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Snatchers polished their skills in Ambala jail
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 24
The snatchers who were arrested yesterday by the Panchkula police for committing nine snatchings in the city told the police that they were imparted training by a high-profile criminal lodged in the Ambala Central Jail.

They said the criminal was charged with a number of murders.

The snatchers have been identified as Deepak Kumar, alias Deepu, and Daljit Singh, alias Banka, both residents of Rally village, Sector 12-A, Panchkula.

"The two told us that when they were lodged in the jail, Naveen, a criminal, taught them how to snatch chains," said a police officer.

He said, "They were told to strike a conversation with victims."

The aim of striking a friendly conversation was to divert the victims' attention.

The police has arrested two more persons in the case, a Mani Majra-based jeweller, Ashish, who purchased the gold chains. Hos motorcycle was used in the crime.

Two gold chains have been recovered by the police.



crime briefs
Eight drug peddlers held
Our Correspondents

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
The district police has arrested eight drug peddlers and recovered a rich haul of intoxicant tablets, powder and bottles of cough syrup from their possession. These drug peddlers were involved in the sale and supply of drugs in rural areas.

Senior Superintendent of Police HS Mann said the Fatehgarh Sahib police, during checking of vehicles, recovered 10,000 intoxicant tablets from one Najar Singh of Mandi Gobindgarh. The Bassi Pathana police, meanwhile, arrested one Salbinder Singh, alias Salu, and recovered 7,000 intoxicant tablets from him. The Amloh police arrested one Surjit Singh and recovered 1,000 intoxicant tablets. Around 8,000 tablets were seized from Jatinder Singh, a resident of Amloh, who too was arrested by the police.

The Mandi Gobindgarh police arrested one Munish Kumar Saxena and recovered 100 grams of narcotic powder and 4,000 tablets. He admitted that he used to supply tablets and drugs to petty peddlers and drug addicts in rural areas. The police also arrested one Arun Kumar and recovered 1,000 tablets. The Khamano police arrested one Kuljeet Singh and one Devinder Singh, alias Sonu, and recovered bottles of cough syrup and tablets from them. All the accused have been booked under the NDPS Act.

Miscreants snatch girl’s chain

Ambala: Three motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a girl’s chain in a crowded area of Ambala City last night. The girl, Manisha, was on her way to Sabji Mandi along with her mother, president of Ambala Mahila Congress Suman Mehra, and elder sister, when the miscreants targeted her near Sheeshganj Gurdwara.

Suman Mehra managed to note down the number of the motorcycle. The police has registered a case against unknown youths.

4 killed in road accident

Banur: Four persons, including a woman, were killed and seven were injured when a tractor-trailer collided with a truck on the Banur-Tepla road on Tuesday morning. The deceased were identified as 54-year-old Somi, 30-year-old Dilsadh, and 16-year-old Anita, all residents of Samli village in Uttar Pradesh and the driver of the truck, Satwant Singh, a resident of Jalandhar. Anita was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday.

Woman commits suicide, husband booked

A 32-year-old woman, Jaswinder Kaur, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance on Monday. The police has registered a case against her husband Sukhdev Singh under Section 306.

Man dies in mishap

Fatehgarh Sahib: One person was killed while another suffered injuries after their car rammed into a tree near Nandpur Kalod village. The victim was identified as Amritpal Singh, a resident of Cholta village, while the injured, Gursewak Singh of Damheri village, was admitted to the Civil Hospital. Amritpal and Gursewak were going towards Cholta village when a motorcycle appeared from nowhere. He lost control over the car and rammed into a tree.



Zila parishad chief joins Congress

Dera Bassi, April 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today got a jolt when chairman of the Zila Parisad, Mohali, Satnam Singh, joined the Congress in the presence of state senior vice-president of the party Charnjeet Singh Channi and Congress leader Manpreet Kaur Dolly.

Addressing a gathering, Charnjeet Singh Channi said the SAD-BJP Government was ignoring the panchayati raj institutions. — OC



Saskia Rao strikes a chord with students
Tribune News Service

Saskia Rao-de Haas performs at Punjab Public School, Nabha, on Wednesday
Saskia Rao-de Haas performs at Punjab Public School, Nabha, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, April 24
World-renowned cello player Saskia Rao-de Haas left the students of Punjab Public School, Nabha, spellbound with her performance.

Born and bought up in the Netherlands, she developed liking for Indian music when she was pursuing her post graduation in music at the University of Amsterdam.

In 1994, she came to India and started learning Indian music from late Dr Sumati Matatker, Pandit DK Datar, late Pandit Deepak Chaudhary and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.

Her programme at the PPS was organised by SPIC MACAY. She was accompanied by renowned tabla maestro Master Durjan Bhaumic and the only woman mridangam player Chitrangna Agle-Rehswal.

Sasika started with vibas rag (teen tal) and then played rag jon puri (also in teen tal).

School headmaster Jagpreet Singh thanked SPIC MACAY for organising Sasika Rao's programme. After the programme, Sasika Rao said it was a new experience for her to perform before students.



Sirhind gets Rs 28.45 cr under Central scheme
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 24
Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib is one of the two towns chosen by the Union Government in the state for the implementation of the Prime Minister Flagship Programme (APDRP). A grant of Rs 28.45 crore has been sanctioned under the programme.

Out of the total grant, Rs 13.45 crore have been allocated to overhaul the electric supply system and Rs 15 crore have been sanctioned to provide clean drinking water to residents, said Kuljeet Singh Nagra, MLA, Fatehgarh Sahib.

He said the Union has chosen only two towns of Punjab for the implementation of the APDRP. He said to augment the water supply scheme, two new water tanks would be constructed at Hamayunpur and Talania, besides these five new tubewells at Hamayunpur, Talania, Bara, Jyoti Swarup More and Civil hospital would be commissioned.

He said tenders for these works had already been floated. The MLA said 80 per cent of funds would be contributed by the Union Government, 10 per cent by the state and the remaining 10 per cent by the MC.



Youth assaulted, girlfriend molested at Sector 40
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
In yet another case of assault following an incident of eve-teasing, a city-based youth was attacked and his girlfriend was stalked and molested by an assailant in Sector 40 last evening.

The youth was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon in full public view at Sector 40.

The incident took place near the Sector 40 market. The police has booked Mandeep Singh, alias Gifty, a resident of the same sector.

The couple reside in Kharar. They came to the market in a car when the accused, Mandeep, started passing lewd remarks at the girl, to which the boy objected. After a verbal argument, Mandeep left the place and returned with his accomplices.

Mandeep then attacked the boy with a knife, injuring his right hand.

The accused then fled after molesting the girl. The police was called and on the basis of clues provided by some shopkeepers, the identity of the accused was established. His house was raided, but he could not be nabbed.

A case under Sections 323,354-A,506,34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Last month, a youth in Sector 15 was attacked after he had objected to some youths passing lewd comments at his sister.

56-yr-old charged with attempt to rape

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today framed charges of rape attempt against a 56-year-old man.

The court framed charges against Nathan, a Mauli Jagran resident, who had tried to rape a six-year-old girl in Mauli Jagran and a case was registered on March 9, 2013. The court has fixed May 6 as the next date of hearing when recording of evidence will begin in court.

The girl's mother had reported to the police that her daughter, who studies in Class II, was raped by the accused who took her to a secluded place in the forest area near Mauli Jagran. He then tried to rape the girl, but she managed to escape from his clutches. She returned home and narrated the incident to her mother who then informed the police. The accused was arrested and a case was registered.

Woman commits suicide

A 28-year-old woman, who had come from Kolkata and was staying in Sector 23, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence today. The victim, Lalita Rani, had rung up her friend Nitin in Kolkata minutes before she took the extreme step and told him that she was ending her life. She then stopped responding to his calls.

Nitin called up the UT police and informed it that his friend Lalita had threatened to end her life.

The police reached the spot and found the woman hanging from the ceiling fan at the Sector 23 residence.

The police said she was divorced and was to remarry in September. A suicide note was found from the spot which held her former husband, a Jalandhar resident, responsible for her death. The police also found four beer bottles and cigarettes from the spot.



Police Water Sports
Games begin, curtains for women teams
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal during the event
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal during the event.
Women players watch the inauguration ceremony
Women players watch the inauguration ceremony.

Chandigarh, April 24
The female-participants of the 12th All India Police Water Sports Championship, left disappointed, here at Shukhna Lake, this evening. The event is being organised by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

As per rules of the All India Police Games, there should be atleast 10-females' teams to conduct a tournament but since only three teams were participating here, females would not be taking part in this 12th edition of the competition.

"According to the rules framed by All India Police games administration, a minimum of 10 teams are required for conducting the tournament. Till last date, we received only three entries, including the team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), PP (Punjab Police) and few girls of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Due to insufficient participants, even these players cannot take part in the competition", said one of the organisers.

Further an official from the organisers said, "They will only participate in an exhibition-skill-race. And it will be conducted either tomorrow or on the closing day of the tournament. Though it's an irony, we need to follow the rules. Still we feel that higher authorities should take some steps and give these-girls a chance to win medals and bring laurels for their organisation".

It was completely disheartening for the girls to have fallen into such a situation. "We were here to participate and bag medals but after learning that there were not enough teams to participate, we were disappointed. We were well prepared and If the organisation had sent their respective teams we could have avoided the situation.", said one of the participant, who was here for the opening ceremony.

Notably, the promotions of these players also depends upon the medals they bag during the police-meets and various national tournaments. "It becomes difficult for us as these kinds of tournaments are held only once year and our future promotions rely on such events. Even the last games, organised by Uttaranchal Police, had witnessed lesser participation", said a female-participant.

Meet Inaugurated

The 12th All India Police Water Sports Championship was declared open by Chief Minister Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, this evening, at the Sukhana Lake. International rower and Olympian Manjeet Singh also participated in the opening ceremony. He will also participate in this tourney. A total of five central police force teams and 14 state police teams, including CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, Assam Rifles, Andhra Pradesh Police, Uttrakhand Poilce, Andaman Nicobar Police, Punjab Police, Tamilnadu police, Javak Police, Uttar Pradesh Plolice, Manipur Police, Haryana Police, Maharashtra Police, Oddisa Police, Madhya Pradesh Police, West Bengal Police and Chandigarh Police are participating in the men's category of the event. The event will be organised from April 25 to 30, at Sukhana Lake.



400 take part in walkathon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
With a motive to celebrate the Earth day, a walkathon was organised from the Open Hand Capital Complex, here this morning.

As many as 400 participants took part in the walkathon. Many of the renowned advocates of Chandigarh along with Punjab and Haryana judges and students from around the city participated in the walkathon.

Jasbir Singh, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, flagged off the walkathon.



Sachin Tendulkar's Birthday
Cricket’s god joins 40-club
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
His birthday may not be an occasion for a national holiday but is definitely a bigger reason for the national celebration. It is a famous saying, "If cricket is a religion than Sachin is God of cricket", and the god turned 40 today. Notably, how well do we remember birthdays of other cricketers? But remarkably, Indian, Australian or any cricket fan around the world cannot afford to forget the birthday of this iconic personality and same was scenario here in the City Beautiful.

“He is 40 and still as young as an 18-year-old lad. He is the real icon of Indian cricket and is still able to bring more and more laurels for the nation. It is really happy occasion that he joined the 40-club and I hope he will continue to provide his services for the Indian cricket”, said Surinder Singh Baijee, honorary secretary of Haryana Cricket Association.

Earlier, the local budding players celebrated Sachin’s Birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony at various coaching centres, including Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, St Soldier cricket academy.

“I am 11-years-old and like every year, I am celebrating his birthday with a small cake cutting ceremony alongwith my other friends. He is a real god of cricket and has adapted himself to the changing times. I wish him all the very best for his future”, said Parminder Kapoor.

Interestingly, Sachin had celebrated his 39th birthday at the City Beautiful, last year. He was here to play against Kings XI Punjab during an IPL match. He celebrated his birthday within the closed doors along with rest of the team members.

“He is my hero and I have been admiring him since my childhood. He has a book of records on him and does not to prove anything to anyone. Like his on-field behavior, he is very calm off the field and respects the game equally. Last year, I took his autograph and it is still in my kitty”, said Rauntish Cheema.

This year, the ace player is celebrating his birthday at Kolkata. He is playing against Kolkata Knight Riders, while representing Mumbai Indians, at Eden Garden cricket stadium. “His fans follow him, wherever he goes. And Kolkata is not far away. He is receiving the warmth of love from every corner of the nation and from every cricket fan. We just wish, he continues to play for the nation”, said Purab Sahor.



Siddharth steadies Mohali’s ship in cricket meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24
The Mohali cricket team posted 263-runs against Ropar, on the first day's play of the ML Markan Trophy, being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26.

After electing to bat first, the team scored a healthy total of 263 for 5 in 101 overs at close of first day's play. Mohali’s innings was held together by an unbeaten knock of 163-runs by Siddharth Rawat. He played 284 balls and hit 24 boundaries. He was equally supported by Mayank Siddhu, who scored an unbeaten 49 off 179 balls, including 4 boundaries.

For Ropar, Raghav Bali took 3 for 100.

Brief Scores: Mohali (1st innings)- 263 for 5 in 101 overs (Siddharth Rawat 163 not out, Mayank Sidhu 49 not out, Raghav Bali 3 for 100).

In the second match, played at Patiala, off spinner Akul Pandove led the Patiala attack against Jalandhar with a 5-wicket haul , restricting Jalandhar on 225 runs in 86 overs.

After electing to bat first, Jalandhar posted a decent total as A Singh scored 44 off 74 and A Verma 76 off 186, including 14 boundaries between the two. Later, S Joshi made 39 off 112 to help Jalandhar get to some respectable score. For Patiala Akul Pandove was equally supported by M Markanda (2 for 39).

In reply, the Patiala team scored 50 for no loss in 14 overs at the close of days’ play.

Brief Scores: Jalandhar (1st innings) -225 all out in 86 overs(A Singh 44, A.Verma 76, S.Joshi 39,Akul Pandove 5 for 73 ,M.Markanda 2 for 39).

Patiala-50 for no loss (S.Salaria 25, P.Singh 24)

In the third match, played at Ludhiana, the host team was bowled out for 101 in 60 overs by Chandigarh’s bowlers. Bowler Raman Bishnoi hogged the limelight with 6 for 23 while Nipun Pandita claimed 2 for 19.

Brief Scores: Ludhiana-101 all out in 60 overs (Jaskaran 21, Gurjot 17 and Anmol Sharma 16, Raman Bishnoi 6 for 23 , Nipun Pandita 2 for 19).

Chandigarh- 90 for 5 in 39 overs (Raman Bishnoi 49 , Jasnoor Singh 22, Raghav Sharma 3 for 39 , Anmol 2 for 25).



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