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Admn booked 41 vehicle owners in November
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Mining under way.
Mining under way. Tribune photographs

Heavy vehicle tracks at the Tangri riverbed near Ambala Cantonment.
Heavy vehicle tracks at the Tangri riverbed near Ambala Cantonment. Tribune photographs

Ambala, December 29
The district administration has booked 41 vehicles and its owners involved in illegal sand mining in the district in November.

A ban on mining of sand and stone was imposed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 28 in Haryana.

Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi here today said on the compliant of residents of nearby villages, the police along with officials of the mining department conducted surprise raids in the Tangri and Markanda rivers and seized tractors-trolleys involved in illegal mining of sand and stones from riverbeds in November.

Shekhar told cases were registered against four vehicles and their owners at the Maheshnagar police station, four vehicles at Patwi police post, 16 vehicles at Naraingarh police station, three at Saha police station, four at Shehzadpur police station, five at Mullana police station and five at Naggal police station.

The residents of the nearby areas told despite the ban, mining continues in the Tangri and Ghaggar rivers. Tractor-trolleys carrying sand and stones are a common sight on the main road.

During the raid, many persons managed to flee from the spot leaving their vehicles in the riverbed.

The Deputy Commissioner further said the police would intensify the campaign against illegal mining and those involved in the business will not be spared.



One dies in road mishap
Our Correspondent

Lalru, December 29
A 45-year-old man was killed in a road mishap near Lalru on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Vikram, hailing from Motihari in Bihar and presently living in Kuranwala village and working with a local factory.

As per information, an unknown vehicle hit him and he died on the spot. The police had sent the body for a post-mortem after registering a case against the unidentified vehicle under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC.



2 booked for forgery
Our Correspondent

Lalru, December 29
The Lalru police has booked two persons of Ambala City under the charges of forgery on Thursday.

As per information, brothers of Jandli village, Ram Singh and Bhupinder Singh, alleged that Baljit Singh and Nirmal Singh, residents of Ambala City, demanded Rs 1,60,000 in lieu of sending them abroad. But neither the promise to send them abroad has been fulfilled nor they returned the money. The police had registered a case against the accused under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC.



HC notice to Admn, nominated councillors
Says mayoral poll result subject to ruling on plea
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
A petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today, seeking directions declare the act of nominating councillors two days after the declaration of election results as arbitrary and illegal. The high court issued a notice to the UT Administration and the nine newly nominated councillors for January 27.

Though the Division Bench headed by Justice K Kannan refused to stay elections for posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, scheduled for January 1, it made it clear that the outcome would be subject to the decision on the petition.

Petitioner Davinder Singh of Rajasthan challenged the voting rights of nominated councillors in mayoral elections. He contended that the Administration should have taken affidavits of nominated councillors, outlining their credentials and antecedents. The petitioner also mentioned the point of political affiliation of a few nominated councillors.



Six-year-old girl crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 29
A six-year-old girl was crushed to death under a bus of Vidya Mandir School as she was trying to board the school vehicle near Pinjore today.

The victim, identified as Kanchan Chaudhary, was rushed to the community health centre where doctors declared her brought dead. The victim’s body had been kept at the centre for a post-mortem, which will be conducted tomorrow.

According to information, the accident occurred at Chiken village when the school bus had gone to pick students from various localities around Mallah village.

Victim’s father Sanjeev Chaudhary, a resident of Chappehar village, said after one of the students boarded the bus, the driver starting reversing the vehicle (HR-68-6535), ignoring the warnings of the people present.

The police arrested the driver and registered a case against him for negligence driving, besides seizing the vehicle. However, the conductor of the bus managed to elope from the site of the incident.



Youth killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
A 25-year-old youth on a motorcycle was killed as an unidentified vehicle hit him near the ITBP gate at Ram Darbar here past night. The victim, Ravi Kumar, was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

Ravi worked as a recovery agent with a private bank and was the only son of his parents. He got married in February this year. He was returning to his Ram Darbar residence when the mishap occurred. There was no eyewitness to the mishap.

According to police investigations, a rashly driven vehicle hit him and was driven away from the spot. A PCR van discovered Ravi lying in a pool of blood and rushed him to the hospital. He had received a head injury. The police registered a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC at the Sector 31 police station. The victim was a cousin of inspector Janak Rana, who was currently the SHO of the Sector-19 police station.



SGGS-26 win top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
Retaining their title, the softball team of the SGGS College, Sector 26, lifted winners’ trophy for the fourth consecutive year, at PU ground, here today.

In the final league match of Panjab University Inter-College Softball Championship for Men, the SGGS College, Sector 26, team routed GGDSD College, Sector 32, by a margin of 6-1.

Pardeep and Pawan guided the team to victory after scoring two runs each while Karan scored one to complete the team’s winning tally. For GGDSD College, Sector 32, Bhupinder scored one to reduce the margin.

In the second match of day, the PU campus team defeated SCD Government College, Ludhiana, by 11-8, but failed to attain third place in the tourney due to less score in average. Hence, SCD College, Ludhiana, grabbed third place.

For the host side, Dinesh, Anurag and Aakash hit two scores each while Sourav, Dhanendrajit, Umesh, Rajesh , Sachin and Ashish contributed one run each and for the visiting side, Jaspreet was the highest score with his three hoe runs while Sunil contributed two runs. Jai Parkash and Jatin also contributed one run each.



Sachin, Mohit help Punjab take vital lead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
A brilliant unbeaten ton by batting of duo Sachin Sohal and Mohit put the Punjab team in strong position against that of Hyderabad during the match of Cooch Behar Cricket Trophy for (Elite-C) Boys (U-19), today.

Sachin (106) and Mohit (100) scored unbeaten knocks and will open the team’s innings tomorrow.

After wining the toss against the host team, batsmen of Punjab stood on the decision of skipper Manan Vohra and scored a total of 309 for 3 in 90 overs on the first day.

Earlier in the match, Ankit Pursharthy lost his wicket on the total of 5 off 35 after wicket keeper Vaibhav caught him off K Sabarish followed by wicket of Manan on the total of 49 off 58 included six boundaries and three sixes.

After the fall of wickets, Sachin Sohal joined the crease with Love Kumar but Love got bowled out to Bhargav Raidu off Rayan Amin on a total of 42 inclusive of six boundaries. Later Sachin Sohal continued to play the strokes with wicket keeper Mohit Handa for the fourth wicket stand.

Sachin Sohal scored 106 off 224 studded with 11 boundaries while Mohit Handa 100 off 148 balls with the help of 14 boundaries.

For Hyderabad; Viswajit Patnayak, K Sabarish and Rayan took one wicket each.

Brief scores: Punjab: 309 for 3 in 90 overs (Manan Vohra 49, Love Kumar 42, Sachin Sohal 106 not out, Mohit Handa 106 not out, Viswajit Patnaiak 1 for 70 , Rayan Amin 1 for 25, K Sabarish 1 for 70).



Players lack civic sense, says PU
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
An alleged lack of civic sense in sportspersons is what bars Panjab University (PU) from giving them basic facilities like mattresses and quilts in the winter in the sports hostels of the campus.

Following The Tribune’s report highlighting PU’s apathy to visiting softball team, the PU authorities have justified not giving mattresses to players, as they feared them to be left dirty by them.

In what is bound to irk hundreds of sportspersons and college authorities, PU dean student welfare AS Ahluwalia on a telephonic conversation from Lucknow said, “The sports department has told me that players participating in the inter-college tournaments leave mattresses and quilts dirty and that is why they were not given the bedding. No security was charged but we can start providing them bedding by charging security.”

The justification, however, defies the logic to many, as a coach on the condition of anonymity said, “These are same players that participated in the inter-university tournaments and they are given everything there. Don’t they make bedding dirty then? Is civic sense proportionate to nature of the tournament for PU? The excuse is illogical and shameful and highlights the department’s indifference to college-level tournaments.” According HS Ghosal, Senator, Panjab University, the apathy is a standing evidence to the step-motherly treatment to the colleges and their students. “If PU has forgotten that this hostel was built by the college’s money and college sportspersons should be given full facilities. If mattresses get dirty then can’t they be washed? Last year they used this hostel as their girls’ hostel when our teams had to stay in other area of the campus and now they don’t even give bedding to our students. We will not take this and meet the VC in this regard.”

On other hand, the dean also maintained that the authorities will take up the matter and re-framed the rule. “We will soon take up the matter at a meeting. We will consider sportspersons, coaches and officials and hopefully in future, the players will get all facilities after depositing some security fee or a responsibility letter by the head of the institution,” said Ahluwalia.



DP Azad Academy win 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 29
The DP Azad Cricket Academy defeated the host team of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Pkl, in the final match of 1st Satluj Sub-Junior Cricket League for boys (U-13).

Elected to bat first, the winning side scored a total of 162 run in the allotted 25 overs.

Brief score:

DP Azad Cricket Academy: 162 for 7 in 25 overs (Simarjeet 35, Tavleen 32, Parth 28, Ayudh 23, Saurav 2 for 29, Sahil 2 for 30).

Satluj Cricket Academy: 145 for 8 in 25 overs (Hardik Chaudhary 59, Shravan Sharma 30, Shashwat 25, Tavleen 3 for 28, Sonu 3 for 25).



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