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youth fest
Ranike announces Rs 4-lakh grant for Ropar Govt College
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 7
A three-day Punjabi University Ropar-Zone Youth Festival began at Government College today. Teams from 29 colleges affiliated to the Punjabi University, Patiala, participated in various competitions.

Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh inaugurated the festival. Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Gulzar Singh Ranike was the chief guest for the evening session and Rupnagar MLA Dr Daljit Singh Cheema presided over the session. Punjabi University Dean Students Welfare Dr Satish Verma and NSS programme coordinator Dr Paramvir Singh, Rupnagar Government College principal Sneh Lata were also present on the occasion

Sant Avtar Singh inaugurated the group shabad and classical vocal competitions.

On the occasion, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema announced funds of Rs 64 lakh while Gulzar Singh Ranike announced a grant of Rs 4 lakh for the Ropar Government College.



Students get tips on investments

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
The Regional Institute of Management and Technology (RIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, organised a seminar on “Financial Planning for Youth”.

Anu Jindal, Manager, IDFC, Jalandhar, was the key speaker. In his address, Anu Jindal apprised the students of the different investment avenues available and the ways to beat inflation by intelligent investing. He advised them to plan their investments keeping in view the inflation.

During the interactive session with students, he clarified the doubts of the students on issues regarding financial planning and investments.

Chairman of the RIMT Group urged the students to start financial planning at an early age for financial security. Dr S N Panda, principal, RIMT, and Dr MS Tandon, director, RIMT, also addressed the students on the occasion. — OC



Condolence meetings held

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 7
Condolence meetings were held today at Guru Granth Sahib World University, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, for Tejinderpal Singh, son of Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, President of the SGPC,.

In the Condolence meeting, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Vice-Chancellor of the SGGSWU, Dr Lakhwinder Singh, Principal, BBSB Engineering College, and Director Principal Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu of Mata Gujri College expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family. — OC



52 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Chamkaur Sahib, October 7
Fifty-two units of blood were collected at a blood donation camp at the Primary Health Centre of Amrali block today.

The camp was inaugurated by Chamkuar Sahib DSP Jagir Singh Khaira. The camp was conducted by a team from Blood Bank of the Civil Hospital, Ropar. Medical officer and In charge of the PHC Dr Gagandeep Shergill started the proceedings by donating the blood.

On the occasion, special children from Blue Bird Public School, Ropar, performed plays on female foeticide and drug 



Auction of vehicle registration number
Give number to original bidder, says High Court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Nearly two months after the re-auction of a vehicle registration number by the Chandigarh Administration came under judicial scanner, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed its allocation to the original successful bidder. Its re-auction was stayed by the High Court in August.

In a major embarrassment, the Bench also made it clear that the decision to re-auction the number was arbitrary and unreasonable. The orders came on a petition for quashing the notice for re-auctioning registration number CH-01-AU 0006 filed by an advocate, Nitin Goyal, against Chandigarh Administration, the Deputy Commissioner and the Registering and Licensing Authority.

Goyal said his bid of Rs.16500 was accepted and he was declared successful in the auction for number 0006. But, the next day on August 3, he came to know from the newspapers that the RLA has recommended cancellation of auction of seven numbers on the ground that the auction fetched price lower than expected.

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

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

The petitioner argued the action of the respondents in canceling the auction is illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary, discriminatory and liable to be set aside. His bid, the highest for "0006", was accepted by the auctioning authority. It could not have been cancelled and re-auctioned. Moreover, the ground of hobnobbing is not available to the respondents as there were only two applicants for "0006" and the other applicant had not applied for any other number for which the petitioner had applied. "Therefore, the cancellation of the auction on the suspicion of hobnobbing is baseless and the auction could not have been cancelled on that ground," he said.



3 held for kidnapping two youths
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 7
The Mohali police has arrested three persons in connection with a case of kidnapping in an Audi car on October 3 while three other accused in the case are still at large.

Giving details, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that they have arrested Talwinder Singh from Phase IV, Pardeep Kumar from Phase VII and Gopal Krishan from Sector 48 in the kidnapping case of two youths, Ravinder and his friend Amrik Singh, both residents of Sector 70.

"Their three accomplices, who are still absconding, have been identified," said SSP Bhullar adding that a special team had been constituted under SP (D) Balwinder Singh to solve the case in which the victims were taken away in the car of one of the kidnapped persons.

"Talwinder, the main conspirator, was friend of the complainant. He hatched a plan to loot him with his accomplices," said SSP Bhullar.

The police had earlier rounded up Yogesh Mahajan, Gagandeep Singh, Inderpal Singh, Gurvinder Singh, all residents of Mohali in the case.

"Though these persons have not been given clean chit but we have let them go as we found no evidence against them so far," said SSP Bhullar.

Notably, Ravinder Singh has mentioned the name of the four persons and other unidentified persons in his complaint on the basis of which a case under Sections 365, 380, 386, 348, 506 and 120B of the IPC was registered at the Mataur police station.

Ravinder Singh had alleged these suspects kidnapped him and his friend, Amrik Singh, from his flat in Sector 70 in the complainant's Audi car. He further alleged that the kidnappers took away Rs 2.10 lakh, a laptop and a mobile phone and also forcibly obtained his signatures on blank cheques and the transfer papers of the car.

The SSP said the police then arrested Talwinder Singh (24), who lived in rented accommodation in Phase IV here, Pardeep Kumar (36) of Phase VII, who worked in a furniture market in Chandiagarh, and Gopal Krishan (43) of Phase XI, who dealt in the sale and purchase of cars in connection with the case. "Gopal Krishan had also made the victims sign on the transfer documents of their Audi car," said the SSP.

He said three accomplices of the arrested persons were missing and police teams were trying to trace them.



3 PGI employees held for stealing X-ray films
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Three Class IV employees of the PGIMER were arrested for stealing around 350 X-ray and MRI films and reports from the Department of Radiotherapy at the PGI on Monday.

The accused involved in the theft have been identified as Rajesh, Suraj Bhan and Sunny.

Though the three had stolen plastic reports for making quick money after loading it into a bin cart on October 2, a formal FIR was registered on Monday.

Police officials said before reporting the matter to them, security officials of the PGI scrutinised the CCTV footage installed inside the Radiotherapy Department and zeroed on the movements of three sweepers.

Police sources said during the interrogation, the accused revealed that they decided to sell these reports in the scrap market to make quick money.

Gurmukh Singh, SHO, Sector 11 police station, said the accused were drug addicts and they had stolen the sheets to fulfil their needs.

“All three have been remanded in the judicial custody for 14 days,” the SHO said. 



Chain snatched in Mohali

Mohali, October 7
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched chain of a 45-year-old woman at Phase IV, here today.

The victim, Baljinder Kaur Dhillon, a resident of Phase IV, was near her house when the incident occurred. She raised an alarm but the snatchers managed to flee from the spot. A case in this connection has been registered. — TNS



crime briefs
Cattle stolen, case registered

The Chandigarh police has registered a case of theft and trespassing against unidentified accused who stole one buffalo, a cow and a calf from the Cattle Pound, Industrial Area, Phase I. The police said the theft of animals took place on the intervening night of October 5 and 6. The case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station, and an investigation has been initiated. A Municipal Corporation staff member said a resident of Khuda Lohra was suspected of stealing the cattle as all cattle are owned by him. From the past few days he was pressuring the Municipal Corporation officials to release his cattle. Sources said the accused managed to steal the cattle after breaking the wall of the cattle pound. The police officials said on the basis of the inputs provided by the MC, the cattle would be traced.

Woman robbed of cash, jewellery

Neelu Devi (45), a resident of Sector 23, was robbed of Rs 25,000 and gold jewellery after being given intoxicant substances at the ISBT-43 on Monday. The woman was coming from Amritsar and she was most probably targeted by another woman passenger, who was sitting next to her in the bus. The victim has been admitted to the GMSH-16. The victim's kin said: “She was not picking her cellphone despite repeated attempts. She reached her house when someone at the ISBT-43 spotted her in semiconscious condition and contacted us through her cellphone”. A sum of Rs 25,000 was in her purse and she was wearing a gold chain and a ring, which were also missing. The police was informed about the incident.

Cash, jewellery stolen

Ranjodh Singh, a resident of Sector 29, said someone had stolen four gold rings, one necklace, three silver pajeb, one gold chain and Rs 15,000 from his residence on the intervening night of October 5 and 6. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. The case is under investigation. — TNS



Football tourney
GMSSS-22 girls retain title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Retaining the title, girls of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, lifted the title of inter-school football championship for girls (U-14), for the third time, here today. In the final match of the championship, the team defeated Ryan International, Sector 49, by 4-0.

Best player of tournament, Ananya opened the team’s account with netting the ball in the 5th minute while best scorer Anisha double the lead in the 11th minute. Ananya extended the team’s lead with scoring her second and team’s third goal in the 18th minute. Later, in the second half, Bulbul sealed the team’s victory in the 35th minute.

Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, distributed the prizes.



Conflicting medical reports come in way of footballer Arshdeep’s career
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
For past two years, the UT sports department has failed to fill the vacant seats of state run Chandigarh Football Academy. The reason may differ but as per official record all the selected players were found either overage or declared medically unfit by the panel of doctors. And, without any discussion on the medical results the department closes down the case.

In the recently conducted trails, to fill these vacant seats in the junior-slot of football academy, a 12-year-old soccer player Arshdeep Singh was selected on the basis of his on-field performance but later he was dropped after doctors declared him unfit. In their remarks, doctors of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, stated refractive disorder (weak eye-sight), player require spectacles, which may hinder in playing football as per medical report at Flag ’B’ and overage.

Arshdeep had represented Punjab in the National games for boys (U-14) in 2012, held in Maharashtra. He also bagged the title of best scorer in the recently concluded inter-district tournament of Punjab. Besides playing local tournaments on regular basis, presently, he is undergoing regular practice sessions in Fatehgarh Sahib.

After the reports, Arshdeep along with his father visited PGIMER (Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) to go through a precautionary eye check-up. And they were shocked when ophthalmology department of the PGI declared him 6/6, perfectly fit, for both eyes.

“This is harassment by both, the UT Sports department and the panel of doctors. On one hand, when the doctors at GMSH 16 are declaring my son unfit to play, doctors of PGI on other hand are giving full marks to his eye sight. I ran pillar to post but nothing happened in my favour. When the matter was highlighted to the top officials of UT Sports department, with proof, even they turned a blind eye and mentioned it as a mistake. If the lad was shunted out on the basis of a report then why don’t the authorities conduct another check-up considering PGI’s report. The doctors and officials acted unethically. The officials are least bothered to run these academies. The case of seats lying vacant since two years is enough to tell their seriousness towards running these academies” said, Arshdeep’s father Sulakhan Singh. “Not only us but other players also suffer due to the ignorant attitude of the academy. There is no check on what the authorities are doing,” he added.

When contacted, the medical officer who passed the report, said, “I just signed the final report. The age-verification tests and medical check-up were done by the panel. If the report of PGI is different than there must be something to look into” said Dr Sharad Indu Sharma, former medical officer at GMCH 16, now posted at Manimajra dispensary.



17-year-old hockey player honoured
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 7
For 17-year-old Harjeet Singh Tuli, it was just like a dream come true when he was brought in decorated open jeep at a function, especially organised to honour him, at Kurali this evening.

Tuli, who won the trophy for the 'Best Promising Player of The Tournament' in the U-21 International Sultan of Juhar Cup at Malaysia recently.

Several dignitaries of the town were present at the function.

Lauding the efforts and feat of the young player, Mohali District Hockey Association president Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, also SSP, Mohali, said that Tuli's achievement has made all of them proud. "Despite facing odds, he showed his best in the tournament and emerged victorious", said Bhullar while honouring the player with a memento and a medal.

Tuli, who is son of a truck driver, plays as half back in the team. His parents, Rampal Singh and mother Balwinder Kaur, said that despite their meager resources, they never discourage him from playing hockey. "I do not get time so often to see my son playing. Today I am a proud father", said Rampal Singh.

Tuli said that his aim was to be part of senior Indian hockey team. "I want to play for my country at senior level", said Tuli.

SSP Bhullar said that he would see how the association could help him further so that he would bring glory to the country.



Pandove trophy
Punjab score 351 on Day 1

Chandigarh, October 7
A fine 157-runs contribution by Nikhil Chaudhary helped the Punjab side to muster 351-runs in 96.3 overs against West Bengal’s team during the third round league match of the 3rd All-India invitational cricket tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy of boys (U-19), today. Putting to bat first, Punjab opened their innings with Prabhjot Singh and Mandeep Inder Bawa. The team lost both their openers Prabhjot (16-runs) and Mandeep Inder Bawa (21-runs) and later went down to 3-wickets for a total of 73-runs after the departure of Anmolpreet Singh (14-runs).

Navneet Singh and Nikhil Chaudhary only added 43 runs for the 4th wicket before Navneet was caught by Agnipan off Pritam Chakarvorthy. Arjun Kumar was the next to go without opening his account.

Thereafter, Nikhil in company of Harsrup Singh collected 171-runs in 43 overs to take the team’s total to 290 for 6. Harsrup was caught by Agnipan off Ritwick Roy Chaudhary for 57 inclusive of 6 boundaries while Nikhil scored 157 off 190 balls studded with 13 boundaries and four sixes. For Bengal, Pritam Chakarvorthy hogged the limelight claiming 4 for 104 while Anurag Tiwari bagged 2 for 53.



Lawn tennis: Muskan pips Prince in straight sets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Local tennis player Muskan defeated Prince Panchal in straight sets during the girls (U-12) category match of ongoing CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament, being held here today. In other matches of same category, Prinkle Singh beat Bhakti Shah by 6-1 and 6-1 while Dhriti Kapoor defeated Anjum Shaik Mushrath by 6-1, 6-4. Priyanka Jakhar also registered a 6-3 and 6-2 victory over Yana Dhamija.

In the boys (U-16) singles matches, Eklavya Singh defeated Calvin Golmei in a match that was decided in almost four hours. Eklavya defeated his rival 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5. In another long rally, Raghav Jaisinghania defeated Anshuman Srivastva 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.

Results: Boys (U-12) Singles- Mahesh Mohapatra bt Preetam Vallabhaneni 6-0, 6-0; Shashikant Rajput bt Aditya Kodakall 6-0, 6-0; Vansh Kapoor bt Chaitanya Choudhary 6-3, 6-2; S Bhupati bt Aakash Anne 6-3, 6-0; S Saran bt Vansh Bhagtani 6-1, 6-1; Naresh Badgujar bt Sidharth Goyal 6-0, 6-0; KS Vishist Raam bt Tarush Bagai 6-0, 6-4; Naman Sharma bt Uddayvir Singh 6-1, 6-1; Ishan Sethi bt Vaibhav Singh Bisht 6-1, 6-0; Akshit Chhabra bt Anish Lal 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Dhruv Tangri bt Aakash Ahlawat 7-5, 6-1; Gaurav Kurva bt Bhupinder Singh 7-5, 6-0; Nishant Dabas bt Mohammad Iqbal Khan 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Divesh Gahlot bt Harshit Kosaraju 6-1, 7-5; Chiraz Dandona bt Sammar Raina 7-5, 6-3; Asav Kumar bt Kanishk Pal 6-0, 6-0. Girls (U-12) Singles- Prinkle Singh bt Bhakti Shah 6-1, 6-1; Dhriti Kapoor bt Anjum Shaik Mushrath 6-1, 6-4; Priyanka Jakhar bt Yana Dhamija 6-3, 6-2; Muskan bt Prince Panchal 6-1, 6-2; Harleen Kaur bt Ashmita Kaur 6-2, 6-0; Satakshi Singh bt Saisha Khanna 7-5, 6-3; Gauri Snahay Bhagia bt Prerna V Vichre 6-1, 1-0 (Conceded); Sanya Singh bt M Sahithi Reddy 6-1, 6-0; Shreya Gulia bt Vanshika Choudhary 6-2, 6-0; Smriti Singh bt Renee Sharma 6-0, 6-1; Maansi Singh bt Rahat Mangat 5-7, 6-4, 6-2; A Dharna Mudaliar bt Luvya Singh Lamba 6-0, 6-1; Kiran Kalkal bt Prachi Batra 6-0, 6-0;Mubashira Shaik Anjum bt Nikita Kharangra 6-0, 6-4; Ishita Singh bt Himadri Hemanta Kashyap 6-1, 6-2; Sarah Dev bt Priyanka Khanna 6-0, 6-0.

Boys (U-16) Singles-Raghav Jaisinghania bt Anshumat Srivastava 7-5, 4-6, 6-0; Digvijay Pratap Singh bt Sultan Singh Atwal 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; Aditya Vashist bt Anav Vadhera 6-1, 6-3; Talom Mingki bt Shramy Dhawan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Shrey Gupta bt Rahul Verma 6-0, 6-1; Ankit Rao bt Paras Dahiya 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Param Pun bt Raunaq Singh Marwaha 6-2, 6-3; Vikrant Dahiya bt Danish Ahmad 6-0, 6-4; Amarnath Arora bt Rishabh Sharda 6-3, 6-2; Avilash Mishra bt Anshuman Gulia 6-2, 6-1; Sumit Pal Singh bt Nishant Kumar 6-2, 6-2; Rohit Kumar bt Gurjot Singh Sidhu 6-4, 6-2; Eklavya Singh bt Calvin Golmei 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; Dhruv Pal bt Mritunjay Badola 7-5, 6-1.

Girls (U-16) Singles Aarushi Kakkar bt Sofia Khan 6-3, 6-0; Shreya Gulia bt Jahnavi Shivran 6-1, 6-2; Shivangi Sharma bt Ikshika Sangri 6-0, 6-1;Ojha Mourya bt Jannat Khurana 6-1, 6-1; S Soha bt Ashmita Kaur 6-0, 6-0.



Sigma XI defeat FCI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The cricket team of Sigma XI registered a 15-runs victory over FCI cricket team, during the ongoing 4th AG Corporate T-20 cricket tournament.

Batting first, Sigma XI scored 123-runs with Rakesh scoring 44 runs and Sanjay Jain contributing 27 runs, while for bowling side, Kulvinder claimed 5 for 17 along with Arun Sharma, who took 3 for 28. In reply, FCI tem bundled out for 108 runs with Arpit (50-runs) scoring the most runs for his team.

In the second match, the Kudos defeated Dabur XI by 6 wickets.



4 selected for carrom trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The All India Carrom Federation has invited four local players to attend the selection trails for the junior Indian Carrom team (under-19). Mohd. Talib, Mohd. Hassan, Tuba Sehar and Manu Gupta will represent Chandigarh in the selection trails to be held at Vadodara (Gujarat) on October 11 and 12.

The selected team will represent the nation in the upcoming Carrom Test Series against Sri Lanka from October 21 to 23 at Gurgaon (India).

Mohd Talib and Mohd Hassan will appear in the boys (junior) category while Tuba Sehar and Manu Gupta will mark their presence in the girls (junior) category.



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