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Rs 200-cr aid for proposed varsity
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 19
Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Minister for Higher Education, stated here today that the Punjab government was making full use of technology to make education compatible with modern science.

Dr Upinderjit asserted this during the annual convocation function of the Government College for Girls held on its premises here today. She further said the Punjab government had released a grant of Rs 8 crore to improve infrastructure in colleges and schools of the state.

Apart from this, the posts of 12 college principals and 265 college lecturers will be filled up through the Punjab Public Service Commission shortly.

She said the government would be spending Rs 200 crore for acquiring land for the Central university that is coming up at Bathinda.

The minister also said in order to acquire 700 acre of land, Rs 400 crore had been kept aside for the world university coming up at Amritsar.

The departmental promotions will be done as per the merit, she added.

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179 scholars to attend engg conference
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 19
Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) is organising a national conference on emerging trends in communications.

The conference is being held for two consecutive days from February 20- 21 on central campus SVIET, Ramnagar, Banur. Prof MN Bandhopadhya, director, NIT, Kurukshetra will inaugurate the event.

The institute has received about 183 papers and more than 179 scholars are coming from various renowned universities, research institutes and colleges to participate in the conference.

Official spokesperson said the aim of the conference is to provide a common platform to academicians, researchers, scholars, engineers and students for dissemination of knowledge and to inculcate interest in research among budding engineers.

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2 head of cattle killed, 24 suffer burns
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 19
As many as 26 head of cattle were burnt and two of them died at Durali village near here in the wee hours today after fire erupted in a dairy farm. The remaining buffaloes sustained serious burns and were being treated by a team of doctors since 4 am.

Though the cause of fire could not be ascertained, the owner of the dairy farm, Amrik Singh, said a short circuit could be the reason.

“We heard loud noises of cattle at 2 am and found that the entire shed was under fire,” he said. The lower portion of the shed was built of softwood and its upper area of iron. “The fire engulfed the entire area within few minutes and did not allow us to act,” he added.

The area residents rushed to the rescue of the animals, but by then all of the cattle received more then 50 per cent burns.

Local politicians, SDM, Mohali and villagers reached the dairy farm of Amrik and a section of politicians donated Rs 20,000 to him.

An inconsolable Amrik while talking to TNS said he would loose at least 10 buffaloes due to the fire. He said none of his employees smoke. Many of the young cattle were unable to breathe properly after the fire and others sustained burns on eyes, ears and mouth, he said. He termed a loss of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh in the fire. Family members of Amrik were seen begging the area residents for help in the morning.

Senior police officials reached the spot and inquired the matter.

A case would be registered in this connection if Amrik lodged a compliant in this regard, said the police officials.

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Emphasis on principles of Sikhism
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 19
Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, during a lecture on Guru Tegh Bahadur, delivered by Dr Jaswinder Kaur Dhillon, a former Prof of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies at GNDU, Amritsar, here today, said, “Sikh religion constitutes the foundation of true democracy, the tenets and principles of which form the corner stone that were being followed by other contemporary democratic systems of the world.”

Dr Jaspal said the inscription at the entrance of the British Parliament clearly states that one may not agree to others' opinions but in case somebody tries to massacre those, they could go to the extent of laying down their lives to uphold them.

Dr Dhillon emphasised upon making efforts in the direction of self-realisation.

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Power cuts to continue, says board chief
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 19
The scenario of power cuts will continue in the state till all four proposed thermal plants get commissioned. Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) chairperson HS Brar said this while talking to media at sidelines of a college function today.

Brar said the demand for electricity had been increasing by 15 per cent every year.

To meet with this steep hike it was necessary for every consumer to conserve as much electricity as possible.

He said the proposed thermal power plants at Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura, Gidderbaha and Goindwal Sahib were expected to start working after three and a half years, which would make state power surplus.

Presently, there are 64 lakh consumers of the electricity board in the state.

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Gold worth Rs 1 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 19
Thieves decamped with gold worth Rs 1 lakh and more than Rs 40,000 cash from the Sadbhavana Express late last night. Dr Ruchi Srivastav, a resident of Rail Vihar, was travelling in the train from Lucknow to Ambala Cantonment. The theft was detected at the Saharanpur railway station.

According to her report filed with the GRP she has stated that she was travelling in the train last night. Before taking a nap she hung her bag in the train. When she woke up near the Saharanpur railway station she noticed that her bag was open and her jewellery missing.

A case against unknown persons has been registered.

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6 killed in separate incidents
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 19
Six persons were killed in separate incidents here today. Four persons were killed in two accidents, one was found dead at Nangal Chowk and the other body was found in the Sutlej.

Two friends Manjit Singh and Pradeep Sen were returning from Chintpurni when their Indica car collided with a truck near Ghanauli. Manjit Singh, a resident of Ropar, died on the spot while Pradeep, also a resident of Ropar, died after reaching the local civil hospital.

In yet another incident, two youngsters from Palli village in Nalagarh district, Himachal Pradesh (HP), were killed near the Beni village sales tax barrier, near Kiratpur Sahib.

The incident took place yesterday when two youngsters Ajay Singh and Parwinder Singh were coming back after seeing off Ajay’s brother Vijay at the Kiratpur Sahib Railway station when a truck collided with another truck parked ahead and it ran over them.

While Ajay Singh died on the spot, Parwinder died on his way to the hospital.

In a separate incident, Gurmeet Singh’s (24) body was found in the Sutlej today. A resident of Asron, Gurmeet, had been missing for the past three days. His family told police that he had left home in an inebriated state and did not return.

In another incident, an unknown youngster was found dead at Nangal Chowk. A case has been registered in this regard.

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Action against illegal school buses
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 19
Action would soon be initiated against all the school buses that are flouting the rules of Motor Vehicle Act in Fatehgarh Sahib. This was stated here today by the district transport officer, Amarjeet Singh Shahi, during a meeting of various school principals and owners of the schools. He told them to get the documents of all school vehicles completed before February 28 and fill all the pending taxes as well.

If the owners of school bus fail to comply with the rules, then stringent action would be taken against them. Insurance of buses and valid driving licenses of the drivers is also a must, said the DTO.

The training provided to bus conductors by the Red Cross Society will also be made mandatory. All those vehicles will be impounded which are run with the help of gas cylinders without any authority.

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Ex-service league seeks pension hike
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 19
The Indian Ex-Services’ League (Punjab and Chandigarh) in its crucial meeting decided not to support any political party or group in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and presently sitting on ruling or opposition benches in Parliament.

President Prabhjot Singh Chhatwal, the Indian Ex-Services’ League, said today the government had granted a minimum pension of Rs 3,500 per month for civilian and defence personnel, like the earlier pay commission when there was no MSP (Military Service Pay) for the defence personnel.

But now when the Sixth Central Pay Commission has recommended and the government has already approved Rs 2,000 as the MSP exclusively for soldiers.

The minimum pension of Rs 3,500 granted to the defence pensioners is not justified and it should be Rs 4,500 per month.

He further said in order to cleanse the vitiated pool of politics both at the Centre and state, the league had finalised its strategy to wage an intensive war to fight this menace.

The league further warned the Central government to grant the pension required by the league before the forthcoming elections.

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Abandoned voter cards
Two election duty officials guilty
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 19
Two officials on election duty have been held responsible in the case of 619 voters ID card found abandoned here on February 5 last year. The findings are part of the report submitted by the SDM, Dera Bassi, to the Deputy Commissioner, Mohali.

In the report, SDM Puneet Goyal has held Sudesh Kumar Rana, who was posted as a kanungu in Dera Bassi and presently posted at Fatehgarh Sahib, and Jai Pal, a clerk, responsible for not distributing the voter cards.

The SDM said that during the inquiry both the employees were in charge for getting the voter identity cards distributed to people. Though the two had record of the payments made to the company for preparing the cards, they did not have any record as to whom the cards were delivered.

Officials said it was found during the investigations that all residents whose voter cards were found abandoned were issued new voter identity cards in 2005.

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Man acquitted of rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
District Additional and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today acquitted Raju of kidnap and rape charges after the victim supporting the defence stated before the court that she had eloped with the defendant to marry him.

The police had booked Raju, a resident of Shahpur Colony, after his neighbour accused him of kidnapping and raping her minor daughter.

In the complaint filed with the police on March 9, 2007, Kamla, mother of the victim, had alleged that her 16-year-old daughter was kidnapped by the accused and raped. In her statement before the court, the victim denied rape. She stated that she had eloped with the accused of her own will to get married to him. She sated that she was above 18 years of age and had married the accused.

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Eighth time, not so lucky!
Ajmer man’s ‘marriage spree’ ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Barely a couple of days after her marriage, a Sector 20-based woman today lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her husband had concealed the fact that he was already married seven times.

The police arrested the accused and referred the matter to the women’s cell for further action, saying the woman had so far failed to produce any proof to support her allegations.

The so-called marriage spree of the accursed came to an end when he committed a mistake of calling his newly wed from the mobile phone of his female acquaintance.

According to police station-19 SHO Ram Gopal, the police while taking preventive measures arrested the accused, 50-year-old Om Prakash of Ajmer in Rajasthan, under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC in this connection. He was produced before a court, which remanded him in judicial custody.

Sources said the complainant, Reema (name changed) of Sector 20, reported that she married Om Prakash on February 17.

Reema, a clerk in a government office here, said she came in contact with the accused through a matrimonial advertisement published in a newspaper.

The accused, who was reportedly dismissed from service as lecturer following a complaint lodged by a woman in 1989, is fluent in English. Reema told the police that he won her trust in a matter of days and she got married to him.

The police said the drama unfolded when the parents of Reema refused to send her along with him on the day of marriage citing some set of rituals the family followed.

The accused went to his other woman acquaintance in Sector 46 on February 17 after marriage.

To his misfortune, the battery of his mobile phone died on him and he called his wife from his female friend’s mobile phone.

The next day he was supposed to go for the registration of their marriage, but got late.

Reema called him up on the same number from which she received a call, inquiring about her husband.

The woman on the other side asked about her identity to which Reema said she was married to Om Prakash.

The other woman told her that she was also married to Om Prakash and he had fooled her, said a police officer probing the matter.

Reema also alleged that she learnt from the woman, who had gone to Delhi, that Prakash was married seven times before and had cheated several women.

The SHO said: “We asked her to produce proof to support her claims for further action. However, she has so far failed to produce any evidence, except allegations. We have referred the matter to the woman and child support unit and told her to lodge her complaint there.”

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Gurdwara Row
Bus driver, cleaner held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Chandigarh police today arrested a driver and a cleaner of the school bus of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, in the stone pelting and assault incident.

They had allegedly attacked the police and the enforcement staff of the UT administration during a demolition drive at the gurdwara on January 30.

Police station-39 SHO Janak Rana said the accused, Jaspal Singh, a priest-cum-driver of the school bus run by the gurdwara, and Jatinder Singh, a cleaner in the bus, were arrested following a raid this morning.

They were produced before a local court, which remanded them in two-day police custody.

The SHO said Baba Sarup Singh had reportedly gone underground. The police is identifying the rest of the miscreants and accused from the video footage and would arrest them.

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2 held with stolen goods
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Chandigarh police claims to have arrested two youths and recovered two stolen motor cycles, some scrap and electronic appliances from them.

Sub-Inspector Rajdeep Singh, in charge of the Burail police post, said Ranjit Singh of Kharar was arrested on February 13 along with his accomplice following a tip-off. He said two stolen motor cycles, an LCD TV, music system and scrap of copper wires were recovered.

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Ruchi, Harpreet excel in athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Government College for Girls, Sector 11, celebrated its 53rd Annual Athletics Meet here today on the college campus.

The meet got off to a vibrant start with the hoisting of the college flag. The sports students of the college who excelled in various national, state and inter-university championships in various games and sports events during this academic session lit the torch and took oath to compete with a sense of sportsmanship.

The results of various events:

400 m: 1-Ruchi Sharma, 2-Harpreet Cheema, 3-Jigmet Dolkar.

High jump: 1-Harpreet, 2-Kusum, 3-Ruchi.

Long jump: 1-Priyanka, 2-Ruchi Sharma, 3-Reena.

Shot put: 1-Rimpy, 2-Harpreet, 3-Navneet and Vishakha.

200 m: 1-Ruchi, 2-Harpreet, 3-Pooja.

1,500 m: 1-Sharan, 2-Kusum, 3-Reema and Ekta.

100 m: 1-Ruchi Sharma, 2-Kusum, 3-Harpreet.

Best marching contingent: Commerce.

Navreet Kaur was declared all-round best player of the year. Ruchi Sharma was adjudged the best athlete.

Sports day

Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, celebrated its second sports day with much pomp here today on the college campus.

The event got off to a flying start with college principal Dr Shyam Sunder hoisting the college flag.

The function was attended by students of B.Com and BBA, who partook in various sports events.

50 m race for boys: 1: Pankaj B.Com-II

50 m race for girls: 1: Sakshi B.Com-II

Shot put for boys: 1: Devinder BBA-I

Shot put for girls: 1: Swati Punj B.Com-I

Long jump for boys: 1: Karan Rathore BBA-II

Tug of war: 1 B.Com-II

50 m for staff female: 1 Arti Kaushal

50 m for staff male: Rajiv Salwan.

Athletics meet

Government College of Education, Sector 20, also celebrated its 54th Annual Athletics Meet. The meet was inaugurated with unfurling of the college flag.

Oath-taking ceremony was done by Monu, a student of BEd, who represented in All-India Inter-Varsity Volleyball Championship. March past was organised in the backdrop of marching tunes produced by the police band present on the occasion.

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Golf Championship
Manav, Ashbeer in pre-quarter finals
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 19
Manav Das from Ambala and Kapurthala's 15-year-old Ashbeer Singh Saini kept the region's flag flying after Chandigarh's seasoned Harjinder Singh Kang bowed out of the LG All-India Amateur Golf Championship on the par 72 greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

On a day of upsets, the top two seeds in the tournament, Moin Malak and Saurabh Bahuguna, respectively, and top-ranked player on the LG Order of Merit Gagan Verma fell by the wayside along with Harjinder Singh Kang.

Kang played a bad game today bogeying on the 5th, 6th and 7th to be three down after the first nine. He never recovered after that and went down to local player Akshay Butta three and four.

Manav Das moved into the pre-quarterfinals taming Rustam Yadu three and two. Manav clipped the wings of his opponent by birdying the 16th to win three and two.

Teenaged Ashbeer Singh Saini overcame Keshav Kapoor four and three to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash with Rashid Khan.

Abhishek Jha and Rashid Khan made it to the pre-quarters fairly comfortably. Sri Lankan duo of Mithun Perera and K Prabhagaran also moved to the next round as well as Bangladesh's top-ranked amateur Jamal Hossain Mollah.

Friday will be a draining day for the players, as the quarterfinals, will commence right after the completion of the pre-quarters.

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Junior Badminton Camp
Prakash rides high on past exploits
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Being one of the few India’s junior shuttlers to have a brilliant experience at an international level, Prakash Jolly, is a force to reckon for the forthcoming German and Holland Junior Open Badminton Championships to be held from February 25 to March 8.

Prakash’s terrific performance last year got him a berth in the junior national squad. In September, 2008, he played two international tournaments, including the Waikato International Open Badminton Championship, and Auckland Open Badminton Championship where he gave a rattling performance and jumped to world rank 224.

“In Waikato Championship, I was the runner-up and could not win the tournament as I got a tough challenge from an Indian senior shuttler in the final,” recalls Jolly, who also made it to the quarterfinals of the Auckland tournament.

This India number 3 shuttler is a permanent player of the Tata Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore, which is being run by once world number 1 player Prakash Padukone, who is the only Indian other than Gopi Chand to have attained the feat.

“I got into the academy about a year ago and have seen immense improvement in my game since then,” quips Jolly.

Prakash, who hails from Bangalore held the shuttle at the tender age of 8. “Though I started playing at quite a young age but I took it seriously when I was 13 and it was my coach, Vinod Kumar, who inspired me to move on with the sport. Gradually, I started winning tournaments and my interest enthused more,” he recalls.

This is the first time that Jolly will be attending a national camp. “I have had a few opportunities in the past but due to the health problem, I could not attend the camp,” he says.

“I am getting accustomed to the cold here, unlike Banglore. But we have to face this problem in Holland and Germany also during the tournaments,” he adds.

Prakash is one of the six boys and four girls, who will be representing India in the upcoming tournaments, in which major countries will be participating. Presently, the coaching camp is undergoing at the Panjab University’s gymnasium hall under the supervision of Surender Mahajan, Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach, and Malwinder Dhillon, national junior squad coach.

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