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Patiala Khalsa College students visit Punjab Legislative Assembly
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 31
Khalsa College, Patiala, organised a visit to Punjab Legislative Assembly special session on Wednesday for the students as well as the faculty members of Master of Leadership Development (MLD) course. MLD is a UGC sponsored innovative course started in India for the first time by Khalsa College, Patiala.

The course has been started with the focus to create transformational and versatile leaders. College principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha emphasised the need of organising such visits as it was the part of the curriculum and helps to enhance the leadership skills of the students.

He also ensured that such visits will be organised in the near future.

Sandeep Saini, CR, Master of Leadership Development, expressed his thanks towards the college management for organising such visits.

He informed that various bills were proposed and the debate on the issues was worth seeing, as both the ruling and opposition parties were fully prepared for the discussion. It gave exposure to the fact that one needs to be fully aware, well prepared, alert, and efficient in communication skills, to be an energetic and transformational leader.

Students keenly observed the code of conduct and the functioning of the legislative assembly. They were highly motivated by the energetic, vigilant and focused style of leadership of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, who regularly put forward his viewpoint in a very refined and intelligent manner, proving the saying that ‘age is just a number’.

On the other side, the enthusiastic and active approach of youth icon, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy CM, Punjab, fascinated the students and they were made to realise that one could do anything if one has a strong will and determination.

“The visit was indeed an enriching experience not only for the students but the faculty as well. It gave an insight into the nitty-gritty of the legislative process and it was a value addition for the MLD students to see the present crop of leaders in action,” said Prof Komaldeep Kaur.



scooter-bike collision
Army men go on rampage
Shove around cop, a journalist; kidnap passerby after a quarrel
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 31
A group of army personnel today went on rampage in civilian areas after the bike of one of their colleagues collided with the scooter of a local resident. The incident occurred at around 1 pm when the scooter of a local resident was hit by the bike of an army man near the civil hospital in Ambala Cantonment.

After that, both of them entered into a verbal argument, and the army man started hitting the resident. On seeing this, a passerby Aditya Puri halted his car and tried to rescue the scooter rider from the wrath of the army man. However, the army man was joined by two other army personnel who thrashed Puri.

In the meantime, a number of people assembled on the spot and objected to the hooliganism displayed by the army personnel. Soon the military police also reached the spot and they picked up issues with the locals and pushed them around.

After the matter was reported to the police, a team of police under ASI Prem Chand reached the spot, but the army personnel misbehaved with them. A local journalist who was also present at the spot was also thrashed by the jawans, who then took Aditya Puri with them.

After the incident was reported to the senior officials of the Police Department, ACP Rahul Dev reached the spot who had called in the reinforcements from the Mahesh Nagar and Ambala cantonment. The police teams then rescued Aditya Puri from the army. Later, he was taken to the Civil Hospital for a medical examination.

Rahul Dev said the matter had been brought to the notice of the senior officers of the army and action as per the law would be taken against those responsible for the ruckus and kidnapping.



Fire breaks out at judicial complex
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
A fire broke out in one of the five ‘Malkhans’ (a place where seized goods are stored) on the ground floor of the District Judicial Complex yesterday. A lot of case properties like seized drugs, narcotics and ammunition were destroyed in the incident whereas, records and registers in which case properties are mentioned have been saved.

The police, civil and judicial officials said prima facie it appears to be caused by a short circuit. But, there are apprehensions in certain quarters that it might be the handiwork of certain forces as many NDPS related cases are going in the courts and the seized drugs are kept in this malkhana but Kuldeep Singh, District and Session judge, ruled this out.

The staff of the courts and the police on duty timely extracted cooking gas cylinders lying in large quantity in the malkhana and brought the fire extinguishers from all the four floors of the complex and controlled the fire before the arrival of the fire brigade, thus they averted what could have been a major disaster.

Guriqbal Singh, in charge malkhana, said all the windows and the main gate of malkhana was closed at about 3.30 pm after which someone told that smoke was coming out of the room after which he noticed the fire and raised the alarm.



100 units of blood donated at camp
Tribune Reporters

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 31
District Red Cross Society organised a mega blood donation camp at Civil Hospital here today. Poonam Sekhri, Chairperson District Red Cross Society-cum-President Hospital welfare section inaugurated the camp. More than 100 units of blood were donated.

Poonam Sekhri said blood donation was a supreme donation as every drop of blood save a valuable human life.

Earlier, she distributed fruits, biscuits and other eatable items to the patients at the Civil Hospital here.

She said that the district hospital welfare section and District Red Cross Society would bear all the medical expenses of the economically weaker and downtrodden patients; besides this the needy patients would be helped in the form of medicines, treatment expenses and food.

Patiala: A blood donation camp was organised today at local MM Modi College, Patiala, by the NSS unit of the college. College principal Dr Satish Kumar Bhardwaj inaugurated the camp. He said donating blood was a noble act of service to humanity whereby valuable human lives can be saved and protected. The youth must go out of their way and spread awareness.

A team of doctors led by Dr Sonima and Jaspreet Kaur, councilor, made meticulous provisions for collecting donated blood. To fulfill the blood requirement for dengue cases in the city, around 42 volunteers donated blood.

Apart from this, 45 units of blood were also donated by MM Modi College students on October 19.



Tragedy averted as bus hits tipper
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 31
A major tragedy averted when a bus hit a tipper at the Nangal-Ropar highway and the tipper driver losing control over the vehicle ran over the filling machines of nearby petrol pump here today. Fortunately, all the passengers of the bus escaped with minor injuries.

The drivers of the tipper and bus, however, fled leaving their vehicles at the spot.

The police said a tipper coming from Nangal side was turning towards petrol pump near Alipur village when a bus hit it from the backside. The driver of the tipper lost the control over vehicle and hit the filling machines of the petrol pump. Fortunately, no one was near the filling machines at the time of the accident.

The passengers in the bus got minor injuries on their lips and jaws, said the police.



Fitness centre penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a fitness centre, Anytime India Fitness Pvt Ltd, to refund Rs 8,491 and pay Rs 5,000, towards compensation and litigation costs, to a complainant who alleged that the centre was shut down without any prior notice and the deposited fee was not returned even after repeated attempts to contact the management.

The complainant joined the fitness centre after depositing Rs 8,491 as enrollment fee for a lifetime membership, for a period of 10 years, starting from July, 2010. The monthly membership fee was also being paid regularly.

But in May 2011, the gym was closed for a month for the repair of machinery and additional repairs in the gym as new machinery was to be installed on the premises. But the centre never re-opened.

Few days later, a public notice was issued by the fitness centre stating that it is a rumour that the gym had been permanently closed.

When the management did not revert to the repeated calls made by the complainant to the management, the complainant approached the consumer court.



graft case
Charges framed against suspended I-T officer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A local CBI court today framed charges against the suspended Income Tax officer RK Jain, who was arrested in a bribe case in February this year. He was charged under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI filed the charge sheet against the accused on September 27, following which the arguments for framing of the charges began.

A huge haul of gold and cash was found from the officer’s house and bank lockers during a CBI raid on February 6 this year. The CBI had recovered a brick of gold, weighing 1 kg, besides gold coins and jewellery, weighing 500 gm, worth Rs 15 lakh in all, from his lockers at the Sector 17 branch of the Bank of Baroda and the Sector 22 branch of the State Bank of Patiala.

The total value of gold and cash recovered from the RK Jain’s possession was Rs 1.5 crore. The CBI sleuths had also recovered documents pertaining to investment in shares worth Rs 60 lakh from his residence. The officer is currently out on bail. Jain was arrested while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a real estate agent, Ashok Arora, for settling an issue pertaining to income tax notices served on him.



rape cases
HC serves notice on UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today served notice on the Chandigarh Administration on a petition filed in public interest for appropriate action against top police officers who fail to ensure compliance with the latest provisions of the CrPC that pertain to rape cases.

Notice has also been issued to the States of Punjab and Haryana on the PIL seeking directions to the forensic science laboratories to submit reports in rape cases on priority basis besides allowing only women police officers to conduct investigations in cases of rape and sexual harassment.

Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih issued the notice for December 16 on the PIL filed by advocate HC Arora.

In his PIL, Arora stated that FIRs in cases of rape and sexual harassment have to be registered by a woman police officer or any other woman officer, as per the amended provisions of Section 154 (3), which came into force from February 3.

Information received by him under the RTI Act revealed that in Punjab only in two out of 97 rape cases, women police officers had recorded the rape victim’s statement while registering the FIR. The position in Chandigarh was no better.



Suspended constable sent to jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A suspended constable of the Chandigarh Police was sentenced to a three-month term by a local court on Thursday. The accused, Jagbeer Singh, was also imposed a fine of Rs 250.

He was proved guilty in a firing incident that took place a few months back. He shot a fire aiming at his senior colleague, following an altercation. The bullet did not hit anyone. His accomplice, Balir Singh, was acquitted.


Woman commits suicide
Tribune News Servic

Mohali, October 31
A 28-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide with her ‘dupatta’ at her residence in Kurali on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Sapna. Family of the deceased alleged that she was being harassed by her husband, Pooran Chand, and his parents for dowry.

Acting on the complaint of Avdesh Verma, brother of the deceased, the police arrested Pooran Chand and his mother Raj Dulari after registering a case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC. Pooran Chand’s father Raj Kishan is still absconding.

In his complaint, Avdesh Verma alleged that his sister, who got married to Pooran Chand in 2008, was being harassed for dowry. “On Wednesday, Sapna had called me up at 8.15 am to tell that she was being harassed by the accused for bringing more dowry. I told her that I wil visit her in the evening but after half-an-hour Pooran Chand called us to inform that Sapna had committed suicide”, said Verma.

According to information, injury marks were found on the neck of the deceased. Meanwhile, Pooran Chand and his mother, who were produced in the court, have been sent to a day’s remand under the police custody.



Woman kidnaps infant
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A 27-day-old girl child was allegedly kidnapped from the gynaecology ward of Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, last evening. A woman, who introduced herself as a social worker residing in Mani Majra, took the infant’s family to the hospital on the pretext of getting Rs 8,000 and baby food under a government scheme for the economically weaker section.

After giving them the amount and baby food, the woman reportedly asked the family to hand over the child to her for measuring her weight.

When she did not return for half an hour, the family raised the alarm.

Girl’s mother, Saroj, was in a shock. At around 1 pm today, the family protested at the hospital.

Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, Dr G Dewan said: “The hospital authorities had given the CCTV camera footage to the police.”

A case under Section 363 of the IPC was registered at the ISBT-17 police post. In-charge Maluk Singh said the accused had been identified and a sketch would be released soon.



Motorcyclist injured in mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 31
A motorcyclist sustained serious injuries when a car hit him after having collided with another speedy car at Phase IX today morning. The injured identified as Jaspal Singh, an ex-serviceman and a resident of Balari Kalan village, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been shifted to PGI, Chandigarh.

In his complaint, the victim alleged that he was standing on his motorcycle at traffic lights at Phase IX when two cars- an Indica and a Santro- collided with each other. “The impact was so strong that the Indica car somersaulted and hit my motorbike,” said Jaspal Singh.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427 of the IPC at Phase VIII police station.



Group clash: Two open fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 31
Two youths opened fire in the air near Ashiana flats Sector 20 in a group clash that took place here late this evening. Four youths from Ashiana flats had a brawl with some youths hailing from Punjab outside the flats. The victims who reside at the Ashiana flats said they were hit with sluggers and rods.

Later, the miscreants also open fired twice in the air. The police reached the spot after being informed about the incident. Investigations are on.



Panjab University lift baseball trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Panjab University (PU) won the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship for the session. The championship concluded on the grounds of Panjab University, here today. Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, secured the first runners-up and the second runners-up spot, respectively.

Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, secured fourth position in the competition. In the final league match, PU defeated Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 5-2, while Panjabi University, Patiala, trounced Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, 5-1.

Along with the felicitation of those who brought laurels in the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championshi, swimmers, were also felicitated


Jashandeep: 50, 100, 200-m breast stroke- 3 gold medals, 4x100-m freestyle- gold medal, 4x100-m medley relay- silver medal, 4x200-m freestyle- silver medal; Karan: 4x100-m freestyle- gold medal, 4x100 medley relay- silver medal, 4x200-m freestyle- silver medal, 200-m butterfly- silver medal, 50-m butterfly stroke- silver medal, 200 individual medley- bronze medal; Sumit: 4x100-m freestyle- gold medal, 4x100 m medley relay- silver medal, 4x200-m freestyle- silver medal; Ravi: 4x100-m medley relay- silver medal


Men-Pradeep (captain), Kishore, Sanjay, Deepak , Bhupinder, Vikas, Suraj , Jatin, Alok, Jaspreet, Dines , Vikramjit, Gobinda, Dilbagh, Abhishek, Kapil, Women- -Amritpreet (captain), Manisha, Renu, Poonamjeet, Kulbir, Mamta, Anusuia, Shukaltla, Arshdeep ,Ramandeep, Virpal, Amanjot , Raj Rani, Amanjot, Mandeep.



Punjab vs Tamil Nadu match ends in a draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
In the ongoing Col CK Nayudu Trophy Cricket Championship, the match between Punjab and Tamil Nadu ended in a draw. The macth concluded at Dindigul today. Punjab secured three points, while Tamil Nadu attained one point.

Resuming from their overnight score of 374 runs for six wickets in 117 overs, the visiting side posted 524 runs in 151 overs. The team notched a 138-run lead in the first innings. For Tamil Nadu, R Rohit hogged the limelight and claimed three wickets for 111 runs. In their innings, Tamil Nadu posted 113 runs.

Brief scores

Tamil Nadu-A - 386 all out in 152.4 overs (V Ganga Raju 20, M Kaushik Gandhi 70, B Indrajith 102, Ashwin Venkatraman 43, R Rohit 87, AC Ptathivan 41)

Jaskaran Singh four for 72 runs, Deepak Bansal one for 45 runs, Yogesh Kumar three for108 runs, Sharad Lumba one for 55 runs, Himanshu Chawla one for 14 runs

Punjab-A - 524 all out in 151 overs (Manan Vohra 123, Mandeep Singh 24, Sharad Lumba 44, Gitansh Khera 54 not out, and Himanshu Chawla 125)

R Rohit three for 111 runs, M Mohd two for 80 runs, M Ashiwin two for 137 runs and V Vijaya Anand two for 72

Tamil Nadu-A (2nd innings) - 119 for one in 43 overs (K Bharath Shankar 54, V Ganga Sridhar Raju 56 not out, M Kaushik Gandhi one not out)



football tourney
GMSSS-37 clinch title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 37, blanked Vivek High School, Sector 38, 5-0. to win the final of the Inter-School Football Championship for Boys (U-19). The tournament concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, today.

For the winning side, Jatinder scored the first goal in the 10th minute followed by two goals from Harsharan in the 18th and 30th minute, respectively.

In the second half, Mohit extended the lead with the fourth goal in the 40th minute, while Praseej sealed the game with the fifth goal in the 45th minute. Saint Soldier’s School, Sector 28, defeated PML SD School, Sector 32, 2-0. The team secured third spot.



Dept to hold trials for selecting women’s team

Chandigarh, October 31
The UT Sports Department will conduct selection trials to select Chandigarh women’s team on November 5. The team selected will participate in the upcoming 39th National Women Sports Competitions. Those interested must below the age of 25 years as on December 31, 2013, and are advised to bring three photographs on the date of trials.

(Group-I) -Basketball-Nov 5 (4 pm) at Sports Complex, Sector-46; Gymnastics-Nov 5 (4 pm) at Sports Complex, Sector 7; Swimming-Nov 5 (4pm) at All Weather Swimming Pool, Sector 23

(Group-IV) Kabaddi-Nov 5 (4 pm) at Sports Complex, Sector 42; Kho-Kho - Nov 5 (4pm) at Sports Complex, Sector 42; Volleyball - Nov 5 (4pm) at Sports Complex, Sector 7. — TNS



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