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Man shot at, in hospital
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 8
A resident of Guru Teg Bahdur Colony here was shot at by a miscreant in the wee hours here today.

The victim, Gurkirpal Singh, received a bullet injury in his thigh and was shifted to the PGI in Chandigarh immediately.

According to police sources, Gurkirpal was on ‘theekri pehra’ (night vigil by residents) along with other residents of the colony when they noticed about five persons roaming in the area.

When the residents asked them to stop, one of them opened fire from a countrymade revolver. The miscreant tried to load another round, which fell at the spot.

All miscreants managed to escape from the spot. The police registered a case at the Kharar police station.



Record wheat purchased this year
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
The state is all set to procure a record 120 lakh metric tonnes of wheat this year against the last year's 112.36 lakh metric tonnes.

But the state has the capacity to store only 80 lakh metric tonnes of food grain whereas 160 lakh metric tonnes of food grain is stored in open stacks.

About 68 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and 46 lakh metric tonnes of paddy are lying in the godowns of the state. Moreover, the Union government is not making any effort to lift the procured food grain from the godowns as there is an acute shortage of storage in the state. "Besides, the Union government is making all efforts to disrupt the procurement process through its agency, the FCI, as it has procured only 12 per cent of the wheat against its quota of 20 per cent," alleged Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, SAD, while addressing mediapersons here yesterday. He visited various grain markets in the district.

Meanwhile, Yashvir Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner, said a record 2,97,133 lakh metric tonnes of wheat had been purchased by the procurement agencies at all 33 procurement centres in the district. He said last year only 2,47,952 lakh metric tonnes of wheat was purchased. He stated that presently 1,000 metric tonnes of wheat was arriving in mandis everyday.

He said so far payment of Rs 3,52,18 crore out of Rs 3,74,92 crore had been made to farmers. He added that the process of lifting the procured wheat was being intensified as special trains had been arranged by the FCI in Sirhind, Amloh, Bassi Pathana.

"Directions have been issued to the staff to lift the procured wheat and to vacate the mandis with in five days," the DC stated.



State engineering colleges need qualified teachers, says PTU VC
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 8
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University Dr Rajneesh Arora said that there was a need of qualified teachers in the engineering colleges of Punjab and university was making efforts in this regard to ensure that the quality of technical education of Punjab can be improved. For this purpose Punjab technical teachers training and research centre was being set up in Jalandhar and post graduate courses had been started in 27 different colleges of state.

The Vice-Chancellor was here to address a workshop organised on the subject of human values and professional ethics in Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges, Lalru.

Talking to mediapersons Dr Arora informed that the problem of vacant seats in colleges would be solved with the starting of 10+1 and 2 science classes from this session in 58 engineering colleges. Punjab has109 engineering colleges and over 4 lakh enrolled students. The Vice chancellor claimed that the PTU was now competing with the universities of USA, Canada and England. Speaking on providing help to the students from economical weaker families, he informed that Punjab government was providing 17 crore for the welfare of these students this year. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Secretary, technical education, SS Channi, college chairman Inderjeet Bajaj, treasurer YK Mittal, and principal TD Sharma.



Over 350 students conferred degrees

Dera Bassi, May 8
More than 350 students of different disciplines received their degrees during the 8th convocation of Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes on Tuesday. Chief guest Amarpal Singh Ajnala, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (TEIT, Punjab government), and guest of honour Dr Nachhatar Singh, advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of PTU, Jalandhar, presided over the convocation.

The convocation started with lightening of a lamp followed by shabad by final year students . College principal Dr GN Verma presented the annual report of college, highlighting the achievements of the college.

While presiding over the function chief guest Amarpal Singh Ajnala motivated the students to explore the opportunities available in the current global scenario. The chairman of Sri Sukhmani group Prof Avtar Singh congratulated the students and exhorted them to apply their knowledge and expertise to solve problems. Guest of honor Dr Nachhatar Singh, advisor to Vice-Chancellor, PTU, Jalandhar, congratulate the students and appealed them to maintain high standards .

More than 350 students from Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sri Sukhmani Polytechnic For Women, Sri Sukhmani Institute of Hospitality Management attended the convocation and were awarded degrees.

As many as 50 prizes were given for outstanding performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. Certificates of distinction were also given to meritorious students.



Notice to dairy owners
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, May 8
The municipal corporation today issued notices to dairy owners. The civic body has decided to shift the dairies from Ambala City to the outskirts. The administration has been asking owners to shift dairies from the city to Kaulan and Khatoli villages.

The Deputy Commissioner had directed the owners to shift dairies by May 6, but they did not pay any heed to the same. The dairy owners said the alternative site lacked basic amenities. There are around 200 small and medium dairies in the city. They threw cow dung into the drains which irked the residents. The residents said the administration should disconnect the power and water connection of those dairy owners who were defying the orders.



Armed men try to rob jeweller
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
A day after DCP Parul Kush Jain assumed charge, three motorcycle-borne robbers attacked a Mani Majra jeweller here tonight. They tried to rob the jeweller and fired gunshots, but did not succeed. The jeweller sustained injuries.

According to information available, jeweller Harish, running Babbar Jewellers, came to pay obeisance at a Sector-9 temple. When he reached the road separating Sectors 10 and 11 on his way back, three motorcycle-borne robbers blocked his way.

They tried to snatch his bag, but Harish ran towards Sector 10. The robbers, who were following him, fired two shots, but missed the target.

On hearing shots being fired, local residents gathered at the spot and ran towards the robbers, who fled after firing three shots in the air.

The robbers had covered their faces and their motorcycle was without a number plate. After the incident, Harish was admitted to the General Hospital at Sector 6.

The police reached the spot 40 minutes after the incident. The forensic team recovered three bullet shells from the spot.



Chandigarh lift u-16 ML Markan trophy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 8
The Chandigarh cricket team defeated Mohali on the basis of first innings lead to lift the ML Markan trophy for boys (U-16) at the YPS School here today. In their last league match, the side earned 3 points and topped the score chart with 21 points.

Earlier, resuming from their overnight score of 227 for 6, the winning side was bowled out for 307-runs in the 141st over of the match. The Chandigarh team took a vital first innings lead of 83-runs before bundling out.

Vineet Dhaka, the overnight unbeaten batsman, added 16-runs to his score before being caught by Pranjay off Harpreet. he scored 86 off 166 balls, hitting with 13 boundaries.

The Chandigarh innings was strongly supported by the ninth wicket partnership of 63- runs between Kuljeet (31 off 99) and Sagar Sharma (26 off 102 studded with four boundaries). The pick among Mohali bowlers were Harpreet Singh (4 for 115) and Amish Sidhu (4 for 93).

In their second innings, Mohali lost their first wicket at the total of 41-runs. Tanpreet Singh (33 )and Shubman Gill (24) were the only principal scores for Mohali. Bowler Sagar Sharma claimed 3 for 36.

With no clear result in sight, the match was called off one hour before the scheduled close of play. The Mohali total was 81 for 3 in 45 overs.

Brief Scores:

Mohali (1st Innings) - 224 all out in 96.2 overs

Chandigarh (1st innings) - 307 for all out in 140.5 overs (Vineet Dhaka 86, Vaibhav Kaushik 38, Raman Bishnoi 27, Kuljeet 31 and Sagar Sharma 26 not out, Harpreet Singh 4 for 115 and Amish Sidhu 4 for 93).

Mohali (2nd innings) - 81 for 3 in 45 overs (Taranpreet Singh 33, Shubham Gill 24, Sagar Sharma 3 for 36)

In the second match of the day, between Ropar and Jalandhar at Burlton Park, Jalandhar, the home team attained full three points based on their 312 runs first innings lead against the rivals.

Chasing the target of 508-runs posted by Jalandhar, the Ropar team was bowled out for 196-runs in 97.5 overs. Openers Sahil Chander and Abhishek gave a good start to the team after putting up a 65- runs partnership for the first wicket before Sahil was run out by Rajat after scoring 20 off 65 which included three boundaries. Abhishek continued to bat sensibly and scored 71 off 125, studded with 13 boundaries.

Jagdeep Singh (36 off 73 with four boundaries) was another notable contributor for the team. For the bowling side, Mohit was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 17, while Rohit claimed 2 for 51.

Asked to follow on, the Ropar team scored 209 for 8 in 71 overs before the stumps were drawn. Jalandhar won the match on the basis of first innings lead.

Sahil (27) and Nikhil (24) started to built team’s innings before Sahil was caught by Damandeep off Rohit for 27 off 37, hitting six boundaries. Later, Nikhil and Sanchit put on a 40-run stand for the third wicket before Nikhil was trapped by Rohit for 34 of 63, inclusive of 7 boundaries and a six.

Akashdeep and Amritpal Singh stitched a match saving 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Akashdeep was caught by Gill off Karan for 45 off 132. Amritpal Singh completed his half century 50 off 100 balls, hitting nine boundaries, before being caught by Damandeep off Sahil. For Jalandhar, Karan claimed 4 for 56 while Rohit took 2 for 59.

Brief Scores:

Jalandhar (1st innings) - 508 all out in 145.2 overs

Ropar (1st innings) - 196 all out in 77.5 overs (Sahil Chander 20, Abhishek 71, Jagdeep Singh 36, Karan 3 for 55, Rohit 2 for 51, Mohit 4 for 17).

Ropar (2nd innings) - 209 for 8 in 71 overs (Sahil 27, Nikhil 34, Sanchit 25, Akashdeep 45, Amritpal Singh 50, Karan 4 for 56 and Rohit 2 for 59).



CCA Haryana beat RCC Panchkula in u-16 tournament
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 8
The cricket team of RCC Panchkula went down against CCA Haryana in a match of SP All India Dr DD Sharma memorial cricket tournament for boys (U-16) being held at Barwala today. 
After winning the toss, the losing side put the CCA Haryana team to bat.

The winning side posted a total of 230-runs, losing three wickets in 30 overs.
Batsman Utkarsh guided the team to achieve a respectable total, scoring 106 off 86. He was ably supported by Abhishek, who scored 49 off 45 while Parvesh Sharma (35) was the other main scorer for the team. For the bowling side, Bhawin took 2 for 42.

In reply, the losing side bundled out for a mere total of 58-runs. Bowler Ujwal grabbed 3 for 12 while Parvesh took 2 for 24. For the batting side, Khushal (35 off 42) was the only main scorer.

In the second match, the team of Amritsar XI defeated PCC club by four wickets. Batting first, the PCC team set a target of 107-runs, losing 5 wickets. Gurdeep (37 off 45) and Yuvraj (23 off 26) were the main scorers for the team. Rahul took 3 wickets for 17 runs.

In reply, the winning side achieved the target in the 28th over, with Sukhpreet (29 off 29) contributing the lion’s share. For the bowling side, Neeraj claimed 3 for 18.

Earlier, the team of Haryana CCA defeated Amritsar XI. The Harayan team named the match by 8- runs. Batting first, the winning side set away a target of 158-runs after loosing seven wickets in the allotted slot of 30 overs. Parvesh Sharma contributed handsome 51-runs along with his counterpart Abhimanyu (26-runs). For bowling side, Rahul took 2 for 18. In reply, the Amritsar outfit could manage to score only 150-runs in 30 overs. Abhay(60) and Sukhjeet(28) were main scorers for the team. Bowler Satyam was the pick of the bowlers for taking 4 for 30 while Parvesh claimed 3 for 17. Another bowler Rahul took 2 for 10.



Inter-school cricket tourney from May 14

Chandigarh, May 8
The Saupin's-32 cricket academy will organise the 4th Saupin's 32 Gold Cup inter-school cricket tournament from May 14 at BTS school, Sector 48.

The matches will played under a 25 overs format and will be played among first eight teams. Players born on or before 1999 can participate. The interested teams can enroll themselves before Saturday. — TNS



Six teams to participate in Super 8 cricket tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
The Mount Carmel school cricket academy, Sector 47, will organise the first Mount Carmel Super 8 cricket tournament from May 10, at the school grounds. A total of six teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament.



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