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Dharna against IG for sexual harassment
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 12
Resident of Yamunanagar Arvinder Kaur sat on a dharna in front of the office of the IG, Vigilance Bureau, Ambala City, today. She alleged that an IPS officer, M S Ahlawat had sexually harassed her when he had been SP, Yamunanagar, in 2001. Ahlawat at present is posted as IG (operation) at Punchkula.

It is learnt that Arvinder Kaur has already taken up this matter with the National Human Right Commission and the Punjab and Haryana High Court. DGP Ranjeev Dalal has already constituted a three-member inquiry committee comprising three senior police officers to probe the matter.

The local police persuaded the woman but she continued her dharna till filing of the report. Ahlawat could not be contacted in spite of repeated calls. The woman stressed that she would not leave this place till she gets the justice.



Tips on teaching maths
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 12
Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, Ambala, organised a two-day UGC sponsored workshop on development of competencies in teaching and learning maths. R.N. Mittal, vice-president of the college managing committee, New Delhi, was the chief guest.

He emphasised that maths should be a taught in a way that is related to real life. Vivek Kohli, college principal, told that main objective of the workshop was to equip the teacher-educators, teachers and pupil-teachers with skills that would enable them to teach maths in an interesting and motivating manner.

Dr Ravinder Keskar, a scholar, said meaning of maths is to make use of resources efficiently. V.K. Sodhi, a subject expert, said teacher should make use of media to enhance and create learning.

Media enhances communication but every media has its strengths and limitations and hence, teacher should be ready to adapt to any situation.



Goods gutted in shoe factory
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 12
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire at a shoe factory-cum-godown on the Ambala-Naraingarh road late yesterday night. The fire was detected by a shopkeeper near shoe factory Naresh Footwear.

He noticed the smoke coming out and informed the authorities and the owner. Fire tenders from the city proved to be useless and fire tenders from the Airforce had to be called. The owner of the factory Naresh Kumar was in a state of shock and pegged the loss in lakhs. According to his relatives, there seemed to be no chance that anything could be salvaged from the ashes.

The exact cause of fire was yet to be ascertained. In another incident, goods worth Rs 3lakh were gutted in a fire in a photostat shop on the Dosarka-Barara road on Tuesday night.

According to owner Sahib Singh, he shut his shop at 8 pm and was informed of the fire at 10 pm by the neighbouring shopkeeper. By the time he reached back, the shop was completely burnt. He claims that a photostat machine, computers, stationery and other items have been burnt in the fire.



Unidentified body found
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 12
The police has found an unidentified male body near Seva Samiti School in Ambala Cant. The body was found in a nullah adjoining the school this morning.

According to the police there are no visible injuries on the body, the body seems to be of a person in his early thirties. The police suspect a case of overdose of drinking.

The body has been sent for autopsy to the Civil Hospital, Ambala Cant.

A case has been registered at the Parao police station and inquest proceedings have been initiated.

In another incident, a brick klin worker hailing from Rajasthan is crushed to death on the Hissar road near Naggal.

Chotu Ram, who was coming from work on a cycle, was hit by a speeding car. His body has been sent for autopsy to the Civil Hospital, Ambala.



Man duping ATM users arrested
Had been posing as bank employee
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 12
The police today arrested the man who had been duping people at various ATMs of Rajpura, Panchkula, Dera Bassi and Ambala areas for the past two years by posing as a bank employee.

The accused, identified as Rajinder Kumar (35), had been “helping” elderly and inexperienced ATM users by swapping their ATM cards after getting their passwords.

During investigations, the CIA staff at Rajpura came to know about the “innovative” modus operandi that the accused adopted to fleece the gullible.

Rajinder Kumar used to pose as a bank employee and sat in or around those ATM machines where there were no security guards. Whenever a customer entered the ATM premises to withdraw money, he used to say that he was deployed for helping customers.

After taking their ATM cards and passwords, he kept their ATM cards and used to return similar looking but fake cards to them. When he got many ATM cards, he started swapping the empty ATM cards with new ones.

A head constable deployed with the Chandigarh police, in his complaint to the police, said that an unidentified man standing outside the ATM of the State Bank of Patiala near Dera Bassi offered him help in withdrawing money.

The head constable told the police in his complaint that the man approached him offering help to withdraw money. “When I reached back home, I discovered that the ATM card returned to me was a fake one. Also I found that Rs 35,000 has been withdrawn from my account,” he told the Rajpura police.

Acting on his complaint, the police managed to trace the actual owner of the ATM card, who was with the head constable of Chandigarh.

When the police traced the actual owner, he, too, complained that his card had been swapped and he had lost Rs 40,000 from his account in a similar manner.

Gulzar Singh, sarpanch of village Dhanoli, lost his entire money in a similar manner.

Prem Singh, a teacher, was cheated of his provident fund money of Rs 75,000.

CIA in charge Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the accused was arrested with the help of CCTV camera footage recovered from various banks, including that of the SBOP.

The accused used to spend time in front of ATMs in wait of customers and this helped us in making out the exact appearance of the accused.

He revealed that the accused bought a new car, a motorbike, got his entire house renovated in Naraingarh (Haryana).

He was arrested this afternoon from Caliber Market of Rajpura, where ATMs of various banks are located.

A case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC has been registered against him.



Moti Ram School fined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Moti Ram School in Sector 27 to pay a compensation of Rs 15,000 to complainant for delaying the issuance of the school leaving certificate.

Complainant Anurag stated that that six students in his relations were studying in JB Model Public School in Sector 27. This school was a branch of Moti Ram School.

On the completion of the session, the complainant requested the school authorities for issuance of school leaving certificate and refund of security and submitted six separate applications to them when they were asked him to come after 3-4 days. On April 3, 2008, the complainant again approached the school and gave application but the school asked him to bring back the children to which he showed his inability as he had already got them admitted in St. Solder Divine Public School.

When they approached the school again, they demanded Rs 11,100 as the next session fee for issuance of school leaving certificates to which he objected. In their written reply, the school pleaded that the children of complainant themselves left the institution voluntarily. They denied having received any request from the complainant for issuance of school leaving certificates and refund of security amount.

BANK PENALISED: The consumer forum has directed Citibank to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to a resident of Sector 22 for deficiency in service and to get the name of the complainant deleted from the list of defaulters of the credit rating agencies and not to charge any outstanding dues.

Sanjeev Mehan, complainant, stated that he availed the credit card of Citibank in January, 2000. He was paying all monthly bills in time. In August, 2000, he received an account statement pertaining to some transaction for July, 2000. According to the complainant, he never made these transactions. Similarly wrong entries were debited in the subsequent months also. So the complainant wrote a letter requesting the bank to remove the entries as the same does not belong to him. Despite that, in September, 2000, the same thing was repeated.

Thereafter in 2007, he started receiving calls from the bank for payment of Rs 55,000 on account of pending dues of his credit card. He then asked the company to send him details of the statements, but to no avail. In December, he received threatening calls from the bank and his name was put on the list of defaulters.

Citibank stated that the customer was asked to fill the Customer Declaration Form along with the reverse copy of his credit card and to send it to them for verification of the entries but the complainant did not do the needful within the stipulated time.



Olympian Jitender punched out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Beijing Olympic quarterfinalist, Jitender Kumar, who participated in the 54kg category for the first time had to face a defeat from Meghalya’s Torak Kharpran 9-11on the second day of the 1st International and 16th National AK Mishra Boxing Championship at the Sector 10 Skating Ring Hall today.

Jitender who has been participating in the 51kg category till now, had a good run in the first two rounds during his 54kg encounter with Torak. He was leading the first round 3-1 and also managed to get the lead in the second round 7-5.

However, Torak, who is his sparring partner at NIS Patiala, with his upper and straight punches, deceived Jitender of All-India Police (AIP). Jitender went down fighting 9-11 at the end of third round of the match. The Meghalya’s boxer couldn’t believe on his victory over his mighty rival. “He is far better than me and I think it was my luck that got me this win. I was just trying to play my natural game without fear,” he said after winning the match.

Earlier, in the first 54kg bout of the day, Chandigarh India’s Ashwani Sharma, easily thrashed Mohd. Ali Abdul of Malaysia 14-5. After getting a solid lead of 12-4 in the first two rounds, Ashwani toyed with Abdul in the last round. He experimented all his punches in this round.

In another 54kg category match, Vipin Kumar of Young Colts drubbed Bibitov Ilyas of Turkemenistan 17-2 and in the 60kg category match, Ahmedov Kamoldin of Uzbekistan easily got the better of Geldimuradov of Turkemenistan 20-3.

Other results:

Light 60kg

Paunandes Paulus (Malaysia) bt Jonathan Sutton Mauritius 10-11

Rakesh Kalaskar (Jharkhand) bt Neeraj Goyat (Services Control Board) 7-5

Jai Bhagwan (HAR) bt Diwakar Prasad (RSPB) 4-1

Pradip (AIP) bt Ajit Gurang (Nepal)

Welter 69 kg:

Uralov Doniyor (UZB) bt Saurabh Varma (PUN) 17-7

JS Patil (SSCB) bt Vijay Kumar (HAR) 8-0

Alzhanov (KAZ) bt Devendera Maharajan (NEP) 38-5

Middle 75kg:

Surender Kumar (AIP) bt Yoloashev Resul (TKM) 10-6

Kilichev Farruh (UZB) bt Rana Bahadur (Meg) 14-2

Sukhinder (RSPB) bt Rahul Kumar (JHA) 12-4

Light Heavy 81 kg:

Jagat Singh (Young Colts) bt Deepak Maharjan (Nepal) 19-10



Bhullar sets Panchkula greens on fire
Equals course record in Rs 30 lakh PGTI event
Donald Banerjee

Panchkula, March 12
Gaganjeet Bhullar, fresh from his top 10 finish in the Singha Thailand Open, set the Panchkula Golf Club greens on fire as he sizzled to a seven under par 65 to top the leaderboard on the opening day of the Rs 30 lakh PGTI Players' Championship here today.

The 20-year-old big-hitter showed his class as he played a flawless five under 31 front nine after teeing off from the 10th hole to finish the day one stroke ahead of Belgaum's R. Murthy.

Another stroke behind was Vinod Kumar of Delhi at 67. Chandigarh's S.S. Lehal fired an eagle on the 15th hole as he occupied the fourth slot at four under 68 after the first round. Tying for the fifth slot was another city golfer Sujjan Singh at three under 69. Joining him at his score were Mohd Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh and Jaiveer S. Virk.

Bhullar, an Asian Tour regular, equalled Karanjit Singh Sandhu's course record of 65. His driving was perfect as he hit 16 greens in regulation. Starting from the 10th hole, Gaganjeet began with a hat-trick of birdies, including a massive 20-foot putt on the opening hole. He kept hitting close to the pin sinking two more birdies on the 15th and 16th to be five under at the turn.

The March winds picked up speed as the professional from Kapurthala began his return nine with a birdie on the first. Bhullar birdied the seventh and eighth after losing a stroke on the 6th for a two under back nine and a card of seven under 65.

Bhullarsaid: “I hit the iron shots really well today and also managed to hit it quite close on many occasions. Putting will hold the key on this course.” He hopes to keep up the tempo on the remaining three days.

Murthy came up with a fighting 66 on day one thanks to an eagle on the eighth and 6 birdies.

The defending champion and leading city golfer, Harendra Gupta, and the seasoned, Harmeet Kahlon, are tied 12th along with matching scores of one under 71, while the season's Order of Merit winner Mukesh Kumar is tied 17th after a round of even par 72.

City big-hitter Gurbaaz P.S. Mann could muster a one over par 73 card to be tied 25th with another city golfer Ranjit Singh occupying the joint 39th slot at two over par 74.

Twenty-year-old Ajeetesh Sandhu and city's K.P.S. Sekhon and Dayal Singh were tied 49th at three over par 75.

Amateur golfer H.S. Kang finished the first round at 6 over 78

Leading scores: 65 Gaganjeet Bhullar; 66 R. Murthy; 67 Vinod Kumar; 68 A.S. Lehal; 69 Sujjan Singh, Jaiveer S. Virk and Mohd Siddikur Rahman; 70 Amritinder Singh, Ashok Kumar, Gaurav Pratap Singh and Dinesh Kumar; 71 Harendra Gupta, Harmeet Kahlon, Anirban Lahiri,Joseph H. Chakola and Vishal Singh. 



Hockey Meet
M’rashtra script successive win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Maharashtra registered their second successive win over Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) by 5-2 in a group E match of the 57th All-India Police Hockey Championship at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

Vinod Mangued (20th, penalty and 64th minutes), Anmol Bhosale (42nd), Vijay Jatale (61st) and Niyazulla (67th) were the scorers for Maharashtra. While ITBP scored through Suresh Kumar (8th) and Captain Sukhdev Singh (66th penalty stroke).

In another pool D encounter, Jammu and Kashmir handed out a 5-0 defeat to Tamil Nadu. J&K’s captain, Gurjeet Singh, converted two penalties to put his team ahead with 2-0. He struck in 13th and 35th minute. Onkar Singh (56th), Sartaj Singh (68th) and Surinder Singh (69th) too chipped in with a goal each.

In another match, Sashastra Seema Bal drubbed Jharkhanda by 5-2. S.S. Bal established a commanding 4-0 lead in the first half. On resumption, they relaxed a bit and Jharkhand were able to score two goals through Sanjit Singh (54th) and I Diwan (65th).

Sameul Bhengra stole the limelight by scoring three goals (4th, 16th and 25th minutes). Francis Barla scored a brace to complete the winners’ tally by scoring in the 9th and 46th minutes.

In a pool F match, Central Reserve Police Force outplayed Railway Protection Force by 7-1 after leading 5-1 in the first half. CRPF scored through Simon Tirkey (10th, 19th and 31st), Nemhas Xaxe (8th), Rajender Singh (13th), Toail Ekka (65th) and Rajesh Kindo (66th). Tripura scored their first victory by routing Assam 10-0 in Pool H match and Andhra Pradesh logged full points at the expense of Bihar whom they beat by 4-3 in Group G.



Dalbir, Hema win in ladies' medal round
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
Dalbir Sahi and Hema Bedi clinched the titles in the March Medal Round of the Chandigarh Golf Club Ladies Golf Championship in the Gold and Silver and Bronze Divisons, respectively.

Dalbir Sahi logged 72 nett points to emerge winner in the Gold and Silver Divison with Ashu B. Singh finishing one stroke behind at 73. Tied for the third slot were Jaipreet Ghuman and Pikka P. Singh. But because of a better back nine, Jaipreet was declared the second runner up.

In the Bronze Division, Hema Bedi carded a fabulous 67 nett score to clinch the title.

Her nearest rival was Baljinder Mangat who finished 6 strokes behind at 73. 



Bodybuilder in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Six-time Mr Olympia Doriyan Yates and India’s bodybuilding promoter Amit Swami will be visiting the city tomorrow in a connection with the forthcoming North India Sheru Classic Bodybuilding Championship 2009.

The championship, which carries a cash price of Rs 2 lakh, is one of India’s best bodybuilding events being organised by the Punjab and Ludhiana

Bodybuilding and Fitness Association in Ludhiana on March 14 and 15.



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