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Need for skill developmentof youth
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, January 30
A seminar for unemployed youth on the topic “Skill development initiative” was organised at the Universal Group of Institutions, Lalru, yesterday.More than 50 persons participated in the seminar.

Dr KS Saluja, principal of the Universal Group, welcomed all participants and stressed on the need for skill development of the youth of this area.

Dr Gurpreet Singh, chairman of the institution, encouraged the youth to join this programme for their better future. He assured that the authorities would constantly strive to help the local youth with more opportunities and facilities for their well-being.



Popularising NREGA scheme poetically
Megha Mann/TNS

Ropar, January 30
Poet SDM Nangal Lakhmir Singh has penned a poem on the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA) Act scheme, which ensures 100 days of work for every family in villages. For the past six months, this poem has become a major source of inspiration and learning for the village residents.

“Ahead of the NREGA awareness camp to be held at Nangal in May last, we were asked to write a few lines simplifying the scheme for a common man. Consequently, I wrote a poem,” said Lakhmir Singh.

Right from laying importance on the ways of availing work under the NREGA scheme to raising issue of respective village sarpanch’s responsibility, the Punjabi poem covers all.

The most integral aspect of the poem is the role of women in the NREGA scheme.

“Often rural men don’t allow their wives or mothers to work. The NREGA scheme provides labour work within the village itself. It enables women to look after their families as well as add to the family income,” he added.

The poem is now read out at all the NREGA camps even in districts other than Ropar. Deputy Commissioner AS Miglani said the administration had decided to write to the rural development and panchayat office, Punjab, to consider this as a state poem to popularise the scheme.

A pass out of the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Lakhmir Singh has been active in literary circles for more than 16 years. 



27-year-old missing person traced
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 30
The Kalka police today handed over 27-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur, missing since December 24, to her parents.She was traced near the BDPO office on the National Highway 22 here today. She was found around 4 am during police patrolling.

The police said Harmanpreet Kaur of Tarn Taran in Punjab, said to be mentally challenged, went missing after she went to pay obeisance at Darbar Sahib in Amritsar. The police informed Inderjit Singh and Devinder Kaur, her parents, after a medical examination at the Civil Hospital here. She was handed over to her parents this evening.



Rs 28-cr grant for railway overbridge
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 30
The Union Railway Ministry has sanctioned grant for a railway overbridge near the Ambala City railway station.With this, the long pending demands of the residents will be met. The level crossing near the railway station remains closed most of the time, resulting in traffic blockade.

People living on either side of the track have to wait for long. Sources in the administration said here today that the Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja had taken up the matter with the Railways. Earlier, it was proposed to have an under bridge, but the proposal ran into trouble as the ground water-level in Ambala was fairly high and that’s how the proposal was shelved.

Now, the Railways have given a green signal for the construction of an overbridge. The Railway Ministry is reported to have sanctioned a sum of Rs 28 crore for the project.

Sources further added that the initial survey and paper work had been completed. The overbridge will bring relief to the residents of colonies on both sides of the level crossing.



Formation of grievances committee approved
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, January 30
The list containing the names of 22 members for grievances committee representing various political parties, social and religious organisations was approved by the government after over three years. The list was sent to the state government in September 2007, but the approval was received in 2010 and the first meeting of the committee was called by the SDM yesterday.

The Opposition said the approval had exposed the working of the ruling government.

At the meeting, Kirpal Singh Sethi, SAD representative, raised the issue of encroachments in markets. OP Tangri of the Congress demanded that a sub-treasury office be set up at the headquarters. He said a shed should be constructed at bus stand.

The members raised various problems being faced by residents. They said there was no public toilet in the town and the women had to face a great difficulty. They alleged that owner of a local gas agency harassed consumers. The members urged the SDM to ensure that heaps of garbage were removed from residential areas. The SDM assured the members that he would take up all issues with the authorities. He said monthly meetings of the committee would be held.



Residents protest against shortage of cylinders
Tribune News Service

Police officials pacify irked residents, who blocked the Dera Bassi-Barwala link road due to the non-supply of LPG cylinders.
Police officials pacify irked residents, who blocked the Dera Bassi-Barwala link road due to the non-supply of LPG cylinders. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, January 30
Residents protested and blocked traffic against the shortage and poor supply of LPG cylinders due to the mismanagement by gas agencies here yesterday.Residents blocked traffic on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road and demanded for proper supply of gas cylinders to domestic consumers.

They alleged that management of Subedar Balbeer Singh gas agency was harassing people by not providing the gas cylinders on time.

They informed that the gas agency was booking cylinders after 21 days and cylinders become available to consumers only after 20 days from the date of booking.

Consumers were getting gas cylinders after 40 days thus harassing consumers. Residents further alleged that the gas agency was supplying cylinders in black to commercial institutions on high charges.

Meanwhile, manager of the gas agency, Gurinder Singh, said there was shortage of gas cylinders and due to this there is late supply of cylinders to consumers.

Regarding the late supply, he said consumers were bound to wait for long because truck loaded with cylinders was late due to traffic.

He promised that shortage of gas cylinders will be solved soon. District food controller Sarbjeet Singh also admitted to the shortage of gas cylinders in winters.

He said so far he had not received any complaint regarding shortage of gas cylinders.



Astrologers attend sammelan

Bassi Pathana: To celebrate the seventh anniversary of local “Nav Gareh Temple”, the managing committee in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astro Science organised a “Jyotish Maha Sammelan” here on Sunday. Hundreds of astrologers participated in the sammelan.

Bibi Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, chairperson, District Planning Board, was the chief guest, while Dr Sikandar Singh, Congress leader, presided over the function. Bibi Dhaliwal announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the temple. Dr Sikandar Singh, Surjeet Singla, president of the managing committee, were also present. — OC



Man duped of Rs 30 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
TL Verma, a resident of Sector 26, has lodged a complaint with the police that he was cheated of Rs 30 lakh by two persons from Jalandhar. In his complaint, he alleged that Tara Singh and Rajesh Bhagat, residents of Banda Bahadur Nagar, Jalandhar, had sold a house located in Manimajra to him by preparing forged documents and took cash Rs 30 lakh from him.

The police has registered a case under Section 420, IPC, at the Manimajra police station in this regard.

Hit and run

Phool Singh of Kishangarh village sustained injuries after he was hit by a Maruti car near the Shastri Nagar lights on Saturday. Phool Singh was on his cycle when the car hit him and sped away. The victim has been admitted to the PGI. A case under Sections 279 and 337, IPC, has been registered at the Manimajra police station.



One booked for abduction

Zirakpur, January 30
The police today booked one person for abducting a minor girl from Zirakpur. The accused has been identified as Gurdev, a resident of UP.He was working in Zirakpur as a labourer. The complainant, Ram Singh, a resident of Nabha village, told the police that his daughter went to eat “langar” at the Singhpura Gurdwara, but she didn’t return home.

He alleged that the accused lured his daughter for marriage and took her away.

The accused is still at large, the police said.

A case has been registered. — TNS



BTS Academy drub CL Champs by 10 wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Batting performance by Yuvraj Singh Gill (44 in 43 balls) and Ravesh Sharma with bat and bowl (31 runs and two wickets) helped BTS Academy, Sector 48, beat CL Champs, Sector 11, Panchkula, by 10 wickets in the 2nd U-14 Professional Gold Cup held on BTS ground, Sector 48, here today.

After winning the toss, CL Champs elected to bat first and were all out for 88 runs in their stipulated 20 overs.

Sanchit (19 in 19 balls) and Vikrant (19 in 22 balls) were the main scorers for their team.

For BTS team, Shubham Arora (2 for 11) and Parvesh Sharma (2 for 10) were the main wicket takers.

In reply, BTS Academy achieved the target of 89 runs in just 12.4 overs and that, too, without losing any wickets. Yuvraj Singh Gill (44 in 43 balls) and Parvesh Sharma (31 in 32 balls) were the main scorers.

In second match of the day, MCC XI defeated Shamrock Cricket Academy by five wickets.

After winning the toss, Shemrock Academy elected to bat first and scored 111 runs for nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Harsh 16 in eight balls and Harish 16 in five balls were the main scorers. For MCC XI, Taranpreet Singh was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped three for 33 runs.

In reply, MCC XI achieved the target of 112 runs in just 18.4 overs and lost only five wickets. Taranpreet Singh (33 in 35 balls) and Amrit Singh (33 in 25 balls) were the main scores.

For Shemrock Hardeep was the only bowler who scalped one wicket giving away 16 runs.


CL Champs: 88 all out in 20 overs (Sanchit 19 in 19 balls), Vikrant (19 in 22 balls), Shubham Arora (2 for 11) and Ravesh Sharma (2 for 10).

BTS Academy: 89 for no wickets in 12.4 overs (Yuvraj Singh Gill 44 in 43 balls and Parvesh Sharma 31 in 32 balls)

Shamrock: 111 for nine wickets in 20 overs (Harsh 16 in 8 balls), Harish (16 in 5 balls) and Taranpreet Singh (3 for 33).

MCC XI: 112 for five wickets in 18.4 overs (Taranpreet Singh 33 in 35 balls), Amrit Singh (33 in 25 balls) and Hardeep (1 for 16).

Tomorrow’s fixtures

APJ Kharar vs Shemrock at 12 noon.



20-member Punjab squad announced

Mohali, January 30
The Punjab Cricket Association’s (PCA) senior selection committee selected a 20-member squad at its meeting yesterday. Chandigarh lad Uday Kaul will lead the squad.

According to Sushil Kapoor, PCA’s spokesperson, the team would report on January 31 at the stadium for a nine-day camp.

The other members selected for the camp are Sarul Kanwar, Ravi Inder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Siddana, Bipul Sharma, MS Goni, Rahul Sharma, Love Ablish, Taruwar Kohli, Amitoz Singh, Karan Goel, Sunny Sohal, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Jaskaran Singh, Gitansh Khera, Kunwar Raina, Himanshu Chawla, Amit Uniyal, Gaurav Gambhir. — TNS



2 Punjab cricketers selected for training in Dubai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Punjab cricketers Sukhvir Singh and Maninder Singh have been selected for a training programme at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai.The two will be part of the five-member team from India to undergo this training which has benefited the likes of Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Brett Lee.

Barinder Singh of Haryana, Abdul Baseer Mohammed Andhra Pradesh and Gurudas Shenoy from Mumbai are the other members who have been selected for the Gatorade Sweat Test being conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).

These young fast bowlers will spend seven days at the academy, where resident coaches Mudassar Nazar and Dayle Hadlee will give tips on improving bowling skills. In addition, Jonty Rhodes will work with these bowlers.

These young pacers will also play practice matches with the cricketing teams of Kenya, Netherlands, Ireland, and Canada.

GSSI for the past 40 years has been working closely with sports teams as well as hundreds of elite professional and amateur athletes from all over the world to help them optimise their health and performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science. The Gatorade Sweat Test helps sportsmen and athletes understand their bodies’ hydration and replenishment requirements and improve performance, enhance longevity.

Geetu Verma, executive director, PepsiCo, India said, “We are happy to offer this opportunity to these talented fast bowlers and it underlines our deep commitment to the Gatorade Pacers programme. We believe that there is a need to create awareness about fitness and scientific hydration techniques among sportspersons in India.” 



Inter-Media Cricket
The Tribune enter semis

Chandigarh, January 30
On the third day of the ongoing Chandigarh Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament, sponsored by Dare Club, last year’s runner-up The Tribune put up a good all-round show to enter the semifinals. Tribune eased their way past a spirited Financial World side who batted first and put up 111 on the board. Anjeev was the star of the show with some exceptional swing bowling that reaped him five wickets for 26 runs.

He was ably supported by Vijay who picked up four wickets for just eight runs. In reply, The Tribune openers laid a solid foundation, which saw captain Rohit Awasthy score a solid 25. After a little spell where The Tribune lost some quick wickets, it was Vijay who with the bat made a telling contribution of 24 runs. Eventually, The Tribune went past the required total with five wickets and enough room to spare. The team will take on Dainik Jagran in the semifinals. — TNS

Indian Express lose to Punjab Kesri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
Rajinder Negi’s 70 runs of 53 balls enabled Punjab Kesri defeat Indian Express by six wickets in the Dare Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament being held on the LIC grounds, Sector 26, here today.

After winning the toss, Indian Express team elected to bat first and scored 145 runs for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Sidharth Sharma 38, Jaipal Singh 54 runs (not out) and Varinder 20 were the main scorers.

For Punjab Kesri, Sunil took two wickets giving away 33 runs, while Harpret and Sanjeev Mahajan took one wicket each.

In reply, Punjab Kesri achieved the target scoring 145 runs in 19.1 overs and losing only four wickets. Rajinder Negi 70, Sanjeev Mahajan 25, and Harpreet 15 were the main scorers.

For Indian Express, Rakesh Rocky scalped two wickets giving away 30 runs, while Rohil, Satish and Jaipal took one wicket each.

Raman Negi was declared man of the match.


Indian Express: 145 runs for five wickets in 20 overs (Sidharth Sharma 38, Jaipal Singh 54 (not out), Varinder 20, Sunil took two for 33).

Punjab Kesri: 149 for four in 19.1 overs (Rajinder Negi 70, Sanjeev Mahajan 25, Harpreet 15 and Rakesh Rocky two for 30 runs).



Abhishek guides GMSSS-19 home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 30
A fluent unbeaten knock of 102 by Abhishek Sharma enabled Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 19, beat St John’s School, Sector 26, by three wickets in the first match of the Triangular Friendship Cup here today.

Batting first, St John’s posted 149 runs in 50 overs. Inderjit top-scored with 50 runs. For GMSSS-19, Ayush Sikka scalped four wickets.

In reply, GMSSS-19 achieved the target in 49 overs, with Abhishek, a student of Gurukul School, Panchkula, guiding his team to victory.

YPS, Mohali, was the third team taking part in the tournament, being organised by St John’s School.



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