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Youth fest at Punjabi University from today
Tribune News Service

Participants during the rehearsal of youth festival in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, October 19
General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College (GSSDGSK College), Patiala, will host a three-day zonal youth festival of Punjabi University, Patiala zone, from October 20 to 22 to commemorate its golden jubilee year.

During the first session, on October 20, Hira Singh Gabria, Punjab Minister of Jail, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, will be the chief guest.

Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president, SGPC, will preside over and Deepinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, will be the special guest.

Gidda, classical dance, creative dance, group shabad, classical vocal, semi-classical vocal, quiz (written), clay modelling, rangoli and on-the-spot painting contest would be organised.

In the second session, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, director education, SGPC, will be the chief guest, Shri SK Ahluwalia, director, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration, will preside over. Ajitpal Singh Kohli, Mayor of Municipal Corporation, Patiala, will be the special guest.

Geet/gazhal, group song, classical instrumental (percussion), classical instrumental (non-percussion) and quiz will be organised.



Freshers take centrestage
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 19
Freshers' party was organised at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital wherein freshers rubbed shoulders with their seniors and held the audience spellbound with their performance, last night.

The audience cheered youngsters during their performance. Bhangra was the star attraction of the event.

Heena and Rohit Batish of MBBS were selected Miss Fresher and Mr Fresher of Gian Sagar Medical College while Vidhi and Ruchir were crowned Miss Fresher and Mr Fresher of Dental College.

They bagged the honours after a three-round performance, which was judged by four senior faculty members.

Waheguru Pal Singh and Gurkirat of MBBS were adjudged Mr Handome and Miss Elegant, respectively.

Yamir and Jaspreet of BDS bagged the honours of Mr Handsome and Miss Elegant of Gian Sagar Dental College.

College toppers from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences were also felicitated on the occasion. Students excelling in the field of sports were awarded medals.

Barinder Bhangoo, chairperson of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, announced that the trust would continue to work for promotion of academic excellence among students.



Teachers’ protest at admn complex
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
Members of the Schedule Cast and Schedule Tribe Teachers Union of Fatehgarh Sahib today raised slogans against the non-fulfillment of their long pending demands at administrative complex here.

Union members discussed their grievances with DEO (elementary) Surinder Singh and started raising slogans against the department.

Working of other departments got affected as employees and senior officials came out of their office after hearing the slogans.

Agitators left the complex after the intervention of Fatehgarh Sahib SHO Devinder Attri, who instructed them not to raise slogans at administrative complex.

Agitating members of the SC/BC teachers union alleged that the recent promotions given to different teachers were not acceptable to them, which were done on the basis of favouritism.

The DEO said all promotions had been done under the directions of the DPI. He said district administrative complex was not a place for agitations and department action was being recommended against those who instigated the agitation, he added.

The Deputy Commissioner listened to the grievances of teachers and assured help, he said.



Paddy heaps pile up in market
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
Failure of some government agencies to lift procured paddy from Sirhind grain market has created a glut like situation in the market.

With lifting season gaining momentum, many farmers have started bringing their produce to the market.

Hitherto, nearly 29,400 metric tonne paddy has been procured at Sirhind grain market. The government agencies have procured 28,885 metric tonne paddy and private traders have procured 13,255 metric tonne (44 per cent) paddy.

Commission agents, who do not have their own sellers are in a fix over the paddy storage. Agents said paddy heaps were piling up in their shops.

“Until the procured paddy is lifted for storage, a new crop

cannot be accommodated,” they added.

Farmers are at the receiving end in the entire process.

President of the District Commission Agents Association Sadhuram Bhattmajra said claims regarding shortage of space were untrue.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner of Fategharh Sahib stated that out of 1.45 lakh metric tonne paddy, around 1.43 lakh metric tonne had been procured and an amount of Rs 84 crore had been given to farmers. The process of lifting and purchasing was going on smoothly, he added.



Shopkeepers remove encroachments on flyover
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 19
The shopkeepers who had encroached upon a piece of land adjoining the under-construction flyover in Sirhind today removed the encroachments on their own.

The encroachers had been occupying the area for the past many years. Nearly 70 encroachers were seen removing their hutments from the flyover today.

Government officials said some of them were still adamant and were not vacating the encroached land.

They would have to leave the government land before tomorrow or face action.

The officials said 10 to 18 feet wide roads would be constructed adjoining the flyover, which is 1080m long and 9.75m wide.

Thirty per cent of the construction work of this flyover had already been completed and the rest would be done before June 30, 2010.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, October 19
Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking into a house at Preet Colony, Dera Bassi last night.

According to police, Rajiv Puri, a resident of Preet Colony, alleged that last night he had gone to meet his relative at Chandigarh along with his family. When he came back, he found the lock of the main door was broken. Thieves ransacked his house and things were scattered all around, he added.

The owner told the police that 13 tola gold jewellery, Rs 22,000 and other valuables were missing.

A complaint has been lodged and investigations are on.



Gurmat sangeet students get scholarship
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 19
A function was organised at Punjabi University, Patiala, wherein scholarships were given to meritorious students of department of gurmat sangeet.

Scholarships are being funded by Sikh Lehar Inc., USA, which provides scholarships for the promotion of qualitative recital of gurbani and its interpretation by the gurmat sangeet department's students.

Dr Gurnam Singh, professor and head, gurmat sangeet, said Sikh Lehar Inc. was making all efforts for the preparation and placement of Sikh preachers, ragis and gurmat sangeet teachers.

As many as 10 students of BA (hons) in gurmat sangeet and five students of MA gurmat sangeet were given scholarships of Rs 9,000 per semester. As many as 84 students have been given scholarships by the Sikh Lehar Inc amounting to Rs 7,56,000.



NRI’s gesture towards players
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 19
With an aim to help sportspersons, Dubai-based NRI Chamkaur Singh has donated five tins of desi ghee and one quintal sugar worth Rs 21,000 to Dalbir Football Academy of Punjabi University, Patiala.

Coach Dalbir Singh said money had always been a major concern for the upcoming players and such gestures motivated players. The academy honoured the NRI.

Coaches, including Manmohan Singh, Ravinder Singh Khalsa, Jasbir Singh, Princeinder Singh, Amarjot Singh and Rajinder Raju were present on the occasion.



Mavleen bags gold in cycling
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 19
MM Modi College, Patiala, won the Inter-College Cycling Championship at Punjabi University, Patiala, here today. Khalsa College players were declared runners-up.

In the pursuit event, Mavleen Kaur won a gold medal and Sandeep Kaur won a silver medal.

In the time-track event, Sandeep won a silver medal, while Mavleen won a bronze medal. Dr Satish Bhardwaj, principal of the college, congratulated winners.



Cops acquitted in corruption case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A special CBI court today acquitted two UT Police head constables facing trial in a corruption case.

The accused, head constables Kuldeep Singh and Balbir Singh, were arrested in November 2005 after they were allegedly caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 from one Surinder Jindal.

The complainant had alleged that the duo had demanded Rs 12,000 from him for favouring him in a case registered against him. He further added in his complaint that the accused had threatened to implicate him in a criminal case if he failed to meet their demands. The alleged deal was reportedly struck for Rs 8,000. Meanwhile, the complainant approached the CBI and lodged a complaint. Acting on the complaint, the CBI laid a trap and claimed to have nabbed the accused while accepting the money at the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

However, Jindal’s version and evidence submitted by the prosecution failed to corroborate the prosecution’s theory, which resulted in their acquittal.



Husband, mother-in-law booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The police has booked husband Manpreet Singh Sandhu and mother-in-law Rajpal Kaur Sandhu of Anmol Sandhu, a resident of Sector 8, along with others on the charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

According to the police, a case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code had been registered on October 12 against Rajpal Kaur and Manpreet Singh and others on a complaint lodged by Anmol.

The complainant told the police that she was having a matrimonial dispute with her husband. She alleged that her husband and mother-in-law had thrown her out the house along with minor children.

They were also harassing her to bring dowry on the pretext of renovating a house.

On December 2, 2008, she wrote a letter to the estate office for registering a transfer of the property (House No 1657 in Sector 7).

She was supplied photostat copies of “unregistered will” prepared at the office of sub-registrar, Dera Bassi, Mohali, this year after four months of the death of her father-in-law GS Sandhu.

She alleged in her complaint that the will was forged by Manpreet Singh, Rajpal Kaur, Rajdeep Singh Sandhu, Brigadier KS Kahlon and Karminder Singh, as her father-in-law had never executed any wil during his lifetime.

SP (city) Madhur Verma said the accused had not yet joined the interrogation and had not given the will they had for examination.



Theft bid at ATM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Miscreants tried to break an ATM of the Dena Bank in Sector 7. Balbir Singh, chief manager of bank, Sector 7, reported that someone had tried to steal cash by breaking the ATM during the intervening night of October 16 and 17.

A case of attempt to theft has been registered. The police said the bank had not deployed any watchman at the ATM.

Caught stealing

Mohammad Yamin of Sector 22 reported to the police alleging that Sunil Kumar of Sector 24 was caught red-handed while stealing his wallet containing Rs 50 and an ATM card from his residence on October 17. The police arrested the accused after registering a case.

Scooter stolen

Dalbir Singh of Sector 19 reported to the police alleging that his Honda Activa scooter (CH-03-R-2321) was stolen from Sahib Singh Parking in Sector 17 on October 14. A case of theft has been registered.


Rahul of New Indira Colony, Mani Majra, reported that Vikas and Bona, both residents of Mani Majra had beaten him up last night. He was admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital. A case has been registered.

In another incident, a city resident, Kusum, reported alleging that Rinku of Colony No 5 along with others had beaten and threatened her near her residence on October 17. She was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police arrested the accused after registering a case against him.


Ashutosh Sharma of Sector 42 filed a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen two gas cylinders and water meter from house No 3928 in Sector 22 a few days ago. A case of theft has been registered.



1 killed, two injured
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 19
A 50-year-old woman killed while two others were seriously injured in a road accident at Zirakpur-Kalka highway here this afternoon.

The deceased was identified as Kailsho Rani, a resident of Mamta Enclave and injured Poonam, daughter of the deceased and a relative were admitted to the Government Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.

The investigating officer (IO) said the incident took place when Kailasho Rani, along with her daughter and a relative, were going to Big Bazaar on Activa being driven by Poonam.

When they reached near the Sun Park hotel, a speedy truck hit their scooter and they fell on the road.

Kailasho Rani, died on the spot after being crushed by the truck, while Poonam and her relative sustained serious injuries.

According to eyewitness, driver was beaten up by angry crowd and later handed over to the police.

Commuters alleged that due to construction work on Zirakpur-Kalka highway, minor accidents were routine affair. They alleged that with the lack of indications on the road, they had faced inconvenience while travelling on the road.

The IO said the body had been sent for post-mortem at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. The driver Balihar Singh was arrested and a case has been registered against him, he added.



Two held for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The police today arrested two persons, who acted as surety for Sunil Kumar, the alleged kidnapper of his two students, as Sunil jumped bail.

Sources in the police said the accused, identified as Pola Singh and Harvinder Singh, both hailing from Ropar, had furnished surety on fake documents. A local court had already initiated the process of declaring Sunil a proclaimed offender after he jumped bail.

According to the police, the Additional District and Sessions Judge summoned the accused, as they had given surety for bail of Sunil Kumar. A perusal of the documents furnished by the accused revealed that Harvinder had furnished a fake identity and someone else’s photograph. Similarly, Pola also submitted fake documents, said the Sector 17 police station SHO.

Sunil was booked in a case after he allegedly kidnapped his two girl students in March 2007.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested the duo after registering a case of impersonation, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against the accused under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.



Body found under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 19
A 45-year-old man was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the Ambala-Kalka railway track in Baltana here this morning.

The deceased has been identified as Tarsem Chand, a resident of Sector 19, Panchkula. The railway police believed that it could be a case of suicide. The family members told the police that Tarsem Chand was in depression.

The police stated that they got the information that a man had died after being hit by the train, after which the patrolling team reached the spot and sent the body to the civil hospital, Dera Bassi, for a postmortem.

The body has been handed over to his family after conducting the postmortem. The police has initiated inquest proceedings in the case.

Tarsem Chand is survived by wife, three daughters and a son.



5 injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 19
Five persons had a narrow escape when a Haryana Roadways bus hit their Santro car at the traffic lights near Mansa Devi Complex on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road here today.

The occupants of the car, identified as Mansa Ram, Narender, Dharmapal, Geeta Ram and driver, were going to Chandigarh from Shimla.

According to information, Mansa Ram had to be taken to the PGI for treatment. While they were waiting for the green signal, the bus hit the car from rear leading to minor injuries to all.

While the injured were discharged after the treatment at the general hospital, the police was looking into the incident.



Top amateurs for Samarvir Sahi golf
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, October 19
Fifteen-year-old Ashbeer Saini from Kapurthala and seasoned city golfer H.S. Kang will call the shots in the absence of the top two players on the amateur golf circuit, Rasheed Khan and Abhishek Jha, in the LG Samarvir Sahi Chandigarh Open, which gets under way on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here tomorrow.

Also in line for top honours among the top 100 amateurs are third-ranked Arshdeep Tiwana from Hyderabad and Ankur Chadha from Delhi.

Ranked third on the merit list, Tiwana has surprised many with a first-round 69 at the Indian Open, but has failed to make the cut thereafter.

The youngster insists that it is all in the mind and promises to make up for it with a win here in Chandigarh after having clinched his maiden title earlier this year in Bangalore at the LG Southern India Open.

But leading the brigade in the young brigade is Ashbeer Saini. Delhi's Ankur Chadha has impressed everyone with a second place at the recently concluded LG Northern India Amateur Golf, the first time he has made an appearance on the amateur circuit.

Chandigarh’s H.S. Kang, winner of the tournament in 2007, believes that the tournament is very open this year.

“You have guys like Ankur and Ashbeer, but at the same time, people like Gagan Verma also have an equally good chance. The race for the trophy is wide open.”

Last year, the winning score was over par and according to Kang, it could go the same way this year.

“The course conditions can be a little up-and-down and that will prove to be testing for players,” said Kang, hoping to crack the code once again at his home course.



St John’s beat DC Model
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
St John’s High School registered their third consecutive victory in the 12th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament by defeating DC Model, Panchkula, by six wickets in the last league match played today.

Electing to bowl, St John’s bowlers bowled a nagging line and length, which never allowed DC Model's batsmen to break free and in the end after a struggle they could only manage 68 runs after consuming 24 of their allotted 25 overs.

Mohit 12, Anmol 12 and Tushar 10 were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Vishnu Srihan (3 for 7) and Rohan Markanda (3 for 13) were the main wicket takers, while Aditya Duggal chipped in with two wickets for 11 runs.

In reply, Ranbir of DC Model bowled a tremendous spell to dismiss three top order batsmen. However, in the end, Shine Sharma 20 and Rehmat Brar 15 not out saw their team through.

Brief scores:

DC Model-68 all out in 24 overs: (Mohit 12, Anmol 12, Vishnu 3 for 7, Rohan 3 for 13); St John’s-69 for 4 in 11.4 overs: (Shine 20, Rehmat 15n.o., Ranbir 3 for 9, Navjeet 1 for 22)

Tomorrow the semifinal match will be contested between St John's and Saupin's at 10 am and APJ vs Greenfield at 1.30 pm.



ITF Tennis Tourney
Parminder wins junior title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Fourteen-year-old tennis prodigy Parminder Kaur registered a victory by defeating top seed Sohniee Ghosh of Mauritius (6-4, 6-4) in the recently concluded International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Tournament held in Colombo on October 16.

Parminder has also won the ITF semifinal in Mauritius, two national seniors, nine super series and six championship series.

Having played nearly 36 AITA tournaments, Parminder has been ranked sixth by the All-India Tennis Association.

Parminder, a student of St Stephen's School-45, said she would be flying to Korea in November to participate in the Grade-I Tournament there and in December, she would go to America for the Orange Ball Tournament.

Manjit Singh, her father and a sportsman, said, “Sports is in her blood and she has to continue it by playing tennis. She practices six days a week and her fitness session is for three hours and game practice session is for five hours.”

“Parminder has postponed her plan to visit Australia for two months with her coach Rajesh Pathania to get training from Micheal Barrow, a famous coach, who has coached Maria Sharapova for three years,” he added.



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