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Fans have the last laugh
Tribune News Service

A pretty fan eggs on captain Dhoni to hit a four.
A pretty fan eggs on captain Dhoni to hit a four. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, October 8
There were tense moments when the match between India and Australia was drawing to an end.The euphoria touched its peak with the last ball of the match pitched by Indian pacer Zaheer Khan as the team registered a win. Throughout, it was slogans, flags, bhangra and merry faces.

Once outside the stadium, thousands of cricket enthusiasts gathered at the stadium chowk and danced with abandon to the beat of the dhol to celebrate the much-awaited victory.

“The win has made me to forget the earlier defeats. I bet our team will bounce back,” said Amit, who came to see the match from Ludhiana with his friends Neeraj, Sumit and Paplu.

Monu who came from Jalandhar said: “I will stay back at my cousin’s house to celebrate.”

Contrary to expectations, there were no long queues at the stadium in the morning. Several ticket stands were empty even though India chose to bat first. Only the students’ block (Rs 75) and the general block (Rs 250) were packed to capacity.

Besides local hero Yuvraj, Dhoni was the hot favourite, who shouted his name every time he hit a shot. Fans donned masks and wigs and painted their faces.

At entry gates, relaxed policemen enjoyed the game uninterrupted, without having to keeo unwanted visitors at bay. Black market of low denomination tickets continued till morning at several places in Sectors 17 and 22.



Outside, 50 pay for HCA slip
Issued tickets sans hologram
Akash Ghai 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
More than 50 cricket buffs were forced to spend three hours at the police station for no fault of their’s.

The youngsters, including girls, were shocked when the police rounded them up for carrying fake tickets.The police said the tickets did not carry the requisite hologram.

Bewildered, the young fans, mostly students, explained to the police that they had purchased tickets from bank sale counters and raised slogans against the HCA and the police.

On further enquiry, the police found the tickets were genuine. Due to a fault in printing, the tickets did not carry the the hologram.

Said a very cross Prashant, a student of local DAV College:

“ The HCA is responsible for our agony.”

Neha, Rani, Sushma and Santosh from Ambala were also shocked at the development. “We spent two nights in the open to get the tickets, hoping to be a part of the international event, but look at the treatment meted out to us by the authorities,” they pointed out.

HCA officials said: “We admit to our fault. The tickets were genuine, only the hologram was missing. Now, we have accommodated these youngsters at the VIP block.”

Not enough, one would say.



...And snarl-up
Tribune News Service

Held-up traffic outside the Sector 16 cricket stadium as barricades were set up on roads leading to it.
Held-up traffic outside the Sector 16 cricket stadium as barricades were set up on roads leading to it. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 8
As the Men in Blue took on the Aussies in the ODI at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, motorists fought a different battle — to find their way through traffic.

Chaos prevailed right from the outset as policemen diverted traffic and set up barricades on roads leading to the stadium.

The situation was bad throughout the day particularly on the roads running parallel to those leading to the venue.

When the match ended, a sudden overflow of vehicles chocked the roads near the venue. Policemen had a tough time regulating traffic, which moved at a snail’s pace for about an hour on these routes.

The worst hit was the road separating Sectors 22 and 23, which saw long snarl-ups. Things were no different on roads separating Sectors 22 and 21, and Sectors 17.

On the Madhya Marg, motorists drove their vehicles onto a carriageway by crossing over the footpath, further aggravating the traffic jam.

Traffic signals failed to ease the congestion as vehicles could barely keep pace with changing signals due to heavy rush on alternate routes. To avoid bottlenecks, several motorists drove on footpaths.

Buses and other vehicles were also caught in traffic jams on the road separating Sectors 16 and 17, from Matka Chowk to the municipal corporation building.

Visitors to the Sector 17 plaza also faced similar traffic jams.



Babu ‘bunk’
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The India-Australia match hit the functioning in government offices in the city. A majority of bureaucrats, technocrats and secretarial staff "bunked" work, much to the inconvenience of the public.

Among the senior officers, only the adviser to the UT Administrator and the chief architect were present during the public hours. The authorities had said yesterday that all officials would be available during visiting hours.

Official sources said many officials were “on duty" to look after VVIPs. 





Where did the tickets go?
Empty stands say it all
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Owing to shortsightedness or sheer arrogance on the part of the Haryana Cricket Association and the UT administration, many a cricket fan was denied the thrill of watching the fourth ODI at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.

Interests of the common man, while drafting the rates for different blocks, were overlooked. Barring the students’ ticket at Rs 75, the general block ticket rates were for Rs 250, Rs 2500, Rs 3,000 and Rs 7,500. This huge discrepancy in rates prevented genuine fans from watching the match live in the stadium.

The only facility to the Rs 2,500 ticket-holder which was denied to the Rs 250 ticket-holder was that he was given a chair.Those who had bought the Rs 250 ticket for a premium said the organisers could have had two or more slots between Rs 250 and Rs 2,500 ticket.

Most stands remained thinly occupied throughout the match. The ‘A’ block was almost empty till the match ended while the P2 block was only half occupied. The ‘G’ and ‘B block’ were almost vacant.

At 9.30 am, when the match started, there were more people standing outside the stadium than those inside.

“I went to the ticket sale counters all three days. I was told the tickets had been sold out. I thought it might be because of heavy demand, but there were too many unoccupied chairs in the stadium,” observed Balwinder Ahuja, who works with an insurance company. 



Rip off at snack counters
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Contrary to the claims of the administration and the Haryana Cricket Association, eatables in kiosks inside the stands were sold at exorbitant rates.

The administration had said the eatables would be available for less than the market price during the match. No official from the HCA or the administration was present to have a check the prices.

No rate list was displayed at any of the kiosks as announced by the administration. Contractors charged at will, leaving the spectators with no choice but to pay.

The mineral water bottle with the MRP of Rs 12 was sold at Rs 20, a cup of tea for Rs 8, a burger for Rs 20 and chips for Rs 20. The rates went further hired during the lunch break.

When the match ended, the same articles were sold at half the price quoted earlier.



Develop plots along Madhya Marg: Shopkeepers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
At a time when there are many takers for vacant plots, the Chandigarh Administration is apparently not interested in allotting the vacant plots along Madhya Marg.

At least five plots in Sectors 19, 27 and 28 are lying vacant along Madhya Marg. Apart from causing financial loss to the Administration, the vacant plots have become a source of nuisance for the residents of the area.

Gurdayal Bhasin, owner of a petrol pump in Sector 27, said several representations had been made to the Administration to allot the plots to interested parties so that the area was developed. Due to wild growth on the vacant plots, the area had become a safe haven for anti-social elements.

Sources in the Administration say the plots are meant for institutions, government offices and trusts. There has been no construction on the sites allotted to the Economic and Statistical Organisation and Official Liquidator, Government of India. A site allotted to Bradlaugh Hall in Sector 15 is under litigation and another plot allotted to Sir Chotu Ram Memorial Trust is lying vacant.

“Efforts by the Administration to beautify the open spaces along Madhya Marg will be of little help if the wild growth on the vacant plots is not cleared and the plots allotted,” said Arun Sharma, a resident of Sector 19.

Vocal about developing the vacant plots along Madhya Marg, the shopkeepers of Sector 26 demand that vacant plots in the commercial belt along Madhya Marg should be allotted at the earliest so that the markets are fully developed.

The shopkeepers also want that the façades of the sites occupied by government offices along Madhya Marg should be beautified so that the area gives a better look. At present vehicles parked haphazardly along the road present a poor picture of the city.



Homage to martyrs on Air Force Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Homage paying to martyrs at the station war memorial and an oath-taking ceremony marked the commemoration of the 75th Air Force Day here today.

Air Force personnel re-dedicated themselves to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and service.

A social get-together was organised at the 12 Wing Officers Mess on Saturday, which was attended by a large number of serving and retired officers and their families. A colourful cultural programme was presented on the occasion.

Other events organised during the week included a dance and rangoli-making competition for women. A sports competition is also scheduled to be held later this week.



Sreesanth given warm welcome
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
A small function to felicitate medium pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was held by the governing body of the Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, at Hotel Taj, Sector 17, here yesterday.

It was a proud moment for the Malayalee community of the tricity who were eagerly awaiting the bowler’s arrival.

The members of the samajam gave a warm welcome to the 24-year-old bowler, who is the only player from Kerala in the Indian cricket team. “Sreesanth has made all of us proud with his fine performance at the recently held Twenty20 Championship,” said president of the samajam Benny Thomas.

On the occasion, a bouquet was presented to Sreesanth along with the annual souvenir of the samajam.

The samajam also congratulated Sreesanth on his splendid performance and wished him all the best. “He has proved to be a fine player. His talent is yet to be completely realised. But, he has a long way to go and will prove his worth,” said Benny.

The bowler was also briefed about the Keralite community in the tricity and their socio-cultural activities. “Sreesanth was quite impressed to see our newly constructed Kerala Bhawan in Mohali and was happy that we were managing to preserve our culture,” Benny added.

Sreesanth was in the city to take part in the fourth India-Australia ODI, held today at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh.



On a joyride, Panchkula school kid killed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Adventure turned into tragedy for six students of KBDAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, after a joyride into the hills ended with their car falling into a gorge killing one of the students and injuring others.

The children, three girls and three boys students of Class XI and XII, had left home stating that they were going to school. However, they proceeded to take a drive uphill, without informing their parents.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 am when one of the students driving the car lost control and the Maruti Zen rolled down into a deep gorge near Chakki Ka Mour, about 19 km from Kumarhatti. The accident took place on a kutcha road leading to Bhojnagar. The students had been coming from the Kalka-Shimla national highway.

It is learnt that the students were immediately rushed to ESI Hospital, Parwanoo, where Gaurav, a student of Class XI (Non- Medical), was declared brought dead.

The family members of Gaurav confirmed that he was cremated this evening at the Manimajra crematorium ground after a post-mortem examination was conducted at the Parwanoo hospital. Meanwhile, the other five injured were referred to GMCH-32.

The other students have been identified as Mehak, Class XII (Non-Medical), a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula; Annie, Class XII (Commerce), a resident of Sector 12, Panchkula; Navpreet, Class XII (Commerce), a resident of Sector 70, Mohali; Tanveer, Class XI, a resident of Sector 9, Chandigarh and Pulkit, Class XI (Non-Medical) of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra.

Accroding to GMCH reports, Navpreet has got an injury in her neck while Mehak has got multiple fractures. However, Pulkit, Tanveer and Annie were discharged from the hospital after administering them first aid.

The Principal of KB DAV-7, Madhu Behl, was informed about the incident late in the evening. A shocked Behl told TNS that the school was closed for holidays and a sports tournament was on. According to my information, the students never came to the school today."

It was a touching scene at the residence of Gaurav, who was killed in the accident, in Sector 15, Panchkula. A visibly shocked Mangat Ram, father of Gaurav, was in a state of disbelief, while his mother Sanjogta was inconsolable. Talking to TNS, Mangat Ram, who works as technical assistant in BEL factory in Panchkula, stated that Gaurav had informed him that he was going to school, like he did every day. He, however, later got to know about the unfortunate accident. 



Mayor attends rally

Chandigarh, October 8
Politicians cutting across party lines participated in a rally of the CHB Residents' Federation at Dhanas here today.

It was decided to form a committee of the political leaders to study the ground reality and recommend the regularisation of the "need-based" additions and alterations made by residents.

Prominent among those who attended the rally were mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) Harjinder Kaur and councillors of the MCC J.S. Kang, Jatinder Bhatia,Harphool Chand Kalyan. — TNS



Free dental camps by IDA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Collaborating with the Indian Dental Association, Colgate (India) Limited has decided to organise free dental checkup camps in the city during the month of October.

The offer would be extended to other cities as well during the month and more than 8,000 dentists would be involved in the programme at 175 cities, said a press statement of the company. The people intending to avail of the facility would have to contact the Oral Health helpline 1800-22-55-99.

The information about the dentists involved in the programme could also be collected at 5676725. A total of 250 villages would also be covered under the programme.



Wadhawan community meeting held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Over 250 delegates from the region participated in a meeting of the Wadhawan community here today.

According to a press note, various issues, including brotherhood and welfare of the community, were discussed at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the following have been elected office-bearers of the newly-formed Wadhawan Brotherhood Society: chairman—NK Wadhawan; vice-president—KC Wadhawan; general secretary—Balbir Singh Wadhawan; organising secretary—Dinesh Kumar Wadhawan; secretary—Ashwani Wadhawan; additional secretary—Charanjit Wadhawan; coordination secretary—Vikramjit Wadhawan; joint secretary—Ashok Khyali; press secretary—Surinder Pal Singh Wadhawan; treasurer—Amrit Pal Wadhanwan; auditor—Rajesh Wadhawan; legal adviser—Navin Chander Wadhawan; additional legal adviser—Vipin Wadhawan; and adviser—Vishal Wadhawan.



Handwriting profile can help nab criminals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
By profiling the handwriting of a community within a region, forensic experts can pinpoint the identity of the writer of a document. It can also indicate the rural or urban background of the criminal.

Jassy Anand, a Chandigarh-based forensic expert, during a study on Gurmukhi and Roman scripts has found that characteristics of writing, change in size of letters, space between letters and the slant in writing can identify the background of a criminal.

Talking to The Tribune, she said she chose the subject of profiling Punjabi and English writing of urban and rural volunteers across Punjab. The findings form part of a thesis being pursued by her from Punjabi University, Patiala.

A Punjabi equivalent of the English pangram — The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog — was used to profile the samples.

Study of the same paragraph written by 300 volunteers showed the handwriting could be used to determine if someone was from an urban or a rural background.

She said the findings could have important implications for forensic science. It could help the police to identify the writer of a document or a threatening letter.

The results also indicated that though there was no change in the letter characteristics, there was change in size of the letters. The variations in the movement of writing, space of writing and connectivity of strokes were distinctive in Roman as well as Gurmukhi scripts.

Certain letters in Roman script like ‘A’, ‘I’, ‘Y’, ‘K’, ‘D’, ‘S’ and ‘V’ showed variation and in Gurmukhi script, letters like “sassa”, “dadda”, “rara”, “mamma” and “haha” showed a different formation in rural and urban samples.



Centre to help e-filing of returns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The income tax department has set up a help centre to facilitate the e-filing of the income tax returns at the income tax office, SCO 73-74-75 in Sector 17-D, here. Commissioner of income tax-I Manoj Misra said here today that the help centre would remain open till October 31 for the convenience of the public.

This year the compulsory e-filing had been extended to all firms also whose accounts were required to be audited under Section 44-AB of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Misra appealed to the assessees to file the returns immediately and not leave it to the last date.

More information about the e-filing can be had from the department website incometaxindiaefiling.gov.i, Misra added.



In Basta
Mutilation of body sees end of case
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Failing to even identify a man, whose badly mutilated naked body was found in the fields of Raipur Kalan village, near here, on September 29, 2004, during its 19-month-long investigation, the police has finally closed the case.

Establishing the victim’s identity is considered to be the first step in cracking a blind murder case. As without identifying the victim, it becomes almost impossible for investigating officials to ascertain the motive behind the killing.

The victim, who appeared to be in his mid-twenties and a migrant, was strangled to death. His face was bludgeoned with a brick which was found lying near the body along with an empty liquor bottle. A shirt had been tied around the deceased's neck. The victim's trousers covered with paint spots were found away from the spot. The police did not find any document, which could help in his identification.

There were blood spots at the site, but no signs of struggle were found, indicating that the victim was killed elsewhere, before his body was dumped there.

The murder was detected early in the morning. The police received information through a phone call around 9 am. The police had suspected that the killer(s) smashed the victim’s head with the brick and the bottle and strangled him to death thereafter.

The police believed that it was the handy work of more than one person, as the victim was a healthy man. The killer(s) might have served liquor to the victim before taking him to the deserted place, which indicated that the assassin(s) was known to him.

The victim’s clothes were stained with whitewash and paint marks indicating that he might have been a painter. The police called forensic experts and dog squad to examine the spot and gather vital clues.

The police records showed that efforts of the investigating officials to identify the victim did not bear any fruits. The body was shown to the residents of Raipur Kalan and Baltana, besides taking it to slums and labour chowks in the city, but in vain.

The police also flashed information and photographs of the victim, but did not get any response. Exhausted of their means, the investigating officials recommended closure of the case and the same was sent as untraced on June 17, 2006.



Death of sisters
SDM visits building
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 8
SDM Varinder Dahiya today visited the society in Sector 20 where two sisters had died after falling from a window. He recorded the statements of the parents Parveen Gupta and Puneet Gupta and also of grandparents of the children and carried an on-the-spot inspection.

Dahiya said Guptas had shifted to the flat owned by the brother of the president of the society Ashish Sharma. He said there was no grill on the window and the bolts of the window were not functional.

Dahiya has asked HUDA officials to submit a report about the technical and bylaw violations in the society. He also visited Sectors 7, 8 and 12 to ascertain the condition of the roads. He was accompanied by the secretary of the municipal council O.P. Sihag.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of farm owners here today, he asked the poultry farm owners to carry out the directions issued by the district administration to contain the fly menace strictly. He also said 20 persons would be sent to Barwala for carrying out spray and an inspection. A committee would also be constituted for surprise checks. He asked the farm owners to mix medicine in the feed of the birds to control the menace. 



‘Jagriti’ wins QC competition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Jagriti team from Secures Meters Ltd was adjudged the winner and was awarded the ‘Winners Rolling Trophy’ in the 20th QC Circle Preliminary Competition 2007-2008 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, here, today.

The ‘First Runner-up Rolling Trophy’ was won by Pragati, QC Circle, from Minda Industries Ltd while Tiger, QC Circle, from Asahi India Glass Ltd bagged the ‘second runner-up rolling trophy.’

These teams will now participate in the regional final as a pre-runner to the national competition.

In all, 20 quality circles made presentations on the specific projects handled by them at their work place. The assessment of the presentation was made on a weighted scale covering different aspects of the quality circle activity. The evaluation was based on factors like problem selection, analysis, solution, presentation, etc.

As many as 200 participants comprising workmen, quality and HR heads from the industry, participated in the competition.

While awarding the trophies to the winners, chief guest on the occasion, A.R. Talwar, principal secretary, industries and commerce, Punjab, said “Other parameters being equal, it is the quality of the product that provides an cutting edge in this cut throat competition.”



Woman suffers burns as stove bursts

Chandigarh, October 8
A 26-year-old married woman suffered burns following a stove burst at her Kaimbwala village residence, here yesterday morning.

She was reportedly preparing a meal when the incident happened, the police said. The victim has been identified as Sonu, a mother of three.

In her statement recorded before the magistrate, she acknowledged that she suffered burns after the stove accidentally burst. — TNS



Former registrar cremated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 8
The mortal remains of former registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University, principal Bharpur Singh, were consigned to flames today afternoon here.

His elder son Pritpal Singh lit the pyre. Principal Bharpur Singh had breathed his last on October 5, in a Delhi Hospital where he was being treated for a heart surgery.

Representatives of various religious, educational, political and cultural organisations laid wreaths.



Mohali Mess
Green Belts: A picture of utter neglect
Tribune News Service

Ill-maintained green belts in the Phase 10 market in Mohali.
Ill-maintained green belts in the Phase 10 market in Mohali. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 8
Caught in an exchange of fire between the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Municipal Council, the green belts lining the markets in the township are now a picture of neglect.

Conceived as green patches in the commercial areas of the township, these small parks are full of trees and green grass. But a majority of these are ill-maintained with grass over grown with weeds. The Phase 10 market green belt is now being used to dumb garbage. At some places this place is encroached by vendors.

The GMADA had offered to maintain these belts but the MC too wants to maintain these green belts.

GMADA planned to outsource the maintenance of these belts to private companies who can put up small advertisements and maintain these. But the council intends to do this itself.

The controversy has not been resolved and GMADA has decided to go ahead with outsourcing the maintenance of these green belts.



Congrats Team India

The Sector 16 stadium has added yet another feather in the cap of the City Beautiful by crediting the Team India with a remarkable win in the ODI against Australia.

This win gains importance as it came after a gap of three years. The match had the same excitement as witnessed in the final of Twenty 20 World Cup.

Credit goes to the Indian batsmen for putting up a good score and the bowlers for superb bowling. Tight bowling by R.P. Singh, Kartik and Zaheer in the final three overs turned the tables on Australia.

Many congratulations to the Indian team for the victory and all the best to them for future so that they maintain the same team spirit and a will to win the remaining three ODI matches and one Twenty 20 match.

Another point worth taking note of is that Doordarshan, the channel telecasting the series, takes the viewers directly to the studio immediately after the match is over. It is requested that they show the prize giving ceremony before doing so.

A lesson or two from ESPN and Star Sports in this matter would go a long way for Doordarshan.

Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh

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Couple held for attacking neighbour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The local police today arrested a Ram Darbar- based couple to take preventive action against them after they allegedly assaulted their neighbour’s family with bricks and batons. The injured were admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital with head and other injuries. Their condition, however, was stated to be stable.

According to the police, Ram Sahai of Ram Darbar alleged that Kallu, his wife Asha, his son Rajinder, Nand Lal, Nanu and Puran along with their relative Khem Pal attacked his family with bricks and batons because of an old feud. Ram Sahai’s wife, his son Jasbir, Mithu and Babu suffered injuries in the assault.

Ram Sahai alleged that Kallu along with his family had also assaulted his family in 2003 following which a case of rioting was registered against him. The case was pending trial in a local court. He further stated that as he was suspecting an attack by Kallu, he had sought the police’s help for his family’s security. But the police did not take any action.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station, inspector Har Sahai Sharma, said the accused had been arrested as a preventive measure. The medical report was awaited and further action would be taken only after getting the report. 



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