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Students celebrate Rakhi with Prez
Our correspondent

Ambala, August 22
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, four students of PKR Jain Vatika Senior Secondary School School, Ambala city, tied rakhi to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The head boy of the school, Sidharth Kapoor, head girl Mandeep Kaur, along with the two other students, Nishtha Jain and Sara Garg, tied rakhi to the President. The principal of the school, Uma Sharma, also accompanied them.

All the four students shared their experiences with their fellow students in the morning assembly. After the completion of the formalities, the students visited the Museum in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Ashoka Hall, and the library, where they were apprised of the former Presidents and The British Empire.

After this, they tied the thread of unity to The President of India Pranab Mukherjee and his wife Suvra Mukherjee.

The president of the school, Rattan Chand Jain, the vice-president, Gulshan Jain, Manager Umesh Jain, and the secretary, Rajesh Jain, said the event was a matterof pride for the school.



Office-bearers of Zila Parishad elected 
Tribune Reporters

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
Baljeet Singh Bhuta and Pooja Rani, close confidants of Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, SAD (B)-cum-halka incharge, were elected as the chairman and vice-chairperson, respectively, of the Zila Parishad, Fatehgarh Sahib. They were elected unanimously in an election meeting held today morning. MS Jaggi, Additional Deputy Commissioner, presided over the election meeting.

The name of Baljeet Singh Bhuta for the post of chairman was proposed by Devinder Singh Behlolpur and the house unanimously elected him as the chairman.

Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra said, “Candidates belonging to SAD (B) have captured all the posts, it is due to the good governance of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and party president Sukhbir Badal, that people are reposing faith in the policies and programs.”

Those present included, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, and MLA Nirmal Singh.

Ropar: Amarjit Singh Makkowal of Shiromani Akali Dal was unanimously elected as the chairman of Zila Parishad during a meeting of the Zila Parishad members today. Nipun Soni of the BJP was elected as the vice-chairman. The chairman post of Zila Parishad was reserved for Scheduled Castes. Amarjit Singh has been elected as the Zila Parishad member from the Bela Zone and Nipun Sharma has been selected from the Bhanupali Zone. Punjab Minister for Health and Family Welfare Madan Mohan Mittal congratulated the office-bearers. 



Farmers need to be tech-savvy: Expert
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 22
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a Scientific Advisory Committee meeting under the chairmanship of Dr HS Bajwa, senior extension education specialist, PAU, Ludhiana.

The meeting was attended by Dr Ranjit Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr Dalbir Singh, Sub-Divisional Soil Conservation Officer and officers from different agriculture and allied departments along with progressive farmers and farm women members.

Addressing the gathering, Dr HS Bajwa, emphasised on the need of disseminating different technologies to the farmers and advised KVK staff to plan the activities, keeping in mind the needs of the farmers.

Dr Bajwa said horticulture plays a vital role in the diversification of agriculture. He also laid emphasis on the promotion of custom hiring of implements and value addition of the agricultural and dairy produce.

Dr Ranjit Singh recommended the promotion of renewable energy. He also suggested about imparting training on the re-use of mat type trays.

Dr Dalbir Singh assured the participation of KVK in the promotion of water conservation technologies such as drip/sprinkler and raingun.



Environment week concludes 
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 22
Eco Club of Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Patiala, celebrated ‘Environmental week’ from August 13 to 22. During the week, various activities and competitions were held.

Students from Classes I to V brought saplings, which were planted on the school premises. A demonstration of tree plantation was also given by students.

Nursery students observed ‘Green Day’. The students were dressed in green attires and brought green vegetables and fruits packed in their tiffin-boxes. 



300 students attend orientation programme

Ropar, August 22
As many as 300 students participated in the orientation programme organised by Rayat Institue of Management (RIM), Ropar, today.

Assistant vice-president, Axis Bank, Garish Khurana, inaugurated the programme. Prof SC Bedi, campus director, highlighted the achievements in the past 12 years. Dr Suresh Seth, director, RIM, apprised the students of the innovative teaching pedagogy employed at the institute. — TNS



4 jailed for faking certificates 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today sentenced four persons to imprisonment for faking PSEB certificates and PU degrees. The accused, Sarwan Singh and Luxman Singh, were awarded a three-year imprisonment, along with a fine of 3,000.

In case the accused fail to pay the fine, they will be awarded a three-month imprisonment.

The duo will also have to undergo a two-year imprisonment under Section 474 of the IPC.

Both the sentences will run concurrently. The other two convicts, Malik and Gurdev Singh, were sentenced to a two-year imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 2,000. The incident dates back to September 11, 1999, when a police party arrested the accused at Panjab University and recovered certificates and degrees issued by the Punjab School Education Board and Panjab university, respectively. While Gurdev is a resident of Sector 55, Malik was staying in Mohali. Sarwan and Lachman are former employees of Panjab University. On verification, the documents were found to be fake. All the four were let off by a local court after 10 years in April, 2009, giving them the benefit of doubt. The prosecution, however, filed an appeal in the District and Sessions Court on August 4, 1999.



1 gets 2-yr jail for robbery 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni, today, awarded a 2-year imprisonment to a resident of Delhi for drugging a victim and robbing of his car and valuables. The convict Harpreet Singh, an interior decorator by profession, was also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000.

The case dates back to July 28, 1999, when the victim, Rajbir, a resident of Panchkula, had given a lift to Harpreet in his car, when he was on his way from Chandigarh to Amritsar. The accused had offered a sedative-laced soft drink to the victim, in Amritsar, as a result of which he fell unconscious.

When he regained consciousness, he found himself stranded at a bus stand in Kurukshetra. His car, wrist watch and wallet were missing. The car was recovered in October, 1999, and the accused was arrested the next year on July 14.

Newborn found abandoned

Zirakpur: A newborn boy has been found abandoned near Apsara Palace on Dayalpura-Chhat road yesterday. The child was spotted by the passersbys. The baby was rushed to a private clinic in Chhat village from where he was shifted to a hospital in Dera Bassi. Station Head Officer Trilochan Singh said, “ The child will be shifted to a child care center in Ludhiana as per the Deputy Commissioner orders.”

Dead body recovered

Banur: A dead body was found near the Butta Singh Wala village, on the Banur-Ambala road. The deceased has been identified as Sant Ram, a resident of Fatehabad. He was presently residing in a village here and was employed as a driver. He was allegedly hit by a vehicle.



2 held for duping 4 persons of Rs 35 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 22
The police today arrested two fraudsters for duping four persons of Rs 35 lakh on the pretext of providing them jobs.

The accused, identified as Sudhir Kamboj alias, Vicky, a resident of Mohali, and Karamchand, a resident of Panchkula, had given the complainants fake appointment letters of cooperative banks.

Their accomplice Vikas is yet to be arrested.

Navin Pal Singh Lehal, SHO of the Phase VII police station, said the accused had duped Pawan Kumar, Iswar Chand, Ranjit and Sandeep, all residents of Haryana, on the pretext of providing them jobs.

The accused were produced in a local court which sent them to a two-day police remand.

A case under Sections 420, 467, 65, 68, 71 and 120 B has been registered against the trio at the Mataur police station.



Cash, jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh looted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 22
In a broad-daylight robbery, cash and jewellery worth Rs 9 lakh was looted by two miscreants after holding an elderly woman hostage at Sector 7, Panchkula, today afternoon.

The incident happened when the victim, Madhurmalti Gupta (70), was alone after her husband, Jagannath Gupta, went to a club and their children to their workplaces.

The police said, a youth had approached them (the couple) in the morning saying that he was sent by some known person to be employed as a servant. It was just five days ago that their (couple’s) servant had left the job. The couple asked the youth to get an identification proof and come in the evening.

“Since, the door had been mistakenly left opened after Jagannath left for the club at 2.30 pm, two miscreants entered the house after five minutes. Madhurmalti was sitting in her room when one of them gagged her mouth before she could shout and threatened her to keep silent," said a police official.

The woman claimed that one of the accused was the same person who approached them in the morning for working as a servant.

Both the accused then took the victim to washroom and tied her with a bed sheet on the toilet seat, added the official. The accused then took all the valuables and fled with cash amounting to 4.5 lakh and jewellery also worth Rs 4.5 lakh.

The police said that the role of an insider cannot be ruled out in this case as someone was aware about where the belongings were kept. No CCTV cameras were installed on the premises. There was also some construction going on both the sides of the house.

It was after Jagannath reached home that he saw his wife tied after which he rang up the police.

A case has been registered at the sector 5 police station. After the incident, Madhurmalti was in a state of shock and was not even in a position to answer the queries by the police.

Commissioner of Police, Rajbir Deswal, also visited the spot. “We have got sufficient leads in the case and it would be cracked very soon,” said Rajbir.



Accident near lake: Ex-MLA’s son arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The Chandigarh police today arrested ex-MLA’s son in case of an accident that took place on August 19, involving a Fortuner and Swift cars that claimed the life of a cyclist and left two occupants of the Swift car seriously injured near Sukhna Lake.

The police has arrested Jaspal Singh Marar (42) who had won the elections of panchayat samiti from Marar Kalan zone earlier this year. Jaspal, son of the SGPC member, Sukhdarshan Singh Marar, was driving an MUV (PB-05-U-0018) when the accident took place. He, immediately, fled from the scene after the accident, while the two other injured were rushed to the PGI. The accused is the younger brother of the Kharar DSP, RS Marar.

The cyclist was identified as Gurdev Singh (68), who was a security guard, died on the spot. A liquor bottle was also recovered from the MUV.

The police managed to arrest the accused after tracing his identity through the registration number of the vehicle. “The accused had also visited the PGI to meet the injured Swift occupants,” police sources stated.

The police had booked the accused under Section 304 (A) Causing Death by Negligence converted the Section to Section 304-Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.



Man duped in online lottery fraud

Chandigarh, August 22
A resident of Khuda Lahora was cheated by a UK-based company via email. The complainant, Shishir Kumar Pandey, who is employeed with the Punjab govt, reported that he received a mail stating that he (Shishir) had won a lottery of $50,000 in 2012.

He alleged that the company then asked him to deposit an amount of Rs 45,000 to get the lottery amount. However, after Shishir deposited the said amount, he never got the money. The police has registered a case. — TNS



Fake degrees: 1 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
The Chandigarh police arrested a Zirakpur resident who used to sell fake degrees of B.Ed and LLB at Sector 17.

The police arrested Naveen Kumar Aggarwal, a resident of Palam Enclave in Zirakpur, who was selling fake degrees in Cabin No. 10, SCO 35-36 in Sector 17-C. A case at Sector 17 police station has been registered and an investigation has been initiated.



Amritsar, Haryana teams log wins in hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Both MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, and Haryana Hockey XI trounced their opponents by 12 goals to nil in the ongoing 12th ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament here at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, beat Dangwal Hockey Academy, Ponta Sahib, in their league match today. Sandeep of the MRS Hockey Academy was the star attraction of the match as he scored as many as six goals against the losing side through out the match. His first goal came in 22nd minute. Therefore, there was no looking back for him.

His goals at 29 minute, 44th minute, 45th minute, 57th minute and 58th minute smashed the defence of the losing side and gave an whopping unbeaten lead to the winning team.

From the very beginning, the MRS Hockey Academy maintained pressure over the opponent. First goal of the team came in just 4 minutes of the match and then back-to-back goals did not let the opponent team to come out of the pressure.

Others who scored goals include Jaspreet (4th minute and 55th minute), Aryadeep (7th minute), Kamaldeep (18th minute and 35th minute), and Abheejit (36th minute).

In the second match, Haryana Hockey XI trounced GGS Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib, by 12-0

With his hat trick Deepak of the Haryana Hockey XI was the star player of the match. With his total of five goals, he was the highest scorer of the match. His goals came in 15th minute, 22nd minute, 24th minutes, 28th minutes and 56th minutes. Another player Sachin scored 3 goals in 42nd min, 51st minute and 54th minute.

Abhishek gave the early lead to the team at 6th minute and thereafter, there was no looking back for the team. The pressure on the opponent team could be gauged from the fact that it scored a self-goal in 10th minute. Rahul was another played who scored a goal in 47th minutes.

Tomorrow, Lucknow XI, UP, will play against MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, at 3 pm. 



Nilanjana, Aastha, Komaljeet, Harleen enter semifinal

A player returns a shot during a tennis match in Panchkula on Thursday.
A player returns a shot during a tennis match in Panchkula on Thursday. A tribune photograph

Panchkula, August 22
Nilanjana Saha, Aastha Malhotra, Komaljeet Kaur and Harleen Kaur stormed into semifinals of the girls’ category of the ongoing Under-14 Lawn Tennis Tournament, here at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula.

In the boy’s category, Rishabh Sharda, Abhimanyu Rozra, Anmol Rattan Kamboj and Heman Naman entered the semifinals after defeating their respective opponents in the quarterfinals matches.

In girls’ Under-14 quarterfinals, Harleen Kaur trounced Rahat Mangat in a closed-fight match and finally won by Harleen 9-8 score.

Nilanjana Saha had an easy win over Jahnvi Shivran 9-2 score. Aastha Malhotra comfortably beat Mansi Singh 9-1 score. In the last match of the girls’ category, Komaljeet Kaur trounced Priyanka Khanna 9-3.

In boys’ Under-14 quarterfinals, Rishabh Sharda had an easy win over Neeraj Yashpal 9-1 score. Abhimanyu Rozra beat Siddharth Thakran 9-3 and Anmol Rattan Kamboj beat Vatsal 9-3. In the last match, Heman Naman beat Dhruv Sharma 9-6. Tomorrow, semifinal and final matches will start at 8 am. — TNS



Mount Carmel register impressive win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, beat Saupin’s School, Sector 32, with a score of 5-2 in the inaugural match of 5th Saint Soldier Football Trophy that kicked off amidst enthusiasm and thrill at St Soldier School’s football ground.

A total of 12 top football teams from the tricity are participating in the three-day tournament.

The first match culminated with a thrilling tie-breaker. Piyush of Mount Carmel School scored the first goal in the 18th minute and the lead was level by Angad of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, by scoring the goal in the 40th minute. It was the team of Mount Carmel School, which held its nerves till the end and won the match in the tie-break by 5-2.

The second match saw Vivek High School, Chandigarh, defeating SD Public School, Chandigarh, by 2-1.

In the third match, DPS, Sector 40, emerged winner by defeating New Public School, Sector 18, by 2-1. Sukhman and Manik of DPS, Sector 40, gave the lead of 2 goals. Aman of New Public School, Sector 18, narrowed the margin. But it went in vain as the tight defence of the winning team did not give them any other opportunity to level the score. In the next match, DAV School, Sector 8, won by a convincing lead of 3-1 against Doon Public School. The matches were played on knockout basis.



Basketball tourney from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 22
Second Brother Kyle Basketball Tournament for Under-17 players will begin from Aug 24 at St John’s High School-26. Pool-A has four teams, including New Public School, DAV-8, Moti Ram Arya School-27, and YPS, Mohali.

Pool-B has teams, including St John’s High School, Sri Aurbindo and St Kabir. The tourney will start from Aug 24.



Sanyam stands out

Chandigarh, August 22
Sanyam Gupta of St John’s High School, Sector 26, won the Inter-School Skating Tournament in Under-14 boys’ category, held here at Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

He stood first in Rink-1 category followed by Kartik Jindal of St Kabir School, Sector 26, on second position and Ganganjot of Government Model Senior School, Sector 35, on third spot.

In U-14 Rink-3, Rishit Puri of Gurukul Global, Mani majra, stood first followed by Pritish Singh of KBDAV, Sector 7, on the second spot and Hardik Setia of Vivek High School, Sector 38, on the third spot.

In Under-17 boys’ competition (Rink-1), Ketan Bassi of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, was the winner. Kshitij Arora of Bhawan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, stood second and Amit of Government Model High School, Sector 26, was the third winner.

In Under-17 boys Rink-3, Shubham Aggarwal of DC Montessori, Mani Majra, was the winner followed by Gagandeep of KBDAV, Sector 7, on the second position and Kanwar Adhiraj of DPS, Sector 40, on the third position.

In Under-19 boys (Rink-1), Mohit kumar of KBDAV, Sector 7, was the winner followed by Balkirat Singh of Bhawan Vidyalaya on second position and Anmol narad of DAV, Sector 8, on third position. In the Inter-School Tournament of Roller Hockey-19 for Boys Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, beat Rayan International by 9-7. In another match, KBDAV, Sector 7, beat St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, by 16-0.



Rajpura skaters win laurels in nationals
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 22
A National Speed Roller Skating Competition was organised by the Roller Skating Association, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, at Roller Skating Rink, Shimla, recently.

More than 300 school students from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu participated in the tournament.

Seven students of Scholar Public School, Rajpura, were among the participants who won laurels in the tournament. They were Gurkeerat Singh Jaskaran Singh and Avneet Kaur from Class IV, Japmanjot Kaur of Class VI, Gurkeerat Singh and Bhavishya of Class VII and Veeren of Class VIII.

The won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in different categories and won overall trophy of the competition.

All the seven students have been selected to participate in International Speed Roller Skating Competition to be held in December. Many Countries of Europe, Asia and Australia are expected to participate in it. All the skaters of Scholars Public School were felicitated by their school. 



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