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Courses abolished in Kalka college
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 2
The department of education has decided to close MA (political science), BSc (medical) and economics (hons) from the current session at Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, resulting in resentment among students and parents of the area.

The college was recently included in the list of 25 colleges of excellence out of 75 government colleges in Haryana.

Those students who wanted to opt for these subjects alleged that they had no option but to go to Chandigarh for admission, which they felt was a waste of time and money.

A delegation of parents of the area headed by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of Congress, met Mange Ram Gupta, education minister of Haryana, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and Kumari Selja, Central minister in this regard and submitted a memorandum.

The department of education during the INLD regime in Haryana had also closed down MA (political science, Hindi) and several other subjects of under graduate classes, including BSc home science, which were, however, restarted three years ago.

According to sources, the decision of withdrawal of subjects was taken due to less number of students. But students told The Tribune that due to delay in appointing a PHD lecturer for MA (political science) there were fewer admissions.



Workshop for engg teachers
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 2
Doaba Group of Colleges organised a lecture-cum-registration move by academic relationship manager, Wipro, for faculty of Doaba group and other engineering colleges of the region to join the mission 10X initiated by WIPRO.

Wipro Technologies is conducting a mission 10X in collaboration with Dale Carnegie Institute (USA), Cambridge University (UK) and IIT, Bombay.

Experts from various fields of engineering and social sciences will train participants.

A large number of faculty members from neighbouring colleges like Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutes, Chandigarh Group of Colleges and Indo-Global Group of Colleges, along with the faculty of Doaba Group of Colleges registered for the programme.

Academic relationship manager of WIPRO was at Doaba college to register teachers for participating in the programme.

The programme aims at empowering engineering faculty with innovative techniques and tools.

Participants will be awarded certificates of participation by Dale Carnegie Institute (USA), Cambridge University (UK) and WIPRO.



Power, water crises
Leaders submit memo to DC
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 2
The Ambala unit of BSP and HJC took out a protest march against the shortage of power and drinking water in the district.

Later, they submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, which was addressed to Haryana Governor. The leaders of both the parties in a joint memorandum said the state government had failed to provide basic amenities like power and drinking water.

They demanded that the president rule should be imposed in the state. They also condemned the hike in petrol and diesel prices.

Senior leaders, including Makhan Singh, Puran Parkash Saini, Ajrun Lal Kalra, Ashok Bartia, Amarnath Baggan and Maya Ram Sahota were present.



3 youths killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 2
Three youths were reportedly killed in road accidents in the city late last night. Harpreet Singh (24) died on the spot when his motorcycle was hit from behind by a Punjab Roadways bus near the IOC depot. Harpreet was working at JCBL Ltd in Lalru. He was on his way to Shahpur village.

In another accident, Jetinder (22) was crushed to death by a truck near KD Hospital, Mahesh Nagar. Residents of Pooja Vihar, Ambala Cantt, said while Jetinder died on the spot, his friend Mintu who was riding pillion, was referred to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries.

Two killed in mishap

Fatehgarh Sahib: Two people lost their lives in an accident that took place near Bahadurgarh village. According to the police, Chhaju Ram of Khamano and Ranjeet Singh of Bassi Pathana were on their way towards Bassi Pathana.

As soon as they reached near Bahadurgarh village the bike they were riding on collided head on with a Maruti Swift. Both the motorcycle riders were killed on the spot. The bodies of the victims were kept in the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

A case in this connection would be registered against the car driver who was absconding, said the police.



Code violation draws EC ire
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 2
The Punjab Election Commission today asked the Mohali Deputy Commissioner to explain the violation of code of conduct by leaders of the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal during their public gatherings at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.

The commission took a serious note on the basis of media reports of the public rally addressed by Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur after she came in a red-beaconed car and another rally organised by SAD general secretary Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra at a religious place in the Banur Assembly constituency. The local administration has sent the notice to the district presidents of both the parties to reply within three days.



Warrants against Mona over Sita row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
A local court today issued bailable warrants to television actress Mona Singh, director of the show “Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena”, and CEO of Colours Television where the show was aired, in a complaint filed by a human rights activist for hurting religious sentiments in October, 2008.

The complaint was filed in October, 2008, under Sections 298 (uttering words with a deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and 120 B of the IPC.

The entire controversy started after Mona and cricketer Harbhajan Singh performed on a popular Hindi song, dressed as Ravana and Sita in the tele show, on Colours channel.

Earlier, the bowler had met with the complainant and tendered an apology when he was in the city in connection with a cricket match with Australia in October, 2008. The spinner had, meanwhile, sought an exemption from the Punjab and Haryana High Court from deposing before the court till the next hearing on July 24.



Consumer Forum
Motia Constructions told to pay Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 2
In a judgement reflecting the unfair trade practices by private colonisers, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali, has directed a private coloniser, Motia Constructions Ltd, Zirakpur, to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to an allottee for delay in handing over possession of flat in Zirakpur.

The allottee, Mahesh Batra, a resident of Sector 18, has also been awarded an interest on the compensation amount at a rate of nine per cent per annum and Rs 4,000 as the cost of litigation.

While handing down the order, the forum headed by its president BS Mehandiratta, Dr SS Dhaliwal, and HK Ghuman, both members, observed that there was deficiency on part of the coloniser.

The complainant, in his application, had stated that Motia Constructions Ltd and BCL Homes, Property Big Bazar, Zirakpur, had floated a scheme known as “Motiaz Royale Estate” in the area of NAC, Zirakpur, to build and sell flats.

The complainant purchased an apartment no 601 on sixth floor in MCL Tower No 4 on October 22, 2005, and paid Rs one lakh. As per the buyer’s agreement, possession of the flat was to be delivered to the complainant within 18 months from the date of allotment. 

The seller had undertaken to provide three split ACs and one window AC, up to 5 KV power back-up, lift, road and other facilities as per the sample flat vide detail given in letter dated December 3, 2007.

All the due installments were paid by the complainant in time except the one on which interest at a rate of 24 per cent per annum for delayed payment was duly paid as per the agreement. The possession of the flat was given to the complainants on March 27, 2008, after a delay of more than 11 months. 

The flat is not as per the agreed specifications and contains defects which have not been rectified/removed despite requests through letters and reminders on different dates.

The builder pleaded that facilities of ACs were to be provided only in the AC luxury flats. The flat allotted to the complainants is not luxury flat but is an ordinary apartment. They are not entitled to the facility of ACs. There were separate brochures/booklets for simple and luxury flats and prices of two categories of flats were also different.

It further pleaded that apartments in the tower, in which the complainants have been allotted flat, were ready in December, 2007, as is clear from the letter dated October 17, 2007, addressed to its site manager in respect of another flat.

The evidence on record shows that the complainants had been clamouring for seeking possession of the flat by pointing out certain deficiencies/defects incessantly, the forum observed that adding that due to delay in delivery, the developer is liable to pay compensation in the shape of interest to the allottee on the amount deposited by him, for the period of delay.

For mental agony and harassment, in our considered view, the complainants should get a compensation of Rs.20,000 and it is ordered accordingly.



3 acquitted in dowry death case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 2
Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jindal acquitted three persons, accused of dowry death at Azad Colony, last year.

Rajesh (husband of the deceased), his father Balram and Madhu, all residents of Azad Colony, were arrested under Section 304-B.

Neelam (26) had ended her life by hanging at her home.

According to information, the woman had a tiff with her sister-in-law Madhu on the morning of November 16, 2008, following which she was found hanging in the house.

When neighbours rushed her to General Hospital, Sector 6, doctors declared her brought dead. On the complaint of Pravin Kumar, brother of the deceased, the police arrested the three accused. Pravin alleged that they had been torturing and harassing his sister to get more dowry.



PU directed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Justice Permod Kohli directed Panjab University to accept the admission form of applicant Suhani Chopra from Ferozepore for three year LLB course for enabling her to participate in the counseling.

She had sought directions also to Amritsar-based GNDU for declaring the result of her third year examination of the five year integrated law course. Suhani has passed the entrance test conducted by PU for LLB course, but as her graduation result from GNDU is awaited, she cannot participate in counseling for admission.



Sweeper found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
A 17-year-old sweeper was found dead while sweeping the Sector 56 road here today. The reason of the death couldn’t be ascertained, however, the nearby residents reportedly told the police that he must have died after falling from a roof.

According to police, they received a call from an unidentified person. After examining the spot, the police sent the body to Mohali’s Phase VI hospital where he was declared brought dead.

His body has been kept in the mortuary of Sector-16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital for post- mortem.

The deceased has been identified as Neeraj and his father told the police that he doesn’t suspect any foul play. The police said the cause of death could be ascertained only after the post-mortem.



Car stolen from Burail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
A resident of Burail complained to the police, alleging that his white Maruti 800 car was stolen from outside a Burail dispensary last night.

Complainant Pawan Kumar said he had parked his car (CHO3-P-8194) outside the dispensary and it was stolen. He said there was a narrow road which leads to their colony so people parked their car outside the dispensary only.

He told the TNS that car theft and car stereo theft was order of the day in the area. This is despite the fact that a police chowki was near from the place. Even the police has shown its lackadaisical attitude 
on it.



GC Cup
LIC Cricket Club has the last laugh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
LIC Cricket Club got the better of JJ Club by three wickets in the 1st GC cup being played on Sector-46 grounds here today. LIC won the toss and elected to field. JJ had a good start as their opener Inderjit Singh played a quick fire knock of 40 runs off 28 balls.

Harpreet Sunny who came at first also played a fast knock of 49 off 32 balls. The team scored 153 for seven in 20 overs.

LIC’s medium pacer Munish Nain took four wickets, including a hat trick for 19 runs, which restricted JJ to get a big total.

Replying, LIC openers Sarul (38) and Ravi Inder Singh (26) gave LIC a good start but after their departure three wickets fell quickly.

It was a brilliant effort of all-rounder Navneet Singh 40 off 19 balls and Bipul Sharma 27 off 12 balls that helped LIC chase the target in the 20th over.


JJ Club: 153 for seven in 20 overs, Inderjit 40, Harpreet Sunny 49, Umesh Kera 26, Munish Nain four for 19

LIC Cricket Club: 157 for seven in 20 overs, Sarul 38, Ravi Inder 26, Navneet 40, Bipul Sharma 27, and Gurkirat two for 35



Satluj Public School trounce St Xavier’s
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 2
In a low scoring match, Satluj Public School trounced St Xavier’s School by eight wickets on the second day of the 1st Radhey Shyam Kanojia Memorial Cricket Tournament held at DC Model School in Sector 7 on Thursday.

Batting first, St Xavier’s batsmen had no answer to the bowling of Gurpreet Dhillion and Jaswinder Saini who returned a rich haul of four wickets for just three runs each. Chinmey (11) was the top scorer for St Xavier’s.

Replying, Satluj achieved its target of 42 runs in just 6.1 overs at the loss of two wickets. Mayank Sidhu (19) and Piyush Chiller (11) were the main scorers for the winning team.


St Xavier’s: 41 all out in11.3 overs (Chinmey 11, Gurpreet Dhillion four for three, Jaswinder Saini four for three)

Satluj: 42 for two in 6.1 overs (Mayank Sidhu 19, Piyush Chiller 11 and Vaibhav two for 21).



Probables for Thirty-30 cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Thirty-30 Cricket Federation of Chandigarh today announced parabolas for the upcoming 3rd All-India U-19 National Tournament to be held in Hoshiarpur from July 7 to 13.

Probables of Chandigarh team

Vinay, Rohit Thakur, Aman Sharma, Jatin, Prayas, Anirudh, Dinesh, Raj Aryan, Vikas, Sachin, Lakhwinder, Mohit Garg, Kamaldeep, Rahul Bhatia, Anshul Sharma, Sidarth, Ravinder, Amandeep, Satpaul, Mohit Prasad, Nishant, Dhruv, Rajat, Rahul Sharma, Sahil Nibber, Sonu Kumar, Ashwani, Navjot Singh Ghotra, Lokesh Mehta, Pankaj and Gurjant Singh.

Probables of Haryana team

Gurmeet Singh, Navjot Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Sahil, Umeed, Tafic, Mahik Anija, Nitish, Gaurav Mehta, Amit, Arun, Gurdeep Singh, Mohit Goyat, Lajdeep, Rizwan, Mohit Sharma, Rishab, Prince Sharma, Jaswinder Sidhu, Sonu, Ravi Kumar, Lekhraj, Sumit, Navdeep, Sukhdeep and Gaurav.

All the probables have to report at 3 pm to coach Davinder Singh at Government Modal Senior Secondary School, Sector 40. The camp will be held from July 3 to 5.



NRI honoured for supporting athletes
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 2
Sports, as we all know is in a pitiable condition in our country. Time and again financial problems have been cited as the main reason for India’s poor performance in various competitions.

There are many who are working hard to support players. One such person is an NRI Gurinderjeet Singh Goraya from Canada.

Goyara has provided financial aid to Indian athletes who lacked various facilities and could not afford to continue playing due to monetary problems.

Considering the fact that it is important to acknowledge such die-hard supporters, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Sports Club honoured Goraya at Hotel Mohan Continental 
here today.

Main coach of the Indian athletics team Padma Shri Bahadur Singh and Dr Rajkumar Sharma, director sports, Punjabi University, Patiala, awarded Punjab Khel Ratan award to Goraya. District sports officer Jasbirpal Kaur Brar was also present.

Highlighting the efforts of Goraya, Bahadur Singh said after Mittal Champions Trust, Goraya has given maximum support to the Indian athletes.

He also requested Goraya to support various other Olympians. Dr Rajkumar also admired the fact that the NRI’s were taking keen interest in the upliftment of sports in India.

After receiving the award, Goraya said: “Long time ago an athlete was insulted because of lack of financial resources. I had then taken a resolution that no Indian athlete will suffer because of money. Since then, I along with my friends have been doing everything possible to help players. I have also set up donation boxes in different cities of Canada to arrange for money for sports fund.”

He also announced a sum of Rs 20,000 per month to Amarjit Singh and long jumper Maha Singh for their outstanding performance.

Also Rs 10,000 per month was announced for hammer thrower Deepika Handa, Olympian Mandeep Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Malkit Singh, Shamsher Singh and Devinder Singh. Shot put player Rupinder Kaur, Manpreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur were also awarded Rs 5,000 per month.



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