C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Patiala varsity to promote Punjabi among diaspora 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 14
Over one lakh Sikhs in addition to a large number of Punjabis settled in Malaysia will get the opportunity to learn Punjabi with special efforts being made by the Punjabi University to reach out to their steps. This has been stated by the university’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh following his five-day trip to Malaysia where he had gone under a special programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), hosted by the Indian High Commission there.

He delivered three lectures on Sikh religion, philosophy and tradition at different locations to apprise the local audience about the importance of Sikh religion and Sikh scriptures.

Dr Jaspal Singh said beyond his lectures, he interacted with a large number of Punjabis, residing in Malaysia, and the Sikhs, belonging to different Sikh organisations working for the promotion of Punjabi with the objective of deciphering their needs, requirements and difficulties that they were facing to quench their urge of knowing Punjabi while sitting at their homes and workplaces. As a consequence of discussions, he said, “I have promised all sorts of academic help and patronage by the Punjabi University in whatsoever way it was possible, in reaching out to them for the cause of promotion of Punjabi language, art and culture.” He said the university would also extend its support in running various courses relating to Sikh religion. 



Patriotic fervour marks I-Day celebrations 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 14
Independence Day celebrations were held at Narain Public School here with full patriotic fervour and zeal.

The campus was decorated with tri-coloured flags and balloons. Under the supervision of Headmistress Mrs Hema Chopra students of Nursery gave a spectacular presentation.

A patriotic dance (on Desh Mera Rangeela) was performed by the students of senior wing. An inter-class patriotic song competition also took place in which students of Class VIII clinched the first position.

Principal Mrs Manjit Waraich highlighted the importance of the day and Vice-Principal Mrs Praneet Sandhu inspired the students to follow the footsteps of the great leaders of the nation. 



Principal to appear before DGSE 
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 14
In the case of alleged irregularities and misappropriation of the funds, the government has given the principal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sirhind, a chance to present her case before the Director General Secondary Education (DGSE) on August 21.

The DC had recommended to the education secretary-cum-DGSE to suspend the principal for committing irregularities, including forcibly collecting various types of funds, misappropriation of the government funds as well as embezzling the mid-day meal scheme funds through self-created bills. The DC had got an enquiry conducted by the SDM of Fatehgarh Sahib in this regard and in her report the SDM mentioned that certain resolutions to collect funds were passed which appeared to be fake. Prima facie it looks embezzling of funds worth lakhs of rupees and requires a detailed enquiry.

The SDM, Fatehgarh Sahib, said she had not received any information from DGSE office in this regard and if any information comes it would be transferred to the DC’s office. 



Gang of inter-state smack suppliers busted 

Fatehgarh Sahib August 14
The District Police has claimed of unearthing the inter-state gang of smack sellers with the arrest of Gurlal Singh, a resident of District Ganganagar in Rajsthan, who is considered to be the kingpin of the gang. The gang is active in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and other states.

SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said, “During the campaign against drug peddlers, the police arrested many peddlers and while the interrogation they revealed that they used to get the smack from Gurlal Singh, who operates from Rajasthan He said the police had laid a trap to nab him when they got to know about his presence in the town for a consignment. “The police erected a naka at Tarkhan Majra T-point and signaled a Zen car (No. HR-26Y-8778) for checking. The occupant of the car tried to flee but was over-powered by the police,” he said.

Chauhan said, “The police recovered 130 gm smack from the car and arrested him. He admitted that he had been doing the smack business from many years and used to supply smack in Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.” He had been booked under the NDPS Act. — OC



MLA seeks bail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
A day after the CBI court issued fresh summons to Haryana MLA Zile Ram Sharma and MLA Om Prakash Jain and his personal assistant Rajinder to be present on August 29, OP Jain today applied for bail in the court in connection to the Karnal sarpanch’s murder case. The decision of the same has been deferred till the next hearing.

Karam Singh, former sarpanch of Karnal, was found dead on June 7, 2011, a day after he had lodged a complaint against Jain and Sharma, for allegedly duping him to the tune of Rs 13 lakh with the promise of providing him a government job.

A week after his death, the police recovered body of Chamel Singh, a key witness in the case, on June 15, under mysterious circumstances near the Karnal police station. It was only after Karam's son Rajinder Singh moved to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that CBI was ordered to take over the case and the summons were issued.



Accused have undergone punishment, says court 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
A day after 17 persons in the Gohana case were convicted for pelting stones and creating violence in Panchkula in retaliation to Rakesh Lara’s murder in 2007, the local court declared the punishment to be sufficient enough for the convicts.

The quantum of the punishment was to be announced today. The court termed it to be ‘undergone’.

It was on August 27, 2007 when Rakesh Lara was allegedly killed by three persons in the Gohana area of Sonipat to avenge Baljit Siwatch’s murder which took place on August 27, 2005. Rakesh was, however, acquitted on November 26, 2006 in the murder case.

As many as 200 persons took to the streets and came to present a memorandum to the then Deputy Commissioner in Panchkula. When the police tried to stop them, the mob pelted stones at the police personnel present there, following which 17 persons were arrested and a case was registered.



Re-auction of registration No. under HC scanner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The re-auction of a registration number by the Chandigarh Administration has come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner.

Taking up a petition for quashing the notice for re-auctioning registration number CH-01-AU 0006, the High Court today issued notice of motion for August 19. The notice came on a petition filed by an advocate, Nitin Goyal against the Chandigarh Administration, the Deputy Commissioner and the Registering and Licensing Authority.

Goyal said his bid of Rs16,500 was accepted and he was declared successful in the auction for number 0006. But, the next day on August 3, he came to know from the newspapers that the RLA has recommended cancellation of auction of seven numbers on the ground that the auction fetched price lower than expected.

His counsel contended the petitioner made a representation to the respondents saying that only two other applicants bid for the number. There “was no question of hobnobbing between the petitioner and the other applicant”.

He added: “Till day neither the order of cancellation of auction of these numbers has been communicated, nor the representation of the petitioner dated August 3 has been decided by the respondents”.

The petitioner argued the action of the respondents in cancelling the auction is illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary, discriminatory and liable to be set aside. His bid, the highest for “0006”, was accepted by the auctioning authority. It could not have been cancelled and re-auctioned.

Moreover, the ground of hobnobbing is not available to the respondents as there were only two applicants for “0006” and the other applicant had not applied for any other number for which the petitioner had applied. “Therefore, the cancellation of the auction on the suspicion of hobnobbing is baseless and the auction could not have been cancelled on that ground”. 



Permanent Lok Adalat issues 50 notices

Mohali, August 14
A Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA) started functioning today in Mohali District and Sessions Courts complex.

On the first day, the court issued 50 notices to telephone companies while addressing customers’ complaints.

We have given them 15 days’ time to file a reply to the court, PLA chairman Jagroop Singh Mahal said.

The court is overseeing 632 cases, all related to public utility services in Mohali district. To file a case with the PLA, a complainant just needs to submit an application, said Mahal. The court would function in Mohali for four days and in Ropar for two days. 



Court notice to son of missing realtor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
A court today issued notices to Sameer Sagar, son of Deepak Rai Sagar, in the case pertaining to the latter's disappearance. Sameer has been asked to present before the court in the next hearing.

It was after the CBI filed a closure report in the case that the notice has been sent.

The CBI, in its closure report, has stated that there is a possibility that Sameer and son-in-law SS Monga are aware of Deepak Rai Sagar’s whereabouts and his belongings. Not only this, it was also mentioned after Sagar’s disappearance, Sameer used 21 mobile handsets and 48 mobile numbers.

The report also mentions the findings of the FSL, Gandhinagar, where psychological tests on Sameer and SS Monga were conducted. It was also found that the members of Deepak Rai Sagar's family avoided speaking over the phone and tried to limit their conversations being in the knowledge that their phone might be under surveillance.

The case was transferred to the CBI by the court on September 6 last year after the Panchkula police failed to locate the realtor. The police had conducted lie detector tests on a few suspects.



2 held for ATM theft bid

Mohali, August 14
The police today arrested two miscreants, who had attempted to break open an ATM of Canara Bank on the Kurali-Chandigarh highway on the night of August 8 at Kurali.

The miscreants have been identified as Paviter Singh (26), a resident of Simbal Majra village, Kurali, and his nephew Jaswinder Singh (20) from Kasumbri village, Bassi Pathana. Jaswinder Singh is a student of BA (Part 1) at Chunni College while Paviter Singh is an employee of a Bajaj Finance Company at Chandigarh.

Giving details, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the miscreants had committed the crime to make a quick buck. "They had covered their faces and also smashed the CCTV installed on the ATM. Their attempt was unsuccessful as a night patrolling police team reached there," said Bhullar.

The key accused Paviter Singh had also tried to rope in his friend Jagroop Singh.

A case under Sections 457, 380, 511 and 427, IPC, has been registered against the duo at the Sadar police station. — TNS



Chandigarh Baptist School win in cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Chandigarh Baptist School defeated Golden Cricket Academy by four runs in the ongoing fourth Vivek Trophy Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-14) being held here today.

Batting first, Chandigarh Baptist School scored 127 runs in the alloted quota of 20 overs. Siddharth(42 runs), Bheem (38 runs) and Monarch (27 runs) were the main scorers for Chandigarh Baptist School.

From the bowling side, Gurneet claimed two wickets for 14 runs while Zorawar grabbed two wickets for 21 runs.

In reply, Golden Cricket Academy could manage to score 123 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs. Satpreet (42 runs), Zorawar (21 runs) and Mansukh (11 runs) contributed a lion's share. Mandeep from Chandigarh Baptist School claimed four wickets for 14 runs, while Nipun and Avneet claimed two wickets each. Mandeep was adjudged the man of the match. 



GMSSS-33 register win in softball meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, Chandigarh, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, in a match of the ongoing Inter-School Softball Championship for Boys (U-14) being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 25, Chandigarh.


Boys (U-14): GMSSS-33 beat GMSSS-8 by 5-1; GMSSS-10 defeated GMSSS-15 by 4-3.

Boys (U-17): GMSSS-10 beat GMSSS-46 by 4-3; GMSSS-35 thrashed St Anee’s School-32 by 8-2; Boys (U-19): SGGGSCPS-26 defeated GMSSS-10 by 7-3; and DAV-8 beat GMSSS 35 by 4-3.



Roopmeet, Sunil declared best shooters
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
Roopmeet Mann and Sunil Chaudhary were declared best shooters in men's and women's category during the concluding day of the 38th Chandigarh Shooting Championship.

The championship was being held at Markfed Shooting Range, Phase VI, here today. A total of 120 shooters participated in the championship.


Small bore free rifle NR prone senior (men) Sandeep Singh-285 /300; Jai Harshvardhan-282/300; Arjun Chandel-249/300

Small bore free rifle NR prone junior (men): Aman Garg-286/300; Parveen-279/300; Karan Godara-276/300

Air rifle ISSF senior (men): Arjun Chandel-559/600; Shivdeep Singh-552/600

Air rifle ISSF junior(men): Ashutosh Garg-577/600; Arjun Chandel-559/600; Harman Singh Anand-556/600

Air rifle ISSF senior (women): Roopmeet Mann-392/400; Nina Chandel-379/400; .10 Air rifle ISSF junior (women) Nina Chandel 376/400;

Air rifle peep sight: NR senior (men) Sanmoon Singh Barar-377/400; Simranjot Singh Uppal-318/400; Vikrant Sharma-272/400;

Air rifle peep sight NR junior (men): Arjun Babuta-362/400; Vikas Parsad-336/400; Vikrant Sharma-272/400

Air rifle peep sight NR senior (women): Bindu-352/400; Anju-343/400

Air pistol ISSF senior (men): Sunil Choudhry-568/600; Abhimanyu-495/600’

Air pistol ISSF junior (men): Akash Thakur-550/600; Mankaranpreet Singh-536/600; Divyanshu Mittal-450/600

Center fire pistol (men): Sunil Choudhary-93/100; Mainash Jain-84/100; Shubhjot Singh Chadha-76/100

25 meter standard pistol: Sunil Choudhry-269/300 Sandeep Singh-236/300 Mainash Jain-231/300

50 m pistol senior (men): Sunil Chaudhary-252/300; Mainash Jain-214/300; Hardeep Singh Bedi-170/300; 25 m sports pistol (women): Astha Sahotra 247/300; Harpreet Kaur-245/300; Rimsha Anwar-222/300

Air pistol NR senior (men): Karan Godara 363/400; Vijay 363/400; Amrinder Singh-355/400

Air pistol NR junior (men): Japtyesh Singh Jaspal-351/400; Baltej Pal Singh 315/400; Manpreet Singh 311/400

Air pistol NR youth (men): Japtyesh Singh Jaspal 351/400; Sakin Jamwal-333/400; Yuvraj Garg 324/400

Air pistol NR senior (women): Harpreet Kaur -345/400; Neha Sheoran- 339/400; Shivangee Sanwaria-326/400; Air pistol NR junior (women) Shivange Sanwaria-326/400; Neena Chandel-313/400; Anuksha Tayal-310/400; Air pistol NR youth (women): Shivangee Sanwaria-326/400; Tayal-310/400; Rimsha Anwar-299/400;

.22 standard rifle NR prone senior (men): Gurinder Singh-246/300; Tejpal Singh-219/300; Gagandeep Singh-216/300; .22 standard rifle OS NR prone junior (men): Manik Arora-199/300; Aman Garg-187/300; Chahatpreet Singh-109/300; .22 standard rifle OS NR 3P senior (men): Gurinder Singh-200/300; Tejpal Singh-186/300; Varinderpal Singh-162/300.

Air pistol NR veteran- Lt Col JS Ahluwalia 284/400; Amarjeet Singh 207/400; Sports pistol junior (men): Arjun Chandel 213/300; Sivesh Sanwaria 199/300; Manik Arora-56/300.



Hockey tourney from Aug 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Rock Rovers Hockey Club affiliated to the Chandigarh Hockey Association (CHA) will organise the 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament at the hockey stadium, Sector 42 sports complex, from August 18 to 25.

Winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 35,000 and the runners-up Rs 25,000. The elite panel will adjudge best goalkeeper, best fullback, best halfback and best forward, which will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 1,000 each.



Softball player suffers fractured ankle
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Playing under fear of injuries in the absence of proper gear, the local softball players received a jolt when a catcher of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, was rushed to a hospital after he suffered a major fracture on his left ankle.

The player, Sunil has suffered a major setback in his sports career. The batter, who was sliding towards the home-plate to complete a run, collided with Sunil, leading to the major injury to the latter. The teachers rushed him to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. His X-ray reports confirmed that he had suffered a broken ankle. Sunil, who is the son of a washer man, was later admitted to the hospital.

Notably, the non-seriousness of the participating schools about players playing in matches without wearing proper gear was highlighted in the same columns on August 7. “It is a major blow to his sports career. He has to take a complete bed rest before coming to the grounds again,” said a doctor.

Expensive softball kit

Officials cite exorbitant prices for the unavailability of proper gear with the school authorities or players. The softball and baseball gear are among the expensive sports gear. And for a plate-catcher, the expenses become double, as he needs more gear. “Due to high prices of these gear, the schools authorities do not provide anything to the players. Injuries are a rare chance if a player is professional, but Sunil’s injury is an example to learn from,” said a coach. 



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