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Punjabi University signs MoU for advancement in academics, sports
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 21
Punjabi University, Patiala, and the World Gatka Federation (WGF) today signed a MoU for advancement in academic opportunities and sports cooperation in order to promote, standardise and revive indigenous martial art “Gatka” as a recognised game at international level.

The agreement was signed by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP and president of the World Gatka Federation (WGF), Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, and Professor AS Chawla, Registrar. Speaking on the occasion, Dhindsa said the WGF along with its affiliated Gatka federations and Punjabi University would cooperate with each other to facilitate academic cooperation initiatives in the areas of joint research, policy dialogue, publications and capacity building, particularly in the area of standardisation and revival of Gatka. "The desired goal will be accomplished through documentation of short films, research projects, academic courses and hosting of Gatka competitions,” he said.

Dhindsa said, “The WGF is an International sports organization is standardizing and promoting martial art Gatka as a game in the world. Adding further he emphasized that the Gatka Federations endeavours to get recognition of Gatka sport at international level including Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. "The Gatka organizations affiliated with WGF, like Asian Gatka Federation, Gatka Federation of India and Punjab Gatka Association have taken major initiatives to give impetus to this traditional game" he said. It may be recalled that WGF and its affiliated Gatka Federations had already initiated humble efforts in the educational institutions to popularize Gatka amongst the students.



Adopt scientific methods in dairy farming, says DC

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 21
To promote dairy farming and allied sectors, the State Government is providing financial assistance as well as technical training to the farmers in the state. Under the self-employment scheme, 49 farmers and entrepreneurs of the district have been given lakhs of financial assistance in the shape of subsidy, said Arun Sekhri, Deputy Commissioner, while inaugurating the dairy production awareness camp.

Addressing the gathering at village Damheri, SDM Bassi Pathana, Mahal Singh, said such camps are organised to create awareness among dairy farmers to increase milk production by adopting modern techniques. He said the dairy farmers should adopt scientific means for better results. He added that subsidy for dairy development is being provided from 25 to 50 per cent.

Officials of the Dairy Development Department briefed the farmers about the subsidised schemes of the department and said that subsidy on Ravi and Murrah buffaloes are being provided by the state government. Likewise, HF Jersy Cross and Desi Sahiwal cows are also good breeds for dairy farmers. They also briefed how to prepare balanced feed for the mulching animals and how to save live stock from various diseases and marketing aspects. — OC



Villagers block traffic
Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 21
Hundreds of people from a nearby village sat on dharna and blocked traffic protesting against the death of a woman allegedly due to negligence on the part of doctors at a private hospital here today. The deceased has been identified as Ranjana (30), a resident of Kalewal Bhole village. Ranjana was admitted to a local Pannu hospital for her delivery last Monday. Rajana developed complications and went consciousness after delivering a baby.

Thereafter, she was rushed to another local hospital, where there was ventilator facility while the newborn child was taken to the PGI, Chandigarh, in serious condition.

Later, the woman was being rushed to Max Hospital, SAS Nagar, on Tuesday morning when she died on the way.

Ranjana’s postmortem report was conducted at the Civil Hospital, Rupnagar, by a board of doctors and the process was also videographed.

Sohan Lal, husband of the deceased, alleged that she had died due to the negligence of the doctors and demanded registration of an FIR against the erring doctor.

The agitated villagers lifted the blockade after the DSP, Harbir Singh Atwal, and Tehsildar, Sushil Kumar, assured that an action would be taken against the concerned doctor after receiving the postmortem report.

The hospital director Dr KS Pannu, however, denied any lapses on part of the hospital. Proper medical treatment was given to Ranjana and records regarding her treatment has been handed over to the police, he said.



Miscreants decamp with Rs 5.10 lakh
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 21
Unidentified miscreants decamped with Rs 5.10 lakh from a counter of a document writer on Railway Road opposite the Kalka tehsil office today.

The incident took place in the morning when Prasin, a resident of Chandi Mandir, was visiting the tehsil office for the registry of some land. He alleged while the document was being typed, he placed the bag containing Rs 5.10 lakh on the counter. When he turned after signing the document, the bag was missing. He immediately raised the alarm.

The police was intimated, following which the local ACP also visited the spot. SHO, Kalka, Dalip Kumar said a case had been registered in this regard and the investigations were on.



201 penalised for overspeeding
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 21
The Patiala traffic police issued 201 challans for overspeeding in the past 10 days.

Giving information in this regard, the traffic in charge (Patiala city) Hardeep Singh Badungar said the State Transport authorities had issued them speed camera vans for 10 days and they had set up nakas on the Sirhind, Rajpura and Sangrur roads on different timings and issued 201 overspeeding tickets. The penalised vehicles included cars, buses and trucks.

Traffic police personnel challan vehicles in Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar



Abetment to suicide case
Challan presented against SP Mohal Lal
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, August 21
The police has presented a challan against SP Mohan Lal in the Dera Bassi court today. He is in the Patiala jail regarding the abetment to suicide case of a girl. He was arrested after the death of 23-year-old girl at Rishi Apartments.

The police had registered a case against him on June 24 under Section 306 of the IPC after an inquiry under the supervision of SPD Balwinder Singh. Notably, a 23-year-old girl, Lovepreet Kaur, was found dead near the Rishi Apartments in May this year. Initially, the police had taken an action under Section 174 of the IPC after the complaint of victim's parents.

Later, a special investigation team led by SPD Balwinder Singh conducted an inquiry into the case after which the SP was booked for abetment to suicide. After registering the case, a special team including SP Anil Sharma, SHO, Zirakpur, and SHO, Lalru, carried out the investigation.

During the inquiry, it was found that SP Mohan Lal had relations with the victim.



Snatcher held red-handed

The Chandigarh police today caught a snatcher red-handed soon after he along with his accomplice snatched a purse from a woman in Sector 38 (West). Kamlesh, a resident of Sector 38, was walking on the road when the motorcycle-borne accused snatched her purse containing cash and valuable documents. The police present near the spot chased the snatchers and caught one of them. He has been identified as Naushad, a resident of Dadu Majra colony. His accomplice managed to flee. A case was registered, following which the accused was produced in court. He was sent in two day’s police remand. The police officials said the accused had revealed his accomplice’s name.

Man robbed at gunpoint

A Sector 41 resident was allegedly robbed of his mobile phone at gunpoint. The victim, Surinder, a resident of Baterla village, Sector 41, alleged that four unknown occupants of an Esteem car sped away after snatching his mobile phone at gunpoint near Attawa Chowk today. A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

Cash stolen

Around Rs 66,000 were stolen from the cash box of the Army Canteen in Sector 31. The canteen in-charge, wing commander AK Sharma, reported that someone stole Rs 65,997 from the cash box on August 20. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station and investigation has been initiated.

Case registered

The driver of the car number CH-01-AM-8022 has been booked for hitting a traffic constable while he was on duty near the road dividing Sectors 52 and 53 on August 20. The accused sped away after the incident. The constable got injured and was admitted to the General Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The case is under investigation.

Man held with drugs

The accused, Afjal, alias Raju, a resident of Sector 30-B, was held at the Sector 29/30 light point. Fifteen Buprenosphine and 22 Kavial drug injections were recovered from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act and the Drug and Cosmetic Act 1940 has been registered at Industrial Area police station and investigation has been initiated. — TNS



Two of vehicle lifters’ gang arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The operation cell of the Chandigarh police claimed to have busted a gang of inter-state vehicle lifters with the arrest of two persons. The police has recovered 10 vehicles, including a car, from them.

The police said the gang was active in Chandigarh and neighbouring states. Acting on the intelligence inputs, the police laid a nakka near Bapu Dham in Sector 26 on August 20 and arrested the accused. The accused has been identified as Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Mouli Complex, Mani Majra, and Satpal, a resident of village Kajheri.

The police said the accused were stopped at the nakka . They were travelling in a Maruti car. "On asking, the accused failed to show the documents of the car. The investigating team found that they had stolen the car from the Grain market in Sector 26 on August 19," the police said.

During the interrogation, both the accused disclosed that they had stolen many two-wheelers and four-wheelers from various parts of Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. "Acting on the information provided by them, eight motorcycles besides a scooter were recovered," the police said.

The preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that they were the members of an inter-state gang of vehicle lifters. A motorbike recovered from their possession was stolen from Mumbai's Bandra area. The motorbike was reportedly stolen in 2008.

Similarly, the other vehicles recovered from their possession were stolen from various parts of Chandigarh, Panchkula, Zirakpur and Parwanoo. "With the recovery, three case of vehicle theft registered in Chandigarh have been solved," the police said. Both the accused are on the police remand.

Accused Sanjay Kumar is already facing two cases of dacoity, robbery and burglary registered against him in Panchkula. He was previously arrested by the Panchkula police and was out on bail.



Death at bhawan
Murder case registered after 2 yrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Almost two years after the son of a senior IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh was found dead at Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28, the Chandigarh Police registered a case of murder against an unknown person. Abhishek Kapoor, son of Dr PC Kapoor, a 1982-batch IAS officer, was found dead in room number 501 on November 22, 2011. Abhishek, who was a software engineer, was in the city after appearing for the mains examination of the civil services.

According to the police, Abhishek had consumed liquor on the intervening night of November 21 and 22 in the company of two of his friends who dropped him at his room at around 2 am and left. A staff of the Himachal Bhawan was the first to report the death.

Kapoor, presently posted as the Additional Chief Secretary (Social Justice and Empowerment) in Himachal Pradesh, speaking to The Tribune said he was not convinced with the reports of the police stating that his son died due to complications arising from the consumption of alcohol.

“As per the reports, my son consumed four pegs of liquor that led to complications. However, I was not convinced with the stated cause of death,” he said.

Kapoor said his son had come to Chandigarh for leisure after appearing for the civil services exam. He was in the city for almost two days. Kapoor said the police should also scrutinise the call details of his mobile phone during that period.

Kapoor, who had been demanding that a murder case be registered in the case, said he want an objective investigation so that the case could come to a logical end.

UT Deputy Superintendent of Police (East) Vijay Kumar said a case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC had been registered against an unknown person on the suspicion raised by the deceased’s father. The case would be reinvestigated now, the DSP said.



Labourer thrashed in Pinjore
Was suspected to be a member of Kala Kaccha gang
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 21
In yet another incident of mistaken identity, an innocent person was thrashed in Pinjore by the villagers executing theekri pehra. He was suspected to be a member of the Kala Kaccha gang.

The man, a labourer, was in the corn fields when the incident took place. Following the incidents of innocent persons being beaten up by the villagers on vigil, Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal has issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

He has also mentioned that the civil defence authorities would be roped in to provide training inputs in conjunction with the police efforts.

"I have issued certain guidelines, which the people on theekri pehras need to follow. They should assist the police and avoid taking the law into their hands." said Deswal.

Deswal also informed that the theekri pehra patrols should prevent the escaping of suspects in a legal manner and should know some techniques of unarmed combat in case of a dire need of self defence.

"I have asked the DCPs of the Commissionerate to develop a training module accordingly and with the help of civil defence authorities, a mobile training unit will be there," added Deswal.

He has also asked the ACPs concerned to put in a weekly assessment of the training and its output after calculating the execution aspect. The DCPs have been asked to supervise such exercises, at least, in a month.



4 suspects handed over to police in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 21
Four persons suspected to be members of the "Kala Kachha" gang were gheraoed by women in Kharar today and were handed over to the police. According to reports, the suspects were staying in a vacant house near the NRI Enclave.

They were seen by a woman, who then called other women to the spot. They surrounded the men to prevent them from running away.

The residents then informed the police. In another incident, two more suspects were reportedly rounded up from the fields by the police.

However, the police denied that anyone belonging to the mystery gang was arrested today.

In another incident, a resident claimed that early this morning four or five suspicious men were seen by the residents near the Ranjit Colony gurdwara. They managed to run away from the area.



Surety bonds
2 held for furnishing fake documents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police today arrested two miscreants who used fake identity cards and salary slips for furnishing surety bonds for getting bail for accused persons.

The police, acting on a tip-off, laid a trap on the rear side of the District Courts in Sector 43 and apprehended the duo. The accused were identified as Ruldu Ram Lehria, a resident of Sector 56, and Shamsher Singh of Govind Nagar, Nayagaon.

The police said the duo was possessing fake identity cards and salary slips of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Punjab. They were working in connivance with some other members of the gang.

The police said during the investigation it was revealed that Ruldu Ram was an ex-employee of the Department of Cultural Affairs from where he was dismissed in the year 1999.

“At the time of his dismissal, he did not return his identity card. It has also revealed that he had prepared a fake ID card of the said department in the name of Ram Milan Negi for his accomplice Shamsher Singh. They used these for helping accused persons get bail in connivance with some other members of the gang,” police stated.

A case has been registered against the accused at the Sector 36 police station.

“We are investigated that in how many cases the accused persons and their accomplices succeeded in arranging bail for accused persons,” the police said.

Both the accused will be produced in court tomorrow. The police is hopeful of making more arrests in the case.



Delhi team disqualified as players found overage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
In a major twist in the ongoing 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament at Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, the Delhi hockey team was disqualified from the tournament in their first league match after 14 of their players were found over-aged. Their opponent, Haryana Hockey XI, has advanced to next level.

Giving details, Anil Vohra, organising secretary of the tournament, said most of the players of the Delhi Hockey Team were found above 17 years after they underwent medical check-up by their team of doctors. Since only three players were found under 14, their team was disqualified from the tournament and their opponent, Haryana Hockey XI, advanced to the next level.

In another match, held between Lucknow XI, (UP), and Dhangwal Hockey Academy, Ponta Sahib (HP), Lucknow XI trounced their opponent by huge margin of 15-0. The team got 5 penalty corners and it converted 4 in to goals.

Ankit and Manish were the star players of the tournament. Ankit scored 5 goals in 8th, 17th, 19th, 27th and 45th minutes. Manish too scored 5 field goals in the 6th, 10th, 22nd, 31st and 48th minutes thus, giving an unbeatable lead to their team in the first half of the match.

Further, Ajay Yadev and Manoj Singh contributed with 2 goals each. Another player Arun also scored a goal in 27th minute.

Tomorrow, Dangwal Hockey Academy, Ponta Sahib, will play against MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar at 3 pm. Second match will be held between Haryana Hockey XI and GGS Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib, at 4.15 pm.



Prabhjeet enables Saupin’s School to win cricket match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
An unbeaten knock of 43 runs by Prabhjeet Singh enabled Saupin’s School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, beat Ajit Karam Singh International School, Sector 41, (AKSIPS-41) by a huge margin of 10 wickets in the fourth St Joseph’s Championship League Cricket Tournament here today at St Joseph’s School cricket ground.

AKSIPS-41 won the toss decided to bat first. But there decision went wrong due to fine bowling by Gauravdeep Gill and Sukhman who maintained there tight bowling claiming two wickets each, respectively, the team of AKSIP was bowled out on mere 77 runs. Jatin and Rachit were the main scorers.

Chasing the winning total Saupin’s School, Sector 32, opener Parbhjeet made quickfire unbeaten 43 runs in his just 39 balls Gauravdeep gill also chipped in well and remained unbeaten 17 runs.

In another match, St John’s School, Sector 26, thrashed Mount Carmel by nine wickets and entered in the quarterfinal.

Tomorrow, the final match of the Fifth Junior Championship League for Under-12 will be played between St Kabir and St Anne’s School, Sector 32. The match will be start 9.15 am.

Brief score

AKSIPS-41: 77 all out in 18.3 overs (Jatin 20, Rachit 18, Rahul 11 Gauravdeep 10, Sukhman 2 for 8).

Saupin’s School, Sector 32: 78 without loss (Prabhjeet Singh 43 not out, Gauravdeep Singh Gill 17 not out).

Second match brief score

Mount Carmel, Sector 47: 77 all out in 19.1 overs, (Ramit 26, Sarab Sachdeva 17, Tanish 3 for 7, Ratish 1 for 10), St John’s School Sector 26: 78 for 1 in 11.2 overs. (Angad Bhatia 30, Nikhil 13, Aryan 1 for 12).



Anant, Karandeep, Inderpreet, Prashar win golf tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Anant Singh Ahlawat won Boys Division 1 with an aggregate of 147 in the Little Masters Golf Tournament which concluded at the Forest Hills Golf and Country Club here yesterday. Karandeep Bajaj was second with a total of 162 while Jaisaurav Bangar was third with a total of 166.

The tournament consisted of five separate divisions to give everyone a fair chance to all the age categories. Almost 40 young players participated in the tournament.

In the Boys Division 2, Karandeep S Kochhar, who recently finished runners-up at the Independence Day Cup along with his partner at the Chandigarh Golf Club, finished ahead of his competitors with rounds of 71 and 75 and a total of 145. Jaiveer Singh was second with a total of 156, while Jaswant Singh was third with a two-day score of 162.

The Boys Division 3 was won by Inderpreet Singh who had a total of 149 while Simarjit Chadha was second at 150. Mandarins S Prashar won Division 4 with a total of 132 while brothers Brashwarpal and Bishmadpal Seerha finished second and third with identical totals of 145.

There was a fifth Division too and Manjot Saini won with a total of 72. He played nine holes on day one and nine holes in the second round.

Dimpy Gill, who has participated in numerous Long Drive contests in the US, also held a long drive contest after the event.

He also interacted with the children and talked about nutrition and fitness and the ways to increase longevity of their playing years.



Skyline Ltd beat Young Premier by eight wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Skyline Ltd won the opening match of the first Skyline Cup after defeating Young Premier by 8 wickets. The championship began here yesterday at SD School, Sector 24. Young Premier won the toss and decided to bat first. However, fine bowling spell by Krishenender of the opposite team took six wickets in just 13 runs and bundled the team in just 54 scores in 14.4 overs.

Arjun and Gulshan were the only players who managed to score in double digit for the Young Premier team. The rest of the team members also gave in to the fine bowling of the Skyline Ltd team.

In reply, the Skyline team easily romped home and won the match with eight wickets to spare. With the fine batting of Sanjay Malik and Ajay, the team achieved the target in just 12 overs.

In the second match of the Skyline Cup, Bebo team defeated Trentor team by a small margin of just seven runs.

Trentor won the toss but decided to bowl first. With the fine batting, Bebo team piled up an enormous score of 115 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.

Dhruv played an important knock of 61 in 50 balls and helped the team piling up the modest total.

In reply, Trentor fell short of 7 runs as the winning team restricted the opponent on 108 for 8 in 20 overs.

Brief score

Young Premier: 54 all out in 14.4 over. Arjun 24 in 29, Gulshan 12 in 28, Krishenender 6 wickets in 13 runs, Sanjay Malik 3 for 10.

Skyline: 56 for 2 in 12. Sanjay Malik 27 in 24, Ajay Duhan 20 in 11, Ajay Bansal 1 for 13 Charanjeet 1 for 2 runs.



Aastha trounces Ibadat in tennis
Tribune News Service

Astha Malhotra returns a shot during a tennis match at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, August 21
On the third day of the lawn tennis tournament at Manav Mangal School, Panchkula, pre-quarterfinals matches were held both for boys and girls in the Under-14 category. In Under-14 girls singles, Aastha Malhotra trounced Ibadat Kaur 8-1 and advanced to next level. A total of 8 matches were held in the girls’ category. In other matches, Mansi Singh beat Sagrika 8-4. Harleen Kaur defeated Reetinder Kaur 8-2.

Raahat Mangat beat Agrima 8-1. Nilanjana Saha won over Luvya Lamba 8-0. Jahnvi Shivran beat Nadini 8-2 and Komaljeet Kaur beat Shriya Kansal 8-2. In the last match, Priyanka Khanna beat Khusbeen Kaur 8-7.

In boys’ pre-quarters matches, Rishab Sharda beat Dhairya VIR 8-0. Neeraj Yashpal beat Satyakin Kohli 8-3.

Heman Naman trounced Siddharth Goel 8-0. Vatsal Chaouhan beat Udgam Aggarwal 8-7. Anmol Rattan Kamboj beat Chiraz Dandona 8-3. Dhruv Sharma beat Navneet Singh Chahal 8-1. Siddharth Thakran beat Bhavdeep Singh 8-1 and Abhimanyu beat Shrut Mohan 8-3. The next round of matches will be held tomorrow.



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