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It's the dance of democracy
 From making tall promises to cleaning up roads, candidates leaving no stone unturned
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Ropar, June 5
Heaps of garbage and irregular water supply are the main problems plaguing the three wards-10, 13 and 18 here. With the Rupnagar municipal corporation by-elections scheduled for June 7, it is going to be a tedious task for candidates to solve these.

Contestants Speak

Residents of Ward No. 10 and Ward No. 13 that comprise areas such as Uchcha Kheda, Nechcha Kheda, Jain Mohalla and certain parts of the main bazaar, complained that the residential areas had turned into garbage dumping sites.

Swatantra Kumar, former chairman of the Market Committee, Ropar, said it became difficult for residents to commute on these roads as litter remained scattered on these.

“Many a times, garbage remained lying on roads for 15 days or long as sanitation workers turned up at will. A number of times, residents had to clean up the roads,” said Swatantra Kumar.

“The other main issue is the scarcity of drinking water. Many localities here get less than one-hour water supply. Imagine our plight," said Rajesh Kumar Sehgal, a resident of the area.

Situation in upper areas is no better as sometimes the residents do not get even a single drop of water.
Garbage dumped on a road in the main bazaar at Ropar.
Garbage dumped on a road in the main bazaar at Ropar. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Deepak Chopra, a resident, said there was only one water tank that catered to the entire town. “Pipes supplying water remained choked. These need to be replaced. Moreover, the population has increased manifold, but nothing has been done to upgrade infrastructure," said Deepak Chopra.

Potholed roads and defunct streetlights are the other problems that need to be addressed.

However, the problems in Ward No. 18 that comprises Thermal Power Colony and Police Lines is little different.

“Garbage is lifted regularly and water supply is regular but there are no playgrounds in the area," said Manpreet Kaur, a resident of Thermal Power Colony.

Door-to-door campaigning

With the campaigning coming to an end at 5 pm today, candidates will now launch a door-to-door campaign in their respective wards.

As many as nine candidates are in fray for the by-elections from three wards-10, 13 and 17.

Ward No. 13 will witness an interesting fight between two members of a family. BJP candidate Madan Mohan Kapila will have a face-off with his nephew Hemant Kapila, a Congress candidate. The other contestants are Yogesh Kapoor, alias Tony, and Navin Kumar Jindal, both Independents.

Ward No. 10, which is reserved, will witness a close fight between Amrik Singh of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Rajinder Bhanwra of the Congress.

A total of three candidates-Paramjit Singh Makkar (SAD), Vasdev Singh Gill (Congress) and Des Raj (PPP)-would contest in ward number 17.

Total voters
Ward No. 10: 2,594 
Ward No.13: 1,569 
Ward No. 17: 2,154 
As many as eight booths (three in Ward No. 10 and Ward No.17 and two in Ward No. 13) will be set up. 
Polling will start at 8 am and culminate at 4 pm. 



Residents not satisfied with civic body functioning
Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 5
Tall claims of the civic body officials of addressing residents' problems on a priority basis have fallen flat.
Posters of candidates pasted on a wall in violation of the election code in Patiala.
Posters of candidates pasted on a wall in violation of the election code in Patiala. Tribune photo: Rajesh sachar

Though the working of almost all branches of the civic body is not satisfactory in terms of the services being offered to the city residents, the worst affected is the building branch. While in gross violation of the building bylaws, numerous commercial establishments have mushroomed in the city during the past five years, people who approached the MC for getting their residential building plans approved are subjected to harassment. 

During the past two years, a number of complaints have poured in. Residents said building plans were not sanctioned until they gave money to the lower-rank employees. Owing to the alleged irregularities in the building branch, councillor from ward number 7 Sarita Gera has even put in papers.

In the house tax branch, industrialists from the Focal Point area had to suffer a lot. With a six-old increase in the house tax, industrial unit owners were harassed a lot by the MC. Frequent sewerage blockage, heaps of garbage in residential areas and burning of domestic waste – best describe the functioning of the sanitation wing. After de-silting the blocked sewerage, the sanitation wing employees dumped the waste along roads. The wing never did proper fogging in the city.

The complaints of the city residents pertaining to illegal slaughterhouses have not been looked into by the corporation till date. It chose to turn a blind eye to issues, including water shortage, repair of the broken roads and maintenance of parks. Almost every time, action to redress these problems was initiated only after media highlighted the issue. One of the most important issues taken up by the associations of several areas about the commercial establishments operating from the residential colonies has not been addressed. 



Inter-District Tournament
Jalandhar amass 542 runs
Tribune News Service

A batsman plays a shot during the Inter-District U-19 Cricket Tournament in Patiala.
A batsman plays a shot during the Inter-District U-19 Cricket Tournament in Patiala. Tribune Photo: Rajesh Sachar

Chandigarh, June 5
With an unbeaten knock of 292 runs, Abhishek Gupta helped Jalandhar team to post a total of 542 runs against Mohali’s 197 runs during the ongoing Punjab State Inter-District Tournament for boys (U-22) at Burlton Park Jalandhar today.

The Jalandhar team after resuming at overnight 50 for 2 in 19 overs went on to score 542 for 6 in 114 overs at close of second day’s play.

During the day’s play, the batsmen put up 492 runs in 95 overs after losing four wickets. Abhishek Gupta hogged the limelight with his unbeaten individual best of 292 runs. His score, which included 38 boundaries and a six to the straight field, came off just 342 balls and. Earlier, Love Kumar stitched a partnership of 172 runs for the 3rd wicket before he was run out for 65 off 134. He shot 10 boundaries.

Abhishek Gupta later on added 225 runs for the fourth wicket along with Siddharth Sharma, who put up 86 runs off 128, including 12 boundaries and two sixes. Yogesh Kumar contributed 35 off 29. Jalandhar is leading by 345 runs at close of second day’s play.

For Mohali, Gagandeep gave away 112 runs, Arshdeep Brar allowed 129 runs, Amritpal also gave away 100 runs.

Brief scores:

Mohali (1st innings)-197 all out in 77.5 overs

Jalandhar (1st innings)-542 for 6 in 114 overs (Abhishek Gupta 292 not out, Siddharth Sharma 86, Love Kumar 65, Yogesh Kumar 35, Gagandeep 2 for 112, Arshdeep Brar 1 for 129, Amritpal 1 for 100 , Narinder Singh 1 for 44).

In another match, the Amritsar team lost their last 7 wickets after adding 51 runs against Ludhiana at Gandhi Grounds Amritsar. The match resumed at 327 for 3 in 97 overs.

The team was bowled out for 378 in 119.1 overs. Skipper Aman Bawa was able to complete his century by adding one run to his overnight total of 99 runs. Himanshu scored 104 runs off 184 with 12 boundaries and two sixes. For Ludhiana, Amritpal Singh took 5 wickets for 81 runs.

In reply, Ludhiana team scored 193 after losing 5 wickets in 68 overs at close of days’ play. Opener Akhil Aggarwal along with Ashish scored 50 runs for the first wicket before Ashish was caught out by Vinay.

Akhil Aggarwal completed his half century off 86 balls. He gave eight boundaries before getting caught out by wicket keeper Mohit off Abhinav. Anil Sihag remained unbeaten on 75 runs, including 11 boundaries and a six. For Amritsar, Sunny claimed 2 wickets for 56 runs while Abhishek, Vinay Chaudhary and Rahul Kanojia took one each.

Brief scores

Amritsar (1st innings)-378 all out in 119.1 over (Rohan Marwaha 74, Karan Sharma 53, Amana Bawa 104, Abhinav Sharma 52, Mohit Handa 3, Amritpal 5 for 81)

Ludhiana (1st innings)-193 for 5 in 68 overs (Akhil Aggarwal 50, Anil Sihag 75 not out, Gitansh Khera 25, Sunny 2 for 56, Abhishek 1 for 39, Vinay Chaudhary 1 for 35 , Rahul Kanojia 1 for 34).

In the third match of the day, the Chandigarh team was bowled out for 446 in 147.3 overs. Overnight batsman Gurinder Singh scored 126 off 218 balls, studded with 16 boundaries and two sixes. He along with his teammate Aman Bharti built a 100 run partnership for the eighth wicket. Aman completed his half century off 71. He gave six boundaries and one six. For bowling side, Karan Kaila was the pick of the bowlers after taking 3 wickets for 54 runs.

The Patiala team scored 95 for 5 in 39 overs, till the drawn of stumps. For Chandigarh, off spinner Abhilash Sharma took 3 for 13.

Brief scores

Chandigarh (1st innings)-446 all out in 147.3 overs (Manan Vohra 67, Veer Karan Goyal 61, Gurinder Singh 126, Aman Bharti 51, Karan Kaila 3 for 54, Amaninder 2 for 116, Robin Dhillon 2 for 52).

Patiala (1st innings)-95 for 5 in 39 overs (Prabhjot 18 , Jeevanjot Singh 28,Abhilash Sharma 3 for 13).



Cautious parents accompany children to swimming pools
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
With a seven-year-old boy drowning in a swimming pool in Mumbai on Sunday evening, the parents here have become more cautious while sending their children to swimming centres.
Children enjoy swimming at All-Weather Swimming Pool, Sector 23, Chandigarh
Children enjoy swimming at All-Weather Swimming Pool, Sector 23, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Parents turned up in large number at local All-Weather Swimming Pool to supervise their children during the practice session.

“Such an accident can happen to anyone. If parents are present near the pool children will concentrate more on learning instead of having fun,” said Preeti Sharma, a mother.

“Our children are well equipped but the incident is a nightmare for every parent. No doubt that security is there but I still feel it is better to accompany my daughter to her swimming classes. After all, it is a matter of only an hour,” said Sanjeev Arjun, a father.

The coaching centre is has proper facilities, including side poles, tubes and paddle pads. Also, the administration has appointed two lifeguards and a coach. “The pool is exclusively for children and females. The pool is divided into two parts with (4 feet and 6 feet). Everyone is allowed to swim for an hour and during that duration a lifeguard is always in the pool while other supervises the pool from pool boundary. The children are advised to carry their own tubes. However, equipments like paddles are provided by us,” said a lifeguard.

“As a parent it’s our duty to take care of our children. One cannot rely on another. The recent incident is very painful. I wish it would never happen again,” said Anjana Thakur.

Years back, in separate incidents, two boys reportedly died after drowning in the swimming pool of Phase VI Mohali and PCA stadium. 



DAV-10, DMCA to clash for title today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The cricket teams of DAV College, Sector 10, and DMCA will face each other in the final match of the first Hot Weather Tournament tomorrow.

In the semi-finals of the tournament, the wining team overcame Deepak Builders by 5 wickets. Batting first, Deepak Builders posted a total of 140 runs after losing 8 wickets in the allotted slot. Gourav (26 off 23), Rajesh Patha (22 off 25) and Amit Verma (39 off 23), helped the team to set the total.

For DAV College, Adheeraj completed his best figure after taking 5 wickets for 22 runs. On other hand, the wining side achieved the target in the 19th over of the game with Jitender knocking a brilliant 57 runs off 42 balls, while Honey contributed 54 off 52. Bowlers Amit Verma and Gurkirat claimed two wickets each.

Earlier, the Deepak Builders team managed to defeat DAV, Sector 8, by four wickets to book the final berth. After elected to bat first, the team of DAV School posted a total of 127 runs before getting all-out in 19.5 overs. Batsman Narinder contributed 35 off 32 while Kulbir scored essential 28 off 23. For bowling side, Gurkirat Walia claimed 4 for 25 while Amit Verma and Rickey took two wickets each.

Chasing the target, the wining side scored 128 runs in 20 overs. Gurkirat scored 36 off 35 to guide the team to victory. He was equally supported by Gourav who scored 25 off 26 while Rajesh Patha contributed 23 runs. Bowler, Ravi Verma took 3 for 27 and Satyam claimed 1 for 28.



Selection for swimming team

Chandigarh, June 5
The Chandigarh Swimming Association will conduct selection trials at swimming pool of yoga center, Sector 23, on June 9. The trials would be conducted to select city’s junior and sub-junior swimming team. The junior team will represent the city in the upcoming 39th Junior National Aquatic Championship to be held in Chennai from July 14. 

The sub-junior team will participate in the 29th Sub-junior National Aquatic Championship to be held at Rajkot in Gujarat. Players born on 1995 to 1999 are eligible to participate in the junior category, while players born on 2000 to 2003 can take part in the sub-junior category. Players to enrol names on June 8 at the venue. ––TNS



Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 
Nominations invited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports invited the nominations or applications for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Purushkar for this year.

The eligible corporate entity can collect the application forms from the in-charge of Youth Affairs Sports Department, Sector 42, here. The forms will be available till June 11 and the nominees are advised to submit the form before June 15.

As per the eligibility criteria, any corporate entity, public or private, who has played a vital role in the area of sports promotion and development, individuals or proprietary or partnership entities, are eligible to fall under the category.

In the case of entities, those with a contribution of minimum 5 per cent of their gross profit or an amount not less than Rs 2 crore in the proceeding financial year towards sports promotion and development, are eligible to be considered. The main objective of the scheme is to encourage and promote corporate involvement in promotion and development of sports all over the nation and recognising the efforts of corporate entities in the promotion and development of sports.


Community Sports - Identification and nurturing of budding or young talent; Financial support for sports excellence; Establishment and Management of sports academies of excellence; Employment of sports persons and other sports welfare measures. 









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