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Overbridge to come up on NH-22
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 9
In a major relief to the commuters, the Punjab Government is all set to build an overbridge on the Ambala-Kalka National Highway-22. The 1,150 metre long flyover will help reducing the rate of the fatal accidents on the highway. Starting from the approach of the railway overbridge on the highway in Bhankharpur village, the flyover will end near Sri Sukhmani Engineering College.

NK Sharma, MLA, Dera Bassi, claimed that the project costing Rs 125 crore has been taken up by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The NHAI has prepared the design of the project and the construction work of the bridge will start by the end of this month, said Sharma.

The heavy traffic heading towards Ambala, Delhi and Chandigarh, Panchkula will have to take alternative routes (village link roads or other links) to reach their destinations.

They have to take detours which would further add to the passengers of long route vehicles, pointed out Kuljeet Singh Randhawa, a senior Congress leader from Dera Bassi.

Sharma, however, claimed that special efforts are being done to facilitate the general public from traffic congestion on link roads.

He added that four railway underbridges (RuB) projects are in the pipeline for Dera Bassi. The RuBs are proposed at Janetpur, Bakarpur, Nagla and Ghazipur.



A lot can happen over tea
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 9
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda relished lemon tea at Gulati Tea Stall at Baldev Nagar Chowk on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway, close to Ambala City, this evening. His political advisor Virender Singh and HPCC Chief Ashok Tanwar were also accompanying him.

Municipal Corporation Mayor Ramesh Mal, senior Congress leader Dilip Chawla Bittu, Deputy Commissioner Dr Saket Kumar, DCP Surender Pal Singh and SDM Kamalpreet Kaur were also present to welcome the Chief Minister on the occasion.

It was not the first time that the Chief Minister visited the tea stall. His association with the tea stall goes long back to the days when he was not even holding the post of the Chief Minister. He used to frequently meet his party leaders and relish tea at the spot while on his way to Chandigarh.

Talking to the mediapersons, Hooda said he will be coming to Ambala on June 16 to address a meeting of party workers. “The Congress will fight the assembly elections collectively on the issue of development works and will definitely come in power for the third time,” said Hooda.

CM’S Visit: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be coming to Ambala on June 16 to address a meeting of party workers. The CM said the Congress would fight the Assembly elections on the development plank. “We will be voted to power for the third time,” Hooda said.



Major twist in Jyoti murder case
Defence counsel points out discrepancies in call details
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 9
In a major twist in the Jyoti murder case, the call details on which the police were basing the involvement of all accused came under question when the defence counsel pointed out in the local court that there are discrepancies in it.

Applications have been moved by nine of the 12 accused. As there is no direct evidence against them, they may be dispensed from recording statements under Section 313. Applications have been moved by Nirmal, Kamaljeet, Baljeet, Harbhajan (who were accused of harbouring the accused), Paramjeet (one of the aides of accused Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary), Tilak Raj (the truck driver who has been accused of running the truck over Jyoti’s head), Ashish, Pankaj and Satish (accused of issuing sim cards on fake documents to the MLA and his aides).

“At 1.43am, Tilak Raj’s location as per the police is at toll plaza and at 1.48 am he is at Nada Sahib, which is at a far-off distance. Later, as per prosecution, he was there till 1.54 and at 2.02, his location is shown as Chaman Vatika in Ambala which is at a distance of over 20 km and which is not possible to cover in a short period,” said defence counsel Amandeep Bindra.

He added that “earlier also we had pointed out differences in the tower locations of official and unofficial numbers of Ram Kumar, which the police claimed that the MLA had both numbers with him always.”

The accused involved in harbouring also told the court that there was not any direct evidence.

“Those involved in the sim card procurement are said to have been part of the conspiracy in the murder case. The Intelligence Officers said the conspiracy began when the girl started pressurising the accused MLA in the first half of 2012 but the sim cards were issued in 2010 so how did that form part of the conspiracy,” added Bindra.

The case

  • Doon MLA and four others have been accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur. Later, seven more persons were booked under other sections. The victim who was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, was coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career, said the chargesheet.
  • The accused first strangulated Jyoti and then a truck ran over her to make it an accident case.



8 held in drug cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The UT police claimed to have arrested eight persons in seven cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, here, the police said today. Durgesh Tiwari, a resident of Dhanas, was arrested from Dhanas while he was carrying 59 gm of Ganja.

In another incident, Omi, a resident of Sector-25, was arrested from the dividing road of Sector-24/25 on Sunday night. The accused was arrested with 7 gm of smack.

Vijay Atwal, a resident of Sector 19, was arrested with 100 capsules of Netrazetam from the T-Point of Sector 19.

Beeru, a resident of Madrasi Colony here was also arrested with 1.1 kg gm of poppy husk.

Amit Chauhan, a resident of Sector 30, was arrested from Sewa Bharti, Sector-29, and 19 strips of Spasmocip Plus were recovered from his possession. Suresh Pal, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was also arrested from the Booth Market, Mauli Complex. The police have also recovered 74 gm of charas from his possession.

Amarjit Singh, a resident of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, was arrested from the Hallo Majra lightpoint, and 195 capsules (Spasmotroxyvon) were recovered from his possession.

A woman, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested from Sector-56 and one kg of ganja was recovered from her possession.

Cases in all incidents have been registered by the police officials concerned and further investigations are under progress, said police officials.



2 arrested for woman’s murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 9
The Mohali police claimed to have solved a blind murder case of a woman, whose body was found in a deserted area of Tripuri village on February 9 here, by arresting two accused. The police arrested Gurjit Singh, a resident of Bhunerheri village in Patiala district and Pawan Kumar of Jind, Haryana, on the charges of murdering the victim, Jogindro Devi, a resident of Jujhar Nagar, Mohali.

The police said Gurjit conspired the murder following a minor tiff with the victim whom he had been known.

The body with a slit throat was noticed by former sarpanch of the village Kulwant Singh. The police had registered a case under Sections 302, 201, 34, of the IPC at the Sadar Kharar police station on the statement of Kulwant Singh.

The police have also recovered a motorcycle used in the crime.



CLTA Asian Tennis Tournament: Rishabh advances to next round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Local tennis player Rishabh Sharda upset fifth seed R Bollipalli in straight sets during the first round (main draw) of the ongoing CLTA’s Asian (Under-14) Boys and Girls Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Courts, Sector 10, here today.

Starting the proceedings, Rishab named both the sets at convincing margin of 6-2 and 6-4. Top ranking players, Amit Beniwal and S Yedula, defeated their respective rivals to pave way for the second round.

In the girls’ (Under-14) category, Prinkle Singh defeated Bindu Kulhria in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1.

Results (Main draw)

Boys 1st round-Amit Beniwal bt Vaibha Kundu 6-7(8), 6-3, 7-6(3), Saurav Kalkal bt Neeraj Yashpaul 6-1, 6-1, Sahishnu Sharma bt Drumil Thakkar 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, Lakshay Gupta bt Vikrant Mehta 6-3, 6-0, Kevin Patel bt Tushar Sharma 6-3, 6-3, Sacchitt Sharma bt Krishan Hooda 6-2, 6-3, Shourya Piplani bt Tejasvi R. Mehra 6-2, 6-1, Dipin Wadhwa bt Arvind Kalyana 6-1, 6-4, Varun Vaiko bt Tushar Aggarwal 6-1, 6-2, Kalvalya Raval bt Anurag Agarwal 6-2, 6-2, Thribhuvan Reddy bt Abhimanyu Rozra 7-5, 6-0, Drona Walia bt Neel Garud 6-4, 6-2, Rishabh Sharda bt R Bollipalli 6-2, 6-4, T Macherla bt Dharmil Shah 6-0, 6-3, Naresh Badgujar bt Vansh Bhagtani 6-2, 6-3, Himanshu Mor bt Udit Kamboj 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Girls 1st round-S Yeddula bt Smera Mehta 6-1, 6-0, Aesha Patel bt A. Patil Andalkar 6-4, 6-0, S Chilakalapudi bt Priyanka Jakhar 6-1, 6-2, Prinkle Singh bt Bindu Kulhria 6-1, 6-1, Mahak Jain bt Alisha Menon 6-1, 6-1, Sharanya Shetty bt Ishita Singh 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, S Bhamidipaty bt Nandini 6-0, 6-0, Panya Bhalla bt Sandeepti Singh 6-2, 6-4, P Banwani bt Himadri Kashyap 6-0, 6-1, Nikita Devi bt N Simhambhatla 6-4, 6-3, Ashpreet Kaur Bajwa bt Raina Zaffar 6-3, 6-2, Ratuja Jadhav bt Sanhita Vasava 6-0, 6-0, I Matere bt Rahat Mangat 6-0, 6-3, Khushbeen Kaur bt Tanisha Bansal 6-1, 6-1, Princy Panchal bt Riya Uboveja 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, A Shivani bt Rhythm Aswal 6-1, 6-2.

Local players shine in tourney

Local tennis players performed well in the AITA (All-India Tennis Association) North Zone Tournament in Amritsar. In the final of the boys’ (U-16) singles, Calvin Golmai defeated Sabrang Sandal. Calvin took the first set 6-1 by conceding a game. In the second set, Calvin won the set 7-5. In the final of Dehradun (U-18) tournament, CLTA’s Eklavya Singh went down against Dhruv Pal 2-6 and 2-6.



World Cup fever catches on
Shops crammed with replicas of trophies, jerseys a rage among fans
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
With just three days left for a month-long FIFA Football World Cup to commence, city-based shops are crammed with replicas of world cup trophy, jerseys and football displaying photographs of star soccer players. The collection ranges from expensive replicas of world cup trophy (Rs 5,000) to jerseys of the teams (Rs 500 to Rs 1,000). The cost of the footballs range from Rs 1,000 onwards while, special edition of studs (football shoes), arm bands and wrist bands are also available at these shops.

“We have replicas of world cup trophy studded with brass, fibre and other elements. It is bit expensive, since it is an imported item. Remaining items are made in India. Our Jalandhar-based franchisee has all the variety of products and we are also providing on demand material related to the world cup. The fever has already gripped city with many people buying Brazilian, German and Italian jerseys. Many hotels have also ordered replicas of world cup trophy,” said Sunil Kathuria, owner of Sports Corner, Sector 22.

Another owner of a sports-good shop added, “India is the emerging market of soccer. Within a year, many MNCs have come forward to promote soccer. And surprisingly, Chandigarh is one of their favourite places to spot the talent. With FIFA World Cup starting in next few days, we are expecting a good response from the local crowd,” said Haroon Rashid, owner of Sports on Move, Sector 42.

Soccer mania all the way!

The collection ranges from expensive replicas of World Cup trophy (Rs 5,000) to jerseys of the teams (Rs 500 to Rs 1,000). The cost of the footballs range from Rs 1,000 onwards while a special edition of studs (football shoes), arm bands and wrist bands are also available at these shops. The replicas of the World Cup trophy are imported while the remaining items have been made in India.



Players to clash for tennis title today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Jasmol Arora will face Abhinav in the final of boys’ (under-14) category in the ongoing Third Circuit Tournament of YMCA’s Tennis Championship. The match will be played on Tuesday. In the semi-finals, played today, Jasmol Arora beat Gourav 7-5 while, Abhinav defeated Gurviraj 7-1.

Earlier, in the quarterfinals, Gourav defeated Rohan 6-0 and Jasmol beat Abhi Jain 6-0. In the semifinals, boys’ (under-14) category, Yuvraj Kooka defeated Praveen 7-1 and Archit Juneja defeated Manvir 7-3.


Boys (u-12) first round -Vansh bt Adil Arora 5-3, Abhi Jain bt Harsh 5-3, Jasmol Arora bt Ansh 5-0, Kunal bt Aditya 5-3, Snehil Saini bt Yajat Dhingra 5-0, Gurviraj bt Aashman 5-0, Siddarth Chugh bt Jivaj 5-1

Pre-quarter final-Gourav bt Avinash Chugh 6-0, Rohan bt Harwir 6-3, Abhi Jain bt Vansh 6-0, Jasmol Arora bt Gurjas 6-1, Abhinav bt Mohir 6-0, Kunal bt Snehil Saini 6-0, Gurviraj bt Siddarth Chugh 7-6(6)

Quarterfinals-Gourav bt Rohan 6-0, Jasmol Arora bt Abhi Jain 6-0, Abhinav bt Kunal 6-0, Gurviraj bt Yathart Mishra 6-0

Semifinals-Jasmol Arora bt Gourav 7-5, Abhinav bt Gurviraj 7-1

Boys (u-14) first round-Jasmol Arora bt Siddarth Chugh 6-3, Simran Singh bt Mitesh Verma 6-0, Yuvraj Kooka bt Abhiraj 6-1, Kunal bt Yajur Bansal 7-6(5)

Pre-quarter final-Praveen bt Bir Anmol 6-1, Jasmol Bt Shubham 6-0, Simran Singh bt Kanvar Preet 6-0, Yuvraj Kooka bt Abhinav 6-1, Archit Juneja bt Prayas 6-0

Quarterfinals-Prraveen bt Jasmol Arora 6-4, Yuvraj Kooka Bt Mitesh Verma 6-1, Manvir bt Anirudh 6-0, Archit Juneja bt Yajur Bansal 6-2

Semifinals-Yuvraj Kooka bt Praveen 7-1, Archit Juneja bt Manvir 7-3.



Snooker tourney: Chandigarh lad Alok steers to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
World No. 2 Alok Kumar of Chandigarh displayed his class and powered a straight win against Korean Chul Ho Hwang 4-0 during the ongoing third day of the ONGC Asian Billiards and Snooker (U-21 years) Championship at the UT Guest House, here today.

Alok, representing India, won the first game 100-88(68) with second game at 100-91 and in the third game he scored a break of 55 points to register a comfortable win 4-0. Another Indian contender, Brijesh Damani thrashed his compatriot Jaiveer Dhingra 4-0. Damani scored breaks of 50, 58 and 96 points in the last three frames. In the snooker (U-21) championship, Pakistani contingent including Hamza Akbar, Muhammad Majid Ali and Amir Tariq won their respective matches against Kunal Kothekar of India, Yazan Hadad of Syria and Fung Chun Hin of Hong Kong, respectively.


ONGC 13th English Billiards -Group B

Alok Kumar (IND) beat Chul Ho Hwang (KOR)-4-0 (100-88(68), 100-91, 100(55)-68, 101-50)

ONGC 15th Under-21 Snooker -Group A

Sheldon Senagang (MLY) beat Vikrant Kapoor (IND- 4-0 (65-16, 72-30, 69-12, 109(49)-00)

Group B

Nikhil Saigal (IND) beat Obaid Al-Mehaieri Badar (UAE)-4-3 (36-58, 25-74, 57-01, 69-21, 58-41, 46-59, 75-53 )

Muhammad Majid Ali (PAK) beat Yazan Hadad (SYR)-4-0 (79-30, 83-12, 55-20, 71-14)

Group C

Sahil Nayyar (IND) beat Hritik Jain (IND)- 4-1 (43-66, 76-28, 50-33, 92(92)-01, 83-09)

Group D

Dhvaj Haria (IND) beat Waleed Almouakeh (SYR)-4-0 (58-21, 80-23, 85-18, 77-43)

Hamza Akbar (PAK) beat Kunal Kothekar (IND)-4-0 (77-27, 80(64)-09, 93(72)-13, 55-52)

Group E

Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon (TH) beat Ameen Mohamed Shamil (SL)-4-0 (83-32, 78-05, 76(75)-04, 136(71)-00)

Group F

Amir Tariq (PAK) beat Fung Chan Min (HKG)-4-0 (87-22, 82-20, 92-02, 73-66).



Amrit Lal hogs limelight in golf tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Amrit Lal of the Chandigarh Club won the overall championship of the two-day Pitch and Putt Golf Tournament at the British School Golf Academy, Sector 44, here today. The competition was organised in six categories A, B, C, D, E and F. After a tie among three players, for the overall champion, Amrit Lal scripted victory by scoring par on Tee off while, Aditya and Promod lost the hole lead.

In Category A, Promod Gupta with a two-day score of 49 points, scoring 5 under par on a nine hole par 27 golf course, bagged the top spot.

Mayank finished second with 51 points followed by Tarish Sekhon and Sonu (53 points each) securing the third position.

In category B, Amritlal scored 5 under 49 points, Anand 51 points and Ekamjot 55 points for the first, second and third positions, respectively.

In Category C, Aditya Sood was declared the winner with five under 49 points, Jainesh Jeev secured second spot with 55 points and Lakshya Singh (56 points) attained the third spot.

In Category D, Vasu Sehgal, Shayam Preet notched the top two spots while, Ananya Kapoor and Vinay bagged the third position jointly. BS Mangat, Honorary Secretary, Chandigarh Golf Club, awarded the prizes to the winners.

Around 80 children participated in the tournament.



SJOBA (T-15) Night Cricket Tournament
Sharks XI emerge victorious again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
In the 9th annual SJOBA (T-15) Night Cricket Tournament, Sharks XI lifted the winning trophy for the sixth consecutive time. The winning team defeated Kiwis XI by ten wickets in the final at the cricket grounds of St John’s High School, Sector 26, last evening.

The losing side after electing to bat first posted 63 runs in the allotted slot of 15 overs. Bir Fateh Gill contributed the lion’s share to the team’s total. For Sharks XI, skipper Ranjeet Bajaj hogged the limelight with claiming 4 for 9 runs. In reply, the sharks achieved the target in 7 overs with Tejwinder Gill (34 runs) and Kunal Mahajan (19 runs) ensuring the team’s win. Sharks’ skipper Ranjit Bajaj was adjudged man of the match while, Sharks’ batsman Amrinder Singh was adjudged the best batsman of the tournament. Best bowler was awarded to Anmol Singh of the Kiwis.


Kiwis- 63 for 9 in 15 overs (Bir Fateh Gill 25, Ranjit Bajaj 4/9, Arjun Talwar 3/12)

Sharks-63 for no loss in 7.1 overs (Tejwinder Gill 34 not out, Kunal Mahajan 19 not out).



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