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Sportspersons rue lack of facilities at Dera Bassi
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, April 10
Lack of sports facilities in the sub-division has been hampering the growth of sports in the area with sportspersons finding it hard to hone their skills.

Even as some small stadia have been constructed by village panchayats, besides one by the municipal council, no proper stadium has been constructed by the sports department in the area so far. Even the ones that exist are in a state of neglect.

A single wrestling coach has been catering to the needs of the entire area. The only wrestling facility at Zirakpur has just one coach deployed by the sports department. Around 15 players train at the facility every year.

The indoor stadium built by the local municipal council some time ago is in a dilapidated state due to improper upkeep.

The facility was constructed for badminton and table tennis but in the absence of proper maintenance, it has lost its utility.

Municipal council’s executive officer Sarbjeet Singh admitted the pitiable state of the stadium and stressed the need for immediate repairs. He said the municipal would pass a resolution in this regard and carry out the necessary repairs.

A stadium constructed near the Government High School ground at Lalru by a village panchayat is also in a state of disrepair.

International wrestler Jagmeet Singh Lucky, a resident of Issapur village, near here, rued the absence of adequate sports infrastructure in the area.

He said players of the area found it difficult to hone their talent due to the lack of facilities.

He demanded adequate facilities and coaches from the department concerned.

District sports officer Manohar Singh admitted that the department had not constructed any stadium in the block. The only facility being run by the department was at Zirakpur.

He said a grant of Rs 5 lakh was being provided to a village in each block every year under a Central Government scheme. This year, it would be given to a village of the sub-division in August.



Dispute over construction of mosque
Admn brokers compromise between two sides
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 10
The dispute between two communities over the construction of a mosque at Kalalti village, near here, was resolved amicably this evening after the two sides arrived at a mutual compromise with the help of the district administration.

Around 50 members of a majority community, who had left the village along with their luggage in tractor-trailers last late evening, have now decided to return to the village.

The matter was resolved after a series of meetings were held between the two communities in the presence of Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police throughout the day.

The families of Tej Pal, Bhupender, Ram Kumar, Chetan, Krishan Pal, Inderjeet, Harish Kumar, Desh Raj and Vidhya Devi and a few others had left the village when the members of a minority community started the construction of a mosque near their residence following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

They were afraid that it would create tension in the locality.

They had announced to meet the deputy commissioner today before leaving for Panchkula, where they had decided to put up till the matter was resolved.

A heavy police force was deployed near the deputy commissioner’s residence this morning as a precautionary measure.

Four rounds of talks were held between the deputy commissioner and representatives of both communities at the PWD rest house near the deputy commissioner’s residence.

Later, the deputy commissioner said a compromise had been reached between the two sides.

Under the compromise, the construction of the mosque would go on as per the court order. On the other hand, cases registered against around 60 members of the majority community around a year ago would be withdrawn.

The representative of the two sides assured of coexisting peacefully and maintaining communal harmony in the village.

A peace committee was also constituted in which SDMs of Ambala and Barara and the DSP of Barara were included as administration’s representatives.

Ambala SP Shashank Anand said the police would keep a close watch on the situation of Kalalti and a police post would stay in operation there till the situation improved.



Cong trying to divide Haryana Sikhs, says Chandumajra
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 10
SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra has cautioned the Sikhs in the state against the Congress move to allegedly divide them for vested interest.

He was in the town to hold a meeting of party workers here. He advised Congress leaders not to interfere in the internal affairs of the Sikhs.

Chandumajra blamed anti-Panth powers for trying to create hindrances in the working of the Shiromani Committee in Haryana.

On Manpreet Badal’s rallies in Punjab, he claimed that these would have little bearing on the outcome of both the Assembly and SGPC elections in Punjab.

The SAD leader admitted to having a strong alliance with the BJP and assured of victory in the forthcoming elections.

Chandumajra condemned the statements made by Haryana food and civil supplies minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha about the demand for a separate gurdwara committee in the state.

He suggested that Congress leaders in Haryana should not interfere in issues related to the Sikhs.

He said the SAD would contest all seats in the SGPC elections in the state. It was a prestigious issue for the SAD to fair well in the SGPC elections in Haryana, he added.

He said certain forces were trying to divide the Haryana Sikhs by raising the issue of a separate gurdwara parbandhak committee in the state.

Haryana Akali Dal spokesperson Sant Singh Kandhari claimed that they would win all 11 seats in the SGPC elections in the state.



Two arrested for murder
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 10
The police arrested two persons, Kala and his mother Jarnailo Devi, in Pishori Lal murder case late on Friday night. They were produced in the local court yesterday, which remanded them in police custody for two days.

Pishori Lal, a resident of Chandigarh, was stabbed to death on Friday when he had gone to the house of the accused, along with his brother-in-law, to settle a dispute over a piece of land.

The postmortem of Pishori was conducted in the civil hospital at Ambala City by a board of doctors yesterday morning. The relatives of the deceased, however, refused to take the body till the action was taken against the guilty police officials.

The relatives of the deceased had blocked the highway near Ambala City on Friday to protest against police inaction. They alleged that the police had not reached the crime scene even after their repeated requests.

Superintendent of Police Shasank Anand had gone to the hospital yesterday to pacify the protesting relatives.

He had told them that the SHO of Panjokhra police station had been sent to the Police Lines while an ASI had been placed under suspension.

He said an inquiry had been handed over to the CIA staff into the matter. The SP also expressed regret over the attitude of police officials of the Panjokhra police station.

Later, the relatives took the body to Chandigarh for cremation.



Four held for cattle theft
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 10
Four persons have been arrested for smuggling cattle from Ambala to Saharanpur for slaughtering.

According to sources, the Parao police arrested four persons early this morning for their alleged involvement in the theft of five head of cattle from a dairy in the Lal Kurti area of Ambala Cantonment.

They were identified as Momin, a resident of Yamunanagar district, Rajinder, Anish and Ashjad, all residents of Saharanpur district.

Raj Kumar, owner of the dairy, sustained serious injuries after being attacked by one of the accused with an iron bar.

Residents of the colony overpowered the accused and thrashed them. The four were saved by a police team led by DSP Baljinder Singh. The police later arrested the four for theft.

They were produced in a court, which remanded them in police custody for four days.

During interrogation, they admitted to their involvement in several cases of cattle theft.

The sources said around 150 head of cattle had been stolen in the past couple of months.



57 to get free artificial limbs
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 10
The Confederation for Challenged, a social organisation, in association with the Jaipur Foot, Ambala, organised a free artificial limb camp here today.

Capt RL Handa inaugurated the camp, while Manmohan Jargar, confederation national secretary, presided over the camp. Hundreds of physically challenged people attended the camp and were examined by a team of specialists.

Jargar said 57 physically challenged persons were identified for receiving artificial limbs free of cost.

He said specialised trainers from the Jaipur Foot, an organisation specialising in the manufacture of artificial limbs, had taken the measurement of the beneficiaries and would provided them with the artificial limbs by May 7.

Captain Handa said these camps were being organised under the Rashtriya Mega Camp Yojna.



CGC meritorious students honoured
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 10
Meritorious students of Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan, were honoured during annual festival “Lamhey” here today.

Megha Padha, who secured 84.8 per cent in BTech (electrical and electronics), Praful Gupta, who secured 90.46 per cent in BTech (civil) and Swati Behl who secured 90.4 per cent BTech (electronics and communication) were honoured for securing first positions in their respective courses in Punjab. They were awarded with laptops and scholarships.

Similarly, Jatin Sharma (83.2 pc), Bhanu Priya (82.4 pc), Sarabjeet Singh (81.7 pc), Richa Sharma (80.5 pc), Parshant Kumar (80.1 pc), Karandeep Singh (79.73 pc), Neha (79.52 pc) and Kitty Bansal (79.2 pc) from BTech (electrical and electronics), who secured other university positions, were awarded with cash scholarships up to Rs 10,000.

Kanu Priya of BTech (computer science) and Chanpreet Singh of BCA were honoured for securing second position in the university with 87 pc and 89.57 pc, respectively.

Sahil Palta (89.85 pc), Vineet Khurana (89.6 pc), Dilpreet Kaur (89.54 pc), Aarti Gurjar (89.2 pc) of BTech (electronics and communications) and Salvia Rathore and Harmanpreet Kaur of BSc (airlines-tourism) were amongst those honoured.



Mohali to have region’s biggest convention centre
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 10
Mohali will soon have North India’s biggest convention centre with a seating arrangement of 4,000 and a five-star hotel on a piece of land earmarked in Sector 62, near Yadavindra Public School.

Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) managing director and principal secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said this while interacting with mediapersons here today. Sandhu was present as a chief guest at Chandigarh Group of Colleges to honour meritorious students.

“We have already had three bidders for the project, which will take final shape in the next two months. The work will start in another few months,” he added.

Sandhu said based on the experience of the Mohali project, smaller convention centres with capacity of 2,000 seats would come up in Amritsar and Jalandhar on public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

Also, leading international groups like Taj and Maurya Sheraton would come up with five-star hotels in Amritsar, he said.

On the upcoming five-star hotel at Bathinda, he said bid for the project had been facilitated and the hotel was coming up on a piece of land belonging to Powercom.



HC asks P’kula MC, Haryana to name officers
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Taking cognisance of mushrooming of unauthorised structures, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Panchkula Municipal Council and the state of Haryana to furnish a list of officers responsible for preventing such constructions.

They have also been asked to explain if they propose to initiate any action against the officials found erring. With this, the high court has made it clear that the Bench wants the erring officials to be identified and the responsibility fixed.

The significant directions on ensuing redemption of public land from encroachments and unauthorised structures in and around Panchkula came after Justice Rajive Bhalla of the high court took note of an affidavit claiming the existence of 120 unauthorised commercial and residential structures.

Taking on record the affidavit, Justice Bhalla asserted: “KK Jain, executive officer, Municipal Council, Panchkula, has filed an affidavit, which reveals that there are more than 120 unauthorised commercial or residential structures in the villages and about 120 court cases are pending.”

In his detailed order, Justice Bhalla added: “Before proceeding any further in the matter, it would be appropriate to call upon the Municipal Council, Panchkula, and the State of Haryana, to furnish a list of officers, who were responsible for ensuring that these unauthorised structures are not raised.”

Before parting with the order, Justice Bhalla added: “The State of Haryana and the Municipal Council, Panchkula, will also file an affidavit whether they propose to take any action against these officers.”

Fixing May 4 as the next date of hearing, Justice Bhalla also took note of the fact that neither the Deputy Commissioner concerned, nor “any officer of the State of Haryana” has filed an affidavit, even though the same was directed on the previous date of hearing held on February 17.

The Bench is already hearing petitions on traffic regulation and pollution control and has issued a number of directions on ensuring free flow of traffic on the highways and other roads cutting through the cities of Punjab and Haryana.



Two cases of theft reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Vivek Sharma of Sector 44 reported that someone stole his Maruti Zen (HR03D-6217) from the Shastri Market at Sector 22 yesterday.

In another incident, Karan Preet Singh of Sector 21 reported that his purse, containing Rs 10,000, a driving licence and some documents, were stolen from his car, parked near the gurdwara at Sector 34 yesterday.

He stated that the goods were stolen after breaking the windowpane on the driver side. The police registered cases at police stations concerned.

Liquor seized

A resident of Dadumajra Colony, Rajesh Kumar, was arrested from Sector 25 on Saturday night on charges of possessing illegal liquor.

The police recovered 40 quarters of countrymade liquor. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act.



Three held for robbery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 10
The local police claims to have arrested three persons in a case of robbery and recovered a car, Rs 2 lakh in cash and three mobile phones.

One of the accused has been identified as Sanjiv, a resident of Udhampur (J&K).

They were arrested by the police in connection with a recent case of robbery in the Pinjore area.

The accused were presented before a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody.

The police said Sanjiv along with the other two had committed a robbery in the Pinjore area two months ago.

Besides a Santro car, Rs 2 lakh in cash and three mobile phones had been recovered from them.



Harsh shines in CGA junior golf
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandi Mandir, April 10
Harsh Gangwar made the most of the tricky layout of the SEPTA greens to finish with the best score in the CGA Junior Golf circuit tournament here today.

Harsh, who plays in the B category, carded a two-day tally of 151. This was six strokes better than the A category winner Dhruv Sheron at 157. Even Paramjit Yadav, who finished second in the B category had a better tally of 155.

Paramjit also fired the best card of the day, a two-over par 74. Paramjit sank a birdie on the eighth and made the turn with a flawless one under par 35. Three bogies in back nine saw him end the day on 74.

The setting was perfect with a mild breeze wafting across the greens. The clouds made it an ideal golf weather for the 78 budding juniors who slogged it out on the extra large course. And it was even more demanding for the junior girls who carded poor scores.

In category C, Karandeep Kochhar came back from an overnight three-stroke deficit to edge out Tanvir Kahlon by two strokes.

Tavleen Batra from Ambala continued with her overnight seven stroke lead to clinch the girls’ A category title with a tally of 173. She left her nearest rival, Sukhneer Saini, eight strokes behind at 181.

CGA president JS Cheema gave away the prizes.

The final scores: boys: A category: 157 Dhruv Sheron, 161 Prabhdeep Ghai; 164 Anant S Ahlawat, Tarundeep Chadha and Dharvesh Kumar; B category: 151 Harsh Gangwar; 155 Paramjeet Yadav, 160 Vivek Gupta; C category: 165 Karandeep Kochhar, 167 Tanvir Kahlon, 168 Varundeep Chadha; D category: 164 Karanveer Singha, 168 Dilraj S Gill, 173 Aadil Bedi; E category (nine holes): 108 K. Shubham, 123 Raunak Jauhal, 134 Ayush Krishan.

Girls: A category: 173 Tavleen Batra, 181 Sukhneer Saini, 187 Natasha Gill, 188 Jaipreet Ghuman; C category: 187 Ashi Jain; D category: 240 Vasundhara Thiara, 250 Ashmeet Saini; E category (nine holes) 131 Puneet Bajwa.



Pranav pedals to glory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Pranav Mohindra of Ryan International School lifted top honours in both 5 km cross-country MTB race and 5 km road massed start race during the Chandigarh Mountain Bike and Road Cycling Championships, conducted around the Sukhna Lake cycling circuit, this morning. Around 50 cyclists took part in the event.

The final results: 5 km cross-country MTB race: boys (under-13): 1 Pranav Mohindra (Ryan International-49); 2 Samarpreet Singh (Ryan International-49); 3 Satyam (Tribune Model-29); girls (under-15): 1 Urvashi Khurana (Tribune Model-29); 2 Aditi Mohindra (Sacred Heart-26); 3 Tina (Sacred Heart-26); girls (under-13): 1 Divleen (Ryan International-49); 2 Akanksha (Ryan International-49); 3 Neelam (Tribune Model-29).

10 km cross-country MTB race: boys (above 17): 1 Balpreet Singh (CCET-26); 2 Iqbal Singh (CCET-26); 3 Yogesh Kumar (GCM, Panchkula); boys (above 15): 1 Harsimran Singh Cheema (DPS-40); 2 Lakshey Sethi (DPS-40); 3 Saket (GMHS-20).

Chandigarh Road Cycling Championships: 5 km road massed start race: boys (under-13): 1 Pranav Mohindra (Ryan International-49); 2 Krishan Malhotra (Giandeep MHS); 3 Satyam (Tribune Model-29); boys (under-15): 1 Saket Malhotra (GMHS-20); 2 Harsimran Singh Cheema (DPS-40); 3 Lakshey Sethi (DPS-40).

16 km road massed start race: men: 1 Simrandeep Singh (Shishu Niketan-22); 2 Balpreet Singh (CCET-26); 3 Yogesh Kumar (GCM, Panchkula).

10 km road massed start race: boys (under-17): 1 Prabhjeet Singh (St Annes-32); 2 Dennis Mehta (St Annes-32); 3 Deepak Kumar (Harrison MS-70, Mohali).

5 km road massed start race: girls (under-15): 1 Urvashi Khurana (Tribune Model-29); 2 Aditi Mohindra (Sacred Heart-26); 3 Tina (Sacred Heart-26); girls (under-13): 1 Anushpreet Kaur (Saupin’s 70, Mohali); 2 Divleen Kaur (Ryan International-49); 3 Diya Sharma (MM Smart School, Mohali).



ITF men’s circuit
Jakhongir beats Ajay to enter main draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
In a battle for supremacy, Jakhongir Khatdarov of Uzbekistan got the better of Ajay Selvaraj of India in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) on the second day of the qualifying round matches played for the ITF men’s circuit at CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, today.

Four players from India, one from Japan, one from Uzbekistan, one from Sweden and one from Czech Republic made it to the main draw of 32.

The main draw will consist of 20 direct entrants, eight qualifiers and four wild card entries.

Selvaraj prevailed in the first set 6-4 after a couple of long rallies but Jakhongir came back strongly in the second set to win it 6-3. The decider saw a bitter struggle for supremacy as both players matched each other during long rallies. However, Jakhongir finally clinched the decider 7-5.

The other match that went into three sets was won by Akash Wagh, who quashed stiff resistance from Chung Su Chen of Taipei.

Winning the first set 6-4, Akash Wagh lost the second 5-7 before outmaneuvering his opponent 6-2 in the final set.

The clash between twin brothers Chandril Sood and Lakshit Sood evoked a lot of anticipation in the crowd. Both brothers, who would partner in the doubles, matched each other stroke by stroke before Chandril got past Lakshit in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.

The main draw matches will start at CLTA stadium tomorrow at 10 am. The semifinal and final will be telecast live by Doordarshan.

Final qualifying rounds results: Men’s singles: Divj Saran (Ind) b Mithun Murli (Ind) 6-3, 6-1; Fumiaki Kita (Jpn) b Christopher Marquis (Ind) 6-4, 6-3; Akash Wagh (Ind) b Chung Su Chen (Tpi) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2; Jakhongir Khatdarov (Uzb) b Ajay Selvaraj (Ind) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Parrik Rosenholm (Swe) b Shivang Mishra (Ind) 6-1, 6-2; Ashutosh Singh (Ind) b Srirambalaji Narayanaswamy (Ind) 7-5, 7-5; Chandril Sood (Ind) b Lakshit Sood (Ind) 7-5, 7-5; Libor Salaba (Cze) b Nebojsa Peric (Serbia) 6-4, 6-2.



Golf camp for women
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 10
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will hold a golf coaching camp for women of the tricity from April 12 to 29.

To be held every Tuesday and Friday from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, the coaching programme is open to members and non-members of the club.

The camp is being conducted by EGTF certified coach Ajay Gujral, who is also the joint director of the CGC Academy. More details can be had from the Chandigarh Golf Club or at 9814356013. 



Madan Lal academy emerge champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 10
Madan Lal Cricket Academy, Delhi, beat hosts Banyan Tree School Cricket Academy by 80 runs in the final of the Third Dr DD Sharma All-India Cricket Tournament (u-15) at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.

Batting first, Madan Lal academy piled up 229 for 8 in the allotted 40 overs with the help of fine knocks by Sikandar (66) and Krishna (44).

For BTS, Mahir and Sovrav claimed two wickets each.

Chasing the target, BTS faltered and were bowled out for 149 in 29.5 overs. Bhagwinder was the only batsman to show some resilience with a knock of 54 runs off 48 balls.

Karanveer broke the back of the hosts with his 4 for 11. He was supported by Arun, who sent three batsmen back to the pavilion for 28 runs.

Sikandar was declared man of the match.

Brief scores: Madan Lal academy: 229 for 8 in 40 overs (Sikandar 66, Krishna 44, Mahir 24; Sovrav 2 for 3, Bhagwinder 2 for 32).

BTS academy: 149 all out in 29.5 overs (Baghwinder 54, Harry 18; Karanveer 4 for 11, Arun 3 for 28).



Cricket league from April 15

Chandigarh, April 10
The Chandigarh Cricket Association, affiliated with the Haryana Cricket Association, will organise the APJ Cricket League from April 15 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

“The tournament will be organised in association with APJ School, Kharar,” said CCA secretary Surinder Singh. The tournament will be held in the age group of under-16. The players who perform well in the league will be given a chance to participate in inter-district matches, he added.

The trials to select players for the league will be held on April 13 at the GMSSS-19 ground from 4.30 pm onwards. Those born on or after September 1, 1995, can report in white cricket kit to the UT cricket coach Nagesh Gupta at the venue. — TNS


Cricket meet

Rajpura: The electronics and communication engineering department won the inter-department T-20 cricket tournament held at Chitkara Institute here yesterday. The BBA team finished runners-up in the meet. Eighteen teams had participated in the tournament. Mohit Singla of electronics and communication engineering department was declared the man of the match and man of the series. — TNS



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