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Migratory birds make village pond their home
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Shell ducks (Surkhab) at Mote Majra village in Banur
Shell ducks (Surkhab) at Mote Majra village in Banur on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mota Majra (Banur), January 25
Migratory birds have made this village's pond their haven. Situated on Chandigarh-Patiala road, the village boasts of playing host to scores of migratory birds that arrive at the onset of every winter and leave by March end.

Wildlife inspector Balwinder Singh said nearly a thousand migratory birds had arrived this time. These birds include Common Pochard, Coots, Brahmini Ducks, Purple Moor Hen, Red Crested Pochard, Pin Tail Duck, Cormorants, Wigeons Duck or Blue Winged Duck and Garganey Duck. He said these birds migrated from Russia, China, Siberia and some other adjoining European countries.

After spending some time here, they continue their journey up to Burma and Bharatpur wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan. The wildlife officials said availability of water body in abundance and view of such an open space from sky could be the reason behind their halt at this pond.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Chhatbir zoo lies just 10 km ahead of the village. Instead of zeroing in on the zoo lake, the birds prefer to halt at village pond. "Since the Chhatbir zoo is surrounded by vegetation, the birds fail to see the water bodies there," they said.

While the villagers said the pond, spread in an area of 32 acres, is one of the biggest ponds of Punjab. The birds have become centre of attraction for villagers for past many years.

"Around three or four years ago, these birds used to enter in village streets and play with the children as well. We never allow anyone to even touch these birds, what to talk of killing them," said Karan, a resident of the village. He said the number of birds had been reducing every year. This year, number of birds is very low as compared to the previous years.

The villagers said the water of the pond was also getting polluted as dirty water mixed with chemicals was coming from Chandigarh and Mohali.

The villagers had complained about the dirty water to authorities concerned many times but to no avail, said panchayat members.



Govt backing separatists: MLA
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 25
The government's trick to play Anandpur Sahib resolution in wake of Lok Sabha elections is yet another tool to encourage separatists in state.

The Congress MLA from Nangal, Rana KP Singh, said this while talking to The Tribune today. Referring to recent statements of Gulzar Singh Ranike, animal husbandry minister, that terrorism has come to an end without meeting its actual target, Rana said: "What kind of target is the SAD talking about? Which was the agenda that terrorists failed to achieve? It should be more specific."

During 2007 assembly elections, Anandpur Sahib resolution did not figure in SAD-BJP alliance's mandate, he added. He further said why did not the party raise the issue when the NDA government was at the helm of affairs at New Delhi.

"Such statements from SAD-BJP government have raised concerns among common man. We still shudder to think the dark days of terrorism we have gone through. Has the SAD forgotten those traumatic times?" he said.

Rana added that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and BJP should clear the clouds of doubt and concern.



Industry to defy peak hour restrictions
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 25
The district Beopar Mandal has decided to defy the recent orders of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) imposing peak hour restriction from 4 pm to 9 pm.

In a release issued here today, president of the district Beopar Mandal Varinder Rattan said the PSEB had issued a notice imposing a ban on running industry from 4 pm to 9 pm. He said that they have refused to comply with the notice and would run the industry come what may be.

He said that there is power cut from 8.30 am to 11 am and 2 pm to to 4 pm and now they are imposing peak hour restriction. He said on Sunday there is full day restriction.

He questioned that how would the industry survive and how they would pay the workers if the PSEB imposes peak hour restrictions on industry. There is already recession in the market more over PSEB is unnecessarily harassing them.

If PSEB tries to implement the orders forcibly, they would hand over the keys of their units to the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, he added.



Traffic jam in Zirakpur
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 25
The heavy rush of vehicles led to the traffic jam on the Zirkapur-Panchkula highway here today.

Motorists stranded for more than one hour at Zirakpur as they were struck in a jam to get into the newly opened mall for shopping in Zirakpur, said commuters.

It was also tough time for motorists coming from Zirakpur to the mall. Visitors alleged that they were facing parking problem because the mall parking was full. They stated that the authorities concerned should have thought about the proper parking before starting the mall.

It is the first week of the opening of the mall. A large number of visitors thronged the mall," said a traffic cop standing on duty at Zirakpur.

"It was a nightmare," said Harminder Singh, a resident of Panchkula, who was stuck on the Zirakpur-Panchkula road. He said, "I had to wait for over half an hour," he added.

Pankaj Sharma, a resident of Chandigarh, said, “Our whole Sunday outing was a mess as we were stuck in the jam for about an hour. After we reached near the mall as the traffic scene was terrible, there were cars stuck on every road approaching the mall”, he added.

The police had a tough time in managing the traffic at many places. Zirakpur traffic in charge Sanjeev Kumar claimed that they challaned the vehicles which were parked in no-parking areas.



Kalka residents rue erratic power supply
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 25
Residents of Kalka, Pinjore and its vicinity are sore over erratic power supply for the last couple of months. Unscheduled power cuts have badly affected the normal life as the residents allege that the official agencies have been indifferent towards their plight.

The area residents rue that despite repeated representations to senior officials of the Uttar Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (UHBVN), the power situation has not improved. The UHBVN officials, however, assured of an early solution to the problem.

They residents complained that long and unscheduled power cuts have badly affected their lives. It is especially harsh on the students who are preparing for their annual examinations. The erratic power supply has also affected the water supply in many parts of Kalka and Pinjore, they alleged.



3,000 test their skills in mock test

Kharar, January 25
Around 3,000 students participated in the mock AIEEE-2009 test organised by Rayat-Bahra Biotechnology Centre here today.

The mock test was organised free of cost. Special arrangements like pick-up-drop facility were made for students from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

Vice-chairman, Rayat and Bahra Group Gurvinder Singh Bahra said prizes worth over Rs 2.5 lakh attracted students who tested their skills ahead of AIEEE.

Students were offered prizes, including laptops, PCs, TVs and scientific calculators, besides tuition fee waiver commitments ranging from 25 to 100 pc while studying in Rayat and Bahra institutes, said Bahra. — TNS



246 examined at medical camp
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 25
A medical camp, especially for expectant mothers and children, was organised at civil hospital, Kharar, today on the eve of Republic Day. The medical camp was inaugurated by the Director, health services, Dr YC Markan, Punjab. Dr Avtar Singh, civil surgeon, Mohali, was the guest of honour.

Dr Jai Singh, SMO, civil hospital, Kharar, said 246 patients were examined at the medical camp. All laboratory tests, ECG and X-rays were conducted free of cost and all patients were given medicines free of cost. A langar was served to all patients and attendants during the medical camp.



3 held for robbery
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
The Bassi Pathana police has arrested three persons involved in various incidents of robbery here, Ropar and Morinda areas.

The accused had robbed Rs 1,200 from a vegetable seller on January 5 near Bhuchi village in Bassi Pathana. While one of the five accused was arrested by some residents of the area, four of them managed to flee from the spot.

On a lead provided by the arrested accused, Swaran Singh, three more accused were also arrested on Saturday. They were produced before court today.

The three accused have been identified as Gamdur Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Balbir Singh, all residents of villages near Chamkaur Sahib in Ropar. The fifth accused, who is still at large, has been identified as Amardeep Singh, alias Mintu of village Mehtutan in Ropar.

The police officials investigating the matter said the accused were involved in a number of robbery incidents.



Two held for hitting cop
Tribune News Service

Kharar, January 25
Two persons from Mohali in an inebriated condition hit a traffic cop on Saturday late evening and left him injured.

The incident took place at around 8 pm, when Mandish Singh, a resident of Phase IX, Mohali, and GP Singh, also a resident of Mohali, were coming from Mohali.

Atul Soni, SHO, city, said both Mandish and GP Singh were in an inebriated state. They were driving at fast speed, when traffic head constable Gurvinder Singh tried to intercept them near the bus stand.

"Instead of stopping the vehicle, they hit the cop on duty and were immediately held. The two were so badly drunk that they could not even tell their names. We had to go through vehicle's documents to ensure their identity," Soni added.

Gurvinder sustained injuries on left knee and shoulder. He was admitted to the local civil hospital.

Both accused were arrested and later bailed out.



Man crushed under train
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
Thakur Singh of Muddon village, near Kurali, was crushed under a speeding train late last night.

According to the police officials, the deceased was trying to cross the railway lines when he came in contact with the train. The dead body was handed over to the family members after conducting a post mortem at the civil hospital. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc.



Youth held with stolen bike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Chandigarh police today arrested a Mohali resident, along with a stolen motorcycle, from the road dividing Sectors 44 and 34, here this afternoon. The accused, Paraminder Singh, had come to city to sell the motorcycle in Burail.

According to sub-inspector Rajdeep Singh, in charge of Burail police post, the police nabbed the accused following a tip off, who was displaying a fake number on the motorcycle.

Parminder told the police that he had stolen the motorcycle from Phase X, Mohali on December 23. Parminder is a resident of Phase VII and was taking tuitions to learn English at Phase X. The motorcycle belonged to Gurpreet Singh of Jhanpur village, who also studies at the same institution.

The police said Parminder was a drug addict and had completed his graduation from Chandigarh. A case of displaying fake number plate and keeping stolen property had been registered against him.



2 held with obscene CDs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The police has arrested Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dadu Majra, with five CDs of obscene movies from his possession yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

In a separate incident, local police arrested Lali Kumar, a resident of Dadu Majra and seized six CDs of obscene movies from his possession. A case has been registered at the sector 39 police station.


Chand Thakur of grain market, Sector 26 filed a complaint with the police alleging that Varinder, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, was caught red-handed a tin of ghee from his shop. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.



Urinating in Public
2 hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
A clash on trivial issue of urinating in public left two persons injured in Industrial area here, tonight.

According to the police, it all started when one Malkiat Singh was about to urinate near an industrial unit in Phase I. A junk dealer Kulwant Singh objected to his urinating, following which a heated debated took place between them. It soon took a violent turn and Kulwant Singh called his son and other persons and they thrashed truck driver Malkiat Singh. Malkiat, a baptised Sikh, pulled out his knife in his defence and stabbed Kulwant Singh. Kulwant was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, while Malkiat was taken to a private hospital in sector 34. The police said it was registering a cross-case against both parties in this connection.



Roller hockey gold in city’s kitty
Tribune News Service

Meanwhile, the Delhi team protested against the alleged unfair play during its women’s senior roller hockey match against J&K. The team alleged that their written complaint was not booked. Speaking to The Tribune, Preeti, member of the Delhi Roller Hockey Association, said: “They hit our skaters during the match but as the referee and the coach of J&K are in good terms, so the former favoured the latter’s team and did not give any foul.” Later, two of the skaters, Simrita and Tanay, had to be taken to the Sector-16 Multi-Speciality Hospital.

Chandigarh, January 25
Showing their dominance in roller hockey, the spirited senior Chandigarh team bagged national gold medal for the sixth time here today during the 46th National Roller Hockey & Inline Hockey Champions that concluded at the Sector 7 KBDAV Skating Ring.

The team also bagged the gold in the inline hockey, which has been introduced in the nationals for the first time. However, their strong contender, Haryana bagged the overall championship and the second place was attained by Andhra Pradesh.

Roller Hockey - Sub Junior Boys: Haryana winner; Roller Hockey - Sub Junior Girls: Andhra Pradesh winner; Roller Hockey -Junior Boys: Haryana winner; Roller Hockey -Junior Girls: Haryana winner; Roller Hockey - Senior Men: Chandigarh winner; Roller Hockey - Senior Women: Haryana winner; Inline Hockey - Men: Chandigarh winner; Inline Hockey - Women: Andhra Pradesh.



Indian hockey team in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The Indian hockey team reached in the city today to participate in the forthcoming first four-nation Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Tournament, to be played at the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium here from January 31 to February 9.

The team that was scheduled to be in the city at 2 pm, reached about one and half hour late here at the Taj hotel. It was disappointing wait for the media and the handful of hockey aficionados, who were waiting for the arrival of the team.

Later, the squad, led by skipper Sandeep, reached the hotel and and some of the players shook hands with fans.

A heated argument between a team official and photojournalists was also witnessed when the official tried to interfere the latter while clicking the photographs of Sandeep.

The other countries that are to take part in the tournament include the Olympics champion Germany and the European championships, Netherlands and New Zealand.



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