Tuesday, June 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


UT teams getting ready for netball meet
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, June 2
The holding of the ninth National Sub-Junior Netball Championship in the under-16 age group, to begin on June 4 at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, will give the desired impetus to sports. UT teams are already undergoing a preparatory camp, with the girls section at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, and the boys’ section at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

On a visit to the centre this evening, one could find both the teams having last-minute technical expertise from girls’ coach Navneet Kaur and from boys’ coach Vikram Rana. She said this year Chandigarh stands a better chance of performing well as compared to last year. She said since they have to play in league matches, doing well in each match would be vital for them.

Mr Gurbir Singh, president of the Netball Federation of India, said that this year, the number of teams had increased compared to last year, which was good for the promotion of netball in this region.

He said last year the eighth national meet was held in Gondia (Maharashtra) where Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh had won the men’s and women’s championship, respectively .

In the girls section Delhi was the runners-up while in the boys section Rajasthan secured the second place.

He said in the last 32nd National Games held at Hyderabad, netball was considered a medal sport.

Mr Ravinder Talwar, Principal of the DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, said they had provided their hostel for the lodging arrangements of the boys’ teams while the food for both boys and girls will be served there only. Girls’ teams will stay at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. Today evening the boys and girls teams from Manipur had already arrived. Maximum number of teams are expected on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, according to Mr R Sharan, Secretary of the Netball Association of Chandigarh, the following 12-member team in girls’ and boys’ sections have been selected for the sub-junior nationals.

Girls — Eshita, Bhavyata, Sama, Steffi (Sacred Heart-26), Komal (Carmel Convent School, Sector 9), Meena, Meenakshi, Lata (DS-21), Nishu (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19), Harman and Sonam (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 28) and Devanshi (Sacred Heart-26).

Boys — Gurvinder Singh, Sukhpreet Singh, Saurabh and Dilbagh Singh (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19), Tejinder Singh (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 27), Arun Rana and Sumeet Rana (Moti Ram Arya school, Sector 27), Amneet Singh (St Stephen’s-45), Amanpreet Singh (St Joseph’s-44), Verinder (DAV Model-15), Vijay Bahadur and Sashank (Government Model High School-28). 



Talwar re-elected CFA president
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, June 2
Mr Ravinder Talwar and Mr Rakesh Bakshi were re-elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Chandigarh Football Association (CFA) unanimously at its annual general body meeting at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today. Mr C.P. Malik was re-elected treasurer of the CFA.

Representatives of 30 of the 40 affiliated units of the CFA attended the meeting. Mr Syed Nasir Ali was the All India Football Federation observer. The house authorised the three office-bearers to nominate other members for the next term.

Besides the passing of last year’s accounts, a calendar of tournaments was approved. The state sub-junior (under-16) meet would be held in July, followed by the junior (under-19) meet in August. The state senior meet would be held in September and the senior women’s meet in October. The Shivalik Trophy for under-10 boys would be held in the end of October.

Under-17 cricket: Mohali were 36 without loss while Amritsar were 96 for 2 in the Punjab state under-17 inter-district cricket tournament at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, respectively, on Monday.

Jalandhar were all out for 258 runs against Mohali, who also scored 258 in their first innings. For Mohali, Nikhil Dwivedi claimed five wickets for 69 runs.

Replying to Chandigarh’s 258 for 8, Amritsar were 96 for 2 in their second innings. Hitesh was not out on 50. For Chandigarh, Uday Kaul scored 70, Harpreet 56 and Gurkirat 37. Charanjeet bagged four wickets for 64 runs while Tarun took three wickets for 36 runs.



Administration seeks MC’s opinion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
The Chandigarh Administration has asked the Municipal Corporation’s opinion on the notification hiking property tax from two per cent passed by the general house to 5 per cent notified earlier.

The Chandigarh Administration has avoided giving a direction on the issue at this stage leaving the corporation with the only option to take up the controversial issue before the house, sources said.

The Chandigarh Administration’s move is being seen as a last measure to get the notification approved by the elected members before a direction under Section 406 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act.

The hike in the property tax has met with resistance from the BJP and the Congress. While the Congress has been saying the hike by the Chandigarh Administration is not acceptable, the BJP has outrightly rejected the imposition of tax.

The issue came up for discussion before the House Tax Committee today also where the members said the 2 per cent tax rate was approved by the House, which had to be respected by the Chandigarh Administration.

The file of the notification had been put up before the Mayor Subhash Chawla even before the May 27 meeting but he had not approved the agenda to be put up before House. Sources said the Mayor was likely to discuss the issue with the party before taking any decision on the issue.



Police measures to check thefts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 2
The police has planned several steps to prevent incidents of burglary and theft in unoccupied houses during the ongoing summer vacations.
The police will prepare a list of persons who were arrested during the past five years for burglaries and thefts.

All SDPOs and SHOs have been directed to brief the beat staff to identify the houses in their respective beats and keep a watch on these.

The police will also hold meetings in various sectors for advising people to take preventive measures.

The crime branch of the police has been asked to assist the area police in keeping a check on suspected persons.


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