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Patriotic fervour grips city’s periphery
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, January 27
Various functions were held to mark the occasion of Republic Day in Dera Bassi block on Sunday. The main function was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Dera Bassi. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, NK Sharma, presided over the function. He unfurled the national flag and highlighted the significance of Republic Day.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Indejeet Kaur Kang, Superintendent of Police Anil Sharma and tehsildar Gurminder Singh were also present on the occasion.

The Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, ATS Valley School and other institutions also organised functions to mark the Republic Day celebrations.

Kalka: Hundreds of students from various schools of Kalka took part in different activities organised on the occasion of Republic Day.

The main event was celebrated on the sports ground of Government College.

The function was presided over by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Kalka. The local administration also acknowledged the efforts put in by students and awarded schoolchildren for securing top three positions in physical and cultural activities.

Pinjore: A senior workman of HMT Limited, Pinjore, Prem Chand, hoisted the national flag to mark the 65th Republic Day here today. Students of St Vivekanand Millennium School and HMT Senior Secondary School presented a cultural programme.

Over 25 HMT employees were awarded under the Company’s Suggestion Scheme for giving creative ideas to improve productivity and quality of service.



Thieves strike at P’kula house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
Thieves allegedly decamped with jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh besides Rs 16,000 from a house in Sector 6 here yesterday. The house owner and his family were in Shimla when the incident took place.

When the owner, Rakesh, returned home today, they found the front door open, said the police.

A forensic team was called to examine the spot.

Sector 7 police post in charge Gurmail Singh said a case had been registered and investigations were on to find the thieves.



minor’s murder
Auto used for ferrying victim recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The UT police today recovered the auto-rickshaw used for ferrying the minor girl who was found raped and murdered at Palsora on December 1. The police said the auto-rickshaw driver was yet to be arrested.

Earlier, the police had arrested four persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in the case.

The woman, who was found to be the victim’s neighbour, was identified as Sunita, alias Billy.

She, along with Bhagat Singh, alias Manga, was arrested after two accused, Anirudh and Raj, disclosed her name during interrogation.

Sunita was the alleged mastermind and had kidnapped the minor with Bhagat’s help, before handing her over to Anirudh and Raja.

The police said the auto-rickshaw used in the crime was in the name of Sunita’s husband, Chandresh. The auto was recovered from Shahimajra village in Mohali after Sunita disclosed about it during interrogation, said the police.

The 11-year-old girl’s body was found in a gunny bag near Palsora on December 1. The victim was allegedly kidnapped from Palsora, Sector 56, on November 27.

The police said Anirudh and Rajkumar, both residents of Ram Darbar, had sexually abused her before killing her on the night of November 29.



Man arrested for murder
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 27
The local police have arrested the key accused, Harjit Singh, a resident of Saini Majra village, for allegedly hiring killers to murder his nephew.

The victim, 24-year-old Gurdeep Singh, was murdered by ‘supari’ killers at Budhni in Madhya Pradesh on March 14, 2012. Gurdeep used to work with Harjit in his property business.

Other accused include Harwinder Singh Randhawa, Wazir Singh Rana and Gurpreet Singh Gopi, all from Patiala, and two unidentified persons from Madhya Pradesh. While Gopi had been arrested by the police earlier, the rest of the accused are still absconding.

According to the police, the ‘supari’ killers first befriended the victim as per the plan. “They went to Bangkok (Thailand) but could not kill him there. Then all of them took the victim to Budhni and killed him in an inebriated state,” said the police. 



Man held for Rs 4-cr fraud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
The Mohali police arrested a man for allegedly duping a resident of over Rs 4 crore on the pretext of constructing a group housing society in Sector 113 here. The accused identified as Vikas Kumar, resident of Sector 21, Chandigarh, was produced in a local court today, which sent him in two-day police remand.

The police said the accused allegedly duped one Jaswinder Singh of Rs 4.27 crore on the pretext of earning big profits by constructing flats in a group housing society.

In his complaint, Singh alleged that he gave Rs 5 crore to the accused, who claimed to be the director of a private company and owning four acres of land in Sector 113.

An MoU was signed between Singh and the accused in this regard, said the police.

The complainant said he later got to know that he had been duped. “The accused was not returning the complainant’s money. Following this, Singh registered a case of cheating against Vikas and one of his associate,” said the police.



hockey india league
5-3 win for Jaypee Punjab Warriors
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
Jaypee Punjab Warriors defeated Dabur Mumbai Magicians by 5-3 during a match of the Hockey India League (HIL) held at the hockey ground of Mohali on Sunday.

Putting behind their last defeat, Jaypee Punjab Warriors played brilliantly and won the neck-to-neck competition with two goals in the last quarter. The team was acting tough in tackling the opponents and serving both wingers with long passes.

The side sneaked in Mumbai’s defence through Agustin Mazzilli in the 7th minute. However, they failed to maintain the lead for long as the Mumbai team came back strongly with two back-to-back goals. Mark Gleghorne (15th minute) converted a penalty corner and then Ravipal Singh (17th minute) initiated the lead. He scored through a rebound. Later, in the second quarter, the Punjab side pressed hard for the equaliser in the second quarter, the home team captured some attacks and levelled the score through Malak Singh in the 30th minute. But after nine minutes, Vinaya Vakkaliga stroked the wooden plank to level the game by 3-3.

Soon, after the lemon break, the home team played at their best. Regular penetration in Mumbai’s arena helped the side to win three penalty corners in a row. However, Punjab’s drag-flicker Sandeep Singh managed to convert only one. He scored his first goal of the season in the 40th minute. Following this, the Punjab wingers continued to built pressure and Australian Christopher Ciriello scored a yet another goal for his team. Later, in the 67th minute, Dharamvir Singh sealed the team’s win.



DAV Public School beat GMSSS-35 by 7 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
In the ongoing Coca Cola Cricket Cup for (U-16) boys, DAV Public School defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, (GMSSS-35) by 7 wickets held here today.
A player hits a shot during a match at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Monday.
A player hits a shot during a match at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Batting first, GMSSS-35 bundled out on a mere total of 56 runs in 21 overs. Mandeep (22 off 21) and Rishab (12 off 36) scored a lion’s share for the team. For the bowling side, Rahul (3 for 8) and Prashant (3 for 10) claimed three wickets each. Jagdeep with his share of 2 for 11 was the other noticeable wicket-taker. In reply, the DAV side scored 57 runs in 13.3 overs. Prashant (39 off 41) and Mandeep Singh (10 off 16) with their major contribution lead the team to victory. For the bowling side, Mandeep claimed 2 for 12.

In the second match, Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 36, defeated Chandigarh Baptist by 20 runs. Elected to bat first, the GNPS side posted a healthy total of 219 runs in 35 overs. Bheem scored a quick-fire contribution of 72 off 65 while Harinder supported him with a fine contribution of 71 runs off 61 balls. Siddharth (26 off 31) was the other noticeable scorer for the team.

For Chandigarh Baptist, Aayush and Harsh claimed a wicket each. Chasing the target, the Chandigarh Baptist side bundled out on 199 runs with Sanjeev (44 off 28), Nikhil (33 off 54) and Ritik Shukla (28 off 18) contributing the major share. For GNPS, Aman hogged the limelight by claiming 4 for 25 while Manveer claimed 2 for 30.



santosh trophy
Football association accused of favouritism
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
It seems that all is not well with the selection committee of the Chandigarh Football Association (CFA). Despite being accused of favouritism, the committee selected the local soccer team for the upcoming Santosh Trophy Football Tournament to be held in Delhi from January 30.

The selection committee has shortlisted some players, who did not participate in the trials, and some club-level players, who were not even regular at the coaching camp held ahead of the tournament, said a group of players. The camp was conducted at the Panjab University football ground and St John’s School in Sector 26.

Earlier, the CFA members shortlisted the players through trials during the institutional league tournament held in November last year. They were then asked to attend the pre-tournament coaching camp. And finally, selection trials were also conducted on November 10, the concluding day of the institutional league tournament, for those who could not take part in the tournament.

Later, during the coaching camp, some new faces (names withheld), who neither played in the tournament nor participated in the trials, were introduced. These players further made it to the final selection.

“We do not doubt the calibre of the selected players but there is a procedure that should be followed. The rules should be applicable to everybody. We have attended the entire camp and later, we came to know that senior players are replacing us,” said a junior player, who was not shortlisted in the final selection.

Another player, who is a regular trainee, said, “Some of the players (seniors) were selected on the basis of their ‘past performances’. They neither played in the institutional league nor attended the selection trails. A few of them attended the camp once in a day. The CFA officials are flouting the rules.”

An official of the association, wishing not to be quoted, said, “Everyone attended the camp on a regular basis. The selection is conducted purely on the basis of performance. However, I do not want to comment on the absence of players during the tournament or selection trials.”

The local team will play its first match on January 30 followed by two other matches on February 1 and 3. 

Team for Santosh Trophy

Rahul (Captain), Aditya Kumar, Ranjit Bajaj, Nikhjil, Samuel, Vivek Gulati, Pawandeep Singh, Saurav, Mohit Raj, Pankaj, Harminder Singh, Rajan Negi, Abhijeet Kataria, Sonu Maji, Vishal, Bhavneet, Jagveer Singh, Harshdeep Singh, Gurpartap Singh and Hanish Patial.



52 veterans selected for national athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Chandigarh Veterans Athletics Association has selected a 52-member contingent for the 34th Master National Athletics Championship to be held from February 6 till 9 in Mangalore (Karnataka). They were selected on the basis of their performance at the local meet.

Selected veterans

Women: Nisha Bindal (35+)- 5km walk, 800m, 200m, 1,500m; Akshi (35+)- 5km walk, 800m, 200m, 1,500m; Amarjit Kaur (40+)- 800m, 400m, 1,500m; Balvir Kaur (40+)- 5km walk, 300m; Saroj Rani (40+)- 5,000m, 10,000m, 5km walk; Men: Balvir Singh (30+)- 800m, 1,500m, 10,000m, 5km walk; Avrinder Singh (35+)- Shot put, 5km walk; Gazender Singh (35+)-800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m; Vijay Pal (35+)- Shot put, javelin throw, high jump; Butta Singh (40+)- 100m, long jump, high jump, 200m; Ashok Kumar (40+)- Javelin throw, 200m, 400m; Manjit Singh (40+)- 100m, hammer throw; Santokh Singh (40+)-400m, 800m, 1,500m; Amandeep Singh Shahal (40+)- 400m hurdles, 5km walk; Davinder Babu (45+)- Javelin throw, hammer throw, 400m, shot put; Jaswinder Singh (45+)- 5km walk, shot put, 400m hurdles; Surinder Singh (45+)- 5km walk; Satnam Singh (45+)-100m, 200m, shot put; Gopal K Sharma (45+)- 100m, 200m, 5km walk; Harbans Singh (45+)- Javelin throw, long jump; Rakesh Kumar Patwari (50+)- 100m, long jump, hammer throw; Bhupinder Singh (50+)- 100m, 200m, long jump; Gurminder Singh (50+)- 100m, 200m; Parmjit Singh (55+)- 5km walk, javelin throw; Balwinder Singh (55+)- 100m, 200m, 5km walk, 400m hurdles; Jatinder Pal Singh (55+)- 5km walk; Harmit Singh (55+)- 5km walk; Mangat Ram (55+ )- 5km walk, 400m hurdle, 5,000m, 800m; Harjinder Bal (55+)- 400m, 800m, shot put, hammer throw; Manjit Singh Ghuman (58+)- 5km walk; Surinder Pal Singh (55+)- 100m, 5km walk, javelin throw; Jaspal Singh (60+)- 100m, 400m, long jump, 200m; Amrik Singh (60+)- 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m; Kedar Nath (60+ )- 5km walk, 1,500m, 10,000m, 5,000m, 400m; Amrik Singh Khalsa (60+ )- 1,500m, 5,000m, javelin throw; Sada Ram (60+)- 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m; Men (60+): Jaggir Singh (60+)- High jump, 400m hurdles, 300m; Talvinder Singh (60+)- Long jump, 1,500m; Ravinder Singh (60+)- 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m; Sukhdev Singh (60+)- 5km walk, 5,000m, 10,000m; Surinder Singh Basra (65+)- 5km walk, shot put; Mahinder Singh Dhanoa (65+)- 5km walk, 300m, 2,000m; MS Khan (65+)- 10,000m, 5,000m, 1,500m, 5km walk; Parduman Singh (65+)- Long jump, 5km walk; Gurdial Singh Saini (65+)- 5km walk; SS Parmar (70+)- 5,000m, 1,500m, 300m hurdles, 800m; Men (70+): PS Shahi- Javelin throw; Mukhtiar Singh- 5km walk, 400m, 800m; Buta Singh- Long jump, 100m; Atma Singh Dhaliwal (75+)- 5km walk, shot put; Narinder Singh Bhangu (75+)- 200m, long jump, 5km walk; Surinder Singh (75+)- 5,000m, 1,500m, 10,000m.



Talib clinches carrom title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Mohd Talib of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, won the recently concluded 42nd Junior National and Inter-State Carrom Championship held at Moradabad (UP).

In the final, Mohd Talib defeated Naiane Thoba from Manipur in straight sets by 20-14 and 21-20. 



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