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Two killed in road accident
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 22
Two persons were killed while two others injured when a Haryana Roadways bus collided head-on with a Sumo near Janetpur turn at Dera Bassi. The bus driver fled the spot after the accident.
The mangled remains of the Sumo that met with an accident on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway at Dera Bassi on Wednesday; and (right) the Haryana Roadways bus that entered a field after breaking the boundary wall
The mangled remains of the Sumo that met with an accident on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway at Dera Bassi on Wednesday; and (right) the Haryana Roadways bus that entered a field after breaking the boundary wall. Tribune Photos: Nitin Mittal

All victims were immediately rushed to the GMCH-32, where two of them were declared brought dead. The injured are undergoing treatment.

The deceased have been identified as Rajinder Singh and Sajjan Singh, while the injured have been identified as Gautam and Gurjant.

The police said the bus rammed into the Sumo, carrying four persons, while trying to avoid a collision with a tractor. However, one of the Sumo passengers escaped unhurt.

In the process, a biker also became the victim and got injured in the mishap. A case has been registered.



Increasing seats
University team inspects Patiala medical college
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 22
A 20-member team of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences today visited Government Medical College, Patiala, to inspect the overall functioning of various departments of the college. The visit comes in the wake of the request put forward by the college authorities for increasing MBBS seats from 150 to 250 and MD seats from 120 to 189. The team also took stock of the infrastructure development plans that will be required in case the college is permitted to increase the seats.

Notably, while the Central Government has increased 3,595 MBBS seats throughout the country in 2012, not even a single seat has been increased in the government medical colleges of Punjab for the past 35 years, despite several meetings in this regard. To add to the woes, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had further banned admission to 150 seats in Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, which further decreased the total number of medical seats in the state by 150.

Following this, the college administration had prepared a proposal mentioning all structural changes, staff and space arrangements required for increasing MBBS seats from 150 to 250. The draft includes the details of land that has been earmarked for constructing various labs, library, wards and operation theatres as per the requirements of the MCI.

In the wake of this proposal, the team had visited the campus and after they sent a final report of the visit, it will be attached with the proposal and further sent to the MCI for their consideration.

Speaking to The Tribune in this regard, Dr KD Singh, principal of the college, said currently the college had 150 undergraduate seats and had sought an increase of 150 to 250 seats keeping in mind the increasing demands of students and parents.

“Upgradation of building is on since past few months. We have already started purchasing latest machinery and other equipment from the Rs 30-crore grant that was recently given by the Punjab Government. We have also identified land for the construction of building in the hospital as well as the medical college,” said the principal.

He said the Punjab Government had already sent a proposal for increasing the number of postgraduate seats in the college from 120 to 189 to the Central Government under the Upgradation/ Strengthening of Medical Colleges Scheme and the college was hopeful that it would soon get a go ahead in this regard.



zila Parishad poll
Newly elected members pay obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 22
The newly elected members of the Zila Parishad and Block Samitis belonging to the SAD (B), along with Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, paid obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and hold a press conference.

Addressing mediapersons, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra thanked the voters and said the people had reposed faith in the policies of the government and the SAD (B) under the leadership of Sukhbir Badal.

He said the party won 48 out of the 76 seats of the Block Samitis and 7 out of the 10 seats in the Zila Parishad. He said chairmen for the Block Samitis and the Zila Parishad would be elected unanimously as per the party policy.

He said these elections had exposed the Congress and the people had given a clear indication of what's going to happen in the coming Parliamentary elections.

When asked the Congress gave a tough fight to the SAD (B) in the rural areas, he said some of his own people joined hands with the opposition that’s why the Congress put up fight. Otherwise, it would have been a clean sweep.

Congress candidates gave unexpected fight to the SAD (B) in Sirhind, Amloh, Khera and Khamano as the Congress won 25 seats and the PPP got three seats. In the Khamano Block, the Congress and the PPP jointly got majority as they won nine out of the 15 seats and the SAD (B) could get only six seats. In Bassi Pathana, it was a clean sweep for the SAD (B).

Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, SAD (B), and Halka in charge for the Fatehgarh Sahib Constituency, consolidated his position as he won all three Zila Parishad seats and two Block Samitis, Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib and Khera, falling in his constituency. He was also instrumental in getting the SAD (B) win two other Zila Parishad seats, Chunni and Dhunda, as a majority of the villages in these constituency were part of the Fatehgarh Sahib Constituency.

In the Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib Block Samiti elections, the SAD (B) won eight seats, while the Congress got seven seats. In the Amloh Block, the SAD (B) won nine seats and the Congress got seven seats. In the Khamano Block, the Congress and the PPP contested jointly. Here, the Congress won seven seats, PPP got two and the SAD (B) could win only 6 seats. In the Khera Block, the SAD (B) won 11 seats and the Congress got four seats. In the Bassi Pathana Block, the SAD (B) won 14 seats and the Congress could get only one seat.



2 die after consuming poisonous substance
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 22
Two persons died in separate incidents after allegedly consuming some poisonous substance yesterday night.

According to information, Satish Kumar (45), a resident of a colony close to the Manav Chowk, was brought to the Civil Hospital in a serious condition yesterday night.

Hospital sources said he had consumed some poisonous substance. Doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he breathed his last.

In another incident, Satpal (25), a resident of Naggal village, died after consuming some poisonous substance. His body was found lying near a petrol pump today in the morning. He was brought to the Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

The police is investigating both cases.



Work on theme park to resume soon
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 22
The Punjab Government is soon to resume work on the prestigious project “Saka Chamkaur”, a theme park being built at Chamkaur Sahib near here. The park is being built in the memory of the elder Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and other Sikhs who laid down their lives while fighting the Mughals in 1704. The work on the park had been lying suspended since 2008-09.

Punjab Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, who visited the site yesterday, said the work on the theme park would start on a war footing and the state government would spend Rs 12 crore on its first phase.

He said a boundary wall, a green room and an open air theatre would be built in the first phase. Under the second phase, the work of landscaping in the park would be undertaken.

The project would be executed by Markfed, said the Chief Secretary.



bribery case
Arrested ASI sent to judicial custody till May 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A local court today sent Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Jitender Kumar nabbed in a bribery case yesterday in judicial custody till May 30.

Posted in Kaithal with the Haryana police, Jitender Kumar was absconding in a corruption case and arrested yesterday by the Vigilance Cell of the UT police.

After spending a day in police remand, he was produced before the court following which he was sent in judicial custody.

The Vigilance Cell on May 14 had arrested ASI Jagdish Ram, posted in the Haryana Chief Minister's security, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in the Sector 10 parking lot. Later, it was revealed in the probe that Jagdish Ram had taken the bribe on behalf of ASI Jatinder Kumar, and the Inspector Raj Kumar, posted in Kaithal. They were demanding the bribe to favour complainant Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, in a cheating case registered at the Siwan police station, Kaithal, in August 2012. The bribe was demanded to let him off in the case.

Sources informed that the arrest of Jitender Kumar gave important leads to the local vigilance team in the case, but his link with inspector Raj Kumar could not be established so far.

As per information, the vigilance is looking for more evidence to arrest Raj Kumar, who has already been booked in the case, but is yet to be arrested. The local vigilance team is expected to visit Kaithal soon to check the case file and carry out a probe in the matter. The call details of inspector Raj Kumar is also under scrutiny.

It is learnt, the deal was set for Rs 13 lakh. The complainant had already paid an amount of Rs 5 lakh as the first installment in April, which is still to be recovered.



Attempt to murder
Four get 2-yr jail term

Chandigarh, May 22
The local court today acquitted four but convicted four others with two years imprisonment, in a three-year-old physical assault and attempt to murder case.

The accused were originally booked under Section 307 of the IPC in an attempt to murder case and under Sections 323, 324 and 325 for assaulting complainant Balbir Singh in May 2010, here at the Mauli Complex.

In the judgement pronounced today, four accused - Dilshad, Shamshad Kili Devi and Vijay Kumar - were acquitted on all charges. While four other accused - Lakhan Kumar, Saleem, Chotta Lakhan and Nania - were acquitted on attempt to murder charges but the court held them guilty under Sections 323, 324 and 325 for assaulting the complainant and sent them to a prison for two years.

They were also fined Rs 2,500 each. Another accused in the case, Gabbar Singh, is a proclaimed offender and is yet to be arrested. — TNS



appointment of PU vc’s wife
High Court directs PU Registrar to file affidavit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Acting on a petition filed in public interest against the 'emergency' appointment of Panjab University

Vice-Chancellor Dr Arun Kumar Grover’s wife Dr Neera Grover as the professor of music, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the university Registrar to file an affidavit.

He has been asked to state the number of posts lying vacant in the university and the procedure to fill them.

Dr Neera Grover’s appointment on the post of vocal studies professor in Panjab University’s music department had come under judicial scanner after RTI activist Dr Rajinder Singla had filed a petition.

He alleged that the prescribed procedure for the recruitment was not followed by the university authorities while appointing Dr Grover. Seeking directions to quash her appointment and to fill the post through re-advertisement, Dr Singla claimed that the university invited applications, with November 1, 2010, as the last date.

After Grover’s notification as the VC in June 2012, the academic and administrative committee of the music department held a meeting on July 5, 2012. It recommended that the VC’s wife be offered an emergent appointment as professor against the vacant post.

Subsequently, on July 17, 2012, Neera Grover applied for the post with a request of condoning the delay of one year and eight months for submitting the application. The outgoing VC condoned the delay, despite the facts that some candidates had already been shortlisted.

Dr Neera Grover was selected and PU Syndicate in its meetings appointed her for a period of one year by invoking provisions for emergency appointments. Finally, she joined the department in December 2012.

“Where has that emergency disappeared if it really existed in July 2012? Why did PU prefer to appoint Dr Neera Grover and kept waiting till she joined, instead of appointing someone else who could be available to cope with the exigencies, if there were any?” questioned Dr Singla.

Under scanner

Dr Neera Grover’s appointment as the vocal studies professor in Panjab University’s music department had come under judicial scanner after RTI activist Dr Rajinder Singla had filed a petition.



Man held for using pirated Adobe Photoshop software
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Chandigarh Police arrested a person for using pirated Adobe Photoshop’s software at Satyam Digital Lab in Sector 22, while in another case, a person was arrested for selling pirated CDs at a shop in Sector 38.

The police stated that Rahul, a resident of Sector 21-A, was using pirated software at his shop, following which he was arrested. A case under

Copy Right Act 1957 has been registered against the accused at the Sector 17 police station.

In the second incident, the police arrested Harjinder Singh, a resident of Sector 37-D from Satpal Traders in Sector 38, after pirated CDs were recovered from his possession.

A case under Copy Right Act 1957 and Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC has been registered against him at the Sector 39 police station.



Woman dupes man of Rs 3.5 lakh, booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A woman working at Sky Traveller in Sector 34 -A, has been booked by the police under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC for allegedly duping a client of Rs 3.5 lakh.

The police said, Dev Kumar, a resident of Govind Nagar, Nayagaon in Mohali district, alleged that he had paid Rs 3.5 lakh to the woman to send him abroad.

However, the women neither sent him abroad nor returned his money. He then informed the police and filed a complaint. The is investigation is on in the case.



crime briefs
Man robbed of his mobile phone
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A Sector 56 resident was robbed of his mobile phone by a miscreant on the intervening night of May 20 and May 21. Victim Om Parkash alleged that the miscreant robbed the mobile phone from him near the road dividing Sectors 40 and 55 in Chandigarh. The police stated that Parkash was walking down the road when the incident took place. A case at the Sector 39 police station has been registered and an inquiry has been initiated.

Theft in two houses

Thieves struck at two houses and managed to decamp with jewellery and electronic goods. The police stated that Kusum, a resident of Phase I, Ram Darbar, Chandigarh, alleged that the accused, Sudhir, stole away Rs one-lakh, gold and silver ornaments from her residence.

The police said that the address of the accused was yet to be traced. Meanwhile, a case at the Sector 31 police station has been registered against him. In another incident, Karanveer Khera, a resident of Sector 8-B, Chandigarh, reported that some one had stolen one laptop and taps from his residence and a case has been registered at the Sector 3 police station.

Man held with 150 gm charas

The Chandigarh police arrested a resident of Burail Village in Sector 45 and recovered 150 gram of charas from his possession. The police stated that the accused identified as Ram Milan was arrested near Burail and a case under the NDPS Act had been registered against him at the Sector 34 police station. Police officials said that they were investigating the case. "We are trying to find out from wh the accused used to procure the drugs", said an official. The police stated that they were more persons who were under scanner.

Criminal tracking system launched

RP Upadhyaya, IGP, Chandigarh, today launched the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project at the Sector 26 police station. The project will help the police in tracking down criminals.This is the third police station in the city where it has been launched. The objective is to create nationwide networking infrastructure, with IT-enabled sophisticated tracking system, which will help in 'investigation of crime and detection of criminals. Police officials stated that the CCTNS project would be launched in other police stations by June 5.



dhruv pandove cricket trophy
Jalandhar lad Rohit Chouhan rattles city batsmen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
With 161 runs needed and five wickets still intact, Jalandhar are fancying their chances to register win over the hosts, Chandigarh, during their ongoing campaign for Dhruv Pandove Cricket Trophy for Boys (U-19) at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

The local side today failed to strengthen their second innings after starting from the overnight score of 17 runs for one wicket. The team was bowled out for 167 runs within 62.5 overs.

Shivam Bhambari (37) and Arpit Pannu (26) were the main scorers, who helped the team post a target of 231 runs for the visiting side. For the visitors, Rohit Chouhan claimed six wickets, giving away 58 runs, while Karan Bhargav claimed two victims for 65.

Jalandhar, too, had a bad day with bat, with the first five wickets falling for 95 runs in 41 overs. Arpit came good with the ball too, claiming two wickets for 34 runs.

Brief scores

Chandigarh (first innings): 214 all out in 70.2 overs (Bhagminder 69, Arpit Pannu 33, Mohit Maria five for 46)

Jalandhar (first innings): 151 all out in 110.3 overs (Himanshu Sharma 54, Hemang Chaudhary six for 46)

Chandigarh (second innings): 167 for all in 62.5 over (Shivam Bhambari 37, Talwinder Singh 22, Utkarsh 22, Simranpreet 21, Rohit Chouhan six for 58, Karan Bhargav 2 for 65)

Jalandhar (second innings): 95 for 5 in 41 overs (Rajat Sharma 14, Anurag Parkash 47, Himanshu Sharma 18, Arpit Pannu two for 34, Himank one for 34, Sagar Sharma two for 23)

Karan scores ton for Mohali

In the match played at the PCA stadium, Mohali, Karan Aggarwal put the hosts in the commanding position with an unbeaten knock of 104 runs off 240 balls, studded with 15 boundaries. For Ludhiana, Nikhil Chaudhary claimed two for 58. The team lead by 19 runs with seven wickets in hand at the close of third day's play. Earlier, Mohali’s first innings was wrapped up on 258 in another 89.3 overs. Anmoljeet with his 86-run contribution headed the team's score chart. For Ludhiana, Sandeep Singh (four for 43) was the most successful bowler.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (first innings): 450 all out in 124.1 overs (Nikhil Chaudhary 159, Hartejesvi 94, Khushpreet Singh three for 104, Anmoljeet Singh two for 52, Harpreet two for 85)

Mohali (first innings): 258 all out in 89.3 overs (Harsarup 77, Anmoljeet 86, Sandeep Singh four for 43)

Mohali (second innings): 211 for 3 in 77 overs (Karan Aggarwal 104, Kinderpreet Singh 45, Nikhil two for 58)

Patiala thrash Amritsar

In the third match at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, the home side registered an innings and 301 runs victory over Amritsar. With the win, Patiala garnered seven points. The visitors were bundled out on 161 in 59.4 overs in the first innings. For Patiala, Sukhwinder took six wickets for 35. Following on, Amritsar could score just 115 runs. Gurtek Singh Sethi hogged the limelight with his fiver.

Brief scores

Patiala (first innings): 577 for 9 in 150.4 overs (Anmolpreet 282, Rohit Kumar four for 147)

Amritsar (first innings): 161 all out in 59.4 overs (Abhinav Sharma 52, Navneet Singh 34, Sukhwinder six for 35)

Amritsar (second innings): 115 all out in 36.2 overs (Navneet Singh 71, Gurtek Singh Sethi five for 52, Ashuthosh two for 16, Sukhwinder Singh two for 52)



cricket tourney
St John’s-26, GMSSS-56 win

Chandigarh: St John's High School, Sector 26, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, registered win in their respective ties during the Second Brother McCann Cricket Tournament that started today.

After electing to bat first, Vivek High School posted 127 runs against St John’s High School, propelled by Angad's 37 off 21. Vaibhav claimed three for 20. The winning side achieved the target with seven wickets in hand. Gurmanat Kang (49 off 29) was the main scorer.

In the second match, GMSSS-56 beat GMSSS-26 by eight wickets. Sarthak scored 60 off 29 to help chase the 102-run target. — TNS



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