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Labour Day
‘Form a common front against global forces
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 1
On the occasion of Labour Day today, Punjab cooperation minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh exhorted farmers, labourers and employees to form a common front and fight for their genuine demands against the forces opposed to their interests.

He was addressing a state-level function of Punjab State Karamchari Dal. Kanwaljit said in the era of globalisation certain forces were out to crush the interests of labourers and it was imperative to form a common front to tackle these forces.

He said real tribute to the heroes of Chicago would be to continue the struggle with the same spirit and enthusiasm. He added that economic policies pursued by global powers these days were detrimental to the interest of lower classes of society, as they would increase the rich-poor divide. Citing the 6th pay commission, he said it had recommended three-fold hike in the salaries of the officer class whereas Class III and IV employees were left given a cold shoulder.

Former Minister Harmel Singh Tohra and Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu besides others also spoke on the occasion.

The District Legal Services Authority, Patiala, also celebrated the Day in front of the Labour Court, Court Complex here. A seminar presided over by K. S. Kang was also held. H.S. Madaan, CBI Special Judge, was also present during the seminar, which was attended by 150 persons.

Meanwhile, in Bassi Pathana the Punjab State Karamchari Dal, FCI union, PSEB Employees Union and other unions commemorated the Day by paying tributes to the martyrs of Chicago and organising rallies in protest against rising inflation.



276 liquor cases seized, one held
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 1
Police here have seized 276 cases of illegal liquor during a special naka laid near Khamano, late last night. The accused Makaljit Singh, a resident of Hoshiarpur, was arrested and the truck (PB-07-T-3270) he was driving was also impounded.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused was taking the consignment to Chandigarh, along with the main accused identified as Ashok Kumar. He, however, fled from the scene taking advantage of the darkness.

Fathegarh SSP Kaustubh Sharma said efforts are on to nab the co-accused in the case. He said a police remand of the arrested accused would be sought from the court. Possibility of a bigger racket in this case cannot be ruled out, however, details would be revealed only after completion of investigations, he said. 



PSEB member gets extension
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 1
The Punjab government has extended G.S. Sra’s term as member (generation) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) by one year.

Sra, an engineering graduate with honours from Thapar University, joined the PSEB in 1972. He spent 35 years with the organisation and was credited with mastering the operation of thermal plants. Earlier, he was chosen for training in thermal plant maintenance course in west Germany.

It was under his tenure that first time in the history of the PSEB, all three thermal plants had achieved record power generation.

He has also been instrumental in improving efficiency parameters of thermal plants.

Sra disclosed that he would try to fulfil the dream of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to make Punjab a power surplus state in the coming years.



Jaypee Open set for exciting finish
Gagan Verma hangs on to one-stroke lead
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 1
It was comparatively a less windy day today. And the sweltering heat had its impact on the country's top amateurs as they returned over par scores on the penultimate day of the LG Jaypee Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 Jaypee Greens at Greater Noida.

IGU's No. 1 Manav Das of Ambala played a bad three-over front nine. But then he came back with a par back nine to fire a three over par 73 for a three-day aggregate of 219 to occupy the fifth slot.

Manav Das admitted that he was not consistent. His patchy display was the result of the change in swing, which he was hopeful of mastering in another couple of tournaments. "My putting and driving was not up to the mark, despite it being a comparatively less windy day," said the Ambala golfer.

Gagan Verma, who played two amazing 68, 68 rounds, was completely off-colour today as he played a miserable birdie-free five over par 77.

Yet he managed to hang on to the lead by a solitary stroke with a three-day total of 213.

Rahul Bajaj also played a four over par 76 to be one stroke behind the leader at 214.

It was only Karan Vasudeva who fired a perfect five-under par 67 to be in contention for the title at 216. Kapil Kumar and Manav Das were next in line at 218 and 219, respectively.

After making a steady start on the opening hole, where he made a par, Gagan made a bogey on the par-4 second. His four-feet par-putt kissed the lip and rolled out.

The lanky golfer thought that it was a freak incident but it was not to be as it happened on 10 more occasions during the round, four of which resulted in a bogey, interestingly one each on the last two holes of the front and back nine (8th, 9th, 17th and 18th).

"It was frustrating. The putts just did not fall," said the player from the IOCL, who hit 13 greens-in-regulation. "It was one of those days as I missed really short ones.

Else, I had a solid game with both my driving and approach," said Gagan, who vowed to come back into the game on the morrow.

Rahul Bajaj, meanwhile, managed a sole birdie on the par-5 third but lost his way from there making bogeys on the 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 18th to emerge as the strongest contender.

With five golfers within a margin of six strokes for the title, the final day tomorrow promises to be an exciting affair.

(after 54 holes): 213 Gagan Verma (68, 68, 77); 214 Rahul Bajaj (71, 67, 76); 216 Karan Vasudeva (76, 73, 67); 218 Kapil Kumar (70, 72, 76);219 Manav Das (75, 69, 75); 220 Gopal Singh (79, 70, 71), Arshdeep Tiwana (74, 73, 73), Moin Malak (72, 74, 74); 222 Amanjyot Singh (75, 74, 73), Saurabh Bahuguna (70, 78, 74); 223 Pritam Haridas (74, 75, 74) and Abhishek Jha (74, 73, 76).



City rower gets warm reception
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Manjeet Singh had never ever dreamt that one day he would represent the country in the Olympics and, that too, within four years after taking up the sport.

The rower from a small village of Punjab - Issa Panj Gurian (district Ferozepore) - is on cloud nine after qualifying in the double scull event for the Beijing Olympics.

He secured his Beijing ticket by clinching the second spot in the lightweight coxless pairs (LM2-) with his partner Devender Kumar Khandewal at the Pre-Olympic regatta held at Beijing, China, last week.

“Undoubtedly, it is just like a dream come true, but the biggest test is yet to come and I have to prepare for that,” said elated Manjeet, who got a warm welcome by office-bearers of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI), including T.C. Gupta, senior vice-president, Pramod Singla, joint secretary, Prof D.P. Singh, senior vice-president of the Chandigarh Rowing Federation, and his coach Arvind Sehgal at the local railway station.

“Despite the adverse wind conditions, we clocked 6 minutes 50 seconds to complete two-kilometer course, but we have to improve our timings if we are aiming at the Olympic medal,” said the 19-year-old rower, who is BA-I student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26.

“I took up the sport in 2004 after I shifted to the city for studies. My cousin Lakshman Singh, who is a national rower, was my inspiration. I got selected for the 10th SAF Games-2006 held in Sri Lanka where I won the top honours,” said Manjeet.

He struck a silver in the 12th Junior Asian Championship at Singapore the same year. In the 12th Senior Asian Rowing Championship-2007 at South Korea, he bagged a silver and bronze.

Revealing his plan of action for the biggest sports extravaganza, Manjeet said he would attend a preparatory camp at Hyderabad in May. “After that, I would leave for Poland to participate in the World Cup. Then, I will fly to Shanghai to undergo training before leaving for Beijing,” said Manjeet.

Lauding Manjeet for his feat, T.C. Gupta and his coach Sehgal said, “The sport has been dominated by defence sportspersons. Manjeet is the first civilian rower, who has made it to the Olympics. His prospects for bringing an Olympic medal are the brightest.”



Carrom c’ship gets under way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The 18th Chandigarh State Carrom Championship began today at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, Chandigarh. The tournament was declared open by international hockey player and former coach of Indian hockey team Narendra Singh Sodhi. As many as 215 players under the senior, junior and sub-junior categories (boys and girls) are participating in the four-day tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Carrom Association.

Today’s results
Sub-junior boys (singles): Sakham b Nikhil Chopra 0-25, Arjun Thakur b Ravinder Singh 25-0, Natraj b Jaskaran 25-0, Bobby b Naveen 25-0, Akhil b Yuvraj 8-5, Ayush Hemdan b Prabh Verma 25-0, Ankush Taneja b Hardeep 25-3, Vipin b Anay Pujara 24-8, Puneet Jain b Lalit Garg 25-0, Ashoo b Kartik Malik 25-0, Vivak b Sahil Verma 25-6, Kehar Bansal b Sauria 25-0, Harshul b Jaskirt 25-0, Jatin Chaudhary b Jasdip Singh 25-0, Shhantanu Sharma b Sumit Talwar 25-0, Tasabar Ali b Gobind Dhamija 25-05, Himansu b Rahul Singh 25-0, Narang b Kanwardeep 25-0, Hari Bhanot b Bharat 25-0, Pardeep Singh b Yuvraj Batra 16-11.

Sub-junior girls (singles): Tasashikha Dawan b Ashmitra Chaudhary 11-7, Gujan Arora b Gurkiran Kaur 25-1, Prachi b Amanjot 19-14, Ayushi Sharma b Harlin 25-19, Himanshi b Deepti Bhatia 25-0, Gulshan b Pallawi 25-0.

Junior girls (singles): Amanjot b Aushi 22-6, Samridhi b Tannia 25-6, Gulshan b Gulkiran 25-0, Harlin b Guari Bhatia 13-05, Tuba b Sifali 25-0, Anjali b Gunjan Arora 25-0, Anusha Sharma b Harjot Kaur 25-18, Preeti b Uppali 23-16, Kudrat b Jasmin 25-0 and Harshpreet b Harlin.

Women’s singles: Bhanujain b Kamlesh Batra 25-0, 25-0, Surbhi b Jasmin 25-0, 25-0.

Junior boys (singles): Gobind Dhanja b Sursangam 25-0, 25-0, Keshav Bansal b Rishu Chopra 25-0, 25-14, Tasbbar Ali b Preet Aluwalia 25-0, 25-0 and Ankush Taneja b Gurjinder Singh 25-0, 25-0.



Golden Club make it to quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Chandigarh Police Football Club, Golden Club and Accountant General Haryana qualified for the quarterfinals from Groups B, D and C, respectively, in the Chandigarh Senior State Football Championship being played for the Sher-e-Punjab Trophy. The teams joined New Public School Football Club and St Stephen's Football Club at the last-eight stage. The tournament is being conducted by the Chandigarh Football Association at the Sector-17 football stadium.

Youngsters Football Club eked out a narrow 1-0 victory over Sher-e-Punjab in Group-A encounter. The all-important goal was scored by Gaurav in the third minute.

Accounant General Haryana defeated Uttaranchal by 4-1 after leading 2-1 at the halftime.

Amit (5th minute), Deepak (20th), Raman (45th) and Rajesh (36th) contributed one goal each for AG Haryana. Ajay Bhatt netted the solitary goal for Uttaranchal.

Golden Club handed out a 5-1 drubbing to Maruti Fooball Club 'A' Team while Chandigarh Police Football Club overcame a stiff resistance from Youth Club of Sector 30 by 2-1 margin.

Spirited Youth Club held Chandigarh Police Football Club to a goalless draw in the first half. Both teams had opportunities to score but their forwards either shot wide or the opponent defenders thwarted the moves. Youth Club conceded their first goal in the 32nd minute. Four minutes later, Chandigarh Football Club increased their margin through Rakesh. The Chandigarh Police striker got possession of the ball in the middle. He dribbled past a couple of defenders before moving to the right flank. His powerful shot was blocked by goalkeeper Rajat. However, he pounced on the rebound before scoring Chandigarh Police FC's second goal.

Youth Club's best move came in the 48th minute. Shailender Rawat sprinted on the right before sending a hot shot which hit the crosspiece before the ball going out. In another counter attack in the 55th minute, Youth Club scored their lone goal through Navi, who guided the ball into the Chandigarh Police FC goal from a close range.

Golden Club proved too good for Maruti Football Club ‘A’ team. They were two goals up within five minutes. Fed by Shammi, Jagmohan gave his team the lead by scoring a goal in the second minute. Three minutes later, Jagdish converted a pass from Jaswinder. Shammi and Jagmohan combined again and the latter pumped in Golden Club's third goal in the 15th minute.

Against the run of play, Maruti Football Club ‘A’ got their consolation goal through Vishal. Golden Club further increased their lead through Karan in the 28th minute. In the second half, they added one more goal through Shammi to their kitty for an impressive 5-1 triumph.

Tomorrow's fixtures (QFs): Chandigarh Police FC vs New Public School Club-18 (6 am); St Stephen's FC vs Golden Football Club (7.30 am); AG Haryana vs Chandigarh Football Club (5.30 pm). 



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Sanjeev Kumar Sharma and Amarjit Kumar have been elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the newly formed Cricket Federation of India (CFI).

Amarjit Kumar said the CFI would organise its inaugural All-India Under-17 Federation Cup in Chandigarh from May 28 to 31. Besides organising tournaments for all age groups (men and women), the CFI would conduct all-India seminars regularly and set up a national cricket academy and zonal cricket academies. A panel of umpires and coaches would also be set up.

Other office-bearers: Senior vice-presidents: N.P. Kailash (Tamil Nadu), Ravinder Talwar (Chandigarh); vice-presidents: Kamal Talwar (Punjab), Sanjeev Kumar Mishra (Bihar), B.S. Thakur (Punjab).



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