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Bus overturns
Over two dozen women hurt

Parmod Mehta

Lalru, November 29
Over two dozen women, all of whom were factory workers, were injured when the company bus they were travelling in overturned near Malakpur village on the Lalru-Handesra road near here this evening.

The injured were taken to the Lalru and Dera Bassi civil hospitals, where most of them were discharged after treatment.

According to information available, over 30 workers of Agrodutch Industries, a canned mushroom manufacturing company, were travelling after duty in the bus, bound for Jarout and nearby villages.

The incident took place around 7 pm.

The driver lost control over the bus and overturned to the left.

The factory management started an investigation.

Those being treated at Dera Bassi included Gurmeet, Mamta, Sunita, Kailasho, Babli, Manchindi, Bewa, Sunehri and Phoolan.



Sukhbir claims 800m title
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 29
The 15th Annual Athletics Meet of the Government College, Ambala Cantonment, kicked-off at the War Heroes Memorial Stadium here today. Harish Ranga, chief probation officer, DGP (Prisons) office, Panchkula, was the chief guest.

Ranga emphasised the need for sports in character building at a young age.

A number of college students participated in the sports meet.

The results: 800 metres (boys): 1 Sukhbir Singh, 2 Dimple and 3 Jagdip Singh; 800 metres (girls): 1 Uma, 2 Chanchal and 3 Meena; 200 metres (girls): 1 Uma, 2 Chanchal and 3 Aarti; javelin throw: 1 Aarti, 2 Meenakshi and 3 Uma.




HC slaps costs on PU
Takes exception to appeal in workman’s case

Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Wasting the time of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has cost Panjab University (PU) dear. Taking exception to its decision to file an appeal in a workman’s case, a Division Bench has imposed costs of Rs 10,000 on PU.

The Bench asserted, “We express our unhappiness over the decision of the university in filing this appeal and wasting the time of the court twice over on frivolous grounds. We direct that the respondent workman be reinstated forthwith. The appeal stands dismissed, with costs quantified at Rs 10,000, to be deposited with the State Legal Services Authority.”

The directions by the Bench of Justice MM Kumar and Justice Rajiv Narain Raina came on an appeal filed by PU against Parveen Bala and another respondent.

Speaking for the Bench, Justice Raina asserted, “After disengaging services of the respondent, the university issued an advertisement for recruitment of clerks. She qualified the written test. However, she was neither re-engaged, nor her service regularised on passing of such test. “The labour court found that in the interregnum, the university made a large number of appointments of nepotism through the back door, largely at the instance of Sodhi Ram, the then Controller of Examinations. The university is the appellant before us unabashedly. “The respondent was engaged to serve again from April 20, 1997, to September 30, 1997, for pressing seasonal work. In 1999, she passed a written test, but could not clear the type test. She continued thus, till she was again disengaged on November 30, 2002, on the plea of non-passing of the type test. “The last disengagement led to the reference. The labour court ordered reinstatement, with 40 per cent back wages, with effect from October 1, 2002, till the date of the award, which would carry 9 per cent interest. “The single Judge has upheld the award and endorsed the discretion exercised by the labour court in awarding 40 per cent back wages. We wholeheartedly put our stamp of approval on the judgment impugned.”



Six-year-old boy crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 29
A six-year-old boy was crushed to death under a speeding truck in the godown area at Pabhat this morning.

The mishap occurred around 10 am. The victim, identified as Niyaz, was playing on the roadside. He died on the spot.

The driver of the truck fled the spot. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem examination at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital.

The police said the truck was impounded and a case registered against the driver of the vehicle.

Body found

The body of an unidentified migrant labourer in his mid-thirties was found at Peermuchhalla, near Royal Empire, here this afternoon.

The body would be kept at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital for 72 hours for identification. No injury mark was found on the body.



Woman held for neighbour’s murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The local police today arrested a woman for beating her 55-year-old neighbour to death in Sector 52. The police arrested 35-year-old Beena in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC.

Surjit Singh, who stayed in a transit camp in Sector 52, had entered into a scuffle with the woman two days ago.

The police said Surjit was an alcoholic and used to pick fights with his neighbours. On Sunday evening, he came home heavily drunk and verbally abused the woman, who was his neighbour. Beena responded by assaulting him with a stick. Surjit Singh sustained injuries and was admitted to the PGI yesterday. He succumbed to the injuries today.

Based on the statements of the eyewitnesses, the police arrested Beena. The police said Surjit’s body bore injury marks, following which the arrest was made.



28-year-old commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
Dewan (28), a native of Madhya Pradesh, committed suicide at the old mundan ghat near the historic Mata Mansa Devi shrine here today. According to sources, the youth’s body was found hanging from a tree at the mundan ghat this morning.

The MDC police took the body into custody and sent it to the General Hospital for a post-mortem. The body was later handed over to the family members.

The deceased’s uncle, Krishan Lal, told the police his nephew had left the house at 5 pm yesterday but failed to return. He said the deceased was unmarried and used to take alms from devotees who visited the shrine.

He added that the deceased’s father had recently died.



Four hurt as trucks collide
Our Correspondent

Banur, November 29
Four persons were injured when a truck and a tanker collided near here today. According to sources, the collision took place near a private hospital on the Rajpura-Chandigarh highway.

The drivers of both vehicles, a cleaner of the tanker and a pedestrian were seriously injured in the mishap. They were admitted to the hospital in a serious condition.

The injured included tanker driver Ganesh, resident of Rajasthan; truck driver Guljar Singh, resident of Mohi Kalan, Patiala district, and pedestrian Gurcharan Singh, resident of Raiwali, Ambala district. The police has registered a case against Guljar Singh under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC.



Man killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
A 40-year-old man was killed as he was hit by a private bus near the Spice chowk at Industrial Area here today.

Hapreet Singh was going towards Phase VI on his scooter when the bus hit him from the rear. He fell down and sustained serious injuries.

A passerby immediately informed the police, which took the victim to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead. He was survived by his wife and two children. The body was handed over to the family and a case registered against the driver of the bus.



Inter-School cricket
DAV-8 trump Banyan Tree for title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, won the Inter-School Cricket Tournament for Boys’ (U-16) held on the school premises, here today.

In the final, DAV Senior Secondary School defeated Banyan Tree School (BTS), Sector 48, by four wickets.

Batting first, the BTS set a target of 105 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Satyam (40 off 41) and Akshay (25 off 26) guided the team to victory.

For DAV, Raman was the pick of the bowlers with his three for 19, while Subham took two for 13.

In reply, DAV team achieved the target in the 15th over. Pardeep contributed 45 off 42 balls, while Vineet Dhaka remained unbeaten at 41 off 26.

For the bowling side, Sahib and Jasvinder took one wicket each.

In another match, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, (GMSSS-35) defeated Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, (GNPS-36) by 59 runs to attain the third place in the tournament.

After electing to bat first, GMSSS-35 batsmen Rahul Singh (78) and Abhimanyu (60) remained unbeaten and guided their team to a mammoth 166 for 1 in 20 overs. For GNPS-36, Charanjeet took the only wicket for his team after giving away 34 runs.

In reply, GNPS failed to achieve the target in the stipulated 20 overs.

Arjit (33) and Yash (20) were the only main run-getters for the team. For the bowling side, Amrinder and Jagjit claimed two wickets each.



St Stephen’s register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
St Stephen’s outplayed Vivek High School, Sector 38, in the first quarterfinal of the ongoing Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Tournament for Boys at St Kabir School here today.

Defending champions St Stephen’s thrashed Vivek School 3-0. Tegpratap opened the account for the team in the 21st minute, while Shaiza (30th) and Akshit (40th) sealed the team’s victory.

In another match, Government Model High School, Sector 26, defeated Saupin’s School, Sector 32, 3-0.

Rohit Joshi scored the first goal in the second minute of the game, while Ankit Deshwal doubled the account in the 43rd minute. Vijay Bahadur scored the final goal in the 47th minute.

In the third match, St John’s School registered a 3-0 win against St Soldier International School, Sector 28. Akaash (13th and 49th minutes) and Gaurav (27th minute) sealed the team’s victory. Also, St Kabir School ousted Strawberry Field, Sector 26, 2-0. Karan scored the first goal in the 17th minute, while Dev Malhotra scored the winning goal for the team.



St Anne’s annex title

Chandigarh, November 29
Hosts St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, won the sixth Senior Alberta Memorial Cricket Tournament, overcoming DAV School, Sector 15, in the final here today.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Shivam Sharma of St Anne’s guided the team to victory. Batting first, the team scored 112 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Shivam contributed 43 runs to the team total. Ajay (17) was the other main scorer. For DAV, Amandeep took 3 for 14. In reply, DAV started well, but were bundled out for 83 runs. Rajat (23) and Abhishek (20) were the maiun scorers. Saiyyam and Shivam took two wickets each.

Brief scores: St Anne’s: 112 for 8 in 20 overs (Shivam Sharma 43, Ajay 17, Amandeep 3 for 14, Rajat 2 for 28); DAV-15: 83 all out in 19.4 overs (Rajat 23, Abhishek 20, Saiyyam 2 for 17, Shivam 2 for 27).

Shivam (man of the match and best wicket-keeper); Abhinandan (best batsman), Amandeep (best bowler) and Saiyyam (best all-rounder).



UT teams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The UT sports department has selected the badminton, athletics, gymnastics and basketball teams for the upcoming 36th national sports festival for women.

Gymnastics: Aagta, Ritu, Deepika, Prahleen, Manisha, Aneet; basketball: Renu, Surbir, Anu, Karishma, Harpreet, Parminder, Gagandeep, Richa, Gaganpreet, Anmol, Keerty, Sumandeep; badminton: Anubhi, Amit, Nisha, Karam, Deepti; athletics: Sandhya, Anjali, Amandeep, Karanpreet, Anjali.



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