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District Bar Association elections on April 4

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 31
The elections for the various posts of District Bar Association Fatehgarh Sahib will be held on April 4. The panel of two warring groups of lawyers has filed the nomination papers and after scrutiny the papers of all the candidates were found in order.

There would be keen contest for the post of presidentship between the present Bar president, Amardeep Singh Dharni, and Gian Singh Saini, former President of District Bar Association. Both the lawyers have represented the Bar many times. Similarly, for the post of secretary, joint secretary, treasurer and other posts the contest is keen as young lawyers are taking keen interest. There are 361 votes and large numbers of young lawyers have enrolled as member and they can influence the outcome of the results.

Both the groups have started extensive campaigning and visiting the residences of lawyers and holding corner meetings. The key issue among the young lawyers is of lawyer's chamber, which was started during the tenure of Amardeep Singh Dharni and are likely to be completed soon. — OC



Trader robbed of Rs 2 lakh

Dera Bassi, March 31
An unidentified youth robbed a trader of Rs 2 lakh at Mubarikpur camp, last night.

Omprakash, a resident of Sector 48, Chandigarh, reported that he used to supply goods in wholesale and retail. Last night, he was in the market to collect cash of the supplied material from the shops when suddenly a youth pushed him from behind before snatching the cash bag around 7.30 pm. Omprakash fell on the ground so could not chase the snatcher, who fled away in the dark. He added that the bag was containing collected cash worth Rs 2 lakh besides some bill books. — OC



Dumping of garbage in open irks Dera Bassi residents
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, March 31
Residents of some areas of Dera Bassi city have been feeling harassed due to the dangerous pollution caused by the garbage dumped in the nearby dumping ground. Heaps of garbage keep on causing pollution continually for the residents of Gulmohar city, ATS, Ashiana colony and the students of DAV School, Dera Bassi, and the ATS Valley School.

The residents demanded that the dumping ground be shifted out of the city as soon as possible. They said that it was difficult to pass through the path due to the foul smell of garbage and burning of rubber on the heaps of garbage. They also demanded a direct approaching road for the residential area from National Highway. Advocate Jaspal Singh, who resides in the Ashiana colony, said that the dumping ground was lying on choe land and it could cause flood in the nearby areas along with the garbage. He informed that the chemical water of some of the industries that was discharged through the choe, was continually mixing in the garbage and causing foul smell. The people of the city had taken the issue with municipal council many times but no action had been taken till now. On the other hand, the ATS company was going to open ATS Valley School and five star hotel near the dumping ground but the pollution site was not removed from here, added the residents. The SDO, Pollution Control Board, Gursarn Garg, said that he would visit the site soon and appropriate action would be taken against the officials of the municipal council after which the site would be removed soon.

Meanwhile, executive officer Rajesh Sharma said that efforts were on to shift the dumping ground to another place out of the residential area. He assured that a site would be find out for it soon.



lok adalat
9,547 cases disposed of
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
Instead of paying hefty fine to the UT police for traffic violations, a majority of violators choose the special lok adalat to pay the fine as it costs them very less.

The fact can be gauged from the figures of the special lok adalat held on Saturday in the district courts as out of the total 9,547 cases settled in the quarterly lok adalat, about 7,911 were related to traffic violations.

In the lok adalat, 18 benches were constituted. Out of the total cases, the settlement of 7,911 traffic challans ended up with the court collecting Rs 19,79,650. Apart from traffic violations, the lok adalat settled 997 cheque-bounce cases. Officials said 16 cases of motor accident claim and 482 civil cases were also settled.

A court official said people preferred to come to the lok adalat as the court had the power to reduce the amount of fine, whereas the police had not such power. On the other hand, a UT police official said the police worked as per rules and regulations. It slapped fine according to the violation and had no such right to minimise the amount, therefore people approached the lok adalat. “A Judge has the discretion to reduce the amount, which policemen don’t have,” he further added.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice TPS Mann visited the courts complex during the lok adalat. District and Sessions Judge SK Goel said 18 benches were constituted, in which cases of different categories like motor accident claim cases, matrimonial cases, civil cases, revenue cases and traffic challans were taken up for settlement.



PIL in missing youths case

Chandigarh: Eight years after 37 youngsters in search of greener pastures across the seas lost their way, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the authorities concerned to carry on with their investigations.

The directions came as the Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover closed a petition filed by the All-India Forum for National Reconciliation on the disappearance of Spain-bound youngsters in November 2004.

The Bench asserted: "Having considered the matter in its entirety, we are of the view that every conceivable effort has been made to trace the youths, in spite of which no tangible results are discernible till date”.



2 killed, 1 hurt in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
A cyclist and an auto-rickshaw driver were killed while a pedestrian sustained injuries in separate road accidents reported across the city in the last 24 hours.

In the first incident, an unidentified auto-rickshaw driver was killed after his auto was hit by an unidentified vehicle on the road leading to Raipur Khurd on Saturday. The injured driver was rushed to the PGIMER where he was declared brought dead. The police stated that it was yet to identify the deceased and the vehicle that had hit his auto.

In another accident reported on Saturday evening, an unidentified cyclist was crushed to death under the wheels of a truck near Hallo Majra light point.

The police said a truck, loaded with iron bars, was coming from Sector 29 when the accident occurred.

The truck driver, Dharam Pal, hailing from Ambala was arrested.

A case has been registered against the driver.

In another case, Govinda of Ludhiana alleged that the driver of car bearing Chandigarh number hit his grandmother Kala Bai in Sector 32 on March 30. She was later admitted to GMCH-32.



DAV, St Stephen’s in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, and St Stephen’s School, Togan, will be face to face in the final of the ongoing Coca Cola Cricket Cup for Boys (U-16) tomorrow.

In the first semi-final, played at GNPS Sector 36, the team of St Stephen’s School defeated Baby Model School Kapurthala by 48 runs. After winning the toss, the Kapurthala outfit put St Stephen boys to bat and the latter scored a total of 217 runs for 9 wickets in 47 overs. Jashanpreet Singh put the team in winning position with his 70 runs of 85 balls, including 13 boundaries, and a 4th wicket stand of 67 runs with Akash Sharma (21).

Gaurav Bedi (25) and Karan Aggarwal (24) were the other main run getters for the home team. On other hand, bowlers of Kapurthala team gave 29 wide balls with Ankush taking his five-wicket haul after giving 36 runs.

In reply, the Kapurthala team was bowled out for 169 in 41.2 overs. Vikramjit Singh (42) and Amandeep Singh (27) were the only run getters for the team. Gandhi scored a quick fire 37 runs of 30 balls, studded with four boundaries and one six. For bowling side, Shivam Bedi took 4 wickets for 32 while Gaurav Bedi and Manan Jain grabbed two wickets each.

Brief scores: St Stephen scored 217 for 9 in 47 overs (Jashanpreet Singh 70, Akash Sharma 21, Gaurav Bedi 25, Karan Aggarwal 24; Ankush 5 wickets for 36 runs)

Baby Model School Kapurthala-169 in 41.2 overs (Vikramjit Singh 42, Amandeep Singh 27, Gandhi 37; Shivam Bedi 4 for 32, Gaurav Bedi 2 for 35, Manan Jain 2 for 15)

In the second semi-final, cricket team of DAV Chandigarh got better of DAV Amritsar by 10 runs. Batting first the winning side bundled out for 201 runs in the fourth over. Satyam (29), Shubham Chand (33) and Ramesh Panchal (25) helped the team to achieve the total. Bowler K Gill took 3 wickets for 34 runs. DAV Amritsar failed to achieve the target and were bowled out on 191 runs.

Abhinav Sharma and Karan Sharma put on 78 runs for the opening stand while Marshall (40) and Navneet Singh (32) were the other scorers for the team. For bowling side, Shubham Chand took 2 wickets for 40.

Brief scores:

DAV School Chandigarh-201 all out in 40 overs (Satyam 29, Shubham Chand 33, Ramesh Pachal 25; K Gill 3 for 34, Lovedeep 2 for 23)

DAV Amritsar-191 all out in 46.3 overs (Karan Sharma 49, Abhinav Sharma 25,Marshall 40, Navneet Singh 32; Ramesh Bishnoi 4 for 9, Shubham Chand 2 for 40).



bmw International
12 amateur golfers shine
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 31
BMW Amateur Golf International Competition was organised at Panchkula golf club, here today.

The tournament was earlier conducted in nine cities, including Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Hyderabad.

As many as 50 amateur players participated in the tourney out of which 12 players won the top honours. The best players from each nation will qualify for the BMW Golf Cup International World Final.


Men (A)-Vaibhav Mehan, Anmol Sharma, Mohanjit Singh Pooni; Men (B)-Ankit Bansal, Ranjeev Dhauja, Shiv Kumar Gupta; Women-Jaskeerat Matharoo, Binny Bath, Nirmal Milkha Singh; Longest Drive-Promila Chari and Ram Prakash Singh; Closest to the pin-Davinder Sandhu; Straight Drive-Sunita Singh and Arvind Bajaj.



Dhyaria emerges tennis champ

Chandigarh, March 31
Tennis player Dhyaria defeated Abhinav in straight sets by 8-6 to clinch the BTS Tennis Tournament (U-12) trophy at Banyan Tree School in Sector 48, which concluded here today.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Dhyaria defeated Siddharth (8-3) while Abhinav overpowered Akshit (8-3). In the quarterfinals, Akshit beat Aadhar(8-3); Abhinav beat Yash(8-3); Siddharth beat Harsh(8-3); Dhyaria beat Shaksham(8-3). — TNS



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