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Civil Hospital ailing
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, May 4
Though the Civil Hospital in Dera Bassi has received the status of sub-divisional hospital in papers yet the hospital lacks doctors, infrastructure and building. Due to which, serious patients particularly, that of the accident cases are often referred to the hospitals of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

Sources in the health department said there are no child specialist, radiologist, and eye-specialists in this hospital due to which patients are bound to visit other private hospitals due to lack of doctors.

Moreover, there is no blood bank which is compulsory for operation cases and needy patients. In the absence of the blood bank, patients have to bring blood from Chandigarh and other places.

Sources in the department added that though the infrastructure for blood bank was set up here some time ago yet in the absence of hotline connection this has not been operational till now.

Due to some important diagnostic tests, which are not available here, the patients have to visit private laboratories. Presently, the hospital has received the status of sub-divisional hospital from community health centre. But due to lack of building, doctors and infrastructure, changing of status has no meaning for patients.

Residents of area said this area has been developed as industrial, educational and residential hub but it lacks proper medical facilities which actually harass them. They demanded the promotion of the Civil Hospital with all medical facilities.

Meanwhile, SMO Dr SK Mittal said issue of lack of doctors, building and infrastructure has been brought in the attention of high authorities of the health department and hoped that these facilities would be fulfilled soon.

Talking about the connection of hot line for blood bank, he said the electricity department was working on this and hospital would soon get it. To resolve the problem of building, talks were on with forest department to get the land for constructing hospital building, SMO added.



Man killed in accident at Dera Bassi

Dera Bassi, May 4
One person was killed and another was injured in road accidents near Lalru and Banur on Saturday.

Sources said an accident occurred near Lalru on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway on Saturday in which a motorcyslist youth was killed. The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Ankush, a resident of Yamuna Nagar. The accident occurred when a tractor trolley hit the victim’s mobike. The victim was rushed to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injures.

The police has registered a case against the tractor driver under Sections 279, 337 and 304 A. The body of victim has been handed over to his relatives.

Meanwhile, in another such accident, one person was seriously injured when a truck crushed him while he was sleeping near road side here on Satruday morning.

The victim was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, in serious condition. As per information, the accident occurred in a liquor factory near Banur when a truck was turning to enter the factory premises and suddenly it hit the victim, who was sleepin on the roadside.



Chemist booked for selling abortion pills illegally
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 4
A chemist was caught while selling the MT (abortion) pills illegally near Lalru at Jeoli village.

A team of the health department had raided the said chemist shop and seized abortion related pills. The shop had come in the notice of the health department when a labourer from a brick kiln came to the CHC, Lalru, today morning who has taken the MT pills purchased from the said chemist shop.

Taking a serious note of the condition of the patient caused by the MT pills, Dr Daler Singh Multani, SMO in charge of the CHC, Lalru, informed the Civil Surgeon Mohali, Dr Rajiv Bhalla, who promptly formed a team which included drug inspector Sudha Behal and SMO Dr Daler Singh Multani to raid the medical shop in Jeoli village.

The team seized the MT pills kits named pregnot and fentose being sold by the chemist, Lokesh Kumar, and it would be submitted in the court for further action.

Dr Multani said that Lokesh, who is not even a pharmacist, has admitted that he was selling the pills illegally and further it is surprising that Lokesh is the proprietor and the pharmacist has been hired only on papers. Dr Multani added that this is a common practice which should be abolished and only the qualified pharmacists should be allowed to open a chemist shop.



One arrested for raping minor
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 4
The Ambala police has arrested a youth of the Ambala Cantonment for allegedly raping a minor girl, who was alone at her house at the time of the incident. The victim is a student of class VII.

According to information, the victim’s mother had gone to market to purchase some eatables.

The girl was all alone in the house. The accused came in the house of the victim in the absence of her mother and raped her.

After an hour, when victim’s mother returned, the girl narrated the entire episode to her who reported the matter to the police.

Baljinder Singh, ACP, Ambala Cantt, while confirming the incident said the medical examination of the victim has been conducted in the Civil Hospital. A case has been registered against the accused.

The accused was produced in the local court today which sent him to judicial custody.



Cong workers burn effigy of MP Ishwar Singh in Ambala
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 4
The Congress workers of Mullana constituency stated to be the supporters of HPCC chief Phool Chand Mullana burnt the effigy of Ishwar Singh, MP (Rajya Sabha) in Saha and Mohra village today to protest against the statement of the Congress MP in which he stated Phool Chand Mullana anti-dalit.

It is to be mentioned that Mullana has already sent a complaint against Ishwar Singh for his anti-party statement to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi.

The Congress workers gathered at Saha Chowk located on the Ambala-Jagadhari road led by Saha block president, Surjan Singh, and burnt the effigy of Ishwar Singh. In Mohra village too, the workers led by block president of the Ambala block-1, Ram Mohan Rana, protested against the Congress MP.

Rana said Phool Chand Mullana is a senior leader of Congress and he had done much work for dalits. He said the Congress MP had been labeling false allegation on Mullana to defame him. He threatened that the Congress workers would ghero Ishwar Singh if he did not stop anti-Mullana campaign.



Couple attacked with rods, swords in Sector 56
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
A couple residing in Sector 56 was attacked last night. Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Sector 56, reported to the police that she and her husband, Dharaminder Singh, were approaching their home in a car when they noticed one motorcycle parked on the road and a boy, namely Sahanay, of their locality was talking on his cellphone. Then, her husband blew the horn and asked Sahanay to get aside his motorcycle. But, the boy did not move the motorcycle and Dharaminder again blew the horn. On this, Sahanay got aggressive and a heated argument began.

Paramjit came out of the car and tried to pacify them, but Sahanay suddenly pushed her and she fell down. After that, Sahanay started beating her husband. On seeing the quarrel, their neighbours, Sonia, Hukam Singh and Pawan Kumar, who were present there, tried to pacify them, but Sahanay called his associates from his cellphone. In the meantime, Sahanay’s friends Bunty and Rajesh came there in a Lancer car (no. CH01AC-8242). They were carrying rods and swords and started beating the couple with the weapons and also threatened them with dire consequences. The crowd gathered there and the police was informed about the incident. The accused fled away in the Lancer and also broke the windowpanes of the victims’ car. The couple received injuries and was taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The police has registered a case of causing hurt and criminal intimidation against the accused.

Woman arrested with drugs

The UT police has arrested a woman, a resident of Chandigarh, near the road separating Sectors 38/38 West and recovered five grams of brown sugar (smack) from her possession. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the woman at Sector 39 Police Station.

The woman has been identified as Bala, whose name features in the bad character list of the UT police. She has more that 24 cases registered against her.

Snatching foiled

Satwant Kaur, a resident of Sector 44-C, Chandigarh, reported to the police that about 7 am while she was coming from morning walk with her dog in Sector 44, two youths came on a motorcycle and attempted to snatch her gold chain. But, the youth failed in their attempt.

The woman said she could not note down the registration number of the vehicle.



20-year-old held for raping minor cousin
Victim was alone at the time of incident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 4
A 20-year-old youth has been arrested for allegedly raping his eight-year-old cousin when she was alone at her residence, here today.

The accused, identified as Sham Kumar, a resident of Kumbhra village, near the victim’s house. He allegedly raped his cousin (daughter of his mother’s sister) when she was alone at her residence.

Victim’s parents were at their work at the time of incident. “The victim narrated the incident to her mother in the evening, who later, informed the police at 12.30 midnight,” said Gurdip Singh, station house officer of Phase VIII police station. He added that the medical of the victim has been conducted.

The police has registered a case of rape against the accused, who has been sent to a three-day remand today.



Man arrested with one kg of opium in Mohali
Tribune News Service

The accused in the police custody in Mohali on Saturday
The accused in the police custody in Mohali on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 4
The local police has arrested a person for possessing one kg of opium here late last night.

Giving details, Gurdip Singh, station house officer of Phase VIII police station, said the accused has been identified as Davinder Pal Bakhshi, a resident of Ambala. He was arrested at a check point set up on the Jail road, during late hours last night.

“On searching him, we recovered one kg of opium from his scooter, bearing registration number PB 65B 7709,” said Gurdip.

A case under Sections 18, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been register against the accused after which the police started the investigation.

He has been sent to a three-day remand under the police custody.



Gang of car thieves busted, one arrested
Used to steal luxury vehicles and sell them on fake RCs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 4
The local police claimed to have busted a gang of car thieves by arresting one of its members here today.

The accused has been identified as Harvinder Singh, alias Titu, a resident of Green Enclave at Balongi village. The police has also recovered a stolen Scorpio car from his possession.

Mohali SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the accused has been arrested following a tip off. “During the preliminary interrogation, the accused has admitted that his gang used to steal luxury vehicles and sold it after preparing its fake documents,” said SSP Bhullar.

He added that they used to procure the registration of certificate (RCs) of those vehicles, which got damaged completely in accidents. They used to change the chassis and engine numbers of stolen vehicles according to the numbers of the accidental vehicles before selling them off.

“Apart from that the gang members also used to finance the vehicles from banks after submitting fake identities and other related documents and sold them further,” said SSP Bhullar.

SSP Bhullar said the police hoped to solve several cases of vehicle theft and other frauds with the arrest of the gang member.

“Raids are on to nab the rest members of the gang,” he said. A case under Sections 379, 411, 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Balongi police station.

Harvinder Singh, who was produced before the court today evening, has been sent to a five-day police remand under the police custody.



Miscreants ‘set’ car on fire

Chandigarh, May 4
A city resident had a narrow escape after his Scorpio car, parked near his residence at Sector 46, caught fire here today.

Baljit Chaudhery, PUSU chairman, alleged that it was the work of some miscreants owing to some student rivalry as a bottle of petrol was also found near the car.

The incident came to light at 3 am when a thick black smoke was noticed. As Baljit rushed out, he found that car was on fire.



Two booked for firing into the air

Zirakpur, May 4
The local police has registered a case against two persons for firing into the air during a marriage party at Bhullar Banquet hall last night here.

The police sources said that a case has been registered against Nitinpreet Singh Brar, a resident of Issar singh Wala, district Barnala, and Amandeep Singh, a resident of Talwandibhaike, district Ferozepur. The case was registered under section 336, 186, 34 IPC and arms act. — OC



Saketh lifts ITF tennis title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Fifth seed Saketh Myneni defeated Vijayant Malik to lift the final of ITF Men's Futures $15,000 Tournament, held at CLTA courts, here today. A former trainee of CHART and member of Davis Cup team Vijayant Malik started the match with an early service breakthrough to bag the first set 6-3.

Saketh, on other end, bounced back in the second set and broke Vijayant's service three times to win the set 6-1. In the final set Vijayant broke Saketh's serve in the second game but Saketh returned with a stunning reply and broke Vijayant's serve to take an essential lead of 5-3. But Vijayant Malik, who held his serve to make it 4-5 to stretch the match a bit further before he lost in the last game and eventually the match. Saketh won the match 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4.

Justice S.S. Sodhi (retired) former Chief Justice, High Court of Allahabad awarded prizes to the winner and runners- up players.


Danniel Vettory
Danniel Vettory;
Christopher Barnwell
Christopher Barnwell; and
RP Singh along with other team members
RP Singh along with other team members. Tribune Photos: Parvesh Chauhan

IPL season VI
Royal Challengers arrive in City Beautiful
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The star-studded team of Royal Challengers Bangalore reached the City Beautiful, here this evening, ahead of their match on May 6.

The team is schedule to play against Kings XI Punjab, at PCA Stadium Mohali, on Monday.

The team landed the city in the absence of their skipper Virat kohli, nevertheless, the ton-master Chris Gayle marked his presence along with other team members.

The team's owner Siddhrath Mallya, also accompanied the team.

The team of King XI Punjab also returned home last night and will play their home encounter at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, Mohali.

Both the teams will attend a practice session tomorrow.



10-year-old golfer aims high
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Starting her year on a perfect note, this 10-year-old golfer Vasundhara has bagged six tournaments so far. She achieved the feat after finishing over by single digit. Ranked among the top 20, she has a Green status, that advantage her to qualify for playing in the European Championship and the 2013 World Championship along with a number prestigious international tournaments. Ranked 18th in the world and No 2 in India, the junior golf prodigy has made her own place in the Indian Golf Union Order of Merit for Girls Category-D 2012.

These days, Vasundhara is training under her coach Jessie Grewal, who has been preparing her to do well under the Scottish conditions. In Scotland she would be playing the European Championships on Gullane No 3.

Vasundhara plotted her way around the courses and also played the dangerous Par-4's, in all the tournament she has played so far. According to her coach, Jesse Grewal, she is striking the ball well and much longer than the previous year. Her short game and putting has improved tremendously and with so many wins behind, her confidence is high. Pauline JM Singh, Lady Captain of the Chandigarh Golf Club and the North Zone Representative of the Indian Golf Union mentioned the ace golfer was full of passion, determination, dedication.

"I think there's a lot more effort required by me to reach the top but I am sure of doing my best. I'm looking forward to do well in Scotland." said Vasundhara.


World Ranking No 18 as per US Kids World Championship; Currently ranked No 2 in India in the IGU order of merit for Girls Category-D- 2012; First Position-Tata Steel IGU North Zone Haryana Sub-Junior & Feeder Tour-2013; 11th-12th April 2013 Kharga, EPTA, Ambala; First Position-Third US Kids World Championship Qualifier; Kharga, EPTA, Ambala; First Position-Tata Steel IGU North Zone Chandigarh Sub-Junior & Feeder Tour-2013; 4th-5th April 2013 Shivalik, Chandi Mandir; First Position- Second US Kids World Championship Qualifier; First Position Chandigarh State Championship 2013; First Position in 50th Albatross Junior Golf Tournament.



Athletics c’ship from May 10

Chandigarh, May 4
The Chandigarh Veteran Athletics Association has selected veteran athletes to represent the city in the National Masters Athletics Championship, to be held at Trivandrum from May 10 to 12. The players have been selected during the State Veterans Athletic Meet held at GC-11.

Selected Players

Balwinder Kaur 100m; Ravanjit Kaur 200m, 400m, 1500m; Meena Devi 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m; Neelam Sharma 5km walk, 1500m, 5000m, 800m; Rajinder Kaur 100m; Saroj Rani 5km walk, 5000m, 10000m, Amarjit Kaur 800m, 1500m; Balvir Kaur 5km walk; Dr Rita Kalra 100m, 200m, 400m; Baljinder 100m; Charanjit 400 m; Janak Kumari 100m, 5km walk, 200m; Harbhajan Kaur 5km walk, 5000m; Gurmeet 5km walk; Bimla Saini 5km walk,200m, 100m; Shashi 5km walk, 100m, 200m, 400m; Rama 300m; Paramjeet 5km walk, 100m; Vidhya Wati 5km walk, 1500m, 200m, 800m; Rajrani 5km walk,200m, 100m; Gopal Krishan 5km walk, 100m, 200m. — TNS



150 take part in TT tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Arshita Garg of DAV School, Sector 8, defeated Varvita of The Millennium School, Mohali, during a match of Tricity Inter-school Table Tennis Tournament, being held here today.

In the girls cadre, she defeated Varvita 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-8 (3-1). More than 150 students from around the tricity confirmed their entry.

In the boys' category, Hrishkesh of Panchkula beat Vasjot Singh from Manav Mangal Scool.


Cadet girls - Quarter finals: Vasundhra (Gurukul -Manimajra) beat Driti (Gurukul- Mohali) by 11-5, 11-7,11-5 (3-0); Arshita Garg (DAV-8) beat Tanvi (Gurukul) by 11-8, 20-18, 11-7 (3-0); Deevakshi Chawla (Gurukul -Manimajra) beat Tanisha (Gurukul-Mohali) by 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (3-0); Parvita Singla (The Millennium School, Mohali) beat Dhara (Rajpura) by 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (3-0).

Semifinals: Arshita (DAV-8) beat Vasundhra (Gurukul- Manimajra) by 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 (3-0); Parvita (The Millennium School) beat Deevanshi Chawla (Gurukul) by 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (3-0).

Cadet boys: Quarter-finals: Ishan kapoor (DAV-8) beat Pavan Singh (DAV-8) by 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (3-0); Abheek Arora (Bhavan Vidyalaya- panchkula) beat Sanchit Saini (Dav-8) by 11-4, 12-10, 14-16, 11-8 (3-1); Vaibhav (Manav Mangal, Panchkula) beat Himanshu by11-4, 11-1, 11-1 (3-0); Hrishkesh (Panchkula) beat Vasjot Singh (Manav Mangal, Mohali )11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (3-0).



Rayat institute starts BCom professional course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The Rayat Institute of Management (RIM), has launched BCom (Professional) course here.

Announcing the introduction of the new course Dr Suresh Seth, director of RIM, said that this innovative program had been designed with a view to supplement the theoretical knowledge of commerce and accounting along with practical work and IT tools.

“An industrial training module of eight weeks has been added into the programme to make it relevant for the corporate world,” the RIM director stated.



HDFC beat CII by 6 wickets in Corporate Cricket Cup meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The cricket team of HDFC Limited defeated Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) by six wickets during the CII Corporate Cricket Cup, held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

While batting first, the CII team posted 132 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Vinay and Nishant scored 19 runs and 14 runs respectively.

For the bowling side, Gaurav claimed 3 for 4 while Umesh and Dhiraj claimed a wicket each.

In reply, the HDFC team achieved the target with six wickets in hand. Sandeep Saini with his knock of 80 off 37, including two sixes and 14 boundaries, guided the team to victory. Vikas Gupta was the other main scorer with his contribution of 23 off 23, including four boundaries. For CII, Vinod took two wickets.

In the second match, the FCI team defeated Punjab Secretariat (PS) by 68 runs. While batting first, the winning team scored 182 runs in their allotted slot of 20 overs. For them Winkle made a healthy contributiion of 75 off 50 while Kulwinder Singh scored 38 off 22. Chanchal ( 3 for 14) and Neeraj ( 2 for 5) were the most successful bowlers for PS.

In reply, the PS team bundled out for 114 in 16 overs with Chanchal (24 runs) and Gajendra (23 runs) contributing lion’s share. Bowler, Madan claimed three wickets while Kulwinder, Arun Sharma and Winkle took two wickets each.

In the last match, the team of Quantum Solutions defeated Akzo Nobel by 40 runs. The winning side piled up 175 runs as Shobhit scored 40 off 13 and Shrey Chauhan chipped in with 28 off 15 balls. Jitender from Akzo Nobel took three wickets. In reply, the losing side bundled out for 135-runs. Sandeep Kumar contributed 40 off 16.



Cricket Meet
Jalandhar bundled out for 111
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The Ropar team successfully maintained a healthy lead over Jalandhar, on the second day of ML Markan Trophy for boys (U-16) , here.

The Ropar team scored 275 runs in their first innings. Whereas, the Jalandhar side bundled out for 111 runs, while chasing the target.

In another match at Patiala, the Ludhiana scored 70/4, in their second innings. Earlier, the team was bundled out for 173 in their first innings. Patiala took an upper hand after scoring 315 in first innings.



Local Boys rout DC club in T20 cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
In the first match of UT Cricket Knockout T20 Cricket Tournament, the Local Boys’ Cricket Club defeated DC Club at the cricket stadium of Sector 16, Chandigarh, here.

While batting first, the DC Club scored a mere 72-runs. For the bowling side Karanveer claimed four wickets. In reply, the team of local boys' club achieved the target in the just12th over.

Abhishek (24 runs) and Ashish (21 runs) helped the team in achieving the target. For bowling side Kuldeep claimed two wickets. In the second match, Durga Club went down against Paras Club.



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