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Chawla seeks more funds from Centre for health services
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Morinda, December 2
Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla inaugurated the community health centre at Morinda today. The centre has been built at the cost of Rs 191.29 crore to serve the residents of Morinda.

Started a year ago, the 20 jan aushadhi and generic drug centres are a great help for the poor, but continue to face medicines and staff crunch, Chawla said.

“This is a project funded by the Union Government. The department of pharmaceuticals, Government of India, should provide us with an adequate medicine supply. The centres are being managed in best possible way,” Chawla claimed

Managing director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) Raji P Srivastava said the centres located in Punjab were the most functional in entire country.

Chawla said the state had devised a new mechanism of coordinating with these centres. A weekly view of stock was being taken to ensure regular updates.

The department has taken up task of upgrading the 11 health centres across the state, including those at Adampur, Morinda, Abohar, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patti, Batala, Gurdaspur, Bathinda Patiala and Pathankot.

Chawla said the super speciality hospitals, being set up at Bathinda and Mohali on public-private partnership mode, will go a long way in ensuring treatment for the cancer patients.

“Usually governments give land to the private players and direct them to serve five per cent patients on charity basis, which never happens. We have gone a step ahead and asked for five per cent share in income so that the funds collected can be used to strengthen health services in state besides providing major relief to cancer patients,” she added.



Pbi Varsity Athletics Meet
Mata Gujri College in strong position
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 2
Gurlal Singh of Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, and Kulwinder Singh of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, bagged first position in the 100m race and hammer throw events in the mens’ category on the second day of the Punjabi University 48th Annual Athletics Meet at Raja Bhalendra Singh Stadium on the university campus.


Mens’100m: 1st Gurlal Singh (Government Rajindra College, Bathinda), 2nd Mewa Singh (National College, Bhikhi), 3rd Bhupesh (Mohindra College, Patiala).

Hammer throw: 1st Kulwinder Singh (Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib), 2nd Bajinder Singh (Government College, Mohali), 3rd Gurjinder Singh (Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib). 400m hurdle: 1st Gurinder Singh (National College Bhikhi), 2nd Rakesh Kumar (MCPE, Bathinda), 3rd Jugraj Singh (SBSGC, Kotkapura).

Women 400m hurdle: 1st Jaspreet Kaur (Akal Degree College, Mastuana), 2nd Gurdeep Kaur (Akal Degree College, Mastuana), 3rd Manpreet Kaur (GCPE, Patiala).

10,000m: 1st Roma Devi (Akal Degree College, Mastuana), 2nd Harpreet Kaur (Akal Degree College, Mastuana), 3rd Mandeep Kaur (BZSFS College, Morinda).

1,500m: 1st Sukhjeet Kaur (Malwa College, Bathinda), 2nd Manju Kumari (Akal Degree College, Mastuana), 3rd Navneet Kaur (Akal Degree College, Mastuana).



Nritya Natika enthrals audience

Patiala, December 2
Blossoms Senior Secondary School celebrated its annual function with great pomp and show on the school premises here today. State Information Commissioner Kulbir Singh, Punjab, graced the occasion as the chief guest. School principal H Oberoi read out the school annual report.

A musical opera, “My Fair Lady”, was presented by senior students of the school and another “Nritya Natika” representing Krishan Leela was performed by more than 150 students of the school.

Meanwhile, trophy for the best house of the year went to Chinar House, whereas Blossoms school silver medal (CBSE board topper 2009-10) was bagged by Nikhil Gupta of Class XII. Capt GS Dhillon Running Sports Trophy went to national-level fencing player Brahmjot Singh, a student of Class XI. The Rohit Kundal Memorial Running Trophy was awarded to Abhishek Aggarwal of Class XII and the Major BSS Bedi Memorial Silver Medal went to Class X student Simarnoor. — TNS



Sweaters given to needy students

Bassi Pathana, December 2
Members of the local Lions Club distributed sweaters, shoes, socks and bags among needy students of Government Primary School. Club president KS Bambra presided over the function. Prominent citizens were also present.

The president briefed the gathering about various social activities initiated by the club. He said the club strived for providing education facilities to needy students. The club was also paying fee and providing books to the needy. — OC



Victim Compensation Scheme
HC notice to Punjab, Haryana, UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
A division bench of the Punjab & Haryana High Court comprising chief justice Mukul Mudgal and justice Ranjan Gogoi today issued notice of motion for January 11, 2011 to the states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on a petition seeking directions to the respondents for expeditiously finalizing the ‘victims compensation scheme’.

Notice was also issued to the central ministry of home affairs on the petition filed in the public interest by advocate HC Arora.

Quoting the rules, Arora said: “Every state government in coordination with the central government shall prepare a scheme for providing funds for the purpose of compensation to the victims or their dependants who have suffered loss or injury as a result of the crime and who require rehabilitation.”

The petitioner, appearing in person, contended while the UT administration had sent the scheme to the home ministry for approval and for making budgetary provisions, the Punjab and Haryana governments had failed to finalize their schemes so far. This was despite a lapse of over 11 months from the date the new statutory provisions came into force, the petitioner added.



Posts of asst sub-inspector
Admn asked to submit answersheets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the UT administration to submit answersheets of written test conducted for filling 20 posts of assistant sub-inspector on December 23, 2007. The entire process had come under the high court scanner after alleged leakage of question paper just before the examination.

The Bench headed by Justice MM Kumar also reserved the orders on the petition for the final decision.

Following the allegations of the leakage of the question paper, the UT Inspector General of Police on March 7, 2008, had annulled the written test and interview. A decision to hold the written test afresh was also taken.

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) later set the decision aside on September 26, 2008. Directions were also issued to the UT Home Secretary to review the selection procedure. CAT had also issued directions against the declaration of the result till the Home Secretary had gone through the entire issue. It was also directed that the Home Secretary was at liberty to call on record evidence for adjudication.

The UT administration, subsequently, challenged the order of CAT. The UT administration, meanwhile, told the high court the practical impossibility of segregating individual tainted candidates from untainted ones when the selection was corrupted at the very source.



60 bottles of illicit liquor recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
The police today recovered more than 60 bottles of liquor being smuggled across the UT border. During checking of suspected vehicles, head constable Om Parkash stopped a car (CH03N-3425) and recovered three boxes of Jolt Rum, 24 bottles of High Speed Whisky and three bottles of MC Dowlas Whisky.

A case under Sections 61,1,14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Mani Majra police station.

While the police has commenced the investigations, the accused were bailed out.

Laptops stolen

In two separate incidents, the police today registered cases of theft of laptops from cars in different parts of the city. In first incident, Shri Ram, a resident of Police Lines, Sector 26, reported that someone stole his Apple-make laptop from his Skoda Laura car (CH-04(T)-0500), which was parked in front of Gopal Sweets, Sector 8, when the incident occurred.

A case under Sections 379 of the IPC had been registered at the Sector-3 police station.

In another incident, Sahil Sandhu, a resident of Model Town, Pinjore, reported that someone stole laptop from his car (MH-20-AG-4996), which was parked at the Sukhna Lake, when the incident occurred.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered.



Five youths killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 2
Two persons lost their lives in different accidents in the district today. Karanpal (28) was seriously injured when his motorcycle skidded and received serious head injuries after hitting a large rock on the road near the Barwala bus stand this morning. He was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where the doctors declared him brought dead. His body was handed over to the family after the postmortem.

According to information, Karanpal, who was working as a labourer, had come to the Barwala town for purchasing medicines. He was returning to his native village Sultanpur when his motorcycle slipped, which resulted in severe head injuries. The victim is survived by his wife and four children.

In another incident, Pawan Kumar (23), a native of Kurukshetra, got killed as he was crushed under a moving train. He fell while alighting from the moving train at the Chandimandir railway station.

The GRP has taken the body into its custody and was investigating the case.

Fatehgarh Sahib: Two youths lost their lives in an accident that took place late last night near octroi post number four in Sirhind.

The deceased have been identified as Kuldip Singh and Deepak Kumar, both in their twenties. As per police officials who reached the spot and recorded statements of relatives, the boys were unmarried and returning from a wedding party from a resort in Sirhind.

Both the boys had been working as a helping hand in a shop of a renowned cloth merchant of Sirhind. They were returning to their respective homes on a bike around 10.30 pm when their bike collided with a Maruti Zen car.

They were rushed to the local civil hospital with the help of some passers-by and police officials. They were further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, in view of their serious injuries. Both the injured died on way to Chandigarh.

A case in this connection has been registered against the car driver who has been identified as Hardip Singh.

Zirakpur: A 22-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a speeding vehicle near Lucky dhaba on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway here this morning. The deceased was identified as Sanjay, a resident of Sector 20, Panchkula.

The incident took place when Sanjay was moving towards Patiala from Zirakpur on his cycle. When he reached near the dhaba, a bank security vehicle, coming from Patiala side, hit him from behind and he fell on the road.

A passer-by called the police and rushed the victim to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where doctors declared him brought dead. The driver, however, managed to flee from the spot along with the vehicle.

The body of the deceased was sent to Dera Bassi Civil Hospital for the postmortem. The police said the family of the deceased had been informed about the incident.

Sanjay was a daily wager. The investigating officer stated that a case would be registered after recording the statements of Sanjay’s parents.



Two brothers arrested for forgery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 2
The police arrested two brothers in connection with a forgery case here today. The accused have been identified as Rajesh Dhawan and Rajdeep Dhawan, both residents of Sector 15, Panchkula.

Renu Nanda, sister of the accused, had complained to the police that her brothers had allegedly forged the signatures of their deceased father on the documents related with house number 15, Sector 15. Thereafter, the accused had applied for a no objection certificate from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and further mortgaged the property with a bank.

The police had registered a case against the accused on October 19.

One held with stolen bike

Mohali: The police arrested Anwar Khan, a resident of Nalagarh, Solan, with a stolen motorcycle here today. The police team laid a naka near Karora village T-point. During the checking, they asked Anwar about the documents of the motorcycle, but he failed to produce. The police official said during interrogation it was found that the motorcycle (CH03D-5136) was stolen by him from Chandigarh. A case has been registered.

Mini bus driver assaulted

Zirakpur: A driver of a mini bus was allegedly assaulted by a group of youths armed with sharp edged weapons. The injured driver has been identified as Rocky. He has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

The investigating officer said it is learnt that old enmity was the reason behind the attack. Rocky alleged that around 3 pm five youths, including Balli, Paali, Nata, Summit and Lala, came in a black Ford Ikon and stopped near his bus at Pabhat village. He alleged that assailants, armed with batons and swords, dragged him out of the bus and started assaulting him.



‘Deserted’ husband ends life
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 2
A 20-year-old labourer, Gulshan, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house at Sohana village this morning. His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the afternoon by his family members.

A police official disclosed that after being married in April, his wife reportedly deserted him around Diwali. Few days ago he had gone to his in-laws’ house in Rorkee village near Kharar.

Gulshan had returned home last evening and did not talk to anyone before going to bed. When he did not come out of his room for a long time in the morning, his family members found him dead.

The police had initiated inquest proceedings and sent the body for the postmortem to the civil hospital.



Silver medallist Abhijit declines Rs 1 lakh mobike
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 2
Chandigarh Golf Club rolled out the red carpet for Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallist Abhijit Chadha with Hero Honda unveiling its sleek ZMR motorcycle as a gift for the 19-year-old amateur golfer.

Soon after Abhijit was honoured by CGC president Birinder Singh Gill with a memento, the gathering moved down to the stage for the key presentation of the motor cycle.

As the cameramen clicked photographs of the golf icon and the club officials with the motor cycle, Abhijit's father Sandeep Chadha declined to accept the motorcycle priced around Rs 1 lakh.

Sandeep told The Tribune that he had been advised by seasoned amateur golfer JS Kang, captain of the course, that accepting any gift above USD 750 would make Abhijit a professional golfer.

Pratap Hoon of Karishma Gold Wheels said the motorcycle would be Abhijit's property and it would be in safe custody till he turned a professional.

Golfer Pratap Hoon said: "The day Abhijit turns a professional he can collect the motorcycle from us."

Course captain HS Kang said it was a proud moment for the club and added that the 19-year-old had the potential to be in the fray for Olympics when golf is introduced in 2016.

Honorary secretary GS Sandhu said: “Being a member of the club and performing well at the international stage, Abhijit is an inspiration for upcoming juniors, who are currently enrolled under the Junior Golf Mission 2016 in various EGTF junior golf coaching programmes.”



Vijay Merchant Trophy
Delhi ahead of Punjab by 32 runs in U-16
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 2
Resuming their innings from the overnight score of 201 for 6, Punjab were all out at 222 in 101.3 overs against Delhi in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy today. Manpreet Singh 46, Prabhjot Singh 31, Shine Sharma 24, Anmolpreet Singh 54, Sagar Kumar 29 and Sandeep Singh 13 not out were the main scorers for Punjab.

For Delhi, Abhishek Vats 4 for 33 and Pratyush Singh 2 for 24 were the main wicket-takers.

In reply, Delhi U-16 team scored 254 for 3 in 93 overs at the close of the day and took lead of 32 runs.

Arjun Arora 17, Suffiyan Alam 90, Bharat Gupta 60, Prashant Bhandari 67 not out and Pratyush Singh 12 not out were the main scorers for Delhi. Karan Kaila 1 for 59 and Arpit Pannu 1 for 45 were only the wicket-takers for Punjab.


Punjab: 222 all out in 101.3 overs (Manpreet Singh 46, Prabhjot Singh 31, Shine Sharma 24, Anmolpreet Singh 54, Sagar Kumar 29 and Sandeep Singh 13 not out Abhishek Vats 4 for 33 and Pratyush Singh 2 for 24)

Delhi: 254 for 3 in 93 overs at the close of the play (Arjun Arora 17, Suffiyan Alam 90, Bharat Gupta 60, Prashant Bhandari 67 not out and Pratyush Singh 12 not out, Karan Kaila 1 for 59 and Arpit Pannu 1 for 45).



5-wicket win for Vivek Academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy beat Stepping Stone School, Sector 37, by five wickets in the 2nd Vivek Trophy being held at Vivek High School in Sector 38 here today. After winning the toss, Stepping Stone School elected to bat first and scored 125 runs for eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Devinder Singh 17, Shyam Kumar 17 runs and Mayank Sood 16 runs were the main scorers.

For Vivek Academy Dhruv was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets giving away only 18 runs. Angad Khera and Arjun Singla were other wicket takers, who took two wickets each giving away 31 and 20 runs, respectively.

Chasing a victory target of 126 runs Vivek Academy scored 128 runs for the loss of five wickets in 17.4 overs.

Karan Khosla 55 runs in 20 balls six sixes and four fours and Navansh 23 and Manik Khanna 18 runs were the main scorers.

Karan was declared man of the match.

In the second match of the tournament, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, beat BTA Cricket Academy- 48 by four runs.

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 126 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Arvind 43 and Pradeep 30 were the main scorers.

For BTS Academy, Charanjeet was the pick of the bowlers, as he took three wickets giving away only eight runs.

In reply, BTS Academy- 48 were able to score 123 runs for six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs and lost the match to DAV by four runs.

Satyam 36 and Simran 24 were the only batsmen who faced the DAV bowlers with some courage.

For DAV Vikas and Jagdeep were the main wicket-takers, as they took two wickets each giving away 14 and 23 runs, respectively.

Arvind of DAV was declared man of the match.


Stepping Stone School, Sector 37, Chandigarh: 125 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs.

Devinder Singh- 17 runs, Shyam Kumar-17 runs, Mayank Sood-16 runs, Dhruv 3 wickets for 18 runs, Angad Khera-2 wickets for 31, Arjun Singla- 2 wickets for 20 runs.

Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy: 128 runs for five in 17.4 overs.

Karan Khosla-55 runs in 20 balls, Navansh-23 runs, Manik Khanna-18 runs.

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh: 126 for 7 in 20 overs. Aarvind- 43 runs, Pradeep- 30 runs, Charanjeet-3 wickets for 8 runs BTS Cricket Academy-48: 123 runs for 6 wickets in 20 overs.

Satyam- 36 runs, Simran- 24 runs, Vikas-2 wickets for 14 runs, Jagdeep- 2 for 23 runs.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

Match 1: Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy vs Paragon, Mohali, (10.30 am)

Match 2: St Stephen's School 45 vs APJ, Kharar (2.00 pm)



Pankaj, Uday slam tons in Ranji Trophy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 2
Punjab gave its best batting display of the Ranji Season by notching 550 for seven before declaring their innings closed. Resuming at overnight score of 212 for three, overnight batsman Uday Kaul and skipper Pankaj Dharmani both went on to record centuries.

Uday scored 118 runs of 11 boundaries before being caught and bowled by BB Samantaray of Orissa.

Dharmani, who had scored 103 runs studded with 14 boundaries, retired after a spasm in the back, while going for a sharp single.

Bipul Sharma 62 with seven boundaries and Karan Goel unbeaten 45 with two fours were the other contributors.

For Orissa, BC Mohanty was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped four wickets giving away 97 runs.

In reply, Orissa were 25 for no loss in eight overs. Natraj Behera 17 and PC Tatel eight were unbeaten at the close of the play.


Punjab 550 for seven-Sarul Kanwar (104), Uday Kaul 118, Pankaj Dharmani 103, Mandeep Singh 43 Ravi Inder Singh 34, Bipul Sharma 62 and Karan Goel unbeaten 45.

BC Mohanty four for 97-Orissa 25 for no loss in eight overs-Natraj Behera 17 and PC Tatel eight.



CTTC beat Audit Club

Chandigarh, December 2
CTTC beat Audit Club, Chandigarh, by 3-1 in the mens’ event of the 23rd Manav Mangal Chandigarh State Table Tennis Championship being held at the Sector-23 Table Tennis Hall here today. However, in the girls’ event, CTTC was drubbed by Coaching Centre 23 by 3-1.


Mens’ championship

Final: CTTC beat Audit Club Chandigarh by 3-1.

Manish Bhardwaj lost to Vikas Sharma by 9-11, 4-11, and 7-11; Dev Saini beat Harish Kumar by 11-4, 14-12 and 11-8; Rachit Chopra beat Sumit Chaudhary 11-5, 11-7, 8-11and 12-10.

Women’s championship

Final: Coaching Centre 23 bt CTTC by 3-1.

Youth boys’ championship

Final: Chandigarh Table Tennis Club bt Coaching Centre A by 3-1; Mayank Kapoor bt Sumit Chaudhary (11-8,11-6,11-9); Dev Saini bt Aseem (11-5,11-3,11-4); Sahil Singla lost to Dinkar (7-11,4-11,9-11); Dev Saini bt Sumit (11-4,11-4,11-9).

Youth girls’ championship

Final: Kalyani bt Naina Suri (4-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8); Nadia bt Garima (11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5); Sakshi lost to Rajeshwari (8-11, 9-11,8-11); Nadia bt Naina (11-9,15-13,8-11,8-11,11-8) Junior girls’ team championship Coaching Centre 23 bt Manav Mangal Coaching Centre by 3-1 Junior boys’ team championship: Coaching Centre 23 bt Manav Mangal Coaching Centre by 3-1.



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