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Nursing students block highway
Speak to CM, but refuse to relent
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, January 6
About 400 students of nursing, mainly women, from the College of Nursing, Faridkot and other places, blocked traffic on the Delhi-Amritsar national highway.

Irate over the “lackadaisical” attitude of the state government, they braved the cold weather, but felt harassed by the police that did not even allow them to answer the call of nature.

“Villagers are bringing food and blankets for us, but at the behest of the government, the police is not delivering these to us,” a student alleged.

Commuters and mediapersons were also at the receiving end of the police. Several police personnel were in an inebriated state at nakas on the highway and did not hesitate in using muscle power.

Commuters were the worst affected as they had to take long routes to reach their destination and also suffered the misconduct of cops.

The students were sitting at Gagan Chowk and all roads leading to the chowk were blocked. Traffic from Chandigarh to Patiala was diverted from Banur while that from Delhi to Rajpura was diverted via Ambala. The Zirakpur-Chandigarh, Ambala-Rajpura, Rajpura-Sirhind and Zirakpur-Rajpura roads wore a deserted look.

The deputy commissioner of Patiala made the students’ representative talk to the Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal, over the phone.

As per the students, Badal assured them that he would look into their pending demands. But the students refused to budge from their stand and said their grievances should be redressed immediately.

The students are demanding better working conditions and revival of stipend during training. They alleged that due to shortage of regular nursing staff in Rajindra Hospital, students were being made to work for long hours without a break.

A student leader said Medical Education Minister Tikshan Sood had said on November 18 that the process of issuing stipend and notification of the college was in progress and would be decided soon, but nothing had been done.

The blockade was continuing till the filing of the report late this evening.



Migrant women face cancer threat
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 6
After teenagers, now it’s turn of migrant womanfolk to get addicted to the scourge of tobacco.

Sources at the Chest and TB Hospital said the migrant women were now in the grip of tobacco products. Doctors said this was primary reason why migrant women are reporting more and more cases on mouth-related diseases, including the cancer.

These woman are also falling prey to passive smoking.

Sources said these women also suffered from lung cancer due to the influence of passive smoking, mostly by their husbands, a majority of whom were labourers migrated from Bihar.

The most common forms of diseases caught by these women are those relating to the lungs and mouth.

Statistics of the cancer department of the Government Rajindra hospital revealed that almost all migrant women surveyed admitted they were having lung and oral cancer.

Also, these women, most of whom work in agricultural fields in and around the town, are also found to be suffering from chest cancer.

Statistics revealed that in the year 2005, as many as 2,620 men were found to be suffering from cancer from tobacco-related products as compared to 255 women. As many as 90 children were also found to be suffering from cancer, most of them due to passive smoking.

In 2006, this figure among men rose to 2,855 as compared to 272 women and 95 children. In the year 2007, there were 3,105 men, who were found to be suffering from oral and lung cancer as compared to 310 and 92 children.

Sources said earlier, there were few incidences of women being admitted to the hospital with cancer-related diseases. However, statistics now revealed that there was sharp increase in number of woman having cancer-related diseases. This year, as many as 448 woman were admitted to the hospital with cancer while 3,236 men were also found to be suffering from cancer.



Brothers held for bid to loot petrol station
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 6
Two brothers were held today for trying to loot a petrol pump in Batala as well as firing shots in air to frighten the employees at the petrol pump.

Ropar police arrested Gurdeep Singh alias Beera and his brother Charanjit Singh alias Nona, residents of Todar Majra village in Kharar.

SSP RN Dhoke, said both were arrested during a ‘naka’ put up near T-point Thapra during VIP duty. One of the youngsters was dressed as a Nihang. Police recovered a .32 bore revolver and six live cartridges.

During further course of investigation, the accused accepted to have stolen a motorcycle from Kharar on January 4. They took the motorcycle and went to pay obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib in Amritsar. On their way back, in the intervening night of January 4 and 5, they parked the stolen motorcycle at a petrol pump in Batala and got it refueled.

"Instead of paying for the fuel, they took out the pistol and tried to loot the petrol pump. The vigilante petrol pump employees gave them a fight and they were beaten up. They managed to run away and left the motorcycle and pistol on the spot," said Dhoke.

A case was registered against them at Sri Hargobindpur police station in Batala. Ropar police arrested the youth and they would be presented before the court tomorrow.



7-year-old crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 6
In a tragic incident that took place on Chandimandir-Jallah Road today, a 7-year-old boy Rahul, was crushed to death by a recklessly driven truck. Anguished over the accident, hundreds of villagers blocked the traffic on the Chandimandir-Jallah link road for more than four hours.

The eyewitnesses said the deceased was son of a labourer, who was crushed, while crossing the road. The villagers alleged that since months, the traffic on this road has increased, especially trucks carrying construction material from the river, due to the widening of National Highway-22, has resulted in many accidents on the road.

Two months ago villagers had also blocked the traffic on the same road for more than five hours, as one of the girl had sustained serious multiple leg injuries in an accident due to the deplorable condition of the road.

The villagers demanded immediate repair to the road, and also sought construction of an alternate route for the trucks to bypass the Chandimandir residential area. Villagers were later pacified by the SDM Kalka and SDM, Panchkula, on the assurance of the repair of the road.



Body found near rail track
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 6
The body of a young lady was found lying near the railway platform at Bassi Pathana Railway Station today.

The driver of a goods train informed the Station Superintendent that some unidentified body was lying near the railway track. The deceased was identified as Meena (25), resident of the town. Railway Police, Sirhind, has initiated the proceedings under Section 174 CrPC.

After post-mortem the body was handed over to the relatives and cremated in the evening.

Her husband Subhash, who works with a goldsmith, told that Meena used to go for a walk to the railway station daily.

Today also she along with her two sons went for a walk and sat near the railway track to answer the nature’s call, in the meantime, a train swept her away and she died on the spot. His son rushed to inform this, he added.



Gold medallist given cash award
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 6
Rakesh Kumar, a student of Ashoka Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, was honoured today on the school campus for winning a gold medal in the Indo-Nepal Table Soccer Championship.

Rakesh, a student of Class 12 bagged a gold medal in the National Table Soccer Championship held in Chandigarh after which he was selected for the Indo-Nepal Table Soccer Championship.

He was also given Rs 1,100 by the principal Ravinder Joshi. Principal said after winning the gold medal, Rakesh, has encouraged others to excel in various sports events.



Accused may be released on bail after 180 days
HC relief for undertrials
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
Undertrials can now find their way out of the prison on bail six months after the beginning of prosecution evidence.

For, the Punjab and Haryana High Court says it wants the trial courts to consider the release of accused on bail after 180 days, in case the trial is not nearing completion.

Issuing the directions in criminal appeal number 132 DB of 2007, the Division Bench of Justice KS Garewal and Justice Jitendra Chauhan has asserted: “Convicts get paid some daily wage.

“Undertrials get nothing, they lose their jobs, their families are deprived of income, their children are unable to pursue studies - all because of the criminal justice system has condemned them to long judicial custody pending conclusion of trial….

“There are large numbers of cases where trial take unduly long time and the accused are denied bail. Therefore, every trial court should consider release of accused on bail, if 180 days have passed and the trial is not nearing conclusion.

“Trial court must be satisfied that the accused will not tamper with evidence, or win over witnesses and shall not abscond. Trial courts should devise ways and means that the accused does not misuse bail.

“Therefore, bail ought to be considered by the trial court itself after 180 days from the date of commencement of the prosecution evidence”.

In the detailed seven-page order, the Bench has asserted: “It seems to us that refusal of bail and keeping the accused person in custody has failed to raise the hackles of those in charge of various limbs of the criminal justice system, if at all anyone is.

“An accused in custody is entitled to assert he is innocent and his detention is unwarranted. Therefore, there must be a time limit within which the trial should be concluded for the accused to establish his innocence, or for the prosecution to establish his guilt.

“Law provides time limits for various types of detention because each day's detention brings with it tension, worry, heartburn and loss. If an accused person is released on bail, he does not suffer the above collateral damage, is united with his family and is able to pursue his job or vocation and also provide for his family.

“He is also able to prepare his defence which he would have been unable to do if he had remained in custody. Needless to say he must refrain from winning over witnesses or abscond to escape punishment.

“If a court is satisfied that the accused will resist tampering with evidence or try to abscond, the court should not hesitate from granting bail. Heavy amount of bond can be imposed with a local surety. The accused can be required to submit himself to police surveillance or electronic surveillance to keep a tap on him”.



Verma’s bail plea put off to Jan 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
During the arguments on the anticipatory bail application of Anurag Verma, an IAS officer, his counsel stressed that the facts of various complaints filed by Shevta, his wife, were contradictory to one another.

He added that the police had registered a case of dowry against the officer without conducting investigation into the facts of the case. The case was adjourned to January 9.

While it was mentioned in the petition that Anurag had joined investigation five times and had cooperated with the inquiry, it was mentioned that it had been stated by the investigating officer that the custodial interrogation of the accused was required for the recovery of medical documents and goods from his house.

The petition said there were no goods or items of the complainant in the house. It added that the photostat copy of documents and medical record that the police required for investigation could be collected from him anytime and custodial interrogation was not required for it.



Man duped of Rs 40 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
The economic offences wing of the local police registered a case on the complaint filed by Shakti Ram Garg, a resident of Sector 40, alleging that Ajay Kumar of Maloya fled away with an amount of Rs 40 lakh after withdrawing the money from his account through a cheque.

The police said Ajay got the cheque cashed from the Punjab National Bank, Sector 37, on December 31.

BS Chadha, DSP, EOW, said, “We have registered a case in this regard and investigations are on to nab the accused.”

Charas seized: The local police seized 900 gm charas by putting up a special naka at the Attawa roundabout here this evening.

The accused has been identified as Naval Kishore, a resident of Colony No 5 and a case has been registered against him. The police said he was going to deliver it to a party and some more names would come out during interrogation.

Devinder Sharma, in-charge, operation cell of the UT police, said, “We have registered a case against him under the Narcotics Act and are inquiring further details.”

Stolen: Dharambir Bhandari, a resident of Mani Majra, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Yamaha motorcycle (CH-03-H-0114) was stolen from Mani Majra during the intervening night of January 4-5.



One held for assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
The police arrested Ajay Kumar, a resident of Sector 29-A, on the charges of assaulting a resident of the same sector a few days ago.

The police said the victim, Devinder Kumar, sustained serious head injuries in the attack and slipped into coma.

According to investigating officer of the case sub-inspector Dharamvir, the incident took place during the intervening night of January 4 and 5. Ajay was heavily drunk and picked up an argument with Devinder, which turned violent. Ajay, along with his three-four accomplices, assaulted Devinder, who was severely injured in the attack. He was admitted to a hospital, where he was operated.

The doctors treating Devinder stated that he went into coma and his condition was critical. The police registered a case of causing grievous injuries on vital organs under Section 308 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused on a complaint lodged by Devinder’s friend Daya Ram.



Tennis Tournament
Yoannis sneaks past Chandril
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
Unseeded Yoannis Hilelis of France stunned second seed Chandril Sood of India in the boys singles second round match of the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for under-18, being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis stadium, here today.

After losing the first set, Yoannis Hilelis, ITF, ranked 379th , reorganised his game and won the next two sets to move into quarter-final. Playing percentage tennis Yoannis Hilelis won 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 against 115th ranked Chandril Sood.

Yoannis Hilelis’ next opponent in the quarter-final tomorrow will be against Russian Alexander Igoshin, who eliminated the challenge of Jeroen Clayes of Belguim in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in the boys singles second round match.

Benard of Netherlands and Claeys of Belgium toppled top seed Munshah of India and Piftor of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-1 in the boys doubles first round match.


Boys singles (2nd round): 1- Kaza Vinayak Sharma (Ind) bt Mandeep Singh Gill (Ind) 6-1 7-6 (2), Digvijay Singh Mehta (Ind) bt 6 -Muddappa Appanervanda (Ind) 6-4 6-0, Laurent-Olivier Daxhelet (Bel) bt Sai Kartik Nakireddi (Ind) 4-6 6-1 6-4, Sumeet Shinde (Ind) bt Aziz Yuldashev (Uzb) 6-2 6-1, Venkat Iyer (Ind) bt Saurabh Singh (Ind) 6-2 7-5, Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (Ind) bt 4-Vaidik Munshaw 7-6 (8) 6-4, Alexander Igoshin (Rus) bt Jeroen Clayes (Bel) 6-3 7-5, Yoannis Hilelis (France) bt 2-Chandril Sood (Ind) 2-6 6-4 6-2.

Girls singles (2nd round): 1-Rashmi Teltumbde (Ind) bt Sonya Dayal (Ind) 6-4 6-2, 6-Valentina Starkova (Kaz) bt Sharmada Balu (Ind) 6-2 6-3, Aishwarya Agarwal (Ind) bt 4 -Tanvi Shah (Ind) 6-1 0-6 3-0 Retired, Nova Patel (Ind) bt Alena Gerasimova (Belarus) 6-4 6-2, 7-Rishika Ssunkara (Ind) bt Shweta Rana (Ind) 4-6 6-1 6-2.

Boys doubles (Ist round): Benard (Ned) / Claeys (Bel) bt 1-Munshaw (Ind) / Piftor (Uzb) 6-3 6-1, Appanervanda (Ind) / Iyer (Ind) bt Bisht (Ind) / Singh Mehta (Ind) 6-4 4-6 10-8, 3-Marquis (Ind) / Singh (Ind) bt Kumar (Ind) / Yadav (Ind) 6-4 6-4.

Girls doubles (Ist round): 1-Shroff ( Ind ) / Teltumbde ( Ind ) bt Palha ( Ind ) / Raina ( Ind ) 6-2 6-1,

Bavisetti ( Ind ) / Dayal ( Ind ) bt Patel ( Ind ) / Vatwani ( Ind ) 6-1 6-1, 4-Gerasimova (Blr) / Kuzmenkova (Blr) bt Agrawal ( Ind ) / Rana ( Ind ) 4-6 6-4 10-4, Kaur ( Ind ) / Patel ( Ind ) bt Bhatia ( Ind ) / Handa ( Ind ) 2-6 6-4,

Balu (Ind) / Mohan (Ind) bt Bhambri (Ind) / Shrivastava (Ind) 6-3 6-2, Chahal (Ind) / Thombare Prarthana (Ind) bt 3 -Shah (Ind) / Solanki (Ind) 7-6(2) 7-5, Kaur (Ind) / Singh (Ind) bt Kaur (Ind) / Paul (Ind) 6-2 6-4, 2-Ishizu (Jpn) / Sezer (Tur) bt Batra (Ind) / Sunkara (Ind) 6-3 6-2.



Baseball Tournament
Akash fashions Panjab varsity win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 6
After winning the All-India Inter-University Baseball (Women) Championship last week, the spirited Panjab University (PU), maintaining its dominance in the sport, annexed the men championship as well here today.

PU, spearheaded by skipper Akash, who scored a home run, routed Kurukshtra University, Kurukshtra, (KU) with a big margin, 5-1 home runs. Pankaj, Santosh, Davender and Ranjit of the winning team, too, contributed with one home run each.

While KU batters had no answer to the fast pitchers of PU, who gave no chance to their rivals to score. However, Gurlal of KU, with his fast running, managed to score one home run.

Earlier, in the first league match of the day, MDU, Rohtak, snuffed out a spirited challenge of Delhi University, Delhi, 7-4 home runs.

Slugging every easy ball with precision, MDU’s Ravin, Manish, Pardeep, Rohit, Devender and Parveen scored one home run each. The sterling team effort of MDU paved their way to get a modest score of 7 home runs.

On the other hand, DU’s Ved emerged the top scorer with two home runs but his efforts went in vain, as no other batter could strike a home run than Arun and Ravi, who chipped in with one home run each.

Later, on the basis of the league matches points, MDU Rohtak, KU and DU were declared second, third and fourth, respectively.



Junior Golf Championship
Ashbeer takes one-stroke lead
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 6
Ashbeeer Singh Saini was at it again, when he fired an eagle on the 10th and followed it up with four birdies in a row from the 13th hole carding a three under par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over the reigning junior champion Rashid in the Lalit Suri Eastern India Junior Golf Championship that got under way on the par 70 greens of Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa was two strokes further back with a round of even par 70, to be placed third on the overall list.

In Category B, Ashbeer was followed by Ankur Chadha who carded a round of four over 74, to find himself seven strokes behind the Kapurthala lad.

There were no surprises in Category C, as Honey Basoya led the under-12 group with a round of three over 73.

He shares the lead with Viraj Madappa who shot an identical 73.

Winner of the Lalit Suri All-India Juniors in Category C, Tutul Ali, was two strokes behind the leaders with a round of five over 75.

Ashbeer got off to a rough start, with two bogeys in the first six holes but back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth allowed him to breathe easy and make the turn at even par. An eagle on the 10th was followed up by a double bogey on the 12th.

Almost as if the warning bell rung in his head, he followed it up with four consecutive birdies till the run was stopped with a par on the 17th

A bogey on the final hole meant that Ashbeer had to be content with a final score of 67.

Ashbeer said: “The double bogey was disappointing and I tried to focus a lot more after that and played my irons really well to make the consecutive birdies.

I was disappointed with the bogey on the last hole where I missed a chip that would have given me a four under round.”

Ashbeer has held the lead going into the final round in the last two strokeplay tournaments he has played, at the Lalit Suri All-India juniors last week.

Talking about the final round slip and the change in his gameplan this week, he said: “I think this time I have to play really well and keep up the focus. Despite my slip, Rashid played a good final round but this time around I am determined to get a win.”

Rashid, who is just a stroke back, would be silently confident and with four wins in the last four tournaments he has played.

The tournaments, which includes events on the National Amateur circuit, there is no reason for him to think of anything else other than a win.


Overall (Category A and B): 67 Ashbeer Singh Saini; 68 Rashid Khan; 70 Chikkarangappa;72 Khalin H. Joshi; 74 Udayan Mane, Arjun Sharma and Ankur Chadha.

Category A (Under 18): 68 Rashid Khan; 70 Chikkarangappa; 72 Khalin H. Joshi; 74 Udayan Mane and Arjun Sharma.

Category B (Under 15): 67 Ashbeer Singh Saini; 74 Ankur Chadha; 75 Syed Saqib Ahmed; 76 K.Anirudh, Tarandeep S. Chadha and Tapendra Ghai.

Category C (Under 12): 73 Honey Baisoya and Viraj Madappa; 75 Tutul Ali; 77 Shubhankar Sharma and Vidit Singh.



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