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300 examined at camp

Bassi Pathana: More than 300 patients turned up at a medical check-up camp organised by Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) on Sunday. Trustee HS Mejie inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors led by Dr JS Gill examined patients.

Mejie said such camps were organised every week for residents of 180 villages adopted by the trust. He urged people to come to the camp. Free medicines were distributed among patients. — OC



Insurance firm told to recalculate claim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum yesterday directed ICICI Lombard Insurance and ICICI Motor Insurance to recalculate the claim of a music system considering its depreciation as per the age of the vehicle and release the balance payment to a complainant.

The complainant, Dipinder Singh, a resident of Sector 5 in Chandigarh, had stated in his complaint that he had purchased a Toyota Innova car from EM PEE Motors on September 7, 2007, for Rs 10,43,089, which included original fitment such as music system. On June 12, 2009, the vehicle was stolen from the Sector 16 market when it was insured with ICICI Lombard Insurance for the period from September 15, 2008, to September 14, 2009, regarding which an FIR was registered at the Sector 17 police station.

On December 16, 2009, the police informed the complainant that the stolen vehicle was recovered and he was asked to get the same released. However, when the vehicle was handed over to him, he found that the same was badly damaged and the music system and other components were missing. He took the vehicle to the workshop and he was told by the insurer that the same would be repaired to his satisfaction. However, when the vehicle was ready after repair, the opposite party informed that the claim would be treated as accidental claim and not theft claim and that he would be required to pay 50 per cent of depreciation on plastic parts.

He was also told that the music system, costing Rs 45,862, would also be treated as plastic equipment and, therefore, depreciation of 50 per cent would be charged on the same. Thus, the insurance company released payment of Rs 56,747 only and deducted the balance amount of Rs 36,726 by treating the music system as a plastic part.

In its reply, the insurance company said it has been admitted that 50 per cent deduction was made on plastic parts and since certain items like pliers, screw driver, spanners, rods were not covered under any accident, therefore, they have not been paid as per IRDA guidelines which provided 50 per cent deduction in case of plastic/rubber parts.



3 youths arrested for rape, blackmail
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 12
Three youths, arrested last night by the Mullanpur police for allegedly raping a minor and circulating her video on MMS, were remanded to police custody. The victim, a student of class XI at a Mullanpur school, was given cold drink laced with sedative before she was physically abused near Kaheval village last month.

Two boys, Harmeet and Gurmeet, had filmed the victim while committing the crime. After storing the video on their cell phone, they started blackmailing the girl and demanded money from her. A police complaint was lodged when victim’s brother came to know about it.

A case was registered at the Mullanpur police station against Attinder Singh, Gurmit Singh, alias Kaka, and Harprit Singh. It is alleged that Attinder was studying with the complainant in the school and both become friends. One day he took her to Kalawal village near Ucha Pind Sangol in a room there and raped her.



Woman hit by car, in hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A 24-year-old woman was injured when she was allegedly knocked down by a car at Sector 26 here this evening. The police said the victim, Nirmala Devi, a resident of Mullanpur, was crossing the road when she was hit by a white Toyota Corolla car.

After the hitting the victim, the driver of the car lost control over the vehicle and rammed it into a tree.

The accused, identified as Manpreet Kaur (18), a resident of Sector 44, fled from the spot.

The victim was rushed to the PGI in a critical condition. The police registered a case and arrested the accused.



Youth succumbs to injuries

Zirakpur, September 12
A 30-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries here today at the GMCH-32 where he was admitted after being hit by a speeding mini bus near Bishanpura village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway on September 9. The deceased has been identified as Moti Lal, a resident of Bishanpura village, hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

The incident took place when Moti Lal was walking towards the Dera Bassi side where the mini bus hit him from behind, leaving him seriously injured. A case has been registered. — TNS



Man caught stealing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A Sector 34 resident was caught stealing a wallet from a car in Sector 35.

Satbir Singh, a resident of Phase VI, Mohali, filed a complaint with the police that Amit Gaur, a resident of Sector 34, was caught stealing a wallet containing Rs 500 and some documents from his car (CH 03 P 7114) on Saturday in Sector 35. The accused was handed over to the police. A case was registered at the Sector 36 police station.



Nipun shoots gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
St John’s Nipun Nagpal scored 537/600 to earn the top honours in the air rifle sight (ISSF) event in junior men section, while Sacred Heart’s Anjum Modgil won the gold in air rifle peep sight event with a score of 387/400 in the junior women section of the 12th Chandigarh State Inter-School Shooting Championship-2010 at Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today.

At least 40 shooters in both boys and girls’ sections participated in the championship, organised by the Chandigarh Rifle Association.

Colonel JS Dhillon (retd) and GS Mangat distributed prizes among winners.

The results: Match 1: air rifle sight (ISSF) junior men: Nipun Nagpal of St John’s High School (537/600) 1; Match 2: air rifle peep sight (ISSF) junior women: Anjum Modgil of Sacred Heart School (387/400) 1; Maridula Mahajan of Sacred Heart School 2; Match 7: air rifle (NR) junior men: Shivdeep Singh Sidhu of Bal Niketan School Sector 37, (370/400) 1, Arjun Chandel of DAV School, Sector 15, (314/400) 2, Akash Thakur of DAV School, Sector 15, (152/400) 3; Match 9: peep sight air rifle (NR) junior women: Neena Chandel of DAV School, Sector 15, (188/400) 1; Match 10: peep sight air rifle (NR) sub-junior women: Chahat Deep Kaur of Sacred Heart School (276/400) 1; Match 11: air pistol (ISSF) junior men: Akash Thakur of DAV School, Sector 15, (523/600) 1, Divanshu Mittal of Bhavan Vidhalaya (504/600) 2; Match 12: air pistol (ISSF) junior women: Rubal Deol of Delhi Public School, (354/400) 1, Savri Tayal of Dev Samaj School, Sector-21, (331/400) 2, Gursang Mehak Deep Kaur of GMSSS, Sector 16, (225/400) 3; Match 13: air pistol (NR) junior men: Vishavjeet Singh of GMSSS Sector 19, (348/400) 1; Pranav Kumar of GMSSS, Sector 19, (338/400) 2, Gautam of Delhi Public School (330/400) 3; Match 14: air pistol (NR) junior men: Jangvir Singh of Vivek High School (318/400) 1; Himanshu Yuvraj of St Stephen School (288/400) 2, Rannvijay Singh of St. John’s High School (229/400) 3; Match 15: air pistol (NR) junior women: Nina Chandel of DAV School, Sec-15, (304/400) 1; Match 16: air pistol (NR) sub-junior women: Gauri of Sacred Heart School (338/400) 1, Nishita Bansal of Sacred Heart School (248/400) 2, Aanandita Singh of Sacred Heart School (242/400) 3.



Thinking beyond wheelchair
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
When it comes to toughness, this differently-abled Commonwealth Games aspirant surely knows how to scrum. For, Amit Siroha (26) is out to promote rugby in the country.

Talking to The Tribune, Amit, who was in the city to participate in the Paralympic National Games, says he along with friends has been promoting the game among the physically challenged defence personnel in Pune, Bangalore, Ghandhinagar and other parts of the country.

The only quadriplegic player in the country, Amit says the government should make available wheelchairs, costing around Rs 3 lakh each, being used in the game.

In the absence of government support, it is difficult to promote such a sport in the country.

He adds that he has spent Rs 1.5 lakh from his own pocket on the wheelchair, as no sponsorship has come forth to help him get the sophisticated chair, which is used by differently-abled players.

His rugby team won the second position in the world games, he claims.

Saroha, whose has been restricted to a wheelchair after an accident around three years ago, says there is a need to create awareness about sports events for wheelchair players in the country.

Earlier, he used to participate in javelin and discuss throw events. However, during a camp in Pune seven months ago, he came to know about a shot put event for wheelchair players being held in the Commonwealth Games.

Since then, he has been working towards his goal and has also attended a camp in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) recently.

On his current performance at the national games, which concluded today, Amit says he won three gold in the three events — shot put, javelin and discus throw — he competed.

He has set a national record in the discuss throw event.

He adds that he has qualified for the Asian Games to be held at Guangzhou, China, in which at least 15 countries are likely to participate.



City to host hole-in-one contest
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh Golf Club has scored another first. Barely two weeks after bagging the first Maxpower Longest Drive contest, it has been chosen as the country’s first Dream Shot course, which will enable one lucky golfer to have a try at the $ 1 million cash prize for a hole in one.

The Chandigarh hole-in-one contest will be held on the par-3 hole of the club on September 26 and 27. Any golfer scoring a hole-in-one gets a cash prize of $ 2,500 (around Rs 1.15 lakh) and an all expenses paid ($ 7,500) trip to the US for a shot at the $ 1 million prize in the final shootout.

Dream Shot representative Saurav Arora handed over the Dream Shot course certificate to Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill at a ceremony which was also attended by the club’s tournaments and finance chairman Capt GS Ghuman and Chandigarh Golf Club Academy joint director Ajay Gujral.

Captain Ghuman said: “Any golfer, member or non-member of the club, from anywhere in the country, can purchase the Rs 750 Dream Shot ticket to participate in the contest.”

Each participant will also get a “Scratch ‘n’ Win” ticket which guarantees a prize. When scratched, the ticket will show ace, birdie or par.

According to Saurav Arora, Dream Shot was a fast expanding contest that had caught the fancy of golfers all over the world. Launched in 2008, the contest has spread to North America, the UK, China, Taiwan, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.

Dream Shot hopes to have a network of 300 courses by the end of this year.

With Chandigarh being adopted as the first Dream Shot course, the organisers are targeting Delhi as their next destination.

Club president BS Gill expressed his happiness at the city being accepted as the venue for two major golfing events. Details can be obtained either from Capt GS Ghuman, chairman, tournament and handicapping, Chandigarh Golf Club, or from Dream Shot representative Saurav Arora at 09811005054.



Cricket in Fix
Board to act tough, says Pandove
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
An international report alleging an Indian batsman of being involved in match fixing during recently held IPL matches has left the BCCI perturbed. “We are taking the reports seriously, though it is difficult to prove the involvement of any player in match fixing on his on-field performance on any given day,” viewed MP Pandove, BCCI’s treasurer.

“Moreover, no specific name appeared in the report. But after the spot fixing scandal of Pakistani players, the board will be taking stringent measures to check the nuisance,” said Pandove, while adding that all such measures can check the hazard to some extent only.

“The hazard can only be stopped only when the self-conscious of the cricketers awaken,” said Pandove.

Notably, a report of involvement of an Indian batsman in the match fixing during the IPL matches was going rounds in the Australian media two days back.

The report had quoted that the batsman, who was a big name in the game, had intentionally under performed during the league.

Pandove, who is also a member of the governing council, IPL, admitted that the involvement of the top players in match fixing and spot fixing is declining the popularity of the game among its fans.



Basketball runs in his blood
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
As a school-going boy, he had one aim — to represent the country like his father did in basketball. It did not take much time for this calm but gritty youngster to realise his dream.

At just 16, Amanjot Singh was part of the squad that went to Russia to participate in the Youth Basketball Championship in 2008.

Currently, Amanjot is part of an ongoing camp to prepare for the Youth Asian Basketball Championship to be held in Yamen next month. “I am hopeful of my selection in the Indian team,” says a confident Amanjot.

Basketball is in Amanjot’s blood, as his father earned fame in the game while representing the country at senior-level many a time.

“I always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father so I started playing the game at an early stage while studying in Ajit Karam Singh Public School. Then I shifted to New Public School, Sector 18, and honed my skills there. My performance in several state-level tournaments earned me a place in the team for youth championship in Russia, where we finished fifth,” adds Amanjot, who is now part of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy and has been pursuing his studies in SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

This promising cager is of the view that the sport is gaining rapid popularity in this part of the country.

“The only need is to organise more competitions. Besides, players should be given good facilities during camps and competitions,” says Amanjot.

Now, the aim of this around 6’4” youngster is to secure a berth in the senior Indian team.



Rain washes out play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Soggy outfields at both venues — Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala, and LIC grounds, Sector 26 — forced the calling off of play on the second day of the two ongoing matches of Emerging Players Tournament by the Punjab Cricket Association here today.

At Patiala, Bindra XI were playing against MP Pandove XI, while in Chandigarh NS Sidhu XI were pitted against Chaman Lal Malhotra XI.

While Bindra XI had put on 256 for 8 in 75.4 overs on the first day of the match at Patiala, in Chandigarh, Sidhu XI has scored 284 all out in 78.3 overs. The third day’s play will resume tomorrow at 9.30 am at both venues.



SGGSC-26 claim handball title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
SGGS College, Sector 26, emerged champions in the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (men) Championship for 2010-11 at PG Government College, Sector 11, here today.

They beat SCD Government College, Ludhiana. Local GGDSD College, Sector 32, finished third in the competition.

Results: GGDSD College, Chandigarh, beat PU Campus, Chandigarh, 25-20; SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, beat SCD Government College, Ludhiana, 28-21.



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