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PRTC to purchase 100 buses
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 3
To provide better transportation facilities to the residents, the Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) is going to introduce a fleet of 100 new buses, including 25 HV AC buses.

Besides this, PRTC has introduced online reservation system for AC buses. This system has been introduced with the help of CIRT, Pune, said Ajit Singh Kohar, Minister for Transport, while talking to the media persons after attending the foundation stone lying ceremony of a new bus stand at Bassi Pathana town.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone. He said to bring efficiency and transparency in the working of the PRTC Computerised Integrated Depot Management System (CIDMS) has been introduced. He said at present, the PRTC has a fleet of 701 ordinary, 2 integrated coaches, 59 HV AC, 249 ordinary and 12 Integral coaches, which cover 3,49,928 km area.

He said the PRTC has present 12 bus stands and going to construct five new bus stands at Fatehgarh Sahib, Mansa, Amloh, Bassi Pathana and Patran at the cost of Rs 15 crore approximately. He said that these bus stands will be constructed in record time and computerised bus departure audio announcement system on the pattern of Maharashtra will be set up.



Two arrested for illegal mining on Ghaggar bed

Dera Bassi, October 3
Dera Bassi police has arrested two persons for mining illegally from Ghaggar river near Mubarakpur. The police has also impounded two sand-laden trucks from the accused. The accused were identified as Kuljeet Singh and Naveen Kumar, residents of Sector 2, Panchkula.

The police has registered a case against the accused under the Mining Act 1952 and Section 379 of the IPC.

Mining had been banned by Mining Department several months ago. The police informed that some cases of the illegal mining were noticed earlier also.

Builder booked

A Panchkula-based builder was booked under the charges of unauthorised colonisation at Mubarkpur village on the complaint of GMADA. GMADA Additional Chief Administrator alleged that Umesh Mohar Gill, a resident of Sector 6, Panchkula, had carved out unauthorised colony in his 53 kanal 6 marle land without getting license and registration of the land promoter.

Thus, he violated the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act. — OC



15-year-old kidnapped

Ambala, October 3
Three days after a 15-year-old boy went missing, the district police today registered a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons.

The victim, Raju, son of Ganesh Lal (defence personnel) and student of Class VIII, had gone for a tuition on Monday evening near Jandli village but did not return.

When all efforts of Raju’s family members to trace him proved futile, they approached the local police which took three days to register an FIR at the Parov police station and started investigations. — TNS



100 attend eye camp

Dera Bassi, October 3
As many as 100 patients operated during a free eye and dental check up and operation camp, organised by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujawan Club, Dera Bassi.

The camp was inaugurated by Chief Parliament Secretary Narinder Sharma. — OC



anupama case
PGI told to produce records
Tribune News Service

Chandgarh, October 3
The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission president, Justice Sham Sunder, has directed the PGI to produce entire records pertaining to the treatment of Anupama on or before October 22. The commission also directed that replies and affidavits of all doctors and CTU authorities concerned be also filed on October 22.

The Rs 85-lakh compensation claim filed by parents of Anupama, the girl who met a tragic end allegedly at the hands of PGI doctors, today came up for hearing before the commission.

Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Amit and Konika Sarkar, Anupama’s parents, contended that the present case is a case of “res ipsa loquitur”. Negligence of the PGI is evident from the facts of the case, contended Chandgothia.

The petition in the case alleged that Anupama was taken to the Advanced Trauma Centre of the PGI by the police authorities where her left leg was bandaged by a doctor on duty, identified as Dr Jhujhar.

However, the required operation was never arranged and Anupama continued to suffer in excruciating pain, both mentally and physically. The complainants also suffered pain and agony on seeing the plight of their only daughter, said the petition.

The condition of Anupama deteriorated day after day. No medical attention was being given to her by the PGI doctors after the initial bandaging. So much so that, even the bandage was not changed and the wounds were not washed for days together, leading to development of gangrene and septicemia, which ultimately proved fatal for Anupama, said the parents in the petition.



Daughter’s death
Woman to face murder charge
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 3
In a major twist to the mother-daughter poison case, the police is planning to register a case of murder against mother Reena Garg, who poisoned her daughter to death and then consumed the same herself yesterday.

The forensic team also reached Reena’s residence at Sector 8, Panchkula, today in order to carry out investigations.

Relatives of Reena were seen requesting the police at the Sector 5 police station this evening not to register a murder case against Reena, saying “she is already dead”.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Virender Sangwan also reached the spot.

Meanwhile, post-mortem of the child, Ameesha, was conducted and viscera was sent to Madhuban. The body of the child was handed over to the family and later on Ameesha was cremated.

On the other hand, the condition of Reena continues to be critical.

“Whatever the situation and circumstances may be, but she has no right to kill her child. Instead of registering an attempt to suicide case, we are planning to register a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC against Reena,” said a senior police official.

She further added, “Even today our officials went to record the statements of Reena, but she is not fit to give any statement. But we are on with our investigations.”

Not only this, the police is also coordinating with the Chandigarh Police in order to get some clues from the suicide case of Mohit Garg, Reena’s husband.

Incidentally, the father of the child, Mohit Garg, too, had committed suicide after consuming pesticide at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, three months back.

“The relatives have requested that Reena did all that in a fit of extreme depression. But whatever the case may be, an innocent child has been made to lose her life,” said another police official.

“Her whole family has finished. Reena is still critical and doctors are not saying anything,” said Vinay Kumar, a relative of Reena.

The mother-daughter duo was staying alone in a rented accommodation in Sector 8. Reena was reportedly unemployed and was dependant on her parents. Ameesha was a student of class V at St Kabir School, Sector 26, Chandigarh.



Student attacked on PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
A law student of Panjab University was attacked with swords and sticks while he was practising football on the campus ground today. The victim, Karan, who is the son of a doctor, was critically injured in the attack. The police has registered a case of attempt to murder against four suspects, who have absconded. An old enmity is the reason behind the attack.

Inspector Gurmukh Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, said the student was a football player and was attacked by four youngsters at the PU ground in the evening. He suffered a head injury and was admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16. He is under treatment at the hospital.

The police is yet to record the victim’s statements. However, it has ruled out student rivalry in the case.



School hockey: only 14 teams turn up
At least seven teams each must in all 3 categories: Sports Dept
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The UT Education Department is organising Inter-School Hockey Tournament for Boys with only 14 teams turning up at the Hockey Stadium of Sector 42 Sports Complex.

As per official record, only four teams are there in under-19, six in under-17 and four in under-14 categories have marked their presence in the tournament.

As per UT Sports Department, at least seven teams are required in each category (there are three) to bring the tournament under certificate gradation policy.

The low turnout of teams was also witnessed during the pre-Nehru Cup hockey tournaments this year and the year before. The officials said the pre-Nehru Cup was a qualifying tournament, and hence witnessed a low turnout.

However, the inter-school tournament is believed to be the only platform for the officials to select city’s team for the national games.

There are 105 government schools under the UT Education Department in the city, out of which 33 schools are of senior secondary level and yet the department failed to encourage more teams to take part.

Although after repeated efforts Director of Public Instructions (DPI) and District Education Officer (DEO) remained unavailable for comments, Assistant Education Officer Rajeev Tandon said it was a helpless situation for the department.

“If we look at other games like cricket, players and schools show interest to participate. However, when it comes to hockey no one comes forward,” said Tandon. When questioned about the efforts put by the department to encourage the students to take up hockey and the number of specialised PTI hockey teachers employed in schools, the officials passed the buck on to the District Sports Organiser.

When asked about low turnout in previous tournaments, he added, “Hockey is lagging behind and you (reporters) should contact the District Sports Organiser.”

District Sports Organiser Amardeep Singh said, “The situation is far better than last year. There is a need to boost the game among schools children. Specialised hockey teachers need to work more.”

‘Players will not get benefits of gradation policy’

The officials of the UT Sports Department stated that the ongoing tournament will not fall under the ‘certificate’ gradation policy. "As per rules, at least seven teams are required in each category (there are three) to bring the tournament under the gradation policy. If the ongoing tournament has less number of teams, the players will not be given any benefit," said KS Bharti, District Sports Officer.

Official record

  • On July 25, 2011, only two teams participated in boys' category during pre-Nehru Cup. Later, the department organised the same tourney with three girls’ teams.
  • On August 7, 2012, seven girls' teams showed interest to participate in the Inter-School Football Tournament for Girls (U-17). Out of the seven, five teams were from private schools and two from local government schools. For the past three years, the department has been receiving the same numbers of entries. It has failed to attract more teams to participate.
  • July 27, 2012, three teams in girls’ under-17 category, three in the boys’ under-14 category and four in boys’ under-17 category took part in pre-Nehru Cup.



DAV lose in hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
In the ongoing inter-school hockey tournament for boys (U-19), the team of SGGSCP School, Sector 26, defeated DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by 5-0. In the second match, the St Stephen School, Sector 45, went down against Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, by 4-2.


Boys (U-17) SGGS Khalsa School, Sector 35, bt GMSSS 35 by 4-1; Boys (U-14) GMHS 42 bt GHS Sector 25 by 6-0.



Sikhya School clinch martial arts title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Sikhya School, Sector 46, bagged the overall championship during the recently concluded 1st Chandigarh State Chi Kwang Do Martial Art Championship. The martial arts players of Carmel Convent School, Sector 26, and Kashyap Academy, Sector 47, bagged runners-up and third position, respectively.


Girls (U-10)- Anshika Pannu; Supreeti; Dhriti; Mansi; Irvin Chhinna; Meenakshi Deshmukh; Shalini; Roopa; Garima Bhatla; Ishita; Bhagirathi; Megha Jindal; Monalisa; Roopa; Prerna Negi; Babita; Manisha; Hema Rana; Meenu; Sujata; Ekampreet Kaur; Pooja; Riya Sidhu; Vibhuti; Zoyan Khan; Komal; Daman Preet; Nisha; Anita; Cherub; Nirmala; Tanu Gaur; Girls( U-17)- Richa; Shazma; Sangeeta; Rumi Paul; Anushka Sharma; Preeti; Girls( U-14)- Priya Bharti; Pooja Mangal; Pooja; Drsika Bhutani; Vasudha Verma; Prabhpreet Kaur; Diwanshi Verma; Chandini; Airshield Girls ( U-10)- Sanaya; Gayatri; Chandvi; Ipshita Satija; Kanika Gupta; Aishwarya Goyal; Manvi Sharma; Anamb; Radhika; Ishita Sharma; Aditi; Kirti Jain; Ruchi; Khushboo; Heena; Harshita Mahajan; Hridayaa Sharma; Ira Mongia; Mehek Gawri; Sonia; Girls(U -14)- Devanshi; Anjali; Khushboo; Jasleen; Aaradhika; Boys( U-10)- Lakshay Dhiman; Angad Sharma; Aditiya; Aryan Khan; Jatin Kumar; Mani; Rameshwar;Boys(U-14)- Rishav; Ankush; Suraj; Yash Sharma; Nazaf; Raghav; Jayesh Kumar; Sunil; Sanjay; Pintu; Ajay; Aman Gupta; Ashwinder Pal Singh; Rakesh; Bittu; Lavanay Joshi; Boys(U-10) Airsheild boys(U-10) - Manas Yadav; Saksham; Ramesh Giri; Siddharth Mahajan; Ankush; Ganesh; Sachin Kundla; Aditya Chopra; Deepal; Akash; Man Bahadur; Ashutosh; Jaiveer Singh; Boys(U-17)- Vinay; Ritesh Saini; Shankar; Anhadveer Singh; Aditya Goyal; Atul; Raghav; Aryan Sharma; Aman; Tanmay Tondwal.



St Kabir, Strawberry Fields register wins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
In the ongoing Inter-School Football Tournament for Boys (U-14), the team of Ankur Public School went down against St Kabir School, Sector 26, by 4-0.

Jasdeep Singh put the team ahead in the 4th minute while Manan doubled the lead after striking in the 9th minute. Later, Arjit succeed in scoring two goals in 28th and 34th minute to ensure team’s victory.

In the second match, Strawberry Fields, Sector 26, overcame Kundan International School, Sector 46, by 4-0. Manav Garewal provided a lead to the team in the 2nd minute while Aryamaan Singh put the score to 2-0 in the 10th minute. Later, Manav Garewal scored another goal in the 26th minute and Parul Kalra sealed the team’s victory in the 28th minute.


Tribune Model, Sector 29, bt AKSIPS, Sector 45, by 4-2 (Tie-breaker); NPS School, Sector 18, bt Government Model High School, Sector 25, by 4-0; Bhawan Vidalaya School, Sector 27, bt Government Model High School, Sector 38 (west), by 1-0.

St Stephen’s outplay Stepping Stones
A batsman strikes a ball during an inter-school cricket match at the LIC ground in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
A batsman strikes a ball during an inter-school cricket match at the LIC ground in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

The cricket team of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, registered a 22-run win over Stepping Stones School, Sector 37 here today.

For the winning side, Sourabh (40) and Vineet (40) contributed the lion’s share while Rishab claimed 4 wickets for 14.

GMSSS-20 defeat Gyandeep by 2-1

The Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, defeated Gyandeep Model School, Sector 20, by 2-1 (5-3, 4-8, 6-2), in the match of boys (U-19) category, here today.

In another match of same category, Sri Aurobindo School, Sector 27, defeated Government High School, Sector 35, by 2-0 (5-4, 4-2) while DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, overcame Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, by 2-0(2-1, 4-3).


Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, beat Government High School, Sector 7, by 2-0 (3-4, 1-0); Boys(U-17)-Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, beat Government High School, Sector 20, by 2-1(3-10, 4-3, 2-9).

GMSS-47 beat GMSS-43
Vollyball players in action during an inter-school tournament at the LIC ground in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
Vollyball players in action during an inter-school tournament at the LIC ground in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

In the category of boys (U-14), the team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, defeated Government Model High School, Sector 43, by 25-18 and 25-18 while Government High School, GHS Khuda Alisher, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, by 25-09 and 25-07.


Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, bt AKSIPS 25-5 and 26-6; Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, bt Government High School, Sector 32, 25-20, 25-15; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, (TM) bt GHS Kaimwala by 25-14,22-25,25-10; Boys (U-17): Moti Ram Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, bt Vivek High School, Sector 38 ,by 25-10, 25-6; Government Model High School, Sector 41, bt Government Model High School, Sector 29, by 25-15, 25-21; SGHKS-40 bt Government Model High School, Dhanas, by 25-15 ,25-20; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, bt Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, by 25-21, 21-25, 25-21; Boys ( U-19): DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, bt GNPS 36 by 25-18, 25-7.



Football meet
Vivek High School defeat Jammu 3-2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Soccer team of Vivek High School (VHS), Sector 38, registered win over JK Public School, Jammu, in the first match of North Zone CBSE Cluster XIII Football Tourney that kicked off here today.

The team defeated the visiting side by 3-2. The team surged ahead after Siddarth posted two goals while Ranjeet contributed one goal. In the second match, the DAV, Ambala, routed St Soldier School, Mohali, by 2-0 with Mohit and Neeraj scoring goals for the winning side.

In the third match, the La Montessori School, Kullu, defeated Gurukul School, Panchkula, by 3-0. Somesh, Robin Thakur, and Dhruv Thakur took the team to victory while APS Jammu defeated SD Vidya Mandir by 3-0 with Lakhwinder, Gaurav and Ajay scoring one goal each.


NPS, Sector 18, defeated Doon Vally, Poanta Sahib, by 5-2; Saupin’s School, Sector 32, defeated St Luke, Solan, by 3-0.



Harbhajan to lead Punjab Ranji team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Punjab Senior Selection Committee has appointed Harbhajan Singh as the captain of Punjab’s Ranji team for the upcoming domestic season here today. Mandeep Singh upcoming star has been named as the vice-captain.

According to MP Pandove, Honorary Secretary PCA, the selected players will undergo a training camp from October 8. The Punjab team will start their Ranji Trophy campaign against Hyderabad at Mohali from November 2.



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