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3-day sports event at Siel Chemical
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, April 5
The first Inter-Unit Competitions (IUC) of Siel Chemicals kicked off in style at Siel Chemical Complex here. The three-day event includes Twenty20 Cricket Tournament between six teams of various units of the company along with cultural competitions.

The event was formally declared open by company director A.K. Mehra who unfurled the competition flag and bowled the first ball. He declared that company had planned to make it an annual feature and every year, one additional event would be added to the competitions.

N.S. Birdie, head of the host unit, welcoming the participants, said the IUC was a reformed version of Inter-Mills Tournament (IMT), which was a regular feature during the days of united DCM. The last IMT was held in 1985 and discontinued thereafter due to division of DCM. He said Rajpura unit of Mawana Sugar Limited had taken this lead to revive the old tradition of bringing its employees together on a common platform.

In the first match that was played between SCC, Rajpura, and Usha International Limited, Delhi, the host team notched a convincing 41-run win over the later. In the second match, Mawana Sugar Limited defeated Titawi Sugar Complex by nine wickets and in the third match played between Mawana Corporate Office and Nanglamal Sugar Complex, Corporate Office won the match by six wickets.



Nangal MLA alleges misuse of MC funds
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 5
The former MLA from the Nangal constituency has misused Municipal Council (MC) funds to the tune of Rs 20 lakh, exposing gross violation of law and order.

Nangal MLA Rana K.P. Singh alleged this during a press conference convened here today. He alleged that former MLA Madan Mohan Mittal had misused MC funds by pressurising MC administrator SDM, Anandpur Sahib.

“Using pressure tactics, Mittal had misused Rs 20 lakh funds and disbursed the money to so-called social and religious NGOs, most of whom are Mittal’s partymen. In a way, Mittal has tried to secure his vote bank at the expense of public money,” Rana alleged.

He added that under the provision of Section 52 (2L) of the Punjab Municipal Council Act, MC funds were to be used only for people of the area concerned and where the development work was to be done. “The section has been misused. Not only Mittal, but also the executive officer of Nangal MC is involved in this cheating,” he alleged.

Rana claimed that he had got this information under the Right to Information Act, which proves that Mittal illegally got the money from the government and distributed it among NGOs who have not done any substantial work in their areas. He added that being an ex-officio member of the MC he would move the court, challenging this misuse.

Meanwhile, Mittal claimed that he had not misused any money nor made any unauthorised payments. He added that Rana was making such allegations out of political rivalry. “Local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia had marked this Rs 20 lakh fund himself,” Mittal added.



Fleecing of Public
Capt Kanwaljit asks DC to probe
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 5
Taking serious note of alleged fleecing of the public during the lok Suvidha camp held in Kharar on Thursday, cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh has marked an inquiry to Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal.

"The minister has asked me to conduct an impartial inquiry into the episode as per the rules and submit the report by Monday," Grewal told The Tribune.

Former vice-president of the Kharar Municipal Council Jai Bhagwan Singla had written to the deputy commissioner, demanding a high-level probe into the matter. Singla had alleged that instead of providing relief to the people, the lok Suvidha camp organised by the district administration ended up harassing people. The camp was organised in association with an NGO. He had alleged that the forms for driver’s licence and pension, which were otherwise available free of cost, were sold for Rs 20 and Rs 10, respectively. Also, Rs 40 per page were charged for typing the applications, he had alleged.

Meanwhile, sources said the complainant was being pressurised by some people to withdraw his complaint.



Camp for hadicapped
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 5
The Physically Handicapped Association will hold a state-level multipurpose camp for welfare of the handicapped at Sant Namdev Kanya Maha Vidalaya, Bassi Pathana, on April 13.

Physically handicapped persons would be issued certificates, bus and rail passes, identity cards, tricycles and other aids. Besides, their names would be registered in the employment exchange.

More than 5,000 persons are expected to attend the camp. The camp would be organised in collaboration with Manglam Sansthan, an NGO from Delhi, and the district administration has assured full co-operation. All those who need tricycles should apply before April 9.



Tejas, Pranjal, Mehul steal the show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Tejas Nagpal, Pranjal Kaura, and Mehul Jotshi led the table in the first Kids’ Own Prize Money Children’s Chess Carnival 2008 for boys and girls in the under-15 and under-11 categories started at Kids’ Own Centre, Sector 17, today.

A total of 66 players are participating in the carnival in which 35 are in the under-11 category and 29 in the under-15 category.

The tournament is being organised by the Chandigarh Chess Academy under the aegis of the Chandigarh Chess Association. The points position at the end of the third round was as follows:


3 Points: Tejas Nagpal, Pranjal Kaura, and Mehul Jotshi

2.5 Points: Mayank Kaura and Arunima Goyal

2 Points: Tarini Goyal, Sunbir Chawla, Prakhar Gusain, Apoorv Anand, Anubhav Tuknayat, Vibhushit Singh, Hari Narayan Singh Sodhi, Gunbir Singh, Varun B. Kumar, Tanya Kaushal, Akhil Ranjan, and Fateh Partap Phoolka

1.5 Points: Roopam Bhardwaj and Shaurya Panpalia

1 Point: Akash Bhardwaj, Amartya Bhattacharya, Nikhil Bhaskar, Arnav Sibal, Sibani Malhotra, Gurfateh Singh Doabia, Kashish Kaushal, Vomini Rana, Saumya, Ayush Chawla, Rohan Garg, Udhav Bagrodia

Zero Point: Uday Bir Singh, Adil Bir Singh, Niyati Malhotra, and Hardik Mittal


3 Points: Shirish and Manav Sharma

2.5 Points: Satbir Singh, Ameek Malhotra, Srishti Jain and Akshay Anand

2 Points: Sahil Bhatia, Gitin Oberoi, Manvi Tondon, Anmol Kuthiala, Simranjeet Kaur, Adish Sood, Rehmat Singh Walia, Ravneet Kaur, and Abhinav Bansal

1 Point: Shubham Dev Bali, Divir Gupta, Shivanshu Tondon, Varun Garg, Abhijit Sharan, Anuvrat Jain, Pragya Gupta, Sachleen Singh, Akshita Grover, Aditya Singh Panwar, and Manas Bhatnagar

Zero Point: Arjun Verma, Deepanker Raleh, and Hashpreet Singh.



Golf Club elections today
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, April 5
About 1,000 golfers of the region will converge on the Chandigarh Golf Club tomorrow to select a new team that will manage the greens and the club affairs for 2008-09. Bains, principal secretary, local government, Punjab, in his vision statement says he will pay complete attention on the improvement of the course. With the Hura Committee report coming down heavily on excessive expenditure, both teams are promising transparency on expenditure.

Birinder Singh Gill in his poll agenda promises honest administration, immaculate upkeep of the course and harmonious social interaction. Bains has fielded 11 executive members while Gilly has put nine in the fray for the executive committee.

The course captain would be another major appointment from the executive committee. Gilly has mentioned Col H.S. Baidwan and I.P.S Mann as likely choices for the post. Although Bains has not singled out any member for the post of course captain, the mantle could fall on Gurjit Singh Lehal (Lally) who was captain from December 2003, to April 2005. Another person in the fray for the post could be Brig H.S. Bath (retd).



Paramedical project needs a checkup
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

A view of a the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences classroom at the PGI, Chandigarh.
A view of a the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences classroom at the PGI, Chandigarh. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 5
More than one-and-a-half years after the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) and the PGI joined hands to set up a project to acquaint paramedics with the latest know-how in the field, the infrastructure to teach the 100-odd students is far from satisfactory. The students are lab technicians and support staff, which is critical in the health care sector.

The lecture theatres in the NIPS cannot be used because the supposed up gradation -LCD projector and some other facilities - are yet to be provided. Not only this, the library has is inadequately stocked and department faculties use it as an auditorium.

Paramedical students are yet to make avail of the independent institute opened for them in 2006. Initially, the institute was supposed to have five departments, medical laboratory sciences, radiological technology and imaging, radiotherapy technology, audiology and speech therapy and operation theatre assistance, but due to lack of infrastructure, the institute is yet to deliver to its full potential.

Students here are also facing a problem with lecture theatres, as there is only one lecture theatre in each department. On the condition of anonymity, one senior student of Medical Lab Technology told The Tribune that most of the time lectures were postponed due to a seminar in the theatre. Suspension of scheduled lecture was creating difficulties for students, as there was only one class for each subject, in a week.

Dr. A Rajwansh, in charge of the institute, said, “The budget needs to be sanctioned from the expenditure finance committee and it will take time. But we are doing our efforts and very soon theory classes of all departments would be shifted there”. He added that they had also discussed the recruitment of staff in the last meeting. “Actually the aim of this institute is to curb the unauthorised paramedical institute and produce well qualified and trained paramedical staff. The concept of independent existence of paramedical education was the main motto”, added a senior PGI doctor.



Experts dwell on ways to tackle cancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Samadhan III, a symposium on ‘How to tackle cancer menace in Punjab’ was organised at ICSSR Complex, Panjab University campus, here today.

Hoshiarpur MP Avinash Rai Khanna, moderating the panel talk, called upon the government institutions and authorities to evolve a strategic approach for dealing with cancer in Punjab.

Dr Shivpreet Singh Samra, MD and oncologist, Grecian Hospital, Yogi Ashwini from Dhyan Foundation, Umendra Dutt, executive director, KVM were also present.



Vehicle stolen from Sector 32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Harpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 32, has reported to the police that his car (CH-01-Q-6521) was stolen on April 3 from outside his residence. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered in Police Station-34.

In another incident, Radhe Shyam, a resident of Ropar, reported to the police that his servant Vijay Kumar of Chandmandir has stolen Rs 1500 from his shop. A case under Section 381, IPC, has been registered in police station Mani Majra.

The local police on the complaint of Mohamad Mustafa, a resident of Sector 26, has registered a case under Section 380, IPC, against an unknown person who stole his cash, mobile and ATM card from his residence on April 4. The case is under investigation in police station, Sector 26.

Liquor seized

The police has arrested Yogesh Singh of Maloya colony from Kajheri and has recovered 14 quarters of country made wine from his possession. The accused was later bailed out. A case under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered in police station, Sector 36.

Charas seized

The local police has arrested Ram Surat Gupta, a resident of Uttar Pradesh and has recovered 800 gm of charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered in police station, Sector 31.


Ashwani Kumar of Burail has lodged a complaint against Jatinder Singh of Ropar, who had hit the complainant near Sector 45. The complainant was injured and was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital.



2 killed in accidents

Chandigarh, April 5
Pawan Kumar, 26-year-old youth of Burail, died after ramming into an electric pole at Sector 50, here last evening. The injured was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

A man in his 30s was hit by an unknown vehicle, which fled away from the spot. The injured was admitted to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead. — TNS



BSNL’s directory released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Chief general manager, Punjab telecom circle, at a function held at the Haryana Niwas, released main issue of BSNL’s telephone directory of Chandigarh. It will be available for distribution to customers at all the customer service centers here from April 15.

A copy of this can be obtained by showing a paid copy of latest telephone bill, informed officials of the BSNL. The directory contains information regarding telephone numbers of customers of BSNL corrected up to June 30, 2007.

Telephone directory of other SSAs of Punjab telecom circle is likely to be released very soon.



Finance panel visits CRRID
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Members of the 13th Finance Commission visited the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today and held interactive sessions with experts on “Special problems and development prospects of border areas of north Indian states”.

Chairman of the commission, Dr Vijay L. Kelkar, highlighted the criticality of the event as information input in the formulation of their recommendation. B.K. Chaturvedi, member, Planning Commission, who is also the member of the Finance Commission, underlined the variety of problems, which the border areas are subject to.

Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh Gill said border areas were in a poor state and detailed measures which the government had taken towards development in the affected regions.



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