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Steering panel rejects IWF probablesí list
Trials to be held on March 7, 8
Our Correspondent

Patiala, Februray 22
The already stressed Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has once again found itself on a sticky wicket with the Commonwealth Games steering the committee out rightly rejecting the core group of probablesí list meant for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

The IWF had selected a core group of probables comprising the countryís top weightlifters just prior to the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Cyprus in December last year.

However, government observer Chaya Adak, a former international weightlifter, who has been nominated as the government observer and with whom the IWF top brass is at loggerheads, brought up this subject at the Commonwealth Games steering the committee meeting held at Delhi last week.

Adak told the committee that the core group of probables was selected without her being informed by the IWF and hence the selection was illegal.

The steering committee members agreed to the government observerís recommendations and declared the core group as illegal.

The hardest hit by this decision of the steering committee are the weightlifters themselves who will have to undergo a fresh set of trials at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here on March 7 and 8.

Sources disclosed that an infuriated Adak also informed the committee members that the IWF was acting in gross violation of norms and never invited her to either selection trails or to national championships held from time to time by the federation.

Now the IWF has to make arrangements to hold trials for the lifters for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games on March 7 and 8 at the NIS here. This time these trials will be held in the presence of government observers Chaya Adak and Arjuna Awardee SL Salwan.

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Punjabi facing threat at home
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 22
"Development of Punjabi language is facing danger from none other than Punjabi mothers themselves, who prefer to communicate with their children in languages other than Punjabi, especially English, from day of beginning of their cognitive process. It then gets naturalised in their psyche and becomes an inbuilt mechanism, leading to the beginning of an unending damaging cultural syndrome. Our foremost duty, therefore, should be to change the destructive attitude that we face today in majority of the families." This was stated by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, while presiding over a seminar on the role of mother tongue in the development of personality, organised by the university's department of Punjabi language development on the occasion of the "Mother Tongue Day" here last evening.

He said all our efforts of publishing of books, enforcing strict rules and regulations and holding seminars would be of little use without steering a paradigm shift aimed at changing the obstinate attitude of the mothers. He urged the Punjabi lovers to make use of latest tools and technologies and integrate modernity with tradition for the advancement of Punjabi.

Rating language as the first cultural invention and the major medium of communication, Punjabi scholar, Dr Mahip Singh, said language had always played a significant role in the advancement of a culture.

Exclusive vocabulary and languages gave a unique identification to a culture and a community. Rejecting the attitude of fanaticism, he said, the use of words from other languages, which naturally crept into a particular language, amounted to enhancing its perspective, horizon and contours. Quoting the examples of Balraj Sahni and Rabinder Nath Tagore, he asked the Punjabi scholars should take proud in writing in their own language.

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Sketch of accused released
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 22
The police today released the sketch of one of the accused in jeweller Satinder Pal Singh murder case.

SHO Atul Soni said the sketch of one of three accused had been released on the basis of statements given by Satinder's son Amrit Pal Singh. "Earlier, the family had been busy completing last rites and rituals of Satinder Pal Singh, so the sketch got late by almost a month," Soni added.

Amrit Pal managed to divulge details of the accused, who roughed up Amrit Pal on the fateful day. The sketches of other two accused cannot be made. The police has got these sketches made from experts working with the Chandigarh police.

Satinder Pal Singh was shot dead on January 28, a few metres away from his jewellery shop near Kalgidhar Sahib Gurudwara on the College road.

He was also a financier. Both Amrit and his father Satinder Pal Singh had given tough fight to the assailants.

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Jewellery, Rs 4 lakh stolen
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 22
A blessing proves to be curse in disguise last night when Parveen Bansal, a karyana merchant of the town, was in Sirhind town to solemnise the marriage of his son as someone broke into his house and decamped with a large booty worth Rs 8 lakh.

As per FIR lodged with the police, Parveen Kumar said as the marriage party left, he locked the doors of his house. Next day, when they came back, he found the locks of his almirah open, and 200 g gold, cash worth Rs 4 lakh and silver items missing. He made enquiries, but of no use. He alleged that someone had burgled his house.

DSP Rajwinder Singh Sohal inspected the house. He said it was handiwork of some one known to the family. He said the police had registered a case.

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823 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, February 22
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised the eighth free medical-cum-eye check up camp in memory of Harbaksh Kaur Mejie at the Community Development Centre here today.

Narinder Singh Mejie inaugurated the camp, whereas patron Prof Hardarshan Singh Mejie and adviser Hassan Mejie presided over the function.

A team of doctors led by Dr Deepesh Arora, Dr Gurpeet Singh Garcha, Dr Jatinder Kansal, Satwinder Singh Cheema checked 823 patients belonging to the BPL families of 135 surrounding villages.

The trust provided medicine, transport, cataract removal surgery and IOL replacements.

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Woman dies of burns
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 22
A 25-year-old woman of Rampur Sainiya village in Dera Bassi was allegedly found burnt under mysterious circumstances on Saturday.

The police said the exact cause of burning would be clear after the medical report. According to the police sources, the incident came to light around 11 am, when villagers saw smoke coming out of her house.

They found the woman was burnt badly and took her to the civil hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors referred her to GMCH-32, Chandigarh.

The victim, Rajni, had succumbed to burn injuries later in the evening, the police added.

However, no case has been registered till filing of the report.

Dalbir Singh Grewal, SHO, Dera Bassi, said they had got the information about the incident and started further investigations.

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Sistersí guardian booked for intimidation
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 22
The local police has booked Babban Zaidi, maternal uncle of two sisters, who alleged that he was intimidating them and trying to usurp their property.

The girls Ilmaz (19) and Kulsum (18), belonging to an influential family of Raipur Rani, in their complaint, alleged that Zaidi, who was granted rights of their guardian after their father had been jailed for the murder of their mother, used to thrash them and refuse to pay their school fee forcing them to leave their study.

The police after receiving the orders from the Panchkula chief judicial magisrate registered a case under Sections 467, 468, 471, 506, 323, and 420 IPC late night yesterday.

The girls were staying with Zaidi since Hasan Murtaza was imprisoned for killing his wife Rukhsana in December 1993 here. Both sisters were only two and three years old that time. The custody of the girls was handed over to Babban Zaidi, their maternal uncle, who also used to stay at their home in Sector 2. The property of family, including a 14-marla house in Sector 2 and cash, which now has increased to over Rs 50 lakh, was also transferred in the name of two sisters.

After serving the term in 2004, Murtaza was released from jail.

On last Tuesday, both sisters were brought to Panchkula by the officials of the Haryana Social Welfare Department from their ancestor village Garhi Kotaha after their father took them there from Panchkula. The girls in a complaint sent to the National Woman Commission, New Delhi, had alleged that they were confined to house by their father. Refusing to stay with their father both also refused to live under guardiaship of Zaidi and alleged that he had cheated them and tried to usurp the property which is registered in their name and even tortured them.

The study of both sisters was also discontinued, as their school fee was not deposited with the school even as millions of rupees were deposited in the banks in the name of both the sisters, they alleged.

In the inquiry conducted by project officer of the Integrated Child and Women, the allegation levelled by the girls were also reportedly found to be true.

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Woman killed, 2 hurt as car hits scooter
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 22
One person was killed and two others were injured in a road accident near Chhat village here on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Prabha Devi (30), a resident of Paudi Garhwal. The mishap occurred when a car hit the scooter they were riding.

Her husband, who was coming on another scooter, rushed her to the Derabassi hospital where she was declared brought dead.

The injured Renu (24) and two-and-a-half-year-old Jiya have been referred to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The body was handed over to the family after post mortem. A case was registered against the car driver.

According to the family, Prabha Devi was in town for her brother's marriage. She went to Chhatbir zoo along with her husband and children.

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Minor raped youth held
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 22
A minor girl was raped in Dadu Majra, here, on Thursday.

The police said Sangeeta (name changed), a 14-year-old girl, was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old Salwan of the locality three days back.

The matter came to light last evening, when Sangeetaís mother took her to a hospital, after she complained of stomachache. It was then that the girl told the mother about the incident that she was raped by Salwan at his friendís place. Soon after, the matter was brought to the notice of the police by the victimís family.

Confirming the incident, SHO, Sector 39 Janak Rana, said, ďA case has been registered in this regard and the accused has been arrestedĒ.

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Car stolen from residence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Pradeep Tewari, a photojournalist, resident of Sector 23, has filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car (PB-08-H-6080) was stolen from his residence on Saturday. A case has been registered in this regard.

Sector 22 resident Rakesh Kumar Jindal alleged that his Rhino MUV (CH-04-C-6884) was stolen from near Vijaya Bank, Sector 40, on February 18. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Rishi, a resident of Sector 37, reported to the police alleging that his motor cycle (CH-03-N-8983) was stolen from his residence on the night of February 20. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Snatched

Naina Chaudhary of Jammu alleged that two unidentified persons on a scooter snatched her bag containing digital camera, mobile phone, ATM card and cash worth Rs 2,000 from Sector 17 last night. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Arrested

The police has arrested Jatinder, a resident of Mohali, for consumption of liquor at public place from Sector 21 yesterday.

In a separate incident, Santosh Kumar of Sector 52 has been arrested for the same cause and both the cases have been registered at the Sector 19 police station in this regard.

Accident

Deepak Sharma of Mani Majra filed a complaint with the police alleging that a bus (HR-68-3856), driven by Vijay Kumar, hit his motorcycle near Kala Gram light point on Friday.

He was injured and admitted to the PGI. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station. Mani Majra police station SHO Kehar Singh said that the bus belonged to HMT. The driver was arrested and bailed out later, he added.

Missing

Raj Parkash of Sector 27 filed a complaint with the police alleging that his 16-year-old son Manish went missing from his house on February 17. Raj said his son is mentally upset.

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Punjab and Haryana High Court clinches title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, clinched the Juris Cup-2009 by five matches to three in the golf tournament among Judges and lawyers of the High Courts of Punjab and Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

The Judges and lawyers had a hard time keeping their scores at par. And sinking birdies was a rare feat achieved by a couple of golf enthusiasts of the legal fraternity. In the last tournament held in Jaipur, the Juris Cup had been clinched by Rajasthan.

The annual golf tournament, considered to be the largest gathering of golf enthusiasts of the legal fraternity, now shifts to Delhi. Shantanu Puri fired the best 6 over par card to clinch the gross title with BS Gill finishing three strokes behind. Gill was declared runner-up because of a better back nine after two tied for the second spot. Mohammed Shamim fired the best net round of 57 with Amrinder Grewal finishing eight strokes behind at 65.

The best gross title among Judges was bagged by Justice Jaswant, who carded a 15 over par 87. Finishing 15 strokes behind the leader was Justice Bedi at 30 over 102.

Justice Mohinder Pal had the longest drive and Sonal Jain had the best straight drive. Nearest to the pin was JP Singh at 3 ft 3 inch.

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Delhi outclass J&K by 7 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
NTR-Delhi toyed with Jammu and Kashmir as the former easily outclassed the latter by seven wickets on the second day of the 8th All-India BSNL Cricket Tournament 2009 here at the Sector 16 cricket stadium on Sunday.

Electing to bat first after wining the toss Jammu and Kashmir couldnít get the desired start. The early fall of their key batsmen paid the team in a long run as the team was packed off in 16.5 overs on a paltry total of 65 runs.

Pranav Mahajan (28) was the only batsman who could put on some decent score on the board. For NTR-Delhi, Rohit Mehra and NS Negi claimed three wickets each. While Vineet Kapoor too chipped in with two for 12 runs.

Replying to the meager total, NTR-Delhi easily made 68/3 in 15.1 overs. Bhishm Mittal (27) and Rajender Ahir (16) were the principal scorers for them. While for J&K Anoop Maghotra got two wickets for 18 runs.

Meanwhile, in another match of the day, which was played at DAV College, Sector-10, Rajasthan surpassed UP (West) by seven wickets.

Batting first after winning the toss, UP (West) could only manage to score 76 runs in 21.4 overs. M ul-Islam who scored valuable 28 runs saved some blushes for the team. For Rajasthan, Sushil Sharma claimed three wickets for 18 while Mahesh Meena and Sunil Saxena got two each.

In reply, Rajasthanís duo Naresh Sharma (35) and Arun Asopa (25) knock was enough for their rivals. The team achieved the target in just 13.1 overs at the loss of three wickets. UP-West bowler Nitin Kumar (12/2) and all rounder M ul-Islam (20/1) effort went in vain.

Other results:

UP (West) bt Maharashtra by 141 runs.

West Bengal bt Karnataka by nine wickets.

Punjab was declared winner as their contesting team North East-I did not report in the tournament. 

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Boxing trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Trials to select Chandigarh (Ind) team for participating in the 1st International and 16th AK Misra Boxing Championships being organised by CABA from March 11 to 15 will be held in SD Public School, Sector 32, on February 24 at 4 pm.

According to Dr CK Jerath, secretary, CABA, only those boxers who had won the Chandigarh State Senior Men Boxing Championships during the last two years or those who had represented the country in any recognised boxing championships are eligible for the trials.

They are required to bring with them the medical book issued by the federation. 

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Governorís XI win Patron-in-Chief Cup 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Governorís XI, Punjab, won the Patron-in-chief Cup by defeating Army Commander (Western Command) XI by 57 runs in a 20-overs game played at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali.

Governorís XI won the toss and elected to bat. Governorís XI innings was boosted by scintillating knock of 57 runs by Sukhvinder Singh Tinku and by Viswajeet Khanna, who scored 43 runs.

Army Commander (Western Command) XI started their innings on a shaky note by losing their opening wickets.

However, their innings were held together by Col SS Soam, who scored 56 runs. Army Commander (Western Command) XI kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, however, Deependra contributed unbeaten 33 runs.

Viswajeet Khanna was declared man of the match.

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Kho kho title clash today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, and Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, set the title clash for the PU Inter-College Kho Kho (Women) C-Division Tournament, which is to be played here on PU grounds on Monday.

In the first semifinals encounter today, Dev Samaj College got the better of Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, 3-2.

While in the second semifinals, Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, thrashed Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, Muktsar, with a big margin of 12-6.

Earlier in the first quarterfinals, Dev Samaj College, Chandigarh, edged past DD Jain College of Education, Ludhiana, 9-6. The second quarterfinals was well contested as Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, had to use all its acumen to beat GTB Khalsa College of Education, Dasuya, Hoshiarpur, 3-2. 

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Vohra leads with 5 points
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Abhinandan Vohra with 5 points is leading at the end of the 5th round in the ongoing Chandigarh Prize Money Chess Championship 2009 which is being played at St. Xavierís Sr. Secondary School, Sector 44-C, here.

Vohra is closely followed by Baij Nath Prasad and Jagpreet 4.5 points each in the chess championship.

The point position at the end of the third round:

5 Points: Abhinandan Vohra; 4.5 Points: Baij Nath Prasad, Singh Jagpreet; 4 Points: Naveen Bansal, Anurudh Garg, Saket Kumar, Nirankari Ashwani; 3.5 Points: Manu Aggarwal, Nitin, Sunil Bansal, Arunima Goyal, Manbhar Verma; Tarundeep, Pardeep Singh Negi; 3 Points: Marwaha Surinder, Nagpal Tejas, Anubhav Tuknayat, Vipan Negi, Umarayia, Karan, Bhatti, Sachleen Singh, Pratima, Shweta, Harpreet and Harshpreet.

2.5 Points-Harinder Pal Singh, Anil Raina, Tarini Goyal, Jeet Singh, Rahul, Jaskeerat, Tanya, Tarsem; 2 Points: Kanwar Sandeep Singh, Simranjeet Kaur, Madan Lal, Bhavnish Ahuja, Nivedan Bhardwaj, Rajni Monga, Karan Saini Prakhar Gusain Puja Arora, Gauri Chuttani, Anmol Harpal Singh, Narang, Kashish. 1.5 Points:Vaibhav Verma Barinderpal Singh;1 Point: Utkarsh, Sunbir, Sanjay Chauhan, Anita Abhimanyu Singh, Ketan Khurmi, Devesh Mehra, Rishab.

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