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Ambulance service begins

Dera Bassi, January 12
The Ram Leela Committee, Dera Bassi, has launched a free ambulance service for patients of Dera Bassi, Lalru and Zirakpur with the cooperation of Ratil Ampire Company. The company provided Rs 2 lakh to the committee for the services of the ambulance.

President of the committee Ravinder Vaishnav said this ambulance service would be available round-the-clock for the patients of this area. He informed that to get the services of this ambulance needy person can contact on phone number 9779673004 at any time. He said this service would be helpful for the accident victims. — OC



Notice to UT on Sukhmani’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Justice Jaswant Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to Chandigarh on Sukhmani Brar's petition for release of her passport. Brar needs to visit the United States for renewal of her green card. This is the second time Brar has moved the court. This time, she has approached the court for modification of earlier order on the ground that the property owned by her guardian in Chandigarh is under mortgage and she should be allowed to submit the documents of a property in SAS Nagar.

The High Court had directed the release of passport by Sukhmani Brar, alias Amanat, accused in the controversial hit-and-run case, in which two persons were killed, one of them a child. The direction came with a rider. Justice Jaswant Singh had directed furnishing of fixed deposit receipt of Rs 20 lakh. Justice Jaswant Singh had further directed the amount would be released to the family of the deceased, in case she failed to return to the country by January 31. Directions for furnishing the original title deed of a property were also issued.

The UT Police has all along been opposing the demand of release of passport made by Sukhmani Brar on the ground she might flee.

In fact, the UT stand so far has been once the accused leaves the country, it would be difficult to get her back. Demanding release of her passport, Sukhmani on the other hand had contended she required the document to go abroad for filling academic forms. Denial to release the passport would adversely affect her academic career. Sukhmani had moved the court demanding release of her passport deposited with the police after she was named as accused in the FIR.


Official Accommodation
Told to file affidavit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the UT Administration to file an affidavit on the number of houses earmarked for officials coming on deputation to Chandigarh from other states, but retaining official accommodation even after the end of their deputation. Justice Surya Kant issued the directions during the resumed hearing of a petition by a retired IAS officer, Asha Sharma. She is presently posted as Haryana State Information Commissioner.

She had moved the High Court for stay on the UT Administration orders of January 2008, vide which she was asked to vacate her accommodation. Sharma retired as an IAS officer from Haryana government in 2007, but was appointed the Haryana State Information Commissioner. After her retirement, she continued to stay in the same accommodation. Issuing notice of motion, the Bench of Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice K Kannan had earlier stayed the dispossession of Haryana State Information Commissioner Asha Sharma from the house in Sector 5 here.

In her petition against the UT Administration, the house allotment committee and the estate officer, the former IAS officer had sought directions to the respondents to regularise the allotment of house number 55.

Going into the background of the matter, the petitioner said the committee on September 6, 1996, had decided to regularise the allotment of the house in her name. At that time, she was functioning as commissioner and secretary. After her retirement on February 2007, a request was forwarded to the committee to allow her to retain the accommodation, which was allowed. In the meantime, she was appointed the information commissioner. But, vide a letter, the committee informed the petitioner that the house allocation stood cancelled after her retirement.



Petition on Mayoral Election
Hearing deferred to Jan 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) today deferred the hearing on the election petition challenging of the Mayoral election filed by independent candidate Jagjit Singh Kang to January 20. A fresh notice has been issued to Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh. The notice earlier sent to him had returned with the report that he was not residing at that address.

Satya Pal Jain, the council for Kang, informed the court that the address given in the petition (House Number 3010, Sector 46-C) had been taken from the official website of the Municipal Corporation. The address was wrong.

It may be mentioned that Kang had challenged the election of Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh on the ground that the Congress councillors were asked by Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal to take the photograph of their ballot paper after casting their vote in favour of the Congress candidate.

Jain showed the address in the website to the court on his mobile. Jain demanded that let fresh notice be issued to him at his Sector 27-D address as well as to his office in the MC. This was agreed to by the court. Jain said it was surprising that the MC website had the wrong address of the Mayor. BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta, one of the respondents in the election petition, appeared in person and the court granted him time to file the reply by January 20.

Kang had alleged after the election that when the presiding officer, Brig Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri, asked the councillors not to take their mobile phones inside the polling booths, it was violated by Bansal by saying that “nobody can stop him from taking his mobile phone inside the polling booth. I will take my mobile with me. You do whatever you want to do.” Kang had alleged that the secrecy of the ballot was breached by Bansal with ulterior motives.



Thieves decamp with cash
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula January 12
Suchet Singla, a shopkeeper in Sector 7, here, reported to the police that thieves decamped with cash and mobile phone recharge coupons worth about Rs 50,000 from his shop last night.

According to police sources, locks of the shop were found broken by Singla this morning. The police is investigating.

Pedestrian run over by train

Kalka: A 35-year-old man was killed as he was run over by a train. Official sources of the GRP, Kalka, revealed that Basant, a slum dweller, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh, was residing with his family near railway line from the past couple of months.

The incident took place near Kalka-Pinjore Railway crossing on Tuesday around 10 pm when he was returning home. He died on the spot.

Cartons stolen from truck

Zirakpur: Thieves decamped with 40 boxes containing Dabur Hajmola, worth thousands of rupees, from a truck parked near Paras Down Town Square here yesterday.

The police stated that the truck driver, Anil Singh, a resident of Dehradun, was carrying 561 boxes of Hajmola from a godown to Dehradun.

He claimed that due to excessive fog, he parked his truck near the mall and went to sleep.

Next morning, he found that some miscreants had cut the ropes and the boxes were missing.

A case of theft has been registered.



North Zone Central Revenue Meet
Bhopal beat Chandigarh for cricket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Bhopal-Indore sub-zone team lifted champions’ trophy after defeating Chandigarh-Patiala sub-zone team by 44 runs in the final cricket match of the North Zone Central Revenue Sports Meet here today.

In the match played at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula, the Bhopal team amassed 164 for six in 20 overs. Chasing the target of 165, the Chandigarh team were bowled out on 120 in 19.4 overs.

Rajesh Kanojia of the Chandigarh team tried to salvage the team with his brilliant 41-run-knock off 34 balls but the effort went in vain.

Amay Khurasia, who earlier scored 37 runs, and K Chari took two wickets each for the Bhopal team. Other results: Volleyball: Delhi team emerged winners, while Bhopal team finished runners-up. Kabaddi: Income Tax, Delhi, team bagged the top honours, while the second position was secured by Chandigarh team.

Basketball: Jaipur team won gold medal, whereas the silver medal went to Bhopal team.

Table tennis (mixed doubles): Kanpur team consisting of Manoj Bose and Geeta Kapoor won the top spot, beating Chandigarh team’s Dr Vivek and Garima Singh; Women: singles: Geeta Kapoor (IT, Kanpur); doubles: Geeta Kapoor and Renu (IT, Kanpur); 35+ singles: Geeta Kapoor (IT, Kanpur); 45+ singles: Bharti Verma (Indore-Bhopal); 35+ doubles: Geeta Kapoor and Renu (IT, Kanpur); men: singles: 1 Ajay Thukral (CCE, Chandigarh), 2 Ajay Ojha; doubles: 1 Ajay Thukral and Rama Kant (CCE, Chandigarh), 2 Ajay Ojha and Sudhir Sharma; 40+ singles: 1 Rama Kant (Chandigarh), 2 Sanjeev Saxena (Delhi-Rajasthan); 50+ singles: 1 Ajay Kumar (Delhi-Rajasthan), 2 Pus Rao (Indore); 40+ doubles: 1 Ajay Thukral and Rama Kant (CCE, Chandigarh), 2 Sanjeev Saxena and Ravinder Walia (Delhi - Rajasthan); 50+ doubles: 1 Ajay Kumar & Jasbir Singh (Delhi-Rajasthan), 2 SN Dubey & SD Kashikar (Indore-Bhopal).

Chess: men: 1 NK Banswala (CCE, Delhi), 2 DK Chopra (CCE, Delhi); women: 1 V Savitri Iyer (CCIT, Indore), 2 Renu Rani (CCIT, Kanpur).



ITF Meet
Easy sailing for top seeds
Tribune News Service

Donna Vekic of Croatia plays a backhand return during the Mehru-ITF World Ranking Junior Circuit Grade-3 Tennis Tournament at CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, January 12
Top seed Warit Sornbutnark of Thailand in boys’ section and Donna Vekic of Croatia in girls’ category entered the quarterfinals (singles) of the Mehru-ITF World Ranking Junior Circuit Grade-3 Tennis Tournament, being played at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts, here today.

Warit, playing against Abduvonous Saitmukhamedov of Uzbekistan, lost the first set 3-6 but came back strongly in the second set 6-2. In the decisive set, Warit held his nerve to outclass Abduvonous 6-4.

For Indian boys, the day was a disappointing one as many of them got knocked out barring Rakshay Thakkar, who sailed into the quarterfinal after beating Kal Wen Lai of Taipei 7-6(5), 6-2.

In the girls’ section, Donna Vekic of Croatia put up a good show to turn the tables on top seed Anna Tyulpa of Russia 7-5, 6-4.

Contrary to their counterparts, the Indian girls displayed a good show as Ratnika Batra got the better of Nadya Syarifah of Indonesia in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

The quarterfinals in the girls’ section will witness two girls each from Russia and India, while the rest four are from Croatia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

The quarterfinal round matches will start at 10.30 am tomorrow at CLTA Complex.

Pre-quarterfinal results: Boys singles: Warit Sornbutnark (THA) b Abduvoris Saitmukhamedov (UZB) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; Joshua Ward Hibbert (GBR) b Wen Chun Liang (TPE) 6-3, 6-4; Temur Ismailov (UZB) b Shao Chin Yang (TPE) 6-1, 6-1; Chi Shan Jao (TPE) b Or Ram Harel (ISR) 2-0 (retired hurt); Qin Tu (CHN) b Chih-Jen Ho (TPE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0; Enzo Couacaud (FRA) bt Rishabhdev Raman (IND) 7-5, 6-3; Maciej Romanowicz (POL) b Nattan Benjasupawan (THA) 6-1, 6-1; Rakshay Thakkar (IND) b Kal-Wen Lai (TPE) 7-6(5), 6-2.

Girls singles: Donna Vekic (CRO) b Anna Tyulpa (RUS) 7-5, 6-4; Ratnik Batra (IND) b Nadya Syarifah (INA) 6-3, 6-1; Anastasiya Prenko (TKM) b Anushka Bhargava (IND) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; Prarthana G Thombare (IND) b Fang Chi Tsao (TPE) 6-3, 6-3; Basak Eraydin (TUR) b Sharmda Balu (IND) 6-1, 6-3; Evgeniya Svintsva (RUS) b Kanika Vaidya (IND) 6-3, 6-4; Oleksandra Korashvili (UKR) b Natasha Palha (IND) 7-5, 6-1; Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) b Napatsaakoran Sankaew (THA) 6-3, 6-2.

Boys doubles: 1 Arjun Khade (IND) & Rakshay Thakkar (IND) b Maciej Romanowicz (POL) & Joshua Ward Hibbert (GBR) 6-4, 6-1; Vinod Gowde (IND) & Kai-Wen Lai (TPE) b Rohit Bisht (IND) & Saurabh Singh (IND) 6-4, 7-6(0); Yash Deshpande (IND) & Rishabhdev Raman (IND) W/O Or Ram Harel (ISR) & Qin Tu (CHN). Enzo Couacaud (FRA) & Shukhrat Gizatulin (UZB) b Nattan Benjasupawan (THA) & Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 7-5, 6-1.



Cooch Behar Trophy
Gurinder, Mandeep take Punjab to final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
A six-wicket haul by Gurinder Singh (6 for 35) and brilliant unbeaten ton by Mandeep Singh (106 n.o) helped Punjab team put Jharkhand on the mat in the Cooch Behar Trophy (u-19) match played at Holkar stadium, Indore. The win enabled Punjab to secure a berth in the final of the tourney.

Today, Jharkhand resumed from their overnight first innings total of 119 for 5 in 44 overs but were bowled out on 185 in 67.3 overs.

Left-arm spinner Gurinder Singh, who had caused all the damage yesterday, continued to have his stranglehold on the Jharkhand batsmen, as he returned with the figures of 25-13-35-6. Medium-pacer Kamal Passi took the remainder of the four wickets for 85. Jaskaran Singh scored a defiant knock of 40 off 51.

Punjab openers Manan Vohra and Ankit Pursharthy stitched a 71-run stand. Vohra chipped in with 41 runs. Punjab lost their second wicket at 95 when Pargat Singh was caught by RM Raj off VB Singh for 16.

At this stage, skipper Mandeep Singh joined Ankit Pursharthy and the two took the total to 156. Ankit Pursharthy was out at 48.

Mandeep Singh, who was joined by Anil Sihag, completed his unbeaten knock of 106 in 113 balls. Anil Sihag slammed an unbeaten half-century (54 off 73).

Punjab made 276 for three in the second innings with an overall lead of 552 runs.

Brief scores: Punjab (Ist innings): 461 all out in 133.2 overs (Manan Vohra 80, Love Kumar 80, Mohit Handa 99; PN Seet 4 for 115).

Jharkhand (1st innings): 119 for 5 in 44 overs (AP Yadav 34, Jaskaran Singh 40; Gurinder Singh 6 for 35 and Kamal Passi 4 for 85).

Punjab (2nd innings): 276 for 3 in 66 overs (Mandeep Singh 106 n.o, Anil Sihag 54 n.o, Ankit Pursharthy 48; AP Yadav 1 for 24,).



National School Games
City’s U-14 soccer lads retain title
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Putting up a spectacular show, Chandigarh’s under-14 boys’ soccer team emerged champions for the second time in a row in the national school games here today. The team drubbed strong contenders Manipur 3-0 in the title clash.

With his two goals, ace forward Samual, who was later declared ‘best player of the tournament’, played vital role in today’s win.

The opening goal was scored by the team’s goalkeeper Timoi through a penalty kick. Timoi also bagged the ‘best goalkeeper of the tournament’ title. The ‘best defender of the tournament’ award went to Nishu of the same team.

The team had put up an impressive performance throughout the tournament. In their seven matches, they did not concede even a single goal while compiling a cumulative score of 43 goals.

“I am elated at the team’s showing,” said Harjinder Singh, the team’s coach. “It is the result of their dedication, hard work and the long hours of rigorous training put in by them,” he added.

Team skipper Harcharan Singh gave credit to the team members for this feat. “It is difficult to single out any individual as each player had his own important role to play in each game,” he said.



80-run win for Khalsa College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Khalsa College, Garhdiwala (Hoshiarpur), beat Government College, Karamsar (Ludhiana), by 80 runs in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) B-Division Tournament, 2010-11, at PU grounds here today.

Batting first, Khalsa team piled up 205 for six in 30 overs with the help of 64-run-knock by Atul Thakur. He was supported by Gurvinder, who chipped in with his unbeaten 41 runs.

Chasing the target, Government College team gave up at 125 in 25 overs. Mandeep Singh finished as the main wicket-taker with five for 17.

Brief score: Khalsa College, Garhdiwala: 205 for six in 30 overs (Atul Thakur 64, Gurvinder Singh 41 n.o, Parminder 2 for 29, Amandeep 2 for 35).

Govt College, Ludhiana: 125 all out in 25 overs (Kuldeep Singh 32, Dilpreet Singh 31, Mandeep Singh 5 for 17, Rahul 2 for 12).



Aryanpal skates to glory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 12
Local skater Aryanpal Singh Ghumman made the state proud by winning a bronze medal in the rink race 2 (under-8) of national skating meet held at Vishakhapattnam, Andhra Pradesh, from January 6 to 11.

Aryanpal, a trainee at Rolling Tiger Academy of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, has so far won 55 medals (37 gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze) in different championships.

Earlier, he had won a silver for Haryana in a school national event held at Delhi.

His coach Chander Singhal said: “Aryan has dedication, devotion and killer’s instinct. This is the result of his constant hard work.”

Aryan aims to become an international player.



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