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Which way will today’s ODI go?
All eyes on home lads
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Gilchrist and mate wrestle at the nets
Gilchrist and mate wrestle at the nets.

Chandigarh, October 7
The Sector 16 Cricket Stadium is the home ground of Yuvi and cricket fans are barely unable to contain their excitement at the prospect of seeing their "hero" in action. Everyone wants this "Super Boy" repeat the six sixes an over feat here.

The splendid 121 runs off 115 balls by this aggressive all-rounder in the third ODI against the Aussies have raised the fans’ hopes, who know a win is a must to save the series. A blitzkrieg by the "vigorous" Yuvi against England 's pacer Stuart Broad at the recently concluded Twenty-20 World Cup is what the fans here expect.

The cricketer, who honed his skills at the Sector 16 stadium, has always been the favourite of Chandigarhians. Turbanator Harbhajan Singh, more known as “Bhajji”, is no stranger to the city and its ground. He hit the headlines when during the 2000-01 Test cricket Australian tour, he took 32 wickets.

Tomorrow, he plays for the first time at the ground where he learnt the fundamentals of cricket. Understandably, the hopes on him are high with locals expecting a repeat performance.

To have tickets or complimentary passes feels like a VIP. Those unable to get a ticket or pass hope to sneak in somehow. "We are disappointed as we have not got tickets but we have some other plans," said the unrelenting Sukoon and his friends-Sumit, Gagan, Chandan and Rahul. “We are looking for a big tree on which we can perch ourselves and see the action or we may climb the roof of a multi-storeyed hotel bang opposite the stadium,” said the foursome. Some enthusiasts are contemplating cashing in on police “goodwill”.

The match is equally important for the adminstration, as it has had an opportunity to hold an international match after a long gap of 14 years. After the formation of the Punjab Cricket Association at Mohali, this stadium saw little action. Keeping in view the importance of the match, the administration has spent over Rs 10 crore on renovating the stadium to set the stage for this big event.

“We have made available the state-of-the-art cricketing paraphernalia at the stadium to make the event memorable”, said a top official

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Hangover? Not at all, says Bhajji

Chandigarh, October 7
It’s a crucial day for the men in blue. The Aussies are leading 2-0 in the seven ODI Future Cup series. One match was washed out by rain. Tribune staffer G.S. Paul caught off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, while at the nets on Sunday, and posed him three questions.

Hangover? No, not at all. It’s just a creation of the media. We are as serious as we were during the Twenty 20 World Cup. Team India is ready for the challenge and the tomorrow’s match is crucial for us.

The venue: It is the best and I am much excited to play here for the my first international match.This is where I developed my game. I am familiar with the pitch. Though, several additions have been made, the layout remains the same, which makes it different from other venues.

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No invite for Dronacharya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Strange, but true. D.P. Azad, the only coach from the city to get Dronacharya Award, will not be at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here for the fourth ODI between India and Australia tomorrow. He has no invitation.

Azad shifted from Patiala to Chandigarh in 1964 and trained cricketers at the Sector 16 cricket stadium till retirement in 1998.

Kapil Dev, Yograj Singh and Chetan Sharma who played for the country, learnt the rudiments of the game at the stadium under Azad’s tutelage.

Azad, the coach at the stadium for 34 years, is credited with the growth of a number of Ranji players.

“I have no invitation for the match. I cannot be at the stadium uninvited,” the distinguished coach said. 

VIP scroll

Ajay Jadeja, Niranjan Shah, Rajiv Shukla and Navjot Singh Sidhu.

From Australia: Andrew Hildich, chairman, Australian selection panel, Greagh Oconnor, chairman, Cricket Australia.

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Aggression yes, focus vital: Rajput
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
“Aggression is necessary on the field, but focus on the game should never be lost,” said Indian team manager Lal Chand Rajput here today. He was referring to the aggressive antics of pacer Sreesanth.

“There is a very thin line between aggression and hostility. Many a time aggression during the match plays a positive role. So we exhort our players not to overdo in it, lest the focus on the game is deflected,” explained Rajput at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

On the defeat of the Indian squad in the second and third match of the series, Rajput said the team failed to get a good start. “But we are not demoralised. We will take on tomorrow’s match with a positive attitude. I believe that we will come back in the series,” he added, sounding positive.

About the pitch, Rajput said the first hour could be crucial. “The pitch seems good.We are fully prepared. We practised a great deal in all departments of the game,” he said.

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Cops pad up
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Crickets fans planning to sneak into the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium on fake tickets and passes, beware! The Chandigarh Police has procured special equipment to check the authenticity of tickets.

The equipment will be handed over to police officials manning all entry points. It will check the authenticity of holograms pasted on tickets. Besides , 2500 policemen, 400 each from the Punjab and Haryana police, will be deployed in and around the stadium to maintain order.

Close-circuit TV cameras are also being installed at strategic points.The police had earlier decided on 1500 police personnel, including 300 private security guards, deployed for the event. Nobody without ticket will be allowed near the stadium. 

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SOLD OUT
All black

Chandigarh, October 7
Tickets worth Rs 250 and Rs 75 were reportedly sold on the black market for Rs 1500 and Rs 800, respectively. And this in the vicinity of the Sector 16 stadium where the police is deployed in force. “The rates are too high. Can’t you sell for less,” asked a young man. His plea was turned down, the punter maintaining the ticket would fetch him a far higher sum tomorrow. — TNS

It is not a holiday today

All UT offices will remain open and there is no holiday on account of the ODI tomorrow. Being the hosts, only senior officials of will be present at the stadium. Apart from attending assigned duties during the match, the officials would attend officials work and meet members of the public. — TNS

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The one-man force
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
For him it is a journey down the memory lane, back to the place where it all started. Years later, the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium is still an object of special reminiscences, for this is where a number of cricket stars were born.

Meet Desh Prem Azad, the Dronacharya awardee, who was instrumental in establishing the stadium that got recognition on the global map way back in 1985.

“It was January, 1985 when India took on England at this stadium. Though India lost the match by seven runs, the memories are still fresh.”

Recollecting the laying of pitch for the first-ever international tie at the venue, he says: “We didn’t have technically-sound curators back then. I along with a groundsman, Nand Lal, hired some gardeners and labourers from outside to lay the pitch.”

The major problem was lack of equipment and ideas to prepare a pitch.

“Clay was brought in from a pond in Patiala district. Due to lack of technical help, Nand Lal and I did whatever we felt was best.”

“We used blades, files, sandpapers and knives to remove weeds and smooth out the surface. The pitch was ready with a green top in 20 days,” he recollects.

Why a green-top pitch? “As I had coached pacers like Kapil and Chetan, I wanted to make the pitch bowler-friendly. Sunil Gavaskar, the then captain of Indian team, was not happy with the pitch after he saw it just a day prior to the match.

On the day of reckoning, January 27, 1985, rain played spoilsport.

“We didn’t have equipment to handle soggy conditions. There were no supper-soppers or other machines to soak up water from the ground. So sand bags, foams, etc. were used. The match finally took place, albeit it was reduced to 15 overs-a-side,” recalls Azad.

Cricket afficionados showed a lot of patience and did not turn violent, which was a norm then, he concludes.

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Stadium acquires a cutting edge
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

A torro machine and Electronic scoreboard-cum-LCD screen
A torro machine and Electronic scoreboard-cum-LCD screen

Chandigarh, October 7
State-of-the-art equipment has been brought in for the convenience of cricketers, fans and television audience.

Moveable practice nets: The nets are convenient to set up and remove. These can be folded in no time and need very little space to store

Electronic scoreboard-cum-LCD screen: This scoreboard worth Rs 1 crore provides crystal-clear visibility even in the daylight. It comes with a giant LCD screen

Torro machines: These special grass cutting and design machines can level the ground with precision. Costing Rs 18 lakh, the machines can prepare the entire outfield in two hours

Pitch covers: New pitch covers worth Rs 2.8 lakh have been brought in to protect the pitch from the elements.

AC media box: An air-conditioned media block has been raised, compromising with the architectural norms, to facilitate the electronic and print media

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Vantage Point
A sneak peak
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
You elected to stand in the queue for getting hold of the passes to excitement at the Sector 16 stadium after about 14 years, but have lost the ticket game by a harrowing margin. Still that does not mean you have to savour the match on the giant screen, along with beer and snacks.

Just don't be fence-sitters! Get into that adventurous mode and witness the hot action live without burning a hole in your pocket. For there are so many "vantage" points around the stadium.

If you haven't carried out a reconnaissance of the area, ask undergrad Aditya Nanda and his pals. They know all about the strategic places that give you a bird's eyeview of the cricket stadium.

To begin with, Nanda recommends Hotel Shivalikview. "There are points in the hotel from where you can see parts of the stadium," he asserts. "A few years back, the line of sight was all clear. Now the green cover at certain points is some hindrance."

Then there are several houses in Sector 16. You really have to climb up all the way to the top floor for a view. "But it's worth it," says Sector 16 resident-cum-student Deepak Sharma. "I have already tied up with a friend and will see the match from his house roof".

If nothing else, you can take advantage of the green cover. All you have to do is to climb the trees dotting the roads encircling the stadium. It's hard to tell how the cops will react. But if the response is not unfavourable to your little game, you can always try your luck.

Well, there is another possible advantage of watching the play from outside the stadium as Nanda explains. "You never know Yuvi may hit one of those huge sixes right out of the stadium. If you get hold of the ball, it will be souvenir of lifetime," he says.

In any case, Nanda and many like him have picked up their pairs of binoculars from some close action. So much so, most shops offering Chinese and other imported goods have run out of field glasses.

"You may find it incredible, but Russian vision glasses, costing about Rs 450, are being sold at double the price," says cricket buff R.K. Malhotra.

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Lovers bowled out
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The ODI has bowled the lovers out of Shanti Kunj and Rose Garden. The weather is conducive, but the flower of affection is just not blooming in the lush greens lawns of the two happy hunting grounds with the cops fielding all around the area.

On no, they are not there to catch the bills and cooers chirping behind the camouflaging bushes all around the gardens. But their imposing presence in and around the field is enough to force the in-form Team Lovers to rest back in the pavilion.

Little wonder, the usual rustling of leaves, mingled with uncontrolled yet muffled giggles, does not greet the morning walkers or afternoon visitors to the gardens.

If you do not know, city gardens, particularly Shanti Kunj, have always been the hot favourite spots for loudly whispering sweet nothings.The strategic solitary location and the absence of cops make the places ideal for couples year round.

"But go there now and you will find silence echoing in the tweeting of the birds," says avid morning walker-cum-businessman Rahul Sharma. "The score of the compulsive lovers, I am sure, will not improve till the culmination of the excitement hovering around the cricket match".

Just in case you are wondering where all the lovers have shifted to, well you can see them far from the madding crowd of cricket buffs, playing their own little game, at Sukhna lake, or even at the Leisure Valley and Bougainvillea Garden. Hit by the popularity of Yuvi's sixers, they are only hoping for the return of the ball to their court. 

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Army to induct more Arjun tanks 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The Army will be inducting 15 more indigenously developed Arjun tanks by the end of this year, adding to the 14 already in service. Another 15 tanks will be delivered to the Army by March next year.

Revealing this, director of the Defence Research and Development Organisaton’s (DRDO) combat vehicles and engineering group, R. Shankar said the production of the Arjun tank would stabilise next year and the DRDO hoped to complete the Army’s order of 124 tanks by 2009.

Shankar was here in connection with a seminar on lighter-than-air aerial vehicles being organised by the Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment (SASE), a DRDO laboratory.

Claiming that the defects pointed out by the Army during trials have been rectified and that the tank is now fully combat capable, the directors said the defects had been due to the non-availability of technology and some components due to post Pokharan-II sanctions.

Several defects pertaining to mobility, fire control system, hydraulics and the engine were noticed by the Army in five tanks handed over to it by the DRDO in 2005. The Arjun project was launched by the DRDO in 1972 and had been plagued by serious cost and time overruns.

In fact the defence minister, A.K. Anthony, had stated in Parliament in August this year that defects were noticed during the trials conducted in 2005 and 2006. The cause of defects were analysed and corrective action had been initiated, where required in collaboration with Germany, Belgium and France. Some components fitted in the Arjun are of European origin.

Earlier this year, the Army deployed the Arjun tank for the first time during field exercises. In exercise Ashwamedh, conducted in the deserts of Rajasthan, the Arjun underwent comparative trials against the Russian-origin T-72and T-90 tanks.

Shankar said that several modifications and additional features suggested by the Director General Mechanised Forces at the Army Headquarters had also been incorporated in the tank. This includes water-fording capability of over two meters.

Notably, Arjun was also tested for missile firing capability. Israeli laser homing anti-tank missiles having a range of up to 6 km were successfully fired through the Arjun’s 120 mm main gun. 

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Territorial Army to celebrate Raising Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The Territorial Army will celebrate its 58th raising day on October 9. Several events have been planned to commemorate the event.

Set up as a voluntary, part-time citizens’ Army, the Territorial Army consists of persons who are not professional soldiers but trained civilians who can be called for military service in the event of a national emergency.

The role of the Territorial Army is to relieve the regular Army of their static duties, aid civil authorities during natural calamities and maintain essential services in situations where life of the community is affected or the security of the country is threatened. It also provides units for the regular Army, when required.

The origin of the Territorial Army can be traced back to 1857 when it was raised as “volunteers”.

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Need to grow with time: Expert
Seminar on the city inauguration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Urban growth with concern for the community needs was the underlining theme of a seminar on "Chandigarh and changing scenario of contemporary Indian architecture" held here today.

Organised to mark the birth anniversary of Chandigarh's creator Le Corbusier and the formal inauguration of Chandigarh on October 7,1953, the seminar touched upon various future strategies for the growth of Chandigarh in the changing scenario of local and regional socio-economic changes in the context of changing contest of the contemporary Indian architecture.

Setting the tone for discussion, principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture Rajnish Wattas said the objectives of the seminar were to introspect and deliberate on the inception and growth of Chandigarh in the changing scenario of the rapidly changing urban Indian skyline both at the micro and maco level. The city is changing both because of inner momentum as well as due to the winds of change sweeping across the country and the world.

Addressing the seminar, eminent architect Hafeez Contractor said Indian cities, including Chandigarh, should change with the time as housing needs of the millions of the people in the country had undergone changes during the recent past. Financial independence had spurred every individual to go in for independent home, he asserted.

However, a key member of Le Corbusier's team S.D. Sharma wanted that we should not go in for indiscriminate urbanisation as "Chandigarh has its own identity". The urban development has to be balanced keeping in view the interests of the residents, Sharma said.

Arthur Reugg from the Federal Institute, Zurich(Switzerland), stressed the need for community participation in the major development projects.

Eminent architectural critic Suneet Paul said people's aspirations and lifestyles were changing and it was high time for Chandigarh to grow with time. All over the world community was an active participant in the policy-making and the country should not be an exception, Paul added.

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Make affordable houses, Hafeez to UT
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Hafeez ContractorChandigarh, October 7
The Administration's mega projects policy got a shot in the arm today from Hafeez Contractor, modern face of the Indian architecture lent support to it. However, the support was not without a rider.

"Build more for more," Contractor told Chandigarh Tribune on the sidelines of a seminar here. The authorities, however, need to spare a thought for changes in the building bylaws so that the city gear up to meet the housing needs of the millions of people.

The assertions by Contractor may sound music to the ears of administration officials, who had been at the receiving end of the criticism about indiscriminate multiplex policy.

When asked whether Chandigarh, conceptualised by Le Corbusier for a small population, needed such mega projects as film city, education city and medi city, mega housing complexes and shopping malls, the acclaimed architect was of the view that more consruction would bring in more revenue for the development which the Indian urban areas needed badly.

"We need to provide affordable housing to our people as out of 110 crore people only about 30 crore had access to decent housing. In fact, our cities are not designed for housing the whole population and there was an urgent need for more housing units which will also bring down the prices," he quipped.

Terming Chandigarh as a "great city", he, however, felt that there was scope for making the city "cleaner".

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Anti-quota warhorses pad up again
Reservation-free India
Tribune News Service

(From left) Shiv Khera, Arun Shourie, J.R. Agarwal, Sharad Joshi and I.D. Swamy dedicate themselves to All-India Equality Forum’s Mission 2010 to free India of reservations by January 2010, at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Sunday
(From left) Shiv Khera, Arun Shourie, J.R. Agarwal, Sharad Joshi and I.D. Swamy dedicate themselves to All-India Equality Forum’s Mission 2010 to free India of reservations by January 2010, at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Sunday.— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 7
Leading the anti-reservation war from the front, Arun Shourie today dared the judiciary to initiate contempt proceedings against the central and state governments that continue to ignore its judgments. The Supreme Court, in 1992, had directed against inclusion of creamy layer in the reserved bracket. After 15 years, governments are yet to comply.

Terming the current manner of implementation of reservations an assault on the constitution, former cabinet minister said that the judiciary will have to face up to this fact. “We will compile every judgment which the successive governments have overturned to serve their own interests. Let us gather facts to show how reservations have become redundant,” Shourie said at the fifth national seminar of All-India Equality Forum, attended by 4,000 delegates from all over the country today.

Citing the findings from Tamil Nadu that show how 80 per cent seats in the general category were wrested on merit by students of backward classes, Shourie said the war against reservations would have to be fought on facts. “I can now tell the government that the criteria on the basis of which it is offering preferential treatment to backward classes is over,” Shourie said, recounting the circumstances under which V.P. Singh had implemented the Mandal Commission report.

“He just wanted to stop a Devi Lal rally. The nation has been made to pay the price of a mindless decision,” said Shourie, whose books on the subject, “Falling over Backwards” and “Worshipping the False Gods” are still a rage. Together, Shourie and former minister of state for home I.D. Swamy argued for reservations on economic basis.

Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Joshi, another fiery speaker for the day, however, denounced reservations in every form. Known for his anti-reservation stance in the Rajya Sabha, where he barely has support on the matter, Joshi said a powerful lobby within the SC/ST and OBC category had pocketed the benefits of reservation.

“As member of the SC, ST Welfare Committee, I can tell with authority that reservation benefits are going to those who manage certificates to show their backwardness. Lakhs of cases involving forged certificates are pending for investigations. Even during elections, the role of mafia in snatching votes can’t be overemphasised,” Joshi said, referring to the recent abominable trend involving the abandoning of low-caste wives by SCs/STs and OBCs who manage the fruits of reservation.

Forum president J.R. Agarwal shared data on 300 people from the backward classes of Rajasthan who deserted their Dalit wives to marry women from upper castes. “Once they got the benefits, they did not consider themselves fit for low caste wives. In any case, the beneficiaries of reservations have never espoused the cause of their caste,” Joshi said, arguing that reservations must go as they had no moral or legal foundation.

Earlier, Shourie dissected the Mandal Commission findings, stating that recommendations of the sociologists involved in the project were never honoured; they were twisted. No wonder the court ruled that the so-called survey by the Mandal Commission was a fraud on the Constitution.

Supporting the experts in their war against reservations was management guru Shiv Khera who screened his highly emotive film on the subject, while the gathering dedicated itself to Mission 2010 to rid India of reservations by January 2010 - the SC deadline on reservations.

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‘States encroaching on wakf properties’
Tribune News Service

S.M. Laljan Basha, chairman of the Wakf Board, makes a point during a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday
S.M. Laljan Basha, chairman of the Wakf Board, makes a point during a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday.— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 7
In the wake of the real estate boom the encroachments on prime wakf properties are on the rise with various state governments also encroaching upon these properties, Wakf Board chairman S.M. Laljan Basha alleged here today.

A majority of the wakf properties in the country numbering over six lakh, including in Punjab and Haryana, had been encroached upon by the state governments and there was a need to launch a special drive to get the properties vacated for the community use, Basha said at a press conference here today.

Basha, who is currently touring Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh as the head of the joint-parliamentary committee(JPC) on wakf, said in Haryana alone out of a total of 24,000 acres of wakf land 12,000 acres were wakf properties.The government must hand over the properties to the wakf board so that these could be put to productive use, including the opening up of educational institutions, he added.

To check this dangerous trend encroachments on public land in the country in general and Punjab and Haryana in particular, the JPC had approached the state governments to get these properties vacated for the community use particularly for educational, medical and sports purposes, Basha said.

Clarifying that the wakf property not the government property, the JPC chairman said on the feedback received from various quarters, the JPC, which is likely to submit its report to the Parliament in December, might recommend certain amendments in the Wakf Act 1995 so that vacated wakf property could be utilised for community welfare.

A JPC member Avinash Rai Khanna informed that the committee had toured a majority of the states and noted certain useful suggestions for better coordination with the government agencies for the vacation of these properties.

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Woman falls at under-repair shop stairs
Victim rues police inaction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Alleging police inaction, a city-based advocate alleged that nine days have been lapsed since his wife was badly injured after falling from under construction stairs at Bengali Sweets in Manimajra, no action has so far been initiated on a complaint lodged by his wife.

Hitesh Ghai, a practising advocate at Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleged that he had been running from pillar to post since September 9 after his wife, Ritu Ghai, was badly injured after falling at the entrance of the under-construction basement, which was covered with a sheet, at Bengali Sweets. The police had recorded a daily diary report on a complaint lodged by his wife on October 1 and did nothing afterwards.

Ghai further alleged that the management of the shop earlier promised to compensate the expenditure incurred on his wife’s treatment. However, after paying a paltry amount of Rs 5,000 and promising to meet the rest of expenses, they had not bothered to visit them again. To make the matter worse, the management had not been attending to phone calls and left him to fend for himself.

The management was washing their hands off the responsibility by maintaining that Ritu fell due to her carelessness. But there was no warning signs or indication prohibiting the visitors against going near the sheet, rued Ghai.

Ritu, centre manager of NIIT in Phase VII, Mohali, in her complaint, alleged that she had gone to the shop at 9 pm on September 28. She fell into the entrance of an under construction basement which was covered with the sheet to support it. Bricks were put on the corners of the sheet, which fell on her face injuring her teeth. Her upper jaw received a cut, besides this she suffered injuries on her legs and on other parts of body. She was rushed to Fortis in Mohali from where she was discharged next day.

Tarun, manager of Bengali Sweets, maintained that it was entirely Ritu fault as she did not see the warning signboards installed there. Thereafter, the family began making false claims against them to hold the management responsible for their fault.

Investigating officials sub-inspector Yad Ram told TNS that both parties had reached a compromise. But when confronted with the allegations made by the victim’s husband, he stated that he was busy on cricket match duty and would look into the matter on Tuesday and would take the required legal action. 

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Pitched battle for Ramlila venue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The Shree Ram Leela Committee and the Resident Social Welfare Association are locked in battle over official permission for organising Ramlila near the Sector 32 market, courtesy the UT estate office and the municipal corporation.

For, the corporation and the estate office have given permission to two different committees to stage the epic at the same venue.

While the corporation asserts that the ground adjoining the Sector 32 market has been allocated to the Shree Ram Leela Committee by the estate office, the Residents Social Welfare Association, Sector 32 D, has been given the permission by the municipal corporation.

Shree Ram Leela Committee secretary R.S. Parmar said: “We have always been applying for permission to the estate office and this year was no exception.” The permission was granted on September 20.

There seems to be confusion over the demarcation of land between the corporation and the estate office, he added.

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9 more cases of suspected dengue

Chandigarh, October 7
Even as the UT health authorities claim of speeding up preventive measures against dengue, nine more suspected cases of dengue were reported at the PGI here yesterday. With this, the number of dengue cases reported in city hospitals has reached 32. The director, health services, Chandigarh, had claimed that 23 confirmed cases of dengue had been confirmed till yesterday.

The director said fogging operations were being carried out in Sectors 32, 37, 40, 41-D, 46, 47, 52, 55, 56 and 61, Burail, Palsora, Badheri, Buterla, Hallomajra, Kajheri, Khuda Alisher, Bapudham Colony-26. — TNS

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Mohali Mess
Villages, a neglected lot
Tribune News Service

A road, that crosses through Matour village in Mohali, in a pitiable state.— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
A road, that crosses through Matour village in Mohali, in a pitiable state.— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 7
The villages which gave their land for the creation of the township, have not benefited from being a part of the city.

The stark difference between a village and the township in terms of condition of roads, sewerage and other civic amenities is there for anyone to see.

Cleanliness in the villages is poor, roads are non-existent and despite being right in the middle of the township, the residents’ quality of life is not at all comparable with that of those living in the surrounding sectors.

Most villages in Mohali do not have a sewerage system and despite a lot of lip service by the local politicians who gather votes from these villages, no concrete effort has been made to integrate the development of these villages with the township. As a result, sewerage systems, good roads and other facilities, all end at the borders of these villages.

The municipal council has, under its jurisdiction, some villages of the township and is responsible for providing basic amenities but villages are largely considered a burden on the MC’s finances.

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Change lifestyle, cardiologist’s advice to Kashmiri Pandits
Tribune News Service

Cardiologist H.K. Bali delivers a lecture in Chandigarh on Sunday
Cardiologist H.K. Bali delivers a lecture in Chandigarh on Sunday.— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 7
The Kashmiri Pandits need to change their lifestyle to get rid of health complications, which they have been facing for the past 17 years when a majority of them migrated to plains due to militancy in the valley.

This was stated by Dr H.K. Bali, a cardiologist, while addressing them at Kashmir Bhavan, Sector 24, here today.

Delivering a lecture, “Living with a healthy heart”, he said many Kashmiri Pandits had developed Type A and B behavioral pattern after uprooting from their native places and both types are likely to make one prone to heart complications.

Studies conducted by Prof K.L. Chaudhary, who had himself migrated from the valley, found that 30 per cent of Kashmiri migrants suffering from hypertension in comparison to the 15 per cent at the national level.

“Similarly, 100 per cent of them are facing one or multiple neuropsychiatry problems and 76 per cent are under depression, anxiety or panic. The prevalence of diabetes among Kashmiri migrants is 13 per cent, while at the national level it is 6.6 per cent. There is a major increase in the risk factor of cardiac arrest death or sudden cardiac death,” said the cardiologist.

“The eating habits of the community aggravate the situation. Because of changeover from hilly region to the planes and from a cold climate to the one with extremities in terms of heat and cold, Kashmiris need to change certain food habits. They should either avoid red meat or reduce its intake considerably,” he said.

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Role of IT in promoting small units discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
A convention on the role of information technology (IT) in promoting and protecting the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was held here recently.

It dwelt upon various aspects of the IT regime, which is bolstering prospects from SMEs all across the world in general and India in particular.

Organised by www.smeworld.in, India’s technically advanced B2B Internet portal and ranked only after alibaba.com globally, the convention saw brainstorming sessions about possibilities which IT offers for SMEs of India, which still have to catch up with the kind of net-based transactions.

Inaugurated by Vandana Disodia, director, industry, UT, the convention showcased various products of www.smeworld.in <http://www.smeworld.in>.

Dwelling upon the success of IT as a platform for boosting Indian SMEs, Arvind Sharma quoted the success of smeworld.in as phenomenal since its inception in June 2006 with over 40,000 registered users reposing faith in the portal.

“With 100-150 users registering with us every day and over 2.5 lakh products ranging from household to aviation showcased at portal, our success simply conceptualises the success of IT as an interface for SMEs,” he said.

“Soon a messenger service of smeworld.in would be launched as our own message box, which generates and delivers automated mails to registered users in seconds, has received tremendous response from our users,” Sharma said.

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9 computers stolen from cyber cafe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Thieves decamped with nine computers from a cyber café at Chandigarh Railway Station last night.

Sources in the railway police said the theft came to light this morning, when an employee at the café saw a windowpane broken. He found the office ransacked and nine computers were missing.

The matter was reported to the police.

The police said as the owner was not available, the exact details of the loss was yet to be ascertained.

A case of theft has been registered in this connection.

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Woman sets herself ablaze
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
A 40-year-old resident of Rail Vihar allegedly attempted suicide by setting herself ablaze here last night. The woman, Aradhna Aggarwal, is a resident of Rail Vihar, Sector 4, Mansa Devi. Admitted to the hospital with 90 percent burns, the victim took the extreme step following a tiff with her husband, the police said.

Parladh Aggarwal, a draftsman in HUDA, was allegedly in the habit of consuming liquor every night, which was a constant irritant in the couple’s married life. Yesterday after Aggarwal consumed liquor, he allegedly abused and manhandled his wife. Fed up of the constant abuses, Aradhna poured turpentine oil over her and set herself ablaze. The couple was married for 12 years.

She received 90 percent burns while her husband, trying to save her by putting out the flames, burnt his hands. She was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6 from where she was referred to GMCH 32 and then to PGI. A case has been registered.

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Bus crushes man, granny
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 7
A 27-year-old man along with his 70-year-old grandmother were crushed to death by a speeding Haryana Roadways bus near Ghaggar bridge on national highway No. 1, near here, this afternoon.

According to the police, Major Singh, son of Karnail Singh, and his grandmother Amar Kaur were going from Rajpura to Kala Amb in Himachal Pradesh on a motorcycle when a bus ran over them. Both died on the spot.

A case for causing death due to negligent driving was registered against the bus driver on a complaint filed by Major Singh's maternal uncle Gurmeet Singh. The bodies were taken to Ambala Civil Hospital for postmortem.

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Husband charged with trespass, theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
A Sector 20 A-based woman, who works as a domestic help, yesterday charged her husband, along with two other persons, with ransacking her house and stealing valuables.

According to the police, Raj Rani reported that she had gone to deposit her son’s tuition fee around 9.30 am today and later went to work.

When she returned around 12.30 pm, she found the lock of her house broken and single room accommodation ransacked.

She found suitcases, trunks and an almirah open, and jewellery and Rs 5,000 missing.

She told the police that documents pertaining to her matrimonial dispute with her husband had also been missing.

The police reached the scene along with forensic experts and a dog squad.

The SHO of the Sector 19 police station said the couple had a matrimonial dispute, which was being probed.

A case of theft and trespass has been registered in this regard.

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Crime
57-year-old man found dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
Fifty-seven-year-old Suresh Kumar, a native of Shimla, was found dead in the Mansa Devi market, here, today. The police received an anonymous call saying that a dead body was lying in the market.

The cops found the body in front of a vacant booth. They found a slip carrying a phone number in the deceased’s pocket. On calling up the number, they spoke to Narinder Kumar, who identified himself as the deceased’s brother. Narinder, in turn, informed the deceased’s son in Canada and his wife and daughter in Dubai. He said Suresh had retired from the Navy and was living alone. The deceased’s family members arrived this evening and cremated him. The cause of death is still not known. A case has been registered and investigations are on.

1 booked for dowry

Following orders of the district court, the police, today, registered a case against Delhi-based Navneet Sodhi for demanding dowry from his wife, Sohinder Kaur Sodhi. Sohinder had filed a petition that she got married to Sodhi in 1994.

This was their second marriage and both of them had two children each from their first marriage.

At the time of marriage, Sodhi was given Rs 10 lakh as per his demand. However, lately, he had allegedly been harassing his in-laws and wife, seeking the transfer of a house in 38 (W), owned by his father-in-law, in his own name. The family had sought police intervention to resolve the matter and a case was registered against Sodhi.

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Beopar mandal to go online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
City traders are gearing up to face the competition posed by the entry of big corporates in the retail sector.

The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM), the representative body of city traders, has already pulled up its socks with a view to competing with the corporate sector.

As a first step in this direction, the CBM has decided to make the traders’ body more representative with the inclusion of at least 25 new members, CBM president Charanjiv Singh said here.

It is the largest body of traders and office-bearers of various markets associations find representation in this. Currently, 294 members represent a cross-section of traders.

Using information technology to its advantage, the CBM will soon launch its website, he said adding that it will go a long way in giving complete information about the members and various products and markets. It will serve as an interlink between city traders with the outside world.

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Plots to go under hammer

Chandigarh, October 7
The UT estate office has decided to auction vacant residential plots in different sectors. A survey to identify such plots has been initiated by the estate office.

Though no exact date for the date of auction has been decided, sources said, the bidding was being held after two years.

As a standard practice, auctions are often held when budget of the department falls short

Sources said there were around 128 residential plots which were yet to be auctioned. The maximum number of plots were in Sectors 40 and 44. Some plots were lying vacant in sectors 15, 19, 33, 36, 37 and 38.

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