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Disputes over common land on the rise
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
Office of Fatehgarh Sahib SSP is flooded with complaints of property disputes in villages especially over common or panchayat land.

With realty boom, land-related disputes have also shot up in the district since the past few years. “Everyday we receive two to five complaints related to dispute over common land in various villages,” said police officials.

The land, without proper demarcation, has become the bone of contention among people as more than one person claims to be the owner of land in the vicinity of the villages.

Officials said most of the plots in controversy were those that were situated on roadside. Also, those plots, whose possession was with one person but documents with the other, constituted a large number of complaints. Most of these lands are government or public properties.

"People are coming with their complaints in connection with village lands. This property is either in the possession of one party or the other without proper documents. Now, with the increase in property prices, even a small piece of land is worth lakhs of rupees and nobody wants to leave even a yard," said a senior police official.

In a recent complaint lodged with the SSP, Jaswant Kaur, a resident of Ratan Palo village in Fatehgarh Sahib, accused three men of her village of trying to encroach upon a piece of common land, which was in her possession for the past many years. Villagers are using common land or roadside places to dump cow dung or other waste material of households or farms. "The land is in my possession and now a section of influential people are trying to encroach upon it due to rise in property prices", said Jaswant Kaur.

According to police officials, Nabipur village is one of the most notorious villages of district where common or government land is being encroached upon by people for various purposes.

"People take a piece of land for dumping cow dung and when someone else starts dumping the same near their occupied place, a dispute arises between the two parties," said Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Kaustubh Sharma.

Admitting the problem of a large number of complaints in this connection, he said the police was take preventive action in such complaints. "Though we write to departments concerned regarding the problem but a concrete solution needs to be crafted out to prevent such lacunae," he said.



PSEB helpless as some plants shut
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 13
Y.S. Ratra, chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board, said due to constraints in the state and Central sector power projects, the PSEB was facing shortage of power.

Unit No. 6 of Singrouli Power Plant (500MW) of NTPC has been non-functional since June 23. Its revival date was earlier given as July 8 but has now been revised to July 18. Unit No. 3 of the same plant having a capacity of 200 MW has been down due to the boiler tube leakage since July 11 and has been revived today.

Another unit 7 of Singrouli Plant of 500MW tripped today due to boiler tube leakage and may be revived tomorrow. The PSEB is losing 120 MW(28 lakh units) per day from these units.

Unit No. 2 of Rihand (500MW) is out of generation due to boiler tube leakage since July 11 and is expected to be revived today. The PSEB is losing 50 MW (12LUs) per day, informed the sources.

The BBMB is releasing 3,500 cusecs of water from Pong Dam and only one machine of 60MW is operational, resultantly MHP is generating only 16 lakh units per day against 48 lakh units per day last year.

According to an official of the PSEB, Naptha Jhakhri Plant (1500MW) remained close from 6 am to 6 pm today for flushing out the silt. This plant has also become functional.

Tanakpur Hydel Project of NHPC and Narora Atomic Power Plant of NPCIL have been shut due to technical faults causing shortage of 7.25lakh units per day to the PSEB.

Sources revealed that Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were facing acute power shortage due to weak monsoon and non-generation from windmills. These states have thus backed out of the earlier commitment of supplying power to Punjab from July 15 onwards, they added.

Due to overall power shortage, the frequency of the national grid has gone down, therefore the PSEB is unable to overdraw from national grid as per requirement.

Ratra said there had been an abrupt rise in the demand of power. The PSEB had been forced to impose daily six hours’ power cuts.

Ratra also said that PSEB officials were on their toes to rectify the faults in the system wherever they occurred. He appealed to consumers to bear with the PSEB in such situations. However, he said PSEB officials would make all efforts to keep the system free of faults and consumers would not face power outages except for scheduled power cuts.



8 months on, one held in suicide case
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 13
Almost eight months after a 20-year-old resident allegedly committed suicide due to allegations that he had misbehaved with a girl, the local police has arrested the girl’s brother Rahul Gandhi on charges of abetment to suicide.

According to the police, suicide victim Akbar Ali had hung himself to death in a government tube well room in November 2007 and left a suicide note in his pocket. He was buried the next day by his family.

The family later recovered the suicide note from his clothes. The victim had squarely blamed Rahul Gandhi and his family for his death pointing out that he had not misbehaved with Rahul’s sister. The victim had also alleged hat he was bashed up and humiliated by Rahul.

Following the recovery of the note, Akbar Ali’s body was exhumed in the first week of December and a postmortem conducted. Rahul was booked along with his parents and sister.

The police sent the note for handwriting analysis, the report of which was received yesterday. Rahul was arrested by the police and presented in a local court today which remanded him to two days in police custody.



Newborn girl found abandoned
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 13
A newborn girl was found abandoned in a field in Rolan village close to Ambala Cantonment this morning. The infant was wrapped in a cloth.

A villager who was passing by heard the cries of the baby. He immediately informed the village sarpanch Sukhdev Singh who in turn informed the police.

The infant was taken to the Ambala Cantonment Civil Hospital. Later, she was shifted to the civil hospital at Ambala City.

It could not be ascertained who had left the child there. The police is investigating the matter.

Ambala SP Sibas Kabiraj visited the child in the hospital. He said a case had been registered against an unknown person.



One killed, another hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 13
A man was killed while his pillion rider was seriously hurt in a road mishap after an unidentified car knocked down the motorcycle they were riding on near here, this afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Gurvinder Singh of Paragpur and the other victim Amrik Singh of Gholumajra has been admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

The police said the victims were rushed to the civil hospital in Lalru where Gurvinder was declared brought dead while Amrik was referred to Chandigarh in a critical condition. The police has registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.



Munish, Nadia lift trophies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Left-handed Munish Bhardwaj of BSNL and Nadia Saini of DAV Coaching Centre emerged champions in men's and women's singles titles, respectively, in the Bhavan Hawk's 14 th Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, concluded at Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here, today.

In the finals, Munish drubbed PU player Rachit Chopra 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 while Nadia beat Kalyani 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 to lift the trophies.

Earlier, it was not difficult for Munish to end the challenge of Rachit, who levelled the score one-all after losing the first set. In the third set, Munish was down 0-4 when he bounced back into the game and win the set 11-5. But after that Munish did not give him any chance and clinched all three set consecutively to establish his supremacy.

Earlier, defending Dev Saini was upset by Munish Bhardwaj in the quarterfinals by 16-14, 13-11, 11-9, 6-11, 3-11. Dev Saini, however, had the consolation of retaining the junior boys singles title after beating Sumit Chaudhary of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School 11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in the final.

Naina Suri won the junior girls crown beating Kalyani 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8.

The chief guest SM Sharma, the Punjab additional director general of police, distributed the prizes.

Results: Men's singles (final): Munish Bhardwaj bt Rachit Chopra 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8.

Semifinals: Rachit Chopra bt Vikas 7-11, 8-11, 14-12, 11-6, 12-10, Munish Bhardwaj bt Amod Dixit 7-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4.

Q-finals: Vikas bt Sumit 11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6, Rachit Chopra bt Chetan 11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4, Munish Bhardwaj bt Dev Saini 16-14, 13-11, 11-9, 6-11, 3-11, Amod Dixit bt Ranjot Singh 11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5.

Women's singles (final): Nadia Saini bt Kalyani 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.

Semi-finals: Nadia Saini bt Bhawna Sareen 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8, Kalyani bt Sadhika 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

Q-finals: Nadia Saini bt Gurvinder Kaur 11-7, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8, Sadhika bt Sunanda 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, Bhawna bt Garima 12-10, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, Kalyani bt Barbie Nagpal 11-1, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9.

PQFs: Barbie Nagpal bt Richa 11-9, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11, Gurvinder Kaur bt Naina Suri 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-7, Sadhika bt Rajeshwari 11-7, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9, Kalyani bt Vibhuti 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10.

Junior boys singles (final): Dev Saini bt Sumit Chaudhary 11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.

Semifinals: Dev Saini bt Rachit Chopra 11-1, 10-12, 10-12, 5-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-9, Sumit Chaudhary bt Puneet 7-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8, 11-3.

Junior girls singles (final): Naina Suri bt Kalyani 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8.

Semifinals: Kalyani bt Barbie Nagpal 11-8, 12-10, 11-5, 14-12, Naina Suri bt Sakshi 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10, 11-8.



AITA: Shikhars in main draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Shikhar Nehru and Shikhar Gaddh have secured their places in the main draw by beating their rivals in the final qualifying round of boys under-18 in ongoing Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA, Sector 10 here today.

Nehru and Gaddh drubbed Sohil Singh Bedi and Zeeshan by an identical score 8-0.

The other results are as follow:

Boys Under-18 (2nd Round): Yash Deshmukh bt Kuwar Singh 8-0, Harry Singh Amor bt Arjun Tomar 8-0, Arjun Singh bt Abhay Yadav 8-2, Shobhit Phutela w/o Vishesh Matheja, Pranshu bt Jatinder Singh 8-3, Mandeep Singh bt Govind Singh 6-0 (con), Vaibhav Grover w/o Ayush Mintri, Bhramjot bt Rishabh Mehta 8-4, Rushi Aiman bt Navkarn 8-1, Shashank bt Milind Mehta 8-0, Fatehdeep Singh bt Amit Bhati 8-0, Ketan Gupta bt Gagandeep Singh 8-7(4), Abhilash bt Sukhjot Singh 8-4, Dheer Anush Bhatti bt Ajay S. Thakur 8-2, Chinmay w/o Sukhdanish, Zian Abdul Rasheed bt sukhdeep Ghose 8-0, Shikar Nehru bt Saransh Bhatia 8-4,

Sohil Singh Bedi bt Taranveer 8-2, Zeeshan Ali bt Karandeep 8-5, Shikhar Goddh bt Shivam Verma 8-4, Dhruv Aggarwal bt Varun Chawla 8-0, Tushar Tawani bt Amrinder Chaudhary 8-0, Ramandeep bt Anshul Vohra 8-4, Rahul Pandey bt Ekansh Gupta 8-1, Suraj Beniwal bt Pamaveer S. Toor 8-3, Aiman Abdullah bt Jivtesh Kang 8-2, Resham Singh bt Arpit Sharma 8-3, Sridhar Kapse bt Kirti Dand 8-3, Dinesh Goel bt Amit Chauhan 8-3, Nischay Rawal bt Hitesh Dang 8-3, Uday S. Mann bt Siddharth Mendirath 8-4, Sadab Khan bt Gouravinder Toor 8-2.

Boys Under-18 (Final Qualifying Round):

Shikhar Nehru bt Sohil Singh Bedi 8-0, Shikhar Gaddh bt Zeeshan Ali 8-0, Tushar Tawani bt Dhruv Aggarwal 8-2, Rahul Pandey bt Ramandeep 8-3, Aiman Abdullah bt Surah Beniwal 8-4, Resham Singh bt Sridhar Kapse 8-1, Dinesh Goel bt Nishchay Rawal 8-4, Shadab Khan bt Uday Singh Mann 8-2, Yash Deshmukh bt Harry 8-7(6), Arjun bt Shobit Phutela 8-0, Pranshu bt Mandeep Singh 6-0 (con), Prabhjot bt Vaibhav 8-0, Rushi Aiman bt Shashank Sharma 8-0, Fatehdeep Singh bt Ketan Gupta 8-7(4), Abhilash bt Dheer Anush Bhatti 8-2, Chinmay bt Zian 6-2 (con).

Boys Under-14 (2nd Round): Vishu Prashad bt Diviansh Pnadey 8-0, Nameer bt Anmol Sandhu 8-1, Srijan Uppal bt Kanwaljot Singh 8-2, Santbir Singh bt Sanchit Thakur 8-2,

Junaid Toshif bt Abhijeet 8-1, Shashank Sharma bt Akshay 8-2, Nishat bt Andrew 8-3, Pallav bt Vikas Goel 8-6, Sumit Pal Singh bt Agrish Sharma 8-3, Ranjodh Singh bt Param Pun 8-6, Kunal Rao bt Rahul B.S. 8-6, Harsh Arora bt Raghav Talwar 8-3, Shubham Vij bt Sahil Rana 8-4, Utkarsh bt Aditya Bansal 8-2, Harsha De Silva bt Vijay Kandel 8-0, Nihit Rawal bt Eknoor 8-6.

Boys Under-14 (Final Qualifying Round):

Nameer bt Vishu 8-3, Srijan Uppal bt Santbir Singh 8-2, Junaid bt Shashank Sharma 8-5, Nishat bt Pallav Jindal 8-7(4), Kunal Rao bt Harsh Arora 8-3, Ranjodh Singh bt Sumit 8-5, Utkarsh Khosla bt Shubham Vij 8-2, Harsha bt Nihit Rawal 8-4

Girls Under-18 (1st Round): Nikita bt Sonali Bansal 8-5, Ronika Nagpal w/o Sunita Roa, Priyanka Rawat bt Nimrata Bhulla 8-2, Harkirat K. Bains bt Varsha 8-0, Disha Dang bt Charvi Saxena 8-5, Manish Bhaskar bt Himani Chaturvedi 8-2, Vasundhara Raju bt Deepshikha Gupta 8-3, Hanshika Seth bt Marriam Raidha 8-3, Disha Aggarwal bt Preeti 8-3, Mehak bt Kinshu Dang 8-0.

Girls Under-18 (2nd Round):

Amreen Chaudhary bt Nikita 8-2, Prathanrna Trivedi w/o Shaina Rao, Priyanka Rawat bt Ranika Nagpal 8-1, Iftenan bt Jaya Lakhwani 8-4, Disha Dang bt Harkirat 8-3, Madhu Shani bt Manisha 8-3, Vasundhra Raje Hanshika 8-4,

Mehak bt Dihsa Satish 8-1.



Varsha, Vishal shine in 600m race
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Varsha, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 28, here, won top honours in the 600-metre race trailing Harmeet Kaur (GMSSS, Sector 37) and Kartika (KBDAV School-7) to second and third spots, respectively, in the under-14 girls in Chandigarh State Sub-Junior and Junior Athletics Championship-2008 concluded here at Sports Complex, Sector-46, today.

While in the boys’ category, Vishal secured the first position in the 600 m race. Rahul Kumar and Vishwjeet Singh finished second and third positions, respectively.

Pardeep Chhabra, Mayor, Municipal Corporation gave away the medals to the winners. He also announced a financial assistance of Rs 2,100 to the association.

The results are as below:

Boys u-14


Vishal, Govt Model School, Sec-43, Chd, 1:43.84s

Rahul Kumar, Govt Model School, Sec-36, Chd.1: 49.30s

Vishwjeet Singh, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, Chd. 1:50.53 s

Long Jump

Rahul Kumar, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, Chd. 4.60m, Ranjot, SGGS School, Sec-35, 4.41 m

Balraj Singh, SGGS School, Sec-35, 4.39 m

Boys U-16


Arjun Thakur, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 27:13s

Sanbeer, SGGS School, Sec-35, 27:63 s

Manmeet, New Public School, Scetor-18, 28:37 s


Karan, SGGS School, Sec-35, 2:26.19s, Niranjan, Delhi Public School, Sec-40, 2:37.46s, Sonu, GMSS School, MMT, 2:43.11s


Rohit, St. Harry, School, MMT, 5:18.30s, Sumit Hooda, Govt Model School, Sec-32, 5:32.70s, Sonu, GMSS School, MMT,5:43.90s

Long Jump

Aashish, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28,5.41 m, Arjun Thakur, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 5.10 m, Abhimanyu, DAVSS School, Sector-8, 4.82 m

Javelin Throw

Manmeet , New Public School, Sector-18, 34.61 m Ajay Kundu, Govt Model SS School, Sec-19, 28.02 m

Robin Singh, Sports Complex, Sector-46, 27.10 m

Boys U-18


Manpreet Singh,SGGS College, Sec-26, 23.58s, Gurpreet Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 23.74s, Harjot Singh, DAV College, Sec-10, 23.76s


Sukhwinder Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 2:02.48s,

Arvinder Singh, DAVM School, Sec-15, 2:19.24s,

Vimal Singh, Sports Complex, Sec-46, 2:36.23s

1500 M

Supreet Singh, DAV College, Sec-10, 4:48.70s

Sarabjeet Singh, GMSSS, MMT, 5:00.30s Sunil, SGGS School, Sec-35, 5:05.80s

Long Jump

Gurpreet Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 5.97 m

Gurpreet Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 5.42 m

Atul Kumar, DAVSS School, Sector-8, 34 m

Discus Throw

Prashant Malik, DAV College, Sec-10, 40.92 m

Ravi Pal, GMSSS, MMT, 39.74 m

Akash Singh, DAVSS School, Sector-8, 38.25 m

Javelin Throw

Arun Kumar, DAVSS School, Sector-8, 38.92 m

Ravi Chand, SGGS School, Sec-35, 33.21 m Ashok Kumar, GMSSS, MMT, 29.05 m

Boys U-20


Harwinder Singh, Sports Complex, Sec-46,23.80s Gurjeewan Singh, DAV College, Sec-10,24.30s

Shekhar Sharma, DAV College, Sec-10, 25.10s


Himanshu, DAV College, Sec-10, 2:11.20s

Sukhmandeep Singh, DAVM School, Sec-15, 2:12.17 s

Sandeep, SGGS College, Sec-26, 2:19.92s


Inderjeet Singh, Sports Complex, Sec-7, 4:26.80s, Sandeep Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 5:15.20s, Amit Kumar, DAV College, Sec-10, 5:57.80s

10,000 m Walk

Jagsher Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 51::48.20s, Pardeep Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 1:04:37.20 s

Dildar Singh, SGGS College, Sec-26, 1::10:40.30s

Discus Throw

Gurwinder Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 46.64 m, Lakhwinder Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 46.12 m, Satwinder Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 43.03 m

Hammer Throw

Sukhdev Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 56.40m, Satinder Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 38.10m

Lakhwinder Singh, BSC, Sector-39, 37.10 m

Girls U-14


Varsha, GMSSS, Sector-28,1:58.80s, Harmeet Kaur, GMSSS, Sector-37,2:11.80s

Kartika, KBDAV School, Sec-7, 2:13.80s

Long Jump

Komal, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 3.41 m, Mansi,GMSSS, Sector-36, 3.24 m, Reema, GMSSS, Sector-36, 3:20 m

Girls U-16


Kiranpreet Kaur, GMSSS, Sector-40, 30.83s

Manjeet Nain, DAVM School, 15, 31.21s


Sandhya Yadav, GMSSS, Sector-16,2:55.00s, Neeru, GMSSS, Sector-36, 3:37.92s

Seema, GMSSS, Sector-36, 3:58.70s


Ramandeep, GMSSS, Sector-37,6:15.00s, Parul, KBDAV, Sector-7, 6:25.00s

Long Jump

Sushmita, GMHS-36, 3.20 m, Prinyaka, Govt Model School, Sec-36, 2.55 m, Seema, Govt Model School, Sec-36, 2.50m

Discus Throw

Gagandeep Kaur, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 17.60 m, Jyoti, Govt Model School, Sec-36, 11.40 m, Poonam, Govt Model School, Sec-36, 9.14 m

Javelin Throw

Puneet Kaur, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 21.00 m, Mansi, St. Soldier Int. School, Sec-28, 13.32 m, Neeru

Govt Model School, Sec-36, 9.31m

Girls U-18


Sukhdeep, GMSSS, Sector-16, 28.90s, Mandeep Kaur, DAVM School, 15, 28.98 s

Girls U-20


Talwinderjit Kaur, Sports Complex, Sec-46, 28.80s,

Parul Joshi, KBDAV School, Sector-7, 32.10 s


Pooja, DAVM School, 15,2:39.30s, Amandeep Kaur, GSSS MMT, chd. 3:15.60 s



Jeev finishes ninth in Scottish Open
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, July 13
Jeev Milkha Singh played yet another top 10 finish in the European Golf Tour when he finished tied ninth in the Scottish Open on the par-71 greens of the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Glasgow (Scotland) late this evening (Indian time) today.

Jeev could have done much better had he not conceded back to back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes after playing a one under par 35 on the front nine.

In fact, after the third round Jeev was happily placed at tied third. Jeev showed his class returning three under par 68 cards on the first and second day. He recovered on the third day to play a two under par 69 to be tied third.

On the final day, much was expected from the Chandigarh golf icon. He remained in the reckoning playing a one under par front nine on the final day. But two bogeys on the back nine saw him slip to tied ninth slot.

But Jeev is certainly keeping his position in the order of merit. At the moment he is placed second on the Asian tour and 10th on the European Tour.

Two other Indians on the Scottish Open failed to make the cut after the second round. They were S.S.P. Chowrasia (72-70) and Shiv Kapur (71-72).

James Kingston of South Africa clinched the title after firng a three under par 68 for a four-day aggregate of 13 under par 271.



Sarfraz steers Jinx to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
With his overall performance, (52 runs and 2 for 15), Sarfraz steered his team, Killer Jinx, to victory against Innovators team by eight wickets in the finals of Outline Premier League at St Stephen’s School grounds, Sector 45 here today.

Innovators batted first and posted 93 for 9 in the allotted 15 overs. Anupam and Sunit were the main scorers with 27 and 22 runs, respectively.

Manoj wrecked the batting lineup of the rivals with his clinical spell. He returned with the figure three for 19. Gaganbir and Sarfraz snapped two wickets each, conceding 20 and 15 runs, respectively.

Chasing the target, the Jinx team reached the destination in just eight overs. The team made 95 for 2. Varinder supported Sarfraz very well with his 22 runs.

For his good performance, Sarfraz was won two titles- man of the series and best batsman. Outline System’s CEO Satvinder Singh distributed the prizes to the winners.



Punjab T20 players selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Trials for Chandigarh team for Punjab State Twenty-20 Inter-District Cricket Tournament Under-16 for Udham Singh Trophy have been conducted at Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37 here today.

As many as 46 players participated in trials. Following are the names of the selected players for the tournament to be held in Ludhiana from July 15 to 19.

The players have to report at Stepping Stone school on July 14 at 4 pm along with their original birth certificates.

Rahul Sharma (Captain), Pardeep Singh, Arun Sharma, Gaurav, Lovnish, Randeep Rana, Sahib Deep Singh, Baljinder, Parmod Yadav, Akhil Verma, Shyam Kumar, Aman Kamboj, Tushar Pasricha, Navdeep Thakur, Kamal Preet Singh, Karan Arora, Stand Byes: Harpreet Singh, Satyam Divedy, Aman Khokar.



Cricket trials deferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association) has postponed the trials for Pataudi trophy due to overnight rain.

The trials, which were scheduled to be held today, will now be conducted tomorrow at 3 pm at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of CCA (HCA) said the selected team will play their quarterfinal match at Lahali near Rohtak against the winner of pre-quarterfinalist.



One held with 23 kg poppy husk
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 13
The local police today arrested Harbans Singh, a resident of Mohali, on the charges of possessing 23 kg of poppy husk near Kishangarh.

According to the police, Harbans, who had been running a mobile poppy shop since over a year. He used to bring the supply from Rajasthan and was openly selling in the tri-city. Harbans had recently shifted to Kaimbala and was living in a rented accommodation.

The accused was arrested red-handed during a naka, deployed on the road that leads to Sukhna Lake, while he was on his way to Kaimbala. Fear of being caught, Harbans tried to take a U-turn, following which he was nabbed.


Roshan Singh, Ravinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh were arrested on the charges of stealing cash. The accused allegedly entered the house of Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Maloya, on July 10 and took cash Rs 47,000 and even threatened him.



Grading of diamonds likely to boost exports
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
With an aim to give a new lease of life to diamond exports from India, the government has now come up with quality standards of polished diamonds in the country. It is also proposed to set up a diamond-testing centre at Surat in Gujarat.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has established for the first time ‘Indian standard on the quality parameters and grading of polished diamonds’. The standard published in two parts (IS 15766 part 1 and 2) is in line with the international norms. As per the standard, grading of the quality of diamonds shall be based on four Cs (colour, clarity, cut and carat weight). Scheme of certification of the diamonds as per the standards in the country is under process and shall be soon implemented for the manufacturers, dealers and exporters of diamonds.

The Indian standard for grading of polished diamonds has come at the right time when India is fast emerging as the biggest consumer market for diamond jewellery. India is also one of the largest exporters of diamonds, with 85 per cent of world’s polished diamonds being processed in India. It learnt that in year 2006-2007, India imported $8.8 billion of rough diamonds and exported $10.9 billion of polished gems, much of which is sent to Hong Kong and the US to be set in jewellery.

Lack of quality control in the country and emergence of new markets for diamond polishing is now threatening the Indian business. Consultancy firm KPMG has predicted that India’s share of diamond polishing by value would drop to 49 per cent by 2015, from 57 per cent today, as the global diamond industry spreads into new corners of the globe. China is investing heavily in polishing mid-sized stones. Angola, Namibia and Botswana are increasingly determined to process locally some of the stones chipped from their mines.

"There were no formal standard adopted by the Indian diamond industry for grading diamonds. The efforts of BIS will benefit the end users by way of quality assurance of diamonds,” says Bhupinder Singh, deputy director general, northern region, BIS.



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