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T20: J&K lift overall trophy
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 25
The Jammu and Kashmir team won the overall trophy by defeating Haryana in Hot Weather T-20 Cricket Tournament concluded here today at the Police DAV Public School's ground. The semifinal match was played between Haryana and Punjab, in which Haryana won the match. In the second semifinal, the match was played between J & K and Maharashtra. J&K bowled the entire Maharashtra team at 127 runs. In the final match, J&K won the toss and opted to bat. They won the match by a margin of 24 runs.

Dinesh from J&K team was the declared man of the series. Secretary-general of Chandigarh Olympic Association Ravinder Talwar was the chief guest on the occasion. While addressing the cricketers, he stressed that the games developed cooperation, coordination, discipline, unity, patience and team work among the budding sportsmen.

Tournament convener Vikash Kohali said the teams from Punjab J&K, Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Delhi and Chandigarh participated in the tournament.



Mysterious Disease
‘Dropsy’ claimed lives of two girls: Health dept
70 more villagers taken ill
Attar Singh
Tribune News service

Ambala, May 25
The health department today disclosed that dropsy was the reason behind the death of two girls of Samlehri village. Senior functionaries from the health department, Chandigarh, on Saturday collected blood samples of oil and other eatables.

Officials of the health department said sub-standard mustard oil brought from Uttar Pradesh claimed the lives of two girls.

Most of the people showed dropsy-like symptoms like swollen legs, mouth and pain in body.

The officials have also appealed to people not to eat in open and also avoid sugarcane juice and ice-balls. Om Parkash Chautala, leader of Opposition in Haryana, and HPCC President Phool Chand Mullana today visited the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, to meet the patients.

Around 70 persons were taken ill at Samlehri village.

Officials of the district administration, including Additional Deputy Commissioner Renu Phulia, along with health officials, paid a visit to Samlehri village.

The ADC also met families of the two girls Diksha and Priyanka who died of the disease. Meanwhile, agitated residents, including the parents of the deceased, accused the health department of negligence. They alleged that the patients who were rushed to the nearby health centre and then the Civil Hospital in Ambala were not attended on properly.

CMO Narinder Chaudhary said around 12 persons were discharged from the hospital.

At present, 22 people are undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital, while 12 are admitted at private hospitals.

Sameer Pal Srow, Deputy Commissioner, today said a team of doctors, lab technicians and five ambulances had been sent to the village. He also appealed to the villagers to ignore rumours and cooperate with officials of the district administration.

Srow said goods imported from other states were being monitored.

The administration has set up a special cell at the Civil Hospital for patients showing dropsy-like symptoms.



Rohtak ex-SP deposes in suicide case
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 25
Hanif Qureshi, Commandant II Indian Reserve Battalion and former Rohtak SP, deposed in the court of CBI special judge, Haryana, AS Narang Sarita in a suicide case here today.

Sarita, a resident of Rohtak, had committed suicide in front of the office of the DGP at Panchkula in 2008 following alleged high-handedness of the police. She had accused two police officials of the CIA staff, Rohtak, of raping her.

Qureshi stated that when he was the Rohtak SP, Sarita along with her husband had met him on April 26, 2008 and complained that two employees of the CIA staff had raped her.

“Since the complaint was oral, I asked her to meet DSP (headquarter) Manvir Singh.

Later, the complaint was marked to the DSP (city) as the case of occurrence was under the jurisdiction of DSP (city) Dheeraj Setia.

He said he had met with Setia at least four times and asked him to expedite the inquiry.

Setia submitted the inquiry report in the case on May 31, 2008 and in the report recommended the registration of a case.

The judge has adjourned the hearing for July 27.



Developer accused of withholding possession of house
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 25
Shailendra Kumar, a resident of Phase XI, Mohali, has accused the developer of Noor Villa 2 in Kharar of not handing over the possession of his house.

Kumar claimed that had bought plot No. 27 at Noor Villa in Kharar. “The developer had promised to complete the construction of the house and hand over its possession by July, 2009.”

However, the developer failed to hand over the possession of his house within the time frame and pushed the deadline further.

On the contrary, Rakesh Gupta, director, Noor Villa, claimed that Kumar was making excuses. “We have completed the work on the house. It’s Kumar who is not taking its possession purposely,” he claimed.

Kumar said: “I visited the developer’s office repeatedly and requested him to complete the work on my house. I am an employee. Besides paying for the rented accommodation in Mohali, I am also paying installments of the loan I borrowed to purchase this house.”

Kumar has filed a case against the developer at the Mohali consumer courts.

He said instead of completing the house, the developer kept insisting on making the complete payment and taking the possession of partially constructed house. “I am ready to take the possession if the work on my house is completed in all aspects,” he pointed out.



30 units of blood donated

Patiala, May 25
The Cancer, AIDS Awareness Committee and Youth Federation of India (YFI) organised a blood donation camp at the mini secretariat, Patiala, yesterday in which 30 persons donated blood. The AIDS Control Society, Punjab, has donated a mobile van for collecting blood in the Patiala district.

Patiala Deputy Commissioner (DC) Deepinder Singh while inaugurating the camp informed that the Punjab government had provided this facility with an aim to quickly provide blood at the time of emergency.

The DC further informed that the van has four freezers with a capacity of conserving 50 units of blood each. He also encouraged people to donate blood, as it would help patients in emergency. — TNS



3 of family injured in mishap
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 25
Three members of a family sustained serious injuries after a speeding tractor hit their scooter near Khera village.

According to informaton, Ajit Singh, a resident of Main Majri village, along with his wife and son, was on way to Bassi Pathana, when a tractor hit his scooter (PB-23F-9305) near Khera village. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital.

The tractor driver fled from the spot.



Accidents at railway lights point snuff out two lives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Two persons were killed while another was injured in two separate road accidents at the railway lights point within a span of 40 minutes late last night. The police received information of the first accident at 11:02 pm in which a Maruti Alto Car (HR-02-S-0043), which was coming from Chandigarh, knocked down two pedestrians before overturning and landing into a trench. The car driver, who reportedly escaped unhurt, fled the spot, leaving the vehicle behind.

In another incident that took place around 40 minutes later, an unidentified vehicle hit a resident of Mani Majra, who died at the PGI early this morning. Investigating officer sub-inspector Satyavir Singh said in the first mishap, 22-year-old Shah Nawaz, a resident of Mani Majra, was coming with his uncle Riaz Ali from the Bapu Dham Colony. Shah Nawaz was hit by a car leaving him severely injured. The car driver lost control over his vehicle, which got overturned before hitting another unidentified person before landing in a trench.

Eyewitnesses told the police that the car driver came out unhurt and fled the spot. Both the victims were rushed to the PGI where Shah Nawaz died in the morning. The other injured is still unconscious.

The police official said that in another incident at the same point, an unidentified vehicle hit 27-year-old Rajesh Kumar, a butcher working at a poultry farm in Mani Majra. He was also rushed to the PGI, where he died during treatment this morning. He hailed from Bihar. The police has registered two separate cases in this regard.

House burgled

Thieves decamped with household articles after breaking into a house in Sector 29. Subhash Chand, a resident of Sector 29, reported to the police that someone had stolen his TV, two gas cylinders and some documents from his residence between May 14 and 19 by breaking open the locks. A case has been registered.

Bike stolen

Hamir Singh, a resident of Kajheri village, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his motorcycle (PB-65-D-2762) from his residence on May 24. A case of theft has been registered.


A cyclist, identified as Deepak Singh, a resident of Sector 55, was injured after being hit by a motorcycle (PB-65-N-6206) driven by Mahinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 40, near the road separating Sectors 40 and 55 yesterday. Deepak was admitted to the PGI. The police has arrested the motorcycle rider.



One held for selling pirated CDs
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 25
The police today arrested a shopkeeper and seized 130 pirated CDs from his possession. Investigating officer Ravinder Pal said Rajesh Verma, an official from B4U company, had filed a complaint against Kamaljit Sharma, who owns a shop at Pabhat. A raid was conducted at Sharma’s shop and 130 pirated CDs were recovered.

A case has been registered under various Sections of the Copyright Act.


A multi-axle trailer caught fire at Baltana here this afternoon. According to sources in the fire department, Arun Kumar, area manager of DGFC Ltd, the company that owns the truck, said the truck had come from Gujarat to deliver fodder for the Army horses.

After unloading the fodder, the truck caught fire.

Purse snatched

PANCHKULA: Neelam Ahuja, a resident of Sector 16, alleged that a scooter borne youth snatched her purse on Tuesday evening. Neelam said she was on her way to market, when the accused snatched her purse.

She said her purse contained Rs 8,000 in cash, an ATM card and jewellery.



Gurkirat’s ton keeps Mohali’s hope alive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Thanks to Gurkirat’s timely ton (109), Mohali is in a strong position against Chandigarh in the first match of the third round of the ongoing Punjab State Under-22 Tournament at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here, today.

Mohali has mustered 377 runs in 94.4 overs in their first innings batting first after winning the toss.

Mohali lost their first wicket at 32 when Navneet Singh was caught by Tripathi (14) off left-arm spinner Gurinder Singh but with their 108-run partnership, Ankit Pursharthy and Sachin Sohal drove the team to a good position. Pursharthy became the victim of leg spinner Anshul Tripathi, when he was at 67. Mohali innings was almost shattered as they lost two quick wickets with Sachin Sohal being run out on 65 and Yuvraj Singh at 11. At this stage, Mohali were 166 for 4 in 59.1 overs. Then Gurkirat Singh Mann and Arshdeep Brar (48) rescued the team, stitching 101 runs for the fifth wicket. After Arshdeep was sent back by Gurinder Singh, Gurkirat was joined by Gunjot Singh and the duo added 93 runs for the sixth wicket.

Gurkirat steered the team to respectable total of 377 with his 109 off 100 before getting out. His innings was studded with seven boundaries and four sixes.

For Chandigarh, Gurinder Singh and Anshul Tripathy claimed three wickets each for 104 and 146, respectively.

Chandigarh was at 6 for no loss in 5 overs at the end of first day’s play.

Brief score

Mohali (1st innings): 377 for all out in 94.4 overs (Gurkirat Mann 109, Ankit Pursharthy 67, Sachin Sohal 65, Arshdeep Brar 48, Gunjot Singh 36, Gurinder Singh 3 for 104, Anshul Tripathi 3 for 146).

Chandigarh (1st innings): 6 for no loss in 5 overs (Amit Prashar 3 n o, Manan Vohra 3 n o)

In the second match between Patiala and Jalandhar at Jalandhar, the hosts bowled out the visitors on 308 in 82 overs. At close of play Jalandhar were 40 for 1 in 12 overs. They lost their opener Nitish for 23 on the last ball of the day.

Brief score

Jalandhar (1st innings): 308 for all out in 82 overs (Himanshu Chawla 95, Amitoze Singh 61, Jivanjot Singh 34, Vikramjit Singh 36, Yogesh Kumar 5 for 82, Maninder Singh 3 for 89, Manpreet Singh 2 for 51).

Jalandhar (1st innings): 40 for 1 in 12 overs (Nitish 23, Robin Singh 15 n o)

While in the third match between Ludhiana and Kapurthala at Ludhiana, the latter batted first and amassed 399 for 8 in 95 overs.

In reply Kapurthala were tottering at 57 for 5 in 13 overs at the end of the day’s play.

Brief score

Ludhiana (1st innings): 399 for 8 in 95 overs (Bharat Malhotra 108, Gitansh Khera 87, Sunny Pandey 58, Akhil Aggarwal 48, Deepak Bansal 39, Gagan 39, Krishan 3 for 109).

Kapurthala (1st innings): 57 for 5 in 13 overs (Mandeep Singh 42 n o, Baltej Singh 3 for 26, Deepak Bansal 2 for 26).

In the fourth match between Amritsar and Mansa played at Amritsar, the visitors were put into bat first and were bundled out for 131 in 50.2 overs. In reply, Amritsar were 176 for 3 at close of play in 42 overs.

Brief score

Mansa (1st innings): 131 all out in 50.2 overs (Aman Bharti 26, Manpreet Singh 27, Lakshay Seth 4 for 28, Shubham Khanna 2 for 35, Charanjit Singh 2 for 29).

Amritsar (1st innings): 176 for 3 in 42 overs (Sharad Loomba 91, Mohit Handa 14 n o, Aman Bharti 2 for 52).



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