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Admn promises two bypasses
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 2
The district administration today claimed to come up with two new bypasses in the city to ease traffic bottlenecks as well as to facilitate easy approach to the proposed Ropar IIT.

In a press conference conducted today, Deputy Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha said the two bypasses have been proposed to the government. "Though we have not got any written assurance from the government, we have verbal instructions that the bypass will soon come up," he said.

While the district administration claims to brace up itself with the two new bypasses, it is yet to finalise the Ropar bypass, which hangs in fire for the past 10 years.

Earlier, both the SAD-BJP as well as the Congress has been claiming that the bypass will soon be started. Interestingly, the bypass has been an election issue during the Lok Sabha as well as the Vidhan Sabha elections.

Not only the Ropar bypass, but also construction of a bridge over headwater works to ease traffic on 125-year-old Sirhind canal bridge, is a project gathering dust. The district administration has been time and again claiming to start the project soon. Last year it had been claimed that the work on the bridge would start by December, but nothing was done.

He claimed that the work on mini bypass will be completed by March 2009 and that on the main bypass by December 2009. On Sirhind canal a bypass worth Rs 45 crore by NABARD has been given a nod and work is soon to start, he said.

In order to tackle the increasing problem of pollution it has been planned to place a complete ban on use of plastic. Also the prestigious Khalsa heritage work will be dedicated to the state on the occasion of Baisakhi this year.

The Chamkaur Sahib theme park built in memory of elder Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh and 40 Sikhs will be completed this year. Purushartha added that Rs 3 crore have been sanctioned for the project. The project was actually started during the regime of the Congress and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

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Widening of NH-22
Various aspects of project discussed at meeting
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 2
On directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court related to demarcation of the NH-22, the main bazaar of Kalka, ADC Ramesh Krishan, Panchkula, today chaired a meeting of local officials and shopkeepers of Kalka in the SDM office in connection with the proposed widening of the NH-22, which passes through the Kalka main market.

All officials of the local administration, including SDM Monika Malik, tehsildar Naresh Kumar and a delegation of Beopar Mandal, Kalka, Bhagat Singh, chairman of the Kalka Bachao Sangharsh Samitee, were also present at the meeting, which produced various documents related to the ownership of the shops and residences. Various aspects on the widening of the NH-22 were also discussed in the meeting.

After the meeting, the ADC along with the officials and the shopkeepers went to the main market and measured and demarcated the road on several places of the main bazaar.

It must be mentioned here that the Supreme Court on January 25, 2008 had granted a stay order on a petition of the shopkeepers and traders of Kalka filed in connection with the proposed anti-encroachment drive in Kalka under the aegis of the NHAI. The department of the NHAI had issued to 242 shopkeepers of Kalka, labelling them illegal occupants. Of these shopkeepers, 57 were served notices to remove the encroachments upon which 39 of them had moved to the High Court and obtained status quo the move. After these order in favour of the 39 shopkeepers, over 50 other shopkeepers of Kalka had also moved to the High Court.

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Preventing blindness due to diabetes biggest challenge: Experts
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
Dr Manmohinder Singh Hayreh, associate clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA), yesterday said that diabetes was a devastating vascular disease. It is going to be the biggest challenge to prevent and treat blindness due to diabetes.

By 2030, about 80 million people will be diabetic in India. Up to 25 per cent of diabetics have diabetic retinopathy. About 37 million people are blind due to diabetic retinopathy worldwide.

Dr Hayreh was delivering a talk at Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre . He said screening of diabetic retinopathy should be done at the earliest to avoid ensuing complications.

Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, chief consultant and Dr Anuradha Raj, consultant of the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre, said there were about 11,000 ophthalmologists in India, but only seven to eight per cent were trained to treat diabetic retinopathy. Internists should refer diabetic patients to ophthalmologist as early as detected.

Dr Boparai on this occasion recalled that the Patiala Eye Hospital was engaged in creating social awareness among the weaker sections of the society and had been doing pioneering work in collaboration with non-governmental organisations by organising eye operation and check-up camps in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Dr Hayreh opined that treatment modalities included laser metabolic control and this could be helpful in decreasing the related complications. Newer modalities like anti-VEGF injections, Lucentis or Avastin, has proved to be a boon for the treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

Dr Boparai, who is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, has been a pioneer in eye care in the region and regularly attends most of the international eye conferences.

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Murder of taxi driver
No breakthrough in case
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
There is no breakthrough in the murder case of a taxi driver who was shot dead by some unidentified people at the GT Road, Sirhind, on Wednesday.

Padam, a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, dropped passengers at Amritsar from Delhi and was found dead during the wee hours in Sirhind near a dhaba. His body was found lying in a pool of blood in his car.

He, along with his brother Karambir, had come to Amritsar in two different taxis. Both the brothers had dinner at Phillaur in Jalandhar after which Padam decided to go back to Delhi.

He drove his taxi alone from Phillaur and was shot dead by some unidentified people near Jalvera village in Sirhind. One of the bullets also pierced through the front windscreen. The police officials said the body was handed over to his relatives after conducting a post-mortem. Further investigations are on.

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Factory worker killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
A worker deployed in Kirshna Forging at Fatehgarh Sahib was killed when a heavy weight went off the hook from a crane this morning.

The victim has been identified as Babu Ram, a resident of Bihar. He was working in the factory for the past sometime. He came in contact with the heavy weight after it slid from the hook of crane and fell upon him.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

Fatehgarh Sahib SSP said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated in this connection. He said a case of negligence would be registered against the erring people after recording the statements and verifying facts from the industry’s department.

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Undertrial dies in Ambala jail

Ambala, January 2
An undertrial in a theft case, lodged in the Central Jail here, died in his barrack today.

Naibo, hailing from Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was found dead in the barrack of the jail. He was reportedly suffering from asthma.

The undertrial was arrested by the Government Railway Police in a theft case on November 27 last year.

His body was sent to a local civil hospital for post mortem. — UNI

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Army exhibition on Jan 9, 10
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
Celebrating the Army Day in its usual gaiety, the Army would bring to Patiala the biggest Army exhibition at the Army ground on January 9 and January 10, which the city has ever witnessed. The exhibition will showcase technological advancement and military might of the world’s second largest body of troops in consonances with the theme of the exhibition “Indian Army: Nation above all.”

Various events, including sky diving, demonstration by the Army helicopters, hot air balloon, dog show, will be the main attractions. Various awareness stalls are being put up where the information about joining the Indian Army through NDA, IMA, OTA, ex-servicemen contributory health scheme, ex-service recruitment and mountaineering equipment can be obtained.

In addition, the high technology and latest military equipment, including tanks, infantry combat vehicles, anti-aircraft equipment, latest infantry weapons, radars, etc. will be on display.

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Two held with fake currency
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested two people and recovered fake bills of Rs 1.2 lakh. The accused were arrested by the in charge of CIA staff, Gurdeep Singh, and special branch in charge, Gurcharan Singh.

The accused have been identified as Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Bakkru village in Ludhiana, and Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Chaggwan in Moga.

During investigations the accused revealed that they had been preparing the fake bills for the past few months. They have been using a computer, printer and scanner to make the Indian currency.

A case in this connection has been registered against them at the Fatehgarh Sahib police station. The police is investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the police has also arrested Jagjeet Singh, a resident of Jassran village, in Mandi Gobindgarh and recovered 34 gram smack from his possession. A case in this connection has been registered against him in the Mandi Gobindgarh police station.

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Commissioner for Baradari’s development
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 2
“Baradari's all-round development, Garden Theatre and better public service are my first priorities,” said Jasbir Singh Bir, Divisional Commissioner, Patiala.

Bir was addressing a congregation of the social welfare and art organisations at a special “Mel-Milap” session, held at the New Year programme. He said he would like to see Baradari Gardens as an ideal spot for tourists and as an information centre about the variety of all existing trees, flowers and horticulture.

He urged the prominent organisations to join hands with the administration to provide better service to the people. Harkesh Singh Sidhu, city Municipal Commissioner, and MS Narang, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, and Ishwinder Singh Grewal, DPRO, also exchanged the New Year greetings and assured their co-operation with the social organisations.

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Consumer Courts
Shivkon Infra told to refund Rs 6.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked builder, Shivkon Infrastructures, to refund Rs 6.5 lakh that the petitioner Ashutosh Goyal had deposited as advance for allotment of a flat.

The forum had also asked him to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 for mental agony and harassment.

A resident of Sector 20, Goyal stated in the complaint that he had booked a two-bedroom flat at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh with Shivkon Infrastructures for which he paid Rs 1 lakh in October, 2005, as earnest money. Thereafter, he deposited Rs 5.50 lakh after two months towards balance payment of 50 per cent of the cost of the flat.

When the petitioner came to know that no housing project had been allotted or approved in his favour, he approached the builder for refund, but it didn’t help. After several requests, the builder agreed to release Rs.6.50 lakh along with interest towards refund of the earnest money. However, a cheque Rs 50,000 drawn at the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Panchkula, was issued to him that was dishonoured because of insufficient funds. He was again issued a cheque that was again dishonoured.

The builder didn’t depose before the court.

ICICI BANK: In yet another case the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked ICICI Bank to pay Rs 25,000 compensation for unfair trade practice. The forum also directed the bank to adjust another Rs 25,000 towards the loan amount and not as full and final payment.

The petitioner, Krishan Pal, stated in the complaint that he had taken a loan Rs 40,636 from the bank in September, 2006. The loan instalments was fixed at Rs 2,199 each for 36 months but he was not informed about the rate of interest, as well as other terms and conditions of the loan and he was assured that these will be received by him at his postal address.

He stated that he was given a cheque for Rs 37,719 against the loan amount of Rs 40,636 and till that time neither terms and conditions of the loan were conveyed nor the rate of interest was disclosed to him. The officials promised him that they would charge the prevailing rate of interest. He stated that he had been paying the monthly instalments regularly. However, he was surprised to note from the EMI schedule that the rate of interest being charged from him was very high as it was 50 per cent as per the schedule, which was against the guidelines issued by the RBI.

Feeling dissatisfied with the rate of interest, he approached the bank for foreclosure of loan, whereupon he was advised to complete the EMIs for at least six months in order to avail the benefit of one-time settlement. In a letter dated November 23, 2007, he was asked to pay Rs 36,575.84 of the loan. He averred that he had already paid Rs 28,587 up to November, 2007, and still he was being asked to pay Rs 36,575.84. It was alleged that even after receiving the repayment of the loan amount, the bank illegally withdrew an amount of Rs 2,199 through ECS clearing on June 4, 2008 from his account.

The bank stated that Rs 40,636 included the amount of premium accepted by the complainant to be paid towards the insurance policy.

The forum stated said that it was an unfair trade practice on the part of the bank in not making the terms and conditions of the loan agreement clear to the complainant and withholding the loan agreement from him. The forum also said there was no agreement produced by the bank to suggest if the complainant ever agreed on such an exorbitant rate of interest.

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Youth’s death: Police groping in dark
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
The local police is still clueless about the identity of the auto-rickshaw driver, who dumped an injured youth in Kambala village, whose motorcycle collided with his vehicle here on Wednesday. The victim, later identified as Shushil Kumar (22) of New Indira Colony, Mani Majra, succumbed to his injuries there.

The passers-by had given the registration number of the auto-rickshaw (CH-03-K-9415) to the police, which reached the spot after the onlookers forced the auto-rickshaw driver to take the victim to the hospital.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Sudarshan Singh Thakur, said the investigators had visited a house in Palsora after obtaining the registration certificate of the vehicle. The police contacted Jasbir Singh, who maintained that no auto-rickshaw was registered on this address.

The SHO added that the police was trying to trace the accused through other sources and efforts were being made to nab the culprit. About the case, he said so far the police had registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving under Sections 279 and 304-A of the Indian Penal Code in the case, but it could be amended at later stage on the basis of the outcome of the probe.

A police officer said the police could also proceed against the accused for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC and also for disposing off the body to conceal the crime.

Shushil Kumar had an accident after his motorcycle was hit by an auto-rickshaw on road dividing Sectors 21 and 34. He was working as an engineer at a paint manufacturing unit in Mohali and was on his way home on that fateful day when the mishap occurred.

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Mobile phone snatched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
The local police registered a case on the complaint filed by Sachin, a resident of Mani Majra, alleging that four unknown persons robbed his mobile phone and sped away from the motor market, Mani Majra, yesterday. A case has been registered at Mani Majra police station.

Stolen

Manminder Raj Singh, a resident of Sector 45, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Alto car (CH-04-6033) was stolen from Sector 26, during the intervening night of December 31 and January 1. A case has been registered at Sector 26 police station.

In another incident, SR Garg, a resident of Panchkula, lodged an FIR alleging that his briefcase was stolen from his car (HR-14-E-0040) from Mani Majra. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

In one more incident, Satish Kumar of Mani Majra filed a complaint with the police alleging that his ATM card, driving license and a briefcase was stolen from his residence last night. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

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City eves win National School Games
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
After lifting the All-India Mohinder Pratap Singh Grewal Women Hockey Tournament in Ludhiana last year, the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA), a venture of the Chandigarh Administration, achieved one more milestone as they won the 54th National School Games at Warangal (Andhra Pradesh) organised from December 26 to 30.

The 16-member Chandigarh school team, led by Monika, returned on Thursday. In all they played seven matches, including final and gave outstanding performance, by scoring 32 goals and conceded just two.

Ritusha Arya emerged as the top Chandigarh goal scorer. The CHA started their campaign with an authoritative 3-0 win over Manipur.

The most facile victory the Chandigarh girls registered was against Jammu and Kashmir whom they routed by 11-0. Maintaining their winning spree they overcame a tough Jharkhand by 2-0 and routed Tamil Nadu by 7-0. In the quarter final encounter, they ousted Himachal Pradesh by 3-0.

They encountered a tough resistance from Andhra Pradesh before overcoming by an aggregate 5-2 margin in a tiebreaker after playing a 2-2 draw in the regulation period.

Officiating captain-cum-goalkeeper Swati played a sterling role in shaping Chandigarh's entry into the final. In the tiebreaker session, an alert Swati stood like a rock as Chandigarh had taken an unassailable 5-2 lead, the AP did not take the fourth and fifth penalties.

Having a psychological advantage Chandigarh eked out a narrow 1-0 triumph over Jharkhand whom they had beaten earlier by 2-0.

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Tennis tournament from Jan 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Ronak Manuja and Rashmi Teltumbde, both of India, are the leading and hot favourites among the boys and girls’ singles of the ITF Junior Tennis (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament for the boys and girls’ under-18 being organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here from January 5 to 10.

Ronak Manuja is the highest ITF ranked player, who got a direct entry in the 32-player main draw for the boys’ singles.

Indian Kaza Vinayak Sharma (ITF ranked 149th) is the second highest ITF ranked boy in the fray. In fact first five top players in the main draw are Indians.

Chandril Sood (192nd), Marquis Christopher (225th) and Vaidik Munshaw (257th) are at the third, fourth and fifth highest ranked players.

Roman Piftor (Uzbekistan, 272th), Mikhail Titov (Russia, 329th), Laurent Oliver Daxhelet (Belgium, 355th), Aziz Yuldashev (Uzb, 364th), Jeroen Claeys (Belgium 379th), Artem Tarasov (Uzb, 380th) and Shogafur Shofayziev (Uzb, 461st) are the foreigners in the main draw.

In the girls’ singles main draw, Rashmi and Kyra Shroff, both of India, are among the first two top players. Rashmi has an ITF ranking of 96th and Kyra 108th.

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Rashid wears junior golf crown
Ashbeer wins U-15 title by big margin

Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 2
Fifteen-year-old Kapurthala lad Ashbeer Saini caved in after an initial lead in the final round to offer the amateur open crown on a platter to Rashid Khan, the 18-year-old reigning amateur from Delhi, in the Lalit Suri All-India Junior Golf Championship on the par 72 greens of Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Starting the final round level with Ashbeer Saini, Rashid carded a final round of four under par 68 to win by seven strokes with a 72-hole total of three under 285.

Chikkarangappa finished third in the overall standings as he carded a round of one over 73 to finish one stroke behind Ashbeer with a four-day total of five over 293. Despite missing out on the overall title, Ashbeer was a comfortable winner in category B (under-15) as the next best, Rahul Ravi, finished 20 strokes behind with a four-day total of 312.

The winners apart from the glittering trophies also received a piece of advice from the chief guests, Kolkata legends Basad Ali and SSP Chowrasia.

Tutul Ali took the honours in category C (under-12) as he upstaged the favourite, Honey Basoya by a solitary stroke. Tutal returned a card of eight over 80 while Basoya played a round of nine over 81.

In the junior most category, Piyush Sangwan won by a margin of five strokes, owing to a first round score of one over 73 which helped him establish a lead over the rest of the players in his category.

Ashbeer matched Rashid stroke for stroke in the beginning of the round and even sneaked ahead of Rashid on the fourth hole where Rashid made a bogey. But by the time the final group made the turn, Rashid had established a three shot lead over Ashbeer. And, from there on the margin kept increasing.

After a bogey on the par four tenth, Rashid brought to the fore his A-game and played blemish-free golf which included an eagle on the 15th. A 33 on the back-nine meant Rashid played his best round of the week, a 68, which was one better than his performance in the third round.

Rashid said, "I was confident after my performance on the senior amateur circuit and the tournament I recently played in Thailand. I was slow off the blocks but focused hard in the last two rounds."

Amaan Guron finished fourth in the overall contest playing a two over 74 for a four-day tally of 299. He was third in category A.

In category C Subhankar Sharma was fourth at 328 with Feroz Singh Garewal of Chandigarh occupying the fifth spot at 334.

Final scores:

Group A and B: 285 Rashid Khan (75, 69, 73, 68); 292 Ashbeer Singh Saini (71, 71, 75, 75); 293 Chikkarangappa (74, 72, 74, 73); 299 Aman Guron (79, 73, 73, 74); 306 Khalin Joshi (77, 75, 78, 76); 307 Samarth Dwivedi (77, 77, 78, 75); 309 Trishul Chinnappa (74, 81, 75, 79); 312 Rahul Ravi (79, 77, 74, 82); 314 Wasim Khan (77, 79, 85, 73); 315 Imamul Haque (77, 78, 78, 82).

Group A: 285 Rashid Khan (75, 69, 73, 68); 293 Chikkarangappa (74, 72, 74, 73); 299 Aman Guron (79, 73, 73, 74); 306 Khalin Joshi (77, 75, 78, 76); 309 Trishul Chinnappa (74, 81, 75, 79).

Group B: 292 Ashbeer Singh Saini (71, 71, 75, 75); 312 Rahul Ravi (79, 77, 74, 82); 316 Ankur Chadha (78, 81, 79, 78); 321 Harjot Singh (80, 77, 82, 82); 326 K Anirudh (79, 81, 78, 88).

Group C: 318 Tutul Ali (83, 78, 77, 80); 319 Honey Baisoya (79, 77, 82, 81); 326 Akshath Vidyanth (76, 81, 89, 80); 328 Subhankar Sharma (84, 82, 83, 79); 334 Feroz Singh Garewal (81, 83, 83, 87).

Group D: 225 Piyush Sangwan (73, 76, 76); 230 Prakhar Asawa (79, 75, 76); Deepak Sharma (84, 88, 86); 261 Shubham Narain (86, 83, 92); 269 Ridhima Dilawari (85, 91, 93).

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Football fails to find feet in city
Sector 17 football stadium sans equipment, coach

Nidhi Arora
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
A decade ago, the best football stadium of the North zone, but now, a vain piece of land is without athletic tracks and sporting equipment. A stadium that had witnessed important national tournaments now cries for attention. It produced outstanding players, but now has no record of the players ' performance.

Above all, there’s no coach for the past four-and-a-half years to groom the budding sportsmen. That's the state of Sector 17 football stadium at a time when the Chandigarh Administration is claiming that it is setting up the entertainment city to provide more options for the youngsters.

“At the time of construction in 1960, this four-acre land had two rooms, multi-gym, a changing room in addition to the field and a spectator's gallery. It was among the best centres for football training with the latest training gadgets. But unfortunately, at present, it's no more than a neglected piece of land that instead of harnessing the upcoming talent has become a place for vagrants.” Recollects Vinay Paul a veteran player.

While independent sporting association like the Chandigarh Football Association, an affiliate of All-India Football Federation (AIFF), do their bit to keep football alive in the city, there’s no help from the Administration forthcoming. “The association, on its own, is running two coaching centres free of cost for the upliftment of Football without any support from the Chandigarh Administration,” informed Rakesh Bhakshi, secretary of CFA.

“All other states in India provide the sports associations with annual grant-in-aid and proper space to set up offices. Still the Chandigarh Sports department is not providing the associations any place to set up an office even thought it has provided land and office space to the likes of Chandigarh lawn Tennis Association and the Golf club where the children of the rich and famous visit. Ironically, the sports department charges Rs 500 per day from the association to organise their camps and tournaments.” Complained one of the members of Chandigarh Football Association.

Due to the callous attitude of the Chandigarh sports department, the budding football players are facing hardships despite their boundless zeal for the game. Pradeep Chauhan, father of an under-19 football player Vikram Chauhan, rues, “The sports department functioning is nothing more than a sham. The priorities of the Administration are not clear as to whether they want to provide options for the youth or just amusement to them by way of mega projects like Theme Park.” The stadium is in such bad shape that even a passer-by cannot figure out whether it’s a stadium or not. The parking lot that used to be for the players has become a parking space for the district court now, he adds.

According to the departmental authorities each stadium is to be manned by a manager, however, the youngsters who play there claim that they have not seen the manager for providing any form of information or guidance.

A 17-year-old ardent player, Nitin Jain, reveals; “I visited the stadium a number of times but could neither find the coach or a manager to guide me. And now, I’m taking the coaching from a private football coach in Sector 49, Chandigarh.”

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‘Indian pitchers have strong shoulders’
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 2
Baseball gained momentum in India as two baseball players from the country fetched 200-crore package under the Million Dollar Arm programme, an initiative of an USA-based baseball association, while the city lad, Mohammad Ali, was declared as the runner-up. “I am disappointed that despite pitching the ball at a required pace, I could not make it for the USA because of my age factor,” said Ali, while talking to The Tribune.

The association had early last year conducted the trials for the first time in India to select the best baseball pitchers, who can throw the ball at the speed of 80-plus miles. The four players from across the country were selected for it, and two of them had made it to the USA to fetch the handsome amount.

The third player of them is undergoing training programme in India, while Ali, unfortunately, missed in the last round of the trials as he was found overaged based on the requisites of the camp. Ali, who is in city to participate in the All-India Inter-University Baseball Championship, said: “The Indian pitchers have strong shoulders, which further help them to bowl faster. This is what brought the USA association to scout in India.”

“Generally in India, a baseball pitcher has a life of 4 to 5 years in the sport, because it requires a lot of force of shoulders to pitch the ball, which often leads to sprain in shoulders,” added 22-year-old Ali.

“To maintain the efficiency of a pitcher, we just massage with oil or just ask the player to take rest for a few days as the game is not so popular in India and we lack the other technical treatment. However, in USA, there are many techniques to maintain the efficiency of a pitcher,” said Tirlok Singh, a baseball coach. The trials for the same are scheduled to be held in March this year as well and the event has created huge interest among the baseball players. “I can certainly say that the money is not only in cricket but has started pouring in baseball too, and due to which, often players come to us and ask for the schedule of the trials this year,” said Gurcharan Gill, a baseball coach. “In our times, about eight to 10 years ago, there used to be no money even for officiating the match, but now the scenario has changed and with the induction of this USA offer in India, the sport certainly has a bright future ahead,” said another coach.

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Kunal to lead u-19 cricket team
Tribune News Service

Kunal Mahajan Chandigarh, January 2
Kunal Mahajan will lead the under-19 cricket team in the forthcoming National School Games to be held at Andhra Pradesh from January 6 to 10.

Other team members include Himanshu Sharma, Tanver Manak, Bhajan Jot, Nitish Kumar, Gaurav Puri, Ankit Kaushik, Shivam Khurana, Rahul Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Vishal Thino, Tariq Bhatti, Sareshta, Anmol Veer Singh and Sachin Sohal.

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