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Dera Bassi cries for amenities
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, December 11
Nearly 15 km from Chandigarh and situated on the national highway, historical town Dera Bassi is still deprived of basic amenities. Dera Bassi was once a tehsil of Kalsia state, covering the area from Lalru to Zirakpur.

Ravi Sher Singh Bhadur, the king of Kalsia state, made his fort in Dera village near this town. Now, this town is called Dera Bassi. After division of Kalsia state this town was attached with Himachal Pradesh state and then with Patiala. Though industrial set up has brought development here and land prices had touched the sky, proper health and educational facilities are still lacking in this area. People are bound to go to Chandigarh to avail these facilities.

The town has 30-bed community health centre, which lacks specialist doctors, blood bank and emergency services. Patients in critical condition are referred to the hospitals of Chandigarh.

Two other community health centres falling in Dera Bassi sub-division at Antala and Banur also need doctors and other medical infrastructure. A government school in this town continues to be a high school, which was set up before 1947. Many political leaders and governments had promised to upgrade this school, but this promise has not been fulfilled till now. Though there is a government degree college in the town, due to the shortage of teachers of main subjects students prefer colleges of Chandigarh and Ambala for higher studies.

However, poor students are left with no option but to study in this institute. Seema Sharma, vice-president of the municipal council, Dera Bassi, has demanded from the state government to set up a government vocational college, particularly for women, in the town as poor girl students could not afford to get vocational education in private institutes.

Member of district advisory committee for infrastructure and municipal amenities Bhupinder Saini has raised the demand of one more sewerage disposal with a sewerage treatment plant near Jharmal Choe. Municipal council president Manjeet Kaur Dally informed that five new tubewell were being set up in the town by GMADA for drinking water and work for the sewerage had also been started.



Encroachments razed in Pinjore
Our Correspondent

Kalka, December 11
Taking a note of the directives of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the frequent traffic jam in Pinjore on the NH-22 and NH-21-A, a team of local administration, headed by Duty Magistrate Naresh Kumar, and secretary, MC, Pinjore, KL Bansal, with the police force today razed encroachments from the main bazaar of Pinjore.

The anti-encroachment drive was started from opposite Yadavindra Gardens to Dharampur Colony of Pinjore, despite of the protest by some of the shopkeepers. Articles of the shopkeepers were also seized.

A team of the police administration, headed by SHO Mukesh Kumar, challaned those who had parked their vehicles illegally in the main bazaar. Local MLA Pardeep Chaudhary condemned the drive and said it was conducted only to harass the shopkeepers.



62 LPG cylinders seized
Tribune Reporters

Patiala, December 11
Following complaints of the LPG shortage in the city, the district administration today conducted raids at city hotels, dhabas and marriage palaces and confiscated 62 domestic cylinders. The crackdown began after the Patiala DC received complaints regarding the shortage.

Three teams were formed under the supervision of Patiala SDM Gurmeet Singh, tehsildar Subhash Bhardwaj and naib tehsildar GS Walia. The teams confiscated cylinders from Hotel Jiwan Plaza, Kaka hotel, Green hotel, Lochan hotel, Hotel Grand Park, Rajkamal palace and Kohinoor palace. The district administration has directed dealers to comply with norms.

Meanwhile, Patiala DC Dipinder Singh said complaints against some marriage palace owners had poured in for playing loud music at night. “We have proof and strict action will be taken against the violators, as warnings had already been issued to them,” he said.

Stolen bikes recovered

LALRU: The police has arrested a person and recovered two stolen motorcycles from his possession. The accused has been identified as Slamudeen Khan, a Dappar resident. The accused has confessed to have committed the thefts on December 9. He was produced in a local court, where he was sent to a one-day police remand.



Gang of woman snatchers busted, 4 held
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 11
With the arrest of four women, the local police today claimed to have busted a gang of snatchers.The accused have been identified as Satya, Bubli, Soma, all residents of Patiala, and Lakshmi, a resident of Nabha near Patiala.

The investigating officer said a case has been registered against the accused on the complaint of Sita Devi, a resident of Mubarikpur. In her complaint to the police, she had alleged that one of the accused snatched her gold chain on November 30 while she was traveling in a bus.

According to the police, the accused were nabbed red-handed by the Haryana bus conductor and handed over to the traffic police at around 12.30 pm. Later, the traffic police took them to the Zirakpur police station.

Sources said that Sita Devi, who was standing at the Zirakpur-Kalka intersection near traffic police office, said that she identified the snatchers and informed the police.

Zirakpur SHO Yogi Raj said a case has been registered against the four women on the complaint of Sita Devi. The accused were produced before a Dera Bassi court today, which remanded them in judicial custody.



GMSSS academy to face Ropar in final today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS) Cricket Academy, Sector 19, will face the Ropar District Association Cricket Academy in the final of the Leslie Gordon Carver Inter-Academy U-17 Cricket Tournament tomorrow.

GMSSS Academy, Sector 19, beat the tournament favourite DP Azad Cricket Academy in the first semifinal while the Ropar District Association Cricket Academy beat DAV Cricket Academy, Sector 8, in the second semifinal.

The DP Azad Academy won the toss and elected to field. GMSSS scored 187 in 40 overs. Sharhya top scored with 72 runs, which included four fours and a six. Deepak Sharma scored 51 runs and Guntaj Veer contributed 14. Anmol Rattan took three wickets for 22 runs in his quota of eight overs, while Navjit Singh bagged one for 29. The DP Azad Academy were 153 all out in 36.4 overs. Talwinderjit Singh top scored with 42 runs and other top scorers included Navjit Singh with 34 runs and Abhilash Sharma with 21 runs. Saurav Wasan and Deepak took two wickets each.

In the second match, the DAV Academy won the toss and elected to bat. The entire team was bundled off for 79 runs. Kulbir top scored with 20 runs, while Saurav contributed 14. the Ropar Academy achieved the target in 22 overs. Arjun Kumar with 22 and Luvlesh with 27 were the main contributors.



Sharmila reigns supreme
Our Golf Correspondent

Panchkula, December 11
A dream run of four under par 69 by Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma failed to stop Sharmila Nicollet from clinching the sixth leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour by four strokes at the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

The Bangalore girl (19) had already assured herself of victory going into the final round with an 11-stroke lead over her nearest rival Nalini Singh Siwach. She appeared to take things easy as she wrapped up the final round with a four over par 77 card to record her fourth win on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour. 



Haryana clinch kabaddi title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Haryana won the final of the 22nd Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship organised by the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India in the men’s category here today. Punjab defeated Delhi to win the contest in the women’s category of the contest. Haryana won the contest 40-31. Rajesh,Vikram, Nenna scored 10,9 and 7 points, respectively, for Haryana. Nirmaljeet, Parveen and Harjeet scored 8, 6 and 5 points for the winning side in the women’s category, respectively.

In the first semifinals in the women’s category, Delhi defeated Haryana 25-18. In the second semifinal, Punjab defeated Chandigarh 24-22. Satvinder and Gagandeep scored 8 and 7 points, respectively. Haryana defeated Himachal Pradesh 32-16 in the first semifinal of the men’s category. Delhi defeated Punjab 43-39 in the second semifinal. 



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