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International Nurses Week celebrated
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 19
A series of events were organised by the Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing to mark International Nurses Week-2014 here today.

The function, based on the theme “Nurses: A force for change — A vital resource for health,” was inaugurated by Swarn Tomar, principal of the nursing college.

Prof Avtar Singh and Kanwaljeet Kaur, chairman and director of the Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions, encouraged the students to work like ‘Florence Nightingale’ with dedication and devotion to serve the humanity.

A host of activities, including health education in hospital and community, poster presentation on the theme, debate on effects of mobile internet on academic performance and a quiz competition on nursing, besides various indoor and outdoor games were organised to celebrate the week.

The students also presented an impressive cultural programme on the concluding day today.

Prizes were distributed among the winners of various activities. Students who scored the first rank in academics and had the highest attendance in classes were given appreciation certificates.



Three held for assault
Tribune News Service

Lalru, May 19
The police have arrested three persons of Khelan village for allegedly assaulting a farmhouse owner and robbing him of a tractor and Rs 30,000. The fourth suspect in the case is absconding. Following a complaint by Jarnail Singh, the owner of Patiala Farmhouse in the village, a case under Sections 382, 323, 506, 341 and 382 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Nakal, Sandal Singh, Ankit and Ravinder Kumar, all residents of Khelan village, at the Handesra police station.

Investigation officer Kulwinder Singh said the four assailants barged into the farmhouse during wee hours of May 17 and tried to decamp with a tractor. On hearing the ignition sound, the farmhouse owner woke up and raised an alarm. The accused thrashed Jarnail Singh mercilessly.

They snatched Rs 30,000 from him and drove the tractor away.

The trio were today produced before a local court where they were remanded to one-day police custody.

A hunt had been launched to nab the fourth accused, the police said.



Jyoti murder case
Telecom co. provides mobile details to court
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
The nodal officer of a telecom company today deposed before the court and submitted additional tower locations of the mobile phones of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, victim Jyoti and other three accused, Gurmeet, Paramjit and Dharampal. The tower locations for the period prior to a few days before the day of crime were not available with the police following which a request by the prosecution was made to the court to ask the nodal officer to submit the details.

The mobile locations of over seven phone numbers have been submitted by the nodal officer Achyut Aggarwal to the court.

The locations have confirmed the presence of the MLA and his aides along with Jyoti at various places.

Meanwhile, Assistant Sub-Inspector Jai Singh also deposed before the court and was examined.



Gang of thieves busted; three held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The UT police today arrested a gang of thieves who used to steal motorcycles from the city and later abandon them taking a joyride. Rohtash, Rajinder and Sonu, all residents of Faidan village, have been arrested by the police. The police station at Sector 31, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Inspector Kirpal Singh, SHO, busted a gang of thieves who are joy riders. They used to steal motorcycles and abandon these at isolated places. Three members of the gang have been arrested and seven vehicles have been recovered from their possession. Accused Rohtash is the mastermind behind the gang.

Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Faidan, reported that on the intervening night of May 17 and 18, some persons tried to break the lock of his shop at Faidan.

When he raised an alarm, they sped away from the spot on their motorcycles. He identified Rohtash and noted down the registration number (CH01AC-7983) of his Pulsar motorcycle.

On getting information, the police set up a barrier and started checking vehicles.

Three Motorcyclists were signalled to stop for checking, but they tried to sped away and were detained with the help of the public. The motorcyclists also got minor injuries.

During an inquiry, they failed to produce the documents of the vehicles. During initial verification, it was found that these vehicles have been stolen by them.

The complainant also identified them for making an attempt of breaking the lock of his shop.

During the interrogation, it was found that the gang used to steal two-wheelers from Chandigarh and leave these abandoned or parked at isolated places after taking a joyride.

The motorcycles that were recovered from them on the spot were stolen from Sectors 32, 46 and 52.

Four more stolen vehicles were recovered from their possession - two of which were stolen from the GMCH-32 parking and two from the ISBT, Sector-43 parking.

One LCD 32” and one bag of clothes which was stolen by them from a house in Sector 49 was also recovered from Rohtash.

All accused have a criminal background and they were earlier lodged in a Patiala Jail in separate cases.

Man held for temple thefts

The case of thefts at the Temple in Sector 23 over the last six months has finally been solved with the police arresting a burglar today.

The police arrested the accused, Rohit, who was nabbed when his image matched with the CCTV Camera footage that was obtained from CCTV cameras installed inside the shrine where the thefts occurred.

Rohit, a resident of Sector 45, was arrested by the Sector 22 police post.

Man acquitted in sexual harassment case

A local court on Monday acquitted Arjun, a resident of Mauli Complex, in a sexual harassment case as the prosecution failed to prove the case against the accused.

The complainant, who is a minor girl, said on March 15 last year when she was going to Panchkula from her residence at the Mauli Complex, Chandigarh, Arjun along with his friends met her on the way and started indulging in obscene acts with her. Following which, the complainant raised an alarm and people gathered there.

The police was called and the accused was arrested. However, the charges could not be proved in the court.



Black marketeers make a killing at PCA Stadium
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 19
Black marketeers outside the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here, taking full advantage of the winning spree of the Kings XI Punjab team, are making quick bucks by selling the tickets at higher rates than the actual price. Unavailability of the low-priced category tickets has proved fruitful for the business of black marketeers outside the stadium.

Working in a disciplined manner, groups of black marketeers are actively involved in their business here. The Kings XI side for the first time in the seven years of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) is holding a top position in the points tally. The team will play its first home game at the PCA stadium against Mumbai Indians on May 21 (8pm) followed by two more games on May 23 against Rajasthan Royals and on May 25 against Delhi Daredevils.

The low-priced category tickets of all three matches have been sold out while Rs 3,500 (pavilion terrace) tickets are only available for cricket lovers.

On the other hand, the black marketeers are earning Rs 300 to Rs 500 over one ticket. And it is not the first time that these black marketeers are earning money by selling tickets at higher rates. Working in a professional manner, a biker, bearing a Chandigarh registration number, identifies the cricket buffs and offers them tickets at "higher" rates. After setting the deal, the biker takes the buyer to the parking area of a market in Phase X on his bike, and hands him over the ticket.

The group functions from 10am to 12pm when most of the fans approach the counters for purchasing tickets. Another group performs the same task in small intervals. They stay back at ticket counters and target only persons who asks for over five tickets.

"We are having a good business as the team is in a tremendous form. In addition to the fact that there is no match at Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), as the Kings XI is playing all home games in Mohali. So, we are bagging good deals. We have kept the tickets with us after purchasing these at actual rates. Usually, youths, who usually come to watch the match, seek tickets of low categories and keeping this mind, we have made sure about the stock," said a black marketeer.

Also, in the absence of any home series of the Team India at the PCA stadium, this is the only time that the black marketeers are earning profits.

When the black marketeers are performing their tasks openly, Punjab Police personnel are busy in marking their duties at the stadium. The stadium will host its first IPL match on May 21 and the preparation for the same has been started.



Local trainee Dahiya upsets 3rd seed Shandilya
Tribune News Service

Nupur Kaul returns a shot during a match of the CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Rs 1 Lakh Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 19
Making a comeback after his last year’s defeat, local CHART trainee Vikrant Dahiya defeated 3rd seed Rubal Shandilya in a marathon 3 hours and 15 minutes boys’ main draw match during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Men’s and Women’s Rs 1 Lakh Tennis Tournament, being held at the CLTA Tennis Courts here today. Rubal had beaten Vikrant in the previous two AITA championships in 2013.

Starting the day on an easy note, Vikrant took the 1st set (6-4). However, marking his presence felt, Rubal took the full control of the match and claimed 5-2 lead in the next set.

Afterwards, Vikrant managed to win his service game but failed to name the set and lost it 6-3.

In the Final set, Vikrant again started off well and claimed an initial lead of 5-2, however Rubal held his serve in the 8th game after being down a match point. Vikrant lead 40-0 in the 9th game but Rubal kept his steady game and managed to win the next 2 points. On the match point, Vikrant kept his cool and won the match.

In the women’s category, 4th seed Sanya Madan was upset by Nupur Kaul. The latter conceded only two games to upset Sanya (6-1 and 6-1).


Men’s final qualifying round:

Nihit Rawal bt Aditya Deshwal 7-5, 6-3

Paramveer Bajwa bt Yashad Ganatra 0-6, 6-1, 6-3

Manjot Singh bt Digvijay Mehta (walkover)

Sandeep Chaudhary bt Harshvardhan Thirani 6-4, 6-0

Vikrant Dahiya bt Raquib Bin Mangzir 6-4, 6-4

Sahil Deshmukh bt Yash Yadav 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Fatehdeep Singh bt Upadhyaya Puru 6-3, 6-4

Faisal Qamar bt Ankush Arora 7-6 (6), 6-4

Men’s 1st round (main draw):

Jajbir Singh bt Raghvendra 6-4, 6-3

Paramveer Bajwa bt Aaditya Tiwari 6-4, 6-2

Lavish Nehra bt Nihit Rawal 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6 (5)

Hardeep Sandhu bt Sahil Deshmukh 0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3

Vikrant Dahiya bt Rubal Shandilya 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Chinmay Pradhan bt Abhishek Gaur 7-6(5), 7-5

Aaditya Deshwal bt Ayush Mintri 6-4, 6-2

Ankush Arora bt Yash Yadav 7-5, 7-6(4)

Rohit Sarwate bt Upadhyay Puru 6-4, 6-4

Sameep Mehta bt Harshvardhan T. 4-6, 7-5, 6-0

Ranjeet Singh bt Maninder Singh 6-4, 6-0

Fatehdeep Singh bt Manjot Singh 7-5, 6-0

Dalwinder Singh bt Yogesh Phogat 6-2, 6-4

Bhavesh Gaur bt Bharat Bhardwaj 7-5, 6-3

Faisal Qamar bt Yashad Ganatra 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Gurinder Singh bt Sandeep Chaudhary 6-2, 6-2

Women’s 1st round (main draw):

Victoria Chahal bt Seerat K. Pannu 6-1, 6-2

Harsimrant Kaur bt Kirandeep Kaur 6-1, 6-4

Pooja Mourya bt Gayatri Kumaraiah 6-3, 6-3

Amala Amol bt Abhilasha Vishwanath 6-1, 6-2

Vineeta Singh bt Aarushi Kakkar 6-2, 6-1

Anjali Thakur bt Sachi Belwal 6-2, 6-1

Rajbir Kaur bt Baljinder Kaur 6-2, 6-3

Manya Nagpal bt Kanishka Chawla 6-1, 6-4

Namita Bal bt Ananya Jha 6-3, 6-2

Shubhi Dviwedi bt Saumya Vig 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

Ananya Mahapatra bt Krishnali Bhonsle 6-0, 6-1

Nupur Kaul bt Sanya Madan 6-1, 6-1

M Arthi bt Preetnain G 6-0, 6-3

Nandini Sharma bt. Samriti 6-1, 6-0

Bhawya Wadhawan bt. Nikita Bishnoi 6-3, 6-2

Aashima Garg bt Anupreet Bedi 4-6, 6-3, 6-0



School holds soccer festival

Chandigarh, May 19
A Grassroots Football Festival was organised at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, as part of the celebrations of the Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Day. A total of 150 children (boys and girls) took part in the festival. S Bhajan Singh Shergill, executive member of the SGPC, gave away the prizes to winners.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, a former student, who is currently playing for the East Bengal Football Club, Kolkata, and a member of the national football team, was also present. He played with the children and displayed his skills, which made students more enthusiastic.

"The festival was organised to make the students aware about soccer. Presence of international players will boost their confidence and will make them opt for soccer in the future. Around 150 students attended the programme. They will be given training for the same in the coming days,” said Surinder Singh, chief coach at the school. — TNS



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