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Petrol pump office gutted
Our Correspondent

The burnt office of the petrol pump near Janetpur
The burnt office of the petrol pump near Janetpur. A Tribune photograph 

Dera Bassi, February 22
A fire broke out in the office of a petrol pump, situated near Janetpur, here today. Most of the material lying in the office of the fuel station was burnt. Fire tenders from Dera Bassi were pressed into service which controlled the spreading fire.

Sources said that that the fire broke out due to a short-circuit.

Owner of the petrol pump said that no one was present in the office during the fire. The fire damaged television, bed, refrigerator, air conditioner and other materials lying in the office of filling station.

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National Highway
Illegal access causing accidents
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, February 22
Illegal accesses to Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway which has been becoming the cause of the accidents despite issuing notices to the concerned companies and informing the civil and police administration by the GMR company regarding the illegal accesses.

The GMR company which had constructed the National Highway had identified nearly 178 illegal accesses on the National Highway from Ambala to Chandigarh that were not closed till now. The officials of the GMR company had informed the civil and the police administration for action from time to time but no action was taken in this connection.

The company officials said that 15 illegal accesses were identified in Baldev Nagar, 90 in Lalru, 39 in Dera Bassi and 34 in Zirakpur. The illegal entrances were becoming the major cause of the accidents.

A few business houses that had created illegal accesses and to those the GMR company had issued notices include the ATS, Bhushan Steel, SBP Homes, Hella India, JCBL, India Gates, Wockhardt, TC Teritex, Ranapolycot, Bhandari Export, Silver City, Maya Graden and Sharma farmhouse and Toyoto Globe.

The project director of the National Highway Authority, Anil kumar Dahiya, said that the concerned companies that had created illegal accesses on the national highway and the administration were not cooperating for its closing that were becoming the cause of accidents.

The SDM Rajesh Tripathi said the administration would cooperate fully for closing it if the concerned authorities ask.

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Lawyer attacked, Bar suspends court work
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib February 22
The members of the district bar suspended the court work in a protest against the attack on an advocate, Pardeep Kumar, by some unidentified persons at Bahadargarh village, here today.

Pardeep was seriously injured, whereas his wife and his other family members also received injuries, he was admitted in the hospital. The villagers managed to nab one of the assailants and who was then beaten up by the mob and later on was handed over to the police.

Amardeep Singh Dharni, president District Bar Association, said that the Bar in its meeting passed a resolution condemning the attack on Pardeep as well as the police in action in this regard. Amardeep said that if the police did not nab the other assailants, the Bar will decide next course of action. A copy of the resolution had been sent to the SSP for action, he added.

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St Xavier's celebrates annual day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 22
St Xavierís International School, Patiala, celebrated the annual prize distribution function. The students, who showed their innate talent in extra co-curricular activities, were honoured.

In paper reading contest, Tamana, Siya, Niharika, Vandana, Dhruv, Riya, Sidak, Omesh grabbed various positions.

In candle and diya decoration, the students of junior wing Utsavi, Raja, Hoorpreet, Jasreet, Kritak were awarded.

For indulging quality reading habits and to promote their aesthetic sense, an inter-house poetry recitation competition was held in which Tamanna, Vishwajeet, Sanyam among juniors and Aradhna, Mahima and Amol among seniors who won prizes.

In the junior wing, Guurshanwal, Kirtharth, Vanshika, Suraj, Riya, Harleen, Sidak, Ishan got prizes.

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Undertrial breaks journalistís camera on court premises
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 22
In yet another incident an undertrial, in a case of murder, broke the camera of a scribe who was reportedly trying to click his picture to portray lax security at the district courts, here today.
The undertrial who attacked a photo-journalist on the premises of the district courts at Mohali on Wednesday.
The undertrial who attacked a photo-journalist on the premises of the district courts at Mohali on Wednesday.
Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

The incident occurred when the undertrial, Sandeep Kumar, charged at the scribe, the policemen accompanying did not prevent him from damaging the camera of the local photo journalist, Varinderjit, on the court premises. The undertrial in a murder case was brought from Hoshiarpur jail on production warrant.

The alleged criminal, Sandeep Kumar alias Sunny was brought on production warrant from Hoshiarpur jail in connection of murder. As the criminal was handcuffed and was busy eating at the court tuck shop, the lensman tried to click his picture. On watching him clicking the photos, the criminal allegedly starting abusing the journalist and pounced on him suddenly breaking his camera.

At the time of attack, the alleged criminal was in the custody of the Hoshiarpur police and was handcuffed. But the police was just mare spectator.

This is the fourth such incident in the past few months inside the court premises when lax security has been reported on the court premises. Recently, another dreaded criminal brought on the production warrant had allegedly beaten the witness; a couple of months ago, the same criminal had torched the turban of a cop inside the lock up of the court.

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Sanam beats top-seed Vishnu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
In the biggest upset of the morning local lad Sanam K Singh laid low his compatriot, top-seed Vishnu Vardhan in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to storm into the quarterfinals of the ITF Menís Future US$ 10,000 Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Lawns.
Sanam returns a shot in a singles match of the ITF Menís Future $ 10,000 Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Sanam returns a shot in a singles match of the ITF Menís Future $ 10,000 Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

The much-awaited clash between the two youngsters found Sanam raising his game a few notches to send the top seed and last yearís winner Vardhan out of the tournament. Matching his opponent stroke by stroke, Sanam showed nerves of steel while thwarting all attempts by Vishnu to gain ascendancy in the match. The titanic struggle for supremacy lasted two and a half hours and the local ladís stunning win made the home crowd happy.

Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan staved off a stiff challenge from 6th seed Hsin Han Lee of Taiwan in three hard-fought sets. Lee won the first set 6-4 while Shuichi came back to level by winning the set 6-3. The 3rd set saw a see-saw struggle for supremacy with both the players holding on to their serves and were involved in long rallies. Shuichi was able to prevail upon his opponent 7-6(3).

Japan had another success coming their way when Takeuchi Kento prevailed upon Vignesh Peranamullar in 3 sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Eighth seed Saketh Mayneni from India was able to tame wild card entrant Sidharth Rawat of India in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (3). Sidharth Rawat who had caved in tamely in first set went on to extend Saketh by fully stretching him before going down in a tie breaker 7-6 (3). Sarvar Ikramov, the seventh seed from Uzbekistan, disposed of Heisin Yin Peng from Taiwan who had moved from the qualifier round in 3 sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. N.

Sriram Balalji of India was able to tame his compatriot Rupesh Roy in a bitter contest 7-5, 6-4. Murugesh R Virali, fifth seed. ended the challenge of qualifier Jordi Munoz Abdue of Spain in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The second seed, Arata Onozawa, of Japan easily disposed of Matthieu Vierin of Italy 6-2, 6-2. Four from India, three from Japan, one from Uzbekistan made it to the quarterfinals round.

In doubles Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien Yin Pen from Taiwan defeated Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan and Mathhieu in two sets 7-6(3), 6-3. The first set was a ding-dong affair with service changing hands before the top-seed pair of Lee and Pen defeated Sekuchi of Japan. They brought out all their experience to wrap up the first set 7-6(3), The second set, however, was a tame affair with the winners running away with it at 6-3. The 3rd seed pair of Japan Arata Onozawa and Kento Takeuchi lost to Indian challenge of Rohan Gajjar and Saketh Myneni in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(4). Having disposed of the Japanese challenge easily in the first set the Indian players had to fight back a stiff challenge from the Japanese before winning the second set in a tiebreaker set 7-6(4).

Wild card entrant pair of Vijay Kannan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan had to fight off a spirited challenge from their compatriot the fourth seed pair of Balaji Sriram and Murugeshan Verali. The first set won by Vijay Kannan and his partner 7-6(4), while Balaji and partner came back to wrap up 2nd set 2-6. The 3rd set was claimed by Kannan and partner in a super tiebreaker (10-6). The struggle for supremacy lasted almost 2 hours. The last doubles match of the day was won by the 2nd seed pair of Sam Barry and Miles Bugby who disposed of Vivek Shokeen and Sanam. They won the first set 6-4 but the Indian pair of Vivek and Sanam retired before the start of second set with Sanam having cramps. 

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Geetan wins 1500m race
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Geetan of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, today bagged the first prize clocking 7:00.22 in the 1500m race in the under 19 category for girls at Inter-School Atheltics meet being organised at Sports Complex in Sector 7 here.

A player in action during the Inter-School Atheltics meet at the Sports Complex in Chandigarh.
A player in action during the Inter-School Atheltics meet at the Sports Complex in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Shivani of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, was adjudged the first runner-up while Neha of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, stood third in the event.

The winners of other events:
500m (U-17): Sukhdeep; discus throw U-14 (G): Kavita Saini; Long jump U-17: Kamini; long jump (U-14): Amanjot Kaur; 400m race (U-19): Celeste; discus throw (U-17): Suman; long jump (U-19): Celeste; discus throw (U-19): Sonam; 400m U-17: Harmanpreet; 400m U-17 (girls): Sunita.

Finals results (boys): 1500m U-19: Pankaj; shot put U-14: Ravi; 1500m U-17: Shanku Ram; high jump U-17.

Amit; shot put U-17: Sachin Sharma; high jump U-19: Vishvjeet; shot put U-19: Nishant; 400m U-19: Sandeep; 400m U-17: Shanky; 400m U-14: Parul; high jump U-14: Riaz.

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Vijay Hazare Trophy
Punjab go down to Delhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Delhi defeated Punjab by 135 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament in Delhi today. This was the second consecutive win for Delhi.

Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh won the toss and opted to field first in their league match on the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. His decision to field first proved to be right when medium pacer Siddharth Kaul cleaned up Delhi opener and India under-19 skipper UB Chand before he could open his account.

The Punjab seamers were getting enough help from the Kotla wicket and the runs were hard to get. Left-arm seamer Barinder Singh had one-drop Manan Sharma taken by wicket keeper Uday Kaul for 12 while Amitoze accounted for Shikhar Dhawan as the left handed chased an out-swinger into the hands the wicket keeper at 17. Then Mithun Manhas (60 off 104 balls with 5 boundaries) and Punit Bisht (73 off 80 balls with seven boundaries and 2 sixers) steadied the Delhi innings. Mithun Manhas was snapped by Mandeep Singh off Manpreet Gony while Puneet Bisht was caught by Siddharth Kaul off left arm seamer Barinder Singh. At this stage Delhi were 160 for 4 in 40 overs.

Then skipper Rajat Bhatia, first in the company of Puneet Bisht and after his exit with Yogesh Nagar, sent the Punjab bowlers on leather hunt adding 105 runs in the last 10 overs and losing only one wicket in the process.

The Delhi innings ended at 265 for 5 in the allotted 50 overs. Skipper Rajat Bhatia led from the front with a sparkling unbeaten knock of 60 off just 38 balls studded with six boundaries and 2 towering sixes while Yogesh Nagar lent him support by smashing unbeaten 21 off 12 balls inclusive of 2 boundaries and one six.

For Punjab, Barinder Singh (2 for 72), Manpreet Gony (1 for 53), Siddharth Kaul (1 for 40) and Amitoz (1 for 36) shared the spoils. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bowled an economical spell of 10-0-38-0.

Replying, Punjab got to a dreadful and disastrous start as Parvinder Awana struck twice to remove both the Punjab openers cheaply. Uday Kaul was castled by Parvinder Awana for 1 while the other opener Karan Goel chased an away swinger to be caught by the wicket keeper Puneet Bisht off Parvinder Awana for 4.

Gurkirat Singh Mann and Mandeep Singh, two young guns from Punjab, flourished for a while before Awana struck again by making dangerous-looking Gurkirat Singh to chase an away swinger to wicket keeper Bisht for 20 off 15 balls. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra then induced Mandeep Singh to give a catch to Mithun Manhas after he had made 15 runs.

The Punjab slide did not end at this as the next man Mayank Sidana also hold out to Varun Sood off Rajat Bhatia after scoring 9 and Hero of Punjabís win against Haryana Amitoze Singh was cleaned up by left arm seamer Sangwan for 4. At 57 for 6 Punjab were looking down the barrel when Bipul Sharma was joined by skipper Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan made a quick-fire 36 off 29 balls inclusive of five boundaries and two sixes before being caught by Sangwan off Mithun Manhas. All-rounder Bipul scored 25 not out off 20 balls. Punjab were bowled out for 130 in 32 overs. For Delhi Ashish Nehra (1 for 37), Parvinder Awana (3 for 27), Rajat Bhatia (1 for 2), Sangwan (1 for 30) and Mithun Manhas (1 for 26) were the main wicket-takers.

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