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Website of Ropar police by March: SSP
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 27
The Ropar police will launch its website by March. This “user friendly” website will also have separate pages informing common man on cyber crimes. Besides, CCTV cameras are being installed at all seven police stations of the district with control room at the SSP office.

Initially, on demonstration basis, CCTV cameras are being installed at the Sadar police station, enabling the SSP to monitor all police stations at the click of a button.

SSP Laxmi Kant Yadav said the cyber presence of the Ropar police would ensure greater reach to common man. While talking to group of 25 cops, who had undergone 40 days computer training, Yadav said people related queries such as passport verification or services available at the police’s Suvidha centre would be made available online as well.

The website would have a complete section dedicated to cyber crime and cyber safety. It would impart tips to the people to stay away from cyber criminals on prowl.

Upgrading the cops with information technology and its aspects, a batch of cops would be imparted training in second-level computer education from March 2 onwards. Apart from being taught regular intrinsic characters of computer education, these cops would also be taught ways to counter and investigate cyber crime.

Basic computer courses comprising Windows, MS office, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Internet education were imparted to the cops.



BJP to oppose corporation for Ambala
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 27
The Bharatiya Janata Party would oppose any move to have a municipal corporation for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt. According to BJP leaders, the party would oppose the proposal to have a joint municipal corporation for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt, a joint corporation for Jagadhri and Yamunanagar, and a corporation for Panchkula and Kalka.

Elaborating on the party point of view, Anil Vij, leader of the BJP Legislature Party, the party would oppose the move, as it was the brainchild of the Congress and would be against the interests of the people of both Ambala City and Ambala Cantt.

Anil said: “There was 10 km distance between Ambala City and Ambala Cantt and if the proposed municipal corporation had its office in the administrative complex at Ambala City, residents of Ambala Cantt would be put to great difficulty. Similarly, if the office of the proposed corporation was located at Ambala Cantt, people of Ambala City would face difficulty.

Elaborating on the negative aspects of the idea of having a municipal corporation for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt, Vij said the two towns had a different set of problems. “If the Mayor of the proposed corporation was from Ambala City, he would be biased against Ambala Cantt and the situation would be vice-versa.

The development of one of the two towns was thus likely to be adversely affected,” he added.

Vij said that people of Ambala Cantt had already been suffering ever since the district courts were shifted to Ambala City.

He said that the proposal could wait till the two towns had the required population and there were separate municipal corporations for Ambala City and Ambala Cantt.

He said his party favoured grant of municipal corporation status to towns, which had the required population.



Youth Fest
Polytechnic College wins overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 27
The two-day inter-polytechnic zonal youth festival for girls concluded at Government Polytechnic College, Patiala, today. Displaying great skills and talents, Government Polytechnic College won the overall trophy, whereas SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Ludhiana, was adjudged runner-up. Technical education assistant director Mohanbir Singh Sidhu, Punjab, was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners.

In a fancy dress competition, Lord Krishna Polytechnic College, Kapurthala, bagged the first prize, SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Ludhiana, was second and Government Polytechnic College, Patiala, was declared third.

In giddha competition, Government Polytechnic College, Patiala, was declared first, SRS Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Ludhiana, was second and Government Polytechnic College, Hoshiarpur, was adjudged third.

Host college principal Manjit Singh Mann congratulated the winners and thanked Prof Gurbakshish Singh, Prof SP Singh, Prof Amandeep Kaur and Prof Rupinder Singh Tiwana for organising the festival.



Junior science colleges in engg institutes
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 27
Junior science colleges will be set up in all engineering institutions of Punjab to improve science education at Class XII level. Technical education principal secretary Suresh Kumar said this while addressing a gathering at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran. He added that these junior colleges would begin from the forthcoming session.

He further added that in these junior science colleges, the students would be given science education of Class XII level, which would be at par with the Class XII exams conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Emphasising the need for training teachers of the engineering colleges, he said the first technical teachers’ training centre of the state would be started by next year. “Financial assistance needed for the project will be taken from World Bank. This training will be completed in a period of 8-9 months,” he added.



NSS organises plantation drive
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 27
The NSS unit of Vidya Sagar College of Management and Technology (VSCMT) organised its first NSS camp on its premises.

A tree plantation and campus cleanliness drive was undertaken.

Chief guest, Dr Paramveer Singh, NSS coordinator, Punjabi University, Patiala, planted a neem tree. The students planted more than 50 saplings of fruit and shade trees.

While addressing the students, Dr Paramveer Singh emphasised upon the role of social service through the platform of NSS in upliftment of society.

College director PK Mehta along with the faculty welcomed the chief guest and encouraged the students to participate in social activities.



YPS celebrates annual day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 27
Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, celebrated its annual day on the school premises here today.

The programme began with the arrival of the chief guest, NPS Aulakh, Director-General of Police, National Security Guards, India, and an ex-student of YPS.

After the introduction to the academic staff, the programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by the invocation song, speeches by the principal, head boy, head girl and the chief guest.

Aulakh then gave away the prizes to students who excelled in academics, co-curricular activities and sports in 2009. The programme ended with a colourful and entertaining variety programme, which comprised Saraswati vandana - a classical dance, a classical recital by the school orchestra, Hindi skit, tango dance, an English play - ‘Pygmalion’ and the school song. The function was largely attended by parents, present and old students of the school.



Man hit by truck, dies

Dera Bassi, February 27
A 55-year-old man died after being hit by a speeding truck at the bus stand late last night. The deceased has been identified as Ratan Singh, a resident of Dappar village.

The incident took place when he was standing at the bus stand to board a bus for Dappar along with his cousin. While he was walking towards the bus to board, the truck coming from Zirakpur side hit him from the rear. He was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared him brought dead. The truck driver managed to flee from the spot. Investigating official stated that the body of the deceased has been handed over to the family after conducting a post-mortem. A case has been registered. — TNS



Motorcyclist injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Kalka, February 27
A recklessly driven truck hit a motorcyclist on a steep road on Kalka - Paploha road yesterday, in which the motorcyclist was hurt seriously. He belonged to a near by village.

According to information available, the incident took place when Gian Singh, resident of Naggal Bhagga village was on his way to Kalka on his motorcycle, when he was hit by a truck.

He sustained serious head injuries.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kalka, from where he was referred to PGI, Chandigarh. His condition is said to be critical. The truck driver is absconding.



ITI instructors to gherao minister's residence

Bassi Pathana, February 27
On the call given by the state unit, the newly appointed instructors of the local ITI recently organised a gate rally in protest against the failure of the government to increase their salaries.

They raised slogans against the government and said they would intensify the stir and gherao the residence of technical minister Chaudhry Swarna Ram tomorrow at Phagwara. Addressing the protest rally, Vinay Kumar, Indu Parbhakar, Sudarshan Singh and Captain Singh lashed out at the state government for not increasing their salary and for anomalies in their pay structure. — OC



Body found
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 27
Body of an unidentified man was found near the railway lines of Sirhind railway station today.

The man appeared to be in 40’s and had an amputated limb. Police officials said efforts were on to identify the body, as no identity card or any other document was found from his body.

The police officials said a religious symbol (OM) had been tattooed on his left arm.

Inquest proceedings have been initiated and body has been kept in a mortuary for identification.



100-kg poppy husk seized
Tribune News Service

Lalru, February 27
The police seized 100 kg of poppy husk from a car at Lehli village late last evening.

A police team had set up a barricade and stopped the car, which was coming from Ambala side, before the naka. The driver of the car managed to flee from the scene. On search, the police found two bags containing poppy husk from the car.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.



Amritsar Improvement Trust Case
Hearing postponed till April 10
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
In the Amritsar Improvement Trust case registered by the Punjab vigilance against former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, a local court today postponed the hearing of the case till April 10.

The orders were passed after the former Chief Minister’s counsel informed the court that the case had been challenged in the Supreme Court on constitutional ground.

Later talking to mediapersons, the former CM said the decision taken by Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi regarding the president of PPCC would be acceptable to everyone. Regarding resignation by Kiranbir Singh Kang as president of Youth Akali Dal, the former CM said he was not aware about the leaders and would not like to comment on it.

Meanwhile, in the corruption case against Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his family members, the court examined four witnesses.

Security breach

When former CM Capt Amarinder Singh sat in his vehicle after coming out of the court, an unidentified person posing as a journalist sneaked near the driver’s seat to capture CM’s pictures on his handy cam. On realising the breach in security for the Z category VIP, the man was pulled out and asked for his identity. When he failed to produce any proof, he was shoed away.



Man gets 5-yr RI for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
The local court today sentenced Vinay Kumar, a resident of Sector 41, to five years rigorous imprisonment for raping a girl in April 2008. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.

The complainant had alleged that Vinay had become friendly with her while working in a shop. She had alleged that the accused had established a physical relationship with her after promising that he would marry her.

When the girl repeatedly asked him about the marriage, Vinay tried to avoid her and told her that he would marry her. Annoyed at this the girl had filed a complaint against the accused in Sector 39 police station on April 23, 2008.



3 held for consuming liquor at public place
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Three persons identified as Suresh Kumar, resident of Zirakpur, Arshdeep and Jaskaran residents of Rajiv Vihar Mani Majra, were arrested for consuming liquor at public places. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against them. All accused have been released on bail and investigations by the police were on.


Ashish Sharma, resident of Sector 44, reported that some one had stolen Pulsar motorcycle No. CH-04-J-8364, from front of house no 2553 Sector-22-C, on February 24. In another case, Thakur Dass Gosai, resident of Sector 49-D, reported that some one had stolen a gas cylinder from his house on February 18.

Beating cases

The Mani Majra police has arrested Rinku, alias Daljit, resident of Mani Majra for threatening and beating Hardeep Singh, resident of the same area, near his house last night. In another case, Tuntun Kumar, resident of Colony no 5, complained that Amarjit Singh, alias Tota, Vinod, Sonu etc., had beaten/threatened him near Pandit Colony, Kajehri, on February 25.



Punjab & Haryana HC team outplay Delhi
Justice TPS Mann gives scintillating batting performance
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
A quick fire of 41 runs off 22 balls by Justice TPS Mann enabled Punjab and Haryana High Court (Punjab and Haryana HC) Chief Justice XI beat Delhi High Court Chief justice XI by seven wickets in T-20 match played at PCA Stadium here today.

After winning the toss, Chief Justice Mukul Moudgil of the Punjab and Haryana HC opted to field first. Justice Valmiki J Mehta and Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed opened the innings for the Delhi team.

The two stitched an opening wicket partnership of 77 runs in 11.3 overs before Justice Valmiki was out for 34 runs off 40 balls, inclusive of 3 boundaries. Justice Badar was then joined by Justice S Murlidhar. Justice Badar, who was playing exceedingly well, fell over while attempting a second run and hurt his shoulder in the process. He retired hurt for 39 runs of 33 balls aided by 4 boundaries.

The Delhi team lost their skipper Justice Madan B Lokur when he was stumped by Justice Mann of the bowling of Justice Ajay Tiwari for 9 at the score of 104. Next man Justice Vikranjit Sen was bowled by Justice Rakesh Jain for 13 while Justice Murlidharan remained unbeaten on 27 off 21 balls with 2 fours and 1 six. The Delhi innings ended at 142 for 3 in 20 overs. Justice Vinod Sharma 1 for18 Justice Tiwari 1 for 21 and Justice Rakesh Jain 1 for 31 were the main wicket takers for the Punjab and Haryana HC.

Replying, the Punjab and Haryana HC team notched up 144 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in just 14.4 overs. Justice Jaswant Singh and Justice Vinod Sharma opened the innings. The Chandigarh team lost their first wicket at 16 when Justice Vinod Sharma was clean bowled by Justice Rajeev Shakhdar for 4. Then Justice Mann joined Justice Jaswant and the duo stitched a second wicket partnership of 79 runs in 8 overs before Justice Mann was castled by Justice S Murlidhar for 41 of 22 balls studded with 6 fours. Justice Jaswant in the meanwhile continued to play with great abandon and was third man out at 111 when he was caught by Justice Sidharth Mridul (wicket keeper) off the bowling of Justice Vikramjit Sain for 37 of 34 balls inclusive of 5 well struck boundaries. Chief Justice Mukul Moudgil retired for 14 off 10 balls Justice RK Jain 13 of 12 balls and Mohinder pal 10 of 6 balls saw the team go past the victory target of 143.

Justice mann for his quick fire knock was declared the man of the match. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar, Judge, Supreme Court, India, gave away trophies and mementos to both teams.

Brief scores:

Delhi High Court Chief Justice XI: 142 for 3 in 20 overs (Justice Valmiki 34, Justice Badar 39, Justice Murali 27, Justice Rakesh Jain 1/3, Justice Vinod Sharma 1/18, Justice Tewari 1/21) Punjab and Haryana High Court: 144 for 3 in 14.4 (Justice Jaswant 37, Justice T.P.S Mann 41, Justice Mukul Moudgil 14 (Retd hurt), Justice Rajiv 1/13, Justice Murli 1/32, Justice Vikram 1/26.



Vampire Trophy
Guntashveer stars in Vampire XI win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
An excellent performance by Guntashveer and Sandeep Bhattcharya enabled Vampire XI to beat Dell by 20 runs in the Inaugural Vampire Trophy being played at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Dell won the toss and decided to field first, but their decision was proved wrong, as the duo, Guntashveer 54 runs off just 37 balls, including eight fours and Sandeep Bhattacharya 82 runs off 54 balls, including nine fours and two sixes hammered the bowlers all around the ground. Vampire XI were able to put up a massive score of 180 runs for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. For Dell, Ankur was the most successful bowler who took three wickets giving away 32 runs in his allotted four overs.

Chasing the winning total, Dell XI were bundled out for 160 runs in the 19th over. Lovepreet 36 and Abhisek 22 were the main scorers for their team. For Vampire XI, Jaggi was the pick of the bowlers who took two wickets giving away only eight runs. Vijay and Rock were the other wicket takers who also took two wickets each giving away 14 and 23 runs, respectively.

Brief scores:

Vampire XI: 180 runs for 5 in 20 overs (Sandeep Bhattacharya 82, Guntashveer 54 not out, Rocky Ratta 21 and Ankur 3 for 32).

Dell XI: 160 all out in 19 overs (Lovepreet 36, Abhisek 22, Vijay 2 for 14, Jaggi 2 for 8 and Rocky 2 for 23).

Tomorrow’s fixture: Samsung XI will take on Vampire XI at the same venue.



YPS Athletics Meet
Tanuj emerges best athlete
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
Tanuj Thakur bagged the Harjesh Boparai Trophy (Best Athlete U-19 boys) during the annual athletics meet of the Yadavindra Public School, which concluded here today.

In the girls events, Jigisha Dosajh of Nalagarh House turned out to be the star of the show as she set seven new school records.

SS Srivastava, SSP, Chandigarh police, gave away the prizes to winners. He admired the strength, courage and stamina of the athletes and congratulated them on their successes.

Alam Dhanoa U-10 (Ranjit House), Rahil Verma U-12 and Karmanbir Singh U-14 (both Aitchison House), and Gurinder Singh U-17 (Tagore House) were declared best athlete in the boys category.

Shruti Raj U-10 (Aitchison House), Rishu Taneja U-12 (Nalagarh House), Jigisha Dosajh U-14 (Nalagarh House), Tarini Ravjit U-17 (Aitchison House) and Harkiran Nain U-19 (Tagore House) were declared best athletes in the girls’ section.

Tagore House came first, Aitchison 2nd, Patiala 3rd, Nalagarh 4th and Ranjit House was 5th respectively.



Yoga week at Rishikesh from March 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
In order to promote the ancient science of yoga, Uttarakhand Tourism would be organising the international yoga week at Rishikesh (Uttaranchal) from March 1.

SS Rana, manager (administrative), Uttarakhand Tourism, stated this at the ongoing Indian Travel Mart being held at a local hotel of the city to promote religious tourism. He said world-renowned experts of yoga and meditation would be participating in the weeklong festivity.

Rana said the state-run tourism boards, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMNM) and Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMNV), were offering best offers to attract the tourists, particularly pilgrims.

Yoga packages in just Rs 1,500 for two nights and three days, while Rs 7,500 for seven nights and eight days were being charged from Indian citizens, he added.

He said various events of international repute like international yoga week at Rishikesh, White Water River Rafting, SAF Winter Games at Auli and ongoing Kumbh Mela at Haridwar are quite a few addition in the state tourism calendar.



Merc Trophy golf begins
Our Golf Correspondent

Panchkula, February 27
The 10th Mercedes Trophy regional golf tournament was teed off on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

The regional rounds will also be held in Mumbai on March 13 and 14, and in Delhi on March 19 and 20.

Winners of the regional contests will converge on the greens of the Oxford Golf and Country Club, Pune, for the Indian finals of the Mercedes Trophy Golf Tournament.

The top three winners of the national event will participate in the Mercedes Trophy world final to be held at Stuttgart in Germany.

The Panchkula tournament saw Mercedes golf enthusiasts put their best foot forward after a gun-shot start.

The ceremonial tee off was done by Mr Devdutta Chandavarkar, director, aftersales, Mercedes Benz, India.



EuroKids School’s athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Tiny tots of EuroKids School, Zirakpur, participated in various events during the annual athletics meet held on the school premises.

Races like fly like a bird, cartoon parade, banana race and make a boat race were organised for tiny tots.

Chief guest Niyati Chitkara, principal of Chitkara International School, gave away prizes to the wining students. She emphasised on the importance of pre-schooling in the early years of a child’s development.

Earlier, Maanvinder Singh Mangat, principal EuroKids, congratulated winners.



City boxers fail to make it to final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
It was a disappointing day for the city boxers, as none of the them could make it to the final of the 17th AK Misra All-India Senior Men Boxing Championship being held at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, here today.

In the 49 kg category, Vikas of Chandigarh A lost to Bony Singh of ASI 0-5, while Pankaj of Punjab beat Jagdeep of PEPSU 4-1.

Mukesh of Chandigarh A lost to Sanjay of ASI 0-5 in the 52 kg category, while Shah of AIP beat Dheeraj of PEPSU 4-1.

In the 56 kg category, Vishwanath AIR beat Paramjeet of Chandigarh B 5-0, whereas Kamal of ARM beat Summy of Haryana 13-2.

Karamveer of Chandigarh A lost his bout to Neeraj ASI 0-3 in the 60 kg category, while Pradeep of ARM thrashed Amarjeet of Haryana 9-1.

In the 64 kg category, Thoi Thoi of ASI beat Pradeep 10-3.



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