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Sikha, Amarjit declared best athletes
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
University College Chuni Kalan, set up by the Punjabi University in the rural area, conducted its first athletics meet here today. Rajinder Singh Sohal, the DSP, was the chief guest, where as Dr V.K. Tiwari, principal presided over. The students took keen interest in sports activities and participated in large number.

Addressing the students, the DSP highlighted the importance of games and said games develop sportsmanship, which was very necessary for the overall development of personality. He called upon the youths to shun drugs and adopt sports as now days sports are best mean of employment also.

Dr VK Tiwari, college principal, highlighted how the village panchyat donated the land for college and helped the college authorities in setting up the college. He said that it was the maiden athletics meet of the college and he appreciated the efforts of college staff and students.

Sikha Rishi was declared the best athlete among girls and Amarjit Singh among boys. Both the athletes were honoured by the college.



2 killed in accidents
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 21
Two persons were killed and one seriously injured in three accidents in Ambala last night. Amrik Singh of Rampur Jhuggian village was killed when a vehicle hit his motorcycle near Kathghar Chappra village, near Ambala City.

Amrik sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Civil Hospital at Ambala City, where he was declared brought dead. The body was kept at the hospital for post-mortem examination.

A resident of Lalru was killed on the Ambala-Chandigarh road. Shrikant was an employee with a factory at Lalru and belonged to Kanpur. The police suspected that some vehicle hit him while he was returning home.

Mulakhraj of Bhurangpur was injured when a truck hit his motorcycle on the Ambala-Hisar road. He was brought to the Civil Hospital, from where he was referred to the PGI in Chandigarh.



Saji Mohan appears in courts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Former Chandigarh Narcotics Bureau (NCB) Director Saji Mohan appeared before courts here today where evidence was recorded in the two cases of heroin pilferage and corruption registered against him.

The 1995-batch IPS officer was brought to the city on production warrants from the Arthur jail, Mumbai. The prosecution recorded evidence in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal. A representative from the Ministry of Home Affairs deposed in the court and said they had given prosecution sanction to register a case against him.

Saji Mohan, NCB Superintendent Balwinder Kumar, J and K police constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar and a drug peddler Naseeb Chand are facing charges under sections 8, 21, 29, 32-B, 59 (1), 59 2 (b) of the NDPS Act, 1985.

According to the case, Saji Mohan, along with four others, was booked for pilfering heroin from around 13 unclaimed seizures, which were stored in the storeroom of the NCB headquarters in Sector 2 in August, 2009. The ATS Mumbai had first booked the 1995-batch IPS officer in January, 2009, when he was caught with 12 kg of heroin following which the NCB, Chandigarh, had begun investigations which revealed that Saji Mohan, during his tenure as NCB director here, mixed slaked lime in the drugs - keeping aside the ‘pure’ for his personal gain.

In addition, Saji Mohan also appeared before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge VP Sirohi where he is facing charges of corruption in a case registered by the UT police for embezzlement of Rs 13.81 lakh.

The police had registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act and embezzlement of Rs 13.81 lakh against Saji Mohan in January, 2009. It was alleged that Saji Mohan had embezzled the money by taking it from his seizure room in charge Balwinder Singh on the pretext of depositing it in the State Bank of India.

Three witnesses were examined today in the court including a CFSL expert who identified the handwriting of Saji Mohan on the slip.

Prosecution sanction

A representative from the Ministry of Home Affairs deposed in the court and said they had given prosecution sanction to register a case against him



Notice to UT Home Secretary, others
Vacancies in district courts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
A local court has issued notices to the UT Home Secretary, Legal Remembrance Cell, UT, and the District Attorney while acting on a petition regarding the shortage of Additional Public Prosecutors (APPs) and Additional District Attorneys (ADAs) in the district courts. The petition demands direction to fill the vacant posts. The UT has been asked to file a reply by May 4.

Advocate Arvind Thakur has stated in the application that for the last five or six years there has been an acute shortage of ADAs and APPs in the UT courts which is the main reason for the rising pendency of cases.

“The present strength is inadequate and insufficient to meet the present situation because the number of state cases and other civil cases are increasing day by day,” states the application.

The information procured by the advocate under the RTI Act revealed that as against two sanctioned posts of District Attorney, only one is operating at present. Against seven sanctioned posts of Deputy District Attorneys, only four are working. Out of the 14 sanctioned posts for ADA, only seven are working which is in violation of the rules.

Vacant posts

Against two sanctioned posts of District Attorney, only one is operating at present. Against seven sanctioned posts of Deputy District Attorneys. Of the 14 sanctioned posts for ADA, only seven are working which is in violation of the rules.



Man killed in fit of rage
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 21
A shopkeeper, Ashok Kumar (55), was allegedly murdered at Abheypur village here this afternoon after he expressed inability to pay the full amount to a carpenter for the work done at his house.

His family rushed Ashok to the Sector-6 General Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police registered a case of murder on the complaint of his family.

The police said Ashok was running an utensils shop at Abheypur and had got work by a carpenter, Jawinder Singh, done at his house.

Ashok had paid paid Jaswinder Rs 2,600 and told him that Rs 2,400 would be paid to him after the completion of the work.

When Jaswinder came to his shop around 4 pm today and asked for the remaining amount, Ashok expressed his inability to pay it and offered to pay him Rs 1,000 instead.

Agitated at this, Jaswinder pushed Ashok to the ground and tried to strangulate him after a scuffle. After the incident, Jaswinder fled.

The police was awaiting the post-mortem report. The accused was absconding till the time of filing of this report.



Car set on fire in Sector 46
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Miscreants set a car afire in Sector 46 last night. Sewa Singh, a resident of Sector-46, alleged that Sampuran Singh, resident of Sector-2, Panchkula, Lalit Kumar, Maghar Singh, Navneet, residents of Rajpura, burnt his car number CH-04B-0078 which was parked in front of his residence in Sector 46. A case under Sections 435 and 427, IPC, has been registered.

The police arrested four women who were quarrelling near the SDM (East) office today.

A case under Section 160 of the IPC has been registered against Kavita a resident of Mauli Jagran, Rupa, Punam and Bala, both residents of Sector 38, Chandigarh.



Hockey stadium yet to get new AstroTurf
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Missing yet another deadline the UT sports department has failed to deliver what it promised to the hockey lovers of the city. The project to lay the new Astroturf field at Hockey Stadium at Sports Complex, Sector 42, is still crawling on the papers from November last year.

Notably, the department has been working on the specifications for the past five months and is yet to come up with the final review of the demand notice inviting tender (DNIT) and field specifications. The new field was expected to be laid down here till March of this year. “We are working on it and hopefully will come up with the final proposal later this month. The delay is because of the regular changes in specifications as we were following the Punjab’s pattern of purchasing the turf but later, we later we have found that the stadium is already equipped with sprinkles and other basic necessity. The delay was also because of the non-availability of some officials,” said JPS Sidhu, Joint Director sports. Notably, during November 2011 it was said that the technical committee had already approved the need and specifications of the synthetic turf and that the tenders would soon be flown but nothing as such happened. On other hand, hockey fans continue to condemn the delay by the officials. “It has been so long that we are hearing that the old turf is being replaced with the new ones but no development has taken place yet. We were expecting it during the start of the World Series Hockey (WSH). If the officials have failed themselves to come-up from the problem of specifications, they must have taken advice from the professionals and moreover, the more delay will lead to less companies taking interest,” said a coach, on the condition of anonymity. Along with the main turf, the officials had decided to buy synthetic layers of six-a-side size to be laid at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, Girls’ Hostel arena and a school but no development has taken even on that front.

The new turf is expected to be of blue playing arena with pink border including specifications like 2 ball rebound (vertical) mean 100 mm-400 mm, ball roll mean 9m-15m, individual tests <+10 per cent from mean deviation <3 degree, underfoot friction coefficient of friction 0.6-1.0 individual tests <+0. One from mean, impact response 40-65 per cent, individual tests <+5 per cent from mean, pile pad deformation >40 per cent individual tests <+2 per cent from mean, 7 pitch dimensions and markings will be kept in mind, including friction of the turf, ball moving, ball blockade, ball run and water retention.



Shresth thrashes Rajkanwar in tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Tennis player, Shresth Suman, defeated Rajkanwar Singh while Rupin overcame Vayun Aditya in the first round match of the boys’ (U-12) category, during the ongoing Chandigarh Club and Tennis Academy Open Lawn Tennis Tournament, being held here, today.

In the first match, Shresh defeated Rajkanwar 7-0 while in another match, Rupin thrashed Vayun 7-2. In another match of the boys’ (U-12) category, Vaibhav Garg defeated Pavtesh Singh 7-1 and Ishaan defeated Ghrvit Vats 7-4.

Results: Jaskaran Riar beat Arnav 7-1; Saurav Yadav beat Aditya Raj 7-4; Bhalinder Singh beat Samarth Suri 7-3; Mehul Gupta beat Abhinav Rawal 7-4; Karan Sharma beat Aryan Chandol 7-0; Jasmol Arora beat Arnav Mittal 7-3; Ashray Bhardwaj beat Pranshu 7-0; Kanav Khurana beat Ishaan Arora 7-5; Saransh Singla beat Fatehbir Singh 7-3; Dhruv Sharma beat Shivam Taneja 7-1; Pritam Raghunath beat Savinay 7-5; Ronit Arora beat Nikhil Kansal 7-2; Girls (U-12)-Aditya Dogra beat Sagun 7-2; Reet Mallik beat Sirina 7-4; Jannavi Sheoran beat Sukhmani Kaur 7-0; Sehjnoor Dhillon beat Ashana 7-0; Nehal Tageja beat Deepali Sharma 7-1; Hargun Kaur beat Dixeta Rana 7-0; quarterfinal Girls (U-12)-Ashpreet Kaur beat Aditya Dogra 7-1; Jannavi Sheoran beat Reet Mallik 7-2; Sehjnoor Dhillon beat Nehal Tageja 7-3; Hargun Kaur beat Priyanka Khanna 7-3.



Banyan Tree School win by 112 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The cricket team of Banyan Tree School (BTS), Sector 48, defeated Shivalik School while Saupin’s School, Sector 32, defeated APJ, Kharar, team in their respective matches of the ongoing 3rd Junior Cricket Championship Tournament for boys (U-13), here today.

In the first match of the day, the host team of BTS Cricket Academy defeated Shivalik Public School by 112 runs. Making it a one-sided affair, the winning side posted a total of 268 runs after losing one wicket in the allotted slot of 25 overs. Manan Chadha contributed a brilliant quick-fire ton off 51 whereas his counterpart Aayush Sikka scored 92 off 60. For the bowling side, Rahul Yadav took the only wicket for 25.

In reply, Shivalik School could manage to score only 156 after losing 6 wickets in the allotted slot. Jaspreet (53 off 50) and Sachin (41 off 46) were the main run getters for the team. For the bowling side, Daman took 2 for 29.

In the second match of the day, Saupin's School defeated APJ Kharar by six wickets. Bowling first, the winning side restricted the opponents on the total of 136 in 25 over. Jaskaran (28 off 19) and Inderpreet (24 off 26) were the main scorers for the team. For the winning side, Khushagra Diwan and Prabhjeet took two wickets each. In reply, the Saupin’s School achieved the target in the 18th over of the game with Satyam (36 off 53) and Varun (35 off 21) contributing the most runs. For bowlers, Ishu took 2 for 27.



CCA to organise coaching centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to the PCA) will organise a special coaching centre for the players (between 13 to 15 of age ) under the guidelines of Punjab Cricket association at DAV School, Sector 8, here. The players born on or after September 1, 2000 can take part in the camp.

The players will be selected through proper trails on March 24 at 2pm at DAV Senior Secondary School Sector 8. The selected players will be sharp their skill sunder coaching of specialist coaches through out the year. The players will participate in inter-district tournaments organized by the PCA.



City golfer wins laurels

Chandigarh, March 21
A team of four golfers of the Chandigarh Golf Club, participated in the Lalit National Caddy Tournament, played at Golf Club, NOIDA on March 19. Sushil Kumar played handicap of six and won the tournament. He played four under with five birdies. He birdied in 1st, 4th, 9th, 11th and 14th hole before winning the overall Lalit Trophy. — TNS



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