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Protest by unemployed linemen, teachers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 10
The SSA/RMSA Teachers Union of Punjab and unemployed linemen staged a protest during an SGPC rally today. They raised slogans against the Punjab government for not accepting their demands.

Sewa Singh, adviser, Unemployed Linemen Union, said, “The police arrested our union members while they were raising their demands during the rally.”

He said the Punjab government on August 22, 2010, announced that 5,000 linemen would be recruited by the PSPCL, but even after one year, nothing had been done.

“A delegation of the union met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on August 22 in Chandigarh and he had assured them that the appointments would be made within 15 days after releasing the merit list, but this did not happen,” he added.

On the other hand, SSA/RMSA teachers alleged that the government was not paying heed to their demands. They demanded regular jobs and payscale at par with teachers of the education department.



Anandi case
Police indicts youth for blackmail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The UT police today filed a charge-sheet in court against Simarjot Singh, accused in the case of blackmail of an IAS couple.

On June 10, the Chandigarh police’s crime branch had arrested 20-yr-old Simarjot on charges of allegedly blackmailing and demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore from a senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer, Shashi Gulati, and her husband Sunil Kumar Gulati.

As per the indictment, Simarjot had allegedly threatened Shashi Gulati and her husband claiming that he was in possession of some objectionable pictures of their daughter Anandi Gulati and would post them on the Internet if they failed to pay the ransom.

Anandi, a class-XII student of Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 27, had committed suicide by jumping off the top floor of the school building.

The police had seized Simarjot’s computer and hard disk and discovered various incriminating documents.

During the course of investigation, the police also discovered that the accused had changed his address thrice in the past couple of months and had been changing his phone numbers frequently.

The phone number that was used allegedly by the accused to call Shashi Gulati was activated only on June 3 and the call was made to Gulati, allegedly demanding the ransom.

The police said the accused was a school dropout and had been living with his mother Jagdeep Kaur in Sector 70, Mohali.



4-yr RI for molestation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
A local court today sentenced a labourer to four years rigorous imprisonment in a case of child abuse. The court convicted Sanjay Singh of Daria village in a case of kidnapping and molestation under Sections 354 and 363 of the IPC.

The case was registered in January 2, 2010 when the victim’s father complained to the police that the accused had committed an unnatural offence with his five-year-old girl. The prosecution failed to prove charges of sodomy and the accused was hence convicted under Section 354, IPC.



5 held with 3-kg opium, ammunition

Panchkula, September 10
The CIA staff of the local police nabbed five persons with 3 kg of opium from Sector 9 here today. They also recovered a pistol, revolver, 18 cartridges along with an Innova and a Swift car from the accused.

The accused had been living in house No. 954, belonging to a Karnal-based family, on rent and had allegedly been involved in the trade of narcotics , said the police. According to the police, three of the accused Gurdyal Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Dilbag Singh belong to Amritsar, while the remaining two Navjot Singh and Sarabjit were from Jalandhar and Ludhiana, respectively. All arrested accused are in age group of 25 and 35. —TNS



Youth booked for raping minor
Tribune Reporters

Zirakpur, September 10
The police today booked a youth for allegedly raping a minor girl in Saini Vihar, Phase III, Baltana. The accused has been identified as Gurmeet Singh.

Baltana chowki in charge ASI Anup Singh stated that after recording the statement of the victim, a case was registered against Gurmeet on the compliant of victim’s mother Maya.

The complainant said she was not at home when the incident occurred. She alleged that the accused entered her house forcibly in the afternoon and raped her daughter.

When she returned, her daughter narrated the whole incident to her. She claimed that after raping her daughter, the accused had threatened her with dire consequences. The police said raids were being conducted to nab the accused.

1 gets life term for murder

Panchkula: The local District and Sessions Court awarded life imprisonment to Bal Krishan, a resident of Rajiv Colony, in a murder case here today.

Bal Krishan had killed Dumber Singh, who was also a resident of Rajiv Colony. The court also fined him of Rs 20,000.

It was last year in January that Bal Krishan had a tiff with Dumber Singh over filling of water at a common tap when he hit the latter on head with a brick. Dumber was admitted to hospital and died after one and a half months.

The court had acquitted three sons of the guilty Chajan Ram, Ram Khiladi and Anil in the case.

1-yr jail, fine in power theft case

Panchkula: A local court today awarded imprisonment of one year along with a fine of Rs 29,80,602 to Shivpal Chaudhary, a son of former Haryana minister Jagpal Chaudhary, in connection with a power theft case.

The court convicted Shivpal Chaudhary, owner of Vishnu Bhawan banquet hall, at Railly village yesterday. According to information, in 2010, the electricity department had detected power theft of Rs 13, 65,000 in the bhawan. He was granted bail by the court.

Girl succumbs to burn injuries

Kalka: The girl who had sustained burn injuries here last night succumbed to her injuries today.

Police sources confirmed that on Friday night three persons, including two women, had sustained serious burn injuries due to an LPG gas cylinder explosion at a house in Shakti Nagar.

The trio, including Ratan Lal, Sudesh Rani and Kavita, were referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where Kavita succumbed to her injuries, while the condition of the other two was said to be critical.

The fire incident, which took place during the replacement of gas cylinder by Kavita, had damaged many household articles also.

Man booked for fraud

Mohali: The police today registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against Deepak Arora, M/S Jet International Placement Services, SCF 54, first floor, Phase VI, Mohali, on the complaint of Satvinder Singh, a resident of Patiala, for duping him of Rs 80,000 on the pretext of sending him abroad.

Satvinder Singh stated that he had given a demand draft of Rs 80,000 to the accused to send him to New Zealand, who neither sent him abroad, nor returned his money.

Snatcher arrested

The police today arrested Malkit Singh, a resident of Mohali, and recovered two stolen mobile phones from his possession.

The police said the accused was nabbed following a tip-off.

The police said the accused was produced in the court today, which sent him to a one-day police remand.



SGGS Khalsa runners reign supreme
Claim men’s team title in cross country
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Athletes of SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26, won top honours in the men’s team event of the Panjab University Inter-College Cross Country (12.5 km) Competition held on Panjab University campus here today.

The local college bagged the title after securing 94 points, while GKSM Government College, Tanda Urmar (Hoshiarpur), finished second with 119 points.

Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Abohar, and SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), scored third and fourth positions with 150 and 198 points, respectively.

In the individual category, Sukhdev Singh of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Abohar, won the gold medal, while Umesh Sharma of Government College, Hoshiarpur, finished first runner-up.

Gurdeep Singh of Guru Nanak College, Moga, followed him on the third spot.

In the women’s (5 km) cross country, GTB Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya (Hoshiarpur), won the gold medal win the 22 points in the team event.

Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, finished second with 36 points while GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, finished third with 48 points. Athletes of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, secured the fourth place after attaining 83 points.

In the individual category, Harvinder Kaur of GTB Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, finished first in the race. Gurpreet Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, came second and Prabhveer Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, third.



Eight teams to vie for Dhruv Pandove Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Eight teams, including two from the PCA, have confirmed their participation in the inaugural Invitation Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy from September 27 to October 9.

The tournament is organised in the memory of Dhruv Pandove who played for Punjab and died young in a road accident.

The matches will be played under league-cum-knockout basis at Chandigarh, Mohali and Patiala.

The league matches will be of two days, whereas the final matches will remain a four-day affair.

The winners of the tournament will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a winner’s trophy, while the runners-up will take away Rs 50,000 besides a trophy.

The organisers will also adjudge man of match during the tournament.

“The teams have been drawn in two pools with pool A consisting of Hyderabad, Punjab-I, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh and pool B having Mumbai, Punjab-II, Kerala and Vidarbha,” said tournament director Sushil Kapoor.

First-round matches: Hyderabad vs Punjab-I (DP Stadium, Patiala); Bengal vs Madhya Pradesh (Cricket Stadium, Sector 16); Mumbai vs Vidarbha (PCA Stadium, Mohali); Punjab -II vs Kerala (DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8).

Second-round matches: Hyderabad vs Madhya Pradesh (Cricket Stadium, Sector 16); Punjab-I vs Bengal (DP Stadium, Patiala); Mumbai vs Kerala (PCA Stadium, Mohali); Vidarbha vs Punjab-II (GSSS, Sector 26).

Third-round matches: Hyderabad vs Bengal (Cricket Stadium, Sector 16); Punjab-I vs Madhya Pradesh (DP Stadium, Patiala); Mumbai vs Punjab-II (DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8); Vidarbha vs Kerala (GSSS, Sector 26).

Final: Topper of Pool A vs topper of pool B (DP Stadium, Patiala).



Sandeep, Pranav surge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Sandeep Kochhar defeated Ajay Gupta during a quarterfinal match of ongoing 1st Chandigarh Club Amateur Snooker Tournament at Chandigarh Club, here today.

In the first match of the day, Sandeep beat Ajay Gupta 3-2 (56-50, 63-58, 45-56, 34-45 and 47-37), while in the second match, Vaibhav Anand defeated Vishal Gupta 3-2 (44-40, 34-45, 52-46, 56-65 and 55-51).

Also, Pranav Jain defeated Gurpreet Singh Batra 3-2 (39-48, 65-57, 72-70, 43-48 and 53-44), while Ajay Singla defeated Karambir Singh Nalwa 3-2 (34-45, 46-39, 55-49, 37-39 and 56-50) to move to the next round of the competition.



September competitions deferred

Chandigarh, September 10
The UT education department has postponed all inter-school games competitions scheduled for September. The events will be organised from November 8 to 14 at same venues.

The events are: boys and girls’ (u-14, 17 and 19) basketball, boys (u-16 and 14) cricket, boys and girls’ (u-14, 17 and 19) dodgeball, boys and girls’ (U-14,17 and 19) football, boys and girls’ (U-14) hockey, boys and girls’ (u-14, 17 and 19) handball, boys and girls’ (U-14, 17 and 19) kabaddi, boys and girls’ (u-14, 17 and 19) baseball, boys and girls’ (u-14, 17 and 19) volleyball and boys and Girls’ (U-14, 17 and 19) wushu. tns



Bahl to head contingent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
KB DAV-7 principal and Roller Skating Federation of India vice-president Madhu Bahl will lead the Indian sub-junior boys rink hockey contingent as team leader in the upcoming 5th Junior Rink Hockey World Championship to be held at Barcelos (Portugal) from September 11 to 17.

The Indian team will compete against teams from Germany, the USA, England, China, Australia, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.


Harpreet Singh of Accountant General Punjab (AG Punjab) has been nominated referee for the upcoming World Roller Hockey (U-20) Championship to be held at Barcelos (Portugal).



Sports quiz

Panchkula, September 10
SGGS Collegiate Public School won the mini-Olympics sports quiz conducted by Chandigarhschools.com at DC Model School, Sector 7, here today.

Mount Carmel School and Bhawan Vidyalaya finished first and second runners-up, respectively. tns



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