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Armed dacoits barge into Sector-20 gurdwara
Take away documents, cash; sewadar, former granthis, kirtan performer arrested
Tribune News Service

A police official shows the empty almirah at the Sector-20 gurdwara.
A police official shows the empty almirah at the Sector-20 gurdwara.

Chandigarh, July 29
Armed dacoits barged into the Sector 20 gurdwara last night and took away cash and documents. The police has arrested former president Harcharan Singh, Sewadar Natha Singh, former granthis Gursewak Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, kirtan performer Sukhjit Singh and efforts are on to nab the rest of the accused.

The police control room received a call at about 3.40 am that armed dacoits had entered the Sector-20 gurdwara.

Inderpal Singh, president of the gurdwara, Sector 20, made a complaint that at midnight at about 12.15 am a group of about 10-15 people armed with one rifle, swords and sticks entered the gurdwara and took away mobile phones of guard Pawanjit Singh and granthi Satwant Singh forcibly and locked them up in a room. The assailants also removed the CCTV cameras installed in and around the gurdwara premises before committing the crime. They broke the almirah and took away documents and Rs 1 lakh cash. After committing the crime, they released the granthi and the guard, returned them their mobile phones, but threatened them not to disclose their identity.

The police has registered a case of dacoity at the Sector 19 police station. During the course of investigation involvement of the former president of the gurdwara Harcharan Singh, Sewadar Natha Singh, Gurdeep Singh, former granthies Gursewak Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, kirtan performer Sukhjit Singh, Jathedar Kanwaljit Singh Khalsa, have been found.

As per information, some nihangs were allegedly brought by Kanwaljit Singh Khalsa on the direction of Harcharan Singh to commit the crime. After the commission of the crime, all the accused fled from the spot and were later arrested.



Two more convicts jump parole
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Two more convicts lodged in Burail Jail managed to give the police a slip and jumped parole. The UT police has registered a case against the two convicts who were released on parole, but did not return to jail on time.

Both the accused have been booked under Section 8/9 of the Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners Temporary Release Act 1962. The cases have been registered at the Sector 39 police station on direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Hari Shankar Shah, resident of Peer Colony, Palsora, was lodged in Model Jail, Burail, and was released on parole from March 6 to July 10.

A similar case has been registered against Ganesh, a resident of Maloya village, Chandigarh, who was lodged in Model Jail, Burail, Chandigarh, and released on parole from April  11 to May 10. He failed to return to jail and has been booked.



Man killed in mishap
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, July 29
A person was run over by a tractor-trailer on the Kharar-Kurali highway last night. The deceased was identified as Sewa Singh, a resident of Shahpur village.

Gurinder Singh, the deceased's cousin, said they were on their way to the village on a motorcycle when the trailer hit their motorcycle. Sewa Singh died on the spot. The driver fled the spot. A case under Sections 279, 304 A IPC has been registered against Jaswant Singh of Ambala.

PO held

Fatehgarh: The police has arrested a proclaimed offender who had been missing for the past one-and-a-half year. SP Gurpreet Singh said following a tip-off, a police team laid a trap and arrested Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Malakpur village, Yamunanagar. He was declared proclaimed offender by the District Courts on January 6, 2011.

Man held

The police has arrested a person with 2,500 tablets of fenetin. The accused has been identified as Sarabjit Singh, alias Rinku. The accused was produced in the court today which sent him to a 14-day judicial custody. 



Man duped of Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
A resident of Punjab was duped of his cash by a conman who took money from him on the pretext of providing job in the Indian Railways to his son.

Pawan Kumar, a resident of Sangrur district in Punjab alleged that a person introduced him as Harnek Singh and took cash Rs 50,500 from him for providing job in the Railway to his son. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.



Govt schools yet to get dues
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The city-based government schools that hosted inter-school competitions under various disciplines last year are facing the apathy of UT Education Department officials as the latter is yet to clear the dues of about Rs 1 lakh.

The inter-school tournaments were organised during July, August, October and November last year. The schools that hosted various inter-school tourneys submitted their bills to the authorities just after the tournament, but they failed to receive any reimbursement till date.

On an average, a school spent a total of Rs 17,000 to Rs 20,000 for hosting and organising one or two tournaments. Notably, for smooth function the department has changed the rules and took the responsibility of distributing the amount, but failed to give its best.

“Earlier, the organising secretary (principal) used to clear all the bills and distribute the amount among the schools. But, certain officials of the Education Department demanded changes in the rules and took over the power. Some Director Public Instruction (DPI) teachers organised the tourneys from their own money and are still waiting for their reimbursement. Rules are framed to make one’s way easy but here, the scenario is different,” said an official.

He said: “If the officials have taken an initiative, they must fulfil it properly. We have to keep several aspects in mind. This time, we have decided to take the money in advance so that it will not be a burden on us as it is important to organise the tournaments”.

On the other hand, the UT Education Department is well aware of the fact but due to the lethargic approach, the clearance took time.

“We have received all the bills but due to the non-clearance of the bills from the District education Officer office, the amount exceeded from Rs 1 lakh. As per the rules, the file was moved to the DPI office and hopefully, the amount will be cleared next week. We are aware of the matter but the things will come back on track,” said PS Brar, sports organiser, UT Education Department.



Baptist school register win in Satluj cricket meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Chandigarh Baptist School team defeated Little Flower School, Panchkula, by 10 wickets in the ongoing 1st Satluj League Cricket Championship for Boys (U-14) being held here today.

Batting first, the losing side bundled out on a mere total of 45 runs in the 17th over. Saksham contributed the lion’s share after scoring 14 off 23.

From the bowling side, Chiranpreet completed his five-wicket haul after giving 8 runs, while his teammate Karanvir took 3 for 12.

On the other hand, the wining side achieved the target in the 4th over with Nikhil (23) and Aayush (15) scoring unbeaten runs.

Earlier in other league match, the host team of Satluj Public School defeated Baptist Public School by 66 runs. Batting first, Satluj Public School scored 167 for 5 in 30 overs.

Shashwat Sharma played an unbeaten knock of 66 runs. Chasing down the target, Baptist school was bowled out on 101 runs.

Brief scores:

Satluj Public School: 167 for 5 in 30 overs (Sharma 66 not out, Abhishek Bahmani 44, Parth 1 for 13).

Baptist Public School: 101 all out in 24.3 overs (Deepanshu 23, Nikhil 25, Abhishek Bahmani 3 for 24, Sahil Vashisht 2 for 19 and Hardik Choudhary 2 for 27).



Tae-kwon-do players face harrowing time
Tribune News Service

Tae-kwon-do bout in progress during a state championship at skating rink of Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Tae-kwon-do bout in progress during a state championship at skating rink of Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 29
Tae-kwon-do players faced a harrowing time during the ongoing Tae-kwon-do State Championship at Skating Rink of Sector 10 here today.

During the championship, several players were made to wait for seven hours for fighting their bout.

“The organisers have called us in the morning and since then we are waiting for our turn. Last day, the canteen was overcharging for the products and today we were made to wait for seven hours.

The organisers have taken the entry fees but they have failed to organise the event successfully,” said a parent.



Football coach attends seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Local football coach Surinder Singh of St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, attended a five-day coaching seminar, organised by the All-India Football Federation (AIFF), in Navi Mumbai recently.

The seminar was the first-of-its-kind in the country conducted by AIFF technical director Rob Baan, national coach Wim Koevermans and Scott O’Donell, technical director, Regional and Elite Academies.

Former Indian soccer team captain and Padma Shri Awardee Bhaichung Bhutia also marked his presence in the seminar.

Kushal Das, general secretary of the AIFF, and Raymond Farrelly, Coach FX, presided over as the guest speakers in the function.

A total of 65 coaches from all over the nation, including AIFF contractual coaches and coaches from I-League Clubs, participated in the seminar. The seminar intends to educate and produce better coaches and players via match-related coaching.

“It was a wonderful experience with all the expertise. The main aim of the seminar was to focus on the youth development at the grass-roots level,” said Surinder.



Manu of St Mary’s School wins maiden title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Carrom player Manu Gupta of St. Mary’s School, Sector 46, won the maiden title after defeating national champion Tuba of St. Stephen’s School in straight games on the second day of the ongoing 15th St. Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament being held here today.

Manu upset Tuba, the top seed player, in straight sets by 15-08, 15-06 and won the girls’ (sub-junior) finals.

Earlier in the semifinals, Manu overcame her sister Nidhi Gupta after making it a one-sided affair by 12-01 and 11-07, while in another semifinal, Tuba outclassed Sanya Chadha in straight games by 21-00 and 22-00.

In the boys’ sub-junior (singles), Yishu Sharma and Sahibpreet Singh booked their final berths after defeating their rivals Chirag C and Mihir Yadav, respectively, in the semifinals of the category.

In the women’s event, Priya Sharma, Tuba, Manu Gupta and Farheen successfully managed to enter into the semifinals of the event.

The Results

Men’s (Singles) (2nd Round): Gagandeep bt Yishu Sharma 25-09, 25-00; Aayush bt Rahul 17-11, 11-14, 25-02; Preet Kanwal bt Mukesh Chand 24-11, 23-04; Raj Kumar bt Vikrant Gill 13-09, 22-07; Aarish bt Tasavar Ali 25-09, 25-03; Ojal Anand bt Ankur Gupta 23-00, 25-00; Saleem Ahmed bt Vikash Srivastava 25-00, 25-00; Saquib bt Dilshad 24-15, 23-09; Talib bt Deepak 25-00, 25-00; Sayed Tasleem bt Tejinder Singh 24-19, 15-17, 20-12; Rajnish Choudhary bt Ayush Garg 25-00, 23-05, Hassan bt Riyasat Ali 25-00, 25-01.

Boys’ (Junior) (2nd Round): Rahul Sharma bt Keshav Chopra 25-00, 25-00; Avish bt Gurpreet Singh 25-00, 24-04; Hassan bt Sidhanth Khanna 21-00, 21-00; Jatin bt Satnam Singh 20-00, 15-00; Yishu Sharma bt Shanu Goyal 25-04, 20-01; Tasavar Ali bt Kanwar Sharma 18-03, 18-11; Pranay Goyal bt Ramandeep 24-00, 25-00; Aashish Sethi bt Sudhanshu Khanna 08-04, 12-04.

Boys’ (Sub-Junior) quarterfinals: Yishu Sharma bt Abhishek Sharma 11-04, 16-00; Chirag C. bt Jayant Malhotra 14-00, 17-06; Mahir Yadav bt Sajan 11-00, 00-08, 06-00; Sahibpreet Singh bt Ansh Gupta 16-02, 14-00.

Semifinals: Yishu Sharma bt Chirag C 21-00, 18-06, Sahibpreet Singh bt Mihir Yadav 23-03, 21-00.

Women’s (Singles) (2nd round): Farheen bt Kudrat 25-00, 11-00; Nidhi Gupta bt Gurkiran 25-00, 25-04; Sushila Prasad bt Somiya 25-03, 25-09; Gulshan bt Ramanpreet 25-04, 25-05.

Quarterfinals: Priya Sharma bt Sushila Prasad 25-04, 23-07; Tuba bt Gulshan 24-16, 21-11; Manu Gupta bt Nidhi Gupta 16-15, 19-13; Farheen bt Anjali Taneja 25-08, 22-00.

Girls’ (Junior) (2nd Round): Manu Gupta bt Kiriti Srivastava 21-00, 21-00.

3rd Round: Gurkiran bt Uttra Kataria 17-04, 17-03; Kasaf bt Aahita 14-00, 07-22, 16-13; Gulshan bt Ashmita 21-05, 21-07; Somiya bt Aastha Gandhi 10-05, 15-00; Nidhi Gupta bt Bharti Arora 20-00, 14-00; Manu Gupta bt Kumari Pushpa 18-00, 16-00.

Quarterfinals: Priya Sharma bt Somiya 21-00, 21-00; Manu Gupta bt Nidhi Gupta 11-02, 15-10; Gulshan bt Kasaf 21-00, 21-00; Tuba bt Gurkiran 18-01, 21-03.

Semifinals: Gulshan bt Tuba 12-18, 13-07, 18-08; Manu Gupta bt Priya Sharma 03-21, 14-07, 15-12.

Girls’ (Sub-Junior) (2nd Round): Tuba bt Aarushi Attri 21-00, 21-00; Aakanksha Bhatia bt Mehak 21-00, 21-00; Kasaf bt Sanya Garg 06-04, 01-09, 18-00; Nidhi Gupta bt Muskan 21-00, 21-00; Somaya bt Vishakha Sharma 04-02, 16-00; Manu Gupta bt Chhavi 21-00, 21-00.

Quarterfinals: Tuba bt Aakanksha 21-00, 21-00; Sanya Chadha bt Kasaf 14-00, 10-05; Nidhi Gupta bt Somiya 21-04, 2106; Manu Gupta bt Aashu Sharma 25-00, 25-00.

Semifinals: Tuba bt Sanya Chadha 21-00, 21-00; Manu Gupta bt Nidhi Gupta 12-01, 11-07.

Final: Manu Gupta bt Tuba 15-08, 15-06.



Cricket, volleyball tournaments from October 2

Panchkula, July 29
The Haryana Sports Welfare Association will organise Haryana Rural Junior Premier League Cricket Championship for Boys (U-17) and Open Category Cash Prize Volleyball League Championship from October 2 to October 7 here.

According to the organisers, a total of 12 volleyball teams from all over Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh will vie for top honours.

According to the secretary general of the association, the participants would not have to pay any fees. The wining team (in volleyball event) would be given a cash prize of Rs 31,000 and runners-up team would be awarded Rs 21,000 with the wining trophies. For enquires and confirming the entries, the interested teams could contact Sube Singh on 92178-85748 before August 15. — TNS



Barwala college beat CEC by eight wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SDDIET), Barwala, defeated Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landra, by 8 wickets in the Bribe-Free Nation (T-20) Cricket Cup Tournament being held here today.

The CEC team elected to bat first and posted a total of 65 runs. Shubham Mahajan (21), Hardik (19) and Abhishek Verma (14) were the main scorers for the team. From the bowling side, Himanshu Varma took 4 for 3, while Ashish claimed 2 for 13.

In reply, the wining side achieved the target in the 10th over. Sandeep Singh (30) and Manjit Nain (23) lead the team to victory. From the bowling side, Rajat Aggarwal claimed 1 for 12.



Probables selected for cricket tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to PCA) has selected probable team for the Katoch Shield Tournament to be started from August 18. According to the secretary of the association, cricketer Yuvraj Singh would also represent the city in the tournament.

The selected players are Uday Kaul, Siddharth Kaul, Manan Vohra, Sarul Kanwar, Amit Prashar, Simrat Bawa, Gaurav Gambhir, Bipul Sharma, Gurinder Singh, Ajay Dalal, Gurkirat Singh, Gaurav Puri, Karan Goyal, Jaskaran Singh, Vishwas Bhalla, VRV Singh, Aman Bharti, Gurtej Singh, Arjit Singh, Shivam Bhambri and Satwinder Singh.



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