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DC recommends principal’s suspension
Accuses her of submitting fake bills, embezzling school funds
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 10
Deputy Commissioner, Arun Sekhri, has recommended the Education Secretary-Cum-DGSE, Anjali Bhawra, to suspend principal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, alleging that the she forcibly collected various types of funds from girl students, committed irregularities, misused government funds as well as embezzling midday meal funds through self-created bills. He has recommended a detailed enquiry of all funds and severest punishment.

Deputy Commissioner, in a Demi Official (DO) letter, has mentioned that he had received a complaint from the parents of poor girl students regarding collection of illegal funds every month and providing poor quality of midday meal. He said that he got these allegations enquired from the SDM, Fatehgarh Sahib, and in her report, the SDM confirmed the allegation and mentioned that school principal and chairman of the School Managing Committee had passed certain resolutions to collect funds. But both of them have not signed these resolutions and the appeared to be faked. There are so many irregularities in cash book, no quotations are sought for spending the money and no bills are passed by principal and there are so many other irregularities.

SDM, in her report regarding the midday meal, has mentioned that from September 2012 to May 2013 record was scrutinised and the bills regarding Karyana were found to be of Harish Karyana Store Sirhind. But when they enquired from Harish Karyana Store, the owner expressed ignorance and said he has not issued any of those bills. Similarly, bills of wood fuel, cooking charges are self-generated on computer.

The DC has mentioned that after going through these reports prima facie that there has been embezzlement of funds worth lakhs of rupees and it requires detailed enquiry so that exact amount could be ascertained and recovered.

When contacted principal, Jaswant Kaur, she denied the allegations and said all the bills were proper and that neither managing committee member nor she were given the opportunity to explain or join the enquiry.



15-yr-old feared drowned in river
Victim had gone to take bath with friends
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, August 10
A 15-year-old boy is feared to have drowned in a river here this morning. The victim has been identified as Vikas, a student of Sambhalkha. The divers and local administration staff have been searching for him since morning.

Sources said Vikas, who studies in Class X, had come to the river along with his two friends for taking bath this morning. Vikas could not assess the depth of the river near a bridge and he drowned in the river when he went ahead. His friends failed to reach him.

Later, his friends raised an alarmed for help.

Meanwhile, the villagers reached the spot and the police was informed. The local administration summoned some divers. But the body could not be recovered so far.

Vikas’ father, who is a labourer, and has already been admitted to the Civil Hospital due to some illness for the past few days.

Vikas’ relatives also reached there after hearing the news. Barara Jaideep Kumar, SDM, and sarpanch of Sambhalkha village, Ajay Chauhan, have set up a camp at the site of the incident. The search operation was in progress till the filing of this report.



Tributes paid to Jathedar Tarlochan Singh
Tribune News Service

Anandpur Sahib, August 10
Describing Jathedar Giani Tarlochan Singh as a great personality and an eminent Sikh scholar, Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, today said that services rendered by him would always act as a 'lighthouse' to inspire the humanity.

Badal was speaking at the “bhog” ceremony of the jathedar, who died of cardiac arrest.

Giani Tarlochan Singh spearheaded the campaign against the social maladies like drug addiction, female foeticide and environmental pollution besides playing a pivotal role in sensitising the people against these maladies, he said. Deputy CM and president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Sukhbir Singh Badal, presented a turban to Hardev Singh, son of Jathedar. Baba Kashimira Singh, founder president of Jan Sewa Trust, Jalandhar, also announced that a 1,000-bed hospital will be set up at Anandpur Sahib in the memory of Giani Tarlochan Singh provided that SGPC could spare 40 acres of land for it.



Recruitment drive at RIMT
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 10
A nine-member team of a company recruited 25 students from RIMT Group of Institutes, Mandi Gobindgarh, here.
The selection procedure went through a four-phase process starting with the technical test. More than 500 students from different institutes participated in a joint campus placement drive.

RIMT Chairman Vijayant Bansal congratulated the selected students and added that the RIMT students were fortunate to get selected in the companies that held recruitment drive.



College organises cloud computer course

Ropar, August 10
Rayat Polytechnic College organised a short-term course for its faculty on Cloud Computing in association with National Institute of Teachers Technical Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh. Prof JK Sharma, a retired Brigadier, principal of the college, said the course will enable the faculty to impart best of knowledge and expertise to the students.

Six other institutes in the northern region at Jodhpur, Bhilwara, Delhi, Jammu, Pathankot and Dera Bassi were simultaneously connected to each other and NITTTR through video conferencing. More than 100 teachers from Ropar campus and some of the adjoining polytechnics benefitted from the course. — TNS



Gang of thieves busted, 2 held
Six motorcycles, jewellery, two LCDs, laptop recovered
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
The police claimed to have busted a gang of thieves by arresting two of its members. The police has also recovered six motorcycles, valuables and jewellery worth Rs 16 lakh from the accused.

The accused have been identified as Vijay, alias Pandey, and Taufique, alias Kalua. They were arrested from a park.

The police claimed that 12 cases of theft had been cracked with the arrest of the duo.

“The gang was active in the area. Some of their members have been lodged in Ambala jail, while some are at large. We have recovered six motorcycles, jewellery, two LCDs, a laptop and other valuables from their possession,” the police said.

Giving details of the modus operandi of the accused, SHO Mukesh Kumar said the accused used to do reconnaissance in the area on motorcycles and used to strike during the night. “They used to sleep in parks or other open spaces. They used to hide the stolen valuables on trees,” said the station house officer.

The accused were present before a court today. They have been remanded in police custody till August 14. 



St Joseph’s boys romp home in style
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
St Joseph's School, Sector 44, defeated St John's School, Sector 26, by 73 runs in the ongoing 4th St Joseph's Cricket Trophy for Boys (U-12) today.
Batting first, the host team scored 122 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Anshul Negi scored 45 runs in 34 balls. His innings was studded with five boundaries. Anshul was well supported by Arshdeep, who scored 27 runs. For the bowling side, Rajkanwar claimed three for 20 runs, while Udit and Awal took two wickets each.

In reply, St John’s School could muster only 49 runs. Twenty-seven of these runs were contributed by Ranveer Aujla. Right-arm spinner Rachit Srivastava, left-arm spinner Jaspreet and medium-pacer Arshpreet claimed two wickets each to pack off the visitors.

Brief Scores

St Joseph’s School: 122 runs for 8 in 20 overs (Anshul Negi 45, Arshdeep 27, Rajkanwar three for 20, Udit two for 14, Awal two for 18)

St John’s School: 49 runs for 7 in 20 overs (Ranveer Aujla 27, Aniket 8, Rachit Srivastava two for 4, Jaspreet two for 6, Arshpreet two for 6)



Harleen to take on Komaljeet in title clash
Tribune News Service

Komaljeet Kaur in action during the AITA Total Tennis Championship at The British School in Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday.
Komaljeet Kaur in action during the AITA Total Tennis Championship at The British School in Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, August 10
Harleen Kaur beat Tanya Batra, while Komaljeet overcame Priyanka in the girls’ category to make their way into the final of the ongoing AITA Total Tennis Championship at The British School, Sector 70, Mohali.

In the first semifinal encounter, Harleen outdid Tanya 6-4, 6-3. Komaljeet, however, had to play a three-setter (6-3, 2-6, 6-2) against Priyanka to enter the final.

In the boys’ category, Siddarth Kanchustambam will face Aniket Khosa in the title match.

While Siddarth was awarded a walk-over against Sabrang Sandal, Aniket came victorious against Abhimanyu Rozra (7-5, 6-2) in the semifinal encounter.



Manish shines on Day1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
On the opening day of the 38th Chandigarh State Shooting Championship, city-based shooter Manish Jain claimed the top spot in the 25-meter centre fire pistol event. Manish scored 84 points on Day 1.

As many as 100 shooters in the senior, junior and youth categories (men, women) participated in the championship, such as Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and .22 Rifle. The State shooting championship is being organised at the Mark Fed Shooting Ranges, Phase-VI in Mohali.

Leading shooters

25 mt centre fire pistol- Manish Jain 84/100;

50 mt senior (men)- Sunil Chaudhry 252/300;

Air rifle peep sight NR youth (men)- Sunmoon Singh 377/400;

Air rifle ISSF junior (men)- Arjun Singh Chandel 559/600;

Air pistol NR youth (men)- Yuvraj Garg 324/400;

Air pistol NR youth (women)- Anuksha Tayal 310/400 



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