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SGPC inks pact with Cambridge varsity
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 8
Shromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has signed a memo of understanding (MoU) with the University of Cambridge for offering free education in form of scholarship to the students recommended by the SGPC.

Both the parties will contribute 50 per cent share. With the signing of the MOU, the selected students will not only get total free education but also air ticket, boarding and lodging in London, said Jathedar Avtar Singh, president, SGPC-cum-Chancellor of the SGGS World University.

He said that three students belonging to SGGS World University have already joined the Cambridge University under the scholarship scheme and the SGPC has given advertisements to invite prospective students to apply for the scholarship. Dr Indi Seehra, Director, Human Resources Development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, who is on the visiting faculty of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, explained about the University of Cambridge.

He said Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, studied there and was also its faculty for sometime. The great scientist Einstein and many others like him studied in the University of Cambridge.

Dr Seehra further informed the delegates that applicant shall have to undergo thorough screening process for admission which is entirely merit based and also that they should be Sikhs following Sikh tenants.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Vice-Chancellor informed that Amarjit Kaur, a student of the university is doing PhD in mathematic currently under this scholarship scheme.



Drug peddler gets 10 years in jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, SS Sahni, today sentenced a person to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in a case of drug peddling. The court sentenced Meeta Ram to 10 years in jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.

The accused was arrested on May 18, 2011 near Shiv Mandir Mani Majra with one 1.1kg of charas. A case under various Sections of the NDPS Act was then registered against him.



Notorious gang of robbers busted
Was active in Banur and surrounding areas; two held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 8
The Mohali police today claimed to have busted a gang of hardcore criminals active in Banur and surrounding areas. The police also recovered two cars — a Maruti Esteem and a Honda City — and two motorcycles from their possession. Two other stolen cars that the gang abandoned after committing crimes have also been recovered.

The two accused nabbed today include Irbanpreet Singh, alias Pinky, from Zirakpur and Randhir Singh, alias Dheera, from Kurali. Their third accomplice Harjot Singh, alias Nona, from Nawanshahr, also a history-sheeter, is still at large.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the gang had executed several robberies in the area, especially at Nadiali village, in the past few days.

“The gang had looted Amrik Singh at gunpoint two days ago near Nadiali village. On January 30, some villagers had also opened fire on the police personnel mistaking them for members of this notorious gang,” said SSP Bhullar.

Bhullar said Pinky and Dheera were arrested following a tip-off. Nona, however, managed to give the police a slip, he said.

Giving details of Pinky's criminal record, SSP Bhullar said: “Pinky, now 22 years old, was nabbed by the police for robberies, thefts and other such crimes, when he was a juvenile. He had also been lodged in a juvenile home. Later, he made a gang with Nona, Amandeep Bhatia, Lucky Singh and Amit Sharma, and became active in Punjab. As many as 17 cases have been registered against this gang at various police stations in Mohali, Ropar, Nawanshahr, and Patiala,” said Bhullar.

Pinky was nabbed by the Mohali police and was lodged in the Patiala jail, from where he was released in October, 2011, SSP Bhullar said.

Upon his release, he again became active along with Dheera and Nona in Zirakpur, Banur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sohana and Dera Bassi. “They are involved in over 16 incidents here,” said the SSP.

A case under various sections of the IPC and the arms Act has been registered at the Sohana police station.



Youth held for molesting minor girls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Two girls aged 10 and 12 years were molested by a drunkard youth while they were returning from school at colony number 4 here this afternoon. The police arrested Lal Dhar, a colony resident, for outraging modesty of the girls under Sections 354 and 509 of the IPC.

The incident occurred near the government school in the colony when the girls were returning home on foot. The youth followed them and tried to strike a conversation. The accused also touched one of them. A passer-by intervened and called the police which arrested the accused.

In a separate incident, a city resident has alleged that a resident of Maloya Colony had abducted his 18-year-old daughter near Government School, Sector 46. The first-year BA student had gone missing from college on February 1.The police has registered a case of abduction under Section 366 of the IPC.

In another incident, the Sector-39 police station has registered a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against three persons.

The police booked Hardeep Singh, Lakhbir Singh and Balwinder Singh, all residents of Sector 38, under Sections 354, 323 and 506 of the IPC, following a complaint made by two women, also residents of Sector 38.

In a counter complaint, Balwinder Singh alleged that the women had beaten him up and threatened him after entering his house. Acting on the complaint, the police registered a case of causing hurt, criminal intimidation and trespass under Sections 323, 506, 452 of the IPC. The police has arrested all the accused.



Naib reader held taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 8
The vigilance sleuths today nabbed a naib reader of the local DSP (Headquarters) red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a senior manager of a Gurgaon-based multinational company.

The accused, Dalbir Singh, had called the complainant, Amanbir Singh, to a fruit juice kiosk on the rear side of the office of Mohali SSP. He was caught while the complainant paid the bribe amount to him.

Sources said Amanbir had a matrimonial dispute with his wife, a resident of Mohali. Following a police complaint filed by her, an inquiry was pending against Amanbir at the local DSP (Headquarters) office.

Dalbir Singh, who is a head constable, threatened to include names of Amanbir’s family members in the FIR. The accused asked him to pay Rs 50,000 to save his relatives from litigation.

Amanbir made a written complaint at the Phase-VIII vigilance police station, following which a trap was laid to catch the naib reader.

The vigilance sleuths recovered the money from the accused and registered a case under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Dalbir Singh will be produced before the court tomorrow.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said he would initiate departmental action against the accused soon.



Over 100 register for golf tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
All the top amateur golfers of the region will converge on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, for the 10th Chandigarh Amateur Golf Championship, to be played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club, here on February 12 and 13.

Leading the challenge in the open category will be 18-plus city golfer, Tarundeep Singh Chadha, who clinched the under-18 Category-A title last year. Tarundeep seems to be in good shape along with his brother, Abhijit Singh Chadha, who has recently turned into a professional gorlfer.

The ladies' open category seems to be a straight contest between last year's winner, Rabiya Gill and the mother-daughter combination of Jaipreet Ghuman and Pauline.

The junior golfers, Adil Bir Singh and Adil Bedi, have moved into senior categories.

With already over 100 entries of amateur golfers, the amateur event is expected to be a gala show. According to the tournament committee chairman, about 80 amateur golfers are expected to tee off for the two-day event, which will see competition in open and different junior age categories.

Entries will close on February 10, at 12 noon, the CGA Golf Range.

Forms are available at the reception counters of the Chandigarh Golf Club and the CGA Golf Range. Draws for the tournament will be posted at the CGC and the CGA on February 11.

The prize distribution function will be held at Chandigarh Golf Club on February 13 at 5 pm. Competitions will be held in the different categories.



KXIP Green lift T20 cup
Tribune News Service

KXIP Green team members in a jubilant mood after winning the T20 Kings XI Punjab Cricket Cup at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune Photos: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, February 8
KXIP Green clinched the Kings XI Punjab Cup 2013 for second time in a row by defeating KXIP Blue in the finals played here today. KXIP Green won the toss and elected to field first. the bowling side did not allow the opponent to settle down, right from the first bowl.

Resultantly, KXIP Blue was bowled out for a total of 131 runs in 19.1 overs. Their only major contributers were, Siddhart Chitnis with 34 runs, Taruwar Kohli with 24 runs & Siddhant Upadyay with 21 runs. For KXIP Green, Bipul Sharma and Jaskaran Singh took three wickets apiece.

Chasing the target, KXIP Green took just 13.2 overs, to achieve the target as Gurkeerat Mann scored a splendid 50. Jaskaran Singh (24 runs) & Sachin Sohal (14 runs), were the other cotributers for the team. Gurkeerat Mann, the captain of KXIP Green, who led from the front was adjudged Man of the series for his contribution of 123 runs in three matches.



Lawn tennis: Qualifying matches from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 8
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is organising CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boy’s & Girl’s U-12 and U-16 categories, from February 11-15. The qualifying matches for this event will be played on Feb 9-10. The players from around the nation will compete in this tournament. As many as 170 players have signed-in for qualifying event. With 62 and 64 entries for Boys U-12 and U-16 respectively, while 21 and 23 entries for the Girls U-12 and 16 categories respectively, the tournament is expected to highly competitive.

The qualifying first round matches for Boys and Girls will be played at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Complex and Lake Sports Complex, Chandigarh, tomorrow.



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