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Wrestler stabbed to death
Our Correspondent

Patiala, January 24
It was reminiscent of gang wars normally shown in Bollywood ‘masala’ movies. In a gruesome incident, an up-and-coming wrestler was stabbed to death by his rivals during the day time in the busy Raghomajra area of the town here today. This incident occurred when the security apparatus in the city was being tightened keeping in view Deputy Chief Minister Sukbir Singh Badal’s impending visit to the city on January 26 to unfurl the National Flag.

Kulwant Singh (20), who used to train at the Akahra of Rustom-e-Hind Kesar Pehalwan, where incidentally ace wrestler and Olympian Palwinder Cheema also gets his training, was stabbed to death this afternoon.

This incident comes weeks after Kulwant’s accomplice at the Kesar Akhara — Gurpal Pehalwan — was shot dead by some unidentified people in the premises of Government College for Physical Education. Incidentally, like Kulwant, Gurpal too was shot dead in broad day light leaving the police clueless about the assassins of Gurpal. Police sources revealed that Kulwant, a resident of Kurali village near Dakala, falling under the Patiala Sadar police station, had come out of the akhara and had an altercation with some of his rivals near the Budha Dal school complex. Later, after things cooled off, he decided to have a hair cut in the nearby busy Raghomajra locality. Making their move, Kulwant’s rivals, who included Kala Nihang and Yadi Badungar, engaged him as he was going to the hair cutting saloon and stabbed him with knives. Writhing in pain and bleeding profusely, Kulwant fell down and was taken to the Government Rajindra Hospital by some bystanders where he was declared brought dead.

A police team comprising of SP (City) RK Sharma, DSP (City-1) Kesar Singh, DSP (City-2) Manjit Singh Brar and the Kotwali police station SHO Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal immediately rushed to the site of the incident.

The police are on the lookout for three persons- Kala Nihang, Yadi Badungar and a Punjabi university student. A case has been made out against the three accused at the Civil Lines police station. The police is investigating the incident.



Workshop on image processing ends
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 24
The two-week AICTE-sponsored workshop on advances in image processing concluded at the Rayat Bahra College of Engineering and Biotechnology for women here today.

The workshop was conducted by NITTTR, Chandigarh, in association with RBCEBTW. Prof S.C. Laroiya, Director, NITTTR, presided over inaugural function of workshop on January 12. Prof O.P. Bajpai, Director, UIET, Kurukshetra University, presided over valedictory function as a chief guest. Prof. R.K. Ratho, Head, Department of Virology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, presided over the valedictory function as a guest of honor.

Various distinguished speakers from different prominent institutions of region delivered their expert talks during workshop. Professor O.P. Bajpai highlighted advances in hyper spectral imaging, Prof Vinod Kumar from IIT, Roorkee, talked about latest advances in morphological image processing. Prof Sumantra Dutta Roy from IIT, Delhi, discussed about various video-processing techniques. Prof Dharmendra Singh from IIT, Roorkee, talked about detection of hotspots in images and Prof N. Khandelwal from PGIMER, Chandigarh, discussed about fusion imaging

S.C. Bansal from PGIMER discussed about CT imaging, Prof Sanjeev Sofat discussed about image enhancement and image segmentation techniques, Prof H.K Sardana from CSIO discussed about medical image processing.

Prof. O.P Bajpai distributed certificates and mementoes to 56 participants from different engineering institutions of northern region.

Prof C.M Bahl, Managing Director, RBGOI, said that Rayat-Bahra Group had decided to set up research centre in area of image processing.



Photo exhibition at college
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 24
A photo exhibition was held at Mata Gujri College wherein 30 photographs were put on display yesterday. A large number of college students and area residents turned up to watch various moods of the life. Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university, was the chief guest during the occasion.

The photographs were taken from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. It depicted the life of people in urban and rural areas besides some pictures of the nature.

The photographs were put on display by Gurkirpal Ashk and his son Swaranjeet Ashk. Speaking on the occasion, the VC after going through the photographs said that camera was not important but the eye behind it.



600 students take part in job mela
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 24
A job mela was organised in the Dolphin (PG) College of Life Sciences, Chunni Kalan. About three hundred students from the Dolphin College and three hundred students of various universities and institutes of the neighbouring area of Punjab and Haryana participated in the placement drive.

The students from different streams, including biotechnology, microbiology, bioinformatics, microbial and food technology, pharmaceutical chemistry, human genetics, business management, MPharma, were interviewed by the companies and were also shortlisted.

Written tests were also conducted by the companies during the occasion.



Zoos to go online
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Chhatbir, January 24
All zoos in the country would soon go online with specifically designed software and would be able to interact with zookeepers all over the world.

Directors of nearly twenty zoos of India would undergo six days workshop in Chandigarh in this regard, starting from February 10 to February 15. “The officials would learn the usage of software and other benefits,” said officials at Chhatbir zoo today.

Four days of workshop would be spent on uploading zoos’ available data on computers. The directors and senior zoo officials would learn about the software in the next two days.

Confirming the development, zoo director Dharmider Sharma said, “We would be provided with fast speed Internet connected computers in every zoo, which will enable us to interact with other zoo officials on daily basis.”

Presently, the zoo authorities send written communiqués to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) about every development in zoo, which mainly includes birth and death of various species. The new facility would enable to access every minute detail among all the zoos of India and abroad. “We are in a process of learning and teaching through this facility,” he added.

The CZA has sponsored all the zoos of India and bought space on the Internet after paying a sum of $ 5,000. All the major zoos of the world are already registered through the Internet, which would also be interconnected with the zoos of India.

This is being done under the CZA’s decision to bring small and medium zoos of India to global network of zoo information system. Any member zoo can check animal management of one’s institution with the click of a mouse.

The zookeepers said they would be able to facilitate the exchange of species and could negotiate with the zoo officials. The data pertaining to the zoo animals, including bloodline, number of animals and records of birth and death of various animals, would be put online.



Panchayat delegation meets health minister
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 24
A delegation of sarpanches of the town and Pinjore, headed by Vijay Bansal, met Randeep Singh Surjewala, Haryana Public Health and Electricity Minister on January 23 and submitted a memorandum in connection with the setting up of the 66 KV sub-stations and release of grant for various projects for drinking water and sewerage system in the area.

Bansal said it was mentioned in the memorandum that Doon and Raitan places were in dire need of two substations to cope with the electricity problem. The area consists of 30 village panchyats, whereas the Raitan area has 25 Panchyats. The Ram Nagar panchyat has already passed a resolution to provide free land to set up the stations. It was urged in the memorandum that the substations be immediately installed in village Bhorian and Chikken.

Similarly, another memorandum interpreted the immediate release of grant of Rs 6 crore as the public health department of Pinjore has also sent an estimate of Rs 6 crore to the higher officials in connection with various projects of drinking water and sewerage in Pinjore muncipal committee as well as for drinking water for various villages of the area.

He added that earlier yesterday in the morning the delegation also met Anuradha Gupta, Financial Commissioner, Secretary, Health Department, Haryana, and submitted a memorandum in connection with the construction of the buildings of health sub-centers at villages of Nandpur, Ganeshpur Bhorian, Chikken of Pinjore Block and Dharla, Tikri, Chaplana of Morni Block.



Pinjore-Nalagarh road cries for attention
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, January 24
Thousands of daily commuters are bitter over frequent traffic disruption on the National Highway 21-A, Pinjore-Nalagarh road, to reach up to the industrial zone in Baddi.

Commuters attribute this disruption to the deplorable condition of the road from Pinjore railway crossing to Madhanwala Himachal barrier. They allege that the highway has been turned into deteriorating condition since last couple of years due to the apathy of the NHAI as the department has not maintained the highway since long time.

The residents of Pinjore have even blocked traffic on the highway against the negligent attitude of the NHAI regarding the maintenance of the highway, and the police had also registered a case against some of the agitators. Notably, some of the industrial associations of the Baddi industrial area had also launched a stir in Panchkula to press for the maintenance of the highway.

The logjams put even patients and students to inconvenience and have claimed many lives in the last couple of months. The official sources in NHAI said the department, under a project of Rs 9 crore, have already started the work of widening of the NH-21.



Jain college holds blood donation
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 24
A blood-donation camp was organised at PKR Jain College of Education here, in which the students and the teachers donated 40 units of blood yesterday.

Principal Mudita Bhatnagar and president of the management committee Bhart Bhushan Jain were also present.

The principal asked the students to persuade other people also for blood donation. She presented appreciation letters to the donors. She asked them to actively take part in social works, besides education.

The camp was organised with the collaboration of the local Red Cross Society.



Talent series
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 24
Ambala Lawn Tennis Academy will organise u-12 talent series tournament from February 14 to 20 in Ambala City. The secretary of the academy said the last date for main draw entries would be January 26.



Husband, in-laws booked for demanding dowry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The police has registered a case on the complaint filed by a woman of Sector 19 alleging that her husband Ajay Nahar and her in-laws, all resident of Jalandhar Cantt, were harassing her to bring more dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.


Gurcharan Preet Singh, a resident of Ropar, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Splendor motorcycle (PB-27-B-0944) was stolen from Sector 38 yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Naresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 37, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car (DL-CG-8176) was stolen from his house, on the night of January 22. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

In a separate incident, a resident of Sector 40, Rahul, filed a complaint alleging that his Yamaha motorcycle (HP-10-0982) was stolen from his house, last night. A case has been registered in this regard at the Sector 39 police station.

In one more incident, Sanjay Kumar of Palsora filed a complaint with the police alleging that his three-wheeler (PB-65-H-0314) was stolen from his house, on the night of January 20. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.


A joint inspection team consisting of State Transport Authority (STA) and Traffic Police officials issued challaned 178 vehicles today.

As many as seven vehicles were impounded and 26 vehicles were issued challans for not having pollution certificates. The drive was conducted under the supervision of Vandana Disodia, Secretary, STA. An auto-rickshaw was also challaned for overloading.


The local police has registered a case on the complaint filed by Darshan Singh, a resident of Sector 34, alleging that Amarjit Singh of Ropar and Bhupinder Singh of Mohali took cash Rs 10 lakh from him as a token money for the sale of land at Morinda on April 30, 2008. He alleged that neither they transferred the land nor returned the money. A case under Sections 418, 420, 506 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.


The local police registered a case on the complaint filed by S.P. Singh, an assistant security officer, 3 BRD Air Force, alleging that Rakeshwar of Haryana, entered into the Air Force Station on his scooter (CH-01-Y-5836) yesterday. A case has been registered at Sector 31 police station. The accused was arrested and bailed out later.



Coloniser booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 24
The police today booked a coloniser on the complaint of Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 23-C, Chandigarh.

According to the police, the complainant alleged that he bought a plot in a Shalimar Enclave at Dhakoli. He said that they took loan of Rs 3.5 lakh from local bank and bought the plot. He alleged that the accused, Prem Chand Singla, a resident of Panchkula and Raj Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh, prepared a fake registry on their names and sold the plot to another person.



National Roller Hockey Meet
Chandigarh, Haryana continue winning streak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Chandigarh will lock horns with J&K while Punjab will cross swords with Haryana in the senior roller hockey semifinals to decide the finalists of the 46th National Roller Hockey and Inline Hockey Championship which is underway at KB DAV skating rink, Sector 7, here tomorrow.

Today in a roller hockey men senior league match, undefeated Chandigarh beat Punjab (8-1) and Haryana surpassed J&K (8-3). However, J&K playing its second match of the day found an easy rival in Uttar Pradesh whom it thrashed (10-1).

Haryana continued its winning streak in the junior boys league match too as they blanked Delhi (10-0). Chandigarh well maintained its winning spree as it beat Uttar Pradesh (4-1). In another match of the category, Maharashtra beat Karnataka (3-1).


Senior men: Haryana bt Chandigarh 4-0; Uttar Pradesh bt Maharashtra 6-0; Punjab bt Andhra Pradesh 5-2

Junior girls: Andhra Pradesh bt Punjab 3-0

Sub junior boys: Delhi bt Maharashtra 3-2; Uttar Pradesh bt J&K 3-2; Andhra Pradesh bt Chandigarh 5-4; Kerala bt Karnataka 10-0; Chandigarh bt Tamil Nadu 18-0; Punjab bt Uttar Pradesh 9-1; Punjab bt Uttar Pradesh 9-1; Chandigarh bt Tamil Nadu 18-0

Sub junior girls: Haryana bt Maharashtra 20-0; Tamil Nadu bt J&K 9-0.



Jeev plays 2 under to be tied 31st
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 24
Jeev Milkha Singh played a bogey-free three under back nine to fire a two under par 70 and moved up to tied 31st spot at four under 212 on the penultimate day of the $ 25 lakh Qatar Masters European Tour event at the Doha Golf Club in Qatar today.

The other Indian, Jyoti Randhawa, returned an even par 72 card to slip to tied 36th spot at three under par 213 after the third round.

Jeev, who had 13 greens in regulation, started with a birdie on the first hole. But then followed a couple of bogeys on the fifth and ninth resulting in a one over 37 score at the turn. The world’s 34th ranked Chandigarh golfer steadied in the return nine sinking birdies on the 10th, 11th and 16th for a blemish-free three under 33 and the day’s card of two under par 70.

Randhawa had a very bad front nine as he bogeyed the third and 6th and ended up with a double bogey on the ninth to be three over 39 at the turn. He came back with four birdies, including three-in-a-row on the 15th, 16th and 17th, for a three under 33 in the back nine. He thus managed a par 70 score.

Alvaro Quiros from Spain stormed through the day carding an eight under 64 to head the leader board at 16 under 200. Trailing by just one stroke after the third round was overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa.



BSNL, LIC lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
K Tanishk of BSNL in the men singles and Leena Dhapre of LIC bagged the top honours in the All India Inter-Institutional Badminton Championship organised by the All India Electricity Sports Control Board here today at Badminton Hall, Sector 42.

In the men doubles, K Tanishk and M Gupta of BSNL and Leena Dhapre and Manju S George of LIC in women doubles won the championship.



Moga College emerge champion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Guru Nanak Government College, Guru Teg Bahadurgarh, Moga, thrashed Government College, Karamsar, by 63 runs in a final match to lift the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (men) B-Division championship for the session 2008-09 here at the PU grounds on Saturday.

Batting first, GN Government College scored a meager 125 runs in 29.3 overs. However, this was enough for its rival. Davinder (21), Bakshish (20) and Kirtan (19) contributed for the winning team.

While for Karamsar college, Gurdeep bagged 4 wickets for 17 to restrict the score. Amandeep too chipped in with 2 for 24.

Batting second, Karamsar college didn’t have a good start and none of its batsmen could stand on the pitch for long as the trio of Dalpreet (3/21), Balwinder (3/12) and Gurjeet (3/9) stunned their batting lineup. Ultimately, the team got bundled out on 63 runs.

Meanwhile, two matches were played during the PU Inter-College Badminton (men) Tournament for Evening and Education Colleges here at the PU gymnasium hall.

In the first match, Guru Ram Dass B.Ed College, Jalalabad, blanked DM College of Education, Moga, 2-0 and in the second match, BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, blanked Department of Evening Studies, PU 2-0.



Mohali gets tennis academy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 24
To give fillip to tennis, the Total Tennis Academy and Manav Mangal Smart School launched tennis academy on the school’s premises in Phase X.

The Total Tennis Academy, which is already running six academies in the region, with two in Chandigarh and one each in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Barnala, has been started with three clay courts in Mohali.

The academy would not only provide coaching to school students, but also to outsiders.



Teams qualify for semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
In the men’s section YFC Club, DAVMSSS- 15, Vegi Club, Youngest Warrior Club and in the Women’s section MCM Club-36, Sacred Heart School- 26, GMSSS-19 and GCG-11 entered the semifinals of the Chandigarh Senior State Netball Championship for men and women played at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47.

Eleven teams in the men’s section and six teams in the women’s section participated in the championship.


Pre-quarterfinal -- Men’s section: DAVMSSS-15 bt GSSS, Manimajra Town by 12-8; Negi Club- 27 bt Mount Carmel School- 47 by 16-7; KB Club- 7 bt Golden Club- 19 by 15-9

Quarterfinal (Men): YFC Club bt Manimajra Shere Club by 21-10; DAVMSSS-15 bt GMSSS-19 by 10-2; Negi Club-27 bt KB Club-7 by 13-5; Youngest Warrior Club bt GMSSS Behalana by 13-7

Women’s section - Quarterfinal: Sacred Heart School- 26 bt DAVMSS- 15 by 17-4; GMSSS-19 beat Mount Carmel School- 47 by 8-5.



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