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Man held on charge of abducting, raping minor
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 10
The Pinjore police has arrested one Shankar (20), a resident of Burajkotian village, for abducting and raping a 14-year-old girl of the same village.

Police sources said on a tip-off, a police team conducted a raid and arrested the accused from a private factory of Ambala.

The police also rescued the girl from his custody.

The accused raped the girl on the pretext of marrying her. The victim’s medical examination confirmed the rape.

The accused was produced in the Panchkula court, which sent him to the judicial custody for 14 days. The Pinjore police on January 4 had registered a case against Shankar of Burajkotian village, near Chandimandir, for abducting a minor girl of the same locality. The victim’s father had lodged a complaint with the Pinjore police that Shankar had abducted his daughter on January 2, the police sources added.



Girl dies in accident
Our Correspondent

Banur, January 10
A girl student of Baba Variam Singh School, Banur, was killed, while another girl was injured when their Activa scooter was hit by a PEPSU Roadways Bus on the Rajpura-Chandigarh Road today afternoon.

As per information, Gagandeep Kaur, a student of class XI, died on the spot, while Manpreet Kaur, who was also the student of the same class, was seriously injured in the mishap. The injured girl was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Their Activa was hit by the bus when they were crossing the Rajpura-Chandigarh Road. The bus, bearing registration number PB03Q 9419, was going from Chandigarh to Bathinda.

The police said both students were the residents of Banur. The police has registered a case against the bus driver.



58th National School Games
Winter holidays cast shadow on opening ceremony
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The non-availability of schoolchildren due to winter holidays led the organisers of the 58th National School Games for cricket and hockey to skip the cultural programme in the opening ceremony held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Due to the cold wave conditions intensifying further, the UT Education Department had ordered the closure of all government as well as private schools till January 13.

“For organising the cultural programme, we need around 200 performers, teachers and a week-long practice session. But due to the winter, students were not available and it was quite difficult to organise the programme, so we skipped it,” said Rajeev Tandon, Assistant Education Officer.

A teacher said: “During holidays, it becomes difficult to gather students and make them perform. Even if a single person opts to remain out, it leads to chaos in the team combination. Hopefully, if the climate remains the same like the past two days, we will organsie a brilliant performance during the closing ceremony of the games”.

Earlier, VK Singh, finance-cum-education secretary, declared the 58th National School Games open. Arriving teams performed a march-past ceremony before the commencement of the tournament.

On the first day of the games, cricket (U-16) and hockey (U-17) for boys and girls were organised. Around 1,550 players and officials have arrived to the City Beautiful to participate in the national competition.



City hockey team beat Rajasthan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
On the opening day of the 58th National School Games for hockey, the local team registered a win over Rajasthan in the boys’ U-17 category at the hockey stadium of the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today. The team pipped the rivals by 17-2. The team of Orrisa overcame Jammu and Kashmir by 18-0.

In other matches, Punjab team defeated Manipur by 7-3, Gujarat trounced Vidya Bharti by 5-0 and Himachal Pradesh registered a 5-1 win over Madhya Pradesh.


Girls (Under-17): Uttar Pradesh defeated West Bengal by 13-0; Haryana defeated Tamil Nadu by 16-0; Mizoram defeated Himachal Pradesh by 2-1; Madhya Pradesh defeated Uttarakhand by 6-0; Orrisa defeated Jammu and Kashmir by 9-0; and Jharkhand defeated by 12-0 goals.



Chandigarh team register 9-wicket win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The local cricket team defeated the visiting team of Jammu and Kashmir in the opening encounter of the 58th National School Games at the cricket stadium of Sector 16 here today.

The local team defeated the opponents by 9 wickets. Batting first, the visiting team was bundled out on a mere total of 84 runs. In reply, the local team achieved the target with nine wickets in hand.

In another match, the Punjab team routed Karnataka by 10 wickets. After electing to bat first, the winning side posted 84 runs in the allotted slot with Satish Nayak contributing the most, 26 runs.

For the bowling side, Karan Pathak claimed 3 wickets. In reply, the winning side achieved the target in the 12th over of the game with Karan Pathak scoring a quick fire 60 off 36.


IPSC bt BVS by 82 runs; NVS bt Goa by 68 runs; Chhattisgarh bt West Bengal by 22 runs; Uttar Pradesh bt Gujarat by 6 wickets; Delhi bt Orrisa by 27 runs; Kerala bt Rajasthan by 33 runs.



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