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More trouble for Badals
Another SAD leader revolts
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 25
All is not well in the SAD in Bassi Pathana assembly constituency as another party leader today held a meeting of his supporters at his residence and criticised the working of the party leaders in the district.

The speakers lashed out at the leadership and said they were not informed about the visit of SAD president Sukhbir Badal at Fatehgarh Sahib and termed that dedicated Taksali Akalis have no place in the organisation.

They said since SAD formed the government the workers have been completely neglected and there was no one to redress their grievances. They authorised Amardeep Singh Dharni, niece of former Jathedar Keshgarh Sahib and two time president of District Bar Association, to decide the next course of action.

While talking to mediapersons AS Dharni, district president, legal cell, SAD, said the leadership had always neglected the real Akalis who believe in the ideology of SAD.

He said now they had decided to remain aloof and not to work for the party in future. He said that workers were not deserting the party, but they were being forced to leave. He said sycophants were promoted, whereas those who made sacrifices for the party were neglected. He added that he would decide the next course of action after consulting his supporters at an appropriate time.

It is worth mentioning that yesterday Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD leader of the area, and his supporters had revolted against the working of the party.



Faculty Exchange Programme
Doaba college signs MoU
Tribune News service

Kharar, November 25
Professor Rae Morgan, head of pharmacy, Wolverhampton University, UK, visited Doaba Group of Colleges, Kharar, and signed an MoU for faculty exchange programme, joint research projects and admission to students for pharmacy.

A similar MoU was signed to facilitate admission of diploma-qualified students and B. Tech students from DGC to courses of Wolverhampton University.

Morgan, apprised students of pharmacy in years to come, its importance in healthcare, social sphere and its developments.



Ruchika case crusader petitions against gender offence
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
After fighting the oppressive system while seeking justice in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, Anand Parkash has decided to fight it out for other victims as well.

Parkash, the man in the centre of the fight for justice in the Ruchika case, today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking justice for some other victims of gender offence.

He has filed a petition in public interest, which is scheduled to come up for hearing before the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ranjan Gogoi Friday morning.

Referring to similar harassment cases, Parkash has asserted that the officials concerned were indicted, yet action was not initiated against them. Anand Prakash, father of sole witness Aradhana, was virtually the complainant in the Ruchika molestation case. His fresh petition is against the state of Haryana and other respondents.

Already in line of fire for “favouring” former police chief SPS Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case, Haryana’s already mottled image only recently received yet another blow after the Bench asked the state to explain how an officer facing allegations of molestation could be promoted.

Rathore, 69, convicted of molesting Ruchika, was released on bail from the high-security Burail jail here on November 12. He had been in jail since May 25.

The CBI, having failed to gather concrete proof against Rathore, had November 10 submitted a closure report before a court in Ambala, pertaining to two FIRs registered against the ex-top cop on December 29 the previous year.

A petition filed in public interest for comprehensive probe into the entire incident is currently pending before the Division Bench. It has been filed by city-based advocate-cum-petitioner Ranjan Lakhanpal

Chandigarh-based World Human Rights Council through chairman-cum-advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal had earlier sought directions for independent probe in the Ruchika case, right from the day she was molested till the final decision of the case. The petitioner also sought appropriate action against all officers siding with Rathore and enabling the trial to continue for 19 years.



Four arrested for disrupting traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The police on Wednesday arrested four flower sellers from traffic lights point in different parts of the city on charges of causing disruption in traffic.

The police said Chote Lal, a resident of Sector 20-C, Suraj, Bajrang and Harjit Singh, residents of Kajheri, were arrested from the traffic light points on the road separating Sectors 20 an 30 and Sector 20 and 21 on Wednesday.

Two separate cases of causing danger and obstruction in public way under Section 283 of the Indian Penal Code have been registered.

Caught drinking

The police on Wednesday arrested Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Ropar, and Ravinder Kumar, a resident of Daria, from near the outer market in Sector 20 while allegedly consuming liquor in a public place. In another incident, Ramesh Kansal, a resident of Karnal, and Pawan Kumar, a resident of Rohtak, were arrested from near a wine shop in Sector 27 while allegedly consuming liquor in public place on Wednesday.

Car stolen

Yudhbir Singh, a resident of Sector 29-B, filed a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his Tata Indica car (CH-04-H-3206) from Maloya today. A case of theft has been registered.



Assault Case
Accused arrested, escapes from police custody
Tribune News Service

Was absconding

The accused, a student of DAV College, was booked under Secttion 307 for assaulting three youths outside Leisure Valley in Sector 10 on September 24 and was absconding since then

Chandigarh, November 25
A DAV College student reportedly escaped from the police custody in Chandigarh today. The accused has been identified as Maninder Singh. According to the police, Maninder and his three friends - Sahej Pal Singh, Jagit Singh and Surjeet - were booked under Section 307 of the IPC for allegedly assaulting three youths - Balwant, Garuav and Rajan - on September 24 outside Leisure Valley in Sector 10.

The police had arrested Sahej Pal Singh and Jagit Singh on November 23. However, the other accused, including Maninder and Surjeet were absconding.

Dinkar, brother of Balwant, said today he saw Maninder and Surjeet on the college campus and they informed the Sector 3 police station. He alleged that first the police showed no interest in coming to the spot, but when they called up the police control room, the police team came.

Surjeet managed to escape, but the police arrested Maninder from the spot. Dinkar maintained that when the cops were taking Maninder to the cell after recording his statement, he, too, managed to escape from the police custody. He fled in a car that was waiting for him outside the police station.

When contacted, SHO of Sector 3 police station inspector Mahavir Singh denied that no accused has escaped from police custody.



20 booked for vandalising house
Tribune News Service

A police team inspects the spot where the clash took place at Saini Vihar, Zirakpur
A police team inspects the spot where the clash took place at Saini Vihar, Zirakpur, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, November 25
The Baltana police today booked more than 20 persons for vandalising a house in Saini Vihar, Phase V, Baltana. The accused also smashed the windowpanes of the four cars of the neighbours parked on the road.

The investigating officer stated that the case has been registered against Mahesh Chand, a resident of house number 115, Saini Vihar, Phase V, on the complaint of Sandeep Sharma, a resident of 102, Saini Vihar, Phase V.

In his complaint Sandeep Sharma told the police that he had a property dispute with Mahesh Chand. Last night when he was sitting at his home, more than 20 masked youths armed with sharp edged weapons, batons and stones attacked on his house.

Sharma’s mother Angoori Devi also sustained injuries after she got hit by a pelted stone. He alleged that while returning the assailants damaged a Swift DZire car of BL Kataria, parked outside his house, Accent car of Sandeep, and a Maruti car of one more neighbour.

The accused managed to flee from the spot after Sandeep’s neighbours started coming out of their residences. Later, they called the police and a case was registered.

Car stolen

Hardeep Singh, a resident of Banda Bahadur Colony, Banur, reported to the police that his Bolero car was stolen from the Occasion marriage palace on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway on November 22.

Jagjeet Singh said he parked his car outside the marriage palace around 8 pm. On his return he found that the car was missing from the spot. A case has been registered.


Asha, a resident of Vasant Vihar, Dhakoli, has allegedly committed suicide after consuming intoxicant substance last night. The police said the victim was rushed to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where she died during the treatment. An inquest proceeding has been initiated.

5 quintal khoya seized

Mohali: The police today seized five quintals of spurious khoya near Mohali bus stand. A police spokesman said acting on a tip off the police arrested Bashir Mohd, alias Golu, a resident of Gobindpura, Mani Majra, and Kailash, a resident of Darwa village in Chandigarh.

The suspects used to bring khoya from Mujjafarnagar through buses and sell it in the local market. A case has been registered at the Phase VIII police station.

Two injured in road mishap

Kalka: A married couple was injured in a road mishap on the NH-21(A) today. According to information, Vikram Sharma and his wife Sunita Devi of Barotiwala were badly injured when a recklessly driven truck hit their motorcycle near Dhamala village on the Pinjore-Nalagarh highway. Ravi Kumar, an eyewitness, said the couple was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Rs 1 lakh stolen from parked vehicle

Panchkula: A resident of Sector 20 lost Rs 1 lakh when miscreants broke open the window of his SUV parked in the parking of Yavnika garden and fled with the money lying in the glove box. The victim, Mukesh Mendiratta, said the suspect had fled in a Zen car.

According to Mendiratta, he had gone for an evening walk in the garden after parking his Scorpio in the parking lot. While strolling in the park he noticed the sound of breaking of glass and he rushed towards the parking. As soon as he reached there he saw a youth fleeing with the money lying in his SUV.

The suspect sat in a Zen car and fled from the spot before the victim could nab him. A wallet lying near the seat containing documents also went missing, said the victim.



AITA Tennis Championship
Ravnoor, Jaspreet to battle it out in final
Tribune News Service

Kamal and Krishik in action during a men’s doubles semifinal match in the AITA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship, in Chandigarh
Kamal and Krishik in action during a men’s doubles semifinal match in the AITA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 25
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s player Ravnoor Kaur will face Jaspreet Kaur in the girls’ singles final in the ongoing AITA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championship at the CLTA courts here.

Ravnoor Kaur beat Baljinder Kaur from Haryana in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, while Punjab player Jaspreet Kaur got the better of Shalaka Uddur 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinal today.

Earlier, relying on volleys and serves, Ravnoor Kaur took 3-1 lead in the first set. She maintained her dominance and clinched the first set 6-1.

Taking advantage of the lead, Ravnoor made the second set a one-sided affair. She broke her opponent’s serve in the first game of the set.

There was no looking back thereafter, as she broke all serves of Baljinder and held all of hers to clinch the match 6-0.

The second semifinal saw a keen contest between Jaspreet Kaur and Shalaka Uddur from Karnataka as they fought for every point right till the end. Jaspreet held her nerve at crucial moments to sail into the final.

In the men’s singles semifinal, Chandigarh’s Ajay Yadav, also a CLTA trainee, blanked his opponent Maninder Singh 6-0, 6-0.

In the men’s doubles semifinal, Manoj and Suraj went down to Ajay and Krishik 6-2, 6-3.

The winners will meet Ajay and Gurmohit in the final.

The results: Men’s semifinal: Ajay Yadav b Maninder Singh 6-0, 6-0; Tynold Timothy b Suraj Beniwal 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Women’s semifinal: Ravnoor Kaur b Baljinder Kaur 6-1, 6-0; Jaspreet Kaur b Shalaka Uddur 7-5, 6-3.

Men’s doubles semifinal: Ajay/Gurmohit b Mandeep/Kamal 6-4, 6-3; Kamal/Krishik b Manoj/Suraj 6-2,6-3.



CLTA to honour Asian Games gold medallist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association will conduct a special award ceremony at the CLTA Tennis Stadium to honour Sanam Krishan Singh, who brought laurels to the country by winning gold in the doubles event in the 16th Asian Games.

Sanam Singh had received his basic tennis coaching under CLTA’s Junior Development Programme from 1997 to 2003, before joining the National Training Academy of the All-India Tennis Association and going on to play in Virginia University in the USA, stated CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap.

The public function for Sanam will take place in mid-December, when the champion returns for a brief visit to his home city.

CLTA’s executive committee, including Jai Singh Gill, president, and Dr Jasjit Singh, honorary secretary, has resolved to give Sanam Singh a token cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh for his performance.

The association has also requested Sanam to conduct a short tennis clinic for upcoming boys and girls, presently training at the CLTA, said the CLTA officials.



Edmund Rice Cricket
Skipper Angad fashions St John’s win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
With his captain’s knock, Angad Chahal (65 off 47) enabled St John’s A team register a 102-run victory over Hansraj Public School in the 13th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament at St John’s School, here today.

Batting first, St John’s made 180 for five in the stipulated 20 overs. Chahal hit 65 runs with the help of eight fours and one six. Siddhant Vashist was the other contributor with 37 runs in 19 balls.

In reply, Hansraj were bowled out at 78 in the stipulated overs. Animesh finished as top scorer for Hansraj with 22 runs. For John’s, Rohan Markanda took three wickets.

In the second match of the day, Green Field School, Mohali, lost to DAV School, Sector 8, by 59 runs.

DAV put on 124 for six in 20 overs with the help of good knocks by Bhayminder (26) and Arvind (32 n.o).

Chasing the target, Greenfield were bundled out for 65 runs.



St John’s ride on Krishna’s hat-trick
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Krishna’s hat-trick enabled St John’s High School, Sector 26, to register a 5-0 win over Ashiana Public School in the St Kabir Football Trophy Tournament-2010 here today. Krishna broke the back of the rival team by netting three goals in a row (5th, 15th and 19th minutes).

Taking advantage of the situation, Vijay scored the fourth goal in the 25th minute, while Prabhnoor struck in the last minute of the game.

The second match, played between Strawberry Fields-26 and Saupin’s, was won by the former 1-0.

Sukham of Strawberry scored from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, as Parag of Saupin’s handled the ball inside the penalty box.

The third match of the day between Vivek High School and St Kabir ended in a 1-1 draw.

Uday Marria of St Kabir drew first blood in the second minute of the game.

The equaliser for Vivek School came through Angad.

The quarterfinal line-up: St Stephen v Strawberry (10 am); St John v Saupins (11 am), Vivek High v Mt Carmel (12 pm); St Kabir v St Solider (1 pm).



Tae Kwon Do Meet
Shishu Niketan girls lay hands on trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The martial arts team of Shishu Niketan School, Sector 43, brought laurels by winning under-14 (girls) Inter-School Tae Kwon Do Championship, organised by UT education department, Chandigarh, in association with the Tae Kwon Do Association of Chandigarh at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here today.

The winners clinched the title by earning 14 points, while Sri Guru Harikrishan Public School, Sector 38, girls stood second by winning 11 points.

Final results: 22-24 kg: 1 Gunita (SGHPS-38); 2 Ashwariya (Stepping Stones-38); 3 Moneet (NPS-18) and Vanshika (Aurbindo-27).

26-29 kg: 1 Akanksha (GMHS-38; 2 Bivanshi (MRA-27); 3 Anureet (SGHPS-38) and Bhummi (Stepping Stones-38).

29-32 kg: 1 Shruti (SNS-43); 2 Harnoor (Stepping Stones-38); 3 Aurya (Sacred Heart) and Komal, (MRA-27).

32-35 kg: 1 Nishita (BV-27); 2 Sneha (GMHS-38); 3 Jashanpreet (SNS-43) and Pallavi (Stepping Stones-38).

35-38 kg: 1 Shania (GMSSS-33); 2 Kritika (SNS-43); 3 Muskan (Gurukul Global) and Ritika (MRA-27).

38 kg and above: 1 Jass (SNS-43); 2 Harjot (GMHS-38); 3 Jasmine (St Kabir) and Parul (DPS-40).



SGGSSS-35 girls claim top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, girls’ under-19 team won top honours in the UT Inter-School Kho-Kho (Under-14, 17, 19 ) Tournament organised after beating Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, by four point one turn at MDAV School, Sector 22 here today.

The tournament was organised by the UT education department.

Government Model Senior School, Sector 23, secured the third place by beating GMSSS, Sector 56, by eight points and one turn in the same age group.

Results: Under-14 (final): Government Middle School, Sector 46, beat Government Model High School, Sector 37, by 6 points. Third place match: Government High School, Sector 46, beat GMSS School, Sector 44, 3 points.



St Kabir cagers tame St Xavier’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Host St Kabir School, Sector 26, thrashed St Xavier’s School, Mohali, 23-5 in a league match of St Kabir Basketball Trophy 2010 (girls) at the school courts here today.

For winners, Shriya and Rupika scored seven and four points each, while Mannat and Kiran contributed two points each for St Xavier’s.

Other results: Carmel Convent, Sector 9, beat Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, 25-13 (Main scorers for CC: Tanaz 8, Roopam 7; For JNV: Sonia 10, Pooja 3).

Little Flower, Panchkula, beat New Public School, Sector 18, 31-21 (Main scorers for NPS: Anooba 15, Arushi 6; For LFS: Akanksha 20, Parul 1).

Sacred Heart, Sector 26, beat Strawberry Fields, Sector 26, 26-11 (Main scorers for Sacred Heart: Jessica 6, Priyanka 6; For Strawberry: Sargunlolia 4, Aashna Aggarwal 4).



DPS eves, NPS lads emerge basketball champions
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
Delhi Public School girls brought cheer to the school by finishing champions in the 7th Emily Gosain Memorial Basketball Tournament 2010 at St Xavier’s School courts here today.

The winning team beat St Xavier’s School, Mohali, in a nail-biting final match, as the final score read 21-20.

At half time, DPS were leading by four points. Vartika played a crucial role by scoring 14 points, while Nitika contributed seven points to the win.

For the losing team, Aliya finished top scorer with nine points. In the boys’ section, Ajaybir scored 14 points to enable New Public School, Sector 18, to clinch trophy after beating St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, 40-32.

The other player who played a vital role in the win was Prateek, who scored 12 points.

For the losing team, Sahil and Shahbaz Singh tried hard, scoring nine points each, but in vain.

Shahbaz Singh was declared the best player of the tournament in the boys’ category while the title in girls’ section went to Aliya.

Final results: Girls: Delhi Public School b St Xavier’s, Mohali, 21-20 [DPS: Vartika (14) and Nitika (7); St Xavier’s: Aliya 9, Shaina 5].

Boys: NPS, Sector 18, b St Xavier’s, Panchkula, 40-32 [NPS: Ajaybir (14), Prateek (12); St Xavier’s: Sahil 9, Shahbaz 9].



City girl in pre-coaching camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Kishmita Sachdeva of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, made the city proud by her selection in the India Pre-Coaching Soccer camp (U-17 girls) to be held in April next year.

“The camp will take place in Bhopal where the probables will be trained for international tournament, scheduled for July next year in Singapore,” said Poonam Jaswal, coach of Saupin’s School football team.

Kishmita had led the Chandigarh team in the recently concluded 56th National School Games Football Girls U-17 Championship at PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa.

The team had won top honours in the tournament. “Kismita was selected on the basis of her performance,” said Poonam, adding that eight players from the squad were from Saupin’s School.

The other players included Shriya, Tanya Singh, Shivangi Sharma, Neeti Sood, Navreet, Aastha Chopra and Sasaki Negi, she added.

Poonam Jaswal has also been selected as the member of the selection committee for India’s coaching camp (U-17 girls).



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