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Drunk driver, bus still missing
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 7
The police is still looking for the drunken bus driver of Haryana Roadways (HR 68-7261) who caused enough trouble to the passengers.

The accused halted the bus on national highway near here at 11 pm yesterday and ran away from the spot. He later returned to take the bus. The police is searching for both the driver and the bus.

Many commuters failed to catch flights owing to the misconduct of the driver. The bus was going from Chandigarh to New Delhi. Driver of bus fled from the spot after parking the bus on national highway. Commuters of the bus were later shifted to another bus. A Ludhiana resident, Santosh Kumar, said he missed his flight to London.



Wheat purchase begins
Farmers face harassment due to absence of facilities
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 7
Wheat arrival and purchasing has started in the grain markets of Dera Bassi, Lalru and Banur. However, some centres are still waiting for arrival of the wheat. Government procuring agencies such as Warehouse, FCI, Markfed, and Punjab Agro had started purchasing wheat in the grain markets.

Wheat arrival and purchasing was more in Lalru Mandi in comparison to other mandis. Over 2,000 quintal of wheat was sold in the market till now. Out of which over 1,800 quintal was purchased by warehouse agency on government rate of Rs 1,285 and 100 quintal was purchased by private person.

Other purchasing centres of Lalru area such as Tasimbli and Jarout failed to witness any wheat arrival till now. Grain market of Dera Bassi, which started at nearby Dhanouni village last year, could procure only 75 quintal of wheat and that was purchased by private traders in the absence of government agencies. Secretary of market committee Dera Bassi, Gurcharan Singh, said the Warehouse and Markfed agencies would come on Monday.

Other purchasing centres of Dera Bassi, Samgouli and Amlala also could not see any wheat arrival. About 500 quintal of wheat arrived in the grain market of Banur out of which only 40 quintal was purchased by Markfed.

Meanwhile, the absence of facilities at some purchasing centres caused harassment to the farmers. It was found that there was no shed in the grain markets of Dera Bassi, Amlala and Jarout for the safety of grains. In the absence of sheds, the farmers were forced to put their produce in the open. In the grain markets of Lalru and Dera Bassi, shops of commission agents were not constructed. Commission agents had put up temporary tents for their convenience. At some centres arrangement of drinking water was not done adequately.

The district mandi officer, Narinderpal Bawa, said all the arrangements for purchasing wheat had been made in all markets and farmers would be provided with all basic facilities at purchasing centres. Block president of Bhartiya Kissan Union Lalkhowal, Manpreet Singh, said sheds should be available in all centres. He demanded for proper arrangement of drinking water, lighting and sitting arrangement in purchasing centres.

Block secretary of CPI Avtar Singh Dappar and farmer Harpal Singh Bhukri said drinking water, sitting arrangement should be provided in grain markets.



HC to MC: allot alternative sites
Encroachments by Milkmen Colony residents upon land earmarked for public park 
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Acting on a petition for removal of encroachments by Milkmen Colony residents on the land earmarked for a public park in Dhanas, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has set a three-month deadline for allotment of alternative sites and cow dung pits.

The directions by the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover came on a petition by Subhash Chand and others against the Chandigarh Administration and respondents.

They were seeking directions to the respondents to “remove or get vacated the encroachment made by the residents on the land earmarked for the public park situated between the Housing Board (EWS) Colony and Milk Colony, Dhanas in front of House Nos.1074 to 1085 of the Housing Board Colony”.

The petitioners had contended that the vacant land was being used for storing cow dung, which would prove hazardous to the health of residents, “apart from causing other serious environmental problems.

Taking up the matter, the Bench asserted: “From the materials on record, it appears that there is an order dated July 21, 2003, passed by this court in a proceeding registered and numbered as CWP number 3270 of 2001.

“The order has been passed in the writ petition filed by some residents of the Milkmen Colony, apprehending their eviction pursuant to the decision to lay out the public park referred to earlier.

“According to the petitioners in CWP number 3270 of 2001, they were allotted cow dung pits by the Municipal Corporation and if they are to be removed so that the park can come up, alternative cow dung pits will have to be allotted to them.

“Taking note of the above said stand taken by the petitioners in CWP number 3270 of 2001, this court vide order dated July 21, 2003, directed the Chandigarh Administration to allot fresh cow dung pits within a month and on such allotment being made, the petitioners in CWP number 3270 of 2001 were directed to vacate the existing cow dung pits….”

Disposing of the petition, the Bench added: “We close this writ petition by directing the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, to make allotment of alternative sites/cow dung pits within a period of three months from today, where after, further action in accordance with the order dated July 21, 2003, will be initiated by the corporation to make the land available for the construction of the park by clearing the encroachments and stopping the use of the encroached land as cow dung pits.

“We also make it clear that as the Municipal Corporation has defaulted in implementing the above directions dated July 21, 2003, under no circumstances, any further extension of time will be granted.”



Youth dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Pawan, 23-year-old son of a UT police head constable, died under mysterious circumstances here today.

A BPO employee, Pawan had suffered fits around 5:30 pm at his Sector-41 residence.

He was rushed to a private hospital in Mohali where he breathed his last.

The police suspect it to be a suicide case.



Violators challaned

Chandigarh, April 7
Eleven challans were issued under the Tobacco Act today. In a joint effort between the department of tobacco control in health department and the police conducted a special drive on World Health Day. The team visited Sector 17 Main Market and Sector 26 to check violations. Dr Deepak Bakshi, Nodal Officer of Tobacco Control Programme, and a team of police officers and officials nominated by DSP Satbir Singh carried out the inspection and issued the challans. In Sector 17 main market, two cigarette shops were having glow signboards, which were against the provisions of the Tobacco act. The glow signboards were confiscated by the police and challans were issued.

Incidentally from one of the shops, Aggarwal Traders, cigarettes boxes and cigar boxes without the mandatory pictorial warnings were found. — TNS



Man found dead
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 7
An unidentified body of man was found at Swastik Vihar here this afternoon.

The victim seemed to be in his mid-forties and has been wearing brown trousers and shirt. No injury mark was found on the body, said the police.

The body has been kept at Dera Bassi Civil Hospital for identification for 72 hours. The postmortem would be conducted tomorrow, added the police.



Man dies after being hit by truck
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
A 30-year-old pedestrian was killed while two scooterists were injured after being hit by a truck near the Railway Light point last night.

Dham Colony resident Sunil Kumar Singh, who almost lost his legs in the incident, was rushed to PGIMER where he succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

The police said the incident took place at around 10 pm when the tyre of the truck burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The truck that was coming from Mani Majra hit Sunil Kumar Singh, who was walking down the road, and scooterists Sunil, a resident of Sector 33, and Chander Shekhar, a resident of Sector 38, were riding.

The police stated that while Singh died in the hospital the two scooterists who sustained injuries on their legs were out of danger.

The deceased, a native of Bihar, was living at Bapu Dham with his wife and two children.

The truck driver managed to flee from the scene after the accident leaving the truck behind. The police said that the accused was yet to be identified.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the driver. 



Seven arrested for burglary, snatchings

Panchkula, April 7
The local police achieved a major success with the arrest of seven accused involved in various offences, including burglary and chain snatchings.

The police arrested four robbers involved in a burglary at Dharmpur Colony in Pinjore on March 24 last. The accused have been identified as Boby Shankar aka Bobby, Rajwinder Singh aka Raj, Robin Bihari and Rajiv aka Gandhi.

The police has also successfully arrested two snatchers who were involved in a recent snatching incident in Sector 15. The accused have been identified as Mahender Pal aka Dhanni and Popy Lal. The police has also arrested a thief identified as Mahesh Kumar. He had stolen a car from a residence in Sector 15.

The above said persons were produced in the court today. Mahesh Kumar and Rajwinder Singh were sent in police remand for two and five days, respectively. — TNS



Super Fight League II brings in double funMona
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Saturday night got bigger for Chandigarh when modern Anarkali (read Malaika Arora Khan) came calling.

Super Fight League (SFL) 2 had all the ingredients of success-popular singer RDB, super star Sanjay Dutt, fierce fighters and the most happening item girl of Bollywood, Malaika.

While RDB swayed the crowd with a super energetic performance, Malaika sizzled on stage in her silvery-red outfit. Her performance started with rather slow ‘Chori Kiya re Jiya’ moved on to ‘Kolaveri D’, ‘Anarkali Disco Chali’ and climaxed with ‘Munni Badnam Hui’.

While Manissha Lamba anchored the concert, looking ravishing in her red gown, Malaika had audience in awe with her sizzling numbers. “Don’t go on my looks, I am very strong, after all I am a true Punjab di kudi,” told sweet, delicate, petite Maliaka to the cheering crowd.

Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt, partners in SFL, addressed the crowd in Punjabi and added the super dose of glam. However, it was the true mixed martial arts fighters that the crowd had gathered for.

People from all age groups, as many men as women cheered the fighters. Since the game is still new, not many could follow it well. But, then Indians taking on foreigners in full contact combat kept the audience interested. If there was fierce action inside the ring, pretty babes, announcing the rounds with placards in hands, waking in their tall stiletto and hot outfits kept the action alive outside.

The stands were only half full, and, viewers wished if commentary was on. Apart from that Saturday night was much fun! 



PCA to open six cricket academies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 7
After receiving a bad response from the Junior Cricket Academy for boys (U-14) at Togan, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has decided to open six non-residential cricket academies for boys (U-13 to15 years) in Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar.

A total of 20 trainees in each centre will be selected after conducting trials. The selected trainees would be put under a designated coach who will be responsible for training them.

A two-day weekly intra-academy match will be organised to prepare the players.

On other hand, the authorities have decided that DP Azad will supervise these academies.

A two-day seminar will also be held for the coaches of these academies at the PCA Stadium on April 9 and 10. 



Karan books berth in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Tennis player Karan Bhalla defeated his top opponent, Ankush Nagpal, to reach the finals of boys (U-14) category during the ongoing AKSIPS total tennis championship held at Phase XI Mohali today.

In the semi-finals of the category Ankush went down in a three-set match that lasted over 120 minutes. Ankush managed to win first set by dropping only a single game with a score of 4-1 but in the second set Karan came back and played till 2-2 before hitting last two games to register the set by 4-2.

In the final set, Karan displayed strong ground shots and won the set by 4-1, to win the game 1-4, 4-2 and 4-1.

In the second semi-final of the same category, Aniket Khosla defeated Jaideep. Aniket blanked Jaideep in first set 4-0, but went down in second set by 2-4. Later, Aniket faced some tough resistance before efeating his opponent by 5-3. The final score went in favour of Aniket by 4-0, 2-4 and 5-3.


Boys (U-10) semi-finals: Asav Kumar defeats Jaskaran Singh 7-0; Pranav Chopra beats Uday Vir Singh 7-2; Boys (U-12): Sahishnu Sharma beats Ankush Nagpal 4-0,4-0; Asav Kumar defeat Manvir 4-0, 4-1; Boys(U-14): Karan Bhalla beats Sahishnu Sharma 7-5; Ankush Nagpal defeats Akhil Kochhar 7-0;J aideep beats Sumer Sandhu 7-2; Aniket Khosla beats Naman Tyagi 7-5; Boys (U-14 semi-final): Karan Bhalla defeats Ankush Nagpal 1-4,4-2,4-1; Aniket Khosla beats Jaideep 4-0,2-4,5-3. 



Livewire defeat Carrier India by five wickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
The team of Livewire Coaching Centre today defeated Carrier India Limited by 5 wickets during the ongoing Shaheed-The Martyr Trophy.

Opting to bat first, Carrier club was bowled out for 64 runs in 16.1 overs. Depose scored 19 runs for the team and emerged as the main scorer. On bowling side, Vikram, Kishore Bhatt and Rishabh took two wickets each. The Livewire team achieved the total after losing five wickets in the 13th over.

Brief Score:

Carrier India ltd: 64 all out in 16.1 overs (Deepak 19, Vikram 2 for 12, Kishore Bhatt 2 for 13, Rishabh 2 for 16)

LWCC: 65 for 5 in 12.5 overs ( Suraj 33, Vinay 16 , Harmeet 1 for 6, Deepak 1 for 9 , Rohit 1 for 13, Gaurav 1 for 14 ).

In the second match of the day, Gallant Cricket Club defeated AKSIPS-41 by 4 wickets. Batting first, AKSIPS-41 team managed to score a mere total of 68 runs in 13 overs. Anubhav (30) and Jashan (13) were main scorers for the team. On bowling side, Nikhil Verma took 3 wickets for 10 runs while Siddhant Tripathi took 3 for 6 runs.

Brief Score:

AKSIPS-41: 68 all out in 13.4 overs (Anubhav 30 , Jashan 13 , Nikhil Verma 3 for 10, Siddhant Tripathi 3 for 6, Karun Thakur 2 for 7).

Gallant CC: 69 for 6 in 8.3 overs (Nirbhay 25, Karun 13, Jashan 2 for 5, Jaspreet 2 for 29). 



New cricket academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7
Manjit Singh, a veteran cricket trainer and former cricket coach of Bangladesh Institute of Sports, will supervise an academy for players of the tricity, at St Stephen’s School Sector 45.

The cricket nursery will be headed by Manjit Singh, who has trained Harbhajan Singh, Venugopal Rao and Abdur Razzaq. The cricket coaching facility will be called Manjit School of Cricket.

Those above the age of 12 years will be eligible for admission in the academy and the registration will be open from April 10. 



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