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Move to include Kalka, Pinjore in P’kula MC limits
BSP leader writes to CM
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 30
Local BSP leader Vijay Bansal has written to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Haryana Urban Development Minister, criticising the proposed inclusion of Kalka and Pinjore in the Panchkula municipal limits.

Bansal said it had been interpreted in the letter that with the inclusion, the municipal committees of Kalka and Pinjore would be rendered as mere wards and the two historic towns would lose their identity.

Residents of the two towns would have to go to Panchkula, which was 15 km away, even for small tasks, he added.

It was also stated in the letter that Panchkula would have a population of around 3 lakh in the 2010 census year, which was enough for the formation of a corporation. Hence, there was no need to include the two towns in the proposed Panchkula municipal corporation.

Workers of various political parties of Pinjore, including the BJP, the INLD, the BSP, municipal commissioners and members of different NGOs had recently organised a meeting at Pinjore wherein they had condemned the state government for the proposed formation of Panchkula municipal corporation under which the municipal committees of Kalka and Pinjore were to be included.

While addressing the meeting, Bansal said after the merger, the two towns would lose their existence. He said Kalka currently had 17 wards and Pinjore 15. After the merger, the two towns would be left with only 10 wards, which would also reduced the number of representatives from the towns.

In spite of the two towns having different geographical situations from Panchkula, the state government was planning to merge the towns with Panchkula, they added.

They alleged that the motive behind the formation of a corporation was to facilitate private builders and property dealers.

They suggested that the state government should form a joint municipal council of Kalka and Pinjore.

They also said if the government remained adamant on the issue, they would file a PIL in court.

Those who had attended the meeting included Sanjiv Kumar, Satinder Tony, Mahinder Lakra, Ishwar, Sucha Singh, Amar Chand Dhiman, Lajpat Rai and Sant Krishana.



MC chief, councillor cross swords
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 30
Ropar municipal council president Amarjeet Satyal and councillor Varinder Chaudhary Toni from ward No. 17 crossed swords over the issue of delimitation of the municipal limits in Ropar here yesterday.

The MC house had met to discuss the issue earlier in the day. Both MC representatives had a tiff over the issue, which snowballed into a heated argument, after the meeting. Other municipal councillors and MC officials had to intervene to pacify the two fuming representatives.

According to the proposal, villages adjoining the town were to be brought under the wings of the municipal council. While eight councillors were in favour of the proposal, another set of seven councillors opposed the move. The remaining four councillors, however, said the MC should first maintain and develop area already under it.

The house had earlier witnessed heated arguments, which soon died down as other matters took over.

After the meeting, as the councillors came out of the hall, officials started discussing the matter. When Toni approached Satyal with an idea, the two engaged in a verbal duel.



Complaints against gas agency owner
Libra raps officials for inaction
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, January 30
Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra held a meeting of the District Grievances Committee at Fatehgarh Sahib yesterday in which he castigated officials for not taking action against the owner of a gas agency, against whom numerous complaints have been received from consumers.

Members of the committee supported Libra and lashed out at the working of the gas agency.

Libra said he had been flooded with complaints of hardships in getting LPG refills from Cheema Gas Agency of Bassi Pathana. He said the owner of the agency behaved like a dictator.

Libra told mediapersons that Deputy Commissioner Yashveer Mahajan had assured him of looking into the matter and sorting out the problem at the earliest.

People of the area had been thronging the offices of the local administration with complaints against the gas agency.

AS Dharni, former Bar president, and Manoj Kumar Banda, secretary of a Hindu organisation, alleged that the behaviour of the gas agency owner was rude. The booking for gas refills was delayed sometimes by 25 days and cylinders were delivered 15 days after the booking, residents alleged.

Also, the agency’s office was located 3 km from the town, making it difficult for residents to visit.

They alleged that neither the agency owners nor the sales manager at Chandigarh attended phone calls on numbers displayed at agency.

Some residents claimed that cylinders were overcharged for on-the-spot delivery. They urged the administration to intervene and save people from harassment.

The agency owner could not be contacted for comments.



Gurmat Samagam organised

Patiala, January 30
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle and the Gurmat Society of Khalsa College organised Gurmat Samagam to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ravidas on the college campus here today.

Harpal Singh, head granthi, Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib, attended the function.

Addressing the gathering, he dwelled on the teachings and sacrifices of Guru Gobind Singh to fight injustice.

He said the Guru was the epitome of strength, gallantry and brotherhood.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, principal, Khalsa College, exhorted students to follow the preaching of Sikh Gurus and saints as enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib.

Kirtan was recited by Prof Jagjit Singh, head of department of music (vocal), and students of the college. — TNS



Govt must dig deep into records: HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the state governments cannot shirk the responsibility of digging deep into past records for verifying the claims of freedom fighters. The state governments are “bound to make enquiry, if records are not available,” Justice K Kannan has ruled.

In a significant judgment expected to largely shift the onus of substantiating the claims from the applicant, Justice Kannan has also asked the authorities concerned to get in touch with the prison authorities, where a particular “freedom fighter” was reported to have been lodged and “make a genuine attempt to find whether records are available or not”.

The significant directions came on a petition filed by an Indian National Army soldier’s widow, claiming that her husband had served a three-year sentence during the freedom struggle. Taking up Kaushalya Devi’s petition against the Union of India and others for the grant of pension under Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, Justice Kannan added: “The scheme requires the production of primary evidence such as the jail records showing the imprisonment and in case where it is not available, to produce an affidavit of a co-prisoner to vouch for detention in prison.

“For participation in INA, the proof must be through a certificate of one co-prisoner. In this case, it is not one, but two persons have given such certificates. Also, the requirement in the scheme is that the state government shall make enquiry and must make a recommendation as per the provisions of the scheme.

“The scheme itself provides that the verification and recommendatory report of the state government are mandatory. When a person claims that he or her husband was a detainee for having taken part in the freedom struggle and that the requisite proof was not available for that person, it shall be the duty of the state to make appropriate enquiries and make the due recommendations”.

Before parting with the orders, Justice Kannan made it clear the petitioner was not to be burdened further. 



Mobike, car, valuables stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Amit, a resident of Sector 44, reported that someone had stolen his Hero Honda Passion motorcycle (HR-02-K-3334) from the parking of ICICI Bank in Sector 9 on Wednesday evening. The police has registered a case.

Rajnish, a resident of Sector 6, Panchkula, has complained to the police that someone had stolen five laptops, four digital cameras, one digital photo frame, 26 pen drives, 26 memory cards, three Ipods, three web cameras, a carry bag and Rs 3,000 from his shop in Sector 22 on January 17.

Karamjit Kaur, a resident of Sector 21, reported that someone had stolen two gold karas, Rs 60,000 cash, four gold rings, two gold earrings, a laptop, a digital camera and a video camera from her house yesterday.

Jagdish, a resident of Sector 47, has complained to the police that someone had stolen his Scorpio car (CH-03-P-0039) from in front of his house on January 23 night.

Rajinder Pal Sood, a resident of Sector 40, reported that someone had stolen three gas cylinders from his house on January. A case under Section 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Anjana, a resident of Sector 41, reported to the police that someone had stolen her purse containing two gold rings, Rs 900, a pair of gold earring, one chain, three nose pins, a driving licence and other documents from a CTU bus today. The police has registered a case. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.


The police has arrested Gautam Kumar, a resident of Attawa village for stealing a cycle of Balwinder Singh, a resident of Dadu Majra. Balwinder had caught the accused red-handed while the latter was trying to steal his cycle near Himalayan Hotel yesterday evening.


Anil Kumar, a resident of Mauli Complex, Mani Majra, and his brother Amit Kumar were seriously injured when their motorcycle (PB-11-U-8057) was hit by a Swift car (PB-10-CB-0812), driven by Maninder Singh, a resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas, yesterday evening. Both the injured were rushed to the GMCH-32. The police has arrested the accused, who was later released on bail.

Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 43-B, Chandigarh, reported that a truck (CH-03-M-5300), driven by Vikram Kumar, a resident of SBS Colony, Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, hit the scooter (CH-03C-8167) driven by his father Harnek Singh near the Sector 45 dispensary yesterday morning. Harnek was immediately rushed to the GMCH-32. 



Two snatching incidents reported
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 30
Two incidents of snatching were reported here today.

In the first case, two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain from a woman at Phase 2 here this afternoon.

According to police sources, Krishan (54), a resident of Phase 2, alleged that she was sitting outside her house around 3 pm when the suspects came on a motorcycle and snatched the gold chain and escaped.

In another incident, Rohan Lal, a shopkeeper of Phase 3B2, reported to the police that two youths came to his shop and snatched Rs 8,000 from his hand before fleeing. Two cases have been registered.


Zirakpur: The local police today booked one person for kidnapping a minor girl from here. The accused has been identified as Babloo, a resident of Peer Muchhalla.

The complainant, Rani, a resident of Peer Muchhalla, told the police that her husband dropped her daughter at society No. 60 in the morning but she failed to return home in the evening. They could not find their daughter even after search.

She alleged the accused lured her daughter into marriage and abducted her.

The investigating officer stated that a case had been registered against the accused.



PU players corner glory after 20 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
PU lawn tennis players have emerged overall champions in the All-India Inter-University Tournament, which concluded in Hisar on January 27.

The players have won the championship after 20 years.

The team has also bagged a gold medal in the North Zone Tennis Championships in Hisar.

In the quarterfinals, the team beat Gwalior University 3-0.

In the semifinals, the team proved to be very strong against the team of Pune University, which had good players, 3-0.

In the final, the opponents were strong, but the team again proved its mettle by beating them at a score of 3-1.

In the final, Vijayant Malik came out to be the hero, as he led the side-to-victory without much difficulty and was also adjudged the best player of the tournament.

Vijayant Malik (one of the probables for the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2010 in Delhi), Mandeep Gill (national tennis player), student of the economics department, PU, Simarveer Singh and Shikhar Gaddh (both national tennis players) and students of law at UILS, and Gurmohit Singh (national tennis player), student of DAV College, were the members of the team.

Dr RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, congratulated Dr CS Gewal, director of the sports department, and coach-cum-manager of the team Rupinder Singh.


Vijayant Malik beat Pratik Bhambri 6-2, 6-0, Mandeep Gill lost to Adit Jain 6-3,7-6, while in the doubles events, PU campus registered win.



50 to tee off in SJOBA Golf today
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 30
The 2010 SJOBA Golf Tournament will be held on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here on January 31.

The event is open to all old boys of St John’s School, their spouses and children studying in the school.

The organising committee for SJOBA 2010 consists of Nippy Ghai, a Johnian and honorary secretary of the Chandigarh Golf Club, Johnian IPS Mann, captain of the Chandigarh Golf Club, SJOBA president Pawan Khaitan, Vaibhav Mehan and Ajay Gujral, who will be the referee for the tournament and conduct putting competition for the children of the old boys.

Golf was added to the SJOBA calendar in 2004. This year, there are 50 entries for the tournament, which will be played on the stableford format in three handicap categories: 0-8, 9-14 and 15-24.

“The best performing player will get the overall gross prize,” said Nippy Ghai.

Ajay Gujral said the tournament was conceptualised considering the fact that so many of the SJOBA members of the Chandigarh Golf Club had made their mark in international golf.

A prize distribution ceremony will be held in the afternoon.



Desh Prem academy lift Blue Chilly Cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
An excellent knock of Gaurav Singh helped Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy lift the Blue Chilly Cup, which concluded today at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Hosts, DP Azad Academy beat Mohali Cricket Academy in the final by six wickets. Azad Academy overtook the MCA total of 212 (all out in 46.1 overs) by posting 216 for 4 in 46.3 overs.

Garuav was associated in a 95-run partnership for the fourth wicket with opener Karan Aggarwal. While Gaurav outstanding knock was studded with seven fours and five sixes. He faced 45 deliveries. Karan Aggarwal executed seven well-timed boundaries.

Karan Aggarwal was also associated in a 45-run partnership with Karandev Chauhan (19) for the third wicket. Talwinderjit Singh mustered 19 runs(2x4s, 1x6).

Right arm off-spinner Jagteshwar (2 for 18) and Jassinder Singh (1 for 38) were their main wicket-takers.

Earlier, DP Azad Cricket Academy won the toss and asked MCA to bat first. Opener Kinderpreet Singh played a good knock of 86, which was laced with seven fours and two sixes. Amritpal (23), Shivam Puri (26) and Jagteshwar (20) were their other main scorers.

Medium pacers Jagpreet Singh (3 for 63), Gaurav Singh (2 for 21) and Shubham Gaur (2 for 39) shared the wickets.

Karan Aggarwal (DP academy), Jassinder Singh (MCA) and Talwinderjit Singh Senior (DP academy) were declared the best batsman, best bowler and best all-rounder. Gaurav Singh was adjudged man of the match.

Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Barjinder Singh distributed the prizes.

Brief scores:

Mohali Cricket Academy: 212 in 46.1 overs (Kinderpreet Singh 86, 7x4s, 2x6s, Amritpal Singh 23, Shivam Puri 26, Jagteshwar 20, Gaurav Singh 2 for 21, Jagpreet Singh 3 for 63 and Shubham Gaur 2 for 39).

Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy: 216 for 4 in 46.3 overs (Karan Aggarwal 58, 7x4s, Talwinderjit Singh Senior 23, 4x4s, Karandev Chauhan 19, Gaurav Singh 74 not out, 7x4s, 5x6s, Jagteshwar Singh 2 for 18 and Jassinder Singh 1 for 38).

Best bowler: Jassinder Singh of MCA (10 wickets); best batsman: Karan Aggarwal (230 runs); best all-rounder: Talwinderjit Singh (250 runs and six wickets) and man of the match: Gaurav Singh.



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