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No power for 18 hours in Lalru
Electricity Department blames it on staff shortage
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, June 30
Residents of Lalru today faced a tough time in the absence of electricity supply. As per information, the electricity supply was disrupted because of the heavy rain with winds.

Due to the disruption in the power supply, water supply was also affected.

Residents of various villages like Toganpur, Aganpur, Mukandpur, Bhagwasi and Chaundheri said the electricity supply was disrupted at night on Saturday at 1am and resumed at 7 pm on Sunday after 18 hours.

Residents said faults in the power lines have become a routine affair. It occurs during the rains and squall. The residents demanded proper electricity supply.

Meanwhile, the SDO Electricity Department said the faults during the rains and winds had caused the disruption in the power supply.

JE of the department, Kiran Kumar, said staff shortage in the department was causing problems in repairing the faults on time.



5 drug peddlers arrested
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
The district police during its campaign against the drug trade has arrested five smugglers involved in the sale of drugs. The police has also recovered four boxes of smuggled whisky, 200 gm poppy husk and 360 gm narcotic powder from their possession.

Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, SSP, said the Mulepur police received information that some persons involved in the sale of illegal whisky are carrying a consignment to sell it in the rural areas under the Mulepur police station.

He said the police set up check points at T-intersection and signalled a vehicle to stop for checking. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the occupants of vehicle tried to flee away. The police gave a chase and over powered them.

The SSP said during the checking, the police recovered four boxes of smuggled whisky and arrested both the occupants. The accused were identified as Rajpal Khan and Yudhvir Singh, residents of Panjola village. The police has arrested them and registered a case under the Excise Act.

Gurmeet said anti-Narcotic cell of the Fatehgarh Sahib police arrested one person with 200 gm of poppy husk. The accused has been identified as Om Krishan, a resident of Badali Ala Singh village. The police said that Om used to sell drugs in the rural areas to peddlers.

Similarly, the Fatehgarh Sahib has arrested a person who was carrying 260 gm of narcotic powder during checking of vehicles. The accused has been identified as Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sirhind city.

The SSP said the accused had admitted that he was involved in the sale of drug to youngsters.

The Fatehgarh Sahib police also arrested Bir Karan Singhm, alias Sounu, a resident of Officer Colony, Sirhind City, and recovered 100 gm of narcotic powder from his possession. Bir Karan was also involved in the sale of drugs.

The SSP said all the accused have been booked under the NDPS Act.



23-year-old woman raped
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 30
A 23-year-old woman was raped in the flats of Omaxe company, near Lalru, here yesterday.

The police said the victim hails from Himachal Pradesh and was presently residing in Rajpura. She went to Omaxe flats near Lalru on June 26 to purchase an apartment and contacted a property dealer, Sandeep. Sandeep called up the victim on June 29 to show her a flat and when she reached there, he allegedly raped her.

After the incident, the victim reported the matter to the police. Her husbad, who lives in England, could not reach here.

The police has registered a case against Sandeep under Section 376 and 342 of the IPC. But the accused has not been arrested till now.



uttarakhand disaster
University staff to donate one-day salary
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
Employees of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, will contribute their one-day salary in the SGPC Relief Fund for the flood victims of Uttrakhand and the arrear of dearness allowance for one month will be contributed for the Cancer Fund created by the SGPC for cancer patients, said Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Vice- Chancellor, while talking to the media persons after the meeting of Syndicate of the University.

Giving the details of meeting, he said the Syndicate of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib (SGGSWU), has granted approval to start the five year integrated courses MSc Hons in chemistry, physics, mathematics, economics and M Com Professional (Hons) from academic session 2013-14. Besides, the Syndicate has also decided to start the an Off Campus Centre (OCC) of the university at Banga in district Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.



Woman jumps into Bhakra canal with daughter, dies

Ropar, June 30
A 26-year-old woman jumped to death along with her daughter in the Bhakhra canal at Ganguwal here today. The deceased have been identified as Rupinder Kaur, a resident of Ganguwal and her daughter Arshdeep (3).

Anandpur Sahib SHO, Inspector Sukhwinder Singh, said a case has been registered on the complaint of victim’s father, Inderjit Singh, under Section 306 of the IPC against Prem Singh and Surjit Kaur, the in-laws of the deceased. — OC



New media courses gain popularity

Patiala, June 30
Visual and new media courses are becoming all the rage and craze among students seeking admission at Punjabi University, Patiala, during the forthcoming academic session. According to the data available from the online admission portal of the university till June 26, the last date to apply for courses without late fee, a large number of students are thronging to the University’s Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) to take admission.

Director, CAMS, Gurmeet Maan, said the most sought-after course remains BA (Hons) course in Journalism, Mass Comm and Media Technology. Over 370 students have applied for this course, followed by BTech, in TV, Film Production and Media Tech with around 208 students seeking admission to this specialised course in the visual media. — TNS



2 vehicle thieves held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
With the arrest of two persons,the police today claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves.

The accused have been identified as Beant Singh and Jagtar Singh, alias Sethi, both residents of Manjali Kalan village, Khanna district. Their third accomplice Harijinder Singh is yet to be arrested. The police has recovered a stolen tractor-trailer from their possession.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said Beant Singh was arrested following a tip-off.

The gang members used to sell the stolen vehicles in Haryana. Bhullar said the accused was on his way to Haryana when he was nabbed. A case has been registered.

22-yr-old 'raped'

Panchkula: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly raped by six youths near Baltana this evening.

The victim, a resident of Dhakoli, was on her way home when the youths committed the heinous crime and threw her at an isolated place. The police rushed her to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

The victim's husband also reached the hospital.

The woman has refused to file a complaint.

Dr Amarjit, who was on duty when the woman was rushed to the hospital, said, "The girl was in an inebriated state." No case has been registered so far.



3 held with stolen mobile phones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The police arrested three persons and recovered seven mobile phones from their possession. The accused have been identified as Ravi, Sompal, alias Appa, and Vinod, all residents of Ram Darbar.

The trio had stolen the cellphones from a shop in Ram Darbar last week.

Following a tip-off, the police laid a naka and arrested the accused.

A case has been registered in this connection.



2 held with poppy husk

Chandigarh, June 30
The police today arrested two persons, including a woman, and recovered 15 kg of poppy husk from their possession.

Ayub Khan, a resident of Subash Nagar, Gwalior, was arrested from near airport light point. The police recovered 10 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The police arrested one Shahnaz, a resident of Behlana village, and recovered 5 kg of poppy husk from her. — TNS



North Zone Tourney
Chandigarh Cricket Academy enter semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Chandigarh Cricket Academy defeated the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Academy by 20 runs to ensure their place in the semi-finals of the 2nd North Zone Cricket Tournament being played here today.

After electing to bat first, the Chandigarh Cricket Academy posted a total of 124 runs in 20 overs. Deepanshu scored 31 runs, while Rahul made 30 runs. For the bowling side, Aman Kumar claimed 4 for 26, while Aryan took 3 for 29.

Chasing the target, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Academy bundled out for 104 runs in 19.2 overs.

Saurab (37 runs) and Himanshu (22 runs) remained the highest scorers for the team.

For the Chandigarh side, Amandeep claimed a five-wicket haul giving away 23 runs in the 4-over spell.

Jaswant remained the other main wicket-taker with 3 for 19.

Amandeep Singh took 5 wickets for 23 and was declared the man of the match.



Priyanka beats Rakshita in tennis
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
Priyanka Khanna defeated Rakshita Kochhar in the semi-final match of the girls' (U-14) category during the ongoing Ideal Tennis Academy Lawn Tennis Tournament being held at DAV Senior Secondary Public School here today. Priyanka managed a 4-0 and 4-0 victory over her rival.

In the boys' (U-12) quarter-final matches, Uddayvir defeated Ayush Kalra 6-1, while Dhananjay beat Vinayak Malhotra 6-3.


Boys (U-12): Vikram Aditya Kadian beat Tushar Kumar (6-0); Sarabjot Singh beat Garvit Vats (6-1)

Boys (U-14) quarter-final: Saurav Yadav beat Ramsagar Yadav (6-5); Tarish Dhingra beat DhairyaaVir (6-3); Uddayvir Singh beat Sarabjot Singh (6-3)

Girls (U-14) first round: Rakshita Kochhar beat Himanshi (5-2); Shirishti Guglani beat Shreya Jain(5-1)

Semi-final: Priyanka Khanna beat Rakshita Kochhar (4-0), (4-0)



Bhutia all praise for women players
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
On Saturday, when the rain god was showering blessings, India’s soccer living legend, standing at a six a side football field, was wondering over the enthusiasm of participants.

“It’s amazing to see women players standing equal with men participants. They deserve all appreciation,” said Baichung Bhutia.

Asked about the difference of talent in Chandigarh and other states, he said: “The city has got facilities and the players at the junior level are performing well. However, at the senior-level, a lot needs to be done. This is where the local association needs to work upon”.

Tourney on IPL format in January

Though he mentioned that he is unaware of any development over the All-India Football Federation’s (AIFF) new soccer tournament in the IPL format, according to the new calendar, the tourney will start in January. “I am not much aware about the tournament’s format or any other condition, but it is schedule to start in January 2014. If rely on the annual calendar, yes it will be held and the Indian soccer lovers might get a chance to see some international players featuring in that league,” said Bhutia.

Sunil Chhetri should prove his mettle

Bhutia said Sunil Chhetri (28), who was twice named as the AIFF’s player of the year, had played only five games since his contract with the Portuguese Sporting Lisbon Club. “He is a player and a talent that India can use in tough times. Not giving him any games to play and making him a regular feature in the reserve bench is not a wise decision. It is high time he does something to prove his mettle. He and his manager should think over the step and resist on coming back to India and play here,” said Bhutia.

U-17 Football World Cup

With the Indian government giving a go-ahead to the AIFF’s ambitious bid to host the U-17 Football World Cup in 2017, the former skipper of the Indian side is excited to witness that day. “It’s really great if a nation like India will host the world cup. It will be a great opportunity for this nation in order to boost the soccer at the junior level. I hope that the BBFS children will also play in that tournament,” he said.

Rain fails to play spoilsport

The rain on Saturday afternoon failed to dampen the spirit of the local soccer lovers who come to see Baichung Bhutia at the football stadium of Sector 17. He marked his presence to witness the final of the ongoing BBFS’s Super Soccer League in Boys’ U-14 and U-17 categories. Budding players were seen taking his autographs and clicking pictures with him.

Black Ops share trophy with Classic 7

The soccer team of Black Ops and Classic 7 shared the winning trophy of the boys’ (U-12) category during the concluding day of the Chandigarh Football League, held at the football stadium of sector 17. In the boys’ (U-14) category, Youth Warriors defeated Yellow Rangers by 4-3 to claim the winning trophy. The rangers took an early lead from Goldy. However, Prateek of warriors levelled the score. For warriors, Rajesh shifted the score to 2-1, but the rangers again strike through Rajneesh, who made it 2-2. In the tiebreaker, Youth Warriors got the better of Yellow Rangers. In the boys’ (U-17) age group, Oasis defeated Dynamic Devils in yet another tiebreaker.

Bhaichung Bhutia distributed prizes among the winners. In the U-12 category, Alankaar, Swamya, Aryaman, Manav, Chirayu, Rahul, Mitul and Bikram were awarded with the top honors, while in the U-14 age group, Akshunya, Goldy, Dhanraj, Harmeet, Rajesh, Kamal, Yash and Hasrat Khan won awards.

In the U-17 age group, Sumit Bhati, Dwarka, Sharika, Sunveer, Jassi, Mukesh Bhati, Shivain, Sumit and Jaspreet received awards.



Panipat pip city team by 2 runs
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Chandigarh tasted defeat against Panipat by 2 runs in the ongoing Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-16) held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here, today. The tournament is being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association.

The visiting side, while batting first, posted a total of 108 runs after losing 9 wickets in 22 overs. Vineet scored 40 runs, while Uttam Rathi contributed 16 runs and Rahul scored 13 runs. For the bowling side, Harshit claimed 3 for 7, while Rahul took 2 for 19 and Parvesh Sharma clinched 2 for 10. In reply, the Chandigarh team could score 106 runs in 22 overs. Raghav remained the highest scorer (28 off 36 balls). Varun Bhatnagar scored unbeaten 18 runs, while Abhishek scored 16 runs. For the bowing side, Rahul claimed 2 for 19 and Vineet took 2 for 19.



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