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Lawyers protest police inaction
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 2
Lawyers of Fatehgarh Sahib today went on strike after an alleged attack on an advocate and his family members. The lawyers alleged that instead of acting on the complaint of the lawyer the police booked the complainant who received injuries in an attack by a group of persons.

The lawyers accused the police of inaction after an attack on Narinder Sharma, member of the District Bar Association.

Functioning of the courts got disrupted and people faced various difficulties to get their pending works done in the court. President of the association, Devinder Chakkal, said advocate Narinder Kumar, a resident of Khanna, was attacked by some persons residing near his house who also injured other family members.

The police, despite a complaint lodged by the victim, failed to arrest the accused and instead registered a case against Narinder Kumar.

The lawyers said the agitation would be intensified if the police failed to initiate any action in this regard in favour of the injured lawyer.




Foundation day at YPS School
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, celebrated its 62nd annual school foundation day on the school premises here today.

The programme started with “Pagal Gymkhana” games and moved on to a mini fete. The fete comprised of games and food stalls and popular demand request stall.

It was attended by parents and old students of the school. Another highlight was a cricket match played between the present and old students of the school.

Special children from Navchetna, a charitable institution for differently-abled children, were invited to be a part of the function.

The programme rounded off with a lunch hosted by the school for the old students and other prominent guests and dignitaries at the school Nalagarh park.



Parho Punjab awareness rally
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 2
Director of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) Krishan Kumar today took out an awareness rally under the SSA’s Parho Punjab campaign.

A torch was lightened and taken out through various parts of the city and villages, spreading awareness regarding the government’s move.

SGPC member Jarnail Singh Panjoli flagged off the rally from Government Primary School, Panjoli Kalan village.

District education officer (elementary) Surinder Singh said people should educate their children in all circumstances. He added that government was committed to provide free education to children till 14 years of age. “The department has already started the admission process for primary schools. Besides, we are also trying to motivate parents to send their ward for education,” he said.

The rally was taken out through 52 villages and culminated at Chano village in Patiala.



Kids vie for honours in annual sports meet
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
Ryan International School organised its annual sports meet at the Punjabi University’s Raja Bhalender Singh Stadium here.

A large number of students and parents attended the meet. Assistant Commandant, CISF, and national athletics coach Kulwant Singh declared the meet open with students releasing balloons and lighting the torch.

School captain and best athlete took the torch around the stadium followed by a march past by all four houses.

School president took oath on behalf of participants, followed by events like 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and relay races.

For students of classes I to V, races like pick the ball and run, wear blazer, shoes and run, sprints, muffin race, sack race, combine relay races were organised.

Montessori children regaled the audience with their musical drills and fun games like rabbit hop race, ball hunt race, hurdles race, etc. Colourful drills using pom poms, ribbons, frills, dumbbells, etc. were also conducted.

A tae kwon do presentation was given by students wherein they showed fighting and rolling skills and broke bricks using hand, feet and forehead.

King Shivaji (green house) was adjudged the best house, followed by King Akbar (yellow house).

DSP Pargat Singh, gold medallist (kabaddi) and olympic basketball player TS Sandhu, principal of Shahi Sports College of Physical Education, Samrala, gave away prizes to winners and participants of the meet.

Sandhu lauded the efforts of students and teachers.



25 foreign girls learn tae kwon do skills
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 2
A two-day tae kwon do camp for foreign girls, who had come to the school as part of student exchange programme of Playway Highway School, concluded here last evening.

Around 25 girls attended the camp conducted by coach Satwinder Singh. Satwinder and national champions from the town demonstrated various self-defence techniques during the camp and performed stunts. The coach highlighted the importance of learning self-defence techniques, especially for girls.

He said with a rise in crime against women, it was all the more important for them to learn the techniques. The girls were given tips about blocks, punches, throw, locks, etc. Breaking the marble with bare hands and forehead were the other techniques displayed during the camp. The girls later gave a demonstration of the skills acquired during the camp.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru, February 2
A motorcyclist was killed after being struck by a speeding truck on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway here this morning.

The deceased was identified as Jamat Ali (22), a resident of Saidpura village, Dera Bassi. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The incident took place around 8 am when Jamat Ali was on his way to Dera Bassi from Lalru on his motorcycle. Upon reaching near the PSEB office, the truck rammed into his motorcycle from the rear and he fell on the road.

A passer-by took him to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

The tipper driver managed to flee from the spot after hitting the vehicle.

The investigating officer said the body of Jamat Ali had been handed over to his family after conducting the autopsy. A case has been registered against the tipper driver.



Two bookies arrested with Rs 1.3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 2
The police today arrested two bookies involved in betting on the cricket match between Australia and Pakistan. The accused have been identified as Ram Lubhaia, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh, and Baljeet Singh of Sirhind City.

Police officials said the accused were arrested on a tip off and efforts were on to get more details about betting over cricket matches.



HC asks Carmel to furnish land details
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Carmel Convent-9 authorities to furnish details of the land procured from the UT administration and the price paid for it.

It also directed the school to supply an admission form to a Sector 19 resident and also consider his daughter for admission. The court passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by Lalit Gupta, who alleged that the school refused to issue the admission form for LKG to his father for his daughter while he was abroad.

The HC also asked the school to give information on benefits received from the administration, while fixing February 16 as the next date of hearing.

The administration also filed its reply and prayed for the issuance of general directions to all schools and educational institutions, whether minority or majority, aided or unaided and government or private. This was to ensure against similar arbitrariness or oppression of children and their parents or guardians in future.

The UT said refusal to give the registration or admission form to anyone except parents was unacceptable and could not be justified.

The UT said in the present case the school fixed only a day for the registration, that too for three hours. Two or three days must be given to submit the forms. In order to bring transparency, schools should have open registration for admission followed by a draw of lots.

“Uniform guidelines needs to be laid down to ensure that admission facilities are available to society at large without any discrimination or restriction, especially when private schools are taking recognition from the administration, on the basis of which affiliation is extended by the board concerned,” the UT said.



Cancellation Report
SHO case to be taken up today
Sonika Bhatia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
A local court will take up the matter pertaining to the cancellation report of a criminal case against Chandigarh police SHO Ram Gopal tomorrow.

Madhur Verma, who was the investigating officer in the case, had recommended the cancellation of the FIR against him.

There were heated arguments between both parties at the court of judicial magistrate Mahesh Kumar today.

Verma said the investigation was complete and the case should be closed as everything had been verified.

Verma stated that the certificate had to be signed by the International Yoga Federation president, the Italian Yoga Federation president and the Yoga Federation secretary, but could not recall the other two names.

He affirmed that the federation had clarified that the mail sent to Hardit Singh, one of the complainants, in reply to the enquiry about the certificate, had been wrongly worded, which confused them.

About the language printed on the certificate, Verma said, “The federation has replied that the certificates were printed in Italian, but had been filled by different persons during the event.”

He stated that the federation had clarified to them that the Argentine team had won the overall championship and the Indian team comprised Bal Mukund, Ram Gopal and Upender Arya.

“Sub-inspector Lakhwir Singh was sent to Delhi to record Bal Mukund’s statement. He had accepted that Ram Gopal was one of the participants. Upender Arya was not available for the comment,” Verma said.

Defence counsel Harish Bhardawaj said according to rules, no witness had to sign his statement under Section 161 and the statement had been taken while the enquiry was going on and not after the FIR was lodged.



21 district police chiefs appear
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
As many as 21 district police chiefs appeared before Justice Harbans Lal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The orders summoning them had followed their failure to submit affidavits on the procedure followed by the police in criminal cases involving juveniles. Justice Ranjit Singh, on December 17, had directed senior Superintendents of Police of all districts in Haryana and Punjab to submit an affidavit. Though more than 20 SSPs from both states submitted affidavits, several other SSPs failed to do so and were directed to appear personally.



House owner, tenants booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The police has booked the owner of a house in Sector 34 along with his tenants for violating prohibitory orders following a dispute.

Sector 34 police station SHO Udheypal said Sadhu Singh, owner of the house, had a dispute with two tenants, following which the matter was reported to the police.

It was found that Sadhu Singh had given portions of his house on rent to Rajesh Kumar for Rs 18,000 and to Ashwani Kumar for Rs 14,000 per month, but had not submitted the mandatory information about his tenants to the police.

Both Rajesh and Ashwani had been running paying guest accommodation on the rented premises.

Rajesh had accommodated 12 girls after charging Rs 3,500 each from them while Ashwani had taken Rs 3,600 from nine girls.

While Sadhu Singh was booked under Section 188 of the IPC, Rajesh and Ashwani were booked for criminal conspiracy and violating prohibitory orders.

Two hurt

A pedestrian, Ram Lok of Sector 28, was hit by a motorcycle near a petrol station at Sector 28 on the Madhya Marg on Monday. He was admitted to a hospital.

In another incident, a motorcyclist, Pardeep Kumar of Sector 29-C, was injured when he was knocked down by a Scorpio (CH04B-7004) in Sector 26 on Monday.

He was admitted to a hospital. The police arrested Jai Parkash of Sector 26 and registered a case.



One held for theft bid at judge’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
A Sector 25 resident was caught red-handed while allegedly committing a theft at the residence of Shyama Dogra, member judicial Central Administrative Tribunal in Sector 24-D.

The police said the reader of the judge, RL Gupta, reported to the police alleging that Vinod Kumar, a sweeper from Sector 25, was caught red-handed while trying to steal an air conditioner from the judge’s residence last night. The police arrested the accused and registered a case.

In another incident, Aruna Chaudhary of Sector 8 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen five gas cylinders, a gas stove, two regulators, a bed sheet and Rs 500 from her residence between January 29 and 31.

Similarly, Dev Deep Chaudhary of Sector 4, Panchkula, filed a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his Tata Indica (PB 03 S 1189 (T)) from Sector 34-A on January 25. Two separate cases have been registered.



Inter-School Tournament
Suryavansh takes Vivek High home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Valiant century by Siddharth Gupta could not keep Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, afloat as they lost their match to Vivek High School, Sector 38, by 22 runs in the Times-Cremica Inter-School Tournament here today.

After winning the toss, Mount Carmel elected to field first. Vivek High School, despite losing all their wickets in 17.1 overs, managed to amass 181 runs.

Suryavansh Chadda impressed with his batting performance and was declared man of the match, as he hit all around the wicket scoring a blazing 95 runs off just 53 balls. He remained at the crease, hitting 13 hits to the fence besides lofting five sixes, even as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals at the other end.

Chasing a victory target of 182 runs, Mount Carmel could only manage 159 runs in their stipulated 20 overs. Siddharth Gupta was the only batsman to face Vivek bowlers with some courage and hammered 105 runs off just 65 balls, which included 14 fours and four sixes. He also scalped one wicket.

In the second match of the day, all-round performance by Abhilash helped St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, by 58 runs.

After winning the toss, Government School put St Stephen’s School into bat. St Stephen’s scored 186 runs for the loss of three wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Abhilash remained unbeaten on 44 runs off 17 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes, while Udit scored 46 off 41 balls, including six fours and one six.

Chasing a victory target of 187 runs, Government School failed to face some tight and accurate bowling by St Stephen’s bowlers and were bundled out for 120 runs in 16.2 overs.

Abhilash was the pick of the bowlers, claiming two wickets. He was declared the man of the match.

Brief scores: First match: Vivek High School: 181 runs all out in 17.1 overs (Suryavansh Chadda 95).

Mount Carmel: 159 runs in 20 overs (Siddharth Gupta 105).

Second match: St Stephen’s School: 186 runs for three in 20 overs (Abhilash 44 runs n.o, Udit 46).

Government School: 120 runs all out in 16.2 overs (Abhilash 2 wickets)

Tomorrow’s fixtures: DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh versus Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, at 9 am; Government Model Sanskriti School, Sector 20, Panchkula, versus APJ Kharar at 1 pm.

Both matches will be played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh.



Malwa College fencers make a killing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Malwa College, Bondali, Samrala, won the Panjab University Inter-College Fencing (Men) Championship with 48 points, edging out PU Campus Chandigarh, SGGS College, Mahilpur, and SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, to second, third and fourth places, respectively.

Malwa College won gold medals in foil, epee and saber events enabling the college clinch the championship.

In individual events, Deepanshu, Joginder and Mandpreet of Malwa College won gold medals in foil, epee and saber events, respectively.

Brief results: foil team event: 1 Malwa College, Bondali, Samrala, 2 SGGS College, Chandigarh, 3 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and PU Campus, Chandigarh.

Epee team event: 1 Malwa College, 2 PU Campus, 3 SGGS Mahilpur and SGGS Chandigarh.

Saber team event: 1 Malwa College, 2 SGGS Mahilpur, 3 PU Campus and SGGS Chandigarh.

Foil individual event: 1 Deepanshu, 2 Rajinder (both Malwa College), 3 Ippaldeep (SGGS, Mahilpur) and Varinder (SGGS Chandigarh).

Epee individual event: 1 Joginder (PU Campus), 2 Manpreet (Malwa College), 3 Sarbpreet (PU Campus), and Rajinder (MC).

Saber individual event: 1 Manpreet (MC), 2 Joginder (PU Campus), 3 Deepanshu (MC) and Ippaldeep (SGGS Mahilpur).



Kapil drives APJ School to victory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
A fine knock of 48 runs not out by Kapil helped APJ School Kharar beat St Vivekanand School Zirakpur by 32 runs in the Satluj T20 Champions Trophy at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here today.

Electing to bat first, APJ School scored 140 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Kapil Punia 48 not out, Balwinder Singh 31 and Sarthak 30 were the architects of the APJ innings.

For St Vivekanand School, Sachin was the pick of the bowlers, who restricted APJ batsmen from putting up a massive score by taking two wickets for just eight runs in his allotted four overs. Malkit was the other bowler who took two wickets after giving away 20 runs.

In reply, St Vivekanand School failed to achieve the target in view of some excellent bowling by APJ bowlers. St Vivekanand batsmen managed to score only 108 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Rahul Saini and Sachin were the only batsmen who faced APJ bowlers with some courage even as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals at the other end. Both Rahul and Sachin scored 32 and 29 runs, respectively.

For APJ School, Aditya and Ravi Saini prevented the opposite team from scoring at will. Both scalped took two wickets each in their allotted four overs, giving away only 12 and 11 runs, respectively.

Brief scores: APJ School Kharar: 140 for eight in 20 overs (Kapil Punia 48 n.o., Balwinder Singh 31, Sarthak 30; Sachin 2/8, Malkit 2/20).

St Vivekanand Zirakpur: 108 for 8 in 20 overs (Rahul Saini, Sachin 29; Aditya 2/12 and Ravi Saini 2/11).



Yash fashions Hans Raj win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
Excellent all-round performance by Yash Kapila enabled Hans Raj Cricket (HRC) Academy, Sector 6, beat Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium (TDLCS) Coaching Centre by five wickets in the 1st Under-15 Triangular Cup League Cricket Tournament at Hans Raj School grounds here today.

Batting first, TDLCS Coaching Centre scored 236 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 30 overs.

Ankit Chaudhary (137), Amit Chaudhary (38), Cheema (27), Rahul Chaudhary (19 n.o.) were the main architects of the TDLCS innings.

For Hans Raj, Abhimanyu Bhardwaj (2 for 27), Yash Kapila (2 for 23), Amit Dhiman (2 for 22), Tarun Dhingra (2 for 32) were the main wicket takers.

Chasing a victory target of 237 runs, HRC Academy scored 238 runs for the loss of five wickets in 27.3 overs.

Yash Kapila (98 n.o.), Rishav Jariyal (37), Kartik Bhardwaj (23 n.o.), Shivam Arora (25) were the top scorers.

For TDLCS Academy, Amit Chaudhary (3 for 55) and Ankit Chaudhary (2 for 25) were the pick of the bowlers.

Yash Kapila was declared the man of the match for his unbeaten 98 runs, which included 11 fours and three sixes, and two wicket for 23.

Brief scores: Tau Devi Lal Cricket Coaching Centre: 236 for 8 in 30 overs (Ankit Chaudhary 137, Amit Chaudhary 38, Cheema 27, Rahul Chaudhary 19 n.o.; Abhimanyu Bhardwaj 2/27, Yash Kapila 2/23, Amit Dhiman 2/22, Tarun Dhingra 2/32).

Hans Raj Cricket Academy: 238 for 5 in 27.3 overs (Yash Kapila 98 n.o., Rishav Jariyal 37, Kartik Bhardwaj 23 n.o, Shivam Arora 25; Amit Chaudhary 3/55, Ankit Chaudhary 2/25).



Sports function deferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh sports department has postponed the function to honour 12 outstanding international sportspersons scheduled for January 4 at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here.

Announcing this here today, a spokesperson for the sports department said the postponement was necessitated due to some unavoidable circumstances. The new date would be announced soon.



Moga college kabaddi champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Guru Nanak College, Moga, won the Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (men) (PS) B-Division Championship beating GN College, Narangwal, 41-38 in the final here today.

In semifinal matches held on the PU campus earlier in the day, GN College, Narangwal, beat Sri Ram Dass College, Dalla, 38-29, while in another match Guru Nanak College, Moga, defeated Baba Kundan Singh College, Muhar, 41-38.



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