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Mango Mela begins at Pinjore
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 2
The two-day 20th Mango Mela, organised jointly by the tourism and horticulture departments of the state, began today at Yadvindra Gardens, Pinjore. Chhatar Singh, principal secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana, declared the mela open at Yadavindra Gardens.

While speaking about developmental activities at Pinjore, Chhatar Singh said that Yadvindra Garden under, the dynamic leadership of Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana, was being developed as a renowned heritage destination. Also, the nearby Bhima Devi Temple had been renovated as a world-class ancient museum. Various renovation and conservation works in the garden are in progress.

The chief guest was escorted to the mela venue where 2,592 entries of mangoes from all across the northern part of India were displayed. The highlight of the display section this year was the 225 varieties of mangoes. The display also had range of 332 entries of mango products such as mango chutney, aam ka pana, aam papad, mango squash etc.

The seven step gardens wore a festive look with excellent illumination and the glitter was so fascinating that the visitors were thrilled to watch this mega event. Various kind of competitions such as rangoli, face painting were organised for tiny tots.


There will be a painting competition, fancy dress, mehndi and mango-eating completion for the visitors.

The various street dance and cultural events like Haryanvi dance, Punjabi bhangra, kachhi ghori of Rajasthan, puppet show from Jaipur, dhol nagara-hodel banchari been sapera (Rajasthan), long man bamboo walker from Delhi and bioscope from Delhi were organised.

The mela at Pinjore Gardens will be declared closed on 3rd July by the Governor of Haryana,. Jagannath Pahadia.



Harassed by boss, woman commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 2
A young woman working as a computer operator at the Post Office, Rajpura, allegedly committed suicide following alleged mental and physical torture by her boss. As per the suicide note left by the deceased, she expressed her anguish over continuous harassment and threats of dismissal from service unless she gave in to his overtures.

She has written that because of severe mental strain and sheer frustration she was compelled to commit suicide. Instead of naming her boss she has used the word "sir" in her suicide note.

A 22-year-old Amanpreet Kaur, resident of local Singhpura Mohalla, today committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her residence. The family members rushed her to hospital but she was declared brought dead. Gurminder Singh father of the deceased, in an FIR lodged with the local police said that her daughter was working as a computer operator at the Post Office, Rajpura, on a contract basis. He alleged that his daughter used to tell him that her boss Jaswant Singh, Assistant Superintendent Post Office, used to harass her mentally and physically. He often used to blackmail her by threatening to terminate her service.

When contacted, SP Singh, DSP, said that the police had recovered a suicide note from the purse of the deceased in which she has alleged mental and physical torture as well as threats of termination from service. He said that she has not mentioned the name of any one but used the word "sir". He said her father has lodged an FIR against Jaswant Singh, ASP. The police has registered case and the matter was being investigated.

The dead body was handed over to the relatives after post-mortem examination. The residents demanded strict action against the erring official.



Two killed in mishaps
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 2
Two persons lost their lives in separate incidents today at Mandi Gobindgarh. While Rajinder Kumar an assistant lineman deployed with Powercom died of electric shock on G.T. Road another Kirpal Singh died after being hit by a mini truck on Amloh road.

The lineman was repairing some electric wires adjoining high tension wires and came in contact with them. He was injured seriously and was rushed to local hospital from where he was referred to a hospital in Patiala where he succumbed to his injuries.



Youth crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 2
A youth riding on a motorcycle was crushed to death after being hit by a speeding Honda City car. The police said that the motorcyclist was coming from Sheesh Mahal side towards NIS chowk, here last evening.

A car hit his motorcycle following which the victim lost control and fell on the road and was crushed by another vehicle coming from the opposite side. The police said that the accused had not been arrested so far.



high court
Admn told to refund deposit for booth, pay Rs 10,000 more
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Acting in an “unfair manner” in a booth surrender case has cost the Chandigarh Administration dear. Virtually passing strictures on the UT Administration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court not only asked it to refund the amount initially deposited for a booth in Sector 41-D but also imposed costs of Rs 10,000.

The directions came on a petition filed by Kamlesh Girdhar after the entire amount of Rs 1.80 lakh deposited by him was forfeited upon surrendering the allotment of the booth. He had deposited the amount on January 6, 1999, to clear 25 per cent of the premium.

Going into the background of the controversy, the petitioner had contended that he made a prayer for surrendering the booth after he noticed that the administration had constructed a toilet in front of it.

The administration, on the other had, contended that the petitioner after the initial deposit failed to pay installment; and the request for surrender came two years after the allotment. It added that the case was referred to the Chief Administrator on September 19, 2002.

He, through a letter issued on May 22, 2003, said the notification regarding surrender of the site was issued on June 5, 2002, whereas the lessee made an application for surrender on May 20, 2002.

After hearing the arguments, Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “Merely because the notification, permitting right to surrender, was issued a few days after the application, it cannot be considered an appropriate ground to decline the prayer of surrender as made by the petitioner.

“The respondents are certainly not seen acting in a fair manner to deal with the case…. Needless to mention that surrender of the booth would enable the respondents to re-auction the same now and the booth can fetch much more price as per the prevailing rates.

“The respondents, thus, are apparently behaving in a brazen manner. The prayer made by the petitioner appears just and reasonable, and deserves to be allowed…. Directions are hereby issued to the respondents to refund the money deposited by the petitioner.

“Since the respondents have utilised the said amount for considerable period starting from 1999 onwards, there is no justification seen in allowing the respondents to forfeit any part of the money so deposited by the petitioner.

“Seeing the unfair attitude of the respondents, the petition deserves to be allowed with costs, which are assessed at Rs 10,000,” he ruled.



Kishan, Umesh & Aneesh book berth in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Kishan Bansal, Umesh Gupta and Aneesh Saini make it to the semifinals of the ongoing 25th Haryana State Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Billiards and Snooker Championship being held here today. Umesh Gupta got the better of Ankur Nanda to move to the next stage. Umesh defeated Ankur Nanda by 3-0.

Kishan Bansal and Aneesh Saini beat Harpreet Singh and Gagan, respectively. Both of them overcame their opponents by a margin of 3-1.

In the senior billiards category, veteran player Anil Sharma will face Divya Sharma in the final of the tournament. Earlier in the semifinal clash, Divya defeated Sameer Bhalla by 2-1, whereas Anil Sharma outperformed Anshul by 2-0.


Senior snooker: Parv bt Manan Saluja (3-1); Aneesh Saini bt Praveen Rathi (3-1); Deepak Miglani bt Mohit (3-0); Divya Sharma bt Deepak Miglani (3-0); Umesh Gupta bt Ankur Nanda (3-0); Kishan Bansal bt Harpreet Singh (3-1); Aneesh Saini bt Gagan (3-1).

Senior billiards: Sameer Bhalla bt Aneesh Saini (2-0); Sameer Bhalla bt Anshul (2-0); Anshul bt Aneesh Saini (2-0); Anil Sharma bt Anshul (2-0); Divya Sharma bt Sameer Bhalla (2-1).



DPCA Red, Banyan Tree register wins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
DP Azad Cricket Academy (DPCA) Red and Banyan Tree School (BTS) defeated their respective opponents to move to the next stage of the St Stephen’s Junior Cricket Championship at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

In the first match, DPCA Red defeated Tau Devi Lal Cricket Academy, Panchkula, by six wickets.

Batting first, Tau Devi Lal Cricket Academy were bowled out for 57 runs in 24 overs. Ritik Shukla took three for 15, whereas Paras claimed two for five. Nehal (13) was the top-scorer for his team.

In reply, DPCA Red achieved the target in 12 overs with six wickets to spare. Akash Sharma remain unbeaten on 28 runs.

Brief scores: Tau Devi Lal Cricket Academy: 57 all out in 24 overs (Nehal 13, Tushar 9; Ritik Shukla 3 for 15, Paras 2 for 5, Arjun 1 for 4).

DPCA Red: 58 for 4 in 12 overs (Akash Sharma 28 n.o, Tushar 2 for 15).

In the second match, BTS defeated CL Champs by 68 runs. Batting first, BTS set a target of 195 runs in the allotted 25 overs. Manan (86) and Sunny (39) remained top-scorers for the team.

In reply, CL Champs were skittled out for 127 runs. Saksham (46) was the main contributor with the bat for his team.

Brief scores: BTS: 195 for 6 in 25 overs (Manan 86, Sunny 39; Parth 2 for 40, Abhishek 2 for 25).

CL Champs: 127 for 6 in 25 overs (Saksham 46, Shaswant 15, Noor 2 for 25).



DAV-8 lift Summer League title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
DAV Public School, Sector 8, defeated Stepping Stones School to lift the title of Summer League Cricket (U-16) Tournament at DAV School here today. The winners got the better of Stepping Stones by 68 runs.

Earlier batting first, DAV school were bowled out for 186 in 39.3 overs. Karan Panta contributed 56 runs, including five boundaries and a six, whereas Arvind Chouhan made 43 runs, including six boundaries.

For Stepping Stones, Amish Sidhu took four for 33, whereas his counterpart Devinder Singh took four for 18.

In reply, Stepping Stones bundled out on the total of 118 in 33 overs. Karan Aggarwal (29 runs) and Jagmeet Singh (33 runs) were the main contributors to the team’s total. For DAV-8, Sagar Sharma took three for 16, whereas Pardeep Kumar, Hemank Choudhery and Karan Panta took two wickets each.



CAC, MC register wins
Air Force Hockey Championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Central Air Command (CAC) thrashed Eastern Air Command (EAC), whereas Maintenance Command (MC) outshone Western Air Command (WAC) in their respective matches during the ongoing Air Force Hockey Championship being held at the 3BRD Air Force Station here today.

In the first match of the day, CAC beat EAC by 8-1. The CAC team scored scores at regular intervals after AC Tokio drew the first blood in the 16th minute of the game. CPL G Singh scored the second goal in the 20th minute of the game, following by a goal in the 36th minute of the game.

Before the breather, EAC team reduced the margin through a goal by Depura in the 45th minute of the game after taking full advantage of the awarded penalty corner.

Alam again gave the lead to CAC in the 52nd minute of the game, following by a goal by L Dhillon. In the last minutes, Lovepreet and Vinod sealed the team’s victory with their contribution.

In the second match of the day, MC defeated WAC by 2-0. For the winning team, Sanjay Yadav strike the plank twice in the 15th and 17th minutes of the game.



Boxing meet from July 14

Chandigarh, July 2
The Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association will organise the 26th State Sub-Junior Men Boxing Championship at PML SD Public School, Sector 32, from July 14 to 17 here.

Boxers born after 1997 are eligible to participate in the weight categories from 30 kg to 57 kg. All boxers are required to present the original date of birth certificate, along with the authority letter of the head of department at the time of weighing. The participants would charge Rs 50 per head per weight as the entry fee. — TNS



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