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Sanitation Staff Strike
Piled up garbage raises stink

Rajpura, March 15
Strike by the sanitation staff of the Municipal Council, Rajpura, has led to the piling of garbage all around in various areas of the town.The staff is on a statewide strike for the past nine days in view of their long-pending demands.

The garbage has been piling up in streets, residential, commercial areas and even on the main roads of the town due to the strike. Area residents said that they were witnessing such a situation after a gap of around 20 years.

Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Rajpura town, said that neither the sanitation staff lifted the garbage nor was it allowing anyone else to do so.

The leader of the workers union from Rajpura Municipal Council, Raj Kumar, said that their primary demand was to get permanent posts for the temporary MC employees in Punjab. He said the entire sanitation staff, clerical staff, drivers, firemen, gardener and beldar - who picked up the garbage and did other chores - were deployed temporarily or on a contract basis in various municipal councils of the state.

He added that many of these employees had been working for more than 20 years.“We will not initiate the sanitation work until and untill we get assurance from the government”, said the municipal committee leader. — TNS



Encroachers get 3-day notice in Ambala

Ambala, March 15
Almost 200 persons have been issued notices by the Ambala Municipal Corporation, telling them that all encroachments made by them would be demolished within three days.

This follows the orders issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court following a petition filed by local advocate K S Bedi pointing out that the authorities were not taking any action for removal of encroachments. In his petition he said encroachments in the Ambala Cantt area had spread in the past few years and the local administration was not bothered.

On March 4, the Municipal Corporation Estate Officer-cum- Deputy Commissioner, Ambala, Sameer Pal Srow, sent a reply in which the Deputy Commissioner assured the high court that the encroachments would be removed.

After March 18, all encroachments and illegal constructions would be demolished, said the Deputy Commissioner. — TNS



Book released

Patiala, March 15
Minister of state for external affairs and local MP Preneet Kaur released a book titled “Web Technology” written by faculty members of Punjab Technical University’s (PTU) regional centre Vaishno Maa Computers here yesterday.

PTU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora and Dean (Distance Education Programme) Dr NP Singh were also present at the function. Dr Arora congratulated the faculty for coming out with a book on web technology. He said the PTU had become the largest technical university of the country. — TNS



Annual function
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
The annual function of Malwa Institute of Management and Malwa Industrial Training Centre was held on the institute campus here today. DIG (Ludhiana range) Paramraj Singh Umranangal was the chief guest.

The students of the institute presented a cultural show wherein they performed a Punjabi folk dance, skit, etc. The annual report of the institute was presented by principal Renu Garg. Umranangal appreciated the performance of the students and exhorted them to do well in studies.



high Court
Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch
Four-laning to be over by March-end: NHAI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Just eight months after The Tribune underscored the perils of driving on the Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) today claimed a substantial portion of the thoroughfare had been four-laned and the project was expected to be over by March 31.

As the matter came up for hearing this morning before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih, NHAI project director Anil Kumar Dahiya, in the status report, said: “Out of the total length of 42.90 km, 40 km of the highway is already four-laned and open to traffic with all traffic signs in place.” He added that as per the revised schedule, the target date of completion of the project was March 31.

Taking on record his assertion, the Bench disposed of the petition.

The High Court had earlier ruled that the government had failed in its duty to ensure safety of commuters by timely completing the project to six-lane the killer Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch.

The assertion followed suo motu cognizance of a news report “Man, two sons among 5 killed in mishap” carried in these columns.

Justice Jaswant Singh asserted: “A news report in the Chandigarh Tribune dated August 2 with regard to motor vehicle accident that took place on August 1 near Rangilpur village on the Kharar-Kiratpur Sahib stretch on the National Highway-21 has invited my attention.

“As per the news report, such accidents on this stretch are quite frequent and have claimed many lives. This road being, a crucial link connecting Chandigarh to various parts of Punjab and Haryana, has heavy traffic flow on it round the clock.

“This stretch being vulnerable, the task of widening the road to six lane has been undertaken for the smooth flow of traffic. But it appears that the task, which was slated to be completed by the end of June, 2010, is nowhere near completion.”

Justice Jaswant Singh added: “In fact, it is reported that 90 per cent of the work is pending. In my opinion, the government is failing in its duty in ensuring the timely completion of the project and ensuring safety of the travellers. Therefore, I deem it appropriate to take a judicial note of the news report and consider the same in public interest.”



‘World Heritage City’
Admn gets notice to pursue issue

Chandigarh, March 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion on a petition seeking directions to the Union of India, Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Department of Tourism Director and the UT Administration to pursue the “World Heritage City” issue.

The PIL, placed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih, has been filed by Sector-21 resident-cum-High Court lawyer Ajay Jagga.

In his petition, Jagga has sought directions to the administration to pursue an application dated October 23, 2006, filed with UNESCO and also prepare and submit requisite information demanded by the body in compliance with “Operational guidelines for implementation of the World Heritage Convention” required for conferring the status.

His counsel submitted that the Chandigarh administration be asked to preserve the heritage property of Chandigarh in terms of its original form and design material.

An inventory of antique furniture, artefacts, tapestry and other material collected by the administration from various heritage buildings be prepared and steps be initiated for their preservation, he demanded.

“During the pendency of the petition, all repairs in Le Corbusier’s creations be taken up, keeping in view the mandatory undertaking of UNESCO, which will help in getting the ‘World Heritage City’ status, enhance international tourism and ensure protection of these creations for all times to come,” the petition reads.

A similar public interest litigation blaming the lackadaisical attitude of the administration for not taking up the issue of seeking “World Heritage City” status for Chandigarh with UNESCO was filed earlier also in the High Court.

Refraining from issuing notices, the High Court had asked senior standing counsel for administration Sanjay Kaushal to look into the matter. — TNS



consumer Courts
Insurance firm told to pay claim, fined Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Holding United Indian Insurance Company liable for deficiency in service, the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (II) has directed it to pay the entire claim of Rs 4.5 lakh for theft of a vehicle to a Faridabad resident, besides a compensation of Rs 50,000 and Rs 7,000 towards the cost of litigation.

Vijay Sundram had purchased a second-hand Mahindra Scorpio from Sunil Kumar in 2009. The registration along with insurance policy was transferred to him. The declared value of the insured vehicle was Rs 5 lakh and it was insured from September 14, 2009 to September 6, 2010. The vehicle was, however, stolen on September 29, 2009 and an FIR was lodged at the police station-11.

Sundram informed the insurance company about the theft and submitted the requisite documents for the claim. However, the company failed to entertain the claim, stated Sunder in an application to the forum.

In its reply, the company admitted that the vehicle was insured for sum of Rs 5 lakh in 2009 and information about the theft was also received. They said the claim settlement got delayed due to late submission of untraced report by the complainant. They also stated that as per the company’s surveyor report, the market value of the vehicle at the time of the theft was Rs 3.5 lakh.

The forum comprising president Ashok Raj Bhandari and member Madhu Mutneja observed that the company had itself assessed the market value of the vehicle at Rs 5 lakh at the time of insurance, so they could not back out from it and hence were liable to pay Rs 4.5 lakh.



Info panel can hear appeals against SGPC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has clarified the State Information Commission was at liberty to entertain and decide RTI appeals against the SGPC. Justice Surya Kant, through an interim order of March, 2010, had stayed an earlier order passed by the State Chief Information Commissioner.

Justice Surya Kant, while clarifying the interim order, observed the stay order would remain confined only to the case concerned; and the State Information Commission was at liberty to entertain and decide other appeals in accordance with the law.

In an appeal filed by Kulvir Kaur of Muktsar, the SIC had held the SGPC was a “public authority” and had directed it to supply information to the appellant on the selection process of teachers recruited by the Directorate of Education, SGPC.



Colony No. 5 youth kidnapped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Mahinder Kumar, a 24-year-old youth of Colony No. 5, was allegedly kidnapped here last night. In a complaint to the police, victim’s mother Rajpati Devi said Mahinder had left the house around 9 pm but failed to return home later in the evening.

She claimed that her husband received a call on his cell phone in which Mahinder claimed that he had been kidnapped by some youths.

The police has registered a case of kidnapping at the Sector 34 police station.

Police officials said they were looking into the angle of involvement of victim’s friend(s) behind the kidnapping.

Also, the tower location of his cell phone was also being obtained from the telecom operator.



Navpreet, Gaurav claim top spots in weightlifting
Tribune News Service

State-level weightlifter Gaurav attempts a lift during the 22nd Men Chandigarh State Weightlifting Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42
State-level weightlifter Gaurav attempts a lift during the 22nd Men Chandigarh State Weightlifting Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, March 15
Navpreet Kaur of GCG 42 secured the first place in the 48kg category, while Gaurav stood first in the 69kg category during the 13th Senior Women/22nd senior Men Chandigarh State Weightlifting Championship held at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Navpreet scored 24 points in the snatch event and 28 points in the clean and jerk events. Tsering Choton of the same college scored 41 points, while Navdeep Kaur of the CND finished third with 37 points.

In the men’s category, Gaurav scored 179 points, whereas his counterparts Amit Kumar with 167 points and Geet Mohan Singh with 164 points finished at second and third places, respectively in the same event.

In the 53kg women’s category, Renu secured the first place with 98 points, while Rinchen Dalma secured the second place with 40 points. Manjindr finished third with 38 points. In the 58kg category, Y Kunjeshwari stood first with 160 points, Renu remained on the second spot with 86 points and Preeti finished third with 57 points. In the 63kg category, Rajwinder Kaur, Kanchan Rani and Sangeta scored 96, 82 and 48 points, respectively.

In the 69kg category, Asha, Manpreet Kaur and Kirandeep Kaur got 83, 4 and 45 points, respectively, while in 75kg category, Tejinder Kaur, Avtar Kaur and Jyoti scored 30, 25 and 27 points, respectively.



Hockey Camp: 3 city lads make it to list of probables
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, March 15
Three players of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) have once again made it to the list of probables for the senior hockey India camp. Dharamveer Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Preet Inder Singh, all products of the CFA, have been selected for the camp which will be held in Delhi from March 16 to April 9. The players will be trained for the forthcoming Pre-Olympic Games at the camp.

This is not the first time that the talented players have done the city proud with their achievements.

Dharamvir Singh, who hails from Punjab, has represented Indian team thrice, including in the recently-held Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

“I am happy with my selection in the first stage, now I will try to make it to the final list,” stated the ace right out, Dharamvir Singh, who is known for his speed and scoring ability.

Second player left full back and drag flicker Rupinder Pal Singh, who earlier failed to make it to the final list of the CWG Indian hockey team after attending the camp, is also looking forward to perform well in the camp.

“The camp for selecting the CWG hockey team helped boost my hockey career. I will try to give my best shot and contribute to my nation’s win on the field,” stated Rupinder Singh, who has been declared player of the tournament in two national-level competitions.

Centre halfback Preet Inder Singh stated, “After performing well in the junior level, I am pinning all my hopes on this camp.”

On the other hand, Jasbir Bajwa, head coach, CHA, Sector 42, expects that the players will be able to make it to the final list.



PU lift runners-up trophy in rowing meet
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, March 15
Panjab University bagged the runners-up trophy during the All-India Inter-University Rowing Championship held in Kolkata from March 9 to 13. The 11-member contingent emerged winners in two categories of the competition, but failed to qualify for the final stage in two other events.

Under the supervision of coach Mukesh Kumar and Dr Charanjeet Singh Grewal, director, sports, PU, the team participated in four different events.

In the COX four event, the team of Kanav Dosadh, Kuldeep Singh, Desh Raj Sukhdev Singh and Arvinder Jeet Singh bagged a gold medal after defeating Punjabi University, Patiala. In the event, Desh Raj acted as the COX (who guides the team).

Whereas in the final match of COX-less pair event, the team of Kuldep Singh and Kanav Dosadh went down after a tough fight against Punjabi University and bagged a silver medal for the team.

While in single skull and double skull, the team managed to enter the semifinal stage.

The players secured the second place in the tournament.

“I am happy with the team’s performance,” said Mukesh Kumar, who assisted the team.

Dr Grewal said, “A problem arose with one of the paddles of the boat, otherwise we could have secured the first position in the COX pair event.”

The department will facilitate the winners,” said Grewal.



Shooting Meet
Anjum pockets 9 medals

Chandigarh, March 15
Anjum Modgil, a student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, has bagged nine medals in the recently-held national shooting championship at Delhi. After a brilliant performance in the nationals, Anjum managed to win two gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals.

This was not the first time that Anjum topped the medal chart tally in shooting events; the NCC city directorate has also participated in the 34th National Games held in Ranchi. — TNS



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