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School on Park Land
MC chief in line of fire
Posters lay bare truth behind the project
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, January 19
Less than a day before MP Praneet Kaur is to inaugurate Guru Harjkrishan Public School in the township tomorrow, the legitimacy of the school project became the focus of public attention. In the line of fire was none other than municipal council chief Amrit Pal Singh.

Residents of the township woke up to an unusual sight with posters on virtually every wall laying bare what the anonymous author of the poster called the “past and future” of the project.

The content of the poster revealed that the land on which the school was constructed, belonged to the Dera Bassi municipal council and was a park called the Railway Line Park. The poster states, “2.5 acres of this park was allotted to an educational society based in Ambala Cantonment on lease in 1990 for a measly amount of Rs 500 per month. The park land could not have been leased for a school site.”

The contents of the poster further allege that the council chief is the vice-president of the educational society and had presented a wrong picture to the courts.

MC chief Amritpal Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. However, he had reportedly told some media persons that the contents of the poster were totally incorrect and fabricated.

He added that he had contacted the police to find who was responsible for the act. He said it was an attempt to defame him.



Sikhs abroad not united, says Canadian MP
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 19
Canadian MP Gurbax Malhi has rued that the Sikhs abroad, particularly in Canada, were not united hence community work was being hampered. Malhi was speaking at a function organised at Phagganmajra village-based Bhai Gurdas Nursing Institute on Friday. He was accompanied by institute chairman Baldev Singh Balluana.

“The problem is that Sikhs in India as well as abroad are not putting up a united force. Even in Canada there are so many groups of Sikhs and this is hampering the development of the community. Community works can be undertaken in an effective manner only if people are united,” said Malhi. He also expressed concern over rising indulgence of Sikh youths in drug trade in Canada.

Talking about future of nursing students and Indian nurses in Canada, Malhi said there was much more scope for them in the US. “Actually, a large number of Canadian nurses are going jobless and on the other hand, there are ample employment opportunities awaiting them in the US,” said Malhi.

Balluana who honoured Malhi along with other staff members of the institute, said it was a matter of pride for the institute students that a “son of the soil” was among them. “Malhi has done a lot of work in Canada for Punjabis and he can act as a role model for our students,” said Balluana.



Artiste needs financial help
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 19
The Punjab Theatre Forum, including the NTAS, the Patiala Art Theatre, the Progressive Dramatic Club, the Kala Kriti and the city’s art and literary personalities have pleaded for providing financial help for the treatment of Punjabi dramatist Ajmer Singh Aulakh, a Shiromani Sahitkar awardee.

At a meeting, the local artistes and founder member of the Punjab State Cultural Affairs Advisory Board Pran Sabharwal fervently appealed to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for a grant from his discretionary quota for Aulakh’s treatment.

Patiala divisional commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia, who is also president of the Patiala Kala Parishad, assured them immediate help to Aulakh.



Tribune Impact
Power supply to streetlights restored
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 19
Power supply to streetlights and a water tubewell of the Bassi Pathana municipal council that was disconnected due to non-payment of pending electricity bills, has been restored after the issue was highlighted in the columns of The Tribune yesterday.

Talking to The Tribune council president Sunita Malhotra said the PSEB officials approached them and restored the power supply. She said MLA Didar Singh Bhatti and senior SAD (B) leader of the area Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli had assured them to take up the matter with higher officials and also promised to get grant from the government.



Bhaniarawala appears in court
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 19
Baba Bhaniarawala appeared in the court of CJM here today. As many as six cases are pending against the baba in this court. The statement of a prosecution witness was recorded.

During the last regime of the Akali government, the baba was charged for hurting the religious sentiments of a community and several cases were registered against him. Later, on the direction of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the cases were transferred to Ambala. The next hearing has been fixed for March 23.



Rahul, Abhishek to clash in Indian Open golf final
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 19
Seventeen-year-old Rahul Bakshi of Chandigarh overcame the last of the visitors' challenge as he clinched a 3 & 2 win over Malaysian Mohammad Arie to set up a title clash with Bangalore's Abhishek Jha in the 107th LG Indian Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Manav Das of Ambala who put up a good fight in the front nine virtually caved in with four bogeys on the return nine to go down 3 & 4 to Abhishek Jha.

Rahul could not have asked for a better start on the amateur circuit as he bids goodbye to the junior circuit eight months later. His victory over Arie was also sort of a preparatory match as he will be flying off to Malaysia on Sunday to take part in the Asian Junior Championship.

Rahul teed off in cold conditions. But a birdie on the second and fourth, followed by a birdie seemed to warm things up as he sat comfortably 4-up by the eighth hole. But Arie fought back with a par on the ninth after being in the jungle on the left.

On the par-3 11th hole Rahul's tee shot back-kicked and climbed the green from where he made a par. Arie missed a small par putt to give Rahul a 4-up lead. On the par-3 14th hole Arie sank an incredible 15-footer for a birdie against Rahul's par to reduce the lead.

However, with the next two holes being halved, the players did the customary handshake on the 16th hole itself.

"I think the first eight holes proved crucial as I won four holes. That gave me the confidence and enough lead. I just had to sustain and defend the lead rather than be greedy to finish the match early," said the former St. John's student who is now studying at Sanjay Public School.

The other match which pitched the young Abhishek Jha who has already two wins on the LG Indian Amateur Golf Tour and the man-in-form Manav Das a three-time winner on the Tour this season. It was Das who called the first shots when Jha made a bogey on the opening hole after a bad shot off the tee. Unlike the first semifinal which saw many birdies and pars being made, the issues were settled with pars and bogeys as Jha levelled the score on the par-3 third and went 1-up ahead on the sixth. Finally on the par-3 eighth, Das made a birdie to equalise. Jha, in a reminiscent of his quarterfinal heroics, parred the par-4 ninth after he did not have any shot on his second and had to play left-handed to chip-out on the fairway. His third shot landed just a couple of feet from the pin.

With the scores level after the first nine, it seemed the match actually began from the 10th. Both the players were consistent - Jha in making pars and Das in making bogeys! While Jha made six pars in a row, Das made four bogeys in six holes to give Jha an unbeatable 4-up lead by the 15th where the lanky Jha saved an amazing par.

Results (Seminfinal): 4-Rahul Bakshi bt 32-Mohd. Arie (Malaysia) 3 &2; 14-Abhishek Jha bt 42-Manav Das 4 & 3. Final on Sunday (36 holes): 4-Rahul Bakshi Vs. 14-Abhishek Jha 7.30 am.



Laxman best rower
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Laxman Singh won the top honours in the men’s single scull event in the Chandigarh State Senior Rowing Championships for men and women at the Lake Club here today.

Sarger Vijay clinched silver medal while Jagmeet Singh bagged bronze medal in the event.

The races were conducted by the Chandigarh Rowing Association on 2,000 m long watercourse as per the FISA/RFI rules.

Other results

Men’s single scull (1x) (2000 m): 1 Laxman Singh, 2 Sarger Vijay, 3 Jagmeet Singh; double scull (2x) (2000 m): 1 Laxman Singh and Vikinder Kumar, 2 Sarger Vijay and Rajinder Singh; coxless pairs (2-) (2000 m): 1 Mangal Singh and Manjit Singh, 2 Shinder Pal and Tarsem Singh, 3 Khakar J.V. and Majer Singh; coxless fours (4-) (2000 m): 1 Khanker J.V., Majer Singh, Sarfraze Ahmed and Nitin Gandhe, 2 Mangal Singh, Manjit Singh, Shinder Pal Singh and Tarsem Singh, 3 Kulwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Harpal Singh and Sarger Vijay; women’s single scull (1x) (2000 m): 1 Bimal Kumari, 2 Mandeep Kaur, 3 Priya Darsani; double scull (2x) (2000 m): 1 Priya Darsani and Bimal Kumari, 2 Mandeep Kaur and Bimal; coxless pairs (2-) (2000 m): 1 Kalpana Redhu and Monica Chahal; coxless fours (4-) (2000 m): 1 Ramandeep Kaur, Jeen Pal Kaur, Kiran Jeet Kaur and Neeraj.



Speaking Out
Team India vindicated

It was the much-needed win for the country to save its honour. Everyone knows very well what happened during the Sydney Test. So only a win in the Perth Test could show the world that all the protests by our team were genuine and we were in a winning position that time also.

— Manu Bhardwaj, former Ranji player

The moment, for which every Indian was waiting anxiously, has come. It was our team under Saurav Ganguly’s leadership, which halted the Australian juggernaut after 16 Test wins in 2000-01. Again we shattered the Australian dreams of breaking their own world record of 16 Test wins. The joy cannot be explained in words.

— BK Sanghi, a businessman

Beating the world champions on one of the fastest pitches is the most difficult task and we have done it successfully. The success becomes more significant after the farce in Sydney. This win has exposed the nasty tactics of Australia during the second Test.

— Dr Jatinder

I am very excited at this historic victory. The Indians fought back very well after the controversial Sydney test. The players played unitedly and proved that the game, played with the right spirit, always pays. Now we have become the first subcontinental team, which won the Test against Australia in Perth.

— Saurabh Sharma, a student



Dodgeball trials tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
The Dodgeball Association of Chandigarh will conduct trials to select boys and girls teams on January 21 at Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, at 3 pm.

The players, born on or after February 4, 1990, are eligible to participate. Interested players should contact Inderjit Singh Puri, lecturer in physical education, on the school premises.

Selected players will participate in the 2nd Junior National Dodgeball Championship to be held at Sports Complex, Sector 7-B, from February 1 to 3 under the aegis of the Dodgeball Federation of India.



Haryana, Punjab in finals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
The Haryana and Punjab teams reached in the finals in the ongoing Women Open Baseball Championship at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.

The losers in the semifinals were local teams as Haryana beat 9 Famous Club by 8-4 whereas Punjab defeated Chandigarh team by 4-2.

Savita Sandhu and Sonia Malik, the main scorers, played a pivotal role in Haryana’s win.

For Punjab Rimpy was the main scorer.

The final between Punjab and Haryana will be played at 10.30 am tomorrow at the same venue.



Robbery at Gunpoint
Panchkula police had information
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 19
The working of the local police came under scanner after the Rs 5 lakh robbery in the Industrial Area here yesterday. Despite getting crucial leads about the robbery in the township well in advance from its intelligence wing, the Panchkula police could not thwart the incident.

Three unidentified persons looted a cashier of Berkely Automobiles at gunpoint when he was on his way to deposit the money at a bank in Sector 11.

Sources said the district police had prior information that the miscreants had planned to commit the crime and could target the visitors at some bank in the town. Thus, policemen were deployed at the banks to thwart any attempt by the miscreants.

The criminals on the other hand, acting smart, trapped their victims on their doorstep itself when they were on the way to the bank.

Interestingly, an employee of a flourmill was also robbed in the same area in the same manner on November 30.

Panchkula SP Sandip Khirwar said the criminals targeted the victim at a place from where they could flee to adjoining Baltana in Punjab.

The SP, however, refused to comment on any information about the criminals.

“We have some leads in our hand but nothing can be revealed at the moment,” said Khirwar, adding that studying the modus operandi and description of criminals as narrated by the victims, it was observed that the same gang was involved in both the crimes.



Trader kills himself, wife blamed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
A resident of Sector 28 committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan here today. Rajat Garg, 26, was a rice merchant and used to run a shop Natraj Traders in Grain Market, Sector 26. His wife Jyoti Grag has been booked for charges of abetment to suicide as a suicide note recovered from his room mentioned her to be responsible for the death.

Rajat used to stay in Sector 28 with his mother Krishna and wife. He took the extreme step when both his mother and wife had gone to attend a marriage in Jagadhri. The suicide note mentions that Rajat was fed up with strained relations with his wife, who always degraded him in society.



Couple arrested for forgery
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 19
The local police today arrested a couple for allegedly cheating banks by forging documents and getting loans sanctioned for cars.

According to Mataur SHO Harsimranjit Bal, Harpreet Kaur and her husband Manzoor Ali, residents of Sector 70, bought a Scorpio car allegedly by giving forged documents to the bank.

“Their nephew Zarif Ahmed Khan was also involved. The couple were trying to buy another car like this and were preparing more such documents,” said the SHO. The couple gave wrong names and addresses to the bank in the papers. The two are in police remand for a day. Their nephew is, however, absconding.



Motorcycle stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Atul Guleria of Highland Cooperative Society, Zirakpur (Baltana), has reported to the local police that someone has stolen his Pulsar motorcycle (CH 03 Z 1826) from the parking lot of the Sector 26 market yesterday.

A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.



Assailants smash car outside home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 19
Unidentified assailants smashed an Accent car, parked outside a house in Sector 21 here today. The incident occurred at 3 am in the morning when the assailants came in their car and pelted stones at the Accent car, which belonged to Omkar Singh. The group fled before the residents rushed outside.

SHO, Sector 19 police station, reached there and a case was registered.



Musical tribute to Talat Mehmood
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, January 19
The larger than life image of legendary maestro Talat Mehmood conjured up in the minds of the intrusive audience as Pracheen Kala Kendra presented its first ever special concert of light music "Ek Shaam Talat Mehmood Ke Naam" at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

After S.K. Monga (IAS) and kendra director M.L. Koser lighted the sacred lamp, versatile singer Naresh Jacob, attired in spotless whites, took the centre stage.

Commencing with a mundane rendition of "Hai sabse madhur wo geet", Naresh modulated his voice to follow closely the soulful serenity of Talat in "Jalte hain jiske liye" as also in "Raat ne kya kya khwab dikhaye".

Accompanied by an array of accomplished musicians like Vevel Sharma (flute), Gautam Dhar (tabla), Surinder (guitar) and Nayak brothers, Jacob displayed a commanding confidence with sur laya and tal sometimes losing grip on emotions. He doled out many more melodious but complex compositions immortalised by Talat which depicted various moods.

On demand, Jacob, pairing with Shruti and M.L. Singla, concluded the programme with "Aye mere dil kahin aur chal" amidst applause. Kendra director M.L. Koser honoured the artistes.



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