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Seminar on teachings of Vivekananda 
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 14
The Value Education Cell and NSS unit of Saheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Banur, organised a seminar on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda recently. JB Goyal (Retd.) IAS was the chief guest during the function.

Goyal summarised the entire philosophy of Vivekananda and advised the students to inculcate the qualities and thoughts of Swami Vivekananda. He asked the students to take the country to greater heights. He also emphasised on the need of enriching the spiritual and intellectual consciousness of the youth.



Bani, Deep are Ms and Mr Fresher
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, September 14
Students and faculty members of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology Dera Basi welcomed the new entrants to Freshers 2012, held on campus here on Friday.

Bani Vig and Deep Kanwal Singh were adjudged Ms and Mr Fresher, respectively, while Nitika Sharma got the title of Miss charming and Mr Shanshank was declared as Mr Handsome.



Police launches patrolling drive 
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 14
The district police has launched patrolling drive to strengthen the police-public ties and to provide the police-related services to people at their doorstep. MF Faruqi, DIG, Ludhiana Range, inaugurated the service. He flagged off 20 motorcycles for patrolling.

While addressing the mediapersons at Bachat Bhawan, Faruqi said the main aim of introducing the service was to make police people friendly so that people could come forward to provide information about criminals, drug sellers and other anti-social elements. Earlier, police personnel used to sit in police stations and people had to visit them for petty works but now the police personnel would be on patrolling, he added.

The towns falling in the district have been divided into beats and each beat would be looked after by police patrolling party around the clock.

Faruqi added that the cell numbers of the patrolling party would be made to public and anyone could call them and the patrolling party would be on spot within minutes. He said the police would listen the grievances of people and respond within stipulated time. Ho hoped that with the introduction of the service petty crime would be controlled.

He also urged the district police officers to develop people-friendly attitude and to redress their grievances at the earliest. He stressed on the need to wage a war against the drug peddlers. HS Mann, SSP, assured DIG that the service would be implemented effectively. He said the police in the district was working on different social projects in collaboration with various NGOs.



Talent hunt competition held

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 14
The department of computer science, Mata Gujri College, organised a talent hunt competition to explore the hidden talent of the students. During the function, skit, debate, elocution, quiz, Songs, competitions were organised. 

In debate competition Mahan Gaud and Tarun, both of MCA III, bagged the first and the second position respectively. In elocution contest Mahan Gaud and Shilpa, secured the top two slots. Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college, honoured the students and motivated them to participate in extra-curricular activities for their overall personality development. He encouraged the students to be an active learner in their lives and work for their aim with dedication, determination. — OC



ASI arrested for demanding bribe
Our Correspondent

Ambala, September 14
The State Vigilance Bureau has nabbed an ASI of Ambala police today for demanding bribe from a tractor — trolley driver. According to information, Som Nath, driver of the tractor-trolley, was ferrying crushed stone (bajari) from Himachal Pradesh. Ishwar Singh, ASI, stopped the tractor-trolley at Haryana-Himachal boarder and did not allow the driver to enter in Haryana. He demanded Rs 4000 from Som Nath.

Ravi Kiran, SP, Vigilance, said Som Nath had informed the vigilance regarding the demand of bribe and a team led by the inspector of the vigilance bureau immediately reached there. ASI tried to flee from the police post but the vigilance team nabbed him. In the meantime he threw the money, which was taken as bribe, in the bushes. He said the amount had not been recovered so far. He said a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act had been registered against ASI and he would be produced in the court tomorrow. 



Constable accused of killing wife
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
A UT police constable has been accused of attempting to kill his wife following an extra marital affair with a woman constable of the traffic police. Senior police officials have marked an inquiry against the constable after the UT SP, Desraj Singh, received a complaint from the aggrieved wife through speed post today.

The constable, who is posted as a security officer with an Inspector, took his wife to Haridwar and pushed her into the holy water of the Ganges earlier this week. Luckily, the woman survived. However, her husband returned home and enacted a drama that his wife has died following an accident.

The entire conspiracy came to light when the woman confronted her husband yesterday and reached home along with her parents. High drama was witnessed when she narrated the torture that she went through owing to her husband’s extramarital affair.

Sources said the woman constable was pressurising the constable to marry her following which he planned to get rid of his wife.

SP (City) Desraj Singh said he had received the complaint and an inquiry had been marked to the SHO of the Sector 26 police station. “The woman has apprehended threat to her life in the complaint. Action will be taken after going through the inquiry report," said Desraj Singh.



Prostitution Racket
Accused’s son in shock
Police remand for three
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
On seeing his parents handcuffed at Mirawali Haveli in Raipurrani, seven-year-old Robin was taken aback.

It was yesterday when the Panchkula police arrested Robin's parents, Raja Mohammad Hassan Murtaza, his wife Rita and customers Vinod, Munish, Rakesh, Gulab Rana Khattoli and Khushi for running a prostitution racket.

The Haveli is 100-years-old and Murtaza's grandfather Raja Akbar Ali had got it in inheritance from Maharaja Patiala. Hasan's father Raja Kalim Ali got the same in inheritance from Akbar Ali.

"The child came to us asking why the police arrested his parents. He is not eating anything," said Randhir Singh, a resident of the same village.

He added, "Robin today went to school and on return he told us that his friends were teasing him. What is his fault? He has been crying since yesterday."

Robin is at his maternal grandparents' place.

Meanwhile, all accused, Hassan, Rita and Khushi, were produced in the court today, which sent the three to a police remand till September 17 while others were sent to police custody.

During investigations, it was learnt that two girls, identified as Priya and Rama, used to supply Delhi and Patiala-based girls to Hassan's wife. Both the accused are absconding.

It was after the team of Panchkula Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) headed by Inspector Karamvir Singh raided the premises that the accused were arrested. Mobile phones, country made pistol and live cartridges were also recovered from the accused. A Scorpio car with red beacon atop was impounded.

The police said Hassan was close to politicians and other high-profile people.



Murder at ISBT-43: One rounded up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Two days after the body of an unidentified man was found in the forest area in Sector 43, the police has rounded up a man who is suspected to be behind the killing. The body is yet to be identified and the police has managed to trace a mobile phone. Sources said the user of the cellphone had changed the SIM after making two calls.

The user of the cellphone is being questioned to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

Three more youths were found drugged and in an unconscious state in a Himachal roadways bus on the day the man was found murdered near the ISBT-43 on September 12.

The police has circulated pictures of the deceased across Himachal and also contacted Nepal Resident Associations in Shimla, Kullu and Chandigarh. It has established robbery as the motive behind the murder.



Thieves decamp with computer 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 14
Thieves decamped with a computer installed at the reservation counter of the railway station this morning. The counter was opened after an hour.

An official saw the window of the counter broken and found the monitor missing.

There are about four computers at the counter that closes at 8 pm.

"We had come to get our ticket cancelled, but the officials at the counter said it would take them an hour to open the counter as a theft had taken place," said Danish Singhal, a resident of Sector 14, Panchkula.

Vinod Dayal, another resident, said, "I kept shuttling between this counter and the one which is on the Panchkula side."

Station superintendent Praveen Kumar said, "The counter was opened after 45 minutes. We had no other option, we had to shut down the counter."

" A probe is on. It is a bit difficult to nab the accused as there is no CCTV camera installed at the counter," said the police.



Davis Cup: rain plays spoilsport on day one
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The much awaited Davis Cup started in the city with the rain playing spoilsport on the first day. The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector 10, is hosting the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-I relegation play off.

The Indian campaign started of on a good note, with Yuki Bhambri winning the first match of the tie. The matches started late due to the heavy showers last night and were called off early due to bad light. However, for the handful of local tennis lovers who came to watch their favourite stars, the event was a treat.

Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated the tie to a live band performance. However, the spectators who came expecting to watch some cultural performance were a disappointed lot.

Sanam Singh could be fielded today

The postponing of the singles match might bring some good news for the local tennis lovers as the team management could field local lad Sanam Singh, along with Divij Sharan in the doubles match tomorrow. Earlier, Vishnu Vardhan was expected to play in the doubles match but due to his singles match postponed for tomorrow, Sanam might replace him. “Both Sanam and Yuki are ready for the doubles tie. If Vishnu’s match takes long to complete, he might get replaced by any of the of two. It totally depends upon his will to play two matches tomorrow and then a singles reverse on Sunday. If Vishnu is comfortable, he will be the first choice to represent the team in the doubles category,” said SP Misra, non-playing captain of the team.

Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurates the event

The UT Administration has reportedly spent lakhs of rupees to set up a special bulletproof enclosure at the venue in anticipation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit. However, the space was finally used to seat Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and senior police officials of the Chandigarh police.

Low turnout

The city is hosting the Davis Cup after a gap of 19 years. But with the rain playing spoilsport, very few spectators turned up for the event. Also, there were no foreign nationals to cheer their team. “Although we were expecting a great crowd, the rain played spoilsport. Hopefully, the standard of matches played today will attract more people to come here and cheer for their favourite stars on the weekend,” said a CLTA official.

Bad light

To host an international standard tennis match, a stadium should have a good number and flood lights. Due to bad lights at the CLTA, both the teams opted to play the match tomorrow. The Kiwis are trailing by 0-1. According to match referee Javier Sansierra, match was postponed due to bad light. “We have been provided with the details of the configuration of the lights and they are not fit to play under. Hopefully, we will find the sky clear tomorrow to start early,” said Javier Sansierra.

DAV-10 declares holiday

With the DAV College-Sector 10, which lies directly opposite to the CLTA courts, deciding to declare a holiday today, their were no traffic or organisational issues near the venue. “To avoid any chaos or problem among students, residents and organisers, we decided to declare a holiday today. It is for the promotion of the game,” said BS Joshan, principal, DAV College.

Heat too much to handle, say Kiwis

According to New Zealand player Daniel King Turner, the player are finding it difficult to cope with the heat. "Even though we have been here for a week, we are still struggling to get acclimatised to the heat. In addition to the temperature, the humidity is making the matters worse. Although, the heavy showers were good, the humidity afterwards was too much too handle,” said King.



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