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SAD leader assures help to kin of youths in Iraq
Tribune News Service

Dappar, June 23
Senior Akali leader Deepinder Singh Dhillon visited the family members of five youths, who are stranded in the strife-torn Iraq for the past many days, and assured them all possible help to bring the youths back home.

Expressing solidarity with the families, Dhillon, who is closely associated with the area, told them that the state government was very serious on the issue and was in continuous touch with the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Balwinder Singh, Sanju, Satnam Singh, Gurdhyan Singh and Vijay of the sub-division had been to Iraq to earn livelihood. They all were working as helpers with construction companies for the past over a year, Dhillon said. While Balwinder, Sanju and Satnam Singh, all residents of Dappar village, and Gurdhyan Singh of Ber Majra village were trapped in Baghdar, Vijay was in Basra, he claimed.

“The youths are in touch with their families and are safe there,” Dhillon said.

He also informed that while Balwinder’s mother Darshan Kaur and Vijay’s father Puran Bahadur want their children back home, families of other three youths had not decided on bringing back their wards.



tackling drug abuse
Punjab to prepare database of addicts
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 23
The government has decided to prepare a database of drug addicts across the state to combat the drug menace in the state.

Gagandeep Singh Brar, Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, revealed this during his visit to government-run healthcare institutions in Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and Banur recently. He directed the officers of the Health Department to collect details of the drug addicts in their respective areas. Brar also asked them to generate awareness against drug abuse at the grassroots level.

The special principal secretary said medical officers (MO) of all health organisations in the state were being trained in the PGI, Chandigarh, to ensure proper and efficient treatment of addicts.

Brar also directed Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Puneet Goel to ensure full supply of medicines to the drug de-addiction centres in the district. He also asked the ADC to ensure rehabilitation of the inmates so that they could earn livelihood and do not pick up the addiction again.

A Venu Parsad, secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development Authority, Shashi Divedi, Inspector General (crime), Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Bhatti and Civil Surgeon Dr Nilam Bhardwaj were present.



Attawa liquor vend
Contractor not to pay licence fee till vend opens: HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has come to the rescue of the liquor contractor, who could not open a vend in Attawa village here as residents in its vicinity were not willing to allow the vend to function.

The court has now made it clear that the contractor would not have to pay further licence fee till he was permitted to operate the vend.

In a petition filed against the Finance Secretary and other respondents, Satya Pal and another petitioner, through their counsel Vikram Jain, had earlier contended that a liquor vend in Attawa village was auctioned to the petitioner, but he was not being allowed to operate by local residents. Jain, also Haryana’s Additional Advocate General, had contended that despite orders by the Administration, a law and order problem was persisting and the liquor vend was closed.

Responding to the assertions, the counsel for the UT sought 10 days time to “ensure opening of the liquor vend and its smooth functioning without interference from any person whatsoever.” He also told the court: “In case residents of the locality do not permit the liquor vend to open, the UT, Chandigarh, would consider refunding the amount paid by the petitioners towards the liquor vend.”

Fixing June 30 as the next date of hearing, the High Court asserted: “Till the vend opens, the petitioners shall not be obliged to pay any further amount towards licence fee”.



2 held for sharing jokes on Gurmeet Ram Rahim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
The Chandigarh Police on Monday arrested two persons for sending jokes on Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on the mobile messaging app — WhatsApp. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is a spiritual leader and the head of the India-based socio-spiritual organisation, Dera Sacha Sauda.

The police said Ashok Kumar, a resident of Maloya and a disciple of Ram Rahim, complained about the jokes sent on WhatsApp.

During investigation, the police found that Jasbir Singh, resident of Dera Bassi and working as a lab technician at a private college in Mohali, had sent the joke on a WhatsApp ‘group’ created by one Satinder Singh, resident of Sector 39, and a student of the same college. Satinder further shared the joke with Ashok Kumar.

Meanwhile, a case under relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act have been registered against both accused at the Sector 39 police station.



Car mechanic held for using red beacon on car
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 23
The Mohali Police today arrested a Chandigarh-based car mechanic for using a red beacon on his car and impersonating as a senior officer of the State Information Commission, Punjab.
The car in police custody in Mohali on Monday
The car in police custody in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

The accused, Akshay, is a resident of Sector 27 and runs a mechanic shop at Sector 28.

When the police intercepted the accused at a naka laid on the Zirakpur-Ambala Highway, near McDonald’s, he tried to hoodwink them by producing a fake identity card, which showed him as the District Education Officer (DEO), State Information Commission, Punjab.

Akshay was apprehended while he was on his way from Ambala to Chandigarh in his car (CH01A Q 8765).

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said cops at the naka got suspicious on seeing the red beacon on a small segment car.

“We are investigating why he used the red beacon on his car and whether he has been involved in defrauding people”, said SSP Bhatti.

After confiscating the car and Akshay’s identity card, the police registered a cheating case against him at the Zirakpur Police Station.



City lads script inning’s win over Ludhiana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
Chandigarh scripted an inning and 22 runs win over Ludhiana in a (U-19) match of the Dhruv Pandove Trophy at Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh, today.

Bowlers witnessed downfall of 18 wickets in total.

Resuming at the overnight score of 195 runs for 2 while chasing Ludhiana’s score of 280, Chandigarh went on to score 344 in 110.2 overs before being bowled out.

Bhagminder Singh Lathar and Arpit Singh Pannu put on 52 runs for the third wicket before Bhagminder Singh was caught by Parul Mehndiratta of Karan’s ball. He scored 64 runs off 132 balls inclusive of 12 boundaries. Another partnership that played crucial role was of 61 runs between Nawansh Aggarwal and Utkarsh Aggarwal. The partnership was broken when Nawansh Aggarwal was caught by Navendu Sharma of Karan’s ball. He scored 27 runs inclusive of two boundaries and two sixes.

Meanwhile, other contributions included Arpit Singh Pannu’s 45 runs off 122 balls with four boundaries and Utkarsh Aggarwal 47 runs off 71 balls with seven boundaries and one six.

For Ludhiana the bowling contributions included that of Navendu Sharma who picked three wickets by conceding 62 runs, Karan who picked three wickets by conceding 86 runs and Anmol Sharma who picked two wickets by giving 64 runs.

Trailing by 84 runs, Ludhiana started on a disastrous note as they lost their opener Kashish with just 7 runs on the board. He was quickly followed by Dipin Chitkara who scored just 15 runs and Rajat Arora. Thereafter it was all mayhem for Ludhiana batsmen as medium pacer Jagjit Singh Sandhu and Bhagminder Singh Lathar routed the entire batting line up by bundling out Ludhiana for a meagre 62 in 31 overs.

Nine Ludhiana batsmen failed to enter the double figures. Jagjit Singh Sandhu returned the flattering figures of 16-8-27-7 while Bhagminder Singh Lathar claimed 3 for 26.

Chandigarh recorded an innings and 22 runs win to garner 7 points including a bonus while Ludhiana got zero.


Meanwhile, in the second match played at Patiala, hosts resuming at overnight sore of 121 runs for 4 were bowled out for 233 in 108.2 overs. The main batting contributions came from Sagar Kumar who scored 76 runs off 222 balls with 14 boundaries while Manveer Singh scored 25 runs off 26 balls with 4 boundaries and one six.

For Mohali, left arm spinner Harmanbir Singh (5 for 82) and Jasinder Singh (3 for 73) were the most successful bowlers. Mohali in their second innings were 194 for 4 in 64 overs at the end of the third day’s play. Mohali were ahead by 326 runs and on road to getting the better of Patiala. Shubhman Gill 29, Abhijit Garg 66 and Ramandeep Singh unbeaten 43 were the principal run getters for Mohali in the second innings. For Patiala, Mayank Markande clinched 2 for 40.


In the third match played at Burlton park in Jalandhar, hosts resuming at 132 for 4 were bowled out for 265 in 113.1 overs. Akshit Chhabra resuming at 20 along with Shubham Joshi 11 went on to add 66 runs for the fifth wicket before Shubhman Joshi was trapped in front by Rahul Kashyap for 31 inclusive of 4 boundaries. Akshit Chhabra and Mohit Mariya then added 46 runs for the sixth wicket before Akshit Chhabra was trapped in front by Abhishek Sharma for a well made 87 off 228 balls studded with 10 boundaries and one six. For Amritsar Rahul Kashyap (4 for 88) Rohit Kumar (3 for 75) and Abhishek Sharma (3 for 39) shared the spoils.

Amritsar in their second innings was 169 for 7 in 45 overs at the close of third day’s play. They were leading by 201 runs with 3 wickets in hand. A 77-run third-wicket stand between Abhinav Sharma and Navneet Singh was the highlight of Amritsar’s second innings. The third wicket stand was broken when Abhinav Sharma was caught and bowled by Mohit Mariya for 32 off 50 balls with 5 boundaries. Navneet Singh fell to a catch by Shubham Joshi of Rohit Chohan after hitting a quick-fire 73 off 60 balls with 9 boundaries and 4 sixes. For jalandhar, Rohit Chohan (3 for 62) was the most successful bowler. The match is poised for an exciting finish on the fourth day.



Talented players can join Army Boys Sports Companies: PCA chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
Chief Executive Officer of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA, Mohali), Brigadier (retd) GS Sandhu during a media interaction at the PCA stadium recounted the journey behind Army Boys Sports Companies (BSCs) inception and its contribution in the nation’s cause in grooming potential talent in selected sports disciplines to achieve excellence up to the Olympic level.

GS Sandhu stated that it took him decade-long persuasion with authorities concerned to revive the erstwhile Boys Companies of the British era, which were disbanded in 1976 as a part of ‘cost-cutting measures’.

Sandhu, who had also served as the chairman of Army’s Sports Control Board in 1991, and was awarded Vashisht Seva Medal for promotion and development of sports in the Army stated, “Today, most of the youngsters don’t know about the history of the BSCs or the role being played by them in grooming and producing the sports talent.”

Sandhu added that the BSCs came into being nearly 23 years ago as a Joint Venture (JV) between the Army and the Sports Authority of India. He informed that presently 18 BSCs are functioning in various regimental centres, with children between 10-16 years eligible for enrolment provided they meet the laid down criteria.

“The Army says that dedicated and talented sports persons with zeal, passion and ability to win Olympic medals for the country can join the BSCs. The recruits are provided free education, boarding and lodging and imparted sports training in various disciplines such as archery, athletics, boxing, weight lifting, wrestling, fencing and others under the guidance of professional Army, SAI and the foreign coaches,” he said.

While highlighting the initiatives taken by the army for promotion of sports, he said: “The Army has also started its ‘Mission Olympic Programme’ 13 years ago to train the elite sportsmen in eleven selected disciplines to excel in various national and international competitions. Under this, shooters RVS Rathore and Vijay Kumar did the country proud by bagging silver medals in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.



Indonesian coach imparts training to city shuttlers
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
India is not able to produce quality professional badminton players as number of junior national tournaments held in India are less as compared to countries like China, Indonesia and Singapore said Indonesian coach Hendra Mulyono, who is presently training young players at Panjab University.

Hendra further stated, “After Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, India does not have any exceptionally good player and one of the major reasons for it is lesser exposure and competitions at the junior level.”

The 28-year-old won gold in the mixed doubles event in the Indonesia International Challenge in 2010 and had coached the Philippines national team in 2011.

While commenting about the infrastructure available in the city, he said, “The present infrastructure is good enough for making a prodigy of players. The country has ample potential.”

Hendra who had been part of the Indonesian team, had also played from Djarum badminton club. The coach who himself had been an ace shuttler had a knee and shoulder injury in December 2010, following which he took to coaching. Meanwhile, commenting upon the Indian Badminton League, the coach said, “Now domestic players will get a chance to play with international level players and get a good experience and exposure, which will strengthen the Indian team.”



Local shooter notches world rank 39
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 23
Shooter Ayush Rudraraju, a Class VII student of Oakridge International School, has clinched world rank 39 and Indian team rank 2 in the First International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Junior Cup held at SUHL, Germany.

The school authorities informed that International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) is an organisation that governs International Shooting Sports and is a member of the International Olympic committee.

While congratulating Ayush, principal Pranjala Das said he was the youngest athlete ever to compete in the history of the ISSF Junior Competition.

Das further stated that this was the highest score ever achieved by a 12-year-old at any national level shotgun championship.

The school authorities added that Ayush had also been selected to represent India at the Sixth International Junior Shotgun Cup from July 21 to 27 at Orimattila, Finland.



tae kwon do meet
Hosts Holy Wonders bag top honours
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 23
The Holy Wonders Smart School organised an Inter-School Tae Kwon Do Meet on its campus here today. Various schools of the tricity, including, Anees School, Doon International School, Kendriya Vidhyalaya, AKSIPS and Swami Ram Tirath School took part in it.

The event opened with a spectacular self-defence and combat techniques presented by the students of all schools followed by a series of competition amongst different belts of various schools.

The Holy Wonders and Anees School, Kharar, bagged the top honours. Darshan was adjudged as the winner of the Under 49 kg category (boys) while Abhishek and Jashan bagged Under 30 kg category (boys) titles. In the girls’ category Jyoti and Gurleen were adjudged as champions of Under 25 kg.

Principal Premjeet Grover said tae kwon do enhances self-esteem by heightening physical and mental powers of children.

She added that this martial art form builds confidence, develops discipline and improves the capabilities of self-defence among students.

“Tae kwon do is a game which increases child’s physical coordination, flexibility, balance, and mental acumen and athletic abilities and help him to overcome fear, self-doubt, anger, jealousy and laziness,” she said.



Kudos Chemie win by five wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
In the ongoing second AG Challenger Cup T-20 Cricket Tournament, Kudos Chemie defeated Max Sigma by five wickets at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, today.

In the first match played between Kudos Chemie and Max Sigma, the former batting first scored 117 runs for the loss of nine wickets. The main batting contributions came from Manoj who scored 28 runs while Varinder scored 20 runs.

While chasing, Max Sigma crumbled quickly as they were able to score only 112 runs in 15.2 overs before the whole team got bowled out. The best bowling spell bowled from Kudos team was by Ram Kumar who picked 3 wickets by conceding only 18 runs. From Max Sigma, Vipin bowled the best bowling spell as he picked four wickets by giving only 16 runs.

In the second match played between Siemens India versus Marriott Hotel, the latter won the match by 68 runs, while in the third match played between Max Hospital and USV, the latter won by three wickets.

Brief scores


Marriott Hotel: 152 runs for 9 wickets (Abhilash 41, Faiz 30, Prakash 3 for 14 and Mandeep 2 for 9)

Siemens: 84 runs for 9 wickets (Ashok Malik 17, Rohit 13 Harman 4 for 21, Dinesh 4 for 26)


Max Hospital: 149 runs for 6 wickets (Sandeep 62, Ravinder 19 and Jung Bahadur 2 for 22)

USV: 151 runs for 7 wickets in 17.3 overs (Tej Singh 48, Mohinder 37 and Sumit 4 for 19).



Tennis tournament from June 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 23
The Total Tennis Academy will be organising the sixth tournament at Swami Ram Tirath Total Tennis Academy, Phase IV, Mohali .

The organisers informed that during the event, competitions will be held for U-10, U-12 and U-14 boys’ category. While in the girls’ category, competitions for U-12 and14 will be held.

They added that the tournament would be held from June 25 to 27. The academy has invited entries till June 24 till 8:00 pm.



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