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Hazardous chemical units identified in Patiala 
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 30
In a plan aimed at containing possibility of any chemical emergency, 12 industrial and chemical units, including the Nabha-based LPG bottling plant of the Indian Oil Corporation, have been identified as major accidental hazard (MAH) units.

Rajpura has topped the list of MAH units as 10 of these are in Rajpura as part of the SIEL Group of Industries. The unit of Goetze industries in Bahadurgarh is also in the MAH list.

These units have been identified by the district crisis group as part of a plan of the Ministry of Environment and Forests to identify districts for conducting its rapid safety audit and hazard analysis in association with the Associated Consulting Engineers, an organisation based at Gurgaon.

Association director Harsh Pandya said there was a need to create infrastructure, such as a battery of vehicles, which could be used to shift victims immediately to hospitals in case of emergency. He said the Deputy Commissioner would be the chairman of a committee, which would also publish a directory of such units.

“Any mishap could be prevented only if preventive measures are adopted and advance plans are made to tackle any emergencies. People need to be made aware about chemical mishaps so they are able to save themselves in case of emergencies,” said Pandya.

Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh advised members of the crisis group to file their suggestions regarding tackling of possible mishaps within a week. He also appealed to the people to inform the Baradari-based office of the Deputy Director, Factories, about storage of chemicals by any persons in residential areas of the district.

He said the offsite plan of the association had been approved and accepted by the crisis group and it was suggested to organise a training session for key persons followed by a mock-drill for plan testing and implementation.

He said it was observed that a number of residential and educational complexes were coming up in the vicinity of the Rajpura-based SIEL Chemical Complex and it may lead mishaps. “The SDM, Rajpura, has been directed to control such construction activities,” the DC added.



SBoP employees demand fringe benefits
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 30
On a call given by the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation, about 2,000 employees of the State Bank of Patiala from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh staged a dharna in front of the State Bank of Patiala head office at The Mall, here today.

While addressing the gathering, NK Gaur, chairman of the State Sector Bank Employees Association and the vice-president of the All India Bank Employees Association, said the management of the State Bank of India was not extending the fringe benefits available in the bank to the officers of associate banks despite an agreement thus violating the bilateral agreements.

He further stated that though these were small benefits, the management of the State Bank group is trying to blackmail the officers of associate banks who are opposing the proposal of merger of the associate banks with the State Bank of India.

He warned the management that if the demands were not met immediately, the employees of the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees Federation will observe strike on July 6 and decide further action in a meeting, which is going to be held in Mumbai on July 9-10.



Paddy sowing picks up after rain 
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
Paddy sowing has picked up in the district and its adjoining areas after the rain on Tuesday afternoon and later in evening.

Sultry weather had left people high and dry. Rain gave the much needed relief. People are hopeful of getting a respite from unscheduled power cuts that had added to the miseries.

As per an ordinance passed, the government had banned paddy transplantation before June 10. Right after June 10, the paddy transplantation work had started and was in a full swing. Delayed monsoons, however, played a spoilsport and subsequent power cuts forced farmers to opt for generators, thereby burning a hole in their pocket.

Angered over unscheduled power cuts and lack of water supply, farmer bodies had resorted to agitation. According to agriculture officials, the rain had come as a breather for paddy, which stood almost wilted for the want of proper irrigation.

Earlier, it took nearly 10 to 12 hours to water an acre, but now the time has reduced to just 5-6 hours, said a section of farmers in Sirhind. They said the yield of the crop would also increase if paddy was sown in this season.

Even the industrialists were happy over the rain, especially the small-scale units, who had to shell out extra money on diesel to run their units. The domestic supply of power is also expected to increase if the rain continues to pour for the next few days.



1 held with intoxicants

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 30
The police arrested one person with 600 tablets meant to be used as intoxicants by drug addicts here yesterday. The accused has been identified as Parkash Singh, a resident of Bibipur village.

He was arrested from near Isarhel village during a naka. The accused was produced in the court after registering a case in this connection. He was sent to 14 days of judicial remand. — TNS



Labourer dies of snakebite
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 30
One person died and another injured due to snakebites in Dera Bassi today.

According to information, Taveet Singh, a labourer, died after snakebite while he was in the fields. He was found in an unconscious condition and was taken to the civil hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body has been handed over to his family.

In yet another incident, Jasveer Kaur, a resident of Nimbua village, was bitten by a snake when she was on her way towards the fields for collecting feed for her cattle. She was rushed to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, from where she was referred to GMCH-32, where her condition was said to be stable.



Two electrocuted in Dera Bassi, Ambala
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, June 30
Seven-year-old Vishal died after being electrocuted while he was playing on the terrace of his residence at Suniara Mohalla, here this afternoon.

According to sources, the incident took place when Vishal was playing on the terrace with his friends where he came in contact with a metallic water supply pipe through which electric current was flowing.

After hearing his cries, Vishal’s mother rushed to his rescue and got him off the pipe with a wooden stick. Vishal was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, in an unconscious condition where he died during the treatment, sources added.

Ambala: An advocate residing in the Defence Colony was electrocuted late last evening at his residence while repairing his air conditioner. The deceased was identified as Mahesh Raj.

According to information, Mahesh was residing alone in the house. His father, who is a retired Army officer, lives in Panchkula. Last evening when his father rang him up on phone, it remained unattended.

When he reached at the residence of his son this morning he found the body to be lying near an air conditioner. A few tools, which were used in repair, were also lying there. The police is investigating the matter.



Three killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 30
Three persons were killed in a road accident on the Ambala-Naraingarh road near Kalrehri village close to Ambala City last evening. The deceased were identified as Baljeet Singh (45), his brother Sahib Singh (48) and Devender Singh (32).

According to information, the three were going towards their village on a motorcycle. When they were crossing near Kalrehri village a speedy tractor-trolley hit their motorcycle. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital where they were declared brought dead.

The tractor driver managed to flee. The police has registered a case against the unknown driver of the tractor-trolley. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives today after the postmortem.



Five booked for murder

Kalka, June 30
The police has registered a case against Kamal, Baljeet, Jile Singh, all residents of Hisar, Satpal of Jind and Raj Singh of Julana for murder.

The police said Dharamveer, a resident of Gohana, had lodged an FIR that the accused murdered his father Om Prakash in Pinjore last week. He had alleged in his complaint that the accused were friends of his father.

The body was recovered from Bangala Basti of Pinjore last week. The police had sent the viscera to Madhuban for further investigations. The deceased was a hawker by profession. — OC



IT block project hangs fire
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 30
The project of setting up of an Information Technology (IT) block at Government Postgraduate (PG) College, Kalka, is hanging fire since one year.

Official sources of the college said the department of PWD (B&R) had already send an estimate of Rs 2.15 crore for the project, the work on which was expected to be started in the first quarter of 2009, but the project had not seen the light of the day till date.

A delegation of the area headed by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congess, recently met Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and submitted a memorandum seeking issuing of directives in connection with the starting of the construction work of the IT block in the college.

The sources further revealed that setting up of new IT block was eagerly being awaited by the students of Kalka, Pinjore and its vicinity, which included 10 computer labs with the capacity of 30 each, one seminar room with capacity of 100 persons, two Eduset rooms with capacity of 100 students, nine server rooms and a generator room.

The IT block would be first of its kind in Haryana.

After the completion of the IT block, 600 students would be able to work on computers under one roof, the sources added.



Rickshaw overturns, man dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
An unidentified man in his mid-thirties was killed after his rickshaw, loaded with iron pipes, overturned while he was crossing an underpass of the elevated railway track near Faidan village late last night.

According to the SHO of the Sector 31 police station, the victim was carrying heavy load of pipes on his rickshaw and it overturned. The victim hit his head on a boulder lying in a trench. He sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot, the SHO added.

The police came to know about the accident around 12.30 am and rushed the victim to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The victim was wearing a turban and had a trimmed beard. No document, which could help in his identification, was found. 



Drunken girls create ruckus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Three girls, reportedly in an inebriated condition, created a scene at Sector 22 in the wee hours of today.

Hearing their shrieks, residents of the area came out of their houses, but the drama ended after a couple of hours after the police arrived and took the girls into its custody.

The incident occurred at around 1 am when the girls, travelling with their boyfriends in an auto-rickshaw, had an altercation with them. They began shouting at each other at which the auto-rickshaw driver stopped his vehicle and tried to pacify them.

The situation worsened when the boys allegedly manhandled these girls and tore their clothes. The boys, however, fled after the area residents gathered at the spot.

Meanwhile, some mediapersons reached the spot and captured the scene on the camera, which further enraged the girls.

The cops, who were without the lady police, hesitated to catch the girls. They ultimately managed to take the girls to the Sector 22 police post and registered a case against them under the provisions of the Excise Act. The girls were released on bail today.



City teams humble UK players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Both boys and girls’ teams of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy dominated on the inaugural day of the friendly matches held at Sector 42 hockey turf here today.

The local boys’ team banged the board 11 times and conceding just a single goal against Imperial College, United Kingdom boys, while the girls’ squad too scored 11 goals without letting UK girls to score even a single goal.

In boys’ tie, the Chandigarh team dominated from the start of the play and found home six times till the 25th minute.

It was only during the 29th minute when the UK team opened its account through field goal, which was their only respite against the Chandigarh team.

The strong Chandigarh team scored five more goals and the final score stood at 11-1.

In girls’ encounter, Chandigarh eves beat UK team by 11-0.

The margin could have been narrowed had the UK girls converted the penalty corners they earned during 10th, 11th, 37th, 39th and 40th minute.

These friendly matches have been organised by the administration during the visiting team’s two day visit in the city. 



TT meet from July 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, is set to organise the 15th Bhavan Hawk Chandigarh State 1st Ranking Table Tennis Tournament scheduled to be held from July 10 to July 12 at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, here.

The aspirants can participate in the following age categories:

Cadet boys and girls- Singles under-12 (born on or after January 1, 1998).

Sub-junior boys and girls- Singles under-14 (born on or after January 1, 1996).

Junior boys and girls- Singles under-17 (born on or after January 1, 1993).

U-20 boys and girls- Singles under-20 (born on or after January 1, 1990).

Men and women- Singles (no age bar).

The last day of entry is July 8 at the Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, Chandigarh.



Cricket probables announced
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
The Panchkula District Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association today announced its tentative cricket team for Panchkula, which would participate in the Haryana State Cricket Championship, for Pataudi Trophy.

The championship would be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association.
Sandeep Moudgil, secretary of association, informed that the selected players would report at 4 pm to Jaswinder Singh at Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, tomorrow.

The probables are as under:

Vishal Sahni, Sunny Sharma, Suraj Bhan, Depanshu Rajanwal, Pawan Jha, Himmat Singh, Charanamrit Singh, Vishal Goel, Lakhwinder Singh, Khem Bahadur, Mohan Singh, Umesh Kaira, Ajay Bhardwaj, Amit Kansal, Vishal Bishnoi, Sabeer Ali, Kapil Pandey, Kamal Goel, Sumit Kumar, Gaurav Sood, Dhanwant Tiwari and Gaurav Kumar.



Trials today

Chandigarh, June 30
The trials for Chandigarh team for participation in the 3rd All-India U-19 National Cricket Tournament would be held at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, here, tomorrow at 3 pm.

The tournament has been scheduled at Hoshiarpur.

According to coach Bikramjit Singh Bedi, the aspirants should be born on or after January 1, 1990. — TNS



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