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Master plan to decongest Patiala roads
MC proposes to declare some roads one-way
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Congested traffic continues to be a bane of residents as the police celebrates Road Safety Week in Patiala.
Congested traffic continues to be a bane of residents as the police celebrates Road Safety Week in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, January 2
In what may be termed as a much-required initiative to decongest city roads, the Patiala Municipal Corporation has drafted a master plan to regulate the traffic movement within the municipal limits.

Civic functionaries have already sent the master plan to Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh.

According to the master plan, traffic violators would have to pay fine of Rs 1,000. Speaking to The Tribune, Patiala Municipal Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang said: “During the recently held meeting of the grievance committee, the MC was instructed to prepare a master plan for the smooth flow of the traffic.

Complying with the instructions of the district administration, we have prepared a plan that will decongest the city roads.”

Giving details of the master plan, Narang said apart from proposing to declare some of the city roads one-way, they have advocated imposition of a fine of Rs 1,000 for parking vehicles on road.

He said the master plan proposed that recovery vans of the Municipal Corporation would ensure the compliance of the plan and would challan the violators.

Some of the roads that have been proposed to be made one way include the road from Tabkali turn to Anardana Chowk and the road connecting District Court to Mata Kaushaliya Hospital.

Apart from this, the road from Fountain Chowk to Sheerawala Gate and Polo Ground Road would be declared one way, as per the master plan.

Speaking to The Tribune, a large number of city residents opined that they were not much enthusiastic about the claims of the civic functionaries.

“It is good that authorities have started taking pains to regulate the traffic movement in the city, but the crucial issue is that neither the administration nor the civic body has been successful in strictly enforcing the rules and regulations. Any plan will bore results only if it is implemented properly,” Satinder Ahuja, a senior citizen said.



Encroachments around bus stand bane of residents
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
Encroachments around the main bus stand here have become a regular feature here. Every one seems to notice this menace but the Municipal Corporation seems to be dragging its feet in taking action against the encroachers.

The road around the main bus stand are packed with rehris and rickshaws parked around the boundary and have become such a nuisance that even the locals have stopped taking this road altogether. Vehicles cannot move around on this road and only two wheelers take this road.

The dhabas and kiosks around the boundary wall have come in the past couple of years even the authorities have been ignoring the problem. Now with the encroachments taking alarming propositions the problem seems to have gone out of the hands of the corporation.

Punjab Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal had some months back had directed the city Mayor to get the roads around the main bus stand cleared of all encroachers within 48 hour. Lal when contacted again said he would again direct the Mayor to remove the encroachments.

The main road between the two entries to the bus stand has been reduced to a narrow artery as both sides have been encroached upon. Fruit sellers have put up semi pucca shops along the road.

The problem has been compounded by the haphazard parking of vehicles. Locals avoid taking this route during the daytime. Old timers say the encroachers are being encouraged by middle rung staff of the Municipal Corporation. They say a concerted and coordinated effort by the municipal corporation, district administration and the district police could help clear the area within days.

Even the Patiala Divisional Commissioner had a couple of days back issued directions to the DCs in Patiala division to launch a concerted campaign against encroachments. But the municipal corporation has not reacted to the menace around the bus stand.

Talking to The Tribune, Manjit Singh Narang, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, said that a campaign would be launched around the bus stand to get the area cleared of the encroachments.

He said 95 rehri owners on the road from Aurobindo School to the New Corner Hotel had applied for permission to park their rehris along the road. He said that a decision was yet to be taken on their applications.



One killed in head-on collision
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, January 2
On day one of the New Year, a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a tractor trolley on the perilous stretch on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road left one person killed and another injured.

The deceased was identified as Sohan Lal and injured Lakhwinder Singh, both were residents of Rampur Sainiya village.

The police stated that the incident took place on Friday late night when Sohan Lal and Lakhwinder Singh were moving towards their village on a motorcycle from Dera Bassi. While they reached near the AP paper mill, a speeding tractor trolley rammed into the motorcycle from front. They sustained serious injuries and admitted to Dera Bassi Civil Hospital from where Sohan Lal was referred to GMCH-32, Chandigarh.

The police said Sohan Lal was declared brought dead by the doctors at the hospital. The body of the deceased has been handed over to the family after conducting the post-mortem examination.

The investigating officer stated that a case had been registered against tractor driver Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Paragpur.



250 students get woollens
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 2
SGN Polytechnic, Chourmastpur, distributed woollen jerseys to 250 needy students of Government Primary School in a function here today.

District education officer Zile Singh was the chief guest. President of the management committee of the institution Ramesh Gupta said more technical institutions should be opened in the rural areas.

He said a medical camp and a blood donation would soon be organised in the institution.

DEO said the rural students should come forward to take technical education. He said no private management committee liked to open institution in rural areas, as it was not a profitable trade. He appreciated the management of SGN Polytechnic for running the institution in a village.

Chairman of Ambala Co-operative Bank Tej Prakash, Viney Aggarwal and Babita Gupta also spoke.



Sub-treasury office hangs fire
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, January 2
Though the government has allotted furniture, computer and other infrastructure for the Sub-Treasury Office to be started at the subdivision headquarters, but the office is yet to start. The representatives of various social, religious and political organisations have been

wanting the Sub Treasury Office to start its operations, which was sanctioned during the Congress regime.

Kulbhushan Malhotra council president and Manoj Banda, secretary, Hindu Organisation, said after great struggle the Sub-Treasury Office was sanctioned by the then government for the town and had also issued computers, furniture etc. But due to lack of required space and staff, the office could not be started.

They said now the building for the office had been completed in the SDM office complex and the SDM hadassured to cooperate but the District Treasury Officer was not taking any initiative on the pretext of shortage of staff. They said that repeated representations to the then Deputy Commissioner and higher authorities had fallen on deaf ears. The residents particularly employees, pensioners and others have to face great difficulty, while dealing with the treasury work.



Cyclist killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Lalru, January 2
A 32-year-old cyclist died after being hit by a speeding car near Jharmal river on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway here this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Murari Lal, a resident of Panchkula. He was working as a painter.

The incident took place around 1.30 pm when Murari Lal and his friend Sukhpal were on their way to Dera Bassi from Lalru. While they reached near Lehli village, the speeding car coming from Ambala rammed into the cycle of Murari Lal. He died on the spot after falling from his cycle.

The unidentified car driver fled from the spot leaving the vehicle behind. The body of the deceased has been kept at Dera Bassi Civil Hospital and will be handed over to the family after conducting the autopsy tomorrow.

The investigating officer stated that a case has been registered against the car driver on the complaint of Sukhpal, the deceased’s friend.



Bank staff to give memo to Mukherjee
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
The All-India Punjab and Sind Bank Officers Union held a meeting here in which they showed their anguish against the management for dismissals, transfers of the employees.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of GS Khera, president of the all-India PSB Officers Union.

They condemned the attitude of the management who, they claimed, had been violating judgments and decisions of the Supreme Court regularly.

The union also condemned corrupt practices rampant in the bank and wrong deal the bank negotiated with Satyam Computers.



Defence pension adalat gets good response
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
The 96th Defence Pension Adalat concluded recently. The Pension Adalat received a good response from the pensioners from in and around Patiala.

Over 300 cases were registered and majority of these were settled on the spot by authorities. Some of the cases requiring reference to various authorities were referred to for necessary action.

Few cases, which were under correspondence for considerable period, were examined by the experts and were disposed of during the pension adalat. Today’s pension adalat was last of pension adalats in the series, as planned by the Ministry of Defence in consultations with CGDA for this calendar year.



Muslim welfare panel formed
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 2
The following have been elected office- bearers of the Muslim Welfare Committee, Kalka. President — MA Faruqi; vice-president — MN Bari; Secretary — Jamshed Ali propoganda secretary — Khurshid Anwar; cashier — Zakir Hussain; members — Manawar Hussain, Mohd.Salim, Shaukat Ali and Mushtaq Ahmed.



High Court
Cricket event organisers told to be unbiased
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the organisers of cricketing events, coaches and others at the helm of affairs, to play a fair game; and not to “give preferential treatment to their own wards”.

Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “All deserving players should get a chance on merit basis. Many complaints are heard, especially in the field of cricket, when favours are extended to close relations of those, who are managing the affairs of governing bodies.

“They and the coaches are to realise that those deprived are the citizens of this country and are also entitled to equal treatment without any discrimination.

“The organisers may not be able to save themselves for all time to come, if they continue to follow the policy of preferential treatment to their own wards. Technicalities may not always help them”.

The observations came on a petition by Vinod Chitkara and another. The petitioners were seeking the quashing of an FIR lodged by Sarabjit Singh Kahlon. The allegations were that Vinod Chitkara managed to ensure his son’s participation in an under-15 Inter-District Cricket Tournament organised by the Punjab Cricket Association, even though he had crossed that age.

For the purpose, a medical certificate allegedly showing age contrary to the date given in the birth certificate was submitted. It was, thus, alleged that Vinod Chitkara had committed cheating and forgery.

The respondents argued that Chitkara was the general secretary of the Ludhiana Cricket Association; and could not plead ignorance about the rule position.

Justice Ranjit Singh observed: “Cricket is not only a popular game, but is lucrative as well. This fact appears to have not only infected the young people, who play the game, but have brought the parents in an arena through of the court.

“Combative interests of their children have brought the parents to the court. They should allow their wards to slug out in sports field. The play field appears to have been brought to the court's arena, which is not a very healthy sign and should otherwise is to be discouraged.

“Petitioner number one being the general secretary appears to have used his position to get preferential treatment for his son. He has to realise such tactics would not stand in good, either for him or his son”.

Quashing the FIR, Justice Ranjit Singh observed: No offence as alleged is made out from the allegations contained in the FIR. Allowing this proceeding to continue would, thus, be an abuse of process of court.



Man held for molestation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Sanjay Singh, a resident of Darwa village, near Chandigarh, was arrested for abducting and molesting a minor girl yesterday. A case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station on the complaint of the victim’s father.

Man arrested

On the complaint Munish Choku, a resident of Sector 15, the police arrested Deena Nath, a resident of jhuggi No. 274, Sector 26, after he was caught red-handed while stealing a rickshaw from Panchayat Bhawan in Sector 18 yesterday evening.

A case has been registered at the police station-19 against the accused and stolen property recovered from his possession.


Zulka Khan of Mani Majra complained to the police that Romi Dheer and Naveen, both residents of BDC Sector 26, robbed him of his purse containing Rs 3,000 in cash and two mobile phones near a kerosene pump in Sector 26 yesterday evening.

A case has been registered at the police station-26.


Jitender Singh, a resident of Jagatpura village in Mohali, was killed when his Honda City car was hit by another car near gurdwara at Sector 47 around 1.45 pm.

The driver of the unidentified car sped away after the accident. Jitender received serious injuries in the accident and was taken to the GMCH-32, where doctors declared him brought dead.

A case has been registered at the police station-31.


The Mani Majra police has arrested Sajjan Singh, a resident of Mohalla Balmiki Mori Gate, Mani Majra, for stabbing Jony, a resident of Children Park, Mani Majra, yesterday.

The victim has been admitted to the PGI. He police is investigating the case.

Gambling cases

The police arrested Sonu, a resident of New Indra Colony, for indulging in gambling at public place and recovered Rs 950 in cash from his possession here yesterday.

A case under the Gambling Act has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Also, Som Datta of Burail was arrested by the police for gambling at public place. A sum of Rs 1,560 was recovered from his possession.

A case under the Gambling Act has been registered at the police station-34 and the accused has been bailed out.


The crime branch of Chandigarh police today arrested Sanjay Kumar, a resident of DMC, near Bajwara Market and seized 150 quarters of country wine from him.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered at the police station-17. The accused has been bailed out.


Surjit Singh, a resident of Sector 16, Panchkula, reported to the police that an LCD computer screen was stolen from SCF No. 2, Sector 27, here today.

A case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered at the police station-26.

Similarly, Jaspal Singh, a resident of Sector 18-D, complained to the police that 50 pieces of coconut were stolen from his shop last night.

A case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered at the police station-19.



Management student dead
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 2
A hotel management student of Kapurthala, Harpreet SIngh, died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle near the district court complex last night.

The victim was retuning after attending his classes at Majestic Hotel in phase 9 here. The police has registered a case under section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code.



Gold Cup Cricket
Greenfield Academy, GNPS in final
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Greenfield Cricket Academy will clash with GNPS and CCA in the final of the first Under-13 BTS Gold Cup Cricket Tournament organised by BTS Cricket Academy at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, here today.

In the first semifinal after winning the toss, Shri Shri Cricket Academy elected to bowl first. However, its bowlers failed to restrict the GNPS and CCA, which made 134 runs for the loss of four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Rizul with 61 of 44 balls and Shubham Chand 51 of 44 balls were the top scorers.

In reply, Shri Shri Academy were bundled out for 107 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Gurdep 23, Abhishek 22 and Prayankit 21 were the main scorers.


GNPS & CCA: 135 for four in 20 overs (Rizul 61 and Shubham 51).

Shri Shri Cricket Academy: 107 for four in 20 overs (Gurdeep 23, Abhishek 22 and Prayankit 21).

In the second semifinal match between BTS Royals and Greenfield Cricket Academy, Greenfield Cricket Academy won the match by three runs.

After winning the toss, BTS Royals elected to bowl first. Even though its bowlers Shubham two for 13 and Hunny three for 15 were able to restrict the Greenfield Cricket Academy to 86 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs, its batsmen failed to chase the score and lost the match by three runs. Bhav 26 was the top scorer for Shri Shri Cricket Academy.

Tight bowling by Karamvir three for nine and Sahib three for 23 enabled the Greenfield Cricket Academy to bundle out BTS Royal team in 17.2 overs with 83 runs on the score board.

Sidarth 16 was the only batsman who was able to put some resistance to the Greenfield bowlers.


Greenfield Cricket Academy: 86 for nine in 20 overs (Bhav 26, Shubham 2/13 and Hunny 3/5).

BTS Royals: 83 all out in 17.2 overs (Sidarth 16, Karanvir 3/9 and Sahib 3/23).



Saint Soldier Trophy
Sourav fashions CM Eleven win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
In a closely contested match Sourav’s 76 helped CM Eleven beat MCM by four wickets in Saint Soldier Trophy at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, here today.

After winning the toss, MCM elected to bat first and scored 165 runs for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Abhishek 48 of 39 balls with eight fours and Harswarup 36 with five fours and one six, were the main scorers. For CM Eleven, Akansh picked two wickets giving away 20 runs, while Ajay Ashish took two and gave away 32 runs.

In reply, CM Eleven were able to achieve the target in 19.4 overs scoring 169 runs. Sourav’s 76 in 49 balls with three fours and eight sixes and Tushar’s 35 in 29 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes were the top scorers. For MCM Harpreet and Ujwal took two wickets each giving away 15 and 23 runs, respectively.

In the second match, organised by Bharti Vij Cricket Academy, MCM beat DAV-8 by three runs.

After winning the toss, MCM elected to bat first and scored 201 runs for the loss of four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Quickfire by Shubham 56 of 26 balls with five fours and four sixes and Jaswinder 42 of 27 with four fours and two sixes helped MCM to put up a modest total on the scoreboard. For DAV-8 Kulbeer Singh was the pick of the bowler, who took two for 33 in four overs.

In reply, DAV-8 chasing a big target scored 198 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Raman Bishnoi’s 43 of 19 balls with six fours and two sixes and Kulbeer 35 of 13 with five fours and two sixes were the top scorers for DAV team. For MCM, Shubham was the main wicket taker. He took three wickets giving away only 16 runs.



Atul beats Garry in tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Atul Sri Patel (CLTA) won against Garry Singh Amor, trainee of CLTA, in a marathon battle on a cold day at Chandigarh ITF World Ranking Junior Tennis Tournament being organised at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts here today.

Atul bagged the first set by 7-6 (4), while in the second set he got a match point at 5-4, but Gary fought back and took the set 7-6 (5).

In the final set, Atul Sri Patel easily won the match by 7-6 (3). In the girls’ second round, Natasha Kanvinde (GBR) took the first set by 6-1 against Charvi Saxena, a CLTA trainee.

In the second set, Natasha faced same resistance from Charvi and closed the set and match by 7-5.


Qualifying 1st round boys singles: Atul Sri Patel (IND) bt Gary Singh Amor (IND) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5) and 7-6 (3); Sonam Phuntsok (IND) bt Gaurav Kamble (IND) 6-1 and 6-4 ; Suraj Beniwal (IND) bt Jatinder Singh (IND) 6-1 and 6-0 ; Manoj Sheoran (IND) bt Dhruv Goel 6-2 and 6-0.

Qualifying 2nd round girls singles: Natasha Kanvinde (GBR) bt Charvi Saxena (IND) 6-1 and 7-5; Kanika Vaidya (IND) bt Rimpledeep Kaur Batth (IND) 6-0 and 6-4 ; Vasundra Raju (IND) bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-0 and 6-0.

All other qualifying matches in the boys 1st round and girls 2nd round were in straight sets. The final qualifying round matches would be held in CLTA tomorrow at 12 noon.



Amrinder has PU’s best physique
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Amrinder Singh of DAV College, Chandigarh, has been declared as Mr Panjab University in the PU Best Physique Championship, which concluded here today.

DAV College, Chandigarh, won the overall championship with 13 points, while SGGS College, Chandigarh, got the second position with five points. Guru Nanak College, Ferozepur Cantt, and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, with three points, each, bagged the third place (jointly).


60 Kg: 1st Abhishek Dhir DAV College, Chandigarh, 2nd Nitish Zakhmi GN College, Ferozepur, and 3rd Bikramjit Singh Government College, Karamsar.

70 Kg: 1st Gaurav Verma, SGGS College, Chandigarh, 2nd Rishabh Mahajan DAV College, Chandigarh, and 3rd Hardeep Singh.

75 Kg: 1st Pushpinder Bharti DAV College Chandigarh, 2nd Surinder Kapur SCD GC, Ludhiana and 3rd Karan Punni Arya College, Ludhiana.



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