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Punjabi University teachers seek remaining pay arrears
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 27
In an emergent meeting, members of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF), Punjabi University, Patiala, criticised the state government's move of not releasing the 20 per cent amount of the pay arrears of university teachers related to the pay revision under the Sixth Pay Commission of the Union Grants Commission.

The arrears pertain to the period of 43 months from January 1, 2006, to August 31, 2009.

Withholding of 20 per cent amount of arrears is against the government's own decision of paying the full arrears in three instalments.

As per the notification of the Finance Department of the state issued on January 2, 2013, the Punjab Government had decided to release the pay arrears in three instalments comprising 30 per cent, 30 per cent, and 40 per cent, respectively, on January 31, February 28, and March 31, 2013.

Speaking to mediapersons, Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar said while the state government had released the 80 per cent amount of arrears of university teachers during March 2013, they withheld 20 per cent amount which was unjustified.

“Moreover, government college teachers and teachers of government-aided private colleges in the state had already been paid the full amount of arrears during March 2013,” he added.

The Democratic Teachers Front condemned the alleged discrimination done by the state government against the university teachers of the state in terms of payment of arrears. Members urged the state government to release the said amount before the start of the next academic session, i.e. July 1, 2013.



MLA lodges complaint with election observer
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 27
A delegation of Congress workers and candidates led by MLA Kuljeet Singh Nagra, secretary, AICC, today called on election observer, Fatehgarh Sahib, Pritam Singh to lodge protest against rejection of Congress-supported candidates’ nomination papers by the returning officers on one or the other pretext.

He told the election observer that nomination papers of Congress candidates and SAD candidates owing allegiance to warring group in many villages had been rejected on the directions of the halka in-charge.

He said the nomination papers of a woman candidate from Salempur village were rejected on the pretext that her house was constructed on the panchayat land. A report made by the patwari was attached. He said when he complained to the SDM, he marked an inquiry to the naib tehsildar, who reported that her house was constructed on her own land. When contacted, Pritam Singh said he had received various complaints. If any complaint was found to be true, strict action would be taken against the erring official, he said.



Three hurt as bus overturns in Lalru
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 27
Three persons were injured after a private bus overturned at Lalru bus stand on Thursday morning, here. The injured were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, for treatment.

The accident occurred when a private bus from Rajasthan overturned after running on a footpath today morning.

During the accident, a commuter Darshan Singh, resident of nearby Dharmgarh village was standing to board a bus at the bus stand.

He came in the grip of the bus and was seriously injured. He was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32.

On the other hand, two passengers of the bus were also injured. Both the passengers were identified as Nasir and Iqbal both hailing from Jammu and Kashmir.

The police has registered a case against the bus driver under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.



Man commits suicide in Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 27
A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a ceiling fan at his house in Mubarkpur village on Thursday the morning. The deceased had been identified as Nirmal Singh (28), aresident of Mubarkpur village.

The police has taken an action under Section 174 of the IPC according to the statement of family members. According to the police, the victim was a drug addict and mentally upset.

Victim’s body has been handed over to his relatives after conducting the postmortem examination.

Meanwhile, a woman of nearby Bhagwas village was died due to a snakebite on Thursday morning. She was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where she later died.

Her body was handed over to her relatives after conducting the postmortem. The police has taken action under section 174 of the IPC.



3 held for illegal mining
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 27
The Lalru police arrested three persons, including the sand-laden trailers. The accused were arrested when they were smuggling sand from Ghaggar in their trailers.

The accused were identified as Jasbeer Singh, a resident of Magra, Pawan Kumar and Tarsem Singh, both residents of Lalru. All the accused were booked under the charges of illegal sand mining and theft.

Home Guards jawan booked

The Dera Bassi police arrested a Home Guards jawan under the charges of firing into the air during night.He was booked under Section 336.


Woman raped, blackmailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A 25-year-old woman of Sector 40 was allegedly raped and threatened by the rapist with the circulation of an objectionable MMS of hers. The police has booked a Kalka resident, Chetan Kalsi, in a case of rape, cheating and criminal intimidation.

The police said Chetan was an employee of a private firm and came in contact with the victim through chatting on a social networking site in September, 2011. The victim is also an employee of a private firm.

The police said Chetan developed physical relations with the woman on the pretext of marriage and also made an objectionable MMS. After four months, when the victim asked him to marry her, Chetan refused and tried to blackmail her by threatening that he would circulate her MMS. The woman complained to the police and the case was registered after taking a legal opinion.

The police said raids were being conducted to nab the accused.



Cop injured on being hit by car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A traffic constable was injured after being hit by a car at the light point in Sector 28 last night. The police said the driver of Ritz (PB-10-DT-9642) hit traffic police constable Sanjay when he signalled the vehicle to stop at a traffic barricade. The car driver, instead of slowing down the vehicle, pressed the accelerator and drove away.

The constable suffered a fracture in the leg and was admitted to the PGI. Later, the police arrested the three youngsters who had come to the city from Khanna on a leisure trip. Bhaskar was driving the car while other two, Vineet and Lovepreet, were sitting on passenger seats.

A case of voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from performing his duty (332), assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging of his duty (353) and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (34) of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.



Car theft: Police still clueless
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
A day after miscreants stole Rs 3 lakh and a pistol by broking the windowpanes of a Range Rover, which was parked in the Sector 35 market, the police is still clueless about the theft.

Sukhwinder Singh of the Civil Lines area in Bathinda had claimed that the cash, pistol and some other things was stolen from his Range Rover while it was parked in the Sector 35-B market.

The police is scanning the footage of the CCTV camera installed at the parking lot. Sukhwinder had gone to the market at 6.30 pm in the evening, before leaving for Sector 18. The Bathinda resident again returned to the Sector 35-B market at about 8 pm. The incident had occurred at 8.40 pm.

The police said the CCTV footage showed Sukhwinder's car entering the market at 6.30 pm but there was no recording of the vehicle moving out of the market.

Sukhwiner claimed that he had gone to the market in his Rover car (PB3H0005) along with his wife in the evening and left behind his bag in the car. The bag contained a licenced revolver, Rs 3 lakh and three ATM cards.



Drunk driver injures three youths
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 27
Three youngsters sustained injuries when a speedy car hit them in a market at Mataur village this afternoon. The injured youngsters included Munish, Sakir and Sunil, all residents of Mataur village.

They were sitting outside a shop, when an Esteem car, driven by Gurpreet Singh, lost control due to high speed and hit them hard.

The impact of the hit was so hard that the trio fell in the shop after breaking its windowpane. All the victims sustained leg injuries.

Giving details, the station house officer of the police station, Navin Pal Singh Lehal, said Gurpreet was under the influence of liquor and was driving the car at a very high speed in the narrow lanes of the market.

“First, he hit an autorickshaw and then the youngsters before being bumped into a shop. We have arrested him,” said Navin Pal Singh. The injured persons have been shifted to a private hospital at Sector 70.

The police has arrested Gurpreet after registering a case under Sections 279, 427 and 337 of the IPC against him at the Mataur Police Station.



Cyclist killed in accident

Chandigarh, June 27
A cyclist died after being hit by a truck in the Industrial Area. The police has registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving under section 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the truck (HR-68-A-4245).

Truck driver Major Singh of Dhakoli hit cyclist Ashok Kumar of Hallo Majra while he was returning home from work. The truck driver has been arrested and was later released on bail. — TNS



Woman fraudster surrenders

Mohali, June 27
A fraudster, who had cheated several persons to the tune of over Rs 5 crores on the pretext of sending them abroad, surrendered before a local court here. After taking her into its custody, the Mohali police has initiated investigation in the case.

Giving details, Mohali Superintendent of Police Swarndeep Singh said the accused, Shalini Kapoor, was wanted in several cases of cheating. She along with her two accomplices, Ranveer and Anita, was on the run for the past seven months.

The trio had been running an immigration consultancy under the name of Worldwide Immigration at Phase IX, said said SP Swarndeep Singh.

“We had registered a case against her at the Phase VIII police station in December last year,” he said. — TNS



Robbery at Lalru: Rifle, SUV seized

Mohali, June 27
The police today recovered a rifle, cartridges and an SUV following the questioning of the accused in the recent case of robbery at Lalru. Three robbers were arrested after a shootout at Lalru on June 22.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said they had recovered a .30-bore rifle along with six cartridges and a Scorpio following revelations by Manoj Kumar (24), Vijay Thakur (23) and Ravinder Singh (26), who were arrested after the shootout.

The trio and their accomplices were trying to flee after snatching a Toyota Fortuner (PB 65 V 2402) from the owner of Moon Dhaba at Gholumajra (Lalru) on June 22.



ut education department
Non-recognised games scrapped
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Finally overcoming the web of organising certain non-recognised games, the UT Education Department has decided to remove these games from its annual sports calendar. Also with this effect, the city teams will not participate in the national-level competition of these events, oragnised by the School Games of Federation of India (SGFI) every year.

In a newly issued annual calendar, the department has decided to organise only 33 events, including Pre-Subroto Football and Pre-Nehru Hockey Championship.

Earlier, about 53 events were conducted by the same department, every year. Reportedly, the step has been taken after the interference by the Education-cum-Sports Secretary VK Singh. According to sources, the official suggested the cut down of certain games as they do no fulfill the sports-criteria. The matter was also highlighted in same columns on June 4.

“We have shortlisted certain games. It will favor the players and also reduce the burden. We will be organising the inter-school tourneys in specific games,” said sources at the UT Education Department.

When asked about the dark clouds over participation of these games in various national-level tourneys, the officials added, “If there would be no state-level championship then there is no question of sending the city teams to various national-level competitions. The games, excluded from the annual sports list, will also not participate in the national-level competition,” said the education department officials.

The step will also help the local students in following the gradation policy of the UT Sports Department. The Education Department follows the gradation policy of the UT sports department and the department has enlisted certain games to entertain under spots gradation policy.

Events that were organised every year

Pre-Subroto Football and Pre-Nehru Hockey Tournament, Inter-School Football, chess, judo, tae kwon do, choi kwang do, table soccer, volley ball, throw ball, kho kho, archery, badminton, boxing, carom, fencing, gymnastics, roller skating, roller hockey, swimming, sqay martial arts, table tennis, wrestling, yoga, basketball, cricket, dodge ball, hockey, hand ball, kabaddi, baseball, volleyball, wushu, softball, ball badminton, circle kabaddi, karate, lawn tennis, netball, cycling, soft tennis, sepak takkra, tennis ball cricket, weight lifting, kick boxing, thang ta martial art, gatka, tug of war, jump rope, football tennis, tennis volleyball, jeet kune do, cycle polo, cricket T20, rope skipping, rifle shooting, annual athletics meet.

Events enlisted for admission under sports quota

Aquatics (swimming event wise), athletics (event wise), archery (event wise), badminton, basketball, baseball, boxing men (weight category wise), cricket, canneing, cycling (event wise), fencing (event wise), equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo (weight category wise), sailing, shooting (event wise), softball, table tennis, lawn tennis, tae kwon do, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting (weight category wise), wrestling (weight category wise).

Events to be organised this year (boys and girls)

Pre-Subroto Football and Pre-Nehru Hockey Tournament, Inter-School Football, cricket, chess, softball, tae kwon do, fencing, skating, roller hockey, archery, kho kho, yoga, hockey, baseball, cycling, circle kabaddi, ball badminton, basketball, volleyball, badminton, handball, gymnastic, lawn tennis, netball, swimming, table tennis, judo, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, kabaddi, rifle shooting.



City girl wins medal in Asian chess championship
Tribune News Service

Tarini Goyal, who won bronze in the Asian Youth Chess Championship. a tribune photograph
Tarini Goyal, who won bronze in the Asian Youth Chess Championship. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, June 27
Local chess player Tarini Goyal a 12-year-old girl, added another feather to her cap with clinching bronze medal in the rapid format of the Asian Youth Chess Championship, concluded at Iran on June 27.

Tarini defeated Mekanova Annagozel of Turkmenistan, Nguyen Hong Anh of Vietnam, Kalantari Daruounkola and Hashemi Seyedeh Fathemah of Iran and Archi Aggarwal of India during her campaign.

A Class VII student of Sacred Heart Convent School had a shaky start and lost the standard format of the championship. She tied joint-third at 6.5 points out of nine with Kalantari Sedighe of Iran, missed out on the bronze medal due to the complicated tie-break system which finally placed her at the fourth position.

As many as 16 countries, including China, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Syria, Mongolia, India, Maccau, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Tajikstan and Uzbekistan participated in the tourney.

A total of 270 players played for their respective nations. This was Tarini’s 11th Asian medal, including seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals. It was in 2009 in New Delhi, when Tarini won the first medal in an Asian championship.

Dr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, honorary secretary of the Chandigarh Chess Association congratulated Tarini on her consecutive good performances at the Asian Youth Championships and mentioned that she is a great inspiration for the budding chess players of tri-city. Her coach, GB Joshi, added that Tarini’s consecutive performances will help her to lead country’s chessboard.



Prinkle outplays Seerat in tennis meet
Tribune News Service

Faisal Qumar returns a shot during the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Thursday
Faisal Qumar returns a shot during the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photograph: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 27
Top seed Prinkle Singh of the CLTA defeated sixth seed Seerat Sidhu in straight sets at 6-4 and 6-4 in a match of girls’ (U-14) category during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA courts, being held here today. She will face qualifier, Bani Singh, in the final. She defeated second seed Ishita Parik at 7-5 and 6-1.

In the boys’ (U-18) category, second seed CHART trainee, Ranjeet Singh, beat Qamar Faisal by 6-4 and 6-4 while third seed Allan Johnson upset top seed Hardeep Singh in a three setter at 6-4, 3-6 and 6-4.

In the boys (U-14) category, another top seed Sagar Bains beat Ishaan Sethi by 6-2 and 6-2 while Gurjot Singh defeated the CLTA trainee sixth seed Rishabh Sharda.

In the girls (U-18) event, Rajbeer Kaur defeated Nikita Bishnoi at 6-0 and 6-0. Fourth seed Aarushi Kakkar upset second seed Gayatri Kumaraiah by 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2.


Main draw semifinal round boys (U-14)-Sagar Bains bt Ishan Sethi 6-2, 6-2; Gurjot Singh bt Rishabh Sharda 6-2, 1-6, 6-2; Main draw semi final boys (U-18)-Allan Johnson bt Hardeep Singh Sandhu 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Ranjeet Singh bt Qamar Faisal 6-4, 6-4; Main Draw Semi Final Girls (U-14)-Prinkle Singh bt Seerat Sidhu 6-4, 6-4; Bani Singh bt Ishita Parik 7-5, 6-1; Main Draw Semi Final Girls (U-18)-Rajbeer Kaur bt Nikita Bishnoi 6-0, 6-0; Aarushi Kakkar bt Gayatri Kumraiah 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Main Draw Semi Final Boys U-18 (Doubles)-Kundal Aleen and Hardeep Sandhu bt Paramveer Bajwa and Anush Dheer Bhatti 4-2, 4-2; Sumit Pal Singh and Qamar Faisal bt Vikas Berwal and Pranav Suri 1-4, 4-2 (11-9); Main Draw Semi Final Boys U-14 (Doubles)-Sabrang Sandal and Calvin Golmei bt Gurjot Singh and Anmol Rattan Kamboj 4-1, 5-3; Sagar Bains and Rishabh Sharda bt Aditya Vashist and Sahishnu Sharma 4-1, 4-2; Main Draw Semi Final Girls U-18 (Doubles)-Nikita Bishnoi and Bhaya Wadhawan bt Charvi Saxena and Saumya Saxena 4-1, 4-0; Rajbeet Kaur and Pooja Mourya bt Simarjeet Kaur and Bani Singh 4-1, 4-2.



Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy win by 36 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Cricket team of the Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy defeated Chandigarh Cricket Academy by 36 runs in the second North Zone Cricket Tournament organised by the Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy, here today.

Batting first, the host side scored 193 runs for 5 in 20 overs. Gaurav Singh scored a brilliant unbeaten ton while Mehar Partap Singh Cheema contributed 36 runs. Suryansh added 26 runs in the team’s total.

For the bowling side, Rahul claimed 2 for 29 runs while Jaswant bagged 2 for 28 runs. In reply, the Chandigarh Cricket Academy was bundled out for 157 runs for 6 in 20 overs. Adheesh Thakur (61 runs) and Param Arora (33 runs) were the main scorer for the team. Shubham contributed 28 runs. For the bowling side, Rahil Mahajan claimed 2 for 22 while Arjun Singla grabbed 2 for 21 runs and Pukhraj Singh has 2 for 29. Gaurav Singh of Chandigarh Cricket Academy was adjudged as man of the match during the tournament.



City team lift cricket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
Local cricket team (registered to the Haryana Cricket Association) defeated Gurgaon side to win the Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Boys (U -14), today. The tournament was organised by the Haryana Cricket Association and the local side defeated the rivals by 7 wickets.

After winning the toss, the losing side was bundled out on a mere total of 42 runs in 28.1 overs. Paras Batra (21 runs) scored highest runs for the side while Manan Gupta contributed 8 runs off 45 balls.

For the bowling side, Amit Thapa hogged the limelight with claiming a 5-wicket haul for 6 runs. Prince (2 for 6) and Prithvi Lohtiya (2 for 5) were the other main wicket takers for the team.

In reply, the Chandigarh side scored 47 runs for 3 wickets in 21 overs. Aayush Gautam (23 runs) contributed a lion’s share while Prithvi Lohtiya scored 15 off 41 balls.

For the bowling side, bowler Harshvardan claimed 2 for 11 while Manan Gupta took 1 for 5.



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