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Meenu, Mandeep shine in quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 5
Research in various fields should be nature friendly and its result should be for the betterment of mankind and society. Dr Tarlok Singh Benipal, head of applied chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, stated this while speaking on a seminar sponsored by the UGC to celebrate the international chemistry day at Mata Gujri College.

Benipal further said sustainable development was only possible with social and economical equality in society.

A debate and quiz competition were also organised, wherein students from different colleges participated.

Teams of Mata Gujri College and Modi College, Patiala, got the first and second positions, respectively, and in quiz competition, Meenu Kajla and Mandeep Kaur of MG College secured the first and second position. In debate, Upneet Kaur, Parampreet Kaur, Amandeep and Navdeep Kaur of Mata Gujri College were declared winners.



Bassi Pathana gets sub-treasury office

Bassi Pathana, March 5
The state government has issued instructions to the district treasury officer to start a sub-treasury office in the Bassi Pathana sub-division from April 1.Consumer forum president Kirpal Singh Sethi said he along with district president Jagdeep Singh Cheema had called upon the minister concerned and urged him to start the sub-treasury office. The minister directed the district treasury officer to take measures in this regard. An official communication was received by the DTO office recently.

Local residents, particularly employees, pensioners and others, had been demanding the setting up of a treasury office in the sub-division as they had to face difficulty in matters related to treasury. For this, they had to travel to Fatehgarh Sahib.

Though the Congress regime had sanctioned a sub-treasury and allotted furniture, computer and other infrastructure for the sub-treasury office, lack of initiative on the part of officials had caused the delay. — OC



Protest over discharge of sewage into temple pond
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, March 5
Local residents yesterday protested the discharge of sewage in the “sarovar” of the historic Pracheen Ram Temple here. The devotees alleged that they had to face difficulty entering the temple as the sewage had started flowing on to the temple premises and damaging its boundary wall besides the garden.

The devotees led by managing committee members staged a protest and raised slogans against the municipal council authorities.

Committee president Surjit Singla alleged that the council had been discharging the sewage into the temple pond.

Their representations to the higher authorities, even to the Chief Minister during his sangat darshan programme here, had fallen on deaf ears, they alleged. He said the situation had come to such a pass that the sewage had begun entering the temple premises.

The devotees threatened to start a mass agitation if the council failed to prevent the flow of sewage into the pond.

The council president said they had urged the Chief Minister to sanction funds to make alternative arrangements in this regard.

They would raise the issue with the higher authorities again and the council would initiate steps on a priority basis, he added.



Man convicted of murder

Chandigarh, March 5
The Court of District and Sessions Judge SK Goel today convicted an accused of the murder of a Dhanas resident in 2008. The court held Nizammudin guilty of murdering Angrej Singh, a Panjab University employee. The quantum of sentence will be announced on Monday.

Angrez Singh, alias Naresh Kumar Pathania, was murdered by Nizzamudin, alias Sonu, of Dhanas on February 15, 2008.

The prosecution claimed that the murder was committed as the accused wanted to have physical relationship with the victim. Nizammudin had stoned the victim to death, the police had said. However, in the court, the prosecution also stated that the murder was committed with the intention of robbing the deceased. The body of 42-year-old Pathania was found in a nullah in Dhanas. The victim’s head was bludgeoned and the body bore multiple stab injuries. — TNS



2 held for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The police has arrested two persons who were trying to con the Chandigarh Traffic Police while appearing for a driving license test in Sector 23 here today. The police arrested Surinder, who appeared in person in place of actual candidate Sonu, during the driving test.

Their mischief came to light when Surinder was asked about his father’s name before the test and he fumbled. He was then asked to show identity proof from where it came to light that he was actually appearing on behalf of Sonu. The police then also arrested Sonu from Maui Jagran.

Both the accused are working as tailors. A case of cheating has been registered in Sector 17 police station.



Man held for robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
A special team of the police control room and the Sector-31 police arrested a notorious criminal, Suraj, alias Ganju, from a checkpoint here today. The accused was wanted in a case of robbery registered two days ago.

DSP Roshan Lal of the PCR said the case was registered on the complaint of Luv Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, on Shivratri.

He had complained to the police that the accused had snatched Rs 2,000 in cash and his mobile on March 1. A case under Sections 392 and 394 of the IPC was registered at the police station-31 in this regard.

Luv Kumar identified Suraj after his arrest.

The police said the accused had been involved in several cases of robbery and theft in the area.

The accused will be produced in the court tomorrow and seek his custody.



Bhullar emerges champion
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 5
Gaganjeet Bhullar made the most of a sunny but windy day to turn the tables on rampaging Vijay Kumar of Lucknow, as he romped home his third title on the Professional Golf Tour of India on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

The event was so keenly contested that there were as many as seven major contenders on the final day. But the 22-year-old Bhullar came through, thanks to some fabulous putting on the back nine.

The Kapurthala golfer came back with a blemish-free three under back nine after being one under par 35 at the turn to clinch the Rs 40 lakh PGTI Players’ Championship title. He carded a four under par 68 for a tally of 11 under 277. This was two strokes better than Vijay Kumar, who shared the second spot with Chiragh Kumar and Shankar Das.

Vijay Kumar, who teed off four strokes behind the leading duo at the ninth slot, went on a birdie hunt and by the turn he had shot down three to be three under 33. He followed this up with an eagle on the 10th to occupy the top slot on the leader board. Bhullar birdied the 11th to restore parity.

The two shared birdies on the 13th. The Kapurthala boy picked up his final birdie of the day on the 17th, where he sank a spectacular 35-ft putt to go into the final hole with a two-hole advantage. Gaganjeet did not disappoint his fans, as he parred the last hole to clinch the title by two strokes.

Jeev Milkha Singh was the main attraction. Singh, appearing on home turf after a gap of more than 10 years, played another steady two under 70 card to finish three strokes behind the champion at 280. The golf icon, who is accustomed to playing on European and American turfs must have found the going tough, although the golf icon did not complain. Defending champion Mukesh Kumar and Himmat Singh Rai, other joint overnight leader, finished a further stroke behind in tied sixth place.

SSP Chowrasia finished in 10th at three under 285.

Noida’s Rahul Bajaj won the trophy for the best amateur score, as he was the lone amateur to make the cut. He totaled 18 over 306 and finished 51st.

Final scores: 277-Gaganjeet Bhullar (67-70-72-68); 279-Vijay Kumar (69-70-73-67), Chiragh Kumar (68-71-72-68) and Shankar Das (69-68-71-71); 280-Jeev Milkha Singh (71-70-69-70); 281-Mukesh Kumar (70-71-69-71) and Himmat Singh Rai (69-71-68-73); 283-Anura Rohana (74-71-71-67) and Shamim Khan (66-74-75-68); 285-SSP Chowrasia (69-72-73-71); 286-Abhinav Lohan (70-69-74-73); 287-Amardip Singh Malik (75-70-70-72) and Harendra P Gupta (70-72-72-73).



9 shuttlers selected

Chandigarh, March 5
The Chandigarh Badminton Association has selected nine players to represent the city in the national badminton championship (veterans) to be held at Imphal, Manipur, from March 9 to 13 here today. Senior veteran badminton player Vijay Pandit will lead the team.

Other members of the team are Ombir Saini, SP Singh (+45 age), Manmohan Sharma, Haroon Rashid, Munish Tillu, Pankaj Mittal (+35 age), K Parbhar and Mahal Chand (+55 age). — TNS



WI vs Ireland
Run fest on cards?
Deepankar Sharda

Mohali, March 5
After getting an expected outcome from the first pitch, the host, PCA, is now all set with the second pitch at the PCA grounds when West Indies will face Ireland here on March 11.

According to PCA officials, the pitch that gives better result will be preferred for the ICC-Cricket World Cup semifinal match scheduled to be held on March 30. Earlier, playing at the PCA stadium, the South African team made a good score against Netherlands and the second match between the Caribbean and Irish team is also expected to be a high-score affair.

Pitch curator Daljeet Singh hoped that the second pitch would also give the anticipated result. “The pitch on which the previous match was played had given result as per their expectations. The latest performance by the Irish team against England could make this match interesting on the second pitch” said Daljeet. He added: “Bad weather had played a spoilsport in the previous match as we had to cover the pitch for a few days before the match. But if the weather remains clear in the next few days the ball will come fast to the bat due to less moisture.”

Windies here to face the ‘Ire’

The West Indies cricket team arrived in Chandigarh on Saturday for their forthcoming clash against Ireland at the PCA Stadium. Media manager of West Indies team Philip Spooner said the team had to face the ire of Bangladesh nationals, who pelted their bus with stones, after they bowled out the hosts for a mere 57 runs. He said they had put the incident behind them and were concentrating on the upcoming match to be held on March 11.



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