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Punjabi writer honoured
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 24
Dr Ravi Memorial Trust honoured Dr Tejwant Mann, a Punjabi writer and thinker, by conferring on him Dr Ravi Memorial Award. A literary function was organised at Prabhat Parwana Trade Union Centre. Mohinderjit Ravi, Prof Maithili Parsad Bhadwaj and Dr Manmohan Singh, IAS (retd) from Chandigarh presided over.

Dr Mann was given Rs 21,000 as award money, a shawl and a memento.

Principal (retd) Chander Parkash Rahi said Dr Ravinder Singh Ravi was an educationist and trade union leader. He always fought against the commercialisation of education.

Dr Bhagwant Singh, Punjabi language department, presented a paper on literary contribution of Dr Tejwant Mann, Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Punjabi University, read the citation in honour of Dr Mann. Prof Joginder Kaushal, a retired teacher from Punjabi University was also honoured.

Dr Manmohan Singh IAS (retd) threw light on the contribution of Prof Joginder Kaushal, who once sacrificed his job for trade union rights. Gurcharan Singh Virk received Prof Joginder Kaushal’s award.



Now, jaguar to get mate

Chhat (Banur), April 24
After baboon, it’s female jaguar, who will get a mate. Mahendra Choudhary Zoological Park officials said the female jaguar would be getting her mate by next week. They said the negotiations were on with the Delhi zoo authorities and the deal was finalised on Friday.

Zoo director Tushar Kanti Bahera could not be contacted for his comments. However, Jitendera Sharma, chief wildlife officer, Punjab, said the jaguar had been alone in her enclosure since long. — TNS



Rs 80-crore aid for four towns
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 24
Dera Bassi, Banur, Zirakpur and Lalru would receive a grant of Rs 80 crore for development work.

This was stated by local MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny at a press meet on Saturday. He was on a visit to villages falling under his constituency. He said the Chief Minister had given his approval for the same. Dera Bassi would have a new grain market at Dhanouni village, he added. The MLA announced a grant of Rs 15 lakh to Haripur Kuran, Issapur, Jnetpur, Saidpura, Karkour and Jwaharpur. 



Competitive Exams
HC comes to rescue of dyslexic students
Allows one hour extra for each paper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
In the first of its kind decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has come to the rescue of dyslexic children appearing for competitive examinations.

The High Court, in a landmark judgment, has allowed one hour’s extra time for each paper to dyslexic children appearing for the All-India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The exam is to be conducted throughout the country tomorrow and the High Court has also suggested the CBSE and the Central Counselling Board (CCB) to grant similar facilities to all such students appearing for the exam in the entire country.

Pronouncing the order yesterday, while hearing a petition filed by a local resident, Pranjay Jain, Justice Permod Kohli observed: “I direct that the petitioner should be provided one-hour extra time in AIEEE for each paper. However, this permission shall remain subject to outcome of the writ petition.”

He added: “Harsh Aggarwal (counsel for CBSE) has expressed his concern about the similarly situated persons who are appearing throughout the country in AIEEE. In this view of the matter, it may be observed that the CCB may consider granting similar facilities to all dyslexic students, who are appearing for AIEEE test.”

Jain, a dyslexic student, had moved the court seeking extra time and permission to have a scribe for the competitive exam. While court agreed to award extra time to dyslexic student appearing for AIEEE, the plea to have a scribe was turned down. The court observed, “Since it is the objective test, no scribe is required to be provided to the petitioner. However, in view of the disorder with which the petitioner is suffering, I am of the considered opinion that extra time as per the guidelines framed by the CBSE for 10+2 examination, should be given to the petitioner to provide him a fair opportunity to compete with other students, who don’t suffer from any such disability.”

The petition was filed before the commencement of 10+2 examinations. Considering the plea, the court passed an order dated March 2, 2010, and directed the CBSE to provide scribe who could also make calculations at the instance of the petitioner. Even extra time was allowed to the petitioner in accordance with the rules framed by CBSE for senior secondary examination.

The petitioner again approached the High Court seeking similar facilities for the AIEEE. While the CBSE raised various objections to the application, including that the relief claimed in the application is beyond the scope of the writ petition and that there is no condition/ provision in the prospectus issued by the CCB for the AIEEE examination.



Whiskey case: Hearing on May 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The District and Sessions Judge entrusted the case of Devinder Singh, alias Whiskey, to Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today. The case will come up for hearing on May 1.

The police had filed a challan against Whiskey and six others, who were allegedly involved in the murder of a businessman on March 6. Whiskey had allegedly killed a financier, Harjinder Singh Dhillon, on November 25, 2009.

Ravinder, Manish, Manpreet Singh, Surinder Singh, Amrik Singh and Kuldeep Singh had accompanied him at the time of the crime. According to the police, Dhillon had a Ford Fiesta, which was reportedly in the name of Whiskey and he wanted it back.

The police had arrested him on December 11 2009.

Acting on a tip-off, a special crime investigation cell team had nabbed the suspects on December 7. During their interrogation, they disclosed that on November 25, they and Whiskey hatched a plan to take away the Ford Fiesta being used by Dhillon.

They said they went to Sector 20 in a Ford Endeavour and while Amrik remained near the vehicle, the others went to Dhillon’s office where they had a scuffle.

Dhillon raised an alarm after which Whiskey allegedly pulled out his illegal weapon and fired a shot at him. 



Rape Case
Accused file bail plea
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
Three of the 14 accused in the Kakla gang rape case filed a bail application in the sessions court here today.

In their application for regular bail, the accused - Neuraj, Pankaj and Karan - submitted before Additional District and Sessions Judge Ritu Garg that they were falsely implicated in the case.

A minor girl of Tipra Railway Colony was allegedly gangraped on December 22, 2009. According to the police, the victim was gangraped for three days. In her complaint, the victim had alleged that she had gone to the railway station for some work when the accused took her with them and raped her continuously for three days.

She alleged that they threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident. Following a tip-off, a police team raided a house at the Railway Colony. However, all accused succeeded to flee before the police arrived.

Later, the police filed a chargesheet against Neeraj, Pankaj, Karan Saurabh, alias Meenu, Pathan, Punit, Jaswant, Hemant, Bawa, Baldev, Amit, Rinku, Shibu, Rajiv, alias Paharia, under Section 376-G, 363, 342, 328 and 506 of IPC against the accused.

In the chargesheet, the police had mentioned that on the night of December 22, Panchkula cops had rescued the victim from the Railway Colony. The accused took her to railway quarters in Kalka and raped her, said the chargesheet. The next day, the victim was taken to a hotel in Parwanoo (HP) and allegedly raped her. The accused also raped her alongside a river in Parwanoo, said the police in the chargesheet.

Contending that they were innocent, the three accused pleaded that according to the prosecution, they were involved in helping other accused in raping the minor in Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh. If this was the case, the Himachal Police should have registered case against them, the accused said. Moreover, the Panchkula police did not file a chargesheet under Section 120-B of IPC for criminal conspiracy, the pleaded.



6 of family booked for dowry
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 24
The police today booked six persons, all residents of Maharashtra, under Dowry Act, forgery and cheating on the directions of the Dera Bassi court.

The investigating officer said the case was registered on the complaint of Sangarika, a resident of New Generation Apartment, Zirakpur, who had approached the local court against her husband and family.

In her complaint to the police, she said Shailesh Aggarwal, a resident of Varda district in Maharashtra, had proposed her for wedding after making contact through an Internet website in April 2009. She claimed that Shailesh introduced himself as a businessman and an owner of a hospital.

The investigating officer added that on May 16, 2009, she got married to Shailesh in Delhi. Sangarika alleged that her in-laws had started harassing her in demand of dowry, while her father had spent lakhs of rupees on the wedding. After a few months of the marriage, she came to know that Shailesh had given wrong information about his business. After that she filed a complaint in the Dera Bassi court.

The police official said on the directions of court, police has booked Shailesh, his mother Nirmala Devi, sister Rakhi and Kamlesh, Ghansham Aggarwal and Dr Abhilash under various sections of the Dowry Act, forgery and cheating.



Ex-PGI guard held for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The police arrested a former security guard of the PGI last night on charges of duping a Karnal resident of Rs 16,000.

The accused has been identified as 26-year-old Munish Verma, a resident of Khuda Lahora village. He was working as a security guard at the PGI in 2001 and was well versed with the functioning of the institute and the problems faced by the patients and their attendants.

At present, he is unemployed and roamed around the PGI looking out for gullible people, said a police officer.

The police said, Parveen Kumar, a resident of Karnal, filed a complaint with the police reporting that he had come to the PGI for treatment of her mother-in-law on April 12. The doctors her prescribed her a CT scan.

Parveen said he was waiting for the turn when Munish, staff member of the PGI, approached him and offered to get the test done at the earliest. Munish asked him to hand over Rs 16,000 to him for the test and told him to wait in the OPD room. When Munish did not return for a long time, Parveen started looking out for him, but in vain.

Parveen told the police that he enquired from the fee collection centre for the CT scan and learnt that no fee was deposited in the patient’s name and the test fee was not Rs 16,000.

Realising that he was duped, Parveen lodged a complaint with the police. Acting on the description provided by the complainant, the police contacted the security staff and got information about the accused and held him from his house.

A case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered.



Contractor’s Murder
Third accused held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 24
The police has arrested Sonu, alias Noni, the third suspect in contractor Sikander Singh’s murder case, whose charred body was found in Sector 66 on April 19.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said the accused had confessed to the crime. The police has recovered Rs 10,000 from his possession.

After committing the crime, Sonu fled in Mahindra Scorpio, which belonged to the deceased. The other two accused, Krishan Chander Batham and Monty, were arrested on April 21. Sonu was produced before the court, from where he was remanded in policy custody till April 25. 



Chain snatched
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 24
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from Shivani, a government school teacher, this morning.

According to Shivani, the incident occurred when she was on her way to school at Seouli village. As she reached near GS Memorial School, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched her chain. She said one of the youths assaulted her and when she raised an alarm, both of them fled from the spot.

Complaints have been pouring in from residents of Zirakpur since long. More than six incidents of snatching had been reported last week. Meanwhile, the police said it had started a probe into today’s incident.



55th Rail Week
Cyclist awarded Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 24
Patiala Sports and Welfare Club honoured cyclist Jagdeep Singh for his performance during the 55th Rail Week that was held at Ambala divison.

He played for Northern Railway. According to sources, he was awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 by Railway organiser Jatinder Pal Singh Mandal.

While presenting the award, club president Rajpal Chauhan and general secretary Sandeep Passey said the aim of the club was to keep youth away from drugs and motivate them to join sports. Harpinder Gaggi and Happy Bindra, assistant secretary and press secretary of the club, respectively, Gurbaaz, Gursharan, Amrit and Paramvir were also present.



Ravi, Pankaj in doubles’ final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
Ravi Mahajan and Pankaj Mittal will have a face-off with Rajneesh Bhatia and Gurpreet Singh in the doubles final of the first

Chandigarh Badminton Club Championship being held at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. In the first semifinal match of the day, Rajiv and Pankaj beat Tejinder Singh and SP Singh in straight sets (21-11, 21-17). In another semifinal match, Rajneesh and Gurpreet defeated Manmohan Sharma and Haroon in the plus 35 category. The final match will be held on April 25.

In the plus 45 veterans category, Sanjay Judge and PJ Arora beat VP Singh and Devinder 21-9, 18-21, 21-19. In the plus 35 category, Pankaj Mittal and SP Singh beat Vijay Pandit and Sanjay Sharma (21-17, 18-21, 21-13) to steer into the final. In the second semifinal, Rajneesh Bhatia and Devinder Singh outplayed Rajiv Mahajan and Rajneesh Sood 9-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Manpreet Singh and Deepinder Singh beat Rajneesh Sood and Pradeep Dhingra in straight sets (21-6, 21-15). Virender Goyal and Pradeep Sood defeated Prem Paul and Kashayp (21-14, 21-18).



Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 24
The Sports Authority of India, NSNIS, will conduct annual selection trials for the 2010-11 training session on April 28. The trials will be conducted till May 9. Candidates in the age group of 17 to 22 years are eligible for the trials.

Interested players can report at the institute at 9 am on April 28. Players seeking admission in cycling, hockey and judo courses can report at the institute on May 7. Players must bring along their kits, original certificates of their achievement in various events, a set of attested copies of these certificates and three passport size photographs.



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