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Three get life term for murder
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 24
The Ambala Session Court has given life imprisonment to three persons in a murder case here today. The accused who were sentenced for life are Harish Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Venod Kumar of the Top Khanna area, Ambala Cantonment. Two of the accused, Tilak Raj and Jagdev, were acquitted due to the lack of sufficient evidence.

According to prosecution in May 2009, the deceased Ajay Sharma along with his brother had went to attend a marriage party near his house where a scuffle between the accused and him took place and Ajay was stabbed by the accused. Later, Ajay succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

On May 5, 2009 Ambala cantonment police had registered a murder case against five persons on charge of murdering Ajay Sharma. 



Lalru to be divided into wards soon

Dera Bassi, August 24
The officials of various departments have decided to divide Lalru Municipal Council into wards here today. According to the decision Dera Bassi will be divided into 15 wards. But number of wards may vary if 2001 census is adopted rather than 2011 census as the basis of division.

The Municipal Council had come into existence in 2010 but the work of dividing it into to wards could not be completed. Officials concerned said the work of dividing it into wards would be completed in six months. — OC



Class IX student beaten up at Pinjore
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 24
A class IX student was severely beaten-up by some 12 youths here today. The victim has been identified as Akram, a resident of Himshikha colony, Pinjore.

Sources said that the assailants called him out of his school and started beating him. One of the assailants tried to stab him and attacked with knife. While defending himself Akram injured his hands resulting in serious injuries on one of his fingers.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Pinjore. The police has started the investigation.



Witnesses turn hostile in Jiya abduction case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 24
In a big twist in the Jiya kidnapping case, the two main witnesses in turned hostile today. Earlier, the witnesses Sheela Devi and Vishal singla had assured the police of identifying the accused, who had kidnapped Jiya, but today they said they didn’t know anything about the accused. The case had come up for hearing in the District and Session Court today.

Besides, the two witnesses, Jiya’s grandfather Malkit Singh Kang is another witness of the kidnapping.

Earlier, Sheela Devi had told the police that she had seen the accused, who kidnapped Jiya and took her away in the Honda City car. Vishal Singla had said that he was waiting outside Jiya’s house when he saw the kidnapping taking place.

Ravinder, 34, was arrested by the Panchkula police on December 30, 2011 for kidnapping two-and- half-year old Jiya. Ravinder is also involved in the Arnav and Mehak kidnapping along with a number of loot and snatching cases.

It was on October 20, 2009 when Jiya was kidnapped by Ravinder, who had come in a Honda City car and kidnapped her when the child was playing outside her house with her friends. The child was rescued when the family had paid Rs 50 lakhs as ransom to the accused.



HC notice to CBI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the CBI and the CVC on a petition alleging “large-scale misappropriation” of funds filed by Dr Parikshit Bansal of the prestigious National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) at Mohali.

As the case came up for hearing, counsel Navkiran Singh on Dr Bansal’s behalf claimed large-scale misappropriation of 11th five-year plan funds relating to the setting up of a full-fledged Department of Intellectual Property Rights.

He claimed that the proposal for setting up of the department was made by Dr Bansal and it was duly approved by the Planning Commission. As much as Rs 2.25 crore was also released to the NIPER.

Though more than 50 per cent of the funds were for hiring and training of technical manpower, not a single person was hired under the project. The entire amount was misappropriated by the institute in collusion with the ministry officials, he alleged.

The department was never set up at NIPER. The entire funds were used mainly to buy a single expensive software “sci-finder” at an exorbitant and inflated price, though same was neither proposed nor approved under the project.

Though the project was sanctioned in 2007, then NIPER Director Dr P Ramarao did not inform Dr Bansal and hid the approval of the project from him for three years, though the institute kept on getting the funds, Dr Bansal alleged When Dr Bansal accidentally came to know of the approval, he lodged a formal complaint with the CVC on December 30, 2009. Dr Ramarao resigned immediately thereafter on December 31, 2009. 

The CVC marked the complaint to CVO Arun Jha in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Dr Bansal alleged he was the same person involved in the large-scale misappropriation of funds. Instead of conducting a fair and unbiased inquiry, he closed the case and got a warning issued to Dr Bansal for not routing the complaint through proper channel.

Dr Bansal on April 7, 2010, wrote to the CVC praying for transfer of the case to some other CVO and also protection from victimisation. The CVC remained silent and took no action. Eventually, after getting information under the RTI, he came to know that the CVC had not transferred the case to any other CVO. Relying on the report of the same CVO against whom he complained, the CVC had closed the case. 



Tribune employee robbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
An employee of The Tribune was robbed of cash and a gold chain at Sector 19 late last night. The victim, Rajesh, complained to the police that he was going towards Sector 20 on his scooter when he miscreants robbed him.

A resident of Tribune Colony, Sector 29-D, Rajesh was on his way to deliver an office consignment when two persons, who were riding a motorcycle, intercepted him near the temple at Sector 19.

They asked him to hand over his valuables and cash. When he resisted, one of the miscreants hit him with a helmet. They took away his Rs 1,200 and gold chain.

Inspector Harjit Kaur, SHO, Sector 19 police station, said they were investigating and a case of robbery under Section 82 had been registered. 



9-year-old golf prodigy
Vasundhara gets 18th rank in US Kids Championship

Tribune News Service
Vasundhara Thiara
Vasundhara Thiara

Chandigarh, August 24
Vasundhara, a 9-year-old girl from the city has recently returned after playing in the U.S. Kids World Championship 2012 held at Long Leaf Golf and Country Resort in Pinehurst North Carolina, USA. The championship was held from August 1 to 4.

Top golfers from over 50 countries took part in the championship. She competed with the best 80 golfers in the world in her category.

She shot a total of 121. At 13 over par over the three days she played +3, +4 and +6, respectively. Till day two, Vasundhara was playing for the top 10. But her game dropped on the last day due to poor health. At tied 18th the difference between her and the girls ahead of her was only that of a few strokes.

At the World Championship, Vasundhara did exactly what she had to do, plotting her way around the Long Leaf course, intelligently playing the dangerous Par-4.

By virtue of being in the top 20, Vasundhara has received a Green status, which automatically qualifies her to play the European Championship and the 2013 World Championship and a number of tournaments (as per sheet attached).

Now ranked No. 18 in the world, her victories in the past 20 months have been nothing short of exemplary.

This sort of progression would put a bounce in just about any golfer's step, especially one who is so young. Though she remains essentially unaffected by the trappings of success, yet Vasundhara is nonetheless brimming with the kind of confidence that breeds more of it.

None of this has come as a surprise to her coach, Jesse Grewal. He said she was striking the ball well, her short game is going great and her confidence is the key.

Talking about how she intends to focus only on the IGU tournaments and the European Championship in Scotland next summer Vasundhara says, “I think there is a lot more for me to do in the game to reach at the top but no doubt, I feel my game is getting ready for that.”

She has already bore the heavy yoke of expectation amongst all of us. Her sports psychologist Irina Singh says, “She has to keep preparing well and keep doing what she is doing at the moment and hopefully put herself in the right situation at the right time.”



Katoch Sheild: Rain plays spoilsport

Chandigarh, August 24
Rain once again played spoilsport in the local matches at Chandigarh and Mohali. Overnight showers left some wet patches in the grounds which resulted in calling off play at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, and GMSSS-26, without a ball being bowled.

Chandigarh got 3 points for their first innings lead while Patiala logged one point. In the second match, Mohali and Jalandhar shared one point each as the first innings could not be completed due weather interference, which resulted in loss of play of more than 90 overs.

In the third match, played at Gandhi Grounds, Amritsar between Ludhiana and Amritsar, Ludhiana in their second innings scored 277 for 6 at the end of the match. Their innings was sustained by a blistering unbeaten century 118 not out off 210 balls studded with 15x4s and 1x6 by Anil Sihag and another fruitful innings of 81 off 110 balls inclusive of 9x4s and 1x6 by wicket keeper Gitansh Khera. Vinay Chaudhary 3 for 80 was the most successful bowler for Amritsar. Ludhiana got 3 points for their first innings lead of 87 runs while Amritsar got one point.

Brief Scores:

Ludhiana 1st innings 248 all out in 94 overs. Amritsar 1st innings 161 all out in 58.4 overs. Ludhiana 2nd innings 277 for 6 in 90 overs. Anil Sihag 118 not out, Gitansh Khera 81, Vinay Chaudhary 3 for 80. The third round of matches will be played from August 29 to Sep 1, 2012. The match between Chandigarh and Jalandhar will be held at GMSSS-26, Ludhiana and Mohali at the PAU, Ludhiana, and Patiala & Amritsar at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. — TNS



Applications invited for ‘National Youth Award’
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, August 24
The UT Sports Department has invited application for “National Youth Award” 2011-12 to be conferred on individuals/voluntary organisations, who have rendered voluntary services in different fields.

The last date submitting application is September 5. The application should reach in the office of Youth Affairs, Directorate of Sports, Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh.

As per the eligibility criteria, the age of individual should be between 13 to 35 years, as on April 1 of the financial year, for which award to be conferred.

He/she should have rendered the service in the relevant field on voluntary/basis and likely to continue to involve himself/herself in such activities for at least another two years after the conferment of the award.

However, the government employees are not eligible for this award.



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