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Saplings planted
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 24
A local social organisation, “Go Green My Mother”, planted saplings at different places in the town. HS Diwana, senior Congress leader, was the chief guest whereas Maninder Pal, president of the organisation, presided over the ceremony. On this occasion saplings of Tulsi, neem and pipal were planted at Ram temple, Ram Park and the ITI.

In his address, HS Diwana said it was the need of the hour that every section of society waged a war against the menace of growing pollution.

Deepak Khanna, press secretary of the organisation, said they had decided to plant more than 10,000 trees this year in the town and the sites have been identified.

Councillors Pritpal Singh Dharni and Gurdeep Sohal and club member Sukhram Singh also planted saplings and addressed the gathering.



Govt spending Rs 1,050 cr under SSA: Sekhwan
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 24
The Punjab Government is spending Rs 1,050 crore on government schools under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) during 2011-12 fiscal year.

The funds are meant for developing basic infrastructure, distributing cycles to girl students, free books, midday meals and for other educational purposes.

Education minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan said this during a district-level function held at Ropar today for education reforms.

He addressed teachers, principals, villagers, sarpanches and members of government parent-teacher committees.

He said in next few days the government would fill vacancies of 1,500 principals and 4,500 headmasters in Punjab. In master and elementary cadre, all vacancies would be filled and also at the same time master cadre would be promoted.

He added that from July 1, a special drive was being launched for beautification for schools and nearby areas and Rs 1.5 crore were being spent for it.

Sekhwan added that to draft new education policy, he was touring all districts in the state and gathering opinion and ideas of people, especially from teaching community.

He added that syllabus in the pattern of CBSE and ICSE was being prepared to make Punjab students compete on national and international-level competitions.



Woman gangraped in Ambala
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 24
A middle-aged widow of a village was allegedly raped by four persons last night. The victim was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, this noon. Her medical examination was also conducted. The police is investigating the matter.

According to information, the victim, a resident of Naneola village, was coming back to her home after paying obeisance at the Gugga Pir Madi of the village. Her son Deepak was also accompanying her. She took a lift from a known person on a motorcycle as she was feeling pain in her legs. In the midway four persons on two motorbikes stopped them and took her forcibly with them.

She told the police that the persons took her in a field and raped her. Two of the persons later left her near her house around midnight. She briefed the matter to the villagers this morning and later the police was also informed. No FIR in this regard was lodged till the filing of the report.

Two arrested with intoxicants, liquor

Bassi Pathana: The police has recovered 1,000 intoxicant tablets, 500 capsules and 10 bottles of smuggled liquor and arrested two culprits in this connection. DSP SP Singh said the police had erected a naka on the Bhakra Canal bridge near Khalspur village. They noticed a suspicious person and signalled him to stop. As he tried to flee he was overpowered by the police.

During search the police recovered 1,000 intoxicant tablets and 500 capsules from his possession. He was identified as Ajit Singh, a resident of Giljian mohalla, Bassi Pathana. He admitted that he used to sell intoxicants in the rural area. The police registered the case under the NDPS Act.

In another case, the police recovered 10 bottles of whisky meant for sale in Chandigarh. The accused was identified as Kaka Singh, a resident of Bharatpur village. A case under the Excise Act was registered against him. Both of them were produced in the court and remanded in judicial custody.



Youth Cong leaders join Panjokhra farmers’ stir
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 23
Five senior Youth Congress leaders, including Himmat Singh, Manish Rana and Rajbir Singh, joined farmers’ protest outside the SDM office who had been on hunger strike since past 34 days.

Himmat Singh, Youth Congress president of Ambala Lok Sabha constituency, warned that youths would not tolerate injustice to the farmers from Panjokhra village who were forced to part with their fertile agriculture lands for the self-vested interests of some Congress leaders.

Himmat Singh said it was surprising that Venod Sharma, Ambala City MLA, was taking interest in developing IMT in the area, which falls under Ambala Cantt constituency, led by MLA Anil Vij, who was not willing for acquisition of fertile agriculture land. 



Career Overseas told to pay Rs 17,500
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
In an ex parte order, the UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Career Overseas to refund Rs 10,000 to a student, Damanpreet, for not arranging his visa to Canada. The forum also directed Career Overseas to pay Rs 2,500 as compensation and Rs 5,000 as the litigation cost.

In his complaint, Damanpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 45, stated that he approached Carrier Overseas for a student visa to Canada and paid Rs 10,000 for it and even handed over the original documents.

Thereafter, he received an admission offer with acceptance form on the letterhead of Mohawk College without any authoritative signature. He then approached Carrier Overseas but they didn’t reply. The complainant’s mother sent an email to Mohawk College to confirm the authenticity of the matter and shocked to know that they had a bad experience with Career Overseas agents.

The forum comprising its president PD Goel and member Rajinder Singh Gill stated that despite complainant’s request, Career Overseas failed to arrange a student visa for the complainant, which amounts to deficiency in service. Therefore, the complainant is entitled for compensation. 



Gang of vehicle thieves busted, six held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
With the arrest of six persons, the police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of vehicle lifters. The six accused have been identified as Vinay, Mandan Lal, Pawan, Deepak, Rinkle and Parveen Garg of Patiala. The police said the role of some of the employees of the district transport office (DTO), Patiala, was under scanner for forging documents.

A total of six stolen vehicles, including four luxury cars, were recovered from the possession of the accused. He said clerk Malkiet Singh, DTO, Patiala, would be arrested.

Disclosing the modus operandi of gang, the police said the accused used to keep a tab on vehicles lying in different police stations and managed to release them on behalf of fake documents prepared with the help of staff members of the DTO, Patiala.

It said the accused had released four vehicles after submitting fake documents from the two police stations in Panchkula in 2010 and the vehicles had been recovered. The accused are wanted in several cases registered in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.



Chandigarh in command
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Anil Sihag and Gaurav Puri put Chandigarh in a strong position against Mohali on the first day of the Punjab inter-district (U-22) cricket tournament at the PCA Stadium in Mohali today.

A brilliant unbeaten ton by Anil (146) and an 82-run knock by Gaurav guided Chandigarh to 392 for 7 in 95 overs. For Mohali, Gunjot Singh took 3 for 135 and Gurkirat Mann 2 for 67.

In the second match, tons by Vikramjit (102) and Preetkamal (126) helped hosts Patiala pile up 437 for 7 against Ludhiana. Vikramjit scored his ton, studded with 14 boundaries, off 170 balls.

Preetkamal hit his knock, studded with nine boundaries and four sixes, off 168 balls. For Ludhiana, Nikhil was the pick of bowlers, taking 3 for 131.

In the third match, hosts Amritsar bowled out Jalandhar for 232 in 75.2 overs. Himashu (69) was the top scorer for the visitors.

Left-arm spinner Vinay Chaudhary took 6 for 84 and Rahul Kanojia 2 for 63. In reply, Amritsar were 78 for 1 in 25 overs till the end of the day’s play, with Shiv Love unbeaten on 47.

Brief scores: Chandigarh 392 for 7 in 95 overs (Anil Sihag 146 n.o., Gaurav Puri 82, Naveen Dhiman 54, Gurinder Singh 50, Gunjot Singh 3 for 135, Gurkirat Mann 2 for 67); Patiala 437 for 7 (Preetkamal 126, Vikramjit 102, Jeevenjot 70, Perry Goel 68, Nikhil 3 for 131); Jalandhar 232 all out in 75.2 overs (Himanshu 69, Vinay Chaudhary 6 for 84, Rahul Kanojia 2 for 63) & Amritsar 78 for 1 in 25 overs.



Shubhankar wins Albatross golf title; Juniors sweat it out
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 24
Shubhankar Sharma of Patiala fired a one over par 73 to clinch the A Category title in the 31st Albatross Junior Golf Tournament played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Eightysix juniors teed off for the titles at stake in hot and sultry condition.

It was a fight to the finish in the C Category between local lads Jaiveer Singh and Kartik Digvijay Singh. Jaiveer emerged the winner defeating Kartik in the fourth play-off hole after the two remained tied till the third play-off hole. The two had to go in for a play-off showdown after they had tied at 79 in regulation time.

Viraj Madappa of Kolkata played a two over par 74 to claim the B Category title.

Ten-year-old Chandigarh boy Aadil Bedi was a clear winner in the D Category carding a nine over par 81 score, with Chinmaya and Harshjeet Singh Sethi tying for the second slot. But because of a better back nine, Chinmaya was declared the first runner-up.

In the girls’ section, the players returned high scores. The reason being hot and humid conditions and the tee off from the white marker. Delhi’s Millie Saroha carded the best score among girls a nine over par 81 to emerge winner in the A Category. The other winners among girls were Kainaat Singh, Gurjot Badwal (Kapurthala) and Tanishka Kumar in the B, C and D Categories.

Teeny weeny Shubham from Delhi was declared the winner in the junior-most E Category for boys and girls combined.

Golf Club president SR Sharma and course captain Col KS Thandi gave away prizes. Brigadier Randhawa, father of Jyoti Randhawa, was the guest of honour.


Boys (Category A): Shubhankar Sharma 73, Arjun Singh 75, Tarundeep Singh Chadha 77; Category B: Viraj Madappa 74, Piyush Sangwan 76, Feroz S Garewal 77; Category C: Jaiveer Singh 79 (won on fourth play-off hole), Kartik Digvijay Singh 79, Karandeep Singh Kochhar 80; Category D: Aadil Bedi 81, Chinmaya 85 (better back nine) and Harshjeet Singh Sethi 85.

Girls (Category A): Millie Saroha 81, Natasha Gill 89, Jaipreet S.Ghuman 90; Category B: Kainaat Singh 99; Category C: Gurjot Badwal 87; Category D: Tanishka Kumar 93 and Sifat Sagoo 87.

Boys and girls combined (E Category): Shubham 41 (nine-hole contest). 



Bharti, Mohd Irfan clinch titles
LIC North Zone Carrom Championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Bharti Narayan and Mohd Irfan from Delhi lifted the title in the women and men category, respectively during the LIC North Zone Carrom Championship held at Hotel Park View here.

In the final, Bharti defeated Parvesh 19/23, 25/8 and 25/6, while local player Bhanu Jain defeated Mohini Tehliyani of Ajmer 17/20, 17/16 and 21/07 to finish third in the category. Earlier in the semifinal match, Bharti Narayan defeated Mohini Tehliyani 22/08, 25/ 01, whereas Parvesh Thakur defeated Bhanu Jain 08/22, 17/16, 22/08.

In men singles category, Mohd Irfan defeated DK Baudh in straight sets 25/02 25/02. Sri Bhagwan defeated Deepak Bhargava 23/18 and 25/0 to finish third in the tournament.

In the semifinal match, Mohd Irfan defeated Deepak Bhargava 21/22, 25/10 and 25/09. While in the second semifinal, DK Baudh defeated his opponent 25/06, 11/19 and 21/07 to move into the final stage.



Arunima wins chess meet

Chandigarh, June 24
Arunima Goyal of Sacred Heart School won the Chandigarh Women Chess Championship held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

Arunima defeated Tarini Goyal of the same school by three points. On the other hand,Tanya Kaushal and Ravneet Kaur finished third and fourth, respectively with two points each. The top four position holders will represent the city in the upcoming national games to be held in Chennai from July 1 to10.

Final standing

3 points: Arunima Goyal

2 points: Tarini Goyal , Tanya Kaushal and Ravneet Kaur

1 points: Kashish Kaushal, Shivika Jain and Kritika Kapila

0 Point: Tannvi Goyal — TNS



Upgrade of Sec-16 stadium in offing
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Cricket lovers in city have reason to cheer as the UT administration has planned an upgrade of the Cricket Stadium at Sector 16 here.

The stadium will have more buildings, including VIP blocks, a media gallery and new stands. The administration has approved the project in a recent meeting to host international matches in the future. The authorities have maintained that they have asked the engineering department to come up with a master plan to change the overall look of the stadium.

“The fixing of floodlights is only one aspect. The stadium will be renovated keeping in mind various aspects of a good stadium. A master plan is being prepared under expert guidance,” says VK Singh, UT Finance Secretary.

Experts are of the view that there is no use spending much to upgrade the stadium as there is no direct BCCI affiliation to the stadium.

“We are going through the type of soil needed. In a few days, we will come up with an estimate to replace pitch soil. We plan to visit villages near Ludhiana to find a suitable type of soil for the pitch,” says Jagtar Singh, subdivisional officer.



Match ends in draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The match between Saupin’s Cricket Academy and Stepping Stones Cricket Academy ended in a draw during the St Stephen's Junior Cricket(U-12) Championship being held at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.

Earlier in the match, Saupin’s academy set a target of 155 runs in the allotted 25 overs. Prithvi contributed the most 31 off 39, while Varun made a quick fire 32 off 23. For Stepping Stones, Rishab took 2 for 16.

In reply, Stepping Stones managed to make 155 runs in the allotted slot. Nikhil with 67 runs topped the score chart of the team.

Scores Saupin’s: 155 for 6 in 25 overs (Prithvi 39, Ayush 32,Varun 32 and Rishabh 2 for 16). Stepping Stones: 155 for 5 in 25 overs (Nikhil 67, Akhil 27 and Dakshu 2 for 26).



3 Punjab players honoured
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 24
In order to encourage sportspersons who have made the country proud, Patiala Royal Society organised a function here today.

Organiser of NRI Sports Club, Canada, Gurinderjeet Singh Goraya, gave a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each to three players, kabaddi players Manpreet Singh Mana, Ran Singh Dirbha and triple jumper Arpinder Singh.

These players were also presented with mementos and titles. Manpreet Singh Mana has been the top player of national-style kabaddi since 10 years and has won the title of Best Kabaddi Player of the country during the recently held Kabaddi Premier League.

Mana was the captain of Hyderabad Horses. He was also the part of the two-time Asian Games Champion squad and World Cup Champion Indian squad.

Ran Singh was a part of the Hyderabad Horses and played a role in its win. He
is currently in the Indian camp.

Triple jumper Arpinder Singh won gold medal during the National Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships that was held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, recently.

Arpinder, the Asian junior silver medallist, delivered a stupendous performance as he won the National Games at Ranchi also this February with an incredible 16.62 m. 



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