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Two hurt in accident

Dera Bassi, January 19
Two persons were injured in a road accident on the national highway, near here, today. The accident took place when two persons riding a scooter were hit by a bus. In the process, two cars collided with each other while trying to avoid another car parked on the road. The injured, Ishwar Singh, a resident of Bhankarpur, and Rohtas, his relative, were admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigrh. — OC



Man found dead in car
Our Correspondent

The car in which the body of Arvinder Pal Singh was found on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Dera Bassi on Wednesday.
The car in which the body of Arvinder Pal Singh was found on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Dera Bassi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Dera Bassi, January 19
A man hailing from Mohali was found dead in a car near here this morning.The matter came to light when some passersby found a man lying on the back seat of the car parked along the national highway, near Ghaggar Bridge, at Bhankhar village.

The victim has been identified as Arvinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali.

According to the police, the victim had apparently died of substance abuse as some drugs were found on the body.

No injury marks were found on the body, the police added.

The father of the deceased said his son had gone to attend the marriage of his friend at Ambala on Tuesday but failed to return home in the night, the police said. The victim is survived by his wife and two children.

The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, on the statement of the victim’s father.

The exact cause of death would be revealed after the receipt of the post-mortem examination report, the police added.



4 panther hides seized, 3 held
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 19
The department of wildlife claimed to have seized four panther hides from three persons.RK Sharma, DFO (wildlife), Pinjore, said the wildlife officials arrested three hunters, including a woman, during routine patrol near Model Town on the Nalagarh Road last night. All three were slum-dwellers.

During search, four panther hides were seized from their possession. These will be sent to Dehradun for further investigation.

Last year, the police had arrested four persons, including two women, with panther hides and claws.

Certain slum-dwellers in Kalka, Pinjore and surrounding areas are reportedly involved in the illicit trade of selling panther hide.

They hunt the wild animal and sell its hide at a hefty price. 



Woman run over by bus
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 19
Monika, a 24-year-old Baltana resident, died after she was crushed under the tyres of a bus here today.Police sources said Monika had come to visit her in-laws’ in the town.

The mishap took place when the Haryana Roadways bus in which she was travelling took a turn to enter the bus station and the victim, who was standing near the door to alight, fell off. The victim was crushed under the wheels of the bus.

She was taken to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

The police has registered a case and started further investigations.



Court summons Sonia Gandhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Acting on a petition filed by an advocate, a lower court today issued summons to Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA. The next date of hearing of the case is April 7.The petitioner, Arvind Thakur, raised the issue of price hike in basic amenities. He contended that the UPA had failed miserably to contain the hike in prices of basic commodities required for livelihood.

He also sought court directions to the government to reduce prices. The petitioner demanded that the fundamental rights of the common man be protected.

“Prices of certain commodities have increased by 100 per cent in the recent past. It has become difficult for the common man to survive,” said Thakur.



3 bookies arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 19
The local police claimed to have busted a betting racket in Sector 10 with the arrest of three bookies here yesterday evening.The sleuths also recovered Rs 36,020 in cash and 13 mobile phones from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off that some persons were engaged in a betting racket over the ODI between Indian and South Africa, the sleuths led by inspector Kamaljit Singh raided house No. 975 in Sector 10 and arrested the accused.

The accused have been identified as Munish Sahni and Navin Kumar, both residents of Sector 10, and Jitender, a resident of Mani Majra.

A case has been registered against them under the Gambling Act at the the police station-5. 



Shopkeeper held for selling duplicate bags
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 19
A Baltana-based shopkeeper was arrested by the police for selling duplicate bags of a Tamil Nadu-based company, Fasttrack, here today.The accused has been identified as Shamshad, owner of Shamshad Bag House.

The investigating officer said Gaurav Tiwari, a field officer of the company, had filed a complaint against Shamshad. A raid was conducted on Shamshad’s shop and 35 duplicates bags using company’s logo were recovered.

The investigating officer said a case under Section 420 of the IPC and the Copyright Act had been registered against the shopkeeper.



Advocate booked

Chandigarh, January 19
The police has booked advocate Arvind Thakur in a case under Section 188 of the IPC (disobedience of order by magistrate) after he went to the district courts last month carrying live cartridges.

The advocate was attempting a ‘sting operation’, exposing the ‘lackadaisical’ security measures at the courts. The action by the advocate had raised a storm among lawyers, who subsequently expelled the advocate from the District Bar Association by passing a unanimous resolution.

Advocate Arvind Thakur, in a bid to expose ‘chinks’ in the security of the district courts, walked into the retiring room of District and Sessions Judge SK Goel with live cartridges in his pocket on December 20 and subsequently, told mediapersons about it. — TNS



Rabiya clinches women’s golf title
Our Golf Correspondent

Rabiya Gill at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday
Rabiya Gill at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, January 19
Eighteen-year-old Rabiya Gill clinched the Chandigarh Ladies Golf Championship trophy finishing with a two-day gross score of 164 in the two-day tournament that concluded on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Trailing the leader by five strokes at 169 was Jaipreet Ghuman who finished runner-up. The Challenge Cup in the (0-12 nett) was won by Pauline JM Singh who had a score of 151.

Dimple Minocha lifted the Bawa Gill Trophy (13-24) finishing with a gross score of 172 with S.Ratia finishing 10 strokes behind at 182.

Neelu Chopra emerged triumphant in the 0-36 nett competition with a nett score of 140 to lift the Challenge Bowl, Dimple Minocha finished second at 146.

Dalbir Sahi won the Super Seniors' Trophy with Neelu Chopra taking home the Seniors' Trophy.Gurbrinder Johl was nearest to the pin. 



Gujarat muster 283 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Gujarat strengthened their position by taking vital first innings lead of 50 runs against Punjab on the second day of the final match of the Cooch Behar Elite Trophy at Valsad.

Replying to Punjab’s first innings total of 233 (all out), Gujarat were at 283 for 8 in 114 overs at the close of the day. The fruitful partnership of 85 runs between AA Barot and MD Patel (54) provided solidarity to the team at the initial stage. The team had another crucial 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket, stitched by Abhishek P (66) and Barot (54).

For Punjab, Gurkirat Singh claimed 4 for 77 followed by Sandeep Sharma (2 for 54) and Gurinder Singh (2 for 71).


Punjab (first innings): 233 all out in 73 overs (Manan Vohra 39, Ankit Pursharthy 17, Pargat Singh 41, Mandeep Singh 42, Mohit Handa 22, Sandeep Sharma 31 n o, R B Kalaria 3 for 76, K D Patel 3 for 67 and AR Patel 2 for 24).

Gujarat (first innings): 283 for 8 in 114 overs (Abhishek P 66, A A Barot 54, MD Patel 54, Gurkirat Singh 4 for 77, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 54 and Gurinder Singh 2 for 71).



Korfball championship starts today

Chandigarh, January 19
Panjab University will be hosting All-India Inter University Korfball Championship for the session 2010-11, starting from tomorrow at Panjab University Grounds, here.About 300 players from 20 universities across the country will be participating in the three-day championship.

Professor Bhupinder Singh Brar, Dean, University Instructions, Panjab University, will inaugurate the championship. — TNS



Five local lads picked up for Arsenal India camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
The organisers of ‘Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Re Stars’ picked up five local soccer players for their Arsenal India camp after their two-day event in the city here today.The names of the selected players are Timohi, Arjit, Daniel, Gursimran and Anuj Yadav. Timohi, Arjit, Daniel and Gursimran are trainee of the state-run Chandigarh Football Academy at Sector 42 while Yadav studies at St Soldier’s School, Sector 28.

The camp will be held at Kolkata, where the coaches from Arsenal (England) will come and impart training to the players. From the camp, a 20-member team will be selected, which will go to Arsenal for a 20-day training. After that the team will also participate in a tournament, where various teams from across the world will vie for top honours.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, former Indian captain Harjinder Singh, presently the coach at the academy, termed it a very big opportunity for young players. “I am sure that my boys will secure their ticket for Arsenal. They are very dedicated, disciplined, committed and talented. Selection of four players from the academy is very big boost for other players here,” said the elated coach. Notably, Timohi, Arjit, Daniel and Gursimran have already part of India’s under-16 camp. 



Govt model school bag top honours

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 36, lifted the top honours after thrashing St John’s High School team 5-0 in the Arsenal Tata Tea Jaago Soccer Stars Competition that concluded at Football Stadium, Sector 17, here, today.

The team rode high on two goals each by Daniel and Arjit, whereas Samuel struck one goal to make the team champions in the event. Daniel was also declared the ‘best scorer’ in the tourney. All members of the winning squad are trainees at Chandigarh Football Academy, Sector 42.

Now the team will move to Shillong to play final round of the event, where all top teams from their respective states will participate. The round will take place in April. 



DAV sail into quarterfinals

Chandigarh, January 19
DAV School, Sector 8, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, sailed in to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Cremica Cup-2011 Inter-school (U-19) Cricket Tournament, here today. While DAV-8 beat Sain Dass of ASC Secondary School, Jalandhar by 17 runs, the DAV-15 team drubbed Government Senior Secondary Model School, Punjab Agriculture Univeristy, Ludhiana, by 9 wickets in the pre-quarters matches, being held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, grounds today.

Earlier, in the first match, DAV-8 batted first and made 153 all out in 20 overs. The main contributors were Kulbir Singh (49), Sumith Hooda (27) and Shahbaz Ali (25).

In reply, Sain Dass team were bundled at 136 in just 19.2 overs. Rakesh proved as wrecker-in-chief with 4 for 21.

Brief score: DAV Sector 8, Chandigarh: 153 all out in 20 overs, (Kulbir Singh 49, Sumith Hooda 27, Shahbaz Ali 25, Arun Chouhan 5 for 23, Yogesh Kumar 2 for 18, Tajinder Singh 2 for 27). Sain Dass of ASC Secondary School: 136 all out in 19.2 overs (Gourav Vij 43, Kartik Vaid 20, Rakesh 4 for 21, Akshay 2 for 24, Aman Bharti 2 for 24).

In the second match, Ludhiana team were sent back to pavilion on just 92 in 17 overs. DAV-15 took just 8.1 overs to hit 97 for 1 and win the match.

PAU, Ludhiana: 92 all out in 17 overs (Nipon Dogra 24, Harman Sandhu 3 for 14, Rishu Chopra 3 for 15, Farman 1 for 25); DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Chandigarh: 97 for 1 wicket in 8.1 overs (Sachit Nayyar 54, Harman 38, Inderjit 1 for 18). — TNS



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