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Choked drains add to woes of Kalka residents, shopkeepers
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, June 13
The continuous rain on Thursday in Kalka and its vicinity brought a relief to the inhabitants of the area from the scorching heat. On the other hand, choked drains in Kalka irked the shopkeepers and caused a great inconvenience to the commuters, especially to the pedestrians. Shopkeepers of the Railway Road and the Lower Bazaar, Kalka, rued over the negligent attitude of the local administration towards the cleanliness of the drainage system of Kalka. 

They alleged that the choked drainage system caused much inconvenience on the rainy day. They said the choked drainage system and the overflow of dirty water, which created smell on the T-point of the Railway Road and the Cantonment area, caused hurdle in the smooth flow of the traffic towards the Railway Colony and hundreds adjoining villages. The position is same on both sides of the Lower Bazaar, NH-22, opposite the petrol pump, at the railway crossing, which is the entrance point to Kalka railway station. 

Due to the natural flow of water, the garbage gets collected on the same point and creates a problematic situation for the traffic and pedestrians. The shopkeepers alleged that the local administration did not take any initiative to clean the drainage system and cope with the situation. They urged the local administration to take a serious note of the problem.



Coalgate scam
BJP workers burn UPA govt's effigy
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, June 13
BJP Ambala Unit burnt the effigy of the UPA government in Ambala City today and demanded the resignation of the high-profile MP of Haryana Naveen Jindal over the Colgate Scam in which the CBI had registered a case against him.

The BJP workers, led by Anil Vij, leader of legislature group of the BJP in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, raised slogans against the UPA government and Naveen Jindal. They condemned the lathicharge on BJP-HJC workers in Hisar while protesting against Naveen Jindal.

Vij said the Congress wanted to press the voice of the Opposition parties by using government machinery. He said not only Naveen Jindal but also the Prime Minister was equally guilty in the Colgate scam. He said a case of corruption should also be registered against the Prime Minister and the President of India and the corrupt UPA government should be suspended.

Senior leaders of the BJP Naib Singh Saini, Pavitar Singh Bajwa, Jasbir Malour, Sandeep Sachdeva, Namrata Gaur, Sanjay Sharma, Balkesh Vats, Som Chaupra and HJC leader Bhoom Singh Rana were also present on this occasion.



2 held with 24-kg poppy husk 
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 13
The Lalru police has arrested two persons with 24 kg of poppy husk. The accused were arrested at a police checkpoint near Handesra following a tip-off.

The accused have been identified as Bikram Singh, a resident of Khmano, and Gurpreet Singh of Smana Khurd in Ropar. They were booked under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The accused were transporting the contraband in a truck.



Nigerian arrested with drugs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested a 32-year-old Nigerian from the Sector 21 market on Wednesday and recovered contraband worth crores. The accused has been identified as Joel John Oreno. The NCB officials said the accused was putting up at a rented accommodation in Zirakpur.

"On receiving a tip-off, we laid a trap near the market on Wednesday evening. We recovered 1 gm of cocaine from Joel. When we checked the two-wheeler, we recovered 250 gm of drugs (cocaine or methacholine)," said an official.

Joel told the police that he had received the consignment from another Nigerian who had come to the city from Delhi on Wednesday.

The officials sent the contraband to Delhi labs to ascertain whether it was cocaine or methacholine.

Joel was produced in a local court which sent him to a 14-day judicial custody.

The officials said the accused used to supply drugs to discotheques and nigh-clubs in Chandigarh.

Two arrested

The Chandigarh Police arrested two persons with two-wheelers bearing fake registration numbers.

Veerpal, a resident of Sector 56, was arrested on Wednesday at a checkpoint near Sukhna Bridge, Sector 26, while he was riding a motorcycle bearing fake registration number (CH-01-AK-7396). The original number of the bike was CH-03N-9813, said a police official. In a separate incident, the police arrested Om Parkash of Phase III, BDC, Sector 56, while he was riding a scooter bearing fake registration number (CH-01-AD-7356) at a checkpoint near Kerosene Pump, Sector 26. The original number of the scooter was CH-01AD-3021.

Man booked for fraud

The police has booked a Ludhiana resident for producing fake documents to claim a house in Sector 8.

A case has been registered on the complaint of UT Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta. The police said the accused, Vinod Kumar, a resident of New Kundan Puri Civil Lines, Ludhiana, produced fake documents to claim a house in Sector 8. 



Woman commits suicide

Chandigarh, June 13
A 22-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 22 this morning. No suicide note was found from the spot. The incident came to light when the victim’s brother went to the storeroom looking for her.

The deceased, Ramandep Kaur, was a BCom student. The police has initiated inquest proceedings. — TNS



Theft bid foiled, 2 arrested
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
After an ATM was uprooted by some miscreants a few days ago, a bid to steal money from the ICICI ATM at Sector 5, Panchkula, was made last night.

The ICICI Bank ATM at Sector 5 in Panchkula, where the thieves had made a theft attempt.
The ICICI Bank ATM at Sector 5 in Panchkula, where the thieves had made a theft attempt. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 

The three miscreants then tried to steal money from an ATM in Ambala, but were nabbed by the police.

The police said there was no security guard at the ATM.

While the two accused, Golu and Manav, both residents of Ambala, were nabbed, their third accomplice Laali managed to flee.

Commissioner and Police Rajbir Deswal said eight fake ATM cards, some tools, data cable and SIM cards were recovered from the accused.

The accused had cut the wires of CCTV cameras before attempting theft in Panchkula.

But they failed to do the same in Ambala and were caught, said the police.

"The accused confessed to have made four attempts so far," said Deswal.

The accused were sent to police remand.

Recently, some miscreants had made away with Rs 16 lakh after breaking open an ATM of the State Bank of India at Surajpur, Panchkula. The police said the machine weighed over 100 kg and was uprooted by five miscreants.

Before committing the theft, the youths covered CCTV cameras. A probe 
is on. 



Soccer fest from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
In order to promote soccer at the junior level, the Bajaj Allianz Group is organising a month-long fourth season of the Bajaj Allianz Soccer Fest, from June 14 to July 14, here. The organisers mentioned that the selection process would be conducted across top 50 schools and football clubs of the city. Two best footballers would be selected from each school. These shortlisted players will represent different teams, to play in a city finale and later with the other zones. A similar venture will be organised at Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kerala, Kolkata and the North East.

Like the previous editions, five teenagers will be selected from 120 cities to attend an international-standard football camp to be held in Munich, Germany in the month of August. The youngsters will also receive training scholarships and cash prizes of Rs 75,000.

Harjinder Singh, chief coach of the Chandigarh Football Academy has been appointed as the jury member by the organisers. He said that this exposure was the best platform for local lads. “It is a really good exposure for the local lads. The last year witnessed a great talent coming to play and represent the city in the international camps. I hope to see an enthusiastic response from the students to participate in this activity,” said Harjinder Singh, former skipper of the Indian soccer team.

Manish Kumar, senior regional manager, Bajaj Allianz said, “The main objective of the venture is to provide a platform for the upcoming talent in football in India. Last year, Akshay Sharma from Chandigarh had an opportunity to interact and train with the coaches from FC Bayern Munich. We hope this platform would help aspiring youngsters to get one step closer to their goal.” 



3 handball players in international team 
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Bringing laurels for the City Beautiful is turning out to be more than just a routine for the city handball players. Within the span of a few days, three local handball players successfully booked their berth in the Indian handball team for the upcoming Partille Cup, to be held in Gothenburg (Sweden), from July 1.

Two enthusiastic women players, Kiran Kanojia and Khushboo, from Handball Coaching Centre of Sports Complex, Sector 42, have made it to the final list of Indian team girls' (U-19) team, while Manavpreet Singh Bawa, a student of SGGS Khlasa College, Sector 26, ensured his place in the Men’s (U-21) list, for the same cup. Earlier last month, Kiran represented the nation in the Inter-Continental Handball Cup, held in Uzbekistan.

All the players are undergoing a pre-tournament coaching camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre, Gandhinagar. The tournament will be held from July 1 till July 8.The two girls, who recently passed their senior secondary examination, are confident of exhibiting their best in the international-level tournament.

High on recent performance

“On the basis of my recent performance in various national and international tournaments, I was confident about my selection. Before participating in the tournament, I will be joining the squad at Gandhinagar for intense training sessions. The tournament is expected to remain a high-pitch exposure for all of us, as only the best players get to represent their countries” said Kiran. Kiran, who is a daughter of a washerman and is fighting against all odds. She is trying to do her best bring smiles on her parents’ face.

Her teammate further added, “Besides tough players from various teams, we will be facing many challenges, including climatic and other local conditions. Opposite to Indian conditions, the climate will remain pleasant.Further, indoor courts of international standards, presence of crowd that will favour the home teams, of course tough teams to beat are among certain factors, which we will be required to tackle. Though personally I am confident of playing well, we will try stand tall on the expectations” said Khushboo.

“I am happy that players from our coaching centre are representing the nation and marking their name among the rising players. They are thoroughly dedicated towards their aim. The girls have just passed their senior secondary exam and have also participated in various tournaments throughout the year. Now that all other students are busy trying to get into some college, these players are again off to represent their nation. I am proud of these players and I am confident of their performance,” said Iqbal Singh, coach at Handball Coaching Centre of Sports Complex, Sector 42.

Long-awaited chance

19-year-old Manavpreet Singh Bawa is a well known name in the world of handball because of his perfect stance, excellent ball-grip and quick- turns. Son of Ravinder Singh Bawa, a local handball coach, has finally bagged the international jersey after successfully joining the Indian squad for Partille Cup of Men's (U-21) group. The player is also attending the pre-tournament camp at Gandhinagar.

Last year, even after attending one-month camp for the junior Indian team at Lucknow, he failed to make it to the final list. "Last year was bad for me. I would have been selected but the competition was extremely tough. This time, I was able to impress the selectors to notice my performance. I am looking forward to perform well in the competition in order to make my way through to the other upcoming international tourneys” said Manavpreet.

His joyful father and coach also said a few words about Mananvpreet's hard-work behind his selection in the squad. “Finally the drought of international exposure is over for my son. He has been performing consistently, in local as well as national-level tourneys. His performance in the recent national tournament led his selection among the probables and later his dedication confirmed his place among the finals,” said father and Coach Ravinder Singh.



12-yr-old shines in golf
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Twelve-year-old budding junior golfer Aadil Bedi, by his selection in World Junior Golf Master 2013 at Las Vegas and World Cup 2013 at Pinehurst, has won three out of six matches and finished second runners-up during the IGU golf circuit tourney at Jaipur today. 

In the last week tourney at the Army Golf Course Delhi, Aadil was trailing behind by three strokes and was tied at the third position on the start of second day. He replied with the opening hole eagle followed by three more birdies and shot superb 72 (Level Par) and won by 3 stroke.



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