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Saras fair kicks off on vibrant note
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh today inaugurated the 12-day long Saras fair dedicated to the region’s culture. The fair is organised by the rural development department at Sheesh mahal.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh Inder Singh asserted that as many as 400 artisans from 20 states across the country are taking part in the fair.

He added that it was a big achievement on the part of the Union government to hold the fair where the artisans will be able to sell off their works of art, which have been prepared by them under various schemes initiated by the Central government.

Ramesh Inder Singh said austerity measures had been put into place by the state government under which one department would avail only one car and not more.

He added that as part of the austerity measures, the state government had given vehicles to security personnel accompanying the government officials, which had a better average of diesel and petrol in an attempt to save financial resources.

He added that various posts lying in the state government would be filled soon through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). He claimed that the process of recruitment through the PPSC was already set in motion and all vacant posts would be filled soon.



Farmer killed over land dispute
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, November 30
Three property dealers allegedly killed a farmer late last night following a land dispute in Madanpur Chalheri village.

According to the police, Dhyan Singh was having eight acres in his village at a prime location. Three property dealers from Rajpura had been claiming that they purchased the eight acres of land from a resident of Malerkotla a few days back. They had come to take the possession of the land from Dhyan Singh in the village, the police added.

When Dhyan Singh refused to hand over the land to them, the property dealers, including Gurcharan Singh, Surjit Singh and an unidentified person, started beating up Dhyan Singh late last night at his house. The victim succumbed to his injuries while he was being taken to the hospital.

An FIR has been registered against the trio on the complaint of his son, Baldev Singh. No arrest has been made so far. 



Swift Police Action
Three held for chain-snatching
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 29
Taking a swift action, the local police arrested three motorcycle-borne chain-snatchers during a hurriedly erected naka today. The police recovered a gold chain, and presented them at the court. They were sent to three days’ police remand.

Surjit Singh Dhanoa, SHO, said last evening at a nearby village, Saheedgarh, a lady from the village, Surjit Kaur, was going to her house, when three youths, on a motorcycle, snatched her heavy gold chain and fled away. She raised the alarm and the villagers followed them and also informed the police.

The SHO said the police immediately erected nakas, and nabbed the three motorcyclists. During their search, the police recovered the gold chain. He said the accused had been identified as Beant Singh, resident of Sahpur Kurali, Amit Karan Singh, resident of Kharar, and Jagtar Singh, resident of Kharar. He said after investigations, more thefts were likely to come out.



Seminar on teaching practices at DGC
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 30
A seminar on modern teaching practices and effective teaching was organised on the Doaba Group of Colleges (DGC) campus here yesterday.

The key speaker was engineer Jagman Singh, who has experience in the field of engineering and has published five books on various topics. He advocated modern approach to education, which would help in producing better engineers.

He said that country needs engineers who can help India to progress.

"But our system is producing degree holders only and this is one of the major causes of unemployment," he said.

During an interactive session, the faculty of Doaba Group came forward with suggestions for better teaching and also discussed problems.

Speaking on occasion Manjit Singh, executive director, DGC, suggested that value addition to formal teaching was essential to improve prospects of placements of students.

S.S. Sangha, MD (DGC) and Dr S.S. Wadhwa, director-principal, Doaba Institute of Engineering and Technology, was also present.



Medical camp for BPL families
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 30
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised its 30th free multi-speciality medical check-up camp at the Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development centre 
here today.

It was inaugurated by Hardarshan Singh Mejie, patron MBCT, while Hassan Mejie, advisor, presided over the camp.

A team of doctors, led by Dr K.P.S Sandhu and Dr Manpreet Kaur, checked 434 patients belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families of 66 villages adopted by the trust to provide free medical services.

The transportation arrangements for the patients from their respective villages were made by the trust. Volunteer service for the camp was provided by Ramesh Pathak, Ajay Malhotra, Amarishwar Singh, S.S Nirdoshi, Jai Mejie and Jyoti Malhotra. The trust provided medicines free of cost to the poor patients.



Mumbai Terror
Rail employees perform yajna
Our Correspondent

Kalka, November 30
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the All India Railway Protection Force (RPF) Association, the RPF Force Kalka performed yajna in the RPF office today.

Satish Rana, divisional secretary, said that after performing the hawan with traditional chanting of mantras, a prayer was held to pay homage to the victims of Mumbai attacks.

A two-minute silence was also observed for peace to the departed souls.

Harbans Singh, sub-inspector, Gurmeet Singh, Ramesh Kumar, and Ashawani were present in the programme.



Two held for stealing construction material
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The police today arrested a security guard of a private company along with a driver for allegedly stealing construction material worth over Rs 80,000 from site of an under-construction five-star hotel in Sector 35-B.

However, three other employees of the Sector 35-based security agency, Paramount Security, Man Power and Allied Services, managed to flee.

According to the police, the accused were nabbed by Santosh Kumar, the supervisor for construction, in the wee hours of today when he paid a surprise visit to the site. He noticed the security guards and the driver of a mini-truck (PB-65-A-5498) loading the construction material in the truck. On seeing the supervisor, three persons managed to flee while two were nabbed. The police was informed about the incident.

The SHO of the Sector 36 police station, Anokh Singh, said Raj Kumar, security guard and a driver, Jaspal Singh, were arrested from the spot along with the truck. The police recovered seven girders, five channels, some plates and iron rods from their possession. The truck used fro loading the articles had also been impounded.

The accused told the investigating officer that they had conspired with other employees of the security company, Banarasi Dass, Udesh, two security guards and a driver, Satpal Singh alias Satta.

Santosh Kumar told the police that he was also supervising work at the IT Park and came to the hotel site at around 4 am. The police said it is yet to be found whether the accused had earlier also stolen material from the site.

Meanwhile the police has registered a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC against the accused.



3 sisters arrested for theft bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Three sisters hailing from Madhya Pradesh were caught red-handed while attempting to steal valuables from a car parked at Gurdwara Bagh Saheedan Da in Sector 44, here, this afternoon. Staff at the gurdwara nabbed the women and handed them to the police.

The police said the accused, Lakhmi, Varsha and Neelam, have been arrested on the charges of attempt to theft. Gurpartap Singh Riar, a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandak Committee, said a few days ago also valuables were stolen from the car parked in the gurdwara. After the incident the gurdwara deployed the special staff to nab the culprits.

The accused told the police that they have come with their mother to the city and were selling bed sheets to earn their livelihood.


Baljinder Singh of Kiratpur Sahib reported that his Tata Indica car (PB-12-K-0094) was stolen from Sector 23 on November 27. Rehul Verma of Sector 37 lodged a complaint alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (PB-31-F-1431) was also stolen from the Sector 35 market on November 27.

In another incident, Narinder Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony filed a complaint with the police alleging that his motor cycle (CH-03-Z-5429) was stolen from his residence late last night.

The police has registered three separate cases of thefts.


Rafi Ahmad of Sector 21 filed a complaint against Sumit, a resident of the same Sector, alleging that he entered his residence with an intension to commit a theft on Saturday night.

The police arrested the accused in this connection.



1 booked for intimidating father-in-law
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
The Panchkula police today booked one Pradeep Katoch for allegedly intimidating his father-in-law, Santosh Moudgil, a resident of Sector 10. Australia-based Gagan, a daughter of Santosh Moudgil, had married the boy last year.

According to the police, Gagan and Pradeep had interaction on the Internet and decided to marry. After marrying Pradeep, she went to Australia a couple of months later.

In the complaint, Gagan's father alleged that Pradeep had started harassing him for not sending him to Australia. He also started harassing his daughter over phone, who stayed in Australia, he stated.

The police has registered a case.



Mission Hills World Cup
Jeev, Jyoti finish 17th as Swedes clinch title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 30
Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa played a one under par 71 on the final day to finish tied 17th alongside China at eight under par 280 on the concluding day of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at Dongguan, China, today.

The Indian duo started with a grand five under par 67 on the opening day and followed it up with a par 72 on the second day. After a two under par 70 yesterday, the duo settled for a one under par 71 today to pocket the prize money of US $61,000.

Jeev and Jyoti started with a birdie on the second hole, but lost a stroke on the fourth to be par 36 at the turn. Birdies on the 10th and 11th was as far as they could go before dropping a bogey on the 14th for a one under par 71 card on the par 72 greens of the Mission Hills Golf Club.

Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson produced a magnificent three-stroke victory for Sweden after shooting a nine-under-par 63 in the final round foursomes for a winning total of 27 under par 261 and a prize money of US $17 lakh.

The Spaniards settled for second place after returning a 70 while joint overnight leaders Australia, represented by Brendan Jones and Richard Green, finished equal third with Japan after a disappointing 76.

Ryuji Imada and Toru Taniguchi were Asia's best finishers for Japan, a 68 putting them level with Australia at the conclusion of the US$5.5 million Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Final scores: 261: Sweden (Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson) 65-67-66-63; 264: Spain (Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal) 64-63-67-70; 270: Japan (Ryuji Imada, Toru Taniguchi) 66-68-68-68, Australia (Richard Green, Brendan Jones) 63-68-63-76; 272: Germany (Martin Kaymer, Alex Cejka) 62-69-68-73; 273: England (Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher) 69-74-63-67; 274: South Africa (Rory Sabbatini, Richard Sterne) 70-70-67-67, Thailand (Prayad Marksaeng, Thongchai Jaidee) 69-73-64-68; 275: USA (Ben Curtis, Brandt Snedeker) 64-69-69-73; 276: Chile (Felipe Aguilar, Mark Tullo) 67-76-66-67, France (Gregory Havret, Gregory Bourdy) 68-75-62-71, Philippines (Angelo Que, Marciano Pucay) 67-72-65-72; 277: Portugal (Tiago Cruz, Ricardo Santos) 67-73-67-70, Canada (Graham Delaet, Wes Heffernan) 64-71-69-73, Denmark (Soren Hansen, Anders Hansen) 65-75-64-73; 278: Ireland (Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley) 65-68-68-77; 280: India (Jeev Mikha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa) 67-72-70-71, China (Liang Wen-chong, Zhang Lian-wei) 69-75-64-72; 281: Scotland (Alastair Forsyth, Colin Montgomerie) 68-73-68-72, Italy (Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari) 70-73-64-74; 282: Finland (Roope Kakko, Mikko Korhonen) 69-70-68-75; 283: Guatemala (Pablo Acuna, Alejandro Villavicencio) 69-76-66-72, New Zealand (Mark Brown, David Smail) 65-75-68-75; 284: Chinese Taipei (Lin Wen-tang, Lu Wen-teh) 68-75-69-72; 285: Wales (Bradley Dredge, Richard Johnson) 69-77-68-71; 287: Korea (Bae Sang-moon, Kim Hyung-tae) 68-70-71-78; 288: Mexico (Daniel De Leon, Osca Serna) 66-77-71-74; 294: Venezuela (Miguel Martinez, Raul Sanz) 71-74-75-74.



Top lady golfers for Punjab Open
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 30
Top lady amateur golfers from all over the country will converge on the greens of Chandigarh Golf Club for the four-day 16th Punjab Open Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship which gets under way on December 2.

A close competition is expected with Delhi and Noida golfers leading the challenge. They include Gauri Monga, Lavery Kumar, Neha Tripathi and last year's runner-up, 14-year-old Meher Atwal.

Akriti Singh of Amritsar and local girl Rabiya Gill are the favourites from the region, which will see 65 golfers from 10 to 73 years vying for the titles at stake after the ceremonial tee-off by Chandigarh Golf Club president D.S. Bains on Tuesday morning.

Neha Tripathy has been doing well and was the winner in the Northern India Ladies’ Amateur Golf Championship held in Kolkata this year.

The greens are playing well and quite a number of the ladies could be seen driving and putting on the course.

As many as 30 ladies from Chandigarh will be seen in action during the four-day competition in different age groups.

The main sponsors for the ladies' golf competition are Som Dutt Builders. Pikka P. Singh, lady captain of Chandigarh Golf Club, said she was grateful to Som Dutt for the big support he had extended to the ladies' golf.

A 73-year-old Pali Sukarchakia is the oldest and her granddaughter, a 10-year-old Seher Atwal, is the youngest participant in the tournament, which will see a record entry for the super-senior category contest for those above 65 years.

The junior category has eight entries and the sub junior category has 14 entries.

Pikka P. Singh said the sponsors had pooled in to make the 16th Punjab Open a big event. Besides the main sponsors Som Dutt Builders, she gave out a list of co-sponsors like the Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Emaar MGF, Hotel Fortune Klassic of Ludhiana, Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, PCP International, N.K. Sharma and Associates, United Breweries and Club Mahendra.

She said the Punjab Open was a categorised tournament of IGULS (Indian Golf Union Ladies’ Section).



Softball Tourney
DAV College rout PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
DAV College, Sector 10, edged past hosts Panjab University (PU) 8-3 in a knockout match during the Panjab University Inter-College Softball (Men) Tournament held on the PU grounds here today.

Shivender, Jatinder and Vipul, who scored 2 points each, were the principal scorer for the DAV. While the efforts of Pankaj (2 points) and Pankaj Singh (1 point) of PU went into vain as their team couldn’t perform well in the later part of the match and lost it.

In another match, Santosh and Arun, who bagged 2 points each, played a pivotal role in the win of SGGS College-26 over Government College, Sector-46, by 10-0.

Earlier, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, blanked Government College, Sector 11, by 5-0. Ranjeet, who bagged 2 points, was the principal scorer for the winning team. Ramesh, Akash and Vier Eklove too contributed with one point each.

GGDSD College-32 beat MGKM S.S. Physical Education, Jhakroudi, by 16-6. Gaurav of SD who was the top scorer of the day, played pivotal for in the win. Davinder, Ajit, Pawan, Rajesh and Rahul with 2 points each were the other scorers.



HDFC Bank lift Defender Cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A brilliant knock of 115 by Amrit Pal Singh and his brilliant century opening-wicket partnership with all-rounder Gurinder Saini helped HDFC Bank to lift the V Godrej Defender Cup by beating Godrej Cricket Club with a margin of 42 runs in the final at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Godrej Cricket Club won the toss and elected to field. HDFC were given a flying start by openers Amrit Pal Singh and Gurinder Saini who were associated in a 120-run partnership. Gurinder Saini slammed 54 runs while Charanjeet Singh contributed a valuable knock of 35.

In reply, Godrej innings terminated at 202 for eight in allotted 25 overs. Manav Asopa top scored with 55 while Kulwinder Romy posted an innings of 38. Umesh Kaira made 36.

All-rounder Gurvinder Saini broke the backbone of Godrej XI batting by capturing four wickets for 32 runs. Kamal Walia bagged two for 31.

Inderjeet Singh of Godrej was declared the best bowler and Gurvinder Saini of HDFC received the best batsman's award. Umesh Kaira of Godrej was the best all-rounder. AP Singh was declared the Man of the Match.



Royal Tiger annex title in speed skating
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Rolling Tiger Academy of Panchkula swept the 14th District Skating Competition by winning 66 medals in speed skating here today at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16.

While in the sub junior roller hockey, Bhavan Vidhyalya B, Panchkula, got the top honours.

Bhavan Vidhyalya A, Panchkula, and Blue Bird School bagged second and third position, respectively.

While in the junior boys’ championship, Blue Bird School emerged winner while Bhavan Vidhyalya and DPS, Pinjor, got second and third place, respectively.

Road race:

Age group:

Under-4 boys’: Arish Verma, Aryan Vatts and Ravin Makol

Under-4 girls’: Avi and Swarnima Soni

4-6 boys’: Akshit Kharub, Ayush Bhatt, Sanyam and Guraj Cheema 4-6 girls’: Aditi Thakur, Akshita, Alisha and Ananya

6-8 boys’: Adhiraj Kundlas, Kabir, Chetan, Daksh and Piyush 6-8 girls’: Mrinaal, Shirin and Khayati

Rink Race:

Under-4 boys’: Pranay Goud, Anish Sood, Ravi Makol and Shourya

Under-4 girls’: Avi, Ananya and Pulkita 4-6 boys’: Akshit Kharab, Ayush Bhatt and Rahul Sikka



Otobi Cup Twenty20 Cricket
Andel lads lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Riding high on their superb bowling attack, Andel Cricket Academy, Panchkula, outclassed Green Field Cricket Academy, Mohali, by six wickets to lift the trophy in the Otobi Cup Under-19 Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, being organised by Cricket Federation of India at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3 here today.

The hopes of Green Field Cricket Academy to pile on a big total after wining the toss were soon shattered by the deadly bowling spell of Green Field’s man of the match, Rahul Chara, who claimed 4 wickets at the expense of only 4 runs, and Pankaj, who pocketed 4 wickets for 14.

The batting team was put on a back foot and got all out on a meagre total of 54 runs in 14.1 overs.

Rahul Sherawat (16 runs) and Mousion Khan (11 runs) were the only batsmen to score in double figures.

Replying, Andel Cricket Academy achieved the target in 9.2 overs with the loss of only 4 wickets.

Rahul Chara and Gagan Deep Singh of Andel Cricket Academy were declared best bowler and best batsman of the tournament, respectively, while Amrinder Singh of Green Field Cricket Academy was adjudged best all-rounder.



Gul, Pranshu adjudged best players
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Gul Walia of class VIII and Pranshu Singh of class IX were declared the best players among girls’ and boys’ category, respectively, on the sports day of Holy Child School here yesterday.

In the 100 m race, Prateek Aggarwal and Abha Sharma emerged the fastest runners among the boys’ and girls’ category in class V. In class VI Aditya Kumar and Mrinalini Chauhan won the 100 m race while class VII Harsheen Singh and Samriti Ahuja stood first in the 100 m dash for class IX.

Shubham Chandaran and Gul Walia won the gold medal in the 100 m race for boys and girls in class IX. Shivam Mittu and Arunjeet Gosal claimed the top honours in the 100 m for boys and girls in class IX.

Avinash Yadav and Natalya Thakur stole the show for boys and girls, respectively, in the 100 m race for class X.

In relay race for seniors, Altair House bagged the first prize in boys’ (Avinash Yadav, Amit Garg, Parmeet Singh and Nakul) as well as girls’ (Gul Walia, Natalya Thakur, Jasreen Kaur and Smriti Ahuja) category.

In the boys’ relay race for juniors, Altair House (Subham Dhingra, Nikhil Yadav and Anshul Yadav) bagged the first prize. Vega House (Manisha Pun, Neha Birdi and Amrita Nain) was first in the girls’ relay race.



Ashok Malhotra XI beat Chetan Sharma XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Ashok Malhotra XI beat Chetan Sharma XI by 34 runs in the Week-End Match organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy on St Stephen's School ground in Sector 45 here.

Ashok Malhotra XI batted first and scored 214 all out in 34.3 overs. Lovish Bansal (62) and Rahul Chabbra (32) propped up Malhotra XI innings, as they were concerned in 81-run partnership for the second wicket. Manjot Singh (34), Lovejit Singh (25) and Rishu (17) also made significant contribution with the bat.

For Chetan Sharma XI, Amrit Singh (three for 58) and Jagpreet Singh (two for 31) were the main wicket takers. In reply, Chetan Sharma XI could score only 181 for seven in stipulated 35 overs.



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