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3-yr-old, mother killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 9
A three-year-old girl and her mother died in an accident here today. The incident took place at around 11 am near Jhungiyan village.

Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Daun village was going towards Kharar with his three-year-old daughter Yashpreet Kaur and wife Ravinder Kaur on his scooter. When they reached near Jhungiyan village, a tractor-trolley hit their scooter from behind.

Yashpreet Kaur fell from the scooter and was run over by the rear wheel of the trolley. Her mother Ravinder Kaur sustained multiple fractures and serious injuries, following which she was immediately rushed to the Kharar Civil Hospital. Later, she was referred to PGIMER, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to her injuries.

After the accident, driver of the tractor-trolley lost control over the vehicle and it collided with a nearby pole breaking it into pieces. Following this, the driver flee from the spot. A case has been registered against an unknown person. 




Re-poll: Congress candidate wins
Tribune News Service

Banur, July 9
The Congress candidate from ward number 2 yesterday won by securing 483 votes in Banur.

The elections were cancelled in this ward due to alleged rigging and scuffles among candidates of two parties.

A case was registered and one person was arrested by the police in connection with violence during the MC elections on July 30.

Gurmail Singh Fauji won the elections today by defeating his opponent. The SAD candidate, who reportedly did not campaign for re-election, got only 20 votes.

As many as 510 voters turned up to cast their votes out of 785.



Residents sore over delay in bypass project
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, July 9
Residents of Kalka and Pinjore are sore over the delay in Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass project, as it has become a major traffic bottleneck on the NH-22 and NH-21A. “Traffic chaos starts early in the morning. The situation remains the same throughout the day and aggravates in the evening hours,” said Suresh Kumar Thama, a resident of Kalka. It takes him more than one hour to reach Pinjore from Surajpur owing to traffic jam.

“According to a survey report, an average of over 25,000 vehicles pass on the highway on a daily basis. The Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass road is the only viable solution to lessen traffic congestion,” said Sucha Ram, former president of Pinjore MC.

The long jams puts patients and students to inconvenience and have claimed many lives in the last couple of weeks. Although the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass, which had been hanging fire since the past 25 years, has been given a nod by the state government and was to be started before March 31 by NHAI, the work has not been started till day.

The residents have now urged the Central and state governments to start the work on this project as early as possible.



Heritage status fine, but what about repairs
Hemant kumar

Kalka, July 9
The 105-year old Kalka-Shimla rail track, which is 96 km long with 103 tunnels, has made it to UN’s World Heritage list, but much of its equipment is lying in a state of neglect.

A rare 100-year-old trolley has been reduced to a scrap. It was run on a narrow gauge 100-metre track with the help of cables attached to a motor.The trolley was installed in 1903.

The rare machine is of no use to local officials as they consider its maintenance a mere waste of time.

The rare hydraulic shock observers (hydraulic buffers) installed 93 years back at the Kalka railway station are gathering dust. This system has been installed at only two places in the country- Kalka and Kolkata.The system is in a dire need of repairs , which would cost Rs 10 lakh , according to a railway official.

These buffers were used to stop trains or locomotives in case of over-speeding or breaks failure.

Of the 14 locomotives being run on the Kalka-Shimla rail section, 10 are outdated(1971-2007). Frequent failure of these locomotives causes much inconvenience to the passengers.

The railway authorities of the Kalka diesel shed had sent a proposal to Northern Railway Headquarters for 10 more locomotives, which was rejected. Sources said the railway board had given the nod to four locomotives, which were being prepared at a workshop in Mumbai.



Site plan of lawyers’ chambers cleared
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 9
The construction committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has cleared the site plan of lawyers’ chambers to be constructed on the court premises at Ambala City.

A three-member deputation of the Ambala Bar Association, comprising S.M. Sharma, Umreesh Gandhi and Rajinder Vig, met the chairman of the construction committee at Chandigarh yesterday.

Gandhi said the construction committee had cleared the site plan of the Ambala lawyers' chambers. He said a three-storeyed building would be constructed in which provision for 323 chambers would be made. He said as many as 310 lawyers of Ambala had already applied for chambers by depositing Rs 10,000 as margin money. He said construction of the chambers would start soon.

It is to be mentioned that lawyers of Ambala have been demanding chambers for a long time. Recently, when the construction committee of the high court had visited the chamber site at Ambala City, the bar association had raised the matter before them.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nabab Singh had also supported the demand of the Ambala Bar Association as he had been its member for several years.



Pakistan rugby team bowled over by Indian hospitality
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 9
The Pakistan rugby team, visiting Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali, is impressed with Indian hospitality.

"Right from the Wagah border to Fatehgarh Sahib, Indian hospitality has come unmatched. We are just bowled over by the warm welcome," said Riaz Fatyana, president of the Rugby Union of Pakistan.

Riaz is also a Pakistan MP and chairman of the Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights, Pakistan.

Team members paid obeisance at Roza Sharif and Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib yesterday.

The visiting team will play one friendly match each at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering, Tangori. This is the first one of a tri-series match. During its next visit, scheduled after a few months, the team will visit Ajmer Sharif, Agra, and other states to play Rugby.

Coach Raja Akram, manager Altaf and seven other officials are accompanying the team of 20 players led by captain Usmaan Butt.

The players belong to different parts of Sindh, Balochistan, North West Frontier Province and Punjab province of Pakistan. The team will stay in Punjab till July 16.

Riaz Fatyana said the idea of holding rugby matches between the two countries was conceived at an international education conference held in Delhi.

"It was a tri-nation conference of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. During this conference, I came across people from Punjab, India, who were keen to initiate a friendly match series," added Riaz. Dr Darshan Singh from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College had invited Riaz.



Athletics meet on July 12
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 9
Patiala district athletics meet will be held at the Punjabi University athletics track on July 12. The athletes will be divided in four categories, under-16 (boys and girls), under-18 (boys and girls), under-20 (boys and girls) and open category for men and women. The athletes should report at 8 am at the tracks along with original date of birth certificates, informed Ajaib Singh Kaleka, president of the Patiala Athletics Association.

He said the district team would be selected on the basis of this tournament and the chosen players will represent Patiala in the state athletics meet, which would be held at the same venue from July 19 to 21.



Seeded players sail to quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
The day belonged to seeded players as all got through to the quarterfinals in the ongoing Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series being held at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, here today.

In the boys under-12 age category, top seed Ishaque Eqbal, second seed Nihit Rawal, third seed Fatehdeep Singh and fourth seed Sumit Pal Singh secured their berths in the quarterfinal stage.

In the boys under-14 age category, top seed Mandeep Kumar, Manik Joshi, Ishaque Eqbal, Dheeranush Bhatti, Fatehdeep, Nishat Eqbal, Srijan Uppal and Bhavtaranpreet Singh made it to the top-16 stage.

The boys under-12 quarterfinal matches will be played tomorrow and all the girls’ (under-12 and under-14) matches will commence at 3 pm.

The results are:

Main draw, boys under-12 (second round): Ishaque Eqbal (WB) beat Santbir Singh (Chd) 4-1, 5-3; Abhijet Singh (Chd) beat Qumar Faisal(Raj) 4-0, 4-2; Dhruv Pal (UK) beat Paarth Sharma (Dli) 4-1, 4-1; Rahul Pooria(HR) beat Sumit Pal Singh (JK) 4-0, 4-0; Ankit Parasrampuria (Raj) beat Param Pun 5-3, 1-4, 5-4; Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) beat Akhil Ranjan (Dli) 4-0, 4-0; Mayuk Rawat (UK) beat Gagan Sharma (Raj) 5-3, 4-2; and Dheeranush Bhatti (Chd) beat Nihit Rawal (Chd) 4-2, 4-2 (4)

Boys under 14 main draw second round: Mandeep Kumar (Chd) beat Vikas Berwal (HR) 4-1, 4-1; Manik Joshi (Chd) beat Dhruv Pal (UK) 4-1, 4-2; Ishaque Eqbal (WB) beat Paarth Sharma (Dli) 4-1, 4-1; Dheeranush Bhatti (Chd) beat Sonu (Pb) 5-3, 4-1; Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) beat Shubham Vij (Chd) 4-0, 4-0; Nishat Eqbal(WB) beat Andrew Pardeep (Chd) 3-5, 5-4 (1), 4-2; Srijan Uppal (Chd) beat Anhad Soin (PB) 5-4(3), 4-2; and Bhavtaranpreet Singh (Chd) beat Mrinal Kanwar (Dli) 4-0, 4-1.



Badminton Tourney
Delhi Audit trounce AG Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Ashish of AG Punjab lifted the trophy in the singles category, beating Vijay of Delhi Audit 21-16, 21-15 in the IA & AD North Zone Badminton Tournament that concluded here today.

The Delhi team emerged champion in the team championship. The team consisting of Rajiv Sharma, Sunil, Apinder Singh and Vijay beat Punjab team 3-2 to bag the top position.

The results are as follow:

Men’s singles (final): Ashish of AG PB beat Vijay of Delhi Audit 21-16, 21-15

Men’s doubles (final): Ashish and Amit of AG PB beat Apinderpal Singh and Sunil of Delhi Audit 21-15, 21-16

Team championship (final): Delhi Audit beat AG PB 3-2

Rajiv Sharma of Delhi Audit lost to Amit of AG PB (14-21, 24-22, 17-21); Sunil of Delhi Audit beat Lav Kumar of AG PB (21-12, 21-11); Apinderpal Singh and Rajiv of Delhi Audit beat Ashish and Amit of AG PB (19-21, 21-14, 21-19); Vijay of Delhi Audit lost to Ashish of AG PB (21-19, 19-21, 22-24); and Vijay and Sunil of Delhi Audit beat Vikas and Lav Kumar of AG PB (21-10, 21-14)

Mohinder Singh, accountant-general (A&E) Haryana, Chandigarh, gave away the prizes.



AJP Academy beat DP Azad team
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
APJ Academy of Kharar set title clash with Sunny Enclave in the first Sardar Amar Singh Memorial Under-12 Cricket Tournament. The final will be held at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tomorrow.

Today, AJP Academy defeated Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy by 73 runs in the second semi-final match at the PCA ‘C’ grounds. After winning the toss, APJ Academy elected to bat. They piled up 131 for 6 in 25 overs.

Openers Sahil and Abhishek gave a solid start with a 55-run partnership for the first wicket. Sahil played a brilliant knock of 63, consisting of six fours while Abhishek was out for 13.

Sahil was also associated in a valuable 42-run stand for the fourth wicket with Anmol who contributed an unbeaten 28 runs with the help of three boundaries.

DPAC Academy skittled out for 58 runs in 23.5 overs. Paras, Amrit and Sourav scored 12 runs each. Anmol wrecked Azad’s innings, returning with figure 4 for 12. He was well supported by Taranveer (2 for 12) and Aryant (2 for 8).

Brief score:

APJ Academy:131 for 6 in 25 overs (Sahil 63, Anmol 28 n o, Abhishek 13, Paras 2 for 18, Karaninder 1 for 18).

DP Azad Academy: 58 all out in 23.5 overs (Paras 12, Amrit 12, Sourav 12, Anmol 4 for 12, Taranveer 2 for 12, Aryant 2 for 8.



T20 federation revamped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Twenty20 Cricket Federation of India was reorganised today following the appointment of new office-bearers.

Deepak Joshi, president of World Cricket T20 (UK) and Baseball Federation, has been appointed president of the federation. The other office-bearers are Sutixen Mehta (general secretary), Capt Deepak Saini (vice-president), Rai Bahadur (coach), Veena Mehta (treasurer) and Vikram Verma (technical adviser).

The association has 23 active members and 24 state chapters. Twenty 20 CFI is affiliated to the World Cricket T20 UK.Representatives were present at the federation meeting from Haryana, UP, Punjab, Delhi, J&K, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal. Also present were ex-Ranji players like Neeraj Rana, Vikaram Duggal, Sutixen Mehta,Sanjeev Sharma, Sarbpreet Singh Saini and Rai Bahadur.

On the agenda was to play combined school and senior teams for UK club matches on August 2 and select and prepare team for the Euro Asia Cricket Cup in September for the under-18 age group. T-20 CFI will be holding zonal cricket tournaments for all five zones, national-level tournaments and later federation cup in the senior level. 




Lawyer held for forgery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
A practicing lawyer accused of forgery was arrested by the local Vigilance Bureau when he surrendered before the police officials here today.

According to sources, the accused was a former Army official who after retirement was practicing law.

The accused, B.S. Kanwar was wanted by the Vigilance Bureau in a case of forgery pertaining to the deal of a plot of land worth Rs 20 lakh. The accused had allegedly attested the papers as an advocate in the case. While other accused were already held earlier Kanwar was at large since February when his involvement was found in the matter, said the police. 



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