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battle of ballot
Abhay Chautala campaigns for SAD
Says candidate has potential to become Mayor of royal city
Umesh Dewan

Patiala, June 4
In what may be termed as an unprecedented move, probably for the first time, some senior politician from outside the state was spotted campaigning for the SAD candidate contesting civic election. It was Abhay Chautala, INLD MLA and son of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala, who campaigned for the SAD candidate from municipal ward number 31, Harpal Juneja.

The said development has made it clear that the SAD candidates, who are front-runners for the post of the Mayor, if voted to power, are making all attempts to ensure that they win the election handsomely. Juneja, who is considered close to Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia, arranged an election rally at New Officers Colony on Sunday evening, which was addressed by Abhay.

In his brief speech, Abhay launched scathing attacks on the Congress and urged the electorate to vote for the Akali Dal. Addressing the gathering, he said that there was need for bringing youth in the mainstream politics. He said, “Candidates like Harpal, who are young and energetic, deserve to be given a chance to serve the masses.” He also announced from the dais that entire Chautala family wants to see Harpal as the Mayor of Patiala.

In wake of the closeness between the Badal’s and Chautala family, the campaigning by Abhay in favour of Juneja is being viewed as an attempt to strengthen his case for the post of the Mayor. Though, the senior leaders of the SAD are claiming that their aim is to ensure that party registers victory yet one of the senior party leaders said that tide was in favour of SAD-BJP, while adding, “The victory of the SAD big-wigs is sure.

The presence of leader to the stature of Abhay clearly indicates that probable for the post of mayor has already started making the ground for getting the coveted post of Mayor.”



Pollution board takes smoke samples from liquor factory
Pamrod Mehta

Banur, June 4
A team of Punjab Pollution Control Board visited Chandigarh distillers and bottles limited, Banur, and took samples of air smoke to check the quantity of ash in the smoke coming out from the chimneys of the factory. Chimneys were set up on the cogeneration power plant of company in which rice husk was used. The pollution control board team led by the SDO Gursarn Dass Garg had taken samples from the smoke. Notably, residents of nearby villages had been continually complaining of ash problem from the chimneys of company. They had been complaining that ash from the factory was causing eye ailments and it also gathers in the houses.

The Tribune had published a news about the ash problem some days ago and the Pollution Control Board took the notice of the problem and took air samples of smoke to trace the ash problem.

The CPM leader, Gurdarshan Singh Khaspur, and the BSP leader, Surnider Pal Singh, had demanded that the board officials should take appropriate steps to control the problem that was badly affecting people.

Meanwhile, the officials, who visited the company and took smoke samples, had told that appropriate steps would be taken after knowing the results of samples.



11 booked for beating panchayat member
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, June 4
The Dera Bassi police has booked 11 persons including some women for beating up a Panchayat member of Trivedi village camp.

As per the information, some persons had beaten up panchayat member, Parmdeep Singh Mahna, who had gone to resolve a dispute between two groups of Trivedi Camp last night. But the members of a particular group beat up Parmdeep and locked him in a room.

After getting the information of dispute, the police reached on the spot and freed the locked panchayat member.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against 11 persons under Sections 342, 295, 323, 341, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

The police also raided some places to trace out the accused.



Drug peddler arrested
Tribune News Service

Kurali, June 4
In a special drive against drugs, the Mohali police today nabbed a drug peddler and recovered four kg poppy husk, 7000 ml liquid drugs and 30 bottles of country-made liquor.

The miscreant, Avtar Singh alias Jagga, a resident of Manakpur village, was nabbed on a special naka, which was laid on Siswan road near Sialaba village, here today.

Jagga was driving swift car, bearing registration number PB11 AW (T) 5039 when he was intercepted by the police team at the naka.

The police also recovered 189 capsules and 35 strips of banned drugs from his house.

After registering a case under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act at the Kurali police station. Jagga was produced in the local court, which has sent him on two days police remand.



14 BBSBEC students selected for govt camp
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 4
14 students from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, have been selected by Government of India to attend the first Rajiv Gandhi Youth Leadership Internship Programme to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. The government has selected 67 students from all over the country and out of these 19 students are from Punjab. These include three students from SUS Tangori and one each from Swami Parmanand College and Rayat College, said Dr M S Grewal, Principal of the College.

He said that the camp is primarily aimed at exposing the youth to various branches of knowledge, skills and field experiences and to help them imbibe leadership qualities which would result in strengthening their commitment to the task of nation building. He said that Dr Jagmeet Bawa, NSS Coordinator from Punjab Technical University, is leading the delegation.



80 students awarded during prize distribution
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, June 4
Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education for Women organised the seventh annual prize distribution function and Mat Pita Santan Divas on the college campus on June 3.

The function started with the morning prayer. Prof Nishta Jaswal, chairperson, Department of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Dr (Mrs) Satinder Dhillon, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest, students and faculty members.

The college's annual report was presented which was followed by prize distribution during which around 60 students were awarded for excelling in academics and 20 students were given prizes in different categories.

In academics, the overall first position was bagged by Gurvinder. Gulshan and Satinder Kaur secured second and third positions respectively.

In overall best prizes, Ritu Gulati was adjudged the best dancer while Monika was adjudged the best giddha dancer.

Meena got the best NSS volunteer award, Rupinder Kaur was adjudged the best athlete, Kiran was the best Peace Club member, while Neelam Verma was given the award for the best Environment Club member

Best students of the year were Gulshan and Satinder Kaur.



Capital punishment sought for Neki, Brandy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
During the course of final arguments on quantum of sentence for Sukhwinder Singh’s murder convicts — Neki Nalwa, wife of the deceased, and her paramour Himmat Singh, alias Brandy, public prosecutor Vijay Singla today demanded capital punishment for the duo, terming the crime as ‘rarest of rare’ in nature.

“Murder of a person by his/her spouse is the highest breach of trust. One of the accused, Brandy, who had shot Sukhwinder Singh, had no enmity or friendship with the victim. Even then, he murdered him in connivance with the victim’s wife,” argued Singla.

However, defence lawyer AS Sukhija demanded the court to take a lenient view considering the young age of the accused. He said they had no criminal background. 



Tata Motors penalised Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission while upholding the decision of the district forum-1 has increased the fine from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 on Tata Motors for its failure to rectify the fault in a newly purchased vehicle of a Mohali resident.

The respondents, Tata Motors, had gone in an appeal against the forum's order which had directed them to rectify all defects present in the Tata Indigo CS car by repairing/replacing the parts as per a report prepared by an engineering college within a month. In case, they are unable to rectify the defects as per the report, they may then refund the value of the vehicle paid by the complainant after deducting depreciation at the rate of 10 per cent per annum from the date of purchase till the date of the order. They were further directed to pay Rs 20,000 to the complainant as compensation along with Rs 5,000 as costs of litigation.

The state commission comprising president justice Sham Sunder and member Neena Sandhu directed the respondents to rectify the defects in the car/replace the defective parts thereof, as ordered by the district forum.

The respondents were also told to pay a sum of Rs 50,000 to the complainant as compensation for mental agony and harassment instead of Rs 20,000 as awarded by the district forum. The respondents will also have to pay Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 5,000 as costs of litigation. The direction given by the forum for deduction of depreciation value at the rate of 10 per cent per annum from the date of purchase of the car till the impugned order passed by it was set aside.

The complainant, Chetan Gill, submitted that on their recommendation, he had bought a car for Rs 4,80,573 from Joshi Autos Zone Pvt. Ltd (opposite party number 3) with a warranty till December 12, 2009. It was further stated that the car started giving trouble from the very first month of purchase and, consequently, the same was taken to the workshop of the opposite parties, a number of times, for major repairs, including excessive engine noise and clutch problem on September 15, 2008, excessive noise caused due to faulty fan/alternator belt on December 23, 2008, and Camshaft drive belt along with belts broke down on April 7, 2009. The car was, thereafter, handed over

to him, as fully repaired but when it was taken for test drive, he realised that the problems still persisted. He alleged that the opposite parties sold a defective product, which was not working properly, and was continuously causing him mental pain and agony.

The council for the chairman and deputy general manager, Tata Motors Limited (opposite parties), respectively, stated that there was no manufacturing defect in the vehicle and the complainant had not produced any expert opinion, or evidence, to prove the defects pointed out by him, in the same. It was further stated that the averments of the complainant stood contradicted, by the job cards, which did not mention any abnormal noise or defect in the vehicle. Whenever the complainant visited the workshop, the vehicle was fully repaired to his satisfaction, as per the conditions of warranty. It was further stated that the vehicle had already covered over 20,000 km, and the faults, if any, were because of excessive use as the vehicle was used as a commercial vehicle. The opposite party number 3 denied that the complainant was compelled to buy the vehicle and added that whenever the complainant brought the vehicle for service, his complaint was well attended to, as per the conditions of warranty. It was denied that the vehicle had broken down, due to any manufacturing defect, or that there was any engine noise, in the same.



Seller goes back on his word
Refuses to hand over showroom to buyer
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate has summoned the two accused, who had allegedly misappropriated Rs 90 lakh paid by a city resident to purchase a showroom in a Mall, Paras Downtown, at Zirakpur. The seller had allegedly gone back on his word to sell a property after steep appreciation in the prices.

The complainant, Ranjit Singh, talking to the media here today alleged that he had booked a showroom No 16 after entering into an agreement with two accused, namely Jaspal Singh and Harinder Singh, both residents of Zirakpur who were partners in the Zirakpur based mall for Rs 1,13,85,000. He said that he paid Rs 90 lakh in three installments. He said that all the payment was made through cheques and cash for which he had all the receipts.

Singh said that the last payment of Rs 23.85 lakh towards balance sale consideration, which was to be paid on November 30, 2007 at the time of the execution of the sale deed.

However, the accused kept on delaying the same on one excuse or the other and finally on November 15, 2009 flatly refused to go ahead with the deal, which he alleged was because of the hike in the market price of the property.

Subsequently, he filed a suit last year on July 9 at Civil Courts, Dera Bassi, which summoned the accused on July 30 this year.



4 judges to be appointed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 4
Four more judges will be appointed in the District Courts Complex, Mohali very soon. According to sources, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has accepted the proposal of increase the strength of the local district court and has directed to construct at least two new courts by June 21 for the new judges.

A manifold increase in the number of cases, filed and admitted daily, led to the demand of increasing the strength of the court. A proposal was made to the high court in this regard.

Today, a meeting was held at the Court Complex in which further plan of action regarding construction of new courts has been discussed.

The site in the complex has been identified for the purpose, said the sources.



Woman, child run over by car, injured critically
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A woman and her eight-month-old infant were critically injured after being run over by a speeding Honda city car near the Sector 25 and 38 lights here this evening. The woman, who is a labourer, was sleeping by the roadside with her child during the incident.

The victims were identified as Chanda (mother) and Sonu (child). The police has arrested the accused, Mayank Khosla, a resident of Sector 10 resident. The accused is said to be a sone of a high official.

The mishap occurred at 10.30 pm. Eyewitnesses said the car was occupied by three girls, besides Mayank. The police is investigating whether the accused was drunk. The woman and her child were rushed to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. Their condition is said to be critical.



Sport complex lacks basic amenities
Players’ plight fails to move higher authorities
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The players at Sports Complex of Sector 42 is facing immense problem due to non-availability of water. To quench their thirst, they have to walk down a certain distance in this hot summer days and that too during their practice sessions.

With no water cooler installed in and around the arena, the players of kho-kho, tennis, handballs have to suffer tremendously.

Non-availability of washrooms is another problem that the players are facing here.

A story was published in same column on April 10, mentioning the problems faced by the players and till date no development has taken place.

Boys and girls of various age groups undergo a routine practice session at the complex. They have registered their complaint to authority concerned, but to no avail.

“We are helpless. We have shifted our practice timings. But it is extremely difficult during the summers. Hopefully, the construction work will be over soon and we can get water in our respective arenas,” said Poonam, a player.

Sources said the sport complex officials were given assurance that once the construction work of handball court gets over the players would get the basic amenities.

“Our trouble will be over only after the completion of construction of a specific court. We are left with no hope of getting these facilities this summer,” said a coach.

A deputed engineering department official said, “The work is in progress and the players will be provided with basic facilities soon.

The work is in the priority list of the UT sports department and engineering department. The complex will have top facilities for these games also.

We have started digging the arena and will soon start building the structure.”



Local lad makes it to Asia Cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Bringing home happiness, local cricket star Manan Vohra has successfully booked a berth in the Indian (U-19) cricket team for the Asia Cup, to be held in Malaysia later this month.

Top teams of Asia, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will compete in the competition.

Rising high in the world of cricket, the youth knocked the door of success after Punjab’s title wins in the national U-19 and U-22 tournaments last year. On the basis of his performance, he found a place in the Punjab’s Ranji team last season.

The teenager, after proving his mettle at the state and national-level cricket, booked a berth in the Indian junior cricket team.

“We are thankful to God, his coach and the cricket authorities for giving him the chance. We got the news of his selection last evening. We are very happy that he got selected for the Asia Cup. It is known to be the best platform for the player of junior level to display their potential. He has a dream to wear Indian jersey. He will soon wear it and will make us proud. His right now wants to be in the boys (U-19) world cup squad so that he can play well in Australia,” said the proud father Sanjeev Vohra.

The player returned home after his selection in Banglore, today morning. After spending few hours with his family, Manan took off to Patiala for representing Chandigarh team in the ongoing Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament for boys (U-22). He scored 67 runs on the first day of the match.



Lawn tennis: Differently abled wins U-17 title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
A hearing impaired girl, Parul Gupta, won the Lawn Tennis tourney organised at SAI Netaji Subhash Chander National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

The player won the girls (U-17) title under the banner of come and play scheme. She competed with players from general category. Earlier, Parul hogged the limelight after wining top honours at the recently held first Dosti Cup between Pakistan and India. Parul, who wanted to excel in both badminton and tennis, has represented the state in about two national games organised by School Games Federation of India. She also played state championships thrice.

“I wanted to earn a name in the world of sports. It has been many years that I am proving my mettle in the sports. I wanted to make my parents proud,” said Parul. Achievements: Among the probables of 56th Lawn Tennis National Competition for Girls (U-17) at Pune among others.



Chandigarh score 239 against Patiala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The cricket team of Chandigarh scored 239 runs against Patiala on the first day of Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament for boys (U-22) at Dhruv Pandove Stadium.

The Chandigarh team after wining the toss elected to bat first with their opening pair of Manan Vohra and Veerkaran Goel. The duo notched up an opening partnership of 81 in first 20.1 overs.

Manan Vohra, who is selected for the Indian (U-19) squad for the Asia Cup, scored 67 runs off 61 balls, including 11 boundaries and two sixes before Himanshu Chawla took a brilliant catch of Robin Dhillon.

Next batsman Jaskaran Singh (28) added 54 runs for the second wicket before he was snapped by wicket keeper Vikrant again of Robin Dhillon.

On other hand, opener Veerkaran was cleaned up by medium pacer Sandeep Sharma for 61, including 6 boundaries.

Gurinder Singh scored an unbeaten 41 of 83 deliveries, including seven boundaries. Abhilash Sharma scored an unbeaten 19 runs of 65 with 3 boundaries.

For Patiala, Robin Dhillon claimed 2 wickets for 36 runs, while Sandeep Sharma and Amaninder Singh grabbed one wicket each.

Brief scores

Chandigarh-239 for 4 wickets in 95 overs (Manan Vohra 67, Veerkaran Goel 61, Jaskaran Singh 28, Gurinder Singh 41, Robin Dhillon 2 wickets for 36)

In the second match of the day, played at Gandhi Ground, Amritsar, the host team scored 327 runs in 95 overs against Ludhiana.

Rohan Marwaha and Karan Sharma’s 133-run partnership in 34.2 overs for the first wicket was the main attraction of the day.

Later, Karan Sharma was snapped by Sandeep Singh of Anil Sihag’s brilliant delivery. His individual score was 53 runs, studded with 9 boundaries, off 99 balls. Rohan Marwaha, who scored 74 runs off 137 balls with 8 boundaries and one six, was declared caught out by Mohit of medium pacer Amritpal Singh’s delivery.

Next batsmen, Aman Bawa and Abhinav Sharma also hammered 126 runs for the third wicket before Abhinav Sharma was caught by Anil of medium pacer Amritpal after completing half century (52 of 125 including 6 boundaries).

Till the end of day’s play, Mohit Handa and Aman Bawa put on 47 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand. Aman Bawa is one-run away to complete his century.

Brief score

Amritsar-327 for 3 in 95 overs (Rohan Marwaha-74, Karan Sharma-53, Abhinav Sharma-52, Aman Bawa-99 not out, Mohit Handa-29 not out, Amritpal Singh 2 for 64, Anil Sihag 1 for 72)

In the third match of the day, the team of Mohali bundled out on a total of 197 runs against Jalandhar, at Burlton Park, Jalandhar.

Harpreet Singh and Sachin Sohal were the only main scores for the team. The duo contributed 72 runs for the second wicket. Harpreet Singh scored 50 runs of 96 balls, including 6 boundaries. Sachin Sohal put up a score of 61 runs of 137 balls, including 6 boundaries. Ankit Pursharthy contributed 36 runs of 85 balls, including 8 boundaries. Jalandhar’s right arm leg spinner Raghu Shivam Sharma was the pick of the bowlers after taking 5 wickets for 50 runs, while left arm spinner Yogesh Kumar claimed 4 wickets for 55.

In reply, the Jalandhar team started on a poor note and lost two wickets. Love Kumar (15) and Abhishek Gupta (20) will open the team’s innings on the second day. Earlier, Pargat Singh scored 13 runs. Bowler Narinder Singh claimed 1 wicket after giving away 8 runs while Gagan took 1 wicket for 22.

Brief score

Mohali (first Innings)-197 all out in 77.5 overs (Harpreet Singh-50, Sachin Sohal- 61, Ankit Pursharthy-36, Raghu 5 for 50, Yogesh 4 for 55)

Jalandhar (first inning)-50 for 2 in 19 overs (Love Kumar-15 not out and Abhishek Gupta 20 not out. Narinder Singh 1 for 8, Gagan 1 for 22).



Jaskaran, Hansika emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 4
Jaskaran bagged the title of boys (U-10) after defeating Udai Veer Singh in a well settled game during the Paragon Total Tennis Championship played at the school courts here this evening.

The final game was stretched to three sets and lasted over 150 minutes. In the first set, Jaskaran went down against his opponent Udai with a score of 4-5 (7-5).

But Jaskaran held his nerve and fought back in the second set with 5-3. In the final set both the players played neck and neck till 2-2 but Jaskaran displayed solid ground strokes to name the game by 4-2. In the finals of boys (U-18) category, top seed Nikhil Sandhu defeated his rival Hari Om in straight sets to lift the title by 6-1 and 6-1. On other hand, third seed Manvir won the boys (U-12) after defeating unseeded Aksit Chabbra in straight sets. Manvir received an early shock after losing the first game by 5-2 but he recovered soon and won five games in a row to name the set 7-5.

In the second set, Manvir outplayed Akshit Chabbra by 6-0 to win the match by 7-5 and 6-0. In the final of boys (u-14) category, Abhay defeated Amitoj in a one-sided affair which lasted only 70 minutes. Abhay won the match by 6-4 and 6-2. In the girls (U-10) event, Jaskiran walked away with the title after defeating her opponent Anavi with ease (8-4). Hansika won the girls (U-14) group after defeating Jasmine in straight sets 6-1 and 6-2.


Boys (U-12)-Manvir bt Akshit Chabbra 7-5,6-0; Boys (U-14)-Abhay bt Amitoj 6-4,6-2; Boys (U-18)-Nikhil bt Hari om 6-1,6-1; Girls (U-10)-Jaskiran bt Anavi 8-4; Girls (U-14)-Hansika bt Jasmine 6-1,6-2.



Satluj Cricket Academy outplay GSSS
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
The cricket team of Satluj Cricket Academy, Sector 4, outplayed Government Senior Secondary School Bijwada (Hoshiarpur) during the Gold Cup Cricket Tournament for boys.

The visiting side, after elected to bat first set a target of 135 runs in the allotted slot. Shubham (42) and Harry (25) were the team’s top scorers. Bowler Hardik Choudhary remained the team’s highest wicket taker and his teammate Shivanshu Sharma took 2 for 23.

In reply, the wining side chased down the target with nine wickets in hand. An opening 76-run partnership between Harshit Sharma and Hardik Choudhary laid the foundation for the Satluj Team’s win. Harshit scored unbeaten 75 runs while Hardik contributed 25 runs. Shashwat Sharma also stabled the team’s innings after scoring 23 runs.

Harshit Sharma was adjudged the best all-rounder, while Shravan Sharma bagged the best wicketkeeper title. Batsman Hardik Choudhary was declared as the best up coming talent.



Local golfer at PGTI championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The local golfer Harendra Gupta will be competing in the upcoming Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) Players Championship at the Golden Greens Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon.

Harendr Gupta has won the Chandigarh leg of this championship, earlier this month.

In Gurgaon, Harendr Gupta will be playing against top golfers like Digvijay Singh, Himmat Singh Rai and Chiragh Kumar.

The tournament is offering a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh.



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