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Underpass sought at level crossing
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, May 26
The Kalka-Pinjore level crossing on the National Highway-22, which witnesses thousands of vehicles daily, is in dire need of an underpass.

The stretch has become a major traffic bottleneck on the highway. Traffic chaos begins early in the morning. The situation remains the same throughout the day and aggravates in the evening hours. Due to the narrow main bazaar of Pinjore, traffic hazard is frequent and the long queues of stranded vehicles put motorists, especially students and patients, to inconvenience.

Residents of the area feel that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) should take a serious note of the rush on the highway.

The only viable solution to cope with the frequent snarls is the construction of an underpass, as hundreds of commuters and passengers remain stranded during the closing of the level crossing.

Railway sources said: “The level crossing had to be closed for at least 24 times in a day for the passing of trains, which causes traffic disruption on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway”.

Experts in the Engineering Department of the Railways said: "An underpass can be constructed on the lines of one built near Mansa Devi Temple, Mani Majra. There is an ample space on both sides of the Kalka-Pinjore level crossing for water to flow naturally. This will also prove cheaper in comparison to the construction cost of a flyover".

According to a government survey, over 30,000 vehicles pass the National Highway on a daily basis.

Residents of Kalka and Pinjore, including the commuters, have urged the Central government, state government and the NHAI authorities to construct an underpass on a priority basis.



79-yr-old run over by train
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 26
Rajendra Kumar Nayyar (79), a resident of Dera Bassi, was mowed down by Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express on the Kalka-Ambala railway line under the Bhankharpur railway over bridge (RoB) this morning.

The family members of the deceased said Rajendra went for a morning walk but did not return. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after a post-mortem at the local Civil Hospital.



Graft case: PNRC superintendent sentenced to four years in jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Court of Additional District and sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced a Superintendent of the Punjab Nursing Registration Council (PNRC) to four years imprisonment in a case of corruption. The convict has also beeb imposed a fine of Rs 6,000.

The Court had on May 22, convicted Inderjeet Singh, who was arrested on December 30, 2011, while accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 in Sector 40. He was accepting the bribe from Gurpal Singh, who was an ex-employee and had retired. Gurpal had also been convicted in a case by the Punjab Vigilance and his arrears amounting to 40 per cent were not cleared by the department after his dismissal.

As per the prosecution case, Inderjeet demanded Rs 15,000 for clearing his arrears amounting to Rs 87,000.

The Vigilance laid a trap in Sector 40 where Gurpal had come to deliver the amount and Inderjeet was then arrested.



Two awarded 4-year jail term in dacoity case
TRibune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A local court today sentenced two persons to four years of imprisonment in a case of dacoity. The court sentenced Rahul and Suresh to four years and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of them.

The case was registered in December last year and the entire evidences were recorded in two hearings making it one of the speedy trials in the district court's history.

The court convicted Rahul and Suresh, who were part of a five-member gang. The remaining accused in the case are juveniles and are being tried in the juvenile court.

The gang had robbed carpenters Pawan and Raj Kumar of Rs 1,500 and other valuables on December 12, 2013. The two were returning to their homes at Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26 when they were robbed by the gang.



Greenview Buildcon told to pay Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Greenview Land and Buildcon Limited has been directed to to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to a complainant for forfeiting earnest money and allotting a flat booked by him to another person.

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the company to refund Rs 2,50,000 paid as earnest money by the complainant with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of respective deposits till realisation.

Sateen Tomar, an Uttar Pradesh-based complainant, had booked a flat in Greenview Heights-II, Zirakpur, through Shruti Ranjan, who was working as an architect and agent with the opposite party.

The complainant paid theearnest money of Rs 2,50,000.

The complainant wrote several requests and reminders to the opposite party seeking details of allotment but allegedly, no reply was received.

Later, the opposite party informed the complainant about the forfeiture of the booking amount and that the flat was re-allotted to some other person.

The opposite party stated that Shruti Ranjan was the only link between them and the complainant but had left the job. “After going through the material on record, we feel that it is a clear-cut case of unfair trade practice and high-handedness on the part of the opposite party with an officer of defence services”, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum ruled and asked the opposite party to pay the relief.



2 students held for harassing family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The UT police today arrested two students for sexually harassing a woman and her two daughters at Elante Mall in the Industrial Area last night.

The police arrested Anjot Singh, a resident of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, and his friend Himmat Singh, a resident of Muktsar in a case of molestation, causing hurt and criminal intimidation. The case was registered at the Industrial Area police station.

While Antoj is a law student, Himmat Singh is a student of DAV College in Sector 10.

The incident occurred last night when a family comprising a man, his wife and two daughters came to Elante Mall to watch the 8.30 pm show of a movie.

The students were sitting on the rear side of the row where the family was seated. As per the complaint given to the police, Antoj and Himmat Singh twice put up their feet on the chair occupied by the women in the front row to which they objected. However, the students remained adamant and again touched the woman with their feet. A heated argument ensued following which the students asked the family to come out and threatened them.

The drama continued outside the auditorium during which the two students also slapped the minor daughter of the couple. The police was then called which tried to resolve the matter. The victims then gave a complaint in writing against the two students following which they were immediately arrested and non-bailable offences under Sections 354, 323, 506 of the IPC were slapped on them.



Insulted in front of girl, youth sets SUV afire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
In two separate incidents, cars were damaged with one of them set afire, in the last 24 hours.

In the first incident, a youth set a car on fire after he was asked to remove his motorcycle from outside a house. He was upset over being disturbed and checked as he was sitting with his girlfriend.

Jagwinder Singh, a city-based businessman, residing in Sector 61, reported to the police that he had asked a youth to remove his motorcycle from outside his house on Sunday .The youngster was sitting in the park with a girl.

Jagwinder said he had removed the motorcycle after which a verbal spat ensued between the two. The bike of the youth was parked under the shade of a tree outside Jagwinder's house.

The youth left the place and threatened the businessman. The next morning, Jagwinder found his Tata Safari car burnt. The accused was caught on CCTV camera while setting the SUV on fire. The investigations are on to identify the accused and arrest him.

In a separate incident, four youngsters damaged the windowpanes and a car of a woman, Sita Devi, in Ramdarbar on Sunday night. The youngsters damaged Sita Devi’s car which was parked outside the house. Accused Ravi has been arrested and three others Rahul, Nanha and Bohra are still absconding.The police said personal enmity was the reason behind the incident. A case was registered at the Sector 31 police station.



Constable thrashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A constable with the UT police was allegedly thrashed by two youths as he tried to stop them from fighting last night.

The incident took place at Sector 25 where Constable Rajesh Kumar was on patrolling duty. He spotted Krishan Kumar and Dhanu, alias Pramod, fighting near the Kumhar Colony. As he tried to stop them, the duo started manhandling him and also tore off his uniform. In the scuffle, Krishan Kumar hit the constable with a stone.

The accused tried to flee from the spot but were nabbed by other police officials.

The injured policeman was rushed to the GMSH, Sector 16.

The duo has been booked for manhandling a police official and deterring him from performing his duty.



Man killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A 32-year-old man died after a truck hit the scooter he was riding in the Industrial Area here last evening.

Mohinder Singh alias Monu, a resident of Mani Majra and the owner of a catering business, was returning home on a scooter when a truck hit his vehicle from the left side near the Chandigarh Railway Station. Mohinder lost control of the scooter and fell down while the truck driver sped away.

An eye witness told the police that the truck was being driven rashly.

The accused driver has not been identified as no one could note down the registration number of the truck.

The police said investigations were on.

A case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified truck driver.



Youngsters Club thrash NPS in soccer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Youngsters Club, Chandigarh, under the guidance of experienced former player Ankur Khanna, won the title of the 3rd GRB Football Tournament by defeating New Public School (NPS), Sector 18, (3-1) in the finals of the championship held at the football stadium in Sector 17 here today.

Playing strategically, the club used all sides of the field to penetrate in the rival’s defence. Playing under pressure, the New Public School lads made an extra effort but failed to retaliate.

In the 22nd minute, club’s striker Navdeep brought a good news with his power pack shot, enough to beat NPS, and posting the first goal. After leading the way, the team started playing possession and sealed the first half in their favour. In the second half, the NPS fielded fresh legs and started building pressure with regular visits to the rivals’ area. However, the substitute strikers failed to level the score.

Taking full advantage, in the 51st minute Rocky of the club scored the second goal.

Later in the 63rd minute, the tally was increased to 3-0 with left-winger Mohit using his left-punching volley shot.

In the 70th minute, substitute Pankaj of the NPS scored a consolation goal in the 70th minute.

The club won its second best title by beating the NPS side.

The club also represented the city in the last year’s edition of the Durand Cup qualifiers.



Chess Tourney
Jaskeerat, Arunima bag top spots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Shishir Lamba, Pratyaksh Goel, Saumya Lamba, Jaskeerat Singh, Shrushti Fulzele and Arunima Goyal claimed the top spot in their respective categories during the concluding day of the Chandigarh Open and Girl Chess Championship, held at St Xaviers's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

In the open (U-11) category, Jaskeerat Singh of Delhi Public School secured five points to finish at the top spot while Arunima Goyal of Sacred Heart School claimed the title of girls (U-19) category with three-and-a-half points.

Shishir Lamba of Strawberry Fields School, Sector 26, and Pratyaksh Goel maintained their day with four-and-a-half points in the open (U-11) category while in the girls (U-11) category, Saumya Lamba and Shrushti Fulzele secured 4 points to lead the category.

The organisers have also selected Shrushti Fulzele, Shishir Lamba, Pratyaksh Goel, Saumya Lamba, Jaskeerat Singh, Anubhav Tuknayat, Ishaan Singh Mendiratta, Archit Gupta, Arunima Goyal, Tarini Goyal, Simranjeet Kaur, and Edha Garg to represent Chandigarh in the upcoming nationals to be held in Orissa (U-11) from July 24 to August 1 and Pune (U-19) from July 10 to 18.

In the closing ceremony, Naveen Bansal, vice-president of the Chandigarh Chess Association, distributed prizes among the winners.


Point position in the open (U-11)

4 1/2 Points: Shishir Lamba and Pratyaksh Goel; 4 Points: Jaspreet Singh; 3 Points: Arnav Khushwaha, Bhavya Batra, Shiven Gupta, Manit Singh and Anhat Singh; 2 1/2 Points: Krish Gupta; 2 Points: Jaskaran Singh, Punya Garg, Arjun Sagar and Hariday Malik; 1 1/2 Points: Tarush Mittal; 1 Point: Shaunak Chaudhary and Ayaan Gupta; 0 Point: Aadi Gupta.

Point position girls' (U-11)

4 Points: Saumya Lamba and Shrushti Fulzele; 2 Points: Jiyana Gupta and Mitali Saini; 1 Point: Ishita.

Point position Open category

5 Points: Jaskeerat Singh; 4 Points: Anubhav Tuknayat and Ishaan Singh Mendiratta; 3 1/2 Points: Archit Gupta; 3 Points: Rohit Roy, Yogik Khurana, Mansimran, Armaan and Rishabh Jain; 2 1/2 Points: Yash Yakhmi, Rishit Gupta and Amartya Bhattacharjee; 2 Points: Navrattan, Karanveer, Gurfateh Singh and Nikhilesh Sood; 1 Point: Naman Kaushal, Piyush Aggarwal and Sunisht

Point position girls (U-19)

3 1/2 Points: Goyal Arunima; 3 Points: Tarini Goyal, Simranjeet Kaur and Edha Garg

2 1/2 Points: Kashish Kaushal; 2 Points: Aarika Dhir, Nehal, Rhea Sharma; 1 Point: Anahat, Saumya and Reet Kamal Kaur



Golf centre inaugurated at college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A golf learning centre was inaugurated on the occasion of the founder's day celebration of Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, here today.

Finance-cum-Education Secretary Sarvjit Singh inaugurated the centre and also visited the sports arena of the college and assured all-weather swimming pool and multipurpose gymnasium hall for the college.

Rajiv Tiwari, Additional STA; Dr Ramneek Sharma, Dean College Instruction, and AC Sharma, vice-principal of the college, were among those others present.

College Principal JS Raghu welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the development made by the college in the recent years.

He thanked the Alumni Association for their active participation in the college.

Jagdeep Cheema, President, Alumni Association, said the individual growth depends on what you contribute towards society. The artificial golf learning centre would allow young aspirants of the college to try their hand and opt for professional exposure in golf.

The artificial field would also help students of Masters in Physical Education to specialise their focus in golf to further help them in coaching.



Faraheen overpowers Tuba in carrom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Carrom player Faraheen overpowered experienced Tuba 2-0, to win the women's final of the 17th St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament, concluded here today.

In the finals of the women's category, Faraheen bt Tuba 2-0(18-15 and 22-14). In the finals of the men's championship, Hassan bt Talib 2-1 (20-15, 7-24 and 15-12).

Earlier, Chirag, Nidhi, Talib and Tuba clinched the titles in the boys sub-junior, girls sub-junior, boys junior and girls junior categories, respectively.


Women's (semi finals): Farah bt Priya Sharma 25-6, 25-00; Tuba bt Manu 25-4, 21-4; Maryam bt Gurkiran 25-9, 17-10; Nidhi bt Gulshan 25-9, 25-00; Men's (final): Hassan bt Talib 20-15, 7-24, 15-12; semi finals - Talib bt Neeraj Bharti 25-10, 25-04; Hassan bt Raj kumar 25-9,12-25, 25-3; Quarter finals -Talib bt Mazhar Khan 25-17, 23-18; Neeraj Bharti bt Yishu Sharma 17-12, 25-6; Hassan bt Riyassat Ali 25-00, 25-4; Boys (sub-junior) semi-finals - Sahil bt Mihir Yadav, 2-15,14-2, 14-11 Chirag bt Sahil Thakur 13-8,12-8,12-8; finals - Chirag bt Sahil Thakur 14-8,12-8,12-8; Boys Junior (semi finals) - Talib bt Paras Arora 21-00, 21-00; Arish bt Sahil Thakur 23-10, 21-10; finals - Talib bt Arish 21-00, 21-05; Girls (sub-junior) semi-finals - Nidhi bt Sanya Chadha 20-09, 21-00; Maryam bt Komal 16-06, 11-09; Finals - Nidhi bt Maryam 17-01, 12-08; Girls (junior) semi finals - Tuba bt Nidhi 21-11, 6-21,14-09; Priya bt Manu 18-13, 15-12; finals - Tuba bt Priya 21-12, 21-14; Women (singles) quarter finals -Farhen bt Gurkiran 25-00, 21-15; Priya Sharma bt Maryam 21-06, 21-10; Manu bt Gulshan 25-8, 22-16; Tuba bt Nidhi Gupta, 16-13, 5-20, 20-11; semi finals - Farheen bt Priya 20-6, 25-00; Tuba bt Manu 25-4,21-4; Men (singles) 1st Round-Talib bt Arish 24-13, 25-12; Quyyam Khan bt Himanshu 19-00, 25-00; Mazhar Khan bt Ojal Anand 25-4, 25-6; Sahil bt Ansh Gupta 25-00, 25-00; Neeraj Bharti bt IH Khan 25-00, 25-00; Gagandeep bt Umeed Ali 25-14, 25-00; Tasavar Ali bt Nimitanshu 9-21, 23-12, 25-15; Raj Kumar bt Dhruv Chakarvarti 18-14, 8-25, 24-16; Paras Arora bt Saquib Hussan 25-19, 25-00; Hassan bt Jatin Chadhary 25-00, 24-00; second round - Mazhar Khan bt Quyyam 17-4, 22-13; Talib bt Akshay Mittal 25-00, 25-00, Yishu bt Sahil 21-00, 24-00; Neeraj bt Saleem Ahmed 25-00, 25-00; Gagandeep bt Tassavar 25-0. 25-0; Raj Kumar bt Navitesh Walia 25-00, 25-00; Risayat Ali bt Paras Arora 24-9, 25-0; Hassan bt Arib 25-1, 25-0; quarter finals - Talinb bt Mazhar 25-17, 23-18; Hassan bt Risayat Ali 25-00, 25-04.



Cricket Tourney
Lahore academy enter semis
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
The Lahore Schools Sports Academy, Pakistan, has defeated East Zone Cricket Academy by 118 runs to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing 21st All-India Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda League Cricket Championship for Boys (U-17), being played at the JR Institute of Cricket stadium, Barwala, here.

Batting first, the Lahore academy scored 206 runs in the allotted 30 overs.

Their innings was well stabled by Naik Mohhamed, who scored 94 runs. In reply, the other team bundled out for 88 runs in 21.3 overs. Amit Sharma with his 21-run contribution remained the main scorer for the team.

For Lahore team, Waqas Malik led the day by claiming 6 wickets for 21 runs.

In the second match, North Zone defeated West Zone XI by 8 wickets.

Brief scores

Lahore Schools Sports Academy - 206 for 7 in 30 overs (Naik Mohhamed 94, Haseeb Mohhamed 29, Shahrukh Ali 22; Deep 3 for 42)

East Zone - 88 all out in 21.3 overs (Amit Sharma 21, Manish 16; Waqas Malik 6 for 21, Mohd Danish 2 for 15)

2nd match

West Zone - 124 all out in 30 overs (Kiran Yadav 21, Sahil 21; Sagar Sharma 4 for 19, Aman 3 for 20, Uttkarsh Bhukkal 2 for 17, Alok Rai 2 for 22)

North Zone - 125 for 2 in 21.2 overs (Mayank Chaudhary 57, Sagar Sharma 51 not out; Navnath 2 for 21).



Cricket trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Bishen Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust (BBCCT) and Yuvraj Singh Centre of Excellence (YSCE) will conduct selection trials for a cricket coaching camp on May 28 at the grounds of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, from 2:30pm onwards.

The selected players will go through a rigorous coaching camp in Himachal before the final

selection of the team. The team will visit the United Kingdom for an exposure trip meant for international cricket developments.

The participants under the age of 14, 16 and 20 years are eligible to appear for the trials. The trials will be conducted by former international player Bishan Singh Bedi and faculty members of the YSCE. 



CLTA trainee claims tennis title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) trainee Sabrang Sandal won the Dehradun AITA Talent Series Singles (U-16) title by defeating his counterpart CLTA trainee Sahesnu Sharma in straight sets today. Sabrang registered the win 6-3 and 6-2.

On the other hand, in the ongoing Sirsa AITA Championship Series, (CHART) trainee Bhupinder went down against top seed Manan Singh in the finals of boys' (U-14) singles 6-3 and 6-3.

In the doubles category, local lads failed to overcome Manan Singh and Jagtar Arora. Local CHART trainees Bhupender and Shashikant lost to Manan and Jagtar 6-4 and 7-6 (4). 



Chess championship from May 31
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
The Mohali District Chess Association (MDCA) will organise a two-day Mohali District Open U-19 Category Chess Championship at The British School, Sector 70, from May 31 to June 1, here.

Interested players can register their entries on 8591289001 and 9888753039 before May 30.

All five rounds (changeable) in each category would be played under the FIDE laws and the Swiss system.

The three position holders in the each category will represent Mohali in the upcoming Punjab State Chess Championship. It will be conducted from June 7 to June 8 in Patiala.



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