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PTU mulls online examination
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 29
Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, is contemplating conducting its various examinations online. To implement the scheme, the university will first start with the engineering courses. The system will redress the main grievances of students of late results, as the results of online examination will be declared immediately, said Dr Nachatar Singh, advisor to Vice-Chancellor-cum-Registrar, PTU, while addressing students of MBA and hotel management courses at Cordia Institute of Business Management Sanghol recently.

He said the structure of the paper would also be changed to judge the overall knowledge of students and analyse their performance objectively. He said the university was appointing experts to academic as well as administrative positions to improve its working.

Dr Singh interacted with students to find out their problems. Their main complaint was related to the declaration of results in time.

They said results of supplementary examinations were sometimes declared just days before the examination of the semester.

He assured the students of streamlining the system of declaration of results in the future.

Talking to mediapersons, he said for admission to engineering colleges, the CET might not be scrapped in the next session due to certain technical problems.

He said syllabi of different courses would be revised regularly after interaction with the industry, so that students were able to find proper employment. He said the university was setting up three entrepreneurship institutes at Mohali, Bathinda and Amritsar to give adequate training to those who wanted to start their own work.



BAMS doctors hold conference
Tribune News service

Patiala, November 29
A conference “Nimacon-2009” was organised by the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) at Ayurvedic College here today.

While inaugurating the conference, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (public works) Des Raj Dhuga assured BAMS Ayurvedic doctors of all possible help. Dhuga lauded the services being rendered by BAMS doctors.

Dhuga said changing lifestyle was the reason behind diseases like obesity and hypertension.

He assured the National Integrated Medical Association that he would take up the pending demands of doctors with Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the association.

VK Bhalla, additional secretary, health department, said the government was bound to provide proper health facilities to its citizens.

The Health Minister said no organisation could work without a proper leader or head.

VK Bhalla added that his department was always in the forefront to get more and more funds from the Centre to ensure the proper implementation of health schemes.

He added that the sate government had sanctioned a grant of Rs 22 lakh to open an ayurvedic wing in the Government Medical College, Chandigarh .

The conference was attended by a large number of doctors from all over the state. Dhuga also released a souvenir of the association and a book written by Dr Satish Thukral “Nadi Tiar Hai” on the occasion.



Three booked for duping
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 29
On the complaint of one Kamaljeet Singh, resident of Pawala village, the police has registered a case against father and a son and their companion for allegedly sending people abroad by fraudulent means.

The complainant alleged that they took Rs 1 lakh for sending him abroad, but neither did they send him abroad nor did they return the money.

SHO Surjit Singh Dhanoa said Kamaljeet Singh, in his complaint to the SSP, had alleged that the gang was engaged in business of “Kabutar Baji.” They cheated him of Rs1 lakh on the pretext of sending to Germany.

He requested them to return his money, but they threatened him, the SHO added.

SHO said after a thorough probe it was established that Iqbal Singh his father Mohinder Singh, residents of village Neamu Majra, and owner of famous Bhura dhaba on Chuni-Chandigarh road along with Sanjeev Kumar Rana, resident of Mohali, had been running a business of “Kabutar Baji.”

He said the police has registered a case under Section 406 and 420 of the IPC against the three accused.

However, all three are absconding and the police is on a look out.



Pay Scales
Teachers’ union stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 29
The Non-Teaching Employees Union of Modi College staged a dharna outside the principal's office.

Vinod Sharma, press secretary of Modi College Non-Teaching Employees Union, said the protest was against the apathetic attitude of the Punjab government towards their long-pending demands.

President of the union Ravinder Kaur said even after so many demonstrations and strikes, the government had turned a blind eye to their demands.

Even as notification for the implementation of revised pay scales as per the Fifth Pay Commission had been issued, employees in private colleges were deprived of the same. Secretary of the union Sanjay Gupta said they would intensify the stir if their demands were not met.

Ajay Gupta, secretary of Punjabi University wing, Punjab and Chandigarh Non-Teaching Employees Union, said non-teaching employees of all private colleges in Punjab would boycott the house examination, which would be held in December, if their long-pending demands were not heeded by the government.

He added that the union would stage dharnas on December 5, 10 and 19.



Rally against FCI manager
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 29
Bhartiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh, Patiala, along with its allies regional committee Punjab held a demonstration against the dictatorial attitude of regional manager of FCI, Punjab, towards the grievances of the employees of the FCI, Punjab.

A memorandum was also handed over to the officer, which included demands regarding storage loss, transit loss, posting and transfer policy and vigilance cases pending against retired employees. The rally was addressed by district chairman of the sangh, Nachattar Singh and VK Batta, district secretary and Balwinder Singh, district secretary of the FCI Class IV employees union. 



Electric pole damaged
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 29
An unidentified vehicle damaged an electricity pole on Landran road here today.

The electricity wires fell off the pole and sparks kept on emitting from it for some time. Power failure was witnessed in various parts of Kharar after the damage of electricity pole and it was restored in the evening around 4 pm. Traffic got disrupted for the entire day due to repair work of the damaged pole.



Sambhar killed in road mishap
Tribune News Service

The sambhar that was found dead at the Railway road in Ropar on Sunday
The sambhar that was found dead at the Railway road in Ropar on Sunday.A Tribune photograph

Ropar, November 29
A sambhar (deer) was found dead near the Railway road this morning after an unknown vehicle ran over the sambhar.

Some police officials spotted the animal and informed wildlife officials. The wildlife officials said the dead animal was a one-and-a-half-year old.

They added that during winter season, sambhars migrate from hills to flat terrain and at times come too close to the human population.

Meanwhile, on Friday, two deers were found dead in Bhakra canal, while a few days earlier one deer was found dead due to some accident near Ropar.

The dead animals were cremated in Sadavart forest area.



Criminal cases High Court’s priority
Acting CJ doubles Single Benches
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has done what it had not done before, at least in the recent past — almost double the number of Single Benches, hearing criminal cases.The new roster, released by the High Court soon after Justice Mehtab Singh Gill took over as the Acting Chief Justice this afternoon, makes it clear that the Single Benches, hearing criminal matters, have been increased to 14.

 The number is up from previous nine and the matters include anticipatory bails, regular bails and habeas corpus petitions.Besides the Single Benches, three Division Benches will also take up criminal matters. Chief Justice Gill, too, will hear criminal appeals, along with public interest litigations, in a Division Bench he shares with Justice Ram Chand Gupta.

The new roster comes into force from November 30. The move apparently aims at cutting down the delay in the hearing of criminal matters, as it involves the life and liberty of a person.

Available information suggests that Chief Justice Gill is also expected to ask for greater cooperation from the Bar in cutting down the pendency of criminal cases.

The Judges, taking up urgent, motion, admission and regular criminal matters, according to the new roster, are Justice S.S. Saron, Justice Rajive Bhalla, Justice Ranjit Singh, Justice Mahesh Grover, Justice Arvind Kumar, Justice S.D. Anand, Justice H.S. Bhalla, Justice Nawab Singh, Justice Mohinder Pal, Justice Sham Sunder, Justice Rajan Gupta, Justice Ajay Tewari, Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Nirmaljit Kaur.

The roster also makes it clear that Special Benches will take up the cases on Fridays in the afternoon session. It also has something for senior citizens. The roster says, “Cases relating to senior citizens and the cases in which proceedings before the lower courts have been stayed will be taken up on a priority basis, along with remand cases from the Supreme Court”.

Justice Gill’s name for the post of the Acting Chief Justice was cleared on November 27 and he assumed the charge in pursuance to the notification issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice (department of justice).



Old Feud
Auto-rickshaw driver shot at
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
An auto-rickshaw driver of Nayagaon alleged that two youngsters opened fire at him near Khuda Lahora late last night.

In his complaint, 25-year-old Pawan Kumar of Adarsh Nagar, Nayagaon, alleged that Neetu and Bhura of Sector 25 intercepted him and fired a shot at him around 9.20 pm on Saturday.

His hand was injured in the attack and the assailants fled from the spot.

The police said the victim was admitted to the PGI. His medical reports, however, suggested that the injury on his hand was not caused by a firearm. He had told the police that he was having some old feud with the assailants, who fired at him in order to take revenge.

The SHO of the Sector 11 police station said though a case of attempt to murder with common intension under Sections 307 and 34 of the Indian penal code, along with the provisions of the arms Act, had been registered on his statements, yet they were examining the entire incident. They would thoroughly examine his statements and corroborate the same with the sequence of events.

The SHO, however, said the assailants were at large and efforts were on to trace them.



4 arrested for gambling
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
The police arrested four persons for gambling last night here today. The four accused have been identified as Sanjay, a resident of Sector 9, Narender, a resident of Sector 10, Sham Sunder and Madan Lal, residents of sectors 18 and 19, respectively.

A sum of Rs 7,100 was also recovered from the accused.

According to the police, DSP Rajesh Kalia got information that a building in Industrial Area, Phase-I, was being used for gambling. Inspector Jang Sher, SHO of Chandi Mandir, was asked to conduct a raid on the spot, following which the four accused were arrested and money was recovered, said the police.

A case under Section 4, 13 and 67 of the Gambling Act was registered against the four accused.



ICICI Bank XI win by 30 runs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
A valiant batting effort of 82 runs by Gurinder Saini went in vain as his team Yes Bank XI lost to ICICI Bank XI by 30 runs in a league match of the eighth Girish Nayyar Memorial League Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here today.

Batting first after winning the toss, ICICI Bank XI had a very bad start to their innings as Gurinder Saini picked up a couple of wickets on successive deliveries in the third over to reduce ICICI to 14 for 2. ICICI Bank XI lost two more wickets in the next two overs and were left for 26 for 4 in just five overs.

Thereafter, Gurmeet Dhindsa and Baljeet Kalsi put together a partnership of 130 runs to enable the team to get to a respectable total. Baljeet Kalsi a the dominant batsman, as he scored an unbeaten 61 runs off just 51 balls.

His innings included seven boundaries and a couple of sixes. Kalsi scored at will and his wagon wheel of runs was spread all over the ground with the bowlers finding it difficult to reign in the two set batsmen.

Kalsi was well supported by skipper Dhindsa at the other end, who kept on rotating the strike and made sure that Kalsi faced the maximum balls. Dhindsa sneaked in a single or two every over and was sure to hit the lose balls for a boundary.

Dhindsa scored a commendable 37 runs off 45 balls. After the initial tumbling of wickets this partnership of 130 runs put together in 86 balls put ICICI back into a commanding positions.

The ICICI bowlers also played a part in this heap of runs. All the bowlers except Gurinder Saini failed to find their line and length and once Gurinder was taken off the bowling, the Yes Bank batsmen got a free hand to score and the runs started trickling openly.

There were as many as 45 extra runs that Yes Bank gave away in the match. The partnership between Kalsi and Dhindsa and the wayward bowling by the bowlers helped ICICI Bank XI put up a mammoth score of 163 for 6 in their 20 overs of play.

In reply, Gurinder Saini of Yes Bank was in his usual form as he picked up 22 runs in the first two overs itself.

But other batsmen of the team failed to impress with the wickets falling quickly and cheaply. The first wicket fell in the form of opener Rishi, who was caught brilliantly at mid off.

While Gurinder Saini continued to pick up runs at will and scored a boundary or two every over, wickets kept falling at the other end, as none of the batsman could face the bowling attack of ICICI bank XI.

As a result, in an attempt to accelerate Saini was caught out in the 17th over on an individual score of 82 runs off just 61 balls including 10 boundaries and a six.

Baljeet Kalsi also worked magic with the ball as he picked up two wickets and also took the an important catch of Gurinder Saini. Yes Bank could manage only 133 runs in their 20 overs.

Brief scores:

ICICI Bank XI: 163 for 6 in 20 overs. (Baljeet Kalsi 61 not out, Gurmeet Dhindsa 37, Gurinder Saini 3/22 and Amit Vashisht 2/26).

Yes Bank XI: 133 for 6 in 20 overs. (Gurinder Saini 82, Mukesh 25, Akul Juneja 2/9 and Baljeet Kalsi 2/14).

Earlier, Godrej & Boyce XI scored a comprehensive victory over Adwintage Communications Ltd XI by five wickets.

Batting first, Adwintage XI faced the first blow in the very first over when Ajay Bhardwaj took a brilliant catch of Ashish at point.

Thereafter, skipper Madan Joshi too followed suit a little later, as he was bowled by Kulwinder Romy on a score of just three runs. Kulwinder picked up another wicket and ensured that Godrej had a commanding position.

Narender Kwatra was the only batsman, who put up some sort of resistance and scored 32 valuable runs off 67 balls for his team.

Adwintage XI could muster only 114 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 25 overs.

In reply, Godrej & Boyce XI too did not have a very good start as their opener Gurmeet Savi was unfortunately run out in the third over.

This opened some sort of floodgate and then Godrej lost four more quick wickets and were struggling at 53 for 4 in 9 overs. Thereafter, Inderjeet and Narinder Bunty partnered to take the inning forward. Both the batsmen scored with ease and crossed the target in just 16.2 overs with five wickets still in hand.

Brief scores:

Adwintage Comm XI: 114 for 7 in 25 overs. (Narender Kwatra 32, Manish 30, Kulwinder Romy 2/10, Ajay Bhardwaj 2/20 and Vinod Sharma 2/20).

Godrej & Boyce XI: 116 for 5 in 16.2 overs. (Inderjeet 22 not out, Narender Bunty 22 not out, Karan Walia 1/20 and Amandeep Kamboj 1/20).



Noida's Gauri Monga to defend title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 29
Gauri Monga from Noida will defend her title in the 17th Punjab Open Ladies Amateur Golf Championship, which gets underway on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here on Tuesday.

The three-day IGULS-categorised tournament will see a record number of 77 ladies teeing off for the 12 titles at stake in different age and physically challenged categories.

Lady captain Pikka P Singh said the tournament this year had attracted the maximum number of participants from all over the country.

Nearly 55 outstation entries are from Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, Noida and Allahabad. A Korean lady had also sent her entry, but she had to pull out at the last moment on medical grounds.

Delhi's Gurbani Singh, who won the Northern India Open recently, is expected to give a tough challenge to Gauri Monga. The Chandigarh challenge will be led by Rabiya Gill with Akriti Singh of Amritsar also posing a tough challenge.

The senior-most lady teeing off will be 74-year-old Pali Sukarchakia. The youngest participant is 10-year-old Kainaat Singh.

To give a boost to junior golf, the tournament committee has divided the junior division into four categories. They are 15 to 17 (A), 13 to 14 (B), 11 to 12 (C) and 10 and below (D).

The lady captain made a mention of the lukewarm response from the sponsors for ladies golf. "The tournament has failed to get a big sponsor to run the tournament", said Pikka P Singh, but she hastened to thank Markfed, Milkfed, Kingfisher, Punjab Golf Association, Headmasters, Shoe Rack, Signature, Nestle and Spicy Treat for their contributions towards the gift hampers.

She was also grateful to KS Phoolka for donating blankets for the caddies.

The tournament will be declared open with the ceremonial tee-off by Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill on Tuesday. The prize distribution ceremony will be held on December 3. Besides the best gross and best nett winners the prizes will include Challenge Bowl (handicap 13-24), Bronze Plate (25 to 36), Junior Shield and Sub-Junior Trophy, Senior Challenge (55 years and above) and Super Senior Challenge (65 years and above).



Gurdev eyes gold in Sydney
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Gurdev Singh, who was on a winning spree in the Masters Games, including Singapore Masters Athletics Championship and 23rd Malaysian International open Masters Athletics Championship, is aiming to win gold in the World Masters Games Sydney to be held next year.

Gurdev, who had participated in the 70 plus veteran, had won seven gold medals in 100m, 200m and long jump events in the Singapore. He had also won gold medals in the 100m 200m and silver medal in shot-put events at Malaysian Masters Athletics meet. Talking to the Tribune Gurdev said, he had also participated in the 100m sprint at World Masters in Sydney and qualified for the final with a timing of 15.72 seconds.

He said about 30,000 athletes from over 100 countries across the world had participated. He claimed that he never depended on the sports medicine for enhancing his strength. He said, whenever, he was out of the country to participate in the games he tried to gather latest information from athletes of the developed countries. He further informed that he never took fried food and gave emphasis to his diet.

He also guides people in games and athletics in particular, besides, advising them how to cope up with weaknesses, he added.

Gurdev, who is also working as a traffic master in Chandigarh, said he regularly goes to the Panjab University grounds from 4 pm to 6 pm for practice with young athletes, which enables him to gauge his own performance. Besides, he also does weight training to keep himself fit. Retired from Panjab Agricultural University as senior technical assistant, Gurdev said he had to spend about Rs 48,000 from his own pocket to participate in the Masters Games.

He rued that due to government apathy towards the Veterans Games many athletes could not even think of participating in Veteran Games held abroad.



Blue star to face Netherlands today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
The first one-day match between Blue Star Cricket Club (BLCC) and Netherlands team KNCB in the first Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Cricket Series being organised by the Blue Star Club at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium will be played tomorrow.

The KNCC team will be led by Captain S Allema. Other players in the team include D van Bunge, T de Grooth, E Szwarczynski, A Buurman (wicket keeper) L Stokkers, Doc Mol, Mark Jonkman, Maurits Jonkman, Tim Gruijters, Peter Borren, Ryan ten Doeschate, Mudassar Bukhari and Pieter Seelaar.

The BLCC team includes Amit Uniyal, Harkrishan Kali, Vipul Sharma, Mohinder Kaila, Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Sunny, Arvinder Singh Khosa, Harpreet Harry, Varun Sehdev, Amiek Virk, Samandeep, Satvir, Ankush Handa, Saurav Singh, Navdeep Singh Sandhu, Sushant, Gurbakhs Singh, Jarpal Oshan, Aquib Akhtar, Rajat Bhasin, Vikrant Sharma and Mandeep.

Gurbhej Singh Tibbi, president, Blue Star Cricket Club, said Vikas Sharma, Sachin Sharma and BS Bawa would be the umpires and all matches would be telecast live on the national channel DD Sports. Both the teams would play four one-day matches, which would be held on November 30, December 1, 2, and 4, while 20-20 matches would be played on December 3 and 5 under floodlights, he added.



Prabh declared runner-up in tennis meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Prabh Simran Singh Bal, a trainee of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, was declared runner-up in the boys’ U-14 doubles in the recently concluded Cambridge Total Tennis AITA Talent Series in Jalandhar.

Partnering Nihit Rawal, also CLTA trainee, Prabh, a student of Ryan International School, Sector 49, outclassed Abhishek (Jalandhar) and Jaiman (Ropar) in the boys, U-14 doubles final 4-1, 0-4, 1-4. 



Karate camp from Dec 27

Chandigarh, November 29
The Karate-do-Indo-Ryu Association will organise its annual winter karate-cum-training camp at Renuka (Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh) from December 27 to 31.

Trainers with an experience of three to five years can attend the black belt grading-cum-training camp. All aspects of training will be provided during the camp. Those, who are interested to attend the camp can contact RP Singh at 9888713116. — TNS



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