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Industrial pollution, traffic congestion irk residents
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, December 12
Along with the lack of basic amenities, Dera Bassi is also surrounded by problems of industrial pollution and traffic congestion. While the industrial set up is the backbone of this town, discharge of some chemical factories and pollution of nearby meat plants create a nuisance to the residents.

Besides, absence of overbridges on the national highway have been leading to accidents in town. The poor condition of the local bus stand was adding to the traffic woes. Residents have been repeatedly demanding the construction of a new bus stand.

They have also been raising the issue of construction of an overbridge on pillars on the national highway near the bus stand. Members of Kar Sewa Gurdwara Shri Nada Sahib had written letters to the Prime Minister and central ministry of road transport and national highways for the construction of overbridges at Dera Bassi. In response to these letters the ministry had recently started the process to construct an overbridge.

Another problem of sewage discharge from factories is also haunting the residents. The sewage flowing into the nearby drains is affecting the groundwater, besides causing air pollution. Former zila parishad member Kuljeet Singh Randhawa said a drain, near Bhankarpur village, had polluted the ground water of other nearby villages and rendered it unfit for irrigation and drinking purposes. Many people have been facing liver related diseases due to polluted ground water, he added.

Punjab Pollution Control Board XEN RK Rattra has, however, assured that steps were being taken to check the pollution in this area caused by various types of industries.



Urdu-Hindi transliteration software developed

Patiala, December 12
A Urdu-Hindi transliteration software, developed by Punjabi University, has been selected for demonstration in the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development to be held from tomorrow.

The conference is being hosted by the UNESCO Chair at Royal Holloway, University of London. Under a project funded by The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF), the software has been developed at the Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi by research team, led by the Director of the Centre Dr. Gurpreet Singh Lehal.

The project is now available for free use on the Centre’s website <http://uh.learnpunjabi.org>. According to Lehal, the project aims to break the script division between the Urdu and Hindi readers through a development of the transliteration and translation tool for the two languages. — TNS



Workshop to introduce advanced endo-urology procedures
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 12
A live operative workshop on endo-urology and laser prostatectomy was held at the MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (MMIMSR), Mullana, recently.

MMIMSR principal, Dr SB Siwach while inaugurating the workshop said the workshop was unique because latest techniques and instruments like laser therapy had been used, which was going to be useful to postgraduate students.

A national-level operative team of doctors from Delhi, including Dr SK Pal and Dr SP Yadav, demonstrated the renal stone surgery with endo-urology technique, whereas Dr GS Kochar performed prostate surgery with the laser technique.

The workshop aims at introducing specialists in India to advanced endo-urology and laparoscopic procedures, which are in vogue in other countries.

Endo-urology involves advanced endoscopic management of urological disorders, which are not only non-invasive but also takes less time for recovery, Dr Siwach added.

Dr Sunder Goyal, organising secretary of the committee, said this kind of live operative workshop was knowledge enhancing session for the students as well as staff.

He said it was an interactive session with eminent experts in the field of urology from various places, including Patiala, Rohtak, Chandigarh, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Hisar.



Book released
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 12
A new book “Tenses and Grammatical Concepts in English” authored by Chander Parkash Rahi, a retired principal, was released by former principal, Government State College of Education, Patiala, Dr DR Vij, and former principal, MM Modi College, SR Sahni, during a ceremony held on the college premises, here today.

While giving his scholarly insights on the book, Dr Rajesh Sharma, department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala, said it was a product of sheer labour and visionary outlook of a dedicated and devoted teacher.

“Written in a simple yet substantial manner, the book will be extremely helpful for the students of rural and semi-urban areas,” he added. The book aims to enhance the conceptual understanding of the basic grammatical concepts.



Youth hit by car, dies

Zirakpur, December 12
A youth died after being hit by a speeding car near Bristol Hotel on the Chandigarh-Amabala highway late last night. The deceased was identified as Parmod Kumar (22), a resident of Dadu Majra, Chandigarh. He was working as a waiter at a marriage function.

The investigating officer stated that the incident took place around 11.30 pm when Parmod was crossing the highway where a car coming from Ambala side hit him. A passer-by informed the police who took him to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where he was shifted to the PGI as his condition was critical.

The officer said he succumbed to his injuries this afternoon during the treatment. Meanwhile, the driver of the Logan car managed to flee from the spot leaving his car behind, the investigating officer added.

The vehicle has been impounded and a case has been registered against the unidentified driver. — TNS



GMSSS academy lift Leslie Gordon Carver trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS) Cricket Academy, Sector 19, defeated Ropar District Association Cricket Academy to win the Leslie Gordon Carver Inter-Academy U-17 Cricket Tournament here today.

Requiring to score 173 in 40 overs, Ropar cricket academy team were bowled out for 109 in 34.2 overs. Ropar cricket academy won the toss and elected to field. Sashya Jamwal top scored with 77 runs, which included three fours and two sixes. Guntashbir Singh scored 34 and Deepak Sharma contributed 20 runs.

Piyush Chawla scrapped two wickets for 23 runs and Maninder Singh bagged four victims for 22 runs.

Ropar cricket academy did not have any major contributions with the bat except 36 runs by Piyush Chawla, 29 runs by Arjun Kumar and 14 runs by Himanshu Sharma. Amandeep Singh, Deepak Sharma and Piyush Chawla scrapped two wickets each.

Sashya Jamwal was adjudged the man of the match for his notable batting performance. Ankit Chaudhary from the winner’s team was adjudged the best batsman of the tournament, while Amandeep Singh from GMSSS, Sector 19, was declared the best bowler of the tournament.

Arjun Kumar from Ropar cricket academy bagged the honour of best all-rounder, while Lavjit Singh from DP Azad Cricket Academy was the best fielder of the tournament. Talwinderjit Singh from DP Azad Academy was picked as the player of the tournament.



Panchkula Club pocket boys’ skating senior title
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 12
In the boys’ senior category, the Panchkula Club lift the title by beating Manav Mangal in the Manav Mangal All-India Skating Carnival 2010, which concluded at Manav Mangal Smart School here today.

In the boys’ junior category, the title was won by Sangrur Club by beating local Bhavan Vidyalaya 10-1. In the boys’ sub-junior category, Yamunanagar Club claimed the winner’s trophy by beating Ryan International in a well-fought match by 4-3. In the last category of girls’ junior, Yamunanagar Club beat Ryan International by 3-0.

Other results:

U-4 boys: Vedansh; 4-6 boys: Aman Partap Singh; 4-6 girls: Harshita Paul; 6-8 boys: Bhawandeep & Akshit Kharab; 6-8 girls: Komal Preet Kaur; 8-10 boys: Aryan Pal Singh; 8-10 boys inline: Harsh Gupta; 8-10 girls: Dilpreet; 10-12 boys: Kanwardeep & Siddharth; 10-12 boys inline: Anuj Sood; 10-12 girls: Runjhun; 12-14 boys: Chanchalpreet; 12-14 boys inline: Anshul; 12-14 girls: Mani; and 14-16 boys: Kunal.

Rink Race 2: U-4 boys: 1st Vedansh, 2nd Daksh Vats and 3rd Arjun Tomar; U-4 girls: 1st Kashvi, 2nd Veronica Mehta and 3rd Vrinda Goyal; 4-6 boys: 1st Aman Partap Singh, 2nd Kaartik Jindal, 3rd Pranay Gaud; 4-6 girls: 1st Harshita Paul, 2nd Javeen Seth, 3rd Prisha Bajaj; 4-6 boys (inline): 1st Udeyveer, 2nd Vihaan; 4-6 girls (inline): Dayita Goyal; 6-8 boys: 1st Bhavandeep, 2nd Akshit Kharab 3rd Raghav; 6-8 girls: 1st Komal Preet Kaur, 2nd Vidushi Rawat, 3rd Akshita Shourie; 6-8 boys (Inline): 1st Farhaan, 2nd Adhiraaj Sood, 3rd Sanyam; 8-10 boys: 1st Aryan Pal Singh, 2nd Adhiraaj Kundlas, 3rd Dikin; 8-10 girls: 1st Mrinaal Vashisth, 2nd Vanshika, 3rd Guraadesh; 8-10 boys (inline): 1st Harsh Gupta, 2nd Love Verma, 3rd Shivam Singh; 8-10 girls (inline): 1st Navya Ohri, 2nd Anum Kaur Virk; 10-12 boys: 1st Siddharth Jain), 2nd Kanwardeep Singh, 3rd Arpan; 10-12 girls: 1st Priyanka Gupta, 2nd Rhea Sodhi, 3rd Karen George); 10-12 boys (inline): 1st Gaurav Bishnoi, 2nd Rushat Parihar, 3rd Aryan Mehta; 10-12 girls (inline): Chhavi Bishnoi; 12-14 boys: 1st Chanchal Preet Singh, 2nd Mohit Thakur, 3rd Sahil; 12-14 girls: 1st Mani Kamboj, 2nd Shefali, 3rd Kulwinder Kaur; 12-14 boys (inline): 1st Anshul Sood, 2nd Yash Mishra, 3rd Dashmesh Singh; 14-16 boys: 1st Kunal, 2nd Vishant, 3rd Sonaldeep; 14-16 boys (inline): 1st Vishal Avasthi, 2nd Amrinder Singh; 14-16 girls: 1st Akrita, 2nd Ananya.



Preeti, Poonam hog limelight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 12
The SQAY Martial Arts State-Level Championship started at The British School here today. As many as 15 schools from Chandigarh, including 150 students, are participating in the championship.

According to a press note issued here today, the students are competing for sub-junior, junior and senior boys and girls’ categories.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Gurdeep Khokhan, general secretary of Chandigarh SQAY Association of Martial Arts, said the history of SQAY could be traced in early days of Kashmir history, when man learnt to protect himself from wild animals individually or collectively.

“During Muslim period from 1325 AD to 1819 AD, the SQAY martial arts training was compulsory for Kashmir soldiers. These martial arts were known as Kashmiri Shamsherizen,” added chairperson of The British School TR Sethi, who inaugurated the championship.

The observer of the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) appreciated good arrangements made by The British School and SQAY Association for the participants.


Sub-junior girls (23 kg): 1st Sushmita GMSSS-8.

27 kg: 1st Preeti GMSSS-8, 2nd Diksha GHS-7.

31 kg: 1st Sunita Sharma GMSSS-8, 2nd Meena GMSSS-8.

35 kg: 1st Poonam GHS-7, 2nd Shivani GHS-7, 3rd Sandhya GMSSS-8.

39 kg: 1st Komal GHS-7, 2nd Laxmi Devi GHS-7, 3rd Rishika-GMSSS (MHC).

43 kg: 1st Barkha Apex Club, 2nd Vandana GMSSS (MHC), 3rd Shallu Apex Club.

+43 kg: 1st Teea GMSSS (MHC), 2nd Pooja Rawat GHS-7, 3rd Sheema GMSSS (MHC).

Competitions for boys’ junior and senior and girls’ junior and senior categories will be held tomorrow, the press note added.



Junior golf championship on December 20
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 12
The third junior golf tournament of the Chandigarh Golf Club’s Junior Golf Mission 2016 will be held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club on December 20.

Giving this information, Capt GS Ghuman said this would be the third tournament of the series under which five tournaments would be played till April 2011. Every subsequent year, five tournaments will be played to tap junior talent till 2016. The first tournament was conducted on September 27 and the second on October 25.

The tournament is open to junior golfers in the age group of 6 to18 years and will be played in the following four categories: Below 10 years (A) up to 30 handicap, 11-12 years (C) up to 24 handicap, 13-15 years (B) up to 15 handicap and 16-18 years (A) up to nine handicap.

According to Chandigarh Golf Club Academy joint director Ajay Gujral, the main idea behind these tournaments is to give the tournament experience to junior golfers.

Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill said, “The Chandigarh Golf Club has been promoting junior golf in Chandigarh via various EGTF junior golf coaching programmes. By introducing this tournament series for juniors, our goal is to produce a champion golfer for the 2016 Olympics from our club.”



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