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Corridor linking Indo-Pak gurdwaras sought
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 4
The United Sikh Mission, a US-based NGO, has demanded the creation of a peace corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak post in Gurdaspur to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.

According to the representatives of the United Sikh Mission, Kartarpur Sahib Corridor would provide the Indian pilgrims the privilege to pay obeisance at the historical shrine of Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan) by entering in the Pakistani territory without a visa and would also enable the devotees to return to India the same day.

Giving further information, one of the members of the mission and Congress leader Amarjeet Singh Tikka told The Tribune that a delegation of the Mission leaders had recently taken up the matter with the senior Congress leadership in New Delhi. “We met AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and apprised him of the entire matter in detail and the response was positive,” he claimed.

Tikka further said the Kartarpur Gurdwara is visible from the Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak, near the border and the distance between the two from the Indian border was just 1.25 km, while adding, “Our Mission feels that corridor should be created, so that people can go in the morning and can comeback by evening without visa formalities.”

The mission representatives further stated that Ambassador UNO John W. McDonald had visited the site on June 20, 2008, to assess the situation and had also shown positive response to the demand put forward by them. Besides, AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Pranab Mukherjee and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the mission representatives have also sent letters in this regard to Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.



Terror suspect sent to police remand
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, May 4
A terror suspect of the KCF and has been arrested and sent to police remand till May 7. The suspect was arrested from Raipur, Chattisgarh, yesterday.

According to information, the suspect has been identified as Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma. He was produced in the court of Kiran Bala at Dera Bassi. According to the police, the suspect had resided in foreign countries for some years and had come to India few months back for allegedly increasing terrorist activities.

Recently he had developed relations with Babbar Khalsa International. Interrogation of the suspect was on and some important clues might be found, the police added

Burglars decamp with jewellery, cash

Kharar: Cash and valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh were stolen from a house in Janta Nagar today.

The thieves struck at the house of Rajinder Nath Sharma, who told the police that he and his son had gone to Chandigarh for treatment of his ailing wife.

All three left home around 9 am, while his daughter-in-law had left for teaching at a school earlier in the morning. When they returned at 1 pm, the lock of house was found broken.

On entering the house, the family members found that all belongings had been strewn around and cupboards had been broken. Rajinder Nath claimed that the thieves had taken away 60 gm of gold, Rs 10,000 cash, a computer, a camera and other valuables.

The police reached the spot and took finger prints from the spot. A case has been registered.

Man killed in fire mishap

Kharar: A man was found burnt under mysterious circumstances at Daun Majra village.

In his statement to the police, Shingara Singh, a resident of Daun Majra, stated that he has three sons. The eldest son lives apart from the family, the second son is an addict and is currently undergoing treatment at a de-addiction centre, while the youngest son Gurpreet Singh had gone to Italy and returned 10 months ago.

Shingara Singh said when he returned home yesterday around 8 pm, he saw smoke emanating from his house. He saw that Gurpreet was on fire and had badly got injured. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he died after being administered the first aid.

Shingara told the police that when his son caught fire no one was at home. It was still unclear if it was a case of suicide or accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a gas pipe in the kitchen was open that caught fire and flames enveloped Gurpreet as well.The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Sections 174 of the CrPC.

Two held for drug peddling

Bassi Pathana: The police arrested two persons for drug peddling and recovered 500 gm opium and thousands of contraband tablets and capsules from their possession here today. During a naka at bus stand in Silkaprah village the police nabbed Rakesh Kumar, alias Bobby, who was involved in the sale of intoxicating drugs. The police recovered 1,600 capsules of Parvon Spas, 3,000 Microlit tablets, 800 capsules of Spasma Proxivon and 15 bottles of Rexocof from his possession. The police registered case under Sections 27, 61 and 25 of the NDPS Act. He was sent to judicial custody.

In another case, the police arrested Mohamad Hatin, a resident of Tanda Road, Jalandhar, during patrolling and recovered 500 gm opium from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act was registered and the accused had been sent to judicial custody.



Students to join science fair in Turkey

Ropar, May 4
The Government of Turkey has selected two students and teachers, each of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA-India), to participate in an International science fair being organised at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in Burdur city.

Group would be a part of fair to be held in May. Students Ravinder Kaur and Jatinderpal Singh will speak and display their models on saving environment among the selected students from 127 countries for three days.

“The team of SASA-India got selected for event when they joined the conference on environment under ENO and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) in Finland, last year,” Sukhjinder Singh, school director said. Delegates would also visit Insuyu Cavern, he added.

Students and teachers would visit oldest historical city Istanbul where they would visit Topkopi Palace, Rooftop bar, Meyhanes, Chora Church, Golden Horn, Grand Bazaar and Contemporary Art Galleries. — TNS



Skit marks foundation day celebrations

Ambala, May 4
MD DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Ambala City, celebrated its foundation day yesterday. Padam Shree SK Sama, vice-president of DAV Colleges Managing Committee, was the chief guest.

The function, which was based on the theme “Incredible India”, was a salute to Mother India. A skit on global warming was presented by the students. The cultural show presented by the students left audience awestruck.

He said DAV Institutions had played an important role in imparting education throughout the country. He asked the students to work hard to achieve their goals. — OC



Five held for assault

Chandigarh, May 4
The police has arrested two residents of Maloya Colony along with three juveniles on charges of thrashing and attempting to loot an auto-rickshaw passenger near the Maloya bus stand last night.

Zahir Diwan, a resident of Maloya Colony, reported to the police alleging that Krishan Pal and Sunny, both residents of Maloya Colony along with three others stopped the auto-rickshaw in which he was travelling near the bus stop in Maloya on Sunday.

The accused assaulted and threatened him before trying to take away his possessions.

The police arrested both Krishan Pal and Sunny after registering a case of assault, attempting to steal, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and common intension under various sections of the IPC.

Bike stolen

Raghbir Singh, a resident of Sector 51, reported that his Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (HP 11 4059) was stolen from his residence on May 1. A case of theft has been registered. — TNS



Alleged killers held again
Kidnapped another man day before murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The police today arrested the two accused involved in the murder of Ram Sharma of Sector 40 for robbing a Mohali resident and making an obscene video on knife-point after kidnapping him on April 28, a day before the murder.

The police said the victim, 28-year-old Malkit Singh of Chajju Majra village in Mohali district, was in a state of fear as the accused had been blackmailing him to give them Rs 5,000, failing which they would make the video public.

Malkit today lodged a complaint with the police and said he came out only after reading the news report of the arrest of the accused in a murder case.

The police today registered a fresh case of kidnapping, making obscene video, criminal intimidation, robbery and common intention against Verjit Singh of Sector 40 and Sunny of Green Enclave at Balongi village in Mohali.

Verjit’s police remand was secured from a local court while Sunny was already in police custody in connection with Ram’s murder.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station, inspector Janak Rana, said Malkit, an auto-rickshaw driver, in his complaint, reported that he was waiting for a bus on the Sector 39-40-55-56 rotary on April 28 when two persons kidnapped him and took him to a house at Sector 40.

Malkit alleged that the accused first robbed him of his two mobile phones, a wallet containing Rs 2,500 and some documents.

He added that they removed his clothes on knife-point and started making his video on a mobile phone. One of the accused pulled out a sword and threatened to kill him if he did not obey them.

They kept him awake the entire night and released him in the morning, telling him to bring money, failing which they would make his video public.

The SHO further said a close scrutiny of the video revealed that the accused had used the same knife for threatening Malkit and killing Ram.

“In fact, the knife was put on the same point where they had stabbed Ram. Though we have recovered the mobile phone on which the video was captured, we are yet to recover the other mobile phone and a sword used in the crime. With the report of the second incident, it has been proved beyond doubt that they are desperate criminals,” the SHO said.



60-yr-old killed in accident

ZIRAKPUR: A 60-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a speeding bus on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Gurdev Singh, a resident of Alipur village, Sohana. He had come to Western Union Money Transfer office at Zirakpur to withdraw money.

The incident took place when Gurdev Singh was crossing the road, on his cycle, where a bus coming from the Zirakpur side hit him, causing seriously injuries.

The investigating officer stated that he was rushed to a private hospital in Zirakpur where the doctors declared him brought dead. The accused bus driver managed to flee away from the spot.

The body of the deceased has been sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for conducting postmortem and the police has initiated investigations into the case.



1 held for mobile phone theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
A Ram Darbar resident was caught red handed while stealing a mobile phone from a shop in Ram Darbar on Monday.Prem Chand, a resident of Sector 47, reported to the police that Rajiv Kumar, a resident of Phase-II, Ram Darbar was caught red handed from his shop in Phase II, Ram Darbar, while stealing the phone. The police arrested the accused after registering a case against him.


The police arrested Bharat Singh, a resident of Phase III, Bapu Dham Colony (BDC), Sector 26, from near Phase I, BDC, today while indulging in gambling. The police recovered Rs 1,840 from him. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered.


Roshan Jagotara, a resident of Sector 20-A, reported that someone had stolen his Bajaj Discover motor cycle (CH 04 9220) from in front of his residence yesterday. A case of theft has been registered.



1 held for sexual assault on minor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The police arrested 18-year-old Pardeep, alias Kala, of Hallo Majra last night on the charges of abduction and sexual assault.The police said the accused abducted the eight-year-old girl from her residence yesterday afternoon. It added that he took her to a secluded place in the jungle behind a liquor vend at Hallo Majra and sexually assaulted her.

The girl lived with her widowed mother, who worked as a a domestic help. Her father had died three months ago. Pardeep was known to the victim’s family and frequently visited their house. He works as sweeper at a factory.

The incident came to light at night, when the victim’s mother found the girl missing on returning home. She went out in search of her daughter and found her crying near the liquor vend. The girl narrated the incident to her.

The victim’s mother then reported the matter to the police, which registered a case of abduction, unnatural offence and criminal intimidation against the accused under Sections 366-A, 377 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The police arrested the accused late in the night from his residence at Ambedkar Colony in Hallo Majra village.



Ajit Karam Singh maul Mount Carmel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
An overall performance by Rabteshwar Singh (6 for 18 and 53 runs) guided Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 41, to a 140-run win over Mount Carmel, Sector 47, in the Saupin’s Foundation Cup T-20 Cricket Tournament (U-14) at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.

Batting first, AKSIPS scored 182 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs with the help of Rabteshwar’s 53-run knock. He was well supported by Varun, who hit 35 runs. For Mount Carmel, Amrit Pal and Gagandeep took two wickets each.

In the second match at Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, GNPS outplayed Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, by 36 runs. GNPS set a target of 148 runs in 20 overs and in reply, Little Flower were all out for 111 runs in 18.4 overs.


First match: AKSIPS: 182 for 6 in 20 overs (Rebteshwar 53, Varun 35, Amritpal 2 for 23, Gagandeep 2 for 24); Mount Carmel: 42 all out in 10 overs (Amritpal 12, Rabteshwar 6 for 18, Aakash 3 for 11); second match: GNPS: 147 for 7 in 20 overs (Harinder Singh 27, Karanpreet 26, Jashan 34, Ronit 4 for 21); Little Flower: 111 all out in 18.4 overs (Aishal 37, Chinmay 15, Shubham 15, Shubham Arora 5 for 25, Rizul 3 for 18, Eshaan Mavi 2 for 16).



Punjab Golf
City caddie shares lead
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 4
Akshay Sharma, a caddie from the Chandigarh Golf Club, fired a three-under par 69 card to share the lead with Wasim Khan, another caddie golfer from Delhi, on the opening day of the Samarvir Sahi Punjab Open Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Akshay played a blemish-free card studded with three birdies, while Wasim Khan conceded two bogeys and sank five birdies on the par-72 greens, which played well today.

Just one stroke behind the leaders is junior golfer from Bangalore Khalin Joshi who mustered a two under 70 card. Noida's Rahul Bajaj was another stroke behind at 71.

National amateur champion Rashid Khan from Delhi had a bad start today conceding two bogeys for a two over 38 score at the turn. He came back with an eagle and two birdies on the back nine, conceding two bogeys for a two under par 34 return score and a card of even par 72 to occupy the joint fifth slot.

Earlier in the morning, Jeev Milkha Singh cut the ribbon and did the ceremonial tee-off for his childhood friend Samarvir Sahi, in whose memory the tournament is played every year.

Jeev went down memory lane and remembered the long putting sessions he used to have with Samarvir at his Sector 7 residence. He talked about the foursome of that time, including Amandeep Johl and Harmeet Kahlon, who egged each other on to perform their best.

About his own condition, Jeev said he was all set to fly off to the US for the Texas Open on Saturday. He said: "I still have problems with my shoulder. With the irons it is fine, but with the driver it does pinch on the shoulder".


69 Akshay Sharma and Wasim Khan; 70 Khalin Joshi; 71 Rahul Bajaj; 72 Dipankar Kaushal, Rashid Khan, Saurabh Bahuguna and Udayan Mane; 73 Aditya Bhandarkar, Moin Malak, Abhijit Chadha, Gagan Verma and Arshad Ali; 74 Karan Vasudeva.



Tarundeep leads in junior golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Panchkula, May 4
Sixteen-year-old Tarundeep Chadha of the Chandigarh Golf Club played an even par 72 round to take the lead on the opening day of the Northern India Junior Golf Championship that got under way on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Playing in ‘A’ category (16 to 18 years), Abhijit made fired back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh after bogeying the second, but another bogey on the ninth saw him take the turn at even par 36. He conceded back-to-back bogies on the 13th and 14th after birdying the 11th. He sank another birdie on the 16th for an even par 72 card. Two strokes behind Tarundeep is Saeed Saqeeb Ahmed at 74 with Rahul Ravi in the third slot at 76.

Tarundeep is the winner of the season opener at Golden Greens last week and seems to carry forward the form here as well. The absence of Chikkarangappa and Ashbeer Siani has thrown open the field for the coveted trophy.

Tapinder Ghei and Arush Ahuja share the lead at eight over 80 in category ‘B’ (14 to 16 years). This is the first time they are on the top of the leader board in the IGU categorised event.

In category ‘C’, Viraj Madappa was ahead with a two over par 74 card.

On day one, 93 juniors teed-off in categories ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. Participants in category ‘D’ and girls category will join the race tomorrow, when the total field will go up to 152.

The Northern India Junior tournament is one of the five mandatory tournaments on the Indian Golf Union junior circuit, which count towards the merit point.

The four leading players Chikkarangappa and Ashbeer Saini in category ‘A’ and Manu Gandas and Honey Baisoya in category ‘B’ are not participating as they are attending a conditioning camp for the Asia Pacific Junior Championship to be held at Bangalore from May 13 to 16.


Category ‘A’ (16 to 18 years): 72 Tarundeep Chadha, 74 Saeed Saqeeb Ahmed, 76 Rahul Ravi; category ‘B’ (14-16 years)- 80 Tapinder Ghai and Arush Ahuja; category ‘C’ (12-14 years)- 74 Viraj Madappa; 76 Piyush Sangwan.



Billiards & Snooker Meet
Rishi shows the door to Pulkit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Ajay Gupta, Lakshay Arora and Rishi Vahi have cleared the first round of snooker event (best of three frames) in the ninth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club here today.

The trio defeated their respective opponents with an identical score 2-1.

While seeded Ajay Gupta beat DS Chawla (30-46, 30-15, 40-19), Lakshay got the better of Gursher Singh (56-32, 32-43, 62-35) and Rishi Vahi showed the doors to Pulkit Sharma, winning the frames 46-57, 68-28, 61-29.

In the billiards match, the first round winners were Jaskaran Singh and Anshul Mittal. Jaskaran beat Abhay Sood 150-104, while Anshul Mittal drubbed Sanjay Kaushal 150-90.



Nikita beat Rubani in straight sets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s trainee Sumit Pal Singh made it to the quarterfinals of boys’ under-16 category after upsetting the fifth seeded Kuwar Singh Tater in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 in the AITA Tennis Tournament at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts here today.

Sumit also reached the quarterfinals of under-12 category after beating Aditya Sharma in a one-sided pre-quarterfinal match 4-0, 4-0.

All other matches were decided in straight sets. The quarter final matches will be played at CLTA complex from 8 am onwards.


Singles pre-quarters — Boys U-12: Sumit Pal Singh bt Aditya Sharma 4-0, 4-0; Ankrish Khanna bt Parmeet Deol 5-4(8), 4-2; Nihit Rawal bt Siddharth Basnet 4-0, 4-0; Sagar Bains bt Rishabh Sharda 5-4(3), 5-3; Sabrang Sandal bt Leonardo Pamei 4-0, 4-1; Param Pun bt Rohit Kumar 5-3, 4-0; Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Jagdeep Singh 4-0, 4-2; Karandeep Singh bt Himanshu Bansal 4-0, 4-0.

Boys U-16: Kamal Kishore Maderana bt Dhruv Puniani 6-0, 6-1; Nishat Eqbal bt Param Pun 6-4, 6-3; Pranav Suri bt Vikas Berwal 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Ishaque Iqbal bt Rupesh Khokhar 6-0, 6-1; Uday Singh Mann bt Sultan Singh Atwal 6-1, 6-4; Dheeranush Singh Bhatti bt Sean Yip 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Sumit Pal Singh bt Kunwar Singh 6-1, 6-0; Ranjeet Singh bt Anish Goel 6-2, 6-3.

Girls U-12: Harsimran Kaur (PB) bt Riya Gupta 4-0, 4-1; Nimrat Walia bt Akshita Singh 4-0, 4-0; Rubani Ahluwalia bt Ananya Jain 4-0, 4-0; Shea Bhasin bt Seerat Sidhu 4-0, 5-4(3); Aastha Malhotra bt Hiya Chaudhary 4-2, 4-1; Mehakdeep Kaur bt Samkiti Jain 4-0, 4-0; Neelanchal Gupta bt Tanya Batra 4-2, 4-1; Prinkle Singh bt Sahima Singh 4-0, 4-0.

Girls U-16: Nikita bt Rubani Ahluwalia 6-0, 6-0; Nandini Sharma bt Takshi Sachdeva 6-1, 6-0; Nikita Bishnoi bt Harsimran Kaur (PB) 6-0, 6-1; Shweta Sangwan bt Aashna Aggarwal 6-1, 6-0; Vanshika Sawhney bt Prinkle Singh 6-3, 6-1; Ashima Garg bt Ayna Arora 6-3, 6-3; Harsimran Kaur (HR) bt Sabrina Gill 6-1, 6-2; Charvi Saxena bt Gayatri K. 6-1, 6-2.



2008-09: Kings XI Punjab reports loss of Rs 25 cr

Chandigarh, May 4
The miseries of Kings XI Punjab seem to be unending.

After finishing at the bottom of the IPL-III tally, the team owned by Actress Preity Zinta and others has informed the government that it suffered a loss of Rs 25 crore in the very first year (2008-09) of formation of the consortium KPH Dreams Cricket Private Ltd.

According to financial statements submitted to the Registrar of Companies (ROC) here, KPH Dreams Cricket, which is co-owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia, earned a total income of Rs 55 crore while the total expenditure stood at close to Rs 80 crore in 2008-09.

A senior official in ROC said on the condition of anonymity that "revenue from the franchise rights and sponsorships constituted a major share of the total income of the company while participating in first edition of IPL." However, the company reported depreciation of Rs 30 crore and players cost of Rs 27 crore in its total expenditure for the year 2008-09.

The company last week submitted its balance sheet and annual returns with the ROC here.

On April 21, a local Court had issued notices to co-owners of Kings XI Punjab including Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia on a complaint filed by ROC accusing the Mohali franchise of not filing balance sheets and annual returns.

Kings XI Punjab, which had committed to pay USD 76 million as franchise fee for over 10 years, in January this year had said that it was hoping to break even by March 2011.

According to the filing, Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia hold 23 per cent stake each in the franchise, while Karan Paul, Chairman of Apeejay-Surrendra Group, has 4 per cent equity. The balance 50 per cent is with M.B. Finmart and Windy Investments. — PTI



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