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SDJM court for Dera Bassi soon
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
Dera Bassi will soon get a sub-divisional judicial magistrate court. Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court visited three sites in Dera Bassi today to ascertain the best location for the establishment of the court.

Accompanied by Punjab principal secretary (home) B.C. Gupta, Justice Kumar visited the rest house in Mubarakpur where eight acres of adjoining land could be made available for setting up of the courts. Other than this site, the judge also visited the naib tehsildar’s court and the municipal library.

Talking to mediapersons later, Justice Kumar said a single-judge court could be established by either upgrading the naib tehsildar’s courtroom or the municipal library. He added that once the site was finalised, the court could start functioning. President of the local Bar Association Rajbir Singh Mundra and general secretary Pradeep Rana thanked the judge for his visit and the interest that the high court was taking in meeting the long-standing demand for a court at Dera Bassi.

The town was upgraded into a sub-division in 1998 and ever since residents have been demanding the setting up of a local court here. At present, the residents have to go to the courts at Rajpura for their work. However, since the town’s shift from being a part of Patiala district to SAS Nagar district, residents are facing a lot of problems in the Rajpura courts as the records are with the SAS Nagar administration.



Change cultivation pattern, Langah tells farmers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 9
Agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah today said the farmers of the state should come out of the vicious paddy-wheat cycle and use their energies on growing vegetables with new techniques which have evolved with time.

Langah was addressing a press conference after inaugurating a flower show at Baradri Gardens here yesterday. The minister added that the government was preparing an elaborate plan to improve the horticultural output of the state and new cold storage plants for fruits and vegetables would be set up. He added that if any farmer wanted to set up such a plant all by himself, he would be provided a subsidy of Rs 50 lakh. He further said the state government was earning valuable foreign exchange by exporting seeds to other countries.

He appealed to farmers to use drip irrigation system to overcome the depleting water table in the state. He added that the agriculture department was giving 75 per cent subsidy to farmers who had converted to drip irrigation system. 



Wason shines as PEC clinch golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, March 9
It was G.S. Wason’s day. He shot the best gross card of eight over 80 and then guided his team Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to victory in the Engineers’ Golf Tournament on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Playing on the stableford system, the PEC quartet comprising Wason, R.K. Ahuja, Nirmal Singh and K.N. Kohli logged 110 points to wrest the team title from last year’s winners, Thapar Engineering College, who finished second with 103 points. The runner-up team comprised P.P.S. Sawhney, J.S. Judge, A.K. Sachdev and H.C. Sethi.

S.M.S. Sandhu, who brought the engineers on the golf mat three years back, finished with a 10-over gross score of 82. But his team, Guru Nanak Engineering College, Amritsar, could not make it into the competition because of lack of entries. There were only two entrants from this college.

Thirtyone-year-old Harinder Pal Bedi, an SDO with the irrigation department, had the longest drive of 227 metres on the second hole. He also finished nearest to the pin at 6.1 ft. Playing with a handicap of nine, Harinder also finished with a gross score of 84. His team, Regional Engineering College, Jalandhar, also failed to compete because of lack of entries.

Results: Team championship: Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, (G.S. Washon, R.K. Ahuja. Nirmal Singh and K.N. Kohli) 110 points; Thapar Engineering College, Patiala (Capt P.P.S. Sawhney, J.S. Judge, A.K. Sachdev and H.C. Sethi) 103 points. Gross scores: G.S. Wason 80, S.M.S. Sandhu 82. Handicap 0 to 14 (nett) stableford points: D.S. Malhotra 32, Rajiv Moudgil 32.

Handicap 14 and above (nett) stableford points: G.S. Wason 46, S.M.S. Sandhu 41. Above 70 years (nine-hole stableford gross): J.S. Aurora 49, B.S. Jabbi 50. Longest drive: (below 60 years) Harinder Pal Bedi 227 metres, (60 to 70 years) Col A.P.S. Dhillon 207 metres, (70 years and above): J.S. Aurora 177 metres. Nearest to Pin: (below 60 years) Harinder Pal Bedi 6.1 ft, (60 to 70 years): Satwant Singh Sandhu 6.4 ft, (70 years and above): Gurlal Singh Tandon 11.4 ft.Ladies' putting: 1 Sucha Singh Buttar , 2 G.S. Ruppal 2.



Vintage & Classic Car Rally-2008’
Brig Phoolka adjudged winner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Brig J.S. Phoolka who owned ‘1933 Ford Tourer’ was adjudged as the owner of the oldest car during 'The SantaBanta.com Vintage & Classic Car Rally-2008' organised by Santa Banta.com which was flagged off from Lake Club here today.

‘The SantaBanta.com Women’s Car Rally-2008’, which was for the women section to show their expertise in this field, was organised simultaneously.

SantaBanta.com Vintage & Classic Car Rally-2008 was open to any car manufactured prior to 1960 that aims at preserving the heritage on wheels. Nearly, 20 Vintage and Classic Cars and over 40 women drivers participated in the rallies.

Covering approximately 80 kms, the first leg was flagged off from Lake Club by Dr A.R. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, from where the rally was culminated at Barog in Himachal Pradesh. After the lunch at Barog, the rally was resumed and the rallyists had to come back to the city to complete the second leg of the rally. Manisha Nanda, secretary, Tourism, Himachal Pradesh from Barog, flagged off the second leg of the rally.

Special prizes like the best-dressed couple, the best period costume to compliment the vintage or classic car, the best looking vintage and classic car, the oldest vintage car and the oldest classic car was given at the Lake Club.

Gaurav Gulati and his wife Harleen exhibited the most outstanding restoration and maintenance of classic car as they drove their 1965 and 1968 models of “Mustang”. The Bright red “1939 Sunbeam” of Capt Vohra attracted every one during the rally.

Results of Women’s Car Rally: 1 Simrit Kaur, 2 Dr Manjot Kalra, 3 Kamaldeep Kaur, Classic Car Rally: 1 Jaswant Singh in a 1938 Model Chevrolet, 2 Dilbagh Singh in a 1953 Model Hindostan-14, 3 Tapesh Sharma in a 1962 Model Fiat-1100.



Lakshya, Preet Mangat declared best athletes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Lakshya Prateek was declared as the best athlete in the boys category, while Preet Mangat was adjudged as top athlete in the girls category during the 15th annual athletics meet of Government Medical College and Hospital held at Sports complex, Sector 46, here today. Arjuna Awardee Pargat Singh was the guest of honour.

Other results: 800m (boys): 1 Abhishek, 2 Mayank, 3 Harpreet; 100m (Veterans) race: 1 Prof Raj Bahadur, 2 Prof Krishan Vij, 3 Prof Arjun Dass; 4X100m relay (girls): 1 Batch 2004, 2 Batch 2007, 3 Batch 2006.

4X400m relay (boys): 1 Batch 2006, 2 Batch 2005, 3 Batch 2007; javelin throw (girls): 1 Priyanka, 2 Parminder, 3 Ishita; discuss throw (staff): 1 Raj Kumar, 2 Kulwinder Singh, 3 Sukhbir.

Triple jump (boys): 1 Lakshya, 2 Mayank, 3 Abhishek; 200m (boys): 1 Lakshya, 2 Mayank, 3 Ankit; 100m (boys): 1 Lakshya, 2 Mayank, 3 Abhishek; 100m (girls): 1 Preeti, 2 Preet Mangat, 3 Manpreet.

Javelin throw (staff): 1 Kulwinder, 2 Sukhbir, 3 Ravi; 100m (staff): 1 Sukhbir, 2 Ravi, 3 Kulwinder; 100m (faculty): 1 Dr Rajiv Sharma, 2 Dr Rajiv Kumar, 3 Dr A. K. Dalal.

4X100m relay (boys): 1 Batch 2006, 2 Batch 2005, 3 Batch 2007; three legged race (gents): 1 Prof Arjun Dass and Dr A.K. Dalal, 2 Dr Sanjay and Dr Rajiv Sharma, 3 Dr Mahesh and Dr Neeraj.

Three legged race (ladies): 1 Dr Ravneet and Dr Usha Dalal, 2 Dr Anju Huria and Dr Meenakshi; Spoon race: 1 Prof Arjun Dass, 2 Dr A.K. Dalal, 3 Prof S. Sood. 



Indian youngsters doing well: Kasprowicz
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Though Australia has lost the recently concluded CB Series at the hands of young India team, still there top position has not been threatened, feels former Australian pacer Michael Kasprowicz.

“I don’t think that losing a series has affected the top status of the World Champions. However, extraordinary belief in themselves and great performance catapulted the Indian team to big achievement”, said Kasprowicz. Praising the young guns of the Indian team, Kasprowicz was of the view that the young members are tremendously confident as well as talented.

He said with the use of advanced technology in the middle of the pitch, now the people come to know about everything happening in the ground. “Otherwise on-field sledging and provocations are not new things to cricketers”, said the right hand bowler, who has 113 Test and 67 ODI wickets under his belt.

On the new concept of Twenty-20 cricket, the 36-year-old cricketer said the Twenty-20 cricket gave my cricket career a new lease of life.

“It’s just like as Karry Packer had infused life in the game around three decades before. The shortest version is new, fresh and different concept, which is definitely good for the game. Moreover, the introduction of ICL and IPL brings more opportunities for professional cricketer”, said Kaprowicz.



IIFT Meet: Tigers win overall trophy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
Tiger team won the overall trophy during the annual sports meet of International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), Industrial area, Phase 7, being held here today. Ruby Joseph, senior lecturer, Home Science College, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. The students were divided into two teams, Bulls and Tigers, who competed for nine events.

Results (boys): 1 Tiger, 2 Bulls; 100 m (girls): 1 Tiger, 2 Bulls; Kho-Kho: Tiger; Tug of war: 1 Tiger, 2 Bulls; relay race: 1 Bulls, 2 Tiger. Three leg race: 1 Bulls, 2 Tiger; sack race: 1 Tiger, 2 Bulls; Spoon-Lemon Race: 1 Bulls, 2 Tiger; Thread needle race: 1 Tiger, 2 Bulls; Best team: Tiger team.



Busy schedule ahead for CLTA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is scheduled to organise a number of tournaments this year.

Apart from providing basic training facilities to the players, CLTA is providing incentives for the players who perform exceptionally well and for coaches who render their expertise and guidance to these players.

CLTA is currently preparing for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures Men starting from March 31.

Apart from Indian coaches here at the centre, the association had recently called Doug MacCurdy, a player development adviser with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), who organised a week-long workshop guiding and training players and coaches.



Two houses burgled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Thieves decamped with gold jewellery, cash and other articles after breaking into two houses in various parts of the city, last night.

Surinder Singh of Sector 29 filed a police complaint alleging that Rs 30,000, a laptop, CD player, a camera, gold necklace, bangles and three gold rings were stolen from his residence. In another incident, Pardeep Singh of Sector 15 lodged a police complaint alleging that Rs 50,000 were stolen from his residence along with gold ornaments, including a ring and a ‘kara’. Two separate cases have been registered.

Vehicle theft

K. Prabhakar of Sector 38 West lodged a police complaint alleging that his Kinetic Honda scooter (PB-65-2239) was stolen from Sector 36 this afternoon.

Caught stealing

M.S. Bajwa of Phase V, Mohali, lodged a police complaint alleging that an unidentified man tried to steal his motorcycle (CH-03-Q-9238) from Sector 41 this morning. The accused was nabbed along with another person and handed over to police. They have been identified as Ranjit Singh of Sector 41 and Anil Kumar of Sector 25. In another incident, Gurpreet Singh of Shanti Nagar, Manimajra, reported to the police that Jebba Lal of Saketri, Panchkula, was caught red-handed while stealing a mobile phone from his shop in Kishangarh on Saturday afternoon. Two cases have been registered in this regard.


Ranbir Singh of Jaam City, Union finance Branch Office, Sector 35-C, lodged a police complaint alleging that an employee of the office, Kulwinder Singh of Phase XI, Mohali, embezzled Rs 52,800. A case has been registered in Sector 36 police station against Kulwinder.

Gambler held

The special crime investigation cell of Chandigarh police arrested Rajesh Kumar alias Kala of EWS Colony, Sector 25, for indulging in gambling at a public place in Sector 25 on Saturday. Police recovered Rs 2,050 from him and registered a case under the Gambling Act.



One killed, 10 injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
A Tata Safari today crushed a woman to death besides seriously injuring 10 persons, including four of a family, when the vehicle ran them over near Kalka bus stand today.

The victims were waiting on the roadside to board a bus when the tragic incident took place at around 4.30 pm.

The deceased has been identified as Rano, a resident of Dharampur. According to eyewitnesses, Rano died on the spot while the others suffered multiple injuries.

Within minutes the local people shifted the victims to the local civil hospital from where they were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The police has arrested the driver of Tata Safari Daljit Singh of Mohali on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

Daljit, a superintending engineer with CPWD, New Delhi, was returning home in Mohali after visiting Dharampur.

The injured have been identified as Parkip Kagra, Manju Kagra, Sheetal Kagra, Bhoomi Kagra (5), Lal Chand (Kumarhatti), Kewal Ram (Solan), Dinesh Bansal (Ambala), Pyare Chand and his wife Praveen from Dharampur.



Art can unify a diverse world, says Sarmishtha
S.D. Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sarmishtha Guha
Sarmishtha Guha

Chandigarh, March 9
“Art is a genuine unifying force of diverse cultural traditions and with the blending of old and the new or tradition and modernity, a new culture can emerge catering to the taste of the milieu of contemporary times,” maintains the renowned Odissi maestro, Sarmishtha Guha.

Riding on the glory of her successful series of performances at Brighton festival, London, Mandap Centre Paris, France, and other countries, Sarmishtha is in the city for an Odissi recital on the invitation of the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

During an interaction with The Tribune she disclosed that the Indian classical dances, with their rich thematic content, mystic looks, agile body movements, well patterned rhythmic moves and gestures embodied perfection and were revered by art lovers throughout the globe.

“Though our compositions are enmeshed with and based on the stories of our spiritual and celestial deities and obviously beyond their immediate conceptual grasp they insist for complete details in advance,” adds the London based art promoter Iftekar Ahmed.

A post graduate in political science and coming from a musical family of Kolkata Sarmishtha learnt Hindustani vocal music for 15 years. She was initiated into Bharatntayam at the age of seven before the spectacular features of Kathak and modern creative dances fascinated her. However, the soft influences and lyrical charm made Odissi her ultimate passion, which she is now promoting at the world stage. “I learnt every form of dance as a devout but my Guru Shiv Ram and her wife had instilled the best ingredients of Odissi like posture perfection, emotional expression and soft styled execution in me with which I have paved my way to stardom” she added.



Music maestro enchants audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 9
The vitality, vigour and eternal grace of the rich folklore of various regions was immaculately brought alive by the Mumbai-based playback singer, Shailesh Srivastava, at a captivating musical gathering organised by the Triveni Sangeet Sabha on their complex.

After Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma of Punjab University delved deep into the various aspects of folk culture with authority the Mumbai based acclaimed folklorist and playback singer, Shailesh Srivastava took the center stage.

Commencing with an invocatory 'Jaya Mayya' weaved in the melodic notes of raga Bairagi, she presented Holi themed song in a complex sool tal displaying variations in rhythm. Be it the next Holi song ‘Apne balam ko de de udhar or Ab ke sawan,’ in Kajri form, a Jhoola and a ghazal from Ghalib she doled out many more numbers, including Punjabi folk like ‘long gwacha’ but in a very traditional style.

Earlier, talking to the Chandigarh Tribune the accomplished music genius Shailesh, whose versatility encompasses the realms of Indian classical music, folklore of all regions, light and semi classical music, opined, "Folk music is the product of a musical tradition that has evolved through the ages through the process of oral transmission. It can as such constitute a bond of union among people of different ages, level and cultures."

Holding a doctorate in music Shailesah is the foremost disciple of Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra. An ‘A’ graded artist of AIR and DD, she studied at the FTII, Pune.

She has participated in music festival in India and abroad. The dominating touch folk music in her gayaki had kept her ahead on the popularity charts in concerts in Indonesia, USA, Russia and many more. A playback singer of leading Bhojpuri films, over ten TV serials, four albums, she has recorded for Khyyam Saheb's film Love story, Himesh Reshmiya's film Benaras and many more in the offing. “But my heart beats for the purity and sanctity of folk songs." Sign off Shailesh Srivastava.



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