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Wine shop not closed despite admn orders
Women welfare body threatens to protest
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, April 5
Despite the assurance given by the Deputy Commissioner, Solan, a wine shop has not been closed down at Tipra village, adjacent to Kalka, situated on the Haryana-Himachal Pradesh boundary. Subsequently great resentment prevails among women inhabitants of the village.

The Mahila Ekta Samiti of the village had even threatened to sit on hunger strike after April 7. Rita Thakur, president, and Ketal Chandel, secretary of the samiti, alleged that since last couple of years the wine shop was being run in the village and people in inebriated condition were causing nuisance frequently. They further alleged that even the growing boys between the age of 12 and 15 years had starting consuming alcohol.

The samiti members told The Tribune that in August last year they had made a complaint to the village sarpanch in this context, but in vain. They further stated that on November 3 last year they met the DC, Solan, and submitted a memorandum to immediately close down the wine shop. The DC directed the SDM, Solan, to take up the matter. The SDM further directed the Assistant Commissioner, Parwanoo, in this regard who along with the DSP, Parwanoo, visited the village and gave assurance to the samiti to close down the shop, but nothing happened so far.

The samiti further told that a reminder was also sent to the DC, Solan, in this regard following which the officials of the excise department, including the excise inspector, visited the village on March 31 who showed their helplessness to close down the shop as the auction for the next year had already been made.

The commissioner of excise department also visited the village on April 2. The samiti members threatened that they would sit on hunger strike, along with more than 100 village women, if the shop was not closed down till April 7.



Rice millers to protest against Central govt
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 5
The Punjab Rice Millers’ Association has decided to organise a dharna for indefinite period in front of the FCI office, Chandigarh, in support of their demands.

The rice millers in the state have stopped the milling of paddy.

Tarsem Saini, state president of the association, said due to wrong policies of the Union government, the rice millers of the state would not only suffer a huge financial loss, but also face criminal proceedings as they would not be able to deliver the rice as per agreement due to lack of rice-storage capacity and expiry of agreement.

Nakesh Jindal of the association said the agreement between the government and the rice millers for milling of paddy was up to March 31, and the relaxations announced by the Union government had also expired on March 31 and the ministry had withdrawn the relaxations.

He said eight lakh MT of rice and 27 lakh MT of paddy were lying with the rice millers.

He said it was unfortunate that district managers of various procurement agencies had given orders to their respective staff to reserve the vacant godowns for the storage of wheat instead of rice.

He urged the government to intervene to save the industry.



Increased house tax creates resentment
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 5
Resentment is prevailing among the residents against the municipal council authorities for serving them notices imposing a heavy amount as house tax on their properties.

The Bassi Pathana Welfare Organisation, a social body, today held a meeting of residents of the town and decided unanimously to contest the notices in the court. An 11-member committee was also formed in this regard. It was also decided not to pay the increased house tax.

Interestingly, council president Kulbhushan Malhotra also attended the meeting.

Rajiv Malhotra, president of the organisation, said the town council was a C-class council, whereas the authorities had issued house tax notices as per the rates of A-class status. He said the residents were not in a position to pay heavy taxes. Civic amenities, like drinking water, sewerage, sanitation arrangements, street lights, roads and drains were in poor condition. He alleged that despite the implementation of the election code of conduct, the officials were issuing house tax notices.

Kulbhushan said the councillors had no role in the increase of house tax. They were ready even to resign for the cause. He said he had taken up the matter with higher officials, but of no use.

The body demanded from the government to withdraw the increased house tax notices.



42 LPG cylinders stolen

Kalka, April 5
Thieves decamped with 42 LPG gas cylinders from the store of HP Gas Agency at Dhamala village in Pinjore. The owner of the gas agency, Jitender, had lodged a complaint to the police that the incident took place recently. Ram Lal, watchman of the gas store, came to know about the incident next morning. The miscreants had stolen the gas cylinders by making a hole in the back wall of the store. The police has registered a case and was investigating the case. The forensic team also inspected the spot. — OC



Pedestrian killed by speeding vehicle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
A pedestrian was killed after being knocked down by a Toyota Innova in Badheri. According to the police, the accident took place on April 3 when the victim Pal Singh, in his mid-forties, was hit by the vehicle driven by his nephew, Ranbir Singh, in Badheri. He was seriously injured in the mishap and taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on April 4.

The police arrested Ranbir Singh on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

Ganja seized

The police arrested Prem Pal of Naya Gaon on the charges of carrying 1 kg of ganja from Sector 24.

A case under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered.



One booked for duping man of Rs 24 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
The police has booked a Mohali resident on the charges of duping a man of Rs 24 lakh on the pretext of facilitating him to get a gas agency.

Puran Singh of Dadu Majra lodged a complaint that he wanted to get a gas agency and came in contact with Avtar Singh of Mohali in 2007, who convinced him by showing his photographs with prominent politicians and promised him to get an agency by “using” his contacts.

Puran Singh claimed that he had given an advance of Rs 15 lakh in June 2007.

Then for the next two months, he gave Rs 4 lakh and 2 lakh. He finally took Rs 24 lakh from him in this fashion.

But he never got the agency at the promised time nor his amount back.

A case has been registered in the Sector 39 police station.



St John's golfers clinch trophy
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 5
St John's High School clinched the inaugural CGA-Airtel Chandigarh Open Inter-School Pitch and Putt Golf Trophy logging 44 points at the CGA Golf Range here today.

It was Gurnoor Sandhu who carved the victory for St John's with a superb performance of 19 points. Arjun Babuta and Jaywant Chaudhary pitched in with 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the team's tally of 44.

More than 60 students from eight schools had converged on the CGA range for the inter-school tournament, which will become an annual event, according to CGA general secretary JS Cheema.

Finishing three points behind the champions was Vivek High School, Sector 38, with nine-year-old Aadil Bedi logging 15 points. Rabiya Gill, top-ranked in Chandigarh women's amateur golf, and Adil Bir pooled in with equal share of 13 points each.

KB DAV School, Sector 7, occupied the second runner-up slot with 34 points, with Prabhdeep Ghai and Ikrabdeep Ghai scoring 12 points each and Jaipreet Ghuman pooling in with 10 points.

Rabiya Gill and Arjun Babuta shared the top slot in the under-18 category, each of them logging 13 points each. Gurnoor Sandhu, Aadil Bedi and Dev clinched the title in the under-14, under-11 and under-8 categories, respectively.

CGA president CSR Reddy, who gave away the prizes, said the CGA was committed to promoting golf in the region and would hold more such tournaments.

CGA general secretary JS Cheema, who inaugurated the tournament, said the inter-school contest would be an annual feature for which the CGA had donated a running trophy.


Team championship: St John's High School (Gurnoor Sandhu 19, Arjun Babuta 13, Jaywant Choudhary 12) 44 points; Vivek High School, Sector 38 (Aadil Bedi 15, Rabiya Gill 13, Adil Bir 13) 41 points; KB DAV School, Sector 7 (Prabhdeep Ghai 12, Ikrabdeep Ghai 12, Jaipreet Ghuman 10) 34 points.

Individual events: Under-18 Rabiya Gill 13 points, Arjun Bahuta 13; Under-14 Gurnoor Sandhu 19, Ikrabdeep Ghai 12; Under-11 Aadil Bedi 15, Adil Bir 13; Under-8 Dev 5, Jahan 4.



Ramesh all set for Asian wrestling meet
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Olympian Ramesh Kumar, who is currently attending a national camp in Sonepat’s SAI centre, is all set to give his best shot in the forthcoming Asian Wrestling Championship, slated to be held from May 2 to 7 in Thailand.

“The focus is on learning new techniques and I am aiming nothing less than gold medal in the championship,” said country’s youngest Arjuna Awardee wrestler, who is currently getting training under Jagminder Singh.

After this championship, the 26-year-old grappler will be attending a Commonwealth camp. “We can perform better than what we have in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics if get the required facilities from the government. No doubt, the money is being released by the government but in the absence of any check over its utilisation, it is being eaten up by the middlemen,” said the gold medallist in the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Ramesh, despite being sick for the past four days, participated in the Gulzar Gold Cup Wrestling Competition here yesterday. “It was a promise with my coach, KS Kundu, otherwise, I would not have participated. In this kind of condition, we are not supposed to participate even in international championships.”

The ace grappler is in the favour of roping in foreign coaches for India’s better performance ahead. “Our coaches are capable enough of handling the job, however, foreign coaches are needed to get equipped with the new techniques of the sport,” said the wrestler.

Kumar, who has been playing in the 74 kg category since 2004, said: “When I used to play in the 66 kg category, I would get the advantage of my height. But I changed my category as I was finding it very difficult to maintain the weight,” said the wrestler, who won title in 74 kg category of the Gulzar Gold Cup yesterday.



GNPS academy storm into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Guru Nanak Public School Academy entered the final after defeating Ropar Cricket Association Academy by 67 runs in the semifinal of the Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association here on GNPS grounds in Sector 36 on Sunday.

Batting first after winning the toss, GNPS academy posted a handsome total of 269 for seven in stipulated 40 overs. Their innings was bolstered by a valuable 73-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Veerakaran Goyal (58) and Shubham Mahajan (39).

However, Vaibhav Garg top scored with 76, which he scored with the help of nine boundaries. Jaskaran Singh contrbuted with 39 runs. Ropar CA Academy's left arm spinner Manpreet Singh claimed four wickets for 70 runs.

In reply, Ropar Cricket Association Academy could score only 202 before being bowled out in 39.2 overs. Manpreet Singh (51) and Maninder Singh (37) were associated in a 76-run partnership for the fifth wicket. However, that was not enough to avert their defeat. Lovlish contributed 49. Left arm spinner of GNPS academy Veerkaran Goyal (4 for 32) and Shashank (two for 28) restricted Ropar innings.



Taking golf to masses
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, April 5
Inspired by Jeev Milkha Singh and Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, 54 schoolchildren in the 6-17 age-group are converging on the greens of the Panchkula Golf Club every Saturday and Sunday to learn the basics of golf under the supervision of director of the Junior Golf Development Programme Manjit Kochar .

The month-long programme started last Saturday and will continue till April 28.

The coach is holding different shifts to give personal attention to all junior trainees, some of whom have seen the golf club for the first time.

Manjit Kochar said: “The camp aims at imparting basic training to the newcomers. It is encouraging to see so many participants learning golf. Also, it is a challenge, because the coaching has to be within their physical and mental limitations.”

There were 41 children from the British School in Panchkula in the 6-12 age-group who had come with teachers and the director of the school, Sanjay Sethi. Sethi said: “A golf academy will be set up at the school with the help of the Haryana Golf Association. He ensured regular inter-school tournaments soon.”

HGA secretary Sudhir Varma said: “Such camps will be held on a regular basis to encourage golf in Haryana, particularly in Panchkula.”



Munish fashions SBoP win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
A brilliant century by Munish Bali (114) paved the way for the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) to lift the Vth Bharat Kesho Cricket League organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today. They beat United Sports by 75 runs in the final match.

Batting first after winning the toss, the State Bank of Patiala scored 256 for nine in stipulated 30 overs. Munish Bali (114) and Pankaj Dharmani were the mainstay of their innings with a 143-run partnership for the third wicket. With the addition of 17 runs, Dharmani also departed. His 42 in 35 deliveries contained four fours.

Rajesh Patha bowled well to claim four for 42 while Rajesh Monu got two wickets for 31 runs.

Facing a target of 257 for victory, United Sports were bundled out for 181 in 27.3 overs.

United Sports kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Lakhan Sandilya (42) and Girish Bhanot (57) stemmed the rot to some extent as they put on 79 runs for the fifth wicket stand.

Vishwas Bhalla, Ranjeev Sharma and Rajwinder Golu pocketed two wickets each.



Yusuf Abdulla to join Kings XI squad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
The Kings XI Punjab team yesterday announced that fast bowler Yusuf Abdulla will join the squad and David Nosworthy will be the coach of the team.

The team also confirmed Port Elizabeth as its base camp for eight days in South Africa. The camp will commence tomorrow with a team of 27 players.

Players who will join the camp: Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, VRVSingh, Piyush Chawla, Brett Lee*, Shaun Marsh*, Simon Katich, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayewardene, Burt Cockle, Ravi Bopara, Yusauf Abdulla, Karan Goel,Uday Kaul, WilkinMota, Agatesh Argall, Tanmay Srivastava, Sunny Sohal, Ryan Ninan, RaviKant Shukla, Ranadeb Bose, Vikramjeet Malik, Taruwar Kohli, Amanpreet Singh and Yash Gandhi.

The participation will depend on the selection criterion of the Australia team.



Pauline cards best gross in IGULS event
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 5
Pauline JM Singh played the best gross card of 6 over 78 in the IGULS Inter-Club Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday.

In the stroke play format with handicap, the four best scores are selected from the competiton and sent to IGULS.

Pauline, who plays with a handicap of 10, thus, was four under in the nett score. Rubiya Gill was second in the 0-18 handicap category when she carded a 10 over 82. Rubiya, who plays with a handicap of seven, was thus three over.

Harinder Sandhu, who plays with a handicap of 23, had the best card of 93 grosss in the 19-36 category. Deepu Dhanoa was a stroke behind at 94. Deepu plays with a handicap of 20.



Amardeep leads Chandigarh to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
Unbeaten half centuries by Amardeep Sonkar (82 in 48 balls) and Rohit Singh (68 retired hurt) enabled Chandigarh district team to beat Yamuna Nagar district by a huge margin of 124 runs in the inaugural match of the Minor District Cricket Tournament being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Brief Score:

Chandigarh: 293 for 7 in 35 overs (Amardeep Sonkar 82, Rohit Singh 68 retired hurt, Rocky Ratta 24, Bali 14 n.o. and Aman 2 for 30).

Yamuna Nagar: 169 all out in 34 overs (Aman 31, Rohit 20, Sunil 22, Aman 3 for 31 and Kuldeep Nathani 2 for 9).



Manav Mangal Tennis
16 players reach main draw
Tribune News Service

Mohali April 5
Sixteen qualifiers made to the main draw of the ongoing Manav Mangal Total Tennis AITA Talent Series today and will be played at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, here tomorrow.

In the boys’ under-14 category, Birgurman Singh, Chirag Kohli, Yash Gupta, Barun Gill, Pranav Suri, Dhruv, Ishan Kakkar and Raghav Talwar secured their places in the main draw by defeating their respective rivals.

While in the boys’ under-12 category, Paras Mittal, Aditya Singla, Ankrish Khanna, Armaandeep Singh, Abhinav Mahajan, Kunal Mittal, Sagar Bains and Adhyan secured their places.



ITC win in cricket
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5
International Testing Centre (ITC) of Panchkula won the Hem Raj Aggarwal Cricket Tournament by beating Fortis Hospital XI by 93 runs in the final played at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.



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