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Students must clear Punjabi exam: VC
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 8
Punjabi University will not compromise on the issue of granting any kind of relaxation to students and research scholars pursuing their studies for getting any degree from the undergraduate to the doctorate level from the university.

Stating this in his presidential address on the occasion of valedictory function of the Silver Jubilee International Punjabi Conference, Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh said, “As a consequence of my commitment in this regard, over 5,000 students had to clear their Punjabi examination in all courses, including science and professional ones, since I took over the reigns of the university.”

The policy, he said, would be followed aggressively in future to expanding the frontiers of Punjabi in India and abroad.

Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor of GNDU, Amritsar, proposed that contents and curricula of Punjabi should be designed for Punjabi emigrants in different countries keeping in mind their needs and requirements. He regretted the practice and cult of drawing political mileage in the name of development of Punjabi.

Dr Dhanwant Kaur, head of the university's department of Punjabi language development (DPLD), highlighted activities and achievements of the department, while Dr Surjit Bhatti presented a report of the conference.



Attack on newspaper staff
Judicial custody for assailants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The police arrested four youths on the charges of trespassing into office of the Times of India in Sector 8, here, and manhandling employees on Saturday night.

The police said the four youths, Akshaydeep Singh, Savtej, Aspan Lohiya and Davender Singh, were arrested on the charges of trespassing, causing injuries, criminal intimidation and common intension under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code in this connection. The accused were presented before a local court, which sent them to judicial custody.

The incident was condemned by people from different walks of life, including from the Chandigarh Press Club. Finance secretary-cum-secretary public relations Sanjay Kumar remarked that there was a need to deal firmly with such youths by the police. The administration, he added, would ensure that befitting steps was taken against anyone taking law into his hands so that it acted as a deterrent for others.

UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas said the accused would be dealt with strictly.



Four held with pirated CDs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The police arrested four persons and claimed to have seized 1,163 pirated CDs from Sector 35-C here on yesterday.

According to the SHO of the Sector 36 police station, inspector Anokh Singh, the accused were selling pirated CDs in the corridors of the Sector 35 market. Ramesh Kumar, an employ of the company V4U, reported the violations to the police. Acting on the complaint, the police arrested four persons, Inder Mohan and Naveen Kumar of Sector 38-D, Hari Ram and Dina Nath of Burail from Sector 35-C, last night. They had bought the CDs from Delhi.

The accused were produced before a local court, which sent two of them to the judicial custody, while the remaining two were released on bail.


The local police arrested Mohammed Wajid, Mohammed Asif, and Irfan of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, at a naka near Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Sector 20, on yesterday, along with a stolen motorcycle.

The verification of the motorcycle’s documents revealed that the accused were displaying a fake registration number on the vehicle. The police said it was later found out that the vehicle was stolen.

A case has been registration. The police is finding out whether the accused had stolen some other vehicles in the city.

Car stolen from Sec 17

Raj Kumar Nagpal, a resident of Sector 37, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his car (PB-11-J-0072) was stolen from Sector 17 on January 5. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

In yet another incident, Munish Sharma of Sector 27 lodged an FIR alleging that his scooter (CH-04-C-6165) was stolen from the Industrial Area on January 5. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.


Vinay Dua, a resident of Sector 27, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his briefcase has been stolen from his Qualis (CH-04-B-7696) by breaking window panes at Mani Majra today. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station in this regard. In a separate incident, the police registered a case on the complaint filed by Ashok Mehta of Sector 28 alleging that some unidentified person has stolen his television from his house last night.


Jagmohan Narang, a resident of Sector 29, lodged an FIR alleging that Bhupinder Singh of the same sector was trying to steal his mobile phone from his residence and was caught red handed. The accused has been arrested and a case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.



Laptop stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Thieves decamped with valuables after breaking open windowpanes of two cars in Manimajra.

According to the police, Alok Pandey of Phase II, Mohali, and employee of a private company in the NAC, Manimajra, reported to the police that he parked his Maruti Swift car (DL-2C-AG-6847) in the parking lot at NAC on February 6 at 7:50 pm. He came back after 10 minutes and found the rear windowpane of his car broken. His laptop with data card, a digital camera, a hard disk, and other documents were stolen.



Urvashi clinches two gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
More than 40 cyclists representing different colleges and schools took part in the cycling races in boys and girls’ category being organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association for senior, junior and sub-junior sections here at the Sukhna lake today.

Paramvir Toor of DNPS won a gold medal in the junior boys’ under-17 category and Parshant of the City Cyclist Club won the gold medal in men’s section. While Urvashi of Tribune Model School won two gold medals in the sub-junior girls’ category.

Other results:

10-km mass start race: (Junior boys’ u-17)

1. Paramvir Singh DNPS, 2. Simrandeep Singh Shishu Niketan, 3. Balpreet Singh CCET.

5-km time trial race: (Sub-junior girls’ u-15)

1. Urvashi Tribune Model, 2. Aditi Mohindra Sacred Heart, 3. Mannukriti Ryan International.

5-km time trial race for men:

1. Parshant SEIT, 2. Harvir Singh CCC, 3. Dharminder CCC.

5-km time trial race: (Junior boys u-17)

1. Simrandeep Singh Shishu Niketan, 2. Iqbal Singh Ryan-49, 3. Balpreet Singh CCET.

5-km time trial race: (Sub-junior boys’ u-15)

1. Pankaj Malhotra AKSP-41, 2. Sidhant Chopra St Xavier’s, 3. Prabhjit Singh St Anne’s-32.

5-km mass start race: (Sub-junior girls’ u-15)

1. Urvashi Tribune Model, 2. Aditi Mohindra Sacred Heart, 3. Anupreet Saupins-32.



Hockey proves to be a crowd-puller
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The ongoing Four-Nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament has been a huge crowd-puller with about 15 thousand spectators everyday at Sector 42 hockey stadium here.

The large turnout of spectators, during the tournament, has even outnumbered the crowd in the recently concluded cricket Test series and ICL matches in the tricity. During the test match between India and England at the PCA stadium, Mohali, barring two or three blocks, rest all almost remained empty.

Hordes of spectators that descended on the stadium everyday to enjoy the enthralling matches added the much-needed zing to the sport. Generally, the first match receives an average crowd, however, by the start of the second match that is often of India, crowd starts pouring in large number.

“About 4,500 spectators from various districts of Punjab come everyday to see the match,” said Harisharan, one of the organisers of the tournament. The Punjab sports department also gave a chance to 2,000 schoolchildren from across the state to witness the grand occasion.

“The response of the crowd has been great and since it is an international event, the turnout of fans has been even better than at the Premier Hockey League (PHL),” said Pargat Singh, director sports.

The vociferous crowd has even impressed the visiting teams as well for whom the large number of spectators has been a surprise. Rainer Fessler, a German hockey fan, said: “Seeing the crowd here I can certainly say that it is better than what we have back home during hockey matches.”

“It seems that hockey is on the path of revival and there is a need of organising more and more such tournaments which will certainly bring back the lost glory of our national sport,” said Ramesh, an ardent fan of hockey, while enjoying the match.

“I am enjoying the electrifying environment, and since the matches are being held in the evening so it makes convenient for people to see the match,” said Gurpreet Singh, another spectator.



Bhullar tied 37th in golf tour
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 8
Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala could muster a one over par 73 in the final round to finish tied 37th at four under 280 in the season opening Asian Tour International at Bangkok today.

Bhullar carded a bad two over card in the third and fourth rounds after starting with a superb five under par 66 on the opening day.

He followed it up with another good round on the second day, a three under par 68. But that was as far as 20-year-old Kapurthala boy could get.

He played badly on the remaining two days to lose the initiative of the first two days.

The only other player from the region, Chandigarh's Amandeep Johl failed to make the cut after two rounds returning a score of five over par 141.

Rahil Gangjee occupied the tied seventh spot at 12 under par 272, four strokes behind the winner South Africa's James Kamte.

Gaurav Ghei was tied 30th at five under par 279 with Digvijay Singh occupying the tied 57th slot at even par 284.



Stepping Stones defeat Nav Balniketan by 22 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Stepping Stones School, Sector 37, drubbed Nav Balniketan School by 22 runs on the fourth day of the Inter-School Cricket Tournament for boys u-19 for Advisor’s Cup, here at St John’s School, Sector 26, on Sunday.

In the second lopsided encounter of the day, Guru Nanak Public School-36 posted a humiliating defeat over St Soldier-27 by 230 runs.

A batsman of Nav Balniketan School plays a shot against Stepping Stones School during the Inter-School Cricket Tournament on Sunday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



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