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Man gets life term for killing mother, 2 minors 
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 21
Vimlesh Tanwar, Special Judge, Fast Track Court, has sentenced life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 to an accused, Balwinder Singh, a resident of Kakepur village, Patiala, for murdering a woman and her two minor children. An unborn child in the womb of the woman also died when she was murdered.

According to the prosecution on August 26, 2011, a woman and her two children were found in a pool of blood near Ambala Cantt. After a long investigation the police arrested the Balwinder Singh in this regard.

During interrogation, Balwinder disclosed that he was allegedly having illicit relation with the woman who was a widow. He had brought her for abortion on his motorbike at Babaheri village. Two of her minor children were also accompanying her. Later, he murdered her with a surgical blade. He also murdered her two minor children and fled away.

During the postmortem, it was revealed that woman was seven months pregnant.



Newly married woman dies in road mishap 
Tribune News Service

Bassi Pathana, October 21
A newly married woman was killed while her sister received injuries when their scooter was hit by a truck near Kalaundi village on the Bassi Pathana-Morinda road this evening.

The victim was identifed as Arvinder Kaur, a resident of Thanble village. She died on the spot while her sister, Beant Kaur, was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

After the accident the truck driver fled away from the spot with his vehicle.The police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver. 



Experts deliver talk on pharmaceutical research
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 21
A three-day national seminar on Advancement, Challenges and Opportunities in Pharmaceutical Research concluded at the ASBASJSM College of Pharmacy at Bela village today.

Over 200 delegates from different parts of country participated in the seminar while 10 eminent speakers from pharmaceutical field discussed recent advancement in pharma industrial technology.

Dr Saranjit Singh, NIPER, Mohali, discussed the Tuberculosis therapy and the challenges in multi-drug therapy. He focused on the challenges to the four-drug combination. He suggested only the novel drug delivery dosage form would deliver right quantity of the drug in a proper site for a justified time period.

Dr Sanyog Jain, NIPER, discussed the advancement in the nanotechnology in pharmaceutical science. He also presented his own work on liposomal delivery of anti-cancer drug. Dr R KKhar, Director, Pharmacy College, Faridabad, gave a talk on current challenges in pharmaceutical education and research. Dr Sarvesh Jain, Director, Oniosomes, told the importance of industry-academic collaboration in development of student. 



Fatehgarh Sahib college shines at youth fest
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 21
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC), Fatehgarh Sahib, has won the PTU Zonal Youth Festival trophy for the South Zone held at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana.

As many as 30 colleges of Ludhiana, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts falling in the zone participated in various events of the festival.

Dr Amritbir Singh, Dean Academics, and coordinator, College Youth Festival team, said displaying the mettle in the cultural arena, the college won the trophy with a huge margin by bagging first positions in most of the events. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, won the runners-up trophy.

BBSBEC grabbed the first position in skit, quiz, story-writing, elocution, group ‘shabad’, classical vocal solo, giddha, debate, classical dance, geet and ghazal, western solo and western group song, war singing, group song Indian and folk dance events, whereas in play, poetry, classical instrumental, photography, cartooning, collage-making, clay modelling and poem writing events, the college stood second.

College secretary Avtar Singh Sampla and college principal Dr Lakhwinder Singh congratulated the students and the staff for brining laurels to the institute. They hoped that their teams would also win the forthcoming PTU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival.



Bank fined for not waiving credit amount
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
ICICI Bank has been penalised for not waiving credit amount charged due to the cloning of complainant’s credit card. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the bank to waive the disputed amount of Rs 24,500, along with interest as levied with late payment charges and other miscellaneous expenses till the time the matter is finally adjudicated by the authorities.

The forum also directed the bank to pay the compensation for mental agony and harassment to the tune of Rs 10,000 to the complainant, along with Rs 5,100 towards litigation expenses.

The complainant contended that the card was swiped at Divine Gizmos, New Delhi, for Rs 24,500 and at the time of the transaction, the credit card was in the possession of the complainant at his home in Chandigarh.

Since the complainant had subscribed to SMS alert on his account, he immediately reported the matter to the ICICI customer care centre and blocked his credit card and also raised a dispute for the transaction.

The complainant was told by the banking executives on the helpline that there would not be any requirement of lodging any police report since they were monitoring the issue.

While the bank waived the amount, an email was later sent to the complainant stating that the credit waiver was just a temporary relief and they were investigating the matter at their end, and since the process involves many parties, the bank that issued the card, the merchant and the merchant acquiring bank, so it may take sometime and they will be working as per the Visa/Master Card guidelines.

“We find deficiency in service on the part of the opposite party (bank) in dissuading the complainant to lodge an FIR immediately, and then further firstly reversing back the credit provided and then reversing the credit entry of Rs 24,500. We are of the opinion that the opposite party is required to give a waiver of the disputed transaction of Rs 24,500, along with the interest as levied with late payment charges and other miscellaneous expenses thereon till the time the matter is finally adjudicated by the authorities,” said the forum. 



Key witnesses record statements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Statements of three key witnesses in the inspector Sucha Singh murder case were recorded in a court today. Crime Branch in charge inspector Ranjodh Singh, sub-inspector Ashok and the then ISBT police post in charge SI Harminderjeet Singh recorded their statements in the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal during the resumed hearing of the case.

Inspector Ranjodh Singh deposed before the court that he had arrested the prime accused, Basant, and brought him to Chandigarh. After the accused was taken in the police custody, the knife and the blood-stained clothes were recovered from the accused. The knife used in the crime was put before the court as the evidence.

SI Ashok Kumar and SI Harminderjeet Singh also gave their statements regarding the collection of evidence.

Basant’s pregnant wife, Sarita, the co-accused in the case, also appeared before the court. The court adjourned the case to October 25 when statements of CFSL experts will be recorded as the evidence.



KBDAV-7 blank GMSSS-37
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37 went down against KBDAV, Sector 7 by 4-0. Nitin opened the team’s account in the 10th minute while Paras double lead in the 37th minute. After the breather, Paras strike again and scored his second goal in the 40th minute. Angad sealed team’s victory with scoring the last goal in the 46th minute.

Soccer team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 defeated Ryan International School, Sector 49 by 2-1, in the inter-school football tournament for boys (U-19), being held here today. Raman Adhikari scored the first goal in the 20th minute while Anil doubled the lead in the 50th minute. For losing side, Sidharath reduced the margin with scoring a brace in the 55th minute.

In the third match, the St. Soilder’s school defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 by 4-1. Edwin scored the first goal for his team in the 2nd minute followed by another early shocker by Sumit Dhankar in the 10th minute. Just before the half time whistle, Ajay Rana stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 37th minute. Substitute Sandeep Mandiwal netted the final goal in the 59th minute. For GMSSS, Sector 19, Vishal scored the consoling goal.



St Kabir defeat Chitkara International School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The table tennis team of St Kabir School, Sector 26, trounced Chitkara International School, Sector 25 in a match of boys (U-14) category of inter-school table tennis championship, being played here today.

The team blanked their rivals by 3 - 0. In another games of same category, the St. Soldiers School, Sector 28 defeated New Public School, Sector 18 by 3 - 2 while Motiram School, Sector 27 registered a 3-2 victory over St. John’s School, Sector 26.


Boys (U-17)- Manav Mangal, Sector 21 beat AKSIPS, Sector 55 by 3 -0; Sri Aurobindo School, Sector 27 beat St. Xavier’s School Sector 44 by 3 - 0; St John’s School, Sector 26 beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16 by 3 - 2; Ryan International School, Sector 49 beat RIMT, Mani majra by 3 - 0; DPS, Sector 40 beat Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27 by 3 - 1; Girls (U-14)- DAV Public School, Sector 8 beat Carmel Convent School, Sector 9 by 3 - 0; Girls (U-17)- DAV Public School, Sector 8 beat Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27 by 3 -1; Girls (U-19)- Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56 beat St Soldiers School, Sector 28 by 3 - 0; Sacred Heart School, Sector 26 beat DAV Model School, Sector 15 by 3-0.



Kerala team drub Punjabi varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The Punjabi University, Patiala, failed to overcome Kerala University, Thiruvanathapuram, in the knock-out match of the ongoing All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men, being organised by Panjab University on campus ground, here today.

The team lacking co-ordination tasted a 3-2 defeat. The Patiala team was leading by 2-0 but the Kerala side leveled the score and marked lead in the end. In another interesting match that lasted for over 3 hours, Lovely Professional University defeated Mumbai University, Mumbai at 2-0. The match was decided after a total of seven innings.

In other matches, the MGS University, Bikaner defeated JNT University, Hyderabad by 7-2 while HNB Univesity, Gharwal blanked MJP Rohilkhand University by 11-1.



Ritvik, Gurbaz make it to national horse riding team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Two local horse-riders has brought laurels to city beautiful after getting selected in the Indian horse riding squad for the Federation Equestre Internationale Children’s International Classic tournament 2013.

Riders Gurbaz Sandhu and Rithwik Thakur have been selected to represent the nation in the International tournament. Shiv Raj Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh congratulated both the players for making a final berth in the Indian team.

Earlier, rider Gurbaz Sandhu trained at the Chandigarh Horse Riders Society, has won a Gold medal (Bronze Category) at the Federation Equestre Internationale Children’s International Classic 2013 held earlier this month. The Federation Equestre Internationale is the worldwide governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines. Earlier also, the students of Chandigarh Horse Riders Society brought laurels with bagging laurels during the national level horse shows in Chandigarh and Delhi.



Osmania players cancel visit to Amritsar to meet Flying Sikh
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
Such is the fan following of ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh that baseball players of Osmania University, Hyderabad, cancelled their visit to Golden Temple, Amritsar, to meet former athlete at his residence, here today.

Although the team left disappointed as the city’s pride Milkha Singh is off to Mumbai, to attend a private event, but the team members eventually clicked photograph outside his home to take back some memories.

In Chandigarh, to participate in the ongoing All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for Men, the team lost their first knock out match and ended their tournament’s campaign. The team was planning to pay homage at Golden Temple, Amritsar, but the rumor of Milkha in town pulled them back to city.

“It was a good opportunity to meet Milkha. We went at his Sector 8 residence but he was unavailable.The security guard deployed there informed us about his absence from city. We were expecting a nice meeting with the living legend but failed in our effort. We took his landline number and also clicked some photographs outside his home. We will try and come again before leaving Chandigarh tomorrow. “The movie has a strong impact on our kids and they all wanted to meet him once,” said Dr Harinarayana Rao, manager of the team.

“We are feeling proud after visiting his residence. His story of becoming an athlete is really appreciable and hats off to him for overcoming such hard hitting problems of life. His story is motivating for any sportsperson of the world,” said Rajuswami, pitcher of the side.

The team’s catcher, added, “I was very excited to see him but all the excitement went in vain. He is a great man and greatest example for any sportsperson. He was all dedicated to his passion and overcame every hurdle he came across. It will remain a dream to meet him and may be next time I will get to make this dream true,” said Sandeep.

“We dropped our plan to visit Amritsar after learning that Milkha is here. We have requested our local contacts to provide us his address but our efforts went in vain as he is not in city. Anyways, we will try our luck next time,” said Phanindra.

On other hand, on a telephonic conversation Milkha Singh expressed his concern for not meeting the young players. “I am disheartened but through these columns, I would like to send them my blessings. I will only suggest them to play hard. Hard work in profession and passion always remain helpful. I am in Mumbai and will return after two days. I hope to meet them sometime. I wish them all the luck for their future,” said Milkha Singh.



Patiala players dominate on first day of tourney
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 21
Patiala district dominated on the first day of the Punjab State Archery Championship that began at Government Senior Secondary Model School, Punjabi University, today by lifting five out of six titles in the Indian round category. Around 400 archers from various districts are taking part in this four-day championship.

Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president SGPC, Amritsar, inaugurated the championship in the morning session, Director Sports of the university Dr Rajkumar Sharma gave away prizes to the medal winners.


Under- 19 girls: Rajpreet Kaur from Patiala stood overall first, Komalpreet Kaur from Patiala stood overall second and Gagandeep Kaur from Muktsar stood third. While Patiala district emerged champion, Mohali and Muktsar were second and third, respectively.

Under- 19 boys: Mandeep Kamboj from Patiala stood first, Kuldeep Singh stood second and Sahil Lamba from Fazilka stood third. While Patiala emerged overall champion, Fazilka and Muktsar were second and third, respectively.

Under- 17 girls: Daljeet Kaur from Patiala stood first, Priyanka from Muktsar stood second and Mandeep Kaur from Patiala stood third. Patiala stood overall champion whereas Muktsar and Fazilka stood second and third, respectively.

Under- 17 boys: Kamal from Fazilka stood first, Harpreet from Bathinda stood second and Krishan Kumar from Sangrur stood third. While Sangrur stood overall champions, Bathinda and Fazilka were second and third, respectively.

Under-14 girls: Jasveer Kaur from Sangrur stood first, Sehajpreet from Patiala stood second and Sujata from Patiala stood third. While Patiala emerged overall winners, Sangrur and Muktsar were second and third, respectively.

Under- 14 boys: Prabhinder from Patiala stood first, Lalit Jain from Sangrur stood second and Prabhjot Singh stood third. While Patiala became overall champion, Fazilka and Sangrur stood second and third, respectively.



City lad wins golf meet

Chandigarh, October 21
Local golfer Karandeep Singh Kochhar won the Northern India Juniors in the Category B and also bagged the 2nd runners-up spot in the category A, of the same competition, concluded at the Army Golf Course, Dhaulakuan, New Delhi.

With his achievement, he is also qualified for one of the two spots available along with Viraj Maddapa of Kolkata to represent India in the under-16 category of the prestigious Nick Faldo Series. — TNS



SGGS-26 lift kabaddi title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21
The Kabaddi team of SGGS College, Sector 26 lifted the title of Panjab University Inter-College Kabaddi (national style) championship for men in A-Division, being concluded recently.

In their final league match, the team defeated GGDSD College, Sector 32 with a margin of 39-25. 



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