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Bank employees observe complete strike
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 16
A massive demonstration was held by bank employees outside the head office of the State Bank of Patiala, here today in protest against the proposed move of the management to merge State Bank of Indore in SBI, Associate Banks and other nationalised banks in the name of consolidation.

On a call given by the All-India Bank Employees Association and the All-India Bank Officers Association a full day strike was also observed throughout the country today. Banking services remained paralysed throughout the region.

The rally was addressed by NK Gaur, general secretary of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation. He said recently the government had decided to take loan of Rs 10,000 crore from the World Bank to subscribe to the capital of public sector banks. Further, this will enable the government to allow equal amount of private capital in the Public Sector Banks (PSBs), thus increasing the influence of private capital in public sector banks.

While addressing the rally Yog Raj Gupta, vice- president of the federation, said the government wanted to amend the Banking Regulations Act and delete Section 12 (2) to remove the present ceiling and provide full voting rights to foreign investors. “Allowing full voting rights to foreign investors in banks will endanger our customers’ money in the banks as our banks will be vulnerable to be taken over by foreign investors,” said Gupta.

SK Gautam, secretary of the All-India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, said despite failure of 132 banks in the USA only in 2009 the government was advancing on the same lines. These policies were merely being implemented under the pressure of World Bank to which the bank employees were opposed, he added.

Sanjay Sharma, secretary, Oriental Bank Officers Association (AIBOA), said banking services were not available even to the common people and out of proposed consolidations and mergers branches would be further reduced. He called upon the bank employees to be ready for the grim struggles in coming future against the government policies being implemented under the pressure of World Bank.



Rice millers in soup as custom milling comes to halt
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, December 16
Rice millers are facing problems as the process of custom milling has come to a standstill due to the ongoing strike of the field staff of the Punjab Warehousing Corporation.

Thousands of employees and labourers working on contract in the rice mills are the worst sufferers as they have no work and this has hit their livlihood.

Nakesh Jindal, press secretary of Punjab Rice Miller's Association, said due to the strike of the field staff, custom-milling process has been completely jeopardised in the state. The rice mills are lying closed and the labourers have no work.

The paddy is lying in the open and they may start rotting if the field staff does not call off the strike.

He said besides the rice millers, the state government would also suffer a huge financial loss, if the custom milling did not start immediately. He said the state government had purchased the paddy by taking loan from the Reserve Bank of India and paid heavy interest on loan.

He urged the Chief Minister and the Food & Civil Supply Minister to intervene and to concede to their genuine demands.

He said the strike had also affected the supply of rice to the central pool. He also urged the field staff to start negotiation with the government so that the industry and the government may be saved from heavy losses.



Passengers hurt as bus collides with gypsy
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, December 16
The Amritsar-Lahore bus yesterday met with an accident near Nalas village on the national highway in Rajpura and its passengers received minor injuries. The bus and a pilot gypsy was also damaged in the accident. The accident took place when a speeding truck moving ahead of the pilot gypsy of bus applied brakes all of a sudden.

The truck, gypsy and the bus collided with each other as the truck applied brakes.

Chaos was witnessed on the road immediately after the accident and bus was delayed for over half hour. The police is investigating the matter.



20 injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 16
Twenty persons were injured in a mini bus accident on the Patiala-Devigarh road, near Nain Kalan village, today.

Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, Deepinder Singh announced that entire treatment expenses of the accident victims would be borne by the district administration. The injured were taken to the local Rajindra Hospital.

The spokesperson of the hospital informed that four of the injured, Darshan Singh of Narayangarh village, Channa and Tejinder Kaur of Urban Estate, Sukhwinder Kaur of Prem Nagar, and Satinderjeet Kaur, were in a critical condition and were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Mandep Kaur (11) of Guru Nanak Nagar, Parminder Singh, Ritesh, Harjeet Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur and Zora Singh were still admitted in the hospital. Others were discharged after treatment.



Rs 2 lakh looted from restaurant owner
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 16
Armed robbers looted Rs 2 lakh from a restaurant owner here tonight According to Sidharth, a resident of Sector 20, he was returning to his house from the restaurant in Mansa Devi Complex in his car when a Honda City blocked his way near the roundabout of Sectors 17and 18.

Two persons came out of the car and snatched Rs 2 lakh from him at gunpoint. They slapped him and said they were accomplices of Whiskey, a criminal. The Panchkula SP got the border of the town sealed. He said there were some missing links in the story of the complainant and the police was verifying his claims as well.



450 driving licences made
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 16
As many as 450 driving licenses were made in a suvidha camp that was organised by the district administration at Handesra here today.

Thousands of persons from rural and urban areas thronged the suvidha camp.

According to information, the department had received applications for 140 ration cards, 130 yellow ration cards, 80 cases of miscellaneous types of pension, 40 electricity load increase cases, 20 shagun scheme cases and 160 farmers were provided with pesticides. About 53 farmers gave applications for subsidy on farm machinery.

The forest department gave away 900 plant saplings for greenery in the town. Besides, five panchayats were given funds for developmental works.



Burail Jailbreak Case
HC refuses to interfere in trial court judgment
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to interfere in the trial court judgment in the Burail jailbreak case.

Two criminal revision petitions filed in the matter have been dismissed by Justice Ranjit Singh.

The Chandigarh administration was aggrieved as the court had discharged the accused under Sections 121, 121-A, 123, 221 and 223 of the IPC.

The other petition was filed by accused DS Rana. Posted earlier as the Burail jail superintendent, he had impugned the order dated April 11, 2005, to an extent and was chargesheeted for offences under Sections 224, 217, 222 and 120-B of the IPC.

Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “The view taken by the trial court is well considered and does not suffer from any infirmity to call for any interference. The court has rightly framed the charges under various sections for which there is material available, which would prima facie be sufficient to order framing of charge under the said sections.”

“Accordingly, the contention raised in the revision on behalf of Rana that they ought to be discharged under these offences can also not be accepted. No cause is made out to interfere in the impugned order.”

The case under Sections 223, 224, 452 and 457 of the IPC was registered after the accused in Punjab’s former Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora, tunneled their way out of the Burail jail.

During the investigation, the superintendent and other jail employees were also arrested on the allegation of helping the accused.

On the basis of evidence, challan was presented against 17 accused. But the trial court discharged CRPF constables, Kashmir Singh and Jagir Singh.

The court also discharged the remaining accused from offences under Sections 121, 121-A, 123, 221 and 223 of the IPC. But jail officials, DS Rana, Dalbir Singh Sandhu, VM Gill, Paramjit Singh Rana, Inder Singh and Nishan Singh, were accused of having committed an offence punishable under Sections 217 and 222 (3rd part) read with Section 120-B of the IPC.

Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “As per well merited reasoning and analysis of the provisions of the offence, the trial court has held that no prima facie case is made out for framing a charge against the accused persons for waging war under Section 121 of the IPC.”



PIL over relief in accident cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
In a public interest litigation (PIL), a city resident has sought directions for amending Section 163-A of the Motor Vehicle Act on payment of compensation to accident victims.

In the petition placed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal, petitioner Bohti Devi contended that the cost of living, as well as minimum wages, had increased manifold since 1998, when Section 163-A was inserted in the Act. But the Central Government has failed to carry out the required amendment despite there being specific provision in the Act. Taking up the issue, the Bench issued notice of motion to the Union of India for January 13, 2010.



Anuradha Murder Case
Key witness turns hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The sensational Anuradha murder case took a curious turn with the prime witness Harish, the deceased’s brother turning hostile today.

Switching from his earlier statements, Harish claimed that he was not present at the Sector 38 residence of his sister Anuradha, when she was allegedly fired at by her husband Baljinder Singh, alias Talla, and thus did not know who actually fired.

Surprisingly, while this case was registered on the statements of Harish only, he turned the tables on the UT police by accusing them of pressurising him to issue his earlier statements claiming that he had seen his brother-in-law Talla firing a bullet that missed Anuradha and hit the door.

It may be noted that Anuradha Sandhu (35), a boutique owner and wife of Baljinder Singh, a leading property dealer from Mohali, was found brutally murdered in her Sector 38 (west) residence on the intervening night of May 17 and 18, 2008. Barely hours after the discovery of the murder, the Ropar police had found the body of her servant, Vijay Pal Singh, alias Nikku, who was initially suspected to be behind the killing.

The next hearing of case has been scheduled for December 22.



One held for stealing battery from BSNL tower
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The police arrested a Mohali resident on the charges of stolen equipment from the BSNL tower.

The police said Varinder Singh of Sector 38 reported that Balwinder Singh of Khanpur village, a taxi driver, had stolen battery from a BSNL tower in Sector 20 during the intervening night of December 14 and 15.

The police arrested the accused, who identified himself as a taxi driver.

He told the police that some persons claiming to be BSNL employees hired his car to transport battery.

The police is yet to trace those persons and recover the stolen battery worth Rs 1.50 lakh.

A case has been registered in Sector 19 police station.


A cyclist Ninder Singh of Sector 56 was injured after being hit by vehicle (HR 03 K 7370) near Himachal Sarai in Sector 24 on December 11. He was admitted to the PGI. A case has been registered.


Himanshu of Sector 27 reported that someone had stolen a TFT monitor of a computer, other accessories like two jackets, a tracksuit, some clothes and other articles from his residence on Tuesday.

A case has been registered.

Scooter stolen

Jaspal Singh of Sector 49 reported that someone had stolen his LML scooter (PB 27 7864) from Sector 26 on December 9.

A case of theft ahs been registered.



Nischay, Fatehdeep in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Nischay Rawal and Fatehdeep Singh have entered semifinals of the AITA Talent Series Tournament in the U-18 boys singles event held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts here today.

Nischay defeated first seed Garry S Amor of the CLTA 6-4, 6-4, while Fatehdeep down second seed Sonam Phuntsok (Himachal Pradesh) 6-2, 6-1. Similarly, Suraj Beniwal of the CLTA beat Manoj 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, while Atul Sri Patel (Uttar Pradesh) beat Manish Kumar (Delhi) 7-6, 6-3.

In the girls U-14, top seed Charvi Saxsena of the CLTA beat Harsimran Kaur (Haryana) 6-4, 6-1. Padamaja Gawande (Maharashtra) beat Simerjeet Kaur (Punjab) 6-3, 7-6. Nikita Bishnoi beat Karishma Mehta (Chandigarh) 7-5, 6-4. Kavita Mishra (Maharashtra) beat Pooja Mourya (Punjab) 6-1, 6-3.

In the U-18 girls event, Nandini Sharma of the CLTA made it to the semifinals by beating Kavita Mishra of (Maharashtra) 6-2, 6-4. Vanshika Sawhney outplayed Priyanka Rawat of (Uttarakhand) 6-3, 4-6, 2-6.

CLTA trainees Sachin Kumar and Dheeranush Bhatti made it to the semifinals in the U-14 boys event.

Results: Girls U-14 quarterfinal: Charvi Saxsena (Chandigarh) beat Harsimran Kaur (Haryana) 6-4, 6-1, Kavita Mishra (Maharashtra) beat Pooja Mourya (Punjab) 6-1, 6-3, Padamaja Gawande (Maharashtra) beat Simerjeet Kaur (Punjab) 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Nikita Bishnoi (Chandigarh) beat Karishma Mehta (Chandigarh) 7-5, 6-4.

Girls U-18 quarterfinal: Gundeep Kaur (Punjab) beat Harkirat K Bains (Chandigarh) 6-3, 6-1, Nandini Sharma (Chandigarh) beat Kavita Mishra (Maharashtra) 6-2, 6-4, Priyanka Rawat (Uttarakhand) beat Vanshika Sawhney (Chandigarh) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Jaspreet Kaur (Punjab) beat Nikita (Chandigarh) 6-0, 6-1.

Boys U-14 quarterfinal: Hardeep Singh Sandhu (Punjab) beat Sumit Pal Singh (Chandigarh) 7-6, 6-3, Jajbir Singh (Punjab) beat Rahul BS (Karnataka) 6-1, 6-2, Sachin Kumar (Chandigarh) beat Ankush Arora (Punjab) 6-4, 6-4, Dheer Anush Bhatti (Chandigarh) beat Dalwinder Singh (Punjab) 6-2, 6-4.

Boys U-18 quarterfinal: Nischay Rawal (Chandigarh) beat Garry S Amor (Chandigarh) 6-4, 6-4, Suraj Beniwal (Haryana) beat Manoj (Haryana) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, Atul Sri Patel (Uttar Pradesh) beat Manish Kumar (Delhi) 7-6 (3), 6-3, Fatehdeep Singh (Punjab) beat Sonam Phuntsok (Himachal Pradesh) 6-2, 6-1.

Boys U-18 doubles quarterfinal: Garry S Amor (Chandigarh)/ Sonam Phuntsok (Himachal Pradesh) beat Sean Yip (Chandigarh)/ Kuwar S Tater (Rajasthan) 5-4 (1), 4-1, Atul Sri Patel (Uttar Pradesh)/ Suraj Beniwal (Haryana) beat Resham Singh (Haryana)/Sohrab Kunwar (Punjab) 4-1, 4-1, Nischay Rawal (Chandigarh)/ Manoj (Haryana) beat Aviraj Kamboj (Chandigarh)/Kamal K Maderana (Rajasthan) 5-4 (1), 2-4, 11-9, Fatehdeep Singh (Punjab)/Bhavtaranpreet Singh (Chandigarh) beat Prithvi Kanda (Punjab)/ Harpreet Singh (Punjab) 5-3, 5-3.



SGGS College clinch gymnastics title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
All-round performance by Hargun Kumar in gymnastics enabled Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) College, Sector 26, win the Panjab University Inter-College Gymnastics (Men) Championship, 2009-10, here today.

SGGS College got the first position with 198.20 points, while PU campus secured the second position with 115.50 points.

Hargun Kumar got the first position in the individual all-round best with 60.90 points, while Govind Bahadur, PU campus (52.80), and Brijesh Kumar, PG Government College, Sector 11 (45.80), got the second and third position, respectively.

Results: Vaulting horse: 1st Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, Hrijesh Kumar, PG GC-11 Chd, and 3rd Lalit Bhandari SGGS, Chd.

Pammeled horse: 1st Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, 2nd Govind Bahadur, PU campus Chd, and 3rd Ajay Kumar, SGGS Chd.

Roman rings: 1st Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, 2nd Bhupesh Kohli, PU campus, and 3rd Brijesh Kumar, PG GC-11.

Parallel bars: 1st Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, 2nd Govind Bahadur, PU campus, and 3rd Lalit Bhandari, SGGS College.

Floor exercises: 1st Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, 2nd Brijesh Kumar, PG GC-11, and Govind Bahadur, PU campus.

Horizontal bar: 1st Govind Bahadur, PU campus, 2nd Hargun Kumar, SGGS Chd, and 3rd Lalit Bhandari, SGGS Chd.



Paramjeet, Pavitra declared best boxers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Paramjeet from Punjab and Pavitra from Chandigarh were declared best boxers in the 17th Senior and fourth Senior Women North Zone Boxing Championship, which concluded here today.

The overall championship in the men section was bagged by Haryana with 35 points and Punjab secured the second position with 25 points, while Chandigarh stood third with 23 points.

In the women section, Himachal Pradesh won the overall championship with 24 points, Chandigarh and Punjab shared the second position with eight and seven runs, respectively.

ML Sharma, director, sports, Chandigarh administration, gave away the prizes and trophies to winners.

Results: Men final: 48 kg: Paramjeet, Punjab, beat Dheeraj Kumar, Punjab; 51 kg

Sunil, Haryana, beat Sunil Kumar, Punjab; 54 kg: Devender, Haryana, beat Deepak Bains, Punjab; 57 kg: Bajrang, Haryana, beat Inderjeet, Chandigarh; 60 kg: Amarjeet, Haryana, beat Karambeer, Chandigarh; 64 kg: Satgur Singh, Punjab, beat Vikas Dhaiya, Chandigarh; 69 kg: Vijay, Haryana, beat Karmlpal, Punjab; 75 kg: Manjeet, Haryana, beat Suresh Kumar, Chandigarh; 81 kg: Parminder Singh, Punjab, beat Sham Yadav, Chandigarh; 91 kg: Vinod, Chandigarh, beat Shakti, Haryana; +91 kg:

Manjeet Singh beat Sarfraj Chaudhay.

Women final: 48 kg: Sudesh, Chandigarh, beat Mamta, Himachal Pradesh; 51 kg: Suman, Chandigarh, beat Ankita, Himachal Pradesh; 57 kg: Pavitra, Chandigarh, beat Sunita, Himachal Pradesh; 60 kg: Pooja, Chandigarh, beat Chandra Pati, Himachal Pradesh; 69 kg: Pinki, Haryana, beat Subdhana, Himachal Pradesh; 75 kg:

Sonam, Haryana, beat Kavita, Himachal Pradesh.



Johny to lead city team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Johny Chand of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will lead Chandigarh in the Junior National Football Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy to be held in Madya (Karnataka) from December 20.

Rakesh Bakshi, secretary, Chandigarh Football Association, said Johny would be captain of the team. He said Gurpreet Singh Bedi and Kulvinder Singh would be the coach and manager, respectively.

Matches will be held between Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal in the preliminary qualifying round cluster II. Chandigarh will take on Himachal Pradesh on December 20, Arunachal Pradesh on December 22 and West Bengal on December 24.

The Chandigarh team comprises Lalruatfela (Chandigarh Football Academy-42), Shubham (DAV-15), Sachin (NPS-18), Samuel (CFA-42), Sandesh (Shishu Niketan-22, Kuldeep (DAV-15), Sandeep (NPS-18), Amit Singh (DAV-8), Sajandeep (CFA-42), Satpal (NPS-18), Vikas Gulia (NPS-18), Robin Singh (NPS-18), Ajay Kumar (DAV-8), Rahul (DAV-15), Ashok Murmu (DAV-8), Subhash (NPS-18), Munish Mundri (DAV-15), Shaminder (DAV-8) and Amardeep Singh (DAV-8).



15 attend coaching camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Fifteen wrestlers, including seven women, are attending a coaching camp being organised by the Panjab University sports department on the campus here today.

These wrestlers are being trained for the All-India Inter-University Wrestling Championship to be hosted by Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut from December 27 to 31.

The probables are being trained by Darshan Lal, coach, Chandigarh sports department, and Ashwani Sharma, coach, Chandigarh Wrestling Association.

Darshan Lal said the probables were working hard to win medals. In the last edition at Rohtak, PU campus had won two gold medals, one silver medal and a bronze medal. Mahabir of SD College will defend his title in the 84 kg title. The team will leave for Meerut on December 26 after the coaching camp concludes on December 25.

Players, who will take part in the championship, include Rohit (50 kg, Government College for Commerce-42), Pardeep (55 kg), Deepak (60 kg), Krishan (66 kg), Manjit (74 kg), Mahabir (84 kg), Sunil (96 kg) (SD College-32), Yogesh (PU campus).

In the girls section, Heena Kaushal (48 kg), Anjana (51 kg) Nity (55 kg) (SGGSW-26), Veer Pal (59 kg), Rajbir (67 kg), Harvinder (72 kg) (Dev Samaj College, Ferozepur) and Heena (63 kg, MCM DAV College for Women-36) will prove their mettle.



Cricket tourney from Dec 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy will organise the League-cum-Knockout Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the Blue Chilly Cup from December 23 onwards.

Players from DP Azad Academy, Mohali Cricket Academy, DAV Academy-8 and Guru Nanak Public School Academy-36 have confirmed their participation in the tournament. After the league phase, semifinal matches will be conducted.

Players born on or before September 1, 1994, are eligible to take part in the tournament.



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