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Congress workers join SAD 
Our Correspondent
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 9
Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra’s election campaign has got a shot in the arm, as during his visits to rural areas Congress workers in Loha Kheri, Badali Ala Singh, Khera, Sangatpur Sodian joined his party, the SAD(B), and assured him of their vote and support.

Professor Chandumajra has intensified his election campaign in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency. He visits the rural areas in day time and organises corner meetings in Sirhind town till late night. He has been focusing on door-to-door canvassing and has personally been contacting the people in the town and the rural areas.

Similarly, in Bassi Pathana, SAD(B) candidate Justice Nirmal Singh has intensified his campaign as Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD(B) leader, has started canvassing in favour of him. More than 12 Congress workers from the area joined the SAD (B).



Observer conducts surprise check
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, Jan 9
The expenditure observer appointed by the Election Commission of India for all the three Assembly constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib, Amloh and Bassi Pathana, Santosh Kumar, Commissioner, Income Tax, Benaras, today conducted a surprise checking at Sirhind, Amloh and Bassi Pathana towns. He also inspected the complaints received at the call centre-cum-complaint centre set up on the District Administrative Complex and directed the staff to immediately forward the complaints to the respective Returning Officers (ROs).

He also inspected the control room set up to monitor and record the coverage of TV channels, any paid news and advertisements appearing in various newspapers. He directed the DPRO to debit the expenses incurred on paid news, TV coverage and advertisements in the account of the respective candidates.



No-trust motion against ZP chief adjourned
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 9
The Zila Parishad meeting, which was convened in connection with the no-confidence motion against chairman Pinki Gola, was adjourned till next date today.

Out of a total of 14 members of the parishad, seven Congress members and one INLD member were present at the meeting. Six members of the INLD did not attend the meeting. One of the members of the INLD, Gurmailo Devi, who was present at the meeting, announced that she would be joining the Congress.

Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidharthi chaired the meeting while the ADC and the SDM were also present there. A number of senior police officials were deployed outside the ADC office where the meeting was held.

Around 10 days ago, six members of the INLD and four members of the Congress had moved a no-confidence motion against Pinki in which they had demanded from the DC that a meeting of the parishad should be convened at the earliest. Pinki who was elected as an independent member had become the chairman with the support of the Congress members one and half year ago.

Later, a majority of the Congress members got annoyed with her because of her style of working and they temporarily teamed up with the INLD members to teach her a lesson. Now, all the seven members of the Congress are united against her.

Two days ago, Pinki joined the INLD. Last evening, the party high command directed the INLD members not to support the no-confidence motion. In the absence of the INLD members the no-confidence motion was not taken up at the meeting as it required the support of at least 10 members.

The Congress has to manage the support of 10 members if it wants to capture the chairman’s seat. The INLD has also started making a strategy to keep its six members united. 



Two shops burgled at Ambala Cantt
Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 9
Two shops were burgled in Daal Bazar near the main Grain Market here late last night.

According to sources, the owners of M/s Hukam Chand Ganeshi Lal and Ram Kishen Mangat Ram lodged a complaint with the Sadar Police Station in this connection.

They alleged that cash and grocery items were burgled from the shops. They said when they came to the shops in the morning they found the locks broken.

Concerned over the rising number of burglaries in the market, the local shopkeepers convened a meeting to discuss the issue and decided steps to check such incidents.

President of the Grain Market Association Naresh Jain has demanded increased night patrolling by the police in the area.



Bail jumper nabbed
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 9
The detective wing of the Ambala police nabbed a bail jumper, Manish Bhalla, at Housing Board Colony here today.

According to DCP, Ambala, Shashank Anand, Bhalla and his colleagues had kidnapped a child from Panchkula and they had demanded Rs 1 crore as ransom from his parents. Later, they were arrested. The court had sentenced them to life term in the kidnapping case. Bhalla was lodged in the Ambala jail.

On July 9, 2008, he was granted six-week parole which expired on August 21. Bhalla did not come back to the jail even after the expiry of the parole and the court declared him a proclaimed offender. He was produced in the local court which sent him to judicial custody.



Disturbed area: HC issues notice to UT Administration, Centre 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
More than two decades after Chandigarh was dubbed a disturbed area, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the Centre and the UT Administration on notice.

The notice of motion was issued on a petition seeking the quashing the notifications, whereby Chandigarh was declared a disturbed area.

The issued was brought to the notice of the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover through a petition filed in public interest by Sector-7 resident Surinder Singh Bhardwaj.

The petitioner had sought directions to quash the notifications issued on December 2, 1986, and December 5, 1991, whereby the union territory was declared as disturbed area by the UT Administrator.

The petitioner also annexed information obtained under the Right to Information Act, in which the Administration recently conceded that the Chandigarh Disturbed Area Act, 1983, was still in force.

The petitioner submitted that the Act was implemented in the city, along with Punjab, during peak time of militancy in the state, adding that Punjab had already done away with the Act in October, 1997.

He stated in the petition that Chandigarh was yet to do away with the Act though peace has been restored in Punjab and Chandigarh. The petition would now come up for hearing on March 5.



Pafex told to pay Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Pafex (Prakash Air Freight Private Limted) for its failure to deliver a parcel.

The district forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota has also directed the respondents to pay Rs 2,195 on account of the loss suffered by the complainant.

The complainant, Dilpreet Singh, submitted that he approached Brijesh Sareen, Shiv Shakti Stationery and Couriers at Panjab University (Opposite party no 2) for sending a parcel containing some clothes and shoes to his cousin at Jhansi. He showed his parcel to the opposite party no.2, who asked him to pack it properly, which he did accordingly and gave it to the opposite party No.2. He said after three days, he received the packet and found that one pair of shoes, costing Rs 2,195, was missing from the packet. His cousin went to the office of opposite party No.1 at Jhansi, but it told him to contact their Chandigarh office, from the where the courier was booked. When he approached the opposite party no.2 and asked him about the parcel, he replied that it was done in a hurry. He made irrelevant excuses and asked the complainant to talk to branch manager of the opposite party No.1 in Chandigarh. It is averred that he called the branch manager, who told him to meet the opposite party No.2 who offered only Rs 500 as compensation.

The counsel for the opposite party No.1 pleaded that the transaction in question is without any declaration of goods in respect of the goods claim, hence the complainant cannot be allowed to take advantage of his own wrong. It is further pleaded that courier had been duly delivered and no item of the couriered goods of the complainant had been lost. At the time of taking delivery of the impugned shipment, the consignee pointed out no irregularities and admittedly the delivery slip was signed in token of receipt and acceptance of the shipment in good order. Furthermore, as per the terms and conditions of the consignment note, the liability of the opposite party No.1, if any, is limited to Rs 100 only.

Initially, the opposite party no 2 appeared in person and sought time to file reply/evidence but subsequently, did not appear and suffered ex-parte.

The forum observed that the non-appearance of opposite party no.2 as well as non-filing of reply, despite appearing on three dates of hearing and then suffering ex-parte order, shows that opposite party no.2 did not want to say anything in its defense or to contest the claim of the complainant and the allegations made by the complainant are true.



Merchant Navy Officer Academy fined Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the Swami Vivekanand University of Merchant Navy (now Merchant Navy Officer Academy) for its failure to provide onboard deck training to a resident of Mohali.

The district forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota also directed the opposite party to refund Rs 3,15,000, besides Rs 10,000 as the cost of litigation.

The complainant, Arvind Kaur, submitted that after being allured by the advertisement regarding the deck cadet course (pre-sea training) by the opposite party, she approached them for getting her son, Mohit Arora admitted in the said course, culminating into the licence for continue discharge certificate, upon which placement of the candidate would be made on the ship.

She was to deposit Rs 3,15,000, out of which Rs 1,55,000 was for the pre-sea training and an amount of Rs 1,60,000 was to be deposited before the start of the course. She deposited Rs 1,55,000 and her son was issued various certificates regarding the training and the onboard training was to commence from November 4, 2009, but the same was not started. She approached the opposite party through her husband who asked her son to deposit the remaining fee of Rs 1,60,000.

She further alleged that her son was taken to Bangkok (Thailand) on March 12, 2010 on the assurance that the continue discharge certificate would be issued there. Before departing, a sum of Rs 1.60 lakh was also taken by the opposite party and her son was issued certificate to work onboard of Panamanian Ship for a period of three months and thereafter, received a letter through the opposite party from one Hailong Shipping and Investment Development Vietnam for the onboard training, starting from May 3, 2010.

According to the complainant, many commitments were made regarding the continue discharge certificate and licence to board, but no development took place and her son has to stay at Bangkok. Thereafter, he was taken to Cambodia where her son had to stay for one month and returned back on expiry of his visa.

According to the complainant, the certificates issued by the opposite party were fake and had no recognition for imparting the said training, besides having no authority to issue the said certificates. She requested the opposite party to refund Rs 3,15,000 deposited with them, but to no effect.

The counsel for the opposite party pleaded that on completion of the pre-sea training course, requisite certificates were issued to the candidate. Thereafter, they provided certificate to the candidate for joining the “onboard training”, without any delay. It has been pleaded that the complainant has failed to deposit Rs 1,60,000 for the onboard training of the candidate and only Rs 1,47,200 was paid on March 15, 2010, that, too, after the completion of the training and issuance of the transitory certificate in February, 2010.

It has further been pleaded that the complainant’s son returned to India without consulting the opposite party and failed to reach the company’s office by the stipulated date i.e. May 12, 2010. They further asserted that the institute of the opposite party is duly recognised and the certificates issued by them are genuine.



CBI files detailed chargesheet
Rajinder Nagarkoti/TNS

Chandigarh, January 9
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a detailed charge sheet at a district court here against former Punjab revenue official and a sarpanch of Fatehgarh Sahib in a graft case dating back to April, 2011.

The CBI filed the charge sheet against the duo for accepting a bribe of Rs 9 lakh. The accused were revenue official Narinder Singh and Panjol sarpanch Darbara Singh. The court deferred the hearing for January 21.

Past year, the CBI had laid a trap at Sector 43 and arrested the accused. According to it, they had demanded the bribe for executing a sale deed in favour of the complainant, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, who had purchased agricultural land at Panjol village. CBI officials maintained that the revenue official had threatened the complainant that in case of non-payment, an objection would be raised to the tehsildar concerned and the sale deed would not be executed.



2 held for robbery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The police arrested two persons in a case of robbery past night. They were identified as Sachin and Suraj Verma, residents of Sector 52 here.

Rajesh Kumar, a Dhanas resident, called the police control room, reporting that two persons ran away with his bicycle, mobile phone, wallet and voter identity card near the T-point at the transit camp in Kajheri village.

The police arrested the duo after giving them a chase. A case under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Sector-36 police staton.



Eatables counter? Organisers taken by surprise
Principal permits its installation without permission
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Organisers of the ongoing 57th National School Games seem to be too busy in making the event a success but they were unaware of the fact that an eatable selling counter is running right under their nose at the skating rink of Sector 10.

The venue for organising the fencing events of the tournament comes under the UT sports department and its officials, including director public instructions (DPI) and DEO (district education officer), were seen unaware of the development.

It was found that the principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, has permitted the owner of the school canteen to run the stall in order to provide soup, tea and coffee to the players on the premises.

But the owner, flouting the instructions, was also seen selling bread pakoras, samosas, patties, sandwiches with low quality sauce and also packets of chips.

Notably, one of the same incidents happened at the table tennis hall of Sector 23 on November 7 when organisers installed a counter to sell eatables on the premises, to which the sports department later marked an inquiry against the organisers.

When contacted, joint director sports JPS Sidhu said, “The Chandigarh Administration is organising the tournament, so we are not charging any fee against the use of venue, but I am not aware of the counter running from there,” said Sidhu. When told the outsiders were also seen buying the products, he added, “I am not sure about the situation. I will confirm the situation from the person concerned and will take action if found guilty,” said Sidhu.

The situation also raised many eyebrows against the permission given directly to a person without informing the authorities. “I gave the permission keeping in mind the interest of players. I don’t want them to go in the market to buy eatables,” said principal Indra Beniwal. When asked about the poor quality of food served there, she replied, “We are doing our best.” She further added, “The counter is installed on no profit and no loss basis.”

We have not advertised any tender to instal the counter. However, all officials are busy in draw of lots for nursery admissions and will go through the details later in the evening — PRO of the DPI office

We have not allotted anyone to come and sell products. The best persons to know about the counter are members of the organising committee. The DEO office has nothing to do with it — PS Brar, state sports organiser


No permission from DPI and DEO

No permission from UT sports department

Only one person approached for installing the selling counter

Outsiders were seen purchasing items

Bad quality of sauce being served to students



2-day seminar for coaches, trainers concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
A two-day state seminar for coaches and trainers was organised by the Punjab State Cricket Academy under the supervision of director and curator Daljit Singh, here today.

Coaches and trainers from fourteen regional coaching centres of the association attended the seminar. The seminar laid emphasis on reviewing the existing activities and exposing the participants to the latest training techniques.

The participants had interactive sessions including videos and field demonstration.

They were also advised to adopt online reporting and feedback methods in tune with the latest technical developments.

Punjab Cricket Association honorary secretary MP Pandove, addressed the concluding session emphasising that the young players must learn the age old basic fundamentals of the game.



Rajasthan show way to Gujarat in handball
Madhya Pradesh go down against Kerala 29-12 in U-19 boys category
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The Handball team from Rajasthan routed Gujarat in a match of girls (U-19) Handball Championship during the ongoing 57th National School Games, held here today.

The winning side defeated the rivals by 25-16 while Kerala defeated Chattisgarh by a margin 18-16. In the boys’ (U-19), Madhya Pradesh went down against Kerala 29-12 while team of Himachal Pradesh got an upper hand against Uttar Pradesh by 24- 16.

Team of Gujarat defeated Vidya Bharati by 29-1 while Rajasthan routed Andhra Pradesh by 28-18.

In fencing event for girls (U-14) individual event of epee category Jindal of Punjab defeated Roshni of Maharashtra by 13-12 while Asmip of Maharashtra and Babynao of Manipur secured third place in the tourney.

In the boys’ (U-19) team event of epee, Chandigarh defeated Punjab by 15-10. Earlier, in the first semi-final of the same category Chandigarh beat Maharashtra by 15-10 while in the second match, Punjab defeated Manipur by 12-11 while Maharashtra and Manipur shared points to finish third.


Girls (U-19) (foil): Chandigarh b Tamilnadu (15-8); boys (U-14) (foil): Bidyananda (Manipur) b Langam (Manipur) (15-7): Cricket boys (U-16)-

Chandigarh b Kerala by 9 wickets, Punjab b Madhya Pradesh by 7 wickets; Haryana b Odisha by 31 runs; Maharashtra b Bihar by 8 runs; Chandigarh b Delhi by 45 runs; Punjab b KVS by 9 wickets; UP b Haryana by 4 wickets; IPSC b Maharashtra by 5 runs; Choi Kwang DO-boys (U-19) defense drill 42-45 kg: Manish of Haryana; Rahul Sagar of Delhi; Rushikesh Shimpli of Maharashtra; 45-48 kg-Mahesh Yadav of Chhattisgarh; Ajit Deokate of Maharashtra; Sharanvir Singh of Punjab; 48-51 kg-MD Farukali of Delhi, Umesh Singh of Uttrakhand, Shubam Bodare of Maharashtra; 51-54 kg-Rajat Gajbhiye of Chhattisgarh, Ujesh Sevak of Gujarat, Neeraj-IPSC.

54-57 kg-Ramesh Kumar Vetti of Chhattisgarh, Deven Mane of Maharashtra, Jagdeep Pahal of Haryana; 57-60 KG-Ravi Chhoker of Haryana, Memon Azeem of Gujarat, Sukhdev Singh of Punjab; 60-63 kg-Rajvinder Singh of Punjab, Manoj Kumar of Haryana, Narinder Singh of Uttrakhand.



Berths not booked, volleyball team to drop out
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The participation of the boys (U-14) volleyball team in the Sub-Junior National Volleyball Championship to be held in Karnataka hit the road block as the contingent failed to get confirmed seats in the Karnataka bound Goa Express train. The championship will be held from January 16 to 21.

As per the officials, who are conducting a camp at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, the berths for members were applied on November 30.

“I applied for the reservation well before time and was provided 67th waiting number and today it was 43rd. I have written it to the department that we will not get the reserved seats and now it is up to them. If they tell us to go, we will go standing, otherwise we have to drop our participation in the tourney,” said Rajmohan, manager with the team.

On other hand, state sports organiser of the UT education department said “Our teacher (Rajmohan) has given us in written that the team will not get any reservation, so we will not allow them to go. If we send the players in unreserved categories, the players will feel uncomfortable so it is better that team should stay here. Our teacher also told us that the team is not up to the mark,” said PS Brar.

However, the official refused to give in writing about the calibre of the team. The players are undergoing a daily practice since December 26, last year.



Local players facing quality opposition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Local players were seen finding it hard to defeat their opponents from other nations, in the boys’ category, during the opening day of India ITF Junior-1 Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Complex, Sector 10, here today.

Stanislav Korshunov of Russia overcame Nirbhay Singh Soin by beating him in straight sets 6-4 and 6-2 with making it a one-side affair while another wild card holder and product of Chandigarh Rural Tennis Academy, Ranjeet Singh, was also easily defeated by sixth seed Japanese Naoki Nakagawa in two straight sets 6-2 and 6-2.

Third wild card holder from Chandigarh Bhavtaran Preet Singh also made an early exit after loosing the match against fourth seeded Nattan Benjasupawan of Thailand by 3-6 and 2-6.

Indian Rajanvir Singh Dharni also lost against Akhmed Djamal Mukhamed Uzbeksitan after giving a tough fight.

He won the first set 7-5 but the player from Uzbekistan was in full flow in the next two sets and won at 6-1 and 6-1.

In the boys singles first-round match, Taipei player, Shao-Chi Yang, surprised eighth seed Vilasier Khate of India after defeating him in straight sets at 6-4 and 6-4. On other hand, the Indian player Sumit Nagal (556) defeated South African Adriaan Du Toit in straight sets 6-2 and 6-3.

In the girl’s singles first round match, seventh seed Tarrannum Handa made lost against Min-Chi Hsu of Taipei after losing first set at 3-6 and second to 6-1. Top seeded Ching-Wen Hsu of Taipei ousted Indian Natasha Palha 7-6 (5), 6-3 while eighth seed Simran Kaur Sethi of India was impressive in her fluent 6-0 6-3 verdict against Chiung En Wu of Taipei.

Local trainee Bhavya Wadhawan displayed her potential but failed to overcome her rival from South Africa, Madrie Le Roux, and lost by 6-7 (9) 6-2 6-1.

Results: Boys singles’ (Ist round): Jeroen (BEL) b Shao-Yu Yu (TPE) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, Stanislav Korshunov (RUS) b WC-Nirbhay (IND) 6-4, 6-2, 6-Naoki (JPN) b WC-Ranjeet (IND) 6-2, 6-2, 4-Nattan Benjasupawan (THA) b WC-Bhavtaran (IND) 6-3, 6-2, Sumit (IND) b Adriaan Du Toit (RSA) 6-2, 6-3, Akhmed Djamal Mukhamed (UZB) b Rajanvir Singh Dharni (IND) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, Shao-Chi Yang (TPE) b 8-Vilasier Khate (IND) 6-4, 6-4, 5-Teeradon Tortrakul (THA) (5) b Manav Kumar Chakma (IND) 6-3, 6-5.

Girls’ singles (Ist round): 1-Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) b Natasha Palha (IND) 7-6 (5) 6-3, Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND) b Peeraya Charoensirisutthikul (THA) 6-4 6-3, Dabin Kim (KOR) b Sansitha Nandakumar (IND) 7-5 2-6 6-1, 6-Sanae Ohta (JPN) b Jahnvi Gupta (IND) 6-1 6-0, 4-Nina Stojanovic (SRB) b Yukun Zhang (CHN) 6-2 6-3, Nayanika Reddy Devireddy (IND) b Fang-Chi Tsao (TPE) 6-0 6-3, Riya Bhatia (IND) b Arina Folts (UZB) 6-1 4-6 6-2, Min-Chi Hsu (TPE) b 7-Tarrannum Handa (IND) 6-3 1-6 6-3, 8-Simran Kaur Sethi (IND) b Chiung En Wu (TPE) 6-0 6-3, Jiayuan Xue (CHN) b Nikita Bishnoi (IND) 6-3 6-3, Shreya Pasricha (IND) b Pei Chuan Kao (TPE) 7-5 6-3, 3-Madrie Le Roux (RSA) b Bhavya Wadhawan (IND) 6-7(9) 6-2 6-1, Spurti (IND) (5) b Deria Nur Haliza (INA) 6-4 2-6 6-2, Pei-Wen (TPE) b Devanshi G Bhimjiyani (IND) 7-6 (5) 6-0, Carol Augustine-Benito (ESP) b Charvi (IND) 6-0 6-0, 2-Oleksandra Korashvili (UKR) b Britt Geukens (BEL) 6-3 6-2.



Gobindgarh college weightlifters clinch trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Heavy weightlifters of Gobindgarh Public college, Alour (Ludhiana), scored 11 points to win the Panjab University Inter-College Power Lifting Championship for Men held at the PU Gymnasium hall, here today.

KLSD College, Ludhiana, and GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, scored 7 points each to finish at joint runners-up position while SGGS College, Sector 26, place with 6 points.


Squat-Bench- Dead-Total

67.5 Kg: James Babu (452.5), Ramandeep Singh (400); 75 Kg-Amit Kumar (562.5), Ramandeep Singh (475), Jaspreet Singh (460); 82.5 Kg-Vikas Thakur (537.5), Navtej Singh (530), Veerdavinder Singh (515); 90 Kg-Tarandeep Singh (577.5), Harmeet Singh (550), Rahul Kwatra (477.5).



PU hockey team win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The hockey team of GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar, routed LLRM College of Education, Dhudike, by 1-0 in the opening match of the Panjab University Inter-College Hockey Championship for Men (Evening and Education Colleges C-Division) being held at PU, here today. In the second match of the day, the department of evening studies, PU overcame the BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, by 3-0.



Ashok brings gold in tae kwon do

Chandigarh, January 9
Five local Tae-kwon-do players won laurels in the recently held 6th National Open Championship in West Bengal. Ashok Rana won gold medal while his counterpart Subham Nayyar got silver in the competition. Kabir, Krisha and Anshu bagged bronze medals to finish third in the event. —TNS



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