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Man held with 559 boxes of liquor
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 15
The police arrested one person with 559 boxes of illicit liquor here today. The accused has been identified as Gurjant Singh of Khadoli village, near Rajpura.

Addressing mediapersons, DSP Manmohan Sharma and SHO Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the accused was a notorious liquor smuggler and had been active in the area for the past several months.

He had been evading arrest so far in spite of several attempts of the police to trap him. He was arrested with an illegal consignment of liquor, which he was trying to smuggle from Chandigarh to Rajasthan.

The police officials said 100 boxes of kinnows had been loaded on to the truck to camouflage liquor boxes.

He said the accused admitted to smuggling liquor from Chandigarh to various parts of Haryana and Rajasthan where liquor was much much cheaper.

This time, the consignment was destined for Ganganagar.

Liquor smugglers have been purchasing liquor at cheaper rates from Chandigarh and smuggling it across Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other states to make a quick buck.

A case has been registered against the accused in this connection and would be produced before the magistrate tomorrow, said the police officials.



4 held with 700 bags of sugar
Tribune News Service

Banur, March 15
The local police, with the help of mobile wing of the excise and taxation department, arrested four persons, including three drivers and one supplier, for transporting sugar illegally from Ambala to Amritsar.

The police and department officials intercepted three trucks following a tip-off at a roadblock set up at the sales tax barrier this evening.

The drivers of the trucks produced some documents pertaining to the sale and purchase of the consignment but these were found to be fake.

Police officials said 700 bags of sugar were found in the trucks and their drivers were arrested from the barrier when their documents were found to be fake.

The officials said the three truck drivers had been identified as Amarjit Singh of Pipli, Kurukshetra; Rajinder Kumar of Kurukshetra; Raghubir Singh of Khera Daneshar, Haryana.

They added that a transporter who was accompanying the truckers in a car was later arrested. He was identified as Harmeet Singh of Rajpura.

A case under Sections 420, 467 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

The police officials said the accused would be produced in a local court and police remand of the accused would be sought to probe the hoarding of sugar and its illegal supply from Haryana to parts of Punjab. The police is investigating the matter.



500 examined at health fair
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
A local private hospital in association with the IMA organised its second health mela here.

District Planning Board chairman Surjit Singh Rakhra inaugurated the mela in which patients were examined and medicines were distributed free of cost.

Free medical lab tests, including BMD and BMI, were also carried out.

Over 500 patients were examined by a team of doctors. Commissioner, Patiala Division, Gurinder Singh Grewal inaugurated a blood donation camp in which 50 persons donated blood.

Also, Punjab Backward Classes Commission chairman Kirpal Singh Badungar and Punjab Medical Council president Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurated exhibitions on AIDS, female foeticide, environment protection and divine mantras.

A CME on “Present scenario of deteriorating health and health care” was inaugurated by Dr Jai Kishan, director, research and medical education, Punjab. Eminent doctors of different specialties presented their papers.



Sartaj gives Patiala a Sufi high
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
Utterances “Sai Ve Sadi Fariyaad Tere Tain” brought alive Rajindra Gymkhana Club as renowned Sufi singer Dr Satinder Sartaj gave a soulful performance during a cultural evening, “Mehfil-e-Satraj”, at the club last evening.

The programme was organised by the Society for Education, Sports, Folk Arts and Recreations (SESFAR), Patiala, in association with the club.

Minister of jails and cultural affairs Hira Singh Gabria was the chief guest and Youth Development Board chairman Gurpreet Singh presided over the function. Actor Punit Issar also attended the programme.

Sartaj began the evening in his traditional style by invoking God.

He then belted out hit numbers like “Je Koi Dasse Gal Tajurbe Wali Taan Suna Laiye”, “Dushman Ve Hove Phaven Dastar Ni Launi Chahidi” and “Motia Chameli”, etc.

His light composition “Adhi Kich Ch Start Sada Yamaha Hor Das Ki Bhaldi” received applause from the young audience.

Lauding Sartaj’s performance, Gabria said he was proud of artists who were working to promote Punjabi culture.

He announced that the Punjab government would honour artists who fought hard to preserve the Punjabi culture amidst the onslaught of foreign influence on the youth.

Former MC Commissioner SK Ahluwalia, chief patron, said Sartaj was a youth icon.



Plantation drive at Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
Nanhi Chaan Cell of Khalsa College, Patiala, celebrated Environment Conservation Day in order to mark Gurta Gaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Har Rai Ji on the college campus here.

In an effort to accelerate plantation drive in educational institutions, Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Bajaj, member SGPC, planted saplings. She stressed on the need of planting more trees for maintaining ecological balance to save earth from global warming.

College principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha said under the leadership of Jathedar Avtar Singh, president, SGPC, establishment of the Environment Conservation Cell and Nanhi Chaan Cell in educational institutions proved beneficial in spreading awareness among students regarding the problems of environmental pollution and female foeticide.

Dr Gurdish Kaur, convener of the Nanhi Chaan Cell, said 1,800 saplings were distributed among college students. Poem-writing and slogan-writing competitions on female foeticide were also organised to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

An anthology "Ardh Sariri Mokh Dwari", a collection of poems written by Punjabi Poets highlighting various women issues, was also released.

A Day Light Candle March was organised, in which 500 students and teaching and non-teaching staff members of the college participated.

She informed that the Nanhi Chaan Cell will organise National Kavi Darbar and seminar on “Rukh Ate Kukh: Sthiti Ate Chunotian” in the next session.



Fellowship for Virk
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
Punjabi poet and president of the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha Prof Anup Singh Virk has been awarded with a fellowship by Punjabi University. The fellowship has been bestowed on Professor Virk by Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh on the recommendations of the head of the university’s Punjabi department.

The fellowship carries an amount of Rs 8,000 per month for a period of three years. An author of nine Punjabi poetry books, Professor Virk has been honoured with many awards, including President’s Medal, Governor Red Cross Medal, “Shiromani Punjabi State Poet” by the Punjab languages department, “Prominent Poet” by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Safdar Hashmi medal and Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha medal.

The Punjabi Sahit Sabhas of Canada and the US have also honoured him. Professor Virk has served as head of Punjabi departments at Mohindra College, Patiala, Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, and Government Rajindra College, Bathinda.



Accident spells traffic chaos at bridge
Tribune News Service

Kurali, March 15
A car-truck collision on the local bridge led to a two-hour traffic snarl-up here today.

The incidence took place around 11.45 am when Inderjeet Kaur, a Chandigarh resident, was travelling from Ropar to Chandigarh in a Tata Safari. When the vehicle reached near the bridge, a speeding truck coming from behind sideswiped the driver’s side of the car.

In a bid to catch the truck driver, who fled after the accident, Inderjeet parked the car in the middle of the bridge and hitched a ride on a passing motorcycle. However, the truck driver managed to escape.

During the chase, Inderjeet lost her car keys and the car remained parked in the middle of the road, leading to traffic chaos.

Vehicles remained stranded for over two hours at the bridge. The traffic police finally removed the car using a crane to ease the flow of traffic.



Villagers air grievance at sangat darshan
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 15
The district administration organised a sangat darshan at nearby Abdulapur village to redress the grievances of people here today. Officers belonging to various government departments were present at the programme.

Addressing mediapersons, Deputy Commissioner Yashveer Mahajan said the NAREGA scheme had proved to be a boon for the development of villages as well as for the employment of rural people.

He said the district had received Rs 1.7 crore under the scheme. Out of this, Rs 1.66 crore had been spent on various projects like digging of ponds, disposal of sewer water, maintenance of environment, etc.

He said under the project, 66,000 persons were given employment, out of whom 38,000 were women.

He appreciated the work done by the village panchayat and urged other panchayats to take a lesson from it.

He urged village panchayats to rise above party politics and work towards the development of their respective villages and utilise government funds in a proper manner.

Redressing the grievances of people on the spot, the Deputy Commissioner directed the BDPO to remove encroachments from the village pond and make arrangements for the disposal of sewer water of village gurdwara.

He directed the sports officer to provide sports kit to the village youth sports club. He also assured the villagers of providing bus service to the village.

Later, he organised a sangat darshan at Bhamia village in Khamano sub-division.



Man booked for assaulting wife
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 15
The police has booked a man for injuring his wife by allegedly attacking with a sharp-edged weapon. The case was registered on the complaint of Sunita, a resident of Saini Vihar.

The investigating officer stated that Sunita was staying in a rented accommodation along with her children. She had married Jasvir Singh, who works as a driver, about a decade ago. After a few years of marriage, her husband started harassing her for dowry and she filed a case against him in Shimla. The panchayat told the couple to stay together and they shifted to Baltana. Sunita alleged that on March 12 her husband started abusing her and injured her with a sharp-edged weapon.

A case was registered after the medical examination of the victim.


Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking into a house at Badal Colony here on Sunday.

Parmod Kumar, a resident of the colony, said he had gone out with his family and when they returned home, they found the house ransacked. He claimed that gold jewellery, four watches and Rs 19,000 were missing.


An unidentified pedestrian was killed in a road accident near the JCBL factory on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Lalru on late Sunday night.

The incident took place when he was hit by a vehicle while walking towards the bus stop. The police said a passerby informed it about the incident and the victim died on the spot. The driver of the vehicle managed to flee.

The body has been kept at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for identification.



‘Khula darbar’ at Mehmoodpur
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 15
Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow spent a night at Mahmoodpur village during a “khula darbar” organised by the district administration in pursuance of a directive issued by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The Deputy Commissioner spent a night along with other senior officers of the district administration at the village yesterday and listened to the grievances of people of the village as also some adjoining villages. Srow today said during the darbar at least 174 complaints were received and were sent to the departments concerned with directions.

He said all complaints were attended to and would be disposed of within three weeks.

He told the villagers that the darbar had been orgnaised on the directions of the Chief Minister. He said it was proposed to organise more such darbars in the future.

During the darbar, 2,100 saplings were planted by villagers at the initiative of chairman of the Haryana Pollution Control Board Ajaib Singh Chahal. He said the afforestation programme would be intensified.



Vets wear black badges

Ambala, March 15
The local unit of the State Veterinary Association wore black badges to press their demands here today.

Addressing the members, unit president RK Verma and secretary Raghuvir Mehla said the state government had not fulfilled their demands even after the repeated announcements by the Chief Minister.

They said if their demands were not accepted, the association would launch a statewide agitation.

They are demanding 5,400 grade in pay band-3 as recommended by the sixth pay commission and six advance increments to postgraduates in case of the HCMS. They said the association would submit memoranda to deputy commissioners of various districts on March 22. From March 23 to 28, the memoranda would be submitted to MLAs and ministers of the state. — OC



Cop acquitted in graft case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
A special CBI district court today acquitted a constable with the Chandigarh police, Surinder Singh, in a graft case.

The CBI special court of Darshan Singh acquitted the constable in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court acquitted him on the basis of absence of strong evidence to prove charges.

Surinder was posted at the Sector 34 police station when he was booked on the basis of a complaint lodged by a former Chandigarh police head constable’s wife, who had alleged that Surinder demanded a bribe of Rs 3,000 for registering a case.



Cops to write to district magistrates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The police will write to district magistrates across the region to trace the owner of the pistol, which was found abandoned at the Gurdev parking lot in Sector 17 here last night.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the SHO of the Sector 17 police station, inspector Jaswinder Singh, said forensic experts had managed to lift some fingerprints from the weapon and would examine those.

The police would write to district magistrates in the region, providing them details of the make of the weapon, along with its identification number, in a bid to find the owner of the weapon in whose name it had been registered.

“Though the pistol, which is made in England, appears to be a licensed registered weapon, the chances of its not being registered cannot be ruled out,” said a police officer.

The police would also send the weapon, along with the 21 live cartridges, to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Sector 36 for further examination.

Even as CCTV cameras had been installed at the parking lot from where the weapon was found, the police could not examine the footage as experts were busy in some training course today.

Investigators said they were hopeful of getting some vital clues about the person, who dropped or accidentally left it there. They quizzed some shopkeepers near the spot in this connection.

DSP (Central) Jagbir Singh said they were working on various theories, including one that someone might have stolen a bag carrying articles and dropped the weapon on finding it there.

Nothing could be said about it at this stage, he added. The police seized the weapon after a rag-picker spotted it.

He informed a shopkeeper about the bag. The pistol was in a holster with 21 live cartridges. The police registered a daily diary report in this regard.



Sector-7 resident gets jail in dowry case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
A local court today convicted a man and his parents in a dowry harassment case.

Pronouncing the verdict, the court awarded jail term of one-and-a-half-years to Dharmender Shashtri, a resident of Sector 7, and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him. 
His father Bhoop Singh and mother Chandrapati were also sentenced to one-year imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 each.

Shashtri’s wife Anjala Rani had filed a complaint against him on January 15, 2003, alleging that he and his parents were harassing her for more dowry.



Thefts during two marriage-related functions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Thieves have decamped with valuables and jewellery during ceremonies at two hotels in different parts of the city.

The police said a gang of teenagers was involved in both incidents, at Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17 and the KLG in Sector 43. The suspects were dressed in party wear. The police was examining video footage of both parties to establish the identities of the suspects. Colonel Ahluwalia of New Delhi reported to the police that ‘shagun’ envelopes kept in a bag were stolen from the marriage ceremony of his daughter at Hotel ShivalikView yesterday.

He alleged that a girl, around 18 years old, and a boy were seen together moving during the party. They were strangers and video footage showed the boy decamping with the bag.

In the other incident at the KLG, Varun Verma from Himachal Pradesh reported that a bag carrying ‘shagun’ envelopes and jewellery items was stolen during the ring ceremony of his son.

He alleged that a briefcase containing Rs 1 lakh, a gold ‘mangalsutra’, gold rings and ‘shagun’ envelopes worth Rs 50,000 was picked from the hall. The police was examining video footage and told the family to provide it a copy to identify an 11-year-old girl, suspected to have stolen the briefcase. 



‘Kidnap’ calls lead cops on wild chase
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Two “kidnapping” incidents reported from different areas of the city today kept the police on its toes for hours.

Much drama was witnessed on the Panjab University campus when a bystander, on seeing a girl being forcibly pushed into a car by a man, called up the cops while in the other incident someone rang up the police saying he had seen a group of men bundling a man into their vehicle.

The first incident was triggered when someone raised an alarm at about 9:30 am claiming a girl had been abducted in a car at the annual PU cultural event. Within minutes the security staff on the campus closed the entry gates but by that time the car had already left the campus.

The police swung into action and traced the car owner by the vehicle’s registration number. The cops later found out he was the father of the girl, a student of the PU chemical engineering department. He told the police his daughter had been “going around with a boy” and he was against that. He added she had gone to the campus after quarreling with family members and he wanted to take her back home.

In the second incident, the police said a team of plain clothed CIA personnel from Mohali was chasing a man, reportedly a member of a gang of car lifters, adding the cops nabbed the man who was later identified as Ajay Sharma. The police was in two vehicles - a Tata Indica car and a Toyota Innova MUV - and picked up the man. Someone called up the police, which arrived at the scene and inquired into the matter.

Sector 17 police station SHO inspector Jaswinder Singh said the Mohali police informed them about the case in which the man was wanted.



Lata adjudged best athlete
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Lata from Meera House won the top honours, trailing Aarti and Keerti (from Narbada House) grabbed second and third positions, respectively in the Annual Sports-cum-Athletics Meet of Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11, here today.

A participant in action during the Eighth Central Power Sector Units Athletics Meet at Sector 7 in Chandigar
A participant in action during the Eighth Central Power Sector Units Athletics Meet at Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Besides, fun games like potato race, sack race, frog race and three-legged race were also held to make the function more colourful.

Veena and Alka were declared best NCC pilots, while Veena and Simranjit won the best announcers award.

Sandeep Hans, director-cum-joint secretary, technical education, UT, was the chief guest.


Shot put: 1st Sunali, 2nd Lata and 3rd Ritu; high jump: 1st Keerti, 2nd Shahsi, and 3rd Rubi; long jump: 1st Shashi, 2nd Lata, and 3rd Rekha.

Potato race: 1st Poornima, 2nd Babita, and 3rd Kiran; sack race: 1st Amita, 2nd

Veena, and 3rd Sonali; chatti race: 1st Reeta, 2nd Pooja, and 3rd Santosh; frog race: 1st Sunali, 2nd Neha, and 3rd Poornima. 



Tae-kwon-do meet concludes
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
Lads of MM Modi College, Patiala, and eves of Government Mohindra College, Patiala, won the Inter-College Tae-kwon-do Championship that concluded at Punjabi University’s Gymnasium Hall. Coach Satwinder Singh said around 12 teams participated for the first team.

In women’s section, Mohindra College won the championship with 25 points, whereas Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa College of Education and Modi College was placed second and third with 21 and 20 points, respectively. In men’s section, Modi College boys won the championship scoring 28 points, whereas Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, and Mohindra College lads were second and third with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Dr Rajkumar Sharma gave away prizes to the winners.


1st Rimple of Mohindra, College, 2nd Rekha, 3rd Mamta and Jyoti Sharma of Modi College

54 kg male: 1st Mohinder of Malwa College, 2nd Sajan Yadav of Mohindra College and 3rd Bheem of ModiCollege. 



Double delight for Justice Mann
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Justice TP Mann clinched two titles (senior category) on the concluding day of the LD Kapoor Memorial Total Tennis Championship at Total Tennis Academy’s YMCA, Sector 11, here today.

Mann defeated MS Dhillon (BSNL) in 45+ category in a nail-biting tie by 9-8 (8-6) in the tie-breaker to bag top honours.

In doubles, he paired with Harish Saini to beat the duo of MS Dhillon and BB Mehta by 8-5.

BB Mehta got the better of MS Dhillon by 9-7 in over one-and-half hour match in the 50+ category, while in doubles section of 35+ group, second seed Sham Jagat and Ajay Yashpual turned the tables on top seeded pair of Devinder Kapoor and Jasmer Walia by 7-6, and 7-5.

Justice Mann distributed the prizes among the winners in a function in

Which TR Sarangal, principal secretary, Punjab, was the guest of honour.

Devinder Kapoor, director, Total Tennis, maintained that the tournament would be a regular feature in Total Tennis calendar.



51 coaches attend refresher course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Aiming at upgrading the technical knowledge and trends in sports, a total of 51 coaches of the Chandigarh Sports Department, Chandigarh Sports Council and the Sports Authority of India attended a refresher and orientation course, which started at the Sector-42 Sports Complex here today.

The experts who delivered the lectures on various concepts of sports training, fitness regime, general theory and training methods, included Dr GS Brar of Panjab University and Dr Simarjeet of National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

“Being the examination time, this is a lean period for sports activities and thus we started the course to upgrade the knowledge of our coaches by organising the training programme,” said Dr JPS Sidhu, joint director of sports, while adding that now onwards such training course would be made a regular annual feature.

The course would cover various aspects, including upgradation of technical knowledge and developments in scientific sports training methods, sports medicine, rehabilitation process and psychological aspect.

The practical training on innovative strategies were also held by experts from the Sports Authority of India/National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

Chief handball coach Mohinder Lal took practical class in handball, while Dr Daljeet Singh imparted practical training in volleyball at the Sector-7 Sports Complex.

Other experts, who would deliver lectures and impart training here are Dr CS Grewal, Dr SN Sharma (both of Panjab University), Dr Neha Shree (CFHA) and Dr Kanwaljeet Singh of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

The refresher course will culminate on March 23.



Kabaddi winners to get Rs 1 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
In an effort to boost the traditional sport, kabaddi, Punjab government is all set to dole out whopping prize of rupees one crore to the winning team in the forthcoming World Cup Kabaddi, being hosted by the state.

Punjab sports director Pargat Singh said runners-up would pocket Rs 51 lakh and third position holder would get Rs 25 lakh.

According to sources, the 13-day tournament, which will start from April 3, the teams from the United Kingdom, United State of America, Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Australia, Italy, Norway, New Zealand and host India are expected to take part.

The aim is to attract the youngsters to the sport, which is on the verge of diminishing in the big cities, said the organisers.

To select the probable for the Indian squad, the Punjab sports department would conduct trials on March 20 at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana from 9 am.

“The probable should get themselves registered with the Ludhiana district sports officer at 8 am on March 20. They should also carry with them two latest passport size photographs, along with their residential proof.

Only Indian nationals are eligible for the trials,” said Pargat Singh, while adding that the state government had incorporated kabaddi in the state sports gradation policy to boost the sport.

A high-powered organising committee has been formed with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as the chief patron and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as chairman. The matches would be telecast live.

“As the sport attract large number of spectators in the various areas of the state, final and hard line cup matches are likely to be played under lights,” said Pargat Singh.

The matches would be played at different venues of the state.

For the opening ceremony of the tourney, the organisers are yet to select the venue out of two stadiums--Yadavindra Public School of Patiala or Sports Stadium of Bathinda, while the Guru Nanak Stadium of Ludhiana will be the venue of the final and closing ceremony.

The matches would also be held at the venues, including Bathinda, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Muktsar. 



Co-owners of Kings XI in soup again
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 15
Almost two years after the owners of IPL Kings XI Punjab, Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta landed in controversy for verbally abusing a former Mohali SSP RS Khatra, the co-owners have again landed in trouble.

This time, they have invited trouble for using the martyrs name for publicity of their team. In a written complaint to Mohali SSP Abhey Singh Sandhu, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh today sought registration of case under the Prevention of Insults to National Honsour Act, 1971, against the co-owners of Kings XI Punjab.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said the investigating officer was in process of taking suitable action on the complaint. It would be finalised by tomorrow, he added.

In the complaint, martry’s nephew has stated that he was shocked to know the manner in which the name of Chander Shekhar Azad, Saheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru was being used for the promotion of the event.

It’s an insult to the martyrs whose name was being associated with cricket.

During previous IPL matches held in May 2008, the then SSP had given a scathing representation to the deputy commissioner (DC) alleging that he was subjected to “verbal abuse”.

He had pointed out that “series of IPL matches was marred with the accusations of racial discrimination, use of liquor and flouting of smoking laws”.

Even the police had slapped a bill of Rs 1.75 crore on IPL for its services rendered during the matches, which according to then SSP, was commercial activities.

Though the bill was never paid, the co-owners are again in controversy.



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