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Pinjore land acquisition against law
Violates even National Forest Policy
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, August 5
The proposed acquisition of land in Pinjore to set up 31 residential sectors by HUDA is a serious threat to the forests of Pinjore range in Morni division and violation of the Land Preservation Act, IFA 1927 and National Forest Policy. This was stated by Vijay Bansal, advocate and former secretary of the state Congress.

He said the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), under the notification dated November 30, 2006, published in the Haryana government Gazette, had issued notices under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act for acquisition of land for setting up residential sectors in Pinjore. The notices ignored the fact that vide notification dated November 28, 1997, the Haryana government had notified the entire revenue tehsil of Kalka as preserved land which prohibited fiddling with the agricultural\forest land in any way by any authority or for that matter even by the owner, it was stated. Bansal further told The Tribune that under the Haryana government’s notification of January 29, 1993, the Kalka tehsil had been reserved for 30 years under the Punjab Land Act, 1900, which prohibited cutting and felling of trees in the tehsil. The land proposed to be acquired (Pinjore and its adjacent area) fell under the purview of Section 4 of the Land Preservation Act, 1900, he said.

The existing forest, habitat of wildlife and their migratory routes should be protected, not only for preservation of the eco-system of the lower Shivaliks, but also according to the provisions of the National Forest Policy-1988. The proposed plan of the housing sectors was against the spirit of the National Forest Policy, Bansal added.

Development of residential sectors in the fragile eco-system of Shivaliks would further denude the ecology of the area. It would also cause fragmentation of the habitat of precious wildlife of the lower Shivaliks. As of now, wild animals migrated from the Thadugarh and Banoi forest area of Kalka to Khol-hi-din area of Pinjore. Similarly, there was transition of wild animals from forests areas of Nolta and Bhawana to Bir Shikargah wildlife sanctuary which was notified as a sanctuary vide notification dated May 29, 1987.

Bansal further said the deputy conservator of forests, Pinjore, had also written about the violation of the Land Preservation Act to the PCCF, Haryana. He added that if HUDA remained adamant on the issue, he would not hesitate to move the court.

He said he had already sent letters in this regard to Haryana Chief Minister, cabinet secretary, union ministry of forest, Haryana department of urban development and Haryana forest ministry. A delegation had also met Haryana forest minister Kiran Chaudhary who gave assurance to take necessary steps in this regard.



Importance of mother’s milk stressed
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 5
A seminar on breast feeding was organised by Gian Sagar College of Nursing in collaboration with the department of paediatrics of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH) to mark World Breast Feeding Week at the GSMCH, near here, today.

Dr A.S. Sekhon, principal and dean, colleges, GSMCH, emphasised the importance of breast feeding saying that there was no substitute for mother's milk and there was urgent need to dispel myths associated with breast feeding. Harnam Singh, president of Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, who was the chief guest and inaugurated the seminar, said despite awareness programmes by government and non-governmental organisations, women in the rural areas were still unaware of the significance of breast feeding. He said the doctors and paramedics could play an important role in educating mothers about the benefits of breast feeding. More than 150 students of Gian Sagar College of Nursing and staff of the GSMCH were present during the celebrations.

Gagandeep Kaur, clinical instructor in the GSCN, spoke about the mother's nutrition and components of breast milk while Shalini Vij, a lecturer in the GSCN, dwelt on the techniques of breast feeding. Lecturers were delivered by speakers from Gian Sagar College of Nursing.The seminar was followed by a health talk on breast feeding by Mukesh, lecturer, and Monika, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing.



Cops nabbed with dirty money
Tribune New Service

Patiala, August 5
A flying squad of the vigilance bureau here booked two constables Kuldeep Singh and Lokesh Kumar, who were caught red-handed while taking bribe of Rs 9,000. Both constables were posted at Patiala kotwali.

DSP Anil Sharma said Ashok Kumar a resident of Patiala had complained that the two constables had stopped his car and demanded Rs 20,000 from him, threatening to involve him in a false case of liquor smuggling.

He agreed to give them Rs 9,000. The amount was to be handed over today.

The VB team caught the two constables in the presence of government witness Avtar Singh. Kuldeep Singh was arrested while Lokesh Kumar managed to flee the spot.

A case has been registered under of the Prevention of Corruption Act.



Transformer Breakdown
Power woes likely to worsen
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 5
The 100 MV Saidpura transformer broke down today. It is likely to intensify the power supply woes of residents in Dera Bassi and Lalru. Power supply to Lalru, Dera Bassi and Handesra would be affected with this major breakdown.

Executive engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Board Ravinder Saini said there were two 100 MV power transformers at the Saidpura mother grid, one of which had stopped functioning and it would take at least 10 days to replace it with a new one. He said the work on changing the transformer had started and loads had been diverted to the other transformer.

The board has also re-scheduled the power cuts for the industrial and rural areas. “Power supply will be suspended in industrial fields from 7 pm to 5 am. However, the villages would get the supply from 7 pm to 5 am. During the day, we would provide power supply to villages for more than two hours for water supply,” he said. Electricity supply to urban areas is likely to remain unaffected. However, Saini pointed out that in case of a over load, the transformer would have to be shut down and the power cuts could increase beyond the regular six hours.



Man facing criminal charges murdered
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 5
A Rajpura resident, Gurvinder Bhatia (25), who was facing various criminal charges, was allegedly murdered by some unidentified persons in the city today.

The accused were reportedly involved in a gang war with the victim and his friends. The incident took place at around 1 pm when Gurvinder, a resident of Navyug Colony, was accompanying his friend Ravinder Singh Ravi to Patel Memorial National College in a car. Ravinder was reportedly going to take admission to the college. Some unidentified persons chased the duo till the college gate and attacked them with swords and sticks near the entrance..

Earlier, on the night of July 21, Gurvinder met with a car accident near Banur. Two of his friends Gurjant Singh (26) and Randhir Singh Dheera (25), who were accompanying him, had died on the spot. Their relatives, at that time, had alleged that the accident was planned as the vehicle, which hit the boy's car, could not be identified.

Gurvinder was recently released from the PGI after the treatment. Police officials said Gurvinder had been booked by the Punjab police under Section 307 and the Arms Act. Some other criminal cases were also pending against him for the past sometime.

"A gang war is going on between two groups in the city for a long time and members of one gang attacked their opponents today. Two friends of Gurvinder were killed in an accident recently," said police officials investigating the matter.

They stated that a case had been registered at the city police station and statements of the injured would be recorded soon. Both parents of the deceased were reputed teachers of the area, they added.



Teacher killed in mishap
Our Correpondent

Ambala, August 5
Sunita, a school teacher from Ambala Cantonment, was killed in a road accident in Ambala City on Tuesday morning. According to information, the accident took place near Kalka Chowk on the GT road when Sunita’s two-wheeler rammed into a truck. She died on the spot.

The body was handed over to her relatives after postmortem. The police has registered a case.



Patiala thrash Jalandhar
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, August 5
Tweakers Bhavish Goel and Amarinder Singh wove a deadly web against their rivals to enable Patiala wallop Jalandhar on the basis of a massive 273-run first innings lead in a league match of the Punjab inter-district cricket tournament (u-19) for the Dhruv Pandove Trophy that concluded here today.

The laden footed Jalandhar batsmen failed to cope with the right-arm leg spin of Bhavish Goel who ripped through the middle order with an incisive bowling spell. Goel repeatedly lured out the batsmen with his flighted deliveries and ended the day with impressive figures of six for 47. He was well supported from the other end by left-armer Amarinder Singh, who took two for 32.

After being bundled out for 145, Jalandhar were made to follow on and in their second essay the visitors were 42 for no loss before a heavy downpour ended their agony. With this win, the hosts now have five points in their kitty and will now take on Mohali in their next match slated to be played at the PCA stadium, Mohali, on August 7 and 8.

Scores: Patiala: 1st innings 418 for 9.

Jalandhar: 1st innings: 145 all out (Sidharth Sharma 37, Love Kumar 36, Abhishek Gupta 26, Mandeep Kumar 26, Bhavish Goel 6 for 47, Amarinder Singh 2 for 32)

Jalandhar: 2nd innings 42 for no loss (Pargat Singh 32 n.o.)



U-19 Cricket Tourney
Mohali pile up 297 runs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 5
The Punjab State Inter-District Under-19 match between Mohali and Zone A began at PCA Cricket Stadium, Mohali, here today.

Zone A won the toss and put Mohali to bat. By some probing line and outstanding spell by medium pacer Raj Kamal, Mohali was restricted to 83 for five in 28.5 overs. From then on, it was a great turn-around for Mohali team, riding on a scintillating 136 off 183 balls studded by Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj was associated with a 6th wicket stand of 79 runs with Gunjot Singh (29) and 89 runs stand with Harpreet 24 not out before he was stumped by Manil and the bowling of Sukhdeep. Mohali skipper Gunjot Singh applied the closure at 297/7 in 82 overs. Rajkamal 4/50 and Sukhdeep 2/93 were the main wicket takers for Zone A. Zone A had a disasterous start where they lost their opener Gurpreet. Gurpreet was snapped up by Gunjot in 2nd slip of the bowling of Lovepreet without opening his account thus, putting the team’s total at two. At the close of the play, Zone A were 19/1 of 11 overs.

Brief Scores :

Mohali 297/7 in 82 overs Yuvraj (136), Jaskaran(39 not out), Gunjot (29) and Harpreet 24 not out Rajkamal 22-5-50-4 and Sukhdeep 17-3-93-2 Zone A playing at 19/1 in 11 overs. In the second match played at cricket stadium, Sector 16, between Chandigarh and Amritsar, Chandigarh opted to bat after winning the toss. Their openers Shivam Khurana 68 off 146 balls and Shah Nawaj Mirza 42 off 72 balls together and opening partnership of 82 runs. Before Shah Nwaz was stumped off the bowling of Pankaj Chowdhary for 42. Then followed another fruitful partnership of 66 runs for the 3rd wicket between Shivam Khurana and skipper Anil Sihag who scored 40 off 48 balls. Thereafter, Ankit Kaushik took charge of the proceedings and went on to hammer an unbeaten century 100 off 153 balls. He was involved in a 5th wicket stand of 45 runs with Gaurav Puri (22) and 8th wicket stand of 70 runs with Anshul Tripathi (32) of 32 balls inclusive of 4x4s. Chandigarh scored 343 for 9 in allotted 95 overs. Pankaj Chowdhary 4/111 and Vinay Chowdhary 3/109 were the pick of Amritsar Bowlers. Both matches will resume tomorrow at 8.00 am at PCA Stadium, Mohali, and cricket stadium, Sector 16, respectively.

Brief Scores :

Chandigarh: 343 for 9 in 95 overs Shivam Khurana 68 with 10x4s and 2x6s, Shah Nawaz Mirza 42 (5x4s), Anil Sihag 40 (8x4s) Ankit Kaushik 100 (6x4s and 3x6s), Gaurav Puri 22 with 3x4s and Anshul Tripathi 32 with 4x4s. Pankaj Chaudhary: 32-4-111-4 and Vinay Chaudhary : 32-6-109-3 



Air Force Championship: CAC, TC register wins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
In the Air Force Championship 2008-09 hockey match, Central Air Command (CAC) got the better of Eastern Air Command (EAC) by 3-1 at hockey stadium, Sector 42 here today.

Sqn Ldr Sequira of CAC scored the first goal in the 20th minute, followed by Fg Offr Francis (64th minute) and Cpl Anil (66th minute).

In the second match, the Training Command (TC) thrashed the Maintenance Command (MC) by 2-0. Cpl Nambiraj and LAC Harish Kumar of TC scored the two goals in the 7th and 61st minute, respectively. On the other hand, the rival did not manage even a single goal.

Meanwhile, in another one-sided match South Western Air Command (SWAC) beat the Air HQ by 5-1. Sgt Sami got the first goal in the 37th minute which was soon followed by Sgt A.K. Yadav in the same minute. After them it was the turn of Cpl Domnic who clinched two consecutive goals and later Cpl Arun Kumar scored the last goal in 57th minute. Whereas, the Air HQ team only managed to score a single goal.

In another match, the team’s efforts got an easy win to the Western Air Command (WAC) over Southern Air Command (SAC) by 6-0. Cpl Singh, WO Satvir Singh, Cpl S. Singh, WO Kispota, Cpl Major Singh and LAC Keshwan were the stars of the day for WAC who all scored a goal each.



Jessie grooms trainees at advanced golf camp
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, August 5
"Avoid too fast hip turns........"Let the arms go down, not the body........."Keep your body and mind relaxed......"The timing and tempo are very important'''

The instructions are loud and clear. It is the region's only grade A golf coach Jessie Grewal giving tips to trainees of the advanced coaching camp for eight girls which began today at the CGA Golf Range.

The girls have been selected from the national junor coaching camp held earlier.

The best in the lot is Rabbiya Gill who plays with a handicap of nine. Jaipreet Ghuman is another promising golfer who plays with a handicap of 16. Missing from the trainees' list is Shivali Aggarwal. She has not reported, says the coach. Her father says she is suffering from cold and mild fever.

Sponsored by the Indian Golf Union Ladies Section (IUGLS), the two-month advanced camp will be held every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. After a month’s break, the camp will continue for another two months. This drill will continue throughout the year, said Pauline J.M. Singh, who is looking after the junior training programme along with the IGULS north zone representative Dimple Minocha.

The trainees-----11 to 17 years old-----were given group lectures after every 10 minutes of driving. Jessie watched the girls and one could hear his instructions "Avoid jerks...... Dont lose your balance".

He said stress would be on the longer game. He repeatedly told the trainees to maintain the timing and tempo. "Either fast or slow, but there should be a tempo", he added.

Every fortnight on alternate Saturdays, the trainees will have a nine-hole practice lesson at the Chandigarh Golf Club. The trainees will also be given exposure to the courses at Chandi Mandir and Panchkula. The nine-hole practice lesson will be under the watchful eyes of Jessie Grewal.

The girls who reported for the advanced camp on the opening day were Shaira Bedi, Jaipreet Ghuman, Tavleen Batra, Natasha Gill, Meher Dhillon, Seerat Garewal, Rabbiya Gill and Ananya Dadar.



Coaching Centre-18 storm into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
Coaching Centre, Sector 18 beat Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 43 by 6-0 in the first semi final of Sub Junior Girls being played at hockey stadium, Sector 18, here today. In the second semi final, Government Model School, Sector 19, lost to St. Stephen’s School Sector 45.

Both teams ended in a draw by scoring two goals each. In the extra time the teams failed to move ahead, following which the penalty stroke was called for.

Jasjit and Amisha of St. Stephens School Sector 45 converted the two penalty strokes whereas Shivani of Government Model School Sector 19 managed to convert only one penalty stroke.



Cricket tournament from August 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The Vivek High Asian Cricket Academy and Twenty 20 Cricket Association of Chandigarh affiliated to the Twenty 20 Cricket Federation of India will organise under-13 Vivek Cricket League (VCL) Twenty 20 Inter School Cricket Tournament 2008 from August 29 to September 20 at Vivek High School, Sector 38 Chandigarh.

Interested school teams are requested to contact Rai Bahadur, head of the technical committee at Rai Optical Booth, Sector 37 C and D. The entry date closes on August 25. Players born on October 1, 1995 are eligible for the cricket tournament.



Man found dead after fire in house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The naked body of 35-year-old man, Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu, was found under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in Sector 51 early this morning.

The police has ruled out the possibility of foul play behind the death, saying the house was locked from the inside.

The death came to light around 6 am when a neighbour saw smoke bellow out from the widows of the house.

The police was informed and it reached the scene. Soon, a fire tender also arrived and the police along with firefighters gained access to the house by breaking open the glass windowpanes.

The body was found naked on the floor outside the bedroom. No major burn or other injury marks were found on the body.

The police believed that the death could have been caused due to suffocation or heart attack, though the exact cause of the death will be ascertained only after a post-mortem examination.

Furniture in the house, including a bed, sofas and other articles, besides curtains, were burnt in the fire.

The room was littered with a number of cigarette packets besides two bottles of liquor on the bedside table in the house.

The police said the victim could have been a chain smoker and was apparently drunk when the incident took place.

A fire officer suspected that the fire could have been caused either by a short circuit or a smoldering cigarette stub.

A police officer after examining the scene added that the circumstantial evidence suggested that the man tried to save himself after realising that the fire had broken out, but fainted on the way out due to suffocation caused by the smoke.

DSP (south) Jaswant Singh Khera told the TNS that Sukhwinder was living alone in the house while his widowed mother, Balwinder Kaur, lived in Sector 44.

He had a matrimonial dispute with his wife, who is settled in Australia along with their five-year-old son. Sukhwinder was working with a Bangalore-based medical transcription company.

The police said the body was shifted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, for post-mortem.

Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this regard.



Gym owner booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The UT police today registered a case against the owner of Prime Bodies Corp, Amritpal Singh Malhotra, on charges of rape, obscenity, criminal intimidation and defamation.

The case was registered on the complaint of a girl, who had alleged blackmail. She alleged that the accused had made her MMS in 2006 after intoxicating her.

The girl, who was working as a receptionist in the gym, had left the job a few days before her marriage in November, 2007. Thereafter, her husband got her employed at a beauty institute in Sector 17.

She claimed that Amritpal sent the MMS to her husband in order to blackmail her. Amritpal is still at large.



College students booked for brawl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5
The UT police booked a couple of students of Khalsa College, Sector 26, who were involved in a clash that took place in the canteen of the college, here this morning.

According to sources, one of the student leaders of the KCSU was sitting in the canteen when another group of the CSU allegedly thrashed him. The victim, Jaswinder Singh, was rushed to the Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

According to Raghbir Singh, SHO, Sector 26 police station, “We have registered a complaint in this regard. Necessary action would be taken.” Talking to TNS, Harpreet Kaur, the principal of the college, denied any such incident occurred in the college, “I am not aware of any such incident. However, a committee has been formed, which would be looking into the matter.”



3-day raagini fest begins
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, August 5
The vitality of folk melodies reigned on the opening day of the three-day ‘Haryanvi Raagini Utsav’, which opened at the Indradhanush auditorium for a scant, but receptive audience here today.

The event organised by the department of information and public relations, Haryana, and NCZCC, Allahabad, commenced with rendition of ‘raaginis’ on Teej from the folk epic ‘Padmavat’ by Suresh Kumar and party of Hissar. He doled out more in ‘Shigar ras’ from the traditional repertoire of legendary folklorist Pandit Lakhmi Chand. Ishwer Singh and another folk maestro Jairam and party presented bhajans contextual to Lord Krishna besides raaginis taken from traditional tales. The programme concluded with a captivating performance by Satish Kumar and party from Karnal.



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