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Flood fury caused by Ghaggar may end soon: Dhindsa
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 5
Member Rajya Sabha and secretary general of Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa yesterday expressed hope that flood fury being caused by the Ghaggar may come to an end in the future.

Speaking to mediapersons at Circuit House here this evening, Dhindsa said in view of its importance, being an inter-state issue and the havoc the Ghaggar plays with the lives of people of Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Since CMs of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have given their consent to declare the Ghaggar as national project, we are hopeful that Punjab would not have to bear the brunt of the floods because of the Ghaggar,” he added. Dhindsa further said that instead of indulging in the blame game on the Ghaggar issue, it was better to find a permanent solution to the problem.

On the issue of safety of the Sikhs in the Valley, he said the Punjab Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister had already spoken to J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in this regard and the latter had assured that his government would take all possible steps for the protection of Sikhs residing in the Valley. Replying to a query regarding the differences in the SAD-BJP alliance, Dhindsa claimed that everything was fine and the two alliance partners enjoyed a strong tie.



MC fails to check stray cattle menace
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

A view of stray cattle under the bus stand flyover in Patiala

A view of stray cattle under the bus stand flyover in Patiala
A view of stray cattle under the bus stand flyover in Patiala. Tribune photo

Patiala, September 5
Patiala Municipal Corporation authorities have miserably failed to make city free from the stray cattle menace. The situation indicates that problem of the stray cattle is acquiring alarming proportions and is also leading to road mishaps.

A visit to several city areas revealed stray cattle roaming on busy roads, making life difficult for residents and vehicular traffic.

“Stray cattle, bewildered by the noise and hustle and bustle of the traffic, move in unpredicted ways, resulting in serious accidents,” said a commuter Arvind Kumar, while urging civic authorities to intensify their drive to catch stray cattle. Residents of other city areas also expressed similar views. Satinder Singh, a resident of Model Town, said it becomes dangerous to drive during the night when stray cattle suddenly come in the middle of the road. “A drive should be launched by the MC to end solve the problem,” he added.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Patiala Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), its president Ravee Singh Ahluwalia has brought the matter to the notice of the Patiala Divisional Commissioner GS Grewal.

In a letter sent to the DC it was stated that: “The problem of stray cattle in and around Patiala city has acquired alarming proportions. The ever increasing number of stray cattle has not only become a traffic hazard on all busy roads but the animals, too, are suffering due to insufficient food and are eating garbage and plastic bags from the open garbage dumps.”

Ahluwalia further mentioned that because of the presence of several buffaloes and cows near the bus stand, the locals have started caging the cattle under the bus stand flyover. “It’s shocking to see garbage dump under the flyover and cattle caged are forced to eat the filth,” he pointed out.

He further said the DC had promised him that he would direct the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to solve the problem.



Union minister all ears for public grievances
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja redressed the grievances of people here today. Officers belonging to various government departments were present.

Talking to mediapersons, she said government had sanctioned Rs 6 crore for flood-affected people, who suffered losses due to recent floods in Ambala district.

She appreciated the development work done by the Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow for Ambala. She also urged other officers and panchayats to learn from him.

She urged village panchayats to rise above party politics and work towards the development of their respective villages and use government funds properly.

Some residents, who suffered losses due to floods, complained that they had not received any help from the administration.

Majority of the complainants were from low-income group. They also demanded that there should be a proper drainage system. Selja after heard their grievances and promised them help.

The minister also directed the local administration to sort out all pending work.

Earlier, she addressed the gathering of the Youth Congress workers, who organised a plantation drive at Subhash Park. Involvement of volunteers would be the priority to make the scheme a success, she added.

Educational institutes have been told to spread awareness among students. They have been told to set up herbal gardens in their respective institutes. More saplings would be planted in parks and gardens, she added.



De-addiction centre rendering yeoman’s service
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
The de-addiction and rehabilitation centre at Ambala City has been rendering yeoman’s service to society for the past one decade. Set up in 2001 by the department of child welfare and social justice and empowerment ministry, the centre had already treated over a thousand drug addicts who are now leading normal lives.

The centre is located in HN 113, Sector 9, Ambala City. Initially the centre was known as De-Addiction Counselling Centre where patients were given free counselling to quit drugs.

But now the rehabilitation centre has also become functional. The patients are now admitted in the indoor ward which has a capacity to accommodate 15 patients. Drugs are provided to the patients free of cost.

Talking to The Tribune, a psychologist at the centre, Rawel Singh, said about 2,918 patients had sought help from the centre till the end of July. These included 1,267 patients who were admitted to the indoor ward and 1,651 patients who reported in the out patients department (OPD).

Another social worker of this centre, Anil Kumar, said 1,739 patients had been successfully treated and rehabilitated.

Most of the patients are addicted to alcohol, psychotropic drugs, opium and tobacco etc. The patients stay in the indoor ward for a month and they are given treatment at home for fifteen days.

Dr Madhu, counsellor of the centre, said: “Drug addiction is ruining our society and destroying the health of our citizens. It is a matter of serious concern that the youth, particularly in rural areas, are falling prey to the menace of drug addiction.” Therefore, there was a need to launch a mass awareness movement to keep our youth, children and society away from this dangerous trend, Dr Madhu added.

The centre also organises medical camps in villages where drugs addicts are given free medicines and people are educated about the harmful effects of drug addiction. The ministry of social justice and empowerment gives 90 per cent grant for running the centre while the remaining 10 per cent is given by the Child Welfare Council, Ambala City.



Teachers felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 5
The Punjabi Mahasabha, Haryana, Ambala district, an organisation working in the field of education and social work, today presented awards to teachers in a function organised at SD Public School on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.

Neelam Srow, wife of Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow, who was the chief guest, lauded the efforts of Punjabi Mahasabha for organising this programme on the Teacher’s Day. She also praised the teachers for their work done in the field of education.

While addressing the gathering, Punjabi Mahasabha president Ashok Mehta said the Punjabi Mahasabha was a non-political organisation and it would work to unite the Punjabi community, so that no political party could ignore Punjabis in the state.

A cultural programme was also organised by the students.



Staff crunch at Kalka ITI
Our Correspondent

Kalka, September 5
The Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kalka, is facing staff crunch. According to sources, several posts of the teachers of various trades have been lying vacant since the beginning of the session due to the apathetic attitude of the department of technical education, Haryana, which is affecting the studies of students.

The sources further added that two posts of instructors of electrician, one post of R and A/c, two posts of machinists, one post of fitter, one post of wireman and two posts of group instructors have been lying vacant since long.

Advocate Vijay Bansal, president of the Shivalik Vikas Manch, has written to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda regarding the matter.



Six booked for vagrancy
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 5
In a special drive against vagrancy in the area, the police held six youths, who were found roaming under mysterious circumstances late last night. According to the police, special driver was told to check the increasing number of thefts in the area.

Six men who were found roaming in the Bhabat Godown area could not give a satisfactory reason for being there and were nabbed by the police.

Accused identified as Yograj Singh, resident of Hallo Majra, Shiva, resident of Sector 28, Chandigarh, Sarabjeet Singh, resident of Sector 68, Mohali, Ravi Kumar, resident of Sector 27, Chandigarh, and Amit Kumar, resident of Sector 28, Chandigarh, have been booked under Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code and further investigations have been initiated, the police said.



Vehicle-lifter lands in police net
17 stolen vehicles recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
A ride in a stolen Maruti car landed an inter-state vehicle lifter in police net, leading to the recovery of 17 stolen vehicles, including a car, from him. The police said the 25-year-old accused Ajay Kumar, alias Modi, a resident of Hoshiarpur, who is a kingpin of a five member-gang, was travelling in the stolen car near Kishangarh village on August 30, when the owner of the vehicle identified his car.

He gave him a chase and during the run, the car met with an accident. The police arrested Ajay, while his co-travellers Parshotam and Rishi fled from the spot.

Inspector Charanjit Singh, in charge of the crime branch, said the crime branch, after getting a clue that the car was a stolen one, obtained production warrants of Ajay and a local court remanded him to police custody till September 7. After interrogation, the police recovered 17 vehicles from him.

Inspector Singh said Ajay had been arrested 16 times by the Punjab Police for stealing vehicles, planning dacoities and snatchings in the past three years. He, along with his four associates, was active in the tricity and Punjab. His three accomplices were identified as Parshotam, Sunil, Sumit and Surjit.

Ajay, a father of two, had come to the city in 2005 and began working as a bicycle repair mechanic and then took to car washing. In 2007, he formed his gang and began lifting vehicles. “His associates stole vehicles for him and he disposed of the stolen vehicles. They kept the stolen vehicles in parking lots at the PGI and Panjab University before finding a buyer for them,” Charanjit Singh said.

Ajay is presently staying in Dhanas and was convicted in several cases, while five cases are still pending trial against him in various courts. He had stolen the Maruti car, with which he was arrested, from Apni Mandi in Sector 33 a few days ago. Four of the stolen motorcycles recovered from him were without registration number plates, while on other vehicles they had affixed fake registration numbers.



Man held with illicit liquor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The police yesterday arrested a resident of Sector 53 on the charge of carrying 26 quarters of country-made liquor. The police said Mohammad Islam, a resident of Nehru Colony, Sector 53, was arrested from near a BSNL tower in his locality while carrying 26 quarters of country-made liquor. A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


The police has arrested Amit Kumar, a resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas, on the charge of outraging the modesty of a woman in his neighbourhood on September 2. A case under Section 509 of the IPC has been registered.

Caught drinking

The police on Saturday arrested Om Parkash, a resident of Kishangarh village, from Sector 19 while allegedly consuming liquor at a public place.

Caught stealing

Satwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 29, in his complaint to the police alleged that Bhag Raj, a resident of Bardana Market, Sector 26, was caught red-handed while allegedly stealing water tank from his house on Saturday.


An unidentified woman was injured after being hit by a motorcycle in Sector 20 on September 1. The victim was admitted to a hospital. A case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving has been registered against the motorcyclist, identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sector 30.



Chain, purse snatched
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
Two motorcycle-borne chain snatchers took away chain and purse of a lady in broad day light this afternoon. The complainant Kusum, a resident of Sector 11, in her complaint to the police, said she was purchasing fruits from a vendor outside her house about 1.30 pm.

She said two youths on a Pulsar motorcycle came and gave Rs 10 to the vendor for some fruits.

After taking the fruits, the accused went away and returned within a few minutes and snatched a gold chain weighing about 25 gms and disappeared from the site within a few seconds. The police has registered the case and said the victim had failed to see the faces of the snatchers, as they were wearing helmets.



Football: Mahilpur academy enter q-final
Tribune News Service

Tomorrow’s fixtures

DAV Chd vs Rohit Orissa at Football Ground-42: (7 am).

IFA Kolkatta vs Dalbir Patiala (7 am), MP vs Himachal Pradesh (9 am), Sambalpur Orissa vs Mohun Bagan (3.30 pm).

These matches would be played at the Sector-17 Football Stadium.

Chandigarh, September 5
Mahilpur Football Academy has become the first team to enter into the quarterfinal of the 8th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India U-17 Football Tournament at the Sector-42 Football Ground here today.

Topping the group C with nine points, Mahilpur outplayed Steadfast Academy, Mumbai, by 7-0 and recorded third successive verdict and finished their league engagements with an all-win record.

Mizoram SSA finished runners-up with six points, while Steadfast FA and Haryana Football Academy were third and fourth with three and zero points, respectively.

In a one-sided affair Mahilpur’s Rajbir Singh sounded the board in the fifth minute, giving one goal lead.

Later, he scored his second individual goal in the 27th minute. Thereafter, Sagar Satija scored three goals in a row in the 31st, 34th and 36th minutes to register his hat-trick giving 5-0 lead to his team.

At the resumption of the second half, Harjeet Singh scored two goals in 47th and 75th minutes to increase the victory margin of Mahilpur FA.

At the Sector-17 Football Stadium, Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong, edged past DAV School Football Academy, Chandigarh, by 2-1.

Jaswinder Singh put DAVS Academy into the lead in the 29th minute, while T Itonsana of GTC, Shillong, equalised in the 33rd minute.

P Tsh. Bhutia scored the winning goal for GTC, Shillong, in the 75th minute. It was GTC’s second successive victory and is leading Group A with six points from two matches.

The referee cautioned Jaswinder Singh of DAV in the 29th minute for his misbehaving, as he removed his jersey after scoring the goal.

Vikas of DAV was another player whom the referee cautioned in the 35th minute deliberately handling the ball.

Rohit Football Academy tamed Indian Tigers, Mumbai, by 7-1 in Group A match played at the Sector 42 Ground. Ramesh Ch. Murmi scored four goals (2nd, 12th, 27th and 76th). Y Sinu (15th), Ramesh Das (47th) and SK Zaheer (80th) added one goal each for Rohit Academy.

Swanpil sounded the lone goal for Indian Tigers in the 32nd minute of play.

Mohun Bagan SAIL Academy and YC Rurka Kalan shared the points, as both the teams scored one goal each.

Borish Singh of Mohun Bagan opened account for his team in the 32nd minute to give one goal lead to his team in the first half.

In the second half, Amritpal Singh of FC Rurka Kalan equalised the score in the 63rd minute of the game.

The referee cautioned Mohun Bagan coach Sabir Ali in the 10th minute of the play for his misbehavior.

In yet another match, SGGS Paldi thrashed Himachal Pradesh by 10-1. Manjinder Singh of SGGS Paldi scored five goals for his team, including a hat-trick.

He scored in 42nd, 57th, 73rd, 75th and 79th minutes.

Karamjit Singh scored three goals for his team in 16th, 37th and 62nd minutes. Harnam Singh (40th) and Nitin Kapoor (66th) were other scorers for Paldi.

The only face saving goal for Himachal was scored by Rajesh in the 74th minute.



Badminton Meet
Double delight for Sindhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Junior international player Sindhu PV of Andhra Pradesh advanced into the final of both sub-junior and junior girls’ singles categories in the 20th Krishna Khaitan Memorial All-India Junior Ranking Prize Money Badminton Tournament at the Panjab University Gymnasium here today.

Eighth seeded Sindhu shocked top seeded Rituparna Das of West Bengal by 21-13, 21-11 in 19 minutes of the sub-junior girls’ under-16 semifinal match.

She will now face second seeded Meenakshi K, also of Andhra Pradesh, who ousted fifth seeded Rutvika Shivani G, also of Andhra Pradesh, by 15-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the second semifinal match, which lasted for 43 minutes.

Sindhu also disposed of the challenge of Gauri Ghate of Maharashtra by 19-21, 21-12, 21-4 in 30 minutes in the junior girls’ singles under-19 semifinal match.

She will now cross swords with fourth seeded Tanvi Lad of Air India in the final. Tanvi overcame a stiff challenge from sixth seeded Rituparna by 21-14, 15-21, 21-11 in the second semifinal in 53 minutes.

Seventh seeded Sarang Lakhani of Maharashtra will lock horns with second seeded Sai Praneeth B of AAI in the junior boys’ under-19 singles final. Lakhani ousted fifth seeded Srikanth K of AP by 21-16, 21-16 in the first semifinal match. In the second semifinal match, Sai Praneeth took just 27 minutes to beat sixth seeded Pratul Joshi of Air India.


Sub-junior boys’ U-13 singles (semis): Chirag Sen (Utr) bt Siril Varma (AP) 23-25, 21-19, 21-18; C Rahul Yadav (AP) bt Kanishq M (AP) 21-15, 21-17.

Sub-junior girls’ U-13 singles (semis): Harika V (AP) bt Riya Mookerjee (WB) 21-13, 21-14; Shikha Gautam (Mah) bt Santoshihasini Reddy (AP) 21-15, 17-21, 21-19.

Sub-junior boys’ U-16 singles (semis): Arun George (Ker) bt Harsheel Dani (Mah) 11-21, 21-18, 21-17; Arsalan Naqvi (UP) bt Aditya Joshi (MP) 8-21, 21-19, 21-15.

Sub-junior girls’ U-16 singles (semifinals): PV Sindhu (AAI) bt Rituparna Das (WB) 21-13, 21-11; Meenakshi K (AP) bt Rutvika Shivani G (AP) 15-21, 21-15, 21-11.

Junior girls’ U-19 singles (semifinals): PV Sindhu (AAI) bt Gauri Ghate (Mah) 19-21, 21-12, 21-14; Tanvi Lad (AI) bt Rituparna Das (WB) 21-14, 15-21, 21-11.

Junior boys’ U-19 singles (semifinals): Sarang Lakhani (Mah) bt Srikanth K (AP) 21-16, 21-16; Sai Rraneeth B (AAI) bt Pratul Joshi (AI) 21-15, 21-7.



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