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Erratic Power Supply
Villagers assault PSEB staff, vandalise grid
Tribune News Service

Bhari (Fatehgarh Sahib), July 20
Irate over the erratic power supply, residents of this village went on a rampage and vandalised the 66 KVA power grid catering to 56 villages of Khanna, Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

Beside manhandling the linemen and a junior engineer (JE), the mob damaged windowpanes, wooden doors, furniture, telephone sets and the mobile sets of the employees.

Around 100 men, most of them from Bhari village, attacked grid and its employees late last night. A junior engineer was deployed to repair a fault in Bhari- Kheri feeder at around 9.30 pm yesterday.

After repairing the fault, he came back along with linemen to release electricity from the grid. As soon as he entered inside grid premises, a large number of villagers on motorcycles, scooters and tractors, argued with the employees for not releasing power and ransacked the entire grid, said an employee.

“They were irate over erratic power supply in their farms and homes and said we were responsible for their fate,” said the employees of PSEB, who sat on dharna outside the grid this morning, demanding immediate arrest of erring officials.

PSEB officials threatened to snap the electricity supply from grid if the police did not take an immediate action into the episode.

“Entire supply from the grid was shut down after attack as assailants damaged relay meters installed in various machines. They (assailants) were armed with sticks and iron rods and within wink of an eye, left valuable equipment damaged,” said the employees.

SDO Harinderpal Sethi said the employees had identified all the accused, who were residents of Bhari village. The power supply had been suspended for more than eight hours to undertake some kind of repair and maintenance work. Power was restored in the evening hours. But by that time, villagers had grown impatient and vented their anger by attacking and damaging public property.

The officials at grid claimed that the masses were informed about the power cuts by issuing public releases and information in newspapers. “It was duly informed that eight hour power cuts will continue for a couple of days in view of the repair works,” said an official.

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HC to set up mediation centres
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 20
In its effort to clear the backlog of pending cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has opened 17 centres across Punjab where advocates would be trained to act as qualified mediators.

What could come as a solace for thousands of litigants, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has also decided to set up such mediation centres at the sub-divisional level in Punjab in the light of the initiative of the Supreme Court to encourage settlement of disputes with mutual consent so as to reduce burgeoning burden on courts.

“If the lawyer community plays the role of a mediator, then most of disputes can be resolved at the initial stage and people will not be made to suffer and would be saved from the intricate legal battles. This will also result in a drastic cut in cases in courts. While people will heave a sigh of relief, lawyers qualified as mediators would not suffer any financial losses as they would be getting their mediation fee,” said justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

District and Sessions Judge Varinder Kumar said mediation and mutual consent or agreement were the best ways to avoid long-winding legal process in the courts. He also sought cooperation of advocates in making the ongoing training process a big success.

While expert mediators, including J.R. Singla and Additional Advocate General, Punjab, Deepak Jindal shared their experiences with the legal fraternity, others who participated in the programme included, Additional Sessions Judge KS Cheema, CJMs Ranjit Kumar Jain, Harbhajan Dass, PS Rai, Deputy Commissioner Deepinder Singh and District Bar Association Chief Rakesh Gupta.

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Health centre equipped with surgery package scheme
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 20
IPHS Community Health Centre (CHC), Kalka, has become the first CHC in Haryana, which has been facilitated with surgery package scheme of health department, Haryana.

Informing this, Dr Nain, SMO of CHC, Kalka, said Dr Kamla Singh, civil surgeon, Panchkula, declared the starting of “surgery package” in the hospital, who was here in context with this.

Nain further said earlier the above said facility was provided only in the district hospitals of Haryana. CHC, Kalka, has become the first hospital, where the surgery package has been started.

The official sources said the CHC administration had recently sought the permission of starting of above said facility in the hospital, from civil surgeon, Panchkula, which had been granted.

Notably under this package, the department of health provided facilities of surgery related to various diseases on the nominal charges.

Various development projects have been hanging fire due to the non-allotment of land by forest department.

Various development projects of Kalka have been hanging fire due to the non-allotment of required land by the forest department, despite the fact that the departments concerned of district administration had already taken initiative to start various development works and appropriate funds had been allocated to start the work, said the official sources of the district administration.

A delegation of sarpanches of the area headed by Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress, recently met DC, Panchkula, in this regard. Bansal said due to the adamant attitude of the forest department, the construction work of link road from Toran village to Dhardi village, which had been initiated by the department of PWD under LADT fund had not been completed.

Similarly, the construction work of the link road from Khokhra village to Thappal, for which Shivalik Board, has already granted Rs 70,000 had not been started.

The state government had already started the work of lying water pipelines in the Jabrot village, but had been left in the lurch. It must be mentioned here that the Haryana government recently issued special directives, under which the department of forests was to provide forest land below two hectares free of cost for the projects of non- commercial projects of public interests in the villages adjacent to forest land or in the forests reserved land.

Even the Supreme Court, in its decision on March 28, 2008, had also issued directives to provide exemption in taking amount of Net Present Value of forest land under the Forest Preservation Act, 1980.

Earlier, the department of forest used to charge Rs 8.87 lakh per hectare of land as net present value for providing forest land.

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Installation ceremony at Press Club
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 20
The installation ceremony of the office-bearers of Ropar Press Club for 2009-11 was held.

Punjab Chief Minister’s adviser Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema was the chief guest. He installed the elected team of Ropar Press Club by administering them taking oath.

Chairman of the district planning committee Madan Mohan Mittal and MLA Sant Ajit Singh, Anandpur Sahib, also spoke on the occasion. The Press Club also honoured students and sportpersons of Ropar and its surrounding areas, including Ishmeet Kaur, Nihal Kumar, Suchi Jain, Arjun Kumar, Swimmer Jashandeep Singh and weightlifter Ravinder Partap Singh on the occasion.

Besides, a refrigerator was also presented to a physically handicapped Sukhwinder Singh for completing graduation.

Dr RS Parmar, chairman of the Ropar Improvement Trust, Daljit Kaur Kang, zila parishad chairperson, Amarjit Singh Satyal, president of Municipal Council and SGPC member Gurinder Singh Gogi were present.

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4 quintal fish found dead in Sirsa river
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 20
In less than 18 days time span, around four quintals of fish were found dead at the Sirsa-Sutlej rivers confluence near Avankot village here.

Villagers found the fish dead late last evening and informed the officials. Earlier, large amount of fish were found at the same spot on July 2. Villagers as well as the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and fishery department officials blamed pharmaceutical industrial units at the Dherowala area in Himachal Pradesh of releasing toxic waters in the Sirsa causing fish mortality.

There is no industry of Punjab situated anywhere upstream the Sirsa river.

Avankot village sarpanch Gurbachan Singh said that this was the second time such an incidence had happened. “Usually fish come into fields with high water currents and once the water recedes, it is either washed away or preyed upon by other animals or birds. While our men were working in fields, a strong current of water brought a large number of dead fish to the surface and within few hours the area began to stink badly,” he added.

PPCB environmental engineer Karunesh Garg said the biological assay tests conducted with water samples collected last time showed presence of toxic elements in the water that caused fish mortality.

Despite repeated incidents of toxic water from Himachal Pradesh industrial units finding their way into Punjab waters and causing irreparable damage, nothing has been done so far. It is learnt that taking a serious note of the earlier incidence, the Chief Minister’s office had written to the Himachal government. “The CMO had sent a demi-official letter and again a reminder was sent. But the reply is awaited,” said CM’s advisor Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema.

Assistant director, department of fishery, Sukhwinder Singh said around four quintals of fish were found dead as per villagers. He had collected two water samples and sent them for pathological tests to Chandigarh lab.

“Fish cannot die without presence of toxic chemicals in water. As the fish get decomposed very quickly, we could hardly find a fish to be taken as sample for conducting tests,” he said. Sukhwinder has written to his director pleading that matter be taken up by the PPCB with the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board.

In May, too, the department had collected samples from the same river, which have failed the tests. Reports indicated biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in water samples, which should not be present in fresh water. Toxic chemicals were also detected in samples.

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Robbery
Accused held with Rs 2.50 lakh
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The police has solved the case, wherein Rs 10 lakh were looted from two traders of Mandi Gobindgarh. The police has arrested Baljit Singh, alias Rocky, of Dadheri village near Fatehgarh Sahib.

The SSP said the police arrested him from Mandi Gobindgarh with a cash of Rs 2.50 lakh.

Some Manpreet Kaur of Mullanpur Kalan village has been found to be co-accused in the case. She was involved in master-minding the loot. Manpreet, her sister’s son Dharamvir of Mullanpur Garib Dass in Mohali and Harpal Singh of Mandi Gobindgarh are still at large.

On July 4 last, two motorcycle-borne youth snatched a cash of Rs 10 lakh from two brothers, Mukesh Kumar and Parveen Kumar, owners of firm Shiv Shati Steels at Mandi Gobindgarh.

The incident occurred when they were bringing cash on scooter from a firm, Makhan Lal Vinod Kumar of Mandi Gobindgarh. When they reached on Airey Mill Road, two youths coming from opposite direction, rammed their motorcycle with the scooter. One of them threw chilly powder in eyes of Mukesh Kumar, the pillion-rider, and escaped with the bag.

Both the accused had covered their faces. They were later identified as Baljit Singh, alias Rockey, and Harpal Singh. SSP said that Manpreet Kaur was kingpin in this gang.

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Flesh trade racket busted
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 20
The police yesterday has busted a flesh trade racket being run in Vikas Colony located in the heart of the city.

Acting on a tip off, DSP (city-1) Ashok Mohan along with a police party conducted a raid at Rajinder Kaur’s house, a resident of Vikas Colony.

However, she managed to give a slip to the police.

The DSP said the police party managed to arrest two boys and two girls from her house.

The boys had been identified as Sandeep Kumar, a resident of a locality near Punjabi University, and Aninder Singh, a resident of Sanour. The two girls had been identified as Sunaina (21) and Preeti (22).

Police sources said the investigation revealed that the girls were in the flesh trade racket. The girls used to charge Rs 500 to Rs 1,500 from the customers.

The DSP said the police was looking for Rajinder Kaur.

A case under Sections 3, 4 and 5 (Immoral Traffic Act) had been registered at the Kotwali police station.

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1 held for demanding dowry
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The police has arrested one person for demanding dowry. The accused has been identified as Jagtar Singh, a resident of Chanarthal Kalan village.

In his compliant, Jasvir Singh said his daughter, Kuljit Kaur, was married to Jagtar in May 2007, and was also given dowry. But the in-laws demanded more dowry and started harassing Kuljit, he added.

He also said efforts were made to bring a compromise between the two families and they pleaded to her in-laws not to harass their daughter but all in vain.

A complaint was then lodged by the family members of the girl and a case was registered against the husband and after a detailed investigation by senior police officers a case under Section 498 and 406 of the IPC was registered against at the Mulepur police station. The police is investigating the matter.

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Priya beats Akanksha 2-1
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 20
Patiala District Table Tennis Ranking Tournament, which was going on at Raja Bhalendra Singh Sports Complex, Punjabi University, under the aegis of Patiala District Table Tennis Association from July 18 to 19, has concluded here today.

Dr Balbir Singh Anand, former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Choudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, was chief guest of the closing ceremony and he gave away the prizes to the players. Punjabi University table tennis coach Prince Inder Singh, organiser of the tournament, said near about 90 players had participated in the individual events of the tournament.

Final results:

Cadet girls (singles): Priya (DMW) b Akanksha (DMW) 2-1; cadet boys (singles): Karanbir Pali (DMW) b

Dipanshu (DMW) 2-1; sub-junior girls (singles): Neha Soni (DMW) b

Ruchika (DMW) 3-1; sub-junior boys (singles): Karanbir Pali (DMW) b

Monark (DMW) 3-2; junior girls (singles): Neha Soni (DMW) b Lovina (NIS) 3-1; junior boys (singles): Chander Mohan (DMW) b

Sahil (DMW) 3-2; youth girls (singles): Neha Soni (DMW) b

Amandeep Kaur (Pbi Uni) 3-2; youth boys (singles): Kamaljeet Singh (NIS) b Gursewak Singh (NIS) 3-1;

women (singles): Lovina (NIS) b

Amandeep Kaur (Pbi Uni) 3-1; men (singles): Kamaljeet Singh (NIS) b

Munish Saini (NIS) 3-0.

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Graft
Food inspector denied pre-arrest bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The CBI special court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of a food inspector of UT health department whose name had figured in a corruption case recently.

Food inspector Jagmohan’s name had figured following the arrest of Gurmohan Singh of the same department during trap a laid by the CBI a few days ago.

Sleuths of the CBI had arrested Gurmohan Singh, currently in judicial custody, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a shopkeeper in Sector 42.

The CBI said the accused told the investigators that he had accepted the bribe on behalf of inspector Jagmohan.

The complainant Devesh, owner of the Devesh Department Store in Sector 42, told the CBI that the accused had harassed and forced him to give bribe, threatening to fail the sample of patties he sold at his shop.

They told him that they would book him for selling stale and unhygienic patties.The CBI had registered a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act in this regard.

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Carrom Tourney
St Stephen’s Tuba on a winning spree
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
North Zone Champion Tuba of St Stephen's School, Sector 45, completed hat-trick by winning the women’s, girls' junior and sub-junior title of 12th edition of the St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament on the school premises here today.

Mohammad Talib of the same school became boys’ junior and sub-junior champion. North zone champion Gagandeep Singh regained title in men's single category.

Results:

Men’s singles:

Gagandeep bt Anuj Kr Sinha 15-3, 9-5; Md Hassan bt Md Talib 12-05, 08-06.

Final: Gagandeep Singh bt Md Hassan 13-03, 10-09.

Women’s singles:

Final: Tuba bt Kudrat 09-04, 09-01.

Boys’ junior singles:

Semifinals: Md Hassan bt Md Saquib 08-07, 16-13; Md Talib bt Md Aarish 4-9, 6-4, 12-5.

Final: Md Talib bt Md Hassan 7-13, 9-1, 12-2.

Girls’ junior singles:

Semifinals: Farheen bt Anjali Taneja 19-0, 15-0; Tuba bt Manu Gupta 22-0, 10-6.

Final: Tuba bt Farheen 8-6, 9-8.

Sub-junior boys’ singles:

Semifinals: Md Talib bt Yishu Sharma 23-0, 18-0; Md Aarish bt Ankush Taneja 7-13, 20-0, 8-5.

Final: Md Talib bt Md Aarish 14-0, 10-5.

Girls’ sub-junior singles:

Semifinals: Tuba bt Cheshta Sachdeva 23-0, 20-0; Manu Gupta bt Aastha Gandhi 13-00, 13-00.

Final: Tuba bt Manu Gupta 9-6, 14-1

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Kho-Kho Tourney
GGS college claim top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
GGS College for Women, Sector 26, and the Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club claimed the top honours in women and men section, respectively, during the 38th Senior State Kho-Kho Championship held at St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28.

The Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club defeated DAV Model School, Sector 15, by 16-9 while GGS College for Women, Sector 26, beat Coaching Centre-46 by 14-8.

Results:

Men semifinals: Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club bt DAV Model School, Sector 15, by 16-9; SGGS College, Sector 26, bt St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, by 12-7.

Final: Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club bt SGGS College, Sector 26, by 10-6.

Third place: DAV Model School, Sector 15, bt St Soldier’s International, Sector 28, by 14-7. Women semifinals: GGS College for Women, Sector 26, bt GSSS School, Sector 23, by 12-4; Coaching Centre-46 bt St Soldier’s International School by 12-9.

Final: GGS College for Women, Sector 26, bt Coaching Centre-46 by 14-8. Third place: GSSS School, Sector 23, bt St Soldier’s International School by 12-6.

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Ranji Trophy
Bhupinder Singh Senior is Punjab coach
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) appointed former Indian team player Bhupinder Singh Senior as coach for the Punjab Ranji Trophy team for season 2009-2010.

Singh said he would concentrate on fitness of the players. He added that it was a good sign that most of the matches would be played in home.

However, he maintained that we should try to win as many as matches outside too as it would bring the confidence in the players. Bhupinder had represented the country in 1994. The captain of Punjab team during 1989-1991 was also the member of the Punjab Ranji Trophy team, which won the National Championship in 1993. He had an earlier stint as coach of Punjab Ranji Trophy team during 1998-2002.

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