Friday, May 25, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S



R.K. Mishra wins chess tournament
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 24
R.K. Mishra of the Regional Sports Board, Indore, won the individual title after defeating Hari Om Sharma of the RSB, Kanpur, in the 9th and final round of the All India Civil Services Chess Tournament which concluded here today at the Badminton Hall, Sector 42. S.K. Rathore of the RSB, Indore, was at second place with 7.5 points when he defeated SS Soman of the RSB, Mumbai, in a 54-move game. Soman had to satisfy with third position only.

Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), Governor Punjab and the Administrator UT, was the chief guest and gave away the prizes. The trainees of the adjoining Chandigarh Football Academy were also present at the venue.

The final positions were, R.K. Mishra, RSB, Indore, 8 pts; S.K. Rathore, RSB, Indore, 7.5 pts; S.S. Soman, RSB, Mumbai, 7 pts; S.K. Sinha, RSB, Kanpur, 7 pts; Hari Om Sharma, RSB ,Mumbai, 6.5 pts; Manish Kumar, RSB, Mumbai, 6.5 pts; J.P. Srivastava, CS, Delhi, 6.5 pts; Milind Gawade, RSB, Kolkata, 6.5 pts; S. Bhattacharya, RSB, Kolkata, 6.5 pts; E Joseph, RSB, Chennai, 6.5 pts; Vinod Bhagwat, RSB, Mumbai, 6.5 pts; Krishna Prasad, Bihar, 6 pts; Birender Kumar, Bihar, 6 pts; Sanjeev Kumar, RSB, Mumbai, 6 pts and V Kameshwaran, RSB, Chennai, 6 pts.

Inter-district cricket meet:
Chandigarh was at 29 for no loss and Fatehgarh Sahib at five runs for one wicket at the close of first day’s play in their respective matches against Ropar and Mohali in the PCA inter-district pre-season cricket tournament played here today at PCA stadium, SAS nagar.

Brief scores : Ist match: Mohali: 345 allout in 89overs( Gauaravjeet Singh 100, Sunny Sohal 77, karandeep 75, Sandeep 4 for 103, Girish 2 for 35). IInd match: Ropar: 230 all out (Varinder 107, Amarjit 37, Vipin 16 n.o,.) Chandigarh: 29 no loss (Vijay 29).

Prize distribution:
The UT Education Department will hold prize distribution function of its various inter, school tournaments held during 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 sessions on May 30 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, at 8.30 am.


Gymnastics trials:
The trials for the posts of women candidates in the gymnastics nursery will take place on May 28 at War Heroes Stadium, Ambala Cantonment, at 9 a.m.

The District sports officer, Ms Anita Sehgal, said the interested candidates can contact her during the office hours.


Cricket tourney:
A fine spell by Hardevinder Singh (6 for 23) enabled hosts Patiala to bundle out Sangrur for a meagre 193 runs on the first day of the Punjab Inter-District (under-16) Summer Cricket Tournament match played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.

In reply, the Patiala boys were 84 for 2 with Shiv Karan batting on a well made 34.

Brief scores: Sangrur : 193 all out (Vikram 47, Gurpinder Singh 42, Hardevinder Singh 6 for 23, Bhupinder Singh 2 for 51); Patiala: 84 for 2 ( Rupeetinder Singh 25, Ravinder Rinku 22, Shiv Karan 34 n.o, Bhupinder 1 for 25, Anmol 1 for 4).

Graduation ceremony:
The 38th graduation ceremony of the Diploma in Sports Coaching being conducted at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), the main academic centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), will be held on May 30 at 5.30 pm at the institute’s premises. This was stated by Mr Rifaquat Ali, Deputy Director (Publications).

Today’s events

* UT State Junior Basketball Camp to begin at 4 pm at the Sports Complexes — Sector 46 (boys); and Sports Complex, Sector 7 (girls).

* North Zone Junior Badminton Camp- 6.00 am and 5 p.m; PU Gymnasium Hall, Sector 14.



Police rally for rickshaw-pullers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The Chandigarh Traffic police today organised a meeting-cum-rally of rickshaw-pullers in the Children Traffic Park. Hundreds of rickshaw-pullers owing allegeince to various unions and associations, participated in the rally.

The purpose of the rally was to educate the rickshaw-pullers about roadsigns and road rules and to minimise the loss of lives in road accidents. It is learnt that a large number of road accidents take place, in which rickshaw pullers are involved. Their poor knowledge of roadsigns and rules leads to many accidents .

The meeting was presided over the UT Inspector-General of Police, Mr B.S. Bassi. Mr Bassi exhorted the rickshaw-pullers to obey the rules as laid down in the Chandigarh cycle rickshaw bylaws. He said that if the pullers did not comply with the bylaws, they would be challaned and their rickshaws impounded. They were also informed of the road worthiness of rickshaws, use of slow carriage lanes and other rules and regulations for the safety of the passengers and themselves.

The rickshaw-pullers were also asked to install reflectors and lamps on their rickshaws within a given timeframe. It was reiterated that no one below the age of 18 years would be allowed to ply a rickshaw and no unlicensed rickshaws would be allowed on the city roads.

The various associations and unions of the rickshaw-pullers gave a charter of demands to the IG. They demanded that the training period for rickshaw-pullers be reduced from six to three days, initiate a dialogue with the MCC for issuing an identity card to the pullers, the pullers be allowed to sleep under the authorised rickshaw stands during night, install water taps at the stands etc.

Meanwhile, the Life Insurance Corporation announced an insurance scheme for the rickshaw-pullers.



125 encroachers challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The enforcement staff of the Estate Office, UT, during their anti-encroachment drive today issued as many as 125 challans in various parts of the city. According to the UT Enforcement Magistrate, Mr Ishwar Singh, focus of the drive was on the unauthorised vendors and encroachments made by the shopkeepers in the verandahs of the market places in various sectors. According to information available, in Sectors 17, 18, 19, 15 and 11, 42 challans and in Sectors 34, 35, 32 and 44 as many as 70 challans were issued. In Mani Majra, 13 violators were challaned.

Whereas no untoward incident was reported in most of the sectors, the enforcement staff had to face resistance from the shopkeepers in Sector 32. The shopkeepers also had an altercation with the enforcement staff and refused to allow them to remove the encroachments. However, following intervention by Mr Ishwar Singh who threatened police action against the violators, the matter was resolved.

Meanwhile, the enforcement staff of the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the Estate Office also removed about 100 illegal constructions by jhuggi- dwellers and shopkeepers on V-5 road in Colony No 4.


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