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Residents air grievances during public darbar
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 3
Justice (Retd) Nirmal Singh, MLA, Bassi Pathana, today organised a public darbar at the Market Committee here. Hundreds of people attended the darbar and highlighted their problems.

The MLA said as per declaration of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, the local ITI would be converted into a polytechnic college and the classes would start from the next academic session.

\He said to ensure an eight-hour regular power supply to farmers, 62 villages falling in Chuni area of the Bassi Pathana constituency had been attached to 220 KV Grid at Kharar.

The MLA also instructed the XEN (water supply) to repair the water tank at the earliest.

He also assured the people that all vacant posts of doctors in the Civil Hospital would be filled soon as he would take up the matter with the health minister.

He said certain officials posted at the subdivision headquarters left the station without seeking permission causing great inconvenience to people. The officials should avoid this tendency and work in a transparent manner to redress the grievances of the common man as it was their moral duty to provide them the benefits of all government-sponsore-schemes, he added.



Six developers booked
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 3
The police has booked six persons for constructing an illegal colony near Gurlabgarh here.
The case was registered on the complaint of Additional Chief Administrator of GMADA under the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995.

The accused have been identified as Amrinder Singh, Prempal Singh, both residents of Dera Bassi, Abha, a resident of Chandigarh, Sushma, a resident of Chandigarh, Jasbeer Singh, a resident of Gandhinagar (UP), and Amandeep Kaur, a resident of Chandigarh.



20 illegal colonies come up at Dera Bassi 
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, July 3
There are 20 illegal colonies at Dera Bassi. Sources said these colonies had come up in violation of the building bylaws, with developers failing to seek an approval from the local bodies government, Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The civic body had highlighted the matter in letters written to the officials of the local bodies government, Patiala, but no action was taken against the developers.

It was learnt that officials of the revenue department had allegedly showed the plots as agriculture land.

The sources added that the civic body was charging Rs 341 per square yard as development charges while passing maps.

Executive officer of the municipal council Varinder Jain said they had written a number of letters to the local government apprising it of the mushrooming of illegal colonies.

Tehsildar Mandeep Dhillon said he would look into the matter.

The illegal colonies include Sarasvativihar near Sukhmani College, Amardeep Nagar, Dasmesh Nagar at the Barwala road, Green Valley near ATS at the Barwala road, Saini Vihar, Om Vihar, Balaji Golf View, Palm Enclave, Balaji Enclave, Green Enclave, Sai Enclave, Bella Homes, Model Town, one colony near Kamla Dial Factory and a few others. 



Road mishap: SI moves application in High Court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Moving from pillar to post seeking justice for the death of their only son, parents of 20-year-old Gagandeep Singh still have to wait to see the accused booked. Sub Inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar of the UT police, who was allegedly found guilty in the inquiry conducted by the Haryana Crime Branch today moved an application in the High Court pleading he was innocent and the inquiry was not conducted properly.

The Sub Inspector has sought that the inquiry be conducted again.The case is now listed for arguments on July 11. Gagandeep Singh was killed on June 27, 2009, after a rashly driven car of SI Jaspal Singh Bhullar had hit his motorcycle near Kiran Cinema in Sector 22. Instead of taking action against the accused, the UT police had closed the case. SI Bhullar was the in charge of Sector 22 police post at that time.

Disgruntled parents of Gagandeep had knocked the doors of the High Court seeking justice when an inquiry was finally marked by Justice Daya Chaudhery last year.

The inquiry conducted by the Haryana Crime Branch had stated that, “It is evident that SI Jaspal Singh, who was then posted as In charge of the police post of Sector 22, of the area where the accident took place, got the FIR registered against deceased Gagandeep by misusing his position to save himself. From the statements of witnesses as well as the reports of the expert of CFSL, reports of mechanical board and other documents, accident appears to have been caused by SI Jaspal Singh while driving his Santro car in a rash and negligent manner,” states the report.

“On basis of statements of eye witnesses and relevant record in the file during the course of investigation, it has been found that accident was caused by SI Jaspal Singh by driving the car in a rash and negligent manner,” added the report recommending that a case be registered against Bhullar.



Non-bailable warrants against accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today issued non-bailable warrants against Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, the accused arrested in the Dimpy murder case of 2006. Rocky is out on bail and failed to appear in court during a hearing. He produced a medical certificate to explain his absence, which was not accepted by the court. Warrants were issued against him.

Rocky was arrested on July 28, 2008, for allegedly being a part of the conspiracy to eliminate Dimpy and a .45 bore US (army) made pistol was also recovered from his possession. The handgun was used for killing Dimpy on July 7, 2006 near Sukhna Lake.

The sensational murder case involving the killing of a gangster is in its final stage in court. The hearing of the case has now been adjourned to July 9. A case had been registered.



2 new courts become operational

Mohali, July 3
Two new courts have become operational at the local District Courts Complex in Phase III-B1 here today.
Earlier, there were four courts on the premises.

Seeing the growing number of cases and to increase the strength of judges in the district courts, four new courts were approved here. Sources said the remaining two courts would become operational as soon as two more courtrooms would be constructed at the complex. Amarjit Singh Longia, president of the Mohali District Bar Association, said, “The new courts will help clear the backlog," he said.



Man booked for forging documents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The UT police has booked a person for cheating for obtaining loan on forged documents. Shashi Bhushan Malhotra, a resident of Sector 23-D, alleged that Suresh Kumar, resident of Sector-23-D, got loan from LIC HFL, Sector-22, on the basis of forged documents. The police has booked the person under Sections 420 (Cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468(forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Defacement charge

The police has booked a Sector 45 resident for defacing public property. The police has booked Pawan Kumar under Section 3 of the Prevention of Property Defacement West Bengal Act at Sector 17 police station. The police said Pawan had posted the poster of Broad Band Unlimited on an electric pole near house number 1280 in Sector 23. The alleged accused was arrested and later released on bailed.

1 booked for consuming liquor in public

The Chandigarh Police arrested a person for consuming liquor in public and two persons, including a woman, for possessing liquor in an illegal manner. In the first case, the police arrested Babu Ram Sharma from the Sector 22 market area while consuming liquor at public place. The police has registered a case. The alleged accused was later released on bail. Meanwhile, the police arrested a woman near her residence and recovered 25 quarters of country wine from her possession

In another incident, the Police control room staff apprehended Lalu Ram from Kajheri Village while carrying 17 quarters of country wine in an illegal manner. The police has registered two separate cases. 



Cyclist run over by car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A 32-year-old cyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding Ford car on the road separating Sectors 44 and 45 here last evening. The police has arrested Abhineet, the driver of the car and a resident of Sector 69, Mohali, for causing death due to negligence.

The victim, Ram Naval, was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 where he was declared brought dead. He was a resident of Burail. A case has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.



Chandigarh team win title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The local cricket team won the Punjab State Inter-district League Tournament for boys (U-22) with a total of 18 points. Jalandhar (17 points) and Patiala (15 points) attained second and third positions respectively. Title winners Chandigarh routed Mohali by an innings and 59 runs yesterday, securing a bonus point, at the cricket stadium of Sector 16.

In today’s encounter, Amritsar tasted an 8 wicket defeat against Jalandhar. The match was held at Bulton Park in Jalandhar. The home team garnered five points from their win.

Continuing from their overnight score of 384 for 9, Amritsar was bowled out for 409 in 108.3 overs, setting a target of 130 runs in 85 overs for Jalandhar.

Raman Arora completed his half century and remained unbeaten on 62 off 102 balls (seven boundaries and a six) while bowler Yogesh Kumar claimed 5 wickets for 99 runs.

In reply, Jalandhar started on a shaky note after losing their opener Nitish Sahota (5). But Pargat Singh and Love Kumar added 67 runs for the second wicket before Kumar was caught by Raman Arora off Rahul Kanojia for 22. Pargat Singh continued to play well and took his team to the victory, scoring unbeaten 73 off 91, studded with 13 boundaries.

Brief scores:

Amritsar (First innings)- 184 all out

Jalandhar (First innings)- 448 all out

Amritsar (Second innings)- 409 all out in 108.3 overs (Raman Arora 62 not out, Yogesh Kumar 5 for 99).

Jalandhar (Second innings)- 130 for 2 in 29.2 overs (Pargat Singh 72 not out, Rahul Kanojia 1 for 40, Abhinav Sharma 1 for 20).

In the third match, held at the PAU grounds, Ludhiana, Patiala made a strong come-back and registered a 3-wicket win over the home team to collect 5 points.

After Patiala conceded a first innings lead of 45 runs, Ludhiana declared their second innings at 316 for 7, setting a target of 362 runs for Patiala.

Patiala went on to hammer 363 for 7 in 98.4 overs. Jeewanjot and Prabhjot Singh cobbled up a 59-run opening partnership, while a 73-run stand between Vicky Sharma and Prabhjot Singh proved to be fruitful for the team.

Later, Vicky along with Himanshu Chawla scored 73 runs for the fourth wicket. For the bowling side, Anil Sihag took 4 for 119 while Sukhjinder Singh claimed 2 for 125.

Brief scores:

Ludhiana (First innings)- 323

Ludhiana(Second innings)- 316 for 7 declared

Patiala (First innings)- 278 all out in 101.4 overs

Patiala (Second innings)- 363 for 7 in 98.4 overs (Jeewanjot Singh 29, Prabhjot Singh 58, Vicky Sharma 75, Mohit Mohindra 33, Himanshu Chawla 74, Amaninder Singh 46, Vikrant Sirohi 29 not out, Bhavish Goyal 11 not out, Anil Sihag 4 for 119, Sukhjinder Singh 2 for 125).



Baptist Cricket Academy, MCA (B) register wins in U-12 tournament
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 3
In the ongoing junior (U-12) cricket tournament, the cricket teams of Baptist Cricket Academy and MCA (B) registered wins in their respective matches here today.
In the first match, Baptist Cricket Academy defeated Mohali Tigers by 31 runs. Batting first, the winning side posted a total of 194 runs for the loss of three wickets in the allotted of 25 overs. Aayush (63 off 49), Prabhjit Singh (62 off 52), Prithvi Lohtiya (25 off 18) were the main scorers for the team. Bowler Siddharth claimed 1 for 35.

In reply, the Mohali outfit failed to reach the target and were bundled out for 163 runs in the 24th over of the match.

Saksham contributed 37 runs in the team's total. Karan (27) and Harshi (24 ) were the other main scorers for the team.

For the bowling side, Anshul and Prithvi Lohtiya claimed two wickets each.

In another match, MCA (B) defeated MCA (A) by six-wickets. The losing side scored 144 runs in the allotted 25 overs with Khushleen (45), Harsh (30) and Hardik (33) scoring the lion's share. Bowler Tushar claimed 1 for 23.

In reply, the winning side achieved the target in the 23rd over, with Tushar (68) and Kuwar (46) guiding the team to victory. For the bowling side, Harsh took 2 for 32.



Panjab University football grounds in bad shape
RTI application reveals money being spent on ground upkeep; pictures tell otherwise
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

A view of the Panjab University football grounds with torn goal-post nets.
A view of the Panjab University football grounds with torn goal-post nets. Tribune photos: Pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, July 3
The Directorate of Sports, Panjab University, might claim of having top-class playgrounds, gymnasium hall and swimming pool, but when it comes to maintaining these facilities, the authorities appear to be lacking seriousness.

Panjab University (PU) has one of the best infrastructures for sports in the region. But an RTI application has revealed the apathy shown by the authorities in maintaining the grounds.

Under the SAI (Sports Authority of India) extension centre scheme, the sports department has been receiving an annual grant of Rs 1 lakh for past two years for uplifting the infrastructure of sports and maintaining the arenas.
Patches of congress grass in the field.
Patches of congress grass in the field. Tribune photos: Pradeep tewari

As per the information accessed through RTI, the department claims that the money has been used to purchase sporting equipments and for maintaining a football ground in one of the two soccer arenas present on the PU campus.

However, in reality both the grounds are in bad condition (see pictures). Parts of both the grounds are covered with congress grass and have uneven and bald patches. The goal nets are also in bad condition.

As per official record, the department has spent money on plugging the grounds, removing unwanted grass and other waste things, levelling of the ground, putting passim sand/mud on the ground, and fixing of Calcutta Grass No 1. But no such development is seen on the grounds.

“We have two football grounds out of which only one is upgraded. You (the reporter) might have considered the other ground .The second ground will be upgraded after clearance from the executive committee as it needs to be looked after. Proper sand will be poured to level the ground. As per my knowledge, there is no congress grass on the field and the nets are fit to play.

The grounds are being taken care of well,” said Gurmeet Singh, Director of Sports (additional charge). When asked about the torn nets and bald patches on the ground that he claims is being maintained, he said, “Nothing of that sort is there, everything is fine. We had upgraded a ground, and now will concentrate on others.”

A player requesting anonymity revealed: “The work to uplift the ground was started last year and a political party on the campus also interfered in the matter. But till now the grounds are in the same condition. Although gardeners have started watering the fields on regular intervals, there is a need for proper maintenance.”

Another footballer added, “There is a lot of difference between merely polishing goal-post poles and upgrading a ground. It takes at least a year to re-carpet the grass and level the ground. And during that time players are not allowed to enter the ground. The officials should concentrate on this fact also.”



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