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Govt allots Rs 99.71cr to set up NIFT at Kalka
Our Correspondent

Kalka, September 16
The state government has approved the set up of a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) centre at Manakpur- Nanankchand village, Pinjore Block, by Ministry of Textile, Government of India. As per the requirement, the state government has agreed to provide a land measuring 12-15 acres, as well as funds amounting to Rs 99.71 crore, for the growth of the project.

Advocate VK Bansal , president of Shiwalik Vikas Manch, said as per the information sought under the RTI act, the construction work will be taken up by the Government of India. For concurrence of the Finance department of Haryana, a meeting of Standing Finance Committee (committee B) was also held on 25 May, this year, under the chairmanship of principal secretary of the Finance department. In the meeting, it was decided to put up the case in the next meeting of the committee, after transferring of land from the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula.

The case for transfer of 15 acres of land has been sent to the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, said the president of the manch.



DC administers polio drops
Our Correspondent

Ambala, September 16
On the occasion of the National Pulse Polio programme, the Ambala Deputy Commissioner, K Makarand Pandurang, administered polio drops to children at the Ambala Civil hospital on Sunday.

The Deputy Commissioner said, “It is the responsibility of all the citizens of the country to make the national programme a success. We should strive to make India a polio-free country.”

Pandurang distributed toys and sweets among the children and said the government is putting in its earnest efforts to eradicate polio from the country. Rotary International is also contributing liberally towards the cause, he said.

Civil Surgeon Dr Vinod Gupta said all arrangements have been made to administer polio drops to the infants in the shanties, anaj mandi, areas surrounding the stone crushers, brick kilns, and poultry farms. We will also be taking a round of the under construction areas and industrial areas, across the state, to make sure every infant gets the drop of life, said Gupta.



State-of-the-art MRI facility launched in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 16
A new state-of-the art MRI facility, that will equip doctors especially neurologists and orthopedics with the best of tools to detect life-threatening injuries and other ailments, was inaugurated by city Mayor Amaninder Bajaj at Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, today.

Kanishka Nohri, general manager, Columbia Asia Hospital, said, “Our doctors will now be fully equipped to detect traumatic injuries, tumors or stroke-related bleeding.”



Missing youth’s body found

Ambala, September 16
The body of the 22-year-old youth, who was reported to be missing from Saturday, has been recovered from the Narwana branch canal, around 20 km from here, this noon.

Harpreet Singh’s activa scooter and mobile phone were recovered from the bank of the canal. It was alleged that the youth might have committed suicide.

His father, a local businessman, rubbished reports of his suicide and said his son can never take such a harsh step. He suspected some foul play behind the incident. The body of the deceased has been sent for conducting a post-mortem. — OC



rape case
Arrest warrants against accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The court of Additional District And Sessions Judge Najar Singh issued arrest warrants against local industrialist Manjit Singh Arora, who has been been charged with repeatedly raping his 14-year-old domestic help in Chandigarh and Mumbai.

The court was to pronounce the order in the case on Saturday and Arora pleading that he was ill requested for exemption. Following this, the court denied the exemption and issued a non-bailable arrest warrants against the accused today.

Arora was arrested earlier on January 8, 2010, when the mother of the victim lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Arora had employed her daughter as a domestic help in 2008 for Rs 3,000 per month. She stated later that he offered her Rs 5,000 a month for sending her daughter to work in Mumbai, to which the family agreed, she said.

She further told the police that after repeated requests , Arora brought back the girl to the city on December 26. She said that her daughter then told her that Arora had raped her at his Sector 34 apartment as well as in Mumbai. Later, on April 16, 2010, the UT police had filed a chargesheet in the case indicting Aroar for raping the minor.

The police chargesheet had claimed that it was established that the victim’s hymen was fractured, though the report also indicated she was not regularly engaging in sex. The ossification test of the victim suggested her age was between 14 to 16 years. Besides, the police had obtained the victim’s statement in the case recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

On August 10, 2010 the victim, however, turned hostile stating that her mother had forced her to give the previous statement.

Deposing before the court of the then Additional District and Sessions Judge, RN Bharti, the victim stated that no rape was committed and the statement she gave before the Judicial Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC was false as she was pressurised to say so. On the contrary, the victim’s mother had stated before the court that her daughter was being misled by the accused.



apna ghar case
Supplementary chargesheet filed against 7 accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 16
In a major breakthrough in the Apna Ghar case, the CBI today filed a supplementary chargesheet against the seven accused.

The supplementary chargesheet that is said to give more evidences against the accused has been filed against Jaswanti Devi, her daughter Sushila alias Simmi, her son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, Satish, her brother Jaswant Singh, Veena and her cousin Sheela. Also a request to discharge the case against the other three accused has been made.

On August 7, the CBI had filed a chargesheet in the case against the seven accused. The shelter home landed in a controversy when a team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights raided it on May 9 and rescued its inmates.

The home was run by the Bharat Vikash Sangh headed by Jaswanti Devi, at Shrinagar Colony of Rohtak.

The inmates had levelled serious allegations of rape and human trafficking against Jaswanti and the other accused. As many as 103 inmates, mostly women and children, were shifted to other places after the incident.



Dera chief to appear in court through video conferencing today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 16
Fearing a threat to the law and order situation of the city and many followers coming to Panchkula due to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's production before the CBI court for tomorrow, video conferencing has been allowed by the court.

It was after the Panchkula police moved an application stating that his visit can prove a threat to the law and order situation in Panchkula, particularly in the court, that the interim decision was taken.

While for the next hearing, the CBI has been asked to file a reply on the application moved by the police. Till now, Ram Rahim was appearing through video conferencing in the court.

After the orders of the CBI court in the last hearing of the Dera chief to appear in person before the court, lakhs of supporters had planned to visit Panchkula on Tuesday.



rape bid on minor
Man gets 3-year jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh. September 16
A local court awarded a three year imprisonment to a Kishangarh resident today for attempt to rape a three-and-a-half-year-old girl. The convict has been identified as 19-year-old Bupinder, known to the family of the victim.

On February 13, Bhupindar tried to rape the girl when her mother was not at home. Victim’s father, a resident of Kishangarh, Chandigarh, is an auto driver. The accused was arrested on February 14 following a complaint by the victim's father. There were 10 witnesses in the case and the court recorded their statements in the court on August 26.

The court on September 13 held him guilty under Section 363 (kidnapping) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC and Section 7 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act 2012.

Pronouncing the judgment, the court awarded him an imprisonment of 3 years and a fine of Rs 3,000 under Section 7 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act 2012. Under Sections 363 and 342 of the IPC the convict has to undergo imprisonment of two years along with Rs 1,000 fine and six month imprisonment, respectively.

Man held on attempt to rape charge

Zirakpur: The police has arrested a youth for attempting to rape a minor girl at Baltana on Monday. The accused has been identified as Sukhjeet Singh, a resident of Chadiala village. Father of the minor alleged that the accused had tried to rape his daughter, after entering his house at Baltana.

A case has been registered under Sections 452,376 and 511 of the IPC. An action would be taken against the accused, said a police official. —OC



dowry Death
Husband of PGI doc gets 7-year jail term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal awarded 7-year jail term to the husband of a PGI doctor in a dowry death case today. The deceased, Dr Rajpal Kaur, a senior resident in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology, PGI, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her hostel accommodation on the hospital campus on July 21, 2006.

Her husband, Dr Yadvaridner Singh was employed in Amritsar at the time of the incident. The court, however, acquitted Gurnam Singh and Simarjit Kaur, his parents, and his sister Neetu Bath on September 11.

After Rajpal's death, her father Gurdas Singh, a resident of Bhatinda, in his complaint to the police, had stated that he married off his daughter to Dr Yadvarinder on February 17, 2004, and spent nearly Rs 6.5 lakh on the marriage.

Yadvaridner, his parents and sister, however, started harassing his daughter for not bringing enough dowry, following which they were forced to give them more money and jewellery. While Yadvarinder was pursuing his postgraduation at Grants Medical College, Rajpal joined the PGI as a senior resident.

After completing his MD, Yadvarinder took a job at Escorts Hospital, Amritsar, and pressurised Rajpal to leave her job at the PGI and join him in Amritsar. She resigned from the PGI post. Meanwhile, Rajpal had a son but she was no allowed to keep the baby with her. He was being looked after by Yadvarinder’s parents in Patiala, alleged Gurdas Singh.

Gurdas Singh said his son-in-law and his parents as well as his sister started asking for a Honda City car and harassed his daughter for bringing in more dowry.

Yadvarinder had told her that he had got a job in the Army and he would take her along only after he got a Honda City car from her parents, alleged Rajpal. Under such circumstances she was forced to kill herself, he alleged.



Non-bailable warrants against DCHL officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A local court issued non-bailable warrants against six top functionaries of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) in a Rs 3 crore cheque bounce case today. Those who are issued warrants include chairman T Venkattram Reddy and vice -chairman T Vinayak Ravi Reddy. The same court, however, issued bailable warrant against the former director of DHCL Menakuru Sukumar Reddy today.

During the last hearing, the court had scheduled the next hearing on the date given by the counsel of the accused to ensure their presence during the trial. All the accused were expected to appear in the court today, but all of them failed to appear before the court.

It was Religare Finvest that had filed a criminal case under Section 138 with the Chandigarh police and an FIR was subsequently registered after three cheques, amounting to Rs 3 crore, issued by DCHL bounced. Besides another case, filed by Religare regarding Rs 6 crore cheque bounce, is still under trial in another court here. Next date of hearing is slated for November 26.



Five arrested on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Prince, a resident of Sector 22, here, alleged that he and his sister were going on foot to Sector 22 from Sector 21, when two motorcycle-borne youths eve-teased his sister last evening. When he objected they left the spot.

Later, when they reached Sector 22, the accused with other three accomplices returned in a car (PB-19J-0919)and molested her.

They also snatched the victim’s gold chain from near Aroma Hotel.

All five persons, residents of a PG accommodation in Sector 21, were arrested by the police today.

A case under Sections 323, 354-A, 356, 379 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 17 Police Station of Chandigarh.

Hit-and-run case

In a hit-and-run case, Rakesh Kumar Rana of Derabassi was crushed to death by a speeding mini-truck (canter) last night.

The accident took place near the roundabout of Sector 23-24-36 and 37 and the victim succumbed to his injuries at the GMSH, Sector-16 late last night.

According to reports, the mishap occurred at around 1 am when Rakesh was going on a bike and a speeding canter hit his bike near the roundabout. He fell on the road and the wheels of the canter ran over him, injuring him critically. Later, when he was taken to GMCH-16, the doctor declared him brought dead.

The police has booked the unknown driver of the canter. Rakesh was living at Preet Nagar, Gulabgarh road, Dera Bassi.

Motorcycle stolen

Kulwinder Singh, a native of Punjab, said someone had stolen his motorcycle (PB-65E-6492) from the parking of the PGI hospital on the intervening night of September 6 and 7. The police has registered a case under Sections 379, 406, IPC.

Mewanwhile, Renu Sharma, a resident of sector 44, in his complaint to the police alleged that some unknown person had stolen her car (CH-01-AT-2435) from near her residence on the intervening night of September 14 and 15. A case has been registered.


Parveen Kumar, a local resident, alleged that driver of an unknown vehicle hit him near PGI on September 13. The complainant got injured and admitted to the PGI. The police has registered a case under Section 279, 337, IPC, at the Sector 11 police station.


Lakhwinder Singh of Sector 30 alleged that Dinesh Kumar, Anku, Lala and Honey beaten and threatened him near his residence. A case under Section 323, 341, 506, 34, IPC, has been registered in at the Police Station in the Industrial Area.


The police has arrested Sandeep Kalsi, under Section 309, IPC, for allegedly trying to commit suicide at his residence. The accused was arrested and later released on bail.



Players found ‘overage’, parents cry foul
Allege that procedure of determining age is not exact; doctors say they can’t conduct medical again
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
If poor treatment with players of the state-run Chandigarh and Hockey Academy was not enough, here comes another shock by the UT Sports Department through the Medical Examination Board of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, (GMSH-16).

The department has failed to re-fill the vacant seats of both the academies in the past two years and as per the official record all the players shortlisted for these seats are declared overage every time by the medical board of GMSH-16.

Some of the parents of the players alleged anarchism by the top officials in filling up of vacant seats in these academies. According to the officials of the UT Sports Department all the shortlisted players were declared overage by the panel of doctors. But when these parents approached the board, one of the doctors informed that these tests may not tell the actual age of a player.

A total of around 7 to 8 seats in the Chandigarh Hockey Academy and 3 to 4 seats in Chandigarh Football Academy are lying vacant in the junior category and to re-fill these seats, no player has cleared the medical examination test in the past two years. Notably, the same number of seats is lying vacant in the senior category of the Chandigarh Football Academy since the same time.


According to information, the trials to re-fill the vacant seats of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy were held on April 8 with the players of 12 years and six months getting eligible to enroll under the seats. Around 150 players from different regions participated in the trials and a total of seven were shortlisted for the further medical test after which all the players were declared overage.

According to some parents, they requested to conduct a re-medical examination. But the demand was denied and later, when a letter under the RTI (Right to Information) Act, seeking procedure of the medical examination was sent the joint director ensured them a re-medical examination. But the parents were further harassed, when a doctor denied to conduct the medical check-up citing that radiology radiations are harmful for body.

“Being a father, I know my son is 12-year-old. But the medical test predicted his age varying from 13 to 15 years. My eyes went wide open when I visited the office of joint director to sports. After four months, I got to know that these test cannot predict the actual age. It is hard to believe. But the department is only being run by a single man. And it was proved, when we contacted the sports secretary who again sent back the request to the joint director sports,” said Resham Singh, a resident of Barnala village.

Other parents added, “Earlier, the same panel of doctors declared these players overage and now when a doctor from the same panel has clearly mentioned that the actual age may vary in these test even then the authorities are not conducting a re-medical test of all these players?” questioned Sulankh Singh.

The doctor added, “I am not the right person to be quoted in a newspaper. I have submitted my report as per directed by the Medical Officer Health,” said Dr Karam Singh MO I/C Radiology GMSH, Sector 16. On other hand, no official from the UT Sports Department agreed to comment on the issue. A coach seeking anonymity, said: “There are total of 24 seats and a team need 18 players is needed to compete. We have been selecting players for the past two years but not getting them enrolled. With no bench strength one can judge the present situation of these academies,” said the coach.


Report submitted by the doctor about ossification tests for bone age determination (With giving a reference of a book titled as Modi’s Medial Jurisprudence and Toxicology)

The bone age found merely indicates an average is likely to vary in individual cases even of same province, owing to the eccentricities of development. A fairly close estimate within a margin of two years may be made on the basis of epiphyseal union.

It must be remembered that too much reliance should not placed on this table as it merely indicates an average and is likely to vary in individual cases even of the same province owing to the eccentricities of development. A fairly close estimate with in a margin of two years may be made, mainly on the progress of the epiphyseal union. While the test is useful, it is not an absolute indicator and not entirely conclusive. Ossification is a sign of determining age (when oral evidence are unsatisfactory) but owing to the variations (health, climate, dietetic, hereditary) it is not possible to formulate a uniform standard of age.

In case of radiology test, heredity diet and climate etc plays an important role in the fusion of epiphysis.

An ossification test can by no means be so infallible and accurate a test as to indicate the correct numbers of years and days of a person’s life.

The hockey team tasted their first defeat since its start during the inter-school hockey tournament.
Six of the soccer players left the academy without informing the authorities. Only one returned. No action on the rest.
The players of these academies were provided with books (for academic session) in August whereas the academic session starts from April.
No exposure tournaments.
The academies are scheduled to attend foreign exposure trips for the senior level group whereas the fact remains that the players will leave the academy next year. Then why are the authorities spending so much?



SD College-32 cagers win basketball tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The basketball team of GGDSD College, Sector 32, lifted the Panjab University Inter-College Basketball for Men (A-Division) Championship, being concluded at the basketball courts of Panjab University campus, here today.

The team of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, finished at runners-up spot while Panjab University campus and SGGS College, Sector 26, secured third and fourth positions, respectively.

In the last league match, the team of GGDSD College defeated SCD Government College, Ludhiana, 109-103. Ravi basket 42 points while Deepak gathered 28 points in team’s win while for losing side Akash (24 points) and Khushmeet (23 points) reduced the margin.

In other match, the team of PU campus beat SGGS College 100-72.Gaurav (27 points) and Pulkit (20points) scripted the team’s win whereas Kuldip (26 points) and Atul (14 points) gathered points for SGGS team. 



11 city motorists take part in Raid de Himalaya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Eleven motorsport champions from the city will compete in the 15th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya, to be held from October 4 to 12. Three champion rallyists from the city are competing in Raid Xtreme (4X4) Harpreet Bawa, Amartej Buwal and Simranjit Singh while Jagmeet Gill, one of the upcoming TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) Rally champions in the country, will compete in Raid Adventure. Gill is driving for Team Maruti.

Jagmeet finished third in Raid Adventure 2012, overall second in Rally Endure in the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2013, and first in the SJOBA Rally (TSD category) 2013. Harpreet and Amartej have ranked among the top three in earlier editions of the Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya. In the Raid Xtreme (Bikes and Quads category), four riders from Chandigarh Mohit Verma, Gagandeep Rekhi, Baljeet Singh and Puran Singh Bisht will vie for top honors.

In the Raid Xtreme (Alpine category) Nitin Kohli, Vinay Thakur and Sunny Verma will participate.



katoch shield
Hosts all out for 430 runs against Amritsar

Chandigarh, September 16
The local cricket team after resuming from their overnight score of 284 runs for 5 was bowled out for 430 runs in 111 overs against Amritsar during the Katoch Shield Cricket Trophy, here today.

Jaskaran Singh Sohi and Gaurav Gambhir added 68 runs for the seventh wicket before Gaurav was cleaned up by Vinay Chaudhary. Thereafter, Gurinder Singh (9), Jaskaran Singh (0), VRV Singh (0) failed to contribute well in team’s total. In the meanwhile, Jaskaran Singh Sohi scored 130 off 152 balls studded with 16 boundaries and 6 sixes before he was caught by Charanjit Singh off medium pacer Kamal Passi.

With trailing by 104 runs, the Amritsar team scored 177 for 4 in 60 overs at close of third days play. Karan Sharma (46 runs), Sharad Lumba (48 runs) and Aman Bawa (45 runs) were the main contributors for Amritsar.

Brief scores

Amritsar (1st first innings): 326 for all in 95.3 overs (Rohan 132, Sharad 93, Karan 23, Vinay Chaudhary 20, Kamal 19, Gaurav 5 for 84, Gurinder Singh 3 for 86 and VRV Singh 2 for 49).

Chandigarh (1st innings): 430 all out in 111 overs (Manan 94, Vishwas 61, Uday 45, Jaskaran Singh 130 and Gaurav 24, Vinay 5 for 116, Sunny 3 for 71, Kamal 1 for 69 and Charanjit 1 for 77).

Amritsar (2nd Innings): 177 for 4 in 60 overs (Rohan 2, Karan 46, Sharad 48, Aman 45, Mohit 24 not out and Vinay 1,Gaurav 2 for 42 , Gurinder 2 for 54).

In the second match, the Patiala side scored 254 runs before getting out in 72.2 overs against Mohali. Himanshu Chawla (57 runs) and Kunwar (48 runs) were the main contributors with the bat. For Mohali, Gurkirat took a five wicket haul for 58 runs while Arshdeep claimed 4 for 59. With needing 413 runs to win, the Mohali side scored 151 runs at the close day’s play. Gurkirat (57 runs) and Mayank (31 runs) remain the major contributors in team’s total. For Mohali, Rajwinder claimed 3 for 59.

Brief score

Patiala (1st innings): 400 for all out 98.2 overs (Ravi Inder Singh 103, Jeevanjot 50, Amitoze 54, Himanshu 74, Anmolpreet 58, Manpreet Gony 4 for 60, Maninder 2 for 46 and Varun 2 for 108).

Mohali (1st innings): 242 all out in 57.1 overs (Sunny Sohal 83, Gurkirat Mann 76, Manpreet Gony 32, Sarabjit Ladda 4 for 69, Amitoze Singh 3 for 22 and Rajwinder Singh 2 for 65).

Patiala (2nd innings): 254 for all out in 72.2 (Jeevanjot 29, Ravi 36, Himanshu 57, Kunwar 48, Preet 44, Gurkirat 5 for 58 and Arshdeep 4 for 59).

Mohali (2nd Innings): 151 for 5 in 36 overs (Sachin 26, Mayank 31 n.o., Gurkirat 57 not out, Rajwinder 3 for 59).

In the third match, the Ludhiana side was all out at 332 runs against Jalandhar in 134 overs. Gitansh 72 not out was the main scorer for Ludhiana while bowler Gogesh claimed 5 for 86 for Jalandhar.

In reply, the Jalandhar team scored 118 runs in 40 overs at the close of day’s play with Taruwar (71 runs) and Love Kumar (24 runs) scoring major share.

Brief scores

Ludhiana (1st Innings): 332 all out in 134 overs (Arjun Puri 14, Abhinav 89, Anil Sihag 73, Bharat 46, Gitansh 72 not out and Deepak 14,Yogesh 5 for 86).

Jalandhar (1st Innings): 118 for 2 in 40 overs (Taruwar 71 not out, Love Kumar 24 not out, Deepak Bansal 1 for 25, Rahul Singla 1 for 25). — TNS



Thunderstorm topples sightscreen at PCA
Tribune News Service

The sightscreen which fell in a storm on Sunday evening at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
The sightscreen which fell in a storm on Sunday evening at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, September 16
While the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is preparing to host the qualifier rounds of Champions League T20 Cricket Championship, a heavy dust storm followed by showers left the authorities to struggle hard.

The sightscreen, installed at pavilion end, was damaged in thunder storm last night. However, the authorities maintained that the sightscreen will be installed well before the match time. Earlier, the screen was lifted with four crane machines.

Earlier, the Faisalabad Wolves team was granted visa by the Government of India of all venues in India where the matches are taking places along with the venues like Ranchi, Delhi and of Mohali. The Faisalabad Wolves team was shifted to Chandigarh for their stay.



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