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HC Verdict
Neelam reinstated as Ambala MC chief
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 30
Former president of the Ambala Cantonment municipal corporation Neelam Sharma was reinstated as its president after the Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled in her favour following a petition filed by her against the Haryana government.

Neelam was elected corporation president on May 5, 2005. A meeting for the consideration of a no-confidence motion against her was moved and a meeting was held on July 27, 2007. The motion was, however, dropped.

Some councillors moved a second requisition for the passing of the no-confidence motion against the petitioner allegedly not performing the constitutional duties.

A meeting for the same was held on March 31, 2009. However, no meeting was held and April 24 was fixed to consider the no-confidence motion. It was found that it was in violation of the rule 72 (a) of the Haryana Municipal Election Rules.

It was alleged that the first meeting was convened on March 31 but no motion could be passed and the second meeting could be held only after a period of six months.

The second contention was that for holding a special meeting for passing a no-confidence motion, at least 15-day notice was needed.

However, the meeting held on April 15, which was in violation of sub-clause 3 of Rule 72.



One killed, two hurt in accidents
Tribune News Service

Lalru, November 30
One person was killed while two others were injured in two road accidents near ITI Chowk on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway here today.

In the first incident, an unidentified motorcyclist was killed after he was hit by a speeding car at ITI chowk.

The injured motorcyclist was shifted to a Dera Bassi hospital from where he was referred to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh.

He later succumbed to his injuries during treatment. The police has registered a case and started further investigations.

In another incident, three vehicles, including a truck, an oil tanker and a tractor-trailer, collided with each other injuring two persons.

The accident led to a traffic jam for over an hour. Vehicles remained stranded in long queues on the highway.

The incident took place when a sand-laden truck coming from Mubarikpur and going towards Ambala hit an oil tanker. It then hit a tractor-trailer. The two persons occupying the tractor-trailer were injured in the accident. The injured were identified as Tarsem Singh and Harjinder Singh, both residents of Lalru.

They were taken to the civil hospital, Dera Bassi, from where they were referred to the GMCH-32 in a critical condition.

Traffic in-charge Parmajit Singh stated that the vehicles were removed from the road with the help of a crane to restore the movement of traffic.

The police said a case would be registered after recording the statements of the injured. Further investigations were on.



Fear of ‘ghosts’ keeps students away
Attar Singh
Tribune News service

Patiala, November 30
Fear of ghosts “haunting” the senior secondary school at Lang village on the outskirts of the town has been keeping schoolchildren away from the school.

The school, which is located along a cremation ground, was build with funds raised by villagers. Every farmer owning one-acre holding contributed Rs 100 and a neat amount was collected for raising the school building.

Another sum of Rs 2 lakh was sent by Swaran Singh Tiwana, an NRI, which helped villagers raise the school building.

However, villagers said, instead of locating the school at a proper place, the then panchayat members built it along the cremation ground.

When the school building got ready, there were rumours that the school was haunted. After that, not only children but even teachers stopped going to the school.

The first inauguration of the new building was held in March, 2003 by Tiwana, while another faction of villagers got the school building inaugurated by former SGPC chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra on May 14, 2003. The inauguration plaques of the two were still intact. The school building came up in 2003.

In 2006, Member of Parliament Preneet Kaur inaugurated work on the renovation of the cremation ground on September 11, 2006.

However, the story of ghosts in the school building had been discounted by village elders.

They said group politics among villagers was the root cause behind such rumours.

They said the truth was that the school was located at a distance from the village and as such there were fewer number of students on its rolls.

District education officer (secondary) SK Verma said she had no information about the school building being haunted.

She asserted that the school had been functioning normally and nothing of the sort had been brought to her notice.

She said she had visited the school on November 24 and found everything in order.



3G mobile service at Kalka
Our Correspondent

Kalka, November 30
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced its 3G mobile service here. Stating this, Raj Kumar Nigah, divisional telephone engineer (DTE), said the department had recently launched services in Kalka and its vicinity.

Latest equipment related to the services had been installed at the Kalka telephone exchange three months ago.

The BSNL had already started 3G mobile services in three cities of Haryana — Ambala, Karnal and Hisar. Other cities of the state were also being connected with the service, he said.

With the starting of the service here, BSNL subscribers would now get high speed broadband, live TV, video conferencing, net surfing, movie and music download, online gaming and online business facilities, he added.

Various prepaid and post-paid plans with nominal tariff had also been introduced under the 3G service.



Residents resent installation of mobile tower
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
A section of residents of the Batan Lal road, Mandi Gobindgarh, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner in protest against the installation of mobile tower in their locality here today.

Some representatives from ward Nos. 3 and 4 also accompanied the residents and brought their problem to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner.

The area residents alleged that the generator installed below the tower building created a lot of noise during power cuts.

The residents said a large number of people residing in ward Nos. 3 and 4 were upset at the installation of the tower for some time.

They also submitted a letter supported by area councillors.



MC to spend Rs 1.42 cr on development
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 30
Municipal council president Amarjit Singh Satial today said Rs 1.42 crore would be spent on 41 development works in Ropar. He stated this at a meeting of municipal councillors.

He said out of 44 works, 41 had been approved at the meeting and the money would be spent on the execution of these works soon.

The major development works to be initiated soon include construction of the Saini Bhawan road, new street at ward No. 6, sidelining of the Bhaseen road, new electricity points at Garden Colony.



Cong protest against Jagerewala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
Senior Congress leader and former vice-chairman of the Punjab Forest Corporation Kulwinder Singh Lovely today lashed out at Shamsher Singh Jagerewala, who allegedly set up a woman against former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, by saying that Jagerewala was playing into the hands of SAD leaders.

A demonstration was organised by Lovely and his supporters at Saifabadi Gate today where protesters burnt effigies of Jagerewala.

Addressing a gathering, Lovely said the former Chief Minister had nothing to do with the woman, Ranjit Kaur, who, he claimed, was set up by Jagerewala and senior SAD leaders. Lovely sought a probe against Jagerewala so that people could know the truth.

Recently, Ranjit Kaur had claimed at a press conference that Capt Amarinder Singh had a relationship with her.

Lovely claimed that Jagerewala had taken a huge amount from certain SAD leaders to set up the woman against Capt Amarinder Singh.



Amar Singh elected bank body chief
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
Amar Singh was unanimously re-elected president of the Associate Banks Officers’ Association (ABOA) at the triennial conference of the association at Bangalore from November 28 to 30. He will stay in the office till 2012.

In a message, he expressed his gratitude for the support of all officers of the State Bank group.

He also congratulated the officers for the successful wage revision settlement. Those employees who had retired after the date of pension regulations (1995) to date would also be given another option to join the pension scheme.

He said he would strive for the welfare of officers in associate banks.



13 hired by merchant navy firm
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 30
Thirteen students of IET Bhaddal campus were selected in merchant navy by Omega Maritime Management Services, Ahmedabad.

Out of these, six got placed as navigating officers, five as electro technical officers and two as graduate mechanical engineers. Dr JS Kanwar, head, training and placement, said 38 students were short-listed during the placement drive.

After the final medical examination, 13 students succeeded. Satyajit Sen, training and placement officer, said selected students would undergo on board ship training of eight months during which they would get an annual package of Rs 2.7 lakh to Rs 4.8 lakh. IET CEO Ravinder Singh congratulated the students.



Mathematics contest
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
Genius GP-MAS, ABACUS training institute for career counselling organised an annual mental math competition at Sri Guru Harkishan Public School.

In the 3rd and 4th standard class group, Amisha Tiwari from St Peters bagged first prize, Aadish Garg from Bhupindra International School won second prize, and the in 4th and 5th standard class group Piyush Goel from Play Ways bagged first prize, while Harsimran Kaur from Guru Harkishan Public School won the second prize. In the 6th, 7th and 8th standard group Navpreet Singh from Shri Guru Harkishan Public School got the first prize while Jaskirat Singh and Sandeep Kaur from Shri Guru Harkishan Public School, along with Nivlep Kaur from Apollo Public School won the second prize.



Classical music fest from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
The faculty of arts and culture, Punjabi University, has initiated different projects for the promotion and preservation of Punjabi culture under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh.

For the fulfillment of this objective, the university has decided to organise the classical music festival annually in memory of Rababi Bhai Mardana, a musician companion of Guru Nanak Dev, from December 2 to December 4 at the Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala.

In the classical music festival, Singh Bandhu, Surinder Singh and Manu Seen, Pandit Ramakant, Dr Nivedita Singh, Dr Harvinder Sharma, Arun Kumar Jha, Pandit Yashpal and Shaminder Pal Singh will give their representation.



Athletics meet
Harparkash claims top spot in 100m
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 30
Sacred Souls’ School organised an inter-house athletics meet on the school premises.

Director of the school Gurpal Singh was the guest of honour. Various events like discus throw, high jump, javelin throw and shot put were organised. Harparkash Singh bagged the first position in 100m race. Principal Meenakshi Ahlawat distributed prizes to winners.

Prize distribution function

Rising Public School, Kharar, organised its annual prize distribution function.

Captain Harpal Singh, a philanthropist, presided over the function and honoured toppers of various classes for the session 2008-09. Principal Swaran Kaur highlighted achievements of the school. Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion.



Basketball Tourney
Patiala beat Fatehgarh Sahib
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
Patiala defeated Fatehgarh Sahib 84-50 in the 16th Punjab Senior Inter-District Basketball Championship held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadar Engineering College.

In the first quarter, the score was 18-16. Patiala team was leading by just two points, while in the second quarter, Patiala consolidated their lead by 16 points.

In the second match, Sangrur district girls beat Muktsar 43-28. The third match was played between Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, wherein Jalandhar beat Hoshiarpur 79-59.

The championship was inaugurated by Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti. Final matches will be played on December 2.



Patiala lads win gold in TT
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 30
Patiala U-12 boys team clinched a gold medal in the recently concluded Punjab and Inter-District Table Tennis Championship in Ferozepur. The team was honoured by the Patiala District Table Tennis Association.

Paramjit Goyal, president of the association, appreciated players for their efforts.

Harmanpreet Singh, secretary, Manik Raj Singla, treasurer, Shailender Pandov, Sohan Lal Garg, SDO, Harpreet Singh, Ramesh Chand and VK Gulati, technical adviser, were present on the occasion.



Man gets life term for murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A local court today sentenced an accused to life imprisonment for murdering a woman in 2000. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg sentenced Satwinder to life imprisonment under Section 302 of the IPC and asked him to pay a fine of Rs 1,05,000 under various sections of the IPC, including Rs 50,000 under Section 302, Rs 10,000 under Section 392, Rs 25,000 under Section 460, Rs 10,000 under Section 468 and Rs 10,000 under Section 471.

The court has also sentenced his accomplice, Lalit, to one-year imprisonment under Section 411 of the IPC along with a fine of Rs 10,000. The court had earlier convicted the duo on November 25 while one Nirmal was acquitted since the charges against him could not be proved. Sukhdev Kaur, a resident of Sector 38, was found lying in a pool of blood at her residence on September 14, 2000.

The three accused had visited Sukdev Kaur when she was alone at her home and killed her. They then robbed her of gold ornaments and fled. Later, Lakhbir Kaur, daughter of the deceased, came back home and saw her mother lying in a pool of blood. She immediately called up the neighbours who then called the police. During investigation, it was revealed that her relative, Satwinder Singh, had committed the crime. His arrest led to the police to the other two accused.

Lalit Kumar is a Ludhiana-based jeweller to whom the accused had sold off the victim’s jewellery.



5 held for running paying guesthouses illegally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh police today arrested five persons for running paying guest accommodations in the city illegally.

Sources in the Sector 19 police station said a special drive was conducted to check the illegal practices being carried out by certain paying guest accommodations. The police conducted raids in Sectors 18, 19 and 20. The police found that the owners of the five accommodations had not furnished details about their lodgers.

The police has arrested Ajit Singhy of Sector 20, Jaspal Singh of Sector 19, Kewal Krishan of Sector 18, RK Baweja of Sector 19 and Narinder Sharma of Sector 21 after registering separate cases under Section 188 of the IPC against them.



Man held for adultery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The police has arrested a resident of Sector 37 on the charges of adultery and criminal intimidation.

The police said Deevnesh Sharma of Sector 49 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Ravinder Singh had been casting an evil eye on his wife. He also alleged that he caught Ravinder in a suspicious condition at his residence last week.

A case under Sections 497 and 506 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Cars stolen

Tarlok Nath of Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump in Sector 22 reported that Ram Kumar of Uttar Pradesh hired his Tata Indica car (CH-02-2234) on August 22 to go to Chintpurni. The accused drugged his driver Balbir Singh en-route and took away the car.

A case has been registered.

Meanwhile, Dinesh Khandelwal, a resident of Sector 44-A, reported to the police that his Maruti car (DL-2C-B-9211) was stolen from outside his residence. The police has registered a case at the Sector 34 police station.

Charas seized

The police has arrested Ram Jeevan Yadav of Mohali from near the transport lights point on Sunday while allegedly carrying 1.5 kg of charas. A case has been registered.


Vijay, a resident of Sector 26, reported to the police alleging that Meg Singh, Raj Kumar, Raju, Birpal and Parsadi Lal, all city residents, had beaten him up near Darua last night. He was injured in the attack and was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. A case of rioting and criminal intimidation had been registered.

Liquor seized

The police has arrested Chander Pal of Sector 53 while allegedly carrying 85 quarters of country-made liquor on Sunday. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.



Shaheed Udham Cricket Series
Blue Star edge past Dutch team
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
In spite of the 126 run partnership for the second wicket between J Stokkers and E Szwarczynski, the Netherlands (KNCB) team lost the match to Blue Star Cricket Club (BLCC) by 14 runs in the first Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Cricket Series being held at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here today.

Fine bowling spell by Amit Uniyal, Harkrishan Kali and Gauravjeet of Blue Star club resulted in slow run rate in the Dutch innings during the first five overs besides dismissing captain S Allema for duck at the score of eight. Even though trio of Szwarczynski, Peter Borren and Tom Grooth tried to push up the run rate during the last minutes of their innings, their efforts failed to fructify.

Harkrishan Kali, the Netherlands team captain, scored 40 runs off 35 balls, however, he was brilliantly caught by Mudassar Bhukhari. The sixth wicket partnership of 66 runs between Mandeep Singh and Mohinder Kalia was the main feature of Blue Star club batting.

After winning the toss, Blue Star club elected to bat first and were all out in 39.3 overs with 204 runs on the board. Vipul Chauhan (21), Harkrishan Kali (40), Mandeep Singh (53) and Mohinder Kalia (30) were the top scorers for Blue Star club, while M Bukhari (3 for 22) and Mark Jonkman (2 for 36) were the main wicket takers for the Netherlands team.

In reply, KNCC, who were required about 5.1 runs per over, started the innings on a weak note, as their opening batsmen failed to make runs in the first six overs. After the dismissal of S Allema, E Szwarczynski joined J Stokkers and took the score to 134. However, after the dismissal of Stokkers, who was run out by Vipan, the wickets started to fell at regular intervals. Even though the Netherlands team had four wickets in hand, they failed to speed up the run rate due to the accurate bowling spell of the BLCC bowlers and could score only 190 runs for the loss of six wickets in stipulated 40 overs.

J Stokkers (53), E Szwarczynsky (68) Peter Borren and Ton Grooth (19) were the top scorers for the KNCC team, while Amit Uniyal (3 for 20), Jaskaran (1 for 40) and Jan Alam (1 for 40) were the main wicket takers for the BLCC team.

Earlier, former cricketer Yog Raj inaugurated the match. The second one-day match between BLCC and the Netherlands team will be played tomorrow at the same venue.

Brief scores:

BLCC batting: All out for 204 in 39.3 overs.

Extras: NB 3, W 10 byes 1 and leg byes 6 (total 20).

Vipun Chauhan C Tom B Bukhari (21), Gouravjeet C Borren B Westxijik (15), Satvir Singh C Allema B Bukhari (5), Harkrishan Kali C Bukhari B Kashif (40), Mandeep C Borren B Jonkman (53), Harpreet (LBW), P Seelar (3), Mohinder (LBW), T Gruijters (30), Amit Uniyal C Tom B Jonkman (8), Jaskaran B Bukhari (8), Harpal (run out), Borren (1), J Alam (not out 0).


M Bukhari (7.3-2-22-3), Westdijik (4-0-26-1), Mark Jonkman (5-0-36-2), Peter Borren (2-0-15-0), Pieter Seelaar (8-0-24-1), Mohd Kashif (8-0-47-1) and Tim Gruiter (5-0-27-1).

KNCC batting: 190 for 6 in 40 overs.

Extras: NB 6, W 5, byes 1 and leg byes 7 (total 19).

S Allema B Uniyal (0), J Stokkers (run out), Vipan (53), E Szwarczynski B Alam (68), Peter Borren B Uniyal (19), Tom Grooth C Mohinder B Jaskaran (19), Bhukhari B Uniyal (1), Tim Gruiter (not out 3), M Jonkman (not out 3).


Uniyal (7-2-20-3), Jaskaran (8-0-40-1), Harkarishan (8-1-27-0), Jan Alam (7-0-40-1), Vipun Chauhan (3-0-20-0), Harpal Singh (4-0-20-0) and Gouravjeet (3-0-9-0).



Harleen first in kho-kho
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
Genius Public School, Sector 69, organised its annual sports day on the school grounds here today. Tiny tots participated in various events like back race, Tom and Jerry race and flat race.

Other events included kho-kho, badminton and football.

Winners of junior wing are:

Tom and Jerry race (boys): Ishworjot 1, Jitiesh 2 and Anmolpreet 3.

Girls: Lavanya 1, Brinda 2 and Samiksha 3. Flat race (boys): Jaskaran 1, Karanpreet 2 and Armaanpreet 3.

Girls: Pranchi 1, Suman 2 and Sharan 3.

Back race (boys): Meekain 1, Chiranjeev 2 and Raman Gupta 3. 100m race (girls): Savita 1, Jiya 2 and Sukhdeep 3.

Winners of senior wing are:

100m flat race (boys): Lal Babu 1, Nitin 2 and Rishabh 3.

Page finding race (girls): Parneet 1, Meenakshi 2 and Gursimrat 3.

Three-legged race (boys): Aaneesh1, Simranjeet, Amanpreet and Chirag 2 and Harkaranjit and Karanbir 3.

Spoon potato race (girls): Muskan 1, Simranpreet 2 and Amandeep 3.

Back race (boys): Achint 1, Opinder, Jashan 2 and Parth 3.

Book balancing race (girls): Kirandeep 1, bhavya 2 and Simarjeet 3. Badminton match: Puneet and Jaspreet, Muskan and Naman. Kho-kho match (girls): Harleen 1, Tamanna 2 and Manpreet 3.



Skating meet from Dec 5
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
The District Roller Skating Association of Panchkula will organise a two-day District Roller Skating Championship at the Skating Rink of Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 15, from December 5.

Th selected skaters will represent Panchkula in the Haryana State Roller Skating Championship. Entry forms are available at skating centres.

Players must send their entries by December 3.



Sidhu brothers clinch golds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Advocate Gurjiwan Singh Sidhu (75) and his brother Pargat Singh (65) have won gold medals in the 30th Punjab Masters Athletics Meet held at the Sports Complex, Gurusagar Mastuana, Sangrur.

The athletics meet concluded yesterday. Gurjiwan won three gold medals in shot put, discuss throw and hammer throw in the 75 plus category, while his brother Pargat clinched two gold medals in shot put and hammer throw in the 65 plus category.

Gurjiwan has also bagged three gold medals in shot put, javelin throw and discus throw in the 23rd Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championships-2009 and two gold medals in the 30th Annual Track and Field Championship in Singapore.



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