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Each match will see Rs 20 crore at stake
Over 20 bookies active in tricity
Akash Ghai/TNS

Chandigarh, February 19
An estimated Rs 20 crore is expected to figure in betting in the tricity in each match played in the ICC World Cup-2011, which began in Dhaka today. Sources said over 20 bookies active in the tricity began their operations today with the opening match between India and Bangladesh.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a bookie said the betting rate was set at 1:4 in India’s favour in today’s opening match with Bangladesh. By evening, when India had piled up a formidable 370 runs at the end of 50 overs, the betting rate had touched 1:100 in India’s favour. “This is just the start and we are expecting the betting figure to cross Rs 35 crore per match during every major match involving top teams,” he added. Bookies say that the Indian team figures as a hot favourite this time and has begun with a betting rate of Rs 3. This means that a person can hope to earn Rs 3,000 for every Rs 1,000 placed on the Indian team.

“Every match would witness betting worth over Rs 20 crore here with an average business of Rs 1 crore by each local bookie,” said the source. “The amount would be increased during every big match between top teams,” he added. Giving details about the activities of this clandestine business, he said their operations were being carried out from secret places. “It could be a room in a hotel or private house/farmhouse. Sometimes we also operate while roaming in a four-wheeler. What we need is, around 10 phones, one ‘dabba’ (line from where the bookies get the rates ball to ball) and a television set,” he said. Asked about the clientele, the bookie said their main clients were big businessmen and industrialists of the area. “Besides, executives of multinational companies, college-going students, government employees and even some housewives of influential families are habitual punters,” he said. In Punjab, the figure was estimated at a whopping Rs 200 crore per match, he added.

Raking in money

One can well imagine the money raked in by those running the racket. For instance, the person who calls out speculation rates for each ball on ‘dabba’ (the main line, from where the betting rates are announced), reportedly gets Rs 5 lakh per match which is of an average duration of about eight hours.

Indian team favourite

The ‘Men in Blue’ are at present the hot favourite of the cricket bookies in this edition of ICC World Cup with a betting rate of Rs 3 at the beginning of the match at Dhaka today. Sri Lanka figures at the second place with a rate of Rs 4 whereas South Africa and Australia jointly figure in the third slot with a rate of Rs 5 each. Pakistan figures on the fifth place at Rs 7 after England, which has a betting rate of Rs 5.50. The remaining teams are being bet at Rs 10.

Betting on session

In the tricity, most of the bookies accept bets on either a match or on the basis of a session. “Though we get the rates of speculation ball by ball, here the bets are being put on a session basis,” a bookie stated.

New punters

Bookies accept the bets of punters who are known to them or contact through their clients. “From first timers, we take the bet money in advance,” a bookie said.

Cash delivery

If one wins, the delivery of the winning amount takes place the very next day. “We are told to reach at a certain point to collect the money from someone. We have never got cheated in this business,” said a local hotelier, who is a habitual punter.

True prediction

In the last World Cup, the bookies had predicted the win of Australia with its set rate of Rs 2.50. The Tribune had reported this on March 14, 2007, a day after the ICC World Cup-2007 began in West Indies. Australia won the championship then.



City rides high on India win
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 19
The dazzling knocks by both Vs (Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli) of Team India and a brilliant spell by Munaf Patel in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Championship gave cricket buffs every reason to celebrate the occasion. At hotels and pubs across the city, they could be seen rejoicing after India won against Bangladesh.

Some danced and whistled to every stroke that drew the Indian squad closer to the win.

Hotels and restaurants had made special arrangements to cash in on the opportunity. The mammoth total of 370 by Team India while batting first almost ensured the victory, leading many enthusiasts to gather at the happening places in the city.

“We knew we would win today. So, we immediately called up our friends at a hotel to celebrate the journey,” said Tajinder Pal Singh while enjoying his beer with his family and friends at a hotel in Sector 35.

Similarly, Shalini Bhargava, who was in the city from Delhi to meet her family, took them out for a party after India’s win.

“Though Bangladesh was comparatively a weak team, being the opening match, today’s tie was very important. Now, we have a win and it’s time to celebrate,” said Bhargava, who went to a club with her parents and siblings to watch the final proceedings of the match on a big screen there. Stadiums were empty as city cricket players did not want to miss out on any action. “I go for practice everyday in the stadium after school, but today it was a holiday as I wanted to watch the first match of the tournament,” said 10-year-old cricket trainee Gurmeet Singh. Cricket experts were seen making predications sitting in front of television sets.

“Bangladesh will give a tough fight to India as both teams are aware of the wicket and after setting a tough target, the visitors should take early wickets of the host team so that they could win with a good margin which would help them attain good points in the league stage,” said Girish Bhanot, a former Haryana Ranji trophy player.



DAV College student thrashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Security at educational institutions in the city came under the scanner once again when Mandeep Singh, a second-year student of DAV College, Sector 10, was allegedly thrashed by a group of youths outside the college gates today.

According to a complaint filed by Mandeep, he was standing outside the college gate at around 1.30 pm when about 10 boys attacked him and snatched his mobile. He identified two of the accused as Parveen Kumar and Lawrence Bishnoi who, along with their unidentified accomplices, have been booked under Sections 147, 148, 149, 506 and 382 of the IPC.

While onlookers claimed that Mandeep was even stabbed, DSP Jaswant Khera denied it.

When contacted, principal BC Josan claimed that it was just a heated argument and the police was blowing the matter out of proportion. “It was nothing major, but the usual heated arguments among students who might have exchanged one or two slaps. We never called the police. It came on its own. The police is blowing the matter out of proportion to gain importance,” he said.

Two days ago, a similar brawl had resulted in mayhem at the GSSS, Sector 45, where a group of outsiders not only stabbed a class XI boy, but also damaged school property and injured three teachers who tried to intervene.



One dies of swine flu in Banur
Tribune News Service

Banur, February 19
A newly wed man from Nalini village in Fatehgarh Sahib died of swine flu at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital here today. The deceased, 30-year-old Kulwinder Singh had got married four

months ago. District Health Officer (DHO), Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr Ramneek Kaur said Kulwinder was referred to a private hospital in Banur on Monday after his condition deteriorated at the Civil Hospital in Bassi Pathana. He had also been suffering from acute asthma for the past some time, doctors said.

The DHO, Patiala, Dr Bhupinder Singh, said he was informed about the

patient yesterday and blood samples were collected immediately. The samples were sent to a laboratory in Delhi and the report was received last evening. “The authorities of Gian Sagar hospital informed me at around 9 am today that the patient had died,” he said. The health authorities in Fatehgarh Sahib had been informed and the deceased’s family members and friends would be quarantined. The attendants of the patient at Gian Sagar hospital had also been given preventive medicines. 



4 killed, 6 hurt in accidents
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 19
Four persons were killed while six others were injured in separate accidents on the Barwala-Panchkula National Highway-73 and the Panchkula-Pinjore National Highway-22 since late last night. The two “killer stretches” have already claimed around 80 lives in the past two years.

In the first incident, three persons riding a motorcycle were run over by a truck (HP 12A 6442) near the Nadda Sahib Gurdwara on the National Highway-73. The three were declared brought dead at the General Hospital, Sector 6.

The victims, who were employed at Parabolic Drugs Ltd, Dera Bassi, have been identified as Sunil (42), a resident of Kot village, near Barwala; Nizammudin (35), a native of Assam and a resident of Sundran village, near Mubarikpur, Dera Bassi; and Vikramjit Singh (28), a resident of Alipur, near Barwala. The victims’ bodies were handed over to their families after a post-mortem examination.

According to the police, the three victims had gone to attend the marriage of their colleague in Sector 24, Chandigarh, and were returning home when the mishap took place.

The truck driver, Kewal, was also injured in the accident after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed it into a nearby hillock.

In the second incident, a woman was killed and six others, including four women, were seriously injured in a road accident near the HMT, Pinjore, this morning.

The incident took place when a private bus (HP 12 B 6361) carrying workers of Vardhman Company collided head-on with a Haryana Roadways bus (HR 68 7240), resulting in multiple injuries to six persons.

The injured, who have been identified as Rita, Arti, Pooja, Shankutla Paramjit Kaur, Punjab Singh and Haryana Roadways’ bus driver Karan Singh, were taken to a private hospital from where they were shifted to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Rita, who was seriously injured in the accident, was further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The Chandi Mandir police has registered a case against the truck driver, Kewal Singh, a resident of Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh. The police was investigating the second case.

The Causes

The absence of streetlights at the Morni T-point, near Nadda Sahib Gurdwara, on the National Highway-73 has been stated as the reason behind the accident. Similarly, the road was blocked at various places on the 10-km stretch of the Panchkula-Pinjore National Highway-22 due to the four-laning of the road.



Murder Case
Complainant seeks CBI inquiry
Accuses police of irregularities
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
Just about a month after Punjab MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu was accused of maneuvering the probe in a murder case, the victim’s son and complainant has demanded a CBI probe on the ground of irregularities by the police. At least six instances of alleged irregularities have been pointed out in the plea.

In his application filed through his counsel Charanjit Singh Bakhshi, complainant Harjinder Singh has alleged that his father was brutally murdered by Amarjit Singh, alias Jeeti, real bother of MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu.

Alleging blatant illegalities by the police, he added though prime accused Dilwar Singh was arrested on December 24, 2010, the weapon used during the occurrence had not been recovered till date.

“Surprisingly, the police did not even take his remand for a single day. Therefore, no custodial interrogation of Dilwar Singh was conducted. The police simply sought his judicial remand and so, the local police has conducted no investigation vis-à-vis the role of an arrested person,” the petitioner alleged.

The weapon, belonging to accused Kulwant Singh, that was recovered on December 24, 2010, has till date not been sent to the ballistic laboratory. Even the “empties” recovered from the spot have not been sent to the laboratory for examination. “The gross irregularity is been blatantly committed to demolish the case of the petitioner as stated in the FIR,” he added.

The investigation is standstill with a clear intent that the challan against the accused already arrested is not put to court within 90 days from their arrest so that they can be granted the benefit of bail from the court.

Moreover, in absolute abuse of the process of law and in order to make a counter version, Dilwar Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, with alleged gunshot injuries. These injuries are patently self-inflicted and this fact is clearly borne out from a bare perusal of the examination of the doctor at Fortis.

“The malafides of the police is apparent from the fact that till date the police has not recorded the statements of eye-witnesses. On the other hand, the petitioner is been told by reliable sources that the statements of his witnesses have been fabricated by the police on the police file simply to favor the accused, the complainant alleged.

The case will now come up for hearing on March 3 before Justice Ritu Bahri.

Weapon not recovered

Alleging blatant illegalities by the police, the complainant said though prime accused Dilwar Singh was arrested on December 24, 2010, the weapon used during the occurrence had not been recovered till date. “Surprisingly, the police did not even take his remand for a single day. Therefore, no custodial interrogation of Dilwar Singh was conducted. The police sought his judicial remand and so, the local police conducted no investigation vis-à-vis the role of an arrested person,” the complainant added.



Procedures for pain relief demonstrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
On the first day of the annual national conference of the Indian Society for the Study of Pain, a live demonstration of various blocks and procedures for relief of pain was held in the operation theatre and was relayed to the Bhargava Auditorium at the PGI here yesterday.

The procedures demonstrated included cervical and lumbar nucleoplasty, transforaminal and facet joint injection for back pain, satellite ganglion block for neuropathic pain in the upper limb and gasserian ganglion block for trigeminal neuralgia.

A session on managing acute pain situations was held in which Dr Kumar Belani from Minnesota discussed establishing and managing an acute postoperative pain service. Dr Krishna Boddu from Houston discussed the pain management in wound care. Dr Rasesh Diwan talked about managing pain in patients of major trauma and Dr Pradeep Jain discussed evidence-based pain management. Dr Achim Luth, an orthopaedic surgeon from Germany, talked in detail about nucleoplasty and tumour ablation in the spine.

In another session on acute pain therapeutics, Dr Nalini Vadivelu from Yale University discussed use of new drugs for managing postoperative pain.

In the evening, the conference was inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh.



Seminar on cultural diversity inaugurated at Law Bhavan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The inaugural function of 5th International seminar on celebrating cultural diversity was held at the Law Bhawan, sector 37, today. The function saw the participation of 250 delegates of the World Organisation of Student and Youth (WOSY). The Principal Secretary (finance) of the Haryana Government Sunil Gualti was the chief guest of inaugural function. He was accompanied by the Deputy Speaker of Punjab, Satpal Gosain, and National organising secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Sunil Ambekar.

The speakers focused on the issues of unity in cultural diversity along with the responsibilities of individuals to enhance the brotherhood and the moral values. A paper presentation was also held at the English auditorium where delegates from different countries discussed how cultural diversity could be a factor of better quality of life.

Sirijitti Panngoen from Thiland expressed the similarity between Indian and Thai culture and emphasised on the importance of moral and cultural ethics to spread fraternity among youth of different culture in the world.



Rally held to spread awareness about social issues

Chandigarh, February 19
Volunteers participating in the National Integration and Youth Leadership Training camp organised a rally to create awareness about communal harmony, peace and national integration here today.

The rally was flagged off by Nek Chand, the Creator of Rock Garden, and Hirdaipal, director Youth Services, Punjab jointly, from the Rock Garden.

Dressed like legendary youth Icon Shaheed Bhagat Singh, participants were carrying lighted torches and marched towards the Sukhna Lake forming a human chain. The march ended at the regulator end of the Lake.

They highlighted the menace of drug-abuse in the society and exhorted the youth to shun this habit. — TNS



Panjab University alumni relive the good-old times
Character building has ‘taken a backseat’ at educational institutes
Neha Miglani/TNS

Alumni and faculty attend the first-ever university-level alumni meet on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Alumni and faculty attend the first-ever university-level alumni meet on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, February 19
“There is a drastic change in moral values, as character building, the most important competent of education, is no longer a priority of education institutes,” said Major Gen MS Kandal, who completed his matriculation at Panjab University (Lahore) in 1946.

On the difference between Panjab University of four decades ago and now, most elderly alumni today replied that it was the loss of values and ethics that disappointed them.

“We used to worship our teachers and in 1978, when I met my teacher who taught me, I bowed down to touch his feet even as I enjoyed an important position. Not that the students are at fault. Character building as part of education is missing nowadays. Unfortunately, there is more emphasis on accumulating wealth and on getting degrees,” said Kandal.

Hinting at inculcating spiritual education as part of the mainstream course work, Kandal, who was among the oldest alumni honoured today, said: “The sense of spirituality is also lost. We don’t talk of it. Nor do we realise how important it is to include spirituality in our curriculum in some form or the other. Certain others do not take it as a service to the soul but as profession now.”

He was a speaker at a panel discussion held at the university auditorium to mark the PU’s first-ever university-level alumni meet.

The panel discussion on “Made for each other: Alumni and Alma Mater” was coordinated by BS Brar, PU Dean (University Instructions). The other speakers included Arun Arora, PS Sahai and Sukhdev Kumar.

They stressed the need for alumni to work in tandem with the alma mater for strengthening the infrastructural support and improvement of education, ethical values and student recruitment.



PU’s oldest alumni visit campus

Two alumni of Panjab University reflect back on the old times during the meet.
Two alumni of Panjab University reflect back on the old times during the meet. Tribune photo: S. Chandan 

Kuldeep Kaur (86), a Mohali resident and among the oldest alumni of PU, present at the alumni meet today said she fondly remembered the days when she completed her matriculation at Lahore. “I retired in 1985 as a professor from Punjabi University, Patiala. The proudest moments were when my daughter also sought admission to the English department in this university.”

Sobti honours his father

Hoots and cheers followed as the PU VC RC Sobti today honoured his father, SD Sobti, who was an PU alumnus of 1946 batch. Sobti was spotted touching his father’s feet after presenting him with a souvenir.

‘Publicise the meet’

Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, who is also a PU alumnus, today said the university could have publicised the alumni meet in a better way. Delivering the inaugural address at PU’s first-ever university-level alumni meet at the university auditorium today, he said the message of such a reunion must reach out to PU alumni everywhere through advertisements and other means.

Those were the days...

Irshad Kamil, the award-winning lyricist for “Love Aaj Kal”, “Jab We Met”, etc. and an alumnus of Department of Hindi, PU, today fondly remembered his university days. “I used to come to the university often to relieve myself of stress of the profession. I loved the open grounds on the campus and used to sit at a secluded place to pen down my thoughts.” Kamil donated Rs 70,000 towards the upgrade of the Hindi department library today.

Emotions run high

A majority of pass-outs of Panjab University at Lahore, before India’s partition, were spotted in a nostalgic mood. Kulwant Singh, Gurdev Singh and Dr Kanwar, all of 1947 batch of Panjab University, were seen sharing experiences about the PU in their days. “There is no better place to serve than the PU,” said Gurdev Singh, an alumni of the same batch.

Looking for batch-mates!

The inter-department alumni meet today evoked curiosity among several alumni to meet their batch-mates with whom they lost contact decades ago. Ashok Gupta, a PU alumnus who passed out of the university in 1968, was seen searching his batch-mates. “I have requested my department to provide me with the list of all my batch-mates, so that I can get in touch with all of them,” said Gupta.

Meet with a difference

Clad in the popular dresses worn in 1960s and 1970s, the students of School of Communication Studies, today entertained the alumni with a unique theme based on the dressing style of yesteryear. A documentary, ‘Safar’, prepared by the department students was also screened. said Gupta.

Departments, too, join in

Inviting its alumni for interaction with the present batch of students, the Department of Public Administration, PU, organised a panel discussion on “Facets of Theory and Practice of Public Administration” in association with IIPA Regional Branch, Punjab and Chandigarh (UT), Chandigarh.

Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, PU, organised an interaction of its research scholars with educationists from various disciplines. Karam Singh Raju, a former IAS officer, SS Bhatti, former principal, Government Architecture College, and Dr Sneh, Associate Professor and head of the department of dance, Postgraduate Government College, Sector 42, and Harinder Garcha, head of Punjabi department, DAV College, Garhshankar, shared their past and present experiences.

University Institute of Legal Studies, PU, organised its first alumni meet in the department to felicitate the students of its first two batches. The department chairperson said even as the UILS was incepted in 2004, it already had a rich alumni base. — TNS



Hall of fame soon
Neha Miglani/TNS

Chandigarh, February 19
Panjab University may soon have a hall of fame at its alumni house with portraits of illustrious alumni placed on its walls. The alumni association of the PU, headed by VC RC Sobti, will initially shortlist portraits of six to seven alumni and the gallery would be upgraded gradually.

“Drawing inspiration from the success of the university-level alumni meet held today, we are planning some proposals and the hall of fame is one of them. There is a proposal of a gallery at the alumni house where portraits of eminent alumni like Dr Manmohan Singh, Kapil Sibal, etc. would be put up,” said Bhupinder Singh Bhoop, PU Dean, Alumni Relations. The association is also expanding the base of its patron members and the most recent addition has been Union Minister Kumari Selja, who consented to be one of the members a few days ago, said officials. “We have received messages from the Prime Minister, Yash Chopra, eminent novelist from Somalia Noorudein Farah for the alumni meet since they could not attend the meet this year. We are also making stalwarts in various fields as patron members,” said Bhoop. Close to 600 alumni of the 1970 batch and previous batches attended the first-ever university-level alumni meet and separate department-level meet was held in all teaching departments.

Expanding base

From 2,800 members two years ago, the alumni association of the PU now has nearly 4,700 members. During the preparations of the first-ever university-level alumni meet at the PU, nearly 250 new members joined the association in a span of a few days.



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