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One injured in mishap
Tribune reporters

Ambala, June 3
A bus rammed into a truck on National Highway No 1 near Ambala Cantonment this noon. The driver of the bus, Ved Parkash, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

The conductor of the bus said that the truck driver applied brake all of a sudden and the bus rammed into the truck. The conductor said not even a single passenger was present in the bus at that time.

Two fire incidents

Mohali: Goods, worth several lakhs, were gutted in fire at the godown of Omaxe Company in Mullanpur today. The fire tenders took over half-an-hour to douse the fire. Sources said that short circuit could be a reason behind the fire. In another incident, a major fire broke out in a forest area at Industrial Area Phase I this evening. Though no life loss was reported, the dense smoke affected traffic flow in the area for at least one hour. It took over two hours to control the fire.



Lacklustre campaign by Congress
Election campaign takes a backseat due to internal fight
Umeash Dewan
Tribune News Service
Election campaign in progress at Patiala
Election campaign in progress at Patiala. Tribune Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, June 3
With blame game on within the Congress over the choice of candidates for the 50 municipal wards in Patiala, the election campaign of the party has certainly taken a backseat.

While the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates are going door-to-door to woo the electorate, the Congress candidates are facing a tough time as the leaders are not willing to campaign in the wake of differences within the party.

Two Congress candidates, one from ward number 39 Makhan Ram and another from ward number 2 Surjit Dhiman, have already withdrawn their candidature - a development that has badly affected the morale of the party rank and file.

Makhan has withdrawn his papers in favour of Akali Dal candidate. However, the exact reason behind Surjit’s withdrawal is yet to be ascertained.

The tussle between various Congress leaders, including the former Improvement Trust chairman KK Sharma and District Congress Committee (Urban) president KK Puri and others, is no more a secret.

The former Mayor, Vishnu Sharma, has fielded his supports as independents from various wards reportedly because he was “overlooked” during the ticket allocation process.

Amidst the internal bickering coupled with high morale of the SAD-BJP candidates in the wake of party’s excellent performance in the recently held Assembly polls, the Congress candidates in most of the wards are finding it difficult to give a push to the election campaign.

“Just five days left for the campaigning to end, no senior party leaders has so far figured during the meetings, programmes and door-to-door canvassing,” said many Congress candidates.

However, when contacted DCC (Urban) president claimed that the Congress campaign has gained momentum and the entire Patiala Congress is united.

Other than making tall claims of registering victory in the civic polls, Puri failed to give any convincing reply pertaining to the factionalism that has adversely affected their election campaign. Meanwhile, in a release issued, Puri claimed that all the Congress activists are busy in election campaign.



MC safai sewaks flout norm
Burning of waste goes on unabated in royal city, allege residents
Umeash Dewan
Tribune News Service
Garbage being burnt in the open at Patiala
Garbage being burnt in the open at Patiala. Tribune Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, June 3
The unhealthy practice of burning domestic waste within the municipal limits remains unabated in the city.

While NGOs are preparing to observe the World Environment Day on June 5, the employees of the sanitation wing of Municipal Corporation are collecting waste and burning them on vacant land.

Sources said though the practice is not prevalent in every ward, there are numerous residential colonies where the waste, including polythene bags, is burnt on a regular basis. The practice pollutes the environment and can lead to respiratory problems in humans.

A visit to some of the areas in the city, including New Rajpura Colony, Bhupindra Road, Sirhind Road, Jail Road, near Bus Stand and Tripri, brought to light that safai sewaks are burning solid waste alongside the roads or in vacant plots instead of dumping them at earmarked dumping sites or garbage bins.

Speaking to The Tribune, residents of Passey Road said instead dumping the waste in garbage bins, majority of the safai sewaks prefer to burn them. “Due to burning of waste, especially plastic, the commuters as well as the residents have to inhale harmful smokes,” said Harmandeep Singh, a resident of New Rajpura Colony.

The residents have also requested the safai sewaks not to burn the waste, but nothing has change so far. “The smoke not only causes air pollution but also causes health hazards. It could prove to be fatal,” said Reema Ahuja, a resident of Jail Road.

However, when contacted, Mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli denied that any safai sewak indulges in burning of the waste. Kohli, however, assured that he would conduct surprise visits to verify whether any civic employee is violating the norms.



Contract killer arrested
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 3
The Mohali police nabbed a contract killer and kidnapper Roshan Lal alias Raju today.

The police has recovered a country-made pistol and five live cartridges from his possession. The Raju (26) is a resident of Balachaur.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said Raju had kidnapped and later murdered a 22-year-old differently-abled person on August 2010. Raju had strangulated Mohit Puri, the victim, when he did not get the ransom amount from his father, Ravinder Kumar. Raju was then arrested by the Nawanshaher police. However, he managed to escape in January 2011.The accused also declared a proclaimed offender by the court, later on.

Bhullar said the names of the members of the CIA team, which nabbed the criminal, would be recommended for commendation certificate.

The accused would be produced in courts tomorrow.



Man held with pistol
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The local police has arrested a person with a country-made pistol in Sector 12 here today.

The accused has been identified as Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Sonepat. The police has also recovered a live cartridge from his possession.

Inspector Karamveer of the CIA staff said the accused was living in a rented accommodation in the town for the past one month. He said the accused might have been involved in recent loot and robbery in the city.

The accused would be produced in the court tomorrow. 



Body found

Panchkula, June 3
An unidentified person was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a tempo at Sector 16 here yesterday.

Passersby informed the police about the body around 1:30 pm. It arrived and took the deceased to the Sector-6 General Hospital. The police was suspecting it to be a case of natural death or due to the severe heat conditions in the region. -- TNS



Nikhil, Hari in tennis final
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 3
Overcoming their rivals in the semi-final round, ace player Nikhil will face Hari Om, in the final of the boys (U-18) category during the ongoing Paragon Total Tennis Championship, being held here.

In the semi-final matches, Nikhi defeated Hriday Partap in straight sets by 8-0 while Hari Om overcame Abhishek by a margin of 8-5. In another match of boys (U-14) category, Saksham defeated Bhramjot in a hard fought battle lasted over 70 minutes. Saksham took an early lead of 5-3 after hitting solid ground strokes but his rivals gave him a tough time and came back strongly to take the crucial lead of 6-5.

Later, Sakham held his service to level the score at 6-6. And in the tiebreaker Saksham managed to win three points in a row to name the match by 7-6 (7-4).


Boys (under-10): Uday Vir Singh beat Aditya 6-1; Abhinav beat Harman 6-0; Jaspreet beat Dhariya 6-4; Jaskaran beat Shivam 6-0; Semi-finals: Uday Vir Singh beat Abhinav 7-0; Jaskaran beat Jaspreet 7-1; Boys(U-12): Akshit Chabbra beat Simran Singh 6-0; Manvir beat Samarth Suri 6-0; Sehaj Punj beat Daksh 6-0; Neeraj Yaspaul beat Sehej Sidhu 6-1; Semi-finals: Akshit Chabbra beat Sehej Punj 4-0, 4-1; Manvir beat Neeraj Yaspaul 4-1, 1-4, 4-1; Boys (under-14): Amitoj beat Manveer 6-4; Chinoy Seth beat Akshit Chabbra 7-5; Abhay Sarna beat Parmeet Deol 6-3; Boys (under-18): Nikhil beat Barun 8-1; Hari Om beat Nishan Singh 8-5; Girls (under-10): Anvi beat Suvishtha 6-2; Jaskiran beat Inkash 6-4.



Abhilash, Veer script Chandigarh victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Riding high on a brilliant 179-run knock by Abhilash Sharma and 134 runs contribution by team-mate Veer Karan Goyal, the Chandigarh cricket team overcame Ludhiana during a match of the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Cricket championship for boys (U-22) held yesterday.

In the match played at PAU, Ludhiana, the wining side made a come back after lagging behind and posted 607 runs before getting all-out in a totla of 220.1 overs.

Brief Scores:

Ludhiana (1st innings)-442 all out in 132.3 overs.

Chandigarh (1stinnings)-607 all out in 220.1 overs (Veer Karan Goyal 134, Gaurav Puri 43, Abhilash Sharma 179, Udit Hari Mehta 69, Vishal Thind 54, Sukhjinder 3 for 154, Nikhil Chaudhary 2 for 107, Amritpal 2 for 60, Himanshu Styawan 2 for 122.

In the second match, the Amritsar team drubbed Mohali by 5 wickets to garner full points.

In the third match Jalandhar earned three points for their first innings lead of two runs against Patiala.



Aayush steers CCA to win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) today defeated Banyan Tree School (BTS), Sector 48, in a friendly match series for boys (U-14) being held here.

After electing to bat first, CCA skipper Aayush Sikka guided the team to achieve the total of 147 runs with his unbeaten 72-run knock. He was equally supported by Nikhil (16). Bowlers, Mannu and Nitin claimed one wicket each.

Chasing the target, the BTS team was bundled out for 72 runs in 19 overs. Noor (24) and Prithvi (17) were the main contributors to the team total. Aman Dabral and Prince took two wickets each while Aayush Sikka and Sajju claimed one wicket each.



16 teams to vie for league trophy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
A total of 16 teams (including 13 from states and three from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) will vie for the 16th All-India Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda League Cricket Championship trophy for boys (U-15) here. The tourney will be held at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Chandigarh, and the JR Institute stadium at Barwala from June 7 to 10.

According to the information, the tournament will be played under a league-cum-knockout basis and the teams will be divided into pools. Also, the organisers will give cash prizes of Rs 31,000 and Rs 21,000 to the top two position holders. During the matches, the prizes for man of the match, best batsman, best bowler, best all-rounder, best wicket keeper, best fielder will also be given to players. To judge the performance of the players, a five-member national championship technical committee will be formed.



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