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Royal city stinks as civic authorities sleep
Malaria cases come to light as MC fails to take preventive measures
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Residents cross a mudy road while a pig feeds on garbage at Sanjay Colony near Lakkar Mandi slum area; and (above-right) a man covers his face while crossing a garbage strewn street near Jorian Bhathian in Patiala. Tribune photos: Rajesh Sachar; and (below-right) Stagnant water has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes at the Lakkar Mandi area
Residents cross a mudy road while a pig feeds on garbage at Sanjay Colony near Lakkar Mandi slum area; and (above-right) a man covers his face while crossing a garbage strewn street near Jorian Bhathian in Patiala. Tribune photos: Rajesh Sachar; and (below-right) Stagnant water has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes at the Lakkar Mandi area.

Patiala, September 17
Despite tall claims by the Patiala Municipal Corporation and the health and family welfare department pertaining to preventive steps being taken to ensure that there is no outbreak of any epidemic and to prevent malaria, the malaria has taken four lives in nearby Chailaila village in the past few days.

Though Patiala has been witnessing numerous cases of malaria and dengue every monsoon, the civic body as well as the department of health and family welfare have failed to take preventive measures in this regard.

As per information gathered by the TNS team, the Municipal Corporation has miserably failed to take any preventive measures. No fogging has been done in many areas of the city. Furthermore, stagnant water with mosquitoes breeding all over is a common sight in Patiala. A light spell of shower in Patiala inundates the entire city as the drainage system in the city is extremely bad -- all thanks to the casual attitude of the authorities concerned.

Airing their views, many city residents have alleged that municipal councillors were not paying any attention towards the problems of their respective wards as all of them were busy in the SGPC election campaign. “As all councillors are busy with the electioneering, there is no one to even listen to our grievances,” rued Sunpreet Singh, a resident of Delight Colony.

Jagmohan Singh, who is working with Harnam Singh and sons in Lakkar Mandi area, said: “It has been almost one-and-a-half month that the sewerage in their area has been leaking and despite repeated complaints the Municipal Corporation authorities have not bothered to resolve the problem.”

However, Mayor Ajitpal Singh Kohli said the civic body was indeed carrying out fogging drive since the start of the monsoon. “We are also purchasing bicycle fogging machines to ensure that there is not a problem during monsoons in future,” he said, while trying to downplay the issue.

Municipal Commissioner GS Sidhu denied any negligence on the part of the authorities. “MC is taking every possible step to check that there should be no outbreak of water-borne diseases or malaria/dengue cases,” he claimed.

On the other hand, Patiala Civil Surgeon Usha Bansal claimed that she had ensured that all doctors and paramedical staff in villages were on their toes to check any such incident. “Our ANMs are doing door-to-door survey and taking samples of persons who have slightest fever. We have got the fogging done in all sensitive areas and requested the village sarpanches to ensure that all small potholes are filed with sand. Moreover, we have sprayed medicine on all water sources in such villages,” she added.

5 cases this year

As many as 63 cases of Plasmodium vivax (simple malaria) were registered in government hospitals of the district along with two cases of Plasmodium falciparum (most severe form of malaria) during the last year. Also, there were 84 cases of dengue in government hospitals and one on them had died last year. However, as many as five cases of Plasmodium falciparum have been traced so far this year out of which three patients have already died.



sgpc poll
Over 50,000 voters to decide fate of candidates
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, September 17
All arrangements are in place at Dera Bassi for the SGPC election tomorrow. Nearly 50,759 voters, covering 194 villages and three towns, would decide the fate of two candidates contesting the election. Eighty-four polling booths had been set up, of which six booths were declared very sensitive, 41 sensitive and 37 non-sensitive for this poll.

Tough contest is likely to be witnessed in Dera Bassi constituency between SAD candidate Nirmail Singh Joula and Panthic Morcha candidate Surinder Singh Hamayupur.

Both the candidates had carried out door-to-door campaigns. In the absence of SAD MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny during the election campaign while some party workers worked for the party candidate, others had joined hands with the Panthic Morcha candidate.

Manpreet Kaur Dolly, daughter of former finance minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh persistently campaigned for Joula. She addressed public meetings in villages and towns.

According to party sources, Bunny had not campaigned for the party candidate as his wife was denied the party ticket for the SGPC election.

Joula had been stressing on the works done during his last term and promised educational SGPC institutions for this area. On the other hand Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Parmjeet Singh Sarna had addressed public meetings in favour of Panthic Morcha candidate Surinder Singh Hamayupur at Dera Bassi.

Hamayupur stressed on the removal of the dominance of SAD from the religious body and promised propagation of Sikh ideology and traditions if voted to power. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had also addressed public meetings in favour of the party candidate for the SGPC election. They termed Panthic Morcha as “mask of the Congress”.



BSNL chief off the HC contempt hook
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
BSNL’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director is off the contempt hook. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday discharged him after the Bench was told that the delay in handing over chunk of land’s possession was neither intentional nor wilful.

The BSNL came up with a telephone exchange on 0.66 acres in Anangpur village in Faridabad, with approval from the Chief Administrator.

Eros City Developers Private Limited, the owners of the land, filed a writ petition to secure the possession of the portion with the BSNL. The writ petition was allowed vide order dated November 25 last year and BSNL was directed to handover the possession within two months.

It was also asked to pay Rs 5 lakh by way of costs to the petitioner. An SLP was filed against before the Supreme Court. In the meanwhile, the petitioner filed a contempt petition before the High Court, in which a show-cause notice was issued, subject to dismissal of the SLP.

The SLP came up for hearing on July 6, but was ordered to be closed in view of pending acquisition proceedings. On August 10, the Contempt Court declined the request of BSNL for extension of time and ordered personal appearance of Managing Director to explain non-compliance of the order.

Appearing for Managing Director R.K. Upadhyay, Additional Solicitor-General of India Mohan Jain apprised the court that the present MD had taken over and joined only on April 30, 2011.

Thereafter, he took prompt steps to ensure compliance of the Court order and as on date the compliance is complete.

The keys were handed over to the counsel for the petitioner along with the payment of Rs 5 lakh, Jain said, while tendering an unconditional apology for the delay.



PIL on stray cattle menace
File action-taken report: Court tells admn
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
In connection with stray cattle menace, Panchkula CJM Gurvinder Kaur today directed the counsel appearing for the Deputy Commissioner, Municipal Corporation and the Superintendent of Police, Panchkula, to file an action-taken report and replies to the PIL filed by a Panchkula-based couple, Pankaj and Sangeeta Chandgothia, seeking removal of the stray cattle to ensure safety on roads. The court directed the authorities to file reply on September 23.

During today’s hearing, advocate YP Rana appeared for the district authorities and apprised the court that complaints under Section 133 of the CrPC had been filed before the SDM against the cattle owners who let loose their cows and buffaloes on the streets.

Petitioner Pankaj Chandgothia countered that the MC was not seizing the stray cattle, which was the immediate need to ensure safety of commuters. Thereafter advocate Rana cited shortage of space for keeping stray cattle as the reason for not impounding them.

The CJM said the life and property of the citizens was being put in danger due to the laxity on the part of the authorities and directed the counsel to file reply and status report on September 23.



1 arrested for raping 30-year-old
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Acting on the complaint of a 30-year-old woman, the police arrested a resident of Khuda Lahora in a case of rape.

The police arrested Advin Pace, a resident of New Colony, Khuda Lahora. The woman alleged that she was abducted, raped and threatened by the accused, who took her to the forest area yesterday. A case has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

Panic over abandoned bag

An abandoned bag found in Sector 45 triggered panic after someone called the police control room.

The police reached the spot and found that the bag belonged to a person who performed stage shows and recovered crackers in it.

The bag was handed over to its owner who soon returned to claim it. A DDR has been lodged.

Constable assaulted

A constable Bhim Singh was assaulted by a person while he was on duty on the Sector 41/42 dividing road.

The constable sustained minor injuries and a case under Sections 332,353,506,34 of the IPC has been registered against accused Kuldeep Singh, who sped after assaulting and threatening the constable.



Student held on theft charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The crime branch of the UT police arrested a student who is pursuing MCA course from GGS College, Kharar, on the charge of vehicle theft.

According to the police, the student who was identified as Sauqid, is a first semester student, hailing from Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was arrested from the college premises on Thursday.

Sauqid had joined the college about two-weeks ago.

Earlier, it was speculated that Sauqid was arrested in connection with the Delhi High Court bomb blast for sending terror e-mails, however, the police clarified that the student was arrested for vehicle theft only.

The accused was produced in the court on Saturday and was sent to police remand.



Cheating case against bank manager
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The UT police on Saturday registered a case under various sections of the IPC against Subhash Chand Gupta, manager, Bank of India, and Amit Jolly for allegedly cheating one Subhash Garg of Rs 3 crore.

The economic offences wing of the UT police registered a case on the complaint of Subhash Garg, a resident of plot No 204, Sector 29, Chandigarh.

According to the police, the complainant had alleged that Gupta and Jolly had cheated him of Rs 3 crore, on the basis of which a case under Section 420, 120-B of IPC and 13 (1) (D) 13 (2) PC Act had been registered at the Sector 19 police station.

Subhash Chand Gupta is at present posted at the Sector 17 branch of the bank. 



2 youths booked for molestation
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, September 17
The police today booked two youths for allegedly outraging the modesty of a girl on the complaint of Nar Kiran, principal of Senior School, Manoli.

The accused have been identified as Nirmal Singh and Harpreet Singh, both residents of Chilla village.

The school principal stated that she got the complaint from the girl who alleged that the two youths entered the school premises and molested her.

A police official stated that the youths had been booked under Section 354 of the IPC. He claimed the accused would be arrested soon.

One booked for rape

The police has booked one person for allegedly raping a resident of Guru Nanak Colony, Phase VII, Industrial Area. The accused has been identified as Suresh, a resident of the same locality.

A police official stated that a rape case was also registered against the accused two years ago in which he had been sentenced for two years imprisonment.

In her complaint, the victim said she was going to a field to answer nature’s call early in the morning yesterday, where the accused pulled her into his shop and raped her.

The police stated that after recording the statement and conducting medical examination of the girl, a case had been registered against Suresh. The accused was arrested and would be produced in the court, the police official added.

2 CPUs stolen

Two CPU sets were stolen from a government school at Brahmuna, Kharar. The computers were provided by the state government for students. In his complaint, school principal Gurdeep Singh stated that on the CPUs were stolen on the night of February 26 from the computer lab. The police stated a case has been registered and further investigations were on.

Youth killed in accident

Dera Bassi: A youth was killed in a road accident on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road when an unidentified vehicle hit him.

The deceased was identified as Radheyshyam, a resident of Mouli Jagran, who was returning to home from Rampursainia. The accident victim was brought to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where he was declared dead on arrival. The body was handed over to the relatives after conducting the postmortem.

The police had registered a case against the unidentified truck driver.

1 held for raping minor

Panchkula: The police has arrested a resident of Sector 20 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl here today. The accused, identified as Gajraj, is stated to be a distant relative of the victim.

According to the police, the parents of the girl living in a slum had left for their village at Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh a few days ago and the girl was staying at the house of the accused.

It was on September 8 that Gajraj allegedly raped her and fled from the town. The victim informed her father on telephone about the incident who came back and reported the matter to the police.



Charge sheet filed against 6 accused
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
While tightening the noose around those allegedly involved in the robbery at a eunuchs’ ‘dera’ in Kalka on May 4, the Panchkula Police has filed a detailed charge sheet against six accused. In this case three accused are still at large.

CIA wing of the Panchkula Police filed the charge sheet against Jagan, alias Longa, a resident of Pinjore, Mitta, a resident of Mundi Kharar, Mohali, Latta, a resident of Kharar, Kala, a resident of Kurali, and two others.

On May 4 around twelve masked robbers armed with pistol, swords, baseball bats and sticks, had waylaid 10 eunuchs, along with their “queen”, inside their ‘dera’ at Kalka and decamped with Rs 20 lakh in cash and jewellery, including 800 gm gold. The police added that these robbers had done the recee of the eunuchs’ ‘dera’.



Puneet scripts Mohit-XI win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Flurry of sixes rain in the 18th JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament for Pearls Trophy as Irfan Pathan and Puneet Bisht slammed hurricane centuries during a match held between Mohit-XI amd Reliance-I at St John School here today.

In a match reduced to 31 overs because of wet conditions, Mohit-XI winning the toss put Reliance-I to bat and their move proved successful as Reliance-I were reduced to 56 for four in 9.5 overs losing Pargat Singh (five), Sunny Singh (eight), Aditya Waghmore (zero) and Shikhar Dhawan (35). Then, Yogesh Nagar and Irfan Pathan got into the act and stitched a 198-run partnership for the fifth wicket in 20.5 overs. It was raining sixes in the ground as Yogesh Nagar blasted 95 off 66 balls with the help of 3x4s and nine lofty sixes and Irfan Pathan joined the run riot by blasting an unbeaten century (101) off 66 balls with the help of 1x4 and nine towering sixes.

The Reliance-I innings ended on 261 for five in allotted 31 overs. Mohit-XI’s JP Yadav was pick of the bowlers, as he picked for wickets for giving away 36 runs.

In reply, Mohit-XI reached the target of 263 for seven in 30.4 overs, thus beating Reliance-I by three wickets. They were helped in their cause by a scintillating century by their opener wicketkeeper batsman, Puneet Bisht, who blasted 119 off 84 balls studded with 14 well-executed boundaries and three huge sixes. He was concerned in a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Yashpal (25). Irfan Pathan two for 32, Yogesh Nagar two for 54 and Surjeet Nayak two for 32 were the main wicket takers for Reliance-I.

Puneet Bisht was awarded man of the match for his excellent knock of 119 by former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Chander Mohan.

Mohit-XI got four points for this win. In all, 25 sixes were hit in the match.

In the second match, MPCA got the better of local outfit, LIC by seven wickets and logged five points, including a bonus, while LIC got (-1). The only match of the day, which went to the full distance of 50 overs, was played at GMSSS, Sector 26. LIC while winning the toss elected to bat, but were bundled out for 163 in 43.2 overs. Nitin Saini (48) and Gurkirat Walia (42) were the principal run-getters for LIC. They put on 99 runs for the fourth wicket. For MPCA, Nikhil Sawke three for 18, Ajay Rajput three for 31, Pankaj Rao two for 23 and Rameez Khan two for 45 shared the spoils.

In reply, MPCA were given a solid start of 60 runs by Salman Baig (28) and Vikrant Singh (34). They were further well served by an unbeaten stand of 54 for the third wicket between Rahul Bakshi (30) and Praval Partap singh (30), both not out. MPCA scored 164 for three in 36.2 overs and won the match by seven wickets. For LIC, Yogesh Kumar took two wickets for 32. Nikhil Sawke was declared the man of the match.

Brief scores (Match I):

Reliance-I: 261 for 5 in 31 overs (Irfan Pathan 101 not out, Yogesh Nagar 95, Shikhar Dhawan 35; JP Yadav 4 for 36).

Mohit-XI: 263 for 7 in 30.4 overs (Puneet Bisht 119, Yashpal Singh 25; Irfan Pathan 2 for 32, Yogesh Nagar 2 for 54 and Surjeet Nayak 2 for 32).

Match II

LICL: 163 all out in 43.2 overs (Nitin Saini 48, Gurkirat Walia 42; Nikhil Sawke 3 for 18, Ajay Rajput 3 for 31, Pankaj Rao 2 for 23, Rameez Khan 2 for 45).

MPCA: 164 for 3 in 36.2 overs (Salman Baig 28, Vikrant Singh 34; Rahul Bakshi 30 not out, Praval Partap Singh (30) not out; Yogesh Kumar 2 for 32).



hockey tournament
ONGC lifts six-a-side trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The ONGC has drubbed the IOCL by 13 goals to 5 to list the 9th Six-a-Side Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament that concluded at Sector 42 hockey stadium here today.

Both the ONGC and the IOCL played an attacking game from the start of the match and the score remained level at 3-3 at lemon break. However, the ONGC players launched more attacking game in the second half and sealed the fate of the IOCL who could manage only two goals in the second session.

Man of the match Diwakar Ram scored four goals for the ONGC while Preet Inder scored three goals. Tyron, Parmod Kumar and Bikas Topo scored two goals each to take the total score to 13.

For the IOCL Ramandeep and Bhupinder Singh scored 4 and 1 goal each.

Prizes were distributed to the winning team by Rahul Gupta, director sports (prize), Davinder Singh Bedi, director, Shivalik Public School, and Rajpal Singh, captain, Indian hockey team.

Well Behaved Team of the Tournament, in the memory of late Sr Jasbir Singh Bajwa (coach - Chandigarh Hockey Academy), was awarded to Khalsa Academy-26.



CLTA-AITA Tennis Meet
Addhyan, Sachin reach final qualifying rounds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Local lads Addhyan and Sachin Kumar entered the final qualifying rounds in the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament for under-14 and under-16 boys and girls being
held at the CLTA complex here today.

The boys and girls’ final qualifying round matches will be played at the CLTA Complex and Lake Sport Complex, Lake Club, Chandigarh, from 8.30 am and 9 am, respectively, tomorrow.


Boys U-14: Sachin Kumar (Chd) bt Harish Bera (Raj) 8-4; Sagar Bains (Chd) bt Jagjit Singh (Chd) 8-1; Nihit Rawal (Chd) bt Sanjam Harish (Chd) 8-0; Anmol Rattan (Chd) bt Ankrish Khanna (Chd) 8-4; Gaurang (Dli) bt Rahul Verma (Chd) 8-1; MS Karthik (TN) bt Asav Kumar (Chd) 8-5; Faisal Qamar (Raj) bt Amit Beniwal (Har) 8-0; Shivank Bhatnagar (Dli) bt Akshit Chabra (Chd) 8-2; Rishabh Sharda (Chd) bt Shrut Nargeta (PB) 8-0; Saurabh Prashar (Chd) bt Aditya Pratap (UTK) 8-5; Lor Balajit (TN) bt Digvijay Pratap Singh (Chd) 8-7 (3); Anuj Malik (Har) bt Angrej Sophal (Chd) 8-6; Himanshu Mor (Har) bt Parmeet Deol (Chd) 8-4; Sahaj Somani (Dli) bt Krishna Rajput (UP) 8-5; Raunaq Marwan (Har) bt Ramanjot Singh 8-5; Ankush
Mishra (PB) bt Harshit Yadav (Dli) 8-2.

Boys U-16: Manish Drall (Dli) bt Mohit Kumar (Har) 8-0; Addhyan (Chd) bt Samrat Rana (Chd) 8-3; Ankush Arora (PB) bt Mohit Dahiya 8-5; Dushyant Agrahari bt Surya Pratap Singh 8-7 (6); Udayan Bhakar bt Amandeep Singh 8-3; Lavish Nemra (Raj) bt M Decanand 8-2; Shivesh Tripathi (UP) bt Kunal Vazirani (Mah) 8-3; Mohit Bhaardwaj (Dli) bt Nikhil Dabas (Dli) 8-2; Nazim Dawla (UP) bt Josh Bhasin (Chd) 8-3; Siddharth Basnet (Skm) bt Santosh Acharya (Asm) 8-4; Paramveer Singh Bajwa (Chd) bt Jagdeep Bajwa (Chd) 8-2; Rian Pandole (Mah) bt Yuvraj Singh Raghuvanshi 8-2; Digvijay Singh Naruka (Chd) bt
Ravi Tomar (Utk) 8-1; Param Pun (Chd) bt Conrad Rohan Mascarenhas 8-7 (7); Vasisht Cheruku (Kar) bt Sumit Pal Singh (J&K) 8-6; Akhil Bansal bt Jagneet Singh (Har) 8-0.



SGGS Khalsa, GN College hog limelight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, and GN College, Narangwal, have bagged top spots in the men A and B division, respectively, in the Panjab University Inter-College Football Tournament that concluded at the PU complex here today.

In the men A division, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur, secured the first position, while the second position went to GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, Ludhiana. PU Campus and SGGS College, Chandigarh, bagged the third and fourth positions, respectively.

In the last league matches, PU Campus beat SGGS College, Chandigarh, by 1-0. N Dhanenderjit scored the only goal for the team in the 65th minute. In the second match, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, defeated GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, by 2-0. Ramandeep and Bali Gagandeep scored for Mahilpur in the 44th
and 62nd minutes, respectively.

In the men B division, GN College, Narangwal, Ludhiana, secured the top spot, while GTB National College, Dakha, Ludhiana, got the second position.

GN College, Narangwal, got the better of GTB National College, Dakha, by 3-1. For GN College, Gurpeet, Varinder and Kulwinder scored in the 10th, 53rd and 59th minutes, respectively. For GTB College, Ajinder was the lone scorer, who scored in the second minute.



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