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DC tells schools to construct toilets for special students
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 25
Complete information related to staff and students of all elementary schools in the district must be uploaded on web portal www.epunjabschools.gov.in by October 31, said Arun Sekhri, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the District Education Committee called to review the progress of the Education Department here today.

He directed the school heads to construct toilets for differently-abled students in the schools. He also directed schools to organise dental check-up camps in the schools.

He directed Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and District Education Officers (DEOs) to ensure quality of mid-day meals by visiting schools on regular basis.

He said, “Salaries have been paid to 1,163 cooks preparing meals in 683 government schools in the district. The heads must ensure that mid-day meal is served regularly.”



Two held with illegal firecrackers
Our Correspondent

Banur, September 25
The police has seized a large quantity of illegal firecrackers. The accused have been identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Ambala, and Harish Verma, a resident of Heera Nagar. They have been booked under Sections 285 and 286 of the IPC.

The police said the firecrackers were seized when the accused were going from Haryana to Himachal Pradesh where they intended to sell these firecrackers.



dowry death case
Husband, mother-in-law sentenced to 10-yr jail

Mohali, September 25
A local court today awarded 10-year imprisonment to a man and his mother for killing his wife for dowry. The court sent Munish Jain and his mother Krishna Devi to a 10-year jail term for causing dowry death to Neha Jain five years ago.

Neha was allegedly killed by the accused by strangulating on May 30, 2008 at her in-law's residence. A complaint in this regard by the victim's parents at Dera Bassi police station was registered. Then the in-laws family had claimed that Neha had committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan. — TNS



Excise Act case
Court dismisses DSP Raka Gira’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A local court today dismissed the application for discharge filed by Punjab Police DSP Raka Gira in the case of Excise Act registered against her by the UT police in 2011. The court fixed October 3 as the next date for hearing of the case when arguments on charges to be framed will be heard in this case.

The UT police had registered the case on July 25, 2011, on the complaint of the CBI against DSP Raka Gira under Sections 61-1-14 of the Excise Act at the Sector 11 Police Station.

At the time of a search of her Sector 15 residence after she was caught by the CBI taking bribe, the investigating agency had recovered foreign-make English wine bottles from her house.

The 51 English-make bottles recovered from DSP’s house included Royal Stag (12), Royal Salute (2), Chibs Rigal (2), Antiquity (1), Teacher (2), Black Dog (5), Royal Challenger (3), Romanov Vodka (1), Bacardi Superior (1), Vodka Gorbatschow (1), Lasoche (1), Famillie Castlee (1), Les Jalles (1), Gram Feudo (2), Bisquit (1), Teacher High and Crème (1), Remy Martin (1), Haig (1), Cinzano (1), Christan Brother (1), Deluxe (1), Martell (3), Moet & Chandon (1), Chivas Regal (1), Solan No. 1 (1), Old Smuggler (1), Munro’s (1) and Courvosier (1).

The defence counsel had moved an application seeking the discharge of Raka from this case, which has been rejected by the court today and the case was adjourned.

The CBI had registered the main case of corruption against Punjab DSP Raka Gira in July 2011 for demanding and accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe from a builder. The court had earlier rejected Gira’s application seeking discharge from the case of Arms Act against her.


Gang-rape victim turns hostile

Chandigarh, September 25
Taking a U-turn from her statements given to the police, a 17-year-old victim of gang-rape turned hostile in court and refused to identify any of the three accused. The victim, a resident of the Maloya Colony was allegedly raped by three engineering students in a forest area near Sakteri village on April 28 this year.

The police had arrested the three youngsters, all of whom are pursuing a diploma course in engineering from a reputed institute in Sector 26 and are around 20 years of age.

One of the accused, Kulwinder Singh, alias Prashant, was known to the girl for over a fortnight as he had become friends with her over the phone. A case of abduction and gang-rape under Sections 376 (g), 363 and 366 A of the IPC has been registered against the three accused at the Sector 39 police station.

While recording evidence in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal, the girl stated that she did not know any of the accused and the police forced her to give statements against them at the time of registration of the case.

According to the police case, the incident occurred when the girl, who has studied till Class IX from a Sector 25-based school, was picked up from the Sector 41 market by the prime accused, Prashant, on his bike.

The girl had gone to the Krishna Market in Sector 41 with her neighbour when she received a call from Prashant, who asked her to meet him. She met him near a bus stop and he asked her to accompany him to the Sukhna Lake on his bike. She agreed to ride with him and they went towards the forest area near Saketri at 3.30 pm. He then called two of his friends, Monty Pandwal, a resident of AKS Colony, Zirakpur, and Mohit Subharwal, a resident of Sector 41, and they took turns to rape her in the forest area.

The girl kept crying for help, but as the area was deserted no one could hear her cries.

After committing the crime, the accused told the girl that they would drop her home, but she refused to accompany them and kept crying. They forced her to sit on the bike, but she jumped off it.A passerby noticed the youngsters along with the girl, who was weeping, and called the police control room. A PCR squad reached the spot and the girl narrated her plight. The three accused had fled the spot by the time police reached there. — TNS



27-year-old tattoo artist held for conning bank officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The UT police has arrested a 27-year-old tattoo artist, who was into conning bank officials by forging cheques. The police had received a complaint from the ICICI Bank, Manimajra branch, stating that Vinod Sharma (Sonu) managed to cheat the bank by forging a cheque of Rs 5,000, issued by the MP Motors in Industrial Area Phase II.

The police said Vinod went along with Surinder to MP Motors for booking a car on August 18. Surinder gave Rs 5,000 to the MP Motors as a booking amount for the car.

On August 22, Vinod went to the showroom for the cancellation of booking. He also gave a written letter on behalf of Surinder and took the cheque of Rs 5,000 from the company.

After taking the cheque, Vinod changed the amount to Rs1.86 lakh from Rs 5,000, by using some chemical. Vinod then took the cheque and went to deposit it at the ICICI Bank in Manimajra. Vinod also displayed a pan card in his name, bearing his Burail address. He told the bank authorities that he wanted to get an account in Manimajra for business purposes.

The bank authorities credited the amount to his account, which later MP Motors denied to have issued. The MP Motors told the bank authorities that the cheque Rs 5,000 was issued to him and not of Rs 1.86 lakh. The bank officials informed the police and inquiry was marked into the incident.

The police sources said that Vinod again surfaced on Tuesday at the ICICI Bank and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh issued by a private university. When the bank authorities confirmed the details from the university, they denied giving any such cheque. Following this the police was informed and Vinod was arrested.

The police said Vinod's original name was Sonu, a resident of Muzaffarnagr. He had got a fake pan card in the name of Vinod Sharma of Burail.

Acting on the complaint of Abhishek Madan, manager of ICICI Bank, Manimajra, a case has been registered under Sections 420, 467 and 120-B of the IPC in this matter.



Woman accuses SHO of inaction
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
A woman has registered a complaint against Station House Officer of the Mansa Devi Complex Station Balwant Singh stating that even as her purse that was stolen at the Mansa Devi was recovered and the accused were arrested, the police is not getting her stolen items recovered for reasons best known to them. A probe has been ordered to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sandeep Malik.

The victim, Nirupama, a resident of Kalka, in the complaint given to the police mentioned that her purse containing mangal sutra and her husband’s ring was stolen by a youth while she had come to pay obeisance at the Mansa Devi temple on September 15 this year. She said after they somehow arranged the CCTV footage from the temple authorities and gave it to the police, the accused was arrested.

The police officials claimed that the purse has been recovered but when asked about the stolen items, the police kept mum, said the victim.

The enquiry was today marked to ACP Sandeep Kumar Malik.



Sarpanch’s husband in police net for assaulting woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The UT police has registered a case against the husband of a sarpanch of Khuda Ali Sher for assaulting a woman. The police said said Jasbir Kaur, a resident of Khuda Ali Sher, went to the house of the area sarpanch for getting documents signed to get a water connection. Jasbir approached the sarpanch, Bhupinder Kaur.

While she was getting the papers signed, Bhupinder’s husband, Gurmail Singh, came and started shouting at her. Gurmail and Jasbir’s husband had an old enmity due to which the argument broke between the two. Following the verbal spat, he allegedly pushed Jasbir who fell and sustained minor injuries. She was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. A case of causing hurt was registered against Gurmail Singh.

In a separate incident, a woman hailing from Punjab alleged that two persons thrashed and passed lewd comments at her. The police said the duo, Shambhu and Kanwarjit Singh, were known to the woman and entered into an argument. Following the argument, both of them passed lewd remarks at the woman and thrashed her. The police has registered a case of causing hurt (Section 323 of the IPC) and assault or use of criminal force to women with intent to disrobe (Section 354-B) in the matter. The police is yet to arrest the accused putting up in Maloya.



Constable booked for submitting fake document
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A Chandigarh police constable hailing from Haryana was booked for submitting fake document during his recruitment. He had earlier been dismissed from the service. Amit Kumar, a resident of Sonepat, has been booked in a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy. Amit was recruited in 2010 when he submitted a fake driving licence.

The police received a complaint about him having submitted a fake driving licence. He reportedly got the fake licence for driving heavy vehicles from Mathura.

An inquiry was initiated against him and he was suspended and dismissed last year. During the verification, the police found that the licence was fake. A case has been registered against him under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC at the Sector 3 Police Station.



One held with stolen laptops, cellphones

Chandigarh, September 25
The police today arrested a youth and recovered two laptops and 20 cellphones from his possession. The police said acting on a tip-off, they arrested Ajay Khatri, a resident of Sector 45, from near Burail Gurdwara this morning. Khatri (19) was into crime for the past six months and was assisted by his two friends, Vikram and Rajesh.

The police recovered 20 cellphones of different companies and 15 SIM cards from him. The police said they also recovered two laptops and two motorcycles from Khatri.

The police said it had solved three theft cases with his arrest, while the investigation for the rest of the cases was on. Two of the solved cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Sector 17 Police Station and one under the Sector 11 Police Station.

The police said questioning was on to nab his two other accomplices. — TNS



CFA lacks exposure: Ex-players
Players left academy due to lack of participation in tournaments by the academy
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The state-run academy for football is going through some rough patches. An example of this is being witnessed in the ongoing 11th edition of Administrator's Football Cup for boys (U-17).

Recently, two international players of CFA Nishu Kumar and Simranjeet Singh opted to leave the academy, without informing anyone and without any fear of breaking the 7-years contract. They joined Indian Football Academy of All India Football Federation (AIFF), Navi Mumbai.

Like every other player of this academy both the players were getting free education, living, sports-kit and every other basic facility. But what made them to run is only the lack of exposure and concern to secure their future.

In Chandigarh for participating in the ongoing All-India level football championship while representing their new club both the players shared their past experience at CFA.

"Academy has everything. First of all, the coaching aspect is unbeatable. No where in the nation, a kid of 10 to 12 years is groomed with a mindset of producing player for the nation. The infrastructure in Chandigarh is far better than the other cities and so is the approach. But what lacks is the approach to secure the academy's upbringing. There is no exposure, no tournament or any platform to perform. Practice twice a day is a must requirement but practice twice a day-for seven years and no tournaments to perform makes a player to think about. The academy is playing only one tournament per year and besides this only one inter-school championship, where no team matches the quality of academy, so what's the use of being here" said Simranjeet Singh, the right-sweeper, who is leading the AIFF club in this championship.

When asked about his decision of leaving the academy, Nishu added, "No coach can match the work of Harjinder Sir. Even the AIFF club has three players from this very academy. But what is there after him? The academy has no match is Chandigarh but it only fails to provide the chances of bright future. After practicing here for seven years, 2 or 4 from 11 players play for the nation and what about the rest of the players? There is nothing for them in the academy. The latest news over sir (Harjinder Singh) retirement and my future (while staying here with this CFA academy) has made me to leave the institution. I have no personal grudges but the moment a 12-year-old child turns up to a 16-year old player, he always looks for option to get better so, I took my decision to grab the opportunity to attach with the AIFF" said Nishu, who is playing as the main left- sweeper for the AIFF.

When asked about their view of leaving the CFA's contract in between, the duo mentioned, "We don't know whether our parents have received any notices from the UT Sports Department or not but now that we have a AIFF stamp with us, our new club will deal with all this” and when asked about the approach of authorities, they said, “We are just concern to our alma mater, our future and new club” said both.

Notably, as per the brochure distributed during the opening of Administrator's football cup, the UT Sports Department receives a funding of nearly Rs 40 lakhs and spends about a one lakh annually on each boy of the Chandigarh Football Academy. Besides this every facility that includes, admission in school, boarding-lodging, uniforms, books, sports wear, medical aid are provided to them. Each boy is also covered with an insurance policy of Rs 50,000. But what they fail to do is, holding back the talent.

Sports secretary VK Singh said "What can we do if the boys are leaving our academy? If the players are getting good money, they just go. What can we do," but unaware of the reality, top official of the UT Administration failed to explain that if a player is receiving such A-class facilities in a city like Chandigarh, why he will opt to leave.



Chandigarh drub Northern Railways in hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Team of Chandigarh XI defeated Northern Railways side by 2-0, in the ongoing 43rd SN Vohra - All India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament, being held at hockey stadium, Sector 42.

Neeraj strike a goal in the 42nd minute, while Trivani Parshad doubled the winning margin in the 67th minute. The Railways side failed to reduce the margin. In the second match, the EME Jalandhar defeated ITBP by 5-2. For EME, Salman Fringe scored the first goal in the 7th minute and again put the team ahead in the very next minute. He scripted both goals with his brilliant stick work and dodging the defenders. Sunil Kumar followed his teammate’s footsteps with scoring another goal in the 11th minute. Failed to clear the ball, EME side conceded a self goal in the 29th minute. But right-half, Avtar Singh covered the damages and put the score to 4-1 in the 42nd minute. High on performance, EME side scored the final goal through CK Chingapa in the 61st minute. For ITBP, Gagandeep reduced the margin in the 67th minute.

In the last match, the Punjab Police team defeated Signals at 5-3. For Police side, Simrandeep scored three goals (4th minute, 14th minute and 58th minute), Ajay Kumar scored one at 39th minute, Inder Singh scored one at 70th minute, while for Signals Devki, Amritpal and Sandeep Kumar scored one goal each.



Chandigarh Football Academy blank Bhutia Academy

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Continuing their winning streak, local favorites Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) defeated Bhutia Football Academy, Delhi by 6-0, during a league match, of ongoing 11th Administrator’s Football Cup for boys (U-17).

Prior to a minute before the half-time whistle, Jatinder scored team’s first goal. He scripted the lead with a solo effort. Later, Amarjit doubled the lead in the 54th minute while Mobashir added two goals in the 66th and 70th minutes to take the score at 4-0. Mohit and Harpal scored one goal each in the 82nd and 86th minutes, respectively, to name the match for the CFA.

In another match, the Sahayatri Football Academy Howrah thrashed Panasonic Football Academy, Haryana by 7-1. Rakesh Mondal scored first goal in the very first minute followed by two goals struck by Subhankar Sana in 19th and 57th minute of play.

SK Sural Ali scored two goals while Avijit Nayer scored the last goal in the last minute of play. For Haryana side, Dev Karan scored the lone consoling goal in the 62nd minute.

In a well- settled match, team of Thau Academy Manipur drubbed Army Boys Patna by 3-0. Thou lads dominated the entire match and the first setback for Army Boys came from a 30-yard brilliant free-kick by KH Vickey in the 10th minute of the game.

Thereafter, the team of Army boys ran hard to make a come back but failed in their attempt every time. After a 1-0 close at first-half, the team conceded the second goal through M Oken Singh in 51st minute of play. KH Vickey again worked for his team and chipped the third goal in the 80th minute.

For opposing referee’s decision, Shashi Kant of Army Boys was shown red card while Deepak Singh of Army Boys Patna was cautioned with a yellow card.

Mohun Bagan side beat Chandigarh football Association by the margin of 3-1. Sanu Hazara opened the account for Mohun Bagan in the 27th minute while Akhil Gularis of Chandigarh scored equaliser in the 37th minute. After the lemon break, Mohun Bagan held their nerves and scored through Timrosang Singson and C.Lalremrupa in 63rd and 76th minutes, respectively. In the last match, the Dalbir Football Academy Patiala played a goalless draw with Sambalpur Football Academy.



Boxing trials on Sept 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association will hold selection trails to shortlist sub -junior men boxing team for participation in Rajeev Dhankar Memorial Boxing Championship to be held in Bhiwani from October 2 to 6.

The trails will be held at SD Public School on September 28 at 5pm. Boxers born between 1997-98, for weight categories of 44 to 63 kgs are eligible to participate in the trails. The boxers are advised to bring medical book of the federation.

The trials to select Chandigarh senior women boxing team for participation in the Northern India Boxing Championship at Srinagar will be held at the same venue on September 28, at 5:30 pm. Boxers who had participated in 13th Senior Chandigarh Women Boxing Championship are only eligible to appear for the trials.



tennis tournament
Gurvinder beats Rubal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
In a three-hour long rally Gurvinder Mann defeated Rubal Shandaliya in the men’s main draw category of ongoing CLTA- AITA Open All-India Tennis Championship, being held at CLTA courts, here today. Gurvinder claimed the first set at 6-2 but Rubal rallied to level the set 6-4.

In the final set, Gurvinder played some consistent games to finish at 6-3. In another qualifier Jajbir Singh defeated Brahmjot Singh. Brahmjot took the 1st set 6-3 but Jajbir came back with a tie breaker and then won the final set at 6-1.In another match, Hardeep defeated Suraj Beniwal with a convincing 6-2 and 6-3.

In the women’s singles, Shruti Dhawan faced resistance from Riya Bhatia. Shruti lost the first set at 5-7 but came back strongly to take the next set for 6-0. Shruti managed to win the final set for 7-5.


Men’s Main Draw (2nd Round)-Lakshit Sood bt Manav K. Chakma 6-1, 6-3; Chandril Sood bt Ranjeet Singh 0-6, 6-2, 6-3; Gurinder Mann bt Rubal Shandilya 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; Harshdeep Sandhu bt Suraj Beniwal 6-2, 6-3;Vijay Kannan bt Allen Gomes 6-3, 6-0; Mohit Mayur bt Shashank N. 6-3, 6-4; Jajbir Singh bt Brahmjot Kamboj 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6,1; Women’s Main Draw 2nd Round-Manya Nagpal bt Aarushi Kakkar 6-2, 6-1; Victoria Chahal bt Soumya Vij 6-1, 6-1; Harsimran bt Gayatri Kumaraiah 6-4, 6-3;Smriti Joon bt Abhilasha Ahuja 6-1, 7-6 (3); Renu Sharma bt Nikita Bishnio 7-5, 6-1;Shruti Dhawan bt Riya Bhatia 5-7, 6-0, 7-5;Damini Sharma bt Nanini Sharma 7-5, 7-5; Vineeta Singh bt Aaryalee C 6-2, 6-1.



Ramgarhia Girls College win league match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, defeated Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, during a league match of ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Softball Championship for Women, being played at Panjab University Campus, here today.

The wining side registered a 5-3 victory over the rivals. In the second match, GN Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, thrashed GGS College for Women, Chandigarh by 19-0.



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