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INLD opposes acquisition of fertile land
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 26
Leaders of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), including MLA Rajbir Barara and district unit president Balwinder Punia, sat on a fast with farmers here today to protest against the acquisition of fertile land of the farmers to set up an IMT.

A large number of farmers of Panjokhra and a few others villages were also present. Opposing the move of the government, Barara said the land which was being acquired for the IMT was very fertile. He said the farmers were not ready to give even a single inch of their land for this purpose. The INLD leaders alleged that the land mafia had been conspiring to grab the land of poor farmers.

Punia demanded that the government withdraw Section 4, which had been imposed on 1,852 acres in six villages for acquisition. He said if the government forcefully acquired the land, the INLD would launch a statewide agitation against it. INLD leaders Jagmal Singh Rollan, Ram Kumar Batrohan, Sanjay Choudhary and Jorawar Singh also spoke.



Child labour still rampant in Patiala
n Kids working in almost every area, n Poverty driving them to work
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 26
Child labour is one of the most common problems prevalent in almost every part of the country. Patiala is not an exception to this.

Right from picking rags on roads to working in jewellery manufacturing units and dhabas, one can see young children working in almost every part of the town.

A few of them can be seen selling ‘nimbupani’ and handmade toys right in the heart of the town, but the all this goes unnoticed as far as the administration is concerned.

Nine-year-old Zuber, who hails from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, came to Patiala with his uncle.

Zuber is into lifting garbage from houses in the Tripri area. Braving the heat and sun, the young kid drags a cart full of garbage almost five times his weight.

Asked how he got this job, he said they were six brothers and sisters and his father was a labourer in Uttar Pradesh.

“We did not even have enough food to eat. My uncle brought me to Patiala so that I could at least eat three meals a day and send some money back home,” he added.

Eight-year-old Suraj, living in the Indira Colony with his grandfather, mother and two younger siblings, picks glass bottles and other stuff from heaps of garbage and sells those for a few bucks.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, he said his grandfather was very old and his mother worked as a domestic help.

“She earns around Rs 2,000 a month, with which she can hardly make both ends meet. I started going out with my friends to pick these bottles without telling my mother and sold those to help my mother. Now even she does not mind as it reduces some pressure off her shoulders,” he added.

Asked about going to school, they showed no interest, stating that they preferred working because at least they managed to eat food and meet their own expenses. Patiala SDM Gurmeet Singh, when contacted, said the administration had been conducting raids time and again.

“I have raided many hotels and brick kilns. I got a few children working there released. If there are more, I will conduct more raids to find them out,” he added.



Govt schoolmasters nearing retirement still await promotion
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 26
While on one hand, the education department keeps on issuing new instructions everyday to its teachers to bring the standard of education in government schools at par with the private ones, on the other, it is ignoring the very interest of its employees. Government schoolmasters have been waiting since years for promotions as headmasters but the department has not taken suitable action in order to give them their due share.

A senior functionary in the department has confirmed that there are 1,665 posts of headmasters in government high schools throughout Punjab, out of which 1,147 are vacant, which means nearly 69 per cent seats are vacant. These seats have been divided into two categories- 75 per cent are those masters who would be promoted as headmasters and 25 per cent are those who have from direct recruitment.

Giving information in this regard, he said, “The seats for the post of headmaster by direct recruitment quota are almost filled but a majority of the posts that were to be filled after promotion of masters are vacant. Though the direct recruitments were done in 2006, last time the promotions were done on a large scale in 2001. As many as 247 teachers were promoted in 2008 and then in 2010, 108 teachers were promoted. These were those teachers who were left out in 2008 because of low percentage. By the time these teachers were promoted, many of them had already retired.”

As per the rules of the department, postgraduate teachers are eligible for the post of lecturers whereas BA BEd/BSc BEd teachers join the department as masters and can be promoted to the post of headmaster alone throughout their career. Now, many masters who are waiting for promotions are the ones who have a service of more than 30 years and many of them are nearing retirement within six months. “I have been teaching since 32 years and am still serving on the post of a master. The department has been delaying our promotions since long. We are being assured that we will be promoted within two to three months. I really don’t know when we should really expect one,” rued one of the teachers.

Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan and DPI (Secondary Education) Avtar Chand Sharma were not available for comments. 



Submission date extended
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 26
Thapar University has extended the last date for submission of applications for all courses till May 31. The earlier cut-off date was May 23. Dr. Abhijit Mukherjee, director of Thapar University, said the date had been changed due to the overwhelming response received for the courses.

“We also got repeated requests to extend the last date from parents and prospective students as a result of rescheduling of AIEEE examination. In light of these developments, we have decided to extend the last date of submission of the application for all the courses in Thapar University.”



Rise in temperature hits milk production
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

A dairy farmer milks his cattle in Rajpura.
A dairy farmer milks his cattle in Rajpura. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 26
Rising temperature has affected the milk production in Fatehgarh Sahib, which has reduced from 20 to 25 per cent in the past few days.

Dairy farmers and officials of the dairy department said cows felt more heat during summers as compared to buffaloes. High temperature led to stress and affect appetite of the animal and it affects milk production. Despite giving balanced diet and congenial atmosphere, most of the dairy farms fail to beat extremely high temperature, which affect performance of milk animals.

“While indigenous cows manage to bear high temperature to some extent, but exotic animals fail to do so and require continuous care and cool atmosphere,” said dairy farmer Devinder Singh of Kishanpura village.

A progressive farmer with more than 70 milk cattle, Devinder has continuously been adopting modern techniques to keep animals stress free. Besides installing modern carpets under animals he has also provided foggers to reduce temperature inside his cattle shed.

Dairy Development Officer Charanjit Singh admitted that 25 per cent fall in milk production was witnessed in Fatehgarh Sahib. He said though this phenomenon was common every year during summers, this time the temperature seems to have arisen bit earlier.

Daily production of milk in the district is 6 lakh litres and nearly 2.8 lakh litres of milk is used for domestic consumption. Dairy farmers of the district sell milk at milk plants of Mohali, Patiala, Ludhiana and a private milk plant in Mandi Gobindgarh.

Rise in temperature also affects health of milk animals as their ability to fight external diseases reduces to a great extent.

Though farmers have been advised to raise level of cattle sheds to at least 32 feet with 160 by 120 feet width and to use foggers and desert coolers, but only a few farmers adopt these techniques. Normally they keep iron sheds up to 10 to 12 feet high which get heated up and disturb animals.

Darshan Singh, a farmer from Khamano, said small farmers with less then 50 milk animals failed to achieve target of milk production.

Ravinder Joshi, a resident of Bassi Pathana said that milk adulteration increases manifolds during these days due to low milk production.



Patwari arrested for taking bribe
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 26
The Vigilance Bureau, Ambala, has arrested a patwari for taking a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a farmer for issuing him the copy of his land record.

According to information, Raghuvir Singh, a resident of Kesri village, had filed a complaint with the Ambala Vigilance Bureau that Om Parkash, the patwari of the village, had been demanding Rs 3,000 from him for issuing him the copy of his land record.

SP, Vigilance Bureau, Mata Ravi Kiran had constituted a raiding party under the supervision of inspector Rajender Kumar. City Magistrate Rajesh Jogpal was included in the team as executive magistrate.

When Raghuvir Singh was handing over the amount to Om Parkash in his office this noon, the vigilance team raided there and recovered Rs 3,000 from his possession. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the patwari.

The complainant, Raghuvir Singh, who was present in the vigilance office, said the patwari had been demanding Rs 5,000 from him for this work. Later, it was settled at Rs 3,000.

He said he owned only two acres in the village and was not able to give Rs 3,000 to the patwari for a genuine work.



Notorious jail inmates to be shifted
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 26
Notorious prisoners at Ropar jail will be shifted to other jails in order to maintain harmony, said IG Prisons Punjab Jagjit Singh during his visit to the jail this evening.

Jagjit Singh was on a visit to the jail following a clash between jail inmates last evening. He said the jail staff had acted swiftly, preventing the clash from taking an ugly turn. Terming the clash as a minor incident, he said anti-social elements when together tend to clash.

Talking about bringing reforms in the jail, he said different committees should be constituted in order to introduce better facilities for inmates.



One-day police remand for hoax caller
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A local court today remanded Abdul Samad, accused of making a hoax call, to one-day police custody.

It is yet to be probed whether the accused has any connection with anti-national elements, said inspector Neeraj Sarna.

He said the SIM card used in the crime was also to be recovered.

The police had on Wednesday arrested Abdul Samad for making the hoax call on May 23 informing that a bomb had been planted in the district courts.

“Following a bomb blast outside the Delhi High Court yesterday, we cannot take any chance and thus his police remand was taken to probe whether he has any links with anti-national elements,” the police said.



Oriental Insurance Company told to pay Rs 12.66 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Oriental Insurance Company Ltd to pay Rs 12,66,160 to Micromation Pvt Ltd for the damage sustained to a wall of insured premises due to heavy rain.

The forum has also asked the insurance company to pay a compensation of Rs 7,000 to the firm for delaying their claim and causing harassment.

In its complaint, Micromation Pvt Ltd stated that in order to cover the losses caused to the buildings, land retaining wall and fixed assets, they took a standard fire and EQ special peril (material damage) policy from the insurance company for one year from July 3, 2008, to July 2, 2009.

The complainant stated that the boundary wall of the building was damaged due to heavy rain in July 2008. They immediately intimated the insurance company about the damage on July 16, 2008. For assessing the loss, the insurance company appointed Protech Engineers & Loss Assessor. The complainant also submitted the claim to the company through the surveyor on November 20, 2008.

However, the company repudiated the claim on the ground that the loss was due to normal cracking, settlement or bedding down of new structures, stated complainant. In its reply, the insurance company admitted that the complainant had taken the policy but as per the recommendations of the surveyor, the insurance company was not liable to pay the claim, as the loss was not caused due to flood.

The insurance company stated that as the damage falls under the Exclusion Clause VIII (a), (b) and (d) of the insurance policy, the same is not payable, therefore, the repudiation of the claim is absolutely in accordance with law.The forum comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and members Ashok Raj Bhandari and Madhu Mutneja observed that the contention of the insurance company that the loss was due to normal cracking, settlement or bedding down of new structures does not appear to be correct. As there was heavy rain constantly for a long period, it is natural that the loosened earth by the side of the retaining wall was washed away resulting damage to the wall.

The forum stated that the retaining wall was damaged due to flood caused by heavy rains. So, the repudiation of the claim is illegal and amounts to deficiency in service on the part of the insurance company. Thus, the complainant is entitled to the claim amount less 5 per cent in view of Clause (1) of General Exclusions along with interest.



Notice to Jaspal Bhatti, wife
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A lower court has issued notices to satirist Jaspal Bhatti and his wife Savita for hurting religious sentiments. Human rights activist Arvind Thakur in a petition demanded that Jaspal Bhatti and his wife should be restrained from holding any rally or play using names of gods and goddesses and hurting the sentiments of people.

The petition stated that on April 28, Bhatti organised a play in Sector 17 plaza where he used prefixes of gods and goddesses to show his hatred for corruption. When petitioners came to know about the play, they went to the spot and expressed their resentment. 



Hearing in dera chief’s case tomorrow
n To be produced in CBI court through video conferencing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
In a major development Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will now be produced before a Special CBI Court here through video conferencing on May 28.

The Haryana government had swung into action and completed the installation of video conferencing facility in the Special CBI Court after the local police had moved an application seeking video conferencing facility on the grounds of law and order situation.

Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary said, “With the help of the state government we have installed the video conferencing facility in the CBI court.” He added that they had conducted tests of video conferencing facility and “the results were good”.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief is accused of murder, rape and sexual exploitation in three separate cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Special CBI Court. In all three cases, the CBI, which was asked to probe the charges against the Dera chief following directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, filed the charge sheet in the CBI court in July 2007.



Judicial custody of Aseemanand extended
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
Special NIA court here today extended the judicial custody of Swami Aseemanand, the radical Hindu activist who is being tried for his involvement in Samjhauta Express blasts case in February 2007, till June 7.

Aseemanand was produced through video conferencing in the local court today. It was for the first time during the hearing of Samjhauta blasts case that Aseemanand was produced through video conferencing from Ambala jail.

The local court had granted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) the permission to hold court hearings of Aseemanand through video conferencing from Ambala jail. 



Gang of vehicle thieves busted, 4 held 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police busted an inter-state gang of motor vehicle thieves with the arrest of four persons. The police said it has solved 10 cases of vehicle thefts with their arrest.

The accused have been identified as 29-year-old Om Pal Singh, 25-year-old Manoj Thakur, 40-year-old Kesri Singh and 25-year-old Israr Khan, all residents of Uttar Pradesh.

Inspector Amanjot Singh, in charge of the crime branch, said the police has recovered an Esteem car, a Balero Pickup, a Maruti car, five motorcycles and two scooters from their possession.

The police said the accused have a tainted past and three of them, including Om Pal, Manoj and Israr, have earlier been arrested in separate cases of vehicle thefts, dacoity, robbery and burglary.

The four were active in Chandigarh since 2007. They have confessed to stolen old Maruti, Zen, Esteem cars and two-wheelers from Chandigarh. Describing their modus operandi, the police said they used to dispose of vehicles to different agents in Uttar Pradesh. The agents have been identified and raids are on to arrest these agents, the police added. 



Murder case of Mohali woman cracked
n 27-year-old family friend of victim booked
Tribune News Service

The victim, 34-year-old Sonia, who was found murdered at her house in Phase XI, Mohali, on Wednesday morning.
The victim, 34-year-old Sonia, who was found murdered at her house in Phase XI, Mohali, on Wednesday morning.

Mohali, May 26
A family friend’s compassion for Sonia, alias Sapna, led the police to crack the brutal murder of the 34-year-old woman whose body, with her throat slit, was found lying in a pool of blood at her home in Phase XI yesterday.

Almost 24 hours after the woman was murdered, the police found out that the assailant was Bhupinder Kumar, alias Bobby, a Panchkula-based 27-year-old family friend of the victim, who had yesterday informed the police about Sonia’s body lying in a pool of blood.

She was murdered on Tuesday night after she resisted his advances, as he was infatuated towards her. During questioning, he told the police that he got infuriated on her denial and slit her throat with a kitchen knife and took away her mobile and her gold chain to give the incident an angle of robbery.

But even after her death, his concern that her body was left to rot in the two-room house and her family members performed her last rites on time made him call the victim’s brother Parveen Kumar. He told him that he received a call from Sonia’s mobile handset on Tuesday night but he could only hear something breaking and after that the mobile was switched off.

For almost 12 hours after the murder, he made Sonia’s family and the police believe that either it was a case of robbery or her husband Rajeev Sharma murdered her, as the couple had estranged relations.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said on examining the location of the mobile handset used by Bhupinder, the police found his location to be in Phase XI, near Sonia’s house, at the time of the murder.

Apprehension of the police was further confirmed after calls details of Bhupinder further led the police to the radio auto-rickshaw driver Roshan who had picked Bhupinder from Panchkula at 12.10 am and dropped him near Sonia’s house and also took him back to Panchkula. Roshan had also identified Bhupinder.

Mohali SP (City) Harpreet Singh said when the auto-rickshaw driver, while taking Bhupinder back to Panchkula, asked him about his stained clothes, he said tea had fallen on his clothes. After killing Sonia and before returning to Panchkula, he went again to Sonia’s house to look for his steel bangle. The involvement of Sonia’ husband has been ruled out by the police. 



Husband, mother-in-law booked for abetment to suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A day after a 25-year-old woman, Sushila, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan, the police has booked her husband and mother-in-law in case of abetment to suicide.

The police arrested Rakesh Kumar of Mauli Jagran, Mani Majra, and booked his mother, Lakho Devi, under Section 306 of the IPC.

Today, family members of the deceased also staged a protest against police personnel of the Mani Majra police station.

Sukh Ram, father of deceased and a resident of Sector 29, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Rakesh and his mother Lakho Devi compelled his daughter to commit suicide. 



Stolen Zen car recovered, two held
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 26
The Zirakpur police has arrested two minor boys and recovered a stolen Zen car from their possession. However, the main accused managed to flee from the spot.

The police official said the accused were produced in a Mohali juvenile court where they were sent to judicial custody at juvenile jail in Ludhiana.

Investigating officer ASI Shamsher Singh stated that he was patrolling along with a police team near Paras Down Town Square when they received a tip off that the suspects were on their way to Zirakpur from Panchkula. The accused were in a Zen car that they had stolen from Panchkula.

They laid a naka near Kalka traffic lightpoint to nab them but the accused fled away from the spot. Later, the police team managed to arrest two of them while the main accused Deep escaped in the dark.A Zen car (CHOIV-5248) stolen from Panchkula was also recovered from their possession, the investigating officer added.



Chandigarh beat J&K in men’s category
n 11th North Zone carrom gets under way at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 n Chandigarh defeat Punjab in women’s team championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Chandigarh defeated Jammu and Kashmir 3-0 in the men’s category in the 11th North Zone Carrom Championship, which began at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

For Chandigarh, Asif Iqbal, Gagandeep Singh and the duo of Hassan and Talib won their respective matches. Asif beat Sheikh Saqib 25-0, 25-0.

Gagandeep got the better of Shahid Mustafa 25-0, 25-0. In doubles, Hassan and Talib thrashed Ajaz Ahmed and Irshad Ali 25-0, 25-0.

Results: men’s team championship: Delhi defeat Punjab 3-0 (Adeel Khan bt Vidhant 25-0, 25-0; Mohd. Zahid bt Amit 25-0, 25-0; Danish & Waseem bt Gurvit & Sukhjeet 25-0, 25-0); Chandigarh defeat J&K 3-0 (Asif Iqbal bt Sheikh Saqib 25-0, 25-0; Gagandeep bt. Shahid Mustafa 25-0, 25-0; Hassan & Talib bt Ajaz Ahmed & Irshad Ali 25-0, 25-0); Haryana defeat HP 3-0 (S Haque bt G Rajinderan 23-0, 24-1; Mahender Sharma bt Vinod Kumar 25-0, 25-2; Saurabh Sharma & Ankit bt Vipul & Nandlal 25-0, 25-9); Delhi defeat J&K 3-0 (Md Zahid bt Ajaz Ahmed 25-0, 25-4; Adeel Khan bt Shahid Mustafa 25-0, 25-0; Danish & Waseem bt Irshad & Sheikh Saqib 25-0, 25-0); Chandigarh defeat Haryana 3-0 (Mohd Talib bt S Haq 23-11, 16-4; Asif Iqbal bt Mohinder Sharma 10-25, 18-17, 24-6; Mohd Hassan & Gagandeep Singh bt. Ankit & Saurabh 25-0, 25-0); HP defeat Punjab 2-1 (Vipul lost to Karanveer 0-21, 0-22; Saransh bt Vinayak 25-0, 25-0; G Rajendra & Nandlal bt Vidhant & Amit 25-0, 25-0).

Women’s team championship: Haryana bt J&K 3-0 (Arpita bt Saima Rashid 25-0, 25-0; Disesha bt Rafia Rashid 25-5, 25-0; Neha & Kavita bt Insha Afzal & Reem 25-7, 14-11); Delhi bt HP 3-0 (Neha bt Champa Bakshi 16-3, 21-15; Neha Sharan bt Parkash Baniyal 25-0, 25-0; Abhida Rawat & Abhigya Rawat bt Andhumala & Sushma 22-15, 8-22, 13-11); Chandigarh bt Punjab 3-0 (Farheen bt Balraj Kaur 25-0, 25-0; Tuba bt Sandeep Kaur 25-4, 25-7; Sushil & Gulshan bt Parminder & Manpreet Kaur 25-0, 25-0).



PCA’s 7-day camp gets under way
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
A total of 54 players from various districts were shortlisted by the Punjab state senior selection
committee for a seven-day preliminary camp, which started under Vikram Rathore, Punjab coach, at the PCA Stadium here today.

Apart from honing skills, stress would be on physical fitness of players in the camp. Sushil Kapoor, PCA spokesperson, said Rathore would be assisted by coaches from various districts.

Designated coaches from districts would look after players from their districts after they went back and keep in constant touch with Rathore.

The camp would conclude on June 1. Adrian Dias would look after training while Nikhil NP would be the physio.



Sachin Sohal hits century, helps Mohali to 253
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
With the help of Sachin Sohal’s ton (110), Mohali scored 253 on the first day of their under-19 Dhruv Pandove trophy match against Jalandhar at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Mohali opted to bat first, but the decision backfired as they lost their first three wickets for just 30 runs in 9 overs. At this stage, Subeer Hayer was joined by Sohal and the duo took the total to 65 in 21 overs.

Hayer was caught by Anmol off Sahil for 38 runs. After that, Sohal and Gurpartap Singh put on 81 runs for the eighth wicket before Sohal was caught by Mansab Gill off Sahil for a well-struck 110 off 200 balls.

Shortly after the exit of Sohal with the score on 245, the Mohali innings was terminated for 253 in 84.2 overs. Sahil Malhotra was the main bowler, claiming 5 wickets for 39, followed by Arun Chauhan, who took 3 for 75.

Jalandhar got off on a poor note as their opener Mandeep Singh was sent back, with the score reading 23 for 1 in 9 overs at the draw of stumps.

Chandigarh 309 for 9

In the second match between Chandigarh and Patiala at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala, Chandigarh scored 309 for 9 in 95 overs in their first innings. After winning the toss, Chandigarh batted first.

Opener Manan Vohra put up a brilliant show with the willow and steered the team to a respectable total with his fine knock of 116 runs. The other notable contributor was Udit Hari Mehta, who chipped in with an unbeaten knock of 81 runs.

Sumit Hudda supported them with 41 runs. For Patiala, Sandeep finished as the highest wicket-taker with figures of 4 for 46. Sukhminder snapped 3 wickets for 92 runs.

Bathinda in a tight spot

In the third match between Amritsar and Bathinda at Gandhi Grounds, Amritsar, Bathinda were bundled out for a paltry 68 runs in 25.2 overs in the first innings. 
In reply, Amritsar declared their innings on 272 for 3 in 54 overs. In their second innings, Bathinda lost three wickets with the total on 30 in 11 overs at close 
of play.

Brief scores: Mohali: 253 all out in 84.2 overs (Sachin Sohal 110, Subeer Hayer 38, Gurpartap Singh 32, Sahil Malhotra 5 for 39, Arun Chauhan 3 for 75); Jalandhar: 23 for 1 in 9 overs.

Chandigarh: 309 for 9 in 95 overs (Manan Vohra 116, Udit Hari Mehta 81 n.o., Sumit Hudda 41, Sandeep 4 for 46, Sukhminder 3 for 92).

Bathinda (1st innings): 68 all out in 25.2 overs (Vinay Chaudhary 4 for 13, Rahul Kanojia 3 for 4, S Khanna 2 for 23); Amritsar (1st innings): 272 for 3 declared in 54 overs (Mohit Handa 153 n.o., Rohan Marwaha 51, Karan Sharma 41, Pawan 2 for 102); Bathinda (2nd innings): 30 for 3 in 11 overs (Rahul Kanojia 2 for 11, Vinay Chaudhary 1 for 4).



Family of tennis coach Birbal Wadhera worried
n He is training budding tennis players in Pak n News of violence there makes his family anxious
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

The family of tennis coach Birbal Wadhera at their residence in Nayagaon, near Chandigarh, on Thursday.
The family of tennis coach Birbal Wadhera at their residence in Nayagaon, near Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 26
Sporadic violent incidents in Pakistan left the family of local tennis coach Birbal Wadhera worried these days.

Wadhera is in Pakistan on an international assignment of impart training to budding tennis players there on the call of the Pakistan Tennis Federation.

“Whenever any news of a bomb blast or violence comes from the neighbouring country, we just start praying for the safe return of Birbal,” said Preeti Wadhera, wife of the coach, while taking to the Chandigarh Tribune over phone from Delhi.

She added that the family was not interested in sending Birbal to Pakistan. “But it was also a big thing for Birbal, who was quite enthusiastic about it. So we did not come his way,” she said.

Preeti said Birbal was scheduled to go to Lahore yesterday, but his visit was cancelled for security reasons. Birbal’s parents, living at Nayagaon here, said they were anxious and proud as well. The family was thankful to the Pakistan Government for security to Birbal.

“Our son is bringing name to the country by imparting training to players in Pakistan. At the same time, we also got anxious after hearing the news of blasts and other violent incidents there,” said Kaushalya Wadhera, mother, and Rameshwar Chand, father.

“Birbal’s phone calls provide us relief. We have faith in God. God is guarding our son there,” said his mother.



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