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15 booked for illegal mining
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 29
The police booked 15 persons for mining sand illegally from common land near the Ghaggar at Chadiala village. According to information, these persons were booked yesterday under Section 379 of the IPC of the Mines Act 1952, 4/1, following the inquiry report of the mining officer, industrial development, Mohali district, Punjab.

The BDPO, Dera Bassi, had inquired into the illegal mining of sand at Chadiala village and found that seven to 12-feet deep sand mining had been done from the common land. It was also found that this land was not given on contract for sand mining. Besides, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had passed the orders last year to stop mining activities in the area.

Those persons booked include Ajmair Singh, Dilwar Singh Sarpanch, Karam Singh, Jasmer Singh, Narinder Singh, Kulbir Singh, Jasveer Singh, Gurjant Singh, Sewa Singh, Fateh Singh, Rachan Singh, Nasib Singh, Kartar Singh, Darshan Singh, Rajwinder Singh, all residents of Chadiala village. SDM Puneet Goyal declined to give any comment on this matter.



Youths snatch gold chain
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 29
Motorcycle-borne two youths snatched gold chain of a woman at Sector 8, Ambala City, last evening.

On the complaint of victim Poonam Saluja, the police have registered a case against unknown youths.

According to sources, Poonam, resident of Shahabad, had come to Ambala City to meet one of her relatives.

When she was passing from Sector 8 on a rickshaw, motorcycle-borne youths came and one of the youth snatched her chain and fled.

However, it wasn’t the first snatching incident in this sector. Since past one year, more than 12 such incidents have taken place in Sectors 8 and 9.

No clue of snatchers has been achieved so far, the police said.



7 acquitted of murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A local court has acquitted seven accused of murdering Avtar Singh, alias Tara, a resident of Khuad Ali Sher seven years ago in 2003, here today.

Two of the accused, Makhan Singh and Naseem of Khuda Ali Sher, were childhood friends of the deceased.

Others who were arrested under Sections 364, 302, 201, 120 B and 25 of the Arms Act included Makhan’s wife Balwinder Kaur, son Kaka Singh, another Kaka Singh and Man Singh.

Additional District and Sessions Judge RN Bharati acquitted all accused after prosecution failed to prove the charges.

The murder was detected when the police exhumed parts of the body of Avtar Singh from a choe near Prem Pura village in the Pinjore area.

The police got the information of the disappearance of Avtar Singh on September 26 when his brother, Chand, informed that his elder brother had not returned home after he went to drop his wife and child at her office and school, respectively.

The police claimed that during interrogation, the two accused revealed that when they knew Avtar had reached their home on September 25, they went to his house and offered him a cup of tea. Makhan allegedly shot dead Avtar, while he was taking a cup of tea.

The police said after the murder, Naseem allegedly cut the body into pieces. The pieces were put in a polythene bag and then covered with a blanket later stuffed in a sack. It was thrown from the bridge in the choe, which was at least 30 feet down from the bridge level.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 29
A 53-year-old motorcyclist died after being hit by a speeding tractor-trolley near Paras Down Town Square on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway here this morning. The deceased has been identified as Charan Singh, a resident of Pandwala village, Dera Bassi.

The incident took place when Charan Singh was moving towards Baltana to meet his in-laws on his motorcycle.

When he reached near the mall, the tractor-trolley, loaded with sand, rammed into his motorcycle from behind.

He fell on the road and sustained serious injuries. A patrolling team rushed him to the GMCH-32 where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

The tractor-trolley driver reportedly fled from the scene leaving behind the vehicle.

A case has been registered against the driver of the tractor-trolley.



U-22 Cricket: City in command
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
With 486 for eight, city put themselves in strong position against Patiala after the end of the second day of the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 Cricket Tournament at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium here today.

In the second semifinal between Ludhiana and Jalandhar, Ludhiana, too, put themselves in driver’s seat with 451 all out for eight in 158.3 overs.

Earlier, resuming from their overnight 275 for three, Chandigarh’s Manan Vohra, who was at 157 not out yesterday, added 22 runs to his individual score taking the team’s total 310 for four. Amitoze ended Vohra’s innings (179 off 298), making him holed out to Jeevanjot at the slip.

After Vohra, Anupam Gambhir joined Anil Sihag and the duo took the team’s total to 358 before Anil Sihag was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Amrinder for 51.

The 48-run partnership between Gaurav Puri (41) and Gurinder Singh (16) saw the team’s total sailing past 400-mark. The other notable ninth wicket unbeaten partnership of 51 runs between Anshul Tripathi and Veer Karan Goel took the total to 486 for eight. Anshul Tripathi was at 44 not out in 86 balls, while Goel remained unbeaten on 15.

For Patiala, left arm spinner Amrinder Singh finished as the highest wicket taker with four for 96 in 52 overs.

Brief score: Chandigarh (Ist innings): 486 for eight in 190 overs (Manan Vohra 179, Simrat Bawa 55, Anil Sihag 51, Gaurav Puri 41, Amit Prashar 32, Anupam Gambhir 21, Anshul Tripathi 44 n.o., Amrinder Singh four for 96.

In the second semifinal, Ludhiana mustered 451 all in 158.3 overs. Bharat Malhotra notched up his century (135 off 258) today.

Brief score: Ludhiana (Ist innings): 451 all out in 158.3 overs (Bharat Malhotra 135, Lalit Malhotra 82, Gitansh Khera 91, Sunny Pandey 59, Pargat Singh three for 23)

Jalandhar (Ist innings): 103 for two in 29 overs (Robin Singh 32, Pargat Singh 27, Nithish 39 n.o, Jashan Sidhu one for 10, Rahul Singla one for 25.



Amrit, Jaiveer lead in school kids’ golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 29
Over 50 schoolchildren of the tricity teed off in the different age-groups of the Junior Pitch and Putt Golf Championship on the nine-hole golf course of the British School Junior Golf Academy in Sector 44 here today.

Ten-year-old Amrit Lal and Jaiveer, playing in categories D and C, respectively, returned the best one under par scores of 26 on the opening day of the competition on the 27-stroke par-3 golf course.

Sidhant Verma took a two-stroke lead with a score of 32 in the A category and Ishan Sandhu had a one-stroke lead in category B in the championship, which was inaugurated in the morning by Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill.

The results (Day 1): category A: Sidhant Verma 32, Asmeet Kohli 34, Shubam Kashyap 37; category B: Ishan Sandhu 28, Yogyank Mishra 29, Tanveer Khara 31; category C: Jaiveer 26, Karandeep Singh 28, Hasmat Singh 34; category D: Amrit Lal 26, Adis Bansal 28, Jai Singh Oberoi 30.



AITA: Saumya, Nimrat move ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Local players Saumya Saxena and Nimrat Walia make it to the next round after beating their respective rivals in the U-16 girls’ section in the qualifying rounds of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

A player in action during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday
A player in action during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Saumya beat Neelanchal Gupta 8-3, while Nimrat got the better of Aditi Mittal 8-2 to sail ahead.

In boys’ U-16 section, Paramveer Singh Bajwa reached into the third round, trailing Amandeep Singh 8-4.

The matches are being held at two venues- Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Complex, Sector 10, and Lake Sports Complex.

Results: Singles qualifying 1st round: Boys U-12: Dron Walia (UTK) bt Shubham Thakur 8-1; William Yip (CHD) bt Nihit Jain 8-6; Shubham Gulia bt Arnav Jain 8-0; Jaskaran Singh bt Sahib Arora 8-6; Shivam Vij bt Abhav Sharma 8-0; Akshit Chabra bt Manjodh Bhullar 8-3; Chirag Singh bt Rajdeep Singh 8-0; Abir Hiranandani bt Dhananjai Singh 8-3; Manoneet Hira bt Raghav Singh 8-3; Saurav Prashar bt Ravsehaj Singh 8-2; Asav Kumar (CHD) bt Kemp O’ Brien (CHD) 8-6; Sarvesh Maria bt Harjas 8-0; Amitosh Singh bt Mahip Uppal 8-5.

Boys U-16: Atishay Jain (UTR) Parmeet Deol 8-5; Manav Sheokund (HAR) bt Shiven Suroya (DLI) 8-0; Nikhil Verma (HP) bt Manav Poddar (CHD) 8-5; Adhiraj Sandhu bt Utkarsh Bajaj (UP) 8-4; Anish Goel (CHD) bt Shobit Banga (CHD) 8-4; Shourya Verma (UTR) bt Utkarsh Bhardwaj 8-6; Abhijeet Singh (CHD) bt Abhinav Bansal 8-5; Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Amandeep Singh (CHD) 8-4; Nikhil Dabas (DEL) bt Calvin Golmei (ASM) 8-5; Gaurav Pal bt Parasdeep Virk (HAR) 8-4; Ranjodh Singh Minhas (CHD) bt Adhhayan (CHD) 8-7(5); Mahanya Khanna (DEL) bt Rohtas Singh (CHD) 8-1; Sabrang Sandal (CHD) bt Nikhil Deora (CHD) 8-1; Samrat Rana (CHD) bt Manjodh Singh (CHD) 8-7(3); Dhruv Suri (UP) bt Siddharth Arora (UTR) 8-3; Sahil Rawat (CHD) Mohit Neutia (PB) 8-4; Sahil Yadav (HP) bt Anchit Gupta (CHD) 8-0.

2nd round: Boys U-16: Kamal Kishore Maderana (CHD) bt Atishay Jain (UTR) 8-1; Prabsimran Singh Bal bt Jaskaran Nagpal (HP) 8-1; Sachin Kumar (CHD) bt Darshan Singh (HP) 8-0; Shubham Malik (HAR) bt Sahil Dhingra (CHD) 8-1; Chirag Bajwa (CHD) bt Prateek Bhandari (HP) 8-4; Ishrat Cheema(CHD) bt Archit Dhingra (CHD) 8-3; Saumya Raj (bye) bt Nikhil Verma (HP) 8-5; Prithviraj Singh (CHD) bt Shashwat Poddar (CHD) 8-2; Anish Goel (CHD) bt Srijjan Uppal (CHD) 8-7(2); Shourya Verma (UTR) bt Digvijay Singh (CHD) 8-3; Abhijeet Singh (CHD) bt Vimal Gupta (CHD) 8-3; Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Mayank Sharma (CHD) 8-1; Vikas Beniwal btYogesh Dogra (CHD) 8-2; Diviansh Pandey bt Gaurav Pal 8-0; Ranjodh Singh Minhas (CHD) bt Barun Gill 8-4; Abhishek Verma bt Rishabh Sharda 8-5; Sabrang Sandal (CHD) bt Ankush Chauhan (HP) 8-5; Sultan Singh Atwal (CHD) bt Amarnath Arora (DEL) 8-6; Birgurman Singh (CHD) bt Samrat Rana (CHD) 8-6; Deepak Gupta (PB) bt Aryan (HP) 8-1; Dhruv Suri (UP) bt Sanchit Bansal (CHD) 5-1 (Concede); Kawalpreet Bhatti bt Sahil Yadav (HP) 8-2.

Girls U-16: Saumya Saxena (CHD) bt Neelanchal Gupta (CHD) 8-3; Nimrat Walia (CHD) bt Aditi Mittal 8-2; Ravnoor Kaur w/o Tanya Sood; Prinkle Singh (CHD) walk over Aashna Agarwal; Priya Singh walk over Simran Dhindsa.



City’s Adil shines in Junior Golf Tour
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 29
Nine-year-old Adil Bedi of Chandigarh created a flutter in Coimbatore yesterday when he finished second in the 10-12 age-group D Category of the Toyota Etios Southern India Junior Golf Tour.

It was the final round of the Southern India Tour, which is the official national ranking tour of the Indian Golf Union.

Adil, who took the lead yesterday returning a card of 84, could not keep up the momentum carding a 93 score yesterday, as Kshitij Naveed Kaul of the Delhi Golf Club played an 84 card to emerge winner in the category.

City’s Karandeep Kochar finished fifth in the C Category (12-14 years).

Another city boy Tarundeep Chadha, who has been doing well in the junior tour, finished sixth in the A Category (16 to 18 years).

Among girls Tavleen Batra of Ambala finished third in the B Category with a three-day tally of 263.



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