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Science fest at Udham Singh College
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 14
Shaheed Udham Singh College of Research and Technology and Pharmacy jointly organised a science fest wherein students participated in quiz, paper-reading and debate contests.

The fest was followed by cultural programme. Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu, chairman of SUS Group of Institutions, was chief guest and Dr DS Hira, director, was guest of honour. The function was attended by all deans and principals of SUS group of institutions. Shanky, a student of MSc biotechnology, got first prize in paper-reading. Alka Rani and Shanky got first prize in quiz. Jaspreet, Shanky, Gunjan and Rashmeet got first prize in debate competition. The chairman of SUS group of institutions gave away prizes.



CGI to host conference on engg trends
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib,February 14
Continental Group of Institutes (CGI) will host international conference on engineering innovations - a fillip to economic development on its Jalvehra campus from February 18 to 20.

In a press statement, institute director colonel Karamjeet Singh said the conference would have brainstorming sessions wherein international faculty members from esteemed universities would talk on latest engineering innovations and their prospects.

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal would be the chief guest, while Resident Editor of Hindustan Times Ramesh Vinayak would be the guest of honour.

Prof Scott Davidson, Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Lincoln, United

Kingdom, would speak on recovery from recent melt down, Prof Brenda, International coordinator TRU, Canada, will dwell on innovative education methodologies.

On the concluding day Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, would be the chief guest.



Punjabi University steal march
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 14
Punjabi University emerged champions in the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship organised on the university campus here today.

In the last league match held on the final day of the championship, MD University, Rohtak, defeated Hindustan Institute, Chennai, 8-7.

In another match, Punjabi University, Patiala, thrashed University of Pune 13-2. In the women’s section, MD University, Rohtak, outdid University of Delhi 10-0, while Punjabi University, Patiala, beat Jiwaji University, Gwalior, by a huge margin of 14-4.

Chairman of Punjab Youth Development Gurpreet Singh was the chief guest and gave away trophies and medals to the winning teams.

Dr Manjit Singh, Dean (colleges), congratulated winners.

Results: Men: MD University, Rohtak, 1 and 2; Hindustan Institute, Chennai, 3 and Pune University 4.

Women section: Punjabi University, Patiala, 1; MD University, Rohtak, 2; Delhi University 3 and Jiwaji University, Gwalior, 4. 



250 doctors for medicine update
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 14
Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital will organise “medicine update” on its campus.The update is being organised by department of medicine. Dr AS Sekhon, dean and principal of Gian Sagar of Medical College and Hospital, was chief guest.

Brig CM Adya, head of department of medicine, said various medical topics would be discussed.

Doctors from various medical institutes would discuss these topics. As many as 250 doctors are expected to take part, Brig Adya added.

Postgraduate and undergraduate doctors from neighbouring medical institutes have also registered as delegates. The doctors said the meeting would provide an ideal platform to budding doctors to hone their skills and update their knowledge. 



State award winners honoured
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, Februray 14
The management of Holy Heart Public High School honoured the state-level award winners by organising a function here.

The bhogh ceremony of Akhand Path was also performed. The prominent citizens and parents attended the function.

Amardeep Singh Dharni, former president of the District Bar Association, appreciated the efforts of the school management in providing quality education to the students of rural areas. He said school had produced top officers, doctors, engineers and lawyers.

HS Diwana, senior advocate-cum-Congress leader said students were the future of the country and the destiny of the nation was shaped in classrooms. He congratulated the students, who bagged laurels for the school.

School management honoured Nitin Modgill, who bagged second prize at the state-level declamation contest held at Jalandhar as well as first prize at the district-level contest. Similarly, Ravika Sahi, who bagged second prize in the state-level contest on "Female Foeticide" were honoured.

Principal Simardeep Kaur read the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the school. 



US accreditation for B-School
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 14
Aryans Business School (ABS) got membership of the US-based world’s best accreditation body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Vice-president and chief official Asia, Eileen Peacock gave the membership certificate to ABS chairman Dr Anshu Kataria in Singapore at the Asian headquarters of AACSB recently.

Dr Anshu Kataria said with the membership of AACSB, ABS would get a platform to exhibit its talent and leadership. He added that India was becoming preferred destination for education around the globe.

World famous Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg London Business School, etc. are accredited members of the organisation. In India, around 15 business schools, including SP Jain, XLRI, IIM Kolkata, ISB, etc. are having the privilege of being a part of this prestigious international body.



MC to remove 173 encroachments by next week
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 14
At least 173 encroachments doting the Kharar-Chandigarh stretch of national highway No. 21 will be removed by next week.

Talking to the TNS, municipal council executive officer Vijay Gupta said all violators had been served notices directing them to either remove encroachments or face action.

“We have written to Kharar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rajiv Gupta demanding adequate security force but are yet to get a letter conforming the same,” Gupta added.

He said encroachments would be removed whenever the municipal council got adequate security cover in the next three days.

Departments of B & R, PWD and revenue department would be involved in the anti-encroachment drive. The central works division had asked the municipal council to remove encroachments on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Thereafter, the municipal council had issued notices to the violators through newspapers giving them a week’s time.

Commercial establishments and owners of houses to be affected by the drive had met MC officials and even written to various state government functionaries demanding stoppage of the drive.

The applicants had taken the plea that 13 years ago, the revenue department had removed similar encroachments and passed their land maps.

Meanwhile, encroachments are being removed to widen a 4.14-km national highway No. 21 stretch at the cost of Rs 12.49 crore.

The 3-km stretch of the highway between Desu Majra and Mohali bridge was four-laned in 2002, while the rest 4 km remained a narrow stretch, leading to several accidents and getting the tag of “killer zone”.

Later, the then government proposed a bypass to divert long-haul traffic from Desu Majra to Khanpur. The project worth Rs 30 crore was shelved in 2003.



Man arrested for firing at cop
Tribune News Service

The car in which the accused tried to flee after opening fire on a policeman, at Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday.
The car in which the accused tried to flee after opening fire on a policeman, at Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib,February 14
The local police today arrested a man after he opened fire at a policeman at a checkpoint in Patiala late last night.The accused has been identified as Dilpreet Singh, a resident of Anand Nagar, Patiala. The police also recovered Hyundai Verna car, the vehicle used in the crime, and two live cartridges.

The police officials investigating the matter said the accused fired gun shots at a police team at a checkpoint in Patiala.

The adjoining police districts were alerted about the incident and special checkpoints were set up.

The police officials said the car driven by the accused was signalled to pull over at one of the checkpoints but the accused sped his car towards Bassi Pathana.

The police gave him a chase and in the process the car of the accused went off road. The accused tried to flee on foot but was overpowered by policemen.

The police is interrogating the accused. A case has been registered against the accused in this connection.



Auto Mall
Indo Global students win second prize
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 14
A solar car, “Sun Rider”, one of the two concept cars exhibited by mechanical engineering students of Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, in Auto Mall-2010 at parade ground, Chandigarh, won second prize of Rs 31,000 in the concept car category.

The eco-friendly, economical and pollution-free solar car, is an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that can move on all type of surfaces.

Terrain Spark was their other entrant in the concept cars section.

Students Devansh, Vijit, Diwakar, Mayank and Siddharth have designed the solar vehicle.

Sun Rider is a two horse power, 24 volt DC motor-operated vehicle having a battery charger setup, which charges battery using solar energy. It can attain a maximum speed of 40 kmph.

Terrain Spark (ATV) is a 796cc engine two-seater vehicle with independent suspension on all four wheels with provision of hydraulic brakes and exhaust at a height of two feet from the ground.

The students now plan to take their solar car to various other exhibitions and competitions worldwide.



Shivratri celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 14
Brahmkumaris celebrated Shivratri by holding a programme here today.

Dr RS Parmar, chairman, Improvement Trust, Ropar, SP Charanjit Kumar, tehsildar GS Raipuri, Prem Lata, in charge of Raj Yoga Centre of Mohali, Ropar circle, and Rama, co-in charge of the circle, were present. Dr Parmar said spiritual lifestyle led to everlasting peace. Prem Lata said Shivratri conveyed the message of unity, love peace harmony and universal brotherhood.



Body found at lottery bazaar
Tribune Reporters

Lalru, February 14
An unidentified body of a man in his mid-30s was found at a lottery bazaar here this morning. The police stated that it received information around 10.30 am that a body had been lying on the roof of a shop. On reaching the spot, it found that the man was in a semi nude condition and his dinner meal was lying under his bed. The statement of shopkeepers have been recorded and investigations are on. No injury marks were found on the body, but the possibility of murder is not being ruled out. The victim worked at a lottery shop and was called Pappu, but no one knows his original name. The body would be kept for identification purposes at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for 72 hours. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated.

Minor kidnapped A 17-year-old girl working at a private hospital has allegedly been kidnapped by Guddu, a resident of Nehru Colony, Chandigarh. The girl’s mother, Nagma, in a complaint lodged with the police, stated that her daughter was working at the hospital with Guddu and had been missing for the past three days. A police official said the accused was married and had three children. A case under Section 363 and 366 of the IPC has been registered at the Phase 1 police station.

5 booked for trespass

Kalka: On the complaint of a local hotel owner, the police has booked five persons for trespass.

According to police sources, Som Nath, owner of a hotel on the railway road, lodged an FIR with the police alleging that five persons — Pardeep, Teka, Deba, Makhan, Ajay Bobby — armed with bars and other weapons entered the hotel around 10.30 pm last night and beat him up and his nephew Ashu. They also damaged property of the hotel.

Som Nath and his nephew were injured in the assault.

The police, after conducting a medical examination of the two at CHC, has registered a case against the accused under Sections 148, 149, 323, 452 and 506 of the IPC.

The police said Ajay Bobby had also sustained serious injuries in the assault and was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The accused was not in a position to give statement as his condition was critical, it added.

Truck stolen

Nimma Ram, a resident of Khilla Colony, Kalka, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his truck (HR 37 A 0502) was stolen from the Kalka-Parwanoo barrier on Saturday. The police has registered a case.



5 booked for Internet fraud,one held
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 14
The police booked five persons for committing a Rs 5-crore fraud through the Internet here today.The accused have been identified as Seham Mohandeep, a resident of Cochin, Amardeep Singh, a resident of Delhi, his sister Preetipal Kaur, her husband Charanjit Singh and Rahul, a resident of Mumbai.

According to police officials investigating the matter, the accused belonged to a Delhi-based multinational company and held high positions.

The group first floated a fake website on the Internet and then collected money from various business associates through the website.

The complainant, Baldev Singh, a resident of Pathankot, alleged that the accused, instead of depositing the money in the account of the company, deposited it in the accounts of the fake website.

The police has arrested Amardeep Singh. Police teams have been dispatched to arrest the other culprits in the case.

The police officials said Amardeep was produced in the court today and was remanded in police custody till February 16. The police is investigating the case.



Placement drive by Quark
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 14
Software development company Quark-India conducted a joint campus placement drive on the campus of Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan, for students of BTech computer science, electronics and MCA.

Students from PEC, Chandigarh; Thapar, Patiala; NIT, Jalandhar, NIT, Kurukshetra; BITS, Pilani; GND University, Amritsar, and UIET, Chandigarh, took part in the drive.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said I-Gate will visit the campus on February 15 to conduct placement drive wherein graduates (BA, BCom, BCA, BBA, BSc, hotel management and MBA) of 2008-’09 batch would be eligible to participate.

Another company, Genpact, will hold its state-level joint campus drive on February 18 in which BTech, computer science and electronics students of 2009 batch would be eligible to appear.



Two arrested for robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The police today claimed to have achieved a major success with the arrest of two persons allegedly involved in four cases of robbery in Chandigarh and Panchkula.The two accused were identified as Raju of Bapu Dham Colony and Rakesh of Mauli Jagran. The police sought two-day police remand of the accused.

Sub-inspector Jaswinder Singh said the the two accused, along with their accomplice Rajinder, presently lodged at the Burail jail in connection with a case of murder at Mohali, injured Vijay Kumar of Sector 19 with a sharp-edged knife and looted him of his purse and mobile phone on January 19.

Jaswinder said Vijay, employed with the Indo Swiss Laboratory at Dera Bassi, stopped for a smoke near the transport area in Sector 26 when the three accused first asked him for a matchbox and after getting friendly with him, injured and looted him.

Jaswinder said the police had come to know about the gang, which had been active in the city, and had been keeping a close watch on their activities since January 19.

He said the two accused told the police during interrogation that that they were also involved in robberies at Hallo Majra, Vikas Nagar and Mani Majra, besides Panchkula.

He said the police had sought production warrants of Rajinder for interrogation to solve other cases of robbery.



Four arrested for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The local police arrested four persons for gambling and recovered Rs 4,890 from their possession during raids conducted at Burail last night.The police received information that Ashok Kumar, Ram Shankar, Sanjay Gupta and Satti Kumar, residents of Burail, were playing ‘satta’.

The accused were arrested and later released on bail after registering cases against them under the Gambling Act.

Smack seized

Deepak Sharma of the Guru Nanak mohalla at Ropar was arrested near the Government College for Boys, Sector 11, for possessing 20 grams of smack. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act was registered.


Gurpreet Singh of Sector 47 reported that someone stole gold and silver ornaments, 300 US dollars, 200 Canadian dollars and 100 UK pound sterling from his house on the night of February 11. A case was registered and the police started investigations.


Sunil Goel, owner of the Italia Marble at Dhanas, complained to the police that Dilbag Singh, owner of the Ganpati Marble of the same locality, trespassed on his shop and threatened him on the night of February 12. The police registered a case and was conducting investigations.



Hanuman academy lift trophy
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
An all-round performance by Ankit Chaudhary, who took four wickets for just seven runs and scored 23 runs, helped Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy beat Hansraj Cricket Academy by two wickets to lift the Hansraj Cricket Tournament Trophy. In the final match played at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, today, Hansraj Cricket Academy elected to bat first, however, its batsmen failed to face the tight and accurate bowling of Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy bowlers and were bundled out for 162 runs in 28.1 overs.

Yash Kapila (48), Sumit Hooda (45) and Abinav Shaunkla (15) were the only batsmen who could face Hansraj bowlers with some courage.

Amit Chaudhary (3 for 32) and Jatin Chadha (2 for 44) were the other wicket takers for Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy. Chasing a victory target of 165, Sri Hanuman Academy achieved the target in just 28.3 overs. Ajay Duhan (54), Raman Kumar (28), Pardeep Singh (27), Ankit Chaudhary (23) and Jatin Arora (19 not out) were the top scorers.

Jaswinder Singh Ginni, joint secretary and coach Panchkula District Cricket Association, gave away prizes to the winners and runners-up. Ankit Chaudhary and Ajay Duhan of Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy were declared man of the match and best all-rounder of the tournament, respectively, while Amit Chaudhary and Pardeep Singh were declared best bowler and best batsman of the tournament. Abhimanyu Bhardwaj, Shikhar Dhyani, Raman Kumar and Rahul Chaudhary were declared the upcoming cricketers. Brief scores: Hansraj Cricket Academy: 162 all out in 28.1 overs (Yash Kapila 48, Sumit Hooda 45, Abhinav Saunkla 15, Ankit Chaudhary 4/7, Amit Chaudhary 3/ 32 and Jatin Chadha 2/44). Sri Hanuman Cricket Academy: 164 for 8 in 24.3 overs (Ajay Duhan 54, Raman Kumar 28, Pardeep Singh 27, Ankit Chaudhary 23, Jatin Arora 19 not out, Amit Dhiman 3/28, Shikhar Dhyani 2/23 and Ashish Rai 2/37). 



Hansraj academy trounce Godrej club
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
An excellent performance by Jai Pal Singh (48 runs off 42 balls) enabled the senior team of Hansraj Cricket Academy thrash Godrej Cricket Club, Chandigarh, by 60 runs in the first Corporate Cup League Cricket Tournament being played at Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, here today.

Batting first, Hansraj Cricket Academy put up a massive score of 210 for 8 in their stipulated 20 overs. Ajay Duhan (50), Jaipal Singh (48), Jaswinder Ginni (38) and Jatin Arora (24) were the top scorers. For Godrej Cricket Club, Jai Kapil was the most impressive bowler, who took three wickets giving away only seven runs in his allotted four overs. Suraj Singh (2 for 38) and Vinod Kumar (3 for 26) were the other main wicket takers.

In reply, while chasing a victory target of 211 runs, Godrej Cricket Club failed to face the tight line and length bowling by Hansraj bowlers and were bundled out for 150 runs in 19.5 overs. Jai Kapila (58), Vaneet Chawla (27) and Vinod Kumar (22) were the top scorers. For Hansraj team, Amar Jit Kumar was the main wicket taker, who took four wickets for 20 runs in his allotted four overs. Parkash Kumar (3 for 4) and Jai Pal Singh (3 for 35) were the other wicket takers.

Jai Pal Singh of Hansraj Cricket Academy was declared man of the match

Brief scores:

Hansraj Cricket Academy (senior team): 210 for 8 in 20 overs (Ajay Duhan 50, Jaipal Singh 48, Jaswinder Ginni 38, Jatin Arora 24, Suraj Singh 2/38, Vinod Kumar 3/26 and Jai Kapil 3/7).

Godrej Cricket Club: 150 all out in 19.5 overs (Jai Kapila 58, Vaneet Chawla 27, Vinod Kumar 22, Amar Jit Kumar 4/20, Parkash Kumar 3/4 and Jai Pal Singh 3/ 35).



Rupinder Singh wins North Zone title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 14
Rupinder Singh made the most of a sunny day to clinch the title in the fifth North Zone Civil Services Golf Championship tallying a 150 gross score in the two-day event on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Trailing the champion by just one stroke was Davinder Garcha, who finished runner-up at 151 among 44 service officials, who teed off for the contest.

SK Sharma and RC Mishra tied for the nett title, each carding a 130 score. But Sharma was declared the nett winner as he had a better back nine. Mann Singh triumphed among the retired officials tallying a two-day score of 165. His nearest rival was BR Banga who finished 29 strokes behind at 194.

Kulwinder Singh hit the longest shot on the 18th fairway and AP Pandey was nearest to the pin on the eighth hole. Panchkula course was in excellent condition, although the windy conditions and fast putting greens did test the potential of the golfers.

Based on the gross score of the two-day championship, a 12-member North Zone team, including two reserves, was selected for the All-India Civil Services Golf Championship to be held at the Qutab Golf Course in New Delhi on March 20 and 21.

The North Zone team: Rupinder Singh, Davinder Garcha, RK Arora, Rajiv Moudgil, GS Hira, SK Sharma, Rakesh Jolly, RP Chander, Kulwaran Singh and Kulwinder Singh.

Reserves: GC Negi and RC Mishra. The prizes were given away by president of the North Zone Civil Services Golf Society CSR Reddy, who is also the president of the Chandigarh Golf Association. CGA secretary JS Cheema thanked the Panchkula Golf Club general manager and all those who helped in making the tournament a success. 



Deepu shines in golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 14
Deepu Dhanoa carded a net 69 score to clinch the February Kingfisher Medal Round in the women section of the Chandigarh Golf Club here recently.

Finishing one stroke behind at 70 was Neelu Chopra with Pauline JM Singh occupying the third slot, another stroke behind at 71. According to women section manager Dalbir Sahi, 11 women participated in the medal round. The youngsters stayed away from the competition because of the final examinations.



Mandeep clinches four golds in rowing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Mandeep Kaur bagged four gold medals in the second Open Punjab State Rowing Championship (men and women), which concluded at the Rowing Centre, Sukhna Lake, yesterday.

Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, inaugurated the championship. Raja KS Sidhu, secretary general, Punjab Olympic Association, and joint secretary, Indian Olympic Association, gave away prizes to the winners.

Results: Single scull 500m (women): Mandeep Kaur 1, Sarbjit Kaur 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3; single scull 1,000m (men): Mandeep Singh 1, Angrej Singh 2 and Gurinder Singh 3; single scull 500m (men): Mandeep Kaur 1, Sarbjit Kaur 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3; double scull 1,000m (men): Mandeep Singh and Gurinder Singh 1, Angrej Singh and Harpinder Singh 2, Balwinder Singh and Manjot Singh 3; double scull 500m (women): Sarbjit Singh and Mandeep Kaur 1, Sandeep Kaur 2; double scull 1,000m (women): Mandeep Kaur and Sarabjit Kaur 1, Sandeep Kaur and Beant Kaur 2;

Coxless four 500m (women): Beant Kaur, Sarbjit Kaur, Paramjit Kaur and Saravjeet Kaur 1; coxless pair 1,000m (men): Prabhdyal Singh and Bikker Singh 1, Gurjit Singh and Harman Singh 2, Avtar Singh and Mandheer Singh 3; coxless four 1,000m (men): Navdeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Jagmeet Singh and Pawajeet Singh 1, Prabhdyal Singh, Bikker Singh, Avtar Singh and Mandheer Singh 2, Gurdeep Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Jaskaran Singh and Gurcharan Singh 3; coxless four 500m (men): Prabhdyal Singh, Bikker Singh, Avtar Singh and Mandheer Singh 1, Harmandeep Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Gurinder Singh and Gurjit Singh 2, Roopdas, Ashish, Satnam Singh and Jasmeet Singh 3; coxless pair 500m (men): Jasmeet Singh and Roopdas 1, Mandeep Singh and Avtar Singh 2, Bikker Singh and Prabhdyal Singh 3.



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