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Wheat arrival picks up at grain markets in district
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
“The arrival of wheat has picked up in the grain markets of the district and till today 2,02,635 lakh metric tonne of wheat has arrived in the mandis, out of which 1,979,81 lakh metric tonne of wheat has been purchased by different government agencies,” said Deputy Commissioner Yashveer Mahajan.

He said PUNGRAIN had purchased 3,077,4 metric tonne of the produce, MARKFED 5,114,5 metric tonne, PUNSUP 5,846,7 metric tonne, WARE House 1,645,5 metric tonne, Punjab Agro 1,896,8 metric tonne and FCI 2,217,2 metric tonne.

He told the agencies to lift the procured wheat and to ensure payment within 72 hours. He said the delay in procurement and lifting would not be tolerated. He called upon farmers to bring wheat to the mandis as per specification of the government.

Meanwhile, Kulet Singh Nagra, MLA, Fatehgarh Sahib, visited various mandis falling in the constituency. He said procured wheat was not lifted from the markets and payment to farmers was not made on time. He added that facilities like drinking water and toilets were given a miss. He lashed out at the government for making poor arrangements for the procurement.



Illegal accesses removed
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, April 25
Some of the illegal encroachments, including the illegal accesses, were removed near the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway by authorities concerned on Monday. Sources said some illegal encroachments and accesses were removed after the directions of High Court’s orders.

The Tribune published in these columns about the issue under the heading of ‘Over 175 illegal accesses on Ambala-Chandigarh highway’. Executive officers of Dera Bassi and Lalru said they had taken action following the High Court’s orders to remove the illegal encroachments and accesses. They said the court orders were lying pending for sometime and concerned authorities had not taken any action.

According to The Tribune report there were nearly 175 illegal accesses here which were main reason behind the accidents that occurred here recently. Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, Varun Roojam could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Rs 75 lakh sanctioned for development work
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 25
The state government has sanctioned Rs 75 lakh for the development of the town.

“The Bassi Pathana constituency is the most neglected constituency and the earlier representatives did nothing for the development, but now Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sanctioned grants and assured to contribute further towards the development,” said Justice (retd) Nirmal Singh, MLA, Bassi Pathana, while addressing media persons here today.

He said he would take up a detailed report regarding new projects with the Chief Minister.

He said the CM during his Sangat Darshan programmes had announced projects like construction of bus stand, widening of Bassi Pathana-Chandigarh road and re-carpeting of roads, but nothing had been done so far.



4 hurt in mishap
Tribune Reporters

Ambala, April 25
Four youths sustained serious injuries in a road accident on the Ambala-Hisar road near Ambala City this evening. The injured, Vikarmjit, Ravi, Raj Kumar and Manni, were rushed to a hospital where doctors referred them to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The youths were going back to their village from Ambala City. On reaching Shahnai Marriage Palace, their motorcycles collided with a truck.

The truck driver, however, managed to flee. The police is investigating the matter.



Consumer court
Civic body’s engineering wing directed to instal meter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed the SDO (electricity), sub-division, Mani Majra, and municipal corporation, to instal an electricity meter forthwith subject to the deposit of the outstanding dues by a Mauli Jagran resident.

The forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota while directing the respondents to instal the meter at the residence of the complainant observed that the submission of government pleader, who had agreed to instal the meter subject to the deposit of outstanding due, appeared to be genuine.

The complainant, Raseed Ahmed, submitted that the electricity meter installed at his residence became defective in 2006 and he received the inflated electricity bill from May, 2006, to July, 2006. He lodged a complaint with the opposite parties and the bill amount was reduced from Rs 3,223 to Rs 1,000. He added that the opposite parties removed the meter because it was not working properly and the department thereafter issued the electricity bills, although no electricity was being consumed. He made a request to the SDO, but to no avail. Raseed also attached the copies of the electricity bills of Rs 3,223, Rs 5,214, Rs 7,031.

The counsel for the opposite parties in a joint reply stated that due to non-payment of electricity bill of Rs 7,552, the meter was removed from the house of complainant in January, 2007. It was pleaded that the department allowed the complainant to make the payment of electricity bills through instalments of Rs 1,000 per month but he did not do so. The SDO had also filed his affidavit, stating therein, that due to non-payment of the bill of Rs 7,552, the meter was removed. Thereafter, the complainant had not filed any rejoinder to controvert that he was not liable to pay the amount of Rs 7,552 as claimed by the SDO in his affidavit. However, the government pleader during the course of arguments agreed to instal the meter in the house of the complainant subject to deposit of outstanding dues.



Graft case
11 years on, case closed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Eleven years after four STA employees, including a motor vehicle inspector (MVI), were booked in a case of corruption, the CBI court finally accepted the closure report today.

This was the third time the CBI filed for closure in the case as the court had rejected the report twice in the past.

The CBI had registered the case in October, 2001, under various sections of the Preventions of Corruption Act against Surat Singh, MVI with the STA, and STA employees Ravinder Kumar, Suraj Bhan and Sukhdev Singh.

The complainant, Varinder Singh, a tourist bus operator, had alleged that Surat had demanded Rs 2,000 for releasing his licence after he was challaned.

While the CBI had laid a trap and arrested the accused, it filed a closure report in 2005 and again in 2008. The court had rejected the closure report each time and the CBI was directed to reinvestigate the case.

The CBI could still find nothing in the case. It stated that as the accused was not caught red-handed, the case lacked evidence and a closure report was being filed.



Man booked for molesting teenager
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, April 25
An employee with an optical showroom in Sector 40 was arrested on molestation charge today.

The police arrested Bhagat Ram, alias Rahul, a resident of Dhanas, for molesting a 17-year-old teenager. The teenager came to ‘Royal opticals’ with her mother.The accused while showing her glasses began touching her.

The girl complained to her mother who then complained to the police, the accused was then arrested.

Power shutdown

Panchkula: The power supply to Panchkula and Barwala will remain suspended on April 26 from 7 am to 6 pm and on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm as a 220kV tower is being installed near Raiwali.



Tennis tourney
Local girl Bhavya defeats Kanishka
Tribune News Service

Dhruv Pal in action during a tennis match at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 25
The local tennis player Bhavya Wadhawan defeated Kanishka Chawla of Maharastra in straight sets during the match of girls (U-16) category of CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls (U-14 and 16), being held at CLTA courts and Lake sports complex, here today.

Bhavya overcame her rival by 6-1 and 6-1 while in a match of boys (U-14), Udayan Bhakar of Rajasthan defeated Mingki Talom by 6-1 and 6-3. Local pair of Nimrat Walia and Ayushi Gupta went down against Karman Kaur of Delhi and Prabhuti Singhania of Maharashtra, in straight sets by 6-1 and 6-1.

Quarterfinal Results

Boys(U-14)- Udayan Bhakar (RJ) bt Mingki Talom (NTA) 6-1, 6-3;Faisal Qamar (RJ) bt Sanil Jagtiani (WB) 6-1, 6-3;Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Sumit Pal Singh (J&K) 6-3, 6-4;Rian Pandole (MH) bt Ishaque Eqbal (WB) 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-2;Boys(U-16)-Paramveer Singh Bajwa (PB) bt Dalwinder Singh (PB) 6-3, 6-2;Udayan Bhakar (RJ) bt Vasisht Cheruku (KA) 6-2, 7-5;Allen Johnson Kundan (KA) bt Ankush Arora (PB) 6-4, 6-2;Shrey Gupta (HR) bt Dhruv Pal (UK) 6-3 Concede;Girls(U-14)-Vanshika Sawhney (DL) bt Snehal Umesh Mane (MH) 6-2, 6-1;Shruta Kirti Gunuganti (AP) bt Nandini Sharma (CH) 6-4, 6-1;Mihika Yadav (MH) bt Zeel Desai (GJ) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2;Karman Kaur (DL) bt Aastha Dargude (MH) 6-0, 2-6, 6-0;Girls (U-16)-Vanshika Sawhney (DL) bt Nikita Bishnoi (CH) 6-3, 6-2;Zeel Desai (GJ) bt Kavita Mishra (MH) 6-3, 6-4;Bhavya Wadhawan (CH) bt Kanishka Chawla (MH) 6-1, 6-1;Karman Kaur (DL) bt Mihika Yadav (MH) 6-1, 6-4;Doubles Quarterfinal-Boys(U-14)-Parikshit Somani (ASM) and Sanil Jagtiani (WB) bt Ramanjot Singh (CH) and Ankush Mishra (PB) 6-0, 6-4;Faisal Qamar (RJ) and Fardeep Qamar (RJ) bt Raunaq Singh Marwaha (HR) and Rahul Kumar (CH) 6-4, 6-1;Mingki Talom (A) and Divyansh Khatri (DL) bt Karthik MS (TN) and Sabrang Sandal (CH) 6-1, 6-0;Yugal Bansal (DL) and Mritunjay Badola (UTK) bt Rishabh Sharda (CH) and Utkarsh Bhardwaj (UK) 6-0, 7-5;Boys(U-16)-Dheeranush Singh Bhatti (CH) and Tejas Kapoor (DL) bt Gaurav Seth (CH) and Amitoj Singh (CH) 6-2, 6-1;Akhil Bansal (PB) and Sumit Pal Singh (J&K) bt Deepak Singh (UP) and Vikas Beriwal (HR) 6-4, 6-2;Param Pun (CH) and Paramveer Singh Bajwa (CH) bt Ishaque Eqbal (WB) and Shrey Gupta (HR) 7-5, 6-4;Dhruv Pal (UK) and Ankush Arora (PB) bt Rohit Dhiman (CH) and Sachit Malhotra (CH) 6-0, 6-0;Girls(U-16)-Karman Kaur (DL) and Prabhuti Singhania (MH) bt Nimrat Walia (CH) and Ayushi Gupta (CH) 6-1, 6-1;Bhavya Wadhawan (CH) and Apekshita Alkesh (DL) bt Sarah Dev (PB) and Prinkle Singh (J&K) 6-2, 6-2.



Sachin’s win brings joy to residents
Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Supporters of Mumbai Indians celebrate the team’s win at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali, April 25
What a match it was! 13 sixes, 22 boundaries, the PCA Stadium witnessed the most exciting match of the ongoing IPL. The team of Kings XI Punjab tasted yet another home defeat against Mumbai Indians, in their match, this evening.

With just two balls to left, the visiting side stole away the match giving the spectators a reason to dance. Earlier, the stadium was painted in blue with many fans coming in for support of Mumbai Indians.

The exact reason to cheer the visiting team was the presence of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The spectators started pouring in along with blue and red colour flags well in time. Later, after the match, chaos was witnessed on roads due to long traffic jams.

“I came to see Sachin’s batting. I wanted to see him smashing sixes but an all round performance by the Mumbai’s outfit enthralled us till the very end of the match. They played well and deserved this victory,” said Rahul from Shimla.

Ambati Rayudu of Mumbai Indians being congratulated by his team after hitting the winning four against Kings XI Punjab. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Another fan said, “We should ideally support the home team but the presence of God of cricket in opposite team led us to support for that side. The team played well and so did Sachin,” said Anoop Bhardwaj from Nahan.

“The brilliant batting effort by the young batsmen helped us to record a stunning four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. Rohit Sharma was charged up. Rayudu and Peterson were amazing," said Tendulkar, who was presented a plaque by Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia for scoring 100 international hundreds. "I have put on some weight after that. Now it's back to square one. I am glad I have achieved it. Better late than never,” said Sachin.



Basketball trials today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Chandigarh Basketball Association will conduct trials for selecting boys and girls (U-18) team, on April 26, at New Public School, Sector 18, here. Players born on or after January 1, 1994, will be eligible to participate in the selection trials.

The players are advised to bring their birth certificate duly signed by the head of the institution along with the trial fee.

The selected players will undergo a proper coaching camp under the guidance of professional coaches before the selection of the final team.

The final team will represent the city in the forthcoming 63rd Junior National Basketball Championship to be held at Puducherry from May 23 to 30.



City lad makes it to football camp

Chandigarh, April 25
Local footballer Krishna Pandit has made the city proud after making it to the nation’s sub junior camp. The player received a confirmed call from the AIFF (All India Football Federation), last evening. He was also invited for the second leg trial of famous Tata Football Academy but due to his selection in the nation’s boys (U-14) team, he opted to skip the trials. — TNS



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