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ASI’s son held for robbery
Tribune News Service

Lalru, March 8
The police arrested Manjit Singh, son of an ASI of the Punjab Police, in connection with a robbery case that occurred at a jewellery shop in Dappar village, near Lalru, on December 25, last year.

However, three other robbers involved, are still at large.

The investigating officer Gurmail Singh, an ASI in the Handesra police post, said they arrested Manjit, son of an ASI wireless of the Punjab Police, posted at Shambu village, while he was walking towards Lehli village.

He was produced in the Dera Bassi Court on Monday and was sent to one-day police remand, the investigating officer added.

During preliminary investigation, the officer said it was found that the arrested youth was a drug-addict and met with the other miscreants at a tavern in Ambala. The other accused would be identified after a the interrogation as Manjit asserted that he could not recall their names, the investigating officer said.

He said Manjit was working in Ambala-based private firm and was living in a rented accommodation at Ambala. The family members also told the police that he was a drug-addict and they had disowned him.

The incident occurred when four unidentified youths robbed a Lalru-based Jewellery shop. On December 25, 2009, three youths entered the shop and asked the owner if he could repair a ring. After spraying some chemical at his face they managed to flee, along with jewellery and cash. They escaped in Alto car waiting outside the shop.

Lalru SHO Deepinder Singh said Manjit was arrested on tip-off from Lehli village and the police was conducting raids at other places to nab the accused.



Students join polio campaign

Bassi Pathana, March 8
On the second day of the three-day polio campaign, the local health department, in collaboration with students of schools, administered polio drops to children by going door-to-door in the town and slum areas today.

SMO Kuldeep Singh Kang inaugurated the campaign. He said 3,032 children were administered polio drops within two days. The department had constituted 14 teams, including mobile and transit teams, to cater to the remote areas. He said on the last day of the campaign the teams would ensure that no child remained without polio drops. — OC



Sukhmani institute organises contests to mark Women’s Day
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, March 8
The International Women’s Day was celebrated at the campus of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, here today.

Girl students dressed in traditional Punjabi attire welcomed Kanwaljit Kaur, chief guest, on the occasion and guest of honour, Prof Avtar Singh, chairman, Sri Sukhmani Group.

The function was organised by the Department of Applied sciences and Humanities.

A number of events like declamation, poster making, slogan writing and a special presentation on women in the 21st Century were presented by Sumit of CCE branch.

Prof Gurpreet Kaur, Registrar, spoke on the occasion, urging women to march ahead in life and stressing that everyone should celebrate Women’s Day every single day of ones life. She also urged to celebrate humanity more than the Women’s Day.



Blood donation camp,seminar held
Tribune News Service

Ropar/Kharar, March 8
The International Women’s Day was observed by holding blood donation camp and seminars at different places. About 286 units of blood were donated during a blood donation camp at IET Bhaddal, Ropar.

Chief guest Harinder Kaur Brar, assistant commissioner, excise and taxation, Ropar, said women should know they had been given the power of creation by nature. Chairperson Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh said no society could develop without giving equal rights to women.

She said it was the 13th blood donation camp at IET, Bhaddal campus, wherein three teams from Rotary Club, Chandigarh, blood bank, Ropar and blood bank, Nawanshehr participated. An exhibition of work done by girls of stitching and embroidery centre, being run by the Rural Development and Goodwill Mission of the institute, was also organised.

Fifteen girls and women who had successfully completed the six months training of stitching and embroidery were awarded certificates.

Sarabjit Kaur from Dekwala village was adjudged the best student and was honoured with a sewing machine. There were various competitions and Avneet Narang was given Woman of the Day award.

Also a seminar on HIV-AIDS was held at the Civil Hospital, Kharar. Staff members of the Civil Hospital, teachers from Government Senior Secondary School, Kharar, staff of State Chemical Examiner, State Training Institute and various NGOs from city, students from various Nursing Schools, other schools and general public participated in the seminar.

SMO Dr Jai Singh presided over the function along with Dr SP Sharma, chemical examiner, Punjab. Dr Rajneet Randhawa, pathologist-cum-BTO, Civil Hospital, Kharar, gave details on HIV-AIDS, its historical details of various aspects, causes, investigations, treatment part, preventive measures and other social implications, especially to teenager and students.

SS Sangha, MD of Doaba Group of Colleges, said at Doaba College of Education that men and women should act as complementary forces. He added that India was celebrating this Women’s Day with a landmark political event as the government was all set to table Women’s Reservation Bill in the upper house of Parliament on March 8.



Awareness campaignon H1N1 soon
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 8
A special educative campaign on swine flu to instill awareness among the public about the infection will be launched soon. Addressing a meeting of officials in this context, deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti said groups of four to five people from various departments would be sent to a three-day training camp to educate peer groups.

“Besides this, the education, health and rural development departments will educate ‘panchayats’ on their own level. Though swine flu is curable emphasis is being laid on controlling its spread as an epidemic”, he added.

The Punjab Red Cross Punjab is undertaking a special campaign in Ropar and educative material would also be distributed in this context. To manage the campaign effectively, a district level committee will be set up.

Earlier, the International Red Cross Society selected Bathinda, Faridkot and Hoshiarpur as nodal districts for implementing the project, but later Hoshiarpur was replaced by Ropar.



Ambala DC clears 96 mutation cases
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 8
The Ambala Deputy Commissioner, Sameer Pal Srow, here today cleared mutation of 96 commercial sites pending for approval for a long time in the office of the municipal council at Ambala Cantt.

The decision to clear the mutations was taken at a darbar organised by the Deputy Commissioner. Srow today said the mutations of the cases, which fell in the freehold category, including the areas of the Housing Board, the Railway Road and Rai Market, had been cleared today. He said the other cases would also be dealt with speedily.

There had been a rush of site plans submitted for approval in the office of the Ambala Municipal Council ever since there were speculations that Ambala would have a municipal corpora- tion with the merger of the civic bodies of Ambala Cantt and Ambala City.

Sources in the municipal council said people had started submitting building plans for commercial sites apprehending that the work would become cumbersome once the municipal corporation came into being.

These sources said over 60 commercial site building plans had been submitted to the municipal council for approval since December.

This had been done to rush through approval before the corporation came into being. However, there were others in the council who maintained that the rush had increased since the fee for having the site plans approved were likely to go up steeply in the coming few months.

Real estate agents said a large number of commercial establishments had come up in the areas of Jagadhri Gate, Kacheri Road, Jalbera Road and Baldev Nagar. Similarly, there was a spurt in building activity in the areas of Geeta Nagri, Manav Chowk, and from Arya Samaj to the Police Lines road.

Sources disclosed that there were a total of 260 cases of mutations pending in the office of the municipal council and out of these 96 had been cleared today.



‘Women must raise voice against female foeticide’
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 8
“Women themselves will have to raise voice against female foeticide to stem this menace and make significant contribution in society,” Social Security and Women and Child Development, Technical Education and Vocational Training Minister Chaudhary Swarna Ram said this while addressing a gathering at a state-level women’s day celebrations held here today.

He said today was the most significant day for women in the country, as the Women Reservation Bill granting 33 per cent was introduced in Parliament. “Despite the fact that women are the other half of the world, they are not being given equal opportunities in any sphere,” he observed.

He said that under the Kanya Jagriti Jyoti Scheme, girl students are given stipends for their education. Till now

38, 200 girl students have been given stipends and 8,000 new beneficiaries would be covered this year.

TR Sarangal, Chief Secretary, Social Security And Women And Child Development Department, Punjab, said under the Old-Age Pension Scheme 1,309,096 beneficiaries would be benefited this year.

Prominent among others included MLA Charanjit Singh Channi, Preetam Singh Sallomajra, Satwant Kaur and others.



Annual sports function

Ambala, March 8
Police DAV Public School, Ambala City, organised annual sports function of its primary wing today. Gurmail Singh, president NIMA, Ambala, was the chief guest.

Various sports competitions like frog race, long race, balloon race, shoelace-tie race, potato race and fast race were organised. The students also presented a cultural show.

The chief guest encouraged the young sportsmen. The winners were awarded with medals and certificates. Principal Vikas Kohli made the children aware by telling that sports play a major role in the development of a healthy body. — OC



Lack of Funds
Midday meal scheme faces closure
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 8
The midday meal scheme, which was started in all government schools, today faces the danger of closure due to lack of funds. Sometimes it takes two months for the government to release cheques, which has become a major challenge for teachers.

There are some schools that, however, manage to provide meals even in these times due to their acquaintance with shopkeepers who provide them the ration. They pay the money for the entire period to these shopkeepers on realisation of cheques.

However, some schools have closed down the midday meal schemes due to lack of money. “There are some schools that did not receive the cheques for almost two and a half months. The teachers of these schools paid the expenditure from their pockets for some time, but later closed the scheme till the checks were released on February 28,” said one of the teachers.

Moreover, the teachers have been made in-charge for all purchases. So it becomes difficult for them to balance teaching and managing the meals. “It gets difficult to buy vegetables for Monday as Sunday is a holiday. The teachers have to manage this task despite the fact that they have just one holiday,” added another teacher.

To add to the trouble, the rise in prices of essential commodities such as pulses, vegetables and rice has created crisis of sorts. Another teacher informed that they had been asked to prepare ‘halwa’ on one of the weekdays whereas they do not even have a big ‘kadai’ for its preparation. “We have to often borrow it from Gurdwaras,” the teacher added.



Book released to mark Women’s Day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 8
The Nanhi Chaan Cell of Khalsa College, Patiala, running under the patronage of Jathedar Avtar Singh, President, SGPC, Amritsar, organised a book release function and a day light candle march to mark the centenary year of International Women Day today on the college campus.

Chief guest Balbir Kaur, Director, Department of Language, Punjab, released an anthology ‘Ardh Sariri Mokh Dwari’ edited by Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, principal of Khalsa College, Dr Gurdish, head, Department of Punjabi. This book is a collection of poems written by eminent Punjabi poets like Prof Mohan Singh, Satinder Singh Noor, Sukhvinder Amrit, Gurminder Sidhu, Gurbhajan Gill, Harbhajan Singh etc. highlighting various women issues.

While addressing the gathering, the chief guest said female foeticide was an extreme form of violence against woman. Dr Ubha expressed his views that there was an urgent need of shaping public opinion so that women could have freedom to define and achieve their full potential and live purposeful lives. He said that the objective of Nanhi Chaan Project was to create mass awakening among people against much condemnable evil of female foeticide and injustice to women.

The chief guest flagged off the day light candle march as a part of International Women Day celebrations. Teaching, non-teaching staff members and 500 students of the college participated in the march. The march started from the college passing through Fountain Chowk, Head, Post Office road and Leela Bhawan. 



HRD Ministry fined for failing to reply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The failure of HRD Ministry and three other official respondents to file a reply to a petition, even after the lapse of nearly one year, has not gone down well with the high court. The bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh imposed a cost of Rs 5,000 each on the respondents.

The bench asserted the orders for filing the reply were issued on March 23 last year, but it has still not been filed. On the previous hearing, the bench had granted the respondents two weeks time to file the reply; and had also made it clear that the petition would be heard on the basis of existing pleadings in case of failure to do so.

The cost was imposed during the hearing of a petition filed against admission to MBA or post-graduate diploma in management offered by institutes across the country.



Pedestrian injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
A pedestrian was injured when he was hit by a car in Sector 8-C here last night. Surinder was hit by a speeding car as the driver lost control of his vehicle after it collided with two cars.

The driver of the car (PB06-0046) sped away from the scene. The victim was admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. A case was registered.

Theft cases

Sandeep Ahlawat of Mani Majra reported that someone stole a GPS system, registration papers and other documents from his car (CH04E-4438), which was parked in front of his residence, on the night 
of March 6.

In another incident, Parveen Kumar of Sector 32 lodged a complaint that someone had stole Rs 55,000 and two gold sets from his residence on the night of March 6. Two separate cases of theft were registered.



Ranjit Bajaj’s gunman held

Panchkula, March 8
After the arrest of Ranjit Bajaj, the district police claimed to have arrested one of his two private gunmen here today. Malkhan Singh (37) of the Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 of Chandigarh was arrested from his residence. No weapon was recovered from his possession, said the police.

The second accused, Mohinder, was still at large. Meanwhile, acting on a bail application filed by Ranjit, district and sessions judge SP Singh issued a notice to the Panchkula police to file its reply by March 11. Ranjit and two gunmen allegedly attempted to kill Gurmohan Singh Bedi on the night of January 29 and the police had registered a case against them. — TNS



Jewellery stolen
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 8
An unidentified youth fled with gold jewellery worth lakhs from the Gopal Jewellers, near the Zirakpur MC office here, this evening.

The police said Rajiv Kumar, owner of the shop, reported that the youth came to his shop around8 pm and asked for gold bangles.

When the shopkeeper was busy attending to other customers, the youth took the gold ornaments and managed to fled from the shop.

The shopkeeper immediately raised the alarm and informed the police. A police team went to the spot and started investigations.



Malwa College win PU kho-kho meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho (women) Championship, which concluded here today. Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, bagged the runners-up position.

In the final match, Malwa Central College defeated Dev Samaj College by 10-3 points to win the championship.

Earlier, in the semi-final matches Malwa Central College defeated Guru Ram Dass BEd College, Jalalabad, by 3-2 while Dev Samaj College had thrashed Doraha College of Education by 15-5 to enter the finals.

In the quarterfinals, held today, Malwa Central College thrashed Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal, by one turn and one point.



Kabaddi championship from March 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The two-day State Kabaddi Championship will be organised by Chandigarh Kabaddi Association (CKA) at Sports Complex, Sector 42, from March 13. Stating this in a press note here today Harjinder Singh, general secretary, CKA, said weigh in for senior, junior and sub-junior (boys and girls) would start from 9 am and those interested should deposit their entries with kabaddi coach Devinder Singh Kohli at the venue.

Harjinder said contests would be held in the men category below 80 kg and women below 70 kg. In the junior category, boys below 65 kg and girls below 60 kg weight could take part in the championship. The players should be born on or after January 1, 1990 in the junior category, he added. Similarly, in the sub junior boys and girls events the players with body weight below 50 kg and born on or after January 1, 1994 could participate in the tournament.



Cricket tourney

Chandigarh, March 8
The UT Cricket Association will organise the annual Knockout-cum-league Cricket Tournament in Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 27 here from March 14.

Stating this in press release here today, SS Bawa, secretary, UT Cricket Association, said all matches would be of 20 overs each side and added that the matches would be held on Saturday, Sunday and gazetted holidays.

Bawa said for entries and other details, teams could contact Mukesh Kumar on the school grounds after 2.30 pm. The last day of entry is March 11. — TNS



Sandeep aims for gold in Asian Games
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Sandeep Kundu, who has brought laurels to the city and the city police by securing gold in taekwondo at the 11th South Asian Games at Dhaka, will be aiming for the gold in the Asian Games.

Recently, Sandeep Kundu had bagged the gold medal in the men’s over-87kg category beating Ravindra Rajapaksha of Sri Lanka. The Indian contingent rounded off their taekwondo campaign with a gold, silver and two bronze medals.

A native of Jind district in Haryana and presently employed with the city police Sandeep had bagged gold in the sixth All-India Taekwondo Championship Princess Cup held in Thailand while in the eighth ICTO Championship held in July 2009 at Kuala Lumpur he secured silver medal. He has also won bronze medal in the 10th SAF Games. In the Asian Games held at Doha in Qatar in 2006 he had secured fourth position. He has won gold medals six times in the National Taekwondo Championship while in the state championship he has won gold medals 10 consecutive times.

Sandeep said he would be attending the national camp to be held in the third week of March to prepare for the forthcoming Asian Games to be held in China in November. Before that he would be a part of the Indian contingent to attend the two-month’s training camp to be held in Korea.

Sandeep said he was attracted to the game at the age of 14 and since then had never looked back. He said he was thankful to senior officers in the Police Department, who had extended their full support to him in achieving new heights in the taekwondo.



U-19 cricket trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Trials to select probables for the Indian under-19 team for the second Indo-Nepal Friendship Series, to be held at Kathmandu, Nepal, from March 21 to 31, will be held on March 11.

Players born on or after January 1, 1990, are eligible to participate in the trials, to be held at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, from 3 pm.

This was stated by RS Dhandiwal, general secretary of the Cricket Council of India, in a press note.



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