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Post office cries for attention
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 13
The local post office catering to the need of seven surrounding rural branches and three sub-offices in the town is in a pitiable condition. Though it carries out a business of around Rs 8 crore per month, there is no basic amenity for public and staff. The residents here believe that the post office is working only by Gods’ grace.

According to sources, the post office is running in two small rented rooms. There is no infrastructure at all, even the most basic counter is also missing here. Only three staff members have small tables and people gather around them for work. There is no sitting arrangement, no toilet, no drinking water and no generator.

Work is done manually, as there is no computer for carrying out even small saving bank accounts. There is no post master or sub-post master, only three employees carry out the routine work here, besides, the work of seven surrounding rural branches and three sub-offices, including Khamano, Bhari and Sanghol.

There are only two postmen to deliver mails in the town and the surrounding 35 KM area. Transactions worth lakhs are being carried out daily without any security. The employees work under great stress. Their work is affected due to lack of power. The staff has to sit late in the night to keep daily cash and books in order.

Amardeep Singh Dharni, president of Bar Association, Kulbhushan Malhotra, president of Municipal Council and Kirpal Singh Sethi, president of Consumer Forum said though the office carried out a business worth crores, no facilities were being provided to the customers.

The mail is not distributed regularly. The students always complain of not getting roll numbers, certificates, interviews and appointment letters in time.

Without registries no ordinary mail is distributed regularly. Residents urged the higher officials to intervene and provide facilities and staff.



5 booked for firing on college campus
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Banur, January 13
Five persons have been booked for firing in air, intimidating, damaging property and injuring two employees of Gurukul Vidyapeeth in Banur on Sunday.

Acting on the complaint of college employee, Vinod Kumar, undergoing treatment at a private hospital, the police registered a case against five persons and some unidentified people. In his complaint to the police, Kumar alleged that five accused Ashok Garg, Ashwini Garg, Monu, Rimpu, Bindu and few others armed with pistol, rifle, iron and wooden rods ransacked the property of the college and injured him and another employee in the college.

He alleged that the attackers tried to intimidate them over an ongoing tussle between the management of Gurukul Vidyapeeth and Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET). He said Garg brothers ran both colleges but they separated recently over a dispute.

The complainants and officials of Gurukul Vidyapeeth alleged that the attackers arrived in their college campus in a planned manner to create panic among students and college employees. “People associated with SVIET attacked our college with an aim to encroach upon the institute by creating panic among the students residing in the hostel and other staffers”, said Amandeep Singh, assistant director (finance) of Gurukul Vidyapeeth.

Earlier, Amandeep accused the police of not lodging an FIR despite repeated complaints and requests. Demanding immediate arrest of the accused, he said the police should not delay in such serious matters as two of their employees were seriously hurt in the incident.

Investigating officer SI Ajit Singh when contacted said that a case had been registered.



Differently abled celebrate
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 13
It was a cultural evening embellished with awe-inspiring performances by differently abled children of the school for blind, deaf and dumb, as they celebrated Lohri in a unique style at Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.

The function was jointly organised by the university’s department of Gurmat Sangeet and Women’s Study Centre headed by Dr Gurnam Singh and Dr Manju Verma, respectively.

The cultural show started with recital of a shabad, “Aj hamare ghar vasant”, followed by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s composition, “Sun charkhe di mithi mithi ghook, mayia menu yad avnda”.

It was followed by recital of songs, “Hai isi mein pyar ki abru” and “Hoton se choolo tum mera geet amar kar do” by the differently abled children.

Two dance performances by the girls regaled audience, which comprised of the university teachers and students.

Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, assured the management of the school for blind, deaf and dumb students of all possible help.



56 selected in placement drive
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 13
Fiftysix students were selected at the mega job fair held at Cordia Group of Institutions, Sanghol, today. Leading companies like Airtel, Excel Callnet, Bharti Exa, JST Soft Solution and Taleem India participated in the recruitment drive.

The MBA, MSc (IT), BBA and BCA students with 60 per cent and above marks were allowed to participate in the placement drive. The recruitment process followed a power point presentation by the companies, group discussions, written test and personal interviews.

The companies expressed satisfaction over the quality of students appearing for the interviews. Besides Cordia Group, the students from some other institutions also participated.

Addressing the students participating in the recruitment drive, Lord Diljit Rana MP (UK)-cum-chairman, Cordia Group of Institutions, exhorted them to come up to the standards of the job market by improving their knowledge and communication skills.



Knee replacement at govt hospital
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 13
A patient operated for bilateral knee replacement at the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital by Dr J P S Walia and his team has a reason to smile, as now she can walk after a decade.

Kiran Rani (55), a resident of Dhuri in Sangrur district, was admitted to the Government Rajindra Hospital with history of severe pain in both her knee joints due to rheumatoid arthritis.

She could not walk and was almost bedridden for 10 years.

Her physiotherapy was started on the second day of her surgery and was made to walk pain free by the fifth day.

Considering Dr JPS Walia’s contribution in the field of orthopedics for the past 30 years, the Punjab government has conferred him the State Awardees for 2005 (Parman Pattar).



Accident Cases
13 families to get compensation
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 13
In order to pay compensation to kin of victims killed in various accidents, a district-level meeting was convened yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner Yashvir Mahajan presided over the meeting, wherein families of 13 accident victims were identified for compensation.

Mahajan said these families would get Rs 25,000 each.

He directed the police to identify those victims, who lost their lives in accidents.

He said autopsy of the deceased should be conducted and forms in this regard should be filled within six months of the accident in order to get compensation.

The District Transport Officer, SDM and others were present at the meeting.



Erratic power supply irks Kalka, Pinjore residents

Kalka, January 13
Residents of Kalka, Pinjore and hundreds of its adjoining villages are irked over the unscheduled long-power cuts and erratic power supply in the area.

They alleged that they were deprived of power for almost 10 hours daily, which was causing great inconvenience to them.

Subsequently, they have been hurt by the kind of treatment meted to them by UHBVN and the state government. They have been facing erratic power supply for the past couple of months.

They said, despite repeated representation to senior officials of UHBVN, the power situation had not improved .The department had not been taking any initiative to provide regular power supply, even though many assurances had been given by the higher officials of the department to streamline power supply. — OC



Lawyers celebrate Lohri
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 13
The Ambala District Bar Association organised a function on the occasion of Lohri festival in the Court Complex, here, today. District and Session Judge BM Bedi judicial officers and members of the bar were present on this occasion. While wishing everyone on Lohri, the Sessions Judge said religious festivals were the symbol of brotherhood and cultural unity.

President of Ambala Bar Association Satish Jain said that Ambala bar was the oldest bar association of Haryana and its members celebrated such functions in a united way. Senior members of the bar Gulshan Singh Suller, JS Kohli and Ajay Jain also spoke on this occasion. Lawyer Namrata Gaur read out a poem on this occasion.

The Ambala Cantonment Bar Association also organised a function on this occasion in the Court Complex. Most lawyers belonging to Ambala Cantt were present on this occasion.



Nirmal Jal project launched

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 13
The Nirmal Jal project has been launched by the Government of Punjab with the financial assistance of the World Bank and the Government of India to eradicate hygiene problems arising out from the drinking water in rural Punjab.

Under the self-governance training programme, a woman empowerment camp was organised yesterday at Dedaran village by the District Management Cell of Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department. Nearly 100 women from Dedran village and Kalaundi took part in the camp. Sangeeta Tripathi, a specialist of the department, delivered a lecture on woman empowerment and their role in society. — TNS



Kabaddi meet from today
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 13
A two-day state-level kabaddi tournament is being organised at Aruna Asaf Ali Government PG College, Kalka, under the aegis of college principal SK Manocha from tomorrow. Informing this, college PRO Harpreet Kaur said the tournament was being sponsored by the department of higher education, Haryana, and carried cash prizes for winning teams.

The event is open for teams from Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in which entries for the participation will be entertained on-the spot.



19 students selected
Tribune News Service

Banur, January 13
Tata Consultancy Services on Tuesday selected 19 students through campus placement. SUSCET, Tangori, was accredited by TCS for the campus placements in 2007 and since then TCS had been recruiting a good number of college students through the campus placements. Earlier 42 students were shortlisted on the basis of an online general aptitude test. The shortlisted students went through three rounds of interviews and 19 students were finally selected by the company.



Woman killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
A 25-year-old woman was killed after a car rammed into her scooter here last night. The police said the victim, Priyanka, of Sirmour was knocked down by a Toyota Innova (PB 65 H 9129) on the road separating Sectors 9 and 10. She was critically injured in the accident and was taken to the PGI, where she was declared brought dead.

The police has arrested Tarsem Singh, the driver of Toyota Innova, of Gurdaspur on charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.


Satish Kumar of Sector 11 B reported that a gold mangal sutra, a gold chain, three pairs of gold tops, a gold ring and a wrist watch were stolen from his residence during the intervening night of January 11 and 12.

In another incident, Marua Desuja of Sector 16 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that three wristwatches, an LCD, a DVD player and a mobile phone were stolen from his house. Two cases have been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Nishu Bala of Sector 35 C reported that her Kinetic Honda scooter (CH 01 Q 8345) was stolen from Sector 38 on December 19.

Similarly, Gulshan Handa of Sector 5, Panchkula, filed a complaint alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (CH 03 R 3421) was stolen from Sector 17 on January 9.

Two cases of theft have been registered.


Amarjit Singh of Ropar filed a complaint with the police alleging that Satpal Singh of Hallo Majra had taken Rs 25,000 each from him and Gurdeep Singh, promising to send them abroad in April, last year.

He neither kept his promise nor return their money.

The police has registered a case of cheating against the accused.



Truck driver killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 13
The truck driver, who sustained injuries in a head-on-collision between a truck and Mahindra pick up, near Occasion Resort on Zirakpur-Patiala highway on Tuesday night, died at a hospital in the wee hours. The two others, who are seriously injured have been admitted at GMCH-32 for further treatment.

The deceased was identified as truck driver, Shammi Sharma (40), a resident of Himachal Pradesh. The injured have been identified as Randeep Singh and Joga Singh, both residents of Rajpura.

The incident took place when the truck, on its way from Zirakpur to Patiala, collided with Mahindra pick up, which was going towards Zirakpur. The Mahindra pick up tumbled on the roadside.

The police said Shammi died while being treated and two persons were admitted at GMCH-32 for further treatment. The body of the deceased has been handed over to the family after conducting a post-mortem examination, the police added.



17 teams for T-10 Gully Cricket
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 13
Panchkula has been placed with Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar in the Group “A” of the T-10 Gully Cricket Tournament to be held at the Jan Nayak Chaudhary Devi Lal National Cricket Academy, Sirsa, from January 19.

The format of 10 overs a-side in 90 minutes will be played among 17 teams. The defending champions “Surat Gullies” will get a bye into the Super 8. The remaining 16 teams will be divided in four groups of four teams each of which seven (top teams from each group and three best second place teams from these groups will qualify for the Super 8) will advance to the Super 8, along with the seeded team “Surat Gullies” to complete the field of eight teams.

In Group “A”, Amritsar has been placed with Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Panchkula while Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur and Gwalior are in Group “B”. In Group “C” there will be a contest between Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ballia and Patna, while in Group “D” Latur, Daman, Nashik and Sirsa will be vying with each other to enter into the quarterfinal of the tournament.

Anoop Wadhwa, director, Reasonable Communications, said this first-of-its kind cricket tournament between 17 cities would feature non-first class cricketers in the age group of 15-24. A total of 39 games will be played, besides, crowning the winners, he added.

Wadhwa said Super 8, semifinal and final would be played among players from Nashik, Latur, Surat, Daman, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gwalior, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Ballia, Patna and Sirsa.

T-10 Gully Cricket mentor Charu Sharma will host the show “Gully Dreamz” to highlight cricket talent, he added.



Trainees of football academy bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
Three trainees of the Chandigarh Football Academy emerged winners in the recently concluded Junior National Football Championship. Lalruatfela, Samuel and Sajandeep Singh represented Chandigarh in the Junior National Football Championship, which was held at Mandya in Karnataka on January 10.

Another senior football trainee of the academy Bikramjit Singh made it to the senior Indian coaching camp, which commenced on January 5 at Kalyani (Nadia) in West Bengal.

The camp will conclude on January 28.

JPS Sidhu, joint director, sports, UT administration, said the UT administration had set up academies for hockey, football and cricket in 2000.

These academies are playing a key role in honing the basic skills of players and strengthening their mental fibre and physical ability.

Sidhu said the plan to have an innovative and sand-filled football field at the Sports Complex in Sector 42, had already been approved by the UT administration.

The project will cost Rs 3 crore. The plan has been sent to the Union Ministry of Sports, Government of India, for the final approval.

After the ministry’s nod, the engineering department would execute the basic work and tenders would be floated, Sidhu added.



‘Chandigarh Marathon-Run’ receives huge response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The first “Chandigarh Marathon-Run” is receiving a huge response, as over 70 entries for the half and full marathons have already been registered.

Stating this in a press release here today, Rahul Verghese, CEO, Running And Living Infotainment, said in spite of the prevailing unfavourable weather conditions, the entries have come in from Chandigarh, Chandimandir, Air Force Station, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkatta.

Verghese said over 25 Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes have asked for visa invitations.

He said over 2,000 residents, runners, walkers, celebrities from all age groups are expected to take part in the 5 km run, with police and other bands, cheering squads and more, adding to the festivities.

Those interested can register online at www.runningandliving.com/chandigarhmarathon and offline at the ICICI Banks in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, and Elemention Gym at CGA.

The last date for registration is January 20.



Gulzar akhara to honour wrestlers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
Gulzar Wrestling Akhara will honour its three wrestlers, who emerged victorious during the two-day Commonwealth Youth Wrestling Championship, which concluded at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore recently.

RS Kundu, coach, Sports Authority of India, said the winners would be felicitated on January 17 from 9 am to 3 pm at Gulzar akhara in Zirakpur.

He said Santosh Kumar Yadav and Pardeep Singh clinched gold medals in the 50 kg and 76 kg categories, respectively, while Prabhpal Singh bagged a silver medal in the 85 kg category.

Kundu said Gurpreet Dhillon won a bronze medal in the 100 kg category. India finished third in the men’s championship with 32 points.



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