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Unpaid Bills
PSEB suspends power supply to streetlights

Threatens same for waterworks

Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, July 18
The town has plunged into darkness following disconnection of power supply to streetlights on account of unpaid bills due with the municipal council.

Making the matter worse for town residents, the local PSEB office has served a notice on the council threatening to disconnect power supply to the lone waterworks of the town.

The cash-strapped council doesn’t have any source of income and the government has been indifferent towards the needs of the sub-division and its residents.

SDO Shiv Dyal Singh said power supply to streetlights was disconnected last week due to default in payment of bills. He said bills of Rs 12.77 lakh on account of streetlights and Rs 9.62 lakh on account of waterworks were still pending with the council.

He said his office had served notice on the council last week, threatening to disconnect power supply to the waterworks if outstanding bills were not cleared.

He said no payment had been received so far and the power supply to the waterworks would be suspended shortly.

He said he had been instructed to disconnect power connection of those government departments that had failed to clear their bills, lest he should be chargsheeted.

Executive officer Charanjit Singh said the financial state of the council was pitiable, as it was barely paying salaries to its staff. He said they had assured the PSEB of arranging funds soon and clearing the pending bills. The town residents are already facing severe drinking water shortage and the suspension of power connection to the lone waterworks will sound the death knell for them. Another water tube-well installed at the cost of Rs 25 lakh has been lying unused owing to the absence of power connection.



4 truckloads of illegal eatables seized
Tribune News Service

Civil surgeon Avtar Singh examines eatables seized from four trucks at Rajpura on Friday.
Civil surgeon Avtar Singh examines eatables seized from four trucks at Rajpura on Friday. Photo: J.S. Virdi

Rajpura, July 18
The civil surgeon, Patiala, along with a team of food inspectors from Rajpura seized four trucks loaded with illegal eatables here late last night.

At least 155 kg jaggery, 90 kg red chilly, 80 quintal milk power and 79 kg honey were recovered from the four trucks coming from Delhi.

While three trucks were seized near the Shambhu barrier, one was intercepted near the Banur barrier.

Civil surgeon Avtar Singh said the eatables seized were apparently of poor quality.

“Although we suspect adulteration, we have taken samples of all the items and sent it to various labs. The result will come out next week,” he said.

The raiding officials said the drivers of the trucks failed to give a satisfactory reply about their consignments. All gave conflicting replies to similar queries.

While honey was said to have been brought from Kerala, milk powder and jaggery were brought from Uttar Pradesh and chilly from Delhi, said the officials.

The officials added that action would be initiated against the owners if goods were found adulterated.

Most of the packs were also not up to the mark, as labels of ghee and milk were printed on same packs, said officials.

The trucks had been impounded and handed over the Rajpura police, they added.



American delegation meets students
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 18
A delegation from Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA, visited the school of management studies, Punjabi University, here today.

The delegation interacted with prospective students of “dual degree programme” and responded to their queries.

They also held discussions with the faculty on the pedagogical issues relating to “dual degree programme” and also expressed satisfaction over the preparation and setting up of a smart classroom.

The delegation included Dr Reynold Verret, Dr Paul Brown, and dean of Wilkes University, Dr Wagiha Taylor, Dr Dean Frear and Dr Nandita Das. Dr Brown said students of the school of management studies would get the opportunity of attaining a “dual degree” from Punjabi University and Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA, in the upcoming academic session.

He added that under an MoU signed between the two universities, prospective students would complete the first year at Punjabi University and continue their studies at Wilkes University.



HFCL asked to pay Rs 10,000
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 18
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, while disposing of a complaint of journalist Ravinder Moudgil regarding disconnection of his telephone, has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 jointly on HFCL Infotel Ltd, Mohali, and Chugh Telecom Ltd, Bassi Pathana, for causing mental agony and harassment and also directed the firms to pay Rs 500 as cost of the petition.

Moudgil, through his counsel Naveen Behal, had filed a complaint with the forum against HFCL and others, alleging that the companies had disconnected telephone No. 503752 installed at his residence on false allegation of non-payment of bills. He said he had been paying the bills regularly.

After hearing arguments of both the parties, the judge observed that disconnection of the telephone without any reasonable ground and without any notice to the consumer is a matter of deficiency of service and hence, the penalty was imposed.



358 complete ITBP training
Tribune News Service

ITBP Additional Director General Ranjit Sinha takes the salute during a passing out parade in Patiala on Friday.
ITBP Additional Director General Ranjit Sinha takes the salute during a passing out parade in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, July 18
The passing out parade of the 28th battalion of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was held at the ITBP complex here today.

At least 358 students passed out after undergoing training for 44 weeks.

The parade was presided over by ITBP Additional Director General Ranjit Sinha.

Sinha praised the efforts of the students and said their stringent training was reflected in the parade.

He said the ITBP had been successfully defending the country’s borders ever since its inception in 1962.

He added that the force was also posted in other government departments and at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

G.D. Rajnikant (overall presentation), Manoj Singh Yadav (best marksman), Vikram Sepia (best drill) and P. Harikrishan (best player) were also honoured. Battalion Commandant Ashok Negi presented a vote of thanks to the chief guest and other dignitaries.



Bassi Pathana roads cry for attention
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 18
Roads of Bassi Pathana are crying for attention. Rains have proved havoc for the roads as well as for residents.

Commuting on most of the roads of the town has become a nightmare for motorists. There is no system for drainage of rain and sewer water with the roads overflowing. Rains have ruined the Chandigarh-Bassi Pathana and Bassi Pathana-Khamano roads completely. These roads are full of pits with some of them being as deep as two feet, causing great risk and inconvenience to pedestrians as well as motorists. Accidents have become a routine affair here.

Various social organisations have urged the deputy commissioner to direct the PWD department to initiate repair work immediately as well as to lay premix on these roads.



Manjit Kaur elected MC chief
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 18
Manjit Kaur, councillor from ward No. 11, and Seema Sharma, councillor from ward No. 5, have been unanimously elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the of Dera Bassi municipal council.

They elections were held at the municipal office here today.

Manjit Kaur said her first priority was to complete all pending projects like sewerage system, drainage system and supply of safe drinking water in the township.

She added that streetlights would be provided in the area on priority.

She asserted that development work would be done under the guidance of cooperatives minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

The SAD-BJP combine had wrest eight of the 13 seats the MC here. The three other Independents are BJP or SAD rebels. Once a Congress stronghold, the party managed to win only one seat here.



SAD faction takes councillors for junket
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 18
While the date for the election to the president of municipal council has been fixed, an aspirant for the post belonging to the SAD has taken some councillors for a trip to Himachal Pradesh.

Sources said a faction of the SAD had taken along eight out of the 13 councillors to the hill state to win over their support.

The councillors are expected to return straight to the election meeting venue to avoid horse-trading.

Sources said in a similar development, 12 councillors of the Sirhind municipal council had been taken to Himachal Pradesh. The elections are scheduled to be held on Monday.



Not enough food for sniffer dogs
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
Sniffer dogs of the district dog squad are not getting enough food due to lack of funds. The police department is supposed to get Rs 80,000 a year for the food and maintenance of these dogs, but this year it got only Rs 8,000. As a result, the dogs are not being given meat.

A dog requires 680 gm meat, 1,500 litres milk, two eggs and 250 gm feed. But the dogs are only getting curd, milk and feed. While they are kept in AC rooms at the training centre in Phillaur, here they stay in dingy rooms without fans. The Tribune found the dogs locked in a room without a ceiling fan.

“During the day, we have to keep them in rooms where there is no fan. We keep them in a specially designed room with a wall fan, ceiling fan and an exhaust fan during night,” a cop deployed to look after the canines at the Police Lines, Sirhind, said.

The dogs were brought from Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, in 2005. They have been imparted special training to trace explosives and narcotics. One of the dogs, a labrador, is an expert in tracing out RDX and other explosives.

A German shepherd helped to find the body of a deceased, leading to the arrest of the murderer at Amloh.

“We have recently released a grant of Rs 30,000 for ration and other facilities for these dogs. We are managing with whatever resources we have at the moment,” SSP Kaustubh Sharma said.



Man's bid to set himself afire
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 18
Gurcharan Singh, a resident of Kailash Nagar, Ambala City, attempted to immolate himself by sprinkling kerosene oil on his body in front of the deputy commissioner’s residence here yesterday due to alleged denial of justice.

Security guards deployed at the main gate of the DC residence snatched the container of kerosene from him.

Gurcharan Singh, along with his wife and mother, reached the residence of the DC with a container filled with kerosene. He alleged that a public prosecutor had encroached upon a portion of his plot.

On the other hand, the public prosecutor said the local and district courts had passed an order in his favour regarding the disputed piece of land. He claimed that he legally possessed the plot. Meanwhile, the DC has ordered an inquiry into the matter.



Draft notification issued
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 18
Principal secretary, local bodies, has issued a draft notification for the delimitation of limits of Kharar municipal committee.

Three surrounding villages — Badala Nayashahr, Khuni Majra and Chajju Majra — will be included in the MC limits.

The notification was issued on July 16.



Swimming meet
Our Correspondent

Patiala, July 18
The Patiala District Swimming Championship for seniors, juniors and sub-juniors will be held at Government Mohindra College swimming pool on July 19 and 20.

Patiala mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli will be distributing prizes on the final day.



AITA: Local players win titles
Tribune News Service

Champion Ajay Yadav in action during the final of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Stadium, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, July 18
Local players shone city’s name by winning championship in both boys’ and girls’ category in under-18 age-group in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10 here today.

In boys’ section, Ajay emerged champion while Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu won the top honours in girls’ section. Both are the trainees at CLTA.

Though Ajay, a Class X student of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, was down with viral fever but his spirits were high which helped him to beat Akasht Joshi, also from Chandigarh, in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-1.

In the well-contested first set, both the players were in their elements and fought for every point. The set was decided in tiebreaker 7-6 (4) in favour of Ajay.

The second set was totally dominated by Ajay, who lost only one game in it. Ajay secured top position, registering an easy 6-1 victory in the decider.

Wild card Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu, a 10+2 student of Government Model School, Sector 10, got the better of Mehak Singh of Chandigarh 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the well-contested final.

Mehak was leading by 3-1 in the first set but Sandhu held her nerves and changed the scenario by clinching the set 6-4.

In the second set, Sandhu was again trailed at 0-2 and 3-5 when she came from behind and won three games in a row to take a 6-5 lead. Mehak then held her serve game to make it six-all and took 4-2 lead in the tiebreaker. But Sandhu did not lose her heart and won the next games to won the set as well as the tournament.

The Delhi players, top seed Nehal Sahni and Trivesh, took away the girls’ under-14 and boys’ under-14 titles, respectively. Trivesh ended the challenge of Punjab's Fatehdeep Singh in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 to claim the boys’ under-14 championship.

Thirteen-year-old Nehal Sahni, a Class VIII student of Tagore Public School, Narain Vihar, denied CLTA third singles title as the Delhi girl defeated Nikita of Chandigarh by 6-4, 6-4 in the girls’ under-14 singles title.

CLTA general manager R.K. Nayyar distributed the prizes.

Results (all finals):

Boys U-18: Ajay Yadav (Chd) bt Akshat Joshi (Chd) 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Boys U-14: Trivesh (Delhi) bt Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) 6-4, 6-1.

Girls U-14: Nehal Sahni (Delhi) bt Nikita (Chd) 6-4, 6-4.

Girls U-18: Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu (Chd) bt Mehak Singh (Chd) 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Boys U-14 (doubles): Fatehdeep (Pb) and Jatinder (Chd) bt Ranjeet (Chd) and Trivesh (Delhi) 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Boys U-18 (doubles): Pranshu and Abhilash (UP) bt Ajay Yadav and Amardeep Singh (Chd) 6-2, 6-2.



Jeev all set for Japan Golf Tour
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, July 18
Having shown his prowess in the European Golf Tour, Jeev Milkha Singh is all set for the Japan Golf Tour before a final effort at US PGA Major as he moves ahead to inch his way to the world top-50 ranking.

"I am happy with my performance and I will make it on the top-10 of the European tour that will allow me participation in all the majors next year," said Jeev Milkha Singh who was in the city for a brief stint before going ahead with the next round — the Japan 
Golf Tour.

Jeev missed out on the English Open when he failed to make it in the top-5 in the Scottish Open where he finished joint ninth after being placed third on the penultimate day. "I never imagined I would be watching the British Open on the television sitting at home. I should have been there had I not put too much pressure on the last day of the tournament," said Jeev.

Is it the painful tendon on the right foot that has kept the Chandigarh golf icon from giving his best? "No," said Jeev. But he hastened to add: "Yes, I am rather disappointed with the finishes in the last four tournaments. I think I am putting too much pressure on the final day to improve my place."

Jeev needs rest for at least three weeks to get comfort from the painful tendon on the right foot. But that is not possible considering the good performance he has been showing in the European Tour matches.

Jeev, who is currently ranked 77th in the world, 10th on the European tour and second on the Asian Tour, is all set to repeat his 2006 performance. His wife has been by his side in all the matches. "The positive vibes from my partner is her best contribution to my showing in international golf," said Jeev who flies to Japan on Sunday for next week's Japan Golf Tour match.

For the roaming golf icon, London has been the base camp during the long European Golf Tour. "I love my stay there. But then I miss the comforts of living in India," he added.

Jeev says his putting is good. The stress is now on the mental game for which he has sessions of yoga. Besides, he follows a strict diet.

Considering his painful tendon, Jeev took it easy at practice round at the CGA Golf Range. "I hit just 60 balls and did some chipping and putting," said Jeev. He had all praise for the CGA Golf Range.

He said such golf ranges should be set up in every district to take the game to the common man.

He was happy that golf would become an Olympic sport soon. "But if pros are barred from participation, the spectators would not get a chance to see the likes of Tiger Woods in action in the world's biggest sports spectacle."



Vohra guides GNPS-36 to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
A fine unbeaten knock of 86 runs off 76 balls by man of the match Manav Vohra guided Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, to a seven-wicket victory over DAV School, Sec 15. Shahnawaz single-handedly helped DAV School, Sector 8, register an easy win by his brilliant all-round performance.

DAV, Sec 15, won the toss and elected to bat first, but could only muster a total of 120 in the allotted 30 overs. Kunal Mahajan was the only batsman to put up a decent performance with the bat scoring 39 runs off 46 balls. Gurinder was the main wicket-taker for GNPS ending with figures of 3 for 11 in 6 overs. Manav, batting for GNPS, hit a stand out knock of 86 runs off 76 balls. His scintillating performance helped the team to victory with 7.2 overs to spare.

In the first match of the day, DAV School, Sector 8, scored an easy win over St Stephen’s School. St Stephen’s won the toss and elected to bat. St Stephen’s were restricted to just 94 in the allotted 20 overs in a match shortened by rain. Rahul and Harman were the only batsmen who stayed at the crease for some time scoring 27 and 29, respectively.

Shahnawaz and Sahib both bagged two wickets each for DAV School, Sector 8. In response, Shahnawaz, opening the batting for DAV-8, seemed in a hurry to finish the match right from the start hitting an array of boundaries in his innings of 82 off just 38 balls and helped his team reach the target in just 9.5 overs. Shahnawaz was declared man of the match.

DAV School, Sector 8, and Guru Nanak Public Shool, Sector 36, will now face each other in the final on Sunday at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium.



Lake Club to have multi-purpose hall
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
In the direction to make the city a sports hub, Chandigarh administration is all set to take off the project of constructing ultra-advanced multipurpose hall at Lake Club complex.

The administration has approved the project and sanctioned Rs 1.83 crore to erect the multi-purpose hall to give boost to sports activities like volleyball, basketball, badminton, judo, wrestling and weightlifting.

“Apart from that, there would be multi-gym, food court, office rooms, umpires/referees rooms, changing rooms, stores for sports equipments and dormitories for sportspersons in the hall, which would be spread in an area of around 15675 sq feet,” said I.S. Sandhu, director, sports department.

With getting the administration’s approval, the UT engineering department is all set to float the tenders to invite construction contractors within this month.

The hall, which would be fully air-conditioned, is being erected just adjacent to squash court at the complex.

The complex has already been catering many sportspersons of various disciplines, including archery, squash, tennis, rowing and swimming.

The administration has set one-year target to complete the project.



Chandigarh in T20 final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Chandigarh stormed into the final of the Punjab State Twenty20 Inter-District Under-16 Udham Singh Trophy beating Faridkot by six wickets in the semifinals being held at Ludhiana.

In the rain-curtailed match, Faridkot scored 87 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 15 overs. Saurav scored 20 and Padamjit scored 19 for Faridkot. For Chandigarh, Lovenish and Sham claimed two wickets each for seven and 11 runs, respectively.

In reply, Chandigarh achieved the target in 13.5 overs.

The final will be played on Sunday.

Brief Score:

Faridkot: 87 for 6 in 15 overs (Padamjit 19, Saurav 20, Lovenish 2 for 7, Sham 2 for 11).

Chandigarh: 88 for 4 in 13.5 overs (Rahul 19, Baljinder 15, Gaurav 10 n.o., Navdeep Thakur 10 n.o., Karandeep 2 for 12).



Cricket trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Chandigarh Cricket Association will be conducting trials to select a team of under-16 category for Haryana Inter-District Cricket Tournament on July 20 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of CCA, the city would be hosting its inaugural match against Ambala.

The match will be 50 overs-a-side. The players, born on or after September 1, 1986, are eligible for the trials.

All players are instructed to bring attested photocopies of original date-of-birth certificates and should come in proper white kits and shoes.



Five booked for attacking police team
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 18
The Chandi Mandir police has booked five persons for allegedly attacking policemen when they were returning after raiding an illegal liquor sales outlets in Morni area, near here, today.

According to Chandi Mandir SHO Baljeet Singh, ASI Ram Kumar and havildar Harkesh Kumar on a tip-off raided Dhaman and Dhangal villages from where they seized over 38 cases of country-made liquor. Eight bottles of liquor were also seized.

However, when the police party was returning to Morni, five persons, including Raj Kumar Thekedar and Dina Nath, a former sarpanch of Mandan village, attacked them with sharp-edged weapons, said the SHO. While the accused fled the scene after the incident, the police has registered a case under Sections 332, 353 and 186, IPC.



Spellbinding performances mark Guru Poornima
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, July 18
The essence of the sholka ‘Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwra…’ enshrined in our epics extols the ‘guru’ as an embodiment of God.

A similar spirit prevailed at Randhawa auditorium where over 40 disciples aged 7-25 of kathak guru Shobha Koser paid their reverence to her with dazzling dance spells.

The special programme titled ‘Nritya Sandhya’ organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra to mark the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, commenced after chief guest IAS Urvashi Gulati lighted the traditional lamp.

Budding talented artiste Shubra Koser gave a majestic start to the programme with an invocatory ‘Bhavani dayani…’ in laudation of Goddess Saraswati.

Meiz from Kazakstan and Tapashi from Assam joined Nisha Thakur and Vedika Gandhi to perform kathak dance of Jaipur Gharana in its purest form.

Maintaining emotional expressions synchronised with melody and rhythm, versatile Sujata Goel took the centre stage only to spell magic with her solo kathak performance. Her immaculate spell of ‘abhinaya’ on a thumri ‘Mohe chhero naa…’ was redolent with divine sanctity, grace and exquisite lyrical charm. She displayed vivacity, spontaneity and zest with adroit footwork.

The dancers maintained the same verve and gusto while presenting folk dances like ‘dandia’ of Gujarat, ‘pahari’ of Himachal Pradesh before concluding with ‘kalbelia’ dance of Rajasthan.

Guru Shobha Koser on pedhant, Sunil Kumar (vocal), Narinder Singh (pakhawaj) and Balraj Singh (tabla) provided admirable support.



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