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NEIGHBOURHOOD

CM lays foundation stone of Sirhind flyover
Showers sops to woo voters

Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said all the pending dues of sugarcane growers in Punjab would be paid within a week. He was speaking at Sirhind during his Vikas Yatra wherein he also laid foundation stone of a flyover.

The flyover would be built up on the Ludhiana-Ambala railway at a cost of Rs 26 crore in next 15 months, he claimed. Besides, Badal showered sops disbursing grants under various schemes in his bid to woo voters for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

People of the area had been demanding flyover for past many years. Closure of railway crossing had been creating traffic jams for hours together.

After laying the foundation stone, he addressed a gathering at Sirhind grain market. He promised development for Punjab and sought people's help in the elections.

He also released funds for the development of district, besides giving a grant of Rs 5 crore for super-speciality child hospital at Peer Jain in Bassi Pathana. The hospital building had been lying incomplete for past many years due to fund crunch.

An amount of Rs 14.8 crore were disbursed for various projects at Amloh and Sirhind. He also handed over letters of ownership rights for 665 plots to the beneficiaries in the district.

He alleged that it was the failure of the Central government that shook the nation during the recent Mumbai blasts. "The Congress-led government should have resigned after such a ghastly incident wherein hundreds of people lost their lives," he said.

He said the states had virtually no powers with them and were completely dependent on the Centre government. He pointed out that all the pending dues of the sugarcane growers of Punjab would be paid within a week.

The CM also announced that the government would provide tube well connections for panchayat lands and lands of gurdwaras and other religious organisations on priority basis.

The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, former MP and Chairperson of the District Planning Committee Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, district president of SAD Jagdip Singh Cheema and other local leaders were also present.

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Badal gives Rs 1 cr aid to Bassi Pathana
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the council for development works in the town. Earlier a delegation of representatives of various organisations from the town handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister demanding to install heavy industry in the area as the youths of the town and adjoining villages were unemployed. A majority of the residents have migrated from the town for the want of basic civic amenities.

The delegation briefed the Chief Minister that there was no permanent SDM, executive officer, sectional officer and accountant to provide good governance. The municipal council was without any source of income and could not pay salaries to the employees, said the delegation.

There is no sewer or proper water supply, cleanliness and streetlights in the area. Even the local civil hospital lacks facilities.

Addressing the delegation, Badal assured that he would take up the issue of installing some big industrial units in the area with the Union government.

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LPG shortage hits life
Megha Mann

Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 8
The strike of truck operators and officers of the oil companies has hit the day-to-day life. Shortage of LPG gas cylinders and depleting fuel stocks at city petrol pumps kept consumers on their toes.

The gas agencies have put up boards outside their offices mentioning that the gas cylinders will not be available till the work limps back to normal. "We had only 20 to 30 cylinders in emergency stock, which too have been distributed. There is no way but to close the agency till strike is called off and work resumes," said an employee of a gas agency at Giani Zail Singh Nagar.

Indane officials said those agencies which got stock just few days ago were managing to give cylinders. "The other agencies, who had received stock even a week ago, are unable to meet with the demands due to strike," he added.

Similarly, the acute shortage of petrol and diesel kept consumers on their toes. Till 12 noon today, fuel stocks at Chaudhary Filling station on College road has gone dry. Also, Rajesh Joshi, owner of the Lakshmi Chand Ram Saran Das petrol pump said by 4.45 pm the stock of petrol at his filling station had exhausted.

In the evening, Daljit and Company petrol pump at Nangal chowk witnessed an unusual rush. Panicked area residents started thronging the petrol pump, run by Hindustan Petroleum, to get their vehicles' tanks filled.

"No fuel will be available tomorrow. Anticipating this, we have come here to get our two scooters and car fuelled," said Sarabjit Singh. Due to sudden rush, the petrol pump authorities closed the pump for around half an hour. Later, its functioning was resumed.

Hindustan Petroleum officials said their oil company was not a part of the nationwide stir and assured that their stocks were adequate to meet with the requirements of locales.

Officers of the Bharat Petroleum, IBP and Indian Oil are on strike in the nation. The terminal points of fuel distribution at Sangrur, Lalru, Ambala, Bathinda and Jalandhar cater to Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Officers at all these places are on strike, following a national call.

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Three killed, two hurt in accidents
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, January 8
A 24-year-old newly married autorickshaw driver was killed and a woman passenger injured when the autorickshaw turned turtle after being hit by the truck.

The police said that both the driver and the passenger were rushed to civil hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared Jagdeep brought dead. The woman passenger was referred to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where her condition was said to be stable.

According to the police, Jagdeep Singh, a resident of Mubarikpur camp in Dera Bassi, lost his life after a speeding truck hit his auto from rear near Bhankarpur village.

In another accident on the Barwala road, a welder lost his life after his motorcycle was hit from rear by a canter this afternoon.

According to the police, Tehal Singh (35), a resident of Dera Bassi, died as he lost control over the motorcycle after being hit by the canter. He was rushed to civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police has registered a case against both the truck drivers for negligent driving.

AMBALA: Sonu (22) was killed when his truck collided with another truck being driven by Balram. The incident occurred at 8 am near the Dinapur state highway. A case has been registered against Balram for rash and negligent driving in the Saha police station.

In another incident, Afroj, a resident of Poanta Sahib, was injured today when a truck rammed into him while he stood on a road in Saha. A case has been registered against the truck driver.

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Man held for stealing Rs 7 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 8
The GRP today arrested Vimlesh, a resident of Bihar, working as a security guard with Super Agro Oil Company, Ludhiana, for stealing around Rs 7 lakh from the company.

SI Bishan Singh, who was on duty early this morning, observed that Vimlesh was behaving suspiciously. On checking his baggage some important documents were recovered along with the cash.

On questioning him, he disclosed that he was a resident of Langratola village in Bihar and the money belonged to the company’s owner Manoj Mittal.

According to the GRP, Vimlesh had yesterday boarded a train from Ludhiana and got off at Doraha. He then boarded a train from Doraha for Ambala Cantt and was lodged in the waiting room when the GRP caught him. A case under Sections 411 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.

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PSEB to increase electricity output
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 8
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to increase the output of electricity to residential consumers.

Senior engineer GS Sra, informed that although establishing big power projects was a time consuming project, yet the board had decided to set up small projects to satisfy the demand of power of residential consumers.

Sra added that contracts to set up small projects to provide power to residential consumers were being given to M/s G.P.S Hydro power limited which would set up two units initially. A pact was inked with the firm and board management here today.

Out of these two, one of the projects would be set up near the Abohar branch canal while the other one would be set up at Joga village near Kotla branch river.

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Founder’s day celebrated

PATIALA: Modern Senior Secondary School celebrated its 62nd founder’s day on its premises today. Dr Ravi Singh, president, managing committee was the chief guest. The students presented a cultural programme. The brass band displayed the skills to the tune of “Sare Jahan Se Achcha”, and the Rajasthani slow march won a big applause from the audience.

Gursharan Kaur, principal of the school, presented the annual report. Dr Ravi Singh introduced a new “Jai Chopra Teacher of The Year Excellence Award” in the memory of first principal of the school. The award the best teacher was given to Renu Goel. — TNS

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Drugs officers unhappy with salaries
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 8
A meeting of the Haryana Drugs Control Officers Welfare Association (HDCOWA) was held in which the members of the association expressed their resentment about the pay scales given by the Haryana Government in the sixth Pay Commission.

The members said the officers in Haryana had been given the pay scales as per the old scale of Rs 6,500 whereas the pay-scale of the employees of the Central government and Uttar Pradesh was Rs 7,500, while in Rajasthan and West Bengal, it was Rs 8,000. “The officers perform the same duties as their counterparts, then why the disparity?” said Lalit Kumar Goel, secretary general of the HDCOWA.

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Senior citizens meet SP

Ambala, January 8 
A deputation of Senior Citizen Welfare Council, Ambala, today met the SP Y Puran Kumar and apprised him of the alarming incidents of murder, loot and theft, which have been taking place in the city for the last few months. — OC

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COURTS
 

Bar opposes Justice Mishra’s transfer
Executive body to write to CJI
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
Provident fund scam judge Justice R Mishra’s transfer to the Punjab and Haryana High Court has generated controversy of sorts.

Less than 48 hours after the information on his transfer from the Allahabad High Court was brought to the fore in these columns, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association today decided to oppose it.

The issue was taken up for discussion by the Bar Association during the meeting of its executive body held this afternoon. It was unanimously decided by the members to write to KG Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of India, against the move to transfer Justice Mishra to the high court here.

Giving details of the meeting, Bar Association president Rupinder S. Khosla said the members were of the opinion that the high court here had no place for judges whose names had surfaced in scams.

Khosla asserted the Bar wanted to cleanse the system. As such, they were not in favour of having Justice Mishra here.

Available information suggests Khosla has already taken up the issue with the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur. The Chief Justice was updated on the Bar Association’s sentiments on the transfer. But, Chief Justice Thakur reportedly told Khosla that decisions on transfers were taken at the apex court level.

It is believed that this prompted the Bar Association to pass the resolution of writing to the Chief Justice of India on the issue.

Justice Mishra’s transfer comes less than a fortnight after the Supreme Court recommended his shifting in connection with the Uttar Pradesh provident fund scam.

The names of Justice Mishra and three other high court judges were recommended for transfer by the apex court collegium. The intention was to enable the CBI to conduct a free and fair investigation into the scam. In all, the names of 34 judges had cropped up in the PF fund scam.

As of now, it is clear that Justice Mishra’s transfer here will soon be followed by the shifting of a Punjab and Haryana High Court judge to Allahabad. The judge, reportedly under transfer, was elevated to the high court from the category of Haryana district and sessions judge. So far, no other transfer is in the pipeline.

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CRIME
 

Student held for cyber fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
The Chandigarh police today arrested Sahil Sharma, a B.Sc II student of Sector 42 Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, on the charges of making online purchases worth Rs 60,000 by furnishing details of a credit card belonging to someone else. The police said the accused had procured the credit card details while working in a foreign-based online mobile selling company, where he used to work.

The cyber crime cell of the Chandigarh police in a joint operation with its Karnataka counterparts managed to nab the accused while accepting delivery of two mobile phones in a similar fashion today outside the Hotel Management Institute in Sector 42.

Sub-inspectors, Gurmukh Singh and Hardit Singh, helped the Karnataka police, which had registered a case against the accused, to trace down the accused.

Giving details about the case, the police said Deepali Gotadke of M/s Clickhubli.com, Karnataka, was running a business of on-line flowers and gifts delivery through the above mentioned website. The website had taken a gateway provided by US-based company CCNOW.

A purported customer named Reji Abraham of Upper Darby, USA, having a US-based bank’s credit card logged on the company website. The customer made online purchase of three cellphones in August and September, last year, and requested for the delivery at a hotel in Gurgaon. The fraud came to light when the original credit card holder told the bank that he had not purchased the mobiles on the credit card.

Later, in December, again a purported customer named Sheila Lane from UK and Kerrie Sheldon of USA made online purchases by furnishing credit card details and requested the company to make delivery at the institute in Sector 42 and at the residence of Sahil Sharma in Sector 23. The company got suspicious about the purchase and believed it could be the same person, who had defrauded it earlier. The matter was reported to the Karnataka police on December 31 and a case of cheating was registered in this connection there.

Sub-inspector Gurmukh Singh said the Karnataka police sought their help and they laid a trap to nab the accused. The raiding party sent a decoy delivery boy with a parcel and Sahil was nabbed accepting the same.

During the investigation, he admitted that he had purchased three cellphones during his stay in a hotel in Gurgaon.

Quoting Sahil, the police said he was working in a call centre, which was a branch of a US-based Sprint Company in NAC, Manimajra. He had worked with the company in 2006 for three months and his job was to call the foreign customers and note down their credit card numbers who were interested in online purchase of mobile phones. He kept the credit card details even after leaving the job and used the information to make fraudulent purchases.

The police has recovered a mobile phone from the accused, which he bought in similar fashion.

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Five killed in road mishap
Students face danger as buses halt on bridge

Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 8
Though it took five precious lives to make the authorities concerned to issue orders for picking and dropping passengers at the educational institutions, the life of the students was still not as safe as it could be on the roads in the region.

A visit by the Tribune team noticed, while the students had stopped boarding auto rickshaws, no traffic rules were followed by bus drivers while stopping the buses in front of the educational institutions at national highway.

The buses are stopped right in the middle of narrow bridge to pick the students forcing them to gather on the road at the bridge only. Moreover, no underpass or overbridge were provided though the permissions were granted to set up educational institutions on the national highways, leaving thousands of students exposed to the accidents.

Five students of Swami Devi Dyal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Golpura, were killed here on December 15 when the auto rickshaw carrying them had an accident with a truck.

After the accident, the district administration had put up the matter with the transport authorities to increase the frequency of buses plying on the road and order them to pick and drop them near these institutes, so that, they need not depend on other transport modes. Many other steps were also taken, including challaning the vehicles ferrying passengers more than the prescribed limit.

“The auto rickshaws have stopped coming from Barwala to pick the students while the autos from Shahzadpur in Ambala district too gets no passenger from the college since the accident took place last month,” said Neha, a sundent of Electronics in Polytechnic at Golpura.

Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria said the college authorities had started two bus stops off the road on both sides. Moreover, the matter was also discussed with the State Transport Controller and it was being mulled that private bus operators were allowed on this part of highway to make the public transport system more effective.

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16 kg ganja seized; 2 held

Chandigarh, January 8
The local police has arrested Shiv Kumar, a resident of Bihar, from railway bridge in Ram Darbar and seized 16 kg of ‘ganja’ from his possession yesterday. A case has been registered at Sector 31 police station. In yet another case, the police has arrested Vicky, a resident of Sector 56, from near Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, and seized 500 grams of ‘ganja’ from his possession. A case has been registered at Sector 39 police station.

Stolen: Dina Nath of Colony No. 4 filed a complaint alleging that his cash Rs 1.27 lakh was stolen from Industrial Area-I, during the intervening night of January 6-7. A case has been registered at Industrial Area police station in this regard. — TNS

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SPORTS
 

3,000 take part in National School Games
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
As many as 3,000 school students and 400 officials from across India are taking part in the 54th National School Games 2009 that got off to a flying start here today at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.

A total of five events, including fencing (u-19), Table Tennis (u-19, 17,14) Handball (u-19) and Roller Hockey (u-19) will be played here. The games spread over six days will continue from January 8 to 13.

The games are being organised by the Education Department, UT Chandigarh, under the aegis of School Games Federation of India. Pradip Mehra, adviser to the administrator, UT Chandigarh, was the chief guest for the ceremony. The highlight of the program was a bhangra performed by the troupe of K.B.D.A.V, which enthralled the audience with its zest and vibrancy.

Meanwhile, Handball matches were played at GMSSS, Sector 23.

Results

Girls:

HP defeated Vidya Bharti by 5-2

J& K defeated Uttrakhand by 12-4

Haryana defeated Gujarat by 27-4

Delhi defeated NVS by 18-5

A.P. defeated KVS by 20-16

Boys

Kerala defeated Uttranchal by 24-14

U.P. defeated Gujarat by 21-11

Pondicherry defeated J&K by 23-14

Delhi defeated KVS by 28-9

Rajsthan defeated Punjab 25-22.

Participants complain of poor arrangements

While almost all the officials of the UT education department were busy for the past one-month in making arrangements for the National School Games, their hospitality seems to have failed to impress the outstation players.

The players specifically from the southern states are complaining against the lack of proper arrangements and adequate bedding to brave the chill.

“This kind of weather is new to us. We have not been provided with enough quilts and even pillows are not enough. The department never cared to provide us with heaters too,” alleged a player from Kerala.

“The quilts that have been provided are not at all warm. Moreover, we are sleeping on floor and the bedding provided has failed to shield the cold,” added another player.

Some players also alleged that out of the quilts provided many senior players took two each while others had to bundle together in the remaining. However, the department has denied any such complaint.

“We have made proper arrangements. We handed over adequate number of beddings to the team mangers and distribution was their responsibility.

I understand that they are not accustomed to this weather but expecting heaters is too much,” said an official involved in the arrangements while DPI Samwartak Singh was unavailable for his comments.

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Chikka tightens grip on junior golf crown
City's Tarundeep fires one under par 69
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, January 8
Bangalore's Chikkarangappa consolidated his lead, as he fired yet another one under par 69 card, for a three-day tally of 208 on the penultimate day of the Lalit Suri Eastern India Junior Golf Championship on the par 70 greens of the Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata today.

Rashid Khan from Delhi and Kapurthala's Ashbeer Saini carded an identical two over 72 to trail Chikka by four and five strokes, respectively, in the overall category.

Ashbeer maintained his lead in the u-15 category being ahead of his nearest rival Tarundeep Singh Chadha by seven strokes. But it was Tarundeep's day in this category. This Class IX student of Chandigarh's St John's School fired a one under par 69 to overtake Ankur Chadha and Syed Saqib Ahmed for the second slot. Tarundeep started badly bogeying the first, third and fourth to be three over after four holes. He fired a birdie on the eighth to be two over at the turn. A blemish-free back nine studded with three birdies saw Tarundeep card a one under par 69 for a three-day tally of 220.

There was a surprise leader in category C after overnight leader, Honey Baisoya, slipped down the leader board with a round of eight over 78. Viraj Madappa led the standings in this group, as he inched ahead with a round of two over 72, one clear of Baisoya.

But the day belonged to young Piyush Sangwan, who carded a round of six under 64 to race away from the rest of the field in the u-10 category. The category D players play from the forward tees but a round of six under is still a rarity. Piyush now enjoys a lead of seven strokes over Deepak Sharma who followed up his first round performance with an identical score of one over 71 in the second round.

Chikka played a steady round and made the turn at even par. He birdied the par-5 holes on the back-nine and was two under for his round before a bogey on the final hole took away some of the sheen from his round. He will still go into the final round with a considerable gap between him and the nearest contenders, Rashid and Ashbeer.

It remains to be seen if he can overcome last round nerves and consolidate his position to go home as the winner of the Lalit Suri Eastern-India Junior Golf.

Scores:

Overall (Category A and B): 208 Chikkarangappa (70-69-69); 212 Rashid Khan (68-72-72); 213 Ashbeer Singh Saini (67-74-72); 215 Khalin H. Joshi (72-74-69); 220 Tarundeep Singh Chadha (76-75-69).

Category A (u-18): 208 Chikkarangappa (70-69-69); 212 Rashid Khan (68-72-72); 215 Khalin H. Joshi (72-74-69); 221 Ajeet Kumar (75-69-77); 226 Udayan Mane (74-75-77).

Category B (u-15): 213 Ashbeer Singh Saini (67-74-72); 220 Tarundeep Singh Chadha (76-75-69); 224 Ankur Chadha (74-75-75); 228 K. Anirudh (76-77-75); 228 Syed Saqib Ahmed (75-74-79).

Category C (u-12): 222 Viraj Madappa (73-77-72); 223 Honey Baisoya (73-72-78); 226 Shubhankar Sharma (77-74-75); 230 Vidit Singh (77-76-77); 237 Arrush Ahuja (80-80-77).

Category D (u-10): 135 Piyush Sangwan (71-64); 142 Deepak Sharma (71-71); 147 Prakhar Asawa (71-76); 157 Ridhima Dilawari (79-78); 159 K.Surya (82-77).

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Kyra keeps Indian challenge alive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
Second seed Kyra Shroff outplayed third seed Sachie Ishizu (Japan) 6-1, 7-5 in the girls’ singles semi-finals of the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for u-18 being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium, here today. While unseeded Laurent-Olivier Daxhele of Belgium stunned top seed Kaza Vinayak Sharma (India) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the boys’ singles semi-finals. The Belgium lad will now lock horns with qualifier Yoannis Hilelis of France in the final.

Valentina Starkova of Kazaksthan ousted Aishwarya Agarwal of India in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the second semi-finals. In another semi-finals, Yoannis Hilelis ousted wild card Venkat Iyer of India 7-6 (4), 6-3. In the second semi-final qualifier Yoannis Hilelis of France defeated wild card Venkat Iyer of India 7-6 (4), 6-3. They exchanged breaks in the fifth and eighth games (4-4) before making it six-all. Yoannis Hilelis clinched the set in tie-breaker at 7-6 (4).

Results:

Boys’ singles (semi-finals): Laurent-Olivier Daxhele (Bel) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma (India) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Yoannis Hilelis (Fra) bt Venkat Iyer (Ind) 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Girls’ singles (semi-finals): Valentina Starkova (Kaz) bt Aishwarya Agarwal (Ind) 6-3, 6-2, Kyra Shroff (Ind) bt Sachie Ishizu (Japan) 6-1, 7-5.

Boys’ doubles (semi-finals): Lakshit Sood and Chandril Sood bt Alexander Igoshin and Nikhail Titov 6-1, 2-6, 10-3, Jeroen Claeys and Jeroen Benard bt Saurabh Singh and Christopher Marquis 2-6, 6-1, 10-7.

Girls’ doubles (semis): Melis Sezer and Ishizu Sachie bt Prarthana Thombare and Ikttesh Chahal 6-1, 6-1, Kyra Shroff and Rashmi Teltumbde bt Alena Gersimova and Cladislava Kuzmenkova 6-2, 6-4.

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Haryana team for cricket meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
The Cricket Federation of Haryana has announced under-19 Haryana team for the forthcoming 1st V Hanumantha Rao All India Under-19 National Federation Cup Cricket Tournament being organised by the Cricket Federation of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) under the aegis of the Cricket Federation of India to be held at Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) from January 12 to 15.

Team: Vikas Kumar, Mohit Garg, Hitesh Kumar, Kulwinder Singh, Ashok Saini, Amanpreet Singh, Deepak Rohal, Rahul Bali, Karamvir Singh, Maninder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Guarav Goswami, Amandeep Singh, Gurdit Singh and Vikram Vir Sharma.

Coach : KM Tiwari (Ambala), Manager: Sukhvinder Singh (Kaithal).

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Pikka clinches golf title
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 8
Lady captain of the course Pikka P Singh clinched the title in the gold and silver division of the Kingfisher Medal Round for January in Chandigarh Golf Club Ladies’ Golf Contest held on the par 72 greens of the club here today.

Pikka P Singh returned a net score of 77 to emerge winner with Pauline JM Singh finishing just one stroke behind at net 78.

Kiran BM Singh carded the net 71 for the bronze division title with Pramila Chari finishing three strokes behind at 74.

The Kingfisher Medal Round is held every month and is a big attraction among the lady golfers of the club.

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Carom ranking tourney from January 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8
The XI Raj Kumar Babuta memorial prize money carom ranking tournament would be organised by Chandigarh Carom Association from January 24 to 26 at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45.

In this tournament, singles event would be conducted in the senior and junior categories under men/boys and women/girls sections.

A player must be below 18 years as on January 31 for participating in the junior section.

Interested players may submit their entries with DS Aithani, assistant general secretary of the association, at house number 564-A, Sector 32-A, (Phone number: 4663564, mobile number: 9872922514). Entries would close on January 20, 2009 at 5 pm.

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Khalsa College win on Day 1

Chandigarh, January 8
Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, (Ludhiana) trounced MR Government College, Fazilka, (Ferozpur) by one turn and 20 points on the first day of the Panjab University Inter-College Kho Kho (women) A-Division Tournament being played on PU grounds, here today. While in another match of the day, Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib College for Women, Chabbewal, (Hoshiarpur) defeated AS College for Women, Khanna, (Ludhiana) by 9 points. — TNS

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