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Plying of heavy vehicles in residential area
Height gauge sought at Railway Colony
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 1
Residents of Narrow Gauge Railway Colony and Bharat Nagar have urged the railway authorities to install a height gauge on the Bharat Nagar-Shiv Mandir link road, which connects the town to the Charnia road at Bharat Nagar T-point.

The residents rued that due to the absence of a height gauge, heavy vehicles from Parwanoo and Baddi industrial areas passed through the residential area every day. Subsequently, the stretch from Railway Gurdwara to Bharat Nagar had become accident-prone.

They added that a few years ago, the department of inspector of work (IOW) had installed a railway gate near the gurdwara. As a result, only light vehicles were able to access the road. However, the gate suffered damage, opening the way for heavy vehicles to pass through the area. They added that the state government had recently widened the Kalka-Charnia road for heavy vehicles to bypass the residential area.

Railway employees residing in the NG Railway Colony said other railway colonies of the town had restricted the entry of heavy vehicles by installing height gauge. However, due to the insensitivity of the IOW department, the NG colony had been without a height gauge for the past two years.

The employees have urged the DRM, Ambala, to issue directives to the IOW department to install a height gauge at the Narrow Gauge Colony.

Official sources in the IOW office said the link road was an alternative route for traffic of the NH-22 in case of some an emergency. Once the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass became functional, the department would install a height gauge at the particular place near the gurdwara.



Truck rams into electricity pylon
Power supply, traffic suspended for 4 hrs
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 1
A truck hit an electricity pylon at Paploha village, near Kalka, snapping power supply to Kalka and its adjoining areas for over four hours today.

According to sources, the incident took place at 2.30 pm on the Kalka-Charnia link road, when a speeding truck hit a power pylon carrying high-tension cable at Paploha village.

A major tragedy was averted as no passerby or vehicle was present at the scene at the time of the accident.

The pylon fell due to the impact, snapping the cables. Inhabitants of Paploha village informed the UHBVN, Kalka, about the incident.

Power supply to Kalka and adjoining areas remained disrupted till 6.30 pm, causing inconvenience to residents.

Traffic on the busy link road also remained suspended for over four hours. It took the electricity department staff over four hours to restore power supply as well as traffic.



Demarcation of village land
State govt to reply on Oct 27
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 1
The Punjab and Haryana High Court have fixed October 27 for the next hearing in the PIL of village residents of 154 villages regarding extension of Lal Dora.

A Division Bench Justice Mukul Moudgil and Justice Ajay Tiwari, on Wednesday, issued notice to state government, said Advocate Vijay Bansal petitioner of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

It must be mentioned here that on April 6, residents of 154 villages of the Kalka sub-division, which falls under the new capital Periphery Control Act, had filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, regarding implementation of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control (Haryana Amendment Act, 2003) under which there is a provision of extension of 60 per cent of Red line of the existing village abadi area.

The residents told The Tribune that a notification published in official Gazzet of Haryana, under the Haryana Act no- 22 of 2003, provides the said extension. But the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Haryana Amendment act, 2003, has not been implemented so far.

They have demanded immediate demarcation of village agricultural land and to extend the Lal Dora. They also alleged that due to non-implementation of the said Act, the department of town and country planning , under a special campaign have already demolished several residential houses in the area, including Tipra Colony of Kalka.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that in the past two decades numerous new colonies have come up with more than 20,000 houses beyond the Lal Dora (redline) which are feared to be demolished by the department of town and country planning. Bansal, local advocate, in November, 2008, had served legal notice to state government and the department of town and country planning, Haryana. The residents of the area had also written to Haryana CM and Revenue Minister, Haryana, urging them to demarcate the village land in Kalka sub-division.



Inadequate space in hostel worries students
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 1
Inadequate accommodation in the girls hostel of Kalpana Chawla Women Polytechnic, Ambala City, has left students worried.

The hostel building is under construction and will take at least six more months to complete.

Around 2,000 students have enrolled themselves in various courses at the college and 30 per cent of them belong to Rohtak, Hasar, Jind and Sirsa.

Girls hostel of the college can accommodate just 200 students.

Most of the parents wanted that their wards get hostel accommodation, as the college is located in an isolated area.

Around 300 girls will have to search for accommodation outside the college campus.

Trying to make most of the situation, a number of private building owners have opened paying guest accommodations in the area.

Some of the parents suggested that the college should hire a private building and should provide accommodation to students. Principal RC Jindal admitted that there was inadequate accommodation in the hostel.

He said after the completion of the new hostel, the problem would be solved. It was learnt that the principal had requested the directorate to accommodate girl students in the newly-constructed hostel for boys for the time being.



Public conveniences inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Union minister for tourism and urban poverty alleviation Kumari Selja inaugurates public conveniences at Bakra Market in Ambala Cantonment on Sunday.
Union minister for tourism and urban poverty alleviation Kumari Selja inaugurates public conveniences at Bakra Market in Ambala Cantonment on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Ambala, August 1
Union minister for tourism and urban poverty alleviation Kumari Selja today inaugurated public toilets constructed at a cost of Rs 64 lakh in the town.

The minister inaugurated Sulabh Shauchalayas at BC Bazar, Bakra Market and Dera Basti. Constructed to provide clean sanitation to residents, the toilets would be run by the Haryana State Branch of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation.

She said the government had planned to construct toilets at the cost of Rs 11,500 each in the city on the pattern of rural areas for families living below poverty line and those without sanitary facilities in their houses.

On Commonwealth Games, she said: “We still have two months to go and the work force will take care of the remaining work. No fault has been found at any site.”

She said there were several government-run schemes to uplift the poor but there was still a long way to go.

She later visited flood-affected areas to review the relief work done by the district administration.

She also convened a meeting of administration officials to review the loss report prepared by the administration.

The minister then heard the grievances of people from her constituency at Congress Bhawan.

The complainants, majority of whom were from the low income income group, sought compensation for the losses they had suffered during the recent floods. She assured of providing government assistant to affected people.

She also met and congratulated newly elected District Congress Committee members.

The members included former Haryana minister Nirmal Singh, who has been elected president of the District Congress Committee (rural), and Narinder Pal Shera, newly elected president of the District Congress Committee (urban). Vice-presidents Shri Pal Rana and Raj Kumar Aneja and other local Congress workers were also present.



47 pc elderly sans functional teeth: Survey
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 1
A survey conducted by the department of public health dentistry, MM University, Mullana, at old age homes has found that around 47.4 per cent of the total patients over 60 years of age do not have functional teeth.

The survey among the elderly population associated with old age homes of Ambala division was conducted to assess the oral health status and treatment needs of the aged.

Dr KL Veeresha, head of department, said around 10 old age homes of Ambala, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, Kaithal and Kurukshetra were covered under the survey.

People above 60 years of age who were residents or day visitors to the old age homes were included in the survey.

According to the survey, toothlessness increased 20 per cent among people in the age group.

Many people had a full or partial set of dentures, with reduced chewing capacity as low as one-sixth to that of those without dentures.

People who had ill-fitting prostheses, those who experienced pain wearing them and people who needed dentures but did not have them were at an the risk of experiencing malnutrition.

He said elderly people comprised 7 per cent of the total population in Haryana. There was no relevant record regarding the oral health care programmes provided in the state.

Sources said many patients with full dentures might not believe they needed to visit a dental care provider unless they had a problem with their prostheses.

Regular dental care, however, was essential for everyone.

He added that during the survey, it was found that 26.9 per cent patients examined did not use any oral hygiene measures, 19.1 per cent elders wore dentures, 36.8 per cent had never visited a dentist ever in their life and 28.7 per cent were suffering from dental related pain.

The maximum age of patient examined was 97 year.

Most of the patients suffered from hypo or hypertension, followed by diabetics.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol consumption were also prime causes for the occurrence of oral cavities and teeth degeneration, he added.

Stressing the need for education to improve oral hygiene, Dr Veeresha said regular check-up was needed for the elderly. 



Free health services for villagers
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 1
To spread health awareness among people, Sri Sukhmani Multi-Specialty Hospital here in association with Sri Sukhmani Free Dental College and Hospital is providing medical facilities free of cost to residents of nearby villages.

Hospital director Dr DS Verma said over 200 patients from the neighboring areas visited the hospital daily to avail of the services.

Hospital’s buses were being used to transport patients to the hospital free of charge.

He said the government had been neglecting the rural areas.

The services include distribution of medicine, operations, regular check-up, etc.

Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes chairman Prof Avtar Singh said the schedule had been designed to offer free treatment as well as spread awareness among villagers about minor ailments.



Man thrashed by couple
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
An electricity department employee was thrashed by a couple residing in Sector 35. The victim has been identified as Surender Singh.

Surinder said he received a call from one Lajar, who asked him to repair an electricity wire at his residence in Sector 35. When Surinder reached the place, he was thrashed by the couple, saying it was the wrong address.

Surender received serious injuries on head, waist, legs and chest.

Acting on his complaint, the police went to enquire about the incident. 



Sachleen leads the pack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Sachleen Singh scored highest points in the final round of boys U-15 category of Chandigarh Boys and Girls Chess Championship held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

Sachleen Singh of St Kabir School, Sector 26, scored 5.5 points in the sixth round of the game, whereas Anubhav Tuknayat and Gitin Oberoi scored five points each in the final round.

In the girls category, Simranjeet Kaur (U-15) of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, finished with 3.5 points and Tarini Goyal (U-9) of Sacred Heart, Sector 26, scored three points.

In the boys (U-9), Jaskeerat Singh Ahluwalia of DPS, Sector 40, emerged champion with 3.5 points.

Sachleen Singh, Anubhav Tuknayat, Gitin Oberoi and Tejas Nagpal will represent the city in the Sub-junior (U-15) Nationals for Boys, while Simranjeet Kaur, Arunima Goyal, Tanya Kaushal and Shivangi Raina are selected for the Sub-junior (U-15) Nationals for Girls to be held in New Delhi from September 4.

Jaskeerat Singh Ahluwalia and Pranay Garg have been selected for the National Championship (U-9) for Boys, while Tarini Goyal and Kashish Kaushal have been selected for the National Championship (U-9) for Girls to be held in Gujarat from September 30.

Point position (boys U-15): 5.5 points: Sachleen Singh; 5 points: Anubhav Tuknayat and Gitin Oberoi; 4.5 points: Tejas Nagpal; 4 points: Utsav Dutta, Priyansh Soni, Manish Mandal, Abhishek Aggarwal, Arsh Arora, Akshit Khungar and Amartya Bhattacharya; 3.5 points: Utkarsh Sidhartha; 3 points: Anmol, Lakshy Bhatia, Jashan Khurana, Brahmjot, Archit Gupta, Hritik Arora, Daksh Walia and Karanveer Singh Bhullar; 2.5 points: Abhinav Bansal, Gaurang Aggarwal, Randeep Singh, Sumat Singh Bedi, and Gurfateh; 2 points: Jaskirat Singh, Vasubh, Neelabh, Parth Mohan; 1 point: Nitin Garg, Abhinav Puwar, Arjun Trehan, Kashish Garg and Siddharth Kumar.

Girls (U-15): 3.5 points: Simranjeet Kaur and Arunima Goyal; 3 points: Tanya Kaushal; 2 points: Shivangi Raina, Shivika Jain, Kinam Gupta, and Arshjot; 1 point: Kritika Kapila and Kanika Sharma; 0 point: Nandini.

Boys and girls (U-9): 3.5 points: Jaskeerat Singh Ahluwalia; 3 points: Tarini Goyal, Pranay Garg, and Anhad Singh; 2.5 points: Kashish Kaushal; 2 points: Ishaan Singh, Jayesh Vij, Abhiroop Kaul, Shatik Dhawan, and Arushi Verma; 1 point: Jashanpreet, Shayiq Shah, Sidhart and Nipun Dhawan; 0 point: Aryan Mahajan. 



Golf camp for women from August 24
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 1
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a golf camp for women from August 24 to September 24 on every Tuesdays and Fridays from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Joint director of the academy Ajay Gujral said the introductory camp would give an opportunity to women of the tricity to learn the basics of the game.

The basic fundamentals of the golf swing, including grip, aim, alignment, set up, ball position, stance and posture will be taught during the camp.

EGTF certified coach Ajay Gujral will conduct the golf camp

strictly on the guidelines of the European Golf Teachers’ Federation, United Kingdom.

The camp is open to members and non-members of the Chandigarh Golf Club. The trainees will be provided golf equipment such as golf balls free of cost. Golf magazines and golf visors worth Rs 1,000, sponsored by “Golf Plus”, will also be distributed free to all women. In addition, a fun competition will be held on the last day, in which a prize worth Rs 1,000, sponsored by Titleist, Cobra and Pinnacle will be given to the winner. More details can be had

from Ajay Gujral at the Chandigarh Golf Club or at 9814356013.

Golfers get certificates

Fiftysix young golfers who took part in the Pitch'n'Putt Golf

Tournament organised by the British School Golf Academy here were honoured at a special function held at the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Children received participation certificates from club’s president Birinder Singh Gill, who said the Chandigarh Golf Club would continue to support junior golf programmes. He took the opportunity to invite youngsters to join the junior golf camps designed by the Golf Club Academy.

He appreciated the efforts of club’s teaching golf professional Manjit Kochar for conducting such golf events for young golfers.

Chandigarh Golf Club Academy director Harmeet Kahlon and honorary secretary GS Sandhu gave away certificates to kids who attended the summer camp. 



Ankur outplays Vaibhav
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Third ranked Ankur Nanda defeated Vaibhav of Gurgaon in the 24th Haryana State Junior and Senior Billiards, Snooker Championship being held at Panchkula here today.

Ankur won the match 3-2 after hitting a break of 47 in the initial frame. But Vaibhav displayed his potting skills to win the second frame of the game.

Ankur took full advantage of his experience and came back in the third frame when he framed the pink ball to win the match 3-2.

In the Senior Snooker State Ranking match, Vishal Mor entered the quarterfinal stage.

Vishal defeated Gurpreet Singh 3-0.Vishal won the first frame on the black ball, whereas he had a tough frame on the pink ball in the second frame. But in the third frame, Vishal sealed his victory.

In another encounter, Deepak Mighlani defeated Kapil Khaneja 3-0.

Deepak won the first frame on the black ball. Kapil came back in the frame with a lead of 22 on the coloured balls. But he failed to take advantage of his lead; Kapil missing no chance on the brown ball took 2-0 lead in the final frame. Deepak clinched the game 3-0.

In the Senior Billiards league, Sameer Bhalla defeated Ishaan 2-0.

In the first frame, Ishaan took a lead of 37 odd points. But Sameer made unfinished break of 52 to take the first frame 100-79.

In the second frame, Sameer trounced Ishaan to take the frame 100-43.

On the other hand, in the second match Ishaan defeated Gaurav Bharti 2-0 to remain in the tournament. He won two close frames 100-95 and 100-80.


Senior snooker: Ankur Nanda defeated Vaibhav (3-2); Vishal Mor defeated Gurpreet (3-0); Kapil Khaneja defeated Karan (3-1); Deepak Mighlani defeated Kapil (3-0) and Vikas defeated Harpreet (3-1).

Senior billiards: Sameer Bhalla defeated Ishaan (2-0); Ishaan defeated Gaurav (2-0) and Himanshu defeated Aman Goel (2-1).



City NCC cadet to represent country
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
City NCC cadet Meera Kumari will represent the country at the Junior World Shooting Championship at Munich in Germany this week.

A renowned shooter of NCC’s Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, directorate Meera has participated in several national competitions conducted by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).

She won gold medal (team) in prone position and silver medal (team) in three positions (3P) at the 51st National Championships, individual silver (prone position) in the 52nd National Championship and gold (team) prone, silver (team)-3P, bronze (individual), prone position in the 53rd National Shooting Championships. 



Satire on corruption

Chandigarh, August 1
Sans stage, chiaroscuro effects, props or sets, the RG Samparan Theatre Group staged a short satirical play “Uth jag musafir bhor bhayi” in association with CITCO and CIPA at the Sukhna Lake today.

Scripted by lead actor Raju Vaid and directed by Rajesh Kumar, the play convincingly depicted the sick political system of the country. Actors delineated the casual approach of leaders and the governance in dealing with the crucial issues in the aftermath of the Bhopal gas tragedy. The actors, especially Raju Vaid portraying “Neta ji” led the cast. — OC



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