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Hopes high for Commonwealth Games
Boxers raise spirits of sports fraternity

Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 21
Six gold medals in the Commonwealth Championship by Indian boxers has not only brought a smile on the faces of sports fraternity of Patiala but has also raised their hopes for the forthcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games.

While the country is eagerly waiting for this sports extravaganza, all coaches and players are striving hard to increase their medal hopes in the championship.

Cycling coach Mittarpal Singh feels that this success is a matter of pride not only for the boxing fraternity but also for the entire sports community. He said, “I am proud that coaches like Gurbax Singh Sandhu are working day and night for the pride of the nation. I also want to congratulate all players whose hard work has finally paid.”

Boxing coach Jaswant Singh expressed extreme delight about this win. He feels that this will further boost boxing and attract more youngsters towards this game.

“This is a proud moment for every Indian and we all must work hard to earn many more moments like this. Finally, the efforts of the players and their coaches have paid off and I wish them further success. Along with this, I feel that the government must work towards the re-establishment of small academies in order to produce more quality players. If boxers can do it, the players of other games can do it as well. The only thing they require is financial support and better facilities,” said football coach Dalbir Singh.



Central Jail drub PPCC
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 21
Showing great batting and bowling skills, Central Jail, Patiala, team defeated Patiala Press Cricket Club (PPCC) by three wickets during a T20 friendly match on the jail complex here today. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, PPCC put 109 runs on board in 20 overs. Chasing the target, Central Jail achieved the target in 13.3 overs after loosing seven wickets. The PPCC team that aims to keep youth away from drugs and to encourage them to take up sports played the match to encourage jail inmates to add sports in their daily routine.

Winning the toss, PPCC decided to bat first and scored 109 runs in 20 overs. Hritesh and Kulwant Singh were the highest scorers with 29 and 18 runs, respectively. Others who scored were Ashwini Chawla (9), Suresh Kumar (7), Aman Sood (4), Ashish Gupta (4), Irvinder Singh (3) and Bhupinder (7). For Central Jail, Navin picked three wickets in four overs giving 13 runs. Mohammad Altaf took two wickets in four overs for 23 runs, Amar took two wickets for six runs in two overs and Dhiman took one wicket in three overs giving 22 runs.

Chasing the target, Central Jail made the desired runs in 13.3 overs for the loss of seven wickets. Playing superb knocks, Rajesh Dhiman scored 69 runs in 31 balls with the help of 11 fours and three sixes.

Anil Arora, Jail Superintendent, Jiwan Garg, DSP (D) Ashish Kapoor, Simran, Ravinder Duggal and Gurjant were the other players from the jail inmates’ side. Sumit Kakkar and Vinay Shourie were the umpires, whereas Neeraj Chopra and Sikander were scorers.



Summer is back, so are power cuts
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, March 21
With the onset of summer, residents of Zirakpur and surrounding areas have started facing power cuts ranging from 4 to 6 hours a day. With tubewells becoming non-operational due to power cuts, water supply to the area has been badly affected.

Sources in the MC said, “Of the 31 tubewells, only 10 have generators and the remaining ones run on electricity.”

Residents of various housing apartments, colonies and villages within the municipal limits have demanded that the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) should give prior information about the power cuts, so that they get time to arrange some alternative source of energy.

Sumita, a resident of Dhakoli, said power cuts of at least six hours were being imposed everyday.

“I find it difficult to help my son (for board exams) in his preparation for the annual examination,” she added.

It’s a harrowing time for shopkeepers too. Madan Mohan, a shopkeeper in Zirakpur, said, “With frequent outages, it has become difficult to run the business.”

Rajan Khurana, a resident of Baltana, said, “We are used to such power cuts in June and July, but cuts at this time of the year make no logic.”

“Why necessary steps are not being taken to ease the ongoing power crisis?” he asked.

Residents said they had asked the MC officials to install generators, but their repeated pleas were turned down.

With the surging power demand, the load on transformers had also increased, said a PSEB official.

“We are imposing power cuts as per the instructions of the controller,” he added.



380 conferred degrees
Tribune News Service

Ropar, March 21
Degrees were conferred to 380 students at the annual convocation function of IET Bhaddal organised here yesterday. Dr Iqbal Singh, Lt Governor of Pondicherry, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Pawan Kapur, director, CSIO, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour.

Dr Singh conferred degrees to 380 BTech, B Arch and MBA students of IET Bhaddal.Dr HR Verma, director-principal, IET Bhaddal, read out the annual report of Bhaddal institutes highlighting various achievements and activities during the session 2009-10.

Besides conferring the degrees, the university and institute merit holders were also honoured with cash prizes and merit certificates on the basis of their academic excellence in each semester.

Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh presented Er Gurcharan Singh Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance in the academic and extra-curricular activities of the institute to Harsangeet Kaur of computer science and engineering department.

The chief guest also released a book on emerging technologies and current IT trends written by Inderdeep Kaur, a lecturer at CSE.



Woman run over by train

Dera Bassi, March 21
A 65-year-old woman, identified as Darshni Devi and a resident of Bhagwasi village, was crushed by a train near Lalru, while she was crossing the railway track today. According to information from the railway police, Darshni Devi was run over by the Sadhbhawna Express, while she was crossing the track.

The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for a post mortem after which the body was handed over to her family members.

BKI ‘terrorists’ sent in police remand

Two suspected terrorists of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), who were arrested from Zirakpur by the Zirakpur and Delhi special cell police were today again produced in the court of Dera Bassi to get remand.

Suspected terrorists, Pursotam Singh, alias Bunty and Daljit Kumar, alias Deepak were produced in the court of sub-divisional magistrate Kiran Bala and they had been sent in police remand till March 23.

Meanwhile, the suspected terrorists were brought to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for medical examination. Zirakpur SHO Jogira Singh told interrogation of the arrested “terrorists” was on and some more clues could be found. — OC



3 overloaded trucks impounded
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 21
The Rajpura police today impounded three trucks, which were overloaded with iron rods. The trucks were on their way towards Ambala from Rajpura. Police officials said the trucks were impounded as a number of accidents had taken place in the recent past involving overloaded trucks.

The traffic police officials said usually these trucks had been directed to ply at night so that vehicular traffic should not get disturbed, however, these overloaded trucks create chaos on busy roads leading to traffic snarls.



Proclaimed offender arrested
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 21
The Rajpura police today arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in two different cases registered against him in Rajpura. The accused has been identified as Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Sangrur.

A team of CIA Rajpura arrested the accused today from a market in Sangrur. Police officials said Sanjay was summoned twice by the local court and was declared the proclaimed offender a few months ago.

He was arrested on a tip off from a market in Sangrur. The police is investigating.



Adulterated khoya seized
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 21
Around 2.5 quintals of spurious khoya was seized from an Indica car near Dhakoli barrier, Zirakpur, by the traffic police in charge and health officials here on Thursday.

According to traffic in charge Manjit Singh, they laid a naka near Dhakoli barrier and stopped the car for checking. During the search operation, the police found 24 packets of khoya.

He informed this to the health officials, who reached the spot and seized khoya packets. Also, the health officials took samples of the adulterated milk product that has been sent to a laboratory for testing, he added.

He said they received information that adulterated khoya was being imported from Muzfarnagar to Zirakpur.

The officials, however, caught car driver Ram Phul and Anil Kumar, both residents of Muzfarnagar.



Two killed in accident

Patiala, March 21
Two persons were killed in an accident near Faggan Majra village on the Sirhind road, Patiala, on Friday when a truck rammed into their car. Aman Goyal of Manshian Colony and Gurjeet Singh from Factory Area were travelling in their Maruti car from Patiala to Sirhind when they had a head-on collision with a truck (PB-13M-5363) coming from the opposite side. The car, which was running on a gas kit, caught fire and the truck was also engulfed in it. — TNS



State govt ‘ignoring’ central schemes
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
The Punjab government is not supporting schemes funded by the central government and most of the funds meant for development works remained unutilised in the state, said national president of Youth Congress Vikas Upadhya.

He was addressing youth Congress leaders at Sirhind. He urged the activists to help people solve their problems, especially the poor who failed to get their ration cards and other beneficiary cards prepared from the government.

Besides helping the poor, the activists should also help people in raising awareness against social evils, including female foeticide, drug addiction and dowry.



Ashish, Neha win quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
A quiz contest ‘Quizarena -2010’ was organised by Desh Bhagat Engineering College. The contest was held to develop students’ skills and to boost their personality. As many as 200 students were registered for the contest.

Ashish Chambiyal was declared the winner and Paramjit Singh Rawat stood second. In girls category, Neha was declared winner and Atiyab Ur Rehman stood second.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman of the institute, applauded the efforts of the students and the teachers in organising such events. Professor Shalini Gupta distributed prizes to the winners and Dr Tejwant Singh, college principal, proposed a vote of thanks.



Conservation of heritage buildings stressed

Patiala, March 21
An extension lecture on “Planning and conservation of the built heritage” was organised at Government Mohindra College, Patiala, here by postgraduate department of geography under the supervision of Prof Jasbir Singh Boparai.

Prof Balvinder Singh, reader, Guru Ram Dass School of Planning, GND University, Amritsar, was the key speaker. Prof Balvinder emphasised the need of traditional material and techniques for the conservation of built heritage under the supervision of experts. — TNS



Consumer Forum
Club Mahindra penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Mahindra Holidays and Resorts to refund Rs 1, 66,608 along with 9 per cent interest to a complainant. The forum has also asked the firm to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 as damages for mental and physical harassment and Rs 5,000 as litigation cost.

The forum comprising president Jagroop Singh Mahal and members Dr Madhu Behl and Rajinder Singh Gill held that “it was a clear example wherein the company trapped the complainant on the assurance of giving him some freebies, which were not provided promptly.”

City resident Sanjeev Kochhar submitted before the he forum that he became a member of Club Mahindra Holidays for 25 years by invitation for a total consideration of Rs 1,94,409 by making a 15 per cent down payment of Rs 29,161 in 2007. At the time of signing, apart from the regular annual entitlement of one week’s holiday in a Club Mahindra resort for 25 years, he was promised four freebies, including four one-way air tickets, one week of international holiday with the RCI, four nights at a Club Mahindra resort and food vouchers of Rs 3,000.

The company not only failed to provide four one-way free air tickets and full compliment, but also did not facilitate the booking of four nights of complimentary holidays at any of their resorts, as promised at the time of booking, for nearly a year despite several reminders by the complainant. Moreover, he was given a bill of Rs 7,333 as annual subscription fee, which he refused to pay unless he was allowed to avail his freebies.

“It would be necessary to order the refund of the amount, so that the company do not play cat and mouse with any other member in this manner and the promises made by them are promptly fulfilled,” the order read.



Two booked for murder

Mohali, March 21
Dalwinder Singh, a resident of Kharar, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI in Chandigarh on Friday after he was allegedly assaulted by two Chandigarh-based persons. The police booked the two accused in the murder case on the complaint of Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Kharar.

The suspects have been identified as Bhupinder Singh and Harpreet Singh, residents of Sector 10, Chandigarh, who were still absconding.

The complainant alleged that he was moving towards Fortis Hospital along with his brother Dalwinder to perform his duty on his bicycle. While they reached near the cloth factory, the suspects had stopped their autorickshaw in front of them and started assaulting Dalwinder with baseball bats. He alleged they were threatening his brother and tried to kill him.

The injured had been admitted at the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspects had been booked under Section 302.



One killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
A youth was killed in an accident when an unidentified person hit his motorbike near Attawa chowk here last night. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Vinod Kumar, who hailed from Uttarakhand. He was staying with his sister at her residence in Sector 7 here.

Vinod, an employee of a call centre at Mohali, was on his way to his sister’s house when the incident occurred at 11.45 pm.

He was taken to the GMCH, Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead.



Rallyists cross the finish line
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The 23rd SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally concluded today with all participants crossing the finish line at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here. Out of the 71 participants in the Challenge Rally, only 46 (17 Gypsies, 6 cars, 26 motorbikes) could complete the full track.

After the rallysists were given a ceremonial flag-off at Lawrence School, Sanawar, two ace rallyists Suresh Rana and Shuchi Thakur had to bow out, as their Gypsies had developed mechanical problems. In the TSD Rally, of the 30 participants, 20 completed the rally.

The rallyists had covered nearly 540 kilometres of challenging and adventurous hilly terrain in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in two days to touch the finish line. The organisers said the overall score of rallyists was being tabulated and the final results of the participants would be announced tomorrow.

The prize distribution ceremony would take place tomorrow at the Rock Garden, Phase 3, at 8 pm.



7-wicket win for Desh Prem academy
Tribune News Service

Tomorrow’s fixtures

APJ will take on Sector 16 Stadium Academy at St Stephen’s School-45 at 8.30 am and the match between MCA and DAVSSS-8 will be played on the MCA grounds at 8.30 am

Mohali, March 21
A 141-run partnership, shared by Karan Aggarwal (95 not out) and Talwinderjit Singh Senior (74) helped Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy drub NICS, Patiala, by seven wickets in the second St Stephen’s Cricket Cup (U-16) on the MCA grounds in Mohali today.

Batting first, NICS set a target of 210 runs in 42.2 overs. Azad academy overhauled the target in 40.4 overs, losing three wickets in the course.

The highlight of the match was Karan unbeaten 95, which contained 14 boundaries.

For NICS, Akash snapped two for 24.

Earlier, for NICS, Sagar emerged the top scorer with 54-run knock, whereas Ikjot Singh chipped in 30 runs. Palwinder contributed 47 runs.

Jagpreet claimed 3 for 49 for Azad Academy, while the other successful bowlers were Shubham Gaur (2 for 38) and Talwinderjit Singh Senior (2 for 26).

In another match, Mohali Cricket Academy (MCA) routed Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, by 135 runs.

MCA batted first and posted 235 in 49 overs with the help of 79-run knock by Kinderpreet and Pukhraj Singh’s 78 runs.

In reply, YPS were restricted at 100 in 39 overs.

Brief scores:

NICS, Patiala: 209 in 42.2 overs (Sagar 53, Ikjot 30, Palwinder 47, Jagpreet 3 for 49 and Shubham Gaur 2 for 38).

Azad academy: 213 for 3 in 40.4 overs (Karan Aggarwal 95 not out, Talwinderjit Singh Senior 73, Karan Chauhan 12 and Akash 2 for 24).

MCA: 239 in 49 overs (Kinderpreet 79, Pukhraj Singh 78, Mehnazpreet 3 for 43 and Abhimanyu 3 for 55).

YPS: 100 in 39 overs (Amanjit Singh 20, Arsh 23 not out, Mayank Munjal 17, Jaswinder 3 for 10, Jagteshwar 2 for 13 and Amish 2 for 9).



Little Flower corner glory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 21
A quick fire of 54 runs in 32 balls by Nitin Chaudhary helped Little Flower Convent School Cricket Academy beat Hansraj Cricket Academy by three wickets in the first Under-10 Twenty-20 League Cricket Tournament held at Hansraj Public School Cricket Grounds, Sector 6, here today.

In the second league match of the day, MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy, Sector 36, Chandigarh, beat Nics Cricket Academy, Patiala, by 14 runs in a nail biting finish.

Brief scores: Match I:

Hansraj Cricket Academy: 98 for 9 (Aman Kumar 34, Akshat Garg 20, Aryan Garg 20, Varun Gautam 2 for 14, Saksham Gupta 2 for 21, Lavanya Rajouriya 2 for 9, Bhuvan Sahni 2 for 15).

Little Flower Academy: 99 for 7 in 14.2 overs (Nitin Chaudhary 54, Bhuvan Sahni 16, Mehul Goyal 2 for 15, Aman Kumar 2 for 23).

Match II: MCM Blue Caps Academy: 122 for 8 in 20 overs (Sanyam Saini 50, Manav 18, Avneet 18, Arshdeep Singh 2 for 9, Aditya Sachdeva 2 for 27, Jashan singh 2 for 18, Loveesh 2 for 17).

Nics Cricket Academy: 108 for 9 in 20 overs (Jashan Singh 36, Aditya Sachdeva 18, Arshdeep Singh 17, Avneet 3 for 26, Manav 2 for 16, Bir Anant 2 for 21, Sanyam Saini 2 for 18).



Vampire XI lift trophy

Chandigarh, March 21
An excellent performance by Sandeep Bhattachariya (38 for 2) enabled Vampire XI to lift the Vampire Trophy by defeating Dell XI by four wickets in the Inaugural Vampire Cup Tournament at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

Batting first, Dell XI mustered 126 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Ankush hit unbeaten 38 runs. In reply, Vampire XI reached the target in 18.4 overs by losing six wickets.

Brief scores: Dell XI: 126 for 9 in 20 overs (Ankush 38 not out, Abhisek Parasher 25, Rajat Sharma 20, Surinder Singh Baijee 2 for 16, Harminder 2 for 23, Ajay Sikka 2 for 21 and Sandeep Bhattachariya 2 for 20).

Vampire XI: 127 for 6 in 18.4 overs ( Rocky Ratta 51, Sandeep Bhattachariya 38 not out and Gaurav 15 not out). — TNS



Studies equally important, says tennis probable
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Vijyant Malik Chandigarh, March 21
Studies may not be a first priority for a sportsperson, but in the case of Vijyant Malik, the only tennis probable from Chandigarh for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, taking his graduation examinations are as important as anything.

“At present, I have been recuperating from my knee injury, which I had developed last month. I was advised rest, so I used the time for preparing my exams,” said Vijyant, a BA (final) student at DAV College, Sector 10.

For the 20-year-old Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association’s player, it is a big thing to be in the list of probables for the prestigious games.

“Whether I get a chance to represent the country or not depends on the circumstances at that time. But I am very satisfied with my accomplishments so far,” said the player who was ranked 750 in the ATP list.

Vijyant is also participating in the ongoing Future ITF Men’s Circuit at CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, to improve his ranking.

After my examinations are over, I will participate in more tournaments. This would not only help my ranking in the ATP list but also prove beneficial for my future in the game, added Vijayant.

His mentor and coach Gajendra Singh, also chief operating officer at the CLTA, said he was very proud of his disciple’s achievement.

“Now he will join the special camps being held for the Commonwealth Games probables. It would certainly be a learning experience for him. I can say that Vijyant is one of the best double’s players. He will bring laurels to the country soon,” said Singh.

Malik was part of the Panjab University team, which clinched the top honours (in the sport) for the first time in 20 years in the All India Inter-Varsity Games in January.



Vijayant to face Yannick in first round

Chandigarh, March 21
Local lad and Commonwealth Games probable Vijayant Malik will meet Yannick Nelord in the first-round match in the main draw of the $ 10,000 India F2 Futures ITF Men’s Circuit, which will begin tomorrow at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here.

Brief results: Qualifying (final round): Patrik Brydolf (Swe) bt Shahbaz Khan (Ind) 6-3, 7-6 (5); Mikhail Pavlov (Rus) bt Akash Wagh (Ind) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Mithun Murali bt Kaza V Sharma 7-5, 6-4; Ilia Starkov (Rus) bt Chrish Kwon (Tpe) 7-5, 6-4; B Vikram Reddy (Ind) bt Peter Aarts (USA) 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2; Viju George Jr (Ind) bt Nishank Mishra 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Marquis Christopher (Ind) bt Anand Kunal (India) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Romain Sichez (France) bt Mohd Fariz (India) 6-3, 6-2. — TNS



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