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Woman injured as ‘tawa’ bursts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 21
Watch out, the tawa you are using in your kitchen could be cause of an accident. A case of “tawa blast” reported at a private medical college hospital at Banur, near here, has brought into focus the need for using quality tawa for cooking purposes.

A young woman, a resident of a village in Patiala district, reported in the emergency department of the hospital with history of a very unusual episode. She reported that the tawa on which she was baking chapattis early in the morning, suddenly exploded into fragments. Small splinters varying from 1 to 2 cm got embedded into the subcutaneous and muscle plains of both the arms and legs besides the neck.

The badly damaged 'tawa'The woman, who was injured, undergoing treatment at a medical college and hospital near Patiala
The badly damaged 'tawa'; and (right) the woman, who was injured, undergoing treatment at a medical college and hospital near Patiala. Tribune photographs

During an operation performed by Dr M. S. Sekhon, head of the department of surgery at the hospital, the splinters were removed from the neck and the left leg. The largest splinters hit the left lower shin, resulting in fracture of the lower end of the leg bone.

Dr Sekhon said this kind of injury had not been reported so far, nor could it be traced in the medical literature. Impurities, poor quality iron ore or manufacturing defect by leaving out air in between the layers of the tawa could have possibly led to such an accident.

Dr Sekhon said the accident had highlighted the fact that care should be taken while using a tawa and it should be made of good quality metal.

The treating surgeon said the patient had been very lucky as she got away with minor injuries, however, there could have been much more serious injuries, like injury to eyes leading to blindness.

He said there should be some proper law for manufacturing iron household goods. Also, awareness needs to be spread in masses for eye protection while cooking.



Fearing parents, Class V students walk 40 km
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
Fearing parents' wrath over academic failure, two brothers walked their way 40 km from Patiala to Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara.

The incident came to light when cops came across the two kids, Harsh Pratap (11) and Mehtab Singh (9), at Madhopur police barricade near Sirhind at around midnight. The cops grew suspicious over kids moving out alone, and asked them about their whereabouts.

Cops said the children instantly burst out into tears and later narrated their tale. They told they had failed in school examinations of Class V, and could not muster courage to break the news to their parents.

Afraid of their family members, they decided to flee away from the place and started walking from Patiala towards Sirhind. They reached Madhopur chowk near Sirhind at around midnight.

They planned to pay obeisance at Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara on the Jor Mela.

The children are residents of Bhadson road in Patiala, and study in a government school. They informed the cops about their parents and gave phone number of their father, Ranjeet Singh.

The police called up their parents at night.

Their father, Ranjeet Singh, reached Sirhind today morning and took away both of his sons and thanked the police officials.



Joga Rallah campus to have teaching blocks
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 21
One of the six neighbourhood campuses of Punjabi University, Patiala, at Joga Rallah that happens to be one of the most backward villages of Mansa district, will have its own new teaching blocks before the starting of next academic session.

The blocks, being constructed on 110 acres of land donated by the village panchayat, will cost Rs 2 crore. The classes are presently being run in a village school, run by the panchayat.

While laying the foundation stone of the new building, the vice-chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, said he would personally smash the foundation stone in case our construction wing failed to meet the deadline as it happens in most of the cases. He assured the villagers that Punjabi University was committed to its mission of taking the professional and technical education to the doorsteps of the rural poor at minimum cost. The mission, he said, was inclusive of imparting higher education, especially to the girls who cannot even dream of going to distant places due to socio-economic factors, and reserving seats for the students of that particular block.

The vice-chancellor further said the university had already spent crores of rupees on upgrading the infrastructure and providing latest equipment and other facilities to the students getting education in 11 of its neighbourhood campuses and regional centres. The university was also making all out efforts to recruit best teachers in these centres and campuses, contrary to the established practice of sending the "residual" quota of teachers who dither while teaching in backward areas, he said.



Students join campaign
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, December 21
On the National Immunisation Day, Dr Satwant Bhalla, civil surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, inaugurated the three-day pulse polio campaign in the sub-division by administering polio drops to the children here today. Many students, along with various religious and social organisations, like Lions Club, Rotary Club and Bharat Vikas Parishad, joined hands with health department.

The traffic police also joined the campaign. The cops stopped the vehicles and administer polio drops to the children travelling in buses and cars. Dr Kuldeep Singh Kang, senior medical officer, said the health department had organised 17 sewa camps to administer polio drops to 3,240 children. He said on the first day, as many as 1,684 children were administered the polio drops. Besides this, mobile teams would also administer polio drops in remote rural and slum areas.



Camp on diabetes
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, December 21
The Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised a diabetes, blood pressure awareness and women empowerment camp and road show at Meerpur village near here yesterday.

H. S. Mejie, patron, MBCT, inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors and field workers of MBCT took the blood samples of the villagers between the age group of 18 and 80 years, majority of which found to be diabetic.

Addressing the gathering, Mejie said the MBCT had initiated the diabetes and blood pressure awareness camps in the 135 villages adopted by the Trust.

The doctors briefed the villagers about the symptoms, causes and remedies of the diseases. The Trust also arranged a meeting of women and girls the village under its rural-women empowerment programme. Seema Arora, director, Fashion Technology Park, Mohali, interacted with them.



Travel agency told to refund Rs 52,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Monsoon Travels, Sector 34, to refund Rs 52,000 as cost of tickets after complainant and his family missed their flight to Kathmandu due to the fault of the travel agent.

The complainant, Amarjeet Singh Virk, said he and his family had booked tickets for Kathmandu from December 1 to 5, 2007.

The complainant had purchased the tickets of Druk Airways, five-star hotel accommodation and was assured that the papers, including air tickets, would be delivered to him on November 29.

Thereafter, the agent of the airways informed the complainant that air tickets would be provided at the airport in Delhi.

On the day of the flight, when Amarjeet reached the airport with baggage along with his family, he was told that the aircraft had already left for Kathmandu and the tickets were also not confirmed.

Replying to the complaint, Diamond Travels in Delhi stated that they were the issuing agent for tickets and delivered the same as per instructions of Monsoon Travels to the client in time.

Fee refund

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Panjab University to refund fee amounting to Rs 69,000 to a student who first took admission and then withdrew from the course without attending a single lecture.

The university has been asked to refund the fee after deducting 10 per cent as administrative charges.

The petitioner, Tarun Kumar Jhinjharia, had taken admission to LLB in the session 2006-07 and was allotted a seat in PURC, Ludhiana, He paid the full fee of Rs 69,600 to the university.

He then informed the authorities in July, 2006, that he would not be able to join the course. He requested the authorities concerned to return his original certificates and refund the fee.



9,208 cases disposed of in two months
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
A total of 9,208 cases were disposed of in the lok adalats since October 19 at the courts of Panchkula. This was stated by the Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary, District Legal Service Authority, Raj Gupta, on the conclusion of two-day mega lok adalat here today.

While 8,770 cases pertaining to insurance claims, criminal appeals, compoundable cases, domestic violence, guardianship, custody, juvenile justice, factory cases, shops and commercial establishment cases, and traffic challans, and others were disposed of till yesterday, the remaining cases were disposed of today, she said.

As many as 68 cases under the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) were settled, leading to the realisation of over Rs 1.06 crore as compensation, she added.

Patiala: A total of 5,594 cases were settled today at mega lok adalat as a special campaign launched by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and under the guidance of Justice A. K. Goyal, Administrative Judge, Patiala Sessions Division.

In today’s lok adalat, transactions worth Rs 5.1 crore were settled. The District and Sessions Judge said 638 lok adalats had been organised in the district so far, in which 55,694 cases were disposed of amicably. The District Legal Services Authority,

Patiala, has provided legal aid to nearly 3,713 persons.

In these lok adalats, 29 benches were constituted, which were presided over by judicial officers, and were associated by advocates and social workers for the disposal of different categories of cases. Two benches were presided over by the district transport officer for disposal of traffic challans, and four benches were constituted for the disposal of cases pertaining to cooperative societies.

The Bar Association, Patiala, has organised community kitchen for the public on the occasion.



3 held for vehicle thefts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The crime branch of the local police has arrested Ajay Kumar, his father Surinder Kumar and Narain Singh in vehicle theft cases.

The arrests came after a gang involved in vehicle thefts was busted by the Nawanshahr police. The three were remanded in police custody.

During interrogation, 18 vehicles, including three cars, eight motor cycles and seven scooters, were recovered from the three.

Out of these, ownership of seven vehicles was yet to be verified.

The police said Ajay Kumar was a notorious criminal had already been arrested by the crime branch in various cases of dacoity, robbery, burglary, snatching and theft.

“The gang had been operating in various sectors of the city for the past few months and used to sell stolen vehicles,” said a senior police official.



Minor arrested for theft
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, December 21
A Mohali resident, Harpinder Pal Singh, filed a complaint with the police alleging that a minor, who is a resident of Chennai, tried to steal his purse from Sector 43 yesterday.

A case under Sections 379 and 511 of the IPC has been registered at police station-36. The accused has been arrested and sent to the juvenile home.

Rash driving

The local police arrested car driver Jaskamalvir Singh, a resident of Sector 26, for rash and negligent driving yesterday. A case under Section 279 of the IPC has been registered against him at the police station-17.


A local resident, Jaspal Singh, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Parkash, a resident of Palsora village, hit his scooter into car (CH 03 J 9582) near Badheri barrier.

A person was injured in the accident and admitted to the PGI. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-39.


Sanjay Saini, a resident of Sector 30, lodged an FIR alleging that his Splendor motor cycle (CH 03 E 0637) was stolen from Sector 37 yesterday.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-39.



Burglars broke into a locked house of Chander Parkash Sharma, a resident of Sector 67, and decamped with Rs 3 lakh cash and other electronic gadgets.

According to the police, a caretaker noticed the theft when he came to collect the morning newspapers. The house was ransacked.

Apart from Rs 3 lakh cash, the items that were found stolen were home theatre, LCD, DVD players and other valuables.


Nian Singh, a resident of Anand Vihar, has filed a complaint with the Zirakpur police alleging that his daughter had been kidnapped by Ramesh Chand and his family members on December 3 when she was going to Sector 6 hospital in Panchkula.

A case has been registered and the matter is being investigated.



Two held for making ransom calls
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
With the arrest of two youths, the police has claimed to have solved a case of threatening calls to a resident of Sector 18 demanding money a few months ago.

The accused identified as Rajesh and Anuj, both residents of Harmilap Nagar in Zirakpur, allegedly demanded money from D.S. Cheema and got the sim card on the basis of fake identity proof from a shop in Sector 11.

The police arrested the shopkeeper on October 17 for selling sim cards without verifying the facts of applicants.

According to the police, the accused found the registration card of a vehicle and replaced the photograph on the card to get a sim card.

The police found that the registration card belonged to Pawan Kumar of Bhainsa Tibba who had already informed the police that he had lost his registration certificate.

The police then traced the number to the accused.

While the father of Rajesh has a shop of cosmetics in Sector 15, Anuj was a helper in an opticals shop in the same sector.



House burgled in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
Thieves struck at Sector 7, and took away valuables from a house, when the family was not in the town.

According to the police, the owner of house no. 631, M. P. Gupta, along with his wife, was out of station when the thieves burgled into the house. The incident came to the notice today when the driver of one of his relatives, living at Mansa Devi Complex, reached there to put feed in the fish aquarium. The loss of property could not be ascertained as the family did not reach the town till today in the evening. Similarly, in a spree of thefts, the thieves also took away three music systems from cars parked at the same locality.

Stereos from three cars were also stolen from Sector 4 by breaking the windowpanes on December 14. Two months ago, in October, ten vehicles parked in Sector 4 were made the target while 12 cars were targeted in the month of September, when the thieves took away stereos and other belongings at Sector 2.



1 killed in mishap

Panchkula, December 21
A 25-year-old youth was killed when a canter hit the motor cycle he was riding on the Panchkula-Barwala road near Funcity here yesterday. The deceased was identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Chanduan village near Rajpura in Punjab.

Sukhwinder, along with his relative Gurmit Singh, was going towards Raipur Rani. While Gurmit was driving the motor cycle, Sukhwinder was riding the pillion. — TNS



Golf Tourney
Manav moves up as Saini bows out
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, December 21
Fifteen-year-old Ashbeer Saini, who qualified for the match play seeded third, made his exit from the LG Goodricke Eastern India Amateur going down to 30th seeded young gun Angad Cheema by one stroke after the completion of 18 holes on the par 72 greens of Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

The Kapurthala lad, who put up a good show in the LG RCGC Cup, was the second golfer from the region to bow out. Yesterday Chandigarh's Harjinder Singh Kang had failed to qualify for the match play format.

However, Manav Das of Ambala kept the region's flag flying making it to the second round with a three and four win over Simarjeet Singh. He clashes with Moin Malak in the next round.

Ashbeer Saini's defeat was the only upset as most of the seeded players sailed into the next round of the tournament.

Akshay Butta, the top seed, defeated S.K. Papu three and one. He will face Pawan Kumar in the second round. Pawan won his match against Sher Ali by two and one.

Second seed Gagan Verma, the leader on the LG Order of Merit list, prevailed over Samrat Basu with a final score of three and one. Going into the 17th hole two up, Gagan won the 17th hole to clinch the match and will be up against Divyanshu Bajaj in the second round.

In the second round tomorrow, besides the top seed's match, some of the other interesting clashes would be Abhishek Jha playing Arshdeep Tiwana, who caused a minor upset earlier in the day defeating seventh seed Raja Sardar.

Today was the first day of the match play action.

The cumulative total of the players were taken into account after the first two days to determine the seeding, with local lad Akshay Butta emerging as the top seeded player in the field.

After the second round action, the tournament would move into the quarter finals, and the winner will be determined after a 36-hole playoff on Thursday.

Round 1 scores (Seedings in brackets): Akshay Butta (1) bt S.K. Papu (32) 3 and 1;

Gagan Verma (2) bt Samrat Basu (31) 3 and 1;

Angad Cheema (30) bt Ashbeer Saini (3) 1 up;

Abhinav Lohan (4) bt Rajesh Halder (29) 5 and 4;

Manav Das (5) bt Simarjeet Singh (28) 4 and 3,

Keshav Kapoor (6) bt Tarun Ghogale (27) 8 and 6,

(26) Arshdeep Tiwana (26) bt Raja Sardar (7) 4 and 3,

(8) Amanjyot Singh (8) bt L. Selvadurai (25) 4 and 3,

(9) Sanjeev Mehra (9) bt Imamul Haque (24) 5 and 4,

Abhishek Jha ((10) bt Saurabh Bahuguna (23) 7 and 6,

Rahul Bajaj (11) bt S.K. Rafick (22) 2 and 1,

Moin Malak (21) bt Vikram Rana (12) 7 and 5, Jasjeet Singh (20) bt Karan Taunk (13) 19th hole,

Karan Vasudeva (14) bt Samresh Sardar (19) 3 and 1,

Divyanshu Bajaj (18) bt Darshan Veeraraghavan (15) 2 and 1,

Pawan Kumar (17) bt Sher Ali (16) 2 and 1.



Test Match
Security of teams beefed up
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, December 21
After yesterday’s hoax bomb call to blow up the PCA Stadium, the police has intensified its security checks at different points across the city.

The focus was around Taj Hotel, the venue where players of both the teams are staying, PCA Stadium and the travel route being used to ferry the players from the hotel to the stadium and back.

“The security of both the teams has been further beefed up after the threat call made by an unidentified person from Chattisgarh,” confirmed a police official. As a precautionary measure, the route-movement of the players will be changed daily.

The Punjab police has also alerted its squad deputed at the stadium and its surrounding areas.

“From the past two days, I am going to the stadium but it is totally a different scene there today. All arrangements of security have been changed and it seems some more cops have been deployed there,” said Arpit Ahuja, a match spectator.

“We have tied up with the police and the administration of Chattisgarh and inquired the whole matter, but it was a call made from a PCO and the person has not yet been arrested and identified,” said SP (traffic and security) H.S. Doon.

“We have already deputed the DSPs with both the teams and are confident about our security arrangements. Even, I personally visited Taj Hotel and beefed up the security personnel,” Doon added.

Besides, a fresh advisory about the do’s and dont’s on moving out of the hotel have been issued to the players and their team managers.



Dharma a special company for Team India
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Dharma Singh Pal keenly waits for a ball at the boundary line during a match between India and England at PCA Stadium
Dharma Singh Pal keenly waits for a ball at the boundary line during a match between India and England at PCA Stadium on Sunday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Mohali, December 21
He might not match the Men in Blue when it comes to fame but Dharma Pal Singh, captain of the specially abled cricket team, Madhya Pradesh, forms an indispensable part of every single tour of the Indian cricket team.

What can be termed as a salute to his soaring spirits, the team sponsors his visit to all matches in India and they love to have him around and that’s the reason that on and off one catches this mighty spirited man crawling and chasing every single ball that culminates into a four or a six.

“I always make a point to go and watch every single Indian match. Life took a fair turn when Yuvraj noticed me and in no time I had entire team welcoming me to be a part of their tour everywhere,” smiles Dharma recalling the one day international (ODI) series held between India and England in 2006 in Faridabad where Yuvraj turned to be his Godfather. The team management pays for his food, travel and lodging during the matches.



Netball Tournament
MCMDAV edge past GCG-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
MCMDAV College, Chandigarh, beat Government College for Women, Sector 11, to enter the finals of the PU Inter-College Netball Tournament.

In another semifinal, PU beat GGS College, Chandigarh, to register final berth on the PU campus, here today.

Meanwhile, Tarlochan Rai of DAV College secured the first place and Rahul Malik from the same college bagged third position in 67.5 kg category in the tournament. Hardeep Singh of SGGS college stood second in this category.

In 75kg category, Sandeep and Gurpreet Singh of Malwa College, Samrala, stood first and third, respectively, and Harjeet Singh of GTBN College, Dakha, secured second position.

In 90 kg category, first position was bagged by Kuldeep Singh of GGN College, Ludhiana, and second place by Pawandeep Singh of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, and Rajan of G.P.C, Alour, stood third.

Navdeep of GNN College, Doraha, and Gagandeep of SGGS College, Chandigarh, secured second position and Gaganjeet of G.P.C College, Alour, clinched third position.

DAV College, Chandigarh, was declared the overall champions with 10 points.

SGGS College, Chandigarh, stood second with 9 points and Malwa College, Samrala, finished at third with 7 points.



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