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No takers for Transport Nagar
Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 11
Transport Nagar, which was conceived to rid the town of heavy vehicles, has proved a waste of public money. Though the local improvement trust has spent crores of rupees on setting up infrastructure at Transport Nagar, not even a single transporter has moved into the facility.

The facilities like cemented roads, shops, street lights, glow signs and parking places are covered by elephant grass. Most of the street lights have been stolen or destroyed.

The project was conceived more than a decade back by the trust. Since then crores have been spent on its development by successive administrations without any proper planning. An inquiry into the amount spent on the project in the past 10 years can unearth another scam.

The basic purpose behind setting up the nagar has been defeated as most of the trucks are still parked on roadsides, leading to traffic problems.

The trust executive officer said they had repeatedly written to the district police to force truck operators to park their vehicles in Transport Nagar. He, however, failed to give details of the amount spent on creating the facilities there till date.

Deputy commissioner A.K. Sinha, who is administrator of the trust, said a new scheme was being sent to the government to put the facilities at Transport Nagar into use. A proposal had been mooted to rehabilitate the shopkeepers, who would be displaced due to widening of the Chandigarh-Kiratpur national highway, in Transport Nagar. The local leaders have also supported the move, he claimed.

Dr R.S. Parmar, along with the shopkeepers facing displacement, today met the deputy commissioner.

Later, talking to The Tribune, he said most of the shops in Transport Nagar were unoccupied due to high price fixed by the trust. The trust authorities were demanding a reserve price of Rs 6,000 per square yard for these shops.

At Patiala recently, the shopkeepers displaced due to widening of roads were allotted shops at a price of Rs 1,250 per square yard. "We are demanding shops at concessional rates keeping in view the loss to the displaced shopkeepers. The shopkeepers are willing to pay Rs 3,000 per square yard. We have also submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Chief Minister," he added.



Trust plans to open more educational institutions
Tribune News Service

Banur, January 11
The Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust has embarked upon an ambitious project to start a number of educational institutions in the region. The trust is also planning to set up counselling centres to guide the educated youth for career-oriented education.

Dr A. S. Sekhon, dean of Gian Sagar colleges, stated this and said the trust would set up and run adult education centres and coaching centres for imparting educational skills to the students.

He said the trust was being managed by medical professionals dedicated to undertake human resource development programmes through educational, health and community welfare activities by establishing schools, colleges, hospitals and social welfare centres.

The hospital, as also the college, had been provided with state-of-the-art technology and latest equipment in laboratories and latest audio-visual aids for teaching and training of medical students.

The Gian Sagar Institute now has separate buildings for 350-bedded hospital as well as college for 100 MBBS students as per norms laid down by the Medical Council of India. It has state-of-the-art 11 operation theatres with ultramodern equipment. The anesthesia workstations are hi tech with multi-parameter and hi-tech monitors in all operation theatres and recovery areas with the facilities for all types of endoscopic surgeries.



Employees’ body plans statewide agitation
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
The Punjab State Service Federation has decided to launch a statewide agitation against the Badal government for not implementing employee-friendly policies in the state.

President of the federation and former MP Charanjit Singh Walia said the previous government had initiated several measures to provide relief to the employees working in various government departments, but the SAD-BJP government had stalled all those measures. He said the employees in the state had been struggling for long to get some of their legitimate demands accepted.

Walia added that the government had not implemented all recommendations made by the fifth pay commission so far. He said promotional policy that had been approved by the previous government following a persistent struggle by the employees was yet to be put into practice and the recruitment in government offices on compassionate grounds had not been started.

Walia said the federation would also take up issues such as privatisation of public sector undertakings and filling up of posts lying vacant in the government offices.

Initially, the agitation would be launched at the divisional level and a massive protest would be held in Chandigarh during the budget session in the state assembly, he added.



Car catches fire, two injured
Tribune News Service

Banur, January 11
Two persons sustained serious burn injuries as the car in which they were travelling caught fire on Rajpura-Chandigarh road near Jansal village.

According to information, Parminder Singh, a resident of Bahadurgarh, was going to Zirakpur along with Kamaljit Kaur of Sirhind. Parminder lost control of the vehicle and the car got off the road and hit a tree. The vehicle immediately caught fire due to the gas kit installed in it.

Some passersby reached the spot and managed to pull out both the occupants of the car.

However, by the time they were removed from the burning car, both had received severe burn injuries and were rushed to a local private hospital from where they were referred to Chandigarh, where their condition was reported to be out of danger.

A team of policemen also reached the spot to take stock of the situation and to record the statements of the victims who stated that no one was responsible for the incident.



Spurious ghee seized
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, January 11
Acting on a tip-off, the Rajpura police unearthed a spurious ghee racket allegedly being operated by three persons. The police arrested one person and recovered 90 units of spurious ghee from him.

According to SHO of the city police station Bikramjit Singh, the police had received information that three persons, who owned a food factory in Gwalior, were bringing chemically-treated Dalda ghee into the state and selling it in the packing of pure ghee. He said the three persons were identified as Daljit Singh, a resident of Bathinda, Surinder Singh, a resident of Gwalior and Chander Kumar of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan. He said they had set up a food factory in the name of N.K. Food Products in Gwalior, where they prepared the spurious ghee.

A case has been registered.



Simi Mehra rallies to clinch title
Irina finishes third in DLF Golf Tour
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 11
Simi Mehra, the country's top woman pro, clinched the seventh leg of the DLF Women's Professional Golf Tour as she rallied with a one-under return nine for a three-day tally of nine-over par 225 on the challenging 72-par greens of the Army Environmental Park and Training Area at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi today. Finishing nine strokes behind the leader was Nalini Singh who played a seven-over par 79 today.

Chandigarh's Irina Brar, running fever for the last two days just could not get her putting in order on the last day. She played a very bad front nine as she double-bogeyed the third and dropped strokes on the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth for a seven-over 43. She made amends in the return nine hitting a birdie on the last hole after bogeying the 11th, 13th 15th and 16th for a three-over par 39 and a last day card of 10 over par 82. She finished third at 239, five strokes behind Nalini.

Young Chandigarh pro Saaniya Sharma played even worse. She double bogeyed twice (second and 10th) and bogeyed eight times with a solitary birdie on the 17th for a 11 over par 83 and a total aggregate of 250.

Simi struggled on the front 9 to turn at 5 over 41, which she redeemed with three birdies on the back nine. On the other hand Nalini Singh had an excellent start with birdies on the first three holes but ran into trouble making one triple bogey and one double bogey.

Although AEPTA is a short course it provides tough golfing conditions on acount of the numerous trees at strategic positions which calls for excellent course management.

Irina said she was playing well, but the the cold and fever kept her from playing her best.

Now Irina and Simi Mehra will leave for South Africa to play in the World Cup at the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City for a prize purse of $ 12 lakh.

The final results: Simi Mehra 71+78+76=225, Nalini Singh 75+80+79=234, Irina Brar 81+76+82=239, Shalini Malik 88+76+84=248, Saaniya Sharma 81+86+83=250, Nonital Lal Qureshi 85+89+84=258, Preetinder Kaur 91+90+86=267.

Class-B Professionals: Reena Singh 82+85=90=257, Pallavi Jain 91+81+93=265.



Vijayant secures berth in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Maintaining his winning spree, local lad Vijayant Malik showed the doors to second seeded Joachim Sternbach from France 6-2, 6-4, in the boys’ singles in semifinal of the Chandigarh ITF Junior (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament being organised at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Now the fourth seed will face ninth seed Lewis Barnes of Great Britain, who beat his country-mate James Richardson 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the second semifinal. Lewis Barnes has showed his brilliance by upsetting the top seed Vikram Reddy of India 7-5, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.

On the other hand Malik, who is ranked 208th, broke his rival in the fourth (3-1) and eighth games (6-2) in the first set.

In the second set, he again took a lead of 3-0 when Joachim came back in the game by making 2-3. But exchanging two points each, Malik broke his rival in the 10th game to win the set 6-4.

In the well-contested second semifinals, Lewis Barnes lost the first set to James at 4-6. Richardson again took lead of 3-0 when Barnes bounced back to win the set at 6-4.

In the deciding set, Lewis did not give any chance to his opponent and showed him the doors winning the set at 6-1.

As the Indian challenge ended in the girls singles, the girls final will be between top seed and 152nd ranked Nicha Lertpiraksinc of Thailand and second seeded and 171th ranked Anna Rapoport of Russia. The Indian challenge was snuffed out in the semi-finals. Nicha Lertpiraksinc proved too good for 10th seed Rishika Sunkara (India) 6-1, 6-1 and Anna Rapoport defeated fifth seed Indian Tanvi Shah 6-2, 6-4.

In the girls u-18 singles, top seeded Nicha Lertpiraksinc and second seeded Anna Rapoport played up to expectations and set up a title clash here by ending the journey of their opponents in semifinals.

Nicha got the better of Rishika Sunkara of India 6-1, 6-1, in the first semifinal while Anna Rapoport ended the challenge of Tanvi Shah from India 6-2, 6-4, to reserve her final berth. Results: Boys u-18 singles (semifinals): Lewis Barnes (GBR) b James Richardson (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, Vijayant Malik (Ind) b Joachim Sternbach (Fra) 6-2, 6-4.

Quarterfinals: Lewis Barnes (GBR) b B. Vikram Reddy (Ind) 7-5, 6-2, James Richardson (GBR) b Sudanwa Sitaram (Ind) 6-3, 6-0, Vijayant Malik (Ind) b Christopher Marquis (Ind) 6-2, 6-0, Joachim Sternbach (Fra) b Roman Piftor (Uzb) 6-0, 6-1. Girls u-18 singles-(semi-finals): Nicha Lertpiraksinc (Tha) b Rishika Sunkara (Ind) 6-1, 6-1, Anna Rapoport (Rus) b Tanvi Shah (Ind) 6-2, 6-4. Quarterfinals: Nicha Lertpiraksinc (Tha) b Anastasiya Prenko (Tkm) 6-2, 6-1, Rishika Sunkara (Ind) b Margrita Lazareva (Rus) 6-1, 6-2, Tanvi Shah (Ind) b Satiaporn Mahajaroenkul (Tha) 6-2, 6-0, Anna Rapoport (Rus) b Ashvarya Shrivastava (Ind) 6-3, 6-1



Amit’s 96 runs propel SGGS to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
A winning innings of 96 by Amit Prashar helped Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, hand over an eight-wicket drubbing to PU Campus in the Inter-College Limited Overs Cricket Tournament for the Administrator's Cup. The tournament is being conducted by the Chandigarh Sports Department on the Panjab University Campus here today.

Chasing a total of 168 for victory, SGGS College made 170 for the loss of just two wickets in 26.4 overs. Openers Amit Prashar and Anupam Gambhir put their college on the road to victory by realising 87 runs before Gambhir was caught by Gauhar of the bowling of Shahnawaz for 34 which contained six fours.

Mandeep Singla joined Prashar and they took the total to 153, with a valuable 66-run partnership for the second wicket. Prashar slammed 14 boundaries and one six. Mandeep (30, 3x4s) and Saurav Kumar (1) remained not out.

Earlier, SGGS College won the toss and elected to bat. PU Campus scored 167 for 9 in 35 overs. They suffered their blow as opener Gaurav Gupta (4) returned to the pavilion at 7. Gauhar Pruthi (43, 4x4s) and Sarpinder (23) added 84 runs for the second wicket. After the fall of Sarpinder's wicket, PU Campus was losing wickets at regular intervals. Raghav Sharma (37) and Manjot (19) were their other principal scorers. Campus lost last six wickets for just 42 runs.

Samandeep was the wrecker-in-chief of PU Campus innings as he captured four wickets for 42 runs. Gaurav got 2 for 32.



ITF meet a learning ground, feel players
Mandeep Puri

Chandigarh, January 11
Events like International Tennis Federation (ITF) Juniors Tennis Tournament attract talent from across the world and are a platform for players to meet and learn from various nationalities, feel city-based tennis player Vijayant and Vickram Reddy from Hyderabad, who are playing in the tournament at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association, Sector 10.

Vijayant, who played in the Future Cup and won Asian Juniors (Grade 3 and 4), says: “The ITF gives a lot of exposure and experience to players. Moreover, such tournaments give the player a chance to play in the international circuit.”

Vijayant says: “By doing well in such a tournament, one can carve a niche for themselves at internationally.”

Reddy, who played the ITF in Thailand and won grade-4 ITF championship held in Hyderabad in 2007, says: “The tournament gives us a chance to get a hang of the technique of foreign players. They have totally different techniques and skills and this is a great place to get acquainted with these.”

Reddy adds: “I am here to gain experience and am aiming for the Future Cup and Men Tournament to take place in Europe.”



Cycling meet from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association will organise Chandigarh Cycling Championship on January 12 and 13 at Punjab Engineering College grounds here.

Events in different categories, including senior, junior and sub-junior, in boys and girls sections will be held in road race and mountain bike disciplines during the championship.

Interested cyclists can contact Rakesh Mohindra (09815718182) or Sawinder Singh (09876607961) with date of birth certificate in original for participation in junior and sub-junior categories.



Skating trials on Jan 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
The National Roller Skating Championship for the year 2007-08 will be held at Vishakhapatnam from January 28, 2008, to January 31, 2008. A meeting was held on January 8 and decided to send the team for the above said championship.

Trials to select the teams for boys and girls will be conducted in the Skating Rink of KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7-B.

The skaters appearing for trials should report at the Skating Rink of KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, at 3:00 pm on January 15, 2008.



Rowing championship on Jan 19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
The Chandigarh State Senior Rowing Men and Women Championship will be held on the January 19, 2008, at 8:30 am, at Lake Club.

The championship will be held for the following categories: Single Skull, 1x (Open Men and Women), Single Skull, 1x(Open Men and Women, Light weight), Double Skull, 2x(Open Men and Women),

Double Skull, 2x(Open Men and Women, Light Weight), Coxless fours, 4(Open Men and Women).

Last date for the entries is, January 18, till 6 pm.



Referee appointed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
City lecturer, Dr. Vipnesh Bhardwaj of SD College, Sector 32, has been nominated as Arbiter cum referee of the 6th International Open chess Championship being organised by Delhi State Chess Association.



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