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Five injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 24
Five persons sustained injuries in an accident, wherein, two scooters and a car collided. One of the injured is said to be in a critical condition. The accident took place near Bansa Wali Chungi on the Kharar-Chandigarh road at around 2.30 pm.

All injured were rushed to Civil Hospital, Kharar, and the police impounded the accident vehicles. As per the police, first, two scooters coming from Kharar side collided. Even before they could know what had happened, a Maruti car coming from the rear hit them.

The collision with the car made both scooterists lose their balance and they fell down. One of the scooterists, identified as Gulbir Singh, from Sector 29, Chandigarh, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Kharar civil hospital. He was further referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

The other scooter had two occupants, who were taken to some private hospital in Kharar. Occupants of the car have been identified as Punjab State Electricity Board JE Bhajan Singh and his companion Jarnail Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib. They too sustained injuries.

The police said both of them seemed to be in an inebriated state and refused to move from their place even after 15 to 20 minutes of the accident. The police had to force them to come out of the car and took them to the hospital.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, January 24
Thieves decamped with cash and gold jewellery worth lakh from three houses at different localities in Dera Bassi on Saturday night. According to the police, Sushil Kumar of Mohan Nagar alleged that he along with his family had gone to Delhi to attend a marriage function.

When they returned on Sunday morning, they found the door locks broken and the house was ransacked. He alleged that gold jewellery weighing 140 grams and cash worth Rs 2 lakh were found missing. In another incident, Sarabjit Kaur of the same locality had gone to Delhi to drop her daughter at airport. The tenants living on the first floor of the house told the police that on Sunday morning, they noticed the lock of the house broken.

The owner of the house has been informed about the theft, the police said. Maam Singh of Shakti Nagar alleged that when he returned from Yamunanagar on Sunday morning, and found gold jewellery missing.



Colourful performances mark R-day rehearsal
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 24
With only two days left for Republic Day the city wore a festive look. Security has been beefed up with the police patrolling all major streets leading to the Polo Ground, where function would be held.

All students and staff members deputed for the final Republic Day rehearsal arrived at the venue early in the morning today amid thick fog. DC Deepinder Singh, accompanied by SDM Gurmeet Singh, turned up at 9 am and presided over the function.

Members of the Punjab police, ITBP and other forces paraded in the ground and saluted the chief guest. A group of girls with swords in their hands were the main attraction. The flag was hoisted by the DC at 9:58 am.

Students from different schools performed various cultural items in the bone chilling cold. However, many visitors were not able see the performances due to the fog.

‘Giddha’ and ‘bhangra’ dances were performed by college girls and boys, respectively. PRTC employee Manjinder Singh Bagga along with two colleagues displayed various stunts that kept the audience spellbound.

Among other dignitaries present on the occasion were SP Narjinder Singh Sekhon, DPRO Ishwinder Singh Grewal, DEO Surinder Kaur Verma and AEO Jagtar Singh Tiwana.



IBM picks 11 students of Bikram College
Tribune Reporters

Patiala, January 24
Computer giant IBM selected 11 students during a placement drive at the Government Bikram College of Commerce on Thursday. Dr Narinder Kaur, dean of placement, research and counselling, said a placement drive was launched by IBM (BPO) at the college under the guidance of principal Satinder Kaur.

Dr Narinder said as many as 150 students of BCom and PGDCA were interviewed by the company.

Dr Narinder also said last year WIPRO, Dell and Mahindra and Mahindra had selected a number of students from the college.

Aryans Group of Colleges

Banur: Tata AIG Life shortlisted nine students of Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) during a campus placement drive organised on the college campus.

A pre-placement talk was held in which a team of experts addressed the students and answered their queries. The talk was followed by a group discussion and personal interview. At least 110 MBA students participated and nine of them got selected.

Guru Gobind college

Kharar: Aegon Religare from Chandigarh visited Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology to conduct campus interview of CSE, IT, ECE, ME, EE and MBA students passing out in July, 2010, for marketing and sales jobs for various locations.

Several students participated in the placement drive. A pre-placement talk was arranged by the company.

Selected students will join the company in July. Surinder Pal Singh Sachdeva, chairman of college, congratulated the shortlisted students.

Indo Global Colleges

Kharar: A joint campus placement drive for students of electronics and computer science was organised by Vibrant Worx Tech Serve at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur.

At least 350 students from various engineering colleges, including Lovely Professional University and Panjab University, participated in the drive.

The drive started with a pre-placement talk followed by a written test and a group discussion in which 44 students were shortlisted.

As many as 14 students cleared the final selection after interviews.

Also, a joint campus placement drive for CSE, ECE, MBA and MCA students was also organised by Spectraforce Technologies at the college.

Around 400 students from various engineering colleges across north India participated in the drive.

Doaba Group of Colleges

Kharar: Ranbaxy, a pharma company, conducted a placement drive at the Doaba Group of Colleges.

Students of BPharmacy and MBA from the colleges of North India participated in the drive. The placement process started with pre-placement talk. A presentation about job ethics adopted in company offices along with rights and duties of employees was given.

77 BTech graduates get degrees

Mohali: As many as 77 BTech graduates in industrial engineering and management with specialisation in total quality management were given degrees at the first convocation ceremony of PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship here yesterday.

Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, conferred the degrees on the graduates.

Principal secretary, technical education, Punjab, Suresh Kumar was also present.

Institute’s governing council chairman Chandra Mohan was among those who addressed the gathering. Governing council member and institute chairman JS Bedi proposed the vote of thanks.



Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 24
The triennial conference of All-India Allahabad Bank Officers Association, Chandigarh zone, was held here today. Bank officials from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh attended the conference.

KK Dogra, general secretary of the association, inaugurated the conference. Anand Rao, president of the association, and Nirmal Beri deliberated upon the problems faced by bank officials.

Senior officer-bearers of the association Kuldeep Singh, Dilwara Singh, Vijay Singh, OP Gaur and RK Goel dwelt on various issues.



Freedom fighter dead
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 24
Jetha Singh (96), an old war veteran of Azad Hind Fauj residing in Jhampur village, died last evening. He was cremated with state honours at the village today. Jetha’s son Swaran Singh said his father’s health deteriorated on Friday and he breathed his last yesterday.

Swaran Singh said his father went missing in 1948 and came back after seven years.

Jetha Singh was jailed by Japanese army, as he had participated in the freedom struggle.



Two held with pistol
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Two persons were arrested for possessing a country-made pistol and two cartridges at Sector 24 here tonight. After receiving a tip-off, the police laid a naka near Balmiki temple in Sector 24.

Sunil Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, was nabbed during the naka. During preliminary interrogation, he revealed the name of his accomplice Robin of Naya Gaon. The police arrested Robin and seized two cartridges of .315 bore form him. A case has been registered.


Sanjiv Kumar of Sector 46 lodged a complaint with the police that Vishal, Sovit, Rajinder Kumar, Anurag, Manmeet, Karan Bhapa, Dinesh Kumar, Rishav and Gurdeep beat him up at a liquor vend in Sector 46 on Saturday. The police arrested all accused and registered a case of rioting and hurt.



Police yet to nab snatcher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The police has failed to nab the snatcher who struck at several places across the city on Saturday. The police had set up nakas across the city and checked the motorists, but has yet to taste success in nabbing the miscreant who had committed 10 snatchings out which only four were reported.

The police today also got information about a snatching in Sector 15, but later claimed that the call was made by an insane woman.

Yesterday, a youth riding a black-colour Honda Activa scooter indulged in a spate of snatchings. The miscreant targeted his first victim, Saroj Devi, in Sector 22 in the morning and fled with her gold chain. Later Renu, a resident of Sector 15, lost her handbag to him. She got injured and was admitted to the hospital.

In the third incident, Shashi of the Sector 43 CRPF camp became his victim as the miscreant snatched her bag. Later, Komal of Mohali fell prey to the snatcher, who took away her bag from Sector 35. Similarly, Meenakshi of Palsora alleged that she too had lost her purse to a snatcher.



Student held for possessing pistol
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 24
The police has arrested Yash Gujrat, a third year BTech student of Swami Devi Dayal College of Engineering, Barwala, for possessing a country-made pistol. The police said after receiving a tip-off that Yashpal, a resident of Adampur, possessed a firearm, it raided his room in the college hostel and recovered the weapon.

Some of the accused involved in the PC Jewellers heist were from this college only. Several students of the college were booked for using firearms last year.



Inter-Media Cricket Trophy
Dainik Bhaskar lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Dainik Bhaskar defeated Tribune XI by three wickets to lift the Inter-Media Cricket Trophy at Government Model School, Sector 26, here today. After winning the toss, Dainik Bhaskar invited Tribune XI to bat first. Tribune XI got their first jolt when their opener Vikrant (1) was caught by Dhiraj with the scoreboard reading only 23. Vaihbav could muster only 20 runs.

Vijay played a good knock of 31, which contained three boundaries. Awasthi scored 35, which came in 33 balls and four hits to the rope. Tribune XI piled up 131 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs.

For Dainik Bhaskar, Surinder bagged two wickets giving away 15 runs, while Pawan and Umesh took one wicket each for 35 and 8 runs, respectively.

Chasing a victory target of 132, Dainik Bhaskar made 134 for 7 in 17.3 overs. Pawan remained not out at 33, which was laced with four fours. Om Parkash also played a good knock of 33 with the help of four fours. Hemant, who was adjudged man of the series scored 27 in just 17 balls, while Surinder contributed 20 runs.

Vijay was the most successful bowler for Tribune XI, as he bagged 3 wickets giving away 23 runs. Sanjiv and Vaibhav took one wicket each giving away 26 and 28 runs, respectively.

Vikrant of Tribune XI was declared the best batsman, while Hemant and Sanjeev of Dainik Bhaskar were declared man of the series and best bowler, respectively. Rohit was declared the best wicket keeper.

Brief scores:

Tribune XI: 131 for 7 in 20 overs (Rohit 35, Vaibhav 20, Vijay 31, Gagan 27, Surinder 2/15, Umesh 1/8 and Sanjeev 1/24).

Dainik Bhaskar: 134 for 7 in 17.3 overs (Surinder 20, Om Parkesh 33, Hemant 27, Pawan 33 n.o, Vijay 3/23, Sanjiv 1/26 and Vaibhav 1/28).



Punjabi Tigers trounce Sunfire Rockets
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Despite a fine bowling performance by Shubham Sood, Sunfire Rockets lost the match by 41 runs to Punjabi Tigers in the first U-13 Tricity Premier League Cricket Tournament being held at Sector 48 here today. After winning the toss, Punjabi Tigers elected to bat first and scored 130 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Mayank 45 off 42 balls with five fours, Bhav 15 off 18 balls were the top scorers. For Sunfire Rockets, Mayank was the only bowler, who impressed all with his bowling figures of 4 for 18 and was declared man of the match.

In reply, Sunfire Rockets’ batsmen failed to face the tight and disciplined bowling of Punjabi Tigers and could score only 80 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Gurdeep Singh 34 off 36 balls, including four fours and Abhishek 18, including three fours were the only batsmen, who faced the Punjabi Tigers bowlers with some courage.

For Punjabi Tigers, Bhav was the most successful bowler, who took two wickets giving away only two runs.

Earlier, in the first match of the day between HR Royals Kings (LIC) and Rihalz Warriors, latter won the match with a narrow margin of two runs. After winning the toss, Rihalz Warriors elected to bat first and scored 114 runs for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Honey 22 with three fours and Jaskaran 18 with three fours were the top scores. For HR Royals, Harman was the most successful bowler, who took three wickets giving away 22 runs only.

In reply, HR Royals Kings’ batsmen failed to achieve the target of 115 runs and could score only 112 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Sanchit 31 off 36 balls with four fours and Kartavya 17 were main scorers. For Rihalz Warriors, Divyanshu and Aditya were the most successful bowlers, who took three wickets each giving away 18 and 22 runs, respectively. Divyanshu was declared man of the match

Brief scores of the first match: Rihalz Warriors: 114 for 6 in 20 overs (Honey 22, Jaskaran 18 and Harman 3/22).

HR Royals Kings (LIC) : 112 for 9 in 20 overs (Sanchit 31, Kartavya 17, Divyanshu 3/18 and Aditya 3/22).

Brief scores of the second match: Punjabi Tigers: 130 for 9 in 20 overs (Mayank 45, Bhav 15 and Shubham 4/18).

Sunfire Rockets: 80 for 9 in 20 overs (Gurdeep Singh 34, Abhishek 18 and Bhav 2/2).



Chandigarh Football Academy corner glory
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, January 24
Chandigarh Football Academy, Sector 42, outplayed Khalsa Lions of Australia 6-0 in an exhibition football match played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today. Playing without their regular defenders, Melbourne-based Khalsa Lions could not function as a team. Dominating the proceedings throughout the match with their short and quick passes, the CFA took the lead in the third minute through Rajinder.

The visitors then put up a good show before their goal fell again in the 35th minute and the scorer was Gagandeep Singh. The CFA led 2-0 at half time.

Gagandeep against struck in the 60th minute to make it 3-0.

Akashdeep (65th minute), Sumit Passi (70th minute) and Amandeep (80th minute) added one goal each to swell the winners tally.

Khalsa Lions coaches were disappointed with the performance of their players. Coach David O’Connor said, “The 6-0 margin is embarrassing.”

“Khalsa Lions players are on a tour of South East Asia 2010. Before coming here, we played against Umit University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and also against Malaysian U-21 national team. Our team also played in Singapore. The boys have received a good exposure,” said Harjinder Singh.

“Half of the team members are visiting India for the first time. We are scheduled to play in Nurmahal Soccer on January 26 before participating in the Harbhajan Memorial Football Tournament in Mahalpur from January 28 to February 3,” said Harjinder Singh.

The team is accompanied by Satjinder Singh Purewal, Hardeep Singh Garcha, Robert S Ram, Dalvinder Singh Garcha, Harjinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Kuldip Singh Sangha and coach David O’Connor.



Talent Hunt
Six pace bowlers make it to national camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 24
Chandigarh may once again hog the limelight in the cricketing arena as four pace bowlers from the city have been selected for the national selection camp to be held in Delhi in February.

Former Indian player Bhupinder Singh Sr, a national selector for Indian team and coach for Punjab team, along with a panel of selectors, including Sukhwinder Tinku, screened participants to evaluate their pace bowling skills and potentials during a talent hunt organised by a sports drink company at YPS School in Sector 51 here yesterday.

In the under-19 category, Brinder Singh, who plays for Government School, Sector 40, in open and PCA and Newab Singh, who plays for DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, were picked by the selectors.

In the under-22 category, Ajay Kumar of LIC Club, Sector 26, and Maninder Sidhu of Mohali Cricket Association were selected.

The panelists also selected Balwinder Singh of APJ School, Kharar, and Rakesh Gujjar of DAV School, Sector 8, in the under-15 category and will be trained further in the city. The two were also awarded with sports kit.

The zonal round turned out to be a big draw with 750 participants from the tricity showing up for the selection process, involving measuring bowling speed with a speed gun coupled with experts' assessment of action, fitness, accuracy and potential of the bowler.

The selected players will compete with their counterparts selected from other cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and the finalists will go through a structured training-cum-selection session to be conducted by former Indian bowler Manoj Prabhakar and fitness expert Nisha Verma for three years.



Martial Art
Workshop for women from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International, India, will organise a two-day free training workshop for women from January 26. Stating this in a press release here today, the spokesperson for the association, said their main focus was on optimum health and self defence.

The workshop will be conducted under the supervision of Bikram S Thapa, fifth degree black belt, the USA.

He said those interested should register themselves with CKD Martial Art School, SCO 193, second floor, Sector 16, Panchkula. The last date of registration is January 25.



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