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Sale of coolers, ACs up as mercury soars
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 30
With the temperature soaring, the sale of desert coolers and air conditioners has increased in Ambala. Temperature is already hovering above 43°C in various parts of the country with heat wave conditions making life miserable.

Ambala Cantonment-based cooler manufacturers and dealers say the vagaries of the weather caught them on the wrong foot this year since they were not prepared for it.

Besides, the rise in temperature is also affecting the business of general shopkeepers as they are getting a few customers during the day time. Even rickshaw-pullers prefer to take rest under the shady trees in the scorching heat.

As per the metrological department, the temperature is expected to break some old records of being at all time high this year.

BS Bhola, a shopowner at Rai Market, yesterday said prices of all models of desert coolers, also called water coolers, had already gone up by about 10 per cent.

Ravinder Jain, a showroom owner of a branded company, said there was a tremendous increase in the sale of ACs and coolers this year as compared to the last year’s sale during the same season.

The local manufacturers of the coolers and fans are also receiving orders from the nearby areas of Ambala to manufacture coolers for them.

A further rise in temperature was forecasted in the city in the coming days.

Residents pointed out that on one hand they had been trying to remain indoors to save themselves from the blistering sun, on the other they had been feeling harassed due to unscheduled power cuts being imposed by the electricity board.



Move to suspend 50 pc rebate on house tax
Residents to protest against Sikka
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 30
Residents of the town led by various social and political organisations have decided to protest against the decision of Ashok Kumar Sikka, deputy director, local bodies, to suspend the resolution passed by the local municipal council to give 50 per cent rebate to the residents on the house tax imposed as per the new survey.

Ashok Kumar Sikka while addressing the meeting of council officials yesterday said there was no provision in the rules to give 50 per cent rebate and directed the executive official to immediately decide the house tax cases as per the new assessment. He said every citizen would be given two chances to put his case and after that it would be decided accordingly.

Even then if they have any objection, they can file an appeal. He said the economic condition of the municipal council was worst and it was already under the debt of Rs 75 lakh taken as a loan from other councils.

In the meeting, the officials decided either to get the encroached municipal property vacated or to dispose of as per the government policy. He constituted a three-member committee comprising executive official, assistant municipal engineer (AME) and council president to identify the properties. He also directed to get the rates fixed from the Deputy Commissioner office before selling the properties.

He also cleared the proposal to construct a new bus stand on the municipal land on the Morinda-Bassi road.



2 travel agents held for duping 90 youths
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 30
Two persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a case of cheating 90 youths to the tune of Rs 2.50 crore on the pretext of sending them to Singapore on work permit.

According to the police, Rupesh and Manmohan were running a travel agency ‘Capital Emigration and Education Services’ in the town.

The Mahesh Nagar police had booked six persons of the travel agency under Sections 406, 120-B and 420 of the IPC on May 16.

According to SHO Rajbir Singh, a special team conducted several raids to nab them and finally arrested two of the accused from Jalandhar.

Following a complaint, the Mahesh Nagar police raided the office of the travel agency on May 16 and seized 23 passports, nine visas and a list of 126 persons. They allegedly collected money ranging from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 3 lakh from each person for sending them abroad, the police added.

According to the FIR, the officials of the agency asked 90 youths to reach at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, on May 15. They further told them that their flight time was 4 pm the same day and they would be given air tickets at the airport.

The youths kept waiting for agency officials at the airport till late night, but no one turned up there. Finally, they had to return disappointed to Ambala.

The accused were produced before the Special Magistrate today and remanded in police custody for interrogation.



Farmers protest resumption of power bills
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 30
The Punjab Kissan and Khet Mazdoor Congress yesterday launched its campaign here against the resumption of electricity bills of tubewells. State chairman of the organisation Kuljit Singh Nagra said the SAD-BJP government had gone against its promise of providing free electricity and water to farmers that was made during the last assembly elections. He criticised the state government for pitiable condition of farmers and labourers.

He further said nearly 64 per cent farmers had three to five acre who were not able to pay electricity bills of their tubewell motors. Speaking on the productivity bonus he said only big farmers would be able to get some benefit from this scheme.

He called upon the farmers to boycott the bills unless the government cleared the policy of productivity bonus. He said the central government had released Rs 800 crore as compensation to farmers in the wake of the drought that had affected them last year, but this was not distributed among farmers by the state government till now.



Contract system goes in 31 FCI depots
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 30
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) national secretary TP Peethambaran Master yesterday said contract system in 31 depots of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had been abolished.

Peethambaran attended a conference of the labour cell in Sirhind wherein he discussed the problems of labourers. He said the contract system in 61 depots of the FCI, including 31 depots of Punjab, had been abolished.

The labourers would now get direct benefits with this abolishment, he said. Efforts are on to conduct the meeting with the agriculture minister before June 10 to abolish the contract system in other depots as well, he said.

NCP Punjab in charge, labour cell, Bachan Singh Bhattian, said the efforts should be made to provide more benefits to the beneficiaries of the labourers who got killed during working hours in various factories. He also said it should be ensured that the EPF of the labourers, which was not deposited by the contactors, should immediately be deposited.

Punjab president Swaran Singh, vice-president Kuldip Kaur, Punjab secretary HS Sodhi, district president Satish Nanda, Avtar Singh, Anil, youth president Ludhiana Lalit Mohan Sharma, Tirloki Nath and others were present during the occasion.



Two killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 30
Two persons, including a woman, were killed, while another sustained serious injuries in a road accident on the Ambala-Naraingarh road near Garnala village when an auto rickshaw collided with a truck this noon.

One of the deceased was identified as Suresh Kumar, auto rickshaw’s driver, while another could not be identified so far.

According to information, Suresh Kumar was coming towards Ambala City from Panjokhra village carrying two women passengers. When he was crossing near Garnala village, a truck hit his vehicle. The auto rickshaw overturned. The auto rickshaw’s driver died on the spot, while the woman succumbed to her injuries at the Civil Hospital, Ambala City.

Another passenger who sustained serious injuries was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The truck driver managed to flee from the accident site. The police registered a case against the truck driver.



Sarpanch booked for beating up villagers
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, May 30
The police today booked sarpanch of Takhtumajra village for beating up two villagers.

In his complaint, Paramjit Singh alleged that sarpanch Harsangat Singh, along with some villagers, attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon, as he had filed a complaint against the sarpanch, who was involved in illegal sale of the village panchayat’s land.

A cross-case has also been registered against the opposite party.

No arrests have been made so far and a probe is on.



Rashi tops in MSc mathematics

Patiala, May 30
Rashi Bansal, a student of MSc mathematics at Khalsa College, Patiala, claimed the first position in the examination conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala.

Bansal secured 419 marks out of 500. Manju secured the sixth position and scored 397 out of 500 marks, whereas Saminder Kaur got 394 out of 500 marks and bagged the seventh position. Manita secured eighth position by scoring 391 out of 500 marks and Bharat remained at the 10th position by scoring 388 out of 500 marks. — TNS



Tributes paid to freedom fighter
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 30
Leaders of various political parties and social organisations paid tributes to freedom fighter Amar Singh during a bhog ceremony at Dhanouni village on Sunday. He passed away after a brief illness at the age of 90.

Local MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny, Congress leader Deepinder Singh Dhillon, Akali leader Amrik Singh Malkpur, CPI leader Jaspal Singh Dappar and Kuljit Singh Randhawa were present on the occasion.



High Court
HC orders stay on Rlys entry tax
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the charging of entry tax from the Northern Railways. It was being charged under the Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2000, for scheduled goods.

The directions were issued by the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh after counsel for the petitioner - the Northern Railways - contended the charging of the entry tax was ultra vires the provisions of Articles 301, 304 and 285 of the Constitution of India.

The Act was neither compensatory in character, nor extended to railway areas or premises within Punjab. Further, the Constitution imposed a bar on the state taxing Union property.



Five members of Sikh association arrested
Tribune News Service

Sandeep Canadian, an activist of the Shiromani Panch Pardhani, in police custody at Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 30
Anticipating law and order problem, the Mohali police today arrested five members of the Shiromani Panch Pardhani from different parts of the city. The organisation had announced to take out a march from Chhapar Chiri to Harmandar Sahib to mark the Operation Blue Star.

Before the activists of the organisation could start with the march, the police raided the residence of Sandeep Singh Canadian, Harpreet, Baljinder Siungh, Sardara Singh Mauli and Sikander Singh and arrested them. They were produced before the Kharar SDM before being sent to judicial custody.

No foul play in boy’s death, says police

The Mohali police has ruled out any foul play behind the death of Gurjant Singh, a 19-year-old resident of Nadiali village.

The youth had died yesterday while coming with his friends from Baba Balaknath temple in Himachal Pradesh. While the boy’s family had alleged foul play, the police, after probing the matter, said prima facie it did not appear to be a foul play.

Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been initiated. “To be doubly sure, the viscera have been sent for chemical examination to Patiala,” said SHO, Sohana, Mohinder Singh.

The boys accompanying the youth told the police that while coming down from Himachal Pradesh, they stopped as the deceased said he wanted to ease himself.

When he did not return after 15 minutes, the boys went looking for him and found that he was lying in a stream of water.

The boys had reported that Gurjant suffered a fit.


Guraj Singh, a resident of Phase 3B2, complained to the police that while he had gone to a bank on May 22, he found that the locks of his house were broken and a mobile phone, two watches and some household goods were missing.

The police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.

Housewives duped

ZIRAKPUR: Two housewives of Hem Vihar, Baltana, were allegedly duped of cash and gold jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh by two women yesterday.

According to the police, Jagdish Kumar, a resident of house No. 137, Hem Vihar, Phase II, Baltana, in his complaint told that his wife Sua Devi and daughter-in-law Meenakshi were alone at home when two unknown women came to them and said there was Peer Baba’s curse on their home.

They also asked for some money and jewellery to release the curse. While Meenakshi gave them an oil bottle, desi ghee, a suit and Rs 2,000 in cash, her mother-in-law Sua Devi gave to them her two pairs of gold tops, two gold rings, one gold bangle and Rs 20,000.

The women, on the pretext of relieving them of the curse, took away the jewellery. Meenakshi and Sua Devi told the police that they had been hypnotised by the two women and they gave them everything against their will.

The police has registered a complaint and investigations were on.



Man arrested while stealing car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
A Khuda Lahora resident was caught red-handed while stealing a car. Iqbal Singh, a resident of Morinda, reported to the police alleging that Baldev Singh, a resident of Khuda Lahora, was caught red-handed while stealing his car (CH 01 Q 4445) using a duplicate key yesterday. The car was parked at the PGI. A case has been registered.


Udhay, a resident of Maloya Colony, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a man riding a scooter (CH 01 J 0568) assaulted him near Punjab Engineering College (PEC) yesterday. A case has been registered.

In another incident, Jivan Singh, a resident of PEC, alleged that an unidentified man attacked him at PEC yesterday.

He was injured and admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. A case has been registered.

Car damaged

Ishwar Singh, a resident of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, filed a complaint with the police alleging that Sudesh Kumar and Surinder Kumar, both residents of Vikas Nagar, damaged his car (CH 04 F 2066) in front of his residence and threatened him on May 27. The police has arrested the accused after registering a case against them.



Patiala manage 252 runs on Day 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
With his defiant knock of 75 runs, Jeevanjot tried to salvage Patiala, which managed to put on 252 for five at the end of the third day play of the Punjab State Inter-District U-22 semifinal match against Chandigarh at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala.

Chandigarh is in the commanding position with their first innings total of 504 in 196.4 overs. Patiala is still trailing by 252 runs with only one day’s play remaining.

After dismissing the Chandigarh team, the Patiala team started their innings on a positive note with the opening partnership of 108 runs between Kunwar Raina (49 off 93) and Jeevanjot (75 off 153). Anshul Tripathi broke the partnership, making Raina his victim. After that the wickets kept felling at regular intervals. While Amitoze made 20, Robin Dhillon and Preet Kamal chipped in 18 and 12 runs, respectively.

Himanshu Chawla was at 62 (not out) at the close of the play.

For Chandigarh, Anshul Tripathy took two wickets, whereas Gurinder Singh and Veerkaran Goel have to satisfy with one wicket each.

In the second semifinal match at Jalandhar, Ludhiana restricted Jalandhar’s innings on 421 in 119 overs, thus gave the vital lead of 30 runs to the rivals in their first innings.

Brief scores I:

Chandigarh (1st innings): 504 all out in 196.4 overs (Manan Vohra 179, Simrat Bawa 55, Anil Sihag 51, Gaurav Puri 41, Amit Prashar 32, Anupam Gambhir 21, Anshul Tripathi 47, Veerkaran Goel 23, Amrinder Singh 4 for 96, Mohit Mohindra 2 for 80).

Patiala (1st innings): 252 for 5 in 92 overs (Kunwar Raina 49, Jeevanjot 75, Himanshu Chawla 62 not out, Amitoze 20, Robin Dhillon 18, Preet Kamal 12, Amaninder Singh 5 not out, Gurinder Singh 1 for 82, Anshul Tripathi 2 for 103, Veerkaran Goel 1 for 15).

Brief scores II:

Ludhiana (1st innings): 451 all out in 158.3 overs.

Jalandhar (1st innings): 421 all out in 119 overs (Nitish Sahota 111, Taruwar Kohli 43, Abhishek Gupta 44, Robin Singh 32, Pargat Singh 27, Love Kumar 115 not out, Jashan Sidhu 3 for 103, Balteze Singh 1 for 42, Deepak Bansal 2 for 110, Rahul Singla 4 for 70).



Jaiveer is pitch, putt golf champ
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 30
Young Jaiveer Singh was declared the overall champion in the school kids pitch and putt golf championship that concluded on the nine-hole golf course of the British School Junior Golf Academy in Sector 44 here.

Jaiveer, who plays in the C Category (12-14 years) had the best two-day score of 52 in a competition which saw 56 children from 5 to 17 years battle it out for the six titles at stake in different age-categories.

Jaiveer, is a budding city player and has been performing well in the national junior and sub-junior events.

Two strokes behind the overall champion was 10-year-old Amit Lal who had a score of 54 in the D Category (10-12 years).

Ashmeet Kohli and Yogyank Mishra triumphed in the A and B Categories returning identical 60 scores in the two-day championship. The winners in the E and F Categories were Vanshikha Sharma and Tanisha Singh, who played only one round of nine holes in the pitch and putt competition.

Five-year-old Aarav Dev Bhojwani was awarded for being the youngest player of the tournament.

Manjeet Singh, who heads the junior golf academy, said more such tournament would be played in the near future.

The final scores in different categories:

Category A: Ashmeet Kohli 60, Sidhant Verma 62, Shubham Kashyaap 66; Category B: Yogyank Mishra 60, Ishan Sandhu 61, Tanveer Khera 63; Category C: Jaiveer 52, Karandeep Singh 59, Shabeg Singh Kunner 65;

Category D: Amrit Lal 54, Jaipratap Singh Gill 63 (better back nine), Jai Singh Oberoi 63; Category E: Vanshika Sharma 45, Sidak Singh 46, Mehul Khullar

49 and Category F: Tanisha Singh 42, Prabhnoor B Singh 45, Aryan Dabra 52.



Prinkle drubs Sanjam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 30
Local player Prinkle Singh drubbed Sanjam Nanda 8-0 in the final qualifying round of the girls’ under-16 category in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Complex, Sector 10, and the Lake Club Sports Complex simultaneously here today.

In the boys’ under-12 section, Jagdeep and Rahul Verma from CLTA made it to the main draw, trailing their respective opponents.

The results:

Boys U-12: Robin Kapoor bt Kush Arora 8-6; Mirtunjay bt Abhay 8-5; Shivam bt Himanshu 8-2; Aditya bt Angrej Singh 8-2; Rahul Verma bt Chiraz 8-4; Jagdeep bt Jagjeet 8-2; Sourav Prashar bt Yuvraj 8-1 and Sarvesh bt Amitoj Singh 8-2.

Boys U-16: Kamal Kishore Maderana (CHD) bt Prabsimran Singh Bal 8-1; Sachin Kumar (CHD) bt Chirag Bajwa (CHD) 8-0; Yashvardhan Singh (HAR) bt Adhiraj Sandhu 8-0; Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Shourya Verma (UTR) 8-0; Vikas Berwal bt Nikhil Dabas (DEL) 8-0; Abhishek Verma bt Mahanya Khanna 8-2; Dhruv Suri (UP) bt Birgurman Singh 8-6 and Kawalpreet Bhatti bt Sahil Rawat (CHD) 8-0.

Girls U-16: Arshpreet Mann bt Aastha Arora 8-2; Saumya Saxena (CHD) bt Aanandita Tandon 8-7 (3); Rubani Ahluwalia (bye); Ayna Arora bt Abhilasha Mudgil 8-3; Nimrat Walia (CHD) bt Shefally Sharma 8-2; Ravnoor Kaur bt Sanika Sharma 8-0; Prinkle Singh (CHD) bt Sanjam Nanda 8-0 and Priya Singh bt Ishmeet Kaur 8-0.



12 teams to participate in cricket meet

Panchkula, May 30
The Cricket Federation of India (CFI) will be hosting the Surya World Cup Cricket (Under-17) Iind Chaudhary Ranbir Singh National Day/night Championship 2010 from June 1 to 4 at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here. Amarjit Kumar, honorary secretary of CFI, claimed that among the total 12 participating teams, one team would be from Sri Lanka.

In the four-day affair, the matches would be held at various venues.

The participating teams have been divided into four pools. — TNS



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