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Environment rally by NSS students

Patiala, February 18
The NSS department of Punjabi University, Patiala, in collaboration with the Punjab Eco-Friendly Association (PEFA) took out an environment awareness rally on the university campus here on Tuesday.

As many as 500 teachers and students participated in the rally, which was flagged off by Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh.

He called upon the youth to spread awareness about the damage being caused due to misuse of natural and technological resources.

He also thanked the residents, staff and students of the university in making his mission of making the university polythene and smoke free zone a successful venture.

Environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal urged the students to help him in his campaign of restoring ecological balance and making the environment pollution-free. — TNS



91 selected in recruitment drive
Tribune News Service

Kharar February 18
Ninetyone students have been placed as software engineers with MphasiS, an HP company, during a joint campus recruitment drive for BTech and MCA passouts held at Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes, Mohali.

Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said the students from various universities and colleges from NCR, Punjab, Haryana, HP, Rajasthan, J&K, UP, Uttrakhand, Jharkhand, Jhansi, etc., participated in the drive.

The selected candidates would be offered a package of Rs 2.25 lakh per annum.

The drive commenced with the company’s presentation and online assessment test. Finally 160 students were shortlisted and underwent personal interviews.

Kharar: A joint placement drive was organised at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, wherein companies like Cholamandalam DBS and Unicon Investment Solutions recruited management students. Around 190 students from various colleges of the region participated in the placement drive.

The drive started with a pre-placement talk by territory sales manager Amrinder Singh, Punjab, and his team of Cholamandalam DBS. Fourteen students were shortlisted after personal and technical interviews. The selected candidates will join as senior sales official/executive sales official.

Unicon Investment Solutions shortlisted 22 students of management. The drive started with a pre-placement talk by area manager Kapil Dev Kaushik, branch head Kamaldeep Singh and his team. This was followed by personal and technical interviews. The selected candidates will join as relationship manager and team leader. Principal, Dr Promila Kaushal, congratulated the selected students.

Dera Bassi: Twenty students of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering were selected by Techline India Solutions Private Limited for a six-month pre-placement training in a placement drive conducted here today.

Chairman Prof Avtar Singh congratulated the selected students and motivated them to do their best in their respective jobs. He also expressed satisfaction at the rate of employment of Sri Sukhmani students.

The process began with the pre-placement talk by HR manager Rajinder Singh. 



Indian don to get US award
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 18
Associate professor, Dr Sanjeev Gupta, department of dermatology, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, MM University, Mullana, has been selected for the “Members Making a Difference Award” by the American Academy of Dermatology, the US.

The award will be presented to him at the annual conference of American Academy of Dermatology, which is going to be held at Miami, Florida, the US, on March 5 to 9.

This award is offered to young doctors depending on their academic contributions in the field of dermatology and the community work done by them.

Dr Gupta will be the first Indian doctor in the whole of Asia Pacific region to be honoured with this award. He will also be presenting two research papers in the conference.

He is a keen academician and having 35 international publications to his credit.



Canteen, cycle stand auction on March 3
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 18
The canteen, cycle stand and printed forms’ contracts for district administrative complex would be auctioned at Ropar on March 3 at 11 am in the office of assistant commissioner (general), Ropar.

Deputy Commissioner Priyank Bharti said bidder would have to first deposit amount of Rs 50,000 with district nazar office, which would be returned after the bidding.

The highest bidder of auction would have to pay one-fourth of total amount on the spot. The contract would be awarded as per approval of the Deputy Commissioner and he would have the right to give the contract.

Bidder taking canteen contract would be given only building. Contractor would have to make arrangements for water and furniture.



One arrested with smack
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 18
The police arrested one person with 30 gram of smack today. The accused had been identified as Bahadur Singh, a resident of Doomcheri.

 A police party patrolling near Harbanspura village frisked the accused after suspicion and received the contraband from his possession. A case in this connection had been registered against the accused.



Canteen contractor at RIMT murdered
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 18
A canteen contractor was murdered by unidentified assailants at RIMT Polytechnic College, Steel Town, Mandi Gobindgarh, late last night.

Body of the contractor, Pawan Kumar (55), was found in a pool of blood inside the canteen. As per the statements recorded by the police, the victim had complained of small thefts in his canteen during the past few days.

Chanderbhan, son of Pawan Kumar, told the police that the family belonged to Daresi ground area of Ludhiana. For the past few days, small incidents of theft occurred in the canteen wherein cash or other material were found missing.

Fed up of this, Pawan decided to stay in the canteen at night to nab the thief. When Chanderbhan came to the canteen this morning, he found his father lying on a pool of blood.

Police officials said either some college boys or some labourers working at a nearby construction site could have been involved in the theft incidents.

The police did not rule out the possibility of the canteen contractor having fought with the thief or thieves. He was killed as cold drink bottles were smashed on his head.

Police officials said a case in this connection had been registered and efforts were on to nab the accused. Forensic experts and a team of dog squad were pressed into service to find clues.



Traffic diversion for Hola Mohalla
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 18
District magistrate, Ropar, Priyank Bharti has directed changes in route of traffic on the occasion of Hola Mohalla celebrations in the district from February 24 to March 1.

During this time period, the trucks bound from Ropar to Kiratpur Sahib and Manali will have to pick route from Ghanauli, taking Nalagarh route and reach Swarghat.

Similarly, for February 28, buses bound from Ropar to Nangal will have to take alternate route from Nurpur Bedi to Jhajj chowk to Agampur to Lang Majri and further towards Nangal.

The buses allowed to run on temporary permits would stand at temporary bus stands only.



35-yr old found dead
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 18
A 35-year-old man was found dead from the fields at Samgoali village here this evening. The deceased was identified as Sheeshpal Singh, a resident of Ellena village, Rajpura.

The police got the information around 5 pm from a passer-by that a man was lying dead near fields of cane at the Samgoali-Bijanpur road. After reaching the spot, the police team found a bank account copy from the pocket of the deceased, Sheeshpal, from where his identity was established.

During investigation it was found that Sheeshpal had come to meet his sister at Malakpur village. His sister told to the police that her brother was in depression after quitting drugs. The officer stated that the body had been sent for the postmortem at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.



Gagandeep, Mamta best athletes
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 18
Gagandeep Singh and Mamta Chaudhary were declared best athletes in the two-day annual athletics meet of the SUS Group of Institutions that concluded today.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand was the chief guest, who gave away prizes to winners. The college students also gave bhangra and gidha performances during a function. The chief guest urged students to excel in the field of sports besides studies.

Mechanical department of SUSCET won the overall trophy in the boys’ category, whereas SUS Women Engineering College won trophy in the girls’ section.

In athletics competitions, Anshul Mahajan was declared fastest runner of the college.

In shot put, Gagandeep Singh secured the gold and Vigyat Sharma the silver.

In triple jump, Anshul Mahajan bagged the gold, while in javelin throw, Gagandeep got the gold medal. In pole vault, Gurinder Singh was declared the winner.

In the girls’ section, Mamta Chaudhary won the 400 m and 800 m races, whereas Amandeep Kaur secured the gold in long jump.

Yashila won the verdict in the 1500 m race.



Fake Yoga Certificate Case
Hearing resumes, adjourned till Feb 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The hearing of the fake yoga certificate case resumed at the district courts here today.Civil judge-cum-JMIC Sunil Kumar heard arguments. Both parties placed their reports before the judge.

The counsel for the complainants, Harish Bhardwaj, stated that all documents were forged and should be investigated again.

The investigating officer, Madhur Verma, submitted that the answers to all the queries were genuine.

After listening to the arguments for two hours, the JMIC adjourned the case till February 24.

The petitioners, inspector Yash Pal and sub-inspectors Uday Pal, Hardit, Charanjeet, Dilbagh and Dalsher, had challenged the cancellation report, which had been submitted following a departmental inquiry.

They had alleged that Ram Gopal had produced a forged and fabricated certificate before the police, stating that he had been declared world champion and gold medal winner during the World Yoga Sport Cup held at Genoa in Italy.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, advocate Harish Bhardwaj said, “JMIC Sunil Kumar is the third judge who has been asked to look into the matter. Earlier, the court of JMIC Sumit Ghai had referred the report to the court of chief judicial magistrate J Sidhu. Later, J Sidhu had transferred the case to JMIC Mahesh Kumar.”

The complainants had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court to transfer the case to another court in Punjab recently, stating that Ram Gopal was an influential person and therefore, no judge was ready to intervene in the matter, but the high court had directed the district courts to take up the matter.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by DSP (CID) Satbir Singh had found Ram Gopal guilty of producing a fake certificate, but another inquiry conducted by the then ASP, Madhur Verma, had found him not guilty.

Following this, a report demanding the cancellation of an FIR against Ram Gopal had been submitted in court. Six cops had then challenged the cancellation report.

Prior to that, the matter was with the Central Administrative Tribunal, which had asked the UT administration to inquire into the authenticity of the yoga certificate awarded to Ram Gopal.



BKU man gets bail in violence case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg today granted bail to Amolak Singh, an accused in the BKU violence case last year. The police had registered the case against him on September 8, 2009 on the complaint of Joginder Singh, MMHC police station-11.

He had stated in his complaint that on the receipt of wireless message by the SHO of police station-11, he along with HGV Swatantar Kumar had gone to distribute cane shields, sticks and lathis in a truck.

When he started distributing cane shields, BKU agitators headed by union leaders Joginder Singh Ugran and Kamalpreet Singh Pannu instigated the mob and forcibly took away 16 cane shields, two lathis and four polo sticks from the police truck. They also caused injuries to HGV Swatantar Kumar on the head.



Miscreants smash car’s windowpanes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Some miscreants smashed the windowpanes of a car in Sector 15 in the wee hours today. The owner of the car, a senior citizen, accused the police of coming 40 minutes after he reported the incident.

The complainant, Onkar Singh Mokha, said a watchman in their locality informed him at 12.25 am that someone had smashed the windowpanes of his Maruti car (CHK 7044).

He called the police twice, which reached the spot 40 minutes late. The police officer told him that such incidents were commonplace.

Annoyed with the attitude of the police, Mokha rang up UT SSP in the morning, following which the SHO of the police station-11 reached his home to inquire about the matter.

He alleged that the police had not informed him about the fate of his complaint till evening.

Shop burgled

Vishwas Ahuja of Sector 15 reported that two laptops and three computers were stolen from his shop on the intervening night of February 16 and 17. A case has been registered.


A city resident lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Sanjay of Panipat abducted his 14-year-old daughter from Sector 46 on February 11. A case has been registered in the police station-34.

Scooter stolen

Lakhwinder Singh of Sector 15-B reported that his scooter (CH 01 U 8874) was stolen by someone from Sector 35-C on Tuesday. A case of theft has been registered.



Woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A 35-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Sector-41 residence here this afternoon.

Though the victim’s husband said she was suffering from depression, the police was yet to ascertain the reason behind the step in the absence of any suicide note.

The police said the victim, Aruna, was found hanging by her 10-year-old son Ujwal Srivastva after returning from school around 2.30 pm. He found her body hanging from the ceiling fan with a chair lying on the bed.

Ujwal reportedly climbed over the chair, cut the dupatta with which his mother had hanged herself.

He lowered his mother and sprinkled water on her in an attempt to revive her, but in vain.

The police was informed about the incident, which took the body into its custody and initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this connection.



2 IAF ex-sergeants held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The police has arrested two former sergeants of the Indian Air Force on charges of duping gullible people by promising them jobs in merchant navy against money.The police said the accused — Naveen Kumar Sharma and Ashok Kumar — of Bihar were running their office, Indra Prastha Marine Management, in Sector 40-D. They gave advertisements in newspapers promising jobs to aspiring youths in merchant navy.

Gurpiar Singh of Sangrur had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the accused had taken Rs 1.5 lakh from him while promising a job.

The accused introduced themselves as directors of the company and lured him into applying for a course of GP Rating.

After receiving the money, they failed to provide him either the job, course certificate or the money.

The police registered a case of cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation against the accused yesterday.

The accused were produced in a local court, which remanded them in police custody till February 25.



Shefali clinches 100m title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The 55th annual athletics meet of Government College of Education, Sector 20-D, was organised on its campus here today.

Ajoy Sharma, director, higher education-cum-special secretary, finance, Chandigarh administration, was the chief guest and inaugurated the meet by unfurling thecollege flag.

He also took salute at the march past by theparticipants.

Harsh Batra, college principal, welcomed Ajoy Sharma and Raghu, principal of Government College, Sector 46.

The two-day athletics meet was an annual feature of the college curriculum.

Around 30 events were organised as part of the meet. Around 325 students of BEd and MEd participated in the events.

The results: girls’ category: 50 m race: Shefali 1, Maninder 2, and Purnima 3; javelin throw: Tsamchoe 1, D Monica 2, and Sabina Mann 3; high jump: Purnima 1, Shefali 2, and Gurneha 3; skipping: Purnima 1, Maninder 2, and Kiranjeet 3; three-legged race: Samita Rana and Suman Saini 1, Savita Rani and Rifat 2, and Pinki and Pooja 3; chatti race (staff): Raj 1, Ambika 2, and Usha 3; 100 m race: Shefali 1, Purnima 2, and Maninder 3; chatti race: Sarita 1, Sunita Saini 2, and Amanpreet Kaur 3.

Boys’ category: long jump: Rakesh Kumar 1, Sandeep Singh 2, and Sportsjit Singh 3; shot put: Rakesh 1, Sandeep Singh 2 and Peerdan 3; discus throw: Sportsjit Singh 1, Sandeep Singh 2, and Rakesh 3; wheelbarrow: Rakesh and Sportsjit 1, Bharpur and Bharat Negi 2, and Sandeep and Parwinder 3; 50m (class IV): Gopal Hira 1, Mewa Singh 2, and Shaamsher Singh 3. 



Shanti Swarup memorial meet kicks off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The 41st Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament (outdoor finals) began at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Sector 30, here today.

The three-day event is being organised under the umbrella of the CSIR Sports Promotion Board, New Delhi.

Around 160 players of 14 CSIR labs from all over the country are participating in the tournament and competitions in cricket and volleyball disciplines will be held during the tournament.

Matches will be played at the grounds of different schools of the city, including the CSIO. The tournament is being organised in the memory of eminent scientist and founder director of CSIR Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.

Earlier, Pawan Kapur, director, CSIO, welcomed Chatrath.



Haryana emerge overall champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Haryana clinched the overall trophy in the 47th National Roller and Inline Hockey Championship, defeating Chandigarh in the final played at the roller hockey skating rink of KBDAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7-B, here today.

The Roller Skating Federation of India (RSFI) conducted the championship. Around 700 international, national-level skaters, senior officials, technical committee members of the RSFI from all over India were part of the championship.

Later, HS Mattewal, senior advocate general of Punjab, gave away medals to the winning teams and announced the championship closed.

Anu Chatrath, mayor, municipal corporation, was the special guest, TC Gupta, president, Haryana Roller Skating Association, was guest of honour.

The results: sub-junior boys: Punjab 1, Chandigarh 2, and Haryana 3; sub-junior girls: Haryana 1, Andhra Pradesh 2, Chandigarh 3; junior boys’ section: Haryana 1, Punjab 2, and Chandigarh 3; junior girls’ category: Haryana 1, Andhra Pradesh 2, and Chandigarh 3; senior men section: Haryana 1, Chandigarh 2, Punjab 3; senior women category: Haryana 1, Andhra Pradesh 2, and Chandigarh 3; inline hockey (men): Haryana 1, Punjab 2, and Jammu and Kashmir 3; inline hockey (women): Haryana 1, Andhra Pradesh 2 and Delhi 3; sub-junior girls category: Haryana; sub- junior boys: Punjab; junior girls: Haryana; junior boys: Haryana; senior women: Haryana; senior men: Haryana; inline women hockey: Haryana and inline men hockey: Haryana.



UT netball players excel

Chandigarh, February 18
Uttar Pradesh clinched the Netball Federation Cup 2009-10 defeating Chandigarh in the final held at Police Academy Complex, Nashik (Maharashtra), recently.In the girls’ final, Chandigarh girls gave a tough fight to UP girls before going down 20-18 to secure a silver medal.

Earlier in the semifinal, Chandigarh defeated Haryana 16-12.

In the boys’ section, Chandigarh secured bronze medal, defeating Andhra Pardesh 32-7.

Madhu Bahl, vice-president of Netball Association of Chandigarh, honoured the winning teams. — TNS



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