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Typhoid, hepatitis outbreak at Balongi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 1
Panic spread in Balongi village after typhoid and hepatitis broke out there. At least 20 suspected patients, including two women and seven children, have been admitted to the Civil Hospital at Phase VI. The senior medical officer, Dr Adesh Kang, said so far seven patients had tested positive for typhoid while some of them were suffering from hepatitis.

The reason behind the outbreak of the diseases is said to be contaminated water being supplied to the village.

Dr Navtej Kaur, who was on duty at the hospital, said more than 60 patients from the village had visited the hospital in the past 15 days. “We have admitted around 20 suspected patients of typhoid and hepatitis and their blood samples have been sent for testing. The test reports are yet to reach the doctors concerned,” said the doctor.

The patients admitted to the hospital included Lalita Devi, Vishal, Gaurav, Vidanti Devi, Charanjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Amrik Khan, Avinsh Kumar, Simarjit Kaur, Chandan, Jaspreet Kaur, Seema Jain, Renu, Sumita (10), Lucky (5), Ankita (9), Om (5), Saloni (9), Samira (7) and Anushka (2).

A relative of one of the patients claimed that many patients from the village had gone to other hospitals.

This is not the first time water-borne diseases have broken out in the village because of contaminated water. Last year, many persons suffering from water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea and cholera, had been hospitalised.

“Dirty water from an underground sewer line got mixed with the water supply at a point where both pipes run close. The breaking out of water-borne diseases here has become a routine. The district administration is sleeping over the issue,” said village ‘numberdar’ Tarlochan Singh Mann.

Meanwhile, agitated residents said in the absence of basic amenities, the village had virtually become a dumping yard. “You can see heaps of garbage all around. So diseases break out here every now and then,” said Jaswinder Singh, another resident.

MOHALI DC’s TAKE: Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the samples of water were being collected from the village. “We have sent some samples to a laboratory. Meanwhile, I have alerted the district health authorities to keep a close watch on new cases and provide them medical aid immediately. In case, the water samples fail the test, we will make makeshift arrangements to supply safe water to the village. So far, there is nothing to panic,” said Sidhu.



Old-age home inmates get rent shocker
Rent for accommodation at old-age home, working women’s hostel doubled
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The inmates of the old-age home at Sector 43 and the working women’s hostel of Sector 24 were in for a shock today with the UT Administration doubling their monthly rental charges from this month. The decision was taken at a meeting of the UT Child and Women’s Welfare Governing Board as there had been no hike in the rent at these two self-financed projects of the Social Welfare Department for the last four years.

The authorities have increased the rent in all categories. There are 24 rooms in the old-age home, of which 18 are occupied by individuals. According to the new rental rates, the individual occupants will have to pay Rs 9,000 per month against the previous rent of Rs 4,500 (excluding electricity, water and food). For rooms occupied on a sharing basis, the occupants will have to pay Rs 2,500 per month, which was Rs 1,500 earlier and for couples the rent is Rs 5,000 per month, which was Rs 3,500 earlier.

The Social Welfare Department had intimated the inmates of the old-age home on January 27 about the revised rent rates and the month these would be implemented. The records of the Social Welfare Department revealed the occupants of the old-age home were mostly pensioners.

The governing board has also approved a hike in the rent for working women from Rs 1,780 to Rs 3,500 per month. Besides, girls will have to pay Rs 1,200 as mess charges and Rs 75 for using geyser.

There are 24 rooms in the hostel in which 72 working women can be accommodated. Three girls each are accommodated in the rooms at the working women’s hostel.


The Director of the UT Social Welfare Department, Rajesh Jogpal, said he had received a representation from the inmates of the old-age home and working women’s hostel. They have sought a review of the rent hike. He said at the next governing board meeting, the issue would be tabled and the final decision would be taken by the body.



Lalru murder cracked; car, Rs 18 lakh recovered
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, February 1
The police have cracked the murder of an employee of a meat plant at Lalru and recovered the car and Rs 18 lakh stolen from his house. The victim, Mohammad Nafish, was found dead at his residence on Thursday morning. The accused, Rashpal Singh, alias Bholu, a resident of Dyalpura village, Taranpur, is at large.

The SP, Anil Sharma, and SHO Gurjeet Singh, at a press conference at Lalru, said the accused had been in touch with the victim for the last few days. On the day of the incident, Bholu had been with the victim till evening. After killing the employee, the accused stole his Alto car and cash, said the police officials.

The dressing that came off a snake-bite wound on the accused leg led to the accused’s identification. Nafish’s cook identified the accused when he was shown the dressing found at the crime scene. The police said the accused had been in jail for smuggling smack.



Spat at school costs student her right eye
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 1
A spat between two students cost an 11-year-old girl of Government School (Haripur), Sector 4, sight in the right eye. She was allegedly hit by another student with a sharp weapon. As a result of the injury, the girl has lost sight in the right eye, said doctors attending to her at the PGI, Chandigarh. The victim is a student of Class V.

The boy attacked the girl during recess after the girl reportedly objected to a comment made by him.

Rajesh, brother-in-law of the victim, alleged that their child was admitted to the PGI on January 30, the day of the incident. But the police had failed to act despite the family filing a police complaint against the boy.

“The police have not come forward to record their statement,” said the father of the victim, Ram Dass, a daily wage earner.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi did not respond to a query made by this reporter on the issue.

Inspector Malkeet Singh, Station House Officer of the Sector 5 police station, said: "We were told that the girl was accidentally hit with a stick while the boy was playing but we are ready to record the statements of the child. We don't know about the medical condition yet and if she is fit to give her statement, we will record it immediately."

District Elementary Education Officer Anand Pal and District Education Officer Savitri Sihag couldn’t be contacted despite repeated calls made on their phones.

Rajesh, quoting the victim, said: "It was recess. While everyone was sitting with no teacher around, the boy entered into an argument with the girl. When she retaliated, he hit on her right eye with a sharp weapon."

“The girl has been crying in pain since then,” said the family. “She would ask time and again whether her eye would be fine. I have how no courage to tell her that she has lost her eye," added Rajesh.



Jyoti murder case
No perjury case against Buti Ram
Court rejects Doon MLA Chaudhary’s plea; victim’s father to give evidence all over again
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 1
Rejecting Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary’s demand for initiating perjury proceedings against Jyoti’s father Buti Ram for turning hostile, the court today allowed the latter to give evidence in the case again.

Buti had backtracked from his statement during the last hearing. Later, he moved an application in the court to give evidence again alleging that he was pressurised by the MLA to turn hostile. In reply to Buti’s plea, the MLA demanded that perjury proceedings may be initiated against him for misleading the court.

Buti, one of the key witnesses in the case, has been allowed to get his statements recorded before the court all over again.

Earlier, Buti Ram had stated that he was held at gunpoint while he was on his way to Panchkula on the day of hearing in the case and was told to say that he doesn’t know Chaudhary. He also submitted to the police a CD of the recording wherein he was pressurised and offered money to keep silent or he would be killed.

On December 23, Buti Ram turned hostile in the court and stated that he doesn’t know Chaudhary. He also stated that he did not give any supplementary statement to the police.

In his application to the police, Buti Ram mentioned the threats and torture he constantly received, particularly from December 1 to December 23, the day he turned hostile. He also alleged that Chaudhary’s wife came to his residence and offered Rs 21 lakh to keep mum.

Naming certain men in his application, Buti asked for security and registration of a case against all those who threatened him, including the MLA’s wife. The police asked their Hoshiarpur counterparts to provide him security.

Yesterday, the victim’s sister Ishu stuck to her word while deposing before the District and Sessions Court. Ishu stated that the MLA and Jyoti were in love with each other and he had promised to marry her, but ditched her after the elections saying that if he married her, his reputation would be tarnished.

Ishu is one of the key witnesses in the murder case.



Cops face the heat at police-residents meeting
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Chandigarh Police was in the line of fire during an interaction between the residents' welfare associations and senior police officials held at the Traffic Lines in Sector 29. In his address, Federation of Sector Welfare Associations, Chandigarh, (FOSWAC) chairman PC Sanghi said despite being well-equipped, the city police failed to curb petty crime incidents.

UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, SSP (Operations) RS Ghuman and SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary attended the programme.

Sanghi stated that the fear of law was apparently fading away among criminals due to which incidents of attack on the traffic police were being frequently reported. He said even the incidents of thefts, snatchings, robberies, rapes and assaults were on the rise. He also flayed community policing for failing to bring desired results.

KL Verma, a city resident, said instead of regulating traffic, several traffic police personnel were apparently more interested in making money by catching violators of traffic rules.

The residents also raised questions over the Know Your Case scheme introduced to facilitate the complainants in knowing the status of their cases on every second Saturday of a month.

Somnath Saini, another resident, urged the Chandigarh Police to resume the Paying Guest (PG) verification drive.

RK Garg, a Sector 27 resident and a complainant in a case, lamented that the Cyber Cell of the police failed to redress the complaint he had lodged around a year ago.

Addressing the residents, UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill stated that they were soon going to start an intensive PG verification drive in the city. He said the complainants, who were not satisfied with the functioning of the Know Your Case scheme, could meet him directly on Wednesdays.



SSP marks inquiry into robbery cases
Auto-rickshaw recovered from Sec 33

Chandigarh, February 1
The UT SSP has marked an inquiry into the incident wherein a gang of four auto-rickshaw thieves targeted four city residents and robbed them of cash after beating them up on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The incident had brought to light glaring anomalies in the functioning of PCR vehicles as the gang first forcibly took away an auto in Sector 34 and then robbed three people at three different places.

They drove the auto-rickshaw on the city roads with not even a single PCR vehicle being able to spot it even as a message of theft was flashed.

SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill stated that he has marked an inquiry to check if there were lapses on the part of PCR staff in nabbing the accused.

"All the incidents were reported in a gap of a few hours and in the meantime, the duty of PCR staff was changed," the SSP stated.

At 12.35 am, the auto rickshaw (PB 65 X 1787) was forcibly taken away by the gang from near the Piccadily roundabout. At 5.23 am, the gang targeted a resident of Naya Gaon on the road separating Sectors 2 and 11, thrashed him and fled after robbing him of cash. Ten minutes later, the gang targeted Satbir Singh, a resident of Mohali, near the Sector 42 petrol pump and robbed him of Rs 2,500. At around 6.22 am, the gang snatched a bag from Gurbir Singh, a resident of Sector 27, who hired the auto near Sector 19/27 light point. The auto-rickshaw was found lying abandoned in Sector 33 today. — TNS



Dead rat found in ‘pickle jar’
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 1
The Mohali Police is contemplating to initiate action against the management of Phase V-based Haveli restaurant after the laboratory reports confirmed that the foreign object, found in a pickle jar of the restaurant, was indeed a dead rat. The Mohali Superintendent of Police (City), Swarndeep Singh, said the police were taking a legal opinion in the case.

“The laboratory report has confirmed that the object, which was found from the pickle jar by the complainant Tarun Khullar and his wife Reshmi Khullar on November 7 while having dinner at the restaurant, was a dead rat,” said the Superintendent of Police.

“If needed, we will definitely register a case against the guilty,” said the police officer.

Notably, Tarun Khullar, a manager with the HDFC Bank, said, “After finding the dead rat, I called up my friend Amandeep Singh at Fortis Hospital and took my wife for treatment.

The police allegedly did not take any action on Khullar’s complaint but instead registered a case against the complainants on charges of extortion on the complaint of Haveli’s owner Kamaljit Singh.

Kamaljit Singh alleged in his complaint to the police that Khullar and Amandeep Singh were trying to extort Rs 2 lakh from him after having found parts of dead rat in the meal served at his restaurant.

The Mohali Court also questioned Mohali police inaction in this regard.

Further investigation are on in the case.

The Mohali Police after taking legal opinion will initiate action in this regard.

Complainants allege police inaction

The police allegedly did not take any action on the complaint by Tarun Khullar and his wife Reshmi Khullar who found the dead rat in the pickle jar while having dinner at Haveli in Phase V. The police, however, registered a case against the couple, on charges of extortion, on the complaint of owner of the restaurant Kamaljit Singh. Singh alleged that Khullar and Amandeep Singh were trying to extort Rs 2 lakh from him.



Moot court competition held in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Justice SS Nijjar of the apex court (right) being honoured by ML Sarin while Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul looks on during the inauguration of a moot court competition at Army Institute of Law, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, February 1
The Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, Chandigarh, and the Leiden University, the Netherlands, organised the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition at the Army Institute of Law here today.

Nineteen teams from law universities of India participated in the competition, the only one in the world in the field of aviation law.

Justice SS Nijjar of the Supreme Court of India inaugurated the competition while Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul presided over.

Justice Nijjar appreciated the efforts of the organisers in drawing up a wonderful proposition on air law, which raised legal issues concerning countries and people around the globe.

While encouraging students to take up the legal profession, Chief Justice Kaul highlighted the work of the foundation in promoting the moot court, handling PILs for the public good and helping prepare youths to become good lawyers.

The moot court was judged by 40 judges, including eight of the high court, advocates and professors.

The finals will be held in Bucharest, Romania, from March 27 to 30.

The teams selected for the finals were the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, the NALSAR, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow, and the National Law University, Delhi.



Training programmes for policemen a must

It was shocking to know that a UT traffic cop thrashed a senior citizen at Mani Majra on Friday. The elderly man fell unconscious and had to be rushed to the hospital. If the elderly had violated the rules and did not stop his vehicle, the traffic constable should have chased and challaned him. It is not in the law to argue with a violator or hit them whatsoever. After this incident, it seems that the Chandigarh traffic cops, who have been recruited recently, are yet to understand the meaning of the Chandigarh police slogan, "We care for you". In the recent past, many cases were reported in which traffic cops were involved in the crime. It's high time now, that the higher authorities organised some training programmes for policemen to help them become good samaritans.

Rinku Zirakpur

Need of the hour: Streamline health system in city

I lived in Chandigarh for 28 long years and worked as a faculty in PGI. The provision of healthcare was present but lacked a systematic arrangement. So everyone had to know somebody 'influential' to get the treatment expedited in PGI. While the hospital in Sector 16 was in shambles, there was no emergency medical relief (EMR) or any preparation for mass casualty. It will be very surprising to know but no medical degree is awarded to those in primary health care and there is no training given for the same in the whole country. Then I retired and shifted to Singapore. Why cannot we have a few polyclinics, owned by government, which are systematically run on appointments, organised records and a charge? We can start EMR and train paramedics to start government ambulances. Our MC councillors make foreign trips, but I have hardly seen them bringing back a good proposal. Can we not improve the health system?

Narasimhan KL, via email

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Delhi heist: City police intel helps in robbers’ arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Chandigarh Police played an instrumental rold in the arrest of three accused involved in the Rs 8-crore heist that was reported in New Delhi on January 28. The trio was arrested from Phase VIII, Mohali, while returning from Dharamsala on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. The three accused have been identified as Tinku, Praveen and Guljar Ali alias Bhola.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police, which was following the trio involved in the daring daylight robbery, knew that they were returning from their hideout at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

Chandigarh Police DSP (Operations) Jagbir Singh said there was an Intelligence input that the accused would be visiting a private hospital in Mohali to meet someone. “One of their close associates was supposed to meet them at the hospital following which the Delhi Police and their Chandigarh counterpart laid a joint trap and arrested them,” he claimed.

The DSP stated that the operation was carried out on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday and the arrests were made at around 1.20 am.

Sources said the person, who was supposed to meet the accused, didn’t arrive. The accused have been taken to Delhi.

It may be mentioned that five to six armed men intercepted a Honda City car near Lajpat Nagar metro station on January 28 and fled with the vehicle and Rs 7.69 crore in cash. The incident took place at 9 am when Rakesh Kumar, a businessman, and his partner Rahul Ahuja were going to Karol Bagh along with their three employees.



Lecturer died of head injury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The autopsy report of the 26-year-old college lecturer, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances near her residence in Sector 49 on Friday, revealed that she died of injuries due to falling on a hard surface.

Ruchika, a guest faculty at SD College, Sector 32, was found dead on the ground floor of the building where she was residing along with her parents.

The autopsy was conducted at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Sector 34 police station SHO Rajesh Shukla stated that the preliminary autopsy report revealed that the woman died due to falling. "It is clear that the girl didn't fall from height and received injury after her head hit the hard surface," the SHO said.

The SHO stated that investigations revealed that earlier, Ruchika had fallen at the college in the similar manner.

Sources said the police were not suspecting any foul play in her death. The body was cremated today.



Fake IPS officer held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Chandigarh Police today arrested a resident of New Delhi who posed as an IPS officer. The accused, identified as Ravi Kant, was apprehended from near the Police Lines in Sector 26.

The police said the accused met DSP (Security) Deepak Saharan a few days ago posing as an IPS officer of 2009 batch. However, the DSP Saharan was suspicious about his identity. The accused had claimed that he was undergoing training at the Central Detective Training School, Sector 36, and was residing in Mani Majra.

The DSP informed the officers of the Crime Branch that the accused will be coming from Mani Majra to the Police Lines to meet him in his white TATA Safari bearing a temporary registration number. Acting on the information, a team of the Crime Branch laid a naka near the light point behind the Police Lines and arrested the accused who was wearing an IPS officer’s uniform.

The police said on being asked, the accused failed to produce any document to prove he was an IPS officer. Later, it was discovered that he was a fraudster.

The police were trying to ascertain the motives of the accused.



BJP secy calls office-bearers’ meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Taking a cue from the altercation among BJP workers during the last meeting, the party’s national secretary and in charge of the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Aarti Mehra, has decided to hold a meeting with the party office-bearers, but in smaller groups, this time. The agenda of the meeting is to seek the office-bearer’s opinion on the Lok Sabha candidate from the Chandigarh seat.

Mehra will meet BJP workers at the party’s office ‘Kamlam’ in Sector 33 on February 3.

During the last meeting - organised by the BJP’s Chandigarh unit to seek views of workers on the party candidate - the workers had clashed with one another.

At the meeting, it was proposed that the party would suggest four names to the workers and they could choose one of them. The names included city BJP president Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and Bollywood actress Kirron Kher.

City BJP president Sanjay Tandon said, “On February 3, Mehra will seek views of workers on the Lok Sabha candidate. She will also plan a strategy with senior BJP leaders on the upcoming polls.”

City LS candidate: While Aarti Mehra will meet only the office-bearers, sources said some leaders had already started opposing the move. Instead of the office-bearers, the party in charge should meet the workers. “The office-bearers won’t provide an in-depth analysis,” said a party leader.



Assault case
Assn alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Members of the Industrial Area Tenants Association today held a protest outside the Sector 31 police station alleging police inaction in a assault case. Anil Kumar Garg, a businessman at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Ram Darbar, said he, along with his two friends, was standing on the premises of plot number 28/1 Industrial Area on January 31 when two cars appeared.

Garg, in his complaint to the police, said the people sitting in the cars entered his premises and assaulted him. The accused managed to flee from the spot.

The complainant said the police were informed about the incident. Registration numbers of both the vehicles were also given to them, but no action had been taken yet.

DSP (Crime) Satbir Singh reached the spot and pacified the crowd. Police officials assured the protesters of speedy action in the matter.



Vagaries of weather
Flights cancelled for 2nd day in a row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Poor weather conditions for the second consecutive day led to cancellation of flights at the Chandigarh Airport. According to the airport manager, there will be no flights on Sunday as well if weather did not improve. "The operations at the Chandigarh airport were stalled due to foggy and cloudy conditions today. No flight took off or arrived at the airport," said the airport manager.

Meanwhile, the Met Department predicted that the weather would remain same for the next few days. As per the forecast, the weather in the city will remain generally cloudy with a possibility of thundershower, which will further reduce the temperature.

As per the Met Department, the maximum temperature recorded today was 17 degrees Celsius, which is four notches below normal, while the minimum temperature was 10.4 degrees Celsius, which is three notches below normal.



BJP launches poll campaign in Mohali
Tribune News Service

BJP activists launch a poll campaign in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, February 1
As many as 20 members of the local BJP unit including district president Sukhwinder Goldy, Ramesh Verma and Devinder Sharma, media in charge, gathered at a tea vendor stall in front of the District Court Complex at Phase III-B1, here, and distributed free-of-cost tea to the passersby.

“Modi was a tea vendor earlier, so we thought to sound the bugle of the upcoming elections by garnering support from the local tea vendors in the area first,” said Goldy. “If our leader (Modi) can rise to such a level, any street vendor can touch such great heights,” said Goldy.

“Distributing free-of-cost tea to masses is a part of our campaign,” said Sharma.

The BJP activists said they are in process of making cups with Narinder Singh Modi’s photos along with the party symbol.



AAP takes out motor rally in Mohali

Mohali, February 1
The local unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) organised a Chetna motor rally here today. The rally was held with a motive to initiate campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On the occasion, more than 300 four-wheelers and two-wheelers covered over 10 km of distance in the town.

The participants carrying national flag and broom, the party’s symbol, raised patriotic slogans during the rally.

Terming their maiden attempt a successful one, the AAP district in charge and convener, Ajit Singh Bhambra, said they received a tremendous response from masses during their rally.

The rally began from Phase XI at around 11.45 am and reached at Phase VI after covering Phase IX, VIII, VII, III-B1, III-B2, V, II and I. A small meeting was also organised at Phase VI to apprise masses of the motive and objectives of the party. “We have enrolled over 30,000 members in our party in Mohali,” said Bhambra. — TNS



Duo pledges bodies for medical research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, FEBRUARY 1
Setting a precedent for others and honouring their 59-year-old friendship, two men — Ripudaman Singh Roop, an advocate, and Nagar Singh Toor, a retired teacher — have pledged to donate their bodies to PGIMER, Chandigarh, for medical research.

Roop and Toor visited the Department of Anatomy at PGI today and pledged their bodies. The head of the department, Dr Daizy Sahni, lauded their gesture.

The duo became friends on January 31, 1955.

They have also contributed to the field of Punjabi literature.

Roop is the younger brother of eminent Punjabi writer Santokh Singh Dhir, whose body was given to PGI on February 8, 2010, for medical research.



from schools
World Wetland Day

CHANDIGARH: On the eve of World Wetland Day, the students of St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School visited Sukhna Lake on Saturday. The students studied the flora of the area and the migratory birds. They were sensitised on the conservation of wetlands.

Farewell at Ryan School

A farewell function was organised for the outgoing students of Class XII at Ryan International School on Saturday. The students of Classes IX and XI mesmerised the students of Classes X and XII through their performances. The chairman of Ryan Group of Institutions, Dr Augustine Francis Pinto attended the ceremony.

Basant Panchami celebrations

The tiny tots of Gem Public Sr. Sec. School celebrated Basant festival on the school premises on Saturday. Wearing yellow dresses, the children flew kites in the sky. The students also gorged on yellow delicacies and danced to the tunes of Basant songs.

Talent hunt at Saupin’s

PANCHKULA: A talent hunt competition was organised at Saupin’s School on Saturday. The participants showed great zeal in dancing, singing, acting, magic, music and skipping activities. The students entertained the audience. The first position was taken by Aspen House, including Bhumika and Stuti of Classes II and III, respectively.

Handwriting competition

Saupin’s School organised a handwriting competition for the tiny tots of PG to UKG. The activity was organised to inculcate the habit of good handwriting among children. The kids participated in the activity with full enthusiasm.

Declamation contest

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Bharat Vikas Parishad held a declamation contest at Doon Public School, Sector 21, on Saturday. Rajbir Kaur of Class XI stood first, while Himani Thapar of Class X came second. Nikhil Chahal of Class IX came third. — TNS



PU notes
Seminar on nanotechnology

CHANDIGARH: A one-day seminar on recent advances in material science and nanotechnology was organised by the Department of Physics, GGDSD College, Sector 32, on the premises today. Experts from various premier institutes such as Panjab University, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and Punjab Engineering College delivered lectures on nano-composite devices and nano-drug delivery. The Department of Zoology also organised a lecture on the occasion of World Wetland Day. The topic “Decline in the number of house sparrows: An indicator of continuous degradation of the environment” was delivered by Dr Ravneet Kaur, PU.

Workshop in psychodrama

The Department of Psychology, DAV College, Sector 10, organised a four-day workshop on psychodrama and expressive arts therapy on Saturday. The event was organised under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama and East West counselling centre. The workshops are conducted to train students to enhance their skills as a practicing psychologist. Principal Dr BC Josan lauded the move.

Prof Ronki Ram appointed honorary director

Panjab University Prof Ronki Ram has been appointed as the honorary director, Indian Council for Social Science Research – North-western regional centre (ICSSR-NWRC), Chandigarh. ICSSR approved the name of Prof Ram, professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University. Prof Ram was selected from a panel of names. — TNS




Refund amount to members, Lok Adalat tells housing society
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 1
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, directed the chairman of the National Consumer Awareness Group Society and its governing body to sell the land of the society and distribute the sale proceeds among its members proportionately.

Ajay Kumar and others had moved an application before the Lok Adalat alleging that Lt Col PJS Mehta, chairman, had floated the above society of which Ram Jethmalani, a former cabinet minister, was said to be the patron-in-chief. He received various amounts ranging from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh from each of the 585 members. Land measuring sixteen acres was purchased in Sector 91 (Chappar Chiri village) but no flats were constructed due to technical reasons. Since then members have been demanding the refund of the amount by selling the land.

A general body meeting was convened thrice by members at which it was decided that the land should be sold and the amount be distributed among its members. It was alleged that whenever a purchaser came to buy the land, Mehta used to raise the sale price above the one earlier demanded.

Mehta, when summoned, agreed that the amount was to be refunded to the members along with interest whenever the land was sold. On the occasion, the Lok Adalat also passed an order directing the respondents to hold elections in the society, which had not been held since 2005.



National School Games
Cricket team brings laurels to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Bringing laurels to the City Beautiful, the local team for boys’ (U-19) lifted the cricket title in the 58th National School Games today. The event was organised by the School Games Federation of India in Indore from January 27 to February 1.

In the final match of the championship, the local team outclassed Punjab by 129 runs. After electing to bat first, the Chandigarh team posted a total of 244 runs in 35 overs. Opener Shivam led the score chart and studded the team’s innings with a fine knock of 93 runs. He was supported by Bagminder, who scored 53 runs off 42 balls. Uttkarsh, with an unbeaten knock of 43 runs, remained the other noticeable performer for the Chandigarh side.

Chasing the target, the Punjab side bundled out on a mere total of 115 runs in 25 overs. For the Chandigarh’s bowling side, Jagjeet Singh claimed 4 for 27. Bagminder and Shivam also grabbed 3 for 17 and 1 for 10, respectively. For Punjab, Abhininder (42 runs) and Karan Sharma (20 runs) were the main scorers.

Shivam Bhambhri was adjudged the man of the match and the man of the series, whereas Jagjeet Singh bagged the best bowler award.

Earlier in the semi-final match, the local team defeated Haryana by 66 runs. In a 30-over match, the Chandigarh side posted 196 runs with Uttkarsh (44 runs), Shivam (43 runs), Harjot (30 runs) and Ramandeep Singh (22-runs) scoring the lion’s share. In reply, the Haryana team bundled out for 130 runs. For Chandigarh, Jagjeet claimed 3 for 22, Shivam grabbed 2 for 26 and Bagminder grabbed 1 for 20.



74 matches played on Day 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Top seed Rishabh Sharda defeated his opponent in the second round of the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for boys (U-14), at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) tennis courts in Sector 10, today. Sharda defeated Jagtar Arora, 8-1.

In the second round, Savneet displayed exceptionally well sportsmanship and defeated Daksh, 8-5, while Aishwaray beat Aryan, 8-0.

A total of 74 matches were played on the first day of the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for boys (U-14) at the CLTA tennis courts today


Boys (U-14) singles

2nd round-Rishabh bt Jagtar 8-1, Krishan bt Archit 8-2, Yuvraj bt Saksham 8-3, Tushar bt Arunabh 8-5, Vatsal bt Sarvesh 8-6, Ravikaran bt Mahimat 8-6, Sam bt Parveen 8-7 (1), Yuvraj bt Sidharth 8-2, Savneet bt Daksh 8-1, Ayush bt Saideer 8-2, Udayveer bt Arpan 8-5, Aishwaray bt Aryan 8-0, Chiraz bt Jasmol 8-2, Vikrmaditya bt Manik 8-3, Samarth bt Viren 8-0, Sahaj bt Sarthak 8-2, Asav bt Pranav 8-1, Udgam bt Jivaj 8-1, Saarthak bt Prateek 8-4, Onkar bt Ajay 8-5, Simran bt Chaitanya 8-3, Sashikant bt Dhruv 8-0, Shourya bt Karan 8-0, Shrut bt Sarvagya 8-4, Naresh bt Bhupinder 8-5, Sidharth bt Chaitanya 8-2, Dhruv bt Dhananjay 8-1, Sahaj bt Mokshit 8-4, Sahishnu bt Sunny 8-0.


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