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Labourer dies while cleaning well
Tribune Reporters

Rajpura, July 27
A labourer died while cleaning a bore well at Madanpur Chalheri village. The incident came to light at around 4 pm. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Kumar, a native of Uttar Pradesh. He was working in the farms of Satinder Singh of Madanpur Chalheri village.

Sanjay and Raju, another labourer, were told to clean up the bore well. Some poisonous gas emanated from the well and both of them fell unconscious. While Raju is still unconscious, Sanjay was declared brought dead by doctors of a private hospital in Rajpura.

The police said inquest proceedings would be initiated after recording statements of the employer. The body will be handed over to the family after an autopsy.

2 booked for fraud

Mohali: The police has booked two residents of Chandigarh on the charges of cheating and forgery.

In his complaint, Darshan Singh of Kharar stated that Jaswant Rai and Kulwant Rai, residents of Sector 37, Chandigarh, had prepared fake documents for his house which was sold to another person. A case under Sections 420, 465,467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered.

Man booked in dowry case

The police has booked a Sector 69 resident on the charges of criminal breach of trust and cruelty.

In her complaint, Sukhjeet Kaur, a resident of Sector 69, stated that her husband Tejinder Singh harassed her for bringing dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498 A of the IPC has been registered against the accused.

11 bonded labourers rescued

Dera Bassi: Eleven bonded labourers, including two women, were rescued from a brick kiln situated at Pandwala.

The National Human Rights Commission had filed a complaint in this regard. The police has booked owner of the brick kiln under Sections 16 and 17 of the Bonded Labour Abolition Act, 1976.

Former sarpanch dies in scuffle

Fatehgarh Sahib: A former village sarpanch lost his life after suffering cardiac arrest and two other sustained injuries in a scuffle that took place in the office of the Block Development Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Sirhind.

The deceased has been identified as Surinder Singh, a Congress supporter, and the injured have been identified as panchayat member of Badochhi Kalan Sucha Singh and another villager Hardeep Singh.Surinder had come with the village sarpanch for his reinstatement, as he was dismissed by director of the panchayat department a few days ago.Local Congress leader Lakhbir Rai said the director had suspended sarpanch Bhupinder Singh of

Badochhi Kalan and he, along with some other Congress leaders, had come to the office of the BDPO for reinstatement, where some SAD workers were also present.

Workers of both the parties entered into heated arguments which led to a scuffle. The deceased was former vice-chairman of the market committee in Chanarthal Kalan. Rai added that Badochhi Kalan village was the most sensitive village, where the Congress and SAD leaders often picked up fights, but still no security arrangements had been made so far. Congress MLA from Amloh Sadhu Singh Dharmsot also reached the Civil Hospital and alleged that it was the local SAD-BJP leaders who had attacked the Congress workers and leaders. He demanded stringent action against the SAD leaders. Meanwhile, the police said it was looking into the matter.

1 held with 1-kg opium

PATIALA: The Julka police has arrested one person and recovered 1 kg opium from his possession on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Sanjay Singh. An FIR under the NDPS act has been registered against the accused. The police said the accused was being interrogated and efforts were on to know the supply chain of the contraband.

Man thrashed by wife

A resident of III B2, Ravinder Pal Singh, has complained to the police that he was allegedly beaten up by his wife. In his complaint to the police, he stated that he had suffered serious injuries. A case under Sections 451 and 323 of the IPC has been registered against Jasleen Kaur.



Journalist’s death: Accused gets 2-yr jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A local court has awarded two-year imprisonment to Kharar resident Gurjit Singh in connection with the death of journalist Simmi Marwaha in 2003.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the guilty. The case dates back to March 22, 2003. The court awarded the sentence under Section 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.

According to the prosecution, Simmi Marwaha was on her way to the officer on her two-wheeler. When she reached near the Sector 43 roundabout, a rashly driven bus hit her scooter, killing her.

Later, the police registered an FIR against driver Gurjit Singh and arrested him.



Constable injured as service carbine goes off accidentally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A constable was injured today when a carbine, being cleaned by a head constable posted in the security of an Akali leader, went off accidentally. The incident took place at the Akali leader’s residence in Sector 9.

The victim has been identified as Punjab Police constable Dev Raj (35). Head constable Salwasten Masih was cleaning the carbine at the residence of Akali leader and Banur MLA Jasjeet Singh.

The bullet hit the foot of constable Dev Raj. He was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and was discharged after treatment. Both the cops were deployed as security guards.

The SHO of the Sector 3 police station Inspector Punam Dilawari said the head constable was cleaning his loaded service carbine and it accidentally went off and injured Dev Raj, who was standing near him. The police has registered a case against the head constable. He was arrested and was later released on bail.

The service carbine of the head constable has also been seized as a case property. A case under Section 336 and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life of others) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.



Three city boys make it to Asia-Pacific golf
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, July 27
Three Chandigarh golfers Tarundeep Chadha, Feroze Garewal and Karandeep Kochhar have made it to the Indian team for the 32nd Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship to be held at the Royal Hill Golf Resort at Nakorn Nayok in Thailand from August 1 to 5.

The 10-member Indian Golf Union squad will fight it out for the team and individual honours which will see 120 golfers from 13 countries teeing off. The team includes seven boys and three girls. India finished second in the team events at the last Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship played at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bangalore last year in which eight countries participated.

Chandigarh Golf Club president Malwinder Singh wished the three junior golfers happy golfing as they prepare to leave for the competition on July 30.

Tarundeep Chadha, who is ranked third in the IGU rankings for the 15-17 age-group, is all charged up for the big event. He has been practising every day under the watchful eyes of Jessie Grewal. Same is the case with Feroze Garewal, who is also ranked third in the 13-14 age-group. He also goes through the drill for two hours every day at the CGA Golf Range.

The third Chandigarh golfer to make it to the team is ranked on top of the IGU merit list in the 11-12 age-group. He still takes golf competition as fun. This element wipes out the stress and tension and he is able to perform his best.

National Golf Academy of India director and grade A coach Jessie Grewal said, “The three junior golfers are shaping well and I expect good results from them.”

Besides India, countries like Philippines, Indonesia, China, Taipei, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia,

Korea, Pakistan, Myanmar and Guam are participating in the event.

There will be an international team event for both boys and girls.

Each country will have to give the names for the team championship. In the boys' category, it will be two from group A (15 to 17 years) and two from group B (13 to 14 years). In the girls’ category, there will be four

girls from a combination of A, B, C and D groups.

The three best gross scores among the boys and the two best scores among the girls will decide the team score. The team scoring the lowest will clinch the trophy.



Pre-Subroto Cup
Doing it the right way
Referees seen supervising matches in proper gear
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Hockey tournaments organised by the UT education department may not have seen much participation, but it seems that the department has started organising football tournaments in a professional manner, as after so many years, referees were seen supervising the recently held Pre Subroto Cup Football Tournament properly. During the tournament, the referees were seen wearing a proper kit while supervising matches as compare to the tournaments organised in the past.

“Earlier the referees used to supervise matches in casual wear, but now they are supervising the match with proper kits,” said a player. According to information, the authorities of the UT education department have decided to organise the tournaments in a proper way this year. A tent was also put by the authorities to make the players rest and medical facilities are also provided on the school premises.



3 PU players for World University Games

Chandigarh, July 27
Three players of Panjab University (PU) have been included in the Indian universities’ teams for the upcoming World University Games to be held in China from August 12 to 23. Oscar Bansal and Saurav Kapoor in the boys’ category, while Purnika Bhandari in the girls’ category have been selected in the final team from PU.

Surinder Mahajan and Bhupinder Kumar have been appointed as coaches of the team, whereas Dr CS Grewal has been appointed as the manager for the team. — TNS



Saupin’s, St John’s in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Saupin's School, Sector 32, will face St John's School, Sector 26, in the final of the ongoing St John's Football Tournament (U-16) here.

In the first semifinal of the day, St John's defeated Vivek High School, Sector 38, 5-0.

Parseej drew the first blood in the 25th minute, while Gurteshwar scored the second goal in the 35th minute to take the score to 2-0 in the first half.

After the lemon break, Birinder Thapa scored the third goal in

the 47th minute followed by a goal in the 57th minute by Parvez. Nitin scored the final goal in the 60th minute of the game In the second semifinal of the day, Saupin's School, Sector 32, got the better of St Kabir, Sector 26, 2-0. Saupin's goalkeeper Deepankar also helped the team register a win.

After a goalless first half, Manik helped Saupin’s school to take a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute. Aditya scored the decider goal in the 60th minute to seal the team’s victory.

In the Boys (U-12) group, hosts St John's and Strawberry fields registered wins in their respective semifinal matches. The teams will now clash in the final match tomorrow.



Alpine School book berth in semis
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 27
Alpine School defeated Sarthak School to enter the semifinals of the Panchkula District Inter-School Cricket (U-19) School Tournament being held at St Soldier School, Sector 16, here today.

In the quarterfinal match of the day, Alpine School overcame the opponents by eight wickets.

Earlier during the match, Sarthak School was bowled out on the total of 82 runs in 15 overs. Gagan contributed 23 runs in the team’s total. For Alpine, Shivam Jalhotra took three wickets for 14, whereas Hemant and Digamber took two wickets each.

In their reply, Alpine School achieved the target in 11 overs with eight wickets in hand. Shivam Jalhotra scored unbeaten 45 runs.

Brief scores:

Sarthak School: 82 all out in 15 overs (Gagan 23; Hemant 2 for 14, Digamber 2 for 16, Shivam 3 for 14).

Alpine School: 83 for 2 in 11 overs (Shivam Jalhotra 45 not out, Hemant 14; Amit 2 for 20).



Swimming coach to get Dhayan Chand Award
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Swimming coach Sushil Kohli, father of famous cricketer Taruvir Kohli, has been shortlisted by the Indian Sports Ministry for prestigious Dhayan Chand Award.

Sushil, who has been appointed as the swimming coach in Sports College, Jalandhar, will get the coveted award on August 29 in New Delhi.

Sushil was a part of the Indian team who had won a silver medal in the Asian Swimming Championship in 1980. He also led the team to win a bronze medal after scoring an equaliser and decider goal in the water polo event of the 9th Asian Games held at New Delhi in 1982. He dedicated his award to his guru late Mahender Singh Bhullar.

“It is a great honour to get this award, however, it was awarded to me after a long span of time. Swimming is always a passion for me and I will give my best to this sports,” said Sushil.



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