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9 months on, HMT staff await salary

Kalka, February 2
Resentment prevails among hundreds of employees of the Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) here, as they have not been getting salary since last May. They alleged that the authorities of the heavy industries and public sector of the HMT have been biased against the staff of the machine tools unit.

Notably, the central government had provided a special revival package of Rs1,083 crore for the HMT’s tractor unit last year. The machine tools plant, which is going through a severe financial crisis, is in the dire need of a special package for its survival.

The tractor plant and machine tool unit of the HMT function under the Ministry of Heavy Industries. The HMT consists of a machine tool plant, which was set up in 1963, and a tractor plant, which was established in 1971.

Ironically, the HMT employees are forced to work on the 1992 Wage Board.

VK Bansal, the president of Shiwalik Vikas Manch, a Panchkula-based NGO, said his organisation had sent a letter to Union Minister for Heavy Industries Praphool Kumar Mahant and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari, who is also a member of the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs, seeking a revival package for the machine tools unit and release of the pending salaries of its staff. — OC



Man flees away with car, nabbed

Mohali, February 2
Acting swiftly, the Mohali police arrested a person who took away a car, along with an elderly woman. She was sitting in the vehicle at the time of the incident occurred on the Mohali-Kharar highway near Balongi village here.

The accused is identified as Inderjit Singh of Sakhon Majra village in Ropar district.

After registering a case of kidnapping and vehicle lifting, the police produced him before the Duty Magistrate of Kharar today. He has been sent to a one-day police remand.

The police said Poonam Devi of Sector 20, Panchkula, was returning to her home from Kharar, along with her mother Krishna Devi in her Verna car yesterday.

“On the way, she stopped the car to buy some fruits from a roadside vendor while her mother Krishna Devi was sitting in the vehicle and left its keys in the vehicle. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused took away the car. He threw the elderly woman out of the vehicle near Ballo Majra village,” the police said.

Poonam informed the police and the accused, who is said to be a drug addict and worked as a private security guard, was arrested near Kharar Bus Stand. — TNS



Thieves give tough time to Panchkula MC officials
  Steal grills a few hours after the Mayor inaugurated work pertaining to the installation of grills in Sector 15
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
Thieves are giving a tough time to officials of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation. Just a few hours after Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia inaugurated work pertaining to the installation of grills in Sector 15, these were stolen by miscreants.

Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said, “Thieves decamp with the entire frame of the newly-installed streetlights from poles. High-mast lights will provide a solution to this problem.”

She said, “I came to know about the theft of the grills today. We will look into the matter.”

Sunil Talwar, local councillor, said about 13 grills had been stolen and the contractor had suffered a loss of Rs 1 lakh.

“The contractor should not have left the grills this way when everyone is aware of the past incidents,” said Talwar.

Talwar reached the spot with other officials of the Municipal Corporation last night when he came to know about the incident.

A case has been registered on the complaint of the contractor, Bharat Bhushan, at the local police station.

MC executive officer OP Sihag said, “We will ask scrap dealers to inform us about those who sell such iron items to them. It will help us in identifying the thieves.”



PO gives police a slip

Chandigarh, February 2
A Chandigarh Police team, which went to arrest a woman proclaimed offender (PO), was manhandled with the PO managing to flee in Sector 8 here.

Satnam Kaur, wanted in a cheque-bounce case, fled when cops were being manhandled by her sons at her residence in Sector 8 on Saturday night. The police said Satnam Kaur had been declared a PO by a local court.

Headed by HC Ramesh Kumar, the police team comprising a woman constable was pushed and manhandled by Satnam Kaur’s two sons and two other persons at her house. The cops were in civvies when Kaur’s son pushed them out of their house.

The police have arrested Dharamveer Singh (23), the PO’s son. A case was registered at Sector 3 police station. Dharamveer will be produced in a local court on Monday. — TNS



Snatchers have a field day, four incidents reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Four incidents of snatchings were reported in the city today. In the first incident, Sumit, a resident of Mani Majra, reported to the police that three pedestrians snatched his laptop and mobile phone from near railway track, Mani Majra. However, he failed to tell the exact location to the police.

Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO, Mani Majra police station, said they were still verifying the facts of the case as the complainant was in an inebriated state and was changing statements.

In another incident, Mohan Lal, a resident of Dhanas, reported that he was robbed of his mobile phone and Rs 3000 in cash from near the Kisan Bhawan roundabout.

In yet another incident, a complainant reported to the police that motorcycle-borne youths sped away after snatching two mobile phones and Rs 1500 in cash.

The police has apparently failed to curb the rising incidents of snatchings in the city. Only two days ago, a gang robbed an auto-rickshaw and used it to commit as many as four snatchings in the city.



YPS defeat Sarvhitkari School in cricket
Tribune News Service

A match in progress at the MCA grounds in Mohali on Sunday.
A match in progress at the MCA grounds in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, February 2
The cricket team of Yadvindra Public School (YPS), Mohali, defeated Sarvhitkari School Mohali, by 10 wickets in a match of Mohali Cricket Cup for Boys (u-17) being held here today.

After electing to bat first, the losing side posted 144 runs before getting all out in 35 overs. Vishu (38 off 45) and Akash (31 off 39) contributed a lion's share in the team's total. For the bowling side, Amanpreet hogged the limelight with claiming 4 for 37. Vishavnath grabbed another 2 for 14. In reply, Yadvindra achieved the target with Anil Yadav (56 off 65) and Davinder (81 off 71).



Rishab, Harleen register impressive win
Tribune News Service

Rishab Sharda returns a shot during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA grounds in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday
Rishab Sharda returns a shot during the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA grounds in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, February 2
Top seed Harleen Kaur registered an impressive win over Luvya Lamba to move into the pre-quarter final stage of the ongoing CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls (U-14) being held at the CLTA courts Sector 10, here, today. Harleen named the match at 4-1 and 5-3.

In the Boys category, top seed CLTA trainee Rishabh Sharda defeated Krishan Hooda in straight sets at 4-0 and 4-1.

In another match, 5th seed Khushbeen Kaur defeated Yamini at 4-1, 4-0 whereas 7th seed Aditi Dogra moved to pre-quarters in a three-set clash. She lost the 1st set at 2-4 while bounced back in the next two at 4-1 and 7-4 (tie breaker).


Boys (U-14) Singles 2nd Round: Rishabh Sharda bt Krishan Hooda 4-0, 4-1; Tushar Aggarwal bt Yuvraj Pandit 4-1, 4-1; Vatsal Chauhan bt Ravikaran Gill 4-2, 4-0; Yuvraj Singh Kooka bt Sam Chawla 5-4 (2), 4-0; Ayush Poddar bt Savneet Singh Bajwa 2-4, 4-1, 7-3; Aishwaray Goel bt Udayveer Singh 5-3, 4-2; Vikrmaditya Kadiyan bt Chiraz Singh 4-2, 1-4, 7-2; Sahaj Sidhu bt Samarth Suri 4-2, 5-3; Asav Kumar bt Udgam Aggarwal 4-1, 4-1; Saarthak Sudan bt Karan Kumar 4-0, 4-0; Onkar Apte bt Simran Singh 4-0, 4-1; Shourya Piplani bt Sashikant Rajput 4-2, 3-5, 7-2; Naresh Badgujar bt Shrut Mohan 4-1, 4-0; Hiren Daral bt Abhay Mohan 4-1, 4-1; Dhruv Sharma bt Sidharth Goel 4-0, 4-2; Sahishnu Sharma bt Sahaj Nagpal 4-0, 4-0;Girls (U-14) Singles 2nd Round-Harleen Kaur bt Luvya Lamba 4-1, 5-3; Rahat Mangat bt Reet Malik 4-0, 4-0; Aditi Dogra bt Tasneen Makkar 2-4, 4-1, 7-4; Nandini bt Sirin Kalia 5-3, 4-1; Sagrika Singh bt Agrima Tiwari 4-1, 5-4 (0); Priyanka Jakhar bt Ravita Rawat 4-2, 0-4, 7-5; Khushbeen Kaur bt Yamini Issar 4-1, 4-0; Bindu Kulhriya bt Mansi Singh 5-3, 4-1; Janavi Dwivedi bt Tanisha Indrayan 5-3, 4-1; Inayat Sandhu bt Sohani Makkar 4-2, 4-1; Princy Panchal bt Smera Mehta 4-1, 4-0; Akshita Tandon bt Sehajveer Bhandal 4-1, 4-0; Ashpreet Kaur bt Neha Pal 4-0, 4-0.



Dev Samaj cagers pip Malwa Central
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Cagers of Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, defeated the Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, in the first match of the Panjab University Inter-college Basketball Tournament for Women (C-Division) for Education Colleges, being held at the basketball courts of the university, here, today.

The Dev Samaj College of Education defeated the Malwa college 10- 8. For the winning side, Himani collected five points, while for the losing side Kamaljeet reduced the margin by two points.

In the second match, the Dasmesh Girls’ College of Education, Badal, (Muktsar) blanked the DD Jain College of Education, Ludhiana, 42-6.

For the Badal college, Bhinderjeet Kaur collected the most points. She got 34 points while Manpreet Kaur contributed another six points to the total. For the DD 
College, Mona Bajaj reduced the margin by getting six points.

In the last league match, Dasmesh Girls’ College of Education, Badal, routed the Government College of Education, Chandigarh, 32-8. For the winning team, Bhinderjeet Singh (15 points) and Parveen Kaur (13 points) gathered most points. For the local side, Shibam and Tenzin collected four points each.



Jassi club lift volleyball trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Jassi Youth Volleyball Club defeated Maloya Club, in a three-set final match of the Jassi Memorial Cash Prize Volleyball Tournament organised here at the volleyball grounds of Sector 20.

In the final match, the winning side blanked rivals in straight sets 25-21and 25-19. The winning team was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 11,000 whereas the runners-up team was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 5,100.



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