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Empowerment camp for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 29
A farmer empowerment camp was organised to impart training and knowledge in improving crop yield and quality of the produce at Mithapur village today.

The camp targeted 100-150 farmers of the village. Technical resource support was imparted by scientists on four crops — wheat, gram, mustard and tomato. Aspects of irrigation, climatic conditions, manure, fertilisation were discussed and a session on marketing and best practices techniques was held.

Carrefour Group has organised six such camps in the past one year in areas across Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The farmers trained at the camp had been identified by local partner NGO from CBOs/farmers associations, federations, cooperatives and panchayats.

Yannick Douville, director (fresh department), Carrefour (India), speaking at the session said: “These camps are part of our community development programme wherein we aim to accelerate growth of Indian agriculture through niche initiatives. This is an integral part of our plan in India as we have been working closely with local producers, farmers, agricultural cooperatives and manufacturers in an effort to promote agriculture technology amongst the agrarian society. Scientists are invited from eminent agricultural institutes and universities to serve as panel members in these camps.”

The group currently works with about 90 suppliers/farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, directly dealing with farmers for quality production and effective supply chain management.

The various products being exported from India include organic clothing to Europe, fruits and vegetables to Europe and UAE.

Currently Carrefour exports goods worth $ 170 million from India.



Judgement In Triple Murder Case
No one has gained, feel victims’ kin
Tribune News Service

Family members of the three brother (inset) who were murdered at Takipur village, Kurali, in 2006
Family members of the three brother (inset) who were murdered at Takipur village, Kurali, in 2006. A Tribune photograph

Takipur (Kurali), October 29
Amarjeet Kaur can finally sleep, three years after her three sons were brutally murdered at the village. The two convicted in the triple murder case yesterday were sentenced to death and life imprisonment, respectively, by a Ropar court today.

“The sentence has brought some solace to our souls. But the crime has wiped out families of both sides. It was a disaster. No one has gained anything out of it,” she said with a pensive stare.

Amarjeet’s three sons, out of five, were killed by villagers Jagjit Singh and Baljit Singh.

The FIR lodged with the Kurali police stated that when Amarjeet’s sons Ravinder and Balwinder were shot at, they had asked for water before dying.

None of the villagers standing by came forward out of fear of the accused, who had vowed to kill anyone who gave water to the dying men.

Kulwant was married and had a daughter and a son, while Davinder and Balwinder were unmarried. Kulwant’s daughter Harmanpreet Kaur is in class VIII now, while son Gurkirat Singh is a student of class III.

While Harmanpreet has vivid memories of her father, Gurkirat has some faint memories. “He was too young then to know anything,” says his sobbing mother.

Amarjeet’s husband had died barely 10 months before her three sons were killed in one of the worst cases the area had witnessed so far.

“They will lose just one son (Jagjit), I have lost three. No justice can be enough. Still this sentence has given us hope and yet another reason to live,” says Amarjeet, wiping off tears from her face.

Victims’ uncle Baljit Singh, complainant of the case, said: “Three lives lost, two sentenced and two families destroyed just for three kanal and 17 marlas of land.”

Meanwhile, eerie silence engulfed the house of Jagjit and Baljit Singh after today’s verdict.



Round-the-clock medical store opened
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
A Jan Aushadhi medical store was opened at the local civil hospital here today. Medicines at economical prices would be provided to needy patients at the store round the clock.

The store was inaugurated by health systems corporation managing director Raji P Srivastava.

She said it was the 13th medical store in the state and seven more districts would be covered under the scheme.

She said 168 medicines of daily use would be made available at 30 to 80 per cent less than the market prices.

The store would remain open 24 hours. She said medicines would be provided at economical rates at the store as five public sector companies directly supplied medicines to the store.

She said 117 medicines had been made available at the newly inaugurated store here and the rest would be made available shortly.

Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan said a monitoring committee would be formed to oversee the sale of medicines at the medical store.



Punjabi varsity bags overall trophy
Tribune News Service

The Punjabi University team that won the overall trophy in the Punjabi University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival at Patiala
The Punjabi University team that won the overall trophy in the Punjabi University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival at Patiala. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, October 29
Hosts Punjabi University campus emerged overall champions during the Punjabi University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival, which concluded at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hall of the university here today.

They mustered 66 points to be followed by Government College for Girls, Patiala, and Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, by amassing 38 and 16 points, respectively.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh distributed prizes in the presence of registrar Dr SS Khehra and dean (students) Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon, who presided over the two sessions today.

Comedian Rana Ranbir and Punjabi singer Pammi Bai regaled the audience with their performances. Dr Satish Kumar Verma, director, youth welfare, welcomed the guests.

The University Campus teams also established their stranglehold over the overall team championships in theatre, music and fine arts events, while GCG, Patiala, wrested the overall dance trophy.

The much awaited bhangra title was won by the University Campus, who were followed by Government Mohindra College, Patiala, and Government College, Ropar.

The results: overall championship: Punjabi University Campus 1, Government College for Girls, Patiala 2, Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, 3; overall championships (theatre): University Campus 1; overall championship (fine arts): University Campus 1; overall championship (music): University Campus 1; overall championship (dance): GCG, Patiala, 1; bhangra: University Campus 1, Government Mohindra College 2, Government College, Ropar 3; best dancer: Ramanjot Singh (Government College, Bathinda); semi-classical dance: GRC, Bathinda, 1, GRC, Sangrur, 2, Government Mohindra College, 3; classical vocal: University Campus 1, GBC, Faridkot, 2, GCG, Patiala, 3; classical dance: GCG 1, GBC, Faridkot, 2, Khalsa College, Patiala, 3; western solo: GRC, Nabha, 1, GRC, Bathinda 2, University Campus 3; western group song: University Campus 1, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, 2, Khalsa College 3; classical instrumental (percussion): GRC, Sangrur, 1, Government College, Ropar, 2, University Campus 3; classical instrumental (non-percussion): University Campus 1, GCG 2, Chandigarh College of Education, Landran, 3; folk orchestra: University Campus 1, Akal Degree College, Mastuana, 2, Khalsa College, Patiala, 3; skit: Sri Guru Harkrishan Girls College, Phallewal, 1, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Kotkapura, 2, GRC, Sangrur, 3; mime: GCG, Patiala, 1, BZSFS Khalsa Girls College, Morinda, 2, Baba Farid Memorial College, Deon, 3; play: University Campus 1, Government Mohindra College 2, SD College, Barnala, 3; mimicry: University Campus 1, Amar Shaheed BASZS College, Bela, 2, Desh Bhagat College, Mandi Gobindgarh, 3; debate: Chandigarh College of Education, Landran, 1, Jasdev Singh Sandhu Memorial College, Rajpura, 2, Government College, Dera Bassi, 3; poetic recitation: Kirti College, Patran, 1, Government College, Mohali, 2, Desh Bhagat College, Mandi Gobindgarh, 3.



A star-studded affair
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
The three-day inter-zonal youth festival at Punjabi University, Patiala, was a huge affair with various Punjabi stars coming to the city as special guests for the festival.

Satwinder Bitti, also known as the Lata Mangeshkar of Punjab, was one among them.

Born on November 29, Bitti is one of the most popular female voices of Punjab who has not only entertained the audiences in India and abroad, but also contributed a lot in the promotion of Punjabi religion and culture.

She started singing at the young age of five and was admired for her melodious voice and charming personality.

Bitti said she he had done her BSc (non-medical) from MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, and was a national-level hockey player. “I was not just good at studies but was deeply inclined towards sports as well. But when it comes to music, it’s my first love. I think music was God’s gift to me and since childhood, my family members and friends knew I was good at it.”

She started her career with Air India Hockey Federation. It was only when she came back to her native Patiala for work, she decided to take up singing as a profession.

On popularity of Punjabi music, she said: “She was glad that the Punjabi music has finally got its deserved place in the society. Many good singers are coming up and I am glad that female voices are now becoming more popular.”

A die-hard fan of Lata Mangeshkar, Bitti feels that it was important to follow the culture.

Bitti, who has released a number of religious cassettes as well, is all set to launch her next album in January. Throwing light on the project, she says the videos would be shot soon and the album was a mixture of versatile songs.

She was delighted to be a part of the festival and said it gave them the opportunity to re-live their own life and also to be with their fans. Moreover, one learns new things in life everyday and functions like this help us to reach out to the youth, she added.



Pay Scale
Dharna by non-teaching staff
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
On the call given by Punjab and Chandigarh private-aided colleges, non-teaching unions of Khalsa College, Patiala, and MM Modi College, Patiala, staged dharnas in their respective colleges, demanding implementation of new-scales as per the UGC guidelines to non-teaching staff.

Khalsa College’s non-teaching union president Shamsher Singh said the government was discriminating between teaching and non-teaching staff.

“When the government has implemented new scales for teaching staff, then why not for the non-teaching ones?” He questioned.

Moreover, he demanded medical aid and the removal of ban on new appointments in the non-teaching staff, as many posts were lying vacant.

MM Modi College’s non-teaching union president Ravinder Kaur and press secretary Vinod Sharma demanded that the government must accept their demands at the earliest.

Both colleges’ staff members said they would intensify the stir, if their demands were not met.



Taxi operators stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Members of the Punjab Taxi Union Sangharsh Committee stage a dharna at Fatehgarh Sahib
Members of the Punjab Taxi Union Sangharsh Committee stage a dharna at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
Members of the Punjab Taxi Union Sangharsh Committee staged a dharna against the alleged highhandedness of the police here today.

They alleged that policemen deployed at busy intersections and main roads of the state had been harassing them over one pretext or the other and demanding money from drivers.

Despite depositing tax and completing paperwork, the police demanded money from them, they alleged.

The government had also been imposing different taxes on them, burning a hole in their pockets, they added.

Addressing the agitating taxi drivers, SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann alleged that buses being run by bureaucrats and influential politicians were often spared by checking authorities on roads and only small vehicles especially taxis were targeted.

The taxi operators said they would intensify their agitation if their demands were not accepted.



Tribune Impact
Fire Extinguishers

PSHRC seeks report from DC
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken suo motu notice of a report published in these columns today highlighting the apathy of authorities over the use of fire extinguishers in government schools.

Taking cognizance of the report, the commission has sought a report from the Deputy Commissioner as well as the director general, school education, Punjab.

The fire extinguishers provided to various schools of the district have been gathering dust for the past three years as teachers and students are unaware of its use and upkeep.

The teachers and students have not even been imparted necessary training in handling these fire extinguishers by the departments concerned.

The extinguishers have been provided to village schools especially those where food is prepared as part of the mid-day-meal scheme.

At some places, fire extinguishers have not been installed properly, in violation of the guidelines in this regard.

Officials of the education department said lakhs of rupees had been spent on the purchase and installation of fire extinguishers in the district but most of these were gathering dust due to improper care.



One gets death, another life for killing 3 brothers
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 29
One of the two suspects in the infamous triple murder in 2006 in Takipur village in Kurali was awarded the death sentence while another was sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court here.

Delivering the verdict, Ropar additional sessions judge Mandeep Pannu observed “it is the rarest of rare cases wherein the accused had murdered three brothers, committing a heinous, brutal and cold blooded crime”.

The court sentenced Jagjit Singh to death under section 302 & 34 of the IPC, while his brother, Baljit Singh, was awarded life imprisonment. Both suspects are married - while Jagjit has three children, Baljit has two. While the three victims belonged to the Saini community, both the suspects are Jat Sikhs.

On February 16, 2006 Jagjit Singh alias Jiti had a fight with Ravinder Singh and his brothers over a piece of disputed land. An infuriated Jagjit then opened fire at Ravinder with his double barrel .32 bore gun. When the latter’s brothers, Balwinder Singh and Kulwant Singh, intervened to save their brother, Jagjit’s brother, Baljit, joined him and gunned down all the three brothers.

While Ravinder and Balwinder died on the spot, Kulwant succumbed to his gunshot injuries at PGI, Chandigarh.



Car accessories dealer held
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
The Kotwali police today arrested Baldev Singh, a dealer in car accessories and owner of a shop on the Lower Mall, for selling duplicate car accessories of branded products.

Police sources said Gagan Sidhwani, field investigation officer of the EIPR India Ltd, New Delhi, had filed a complaint with the police alleging that a dealer who had been running a showroom, Car Mahal, had been selling duplicate wheel covers of Mercedes Benz cars for sometime.

He had alleged that it had caused loss to the company as duplicate products were being passed off as originals to customers.

The police raided the showroom and recovered 336 wheel covers, estimated to cost Rs 5 lakh.

The police arrested Baldev Singh.

Further investigations were on in this regard.



5 held for robberies
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
The local police today arrested five persons for robberies at various places in and around Fatehgarh Sahib.

In-charge of the local police station Devinder Attri said the accused had robbed people at various places in the district, including a couple near Fatehgarh Sahib. While Harinder Singh of Sangatpur Sodhian village, Satpal and Amandeep, both residents of Chanarthal village, were arrested near Gurdwara Vivangarh, Gurmukh Singh and Karamjit Singh, both residents of Chanarthal village, were arrested near Jyotiswaruup chowk. The police also recovered some robbed material from accused.



PCMS Medical Officer
Health dept to fill all posts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
The department of health and family welfare, Punjab, has decided to fill all 106 posts of medical officer (general) for PCMS grade-1 general category.

The department had earlier announced that 68 posts had been filled and 38 had been kept unfilled.

However, Punjab health secretary Satish Chandra today said it had been decided to issue appointment letters for unfilled posts as well.

“We will write to the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) to send the merit of candidates so that unfilled posts can be filled,” he told Chandigarh Tribune over the phone from Chandigarh.

The candidates who had appeared for interviews had earlier threatened to knock the doors of the Punjab and Haryana High Court if the department failed to fill all 106 posts in general category.



Students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 29
Rayat and Bahra College of Engineering and Biotechnology for Women, organised a blood donation camp.

Gurvinder Singh Bahra, vice-chairman Rayat and Bahara Group of Institutions, inaugurated the camp. Dr Piush Verma, director RBCEBTW, praised Dr MS Mehta, coordinator NSS for making the camp a success.

Blood donors were given certificates, badges and customised mugs as gifts. As many as 110 students donated blood. The visiting doctors and hospital authorities of the Ropar civil hospital praised the enthusiasm shown by students and staff members.



800 students for Aranya fest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
Aranya ’09, techno-management festival, of Thapar University, Patiala, began on the university campus here today.

The entire campus was abuzz with students gearing up for their respective events.

Various workshops and orientations were held in different categories. The fest has already registered over 800 outstation students and more participation is expected in the coming days.

After the sunset, students got into the festive mood. They sang and danced to the tunes of famous Punjabi singer Diljeet. His scintillating performance was followed by rocking numbers of DJ Sanjh.

The night ended on a high with students gearing up for another two days of technical extravaganza.



Media centre launched
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 29
A hi-tech media centre was inaugurated by Punjab Forest Minister Tikshan Sud at Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, here yesterday.

The media centre houses over 10,000 volumes, an electronic reference centre, online subscribed resources, over 30 magazine subscriptions, more than 1,000 video recordings, an extensive classical music CD collection, and a fully integrated television broadcast facility. The studio would regularly broadcast programmes and events locally and internationally on a wide range of topics.

It was also informed that students would be encouraged to make full use of the library media centre to further their study, broaden and deepen their minds.



Tribune Impact
Locked toilets opened
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 29
The students finally had access to the four toilets, kept under lock and key, a day after a report highlighting the issue was published in these columns today.

The authorities concerned opened the washrooms and locked the toilet that was in bad shape.

Principal Krishna Sharma said the washrooms had been locked to prevent outsiders from using these. These were meant for boys and male teachers.

Those meant for girl students were inside the school premises and were always open.



9 hurt in Parwanoo factory fire
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 29
Nine persons sustained burn injuries after a major fire broke out in a factory at Parwanoo here today.

According to sources, fire broke out in unit-1 of Ind-Swift factory in Sector 2 around 5 pm, resulting in burn injuries to nine persons.

The injured were taken to the ESI hospital at Parwanoo. Three of them with serious injuries were later referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The injured shifted to the Chandigarh hospital have been identified as Manjeet, Janeet Paul and Sanjeev Rana. The six others are Sanjeev Kumar, Jagdish Kumar, Gopal, Anuj Kumar, Mohmmed Mumtaj and Diar Chandel.

It took three fire tenders one hour to douse the flames. However, chemical fumes slowed down the rescue operation. The cause of the fire had not yet been ascertained, said DSP Ramesh Pathania.



Rickshaw-puller found murdered

Ambala, October 29
The body of a rickshaw-puller was found in a room near Prem Nagar at Ambala City this morning. The victim has been identified as Ram Lal.

According to sources, Ram Lal was living alone. The neighbours noticed the body in the room this morning and informed the police. There were injuries marks on the face and other parts of the body. The police suspected that someone had stoned the victim to death. The police also recovered a brick from the crime scene.

The police has sent the body to the local civil hospital for a post-mortem examination. SP Bharti Arora and Additional SP Balbir Singh Beniwal also visited the crime scene. The police is investigating the matter. — OC



7-yr-jail for raping personal secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
A local court today sentenced Anurag Aggarwal (30), owner of a Sector 22 loan facilitator company Action Group, to seven years of rigorous punishment in addition to paying a compensation of Rs 50,000 for raping his personal secretary.

Anurag was arrested this January on the complaint of his secretary, who had accused him of raping her at a hotel in Shimla on January 10 after taking her there on the pretext of attending an official meeting. She had joined the company two days ago only.

The victim, a resident of Sector 47, who is in her early twenties, had alleged that Aggarwal, a resident of Panchkula, had taken on the pretext of attending a meeting at Kalka. On reaching Kalka, he told her that the meeting had been cancelled and it would now be held at Shimla.

It was in Shimla that he booked a room and raped her and even threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed it to anybody.

Based on the complaint, the police had registered a case under Sections 323, 342, 354 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code in this connection.



High Court notice to Home Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Taking cognisance of a petition for initiating contempt proceedings against Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai and others, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices for November 26 on a petition filed by six Punjab IPS officers presently holding DIG rank.

The petitioners in the case are Jagdish Kumar Mittal, Ishwar Chandra, Parampal Singh, RP Mittal, NS Dhillon and KS Pannu.

They said the respondent failed to comply with the directions of Justice Permod Kohli issued on May 25 that categorically stated seniority fixed by the state government on September 22, 2008, would continue on induction to IPS and in all subsequent promotions.



Realtor Murder Case
HC stays arrest of 3 suspects till Nov 23
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 29
In a major setback to the Panchkula police, probing the alleged murder of realtor Deepak Rai Sagar, Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted stay on the arrest of three suspects till November 23.

Justice AG Masih also issued notice to the Director General of Police, the Superintendent of Police and the complainant to file their reply.

On October 26, a Panchkula court had dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of suspects Rajesh Thapar, a resident of New Delhi, Brijesh Kapoor, a resident of Gurgaon, and Vinay Kumar, a resident of Panchkula, following which they had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Deepak Rai Sagar, a property dealer, was kidnapped from the town on June 1 and finding no trace in the case, the local police had converted it into a murder case.

Following this, Justice SP Singh at Panchkula dismissed the anticipatory bail plea filed by the three suspects.

On June 1, Sagar had gone to meet Vinay at Maheshpur village in a Skoda Octavia car but failed to return home.

At the High Court, counsel for petitioner Sanjeev Bansal said the court had granted stay on the arrest of the petitioners till November 23, the next date of hearing.

Sameer Sagar, son of realtor Deepak, said his counsel who also appeared before the court would file the reply.



2 of gang involved in robbery bid at school held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The Chandigarh police said it had arrested two members of a gang of robbers in connection with the armed robbery attempt made at Sacred Heart School a couple of weeks ago.

The Sector 26 police station SHO said acting on a tipoff the cops apprehended one Ramji of Sector 56 two days ago. During his interrogation he revealed the names of his other five accomplices. The police had yesterday arrested Mukesh of Sector 56 and learnt that the Mullanpur police had arrested two of their accomplices in connection with a theft case.

The police was looking for the other two members of the gang, including one Raju of Mauli Jagran, who was at large.

It had paraded Ramji and Mukesh before the school’s watchman who had identified both of them.

The robbers had assaulted the watchman leaving him badly injured during on October 12 night. The watchman managed to ring the bell and alerted the school principal, who called the police. However, the robbers fled before the police arrived there.

Located in the vicinity of the two Raj Bhavans and the Police Lines in Sector 26, the robbery attempt in one of the city’s prestigious schools had exposed the law and order situation in the city. The police had drawn flak for not been able to trace the robbers for weeks together.



Motorcyclist held for displaying fake number plates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The police arrested a Mohali resident for allegedly displaying a fake registration number on his motorcycle. It said James of Nayagaon was apprehended near Khuda Lahora on Wednesday while he was riding the motorbike with a fake number plate. After verifying the documents a police team found the registration number had been originally allotted to a Maruti Alto car. A case has been registered.

Man defrauded

Vijay Kanta of Sector 38D filed a complaint with the police alleging one Sohan Lal Arora of Sector 30A had defrauded him by selling his shop on fake documents. A case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy had been registered.


Ajay Singh of Dadu Majra colony reported to the police alleging Anil, Sunil, Sonu and Narinder had beaten him up and threatened him in the colony on Wednesday. He was injured in the attack and was admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital. A case of assault and criminal intimidation has been registered.

Bike stolen

Rajesh Sharma of Sector 23 reported someone had stolen his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (registration no.: HR 03 G 2317) that had been parked in front of his home on October 14 night. A case of theft has been registered.

Caught stealing

Amarjit Kaur of Sector 38West filed a complaint with the police alleging one Sanjiv Kumar of Zirakpur was caught red handed while stealing her scooter from Sector 38-West market on Wednesday evening. The police has arrested the suspect after registering a case against him.



Caterer accused of failing to pay dues

Chandigarh, October 29
Employees of an events management company filed a police complaint against the owner of a catering contractor, Commando Caterers for not paying his dues. In his complaint, Saurabh Aggarwal of Invincible Event Management Co alleged that Kanwaljit Walia, owner of Commando Caterers, had hired 20 girls, ten boys and five supervisors for promotions and for several events including folk dance and reception of foreign delegates.

He alleged Walia had given them Rs 50,000 in advance promising to pay them daily against the bill submitted to him. However, the latter failed to keep his word and had not paid the dues for the past four days. Seeking a legal action against Walia, he claimed the latter had also misbehaved with them, including the girls, and had used obscene language. The DSP (East) confirmed a complaint had been lodged with the police. However, he added the police had told them that complaint concerning nonpayment of dues pertain to the labour court, and they would only look only into complaints that come under the police’s purview. — TNS



Car Thefts
3 of well-off families held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 29
The local police has arrested three youths belonging to well-off families for their alleged involvement in theft of cars in the town. In-charge of police post, Sector 10, Surjeet Singh said the three — Aditya, a resident of Sector 10, his cousins Sumit and Gautam — were planning to steal a car when a police team caught them near a temple in Sector 7 here.

While Sumit lives in Harmilap Nagar, Zirakpur, and runs a public relations agency, Gautam belongs to Dera Bassi. The family of Aditya runs a transport business. The youths have confessed to stealing a Santro car from Sector 7 on Tuesday.



Stephen’s, John’s in soccer meet final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, and St John’s School, Sector 26, stormed into final of the Chandigarh Football Association Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy for U-15 Boys Football Tournament.

The final match will be played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium tomorrow.

Both teams recorded an identical 4-0 victory in the semifinal match played today. Strong contenders St Stephen’s School outplayed newly formed Chandigarh Police Football Academy, Sector 26, while St John’s School outclassed DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. Both the matches turned out to be one-sided affairs.

St John’s lads had virtual total control on the proceedings and fought the battle inside the rival’s territory. Their left-winger lanky Harshit emerged the star performer. Whenever he was in possession of the ball, Harshit spelt danger. He opened St John’s School’s account in the eighth minute after unleashing a powerful diagonal left footer from the left flank, which foxed the entire defence of DAV Senior Secondary School.

His second goal was also a beauty. Following a foul committed by DAV School, a free kick was awarded to St John’s School in the 37th minute. Harshit’s curling hot shot brooked no denial from the DAV School defenders. In between Manraj had scored the second goal for St John’s School.

Sarfraz rounded off winners tally in the 50th minute in a solo effort. Getting possession of the ball near the centre line, speedy Sarfraz dribbled past a couple of defenders before beating advancing DAV School goalkeeper.

St Stephen’s School gave a football lesson to Chandigarh Police Football Academy with their well-organised game. They made their intentions clear from the word go. It was Jimmy, who gave Stephen’s the lead as he capitalised on the goalkeeper’s rebound in the second minute of the game.

Hardly had the cheers of Stephen’s supporters had died when Anshul doubled the margin in the fifth minute. Just before the half time, Suraj Thappa helped Stephen’s take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first half. Jasbir made it 4-0 in the 40th minute to seal the fate of Chandigarh Police Football Academy.



Table Tennis
Aditya makes it to semis
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 29
Top seed and Chandigarh ranked number one Aditya Pandey of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, steered into the semifinal after defeating Haryana number three Kartikay of Gurgaon by 11-5, 13-11 and 11-9 in the boys Under-14 quarterfinal of the Seventh Manav Mangal Open Table Tennis at Manav Mangal Smart School, Sector 64, here today.

Tarak Roy (New Public School-18), Shashwat Somani (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) and Shubhankar Ray (NPS-18) were the others to make it to the semifinal of sub-junior boys category.

In the sub-junior girls category, Pareen (DAVPS-8), Barbie Bajaj (Sacred Heart-26), Somana (NPS-18) and Anu Saini (Panchkula) advanced to the semifinal. In the well-contested cadet boys competitions, Saurya Gupta (St Anne’s-32), Divaksh (DAV-8), Tanmoy Kundu (NPS-18) and Pankaj (St Stephen’s-45) entered the semifinal.

In the cadet girls category, Somana (NPS-18), Yashi (Ludhiana), Bhavya (Sacred Heart) and Pareen (DAV-8) will figure in the semifinal tomorrow.

Results: Sub-junior boys quarterfinal: Aditya Pandey (Manav Mangal High School, Chandigarh) beat Kartikay (Gurgaon) by 11-5, 13-11 and 11-9, Tarak Roy (NPS-18) beat Deevaksh (DAVPS-8) by 11-2 ,11-4 and 16-14, Shashwat Somani (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) beat Shubham Bansal (DAVPS-8) by 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-8, Shubhankar Roy (NPS-18) beat Dinkar Goel (SN-22) by 10-12, 11-13, 11-8, 13-11, 11-6.

Sub-junior boys pre-quarterfinal: Tarak Roy (NPS-18) beat Saurabh Verma (SRS) by 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 and 11-6, Shashwat Somani (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) beat Shubham Vadwa (Ludhiana) by 11-6, 11-9, 4-11 and 11-8, Deevaksh (DAVPS-8) beat Tanmoy Kundu (NPS) by 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 and 16-14, Dinkar Goel (Shishu Niketan-22) beat Mandeep (St John’s) by 11-4, 11-1 and 11-6, Kartikay (Gurgaon) beat Akul (AKSIPS) by 11-3, 11-9, 7-11 and 11-5, Aditya Pandey (Manav Mangal High School, Chandigarh) beat Suchit (Gurukul) by 11-3, 11-4 and 11-7, Shubhankar Roy (NPS-18) beat Pankaj (Chandigarh) by 11-6, 11-6 and 11-9, Subham Bansal (DAVPS-8) beat Harnoorbir Singh 11-7, 11-8 and 11-8.

Sub-Junior girls quarterfinal: Pareen (DAVPS-8) beat Dhriti Sharma (Ludhiana ) by 11-5 and 11-4, Barbie Bajaj (SH-26) beat Alish Grewal (Carmel) 11-9, 11-6, 13-15 and 11-7, Somana (NPS-18) beat Radhika (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) by 11-6, 11-2 and 11-7, Anu Saini (Panchkula) beat Shubhangi (DPS-40) by 11-3, 11-1 and 11-5.

Sub-Junior girls pre-quarterfinal: Anu Saini (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) beat Harmanjeet (Manav Mangal, Mohali) by 11-9 , 11-8 and 11-7, Barbie Bajaj (Sacred Heart-26) beat Yashi Sharma (Ludhiana) by 12-10, 11-7 and 11-5, Drishti Sharma (Ludhiana) beat Kanchi Gupta by 4-11, 11-5, 11-6 and 11-8, Radhika (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) beat Bhavya (Sacred Heart-26) by 11-8, 11-9 and 11-8, Samana (NPS-18) beat Ishita (Sacred Heart-26) by 11-3, 11-3 and 11-2, Pareen (DAVPS- 8) beat Anushka (Sacred Heart-26) by 11-2, 11-1 and 11-4, Alish Grewal (Carmel) beat Anviksha (Manav Mangal High School, Chandigarh) by 12-10, 13-11, 13-15, 11-9 and 11-4.

Cadet boys quarterfinal: Saurya Gupta (St Anne’s-32) beat Saurya Raj (DPS-40) by 12-10, 11-6 and 11-7, Divaksh (DAV-8) beat Sidhant (St John’s) by 7-11 and 11-8, Tanmoy Kundu (NPS) beat Shaksham (Shemrock) by 11-5, 12-10 and 11-5. Pankaj (St Stephen’s-45 ) beat Saurav (St John’s) by 6-11, 11-8, 11-3 and 11-6.

Cadet girls quarterfinal: Samana (NPS) beat Richa (Manav Mangal-21) by 11-5, 11-1 and 11-2, Yashi (Ludhiana) beat Sajal Gupta (Manav Mangal, Mohali) by 11-5, 11-5 and 11-6, Bhavya (Sacred Heart) beat Subhangi (DPS-40) by 11-4, 11-7 and 11-5. Pareen (DAV-8) beat Samridhi (Gurukul) by 11-3, 11-4 and 11-3.



SGGS College record win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
SGGS College, Chandigarh, thrashed LLR Government College, Dhudike, by 8-1 in the Panjab University Inter-College Hockey A Division Tournament (men) being played at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

In the earlier match of the day, GHG Khalsa College beat SCD Government College, Ludhiana, by 2-1 in the last leg of the league matches played today.

The teams, which have entered semifinal of the tournament include SGGS College, Chandigarh, GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, and LLR Government College, Dhudike.



Nandani emerges winner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Nandani Sharma of St Anne’s School, Sector 32, did proud to Chandigarh by winning the girls doubles final in the AITA Championship being played in Dehradun.

Talented Nandani, partnering Shristi Dhanda of Haryana, defeated Karman Kaur of Delhi and Harsimran Kaur of Haryana by 5-3, 2-4 and 10-7 in the girls’ under-12 doubles final. Nandani also stormed into the girls under-12 singles final after defeating Ria Vardhan of Maharashtra in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). She will again face Karman of Delhi in the final as the latter has defeated Yuden of Maharashtra in the second semifinal.



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