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Residents face electricity dept’s apathy
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11
Though the state government claims to provide 67 citizens-centric services to the public and form grievances committees to redress problems of the people at their doorsteps, the ground reality is totally different as far as the town of Bassi Pathana is concerned.

The town already lacks basic facilities and whatever facility the town has, is being withdrawn by officials, alleged Manoj Kumar Banda, general secretary, Hindu Organisation, an NGO.

While talking to mediapersons, Banda said a cash collection centre of the electricity board was working in the town from the last 50 years, but now the cashier posted at the centre has retired. Instead of posting any new employee, the department decided to close the collection centre, thereby causing great inconvenience to its residents. He said now the residents had to travel 3 km to deposit the electricity bills.

Moreover, the electricity grid has no facilities for consumers. They have to stand in long queues with no toilets, drinking water, sitting arrangements or any shed, he added.

He said in the era of information technology, the department had not provided any facility to pay the bills through banks or Internet. He demanded that the collection centre in the town should be made operational by posting an employee, so that the residents may not have to face any difficulty.

Meanwhile, Kirpal Singh Sethi, a member of the grievances committee, alleged that he had raised the issue at the meeting, but the SDM did not bother to sort out the matter. He said there was no use of the grievances committees, as they were just eyewash.

When contacted, SDO Nirmal Singh said the collection centre had been closed as the employee had retired. He told he had taken the matter with higher officials and hoped the employee would be posted at the earliest and the collection centre would be made operational soon.



Admn reviews fire-fighting arrangements in pvt hospitals
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, December 11
Following the fire incident that claimed the lives of around 89 patients in a multi-storey private hospital at Kolkata, the Ambala administration has started reviewing fire-fighting arrangements in private hospitals.

There are around 12 private hospitals in the twin city. Most of these do not have adequate fire-fighting equipment. The municipal corporation has not approved the site plan of some of the hospitals as no provisions as per the Haryana Fire Service Act were made in its buildings.

There are no fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, heat detectors or emergency hide rents in these buildings. The trauma centre which was recently constructed on the Civil Hospital premises does not have any fire fighting system. When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidharthi said a survey would be conducted to check the fire fighting arrangements in various hospital buildings.



3 held in murder case
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 11
The police has arrested three persons on the charges of murdering Pappu Ram, a resident of Rambag road, Ambala Cantt, here.

Ambala DCP Shashank Anand said on November 14 Pushpa Rani, wife of the deceased, had filed a complaint with the police regarding the abduction of her husband.

On December 7, the main accused, Jai Mal, was nabbed by the police and during interrogation he confessed to have committed the crime. Later, other accused were also rounded up. They said they had abducted Pappu Ram on November 17 and took him to Kurukshetra, where they murdered him.

The accused were produced in a court, which sent them to judicial custody.



Man shot at, dies
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 11
An ex-employee of the irrigation department, identified as Babu Ram, was shot dead at the Kalpi bus stand close to Ambala Cantonment this evening.

According to information, Babu Ram was going home on his motorcycle. When he was passing near the Kalpi bus stand, a few unidentified persons fired at him. The assailants were boarded in a black Alto car.

After the firing, the assailants fled away from the spot. Babu Ram was brought to the Ambala Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputy Commissioner Police (rural) Praveen Mehta told the police had identified the involvement of two persons in the incident. The police has registered a case against the unidentified assailants in this regard.



One killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 11
A resident of Sector 41, Chandigarh, died in a road accident while his son escaped with minor injuries on the GT road near Ambala city this afternoon. The deceased has been identified as Vinod Vohra.

According to the information, Vinod Vohra was coming from Delhi to Chandigarh in a taxi along with his son, Pushap Kumar, and was on the way to Chandigarh when their taxi collided with a truck. Vinod died on the spot and the truck driver managed to flee from the site. The police has registered a case. The body of the deceased was handed over to his relatives after the post mortem.



Foundation stone laid
Our Correspondent

Ambala, December 11
Former union minister and local MLA Venod Sharma laid the foundation stone of Gurdwara Guru Har Kishan Sahib, close to Sector 10 at Ambala City today.

Shri Guru Har Kishan Sahib Seva Society will construct the gurdwara with the cost of Rs 4 crore. It will be the biggest gurdwara in HUDA’s sectors in the state. While addressing the gathering, Sharma said Guru Nanak Dev not only gave the message of spirituality but also inspired people to fight against social evils. He asked the people to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.



Brick-kiln owner violates pollution control norms
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, December 11
Officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) raided a brick-kiln near Jaula Kalan village and found it violating the pollution control norms.

SDO Gursarn Dass Garg said during the raid, it was observed that Chintpurni Bricks Company had stocked unauthorised fuel, old rubber tyre cuttings for manufacturing of bricks, which had been strictly banned by the board.

The brick-kiln owner had obtained a NOC from the board and started the unit without obtaining consent to operate.

Board officials further added that the owner was also found violating the provisions of the Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1981.

PPCB chairman KS Pannu told strict action would be taken under the provisions of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 against the owner.



Missing Baby Case
Two sent to 3-day police custody
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 11
The police produced two women, accused of stealing newly born from a Panchkula hospital, in the district courts here today. The court has sent the two to police custody for three days. The role of the accused has also to be investigated in the missing case of Nishant, a 10-month-old boy, on September 29 at Mansa Devi Temple, said police sources.

Nisha, a resident of Sanaur town near Patiala, allegedly stole Mannat from the General Hospital in Sector 6 with the help of her maid, Rekha, and an acquaintance, Gurbinder, alias Gaindu on the intervening night of December 5 and 6.

Though the exact motive was yet to be verified by the police, Nisha had reportedly told the police that she wanted to bring up the child as her son.

The police is suspecting that she also had a role in stealing Nishant from Mansa Devi Temple during the Navratra fair in September.

While Nisha has been sent to police remand for three days, her role is being investigated in the missing of baby boy from Mansa Devi Complex. The scrutiny of her location through mobile phone has indicated that she was in Panchkula on September 29, said the sources.

Pinjore residents, Anil and his wife Sarita, had visited Mansa Devi Temple to pay obeisance when Sarita had to go to drink water and handed her son over to a couple standing in a queue. On returning, Sarita found that the couple had vanished with the baby.



3 held on extortion charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Chandigarh Police (crime branch) yesterday arrested three persons for allegedly demanding extortion money of Rs 8 lakh from the family members of a UK-based person, Surjeet Singh, by posing as Punjab Police intelligence wing staff on Saturday.

Interestingly, one of the accused turned out to be a nephew of Surjeet Singh.

The accused have been identified as Sandeep Singh, Varinder Singh and Ravinder Singh. Ravinder had introduced himself as inspector Dharamvir in the Punjab Police (intelligence wing).

Crime Branch inspector Amanjot Singh said all three accused were arrested near Taj Hotel in Sector 17 while receiving token money of Rs 15,000 from UK-based youth’s father, Balbir Singh, a resident of Jalandhar.

Inspector Singh said the accused had come in a white Tata Safari with black glasses. “Varinder Singh, who was not known to the complainant, stepped out of the vehicle and received the money by posing as a head constable, claiming that inspector Dharamvir had asked him to collect the money,” he added.

The inspector further said that accused Sandeep, victim’s relative, was aware of the fact that Surjeet was having two wives, one in the UK and another one in Jalandhar district of Punjab.

For extorting Rs 8 lakh from the family, Sandeep involved Ravinder, who hatched the plan by posing himself as an intelligence inspector and started calling Balbir Singh, stating that an inquiry had been marked by the UK Embassy.

“The accused stated that if he mentions that Surjeet is having wife in India as well, his visa would be cancelled and he might be deported. The accused demanded money for preparing a positive report,” the inspector said.

The crime branch laid a trap for the accused after the complainant, who was asked to hand over the money near the Punjab Police headquarters in Sector 9, approached a patrolling party and revealed his story. The accused later shifted the meeting point to Sector 17 near Taj Hotel.

A case of extortion, impersonation and cheating was registered at the Sector 17 police station.



Pet dies of injections, vet booked

Mohali, December 11
In an unprecedented case, a veterinary doctor has been booked by the Mohali police for allegedly causing death of a pet dog due to administering of several injections.

A case of mischief by killing the animal has been registered against the veterinary doctor, Dr Avtar Singh, a resident of Sector 71 on the complaint by NR Sudhir, a resident of Phase III A.

The incident occurred when the ill dog was administered injections between August 31 and September 6, following which the animal died on September 7. The police have registered a case when the owner approached with the complaint against the doctor.

A police official said autopsy of the pet could not be done as the owner did not approach the police soon after the death. The autopsy at a government veterinary hospital has to be conducted within 24 hours of death. — TNS



Four rob man of car, Rs 3,200
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 11
Four unidentified miscreants in Innova car allegedly snatched a scooter and Rs 3,200 cash from Vikas Kumar, a resident of Krishan Enclave near K-Area, Baltana, on Saturday night.

A police official stated that Vikas Kumar in his complaint alleged that he was moving towards his home from Chandigarh. When he reached near the K-area, one of the accused stopped and asked for lift. Meanwhile, other three in Innova car came and stopped the car in front of the scooter. They threatened him of dire consequences and took his scooter, along with Rs 3,200 cash.

He claimed that the accused managed to flee in the darkness. SHO Zirakpur said a case had been registered.



Theft bid at ATM
Tribune News Service

The ATM of ICICI Bank where a theft attempt took place in
The ATM of ICICI Bank where a theft attempt took place in Sector 15, Panchkula, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, December 11
Thefts in the town continued for the second day here today. The locks of a house were found broken in Sector 25 this morning. However, an attempt of theft at an ATM of ICICI Bank in Sector 15 was foiled when watchman raised the alarm, following which police personnel sealed all roads of the sector and rounded up suspects.

The thieves targeted 10 shops in various sectors and stole cash and valuables worth over Rs 4 lakh yesterday. Shopkeepers while protesting against the poor security arrangements in the town staged a protest and blocked traffic in front of the Sector 11 market and road dividing Sectors 15 and 10.

According to the shopkeepers, there was no watchman deputed at the ATM by the bank in night. The ATM is situated in the same market where five shops were burgled yesterday. It was during wee hours that the watchman heard noises at the ATM and raised the alarm.

Four persons standing in front of the ATM ran away before the policemen present in the vicinity could reach the spot. Later, the police sealed the roads in the sector and rounded up the suspects for questioning.



Shooting range to be upgraded
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

The shooting range in a deplorable condition with grown congress grass in 2009 (left); and the shooting range under a makeover
The shooting range in a deplorable condition with grown congress grass in 2009 (left); and the shooting range under a makeover. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 11
Facing flak from the sports lovers of the city for neglecting the shooting range, the Chandigarh police has finally realised that the Patiala-Ki-Rao Shooting Range, Sector 25, which is in a dilapidated condition, requires maintenance and upgradation.

Interestingly, the police department took 10 years to stir up from its slumber and gave it a thought to renovate the range. The city will face a new ‘avatar’ of the range, which has produced international shooter Abhinav Bindra and hosted two successful national shooting championships in 1975 and 1979.

Officials of the police department said, the range will now have an air-conditioned and computerised 10m pistol arena while 25m rifle and pistol range will also be upgraded, for which the work has already been assigned to a contractor.

The range was handed over to the police in 2001 by the UT sports department, giving the reason that shooting involves arms. The range had been marred by wild growth.

The Patiala-ki-Rao Shooting Range is the only shooting complex in the country that has all the pistol and rifle ranges at one place, including 10 m, 25 m, 50 m rifle, pistol, 300 m long range and skeet shooting.

“The range is in a pathetic condition and still didn’t have good facilities. Hope now things will change as some development has been made here,” said Shivangee Sanwaria, a shooter.

Even though Lt Col (retd) JS Dhillon coach of Abhinav Bindra and vice-president of the Chandigarh Riffle Association had applauded the step taken by the police department, which had come after a long wait but he said, shooting that had brought only one gold medal in the Olympics to the nation and that too by a local boy, has no place in the priority list of the UT sports department.

“I don’t know when the officials of the sports department will understand that it is a recognised ‘sport’, it is not a ‘law’ that the police should take care of,” said Dhillon.



TENNIS tourney
Gurleen, Kabir enter main draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Gurleen and Kabir Manraj have entered the main draw first round matches for the under-16 girls and boys’ matches of the St Stephen’s School-CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament, respectively, being held at CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

Gurleen defeated Arshpreet Bajwa 8-3 while Kabir Manrai beat Sultan Atwal 8-6 to enter the main draw first round matches.

The matches for boys and girls will be played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Complex and Lake Sport Complex, Chandigarh, from 8.30 am and 9.00 am, respectively, on December 12.

Brief results:

Boys’ U-12: Sabrang Sandal b Manik Singh 8-0; Akshit Chabra b Chiraz Singh 8-6; Rajdeep Kaura b Chaitanya chaudhary 8-1; Adesh Bansal b Manveer Sohi 7-2 Concede; Ritik Mohapatra b Kanav Khurana 8-3; Anirudh Ishan b Bhavesh Aggarwal 8-5; Shrut Mohan Nagreta b Amitoj Sachdeva 8-0; Vikshit Verma b Shreyas 8-2

Boys’ U-16: Kabir Manrai b Sultan Singh Atwal 8-6; Karandeep Singh b Sachit Malhotra 8-5; Mayank Sharma b Rupesh Khokhar 8-2; Mritunjay Badola b Yogesh Dogra 8-3; Ravjeet Singh b Sagar Bains 8-3; Raghav Talwar b Abhijit Singh 8-2; Adhhyan b Lakshay Bharti 8-4; Parasdeep Singh Virk b Abhishek Sardana 8-3.

Girls’ U-16: Gurleen Singh b Arshpreet Bajwa 8-2; Ikita Sharma b Saryu Swatantra 8-3.



Punjab to clash with Baroda on Dec 22
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 11
Excellent batting by Panith Manyala (131) of Andhra Pradesh went in vain as Punjab managed to snatch three points for first innings lead in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy against Andhra Pradesh, held at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, here today.

Continuing their second innings, Andhra Pradesh was bowled out for 395 in 149.5 overs. Panith Manyala 131 of 249 balls with 20 boundaries played an enterprising innings for his team. He was the fifth man out with the score at 254. G Shayam Sunder 64 and B Ayapa 37 were the other main contributors for Andhra Pradesh.

Left arm bowler Vinay Choudhary 4 for 73 Sandeep Sharma 2 for 101 and Kamal Passi 2 for 87 shared the spoils for Punjab. Punjab, which would now take on Baroda on December 22, has now 4 points from its 2 matches.

Brief score: (U-19)

Andhra Pradesh 241 all out in 78.2 overs 1st innings.

Punjab 345 all out in 122.4 overs 1st innings.

Andhra Pradesh 395 all out in 149.5 overs second innings (Panith Manyala 131, G Shyam Sunder 64, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 101, Kamal Passi 2 for 87, Vinay Choudhary 4 for 73).



Ankit fashions Infosys win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 11
All round performance by Ankit Sharma (38 and 2 for 6) enabled Infosys XI to beat Godrej and Boyce XI by 12 runs and lift the IX MG Cup League Cricket Tournament organised by Cricket Federation of Haryana at the Cricket Stadium, Sector-3, here today.

After winning the toss, Godrej called correctly at the toss and decided to field on a damp wicket. The decision of skipper, Vaneet Chawla, proved correct as half of the Infosys team was back in the pavilion with just 27 runs on the board. The match was earlier reduced to 20 overs due to heavy fog. Ankit Sharma of Infosys had other ideas as he held the fort and opened up later to ensure that his team scored a fighting total of 128 runs in 20 overs.

The Godrej innings was also rattled as the first 4 batsmen lost their cool and the team was in dire straits at 48 runs after 10 overs. Monu Khera struck 46 as the Godrej team fell short by 12 runs. Ankit Sharma for his all round performance was declared the man of the match.

Inderjit of Godrej CC was declared the best batsman, Nikhil Valecha of Infosys as the best all-rounder and Naresh Dhingra of Godrej bowler.

Brief scores:

Infosys XI-128 for 8 in 20 overs (Ankit sharma 38, Nikhil Valecha 25, Aanuj Dhall 21 not out, Kulwinder Romi 2 for 22, Naresh Dhingra 2 for 27, Vijay Pal 2 for 29).

Godrej CC-112 all out (monu khera 46 not out Vaneet Chawla 24, Inderjeet 23, Gautam Gulati 3 for 33, Ankit Sharma 2 for 6, Nikhil Valecha 2 for 23).



Former champion extends help to players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Former Chandigarh state badminton champion, Surjit Bedi, wants to give back to the game by sponsoring the local talented players to participate in the international badminton tournaments.

Impressed with the consistent display by Ashish Sharma and Pankaj Nathania, Bedi has decided to honour the state champions by sponsoring them to participate in the international events.

Other notable performances have been marked from the Badminton Hall, Sector 42, by Mehak Sood, Shreya Chadha, Aryan, Ishaan, Sudhanshu, Paras, Akarsh, Abhinav and Amit. All in the age group of Under-10, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19.



Priyanshu’s ton helps HPCA pile up runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Fine batting by Priyanshu (116) enabled HPCA to pile up 207 runs in the first innings against Punjab in the Vijay Merchant Trophy being held at the DPS Stadium, Patiala, today.

After winning the toss, Himachal opted to bat and by the close of the play, they had posted a healthy total of 207 for the loss of 2 wickets in 97 overs. They were helped in their cause in first inning stand of 115 runs for the first wicket between Priyanshu and Vijay.

The partnership was broken by Arpit Singh who castled Vijay at his individual score of 45 runs. Priyanshu was joined by Saurabh Dhiman and the duo took the total to 184 when the former was trapped in front by Harpreet Brar after completing a stroke full century (116) of 266 balls studded with 17 boundaries and one six. At the close of the play, Saurabh Djiman and Shubam Negi were at the crease.

Brief Scores:

HPCA: 207 for 2 in 97 overs (Priyanshu 116, Vijay Dogra 45, Arpit Singh 1 for 31, Harpreet Brar 1 for 65).



Sudhanshu wins boys’ quad in skating tournament
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 11
Sudhanshu Jain won the first position in the under 14-16 boys’ quads Gurukul World Speed Skating Tournament which concluded at the Skating Rink, Gurukul World School, Sector 69, here today.

Around 200 skaters aging between 4 and 16 from the tricity participated in the competition.

Brief results: U-4 boys’ quads: Chinmay Kansal, Vedant Parashar Adhiraj.

U-4 girls’ quads: Rakshita Pahwa, Vrinda Goyal, Pranya Nayyar.

4-6 years boys’ quads: Samridh Kulshresth, Nishit Garg, Rudra Sharma.

4-6 years girls’ quads: Kashvi Gupta, Aayushi Aggarwal, Kismat.

Boys’ quads: Aditya Dabas, B Pranay Gaud, Kartik Jindal.

6-8 years’ girls’ quads: Vidushi Rawat, Tarannum Bhandari, Harshita Paul.

6-8 boys’ inline: Achintya Gupta, Aarav Nandwani, Sanyam.

8-10 boys’ quads: Adhiraj Kundlas, Sanyam Gupta, Saksham Bansal.

8-10 girls’ quads: Akshita Shourie, Shivani Sharma, Radhika Khokhar.

8-10 girls’ inline: Raisa Katyal, Bhanu Rakshita, Ayushi Aggarwal.

8-10 boys’ inline: Hardik Sethia, Pranav Dadwal.

10-12 boys’ quads: Vikram Singh, Amanpartap Singh, Angad Brar.

10-12 boys’ inline: Love Verma, Harsh Gupta, Ojas Rastogi.

10-12 girls’ quads: Manvi Jain, Karen George, Sanya Sharma.

12-14 boys’ quads: Ketan Bassi, Siddhrath Jain, Ajay.

14-16 boys’ quads: Sudhanshu Jain, Akshit Aggarwal, Prince Bhimani.



Kho-kho Welfare Club lift trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club lifted the 8th Challenger Kho-Kho Championship by defeating Khalsa Club with 10 points in the finals of the open category, men’s section, held at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here today. The DAV Club beat Eagle Club by 2 points to bag the third place.

In the Under-14 girls’ section, GNS 46 beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, by five points while Sharda Sarvhitkari School, Sector 40, beat MDAV, Sector 22, by 2 points to bag the third place.

Students in action during the Challenger Kho-Kho Championship at Shivalik Public School in Sector 41, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo:Parvesh Chauhan 



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