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Scholarship test to be held on Nov 18

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 14
The National Means Merit-cum-Scholarship (NMMS) test for the students of class VIII, who belong to economically sections and studying in government, government aided and local bodies schools, will be held on November 18 at the district headquarter schools.

The test will be conducted by the State Institute of Science Education under the Government of India sponsored scheme. "The district Education Department has already started organising special coaching classes through Edusat for the students of class VIII," said Harvel Singh, District Education Officer (DEO).

He said the test was for all students and income of their parents must be less than 1.5 lakh annually. — OC



Cricket Tournament
Multipurpose School clinch trophy
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 14
Government Multipurpose School, Patiala, won the RIMT Inter-School Cricket Tournament after beating Patel Public School, Rajpura, by 49 runs. Multipurpose School scored 105 runs after the loss of six wickets while Patel School could score only 56 runs for 9 wickets in 15 overs.

Rajat was declared as the man of the match. Budha Dal Public School Patiala secured the third position after defeating Gagore School, Sahnewal, by 5 wickets with.

The winning team was awarded with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 50,000. Patel School, Rajpura, won cash prize of Rs 25,000 while Budha Dal School won Rs 12,500.

RIMT chairman Dr Hukam Chand Bansal and vice-chairman Vijyant Bansal distributed the prizes. RIMT director Dr Harsh Sadawarti, management director Dr BS Bhatia and Dr MS Patbla were also present on the occasion.



2 remanded for beating up cops

Mohali, November 14
Two main accused, Deepinder Singh (25) and his cousin Harshveer Singh (23), who were arrested in the case involving the bashing up of two PCR constables on duty, has been sent to two-day police remand here.

The police had produced Deepinder and Harshveer, both residents of Phase 7, before the court yesterday.

The duo, along with at least 12 friends, had allegedly attacked PCR personnel Ravinder Singh and Purshotam with swords, lathis and baseball bats on October 26. Deepinder Singh alleged that the policemen had misbehaved with his fiancée that night. — TNS


Family attacked; 1 held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 14
The Kharar police has arrested a person for opening fire at his rivals and injuring two persons, including a woman, at Nangal Faizgarh village here last evening. The man has been identified as Gurinder Singh, alias Nona, while the injured have been identified as Ranjit Singh and his sister Sukhjit Kaur. Both have received shots in their legs and have been admitted to the PGI.

The incident is the fallout of an old rivalry, said the police.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said Ranjit Singh was going along with his family, including brother Harinder Singh, Sukhjit Kaur and mother Harinder Kaur, all residents of Nangal Faizgarh village, when their old rivals Daljit Singh, Paramjit Singh, Bahadur Singh, Kamaldeep Singh, Surjit Singh, Nona, Jaswinder Singh and some unidentified persons stopped them and opened fire at them with a 12-bore rifle.

“The victims were also beaten up with lathis by the attackers, who fled the scene when the victims raised an alarm,” said the SSP, adding that there was an old rivalry between the two parties. In 2006, a case had been also registered against Harinder Singh and others at the Kharar police station.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Sections 307, 323, 341, 148 and 149 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Kharar police station in connection with yesterday’s incident.

Raids were on to arrest the other attackers, said Bhullar.



SOPU leader thrashes youth
Police says old rivalry between students behind the attack
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 14
The ugly face of student politics surfaced again when a SOPU leader, Amandeep Singh Multani, along with his five or six acquaintances, brutally beat up Amarinder Singh, an old student of DAV College, Sector 10, when the latter came out of the Mohali District Courts after attending a court hearing at around 11.30 am today.

Amarinder Singh, who received grievous injuries on his head and legs in the attack in which sword and rods were used, was first taken to the local Civil Hospital in Phase VI, but the doctors there referred him to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. Later, he was shifted to the PGI in the evening, where he is stated to be stable.

Amarinder received 12 stitches in the head and his left leg has been fractured.

Apart from Multani, one more attacker has been identified as Lawrence from Fazilka, who is also said to be a student of DAV College. Both the suspects have are involved in several criminal cases registered against them in Chandigarh.

Amarinder Singh, who resides in Shatrana village in Patiala district, along with his friend Satinder Singh, had come to the district courts to attend a hearing in his case against Multani.

The area DSP, Rajinder Singh Sohal, said Amarinder was attacked when he was going to his car, parked in the market adjoining the courts. “Multani and Amarinder had picked a fight in 2009 over some student election issue and a case was registered in that connection. Today’s attack was the fallout of that old rivalry,” said the DSP, adding that the attackers came by an Innova bearing registration number CH04-B 3546.

“We are conducting raids to arrest Multani and Lawrence. Owing to holiday in DAV College, the other attackers are yet to be identified,” said Sohal.

Sohal added a case of attempt to murder causing grievous injuries and other related Sections of the Indian Penal Code is liable to be registered against the attackers.

Multani’s house found locked

When a police party raided Multani’s house in Phase 3B1 on Wednesday afternoon, it found the door locked. “Multani has been residing in the house with his family. But, nobody was found there today,” said one of the members of the raiding team.

Innova’s number a dead end

According to the records, the Innova, by which the attackers came, belongs to Manjit Singh, a resident of Sector 34, Chandigarh. However, when the police visited the house, it was told that no one by this name resided there.

Police presence no deterrent

Today’s incident happened at the same place where 31-year-old Saudagar Singh was axed to death in May this year. Despite being close to the courts complex, which is heavily guarded by the local police, the attackers managed to flee the spot.



Man commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Mauli Jagran. The victim, Vijay Pal, was found hanging from a fan by his sister in the morning around 9:30 am. The police was informed and the body was lowered after cutting the rope with which he had hanged himself.

The police rushed the victim to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 where doctors declared him brought dead.

No suicide note was recovered from the spot. According to the police, the victim was married and used to sell fruits in Sector 48.



Four held on charge of extortion
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 14
The local police arrested four persons, including a journalist of a local electronic channel, on the charge of extortion of money from a sweet manufacturer at Nayagaon here today.

The suspects have been identified as Jatinder Singh, alias Sonu, journalist, and his three accomplices, Titu, Ajay and Micky.

The police said Jatinder had extorted Rs 10,000 from Ashok Kumar, a local sweet manufacturer, by threatening him with the coverage of his workshop for the channel. “The suspects had demanded Rs 30,000 from the complainant, who had alleged that they (the suspects) had blackmailed him last year also,” said DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal.

A case under Sections 384, 419 and 420 has been registered against the suspects.



Astro turf work begins at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The work to lay an international standard’s astro turf at the Panjab University kicked off today. With this step, Panjab University will become the first local campus to have the world class astro turf for hockey. According to officials, the PU will have the astro turf by March 2013. The cricket ground near the gymnasium hall has been converted into a hockey field and the work has started.

“The total cost of this project is estimated to be Rs 4.5 crore. The turf will be based on international measurements, including dark-blue field and pink border. The entire field will be covered with fencing and a proper sprinkling system will be installed. The work has been started and on the initial stage the ground will be levelled. Moreover, flood lights will also be installed” said Rajesh Kumar Rai, executive engineer, PU.

When asked about the quality of the astro turf, Rai said, “The contractor has been provided with all the details and an international company, approved by the IHF (International Hockey Federation), has been given charge to lay the field. As it's a sensitive matter, after its laying, it will be approved by a panel of experts. The arena will be handed over to the department concerned only after the approval of the panel,” Rai said.

Dr Gurmeet Singh, Director Sports (Additional Charge), said the new turf would be a boon for the local hockey players. “The new turf will be available for all players. Hopefully, the step will increase the standards of the game and more players would succeed at national and international level,” said Singh. On the availability of the ground for organsing tournaments, he added, “The local associations can hire the ground for organising tournaments. The tariff for the ground will be decided later as per the UT Administration's guidelines."



Carrom tourney
Gagandeep clinches singles title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Carrom player Gagandeep clinched the men's singles title after defeating Mohd Hassan in a closely contested match during the 14th Raj Kumar Babuta Memorial Prize Money Carrom Ranking Tournament at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, today. Gagan bagged the three-set title clash by 16-14, 6-24 and 18-17.

On other hand, Tuba of St Stephen's School won the women's singles title and became the only player to win all three titles of the tournament, including women's singles, girls' (junior) singles and girls' (sub-junior) singles title.

In the finals of the women's (single) category, she defeated her sister Farheen in straight two games with a score of 19-13 and 17-14. Mohd Talib won the boys' (singles) junior title after overcoming Mohd Hassan by 6-18, 14-08 and 18-10. Later, SP Babuta and Upasana Babuta distributed the prizes.


Men's singles quarterfinals- Mohd Hassan bt Saquib Hussain by 25-01, 17-03; Aarish bt Mazhar Khan by 20-13, 10-05; Mohd Talib bt Raj Kumar by 20-09, 25-00; Gagandeep bt Neeraj Bharti by19-16, 21-04; semifinals- Mohd Hassan bt Aarish by 23-09, 25-00; Gagandeep bt Mohd by Talib 14-25, 14-12, 25-10; final- Gagandeep bt Mohd Hassan by16-14, 06-24, 18-17; boys' (Junior) singles-semifinals- Mohd Hassan bt Aarish Hussain by 21-01, 21-03; Mohd Talib bt Saquib Hussain by 21-03, 21-00; final- Mohd Talib bt Mohd by Hassan 06-18, 14-08, 18-10; women's singles- semifinals- Farheen bt Priya Sharma by 23-16, 25-06; Tuba bt Gulshan by 25-18, 10-13, 22-11; finals-Tuba bt Farheen by 19-13, 17-14.



Cricket meet
Philips beat Placement Guru
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Philips thrashed Placement Guru by 109 runs in the ongoing CII-Tata Motors Corporate Cricket Cup today. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Philips scored 227 for 3 in 20 overs. Rajinder Singh (68 off 36) and Lakhanpal Singh (61 off 44 ) were the main scorer for the team. On other hand, bowlers Prashant and Chetan took a wicket each. In reply, Placement Guru achieved the target in 20 overs.

In the second match of the day, Ranbaxy Labs won by 7 runs against FCI. Batting first, Ranbaxy posted a total of 184 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs. Nikhil scored 50 off 26 and he was equally supported by Vikram, who contributed 35 off 31. For bowling side, Kulwinder claimed 2 for 21. In reply, FCI was bundled out on 177 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. Kulwinder (64) and Arpit (27) were the main scorers. In bowling, Shishupal and J S Pahwa grabbed two-wickets each.



Soccer meet
Modern School register impressive win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Mohali, had to be satisfied with a draw against The Daly College, Indore, during the ongoing Indian Public Schools Conference Football Inter-School Tournament for girls (U-19) today. Both teams fished with the score of 1-1.

In the second match Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, registered an impressive 4-0 win over Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar. Later, during the evening session, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, defeated Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, by a solitary goal while Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer, routed Pinegrove School, Dharampur, by 3-1.



Chandigarh girls shine at national NCC camp

Chandigarh, November 14
Girl cadets from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC directorate bagged the first position in boat pulling, beating 16 teams from across the nation at the All India Nau Sainik Camp held at Vishakapatnam.

The 40-member team that included 10 girls, was felicitated by Maj Gen PS Mander, Additional Director General, NCC, at a function held here today. Among the cadets, 25 were from Chandigarh. Cadet Sween Kullar was adjudged the Best Cadet amongst all girl cadets and won the gold medal. Cadet Meenakshi of Chandigarh was adjudged as one of the best shooters and won the bronze medal amongst girls.

Cadets from the directorate also bagged the ship modelling trophy and stood third in shooting. They won a total of 18 medals that included nine gold and six silver. — TNS



Royal Daredevils trounce Panchkula Stallions

Panchkula, November 14
Royal Daredevils defeated Panchkula Stallions by 35 runs during the second St Soldier's Panchkula Premier League, being played at St Soldier School, Sector 16, Panchkula.

After electing to bat first, the wining side posted 140 runs in 20 overs with Vaibhav Sharma scoring 70 runs while for bowling side, Rajat claimed 5 for 17. In reply, Panchkula Stallions was bowled out for 105 runs with bowlers Kush Gupta (3 for 5) and Arjun Azad ( 2 for 25) delivering a decisive spell.

Batsman Shashwat Sharma (49) was the highest scorer of Stalions .


Royal Daredevils- 140 for 8 in 20 overs(Vaibhav Sharma 70, Kshitij Sharma 21; Rajat Dadhwal 5 for 17 , Shubham 2 for 37)

Panchkula Stalions- 105 for 9 in 20 overs( Shashwat Sharma 49, Shravan Sharma 13; Kush Gupta 3 for 5, Arjun Azad 2 for 25).

Beating Lions win

In the second match, Sky Hawks went down against Beating Lions today. Batting first, the loosing side scored 113-runs. Rachit Grover (21) and Sagar (20) were the main scorer for the team while bowlers Bhaskar and Tarun claimed two wickets each. Chasing the target, the wining side lost their first four wickets with only 12 runs on the board but with help of Sidharth Danda's unbeaten 52 runs, Beating Lions won the match . He was well supported by Rohit Pundir, who scored 24 runs.


Sky Hawks-113 for 7 in 20 overs (Rachit Grover 21, Sagar 20; Bhaskar 2 for 17, Tarun 2 for 14).

Beating Lions- 114 for 5 in 18 overs (Sidharth Danda 52; Rohit Pundir 24, Bhaskar 13; Shivam Garg 1 for 12). — TNS



Hansraj Academy win by nine wickets

Panchkula, November 14
Hansraj Cricket Academy, Sector 6, Panchkula overcame Gurukul Global Cricket Academy, Sector 21, by 9 wickets in the Friendship Cup Cricket Series for boys' (U-13), here today.

After winning the toss, Gurukul Global Cricket Academy managed to score 146 runs in allotted 25 overs. On the other hand, the wining side ,after getting a prefect start by Ravi Kanth (82 off 52) and Aman Kumar (27 off 32), won the match in 22 overs. — TNS



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