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Little village in bouts of exhilaration
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
It was a sea of humanity at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium, Khizrabad, 35 km from here. An enthusiastic crowd of 20,000 watched and cheered competitors at a two-day wrestling competition that concluded today.

Fans in thousands turned up at the stadium to witness the ‘dangal’ (wrestling bouts) between renowned wrestlers of the region, pointing to the fact that wrestling is, indeed, a people’s sport. This is in contrast to the wrestling contests in cities, where few spectators turn up.

Besides natives, youths and children from nearby villages were seen perched on trees and roofs for a vantage position. Each time their favourite player downed his opponent, there was a deafening applause. This worked as an aphrodisiac for the grapplers , who got more and more lethal with their moves.

“It may be a dying sport in the cities, but in villages of Haryana and Punjab, the sport is a backbone of rural festivals,” said Kamal Kishore, an organiser of the meet which is held annually. Over 200 wrestlers from Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan battle it out every year not only to establish their supremacy, but also earn a handsome amount, including cash award from the villagers.

On the decline in popularity in cities, a wrestling coach blamed“ indifference” of the government towards the sport as the main reason for it.

“Though it is an Olympics sport yet nobody seems serious about its uplift in the cities. A wrestler needs special diet and facilities, including infrastructure, conforming to international standards,” he said. The popularity of the game in rural areas was the only silver lining, he said.



Jeweller’s son booked for drunken driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The police today booked a Sector 8 resident, Rohit Jain, son of a Sector 22-based jeweller for drunken driving at 2 am today.

Sources in the Sector 3 police station said a naka was set up outside Score, a discotheque in Sector 8. Policemen on duty signalled a Mercedes car (PB-10BP-4440) to halt. Out came the driver smelling of alcohol. Two more persons were sitting in the vehicle.

Instead of co-operating with the police, the driver began dropping names and arguing with the officials. He was taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital for a medical examination, which showed he was drunk.



In Basta
Sloppy Investigations
Accused in two murder cases acquitted
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Even as the Chandigarh Police claims to have solved two murder cases, in which two bodies, were recovered from the same area in Sector 39 in February and December in 2005, the investigating officials are still groping in the dark about the identifications of the victims.

Also, in a poor reflection of the investigation skills of the police, a local court acquitted the accused in the first murder case on January 18 this year, in which a beheaded body was found near Maloya village.

The victim was in his thirties. The police had arrested five members of the sansi tribe in connection with the murders, citing illicit relations as a motive for both killings.

The first murder was detected by village women, who found the headless body and informed the sarpanch. The victim was wearing blue trousers and a red T-shirt. His belly was brutally lacerated. As no blood was found on the spot, the police then said the victim was killed somewhere else and the body dumped in the area.

The second murder came to light on December 4, 2005, with the recovery of a mutilated body from the jungle area near the Sector 39 Grain Market. It is still pending trial in a local court. The body bore injury marks caused by a sharp-edged weapon on the head and other parts. The word“Raju”was tattooed on victim’s hand. The victim could not be identified.

The police had arrested four brothers of the sansi tribe living in a nearby orchard. They were Sucha Singh, Raj Kumar, alias Raju, Darshan Singh and Maheshi. Their relative Mewa Ram was arrested in December 2005.

The police had claimed during the course of interrogation that the accused had confessed to have committed both murders. It was said the deceased had illicit ties with the wives of two brothers of the tribe and they were put to death to avenge the tribe’s honour.



Speaking Out
‘Catching them young worked’

India’s incredible seventh straight win to clinch the Mens’ Asia Cup Hockey Tournament has given the game a fresh lease of life. Four city-based players have a vital role in attaining this glory. TNS talked to some hockey enthusiasts on the victory

We have crossed one hurdle. The next hurdle would be the qualifying rounds for the coming Olympics. This victory in the Asian Cup has enabled us to garner a sound ranking. Our ‘Catch them young’ policy has worked.

— Harmeek Singh

Harmeek Singh

N.S. Sodhi To a large extent, it was the support of the masses which has boosted the morale of our players. SRKhan-starrer ‘Chak De’, also has played a vital role in generating interest among the masses and encouraged players.

— N.S. Sodhi

Now, it is the time to say ‘Chak De India’. Our team’s spectacular victory in the Asia Cup is a whiff of fresh air for the Indian hockey. Winning matches by big margins clearly indicated that the squad played as a unit.

— Inderjit Chadha

— Inderjit Chadha

Gurminder Singh I feel the team played according to its new strategy of attacking the rival’s citadel from the left flank. Credit goes to the hard work of the team as well as coach Joaquim Carvelho, who infused a new lease of life into his team.

— Gurminder Singh



Sanhja Morcha plans rally in Delhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The Chandigarh Sanjha Morcha, a group of landowners and farmers protesting against the land acquisition by the administration, will stage a rally outside Parliament on September 12.

The morcha also decided to hand over a petition to Prime Minister and the minister of rural development. The rally will be organised by the All-India Bharatiya Kisan Union.



Projects hit as MC, admn play the blame game
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Lack of communication between the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation is delaying the completion of various projects worth crores.

Important issues, some even pending for the past five years, have been held up in the bureaucratic maze. The pending projects cropped up during Thursday’s meeting of senior officers, chaired by the UT adviser.

Issues like the renewal of licence of tenement sites allotted in the rehabilitation colony in Vikas Nagar (Mauli Jagran) has been pending since 2003. Occupants on the sites have been living there without paying rent for the past nine years. Now, the MC has approached the finance secretary to get possession of the sites.

Another issue of redefining of abadi of villages included in the MC has been pending with the offices of the finance secretary and the home secretary.

Sources in the administration said the commissioner, MC, had submitted a list of 14 projects reportedly lying pending with the offices of the finance secretary, the chief architect and the chief engineer.

Among other important issues are allotment of space for disposal of carcasses, construction of a multipurpose complex in pocket No.8, Mani Majra, food street in Sector 17, construction of Mahila Bhawan, measures for beautification and utilisation of parking space in front and the rear side of showrooms in Sectors 7 and 26, sale of shops in the subway linking the Sector 17 bus stand with the Sector 22 market, release of land for a dog pond in Dhanas and maching share for the implementation of the phase II of management of solid waste in the city.

Though the corporation has stressed that the issues were pending with different wings of the administration, officials in the administration said certain queries were pending with the corporation.

A senior official said the municipal corporation had been given time till Tuesday to reply on the queries so that the issues could be solved.



130 more trees to be axed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
More trees are being axed in Industrial Area, Phase I, here for widening roads. Along the road from Bhushan factory to Purv Marg, at least 130 trees are to be cut for making dual carriageway.

An official of the municipal corporation said for the roadway the process of cutting the trees had started.

The trees are being uprooted with the help of JCBs.

The widening is being done in the name of upgrading infrastructure for the implementation of conversion policy introduced by the administration in 2005.

The renovation work of two roads - one from Bhushan factory to Purv Marg passing through Ordinance Factory and second from Hind Motors to the Pasco road - has started and a sum of Rs 17.14 crore will be spent on widening and strengthening various roads in Industrial Area.



Youth don’t care two hoots about traffic
However, number of road mishaps in city down
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Despite aggressive challaning and awareness drives by the Chandigarh traffic police, traffic rules violation, especially by youngsters, continues unabated.

Nothing else can explain the fact that there is a steep rise in the number of two-wheeler riders booked for driving without helmets and for indulging in overspeeding.

Sources in the police said in a substantial number of cases youngsters were found to be indulging in these offences. These two offences result in a large number of fatal accidents.

As many as 94 persons have lost their lives on city roads till September 2 while another 342 persons were reportedly left injured, some rendered handicapped for the rest of their lives.

Figures available with the Chandigarh traffic police revealed that till August 31, as many as 2,143 two-wheeler riders were booked for driving without helmets against 1,068 during the corresponding period last year.

Similarly, 1,077 motorists were booked for indulging in overspeeding against 358 last year.

Senior superintendent of police (traffic) A.S. Ahlawat said aggressive challaning and awareness and enforcement drives had resulted in bringing down the number of accidents on city roads.

The traffic police on Saturday booked 256 motorists for violating traffic rules and regulations.

Citing figures, he asserted that last year till September 2, as many as 108 persons died in the city in road accidents while 342 were injured while this year they had managed to reduce the number of accidents as 94 persons were killed and 335 injured.

He said special drives were being conducted to curb violations by youngsters.

The traffic police has issued 87,320 challans till August 31 this year which is 12,705 more than the corresponding period last year. The police has collected Rs 1.69 crore by charging fines from violators which is Rs 3,011,990 more than the corresponding period last year.



Minister for empowering co-op societies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 9
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab co-operation minister, has underlined the need for turning the co-operative movement into people’s movement by assigning a bigger role to primary societies in the future, thereby paving the way for social evolution.

He was presiding over the first-ever meeting of the members of advisory committee of co-operative department yesterday.

The committee comprising eminent co-operators of the state has been constituted at the insistence of the minister to advise the department about the needs of the farmers regarding policies and schemes of the department.

The minister said primary societies so far had a limited role of distribution of fertilisers and pesticides and collection of dues from the members.

Keeping in view the changed scenario, it had become imperative to assign more duties to the societies to turn them into more effective welfare centres for its members.

He said the department was contemplating the setting up of ration shops on the premises of the society, besides collection centres for electricity bills.

He added that the initiative would not only provide facilities to members but also contribute in increasing the income of the society by way of commission, etc.

He also emphasised the need for checking corruption in societies as alleged by co-operators and directed the authorities concerned to chalk out a foolproof system for the transparent working of societies.

He also directed to the field officers to ensure timely and regular inspection of societies by maintaining an annual inspection calendar.

In response to the demand of a major section of co-operators, the minister directed the PADB authorities to simplify the loan process by providing registration power to its branch managers besides translating loan deed in Punjabi language and approving the loan in a stipulated time period of 15 days.

He also directed co-operative federations to prefer co-operative banks for their financial transactions.

He announced the launch of Bhai Ghannaiya Sehat Sewa Scheme on November 15. The scheme would include members of all rural and urban co-operative societies besides employees of the co-operation department, thereby increasing the number of beneficiaries from six lakh to 10 lakh.

Under the scheme, members would have a health cover of Rs 2 lakh. Widow and divorcee daughters of the member family had also been included in the scheme, he added.

Also, Milkfed had decided to set up 100 commercial dairy farms and the Punjab Progressive Dairy Farmers Association had started the supply of milk to the cooperative milk unions.

He urged dairy farmers to strive hard to increase milk production in the state and get remunerative prices of their milk.



Make people aware of legal rights: Judge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The functioning of the country’s first mobile court in the Mewat area of Haryana drew praise from Justice Ashok Bhan, judge, Supreme Court of India, who said yesterday that the court had solved 117 cases of the 128 taken up and framed charges in 18 of these within a short period of time. Justice Bhan, also the executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), made these remarks while delivering his inaugural address at the two-day conference, titled “Regional policy dialogue of judges”, aimed at ensuring protection of legal and human rights of beneficiary groups. The conference, being organised by the NLSA, began here on Saturday.

He emphasised that with the implementation of the concept of mobile courts, justice would be delivered on the people’s doorstep. Referring to the decision to hold this regional conference, he said as various regions had been facing problems, these had to be resolved in their respective contexts.

Justice Arijit Pasayat, Judge, Supreme Court, and chairman, Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, stressed on the need for creating awareness among the people about their rights and suggested that litigations should be avoided.

He said pre-litigative conciliation was as important as disposing of court cases. Litigations could be prevented by educating people about their legal rights.

Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and patron-in-chief of the Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh Legal Services Authority, said this dialogue would deal with legal and human rights.

The regional conference is being attended by executive chairmen of state legal services authorities, chairmen of high court legal services committees, directors of state judicial academies and member secretaries, state legal services authorities of northern states.



BSNL Scheme
Dial fake for VIP numbers
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The scheme of auctioning of VIP numbers by the BSNL seems to have gone awry with certain subscribers taking the telecom company for a ride by making “fake” bids, including the highest bid of Rs 10 crore.

In fact, the “inflated” bids have sent the BSNL top brass in a tizzy as the subscribers making bids had failed to confirm them. For instance, a bid amounting to Rs 10 crore was received for a particular number.

However, when officials called up the bidder for confirming his bid, he declined to confirm it saying that the bid might have been sent by his son.

On September 6, the Punjab circle came out with a special scheme to auction VIP and vanity numbers of its two new mobile series - 94640 and 94641.

Introduced for the first time in the country, the scheme was apparently started to discourage the influential people from lobbying for the fancy numbers.

The complete details of these numbers have been uploaded on the website www.punjab.bsnl.co.in and customers can dial 94171-94176 for more details and bid through the SMS.

BSNL officials said to prevent the recurrence of the fake bids, the BSNL was taking precautionary measures, including asking bidders to confirm their bids or not allowing the subscriber to bid for a particular number repeatedly.

Chief general manager (Punjab circle) Rajendra Singh said the exact amount of the bids would only known by the last date of the scheme (September 13).

The authenticity of the bidders would be verified before the awarding the VIP numbers to them, he added. 



Car rally makes Sunday, fun day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Karan Goyal zipped away with the first prize while Parikshit Somani and Sonika Gupta won the second and third prizes, respectively, during the Maruti Suzuki Family Fun Car Rally held today.

Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai flagged off the rally from Kalagram. Organised by Maruti Suzuki for the Chandigarh residents owning Maruti ZEN Estilo and Wagon-R cars, the rally allowed a maximum of four participants in each vehicle. Around 100 families took part in the rally, which commenced from Kalagram and wound its way through the city roads to end back at the starting point.

The best dressed prize in the male category went to Surender Jit Singh and the best dressed female award was won by Maninder Kaur. Shreya bagged the prize for the best decorated car.

The high point of the rally was the chance provided to the participants to pile up scores through randomly picking up points from sealed envelopes available at the marshal booths scattered along the 50-km route.

The participants were asked to pick up general IQ questions, fill the answers and get that sealed from the next marshal.

Regional manager, Maruti Suzuki, Jyoti Malhotra said, “We keep on organising such events to get in touch with our customers and give them a fun-filled outing in their cars with their families.”



10 dignitaries honoured during conference
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The 26th Punjab and Haryana State Intellectuals’ Conference was organised at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, today. About 10 eminent luminaries from both the states were honoured during the ceremony.

The issue of gender imbalance and the role of intellectuals were deliberated upon in the function. The speakers sensitized the audience about the urgent need to correct gender imbalance in the society.

Promila Chandra Mohan, A.C. Vaid, Hardev Singh Mattewal, S.K. Kulkarni and Madhu Bahl were the city-based personalities to get the Punjab Rattan award. From Haryana, Renu Poswal, Vivek Sharma, and Rohtash Goyal were honoured with the Haryana Rattan award.

The Punjab Rattan awardees included Avinash Chandra Mahajan S.K. Salwan and Maninder Kaur Maan.

A two-minute silence was observed in memory of late Bhavya Nidhi Sharma (former national secretary general, AICOI). Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai was the chief guest of the function.



Bank officials meet councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Punjab National Bank has convened a meeting of councillors of the municipal corporation for their assistance in a special drive of banks for providing banking facilities to all households in Chandigarh (urban and rural).

B.P. Chopra, general manager, PNB, Haryana zone, said in view of the highest density wise literate population of the city in India the objective to cover 100 per cent households in banking was an easy job for the banks.

He further elaborated that the door-to-door campaign had already been launched by the PNB in Khuda Lahora and Khuda Jassu. Mayor Harjinder Kaur assured the bank of complete support of the councillors.



LPG supply woes

Through your esteemed daily, I want to draw the attention of the UT Administration and PSUs like Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum against the LPG cylinders distributing agencies that are engaged in various malpractices.

I am a prescribed consumer of the Arunita Gas Agency of Sector 47 that supplies Indane cylinders and has a godown at Ram Darbar. I had got a cylinder booked on August 21. When I did not get it even after 10 days, I was told on enquiry from the agency office that cylinders weren’t being supplied from the supplier’s firm itself. The same explanation was given on September 3.

However, when I visited the agency’s office, I was astonished to know from the manager that as per their records, the supply of the cylinder had been made on August 28.

These agencies create a false scarcity in the market so that the customers rush to their godown and buy cylinders in black after paying Rs 50 extra per cylinder. This has been going on at the cost of those customers who get the cylinders booked but cannot get the supply although their records speak that the supply has been made.

Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh

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Hearing in Tricolour insult case adjourned
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
A Sector 9 resident, Nimish Goyal, yesterday filed a petition in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshu Shukla against the Haryana government for insulting the national flag. In his petition, Goyal said the advertisement issued by the Haryana government on Akshay Urja Diwas on August 20 this year was an insult to the Tricolour, which was shown split and was placed below their pictures.

The case filed against Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Deputy Chief Minister Ravi Sharma, secretary S.C. Chaudhary and director, Hareda, Sumita Misra, was adjourned to September 15. The case has been filed under the Prevention of Insult To National Honour Act 1971.

3 injured

Three persons were critically injured when their car met with an accident on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar NH-73 near Sarakpur village. The in charge of the police post at Mauli, Balbir Singh, said past midnight some passersby reported that three men were lying injured in a car near the village while they were patrolling in the area.

They reached the spot and found that three men were lying injured in the car and were reeking of alcohol. They were pulled out of the car and sent to the health centre at Raipur Rani from where they were referred to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, before being sent to the PGI, Chandigarh, since they were critical. They were later identified as Nahan residents Ashwini and Suresh and Naraingarh resident Vinod Kumar.

Driver killed

A truck driver died while his cleaner was critically injured when their truck, on its way from Panchkula to Morni, overturned and fell in a ditch. Police sources said a tyre of the truck got stuck in a pothole on the Morni road. The driver lost balance and the truck fell into the ditch. The two are yet to be identified.

A case has been registered.



Mobile phone snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Two motorcyclists snatched a mobile phone in Sector 32, while a house was burgled in Kajheri village in the past 24 hours.

Sachin of Faridkot lodged a complaint that two motorcyclists snatched his mobile phone in Sector 32. A case has been registered.

House burgled

Manoj Kumar of Kajheri reported to the police that ornaments and cash were stolen from his residence on September 5. A case has been registered.


The police arrested Jagdish of Janta Colony, Sector 25, from the same locality for allegedly indulging in gambling on Saturday.


Jaspal Singh of Phase II, Mohali, lodged a complaint that Kishore of Bihar had stolen articles from his construction site in Sector 43 on August 28. A case has been registered.

Vehicles stolen

Yugdeep Bakshi of Sector 35-B reported that his Scorpio (CH-04-2202) was stolen from his residence on September 7. A case of theft has been registered.

Inder Mohan Singh of Sector 21 reported that his Maruti car (CH-01-N-9092) was stolen from his residence on September 2.

Dinesh Chand Gupta of Sector 21 lodged a complaint that his Maruti car (CH-01-S-7220) was stolen from Sector 8 on Friday. Similarly, Harpreet Singh of Sector 70, Mohali, reported that his Maruti Zen (CH-03-P-1107) was stolen from Sector 9 on Friday.



Grandparents’ Day celebrated

Panchkula, September 9
The British School Sector, Sector 8, celebrated Grandparents’ Day with fervor yesterday. As many as 200 grandparents cheered on the students of Foundation Year III who presented a fiesta.

A prize distribution ceremony was also held to felicitate the students. — TNS



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