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Shopkeepers grapple with low sales this Diwali 
Tribune News Service

Kharar/Ropar, October 29
The shopkeepers grappled with low sales this Diwali season. From garment dealers to firecrackers dealers, everybody was left high and dry with sales marking just 30 to 35 per cent.

On the whole, the festival remained a low-key affair with shoppers shying away from the market. “I had bought crackers worth Rs 1 lakh and was not even able to earn my input in it, leave apart the issue of making profit,” says Vikas, a retail shopkeeper in Balongi market.

However, for wholesale dealers it was a different picture. “Our sales have been better than last year. We presume that retailers picked the stock from us expecting a good turnover, but things turned out to be different,” says Mahesh Kumar, a wholesale firecrackers dealer from Kurali.

Worst hit were those shopkeepers who are into seasonal sale.

These shopkeepers bank upon festive season to earn profits. Goods such as toys, watches, and electrical home appliances form an integral part of the seasonal sales.

“I had bought 300 pieces of crockery sets from Delhi and managed to sell just 70 of them. I am still looking for a customer to drop by. If I don’t sell these pieces within a week, I will not be able to earn even a single penny of profit,” remarked Jeevan Lal from Ropar.

Meanwhile, the festival remained a peaceful affair. About 13 cases of minor burns were reported each from Kharar and Ropar. Three cases of burns were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, from Kharar. These included those people who had received minor burns on face. “Taking no chance of scars or marks on face, these cases were referred to the PGI,” said SMO Dr Jai Singh, Kharar civil hospital.

At Ropar, all cases were of minor burns. SMO Dr V.K. Jain said no case was referred or admitted. All patients were discharged after administering first aid.



Water woes continue in Rajpura Colony
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 29
There is no end to the travails of the Rajpura Colony residents who have been getting contaminated piped water supply.

A group of residents of the Rajpura Colony brought samples of muddy water to The Tribune office here today and complained that the situation was like this for over a month now. They complained that there was muddy water supply when they opened the taps early in the morning.

However, the muddy flow of water stopped after about half an hour. But this supply was enough to contaminate the stored water in the overhead tanks. They said there had been no improvement in the situation even after their problem had been highlighted in a column of Chandigarh Tribune on October 10.

Paramjit Kaur, a resident of the colony, complained that she had developed abdominal problem after consuming the water. She said she underwent treatment for intestinal infection for a week and doctor had recommended to her to take filtered water only. She said she was worried about the health of her school-going child.

S.K. Ahluwalia, commissioner of municipal corporation, said the corporation had not got any complaint in this regard. He said in any case he had directed the water supply department of the corporation to look into the matter.

Water Supply SDO Arun Tiwari said the sand particles in the piped water supply were not uncommon. He said he would have the water supply line cleaned to ensure that there was no muddy water. Reacting to the problem of frequent breakdown of the tubewell near Elementary School in Rajpura Colony, Tiwari said he would attend to the problem on priority basis. He said endeavour would be to ensure uninterrupted supply of potable water to the colony residents.

Over one thousand families, mostly government servants, live in the Rajpura Colony. The residents have a long-standing complaint that the Elementary School tubewell develops problems almost every month. Every time the pressure of water falls drastically making the overhead tanks go dry. Repeated attempts to contact Mayor Ajitpal Singh Kohli proved futile.



Diwali, Hanuman Jayanti celebrated with fervour
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, October 29
The festival of Diwali and Hanuman Jayanti were celebrated with great enthusiasm in the town and surrounding areas yesterday. Religious ceremonies like ‘katha’, ‘bhajans’ and ‘hawan’ were performed in temples. The shops and houses were well decorated with lights and the market witnessed a huge crowd of shoppers. The traders dealing with firecrackers, sweets, electronic goods, gift items and dry fruits did a good business.

Ram Mandir was a hub of religious ceremonies and the devotees in large number thronged the historical temple to celebrate the occasion. After ‘pooja’, ‘hawan’ was performed and the scholars did ‘katha’ and sang ‘bhajans’ related to the lives of Lord Rama and Hanuman ji. Community kitchen was also arranged.

18 injured in Mohali

Mohali: Even as residents celebrated Diwali with great enthusiasm here last evening, 17 persons sustained minor burn injuries while lighting crackers and one suffered from a minor eye injury .

According to reports, 11 persons reached the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, to get first aid, five went to Cheema Medical Complex and two to Fortis Hospital. It is reported that none of the persons were either admitted in hospitals or referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

SMO in charge of the Civil Hospital Dr H.S. Sarang said only one person from Phase VI had reached the hospital with minor burn injuries while all others came from nearby areas, including villages. He said the hospital got patients one each from Palsora, Palheri, Balongi, Shahimajra, Kharar and two each from Maloya and Sector 56. One person from Phase VII complained of eye injury.



Speeding bus claims life
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 29
A recklessly driven private bus (HP-64- 4377) claimed one more life on the Kalka-Paploha road today. According to the information, a bus of Thakur Roadways collided with a motorcycle (HR- 49-A-9330) near sports stadium on the Kalka-Paploha road at around 3 pm. The eyewitnesses said the speeding bus dragged the motorcycle to more than 200 yards, resulting in death of Bhagat Ram, the pillion rider of the motorcycle. Jaswant alias Sonu (28), who was riding the motorcycle, sustained multiple serious injuries and was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition.

The police sources said Bhagat Ram (50) was a resident of Kheranwali Lehi village adjacent to Kalka. He was working as a master craftsman with the department of carriage and wagon of Northern Railway, Kalka. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Jaswant is also working with the same department as khalasi.

The police said the bus driver fled after the incident while the bus had been impounded.

Last month a speeding truck on the same road had killed a 14-year-old boy. The villagers had also blocked traffic on the Kalka-Paploha road for more than 5 hours demanding construction of speed breakers on the road as traffic had rapidly increased here after the widening of the Kalka-Charnia road.

The villagers told The Tribune that the SDM, Kalka, had given them assurance to build the speed breakers within 20 days, but no work has been initiated as yet.



Honour jail officials, says Front
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 29
The Anti-Terrorist Front of India has urged the state government to honour the officials of the Ambala central jail who had foiled the attempt of some prisoners to escape by digging a tunnel in the jail premises.

President of the Front Viresh Shandilya said he had sent a fax to the DG (prison), Haryana, in this regard. He said the Ambala jail authorities had exposed the attempt in the beginning which showed that jail administration was quiet vigilant.

He said the Front would organise a function in Ambala to honour the jail officials who had performed their duty in a responsible manner.



Shoe store penalised Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the owner of Mahajan Shoe Store in Sector 19 to refund Rs 42 overcharged by them for a pair of shoes to a resident of Sector 45.

The forum also asked the shop owner to pay Rs 5,000 in compensation for indulging in unfair trade practice and harassing consumers.

The petitioner, Sushma (39) had purchased a pair of school shoes for her minor son tagged as “Action Shoe Time Shoes” for Rs 240 on April 5.

She alleged that after reaching home, she found that the retail price on the shoe was Rs 198, and the shop had charged Rs 42 in excess from her.

Accordingly, she approached the shop owner to refund the excess amount, but to no avail.

The shop owner pleaded that the complainant had not disclosed the size of the shoe purchased by her. It was asserted that the price list was effective with effect from April 1, and the shoe was purchased on April 5.



CBI court grants bail to Verma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain granted bail to Y.R. Verma, assistant director of Advance Training Institute, Ludhiana, at the district courts today. The court directed him to furnished bail bonds of Rs 40,000.

The CBI had arrested him on October 6 for allegedly accepting bribe.

Verma was caught red-handed on October 4 from his Delhi residence while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh for providing affiliation to a technical college in Hoshiarpur.

Balwinder Singh, chairman of the Desh Bhagat Technical Institute, Bhatar, Hoshiarpur, had lodged a complaint against Verma, an official under the ministry of labour, New Delhi, on October 4, alleging that he had been demanding Rs 2 lakh from him to sign documents for giving affiliation to his college.

A three-member team comprising two state-level officials and an officer from the central government visited his college for inspection on September 9.

The team was to submit its report within a week. While the two officials gave their reports, Verma dilly-dallied over it. Balwinder required affiliation from the National Council of Vocational Training for his institute.



Two arrested for theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Raj Kumar, a resident of Mohali, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rahul, a resident of Bilaspur (Himachal Pardesh), was caught red-handed while stealing Rs 1,500 in cash from Sector 9 yesterday.

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-3 in this regard. The accused has been arrested.

Also, Parkash Singh Kanihal, a local resident, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Lucky, a resident of Industrial Area, caught stealing sanitary hardware from Sector 28 yesterday. The accused has been arrested and sent to the juvenile home.


Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Sector 22, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his scooter (PB 12 0249) was stolen from his house in Sector 22 on October 26.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-17.



Nigerian held for overstay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The police today arrested a Nigerian from Sector 36 here on charge of overstay.

According to police station-36 SHO inspector Anokh Singh, the accused, Bright Agbon, was arrested with the joint effort of the foreigner registration wing of the Chandigarh Police. He was arrested while he was roaming in the sector.

The verification of his passport revealed that his visa had expired on September 18 and had been living Sector 70, Mohali.

During preliminary interrogation, he told the police that he usually came to the city in connection with his garment business. He had earlier visited the city in June and July and stayed at Delhi also.

The SHO said they were verifying his antecedents and his involvement in crime had not come out so far during interrogation.

A case under the Foreigners Act has been registered against the accused.



Six arrested for rioting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Residents of Indira Colony kept the police on its toes on Diwali night. The police has arrested six persons under various Sections of the IPC.

According to police sources, Deepak of Bapu Dham Colony, Karan of Deshmesh Nagar, Naya Gaon, and Tejbir of Shashtri Colony, Mani Majra, forcibly entered a house in Indira Colony after midnight and told the woman present there that they wanted to meet her son. She said her son was sleeping and they should come the next day.

At this, they got agitated and began abusing her. They were stated to be drunk. Her neighbours informed the police, which rounded them up. The accused also misbehaved with the police and smashed windowpanes of the police vehicle that took them to the police station. They also smashed mirrors at the visiting room in the police station.

They were arrested on the charges of rioting, causing injuries, damaging property and criminal intimidation.

In another incident, Ashwani and Nausahd, both residents of Indira Colony, entered into a brawl and Ashwani sustained head injuries. The incident took place at 10 pm. The matter was reported to the police, which got Ashwani medically examined. The police is on the lookout for Naushad.

Alleging police inaction, a group led by Ashwani help a protest in the colony. They pelted kiosks in the market with stones. The police was informed about the incident and it arrested three persons. They have been identified as Lucky, Sonu and Lakhan. They were later sent to judicial custody.

A case has been registered against them.

In yet another incident, Ravi Kumar of Colony No. 4 lodged a complaint with the police that Rakesh Rama, Lala and Guru allegedly assaulted him near the colony.

A case has been registered.



Chandigarh Lions raring to roar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 29
“It all part of the game. Though the suspension of Chris Cairns and Dinesh Mongia shocked the team, it has not deterred our spirits. They are ready with all zeal and enthusiasm,” says Andrew Hall, newly-appointed captain of Chandigarh Lions.

Hall who reached the city today with his team to take part in the upcoming Indian Cricket League (ICL) Season-2 seemed upbeat about his new responsibility. “Though the circumstances are different, I truly realise my responsibility.”

“Yes it’s challenging but guys are supporting me well. Our fielding has become better and we only need to work on spin bowling attack,” says the skipper.

Andrew is happy with his team’s performance so far and is hopeful of a good showing ahead. “We have been performing well and have won three matches out of four in the series. We hope to make it to the finals,” he quipped.

The local outfit will play three of their matches in the city. They will commence their campaign on October 31 when they take on Dhaka Warriors.

“I know this team is new in the ICL but they are a good side and we can’t take them lightly,” he adds.



Stadium readied for T20 action
Sandeep Rana

Panchkula, October 29
The Tau Devi Lal Stadium is all set to host the eight matches of the fourth leg of the Indian Cricket League (ICL), starting with the tie between local outfit Chandigarh Lions and Dhaka Warriors on October 31. Almost all preparations have been completed at the venue for the conduct of the matches.

Organisers claim to provide gala entertainment to cricket lovers, emphasising that this time the main focus would be on the game.

“Undoubtedly, Bollywood stars and their live performances were the main draw during the previous leg of the league but this time we have cut down on that part of entertainment,” said Piyush Rana, a consultant with the ICL, while supervising preparations at the stadium.

The stars who will be in the lineup include dancer Rakhi Sawant, Aarti Chhabra, who will be the anchor, and Mithun Chakraborty who will come to support his team.

Besides, work is on to make the outfield fast. “Batting-friendly pitches, which are expected to produce good bounce, have been prepared. Such tracks help batsmen. I hope we will see big scores during the matches,” said Phil Russell, a South Africa-based pitch curator.

“In Twenty20 cricket, people come to watch big hits — sixes and fours. Besides pitches, outfields also play a vital role in making the game lively. So work is also on in that direction,” said Rana.


Oct 31 Chandigarh Lions vs Dhaka Warriors

Nov 1 Delhi Giants vs Hyderabad Heroes

Nov 2 Mumbai Champs vs Chennai Superstars

Nov 2 Chandigarh Lions vs Lahore Badshahs

Nov 3 Ahmedabad Rockets vs Dhaka Warriors

Nov 4 Royal Bengal Tigers vs Chennai Superstars

Nov 5 Chandigarh Lions vs Delhi Giants

Nov 6 Mumbai Champs vs Hyderabad Heroes



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