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Kids go without meal as minister feasts
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, June 5
The commemoration of the World Environment Day by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) at the Yadvindra Gardens here turned out to be a dreadful experience for 100 young girls from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula.

While the officials of the Haryana Tourism department and the HSPCB remained at the beck and call of the guest Kiran Chaudhary, environment and tourism minister, the schoolgirls, who had to leave their homes early in the morning to be in time for the function, didn’t get even a drop of water to drink till 11 am. As a result, many of them complained of giddiness and headache.

Ironically, while the girls were left unattended all this while in sultry heat, the minister and the other VIP guests, including the mediapersons, savoured the department’s hospitality of unending supply of juices, coconut water and dry fruits.

To top it all, when the minister was celebrating her birthday in the air-conditioned environs of the restaurant by cutting a cake, the schoolgirls with empty stomach and parched throat were busy in pasting stickers on vehicles passing the road.

Nobody bothered to provide them drinking water or refreshments. The authorities concerned involved them in installing the flags and pasting stickers bearing message of pertaining to protection of environment.

“We were asked to reach school before 7 in the morning and we left home around 6.30 am. I didn’t eat anything since morning and now, I have started feeling giddy,” said a student of Class VII, she said.

“I go to school at 6 in the morning to learn judo. After my judo class, I came here. They have not even provided drinking water to us,” said another student of Class X.

Staff members who accompanied the students blamed the organisers for mismanagement. They have each and every thing for the VIPs but not for children, they said.

There is an arrangement for refreshment, but nobody knows when it would be served to them, they added.

Inquiries revealed that at least 150 students were bundled in to a bus and two Taveras for participating in the function.



Woman murdered
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, June 5
The body of a 30-year-old woman was found under mysterious circumstances near a brick kiln at Pinjore today.

The deceased has been identified as Poonam, the wife of a brick kiln worker who left the town a few months ago. The police suspects that her husband murdered her.

According to the police, Poonam and her husband Pappu left the job of brick kiln at Kiatur village, a few months ago and shifted to Lalru.

Pappu got job in a factory. Yesterday, Pappu again reached at the brick kiln to settle his accounts and in the late evening, the body of his wife was found at a isolated place. Pappu was also missing from the town.



Traffic woes continue to plague Pinjore
Tribune News Service

Pinjore, June 5
The commuters and locals had to face traffic jams again as the road washed due to rain could not be repaired even today.

Moreover, the National Highway Authority launched its anti-encroachment drive in main market of the town demolishing six shops at different locations.

This also added to the woes of commuters as the long queues could be seen up to three km on both sides of the town.



No jail in district
Cops ferry inmates to courts 200 km away
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 5
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has expressed concern over ferrying of undertrails from Nabha to the district courts here, as there is no jail in the district. There is a district sub-jail in Bassi Pathana but is in a shambles.

“Everyday, atleast 10 police officials have to shuttle four times between Nabha and Fatehgarh Sahib. First, they have to pick up prisoners from Nabha and Patiala jails and then have to drop them back,” said a senior police official.

The police officials revealed that besides 10 police officials deployed for ferrying prisoners from Nabha and Patiala jails, a van has to cover a distance of around 200 km everyday, spending 50 litres of fuel.

Since the sub-jail of Bassi Pathana was declared unsafe around 14 years ago, prisoners are lodged either in Patiala jail or at Nabha. The district jails are already overcrowded and Fatehgarh Sahib urgently needs a jail to lodge prisoners, said the officials.

Vendors and other local shopkeepers have encroached upon most of the land of Bassi Pathana jail, spread in an area of around 1.25 acres. Also, a government primary school is being run on the jail premises, the building of which was constructed recently.

Area residents even brought the matter to the notice of the Punjab Government. Malkit Singh Matharu, an area resident and president of Jai Baba Vishkarma Sabha, said they had given a memorandum in this regard to the government. He said the jail building was around 100 years old.

DGP (jails) Izhar Alam recently visited this sub-jail at Bassi Pathana and assured to revive the building where 250 inmates could be lodged with 25 female inmates. SSP Kaustubh Sharma admitted that the police was facing problem due to non-availability of jails and that it was costing dear on the pocket of the department.



Wild life officials held for graft
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 5
The State Vigilance Bureau has nabbed two officials of the wild life department on the World Environment Day here today for taking bribe from a villager.

According to information, the Bureau arrested inspector Ram Karan and a guard of the department for taking a bribe of Rs 1,500 from Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sohana village in Mulana.

Rakesh had filed a complaint with the Bureau that the forest department had lodged a case against him for killing a wild animal. The inspector told him that he would manage to reduce the penalty amount if he was given Rs 1,500.

Today, when Rakesh was handing over the amount to the inspector, the raiding party of the Bureau, headed by inspector Nirmal Singh, caught them red-handed. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against them.



Jail inmate caught with 17 gm opium
Tribune News Service

Ambala, June 5
Inspector general of police (prison) today conducted a check in Ambala Central Jail and recovered 17 grams of opium from Sohan Singh, a life convict prisoner.

A team headed by IG M.S. Mann here revealed gross violation of rules and regulations and lack of supervision.

While interacting with media, Mann said corruption was rampant in almost every jail in the state and prisoners. Two other inmates were also found having the contraband, he said.

Sohan Singh confessed that the contraband was smuggled into the jail with the connivance of the jail officials and he had paid Rs 3,000 to them, the IG said.

The Baldev Nagar Police who later sought his remand from the court registered a case under Section 18 of the NDPS Act against Sohan. IG said action would be taken against erring officials.



Awareness rally held at Ropar
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 5
World Environment Day was observed today at Ropar. Students from 30 eco-clubs of the district participated in an awareness rally held at Bela Chowk.

The district education officer P.C. Gupta flagged off this rally. Deputy commissioner Baldeo Purushartha called upon students and area residents to immediately stop use of plastic, which constitutes a big part of pollution problem.

He added that the natural resources should be used judiciously so that our future generations too have access to the same.

SDM Kavita Singh said the World Environment Day was observed first in 1992 and since then, it was being observed all over with great enthusiasm and dedication towards the cause of environment.

A street play ‘Khulli Hawa Ki Talaash Mein’ was also staged. The team was from the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology (PSCST). The function was jointly held with the contribution of education department, DSM Anti Infectives, Bharatiya Vikas Parishad and PSCST.



Saplings planted at Bassi Pathana
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 5
Hindu Organisation today celebrated World Environment Day at Bassi Pathana by planting trees at various places in the town.

A function was organised and the members took the pledge to save the environment by creating awareness among masses. They also expressed concern over change in global environment.

A delegation of the organisation led by Manoj Banda, general secretary, presented a memorandum to the deputy commissioner to be forwarded to forest minister, environment minister and district forest officer.

The memorandum stated that only 5 per cent of Fatehgarh Sahib was under green cover, whereas it should be 33 per cent. They have urged the government to plant as much trees as they can on both sides of the main and link roads.

The organisation has also demanded to improve the condition of children parks in Bassi Pathana town. DC assured the delegation to get these demands conceded.

Patiala: Apollo Public Senior Secondary School, Patiala, today celebrated World Environment Day. Students were made aware about the present environmental condition and importance of a pollution free environment.

Various activities like dance, martial arts, cooking were also organised. Sebastian T. Joseph, principal of the school, awarded the prizes and certificates.



NIS cyclists shine in world meet
Our Correspondent

Patiala, June 5
Riders of the Centre of Excellence, a scheme intitiated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), once again shot into the limelight when three of Centre’s trainees returned with a bronze medal in the World Rrailways Cycling Championship which concluded at St Petersburg (Russia) recently.

The three riders - Harpreet Singh (Punjab), Rajesh Kumar (Rajasthan) and Sabu Ganigar (Karnataka) - were part of the team who won the medal in the 100-km team-time trial event.

All the three cyclists attributed their success to the modern training methods and techniques imparted by SAI coaches at the Centre.



Shamim Khan continues to lead
Gurbaaz maintains second slot in Nepal
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, June 5
Delhi's little master of Indian golf Shamim Khan fired yet another bogey-free card of eight under par 64 to consolidate his lead with a two-day total of 18 under par 126 after the second round of the Surya Nepal Masters 2008 on the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort greens in Kathmandu today.

Shamim was clear seven strokes ahead of Chandigarh big-hitter Gurbaaz Pratap Singh Mann who added a four under par 68 to his overnight 65 for a two-day tally of 133.

Although the dimunitive Indian golfer has built up a clear seven-stroke lead, there are still two rounds to go for the Nepalese Rs 20 lakh prize money tournament.

Fifty-three professionals, including 10 Nepalese pros, made it to the money-making rounds after the cut was applied at 10-over 144.

Former Indian Open winner Vijay Kumar was lying third at 10-under 134 after shooting a fine 7-under par 67 in the second round. Sri Lankan Anura Rohana was fourth at 137 while Vinod Kumar was fifth at 138. Amardip Malik and Sujjan Singh shared the sixth position while Kunal Balhara, Harinder Gupta and Chirag Kumar were tied for the eighth position at 140.

Shamim Khan began from where he left in the first round. Not even the torrential rain could stop his march to another masterly compiled round and while they were other scores of note, it only meant a further gap being created as he found another 17 greens in regulation and maintained his rhythm, unperturbed by the playing conditions. Making a birdie on the opening hole, sinking a 30-footer, Shamim made four more birdies on his front nine - third, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Shamim was in a trace as he hit his tee shot on the 10th in the green side bunker. Yet he managed to chip-in from there to go to six-under for the day.

Saving strokes on the 12th and 13th, Shamim ended the day at 8-under. "I had a magnet in my ball," joked Shamim about his exceptionally good putting. "The putts are just falling in and I am playing the best golf at the moment," the leader added.

Meanwhile in the International Amateur event, Bangladesh continued to lead with its amateurs Shahid and Shekhawat Hussein aggregating a total of 291 while Nepal A were second at 299. India were lying third at 303 while Sri Lanka were fourth at 315.

Top scores after 36 holes: 126 Shamim Khan (62, 64); 133 Gurbaaz Mann (65, 68); 134 Vijay Kumar (69, 65); 137 Anura Rohana (68, 69); 138 Vinod Kumar (68, 70); 139 Amardip Malik (72, 67); Sujjan Singh (71, 68); 140 Kunal Balhara (69, 71); Harinder Gupta (70, 70); Chirag Kumar (69, 71); 141 Siddikur Rahman (71, 70); 143 Sanjay Kumar (73, 70); Shiv Ram Shrestha (71, 72); Ranjit Singh (71, 72).



Anish, Mansimran share lead in junior golf
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 5
It was keen competition in the CJA Junior and Sub-junior Golf Championship, with Anish Gupta and Mansimran Grewal tying for the top slot with an identical score of five over par 77 in the 15-17 age-group on the opening day of the event on the par 72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

After heavy overnight showers, the day remained cloudy but clear. The greens played true and the golfers made the most of it after Golf Club president D.S. Bains teed off the tournament. With another day to go, Anish Gupta led Group A because of a better back nine vis-a-vis Mansimran Grewal.

In Group B (13-14 age-group), Tarundeep Chadha led the field with a score of six over par 78. Following, two strokes behind was Rishi Arora on 88.

In the 11-12 age-group, Subhankar Sharma led the field with a score of 86, with Feroze Grewal in second spot.

In the under-15 girls’ section, Rabiya Gill was the leader with a score of 86, with Jaipreet Ghuman at the second spot. Jairaj Sandhu with 86 topped the under-10 D-group with a card of 86, with Ikkradeep S. Ghai at second spot at 96.

Shivali Aggarwal hit the ball to a distance of 175 yards to clinch the longest drive title in the girls’ section, with Rabiya Gill playing closest to the pin.

In Group D (under-10), none could claim the nearest to the pin title. But the longest drive was by Rohan Kathuria who covered 149 yards.

Thirty-eight golfers from Group A, B and C will tee off at 8 a.m. tomorrow for the second round of the tournament.



Malhotra leads DMW to win U-13 cricket
Our Correspondent

Patiala, June 5
Fine batting by Anmol Malhotra (63) enabled DMW Cricket Academy chalk out 4-run win against Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) in a league match of the 10th Hot Weather Cricket Tournament (u-13) played at the Army school grounds here today.

Scores: DMW Academy: 149 all out (Anmol Malhotra 63, Atul Sharma 24, Harish Kamal 17 n.o., Simrandeep Singh 3 for 15, Gurpreet Singh 3 for 38). MCA: 145 for 8 (Pukhraj 77, Shine Sharma 19, Karan 2 for 14, Ashish Malhotra 1 for 16).

In another league match, Agra XI defeated AJPS, Kharar, by five wickets. Scores: APJS, Kharar: 90 all out (Arpit 30, Subhanshu 5 for 20, Yash Gupta 2 for 12). Agra XI: 93 for 5 (Yash Gupta 25, Abhishek 12, Manoj 10, Karanveer 2 for 12, S.Bhamri 2 for 22).

In the last match of the day, VSS, Rohtak, beat Multi-Purpose Academy, Patiala, by 69 runs. Scores: VSS, Rohtak: 171 for 9 (Vikrant 52, Bhagat 25, Parveen 16, Amit 2 
for 23). Multi-Purpose Academy: 102 all out (Amit 41, Parveen 21, Mohit 2 for 24, P.Kumar 3 for 9).



Match washed away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Rain played spoilsport during the match between Mohali Cricket Academy and APJ Academy of Kharar in the Chandigarh Under-15 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy, being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy at St Stephen's School ground, Sector 45 here today.

The organising committee decided that the match would now be played on June 11 instead of awarding one point each.

Tomorrow, Sector 16 Cricket Stadium Academy will face DAV Public School, Sector 15 at 8 am.



PGI to add 2 ICUs to its facilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The PGI, Chandigarh, is all set to add two new intensive care units to its facilities at the disposal of common man.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs, will inaugurate the ICUs at the departments of pulmonary medicine and hepatology on June 7.

The liver ICU at the PGI will be the first of its kind in the country in a government set-up. It will also facilitate liver transplantation.

RICU will be another feather in the cap of departement of pulmonary medicine with the upgradation of the state-of-the-art facility of respiratory intensive care. The new area will house the respiratory function tests and the sleep laboratories.

The primary objective of RICU is to provide intensive care, including assisted respiration to patients with life-threatening medical problems.

On an average, there are over 700 annual admissions in RICU at the PGI. But there is an ever-increasing load with referrals and transfers from all around the region. The liver ICU is a new facility being added to the institute.

Acute liver failure is a condition that leads to complete damage of liver cells by various viruses and drugs, which ultimately leads to coma and a mortality varying from 60 per cent to 90 per cent. This mortality can be reduced to approximately 30 per cent as has been reported from such units abroad.



Huge fibroid uterus removed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 5
Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today announced that its team of doctors removed a huge fibroid uterus, 60 times the size of a normal uterus.

According to a press release, a team led by Dr Swapna Mishra, obstetrician & gynaecologist, successfully operated on Kavita Kamboch.

Such a huge fibroid was very rare and was as big as the size of a 36 weeks pregnant uterus. It was a major challenge to remove it without threatening the life of the patient but the surgery was successful, stated Dr Mishra

Hailing from Yamunangar, 37 years old Kavita had been carrying this unwanted and dangerous weight in her abdomen for the last one year.

She had perpetual heaviness and bloating of the abdomen. Her quest for the right treatment and relief took her to ayurveda followed by homeopathy and later yoga but all in vain.



2 wanted in shooting incident held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The local police today arrested two persons, Manpreet alias Ramu and Amandeep, and seized a country- made pistol from them.

The accused were wanted in a shooting incident that occurred in Sector 15 in April in which a Mansa resident Gurvinder Singh received a bullet injury in his thigh.

The accused also possessed one cartridge. The police had already arrested two persons in the case.



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