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Shivalik Board
Nominate non-official members, say residents
Our Correspondent

Kalka, February 15
Residents of Morni area, including sarpanches of various gram panchayats, have demanded the state government to nominate non-official members in the Shivalik Development Board.

A delegation of the Morni area has met Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress. They said earlier local representatives of the area were nominated as the members/special invitees of the Shivalik Development Board.

But for the last five years, no representative of the area has been given representation as the non-official member by the government in the Shivalik board. They have also demanded to appoint a permanent chief executive officer in the Shivalik board.

Official sources said at present the ADC Panchkula or ADC Ambala had additional charge of the CEO to analyse and supervision of various development projects of the Shivalik Development Board. The sources further said the revenue department through its notification in October 2005 had issued directives to appoint a full time chief executive officer in the Shivalik Development Board.



Cremation ground gets Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, February 15
MP Preneet Kaur today handed a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from the MPLAD fund for cremation ground in Rajpura. The money would prove helpful for the construction of boundary wall of the cremation ground.

Residents of the area were demanding basic facilities, including the boundary wall.

Preneet Kaur also addressed a gathering where she said the Akali government had failed on all fronts and its ministers were indulged in all kind of wrongful practices. 



No Vacancies
BEd teachers protest
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 15
The B.Ed Teacher's Front today burnt the effigy of Punjab government and raised slogans against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal.

The leaders of teachers' body alleged that father-son duo is misguiding masses and especially teacher's community by issuing false statements.

District president of the front, Sohan Singh, alleged that about 14,000 teachers were to be recruited by the government but only 8,000 of them were given jobs. Rest 6,000 vacancies are still lying vacant.

The spokesperson added that when teachers tried to enquire about the fate of the remaining teachers during CM's Vikas Yatra, Badal assured that the list of teachers is ready, and they would soon be inducted.

“However, concerned authorities refuted claims of CM and said they don't have any such list with them,” he added.

He said the Badal's are trying to befool the masses with their sops worth crores. “These ministers are returning the hard earned money of the public in form of sops to woo votes for Lok Sabha elections,” said another teacher.

Press secretary, Joginder Singh, Harmeet Singh, Satnam Singh, Shingara Singh and a large number of other teachers were present during the occasion.



Sukhbir to lay foundation stone of AC bus stand
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 15
Patiala is all set to have a fully air-conditioned ultramodern bus stand soon as Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the new bus stand on February 18.

Spread over a sprawling 14 acre of land, the new bus stand would have a six-storey building.

The ground floor would be used as the bus stand while the first floor would have commercial establishments. The new bus stand is located adjoining the Sadar police station on the Patiala-Rajpura highway.

Manjit Singh Narang, additional managing director of the PEPSU Road Transport Corporation, told today that all paper work with regard to execution of the work has been completed. The project would be completed in a phased manner and the first phase would be executed within 18 months.

Narang said the private firm, which would execute the project, had paid an initial amount of Rs 27 crore to the PRTC as lease money for 20 years lease. He said it was a built operate transfer (BOT) project and the firm would pay yearly fee of Rs 1.25 crore every year to the PRTC. There is a component of 5 per cent increase in the fee every year.

Narang said as of now the existing workshop of the PRTC near Sirhindi gate would remain functional. He said no decision had yet been taken on further utilisation of the existing bus stand.

He further said the new project would not mean any financial burden on the PRTC and on the contrary it would fetch additional revenue to the funds starved corporation.

The issue of relocating the main bus stand from near the railway station to city outskirts had been hanging fire for many years. The proposal was being strongly opposed by owners of dhabas and restaurants.

The shifting would come as a welcome relief to residents as traffic congestion on the arteries around the bus stand was common. There had been a popular demand of relocating the bus stand and now it would meet the long pending demand.



Commercial security cause for concern
Our Correspondent

Kalka, February 15
With a major bank robbery in broad daylight in Panchkula on Thursday and many robberies in the town in a couple of months, the security at most of the banks, private companies and other financial institutions here, Pinjore, Parwanoo and Baddi, the industrial areas of Himachal Pradesh, remain a cause of concern. The miscreants have struck twice at a bank in Karanpur, near Pinjore, in recent past.

Security experts of the area said the guns used by the security personnel were not fit for commercial security.

A survey conducted by The Tribune in these areas revealed that most of the security personnel were having traditional firearms, which may prove useless in emergency. These guns were only used in crop protection or self protection. Gun experts said such guns were cumbersome to use, especially in situations requiring quick response.



6 bottles of liquor seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The police arrested Amit Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, and seized six bottles and 16 quarters of country-made wine yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.


Shakeel Ahmed of Mani Majra filed a complaint with the police alleging that Ishan Mohammed of the same locality tried to steal his mobile phone from his shop and was caught red handed yesterday. A case of theft has been registered at the Mani Majra police station and the accused has been arrested.


Goldy, a resident of Khuda Jassu, was arrested from Khuda Lahora while gambling at public place and seized Rs 555 from his possession yesterday. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.


A female resident of Sector 23 filed a complaint with the police alleging that a motor cycle (PB-65-G-1099) driven by Suraj of Ram Darbar hit her near CSFL, Sector 36, on February 12. Both were injured and admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital. A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.



Harinderpal Bedi claims golf title
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 15
Harinderpal Singh Bedi tamed the fast putting greens to clinch the title in the Budge Signs North Zone Civil Service Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club today.

Bedi played a three over par 75 card to log a two-day tally of 153. This was four strokes better than second-placed RK Arora, who also carded a 75 score.

Though a big hitter, the Punjab irrigation department officer played a cautious game. He relied more on the short game and chipped two times sinking birdies on the fifth and 11th holes.

He said the course was short but the narrow fairways made it a very challenging course. He said the course and its natural settings made it comparable with the best courses in USA and Australia.

Narinder Chauhan clinched the nett title with a score of 129 with ID Bhandari finishing four strokes behind.

Mann Singh was a way ahead of the field among the retired officers carding a two-day tally of 164 with his nearest rival, RS Chalia, finishing a good 12 strokes behind.

The competition was good with the serving and retired officers teeing off after a gun-shot start. Shobat Ghai hit the longest shot on the 14th fairway and SS Mann missed a hole in one with his shot landing 18 inches away from the 17th hole.

Following 10 golfers and two reserves were selected to represent the championship to be held at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi on March 7 and 8: Hadinder Bedi, Raj Kumar Arora, Bhupinder Singh, RC Mishra, Deepinder Garcha, Jasbir Singh, Gurdish Pal Singh, SS Mann, Rakesh Jolly and T Kipgen.

Rajiv Moudgil and Rupinder Singh are the reserve players.

Jagmohan Singh from Budget Signs was the chief guest and gave away the prizes to the winners. CGA general secreary JS Cheema was also present on the occasion.

Shobat Ghai had the longest drive of 300 yards on the 14th fairway while SS Mann was nearest to the pin on the 17th hole.

Scores: Gross-Harinder Pal Singh Bedi 153, RK Arora 157. Nett-Narinder Chauhan 129, ID Bhandari 133.

Retired Officers: Gross-Mann Singh 164, RS Chalia 176; Nett-SR Sharma 140, BS Thakur 143. 



Sports Meet
Harmanpreet, Mitali best athletes
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 15
The annual sports meet was organised by Ryan International School on its premises, here today. Sukhneet Singh, winner of Mr Patiala contest, and a renowned body builder, was the chief guest on this occasion.

An impressive march past by the senior students kicked off the occasion and various fun games were planned for the children.

Parents also enjoyed different thrill games organised for them. The men participated in the sack race and grandparents, too, enjoyed the occasion by participating in musical chair.

The Ashoka House coveted the best house of the year trophy. The trophy for the best athlete (Boys) was won by Harmanpreet Singh and Mitali was adjudged the best athlete (girls).The function was appreciated by the chief guest and the parents. 



Cricket trials today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
Open trials for selecting budding cricketers for the Kings XI Punjab Academy will be conducted on February 16 and 17 at the PCA stadium.

Interested candidates should carry their birth certificates and proof of their sports achievements in original along with two attested photo copies of the original certificates coupled with a no objection certificate from their respective associations on February 16 at 8 am for registrations.

There will a minimal amount levied as registration fee from participants.



Ashish emerges tennis champion
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 15
Tennis players from across the region participated in a two-day tennis tournament at the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club, which concluded here today.

About 60 players in ten teams from different clubs, including clubs from Haryana and Punjab, participated in the tournament.

In the single’s category (above 45), Arun Kumar of Malerkotla was the winner while Dinesh Jindal of Ambala was the runner up.

In the double’s, Dr SM Verma and Rajeshwar Dhundia of Patiala were the winners while Rakesh and Arun of Malerkotla were the runners-up.

In the single’s tournament, Ashish Kapoor, Patiala, deputy superintendent of police, was the winner while Rakesh Kumar of Amritsar was the runner up. In the double’s, Mahesh and Rajiv Rattan of Mohali were the winners while Jaswinder Singh and Rakesh of Amritsar were the runners up.

HS Sohi, Commissioner of Income Tax, Bathinda, was felicitated by club president Santokh Singh and honorary secretary Dr Balbir Singh. Sohi lauded the initiative of the Rajindra Gymkhana and Mohindra Club in organising the tournament.

Depinder Singh, Patiala deputy commissioner, was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners. He expressed hope that the club management would keep organising such functions. 



KK Cricket Academy inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
KK Cricket Academy was inaugurated at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here today. The construction work at the academy, which has got four turf wickets in nets and three central turf wickets, is going on.

“We have shortlisted 29 students and we will allow it for outsiders as well from next month,” said Arpinder Singh, general secretary of the academy.

The academy is being run on a no-profit-no-loss basis by four former cricketers.



Kings XI to co-sponsor Manali carnival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
Kings XI Punjab, leading IPL franchise, will co-sponsor the Manali Winter Carnival in an endeavour to promote sports and cultural activities in Manali from February 15 to 19.

It announced its participation as a co-sponsor by flagging a roadshow that started in Amritsar and passed through Jalandhar, Ludhiana and culminated, here yesterday.

Karan Goel, a member of the KXIP squad 2009, and few players from PCA Colts will be a part of this fanfare.



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