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Pbi varsity extends admission dates
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 15
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, has extended the dates of admissions to various regular courses of colleges keeping in view the flood situation.

In a letter issued to all college principals affiliated to the university, he informed that the students could take admissions without late fee till July 22. The students can also take admissions with submission of Rs 400 as the late fee and with the principal’s permission from July 23 to August 2.

This decision will not be implemented in the education, law and physical education colleges and the courses where the admission is based on the Punjab government’s prescribed schedule.



Orientation course ends

Patiala, July 15
The orientation course being organised by the Academic Staff College, Punjabi University, Patiala, which began on June 18 concluded here today. Around 39 participants of different faculties from various institutes and universities attended the course. The eminent resource persons from various streams imparted valuable information on various topics.

The objective of the course was to sensitise the participants to teaching profession and to impart necessary professional skills for effective role and performance.

During the valedictory ceremony, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, congratulated college director, Dr NK Dogra, for successfully running the course. — TNS



After 10 years of litigation, Kharar MC relents
To withdraw case over prime land at Khanpur
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 15
After a decade of litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and agitation by villagers of Khanpur following dispute over 10 acre of village’s prime land, the municipal council has passed a resolution to withdraw the case from the High Court.

During a council meeting, agenda No. 9 relating to the prime land at Khanpur, for whose ownership the council had been contesting case for the past 10 years, was taken up. The matter regarding the multi-crore land was under court’s consideration.

Bhajan Singh from Jhingda village had been claiming his ownership over the disputed land. The council had already lost cases in the lower courts and the matter was now pending with the High Court.

In spite of differences, 12 councillors unanimously passed the resolution without exchanging any debate.

Councillor Roshan Lal, under whom Khanpur village falls, was the only one to raise voice against the withdrawal of the case from the court.

While talking to the TNS, executive officer Vijay Gupta said he had written to the government stating that since the matter was sub judice, the resolution held no significance.

According to sources, Khanpur village was included under the Kharar municipal limits in 1975.

The village panchayat had transferred around 833 bighas of land in the name of the municipal council.

Some years later, Bhajan Singh claimed ownership of the land. Around 10 years ago, the issue gained momentum and villagers tried to take possession of the land leading to firing by the police.

Since then, Bhajan Singh and the municipal council had been fighting legal battle.

Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said the council had failed to give any concrete reason for deciding to withdraw the case.

“Either the councillors who filed the case 10 years ago are wrong or the present ones. A probe should be ordered into the issue to deliver justice to the people of Khanpur village. The entire episode of withdrawing case smacks of conspiracy to aid taking over of multi-crore prime land,” Sidhu said adding that he would take up the matter in Vidhan Sabha.



Rs 65,000 snatched

Ambala, July 15
Motorcycle riders targeted two women at Ambala City and took away Rs 65,000 from them.According to sources, Yashoda, a resident of Nanhera village, had gone to Model Town to meet her daughter. When she was approaching her daughter’s residence, two motorcycle-borne youths came and snatched her purse containing Rs 55,000..

In another incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 10,500 from Krishna Rani, a resident of Ambala City near the old Sessions Court and sped away. Two cases have been registered. — OC



Sportspersons throng Pbi varsity for interviews

Patiala, July 15
Hundreds of sportspersons took part in the interviews for the sports category in various departments of Punjabi University, Patiala, today.

As compared to previous years, there was a rise in the number of applicants for this category. Punjabi University Sports Director Dr Rajkumar Sharma gave the credit of this rise to university’s achievement of winning the MAKA Trophy three times in a row.

He said a large number of national and all India inter-university medal holders took the trials today. He said the players who had played and performed well in the past three years were eligible for the trials. Those players who had not played for the past three were not considered eligible for admissions he said. — TNS



Police finds victims’ versions conflicting
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
The local police has prima facie found no link in the claims of two youths who had alleged that they had been robbed of their Skoda car in Sector 26 at gunpoint last night.

Chandi Mandir police station SHO Jangsher Singh said the police was verifying the statements of Preet and Gandharv, the complainants.

Preet had even claimed that robbers had fired a gunshot near his feet but the police failed to find any bullet mark or empty shell from the scene.

The investigation was in its initial stages and it would be premature to arrive at any conclusion, he said.

Last night, Preet Ahluwalia (18), a resident of Sector 4, had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that some unidentified persons had robbed him of his Skoda car from Sector 26.

He along with his friend Gandharv was coming from the Ramgarh side and had stopped near the purported crime scene, when the accused, who were in Indica and Verna cars, snatched their mobile phones and asked for the key to their Skoda car.

The police, on inquiring about the incident from both friends separately, found no similarity in the claims made by them.

Preet told the police that he along with his friend Gandharv was returning from Hotel Mountview in Sector 10, Chandigarh. However, according to Gandharv, they were returning after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Panchkula, said the police.

Also, while one of the two claimed that the two robbers were turbaned, the other stated that they had short hair.



Another woman duped of gold ornaments

Chandigarh, July 15
In a yet another incident, swindlers duped a woman of her gold ornaments in Sector 38 here this morning on the pretext of polishing them.The SHO of the Sector 31 police station said the victim, Reetu, a resident of Sector 38, lodged a complaint that two persons came to her house to demonstrate a powder for polishing utensils. They told her to put her ornaments in a pressure cooker filled with water for cleaning. She put her bangles and earrings in the cooker.

 The swindlers then asked her to bring the lid of the pressure cooker. On coming back, she found the swindlers and her ornaments missing. The police has registered a case against two unidentified persons under Section 380, IPC. The SHO said the victim said the swindlers were of dark complexion. “We will try to find out whether their description matched with the swindlers who duped a woman in Sector 52 on Wednesday in a similar fashion,” he said. — TNS



Stolen articles recovered, jeweller held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The police on Thursday claimed to have recovered stolen articles, including gold ornaments, four motorcycles, a car and mobile phones, worth Rs 5 lakh from two persons.The police has also arrested a Nayagaon-based jeweller on Wednesday night, who had allegedly purchased ornaments form the robbers.

The police said so far 23 cases of snatching and robbery reported form various parts of the city have been solved.

The SHO of the Sector 11 police station said the jeweller, Vijay Kumar, a resident of Nayagaon, was arrested following information provided by two robbers - Ijlass and Vinod Kumar - who were arrested on July 6.

The accused was arrested from near Punjab Engineering College in Sector 12. During interrogation, he admitted to have purchased stolen articles.

The police said two mobile phones and a gold chain were recovered from him. The police had so far made recoveries worth Rs 5 lakh from the accused, including 11 gold chains, four gold rings, four pairs of earrings, three bangles, a nose pin, four motorcycles, one car and two air guns.

Harminder Singh, in charge of police post-24, said 11 cases of the police station-11, seven cases of the police station-17, three cases of the police station-3, one case each of police stations-34 & 19 had been solved. The accused was produced before a local court today, which remanded him in judicial custody.



Police yet to arrest accused
Tribune News Service
Prime accused Balwinder Singh, alias Minkle
Prime accused Balwinder Singh, alias Minkle

Chandigarh, July 15
Two days after youth Akali leader from Muktsar Tripatdeep Singh Sekhon was shot dead in Sector 9, the police is yet to arrest the prime accused, Balwinder Singh, alias Minkle. 

The police today released the photograph of the accused. It has dispatched two teams to arrest the accused and is also seeking co-operation from the Muktsar police.



Bihar humble UT team
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
If Chandigarh senior boys team bit the dust in their opening match against Maharashtra in Santosh Trophy today at Kolkata, the result of local girls’ team in the 9th Junior National Football Championship for Girls (U-19), being held here, was no different.

Playing against Bihar, the local team lost the match by 0-5 at the ground of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12 here today.

Bihar opened their account in the 29th minute through Soni Kumari. The next seven minutes witnessed three more goals by Neha Kumari (30th min), Shilpi (35th min) and Shweta Kumari (38th min) respectively. The score was 4-0 when the lemon break whistle was blown.

Downed by 0-4, the city’s players could not display good show in the second half too. On the other hand, Preeti Kumari of Bihar capitalised on a chance that came her way in the 60th minute to make the score 5-0.

In their respective matches, Goa and Haryana kicked off their campaign with thumping victory over their respective rivals while Jharkhand and Pudducherry played a one-all draw and split points in their first match of the tourney.

Whereas, Goa pumped in 24 goals to beat Himachal Pradesh by 24-0, the score of the match between Haryana and Gujarat witnessed 29-0 score in favour of the former.

For Goa, Angel gave a brilliant performance by pumping in nine goals while the other contributors were Micher Margret (3), Cassandra (2), Nigima (2), Stessi (2), Ayesh (2), Snyalerye (1), Ageema (1) and Mayola (1).

For Haryana, Taruna stole the show with her 11 goals. The other scorers were Manpreet (3), Shalu (3), Preeti (3), Ritu (3), Seema (2), Sonia (2), Priyanka (1) and Radha (1).

In other matches, Sikkim thrashed Kerala by 5-0, Anita (35, 54), Mongnit Leacha (47, 74) and Nima Lahmu (28), whereas Tamil Nadu beat Madhya Pradesh by 2-1. 



Santosh Trophy
City team start on disastrous note
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, July 15
The Chandigarh senior football team failed to live up to the expectations of the city soccer lovers, as they kicked off their national campaign on a disastrous note at Kolkata today. In their inaugural match against Maharashtra at Howrah Maidan, the local team conceded 0-4 defeat in the 64th Senior National Football Tournament for Santosh Trophy match.

The Maharastra team started mounting pressure on Chandigarh players immediately after the start of the match. The efforts bore fruit in the 35th minute through Reuben D’souza. The lead was extended 2-0 when Chandigarh’s player Supinder Singh directed the shot from Surojit Bose towards his own goal in the 80th minute of the game.

Taking advantage of the 2-0 lead, the Maharashtra team netted two more goals at the fag end of the game. While Alex Ambrose made the score 3-0 following a beautiful move, the 4-0 victory was sealed by Surojit in the 89th minute.

Now the team will meet Tripura in their second league match on July 17. 



Haryana’s Suraj shatters Chandigarh’s hope
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Today Chandigarh’s last hope was shattered with the defeat of Digvijay Singh Mehta at the hands of Haryana’s Suraj Beniwal 4-6, 2-6 in the men’s single’s semifinals of the HTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Tournament 2010 at the Harvest Tennis Academy in Jassowal (Ludhiana) today.

In the second semifinal, GP Prajnesh of Tamil Nadu got the better of Saurabh Dilip Patil from Maharashtra 6-2, 6-1 to set up the title clash with Suraj Beniwal. In the women section, Natasha Palha and Bhuvana Kalva lifted the women’s doubles crown, beating Shweta C Rana and Sharmada Balu 6-2, 6-3. On the other hand, in women single’s, wild card entry, Sharmada Balu ousted top seed Shweta C Rana 6-2, 6-3 while another wild card entry Bhuvana Kalva beat second seed Nupur Kaul 7-5, 6-3. The final will be played tomorrow.



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