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One gets 2-yr RI in NDPS case
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 28
The court of Special Judge Surinder Mohan today awarded two years sentence and Rs 5,000 fine to Vipin Kumar under various Sections of the NDPS Act today.

A resident of Mitthu Basti, Jalandhar, Vipin Kumar had smuggled 1.8 kg of opium. His accomplice Subhash Chand was caught in a Tata Indigo near Agampur T-point in 2004, while Vipin and another accomplice Harjidner Singh fled away.

Subhash was awarded sentence in November last year, while challan against Vipin was presented on March 16. The third accused, Harjinder Singh from Gahri Langari area, Pehowa, Kurukshetra, is still on run.

Two held for theft

Mohali: The Kharar police arrested two persons after laying naka near the Mill road, Landran, yesterday. The accused have been identified as Satpal and Suraj Kumar, both were residents of Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh.

The investigating official stated that during interrogation they have admitted to have committed thefts in Dashmesh Nagar and Sunny Enclave. About Rs 90,000 and other valuable goods were recovered from their possession. A senior police official claimed that with the arrest of these persons eight theft cases have been traced.


Rashpal Singh, a resident of Sector 60 (III-B1), reported to the Mator police that someone had stolen his Maruti Zen VXI (PB 24 8243) which was parked in front of his house on the night of September 19.

A case has been registered at the Mator police station and the police is investigating.



Old students’ meet

Patiala, September 28
The Old Students’ Association of Khalsa College, Patiala, organised an old students’ meet on the college campus. Economist Dr Amarjeet Singh Oberai, former director, International Labour Organisation (United Nations), and ex-student of the college, graced the occasion as chief guest. College principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries.

Prof Ambika, vice-principal of the college, and general secretary of the Old Students’ Association, read out the annual report. Students of the college presented a cultural programme.

Speakers included Dr Manjeet Singh, registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, president, Old Students’ Association, Dr Tara Singh Sandhu, Prof Joginder Singh and Brig Parmar, principal, Mata Sahib Kaur Girls of Education, Patiala. — TNS



CEC student dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, September 28
A student of Chandigarh Engineering College died in an accident here today. The accident took place near the Dreamland Palace wherein one of the students died, while another received injuries. Students Rupinder Singh and Gursewak Singh were returning home on their motorcycle.

When they reached near Dreamland Palace, a CTU bus hit them, killing Rupinder, a resident of Dapparpur village, on the spot. Gursewak was taken to Kharar civil hospital and later referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

Minor raped at Badh Majra

A resident of Badh Majra Colony raped his 12-year-old neighbour. The victim is a native of Uttar Pradesh and lived at Badh Majra with her parents, six brothers and two sisters. Her family had gone to its native village in UP and she was living with her brother.

When the victim’s brother returned home last night around 11 pm, he found that his neighbour Ram Avtar was raping his sister. The accused was arrested today and produced before the court today. He was sent to one day police remand. The medical test of the victim confirmed rape.



Step up security in banks: SP
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 28
The Superintendent of Police, Shashank Anand, ordered all bank officers in the district to step up security in bank branches.He said during a meeting with bankers, it was opined that direct interaction with the head offices of banks located in Ambala would help in this regard.

Anand said a number of steps could be taken by the banks to avoid any untoward incident. “We have observed that many bank branches have either aged security guards or the security guards are not present at the gate. The banks must ensure that security guards should properly discharge their duty,” he said.

Going by the slack security at the banks, the robbers are having a field day; and each time the police comes to know about these incidents, the robbers make a safe exit.

Anand said they had been advising all banks to spruce up security by installing CCTV cameras at the entrance and exit points and also at strategic places within the bank premises and provide well-trained armed security guards.

The police presence around the banks was being increased. Citing their own problems, certain banks have done little in the name of security, he added.

Sources revealed that some have installed CCTV, but do not have armed guards. He said the banks had been advised to set up hotline with the local police station. “We have strongly urged the bankers to ensure that if they are carrying out a drill, they must inform us in advance,” he said.

The SP also observed that there had been a drop in the murder cases and also been a decline in cases of eve teasing.



1,500 players forHansraj meet
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 28
The four-day All-India Mahatma Hansraj Tournament (Punjab Zone) organised by Arya Vidya Sabha, DAV College Managing Committee, started at Physical College, Patiala, today.

More than 1,500 sportspersons from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Gudaspur, Mohali, Malerkotla, Nabha etc are taking part.

Jaswant Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, was the chief guest. Vijay Kumar Sharma, regional director of Patiala and Ferozepur Zone, was guest of honour.

Jaswant Singh said: “Its high time that youngsters, who are treading the wrong path of drug abuse and suicides in depression, turn to sports and games.” Principals of DAV Public Schools of Nabha, Mohali, Chinarthal, Bareta were also present.

The tournament was declared open by releasing balloons and playing firecrackers. Pragya Joshi, national player from DAV School, took the oath followed by other sports representatives of various schools, to show the spirit of sportsmanship.

A cultural extravaganza presented students of DAV, Patiala, enthraled the audience.


In cricket, DAV Public School, Bhikhi Wind, beat DAV International Public School, Amritsar.

In another match of football, Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, defeated DAV International School by 4-0 goals.

Tournaments for volleyball, judo, yoga, kho-kho, hockey, gymnastics, kabaddi and handball began on Government College of Physical Education grounds, tabletennis in DAV and cricket in Multi-Purpose School. 



Jaipur win in tennis
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 28
The final of All-India Indian Public School Conference (IPSC) Tennis Championship for boys and girls was held at Yadavindra Public School here today.The match was played in the U-14, U-17 and U-19 categories.


Girls (U-14): MGD, Jaipur, beat DPS, RK Puram, 2; U-17: DPS, RK Puram, beat YPS, Patiala, 2-0; U-19: Modern School beat DPS, RK Puram, 2-1; Boys (U-14)

DPS, RK Puram, beat YPS, Mohali, 2-0; U-17: Modern School beat MNSS Rai 2-0; U-19 and Modern School beat DPS, RK Puram, 2-0.



Man gets 4-yr jail

Chandigarh, September 28
Additional District and Sessions Judge GC Garg today sentenced Daya Ram to four-year imprisonment in an attempted murder case.The court further held Mohinder Sethi guilty under the Arms Act and sentenced him to one-and-half years in prison. The court, however, acquitted Mohan Dhir and Pooja Dhir of charges of attempted murder.

According to the prosecution, the four accused — Daya Ram, Mohinder Sethi, Mohan Dhir and Pooja Dhir — had an altercation with the accused in January, 2008. Daya Ram had then fired gunshots in rage. Thereafter, the police had seized the pistol from Mohinder Sethi. — TNS



Bid to strangle, rob woman
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 28
An unidentified youth in his mid-twenties assaulted a woman after entering her house on the pretext of administering polio drops to her child. The police believes the intention was to gag the woman and to decamp with valuables. However, the victim, Monika, raised the alarm and the accused fled from the spot.

A resident of Sarv Mangal Society, Lohgarh road, Monika sustained minor injuries on her right hand and face. The accused, while fleeing from the spot, left behind his cap, handkerchiefs and a medical kit.

Narrating the incident, Monika (34) said around 1 pm, when she was alone at home, the accused, with muffled face, rang the bell and entered the house. He introduced himself as a member of medical team administering polio drops in the area. He also requested her for a glass of water.

As she turned around, the accused caught her from behind and gagged her with a piece of cloth. He tried to strangulate the victim with the help of his handkerchief.

However, Monika started screaming for help. The accused left the spot after bolting the door from the outside.

Monika immediately informed her neighbours about the incident who called the police. She narrated to the police that the youth was wearing blue-coloured shirt and while-coloured jeans.

The other residents of the society said the youth had also rang their bells and asked them about their children. A case has been registered against the unidentified person.



Man booked for harassing woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The police has booked an unidentified person for allegedly threatening a city-based woman on the phone.

Sector-34 police station SHO Udeypal Singh said a 23-year-old woman, a resident of Sector 43, had lodged a complaint alleging that a man had been harassing her by making obscene phone calls.

She had been receiving phone calls for the past few days with the the caller allegedly

asking her to arrange call girls for him. The accused had been using abusive language and threatening her with dire consequences.

The police said the woman was working in the IT Park and the suspect might also be working there.

The police was trying to trace the accused through his mobile phone records. A case has been registered under Sections 506 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code against him.

Car stolen

Nardeep, a resident of Bank Colony in Mani Majra, reported that his Maruti Alto car (CH 04 F 9079) was stolen from his house on the intervening night of September 23 and 24. A case of theft has been registered. 



Punjab and Sind Bank move ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Punjab and Sind Bank move ahead after beating Indian Overseas Bank by 6-5 in the quarterfinal match of the 40th SN Vohra’s All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament here today.

The other match between Namdhari XI and star-studded IOC, the latter showed the doors to Namdharis by 6-4. Earlier, in the first match, Mandeep of the PSB opened the account in the 35th minute, but Rupinder produced the equaliser four minutes later. With Parminder’s goal, PSB made the lead of 2-1 in the 51st minute. Rupinder again salvaged the team by sounding the board in the 69th minute. At the end of the stipulated time, the score was equaled at 2-2.

The decision came through a tie-breaker.

In the second match, IOC dominated the proceedings in the match, while Raghunath of IOC converted a penalty corner in the fourth minute of the game. Rohan extended the lead to 2-0 in the 16th minute. Namdharis equalised the proceedings by producing the next two goals through Harpreet in 17th and 19th minute and after that there was no looking back for IOC, who witnessed four goals in row through Deepak (24th), Prabhjot (28th), Nitin (34th) and Ragunath (62nd). Malak Singh (64th) and Karamjeet (67th) reduced the score for Namdharis.



PU girls shine in netball
Tribune News Service

The PU girls’ team after winning the All-India Inter-University Netball Championshipin Chandigarh on Tuesday
The PU girls’ team after winning the All-India Inter-University Netball Championshipin Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, September 28
Panjab University girls’ netball team emerged champion in the All-India Inter-University Netball (women) championship here today.The PU team thrashed Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, by 31-19. GND finished runner-up, while Kurukshetra University secured third position.

KU drubbed Punjabi University, Patiala, by 26-14.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti gave away prizes. 



MP Pandove’ XI script facile win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
MP Pandove’ XI registered a 150-run win against Navjot Sidhu’s XI on the third day of Emerging Players Tournament held at Dhruv Pandove Stadium in Patiala today.With an overnight total of 195 for 5 in 76 overs, MP Pandove’s XI mustered 216 in 86.3 overs. Pandove’s XI lost last five wickets in 10.3 overs and added 21 runs.

Lakshay Seth continued his dream run with the ball, as he mopped up the remaining five wickets in 5.3 overs, while conceding only seven runs.

Navjot Sidhu’s XI in their second innings made 163 runs in 36.5 overs.

Despite an opening stand of 57 in 5.6 overs by Sarul Kanwar and Karan Goel and another fruitful stand of 59 for the ninth wicket between Gitansh Khera and Lakshay, the team could not reach the target. Gitansh Khera (56), Kanwar (34), Karan Goel (22) and Lakshay Seth (25 not out) were the main contributors for Navjot Sidhu’s XI.

The bowling honours for MP Pandove’s XI were shared by Mohit Mohindra 4 for 53 and Rajwinder Golu 4 for 57.

With an overnight total of 305 for 3, Chaman Lal Malhotra’s XI declared their first innings closed at 446 for 8 in 140.4 overs at LIC ground, Sector 26. Gurkirat Walia (46 not out) scored 58 runs, while skipper Ankur Kakkar failed to reach the 50 mark by 2 runs, getting out for 48.

The other contributors with the bat were Robin Singh (45) and Abhishek Gupta (42). The most successful bowlers for IS Bindra XI were Gaurav Gambhir 3 for 21, Sarabjit Ladda 2 for 104 and Yogesh Kumar 2 for 86.

IS Bindra XI in their second innings were 127 for 3 in 47 overs. Skipper Vishwas Bhalla remained unbeaten on 58, while Gaurav Gambhir remained undefeated on 35. Navdeep (1 for 12) and Varun Khanna (1 for 27) were the main bowlers for CL
Malhotra XI.


MP Pandove’s XI

216 for all out in 86.3 overs (Kunwar Raina 40, Amitoze Singh 44, Himanshu Chawla 49 and Lakshay Seth 10 for 77).

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s XI

163 all out in 36.5 overs (Gitansh Khera 56, Sarul Kanwar 34, Karan Goel 22 and Lakshay Seth 25 not out, Mohit Mohindra 4 for 53 and Rajwinder Golu 4 for 57).

Chaman Lal Malhotra’s XI

446 for 8 in 140.4 over (declared) (Sunny Sohal 134, Uday Kaul 50, Satpal 43, Gurkirat Walia 58, Ankur Kakkar 48, Robin Singh 45 Abhishek Gupta 42 not out, Gaurav Gambhir 3 for 121, Sarabjit Ladda 2 for 104 and Yogesh Kumar 2 for 86).

IS Bindra XI (second innings)

127 for 3 in 47 overs at close of the play (Vishwas Bhalla 58 not out and Gaurav Gambhir 35 not out, Navdeep 1 for 12 and Varun Khanna 1 for 27).



JD Singh is NTO boxing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
JD Singh has been selected as national technical officer, NTO, (marshal) boxing event of Commonwealth Games.

Earlier, he acted as NTO during Commonwealth boxing meet organised by India in March last, in which India won the overall championship. Stating this during a press conference here today Dr CK Jerath, secretary, CABA, said JD Singh had also officiated as announcer/technical official boxing during the World Women Boxing Championship held at New Delhi, in November 2006, and several national tournaments. Another Chandigarh official Balkar Singh has also been selected as NTO, (athlete lounge). 



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