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City kabaddi team clobbers Madhya Pradesh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The Chandigarh Kabaddi team (men) thrashed Madhya Pradesh in a match of three-day 17th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championships which started at Football Ground, Sector 17, here today.

The championship is being organised by Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI).

In the championship, 20 teams (11 men and 9 women) of 12 states are participating. ďMore teams are expected to come by tomorrow to take part in the tournament,Ē said Mr J.P. Sharma, general secretary of the ACKFI.

In the inaugural match of menís section, Delhi beat Jammu and Kashmir by a convincing margin and in another match Rajasthan beat J and K by 36-17 points.

In the first match of women section, Punjab beat Jharkhand by 37-15 points. The other winners of the tournaments, in the same section, were Himachal Pradesh and Delhi which defeated Jammu and Kashmir and MP, respectively.

The tournament was inaugurated by Rana Gurjit Singh, member, Lok Sabha.

While speaking on this occasion, he assured that he would soon call on Sunil Dutt, the Union Sports Minister, for the recognition of Circle Kabaddi.

The other matches of the tournament would start at 9.00 am.

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Cricket tourney results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
St. Johnís Cricket Academy beat DAV College Academy by 2 wickets in the ICL Certification u-15 Cricket Tournament played at St. Johnís High School grounds, here today. The tournament is being organised by Chandigarh Cricket Organisation.

In another match, the team of Cricket Stadium Sector-16 defeated DAV School by 45 runs, played at the grounds of DAV School, Sector 8.

Brief scores: DAV College Academy, 157 all out in 39.5 overs (Ankit 26, Vipul Chadha 22 and Saurav 17, Balwinder 2 for 25).

St. Johnís Cricket Academy, 159 for 8 in 39 overs (Ankush 34, Gurpreet 46, Pushpsar 3 for 22).

2nd match: Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, 130 all out in 35.5 overs (Navjot 51, Ashish 29, Nawab 2 for 30).

DAV School, Sector 8, 85 all out in 32 overs (Navjot 4 for 16, Gurinder 2 for 16).

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Saanya, Johl win mixed doubles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Saanya Sharma and Mr H.S. Johl clinched the mixed doubles title on the last day of the Chandigarh Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship returning a combine score of 66 points.

Trailing the winning pair by four points were Preetinder Kaur and Capt J.M. Singh with 62 points.

Later the prizes were given away by Mr Anil Bhargav, Vice-President of the Balarpur Industries BILT.

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Panchkula MC has no money
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 1
It is the beginning of the financial year, but the Municipal Council (MC) here has no money ó not even for its day-to-day expenses like buying petrol for vehicles, paying telephone bills, power bills or salaries of its employees.

The current political situation- when the MC President, Mrs Seema Chaudhary, belonging to Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), is facing a no-confidence motion after many of her councillors joined the Congress camp ó is mainly responsible for the on- going financial crisis. Officials in the MC say that they have now sought permission from the Commissioner, Ambala Range, for release of five per cent to 10 per cent of the amount from the establishment fund of the MC, so as to cover the emergency expenses.

This is the second time since October 2004 that MC has demanded money from its corpus. Officials say that the money allotted in January (Rs 50 lakh) was exhausted by mid March, and now the MC coffers are again empty. The administration had granted this money to MC from its Establishment Fund for carrying out sanitation works. The MC had exhausted its entire budget for the year 2004-05, by September 2004, and submitted a supplementary budget of Rs 6 crore to the administration. The MC had reportedly spent Rs 1.16 crore in excess till October 2004 on development of parks, laying of metaled roads and cement concrete roads and sanitation.

The administration, while pulling up the MC for not getting the budget passed from the House, had granted the money on the condition that the work be monitored by Executive Officer. He was asked to submit a report on the sanitation services to the administration, before releasing any payment. No General House meeting of the MC was held after June 2004. Though the President, Mrs Seema Chaudhary had convened a meeting in October for getting the supplementary budget passed, the meeting could not be held after the Congress councillors walked out and the quorum of the House was incomplete.

Now, Mrs Chaudhary called a budget meeting of the General House of MC on March 17. But with the 18 Congress and three BJP councillors moving a no-confidence motion against her, the meeting was cancelled, and budget for the financial year 2005-06 could not be passed. With the MC House meeting on no- confidence motion now being deferred till April 12 today, the fiscal crisis in the MC is likely to continue. Officials say that only if an officer is appointed as interim President, and calls a special budget meeting can the crisis be solved.

As a result the development works and maintenance of sanitation and street lights in sectors falling within MC limits has taken a beating. Defunct street lights and insanitary conditions are prevalent everywhere. The contract for street light maintenance ended in February, and the minor maintenance work (only switching on and off) is being done by the MC staff. Though the term of sanitation contract has been extended till April 9, the insanitary conditions and piles of garbage can be seen everywhere.

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Parking lot auction fetches 
Rs 7.20 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Auction of a parking lot in Sector 17 fetched Rs 7.20 lakh here today. The reserve price was fixed at Rs 7.10 lakh by the Municipal Corporation, sources said. The parking is located adjoining Jagat Cinema.

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RLA office closed today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, has informed that the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) situated in Sector-17, Chandigarh will remain closed on April 2.

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