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Bitta’s plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 29
The Registrar of Firm and Societies dismissed the petition of MS Bitta, president of All-India Anti-Terrorist Front against Viresh Shandilya.

According to sources, MS Bitta had filed a writ petition on July 14, 2011, to the Registrar of Firms and Societies in which he demanded to cancel the registration of Anti-Terrorist Front of India (ATFI) led by Viresh Shandilya of Ambala.

Bitta urged the society to cancel their registration under Section 12 E of Society and Registration (Haryana Amendment) Act, 2007. In his petition, he also stated that Viresh was involved in criminal cases which affected their reputation. Shandilya was summoned by the society to furnish his reply in this regard on July 28, 2011. He appeared before the society on August 8, 2011, along with a 60-page written reply. After hearing arguments from both the sides, the writ filed by AIATF was dismissed by the society.



Rs 9.88 distributed among pregnant women
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 29
An amount of Rs 9.88 lakh was distributed among 988 pregnant women under Mata Kaushhlaya Scheme.

Besides, free ambulance service was also launched, said Yashveer Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner while presiding over a meeting of the District Health Society here today.

He said one could avail the service by dialling toll free number 108.

He called upon social organisations to create awareness among people in remote areas about family planning programmes and other health-oriented schemes launched by the government. He said under the Janani Surakhya Yojna, every pregnant woman was given Rs 700 in rural areas and Rs 600 in urban areas. He directed heads of all government and private hospitals to ensure registration of pregnant women in the district. Dr Nirwar Singh, Civil Surgeon, gave a detailed information on the ongoing health schemes in the district. 



Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd penalised Rs 5,000
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd to pay Rs 5,000 as litigation charges and recover electricity bill from complainant Dilabar Singh, a resident of Jalbehra village, on monthly minimum charges from November 30, 2010, to March 11, 2011.

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum comprising Sashi Prabha Aggarwal, president, Sher Singh Sidhu and Veena Chahal, members, stated that Dilabar Singh’s average bill was Rs 250, but on February 26, 2011, he received a bill of Rs 6,190 for the period of November 30, 2010, to January 31, 2011. Before receiving the bill, the electric meter of the complainant was installed inside his house, but later the meter was installed outside his residence. When the meter of the complainant was installed outside his house, officials of the Power Corporation by mistake changed the connection of the complainant and connected wrong wires. Now, Dilabar’s connection was being used by Sham Singh and the latter’s was being used by Dilabar. When the complainant got the bill, he came to know about the reality and reported the matter to the officials concerned. The officials checked the connection and found that the PVC wires were changed. The complainant requested the XEN to look into the matter. But the department till the filing of the complaint continued to harass the complainant.

In its judgement, the court mentioned that previous receipts of the payments clearly showed that the bill was not more than Rs 280 and after going through records it was found that there was laxity on part of Power Corporation officials, as they had changed the connection of the complainant by connecting the PVC wires with the meter of Sham Singh. They directed the opposite party to recover the amount from the complainant on monthly minimum charges and to pay Rs 5,000 to the complainant as litigation charges.



NHAI guilty of ignoring disabled: High Court
Orders footpaths, zebra crossings, traffic lights at key points
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Holding the National Highways Authority of India guilty of violating the provisions of “Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act by not providing the disabled with the means of crossing the highways, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the authority and Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police to act.

“The NHAI and the DCP, Panchkula, shall ensure that the sidelanes are made functional with adequate footpaths; and zebra crossings and functional traffic lights are provided at the exit and entry points within a week.

“A compliance report in this regard will be filed before the next date of hearing. The police shall ensure that the vehicles allow pedestrians to use zebra crossing and do not travel on the wrong side of the highway,” Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court asserted. The case will now come up for hearing on September 30.

In his detailed order, Justice Bhalla added: “Apart from the provisions of safer crossings and footbridges, the respondents have failed to provide any means to a disabled person for crossing the highway.

“The crossings/access points have been constructed in gross violation of the ‘Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act’.

Justice Bhalla added that the NHAI and its concessionaire are, therefore, guilty of violating the provisions of the Act.

Justice Bhalla observed the NHAI had admitted that footbridges had not been provided on part of the highway between Panchkula and Pinjore. Referring to an affidavit, Justice Bhalla asserted: “A perusal of the affidavit reveals that during the past two years, 20 people have lost their lives and 27 have sustained serious injuries while crossing the traffic medians opposite Amrawati Enclave”.

‘Send drunk drivers to jail’

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has called upon the judicial officers to consider sentencing drunk drivers to imprisonment. The direction came after Justice Rajive Bhalla took cognisance of the practice of letting drunk drivers get away in the State of Haryana. “It appears that apart from a couple of districts in the State of Haryana, offenders challaned for driving under the influence of liquor are being released by imposing a token fine.

“It is once again emphasised that the offence of drunk driving, unlike other offences under the Motor Vehicles Act, has to be dealt with seriously. The magistrates entrusted with the duty of deciding the motor vehicle challans should consider imposing the sentences of imprisonment, wherever so warranted.”

Justice Bhalla also directed the circulation of the order’s copy among all district and sessions judges in the State of Haryana for consideration and implementation.



MC doing little to check pollution, HC told
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Health concerns are still going down the drain, with the municipal corporation of Chandigarh doing precious little to plug the discharge of polluted water into the N-choe.

An affidavit submitted by Punjab Pollution Control Board’s assistant environment engineer Anuradha Sharma before the Punjab and Haryana High Court makes it abundantly clear that the municipal corporation is “not serious” in complying with the directions issued by the Bench on the issue.

Sharma asserted: “After hearing the officers of the board, and the representatives of the MC, the chairman of the board expressed his view that the MC was not serious about complying with the decisions taken….”

The N-choe originates from Shanti Kunj in Sector 3 and enters Mohali after passing through various sectors.

The affidavit reads: “The N-choe was visited by officers of the board on September 23 to check the compliance made by the MC.”

But, it was found that discharge from Attawa village and Sector 42 was being disposed of in the N-choe. Discharge from another outlet in Sector 36 was also being emptied into the N-choe.

The affidavit went on to add that sewage from the outlet near the furniture market in Sector 53 and area under the rehabilitation scheme in Sector 53 was also being discharged into the choe.

In Mohali, “the gate/dam provided in the N-choe at the YPS bridge, Sectors 52 and 53, has failed to check the flow of sewage downstream of the N-choe; and the sewage was not being pumped from the pumping station”, the affidavit read.

It went on to add that the outlet near the PCA stadium had not been plugged. But no effluent was found during the visit.

At the same time, the outlet under the bridge near NIPER was discharging sewage. Moreover, the outlet of the Focal Point, Phase XI, was yet to be connected to the sewage treatment plant; and untreated effluent was being discharged into Jagatpura drain leading to the N-choe. Even treated effluent was being discharged into Chilla drain leading to the N-choe.

A report in these columns was earlier directed to be treated as a public interest litigation. The then Chief Justice, Justice Mukul Mudgal, had observed: “Le Corbusier, who planned the City Beautiful, wanted to retain the water body to keep the residents of the city in contact with nature.

“The choe is a seasonal rivulet and the water flowing through it without there being rain for long makes one curious about the origin of water flowing through it.”



2 held in ATM fraud case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 29
In the ATM fraud case, the Panchkula police has arrested IndusInd’s bank relationship officer Nikhil Sharma and his brother Ankur Sharma from Ambala.

The accused had duped a bank customer by fraudulently withdrawing Rs 4.19 lakh from his account. The fraud dates back to the time when Sharma, posted as a relationship officer at the Sector 9 branch of IndusInd Bank, contacted Attar Chand, who had a savings account in the bank’s Sector 11 branch. Sharma assured Chand that he could get him a higher rate of interest on his fixed deposits if he shifted them from the bank’s Sector 11 branch to the one in Sector 9.

After a few meetings, Chand gave his debit card to Sharma saying his card had been blocked and requested the former to arrange for a new card. However, instead of destroying the debit card, Sharma managed to reset the card’s PIN (personal identification number). With the new pin number, he withdrew Rs 4.19 lakh from various ATMs of the bank, but a few days later IndusInd Bank officials detected the high volume of transactions and contacted Chand. Later, an FIR was registered against Sharma brothers. 



Conmen rob deliveryman

Chandigarh: Two unidentified conmen in a car bearing a Delhi registration number cheated a deliveryman and took away an LCD and an LED worth Rs 32,000 from him. One of the conmen introduced himself as the son of the owner of King Electronic at Kharar to the deliveryman, Vishsher Tanti. The incident took place near the Sector 39-40 roundabout.

Tanti was going to deliver the electronics items to King Electronic at Kharar. The deliveryman was attached with Pioneer godown at Naya Gaon. Police sources said both conmen were in a white car, bearing the number DL2CT-0075. The police said the registered address of the number had been obtained and a police party dispatched to arrest the accused. A case was registered at the Sector-39 police station. — TNS



Rurakalan academy disqualified
Found guilty of fielding overage players and those with fake names
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Making a mockery of a national-level football tournament, Rurakalan Football Academy (RFA) team was found fielding overage players and players with fake names during the ongoing 9th Administrator’s Challenge Cup Tournament for Boys (U-17) held at the Sports Complex, Sector 42.

Taking a serious action against the team, it was scratched out of the tournament after making it to the semifinals.

Interestingly, all players underwent a proper medical check up before beginning of the tournament. The medical check up was done by a dentist of the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, but the players managed to pass the test, leaving many questions over the procedure of medical check up by the authority concerned.

Sources also revealed that two players, representing RFA team in the ongoing tournament, were a part of the first batch of the city-based Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) and as per their enrolled date of birth, they must be now 22 years of age.

Badsha Khan (original name Manjeet Singh), Vishal Kumar (original name Lovepreet) were former players of CFA, while Simarjeet Singh, Jagjeet and Lovepreet were found playing after changing their date of birth and name.

The players had also played earlier editions of the Administrator’s Cup under different names.

“As I told you (the reporter) yesterday that we will take a strict action against the team if found guilty, so we did it today. We can make assumptions on whether the rest of the players are under age or overage, but in future we will take the matter seriously,” said Rahul Gupta, director sports.

Some of the team members also represented a state in the Open National Games (U-19) backed by AIFF.

Earlier, in the semifinals held today, Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) lads shown an excellent teamwork and skill to defeat Sahayatri Football Academy of Howrah 2-1. Mohit scored the decider in the dying minutes of the game, while earlier, left back Vikram scored a goal in the 58th minute. For rivals, Chattu Mondal scored a goal in the seventh minute.

In another match, Indian Football Academy went down to Sambalpur Football Academy. The Orissa outfit won the match 2-1.



Jerath is boxing body chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
During the annual general council meeting of the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association (CABA), Dr CK Jerath is unanimously elected as the president of the association for the next term of four years, while Harjinder Pal Singh was selected as secretary of the association.

Other office-bearers are Dr SK Thakur, Dr Gurjeet Kaur, Sonia Channy, Er JP Kochhar, Sangeeta Rana, JD Singh (NIS), Varinder Dangi (NIS), Balkar Singh Virk (NIS), Prof Suman Sharma, Dr Sonia Kanwar, Prof Parshant Dass, Charanjeet Singh Virk, Harsh Kumar and Om Parkash.



KCW eves drub PU Campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Khalsa College for Women (KCW), Ludhiana, defeated PU Campus, by 59-38 during the ongoing Panjab University Inter-College Basketball (A-Division) Tournament for Women here today.

Sukhwinder with a total of 27 points led the team to victory. In another match of the day, Government College for Women, Ludhiana, overcame PG Government College, Sector 11, by 38-20. Harpreet, Jasdeep and Rajveer guided the team to victory.



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