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Mandi board to upgrade 14 grain markets
Tribune News Service

Ghanaur (Patiala), August 24
Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman of the Punjab Mandi Board, said 14 grain markets across the state would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

Lakhowal stated this at village Ghanaur, near here, after attending a function. He said that out of Rs 300 crore, 25 per cent would be paid by NABARD.

Lakhowal added that Rs 22 crore was being spent for upgrading the Patiala
vegetable market.

He said an amount of Rs 35 crore would be spent on setting up state’s first model market specifically meant for fruits and vegetables.

The market would be fully computerised and closed-circuit televisions would be installed in the complex.

The mandi board chairman said till July 31 last year, the board had collected a revenue of Rs 121 crore. The revenue generated through levying of market fees stood at Rs 216 crore.

He added that people who resorted to cheating on market fees were penalised an amount of Rs 13 crore.

He said 44 mandis across the state would have new sheds and platforms. He said a material-testing laboratory had been established at Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh.

Here samples of cement would be tested for their strength. Lakhowal added that no department in Punjab had such a sophisticated laboratory.

The chairman also said recarpeting was being done on 8,681km of roads at a cost of Rs 610 crore.

He added work on the project would be completed in June next year. Rs 200 crore would also be spent on the laying 1700 kms of new roads in rural areas.

Lakhowal lashed out against previous Congress government in the state and said the government had done nothing to improve the power position in the state.

He added that due to the efforts made by the ruling SAD-BJP combine, Punjab would be a power surplus state in the next few years.



Addict’s Death
De-addiction centre ‘manager’ booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 24
“Manager and staff members” of Sankalp Nasha Mukti Kendra, Balongi village, were booked today for Surinder Singh’s (20) death due to medical negligence. The case was registered on the complaint of Surinder's mother Daljit Kaur.

The names of the accused, however, were not mentioned in the FIR. The police raided the centre and seized the rent deed copy from building owner Rajiv Sachdeva wherein the de-addiction centre manager’s name is mentioned.

The police also took the centre’s record into its possession which show the entry of 28 patients, contrary to the claims of centre manager Ravinder Raju, who said the deceased was the only patient at the centre.

It is learnt that the police traced all 28 patients, visited their houses and recorded their statements.

Meanwhile, sources at the Mohali Civil Hospital said Surinder’s body bore signs of multiple injuries.

The postmortem was videographed and the viscera was sent for chemical examination to the chemical examiner, Kharar.



World Sikh varsity begins session in 2009
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 24
First session of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World Sikh University will begin in 2009. SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said this while talking to reporters at Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, adding the construction work for the university would begin soon.

“The construction would be done in a phased manner and it would be completed in the coming few years,” he said.

Refuting all the allegations levelled upon the former Punjabi University VC, Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, who was now appointed as the VC of World Sikh University, he said no allegations were proved against Ahluwalia.

Ahluwalia was member secretary of the trust and has been appointed as the first VC of the university for a period of five years. The proposed university would come up in 84 acres of land in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Replying to a question, he said there are no talks going on with the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh.

“There is no question of compromise with the dera head nor have we decided to talk to him,” he said.

Later on, professor Kirpal Singh Badungar presented a book, to Makkar, written by him on gurmat sabhyachar.



DC orders repair of roads
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 24
Deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Singla has ordered repair of broken roads in the district besides laying of new roads, which got completely damaged due to rains.

The DC was addressing a meeting of various departments in Bachat Bhwan. He also told the officials to submit the list 20 km-long new roads to be constructed in various areas of the district.

He also said the process of the recovery of government money from defaulters should be expedited.

He also reviewed the progress of under-construction Adarsh Schools at village Buchre and Kanjari.

The DC also said stern action should be initiated against the encroachers in villages especially on the village roads.

He said 42,000 saplings would be planted in the district in the coming few months. The saplings would be provided by the forest department at a subsidised rate.



Competitions mark Janmashtami celebrations
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 24
On the occasion of Janmashtami, an inter-house doha, bhajan and shloka recitation competition was organised on the premises of Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, Ambala Cantt. Students, with a lot of excitement and fervour, recited dohas and sang beautiful bhajans.

Students of junior wing were dressed in the colourful attire of Lord Krishna, Radha and different Sakhis.

Kajal of class V sang a beautiful bhajan. Many teachers also participated on this occasion. Kunal of class VIII and Aarti Malhotra of class IX bagged second position.

PKR Jain Vatika School, Ambala City, celebrated Janmashtami (Krishna’s Birthday) with great fervour in the school vicinity, which was decorated beautifully.

Children depicting Krishna, Radha, Sakhiyaan and all the childhood forms of Krishna were looking very enthusiastic.

Tiny tots presented dance, bhajan, Lord Krishna’s sermon to Arjuna, etc, with panache. School president, Bharat Bhushan Jain, wished all the children and staff members a very happy Janamashtami.

The school manager, Rajesh Jain, also gave his blessings to the students. Principal, Uma Sharma, in her speech made children under stand the value of “Have faith in activities and don’t deem fruit” and inspired them that they would certainly meet success if they followed the same.

It was followed by aarti and later, prasaad was also distributed among all the children and staff members.



Devotees throng temples
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, August 24
Janamashtmi was celebrated today with great fervour in all the temples of town. Devotees thronged the temples, where long queues were witnessed.

Temples were well decorated and mandlis were reciting bhajans belonging to the life of Lord Krishna.

In Prachin Shiv Mandir, Gopal Mandir, Ram Mandir and Usha Mata Mandir, ‘raas leela’ was also performed.

Various types of tableaux related to the life of Lord Krishna were organised. Various social organisations had arranged community kitchens for the devotees.



Players left in the lurch
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 24
Much to the frustration of Panchkula sportspersons, the Haryana Education Department today cancelled the sports trip of its 42 hockey and skates players to Karnal due to financial reasons for the state school games.

The teams were scheduled to leave from Tau Devi Lal Sports Stadium at 2 pm today. Seeing this parents and players gathered and shouted slogans against the department and later after the interference of the DC, the education department was ready for the tour.

But due to the inability shown by district skating coach A.D. Sharma, the tour could not proceed. Later, the decision was taken to leave at 5:30 am tomorrow for Karnal.

“The games are to be held from tomorrow to August 28. Wwhen will we reach and when will we take rest? What do you expect from a player in this kind of situation?” says an agitated player.

Meanwhile, parents and players continue to be harassed as they kept standing even after 11 pm due to the confusion about the timing of leaving.

“The sports authority had financial problems so they cancelled the tour. However, after the request of the parents of the players, they sanctioned Rs 42,000 for the game,” says Varinder, a parent of a player.

The problem didn’t end here, the foul game started when the district skating coach started throwing his weight around.

When The Tribune contacted the DC, he said, “The whole matter will be investigated and I have asked the DO to conduct an enquiry into the matter.”



Jalandhar team defeat Patiala by 48 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Sain Das Public School, Jalandhar, defeated Buddha Dal Public School, Patiala, by 48 runs in Punjab State Inter-District School Cricket Tournament for PCA-Boost Cup held here today at Govt. College Grounds, Ropar.

After winning the toss, Buddha Dal school elected to field first. Showing good teamwork, Gaurav (39), Satbir (30), Navpreet (33) and Karan Gill (39) of Sain Das Public School led the team to a respectable score and the whole team mustered 183 all out in 49.4 overs.

In bowling, Punjot claimed 4 wickets at the expense of 44 runs and Inder Mohan
got 2/30.

Batting second Buddha Dal school couldn’t bear the bowling attack of Satbir who claimed 4 wickets and Prag who claimed 3 wickets and the team got all out at 135
in 43 overs.

Only Punjot (28), Sidhant (43) could mange to score respectable figure from Buddha Dal Public School’s team.

In another one-sided match, GNPS Sector 36, defeated DAV School, Amritsar, easily by 10 wickets here today at GNPS-36, Chandigarh.



Mohali beat Ropar in semifinal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Mohali got the better of Zone B (Ropar) on 1st innings lead basis in semifinal of under-19 cricket tournament for Dhruv Pandove Trophy at PCA Stadium here today.

Zone B (Ropar) started their innings from the overnight score of 30 for 2 in 9 overs and were all out at 216 in 80 overs.

Karan Sharma scored 48 with five 4s, while Rohit Jassal (34) supported him from the other end. But it was Arjun who remained not out by scoring 67 runs with five 4s.

Jaskaran of Mohali didn’t let their rivals stand on the crease and claimed 5 wickets, while Gunjot bagged 3 wickets and Lovepreet Singh got one.

Earlier, in the first 1st innings, Mohali had scored 311 for 9 in 95 overs. Meanwhile in the 2nd semifinal match, Patiala defeated Amritsar on 1st innings lead basis, which held at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.



Gang of dacoits busted, four held
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
With the arrest of four robbers, the police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang involved in bank dacoities and robberies at gunpoint.

Two country-made pistols with six live cartridges were seized and two vehicles, an Innova (PB06-0003) and Maruti Esteem (HR51-C-5544), were recovered from them.

The police is hopeful of solving a number of other robbery and vehicles snatching cases with the arrests.

According to DSP (operations) Vijay Kumar, those who have been arrested include Manjit Singh, alias Dimple, Ashwini, alias Ashu, Deepak, alias Lucky, and Shubham.

Manjit Singh was arrested from Beas on August 22 following a tip-off while Deepak, a resident of Amritsar, and Ashu, a Kotkapura resident, were arrested from the forest area near Sukhna Choe in Bapu Dham Colony last night when they were conspiring with the other three-four members of the gang to commit a bank dacoity.

“During the raid at around 8 pm, we nabbed Ashu and Deepak whereas other members managed to flee,” Vijay Kumar said.

Two country-made pistols along with six rounds, and the Innova (stolen from Jalandhar) were recovered from Deepak and Ashu.

The other member Shubham, who had helped in procuring fake registration certificates for the stolen vehicles, was nabbed near Kalagram with the Esteem. The engine and chassis numbers of the car had been tampered with, he added.

Giving details, the DSP said: “The police got a tip-off that Manjit Singh was going to Beas. After his arrest near Beas bus stand, Manjit Singh gave information about the activities of the other members of the gang, which was operating from the city as well as Punjab for over past five-six years. His information led to the arrest of Ashu and Deepak.”

“The gang members used to take away the vehicles at gunpoint and after procuring fake RCs and other documents, they used to sell them out. Besides, they had committed a number of bank dacoties, mainly in areas of Punjab. They might be involved in the bank dacoties in the city. Actually, three to four gangs were active in the area,” said Vijay Kumar.

The gang had stolen more than 100 vehicles out of which many had been sold out in the car markets of the city, he said adding that Manjit Singh was brother of another gangster Mandeep Singh, who was in an Amritsar jail at present.

“Police parties have been dispatched to various places in Punjab to nab other members of the gang,” Vijay Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the police has remanded Manjit Singh, Ashu and Deepak in custody till August 27. Shubham will be produced in the court tomorrow.

The arrested robbers are drug-addicts. A case under Sections 399/400/402 of the IPC and 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered at Sector 26 police station.



Vita booth burgled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 24
Burglars took away Rs 7,500 after breaking in a booth selling Vita products at Sector 7 here last night.

According to Naresh, owner of the booth, it was shut at 10 pm.

In the morning, locks of the shop were found broken and the cash lying in the
shop was missing.

Similarly, a Bolero was also stolen from the locality.

The police said Anmol Uppal, a resident of Sector 7, lodged a complaint that his Bolero parked at his house was stolen yesterday.



3 held with drugs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The local police arrested Ram Niwas, Suresh Kumar and Ashok Kumar with 500 gm heroin and 600 tablets of alprazolam from the Sector 17 ISBT here today.

According to the police, the trio, all residents of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, was nabbed during patrolling at the bus stand.

A case under Sections 21 and 22 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.



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