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De-addiction centres under cloud
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Mohali: T.S. Sudan of the Lawyers for Human Rights International, who visited the victim’s house this morning, said most of these “illegal” centres were functioning in connivance with the district police. “None of these centres are following the norms laid down for the purpose and are mere money minting rackets,” he said

Kharar, August 23
Death of 20-year-old Surinder Singh has raised questions over the authenticity of more than half a dozen de-addiction centres functioning from Kharar and Mohali.

Such centres are operating on the Jhungiyan road, Kharar, Landran road, Randhawa road, Phases III B-2 and X, Mohali. Highly ill-equipped and without proper medical facilities, these centres are also known for maltreating their patients, especially the trouble-makers. Many such patients, who managed to escape, narrated their tales to doctors at the Mohali civil hospital.

Following complaints, the medical authorities have been conducting raids on such de-addiction centres and rescuing its inmates. In November 2006, 17 inmates of Sudhar Foundation, a drug de-addiction centre in Phase V, were rescued by the police and health authorities. These inmates had allegedly been treated in an inhuman manner.

Also, last year, the health department's team visited such centre in Phase X, Mohali, on a regular visit and found inmates in a pathetic condition.

These centres charge anything from Rs 4,000 per month to Rs 10,000 from parents and guardians of the addicts promising them proper treatment.

The centres register themselves as NGOs with the registrar, co-operative societies, at a nominal fee.

They are not being checked by any authority. A few such centres are being run by people close to local politicians.

As per the government guidelines, the concerned district’s deputy commissioner and SSP should be aware of all de-addiction centres being run in their areas. These centres are supposed to inform the district authorities about their presence, but this is seldom done.



1,521 cases settled at lok adalat
Rs 2.24 crore compensation awarded

Tribune News Service

A lok adalat in progress in Mohali
A lok adalat in progress in Mohali on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Ropar, August 23
As many as 1,521 cases were decided at a special lok adalat held here today. At least 17 benches awarded compensation of more than Rs 2.24 crore to various parties.

Additional Session Judge U.S. Ghera inaugurated the lok adalat. From Ropar, 1,362 cases came up for hearing before seven benches, 828 were decided and compensation worth Rs 48. 61 lakh was given.

From Mohali, 3,459 cases came up for hearing before five benches and 310 were decided. Rs 1.40 crore compensation was awarded in these cases. Similarly, from Kharar, 688 cases came up for hearing before three benches, 118 were decided and compensation worth Rs 14 lakh was awarded. From Anandpur Sahib, 167 cases came for hearing before two benches, 37 were decided and Rs 6.75 lakh compensation was given. From Dera Bassi, 660 cases came for hearing before a single bench, 228 were decided and Rs 13.84 lakh compensation was awarded.

While addressing people, Ghera said people should opt for speedy redressal of cases at lok adalat as the decision could not be challenged in higher courts as it was taken with mutual understanding of two parties and also it helped to maintain sanctity of relations in domestic cases.



Expedite work on Kalka road: HC judges
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Pinjore/Kalka, August 23
The on-going blame game between officials from the Panchkula administration and the National Highway Authority of India over the clearance of the congested Pinjore-Kalka Highway (NH-22) was witnessed today by judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The judges, Justice J S Khehar and Justice A K Mittal, however, after hearing the two sides, have asked them to expedite the work on the road. He also asked the Xen, UHBVN, Panchkula, to shift electricity poles towards the edges of the road at Pinjore within one week to pave way for the roads’ expansion. They also asked the NHAI to commence construction of pavements at Pinjore, besides making the potholed road near Kali Mata Mandir motorable at Kalka till it can be repaired after the monsoons.

The judges, who reached here this morning for an on-the-spot assessment of the condition of the road that witness massive traffic jams daily, also heard local residents. While the residents squarely blamed the authorities for the inordinate delays in the construction of the road, the judges advised them to identify and remove all encroachments themselves in order to widen the road.

According to Anmol Rattan Sidhu, assistant solicitor general, who was also present in his capacity as the lawyer for the Army, the impression gathered from the conversation of the officials was that the work was being delayed primarily because of their “egos”. The judges heard the officials at the Pinjore Forest Rest House.



Kalka-Shimla rail traffic to resume today
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 23
The rail traffic on Kalka-Shimla rail track would resume tomorrow, as per the information made available by Ajay Kochhar, station superintendent (SS) of Kalka railway station. He said the department had taken trials of the trains on the bridge today in the presence of H.K. Jaggi, divisional rail manger (DRM), Ambala division.

The racks of the trains that were lying on the rail track between Kalka-Shimla was brought back to Kalka for resuming the traffic.

The rail traffic was suspended for last two days due to the damage of one of the pillars of bridge no-21 due to heavy rains, near HPMC factory, adjacent to Kalka-Parwanoo barrier. The maintenance work of the bridge will continue for next couple of days.



3 Punjab archers in India camp
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 23
Three archers from Punjab, Amrinder Singh, Gagan and Manpreet Kaur, have been selected for the India camp during the Junior World Cup trials that were held in Tata Nagar, Jharkhand, on August 22 and 23. Coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja said the kids had managed to make it on their own as there were no sponsors or academies to finance their equipment worth lakhs.

Seeing the performance of the kids, the coach has also requested the government to look into the matter and provide necessary equipment.



Timber seized
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 23
The Parwanoo police seized illicit timber worth lakhs of rupees here today.

DSP Ramesh Pathania said the police, on a tip off, set up a special naka at Koti, near Parwanoo and inspected a truck (HR-46-A-819), which was having illicit timber of Deodar.

The police has arrested the truck driver and the conductor and impounded the truck. — OC



Inter-School Tournament
NPS thrash GMSSS-19 5-0
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Sandeep by netting three goals, shone in the victory of New Public School-18 over Government Model Senior Secondary School-19 in the final football (u-19) match by 5-0 during the inter school tournament that is undergoing at different venues in Chandigarh schools. Sukhdeep was the other player who netted the other two goals in the eighth and 58th minute of the game.

In another match, DAVSSS-8 got the better of SDPS-32 by 6-2. Ashok of the winning team bagged the first goal in the ninth minute of the game while Ankush netted two goals in the 21st minute and 43rd minute. Amandeep and Parteek were the other two players who netted the goal for the winning team whereas only Stephen Martin of SDPS-32 could score two goals for his team.

While in another one-sided football match, DAVMSSS-15 beat Stepping Stone-37 by 5-0.

Other Results:

Badminton match u-19: MRASSS-27 beat DAVMSSS-15 by 2-0. GMSSS-16 beat GMSSS-35 by 2-1.

Badminton u-17: MRASSS-27 beat Shardha Saravhitkari-40 by 2-1. DP-40 beat GMSSS-35 by 2-1.

Handball u-19: SDPS-40 beat DAVSSS-15 by 15-7.

Handball u-17: G.N. Khalsa SSS-30 beat I.S. DevSamaj-21 by 24-23. GMSSS-46 beat GMSSS-23 by 18-7. GMSSS-19 beat GNDS-36 by17-10. GMSSS-47 beat GMSSS-16 by 17-14.

Chess u-19 semi final: GMSSS-35 beat GMSSS-33 by 5-2. GMSSS-8 beat Stepping Stones-37 by 3-1.

Final: GMSSS-8 bags first position by beating GMSSS-35 (3-1), GMSSS-35 bagged second and GMSSS-33 third position.

Cricket u-14: GNPS-36 beat St Kabir-26 by seven wickets.

Lawn tennis u-19 final: DAVMSSS-15 first position, DAVSSS-8 second position, DAVPS-8 third position.

Lawn tennis u-17: DAVSSS-8 beat St John-26 by 2-1. DAVMSSS-15 beat St Stephen-45 by 2-0.



U-19 Cricket
Mohali team pile up 311 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
An under-19 semifinal match for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy was held between Mohali and Zone B (Ropar) at the PCA stadium today. Winning the toss, Zone B (Ropar) elected to field. Mohali scored 311 for 9 in 95 overs in the 1st Innings. Giving scintillating performance Arshdeep Brar scored 81 (9x4s & 1x6) and was well supported by Ankit Pursharthi (37). After their fine knocks, Yuvraj Singh (74) and Gurkeerat (65) took the responsibility to lead the team.

Krishan Alang of Ropar Zone B, who got five wickets, made tough for the batsmen to stand in front of his bowling attack. Arjun and Avnish bagged two wickets each.

Ropar Zone B was playing at the score of 30/2 in 9 overs at the close of the day’s play.



Buddha Dal school beat APJ
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
In Punjab State Inter-District School Tournament for PCA Boost Cup, Buddha Dal Public School beat APJ school, Kharar, by seven wickets here today at Government College, Ropar. Winning the toss first, APJ school elected to bat but they could only manage 137 runs and got all out in 45.5 overs. Balvinder played a fine knock by scoring 59 runs and was well supported by Sumit Agnihotri (27). While Navshant got three at the expense of 14 runs, Varinder and Punjot bagged two wickets each.

Finding the target easy, Buddha Dal Public School, Patiala, easily scored 138/3 in 35.5 overs. Yadvinder (45), Punjot (28) and Gurashish (32) shone in the victory of Buddha Dal Public School, Patiala.

In another match, GNPS-36 school got the better of KVM school, Ludhiana, by 10 wickets which was held here at GNPS Sector 36, today.



Vohra hockey meet from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Mehta Gurukul Academy of Doraha will face Anne's Hockey Academy of Mohali in the opening match of the 17th SN Vohra Memorial sub-junior under-14 Hockey Tournament being organised by Rock Rovers Hockey Club from August 24 to 30 at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, here. The match will begin at 3 p.m. 13 teams, including 10 outstation outfits from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Delhi, are taking part.



Blood donation camp at GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
A blood donation camp was organised at the GMCH-32 here today in the memory of Apporva Pande, who lost her life in a cruel road accident due to non-availability of ambulance on time and blood loss.

The camp was part of a series of camps organised at various places across India and abroad on her 11th birthday by her relatives and the Apporva Foundation.

The foundation has been founded with the aim to educating people on following traffic rules and motivating others to donate blood.

A website, www.childlabournews.org, on child labour has also been started in her memory.

The foundation started the website to fulfil her wish of helping children on the street.

The foundation also decided to start free classes in acting under the guidance of Mukesh Sharma, an exponent of acting and direction in India and abroad.



Teachers sensitised on TB, AIDS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab state branch of the Indian Red Cross Society organised a training workshop on HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and tuberculosis for 35 teachers of various colleges of Mohali, Ropar and Patiala districts at Red Cross Bhawan yesterday.

To create awareness among the target population of youth with an aim to reducing the risk of spreading HIV/AIDS in villages, the society has selected three states Punjab, Tripura and Tamil Nadu.



Chivas performs in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Chivas Live Alive, an international band, gave a mesmerising performance in the city today evening, at the Taj Palace. The Chivas Live Alive Concert Tour features International icons such as ‘Faces in the Dark’ featuring Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Louis Banks, Kurt Peters and Dominique Cerejo, Amit Heri Group, Jonas Hellborg and V. Selvaganesh, Saskia Laroo, Dub Liberation Front and Shaair and Func.

The band had also performanced in Mumbai and will be moving to Delhi tomorrow.

V. Selvaganesh, one of the Indian artists of the band, is a percussionist working in the Carnatic tradition, and is the leading south Indian frame drum player. He has also composed and produced albums and played with the Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg. His debut international solo album ‘I Due For’ released in 2005 featuring John McLaughlin and other stars.



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