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Protest rally by Karamchari Dal
Tribune News Service

Members of the Punjab State Karamchari Dal sit on a dharna in support of their demands in Patiala on Wednesday.
Members of the Punjab State Karamchari Dal sit on a dharna in support of their demands in Patiala on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Patiala, January 30
A massive protest rally by the Punjab State Karamchari Dal was held in front of the office of the chief engineer, water supply and sanitation, here today. The gathering spilled onto the busy Mall Road, disrupting traffic.

Addressing the gathering, union leader Hari Singh Tohra said the government was not listening to the voice of the employees and various demands raised by them over the past few years were still unfulfilled. He said the government had promised that employees living in cities with a population of more than 50,000 would be given house rent allowance. However, till now no house rent allowance, which was fixed at the rate of five per cent of the basic pay, was given to the employees despite repeated assurances.

Tohra added that on May 12, 2002 the Punjab government had issued orders not to fill up the vacancies of employees who had died in service due to which thousands of posts fell vacant. He said the present SAD-BJP regime had promised to fill up these posts, but even this had turned out to be a hollow promise.

He demanded that the government should fill up these posts immediately as this would give jobs to 42,000 unemployed youth. He also added the despite various assurances there was no pay commission till now which was proving to be detrimental to the interests of the employees.

Union leaders Kulbeer Singh Saidkheri (Patiala), Gian Singh (Samana) were among those present.



Fraud charges rock MC meeting
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

A councillor counts the boxes of the controversial sodium lamps at MC office in Ambala on Wednesday.
A councillor counts the boxes of the controversial sodium lamps at MC office in Ambala on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Ambala, January 30
Charges of several frauds committed by the MC officials today rocked the meeting of the municipal councillors, who demanded a vigilance probe into the alleged discrepancies.

Councillors of the local body stated that the MC officials had recently held an auction to sell the material that had been disposed off by the MC. The councillors stated that the officials had violated all the rules and regulations of the civic body as the auction was held without giving any prior notice to the councillors. They stated that it seems that the officials had embezzled over Rs 10 lakh in the auction. MC president Neelam Sharma and some other councillors also admitted that the matter had not been brought to their notice by the officials.

Besides, the councillors also raised the issue of purchase of insecticides by the MC officials. The councillors stated that the MC had purchased 2 tonnes of insecticide. Though, the market price of the insecticide was Rs 13 per kg, but the officials bought it for Rs 45 per kg.

The councillors also registered their protest against the purchase of sodium lamps by the local body. The councillors said that 62 sodium lamps that had been shown to be bought from a branded company were in reality a country made product. They said the payments of the lamps had been made accordingly and it appeared that the officials had misappropriated with the funds meant for the purchase of these sodium lamps. Following this, one of the sodium lamps was taken into custody by the councillors, who said they would ascertain the genuineness of the lamps from the company itself.

The councillors stated that a vigilance inquiry should immediately be ordered to bring the facts to light. The executive office of the MC had been arrested by the vigilance bureau on corruption charges two days back.



MC Poll
Revision of electoral rolls ends
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 30
As the deadline for the revision of electoral rolls for the council elections ended yesterday, the town witnessed hectic political activity.

Sitting councillors as well as aspirants took keen interest the preparation of the electoral rolls. Heavy rush was witnessed in the office of SDM where the work was going on.

The aspirants are not taking any chance and keeping a close watch on the electoral rolls in their respective wards.

This time aspirants seem to be more active than the sitting councillors. They have already started with their door-to-door campaigns.

Interestingly, a majority of the candidates are not keen on contesting the elections on any party symbol rather they contesting independently. However, some of them are looking towards the ruling party MLA Didar Singh Bhatti to open his cards.

The SAD (B)-BJP combine has three strong sub-groups led by MLA Bhatti, former minister Randhir Singh Cheema and senior SAD (B) leader Rajeshpal Singh Lalli. It remains to be seen how these three groups manage to choose common candidates.

Similarly, the candidates with Congress background are shying away from taking party ticket, as the party is in opposition. Moreover, it does not even have any influential leader except former minister Dr Harbans Lal.

The outcome of the council elections will mainly depend on how the ruling combine manages to field its common candidates amid pressure from various groups.



Ambala Club cancels auction of shops
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 30
The Ambala Club, built on the municipal council land, has canceled the auction of 44 shops and a swimming pool today following the order of the director, Haryana Local Bodies. The club had decided to give the shops on rent to enhance its income.

Secretary of club Amit Jain said here today that since executive officer of the council was not available, the auction was canceled. He said a fresh date for this purpose would be finalised soon.

He said he had received a letter from the director of the local bodies in which he had raised several objections.

He said in 1999, the then deputy commissioner and president of club Ram Niwas had advised the club to construct shops on the club premises. Ten shops were constructed by while remaining 14 were pending.

He said the director stated in the letter that the MC land was being sold, which was not the case as the shops were to be given on rent.



City boy clinches IGU golf title
Gets fourth all-India ranking in under-11

Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 30
Feroz Singh Garewal is barely 10. But this Class V student of St Kabir School has already made a mark for himself on the Indian golf circuit. He clinched the under-11 title in the Yatinder Memorial All-India Junior/Sub junior Golf Championship of the IGU at Jaipur defeating his nearest rival by a big margin of 18 strokes to occupy the fourth all-India ranking in category ‘D’.

His performance was all the more impressive as he was on the brink of playing a par card on the second day. But then a double bogey on the last hole stole that thunder from the 10-year-old who plays with a handicap of 12.

Playing on the par-70 greens of Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur, Feroz started with a seven-over par 79. But the next day the young golfer was a picture of confidence as he sunk three birdies and played 11 pars. A share of three bogeys saw him standing with a par game after the 17th hole. All eyes were on this golf prodigy from Chandigarh. But this is where he faltered giving away two strokes to finish with a second round card of two over par 74. A repeat of the opening day's card of 79 on the third and final day saw him finish with a three-day aggregate of 230.

His day two score of two over par 74 was his best and the margin of victory in Jaipur was an overwhelming 18 strokes.

Rahul was back on the greens of the CGA Golf Range under the watchful eyes of the country's renowned coach Jesse Grewal. He was getting lessons on the short game and putting. Close by was hit doting mother Sandip Garewal. Rahul took to golf in 2006 when he was a student of Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana. His interest in the game saw the family shift base to Chandigarh in September 2007. After being ranked 28th in the first IGU outing in Delhi, he improved it to 18th rank in 2006 end. But with regular coaching after school, Feroz really picked up the game. His ranking improved to sixth and after the Jaipur win he was placed fourth.

Jesse is happy at the way Feroz is shaping. "He has got determination and always wants to keep going", said the coach. Now the stress will be on his fitness which will hold him in good stead in the days to come. The coach is also laying stress on his short game and putting. During his fortnight visits from Ludhiana stress was on the long game technique. A change in grip is also on the cards. Feroz plays the full 18 holes with his father during the weekends when Ravibir Singh Garewal gets time off from his business meetings. "And I beat him most of the times", says an elated 10-year-old who turns 11 on May 31 next.



AITA Championship
City eves make it to semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Haryana player Sunny Dahiya ended the challenge of top seeded local player Pankaj Kumar 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, in the boys’ under-14 quarterfinals singles of AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament at Lake Club courts, here today.

Another Chandigarh lad Digvijay S. Naruka continued his winning spree as he defeated A. Nikhit Prasad of Andhra Pradesh 3-6, 7-6 (6) and 6-0. After losing first set Naruka held his nerves and fought back to win the next set 7-6(6). But in the deciding set, Naruka did not give any chance to his rival and broke all his serves to reserve semifinal berth in the same category.

In girls’ u-14 quarter-final match, local girl Bhavika Wadhawan lost to Eetee Mehta of Gujarat in straight sets 2-6, 2-6, while Chandigarh’s Harnoor K. Mann and Ravnoor Kaur moved into semifinals in under-16 girls’ singles.

Harnoor beat Delhi’s Megha Sehrawat 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, whereas Ravnoor got the better of Jaspreet Kaur of Punjab 6-4, 6-4.

Today’s results: Boys’ u-14 Quarter Final (Singles): Sunny Dahiya (Har) b Pankaj Kumar (Chd) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, Digvijay S. Naruka (Chd) b A. Nikhit Prasad (AP) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0, Vilash Khate (Nta) b Manish Kumar (Dli) 6-2, 6-3, Kamal Kishore (Raj) b Sushanta Mohanti (Nta) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4).

Girls’ u-14 Quarter Finals: Likhita Shetty (Kar) b Megha Sehrawat (Dli.) 6-2, 6-2, Rimpledeep Kaur (Pb.) b Sabatini Ankaraju 6-6, 7-5, 6-3, Simran Kaur Sethi (Dli.) b Rajbir Kaur(Pb.) 6-3, 6-2, Eetee Mehta (Guj) b Bhavika Wadhawan (Chd.) 6-2, 6-2.

Girls’ u-16 Quarter Finals: Eetee Mehta (Guj) bt Pooja A. Narayana (Del.) 6-4, 6-2, Harnoor K. Mann (Chd.) b Megha Sehrawat (Dli) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, Ravnoor Kaur (Chd.) b Jaspreet Kaur (Pb.) 6-4, 6-4, Baljinder Kaur (Har) b Sandeep K. Saran (Pb.) 6-0, 6-3.

Boys’ u-16 Quarter Finals (Singles): Navneet Kumar (Up) b Rishabh Dev (Pb) 6-2, 6-4, Naveen Shankar (Chd) b Pankaj Kumar (Chd) 6-1, 6-2, Gurinder Singh (Pb) b Ajay Yadav (Chd) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, Maninder Singh (Har) b Digvijay S. Naruka (Chd) 6-4, 6-1.

Boys’ u-14 Quarter Final (Doubles): Ayush Mintri (Pb)/ Jatinder Singh (Chd) b Dheer Anush S. Bhatti (Chd)/ Ranjeet Singh (Chd) 6-4, 6-7(2), 10-4, Nischay Rawal/Pankaj Kumar b Shashank/Manish Drall 6-3, 6-0, Amit Bzad/Rishab Dev b Nikhit Prasad/ B.Sai Reddy 6-3, 6-2.

Girls’ u-16 (Doubles): Bhavika/Ravnoor b Harnoor/ Prabhamrit 6-1, 6-3, Ektesh/Pooja b Nehal/ Likhita Shetty 6-1, 6-3, Baljinder/Sabatini b Jaspreet/ Shreya Malhotra 6-4, 3-6, 10-8, Vaibhavi/Eetee Mehta b Megha Sherawat/ Simran 6-2, 6-2.



Annual athletics meet held at GGSCW-26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Veena, a student of BA (II) clinched the Best Athlete (Sports) award while Best Athlete (non-sports) went to Dipia in the two-day 23rd Annual Athletic Meet of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, concluded at the college grounds, here today.

Besides the athletic events, including long jump, high jump, discuss throw, javelin throw and different races, many fun-filled activities like three-legged race and chatti race were also held.

Naval Kishore, director of Sports (Panjab University) was the chief guest while Gurdev Singh Brar, president of Sikh Educational Society gave away the prizes to the winners.

The results: Best march past: B.Com, tug-of-war: B.Com. (Sports students) long jump: 1 Raman, 2 Nisha, 3 Veena, high jump: 1 Veena, 2 Rajwinder, 3 Anita, discus throw: 1 Nisha, 2 Veena, 3 Rajwinder. javelin throw: 1 Nirmla, 2 Veena, 3 Rajwinder. 100 m race: 1 Veena, 2 Nisha, 3 Babita, 400 m race: 1 Keki, 2 Veena, 3 Nishu, 4X50 relay race: 1 Veena, Nirmala, Nisha, Anita, 2 Raman, Rajwinder, Mandeep, Sunita, 3 Amandeep, Gagan, Anita and Priyanka. (Non-sports student), long jump: 1 Sukhwinder, 2 Vedananda, 3 Dipia, javelin throw: 1 Dinavati, 2 Sejal, 3 Arshveer, 100 m race: 1 Dipia, 2 Parwinder, 3 Charupriya, 400 m race: 1 Parvinder, 2 Sukhpreet, 3 Gyaneshwari, 4X50 relay race: 1 Sukhpreet, Arshvir, Charu, Manpreet, 2 Priya, Dinavati, Lorensargi, Jyoti, 3 Aarti, Gagandeep, Priyanka, Shruti. 4X200 relay race: 1 Sonal, Koral, Sukriti, Amardeep, 2 Divya, Dipia, Dinavati, Priya, 3 Charu, Sukhpreet, Manpreet and Arshvir. Recreational games: Three-legged race: 1 Rajwinder and Ranjna, 2 Leela and Manpreet, 3 Nisha and Shilpa, slow cycling: 1 Manpreet, 2 Kiran, 3 Dipia.

Chhati race: 1 Rajwinder, 2 Rajwinder, 3 Nirmala.



22 selected for football tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Twentytwo students have been selected by the Chandigarh Football Association, including two officials, to participate in the under-21 National Football Championship to be held in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) from February 1.

The team: Jasmeet Singh, Abhi Nandan, Suraj Bhagi, Man Singh (captain), Manpreet Singh, Jatin Sharma, Mukut, Jagroop Singh, Kamal, Manoj, Majid Hussain, Yadvinder Singh, Tejinder Singh, Ashitosh, Rahul, Sunny, Manjeet Singh, Puran Chand, Yogesh and Chani Sohal. Coach: Jasmeet Singh. Manager: Ajay Pal Singh.



Cricket trials on Feb 2
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 30
The Association for Twenty20 Cricket, Punjab, will be conducting trails to select probables for the forthcoming 1st under-19 National Twenty20 Cricket Championship, on February 2 at 11.30 am at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, here.

The nationals will be held at Hyderabad from February 18 to 22. According to Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, president of ATC Punjab, a camp will be held for probables from where the final team will be selected on the basis of players’ performance.



List of probables released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Twentyfour probables have been selected by the Chandigarh Football Association for the coaching camp to prepare womens’ team for Senior National Women Football Championship to be held in Kolkata from February 23.

The selected girls will attend a coaching camp from February 6.



Two held for robbing man
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Gurmeet Singh and Ranvir Singh were arrested today for their alleged involvement in a robbery that took place on January 27 night. The two were arrested for robbing a city resident of Rs 2,600.

Simerjit Singh, a resident of Sector 38-A, who works in a catering company, was on his way home when the fuel in his scooter exhausted near the Sectors 40,41,55,56 roundabout. Two persons on a motorcycle (CH03-U-5212) came to him and posing as police personnel, frisked him. The two then fled with the purse containing the amount. A case under Sections 392, 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

The police nabbed the two by laying a barricade near Maloya today. The accused are in early 30s and the police is investigating whether they are part of a gang that operates in the city during nights following this modus operandi.



19-yr-old girl hangs herself
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 30
A 19-year-old girl was committed suicide at her home here today. The deceased, identified as Archana, a resident of 332, Industrial Area Phase I, was employed at a shoe factory in the Industrial Area.

Father of the deceased Santosh Lal, who is employed at the adjoining factory as watchman, said his daughter had not been feeling well for the past few days. Today she did not go to the work and when nobody was at home she hanged herself from the ceiling using a cloth, said the parents of Archana.

The police has registered a case under Section 174 IPC.



Indian art and culture losing sheen: Expert
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 30
“Nourished by the eternal flow of enriching nuances of art and culture, from the times immemorial, the Indian civilization have been reigning supreme and leading the whole world in their quest of spiritual realisation and social behaviour and worldly pursuits ”, said eminent art historian and iconographist Dr D.C. Bhattacharya.

He was former chairperson of the department of fine arts, PU. He is presently the expert advisor of UNESCO project on Tantrik Buddhist art. The lecture was organised by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademy and the Government Museum here today.

He advised the audience to be more inquisitive, rational and realistic while exploring new horizons in art and culture - a rich treatise our elders had given us to hold on to.

Dr Bhattacharya lamented that the pristine purity and grandeur of the richest heritage of our arts and cultural was losing original sheen. Elaborating his views, assisted by Dr Tirthanker, he claimed that the interpretation, exposition and critical evaluation of the ageless art creations was now on the mercy of ignorant and incompetent evaluators and proponents of art and culture.

He opined that without adequate knowledge and expertise of ancient Indian languages like Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit, it was not even possible to read ancient scripts like Brhami, Kharoshi etc.

He supported the claim with explanations of many slides of sculptures and monuments of religious and cultural importance, like Mahesh Murti, Shiv Ardhnrishwer, Nataraj and others.

Dr V.N. Singh, Dr Aditya Parkash and Prof Ravinder Sharma also graced the programme.



Street play for eco awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Students of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, performed a street play in Sector 19 today to make people aware about the need to improve personal hygiene and create civic sense among them.

The students as members of the Saupin’s Community Service Organisation displayed how littering and the rampant use of plastic and polythene caused ecological degradation and serious sanitation problems.

The vice-president of the Sector 19 Market Committee, Vivek Jolly, applauded the students’ efforts while the owner of Manchanda Book Store provided refreshments to them.



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