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Experts dwell on rights of the disabled
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 3
On the final day of the three-day training programme on Changing Dimensions of Human Rights, Prof (Dr) Anirudh Prasad elaborated human rights of differently-abled persons under national and international law.

He discussed the human rights of disabled under the Act of 1995 and the judicial interpretation and implementation aspect of human rights of differently-abled persons. He traced the judicial trend in the interpretation of Article 21 and how Article 21 has become one of the most important fundamental rights. He linked the Article 21 with the human rights of differently-abled persons.

He called for a change in attitude. He also emphasised on the role of teachers, who play a vital role in this regard.

The second session of the training programme was chaired by Col Bishan Dass, who is associated with various non-governmental organisations. He discussed various social, economic and political dimensions of human rights in India. He stressed on better administration and called for improving the implementation of human rights in India.

Baljinder Singh Thakur, member of Punjab State Human Rights Commission, Chandigarh, chaired the valedictory session of the programme. Prof (Dr) GIS Sandhu welcomed the chief guest.

Baljinder Singh Thakur traced the history of human rights in ancient Indian jurisprudence citing various examples from Manu Smriti. He discussed the working of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and elaborated the contribution of the Commission in protection and promotion of human rights.



Dera Bassi-Hebatpur Road Widening
Clear roadsides, MC tells firms
Our Correspondent

Dear Bassi, September 3
Following high court orders, municipal council of Dera Bassi in order to widen Dera Bassi-Hebatpur Road has issued notice to firms, residents and landowners owing properties on either side of the road.

The notice had been issued to nearly 14 firms and several other persons asking them to remove constructions so that the Dera Bassi- Hebatpur Road could be widened by 60 feet. This notice was issued by executive officer Varinder Jain. The firms concerned had been asked to remove their constructions within 30 days. Before this, the municipal council had issued same kind of notices to different persons for removal of construction. Some had implemented it whereas some had ignored it.

Now the notice was repeated again. At present, this road is 24-foot in width. Notably, this road connects to residential colonies, different factories and villages.



Acid attack cases
Will notify relief policy in a week, UT tells HC
Punjab, Haryana seek more time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The Chandigarh Administration today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it would notify a policy for compensating acid attack victims within a week. A statement to this effect was made before the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain as the issue came up for resumed hearing this morning. The States of Punjab and Haryana, on the other hand, sought additional time for the purpose.

The development is significant as the High Court had earlier taken suo motu notice of the fact that the States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh had not implemented compensation scheme for victims of crime, despite a provision for the same in law.

Appointed amicus curiae for looking into the issue of compensating acid attack victims, senior advocate RS Cheema had in July suggested amounts Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh could pay to the victims.

In case of simple injury resulting in mild disfiguration, Cheema has proposed Rs 1 lakh, and in case of grievous injury resulting in disfiguration Rs 2-3 lakh. Cheema, in his report, also suggested preparation of victim compensation fund by the states; and the compensation should be paid in cases where the family income does not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.

Only in February this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to notify at the earliest the schemes for compensating victims of rape and other crime against women.

The directions came after the Bench was recently informed that schemes under Section 357-A of the CrPC have already been prepared

The CrPC was amended to bring in progressive legislation by inserting Section 357(A). All state governments in consultation with the Central Government are to prepare the scheme for compensating victims.

On recommendation by the court, the district legal service authority or state legal service authority is to decide on the quantum of compensation. A provision is also there for relief in cases where trial cannot take place as the offender cannot be traced or identified.

The directions to notify the scheme came on a petition filed by the Voluntary Health Association of Punjab against the Union of India and another respondent.

The Bench had then observed: “This public interest litigation has been filed seeking directions from the court for preparation of a scheme for payment of compensation to victims of rape and crime against women”.



Apna ghar case
Accused applies for bail again
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News service

Panchkula, September 3
In the Apna Ghar case, one of the accused, Harvinder, today applied for bail for the second time. It was after he completed a period of 60 days that he applied for the bail. It was on August 9 when the CBI court had rejected his earlier bail.
Harvinder had applied for a bail along with another accused, Dayanand, on August 1.

“Today he has applied for bail. He had completed a period of 60 days so on these grounds he has applied,” said CBI Advocate Labh Singh.

It was on August 7 when the CBI filed a charge sheet against seven accused in the case. The accused against whom the charge sheet were filed are Jaswanti Devi, her daughter Sushila alias Simmi, her son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, Satish, her brother Jaswant Singh, Veena and her cousin Sheela.

The accused have been charged under Sections 313 (causing miscarriage without woman’s consent), 376 (rape), 374 (unlawful compulsory labour), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The shelter home, Apna Ghar, landed in a controversy when a team of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) raided it on May 9 and rescued its inmates.

Apna Ghar is a shelter home run by NGO Bharat Vikash Sangh, headed by Jaswanti Devi, in Shrinagar Colony of Rohtak city. The inmates have posed serious allegations of rape and human trafficking against Jaswanti Devi and the other accused.

As many as 103 inmates, mostly women and children, have now been shifted to various places.



Forum asks builder to pay Rs 2 lakh

Chandigarh, September 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali, has penalised a Barnala builder for harassing an investor, who had purchased a flat at the Maya Garden Complex in Zirakpur.

Holding the builder guilty of deficiency in service, the forum has directed him to pay Rs 1 lakh towards repair of the faulty flat and another Rs 1 lakh for causing mental agony and harassment. The complainant, Parveen Kumar, told the forum that despite paying full price of the plot i.e. Rs 24.37 lakh, there was seepage in the walls and other construction defects.

Though the construction was of poor quality, the builder did not pay heed to requests of the investor. Instead of helping the investor, officials in the company started threatening him and misbehaved with him.

Apart from Rs 2 lakh awarded to the complainant, an additional Rs 10,000 has been awarded as litigation costs by the forum. — TNS



3 killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 3
Three persons were killed in two accidents at Tangori village near here today. In the first incident, two friends, identified as Jaspreet Singh from Chaudiala village near Dera Bassi and Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Derri village near Soneta, lost their lives when their motorbike (CH01AH 4112) was hit from behind by a private bus ((PB11AA-0604).

The bus was on its way from Landran to Banur. The police said the bus dragged both the youngsters along it to some distance. Both the youngsters died on the spot. The police had to summon two cranes to recover the bodies pressed under the bus after it turned turtle. Both driver and conductor of the bus fled from the scene.

In the second incident, another person, Jatinder Kumar from Rajpura, was killed after being hit by a truck at Mote Majra village near Tangori. Jatinder was going to Naina Devi on his motorcycle when the incident happened.

He was shifted to Gian Sagar Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered a case in this connection at Sohana police station.



Soccer meet
Aged referees officiate football tournament
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
For the officials of the Directorate of Sports, Panjab University(PU), referees above the age of 45 years and the student of MPED (Master of Physical education), are fit to officiate the Inter-college Football Tournament, which kicked-off on a ground, covered with heavy grass and uneven patches, at PU campus, here today.

The rain god may have allowed the sports department of PU to organise the Inter-college Soccer Tournament but dark clouds still surrounded, the first day of the tourney. As per the rules of FIFA, a referee should not be more than 42 years of age and should have good eyesight. But according to the officials, the rule applies only for international tournaments whereas at national level or inter college tourneys, rules can be moulded.

The tourney is witnessing a group of referees who have crossed the age limit. Moreover, a student of Physical Education Department, Panjab University, is officiating the meet. Notably, the team of PU campus is also participating in the competition.

"The panel is experienced and fit to officiate the tourney in a right manner. Moreover, I have selected the panel myself while keeping in mind the standards of game," said Gurmeet Singh, Director of Sports (additional charge). When enquired about the student referee in the panel, he added, "He is a student of the Physical Education Department but he is a qualified referee also. He can officiate in the ongoing competition."

But a controversy was witnessed during a match between DAV College, Hoshiarpur, and BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, when a ball hit the goal post but it was declared as a valid goal. "The ball had hit the left pole of the goal post but we are surprised by the referee's decision. It was clearly visible to the spectators and even the lineman. Moreover, when we raised objection over the decision, we were told to continue the play," said a player of Garhshankar team.

On other hand, the selection of the ground for the first day of the competition, was a surprise for the soccer lovers and players as the field had heavy grass and uneven patches. Notably, the campus has two grounds and the present venue was recently made ready through SAI's (Sports Authority of India) extension centre scheme for the competition.

"I have visited the ground and we have ordered our groundsmen to treat the field with heavy roller. Due to rains, we were unable to cut the grass," Gurmeet said. Earlier, due to rains, the officials were expected to postpone the tournament till the North-Zone Inter-university Tournament.



Security blues for players at Panjab University
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The baseball players, participating in the Inter-college Baseball Tournament for Boys (A-Division), faced difficulties in taking their sluggers inside the campus of Panjab University due to the security checks, which were made necessary due to the upcoming students election at the university. A team need a minimum of four sluggers and a total of 10 teams are participating in the competition.

However, the matter was resolved as the coaches and the heads of the teams were asked to carry the sluggers along with them. "The lads were halted at various gates but later were allowed inside after the intervention of the coaches and the heads," said Dr Gurcharan Singh, a physical Education teacher at SGGS College, Sector 26.

"The security officers were performing their duty and allowed us after a written consent," he added.

"We were informed about some students carrying sluggers inside the campus. However, after inquiry it was found that the players were carrying their kits for participation in a competition. After cross-checking their identity cards, we allowed them to carry the kit but the sluggers were allowed only after the consent of the respective coaches and heads. The elections are around the corner and we do not want any lapses in security," PK Dhawan Chief Security officer said.

Similarly, other teams, visiting from various colleges of Punjab were also asked to keep their sluggers under the supervision of their heads. "We were asked to keep the sluggers and other material under the supervision of our seniors. According to the advisory, we are not allowed to carry the bats around the campus during non-match timings and after evenings. It is for the good of students and we will follow the advisory," said a player from Ludhiana.



Katoch Shield Tourney
Patiala rebound after initial loss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
A brilliant ton by Patiala's Jeewanjot Singh and Amitoze Singh enabled their team to score 395 runs against Mohali on the first day of the Katoch Shield (elite group)matches at PCA stadium today.

Jeewanjot Singh scored an unbeaten 186 runs while Amitoze Singh contributed 124 runs with the bat. Earlier, after winning the toss Patiala had opted to bat first. The team started on a poor note as skipper Ravi Inder Singh went to the pavilion early without making much trouble. Meanwhile, Kunwar Raina joined Jeevanjot Singh and the duo took the total to 54 before Kunwar Raina was caught by Harmeet for 19.

At the time when patiala was struggling due early loses Jeewanjot Singh and Amitoze Singh got together and piled up 215 runs for the third wicket in just 45 overs. The partnership was broken when Amitoze was castled by Varun Khanna for a well made 124 off 141 (19 fours, 3 sixes). Himanshu Chawla added 45 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership before being trapped on front by Sidana for 28 off 42 balls. However, Jeewanjot completed his century and scored 186 off 259, including 26 boundaries. Preet Kamal remained unbeaten on 26 off 58. For bowling side Varun Khanna took 2 for 112 while Mayank Sidana and Harmeet Singh claimed one wicket each.


Patiala (first innings): 395 for 4 in 90 overs(Jeewanjot Singh 186 not out, Amitoze Singh 124, Himanshu Chawla 28, Preet Kamal 26 not out; Varun Khanna 2 for 112, Mayank Sidana 1 for 59, Harmeet Singh 1 for 66)

Chandigarh trouble Amritsar

In the second match of the day, which was played at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, the local team reduced Amritsar to 86 for 4 in 30.1 overs before skipper Chandan Madan scored uneaten 87 off 154 with 8 boundaries and a six while Sumit Sharma contributed unbeaten 32 off 100, including three boundaries. At the end of the day the Amritsar team was 256 for 6 in 88 overs. For Chandigarh Siddharth Kaul was the highest wicket taker with 3 for 40 while Ajay Dalal, Bipul Sharma and Gurinder Singh grabbed one wicket each.


Amritsar: 256 for 6 in 88 overs (Munish Bhatia 40, Sharad Lumba 36, Chandan Madan 87 not out, Sumit Sharma 32 not out; Siddharth Kaul 3 for 40, Ajay Dlal 1 for 48, Bipul Sharma 1 for 37 and Gurinder Singh 1 for 77).

Ludhiana struggle

In the third match at PAU Ludhiana, Ludhiana scored 208 for 5 in 81 overs with Karan Goel (32), Gitansh Khera (57) and Himanshu Chawla (26) were the main contributors. For bowling side, Taruwar Kohli hogged the limelight after grabbing 2 for 20 while Shubek Gill, Yogesh and Gurkirat took one wicket each.



Cricket Tournament
Heavenz Club enter semifinals
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 3
Heavenz Club has defeated Friends Cricket Club (FCC), Samana, by six wickets and entered into the semifinals of the ongoing Heavenz Hot Weather Open Cricket Tournament here today. Earlier, the match was reduced to 30 overs following the showers.

The Heavenz team won the toss and elected to field first and the FCC scored 170 for 8. Bhola (42), Yadi (50) and Monu (40) were the main scorers from the FCS while Pintu was the leading wicket taker (23-3) from the Heavenz. At one point of the inning the FCC batsmen were looking to pile up a huge total as they were comfortably placed at 150 for 2 in 23 overs but due to a tight spell by Romy (27-1), the team was restricted to 170 for 8.

In reply, the Heavenz started their inning comfortably and Kanti (54), Dhiman (43) and Lakhvinder Singh (36) were the main scorers while Yadi took 3 for 28 and was the main wicket-taker for the FCC.


Friends Cricket Club, Samana: 170 for 7 in 30 overs (Yadi 50, Bhola 42, Monu 40; Pintu 3 for 23, Dhiman 3 for 30, Romi 1 for 27, Binni 1 for 42).

Heavenz Cricket Club : 171 for 4 in 27.3 overs ( Kanti 54, Dhiman 43, Lakhvir 36 (not out), Yadi 3 for 28, Shakti 1 for 17).



Mohd Hassan wins carrom title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Carrom players Mohd Hassan, Farheen and Tuba won the top titles during the ongoing 22nd Chandigarh State Carrom Tournament, which concluded at St Stephen’s School, today. Mohd Hassan defeated Gagandeep in the men’s (singles) final by 18-21, 20-7, 23-16 while in the boys’s (junior singles) final game, Hassan outclassed his brother Saquib in straight games by 20-5, 12-1. Meanwhile, Farheen won the women’s (singles) title after defeating her sister Tuba by 25-18, 6-16, 21-11 while Tuba defeated Priya Sharma in the girls’ (junior singles) final in a closely contested match by 7-17, 15-7, 9-4.


Men’s (singles)semifinals: Hassan bt Aarish 23-7, 23-18; Gagandeep bt Mohd Talib 5-25, 25-13, 25-0; final: Hassan bt Gagandeep 18-21, 20-7, 23-16; boys’ (junior singles) semifinals: Hassan bt Mohd Talib 19-15, 21-0; Saquib bt Aarish 25-0, 25-0; final: Hassan bt Saquib 20-5, 12-1; women’s (singles) semifinals: Farheen bt Priya Sharma 25-10, 19-17; Tuba bt Gulshan 13-24, 20-16, 25-9; final: Farheen bt Tuba 25-18, 6-16, 21-11; girls’ (junior singles) semifinals- Tuba bt Manu Gupta 11-19, 18-1, 20-1; Priya Sharma bt Gulshan 20-04, 18-05; final: Tuba bt Priya Sharma 7-17, 15-7, 9-4.



Robin does city proud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Taking the name of CFA (Chandigarh Football Academy) to a new height, Robin Singh made the city proud after becoming the member of the Indian football team, which won the Nehru Cup International Football Tournament last evening. The lad has spent his initial years in the academy and learned basic of the game there.

He had represented the academy for two years and he was the part of the first batch of the academy.

“He has made us proud. He was a promising player and was the part of the most successful batch that the academy ever had,” said Harjinder Singh, coach of CFA and former captain of Indian football team.

The soccer player is a regular member of the Indian contingent and hopefully will lead the Indian side in future.

“He was part of the pre-Olympics team also and had represented the nation at the junior level. We have around 20 ex-players playing at various international tourneys while representing the nation. Hopefully, the academy will continue to produce players and serve the nation,” said Harjinder Singh.



Table tennis tourney begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The seventh All India Defence Accounts Department Table Tennis Tournament, kicked-off at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today. The tournament is organised under the aegis of the Defence Accounts Sports Control Board (DASCB). A total of 23 offices of the Defence Accounts Department are participating in the tourney. 49 male and 18 female players will vie for the title in both men's and women's (singles and doubles) category.


Men’s singles: Balbir Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Kaushal, DR Dikale, MV Subramanyam, Rajesh Kumar, Manno, Rajindra Kr, Onkar Kapoor, Bhagwan Dass, Sameer Tatoo, R Balasubramaniam, B Mohan, Abhijeet, K Anoop Chandra, Dabhade RN; men’s doubles: Balbir KR and Vinod KR, Dunakhe PD and Dabhade, S Karthik and Rajesh, B Mohan and Sai Kiran, D Pallav Jain And Vimal KR, Sunil Rawat and Anurag Sharma.



Easy win for GGDSD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
GGDSD College has defeated PG Government College, Sector 11, in a one-sided affair during the ongoing Inter-college Baseball Championship for Men (A-Division) here today. SD College defeated Government College, Sector 11, by 17-0. Meanwhile, In the second match, DAV College, Sector 10, had defeated SCD Government College, Ludhiana, by 11-0 while the team of PU Campus beat Arya College, Ludhiana, by 17-0. In the last Match of the day, the team of DAV College defeated PG Government College sector 46 by 13-3.



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