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Corps of Signals celebrate centenary
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 14
As a part of centenary celebrations the Corps of Signals teams displayed their skills while visiting various military stations with an aim to enhance the Corps image and increase awareness amongst the general population.

The sources said the Signals were responsible for providing secure and reliable communication in the Army and had been pioneer of technological advancements in the Army.

To commemorate the occasion, a scintillating display of martial arts, followed by tunes played by the Corps of Signals military band, was organised at the Army Cantonment. A massive gathering of high ranking officers and jawans from all units with their families attended and enjoyed the unique show.

The programme commenced with the display of Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest known forms of martial art, which is quite popular in Kerala and adjoining states even today. The Kalaripayattu display was followed by yet another form of martial arts, Taekwondo, which is the most famous form of martial arts in the world.

The Taekwondo team which displayed its spellbinding art was raised in 1998 at Goa and had brought laurels to not only the Corps, but also to the Indian Army by winning medals in the National Games, National Championship and Federation Cup.

During the course of events, a unique feature in the form of silent drill was showcased wherein the members of the contingent performed a well rehearsed and flawless sequence of drill movements without any caution or word of command. The same was greatly appreciated and applauded by the audience.

As the final event of the show, the No. 1 Pipes and Drums Band of Corps of Signals treated the audiences to delightful and mesmerising music.



Club urges govt not to auction liquor vends on March 23
Tribune News Service

Morinda, March 14
Members of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Club, Morinda, urged the state excise department not to auction liquor vends in the state on March 23.

Club’s president Karnail Singh Jeet said as the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, who had sacrificed their lives for India’s Independence, was being observed on March 23, the decision of auctioning liquor vends on this very day would be considered as a disgrace to the martyrs and a shameful act on the part of the state government.

“It would also hurt sentiments of countrymen in general and of all those who would observe the martyrdom day throughout the country in particular. So, besides choosing some other day for auctioning liquor, the state government must declare the martyrdom day as dry day,” added the club members.

To express their resentment, club members submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.



Two held for burglary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Two persons were caught red-handed while committing a burglary in a house in Manimajra. Devinder Sharma of Subash Nagar in Manimajra alleged in his complaint to the police that Vijay Kumar, Ranjit Kumar, Deveer Pal, Chattri, Kirhan, Patra, all residents of Manimajra, barged into his residence to commit burglary yesterday. Vijay was caught red handed and Ranjit was nabbed from Indira Colony. The police arrested the duo and produced them before a local court, which remanded them to judicial custody. The remaining accused are still absconding.

Two held

Moti Lal of Colony No 5 reported to the police that Rahul and Balpreet of Phase 10, Mohali tired to speed away from Sector 49 Petrol Station without paying the bill for the fuel.

They were handed over to the police and a case of cheating, misappropriation, causing injuries and damaging property was registered.


Mohat of Pinjore filed a complaint with the police that a group of youngsters armed with batons assaulted him outside a discotheque in Sector 8, last night. He suffered injuries on his head and arm. He was admitted to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The victim told the police that he did not recognise the assailants and had no dispute with anyone. A case has been registered.

Criminal trespass

Indu Bala of Palsora filed a complaint with the police alleging that Pritpal of Yamuna Nagar, Varinder Singh of Mundi Kharar, Darshan of Ludhiana, Rajni Bala of Patiala, Joginder Kaur of Jagadhari forcibly entered her residence yesterday.

The police arrested the accused after registering a case of rioting criminal trespass and criminal intimidation.

Car stolen

Gurjivan Singh Shekhon of Sector 32 complained to the police that his Ford Fiesta car (CH 03 Z 9789) had been stolen from Sector 11 on Friday. A case has been registered.



Devinder Kapoor lifts tennis title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
Devinder Kapoor of the Total Tennis Academy clinched the first title in the ongoing Late LD Kapoor Memorial Total Tennis Championship for seniors being played at YMCA Sector 11, here today.

Devinder defeated the second seed Jasmer Singh Walia of Chandigarh by 8-3 in just 35 minutes in the above 35category.

The longest match of the championship was played between top seed Devinder Kapoor and the third seed Sham Jagat of Chandigarh in the above 35 category, which lasted for over 3 hours. Sham Jagat won the first set by 6-4, in the second set Jagat was serving for the match at 5-4 (40-15) but Devinder came back strongly to win the second set in the tie breaker, then Devinder put early pressure on Jagat in the Third set and won it by 6-3. The final score was read in the favour of Devinder Kapoor 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. In the second semifinals. second seed Jasmer Singh Walia too had to stretch for three sets before beating Anil Sethi of Chandigarh by 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, which lasted for over two hours.

In the above 45 age category, TPS Mann would face MS Dhillon in the final to be played tomorrow morning. Mann beat RM Sharma of ITBP by 8-3 and Dhillon had to stretch till the tie breaker before beating the second seed Harish Saini by 8-7(7-5) in one hour 20 minutes. In the 50+ category, BB Mehta will face MS Dhillon in the final tomorrow. Mehta beat R.S.Mehta of Himachal by 8-3, while Dhillon beat BNS Negi also of Himachal by 8-2.

In the above 35 category doubles, top seeded pair of Devinder Kapoor and Jasmer Walia will be facing the second seed pair of Sham Jagat and Ajay Yashpaul in the final tomorrow. Devinder and Jasmer beat RK Choubey and Rakesh Sharma by 8-1 as the second seed Sham and Ajay beat Harish Saini and Chander Verma by 8-4.

Brief results: Above 35 singles semifinal: Devinder Kapoor beat Sham Jagat 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, Jasmer Singh Walia beat Anil Sethi 4-6, 6-4, 6-0,

Final: Devinder Kapoor beat Jasmer Walia 8-3,

Above 45 singles semifinal: TPS Mann beat RM Sharma 8-3, MS. Dhillon beat Harish Saini 8-7(5),

Above 50 singles semifinal: BB Mehta beat RS Mehta 8-3, MS Dhillon beat BNS Negi 8-2,

Above 35 doubles semifinal: Devinder/ Jasmer beat RK Choubey/ Rakesh Sharma 8-1, Sham Jagat/ Ajay Yaspual beat Harish Saini/ C Verma 8-4

Above 45 doubles semifinal: Harish Saini/ TPS Mann beat Antarpal/ Rakesh Kumar 8-3, B.B. Mehta/ MS Dhillon beat RK Choubey/ Rakesh Sharma 8-6.



Bharat Kesho Cricket Tourney
Godrej, Emirates storm into semifinals
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 14
Godrej and Boyce-XI, Emirates Trading Agency, HDFC Bank and CITI Financial have entered the semifinals of the seventh Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial Cup League Cricket Tournament being played at Cricket Stadium, Sector 3.

Earlier, Godrej and Boyce -XI had beaten ICICI Bank by 6 wickets to enter the semi-final in the previous league match held on March 7.

In the first match of the day, Emirates Trading Agency thrashed ICICI Bank by 8 wickets to enter the semifinal. Batting first, ICICI Bank failed to put up any resistance to the tight line and length bowling spell by Emirates Trading Agency bowlers and were bundled out for 130 runs in just 23.3 overs. Pankaj Uppal 26, Baljeet Singh 29, Gurmeet Dhindsa 28, Sanjay Rana 20 were the only batsmen, who faced the Emirates bowling with some courage. For Emirates, Ashish Pujara and Maneesh Nanda were the pick of the bowlers who took 3 wickets each giving away 18 and 14 runs, respectively. Kapil Chawla and Naveen Puri were the other bowlers who scalped two wickets each for 20 and 17 runs, respectively.

Maneesh Nanda of Emirates Trading Agency was declared the Man of the Match. Chasing a victory target of 131, Emirates Trading Agency easily scored 132 runs in just 20.3 overs losing only two wickets in the process. Akash Batra 46 not out, Maneesh Nanda 40 not out and Ritesh Puri 20 were the main scorers. For ICICI Bank, Akul Juneja was the only successful bowler, who took two wickets giving away 35 runs.

Brief scores: ICICI Bank: 130 all out in 23.3 overs (Pankaj Uppal 26, Baljeet Singh 29, Gurmeet Dhindsa 28, Sanjay Rana 20, Asish Pujara 3 for 18, Maneesh Nanda 3 for 14, Kapil Chawla 2 for 20, Naveen Puri 2 for 17.)

Emirates Trading Agency: 132 for 2 in 20.3 overs (Akash Batra 46 not out, Maneesh Nanda 40 not out, Ritesh Puri 20, Akul Juneja 2 for 35).

In the second league match of the day, HDFC Bank defeated CITI Financial by 60 runs. Gurinder Saini of HDFC bank was declared the Man of the Match.

Batting first, HDFC Bank scored 160 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Gurinder Saini 92, Madan Lal 30 and Dashmeet Singh 20 were the main scorers. For CITI Financial, Rakesh took 3 wickets for 29 runs while Lekh Raj took 2 wickets for 8 runs.

In reply, CITI Financial failed to achieve the target and could score 100 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Ashok Thakur 34, Rakesh Kumar 30 and Rajinder Thakur 21 were the main scorers. For HDFC Bank Gurinder Saini, Gurjeet Singh and Chandan Madaan were the pick of the bowlers as they took two wickets each giving away 11, 7 and 10 runs respectively.

Brief Scores: HDFC Bank: 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Gurinder Saini 92, Madan Lal 30, Dashmeet Singh 20,Rakesh 3 for 29, Lekh Raj 2 for 8)

Citi Financial: 100 for 7 in 20 overs (Ashok Thakur 34, Rakesh Kumar 30, Rajinder Thakur 21,Gurinder Saini 2 for 11, Gurjeet Singh 2 for 7, Chandan Madaan 2 for 10).

The semifinal matches to be held between Godrej and Boyce-XI, Emirates Trading Agency, HDFC Bank and CITI Financial, will be held at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on March 21.



Girish, Jagdeep clinch golf titles
Our Golf Correspondent

The winners and runners-up are all smiles after the second TiE CEO Golf Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, March 14
Girish Virk logged 34 points to clinch the gross stableford title in the second TiE CEO Golf Tournament held on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here yesterday.

Finishing two points behind at 32 was Mohanjit Pooni, who finished runner-up in the tournament, which attracted 88 entries, according to Punjab and Chandigarh TiE president Puneet Vatsayan.

The nett stableford title went to Jagdeep Singh who logged 46 points. Nikhil Saraf and SS Channy tied for the second slot at 44. But Nikhil was declared the first runner-up as he played a better back nine.

Sunali Aggarwal was adjudged the best woman golfer of the tournament, organised by TiE, Punjab and Chandigarh, in association with Delhi TiE, Angel Network and Venture Capital Association,

“The tournament was played over 18 holes with a shot-gun start of 22 four-balls. The winners were declared on the basis of the handicaps derived from the Peoria system. The tournament committee secretly selected six holes. Following completion of the play, the six Peoria holes were announced and these were 2,3,7,10,15 and 18. The results were declared after adjusting the scores of these holes based on a pre-determined formula applicable to all players,” said Punjab and Chandigarh TiE executive director Shivneet Singh.



Refresher course from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 14
The Chandigarh Sports Council will organise a nine-day refresher course at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, from March 15 here. The course will aim at upgrading the technical knowledge in areas like scientific sports training methods, sports medicine, rehabilitation process and psychological aspect.

Stating this in a press release yesterday, JPS Sidhu, joint director sports, said eminent speakers would deliver lecturers.

He added that practical classes on innovative strategies would be held, in which experts from the Sports Authority of India/National Institute of Sports, Patiala, will deliberate upon various issues.



Under-10 T-20 tourney postponed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 14
The first Under-10 Twenty20 League Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Hansraj Cricket Academy (HCA), Sector 6, has been postponed to March 18. Earlier, the tournament was to start from today.

Stating this in a press note issued here today, Jaya Bhardwaj, principal, Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, said that all matches would be held at newly laid turf wicket of the HCA ground on the school premises. She said all matches would be played on Saturday, Sunday and gazetted holidays.

Bhardwaj said interested teams should deposit entry fee with Amarjit Singh, coordinator, HCA, before March 16 along with date of birth certificate of players. For any further query teams could contact Amar jit on his cell no 95010-31290, she added.



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