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Nurses air demand atop water tank
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 26
Probably taking a cue from Bollywood flick ‘Sholay’, several staff nurses climbed a water tank at local Civil Hospital to press their demand.

Nurses climb the stairs of a water tank seeking the regularisation of their services .
Nurses climb the stairs of a water tank seeking the regularisation of their services . A tribune photograph

The agitators, about 150 in number and work as staff nurses in government hospitals on contract basis, climbed the water tank and started raising anti-state government slogans for not paying heed to their demand of regularising them.

“We would not come down till the authorities give us our letters of regularisation”, said the agitators, who were still on the tank till the filing of the report.

The senior administrative and the police officials including local naib tehsildar Parampreet Singh Goraya and DSP (D) Swarnjeet Singh made several attempts to bring them down but in vain. “We would not come down till our demands are met”, announced the nurses.

According to some eyewitnesses, the high drama started at around 3 pm when the staff nurses gathered at the hospital to stage a protest. “Earlier, only four-five nurses climbed the tank. After some time several of the protestors followed them.



Govt employees seek 20% HRA
Our Correspondent

Kalka, February 26
Great Resentment prevails among the employees of various government departments in Kalka towards the state government for not giving them 20 per cent House Rent Allowance (HRA). On the condition of anonymity, they alleged that despite of the fact even after the formation of Panchkula Corporation last year, the employees of the state government of Kalka zone are deprived of 20 per cent HRA, for which they are entitled.

They said the state government is providing them only 10 per cent HRA. They further alleged that the officials of the local administration also faced problem of non-availability of government residential houses. So, they have to commute daily to Kalka from other cities. Notably, government officials including SDM Kalka and Tehsildar have no government accommodation. Subsequently, they are residing in Panchkula and in Chandigarh and commute daily to Kalka.



Murder accused fails to appear in court
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
In murder case of advocate Amarpreet Singh aka Lucky, one of the accused again failed to attend the hearing. Today, the police failed to produce Kevin Sushant in the court of Mohali additional District and Sessions Judge Manjot Kaur.

This is the third consecutive court hearing in which one of the nine accused did not turn up resulting in delaying the process of framing of charges in the trial.

Today, Kevin Sushant was produced in a Chandigarh court following which the judge Manjot Kaur issued a notice to Jail Superintendent, Nabha, directing him to explain why the accused was not produced in Mohali court.

The judge also issued directions to jail superintendents of Ludhiana, Nabha and Patiala, in whose jails all the accused had been lodged, to ensure that all the accused should be in the court before 10 am on the next hearing on March 4.



Robber gets 2-yr jail term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
A local court today sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for stabbing a woman and robbing her. A fine of Rs 1,500 has also been imposed on him.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Arun Kumar Singal convicted Mohammad Shoiab, who along with his two accomplices, had injured a woman and her son, both residents of Dhanas, on October 13, 2012.

A case was registered following a compliant filed by the victim’s husband, Phool Chand, who was present at the spot. 



graft CASE
RLA ex-supdt acquitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
A local court today acquitted a former superintendent of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), Krishan Saroop Sharma, in a corruption case.

The UT vigilance team had arrested Sharma in May 2008 after Shiv Shambo had, in his complaint, alleged that Swaroop demanded a bribe of Rs 40,000 to reinstate him. Shambo was suspended for his alleged involvement in a fake ration card scam.



gurvinder murder case
Heroin found in body: Report
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 26
In the murder case of Gurvinder (23), chemical examination reports revealed the presence of heroin in his body here today. However, the police are yet to ascertain as to how deep injury marks were found on his body.

The reports sent by a forensic science laboratory at Madhuban in Karnal stated, “Acetylcholine (heroin) was found in the body.”

Three months ago, Gurvinder, a resident of Sector 25, Panchkula, was dumped by his friends at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here, in a Scorpio vehicle and fled.

The victim had gone for an outing with his friends and the preliminary investigations had stated that he was murdered after they entered into a scuffle.

The mystery of Gurvinder’s death had deepened after his friends, who dumped him at the hospital, said they had consumed drugs. However, the autopsy report had cited injury marks.

The police had revisited the crime spot many times and also sought the remand of the accused thrice but they failed to reach any conclusion.

Tony and Monty, his two friends, after their arrest told the police that they had consumed drugs but the police were waiting for the medical opinion.

As the autopsy reports could not ascertain the presence of drugs, viscera and blood samples of Gurvinder were sent for chemical examination to the forensic science laboratory.

The police had also arrested those accused who had supplied drugs. The investigations had revealed that the supplier was linked to a big drug trafficking racket.

Doctors had told the police after the autopsy that spleen of the victim was damaged. Also, there was a 16-17 cm injury mark on his back.

A case under Section 302 (murder) has been registered at the Chandimandir police station.



Traffic cop held for graft

Chandigarh, February 26
A constable with the Chandigarh Traffic Police has been suspended after he was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 500 at Khuda Lahora today.

Constable Tejinder was caught red-handed while accepting bribe from a motorist sent by DSP Satish. The DSP had information that the constable had been seeking bribe for letting off violators of traffic rules.

The constable was arrested and taken to Sector 11 police station. He was suspended with immediate effect and departmental inquiry has been marked against him. — TNS



DLF-ITF Men's Futures International ($10,000) Tennis Tournament
Vishnu pips top seed to enter quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
Top players clashed in the ongoing DLF-ITF Men’s Futures $10,000 Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here today.

Vishnu Vardhan defeated top seed Jeevan Nedunchzhiyan in straight sets. Vishnu, with his ace serves and down-the-line placements toppled his opponent in straight sets 6-3 and 6-2. With this win, Vishnu has steered into the quarter-group of the tournament. In another match, qualifier Ronit Singh Bisht trounced Vijayant Malik in straight sets. After winning the first set 6-3, Bisht logged win in the second set 6-2.

Facing a tough resistance from his opponent, second seed Sanam Singh beat N Vijay Sundar Prashanth. After losing the first set, 3-6, he bounced back and scripted 6-2, 6-2 victory. Fourth seed Antal Van Der Duim and Mathias Bourgue of France had easy victories over qualifiers Sasi Kumar Mukund and Garvit Batra. They won straight sets in their respective games.

The singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals will be played tomorrow.


Main draw matches: Singles pre-quarters-Vishnu Vardhan bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan [1] 6-3, 6-2, Sanam Singh [2] bt N Vijay Sundar Prashanth 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, Mathias Bourgue [6] bt Garvit Batra 6-1, 6-2, Ramkumar Ramanathan [5] bt Kunal Anand 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, Antal Van Der Duim [4] bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-1, 6-0, Ronit Singh Bisht bt Vijayant Malik [7] 6-3, 6-2, Ko Suzuki bt Ronak Manuja 6-1, 6-3, N Sriram Balaji [3] bt Vignesh Peranamallur 6-2, 7-5

Doubles quarterfinals-Vivek Shokeen and Sanam Singh bt Ramkumar Ramanathan [4] and Gabriel Trujillo-Soler 7-6 (5), 3-6 (14-12), Sho Katayama and Bumpei Sato [3] bt Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash and Vignesh Peranamallur 6-2, 6-3, N Sriram Balaji (IND) and Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) [1] bt N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) and Ashwin 7-6(6), 6-1, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) [2] and Vishnu (IND) bt Garvit Batra (IND) and Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND) 6-3, 6-1.



Rohit, Sachit shine in soft tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The Chandigarh Amateur Soft Tennis Association conducted 2nd North Zone Soft Tennis Championship for Men and Women at the tennis courts, Sports Complex Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

In the men’s (singles) category, local players Rohit Dhiman won gold medal and Sachit Malhotra bagged a silver medal.

In the same category, Atul from Uttar Pradesh bagged a bronze medal, while Amit Chauhan of Chandigarh finished at the fourth spot.

In the women’s (singles) category, Namita from Uttar Pradesh bagged the first position, while Anansha from Delhi notched the second spot. In the same event, Richa Sirohi secured the third position.

In the doubles category, Abhilasha and Anansha from Delhi secured first position, while Richa Sirohi and Namita from Uttar Pradesh notched the second spot. The third and fourth positions were secured by Anita, Neha and Shweta, Sunita, from Uttarakhand, respectively.


Singles (women)-1st Namita (Uttar Pradesh),

2nd Anansha (Delhi),

3rd Richa Sirohi (Uttar Pradesh),

4th Abhilasha Mehra (Delhi)

Doubles (men)-1st Yogesh and Jitender, Haryana,

2nd Rohit Dhiman and Amit (Chandigarh),

3rd Varinder and Chetan (Punjab),

4th Yamin and Anil (Delhi)

Doubles (women)-1st Abhilasha and Anansha (Delhi), 2nd Richa Sirohi and Namita (Uttar Pradesh),

3rd Anita and Neha (Uttrakhand), A4th Shweta and Sunita (Uttrakhand)



Senators accept demands of Panjab University Sports Committee 
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26
The senate has approved the demands of the Panjab University Sports Committee (PUSC) in the last syndicate meeting held recently.

Members of the syndicate have accepted all the demands of the Panjab University Sports Committee (PUSC), Directorate of Sports, in order to equip players of Panjab University with better facilities.

The issue of raising fees of committee members has also been sent for Vice-Chancellor’s re-consideration.

The approved demands will be tabled for the final approval and implementation in the next senate meeting to be held in the last week of March.

Following the approval of these demands, the players will get a much requiredhike in their diet money and daily allowance (DA).

The officials will also get a hike in their officiating fees. “The initiative will help improve the status of players in the university. I hope it will be implemented soon,” said an archer.

Besides demanding major hike at par with the other universities, the PUSC had demanded approval for conducting Panjab University Inter-College Cricket Championship of Men (B-division) of 20 overs instead for 25 overs.



Kabaddi semifinals at Sector 42 today
Tribune News Service

A kabaddi match in progress at the Sports Complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A kabaddi match in progress at the Sports Complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 26
The Inter-CPSU Kabaddi Tournament started at the kabaddi courts of Sector 42 Sports Complex, here today. A total of six matches were played today. In the first match, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) beat Power Finance Corporation (PFC) 28-2.

SJVNL trounced THDC 24-7.

In other league matches, Power Finance Corporation beat MOP 36-14, THDC beat REC 32-11, BBMB defeated NHPC 15-07 and SJVNL beat Power Grid 28-09.

The semifinals of the kabaddi tournament will be played tomorrow at the kabaddi courts of Sector 42 Sports Complex.



Local players bite the dust in badminton tournament at Panjab varsity
Tribune News Service

Players in action during the 23rd Smt Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Players in action during the 23rd Smt Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 26
Local contender Anupriya Dhonchak went down against Sai Uttejitha Rao Ch from Andhra Pradesh during the ongoing 23rd Smt Krishna Khaitan All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament at the badminton courts of Panjab University, here today.

In the one-sided affair, Rao defeated the local player 21-7 and 21-6.

In the boys’ (Under-17) doubles category, Lalit Dahiya and Rohan Parashar from Haryana defeated Karan Negi (Himachal Pradesh) and Kelvin Wong (Chandigarh) 21-17 and 21-5.

Nishchay Jaiswal and Priyansh Kushwani from Madhya Pradesh beat Shaurya Madaan and Shivam Rishi from Chandigarh at 21-16 and 21-19.

In some touch matches of seeded players, Shouvik Ghosh from West Bengal registered win and beat Rahul Yadav C of Andhra Pradesh 13-21, 22-20 and 21-14. In the second match, Dhruv Kumar from Delhi defeated Harshit Aggarwal of Karnataka 14-21, 23-21 and 21-15.


Girls (Under-17)-Tanishq M bt Kalpita 21-16, 21-9, Kartikey bt Upendra C 18-21, 21-17, 21-11, Tapas bt Sahil 21-17, 21-17, Dhruv bt Harshit 14-21, 23-21, 21-15, Shikha bt Shalaka 21-13, 21-5, Anura bt Cherish D'Souza 21-12, 21-13, Dapasha bt Manidipa Dey 21-18, 24-26, 21-8, Kanika bt Mithula UK 21-13, 21-13, Anshu bt Himanshi 21-17, 21-16, Vrushali G bt Namita 21-7, 21-14, Riya bt Shriya 21-9, 21-13, Tanishq M bt Kalpita 21-16, 21-9, Kuhoo bt Mayuri 21-8, 21-15, Diksha bt Sonika 21-16, 21-18, Mahima bt Tanishka 21-10, 21-8, Bhavya bt Khushboo 21-14, 21-10, Santoshi bt Mugdha 21-14, 21-15, Harika V bt Ira 21-12, 21-10, Pranali bt Arya 21-13, 21-19

Boys (Under-17)-Chirag bt Aniruddha 21-14, 21-5, Kartikey bt Mukesh 21-9, 21-13, Siril bt Kevin 21-8, 21-10, Kartik bt Nishchay 21-17, 21-19, Rahul bt Arjun 21-12, 21-11, Harsh bt Sparsh 14-21, 21-18, 26-24, Kaustubh bt Kiran 17-21, 21-10, 21-11, Arya bt Lakshey 21-10, 21-13, Arintap bt Himanshu 21-9, 21-9, Chandra bt Tarun 21-14, 21-15, Sai Dinesh Reddy bt Shubham 21-18, 21-9, Jagadeesh bt Asmit 21-9, 21-8, Bodhit bt Sayam 21-8, 20-22, 21-16, Mithun bt Rishabh 21-12, 21-12, Siddharth bt Arjun 21-19, 17-21, 21-12, Kanishq bt Swarnaraj 21-16, 21-18

Boys doubles (U-17)-Kartik and Hardik bt Rituraj and Mahendra 21-13, 21-8, Saif Ali Khan and Nikhilshyam bt Mukesh and Chandraj 21-16, 21-15, Kartikey and Bodhit Joshi bt Rishabh and Aniruddha 21-15, 21-15, Arintap and Kaustubh bt Charith and Sri Dattathreya Reddy Soma 21-9, 21-7, Swapnil and Sourabh bt Viraj and Mayank 21-16, 23-25, 21-16, Gouse Shaik and Basheer bt Himanshu and Yaman 21-12, 21-16, Brijesh and Shubham bt Siddhartha and Siddhant 21-17, 21-16, Arjun and Saad Ali Syed bt Khushank and Aakash 21-8, 21-11, Rahul and Sai Dinesh Reddy bt Vazid and Sumit 21-12, 21-17, Chandra and Mohd Umair Siddiqui bt Rajat and Abhishek 21-18, 21-13, Nishchay and Priyansh bt Shaurya and Shivam 21-16, 21-19, Nishant and Arjun bt Shivoy and Udhav 21-14, 21-16, Evaan John Abraham and Kiran bt Sourabh and Sarvesh 21-11, 21-9, Krishna and Satwik bt Saurav and Jayraj 21-12, 21-13

Girls doubles (Under-17)-Saumya and Mayuri bt Snigdha and Rakshita 21-5, 21-11, Mugdha and Pallavi bt Supriya and Poorvi 21-13, 21-14, Diksha and Tanishq bt Annu and Aarushi 21-4, 21-6, Tanishka and Anisha bt Garima and Romil 17-21, 21-8, 21-16, Akshita and Himanshi bt Ramandeep and Manisha 21-13, 21-18, Cherish D'Souza and Kalpita bt Muskaan and Namita 21-11, 21-9, Prerna and Simranjit bt Rageshri and Divyanshi 24-22, 17-21, 21-18, Shriya and Radha bt Pranavi and Pranali 21-18, 21-17, Divyanshi and Pranjal bt Daman and Arshia 21-12, 21-7

Boys (Under-19)-Saad Ali Syed bt Raghunad 21-13, 21-11, Karan bt Chaitanya 21-6, 7-0, (retd), Arintap bt Sparsh 21-13, 21-7, Kartikey bt Upendra 18-21, 21-17, 21-11, Shouvik bt Rahul (3) 13-21, 22-20, 21-14, Tapas bt Sahil 21-17, 21-17, Sahaj bt Bodhit 21-17, 14-21, 21-11, Utkarsh bt Sanyam 21-14, 19-21, 21-6, Siril bt Mayukh 21-11, 16-21, 21-5, Chirag bt Harsh 21-8, 21-12, Vighnesh bt Aman 18-21, 21-15, 21-10, Dhruv bt Harshit 14-21, 23-21, 21-15, Kanishq bt Rahul 21-10, 21-14, Chirag bt Manajit 21-12, 21-12, Siddharth bt Rishabh 11-21, 21-9, 21-19, Arshalan bt Hardik 21-17, 21-17

Girls (Under-19)-Revati bt Mayuri 21-7, 21-16, Anshu bt Diksha 21-12, 21-18, Shikha bt Radha 21-10, 21-16, Tanishq bt Tanishka 21-19, 21-15, Santoshi bt 21-14, 21-15, Riya bt Bhavya 21-14, 22-20, Sudha bt Anoushka 17-21, 21-14, 21-14

Girls doubles (Under-19)-Mugdha and Pallavi bt Annu and Aarushi 21-7, 21-9, Revati and Anoushka bt Anagha and Ayushi 21-9, 21-7

Mixed doubles (Under-19)-Chirag and Kuhoo bt Brijesh and Rupal 21-10, 21-9, Gangadhara and Sonika bt Mohd Umair Siddiqui and Anamika 21-11, 21-8, Rohan and Pooja(5) bt Rishabh and Gauri 17-21, 21-10, 21-14, Arjun and Ashna bt Krishna and Ningshi Block Hazarika 21-11, 26-24, Satwik and Ahillya (7) bt Khaja Fazil Ahmed Shaik and Mamitha 21-12, 21-7. 



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