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punjab assembly elections
Party observers interview Cong aspirants for ticket
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
The Congress has started interviewing prospective candidates for the ensuing Punjab Assembly elections.

Two party observers Sanjeev Rathore from Maharashtra, a nominee of AICC, and Anil Mehta, a nominee of PPCC, yesterday met the Congress aspirants for ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib, Amloh and Bassi Pathana Assembly constituencies falling in the district. Chaos prevailed at Ram Bhawan, Mandi Gobindgarh town, where the Congress observers were meeting aspirants for three seats. Approximately 45 aspirants for along with their supporters thronged the venue of interview. The aspirants were interviewed constituency wise one by one and the aspirants met them along with their supporters and submitted their claims citing their contribution, sacrifices and achievements along with, bio data.

Harinder Singh Bhambhri, president, DCC, said approximately 45 aspirants met the observers for three seats. For Fatehgarh Sahib, the four aspirants are Dr. Harbans Lal, Kuljeet Singh Nagra, Amrinder Singh Libra and Lakhbir Singh met the observers with supporters while some aspirants also met them individually.

For the Amloh seat, 16 aspirants mainly Jasjeet Singh Randhawa former Minister, Harinder Singh Bhambri president, DCC, Jagmeet Sahota, former president, Joginder Pal Singla former cashier, PPCC, Sandeep Bal former secretary. The PPCC met along with their supporters and others individually.

For Bassi Pathana(R) seat, Harbans Kaur Dullo, wife of Samsher Singh Dullo, former MLA, Harnek Singh Diwana, advocate, Ranjit Singh Tarkhan Majra, former chairman, market committee Sirhind, met the observers with supporters.

There was great enthusiasm among the aspirants and every one was hopeful to get the party ticket. While talking to The Tribune, the aspirants said that there was a wave in favour of the Congress as the SAD(B)-BJP totally ignored the district as for as grants for development was concerned.

While talking to The Tribune Observers said that a large number of aspirants had met them with their supporters and put their claims. They said that they had given them a patient hearing and would submit the report to the party high command with briefs as desired by the party and recommend the panel of aspirants.



Staff development programme held
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 21
Dr GS Batra, professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, visited the MM Institute of Management, Mullana on the ongoing staff development programme. Dr BC Sharma, professor, Business School, University of Jammu, also visited the campus. The SDP is being sponsored by All India Council of Technical Education.

Batra congratulated the institute for organising such a programme for the budding teaching faculty.

He discussed various aspects in reviewing of literature, preparing synopsis and writing good research articles and thesis. He commented that it was an irony that despite of the remarkable intellectual capabilities of Indian researchers, they were not able to publish their material in good international journals.

He elucidated common mistakes that researchers needed to avoid. He emphasised on the need for quality research work having practical implications.



Sarv sikhya Abhiyan
Rs 7.96 cr for infrastructure in schools
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
To provide adequate infrastructure and to upgrade the education standard in the primary and middle schools of the district, a grant of Rs.7.96 crore has been sanctioned under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan and out of this, Rs.5.96 crore has been utilised. Construction of boundary walls, toilets, submersible pumps for drinking water are going on in full swing, said Yashveer Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the meeting of the District Education Development Committee here today.

He said that the boundary walls of 192 primary and middle schools have been completed. He directed the XEN (rural) water supply and sanitation and civil, surgeon to take the samples of water from the newly installed submersible pumps, so that the students could get pure drinking water. He directed the officials concerned to complete all development works initiated in the schools in time and to send utilisation certificates.

He stressed the need to raise the education standard in schools, so that the government school students might get quality education. He also directed the education officers to regularly conduct surprise checks of the schools.



200 examined at medical camp

Dera Bassi, December 21
The The Progressive press club, Dera Bassi, has organised free medical check up camp with the cooperation of the NSS unit of DS gurukul college, Gholu Majra, at jawaharpur village today.

Nearly 200 patients were checked up for different ailments. The five-day camp started with the morning prayer followed by physical exercises. There was great enthusiasm within the village regarding medical camp. The students and members of the press club visited the village and called the patients for checkup

Dr VK Jindal,Dr HS Paruthi (MD) from National Dental College and Hospital, Dera Bassi, accompanied with 15 other staff members visited the village. Dr.Swaran Singh, physician and Dr Indrajeet Kaur walia,gynaecologist from

Sukhmani Hospital, Dr Sanjeev Sharma(ENT),Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, also checked the patients. The day was concluded with a cultural programme by NSS volunteers in collaboration with the village residents.



Man held with 10 kg poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 21
The Bassi Pathana police has recovered 10 kg poppy husk from a scooterist during a check at a naka and registered a case.

Hans Raj, SHO, said that the police had erected naka at bus stand for a routine check of vehicles and they noticed a suspicious person on a scooter and signalled to stop.

During the search, the police recovered 10 kg poppy husk from his possession. He was identified as Niranjan Singh, resident of Dhobian Mohalla, Bassi Pathana. He admitted that he used to sell intoxicants in the rural area.

The police has registered a case under the NDPS Act.



solan highway
HC admits residents’ plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The Solan highway has cut villages near the Pinjore bypass off public utilities, according to Yogesh Sharma and 39 other residents.

In a petition placed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, they have claimed that the villages are on one side and the government senior secondary school, the government dispensary, the cremation ground, the community hall and the aanganwari centre on the other.

The petition, placed before the Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Surya Kant, says residents of Bitana, Baniwala, Ramsara and Ghantiwal villages are facing problems in commuting to these places.

The petitioners have pleaded that directions be issued to the Union of India to make an underpass to unite both parts. Taking up the petition, the high court issued notice of motion today.



j&k sex scandal case
Another victim turns hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
In a major setback for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the J&K sex scandal case, another victim turned hostile today. Till now, five witnesses in the case had turned hostile.

The 28-year-old victim had recorded her statement before the district judge in Jammu and Kashmir, where she had levelled charges against the accused.

During today’s court proceedings, she turned hostile and informed the court that she never made such a statement in the past. The proceedings were held in-camera and the media was not allowed inside the courtroom. The victim would record her statement in another FIR on Thursday.

Sources said in her earlier statement, the victim had accused a former Jammu and Kashmir minister, a Deputy Superintendent of Police and a hotel manager of sexually exploiting her.



hawara plea
Notice to UT Administration, Punjab Home Secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Taking up a petition filed by a convict in the assassination case of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, seeking action against his attackers, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the UT Administration and the Punjab Home Secretary on notice.

The notice was issued by a Division Bench of Justice MM Kumar and Justice RN Raina on a petition filed by Jagtar Singh Hawara, presently lodged in the Tihar jail.

In his petition, filed through counsel Navkiran Singh, Hawara contended he was attacked by a group of activists on the Sector-17 district courts premises.

At that time, Hawara and co-conspirator Paramjit Singh Bheroa were being produced in the Burail jailbreak case by a joint team of the Delhi and Chandigarh police.

In the petition, Hawara asserted that both the Chandigarh and Punjab police personnel remained mute spectators at the time of the incident.



Defamation case: XEN released on probation
Tribune News Service

Panchkua, December 21
Accepting the plea of an electricity department executive engineer who was found guilty in a case of criminal defamation, a Panchkula court eleased him on probation for one year.

The guilty K.C.Narwal, an executive engineer in Sonipat was accused of framing the then North India president of Poultry Farmers Association, Jagdish Chander in a false case of electricity theft in 2003.

The court had held him guilty for use of unparliamentary language and threatening to kill Jagdish Chander.

Narwal, who was an SDO in Barwala Sub Division of Panchkula district in 2003 , had visited the Friends Poultry Farm on October 24, 2003 and allegedly demanded the bribe of Rs 10,000. After being denied, the electricity supply was disconnected on the charges of electricity theft, it was alleged. A report was preapared showing that an electricity wire was found being used for the electricity theft by Jagdish Chander, alleged Jagdish in his complaint.

It was also alleged that when electricity department team conducted a raid the wire was thrown into a pond and when team was to search the pond for wire dogs were released on the officials.

However, in an inquiry conductied into the complaint of Jagdish it was mentioned that there was no pond on the premises. Narwal used unparliamentary language against Jagdish Chand, said the inquiry report. Meanwhile the court, trying the case pertaining to power theft also quashed the report of Narwal. On Tuesday, a Panchkula court held him guilty in defamation case filed by Jagdish.

Today, Narwal, however, pleaded before the court for probation stating that he was not a convict or had any other criminal background. The court accepted his plea and released him on probation.



Man booked for abetment to suicide
Our Correspondent

Ravinder Singh
A file photo of the victim Ravinder Singh

Mohali, December 21
An employee of the District Transport Office has been booked by the police on a charge of abetment to suicide after a resident of Phase I ended his life by hanging himself in a hotel room.

According to the police, the body of victim Ravinder Singh was found hanging in a room of a private hotel in Phase II this afternoon.

Ravinder Singh was a resident of Phase I but was staying in the hotel since December 11. Members of his family had told the police that he was missing from his house from December 11 to 18. He had gone to his house yesterday but again came back to the hotel today. He paid his room rent and later ordered lunch for himself. When a waiter took his lunch to the room around 3 pm, he found the door bolted from inside. He knocked at the door but failed to get any response. The waiter later informed the manager in this regard. The manager, Anuj Kumar, then informed the police.

When the police peeped through the window, they found the body hanging inside the room. The window was broken to gain entry into the room after which the body was removed.

The police found a suicide note in which the deceased had blamed an employee of the DTO office for allegedly harassing him.

The police said that Ravinder Singh got licenses made from the DTO office. But for some time now he could not get the licenses made and all the forms submitted by him were lying pending with an employee of the DTO office. And those persons who had handed over their documents to him used to come and quarrel with him.



Two held in motorcycle theft case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 21
The local police has claimed to solve a motorcycle theft case after nabbing two thieves here today. The accused have been identified as Ombir and Sitaram, both residents of Gandhi Colony, Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex.

A stolen motocycle, Bajaj Discover, has also been recovered from the accused. Both the accused were produced in the court today and sent in police custody for three days.



Vijay, Nitin shine at judo meet
Nine to represent senior nationals in Kolkata
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Judokas Vijay Chauhan, Nitin and Raj Kumar bagged first three places in the 60-kg category during the Chandigarh Senior State Judo Championship, held at Sports Complex of Sector 42 stadium here today.

During the meet, nine judokas (women) players were selected to represent the city in the upcoming Senior National Judo Championship to be held at Kolkata from January 9 to 12.

In the 66-kg category, Bhagwan Singh, Jaswinder Singh baged first two places while Aeesh Sharma and Vishal finished third whereas in the boys 73-kg category, Variender, Parshuram aand Vijay Sharma attained top three places.

In the boys 81-kg group, Lavy Chaudhary, Ravinder Singh and Vikrant Thakur managed to win three places respectively while in the 90-kg event, Amrinderjeet, Munish Gautam and Sarvan attained top three places.Vicky Thakur and Amardeep won the 100-kg category.

Results- Women: Meetu (48kg); Rinku (52kg); Renu Kundu (57kg); Ramnnat Kaur(63 kg); Priya Sharma and Babita (70kg); Sukanya and Shivani(78kg); Amrinder and Balwinder Kaur (+78kg).



Volleyball Tourney
GGD SD College thrash Malwa College

Chandigarh, December 21
The volleyball team of GGD SD College, Hariana, thrashed Malwa College, Samrala, by 3-2 in an exciting league match of Panjab University Inter-College Volleyball (B-Division) for Men, being held here today. The winning side lost the first set by 22-25 but won the second and third set by 27-25 and 25-20 respectively. The loosing side again came back in the match in the fourth set by 21-25 but lost the final set by 15-07.

In another league match, Government College, Karamsar, defeated Sri Ram College, Dalla, by 2-0(25-02 and 25-12) while MBG Government College, Pojewal, overcame BSSG Government College, Sidhsar, by 3-0(25-19, 25-16, 25-16)


Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, bt Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College, Ludhiana by 3-0(25-09, 25-06, 25-11); Chandigarh College of Architecture bt GCC and Business Administration by 3-2; GN College, Narangwal bt Gobindgarh Public College Alour by 3-0(25-18, 25-17, 25-14);and Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, bt Chandigarh College of Architecture by 2-0(25-09, 25-04). — TNS



Millennium school: Akash, Agni House excel

Chandigarh, December 21
Athletes of both Akash House and Agni House bagged most of the medals during the second Inter-House Athletics Meet of the Millennium school being held at Sports Complex, Sector 7, here today. The meet included race events like 100 metres, 200 mts, 400 mts, high jump, long jump and triple Jump.

For Akash House, Amandeep bagged second place in the triple jump(U-15) event while Tikka bagged top honours in the long jump(U-10) category. Chiraz and Tegvir secured second and third positions in the long jump event. — TNS



Cricket trials on Dec 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The Cricket Federation of Haryana affiliated with the Cricket Federation of India will conduct cricket (U-19) trails to select the state team at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, on December 25.

The selected team will participate in the 14th National V.Hanumantha Rao Day And Night National League Cricket Championship for Boys(U-19) to be held at Lal Bahadur International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad (AP), From January 9 to 12.

The players born on or after December 1, 1992 are eligible to take part in the trails.



Dakha cagers rout Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Cagers of GTB National College, Dakha, routed Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, in the final match of Panjab University Inter- College Basketball (B-division) Championship for Men held, here today.

The Dakha outfits defeated Khalsa College, Garhdiwala by a margin of 43-39. Jatinderpal guided the team to victory after contributing 14 points while Gujrant scored 13 points for the team. For the losing side, Rohit was the key player as he grabbed 27 points.



football tourney
Vivek(B) drub AKSIPS School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
The football team of Vivek(B), Sector 38, defeated AKSIPS School in the first league match of the Vivek High School Seven-a-side Football Tournament held here today.

The host team overcame the rivals by 3-2. In the second match, St Soldier School routed DPS School by 3-1 while in their second match, St. Soldier School defeated Vivek (A) by 1-0.

In the group II match, St. John School played a 3-3 draw against Doon International School.



inter-college fencing
SGGS College bag top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Fencers of SGGS College, Sector 26, bagged first places in all the events of the Panjab University Inter-College Fencing (Men) Championship, being held here today.

The host team of PU Campus secured second place while SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, finished third in the tournament.

Another local outfit, PG Government Collegefor Boys , Sector 11, attained fourth place in the competition .

Results: Sabre(Individual): Joginder (PU Campus), Binit (PU Campus), Gopal, (SGGS College), Rajan (SGGS College);

Foil (Individual): Pankaj(SGGS College), Zakir Hussain(SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur), Saravpreet Singh(PU Campus) and Daljeet Singh(MRS College, Malout);

Epee (Team): PU Campus, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, SGGS College, Malwa College, Samrala; Epee(Individual): Rajinder( SGGS College), Saravpreet (PU Campus), Suraj (SGGS College) and Khushkaran(PU Campus).



cricket meet
DP Azad beat Satluj school by 4 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Satluj Public School went down fighting against DP Azad Cricket Academy in the league match of 1st Satluj Sub-junior Cricket (U-13) tournament, being held here today.

DP Azad defeated the Satluj cricket team by four wickets. After electing to bat first, Satluj School posted a total of 102-runs in the allotted 20 overs. Shashwant remained unbeaten on 25 runs while Hardik Chaudhary contributed 30 runs in the team’s total. For bowling side, Ritk and Amul took two-wickets each.

In reply, the DP Azad team achieved the target with one over in hand. Simarjeet(36) and Yash (23) were the main scorers of the team. For Satluj Schoo,l Shubham Sheokand and Nehal Panji took two-wickets each.



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