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Panchkula in dire straits
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 24
Magnificent pace bowling by Sonepatís Anil Jawla (4 for 24), Satinder Malik (2 for 28) and Virender Dahiya (3 for 9), put Panchkula in dire straits as the hosts were bundled out for a meagre 84 runs in 34.1 overs in the Haryana u-19 inter-district league cricket match against Sonepat being played at J.R. Institute of Cricket Technology, Naggal (Barwala), Panchkula, here today.

Earlier, the match was delayed by almost four hours due to overnight rain and could start only at 12.10 pm. After winning the toss, Sonepat skipper Satinder Malik invited Panchkula district to bat first on a pitch consisting of moisture and little bit of dampness.

The medium pacers for the visitors removed the openers with just 9 runs on the board. At one stage, Panchkula was tottering at 22 for 5 with Anil Jawla, wrecker- in- chief, having figures of 8-0-24-4.

Shanker Nair (25) and Karan Malik (10) put some resistance but was not enough as off spinner Varinder Dahiya showed the door to Karan Malik, Yashvardhan Jhinjha and Nipun Gupta in quick succession as the innings folded at 84 runs in just 34.1 overs.

The team could not last for stipulated 60 overs of the first innings. Before Sonepat could start the chase, dust storm and rain again stopped play and covers were placed with the day called off giving the visitors edge in the game.

Brief scores: Panchkula: 84 all out in 34.1 overs

Mandeep Singla 10, Shanker Nair 25, Karan Malik 10, Satinder Malik 2 for 28, Anil Jawla 4 for 24 and Varinder Dahiya 3 for 9.

In another match played today at DAV, Sector 8 grounds, the match between Chandigarh and Karnal district is evenly poised with the Chandigarh in 1st innings at 106 for 3 in 31.3 overs in reply to Karnalís 1st innings total of 247 all out in stipulated 60 overs.

Sumit Kundu and Sagar made brilliant half centuries for Karnal and enabled to register a compatible score for the hosts. Amit Sonkar for Chandigarh was the most successful bowler with 3 for 30 whereas Rohit Singh claimed 2 for 25.

In reply, Chandigarh started shakily and lost their opener Vipul Chadha and Gaurav Chhabra cheaply. It was a well knit partnership of 72 runs between Arjun (30 n.o.) and Rohit Singh (29) which took the team out of trouble. The game was stopped in the 32nd over of the innings due to poor light, with Arjun Singh playing at 39 runs.

Brief scores: Karnal: 247 all out in 60 overs

Sumit Kundu 81, Sagar 53, Amit Sonkar 3 for 30, Rohit Singh 2 for 25.

Chandigarh: 106 for 3 in 31.3 overs.

Arjun 38 N.O. Rohit Singh 29.

The third match of the day scheduled at St Johnís School ground, Sector 26, between Ambala and Kaithal, could not start due to wet conditions in and now the match will start tomorrow at 7.30 AM which will continue to the reserved day on June 26.

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10 selected for Shivalik volleyball academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Ten players have been provisionally selected during the trials for the prestigious Shivalik Public School Volleyball Academy in Sector 41 here. Principal-Director of Shivalik Public School D.S. Bedi disclosed that the selected spikers would be attending a special assessment coaching camp from July 7 to 16 before making a final selection.

As many as 35 probables appeared for the selection trials. Various tests were conducted by experts before provisionally shortlisting 10 players for the special assessment coaching camp.

Provisionally selected players are: Rinku Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vishal Mehra, Upender Kumar, Sonu Kumar, Sachin, Sanjeev Kumar, Ravinder, Isham Singh and Kulvir Singh.

Meanwhile, fresh trials would be conducted to recruit more volleyball players to fill up vacant seats in the SPS Volleyball Academy on July 10 at Shivalik Public School at 8 a.m. Interested players in the age group of 15 to 18 years should report on July 10.

Players with a height of above six feet will be given preference in selection for the volleyball academy.

The selected players will be trained under the watchful eye of chief volleyball coach of National Institute of Sports, Patiala, B.C. Kaushal, who will be the coach of the volleyball academy.

The school will provide free board and lodging, free education, free kit and all other related facilities to those selected for the academy.

The school has excellent sports facilities and the volleyball courts are floodlit. The school has already produced a number of international volleyball players.

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ADMINISTRATION
 

Probe ordered into tenders for recarpeting roads
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 24
A fortnight after a complaint filed by certain municipal councillors alleging irregularities in allotting tenders for re-carpeting of roads by the Panchkula Municipal Council, the Deputy Commissioner has marked an inquiry to verify the facts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brejindra Singh, has marked the inquiry to the City Magistrate for conducting an in-depth probe into the allegation levelled against the Panchkula municipal chief and other councillors by over 10 rival councillors, including Mr R.K. Kakkar, Mr Mahendra Singh, Mr C.B. Goel, and some others.

The DC has also asked City Magistrate Vandna Disodia to file a report within 15 days so that necessary action may be initiated against the defaulters.

On June 7, in a representation to the DC, the councillors had alleged that the civic body president had violated the norms while allotting the tenders to Akriti Construction and Development Limited, a Panchkula based company.

The councillors had also levelled charges of favouritism on the civic body authorities while allotting the tenders. They had claimed that HUDA had already blacklisted the company for leaving works of about Rs 15 lakh unfinished in the past two years. Ignoring the previous history of the firm, the MC has against allotted tender worth crores of rupees to the same company, the MCs had alleged.

Reacting to the allegations, Ms Manveer Kaur Gill, the newly nominated president of the Panchkula Municipal Council, had refuted the charges on the very next day saying that rival councillors were jealous.

She had denied violation of norms while allotting tenders to the construction company. She had also made it clear that tenders for re-carpeting the roads were allotted to Akriti Construction and Development Limited on its lowest bid.

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