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Beopar mandal, pensioners want ITO office back in Sirhind
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 18
The District Beopar Mandal and pensioners at a joint meeting held here today has demand that the office of Income Tax Officer (ITOs) be shifted back to Sirhind. It was shifted to the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh town causing them great inconvenience.

The meeting was attended by representatives of various traders' organisation, retired employees, women employees and other income tax payees. They passed a resolution if the income tax department did not heed to their request an agitation would be launched against the department.

Addressing mediapersons, Varinder Rattan, president, District Beopar Mandal, said that with the efforts of beopar mandal and public representatives, the office of ITO was started at Sirhind town.It used to cater to the need of income tax payees belonging to Bassi Pathana, Sanghol, Khamano, Chuni and other surrounding areas, but the office was shifted to the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh town due to the vested interests of the then officials of the department. He said that now, the income tax payees, including senior citizens, pensioners, women employees, physically challenged and other petty business men belonging to these areas had to face great difficulty in dealing with income -tax related matters, as the present office was 2km away from Mandi Gobindgarh town and there was no mean of transport to go there. He said that a delegation of the District Beopar Mandal had met the Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, in Chandigarh and he had assured the office would be shifted back to Sirhind, but till date their demand had not been met.

Now, the office is on the outskirts

The office catered to the income-tax payees belonging to Bassi Pathana, Sanghol, Khamano, Chuni and other surrounding areas, but the office was shifted to the outskirts of Mandi Gobindgarh town. Now, the income -tax payees, including senior citizens, pensioners, women employees, physically challenged and other petty business men belonging to these areas have to face great difficulty in dealing with income -tax related matters, as the present office is 2-km away from Mandi Gobindgarh town and there is no means of transport to go there.



Khalsa College: Five sports wings to begin for women players
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 18
Khalsa College, Patiala, will soon begin five sports wings comprising kabaddi, volleyball, handball, badminton and chess in the newly constructed hostel Mata Gujri Girls Hostel premises. Under these wings, as many as 30 promising Sikh women players will be provided free education, coaching and hostel facility. This was announced by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar today while inaugurating the hostel today at the college campus.

He said the hostel had been constructed keeping in view the convenience of those girls who live in rural areas and wanted to pursue professional and other significant courses but were unable to do so due to accommodation problems. The hostel provides all basic facilities with a capacity to accommodate 180 girls.

While congratulating college principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha and staff members on the occasion, Makkar said he was impressed with the value-based education imparted by the college.

Ubha, while welcoming the chief guest and others expressed his pleasure at the positive response of students towards the new courses started by the college. Meritorious students from other states had also taken admission in new courses there.

Gurmohan Singh Walia, Director Education, SGPC, Amritsar, and Tarlochan Singh, Additional Secretary, Education, was also present on the occasion.



Consumer courts
Postmaster ordered to pay compensation
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Holding the general post office deficient in rendering proper services, the local Consumer Court today directed the senior postmaster here to pay an interest at the rate of six per cent per annum on the amount of the complainant for the entire period it remained with it.

Apart from that the court has also ordered the postmaster to pay Rs 15,000 as compensation to the complainant for causing him mental and physical harassment, along with litigation cost of Rs 10,000.

Earlier, the complainant Ram Niwas, a local resident, had alleged that the post office was not giving him interest on his deposit in the PPF account, which was opened on March 19, 1990 and had matured on April 1, 2005.

Ram Niwas further alleged that the respondent had extended his account on April 1, 2005 for a further period of five years without his consent and his subscription was accepted up to March 31, 2010. "When I applied to close the account on July 1, 2010, I was informed that I was not entitled for the interest after April 1, 2005," stated Niwas, who had also requested to regularise his account on August 5, 2010 but to no effect.

After hearing both the parties, the court ordered the postmaster to pay an interest on the deposit in question at the rate of six per cent per annum from the date of their respective deposits, during the period it remained and deposited with it (from February 2, 2006 to January 31, 2011).

It is further added in the order that it (the order) has to be complied with within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of its copy, failing which the post office shall be liable to pay the interest as penalty at the rate of 12 per cent per annum instead of 6 per cent.



Another brawl at DAV-10
SOPU leader attacked by members of rival party, sustains minor injuries

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Just days after the DAV College, Sector 10, debarred over 50 students from admissions for being booked by the city police in various incidents of violence, the college witnessed another brawl in which the chairman of the Student Organisation of Panjab University was allegedly attacked with sharp-edged weapons by the members of Indian Students Association, a newly formed student party.

According to the police, the SOPU leader, Arshdeep Bhullar, was attacked by the members of the rival group on the college campus, in which he suffered minor injuries.

Arshdeep said the members of ISA had an altercation with the SOPU President Meet Jatana a day before; and to take revenge, they along with some outsiders entered the college campus and attacked him.

Inspector Neeraj Sarna, SHO Sector 3 police station, said that a case under the Sections 147, 148, 149, 307 and 506 of IPC had been registered against Balkaran Gill, Balsharan Gill, Manna, Kalla and others who were involved in the attack.

Arshdeep claimed that all the three booked by the police except Kalla were students of the DAV College. Those named in the FIR managed to flee from the scene. Arshdeep was taken to Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for treatment, and was discharged later in the evening.

DAV College Principal BC Joshan said the college security had been beefed-up and nobody without a college identity card would be allowed to enter the college campus.



Nine months on, main murder accused held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Nine months after a murder at Colony Number 4, the police today arrested Rinku and booked him under Section 302 of the IPC. He was arrested by the PCR special technical operation cell team, headed by inspector Ranjit Singh Dhillon, from the Hallo Majra chowk around 6 pm.

On October 27 last year, there was a quarrel between Urmala and Beeru, residents of the colony. Beeru was pressurising Urmala to have a relationship with him, but she resisted.

Her neighbour Kishore Kumar was trying to pacify Beeru when he, along with Arjun, Hussain and Rinku, attacked him.

Rinku stabbed Kishore and the four fled the spot. Kishore succumbed to his injuries and died at a hospital.

During investigations, the police arrested Beeru, Arjun and Hussain. but Rinku was absconding. The PCR team developed information and arrested the main accused.



Players leave football academy
Join prestigious academies despite 7-year contract
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
Three players of Chandigarh Football Academy have left the academy to join two prestigious football academies without even informing the authorities despite a seven-year legal contract.

The players (names withheld) left the academy after receiving formal invitations from the Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur, and All India Football Federation's Junior Soccer School, Pune. The players got the offers based on their recent performances at various national and local tournaments.

"After inquiring into the whole matter, the department has written a letter to both the academies, mentioning the entire episode. The players went on their own without informing the authorities or any officials. They are under a seven-year contract, and cannot leave the academy as per the contract," said JDS Sidhu, joint director, UT sports department.

If they wanted to leave the academy, they had to give a valid reason and submit a requisite amount under the contract, Sidhu said. "Our lawyer is also preparing a legal notice and the department will soon knock the doors of the lower court," he said.

When asked whether the academy would accept back the players, Sidhu said: "Yes sure, after all they are our product, though they have taken a wrong step. They are being provided with all facilities and all of them are important part of the academy."

Many soccer experts are calling it a bold step on the part of the players, taken to secure their future.

"These days players know their value. It is a trend at the CFA that players are used for seven years and after that they are left on their own. There is no harm if these three players took the step in order to secure their future. The Tata Football Academy and the venture of AIFF are among the best options for a junior-level player. The players are not getting any international exposure at the CFA that could keep them interested in this academy," said a soccer enthusiast.

An official of the sports department said the department would organise the UT Administrator Soccer Cup in September and there were many more tournaments lined up in future. The team had performed well in the recent talent cup organised for boys (U-15) by Manchester United football club and was expecting to carry on this performance in the future too, he said.

"Two players are already in the national squad and loss of these three players will be a real shock for this batch. The authorities should concentrate on certain steps, so that the team continues to play without any disturbance," the official added.



Tennis tourney
Rishabh moves to semifinals
Tribune News Service

Mrityunjay Badola in action during a boys' (U-16) match at the CLTA Complex in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, July 18
Continuing with his winning spree in the boys (U-12) category, Rishabh Sharda defeated Naman Sehrawat in straight sets (4-1, 4-1) to move to semifinals round in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for Boys and Girls (U-12 and 16) today.

The tournament being held at the CLTA complex and Lake Sports Complex, also saw

Abhumanyu Rozra overcome Yuvraj 4-5(5), 4-2 and 5-3 in a match under the same category. In other quarterfinal matches, Sahishnu Sharma defeated MS Karthik 4-0, 4-2 while Anmol Rattan Kamboj overpowered Asav Kumar 4-0, 4-1.

Other Results

Boys' singles (U-16) -- Manjot Singh bt Jotpal Singh 6-4, 6-1; Mritunjay Badola bt Rohit Kumar 6-4, 6-4; Param Pun bt Anuj Malik 6-2, 6-1; Nihit Rawal bt Anshuman Gulia 6-2, 6-2.

Girls' singles (U-12) -- Prinkel Singh bt Chelsa Stepen 4-0, 4-0; Ashpreet Bajwa bt Hanshika 4-0, 4-2; Alisha Menon bt Sehajnoor Dhillon 4-2, 4-1; Sarah Dev bt Taru Ahluwalia 4-0, 4-0.

Girls' singles (U-16) -- Aarushi Kakkar bt Charvi Saxena 6-2, 7-6(4); Pooja Moura bt Nimrat Walia 6-2, 6-1; Nikita Bishnoi bt Shrishty Dhanda 6-1, 6-1; Gayatri Kumariaha bt Prinkle Singh 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Boys' doubles (U-12) -- Anmol Rattan Kamboj and Abhimanyu Rozra bt Udgam Aggarwal and Shreyas Chopra 6-2, 6-2; Chiraz Dandona and Yuvraj Kooka bt Naman Sehrawat and Neeraj Yashpaul 7-6(3), 7-5; Savneet Bajwa and Sahishnu Sharma bt Akshit Chabra and Sehaj Sidhu 6-2, 6-1; MS Karthik and Asav Kumar bt Navjot Singh and Paramveer Singh 6-1, 6-3.

Boys' doubles (U-16) -- Santveer Singh and Sacchit Malhotra bt Kabir Manrai and Digvijay Partap Singh 6-4, 6-0; Conrad and Nihit Rawal bt Manjot Singh and Shrmay Dhawan 6-3, 7-5; Param Pun and Sagar Bains bt Rahul Seth and Krishna Rajput 6-2, 6-4; Paramveer Singh and Adhhyan bt Rishabh Sharda and Raunaq Marwaha 6-0, 6-1.

Girls' doubles (U-16) -- Aarushi Kakkar and Gurmehar Kaur bt Ashpreet Kaur and Ikshika Sangri 6-1, 6-1; Sarah Dev and Bani Singh bt Aastha Malhotra and Rubani Ahluwalia 6-1, 6-3.



CFA trainee brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Nishu Kumar along with a football coach.
Nishu Kumar along with a football coach. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 18
Bringing laurels to the city beautiful, Nishu Kumar, a trainee at Chandigarh Football Academy, has been selected among the 16 most-talented players at the fifth season of Tata Tea Jaago Re Inter Milan Soccer Stars.

He will represent the nation in the youth tournament to be held in Milan (Italy), in September. Representing the city, Nishu Kumar, and student of Government Model High School, Sector 36, was selected among the 37 most-talented players from across 15 locations of the country.

The selected probables attended a week-long training camp held in Kolkata before making it to final list. The five-month long soccer (U-15) talent hunt is an initiative by Tata Tea in association with football club Inter Milan. The talent hunt witnessed participation by 6,500 young players from over 650 schools in the fifth season.



36 players shortlisted for PCA’s off-season camp
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 18
The Punjab Cricket Association has organised a week-long off-season camp for Punjab senior cricket players at the PCA Cricket Stadium Mohali.

The camp started under the supervision of Vikram Rathore, cricket manager of Punjab Ranji team. A total of 36 players from various districts have been shortlisted for this off-season senior camp, which focused on the physical fitness of the players. Harvinder Singh was the bowling coach, Sandeep Sawal-fielding coach, Sandeep Singh and TD Singh as trainer.

MP Pandove, Honorary Secretary PCA, during an interaction advised the coaches and trainers to ensure that Punjab should not fall short of bowlers on account of injuries sustained during the tournament. He emphasised that the camp should focus on enhancing the staying power of the players and increasing their mental strength for the rigorous four-day games where the bowlers have to play for longer spells of 20 to 25 overs per day.



Trials for Panchkula U-16 cricket team today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 18
The Panchkula District Cricket Association will conduct trials to select the team for U-16 inter-district cricket tourney at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, on Thursday.

Sandeep Moudgil, honorary secretary of the association, said the selected probables would undergo intensive training and practice matches during the preparation camp.

The Panchkula district would be playing its first match against Ambala on July 22.

The players born on or after September 1, 1996, are eligible to participate in the trials. All the players are advised to report at the trial's venue at 3.30 pm in proper kit along with their date of birth certificates.



Cricket trials at GMSSS-19

Chandigarh, July 18
The Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to Haryana Cricket Association will hold trials to select the boys (U-19) cricket team at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, on July 20. The selected players will represent the city in an inter-district cricket tournament. The players born on or after September 1, 1993, are eligible to participate in the trials. The players are required to report at the venue at 2.30pm in a proper kit along with date of birth certificate. — TNS



KV-31 win in athletics meet

Chandigarh, July 18
The athletes from Kendriya Vidalaya School, Sector 31, won the top honors during the recently held Chandigarh Open State Athletics Meet here. The athletes bagged a total of 10 medals including three gold, three silver and four bronze. Rishabh, who competed under boys (U-14) category, was the most successful athlete with two gold medals, one each in long jump and 100m sprint. — TNS



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