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New master plan for Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 11
Twenty years from now, the skyline of this once erstwhile royal township will see a massive change with the district town planner coming up with a new master plan.

Sources reveal that in the coming few years, the rates of land in and around Patiala are all set to rise dramatically, which means that without approval no structure can come up.

For the development of the town, the district town planner is all set to roll out a new master plan. Mapping is on to see which areas will be residential and which areas will see a spurt of commercial activity.

However, to give a concrete shape to things, the town planning department officials said it would take another year for the plan to roll out.

Sources disclosed that in the mega map, the city, on the pattern of Chandigarh, will be divided into various sectors and then there will be particular sectors for residential, commercial and educational purposes.

Only those areas have been taken into consideration in the map, which do not fall within the limits of the municipal corporation. In fact, the town-planning department will be taking into consideration those areas, which fall on the periphery of Patiala.

The department has already video graphed the area which falls under the jurisdiction of nearly 153 villages adjoining the city. Proper statistics are being maintained on almost every village and after a thorough study it would be decided whether to keep particular areas of land for agricultural purposes or those tracts of land should be utilised for commercial activity.

The areas, which have been identified by the district town-planning department, are mainly located on Rajpura road, Sirhind road, Nabha road and Sangrur road. Department sources maintained that there were certain areas where no record had been maintained till date. It has also been decided to bring under government jurisdiction those areas, which were lying vacant and where no record was being maintained.

Sources reveal that after the initial mapping was over, there would be no piece of government land, which would not be utilised properly. No organisation, religious or otherwise would be allowed the use of government land once the mapping process was completed.

The government would decide which tracts of land to use and which not to use, following which there would be no encroachments by private parties.

The district town planner H.K. Grewal, when contacted, said a rough master plan had already been prepared while a final shape will be given soon. He added that new master plan would be beneficial for the development of the town.



Couple held with 70 kg poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested a couple with 70 kg poppy husk. The police raided the house of Pappu Mehra in Amloh and found poppy husk hidden in a bag. While Pappu managed to flee from the spot, he was arrested later on. His wife Laddy was also arrested by the police.

Police officials investigating the matter said the couple had been selling poppy husk for the past some time and the raid was conducted on a tip off. A case in this connection has been registered at Amloh police station. 



MC Polls
Notification issued to elect president
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 11
The Punjab government has issued notification for elections to the post of president and vice-presidents of the newly elected municipal councils.

The government through notification has directed deputy commissioners to complete the election process of council office-bearers within 14 days by appointing conveners for the election meetings.

The deputy commissioner will now issue agenda for the election of council president and other office-bearers.

Sources said the date for the election to the post of president would be fixed after the return of SAD president Sukhbir Badal from a foreign tour.

Aspirants for the post of president have started organising parties to woo newly elected councillors to their side.

Leaders of the warring SAD factions as also the Congress have started hectic parleys to install their man as council president.

Last night, senior SAD leader Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli organised a meeting for councillors.

On the other hand, warring SAD faction lead by Youth Akali Dal general secretary Jagdeep Singh Cheema and former minister Dr Harbans Lal were also working hard to woo councillors to their side.



3 held for murder of Mohali resident
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
The Fatehgarh Sahib police has arrested the three accused wanted for murdering Amrinder Singh, a resident of Mohali, who was shot dead on June 27 over a property dispute in Mandi Gobindgarh.

Father of the victim accused three people in this connection. The accused have been identified as Rajinder Singh, Rana and Surjit, all residents of Mandi Gobindgarh.

The deceased was released on bail just two days before he was shot dead by the accused.

The police officials investigating the matter said the accused were sent in judicial custody yesterday. Further investigations were on, said the police officials.



SOI to plant  1 lakh saplings in state
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 11
Public relations and science and technology minister Bikramjeet Singh Majithia inaugurated the Student Organisation of India’s (SOI) state-level tree plantation programme at Khalsa College here today.

SOI president Raju Khanna said the party would plant 1 lakh saplings within this session all over the state.

Majithia declared Rs 2 lakh grant for the college and reiterated the SOI objective of providing green cover to the state along with checking pollution.



2,454 panches administered oath
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 11
Minister of food and civil supplies Adesh Partap Singh Kairon today administered oath to 2,454 panches of 431 villages of the district.
Panches take oath in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday.
Panches take oath in Fatehgarh Sahib on Friday. A Tribune photograph

After administering the oath, he assured the newly elected members of providing financial help to them. He said the newly elected members had a great responsibility to spend the money honestly and judiciously for the various development works of their respective villages.

The oath-taking ceremony was held at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib.



Double delight for Fatehdeep
Tribune News Service

Fatehdeep SinghMohali, July 11
The day belonged to Fatehdeep Singh from Ludhiana, as he emerged champion in both under-12 and under-14 age groups in the AITA Total Tennis Talent Series played at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, here today.

Fatehdeep started his day by thrashing his opponent Rahul Puria from Haryana in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in boys’ under-12 final.

He took just 35 minutes to bag the title. The spirited Fateh again rose up to the occasion when he took on top seed Mandeep Kumar from Chandigarh in the under-14 category in the evening.

In a nail-biting match, Fateh defeated his rival in three sets 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 6-4 to win the trophy. The match lasted over two hours.

In the girls’ under-14 age category, top seed Sonali Bansal faced no difficulty in defeating her opponent Deepti Rana from Haryana to clinch the title.

The Total Tennis Academy trainee took the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. The match lasted 50 minutes.

The girls’ under-12 section trophy went to Riya Bhatia, a student of class VI, Hansraj Model School, Delhi. She got the better of Bhavya Wadhawan of Chandigarh in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

Additional director general, investigations income tax, R.K.Chaubey, who was the chief guest, gave away the prizes to the winners.

The results: Semifinals: Boys under-12: Rahul Pooria (Haryana) beat Ishaque Eqbal (West Bengal) 6-1, 6-4; Fatehdeep Singh (Punjab) beat Dheeranush Bhatti (Chandigarh) 6-0, 6-0.

Boys’ under-14: Mandeep Kumar (Chd) beat Ishaque Eqbal (WB) 6-0, 6-4; Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) beat Srijan Uppal (Chd) 6-1, 6-3.

Final: Boys’ under-12: Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) beat Rahul Pooria (Har) 6-0, 6-0.

Boys’ under-14: Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) beat Mandeep Kumar (Chd) 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Girls’ under-12: Riya Bhatia (Delhi) beat Bhavya Wadhawan (Chd) 6-1, 6-4.

Girls under-14: Sonali Bansal (Chd) beat Deepti Rana (Har) 6-1, 6-2.



Jagdeep clinches TT title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Putting up a stellar performance, Jagdeep Kaur, a class VI student of Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, clinched the first title in the Bhavan Hawk’s 14th Bhavan Vidaylaya Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here today.

Jagdeep Kaur defeated Parveen Verma of DAV Public School, Sector 8, 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 in the cadet girls’ final.

Earlier, in a keenly contested semifinal match against Ansuki, Jagdeep lost the first two games with an identical score of 7-11.

In spite of being two games down, stubborn Jagdeep staged a comeback to win the next four games (11-4, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4) in a row to snuff out the challenge of Ansuki.

While in the second semifinal, Parveen Verma beat Richa 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3.

Parath, Tushar, Akul and Divaksh moved into the cadet boys’ singles semifinals.

The results: Cadet junior girls’ (final): Jagdeep Kaur (Government Girls Model School-18) b Parveen Verma (DAV Public School-8) 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9.

Semifinals: Jagdeep Kaur b Ansuki 7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4; Parveen Verma b Richa 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3.

Quarterfinals: Jagdeep Kaur b Mehak 11-6, 11-4, 11-3; Ansuki b Bhavya 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7; Parveen Verma b Rasleen 11-2, 11-2, 11-5; Richa b Bhavika 11-2, 11-6, 11-4.

Cadet boys (quarterfinals): Parth b Mukind Kakkar 12-8, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2; Tushar b Sehaj Himansu 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, Akul b Pankaj 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, Divaksh b Ishu Dhingra 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.



CCA-GNPS Academy sail into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Chandigarh Cricket Association-Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, today thrashed DP Azad Academy by nine wickets and moved into the final of the Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy being conducted by Desh Prem Azad Academy at St Stephen’s School ground in Sector 45 here.

The winning team will now face Bhavan Vidaylaya of Panchkula in the title clash.

With his unbeaten half century (53 not out), Manan Vohra guided the GNPS team to reach the target in just 16.1 overs.

He slammed eight boundaries and a six in the course besides sharing a valuable partnership of 76 runs with Jaskaran for the opening wicket.

Earlier, DPAC Academy won the toss and elected to bat. Their innings ended on a meager 86 runs in 34 overs.

Sachit Nayyar (20) and Abhilash Sharma (29) played defiant knocks. Prakshit Rana scored 11.

Kshitij (2 for 9) and Karan Goel (2 for 16) were the main wicket-takers for CCA-GNPS Academy.

During the chase, Jaskaran supported Manan well and contributed 22 runs.

Brief scores: Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy: 86 all out in 34 overs (Sachit Nayyar 20, Abhilash Sharma 29, Prakshit Rana 11; Kshitij 2 for 9, Hitesh Bhutani 1 for 19, Karan Goel 2 for 16, Shashank 1 for 19).

CCA-GNPS Academy: 90 for 1 in 16.1 overs (Jaskaran 22, Manan Vohra 53 not out, Naveen not out 3).



Probables selected for cricket camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The Cricket Federation of Chandigarh (CFC) has announced the list of successful players who have been selected as probables for a coaching camp starting shortly.

The players had taken part in trials at Banyan Tree School ground, Sector 48 on Thursday.

From the camp, a 16-member team will be finalised, which will take part in the All-India National Under-15 Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Cricket Federation of Tamil Nadu at Chennai from August 13 to 17.

The date and venue of the coaching camp will be announced shortly.

The successful players are: Surinder Rohil, Tushar Bedi, Sahil Sharma, Vivek Sharma, Hargurpreet Singh, Varun Birla, Lakesh Sharma, Harshit Kanwar, Mohd Shagir, Jayant Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Mayank Singh, Manul Jain, Mohd Talha, Preet Badhan, Gurmeet Singh, Parminder Singh, Rajat Kashyap, Manpreet Singh, Sachim Boora, Jatin Sharma, Mohit Kaul, Vikram Singh, Ashish Kundu, Pardeep Singh, Davinder Chauhan, Chetan Rawat (wicketkeeper), Arshvir Sandhu (wicketkeeper), Sahil Puri, Ravi Kishen and Gurkirat Kamboj.

Selection trials tomorrow

Selection trials for Chandigarh district team for Pataudi Trophy will be conducted at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on July 13 at 8 am.

According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated with the Haryana Cricket Association), interested players should reach the venue at 8 am in kit with white shoes.



Vishal to lead P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 11
Vishal Sahni will lead Panchkula district in the Haryana State Inter-District Cricket Championship for the Pataudi Trophy.

Panchkula will play its first match against Ambala on July 14 at JR Institute of Cricket Technology (Barwala) here.

The team: Vishal Sahni (captain), Ashish Kukreti, Himmat Singh, Umesh Kaira, Sunny Sharma, Dhanvant Tiwari, Kapil Pandey, Gaurav Pandit, Deepanshu Rajanwal, Ashwani Malik, Jatinder Billa, Vijay Kumar, Ajay Bhardwaj, Naval Sood, Suraj Bhan, Sumit Ohri.

Standbys: Hitesh Vohra, Pawan Jha, Rajinder Singh.



Killer Jinx clinch opener
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Killer Jinx emerged winner in the opening match of Outline Premier League beating Phoenix Suns by four runs at St Stephen’s School grounds here today. 

Batting first, Phoenix Suns scored 101 for 9 lead by Sushant’s knock of 29 runs. For Killer Jinx, Gagan took 2 for 13. In reply, Killer team won the match by posting 105 for 7.



Bedridden for 15 yrs, surgery gives new life to Seema
Jyoti Rai

Mohali, July 11
“When my legs were crippled to even bear my own body weight, it was hope and nothing else that kept me moving,” said 37-year-old Seema Sood, who had been bedridden for the last 15 years with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Seema finally walks after 15 years following successful surgery at Fortis Hospital.
Seema finally walks after 15 years following successful surgery at Fortis Hospital. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

However, a successful total knee replacement surgery (TKR) by Dr Manuj Wadhwa, senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, gave her a new life. Dr Wadhwa, an eminent joint replacement surgeon, has conducted the maximum number of TKR’s in Punjab this year.

When Sood first came to Fortis, she was bedridden, wheelchair bound and severely depressed because of her compromised quality of life. She weighed only 40 kg. Her case was complex because she had multiple joint involvements, bones were severely fragile and osteoporotic, joints had lost mobility and were fixed and her muscles were atomic and weak because she had been immobile for many years.

“For the past 15 years, my world was full of pain and helplessness,” said an emotional Sood. “With this crippling disease, all I could do was sit or lie down on my bed and take a few faltering, painful steps to go to the toilet,” she added.

“After a thorough evaluation, a planned protocol was made for her in which the primary objective was to make her stand and walk and bring her confidence back,” stated Dr Wadhwa. “Hence, the toughest part -- handling of the knees -- was taken up first. A single sitting bilateral TKR was performed on her. This surgery was technically very demanding because it meant operating on fixed knees in a severely osteoporosis patient who already had damaged hips. There was a high chance of intra-operative fractures of involved bones (thigh and leg). The surgery was successful and she can walk now,” said the doctor.

“When I came here (to Fortis), I was very nervous and full of negative thoughts,” said Sood. There were frightening thoughts that revolved in my mind. But I am glad that I overcame them. I know there are more surgeries ahead which will be painful, but now I am ready to face them smilingly,” she added.



Heroin supplied to cops, babus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The heroin (3.5 kg) that was seized from Sector 51 here by the Narcotic Control Bureau was smuggled from UP and was allegedly supplied to officers of the city police and high-profile bureaucrats.

Raju, a resident of Sector 51 here, has been arrested in this connection. He used to supply the drug to the wards of bureaucrats and IAS officers. The call details of Raju’s mobile phone revealed that even some of the serving officials were involved.

He was quite experienced in making drugs, using chemicals on his own.

According to sources, Raju has been arrested thrice in the past two years on the charge of smuggling. Raju was also whistle blower for the police, who was behind the suspension of sub-inspector V. Prakash. V. Prakash was recently arrested by the CBI on the charge of taking bribe.

The sources revealed that the UT police was afraid of Raju ever since he got V. Prakash arrested. 



Seven booked for assault
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 11
The Sohana police has booked seven persons, including two women, of Gige Majra village here for assaulting another family of the village on Wednesday evening.

The complainant in the case, Ajmer Singh, of the village told the police that he and his daughter-in-law were attacked at their house. His daughter-in-law Jaspal Kaur received injuries and was rushed to the Mohali Civil Hospital where she is currently admitted.

The accused Charanjit Kaur, Bholi, Garjant Singh, Bunty, Jagdish Singh, Randhir Singh and Satta have been booked.



Melodious evening at Kala Kendra
S.D. Sharma

Udaipur-based santoorist Ram Krishna Bose performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, on Friday
Udaipur-based santoorist Ram Krishna Bose performs at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 11
Known as versatile sitar, tabla and santoor player, Udaipur-based music maestro Ram Krishna Bose virtually made the santoor sing at the 131st baithak programme held at Pracheen Kala Kendra here today.

Having learnt the finer nuances of instrumental music from the eminent maestros like Ram Prasad Mehta of Benaras Gharana and Prof Ranjit Saha, he displayed the gayaki as well as tantrakari ang with adroit perfection. He commenced the recital with an elaborate alaap, jod alaap and crisp jhala while delineating the melody of Raga Vachaspati. He created a melodic verve which was well received by the audience.

Ram Krishna switched over to another Raag Rageshree in its varied formats. The concert concluded with a ‘pahari dhun’. Young tabla exponent Avirbhav Verma of Punjab Gharana exhibited remarkable ingenuity while articulating the melody on tabla. Registrar of the kendra Shobha Koser honoured the artistes. 



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