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Ryan school awards students
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 9
Ryan International School celebrated its Montessori graduation ceremony. The guests of honour were Gurdip Singh, SP, Patiala, Prof Subhash Kaushal, Government Medical College, Surinder Kaur Verma, DEO, Patiala, and Dr BS Sandhu, professor at Punjabi University, Patiala.

The guests of honour presented Montessori-III students their degrees and blessed them to be always ahead in every step of their lives.

Tiny tots presented cultural programme. In the end, Pooja Sharma, headmistress of the school, read annual report. Dr B S Sandhu, awarded the students, who excelled in academics during 2008-09 session.



Workshop on thalasseamia held
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 9
In an attempt to highlight the issues related to thalasseamia, a genetic disease which is spreading day by day mainly due to the lack of awareness, a thalasseamia workshop was held in order to create awareness among masses at a local medical college here today.

Organising secretary Dr Kusum Thakur of this workshop said it was a joint effort of the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology (ISBTI), the Punjab Chapter, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Patiala, and the Patiala Thalasseamia Children Welfare Association (PTCWA).

About 10,000 new cases of thalasseamia are added every year in India and in Punjab the scenario is not encouraging where about 250 children are born with this disease.

Chief guest Dr VP Gupta, national president of ISBTI, while speaking on the occasion stressed on the need for the awareness among general public regarding the prevention of this disease and added that the government and NGO's can play a crucial role in providing a cure for this dreaded disease.

A survey regarding thalasseamia was conducted among students of the final year and new final year of MBBS and parents of thalasseamia.

A poster-making competition was also held among the postgraduate students of pathology and paediatrics.



580 examined at eye camp 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 9
The Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre celebrated Women’s Day by organising a free eye check-up camp at Malko Majra, near here, where over 580 patients were examined.

The camp, organised by the Bhai Behlo Charitable Trust, was the fourth annual camp organised with the patronage of Master Jarnail Singh, a renowned philanthropist of the area, who is an NRI settled in Canada. Dr Sukhdip S Boparai, chief consultant of the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre, said over 40 patients had been operated upon for cataract.

Dr Boparai underlined the urgent need to create awareness among the masses for regular eye check-up and lamented that the first time they visited an eye specialist was when they needed reading glasses. With computerised machines available not many visited doctors. This was the reason why doctors in our country got glaucoma cases in advanced stages. 



SBoP ties up with Tata Motors

Patiala, March 9
In order to provide an added facility of car finance to its customers, Tata Motors has entered into an understanding with the State Bank of Patiala for financing cars.

The State Bank of Patiala, which has crossed Rs 1 lakh crore business, is one of the largest public sector banks in the country catering to the needs of the industry as well as retail segment. The bank has been adjudged as one of the top 500 financial brands of the world. The bank has pan-India presence with 839 branches. — TNS



Six SASA students invited to Finland under UNEP
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 9
Six students of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA), Ropar, have been invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to Finland.

The team will participate in a week-long conference at University of JOENSUU in Finland in the second week of April. The students are Ranjit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Ranjodh Singh and Gurveer Singh.

These students will share their knowledge regarding global warming, its causes and remedies, along with other school students from 112 countries across the globe.

The SASA students are among those, who are going to arrange workshops on environmental issues. All lodging and boarding is being provided by the UNEP and the department of school education, Finland.

These students will visit Finnish Forest, JOENSUU Art Museum, Carelicum at JOENSUU at Helsinki, Kindergarten Museum, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Ateneum Sinebrychoff Museum of Foreign Art, Cygnaeus Gallery, Seurasaari open Air Museum and Urho Kekkonen Museum. 



Committees to check poll code violations

Ropar, March 9
Committees were formed to check violations of election code of conduct in for the Lok Sabha polls. SDM Ropar Basant Garg constituted two standing committees for the purpose.

One committee will look after rural areas and the other after urban areas. For urban areas, naib tehsildar Ropar will be the president. His number is 9814460388. The number of SHO (city) is 9779464011 and section officer municipal council is 9417403178.

For the rural committee, tehsildar will be the president 9815350865, while other members of the committee include naib tehsildar Nurpur Bedi (9815858640), panchayat officer Nurpur Bedi 9417807562, panchayat officer Ropar 9815089836, SHO Nurpur Bedi 9779464014 and SHO Sadar 9779464012 will be members of the team.

The standing committee can take action against any kind of violation of code of conduct. Anyone can contact these numbers. — TNS



Missing teacher, students return home
Tribune News Service

Banur, March 9
A teacher, a female student and two male students of a private school have gone missing five days ago. The Banur police brought all four missing people back from Pune, where they have been putting up.

According to investigating officer from the Banur police station, the students along with their teacher left home on March 3. Instead of going to the school they left for Pune, reportedly on a “joyride” in a train.

“When we questioned about their stay in Pune, the teacher and children replied that they boarded the wrong train and reached Pune instead of Ambala,” said the police officials.

The parents of the children, however, refused to pursue a case against anyone as they said their children were back safe and sound.

All students are from classes 10th and 11th. The teacher was teaching in the same school where the children were studying.

The police officials said it was a Herculean task for them to trace the 
missing children and teacher and vital leads from various railway stations helped in tracing them.

The police has not registered any case.



455 examined at medical camp
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 9
The local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad yesterday organised the 16th free eye check up-cum-operation camp here. Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, minister for co-operation inaugurated the camp, while Charanjit Singh Atwal, deputy speaker-cum-SAD (B) candidate for Fatehgarh Sahib Parliament constituency presided over.

A team of doctors led by Dr Jaswant Singh, SMO, checked up 455 patients and 93 of them were operated upon. Charanjit called upon the social organisations to come forward to help the needy and to eradicate social evils.

Manpreet Singh Sahi, advocate project chairman, told the patients operated upon would be looked after by Vikas Parishad and they would be provided medicine and transportation free of cost.



400 examined at camp
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 9
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised a free multi-specialty medical check up camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre here yesterday.

A team of doctors led by Dr Vikas Chander checked 400 patients belonging to BPL families of surrounding villages adopted by the trust to provide free medical services.

The transportation arrangements for the patients from their respective villages were made by the trust.

The patients were provided free medicines and other required material.



House tax notices irk residents
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 9
Resentment prevails among residents of the town against the local Municipal Council authorities for serving them notices imposing a heavy amount of house tax on their properties as per the new rules of the government.

The residents have decided not to pay the increased house tax. Representatives of various organisations today held a meeting and decided to launch an agitation if the council did not withdraw the house tax notices.

Manoj Banda, general secretary, in a press note, said the authorities had imposed a heavy amount of taxes on the citizens to generate funds. He said there was no drinking water and sewer, sanitation arrangements, street lights, roads and drains are in a pitiable condition and no source of employment in the town.

The residents are hardly meeting their both ends as they are not in a position to pay heavy taxes. The population is decreasing day by day as the people are leaving the town for want of facilities. He warned that if the government did not withdraw its order, they would teach the ruling alliance a lesson in the coming Parliament elections.

Tejinder Singh, Executive Officer, said notices had been sent as per new assessment. There was no question of withdrawal of notices. Objection could be filed and the house would decide accordingly.

Kulbhushan Malhotra, president of the council, said a three-member committee had been formed to sort out the grievances.



Pak spies convicted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Pakistani spies Abid Mehmood and Abdul Wahid were today convicted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kanchan Mahi after a trial of six years.

The two accused have been convicted under the Official Secret Acts, the Foreigners Act, criminal conspiracy and for using fraud documents as genuine. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on March 10.

Abid, 27, while talking to mediapersons after he was convicted said, “The orders that have been pronounced are right and justified in the eyes of law.”

Both Abid Mehmood, along with Abdul Wahid and Mohammad Arif, both Indian nationals, was arrested by the Chandigarh police on February 23, 2003. The prosecution had stated that highly sensitive information pertaining to military deployment and battle formations in the country was in Abid’s possession, besides orders of battle of the Western, Northern , Southern and the Eastern Command.

The Pakistani spy also had a list of as many as 30 infantry battalions, armoured units, artillery regiments, air defence regiments, rocket and missile units, as well as allied and support units located in Chandimandir and Ambala, along with names of their commanding officers.

The prosecution further alleged that Mehmood had drawn several charts, listing out various units and formations under the jurisdiction of different headquarters. Besides English, a number of notings in Urdu had also been made. Abid was residing in India illegally after changing his name to Nihal Chauhan.

The prosecution held that on February 23, 2003, Abid, along with co-accused — a juvenile, had done an illegal act by inspecting prohibited plans and making site plans of military deployments of various places and clicking photographs of prohibited military area.

The prosecution also held that Abid, along with Abdul Wahid and a juvenile, had inspected prohibited places and made site plans of military deployments.

Abid was also alleged of fraudulently using fake identity card of Election Commission of India in the name of Nihal Chauhan and one fake certificate of inter- college sports. 



Man gets 7 years for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Additional district and sessions judge SK Aggarwal today sentenced Ramesh Kumar to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for raping a minor girl in 2007. Ramesh, a resident of Colony No. 4, was convicted under Sections 363, 366, 376, 120-B of 
the IPC.

The case was registered in the Industrial Area police station on the complaint of the victim’s father. The girl, who was a student of fifth standard, had gone missing and it was alleged that she was allured by Ramesh, who abducted her and raped her.

The police recovered the girl from the possession of Ramesh from Delhi on March 23, 2007. During the court proceedings, the victim also deposed that Ramesh had raped her while she pleaded him to take her back home.



27 held for group clash

Dera Bassi, March 9
The local police on Saturday booked around 27 persons in a clash between two groups on the complaint of Ram Kumar, a resident of Kheri Gujra village.

According to the police, the clash took place last night between the two groups and left around seven persons injured from both sides. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, the police added. — TNS



Rs 75,000 stolen from two cars
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
Thieves allegedly decamped with more than Rs 75,000 by breaking the windowpanes of two cars parked in the market of Sector 20, here today.

Both the victims, Parveen Mehta of Dhakoli and Sanjeev Bhardwaj of Sector 6, alleged that some unidentified persons had stolen their bags containing Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.

Further narrating the incident to mediapersons on the spot, Parveen said he had gone to the market for some urgent work, but when he returned he found that the windowpane of his Tata Indigo car was broken and the bag containing money was missing.

Similar was the case with Bhardwaj who lost Rs 50,000 lying in his Toyota Corolla parked nearby.

Meanwhile, Parveen found his bag from Sector 12-A when someone informed him that his bag and documents were lying there abandoned. The money was, however, taken by the miscreants.

The police officials at police station, Sector 20, on the other hand said none of the owners of the cars had reported loss of any money in the incident.



Minor boy goes missing from Baltana
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 9
A 12-year-old boy has reportedly gone missing from Baltana since March 2.

A DDR has been registered regarding this matter by the Baltana police.

Nizam Miyan, working as a labourer in a shuttering store and the father of the missing boy, Raju Miyan, said they had lodged a complaint on March 3.

According to the information, Raju was studying in Class V at a Baltana school.

Nizam claimed that on March 2, around 11 am, his son was playing outside his home, but he did not return to home till the evening. They launched a hunt, however, failed to trace him.

Meanwhile, his father declined any chance of foul play. He said his son was intelligent and good in studies.

A local police officer stated they had started further investigation.



3 held for molestation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Three men allegedly outraged the modesty of a woman after beating her at Mani Majra yesterday.

A woman of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, lodged an FIR alleging that Bharat Bhushan, Shiv Narain and Suresh Kumar, all residents of Mani Majra, have beaten and outraged her modesty near Samadhi Gate, Mani Majra, yesterday.

The accused have been arrested in this regard.

Roop Lal of Mani Majra reported to the police alleging that his Indica (CH-04-4282) was stolen from in front of his house on March 6. A case of theft has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.



Panchkula advocates defeat Moga lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Bar Association, Panchkula, edged past Bar Association, Moga, by one wicket on the second day of the cricket tournament being organised by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Batting first, Moga got a solid start with the help of Mohit Kamboj (73) and Gurpreet (42). However, the team crumbled in the middle overs and lost their wickets easily in an attempt to play big shots. They scored 175 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs.

For Panchkula, Sandeep Sharma and Kuldeep Singh claimed three and two wickets, respectively.

Replying, Panchkula began on a defensive note, but picked up pace after 5 overs to give their batting average a boost. It was Kuldeep Saini, who put a brave foot forward to sail his team to a win. He struck a scintillating knock of 71 runs. He was well supported by Deep Dhina (22), who scored most of his runs through singles and doubles.

The winning team achieved their target in 19.5 overs. For Moga, Gurpreet claimed 4 wickets, but his efforts went in vain.

In another match, Mewat defeated Rohtak by 58 runs here, while Fatehabad managed to defeat Sirsa by 10 runs at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here. 



Kazakhstan pugilists reach city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
A nine-member Kazakhstan boxing squad reached the city today afternoon to partake in the forthcoming 1st International and 16th AK Misra Boxing Championships to be held in the city from March 11 to 15.

The seven players were accompanied by their referee and coach.

The team hit the ring for practice in the evening at the Sector 42 Sports

Other six teams, which will be participating in the tournament, are scheduled to reach the city tomorrow.

Earlier the organisers and journalists had a bad time, as they could not interact with the players due to non-availability of a translator. All players speak Russian.

While speaking to the reporters through a translator, coach of the squad, Abbas, said, “We are satisfied with our team’s performance and are confident of performing good in the tournament.”



North zone finish second
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
The North zone team comprising golfers from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan finished runners-up in the fourth All-India Civil Services Golf Tournament that concluded on the Qutab Golf Course greens in Delhi yesterday.

The North Zone civil servants finished five strokes behind Delhi zone, who clinched the title with a team tally of 953.

Played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday, the North zone golfers tallied 958 with East zone finishing third at 975.

The 10-member North zone team was selected after a tournament held for the zone in Chandigarh.

In the all-India event, 70 golfers from seven zones of the country took part in the two-day competition that was teed off by Vice-President M Hamid Ansari on Saturday.

The prizes were given away by union sports minister MS Gill on Sunday.

Harinderpal Singh Bedi from Chandigarh recorded the longest drive of 316 yards on the second day.

Aleendra De had the opening day's longest drive of 340 yards.

RK Arora was nearest to the pin at 6 ft.

The following represented North zone: Harinderpal Bedi, Raj Kumar Arora, Bhupinder Singh, RC Mishra, Deepinder Garcha, Jasbir Singh, Gurdish Pal Singh, SS Maan, Rakesh Jolly and T Kipgen.

CSR Reddy was the non-playing captain and Roshan Sunkaria was the manager of the team. 



Junior golf camp at Panchkula
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
The Panchkula Golf Club will once again open its greens for a free one-month coaching camp for juniors in the age group of 6-17 years under the aegis of the Haryana Golf Association.

To be held from March 28 to April 28 the junior camp will be conducted by Manjit Kochar, director, Junior Golf Training Programme, Indo-Canadian Golf Association, Canada. Kochar said the camp would be absolutely free for the participants. The trainees will be taught the basic fundamentals of the game, including driving and woods, long and short irons, putting and chipping.



Capt Ghuman lifts defence golf cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
With a score of 40 points, Capt GS Ghuman lifted the Defence Golf Cup-2009 organised by the Defence Services Golf Brotherhood at the Chandigarh 
Golf Club here.

The lifetime award was given to Col AP Singh for his contribution to the cause of defence golf in Chandigarh.

Over a 100 defence golfers, including spouses ranging from 40 years to 80 years, had participated. The winners and runners-up in various categories are -

75 yrs and above: Maj Gen K S Kandal; Col AS Sandhu.

70 yrs and above: Lt Col GS Brar; Lt Col JS Sandhu.

60 yrs and above: Maj TAS Bedi; Lt Col DS Kang.

50 yrs and above: Capt GS Ghuman; Col SOS Bath.

Below 50 yrs: Col Amit Bhargava; Col JS Chatha.

Ladies: Binny Bath; Jyoti Kapoor.



Cricket meet from March 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Inter-Academy u-16 Cricket Tournament will be organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association, which is affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali, from March 25.

DP Azad Cricket Academy, GNPS, APJ School, Kharar, Mohali Cricket Academy, Bharti Vij Academy, Sector 16, and DAV, Sector 8, have already confirmed their participation in the tournament.

The teams will be divided into two pools, which will play on league basis. Two top teams from each pool will play in the knock out round.

The league matches will be of 40 overs while semifinals and final will be of 50 overs. For further detail contact DP Azad- 9815111555.



Capt Sushil manager of North Zone team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Capt Sushil Kapoor of PCA has been appointed as manager for the North Zone Team for Prof DB Deodhar Trophy tournament to be played at Cuttack from March 13.

North Zone will play its first match against Central Zone on March 13. The team is led by Mithun Manhas of DDCA and has three Punjab players — Uday Kaul, Siddharth Kaul and Ravi 
Inder Singh.

The other members of the team are Akash Chopra, Virat Kohli, Rajat Bhatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Yogesh Nagar, Chetnya Nanda (all DDCA), Yash Pal (services), VS Malik, V Indulkar (HPCA), Rahul Dewan (Haryana) and S Beigh (JKCA). Nishant Thakur of HPCA will be the trainer.

The tournament which is being played on league-cum-knock out basis has six teams which have been divided into two groups.



Gold Cup Cricket tourney from March 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Eight teams will be participating in under-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament, to be organised by Saupin’s Cricket Academy from March 25.

The cut-off date of birth is January 1, 1997. Copy of rules and regulations will be issued at the school reception from 9 am to 12 noon. The last date of enrollment is March 15. For more information contact: Deepak at mobile no. 9878731500.



Gurmeet fashions win for PUTA XI

Chandigarh, March 9
An all-round performance by Dr Gurmeet Singh (25 runs and two wickets) and a fine batting performance by Vishal Sharma (29 not run) sailed PUTA XI to an easy win over PUSC by five wickets during a fun and frolic field cricket match here today on PUgrounds.

Batting first PUSC scored 114/ all out in 18 overs , while chasing the target the PUTA XI romped home in just 14th over. — TNS



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