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Morcha flays Cong, SAD-BJP 
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, November 30
The Sanjha Morcha, led by the People’s Party of Punjab, held a meeting at Lalru, near here, today to prepare for the rally to be organised at Ropar on December 4.

The Sanjha Morcha had intensified its campaign for Assembly elections in Punjab. Various leaders said the corrupt rule of the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress had damaged the economic condition of Punjab.

Addressing those present at the meeting, they claimed that the rule of these parties had caused unemployment, poverty and illiteracy in the state.

They appealed to the people of Punjab to support them in the forthcoming Assembly elections so that the economic condition of the state could be improved.

Among those who spoke on the occasion were PPP leader Bhagwant Singh Bartana, CPM leader Shyam Lal Hebatpur, CPI leader Jaspal Singh Dappar and Dharm Singh Saini.



Seminars for a cause
Rural folk apprised of free legal aid
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
To create legal awareness among people at the grassroots, the district legal services authority, in collaboration with the district social security and child welfare department, organised seminars regarding free legal aid and lok adalats at Ramgarh, Sania and Khera villages in the district yesterday.

The seminars were presided over by Varinder Sandhu, assistant district attorney (legal services), Fatehgarh Sahib. A large number of people from all walks of life attended these seminars.

Addressing the gathering, Sandhu informed senior citizens regarding free legal aid to them.

He said people belonging to SC and ST categories, children, women, the mentally and physically challenged, industrial workers, victims of natural disasters, victims of human trafficking, those under custody and persons having an annual income less than Rs 1 lakh were entitled to freelegal aid, which included counsel fee, processing fee and miscellaneous expenses.

He also highlighted the importance and benefits of lok adalats, which were proving effective in providing easy and speedy justice at low cost by way of settlement of cases by mutual understanding. Gurwinder Singh Sohi, president of JAAGO, a social organisation, Amarjit Kaur, supervisor, Paramjit Kaur, president of a self-help group, also addressed the gatherings.



Mata Gujri College bag overall trophy
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 30
Players of Mata Gujri College won laurels by bagging the overall trophy in the 8th Khalsai Khel Utsav held at Budhlada in Mansa district recently. They defeating 38 teams of different SGPC-run colleges from Punjab and other states.

The college players won seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the meet.

Congratulating the players for their achievement, college director-principal Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu stressed the need for developing sportsmanship.

He said such festivals went a along way in the overall development of an individual. He also lauded the role of coach Bhopal Singh Gora.



Schoolgirl raped in village
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 30
A girl student of a government school close to Naraingarh was allegedly raped by a youth.

The girl, who is a student of class X, was going to attend nature’s call in her village. A youth of the village caught her and raped her there. He also thrashed her when she protested.

The girl became unconscious. When some villagers noticed her, they informed the parents of the girl who brought her to Civil Hospital at Naraingarh. Later, the doctors referred her to Chandigarh. The police has registered a case against the youth on the complaint of the victim. The youth is absconding.



Ex-Army man accuses SDM of misconduct 
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 30
A retired subedar-major of the Army has accused the district Sub-Divisional Magistrate of verbal abuse and humiliation.

According to the retired Army man, Laftain Singh, Barara Sub-Divisional Magistrate Prem Chand abused and insulted him at his office on November 18 when he had gone there in connection with a case.

He claimed that when he met Prem Chand in connection with the case pertaining to land dispute, the latter abused him and asked him not to call him everyday.

Laftain Singh said he was taken aback by the SDM’s behaviour. A crestfallen Army man added: “I am a war veteran having served in the 1965 and 1971 wars.”

Laftain Singh alleged that the SDM had reserved the decision in the case, which was to be announced on November 28. On November 18, when he had gone to meet the SDM, the latter abused him, he alleged. Seeking SDM’s suspension, he said he had submitted a complaint to the police and apprised the Deputy Commissioner of the incident and sought his intervention.

SDM Prem Chand, however, rubbished the allegations and said he had never used derogatory language against the Army man, who, he said, frequently sent text messages to enquire about a pending case. He had politely conveyed to him the fact that it was not the standard procedure to give information about a court case through text messages, the SDM said.



FDI in retail
Industrialists, farmers welcome decision
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 30
Bharat Bhushan Jain, deputy chairman, Haryana Chamber of Commerce, Arjun Dev Gandhi, district chairman, Ambala, and industrialists of Ambala GD Chhibbar, Chaman Lal Gupta and Ram Narain Madaan have welcomed the decision of the Centre to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector in the country.

The industrialists of Ambala district have termed the decision as vital to the interests of the nation. As per their opinion, in this age of globalisation, only such companies and industries that provided quality products to consumers at cheap rates would survive and progress.

FDI in retail trading would create healthy competition among local industries. They would focus on improving the quality of their products and consequently, consumers would be able to get quality goods at cheap rates. The decision would also check inflation and consequently, prices of the commodities would come down. It would also create one crore new opportunities of employment in the next three years.

A number of progressive farmers of Ambala district, including Harkesh Singh Mohri, Karan Rana, Surjan Singh Kesari, Hardyal Singh Nanyola, Achhar Singh Ugara, Raj Karan Dukheri, Naib Singh Saini and Madan Mohan Ghel, hailed this decision of the Centre.

In a joint statement, these farmers said the decision had been taken by the Centre keeping the interests of farmers in view. With this decision, consumers would get quality goods at cheap rates and farmers would get remunerative prices of their produce, they added.



No SIM sale sans identity proof: DCP
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 30
The Ambala police has decided to take action against shopkeepers selling mobile phone SIM cards without getting valid identity proofs from customers. Shashank Anand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), yesterday passed orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

It was now mandatory for all retailers and dealers in the district engaged in the sale of mobile phone connections and SIM cards to submit daily sales reports with complete details to the nearest police station.

Anand further said it had been found that some retailers had sold mobile phone connections without ascertaining valid identities of subscribers, which posed serious danger to the security of the nation.

Any person found guilty of violation of the orders would be liable to be punished under Section 188 of the IPC and FIRs would be registered against such shopkeepers.



Girl commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A 19-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan here last night.

The victim, Shalu, allegedly had a tiff with her boyfriend before she took the extreme step. She was a resident of Bapu Dham Colony. The police said the girl was talking to her male friend on the phone when the two had a heated argument. The teenager then hung herself in her room. Her body was found in the morning by her family members. The police questioned the youth and started inquest proceedings.



Another victim turns hostile

Chandigarh, November 30
Another victim turned hostile in the infamous J&K sex scandal at the special CBI court today. So far, five witnesses have turned hostile in the case. According to sources, a 28-year-old victims changed her statement and informed the court that she had never made any complaint in this case. Besides, the court also recorded the statement of another witness, Mangal Singh, today. The case had hit the headlines in March, 2006 after a pornographic MMS was traced doing rounds in J&K.

During the investigations, it was revealed that Sabeena, the alleged kingpin, was engaged in supplying girls to various officials in the state. Later, the case was transferred to the CBI from the police. There are 14 accused, including former J&K minister Ghulam Ahmed Hassan Mir, Independent MLA and former minister Raman Mattoo, BSF DIG KC Padhi, former J&K Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi and DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir, in the case. TNS



Youth booked for abusing police on Facebook
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The police has booked a resident of Sector 19, Panchkula, for allegedly abusing the police on its Facebook page.

A case under Sections 66-A, 67 and 67-A of the Information Technology Act 2000 has been registered against the accused, Nitin Jindal, at the Industrial Area police station. The police said the accused was posting abusive comments on the Facebook page of the Chandigarh Traffic Police.

Jindal had been abusing the Chandigarh Police for the past two months on its Facebook account.

The police said Jindal had even created multiple accounts on Facebook.

The traffic police had created the page to obtain feedback from the general public on traffic violations.



Delhi claim titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
After Delhi lasses defeated Punjab to win the softball (girls) title, the boys team of Delhi defeated hosts Chandigarh to win the boy’s title in the ongoing 24th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship at the PEC grounds, here today.

Delhi players in a jubilant mood after winning the softball championship in Chandigarh
Delhi players in a jubilant mood after winning the softball championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Photo: Deepankar Sharda

In the final, Delhi trounced Chandigarh 10-5. The batters guided the team to victory after scoring 10 home runs.

On other hand, the local team failed to impress and finished runners-up in the tournament.

Madhya Pradesh finished third in the boys’ category, while Kerala attained the third place in the girls’ category. 





They play softball with no safety
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
A catcher in a softball match, if not careful, is always at the mercy of a pitcher who pitches the ball at his best speed. The situation could get worsened if the catcher is not wearing a proper kit.

A similar kind of situation has been witnessed during the matches of the 24th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship concluded today at PEC University.

Catchers in both boys and girls’ categories are seen in action without the mandatory protective gear. Catchers have to wear leg, chest and knee guards for their safety. The photographs were taken on different days of the 24th Sub-Junior National Softball Championship held at PEC grounds in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan, Pradeep Tewari

Most of the catchers from different teams were seen playing without wearing chest, leg, Knee, Shin Guards and other picket materials keeping aside all the safety norms.

As per experts, a pitcher in the sub-junior level balls at a minimum speed of 20 to 30 km per hour and the speed gets doubled in the senior category. For a catcher, it is important to wear at least a good chest guard, shin guard and helmet to avoid any injury.

But in the national level tournament held here, not only the catchers but coaches, who are former players of the game, were also seen neglecting all the aspects.

“One can easily make out the speed of ball when it is pitches towards batter and these young kids should wear the proper kit. This is their age to learn and if they do not take care of safety measures, it will be a problem for them in future.” said Rishab, a student of PEC University, while watching the match. He added, “If anything happens on-field, catchers would be the first victims,” said Rishab.

On other hand, one more aspect came in forth that a good quality kit of a catcher is worth Rs 18000 to Rs 20,000 whereas a standard kit is worth Rs 7000 to Rs 8000.

“The game is not commonly played in our nation and a good quality kit is very costly while the home-made kits are not good enough to secure the players. A player’s safety is the most important thing in a tournament. Some states can provide kits to their players but many others find it difficult,” said Pravin Anakor, general secretary of softball association of India.

N Reddy, from Andhra Pradesh, who is among one of the senior umpires of the softball, also showed his concern about the safety.

“After a catcher, only an umpire knows how the ball is swinging and how dangerous it can be. A good kit is out of pocket of a normal player; otherwise, it is compulsory to wear it including a good helmet. It is neither wrong at the part of the organisers nor the players, the state association should consult its local kit manufacturers,” said Narshima Reddy.

‘Wearing protective gear is mandatory’

We have made it compulsory for a catcher to wear a proper kit but somehow they fail to wear. The A-class quality of kit is not available in India and if somehow it is, it costs up to at least Rs 18,000. For a player, it is difficult to buy it on his or her own. We are looking for good material on cheaper rates in local companies and we will find a way soon — Pravin Anaokar, general secretary of softball association of India

‘Can’t afford the kit’

The ball comes very fast but we have now trained enough to pocket it in our glove. The kit is very important but we cannot purchase, it is only the associations that provide us. Due to non-availability of kit we hardly wear it in our practice sessions, now we are in a habit to play like this — Deepak & Nayan, catchers of Chandigarh & Madhya Pradesh, respectively



Sarvesh retains snooker title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
Ace player Sarvesh Suman defended his junior snooker title in the 26th Haryana State Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship here today.

In the final clash, he overcame Abhishek Saini 58-38, while in the semifinal, Sarvesh Suman overcame Abhishek Saini 64-39. Similarly, Abhishek Saini defeated Saransh Chaudhary 49-38.

Rajan Garg gave Himanshu Aggarwal a tough time in the opening match of the senior snooker category.

Himanshu won the first frame on the blue ball, while Rajan won the second frame after making two pots on the pink and black balls.

However, Himanshu made a comeback and won the match in the third frame on pink ball.

Results: Senior snooker: Himanshu Aggarwal b Rajan Garg 3-2; Aseem Arora b Rohit 3-0; Amit Rohela b Sidharth Sharma 3-2; Saransh Chaudhary b Sumit Behl 3-2.



St Xavier’s-44 bag title

Panchkula, November 30
St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, defeated St Kabir’s School, Sector 26, 43-32 to win the 8th Emily Gosain Basketball Tournament here today. Navjot contributed at total of 18 points towards the winners’ score. He was supported by Sumit (9) and Gursher (6). For St Kabir’s, Garv (8), Ritik (6) and Gurteg (6) garnered the points. In the semifinal, St Kabir’s defeated Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, 45-33, while St Xavier’s, Chandigarh, beat St Xavier’s, Panchkula, 29-23. tns



Special kids exhibit soccer skills
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Dreams to make it big have no boundaries, as was evident from the enthusiasm shown by special kids during a football tournament organised at Bhavan Vidalaya, Sector 27, here today.

The special children in different age groups were seen giving it all during the tournament organsied by the Special Olympics Bharat (Chandigarh chapter) here.

Even as they played for fun, they were no less than Christiano Ronaldo and David Beckham for normal schoolchildren, who cheered them on from the fence.

“We have requested our teacher not to take the lecture, as we want to cheer for our school team as well as others. They are a source of inspiration for us and we respect their spirit,” said a group of class X students.

Playing their hearts out, special kids were thrilled to be competing on the football field.

“Their smile says it all. It’s difficult to make these kids understand any game but the credit goes to their teachers. Their effort is worth appreciating,” said Anil Sharma, sports director, Special Olympics, Chandigarh.

“I am here to kick the ball and I am waiting for Hardhik (his teammate), as my teacher told me to follow him. I will score and hug Hardhik and I will kick the ball high,” said Gaurav, one of the players.

Besides special kids, those with hearing disability also played in the tournament.

The results: Intellectual disables: 8-11 years: 1 Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27; 2 Asha School, Chandi Mandir; 12-15 years: 1 Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27; 2 Asha School, Chandi Mandir; 16-21 years: 1 Asha School; 2 SOREM, Sector 36; 3 Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27; 4 Sadhana Vocational Centre, Mani Majra.

Hearing impaired: 16-21 years: 1 Vatika Team (A) School, Sector 19; 2 Vatika Team (B) School, Sector 19; 3 Asha School, Chandi Mandir; 4 Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37.

Special children from Asha and Sorem School take part in a football match at Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 27, Chandigarh
Special children from Asha and Sorem School take part in a football match at Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Wenesday. Tribune Photos: Nitin Mittal



St Stephen’s to face St Kabir in football final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Defending champions St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, will lock horns with hosts St Kabir School, Sector 26, in the final of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Tournament for boys.
Players of St Stephen’s School and St John’s High School vie for the ball during the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Tournament for boys at St Kabir School, Sector 26, Chandigarh
Players of St Stephen’s School and St John’s High School vie for the ball during the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Football Tournament for boys at St Kabir School, Sector 26, Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

In the first semifinal match here today, St Stephen’s School got the better of St John’s High School, Sector 26, 5-3 in a tie-breaker session after the two teams played a 1-1 draw in the stipulated time.

Shaiza opened the account for St Stephen’s School in the 27th minute, while Akaash levelled the score in the 54th minute for the opponents. In the tie-breaker, Shaiza, Hemantbir, Uday and Vikas scored for St Stephen’s School, while Gaurav and Diplej were the only ones to convert their spot kicks for St John’s.

The second semifinal of the day was awarded to St Kabir School after the team lodged a overage protest against Vijay Bahadur of Government Model High School, Sector 26. The Sector-26 team was disqualified after the documents, including the date of birth certificate, of the player suggested his country of birth as Nepal.



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