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Pbi varsity to hold South Asian Punjabi Conference
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 5
Punjabi University, Patiala, will host the first South Asian (SA) Punjabi Conference on “Future of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture in South Asia: Challenges and Prospects” on July 30 and July 31 on the university campus. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the general body of the World Punjabi Centre, which is going to play a host to the conference.

Presiding over the meeting, Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the decision to hold the SA conference had been taken as this zone had remained “untapped and untouched” as far as the situation of Punjabi was concerned.

“Experts and scholars, may be Punjabis or non-Punjabis, who have made any contribution to the promotion of Punjabi in its entirety, will be invited as special invitees to share their ideas on an objective basis,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

The director of the World Punjabi Centre, Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, said a special feature of the conference would be a short film (fiction and non-fiction) festival, to be arranged in collaboration with the university’s Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS).

CAMS director Dr Gurmeet Maan said mediapersons and scholars from Singapore, the country being the hub of satellite communication for beaming TV signals in India, were also likely to participate in the conference to discuss various aspects of television broadcasting.

The Vice-Chancellor said papers would be presented depicting the state of affairs of journalism, language, economics, literature and culture in various SA countries.

He said the conference would be shaped into a regular annual feature on the pattern of the World Punjabi Conference and the All-India Punjabi Conference, being conducted by Punjabi University.



Five booked for assault 
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 5
A candidate for the post of sarpanch after losing the election allegedly attacked a supporter of his opponent, injuring him seriously, at Chanoli village yesterday. The victim, Amrik Singh, was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Singhpur.

According to the police, Amrik in his complaint stated that Bhagat Singh, a local Akali leader, of Chanoli village, had lost in the election on July 3. Yesterday, Bhagat Singh along with four others persons attacked him when he reached his duty at village dispensary. Bhagat Singh was annoyed from him as he suspected that he worked against his interests during the election, alleged Amrik.

A case against Bhagat Singh, Sohan Singh, Harjit Singh, Kala, and Balkar Singh has been registered under Sections 323,341, 506, 427, 148 and 149 of the IPC.



Safai karamcharis go on strike in Ropar

Ropar, July 5
Members of the Ropar Nagar Palika Safai Mazdoor Sangh today went on an indefinite strike against the alleged failure of the authorities concerned to redress the grievances of safai karamcharis in the town.

The president of the union, Raj Rani, said: “A memorandum was submitted to the executive officer (EO) of the municipal council on June 19. There are just 45 regular employees in the municipal council while 112 safai karamcharis have been working on a contract basis. This is sheer exploitation of the employees.”

Ropar Municipal Council EO Ashok Kumar said he was in touch with the employees and efforts were on to find a solution. —TNS



Property dispute claims man’s life

Kalka, July 5
In a dispute over the property, a 28-year-old man today lost his life in Pinjore area. According to information, the incident took place in Ram Nagar village of Pinjore Block, when some altercation aroused between husband and wife over the property, which resulted in dispute. Subsequently Sukhbir Singh received serious injuries and he died on the spot. The police has registered a case. The body has been sent for autopsy.—OC



6 injured in firing at Mauli Baidwan
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 5
In post-panchayat election violence, six persons were injured in a firing incident in Mauli Baidwan village today.

The incident took place around 7.30 am when Satwinder Singh, husband of Kulwinder Kaur, the newly elected sarpanch, was allegedly challenged and threatened by Baljit Singh and others. This led to heated arguments and soon supporters of both the groups gathered followed by the incident of firing.

The injured were taken to the local Civil Hospital from where three of them were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The two undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital were Harjot Singh (31) and Bhupinder Singh (45). Harjot Singh had sustained a head injury while Bhupinder Singh had an injury on his leg. Those referred to the PGI were Satnam Singh, Gurvinder Singh and Gursewak Singh.

Former sarpanch Avtar Singh Mauli is also reported to have sustained injuries.

Harjot Singh and Bhupinder Singh, who were injured in the firing incident at Mauli Baidwan village, at a hospital in Mohali; and (right) police officials interact with villagers after the incident on Friday.
Harjot Singh and Bhupinder Singh, who were injured in the firing incident at Mauli Baidwan village, at a hospital in Mohali; and (right) police officials interact with villagers after the incident on Friday. Tribune Photographs

SP (City) Swaran Deep Singh said a case under Sections 307, 336, 451, 148 and 149, of the IPC, and Section 25/27 of the Arms Act had been registered against 15 persons. They were Baljit, Gurdeep, Ranjit, Gurtej, Gurjinder, Sukhwinder, Bikram, Gursewak, Harvinder Pal, Harjinder, Sukhwinder, Hardeep, Harjinder, Gurinder and Junni. Out of the 15 accused, six persons, including Baljit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Bikram Singh and Gurinder Singh, have been arrested.

The SP said that both groups were alleging that they had they had been attacked by the other side. The attackers were armed with revolvers, pistols, swords and iron rods. However, the police was investigating the incident.

After the incident of firing former sarpanch Avtar Singh along with other villagers tried to block traffic near Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, but later moved to Landran to make their road blockage more effective. The protesters raised slogans against Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former minister and SAD "halqa" in charge, and sought action against him. They alleged that he was behind the incident of firing.

Ramoowalia, however, said that he had nothing to do with the incident. In fact, he said, he had left the area for Gurgaon on June 23. Later, he had gone to Kolkata after which he again came back to Delhi and was there since then. For the past about six days he had been suffering from fever. He said the allegations against him were totally baseless and politically motivated. It is reported that the group that had won the panchayat elections in the village owed allegiance to Kiranbir Singh Kang, Vice- President, SAD, while the losing group comprised supporters of Ramoowalia .

According to reports, even on the day of the panchayat elections on July 3 heated arguments took place between supporters of both the groups. This had led to some delay in the announcement of the poll results.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has demanded the suspension of the Sohana SHO for allegedly not taking effective action and a probe into the incident by a former high court judge. 



2 convicted in robbery case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today convicted two persons in a robbery case. The convicts have been identified as Jai Kishan and Naveen, who were convicted of robbing Amit. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on Saturday.

The police had registered a case on August 9, 2011, on a Sector 20 resident's complaint. Amit had alleged that he had taken his SUV, Scorpio, for repair to the motor market in Sector 28 where he met Jai Kishan and Naveen.

Amit alleged that he, along with both of them, went for drinks, following which the accused robbed him of his vehicle, purse and mobile phone. The police had recovered the vehicle and the mobile phone from the accused, which led to their conviction. 



Forest officer booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The UT police has booked a senior Indian Forest Services officer of Punjab, Gurbaj Singh, on a charge of forgery.

The officer is in the dock for allegedly submitting a fake no-objection certificate and an identity certificate for obtaining a passport from the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in Sector 34. The incident reportedly took place in 2008.

An FIR was registered following an internal inquiry conducted by the Punjab Government through the Financial Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Forest Department, Punjab. The FIR, registered at the Sector 34 police station, also named Vinod Kumar, Gurbaj's personal assistant who allegedly submitted the fake documents.



GNPS Cricket Academy, Saupin’s School enter semifinals
Tribune News Service

Players in action during a cricket match at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Friday.
Players in action during a cricket match at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

Chandigarh, July 5
Guru Nanak Public School Cricket Academy, Sector 36, and Saupin’s School, Sector 32, defeated their respective opponents in separate matches today and entered the semifinals of the ongoing 5th Ashok Kumar Vij Memorial Under-13 Cricket Tournament.

Organised under the aegis of the Chandigarh Cricket Academy, affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, the first match of the day was between the Guru Nanak Public School Cricket Academy, Sector 36, Chandigarh, and Satluj School, Panchkula.

Satluj won the toss and while batting first, their team scored 144 runs at the loss of 7 wickets in 30 overs. Nehal Pajni’s 61 runs held the team in getting the respectable total. However, it seemed not enough as the GNPS team easily achieved the target in 27 over with the help of fine batting performance of Parshant Tomar who scored 84 runs in 57 and won the match by 3 wickets.

The second match was held between Coaching Centre-32 and Saupins School. Coaching Centre-32 won the toss and batted first. But the team bundled out at 51 in 21 overs and the opponent team easily achieved the target of 52 runs in 22 overs for the loss of three wickets, there by won the match by 7 wickets. Guru Nanak Public School Cricket Academy and Saupin’s team entered into semifinals.



GMSSS-40 defeat KBDAV-7 on Day 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40 (GMSSS-40), beat KBDAV, Sector 7, in the inaugural match of the Pre-Subroto Football Tournament U-17 for Boys that began today at Football Stadium, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

The low score match was won by GMSSS-40 with 1-0. Harjeet Singh’s goal in 42nd minute proved to be the winning goal for the team.

In the second match, GMSSS-22 beat St Joseph's, Sector 44, by 5-2. St Joseph's boys began the game, scoring back to back goals in two goals 20 and 22nd minutes. However, it was the team of GMSSS-22 that dominated the rest of the game.

The team scored as many as many as 5 goals in the end of the first half and managed the win the game by a good margin. From GMSSS-22, Vikas Chaudhary, Raman Adhikari, Rahul Rawat, Deepanshu and Deepanshu scored the goal. 



62 confirm entries

Chandigarh, July 5
The AITA talent series Total Tennis championship got an overwhelming response as 62 players (50 boys and 12 girls) confirmed their participation in the qualifying rounds of Under-16 category.

The players from Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh are all set to cross swords with each other. In these qualifying rounds, 8 players, each from boys and girls, will play in the main draw which will commence from Monday, July 8. — TNS



Cricket trials today

Panchkula, July 5
The Panchkula District Cricket Association, affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association, will conduct trials to select the Panchkula district cricket team in the Under-19 age group tomorrow at JR Institute of Cricket Technology (Barwala), Panchkula, at 3 pm. Sandeep Moudgil, hon secy of the association, said, players born on or after September 1, 1994, are eligible to participate in selection process.

The aspiring cricketers must get themselves registered with the association at venue of selection at least 15 minutes earlier than the scheduled time after depositing Rs 500 as fee and must come in white kit.

The selected players will undergo a short preparatory camp of five days before finalisation of the team. The selected team will then participate in the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Championship starting from July 9. In the opening match, Panchkula will take on Ambala at JR Institute of Cricket Technology (Barwala) Panchkula in a 40-over match. — TNS



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