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Civic Poll
Dept to review notification, delimitation of MC wards
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 19
In a controversial move, the department of local bodies, Punjab, has decided to review the final notification of delimitation of the municipal council wards, barely a month before elections are due for the civic body in the township. The delimitation of wards of the area within the MC limits was notified on March 19 after inviting objections from the public. Following this, the entire process of preparation of voters list as laid down by the Punjab State Election Commission has also been completed.

However in a fresh notification issued on May 13, principal secretary to the department D.S. Bains has stated that the final notification was being reviewed as a “number of representations” have been received to this effect. In the notification, Bains added that this was being done in accordance with rule 9 of the delimitation of wards of the Municipality Rules 1972.

The rule quoted by Bains states, “provided that before the start of the election process the state government may for good and sufficient reasons, to be recorded in writing review the order made in the form of final notification…. ”

Puncturing holes in the notification and sourcing it to malafide intentions of the ruling party, sources pointed out that there were no good or sufficient reasons to review the final notification, nor had these been recorded. Also, the process of inviting objections had already been undertaken and there was no reason to invite more objections, sources added sources.

The process of delimitation of wards began on February 21 when the department of local bodies notified the proposed delimitation of wards. Objections were invited and after the requisite changes, the final notification was issued on March 19.

While the government’s move could land the department of local bodies into serious legal trouble, it could also invite the wrath of the Punjab State Election Commission.

Following the final notification on March 19, the commission had drawn a detailed one-month schedule for the preparation of the voters-list of the area. Starting with the draft publication of electoral rolls till the final publication of the electoral rolls, the process ended on April 20. The potential candidates for the elections had already started planning their poll strategy and the stage was set for election next month.

While sources alleged that the move was intended to delay elections to the council here, there were many others who pointed out that if the election commission so orders, elections could be held on the basis of the March 13 notification.

In December 2007, the election commission had stated that that the process of delimitation of wards be taken up by the state government at least three months before the expiry of term of the local body. Quoting an order of the Supreme Court, the election commissioner A.K. Dubey wrote in his orders that “the pendency of delimitation proceedings shall not be a bar for the conduct of the elections of the respective body which shall be conducted with the existing delimitation and the available voters list in terms of the constitutional provisions laid down by the Supreme Court.” 



709 in fray for panchayat poll
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 19
While the opposition parties in the state are raising hue and cry over the mass rejection of nomination papers of their candidates, in Bassi Pathana sub-division, 1,052 candidates filed their nomination papers and only 20 nomination papers were rejected.

Ashok Kumar Singla, deputy commissioner and district electoral officer, said the district administration tried their best that whosoever wanted to contest must be given opportunity. He said all arrangements for the smooth conduct of panchayat elections have been made.

Meanwhile, on the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers, 709 candidates were left in fray for the post of panches of 80 panchyats falling in the sub-division.

SDM Poonam Deep Kaur said 1,052 candidates had filed their nomination papers and on the last day, 343 candidates withdrew their papers. She said approximately 15 panchyats have been elected unanimously. She said no complaint of any sort had been received from any quarter. 



Rain brings cheer to some, misery to others
Tribune Reporters

A boy walks in a flooded street after thundershowers in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday.
A boy walks in a flooded street after thundershowers in Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
The rain today brought respite and misery for the people of Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajpura areas. Rain lashed the area for nearly three hours and hailstorms were also witnessed in some villages. While some people were amused with the rain, people on roads and shopkeepers were not very delighted.

People on various roads were seen struggling with the traffic due to heavy rainfall in Rajpura and in Fatehgarh Sahib. The shopkeepers rued that not many customers visited their shops during the day. Water choked the roads in low-lying areas. People were seen jostling with water near the Rajpura municipal council office and at other shallow places.

Meanwhile a 24-year-old boy, Surinder Singh, from Ramnagar Sainiyan village, around 7 km from Rajpura, died of lightening late last night. He was sent to collect water pipes from the fields.


The rains today brought respite from scorching summer. It was all cheers for farmers as well as local area residents. With paddy cultivation season going on, rains proved to be help to farmers. “The showers have loosened soil and it would be easier to work on it now,” said Sukhminder Singh from Daun village.

Bassi Pathana

The first heavy showers disrupted normal life as well as exposed the poor drainage water arrangements of the council here today. Majority of the areas of the town drowned under two-feet deep water, which entered into houses in Giljian, Chakri Mohalls and Lala Lajpat Rai School areas causing loss to property.

Similarly, in main bazaar, rain water entered the shops. The main drain, which is full of silt, failed to drain out the rainy water. School children faced great difficulty in reaching homes back from school.

Sunil Khullar, social worker, said the desilting of the main drain had never been taken up and if unseasonal rain had caused such loss to property, what would happen in the rainy season. Another social worker Sushil Singla demanded that the higher authorities should take immediate steps to improve the living conditions in the town.



U-13 cricket tourney for boys
Our Correspondent

Patiala, May 19
The 10th hot weather cricket tournament for under-13 boys will be held at different venues in the city from May 25 to June 8.

The tourney, which is being jointly organised by the DMW and Black Elephant Cricket Club, has attracted as many as 10 teams from northern India.

Prominent among the teams that have confirmed their participation are Mohali Cricket Association; Rohtak Cricket Club; Dronacharya Cricket Foundation (DCF), Delhi; APJ School, Kharar; YPS, Patiala; Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala; and Stadium XI, Agra.



Chasing truck, Bollywood style
Cops chase a cattle-loaded truck for over an hour, fire gunshots and burst its tyres. The truck impounded but its occupants manage to flee
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 19
The police chased a truck loaded with cattle for over an hour and fired gunshots to burst its tyres to stop it late last night. Though truck driver fled the scene, the police has impounded the truck and rescued 15 cattle. Two of the cattle died during the chase.

According to police officials, a message was flashed by the Patiala control room at around 12.30 am. They informed the Fatehgarh Sahib police about a rashly driven truck (HR 39 9593) carrying cattle. The police was given a tip-off by the Gau Raksha Samiti of Sangrur, which was after people running this racket. It is learnt that the cattle was being brought from Dhanaula.

The Sirhind SHO directed to put up a barricade to stop the truck. Instead of stopping the truck at the barricade, its driver broke the barriers and headed towards SAS Nagar. The SHO's Gypsy was later on joined by another vehicle carrying SP (D) Preetpal Singh Virk, who was patrolling in the area.

The SP, while talking to TNS, revealed that the truck broke three barricades at Sirhind, Peerjain Chowki and Badali. It also broke the sales tax barrier at Lakhnaur village.

Cops said the truck was being driven recklessly and it appeared that four or five persons were inside it. "I put off the red light atop my vehicle and fired two gun shots from my service pistol as soon as the truck entered Mohali. It didn't stopped, then we fired four rounds from AK-47 and burst its tyres. Even then the driver drove past six or seven km from the spot", he said.

He added that the occupants of the truck jumped off into a muddy canal near Mohali Industrial Area. The culprits escaped by taking advantage of darkness. He also said constables and Sirhind SHO ran after them for over one km but they managed to flee.

The truckers hit SP's vehicle twice during an hour-chase over 40 km. This is not for the first time that such people dealing in illegal trade of animals had given tough time to cops.

Cops said the SAS Nagar police did not cooperate on time. Officials claimed to have called up the SAS Nagra police 10 times. Neither SHO Kharar nor any other official from Mohali reached the spot on time. The rescued cattle have been sent to Sri Radha Krishna Gaushala at Sirhind.



Chandigarh, Mohali register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Hosts Chandigarh and Mohali registered victories over Amritsar and Zone A team, respectively, on the basis of the first innings lead during the Punjab State Under-16 Years Tournament for M.L. Markan Trophy 2008-09 here today.

Chandigarh pipped Amritsar as they got 17 run lead to win the match being held at the Sector 16 cricket stadium while Zone A could put on 202 for 7 in the allotted 95 overs in reply to Mohali’s first innings 308 all out in 77.5 overs.

Earlier, in reply to Amritsar’s 292 for 7 in allotted 95 overs in the first innings, Chandigarh put on 309 for 5 in the stipulated quota of overs thus, made 17 runs to win the match.

Resuming from overnight score of 13 for 1 in 10 overs, Chandigarh crossed the target with Vaibhav Garg’s 109 off 168, slamming 12 boundaries. Shubham Mahajan (67 in 140 balls) and Hitesh Bhutani (61 n o off 84) were the other remarkable contributors.

Vinay Chaudhary chipped in three for 130 for Amritsar being followed by Kamal Passi, who took one for 84.

Chandigarh won the match on the first innings lead.

In the second match between Mohali and Zone A at YPS grounds, Mohali, Zone A resumed their innings from overnight score of 43 for 3 and scored 202 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 95 overs. With this, Mohali took the lead of 106 runs from Zone A. Mahavir Singh was the highest scorer with his 76-run knock while Harjit Singh chipped in 49 runs and Harpreet Singh remained unbeaten on 26 runs.

Sumit Agnihotri was the wrecker-in-chief, claiming four for 67. In the second innings, Mohali team was playing on 46 at the loss of three wickets in 22 overs.

Brief score:

Amritsar (1st Innings): 292 for 7 in 95 overs (Jagdeep Singh 112 n o, Kamal Passi 67, Mohit Handa 27, Beer Karan Goel 3 for 97, Naveen Dhiman 3 for 77). Chandigarh (1st Innings): 309 for 5 in 95 overs (Vaibhav Garg 109, Shubham Mahajan 67, Hitesh Bhutani 61 n o, Jaskaran Singh 30, Vinay Chaudhary 3 for 130, Kamal Passi 1 for 84).

Mohali (1st Innings): 308 all out in 77.5 overs (Birkanwar Singh 111, Subeer Hayer 53, Sourav Chopra 68, Princepal Singh 3 for 111, Amandeep 3 for 71, Shahbaz 2 for 64).

Zone A (1st Innings): 202 for 7 in allotted 95 overs (Mahavir Singh 76, Harjit Singh 49, Harpreet Singh 26 n o, Sumit Agnihotri 4 for 67, Manish 1 for 51, Birkanwar 1 for 15).

Mohali (2nd Innings): 46 for 3 in 22 overs (Harjit Singh 13 n o, Harpreet 4 n o, Sherbar 8, Satwinder 9, Sumit Agnihotri 2 for 16).



Tennis: Utkarsh beats Chinmay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Continued his winning spree, qualifier Utkarsh Khosla, student of St Anne's School, ousted another qualifier Chinmay of Delhi by 4-1, 4-0 in the boys’ under-12 singles first-round encounter of the All-India Tennis Association Talent Series Tennis Championship at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here, today.

Another local player wild card Srijjan Uppal got the better of qualifier Deepak Shah of United Kingdom 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of boys’ under-16 category. Second seed Harry Jindal of Punjab ousted lucky loser Debvir Singh (Chd) 6-1, 6-3 in the same category.

Udai S. Mann was another winner from the city, defeating Prateek Agawana (Punjab) in a well-contested match, extended to three sets 6-3, 6-7 (5) 6-3.

Results: Boys’ U-12 (Ist round): Sachin Kumar (Chd) b Shrey Gupta (Haryana) 4-0, 4-1, Sunil Pal Singh (Chd) b Rohin Dhamsania (Delhi) 4-2, 4-1, Dalwinder Singh (Pb) b Subham Midha (Delhi) 4-1, 4-1, Raghav Talwar (Chd) b Shramay Dhawan (Delhi) 4-1, 4-1, Utkarsh Khosla (Chd) b Chinmay (Delhi) 4-1, 4-0; Param Pun (Chd) b Rohil Hakim (Delhi) 4-2, 4-1, Abhinav Bisla (Haryana) b Mrinal Kanwar (Delhi) 4-0, 4-1, Ankush Arora (Pb) b Mohit Jain (Delhi) 5-4 (3), 3-5, 4-2, Abhijeet Singh (Chd) b Sultan Singh 5-4 (5), 5-4 (2), Alex Solanki (Delhi) b Vaibhav Singh 5-4 (2), 4-0, Rohin Vinayak (Chd) b Jotpal Singh (Pb) 5-3, 4-1, Kunal Punj (Delhi) b Santbir Singh (Chd) 4-1, 4-1.

Boys’ U-16 (Ist round): Gulshan Kumar (Pb) b Gautam Ahuja (Delhi) 6-4, 7-5, Paramveer S. Toor (Chd) b Rakshit Rishi (Delhi) 6-2, 6-1, Ayush Mintri (Pb) b Ranjeet Singh (Chd) 6-1, 6-4, Manoj (Chd) b Anupam Chhetri (Chd) 6-3, 6-2, Aviraj Kamboj (Chd) b Dhruv Goel 6-2, 6-3, Samin Bhargava (Chd) b Ankush Arora (Pb) 6-0, 6-0, Amit Bzad (Pb) b Sohrab Kunwar (Pb) 6-2, 6-2, Zian Rasheed (Chd) b Ravinder Singh (Punjab) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, Pankaj Kumar (Chd) b Rajbir Singh 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, Mandeep Kumar (Chd) b Naveen Dhmeja (Pb) 6-2, 6-1, Srijan Uppal (Chd) b Deepak Shah 6-4, 6-3, Hridaya Kriplani b Sandeep Singh 6-4, 6-3, Udai S. Mann (Chd) b Prateek Agawana (Punjab) 6-3, 6-7 (5) 6-3, Jaspinder Singh (Pb) b Anmol S. Bains (Chd) 6-4, 6-1, Harry Jindal (Pb) b Debvir Singh (Chd) 6-1, 6-3, Ajay Thakur (Pb) b Bhavtaranpreet Singh (Chd) 6-4, 6-0.

Girls’ U-12 (Ist round): Harsimran Kaur (Haryana) b Navraj Walia (Chd) 5-4 (3), 4-1, Vineeta Singh (Delhi) b Naemat Aulakh 4-1, 4-1.

Girls’ U-16 (Ist round): Mariyam Raidha (Chd) b Jasmine Singh 6-1, 6-0, Sandeep Saran (Pb) b Ankita (Delhi) 6-1, 6-1.



28 football coaches attend course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A total of 28 coaches, including 11 women, attended a six-week All-India Football Federation introductory coaching course for outstanding players/officials that commenced at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, today.

AIFF's director of coaching Gabriel Joseph has been conducting the course, especially started for those who aspire to attend AIFF level 'C' coaching licence. This course would be a great help for aspirants, the organisers said.

The Chandigarh Football Association, which is conducting the first introductory coaching course in the city, is planning to hold licence C coaching course here. CFA general secretary Rakesh Bakshi said before the association opted for licence C coaching course, it had planned to host another introductory coaching course for coaches/PTIs working in the Chandigarh education department.

"The CFA will approach the DPI (schools) in this connection," said Bakshi.

Meanwhile, Joseph explained the various aspects of sport training, followed by video training session to the participants. And the day's programme concluded with warming up/ball feeling and cooling down exercise.

Those attending the course are: Manjit Singh, Vishal Rana, Vijay Bhatt, Ashutosh Sharma, Mohak, Suman Deep Kaur, Anjana Thakur, Meena Kumari, Poonam, Poonam Deol, Pooja, Parvinder Kuar, Kamaljit Kaur, Jaskiran Kaur, Sharanjot Kaur, Harnoor Kaur Chahal, Surjit Singh, Dinesh Patrick, Raman Jinta, Kartik Bhardwaj, Viney Kanwar, Kanwar Vinod Kumar, Pankaj, Mukesh, Ashok Kumar, G.V. Singh and Ramesh Chand Bhatt.



Motorcycle, car stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Vikas Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran, has reported that his motorcycle (CH-03-S-6249) was stolen from Khuda Lahora yesterday. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station, Sector 11.

In another incident, Sandeep Jaswal, a resident of Baltana, alleged that his car (PB-65-D-2911) was stolen from Sector 27 on May 17. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station, Sector 26.

Liquor seized

Gian Singh of Ludhiana was arrested by the police on the charge of possessing liquor. The police has seized 50 boxes of English wine from him. While in another incident, the police arrested Sandeep, a resident of Sonipat, and recovered six boxes of wine from his possession. Two cases under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act have been registered in this regard.


Satpal, a resident of Burail, was arrested by the police on the charge of gambling at a public place. The police has recovered Rs 4,510 from him. A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 under the Gambling Act has been registered at the police station, Sector 34.



Youth held for rape of minor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A seven-year-old girl was raped by a 26-year-old Harjit Singh, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, here last night.

According to the police, the girl went downstairs to watch TV at the home of the accused. The family had recently shifted to Mani Majra and didn’t have TV.

The girl went at around 8 pm to the home of the accused and Harjit allegedly raped her.

The police has arrested the accused and a case has been registered.



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