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Tribune Impact
Industrial body told to set up waste treatment plant
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 20
Taking a note of The Tribune report on the spreading of industrial pollution in Dera Bassi area, the Punjab Pollution Control Board has taken effective measures to control it.

Pollution control board officials said the issue was discussed with the Punjab Small Industrial Export Corporation at Focal Point here.

Various industries have been functioning at the Focal Point that dumps its sewage discharge into nearby drains. The corporation had been asked to set up a common treatment plant, which could be helpful to treat the industrial sewage, pollution control board officials added.

Moreover, municipal committee, Dera Bassi, had been also asked to set up a treatment plant for the sewage treatment of the city within six months.

For this purpose, the committee was asked to deposit Rs 5 lakh as surety money regarding the set up of a treatment plant. Executive officer of the municipal committee, Dera Bassi, assured that work for setting up treatment plant would start soon.

Notably, The Tribune had raised the issue of pollution of industrial sewage of factories of the Focal Point, Dera Bassi, which was flowing into the nearby drain crossing between Dera Bassi and Bhankharpur. Polluted water of the drain had contaminated the ground water of nearby villages. Many people were reportedly facing liver-related diseases and asthma due to polluted ground water.



PWD fails to build bridges
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 20
The construction work on various bridges in the Pinjore block has been lying pending for over four years due to the apathetic attitude of the public works department.

Official sources said in spite of the department having finalised tenders in 2008, the work on the Bhagwanpur river bridge at Nandpur village in Raitan and Thapli river bridge in Mallah belt, which connects Mallah with Morni, could not be started due to the lackadaisical attitude of the department.

As a result, area residents would have to face the consequences in the forthcoming rainy season. The sources added that the department had sent estimates for the construction of Khuda Bakhsh river bridge, which connects Kalka Doon area villages to Himachal Pradesh. Also, estimates for the construction of bridge on the Naina Devi river, Kalka, and Berghati Dhamsu bridge had been sent by the department in 2006-07 but nothing had happened so far.

Shivalik Vikas Manch president Vijay Bansal had also written to the Haryana Chief Minister in this regard but to no avail.



Summer camp concludes

Patiala, June 20
An 18-day summer camp organised by the Punjabi University’s Women’s Club concluded at the university’s Kala Bhawan with scintillating performances given by 108 boys and girls, who took part in various activities during the camp.

Club president, Dr Jagjit Kaur, said the participants took part in various activities like dance, art and craft, spoken English and music- both vocal and instrumental.

She also thanked the university teachers, including Dr Gurnam Singh (music), Dr Tejinder Kaur (spoken English), Dr Saroj Sharma (art and craft) and Dr Daisy Walia (dance), who imparted training to the students.

Presiding over the function, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, said, “These camps bring out the hidden talent to the fore and hone the skills of the students”. While appreciating the enthralling performances given by the students, he congratulated the organisers of the club for conducting the camp. — TNS



Promotion of Punjabi
Govt employees to be honoured

Ropar, June 20
A district-level executive meeting of the committee, which is formed to promote Punjabi in various government departments, was held recently. Committee members decided to write a letter to the state-level committee to ensure the use of Punjabi in lower courts too. It was also decided to honour those government employees, who help in promoting Punjabi in their respective departments.

The committee has recommended the suggestions to the Deputy Commissioner as well wherein they decided to honour the employees with citations and certificates. Committee chairman Charanjit Singh Channi said use of Punjabi should be ensured in all government departments. — TNS



19 villagers booked for assault

Kharar, June 20
Ninteen persons were booked today for fighting with each other in Badali village yesterday. The police has booked persons from both groups for inflicting injuries to each other.

On the complaint of injured Surjeet Sigh, undergoing treatment at the Kharar civil hospital, the police booked Dharam Singh, Ram Kumar, Birja Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Bobby, Sanjeev Kumar, Karam Singh, Pawan Kumar, Makhan Singh, Dalbir Singh and Hisam Singh.

In another complaint, the police booked Billa, Surjit Singh, Avtar Singh, Bahadur Singh, Bahal Singh and three others on the complaint of Surinder Singh. — TNS



Five held for murder of I-T dept employee
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 20
A day after an employee of the income tax department, Varinder Saini, alias Goldy, was brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons at Shahi Majra village here, the police has arrested five youths. Raids are being conducted to arrest two more suspects, believed to the main conspirators of the crime.

While the arrested youths were identified as Sukhwinder, alias Sonu, Narinder, alias Nindi, Harpreet, Bhagat Singh and Rohit, the key suspects were Sheru and Tarzan. The suspects disclosed that they had an enmity with the deceased.

Few days back, they had reached a compromise following the intervention of cops of the Phase I police station. Sheru and Tarzan, who nursed a grudge against the deceased, made a plan to teach him a lesson under the influence of liquor.

SP (city) SS Gill said raids were being conducted to arrest all suspects in the case. He said the vehicles and weapons used in the crime were yet to be recovered. On the basis of the statement given by the second victim, Sohan Lal, alias Sonu, the police had been able to arrest the suspects.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the deceased used to ask for money from the suspects. Irritated over the demand, the suspects thought of teaching him a lesson. Sohan Lal is recuperating at the hospital. However, sources said there was more behind the attack.

In light of yesterday’s murder, residents of Shahi Mara village said despite knowing that such elements prosper in the area, the police had failed to take timely action. Officials at the Phase I police station were well aware about the rivalry between the two groups. “The police should have increased patrolling in the area. Those responsible for overlooking the issue should be held accountable,” said Amrit Lal, a resident of the village.

Infamous street of Shahi Majra village

Around three years ago, a 49-year-old employee of Punjab Tractors Limited (PTL), Gulshan Kumar Handa was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne youths in the same area where Varinder Saini was killed on Saturday. The murder case of Gulshan has not been solved by the police so far



Businessman arrested for loan fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
The police yesterday arrested a Panchkula-based businessman on charges of duping a city resident of Rs 17 lakh by issuing him postdated cheques against a family loan taken from the latter.

Sources in the economic offences wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police said the accused, identified as Sajveev Kumar of Sector 2 and owner of Shisha Hub in Sector 5, Panchkula, was arrested last night.

A case of cheating has been registered against him on a complaint lodged by Vijay Kumar Verma, superintendent in the Punjab Water Resources Management and Development Corporation.

Verma had alleged that he had given Rs 17 lakh to the accused as family loan at various intervals from 2006 to 2008. The accused had given him a Maruti Zen and a Hyundai Accent.

Later, recovery agents of a private bank came to Verma’s house, saying that the instalments had not been paid and they wanted to take the cars in their possession.

He then took up the matter with the accused, who gave him over 24 postdated cheques for Rs 50,000 each. However, he was shocked to find that the accused had closed his account.



Two killed in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 20
Two persons lost their lives in two accidents in different parts of the district today. Satnam Singh, a resident of Surajpur and brother of victim Mewa Singh, said they were going to Pinjore on a bicycle when a speeding tipper (PB-M-6852) hit them from behind. He said his brother was injured seriously and was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police has registered the case against the driver for negligent driving.

In another accident Madan Lal, a resident of Narayangarh, was going to Barwala from Shazadpur when his motorcycle hit a truck (HR-67-2582) parked on the roadside near Mouli village. The victim died on the spot. The Raipur Rani police has registered a case and sent the body to General Hospital, Sector 6, for the autopsy.



Four nabbed for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
The police arrested four persons while allegedly indulging in gambling from different parts of Sector 24 here yesterday. Sonu Kumar of Sector 38, Sanjeev Kumar of Mohali and Sammi Kumar and Vivash Kumar of Sector 24 were arrested from different parts of Sector 24. The police recovered Rs 1,400, Rs 1,450, Rs 1,680 and 1,490, respectively, from them.

Four separate cases under provisions of the Gambling Act were registered in this regard at the Sector 11 police station.



City to get sports policy soon
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
The much celebrated sports scenario in the city would likely to get what it has been lacking for the last 44 years - a sports policy.

Aiming to promote excellence in the field of sports, development of modern sports infrastructure and facilities to promote sports and sportspersons here, the UT administration has initiated a step to devise a sports policy.

Talking on the issue, UT Sports Secretary-cum Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar said a standing sports committee was being constituted for the purpose. “Yes, we have started working in this direction. A sports committee is being constituted for the purpose, which will look after the issue during its meetings,” said Kumar.

The main emphasis would be on the selection of the sports disciplines, which need to be encouraged, development of sports infrastructure, annual sports calendar, incentives to sportspersons and mainly hunting and nurturing genuine sports talent here in the city.

The step has been taken after a meeting of the Chandigarh Advisory Council on June 9 in which the nominated member and first Dronacharya awardee of the country, DP Azad, pointed out that the city is yet to have a sports policy even after 44 years of its origin.

“Though the city has produced a number of international sportspersons like Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Abhinav Bindra, Jeev Milkha Singh, Harmit Kahlon and Yuvraj Singh, many disciplines are being ignored in the absence of the sports policy,” said Azad.

“We have up to the mark sports infrastructure in the city and even the sports budget is sufficient. The guidelines of the policy will help in streamlining the things and boost the sportspersons and overall development of the sports activities,” said Azad.

Sportspersons worst sufferers

In the absence of the sports policy for the UT, the local “genuine” sportspersons are being largely affected. As there are no permanent grants, cash awards and special reservations in educational institutions or UT jobs for the local outstanding sportspersons, they always prefer to shift to other states, mainly Punjab and Haryana, which have proper sports policies in place for the betterment of their sportspersons and sports as well. Apart from that, the absence of the sports policy here leads to lacking of coordination between the UT sports department and various sports association, which is detrimental for the promotion of sports here in the city. Though the sports department provides grants and gradation to only Olympic disciplines, many “non-productive” sports are being promoted at the school level by the department concerned for the unknown reasons.

“With the coming up of the proper sports policy, all these problems would not only be addressed properly, but the UT sportspersons would also hope for fair selection trials, leaving little scope for back-door entries of non-deserving sportspersons and a transparent gradation system for various sports disciplines,” said an official in the sports department.



Inter-District (U-19) Tournament
Patiala, Jalandhar set up title clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Patiala and Jalandhar set up a title clash in the Punjab State Inter-District (U-19) Tournament today. Both teams defeated their opponents on the basis of the first innings lead. While Jalandhar outclassed Mohali, Patiala showed the door to Amritsar in the semifinal round.

Playing the match on their home ground — Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium — Patiala took the lead of five runs in their first innings with their total of 252 all out in 98.4 overs. In reply, Amritsar scored 247 all out in 135.2 overs in their first innings.

Completing the formalities on the final day, Patiala resumed from their overnight 211 for 3 in 72 overs in the second innings and put on 423 for 9 in 150 overs.

Vikramdit and Gauravjit chipped in with 95 and 74 runs, respectively.

For Amritsar, Vinay Chaudhary and Ashwani Kumar took four wickets each. Patiala were 423 for 9 in 150 overs when the umpires called off play as no outright result was possible.

Brief score: Patiala (first innings): 252 all out in 98.4 overs.

Amritsar (first innings): 247 all out in 135.2 overs.

Patiala (second innings): 423 for 9 in 150 overs (Vikramdit 95, Vinay Gorabha 43, Vicky Sharma 36, Gauravjit 74, Karan Kaila 59 n.o; Vinay Chaudhary 4 for 179, Ashwani Kumar 4 for 133).

In the second match played at Burlton Park, Jalandhar, Jalandhar were bowled out for 591 in 150.4 overs in their first innings today.

Mohali, which had put on 343 runs in the first innings, could manage 296 for 4 in 75 overs in their second essay on the final day of the match.

Brief score: Mohali (first innings): 343 all out in 139 overs.

Jalandhar (first innings): 591 for all out in 150.4 overs (Mandeep Singh 130, Pargat Singh 91, Love Kumar 120, Siddharth Sharma 73, Himanshu Satyawan 39, Jagrit Singh 51 n.o; Birkanwar 4 for 121, Harman 2 for 151, Sohrab 2 for 110).

Mohali (second innings): 296 for 4 in 75 overs (Harpreet Singh 100, Ankit Pursharthy 79, Sunny Sohal 35, Birkanwar 39 n.o; Siddharth Sharma 3 for 87, Kanwarjot 1 for 52).



AITA Talent Series
Unseeded Shrey upsets Abhijeet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Unseeded Shrey Gupta of Haryana upset seventh seed Abhijeet Singh to qualify for the main draw on the second day of the Amul-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at Sector 10 CLTA here today.

Top five seeded players made it to main draw in boys’ U-18 singles qualifying round, whereas other three spots were taken by unseeded players.

Andrew Pradeep qualified for the main draw after beating Shivesh Tripathi of Uttar Pradesh 8-1. In another close match, unseeded Manav Malhotra defeated Rohtas Singh 8-7(6).

Results: u-14 singles (second qualifying round): Ishan Kakkar b Digvijay Singh Partap 8-3; Saahil Rawat b Nikhil Mehta 8-1; Rishabh Sharda given a walk over; Vishvajit Singh b Arshdeep Singh 8-2; Abhinav Bansal given a walk over; Kanik Batra b Sahil Dhingra 8-3; Param Pun b Sagar Bains 8-1; Chirag Bajwa b Azad Singh 6-1; Sultan Singh Atwal b Leonardo Pamei 8-0; Amandeep Singh b Amandeep Tiwana 8-0; Dipanshu Premani b Jashan Grewal 8-0; Shivain Suroya b Adit Goel 8-1; Abhinav Mahajan b Jaskaran Thapar 8-4; Adhhyan b Robin Kapoor 8-2; Akhil Bansal b Harjasleen Singh 8-1; Vidit Vohra b Ayush Verna 8-7 (2).

Boys’ under-14 singles (final qualifying round): Ishan Kakkar b Saahil Rawat 8-1; Vishvajit Singh b Rishabh Sharda 8-2; Abhinav Bansal b Kanik Batra 8-3; Param Pun b Chirag Bajwa 8-0; Sultan Singh b Atwal Amandeep Singh 8-3; Shivain Suroya b Dipanshu Premani 8-2; Adhhyan b Abhinav Mahajan 8-3; Akhil Bansal b Vidit Vohra 8-0.

Boys under-18 singles (final qualifying round): Sri Atul Patel (UP) b Akshay Panghal (Har) 8-1; Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) b Samrat Rana (Chd) 8-5; Ajay Thakur b Uday Partap (Pb) 8-6; Kamal Kishore Maderna (Raj) b Mayank Sharma (Chd) 8-1; Sean Yip (Chd) b Prabhsimran Singh Bal (Chd) 8-0; Andrew Pradeep (Chd) b Shivesh Tripathi (UP) 8-1; Shrey Gupta (Har) b Abhijeet Singh (Chd) 8-0; Manav Malhotra b Rohtas Singh 8-7(6).



Hero Honda Junior Golf from July 5
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 20
Over 100 junior golfers of the region, including Delhi, are expected to converge on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the first Hero Honda Chandigarh Golf Club Junior Championship on July 5.

This mega event will see golfers of the tricity besides Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala, Patiala and Delhi battle it out for the titles at stake in the four age-group categories.

Open to golfers between six and 18 years, the main competition will be in the “A” category in which participants in the 16-18 age-group and with a handicap of up to nine will be seen in action.

The other categories will be 13 to 15 years (“B” category) with a handicap of up to 15, 11-12 years (“C” category) with a handicap of up to 24 and below 10 years (“D” category) with a handicap of up to 30.

The golfer returning the best gross score will clinch the overall trophy. There will be four winners and four runners-up trophies in each category.

Besides there will be two trophies for nearest to the pin and two trophies for the longest drive.

Every participant will be given a certificate at the prize distribution ceremony.

Talking to mediapersons, Capt GS Ghuman, chairman of the tournament committee, said: “The Chandigarh Golf Club is known to promote junior golf in the city via various EGTF junior golf coaching programmes in the past. A new chapter is now being opened wherein tournaments such as this will be held from time to time to take junior golf to the next level.”

Those interested may send their entries to the Chandigarh Golf Club office by July 3.

Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill said the tournament would go a long way in tapping the talent in the region.



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