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development work
Rs 15 cr for Kalka, Pinjore
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 7
The Haryana government has sanctioned around Rs 15 crore for the various development works in Kalka and Pinjore area. Manveer Kaur Gill, district spokesperson of the Congress and a member of the Shiwalik Development Board, who was here to listen to the grievances of the residents, said Rs 75 lakh would be spent on the maintenance of streets and some other developmental projects. The tenders for the above said projects would be invited till October 30, she said.

She further said that it was decided in a board meeting that Rs 1.25 crore would be spent in Pinjore, Rs 1.25 crore in Kalka, Rs 1.25 in Raipur Rani and Rs 2.50 crore would be spent in Morni. She said that under the District Development Plan fund, Rs 6 crore would be spent on the recarpeting of roads, construction of various streets and on the drainage system. The ADC, Panchkula, would soon be visiting the area, she added.

She said that taking a serious note of the sanitary conditions in the area, the District Administration had provided 49 sweepers to the Pinjore Zone and 35 sweepers to the Kalka Zone.

The residents shared their grievances pertaining to street lights, construction of various link roads, delay in renewal of driving licences and beautification of Ravindera Park near Gandhi Chowk. On a query regarding the deteriorating condition of NH-22 from Pinjore to Kali Mata Temple, Manveer Kaur Gill said that the decision regarding the recarpeting of the highway would be taken by the Chief Minister.



50 take part in collage-making competition
Parmod Mehta

Dera Basi, October 7
An collage making competition was held at the Longowal Polytechnic College, Dera Bassi, today. Nearly 50 students participated in the competition. The participating students, who were from diverse disciplines, were provided with themes.

The students who took part in the event were from disciplines such as advanced cooling system, high-speed train, civil-green buildings, controlling air-pollution, liquid electricity, electrical vechicles, networking, network virus, touch screen technology etc. Addressing the participants, Er Kapil Katyal (vice-chairman) applauded the initiative taken by the HR department of the college.

Er SL Sapra (principal-M), Er Rosy Katyal (principal-E) of the college presided over the function and gave away prizes to the winners.

The first prize went to Pravin Kumar Singh (ME), second to Yogita Banger (ECE), and the third to Shubham (ECE ).



Lawn Tennis Meet
Sai Chandan defeats Somdutt

Patiala, October 7
The National Deaf Lawn Tennis Championship concluded at the NIS Tennis Court, here on Sunday. In the three-game finals of boys' category, L Sai Chandan of Andhra Pradesh defeated Somdutt Sihag of Rajasthan by 6-1 and 6-2 while in the second and third game he defeated Somdutt Sihag and Ankit.

In the girls' category ( best of six games) Shilpi Jaiswal of Bihar defeated Komal of Haryana by 12-6 while Pariksha of Haryana defeated Jafreen Shaik of Andhra Pradesh by 2 - 63. — TNS


Youth robbed at gunpoint
Was given lift while on the way to ISBT-43
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, October 7
A 23-year-old youth was allegedly robbed at gun point in Ram Dabar late last night. The incident took place near 3BRD in Ram Darbar, Phase I. The victim Santosh Kumar told the police that he was walking to the Sector-43 Inter-State Bus Terminus to board a bus to Jammu when a car, with two occupants, stopped near Mauli Jagran and offered him a lift.

He added that after crossing Ram Darbar, the accused stopped the car and pointed a country-made gun at him. They asked him to handover all his belongings, Santosh reported. They took away Rs 3,000, an ATM card, a tool bag and a DVD player from his possession. A case under Sections 392, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Sector-31 police station.

Robbery attempt foiled

Mohali: A man tried to rob a house in Phase XI by posing as a plumber. The accused, identified as Dharminder, a Nepalese presently staying at the Colony No 5 in Chandigarh, tried to enter the house after telling the woman that he had come to repair a water pipe in the bathroom.

Although, the woman said that no such complaint had been made, the man insisted that he had been called by someone from the house. When the woman turned to contact her husband on the phone, he caught her from the back and pushed her down on the floor. He allegedly tried to strangle her, but she raised an alarm, following which her neighbours gathered there. The accused was caught by the neighbours and handed over to the police.

The accused told the police that he had earlier visited the house with a contractor to do some woodwork. At that time he had noticed that the woman was alone in the house during the day time, he told the police.



Six arrested in theft cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The police today arrested six persons, including a singer, in two separate cases of theft where expensive equipment, including batteries and wireless sets, were being stolen by the accused, who were also drug addicts. The total value of recovered items in both cases is Rs 10 lakh.

In the first case, the police arrested three persons for stealing equipment from the inter-state police wireless (ISPW) station of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Sector 25.

The accused, identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Colony Number 5, and Surinder Singh, a resident of Sector 25, were arrested when they were selling the stolen items to a scrap dealer, Mukesh, a resident of Sector 25. The police recovered high range wireless sets, antenna and other expensive equipment worth around more than Rs 6 lakh from their possession.

During investigation, it was revealed that Vijay Kumar and Surinder Singh are drug addicts and used to steal equipment and sell the same to scrap dealers at low price.

The case was registered on the complaint of SS Bhinder, assistant director, Ministry of Home Affairs’ inter-state police wireless station, who reported to the police that wireless equipment and material related to the communication system were missing from the office.

SHO, Sector 11 police station, Inspector Gurmukh Singh, said the theft took place in the absence of any security guard at the office.

While in another case, the police arrested three persons for stealing batteries from an Airtel mobile tower in the city.

The police arrested the accused while acting on the complaint of Nand Lal Verma, a resident of Panchkula, who reported that some persons have stolen 22 batteries from the shelter of the Airtel tower on the rooftop of a house in Dhanas village.

A special team headed by DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor was constituted for the purpose and arrested Harwinder Singh from Dhanas and recovered five stolen batteries from him.

During further interrogation, he disclosed that he, along with Samar Singh, alias Sammi, a resident of Gigga Majra village in Mohali, stole 22 batteries from the Airtel tower site and out of these 22, five battery cells were kept by him and five by Samar Singh, and sold the rest 12 battery cells to a scrap dealer, Pardeep Kumar.

The police then arrested Samar Singh and recovered five stolen battery cells from his possession.

During further investigation, the remaining 12 battery cells were recovered and the scrap dealer was also arrested.

The police further revealed that the accused, Harwinder Singh is a singer by profession and also a drug addict.

They used to project themselves as electrical technicians hired by the company.



Jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 7
Two workers at a jewellery-making unit allegedly stole gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh from the unit in the Phase VIII Industrial Area. Karanvir Singh, owner of KSG Company, told the police that allegedly two of his employees, Bajrang Lal and Birbal, stole the jewellery.

He said that Babloo, a worker, had the keys of the safe and used to give the precious stones and gold to the workers for making the jewellery.

When on October 4, Karanvir had gone to Delhi for some personal work, the two suspects allegedly took the keys of the safe from Babloo’s room, while he was sleeping, and stole the jewellery.

The police has registered a case against the two employees under Section 408 of the IPC.

Both the accused hailed from Chakri village in Rajasthan.



Panchkula ATM theft case
Youth pasted leaves on cameras earlier too
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
In another development in the ATM theft case, the police has revealed that the youth, who pasted leaves on CCTV cameras installed in the ATM room on the day of theft, had rehearsed four days before finally doing it.

According to the police, even on the rehearsal day, the accused was wearing a helmet, pasted leaves on the lens of the cameras and removed the same.

It was in the wee hours on September 30 when some miscreants cut the ATM cash box open with a gas cutter and stole around Rs 8.31 lakh. While retrieving booty from the ATM, the thieves pasted leaves on the lens of the CCTV cameras installed in the room and put a board, “ATM not in service”, to ensure that no one enters the ATM room.

“We have seen the footage of September 26, too, that is four days before the theft. It revealed that a youth wearing a helmet came, did a recce, pasted leaves and then removed the same,” said a senior police official on the condition of anonymity.

He further added, “He did the same on the day of theft. So it seems that the person had done a rehearsal. We could not identify the person, as even on the day of the rehearsal, he was wearing the helmet.”



One held for fraud

Mohali, October 7
The CIA staff of the Mohali police has arrested a youth on the charge of duping innocent people after offering them help to withdraw money from ATMs. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the suspect, Nikhil Thakur (20), who had been operating in Mohali, Chandigarh and Dera Bassi, was arrested from Balongi.

He used to allegedly offer help to people, who did not know how to withdraw money from the ATMs. Later, he would keep the original card with him and return another one to them. He would then use the original cards to withdraw money.

Seven ATM cards of two banks, one PAN card and fake identity cards were seized from him. A case under Section 420 of the IPC was registered against him.

The police also found that Thakur was staying in Mani Majra. He was using a fake name, Amardeep and had got a PAN card and an ESIC medical card in this name. The police also registered a case under Sections 419, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC against him. — OC



Essel Sports fails to clear ICL dues
Rs 60 lakh pending, HUDA decides to send a legal notice to the company
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
The Essel Sports Private Limited, Which had launched the Indian Cricket league (ICL), has failed to clear its dues, which were to be paid to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Panchkula, for using Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector-3. The amount has risen to Rs 60 lakh now.

"An estimate of their dues was prepared recently and now they need to pay over Rs 60 lakh to HUDA. In fact, every month the amount is increasing," said Ashwini Kumar, estate officer, HUDA.

He added," Actually they spoiled the washrooms and other infrastructure at the stadium. So, after including those costs the amount has touched Rs 60 lakh, which were Rs 25 lakh in January last year."

The two seasons of the ICL were held at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in 2007. Earlier, HUDA had sent a number of notices to the Essel Sports Private Limited but according to the officials they had not received any communication from the firm. "We have decided to send a legal notice to them now,"said an official.

Following an agreement with the company in November 2007, the stadium was the first one to be used for the ICL. According to the agreement, the company was required to pay lease charges and annual maintenance fee, which were not paid

According to the terms and conditions of the contract, the cost of renovation and of the stadium was to be borne by the company. The stadium was given for a lease of 10 years at the cost of Rs 6.75 lakh for 30 days with an increase of 15 per cent after every three years. It was to be used by the ICL for 50 days in a year. According to the contract, the upgraded facilities were to become HUDA's assets. Moreover, 15 per cent of the revenue generated from the sale of tickets and food was to be shared with HUDA along with 15 per cent revenue, generated from on-field advertisement sales, but the group did not share the revenue.

According to HUDA, the group has violated Sections 16 (prohibits the use of land or building for a purpose other than it is allotted for) and 18 (eviction) of the HUDA Act.

The ICL was the first tournament, which followed T20 format. The ICL matches were initially held at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula.



Tennis tourney
Aniket, Navjot enter semifinals
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 7
Tennis players, Aniket, Navjot and Vaibhav stormed into the next round of boys' (u-14) category after registering victories over their opponents during the ongoing Manav Mangal Total Tennis Championship here at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase-10, today.

In a match of boys' (u-10) category, Aniket beat Pranav in a one-sided affair with 5-0. In the matches of boys' (u-14) group, Vaibhav overcame Sahildeep by 5-0 while Navjot defeated Sumer by 5-1.


Boys' (u-14) first round- Vaibhav bt Sahildeep (5-0); Sartaj bt Shivam (5-1); Chiraz bt Rana Manav (5-0); Navjot bt Sumer (5-1); Aadish Manrai bt Gaurish (5-2); Aniket bt Pranav (5-0); Navjot bt Aadish (5-0); quarterfinals- Vaibhav bt Yuvraj (6-3); Sartaj bt Chiraz Singh (6-3); Navjot bt Aniket (6-2); boys(u-10)- Asav bt Abhinav (5-0); Anitej bt Angad 6-5(7-4);Bhavjot bt Anan (5-2); Aryan bt Akshat (5-1); Dhairyas bt Aryan (5-0); Sarbjot bt Jaishivam (5-3); quarterfinals- Asav Kumar bt Anitej (6-3); Pranav bt Udayveer 6-5(8-6); Bhavjot bt Harnoor (6-0); Sarabjot bt Dhairya (6-1); semifinals- Asav Kumar bt Harsh (6-0); Sarabjot bt Bhavjot (6-4); Boys (u-12)- Yuvraj Singh bt Sartaj (6-0); Amitoj bt Naman Gupta (6-2) ;Sehaj Sidhu bt Ayan Chandra (6-0); Sarabjot bt Angad (6-1); Abhinav bt Suyaoh (6-0); Manveer bt Pratham Sharma (6-0); Pranav bt Bhavjot 6-5(7-3); Sumer bt Samay (6-2); Dhairya bt Harsh Bakshi (6-0); Asav Kumar bt Tripat (6-0); pre-quaterfinals- Yuvraj Singh bt Jaikaran Riar (6-1); Akshit Chabbra bt Amitoj (6-0); Sehaj Sidhu bt Sarabjot (6-0); Chiraz bt Abhinav (6-0) ;Manveer bt Pranav (6-0); Daksh Marwah bt Aadish (6-2); Sumer bt Gaurish (6-1); Asav Kumar bt Dhairya (6-0).



Boxing Tournament
Charanpreet punches Ruchi out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Boxer Charanpreet Kaur of SGGS for Women, Sector 26, has defeated Ruchi Katoch in the 46 kg category during the ongoing Inter-College Boxing Championship for Women (A-division), which is being held at the Gymnasium Hall of Panjab University, here today.

A total of 70 bouts had taken place today. In a bout of 48 kg category, Gurpreet Kaur overcame Sarabjeet while Kamalpreet Bawa overpowered Aman Jyoti in the bout of 50 kg.


46 kg category- Poonam Rani bt Jatinder Kaur; Simranjeet bt Lakwinder; Rita bt Sakshi; 48 kg category- Gurpreet Kaur bt Sarabjeet; Muskan Sidhu bt Amarjot Kaur;

Jasdbir Kaur bt Preeti; Pria Sharma bt Manju Bala; 50 kg category - Kamalpreet Bawa bt Aman Jyoti; Shivder Kaur bt Sangeeta Kumari; 52kg category- Parminder Kaur bt Manpreet Kaur;Veena Rani bt Nisha; Lovepreet Kaur bt Balwinder Kaur; Shvani bt Rita.



St Soldier win, opponent blame ground conditions for loss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The soccer team of St Soldier School, Sector 28, won the final of the CBSE Cluster XIII Football Trophy after defeating BSF School, Jammu, in a one-sided final here today. The team registered a convincing victory the score of 5-0.

Due to a brilliant performance by Abhijeet Kataria and Vishavjeet, the team clinched the trophy. Abhijet displayed brilliant skills and put the team ahead after striking twice in the gap of five minutes. He successfully managed to dodge the goalkeeper twice.

Later, Vishavjeet took the score to 3-0 in the 10th minute of the match. Soon in the 13th minute of the match he scored another goal. Strikers Pankaj and Kataria sealed the victory after scoring one goal each in the last minutes of the first half. The second half reamined goal less.

Although the wining side played brilliantly yet the visiting side expressed concern over the condition of the ground for the finals. “The ground was not up to mark as dry patches of mud and hard surface were the real concerns. I had mentioned it to the match observer but he said that it all depended on the availability of the filed.

We have lost in the finals but the bad condition of the field was the real concern” said Amarjeet Singh, coach of BSF team. “We have played at the same ground and defeated them by 5-0. The ground was the best field to organise the finals” said BL Ganguly, coach of host team.

BSF School, Jammu, and St Soldier International School have already secured a place in the CBSE All-India National Games, which will be held in December this year. DS Mangat, Director Public Relations, Punjab, distributed the prizes.



Cricket Tourney
MPCA bold out for 250
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) scored 250 runs against Kerala in the third-round clash of the second All-India Invitational Cricket Tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy, here at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali.

While batting first MPCA scored 250 in 95.5 overs. The team’s innings was sustained by a brilliant knock of 60 runs by Abhishek. Ashutosh Singh (49) and Aditya Srivastav (47) were the main contributors for the team. Vishnu Babu was the pick of the day as he grabbed 4 for 74 while Mithun claimed 3 for 24. In reply, Kerala scored 13 for no loss at the close of first day's play.


MPCA - 250 all out (Abhishek 60, Ashutosh Singh 49 , Aditya Srivastav unbeaten 47;Vishnu Babu 4 for 74 , Mithun 3 for 24).


Orissa post 270 runs

In the second match, which is being played between Orissa and Vidarbha, Orissa posted 270 in 87.2 overs with Prateek Tripathi and Prateek Dass contributing the lion’s share. The duo stitched a 119- run partnership before Prateek was cleaned up by Mayank Gupta for 49 off 136 balls. On other hand, Prateek contributed 74 off 148. Suvendu Samal scored unbeaten 54 while Ankit Yadav scored 27.

For bowling side, J Acharya took five for 55 and Sidesh Narel grabbed 3 for 43 for Vidarbha. In reply, Vidarbha was 24 for no loss at the end of day's play.


Orissa- 270 all out (Prateek Tripathi 49, Prateek Das 74, Suvendu Samal 54, Ankit Yadav 27; J Acharya 5 for 55 and Sidesh Narel 3 for 43).

Vadarbha- 24-0.

Mumbai manage 289 on day one

During the third match of the trophy match, being played at YPS Mohali, Mumbai could manage only 289 runs against Himachal. Mumbai lost the first three wickets for 16 runs but a partnership fourth- wicket partnership of 114 runs between Vikrant Auti and Arman Jaffer took the total to 130 before Arman was caught by Abhinandan off Sashya for 62. Later, Vikrant was caught by A Kalsi off Arjun Sharma for 86 runs.

Another partnership of 80 runs between Sagar Kerkar (38) and Shryas Iyer (60) helped the team to post a respectable total. Pankaj Jaswal with 3 for 67 and Ankush Dhariwal with 2 for 30 were the main wicket takers for HPCA. In their first innings HPCA was 31 for no loss in 7 overs.



PU win swimming tournament

Chandigarh, October 7
The swimmers, representing Panjab University, bagged the overall trophy of the All-India Inter-University Swimming Championship for Men, which was held at Kolkata from October 3 to 7. The team won with a total of 45 points while Bangalore University finished runners-up with 33 points.


200mt brest stroke- Jashandeep Singh (2.28.65 sec); 4x100mt individual medley relay- Karan Brar, Sumit Dlal, Vinay, Jashandeep Singh (4.16.65sec); 4x200mt free-style relay-Karan Brar, Vinay, Sumit Dlal, Jashandeep Singh (8.41.49 sec). — TNS



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