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Govt college faces staff crunch
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 6
The government college here has been facing a serious staff crunch. Consequently, students are at the receiving end, as they are not being able to choose subjects due to lack of teachers.

There are no permanent teachers for key subjects in the college to provide quality education to students.

Along with shortage of teachers, vacant posts of clerical and laboratory staff have also affected the functioning of the college.

Students come here from far-off places like Lalru, Banur, Zirakpur and Dera Bassi to get admission but they feel disappointed due to lack of staff, rued some college students.

According to sources in college, the college has only 19 teachers, while nine posts of key subjects like mathematics, physical education, fine arts, sociology, political science, computer, music and Punjabi are lying vacant.

“Students of rural areas and economically weaker families get admission in the college, but due to lack of staff they feel disappointed,” a college teacher said.

Along with shortage of teachers, the college also lacks other staff as one post of office superintendent, one post of steno, one of senior laboratory assistant, two posts of junior laboratory assistants, four laboratory assistants, one post of chowkidar, one post of sweeper, one post of peon and one post of gardner are all lying vacant.

The sources added that some teachers are deputed from PTA funds on temporary basis, but this type of staff could not fulfill the educational needs of students. Meanwhile, DPI colleges Jasmeet Kaur admitted that there was staff crunch in government colleges of Punjab. She said secretary higher education was informed and final permission of filling of vacant posts would come from government.



5 health centres running from rented buildings
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, June 6
Gram panchayats of Morni block had transferred the required land in the name of the health department for the construction of five health sub centres in 1995. However, the health sub centres at Dharla, Chaplana, Raji Tikri, Nandpur Kedarpur and Bhorian villages of Panchkula district have been running in rented buildings and lack basic amenities.

Vijay Bansal, president of Shivalik Vikas Manch, said the Shivalik Development Board had also sanctioned Rs 45 lakh in 2007 for the construction of the above said five centres. He said in a meeting of officers of the health department on August 8, 2008, in context with the review of the progress of various development works, the health department had informed that it had sufficient funds for the construction of buildings for the above said health centres and it would get the buildings constructed at these villages from their funds. Bansal further said that he had submitted a memorandum to Anuradha Gupta, the then financial commissioner-cum-secretary, Haryana health department, on December 24, 2008, regarding the construction of the health sub centres during her visit to Surajpur, but to no avail. Residents of the area had already submitted memorandum to CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in this regard, but in vain.



Jumbo title win for Black Elephant
Tribune News Service

The winning team in a jubilant mood in Patiala on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala June 6
Black Elephant Cricket Club (BECC) outplayed Cantt XI, Ambala, by 123 runs in the final match of the tri-series here today.

After winning the toss, BECC elected to bat first and scored 208 runs. Jasan (70), Ibadat (33) and Vikram (20) were the main scorers for the BECC.

Chasing the target, Cantt XI, Ambala, lost wickets at regular intervals. The team’s captain, Royal Puri, scored 50 runs. Ambala lads were all out at 85 runs.

BECC’s Jasan was declared boy of the tournament, while Gurpreet Singh Nagra was named the best bowler. Charanjot of SDCA, Delhi, was declared the best wicketkeeper.

Brief scores:

BECC (Patiala): 208 all out in 35 overs (Jashan 70, Ibadat 33, Vikram 20 and Ayush 13).

Himanshu took four wickets for 23 runs, Manav 2 for 28, Karamjot 1 for 49 and Lakhvir 1 for 46.

Cantt XI (Ambala): 85 all out in 24.3 overs (Royal Puri 50, Sahil Verma 18).

Gurpreet Nagra took three wickets for 11 runs, Jasan 2 for 17, Ansuman 1 for 17 and Dhruv Verma 1 for 23.



Sobhraj outplays Gaurav in fencing
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 6
The second Federation Cup Fencing Championship being organised by the Punjab Fencing Association and Punjabi University, Patiala, entered its second day at Multipurpose Indoor Hall.

MS Mohinder Tyagi, project officer, Sports Authority of India, was the chief guest. He gave away prizes to the winners.

Results of the second day:

Foil individual men section ( first semifinal): Sobhraj of Manipur defeated Gaurav of Chandigarh 15-11; second semifinal: Vijay of SSCB outplayed Rajeshwar of Manipur 15-14; final match: Vijay of SSCB defeated Sobhraj of Manipur 15-12. Eppe individual (first semifinal):

Sandeep of SSCB outplayed Shalin of Manipur 15-13; second semifinal: Himalya of Madhya Pradesh defeated Rohit G of Kerala 15-13; final match: Himalya of Madhya Pradesh defeated Sandeep of SSCB 15-12.

Foil individual women section (first semifinal): Rosy Devi of Manipur defeated Chauba of Assam 15-5;

second semifinal: Athira of Kerala defeated Jasmeen of Punjab 15-9; final match: Rosy Devi of Manipur defeated Athira of Kerala 15-7. Women sabre: Risha of Kerala defeated Komalpreet of Punjab 15-5; second semifinal: Bhawani of Kerala defeated Dyna of Manipur 15-11;

final match: Bhawani from Kerala outclassed Risha of Kerala 15-5.



DMW trounce Rashtriya Cricket Academy
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 6
DMW, Patiala, defeated Rashtriya Cricket Academy, Rohtak, by 101 runs in the U-16 DMW Cricket Cup being held on the DMW cricket ground.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, DMW managed to score 198 runs in 30 overs after loosing six wickets. Anmol Malhotra (96) was the highest scorer for the team. He was well supported by Gopal Hallen (36 not out) and Nikhil Mahajan (28). Adarsh Saini was the pick of the bowlers for Rohtak. He claimed two wickets for 32 runs in five overs. Jatin Kadian took one wicket for 37 runs in six overs, Kapil Hooda took one wicket for 33 runs in six overs.

In reply, RCA Rohtak were all out for 91 runs. Aman Ahalawat scored 20 runs. He was supported by Taj Mahommad (16). Rahul Rana claimed three wickets for 17 runs in six overs. He was supported by Bhupinder Singh who took three wickets for 11 runs in six overs. Rahul Gothwal, Tanish Gill, Nikhil Mahajan took one wicket each.

DMW, Patiala, will take on Multipurpose, Patiala, in the final match tomorrow. 



Dance workshop concludes

Patiala, June 6
A workshop on dance and music organised at Senior Secondary Model School, Punjabi University, Patiala, from May 25 to June 4 concluded on Friday. As many as 150 students from all classes participated. On the concluding day, performances were staged by youngsters at the Charlotte Aujla Auditorium.

Classical dance, choreography and Punjabi folk dances were performed by the students. Instruments like tabla, sitar, sarangi, dilruba, keyboard and harmonium were played by the students.

Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, lauded the efforts of the students and encouraged them by gifting Rs 1 lakh. Dr Jagjit Kaur, wife of Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr Daisy Walia, Dr Gurnam Singh and Dr Satish Verma, were also present. — TNS



Rs 2.17 crore for development work
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 6
The Finance and Contract Committee held a meeting here. Various proposals pertaining to development work were cleared at the meeting.

A grant of Rs 2.17 crore was sanctioned for various development works.

Mayor Ajitpal Singh Kohli, MC Commissioner Manjeet Singh Narang, Senior Deputy Mayor Anil Bajaj, Deputy Mayor Sonia Devi and Superintendent Manjeet Singh were present at the meeting.

A grant of Rs 7.72 lakh was sanctioned for ward no 22 for the construction of a road from Rajpura road to Bir Ji Cremation ground. The road was dug up for laying sewerage lines.

Ward no 15 received a grant of Rs 64,000, while Rs 9.27 lakh would be released for the construction of gates at New Green Park in ward No 8.

Jhil village falling under ward no 10 received a grant of Rs 81,000, while a grant of Rs 1.70 lakh was issued for Malwa Colony and Enclave in ward no 27.



Two new courses at Punjabi University
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 6
Keeping in view the increasing competition, the department of mathematics headed by Dr Satya Bir Singh is beginning two new courses, namely three-year BSc mathematics, computer applications and management and two-year MSc mathematics and computing.

Dr Singh, who is a leading researcher in the field of mathematical modeling of composite materials, which are used in aerospace industry, informed that these courses would begin from this session.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, added that time was opportune to adapt the traditional courses as per the latest requirements to withstand youngsters to keep pace with the urgent requirements of human recourses.



Two mandi officials acquitted of graft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
CBI Special Judge Darshan Singh acquitted two accused of taking bribe from a commission agent of Grain Market, Sector 26, here yesterday. The CBI sleuths had arrested Darshan Singh, mandi supervisor, and Gurminder Singh, auction recorder, on September 28, 2007.

Commission agent Aman Sood, dealing in apple crop, had complained to the investigating agency that Darshan Singh had demanded Rs 10,000 from him as bribe.

The commission agents are supposed to deposit 2 per cent of the trading amount as market fee with the committee every Friday. Along with the fee amount, a form is also submitted furnishing the details of goods and amount exchanged hands between the commission agent and other parties.

Sood, in his complaint lodged with the CBI on September 27, 2007, said he had the liability of Rs 10,000 towards the market committee fee, which was due to be submitted the next day i.e. on September 28.

On September 27, Darshan Singh asked Aman to give him a bribe of Rs 10,000 for favouring him in future by collecting less market fee by mentioning less quantity of apple in the forms, alleged Aman in his complaint.

On the complaint of Sood, the CBI sleuths nabbed Gurminder from the shop of Aman while accepting Rs 5,000 on behalf of Darshan Singh.

Darshan Singh, however, claimed before the court that the money received by the auction recorder was against the market fee pending against the accused. Substantiating his point, he mentioned manual of the Punjab Agriculture Produce Market Laws stating that it was the duty of the mandi supervisor to collect the fee.



Man injured in accident
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
A resident of Sawara village got injured after he was hit by a speeding car near Lakhnour.

According to the police, Joginder Singh had complained that on June 3 he was going from Phase IX to his village on a scooter, but when he reached near the BSF camp he was hit by a speeding car and got injured. He had to undergo a treatment at the Sohana hospital.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC against Gurpreet Singh of Landran village in this regard.


Karanpal Singh, a resident of Phase VII, complained to the police that his Bolero got stolen on June 2.According to the police, Karanpal Singh had parked his vehicle outside his house at night and in the morning he saw that the Bolero was not there. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC in this regard.

5 held for pilfering kerosene

Kurali: Alert villagers of Paprali caught hold of five persons for pilfering kerosene oil meant for supply to masses under the public distribution system.

Villagers handed over the accused to the police, which included two employees of the agriculture cooperative society of the village. Protesting against the involvement of government employees, irate villagers locked the godown and offices of the society.

A truck carrying kerosene oil has been recovered. Office bearers of the society said this was an active gang wherein the two of the arrested employees connived with other three accused and pilfered kerosene oil meant for public distribution.

Villagers said around 3 am today, three big drums, filled with kerosene oil, were being loaded in a truck. Before the truck could wheel out of the godown, villagers gheraoed it and caught five people on the spot. The police was immediately informed.

Villagers demanded a probe into the pilferage alleging that some higher officials of the society may also be involved in the mess.

The police has booked cooperative society secretary Jaswinder Singh, salesman Bal Krishan, truck driver Som Singh and cleaner Randhir Singh from Jagraon and Pappu from Rangian under various Sections of the IPC.



Youth attacked by in-laws
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
A 23-year-old youth, Ajit, who had gone to meet his wife, was beaten by his brothers-in-law in Ambedkar colony here today. The police has registered a case of assault against the accused.

The incident occurred around 3 pm when Ajit had gone to meet his wife, Pooja (20), who had come to her parents’ place to attend a family function. Ajit was attacked by his wife’s brothers Suresh and Mukesh with iron rods. He has been admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Ajit and Pooja had married in November last year. As Pooja’s family was opposed to their marriage, as the boy belonged to a different caste, both shifted to Delhi where Ajit worked as a tailor.

Pooja, in her complaint to the police, said her brothers had called them from Delhi saying that her brother was to get engaged today. She said when she reached here last evening, her parents and brothers did not allow Ajit to enter the house and he had to stay at a friend’s house. She alleged that when her husband again visited to fetch her in the morning, her brother attacked him, fracturing his arms and legs.

Pooja, who is six months pregnant, further alleged that she was also kicked in her stomach by her brothers. Both Suresh and Mukesh, who work as carpenter and vegetable vendor, respectively, fled from the spot after attacking her and Ajit, she added.



Labourer falls to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
An unidentified migrant labourer from Bihar fell from the terrace of his house at Budhanpur village, near Sector 16, in the wee hours of this morning.

The neighbours of the deceased told the police that the migrant labourer, who had come to the city about three days ago from Purnia district in Bihar, was sleeping on the terrace of his house. He apparently fell from the terrace when he was going to the toilet on the second floor around 3 am.

The police said the body of the deceased has been kept at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Sector 6. It added that the deceased was lying in a pool of blood near his house as he had received head injuries.

The police was trying to establish the identity of the deceased and the autopsy would be conducted after the arrival of his family members or relatives. The police has registered a DDR and was investigating the case.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 6
A 21-year-old motorcyclist died after being hit by a truck near Naba Sahib gurdwara at the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here today. The deceased has been identified as Arjun, a resident of Bhabhat (Zirakpur).

According to the police, the incident took place around 11.30 am when the youth was driving towards Banur and his motorcycle was hit by a truck coming from behind. Arjun fell on the road and died on the spot.

The truck driver managed to escape the spot leaving his truck behind. The body of the deceased has been sent to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for conducting postmortem and further investigations into the case are on, said the police.



2 held with 4.5 kg charas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The police yesterday arrested two persons from Palsora and seized 4.5 kg charas from their possession. The accused were identified as Manoj and Ram Baran, both hailing from Bihar and currently residing as tenants in different houses in Maloya, said Baldev Kumar, sub-inspector, Maloya police post.

The two were arrested at a checkpoint set up after a tip-off.

While Manoj was carrying 2.5 kg charas, Ram Baran had 2 kg charas on him, said Ajay Kumar, in-charge, Palsora police post.

The police is investigating the case and trying to identify those behind the smuggling of contraband into the city.



City lads script win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Chandigarh football team trounced Gujarat 7-0 in their opening clash of 47th Junior Football National Championship for Dr BC Roy Trophy U-19 held in Kolkata on Saturday.

Playing on a astroturf field at Salt Lake Stadium Kolkata, Chandigarh team outplayed Gujarat by a huge margin of seven goals to nil. From Chandigarh, Gagan and Rajinder scored two goal each, while, Shenaz, Ramanjot, Akashdeep managed to score one goal each.

Chandigarh team will now face Kerala tomorrow in their second league match of the tournament.



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