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Winter carnival at school
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 24
A mega winter carnival was organised at PKR Jain Vatika in Ambala City. The school wore a festive look. students presented a cultural programme.

Apart from lavani, Haryanavi dance and quawwali, activities like horse riding, art and craft exhibition, face painting and tattoo making were held.

President of the school management committee Ratan Chand Jain said students should take part in co-curricular activities.



Uncertainty looms over Patil’s next public hearing session
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
After having witnessed a record low turnout at the Governor’s public hearing session past month, the fate of the next session, meant to redress grievances of residents, appears uncertain. The previous session, held on November 22, attracted only four complainants. After that, two sessions, scheduled for December 5 and 19, had been cancelled.

While no official reason had been forwarded by the UT Administration, the practice of holding public darbars to listen to citizens’ problems was apparently losing steam.

Issues pertaining to the functioning of official machinery, land acquisition, property matters, compassionate employment and public amenities were generally taken up at darbars.

This year, only eight darbars were held by the Punjab Governor and UT Adminstrator, Shivraj Patil.

The established norm over the years, according to UT Administration officials, was to hold on an average of two darbars a month, on the first and third Mondays.

No darbar was held in February, April and August. The situation was only a little better past year, with 11 public hearing sessions being held.

Soon after assuming charge, Patil had exhorted senior officials to strengthen the public grievance redress mechanism in their respective departments.

A senior official of the UT Administration, requesting anonymity, admitted that the number of complainants had surely gone down and sometimes, the scheduled darbars had to be cancelled as there were only a handful of persons to meet him.

“The Administrator used to meet people at Governor House once or twice a week. At these, between 10 and 15 persons used to turn up. This was also a reason for the low turnout,” he said.

The official added that additional charge of Rajasthan for Patil was also responsible for the cancellation of these darbars.



5,990 cases disposed of in lok adalat
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Long queues were witnessed during the lok adalat at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Long queues were witnessed during the lok adalat at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 24
Five-year-old Sonu (name changed) will now stay with his mother. Sonu’s father and grandparents can now meet him on the last Saturday of every month in Sector 17 plaza. The special lok adalat today mutually decided the case pertaining to Sonu’s custody.

Besides the case, a total of 5,990 cases of different categories were settled here in the lok adalat.

Giving details of Sonu’s custody case, member advocate Renu Rishi Gautam said the court of ACJM KK Goel settled the case with the consent of parents, a working couple, and stated that when the child would turn 18, he could take his own decision. She added that the lok adalat had now directed the couple to file a mutual divorce petition in January.

Twenty benches were constituted. Out of the total cases, the settlement of 5,059 traffic challans ended up with the court collecting Rs 6,09,040. Apart from traffic violations, the lok adalat settled 507 cheque-bounce cases. Officials said 17 cases of motor accident claim and 303 civil cases were also settled.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Alok Singh, also the administrative Judge of the district court, visited the courts complex during the lok adalat. District and Sessions Judge SK Goel said around 33,617 cases were disposed of this year. “People have faith in this concept of lok adalat and therefore, it is an effective tool to counter the heavy institution,” he added.



Relief for Kings XI Punjab in tax return case
Rajinder Nagarkoti/TNS

Chandigarh, December 24
In a major relief to Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia, co-owners of the IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, a local court here discharged them from the case filed by the Registrar of Companies (ROC) for not filing returns.

Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu today allowed the application moved by KPH Dreams, which owns the Kings XI Punjab, seeking discharge from the case.

In the application, it was stated that the company had already submitted its annual returns and balance sheets along with tax in April this year before the Chandigarh office of the ROC therefore they should be discharged from the case.

Last year, the Chandigarh District Court had issued bailable warrants against Preity Zinta and other owners for not attending court proceedings. Thereafter they had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Later, the High Court directed Preity Zinta and others to file all the documents related to the case.

The ROC had alleged that Kings-XI Punjab was incorporated in March 2008 and should have filed returns within 60 days of its AGM in September 2009. As per the complaint, the registered firm was supposed to pay the return, but it failed to file returns on time and violated rules of the Company Act.

The ROC had submitted before the court that the co-owners of the company had tried to conceal the financial position of the KPH Dreams, which owns the K-XIP, from the public by not filing the balance sheets and annual returns.



One-day remand for third accused
Stole newborn on December 6

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
The police has arrested the third accused, Balwinder, in the child theft case. The accused was produced in the court today, which remanded him to a one-day police remand. The police said Balwinder, a resident of Banur village in Mohali district, along with two other women, had stolen a newborn from General Hospital in Sector 6 on December 6 last year.

It said the accused was arrested from Zirakpur and his vehicle was yet to be recovered.

Man killed in accident

Panchkula: Balbir, a resident of Sector 12A, was killed on the spot while his grandson sustained serious injuries when a speeding car hit them here this evening.

They were rushed to the Sector-6 general hospital, where doctors declared Balbir brought dead, while his grandson was immediately rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition was stated to be critical.

The driver of the car fled from the spot leaving the car behind. A case was registered against the driver.

Thief decamps with two desktops

Panchkula: A thief took away at least two desktops worth Rs 50,000 from a computer and hardware shop in Sector 8 here today.

Eyewitnesses said the thief, who had come in a golden colour car was spotted by one of the shopkeepers in the morning. The thief was cutting the glass of a window, when the shopkeepers asked him why he was doing so, he replied that he had been asked to replace the window. He then entered the shop and made away with the desktops. A case was registered in this connection.



Cop acquitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
CBI special judge Ritu Tagore today acquitted a Chandigarh Police constable in connection with graft case registered in February, 2010.

The court acquitted constable Sarat Ram as the prosecution failed to produce anything substantial against him.

According to the prosecution, Sarat Ram was booked for accepting Rs 2,000 as bribe from Jaipal, the complainant.



cooch Behar Trophy
Punjab seek easy win against Baroda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
With first innings lead of 270 runs, the Punjab team is poised for an outright win against Baroda in the Cooch Behar Trophy, being held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, here today. Resuming at overnight 306 for 4, Punjab went on to score 478 for 7 in 129 overs before declaring at stroke of lunch.

Sachin Sohal and Navneet Singh added 151 runs for the fifth wicket before Navneet was trapped in front by Smit Ghosh for a well-made 71. Maninder Singh stepped in to fill the breach and in company of Sohal stitched an enterprising partnership of 134 runs for the sixth wicket in 23 overs. The partnership was broken by Ghosh who had Maninder trapped in front for an electrifying 65. Kamal Passi who came in next was snapped by D Mistry of Ghosh for 3 on the last ball before lunch and immediately after his dismissal Punjab skipper Manan Vohra applied the closure.

Sohal who had come at one drop, remained unbeaten on a well-compiled 186 off 298 balls embellished with 23 boundaries. He mixed aggression with caution in his 399 minutes vigil at the crease. For Baroda, Ghosh returned the figures of 4 for 112.

Trailing by 270 runs on the first innings, Baroda opened their innings with Mistry and Prabhav Thaker and the two played cautiously to take the score to 65 in 18.2 overs, before Thaker ran out by Mohit Handa when he was standing outside his crease for 32. Thaker’s run out triggered a collapse and Baroda slumped to 93 for 6. Opener Mistry was snapped by wicket keeper Handa for 26. Handa then snapped PS Kohli off Siddharth Sharma for 3 then he combined with Kamal Passi to dismiss Vishu Sonalki for 1. Passi who was bowling with great fire trapped Arpit Bhatewara for 0 and followed it by castling Jignesh Sonalnki for 17. At this stage, Akshay Trivedi and Atit Seth in a real guard action added 92 runs for seventh wicket before Sandeep Sharma castled Trivedi on the fourth delivery of the last over of the day for 24. Atit Seth in the meanwhile, remained unbeaten on 70.

Baroda at close of play was 185 for 7 still trailing by 85 runs. For Punjab, Passi 3 for 33, was the pick of the bowlers.

Brief scores: Baroda first innings 208 for all. Punjab first innings 478 on 7 in 129 overs (Manan Vohra 68, Sachin Sohal 186 not out, Navneet Singh 71, Mainider Singh 65, Ankit Pursharthy 64, Smit Ghosh 4 for 112). Baroda second innings 185 for 7 in 56.4 overs (D M Mistry 26, Prabhav Thaker 32, Akshay Trivedi 24, Atit Seth 70 not out Kamal Passi 3 for 33).



Rahul wins gold in tae kwon do
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Haryana’s Rahul won the gold medal defeating local lad Himanshu Mishra in the Under 78 kgs in the 3rd North Zone Taekwondo Championship being held here today. Aman Singh of Delhi and Ajaypal Singh of Haryana secured the third position.

Brief results:
Junior boys U-45 kg

Gold-Shubham Katyal (Punjab), silver-Rahul Jaiswal (Delhi), bronze-Rahul Sharma (Punjab) and Vishal Malhotra (J&K).

Junior boys’ (45-48 kg)

Gold-Sumit Rathi (Delhi), silver-Mohd Farukh Ali (Delhi), bronze-Gaurav Sachdeva (Hry) and Mulesh Arora (J&K).

Junior boys’ (48-51 kg)

Gold-Tushar Rohila (Hry), silver-Tejinder Singh (Punjab), bronze-Saomit Sharma (J&K), and Aman Rajput (J&K).



Handball tournament
PU Campus beat PGGCG-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Panjab University, Chandigarh, performed wonderful show and beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11,Chandigarh, in the league matches of the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (Women) Tournament being held at PU grounds, here today.

Brief results:

During the League matches held at PU grounds, Chandigarh, Panjab University, Chandigarh, beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh: Score 17-06. Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh: Score 10-01. Panjab University, Chandigarh, beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh: Score 16-12. Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, beat Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh: Score 16-05.



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