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Expired Medicines
Statements of villagers recorded
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 2
The district health officer of Mohali, Dr SP Surila, conducted an inquiry into the episode of expired medicines being distributed to villagers at nearby Malakpur village yesterday.

Dr Surila recorded statements of the villagers, who were camp beneficiaries, as well as camp organisers. Village-based Dasmesh Youth Welfare Club had held a blood donation camp yesterday at a local government school.

Later, the club members requested senior medical officer of Kharar civil hospital to also examine some patients with eye ailments. Acting on their request SMO Jai Singh examined around 50 patients and prescribed requisite medication.

However, patients found that the medicines had passed their expiry dates. The dates mentioned on vials of eye drops was April, 2008, and it even bore imprints of being a “physician’s sample, not to be sold”.

Dr Surila has submitted his report to Dr Avtar Singh, civil surgeon. Dr Avtar Singh will hand over the report to Dr SPS Sohal, director of health services.



Electricity Bill
Kalka MC gets Rs 25 lakh waiver
Our Correspondent

Kalka, March 2
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has waived off the surcharge of Rs 25 lakh on streetlights of Municipal Committee, which was lying unpaid since the last couple of years. Due to non-payment of the surcharge, the residents of Kalka were deprived of the facility of streetlights for more than six months.

Notably a delegation of the area, headed by Vijay Bansal, former secretary of the state Congress, recently met Power Minister of Haryana Randeep Singh Surjewala and submitted a memorandum urging the exemption of surcharge of MC, Kalka.

Taking a serious note of the issue, the minister had issued directives to MD of the UHBVN regarding the issue. Sources said that in reply to Surjewala, the UHBVN MD had waived off the surcharge on priority.

Sources at MC said the actual amount of the pending bill of streetlights here was around Rs 63,000, which had touched Rs 25.63 lakh due to non-payment of the bill since the last couple of years as the MC was passing through crucial financial condition since long time.



5 hurt as car overturns

Rajpura, March 2
Five residents of Delhi received minor injuries after the car they were travelling in overturned near the grain market here today.

The injured have been identified as Bobby, Raju, Vivek, Sarika and a child, Ashish. They were going to Delhi after meeting relatives in Patiala. When they reached the grain market, a stray dog came in front of the car and the driver lost control of it. 

The car hit a divider before overturning. The injured were taken to a private hospital and were released after receiving fist aid. — TNS



‘Keep power boards as integrated companies’
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 2
The All-India Power Engineers’ Federation (AIPEF) has demanded to keep the state electricity boards as vertically integrated companies, and to take only the trading part out its preview to meet legal requirements of the Electricity Act, 2003.

Padamjit Singh, chairman of the federation, said private companies were doing business in generation transmission and distribution in power sector, while state electricity boards were being forced to get unbundled under the same Act.

He said as per legal opinion, a state electricity board could continue to function in the present form, and to meet the law requirement, a separate trading company needed to be established. He appreciated the stand taken by the Kerala government in keeping the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) as a single company.

According to the spokesperson of the AIPEF, the federation, in a resolution, strongly condemned new backdoor method of privatisation of power sector by way of franchisee system in urban areas.

The Uttar Pradesh government had last week decided to give distribution of power in two major industrial towns on franchisee basis to a private company for a period of 20 years. This was indirect privatisation of power sector without any responsibility of the franchisee. The same experiment was also being tried in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Padamjit said due to the financial meltdown, private companies were postponing their commitments of investing in new power plants. There was general distrust and suspicion towards private sector and now there was more trust towards public sector. “The private companies are increasing their profits by hook and crook.

The Delhi Regulatory Commission, in its affidavit before the Appellate Tribunal, had said Reliance companies in Delhi had submitted fake papers to seek higher tariff,” he said.

The AIPEF, in another resolution, condemned the DVC management of victimising AK Jain, chief engineer of the corporation, because he dared to expose corruption in high places by seeking information under the Right to Information Act.

The AIPEF meeting was attended by delegates of 13 states.

The AIPEF also requested the Chhatisgarh government to expedite review of unbundling of state electricity board in five companies. The state government appointed a 10-member committee to review the issue.



Bandh over govt apathy
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 2
Residents of the town led by leaders of various social, religious, political and traders’ organisations observed a bandh against lack of development in the area here today. All shops, including sabzi mandi, remained closed as people gathered at the Dasehra ground to protest against government apathy.

They raised slogans against the union and state governments as well as the local municipal council. The protesters later presented a memorandum to the SDM spelling out their demands.

Addressing the rally, speakers highlighted government apathy towards the town. They alleged that respective governments and their representatives had ignored the town.

They claimed that the anger of the local population would reflect in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

The speakers said the Centre had failed to set up any big industrial project to generate employment avenues for locals. They lamented that the railways had withdrawn the stoppage of trains here.

They also resented the imposition of heavy taxes by the local municipal council claiming that the town lacked basic amenities like good roads, sewerage, potable water, streetlights, etc.

The protesters asked the local SDM to come to the rally venue to accept the memorandum. However, when the official, Puneet Shergil, failed to turn up, the protesters moved towards the main road to block traffic.



Medical body slams ‘liberal’ excise policy
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala March 2
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has got alarmed over the poor mental health of debt ridden farming community with increasing tendency of suicides, as a result of failed agriculture economy and ever increasing indulgence in intoxication due to liberal excise policy.

Demanding implementation of prohibition like in Gujrat, the PCMSA has condemned “hic-hic hurray excise policy” that was ruining mental as well as physical health, social fabric, culture and family economy by making youth addicted to intoxicants to brush off frustration resulting from unemployment and failing agricultural 

The situation, according to the association, was really alarming and shameful to such an extent that even the incident at Jiwan Plaza, Patiala, had failed to act as an eye opener for the government, he added.

Dr MS Randhawa, Patron of PCMSA maintained that due to “directionless and anti-farmer agriculture policy, farmers were facing economy doom, being dumped in 
helpless condition to commit suicides.”

He said it was painful that policy makers had forgotten that farmers had achieved national targets at most heavy price of putting their so many generations to physical handicap of sufferings limb amputations due to thrasher injuries and uncountable life threatening ailments and health hazards due to use of pesticides and insecticides.

Dr Gurdev Singh Preet, former director Health Services Punjab flayed the Punjab Government’s new excise policy that will result in opening vends in every household by alluring debt ridden farmers to sell liquor under farm tourism policy 
by paying Rs 10, 000 

He also condemned raising quota of vends by 25 per cent to flood the state with “sixth river of intoxicants”.



Audience all praise for ghazal singer
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 2
It was a rich cultural feast for ghazal lovers at the ghazal night organised by the Patiala Kala Manch at the Mohan Gardens here yesterday. The audience felt cosy with angithis under a shamiana and was regaled by the renowned ghazal singer, Kimti Lal, who was belting out his best numbers.

Kimti Lal, a producer with Doordarshan Kendra at Jalandhar, struck an instant rapport with the audience. The scintillating performance by Kimti Lal was ably assisted on the tabla by Tilak Raj, who has a distinction of playing tabla with the likes of Pandit Jasraj and Rais Khan Sahib.

Dr Manjit Singh Bal, advisor of the Kala Manch, introduced the singer to the audience while Jaspreet Singh, secretary of the manch, ably conducted the proceedings. Bhagwinder Devgun, Ravi Chawla, Parvinder Shokh, Harpal Singh, and Manjit Singh, executive members of the Patiala Kala Manch, felicitated Kimti Lal.

The audience demonstrated its musical mood right at the outset andwas all praises for Kimti Lal, who started rendering favourite hits.

Kimti Lal, trained under the tutelage of his illustrious father, who was a disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. After his father’s demise Kimti Lal trained under Ustad Bakar Ali Khan of Malerkotla.

Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, patron of the Patiala Kala Manch, said the Patiala Kala Manch would continue to organise such functions for the entertainment of the art lovers of Patiala .



3 booked for kidnapping minor girl
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 2
The police today booked three persons for allegedly taking away a minor girl with them from Baba Deep Singh colony.

In his complaint to the police, the handicapped father of the girl, said his daughter left home on January 17 to buy milk in the morning, but did not return.

He accused three residents of his locality of taking away his daughter. The police has booked Dokhu, Dayananad and Kailash for alluring and taking away the 13-year-old girl with them.



Programme on global criminal law ends
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 2
The three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) programme was concluded today which was organised at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, in collaboration with the ICC-India: The Indian Campaign on International Criminal Court.

Beginning on February 27 with the welcome speech of Dr Gurjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of RGNUL, Patiala, the programme was on international criminal law, primarily for the educators and advocates working in the fields of international law, international humanitarian law, international relations, human rights, political science and social work.

As many as 40 participants from all over India took part in the programme, which included teachers and researchers. The programme was conducted by eminent resource persons having wide experience and knowledge in the subject.

Starting with the brief introduction to the programme, Saumya Uma, coordinator of the ICC-India, brought forth different aspects of international law. 

She explained that international criminal law was a body of international rules designed both to proscribe certain categories of conduct (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, aggression, terrorism) and to make those persons who engage in such conduct criminally liable. 

These rules either authorise states or impose upon them the obligation to prosecute and punish such criminal conducts, she added.

Saumya further said the international criminal law was a branch of public international law and the rules making up this body of law emanate from sources of international law like treaties, customary law etc. 

There have been important advances made in incorporating standards of human rights laws in international criminal law (ICC). ICC is a new institution tasked with implementation of some of these standards. 

Though India was not a party to the treaty creating International Criminal Court, the standards created by the treaty were relevant in the Indian context, she added.

Eminent resource persons, including Dr Sitharaman Kakarala and Vahida Nainar, also spoke on international criminal law.



Press Reporting
Court in favour of laying parameters

Chandigarh, March 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes parameters need to be laid down for court reporting.

In a two-page order, Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “Time has come when parameters may have to be laid down as to what extent the press reporters can go while reporting the proceedings in the courts”.

The observations were made by Justice Ranjit Singh, while taking notice of news reports carried in the Times of India on the issue of mining in Aravali hills. Justice Ranjit Singh was of the opinion that the matter was being covered in an opiniated manner. 

In his detailed order, Justice Ranjit Singh has asserted: Lately, the newspapers have been going overboard and to the extent of even quoting verbal observations of the court. The issue will now come up for hearing on March 27. — TNS



No regularisation before master plan, Punjab tells HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 2
After the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed Chandigarh would survive only if surroundings areas were not converted into slums, the State of Punjab today said it would not regularise structures around Kansal till the finalisation of the master plan.

Appearing before the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta, the state also said it would publicise its decision through the media so that people did not act out of ignorance or on the basis of rumours.

Available information suggests the master plan has already been notified and will soon be placed before the Bench.

As the matter came up for hearing, the Bench asked the state counsel to inform the court if the master plan had been formulated. The Bench was of the opinion the entire exercise of formulating a master plan had to be carried out in complete coordination between Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Stressing upon the need for coordinated development of Chandigarh’s periphery, the Bench asserted the two states and the Union Territory had different set of rules.

The Bench also made it clear that any construction, as per the settled law, on agriculture land was illegal. The state agreed to this by adding it was illegal, unless it was with permission.

As counsel for the petitioners continued to emphasise the need for planned development, the Bench suggested against regularising anything in violation of the draft master plan.

The Bench asserted that the entire process of
coming up with master plan would be rendered redundant by regularising the structures before its finalisation.

Speaking for the Bench, Chief Justice Thakur asserted that it was imperative to preserve the city’s beauty. “Chandigarh would remain beautiful if the periphery was well planned,” he observed.

Apparently disinclined to direct action on the basis of allegations such as forcible sale of land to the influential, the Bench said the remedy of a civil suit was always open.

The petition, filed in public interest, had alleged unauthorised occupation of village common land in Kansal by “influential people”.

In the matter, the High Court had earlier directed Punjab to produce complete land detail, along with the consolidated scheme. The name of Sonam Kumar, son former Governor, had also surfaced during the proceedings.



Criminal Conspiracy
Ex-PGI surgeon, chemist convicted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 2
After a trial that lasted six years, the CBI’s special court of Jagdeep Jain today convicted former head of PGI’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery department Prof RS Dhaliwal of conspiring with private chemists in purchase of artificial heart valves and other accessories at higher rates and sharing the profit with suppliers.

The court also convicted Sat Pal Singla, owner of a chemist shop in Sector 11, under several Sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The investigating agency had registered a case against the surgeon in May, 2003, alleging that he had conspired with two chemists of the city in purchase of artificial heart valves and other accessories at exorbitant rates and sharing of profits with them.

According to the prosecution, the doctor conducted 324 operations during 1994-2001.

Voluminous records of these operations were scrutinised and 38 cases with glaring irregularities short-listed.

The investigations further revealed that the doctor had entered into “criminal conspiracy with the two chemists separately, procured heart valves directly from them and charged excessive amounts from patients”.

According to the prosecution, a number of patients who took treatment were either government servants or were from poor families whose treatment had been funded by the government.

The investigating agency had also recorded the statement of chemist under Section 164 of the CrPC stating details about the “illegal amount of Rs 15.02 lakh” paid by him to the doctor during 1994 to 2001.

The charges were farmed against the two on May 16, 2006 under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for cheating), 467 (forgery), and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of the IPC along with Sections 13(1) (D) of Prevention of Corruption Act against them.

Though the case was registered against him in May, 2003, sanction to prosecute him had been hanging since March 2005, which was granted only in 2006.



Drug peddler gets five-year jail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 2
Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge on NDPS cases Sanjeev Jindal awarded 5-year imprisonment to a drug peddler here today.

The convict, Shravan Kumar, a resident of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, was caught possessing 400 gram of marijuana last year.

According to public prosecutor NK Goyal, Panchkula police intelligence wing received an information on May 30 last that a man coming from Himachal is to sell marijuana in Kalka and surrounding areas.

Following the tip off, a police party laid a trap and arrested him with the contraband.

A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act was registered against Shravan, he said.



2 youths held for duping jeweller
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 2
The Panchkula police claimed to have solved the case of duping of an Amritsar-based jeweller of gold worth Rs 32 lakh with the arrest of two youths here today. A local court has remanded the accused, Kabir and Jason Jackson, in their early 20s, in seven-day police custody.

The two had taken away over 2 kg gold from two employees of the jeweller in January after drugging them.

The accused were arrested near Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3 late last night.

While Kabir belongs to a landlord family of Punjab settled in Sector 33, Chandigarh, Jackson stays in Sector 71, Mohali. Jackson belongs to Kolkata and is employed at a call centre in Chandigarh.

The other two accused in the case, including Twinkle, alias Jagdeepak, a resident of Amritsar, are still at large, said the police.

According to the police, Kabir was friends with Twinkle, the main accused, and Jackson came in contact with Twinkle through Kabir.

After duping the jeweller, the accused divided the booty into three, the police claimed.

The accused revealed that Kabir had stashed away gold with one of his friends, Deepak, in Bangalore, while Jackson took his portion of jewellery to Kolkata. The police is yet to recover the stolen gold.

The incident happened on January 22 when four unidentified persons allegedly duped Omkar Chand and Om Parkash, employees of Pardip Seth, a jeweller from Amritsar.

The accused lured their victim into believing that they were a party interested in buying huge amount of gold.

The jeweller then sent his employees with gold bangles weighing around 2.3 kg to meet the accused.

The two employees reached Panchkula around 11.30 am. They contacted the main accused on his cell phone. The accused took them to the fourth floor of a housing society in Sector 20.

The two were offered tea by the accused. He was later joined by three more persons who secured their victims with ropes and fled the scene with the jewellery.

It was later revealed that the accused had got the house owned by an army officer on rent through an agency the same day.



Financier’s Case
Navy’s help sought
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 2
Authorities have sought the help of the Indian Navy to send in its divers to look for the bodies of Vinod Mittal, a local financier, and his son Yashan that were dumped in Bhakra canal by their killers.

While two of the divers posted at Brahm Sarovar at Kurukshetra have already started search in the waters of the canal at Kirmcih in Kurukshetra and Karnal, more are expected to join them as the authorities have sought the help of the Indian Navy to trace the bodies.

The decision to take navy’s help was taken after all efforts to trace the bodies at the local level proved futile.

Zirakpur residents had blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala road yesterday expressing resentment over the delay.

Mittal was killed on February 14 when he had gone to the house of his business partner Raju to collect money and the latter, with the help of his accomplices, allegedly stabbed him to death in his car.

Later, they dumped the body in Bhakra canal and threw Yashan alive in the canal waters the same day.

The police is still looking for clues to track down Raju and his wife.

The four other accused — Ashok, Sanjay, Mobil, alias Chhotu Khan, and Sonu — were arrested by the local police from Hanumanarh in Rajasthan on Saturday. 



Man booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 2
The police has booked a resident of Bhainsa Tibba near Mansa Devi Housing Complex for raping a minor girl here today. The family of the girl in a complaint to the Superintendent of Police, Amitabh Dhillon, alleged that the accused identified as Chander Bhan (26) repeatedly raped the girl and warned her for not divulging it to parents threatening her of dire consequences.

According to Parkash Chand, father of the victim, living in the same locality Chander Bhan had been chasing her for past few months on the way to school. Two months ago in December he even tried to pull her to his Tata pick up van but on the resistance his attempt was failed and the girl returned to her home, said the family. Later however, when she was going near his house he gagged her and pulled her in his house and raped her.

Following the rape Chander kept on threatening the girl and raping till the mother of the girl on February 25 noticed that he was trying to pull her inside his house.

When the mother asked the girl she narrated the incident following which a complaint was lodged with the police.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 2
Ghan Shyam, a resident of Sector 44, filed a complaint with the police alleging that some unidentified person had stolen Rs 12,000 cash, ATM card, a gold earring and gold ear tops from his residence during February 26 and March 1.

In a separate incident, Hardas Singh of Sector 44 alleged that some unidentified person had stolen Rs 35,000 and a gold bangle from his residence, yesterday. Both the cases have been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Vehicles stolen

A resident of Sector 22, Ahmar Saleem, reported to the police that his Pulsar motorcycle (CH-04-A-1703) was stolen from his residence between February 28 and March 1. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

In a separate incident, Rajbir Singh filed a complaint that his Wagon-R (DL-2CL-7482) was stolen from
his residence, yesterday. A case has been registered.

In another incident, Vikram Singh of Sector 55 alleged that his Car (CH-04-E-9556) was stolen from his house, yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.


A resident of Mauli Jagran, Pappu, alleged that Vinod Kumar of the same area hit him with his motorcycle (CH-04-C-8244) near the railway station yesterday. A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.


Gurdeep Kaur, a resident of Sector 22, filed a complaint with the police alleging that two motorcycle-borne persons snatched her purse containing Rs 4,000, a mobile phone, gold chain and an ATM card from near the Picadilly rotary and sped away. A case has been registered in this regard. 



Man held for intimidation
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 2
A tenant in the Industrial Area filed a complaint to the police alleging that an unidentified person threatened him, here today.

Rajiv Mohan, complainant told that Satbir Gaur asked him to pay the rent or vacate the building, but he had been depositing the money in the account of Jasveer, owner of the building, since 2002. When he refused to pay the rent again, Satbir threatened him of serious consequences, Rajiv added. The police said a case under Sections 448, 341 and 506 of the IPC had been registered at the Industrial Area police station and accused had been arrested.



Labourer hit by vehicle, dies

Chandigarh, March 2
Subodh, a 21-year-old labourer, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, here yesterday. He was hit by an unidentified vehicle in Dhanas on Saturday night.

The police said the victim was knocked down by a vehicle while he was crossing the road. He was severely injured in he mishap and was rushed to the PGI, where he died at around 5 am. Subodh was unmarried and hailed from Jharkhand. The police had informed his family about the accident. A case has been registered. — TNS



Body found in pond
Tribune News Service

The body being fished out of a pond at Sohana on Monday.
The body being fished out of a pond at Sohana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, March 2
The body of a 45-year-old man, Shankar Singh, was found floating in a pond at Sohana here this morning. The victim had gone missing around 10 days ago.

The family had lodged a missing persons’ report at the Matour police station. After identification, the body was handed over to the family members.

Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated.

A police official said the deceased was a habitual drinker. No injury mark was found on the body.



CHA lads emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 2
Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) got past Chandigarh Police (CP) 1-0 in a tough encounter on the opening day of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship at the 
Sector 18 Hockey Stadium here today. In this match, both teams vied hard for a goal in the first half, however, remained goal-less. 

The CHA’s effort bore them fruit in the second half when Sahajpreet Singh (42nd minute) struck a lone field goal to lead his team 1-0. On the other hand, the CP kept the momentum with the attacking game but none of their hits could find the goalpost.

While in the second well-contested match, CISF got the better of BSF via tie-breaker 5-4. In this match, both teams played a 
1-1 draw.

Cyril Ekka of the CISF netted the first field goal in the 63th minute to add energy to the match.

It was just two minutes for the game to finish when Gurdeep Singh of the BSF washed the hopes of the CISF by scoring a field goal in the 68th minute of the game to end the second half with one each.

Later, the match was played via penalty corners, in which the CISF beat the BSF and win the match.



City girl eyes a shot at captaincy
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Tanvi Bhargava
Tanvi Bhargava

Chandigarh, March 2
Tanvi Bhargava, after leading the under-13 national football team, is eyeing at the captaincy for the under-14 Indian squad as she has been invited for the preparation of the national camp for the Asian Football Confederation’s under-14 football festival to be held in Korea.

The camp will be held in Bhopal from March 5. “It will be challenging for me to make it to the team as a skipper as most of the players, who have been named for the national camp, are the old faces. However, I am keeping my fingers cross,” says the 14-year-old footballer, who led the under-13 national squad during the 
Asian Football Confederation’s festival in June last year, in which the team secured the second place.

“In the camp, the first 15 days will be tough for we have to follow rigorous training schedule as the final players will be selected during the period,” says Tanvi.

The ace footballer had earlier captained the under-13 and under-17 city squad during the national tournament, which held in Bhubaneshwar in October, 2007, and Haldwani in August, 2008, respectively. “That time I was bit disappointed as we could not get any position in the national tournament. However, the games provided me learning exposure as a captain, which helped me in the Asian games, where Indian team bagged the second position,” says Tanvi, the three-time best player awardee in the school games.

Tanvi, whose love for the sport took her from the city to Mayo College Girls’ School at Ajmer, where she is currently studying in the 8th standard, says: “Earlier, I was studying in Scared Heart at Chandigarh. But I shifted to Mayo, as there, I can simultaneously pursue my studies and can give required time and professional coaching to football.”

In the Bhopal national camp, 42 players have been called for the training and finally 14 players will be selected, who will represent the Indian team in the forthcoming Asian championship.



Manav Das 3rd in PGTI ranking
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 2
Manav Das of Ambala climbed up the PGTI’s Order of Merit list to be ranked third after Abhishek Jha and Gagan Verma after the LG All-India Amateur Championship in Kolkata.

Manav Das was defeated in the semifinals by the eventual winner and is now in the third spot with a total of 241 points. Abhishek Jha leads the order of merit list at 266 points with Gagan Verma 6 points behind at 260.

The merit list has about five players with an outside chance of getting to the top of the list when the season comes to an end with the LG Rambagh Golf Club Open in Jaipur. A win for Manav could give him the LG Order of Merit title two years in a row. But, he will have to fight a tough competition in his quest to get back to the top of the rankings once again.

Seasoned Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh is occupying the 10th spot with 199 points. Rounding off the top-5 is Rashid Khan with 226 points, who has an outside chance at climbing to the top of the merit list if he can win the LG Rambagh Golf Club Open in Jaipur.

Jha, who endured a rough patch in the middle of the season after winning the season-opener, got back to winning ways in Pune, where he registered a comfortable win. Another win in Noida and a second place finish at the All-India have helped him overtake Gagan Verma.

The following is the top 10 ranking in the LG Order of Merit list: Abhishek Jha (266), Gagan Verma (260), Manav Das (241), Vikram Rana (234.5), Rashid Khan (226), Pawan Kumar (215), SaurabhBahuguna (203), Rahul Bajaj (203), Moin Malaak (202) and H.S. Kang (199.5). 



Football Meet
AG Punjab, Haryana enter semis
Tribune News Service

Palyers in action during the North-Zone Football Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday.
Palyers in action during the North-Zone Football Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, March 2
Hosts AG Haryana and AG Punjab registered easy victories in pool B matches on the opening day of the North Zone Football Tournament being organised by the Accountant General (Audit) Haryana at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

In the inaugural match, AG Haryana blanked AG Uttaranchal 6-0. The highlight of the match was a fine brace by Virender Kanwar and Rajesh Kumar.

It was Suraj, who opened the account for AG Haryana with an early goal in the seventh minute but they had to wait for 21 minutes to score their second goal through Sanjeev Deopa. Maintaining pressure, Virender Kanwar found the object in the 30th minute while Rajesh Kumar pumped in two goals within a span of five minutes. His first goal came in the 42nd minute and second in the 47th minute. Virender Kanwar completed the winners’ tally in the 50th minute.

In another pool B lopsided match, AG Punjab thrashed AG Jammu and Kashmir 5-0 and Rajeev Rattan struck two goals. He put his team ahead in the 5th minute and got his second goal in the 18th minute. Sanjay (10th), Vinay Kanwar (17th) and Jaswinder (37th) contributed one goal in the kitty of AG Punjab.

While in a Pool A outing, AG Uttar Pradesh defeated AG Himachal Pradesh 3-0 whereas Shabab Raja scored in the 15th and 20th minute. Lal Mohan Prasad rounded off the winner’s tally in the 40th minute. With today’s win, AG Punjab, AG Haryana and AG UP registered a berth in the semifinals. 



Cricket players selected
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 2
The probables for the North Zone under-16 and under-19 age groups for Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) camps were selected during a meeting at the PCA Stadium here yesterday.

MP Pandove, convenor of North Zone, said the academy camp for under-16 would be held at the PCA stadium while the camp for under-19 would be held at Dharamshala Stadium of HPCA.

The probables for u-16:

Manan Vohra, Naveen Dhiman, Gauravpreet Singh, Mohit Handa, Vinay Chaudhary, Gurkirat Singh, Kamal Passi (PCA), Hukamn Chand, Gaurav Kocher, Tarun Gupta, Vikas Singh Hathwala, Manoj Chauhan, Prateek Kaushik, Nitin Basoya, Shaily Shaurya, Pawan Negi (DDCA), Omer Nissar, Bazad Quereshi, Somya Jain (JKCA), Rahul Punyani (Haryana), Nikhil Gangta, Nakul Raj, Munish Sharma, Sashank Sharma and Akash Vshisht (HPCA)

The probables for u-19 : Ankit Pursharthy, Mandeep Singh, Himanshu Chawla, Anil Sihag, Preet Kamal, Mohit Mohindra, Sandeep Sharma, Gurinder Singh (PCA) Samarth Singh, Vivek Mishra, Arjun Gupta, Sunny Sherawat, Vikram Dhahia, Rishit Saini, Manan Sharma, Rahul Bhardwaj (DDCA), Kunal Chauhan, Viswajeet Singh, Oswais Shah (JKCA), Mukul Dagar, Yatharth Tomar, Rahul Trivedia (HCA), Sumit Verma, Sahib Malhotra and Manveer Singh (HPCA). 



‘I-Yoga’ camp from March 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 2
Chandigarh Yog Sabha today announced that Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 30, would host city’s first free ‘Specialty I-Yoga’ camp to be conducted under the guidance of Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj from March 6 to 9.

Swami Lalji Maharaj, president, Mukti Marg Mission, New Delhi, and Pradhaan Yogacharyadev of 25 state yoga sabhas, is a fourth generation yoga guru.

Attending a press conference here at Press Club, he gave many tips on yoga. He said, “Today yoga has become popular and people believe that this is the only means by which they can attain physical well-being as well as inner peace. It is my mission to propagate yoga everywhere and make it a part of everybody’s routine.” 



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