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2 youths take away 400-gm gold from shop
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 5
Two youths decamped with 400-gm gold worth Rs 12 lakh from a shop at Chota Bazar in Ambala City last evening. Pawan Kumar, owner of the shop, said he had bought 400-gm gold from a jeweller for making ornaments. He added that two youths, who were posing as sweepers, took away the bag containing gold from the shop. He reported the matter to the police.

Camp for jail inmates

PATIALA: Rotary Club, Patiala, has organised an adult education camp for the inmates of Central Jail, Patiala. Shashikant, DGP, Punjab (prisons), inaugurated the camp. — TNS



Grandmother, 3 others held for murdering child
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, December 5
The police has arrested the grandmother and three other relatives of two-year-old Mannat for murdering him.

The decomposed body of Mannat was recovered from a drain two days ago. It was sent to the PGI, Rohtak, for an autopsy.

The postmortem report indicated that the child was murdered.

Earlier, father of the child Nitin, who is a railway employee, had filed a complaint with the police alleging that the grandmother of the child Saroj Bala and three other relatives had abducted Mannat. After recovering the body, murder charges were slapped on the accused.

Mannat had been missing for the past 15 days. On December 3, one of the area residents, spotted the body of Mannat in a drain and informed the police about it. Later, parents of the child identified the body. The parents and neighbours had staged a demonstration against the police when the body was brought to the hospital.

They alleged that the police did not take up the matter seriously. They alleged that the child could be saved if the police had acted swiftly. The police said a murder case under Section 302 IPC had been registered against the accused and a probe was marked into the matter.



Lawyers seek action against cop 
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib,December 5
The District Bar Association has sought strict action against Vinod Kumar, in-charge of the Sirhind police chowki for humiliating, insulting and manhandling Navjot Singh Khangura, an advocate, during a naka yesterday. The lawyers held a meeting and lodged a written complain with the SSP in this regard.

In his complaint, Navjot Singh alleged that he was on his way to office in the district courts, Fatehgarh Sahib, when Vinod Kumar stopped his vehicle for checking. He said despite showing all documents, Vinod misbehaved with him and when he objected to the same, the chowki in-charge issued a challan and started abusing the lawyer fraternity.

Navjot added that he was humiliated. He urged the SSP to take stern action against the erring cop, who did not know how to respect the general public.

Navjot said a number of complaints had been filed against the chowki in-charge.

Meanwhile, Amardeep Singh Dharni, president, District Bar Association, has urged the SSP to look into the matter.



Form panel, says HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Acting on a petition filed by parents of nine minors alleging irregularities in the admissions to pre-nursery by St Kabir School-26, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the UT education department to constitute a committee.

The panel, headed by DPI (school), has been asked to look into the criteria, Procedure, and transparency in the admission process.

Justice Surya Kant also put on notice the UT education secretary, DPI (schools), and the DEO, along with the principal and administrator of St Kabir School. Notice has also been issued to the CBSE regional director.

They have been asked to respond to the issues raised in the petition.The directions came on the petitions filed by Anirudh Sharma and other parents. They had applied for the admission of their wards.

Fixing December 13 as the next date of hearing in the matter, Justice Surya Kant observed: “Meanwhile, the counsel for the UT education department shall have instructions for the constitution of an inquiry committee headed by DPI (school) of Chandigarh administration, comprising two senior most officers of the education department as its members, to look into the criteria,procedure and transparency in the admission made by St Kabir”.

The petitioners argued unlike other schools, St Kabir School did not allow the parents to take home the admission forms. They were compelled to fill it up in the school only. The petitioners also argued only 18 students were admitted through draw of lot, out of the total 92 seats in pre-nursery class. The others seats were arbitrarily reserved for siblings of those already studying in the school, and the teachers’ children.

The petitioners added the entire admission process was vitiated by the arbitrariness and illegality because as per the apex court guidelines, no school could reserve more than 50 per cent seats.



Silver City told to refund Rs 15.72 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum-I has directed Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Ltd to refund Rs 15,72,000 along with 18 per cent interest per annum from respective dates of deposit till realisation.

Forum president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota also directed the respondents to pay Rs 10,000 as cost of litigation to the complainant, Onkar Chand, a resident of Sector 7 in Panchkula. The complainant submitted that he had purchased a flat in Silver City Themes in Bankarpur near Dera Bassi from Anuradha Sahni, who also deposited a transfer fee of Rs 17,270 with the opposite party. The party also issued mortgage permission for the purpose of availing loan from a bank. The complainant said Rs 15.72 lakh was deposited with the party, which promised to give the possession of the apartment after the receipt of the full payment and the construction would be completed by July 31, 2007.

The complainant said the payment plan was revised and he was directed to pay an outstanding amount of Rs 13,52,500. As there was uncertainty regarding the completion of the flats, he paid only one instalment of Rs 3,04,500 on November 15, 2009.



Rickshaw-puller dies in freak accident
Accused was racing with another car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh. December 5
A rickshaw puller was killed in a freak accident in Sector 35 by a racing car driven by a 23-year-old engineering student of Indo Global Group of Colleges. The police arrested student Neeraj Rattan, in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the IPC. The accused was racing with another car when it rammed into he rickshaw, the police said..

The mishap occurred at 2 pm on the busy Sector 35 road when the speeding Zen car of Neeraj was racing with anther i10 car, which belonged to his friend. Eyewitnesses said the Zen car first hit a rickshaw puller, who had a narrow escape following which it rammed into another rickshaw, which had one occupant.

The rickshaw was dragged for a distance and then overturned. Gobra, a Bihar native, sustained head injury and was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The occupant of the rickshaw also sustained injuries.

The police arrested Neeraj who was later given bail. A case has bee registered at the Sector 36 police station.



PGI junior doc goes missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
A 25-year-old junior doctor of medicine department at the PGI, Dr Shiv Kalyan, has reportedly gone missing. The doctor was staying at the hostel in the institute.

A missing complaint was lodged at the Sector 11 police station. The police said Dr Shiv failed to qualify his test twice and was upset for the past few days. He was not coming to the department during duty hours since December 3. The junior doctor was residing in Kairon block and he is a native of Orissa.



Tolet service provider kills woman to usurp property 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
Owning property worth crores proved fatal for an unmarried woman, Purmila Tiwari, director of a Yamuna Nagar-based educational institute, as the tolet service provider, along with two others, killed her to usurp the property.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested three accused Jaibir, Ashok and Rambir, caretaker of the flat owned by Purmila, for strangulating her to death. They killed her car driver also, it was alleged.

Apart from having a flat at Mansa Devi Complex, Purmila, owned property in New Delhi also. Though she had relatives in Patna and Assam, none of them was aware of her property in Delhi. Jaibir in connivance with Ashok and Rambir murdered her in order to usurp her property, added sources.

Purmila, who was the director of Institute of Science and Technology, Kalawad, in Yamuna Nagar district along with her car driver Gurvinder had been missing since she visited her flat in Mansa Devi Complex on November 27. Later their mutilated bodies were recovered from Chandimandir area near the railway track. The GRP rounded up Jaibir, Ashok and Rambir and during interrogation it was found that the accused already knew about Purmila’s visit and they had planned to kill her the same day.

Jaibir used to rent out the flat owned by Purmila. The flat had been lying vacant for long and Purmila had come to rent it out again.

Jaibir told Ashok and Rambir that Purmila had no successor and in case of her death there would be no claimant for the flat and in that case her flat could be sold by forging papers, said sources. He enticed Ashok and Rambir by offering them share.



Two killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, December 5
Two persons were killed after their motorcycle was hit by a speeding car near Sekhon marriage palace on the Zirakpur-Kalka Highway on Sunday night. The deceased were identified as Lakhveer Singh (30) and Rahul Kumar (18), both residents of Burail, Chandigarh.

The accident occurred at 11.30 pm on Sunday when both the neighbours were on their way to Chandigarh on a motorcycle which was hit by an Alto car from the rear. A passerby immediately informed the police and the injured were rushed to a hospital, where Rahul was declared brought dead, while Lakhveer succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

The car driver managed to flee from the spot. The bodies have been handed over to the families after conducting an autopsy. A case has been registered in this connection.

Sewing machines distributed

LALRU: Congress leader Deepinder Singh Dhillon gave sewing machines to around 24 women during a function held on Monday. He said he would continue to fight against corruption.



Players become a victim of officials’ negligence
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Kho-kho, kabaddi and volleyball players, who were scheduled to participate in the Women National Games in Karnataka, had to face a harrowing time when they were forced to return from the Delhi Railway Station yesterday.

The games are to begin from December 8.

The players were called back by officials of the sports department after they failed to get seats on the Karnataka-bound train.

However, the officials were seen passing the buck to the Sports Ministry. As per provided information, the department had asked for 37 seats, but the ministry could provide only 27 seats.

“We were assured by the ministry that the reservation would be done,” said an official of the sports department.

A press release issued by the sports department stated that the selection trials for the above said events were held on November 3 at the sports complex in Sector 42, but still the officials relied on the ministry to provide reservation at the eleventh hour.

The department received the ‘confirmation’ in the afternoon on December 3, despite the fact that it had requested the ministry to send it by December 1.

“It was a planned tournament; the officials should have received the confirmation on time. The real sufferers are the players, who just ‘wasted’ their time,” said a coach.

Interestingly, when the players reached Delhi, they were shocked to know that there was no reservation for them and when the matter was brought to the notice of the authorities back in the city, they were called back.

“It is good that the authorities called us back, as travelling without reservation might have landed girls in trouble, but the officials must have taken necessary steps on time instead of relying on others, as we were representing the city not Delhi,” said a player.

On the other hand, Rahul Gupta, director, sports, said, “If we are at fault then I must say things have been handled in a wrong manner. The department will look into the matter and and will surely take necessary steps so that such incidents do not take place in future,” added Rahul. 



Little Flower, NPS to clash for title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, Panchkula will face hosts New Public School, Sector 18, while Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, will lock horns with Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, in the final of boys and girls category, respectively during the ongoing Col Balraj Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament being held here.

In the semifinals (boys category), St Xavier School, Sector 44, lost to Little Flower Convent School 42-43 (8-10,10-8,6-8,18-17), with Sajal gathering 18 points for the team. While Jaspreet contributed 28 points.

In the second match, NPS-18 routed St Kabir School, Sector 26, 18-11(6-3,10-2,0-4,2-2). For NPS, Abhay Sarna scored 12 points, while for St Kabir, Ekteshwar made six points.

In the semifinals (girls category), Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, overcame Little Flower Convent School 21-18(2-4,6-4,6-4,7-6), while Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, thrashed Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, 34-16(13-2,8-0,8-2,5-12) to move to the final of the competition.


League matches: Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, bt DAV Model School, Sector 15, 27-3(10-0,2-1,8-0,7-2); New Public School, Sector 18, bt St John’s School, Sector 26, 19-4(7-0,6-2, 4-0,2-2); St Kabir School, Sector 26, bt Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, 23-19(3-3,4-11,6-6,6-3); St Xavier School, Sector 44, bt Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra 14-11(8-0,4-0,2-0,0-11); girls: Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, bt Little Flower Convent School 26-8(10-4,8-0,6-0,2-4); Sacred Heart School bt Strawberry Fields World School 10-4(0-4;2-0;0-4;2-2);Guru Nanak Public School bt New Public School 23-16(0-0,9-2,12-6,2-8). 



Karan emerges tennis champ
Tribune News Service

A player in action during a tennis match at Sector 11 in Chandigarh on Monday.
A player in action during a tennis match at Sector 11 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, December 5
Tennis player Karan Patnaik overcame Rohit Dhiman in a one-sided affair to win the final of Ld Kapoor Memorial YMCA Total Tennis Championship being held here today.

In the final of men’s category, Karan defeated Rohit 6-3,6-3.

In the boys (U-12), Shivam Vij of DAV Public School was given a tough competition by Shreyash Chopra.

After three hard-fought sets, Shivam took the first game without facing any difficulty but Shreyash came back after winning the second set 4-2. But Shivam won the third set 4-2 and 4-2 to win the title.

The boys (U-10) title went to Chiraz Singh who thrashed Parnav Chopra in straight sets 4-0,4-0, while Rohit Berwal routed Rohit Dhiman to win the boys(U-14) title.

Rohit Dhiman easily won the first two games and took a lead of 2-0 but surrendered next six points to lose the set 2-6. Rohit Berwal won the third set 2-6.


Final (men’s doubles): Parminder Singh and Rohit Dhiman bt Rakesh Hooda and Sumit Bansa l7-5;girls(U-12): Harleen Kaur bt Khushbeen Kaur 4-0,4-1; girls(U-14): Saryu Swatantra bt Abhisha Jindal 4-0,4-1; girls(U- 18): Nehmat Aulakh bt Saryu Swatantra 5-3.



Local eves make it to Indian kabaddi probables
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Two local women kabaddi players Moti Chandan and Manpreet Kaur have made it to the probables’ list of senior Indian women’s kabbadi team.

Moti and Manpreet known to be best catcher and best blocker, respectively have made it to the probables’ list of senior’s team after putting up a good show and routing Punjab(women) during the recently held senior national games in Uttar Pradesh.

During the camp, the authorities will select players for the upcoming World Cup Kabaddi Championship to be held in Bihar later this year. The players will attend the camp in Bhopal at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre from December 8 to 29.

Both the players impressed the selectors with their swift moves and their tough grip, Moti Chandan (known as Bijli) has won best catcher and best raider titles, while Manpreet has won bagged best blocker titles in many championships.

“We are sure of making it to the final list. We have worked hard on our shortcomings after attending the Asian championship camp and this time we will try to cross all hurdles,” said enlightened duo.

Both the players are undergoing a regular practice session at kabaddi centre of sports complex in Sector 42. They are final year students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45.

“Both of them have got another chance. Last time, the officials had asked Moti to gain weight and she has already worked on the aspect. They will have to work harder as they will be slugging it out on mats. I wish they make it to the final list,” said coach Davinder Singh Kohli.



Anil routs Divya to pocket title in billiards 
Tribune News Service

Anil Sharma plays a shot during the 26th Haryana State Sub-junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship at Sector 11 in Panchkula.
Anil Sharma plays a shot during the 26th Haryana State Sub-junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship at Sector 11 in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, December 5
Taking full advantage of his experience in the final game, Anil Sharma defeated Divya Sharma 2-1 to lift the title in the senior billiards category during the ongoing 26th Haryana State Sub-junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship being held here.

Anil made the lead in the first frame by 38 points and was looking for another 10 points to win the frame, but Divya made an excellent break of 48 to take away the frame.

But Anil came back in the second frame with two breaks of 31 and 36 and won the frame. The third frame witnessed a sea-saw battle but the luck was on Anil Sharma’s side as he won the final frame.

Earlier, Anil Sharma defeated Karan Dhir and Sameer Bhalla in the league matches to reach the semifinals against Aneesh Saini.

Anil sharma defeated Aneesh Saini (2-0) and Divya Sharma routed Sameer Bhalla (2-0) to book a berth in the final.


Senior billiards: Divya Sharma bt Sameer Bhalla (2-0); Divya Sharma bt Himanshu Aggarwal (2-0);Divya Sharma bt Anshul Mittal (2-0);Divya Sharma bt Aneesh Saini (2-0);Anil Sharma bt Sameer Bhalla (2-1);Anil Sharma bt Karan Dhir (2-0);Anil Sharma bt Aneesh Saini (2-0);Anil Sharma bt Divya Sharma (2-1); Quarter Finals-Divya Sharma bt Karan Dhir (3-1); Sameer Bhalla bt Himanshu Aggarwal (3-1);Umesh Gupta bt Harpreet Singh (3-0); and Aneesh Saini bt Aseem Arora (3-1).



Nisha strikes silver in badminton
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Badminton player Nisha Karamchand while representing the city in the recently held women national games at Ranchi (Jharkhand) bagged a silver medal.

In the individual event of the competition, the player defeated M Puja of Andhra Pradesh 2-0 (21-13, 21-18)f while in the semifinals, she overcame Vallari of Maharashtra 2-0(21-16, 21-18).

But in the final, she ran out of luck and went down against top seed Ch. Purnima of Andhra Pradesh 18-21, 19-21.

In the doubles event, she along with her partner Anubhi of Panjab University bagged a bronze medal.

In the semifinals, the team lost to Villari and Mriti of Maharashtra 17-21, 20-22.



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