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Rural games kick off in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 28
The Inter Block Rural Games (U-16) for boys and girls began at Polo Ground, Patiala, here today.Chairman of the Punjab Youth Development Board Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna inaugurated the games.

Raju said such tournaments encouraged rural players and explored their talent.

He said under the new sports policy, formed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, better sports facilities would be provided to rural children.

He said around 1,700 players from Patiala district were participating in the two-day tournament.

The block securing the first position will get a cash prize of Rs 40,000, while second and third runners-up will be given Rs 24,000 and Rs 8,000, respectively.

District sports officer Jasbirpal Kaur Brar said athletics, basketball, kabaddi, kho-kho, handball, hockey, football and wrestling would be the main highlights.

Today’s results (boys):

Athletics (400m): Jarnail Singh (Patran) 1, Shiv Kumar (Patran) 2; 3,000m: Harmanjot (Sanaur) 1, Rajwant Singh (Ghanaur) 2; shot put: Sukhvir Singh (Patiala) 1, Akashdeep (Nabha) 2; girls (400m): Mandeep Kaur (Sanaur), Jyoti (Patiala) 2; 3,000m: Amanjot Kaur (Nabha) 1, Simran Kaur (Sanaur) 2.

Long jump: Mandeep Kaur (Samana) 1, Kamaljit (Sanaur) 2. Football (boys): Patran defeated Sanaur 5-0, Nabha defeated Ghanaur 3-0, Patran defeated Samana 3-0 and Bhunerheri defeated Rajpura 3-0. Kabaddi (boys): Ghanaur defeated Samana, Sanaur defeated Rajpura; girls: Nabha defeated Patran and Bhunerheri defeated Samana.

Volleyball (boys): Sanaur defeated Ghanaur, Patran defeated Samana, Nabha defeated Bhunerheri and Patiala defeated Rajpura. 



‘India needs to control greenhouse emissions’
Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 28
In a ranking that we are not proud of, India has leaped from 12th rank to 4th rank in greenhouse emissions the past 10 years.

Growing population and high rate of industrialisation has been constantly adding to the greenhouse emissions.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Dr Srikanta K Panigrahi stated this while interacting with mediapersons. He was here as chief guest during van mahotsav function held at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA), Ropar.

Talking about the role of common man in climate control he said: “A lot is in the hands of the people. Media too plays an important role in propagating the need for environmental awakening in the masses.”

Panigrahi had come on the invitation of Sukhjinder Singh, founder-director of the school.

Speaking on the occasion, Panigrahi applauded the role of the academy in developing personality of students.

He said no government could solve the problem of the people until they were not prepared. He further stated that Indians were getting awareness day-by-day and soon India would become a role model in solving climate change problems. The need of hour is to save existing forests, he added.



Stress on conservation of environment
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 28
Nanhi Chaan and Environment Conservation Cell of Khalsa College, Patiala, celebrated Vanamahotsava on the college premises in coordination with an NGO, Dedicated Brothers. It was dedicated to the slogan of SGPC, “Har Vehre Hove Rukh, Ehe Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Da Nishana Parmukh”.

Patiala Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh was the chief guest, who planted saplings on the occasion. He stressed on the involvement of younger generation in preserving natural heritage of earth.

Dr Gurdish Kaur, convener, Nanhi Chaan and Environment Conservation Cell, discussed the importance of conserving environment and planting trees. NGO president Ravinderpal Singh Waraich, secretary Sharpreet Singh Sandhu and Jaspreet Singh and Ravee Singh Ahluwalia were also present.



Staff crunch at PG college in Kalka
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 28
Aruna Asif Ali Postgraduate College, Kalka, has been facing staff crunch these days.

According to sources, in commerce stream, including MCom, out of 13 lecturers only seven lecturers are on duty and that, too, two female lecturers are on maternity leave.

In computer science, against the requirement of six lecturers, there is not even a single regular lecturer and there are only two guest lecturers.

In geography, there is shortage of two lectures, in economics there is shortage of two lecturers, in chemistry there is shortage of one lecturer and in math there is shortage of one lecturer.

Due to the new semester system, there is a dire need to fulfill the vacant seats of lecturers. Vijay Bansal, president of Shivalik Vikas Manch, has sent a letter to the education minister of Haryana.

He has also urged to extend the number of seats in BCom (I).



9 stolen mobiles seized
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 28
The police claims to have busted a gang of mobile phone thieves with the arrest of three persons and also seized nine mobiles from their possession. The accused have been identified as Munish Kumar and Rohit Kumar, both residents of Dera Bassi, and Balkar Singh, a resident of nearby Amlala village. 

The police said further investigation was on.



Black-flag protest by ex-servicemen
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 28
Alleging that a judgment by the Supreme Court regarding the discrepancies in the pension system was being ignored, a large number of ex-servicemen and senior citizens here today participated in a ‘black flag’ protest.

Ruing the “unjust attitude” of the Union government towards them, the protesters sought immediate implementation of the ‘one-rank one-pension’ and ‘separate pay commission for armed forces’ demands.

Various ex-servicemen, in a joint statement, said the second phase of their agitation started today from Patiala.



Poisoning Case
Woman gets 3-yr imprisonment, fined Rs 2,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh today sentenced Kamaljit Kaur to three-year imprisonment for poisoning complainant Avtar Singh. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on her.

According to prosecution, the victim, Avtar Singh, was going in his jeep to Sector 44 on April 11, 2007, when Kamaljit Kaur, a resident Sector 46, waived out to him to stop his car and told him that she was hungry. Thereafter, Avtar Singh gave her a lift and took her to his friends place in Sector 44.

He offered dinner to Kamaljit.

Avtar stated that the accused poisoned the food when he and his friend were in the other room. An FIR was registered on September 6, 2007 and Kamaljit was arrested on September 15, 2007.



Suicide Case
Victim’s relatives move court
Seek handling of probe by SP-rank officer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Relatives of Maya today moved an application in the district courts seeking handling over of the investigation to an SP-rank officer. Maya had committed suicide in a church recently.

It was mentioned in the application that they had no faith in the investigating officer Avtar Singh and DSP (Central) Jagbir Singh.

Judicial Magistrate First Class, SK Sharma, today issued a notice to the UT police and sought their reply.

In the application filed by Manju, maternal aunt of deceased and Monica, deceased’s younger sister, stated that the conduct of the investigating officer ASI Avtar Singh in this case had from the very beginning not been up to the mark and he had delayed the filing of an FIR by two days. Further he had taken no action against the accused for destruction of evidence.

On July 24, Maya, a help, at Don Bosco Navjeevan Church, Sector 24, Chandigarh, was found dead. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan.

While the police registered a case on charges of abetment to suicide against Mercy Sebastian, niece of Father Sebastian of the church, kin of the deceased allege that Maya was murdered after Mercy learnt that her son Anup had proposed Maya for marriage. Maya’s body was kept in the mortuary of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH-16), Chandigarh, for nearly three weeks after which it was cremated.



Man booked for abducting minor girl
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 28
The police today booked one person for allegedly abducting a minor girl from Samgoli village. The accused has been identified Jagbir Singh, a resident of Fatehpur village, Dera Bassi.

The investigating officer said the complainant, Manmohan Singh, a resident of Samgoli village, told the police that her daughter was studying in Class X. On August 22, the complainant went for some work for two hours. When he returned, he found that his daughter missing.

Later, Manmohan’s relative told him that the accused was standing outside his house around 9.30 am. He alleged that the accused lured her daughter for marriage and abducted her.

Computer stolen

A computer provided by the state government for students was reportedly stolen from Government High School, Mubarikpur in Dera Bassi.

The investigating officer said the school principal lodged a complaint with the police in this regard after which it registered a case against an unidentified person.

According to the police, school principal Alka Munga claimed that on August 17, the school employee called her and said that the locks of the computer room broken.

Cyclist injured

ZIRAKPUR: A cyclist was injured after a speeding mini-truck hit him near the Zirakpur-Kalka intersection.

The police has registered a case of negligent driving against the unidentified driver on a complaint of Sahib Singh, a resident of Jaggi Colony, Rajpura. He was rushed to the GMCH-32.



Robbery at Mohali house
Stolen scooter used in crime
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 28
In yesterday’s incident of robbery at an MIG house in Sector 70 here, the police has found that the Honda Activa scooter, on which the three robbers had come, had been stolen from Kharar. A fake registration number of Chandigarh had been fixed on the scooter to misguide the police.

The three youths, believed to be in their mid twenties, had barged into the MIG flat and robbed the occupants of the house of Rs 50,000 and jewellery. The total loss has been put at over Rs 1.5 lakh. Two brothers — Mehul (14) and Rahul (9) — were at home when the robbers had entered the house on the pretext of asking for water.

Sources said the CIA wing of the district police was handling the case. The police had identified certain suspects. It may be mentioned that the two brothers had returned from schools and had just opened the lock of their house when the three boys managed to enter the house.

Soon after drinking water, the robbers aimed a knife at Rahul while asking his brother about the almirah in which cash and jewellery was lying. To further threaten the boys, the robbers tried to hit the elder brother. Horrified, the robbers were told about the place where the cash and jewellery was lying.



Badminton meet from today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
The North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department Badminton Tournament will commence tomorrow at Badminton Hall, Sector 42, here.Stating this in a press release here today, the spokesperson said in the opening match, AG Himachal Pradesh would take on AG Haryana at 10.30 am.

The function will start at 10 am and former Olympian Wing Cdr (Retd) Satish Bhatia will inaugurate the tournament.

The spokesperson said seven teams from the Northern region-Delhi Audit, AG Haryana, AG Jammu & Kashmir, AG Himachal Pradesh, AG Uttar Pradesh, AG Uttaranchal and hosts AG Punjab would vie for the top honours in the three-day tournament.



Surjit Academy steer into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, is all set to lock horns with Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, in the final of the ONGC 9th SN VOHRA Sub-junior U-14 Hockey Tournament to be played tomorrow at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

In the first semifinal match of the day, Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, thrashed MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, 6-1. Gursewak of Shivalik Academy sounded the board in the second minute of the game through field goal. In the 10th minute, Sahil also gave his team 2-0 lead by scoring a field goal. He once again sounded the board through field goal in the 18th minute taking his individual tally to two goals. Harkirat scored the fourth goal for his team in the 21st minute and soon after Gurkirat sounded the board through a field goal to give his team 5-0 lead in the first half of the match.

In the second half, Shivalik Academy player Maninder sounded the board through field goal in the 49th minute of the game. Soon after MRS Academy’s Maninder scored the only goal reducing the margin by one goal. Shivalik Academy won the match by six goals to 1 in the regulation period.

In the second semifinal match, Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, defeated CHF Academy, Chandigarh, by two goals to 1 in the regulation time.

Keen struggle was witnessed in the match as no goal was scored in the first half of the match. Players of both the teams played an attacking game but failed to convert the chances, which came their way.

In the second half of the match, Inderpreet of Surjit Academy sounded the board through a field goal in the 37th minute of the game. He scored his second individual goal after 10 minutes. Thereafter, players of the CHF Academy played an attacking game and were able to reduce the margin by one goal in the 52nd minute as Mandeep scored a field goal.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, will cross swords with Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, at 4.30 pm.



Fatehdeep claims U-14 title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
CLTA trainee Fatehdeep Singh won the boys U-14 title by defeating Garvit Batra in the final 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 of the MCC-Adidas Nationals held in Chennai today.

Stating this in a press release, Gary O’Brien, director, coaching, said Fatehdeep was inducted into the CLTA programme two years ago. Fatehdeep finished runner-up in the U-12 nationals in 2008, he added. Gary said in the U-12 nationals held at Mumbai in May last year, CLTA trainees Ishaque Eqbal and Vanshika Sawhny won the U-12 boys and girls titles, respectively. — TNS



Yogesh takes Stepping Stones home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
An impressive all-round performance by Yogesh helped Stepping Stones, Sector 37, beat DAV School, Sector 15, on the second day of the Inter-school Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament held on the BTS-48 ground here today. After winning the toss, DAV-15 elected to bat and were bundled out for just 85 runs in the stipulated 20 overs.

Except for Rajat, who scored 32 runs off 32 balls, none of the batsmen could stay on the crease for long with wickets falling one after the other. For Stepping Stones, Yogesh was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped four crucial wickets and gave away only 12 runs. Chasing the target, Stepping Stones scored 86 runs in 19.3 overs and won the match by two wickets.

On the batting front, too, Yogesh gave a good score of 30 runs off 23 balls. For DAV, Harpreet and Kavish were the main wicket takers who scalped three wickets each giving away 10 and 18 runs, respectively. Score: DAV School-15: 85 all out in 20 overs (Rajat 32 runs (4x5), Harpreet 10 Yogesh 4 for 12 and Rishab Kawtra 2 for 17). Stepping Stones School-37: 86 runs in 19.3 overs (Yogesh 30, Shayam 11, Harpreet 3 for 10 and Kavish 3 for 18). 

Tomorrow’s fixtures

The first match will be played between Ajit Karam International Public School, Sector 41, and Stepping Stones at 8.30 am, while the second match will be held between Mt Carmel and GNPS, Sector 36, at 11 am 

KV sports meet begins

Panchkula: A two-day regional sports meet began at KV-II, Candimandir, here today. The meet was inaugurated by chief guest Alka Gupta, principal of the school. Around 16 KVs participated in football matches held at 6 Sikh Regiment Football Ground. Judo matches will commence tomorrow at Sector 42, Chandigarh region. — TNS 



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