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Scooterist killed in accident
Tribune Reporters

Bassi Pathana, April 12
A scooterist was killed on the spot when he had a head-on collision with a speeding truck near Kajal Majra chowk on the Bassi Pathana-Nandpur Kalour road this evening.

According to the police, Ram Pal, a resident of Teeur village, was returning to his home along with his wife and son after attending a marriage of his relative at Nandpur Kalour. His wife and son got injured and were rushed to the local Civil Hospital.

The driver of the truck fled from the spot after hitting the scooter.

7 booked for abetting suicide

Mohali: The police booked seven persons in an abetment of suicide case, under Section 306, on the complaint of Davinder Kaur, a resident of Phase V.

According to the investigating officer, the complainant alleged that her son Gurmit Singh married with Gunit Kaur four years back. On April 8, the accused had threatened his son and asked him to divorce Gunit Kaur. She alleged that due to this reason her son had consumed some poisonous substance and died. A case has been registered.

3 held for stealing

Fatehgarh Sahib:The police today arrested three persons for stealing LPG cylinders and a gas stove.

The accused have been identified as Tarsem Lal, Jasvinder Kumar and Bhupinder Singh, all residents of Brahman Majra village near Sirhind.

The police acted on the complaint of Chaman Lal Halwai, a resident of Sirhind.

The accused were nabbed near the Sirhind flyover.

The accused were produced before a local court, from where they were sent to the judicial custody.



Woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 12
Beant Kaur (30), a resident of Chuni Kalan, today committed suicide at her in-laws’ house by hanging herself with ceiling fan. Her in-laws noticed the body and informed her parents. On the complaint of her sister Kanwaljit Kaur, the police has registered case under Section 306 of the IPC against her in-laws.

Her sister alleged that Beant Kaur was recently married to Satinder Singh. Since her marriage, her in-laws had been harassing her mentally and physically.

The investigating officer said on the complaint of Kanwaljit Kaur, a case has been registered against the victim’s mother-in-law Gurmeet Kaur, husband Satinder Singh, brother-in-law Randhir Singh and his wife Kuldeep Kaur.

No arrest has been made so far.



Deepak first in 100m race
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 12
E-max Group of Institutes, Badhauli village, held its annual athletics meet. Students from various institutes participated in the meet.

Om Parkash Aggarwal, chairman of E-max Group, congratulated students and urged them to work hard.

Dr Vinod Kehal, director of the group, proposed the vote of thanks.

Results: 100m race (winners): Deepak and Gargi; 200m race: Sachin and Gargi; 400m race: Dinesh.

Brick race (winners): Abhilasha and Ankur; sack race: Azaz Ahmed; lemon race: Gargi; relay race: Ranjit, Parvinder, Vikas and Dinesh; long jump: Deepak; javelin throw: Azaz Ahmed; discus throw: Manoj.



Olympian trap shooter granted bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Former Olympian trap shooter and Arjuna Awardee Gurbir Singh Sandhu today heaved a sigh of relief, as the court of CBI Magistrate JS Sidhu granted him bail.

Sandhu was indicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under Sections 49, 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in October, 2006. He was released after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000. Sandhu has been facing charges of poaching animals categorised as Schedule I and Schedule II under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Sandhu’s counsel argued that the place from where the recovery had been made by the CBI did not belong to him and was allotted to some MLA of Punjab. He said Sandhu had been cooperating with the CBI for the past three years.

“A perusal of record reveals that the accused is alleged to be first offender. He has cooperated with the investigating agency. The present case is a complete case and the accused is not required by the CBI for investigation in any manner. Trial of the case is likely to take more time. Therefore, no useful purpose shall be served by keeping the accused behind the bars. Under such circumstances, the accused should be granted bail,” the order read. 



Two showrooms burgled in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 12
Thieves decamped with cash and goods worth lakhs of rupees after breaking open two showrooms besides making an attempt to loot a nationalised bank in Sector 11.

The theft came to light when one of the showroom owners, Balbir Juneja of Fashion Secret, visited his shop this morning and found the locks broken. He said he then visited the adjoining showroom and found its locks broken too.

He informed the police that the thieves had taken away Rs 4,000 cash and goods worth lakhs of rupees.

The owner of Koutons showroom, Dikshant Chabra, said he was shocked when Juneja informed him about the theft. He said the thieves had entered his showroom from the backside after removing the exhaust fan in one of the windows. About Rs 10,000 in cash were burgled from his shop, he added.

He said the actual loss would be calculated after the officials of the Koutons company assess the loss after taking into account the sales and the consignment sent to them.

He alleged that though a team of the central forensic science laboratory had reached the spot, the police had not pressed the dog squad into service.

The thieves also entered the Allahabad Bank after breaking the false ceiling. However, they left the site after finding everything locked in strong rooms.

Surjit Singh, in charge of Sector 10 police post, said it appeared to be the handiwork of a single person. He said after viewing the recording of the CCTV camera of the bank they would be able to identify the accused and the number of persons involved.



Man held for suicide bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The police booked a resident of Bapu Dham Colony (BDC) for allegedly attempting to commit suicide by cutting his vein.

The victim was identified as Tulsi Ram(45) of BDC. He had cut his vein near public toilets in the locality on Sunday morning. He was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, from where he was discharged. The police later arrested him after registering a case of attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code and released him on bail.

The police said Tulsi Ram’s family said he was an alcoholic and had also made attempts on his life earlier. He is a sweeper working on contractual basis in the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.



47-yr-old ailing man hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
“Nobody is responsible for my death. It is my own decision,” this is what 47-year-old Narinder Jain wrote in his suicide note before he ended his life. He had been suffering from multiple ailments for the past nearly 14 years.

Jain, who was working as the Deputy General Manager (DGM) with Hafed, Panchkula, ended his life at his house in Sector 43 here early this morning.

His wife, Anita Jain, a lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was the first to see her husband hanging at about 5 am. She immediately called up the police, which lowered the body.

Family members claimed that Jain was suffering from depression and that could be the reason for taking the extreme step. The couple had no children.

Police sources said the family members told them that they did not expect any foul play behind his death and therefore, did not want a postmortem conducted on his body. 



Commonwealth Games baton to reach city on July 3
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
After the Indian Premier League, it’s the Queen Baton Relay (QBR) of the Commonwealth Games, 2010, which is all set to sore the sports spirits of the residents of the City Beautiful again after two months.

The schedule of arrival of the QBR in the city, one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games, has been finalised for July 3. The Chandigarh Administration and QBR’s authorities in India are setting not only its schedule but also the route.

Chandigarh Administration officials said top-class international sports personalities like Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, ICC cricketer of the millennium, Kapil Dev, former Indian cricketer Dinesh Mongia and other eminent local personalities like Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandipuri would be invited to welcome the baton here.

Extensive and mega ceremonies would be held to mark the occasion, said ML Sharma, director, Chandigarh sports department.

QBR (India) director Colonel KS Banshtu was in the city recently to finalise the arrangements with the administration. Col Banshtu said the baton would come in the city on July 3 and would be taken to the main entry point of the city near the airport on a well decorated vehicle accompanying 26 vehicles and 90-member QBR team.

“From the entry point, baton-bearers would run along with the baton towards Sector 29. From the Tribune Chowk, the journey would continue on the road separating different sectors of the city and the Industrial Area. After that, it would move to the Madhaya Marg before turning to its culmination point, the Sports Complex, Sector 7,” said Col Banshtu.

During the one-day stay of the baton here, the administration hopes that thousands of sports lovers would come to witness the historical event and baton, which symbolises gathering of people from across 70 nations of the Commonwealth.

“Seven high-level committees have already been formed to chalk out the programme and other activities during the stay of the baton. To spread the message of first-ever Green Commonwealth Games, green corners would be developed in the city. Besides, plantation drives and other extensive measures in this direction with roping in of the forest department would be taken for the purpose,” said ML Sharma, director, Chandigarh sports department.

The baton will leave the city on July 4 to its next destination, Shimla.


l QBR has been the curtain raiser to every Commonwealth Games since Cardiff, Wales, in 1958.

l QBR, 2010, Delhi, started its journey from Buckingham Palace, London, on October 29, 2009. After being flagged off by Queen Elizabeth II, the relay would visit all 70 nations of the Commonwealth, covering a total distance of 1.90-lakh km during its 340-day epic journey to reach New Delhi, the venue of XIXth Commonwealth Games, 2010, on its opening ceremony on October 3, 2010.

l In India, the QBR covers all capital cities of 28 states and seven Union Territories and many other cities along the way during its 100-day journey in the country.

l The high-tech baton, which is 66.4 cm with weight of 1.9 kg contains a camera, GPS system, sound recorder and also a system to receive SMSes.



IOC lift hockey title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The ONGC-A team, which had allegedly made it to the final with unfair means in yesterday’s match against ONGC-B team, today lost to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) by 2-3 in the final of the PSPB Hockey Championship at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

The IOC team, which had been trailed by 0-2 at one stage of the match, came from behind and equalised the score 2-2 at the end of the stipulated time. In the extended minutes, international player Deepak Thakur struck the winning goal to seal victory for IOC.

Earlier, Divakar Ram opened the account for ONGC-A in the 11th minute with a field goal. After that, both teams tried hard and made several attacks to each other posts, but to no avail. It was Mandip Antil, who doubled the score for ONGC-A in the 45th minute. But the team could not maintain the lead, as Didar Singh reduced the margin exactly after four minutes. When it seemed that the team is about to win, Prabhjot came to rescue the IOC with his last minute equaliser.

Match for third spot called off

After yesterday’s farce between ONGC-A and ONGC-B, the organisation of the tournament came under scanner again with abandonment of the match for the third place. The match between the ONGC-B and BPCL was called off in the 40th minute when members of the technical committee felt that both teams were just passing time in the field. “Nobody was moving from one’s place. There was hardly any kind of feeling of competitiveness among the players, so we decided to abandon the match,” said a member of the committee. GAIL was declared the winner for the third spot. “Such tournaments should not be allowed to hold,” commented a hockey aficionado at the stadium



Avilash enters next round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Avilash Mishra moved to the next round after trailing Kabir Manrai 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the boys U-12 singles’ category in the All-India Tennis Association Championship Series here today.

The matches are being played at the Lake Club and Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s courts here.


Boys U-12 singles (first round): Ishaque Eqbal beat Ankit Rao 6-1, 6-3, Param Pun beat Rohan Sagar 6-1, 6-3, Udayan Bhaskar beat Paras Mittal 6-0, 6-1, Sumit Pal Singh beat Mayuk Rawat 6-1, 6-1, Yash Yadav beat Nishant Kumar 6-3, 6-3, Ankrish Khanna beat Kemp O’Brien 6-1, 6-0, Yugal Bansal beat Parmeet Singh 6-3, 6-0, Karandeep Singh beat Sabrang Sandal 6-0, 6-1, Faizal Qumar beat Chinmay 6-4, 6-2, Gurdil Khera beat Sidharth Meena 6-4, 7-5, Avilash Mishra beat Kabir Manrai 6-1, 6-1, Nihit Rawal beat Kumaran Nishoka 6-3, 6-2, Utkarsh Bhardwaj beat Manik Dawon 6-3, 6-4, Dhruv Arya beat Sagar Bains 6-2, 6-1 and Shrey Gupta beat Waga Arya 7-6 (4) 6-3.

Girls U-12 singles (first round): Karman Kaur beat Sachi Berwal 6-0, 6-1, Hiya Choudhary beat Hanshika 6-0, 6-0, Akaksha beat Ridhi Ramesh 6-3, 6-4, Harsimran beat Shriya Kalia 6-2, 6-4, Vaishnavi beat Gulmehar 6-0, 6-0, Aboli Gogahi beat Seerat Sidhu 6-1, 6-0,Mihika Yadav beat Shrishty Dhanda 6-3, 6-3, Neelanchal Gupta beat Aashta Malhotra 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, Saumya Saxena beat Nimrat Walia 6-3, 6-4, Snehal beat Suryanarayani 6-0, 6-1, Rubani Ahluwalia beat Mehakdeep 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, Prinkle Singh beat Zeel Gandhi 6-3, 6-1, Vanshika Sawhney beat Shea Bhasin 6-0, 6-0 and Nandini Sharma beat Bani 6-0, 6-1.

Boys U-16 singles (first round): Rishabh Dev beat Vikas Berwal 6-1, 6-0, Ayush Mintri beat Aditya Sharma 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, Shalinder Boniface beat Sachin Kumar 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, Jatinder Singh beat Ishaque Eqbal 6-0, 6-2, Atul Shri Patel beat Dhruv Pal 6-2, 6-0, Dheeranush S Bhatti beat Aman Rawat 6-4, 6-4, Pranav Suri beat Tejas Kapoor 6-1, 6-2, Naveen Anand beat Trivesh Singh 7-5, 6-2, Bhavtaranpreet Singh beat Andrew Pradeep 6-3, 6-1, Kamal Kishore beat Nishat Eqbal 6-0, 6-1, Ranjeet Singh beat Jagtar Singh 6-1, 6-3, Hardeep Singh beat Tegbir Singh 6-1, 6-4, Ravinder beat Arindam Datta 6-3, 6-2, Jajbir Singh beat Kunwar Singh 6-2, 6-3, Dhruv Aggarwal beat Sumit Pal Singh 6-3, 6-3 and Fatehdeep Singh beat Sean Yip 6-1, 6-2.

Girls U-16 singles (first round): Riya Bhatia beat Dimpy Khirwal 6-0, 6-0, Shriya Kalia beat Manjot Kaur 6-1, 6-3, Medha Toor beat Rahat Manrai 6-1, 6-1, Victoria Chahal beat Harsimran Kaur 6-3, 6-4, Nandini Sharma beat Shikha Dasani 6-0, 6-3, Shweta Sangwan beat Ayna Arora 6-0, 6-4, Aboli Gogahi beat Simran Kapoor 6-1, 6-0, Vanshika Sawhney beat Harkeerat Bains 7-5, 6-3, Charvi Saxena beat K Gaytri 6-1, 6-3, Kavita Mishra beat Valentina 6-0, 6-1 and Himani Mor beat Vaishnavi 7-5, 6-2.



Local players claim third position
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The local players bagged the third position in the 55th School Games National Choi Kwang Do (U-19 girls and boys) Championship which concluded at War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantt, today.

As many as 13 players of the 14-member team, who went to participate in the national competition, have come back with medals. The team brought four gold medals, five silver and four bronze medals.

Winners: Gold medallists: Hema Rana, Prabhleen Kaur, Prabhpreet and Smatav Sharma. Silver medallists: Dilmol Kumar, Sidhant Khosla, Dilmrig Naini, Ram Chand and Barinder Singh.

Bronze medallist: Gurleen Kaur, Satyam, Avneet Kaur and Tanuj. 



City wrestling team lift overall title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The city wrestling team has brought laurels to the city by emerging as the overall champions in the Fourth Senior Alysh Wrestling Championship organised by the Alysh Wrestling Federation of India in New Delhi from April 9 to 11.

Besides claiming two gold, one silver and four bronze medals, Bharat Kesri Jagmeet Singh, a product of Wrestling Coaching Centre, Sector 42, also bagged the best wrestler award in the championship.

Coach Darshan Lal said his disciples performed brilliantly in the competition. While Jagmeet took just 1.40 minutes to emerge as the winner against Maharashtra Kesari Pankaj Gawede in the 120-kg class final, Parvesh defeated Sushil of Uttar Pradesh in the 73-kg final to win the gold medal. Deepak got silver after losing to Pankaj of Haryana in the 66-kg bout final. The other medal winners (bronze) were Deepak (60 kg), Sunil (90 kg), Ravinder (81 kg), and Jagdeep (100 kg).

Earlier, hundreds of villagers of Ishapur village (from where Jagmeet hails) and nearby villagers gathered outside Ishapur village to welcome the team. The team members and officials were honoured at Jagmeet’s residence.



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