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Seminar on drug abuse
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 26
The police in collaboration with local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) organised a seminar on drug abuse yesterday. SSP Kaustubh Sharma inaugurated the seminar, while Prof HS Mejie, patron MBCT, and SDM Parneet Kaur Shergill presided over.

The SSP said the campaign was launched to create awareness among people against the menace and such seminars would be organised in all the major towns and villages of the district.

It was unfortunate that some parents were not taking care of their wards and youngsters were thus falling into the trap, he added. He said it was the joint responsibility of the parents, society and the government to curb the menace. He urged the social organisations to come forward to help the administration.

Prof HS Mejie assured the SSP that MBCT would initiate the campaign against drug abuse by organising such seminars in the rural and urban areas. He also announced to organise drug de-addiction camps.

A painting competition was organised and hundreds of schoolchildren participated. The SSP also flagged off a rally of students carrying placards against drugs.

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Youth told to keep off drugs
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 26
International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed by the Dera Bassi sub-division police in collaboration with Rotary Club here today.

DSP JS Khaira, who was the chief guest appealed to the youths to refrain themselves from the use of drugs. SMO Dr Ram Kumar also spoke on the occasion and told the people belonging to various professions to devote time to tackle the menace of drugs. In the end, the police and other members took out the march past in the town.

Dr Ram Kumar, SMO civil hospital, Dera Bassi, Sukhwinder Singh, SHO Zirakpur, and Bhupinder Saini, Rotary Club assistant governor, Dera Bassi, were also present.

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Ropar to get SAI Centre
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 26
Authorities from the Ministry of Sports and Sports Authority of India (SAI) visited villages of the Alampur and Katli area yesterday to survey a land proposed for the SAI Centre to come up in the district.

The team visited 20 acres of land near both villages to conduct the detailed survey for the project. Members of the team included joint secretary HS Kingra, special officer of Commonwealth Games, secretary SS Chhabra, SAI, executive director (operations) Joy Sebastian, SAI, director (enforcement) DV Mangla, SAI, and executive director LS Ranawat, NIS, Patiala.

After surveying the area, the team has asked for a detailed report on flood history of the land in question. The sports department will get the data collected and send the same for further perusal.

The proposed centre is to come up in the 20 acres of land for which the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, has been directed to identify the requisite land.

Director sports Punjab, Pargat Singh, told a proposal to set up the SAI Centre was sent through the government before the general elections.

“Presently National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, is the only state institute under the SAI. We needed to have at least one more institute to train our youth and keep them busy in the sport activities,” he said. The main criterion behind selecting Ropar as the spot was its proximity to Chandigarh and the upcoming international airport at Mohali.

Pargat added that sports department officials were also eyeing abundance of water in Ropar and nearby areas, which could be put to use for water sports. Bestowed with water from hills, the Sutlej, an international wetland in Ropar and national wetland in Nangal, Ropar district, has a potential to become a hub for water sport activities.

“We aim at producing finest sportsmen and women in water sports. Moreover, Ropar has also got distinction of having strong hockey team of the state,” Pargat added.

With the SAI Centre coming to Ropar and already existing IIT Punjab, the district is set to bloom on economic radar of the state. Setting up of these two centres and proposed tourism industry, the district is expected to turn into the hub.

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Killing of Youth
Shopkeepers observe bandh in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Activists of the Valmiki Samaj stage a protest following the killing of a youth in a clash, in Patiala on Friday.
Activists of the Valmiki Samaj stage a protest following the killing of a youth in a clash, in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, June 26
Shopkeepers today closed shutters to protest against the killing of a youth in a violent clash at a tavern here last evening. Two groups were involved in a violent clash at a tavern near Anardana Chowk yesterday.

A minor altercation led to hurling of soda bottles and free use of sharp-edged weapons during the clash, which left one person dead and at least three others injured.

The incident occurred when Kalu, a 20-year-old resident of Dhaka colony, was throwing a party to celebrate his son’s birth.

He used to purchase and sell vehicles. Members of the other side were also into the same business.

A quarrel started between the two sides, following which Kalu was hit with a bottle. He died on the spot. Two others were injured in the scuffle.

After the incident, tension gripped the area following which the police came in to ensure that the situation did not get out of control.

Members of the community to which Kalu’s belonged later gave a call for a bandh in the town for today.

A post-mortem examination on the body was conducted at the Government Rajindra Hospital here today.

Groups of youths went round the city asking shopkeepers to close shutters in view of the killing of the youth.

At some crossings, including the traffic lights at the main bus stand, barricades were put up and tyres were set ablaze.

However, no untoward incident was reported during the day and the police continued to maintain vigil.

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Hospital launches scheme for rural folk
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 26
Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH) has authorised sarpanches and panches to recommend patients in their villages for treatment at concessional rates at the hospital.

Launching the scheme on Wednesday, GSMCH principal AS Sekhon called upon village elders, which also included the sarpanches and panches of the area, to make full use of the scheme which had been designed especially to benefit the people of the rural area.

Sekhon was addressing a massive gathering of sarpanches and panches of the Rajpura sub-division, who were on this occasion issued special cards on behalf of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust. These representatives were apprised of facilities available in the hospital and were also told that the hospital had been empanelled by the Punjab government for National Health Mission schemes.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamaljit Singh, chief executive officer of Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, said the hospital had also been empanelled under the Bhai Kanhaiya Cashless Healthcare Scheme and those holding identity cards for the scheme could benefit from the specialised medical treatment.

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Workshop for kids concludes
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 26
A three-week workshop on dance, music, art and craft organised by the Punjabi University women’s club concluded on the university campus here today.

At least 85 boys and girls in the age group of four to 12 years participated in the workshop. They were trained by teachers and professionals from different departments of the university.

Dr SS Khehra, registrar, who was also the chief guest gave away prizes to students who scored top positions in various events.

The winners were: Taneesh Singh and Surdeep Singh (tabla), Pankhuri and Ajay Kumar (thumb painting), Bhavkeerat and Shivani (collage making), Abhay Kumar and Prabnoor (clay modelling), Priyanka and Harsheen (water colour painting), Leeza and Sanidhya (art and craft), Pankhuri and Komaldeep (dance), Bhupinder and Harpreet (music).

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Sunflower yield dips
Reason: Unavailability of high-quality seeds
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
The yield of sunflower crop has reduced to six to eight quintals per acre this year as compared to the last year’s 10 to 12 quintals.

Agriculture department officials said though the area under sunflower cultivation was increased this year by 300 acres but the yield was reduced due to lack of availability of high quality seeds.

“The area would have increased up to 4,000 acres but farmers have grown the sunflower in 3,600 acres only,” said chief agriculture officer Sarabjit Singh.

He revealed that maximum farmers in Amloh block grew sunflower in Fatehgarh Sahib, besides some farmers of Khamano, Bassi Pathana and 
Sirhind block.

The yield in Amloh was satisfactory but in the Khamano and Sirhind areas it was reduced to a great extent. Due to reduction in the yield, the farmers would not grow the sunflower in the next season, said the agriculture officials.

The farmers said the seeds of Perry Company were in great demand but due to its unavailability most of the farmers opted for potato and other crops.

“We have grown maize instead of sunflower. Had we grown the sunflower our yield would have reduced and could have witnessed a loss in the crop,” said Hakam Singh of Khamano.

He said after a lot of efforts we failed to purchase the good quality seeds and decided not to grow sunflower.

The low yield was due to untimely rains and changing climatic conditions. But the major reason of the reduced yield was due to the unavailability of high quality seeds, said the farmers.

The farmers rued that beside reduction in the yield, they also failed to fetch good price for their crop. As compared to the last year’s price of Rs 2,800 per quintal this time they sold off their crop at a price of just Rs 1,800.

The agriculture experts said last year the demand of sunflower crop increased but the area under cultivation was less and the farmers got good price of their produce but this time due to the increase in the net sown area and reduced yield the prices dipped.

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Adulteration
Health team collects food samples
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 25
A team of the health department conducted raids on shops and took food samples to curb adulteration here today. Some shopkeepers closed their shutters and fled the shops.

Similar situation prevailed in the adjoining Sanghol, Badali Ala Singh and Chuni Khurd.

The health department team led by district health officer Dr Jagpal Singh and food inspector Rajbeer Kaur took at least five samples of milk, curd, cheese, lassi, etc.

Dr Jagpal Singh said the department had been regularly taking samples to curb the menace of adulteration.

He said the samples would be sent for analysis and action would be initiated as per the report.

Meanwhile, a dairy owner in Mehmian mohalla alleged that some vested interest had been making anonymous complaints against his dairy to hurt his business.

He said the health officials had collected samples of milk from his diary over 10 times. Even the health minister and the Deputy Commissioner had sent in special teams to his shop but his samples had passed the quality test.

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Sarpanch booked for illegally selling sand
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 26
The local police has registered a case against the sarpanch of Bairmajra, Surjit Singh, here for allegedly selling sand illegally from the village common land.

According to the police, the block development and planning officer, Dera Bassi, had received a complaint from villagers a few days ago after which an inquiry was initiated and the sarpanch was found selling the sand illegally.

The police today said the BDPO had given a complaint and informed the matter to it after which the case was registered against the sarpanch.

The suspect was at large, the police added.

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Body of newborn found
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
Body of a newborn baby boy was found near Sirhind bus stand this afternoon. Some passerby detected the body lying at the backside of the bus stand.

The police was informed and health department officials from civil hospital also reached the spot. Doctors have kept the body in mortuary and an autopsy would be conducted, the police said. They said a case in this regard would be registered at the Sirhind police station. The police is investigating the matter.

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One dies after consuming poison
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 26
A resident of Meerpur village died this morning after he mistakenly consumed some poisonous tablets.

The deceased has been identified as Gurmukh Singh who was reportedly not well for the past few days. His family members said instead of having tablets for fever, he mistakenly consumed some poisonous tablets.

The family members said due to darkness and power failure in the morning, he failed to distinguish between the tablets.

The police has registered a case in this regard and investigations are on.

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GPA: Societies cheating owners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Though the administration has a notified policy for group housing societies for encouraging the cooperative culture, the reality is that the office-bearers of the societies rule the roost.

Inquiries have been marked, but nothing has come out of it. One such case is of an NRI who was cheated by a member of a society who had illegally occupied his flat.

In another case, a 70-year-old widow found that her flat in another society had allegedly been sold to someone else without she being told.

Since the applications for transferring the flat had to be routed through the managements in a few societies, the office-bearers were misusing their power vis-à-vis GPA holders by “forcing” them to shell out “illegal” charges.

The administration’s notification of transfer of share under the general power of attorney (GPA) has remained only on paper.

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2 booked for molestation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
A contractor and his supervisor were booked for allegedly trying to outrage the modesty of a woman near Dhanwantri College, Sector-46, here, yesterday.

According to the police, the victim, a resident of Colony No 5, was working as a labourer with contractor, Lekh Raj, a resident of Sector 40-D. She was called by the contractor on one pretext or the other and allegedly tried to outrage her modesty. His supervisor Rinku, a resident Dhanwantri Hospital of Sector 46, was also present on the occasion.

A case under Sections 354 and 34 of the IPC has been registered in the Sector 34 police station. 

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Ind-Swift Tourney'
APJ outperform Shree Shree academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The APJ Academy, Kharar, outperform Shree Shree Cricket Academy, Panchkula, by 184 runs in the Ind-Swift Under-15 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy here today.

However, the win was marred by controversy as Shree Shree Cricket Academy protested that the APJ Academy had fielded two overage players.

Conforming this, DP Azad Cricket Academy president Dronacharya awardee DP Azad said Shree Shree Cricket Academy had in a written complaint alleged that Kanwarpal Singh and Harmajit were overaged. The organising committee would consider the protest and would take the decision as early as possible.

APJ while batting first made 323 all out in 39 overs. Kanwarpal Singh (93 for 44 balls, 8x4s, 9x6s) and Sarthak (20) were associated in a 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Kapil made a 46-ball 68 with the help of 12 fours and one six. Anmol contributed 42 in 31 balls. Saurav bagged three for 37.

In reply, Shree Shree Cricket Academy was dismissed for 139 in 37.3 overs. Saurav hits 38 with the help of eight fours. Shivam made 23. Saurav and Shivam put on 48 runs for the fourth wicket. Sahil got three for 37.

In another match, MCM Blue Caps beat the 37 Cricket Academy by 18 runs. Blue Caps batted first and scored 224 in 39.3 overs. Openers Angad (87) and Arsh (43) were associated in a 137-run stand; Shyam Kumar (four for 10) and Kamalpreet (two for 20) were the principal wicket takers.

Shyam Kumar (72), Devinder (26) and Honey Kumar (19) batted well for the 37 Cricket Academy who were all out for 205 in 39.3 overs. Medium pacer Manik bagged four for 36 for Blue Caps.

Brief scores:

APJ Academy: 323 in 39 overs (Kanwarpal 93, 8x4s, 9x6s, Kapil 68, 12x4s, 1x6, Anmol 42, Saurav three for 74). Shree Shree Cricket Academy: 139 in 37.3 overs (Saurav 38, 8x4s, Shivam 23, Sahil three for 37). APJ Academy win by 184 runs.

MCM Blue Caps: 224 all out in 39.2 overs (Angad 87, 11x4s, 2x6s, Arsh 43, Shyam Kumar four for 10, Kamalpreet two for 26).

The 37 Cricket Academy: 205 in 39.3 overs (Shyam Kumar 72, 7x4s, 3x6s, Honey Kumar 19, Devinder 26, Manik four for 30). MCM Blue Caps win by 18 runs.

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750 take part in sports dept trials
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 26
Punjabi University, Patiala, has emerged as a favourite choice for sportspersons. With each year, the number of players applying for its sports wing is increasing. This year the number of applicants has been one of the highest with around 750 participants taking part in the sports wing offered by the Punjab sports department alone.

Earlier, around 1,000 players had applied for the university’s sports wing.

The two-day trials for the Punjab sports department concluded at the university grounds here today where as many as 350 girls and 400 boys participated in 15 games.

Director sports Rajkumar Sharma, Punjabi University, said despite hot weather, the response for the trials was overwhelming.

He said the university’s latest achievement i.e. the Maka Trophy had undoubtedly added to the credentials of the sports department and the players were looking forward to win the seats.

The university would try to accommodate as many players as possible because the university was committed to help all players who could be of use to the university and the nation, he further added.

In the girls’ category, the maximum response was towards handball and kabaddi with 20 girls in each game. The girls showed least interest in football and swimming.

In the boys’ category, boxing and handball were the top choices whereas athletics and hockey were the second options. Dr Rajkumar said the sports department had prepared a merit list, the results of which would be declared soon.

Also, the results for the university wing would be declared simultaneously with the sports department.

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Women Cricket Meet
Ambala beat city by 36 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
After facing a humiliating defeat from Yamunanagar here yesterday, Chandigarh girls’ cricket team had yet another defeat at the hands of Ambala by 36 runs in the Haryana Women Inter-District Cricket Tournament being organised by the Haryana Cricket Association at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Batting first, Ambala women XI scored 201 for four in 35 overs.

Poonam (83) was the top scorer for the team and was ably supported by Priyanka (53), who hits second half-century of the team.

For Chandigarh XI, Jaskiran and skipper Anit, were the only successful bowlers, who picked two and one wickets, respectively.

In reply, the city team was soon on a backseat, as Shiva Kumari of Ambala didn’t let any of the hosts’ batswomen stand on the crease for long.

She claimed five crucial wickets for just 20 runs of Chandigarh. Jaskiran (32) and Jaswinder (18) were the only batswomen, who could score some runs, which were quite less for Chandigarh.

The whole team got bundled out on a meager total of 105 runs.

Brief scores:

Ambala Women XI: 201 for four in 35 overs (Poonam 83, Priyanka 53); Jaskiran (two for 33) and Anit (one for 26).

Chandigarh Women XI: 105 all out in 24 overs (Jaswinder 18, Jaskiran 32); Shiva Kumari (five for 20) and Poonam (two for 10).

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Golf: Kang finishes 14th
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 26
Seasoned Harjinder Singh Kang of the city carded a six-over 78 to finish 14th at 25 over 313 as Bangalore's Abhishek Jha clinched the LG Tamil Nadu Open golf title at three over 291 on the par-72 greens of the Coimbatore Golf Club in Coimbatore today.

The city golfer could not make full use of the calm breeze that blew over the Coimbatore Golf Club and by the time he got back into his stride on the return nine the damage had already been done.

A brace of double bogeys on the third and fourth, besides bogeys on the first, fifth and eighth saw the city golfer struggling at five over 41 at the turn as he made amends with birdies on the sixth and ninth. He came back with a better one over 37 back nine for a card of six over 78.

Top final scores: 291 Abhishek Jha; 297 Rashid Khan; 300 Rahul Bajaj; 304 Pawan Kumar and Karan Vasudeva; 305 Pritam Haridas; 307 Moin Malak; 308 Gagan Varma, Jasjeet Singh and Samresh Sardar; 310 Siddarth Sharma; 312 C G Somaiah and Aditya Bhandarkar.

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Ball Badminton
City teams get the better of opponents
Tribune News Service


A Chandigarh player hits a return shot during a league match against Himachal Pradesh in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, June 26
Hosts Chandigarh boys and girls’ team registered wins in their respective league matches on the first 30th North Zone Ball Badminton (men and women) Championship being organised by the Ball Badminton Sports Promotion Association under the aegis of Ball Badminton Federation of India here at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48-B.

In the boys’ league match, Chandigarh defeated Jammu and Kashmir by 29-17, 29-12 while Himachal Pradesh beat Uttrakhand by 29-22, 29-25.

In the girls’ league matches, Chandigarh got the better of Himachal Pradesh by 29-15, 29-22. 

In a nail-biting match, Uttar Pradesh also managed to beat Himachal Pradesh by 29-28, 29-27.

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