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Strike by trade unions
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 27
Following the call given by National Trade Unions, the employees of various government departments have decided to observe a strike on Tuesday.

The district administration has made sufficient arrangements to maintain law and order situation in the district. Duty Magistrates have been appointed. The police has also stepped up security.



Complainant held guilty
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
A Dera Bassi resident, Gurwinder Singh (24), and his two friends Jaswinder Singh (24) and Harjit Singh (22), both residents of Fatehgarh Sahib, are in the dock for conspiring to initiate false criminal proceedings in a case of attempt to murder against Satnam Singh, Gurdharshan Singh and Ravinder Singh, alias Rahul Chaudhary.

Holding the complainant-turned-accused guilty of perjury, the Additional Sessions Judge of Mohali, Rajinder Aggarwal, has written to the lower court to prosecute the trio under Sections 193 and 211 of the IPC.

The case dates back to March 5, 2009, when Gurwinder Singh lodged a complaint with the police that near Sodhi School, Kharar, he was attacked by Satnam Singh, Gurdharshan Singh and Ravinder Singh. Jaswinder Singh and Harjit Singh, who were accompanying him at the time of the incident, seconded the statement made by Gurdharshan.

Subsequently, an FIR was registered under Sections 307, 341, 323 and 34 of the IPC against Satnam and his two friends at the Kharar police station. On the basis of the statements made by the complainant, the court of Additional Sessions Judge framed charges.

During the course of court proceedings, Jaswinder Singh, one of the eyewitnesses stated that they were not present at the time of incident and had reached there later. Subsequently, he was declared hostile by the prosecution. Gurwinder Singh and Harjit Singh also stated before the court that they did not know Satnam Singh and had not caused any injury.

Gurwinder Singh said he fell unconscious following the attack. Based on the statements made by Gurwinder and his friends, the accused in the FIR were acquitted of all charges.

The court further observed that all three accused had made false statements under Section 161 of the CrPC with an intent to implicate Satnam Singh. “ Any witness examined by investigating officer was bound by law to give true answers to all questions,” said the Judge. 



HC rap for UT Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Strongly expressing displeasure over the lack of will and attitude shown by the Chandigarh Administration in handling its day to day affairs, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the powers that be whether they wanted judicial intervention even in not-so-significant matters.

“Do the officers want the High Court to issue directions even on petty issues?” the Bench asked the UT senior standing counsel during the hearing of the Nari Niketan rape case.

As it came up for resumed hearing, amicus curie Tanu Bedi stood up to put forth suggestions for improvement in Ashreya, where the mentally challenged victim in the Nari Niketan rape case and her daughter have been lodged.

Bedi suggested postgraduate students in sociology and psychology from Panjab University could be asked to visit the home and interact with the inmates. They should then suggest means and ways of improving the functioning of the home.

Bedi also pointed towards some harsh decisions taken by the home authorities; and added some of the suggestions and even court directions had not been complied with.

The Bench, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Augustine George Masih, observed there was apparently a lack of will among the officers. The authorities seemed to be dealing with the case as just another file.

They should treat the human as human, the Bench stated, adding that it was not a question of victory or defeat as in the case there were no opposite parties. “Nobody would win or lose in the case. But, if the girl gets proper treatment, we all would win,” the Bench further stated. 



Check stray-dog menace, says HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Disposing of a petition filed in public interest on the menace of stray dogs, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the civic authorities to take steps in accordance to the law.

The PIL was filed by former municipal councillor from Mohali, Kuljit Singh Bedi. Referring to increasing incidents of dog bites, Bedi had prayed for directions to the civic authorities to take steps to check the menace.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh

Panchkula, February 27
Thieves again targeted a house in Panchkula and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh. The incident took place at house number 1094 in Sector 11.

A view of the ransacked house at Sector 11 in Panchkula.
A view of the ransacked house at Sector 11 in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Owner of the house Vikram had gone to Sector 34, Chandigarh, to attend a religious function (satsang) along with his family members.

He had left the house around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. Around 8 pm on Sunday evening, he received a call from his neighbours informing him about theft in his house. 

After reaching home he found Rs 50,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh. He informed the police about the theft.

An FIR has been registered. — TNS



Two booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 27
The police has booked two persons for cheating. The accused have been identified as Dr Rashvinderjit Singh, a resident of Rajpura, and DS Bhinder, a resident of Patiala.

In his complaint, Rajinder Singh, a resident of New Defence Colony, said he had paid Rs 4 lakh to the accused to help him open a canteen in Zirakpur, but neither they arranged goods for the canteen nor returned money.

A case has been registered in this connection.



Woman, parents booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Ashish Sood of Sector 45 has filed a complaint that his wife Tamanna, father-in-law Sunil Puri and mother-in-law Kamlesh had cheated him by concealing the fact that his wife was already married to a person living in Australia. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 120-B of the IPC was registered at the Sector-17 police station.

Four held in separate cases

Sunil Kumar of Sector 25 was arrested on Saturday night with 24 quarters of countrymade liquor. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Sector-11 police station. He was later released on bail.

Surinder Singh of Khuda Jassu was arrested from the Rose Club at Sector 16 on Saturday night for playing loud music. A case under Sections 4 and 5 of the Punjab Noise Control Act was registered at the Sector-17 police station. He was later granted bail.

The police arrested Malai of Phase I, Industrial Area, on Saturday for consuming liquor at a public place. A case under Sections 68, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act was registered at the Industrial Area police station. He was later released on bail.

Sonu Kumar Rohilla of Burail was arrested on Sunday for playing ‘satta’. The police recovered Rs 1,120 from his possession. A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act was registered at the Sector-34 police station.

Dowry complaint

Neetika Gupta reported that her husband had been harassing her to bring more dowry. A case under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC was registered at the Sector-34 police station. The case was under investigation.

Hit-and-run case

Mahesh Khurana of Sector 38 reported that the driver of a car (HR26AT-7526) sped away after hitting his car (CH04J-3319) near HB Colony at Sector 32 on Saturday. A case under Section 279 of the IPC was registered at the Sector-34 police station.

Car stolen

Gurpreet Bagga of Ropar reported that someone stole her car (PB49-3685) from the staff parking of the GMCH at Sector 32 between February 22 and 25. A case under Section 379 of the IPC was registered at the Sector-34 police station.



Rs 40,000, mobile phone stolen from house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Ajay Kumar of Ramdarbar has reported to the police that someone has stolen Rs 40,000 and a mobile phone from his residence on the night of February 25. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.

Man hurt

Aman, a resident of Sector 24, has alleged that Amarjit Singh, a resident of Khanna (Ludhiana), while driving a truck (HR-37A-2612) hit his motor cycle (CH-01AF-1716) at Industrial Area yesterday. The victim was injured and admitted to the PGI. A case has been registered at the industrial area police station. Amarjit was arrested and later granted bail.

15 quarters of countrymade liquor recovered

The police has arrested Chotu Ram of Colony No. 5 and recovered 15 quarters of country wine from his possession. A case under sections 61-1-14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. Later, he was granted bail. Pushminder Kumar of Sector 33 reported to the police that unidentified persons have stolen his car (CH-01-88130) from Sector 34 yesterday.



Players, coach wish Indian hockey team luck
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
By drubbing France yesterday in the qualifier for Olympics, Indian hockey players have not only booked a ticket to London Olympics but also given a befitting reply to their critics. The men’s hockey team had failed to qualify for the Olympics last time, but last night they completely outplayed their opponents.

The ‘men in white’ also secured victories against most opponents by a good margin in the tournament. With the hockey team qualifying for the London Olympics, city residents and hockey players give them their best wishes. 




CFA lads bring laurels
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Bringing laurels to City Beautiful, 10 players of Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) helped the Chandigarh team to lift the 34th edition of sub-junior national football championship for Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, recently held at Faridabad.

Out of the playing eleven, a total of 10 CFA players represented the city team which trounced Uttar Pradesh by 4-2 in the final of the tournament. Ace striker Samuel and center half back Arjit Singh, both from CFA, scored two goals each to ensure the team’s victory.

The winning side defeated Uttranchal by 9-0, Delhi by 2-0 and Punjab by 4-0 in their league matches.

“Our players deserve this win, they worked hard and the performance says it all. Although many of our players were dropped by the selection committee for reason best known to them, the boys still played well and won the trophy. I am happy with their performance and hope that they will continue this winning streak in the all-India version of this tournament,” said Harjinder Singh coach of CFA.



Netball trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
The Netball Association of Chandigarh will conduct trials to select the netball team at Government College, Sector 11, on March 6 and 7 here.

The selected players will attend a camp to represent the city in the upcoming Senior and Junior National Netball Championship to be held from March 25 to 29 and March 21 to 24, respectively, at Haridwar (Uttarakhand).

The players born on or after March 24, 1993, are eligible to take part in the trails. The players are advised to contact Dr Parsant Das, assistant professor, department of physical education (9501555884), before March 5.

Athletics meet

Chandigarh, February 27
The 7th annual athletics meet of Chandigarh College of Education, Landran, Mohali was held at the college grounds in Landran yesterday.

Deepak Kumar (183) and Harpreet Kaur (81) were declared as the best athletes. Around 50 students attended the alumni meet. All Alumni members were given an opportunity to participate in the sports activities. — TNS



PU lift softball cup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Panjab University (PU) won the men’s All India Inter University Softball championship at the university sports grounds here today.
The team of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, finished as runners-up while the team of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, secured the third place in the tourney. Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, stood fourth. 

In the first match of the day, PU team defeated Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar by 10-1. Saurav, Pawan, Danesh, and Pardeep scored two home runs for the team while Kapil and Kishore scored one run each for the team. For Amritsar, Harnek Singh managed to score the only run for the team. 

In the second match, the team of DAVU, Indore, overcame VTU, Belgaum, by 5-3. Praveen guided the team to victory after scoring two home runs while Subodh, Surak and Deepak contributed one run each. Runs for the losing side were scored by Shreyas, Tejas, and Rayan. 

Finance secretary VK Singh distributed the prizes to the winners. 



Upcoming fencer aims to make it big
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service


l Cadet National held at Raipur (Chattisgarh) -Silver medal (individual) in Sabre (event).

l Junior national held at Hyderabad (AP) - Bronze in sabre (team).

l Bronze medal in school nationals held at Chandigarh.

l Junior national held at hosur (Tamil nadu) -Bronze in sabre (team).

l Junior National held at Chattisgarh - Silver in sabre (team) and 6th rank individual.

l North zone held at Una (Himachal) - Silver in sabre (team).

l Junior national held at Cuttack (Orissa) - Silver in sabre (team).

l Senior national held at Bhilai (Chattisgarh) - 8th rank in individual category.

l Participation in 33rd National Games in Guwahati and 34th National Games in Ranchi (Jharkhand).

Chandigarh, February 27
Whenever she hold the sword in her hand, she wants to kill her opponent, not physically but mentally. Prabhjot Kaur Pawar, the local fencer who won laurels in the recently held Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championship, wants to make a name in the world of fencing.

The ace fencer made the city proud after winning a silver medal in the saber event of the recently held Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championship, from February 13-18, at Jersey (UK).

She was selected to represent the nation after securing the sixth rank in the junior national games held in Cuttack earlier this month. “I am very happy to win a medal while representing the country. My family and coach supported me throughout the tournament. The game requires concentration and strength, so I am just putting myself into it,” said Prabhjot.

Prabhjot Kaur is pursuing BSc (II year) from PGGCG-11. She has been playing the sport for the last six years. “I won my first gold medal in the inter-school competition and after that I have played over 10 major tournaments while representing the city. It is like a dream come true, but I have yet to achieve my aim,” said Kaur.



Press Club sports meet
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 26
Mohali Press Club organised its annual sports meet to mark the club’s 13th foundation day. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, a senior Akali leader, was the chief guest on the occasion.

About 50 members of the club, representing different newspapers, participated in the various events in the sports meet. Ramoowalia, described press as the fourth pillar of democracy and said, “It is the press which ensures that the common man gets justice. The voice of common man falls on the deaf years of every government through press.”

The main attractions of the sports meet were chess, carom board, badminton and marathon competitions. The winners and runners up of these events were given mementos by the chief guest.



PGCIL emerge cricket champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
PGCIL defeated BBMB to win the final of the Inter Central Power Sector Unit Cricket Tournament organised by the Bhakra Beas Management Board at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.

Batting first, the winning side scored 158 runs after losing nine wickets in 20 overs. On the other hand, the BBMB failed to achieve the target and could managed to make 120 runs for 9 in 20 overs.

Ministry of Power, Government of India (MoP), Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) and North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO) participated in the tourney.



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