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Ropar schools, parents’ association at loggerheads
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 8
While managing committees of schools affiliated to the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) have sought action against Parents Students and Social Welfare Association for allegedly interfering in their functioning, the association members have alleged that many schools were involved in irregularities and violation of the CBSE norms.

The association president, Sudeep Vij, alleged a local school had violated the affiliation bylaws of the CBSE by transferring its property in the name of the son of an office-bearer of the managing committee of the school. Lodging a complaint with the CBSE, the association has demanded that the school be disaffiliated.

On the other hand, the school heads submitted a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner against the association. The complainants alleged that the office-bearers of the local Parents Students and Social Welfare Association were interfering in the routine functioning of the schools. They were involved in trespassing and misbehaving with the school staff and management, they said.

Deputy Commissioner PK Aggrawal said the complaint had been forwarded to the police to look into the allegations of trespassing and misbehaving with the school staff.



Cong workers protest rejection of nomination papers

Ropar, May 8
Congress workers today staged a protest against the rejection of nomination papers of a Congress candidate from the Morinda (rural) zone for the Zila Parishad elections, here today.

Among others who were present on the occasion included District Congress Committee president Sukhwinder Singh Whisky and advocate Aminderpreet Singh Bawa.

Led by PPCC vice-president and Chamkaur Sahib MLA Charanjit Singh Channi, the agitated Congress workers raised slogans against the state government, alleging that the nomination papers of the Congress candidate, Ranbir Singh, were rejected deliberately. The nomination papers of Ranbirs’s wife, Manpreet Kaur, who was a covering candidate for her husband, were also rejected, said Channi.

He said the nomination papers of both candidates were rejected on the pretext that they had not attached no objection certificate (NOC) issued by the Block Development and Panchayat officer.

The NOC was not required in the case of Ranbir Singh as he was neither a sarpanch nor a panch of the village, said Channi.

He said the declaration paper of Ranbir Singh was removed from the nomination papers.

Refuting the allegations, Returning Officer Sukhwinder Pal Singh Marar said both candidates were asked to furnish relevant documents at the time of filing nomination papers. However, they failed to do so. They were even advised that if the NOC was not available, they could attach self-declaration with the papers. The detail of documents attached with nomination papers was mentioned in the receipt issued to the candidates as well, he added. — TNS



Varunjot’s model bags first prize
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 8
A model prepared by Varunjot Singh, a class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Patiala, has bagged the first prize, while Our Lady of Fatima Convent School won the second place in the district-level inspire awards exhibition held here.

District Science Supervisor Dr Prabhsimran Kaur said 296 students participated in the district-level exhibition organised at Pheel Khana School and a total of 23 students qualified for the state-level exhibition to be held in the near future.

Prabhsimran said 183 schools (students of the junior wing from class VI to class VIII) and 113 schools (students of the senior wing from class IX to class X) participated in the three-day exhibition. Out of these, 14 and 9 students, respectively, qualified for the state-level exhibition for the junior and senior wing.

Deputy State Project director Surinderpal Singh distributed the prizes among the qualified students.

Varunjot Singh thanked his science teachers, Mohindervir Kaur and Naresh Jain, for 
helping him in preparing this model.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Inspire Awards were instituted by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in order to seed and experience the joy of innovation. Every year, 2 lakh schoolchildren in the age group of 10 to 15 years, i.e., class VI to class X, are being identified for the Inspire Award. Each Inspire Award envisions an investment of Rs 5,000 per child.

The scheme plans to reach at least two students per secondary school during the next five years.



Thapar alumni welcome new graduates

Patiala, May 8
The Thapar University Alumni Association (TUAA) organised “Alumni in the Making 2013” to welcome the graduating students to the alumni fold at a gala event on the Thapar University campus, Patiala, yesterday evening.

The event saw a huge participation from the graduating students of Thapar University along with distinguished guests. These passing out graduate and postgraduate students have become a part of the Thapar University Alumni Association.

Ashok Khosla, CEO, OM Associates, Singapore, was the chief guest, who inaugurated the event by lighting the traditional lamp. Dr KK Raina, director of Thapar University, Dr Maneek Kumar, Alumni Relations officer, Rajeev Sharda, president, Thapar University Alumni Association, and Heena Singal, General Secretary, TUAA, were also present on the occasion. — TNS



SGPC to sponsor studies of Sikh girl students from J&K
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will sponsor the education of all girl students of the Sikh community hailing from Jammu and Kashmir who are admitted to Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University here. The decision in this regard was taken today at a meeting presided over by SGPC president Jathedar Avtar Singh.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia said the varsity would give admission to those female members of the Sikh Community who would fulfil the admission criteria of different courses. He said that it would have a far-reaching impact on the members of Sikh community from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, who were deprived of higher education under the present circumstances. He said the university was contemplating to establish information centres at Srinagar and Jammu for providing assistance to the aspiring candidates.

The university offers postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in Guru Granth Sahib Studies, art and humanities, social sciences, pure sciences and applied sciences. It also offers courses on the emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, food processing technology and physiotherapy. Interested candidates can visit the website, sggswu.org, and apply accordingly.



Students forced to study in verandah
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 8
Notwithstanding the tall claims of the Punjab Government about quality education, students of Mata Gujri Senior Secondary School here are forced to attend classes in the verandah.

According to information, teachers have to take five classes in the verandah due to the paucity of rooms in the school complex. The shifting of students of the primary wing to this school has been cited as the main reason for this problem.

Sources said the primary wing had been shifted because the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) was being run from the primary school.

Even, the district administration has booked two rooms of the school in view of the Zila Parishad and the Block Samiti elections to be held on May 19. As a result, the students have been forced to attend classes in the open.

The District Institute of Education and Training Programme was being run from the primary school in the town as the contractor was yet to receive the full and final payment for the DIET building, the construction of which had been completed about two years ago.

Harnek Singh, principal of the school, said he had already brought the matter to the notice of the higher authorities. He said at present, about 750 students were enrolled in the school, whereas 135 students of the primary wing had been shifted to the school, despite having its own building. Recently, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had issued a grant of Rs 2.50 lakh to the school, but it was not possible to construct more rooms in the school complex with this amount.

District education officer Harvel Singh said the school had sufficient rooms and the school authorities had never demanded for the construction of additional rooms.

Harvel Singh said he had sought a complete report from the principal as to why the classes were being held in the open.



Two arrested with poppy husk

Banur, May 8
The police today seized five kilograms of poppy husk from the possession of a truck driver at a checkpoint near SYL Canal on the Rajpura-Chandigarh Road. The truck from coming from Assam and was on its way to Ludhiana.

The driver and his accomplice were arrested. The accused were identified as Baljinder Singh of Shergarh Mand and Kuljinder Singh of Chorian, both hailing from Ludhiana district.

They were booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act and sent on a one-day police remand. — OC



Firm’s directors booked for duping steel unit
Tribune News Service

Mandi Gobindgarh, May 8
The local police has booked directors of an Orissa-based firm, Surya Steel Iron Limited, for duping the owner of a local steel manufacturing unit of Rs 55.22 lakh.

The complainant, Tarun Kumar Sachdeva, owner of Maroth Keshav Steels located in Motia Khan area, told the police that he had transferred Rs 2.40 crore to the account of the Orissa-based firm and had received consignments worth Rs 84,77,729 on different dates.

He said when he demanded the remaining raw material, the directors of the company showed him bogus entries.

He alleged that the accused defrauded him of Rs 55,22,271 by refusing to send the remaining consignments.

The police has booked four directors, including Deen Dayal Aggarwal, Nirmal Modi, Deepak Aggarwal and Pradeep Aggarwal, and other directors in charge under Sections 406, 420, 120-B of the IPC.

No arrests have been made so far.



Panchayat samiti elections: Four nominations rejected
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 8
After the scrutiny of nomination papers for the elections to 23 zones of panchayat samiti in Dera Bassi, nominations of 62 candidates have been accepted, while four were rejected. For the zila parishad poll in four zones here, nominations of 15 candidates were accepted and those of two were rejected. Returning officer-cum-SDM Inderjeet Kaur Kang said nomination papers of four candidates were rejected for the panchayat samiti poll because some discrepancies were found in their papers. The candidates whose nominations were rejected included Surjeet Kaur (CPI) from Nagla Zone, Jaswant Singh (Congress) from Kurli Zone, Bnarsidass (Independent) from Dheeremajra Zone and Dharmchand (Independent), also from the same zone.

Inderjeet Kaur said May 9 was the last date for withdrawal of nominations, and voting would be held on May 19.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Manpreet Kaur Dolly criticised the state government for highhandedness being adopted during the panchayat elections. She said nominations of some candidates belonging to the Congress were rejected without any reason. 



Head cashier gets 8-year jail in another case

Chandigarh, May 8
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced the head cashier of the UT Electricity Department, Mangat Ram, to eight years' rigorous imprisonment in a case of criminal breach of trust and corruption registered against him. He was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in an embezzlement case yesterday.

The court sentenced Mangat Ram to eight years in jail in the case registered in 2008 at the Sector 11 police station. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2.35 lakh on him.

An audit of the SBI revealed that the head cashier had failed to deposit Rs 1.64 crore collected through electricity bills, new connections, etc, to the SBI treasury. — TNS



Court papers snatched at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
A Sector 36 resident alleged that his bag containing important court documents was snatched at gunpoint. Kamaljit Singh Walia claimed that the bag containing documents pertaining to a property dispute were snatched from him near the district courts in Sector 43. The 50-year-old victim said he was returning home from the Mohali District Courts in the evening when the incident took place.

In his complaint, Walia stated that as he reached near the District Courts, Sector 43, two motorcycle riders stopped near his car. They allegedly snatched his bag at gunpoint. Both of them were wearing helmets.

Walia gave the police the registration number of the motorcycle, which turned out to be fake.

He runs a catering business in Sector 35 and is embroiled in a property dispute. The police has registered a case. 



Woman booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
On the complaint of a non-resident Indian, the UT police has registered a case of cheating against his wife at the Sector 3 police station.

Baljot Singh Gill, of Sector 8-B, alleged that his wife withdrew cash and jewellery from his locker at State Bank of Patiala, Sector 8, after forging his signatures.

The police has registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against the woman. The police sources said there was an ongoing dispute between the couple.



Wife sets house on fire after ‘altercation’ with husband
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 8
An alleged altercation between a husband and a wife cost dear the owner of the flat, in which the couple has been residing as tenants, as the wife allegedly set the house on fire early in the morning today. The woman alleged that she was beaten up by her husband.

Before a fire engine and the police could reach the spot, the household goods had been destroyed and the flat gutted. The owner of the flat, Alka Kalra, who reached the spot after someone informed her about the incident, pegged her loss at around Rs 10 lakh, as all the windows, doors and other fittings in the flat number 201, Rishi Apartments, have been damaged in the fire.

The investigating officer, ASI Naib Singh, said the police got a call from Puja Sharma, Varinder Singh's wife, at around 4.30 am today. "We were told that she was going to commit suicide by setting herself afire following an altercation with her husband. She also told us that she has set the house on fire," said Naib Singh.

"A fire engine reached there and put out the fire. Puja, who was found inside the flat, was taken to a hospital at Dera Bassi," said Naib Singh.

Later, Puja claimed that the cause of the fire was a short-circuit. ?She also retracted from her earlier statements that she was being beaten up by her husband?, said Tarlochan Singh, Station House Officer of the area.

"The couple has reached a compromise but we will verify the reasons behind the incident," he said. 



Gold chain snatched
Tribune News Service

panchkula, May 8
Two motorcycle-borne youths today snatched a gold chain from a woman from outside her daughter's school in Sector 16.

The woman, a resident of Sector 18, had gone to pick up her daughter. Just as she alighted from her scooter, the miscreants approached from the rear side and snatched her chain.

A case was registered at the Sector 14 police station. 



Juan Carlos holds tennis camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
As many as 40 trainees are attending a coaching camp being conducted by former Davis Cupper and Director of Training Courses International Tennis Federation Juan Carlos Andrade Hermandez of Spain at the Sector 10 tennis stadium here. The camp, which began yesterday, will continue up to May 23.

The trainees were divided into group of fours for physical warm up, followed by tennis drills and point situation drills. However, in the evening session, eight boys/girls are imparted training on rotation.

"The evening session in meant to pay individual attention to the trainees. Only eight players are invited in the evening on rotation. This way a player gets special attention," said the CLTA Director Coaching Gajendra Singh.

As many as 14 CHART trainees from Haryana, four from Punjab, one from Kurukshetra and one from Delhi are attending the camp. Among those, who are attending the Juan Carlos training schedule, are Priyanka Jakhar, Prince Panchalo, Ravita Rawat, Aarti Nayan, Bindu Kulhriya, Nikita Kharangra, Shashikant Rajput, Naresh Budgujjar, Bhupender Dahiya, Rohit Malik, Ajay Sharan, Viren Gulia, Krishan Hooda, Vikrant Dahiya, Sandeep Kumar, Ramanjot Singh, Rahul Verma, Jagdeep Singh, Tanya Batra, Calvin Golmei, Chiraz Singh Dandona, Shubham Dhaiya, Gyatri and Abhijeet.

Residential programme and High Performance Programme trainees have access to the camp without extra payment. Morning and afternoon camp fee includes tennis, fitness programme, breakfast, lunch and refreshment at the CLTA. On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday there will be seminar for coaches.

The CLTA management roped in Carlos when he came to Chandigarh during the India-New Zealand Davis Cup match conducted in Chandigarh in September last year. Co-author of the book of Tennis (Vol 1 and II), Juan Carlos, has played for Davis Cup in 1984, Valerio Cup 1975, Galea Cup 1977 and Universiade 1977.

His ATP ranking in singles was 170 and 220 in doubles. Madrid-born Carlos is professor of the subjects of Technical-Tactical Block, regulation, specific training and teaching methodology in the levels of initiation, competition and high competition since 1986.

Tips given by Carlos during the camp will certainly help the trainees to gain experience, confidence and mental toughness to improve his or her game.



620 grapplers to take part in wrestling championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
Over 620 wresters under the supervision of around 100 technical officials will participate in the 32nd Boys (Freestyle and Greco-Roman) and 15th Female Junior National Wrestling Championship to be hosted by the Chandigarh Wrestling Association under the aegis of the Wrestling Federation of India at the Skating Rink of Sector 10 from May 9 to 12.

Top wrestlers, including a number of Internationals, from as many as 26 affiliated units of the WFI and Services Sports Control Board will make the audiences to stand on their feet. Chandigarh Wrestling Association general secretary, Darshan Lal, mentioned that the defending champions Services Sports Control Board, runners-up Delhi and third position holders Haryana will be fielding two teams each in freestyle competitions for boys.

Similarly, champion of the last year Punjab, runners-up SSCB and third position holders Uttar Pradesh will be entitled to field two teams each in the Greco-Roman competitions for boys. In the female category, Haryana, runners-up Uttar Pradesh and third position winners Delhi will participate with two teams each in the girls’ freestyle competitions.

International wrestlers Devi Singh Thakur (50 kg), Bajrang (60 kg), Parveen Rana (66 kg), Deepak (74 kg), Somveer (84 kg), Yudhvir (96 kg) and Satender (120 kg) are scheduled to participate in the event. They are all medal winners in the 2012 Junior Asian Freestyle and Greco-Roman.

In the female category, wrestler Indu Chaudhary (44kg), Ruby Chaudhary (48 kg), Lalita (51 kg), Rity (55 kg), Pooja Dhanda (59 kg), Sakshi Malik (63 kg), Seema (67 kg) and Kiran (72 kg) are the medal winners in the women’s freestyle competitions in Alaty (Kazakhstan) members of Indian contingent to Alaty (Kazakhstan) from will vie for the top honours.

Tomorrow, after a medical examination in the freestyle and Greco-Roman in 66 kg and 84 kg for boys-freestyle for women in 44 kg, 51 kg and 63 kg, the weighing-in will be held. Elimination rounds will be held on May 10. A team from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will be deputed to take samples of the winners as well as at random.



Shivalik Public School to re-open volleyball academy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 8
The volleyball academy of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, will be re-opening after its closure in 2005, here. Announcing the opening of the academy, DS Bedi, director, of the school along with a selection panel, comprising former International player Arjuna Awardee, Amir Singh, and Vijaypal Singh, general secretary, of the Chandigarh Volleyball Association, has selected 12 players to train under this academy.

Earlier, before 2005, under the guidance of the SAI (Sports Authority of India) coach, Mohan Nargeta, the same academy had produced many International players. Gurinder Singh, Vikas Kumar and Harminder Pal are presently attending senior Indian Volleyball team's camp at the SAI Centre, Bangalore.

Nargeta, is currently posted at the SAI Centre, Patiala, and the management of the academy is looking forward to take his service. The school besides raising a proper volleyball infrastructure is also looking forward to come up with an international standards indoor stadium.



Himachal Pradesh, Punjab register win in basketball championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
As many as 200 students from various Navodaya Vidyalaya Schools of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir participated in the two-day Regional Level Basketball Championship organised in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25. Suresh Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti presided over the programme as a chief guest.

The team of Himachal Pradesh won the winning trophy in girls (U-19) category while the team form Punjab Cluster finished as runners-up of the event. In boys (U-19 and U-17) and girls (U-17) category, Punjab cluster won the final matches. A colorful cultural programme was also presented at the end of day. The winners were awarded with medals and certificates.



24 youths from J&K to visit PCA Stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
A total of 24 youths from remote areas of District Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir) will visit the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium to witness the King XI Punjab- Sunrise Hyderabad clash on May 11, here.

MP Pandove, honorary secretary, stated that the guests will be given complimentary tickets at the PCA members block and also complimentary packed dinner as a gesture of goodwill.

The step has been taken under a project “Sadhbhavana-XVI” by the Indian army. Under this project, youths from this remote region visit places of historical importance, institutions, industries and witness national cohesion fostered by sports and introduce them to the ample opportunities available for personal, education, financial development.



Delhi Division thrashes Karnal in volleyball tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 8
In the inaugural match of the LIC Northern Zone Volleyball Tournament, defending champions Delhi Division defeated Karnal Division, commenced here today.

The Delhi Division outclassed Karnal Division in straight two set with a score of 25-4 and 25-9 during the volleyball tournament.

In this tournament, a total of 13 teams from Amritsar, Ajmer, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jalandhar, Karnal, Ludhiana, Rohtak, Shimla and Udaipur Divisions of LIC, are participating. The tournament is played under league-cum-knock out basis.


Bikaner beat Ludhiana by 25-22, 25-13; Amritsar beat Ajmer by 25-13, 25-10; Jaipur beat Jalandhar by 25-21, 18-25, 25-23; Shimla beat Chandigarh by 25-12, 25-14; Udaipur beat Ajmer by 25-19, 25-23; Karnal beat Bikaner by 25-22, 25-19; Delhi beat Ludhiana by 25-4, 25-8; Jalandhar beat Rohtak by 25-20, 25-4.



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