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Eight booked for group clash, firing in to air
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 17
The Lalru police booked eight persons of two groups, who were involved in a clash and fired shots in the air on Monday night. The dispute was over sharing of a path leading to their farmhouses near Gholumajra village.

As per information, one group led by Joginder Singh Tiger and the other by Manjeet Singh and Bhupinder Singh Sabarwal clashed with one another on Monday night. The Tiger group blamed that the other group had fired shots in the air at a time of clash. The Manjeet Singh group on the other hand said that the Tiger group had tried to attack them and blocked their path.

The police has registered a case against the two groups. Gurvant Singh, SHO, Lalru, and Samsher Singh, Lehli Chowki in charge, who were dealing with the case said that the investigations were on.



Woman robbed of gold chain
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, July 17
Three persons in a car, including two women, tactfully took away a gold chain of a middle-aged woman, Raj Rani, a resident of Vijay Nagar, Ambala City, this afternoon.

According to information, Raj Rani had come from Bhiwani and was waiting for a three-wheeler at the bus stand to go home. In the meantime a car stopped beside her and one of the woman sitting in it offered her a lift and told that they would drop her at her house.

Raj Rani sat in the car and on the way to her house the women tactfully took out her gold chain. Instead of dropping her at her house she dropped her on the main road near Model Town and drove away. After sometime Raj Rani noticed that the chain was missing from her neck.

She informed her husband about the incident. The police registered a case against unidentified persons on the complaint of her husband Vijender Kumar.



Dumped garbage bane for residents of Dera Bassi
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, July 17
Residents residing near the dumping ground in Dera Bassi have been facing problems due to the garbage dumped in the nearby dumping ground. Big heaps of garbage, emanating foul smell, makes it difficult for those residing in Gulmohar city, ATS, Ashiana Colony, DAV School and ATS Valley School.

Residents have been repeatedly demanding that the dumping ground should be shifted out of the town. Padma Bhargav, a resident of Gulmohar City, expressed concern over the increasing pollution problem caused by the garbage.

The residents said it was becoming difficult for them to pass through the area.

They blamed the authorities for the pathetic condition. They demanded that this dumping ground should be shifted to another place.

Some other residents informed that the dumping ground fell on the land of a choe and it could cause flooding in the nearby areas. The people had taken up the issue with the municipal council many times but no action was taken yet.

Meanwhile, Varinder Jain, executive officer, said that efforts were on to fix a dumping site for all the towns of the mohali district, near Samgouli village and officials concerned had visited thesite

On the other hand, Joginder Singh, Xen, pollution control board, said that they had raised the issue with the Municipal Council, Dera Bassi, and again he would raise the issue with them. He informed that a dumping site for Mohali and other towns of the district was identified near Samgouli and after conducting a public hearing the case was sent to the environment and forest department of the Central Government for approval.



Working against female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 17
The American Biographical Institute, publisher of Biographical Reference Works since 1967 having an experience in collecting and publishing over one million biographies, will honour city doctor Dr Harshinder Kaur, Deputy Medical Superintendent at Government Rajindra Hospital, with the Woman of the Year 2012 Award for distinctive accomplishments in her field.

Harshinder has been selected for her work against female foeticide in India and other countries. She will be presented a plaque in appearance with a cherry wood finish and ebony plate with gold lettering.

Notably, Harshinder has initiated a campaign against dowry and female foeticide in various countries and till date, thousands of students have joined her cause. She has written After 22 books on varied topics, including ‘Female Foeticide -A Curse’, which has formed the basis of a under production Hollywood film titled ‘Roaring Silence.’ She will also feature in an international documentary on female foeticide.

Meanwhile, Rama Rau, acclaimed documentary filmmaker from Canada, is making a multilingual documentary on various facets of female foeticide. She was in the city to shoot an extensive interview of Harshindar at her residence in Patiala. She was accompanied by her team of technicians.



Repair of defective chlorinators
installed in slums and colonies
2-week deadline
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set a two-week deadline for the UT Administration and other authorities to repair defective chlorinators installed in slums and colonies across the city.

The directions by a Division Bench of the High Court assume significance as defective chlorinators can contribute to the spread of water-borne diseases, particularly during the ongoing rainy season.

It is believed that health and other problems caused due to the supply of contaminated water to slums and colonies are not just limited to these areas.

The entire city population is affected as a substantial number of domestic helps and other workers coming to the city put up in these places.

The directions by the Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain came on a petition filed in public interest by Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Hari Singh Nagra.

In his petition filed through counsel HS Grewal, Nagra had sought directions to the UT Administration and other respondents to provide basic minimum facilities of shelter, drinking water and toilets to inhabitants of slum areas and colonies.

As the case came up for hearing before the Division Bench, respondents in their reply stated that potable chlorinated water was being supplied to colony dwellers.

Details of measures taken by the respondents to provide individual sewerage and water connections, besides temporary toilets, to colonies and slum-dwellers were provided.

Grewal pointed out that "some chlorinators installed for purifying drinking water were not working properly".

Taking note of his assertion, the Bench asserted in its detailed order, "If that is so, directions are issued to the respondents to repair the defective chlorinators and make those workable so that the supply of potable water to residents is not affected".

Disposing of the petition, the Bench directed the respondents to do the needful within two weeks.



Man’s body found near Nadha rivulet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 17
The body of a 50-year-old man, who was working as a mason, was found near the Nadha rivulet here.

The throat of the deceased had been slit. He has been identified as Vivek Nand Chaudhary, who worked as mason on daily wages in Nayagaon.

Vivek, who resided in Nadha village, visited Nayagaon daily for his work and returned in the evening. “When he did not return last evening, Vivek’s wife came to Nayagaon to search him and found his body near the rivulet”, said the sources adding that the deceased was alcoholic.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case at the Nayagoan Police Station and investigations are going on.



Rishabh, Naman win in tennis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
In the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boys and Girls (U-12 and U-16), Rishabh Sharda has defeated Navjot Singh (4-1, 4-1).

Naman Sehrawat beat Shreyas Chopra 4-2, 0-4, 4-2 in the boys U-12 category at the CLTA tennis courts here today.

In the boys U-16 category, Jotpal Singh overcame Santveer Singh 6-2, 6-1 and Manjot Singh thrashed Mahin Puri 6-1, 6-1.

In the girls U-16 group, Pooja Moura and Seerat Pannu defeated Alisha Menon and Chelsa Stephen 6-1, 6-3.

Results: boys U-12: Abhumanyu Rozra bt Chiraz Dandona 4-2, 4-1; Yuvraj bt Abhiuday Singh 4-0, 4-1; Sahishnu Sharma bt Dhruv Sharma 4-1, 1-0 (conceded); MS Karthik bt Jagnoor Singh 5-3, 4-0; Asav Kumar bt Vansh Kapoor 4-0, 4-0; Anmol Rattan Kamboj bt Nishant Dabas 4-2, 4-0; Rohit Kumar bt Rahul Seth 6-4, 6-4; Mritunjay Badola bt Sagar Bains 6-4, 6-4; Param Pun bt Ravjeet Singh 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Anuj Malik bt Anupam Singh 6-0, 6-0; Nihit Rawal bt Dhruv Arya 6-4, 6-3.

Girls U-12: Prinkel Singh bt Sanya Edara 4-0, 4-0; Chelsa Stepen bt Ravneet Kaur 4-0, 4-1; Ashpreet Bajwa bt Nandini 4-0, 4-2; Hanshika bt Anushka Kejriwal 4-2, 4-0; Sehajnoor Dhillon bt Harleen Kaur 5-4(5), 4-2; Alisha Menon bt Rahat 4-0, 4-1; Taru Ahluwalia bt Lavnya Ray 4-0, 4-0; Sarah Dev bt Aditi Dogra 4-0, 4-0.

Girls U-16: Charvi Saxena bt Gurmehar Kaur 6-0, 6-1; Aarushi Kakkar bt Hanshika 6-0, 6-0; Nimrat Walia bt Akshita Singh 6-4, 7-5; Pooja Moura bt Harsimran Kaur 7-5, 7-5; Shrishty Dhanda bt Alisha Menon 6-3, 6-2; Nikita Bishnoi bt Bani Singh 6-0, 6-3; Prinkle Singh bt Gurneek Bhundal 6-0, 6-0; Gayatri Kumariaha bt Tanya Batra 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles: boys U-12: Udgam Aggarwal & Shreyas Chopra bt Rajdeep Singh & Rashbeg Singh 6-2, 6-4; Naman Sehrawat & Neeraj Yashpaul bt Ravikaran Singh & Jaskaran Singh 6-2, 6-1; Akshit Chabra & Sehaj Sidhu bt Pravav Chopra & Udayveer Singh 6-1, 4-6;Navjot Singh & Paramveer Singh bt Abhay Mohan & Jaskaran Singh 6-0, 7-5.

Boys U-16: Kabir Manrai & Digvijay Partap Singh bt Parth Aggarwal & Anshuman Gulia 6-3, 6-3; Santveer Singh & Sacchit Malhotra bt Ankit Rao & Vishvender 4-6, 6-2; Manjot Singh & Shrmay Dhawan bt Mritunjay Badola & Jotpal Singh 5-7, 6-0; Rahul Seth & Krishna Rajput w/o Jagmeet Singh & Karan Thind; Param Pun & Sagar Bains bt Harish Bera & Rishi Raj Shekhawat 6-1, 6-0; Rishabh Sharda & Raunaq Marwaha bt Jagdeep Bajwa & Devashish Hoadijam 6-2, 6-0; Paramveer Singh & Adhhyan bt Dhruv Arya & Azaz Singh 6-2, 6-4.

Girls U-16: Pooja Moura & Seerat Pannu bt Alisha Menon & Chelsa Stephen 6-1, 6-3; Aarushi Kakkar & Gurmehar Kaur bt Nimrat Walia & Harsimran Kaur 6-4, 6-2; Akshita Singh & Taru Ahluwalia bt Preetnain Grewal & Komaljeet Kaur 6-4, 6-4; Neelanchal Gupta & Shrishty Dhanda bt Jahnavi Shivran & Hanshika 6-3, 6-0; Aastha Malhotra & Rubani Ahluwalia bt Nandini & Aditi Dogra 6-0, 6-1; Sarah Dev & Bani Singh bt Charvi Saxena & Saumya Saxena 6-3, 6-3.



Injury comes in player’s way
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
An injury is the worst thing that can happen to a player. Sangeeta Rankoti had never thought that her knee injury could become a hurdle in getting admission.

Due to this injury, the sports authorities neglected her achievements. On July 3, she received a knee injury during a practice session at the sports complex in Sector 46.

She received six stitches and was told to have complete bed rest for two weeks to enable her to attend the MPEd physical test at Panjab University on July 17.

After failing to get special permission from the authorities, she marked her presence for the trials, but failed to perform due to the injury.

Despite playing a dozen nationals, inter-college events and other tournaments, Sangeeta was not given any relief for participation.

“I dedicated my life to sports. I asked for more time, but the authorities did not give it. I did a bachelors’ course in the same stream and wanted to continue,” she said.

“I cleared the entrance test with 14th rank. I was sure of passing the physical test, but the injury came in the way. My immediate aim was to get admission,” she added.

“I asked the doctor to remove the stitches well so that I could participate in the trials. I was not new to the sport, needed time to prove myself,” she further said.

Physical education department chairperson Gurmeet Singh said, “We cannot help it unless the player is outstanding. He or she has to get special permission from the Vice-Chancellor’s office.”

He added, “The same thing happened to Rajpal Singh, former Indian hockey team captain. He was allowed admission after special permission. We were following rules.”

He further said, “A player is provided two chances during trials. If he or she fails to perform, we cannot help it. The physical test is meant to judge the player and the rest depends on luck.”



Hockey meet from Aug 19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Rock Rovers Hockey Club will organise the 11th edition of the ONGC SN Vohra Memorial Hockey Tournament for Boys (U-14) from August 19 to 26 at the hockey stadium of the sports complex at Sector 42 here.

The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. Winners will be awarded prize money and best goalkeeper, best fullback, best halfback and best forward will also be awarded.



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