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Four thefts reported

Chandigarh, January 12
Four cases of theft have been reported from across the city. One Satish Kumar reported that thieves struck at his SCO in Sector 8 and decamped with cash amounting to Rs 50,000 last night.

One Raj Kumar, a resident of Sector 15, reported that his Maruti Zen car (CH-01M-3195) was stolen from near Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, on January 11.

Birjesh Kumar of Bapu Dham Colony reported that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH-04-5405) was stolen from near Sadar Bazaar, Sector 19, yesterday. Similarly, Arvind Kumar of Burail village lodged that his bike (CH-03X-5172) was stolen from near his residence on January 3.

The police have registered separate cases of theft.

Cheating case

A city-based businessman has alleged that he was duped by a Delhi-based company in a deal pertaining to the sale of a hotel.

Giving details, the police said Manohar Lal of Cable India Private Limited, Sector 7, complained that Ajay Gupta, director of M/s Harishchandra India Limited, New Delhi, and others committed a fraud by executing a forged sale deed of a hotel in Shimla. A case of cheating has been registered and the investigations are underway.

The police are yet to ascertain the amount he has been duped of.

Booked for trespassing

A retd Army officer has accused one of his neighbours of trespassing and creating nuisance on January 10.

The police sources said the retired officer, BS Randhawa, a resident of Sector 18, lodged a complaint that Gobind Singh, his neighbour, entered his house and took away his mobile phone. Randhawa alleged that Gobind also created nuisance and broke the glass of his car. The sources said the neighbours had an argument following which the matter got aggravated. A case of trespass and theft has been registered at Sector 19 police station. The accused is yet to be arrested. — TNS



Beaten by father-in-law, man ends life
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 12
A 34-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a canal after being beaten up by his father-in-law here today.

The victim, Darshan Singh, a resident of Rora village jumped into the SYL Canal, which passes near his village, this morning.

The police have booked the accused, Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Garaga village, in this connection.

According to the victim’s brother, Jasbir Singh, Darshan took the extreme step after being beaten with an iron rod by his father-in-law Gurmukh Singh.

“While beating, Gurmukh also abused him in front of several persons, following which Darshan went to the canal on his motorcycle and jumped into it,” said Jasbir.

The police said Darshan, an electrician, was married to Gurmukh’s daughter, Manpreet Kaur, about five years ago.

“The couple had a four-year-old daughter. Yesterday night, there was some dispute between Darshan and his wife, following which Manpreet called up her father,” said the police. Today, Gurmukh reached her daughter’s house at 7 am.

After conducting the postmortem, the police handed over the body to the kin in the evening. Gurmukh is at large after the incident.



4 booked for kidnapping teenage girl
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 12
The local police have booked four Naya Gaon residents on the charge of kidnapping a 18-year-old girl, a resident of Janta Colony, Naya Gaon, here.

Atul Soni, SHO, Naya Gaon police station, said all the four accused - Amarpal, Desraj, Sandeep and Khan - were relatives and had kidnapped the victim on the pretext of solemnising her marriage. A complaint in this connection was lodged by the victim’s father, Meharbaan, who alleged that Amarpal along with his brother-in-law Desraj, brother Sandeep and cousin Khan, had kidnapped his daughter when she had gone to attend her vocational training class at Sector 11 on January 4.

"They allured my daughter," stated Meharbaan in his police complaint.

“We have registered a case under Sections 363, 366, 368 and 120B of the IPC,” said SHO Soni. No arrest has been made so far.



ground reality
Despite promises, children await space for recreation
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

The volleyball-cum-badminton court in Sector 35-A lies in neglect.
The volleyball-cum-badminton court in Sector 35-A lies in neglect.

Chandigarh, January 12
Promises are meant to be broken, goes the oft-quoted adage. When it comes to the promise made by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation of providing adequate facilities for children to play in their neighbourhood, the adage seems apt.

In December 2011, the local civic body had promised to provide adequate playing area to children. The proposal was to build indoor stadiums with world-class sports facilities in each ward. It, in fact, was supported by both the ruling and opposition party councillors. Everything, however, remains only on paper. Instead, parks are being used for parking cars and whatever sports infrastructure was built cries for attention.

The absence of playgrounds has also led to conflicts between youngsters and the elderly. While the former claim the parks are meant to fulfil their recreational needs, the latter want these areas to be reserved for them for spending some peaceful time. In all these years, the local authorities have failed to find any solution.

The city has three types of open spaces. The first are the open spaces under the Municipal Corporation. Here the residents can socialise and organise cultural activities including minor functions. These parks, however, are not well maintained. While children use these open spaces for playing, residents park their vehicles here, that too despite these being fenced.

Neighbourhood parks, adjoining the corner houses, are the other type of open spaces. These parks are also under the civic body, but owing to the neglect, are usually maintained by the neighbouring residents. These areas are also fenced and are also encroached upon by the residents.

The third type is the green belt, which is well maintained across the City Beautiful. Around two such parks, in every sector, are maintained by the Municipal Corporation. These calm places are a refuge for the residents, who walk and spend time here. Children are not allowed to play here.

Open spaces put to other uses by residents

With most of the parks being converted to green belts, children are deprived of playing areas. The neighbourhood parks are also being used for gardening and parking vehicles. As children playing in these parks are considered a nuisance, these are mostly covered with lawns.

On finding children playing in these parks, there are instances of residents approaching the police. Parents are left with no option but to buy indoor games to entertain their children, especially during holidays.

The nuisance factor

Residents often complain of the use of abusive language by the youths playing in the parks. Recently, after a tiff, Sector 27 residents called the police control room to complain about the nuisance created by youngsters playing volleyball nearby. Many people maintain that they are fine with children playing in the open spaces, but when it comes to youngsters, they have reservations. Youngsters often indulge in scuffles on any minor provocation, they say. Such incidents have mostly been reported from Sectors 20, 21, 27, 38 and 38 (West).

Parks haven for boozers

The green belts in the city have become a haven for boozers in the late evening hours. In the absence of proper lighting and security, residents complain that youths enjoy their drinks and create a ruckus.

Present infrastructure cries for attention

The existing sports infrastructure is a shambles in the city. Take a look at the volleyball-cum-badminton court near the V-5 road in Sector 35-A and the situation becomes clear. The court is lying unused. A few years back, spending lakhs of rupees, the fenced court was built. At present, the fencing has broken and the area is serving street dogs and shelterless people in the area. Same is the case with the basketball courts built near the neighbourhood park in the same sector.

Tomorrow: review of mc pilot project

A review of the Municipal Corporation’s pilot project of opening the playground at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, at specific hours for children living in the neighbourhood.



Neeraj, Chiraz advance to next round
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 12
Neeraj Yashpal thrashed Udayvir 5-0 in a third-round tie of the under-14 category during the ongoing Ideal Tennis Academy’s Combined Tennis Championship at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11. In other matches of the same category, Chiraz Singh beat Vikram Aditya Kadian 5-4(3), while Dhananjay Singh trounced Sagar Yadav 5-4(3).

Earlier, in the first round matches, Ronit Arora defeated Sarthak Mangon 5-0 and Aditi Dogra (girl) bt Vivek Paryal (boy) 5-1.


Round II: Sehaj Punj bt Tushar Kumar 5-0, Smera Mehta bt Radhika Khokkar 5-0,Yajur Bansal bt Udit Batish 5-0, Aastha Dewan (girl) bt Yovraj Singla 5-2, Raghav Dewan bt Ibadat Kaur (girl) 5-3, Lavya Lamba (girl) bt Jashandeep Singh (boy) 5-2, Saurav Yadav bt Shaurya Mittal 5-1, Tarish Dhingra bt Mansi (girl) 5-4(3), Chiraz Singh bt Aditi Dogra (girl) 5-1,Vikram Aditya Kadian bt Pranay Sharma 5-1, Dhananjay Singh bt Tarun Phangal 5-2, Sagar Yadav bt Rupin Watts 5-2, Neeraj Yashpal bt Sarabjot Singh 5-0, Udayvir Singh bt Pritam Raghunath 5-1;

Round III: Sehaj Punj bt Smera Mehta (girl) 5-1,Yajur Bansal bt Ronit Arora 5-1, Raghav Dewan bt Aastha Dewan (girl) 5-2, Saurav Yadav bt Lavya Lamba (girl) 5-2, Tarish Dhingra bt Dhruv Sethi 5-2, Chiraz Singh bt Vikram Aditya Kadian 5-4(3), Dhananjay Singh bt Sagar Yadav 5-4(3), Neeraj Yashpal bt Udayvir 5-0.



PU cagers make city proud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The basketball team of Panjab University won the North Zone Inter-University Basketball Championship for Men that concluded at Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology in Murthal (Sonepat), Haryana, yesterday.

The six-day championship saw the local varsity beat Punjabi University, Patiala, to claim the title and book a berth in the upcoming All-India Inter-University Basketball Tournament.

While Delhi University ended their campaign on the third spot, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, had to suffice with the fourth position.

Coached by Amarjeet Singh, the Punjab University team comprised Deepak Singh, Ravi Bhardwaj, Sartaj Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Navjot Singh, Pulkit Sood, Veeranant Grewal, Gaurav Malik, Harmandeep Singh, Anmol Singh, Akash Gill and Gurjashandeep Singh. Dr Mandeep Thour was the team manager.



St Joseph’s lads enter cricket tourney final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, defeated Sonepat-based Little Angel Cricket Academy by six wickets to enter the final of the Second Guru Gobind Gurpurb Cricket Tournament.

Batting first, the Sonepat team posted a total of 131 runs, getting all out in 39.5 overs. Sagar led the team scorecard with his 26-run contribution, while Amar backed him with 18 runs. For the bowling side, Soldier’s five-for-13 effort was complemented by Yashvardhan, Anshul Negi and Anikat Rathour, who claimed a wicket each.

Chasing the target, middle-order batsmen Shubham Nayyar and Divyansh Gumra stitched an 87-run partnership and stabled the team’s innings. Shubham scored 37 runs while Divyansh added 27 runs to the team’s total. Anshul Negi (17) and Jai Singh (11) were the other main scorers. They achieved the target in 31 overs. Akash and Ranjit claimed two wickets each for the losing side.

The local school team will now face Panipat Cricket Academy in the final.



Hansraj Academy log easy win

Panchkula, January 12
Hansraj Cricket Academy, Panchkula, registered a nine-wicket win over Strawberry Fields School Cricket Academy during the ongoing inter-academy cricket league for boys (U-11).

The winning side restricted the rivals to a total of 95 runs. Gaurav Gupta claimed four wickets.

Later, led by man of the match Tanish Dhingra’s 59-run stand off just 35 balls, the local academy easily achieved the target. — TNS



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