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12 cotton spinning mills hold strike in Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 23
Following the national-level call given by the Confederation of Indian Textile Industries (CITI), which is a federation of regional associations, most cotton spinning mills in Dera Bassi and Lalru remained closed to protest against government policies.

The Northern India Textile Mills Association was leading the protest in this region. State chairman of the association Hardyal Singh Cheema and coordinator JN Vohra claimed that more than 70 mills of the region located in Ludhiana, Samana, Dera Bassi and Lalru belt of Punjab and Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh belt of Himachal Pradesh remained closed as a part of nationwide protest of spinning mills against government policies.

Industrial association leaders said more than 10 million kg of yarn production was lost today throughout the country due to this protest. This protest would cause a loss to the tune of Rs 200 crore to the industry.

The leaders said the government had withdrawn the ‘draw back incentive’ on export of yarns along with the facility of Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) facility.

Besides, the government had put a sealing of 750 million kg for yarn exports, they added. As a result many yarn manufacturers lost their committed buyers who had now shifted their purchases to other countries. Moreover, the government has put an excise duty of 10.33 per cent on branded garments.

As per the decision of the CITI the mills would now curtail their production to 33 per cent for a week by running only one shift. Situation would be reviewed after a week for further action of protest, said industrial association leaders.



class XII results
Girls outshine boys in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Jubilation Students celebrate their success after announcement of the CBSE class XII results in Patiala on Monday
Students celebrate their success after announcement of the CBSE class XII results in Patiala on Monday. Tribune photo Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, May 23
Girls once again outshone boys in the class XII result of the CBSE that was declared this morning. In DAV School, a total of 185 students appeared in the exam. The pass percentage of the school is 97.85 per cent. In commerce stream, Ojassvi Rishi (93.3%), Anupreet Tiwana (88.2%) and Ramneet Singh were first, second and third, respectively.

In non-medical, Joycee Khanna (93.6%) topped the school whereas Pahulpreet Singh (93%) and Sahil Garg (90%) stood second and third. In medical stream, Aastha Mahajan (90.2%) was first, Pooja Goel (89.4%) stood second and Akshay Goyal, Renu Gupta, Shweta Yadav were bracketed third with 84.2 per cent.

In Guru Nanak Foundation School, Ginni Garg topped the school with 93.8 per cent. Harneet Kaur and Sachpreet Kaur were second and third with 91.2 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively.

In Buddha Dal School, Chesta Chawla (96%), Himanshki (95.6%) and Parul (94.6%) stood first, second and third, respectively, in commerce. In medical stream, Amandeep Kaur and Aanchal Aggarwal were first and second with 91 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively. In non-medical stream, Keshav Kumar (92.8%), Supreet Singh (91.6%) and Asis (91.4%) were first, second and third. In humanities, Ishwani (83.4%) was first and Navneet Kaur stood second with 82.4 per cent.

In Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Patiala, Ankita Garg (90%), Sunmeet Kaur (89.4%) and Udhayveer Singh Grewal (88.2%) were the top scorers in the medical stream. Jasneet Kaur got the first position in commerce with 89.4 per cent and Neha Singla was second with 85.4 per cent.

In Bhupindra International Public School, Siddharth Chopra from medical stream topped the medical batch, scoring 89.4 per cent. In Apollo School, Kirat Dhanoa scored 92.5 per cent to top non-medical stream.



Ropar schools come out with flying colours
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 23
Schools at Ropar have come out with flying colours in the CBSE results declared today. Overall result of Shiwalik Public School, Ropar, is 96 per cent. In non-medical stream Vishakha stood first with 91.2 per cent, Jaswinder Kaur bagged second position with 89 per cent while Urmila Chakraborty scored 88.4 per cent to secure third position in the school.

In medical stream Joel D Masih stood first with 88 per cent, Harleen Kaur stood second with 87.8 per cent and Harleen Kaur Chadha stood third with 83.8 per cent.

In commerce stream Panika Jain stood first securing 90.2 per cent, Iesha stood second with 88.6 per cent and Navjot Kaur stood third with 82 per cent.

Abhishek Taluja of Netaji Model School bagged first position in the school securing 96 per cent, while Kunal Chawla grabbed second position with 92.8 per cent and Jaspreet Singh got third position with 91 per cent.

Overall result of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA) is 91 per cent. Parneet Kaur (91.2%) bagged first position, Upinder Singh and Shivam Gupta bagged the second position scoring 86.8 per cent and Navdeep Singh bagged third position by scoring 80.2 per cent.



Rajeev, Tushar score 96 pc
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 23
Various public schools of Ambala performed well in class XII examination of the CBSE, result of which was declared today. Rajeev, a student of Police DAV Public School, got 96 per cent in science stream while Pankaj Joshi bagged 92%. Shradha stood third with 91.6% Principal Vikas Kohli said all the students who appeared in the examination achieved success.

As many as 12 students of PKR Jain Public School achieved merit. Tushar Makkar of the non-medical stream secured 96 per cent while Apoorva Rana got 94.6 per cent. Dipali Garg and Mandeep achieved 92.2 per cent. Niharika got 93.4 per cent in commerce stream.

Vaishali of SA Jain Model School secured 94 per cent in the non-medical while Hiteshita got 93.4 per cent. Principal of the school Anita Mehta said all the students who had appeared in the examination got success.

Chirag, a student of Murlidhar DAV Public School, bagged 94.4 per cent in science stream while Samarth Anand got 94 per cent. In commerce stream Ritika Sethi secured 93.6 per cent.

Swati Kansal, a student of Convent of Jesus Mary, got 94 per cent. Sheena of Lord Mahavir Public School stood first in school by securing 85 per cent in commerce stream while Sumit got 84.2 per cent in non-medical stream.



94 donate blood at DAV school
Tribune News Service

For a noble cause Volunteers donate blood during a blood donation camp at DAV Public School in Patiala on Monday
For a noble cause
Volunteers donate blood during a blood donation camp at DAV Public School in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, May 23
To commemorate 125th year of DAV Movement today, Arya Yuva Samaj of DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, Patiala, in collaboration with the department of transfusion medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, today organised second blood donation camp on its premises. This camp got overwhelming response. About 94 parents and teachers donated blood.

Vijay Kumar, regional director, DAV Public Schools, Patiala and Ferozepur zone, inaugurated the camp. This camp was conducted under the supervision of 12-member team, headed by Dr Usha Rao from the PGI, Chandigarh, along with Dr Anita and Dr Satya Prakash.

Social worker Pardeep also accompanied the team. Satpal Bansal, who had donated blood several times, put extra efforts in organising this camp. Mohan Lal Sharma, principal of DAV Public School, Samana, Manoj Sharma, principal of DAV Public School, Charnathal, Manjula Sehgal, principal of DAV Public School, Nabha, Sunita Sharma, principal of DAV Public School, Patran, Pankaj Kaushik, principal of DAV Public School, Kularan, Yashpal Sharma and Dr Ramesh Puri, LMC members, were also present.



3 students hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 23
Three students were injured in a group clash near Malkpur village today. Twelve assailants armed with sharp edged weapons attacked the other group of students this afternoon. The injured students alleged that the assailants also fired three air shots. As per reports the clash took place due to old enmity.

The injured included Vishal, a student of diploma course in a local college, Praveen Rana, a pass out of the same college, and Gurjit Singh, a student of ITI, Lalru. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

The victims said they were returning to Lalru on their bike when they were intercepted near Malakpur village by two persons in a car around 12.30 pm. “We were attacked with sharp edged weapons. Two of the assailants were armed with pistols who fired three shots in the air. Hearing the shots, villagers assembled on the spot, following which assailants fled from the scene,” said a victim. The injured said they could recognise six of the assailants who hailed from Lalru. The SHO, Lalru, confirmed that some students were injured during the clash but denied the firing incident.



Violence at dist courts
HC issues contempt notice to 14 lawyers
Police, Bar association also draw flak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Taking cognizance of a report submitted by the Registrar (Vigilance) in the district courts violence case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to 14 district court advocates, asking them to show cause why criminal contempt of court proceedings not be initiated against them.

The Bench of Justice SK Mittal and Justice Jora Singh stated: “Show cause notice to all advocates whose names have been mentioned in the report to explain why criminal contempt proceedings be not initiated against them for July 5.”

The incident took place on May 14 when Ram Karan, a police constable deployed as naib court in the district courts, sustained injuries in the incident.

The report says: “The advocates, who were in the forefront during the entire incident, misbehaving with the presiding officer and addressing him in an arrogant manner, have been identified by Parinder Singh, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), his staff and other eyewitnesses as Ashok Chauhan, Ajay Sood, Harinder Singh Thakur, Malkit Singh Jandiala, Baljeet Singh, Munish Dewan, Gagan Aggarwal, Jagtar Singh, Satinder Singh, Munish Chaudhary, Satinder Basia, Gaurav Kathuria, Parminder Singh and Vipin Negi.”

The report goes on to say that the witnesses have also named Surinder Thakur, brother of Harinder Thakur, as being actively involved in creating a scene in the court.

Virtually indicting the police for moving about in “slow motion”, the report says: The UT Administration and the police did not respond promptly to the situation and in a professional, responsible manner.

“The intimation of the incident was given to the police control room at about 11.15 am. The incident continued for 100 minutes. During the period no senior police officer came to the spot.”

Dissatisfied with the way the bar association handled the situation, the report says: “Office-bearers also failed in the discharge of their duties to play a responsible role during the entire incident. The lawyers who actually participated in the incident were youngsters and there was no office-bearer of the bar to guide and advise them.”



Police let situation go out of hand: Report
Functioning of ASP Desh Raj also under scanner
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The report submitted by the Registrar (vigilance) in the district courts violence case clearly holds the Chandigarh Police responsible for letting the situation go out of hand. The report also brings under the High Court scanner the functioning of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Desh Raj.

It says: “ASP Desh Raj came to the spot at the fag end of the incident and he too did not play any role in defusing the tension.”

The report asserts that the entire operation was left to junior police officials. “Despite intimation to the control room, no senior police official tried to meet or even contact the District and Sessions Judge. In case any senior police official had descended on the scene and negotiated with advocates, the situation could have been taViolence at dist courtsckled amicably.

The report further asserts: “The entire matter was left to be tackled by junior police officials i.e. Inspector Hardit Singh and his police party, who failed to deal with the situation.”

It reiterates: “Senior police officials shied away and avoided to tackle the situation, a clear lapse on their part. It is not only the honour and dignity of the courts which the police failed to protect despite ample time and opportunity, but also they failed to save their own official, who was subjected to insult, beating, thrashing and tearing of his clothes by an errant group of advocates.”

“No other seniors official of the administration was rushed to the court of Parinder Singh during the incident. They, rather, shied away from actively participating and guiding the police force when the incident was going on,” the report stated.



High Court stays demolition of Chandigarh Club
Issues notice of motion to Home Secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Issuing notice of motion to UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas and Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta on a petition alleging contempt of court filed by the Chandigarh Club, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed demolition till the next date of hearing. Justice Rajive Bhalla also fixed May 30 as the date for taking up the case.

Apprehending the violation of the High Court orders staying the demolition process, the Chandigarh Club today filed the petition through counsel Amit Jhanji.

The petition was filed this morning only and fixed for hearing for the same day.

The petitioner claimed it had come to their notice through a newspaper report that the Estate Officer was going to demolish the club building as it had been erected without the building plan.

The petitioner, he added, were deliberately and wilfully indulging in disobedience of the court orders. Elaborating, the club said the High Court had directed it to file a revised building plan within a stipulated period.

After the approval of the plan by the UT Administration, the club was to be given three months to remove the violations and erect the structures as per the revised plans before removing the “unauthorised structures”.

The club said in accordance with the High Court orders, the club submitted the plan in 2005, but was yet to receive the approval. Any move to remove the structures at the current stage would amount to contempt, the club reiterated.



Builder penalised for harassing allottee
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 23
The Mohali District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has levied a penalty of Rs 63,000 on the promoters of Janta Land Promoters Ltd (JLPL) for harassing an allottee of an apartment in Regency Heights, Sector 90, here on account of not providing the basic amenities as promised at the time of allotment.

The builder has been barred from disconnecting the water and electricity connection of the allottee and told to provide the basic amenities within three months.

The complaint was filed by Alok Sharma, a resident of Ghana, through his special power of attorney. Handing down the order the Forum, comprising BS Mehandiratta, president, Dr SS Dhaliwal and HK Ghuman, both members, barred the builder from taking any further action and not prevent the complainant from installing child safety nets at his apartment.

The builder has been directed to ensure that the entry to the complex and the apartment of the complainant was made normal and unobstructed within a period of three months from the date of receipt of the forum order.

The complainant prayed before the court that he purchased from the builder an apartment at a cost of Rs 43,30,000 on March 11, 2008. The builder had promised to give the possession of the flat within two years of the date of execution, but delivered it on January 11 this year and that too without completing the construction work of the complex. Construction in the complex, including that of the parking area, common path leading to lift and laying of the green belt was still going.

It was also stated that to manage the work of maintenance, upkeep, security, landscaping and common services, including compound wall, road, paths, electricity, drainage, sewerage and services in other common area etc of the project for three years, an amount of Rs 1,61,863 as charges for the above said services was paid. The builder was supplying electricity to him and other residents through sub-meters installed in the apartments of different alottees by taking one electricity connection from the electricity authority.

The complainant further lamented that his father hired a contractor to install a child protection net in the apartment in question.

However, on February 12 this year, when the contractor was in the process of installing the said net (temporary aluminium net fencing) in the balcony of the apartment to prevent any accidental injury, some staff members of the builder forcibly trespassed into the apartment and stopped installation of the net by alleging that it was unauthorised construction.

The builder then served upon him a notice and disconnected water and electricity supply to the apartment.

The complainant stated that his father was 76 years old and was suffering from several serious health problems like cardiac abnormality, bone cancer, prostate cancer and chest cavities.

The promoter denied charges levelled by the complainant. Regarding installation of child safety grills, the forum said installation of safety nets was totally justified and action by the promoter amounted to deficiency in service.

After listening to both the parties, the forum observed that if the promoter failed to ensure that entry to the complex and the apartment within a period of three months from the date of receipt of its order, the builder would have to pay to the complainant compensation for inconvenience and harassment at a rate of Rs 100 per day.

They have been also directed to provide unobstructed parking space to the complainant as per his entitlement and smooth access to the same within three months.



Bail to seven more in Bataud violence case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
The local court today granted bail to seven persons who were arrested on May 8 in connection with the caste violence that took place in Batoud village on March 17. Earlier, the court had granted bail to eight other accused. Additional District and Sessions Judge Subhas Mehla granted bail to Jatinder, Ravinder, Jaiveer, Karanvir, Bhim Singh, Jatinder Singh and former sarpanch Ran Singh.

Cases had been registered against them under Section 3 of the SC/ST Act and Sections 148, 149, 323, 452 and 506 of the IPC.

Two groups of Bataud village had clashed with each other over Rs 15 lakh that was earned from 'shamlat' land.

One group, belonging to the upper caste and armed with sticks had allegedly attacked members of the lower caste at the local office of the CPM.



Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Vir Kamal puts Chandigarh in strong position
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Brilliant ton by Vir Karan Goel (141 off 202) helped Chandigarh to strengthen its position against Bathinda by posting 390 runs for nine in 85 overs on the first day of the Dhruv Pandove Trophy (U-19) at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium here today.

Chandigarh skipper Manan Vohra won the toss and opted to bat first. He opened the innings with Jaskaran Singh and the duo put on 70 runs for the opening wicket before Vohra was trapped in front by Sukhminder Singh for 41 runs. Chandigarh then lost two quick wickets and were down to 85 for three in 21.3 overs. Southpaw Vir Karan Goel put up a sensible play and started strengthening the innings by stitching valuable partnerships (55-run partnership with Naveen Dhiman), (61-run partnership with Simranpreet) and (117-run partnership with Udit Hari Mehta).

Goel’s 141-run innings was studded with 16 boundaries. For Bathinda, Sukhminder Singh (four for 82) and Pawan Dabas (three for 129) were the successful bowlers.In the second match between Amritsar and Mohali played at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, Mohali were all out on 255 in 79.3 overs. In reply, Amritsar were at 37 for no loss in 13 overs at close of the first day’s play.

Earlier, Amritsar elected to field after winning the toss. The move paid rich dividends as Mohali lost their opener Kinderpreet Singh, being caught by Vikramjit off Kamal Passi on the first ball of the innings. Thereafter, Pukhraj Singh and skipper Bir Kunwar Singh put on 81 runs for the second wicket. As the team kept losing wickets at regular intervals, all batsmen were sent back to pavilion at the total of 255.

In the third match between Jalandhar and Patiala played at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, Patiala made 293 for nine in 95 overs.

Brief scores (Match I):

Chandigarh (Ist innings): 390 for 9 in 95 overs (Vir Karan Goel 141, Jaskaran Singh 42, Manan Vohra 41, Udit Hari Mehta 66; Sukhminder Singh 4 for 82, Pawan Dabas 3 for 129).

Match II:

Mohali (Ist innings): 255 all out in 79.3 overs (Pukhraj Singh 75, Sachin Sohal 56, Bir Kunwar Singh 46, Maninder Singh 42 not out; Ashwani Kumar 3 for 56, Vinay Chaudhary 2 for 53, Kamal Passi 2 for 73).

Amritsar (Ist innings): 37 for no loss in 13 overs at close of play (Karan Sharma 21 not out, Shivlove 10 not out).

Match III:

Patiala (Ist innings): 293 for 9 in 95 overs (Harkirat Singh 73, Mehjot Singh 37, Pradeep Kumar 82 not out; Jagrit Singh 4 for 78).



Tarini corners glory in chess meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Local chess prodigy and national champion Tarini Goyal cornered glory by bagging four medals in the U-10 girls’ category in the recently concluded Asian Youth Chess Championship-2011 held from May 15 to 22 at Subic city in Philippines.

Ten-year-old Tarini lifted two gold medals in the team events and two individual silver medals in the tournament, which witnessed participation of nearly 300 players from 19 Asian countries.

The stunning performance gave Tarini a direct seeding in the next world and Asian youth chess championships and FIDE (World Chess Federation) would be conferring the title of Woman FIDE Master on her.

In the main tournament, Tarini stood joint first at 7.5 points but had to settle for the silver medal due to a minor lag in the tie-break.

However, she teamed up with two other Indian girls to bag the team gold for the country. In the lightening tournament, which followed the standard tournament, Tarini bagged the individual silver and team gold for India.

During the course of her journey to the top slot, Tarini beat players from Iran, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Philippines and India’s former Asian gold medalist Bansi Prathima. It was her lone draw with the unrated Malaysian p layer, which cost her individual gold.

In the U-18 open category in the tournament, Himal Gusain bagged the team silver medal in the lightening tournament for the country by teaming up with two other Indian boys. Himal, who is the reigning Chandigarh State Championship for the last several years and the best chess player that the city has produced so far, made his mark in his maiden international foray.

Congratulating Tarini and Himal for their performance, Vipnesh Bhardwaj, joint secretary of the All-India Chess Federation and secretary of Chandigarh Chess Association, said it was a big day for Chandigarh chess, as two of the city’s prodigies have managed to put their stamp in the Asian Championship.

Tarini’s coach GB Joshi who accompanied her to Philippines said with this outstanding performance at the international level, he could see a great chess player in the making in the form of Tarini.



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