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Tubewell lying non-functional for 2 months

Dera Bassi, November 23
Farmers of Chaundheri village have not been able to sow wheat crop as the tubewell has been lying defunct for the past two months. Farmers said despite repeated requests, the officials concerned did not get the fault rectified. Harichand, a farmer, said he could not afford to buy a new tubewell. They urged the authorities to work out a solution. Meanwhile, SDO of the Tubewell Corporation Ashok Arora said the tubewell could not be fixed, as the mechanical staff was on a strike. He assured the farmers of doing the needful. — OC


Mohali: Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today announced the launch of its bariatric surgery department, which would help morbidly obese people lose weight and remain healthy. Dr Rudra Prasad Doley, consultant, GI and bariatric surgery, Fortis Hospital, said weight loss was achieved by reducing the size of stomach or through the removal of a portion of stomach. — OC



Army Major’s bail plea dismissed
Had divorced his wife over phone
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Giving no relief to an Army Major, who had divorced his wife over phone, a local court today dismissed his bail plea in a dowry case. Major Arshad Zeeshan Siddiqui surrendered in the Chandigarh district court on November 15.

He was posted at the Dinjan-based 38 Independent Reconnaissance and Observation Flight of the Army Aviation Corps. He had reportedly divorced his wife Nazia Haleem on May 17, 2009, by uttering ‘talaaq’ thrice over phone.

Major Siddiqui had also submitted an affidavit to officially declare that his marriage had broken down, but Nazia had claimed that he had never called up to utter ‘talaaq’.

Chandigarh resident Nazia got married in 2006, after which her family allegedly started getting dowry demands. She claimed that her ordeal began soon after she gave birth to a boy in September, 2007. Three months later, she was sent back to her parents’ house.

Nazia filed a complaint with the Chandigarh SSP on August 20, 2009, which was forwarded to the women's cell for an inquiry. Subsequently, an FIR was registered on March 17, 2010, under Sections 406 (breach of trust) and 498-A (cruelty) of the IPC and Section 4 (penalty for demanding dowry) of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.

Past tense

Chandigarh resident Nazia got married in 2006, after which her family allegedly started getting dowry demands. She claimed that her ordeal began soon after she gave birth to a boy in September, 2007. Three months later, she was sent back to her parents’ house.



Hawara attackers get bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
A local court today granted bail to the three accused who attacked Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara on November 11. The court granted bail to Ashutosh Gautam, Ramesh Dutt and Manish Sood, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti.

They attacked Hawara when he was brought to the Chandigarh district court in connection with the jailbreak case. They were protesting against bringing Hawara and his associate Bheora from the Tihar jail in New Delhi to Chandigarh.

They were demanding that the trial proceedings be conducted through video-conferencing because these terrorists had raised anti-India slogans whenever they were brought here.



Judge appears as witness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
A judicial magistrate (first class) at the district court complex here, Amit Sharma, today recorded his statement in an Ambala court, around 40 km from here, through video-conferencing.

“The main accused in the case, Deepak, had set his landlady, Asha, on fire at Ambala on July 10, 2010. Asha was brought to the PGI here,” said a police official.

“The judge, Amit Sharma, had gone to the PGI to record the statement of the victim. Today, the judge appeared as witness and recorded his statement,” the police official added.



Missing cop held, undertrial missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
A day after a Burail jail inmate and a UT police head constable went missing from the district courts, the police arrested the latter, Amarjit Singh, from his house today.

The SHO of the Sector-17 police station, Ranjodh Singh, said the head constable was arrested and was being questioned about the jail inmate who escaped.

The inmate, identified as Varun Sood, was lodged in the Burail jail in a case of dacoity and was brought to the court for trial. After the hearing, the inmate and cop went missing.

“The head constable claims that he tried a search on his own after the inmate fled, but failed,” the SHO said. The police stated that investigations are on and the missing jail inmate would be arrested soon.



Immigration fraud: Two fresh cases surface
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, November 23
Two more fresh cases of cheating have been registered against an immigration company functioning from Phase VI here.

The police said Sarabjeet Singh, a resident of Zirakpur, had complained to the SSP that the owner of Jet Immigration Company had allegedly taken Rs 93,000 from him for sending him abroad. But neither was he sent abroad and nor was his money returned.

In another case, Paramjeet Singh, a resident of Mullanpur, and Ajmer Singh Singh, a resident of Duggalwal village, both falling in Gurdaspur tehsil, had allegedly taken Rs 6.80 lakh from both of them for sending them abroad. But the needful was not done.

Shopkeeper stabbed to death

Panchkula: A shopkeeper was stabbed to death at a village near Kalka late last night. The deceased was identified as Kulwant Singh, a resident of Majra Mehtab village.

Surinder, Kulwant’s nephew, reported to the police that the accused, Rishi, Bhola, Babbu of Baad village, along with Hardeep of Naggal Ruttal village, had stabbed Kulwant. Kulwant was taken to a hospital, where doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh, but he died on the way. A case under Section 302 IPC was registered.

35-quintal polythene seized

Ambala: Officials of the municipal corporation raided a godown in a residential area here and seized about 125 bags containing nearly 35 quintals of polythene below 40 micron.

On receiving a tip-off, the officials reached the spot, along with the police, and conducted a search in the godown for nearly three hours till late night and seized about 35 quintals of banned polythene bags.

The officials imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the godown owner.

Secretary of the municipal corporation Virender Singh said the government had imposed a ban on the use of polythene below 40 micron.



Sabhyata, Aarja steer into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Sabhyata Nihalani of Delhi and Aarja Chakraborty of Uttar Pradesh will clash against local pair of Bhavya Wadhawan and Gayatri Kumariah in the finals of Girls’ (U-14) doubles category during the ongoing Shivalik Public School CLTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being held at CLTA complex.

In the semi finals of the category Sabhyata and Aarja beat Nimrat Walia and Shreya Kalia 7-6(3) and 6-3 while in other semi-final clash Bhavya and Gayatri overpowered Aarushi Kakkar and Ayushi Gupta 6-4 and 6-4.

In the quarterfinal matches of Boys’ (U-12), Rohit Kumar defeated his counterpart Himanshu Mor 5-3, 3-5 and 5-3 while local lad Rishabh Sharda went down against Abhimanyu Vannemreddy of Tamil Nadu 4-0 and 4-2.

Delhi player Sacchitt Sharrma overcome S Dakshineshwar in a three set clash 4-0, 3-5 and 4-2 while Utkarsh Bhardwaj defeated Amit Beniwal of Harayan 0-4, 5-4 and 4-1.


Boys’ (U-14)-Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Adhhyan 6-1, 6-1; Nihit Rawal bt Rohit Kumar 6-3, 6-3; Arjun Singh bt Karandeep Singh 6-4, 6-1; Param Pun bt Aryaman Agarwal 7-6, 6-3; Girls (U-12)-Shreya Kalia bt Yubrani Banerjee 4-2, 4-1; Sabhyata Nihalani bt Chetna Kumari 4-0, 4-2;Aarja Chakraborthy bt Prinkle Singh 4-1, 4-2; Akanksha Bhan bt Rubani Ahluwalia 4-2, 4-0; Girls(U-14)-Aarja Chakroborty bt Nimrat Walia 6-3,6-2; Gayatri Kumariah bt Aarushi Kakkar 6-1, 6-3; Sabhyata Nihalani bt Saumya Saxena 6-1,6-2; Doubles-Boys’ (U-12)-Rishabh Sharda and Utkarsh Bhardwaj bt Amit Beniwal & Abhimanyu Rozra 6-2, 5-7, 10-6; Sagar Bains and Himanshu Mor bt MS Karthik and Abhimanyu Vannemreddy 6-2, 6-3; Boys’ (U-14)-Param Pun and Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Piyush Trivedi & Arjun Singh 7-6(4), 6-3; Sidharth Basnet and Dheeranush Singh Bhatti bt Anmol Rattan Kamboj and Ramanjot Singh 6-0, 6-2.



Local golfers shine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Local golfers Karandeep Singh Kochhar, Jaiveer Singh, Vasundhra Thira and Aadil Bedi brought laurels to the city after winning top positions in the recently held junior national golf competitions.

Karandeep Singh won the Rajasthan Memorial Cup held at Jaipur by seven strokes in the Category C. He also secured the second place in the Kolkata golf tournament.

Another player Jaiveer Singh finished third in the same tournament, while Aadil bedi won the Category D event.

In the girls section, Vasundhara Thiara finished as runners-up in Category D.

Golf camp for women from November 26

Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Golf Club will organise a month-long ladies’ golf camp from November 26 at the club, here.

The camp will be held on weekdays and the participants will be taught basic fundamentals of the game including pitching, putting, long and short irons & basic rules of the game & etiquette. Interested participants can contact him.



GMSSS-35 down GMSSS-41
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The handball team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, (GMSSS-35) thrashed Government Model High School, Sector 41, (GMHS-41) by 12-3, to win the title of the inter-school handball tournament for Girls (U-14), being held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

In another match of Girls’ (U-17) category, Government Model High School, Sector 43 defeated Government Mode Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, by 11-4 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, overpowered Government Mode Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, by 7-3. In the last match Government Mode Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, beat Government Mode Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, by 7-1.



After World Cup, kabaddi gets shot in the arm
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The recently held World Cup Kabaddi Tournament in Punjab appears to have motivated many towards the game as a huge response was witnessed in the first edition of the Chandigarh Kabaddi tournament which concluded at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here, today.

The sport became a hit among players of the tricity periphery area, as over 400 players participated in the tournament out of which about 200 players reportedly belonged to Maloya, Mani Majra and Indra Colony.

The huge participation has also caught the fancy of the authorities as officials of the sports department have moved the file in order to add this sport under the gradation system, which will directly benefit the players to get admissions in professional colleges and schools under the sports quota.

“The officials of the sports department have already submitted the file to the higher authorities for the above mentioned purpose. The department has also recommended kho-kho and some action will be taken soon” said KS Bharti, district sports organiser.

On other hand, the players were seen enjoying the three-day festival at the complex. Besides schools and colleges, the clubs also participated in different categories.

“The competition is organised to uplift and boost local players. Many players, including girls, have already made it to the international level. The players mostly come from the periphery areas, as no investment is involved in the game. Now when the game will be included under the grading system it will surely attract more players” said DS Kohli, Kabaddi coach, at the coaching centre in Sector 42.

“People in Maloya play kabaddi everyday and I have grown up seeing them do so. My brother is also a national player of kabbadi. I have recently attended the sub-junior India camp in Gujarat and it has given me and my family an identity.” .— Kiranjeet Kaur, player, Sports Complex, Sector 42.

“Earlier, the teacher of our school did not show any interest in the kabaddi team but we caught attention after winning the gold medal in the recently held inter-school tournament. The periphery area is full of talent and the tournaments will allow them to show their potential at the right platform” — Rajwinder Kaur player, Government High School, Maloya.

“I have participated in all the events, including the senior and junior category, because I love to play the game. It is the only sport where you need to have a perfect mental and physical balance. In our area we play this game everyday”
— Samsher Singh, national level player.

“The game has given me a lot and the experience at the junior India camp in Gujarat has improved my game. We need exposure of this level which will help us to polish our skills in our home town only” — Ankush Rana, student, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37.



badminton Meet
Delhi humble Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
In a one-sided badminton final match of the ongoing ninth Zonal ESIC Sports Meet, Regional Office, Delhi, defeated Regional Office, Punjab, here today.

Delhi overcame the opponents 2-0. In another match (women), Regional Office, Himachal Pradesh, overpowered Regional Office, Punjab, while the headquarters defeated Regional Office Uttarakhand, in the match of singles (men) event.

In the final match of table tennis, Regional Office, Punjab, grabbed the title after defeating Regional Office, Ludhiana. In the league matches of football, headquarters drubbed Regional Office, Himachal Pradesh, 11-0. In another match, DMD defeated Regional Office, Ludhiana, 5-0, while the match between Regional Office, Haryana, and Regional Office, Punjab, ended in a goalless draw.

Results Volleyball: Regional Office, Delhi, bt Regional Office, Ludhiana; Regional Office, Haryana, bt Regional Office, Himachal Pradesh;Headquarters bt Regional Office, Uttarakhand; Regional Office, Punjab, bt DMD; cricket: Regional Office, Himachal Pradesh, bt Regional office, Punjab; DMD bt Regional Office, Uttarakhand.



St Joseph team excel

Chandigarh, November 23
The basketball team of St Josehp's School, Sector 44, won the Inter-School Basketball Tournament for Boys (U-14) after defeating Bhavan Vidhayalya School, Sector 27, during the final match held at Sports Complex, Sector 46, here today.

Results: Girls’ (U-17)-IS Dev Samaj, Sector 21, bt St Anne's, Sector 32, by 21-8; Girls’ (U-14)-SPS, Sector 41, bt Bhavan Vidayalaya by 22-9. — TNS



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