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Physically challenged youth gets his due
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 9
Twenty-year-old Gurpreet Singh beams from ear to ear with an appointment letter. He has been appointed at a clerical post with Rayat and Bahra Institute, Sahauran.

A deaf and mute youth, Gurpreet has landed into his maiden job. The son of a truck driver from Chak Sotal village, he has been deaf and mute since the age of two-and-a-half year.

Eldest of the three siblings, Gurpreet first studied at a school for physically challenged in Chandigarh. Around three years ago, he shifted to Prakash Memorial School for deaf and dumb children. Here he learnt computer programmes and attained a diploma.

“He had been the most brilliant of all children,” said school principal Adarsh Sharma.

Sharma talked to MP Avinash Rai Khanna for his job.

Vice-chairman Gurvinder Bahra of the institute said for the first time he interviewed the physically challenged candidate. Bahra put questions to Gurpreet in written and he answered with spontaneity.

Khanna said more institutes should come forward to give jobs to the physically challenged.

It will be a service to humanity, if we succeed in making even a handful of physically challenged persons economically independent, he said.



Ambala city, cantt courts to be merged
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 9
The Ambala city and the Ambala cantt judicial courts will now function as one. According to a communication received by the District and Sessions Judge from the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court, the judicial officers presently posted at town and cantt will be classified as that of the city alone and the same would felicitate the distribution of the judicial work among all the judicial officers posted at the city.

The move has brought about a mixed response from the law fraternity here.

It may be mentioned here that the cantt courts are more than 100 years old and it was during the anti-Mandal Commission violence in 1990 that the cantt courts had been shifted temporarily in city’s old Session Courts complex and then in 2003, the cantt courts were shifted to new judicial complex of the city.

The Bar Association of the city has strongly protested the move and has stated that since 1990, various delegations of the association have met the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and the inspecting Judges of Sessions division of the city. Various representations related to shifting of the cantt courts back to the cantt were also considered by the High Court and the site for construction of judicial complex at cantt was also inspected many times in the past. About two-three months ago, the site was inspected at the GT Road, under the supervision of the District and Sessions Judge, Ambala.

In 2002, the High Court had also sent a letter stating that the site for the construction of judicial court complex at the cantt has been approved by the court and the drawings were still awaited from the Chief Architect, Haryana.

The association here today stated that while at one stage the High Court had inspected the site for the judicial courts at the cantt and on the other side, the High Court had sent a letter for the merger.



Judicial court set up
Tribune News Service

Derabassi, April 9
The second judicial court was inaugurated by Justice Suryakant from the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today. The second court was established at Derabassi which has been placed at the Tehsil Complex here.

A civil junior judge Rajpal has been appointed as second additional judge.

Earlier, he was operating from the Ropar court. Deputy Commissioner PS Mand and SSP Mohali J S Aulakh were also present on the inauguration ceremony.

The new judge took charge and initiated proceedings.

The first judicial court was established in 2008.

With the increase in number of cases at the local court, the Bar Association and other bodies were demanding another court at Derabassi.



Rs 9 lakh looted at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 9
Two unidentified persons today looted Rs 9 lakh at gunpoint from employees of an iron merchant.

According to information, Nitin Kumar (19) and Manoj Kumar (25) were on their way from a bank to pay money to another firm. They were riding a scooter and have kept the money in a black polythene bag.

The victims said the accused fired shots at them near an abandoned place but they did not stop. The accused then hit their scooter and took away the bag containing Rs 9 lakh. The traffic police cops standing nearby tried to chase the accused, but failed.

The police said efforts were on to nab the accused. “We are taking the help of CCTV camera grabs to identify the accused and special checks are being conducted to nab them,” said a police officer.



Engg college strike enters third day
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 9
Strike of teaching and non-teaching staff of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College entered third consecutive day today.

The staff members, who have been protesting against the college principal, also demanded immediate implementation of rotation policy for headship or deanship, regularisation of contract staff after two years and consideration of contract or external service for grant of senior selection grade.

The protesting staff alleged that the authorities of the college terminated two regular faculty members without citing any valid reason. The action was purely on the basis of vindictive attitude of the authorities, who had been nursing a personal grudge against these persons for past sometime.

The staff members alleged that the victimisation of the female staff members was also reported in the college.



Conference on energy management
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 9
A two-day national conference on power system and energy management began today at IET Bhaddal.

V K Bhatia, chief engineer, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Patiala, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Bhatia said due to new advancements there would be no energy cuts by 2011 in Punjab, as all energy needs would be fulfilled by the state from its own resources.

Dr S Chatterji, head of NITTTR, Chandigarh, in his address on the energy management stressed upon the need for energy conservation.

He said more than half of our energy needs could be fulfilled by saving wastage of electricity at different levels of distribution and consumption.

Dr HR Verma, director-principal, IET Bhaddal, said motive behind organising this national conference was finding new ways of non-conventional energy and checking wastage through new innovations.



200 participate in mgmt fest
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 9
Management Fest, a congregation of budding managers, was organised at Shri Atmanand Jain Institute of Management and Technology today.

The fest aimed to impart skills to MBA students to make them successful entrepreneurs.

It was a state-level festival of management education where more than 200 students from various universities and institutes participated.

Dr SC Aggarwal, director of the institute, welcomed chief guest Rama Kant Sharma, an educationist.

While speaking on the occasion, Aggarwal said the management fest had a special significance in the professional education, as it was one of the greatest sources to develop managerial skills required in the present scenario.

The competition was held in six sessions- brain war, clash ‘n’ prove (debate competition), face the future (role playing), business kavyamala, elevators (business plan competition) and show bizz (advertisement carnival).

The chief guest motivated the students to participate in such type of activities, besides their studies. These activities help in grooming their personality and increase confidence level amongst the students.

The prize distribution function was held in the post lunch session and winners were given prizes for various events.



18 booked in fraud case
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 9
The local police today booked 18 persons in a fraud case on the complaint of Manohar Lal, a resident of Panchkula. The accused have been identified as Bihari Lal, Rohit Kumar, Bhagwant Rai and other 15 unidentified persons.

According to the police, the complainant alleged that he and his brother Gian Chand had a plot and factory in Saidpura village. The accused had issued power of attorney of the plot on the name of Manohar Lal and his nephew, but after a few days the accused illegally changed the power of attorney, the police added.

The police said the complainant alleged that on April 6, the accused had come to grab his factory.

The case has been registered.



Petrol pump owner fined for power theft
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, April 9
Owner of a petrol pump was fined by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for tampering the electricity meter and using kundi connection.

A team of the PSEB officials raided the petrol pump situated on Rajpura-Chandigarh road and fined Rs 3.4 lakh.

Earlier, owner of a cold store was fined Rs 21 lakh and also a case was registered against him at the PSEB police station in Patiala. The owner of the cold store had deposited Rs 4 lakh yesterday.



Illegal sale of houses stains police
Cop caught taking Rs 5,000
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9
The role of Chandigarh Police has emerged in the illegal sale of houses constructed on government land in Sector 52. It is alleged that area policemen had taken huge amounts to facilitate the illegal possession of the houses.

The fact came to light today when sleuths of the CBI arrested constable Bhupinder Singh posted at beat box in Kajheri village. Bhupinder Singh was caught red-handed taking Rs 5,000 from Mahinder Singh, a resident of the locality, whom he helped in getting possession of a house by taking financial favours.

The CBI had registered a case against four persons, including two clerks of the Municipal Corporation Om Prakash Thakur and Hari Singh and two property dealers Bhagat Ram and Vishwash Kumar last week for selling 21 houses built illegally on government land.

Mahinder reportedly told the CBI that he had taken possession of a house (2802) in Sector 52 by paying Rs 10,000 to the constable. He had named the in charge of Sector 61 police post Baldev Kumar for seeking monetary favours from him for getting possession of the house.

Mahinder said he was in the process of striking another deal with the policeman for another house (2808) when the CBI registered the case.

Mahinder alleged that the CBI probe created more troubles for him as the police not only turned their backs on him, but also threatened him to give adverse reports to the CBI against him. “They began forcing me to pay more money to them to give the reports in his favours. They told me that the CBI would take reports from the police to probe the matter”, he alleged.

Within minutes, the CBI trapped Bhupinder Singh in the beat box and a large number of people assembled there. They were alleging that Bhupinder was extorting money from them.

He would take money from residents in the shape of donation. Last time he collected funds by selling Armed Force Flag stickers to them for Rs 100 each. People expressed resentment at the indifferent attitude of senior officials for letting such policemen “loose” to extort money. They also alleged that the police was involved in breeding the crime in their locality by not taking action against the miscreants, alleged a shopkeeper.

Accusing the police of inaction Sukhpal Singh of the locality alleged that 60 kg of iron was stolen from his residence, but the police failed to take any action on his complaint. Similarly, Hazi Abdul Sattar alleged that iron worth Rs 40,000 was stolen from his residence on January 1, and despite repeated pleas, but police failed to move on his complaint.



7 held for assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9
Randhir Singh, a Sector 37-based advocate, was allegedly thrashed and threatened by a group of men near his residence. Based on his complaint, the police has so far arrested Archana, Suresh Kumar, Ankush, Nitesh, Sher Singh, Kuldeep, Madhu and Suman, all residents of Sector 37 and 40, and registered a case.

In a similar incident Parminder Singh, a Sector 15 resident, was allegedly bashed and threatened near Prince Hotel in the same sector.



Pranav, Param reach final
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 9
Pranav Kumar of Punjab will lock horns with tournament second seed Param Pun of Chandigarh in the boys’ under-12 final of the Total Tennis AITA Talent Series at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, here tomorrow.

Both the players won their respective semifinals today. Pranav Kumar caused a big upset by beating tournament top seed Sumit Pal Singh of Jammu and Kashmir 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. It was a stiff competition as the three well-fought sets lasted for over two hours.

Another under-12 semifinal was played between the city players. Param Pun got the better of Abhijeet Singh in three sets 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 in one hour 50 minutes.

In the boys’ under-14 semifinal, Ankit Parasrampuria of Rajasthan defeated Abhijeet Singh in three sets 6-4, 16, 6-4.

In another boys’ under-14 semifinal, Sachin Kumar of Chandigarh beat Pranav Suri of Chandigarh in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

Ankit will now face third seed Sachin Kumar in the final tomorrow.

Other Results:

Boys’ under-14 doubles’ quarterfinals: Srijan Uppal and Sachin Kumar bt Akash Goyal and Ayush Joshi 8-2; Sumit Pal Singh and Santbir Singh bt Ishan and Rahul 8-3; Param Pun and Abhijeet Singh bt Akshat Agarwal and Pranav Kumar 8-3.

Girls’ U-12 semifinals: Vanshika Sawhney (Chd) bt Shrishti Dhanda (Hr) 6-1, 6-1; Nandini Sharma (Chd) bt Anjali Bakliwal (Raj) 6-1, 7-6 (0).

Girls’ U-14 semifinals: Nikita Bisnoi (Chd) bt Charvi Saxena (Chd) 6-3, 7-6 (4); Harman Kaur (Pb) beat Sonali Bansal (Chd) 6-4, 6-2.



Cricket trials on April 12
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 9
The Cricket Federation of Punjab will conduct under-15 cricket trials on April 12 at 2 pm at DAV Public School, Phase 10, to select probables for the forthcoming 2nd All-India Under-15 National 20-20 Federation Cup to be held at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) from April 24 to 27 organised by the Cricket Federation of Tamil Nadu under the aegis of Cricket Federation of India.

Players born on or after January 1, 1994 are eligible to take part in the trials.

From these trials, the probables will be selected for the camp. The final team will be selected on the basis of players’ performance in the camp. The players should report to Amitesh Ganguly, cricket coach, at 9417184881 at 2 pm along with the date of birth proof.



Inter-corporate cricket tourney from May 2
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 9
The Fort Foundation will be organising the 1st Fort Ramgarh Inter-Corporate Beach Cricket Championship here at Ramgarh, Panchkula, Sector 27, from May 2 to 17.

The format of the matches will be round robin in league stage and after semifinal it will be on a knock out basis. Each team consisting six playing members and two reserves would play a six-over match.

In this championship, all sports gear right from the dresses of the players to the bats and balls will be provided by the foundation.

Rakesh Jolly, former north zone and Haryana Ranji Trophy player, will be the championship advisor and can be contacted for entries and information at 09872476688, 0172-5067429.



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