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65 left without degrees
Our Correspondent

Kalka, March 24
As many as 350 students were conferred degrees in the annual convocation of the Government Postgradute College.

Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Rajinder Kataria, was the chief guest. Jagdeep Kumar of BA final year got roll of honour. Shiv Kumar, Parvinder, Maya Devi, Minakshi, Neha, Poonam and Sangeeta of the NCC were awarded college colour. In academics, Jintender Bhalla, Neha and Nisha were also awarded college colour.

While speaking on the occasion, Kataria laid emphasise on the education of girls.

Due to change in the schedule of the convocation, around 65 students were deprived of degrees. Some of the students, on the condition of anonymity, with wet eyes said they were not told about the change of the schedule, subsequently, they reached the college, when the programme was over. They said for last couple of years, the convocation was being organised in two phases, 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. In first phase, prize distribution, and in the second phase, convocation was to be held. But both were wrapped up before 1 pm.

Official sources of the college said due to the tight schedule of the chief guest, the timing was changed. The students were told about it during the rehearsal on Monday.



Zirakpur-Derabassi Road
Width catches HC attention
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes there is a lack of co-ordination between the government departments, the corporations and the municipal authorities concerned with the implementation of the government policy of having 60-foot wide approach roads.

Justice Surya Kant of the High Court has also made it clear that the roads need to be broadened into 60 feet passageways and directed for a high level meeting between the Punjab government’s top brass and the municipal council authorities of Dera Bassi and Zirakpur. Issuing the directions, the Bench observed, it appeared the policy couldn’t be implemented, unless a joint meeting of all the departments and the municipal councils was held.

Justice Kant asked the principal secretary, local government department, to convene the meeting. It was required to be attended by the housing and urban development secretary, industries and local body secretaries, chief administrators of the PUDA and GAMADA, along with the chief town planner. The presidents and the executive officers of the Zirakpur and Dera Bassi municipal councils were also required to be present during the meeting.

Justice Kant made it clear that the meeting was to be convened soon. Before parting with the two-page order, Justice Kant asserted decision would be taken for the implementation of the policy to ensure that no road less than 60 feet width was allowed to be laid and the existing roads would be widened to 60 feet.

The Judge also asked the authorities concerned to place before the court the details of the modalities worked out for the implementation of the decision taken during the meeting. The case will now come up on July 9 for further hearing.

The directions follow a petition filed against Punjab and other respondents by Saboo coating and another petitioner.



Man escapes from captors’ clutches
‘Detained’ over property dispute
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 24
In a daring act, a resident of Sector 25 here, Bhupinder Kumar, who was allegedly detained at gunpoint by six youths at a house in Sector 21 this morning, escaped from the clutches of his captors despite a fractured leg later in the evening.

Kumar, a cloth merchant, told the police that the incident was an outcome of an old property dispute and his captors made him sign some blank documents at gunpoint.

Though no case was registered till the filing of the report, the police was in the process of recording the victim’s statement and verifying his claims.

Talking to mediapesons at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Kumar said he was on his way to his shop in Mani Majra around 9 am when he received a call from a property dealer, Atri.

He alleged that Atri lured him to the sports stadium in Sector 21 on the pretext of offering him a lucrative deal for his two-kanal property in Karnal, which had been under dispute for the past many years, and arranging a meeting with the buyers.

Kumar said when he reached the stadium, three youths, who were waiting in a Maruti car, forced him into their vehicle at gunpoint and took him to an old house in the same sector.

“While I was made to sit in the car, one of them tailed us on my motor cycle,” he claimed.

He said Atri was waiting with another person at the house. “They were joined in by four more youths who were armed with baseball bats and they started beating me up.

They also forced me to sign some blank documents at gunpoint. They hit me repeatedly on my leg and broke it,” he said.

He also claimed that his captors made him call up his father Jagir Singh to persuade him to withdraw the ongoing property dispute case from the courts. “I did what they asked me to,” he said.

“Thereafter, they left me in the room and went to another room where they started drinking. I managed to escape from the house late in the evening and take a lift from a passerby to reach my house. From there I was brought to the General Hospital,” claimed Kumar.

Later, the victim was admitted to the hospital with a fractured leg.

The police reached the scene and investigated the matter. No case was registered till the filing of the report.

“We are investigating the case and the statement of the victim is being taken,” said police station-5 SHO Baljit Singh.



One booked for kidnapping
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 24
The local police registered a case of kidnapping against Deepak Bahadur, a resident of Shahi Majra, on the complaint of Kamla Devi, a resident of Shahi Majra village, here today.

The complainant told the police that her daughter was working with her in houses of Mohali. She alleged that on March 20, her daughter went to work in a Phase-5 houses here, but did not return back. She alleged that the suspect had misled her daughter for marriage and taken away from home.

The case has been registered and the police has started further investigations.


Bhim Gaur, an 18-year-old youth, was electrocuted while he was working near furnace at a local factory in Industrial Area here today.



IT officials arrest businessman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Income tax officials today arrested a local businessman, AK Malhotra, in connection with the alleged non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 13 lakh. The department sent him to the civil jail later in the evening.

As part of its recovery proceedings, the income tax department also attached the accused’s Esteem car.

According to income tax recovery officer Bikramjeet Singh, the department had found pending payment to the tune of Rs 13 lakh against him in 1992.

As he had failed to respond to the show-cause notices and summons issued by the department, the tax recovery officer subsequently issued arrest warrants against him, said the official.

The IT officials with the help of the local police reached Malhotra’s shop — Car Centre, Sector 7, Madhya Marg — around 11 am and arrested him from his shop.

The accused had earlier worked with Pasco Motors.



Molestation bid at Food Street
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh,March 24
The tall claims of the Chandigarh police over providing security at the Food Street near the PGI went for a toss late tonight when at least six allegedly drunk hooligans tried to molest a married woman.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened when Lokesh went to the Food Street leaving behind his wife and daughter in the car.

As the woman and her daughter were alone in the car, the hooligans tried to pull her out in an apparent bid to molest her. When she raised the alarm, the rowdies escaped in two cars.

Lokesh alleged that police personnel in the PCR stationed in the area turned a blind eye to the incident. “I will complain to the higher authorities against the indifferent attitude of the police personnel,” an agitated Lokesh added.



12-yr-old goes missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
A 12-year-old boy goes missing from Hallo Majra village. Atma Ram of Hallo Majra reported to the police that his son Datta Ram, wearing jeans and chapples had gone missing from his residence since March 22. A case has been registered in Sector-31 police station.

Stolen: Lavjeet Singh of Shivalik Enclave, Mani Majra, reported to the police that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-P-0639) was stolen from the Grain market in Sector 26 on Monday. A case of theft has been registered.



Coaching Centres-8, 42 lock horns in final today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Coaching Centre DAV-8 and Coaching Centre 42 will vie for the top honours in the men final of the 23rd Sub-Junior and 29th Senior State Handball Championship here tomorrow at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Both the teams today won their semifinals. In the first semifinal, DAV-8 edged past GMSSS-19 by 28-26 and Coaching Centre 42 thrashed Coaching Centre 23 by 17-7 in the second semifinal.

While in the women semifinals, Manjinder who scored seven goals played pivotal role in the win of Coaching Centre GMSSS-19 over Coaching Centre 42. The second semifinal was keenly contested as Coaching Centre 42 had to use all its acumen to beat Sacred Heart 26 by 19-16. Rooman (four goals), Veena, Nishu, Rajbir and Pooja (three goals each) were the principal scorers for the winning team.

In the sub-junior boys’ semifinal, Coaching Centre GMSSS-19 beat Coaching Centre 42 by 36-16.

Manavpreet Singh Bawa (10), Deepak (8), Jatinder (6) and Ashok (6) scored for GMSSS-19.

Other results:

Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, bt Coaching Centre 23 by 21-18. Sub-junior girls’ section 1st semifinal: Coaching Centre, GMSSS, Sector 19, bt Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30, by 10-7.

Second semifinal: Coaching Centre, Sector 23, bt Coaching Centre 42 by 12-10.



Shot put: Another feather in Sidhu’s cap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
With clinching of a gold medal in shot put in the 75 plus age group during the recently concluded 30th Masters’ National Championship held at Hissar, 77-year-old Gurjiwan Singh Sidhu added second hat trick to his kitty in the last seven years.

Sidhu has won many medals in various national and Asian championships in shot put, hammer throw and discuss throw event.

“My main event is shot put, however, I have recently performed well in other events as well,” he said.

City advocate, Sidhu, will be participating in the forthcoming 18th World Masters’ Athletics Championship to be held in Finland in July.

“I got selected for this championship after my performance in the Asian championship,” he said.

On asking that what keep him going even at this age, he said, “It’s only my age that says I am old but I don’t feel it. I want to continue playing till the time my body supports me.” 



CLTA scholarships for 13 players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Indian probable for New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Vijayant Mailk, was among the 13 trainees of the Chandgarh Lawn Tennis Association, who were given scholarship on the basis of their performance in various National and International tournaments during 2007 and 2008.

Finalist of the DSCL Nationals under-18 in 2007 and a silver medallist in the Commonwealth Youth Games-Pune in 2008, was presented a scholarship amount of Rs 15,000.

Winner of the ITF Juniors Grade 5 in Hyderabad in 2008 and a bronze medallist in the under-14 World Championship, Digvijay Mehta, received the highest cash incentive of Rs 16,000. Digvijay Mehta was also a winner of the Asian Ranking Tournament in Chandigarh in 2007.

CLTA chairman, Rajan Kashyap, disclosed that the scholarships worth Rs 1.22 lakh were disbursed among the outstanding players. "It’s an incentive for the players to achieve excellence in tennis," said Rajan.

The scholarships were given during the prize distribution ceremony of ITF $ 15,000 Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament last week.

Those who received the scholarships were: Digvijay Mehta (Rs 16,000), Ajay Yadav (10,000), Shiva Sangwan (Rs 10,000), Ravnoor Kaur (Rs 8,000), Bhavika Wadhawan (Rs 10,000), Digvijay Singh Naruka (Rs 8,000), Iktesh Chahal (Rs 5,000), Ishaque Eqbal (Rs 8,000), Navneet Kumar (Rs 5,500), Mandeep Singh Gill (Rs 6,000), Vijayant Malik (Rs 15,000), Fatehdeep Singh (Rs 10,000) and Jaanessh Kaur (Rs 10,000).



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