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Institute hires services of US experts
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 15
Bridging boundaries for the exchange of information between students and experts in foreign universities, the Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes has hired the services of experts in US universities to provide online lectures to its engineering students.

Delivering the inaugural lecture today, Dr Dinesh Sharma from Buffalo University in New York shared latest developments in high performance computing and computational fluid dynamics with mechanical engineering students of the group.

Following the one-hour session, GS Bahra, chairman of the Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutes, said the facility to interact with the experts in industry and foreign universities would be provided free of cost to the students. Online lectures from the experts in industry would help students improve their employability as per the demands from the industry.



Annual prize distribution function held
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 15
Students, who brought laurels for the school, were awarded during the 9th annual prize distribution function held at The British Co-Ed High School, Patiala.
AS Pannu, Divisional Commissioner, Patiala Range, was the chief guest on the occasion. He distributed prizes among the students.

Tagore House won the trophy for academics, while the trophy for co-curricular activities was won by Teresa House. Jai Satyam received the trophy for the best all-round student of the year. 



Decision on MLA’s bail plea today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 15
In the Jyoti murder case, today the counsels of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary argued with the police in the court and showed a list of around 40 documents saying that all of them were missing from the challan. The decision for the bail of Ram Kumar Chaudhary would be given tomorrow.

The Panchkula police said that the charge sheet which they had filed was totally complete and no lapses were there. A list of around 40 documents including statements were shown by the defense counsels that were not there in the charge-sheet like copy of the FSL reports, Rohtak, copy of the post mortem reports of PGI, Rohtak, copy of FSL report, Karnal, hair samples report and tower location of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary during that period.

It was also contended that only the call details of the victim’s mobile number with that of the other numbers were from November 1 to November 11. However, the details of the remaining period were missing.

“We have also moved an application again today to provide the documents so that the challan is complete,” said Chaudhary’s counsel Aman Bindra.

The counsels also argued that statements of various doctors and other witnesses were missing in the challan.

It was recently when Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the main accused in the Jyoti murder case, moved an application to the court stating that the police had not filed complete documents in the challan and the stipulated period of 90 days had already passed and he may be granted bail on these grounds. 



Undertrial surrenders

Chandigarh, April 15
The accused in a rape case surrendered in court today after he fled away a week back from the police custody when he was being brought for treatment at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16.

The accused Deepak Kumar surrendered in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge SS Sahni and was sent to judicial custody today.

The accused had fled from the police custody on April 8 causing a huge embarrassment to the police. —TNS



2 held with Rs 4 lakh, 400 gm of heroin
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 15
After smashing a drug den in Phase IIIA to which students and other youth were being lured, the police achieved further success by nabbing two suppliers of heroin to those running the den and seized 500 gm of the illegal drug and Rs 4 lakh.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said a police party, while patrolling in Ballomajra, got a tip-off that Dalip Singh of Alampur Baka village, Jalandhar, and his wife, Jaswinder Kaur, had allegedly been supplying heroin to the drug den here. The two suspects were staying in a rented accommodation on the Samrala road in Khanna.

The SSP said the CIA staff under Inspector Gurcharan Singh then laid a trap and arrested the two suspects at the Balongi bus stand. They were coming to Mohali to supply the drug once again. The police seized 400 gm of heroin and Rs 4 lakh from Dalip Singh (29) and 100 gm of the narcotic from Jaswinder Kaur (35). The cash seized was allegedly obtained from the sale of heroin.

The SSP said that on questioning the two arrested persons, the police came to know that Dalip Singh was earlier Jaswinder Kaur’s brother-in-law. She with the help of Dalip Singh had allegedly killed her husband and both had been jailed for five years. They at present were on bail and had been staying in a rented house in Khanna as husband and wife. She had three children from her first husband and two from Dalip Singh, the SSP said.

The police has registered a case under Sections 21,61and 85 of the NDPS Act at the Balongi police station.

The police had yesterday registered a case against the owner of the house in Phase IIIA, Avtar Singh, where the drug racket was being run. Avtar Singh had allegedly failed to obey the duly promulgated order on the verification of the three tenants. He was booked under Section 188 of the IPC. 



Thief held with cameras

Panchkula, April 15
Just a few days after the incident where thieves had set a camera shop on fire after stealing cameras at Sector 16, Panchkula, the police has arrested the accused, Rakesh.

The police said Rakesh, who hails from Shimla, had worked as a helper in the shop in 2007 and was aware of the security systems at the shop. It was on April 11, that he allegedly set the camera shop on fire after stealing as many as seven cameras worth Rs 10 lakh. On the complaint of the owner, Bansi Lal, the police has registered a case under the Section 380, 436, and 454 of the IPC. —TNS



Football assn keeps team in dark
Team gets invite on last date for filing entries for the tournament
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Playing with the future of young soccer players, the local Chandigarh Football Association has kept the nationwide famous state-run Chandigarh Football Academy in dark over the participation in the invitational Manchestar United International Soccer Junior Cup.

Head coach of the academy said the organisers have posted the invitational letter, addressed on the name of the Chandigarh Football Academy, to the secretary, head of the local football association. But the officials have failed to deliver the invitation.

Interestingly, the last date of sending the entry ended today evening and after interfering, on own, the Chandigarh Football Academy sent their entry, at the eleventh hour. Their procedure of last minute entry kept the players and the coach on toes.

“This is a sheer foolishness. The organisers had sent the invitation 10 days ago and we have received it today, on the last day at 10 am. We were not aware of the exact situation until we made a call to the organisers. After learning that the letter is lying with the official for the past 10 days, we were shocked. The official is managing an association. But his carelessness might cost us our tournament,” said Harjinder Singh, former skipper of Indian football team and coach of Chandigarh Football Academy.

Last year, the boys (U-15) team of the Chandigarh Football Academy had won the Indian league of the invitational Manchestar United international Soccer Junior Cup. The team won the north zone league at Jameshedpur, All-India league in Goa and later they brought laurels after reaching in the semi-finals of the international edition event of the same tournament, held at Indonesia.

The chief coach said when they contacted the secretary of the association for providing the letter he refused to give it after mentioning that the team has not participated in the Mir Iqbal Hussai Trophy for Boys (U-16). But when the coach asked that this invitational tournament was for boys (U-15) and has no concern with the state boys (U-16) tournament, the secretary asked them to wait till morning.

“After knowing about the status, we contacted the official of the association and he made excuses in giving us the letter. He mentioned that the Chandigarh Football Academy has not participated in the state meet. But when inquired that the tournament is entirely different from the Manchester Cup, he asked us to wait till morning. Later, realising the blunder, he gave us the letter this morning,” said Harjinder.

Adding further, “Due to this kind of attitude, the football in city is dying. These players, who make city’s name proud at national level, are treated with this stuff. They are disheartened,” said he.



City team defeat Punjab to win sub-junior hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The local hockey team lifted the title of 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior Men National Championship (North Zone), held in Sonepat here today. The team defeated ace rivals Punjab by 2-1 to lift the championship.

The local side received an early shock after Punjab’s Kawaljit Singh surged ahead in 20th minute and defeated Chandigarh’s custodian to move the scoreboard in his team’s favour. But just after three minutes, Chandigarh’s Manjinder Singh with his ace stick-work dodged-past the defenders to score the equaliser.

After the lemon break, the Chandigarh side controlled the game and with having maximum possession of the ball the team managed to score the winner through Harmeet Singh in the 64th minute during the Hockey India Sub-Junior Men National Championship.

On other hand, in the finals of girls’ category, the Haryana won Sub-Junior Women National Championship (North Zone) after getting better of Chandigarh by 3-1.

The team dominated first 35 minutes of the match and scored two goals. Striker Udita contributed both the goals in 14th and 24th minutes of the Hockey India Sub-Junior Men National Championship.

After the lemon break, the Chandigarh side in their effort to make the come back reduced the margin through Anjali in the 50th minute but Haryana's team again moved ahead after Navpreet Kaur scored another field goal in the 61st minute. Navpreet scored maximum number of goals (9) in the championship.



Fans throng city to meet cricket players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Young fans made most of the day when many cricket stars descended on the city on the eve of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab team and Kolkata Knight Riders scheduled to be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali tomorrow.

(From left) Cricket fans in a jubilant mood after getting autographs of cricket players; Adam Gilchrist; and (extreme right) Azhar Mehmood of Kings XI Punjab arrive at a hotel in Chandigarh on Monday.
(From left) Cricket fans in a jubilant mood after getting autographs of cricket players; Adam Gilchrist; and (extreme right) Azhar Mehmood of Kings XI Punjab arrive at a hotel in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: s chandan

The fans did not even mind waiting for hours since afternoon as the teams only made it in the evening. But once their stars were in, the fans took photos, autographs of their favorite cricketers including Brett Lee, Gautam Gambhir, Brendon Mccullum, Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis.

“Brett Lee is among my favorite players and I got a chance to get myself clicked with him. I am glad I came here,” said 11-year-old Gautam Pasricha, a resident of Kullu, who is in city to witness the match of Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab team.

Equally elated was his elder brother who quipped, “Gambhir, Kallis and Lee are my favorite players and I am fortunate to have met them. I will share my pictures with my friends. I am now dying to see them in action at the PCA Stadium tomorrow. I cannot wait any more,” said 13-year-old Kabir Pasricha.

Harshit, a 9-year-old and the youngest among fans present among them said, “My exams are over and I will dedicate all my extra time to cricket. As soon as I got to know about the team’s arrival, I asked my parents to accompany me to the team’s staying venue. I am happy to be here.”

His cousin form Bangalore seconded him and mentioned that the autographs and photographs mean a lot to him. “I will post these pictures on my Facebook account and show this scarpbook to all my friends. This is not a status symbol but a gesture of happiness after attaining what I love,” said 15-year-old Akhil.

Avi Juneja, a student of a Mohali-based school, added, “Although I missed to click photographs with them, I have got their autographs which are my prized possession. I will try hard next time,” said Avi.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ players Brendon Mccullum and Sunil Narine landed to city beautiful with their respective wives.

Darren Lehmann, coach of Kings XI, Punjab, hinted changes in the playing XI squad for tomorrow’s clash. He said Luke Pomersbach and David Andrew Miller might get chance in the playing XI.

The home team, after two back-to-back defeats, is looking forward to winning the next tie. The Kolkata Knight Riders is presently holding 6th spot in the point’s table followed by the home side.



Chiraz thrashes Nagender in tennis meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 15
Tennis player, Chiraz Dandona, defeated Nagender Rathore while Sehaj Punj routed Jyot Shikar, in the ongoing Manav Mangal Ideal Tennis Tournament, being held at Manav Mangal school, here today.

In the final qualifying rounds of boys category, Chiraz defeated his rival Nagendra by 7-5 while Sehaj routed Jyot at 7-4. In another matches of the same category, Shivam Vij defeated Laksh Vohra by 7-4 while Akshit Chhabra beat Abhin Jain by 7-1.


Boys Singles Qualifying-Ajay Kumar beat Daksh Marwaha (7-6) 5; Aaryaverdhan Rathore beat Shubham Jain (7-3); Gautham Mittal beat Vatsal Chouhan (7-5); Shivam Vij beat MS Kartik (7-6)1; Akshit Chabra beat Bhavdeep Singh (7-6)5; Abhin Jain beat Angad Brar (7-6) 6; Chiraz Dandona beat Shreyas Chopra (7-4); Sehaj Punj beat Bhalinder Singh Oberoi (7-5); Jyot Shikhar beat Navkaran Singh (7-0); boys (U-14)-Sohrab Singh beat Siddharth Kanchustambam (7-4); Yuvraj Singh beat Udgam (7-2); Ajay Kbeat Tegkaran (7-0); Vatsal Chouhan beat Aaryaverdhan Rathore (7-5); Shivam Vij beat Laksh Vohra (7-4); Akshit Chhabra beat Abhin Jain (7-1); Chiraz Dandona beat Nagender Rathore (7-5); Sehaj Punj beat Jyot Shikar (7-5).



City golfer on cloud nine
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
Hard dedication is the key to success and local golfer, Feroz Grewal, understands this saying well.

After bagging the recently concluded Harayan Open Golf Tournament, the golfer is on cloud nine. Last year, he hit the headlines after winning laurels at the USHA IGU Delhi Juniors’ Season Opening Junior Golf Tournament, at the Army Golf Club (AEPTA), Delhi. He is studying in DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 15.

“I am happy with my latest performance and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments. The competition was tough in the recently concluded tourney. But I played well and all my experience helped me to overcome the pressure,” said Feroz.

The player, who has almost 250 tournaments in his kitty, believed that the latest achievement is the best among one of his golfing career. “The win was essential to boost my golfing career and I am happy to prove my iron. The tournaments turn important to play and the gained experience becomes important to make fame. Hopefully, I am on right path and will continue to play well,” he mentioned.

When asked about his studies, he added, “Although its tough to balance the both (studies and sports), I am doing well. My family and teachers support me throughout. The next year, will remain a high pitch affair for me due to my high standard class,” said Feroz.



Cricket trials on April 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Mohali District Cricket Association will hold selection trials for selecting the boys (U-19) cricket team for the upcoming Inter-District Cricket Tournament.

The trials would be conducted on April 20 (7 am) in the C Ground of the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

The players, who are born in Mohali or residing in the district or studying in an education institute situated in Mohali, are eligible to take part in the trials.



Office-bearers of kabaddi federation elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 15
The Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation during its general body meeting, elected the members of the association.
The federation has unanimously elected Vinod Joshi, as the president of the association, SP Singh Oberoi as chairman, JP Sharma secretary general and Ved Ram as treasurer.

The house has unanimously amended the constitution and created the following posts and open the membership for 10 new members as special invitee for the general body.



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