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400 participate in campus placement
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 22
A joint campus placement drive for CSE, ECE, MBA and MCA students was organized by Spectraforce Technologies at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur SAS Nagar. Around 400 students from various engineering colleges across North India participated 
in this joint campus placement.

Spectraforce Technologies (India) offers a powerful suite of information technology consulting and outsourcing services allowing companies to embrace challenges of meeting and exceeding company's IT requirements. 



Dashmesh school students win quiz
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 22
Two students of Dashmesh Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Patiala, have bagged the second prize in a quiz competition organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at Mumbai recently.

The runners up team of the school was represented by Mandeep Kaur and Sarpreet Singh. They were given a cash reward of Rs 10,000 for their achievement. 



Shoes distributed

Patiala, January 22
The Sara Education and Social Society in collaboration with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth and Sports Club organised a programme in which shoes were distributed to 400 needy school students.

The chief guest at the programme was Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) member Dr Satwant Singh Mohi. In his address, he said extending financial assistance to the needy school students in any manner is praiseworthy.

Students of the Patiala College for Education presented items on social evils. — TNS



SHO donates Rs 10,000 to govt school
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 22
In a unique goodwill gesture, the SHO of Shambhu Kalan Police Station, Amanpal Singh Virk, donated Rs 10,000 for providing benches for Government Primary School, Nanhera village, Banur, Patiala, during a visit to the village. While he had gone to the village for some work, he decided to meet the students and see how the school was running.

On his visit, he saw a meeting of the Education Development Committee under the Director General of School Education Krishan Kumar’s scheme ‘Parho Punjab’ was on and the students were giving demonstrations of what all they had learnt. Even he decided to ask a few questions and was happy to find out that the students knew all answers and were very confident.

Rajinder Singh Chani, Patiala district coordinator of Parho Punjab, said the SHO was excited to see the knowledge of students and offered voluntary help for the school.

He had collected Rs 10,000 for langar but when he saw that such intelligent students didn’t even have benches to sit on, he donated the money to the school stating that it was better than organising a langar, he added.

“As a result of Virk’s efforts, even village residents came forward and donated voluntarily for the benches. Besides, SHO Virk distributed woollen jerseys in the school as well. I am glad that the ‘Parho Punjab’ scheme has started showing great results and I am sure that within a short time, our primary schools will be no less than model schools,” said Chani.

Virk also advised the teachers to teach traffic rules to students in the morning assembly.



Car bazaar creates traffic chaos at Chhoti Baradari
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 22
Chhoti Baradari Shopping Complex located in the heart of the city, near the Mall, has become a parking hazard for general public visiting the market.

The Chhoti Baradari was developed as a shopping complex by the Patiala Improvement Trust and was named Beant Singh Shopping Complex.

Soon after being developed in the nineties, during the regime of the Beant Singh government, it attracted scores of corporate houses and banks who set up their offices in the shop-cum-offices in the market.

As it was close both to the Mall Road and the Lower Mall, it attracted a lot of offices also and as of now it has a host of corporate offices, banks, newspaper offices and software companies.

The developers of the market had left big parking spaces for orderly parking and to ensure that there were no traffic snarls. There are hundreds of vehicles parked in the market at any given point of time during the day till late evenings.

Now, the market has been facing a peculiar problem since a car bazaar has come up at the market, which has resulted in hundreds of four wheelers being parked all over the market.

These vehicles occupy not only the parking lots but are also parked outside showrooms and footpaths. The haphazard parking of these vehicles leads of frequent traffic hold-ups and blockades.

Though the car bazaar functions only on Wednesdays, the vehicles continue to be parked almost all days of the week compounding the problem of traffic congestion. The authorities, namely the traffic police and the improvement trust, seem to be ignoring the problem despite frequent public outcries against this problem.

Wary and concerned citizens have sent anonymous complaints to several newspaper offices besides officials of the district administration and the local bodies department, but to no avail. Nobody has come out in open as they fear reprisals from the musclemen of the owners of the car bazaar.

Gurinder Singh Sodhi, estate officer of the improvement trust, said the trust had not received any complaint in this regard so far. He said the improvement trust would initiate action for shifting of the car bazaar and against haphazard parking of vehicles only if it got a complaint from somebody.

Even as the authorities keep on turning a blind eye to this problem, the general public continues to suffer. Real estate dealers say the prices of showrooms in the market had failed to appreciate since it had become a jinxed market that had refused to grow because of the car bazaar and the Sunday market when temporary kiosks are put up all over the parking lot.



Anti-encroachment drive
Members of Hindu bodies block highway
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, January 22
A large number of members of the Hindu organisations of the city today staged a dharna at Thikriwal Chowk here after two temples were damaged in an anti-encroachment drive.

Around 50 police personnel and officials of the municipal council damaged two temples in the city in ward numbers 18 and 25, which were allegedly encroached upon by a section of local residents for the past one month.

The members of Hindu organisations, raising slogans against the MC officials and the Punjab government, demanded immediate restoration of the temples, the walls of which were damaged during the anti-encroachment drive.

Meanwhile, commuters were at the receiving end due to the protest on Thikriwal Chowk. Police officials reached the spot and tried to divert the traffic through different routes of the city.

However, chaos was witnessed in the city due to the protest and members of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu organisations were still sitting on a dharna in the biting cold and demanded immediate restoration of the damaged property of the temples.



Elopement Agitation fizzles out
Tribune News Service

Kurali, January 22
The relatives of the woman, who allegedly eloped with her lover, today called off their agitation against the police unconditionally.

Backed by a handful of religion oriented NGOs, the family members of the woman held a meeting with the police wherein it was decided to pursue the matter legally.

The woman’s relatives said she had falsely produced a marriage certificate stating that she was married to her lover two years ago.

Earlier on January 17, frustrated and angry relatives of the 21-year-old woman from the Brahmin community blocked traffic on the Kurali-Ropar national highway for an hour and subsequently causing jam for more than three hours.

Family members of the woman had alleged that she had eloped with a Muslim man on January 7 and since then none of them had come back. The relatives said they lodged a complaint with the police on January 10 but nothing was done.

Later, they lifted the dharna on assurance from police officials of finding the couple.



Explanation sought from admn on PIL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday asked the UT administration to explain why status report had not been filed on a petition filed in public interest on the hazards faced by people living in the vicinity of the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh also asked the administration to inform the court on the period of completion of the proposed projects.

The directions came on a petition filed by Ominder Singh and others against the Chandigarh administration.

They were seeking directions against the burning of bio-medical waste. Directions have also been sought for the installation of air pollution control device. The coming up of a seven-storey out patient department against the zonal plan has also been challenged.

Notice to HUDA

Taking up a petition filed by Panchkula-based retired revenue official Parma Nand, Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice for March 30 to Chief Administrator of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Deputy Commissioner.

They have been asked to show cause why proceedings under the contempt of court Act be not initiated against them for failing to implement the assurance given to the court on removal of encroachments.

The petitioner had asserted that there were a large number of encroachments on the government land. In spite of representations to the authorities, no action to remove the same was initiated.

After hearing on the petition, Justice Surya Kant had in March 2008 directed HUDA and others to ensure that all encroachments referred to in the PIL be removed by September, 2008, but the same was not done.



ASI gets 2-year jail for graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
A local court today sentenced convicted ASI of the UT police to two years of imprisonment in a graft case.

The CBI special court of Darshan Singh, which had earlier convicted Surinder Pal, accused of taking a bribe of Rs 2,500 in 2007, sentenced him to two years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 5,000. The CBI had arrested Surinder Pal, after he was caught red-handed taking a bribe in his room at the police station-39 on August 21, 2007.

The complainant, Rajesh Kumar, of Ambala had alleged that ASI Surinder Pal had demanded Rs 2,500 from his relative Rajinder Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony, threatening Rajinder with implicating him in a case if they failed to meet his demand. He had told them that there was a complaint against Rajinder in his police station regarding taking money on the pretext of arranging jobs.

He had asked Rajinder to either pay him the money or face charges in the case.



Denial of Admission Form
Carmel Convent files affidavit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
In an affidavit placed before Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Carmel Convent, Sector 9, today gave reason for its stand on denial of admission form to persons other than either of the parents.

The affidavit came in response to a petition filed by NRI Lalit Gupta. The petitioner had asserted that he was in the UK and wanted to get his daughter admitted to lower kindergarten (LKG) in Carmel Convent. But his father, also the child’s local guardian, went to the school only to be denied the registration form.

The affidavit filed by the principal of the school, Sister Maria Christi, stated that according to the process of admission, registration forms for admission to LKG were to be available and were required to be filled and submitted on November 30, 2009 from 9 am to 12 noon.

The notice had contained stipulation that form be filled up in the school itself. In the affidavit, Sister Maria Christi said the registration forms were available, required to be filled and submitted on November 30, 2009, between 9 am and 12 noon.

The school was not selling any prospectus or brochure or admission form. The forms were issued only to the parents in the school. They were supposed to fill it up and information of a minor child could be best provided by either of the parents only, the school reply before the HC further stated.

The affidavit of the school has been placed on record and the Chandigarh Administration has been asked to file its reply in the case by February 2



Two arrested for robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The police arrested two youngsters on charges of robbing a man herelast night.The police said Sandeep Kumar of Maloya, a salesman in furniture market, had lodged a complaint with the police that two knife-wielding youngsters riding motorcycles had robbed him of his wallet containing Rs 3,500 in cash and a mobile phone. He jotted down the registration number of one of the motorcycles used in the crime and handed over it over to the police.

Following a tip-off, the police arrested Suneel Dutt of Kharar from Ropar and on his information arrested his accomplice Ishan Khanna of Kharar.

The accused were today produced before a local court, which remanded them in three-day of police custody.



Valuables stolen from Sec-32 house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Thieves decamped with gold ornaments and other household articles after breaking into a house in a high-security residential colony in Sector 32 here.Vijay Kumar, a resident, reported to the police that a gold chain, five pairs of gold earrings, two gold pendants, a pair of silver bangles, a silver coin and two gas cylinders were stolen from his residence on January 20 during daytime. A case has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Varun Sharma of Sector 15 Panchkula reported to the police that his Ford Fiesta car (HR 03 J 6633) was stolen from Sector 22 minutes after he had parked it outside a house on Wednesday.

He claimed that eight minutes after he parked his car, he found it missing. A case has been registered.


Swaroop Malhotra of Mani Majra alleged that Rs 15,000 in cash were stolen from his residence between January 18 and 20. A case has been registered.


Makim of Mauli Jagran reported that two unidentified persons assaulted and stabbed him in Charan Singh Colony on Wednesday night.

He was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case has been registered.



Three booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The police booked two city residents on charges of duping ICICI Bank by furnishing fake documents to obtain loans.In another incident, a woman was booked for defrauding a Patiala resident by falsely promising to send him abroad.

Gurinder Singh, manager with ICICI Bank, Sector 9, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Gurwinder Singh of Sector 70, Mohali, and Sawheny of Sector 56 had taken a loan to purchase a vehicle by furnishing fake documents.

The police had registered two separate cases of cheating against the accused under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

In the second case, Satnam Singh of Patiala reported that he had given Rs 2.34 lakh to Anu Sharma of Sector-47-D, who had promised to send him abroad.

She neither sent him abroad nor return his money. A case of cheating has been registered.



Accident victim succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
Vishal Kumar, a resident of Sector 70, was killed in a road accident near the ESI Hospital, Phase VII, late last night.The police stated that the incident took place when Vishal was on his way to his house on a scooter. When he reached near the ESI Hospital a speeding Tavera hit the scooter from rear. He fell on the road and sustained serious injuries. A passer-by immediately rushed him to nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during the treatment this morning.

The body of the deceased had been handed over to the family after conducting the postmortem, the police added.

The police said a case had been registered against the driver of the Tavera on the complaint of Satpal Singh, a resident of Sector 70.


SK Tiwari, SDO, telephone exchange, Phase-IV, reported to the police that some unidentified persons decamped with the BSNL telephone wires from Phase IX, near house number 33. A case has been registered.



Woman held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 22
The police claimed to have arrested a relative of former Nawab of Raipur Rani and Morni Hills allegedly for involvement in selling a property fraudulently. The accused has been identified as Birjesh Fatima (50), a resident of Lucknow, who was declared a proclaimed offender in 2005.

According to the police, Fatima had given power of attorney to a Panchkula resident for a piece of land in Morni and still sold the said land to someone else without cancelling the power of attorney. Following this a case under Section 420 of the IPC was registered against her.

After arresting her from Morni, the police produced her in the court from where she was sent to judicial custody.

In the bail application, which is to be heard on January 25, Fatima claimed she was not aware about the case and the police was implicating her falsely.



Guru Ram Dass college register victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, has won the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (men) Evening and Education Colleges Championship held on the PU Campus here today.

In the final match, Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, defeated MD College of Education, Abohar, 2-0.

Earlier, in the first semifinal match, MD College of Education, Abohar, defeated BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, 2-0.

In the second semifinal match, Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, beat Bawa Nihal Singh BEd College, Muktsar 2-0.



Trials for bowlers today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
Former Indian pace bowler Manoj Prabhakar will train pace bowlers to be selected during the Chandigarh Zonal Selection, which will be held at Yadavindra Public School on January 23.Winners of the U-15, U-19 and U-22 categories from each zonal competition will be selected and provided with a structured training-cum-selection session to be conducted by Manoj Prabhakar.

Stating this in a press release today, Manjari Upadhye said trials to select the next fast bowling sensation from Chandigarh would be held on the YPS grounds, Sector 51, at 7 am.

Participants can register on the spot.



Tribune XI to lock horns with Dainik Bhaskar in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Tight and accurate bowling helped Tribune XI beat Dainik Jagran by 10 wickets in the Inter-Media Cricket Tournament being held at Government Senior Secondary School , Sector 26, here today.Tribune XI will take on Dainik Bhaskar in the final match.Dainik Bhaskar defeated The Indian Express by nine wickets in the second semifinal match held at the same venue.

In the first semifinal match, Dainik Bhaskar won the toss and elected to bat first, however, its batsmen failed to face the tight bowling of Tribune team and were all out at 83 runs in 18.4 overs.

Opening pair of Sandeep 17 and Naresh scored 52 runs. After their departure, other batsmen failed to face the fine bowling spell of Vaibhav, Vijay and Sanjay Kalia, who took two wickets each giving away 8, 15 and 12 runs, respectively.

In reply, Tribune XI easily achieved the target in just 12.4 overs without losing any wicket. Vikrant 36 off 43 balls, including five fours, and Rohit 38 were the top scorers.

Brief scores:

Dainik Jagran: 83 all out in 18.4 overs (Sandeep 17, Naresh 24, Ajay 7, Vaibhav 2/8, Sanjay Kalia 2/12 and Vijay 2/15 Runs).

Tribune XI: 84 for no loss in 12.4 overs. (Vikrant 36 not out, Rohit 38 not out).

In the second semifinal match of the day, Dainik Baskar defeated The Indian Express XI by nine wickets.

Dainik Baskar won the toss and elected to field first. The Indian Express was bundled out for 64 runs in just 18.4 overs. Jaipal 17, Chander Shekhar 13 and Kamleshwar 14 were the top scorers.

For Bhaskar XI, Himant was the main bowler, who scalped four wickets giving away only 11 runs. Sanjeev and Pawan were the other wicket takers, who took two wickets each giving away eight and 30 runs, respectively. Excellent wicket keeping by Umesh, who took four catches behind the wicket helped his bowlers scalp the wickets of their opponents.

In reply, Danik Bhaskar achieved the target of 65 runs losing only one wicket in just eight overs. Omparkash’s unbeaten 30 off 22 balls included four hits to the boundary. Hemant 13 not out, was the other main scorer.

Brief scores:

Indian Express: 63 all out in 18.4 overs (Jaipal 17, Chander Shekhar 13 and Kamleshwar 14).

Dainik Baskar: 65 for 1 in 8 overs. (Omparkash 30 not out and Hemant 13 not out). 



Modgill Challengers outplay Pace Riders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
An all-round performance by Yogesh helped Modgill Challengers beat Pace Riders by 46 runs in the First U-13 Tricity Premier League (TPL) Cricket Tournament being held at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.

Modgill Challengers elected to bat first after winning the toss and scored 142 runs for the loss of four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Man of the match Yogesh 38 runs off 34 balls, including five fours, Jaswinder Saini 27 off 26 balls, including three fours, Anshul 24 and Sherry 22 were the main scorers.

For Pace Riders, Parvesh with one wicket for 22 runs was the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Pace Riders failed to even reach the three-figure mark, as Modgill bowlers did not allow any liberty to their batsmen to score.

Resham with unbeaten 27 off 20 balls, including five fours, was the only batsman, who faced Modgill’s tight bowling with some courage.

For Modgill Challengers, Ankit 2 for 16, Yogesh 2 for 17 and Jaswinder 2 for 22 were the main wicket takers.

Brief scores:

Modgill Challengers: 142 for 4 in 20 overs (Yogesh 38, Jaswinder Saini 27, Anshul 24, Sherry 22 and Parvesh 1/22). Pace Riders: 96 all out in 20 overs (Resham 27 not out, Ankit 2/16, Yogesh 2/17 and Jaswinder 2/22). In the second match of the day, quick fire of 46 by Arunam helped Rihalz Warriors defeat Sunfire Rockets by 45 runs.

After winning the toss, Rihalz Warriors elected to bat first and scored 139 runs for the loss of three wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Man of the match Arunam scored unbeaten 46 off 25 balls, which include seven hits to the fence, while Amrit scored 33 runs, including five fours. For Sunfire team, Surya Kanojia with 2 for 22 was the main bowler.

In reply, Sunfire Rockets were bundled out for 84 runs in their stipulated 20 overs. Abhishek Sharma 18 and Sahib 14 were the top scorers. For Rihalz, Honey took two wickets for the loss of 12 runs.

Brief scores:

Rihalz Warriors: 139 for 3 in 20 overs (Arunam 46 not out 4 X 7, 25 balls, Amrit 33 4 X 5, 38 balls , Surya Kanojia 2 for 22).

Sunfire Rockets: 84 all out in 20 overs (Abhishek Sharma 18 4 X 2, 29 balls, Sahib 14 off 23 balls, Honey 2 for 12).

Modgill Challengers will take on HR Royal Kings tomorrow at 12.30 pm.



GNPS-36, APJ Kharar emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, and APJ Kharar, have won their respective matches in the Times NIE-Cremica Inter-School Knock-Out Cricket Tournament held here today.

GNPS, Sector 36, put up a modest total of 317 runs for the loss of one wicket in their stipulated 20 overs.

Quick fire of 184 off 83 balls by man of the match Jaskaran Sodhi helped his team set an unachievable target for his opponents. His total included 34 fours and four sixes. Jaspreet with 59 off 27 balls, including five fours and four sixes, was the other top scorer.

In reply, SWSMP School, Ratwara Sahib, were bundled out at 47 runs in 14.3 overs. Karanjeet 17 and Sukvir 17 were the only batsmen, who faced GNPS bowlers with some courage.

Brief scores:

GNPS, Sector 36: 317 for 1 in 20 overs (Jaskaran Sohi 184 and Jaipreet 59).

SWSMP School, Ratwara Sahib: 47 all out in 14.3 overs (Karanjeet 17 and Sukhvir 17). In the second match of the day, APJ Kharar, defeated Doon International School by 253 runs.

Batting first, APJ Kharar, put up a huge total of 298 runs on the score board losing only four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Man of the match Pankaj Rawat 109 off 5 balls, including 19 fours and four sixes, was the top scorer. He also took one wicket. In reply, Doon School batsmen were bundled out for 43 runs in just 9.3 overs. Jaskirat and Yadwinder scored 11 runs each.

Brief scores:

APJ Kharar: 298 for 4 in 20 overs (Pankaj Rawat 109).

Doon School: 43 all out in 9.3 overs (Jaskirat 11 and Yadwinder 11).



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