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Saaniya takes lead in women’s pro golf
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, November 29
Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh played a five-over par 77 card to take the lead after the second round of the sixth leg of the DLF Women's Professional Golf Tour on the par-72 greens of the Noida Golf Course today.

Saaniya shot birdies on the eighth and 17th. But then she conceded two double bogeys and three bogeys to finish the day at five-over par.

Her two-day aggregate of 11 over par 155 is just one stroke ahead of Delhi Nalini Singh who with a round of six over par 78 had a two-day aggregate of 12 over par 156.

Lying in third place was Irina Brar, who though not in her normal form made a slight improvement on yesterday's round returning a score of six over 77 taking her two-day total to 14 over 158. Following behind at two-day totals of 18 over 162 were Preetinder Kaur of Chandigarh and Shalini Malik.

In the Class B Professionals, Jaipur's Pallavi Jain's round of 13 over 85 took her to a two-day total of 34 over 178, giving her a 3 shot lead over Reena Singh.



Satish wins 800 m event
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Satish Choudhary of BP Ed III, emerged winner in 800 m race event during the two-day 55 th Annual Athletic Meet, held at the Government College for Men, Sector 11, here, today.

Sanjeev Kalra, IPS, IG Jalandhar division was the chief guest on the occasion. The Athletic Meet commenced with participating students taking oath. More than 200 students participated in various athletics events.

Results: 800 meters: 1 Satish Choudhary B.P.Ed. III, 2 Navjot Singh B.P.Ed. III, 3 Maninder Singh B.P.Ed. IV.

High Jump: 1 Amandeep Singh B.P.Ed. III, 2 Bhavtaran Singh B.P.Ed. IV, 3 Maninder Singh B.P.Ed. IV.

Triple Jump: 1 Bhavtaran Singh B.P.Ed. IV, 2 Bhagwant Singh B.A. I, 3 Sandeep Singh B.P.Ed. II.

200 meters (Girls): 1 Saryu B.Sc.II, 2 Deepika B.Sc.II, 3 Komal B.Sc.II.

Shot Put: 1 Sukhdeep MA I (Eng), 2 Amit MA I (Eng), 3 Sangram Singh Rana BBA III.



Four inspectors promoted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Four inspectors of the Chandigarh police were promoted to the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) by a departmental promotion committee of the UT administration, here today.

Those promoted are inspectors Satbir Singh, in charge of the crime branch; Vijay Kumar, in charge of the operations cell; Prem Lal Chauhan, SHO of the police station-34; and B.S. Negi (traffic police).

Confirming this, IG S.K. Jain said the names of the inspectors had been under consideration of late.



Aujla repatriated to Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Chandigarh administration has repatriated municipal commissioner P.S. Aujla back to his parent cadre of Punjab.

Orders have been issued asking Aujla to be relieved on Dec 6. His replacement has not been announced so far. The move is seen as sudden as the union ministry of home affairs normally allows the officer to continue till a replacement is announced.

Aujla is a 1990-batch Punjab cadre IAS officer and names of S.P. Singh, Samir Kumar and Usha Sharma are in the panel for the replacement.



HUDA-coop imbroglio
Residents want CM to form panel
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
The standoff between the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and members of the cooperative housing societies over the registration of flats under the Apartment Act after paying stamp duty took a new turn today with residents sending an SOS to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to intervene in the matter.

In fact, a delegation of the House Owners' Welfare Association and Market Welfare Association, Sector 20, met Hooda and urged him to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a state minister to arrive at a "mutually beneficial" decision. The committee should seek the opinion of all stakeholders — HUDA, cooperative societies and experts — in public interest.

Terming the public notice issued by HUDA as "confusing", residents claimed that the Apartment Act was applicable in case of builders only and cooperative societies were outside its purview.

Even under Rule 43 of the Cooperative Act, there was no provision for the registration of societies, J.K. Malhotra and K.K. Jindal, president and general secretary of the House Owners’ Association asserted.

The Apartment Act was notified in 1997 whereas plots in the township were allotted during 1994-95.

Even during the issuance of occupancy certificates to the societies in 2000, no condition for registration of flats was put up by the HUDA.

During the last 10 years, no chief administrator of HUDA tried to implement the Apartment Act on the societies, claimed Jai Bhagwan Garg and Suresh Aggarwal, chairman and president of the Market Welfare Association stated.

The associations claimed that the cooperative societies were allotted land by the government in the wake of difficulties being faced by residents living in flats constructed by the HUDA and Haryana Housing Board. If the cooperative societies were brought under the purview of the Apartment Act, the very purpose of forming the cooperative societies would be defeated, Malhotra added.



Heritage status for Mohindra College soon
Tribune News Service

Punjab cooperative minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh presents a trophy to a meritorious student during the prize distribution function at Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Thursday.
Punjab cooperative minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh presents a trophy to a meritorious student during the prize distribution function at Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Thursday. Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, November 29
Punjab cooperative minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh announced here today that the state government would soon accord heritage status to Government Mohindra College, Patiala, which has been imparting education in this part of the region for the last 132 years.

Addressing a function to award meritorious students of the college, the minister said he would himself take up the matter with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal soon.

The minister said he would recommend a special provision in the coming budget for the college library which has more than 90,000 books but was facing problems on the building front. He also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the development of the college from his discretionary funds.

The minister called for a revamp of the education system and for creating an atmosphere to encourage the youth for taking interest in the learning process. He said it was imperative for our education to change according to the changing global scenario which demanded more technical experts.

Surjit Singh Rakhra, president of the NRI wing and former MLA, also spoke. Principal of the college Dr D.S. Brar welcomed the guests and presented the annual report.



3 killed, 13 injured in accidents
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 29
Three persons were killed and three others sustained injuries as a canter loaded with kinnows collided with a PRTC bus near Saranwal village in the district, while 10 people were injured as a Sumo turned turtle near Kaurjiwala village, today.

The accident between the bus and the canter took place when the driver of the canter lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into the PRTC bus that was enroute from Patiala to Abhor. All the three occupants of the canter died on the spot while three on board the bus sustained injuries. The deceased included Baljit Singh and Ravi Kumar of Shahabad Markanda and Bhupinder Singh of Jalalpur village, who owned the kinnows. The injured were Khushpal Singh, Sahil Singla, both residents of Patiala, and Mahinder Singh of Rajpura.

In another accident, 10 persons returning from a wedding were injured when the Sumo in which they were travelling, overturned near Kaujiwala village. The injured included Sahib Singh, Rashpal Singh, Gurnam Singh, Kartar Singh, Suba Singh, Suheg Singh, Partap Singh and Kashmir Singh, all resident of Rata Khera village in Sunam. The injured were all rushed to the Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.



Panchayat byelection on Dec 16
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 29
The State Election Commission, Haryana, has declared panchayat byelections for the remaining term to fill up the seats of panches, sarpanches, members of panchayat samitis and members of zila parishads fallen vacant due to death, resignation, removal, disqualifications or otherwise on the schedule given for Ambala district.

This was stated here today by Mohammad Shayin, deputy commissioner, Ambala. He said the notices would be published by the district election officer in form 2 or 3 for inviting nominations on December 1. The period for making nominations would be from December 3. The information should be furnished by the candidate that he/she was not suffering from any disqualification and the scrutiny would be done on December 6. The withdrawal of names would be on December 8. The polling would be held on December 16.

Shayin informed that the counting of votes would take place immediately after the closing of poll at the polling stations for the elections of panches and sarpanches. He added that as per direction of the State Election Commission, scrutiny work of the nomination papers should not be delegated to the assistant returning officer.

Giving details, he said the villages of Ambala district going in for elections were Bhano Kheri, Mirjapur, Sukraon, Dalipgarh, Kardhan, Tundla, Binjalpur, Sahlepur, Jauli, Karali, Lalpur, Meerpur, Sangrani, Chhanni, Badi Bassi, Bichpadi and Raiwali.



Drama school stages plays
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, a cultural wing of the ministry of external affairs, as a part of its various cultural activities, gives exposure to young upcoming, talented artistes and has been organising cultural programmes every month by cultural groups in this region under its “Horizon Series”.

In the series, this month, the council organised stage performances by Chandigarh School of Drama, Chandigarh, here today at Kosers’ Auditorium, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector-71. The cultural programme was held in collaboration with Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Chandigarh School of Drama presented two short plays titled “Sarpanchni” and “Kavita Da Katal”. The plays have been written and directed by the renowned theatre personality Gursharan Singh. The play “Sarpanchni” was based on the theme of empowerment of women in our society. Similarly, the play “Kavita Da Katal” revolved around a couple.

Artistes Amanpreet Kaur, Sukhvinder Singh, Kulbir Singh, Ikatar and Jarnail Singh did justice to their roles.



Vanishing greens, grills cause for concern
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

A view of the missing grills near the Patiala bus stand.
A view of the missing grills near the Patiala bus stand. — A Tribune photograph

Patiala, November 29
Local residents are sore over the fact that vast green spaces in the city, which, at one time, were pride of this erstwhile princely town, are vanishing rapidly, depriving residents of oxygen and giving them sleepless nights.

The first one to do the disappearing act was the space envisaged for the residents of colonies near the railway station and bus stand. Trees and saplings were planted with much fanfare by the district administration prior to the high-profile Indo-Pakistan Punjab Games held in the city in December 2004.

The place was given a new look with the municipal corporation installing lights making the place a walkers’ paradise. However, three years down the line, the lights have disappeared and the green space has been taken over by taxi drivers.

Many other small green spaces have also disappeared over the years. The other cause of concern is the theft of grills around the parks. Thieves are having a field day and have, over the years, decamped with grills from quite a few areas including the park adjacent to the bus stand and the busy Patiala-Sirhind road. Local MC officials have no idea of where the grills have gone.

Patiala mayor Ajit Pal Singh, when contacted, said the job of maintaining grills was PWD’s and the MC had no role to play in it. However, he added that talks were on with some big firms to hand over the maintenance of parks to them.



Income Boost
MC to levy fee on film shootings in parks
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 29
In order to give a boost to its income, the municipal council has proposed a fee on persons who come for shooting of films, serials and picturisation of songs in the parks owned by the civic body and even at its office building located in Sector 68. The proposal will be discussed by the house at the monthly meeting of the council to be held tomorrow.

There is a proposal to charge Rs 5,000 as fees from persons who shoot in big parks like Rose Garden in Phase 3B1, Bougainvillea Garden in Phase IV, Silvi Park in Phase X , and special parks in Phases II and 3B2 and the council office building. The fee proposed for smaller parks is Rs 2,000.

The council, however, will not allow anybody to take vehicles inside the parks for shootings. Nor will anybody be allowed to damage the parks in any way by digging the area or carrying out any sort of construction. In fact, a security amount will have to be deposited by the interested parties so that any damage to the parks could be compensated for.



Two-wheeler riders get safety tips, gifts
Tribune News Service

A student of Swami Vivekanand School of Management displays a placard during a helmet awareness campaign in Patiala on Thursday.
A student of Swami Vivekanand School of Management displays a placard during a helmet awareness campaign in Patiala on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, November 29
As many as 40 students of Swami Vivekanand School of Management, in association with the Patiala traffic police, conducted a helmet awareness campaign for the public in the city today.

This drive was carried out at two major traffic points in the presence of Sunita Rani, DSP, traffic police, Patiala.

Students were divided into two groups and were trained by the traffic education centre, Patiala, in the morning. Later, they rewarded two-wheeler riders wearing helmets by giving them gifts. Also, people who were without helmets, were educated and handed over pamphlets highlighting the necessity of wearing helmets while driving.

Ashwani Garg, chairman of the institute, said while driving a two-wheeler, one should always wear a helmet. He also said the institute, along with five other branches, was going to start a road safety campaign for the general public.



FIR against secy, EO of MC
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 29
An FIR has been registered against the secretary and former executive officer of municipal council, Ambala Sadar, over a property mutation case.

Mohammad Shayin, deputy commissioner, Ambala, today said an inquiry had been carried out and some irregularities were found.

He said apparently it seemed, the secretary of the municipal council had attempted to carry out the work which vested with the deputy commissioner. He said the mutation case pertained to Sadar region which was part of the excised area.

Shayin said the FIR had been registered under Section 409. “Further investigations are being carried out. Appropriate action will be taken in the matter,” he said.



Badal visits Mattewal in hospital
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today visited Fortis Hospital here to inquire about the health of advocate general H.S. Mattewal.

Mattwel was admitted to the hospital on November 26 with high fever. His condition is said to be much better now.

The Chief Minister stayed for over an hour with Mattewal who is a close friend and confidante of the Badal family. Sukhbir Badal, along with his family, had visited Mattewal yesterday.

When contacted, Mattewal said he was much better now and would be back in office soon.



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