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Man hit by car, dies
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 28
A 50-year-old man died after being hit by a car near Adda Jhuggian village on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway today. The deceased, Mohammad Yusuf, was a resident of New Indra Colony, Mani Majra, Chandigarh. Yusuf used to supply bakery items to shops in Chhatbir Zoo.

The investigating officer stated that the incident took place around 11 am when the deceased was moving towards Zirakpur. As he reached near Adda Jhuggian village a Maruti Swift car coming from Zirakpur hit the victim. He fell down on the road and died on the spot. A passerby informed the highway patrolling team who took the body to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. A case has been registered against the driver of the car, the police said.



Four rounded up, 10 bikes impounded in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 28
A police team from Phase XI today carried out a search operation in Amb Sahib Colony and LIG houses in Sector 65-A early this morning. The Station House Officer, Phase XI, HS Bal, said four persons were rounded up after they were unable to prove their identity. Besides, 10 motorcycles were also impounded after their owners could not produce vehicle registration papers. 



2 die under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 28
Kiran Saini (27), hailing from Pathankot, died under mysterious circumstances here yesterday. The girl was employed as a dancer with an orchestra living in a rented accommodation at Swastik Vihar, Zirakpur, said a police official.

According to information, around 11 am yesterday the girl started vomiting after consuming her breakfast. The other group members took her to a private hospital in Zirakpur where the doctors declared her brought dead.

In the meantime, the orchestra head called Kiran’s sister, who lives in Pathankot, about the incident who reached here in the evening. They shifted the body from the hospital to the house in Swastik Vihar, the investigating official added.

A neighbour, on seeing the body being brought home, informed the police. After reaching the spot a police team took the body in its custody and sent it to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital for the postmortem. The exact cause of the death would be confirmed after the postmortem report, said the police. An inquest proceeding has been initiated.

In another case, Vikrant (28), a resident of Wadhawa Nagar, Baltana, was also found dead under mysterious circumstances at his house last night.

The police said his wife stated that Vikrant fell ill and was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where doctors declared him brought dead.

A police official stated that they found some intoxicating drugs from the deceased’s pocket. The police had informed the parents of Vikrant living in the USA about the incident and the postmortem would be conducted after their arrival.

The police official said an inquest proceeding has been initiated and the exact cause of the death would be confirmed after the postmortem report.



Vehicle theft on the rise in Panchkula
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 28
How effective police night patrolling in the town is can be gauged from the increasing number of vehicle lifting incidents. During the first seven months of 2011, 136 cases of vehicle theft were reported as against 94 during the same period in the previous year.

Of the 136 cases reported till July-end 77 two-wheelers including 61 motorcycles and 54 cars (35 of which were of small size) were stolen. According to the police, vehicle lifters mainly target motorcycles and scooters as well as small cars as these could be more easily sold in the markets in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Till July-end the largest number of auto theft cases - 53 - have been reportedly filed at the Sector 5 police station with the Mansa Devi complex police station having registered the lowest number - just four cases. 26 cases were filed at the Sector 14 police station, 18 at Chandimandir, 11 at Pinjore, 11 at Sector 20, eight at Raipur Rani and five at the Kalka police station.

When contacted Panchkula superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary said: “Our teams have been regularly busting vehicle lifting gangs. I’ve already issued instructions to all police station house officers to regularly monitor their night patrol staff”.

Auto lifting gang busted

The local police said it had busted a “major” auto lifting gang and recovered 14 vehicles including three cars, a three-wheeler, three scooters and seven motorcycles. With the arrest of five gang members the cops claimed to have solved 14 cases of vehicle theft in Panchkula district. A team led by assistant subinspector Jagdish Chand nabbed Bimal alias Ganja, Mukesh alias Mota and Kamal Thapa, all residents of Mauli Jagran; Bablu, a resident of Budanpur village, Panchkula; and Raju, a resident of Sector 9, Panchkula.

Vehicle lifting cases                Year No of thefts reported

2007                                           99

2008                                          201

2009                                          182

2010                                          175

2011                                          136 (till July-end)



City has oodles of talent
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 26
Today the country will celebrate National Sports Day in memory of hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand. The city has produced a number of players who have made the country proud in various events.

Timoi Timoi (football): Chandigarh Football Academy, Sports Complex, Sector 42. The striker-in-the-making has played in the Tata Arsenal Soccer Festival, organised by famous British club Arsenal. About 15 teams participated in the tournament and the Indian contingent won the tournament.


SimranSimran (football): Chandigarh Football Academy, Sports Complex, Sector 42. He was a part of the team that won Tata Arsenal Soccer Festival (U-15) in England. He is now looking forward to sharpen his skills in the ongoing camp of sub-junior boys’ team.

Daniel Lal Hlimpuia (football): Chandigarh Football Academy, Sports Complex, Sector 42. Known for his sharp ball skills and speed, he has represented the city in the recent SAFF Games for Boys (U-16) in Nepal. The team finished second in the tournament. He is expected to be a part of the team for the upcoming Asian qualifying championship.

Mohd Sajid Dhot Mohd Sajid Dhot (football): St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. He represented the nation in various international tournaments, including Asian Confederation Football U-13 (2009) and the U-14 (2010) tournament. He was appointed captain of the team for the recent SAFF Games (U-16), where the team finished second.


Jimmy Singh MaibamJimmy Singh Maibam (football): St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. He was a part of the team in the recent SAFF games (U-16). He was selected in the Indian (U-15) team, sponsored Reliance India, to train at the IMG Football Academy in Florida (2010).

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football): Former student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. He is the youngest player in the national team. A goalkeeper, he got his break in 2007, when he was selected in the U-16 team. After being a regular member of the Indian U-18, U-19, U-21 and U-23 teams, he featured in the senior Indian team in the SAFF-2010 games. He also played in the AFC Asia Cup at Doha (2011) and Pre-Olympic qualifier (2011).

Arzit Lal Ramzauva (football): Chandigarh Football Academy, Sports Complex, Sector 42. The backbone of the team, he plays as half-back. He played in the recent SAFF Games for Boys (U-16) in Nepal. The team were runners-up. He is expected to be the part of the team for the upcoming Portugal and England tour.

Ankush (kabaddi): Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37. He has won laurels by making it to the sub-junior team. He also made it to the final team after being called by officials for the second time.

KiranjeetKiranjeet (kabaddi): Government Model School, Maloya. She has been selected for the sub-junior probables’ camp, being held at Gandhinagar. She is expected to find a place in the final team.


Moti ChandanMoti Chandan (kabaddi): Dev Samaj College, Sector 45. A final-year student, she was selected to attend the senior Indian women probables’ camp earlier this month.


Manpreet Kaur Manpreet Kaur (kabaddi): Dev Samaj College, Sector 45. She was told to attend a camp after she impressed selectors of the seniors’ team. She has represented the city in various nationals and inter-university tournaments.

Renu Kundu (judo): Khalsa College, Sector 26. She was selected in the senior Indian women’s team after winning a gold medal in the junior nationals at Bengaluru. She will represent the nation in the World Cup, to be held in Mongolia from September 7.

Nurseries of talent

y Sports Complex, Sector 42, has produced a number of players in wrestling, boxing, judo, hockey and weightlifting. Panjab University has also contributed towards boosting sports culture. Many players have won top three positions in all-India inter-varsity tournaments. It has also conducted a camp for the all-India university badminton team.

Magic on Fuhrer

Dhyan Chand is the only hockey player to receive the Padma Bhushan and is still known for his stick skills and speed. After watching him play, Adolf Hitler offered him German citizenship and promotion to the rank of Colonel, but he refused.



 Sidhu XI make short work of Pandove XI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
NS Sidhu XI defeated MP Pandove XI by 222 runs on the final day of the Emerging Players Tournament for the Umesh Kumar Trophy at LIC grounds in Sector 26 today.

Pandove XI received a setback when their in-form batsmen Uday Kaul and Amit Sharma were injured and retired hurt during the course of play. In-form bowler Rahul Sharma took a five-wicket haul to guide the team to victory.

Chasing the target, Pandove XI were bowled out for 238 runs. The 142-run partnership between Sarul Kanwar (104) and Manish Bhatia (68) for the third wicket went in vain as other batsmen failed to achieve the target.

In the second match, Chaman Lal Malhotra XI lost to IS Bindra XI by an innings. Bindra XI made 221 in the second innings. Himanshu Chawla was the main contributor, with 102 runs off 137 balls, including 13 boundaries.



 Junior golf camp from Sept 4
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 28
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a two-month junior golf camp for children in the 5-18 age-group from September 4.

The camp will be conducted by academy’s joint director Manjit Kochar on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 pm to 5 pm and will be open to both members and non-members of the club.

All participants will be taught the basic fundamentals of the game and will be given certificates on completion of the camp. More details can be had from the office of academy joint director Manjit Kochar (98155 54788).



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