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Forest official alleges misbehaviour
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 12
A month after senior IAS officer Robin Gupta was in trouble with the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, the bureaucrat is once again in the news for wrong reasons.

The local forest ranger here, Naseerudin, has in a written complaint to the police alleged that Gupta called him up this morning seeking a favour. When refused Gupta allegedly abused him and threatened to get him dismissed. Gupta however refuted the charge stating that he neither made the phone call nor did he know anyone by this name Naseerudin.

According to the police, Naseerudin in his complain stated that Gupta called him from his mobile number at 11.45 am and asked him to send four labourers to his house for some work. Naseerudin alleged that when he showed his inability to send labourers to Gupta’s house, he started abusing him using filthy language.

Naseerudin even alleged that Gupta demeaned his religious affiliations and threatened to have him dismissed through his minister.

Robin Gupta however told the mediapersons that he had not made any such call to anyone. He pointed out that he was not even aware of any one called Naseerudin in the forest department.

When asked how his number was received on his phone, Gupta said the mobile phone is his official phone and could have been used by someone else in the house. He added that he was working as the financial commissioner (Appeals) and not in the forest department so why would he call up a forest official for work.

Naseerudin has given a copy of the complaint to the divisional forest officer, Patiala. The police said it was investigating the matter.



Kharar reels under unscheduled power cuts
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 12
Unscheduled power cuts are giving a tough time to the urban population. While the summers have just started, power cuts have already become a bane for the people.

Sources in the local Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) power sub-station said while some day cuts are scheduled, the cuts imposed during night hours are unscheduled.

For the last few days, residents have been witnessing cuts at around 10 pm to 1 am. These cuts are causing a lot of inconvenience, especially in offices where technical work is required. Not all government offices have electricity backup like generators to their disposal.

While the urban population is facing unscheduled power cuts, rural areas get power supply only for limited time. The rural areas are being given power supply for 4 to 5 hours only.

The urban consumption is 1.05 lakh units, while that of a tube well is 5000 to 6000 units and that of rural areas (excluding tube wells) is 40, 000 to 42, 000 units.

Sources pointed out that even sub-station employees are informed just a few minutes before the unscheduled cuts. "The demand is much more than the actual supply, but we are unable to give complete power," said a PSEB official. He added that the situation can get even worse in June, when summers would be at peak.

"However, the board is expected to buy electricity next month, which would largely be diverted to agriculture sector for providing them uninterrupted power supply," he added. The power feeders in Kharar cater to the areas of Kharar city and villages, areas of Mullapur, Majra and Morinda and Kajauli, which also come under Khanna circle.



CM sanctions Rs 35 crore to upgrade HC infrastructure
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 12
H.S. Mattewal, Advocate General, today said the state government had full faith in the judicial system and the government would also ensure a flawless system in future.

He said in the current financial year a provision of Rs 35 crore had been earmarked to set up new chambers and libraries in district courts across the state. He added that to improve the infrastructure of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a grant of Rs 2 crore had been sanctioned by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Mattewal was speaking on the Baisakhi eve celebrations organised by the District Bar Association’s newly formed team.

On the occasion, he announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the DBA. He also added that the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijendra Jain in collaboration with the state government was making all efforts to curb the menace of female foeticide and other anti-social drives were also being vigorously followed. Mattewal added that it was due to the efforts of the Chief Justice that the concept of mobile courts had been planned and executed to ensure speedy justice. He admitted that unsolved cases were in excess due to the paucity of judges and he also appealed to lawyers to ensure that people get speedy justice.



Social Worker’s Suicide
Split in Hindu Organisation
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, April 12
Due to the on going tussle between the two warring factions of a leading social organisation of the town’s Hindu Organisation, the social atmosphere in the town has become tense. On the eve of the enquiry regarding suicide by a social worker, the Hindu Organisation has split into two groups. Majority of the members had favoured the industrialists of the town, who were booked after the recovery of a suicide note, whereas three members had favoured the FIR.

Today, the group headed by Rajiv Malhotra, president of the organisation, held the meeting, which was attended by eight out of 14 members and they unanimously decided to dissolve the organisation alleging that certain members have started using the organisation for personal enmity.

On the other hand, the group headed by Manoj Kumar Banda, who had lodged the FIR against the industrialists, also held a meeting and expelled certain members from the organisation. They elected Pardeep Kumar Rupal as the new president and other office-bearers. Eight leading industrialists of the town were booked as Kali Charan, a member of Hindu Organisation, committed suicide and a suicide note was recovered from his pocket.

The members of the organisation lodged an FIR against the mentioned names. DSP Mohali had conducted an enquiry in the case and almost the entire town and other organisations, including a majority of members, had recorded their statements in favour of the industrialists.



Police control room number operational
Tribune News Service

Kharar, April 12
The Kharar police control room number (100) has become functional after two years. For the want of Rs 600 pending bill, the number lay non-functional for last two years, much to the disappointment of the area residents.

DSP Raj Balwinder Singh Sandhu took up the matter with the telecom department and got the bills cleared. "I faced problems to get connected to my own people. Every time I had to contact a subordinate, I had to call on his mobile phone, which mostly remained out of coverage," he added. DSP added that he has also requested the telecom department to exempt bill of this number under special provision. He added that the number could be reached from any telecom company’s landline number.



Charitable trust to start old-age home
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 12
Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, Bassi Pathana, will start an old-age home. Besides this, the Trust is running a play school (crèche) for children of underprivileged families, a community centre, women empowerment projects, spoken English courses and computer training classes, especially for rural women.

This was stated by Hardarshan Singh Mejie, patron of the trust, while addressing a function organised in the honour of Rahila Gupta and Reva Saluja, social workers from the UK, who have come here to inspect the activities undertaken by the Trust.



Raman returns best card
Jolly leads in Chandigarh Golfing Tour
Donald Banerjee

Panchkula, April 12
Raman Kumar of Panchkula fired the best card of the day, a one over par 73, but ended up trailing former Haryana Ranji Trophy pace bowler Rakesh Jolly by one stroke after the second round of the Chandigarh Golfing Tour played on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Rakesh Jolly repeated his opening round score of six over par 78 to be 12 over par 156. The final round tomorrow will be a pitch and putt contest, which will be a gun shot start at the Chandigarh Golf Range.

But these overall leaders were not in line for the prestigious Emaar MGF Golf Chamspionship Trophy, which has been reserved for travel and corporate golfers from outside the tricity.

Heading in this golf tourism section was Brian Beaupre of the Canadian High Commission who shot an eight over par 80 to be the leader with a score of 161 after the second round. But, close on the heels of the Canadian diplomat was Col S.K. Sharma who also fired an 80 today to be just one stroke behind the leader at 162.

Capt P. Prashar and Prashant Bhardwaj from Delhi, who missed out in the first round as they arrived late yesterday, today returned cards of 74 and 77, respectively.

The best nett round today was by Capt P. Prashar who carded a 62 with Col S.K. Sharma returning a nett 63 along with Lt-Gen M.P.S. Bhandari.

Pauline J.M. Singh continued to lead in the ladies section. She fired a 14-over 86 for a two-round score of 169. Her nearest rival was S. Ratia who was trailing by 12 strokes.

The only lady in the corporate sector, Cathie King of the Canadian High Commission, teed off on the Panchkula greens. But, the biting sun forced her to withdraw from the competition.

The Chandigarh Golfing Tour is being organised by the Chandigarh Golf Association in association with the tourism departments of Chandigarh and Haryana.

Results: Men: Rakesh Jolly 78+78=156, Raman Kumar 84+73=157, Lt-Gen M.P.S. Bhandari 82+79=161, Brian Beaupre 81+80=161, Col S.K. Sharma 82+80=162, M.P. Singh 83+80=163, A. Shukla 86+81=167, R.P.Singh 83+86=169.

The third and final round tomorrow will be teed off at the Chandigarh Golf Range at 9.30 am.



IPL will strengthen bonds among nations: Lee
Akash Ghai

Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 12
Australian pacer Brett Lee today said the comparison between Indian Premier League and Australian team should not be made as both had their own place.

Lee, who turned up at Punjab Cricket Stadium here for the launch of sale of tickets of his Kings XI Punjab team matches, said my heart was with my team and wearing Baggy Cap is a big honour.

“But playing in the IPL is a different thing. I find no reasons why we (the Australian cricketers) can’t do the both”, said the speedster.

When asked whether the players of different countries would face problems of gelling along while playing as a unit, Lee said, “Rather, the IPL will help in strengthening the bonds, not only among players but among the nations also”.

The key member of the Australian pace battery also hoped to take tips from his teammates Irfan Pathan and Sree Santh about the bowling in subcontinent conditions.

Praising the Indian duo, Lee said, “They are world class bowlers and sharing the ball with them would be exciting. I am also looking forward to take tips from them about the bowling in subcontinent conditions”.

On the commitment of players in the matches, Lee said he would give his best during the league matches as he do while playing for Australian team.



Gaming tournament begins today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
India’s first ever campus-based gaming tournament, Gameeks 1.0, got off to an exciting start today at Chitkara Campus, Chandigarh-Rajpura road, today.

As many as 107 colleges are vying for top honours, including teams from IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, BITS, Goa, Mumbai University, Delhi University etc.

Gameeks 1.0 has been organised by the Chitkara Educational Trust and Zapak Gameplex. A special indoor stadium has been created at the Chitkara Campus with rows of over 200 computers on which the games are being played simultaneously. According to Siddarth, a third year student of Chitkara and a key member of the organising committee,

“We have chosen games that require a team effort and in which students are required to meet and exceed challenges. We hope that this will increase their desire to meet challenges in their other activities as well. The games that form part of Gameeks 1.0 are FIFA 07, Flatout 2.0 and Counterstrike 1.6.”

To keep the momentum going while Gameeks 1.0 is in progress, there are other side events, including War of DJs, Bull’s Eye, Snap pit, Juke Box, Graffiti, Ring-A-Ring, Survival of the Fittest, Casino Royale, Sci-Fi Movies etc.”


Jaskaran adjudged man of the match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
A cricket match between the teams of Golden Boys and Gen Next was held on the grounds of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36-D, here today. It was not an easy walk for the youngsters as the alumni gave a tough time to them, allowing the youngsters to take the lead only by six runs.

The alumni were highly elated to cheer up the team in the school premises, at the same time refreshing their old memories.

The Alumni team scored 170 against the youngsters who grabbed the match at 176 runs. Jaskaran Singh of Class X-B was declared as man of the match.

Justice M.M.S. Bedi from Punjab and Haryana High Court and director information technology, Manjeet Singh Brar (ex-GNPS), gave away the prizes to the winners.



SJOBA rally flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The SJOBA-Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally-2008 got off to an exciting start with the 55 rallyists being flagged by S.S. Srivastava, SSP, Chandigarh Police, today morning from St. John’s High School, Sector 26, here today.

In the Challenge Championship, total participants were 43 (15 Gypsies, 7 cars and 21 bikes) while 12 participating are vying for top honours in the Time, Speed, Distance (TSD) format championship.

Travelling through Mallah, Naintaker, Dilman, Kangar, Marhighat, Narag, Ashini Khud and Jhajja, the rallyists halted at Chail Palace, from where they moved to Baikalti and Mashobra to reach Koti Resorts, where the first leg ended.

In the second leg, stating tomorrow, the route would be Koti Resorts, Pawar, Dumher, Vakhna Ghat, Sabhatu, Nayanagar, Shakti Ghat, Timber Trail, Bhognagar, Chakki Da Mor and the final destination-St John’s school.

The final results and the prize distribution function will be held on April 14.



Tavnit takes city team to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The host Chandigarh defeated Bihar by 23 runs on the opening day of the First Under-13 National Twenty20 Cricket Championship at Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here.

Tavnit of Chandigarh, who was declared man of the match, put up an overall performance (24 runs and three wickets) to enable his team to win. In the second match played between Architecture College, Baroda, and Haryana, the former defeated the latter team by four wickets.

In the third match, Punjab beat Himachal Pradesh by a narrow margin of 15 runs whereas West Bengal got the better of Uttar Pradesh by 22 runs in the final match of the day. Anand Singh of West Bengal scored 81 runs and was adjudged man of the match.

According to the organisers, as many as eighteen states are participate in the tournament.



Lahore team to play with St. John’s team
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Beacon’s House School, Lahore, Pakistan, will play a series of two friendly matches (under 13) against St. John’s High School team on April 13 and 14 at the school premises.

The first match will be of 20 overs while in the next match, there would be 30 overs. The names of St. John’s team members are as under: Vaibhav Kaushik (C), Aditya Duggal, Vardaan Arora, Keerat Dhillon, Kanav Yadav, Nikhil Banerjee, Varundeep Basur, Gaurav Dhawan, Sidhant Vashisht, Jatin Sanghwan, Shakti Singh, Vishal.



2-day workshop opens at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The department of Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, PGI, organised a two-day workshop which began here today.

The workshop is being held under the guidance of faculty of the department and several guest faculties from other institutions. The aim of the workshop is to train young surgeons in the finer techniques of temporal bone surgery.

The programme includes demonstration of surgical techniques by the faculty members and thereafter hands on dissection by the participants. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Satywati Mohindra, organising secretary, said the young surgeons appreciated various lectures by the faculty members.

Dr Naresh K. Panda, head of ENT department, emphasised upon the importance of thoroughly understanding the temporal bone anatomy.



Cash, documents stolen from parked car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Mohan Preet Singh alleged that someone stole Rs 16,000, an ATM case and other documents after breaking the windowpane of his car (CH-03-F3536) was parked outside his showroom in Sector 22.

A case under section 379 of the IPC has been registered at police station Sector 17.

In another incident Dalip Chauhan, a resident of Manimajra, reported to the police that Rs 3,500 were stolen from the dickey of his scooter on April 11 from NAC Mani Majra.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at Mani Majra Police Station.

Chain snatched

D.S. Sodhi, a resident of Sector 20, reported that someone snatched the gold chain of her wife near Maharashtra Bhawan, Sector 19. A case under section 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at Police Station, Sector 19.

Purse stolen

Puja Kaushal, a resident of Sector 44, filed a police complaint that her purse containing cash and important documents was stolen from Sector 43 on April 11. A case under Section 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at Police Station-36.

Dowry case

Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Dadu Majra, has lodged a complaint against her husband Gurpal Singh and in-laws regarding harassment for dowry and maltreatment. A case under sections 406, 498-A and 420 of the IPC has been registered at police station-39.

Opium seized

The police today arrested Kamal Dev with 23 grams of opium. The accused has been arrested and booked under Section 18 of the NDPS Act at Mani Majra police station.



Man crushed under tractor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Forty-four-year-old Balbir Singh was crushed to death under a tractor at Dhanas village here this evening. According to the information, the cyclist, a resident of Mohali, was hit by the tractor which sped away from the spot. The police said they received a call about the incident at around 4.45 pm.

The police control vehicle immediately reached the spot and took the Balbir Singh to PGI, where the doctors declared him brought-dead. Albeit the driver managed to escape, police have impounded the tractor which being new does not have a registration number.



Thieves decamp with valuables

Mohali, April 12
Gold jewellery, cash, vehicles and other items were stolen by thieves from different parts of the town here last night.

According to the police, Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 70, complained that the thieves had decamped with gold jewellery and cash from his house after breaking the locks.

He said nobody was at home when the theft took place. He suffered a loss of Rs 40,000. — OC



Artistes enthral on Baisakhi eve
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh April 12
After the day-long cultural activities by NZCC artists, the second day of Baisakhi Festival was marked with a special classical music concert at the Rock Garden here today.

The melodious soulful strains of sitar wafted across the otherwise tranquil and panoramic ambience as the celebrated Sitar maestro, Harvinder Sharma, presented raga Yaman Kalyan.

Ably accompanied by Madhuresh Bhatt on Tabla, Harvinder was at his best while executing the compositions.

The well acclaimed vocalist of Rampur Sahaswan Gharana, Ustad Mujahid Hussain Khan and Mushahid Hussain Khan, disciples and grandsons of Padhma Bhushan Nisar Hussain Khan, took the centre stage. Many other renowmes artistes also performed. While the artists regaled the intrusive audience, they expressed resentment for not being properly introduced and welcomed on stage.

Earlier during the day, the colorful celebrations started with dances from different parts of the country by over 130 artists from NZCC.



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