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40 booked in fraud case

Ambala, April 11
Two key functionaries of the Haryana revenue department have been booked along with 38 others in a case of fraud. The Mullana police has booked 40 people, including a former sub-registrar and a patwari on a complaint filed by Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Sardheri village.

According to the police, complainant Kuldeep Singh alleged that the land measuring 29 kanal and 8 marla was registered jointly in the name of 40 people of the Sardheri village. Out of which four of them had died years ago. But the remaining people sold a part of 6 kanal and 11 marla land to Subhash Chand, a resident of Jagadhri, in 2008 on the basis of forged documents showing the deceased alive.

A case of fraud has been registered against the culprits at the Mulana police station and the police has started raids to nab the culprits even though no arrest has been made so far. — TNS



One killed, 1 injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 11
A truck driver and a cleaner met with an accident in the wee hours today near Madhopur chowk in Sirhind. While the cleaner died on the spot, the driver is undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Amarvar, a resident of Kalashpur in Saharanpur.

As per police officials, the deceased, along with the driver, was trying to fill the diesel tank of the truck as it went out of fuel around 1.30 am near Madhopur Chowk.

An unidentified vehicle struck the cleaner and dragged him few meters away after hitting the driver. The unidentified vehicle fled from the spot.

A case in this connection has been registered against the driver of the unidentified vehicle.



Stove burst claims woman’s life
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 11
A woman died after a kitchen stove burst while she was making dinner at her home in Prem Nagar Mohalla, Lalru, yesterday. According to information, Ruchi, wife of Chotan, a resident of Behirian (Bihar), was seriously injured in incident. She was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to her injuries yesterday. Chotan also received injuries while trying to save his wife. He was also admitted to the PGI in a critical condition. The couple was living at Lalru for the past some time as Chotan had been employed in a spring factory at Gholumajra.


Firm told to pay insurance claim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed New India Assurance Company Limited to pay Rs 4,58,159 to KC Tailors and Drapers as insurance claim. KC Tailors and Drapers, a firm formed in partnership, had been running its business of tailoring and draping, and was insured under a standard fire and special perils policy.

The insured had paid a premium of Rs 9,280 for an insurance of Rs 32 lakh, of which Rs 31 lakh was for clothes, readymade garments and other trade-related items and Rs 1 lakh for furniture.

During the period of the policy, the premises caught fire and it suffered a loss of Rs 25 lakh. It intimated the insurance firm, which deputed a surveyor to conduct a survey and assess the loss.

The documents sought were submitted, but the company did not settle the claim. The complainant and its bankers, Punjab National Bank, Sector 17-C, had addressed their concerns regarding the non-settlement of claim to the company, but it remained silent.

The complainant had served a legal notice on the company, in reply to which the company said the claim would be settled as soon as the complainant submitted all requisite documents to its surveyor.

According to the complainant, the company had stated that the complainant did not furnish the required documents, but the surveyor had submitted his final report to the company.

In its reply, the company had said the surveyor asked the complainant for documents required for assessing the claim, including audited balance sheets, sale tax and VAT returns, stock statements, detail of unaffected stock and purchase bills.

According to the company, the surveyor had sent reminders and letters to the complainant for providing documents and ultimately, submitted his report, assessing the net liability at Rs 17,53,714.

It had said the surveyor’s report was incomplete for want of necessary documents and the complainant failed to provide income tax returns for the last three years.

“We allow the complaint with Rs 5,000 as costs and hold the complainant entitled to an amount of Rs 17,53,714, assessed by the first surveyor, of which Rs 12,95,555 has been paid. The opposite party will pay the balance amount of Rs 4,58,159 with 6 per cent as interest,” the order stated.



Hair treatment centre ordered to pay relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
Wrong hair treatment has landed Cleopatra Day Spa Beauty and Slimming in trouble. Finding it guilty of deficiency in service, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed it to pay Rs 10,950 to Rameshwari Saini, who had to face humiliation, tension and harassment at her wedding.

Panchkula-based Rameshwari had submitted to the forum that she visited the centre before her marriage for straightening, smoothening and softening of her hair, for which she paid it Rs 5,000. As per instructions of a hair expert, she she went in for hair wash and spa, but found that most of her hair burnt.

She said since she was away to Shimla, she brought the matter to the notice of the centre over telephone, but it paid no heed to her. After marriage, she visited the centre and took up the matter with the hair expert concerned, who instead of accepting the mistake, insulted Rameshwari and asked her to use expensive shampoos and conditioners, she claimed.

The centre, in its reply, said the expert, after examining her hair, advised to get her hair smoothened, to which she agreed. It stated that customers were explained the complete process, after which herbal treatment was suggested to those who had dry, rough and damaged hair. Herbal treatment was not a part of the process prescribed under rebounding kit instructions, but it provided this treatment, it admitted.

The forum stated in its order, “The centre is liable to refund the amount of Rs 5,000 charged from the complainant. It will also pay Rs 9,50 for the shampoo and conditioner purchased by her and Rs 5,000 as compensation for the damage to her hair, insulting her and letting her down at the time of her marriage.”



Babla’s bail plea rejected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gian Chand Garg yesterday rejected the bail application of Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, stating that his offence is serious in nature. “The petitioner does not deserve the concession of bail. So this bail application being without any merit is here by dismissed,” he said.

The police has registered a case against Babla under Sections 420, 467, 468, 380, 198, 200, 257, 260 and 120 of Indian Penal Code in a case pertaining to recruitment of auction recorder Rajesh Chauhan on the basis of fake certificates.

“No doubt, the accused, Devinder Singh Babla, cannot be held responsible for the forged documents attached with the application by Rajesh Chauhan, but it is to be seen from the record. It is clear that Rajesh has allegedly passed Class XII examination in 1996 and it was the selection committee to see as to how the said candidate has passed the graduation in 1998, at least he would have consumed three years for passing his graduation. Moreover, it is also on record that the character certificate of Rajesh was issued by accused Babla for wrong appointment of Rajesh,” the order mentioned.



SHO gets bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
The local court yesterday released Janak Rana, SHO of Sector 39 police station, after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 10,000. The court has summoned him for yesterday on the complaint filed by Darshan Singh and Bhag Singh, residents of Mohali.

They had submitted to the court that while they were returning to their home after duty on March 29, a Chandigarh Police head constable and SHO allegedly thrashed them.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station has earlier claimed that they had spotted them during a naka, one of whom was riding without a helmet. When they stopped them their breath was reeking of alcohol.

Both of them started arguing with them.

The motorcyclists tried to escape from the spot, but two home guard volunteers stopped them. In the process, the motorcyclists manhandled them, besides a head constable, Dilbag Singh.



Doctor acquitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
A local court yesterday acquitted Dr VD Chugh in a rape case as the ‘victim’ failed to turn up in court. The woman, working as maid at his house, lodged the complaint against the 65-year-old doctor on November 30, 2007.



Snatching cases at Zirakpur on the rise
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, April 11
In the wake of sudden surge observed in the snatching cases, especially amongst the women, residents of Zirakpur are perturbed over the issue from the past few weeks. More than five snatching incidents have been reported in the past two days. However, no case has been registered by the local police. The proximity of Zirakpur town with Chandigarh and Haryana makes it convenient for the snatchers to run away in the neighbouring places in no time.

A majority of snatching incidents have taken place during afternoon and late evening hours when it is difficult to identify snatchers. Snatchers grab the victims from the back and snatch their chains, earrings and other ornaments and escape from the scene within seconds. They target women who pass through deserted areas.

In a recent incident, two bikers snatched a gold chain of three tolas from Elha Devi, a resident of Hem Vihar, Phase I. According to Elha Devi, the incident occurred around 3 pm on Friday when she was standing outside her house where two youths on their red-coloured motorcycle parked their bike near her.

In no time one of the youths attacked her and snatched her gold chain. Acting swiftly, Elha Devi caught the shirt of the youth, but the accused assaulted her and managed to flee from the spot.

She said that though one of the youths was wearing a helmet, she saw the face of another youth. “I will never forget his face and will recognise him if I see him anywhere in the area,” she added.

A similar incident occurred on Friday when two youths riding a motorcycle targeted another woman, Preetam Kaur in Nagla village. Sources revealed that two incidents of snatching occurred yesterday at Preet Colony, where the motorcycle-borne youths snatched a gold chain and an earring set within one hour. Last week two youths were nabbed by the local residents near a private school at Baltana when they were trying to snatch a chain of the schoolteacher, sources added.

According to police sources, most of the youths involved in the incidents of chain or purse snatching are drug addicts. They adopt different types of modus operandi -- either a youth snatches the purse or a chain in lonely places, or engages the victim in a conversation and commit the crime. However, SSP, Mohali, GS Bhullar claimed there was a downfall in crime activities at Zirakpur. Recently, the local police nabbed the snatchers and other anti-social elements who were involved in various criminal activities.



Corps of Signals
Martial arts, skydiving mark centenary celebrations
Tribune News Service

A motorcycle rider shows his skills during the centenary celebrations at Chandi Mandir on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 11
As part of the ongoing celebrations to mark 100 years of the Corps of Signals, a thrilling display by skydivers, martial arts experts and motorcycle riders was organised at Chandi Mandir near here today.

The show was kicked off by kalariyapattu, an ancient martial art. The eight-member team led by Hav KP Dhanesh performed with daggers, swords and sticks. This was followed by a display of taekwondo skills by a team led by Hav Arup Shaikhiya.

Next to come in was the silent drill team, the first of its kind in the Army. Based on the silent drill teams in the US military, the team executed synchronised and coordinated moves with weapons but without any word of command or accompanying music.

Commanded by Sub AC Gogoi, the 20-member team gave its first performance at Delhi in February this year.

Paratroopers from the Army’s skydiving team stole the show. Six of them led by Lt Col Satyendra Verma jumped from two Chetak helicopters hovering at an altitude of 10,000 feet and touched down with a precision at the designated landing point after opening their parachutes at 3,000 feet.

Dare devils of the Corps motorcycle rider display team put up a scintillating performance with their high-speed precision maneuovers and formations. Led by Capt Rahul Saini, their display included a group as well as individual stunts like jumping through a ring of fire and smashing through glass barriers.

The Corps regimental pipes and drums band was also in attendance. A large number of serving as well as retired military personnel and their families attended the event.

A series of events, including public displays and technical seminars, have been planned throughout the year at various locations across the country to mark the Signals’ centenary. The Corps was raised on February 15, 1911, with the formation of 31st and 32nd Divisional Signals Companies at Fatehgarh. Also known as information warriors of the Army, the Corps of Signals is responsible for secure and reliable communication at the tactical and strategic level.



City lad tops PGTI rankings
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, April 11
Twentynine-year-old Chandigarh golfer, Sujjan Singh, showed tremendous resilience, as he held his nerves to bounce back with his first triumph on the PGTI Tour to occupy the top slot in the Rolex rankings (Professional Golf Tour of India Order of Merit).

Sujjan Singh demonstrated his burst of form in the playoff after he and Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana tied for the top slot at seven under 281 in regulation play.

An alumni of Bishop Cotton, Shimla, he talked about his steady form this year in a chit chat at the Chandigarh Golf Club today. “The Panchkula triumph was like a movie script,” said Sujjan.

A drummer in fellow golf pro Gurbaaz Maan’s “Driving iron” ensemble, Sujjan Singh was into squash and football in his school days. But this part-time percussionist is now head over heels into golf. That he has nerves of steel was amply demonstrated when he came back from a disastrous nine on the par-4 seventh on the second day of the PGTI Players Championship in Panchkula.

At the moment, Sujjan heads the PGTI Order of Merit with earnings of Rs 9,69,700. Seasoned Mukesh Kumar is second with earnings of Rs 7,69,200, followed by Asian Tour player SSP Chowrasia. But still there are many tournaments to come.

Jeev Milkha Singh has been a guiding force for him. 



Parvesh scripts BTS academy win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
Fine all-round performance by Parvesh Sharma (25 runs and four for 24) helped the BTS Cricket Academy won the match by seven runs in the T-20 CCA Cup Under-14 Cricket Tournament held at BTS Academy ground, Sector 48, here today.

After winning the toss, BTS academy elected to bat first and scored 115 runs for the loss of five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.

Parvesh Sharma 25 of 30 balls, Swapnil 30 of 34 balls and Shubham Sood 23 of 21 balls were the top scorers for their team.

For GNPS & CCA-36, Rizul was the only bowler, who impressed with his bowling figures of two for 26.

Chasing a winning total of 116 runs, the GNPS & CCA-36 were bundled out for 108 runs in 20 overs. Shubham Arora 23 of 35 balls and Ishaan Mavi 20 of 36 balls were the main scorers for their team.

For BTS academy, Parvesh was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped four wickets giving away 24 runs. Shubham Sood and Snehit were the other bowlers, who took two wickets each giving away 22 and 15 runs, respectively.

Brief score:

BTS Cricket Academy: 115 for 5 in 20 overs (Parvesh Sharma 25, Swapnil 30, Shubham Sood 23, Rizul 2 for 26).

GNPS & CCA-36:

108 all out in 20 overs (Shubham Arora 23, Ishaan Mavi 20, Parvesh Sharma 4 for 24, Shubham Sood 2 for 22, Snehit 2 for 15).



Hockey Meet
IOC to lock horns with ONGC-A in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC)- A will clash in the final of the 28th PSPB Inter-Hockey Tournament to be held at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here tomorrow.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) would clash with the ONGC-B team for the third place.

In the first match of the day, BPCL thrashed ONGC-B by 12-2, while in the second match, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) was drubbed by IOC 11-1.

The third match between ONGC-A and ONGC-B was a one-sided affair and the senior team thrashed junior team by 21-2.

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

First match between BPCL and ONGC-B for third place to be held at 4.30 pm. The final between IOC and ONGC-A would be held at 6 pm.



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