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High Drama
Accident victims’ bodies swapped
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 28
High drama was witnessed at local Civil Hospital today over swapping of bodies of two youths, preserved in the morgue after their death in separate road accidents, on Thursday.
The hospital staff was put to a quandary when Vishnu Kumar, father of Amarjit Singh, an employee of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), who died in a road accident at Sarseeni village near Lalru on Thursday, refused to take the body given to him by the hospital. He said it was not his son’s body.

As the news of body swapping spread in the hospital, RK Mittal, senior medical officer, summoned the staff deployed at the morgue. It came to light that bodies of two youngsters, Amarjit Singh and Abhishek, a resident of Sector 23, Chandigarh—almost of same age and built— had died in separate road accidents.

Relatives of Abhisek had taken the body of Amarjit Singh after postmortem to Chandigarh on Thursday evening after signing the documents.

The hospital staff then informed Abhishek’s family members about the swapping and asked them to identify the body. SMO said Rajnish, maternal uncle of Abhishek, and other mistakenly took Amarjit Singh’s body and cremated it last night. After identifying Abhisekh’s body he admitted his fault saying that he was in a state of shock after his nephew’s death and took away the body without seeing its face. Members of both the families decided that Vishnu Lal and his relatives will collect the ashes of Amarjit Singh from crematorium and will do the rites.



Two get anticipatory bail in PGI paper leak scam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The court of Special CBI Judge, Vimal Kumar, today granted anticipatory bail to two accused in the PGI scam that was unearthed in 2012.
The court granted bail to T. Phaneendra Reddy and Ramana Kovilakaru.

On November 11, 2012, the CBI had busted the paper leak scam in the PGI and arrested 15 accused, including seven girls, who were caught with bluetooth devices while taking the exam.

The girls were decoy candidates who were leaking the examination paper to facilitate cheating in the entrance test by emailing a copy of the paper through electronic gadgets to eight other gang members, residing in a hotel at Sector 35.

Gurivi Reddy led the gang and answers to the questions were provided by another accused, Dr Gangadhar Reddy based in Patna, who has also been arrested.

T Phaneendra Reddy and Ramana Kovilakaru were questioned by the CBI when the scam was uncovered.

They had applied for bail fearing arrest which was granted today.



Circuit Bench rues adjournment in cases of medical neglect
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Lamenting that a majority of medical negligence cases taken up by the Circuit Bench of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) here last week resulted in adjournment due to non-availability of advocates concerned, Justice (retd) VB Gupta, president of the Circuit Bench, said they were eager to hear these cases in Chandigarh as they had prepared for these.

Cases of enhancing compensation in the Anupama case with PGI doctors as the accused party and a wrong blood transfusion case were among the cases that were adjourned.

Justice (retd) VB Gupta and Vinay Kumar, who are here to hold the National Commission Circuit Bench, said all judges perused the files of the cases scheduled to come up for hearing the next day. Though they were eager to decide these cases, they were left helpless sometimes and had to adjourn the cases due to some technical problem, such as non-availability of the advocates concerned, they said. “We have decided around 47 cases in these two weeks. Around 40 cases used to come up for hearing every day,” said VB Gupta.

Commenting on a high number of cases, which had to be adjourned by the Circuit Bench during the last fortnight, Vinay Kumar said many parties have engaged advocates at Delhi and “we could not force them to engage other advocates at Chandigarh”.

Stickers released

The Chandigarh Consumer Courts Bar Association on Friday launched a consumer awareness month. On the occasion, Justice (retd) VB Gupta and Vinay Kumar, members of the National Commission Circuit Bench, released stickers bearing slogans on consumer protection.

The awareness month will culminate on National Consumer Day that falls on December 24, the day the Consumer Protection Act was enacted in 1987. The stickers will be pasted in markets and will be distributed among general public while observing the awareness month.



3 bike theft cases in city

Chandigarh, November 28
Three cases of bike thefts were reported from the city.
Sita Ram, a resident of Sector 34, reported that someone has stolen his motorcycle, which was parked near Kisan Mandi in Sector 15 here.

In another case, Surjit Singh, a resident of EWS flats, Dhanas, reported that someone took away his motorcycle from the Sector 46 market.

The third incident was reported by Hardeep Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, Punjab. He stated that his motorcycle was stolen from near the Hotel Management Institute in Sector 42. The police have registered cases in the incidents. — TNS



Youth Premier League
Haryana Heroes lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Punjab Panthers faltered at the last hurdle and conceded the winners’ trophy to Haryana Heroes in the Youth Premier League that concluded at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium today.

In the final, Rocky Ratta of the Haryana Heroes, who shared the man of the series title with Punjab Panthers’ skipper Bakhshish Singh, was unstoppable.

In the match winning performance, he hit 5 fours and 5 sixes in a 67-run knock. He also claimed three Punjab Panthers wickets for a paltry 6 runs.

All-rounder Sumit Hooda rattled up an unbeaten 41 runs on the Punjab Panthers bowlers.

Facing a daunting task of overhauling the Haryana total of 153 runs in the allotted 15 overs, Punjab Panthers batsmen mowed miserably.

Skipper Bakhshish Singh went for a duck. Minor contributions came from Mohammad Ali (25), Manoj (23) and Indraz (15). The team lost 9 wickets and fell 38 runs short of the target.

Earlier, the semifinals turned out to be one-sided affairs. Hayana Heroes registered a comfortable 5-wicket victory over Reva Tigers and Punjab Panthers had a cakewalk over Delhi Dragons, overhauling a meagre total of 27 in just 2 overs without losing a wicket.

The winners’ trophy carried a purse of Rs 3 lakh and the runners up got Rs 1.5 lakh cash prize. The man of the series was awarded a motor bike.



Table tennis trials on December 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The UT Sports Department will conduct trials to select the Chandigarh civil services table tennis team. The trials will be conducted at Table Tennis Hall in Sector 23 on December 2.
The district sports officer, KS Bharti, said all fledged departments of the UT Administration can take part in the trials. The participants are advised to carry 
their identity cards for verification.

The selected team will represent the Chandigarh civil services team in the All-India Civil Services Table Tennis Tournament 2014-15, said an organiser of the event.

The table tennis tournament is scheduled to take place from December 22. The meet will end on December 24.

The championship will be held at LNIPE, Tapesia Sports Complex, Sonapur, Guwahati, Assam, said the district sports officer, KS Bharti. 



GGS college log win in ball badminton meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, clinched the title of the Panjab University Ball Badminton (Women) Championship for the session 2014-15.
The PU Campus, Chandigarh, Dev Samaj College for Women, Chandigarh, and PG Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, secured second, third and fourth positions respectively.

The GGS College for Women notched the top spot after defeating PU Campus, Chandigarh, 29-15, 29-14 points.

The Dev Samaj College for Women, Chandigarh, defeated PG Government College, Sector 46, 27-29, 29-10, 29-22 points, to secure the third position.

Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, clinch basketball title

Khalsa College, Garhdiwala (Hoshiarpur), won the Panjab University Inter-College Basketball (Men) B-Division Championship for the session 2014-15. The GTB National College, Dakha (Ludhiana), bagged the second position.

In the final, Khalsa College, Garhdiwala (Hoshiarpur), beat GTB National College, Dakha (Ludhiana), 69-38 points.

Earlier, GTB National College, Dakha (Ludhiana), beat the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh, 42-22 points, in the semifinal. Khalsa College, Garhdiwala (Hoshiarpur), beat GGD SD College, Hariana (Hoshiarpur), 54-17 points.



New Public School shine in basketball meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
During the first league match of the Rao Jai Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament (Boys), New Public School beat Guru Nanak Public School 37-11 while Kimbereley International School lost to Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Sector 38, today.

Naveen of New Public School remained main scorer of the match by hitting 17 points.

Aditya of Guru Nanak Public School managed to score 10 points.

Guru Harikishan’s Divyansh scored 10 points while Rahul of Kimberley could hit only 7 from the other team.

In another match, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, thrashed DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, with a score of 31-27.

Neeraj scored 10 points (maximum) while, Amant Tyagi of the rival team made 12 points.

In the girls’ category, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School defeated Vivek High School 33-29. From the winning team, Ramya scored 13 points and from the rival team Minal scored 14 points.

St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, beat Chakwal National School 16-8. Prachi from the winning team and Manpreet from rival team scored 6 and 4 points, respectively.

In other two matches, Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School (GGMSSS), Sector 20, scored over The News Public School 44-24 while Guru Nanak Public School defeated Carmel Convent School 30-3.

Pinky of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School (GGMSSS), Sector 22, got 16 while Neelankashi of The New Public School made 8 points. Akshita with 12 points was the best scorer from Guru Nanak Public School while Gursheen of Carmel Convent got 3 points.



Kings XI Punjab join hands with AIDS Healthcare Foundation 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Kings XI Punjab, a community-driven team, has collaborated with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The foundation provides medical care to AIDS-affected patients and their office has been registered as India Cares.

During an awareness event conducted in collaboration with the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, and a youth-based organisation Yuva, where the association between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Kings XI Punjab was officially announced, Dr Nochiketa Mohanty, country programme manager, AIDS Healthcare Foundation India, said, “It will be a part of AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s 20x20 global campaign to scale up access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for at least 20 million people by year 2020.”

“The larger objective of the initiative is to change the global mindset of people towards HIV testing and investing in treatment that will eventually yield humanitarian and economic benefits,” said Dr Mohanty.



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