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BJP march against Hooda govt
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 16
The local unit of the BJP staged a protest march through the town, raising slogans against the Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today. They protested against the lack of development in the state. Led by local BJP legislator Anil Vij, the protesters, carrying placards marched, through the main markets.

Earlier, Anil Vij addressed a meeting of party activists at Aggarwal Dharamsala.

He refuted the statement of former legislator Nirmal Singh of getting a sum of Rs 6.5 crore sanctioned for the repair of roads and other works following the damage caused by floods recently.

He claimed that he had instead pursued the matter of repair of roads and got the funds released.

He alleged that the tenders invited for the purpose had been cancelled thrice and the process of acquisition of agriculture land at Panjokhra had not been scrapped despite assurances by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

He said the government was dilly-dallying on taking a decision in this regard.

Vij alleged that sanitary conditions in the town had gone from bad to worse. Chocked sewerage, blocked drains and garbage dumps spoke volumes of the apathy of the civil administration towards the welfare of the common man.

The BJP legislator asked the Congress leaders not to indulge in populist and misleading statement.

Maximum number of scams had been unearthed during the Congress regime, he added. The 2G spectrum scam, Commonwealth Games scam and Adarsh society scam were a slur on the face of the Congress regime.

The Congress was morally bound to come out with the truth over the scams.



Civil hospital gets dialysis facility

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
A new dialysis centre was inaugurated by Member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Libra at the local Civil Hospital here today. Libra said patients would now be able to avail of the facility at an affordable price.

The Member of Parliament later held a meeting with the doctors and urged them to provide better healthcare to poor patients.

Talking to mediapersons, he said the state government’s decision to discontinue with the construction of a children hospital at Peerjaisan village was unfortunate.

The doctors demanded a multi-parameter digital X-ray machine for the operating theater and construction of a shed on the hospital premises. — TNS



NRI gets bail in fraud case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 16
NRI Manjit Singh Rattu, who was arrested by the local police on December 16, was granted bail in a case of fraud by a local court here today. Two cases of cheating had been registered against Rattu.

In the first case, the accused had booked an order for 100 mobile phones with Deep Communication, Sector 11, Panchkula. However, after he was delivered 10 mobile sets, a cheque issued by him for Rs 26,600 bounced. In the second case, he purchased computers from a computer shop in Sector 20 but the cheque for Rs 2.65 lakh also bounced.



One more held for assault on lawyer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
A day after Narinder Gujjar, an advocate and student leader, was assaulted at Sector 17, the police arrested one more accused, Baldev Chaudhery, a former DAV student. The police arrested Baldev from Sector 17 today. Three of his accomplices, including SOPU president Barinder Dhillon, were still on the run.

The station house officer of the Sector-17 police station, inspector Jaswinder Singh, said Baldev had failed in the BA first-year examination and was doing nothing at present.

He attacked Gujjar along with four others owing to old student rivalry in the parking lot of the district courts here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Karanveer Singh, who was nabbed from the spot by the police yesterday, was produced in court today and remanded to police custody for two days.



J&K sex scandal
Two victims turn hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Weakening the case of the prosecution, two victims in the infamous J&K sex scandal turned hostile in the court of the district and sessions judge today. The two victims retracted from their statements and took a complete U-turn. They today deposed that they had never recorded their statements with the CBI.

Their statements came as a major relief to Ghulam Ahmed Mir, former J&K minister, as the two ‘victims’ had accused Mir of rape. They were declared hostile by the court then.

In addition, the two also refused to identify Sabina, the alleged kingpin of a human trafficking racket, in the court.

The two denied recording statements before the judge and stated that they had never recorded their statement with the CBI.

One of the ‘victims’ had earlier alleged that she was introduced to Mir by Sabina, whom she had met at the Secretariat. Her husband was arrested by the J&K Police under the National Security Act.

To get him released, she had gone to the Secretariat, where she met Sabina, who took her to Mir’s residence. It was alleged that Mir’s secretary assured her that if she satisfied Mir, he would get her husband released.

The second ‘victim’ had alleged that she approached the minister for a job on compassionate grounds since her brother, an Army officer, was killed in cross-firing.

One of the ‘victims’ had also alleged that DSP Ashraf Mir had also made an ‘indecent’ proposal to her to get her work done.



Woman consumes poison, dies
Husband booked, attempts suicide, hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
A matrimonial dispute turned awry when a woman committed suicide by consuming poison at her residence in Dadu Majra Colony here last night. Her husband, who was subsequently booked in a case of abetment to suicide, attempted suicide today and was under treatment at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) at Sector 16.

The victim, Suneeta (28), consumed certain tablets last night, following which the police was informed by her family.

She was rushed to the GMSH, where she was declared brought dead.

The police said the woman was depressed owing to harassment by her husband. Her brother Sarwan Kumar told the police that his sister was being harassed by her husband Pardeep, alias Sonu, along with his family, which forced her to take the extreme step.

He also said Sonu was a drug addict and had earlier been booked as a preventive measure. The couple used to indulge in violence often and the police once had to intervene. Their matrimonial dispute was also pending with the woman and child support unit of the Chandigarh Police.

The police booked Sonu in a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC. The police also booked Mohinder Singh, Suneeta’s father-in-law, Banti, brother- in-law, Vidhya Devi, mother in-law, and Deep, sister in-law, for abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC.

Sonu tried to kill himself by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence today. He was rushed to the GMSH. He was subsequently booked under Section 309 (suicide attempt) of the IPC. The couple has two children, a four-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.



Suicide bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
A 28-year-old woman attempted suicide by slitting her wrist here today. The woman was identified as Umesh, a resident of Sector 40. She took the extreme step near the high court roundabout.

A passerby who noticed her informed the police, following which she was rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital at Sector 16, where she was under treatment.

The police said the woman was under stress as she had strained relations with a person named Varun Kumar. The police booked her in a case of attempt-to-suicide under Section 309 of the IPC.



One dies in mishap

Chandigarh, February 16
A day after a five-year-old child was crushed to death by a truck near the airport, another man lost his life in a road accident in Chandigarh late last night. A 55-year-old resident of Bapu Dham Colony died after an unidentified vehicle hit him at the Sector 39-40-55-56 roundabout here.

The victim, Fakir Chand, was driving a moped (CH01T-6194) and was on his way home when the mishap took place at 11.30 pm.

The police said he was hit by a rashly driven vehicle. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident, making it a blind hit-and-run case.

A passerby informed the police control room (PCR) and a PCR vehicle rushed the victim to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead.

A case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered at the Sector 39 police station. Fakir Chand is survived by his wife and three children. He ran a shoe-making shop at Sector 56. His younger brother is with the Intelligence Bureau. — TNS



82 golfers to tee off today
Asiad silver medallist in fray
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 16
Fresh from his silver medal triumph in the golf team event of Asian Games, Abhijit Chadha will tee off with the cream of amateur golfers in the ninth Chandigarh State Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here tomorrow.

A total of 82 amateur golfers in the open category and in different age groups will vie for honours in the tournament which will be played over 36 holes in the next two days.

In the open category for women, Chandigarh’s Rabiya Gill and Jaipreet Ghuman will see strong competition from Ambala’s Tavleen Batra, who gave a good performance in the amateur competition in Bangalore recently.

While 27 boys and five girls will compete in the open category for boys and girls, respectively, the juniors in different age groups will also put in their best.

In the boys’ A Category, Tarundeep Chadha will lead the challenge. One category below (C) it will be a tough fight between Feroz Grewal and Harshdeep Gangwar.

Aadilbir Singh, Karandeep Kochhar and Jaiveer Sandhu will make it a tough fight for supremacy in Category C, with Aadil Bedi all set to do well in Category D.

Vasundhara Thiara, Kainaat Singh and Ashmeet Singh will compete in the U-14 girls category.

According to CGA secretary Ashwani Sharma, the winner in each category will receive a gold medal, with the runner-up and first runner-up settling for a silver and bronze, respectively. All participants will be given participation certificates.

Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill will do the ceremonial tee-off at 8.15 am tomorrow, CGA president JS Cheema will give away the prizes on February 18.



AITA Series
Allen beats Yuvraj to win pre-quarterfinal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Allen Johnson defeated Yuvraj Bains to win the singles (U-16) pre-quarterfinal match of the CLTA-AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament being held at CLTA Complex here today.

Giving a tough competition, Yuvraj Bains went down to Allen by 4-6, 6-3 and 10-2 in a three-set match. Whereas, Vishwesh Sinha defeated Rahul Seth by 6-0, 6-0 in a one-side affair of U-18 category. In the Girls (U-16) singles pre-quarterfinal round, Rimpledeep Kaur defeated Gayatri Kumariah by 6-2, 6-2 .In the senior category (U-18) Priyanka Rawat defeated Shenaz Singh by 6-1, 6-2.



Boys (U-16): Deepak Vishvkarma defeated Ranjeet Singh 4-6, 6-1 (10-4);

Allen Johnson defeated Yuvraj Bains 4-6, 6-3, 10-2;

Pranav Suri defeated Richie Agarwal 6-1, 6-0;

Ankush Arora defeated Nishat Eqbal 6-0, 6-1; Hardeep Singh Sandhu defeated Anmol Singh Sandhu 6-4, 6-1; Ranjeet Singh defeated Manish Drall 6-0, 6-4; Sachin Kumar defeated Aman Rawat 6-2, 6-0; Nishant A. Rebello defeated Barun Gill 6-1, 6-1.

Boys (U-18): Vishwesh Sinha defeated Rahul Seth 6-0, 6-0; Sachin Kumar defeated Dev Fazal 6-2, 6-1; Ranjeet Singh defeated Deepak Vishvkarma 6-3, 6-3; Nishanth Anthony defeated Yuvraj Bains 6-1, 6-3; Rishabh Dev defeated Karan Salwan 6-1, 6-0; Richie Agarwal defeated Rohin Gajree 6-0, 6-2; Fatehdeep Singh defeated Harry Jindal 7-6(3), 6-3; Dhruv Agarwal defeated Shashank Sharma 6-1, 6-4.

Girls (U-16): Rimpledeep Kaur defeated Gayatri Kumariah 6-2, 6-2; Renu Sharma defeated Nikita Bishnoi 6-3, 6-3; Victoria Chahal defeated Meenal Maharwal 6-1, 6-0; Bhavya Wadhawan defeated Valentina Shekhar 6-1, 6-2; Shenaaz Singh defeated Raahat Manrai 6-1, 6-3; Prabhuti Singhania defeated Shristi Dhanda 6-3, 6-3; Hasan Abdal Dhanoa defeated Dimpy Khirwar 6-0, 6-1; Devanshi Bhimjiyani defeated Nandini Sharma 6-2, 6-1.

Girls (U-18): Rimpledeep Kaur defeated Prinkle Singh 6-0, 6-0; Bhavya Wadhawan defeated Charvi Saxena 6-4, 6-3; Hasan Abdal Dhanoa defeated Renu Sharma 7-6(4), 6-1; Prabhuti Singhania defeated Victoria Chahal 1-6, 6-2, 10-7; Priyanka Rawat defeated Shenaz Singh 6-1, 6-2; Devanshi Bhimjiyani defeated Gayatri Kumarahia 6-1, 6-1; Aashima Garg defeated Nandini Sharma 7-5, 6-4; Tahira Bhati defeated Priya Singh 6-1, 6-0.



City players to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Chandigarh Sports Council will organise a function to honour city players on the basis of their performance last year at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, on February 23. The city players who has contributed their best at the national-level tournaments /championships of archery, athletic, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastic, hockey, judo, rowing, skating, swimming, softball, table tennis, tennis and weightlifting will be facilitated.

According to officials, about 228 sportspersons along with 27 coaches will be conferred cash award, amounting to Rs. 25,54,000.

In an advisory, the officials confirmed that players who had applied for cash award and had not submitted the photocopy of PAN card (in case of minor father and self for the major) were advised to submit their photocopy of PAN card before February 21. The Advisor to the Administrator, U.T., Chandigarh, will be the chief guest on the occasion.



50 Rotarians for district golf tourney
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 16
Around 50 Rotarian golfers from District 3080 comprising areas of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal will converge on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for the District Golf Tournament organised by the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik on February 20.

According to district golf chairman GS Kochhar, the tournament will be played on the stableford format with the handicap of players being calculated after the completion of the round as per the Peoria system.

The prizes at stake will be individual best gross score and best nett score, team prize (best nett score of three players of the four-member team), straight drive (hole no 4) and nearest to the pin (hole no. 3).

Prizes will be given away by District Governor Madhukar Malhotra.



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