Saturday, March 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


UT rural games conclude
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 14
Avtar Singh of Dhanas won in the 100 metre final in the Chandigarh rural games, which concluded here today in Sports Complex, Sector 46, a day before the actual scheduled closing date of March 15. Mr DS Mangat, DPI, Schools, UT gave away the prizes. In kabaddi (circle style), Kajheri won beating Dhanas 32-18.

In discus throw, Rakesh Kumar Rathi of Kaimbwala village bagged first place, while in 400 metre, Kulwinder Singh of Palsora was the winner. Dalwinder Kumar of Kaimbwala won the long jump event. In the race for sarpanches and panches, Gulab Singh Saini of Mauli Jagran was first. In the tug-of-war event, Dhanas beat Palsora 2-0, Mauli Jagran defeated Kaimbwala 2-0, Dhanas beat Mauli Jagran 2-0. Various winners in wrestling were, Ashwani of Hallo Majra, Narinder of Palsora, Dalbir of Hallo Majra, Parminder of Dhanas, Charanjit Puri, Gama of Palsora and Naresh Kumar. 

Lukewarm response

The Chandigarh rural games failed to have any mass participation by the rural population of the UT with only teams from half of the total villages taking part in these games. Surprisingly, the three-day games were reduced to two days and spectator response was also quite poor.

One of the village sarpanches said that the venue Sports Complex, Sector 46, chosen for these games was not adequate and the games could have been conducted at any of the village grounds. Moreover, the timings of the games was also not proper with many children busy in their final examinations. Another village sports enthusiast said, basically, it was just a mode to utilise the grant received from the Government of India for the rural games and merely an eye wash. 


Resumption proceedings begin
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, March 14
Starting resumption proceedings against the owners of the multi-storeyed building that collapsed in the Phase V market here on February 11, the Estate Office, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has issued a show-cause notice to them. The owners have been asked to explain within 30 days why building bylaws were violated during the construction of the building.

Stating that further action would be taken only after the reply from the owners was received, the Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, said that in case the answer was not found satisfactory, the plots transferred by PUDA would be resumed.

Sources in PUDA said that action was being considered again the contractor and the architect of the building and that legal opinion was being sought if police action could also be taken in this regard.

These actions had been recommended by the SDO (Building), PUDA, in his inspection report of the collapse submitted to the Estate Officer, PUDA. 

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