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Poor Result
Polytechnic students protest, block road
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 19
Girl students of Kalpana Chawla Polytechnic, Ambala City, broke windowpanes of the institution's building to protest against the poor result of diploma examination here today.

They also damaged the glasses of principal's office. The students alleged that a large number of students had been declared failed.

Later, hundreds of students took out a protest rally and blocked the Ambala-Hisar road. The girl students forcibly entered the Government Polytechnic for Boys on the Ambala-Hisar road and asked the boys to support them, but they did not support them.

However, it was a tough time for the female police constables to control the agitated girl students and later two SHOs reached the spot with police force.

Meanwhile, an agitated student Mamta cut the nerve of one of her hands with a blade and was rushed to a local civil hospital.

Two girl students got unconscious during the protest and were admitted to the hospital. The students demanded that if the result was not revised, they would again protest on Saturday.

Polytechnic principal RC Jindal said the result of various diploma courses was declared today. He the result was poor as compare to last year, but in some of the diploma courses the result was around 70 to 90 per cent.

He said the result was prepared on merit basis and change of question papers’ style this year had also affected the result.

MP Gupta, director of Technical Education, Haryana, took serious note of the incident and directed the principal of polytechnic to look into the matter and send him a report.

Interestingly, this polytechnic is one of the best girls polytechnic in the state and as many as 2,500 girl students are studying here.



Pedestrian killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Kalka, March 19
In a hit-and-run case, a recklessly driven truck claimed the life of a pedestrian on National Highway-22. The police sources revealed that the accident took place at the lower bazaar on the main gate of Anaj Mandi last night, when a recklessly driven truck crushed a 42-year-old pedestrian who died on the spot.

The truck driver fled the spot after the accident. The police kept the body in the Civil Hospital for postmortem. Ram Kishan, brother of the deceased, identified the body today. According to him, the deceased, Om Parkash, who resided near the Devi Dass road, had gone to the market but did not return home. The police registered a case against the unknown truck driver.



206 liquor vends allotted in Ropar
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 19
As many as 206 liquor vends were allotted to 31 groups today after a draw of lot as 3,124 people had applied for contract of liquor vends. These vends comprise of 137 country made and 69 English liquor vends in the district.

The draw of lot was held at Ambedkar Bhawan in the presence of Ropar deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti. The DC said these vends were allotted as per the excise and taxation policy of the Punjab Government without any partiality. Revenue of Rs 44.90 crore would be generated through the licensing fees of these vends.

An amount of Rs 2.26 crore has been deposited by the contractors today and the amount of allotment would be adjusted as license fees of this year.



Sprinters learn new techniques

Patiala, March 19
The workshop on throws, sprints and hurdles for coaches entered the fifth day today. The workshop is being held at the Auditorium of Gymnasium and Swimming Pool Complex at the NIS, Patiala.

MD Ranga, SO (biomechanics), NIS, Patiala, threw light on biomechanics of selected athletics events for the Commonwealth Games.

Dr Yuri Ogrodoonik demonstrated specific drills for sprinters and hurdlers.

Prof Arnold Stasuik demonstrated teaching drill show techniques. He also threw light on rhythm throws. — TNS



HC Diary
VIP cars not to flash nameplates
Directions issued to decongest UT, Amritsar, Gurgaon roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Now, cars will not carry the names or designations of “high-ups” allocated to the vehicles; government buildings will accommodate the automobiles; and cars will not dot the roadsides. Notices will announce “no parking” in front of the malls; and tow trucks will be stationed there to drive home the message. This is not all. Handcarts will be pushed off the roads in the congested areas of Amritsar.

The directions by Justice Rajive Bhalla of the high court came on a contempt petition by city-based advocate Ajit Singh. The instructions are aimed at ensuring free flow of traffic in Chandigarh, Amritsar and Gurgaon.

The petition also saw Justice Rajive Bhalla come down heavily on the police. The Judge verbally asked the Chandigarh Police to elaborate on the challans issued on the basis of close-circuit television cameras, installed on the rotaries. Justice Bhalla told the police to prevent wrong parking in the industrial area, particularly in front of the Centra Mall. The cops were asked to station tow trucks and erect boards. Directions against mentioning of names on the vehicles too were issued.

Justice Bhalla also issued directions against the plying of handcarts. The judge also called for details of liquor vend in front of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s palace. Besides, directions were issued to ensure no vehicles were left behind along the roads in Gurgaon, and vehicles were parked inside the government buildings like the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation and HUDA.

Alleging non-compliance of the directions issued in 1998 in traffic regulation and pollution control case, Ajit Singh had asserted the situation had turned from “bad to worse”, as the homes secretaries had failed to initiate effective steps to control the chaos on the roads.



Sameer Sagar’s Narco Test
HC tells cops to file affidavit on evidence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Acting on a petition by missing Panchkula-based realtor Deepak Rai Sagar’s son Sameer, Justice Daya Chaudhary of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the police to file an affidavit on the evidence gathered for conducting a narco test on the the petitioner and his brother-in-law.

The directions come soon after Panchkula DSP Virender Singh sought directions for a narco test on Sameer Sagar, his brother-in-law SS Monga and three others.

Deepak Rai Sagar went missing on the night of June 1 last. The police insisted that he went missing soon after he received an income tax notice on alleged undisclosed income to the tune of about Rs 2 crore.

During the hearing before the Panchkula additional district and session judge, three of the accused had agreed to undergo polygraph and narco tests if Sameer and his close relatives also agreed to it.

Sameer did not agree, the police stated. The circumstances and behaviour of Sameer gave the impression that he was not sharing information with the special investigating team set up for the purpose.



Cash At Judge’s Door
Bar body submits evidence in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today submitted in the CBI court the evidence on which it had relied for taking cognisance of offences made out against the accused in the cash-at-judge’s-door case.

A CBI court of special judge Darshan Singh asked the association to submit the evidence at the last hearing, held on March 13.

Anupam Gupta, counsel for the association, had moved a protest petition against the CBI’s closure report, saying the agency came under pressure from forces outside it.

The court asked the counsel to provide the evidence on which it had based the arguments. The case would come up for hearing tomorrow.



Two ‘terrorists’ held with gun, ammo
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 19
Acting on leads from the special cell of the Delhi police, the Mohali police today arrested two alleged terrorists of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) for trying to set up a module for of the terror group to carry out anti-national activities in the state.

The police has recovered Rs 1 lakh cash, a .455 bore pistol and three live cartridges from the two suspects, Purshotam Singh, alias Bunty, and Daljit Kumar, alias Deepak. SSP, Mohali, GPS Bhullar, said both the suspects were relatives of France-based terrorists Purshotam Singh and Goldy. Purshotam and Goldy hail from Matheri and Ghel villages in Ambala district.

The SSP said Bunty (26) was a preacher whereas Deepak was unemployed. He said after coming in contact with their relatives, they were motivated to help their France-based mentors in carrying out their nefarious designs.

The police teams nabbed Deepak and Bunty when the former was receiving cash from the latter. A case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and the Explosive Act has been registered against the suspects at Zirakpur. They were remanded to two-day police custody by a Dera Bassi court.

Refusing to furnish any further details on the two suspects, the SSP said investigations were on to find out the network of the BKI men. The purpose of being given the pistol was also being probed. Sources said the Delhi police, while probing a wider module of the terror group, handed down leads about the two alleged terrorist to the Punjab police.



Swindler dupes man of Rs 40,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
A swindler posing as a bank employee duped an elderly man of Rs 40,000 on the pretext of changing a soiled note in Sector 17 here today. Sources said a senior citizen, Des Raj of Sector 18, reported to the police that he went to the Sector 17 branch of the State Bank of India this morning.

He withdrew Rs 40,000 from his wife’s account and returned home. While checking the notes, he found that one note was worn out and was fixed with an adhesive tape. He decided to get it changed and went back to the bank.

Des Raj told the police that a well-dressed man at the bank came to him on seeing him taking out the soiled note. The man introduced himself as an employee of the bank and offered to get the note changed.

Des Raj gave him the soiled note, but the man took the wad from him, saying he would get all notes changed for him. The man went upstairs, asking Des Raj to wait for him.

Suspecting something wrong, Des Raj followed the man upstairs, but could not trace him. He came downstairs and started searching for the man, but in vain.

The swindler met him around 12 noon when and after searching for him for two hours, Des Raj called the police at 2 pm and informed it about the incident.

The in charge of the Neelam police post, Lakhbir Singh, said CCTV footage available at the bank showed that the man entered the bank two minutes before Des Raj and went out after five or six minutes.

The police said it would examine the footage to identify the swindler. A case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code was registered.



Scooterist dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Sixtytwo-year-old Sham Singh was killed in an accident when a Maruti van rammed into his scooter from the rear near the Attawa chowk here in Sector 36 here this afternoon.

The police said the victim, a resident of Mohali, was returning home when the mishap occurred. He had retired as executive engineer from Punjab.

The victim was seriously injured in the mishap and was rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead.

The police informed his family about the incident, which initially refused to get a case registered. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

“The family requested us to hand over the body to them without any formalities. We made them understand the complications that might arise at a later stage. It is not possible to hand over the body without a post-mortem examination in an accidental death case”, said the SHO of the Sector 36 policed station, inspector Anokh Singh.

A police officer said the Maruti van which knocked down the victim had been identified and efforts were on to trace the vehicle and its driver.



Four cases of theft in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Thieves continued to have a field day in the city as they broke into three houses and stole a car from a high-security area in Sector 10 here. MS Sarang of Sector 10, adviser with the Punjab Food Supply Department, said a white Maruti Esteem car (PB10AC-7007), belonging to his relative, was stolen from in front of his residence last night. A complaint was lodged at the Sector 3 police station.

The incident exposed the security of the area, housing senior judges and bureaucrats. When contacted, the SHO of the police station said he had not received any car theft complaint.

In another incident, Harish Kumar of Modern Enclave, Baltana, reported to the police that someone stole around 15 bags containing screws from plot 37 at Phase I, Industrial Area, on the night of March 17 after breaking the locks.

Dharam Pal Sabharwal of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, reported to the police that someone stole a gold ring and Rs 10,000 from his house on the night of March 17.

Gurmail Singh of Dadu Majra Colony lodged a complaint with the police that someone stole clothes from a shop in his locality last night. The police registered three cases in this connection.

Two injured

Sandeep Kumar of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, filed a complaint with the police that a motorcyclist, later identified as Raju Ram of the same colony, rammed his vehicle into Sandeep’s bicycle on March 16.

Sandeep and his minor son were injured in the mishap. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving was registered.



SJOBA Challenge Rally
Sandeep, Rashid claim top spot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The rally’s team No 1, comprising defending champion Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik, had a narrow escape when their Gypsy overturned while taking a sharp turn during the super special stage at Exhibition Ground, Sector 34, here today.

Acting swiftly, the Gypsy was back on its wheels just in 30 seconds by SJOBA Quick Reaction Team.

Showing the true adventure sports spirit, Rana and Naik completed the lap in 2:02:01.

Earlier, a total of 71 vehicles, including Gypsies, cars and bikes zipped around the specially-created track at the venue, where the 23rd SJOBA-Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally kicked off.

While some onlookers raised points on holding the event along the main road, Pavan Khaitan, president, SJOBA, said they had taken all precautionary measures. “Safety standards have always been a priority of SJOBA. We place FIVs (first intervention vehicles) and ambulances at each competitive stage with SJOBA marshals,” said Khaitan.

In Gypsies, the team of Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Raza stood first by completing the lap in 1:33:28 minutes. The team of Sunny Sidhu and Surender Kumar Nandal remained second at 1:33:73, while the team of Harpreet Bawa and Inderpreet Singh Brar clocked 1:35:17 for the third spot.

In cars, the team of Jagbir Singh Nirwan and Shivkaran Singh Mokha remained on the top with 1:37:92, while the team of Udaibir Sangha and Jagmohan Singh clocked 1:39:69 for the second spot. The third place was occupied by Samrat Yadav and Varun Sachdeva with 1:39:98.

In the bikes category, Maninder Singh Prince was the fastest with 1:42:72, Rajan Sidhu finished second with 1:43:16, while Saajanpreet Singh stood third with 1:48:49 seconds.



SJOBA Rally’s Two-wheeler Category
Men’s only no more
Madhurima storms male bastion
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Madhurima Awasthi stormed the male bastion by participating in the two-wheeler category of SJOBA rally this season. This “daring decision” of the 20-year-old has made her the first-ever woman participant (two-wheeler category) in SJOBA rally since its inception in 1981.

It will be a first-ever venture for Madhurima, who started riding her bike only eight months back.

For organisers and co-participants, Madhurima Awasthi might have zoomed in on her Hero Honda Glamour bike as a pleasant surprise, but the determined lass, who is also a yellow belt in karate, is all set to challenge all.

“Participation in the male-dominated rally is my decision,” said Madhurima, a BTech third year student of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran.

Madhurima has had a recce of the fast-paced route all alone a week back.

“I know it could be a bit difficult for girls, but I am ready to face the challenge. At the moment I am thrilled,” said Madhrima while getting ready for the super special stage at Exhibition Ground, Sector 34, here today.

Madhurima, who also loves horse riding, used to go to her college on her bike. “I am the only girl in my college, who comes on a motorcycle,” she added proudly.

A total of seven women, including Madhurima, will slug it out for the top honours. While four women are participating in TSD (time, speed, distance format), the other two are participating in the four-wheeler category.



PU basks in sportspersons’ glory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The sports authority at Panjab University today awarded its sportspersons, who have brought laurels to the institute by winning various championships. The function was held at the university’s Gymnasium Hall today. Indian hockey captain Sardar Rajpal Singh attended the function.

Divulging details, CS Grewal, director, PU (sports), said the players had proved their mettle at the inter-college level championships and won general sports meets (runners-up positions) by securing 322.5 and 246.5 points, respectively.

“Our two sportspersons-Gaurav Raheja and Oscar Bansal, have lived up to our expectations, as we all had pinned high hopes on them. While Raheja won a bronze medal in the 13th Asian Roller Sports Championship (men rink hockey) held at Dalian, China, in January this year, Bansal has been selected to represent the country in the forthcoming World University Badminton Championship to be held at Chinese Taipai in September,” said Grewal.

He added that a total of 61 sportspersons (46 men and 15 women) had represented the university in various inter-university tournaments and the university had fielded as many as 65 teams (35 men teams and 30 women teams) in various inter-college competitions.

“We claimed the top spot in badminton (men), korfball (men and women), shooting (men), squash (men), ball badminton (women), chess (women), netball (women), rhythmic gymnastics (women) and rowing (women),” said Grewal.

The second position was secured by the teams, including ball badminton (men), basketball (men), gymnastic (men), fencing (men), netball (men), softball (men), tennis (men), badminton (women), cricket (women), power lifting (women), swimming (women) and tennis (women).

The teams, which secured the third position, are chess (men), rowing (men), table tennis (men), volleyball (men), wrestling (men) and kayaking (men).

The campus players have also won individual medals in boxing (men) and judo. 



Digvijay, Mandeep get wild card entry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s Digvijay Singh Mehta and Mandeep Singh Gill, along with Ronak Manuja and N Vijay Sunder Prasanth, have been given wild cards in the main draw of USD 10,000 India 2 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit, commencing tomorrow at the CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, here.

N Vijay Sunder Prasanth has replaced Vishnu Vardhan.

According to organisers, 15 Indians figure in the men’s singles main draw roster, while the Commonwealth Games 2010 probable, 751 ranked Vijayant Malik, a trainee of CLTA, is at the eighth position among 24 direct entrants.

Other Indians in the fray are Rohan Gajjar (second highest ranked with 460), Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan, Rupesh Roy, Divij Saran, Aushutosh Singh, Vivek Shokeen, Yannick Nelord, Sriambalaji and Karan Rastogi.

Foreign challenge will come from Roman Jebavy (Cze), Nathan Thomas (USA), Almog Maschiach (Isr), Ruben Gonzales (USA), Christopher Racz (USA) and Huang Liang-Chi (Tpe).

In a qualifying draw of 48, 17 players are foreigners and the remaining 31 are Indians.



Hansraj academy to lock horns with Little Flower
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 19
Local Hansraj Cricket Academy (blue) will take on Little Flower Convent School Cricket Academy in the first U-10 T20 Hansraj Cup League Cricket Tournament on the grounds of Hansraj Public School on Sunday.

In the second league match of the day, NICS Cricket Academy, Patiala, will have a face off with MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy, Chandigarh.

According to Jaya Bhardwaj, principal of the school, a total of five teams have confirmed their participation in the tourney, which will be played on the league-cum-knock out basis. The first match will start at 8 am, whereas the second will kick off at 10.30 am.

The teams to compete are:

MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy, Chandigarh, Hansraj (Blue) Cricket Academy, Panchkula, Little Flower Convent School Cricket Academy, Panchkula, NICS Cricket Academy, Patiala, Hansraj (Green) Cricket Academy, Panchkula.



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