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Controversy mars multi-crore project
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 23
The Multi-crore sewerage project at the Ambala Cantt Housing Board Colony has been marred by the controversy with the local MLA. Residents have been accusing the contractor of using substandard material, forcing the public health department to order a vigilance probe into the whole episode.

The residents of the colony organised a protest in the morning following which they even met the senior authorities of the public health department. They then submitted a memorandum accusing the contractor of using substandard material and executing the whole project without following the prescribed norms of laying sewage lines.

They were soon joined by the local BJP MLA, who asked the Superintending Engineer (SE) of the department to initiate action against the concerned officials and the contractors for wasting public money.

The residents demanded that action be taken against the contractor. Later, in the evening, a team of engineers from Chandigarh visited the project site to investigate into the execution the work.

The residents alleged that instead of laying pipeline of 10 inches diameter, the contractor was laying the pipeline of 8-inch diameter and that even of low quality. They said that this would result in frequent clogging of the whole system creating more problems for them then solving.

Moreover, the contractor was not constructing a four-inch concrete support underneath the pipelines to make certain the pipe would not bend and break after the project was complete.

Hardeep Singh, one of the residents said that it was after persistent efforts put in by local MLA that the state government had approved the project, but the way it was being executed reflected the ulterior motives of the officials of the public health department and the contractor.

Raja Ram, another resident said they had already filed several complaints with the concerned authorities, but all their pleas seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Later, the superintending engineer assured the residents that he would personal oversee the progress of the work and ensure that the quality of the work was not compromised.

The Ambala Cantt Housing Board has nearly 1,100 houses. The residents had been facing serious problems due to the absence of a sewerage system. The project had been approved by the state government, which had released Rs 3 crore for its execution.



Litigants suffer as lawyers go on strike

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
Scores of litigants who had come from far off places to the district court were a harassed lot and faced inconvenience, as the lawyers had gone on strike here today.

The strike call was given against the recent decision for holding evening courts till and extending the court timings from 5pm to 7 pm.

The president of the Bar Association, Amardeep Singh Dharni, said the lawyers across the state were protesting against the Law Ministry’s decision of organising evening courts. In all, around 100 cases were adjourned here at the district court.

Dharni said that a meeting of the Bar Association, Punjab, was held at Moga today, in which 36 bar association presidents from across the state participated.

He said it was decided in the meeting that the lawyers across the state would wear black badges on August 31 besides suspension of work on every Saturday.

The litigants, who thronged the court from farflung areas were the most affected, as they were unaware of the strike and their cases were adjourned. — TNS



Workshop on research analysis begins
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
The two-day workshop on “Statistic and Research Analysis” being organised by the department of Management and Business Administration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University started on the University Campus today.

Bikramjeet Singh, a statistician and research analyst from Chandigarh was the Chief Guest. In his address to the students, he illumined their thoughts on “Research tools and techniques along with SPSS (Statistical Package in Social Sciences). He gave various tips to the students, which can help them to carry their research effectively. He encouraged the students to carry out the research as they are fortunate enough to have research-oriented environment in the university.



DC directs SDMs to implement HC orders
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 23
The Deputy Commissioner has directed all the SDMs in the district to strictly implement the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court vide writ petition No.12231 of 2011 to prohibit the raising of illegal construction, marriage palace and illegal colonies falling in their jurisdiction with immediate effect.

He warned that if any illegal construction is detected in their respective sub divisions, they would be held responsible personally and strict action will be initiated. He has also directed that if any such illegal construction comes to their knowledge, it should be removed immediately.

He has also directed Patwaris to keep a vigil in their respective areas on daily basis and to record in their "Rojnamcha" that no illegal construction is taking place. If any illegal construction is going him, he should bring it to the notice of higher authorities, so that suitable action may be initiated.



Unidentified body found
Our Correspondent

Banur, August 23
Banur police has seized an unidentified dead body of youth near Jansla today. The body had been kept in AP Jain Hospital, Rajpura, for 72 hours for identification. The body was found wearing a brown coloured shirt. 

No injury marks were noticed on the body. Police said that it seemed the body had been lying at the spot for two-three days.



High Court bans ferrying of passengers on goods carriers
The ban is effective across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Less than a month after 29 persons were killed when a Canter collided head on with a truck on the Hisar-Rajgarh road, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has banned ferrying of passengers in transport vehicles in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Applying brakes to the system, a Division Bench directed traffic incharge "in all the districts of both the States of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ensure that the passengers are not allowed to be transported in goods carrier vehicles, more particularly in Canters and trucks".

Issuing the directions, the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain warned any leniency would be taken seriously by the Court, after observing that the provisions of law be enforced strictly.

The significant directions came after a petition was filed in public interest by Ravinder Singh Rana against the State of Punjab and other respondents.

Concerned over the death of so many passengers unauthorisedly travelling in goods carrier vehicles, the petitioner had asserted that the transport vehicles were not meant for carrying passengers.

Referring to the provisions of law, he had added that passengers could be transported only in vehicles with "contract carriage and state carriage permits”. He said the authorities were not properly checking the "goods vehicles" ferrying the passengers.

In an attempt to substantiate his contentions, the petitioner had quoted the examples of fatal accidents on July 29 at Hisar and May 6 at Moga.

In the Hisar accident, the Canter was carrying over 57 adults, besides children. They were returning from Amarpura Dham in Rajasthan after offering prayers at a religious place. The dead included 10 women, 16 men and three children.

Disposing of the matter, the Bench observed that the concern raised by the petitioner was genuine.



4 acquitted in robbery case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge VP Sirohi today acquitted four persons in a case of robbery at gunpoint after the complainant turned hostile.

The court acquitted Surinder, Shamsher, Jatinder and Gurjant in a case of robbery under Section 397 of the IPC.

The incident occurred in August, 2011, when Ajit Pal Singh was robbed of Rs 70,000 at his shop by armed youths in Mani Majra. The victim was also injured in the attack.

Ajitpal Singh, a shopkeeper in the area, was in his shop at 10 pm that day when the persons came and asked him to hand over the cash and mobile phones at the gunpoint. The accused were acquitted after the complainant, Ajitpal Singh, turned hostile and refused to identify the accused in court.



Student held for assault
Flaunted political connections, indulged in ragging too
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Dharmendra Bishnoi, a third-year student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) at Panjab University, was arrested following a complaint of physical assault made by another student of the institute.
Victim Gaurav Chaudhary
Victim Gaurav Chaudhary

Gaurav Chaudhary, a UIET student, in his compliant to the police stated that he was beaten up by Dharmendra at the department. The police said on the basis of the complaint, Dharmendra was arrested and a case under Section 107/51 of IPC was registered against him under preventive measures.

Meanwhile, the first and second year students of the UIET also submitted a joint complaint against Bishnoi to the PU authorities alleging that he used to rag newcomers and harass other students.

The students in their complaint, stated that Bishnoi used to rag the new students and also threatened them by stating that he was a relative of Member of Parliament from Hisar Kuldeep Bishnoi. Students reported that Bishnoi used to say that no police action could be taken against him as he had strong political connections.

Bishnoi, however, refuted all the allegations leveled against him. He said although, he was a relative of Kuldeep Bishnoi, he never tried to influence or threaten anyone on the pretext of his political connections.

UIET Director Prof Renu Vig said a committee had been constituted to probe the complaint. She said if the student was found guilty of ragging, then he would be immediately suspended and action as per law would be taken against him. "We would be verifying the statements of the students who have signed the complaint. Only then it would be established whether Dharmendra used to rag the students or not," Vig said.

Chief Security Officer PK Dhawan, who also received a complaint from the students, said an inquiry has been marked and action would be taken against Dharmendra Bishnoi if found guilty.

Ragging incidents reported at PU hostels

Aug 3, 2010: A first-year student of the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) in Panjab University reports a case of ragging by his seniors.

Sep 14, 2011: A first-year student of the UICET complains of ragging to his father who sends a complaint through an e-mail to the department. Later, however, the student takes back his complaint.



1 killed, another hurt in accident
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, August 23
One person was killed and another injured in a road accident near Dera Bassi on railway over bridge yesterday night. As per information, the accident occurred when a car coming from the Ambala side went out of control and hit another vehicle coming from same side.

The vicyims have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. Police officials told that action would be taken after knowing the cause behind the accident. 



City lad shines in U-19 world cup
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Making proud the City Beautiful, Himachal Pradesh lad, Prashant Chopra with his half century put the Indian U-19 squad in the final of ongoing World Cup Cricket Tournament for boys (U-19).

A product of the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, scored three half-centuries in five matches.

“I am very happy that he has contributed in the team's win. I am looking forward for his performance in the finals of the competition. The team is going well and hopefully, we will some positive response from side,” said Shiv Chopra, his father and coach at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16.

He is currently opening the team's innings and the Indian team will face Australia in the final of the tournament.

“I am sure that the squad will bag the cup. Individually, Prashant is a top scorer till date and should carry his form to help the country to claim the trophy. I am looking forward for the final on August 26,” added Shiv.



UT Sports wing trials from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The UT Sports Department will organise Sports Wing Trials on August 25 (4 pm) at various stadiums, for filling 280 seats of sports wings in various Coaching Centres, here.

The purpose of the scheme is to generate advance techniques and prepare to achieve excellence of sports disciplines of the games.

The sports wings will start from September in which nutritious diet will be provided during the training programme everyday.


Sports Complex, Sector-7: Athletics, Gymnastics and Volleyball. Hockey Stadium, Sector-18, Sports Complex, Sector-46: Athletics, Basketball and Volleyball; Sports Complex, Sector-42: Badminton, Boxing, Handball, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Volleyball, Wrestling and Weightlifting; Table Tennis Hall, Sector-23: Table Tennis; Lake Sports Complex: Archery, Rowing and Squash: Cricket Stadium, Sector-16: Cricket; Football Stadium, Sector-17: Football.



Gaurav wins top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Grappler Gaurav of Sharda Sarvahitkari School won top honours during the ongoing Inter-School Wrestling Competition for boys (U-17) today.

In the 42 kg category, Keshav of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, secured second place. Souravh of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan, and Kush Thakur of DAV, Sector 8, shared the third place.


In 46kg category-Ankit, Sahil, Prince and Varinder. 50 kg-Suroor Haidar, Sidarth, Rohit and Jivesh. 54kg-Sewak, Sanjay, Jatin and Vishwas. 58kg-Gorav Chamoli, Ajay, Sunil and Hritik.

Boys (U-17)-63kg-Prateek, Jagmohan, Rahul and Vikas. 69kg-Makhan Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Munish and Mahesh. 76 kg-Ashish, Dharmendar, Mohit and Deepak. 85kg-Junifer Jan Raina, Puneet, Danish and Harvinder Singh. Overall winner-Sharda Sarvahitkari.



DPS-40 emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The local tennis team of DPS School, Sector 40, registered victory over DPS, Noida, during the All-India DPS Tennis tournament for girls (U-19), here today.

The wining side defeated the rivals by 2-0. In the singles category, Charvi Saxena defeated Mahima by 6-3 and 6 -2 while Saumiya Saxena overcame Aarja by 6-1 and 6-2.

In the second match, the team DPS, Kolkata, overcame DPS, Vasant Kunj, by 2-0. Isha Bhatacharjee defeated Swastika by 6-3 and 6-5 while Megha beat Chandni by 6-4 by 6-4. In the third match, DPS, Mathura Road, beat DPS, Greater Noida, by 2-0.Simran thrashed Arushi Tandon by 6-4 and 6-3 while Samikasha thrashed Arushi Gulati by 6- 5 and 6-1. 



City team take lead against Patiala
Resuming at 27 for 1, city team scored 301
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The local side took a vital lead against Patiala in the ongoing Katoch Shield Tournament, being held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here today.

After a heavy downpour, the third day of play started on time at the venue. The Chandigarh team after resuming at 27 for 1 went on to score 301 runs for all in 105 overs. The team innings was sustained by a 76 run second wicket partnership between Vishwas Bhalla and Simrat Bawa. Vishwas scored 30 off 99 with 3 boundaries while Simrat Bawa 87 off 218 balls with 11 boundaries. Later on, Gaurav Gambhir and Gurinder Singh added 186-runs in team’s tally to take the team to 301 runs.

Gurinder 29 off 70 studded two sixes while Gaurav Gambhir remained unbeaten 61 off 124 with 7 boundaries. Bowler, Beant Singh took 3 for 64 while Robin Dhillon and Sarabjit Ladda claimed two wickets each.

Brief score:

Patiala (1st innings)-117
all out

Chandigarh (1st innings)-301 all out in 105 overs (Simrat Bawa 87, Gaurav Gambhir 61 not out, Amit Prashar 33, Vishwas Bhalla 30, Gurinder Singh 29, Beant Singh 3 for 64, Robin Dhillon 2 fore 41, Sarabjit Ladda 2 for 79).

In the second match between Mohali and Jalandhar at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, Jalandhar skipper, Mandeep Singh won the toss opted to field. Gurkirat Mann remained unbeaten 56 runs while Sunny Sohal (37) and Mayank Sidana (26) were the other main contributors. Varun Khullar, Ishan Malhotra and Taruwar Kohli claimed one wicket each.

Brief Scores:

Mohali-125 for 3 in 30 overs (Sunny Sohal 37, Mayank Sidana 26 and Gurkirat Mann 56 not out, Varun Khullar 1 for 29, Ishan Malhotra 1 for 18 and Taruwar Kohli 1 for 53).

In the third match, played at Gandhi Grounds Amritsar, Ludhiana team after resuming from 242 for 8 but were bowled out for 248 in 94 overs. Karan Goel (91) and Gitansh Khera (59) were the principal run getters for Ludhiana. Vinay Chaudhary claimed and Sunny claimed three wickets each. In reply, the Amritsar team was bowled out for 161 in 58.4 overs. Chandan Madan (29 off 33 with 6 boundaries) and Mohit Handa (46 off 77 with 4 boundaries and 3 sixes) were the main run getters for Amritsar.

Off Spinner, Rahul Singla claimed 3 for 46 while Deepak Bansal and Anil Sihag claimed two wickets. 



Ishita beats Garima to win U-13 title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Badminton player, Ishita defeated Garima by 2-0 (21-12, 21-17), to win the finals of girls (U-13) category during the ongoing Yonex Chandigarh State Championship today. In the finals of girls doubles (U-13) category, the pair of Garima and Ishita defeated Arshia Sethi and Palak by 2-0 (21-11, 21-16). The pair of Aryan Singh Gosai and Raman won the boys doubles,(U-13) crown after defeating Shaurya and Yuvraj by 19-21 21-19 21-19.


Boys singles (U-13)-Yuvraj bt Shaurya Madan 16-21, 21-10, 21-8; Girls doubles (U-15)- Anni & Ishita bt Arshia & Garima 22-20, 21-18; Boys single (U-15)- Ishaan bt Paras Mittal 21-13, 21-13; Himanshu Bhardwaj bt Kevin 21-10, 21-14; Boys single (U-17)- Akshay Jasrotia bt Ishaan Verma 21-12, 21-18; Adheip bt Paras 21-14, 21-13; Boys doubles (U-15)- Ishaan & Paras bt Amit & Abhinav Tyagi 21-3, 21-15; Girls singles (U-15)- Ishita bt Anee 21-13. 21-15; Daman bt Mehak 21-12, 21-6; Ishita bt Daman 22-24. 21-14. 21-16; Boys doubles (U-15)- Himanshu & Kevin bt Akhil & Nikhil 21-8, 21-10; Girls singles (U-17)- Sanya Sethi bt Muskan 21-10, 13-21, 21-16; Kailash bt Mehak Sood 21-18, 21-8; Boys doubles (U-17)- Akshay & Vishal bt Akarsh & Aneesha Sethi 21-8, 22-20; Adheip and Ishaan bt Himanshu & Karan 21-16, 26-24; Girls singles (U-19)- Kailsh bt Navika Bakshi 21-12, 21-9; Muskan bt Sanya Sethi 18-21, 21-19, 21-18; Girls doubles (U-19)- Kailash & Muskan bt Mehak Sood & Sanya Sethi 21-12, 21-16; Boys doubles (U-19)- Rupinder & Kawaldeep bt Jivtesh & Gautam 21-4, 21-4; Womens singles (quarterfinal)- Kailsh bt Poonam 21-3, 21-2; Anubhi bt Navika 21-19, 13-21, 21-12; Nisha bt Sanya 21-18, 21-12; Muskan bt Mehak Sood 21-18, 21-8; Womens doubles- Anubhi & Nisha bt Astha & Purnica 21-10, 21-15; Mens singles- Tushar bt Kulbir 21-5, 21-4; Kulbir bt Saransh Bhardwaj 21-4, 21-5; Oscar bt Ankush 21-4, 21-6; Kawaldeep bt Robin 21-13, 21-8; Pankaj bt Komal 21-12, 21-13; Abhinav Thakur bt Akash Sethi 21-18, 21-16; Vivek Sharma bt Akshay Jasrotia 21-12, 21-16; Pankaj Naithani bt Komal 21-12, 21-13; Rupinder bt Kenneth 21-17, 21-12; Mens doubles- Kenneth & Harminder bt Gurmeet & Ombir 21-11, 21-16; Oscar &Tushar bt Vishal & Chandan Gulati 21-10, 21-12; Abhinak & Aksh Sethi bt Kulbir Singh & Rajat Singh 21-7, 21-8; Nikhil Raj & Rahul bt Shamsher & Shiven 21-12, 21-12; Kawaldeep & Rupinder bt Amitjot & Sanjeev 21-11, 21-7; Nikhil Raj & Rahul bt Sanjay & Vikas 21-13, 21-18; Neelesh & Komal bt Karan & Udit 21-7, 21-3; Ashish Sharma & Pankaj bt Vikas Kundu & Vivek 21-7, 21-17.



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