patwaris), which is running in a private house in the locality.

Amarjit Singh, president citizen's welfare council, said the patwarkhana had become a headache for the colony. He said a large number of people, some of them in an inebriated state kept visiting the office even at odd hours.

The residents have urged the deputy commissioner to look into the matter and to sort out their grievances by shifting the patwarkhana from the locality.



AIDS awareness rally at Kalka

Kalka, November 27
As many as 150 students of Good Shepherd School, Naggal Bhagga, Kalka, organised an AIDS awareness rally today, which started from Sophia School and reached SDM office here.

The rally was associated with representatives of 15 panchayats of the adjacent villages. Subodh Missal, manager of the school, said the students were holding placards, spreading awareness about AIDS. A delegation headed by Rakesh Bahadur, district attorney of agriculture department, submitted a memorandum on the eve of “AIDS Awareness Day” to the SDM, Kalka. It sought that the DC, Panchkula, should issue instructions in public interest to all barbers here and nearby villages to use a new blade every time they cut hair. — OC



Gang Rape
Victim’s mother seeks cancellation of bail to accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Little less than a month after a local court granted bail to Aman Ahuja, one of the accused in a gang rape case, the mother of the victim has filed a review application in the local district and sessions court here today. She has sought the review of the direction granting bail to the accused on November 1.

The application, seeking the cancellation of bail, is expected to come for hearing before the court tomorrow.

The victim, a 17-year-old student of a local school, was allegedly kidnapped and raped on the evening of September 16. She named one, Jatin, and a girl, Chhavi, in her complaint, stating that three other boys were also involved.

Later, the police arrested Aman Ahuja, a resident of Sector 10, in the case on September 20, followed by the arrest of Jitesh, another accused, a resident of Sector 4.

While the petition for bail filed by Jitesh was denied, Aman Ahuja, however, managed to get the bail on November 1.

The court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Sanjeev Jindal, while granting the bail to Aman, observed that as per the police report, the accused, Aman, along with his co-accused Jatin and another boy, had forcibly made physical relations with the prosecutrix on the evening of September 16 this year.

Contrary to that, the FIR dated September 18 and statements of the complainant under Section 164 of the CrPC before Judicial Magistrate Monica on September 20 clearly shows that the complainant has not named Aman anywhere therein with respect to his presence or participation in the incident that occurred on September 16.

The complainant knew Aman very well as both of them signed on a document of a compromise on September 9, 2007, observed the Judge, adding that under these circumstances, if the prosecutrix, in her complaint, said that Jatin, along with two boys whom she did not know, had committed rape on her, the possibility of the presence of the accused, Aman, did not arise as victim knew him, and he would have been named specifically by the complainant.

In her review application, the mother of the victim said the police did not represent the case before the court properly. She, pleading to consider the cancellation of bail to Aman, said the police manipulated the facts before the court to help the accused get early bail. And it was because of this fact that she had already filed a petition in Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking the probe in the case by an independent agency.



Son of ex-police officer booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 27
The Zirakpur police today booked Raja Bhullar, son of a retired senior police official, for cheating and intimidating Sandeep Singla, owner of a shop selling steel at Patiala. The police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420 and 506 of the IPC on the basis of complaint lodged with the company.

A police official said the accused, who is constructing a marriage palace on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway, has failed to make payments against steel purchased from the dealer. He was allegedly dilly-dallying in making the payment.

Initially, the accused had made a payment of Rs 11 lakh against the steel purchased from the trader. Second time, a payment of Rs 5 lakh made through a cheque could not be cashed as it was misplaced. Repeated request of payment made by the company did not yield any results.

Case against school bus driver

Driver of Manav Mangal School, Phase X, was booked for negligent driving leading to the death of Mohan Singh, who was driving a motorcycle near Phase XI here. The police has registered a case against the bus driver on the basis of statement given by Balwinder Singh, who was pillion riding on the motorcycle.

A police official said the motorcyclist, who was declared brought dead at the GMCH, Sector 32, was working in a call centre and belonged to a poor family. He was the sole bread earner of the family.



Safari driver booked for culpable homicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The police today booked Akjot Singh Sandhu, the driver of a Tata Safari that had hit a motor-cycle yesterday, killing a Sector-22 resident on the spot.

Police station-3 SHO Har Sahai Sharma said the accused was booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, as he did not stop his vehicle after the hit. Rather, he dragged the victims and the motorcycle to a distance and stopped only when the vehicle couldn’t move any further.

Sources in the police said eyewitnesses to the accident told the investigating officer that the accused was under the influence of liquor and tried to speed away from the scene after the mishap. In the process, he dragged the victims along. The accused is the son of a Mohali-based industrialist.

The accident took place in front of the gurdwara in Sector 8 and the victims were dragged to the internal road of Sector 9 market.



PGI draftsman held taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Satosh Kataria, who was caught red-handed while allegedly accepting bribe in front of Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 27
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today caught Santosh Kataria, a head draftsman of the PGI, red-handed while allegedly taking Rs 25,000 as bribe from a contractor.

The CBI sleuths nabbed Kataria in the act in full public view in front of Hotel Mountview in Sector 10.

The CBI removed his trousers and took the same into its possession as evidence.

Sources in the CBI said a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Kataria on a complaint lodged by Jaspal Singh, a contactor.

Jaspal had alleged that he had applied for a tender for some construction work in the PGI, which was allotted to him. The officer had been harassing him by not issuing him the orders and had demanded Rs 25,000 for the same.

Sources added that Kataria told Jaspal Singh that he would take Rs 10,000 for himself and the rest of the amount would go to the superintendent engineer of the hospital.



Man killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Jitender, a resident of Baltana, was killed when a speeding car hit his scooter while he was going home, along with his friend Intezar Ali, near Bell factory here late this night.

According to information, both were returning to their respective homes when the scooter was hit by speeding car driven by Deepak. Deepak took both of them to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where Jitender was declared brought dead while Intezar Ali was under going a treatment.

The police arrested the car driver after registering a case against him.



Labourer killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
A 39-year-old labourer was crushed to death near Mansa Devi Complex T junction here today. The deceased has been identified as Sant Ram, a resident of Rajiv colony.

According to the police, Sant Ram was going with another person, Vijay, towards Old Panchkula when a tipper hit their scooter.

While Vijay, a mason belonging to Rajasthan, was driving the scooter, Sant Ram was sitting on the pillion.

Both victims were taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, where Sant Ram was declared dead and Vijay, who suffered minor injuries, was discharged after administering first aid.

The driver of the tipper, Sohan Lal, a resident of MDC, was arrested.



Sandhu sets Panchkula greens on fire
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 27
Karanjit Singh Sandhu of Delhi set the Panchkula Golf Club greens on fire, as he carded a seven under par 65 course record to take the lead at the midway stage of the Rs 20 lakh HUDA-GTPL-Unitech Haryana Open PGTI event in Panchkula today.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala and top-ranked Mukesh Kumar returned identical one under 71 scores to be tied second at four under 140, just one stroke behind the leader.

Starting on the 10th Karanjit Singh Sandhu (74, 65) picked up his first birdie on the 11th and then carded a hat-trick of birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th to make the turn at a flawless four under par 32.

Another birdie on the second took his score to five under.

He then missed a chip-putt from the edge of the green on the par-three fourth to register his only bogey of the day.

Sandhu sank an eagle on the par-five eighth when his second shot (3 iron), helped by a good bounce came up just four feet short of the hole.

The 27-year-old closed with a birdie on the ninth where he sank a 20 feet putt.

“I hit the ball very close and did not leave too many long putts for myself.

The eagle on the eighth was a result of a great second shot which ended up four feet short of the pin. I'm now feeling very good about my game,” said Sandhu.

Mukesh Kumar (69, 71) made a promising start to his second round when he sank birdies on the 11th and 12th.

He then three-putted on the 14th to concede a bogey. Mukesh birdied the 15th to make the turn at two under.

A couple of more three-putts resulted in a bogey on the first and a double bogey on the second.

The PGTI Order of Merit leader, then, pulled back two strokes as he sank birdies on the fifth and seventh.

Gaganjeet Bhullar (69,71) fired birdies on the 11th, 17th, 18th first and dropped bogeys on the 10th, 13th and eighth to join Mukesh in tied second.

The Chandigarh duo of Randhir Singh Ghotra (71-71) and Harendra P. Gupta (74-68) were tied fourth after the second round along with Rahul Ganapathy (68, 74) and Rafick Ali Mollah (72, 70) at two under 142.

Feroz Ali Mollah, Mohd Siddikur Rahman and C Muniyappa are all tied eighth with identical totals of one under 143.

Gurbaaz Pratap Singh Mann fired an eagle on the first but bungled with a quadruple bogey on the par-3 13th to fire a one under par 71 card to be tied 17th at over one par 145. He carded a 74 on day one.

Chandigarh's Harmeet Kahlon (74, 76) was tied 44th at six over 150, the score at which the cut was declared.

Scores (after second round): 139 Karanjit Sandhu (74-65); 140 Gaganjeet Bhullar (69-71) and Mukesh Kumar (69-71); 142 Randhir Singh Ghotra (71-71), Harendra P. Gupta (74-68), Rahul Ganapathy (68-74) and Rafick Ali Mollah (72-70); 143 Feroz Ali Mollah (73-70), Mohd Siddikur Rahman (73-70) and C. Muniyappa (73-70); 144 Ajeetesh Sandhu (71-73), Naman Dawar (71-73), Chiragh Kumar (70-74), Praduman Singh Guleria (74-70), Vivek Bhandari (74-70) and Gaurav Pratap Singh (74-70).



Mission Hills World Cup
Jeev, Jyoti tied 12th
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 27
Swirling winds kept the Indian duo of Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa from giving out their best as they combined for a five under par 67 to be tied 12th alongside the Philippines on the opening day of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Dongguan in China today.

Japan's Ruyuji Imada and Tooru Taniguchi emerged as the leading nation from Asia after a six under par 66 in the opening four-ball session left them four shots behind the pacesetter Germany at Mission Hills Golf Club. Randhawa, Asia's number one in 2002, sank a birdie on the third hole but with gusty winds throwing teams off balance, they had to wait until the ninth for their second birdie of the round in the better ball format.

Jeev knocked in his first birdie of the day on ninth and went on to shoot two other birdies in a quick succession before Randhawa wrapped up the day with his second birdie of the day on the15th.

"We did not combine as well as we could have. Five under is not a great score but being bogey free was good," said Randhawa. "We made birdies on the same holes. If we made birdies on different holes, that would have been great. We got over aggressive today. We tried to chip in and tried to make putts from 30 foot which you cannot do."

First round scores: 62 Germany (Martin Kaymer, Alex Cejka); 63 Australia (Richard Green, Brendan Jones); 64 Canada (Graham Delaet, Wes Heffernan), the US (Ben Curtis, Brandt Snedeker) and Spain (Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal); 65 New Zealand (Mark Brown, David Smail), Denmark (Soren Hansen, Anders Hansen), Ireland (Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley) and Sweden (Henrik Stenson, Robert Karslsson); 66 Japan (Ryuji Imada, Toru Taniguchi) and Mexico (Daniel De Leon, Osca Serna); 67 India (Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa), Chile (Felipe Aguilar, Mark Tullo), Portugal (Tiago Cruz, Ricardo Santos) and Philippines (Angelo Que, Mars Pucay).



PU prevail over Punjabi varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Hosts Panjab University snuffed out the challenge of Punjabi University, Patiala, 83-48 in a league match of the North Zone Inter-University Basketball (Men) Championship, being played on the Panjab University grounds here. Rajan (21 points), Gurbaj (20 points) and last match’s top scorer, Yatin (15 points), were the principal scorers, who faced no problems beating the Punjabi University.

In the second league match, Delhi University after a defeat by PU yesterday, the delhiites gave a scintillating performance today defeated Kurukshtra University 83-46.

Gurvinder, Divesh and Parveen were the main scorers for DU.



Cricket meet for special kids
Maharashtra XI beat Chandigarh XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Maharashtra XI got the better of Chandigarh XI in a cricket match being organised by the National Cricket Association for the Mentally Challenged for T-20 challenge cup to celebrate the world disability day here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32.

The winning team had piled on a total of 134 runs in 18 overs, which was enough for their rival, Chandigarh XI. None of its batsman could stay on the pitch for a long time and got bundled out on 63.

Earlier, Samwarthak Singh, DPI(S), inaugurated the tournament. Students of GIMRC and GMSSS-32 presented a prayer and a welcome song.

Samwarthak, the chief guest, applauded the efforts of GIMRC for organising such events to uplift the status of these kids.

He declared a special award for the man of the match.



Holy Child, Xavier's register wins

Panchkula, November 27
Holy Child School and St Xavier’s High School claimed the girls and boys titles, respectively, in the 3 rd Chand Trehan Memorial Inter-School Basketball Tournament organised by Holy Child School on its premises today. Holy Child girls outplayed DPS of Pinjore by 20-9 in the final. Gul Walia was declared the Holy Child’s best player, as she sunk 12 points.

Arunjeet Ghosal, Tania Dogra and Srishti Ramavat helped Gul. For DPS, Vartika scored nine points for her team. Xavier’s scored a hard-fought win by 52-49. Amber Sharma was declared the best player in the boys section. — TNS



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