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2 killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 23
Two persons were killed in two separate road accidents on the Ambala-Hissar road near Ambala City today.

According to information, Sukhvinder Singh, a resident of Pehowa, died near Segati village when a truck hit his car. The truck driver fled from the spot. The police has registered a case against the truck driver.

In another mishap, Parkash Singh, a resident of Patiala, was killed near Humayupur village on the Ambala-Hissar road today noon.

According to the information, he was travelling in a three wheeler, when a motorcycle collided with the three wheeler. He fell down and sustained head injury. He was brought to the Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Sushma of Rajgarh village allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. According to the information, her relatives brought her to the Civil Hospital for treatment where she died. Sushma was married two years back. The police is investigating the matter.



Three held for ‘kidnap’ bid
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 23
Three persons were apprehended by members of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) for allegedly trying to abduct a five-year-old child in the guise of “sadhu” at Kali Devi Temple here today. The three were later handed over to the police.

While the party activists claimed that the accused were members of a gang involved in the abduction of children, police officials had a different story to tell.

CIA in-charge Jassa Singh said they were not convinced with the theory of kidnapping racket.

“During questioning, the arrested persons claimed that they had spotted the child at the Rajpura railway station and taken him along as he was alone,” he added.

Sena leader Harish Singla said they had got a tip-off that three persons, in the guise of “sadhu”, had been spotted with a child.

“Our activists took a round of the temple premises and got hold of the three persons along with the child,” he said, adding that they handed the three over the accused to the police.

They also claimed that the accused had admitted to having another child in their custody.



Cleanliness drive to mark Martyrdom Day
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 23
Students of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College launched a cleanliness drive on the college campus to observe the Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev. The drive was organised by students of Kartar Singh Sarabha Welfare Society. The students took the onus of cleaning up the campus. ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, a Hindi movie, was also screened for students.

ROPAR/KHARAR: Rich tributes were paid to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Students of Doaba Group of Colleges staged a play and also organised a march to pay tributes to the martyrs. Students of BEd presented a play “Inqulab Zindabad” written by Gursharan Singh to pay tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh. The play revolved around the dreams and aspirations of Bhagat Singh. District Youth Clubs Coordination Committee, Ropar, organised a blood donation camp to pay tributes to the martyrs.



Singer, musician suffer gunshot wounds
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 23
Punjabi singer Surjit Khan and his musician Jasbir Singh Mavi were injured when splinters fired from a gun hit them during a marriage function at Jamitgarh Bhalla village under the Kathgarh police station here today.

Khan was performing at the function when some guests fired in the air around 4.30 pm.

The splinters hit Khan and Mavi who were taken to the local Civil Hospital.

Mavi was operated upon at a private hospital and six splinters were removed from his leg. Khan got minor injuries.

The police is yet to register a case. The police was taking statements of guests present at the wedding till the filing of the report.



HC Diary
14-yr-olds shouldn’t be treated as juveniles: HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants 14-year-olds not to be treated as juveniles.

As of now, children below 18 are considered juveniles, and are covered by the Juvenile Justice Act. The age was only recently enhanced by two years from 16 for boys. But, Justice Harbans Lal wants the age to be brought down to 14. It only means the high court wishes young boys to be treated as adults, once they touch 14.

In a ruling on a bail petition, Justice Lal has given reasons behind formulation of his opinion. “More often than not, it is seen that heinous crimes are got committed through juveniles by interested persons. Prior to the amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act, the age of male juvenile offender used to be 16 years, which has now been increased to 18 years.”

“In the present situation, boys in the age group of 14 to 16 years learn as to how to commit a horrendous act. Of course, the legislature in its wisdom has increased the age of juvenile offender from 16 to 18 years, but in my view instead of enhancing it should have been reduced to 14 years. The smugglers make use of such boys in trafficking of contrabands.”

The ruling came on a petition for regular bail filed by a juvenile in a murder and criminal conspiracy case registered at the Panchkula’s Sector 14 police station. He was arrested by the police on February 28 last year on the allegations of being involved in the murder of a property dealer Vinod Mittal.

The prosecution is insisting Mittal and his son were abducted on February 14 last. The property dealer’s body was thrown in a canal between Rajpura and Patiala after he was stabbed to death. His son was “thrown alive” in the river.

Declining the bail plea, Justice Lal asserted: “To my mind, it’s a case of gruesome murder. In my estimation, if the petitioner is released on bail, his release is likely to bring him into association with known criminals or expose him to moral, physical or psychological danger, or would defeat the ends of justice. This, no case is made out for the grant of bail.

HC again deviates from transfer policy

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has swerved away from its transfer policy once again. Less then a week after 15 Sessions and Additional Sessions judges were posted in the same “zone”, at least 45 sub-judges have been retained in the same zone in violation of the policy.

The high court had just over two years ago divided the area under its jurisdiction into three zones. From zone “one” comprising “best cities”, a judicial officer was transferred to zone “three” consisting of not so good stations. He was then sent to zone “two” of mediocre stations, before making it to zone “one” again. The intention was to ensure all judicial officers serve at the best possible stations and the not so good ones.

A perusal of the transfer orders issued by the high court today reveals at least 23 civil judges (senior and junior division) have been retained in zone one in Punjab. Another five have been retained in zone three.

The situation is hardly any better in Haryana. Nine judicial officers have been retained in zone three, while eight have been shifted within zone one.

The decision to carve out the zones was taken after judicial officers had conveyed their resentment to the then Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur. Available information suggests the departure from the policy has once again led to resentment of sorts among the judicial officers, particularly the ones retained in zone three.



Notice served on St Joseph’s school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The local court today served a notice on the city-based St Joseph’s High School.

In his complaint, Hari Om Sharma, presented a fresh suit in the court for the mandatory injunction directing the school authorities to get admission of his son in the next class in the name of Himanshu Sharma and not Hardik Sharma.

He submitted to the court that his son got admission in the school in 2007 in the name of Himanshu Sharma.

He is known as the same by the school authorities and his inmates. Even the attendance register has the same name and his fee is also accepted by this name only. But this time the school authorities told him that they will not accept the fee in the name of Himanshu Sharma and have declared the results in the name of Hardik.

He claimed that during these years, they had given the affidavits to the school authorities as and when required for changing the name of his son from Hardik to Himanshu and had given the authorisation for the same. The case will now be taken up on March 27.



Panchkula MC
HC notice to Haryana govt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 23
A Division Bench of Panjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the Haryana government on a notification filed by VK Sood, national vice-president of the BJP, and others challenging the notification declaring Panchkula as a municipal corporation and merging Pinjore, Kalka and other villages in Panchkula.

The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for April 5.

The petitioners — VK Sood and other BJP councillors — alleged that while notifying and merging areas of Pinjore, Kalka and 75 villages falling in the rural area, the contiguity of boundaries had been ignored.

The petitioners, while seeking quashing of the notification, said the state had also violated the instructions of the Government of India on January 12, 2010 freezing delimitation, as census of population was currently under way.

Seeking directions of the Bench to the Haryana government for staying the notification during pendency of petition, the petitioners said most councillors in the municipal council belonged to the INLD and the BJP and the ruling party wanted to overthrow them.

Citing the example of Gurgaon, where the MC was dissolved around two years ago, the petitioners said no election had taken place there so far.

They added that the Assembly was in session till March 16 while the notification was issued the next day i.e. March 17, reflecting malafide intention of the government.

The step had been taken to benefit realtors, including the DLF, which had bought huge chunks of land in the area, as the prices of land in the region would go up with the notification of Panchkula as a municipal corporation.



2 held for snatching
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 23
Two youths were caught red-handed while snatching a chain in Phase VII on Monday evening.

The police said one the snatchers, Vikas, has 72 cases of, robbery, snatching and dacoity registered against him in Chandigarh and Panchkula. His accomplice Suraj also has 22 similar case registered against him. Karamdip Kaur, a resident of Phase VII, alleged that the accused, who were riding a motorcycle, snatched her chain. She immediately raised an alarm and some passers-by managed to nab Vicky and Sanjay.

Newborn found dead

A newborn male baby was found lying in a dustbin at Ziurheri village in Sohana on Monday.

According to the police, Harprit Singh, a resident Ziurheri village, alleged that when he reached his shop in the morning, children told him that there was an infant lying in a dustbin. He called up the police that shifted the body to a hospital. A case under Section 318 of the IPC has been registered.

3 hurt in mishaps

Three persons, including a woman, were injured in a two separate road accidents in Phase VIII. In first case, the complainant, Harkirat Singh, a resident of Phase IX, alleged that on March 21, a speeding car hit the scooter he was riding near the PCA stadium. His wife, who was riding pillion, was also injured. They were admitted to the PGI.

In another case one Baldev Singh alleged that Piara Chand, a driver with the Punjab School Education Board, hit him with his car on December 24, 2009, when he was crossing the road.

4 booked for assault

ZIRAKPUR: The police has booked four persons for assaulting a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty. A trespassing case has been registered against the accused on the complaint of Dalbir Kaur, a resident of Hem Vihar, Phase 1, Baltana. The suspects have been identified as Chotte lal, Nimbu Ram and two unidentified persons.

The police said the complainant alleged that she had taken a shop on rent from RC Jaiswal. On Monday evening, when she was busy in her boutique with her workers, the accused came there and asked her to vacate the shop. She alleged the accused beat her up and damaged the shop.

A case under Sections 354, 448, 511, 427 and 34 of the IPC has been registered.



Mixed fortune for local CLTA lads
Vijayant in, Digvijay out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The local CLTA players had a mixed luck, as Vijayant Malik stormed into the second round, while Digvijay Singh Mehta made his exit in the qualifier round during the $ 10,000 India F2 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit at the CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Commonwealth Games 2010 probable Vijayant Malik, seeded eighth, had an easy round, as he outplayed Yannick Nelord in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, while Digvijay Singh Mehta made his exit in straight sets, losing to qualifier Mithun Murali 6-1, 6-2.

Vijayant disposed of his rival’s challenge in one hour and three minutes. The first set progressed with players retaining their serves. He got the vital break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and went on to retain his serve in the 10th game and won 6-4.

He started playing his strokes more freely and dominated in the second game. Comfortably placed at 4-0, Nelord had the consolation of winning his solitary game in the fifth game on his serve. Malik broke Nelord in the first, third and seventh games for an easy triumph.

In a keenly-contested match, Rupesh Roy and Michail Pavlov exhibited good tennis in the action-packed 65-minute round. Both retained their serve till the sixth game before they exchanged breaks in the seventh and eighth games. Pavlov broke Rupesh in the seventh game. Rupesh, who hails from Kolkata, hit back in the next set as Pavlov committed a double fault to make it 4-4. Then the games moved with the serve and they were tied six-all, which necessitated the tie-breaker rule to resolve the deadlock.

Rupesh was in control in the tie-breaker, as he raced to a 4-1 lead. However, the Russian fought back and reduced the margin to 5-6. But Rupesh clinched the issue by 7-5 to win the set at 7-6.

The second set began on a thrilling note. Deuce was called thrice before Rupesh broke Pavlov in the first game and retained his serve in the second to take a 2-0 lead. The spirited Russian broke Rupesh in the sixth and eighth games to make it 4-all. In between, Rupesh also broke Pavlov in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. The tenth game was full of thrills, which kept the spectators spell-bound. After deuce was called five times, Rupesh just managed to retain serve to make it 5-5. As the set ended six-all, the tie-breaker rule was enforced. Here, Rupesh again displayed his dominance as he raced to a 4-1 lead. Pavlov did not give up easily, he fought gallantly and made it 5-5 before Rupesh clinched it at 7-5 for a 7-6 (5) verdict.

Unseeded Karan Rastogi, ranked 933th, pulled off a big upset by shocking second seeded and 459th ranked Rohan Gajjar in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. Rastogi beat Rohan Gajjar 6-2 3-0 (retired) in the second round match. Ashutosh Singh advanced to the second round after a hard-fought victory over Stephen Fransen of the Netherlands in three sets 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Brief results:

Men’s singles (Ist round): Romain Sichez (Fra) beat Marquis Christopher (Ind) 7-5, 7-6 (2); Rupesh Roy (Ind) beat Q-Michail Pavlo (Rus) 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5); R Virali Murugesan (Ind) beat WC-Ronak Manuja (Ind) 6-3, 6-1; Q-Patrik Brydolf (Swe) beat Q-B Vikram Reddy (Ind) 6-0, 6-4; Vijayant Malik (Ind) beat Yannick Nelord (Ind) 6-4, 6-1; V Peranamallur Chandrasekhar (Ind) beat Q-Viju George Jr (USA) 7-6 6), 6-3; Roman Jebavy (Cze) beat Divj Sharan (Ind) 6-1, 6-2; Q-Murali Mithun (Ind) beat WC-Digvijay Singh Mehta (Ind) 6-1, 6-2; Rohan Gajjar beat Karan Rastogi 6-3, 2-6, 6-0; N Thompson (USA) beat Q-Ilia Starkov (Rus) 6-3, 6-4; Karan Rastogi (Ind) beat Rohan Gajjar (Ind) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0; Ashutosh Singh (Ind) beat Stephen Fransen (Netherlands) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.



It’s battle between Pathans
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 23
With Kings XI Punjab locking horns with Rajasthan Royals at the PCA stadium tomorrow, it seems that the teams’ owners are leaving no stone unturned in keeping the spirits of their players high.

While Preity would be present at the stadium to boost the morale of her home team, newly-wed Shilpa Shetty, along with the members of her family, will arrive in the city tomorrow to cheer her team Rajasthan Royals (RR).

The match will begin at 8 pm. Divulging details, officials of RR said as many as 17 guests, including Shilpa’s husband Raj Kundra and sister Shamita Shetty will be arriving in the city.

Apart from that, the face-off between Pathans siblings will make the contest more interesting.

While Yusuf Pathan, who is in great form of late, would try to rip apart the bowling attack of the rivals, led by his younger brother Irfan Pathan, Irfan would try to pack the Royals as soon as possible.

Earlier, around 1 pm today, the RR team arrived at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, under tight security.

While the local team has a net practice session in the morning, followed by a practice match at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium tomorrow, the visitors were seen practising under floodlights at the PCA stadium in the evening.



Karan’s effort proves futile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
An excellent knock of 140 by Karan Pathak and his 198-run partnership with Mandeep Bawa (44) for the opening wicket stand proved futile, as NICS, Patiala, lost to Sector 16 Cricket Stadium Academy by seven runs in the second U-16 St Stephen’s Cricket Tournament organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy here today.

Brief scores: Sector 16 Cricket Stadium Academy: 284 in 49 overs (Abhijeet Garg 73, 2x6s, 10x4s, Deva 71, 7x6s, 2x4s, Kuljinder Singh 43, 2x6s, 5x4s, Pranshu 37, Navindu Sharma 3 for 25, Palwinder Singh 2 for 51 and Mandeep Bawa 2 for 36).

NICS Patiala: 277 for 48 (Karan Pathak 140, 7x6s, 14x4s, Mandeep Bawa 44, Sagar 29, Kuljinder Singh 5 for 54 and Deva 2 for 38).

Tomorrow’s fixtures: CCA-GNPS Academy will lock horns with YPS-MCA at the YPS, Mohali, at 9 am.



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