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Three drug peddlers, five gamblers arrested
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 4
The district police has arrested 3 drug peddlers who were involved in sale of drugs during checking in the district and recovered 260 gm smack, 7,000 intoxicant tablets and 5 kg poppy husk from their possession.

SSP HS Mann said that during a checking, the Mandi Gobindgarh police has arrested Raju, alias Tonny, a resident of Sahabad Markanda in Haryana and recovered 260gm of smack from his possession, which he used to sell to drug addicts.

The Bassi Pathana police has arrested Kashmira Singh, a resident of Khamano and recovered 7,000 intoxicant tablets, which he used to supply to addicts in rural areas. The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested Raja Singh, a resident of Faridkot and recovered 5 kg poppy husk from his custody.



Inter-varsity fencing tourney begins
Punjabi University fencers dominate first day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 4
5th All India Intervarsity Fencing began, here at Multi Gymnasium Indoor Hall Punjabi University. Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor of the University, inaugurated the tournament. and thereafter, Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, Director Sports, welcomed the guests. As many as 35 universities with 470 fencers from around the country are competing.

On this occasion Dr Jaspal Singh said in his speech that university was in the process of infrastructure improvement. The multi gymnasium hall would be modified very soon and the construction of a synthetic athletic track almost been over. Punjabi University soon would soon be among the best in the field of sports.

On this occasion, Dean colleges, Dr J A Khan, Controller Examination, Dr Pawan Kumar Singla, Additional Controller Examination, Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu, Dr Nishan Singh

Deol, Principal S K Nirmal Goyal, Asst. Directors, Dr Gurdeep Kaur and Mohinderpal Kaur were also present.

The fencers of Punjabi University fencing teams, both men and women, successfully won in Epee Men and Foil Women team event, under the able coaching of the Coaches S Puran Singh Bhangu and Lalit Kumar Singh.


Event: Epee Men team

First Qtr Final Match - Punjabi University beat Delhi University by 15-7 Second Qtr Final Match - Jammu University beat S.R.T.M.Uni (Mah) by 15-9 Third Qtr Final Match — Kerala University beat Anna University (TN) by 15-7

Fourth Qtr Final Match — Dr BM Uni (Mah) beat Manipur University by 13-12

First Semi Final Match —Punjabi University beat Jammu University by 15-9

Second Semi Final Match —Dr BMUni(Mah) beat Kerala University by 15-14

Punjabi University Men team beat Dr B M University (Mah.) by 15-12

Event — Foil Women Team

First Qtr Final Match — Kerala University beat Manipur University by 15-13

Second Qtr Final Match —Anna University (TN) beat Calicut University Kerala by 15-11

Third Qtr Final Match — Panjab University beat Osmania University (AP) by 15-14

Fourth Qtr Final Match — Punjabi University beat Shivaji University (Mah.) by 15-6

In 1st Semi Final Match - Kannur University beat Anna University (TN) by 15-7

Seconnd Semi Final Match —Punjabi University beat Panjab University by 15-5 In Final match Punjabi University beat Kannur University Kerala by 15-9.



Drug peddlers sentenced to 10 years in jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced two accused to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in a case of drug peddling. The court sentenced Harpal, alias Raju, and another accused, Ompal, to 10 years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on them.

The two accused were arrested in 2008 by a team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which set up a naka near Burail. Their search yielded a packet of heroin weighing 3.5 kg. While Raju is a resident of Kajheri, Ompal hails from Uttar Pradesh.

The scrutiny of the mobile phone of the accused had exposed a drug-peddling racket involving some police officials and bureaucrats.

One of the accused was in touch with police officials who helped him in widening his drug peddling nexus.

A report prepared by the NCB and sent to the senior officials of the UT police at that time had led to the suspension of certain police officers. However, they were let off in the police inquiry.

The court found Raju and Ompal guilty of smuggling heroin and they were convicted.



Anupama Case
PGI submits external committee's report to consumer forum
Tribune News Service

Anupama Chandigarh, February 4
In the alleged case of medical negligence at the hands of the PGIMER, which led to the death of 16-year-old Anupama in July last year, the PGIMER today submitted the report of external committee inquiring the cause of the death before the UT Consumer Forum.

Also, Dr Sameer Aggarwal, Nodal Officer, Advanced Trauma Centre, PGI, filed his answers to questions asked by Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Anupama's parents.

In answer to one of the questions, Dr Aggarwal said the second inquiry was initiated due to "expression of apprehensions against the first inquiry".

It may be recalled that Chandgothia had filed a compensation claim worth Rs 85 lakhs on the behalf of the distraught parents of Anupama before the forum.

Anupama, a student of Government Model School, Sector 18, died on July 25 after she was admitted to PGI on July 17 when her leg was crushed under the rear tyre of a CTU bus while she was on her way to school.

Her parents had alleged that Anupama died due to negligence at the hands of the hospital staff, which led to delay in her leg surgery. The delay led to her death, alleged the parents.

The UT State Consumer Commission has now fixed February 20 as the date for final arguments in the case.


12 held for creating ruckus over property
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A property dispute pertaining to a one-kanal house in Sector 21 in Chandigarh turned awry last night when the police had to intervene and arrest 12 persons for creating ruckus. Of 12, eight were women, including the wife and other family members of a Punjab Vigilance official, the police said.

The incident took place in Sector 21 over a property dispute. The police has also filed an application under Section 145 of the CrPC before the SDM to leave it for the court to decide on the property issue.

The dispute began in 2008 after the death of Savitri Devi, owner the house. She has three daughters and an owned son who are claiming their share in the house. Two of Savitri Devi’s daughters are settled abroad and one is in Delhi.



2 injured in clash over cricket match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A bloody clash over discussion pertaining to a cricket match occurred between two groups in Ram Darbar last night. The police has registered a cross case of murder attempt acting on a complaint from both the rival groups.

Bhagwan Dass, a resident of Phase-2, Ramdarbar, Chandigarh, alleged that Sushil, Ram Sahaia, Ajay, alias Bhura, and Radhe Sham threatened him and attacked him with sharp weapons near his house. He was injured and admitted to the GMCH-32. A case under sections 307,323,506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered. Accused Ravi Kumar has been arrested.

Sushil Kumar, a resident of Ramdarbar, alleged that Karan, Bhagwan Dass, Om Parkash attacked him with sharp weapons near his house. He suffered injuries and was admitted to the GMCH-32. The police has arrested Om Parkash, Jagdish and Bhagwan Dass.

The police said the scuffle began after Bhagwan Das and Sushil got into a heated argument over a cricket match.



Youth jumps before train, dies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 4
A 25-year-old youth of Phase 11 allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train here last evening. The deceased has been identified as Karan, an owner of a shop at 'Khoka market’ in Phase 11.

According to sources, Karan had jumped before the running Jan Shatabdi train near Phase 11 and his body was recovered from the track by the GRP, Kharar, in the evevning.

All the body parts were intact except some injury marks on rear of his head.

The GRP official said the driver of the train said the young boy was running of the track and was hit by the train from behind at around 7.40 pm. The train was on its way to Anandpur Sahib from New Delhi. On the other hand, the younger brother of the deceased, Ginny, his mother, and friends Vicky and Bitta, suspected a foul play. “Karan might be murdered by someone,” alleged Karan’s kin.



Couple dupes man of Rs 90 lakh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 4
In a major fraud, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, was duped of Rs 90 lakh by a Panchkula-based couple on the pretext of giving him possession of a bungalow in Sector 8, Panchkula. The victim, Satyaveer Kothari, has accused Satpal Garg and Chander Kanta Garg of fooling him.

A case under section 420 has been registered by the police. The initial deal for the possession of the house was struck at Rs 2 crore.

Interestingly, Kothari in his complaint also admitted that he was asked by the accused to pay Rs 10 lakh for bribing a HUDA official in order to get an NOC and he had given the same to the couple.

The complaint stated that he paid Rs 50 lakh to the accused when the deal was struck. Later, he paid Rs 30 lakh to the couple. And another 10 lakh was demanded by the couple to bribe someone. So, in all he paid Rs 90 lakh to the accused.

However, the complainant did not get the possession of the house.

“After paying 90 lakh, the documents, which Kothari got, were forged following which he got a case registered,” said a police official.

Though the complaint was received a day ago, the case was registered by the police today since the statements of Kothari had to be verified. According to the police, though it has registered a case, it is keeping a close watch on the victim as well.



talent hunt
125 schools register for event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Chandigarh witnessed an athletic fever when leading schools in the city participated in Speedstar, a national initiative launched by KOOH Sports, in association with Athletics Federation of India, and P T Usha, brand ambassador, Speedstar.

The intra-city leg of this unique athletic talent hunt saw over 125 leading schools from Chandigarh, competing at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula.

The selected winners will lock horns with other champions from ten other cities of India, to determine the winner of the Speedstar Hunt, for the 'Young Flying Indian'.

The winners for the city of Chandigarh were as follows:

Under 12:

Jatin Verma- Navbal Niketan

Upneet Kaur- Ryan International School

Under 14:

Ravneet Gill- DPS Bhatinda

Divyanshi Shukla- 33D Model Senior Sec School

Under 16:

Sagar Solanki- NR Hindu Boys

Swapnil Ahmed- Bhavan Vidyalaya Chd

The winners will now represent Chandigarh in the final to be held on February 10 in Delhi. The winners of the grand finale would be offered week long intensive training in Australia under the guidance of Sharon Hannan, a recognised Australian athletic coach and the mastermind who trained, Sally Pearson, the gold medallist at the London Olympics in 2012."



Siblings shine in squash meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Siblings Inderjeet and Jannia, won the finals of boys and girls (U-15) category respectively, during the state squash meet held at Lake Sports Complex, here. Jannia Singh defeated Amika by 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-5) while Inderjit Singh outplayed Kuldeep at 3-0 ( 11-7, 11-3, 11-7).

In the final of boys (U- 11) group, Ishan Nayar beat EKam Singh by 3-0 ( 11-6, 11-9, 11-3) while in the boys (U-13) final, Prithvi Singh defeated Inderjeet Singh at 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-17).


Girls (U- 19)- Jannat Duhan beat Jammiya Singh 3-1 ( 6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5 ) ;Mens’ Finals-Maninder Singh beat Saurabh Nayyer 11-9, 11-9, 11-7;Boys(U-19) Final-Hiteshwar Riar beat Deep Raman Singh 3-2 ( 12-10, 5-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4); 0-35- Saurabh Nayar beat Vikas Nayar 3-1;0-45- Jaideep Singh Grewal beat A. S. Gill 11-3, 11-7, 11-8.



Upcoming tennis player idolises Djokovic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Hard work is the only mantra for attaining big dreams. Rishab Sharda, a well-known name in junior tennis circuit has big dreams and he seems to be aware of this secret.

A 7th class student of St John’s School Sector 26, he was the member of the local team that won first position in the recently concluded, national school games for tennis at Pune. This 13-year-old tennis player idolises Novak Djokovic.

"I undergo regular practise sessions to sharpen my skills. I never feel exhausted while playing tennist”, said Rishab Sharda.

He is an active player in the AITA circuit and has won innumerable titles. With seven AITA titles in the under-12 age group, for different levels. He also wants to place himself among the top10 players in under-14 category, by the end of this year.

“I have moved into U-14 category this year and waiting for the tournament season to start. I have a long way to cover. I will continue to practise hard to wear national jersey”, said Rishab. Adding further, “The recently held Davis cup was a real boost for younger players like me. After the local lad, Sanam, I wanted to see myself in the squad. So far, Chandigarh is the best to nurture’s someone’s skill."

His father, Manoj, added, “He is doing good but he needs to carry on his performance to the next levels. I know he will face many ups and down but I want him to be strong enough to tackle every situation.”



Talwar’s death: Blow to cricket fraternity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The sudden death of Dewakar Talwar, eldest son of former Punjab's Ranji team captain, Swami Talwar, has left the region's cricket fraternity in a state of shock. Dewakar, whose decomposed body was recovered from his Sector 37 resident last Thursday.

"I met him a month ago and he looked like his father. It was shocking to hear about his death", said Sushil Kapoor, spokesperson of Punjab Cricket Association.

Swami, who was among the best opening batsmen for Punjab, had played for Eastern Punjab from 1957 to 1960 and represented north Punjab from 1960 to 1968.

"I was travelling down to city, when I came to know about Dewakar's death. it was hard to believe", said Arun Sharma, coach of Punjab's Ranji team.

Honorary Secretary of Punjab Cricket Association also stated his grievances over his counterpart's son death, while recalling his and his father's achievements Swami had served as the District Sports officer of Ropar (Punjab).

Further, DP Azad said, "He was very helpful and my former team-mate. It was totally devastating to hear this news. I feel bad at what happened to his family.”



Badminton trials on Feb 6

Chandigarh, February 4
The Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration, is conducting trials to select the Chandigarh Civil Services Badminton Team on 6th February at Badminton Hall, Sector 42, Chandigarh at 3:00 p.m.

The selected team will represent Chandigarh Civil Services Badminton Team for participation at the All India Civil Services Badminton Tournament, to be held from February 25 to March 3, at Bangalore (Karnataka).

All the departments of Chandigarh administration (UT) are eligible to take part in the trials. All the participants shall carry individual identity cards for verification of eligibility criteria. — TNS



U-14 kho-kho tourney from February 9
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club, is organising the 9th Challenger Kho-Kho Trophy for under-14 boys, girls and open category men and women, from Feb 9-10, at Govt.

College Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh. Last date for submitting duly filled entry form and confirmation slip is Feb 6.

Student who born on or after Jan 1 99 i.e. aged 14 yrs are eligible to participate in this championship. Index of boys and girls will be 210 including him / her age + height in cm + weight in kg.

The entry fee is Rs 200 per team. The form along with photograph of each player should be attested by the principal of his/her respective school. A photocopy of the eligibility form of all the qualifying players should be retained by the organiser.



State korfball championship from Feb 9

Chandigarh, February 4
Chandigarh Korfball Association is organising, Chandigarh State Korfball Championship (for Juniors and Seniors), on 9 and 10 February at Shri Guru Gobind Singh Collge, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Interested schools, colleges and clubs can submit their entries to Dr Gurcharan Singh Gill and Kishan Kumar. — TNS



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