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Ambala ill-prepared for major fires
Our Correspondent

Ambala May 16
Ambala fire brigade needs to be revamped to deal with major fire incidents like Badholi liquor factory fire in which two persons lost their lives and the raw material worth crore of rupees was destroyed.

The fire could have damaged more if around twenty four fire tenders of adjoining districts and hydraulic platform of Chandigarh were not pressed into operation. The fire tenders of Ambala City, Ambala Cantt and Naraingarh, which rushed to the fire site proved ineffective.

The fire brigade team should have been equipped with foam crash tenders and hydraulic platform to deal with such major fire, but the Ambala fire department lacks these modern equipments.

At present Ambala district has around 10 fire engines, out of which 5 are almost in a wretched condition.

There are two liquor factories in Naraingarh area having the storage capacity of around 20 lakh litres of inflammable liquid, but Naraingarh municipal council has only one fire tender.

The other factories of Ambala City and Ambala Cantt also lack fire defensive devices. Around 300 acres of wheat crop of farmers was turned into ashes during this summer as the fire tenders could not reach there in time.

Ambala City and Ambala Cantt are vulnerable to fire incidents as various oil companies, like Indian Oil Corporation, have their regional depot at Ambala Cantt where crores of litres of petrol, diesel and other inflammable liquids are stored.

According to a retired fire official, in case of any fire mishap in an oil depot, the temperature will horribly affect the civil population of adjoining areas.

The Ambala-Delhi railway tracks, passing close to an oil depot, could even melt to some extent, he added.

Most of the multi-storied hotels and nursing homes of Ambala City have not even installed fire extinguishers to control small fire accidents in emergency. Strangely, the Haryana tourism department’s Hotel Kingfisher and the multi-storied government buildings like the civil secretariat have also been violating the fire safety measures.

The government had recently established a separate directorate for the fire services in the state, but nothing was done in public interest security in this regard so far.

One of the firemen of the Ambala fire brigade said how one could expect hundred per cent performance from them when they were not paid salary from the past two months.



Parshuram Jayanti celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Ambala, May 16
The Brahmin Sabha, Ambala, today celebrated Parshuram’s birthday at Panchayat Bhawan in which Shiv Raman Gaur, additional principal secretary to the Chief Minister, Haryana, and director, public relations, was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the importance of the day. He said Parshuram was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. On the third day of the bright fortnight of Vaishakh month, the appearance day of Lord Parshuram is celebrated which also called the Akshaya Tritiya. Parsu is the name of an axe-like weapon adopted by this incarnation, he said.

Parshuram was a Brahmin who manifested himself at the close of the satya-yug. This appearance was for the purpose of defeating the tyranny of the power-drunk kshatriyas.

“Our real homage to the great guru would be to follow his teachings in true spirit and re-dedicate ourselves to serve society, especially the poor and downtrodden, with dedication and missionary zeal rising above the petty considerations of caste, colour, creed and religion,” said Gaur.

The director, public relations, announced Rs 21,000 from his personal fund to the Sabha for the marriage of the poor girls and also appealed to the people to participate for this noble cause.

Panchkula: Birth anniversary of Bhagwan Parshuram was celebrated with fervour at Shri Radha Madhav temple in Sector 4 here today.

The function was organised by Shri Brahman Sabha in association with Bhagwan Parshuram Brahmin Kalyan Sangh, Haryana.

Swami Dr Amrita Parivajitma from the International Brahm Mission, Virat Nagar, Pinjore, enlightened the devotees about the Vedic religion, Hindu culture, world peace, brotherhood, etc.

Industrialist, educationist and president of the Morinda Municipal Corporation Vijay Sharma threw light on the life of Bhagwan Parshuram and the security of Brahmin community.

DERA BASSI: Two parallel functions were organised at Dera Bassi on the occasion of Parshuram Jayanti by Brahmin Sabhas. While one function was presided over by Deepinder Singh Dhillon, the other was presided over by MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny.

Deepinder Dhillon provided a grant of Rs 2 lakh from the quota of minister of state for external affairs Parneet Kaur and Rs 51,000 from his personal quota for the construction of Parshuram community hall. MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny had assured to the Brahmin Sabha that every help would be provided to the Sabha.

BASSI PATHANA: The Brahmin Sabha today celebrated Parshuram Jayanti with enthusiasm at Prachin Shri Ram Mandir. Hundreds of people gathered at the temple and performed religious ceremonies. A havan was performed and flowers were offered to the idol of Parshuram.

Addressing the gathering, Ravi Nandan Sharma, patron, and Arun Pathak, president of the Brahmin Sabha, called upon the people to follow the path shown by our great Gurus. They stressed the need for unity among the community and urged the youths to wage a war against social evils.



Councillors’ ultimatum to MC chief
Convene meeting or face legal action
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 16
Nine councillors of the local municipal council today served a 72-hour ultimatum on municipal council president Manjit Kaur Dally for convening a monthly meeting of councillors regarding development works. They alleged that not even a single such meeting had been convened in the past three months.

The councillors held a meeting, chaired by Baljinder Kaur, councillor from ward No. 12, and demanded the holding of monthly meetings.

They said no monthly meeting had been held since January 8, 2010 to review development activities in town.

They alleged that development works had been hit hard in the area as the council president was not taking interest in the development of town.

Interestingly, the council president does not enjoy majority as nine councillors are opposed to her out of the total 13.

The council president currently has the support of five members, including one vote of the MLA.

The councillors have given an ultimatum to the president, warning legal action against her if the monthly meeting, which was mandatory under the law, was not convened.

They have also demanded the resignation of the president, as she does not have the majority support.

The councillors who attended the meeting were Baljinder Kaur, Ajmer Kaur Saini, Ranjna Saini, Seema Sharma, Anita Dhiman, Vipin Thaman, Geeta Jain, Hari Om Dhiman and Tara Chand.

The council president could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Wheat glut in mandis at Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 16
An increase in the average production of wheat has led to a surge in its arrival in the grain markets of Dera Bassi this year.

According to sources of the mandi board, wheat arrival had considerably gone up in the grain markets of Dera Bassi and Lalru during the current season as compared to the last year.

Mandi officials said while nearly 2,26,362 quintal wheat had been brought by farmers in the purchasing centres of Lalru, last year this figure was 1,92,000 quintal in the same purchasing centres. Besides, 58,700 quintal wheat was procured in the purchasing centres of Dera Bassi area during current season. During the last season 55,000 quintal wheat was purchased in these centres.

Chairman of the market committee Surinder Singh Jolly said wheat arrival in Dera Bassi purchasing centres had been more than the last 6 years.

District mandi officer Gurcharan Singh said Markfed, Warehouse, FCI and Punjab Agro had procured wheat from the grain markets of this area.



Class VIII Exam
Laveena tops in district

Patiala, May 16
Proving the fact that they are in no way behind boys, girls again stole the march by securing top three positions in the Punjab School Education Board examination for Class VIII.

Laveena of Model Public School, Samana, attained the top slot in the district and stood 13th in the state. Harpreet Kaur of National High School, Patiala, and Modern Public School’s Ashu Mittal secured the second and third positions in the district, respectively. Around 34 students of Patiala have attained top positions. Laveena, who has topped in the district, said it was like a dream come true for her. She said, “Though I studied for 7 to 8 hours a day, I never thought of securing the top slot in the district.” Laveena, who wants to become a scientist, gave the credit of her achievement to her parents and teachers. — TNS



2 girls shine in Class VIII exam
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, May 16
Two girls in the district have come out with flying colours in the Class VIII examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board.

Karina Attri of Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School here stood first in the district and 82nd overall. She aimed to become an IAS officer.

Her father Sanjeev Attri was under treatment during the examination. Her father, running a small factory here, said he got a kidney from his wife in April.

Karina had not received any extra tuition. School principal Anita Balli praised her for securing this position.

Akanksha Rodhan of Atma Ram Model Senior Secondary was third in the district and 434th overall. School chairman Sunil Jain praised her for her achievement.



Six stolen cylinders recovered from 2 vendors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh Police today claimed to have recovered six stolen LPG cylinders from two vegetable vendors, who were arrested on Friday, besides solving two cases of snatchings.

Industrial Area police station SHO Dilsher Singh said the accused, identified as Mahesh Kumar of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, and Jagdish Kumar of Rajiv Colony, Sector 17, Panchkula, were arrested from a picket following a tip-off on May 14. They had stolen an LPG cylinder from a delivery vehicle of a Sector 30-based gas agency.

The police said someone had given the registration number of the Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle on which the accused had committed the crime.

Acting on the information, the police apprehended the two from Sector 30 on May 14 and produced them before a local court, which remanded them in two-day police custody.

The SHO said the accused had confessed to having committed a snatching in Sector 29 on December 18 and in Sector 30 on April 18.

Though they had spent the money, the police recovered some documents snatched by the accused from their victims.

The accused used to shadow delivery vehicles in residential areas and when its driver was away for delivery of cylinders, they used to steal a cylinder from the vehicle and speed away on their motorcycle.



Builder booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The police has registered a case of cheating against a city-based builder on the complaint of Meenu Verma, a resident of Sector 35.

In her complaint, Meenu alleged that Prem Lal Mandal, managing director of Builder Pvt Ltd took Rs 4.48 lakh for a plot in Dera Bassi.

“When we (she and her husband Bharat Bhushan) went to take the possession of the plot, we were shocked to see a small piece of land owned by the same builder. After inquiring, we came to know that the accused had acquired the land for constructing flats. Later, the builder told us to take a flat in place of the plot,” alleged Meenu, adding that they were allotted plot number 79 by the builder, whom they had paid Rs 4.48 lakh.

The couple refused to take a flat and filed a complaint on October 15, 2006.



Chandigarh retain Katoch Shield
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 16
Defending champions Chandigarh retained the title for the second year in a row, beating Patiala on the basis of their first innings lead in the final of the Punjab State Senior Inter-District Cricket Championship for Katoch Shield at PCA Stadium, here today.

Completing the formalities on the last day of the title crash, Chandigarh were declared winners on the basis of a 142-run lead in the first innings.

Patiala had made 338 runs in their first innings, while Chandigarh had scored 480 in reply.

In the second innings on the last day, Patiala declared their innings at 283 for five in 57 overs, while Chandigarh were at 56 for one in 14 overs when the match ended.

Today, resuming at 429 for seven in 148 overs in their first innings, Chandigarh lost Amit Uniyal (28) when the score was 443 for eight. He was snapped by Amitoze Singh.

Gaurav Gambhir also did not last long, as he was sent back to the pavilion on 16 by Rajwinder Golu. Karanveer Singh, who had put up a good show with the ball, came in next and hammered 34 off 23, which contained eight boundaries.

The Chandigarh innings ended at 480 in 162.1 overs. Mohit Mohindra took three wickets for 145 followed by Amitoze and Amrinder Singh, who claimed two wickets each.

Patiala’s second innings started on a promising note with Kunwar Raina and Ravi Inder Singh stitching an opening partnership of 167 runs in 43.3 overs.

Ravi Inder hit 97 runs before being caught in the deep by Amit Prashar off leg-spinner Karanveer. His innings saw 10 boundaries and one six.

Amitoze Singh joined Raina and both accumulated 78 runs for the second wicket. Karanveer made Raina his victim when he was dismissed at 116 off 154.

The other notable contributors were Perry Goel (25 n.o.) and Amitoze Singh (35).

Patiala declared their second innings at 283 for five in 57 overs. Karanveer Singh (4 for 115) was the most successful bowler for Chandigarh.

Chandigarh in their second innings scored 56 for one in 14 overs.

Sarul Kanwar was caught by Ravi Inder Singh off Rajwinder Golu for 11. Amit Prashar (23 n.o.) and Karanveer Singh (19 n.o.) were at the crease when the match ended.

Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman of the senior selection committee, PCA, gave away the winners’ trophy and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the skipper of the Chandigarh team, while the runners-up pocketed a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

Brief scores: Patiala (first innings): 338 for all out in 136.1 overs.

Chandigarh (first innings): 480 all out in 162.1 overs (Sarul Kanwar 75, Vishwas Bhalla 44, Gurkirat Walia 37, Uday Kaul 177, Gaurav Gupta 31, Amit Uniyal 28, Karanveer Singh 34; Mohit Mohindra 3 for 145, Amrinder Singh 2 for 101, Amitoze 2 for 33).

Patiala (second innings): 283 for 5 in 57 overs (Kunwar Raina 116, Ravi Inder 97, Amitoze Singh 35, Perry Goel 25 n.o, Karanveer Singh 4 for 115).

Chandigarh (second innings): 56 for 1 in 14 overs (Amit Prashar 23 n.o, Karanveer 19 n.o).



All-India Ranking Tennis Tournament
Jitin upsets Dipanshu to move ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
Jitin Bishnoi of HSIIDC upset 12th seed Dipanshu Garg to move ahead in the men’s main draw of the ongoing All-India Ranking Rs 50,000 (men’s and women’s) Tennis Tournament here today.

The qualifying rounds were being played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts and Lake Club courts.

In women’s section, Anjana upset fourth seed Arushi Sharma in a close contest 8-7(4).

The main draw matches will be held at the same venues, starting from 9 am tomorrow.

Other results:

Women’s singles

Final qualifying round results:

1 Nupur Kaul (MAH) bt Lavleen Raizada (MP) 8-1

2 Preethi Srinivasan (TN) bt Pamie Gogoi (ASM) 8-4

3 Shalini Jain (DLI) bt Seema Kumari (DLI) 8-0

4 Anjana K (AP) bt Arushi Sharma (DLI) 8-7(4)

5 Vaibhavi Trivedi (GUJ) bt Disha Agarwal (DLI) 8-1

6 Abhilasha Mehra (DLI) bt Sanya Madan (DLI) 8-3

7 Jaspreet Kaur (PB) bt Sneha Reddy (AP) 8-3

8 Shalaka Manjunath (KAR) bt Surya Tejaswani (TN) 8-5

Men’s singles

3rd qualifying round results:

1Rubal Shandilya (DLI) bt Harry Singh Amor (CHD) 8-1

2 Kamal Kishore Maderana (RAJ) bt Pranav Suri (CHD) 8-5

3 Adit Jain bt Rajendra Rai (UP) 8-3

4 Gaurav (CHD) bt Vivek Rajan 8-4

5 Deepinder Singh Bains (CHD) bt Nirbhay Singh Soin (RAJ) 8-3

6 Adwait Sadwikar bt Harry Jindal (PB) 8-5

7 Prosonjit Paul bt Jatinder Singh (CHD) 8-5

8 Manav Dhawan (PB) bt Tushar Jaetly (PB) 8-5

9 Jitin Bishnoi (HSIIDC) bt Nilay Ikhankar 8-1

10 Dipanshu Garg (DLI) bt Anurag Kumar (PB) 8-6

11 Sagar Manianna bt Faizan Khan (RAJ) 8-5

12 Vishwesh Sinha bt Bhavtaranpreet Singh (CHD) 8-1

13 Harpreet Singh Sidhu (PB) w/o Arjun Gautam

14 Anshu Kumar Bhuiyan bt Abhishek Phore (DLI) 8-7(2)

15 Arjun Tomar bt Bruhad Mankad (GUJ) 8-1

16 Vishwanath Savadi bt Amardeep Singh 8-5


Final qualifying round results:

1 Rubal Shandilya (DLI) bt Kamal Kishore Maderana (RAJ) 8-1

2 Adit Jain bt Gaurav (CHD) 8-3

3 Deepinder Singh Bains (CHD) bt Adwait Sadwikar 8-3

4 Prosonjit Paul bt Manav Dhawan (PB) 8-7(3)

5 Jitin Bishnoi (HSIIDC) bt Dipanshu Garg (DLI) 8-0

6 Sagar Manianna bt Vishwesh Sinha 8-6

7 Harpreet Singh Sidhu (PB) bt Anshu Kumar Bhuiyan 8-3

8 Arjun Tomar bt Vishwanath Savadi 8-0.



Golf camp for Punjab kids
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh Golf Club will open its doors to trainee golfers from Punjab, besides the tricity, for an eight-day EGTF junior golf coaching camp to be held from May 25 to June 4 at the club’s golf academy here.

Giving this information, CGC academy joint director Ajay Gujral said the camp would be open to both members and non-members hailing from the tricity as also Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar. Designed to facilitate the natural learning process in a fun and safe golf environment, the camp would be open to children in the 8-16 age-group.

To be held from 4 pm to 5 pm each day the camp will be conducted strictly on the guidelines of the European Golf Teachers’ Federation, UK.

A complimentary visor worth Rs 300 will be given to each child and on the last day of the camp a competition will be conducted in which the winners will get golf prizes worth Rs 1,500.

Golf clubs and golf balls will be supplied free at the camp. More details can be had from Ajay Gujral at the Chandigarh Golf Club or at 98143-56013.



Double delight for Tuba, Hassan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
Top seed and national champion Tuba of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, emerged champion in the sub-junior and the junior girls’ sections, while Hassan bagged two titles in junior and men’s singles category during the 13th St Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament that concluded at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

In the women’s singles, Farhen of the host school won the top honours, whereas Arish shone in the boys’ sub-junior singles by winning the first position.

The results: Girls’ sub-junior singles (final): Tuba b Priya Sharma 06-11, 15-3, 12-0.

Girls’ junior singles (final): Tuba b Farheen 8-3, 7-5; semifinal: Farheen b Manu Gupta 15-0, 7-6; Tuba b Anjali Taneja 7-3, 12-0.

Women singles (final): Farheen b Tuba 15-7, 14-0; semifinal: Farheen b Manu Gupta 12-0, 13-2, Tuba b Aakanksha 15-0, 17-0.

Boys’ sub-junior singles (final): Arish b Ankush Taneja 16-2, 5-4; semifinal: Arish b Tavasvar Ali 4-8, 14-2, 15-5; Ankush Taneja b Yishu Sharma 23-0, 12-0.

Boys’ junior singles (final): Hassan b Talib 17-4, 7-9, 7-1; semifinal: Talib b Saquib 12-0, 12-2, Hassan b Arish 12-4, 6-4, 13-5; quarterfinal: Saquib b Ankush Taneja 7-10, 7-6. 18-0, 13-4, Talib b Yishu Sharma 15-0, 7-3, Hassan b Ekansh Goel 14-0, 11-0, Arish b Anand 13-0, 19-1.

Men’s singles (final): Hassan b Gagandeep Singh of (IGSL) 15-1, 5-09, 13-2; semifinal: Gagandeep (IGSL) b Talib 7-4, 4-6, 11-3 and Hassan b Anuj Kumar Sinha (walk over).



Sandeep pockets billiards, snooker titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
It was a double delight for Sandeep Duggal, who won both billiards and snooker championships, in the ninth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club here today.

In the billiards final of 100 points (best of five games), Duggal drubbed Ajay Singla 3-0. Singla lost the first frame 52-102. After winning the first frame, Duggal did not give a single chance to his rival and beat him 100-39 and 100-33 in the next two frames to lift the trophy.

In the final match against Sandeep Kochhar for Champion of Champions Snooker Trophy-2010, Duggal got the better of his rival 3-0. The score of the frames was 65-23, 83-70 and 66-40.



Hockey tourney begins today

Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh State Hockey Junior Championship will commence tomorrow at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 18, here. The championship will conclude on May 20. Eight local teams form various schools will take part in the meet. The inaugural match will be held between Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa School, Sector 26, and Shivalik Public School’s B Team at 4 pm, while the second match between St Stephen’s School Hockey Academy, Sector 45, and Shivalik Public School’s A Team will begin at 5.30 pm on May 17. — TNS



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