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PHL: A learning platform for youngsters
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
“The starting of European Hockey League on the pattern of Premier Hockey League (PHL) all said about the success of the Indian top league”, said Rehan Butt, one of the best players of Pakistan.

Talking to TNS at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, Rehan said participating in the league was satisfying experience for every player, including foreigners.

“Where the European players learn the Asian techniques here, we, the Asian players, get chance to study their game while rubbing shoulders with them”, said Rehan.

“The holding of PHL just three months before the Olympics qualifiers will give the chance to deserving players to work on their weaknesses”, felt the ace striker.

Butt, who has been representing Maratha Warriors in the fourth edition of the league, expressed his pleasure over the inclusion of more and more younger players comparatively to its last editions.

Terming it a top class platform for the talented budding players, Butt said along with promoting the game, the league had also providing chance to young players to make it into the international level.

“The young blood, who gets chance of rubbing shoulders with the senior and international players here, should learn from the valuable exposure.

During the league matches, where many top IHF officials and members of national selection panel turn up every now and then, the budding players can attract all attentions with their skills.

The players’ here get recognition, social status, besides building the status of the game in the country,” said Butt. Not only the Indian players but the foreign players also look forward to be part of the league, added Rehan.

Rehan has represented at many top class international events, including the Olympics, World Cup and Asian Games.

Rehan has been participating in the league for the third time. Giving tips to younger players, Rehan said only the hard work was the key to success.

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Dhruv Pandove Cricket tourney from Dec 23
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 21
As per schedule the 7th Dhruv Pandove Memorial (under-14) Cricket Tournament organised by the Black Elephant (MES)

Cricket Club will begin from December 23 to 31 in Military Ground, YPS and DMW ground at Patiala, the organising secretary H.S. Arora, stated here today.

Arora said total eight teams divided in two pools are expected to come for this tournament.

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Navneet clinches title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 21
Ajay Yadav of Chandigarh had a mixed fortune in the All-India Tennis Association Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here today. He won the boys under-16 singles final. However, he was beaten in the boys’ under-18 singles title.

After splitting the first two sets, Ajay Yadav dominated and won the deciding set by dropping just one game. Ajay won 6-4, 7-5, 6-1.

Ajay put up a brave fight before losing Navneet Kumar of Uttar Pradesh in the boys under-18 singles final. Navneet was made to fight for every point before prevailing over Yadav.

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Patiala choking on traffic
Density of vehicles increasing 6.75 per cent every year
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 21
Utter mismanagement of vehicular traffic has not only choked Patiala roads but has also become a cause of inconvenience and concern for residents.

As many as 14 out of 17 major traffic lights in the town are out of order and it has made the job of the traffic police even tougher. Besides this, there are hardly any earmarked parking lots along the main roads of the town leading to major traffic chaos.

Traffic situation in the city is so bad that long queues of vehicles have now become a common sight in the city, be it at the Sheranwala Gate, bus stand, railway station, Fuwara Chowk, railway crossing number 20 in Baradari or the road leading to Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib.

Another major reason for traffic snarls besides mismanagement is lack of awareness and traffic sense among the residents.

The apparent lack of interest amongst traffic cops in manning traffic further adds up to traffic woes.

Though barricades can be seen installed at a number of important intersection points of the city but traffic cops are rarely seen at these places.

When contacted, SSP S.K. Asthana said, “I have been asking the civic body to replace or rectify the faulty traffic lights for the past eight months but in vain. It has made traffic management impossible though I have deployed traffic officials at all major points. Similarly, the civic body has not moved an inch on the issue of earmarking of parking lots along arterial roads. We have even offered to manage these lots initially for one or two years,” said Asthana.

The stretch of the road from Rajindra Hospital, winding its way towards Sangrur, has become accident prone owing to high density of vehicular traffic due to a large number of commuters travelling from Chandigarh to Bathinda and Sangrur. “There will be a slight relief from traffic congestion in the city with the completion of the under-construction flyover on railway crossing number 21. As of now, the situation is very troublesome. Traffic police should play a vital role in controlling traffic instead of playing the role of ‘challan police’,” suggested Suresh Kumar, a resident.

A recent survey conducted by New Delhi-based Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) has reportedly ranked Patiala and adjoining Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar, as the worst hit districts in overall road safety and management in Punjab.

The density of vehicles in Patiala, increasing at a whopping 6.75 per cent per year, too, was resulting in traffic jams and accidents, sources in the DTO office revealed.

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Gandhian values even more relevant today: Expert
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 21
Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum chairman Ved Parkash Gupta underlined the “Relevance of Gandhian thoughts in present day society”. While addressing a press conference, Gupta said now that a rot had set in, in different spheres of life, Gandhian thought had become even more relevant. He added that austerity, non-violence and self-reliance propagated by Mahatma Gandhi had been accepted across the globe, while back home, these values were being forgotten.”

Gupta further added that with a view to mobilise public opinion for propagation of Gandhian values, the forum had decided to organise a seminar at Patiala on December 23. He said eminent scholars on Gandhian philosophy Prof M.L. Sharma, chairman, department of Gandhian Studies, Panjab University, and eminent Gandhian philosopher Dr S.S. Goindi would be key speakers.

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