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Ropar gets only Rs 7 lakh
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Ropar, January 13
The Ropar district has received funds of only Rs 7 lakh against required Rs 212 lakh under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

This issue is scheduled to come up for meeting of vigilance monitoring committee scheduled for January 21. Union minister Ambika Soni will preside over this meeting of monitoring of Centre government provided funds.

The district had received Rs 94.29 lakh, under Centre government’s much-hyped project NREGA, from the Government of India and Rs 54.48 lakh from the state government. The district had availed its remaining amount of Rs 420.52 lakh of 2009 in 2010. Till November 30, last year, Rs 360.74 lakh were spent. Under the NREGA 78 works have been completed while 212 are under progress.

Employment of 1,52,505 man days have been generated at Ropar district and 3,007 people have benefited from it. Consequently, the district had used 60 per cent of its grant given and is eligible to get another release of Rs 212 lakh funds, whereas it got only Rs 7 lakh. Officials said the district required Rs 212 lakh immediately to sustain its work underway under the NREGA.

Under National Rural Water Supply Programme, 199 anganwaris working from government buildings will be connected with existing rural water supply schemes of the villages. Approval for the same has been given and tenders have been invited as well.

Also under this scheme 34 government schools will be given water purification system at a cost of Rs 13.60 lakh. Work has been allotted and is likely to be competed by January 31. Similarly, 29 schemes have been approved to cover 46 villages under the programme and Rs 877.74 lakh have been approved.

Under the same programme for World Bank Project category 28 schemes have been introduced covering 33 villages. Administration has given approval for Rs 25 lakh. From 28 works, four have been completed and remaining will be completed by March 31. Meeting will also discuss reviewing of Prime Minister Gram Sarak Yojana , mid-day meal scheme, MP LAD funds, projects under district rural development authority, antodaya scheme under public distribution system, Rashtriya Parivarik Yojana and others.



New site for grain market identified
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Women work at the Grain Market in Ambala Cantonment.
Women work at the Grain Market in Ambala Cantonment. Tribune photo: Dev Dutt Sharma

Ambala, January 13
The Ambala district administration has finally woken up to the need of shifting of the grain market from the present busy location to a more spacious place. The district administration has identified a site along the GT road where the grain market would be shifted during this year.

Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow said here yesterday that the process of land acquisition was already on and was likely to be completed shortly. He said the shifting had been overdue in view of congestion in the present market.

The project of shifting of the grain market had been hanging fire for a long time. On August 13, 1995, the then Chief Minister of Haryana Bhajan Lal laid the foundation stone of the grain market covering an area of more than 33 acres belonging to the municipal committee. It was then proposed to shift the vegetable and fruit markets from the present thickly populated residential areas in the town. However, the plan did not take off due to some reason or the other.

The proposal again gained momentum during the regime of Om Parkash Chautala. Chautala laid a foundation stone at Ghasitpur village, but the project was never implemented. The government went out of power and the project failed to take off.

Srow said after the present government came to power, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda ordered acquisition of land near Shahpur as promised to the voters before the assembly elections.

The sanitary conditions and traffic chaos have to be seen to be believed. One can find heaps of bags containing food grains lying scattered on busy roads at and around the grain market in Ambala Cantonment causing traffic hazards and environment pollution in the residential areas around.

Traders, residents and farmers visiting the grain market complain of traffic jams on roads during the procurement season, which leads to wastage of time. Farmers lament that they have to wait for hours together every time they come to the grain market. At times they are constrained to take back the produce since they cannot make it to the grain market due to traffic chaos.

Now, with the announcement of the Deputy Commissioner, there is a glimmer of hope that the grain market would get relocated and traffic chaos would come to an end.



One arrested for fraud
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, January 13
The police has arrested one person for conducting illegal purchase of land. A case was registered on the recommendation of naib tehsildar Varinder Dhoot who had caught the accused at the time of registering the sale of land.

According to information, three persons had hatched a conspiracy to illegally transfer 18 bigha land of Kashmira Singh, a resident of Baltana, in their names. But at the time of registration of land, the conspiracy was exposed as illegal documents were identified by Dhoot. While two accused fled from the spot, one Mohinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 47-A, Chandigarh, was arrested and booked under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471.



MLA’s role in murder case
Notice of motion issued to state
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The functioning of Punjab MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has come under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner.

Acting on a petition accusing Sidhu of manoeuvring the probe in a murder case, Justice Ritu Bahri today issued notice of motion to the state and other respondents.

Justice Bahri also asked state counsel to apprise the court of steps initiated by Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police on the basis of representations in the matter.

The directions came on a petition seeking the protection of life and liberty filed by Harjinder Singh of Baliyali village under the Balongi police station in Mohali district.

In his petition filed through counsel Charanjit Singh Bakhshi, Harjinder Singh alleged that the MLA from Mohali is named as the main conspirator and abettor in the FIR pertaining to his father’s murder registered on December 19, 2010, under Sections 302, 307, 148, 149, and 120-B of the IPC.

He alleged that as a result of the manoeuvring, the police was not arresting the “real accused” named in the FIR, “who are continuously harassing and forcing him to enter into a compromise with Sidhu and his brother Amarjit Singh, alias Jeeti.”

Describing himself as the complainant in the FIR, the petitioner alleged that his father was brutally murdered by Jeeti. He added: “Since the real brother of the local MLA is one of the murderers in the present case, and since the murder had been planned, conspired and abetted by MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu himself, the police has taken no action whatsoever in the present case. The accused, who have murdered the father of the petitioner, are moving freely.”

Elaborating, he added: “In the absence of law on the protection of witnesses in our country, the petitioner and the other witnesses have no other alternative remedy but to approach this Court for help. The petitioner seeks the indulgence of this Court to protect his, his family’s and the witnesses’ life and liberty from the MLA, other accused and police officials, bestowed with the responsibility in law to protect others…

Quoting an example, he said: “A reign of terror was been unleashed upon the petitioner and other witnesses of this case by the MLA. On December 27, 2010, five unidentified persons came to his farmhouse at Baliyali village at about 8:00 pm. Two of these persons had revolvers in their hands and the remaining persons had swords in their hands.”



4 judges to take oath today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
Four additional judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be administered the oath as regular Judges on Friday.

The oath will be administered to Justice Rajan Gupta, Justice Ajay Tewari, Justice Jitendra Chauhan and Justice Augustine George Masih by the Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Available information suggests that the strength of regular judges will go up to 35 after they are administered oath. As of now, the High Court has 42 judges against the sanctioned strength of 68. 



Samjhauta blast case
Accused to be produced in court
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 13
National Investigative Agency has moved an application before Panchkula Judicial Magistrate for recording the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand, an accused of Samjhauta Express bomb blast, here today.

NIA Assistant Superintendent of Police Vishal Garg, in his application filed before CJM Rakesh Singh, stated that Aseemanand was willing to make a confessional statement.

After taking the consent of the accused, the CJM issued directions to produce him before the court on January 15.

Aseemanand was earlier produced before NIA special court after expiry of his 14-day police remand. The court then sent him to 14-day judicial custody as the NIA had stated that Aseemanand was no more required for further investigation.

Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta Express blast, which claimed 68 lives on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village, near Panipat, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation from Haridwar on November 19 last year.



Thieves strike at jewellery shop

Mohali, January 13
Thieves struck at a jewellery shop in Nayagaon and decamped with cash and ornaments worth lakhs on Wednesday. The owner of Sri Ram Jewellery shop, Subhash Chander, a resident of Adarsh Nagar, Nayagaon, told the police that he locked his shop on January 11.

When he returned the next morning, he found the locks broken. He found that the shop was ransacked and gold and sliver jewellery missing. The investigating officer said that after recording the statement of the shopkeeper, a case has been registered. — TNS



ITF World Ranking Tennis 
All-India affair in boys’ doubles
Tribune News Service

A tennis player returns a shot during the ITF match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
A tennis player returns a shot during the ITF match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, January 13
The title clash in the boys’ doubles will be an all-India affair in Mehru-ITF World Ranking Junior Circuit Grade-3 Tennis Tournament.

The Indian duos of Arjun Khade and Rakshay Thakkar and Yash Deshpande and Rishabhdev Raman won their respective matches in the semifinal round today.

Where Arjun Khade and Rakshay Thakkar beat the duo of Vinod Gowde and Kai-Wen Lai 0-6, 7-5, 10-6 in a keenly contested match, Yash Deshpande and Rishabhdev Raman got the better of the Enzo Couacaud and Shukhrat Gizatulin of France and Uzbekistan combine 6-0, 4-6, 10-4.

In the girls’ doubles semifinals, the Russian duo, Anastasiya Prenko and Anna Tyulpa, outclassed Tarranum Hand and Basak Eraydin in keenly fought encounter. Losing the first set 2-6 Anastasiya Prenko and Anna Tyulpa came back strongly to win the second at 6-4 and the decider at 10-7.

In the other semifinal match, the team consisting Oleksandra Korashvili and Donna registered victory over the Indian pair of Ratnika Batra and Aarzoo Malik in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Today’s results are as under:

Quarterfinal results

Boys’ singles

1. Joshua Ward Hibbert (GBR) bt Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 3-6,7-6(0), 6-3

2. Temur Ismailov (UZB) bt Chi Shan Jao (TPE) 6-2, 6-1

3. Enzo Couacaud (FRA) bt Qin Tu (CHN) 6-2, 6-0

4. Maciej Romanowicz (POL) bt Rakshay Thakkar (IND) 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinal results

Girls’ singles

1. Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Ratnika Batra (IND) 6-2, 6-2

2. Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) bt Anastasiya Prenko (TKM) 6-0, 6-3

3. Basak Eraydin (TUR) bt Evgeniya Svintsva (RUS) 6-2, 6-3

4. Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) bt Oleksandra Korashvili (UKR) 6-3, 6-3

Semifinal results

Boys’ double

1. Arjun Khade (IND) & Rakshay Thakkar (IND) bt Vinod Gowde (IND) & Kai-Wen Lai (TPE) 0-6, 7-5, 10-6

2. Yash Deshpande (IND) & Rishabhdev Raman (IND) bt Enzo Couacaud (FRA) & Shukhrat Gizatulin (UZB) 6-0, 4-6 10-4

Semifinal results

Girls’ doubles

1. Anastasiya Prenko (TKM) & Anna Tyulpa (RUS) bt Basak Eraydin (TUR) & Tarrannum Handa (IND) 2-6, 6-4 (10-7)

2. Korashvili Oleksadra (UKR) & Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Ratnika Batra (IND) & Aarzoo Malik (IND) 6-3, 6-4

Quarterfinal results

Girls soubles

1. Anastasiya Prenko (TKM) & Anna Tyulpa (RUS) bt Sanee Ota (JPN) & Fang Chi Tsao (TPE) 4-6, 6-0 (10-5)

2. Basak Eraydin (TUR) & Tarrannum Handa (IND) bt Sharmada Balu (IND) & Natasha Palha (IND) 6-4, 6-0

3. Korashvili Oleksadra (UKR) & Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Aldila Sutjiadi (INA) & Nadya Syarifah (INA) 2-6, 7-5 (10-2)

4. Ratnika Batra (IND) & Aarzoo Malik (IND) bt Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) & Napatsakorn Sankaew (THA) 7-6(5), 2-6 (10-8).



Tennis meet starts today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 13
Manav Mangal Total Tennis Academy will be organising Manav Mangal Total Tennis Tournament at Manav Mangal Smart School, here from January 14 to 16.

The event will witness competition in various age groups, including under-10, 12, 14, singles and doubles in men’s section while in the girls’ section the age group would be under-10, 12 and Ladies Open.

This would be an open tournament and any player from anywhere could participate, said organisers.



Central Revenue Sports Meet
Double delight for city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The soccer and hockey teams of the Chandigarh Central Excise Department won championship trophies on the final day of the North-Zone Central Revenue Sports Meet that concluded here today.

In football, the CCE team beat the Delhi Central Excise team 6-5 the in tiebreaker while the local team got the better of the Delhi Central Excise team 2-1 in the final clash.

Earlier, during the football final, both the teams - the CCE and the DCE teams fought well. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of the stipulated time. The decision came through a tiebreaker when CCE custodian Dinesh Malhotra rose to the occasion by saving a goal to see the local team win 6-5.

The hockey final between the Chandigarh and Delhi Central Excise teams at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, too, was a keenly contested game. Ultimately, the Chandigarh team, led by former Olympian Gurdish Pal Singh, managed to lift the trophy by netting two goals to one.

The victory in hockey and football was a face-saver for the hosts after they lost the prestigious cricket finals to the Indore team yesterday.

The chief guest PK Sirohi distributed pries to the winners at the closing ceremony that took place at the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium.



School games draw to a close
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The final day of 56th National School Games here brought cheer to the local sports fans as the city’s cricket under-19 team and football under-14 team emerged champions yesterday.

Maharashtra remained winners in badminton (U-14) in both boys and girls’ sections, whereas in soccer (u-14) Manipur girls lifted the trophy.

Earlier, the games that commenced on January 7 concluded here today after a tough six days battle among 25 states, three UTs and four units of School Games Federation of India in the disciplines of cricket U-19 (boys), football U-14 (boys & girls) and badminton U-14, 17 & 19 (boys & girls).

DPI (S) PK Sharma, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony at the Sports Complex, Sector 42, gave away prizes to the winners.

A cultural programme was presented by students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10.

Earlier, the programme was delayed because of foggy weather.

Final results: Football: Under-14: boys: 1 Chandigarh, 2 Manipur, 3 Mizoram, 4 Delhi; girls: 1 Manipur, 2 Haryana, 3 Goa, 4 Mizoram.

Cricket: Under-19: boys: 1 Chandigarh, 2 Punjab, 3 Uttar Pradesh, 4 Delhi.

Badminton: Under-14: team event: boys: 1 Maharashtra, 2 Andhra Pradesh, 3 Assam, 4 Karnataka; girls: 1 Maharashtra, 2 Gujarat, 3 Andhra Pradesh, 4 Assam: individual event: boys: 1 Chirag Shetty (Maharashtra), 2 DBS Chandra Kumar (AP), 3 Vaibhav Bisne (Maharashtra), 4 Aarush Setia (Delhi); girls: 1 Krishma Wadkar (Maharashtra), 2 Anoushka Parikh, (Gujarat), 3 M Krishna Priya (AP), 4 Ashna Roy (Kerala).

Under-17: team event: boys: 1 Maharashtra, 2 Andhra Pradesh, 3 Kerala, 4 Punjab; girls: 1 Andhra Pradesh, 2 Delhi, 3 Maharashtra, 4 KVS; individual event: boys: 1 Kaushal (Maharashtra), 2 Ramandeep (Punjab), 3 Amay Pawar (Maharashtra), 4 Shyam Prasad (Kerala); girls: 1 Revati Devasthale (Maharashtra), 2 Devika R (Karnataka), 3 Syeda Saadath Arsheen (Karnataka), 4 Ishita Lalan (Maharashtra).

Under-19: team event: boys: 1 Haryana, 2 Punjab, 3 Delhi, 4 Kerala; girls: 1 Kerala, 2 Puducherry, 3 Assam, 4 Delhi; individual event: boys: 1 Neeraj (Haryana), 2 Harsha Vardan (Delhi); girls: 1 Prangana Barua (Assam), 2 Shabhavi Bajaj (Delhi), 3 Juhi Devngan (Chhattisgarh), 4 Anoosha K. (Kerala).



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