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Over 100 cleft lip surgeries at Patiala hospital
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 16
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH), along with international charity organisation Smile Train, has brought a smile to over 100 children born with cleft lip and palate.

Renowned plastic surgeon Dr Gurpratap Singh, a former professor and head of the department of plastic surgery, Government Medical College, Patiala, who has already operated over 2000 such cases, is rendering expert services free of cost to help these underprivileged children. Over 100 such surgeries have been conducted so far.

Dr Gurpratap Singh said bringing a smile back to these children was the greatest reward and he felt blessed that God had gifted him with such a skill to help these children.

Dr Gurpratap said this anomaly occurred due to congenital as well as nutritional defects during pregnancy. Poor knowledge among villagers regarding this disease might lead to a delayed treatment, causing various problems such as late development of speech, malnutrition, repeated chest infections and mental retardation. A number of female patients had undergone a surgery after they failed to get a suitable matrimonial alliance because of the cleft lip.

Dr A. S. Sekhon, principal of the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, said the hospital was a premiere institute in the region with efficient multi-speciality clinics and it had come on the forefront in educating villagers regarding the cause of the disease and it’s early treatment. The required facilities were provided to the children with round-the-clock observation of the children by expert doctors. He said the hospital also provided a free speech therapy and other rehabilitative services to these children.

Dr Sekhon further said every year 35,000 children were born with clefts, a gap between the upper lip and palate. The irony was that a cleft lip could be completely corrected with a simple surgical procedure that would take just 45 minutes and cost around Rs 8,000. The Smile Train is the world’s largest lip and palate charity while has sponsored over 1,10,000 safe quality surgeries since 2000 across India free of cost.



Youth Congress chiefs elected
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 16
Sharanjit Singh Jogipur was elected president of the Rural Youth Congress after the elections to the body were held here today.

Jogipur beat Davinder Singh Goldy by 47 votes. The total number of votes was 115 out of which 114 were polled. Jogipur garnered 80 votes and Goldy bagged 33 votes.

Jogipur was a loyalist of the Preneet Kaur group while Goldy was considered to be close to PPCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

The others who were elected unanimously were Swaran Singh as vice-president while as per the Congress traditions the losing candidate for the presidentship Goldy was elected general secretary. The others elected as general secretaries among the reserve category were Jinder Pal Kaur, Karnail Kaur, Yadvinder Singh, Vir Bhan Birla.

Bikramjit Chauhan was elected president of the District Youth Congress (urban). He is considered to be a loyalist of Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and is son of former senior deputy mayor Kabir Dass. Both the newly elected president and the losing candidate Sonu Sanger bagged 29 votes each and the candidature of Chauhan was decided by the observer through a toss. Chauhan would be president for one year while Sanger would be president for the remaining four years.

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Sandeep Verma was elected today as the district Youth Congress president. He bagged 63 votes in the contest. He said efforts would be made to strengthen the Congress party with the help of youth and other committed members of the party.



Lawyers protest against Badal
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, December 16
A large number of lawyers from the District Bar Association today protested against the Punjab government for not releasing the grant of Rs 40 lakh. The grant was supposed to be released for the construction of various chambers of the lawyers. The lawyers alleged that the funds were announced by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in September. But the funds were never released till date.

Advocate Ranjeet ,former vice-president of the Bar Association, Rajpura, alleged that the funds were not released due to some petty reasons. “We will intensify the agitation if our demands were not met immediately. We will burn effigies of Parkash Singh Badal and also block the G. T. Roads in the coming few days”, he said. 



Plea against ‘hookah’ ban
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Terming the orders of the district magistrate for prohibiting “hookahs” in every eatery or restaurant as “illegal”, a revision petition has been filed at the district courts here today.

Taking up the petition, the Court issued a notice for December 18 to the district magistrate.

The UT administration had passed an order on November 25 wherein it had ordered that no owner, proprietor or manager of any eatery, restaurant or hotel would use or permitted to be used “hookah” or anything similar to it. The district magistrate passed this orders to prevent the misuse of “hookahs” in such places.

The petition, filed by the owner of restaurant “Hookah”, stated that the place had a seating capacity of more than 50 persons and physically separated rooms, which came under the official rules and regulations.

It was alleged that the order passed by the district magistrate on November 25 was arbitrary and illegal as it had prohibited the use of only “hookah” and “not cigarette” or other tobacco products.

It was stated that by this order the magistrate had tried to portray that “hookah” was not covered under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Districution) Act, 2003.



Councillors case: Hearing on December 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has listed the case pertaining to the voting rights of three nominated councillors for a final hearing on December 24, here today.

It must be recalled that a city lawyer, Ajay Jagga, had raised the issue of restraining the three from participating in elections to the post of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor in November 2007.

The petition was filed against the three councillors, Neealm Malik, Amrit Bolaria and Arshad Khan.



MC told to pay Rs 50,000 to shopkeeper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The District Consumer Forum has directed the Municipal Corporation to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a shopkeeper, whose stall was removed by the enforcement staff of the MC a day after he sought permission for setting it up.

The petitioner, M.M Khan, a resident of Burail, stated in a petition that he had taken the permission of the MC of putting up a stall of 15 X 15' in Sector 22 adjoining Super Bazaar for four days in November, 2007. The stall of readymade garments was to be put from November 15 to November 19, 2007 for which Rs 31,602 was deposited with the MC.

It was alleged that to his utter surprise, his permission was cancelled for violation of the conditions. He then sought information under the RTI Act and was informed that the permission to put the stall at that place was cancelled on November 16, 2007. The MC stated that they had rightly cancelled the permission and acted under the law against the complainant after the receipt of a written complaint from the area councillor Pradeep Chhabra.

Observing that no show-cause notice was issued to the complainant, the forum held, “The cancellation of the commercial stall resulted in the loss of income to the complainant. His goods were taken away by the enforcement staff to cause him further loss.”



Mega lok adalat on Dec 20
Tribune News Service

Ropar, December 16
As a special campaign to settle pending civil and compoundable criminal cases, Punjab and Haryana High Court has decided to organise two days mega lok adalat on December 20 and 21.

U.S. Gera, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman district legal services authority, Ropar, said lok adalats would also be held at the district and sub-divisions to settle not only pending matters before judicial courts but also revenue authorities/ statutory tribunals constituted under any law, including industrial tribunals, labour courts, consumer forums and other quasi judicial authorities.

He further said revenue cases relating to lambardari, partition and mutation proceedings, land acquisition and compensation disputes, Punjab Tenancy Act, Land Revenue Act, Punjab Village Common Land Act, Public Premises Ejectment Act, election petitions or matters pending before executive authorities under various relevant laws relating to urban and rural local bodies, Cooperative Societies Act and recovery proceedings, Northern India Canal and Drainage Act, excise and taxation cases, cases under Electricity Act and motor vehicles accident claims etc. would also be settled.

He said steps would be taken to persuade the parties to resolve disputes and work out modalities, before actual holding of lok adalat. Interested parties may bring their cases in these lok adalats for the quick dispensation of justice, he added.



Man held for impersonation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 16
A high-drama prevailed at the Mohali tehsil office when a Ludhiana resident, Behari Lal was arrested while impersonating as Hari Chand, owner of an LIG flat in Phase XI here, to give power of attorney of the property to one Manjeet Singh, a resident of Phase XI here.

Two lawyers, who signed as witnesses on the power of attorney before producing the document for attestation, have also been named in the FIR along the impersonator and Manjeet Singh.

The impersonator was found to be a rickshaw puller who was produced by certain property dealers before the niab tehsildar (joint sub-registrar), Jaspal Singh, who got suspicious about the antecedents of the applicant.

The SHO, Phase 1 police station, Harbeer Singh, said a case under Sections 420, 467 and 468 of the IPC has been registered.



Thieves decamp with 22 cellphones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Thieves decamped with 22 mobile phones after breaking into a shop in Sector 47. Shop owner Vijay Kumar lodged an FIR alleging that the thieves entered his shop by breaking the locks and decamped with the mobile phones worth Rs 50,000 during the intervening night of December 14-15.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 31 police station.

In another incident, Rafique, a resident of Mani Majra, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Sapir Alam of Mani Majra attempted to steal his mobile phone near Shivalik Park in Mani Majra yesterday.

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered at Mani Majra police station. The accused has been arrested.

In one more incident, Ramandeep Gupta of Sector 37, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his two mobile phones and purse containing some documents were stolen from his residence on December 14. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 39 police station.


The local police has registered a case against Patta Singh, a tractor driver, on the complaint of Umesh Kumar Gupta of Sector 56, who alleged that Patta Singh hit his ‘rehri’ near his residence yesterday. A case under Section 279 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 39 police station. The accused was arrested and bailed out later on.



Rickshaw-puller found dead

Chandigarh, December 16
Papp Jha (30), a rickshaw-puller, was found lying dead at the local bus stop near Colony Number 4 this morning.

The police said the deceased was suffering from tuberculosis. The police found blood spots in the vomit of the deceased while there was no other injury marks on the body. A medical prescription slip was also recovered.

The police said the deceased was living alone and probably hailed from Uttar Pradesh. The body has been shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital for post-mortem. A case has been registered. — TNS



Newly wed ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A newly wed woman, Neha Goel (26), committed suicide by hanging herself at her parental house in Sector 32 here this morning.

The police has recovered a suicide note in which the deceased has held no one responsible for her death. She had mentioned in the suicide note that her husband, Deepak Goel, should not be allowed to touch her body and perform her cremation.

Neha was married to Deepak of Panchkula about four months ago. Soon after their marriage, they began accusing each other resulting in strained relations. Neha came back to her parents about a month ago. The death came to light at around 7 am when the family found the door of Neha’s room locked from inside and there was no answer to their calls. They broke open the door and found her hanging from the ceiling fan hook.

The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Khaira said that the parents of the deceased had not levelled dowry harassment charges against her in-laws.

A case under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered.



MC to hold marathon on Dec 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The municipal corporation, Chandigarh, has taken a unique initiative to promote games and sports in the city and has planned to hold a Marathon on December 25 for various age groups and in varying distances. The races will start from the sports complex, Sector 7, and finish at the Sukhna Lake.

To encourage maximum participation, the Arts, Culture and Sports Committee of the corporation has decided to give lucrative cash prizes to the first twenty positions in each category.

No entry fee will be charged and the participants will be given a T-shirt and refreshments. Only residents and those studying in the schools or colleges of the tricity are eligible to participate in the Marathon. Entries will be accepted between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on December 22, 23 and 24 in Sector- 7 sports complex.

A proof of age will be required at the time of the registration. The first race will be flagged off at 9:00 am. A special 800m run for men and 400m run for women councillors, officers and employees of the corporation will also be held on the athletic track of the sports complex.

Suitable consolation prizes will be given to the first 10 positions in each category.



Kang, Ashbeer Saini share lead
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, December 16
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh and 15-year-old Ashbeer Saini from Kapurthala shared the lead along with Selvadurai at two under 142 in the LG RCGC Cup of the LG Amateur Tour on the par 72 greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

It was another round of steady golf by the seasoned Kang, as he repeated a one under 71 to be two under par 142, but the junior Ashbeer could muster a one over par 73 after yesterday’s three under to be tied on top of the leaderboard.

Ashbeer said: “I am happy with this showing and hopefully, I can finish the tournament in fine fashion.”

Kang started off in fine fashion with a birdie on the first, but then, he bogeyed thrice to be two over at the turn. “I was driving well off the tee, I was really struggling with my irons today,” he said.

But on the homeward stretch, Kang sank three birdies for a three under back nine to grab a share of the lead. He said: “Last year, there was a bad patch on the course but this year the fairways are superb and the course is playing really well.”

“The only regret, so far, is that I have not got an eagle on my card yet and hopefully I can manage that in the next couple of rounds,” added Kang.

Although he has not won a tournament on the LG Amateur Tour this year, Kang is the most experienced name in the leader group and would be hoping to capitalise on that factor to pull ahead of the rest in the remaining two rounds.

After a round where he lit up the course, overnight leader Selvadurai’s form deserted him and he slumped to a three over 75 in the second round.

Two shots behind the leading trio is Raja Sardar and behind him, Vikram Rana, who shot an even par 72 to have a total of one over par for the tournament and just three shots behind the leading group.

Vikram closely missed out on a title at the Chandigarh Golf Club, where he lost out to young Rashid Khan in the LG Samarvir Sahi Amateur after being in contention through the last two rounds. No player managed to shoot in the 60s on the second day, with veterans on tour like Jasjeet Singh and Gagan Verma only managing a 76 and 78, respectively.

Scores: 142: L. Selvadurai (67-75), H.S. Kang (71-71), Ashbeer Saini (69-73); 144: Raja Sardar (73-71); 145 Vikram Rana (73-72); 146 Sanjeev Mehra (73-73); 148 Pawan Kumar (78-70), Arshdeep Tiwana (76-72), D. Veeraraghavan (74-74); 149 KaderAli (78-71), Rahul Bajaj (76-73), Abhinav Lohan (72-77).



No cricket coach at DAV-10 for two yrs
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, December 16
The DAV College, Sector 10, which is known for producing the international cricket icons like Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, has taken a backseat for the past two years. The reason being the college cricket team is in dire need of a cricket coach.

The budding cricketers rued that the college team was losing its reputation due to lack of technical know-how of the game. “Earlier, we “were trained by the famous coach - Yograj, but from the past two years, we have no coach. The college authorities did not even bother to arrange for his replacement. Consequently, we have been losing every match for the last two years,” a student, Rohit (name changed) said.

Some students told this correspondent that the students had shifted to other colleges like SGGS Khalsa College due to the better sporting infrastructure and training.

The head of the physical education department, DAV College, Sector 10, Satish Gandhi, said, “We are planning to hire a coach shortly. Moreover, the college does not lack the infrastructure and the practice sessions are going on regularly”.

It is pertinent to mention that two years back, a cricket academy christened as “DAV College Centre of Cricketing Excellence” was started on the college premises by private players and Yograj exclusively joined the centre to hone the skills of the budding players.

The college officials disclosed it was a tussle between the former principal and the office-bearers of the centre, which was responsible for the closure of the cricket centre. 



Handball trials on Dec 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The Chandigarh Handball Association is conducting selection trials for junior girls on December 18 on the DAV Senior Secondary School grounds in Sector 8 at 3:00 pm.

The general secretary of the association, Rahul Talwar, said the girls would represent Chandigarh in the coming National Junior Handball Championship to be held in Kolkata.

Interested players should report to Kashmir Singh along with their date of birth certificate as the age proof.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Junior Handball Championship for boys and girls has been postponed. This was necessitated due to the ongoing examinations in schools.



ITB police meet kicks off
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
Eight different sections of the ITB police force are participating in the 28th Inter-Sector Athletics Meet of ITB Police that kicked-off to a flying start here today at the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu.

The forces are partaking in 23 different events of track and field during the meet. A number of people witnessed the opening ceremony of the meet that concluded with a lot of excitement. The meet will conclude on December 19.



Inter-College Games
Doaba college clinches win
Tribune News Service

Kharar, December 16
The students of Doaba Group of Colleges, Ghataur, bagged top positions in PTU inter-college power lifting, weight lifting and body building event held at Phagwara from December 8 to December 10.

In the weight lifting competition, Subhash Sharma (ECE) won gold medal in 69 kg weight category, Pulkit Sharma (ECE) won silver in 85 kg category, Charanjot Singh (ECE) won silver medal in 94 kg category and Sidharath Sharma won bronze in 94 kg category.

In power lifting, Pulkit Sharma bagged third position in 90 kg category, Charanjot Singh bagged second position in 90 kg category and Sidharath Sharma secured third position in 105kg category.

In body building, Pulkit Sharma fetched first position in 80 kg category, Charanjot Singh fetched first position in 90 kg category, Amardeep Singh fetched first position in 90+ category while Arun Kumar and Manoj Samta secured the second position in 65 kg and 60 kg categories, respectively, and Iqbal Singh stood third in this competition in 70kg category.

Doaba Institute of Engineering and Technology won the winners trophy in body building and Pulkit Sharma was announced the best body builder in PTU.

The executive director of Doaba Group of Colleges, Manjit Singh, handed over cash prizes to students. The students were given Rs 21,000 for the winner’s trophy.

Each student was given a cheque worth Rs 5,100 for gold medal or first position, Rs 2,100 for silver medal or second position and Rs 1,100 for bronze medal or third positions. 



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