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Man dumped at hospital with bullet injuries, dies
Tribune News Service

A file photo of the man who was shot at and dumped at the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.Sources in the hospital said the person was brought “almost dead” to the hospital and pellets were discovered in his thigh after an operation was performed.

He was dumped outside the hospital and was taken to doctors by a few persons who disappeared soon after handing him over to the doctors.

He is suspected to have died of excessive bleeding caused by major damage to a vessel. The hospital version indicates that the incident might have taken place a few hours before he was brought to the hospital. The sources said the person was almost dead when brought to the hospital. Doctors put him on a life support system.

Chandigarh, July 7
A 20-year-old unidentified youth was shot at, brought to the GMCH, Sector 32, and dumped there last night by suspected assailants.

The Sector 34 police station has registered a case of murder on the statement of a police constable who was informed by a doctor that a man had been dumped in the hospital and had been shot at. He died of excessive bleeding.

According to the police, the person seems to be around 20 years of age and was wearing a black trouser and a white and black check shirt. He was around 5 feet 6 inches tall and thin. He was wearing sports shoes and his complexion was wheatish.

Nobody is sure who brought him there but it is suspected that at least two persons might have brought him to the hospital. He was put on a stretcher outside the emergency of the hospital at around 1.15 am. He was taken inside where the doctor on duty found him “dead”, the police said. When nobody came forward to claim the body, the matter was reported to the police by Dr Lakhbir Kaur. Doctors examined the body and found out that he had sustained gun shot injuries in his left thigh.

The police suspect that the person was shot at and then his clothes were changed as there was no hole in the trouser. There were also no undergarments, indicating that blood-soaked undergarments and cloths were removed and new ones put on him.

This is being considered to be a ploy to hide his identity and give an impression that the person was unwell and was brought to the hospital for medical help. The body might also have been brought to the hospital to remove clues as the police does not know where the incident took place. Also, it would be difficult to identify the man.

A police officer handling the case said it was a unique case. The police are trying to find out in the city, Punjab and Haryana about the disappearance of any person during the past few days.

It seems that he might have been shot at with an intention to threaten him but when his condition deteriorated, he was dumped in the hospital.
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Padiala remanded in police custody
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
Rajbir Singh Padiala, state vice-president of the SAD, was today remanded in two-day police custody in connection with the July 2 shooting incident at an Akali rally.

The shootout had claimed lives of two Akali activists and left three others wounded. Padiala surrendered before the Kharar police last night.

He was produced in the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Poonam Ratti at Kharar this evening. While rejecting the prosecution plea for the seven-day police remand, she gave only two-day remand and directed that he be produced in the court on July 9.

The seven-day police remand was sought on the plea that it was required for recovering weapons and ascertaining the whereabouts of the absconding accused in the case, including youth Akali leader Kiranbir Singh Kang. Though a pistol had been recovered from Padiala, other weapons were yet to be recovered, the prosecution contended.

Kiranbir Singh Kang, the second main accused in the case, is still absconding after he escaped from the police custody on July 2 at the PGI, Chandigarh. He was taken there for treatment of a gunshot injury that he had allegedly suffered in the clash.

Youth Akali Dal state vice-president Harvir Singh and Paramjit Singh, son of an Akali leader from Mandi Ahmedgarh, were killed in the crossfire.

Kharar DSP Jasdev Singh said Padiala had surrendered with his three licensed firearms — one .315 bore rifle, a .32 mm revolver and a .12 bore gun.

Kang’s car found

The black Lancer car (PB 65B 6565) belonging to Kiranbir Singh Kang that had been allegedly taken away by ‘policemen’ from Kang’s house on July 2 midnight has been found by the police.

According to sources, the car was found abandoned near Mouli Baidwan village on July 5, but was without a number plate. It was identified as Kang’s car today.
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Accused in Kang case held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
One of the accused in the Kiranbir Singh Kang escape case, Paraminder Singh Mangat, was today arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Chandigarh and Punjab police on the border of Mohali.

He has been brought to the Sector 11 police station. The Chandigarh police also got the Zen car used in the escape from the Punjab police. Mangat told the police that he was one of the persons who had gathered in front of the Emergency Ward of the PGI where Kang was brought for treatment. Parminder Singh had been active in the student politics and was running finance business in Mohali. Parminder Singh, however, denied that he was in the car that was used to free Kang from the police custody. Parminder Singh had confessed to that he was among the group of youth who had gathered in support of Kang and that he was raising slogans.
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6 cases of cholera confirmed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The UT Health Department has confirmed today that six cases of cholera have been tested positive from Colony No 5 in Sector 50. While as many as 69 suspect cholera cases landed in General Hospital Sector 16 mostly from Colony No 5 and construction site near Sector 51 on late Tuesday evening, 68 were discharged this morning after they were kept under observation. One child, with symptoms of cholera is still in the Paediatric ward of the hospital.

Officials said emergency measures had to be taken last night as three suspect cases of cholera were tested positive. As a precautionary measure the authorities decided to keep all persons with any symptoms of diarrhoea under observation over night.

Meanwhile, the positive cases of cholera were investigated by the nodal officer along with members of the rapid response team yesterday. “We have undertaken control measures in the area. Officials are taking rounds to make sure that the message of cleanliness reaches people,’’ said Director, Health Service, UT, Dr C.P. Bansal.

Water samples have been collected for biological examination. An ambulance and mobile dispensary van was requisitioned at the colonies for carrying those suffering from diarrhoea to the hospital.

In wake of spreading of the water borne disease, health department officials took rounds of various areas to ensure that things were under control. The officials claim that a comprehensive strategy has been chalked out to control cholera under which special teams would be deployed to collect water samples from different areas.

The officials have, however, pointed out that from the cases reported in GMCH, Sector 32, the PGI and the GH Sector 16, no other case of cholera had been confirmed.

The Health Department has said the consumption of water drawn from hand pump is the main reason for cholera cases that have surfaced in the city. In a press statement, the department has said the hand pump installed at the construction site by a private contractor had led to the disease among the dwellers.

While most of the cases have been reported from the construction site near Sector 51, the area had been provided with a tanker by the municipal corporation for drinking water. “We have been telling people not to have water from the hand pump and are pressing for chlorinated water, but the situation cannot improve as long as the hand pump water consumption continues,’’ remarked a Health Department official.
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S.K. Khanna appointed MC Chief Engineer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Administration today appointed Mr S.K. Khanna, Superintending Engineer, Public Health Department, Haryana Government, Chief Engineer, of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh. The appointment is for two years from the date he assumes charge or till his services are required by the Administration, on the usual terms of deputation.

Meanwhile, the current duty (temporary) charge of the post of Chief Engineer given to Mr K.B. Sharma, Superintending Engineer has been withdrawn. In September Mr Sharma had been given the temporary charge of Chief Engineer, MC.

The appointment of Mr Khanna is subject to the final outcome of the decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench, in the case titled K.B. Sharma versus Union of India and others. This means if the tribunal gives a judgement in favour of Mr Sharma, the new appointee will have to relinquish the post. Mr Sharma has petitioned the CAT, saying that he should be posted as Chief Engineer.

The appointment of Mr Khanna has been approved by the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma.
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Finance Secy told to continue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today ended the confusion prevailing over the UT Finance Secretary (FS). In a letter faxed to the Chandigarh Administration, the MHA asked Mr Karan Avtar Singh to continue as Finance Secretary till his successor is appointed and he joins.

Had the MHA not sent this letter, the FS would have returned to his parent cadre of Punjab tomorrow morning. This would have rendered the post of FS in Chandigarh vacant.

Ironically, the FS, had proceeded on a three-day leave on Monday morning. His leave period ended this evening. Mr Karan Avtar is also Secretary IT and is associated with IT-related activities in collaboration with IT giant Infosys.

The Administration had asked the MHA to allow Mr Karan Avtar Singh to continue till someone was appointed to replace him.

Meanwhile, well-placed sources said the MHA was likely to reject the panel sent as possible successors. The MHA will officially send its reply in this regard.

The names of Mr Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Dr G. Vajralingam and Mr S.K. Sandhu were on the panel. The Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, had interviewed the three officers and given the name of Dr G. Vajralingam as his preference.

Sources pointed out that the MHA has looked into the previous record of Dr Vajralingam and his sudden transfer from Chandigarh when he was posted as FS about five years ago.

The then Adviser Mr Jagdish Sagar had reportedly complained against him to the MHA. Chandigarh being a UT, all postings and transfers are controlled by the MHA.
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Ex- Tehelka journalist cross-examined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Colonel Anil Sahgal, who is being tried by a General Court Martial (GCM) for professional impropriety in the Tehelka case, today submitted an application before the court seeking that his plea in bar and special plea to jurisdiction may be considered once again.

Referring to yesterday's decision of the GCM trying Major-Gen P.S.K Choudhary on similar charges in the same case, Colonel Sahgal sought that a deliberate decision be taken by the GCM in his case so that the proceedings can be sustainable in high court where the matter is pending for final adjudication.

General Choudhary's GCM accepted the defence plea that the trial has become time-barred and has sent its decision to the court's convening authority for confirmation. Seeking adjournment of his GCM till the convening authority gives its decision, Colonel Sahgal maintained that there could not be an inequality of decisions in the same matter and same cause of action.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Arvind Moudgil, sought time form the court to file his reply to the application.

Earlier, former tehelka.com journalist, Mr Aniruddha Bahal, who deposed as a prosecution witness before the court yesterday, was cross-examined by the defence counsel, Mr K Ramesh.

The defence counsel asked the witness if he was aware about the dimensions of the tapes on which the alleged actions of the accused have been recorded and the dimensions of the bank lockers in which they had been kept for safe keeping.

Mr Bahal had deposed yesterday that the tapes, containing over 100 hours of footage, had been stored in two bank lockers.

The court also questioned the witness about the identity of the call girls allegedly used to entertain the accused, to which he replied that they had been arranged by another person, who is now dead.

The court also sought details about the recording equipment used by the investigating team.

Mr Bahal said that briefcase cameras and miniature cameras set in ladies purses were used.
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Kidwai to focus on education, says family
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
A gentle human being, who likes to live life to its full, in all its varied aspects. This is how the family of the Haryana Governor, Dr Ashfaqur Rahman Kidwai, likes to describe him.

Proud to see him assume office today, members of his family who had flown in with the newly appointed Governor from Delhi, say Dr Kidwai is a simple man, with wide ranging interests in science and technology, culture, literature, social work and modernisation of education. They say that not only is Dr Kidwai an educationist and an eminent scientist, but has also been involved in social welfare activities during his earlier stints as Governor of Bihar (1979-85 and 1993-98), and as Governor of West Bengal ( 1998- 99).

His youngest grandchildren, Samya and Osman, said they were proud of their grandfather. “Most people like to take things easy. But our grandfather is full of verve and even encourages us never to give up,” they say. Their mother and the younger daughter-in-law of the Governor, Ms Ameena Kidwai, who teaches at the Jamia Millia Islamia, says Dr Kidwai has championed the cause of the poor and weaker sections of society.

Ms Nazli, the eldest grandchild of the Governor says,” We were very young when he first became Governor. But now that we are grown up, we realise how he has worked to reach the pinnacle of success.” She informs that Dr Kidwai is fond of sports like hockey and athletics, and walking and gardening are his favourite pastimes.

Dr Kidwai, had been staying with his elder son, Mr M.R. Kidwai, who is working as the Additional General Manager in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, New Delhi, before his appointment as Governor. “He will now move here, and we will visit him here off and on. Since our mother passed away two years ago, Dr Kidwai’s younger sister, Ms Habiba Kidwai, will most likely stay with him here,” says his elder son, Mr M.R. Kidwai.

Ms Habiba Kidwai, who is a member of the All-India Congress Committee, and managing committee member of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, told TNS that during Dr Kidwai’s earlier stints as Governor he and his wife had been actively involved in social work. “ As Governor of Haryana he will be promoting education and welfare activities in the state, and I will be helping him discharge his official duties,” she says.

Dr Kidwai’s younger son, Mr Anees Kidwai, his elder daughter-in-law, Ms Sahiba Kidwai were also present at his swearing-in ceremony.
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People hoping for another ‘dream Budget’
Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
People from various sections of society are expecting a bucketful of sops, including raising of income tax exemption limit, reduction in service tax and duties on fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), besides reduction in loan rates applicable to the farm sector. All these and more are expected to be delivered when the Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, presents the maiden Budget of the United Progressive Alliance ( UPA) government tomorrow.

Associated with the “dream Budget” presented some years ago, Mr Chidambaram, has through his assertions, raised the expectations of the common man and the industry. The industry expects a growth-oriented, reformist Budget.

Nearly 30 per cent of the total population in the country belongs to the middle class and it alone contributes 85 per cent of the total revenue. Advocating their case, the Resident Editor of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr P.K. Verma said more sops should be made available to the industry in terms of higher depreciation and development rebate, which in turn would generate more funds for investment, besides creating employment opportunities.

While home loan rates for construction in the urban areas should not be changed, loans in the rural areas should be given at much lower interest rates of 4-5 per cent, he said. He was of the view that people whose income was Rs 1 lakh per annum should be exempted from income tax and the money earned though the sale of shares should be kept out of the ambit of income tax.

Chartered Accountant Rajesh Jindal is looking forward to this Budget. The Finance Minister might be forced to increase few taxes to cover the fiscal deficit but it assumes significance in the wake of an increased in the budgetary allocation for defence. Industries facing stiff global competition should be given some exemption in the payment of indirect taxes, he said.

He was of the view that a deduction in the interest rates on small savings and saving bank accounts, besides scrapping the tax exemption under Sections 80 and 88-L would have a direct bearing on the service class and trusts, hence the income tax exemption limit should be raised to Rs 1 lakh.

Mr Arjun Singh Doda, a retired bank employee, said: “To ensure better fiscal management through the Budget, it was not difficult to achieve an economic growth of 6-7 per cent per annum. Reforms in tax management can also be brought about without any increase in taxes, and the revenue will still increase.” He also voiced the need for private investment in the public sector, which would go a long way in ensuring agricultural growth and rural area development.

Mr P.C. Sood, a senior banker of a nationalised bank, is hoping that the Budget would be 100 per cent pro-employee .Keeping in view the previous Budget presented by Mr Chidambaram, he said the interest of the middle class would be taken care of and some more relief would be announced in the income tax exemption limit. He also expects a hike in standard deduction.

Prof S.P. Singh of the Department of Economics, Panjab University, said if VAT was implemented across the country, the government would be able to collect so much revenue that the income tax exemption limit could even be raised up to Rs 5 lakh.

The Managing Director of a hotel in Sector 35, Mr Raj Kumar Gupta, said service tax of 8 per cent should not be increased. “An increase in service tax from 8 to 10 or 12 per cent would not only affect consumers, but also the hotel industry in a big way.”

While various sections of society have pinned high hopes on the Budget, labourers and rickshaw-pullers are not concerned about the income tax exemption limit or the prices of petrol and diesel. All that they are worried about is that the price of cigarettes should not be hiked.

Housewives are keeping their fingers crossed that the prices of essential commodities like LPG, which was recently hiked by Rs 20, should not go up further.
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Congress leaders call for immediate meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Several leaders of the local unit of the Congress have asked the president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Mr B.B. Bahl, to convene a meeting of the party at the earliest to discuss the role of certain Congress leaders who had allegedly worked against the party candidate, Mr Pawan Bansal.

In a letter to Mr Bahl here today, the members said ever since the elections got over almost two months ago, no party meeting had been called. They said certain issues, including the recent demolitions and water scarcity, needed immediate discussion.

The letter, signed by the senior vice-president of the party, Mr Ram Pal Sharma, former Mayor, Subhash Chawla, and Senior Deputy Mayor, Pradeep Chhabra, among others, states that a meeting should be called by the president immediately “in the interest of the party”.

In Congress circles, the letter is being seen as the first indication of a revolt brewing against the local leadership of the party. Sources said at the meeting, the Congress leaders may even seek a change of leadership.

Serious differences had emerged between Mr Bahl and local MP Pawan Bansal over the inclusion of Mr Davinder Singh Babla into the Congress. Mr Bahl had expressed his displeasure over the joining of Mr Babla from Mr Harmohan Dhawan’s Chandigarh Vikas Manch.
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Scrap new periphery Act, say Cong leaders
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 7
The district unit of the Congress has demanded that the New Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, which is in force in 152 villages of the Kalka Assembly segment, should be withdrawn.

In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P. Kasni, Congress leaders led by MLA Chander Mohan and district Congress president R.S. Chauhan, demanded that the Act should be withdrawn.

The Congress leaders also apprised her of other problems being faced by residents of the Kalka constituency.

They highlighted the problem of illegal mining from the river bed of various streams in the district, and the illegal royalty being charged from miners, leading to huge financial loss to the government.

They demanded the setting up of a technical training institute at Nanakpur village; sinking of 48 tubewells in hilly areas of the district; and speedy construction of link roads between Panchkula and Chandigarh.

The problems of power and water shortage in the district, poor drainage system and traffic management were also brought to light.

The Deputy Commissioner assured them that the problems would be looked into.
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Sewing centre for poor inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
A sewing training centre for needy girls was inaugurated in Ropar today. A venture of the local unit of the Bharat Sevak Samaj (BSS), the centre has been started in the memory of noted social worker and former district chairman of the samaj, Hazura Singh.

The centre was inaugurated by Mrs Seema Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, at Government Elementary School, Haveli Kalan.

She said the district administration would provide cooperation to the BSS for this noble cause. She said the District Red Cross Society would bear the expenses of running the centre for a year and handed over a cheque of Rs 5,000 to Mrs Karamjit Kaur, district BSS chairperson, as financial assistance. The District Red Cross Society would open such centres in rural areas.

She also announced a grant of Rs 1.20 lakh for the extension of the school building under the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan. She also gave way text books donated by the Ropar Lions Club to needy students.

Former district BSS president Khilari Ram Budhiraja, Punjab Bharat Sevak Samaj secretary Harbans Singh, former Gurdwara Singh Sabha president Harjit Singh Haveli and district BSS working president Bahadurjeet Singh also spoke on the occasion.

Ropar Additional Deputy Commissioner Surjit Singh, SDM Daljit Singh, District Red Cross Society secretary Sanjeev Budhiraja, former MLA Giani Rajinder Singh and municipal councillors Sudarshan Lal Saraf, Purshotam Lal Sehgal, Shakuntala Devi and Sheela Narang were also present on the occasion.

The Deputy Commissioner also distributed sweets among the students.
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Traditional furniture stages a comeback
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, July 7
These days city residents are reverting to traditional furniture. The craze for imported furniture which has elegant designs but less durability seems to be over.

The traditional designs have a lot of variety to suit our craving to have a good and different drawing room.

Rajasthani traditions continue to inspire designers to explore their creativity. Furniture made of fibre and wood based on these designs is in vogue. A simple low-lying sofa with silk cushions is the best bet. A side table and centre table carved in wood with glass tops are much sought after these days.

Study tables come mostly with wooden top and are sleek plain and yet elegant. But it is only the mirror which can give the drawing room an attractive and flamboyant touch. There are so many varieties of mirrors that choosing these for your drawing room can really pose difficulty. In some mirrors ancient technique is used and hand-painted finishing touch is given to enhance the stately look. Then there are mirrors in metal finish.

If you want to relive the royal grandeur, jharokhas are must. A jharokha is a frame which gives the illusion of a palace window. These are beautifully carved. An example of finest craftsmanship, it is a perfect example where beauty and tradition meet.

Statues are another kind which are catching on in the city. Those people who love antiques can find a lot of variety in market. Rajasthani statues are in demand. They are a bit expensive but make your room special.

These are used in centre tables, side tables, study tables and even in phone holders.

Bean bags are also getting popular, especially kids like it very much. These are stuffed bags and are very comfortable to sit.
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Upkeep of parks given to resident welfare bodies
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 7
Representatives of various Resident Welfare Associations have agreed to take over the maintenance of public parks within the MC limits here.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the representatives with the municipal council president Seema Chaudhary today. The MC has offered to develop the parks in various sectors and then hand these over to the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) for maintenance. The MC, after removing wild growth and malba, and installing swings and lights in these parks, will pay the associations at the rate of Re 1 per sq m of the park area.

There are about 115 parks within the municipal limits of the township. The MC had earlier proposed the privatisation of the maintenance of these parks by inviting residents to set up committees for the purpose. However, in most sectors the committees were not formed, and it was decided to hand over the maintenance of the parks to the RWAs.

The representatives of the associations brought to light various problems regarding sanitation, rain water drainage, and defunct streetlights.
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Punwire union stages protest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 7
The Punjab Wireless Systems Employees Union staged a protest against the companies that had come to inspect Punwire in connection with the sale of the unit here today. The protest was staged in front of the factory gate in Phase VII, Industrial Area.

The protesters said that the government would not be allowed to sell Punwire at any cost and the employees were ready to make sacrifices in this regard.

It is learnt that two prospective buyers had inspected the Punwire unit today.

Mr Shahid Ahmed, president of the union, said a convention would be organised in Phase III B-2 on July 11 to discuss the line of action in case Punwire was not revived. The organisations that had given support to the Punwire union during the ongoing agitation, municipal councillors and political leaders would be called to the convention.

A protest had also been organised by the employees in front of the factory gate yesterday against the presence of the official liquidator and the inspection of the premises by parties intending to purchase the unit.

A six-day inspection of Punwire units by prospective buyers started here yesterday.

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720 register for Amarnath Yatra
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 7
Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited in Phase II here has registered 720 pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra, 2004.

The branch manager, Mr Raman Koushal, said the registration of all pilgrims under the given quota was completed today.

The registration started on July 5.

He said 192 registrations were for the Baltal route, while 528 pilgrims were registered for Chandanwari route. Pilgrims from places like Ambala, Sirsa, Ropar, Kurali, Kharar, Mohali and Chandigarh had approached the bank for registration. He said the pilgrims had been given a life insurance cover for a nominal amount of Rs 22. The registration fee was only Rs 15 per head, he added.
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Driving test venue changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh Administration, has shifted the venue of the driving test to the ground opposite the office of the authority in, Sector 17. The ground faces the Shivalikview hotel.

The Registering and Licensing Authority, Mr Naresh Narwal, said here today that the Motor Vehicle Inspector, Chandigarh, would now conduct test for checking the competence of drivers before issuance of permanent driving licences to them on the newly assigned site.

Earlier such tests were conducted on the ground adjoining the main building and the head office of the State Bank of India , Sector 17.

However, the venue for conducting test of competence to drive transport vehicles would remain at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh.
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Man’s body found; wife suspects foul play
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 7
Nirmal Singh a 55-year-old resident of Kandala village, was found dead under mysterious circumstances here today. The body was found on the village outskirts in the afternoon. He was lying in the fields near his cycle. He was apparently returning home. A doctor was called, who declared that Nirmal Singh was in a highly inebriated condition when he fell.

Meanwhile, Nirmal Singh’s wife alleged that Nirmal Singh had been killed by his creditors whom he owed large sums of money and who were harassing him to return it. The SHO Sohana, Mr Vinod Sharma, said they had started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the IPC, but if any new facts into the investigations revealed that Nirmal Singh was murdered as alleged by his wife, the FIR would be changed.

The SP Mohali, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, visited the spot. Sources added that although there was a mark of injury on the victim’s leg, it seemed to have been the result of Nirmal Singh falling off his cycle rather than being hit. The police is now awaiting the post-mortem report and is also questioning the victim’s creditors.

Tejinderpal Kaur, a resident of Phase XI here, complained to the police that a young boy on a scooter snatched her gold chain in Phase 3B2 here today. Tejinder Pal Kaur, who runs an NTT school in Sohana, had gone to Phase 3B2 to meet her relatives. Tejinder Kaur was on her kinetic scooter when at the T point near Hanuman temple, she was hit by a scooterist. She fell and he immediately got off the scooter and snatched her 50 gm gold chain. The police has registered a case.

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Man elopes, takes his children along
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 7
The wife of an employee with a Lalru-based industrial unit, in a complaint to the DSP, Dera Bassi, alleged that her husband along with her two children had eloped with his paramour.

The complainant, Mrs Preeti, alleged that her husband Hira Lal was working as a foreman with JCBL, and was staying with their three children in a rented accommodation at Lalru village for the past 10 years.

During this period, he allegedly developed relations with a woman of the same locality which soured the family atmosphere, she said. After some arguments over the issue, Preeti left for her parental home. Her son and daughter with Hira Lal.

Later she found her husband and two children aged about eight and two-and-a-half years that were missing from home. “To trace them, I made a call to Hira Lal on his mobile phone but he threatened me of dire consequences,” he said.
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2 held for collecting dues against fake receipts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Sanjiv Kumar and Kishori Lal of Sector 45 have been arrested for allegedly collecting Reliance mobile company’s telephone bill dues against fake receipts.

Ram Kishan of Sector 56 complained to the police that Sanjiv Kumar had taken Rs 2,000 in cash and his mobile set to settle a pending bill totalling Rs 5,000 of the former.

The complainant was allegedly issued a receipt against the payment. After it was verified from the company, the receipt was found to be fake. Sanjiv Kumar allegedly handed over the fraudulently procured mobile phone to Kishori Lal.

The police seized a book of fake receipts from them.
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Assault victim dies, murder case registered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 7
A case of assault on a woman was converted into a murder case yesterday after the victim succumbed to her injuries at Cheema Medical Complex, Phase IV, here recently.

Harbans Kaur of Raipur Kallan died about two weeks after she had been allegedly injured in an attack by three persons of the same village.

Gurvinder Singh, Daljit Singh and Jasvinder Singh had been booked on charges of voluntarily causing hurt and house tresspass. But the Sections in the case were converted to Section 302 of the IPC after the death of Harbans Kaur. The husband of the deceased, Mr Charanjit Singh, had approached the police to get a murder case registered against the three persons who he alleged had attacked his wife, injuring her seriously.

A dispute over a wall was reportedly going on between Mr Charanjit Singh, Mr Gurvinder Singh and others.
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One killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Lalru, July 7
Rajesh Kumar, of Tundla village in Ambala district was killed in an accident involving a motor cycle and an unidentified vehicle on the Kalka-Ambala highway at Jharmari barrier, near here, late last night.

According to the police, Rajesh Kumar was riding a motor cycle on his way to his home when a vehicle knocked him down. He sustained severe head injuries.

Some passers-by informed the local police station and he was rushed to the PGI in Chandigarh where he died.

The police has handed over the body to the family after a post-mortem examination and the motor cycle has been impounded.

A case has been registered under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC.
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Jewellery, cash stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
Jewellery worth Rs 40,000 and a sum of Rs 60,000 were stolen from house number 3421/2 in Sector 40 here today.

Shubham Kaushik has complained that his father H.K. Kaushik, mother and he had gone to their respective offices when the incident took place.

Mr H.K. Kaushik is employed as a Senior Office Assistant with DAV School, Sector 8.

The theft was noticed by Shubham’s mother who returned home around 2 pm. She found a window of the house open.

She entered the house opening the lock of the main door on the second floor and found cash and jewellery missing.
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Punjab Roadways checker held with fake tickets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , July 7
A ticket checker of the Punjab Roadways has been arrested for allegedly possessing Rs 15,824 worth of fake passenger tickets.

A case was registered at the Industrial Area police station against Amarjit Singh on a complaint of an Inspector of the roadways, Mr Rajiv Dutta. The police today produced Amarjit in a local court and took him on police remand for further investigation.
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XEN’s house burgled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The house of an Executive Engineer of the PWD Department in Sector 11 was today reportedly burgled.

A case has been registered on a complaint of a brother of XEN Prithpal Singh Chhabra. Mr Chhabra was out of town when the burglary took place.
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Worker booked for stealing cash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
A Sector 39 petrol station employee, Raju Yadav, allegedly stole Rs 20,700 in cash from the filling station.

Raju Yadav hails from Jharkhand. The manager of the petrol station had complained to the police in this connection. A case has been registered.
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Divya Jaitely to inaugurate store
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 7
Femina Miss India finalist and Miss Delhi Divya Jaitely will inaugurate a branded lifestyle store, at Fun Republic on July 9. A fashion show will also be organised on the occasion where models will showcase designer diamonds.

A well-known face on the ramp, Divya has worked extensively with choreographers like Lubana Adma, Mark Robinson and has modelled for designers like Ritu Kumar, Rina Dhaka, Russel Sage and Mona Pali.

The new outlet will offer article of brands like Estee Lauder, Gucci, Channel, Davidoff, Hugo etc.

A variety of diamond pieces from Cygnus, Ishis, Nirvana and Diamart Diamond will also be available.
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Admn defers decision on ‘Sunday shopping’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7
The Chandigarh Administration today deferred the decision on “Sunday shopping” and the fixing of closed days for shopkeepers in Sectors 22 and 17 for a period of two weeks.

The decision was taken following a meeting of traders of Sector 17 with the Administration, sources said.

Just three days ago traders of Sector 22 had rejected the proposal of “Sunday shopping” and even questioned the validity of such an order.

The Sector 17 traders were divided on the opening of shops on Sunday.
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Market Pulse
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, July 7
NEW STORE: The city will have a new Arrow store in Sector 17 here.

The store spread over an area of 2000 sq m, will also offer value-added services like 24-hour response at the store.

SHOWROOM: A jewellery showroom, Kangan, opened at NAC in Mani Majra today. The showroom also has a garment section. It offers variety in formal, bridal and casual dresses.

LAUNCHED: Footwear brand TSF has launched its “Monsoon Collection 2004”. TSF claims the footwear to be a top of the line product with skin-friendly leather base.

The designs represent a blend of European fashion and Italian design.

The collection is available in more than 65 styles and in different colour combinations.
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