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Vacant Posts
PSEB engineers resent delay
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 4
The Council of Junior Engineers of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has strongly resented the delay in filling up about 225 posts of Junior Engineers (JEs), which were advertised in January.

Swarn Lal and Davinder Singh, president and general secretary of the council, respectively, today said after long pursuance of their demands with the state government by various trade unions, including Council of Junior Engineers and board management, the government gave its clearance to fill about 50 per cent posts against the requisition sent few years back.

However, they added that the last date for submission of the applications by the candidates against these posts was being extended for no valid reason.

This shows that the board management is quite insensitive towards the consumer service and supply system as more than 1,000 posts of junior engineers are lying vacant in operation division. The junior engineers working at present are under much stress and passing through the worst working conditions. The council urged the Punjab Chief Minister to intervene for the filling up of the advertised posts of JEs immediately.

The council also took serious note of the indifferent attitude of the board management towards the non filling of posts through promotions of AAE (JE-1) to AE, AE to AEE and lineman to JE.

Swarn Lal further said an emergency meeting of the Central Working Committee had been convened on June 6 to take stock of the situation and next line of action would be decided accordingly.

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Paddy Transplantation
Labour shortage worries farmers
Tribune News Service

Sirhind/Rajpura, June 4
Labour shortage is hitting paddy transplanting work for the second consecutive season. There is a sudden spurt in the demand for labourers in this region.

“The labour from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is not only economical but also very quick. They plant saplings in 5 to 7 acres in a day,” said Harminder Singh from Manakpur Khera village. He said the agriculture department had conducted a trial camp at Manakpur Khera village a few days ago wherein farmers were made aware of the use of machines for transplanting work.

Experts informed farmers that the transplanters not only plant in a short span of time but also help in planting the exact number of saplings per sq m. “Manual transplanting of paddy gets miscalculated in the entire fields, but the machine plants a fixed number of saplings, which helps in raising the yield of crop,” said Kapoor Singh of village Saifdipur. Farmers said saplings planted in a specially designed soil on an elevated bed could be used in the transplanter. But now farmers have already planted the nurseries as they used to earlier.

“If the department officials had made us aware a little earlier, we would have surely adopted the new technique, but now we will not be able to use the machines,” said Shamsher Singh from a village in Bassi Pathana.

The farmers who have raised the platform of nurseries to keep paddy leaf straight would be able to use the machines, said agriculture experts. “I was told that the machine would be available for my land only for a day in seven days. It will be given to other farmers on a rotation basis,” he said.

He said that farmers face lot of problems last year and besides spending thousands of rupees the labour was also provided with food, shelter and source of entertainments in the villages by farmers.

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Talent hunt among poor launched
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 4
To help academically good and needy students, a special drive in the form of talent hunt has been launched by the Gurukul Research and Technology Park. The programme will aim to reward the students for general and economically weaker section for technical education.

Talent Hunt Competitive Test will be held on June 14 at Chandigarh for aspirants who want to seek admission in the technical education. Professor IK Kataria, managing director of the Gurukul Group of Institutes, emphasised the need of these programmes during a press conference.

Kataria said 150 winners of the talent hunt would be awarded scholarships worth more than Rs 100 lakh according to merit and benefit be to the extent of 100 per cent tuition fee waiver.

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Music workshop at Pbi varsity from today
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 4
Punjabi University’s Women Club will organise a three-week workshop in music, dance, art and craft for children belonging to the age group of 4-12. The workshop will be held at Gurmat Sangeet Bhawan on the campus from June 5 to 25.

Vice-Chancellor and president of the club Dr Jagjit Kaur will inaugurate the workshop. The children will be given training in fabric painting, straw painting, thumb painting, clay modelling, semi-classical dance and vocal and instrumental music.

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Agricultural Land Ownership
Delegation from Morni hills meets CM
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 4
A delegation of the Kotaha Kalyan Parishad of the Morni hills (Kotaha) recently met Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and revenue minister Savitri Jindal in connection with the notor land ownership issue of the area. The issue has been hanging fire the past five decades.

The delegation comprised president Om Prakash, vice-president Tikka Singh and secretary Pawan Dhiman.

Stating this, former secretary of state Congress Vijay Bansal said the delegation submitted a memorandum pertaining to the issue, which involves conversion of barren land into agriculture land by the inhabitants of Morni hills.

The delegation sought immediate implementation of the report of TD Jogpal, the then Commissioner of Ambala, which was submitted to the Haryana government in 1987 pertaining to the various rights of the area farmers.

A Shivalik Development Board was formulated by the state government for “bandobast” of land of the Morni block, which has been lying pending to date.

According to the Jogpal report, the hills, before 1966 - when the state of Haryana came into its existence - were part of Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh.

Currently, the area comprises 14 bhoj, five patwar circle and 172 vas and has a population around 25,000.

The report further interpreted that before issuance of the notification of the forest department, the total area of agriculture land was 8,354 acres, in which inhabitants of the area under the notor - an additional 697 acres of land - were added to the agricultural land. The record of the land was over 100 years old. Between 1968 and 1977, the forest department acquired 50,807 acres, out of 59,998 acres of the total land of Morni hills, not according to the records of the revenue department but according to the records of the Survey of India.

This has created confusion over the notor land and farmers of the area have been deprived of many rights related to it. The delegation has urged the Chief Minster and the revenue minister to ascertain the ownership of notor land as per the Jogpal report.

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Minister urged to fill MC posts
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 4
A delegation of Pinjore, headed by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress, recently met AC Chaudhary, Minister of Urban Development, Haryana, and Mange Ram Gupta, Education Minister, and submitted a memorandum to various demands.

In the memorandum submitted to AC Chaudhary, it was demanded that there was a dire need of immediate appointment of a permanent secretary, a Junior Engineer (JE) and a Sanitary Inspector in the municipal committee, as the civic body has been facing the brunt of shortage of above said posts as well as the shortage of Class IV employees and sweepers for the last long time, which was causing great hurdle in carrying out various development projects and various development funds granted by state government lying unused.

Bansal said the minister gave assurance about the appointment of the above said staff soon.

He said the memorandum also demanded the extension of limits of the municipal committees of Kalka and Pinjore, as in the last two decades, various new colonies have come into existence in these places.

The municipal committees have already sent a proposal to higher authorities in this regard. It was also urged in the memorandum to provide a special grant to the Kalka and Pinjore municipal committee.

The delegation also met Mange Ram Gupta, Transport Minister of Haryana, and submitted a memorandum regarding shortage of local bus services between Kalka and Chandigarh.

It was urged in the memorandum that daily commuters, specially students, employees and businessmen face much inconvenience due to the lack of local bus services of the Haryana Roadways after 2pm.

Subsequently, they depend on private buses or maxi cab, which is also resulting in revenue loss to the state government.

The memorandum also sought starting of local bus services from Kalka to Bitna ITI, from Panchkula to Rajjipur (Surajpur), Kalka to Mallah and between Kalka and Baddi.

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Suicide Case
CBI court reserves order for June 8
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 4
The Special Judge of CBI court, Haryana, AS Narang, has reserved the order in the regular bail application of DSP Dheerj Setia for June 8. The CBI, in its chargesheet, has allegedly held responsible the then DSP of Rohtak, Dheej Setia, and other four police officials for the suicide of Sarita.

The CBI had pointed out the police officials for exhibiting inaction in this matter. Sarita, a resident of Rohtak, had committed suicide on June 9 last year in front of the police headquarters in Punchkula, when she did not get justice from the Rohtak police. She had alleged that two police officials of the CIA staff, Rohtak, had raped her when she went there to meet her husband who was kept there in a theft case.

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7 injured in furnace blast
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 4
Seven persons were injured in a scrap factory on Amloh road at Mandi Gobindgarh late last night.

The injured, all workers of Shri Ganesh Alloys were melting the iron in the factory and the furnace blasted suddenly and the melted iron spilled over all of them. One of the injured is serious and was referred from Mandi Gobindgarh Civil Hospital to CMC Ludhiana.

The injured have been identified as Avdesh Rai (35) of Samastipur (Bihar); Krishan Mehto (22) of Jharkhand; Sumodh Mehto (28) of Jharkhand; Vijay (18) of Bihar; Dinesh (32) of Bihar and Kameshwar (23) of Bihar.

The condition of Kameshwar was serious and he was referred to CMC.

The police officials reached the spot and said a case in this regard would be registered against the factory owners for negligence.

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2 arrested with 1.8 quintal poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, June 4
The police today arrested two people with 1.8 quintals of poppy husk, along with a specially designed Tata Sumo fitted a blue beacon. Sadar police station in charge Bikramjeet Singh Brar laid a special naka on a tip off near Rajpura and nabbed the culprits while they were smuggling the narcotics from Gwalior to Patiala.

The accused included a physically challenged. The police managed to arrest two of the accused while the third was absconding. The arrested accused have been identified as Maan Singh and Lakhvinder Singh. The police was making efforts to arrest Amrik Singh.

Brar said the accused were active in the area for the past few months and used to carry poppy husk in specially designed Tata Sumo in which four boxes were made to store the narcotics under the passenger seats.

Instead of fitting the red beacon they used blue beacon as all DSPs in Haryana are provided with blue beacon.

The identity of the owner of the impounded vehicle could not be established as the Haryana registration number was reportedly fake.

Brar said the drive against anti-social elements smuggling narcotics was launched on the direction of SSP, Patiala, Arpit Shukla.

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Youth drowns in pond
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 4
A body of a village youth, Deepak Kumar (27), was found floating in the pond at Chuni Kalan this morning. The villagers informed the police who later fished out the body.

The family members of Deepak started searching for him when he did not return to home last night. The villagers said the deceased was a drug addict and might have fallen into the pond during the night and drowned.

The DSP said the youth was mentally upset from the last two months and used to take bath wherever he saw water. He said he died due to drowning.

After conducting the postmortem in the local civil hospital, the body was handed over to the family members. The police has registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC.

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Resumption of judicial work
CJ rejects Justice Yadav’s request
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Justice Nirmal Yadav of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will not hold the court, at least for the time being.

Justice Yadav had proceeded on leave after her name had surfaced in the cash-for-judge scam. Though Justice Yadav has all along been claiming she proceeded on leave voluntarily, she had only recently sought high court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur’s permission to join back.

Her action was seen as an indicator that the decision to recuse from judicial work was not her own after all, no matter what she said.

Available information suggests Chief Justice Thakur has now turned down her request to carry on with the judicial work. It is believed Chief Justice Thakur discussed the issue at length with Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan during his recent visit to the city for the inauguration of Chandigarh Judicial Academy’s new campus.

It is believed the CJI categorically told Chief Justice Thakur that he was not in favour of Justice Yadav resuming work on the judicial side, for the time being.

Indications are there that Chief Justice Thakur has already conveyed the decision against resumption of judicial work to Justice Yadav.

As of now, Justice Yadav can carryout administrative work, by the virtue of her being the “administrative judge” of Ferozepur sessions division. But, she cannot hold the court.

Already, a three-judge committee, looking into the cash scam, has come to the conclusion that Rs 15 lakh, mis-delivered at the residence of another judge, was meant for Justice Yadav.

The committee had reportedly concluded that Rs 15 lakh was delivered at Justice Yadav’s house, a day after the cash scam was exposed by Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, at whose house the cash had erroneously landed. A show- cause notice was, subsequently, issued to Justice Yadav.

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Rape in Locks
Hearing adjourned to Friday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The hearing on the issue of medical termination of pregnancy of a mentally retarded Nari Niketan inmate remained inconclusive, with counsel appointed to assist the court opposing the recommendation for abortion, without taking the victim’s consent.

As the case came up for hearing before Justice Surya Kant and Justice Augustine George Masih, senior advocate RS Cheema submitted that the girl should be helped in taking a decision in the matter. The vacation bench has now adjourned the hearing to Friday.

The victim was reportedly raped at Nari Niketan, Sector 26. A case of the rape and criminal conspiracy has already been registered under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC.

The doctors have recommended an abortion, but in the case of a “mentally challenged” girl, the parents or guardian’s consent is necessary.

In the victim’s case, records available with the UT administration say neither her parents, nor her relatives are traceable.

In its petition, the administration had earlier asserted that the victim was aged between 19 and 20 years and was now an inmate of Ashraya, a home for mentally challenged children at Sector 47.

The decision to go in for the medical termination of pregnancy was arrived during meetings of the medical board constituted for this purpose.

The petition said a sub-section barred the termination of pregnancy of a woman below 18 years of age, or a mentally-ill woman, except with the written consent of her guardian.

Another sub-section ruled out abortion, except with the consent of a pregnant woman.

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Sukhbir appears in court to get passport released
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 4
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal appeared in a court here today to get his passport released for going abroad.

According to reports, the Deputy Chief Minister will go abroad on June 14 and will come back on July 2. He was handed over his passport and details in connection with his visa will be presented in the court later.

The passport of Badal had been confiscated by the court after a case on charges of corruption had been filed against him and others during the tenure of the Congress government in Punjab.

While talking to the mediapersons, the Deputy Chief Minister said the allegation levelled by the former Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, yesterday that the money was used to win over voters in Bathinda during the Lok Sabha elections, was baseless.

He said the election was won on the basis of development carried out by the Akali government in the state.

He said the youth in the state would be given more powers and the youth wing of the party would be reconstituted soon.

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Murder: Kalka man gets life term
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
District and Sessions Judge SP Singh awarded life imprisonment to a Kalka resident for murdering a resident of Mohali here today. Earlier, the court had convicted him on May 30.

Narinder (28), a resident of Phase VII, Mohali, was found murdered at White House in Pinjore on May 30, 2007. The district police claimed to have solved the case by arresting the accused, Ranjit, who was working as a gardener in the building on June 7, 2007.

Narinder, a driver, had stayed for the night at the house of his employer where two families of servants stayed permanently. The two servants said that Narinder, who used to commute everyday from Mohali, had decided to stay back after he injured his eye. In the morning he was found in a pool of blood with deep cuts on his head.

Cops said the deceased had allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of the wife of Ranjit on the night of the crime.

Public prosecutor SPS Parmar said during interrogation the accused confessed his involvement in the crime following which he was arrested. He killed Narinder by attacking him with a sharp edged agricultural tool, he said.

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Constable dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Harpal Singh, a constable of the Chandigarh Police, was killed after his his motorcycle rammed into a stationary car in Sector 29, here, late last night.

The accident took place about 9:30 pm when 31-year-old constable was on his way back home after finishing his duty at Sector 29 Traffic Police Line. The motorcycle (HR-23-B-3801) rammed into an Alto car (CHO3-X-1802) from rear on the dimly lit road. Even as the victim sustained severe head injuries in the mishap, which claimed his life, surprisingly his helmet was not damaged.

Hans Raj, investigating officer, said the car was wrongly parked on the road, leading to the collision.

The victim was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital from where doctors referred him to the PGI, judging the seriousness of his condition. He, however, breathed his last during treatment at PGI about 7 today.

The police handed over the body after post-mortem to the family, who took it to their native village in Hisar. Meanwhile, the police has arrested owner of the car Vijay Bhardwaj, a resident of Sector 20-B.

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2 shopkeepers held for assaulting cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Two shopkeepers of the Sector-46 Booth market thrashed a head constable and a home guard volunteer late last night.

SHO of the Sector-34 police station, Sudarshan Thakur, told The Tribune that both the shopkeepers were arrested for assaulting, obstructing government servants from discharging their duties, criminal intimidation and common intension.

The policemen reportedly went to the market after getting information that the shopkeepers, along with others, were drinking at public place. According to police, the incident took place around 10.30 pm when head constable Baljinder Singh and volunteer Jaswant Singh, who were on patrolling duty, received an information that a group of men were drinking in the market.

The shopkeepers- Rajiv Kumar of Sector 46 and Satpal of Sector 47- started arguing with the policemen. They even slapped the policemen and tore their uniform. Sensing trouble, the cops called the additional force, which took the miscreants to the police station.

Later, they were produced before a court, which remanded them to judicial custody.

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Mobike thief held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The police arrested a motorcycle thief after a long chase here last night.

According to the police, Vitu Sood of Sector 60 was fleeing after stealing a motorcycle (CHO3-X-3284) from the PGI, when a person spotted him and called up the Police Control Room, following which the police chased the motorcycle borne thief and managed to catch hold of him in Sector 7.

The police said the accused had also been registered for mobile theft in 2004.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered in Sector 26 police station.

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Proclaimed offenders held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The police today arrested two proclaimed offenders, who were booked in 2005.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, and Nanu, a resident of Phase I, Mohali. They were booked under the excise and theft act.

The police arrested Ravinder Sharma, a resident of Sector 38 West, and Devinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 29-B, near Gurdial Singh petrol pump, Sector 22, while consuming liquor at public place this afternoon.

They were drinking on their scooter (CH-03-W-1654). A case under Section 68/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 17 police station.

Family booked

A family booked for allegedly beating up and threatening a resident of colony number 5. Diwanti Devi in her complaint to the police alleged that Parbhat, his wife Meera, his brother Jata and his brother-in-law Parmod, Surinder, Amrinder, all residents of Colony number 5, beat up at her residence. A case under Sections 452/324/506/34 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Heroin seized

The police arrested Krishan Kumar, a resident of Sector 56, near Sector 55/56 crossing, yesterday at 6.30 pm and seized 10 gms heroin from his possession. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act, IPC has been registered.

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Challenger Trophy
Anmol enables APJ defeat Happy Home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A quick knock of 71 n.o. runs off 42 balls by Anmol enabled APJ Academy, Kharar, to defeat Happy Home Cricket Academy, Delhi, by eight wickets in the semifinal of the All-India Challenger Trophy Cricket Tournament, being organised by St John's Cricket Academy and Aresson Sports Club at St John's High School.

Electing to bat first, Happy Home team put up a respectable total of 176 runs in the stipulated 30 overs. Rachit top scored with 42 runs off 25 balls. Akshay (26) and Simran (21) were the other main contributors for their team. For the APJ team, Ekaansh and Sarthak took two wickets each.

In reply, APJ batsmen chased the total in only 20.3 overs with eight wickets to spare. Anmol's innings of 71 runs contained 13 fours. Sarthak (36), Harsaroop (23 n.o.), and skipper Sahil Sharma with 18 runs also contributed. Kartik was the lone wicket-taker for Delhi team.

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St Stephen's Trophy
MCA academy defeat DPA by 7 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
MCA Academy defeated Desh Prem Azad (DPA) Academy by seven wickets on the Mohali Cricket Association ground in the six-team St Stephen's Trophy Cricket Tournament for Under-10, being organised by Desh Prem Azad Academy. While in another match played on the MCM DAV College ground in Sector 36, MCM Blues beat Sector 37 Academy by 15 runs.

Brief scores:

Desh Prem Azad Academy: 105 in 5 in 20 overs (Udaiveer Singh Bains 41, Bhupinder Partap Aggarwal 17 n.o., Parvinder Singh 9, Khushleep 3 for 9, Amar 2 for 1).

MCA Academy: 108 for 3 in 13.1 overs (Subhkaram 37 n.o., Harmandeep 32 n.o., Arjun Aggarwal 2 for 34).

MCM Blues: 125 for 7 in 20 overs (Ashish 39 n.o., Sayyam Saini 17, Sidhant 3 for 28 (hat-trick), Rishab Kwatra 3 for 29, Ashijot 1 for 22).

Sec-37 Academy: 110 in 17 overs (Jasdeep Singh 40, Parshant 16, Akash Dutt Chimnay 4 for 18, Ashish 2 for 28, Anmol 1 for 23).

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Wrestling squad announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The Chandigarh Union Territory Wrestling Association today announced a 30-member, including six officials, to take part in the Junior National Wrestling Championship to be held in Gonda from June 11 to 14.

Team: Men -Freestyle: Sandeep (50 kg), Deepak (55 kg), Parveen (60 kg), Anil (66 kg), Mahabir (74 kg), Kamaljot (84kg), Paramvir (96 kg) and Sunil (120 kg)

Greeco-Roman: Pardeep (50 kg), Ashok/ Somnath (55 kg), Deepak (60 kg), Satish (66 kg), Satinder (74 kg), Manjit (84 kg), Amit (96 kg) and Ranjit (120 kg)

Women: Anju (44 kg), Shishka (48 kg), Poonam (51 kg), Jyoti (55 kg), Neha (59 kg), Nitu (63 kg), Nikki (67 kg) and Varita (72 kg)

Officials: Surinder Singh, Ashwani Sharma, Rajesh Kumar, Vijender, Dr Satish Kumar and Dulwinder Kaur.

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Golf
Karandeep leads in U-10 category
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, June 4
Ashbeer Singh Saini (15) from Kapurthala tightened his grip on Southern India Junior Golf Championship as he fired yet another two over 74 card to be eight over 224, a clear five strokes ahead of Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa, on the penultimate day of the Lalit Suri Southern India Junior Golf Championship in Coimbatore today.

Patiala’s Shubhankar Sharma was just two strokes behind Vashisht Pawar, the leader in Category B.

City’s Jairaj Singh Sandhu was tied second in Category C with another city golfer Feroz Singh Garewal occupying the fifth slot in this Under-12 category.

Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar (9) continued to lead the pack in Category D (Under 10). Kochhar carded a round of 90 and was three strokes ahead of Arjun Prasad.

Ashbeer started off with a bogey on the par-4 second, but quickly moved into top gear, adding birdies on the fifth and ninth, both par-5 holes, to make the turn at one-under for the day. But it was a different story on the back-nine for the 15-year-old as the birdies dried up and he struggled to save par. Bogeys on the 10th, 13th and 16th pushed him back to over par for the day and he ended with a 74.

Leaderboard: Overall (Category A and B) -- 224 Ashbeer Saini (76, 74, 74); 229: Chikkarangappa (75, 78, 76); 235: Trishul Chinnappa (81, 79, 75). Category A -- 224: Ashbeer Saini (76, 74, 74); 229: Chikkarangappa (75, 78, 76); 235: Trishul Chinnappa (81, 79, 75). Category B -- 249: Vashist Pawar (78, 83, 88); 251: Shubhankar Sharma (79, 88, 84). Category C - 243: Vidit Singh (80, 80, 83); 249: Viraj Madappa (84, 81, 84) and Jairaj S Sandhu (83, 86, 80); 254: Piyush Sangwan (84, 86, 84); 257: Firoz S Garewal (89, 86, 82). Category D - 178: Karandeep Kochar (88, 90); 182: Arjun Prasad (93,89).

Feroz tied seventh

Feroz Singh Garewal is back from Gullane in East London, Scotland, where he finished tied seventh in the 11-year-age-group of the US Kids European Golf Championship.

More than 400 golfers from all over the world took part in the three-day championship held in age groups from 7 to 14 for boys and 8 to 14 for girls. Feroz finished tied seventh among 40 best golfers from Europe and USA in his age-group.

According to Feroz, conditions at Craigielaw Golf Club were tough due to extreme cold, high-velocity winds, heavy roughs and terrible pot bunkers. He could barely card an 11 over par on the first day.

But then he got acclimatised to the conditions. He finally came up with a good finish on the last day, scoring a one over par score of 73 to secure the tied seventh position.

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Ajay, Navneet claim U-18 tennis title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Ajay Yadav (CLTA) and Navneet Kumar (UP) claimed the boys’ under-18 doubles’ title by upsetting top seed Kunal Anand and Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) 6-3, 7-5 in the boys’ under-18 final of the AITA Champions Series Tennis Tournament being played at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here today.

Top seed Mehak will cross swords with second seed Ravnoor Kaur of CLTA in the girls’ under-18 singles’ final. Ravnoor proved too good for eighth seed Jaspreet Kaur of Punjab 6-1, 6-0. Top seed Mehak Singh registered a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over a never-say-die seventh seed and qualifier Bhuvana of Andhra Pradesh.

In the girls’ under-14 singles’ semi-final, Victoria Chahal of Haryana outclassed Jahnvi Gupta of Delhi in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. However, second seed Syesha B Dalal won marathon against 10-year-old Vanshika Sawhney of CLTA in four-hour match 7-6, 0-6, 6-4.

In the boys’ under-14 singles’ final, Karan Salwan of Delhi will play with Dhruv Agarwal of UP. Both won their semi-final matches in straight sets.

Chandigarh’s top pair of Ravnoor Kaur and Mehak Singh defeated fourth seed Harnoor K. Mann and Prabhamrit Kaur, also of Chandigarh, 6-1, 6-3 to bag the girls’ under-18 doubles’ title.

Results:

Girls’ singles U-14 (semi-finals): Victoria Chahal (Hry) bt Jahnvi Gupta (Delhi) (Wc) 6-0, 6-2, Syesha B. Dalal (2) (Delhi) bt Vanshika Sawhney (Chd) (CLTA) (Wc) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4.

Boys’ U-14 singles semi-finals: Karan Salwan (6) (Delhi) bt Fatehdeep Singh (4) (Pb), 6-3, 6-4, Dhruv Agarwal (UP) (2) bt Himanshu Sagar (3) (TN), 6-1, 6-3.

Girls’ U-18 singles’ semi-finals): Ravnoor Kaur (2) (Chd) bt Jaspreet Kaur (8) (Q3) (Pb) 6-1, 6-0; Mehak Singh (Chd) (1) bt Bhuvana (7) (Q2) (Ap) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys’ U-18 singles’ semi-finals): Digvijay S. Mehta (1) (HP) bt Ajay Yadav (8) (Hry) 6-1, 6-4; Mandeep S. Gill (Chd) (4) bt Kunal Anand (2) (Delhi), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6).

Girls U-18 doubles’ final: Ravnoor Kaur (Chd) and Mehak (Chd) (1) bt Harnoor K. Mann (Chd) and Prabhamrit Kaur (Chd) (4) 6-1, 6-3.

Boys’ U-18 doubles’ final: Ajay Yadav (Hry) (CLTA) and Navneet Kumar (UP) (2) bt Kunal Anand (Delhi) and Kshitij Kamal (Delhi) (1) 6-3, 7-5.

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Cricket team announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The CCA (affiliated to PCA) has announced the senior team for Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament, which will start from June 6.

Team members: Vishwas Bhalla (captain), Sarul Kanwar, Uday Kaul, Sidharth Kaul, Simrat Bawa, Sumit Dhiman, Anil Sihag, Gurkirat Walia, Amit Prashar, Rahul Chara, Anshul Tripathi, Satnam Singh, Ankit Kaushik, Anupam Gambhir, Vishnu Manohram, Gaurav Gambhir and Gurinder Singh.

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Trials on June 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
LIC Cricket Club Academy will conduct cricket trials to select girls for its academy for under-14, 16 and 19 age groups on June 6 at 4 pm at Government Model High School, Sector 26.

There will be no trial fees and the selected girls will be imparted free training. The admission is open for girls residing in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. For further queries, contact Deepinder Singh, honorary secretary of the club (9814127294).

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