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Tribune ex-GM cremated
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 10
Former general manager of The Tribune group of publications R.R. Sharma was cremated in Ram Bagh, Ambala cantonment, today. His elder son Ranti Dev Sharma lit the pyre.

A large number of residents of the Dyal Bagh area and several prominent citizens of Ambala attended the cremation. Assistant general manager (circulation) Rajeshwar Chopra placed a wreath on mortal remains of Sharma on behalf of The Tribune Trust. Former additional general manager O.P. Arora also paid tribute to the departed soul.

According to sources close to Sharma’s family, the uthala will be performed in Sanatan Dharam Mandir of Punjabi Mohalla at Ambala cantonment on January 12 from 2pm to 3 pm.



Day I: Encroachments removed amid tight security
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Demolition drive in progress in Pinjore on Thursday
Demolition drive in progress in Pinjore on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Pinjore, January 10
Backed by a heavy police force, the National Highway Authority of India started an anti-encroachment drive here today and razed dozens of buildings to ground.

However, no protests from the public were reported. Instead, many building owners starting demolishing the encroachments themselves to avoid the JCB machine attack on their buildings, which could result in severe damage to the buildings.

More than 50 encroachments on both sides of the national highway were removed during the drive, which started at 8 am.

The encroachments varied from 0.5 metre to 6 metre all along the highway and at isolated places, they were found to be as much as 15 metres resulting in traffic congestion on the road.

The NHAI authorities said the drive would resume tomorrow again as many of the encroachments were still to be cleared.

Equipped with three JCB machines under the supervision of two junior engineers and a number of labourers, the NHAI team stared demolishing the buildings at 8 am sharp. Around 150 police personnel, including 25 women cops, were deputed to tackle any untoward incident. Surajpur traffic control staff was also involved in the move to control the traffic as the road was obstructed due to debris falling from the demolished buildings.

NHAI Xen B.R. Kapoor, Kalka SDM Saket Kumar, and Kalka DSP Dayanand were present throughout the drive.

The public was informed about the drive through public address system yesterday.

The first building, which was demolished, belonged to the horitculture department. A three-storied building, housing an electronic shop, and the building of the Pinjore Vyapar Mandal were also demolished during the drive.

Many shops and houses were razed completely while outside many other buildings, encroachment of a few feet were removed.

Meanwhile, roads leading to Pinjore from all three sides, including Chandimandir, Parwanoo and Baddi, witnessed traffic jams as a result of the drive. Long queues of the vehicles could be seen as thousands of vehicles remained stranded on the highway for hours.



Man gets life term for killing uncle
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 10
A local court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for having killed his uncle about two-and-a-half years back.

The court of additional sessions judge sentenced Supinder Singh, a resident of Mehmadpur village, to 20 years in jail for having murdered his uncle Malkiat Singh of the same village. Supinder Singh had reportedly killed Malkiat Singh with some sharp-edged weapons. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him and in case he fails to deposit the fine, Supinder would have to undergo an additional term of one year in jail.

Malkit Singh's brother Baldev Singh, who is a cashier in Bassi Pathana branch of State Bank of Patiala, had lodged a complaint with Bassi Pathana police on July 8, 2005 in which he had stated that his wife had informed him over the telephoned that Supinder had picked up a quarrel with Malkiat after he went to irrigate his fields. When Baldev reached the fields, he saw that Supinder had killed Malkiat with sharp-edged weapons after which he fled.

After registering a case the police launched a hunt to track down the accused and after arresting him, started legal proceedings against him. 



90 tonne spurious jaggery seized
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, January 10
In an overnight operation carried out by the district health department, 90 tonnes of suspicious jaggery (gur) was seized from five trucks at Shambu barrier.

The health officials stated that they had received a tip-off that some people were trying to bring in spurious jaggery into the state in view of the upcoming Lohri festival.

The officials said on being asked, the drivers of the trucks said it was jaggery.

However, as the jaggery was in semi-solid state despite cold weather conditions prevailing in the region, the officials got suspicious. The health officials seized the five trucks and collected samples of the jaggery that were sent for chemical examination. 



School games end
Chandigarh strike it rich
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Chandigarh struck it rich, bagging six gold medals, in softball on the concluding day of the 53rd national school games here today.

In the final of the boys’ under-14 category played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-23, Chandigarh beat Punjab 3-1. Delhi won the bronze medal.

In the boys’ under-17 category, Chandigarh beat Punjab 2-0 to win the gold. Delhi won bronze medal in this category.

In the boys’ under-19 category, Chandigarh beat Chhattisgarh 4-2 in a match played at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37. Kerala bagged the bronze medal.

In the final of the girl’s under-14 category, Chandigarh defeated Punjab 6-5 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23. Andhra Pradesh won bronze. In another match, Andhra Pradesh beat Madhya Pradesh 18-7.

In the girls’ under-17 category, Chandigarh beat Delhi 5-4, winning yet another gold, at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44. Punjab won the bronze. In another match, Punjab beat Chhattisgarh 5-4.

Also, in the girls’ under-19 category, Chandigarh beat Punjab 9-5 in the final played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 36. Kerala won bronze. In another match, Kerala beat Delhi 6-4.

Hockey: Chandigarh under-17 boys won gold medal in hockey by defeating Punjab 2-0 during national school games at hockey stadium, Sector 42, here today.

In the u-17 girls’ category, Haryana clinched gold by defeating Chandigarh 4-0 in the final.

It was Chandigarh’s day today as the team won seven gold medals out of eight, where as Haryana won the eighth gold.



Ayush roller skates to top slot
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 10
Ayush and Harshit of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, finished first and second, respectively, in rink race-I in under-4 boys’ category of the 2nd Mohali District Roller Skating Championship-2008 held at Manav Mangal Smart School, here today.

The overall championship was won by Dikshant International School. Over 200 skaters from seven schools participated in the championship.


Rink race-I: boys: 4 to 6 yrs: 1 Nirbhay, 2 Sargam, 3 Vedant; 6 to 8 yrs: 1 Prayag Sharma, 2 Saurav Bajaj, 3 Harshpreet; 8 to 10 yrs: 1 Vipul, 2 Aryan Sharma, 3 Sant; 10 to 12 yrs: 1 Shrey, 2 Deepesh, 3 Gurnoor.

Girls: 4 to 6 yrs: 1 Eknoor, 2 K. Monika, 3 Guradesh; 6 to 8 yrs: 1 Nalini, 2 Publin, 3 Jhanvi; 8 to 10 yrs: 1 Poorva, 2 Sonal, 3 Tanya; 10 to 12 yrs: 1 Vanshika, 2 Neha Sharma.

Boys: in-line: 10 to 12 yrs: 1 Supreet, 2 Puneet; 12 to 14 yrs: 1 Maninder, 2 Ashish, 3 Yogesh; 14 to 16 yrs: 1 Gaurav, 2 Shivam Bali, 3 Rohit; above 16 yrs: 1 Sagar, 2 Karan, 3 Aditya.

Rink race-II: boys: under 4 yrs: 1 Ayush, 2 Harshit; 4 to 6 yrs: 1 Nirbhay, 2 Sargam, 3 Shivam; 6 to 8 yrs: 1 Prayag Sharma, 2 Harshpreet, 3 Saurav; 8 to 10 yrs: 1 Vipul, 2 Aryan Sharma; 10 to 12 yrs: 1 Shrey, 2 Deepesh, 3 Shubham.

Girls: 4 to 6 yrs: 1 Eknoor, 2 Gurdesh, 3 K. Monika; 6 to 8 yrs: 1 Hema, 2 Nalini, 3 Publin; 8 to 10 yrs: 1 Saakshi, 2 Apporva, 3 Nandini; 10 to 12 yrs: 1 Vanshika, 2 Neha Sharma.



ITF Meet
Vijayant enters quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Fourth seed Vijayant Malik of Chandigarh stormed into the quarterfinals of boys’ singles, thrashing 16th seed Phaninthon Pakpoomkamol from Thailand in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in the India ITF Junior (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament at CLTA Stadium in Sector 10, today.

Others who reached the quarterfinals are top seed B. Vikram Reddy and third seed Sitaram Budhanwa.

Reddy outclassed wildcard and 13th seed Parul Verma of Chandigarh 6-4, 7-6 in a well-contested match, while Sitaram moved ahead beating unseed Ashok Wagh in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the girls’ singles, top seed Nicha of Thailand, second seed Russian Anna Rapoport and fifth seed Tanvi Shah cleared the third round to reach quarterfinals.

Nicha got the better of 14th seed Maria Meliuk of Belarus 6-0, 6-4, while Tanvi Shah drubbed unseed Shweta Rana 6-2, 6-0.

Thailand’s Prang Pantusart gave second seed Anna Rapoport of Russia a tough time in the third round match.

Fifteenth seed Prang won the first set 6-0, but could not maintain the momentum as Anna came back strongly to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-2.

As two days of the tournament were washed out due to rain, the organisers held the boys’ singles second round matches at Lake Club Sports Complex, Sector 3, whereas the venue was shifted to CLTA for quarterfinal ties played late this evening.

Results: Boys’ u-18 (third round): Vijayant Malik b Phaninthon (Tha) 6-1, 6-1; Reddy B Vikram b Parul Verma 6-4, 7-6 (1); Sitaram Sudanwa b Akash Wagh 6-4, 6-4.

Girls’ singles (quarterfinals): Anna Rapoport (Rus) b Prang Pantubart (Tha) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2; Nicha (Tha) b Maria Meliuk (Belarus) 6-0, 6-4; Tanvi Shah b Shweta Rana 6-2, 6-0.

Boys’ u-18 singles (2nd round): Phaninthon (Tha) (16 seed) b Naveen 6-3, 6-2; Vijayant (4) b Chun-Ming (Hong Kong) 6-0, 6-0; Kaza Vinayak b Ivan (Belarus) (11) 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; Christopher (6) b Shantanu 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (2); Riki (NZ) (12) b Lakshit 6-3, 7-6 (6); Mandeep b Shiva (14) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; Joachim (Fra) (2) b Botir (Uzb) 6-1, 6-0; Faris (GB) (8) b Veera Vasanth S. 6-0, 6-2; Roman (Uzb) (10) b Digvijay Singh 6-2, 7-5.

Girls’ (2nd round): Anastasiya Prenko (Turkmenistan) (12) b Sushma Gutta (Ind) 6-4, 6-2; Rashmi Teltumbde (6) b Prabhamrit Kaur 6-1, 6-2; Sharmada Balu b Sonya Dayal (3) 7-5, 7-6 (2); Anna Piven (Ukraine) (11) b Noor Paul 6-0, 6-4; Nicha (Tha) (1) b Daria Tuaeva (Uzb) 6-4, 6-2; Maria Meliuk (Belarus) (14) b Ratnika Batra (Ind) 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-3; Margarita Lazareva (Rus) (8) b Prerana-Mythri 6-1, 6-4; Tanvi Shah (5) b Arantxa Andrady 6-0, 6-0; Anna Rapoport (Rus) (2) b Tanvi Gupta 6-2, 6-1; Ashvarya Shrivastava (15) b Garima Vatani 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Ting-Fei Juan (Taipei) b Inayat Khosla (13) 6-4, 6-0; Satjaporn (Tha) (4) b Sanjana Sharon Paul 6-1, 6-1; Prang Pantusart (Tha) (15) b Mohana Chintala 6-2, 6-2.



Irina holds her own in golf meet
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 10
Irina Brar of Chandigarh displayed some good putting as she returned the best card of the day, a four over par 76, as she cut down the margin but continued to remain in the third spot on the penultimate day of the DLF Women’s Professional Golf Tour seventh leg on the par-72 greens of the Army Environmental Park and Training Area (AEPTA) at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi today.

Smriti Mehra, country’s top women pro, shot a poor six over par 78, but continued to remain in the lead with a two-day tally of five-over par 149.

Young Nalini Singh of AEPTA, who played an eight-over par 80 today, occupied the second spot, trailing the leader by five strokes (155). Just two strokes behind Nalini was Irina with 157.

Although Irina hit the greens only five times, she putted much better for two birdies and six bogeys in 27 putts.

Irina sank a birdie on the fourth. But then bogeys on the sixth, eighth and ninth saw her play a two over par 38 in the front nine. She virtually repeated her performance in the return nine, birdying the 12th hole and losing a stroke each on the 10th, 11th and 16th.

Another Chandigarh girl, Saaniya Sharma, who turned pro last year, played a very bad game today. She triple-bogeyed the 13th, double-bogeyed the third and lost a stroke each on the first, second, fourth, ninth, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th for a 14-over card of 86.

Shalini Malik shared the day’s best card of 76 with Irina.



Injuries hound Dynamos, Hi-Fliers
Mandeep Puri

Chandigarh, January 10
Injuries look to dog both Chandigarh Dynamos and Bangalore Hi-Fliers, who are playing the best-of-three finals of the Premier Hockey League.

For Dynamos, forward Prabhjot Singh has so far missed out on two chances to play in the final due to a fractured finger.

Their rivals, Hi-Fliers, have their own worries, as You Hyo Sik, the man responsible for a couple of wins for the visitors, is a doubtful starter for the third and final match tomorrow.

You Sik, who got injured in the second final, says: “I still don’t know whether I will play the third final or not. The coming match is crucial as it is the decider. I am looking forward to playing for the team and hope will recover soon for the match.”

Also, Ajay Kumar Saroha, Hi-Fliers’ fullback, also got injured yesterday during the second final. Ajay got a hit on the forehead and was immediately taken off field.

Doctors had a tough time controlling the bleeding. He was finally given four stitches.

Another compatriot Vijaya is also injured.

With key players on the sideline, team coaches, managements and players look to chalk out different strategies to counter their opponents in the crucial decider.



GMCH-32 fest on Feb 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
According to a press note issued here today, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, will organise "Brainstorm 2008" on February 3. During the festival, professionals will conduct sessions on career counselling, opportunities abroad and health counselling to school and college students.

A medical exhibition and health awareness camp for general public will also been planned. 



UT floats housing scheme for employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The administration today floated employee-friendly special housing scheme for various categories.

The Chandigarh Housing Board will implement the scheme. Regular UT and Punjab and Haryana High Court employees on the date of commencement of the scheme would benefit. The scheme will be opened from January 14 to February 29.

Initially, the allotment will be on leasehold basis and the allottees would not be allowed to dispose of/part away/transfer the possession before five years. Later, the dwelling unit can be converted into freehold after paying conversion charges.

The ground floor of a three-bedroom flat will be available for Rs 34.7 lakh and the other floors will be sold for Rs 24.8 lakh. Those interested will have to pay Rs 1.75 lakh as earnest money.

The ground floor and other floors of a two-bedroom flat will be available for Rs 24.3 lakh and Rs 17.36 lakh, respectively. A sum of Rs 1.22 lakh will be the earnest money in this case.

The ground floor and other floors of a one-bedroom flat will be available for Rs 13.53 lakh and Rs 10.96 lakh, respectively. A sum of Rs 70,000 will be charged as earnest money.

One-room flats will be available for Rs 5.76 lakh with the earnest money of Rs 30,000.



Another DEO’s post okayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The UT adviser has sanctioned another post of district education officer (DEO).

Now, there will be two district education officers in the department. According to DPI (S) S.K. Setia, there were two posts of assistant directors in the adult education department.

One of the posts has been shifted to the education department and converted into DEO’s (II) post in the grade of Rs 10,025-15,100.

Setia said the DEO (I) would look after the functioning of the government schools and headquarter whereas the DEO (II) would look after the private schools. The appointment of the new DEO was expected within a day or so, he added.

Meanwhile, the UT School Principals’ Association has welcomed this decision. J.S. Basota, president of the association, said this would help in making the administration work more efficiently and systematically.

He further demanded that the officiating principal be promoted as regular with immediate effect and ACP cases of the principals cleared immediately. 



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