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Seminar on pharmacy held
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 18
More than 300 delegates reached to participate at a 3-day National Seminar on Advancement, Challenges and Opportunities in Pharmaceutical Research at the ASBASJSM College of Pharmacy at Bela village near here today.

Dr VR Sinha, chairman, UIPS, Panjab University, Chandigarh was chief guest on the occasion while, Dr VK Kapoor, director, GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sudhar, Ludhiana was guest of honour.


Baba Banda Singh Bahadur remembered
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 18
Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University organised a seminar to celebrate the 344th birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. Dr Sukhdial Singh, professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the chief speaker. Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president, SGPC, presided over the event. Giani Jaswant Singh from Damdami Taksal was also present on the occasion.

Dr Sukhdial Singh told the gathering as to how Baba Banda Singh Bahadur inscribed the teachings of tenth Sikh Guru on gold coins to disseminate the message of Khalsa Panth among the masses. He also translated some inscriptions written in the Persian script to Punjabi, he said.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia said the upcoming research centre for Sikh studies would focus on the achievements and contributions of the warriors such as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. He said it was an unusual accomplishment for a common man like him to fight the mighty Mughal Empire.

Giani Jaswant Singh explained the subtle meanings of gurbani, while stressing on the relevance of comparative studies of different religions. He said Baba Banda Singh Bahadur accomplished revolutionary works after spiritual powers were bestowed upon him by the Guru Gobind Singh.

Prof Kirpal Singh Badunger stressed on the need to follow the teachings of all the Gurus as enshrined in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Education Trust also celebrated the birth anniversary of the great warrior by holding a 'Gurmat Samagam' at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College.

College secretary Avtar Singh Sampla said the event was organised to make the new students and staff aware of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur's life and philosophy. Dr Lakhwinder Singh, principal of the college, also addressed the gathering.



Six held in Sirhind

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 18
The Sirhind police has arrested six persons on the charges of immoral trafficking. The accused include two women pimps besides two girls who were visiting an apartment rented by two youths, also arrested in the case.

The Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Balwant Singh said the police received information that immoral trafficking was going on in a house in the Humayunpur area. The police raided the house and arrested the six accused.

The women pimps have been identified as Jasvir Kaur and her daughter-in-law Kuldeep Kaur, residents of Samrala.

The two girls worked for these women and got a share of the money paid for the illegal trade, said the police.

Both the youths, one from Mukerian and other from Gurdaspur, are students of a private college, said the police. — TNS



Debating contest kicks off at Patiala school
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 18
The 24th Col Frank Von Goldstein Memorial English Debate began at Yadavindra Public School here today. The debate is held every year in the memory of the former school principal.

A total of 15 teams from various reputed public schools from across the country besides a team from Lahore-based Aitchison College are participating in the competition.

Kabir Mustafi, an eminent educationist, inaugurated the event that would comprise three rounds, to be judged by a panel of educationists and distinguished alumni.

On the first day, YPS, Mohali, defeated St John’s High School, Chandigarh. The topic of the debate was “There are no bad children, only bad parents”.

In another debate on the topic “Destiny is a loser’s alibi”, Vidya Devi Jindal, Hisar, qualified for the next round by beating Punjab Public School, Nabha. Pigrove School, Subathu, went down against Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, while debating on the topic “Smart class will outsmart the teacher”.

Sherwood College, Nainital, meanwhile, got the better of a local team from British Co-ed High School. Teams from both the schools debated on the topic “Movies penetrate the deepest corners of one’s soul”.



We need to imbibe Lord Mahavira’s teachings, says Haryana Governor
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, October 18
The humanity is prospering by following the high ideals set by saints and sages.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia made this remark while inaugurating a function organised by Sri Digamber Jain Sabha at Lord Mahavir Public School, Ambala Cantt. After lighting the traditional lamp before a photograph of Lord Mahavira, Pahadia said we can face the challenges posed by tdday’s commercialisation by adopting these high ideals.

He said the sacrifices made by Jain Munis could not be replicated by anyone else.

“In no other religion of the world, saints do away with clothes, take food only once a day, renounce home and family, travel on foot and always propagate non-violence,” said the Governor.

Pahadia said religions helped in uniting the people, but in the present age these had also become a big challenge. He said many countries have been divided on the basis of religion.

He said the need of the hour was to imbibe Bhagwan Mahavir’s teachings so that goodwill could prevail in society.

The Governor also released books and audio-visual aids on Jainism. He honoured the music professor of SA Jain College, Renu Gupta, for completing a PhD in Jainism.

Pahadia also felicitated Commissioner, Ambala Division, Neelam Pardeep Kasni and Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, K Makarand Pandurang besides others.



Man ends life in Ambala
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 18
A man ended his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at the police quarters this evening. The deceased has been identified as Kuldeep. His wife, Seema, is an assistant sub-inspector on probation at Panchkula.

Seema reportedly contacted Kuldeep on his mobile phone while returning from Panchkula this evening, but she did not get any response. On getting home, she found his body hanging from a ceiling fan in a room on the first storey of their house.

The police said Kuldeep left a suicide note, in which he claimed that he was not mentally fit. He reportedly mentioned that he had taken treatment in Panipat, Ambala and Patiala but could not get any relief.

He stated taht none of his family members should be held responsible for the suicide, the police said.

Decomposed body found

A decomposed body was found in an abandoned house at the doctors’ colony of the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, this noon.

The body has decomposed to such an extent that only a post-mortem report would reveal whether it belonged to a male or a female, said the police.

Recently, an adjoining house was allotted to an operation theater attendant, Surender Nagpal.

When Nagpal was cleaning his house today, he found smell was coming from the house in question. He called a sweeper from the hospital. They saw a decomposed body lying in a room of the house. Later the police and a forensic team also reached the spot.

Two years back, the house was reportedly allotted to Dr Rajender Rai, who shifted to another house of the same colony in December 2011. 



Complaints against insurance firms on the rise
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Complaints relating to insurance sector have topped the chart at Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in Chandigarh. Out of the total complaints filed with the forum till September 30, about 25 per cent are against insurance companies. A total of 2,150 cases have been filed at the consumer forum.

Cases against real estate agents and developers are also on the rise. Of the total cases with the forum, 24 per cent are against the reality sector. This is followed by cases against the banking sector, which constitute 11 per cent of the total complaints.

With the increasing awareness on consumer rights, there has been a spurt in complaints against educational institutions.

The profile of the cases is also undergoing a change. President of the Chandigarh Consumer Courts Bar Association Pankaj Chandgothia said: “This can be attributed to changes in the consumer law the nature of trading activities in the region.”

Last year, as many as 3,485 cases came up before the sistrict forum as against 2,261 in 2011. Out of the total 2,798 cases filed in 2011, 286 complaints were against builders. Last year, out of the 4,061 cases filed, 568 are against the industry.



3 murder suspects arrested
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 18
The police today claimed to have solved a case of murder within 24 hours with the arrest of three suspects.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the suspects, Gulzar Singh (57) of Gunno Majra village, Niranjan Singh, alias, Kala, ( 38) of Mehrolian village, and Gurtej Singh, alias Teji, (30) of Boothgarh village, were arrested on a charge of murdering Mohinder Singh of Boothgarh village in Kurali tehsil. The SSP said the deceased's son, Kuljit Singh, told the police that his father had left home at 6.30 pm on October 16 and the next day his body was found near Kubaheri village.

The police registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC on October 17 against unidentified persons. A team headed by SP (D) Balwinder Singh worked on various theories and arrested the three suspects. On questioning the suspects, the police got to know that Niranjan Singh and Gurtej Singh had got a plot for Mohinder Singh from Gulzar Singh in Gunno Majra village. Only a portion of the plot was registered in his name despite making the full payment. The police said Mohinder Singh was called to have a look at another plot in Jhande Majra village. When he reached there, the three allegedly killed him. His body was thrown on a roadside along with a motorcycle to make it look like an accident.

‘Fake' degree racket busted

The police has claimed to have busted a fake certificate/degree racket. The police said the International Institute of Business Management and Engineering, Phase I, had been giving fake academic documents to students for the past five years. Students paid anything between Rs 30,000 and Rs 35,000 for procuring certificates of classes X, XII and BA degrees. It is learnt that the institute is not affiliated to any university. The police has seized two academic certificates issued by the institute to two persons in Ambala. The police had recently raided the institute in Phase I, but had filed to round up the proprietor, Sanjay Kumar Sharma, who is said to be a resident of Chamba in Himachal Pradesh . The police, however, found Sharma’s wife Lalita, manager, Priyanka Thakur and the other staff on the premises. Lalita and Priyanka were questioned by the police. The officers sealed the office after seizing the records. Priyanka Thakur told the police that she had been working at the institute for the past two years. The institute offered distance education courses.

A case under Sections 420, 465, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered. 



Laptop, cash stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Sunil, a resident of Sector 21/A, reported to the police that his laptop, Rs 1,000 in cash, an ATM card and a voter card were stolen from his residence on October 18. In another incident, Ved Parkash of Phase 2, Ramdarbar, stated that someone had stolen two mobile phones and Rs 3,000 in cash from his residence on October 16.

Both the complainants were not at home when the thefts took place.

Sanjeev Goyal, a resident of Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, reported that his Maruti car (HR07-A-5511) was stolen from the parking lot of General Post Office in Sector 17 on October 17. Naina Sawhney, a resident of Sector 16, Panchkula, told the police that her purse was stolen from Chaitanya Hospital, Sector 44, on October 11. The police has registered cases of theft under Sections 379 and 380 of the IPC.

Man booked

A Panchkula resident was booked for riding a motorcycle bearing a fake registration number. Santosh, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, was arrested at a checkpoint near the ISBT, Sector 17, on October 17. A case under Section (473) and dishonestly receiving property under Section (411) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. 



Man duped of Rs 10 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The police has booked three persons in a cheating case. In his complaint, Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 21-A, alleged that Om Parkash, Vijay Kumar and Sudarshan Kumar, all residents of Sector 20, duped him of Rs 10 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. Paramjit claimed that the trio did not send him abroad and refused to return his money. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.

Navtej Singh of Moga alleged that Navroop Singh, who was managing an agency in Sector 34, took Rs 2.5 lakh from him for booking four tickets to Toronto (Canada). Navtej claimed that Navroop took the money, but did not give him the tickets. He said when he reached Delhi, he learnt that the tickets had been cancelled. The travel agent issued a cheque which was dishonoured. A case of cheating has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

In another incident, a woman alleged that a Ludhiana resident possessed two passports. Parminder Kaur, a resident of Patiala, alleged that Rahul Sharma had two passports. The police has registered a case of (420) cheating (468) forgery (471) using as genuine a forged document and 12-B Passport Act at the Sector 34 police station. The case is under investigation.

Shinder Pal Singh of Sector 48 alleged that Kishore Lal Sharma and Shiv Kumar Garg, both residents of Sector 44, duped him of Rs 3 lakh. Shinder alleged that the duo took Rs 3 lakh for selling a piece of land at Panjokhda village, Ambala district. They presented a fake owner of land and cheated him and his kin. The police after getting a legal opinion registered a case of cheating at the Sector 34 police station. 



Dhaba owner booked, employee arrested
Used to sell poppy husk to customers
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 18
The local police has booked a dhaba owner and arrested an employee for selling poppy husk to customers. The police also recovered 70 kg of narcotics hidden at the eatery.

The police also recovered eight drums of caustic soda from a plot adjoining the dhaba.

Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said inspector Gurcharan Singh, acting on a tip-off, raided Ekam Punjabi Dhaba on the Kharar-Banur road near Saneta village.

He said the owner, Soni, along with an employee, Rajesh, was selling narcotics in the garb of running the eatery.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Detective) Swarndeep Singh also reached the spot. On searching the dhaba, 70 kgs of narcotics was recovered from there.

The employee, Rajesh (25), a resident of Sandalkeri village in Kaithal district, was arrested, while Soni is still absconding.

A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against the two persons.

On questioning Rajesh, the police got to know that the two had earlier been booked under the NDPS Act at a police station in Rajpura. Rajesh got out on bail recently.

In another case, the police recovered eight drums of caustic soda, allegedly stolen from various factories, from a plot adjoining the dhaba.

The drums had been allegedly stored by one Gurmukh Gir, alias, Raju. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC was registered in this regard. Raids are being conducted to arrest the accused.



Local buffs hope high from Yuvi on home ground
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
After battling with some odds of his life and making his comeback, local fans want this city hero to shine on his home ground. The cricketing buffs are looking forward to seeing the power pack batsman, Yuvraj Singh, to score high in the third match of the ongoing India-Australia series, at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on October 19.

Yuvraj Singh, who made a stylish a comeback in the recently held T20 match, is attracting all the eyes ahead of this match. Notably, this would be his second international match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali after his cancer treatment.

Earlier, he had played against England in January and lost his wicket on merely 3 runs. Practicing hard at nets, today, Yuvi was seen all focused on playing his favorite lofting shots.

Some of his fans, outside the stadium, mentioned that they wanted him to hit high towering shots.

“He has recovered well and now he is at peak to perform his best. I just wish him all my luck, so that he can entertain us well and make us proud,” said Sareena Bhagta.

“We wanted to see some firework from his bat and hopefully he will be playing his game. He seems better and in from especially after that T20 game. His record in Mohali is a bit shaky but we are sure that he will overcome that myth also,” said the young bowlers at practice nets.

A young girl, added, “I just came to see Yuvi, he will definitely perform well,” said Shamia Shirdul.

When Yuvi started teasing Virat

They are friends but turned funny foes after a warming up at a soccer match, prior to their catching practice, at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. After the game-probably Virat’s team lost-Yuvraj started teasing his teammate with performing bhangra in front of him. And if this was not enough, Yuvi went all the way to shake hands in a funny manner with Virat and the latter just ignored the left-handed batsman in a style. Although both of them later hugged each other, at particular moment, Yuvi seemed to be at cloud nine.

Sudhir hid his conch

Fans had their own way to cheer their favorite players and Sudhir Gautam, usually seen carrying a long tri-coloured flag with his body painted, is no different. Sudhir, who is known to be the biggest fan of Sachin Tendulkar, hide his conch and the flag holder rod, at the stands where he is scheduled to sit during the match. To skip frisking part, he usually adopts this method. Sudhir gets ticket of every match from the Indian cricket team. “They won’t allow me to carry this conch inside the premises tomorrow, so I am hiding it here. I will blow it at every feat of team India,” he said.

Raina’s shopping-Australian’s day out

Middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina, after the practice session, bought some bat grips and pairs of socks from a shop situated on the premises of the PCA stadium. On other hand, a few players and staff members of the Australian side were seen shopping at the local Ellante mall. 



City girls win tennis tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The girls (U-14) team of Ryan International School, Chandigarh, defeated ITL Public School, Delhi, by 2- 1, to register win in the CBSE North Zone Tennis Tournament , concluded at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, here today.

In their matches, Harleen lost to Gauri at 0-4, 3-5 while Himanshi beat Vibhuti 4-1, 4-0 to level the score at 1-1.

In the doubles match, the winning team’s pair, Harleen and Himanshi, beat Gauri and Vibhuti 6-0, 6-0. The team of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, beat Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, New Delhi, by 2-0 to finish third in the championship.


Boys (U-14): Venketeshwar International School, Delhi, beat Hansraj Public School, Delhi, 2-1; Sanket beat Manan 6-2, 6-2; Sanket and Viput beat Manan and Mukul 6-2, 6-2.

Boys (U-19): Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, New Delhi, beat Police DAV Public School, Ambala, 2-0; Anurag beat Davinder Rana 7-6, 6-4, Amarnath beat Kapil 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.



1,400 deployed at PCA stadium
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 18
Over 1,400 police personnel will be deployed at the PCA Cricket Stadium, Phase IX, here tomorrow for security during the ODI match between India and Australia.

According to information given by the office of the SSP, the security will be beefed up with the police, including the deployment of a bomb disposal squad, quick-response teams (QRTs) and anti-sabotage teams.

There will be nine SPs on duty during the match in addition to 24 DSPs. Forty two inspectors apart from 145 sub- inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors have been put on the job to secure the stadium. The number of head constables assigned duty is 225 in addition to 750 constables. Fifty eight women constables will also be present and 10 mounted policemen will also be on duty.

As many as 70 traffic police personnel will be regulating traffic during the match.

Four teams comprising 16 cops are part of the anti-sabotage squad while four teams comprising four members each constitute the quick-response teams.



Sayam stand out in athletics meet

Chandigarh, October 18
The second Annual Athletics Meet of The Tribune Model School, Sector 29, was declared open, at the ground of the schools, here today.

The day opened with a march past followed by the exchange of the torch by football players Satayam and Kunal. The day witnessed 50 m race in (girls and 
boys), baby hurdle race, skipping race for classes I to III events.

First place

Event class boys and girls

50 m I Sayam Mamta, 50m II Vansh Kritika Pal, 50m III Yashkaran Riya.

Skipping II: Kritika Pal, baby hurdle II: Harmanjeet Kritika Pal. — TNS



St Kabir-26 register 4-0 victory in soccer

Panchkula, October 18
In the first match of the seventh Chairman’s Cup, St Kabir School, Sector 26, defeated DPS Pinjore, at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, today.

The team registered a 4-0 victory over the rivals. Archit scored 3 goals while Priyanshu added one goal in team’s winning tally.

In the second match, Dikshant International, Zirakpur, defeated The Gurukul School, Panchkula, by 4-1.

For the winning side, Abhshek and Sahil pumped in two goals each while in another match the St Xaviers, Panchkula, team defeated Saupin’s School, Panchkula, at 2-0. Raghav and Rohan scored one goal each. — TNS



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