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High Court
Admn not keen on shifting National Gallery of Portraits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The UT administration is not keen on shifting the National Gallery of Portraits from Sector 17. In a reply to a petition seeking its shifting, the administration said: “When the state exchequer has spent around Rs 50 lakh on the National Gallery of Portraits on beautification and upgrade in its endeavour to make it the most unique national gallery in the country, there is no right with the petitioner to file the present civil writ petition.”

In his petition filed in public interest, Chandigarh-based historian Malwinderjit Singh Wraich had sought directions from the High Court for shifting the gallery from its present location in Central State Library, Sector 17, to a popular site.

The petitioner had asserted that the existing gallery, with visuals and documents on the India’s struggle for freedom, was currently located in a remote basement of the Central State Library in Sector 17.

It was not accessible to most visitors due to its location.

He also placed on record the data acquired from the visitor’s book of the gallery, which stated the average number of daily visitors to the museum on an average was 10.



Mayor’s Election
Hearing set for February 21

Chandigarh, February 15
The Deputy Commissioner has fixed the next hearing of the petition challenging the election of the MC Mayor for February 21. The petition was filed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) independent mayoral candidate Jagjit Singh Kang, challenging the recently held mayoral elections.

During the hearing, counsel for MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh argued that Section 18 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976 did not cover the mayoral elections clause under which the notice had been issued to the Mayor. Kang’s counsel, on the other hand, gave a plea that it was according to the MC Act.

Kang had challenged the election of Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh over the photography of ballot papers in the polling booth by Congress councillors. — TNS



Truck runs over five-year-old
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
A five-year-old girl was crushed to death by a truck near the Chandigarh airport here this morning. The victim, Shikha Kumari, a nursery student of Government Model School, Makhanmajra village, died while her father sustained injuries in the mishap.

The driver of the truck was reversing the vehicle when the two were run over by it.

The police has arrested the driver of the truck, Puran Singh, a Mauli Jagran resident, in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the IPC.

The girl’s father, Rajesh Thakur, has been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

The incident took place at Makhanmajra village turn, near the airport, when Rajesh was crossing the road along with his daughter on a bicycle.

As the victim maneuvered the bicycle, the truck driver failed to notice the two in the rearview mirror and ran the truck over the victims.

The girl sustained head injuries, as she came under the rear wheels, killing her on the spot.

Rajesh works as a security guard. Shikha is survived by her parents and a two-year-old sister.



One held for demanding dowry
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 15
The police today arrested a local resident for demanding dowry. In her complaint, Shweta, a resident of Parwanoo, alleged that her husband Amit Goyal, his parents and brother Vineed were harassing her for dowry.

She said her husband was demanding a luxury car, besides Rs 1 crore for purchasing a flat near the IT Park.

She added that she had caught Amit red handed with a girl in one of the city parks.

A case under Sections 498 and 406 IPC was registered against Amit, his parents and brother.

The police today arrested Amit.



SJOBA Sub-Himalayan Open Rally
Electronic timing technology to be introduced
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 15
The electronic timing technology will be introduced in the two-day adventurous 24th edition of SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Open Rally, which will begin from March 25. For this, a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip will be used to observe proper timings of the participants in the rally in order to do away with human error in keeping the time during the rally, which includes, jeeps/gypsies, cars and bikes.

Nagendra Singh, President SJOBA, said that participants would have to go through an ‘endurance trial’ based on time, speed, distance (TSD) format.

He said the super special stage would be held on March 25 at the Sector 5 ground, Panchkula, and added that the rally would be flagged off from St John’s School, Sector 26, the next day. The rally will pass through Trilokpur , Morni, Badisher, Thapli, Mallah, Bhojnagar, Ashinikhad, Jhaja and halt at Chail for lunch and those participating in the rally would take rest in the evening at Koti Resorts after passing through Chhalanda - Tehra.

On the second day, the rally would culminate at Chandigarh after passing through Thailla, Narel, Matiana, Mohri, Sainj, Tiyali, Jaghed, Chhalanda, Gaura, Bhojnagar, Chakki Ka Mor, and would stop at Chail for lunch, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Shivneet Singh, dy clerk-of-course, said the safety of the participants would be their prime concern and for this there would be FIVs (first intervention vehicles) and ambulances at each competitive stage with SJOBA marshals and doctors available with full medical assistance.

Singh said that prize money of total Rs 1,80,000 would be distributed among the winners and special prizes would be given to participants.



AITA Series: Dhruv thrashes Nirbhay
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
Dhruv Agarwal defeated Nirbhay Singh Soin to move into the next round of CLTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Complex and Lake Sport Complex, here today.

In the Boys (U-18) group, Dhruv defeated his rival by 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(2) after a tough competition by Nirbhay. In the Boys (U-16) category Aman Rawat defeated Rohin Gajree in straight sets by 7-6(2), 6-1.

On the other hand in the Girls (U-16) age group, Shenaaz Singh overcome Rabia Hehr in a one sided match. Shenaaz defeted her opponent by 6-0, 6-0.


Boys (U-16)

Aman Rawat defeated Rohin Gajree by 7-6(2), 6-1Nishant A. Rebello defeated Dheeranush Singh Bhatti by 6-2, 6-2

Boys (U-18)

Rahul Seth defeated Samrat Singh Rana by 6-1, 7-5;Yuvraj Bains defeated Taranbir Singh by 6-4, 7-5;Karan Salwan defeated Dheeranush Singh Bhatti by 6-4, 7-5;Richie Agarwal defeated Aditya Deswal by 6-4, 4-6, 6-1;Fatehdeep Singh defeated Mandeep Kumar defeated by 6-1, 6-4;Harry Jindal defeated Aditya Vishwakarma by 6-4,2-6, 6-4;

Dhruv Agarwal defeated Nirbhay Singh Soin by 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(2).

Girls (U-16) :Gayatri Kumariah defeated Harsimran Kaur by 6-4, 6-3;Meenal Maharwal defeated Yagini Kapoor by 6-4, 6-2;Bhavya Wadhawan defeated Sachi Berwal by 6-1, 6-3;Shenaaz Singh defeated Rabia Hehr by 6-0, 6-0;Devanshi Bhimjiyani defeated Kavita Mishra by 6-0, 6-3.



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