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GAIL to supply gas to industries
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
Industry is the backbone of the economy of the state and it not only generates revenue but avenues of employment also. Lakhs of people depend upon industrial sector for their livelihood, so it is the prime duty of Government to provide all sort of facilities to the industry but at the same time the industrialist must keep in mind that industry does not pollute the human lives, said Yashveer Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over the meeting of Industrialists, officials and the representatives of Punjab Pollution Control Board here today.

The meeting was called to implement Punjab Industrial Facilitation Act 2005 and to sort out the problems of the industrialists of the district particularly from Mandi Gobindgarh.

Deputy Commissioner said that at present the pollution level at Mandi Gobindgarh industrial town of the district was at its peak due to 300 rolling mills, and other industrial units as they use coal and furnace oil as fuel. He said now the Gas Authority of India (GAIL) has signed the MOU with 160 units out of 300 to supply Gas as fuel from Dadra-Nangal pipeline. He said that GAIL would supply 4 lakh cubic Gas to these units daily and the work for laying the pipeline has been started and likely to be completed with in six months. He said it would result in reducing the pollution level not only in the town but in the adjoining towns also besides this it would also boost production. He called upon the remaining industrial units to sign MOU with GAIL.

Deputy Commissioner directed the officials of industrial and other demands to sort out the problems of the industrial sector on priority. Munish Khanna GM, Industrial center Mandi Gobindgarh, Preet Kanwal, District Town Planner, Amit Kumar from PPCB and Kewal Sharma Deputy Director Factories also addressed.



Dera Bassi to be divided into sectors, says councillor
Our Correspondent

Bassi, March 19
Dera Bassi would soon be divided in the sectors like Chandigarh to ensure the development at grassroots level said municipal council vice-president, Harjindr Singh Rangi, while presiding the municipal council meeting for passing the budget for current year.

Dera Bassi municipal council has passed a budget of Rs 26 crore for the year 2012 to ensure the development of the city, which was approved in the meeting of councillors. Nine councilors out of total 13 nodded to the budget.

On the occasion, the Local MLA, NK Sharma, was present and assured that nearly Rs 20 crore would be provided by GMADA for the development of the city. Vice-president of the municipal council told that nearly Rs 67 crore would be spent for the development city for drinking water, sewerage, and salaries of employees and for paying bills of tube wells and that of the electricity department.

Executive officers, Varinder Jain and Rajesh Sharma, were also present. Notably, Dera Bassi city was not witnessing the development due to the infighting of the councillors that resulted in the removal of the council president so council could not select its new president till now.



Missing child found dead
Our correspondent

Dera bassi, march 19
A body of 5-year-old child, who was missing under mysterious circumstances from Daffarpur village from March 16, was found from a water tank at the same village on Sunday.

The deceased identified as Arvind, hailing from Bihar and was living with his relatives at Panchkula and went missing on March 16 while he was playing where his guardian Bhramdev was doing construction work.

The body was noticed when a passerby had tried to take water from the tank.



Khushpreet case
Nine prosecution witnesses depose
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Nine prosecution witnesses deposed during the resumed hearing of the Khushreet murder case here today.

Their statements were recorded in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge VP Sirohi. The next hearing would be in April.

The witnesses who deposed included SK Jain, deputy director of the CFSL. He had collected crucial evidence from the spot when Khushpreet’s body was found, which was put in court today.

Inspector Sukhwinder Singh of the Mohali police, who had reached the spot first on receiving information that a body had been found, also recorded his statements and deposed about the scene of the crime.

Head constable Ranbir Singh of the Sector-34 police station told the court about the registration of the FIR.

An employee of the RLA, Manoj Kumar, told the court about the ownership of the two vehicles, a motorcycle and a Scooty, used in crime.

The motorcycle had been used by the accused when Khushpreet was kidnapped from outside his residence on December 21, 2010, and the Scooty when the body was thrown in a pit at Mohali on January 5, 2011.

Suresh Kumar, a shopkeeper, deposed that the accused, Sukhdev, owed him money, which he returned on December 23, 2010, the day after collecting the ransom of Rs 4 lakh. Hitesh, a jeweller based in Kharar, deposed that the accused gave him Rs 8,000 on December 24, 2010.

The other witnesses who were examined included a Reliance employee, who produced a phone call detail list of the accused in court. A senior manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce was also among the witnesses examined.

Five-year-old Khushpreet was kidnapped for ransom from Burail village on December 22, 2010. The police trap to arrest the kidnappers when they came to collect the ransom had failed.

Khushpreet’s body was found in January, 2011. The police had arrested Sukhdev, his brother Gurvinder and their servant Nand Kishore for the crime. They had committed the crime as they were reeling under debt.



Man attempts to rape step-daughter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old girl alleged that her step-father had attempted to rape her at her residence in Colony Number 4 here today.

The victim, a Class VII student in a government school, had returned home after appearing in her exam in school when the incident occured, the police said.

The accused, Ram Chander, who works in a slaughter house in the colony, has been arrested in a case under Section 376 of the IPC.

The incident came to light this afternoon when the victim’s mother called the police on hearing her daughter screaming. Both Ram Chander and his wife work in a slaughter house.

The father had come home early today when he noticed that his step-daughter was alone and attempted to molest her.

The medical examination of the girl was conducted at the GMSH. The accused will be produced in court tomorrow.



Man posing as saint tries to kidnap child
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
High drama was witnessed in Colony Number 4 here when a person posing as a saint tried to abduct a three-year-old boy.

The police arrested Sumer, alias Kala, a resident of Digana village in Jind, Haryana, for trying to kidnap Saurav near office of the SDM (East). The police managed to trace the boy within half an hour. The accused is a drug addict.

Saurabh was playing outside his house when Sumer, posing as a saint, asked for some money. When no one turned up, the saint fled with the child. As the child’s aunt realised that the boy was missing, she raised an alarm.

The police soon discovered the saint lying unconscious a few metres away.

Acting on the complaint of Saurabh’s uncle Ram Kumar, a resident of Colony Number 4, the police registered a case.

A case under Sections 363, 511 of the IPC was registered at the Industrial Area police station. The accused was arrested.



10 held for human trafficking

Zirakpur, March 19
The local police today arrested nine women and a pimp from a house, located at the Shivalik Vihar Society, here this evening.

Giving information, Tarlochan Singh, station house officer, said that a raid was conducted in the house following a tip-off.

“During the raid we arrested nine girls, all between 18 years to 30 years of age, and a pimp. All the immoral operations were being carried out from this house,” said Tarlochan.



hockey tourney
Chandigarh comets register victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Light, camera and action, the words might sound as some shooting of an upcoming movie but such was the scenario at the Hockey Stadium of Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

The match under the floodlights with spectators pouring in and a great show by the home team was the highlight of the evening. With the home team of Chandigarh comets defeating Pune Strykers, on a last goal that was scored within five seconds left for the game, had given a reason to cheer to the public present at the venue.

The former Shivalik Public Hockey Academy player and presently Canadian international Sukvinder Singh Gabbar made the audiences to dance on the dhol feats and Punjabi songs.

“The clash between both the young sides was the most exciting game of this championship, so far. Hockey in attacking mode always attracts interest and moreover, we are here to enjoy and hope in further matches, we will witness the same attacking game,” said Gurjinder Singh.

On other hand, the fans present in the stadium were also seen cheering for the local side as to them it was just another time to enjoy the game. “We live in Chandigarh, so we want this team to win. Hockey never attracted us but now when our exams are over, we came here to enjoy and now started liking the game” said Preeti.

When asked Pawan, a student of Panjab University about the game he added “This game is among the traditional games of Punjab, so we are here to witness it. One can make it through that except from Chandigarh and Punjab teams; Punjabis are representing other teams also. I wanted my hostel friends to witness the championship, as earlier we were going through our semester,” said Pawan.



Grapplers of Chandigarh police win laurels in wrestling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The grapplers of the Chandigarh Police Akara club bagged the sub-junior overall championship During the Junior and Sub-Junior Wrestling Championship, that concluded, here today.

The wrestlers of Akhara Club, Sector 30, finished second in the junior category.

Results: Sub-junior (free style grecoroman)-Boys (42 kg)-Rohtas, Keshav, Sunil, Varinder; boys (46kg)-Vijender, Ashok, Jivesh, Amit; Boys (50kg)-Sushant, Parwinder, Deepak, Gurmit; Boys (54 Kg)-Naveen, Amarjit, Sonu, Amit; Boys (58 Kg)-Parveen, Makhan, Sandeep, Vikas; Boys (63 Kg)-Deepak, Gurpreet, Surjeet, Sunil; Boys (69 Kg)-Parveen, Rohit, Satyawan, Dinesh; Boys (76 Kg)-Narinder, Vikas, Surinder, Avtar; Boys (85 Kg)-Suryadev, Sunil, Ankit, Ram; Boys (+85Kg)-Imran, Sudhir, Sunil, Yogesh; Boys (Junior) (50 Kg)-Miyank, Manoj, Vikas, Vikhy; Boys (55 Kg )-Surjit, Rajinder, Monu, Amarjit; Boys(60Kg)-Sandeep, Pardeep, Pardeep, Surinder; boys(66kg)- Jaiveer, Yoginder, Parveen, Yashpal; Boys (74kg)-Sukhdeep, Vikas, Karan, Pushwinder; Boys (84 kg)-Ajit, Dinesh, Naresh, Karma; Boys(96kg)-Kamaljeet, Parveen, Navneet, Karan; Boys (+96kg)- Sumit, Narinder, Palwinder, Sandeep; Team-Boys (50kg)-Miyank, Manoj, Vikas, Vikhy; Boys (55kg)-Surjit, Rajinder, Monu, Amarjit Boys (60 kg)-Sandeep, Pardeep, Surinder; boys (66kg)-Jaiveer, Yoginder, Parveen, Yashpal; boys(74 kg)- Sukhdeep, Karan, Pushwinder; boys (84kg)-Ajit, Dinesh, Naresh , Karma; boys (96kg)- Kamaljeet, Parveen, Navneet and Karan.



PU rest rooms ‘remain at rest’
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
‘Keep your campus clean’, the students of Panjab University (PU) are well aware of the comment that the Vice-Chancellor Dr RC Sobti usually passes on many occasions, but when it comes to reality, the playing arena of PU says it all.

Locked toilets leading to stench in the playing grounds of the Panjab University are enough to contradict all the tall claims made by the PU authorities. The three lavatories, at all the corners of the playing ground, remain under lock doors throughout the year, leaving the players to attend nature’s call in open.

“I do not want to comment on this, as I am not aware of the present situation. It has been long that I have visited that side and the director sports might tell the exact reason behind it. Although, earlier, the toilets used to remain closed but I do not know the present status,” said AD Ahluwalia, the DSW (Dean Student Welfare).

The toilets were made for the comfort of the players but remain locked when most of the players undergo practice. The situation becomes worst in evening, when the number of players increases in ground.

“Last year, I attended sessions in the PU grounds regularly and I am aware of the situation. We have discussed this earlier also because no toilet in the grounds is a real problem for the female players also. The council will surely take up the matter with the DSW and to the director sports soon,” said Pushpinder Singh, President Panjab University Student Council.

According to information, the groundsmen open one toilet rarely, in the evening for about 100 players present here. “We have no other option but to go in the open spaces. We cannot use the toilets of various departments because they are far from ground. The officials should understand that these buildings are not heritage and are built for the benefit of the players,” said a player.

Notably, families of many faculty members at the PU also come to ground for evening walk and face same situation.

“This is a prestigious institute and we have many foreign students coming from all over the world. One can easily make out the impression they would carry along. The toilets should be opened and properly maintained. The players also should treat the ground is like their home,” said Ramesh Chand, husband of a PU employee.

A coach on the condition of anonymity said, “These are all small things but important part of life. I am training the players for the past six years but never saw the toilets being opened. Even at the time of the tournaments, only one toilet is provided to all the teams and one can imagine what could be the circumstances when 20 players, each from at least 10 teams use a single toilet,” said the coach.



Payal wins top honours in yoga championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Payal of DAV College of Education, Abohar, and Rajni Kaushal of Dev Samaj College of Education, finished first and second, respectively.

In the individual category, during the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga Championship for Women (C-Division) for BEd colleges, being held at PU Gymnasium Hall, here today.

To bag the honour of best all round best yogis, Payal secured a total of 174 points while Rajni grabbed 164 points in the competition. In the team championship, yogis of the DAV College of Education, Abohar, scored 786.5 points to win the tourney while yogis of Dev Samaj College of Education for Women secured 752 points in the tourney. Winners: DAV College of Education, Abohar, (786.5 points)-Payal, Sushma, Suman, Anita Choudhary, Maya Rani, Veerpal Kaur; Dev Samaj College of Education for Women (752 points)-Surbhee Sood, Manjit, Neeraj Kumari, Sunil Rani, Bhawna Sharma, Rajni Kaushal.



Golf camp from March 22
Tribune News Service

Panchukla, March 19
In an effort to promote golf in the region, the Panchkula Golf Club will conduct an Eight-Day Golf Coaching Camp for children, women and men from March 22 to 30, at Panchkula Golf Club, here.

During the camp, basics like grip, aim, alignment, stance, posture, hitting, chipping and putting will be taught. Earlier, the club had organised three coaching camps including the EGTF Golf Coaching Programme.

The interested players or non-players can confirm their entries with the EGTF certified coach Ajay Gujral (98143 56013) or at the Panchkula Golf Club before March 20.



West Bengal bags title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
The Veteran West Bengal table-tennis team (above- 40) secured the first position in the 19th Veteran National Table-Tennis Championship, concluded at Gangtok, Sikkim and the

Haryana team secured second after it went down against the West Bengal Team by 1-3.

The Haryana team defeated Delhi by 3-1 in the quarter-final.

Team-Nalin Somani (Captain), Harsh Chopra, Heera Goswami, DP Singh and Satyapal Vashisht.



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