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Murder accused in police remand till February 23

Dera Bassi, February 21
Three persons accused of murdering one Rajesh Kumar Bittu were produced in the Dera Bassi court today and were sent to police remand till February 23.

The accused are Rakesh Mehta, Jangbhadur Singh and Sandip, alias Sonu. The fourth accused in the case, who is a minor, was presented in the court yesterday. She has been sent to a 14-day judicial custody. The police had arrested the accused on February 19. Rajesh was murdered on February 14 with a baseball and some bricks.

The police said the murder had been committed due to deceased’s enmity with Rakesh. The other accused had been hired by Rakesh. A phone conversation between accused helped the police in nabbing the criminals. — OC



Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges awarded

Dera Bassi, February 21
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor conferred the ‘Edupreneurs Award -2013’ by the Engineering Watch, New Delhi, on the Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges in Lalru.

The college authorities said college treasurer YK Mittal had received the award at the Russian Centre of Science & Culture in New Delhi. The award has been given for the college’s contribution in engineering education in India.— OC



University to start new courses

Fatehgarh Sahib, Februray 21
Sri Guru Granth Sahib World (SGGSW) University is all set to introduce new courses from the next academic session.

These include MA (Punjabi, Sociology, English, Music (vocal), MSc (Maths, Economics, Food Technology, Environmental Science), MTech Food Processing Technology and Diploma in Sikh Historical Studies. — OC



‘Go Green’ drive launched
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 21
A 'Go Green' drive was launched at Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University here today. The drive was inaugurated by university vice-chancellor Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia by planting herbal trees at the campus.

Teachers and students of the university also planted saplings.



LCD projector scam
IAS officer appears before CBI court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
Haryana IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar today appeared before a CBI court in connection with the LCD projector scam of 2001 where his statements were recorded under Section 313, CrPC.

The officer was brought to the court from the Tihar jail where he has been serving 10-year imprisonment sentence.

Former Director, Primary Education, Sanjiv Kumar, an IAS officer, was booked in the LCD projector scam in 2001. The statements of co-accused in the case, Kiran Mishra, who was then DPC, Jind, were also recorded in the court.

Another accused, Raj Kumar, had turned approver in the case and confessed that he had made wrong quotations for a projector system and an LCD television in connivance with Sanjeev Kumar, causing a loss of lakhs to the state exchequer.

The LCD scam came to light during the investigations of the textbook scam when it was found that Kumar, along with 13 others, had allegedly floated irregular tenders for the printing of textbooks during his tenure as a project director of Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojana Parishad (HPSPP).



Five-year jail for Sukhwinder, Avtar in suicide case

Mohali, February 21
The local court of Additional District Session's Judge today announced a five-year sentence and a fine of Rs 3,000 each to Sukhwinder Singh and his father Avtar Singh for abetting suicide of his newly wed wife Akwinder Kaur last year.

Akwinder Kaur, who got married to Sukhwinder Singh on March 14, 2012, had hanged herself at her in-laws house on April 28, 2012. A case in this regard was registered against her husband Sukhwinder Singh, his parents and all residents of Badanpur village, on the complaint of the deceased brother Kuldip Singh. The mother-in-law of the deceased, Jaspal Kaur is still at large. —TNS



Man held for extortion bid
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 21
The Mohali police today arrested a fake terrorist, Vinod Kumar, alias Gattu, alias Soni, for issuing extortion threats to a local contractor, Gurjit Singh. His accomplice Rahul alias Ricky is still at large.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused, Gattu from Patti, was threatning Gurjit Singh Oberoi via SMSes and had also made a call for extortion while posing as terrorist belonging to Babbar Khalsa group.

“They started sending me SMSes on February 14, posing as a Babbar Khalsa terrorist. They asked me to pay Rs 1 crore or I should be ready to face consequences. I had spoken to them only once. The threatening messages kept coming till February 17," said Gurjit Singh.

A case under Sections 386, 506 and 120B of the IPC and 66 and 67 of the IT Act has been registered against the duo at the police station in Phase 7, Mohali.



Girl abducted, traced by cops

Chandigarh, February 21
A 13-year-old student of a private school in Sector 8 was allegedly abducted from near the school but was traced by the police near Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, last night. The girl was in the school uniform when she was abducted.

In his complaint to the police, RB Singh, her father, who resides in Sector 19, Panchkula, has also raised suspicion on a Sector 19 resident of Panchkula. She was reportedly abducted at around 2.30pm. — TNS



Man booked on charge of rape

Chandigarh, February 21
The UT police booked an Ambala resident on the charge of rape. A 30-year-old woman, who stays in Mani Majra, alleged that a close relative, Arun, had promised to marry her, following which they entered into a relationship. The accused, who is two years younger to the woman, allegedly refused to marry her after about a year-long relationship.

Following this, the woman, who works in a private company, complained to the police, and a case of rape was registered under section 376 of the IPC. — TNS



Man dies in road mishap

Zirakpur, February 21
A person was killed after his motorcycle was hit by a car near Zirakpur last night. The deceased has been identified as Hardeep Singh, a resident of Ramgarh Bhuddha village.

Around 10 pm, a car coming from Chandigarh hit Hardeep’s motorcycle near the Singhpura cut on the Ambala-Chandigarh road. Hardeep was critically injured in the accident and was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries this morning. A case has been registered against the car driver. — OC



Inter-State North Zone meet
Punjab beat Himachal in cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab team registered a 10-wicket win over the Himachal Pradesh team to claim the top position in the Inter-State North Zone Cricket League for Vijay Hazare Trophy in Dharamshala today.

The team confirmed their place in the knockout stage with a bonus point. Batting first, the Himachal Pradesh team made 129 runs. Sandeep Sharma had a five-wicket haul while Siddharth Kaul claimed two wickets.

Former test star Akash Chopra was the first to go after he was caught by Amitoze off Siddharth Kaul. Prashant Chopra and AR Kumar contributed 54 runs before Siddharth ousted Prashant (28 runs off 28 balls). Continuing his pace attack, Sandeep expelled AR Kumar (39 runs off 40 balls), Paras Dogra (0), Rishi Dhawan (0) and Dhruv Singh (1).

Nawab Singh made 27 runs, including two boundaries, off 34 balls, taking the Himachal team's total past the 100-mark. Chandan Madan made 40 runs, inclusive of four boundaries, off 65 balls while Ravi Inder Singh made 76 runs, including 10 boundaries and a six, off 82 balls to ensure the team’s victory.



PD Siyodia excels in annual sports meet

Chandigarh, February 21
PD Siyodia from Kolkata defeated Ashutosh Kapila to bag the top honours in the inter-NITTR annual sports meet held here today. RK Shukla from Bhopal and S Vday Kumar from Chennai bagged the third and fourth places, respectively, in the event.

In the women’s singles category, local player Meena Sharma defeated Jyotsna Tambe of Bhopal to secure the first place.


Men's Doubles: RK Shukla and Rajesh Dixit beat Bapi Sadhukhan and Kikan Mandal; AK Duggal and RK Malik beat N Krishna Kumar and P Kaliappan. Mixed Doubles: Ashutosh Kapila and Meena Sharma best Sanjay Mishra and Jyotsna Tambe.—TNS



Athletics MEET
Sukhjinder Kaur, Mamta bag top honours

Chandigarh, February 21
The 57th Annual Athletic Meet of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was held today.

Sukhjinder Kaur and Mamta bagged the top honours in the 400m race and high jump event.


Long jump: Sonu, Pooja, Sukhjinder, and Ranjita. Shot put: Anjali, Ramneek, Anisha. Discus throw: Anjali, Priyanka, Shivani. Javelin throw: Sukhjinder, Priyanka, Anjali. Slow cycling: Geeta, Priyanka, Indu. Three-legged race: Shabnam and Simran, Inderjet and Gursimran, Kiran and Kanchan. Chatti race: Nganthoi, Mamta, Kanchan. Sack race: Seema, Pooja, Kalpanaa and Sahbnam. Skipping race: Mamta, Pratibha, Nancy. Wheel and barrow: Kalpana and Shubhani, Priya and Anita,
Shabnam and Simran. 800 m: Ranjita, Sukhjinder, Priyanka. —TNS



Satluj Stunners post win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 21
In the first match of the Vachitar Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament, the Satluj Stunners Cricket Academy team defeated the Doon Cricket Academy, Mohali, by three wickets here today.

Batting first, the Doon Cricket Academy, Mohali, made 208 runs in 39.4 overs. Sherry contributed 111 runs, including 12 boundaries, off 100 balls. Bavinder contributed 30 runs off 30 balls.

From the bowlers' side, Saurav Kumar took four wickets while Sahil Vashisht and Sanjeev Dhiman claimed two wickets each.

The Satluj Stunners Cricket Academy team achieved the target in 38 overs with Sanjeev Dhiman scoring an unbeaten 60 runs off 50 balls.

Harshit Sharma and Abhishek Bahmani were other main scorers of the team. From the bowlers' side, Tarun and Davinder claimed two wickets each.



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