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Anu Chatrath elected MC Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Congress councillor Ms Anu Chatrath was elected the ninth Mayor of city Municipal Corporation, here today. She is also the fifth woman Mayor to head the Municipal Corporation. While Ms Pushpa Sharma was elected as Senior Deputy Mayor, Congress man Sohan Lal Vaid was chosen Deputy Mayor of the Corporation unopposed.

Today’s election of Congress councillor Anu Chatrath as Mayor turned out to be a cakewalk for her. Ms Chatrath, up against BJP-SAD candidate Ms Harjinder Kaur, got 25 votes while the latter secured only four votes in the election held in the office of the Municipal Corporation here.

Though two elections were smooth affair, trouble arose at the time of counting of votes when BJP’s Kamla Sharma demanded that four votes be declared “invalid”. She came to the well of the House with her demand, stating that these had been wrongly folded.

Pushpa Sharma
Pushpa Sharma

Sohan Lal Vaid
Sohan Lal Vaid

However, the presiding officer for the election of the Mayor, Brig Sant Singh (retd.), overruled the objection. In the total tally, Ms Harjinder Kaur proved to be no match for Ms Chatrath.

Addressing the House, Ms Chatrath said that her focus as mayor would be to maintain the character of the city. After Ms Chatrath assumed office, local MP Pawan Bansal said that it was late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s dream that weaker sections and women should hold top offices in elected bodies.

The election to the post of Senior Deputy Mayor was presided over by the newly elected Mayor. Ms Pushpa Sharma polled 19 votes while BJP’s Rajesh Gupta got 10 votes, indicating cross-voting by a section of the Councillors. In the absence of any other candidate except Mr Vaid for the post of Deputy Mayor, he was declared elected in the last election of the day.

With the election process complete, it was time for celebration in the Congress camp as Mr Bansal, councillors and local leaders greeted and garlanded Ms Chatrath who was accompanied by her father, Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath. The president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Mr BB Bahl, was absent indicating factionalism in the party.

Later, addressing a press conference, Ms Chatrath said that the property tax in the city had been forced by the Later, addressing a press conference, Ms Chatrath said that the property tax in the city had been forced by the Chandigarh Administration on the MC. “However, the Congress had been successful in lowering the tax rate from 10 to 3 per cent. Other than this, there are no new taxes on the anvil,” she said.

Stating that the new committees to be constituted under the Punjab Municipal Act would be in place within two weeks, she added that her priority would be the implementation of the “Bin-free sectors” scheme .

“The setting up the garbage processing unit would also be speeded and taken up in the forthcoming meeting of the MC House. While all projects initiated by previous Mayors would be continued, civic amenities and assessment of pending works would be given precedence,” Ms Chatrath emphasised.

While she refused to comment on the alleged financial irregularities in the Mohalla Sudhar Committee, she termed the infighting in the Congress as a mere “difference of opinion”. 



Tough task ahead for Chatrath
Factionalism, shortage of funds major issues
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Winning the Mayoral election was a smooth affair for Ms Anu Chatrath. However, her real test begins now as she braces up to strike a balance between the expectations of the city residents and resources at the disposal of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC).

With the North-South divide widening in the city, the provision for the civic amenities is going to be an uphill task for Ms Anu Chatrath.

In fact, the new incumbent will have to put her best foot forward to fulfill the Congress party's promise of overall development of the city. Given the factionalism in the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) and laid-back attitude of the local bureaucracy it is not going to an easy task for the new Mayor.

The immediate test of her administrative acumen is going to be the constitution of the new committees to advise the civic body.

Ensuring adequate representation to various party factions and the Opposition and nominated councillors had always posed a major challenge to the previous Mayors.

Sources said the implementation of the property tax on the commercial property is going to be another problem area for the MCC.

Her assertion that no new taxes would be levied in city notwithstanding, the MCC desperately needs financial resources to carry out developmental works.

With the UPA government moving ahead with the urban sector reforms necessitating the imposition of taxes by the civic bodies, Ms Chatrath, who is a practising advocate by profession, will have to put her argumentative skills to the best use to convince the MC to raise resources.

If past is any indication, the release of even the grants-in-aid from the Chandigarh Administration had been quite a task for the civic body. To top it all, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh had been surviving on money earned from the auction of commercial property in Mani Majra and other parts of the city.

And with the southern sectors bursting at seams and proposal to include certain southern sectors and villages into the corporation under the active consideration of the Chandigarh Administration, the resource generation is going to be an uphill task for the MCC in the coming year.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Ms Chatrath, however, said that though she did not have any specific plan for the southern sectors yet efforts would be made to undertake the developmental works in those areas which needed them the most.

The new Mayor will have to strike a delicate balance between the expectations of the Congress workers and compulsions of the MCC officials, a senior Congress leader remarked.



New Year’s gift for 15 couples
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The New Year celebrations carried a whole new meaning for nearly 15 families in the city who welcomed the newborns in their lives on the “auspicious day”.

Born to Shivani and Amitabh, the first baby girl born in the city at 12.03 am was in fact a premature one and is recuperating in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the PGI with a low-birth weight of 1.46 kg.

While the delivery for this couple, hailing from Baddi (Himachal Pradesh), was due in March this year, the surprise New Year gift was a welcome for the parents who were thrilled by the sheer coincidence.

Shivani was admitted to the PGI only on Friday and delivered the baby through a Caesarean section.

The GMCH, Sector 32, however had a share of healthy babies, as two of the five babies born in the hospital weighed more than 3 kg at birth.

Sunita Gaur, a housewife from Kalka, was the first one at the hospital’s labour room to deliver a baby boy in 2005 at 12.18 am.

“While the doctors had given me December 29 as the due date for delivery, I am happy that my son has been born on the first day of the year,” said Sunita, who was admitted to the hospital yesterday

Her son weighs 3 kg and was delivered through C-section.

Out of the five babies born in the ward since midnight, three are through C-section and two are normal deliveries.

Jamila and Mohamad Mumtaz, a couple from Khuda Lahora here, turned out to be the luckiest at General Hospital, Sector 16, after Jamila gave birth to a 2.6 kg baby girl.

“No one in the family has been born on such an auspicious day. We simply feel thrilled, though we had never anticipated that we will be so lucky,” said the newborn’s father, Mohamad Mumtaz, who is a tailor by profession.

Just 10 minutes and a bed away from Jamila was Lakshmi from Colony No. 4 who celebrated the birth of her own baby girl, who would also wear the tag of January 1 for the rest of her life.

“It was a normal delivery but we had never expected that my daughter would be so lucky,” said Lakshmi, who delivered the baby at 1.15 am and was yet to decide upon the name of her newborn.

All nine babies that have been born at the hospital in the early hours of 2005 were normal deliveries.



Real estate prices begin to come down around Chandigarh, Mohali
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
After touching a peak in the middle of last month, the real estate prices in the periphery of Chandigarh and Mohali have started coming down in what real estate agents describe as "correctional effect" which will lead to stabilisation of prices.

Though the pressure on land at Mohali and Quark city may increase, yet in other satellite towns and peripheral areas, it may start stabilising slightly lower than the current market trends.

The land price in any colony within the precincts of the Zirakpur Committee, which was quoted between Rs 6200 and Rs 6700 ten days ago, has now come down between Rs 5200 and Rs 5500. There may not be any further decline in prices, says Mr Rakesh Mookhy, a real estate agent.

Like Mr Mookhy, many real estate agents and colonisers of the area agree that land prices of last fortnight were "unreal" as speculators mixed with financial institutions were indirectly behind the unsustainable hike.

"It is why," they say, "correctional process started and prices have started stabilising between Rs 5200 and Rs 5800 per square yard depending upon the colony. In a couple of elite colonies of the township, the price remained stable between Rs 7000 and Rs 7500. "We do not expect any more fall in real estate prices now," they add.

Land prices of Zirakpur municipal township notwithstanding, the real estate in the adjoining Mohali continues to be speculative and on the rise. Though Punjab Urban Development Authority is contemplating new sectors not only adjoining Zirakpur but also in Mohali, the land prices may stabilise at their present base.

Now when Punjab is expecting tax holiday for both industry and entertainment sector, heavy investments are likely in Mohali as well as the new Quark city. Punjab has set a target of Rs 12000 crore, of which Rs 8,000 crore has already been invested in the industrial sector of the State. A few more multinational IT companies making Punjab their new home, economy would be on road to recovery.

Some major multinational companies have set their eyes on Punjab on the agribusiness and agri-service areas. Since horticulture is the thrust area in the new plan announced by the Union Government, these companies would be entering the State for processing horticultural produce besides setting up cold chains.

Since the agricultural production has generated an additional Rs 5,000 crore during the past few years, the buying power of people has improved. One of the reasons for boom in real estate has been availability of this additional money plus expectations of revival of industry after the announcement of tax holiday.

Education and bio-technology are other areas which are making many multinational companies and big industrial houses to head for a virgin land in Punjab. As of now there are not many established schools and bio-technology institutions of national repute in the State.

Land holdings in Punjab are shrinking. In certain pockets even agricultural land is not available for contract farming, add the sources maintaining that all MNCs and bigger industrial houses want to be in the immediate periphery of Chandigarh for various reasons, including air, rail and road connectivity.



Shatabdi engine detaches from coaches
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
A tragedy was averted on the Kalka-Ambala railway line of the Northern Railway when a coupling of the prestigious Shatabdi Express — connecting the engine with coaches — detached near Kalka this evening.

According to information, the coupling detached leaving the coaches behind on the railway line around 6 pm after the evening Shatabdi had left the Kalka railway station.

The train leaves for New Delhi at 6.20 pm.

The detachment was noticed by the railway staff when the engine had already travelled over 2 km from Kalka to Chandigarh, sources said.

Passengers on board the train had anxious moments when they noticed that the coaches had come to a sudden halt.

However, within minutes, the engine was attached to the coaches and the train resumed its onward journey, the sources added.



Flight to Kulu makes emergency landing
Ramanjit Sidhu

Chandigarh, January 1
Passengers aboard a Jagson Airline flight from Delhi to Kulu had a providential escape when the plane reportedly developed a snag mid-air near Sundernagar in Himachal Pradesh. As a result the plane was diverted to Chandigarh this afternoon. Though the airlines officials admitted that the flight had been received at Chandigarh, they refused to comment on the nature of the snag.

The plane was carrying three passengers, besides three crew members. The passengers, however, were not able to disclose the exact cause for the diversion of the flight to Chandigarh, but speculated: “It was either an engine problem or could even be bad weather”. Airline officials refused to comment, but said “everyone on board the flight is safe and the passengers have been sent to Kulu by road”.

Passengers, however, were full of praise for the pilot of the plane, who managed a safe landing in the city around 11 am Efforts to contact the pilot proved futile.

The Dornier aircraft passengers that included a couple were sent to Kulu in a taxi. The three-crew members will fly back the plane after the fault is rectified. Mr O.K. Bakshi, of Jagson Airlines speaking over phone from Delhi, refused to say anything except “everybody is safe”.

It is learnt that one of the engines of the aircraft developed a snag when the commander used the second engine of the Dornier to fly back to Chandigarh. Also the weather conditions at the Bhuntar airfield in Kulu were not ideal for landing, said Airline officials.

Jagson Airlines has a daily Delhi-Kulu flight. Today was no different until the pilot asked the Chandigarh Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for permission for emergency landing. Chandigarh has a defence airfield that is used by civil flights also. The ATC guided the aircraft to the airport under cloudy skies. All emergency steps had been taken at the airport to meet any eventuality. The airport authorities did not allow media photographers to take pictures of the aircraft.



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Priceless tapestry hung back, finally
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The tapestry is back where it belongs. The priceless tapestry designed by Chandigarh’s planner Le Corbusier, which had been sometime back removed from the courtroom of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy, has been hung back.

It has been cleaned and some preservation work has also been done to try and restore it to its lost state. Sources say that the decision to hang the tapestry back on the original place was taken at a high-level meeting, in which officials of the National Museum were also present.

However, a final decision with regard to the remaining tapestries that hang in some other courtrooms will be taken only after experts from the National Museum submit their report.

“But, what I can say that reckless cutting and mishandling of the remaining tapestries have taken their toll. It will be a Herculean task to even try to restore them a little bit,” remarked an expert when asked if the remaining tapestries would be cleaned soon.

The re-hanging of the tapestry in the courtroom of the Chief Justice comes in the wake of sustained pressure by a group of prominent citizens of the City Beautiful as also a campaign by The Tribune following the uproar.

These people had also dashed off a letter to the President of India, seeking his intervention in the matter.

The signatories to the letter were Chandigarh’s first Chief Architect M.N. Sharma, a former Principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture Aditya Prakash, a former Principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture Lt. Col. I.J.S. Bakshi (retd), a former Chief Secretary of Haryana Saroop Krishen, a former Chief Secretary of Punjab P.H. Vaishnav, a former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice R.N. Aggarwal (retd), senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin, who is also President of Alliance Francaise, advocate Harpreet Singh Giani and advocate Munish Jolly, who is Secretary of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

“I am extremely happy that the mistake has been corrected. Tapestries like these are part of our City’s heritage and they cannot be allowed to be removed in such a manner,” said Mr Manmohan Lal Sarin.

Even the slip-shod manner in which the tapestry was being cleaned had attracted criticism. Experts who have seen the job being done in the initial days had termed it as “at best an ad hoc arrangement” and a “half-hearted step” that was aimed at just giving some sort of fungal treatment to the tapestry.

However, sources say that experts from the National Museum have clearly told UT officials that nothing “substantial” can be done to restore the two huge tapestries that were removed from the walls of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in October, 2002.



Community policing project evokes scepticism
Sanjay Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The launch of the community policing project in Chandigarh is being viewed with scepticism.

Two members of the Law and Order Committee of the Administrator yesterday told the Chandigarh Tribune that such projects had been taken up during the last 20 years but nothing concrete has come out of the exercise. The former Mayor and a member of such committees for the last 20 years, Mr Subhash Chawla said he could not remember a single incident in which the police did something on the recommendation of the people. The same feeling was expressed by another member and Samajwadi Party President Shivi Jaiswal.

However, the police has tried to do something different this time by attaching around 25 persons under each police station to help the people and the police.

These persons numbering between 25 and 30 will be identified as Community Liaison Groups (CLGs) in each police station. The members said there had been a tendency of the police to pack such committees with pliable people who avoid criticism of the police functioning.

However, the police this time seems to make an institutionalised effort. The standing order on the community policing states that SHOs would hold monthly meetings with the CLGs, with SDPOs on a quarterly basis and with the SSP bi-annually and with the IG once in a year.

Members of the group will help in the dissemination of information about the crime pattern, help the police in investigation and law and order matters and provide assistance in crime prevention. The CLGs can process requests for intervention in non-criminal matters. The CLGs would motivate citizens in installing home security devices, help in verifying servants, tenants and migrants.

Each police station will have a Community Relation Officer (CRO) of the rank of Sub-Inspector or Sub-Inspector heading a team of around eight persons for a period of two years. This wing would not be given any work except in cases of emergency.

This unit will supervise the neighbourhood watch scheme, organise, police-public meetings, ensure door-to-door visit of beat staff, supervising CLGs and special measures for senior citizens.

All these persons in the community policing projects will work under an inspector in-charge of community relations. The inspector will supervise and monitor all community-related schemes as a nodal officer.



NGO offer on eco-friendly cremation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The newly formed Paryavaran Sanrakshan Nyas has entered the arena of voluntary service with a rather unique concept — that of facilitating cremation and preventing pollution.

The Nyas started its official work at the cremation grounds today by offering one kg pure ghee and five kg ‘havan samagri’ at all the four pyres.

The offering was made by Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India.

The project was launched in the presence of trustees namely Savita Sethi, Sudesh Gupta, Prem Duggal, Usha Gahi, K.G. Goswami, former MP Satya Pal Jain and K.C. Arya.

The project has been initiated in view of the fact that more and more people are going in for ritualistic cremations rather than those by electric method.

Managing Trustee Ms Savita Sethi said the idea behind the project was to offer ‘ghee’ and ‘havan samagri’ which prove to be good catalysts during the process of cremation, thus reducing pollution.

Ms Sethi also said the trust had approached the Municipal Corporation with a request to grant them a permanent room at the cremation ground.

While the proposal is under consideration, the offering at pyres would be made once every week to start with. Saturday has been fixed for this purpose.



Youths pray for tsunami-hit
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
More than 20 youths of the Greentire Group, a concept of Yuvsatta, observed one-minute’s silence and prayed for the people affected by the tsunami calamity in the southern states of the country and in the neighbouring countries.

In the cycling expedition “Cycle and Peace-city”, young and elderly including Mr A.P. Bhatnagar, Adviser, Department of Prisons, Government of Punjab, Mr M.L. Sarin, senior advocate, Mrs Niti Sarin, Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, Mrs Madhu Bala, youth officer of NSS, Dr Mohammad Khalid, Department of Evening Studies, PU, Mr Sham Lal Sharma, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45 participated.

Mr Harinder Singh Sidhu, former Advocate-General, Punjab, Mr Manmohan Singh, environmentalist, Mr Baldev Pandey, spokesperson, Chandigarh Youth Congress, Mr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India, Mr Pramod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, Mr Vikramjit Singh, a chemical engineer and Mr Ripneet Singh from TIME, Institute, cycled from Karuna Sadan in Sector 11 to Sukhna via ‘Open Hand Monument’ adjoining Punjab and Haryana High Court, were other prominent participants.



Donations for tsunami victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
City residents are carrying on with donations for victims of the last Sunday’s tsunami.

A sum of Rs 1.14 lakh was collected by employees of Punjab Financial Corporation. A cheque drawn towards the Punjab Chief Minister’s relief fund has been prepared for onwards distribution of relief of the those who have been rendered homeless.

Mr A.S. Bindra, chairman of Hi-tech Group, donated a sum of Rs 31,000 and also one day’s salary of all employees of the group towards the relief fund.



Pak farmers arrive in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
A 20-member delegation of Pakistani farmers arrived in the city, today. The delegation was led by Dr Afzal Haider Rizvi.

In the first-ever bid to forge a common platform that will help farmers of both India and Pakistan to share their experiences they plan to discuss their problems for viable solutions.

Most of the farmers belong to Unkara district in Pakistani Punjab and their ancestors had migrated to Pakistan from Faridkot, Amritsar and Kalanor at the time of the Partition in 1947.

The delegation consisted of marginal as well as big farmers having cultivation of upto 500 acre. Their keen area of interest includes potato farming and floriculture.

Farmers from Pakistan said the condition of farmers across the borders is largely the same. They also said the cooperation between the farmers of the two countries would help them to compete with the global market.



Rain keeps date with city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The New Year dawned on an unusually pleasant note, with mild rains and high velocity winds setting the tone for romance. After a stormy New Year eve, this dawn was much awaited especially by those whose plans of revelry were frustrated by last night’s rains.

As in the past, rain kept its date with the city today, with the Met Office recording a total of 1.6 mm rainfall in Chandigarh alone. However, the figures were not very heartening as compared to January 1, 2001, and January 1, 2003, which recorded higher rainfall - 9 mm and 8.8 mm, respectively. An exception was year 2000 which saw no rainfall beginning January.

Though apparently the temperature seemed to have dropped, especially in view of the snow in upper reaches, it was actually four degree above normal. Met officials said cloudiness was responsible for this temperature rise which made the weather more desirable to revellers. The minimum temperature recorded today was 10.8°.



Dr Aggarwal becomes CSIR professor emeritus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Dr AK Aggarwal, Head of the Coherent Optics Division of the Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation(CSIO) has been selected Emeritus Professor by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Dr Aggarwal has been honoured for contributions in research, design and development of advanced instrumentation and techniques for scientific and industrial applications. The fellowship is for three years after superannuation.

During this period, Dr Aggarwal will do research work at the CSIO on the development of machine-readable counterfeit proof high-security holograms for various strategic applications and smart-sensing applications for aerospace and civil structures.

Dr Aggarwal has contributed in the areas of holography, fibre optics and photonics.



Bid to rob bank: police questions Rajwinder’s kin
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 1
The police is probing the possibility of another person being involved in the yesterday’s attempt to rob Rs 36 lakh from Indian Overseas Bank outside the factory of Punjab Tractor Limited.

A team of the local police officials today went to Doraha Mandi near Khanna, to question members of the family of Rajwinder Singh, who attempted to rob the bank but was injured after he was fired at by the security guard of the bank.

SP Rakesh Agrawal, said that members of the family of Rajwinder Singh told the police that they had disowned him as he was indulged in criminal activities and had also taken to drugs. The SP said that only one person had made an attempt to loot money which was being carried in a trunk from the bank. He said generally more than one person is involved in such cases.

He said that a verification was going on to see whether more cases were registered against Rajwinder Singh at other places. He said that his record was being identified.

Three persons had got injured in the firing following an armed robbery bid. Bank’s cashier, Tirlok Singh, and peon, Surjit Singh, received injuries during an attempt to nab the robber. Rajwinder Singh was shot at by Hazara Singh, bank’s guard, with his .12 bore gun and the bullets had hit the robber in the face. He was taken to the PGI, Chandigarh.



South Korean delegation celebrates New Year
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 1
Members of the South Korean delegation celebrated New Year by dancing to the tunes of Hindi and Punjabi at an amusement park, near here, today.

A special programme to welcome the members of the delegation had been organised in association with the National Society for Child Artists. A number of local children presented songs for the guests. The members of the Korean delegation danced to the song “Dama dam mast kalandar” and some Punjabi numbers. The children also enjoyed various games at the park.

Mr Shin Dong Soon, Principal of Mokpo Jeong Myung Girls Middle School, South Korea, thanked the society and the management of Thunder Zone Amusement Park for their hospitality.

A 20-member delegation of 11 students, Principal and eight teachers of the Mokpo Jeong Myung Girls Middle School arrived at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, here yesterday as part of an educational exchange programme between the two schools. 



PUDA officers to donate one day’s salary
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 1
The PUDA Officers’ Welfare Association, while expressing deep anguish on the large scale disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami tidal waves, decided that all members would contribute one days salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The decision was taken at a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Mr J.S. Sekhon, Additional Chief Administrator, (Project).

The members expressed sympathy with the bereaved families and said the calamity had led to immense loss of human life and property in the affected region.

The Chairman appealed to all members to contribute generously for the relief fund.



Nagar Kirtan to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 1
A nagar kirtan to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh will be organised in the town on January 3.

Mr Joginder Singh Sondhi, president of the Gurdwara Coordination Committee, said the decision was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of all gurdwaras.

He said the nagar kirtan would start from Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Phase 1, at 11 am and would culminate at a gurdwara in Sector 70 in the evening.



Three hurt as cars collide
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 1
Three persons were injured when two Maruti cars collided at a junction near Puncom late last night.

The injured — Tarsem Sharma, Parveen Kumari and Lali — were given medical aid. While two of them received minor injuries, Parveen Kumari had to be given stitches.

The accident took place around 1.30 am while it was raining. Relatives of the victims said streetlights were not working in the area at the time of the accident.

No case has been registered in this regard as both the parties reached a compromise.



Murder case: money, jewellery recovered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
The local police claims to have recovered Rs 2.20 lakh, jewellery worth Rs 40,000, a mobile phone and other articles from Gurmeet Singh, the prime accused in the murder case of a truck cleaner, Inderjit Singh, who was found murdered near Markfed on December 5.

The SHO of Sector 36 police station, Mr Jagbir Singh, said Gurmeet had deposited Rs 2.30 lakh in the account of his brother-in-law in a bank in Jalalabad on December 6.

When the police inquired his brother-in-law about the money, he lied to the police that the money belonged to his friend. He later admitted that the money was handed over to him by Gurmeet Singh.

He told the police that Gurmeet Singh took back Rs 2.20 lakh from him. The police claimed to have recovered the same from Gurmeet Singh’s house. His brother-in-law handed over the remaining amount to the police.

The police has recovered three gold rings and two gold chains worth Rs 40,000 from his possession. A mobile phone worth Rs 16,000 was also recovered from him. The police said he had given Rs 32,000 to a travel agent in Delhi for his visa formalities.

The police has sealed the accounts of Gurmeet Singh. He was remanded in judicial custody till January 12.



Couple booked for forgery
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 1
A case of forgery was registered against a notary and a Sector 7-based couple for supplying wrong information in order to get a police verification certificate for preparing a passport, here today.

The couple, Sunil Kumar and Jyoti, hailing from Ludhiana, applied for a passport in the name of the latter, on June 6 last year, stating that she had been residing in Sector 7 for the last one-and-a-half year.

While an affidavit signed by Sunil Kumar for Jyoti and attested by a notary, Sudhir, was also given to the police, the couple had attached a copy of a bogus ration card in which they showed five family members instead of the four members as was true in the original ration card. The copy of the bogus ration card was also found to be attested by the notary who had earlier attested the affidavit.

During the verification of the information carried out by the Security Branch, the details provided by the couple were found to be erroneous for the reason that the couple had got married only six months back and the girl could not have been staying at the address any longer.

During investigation, ASI Ashwini Kumar, who visited the residence of the couple in Sector 7, found that the information was incorrect and that the two had manipulated the ration card information by pasting a new photograph of five members in place of the original four and changed the number from four to five by using fluid.

A case was registered at the Sector 5 police station against the couple and the notary, Sudhir, who the police claimed was also involved in the entire exercise.



Two cars stolen from Chandigarh Club parking
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
Two cars were stolen from outside the Chandigarh Club on the New Year eve last night while another one was reportedly stolen from a market in Sector 22, the police said here today.

Mr Harminder Singh of Shivalik Enclave, NAC in Mani Majra, reported that his Lancer car (PB-04-1213) and Mr Munish Kumar of Sector 18 reported that his Maruti car (CH-01-B-4977) were stolen from the Chandigarh Club parking.

Two separate cases of theft under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered at the Sector 3 police station.

Mr Anil Kumar of Sector 19 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-01-R-0952) was stolen from the Market in Sector 22. A case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Motor cycle stolen

Mr Harjit Singh of the Punjab Police Complex, Sector 66, Mohali filed a complaint that his motorcycle (PB-27-A-9373) was stolen from Sector 51. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.


Mr Parkash Singh of Phase III-B 2 complained to the police that his camera was stolen from his car (CH-01-Y-0290) parked in Sector 38-D. A case has been registered in this regard at Sector 39 police station.

Mr S.K. Mehta of Sector 23 filed a complaint that his mobile phone was stolen from the dickey of his scooter (CH-03-N-7025) parked in the market in Sector 37. A case has been registered in the Sector 39 police station.

Liquor seized

The local police has arrested Gulab Singh of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh near cremation ground, Kajheri village and seized 24 bottles of Hulchal country wine from his possession today.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.



Two hurt in mishap

Panchkula, January 1
Two persons were injured when a jeep and a canter collided on the Barwala-Panchkula highway near Sultanpur village here today. The accident took place at 12.30 pm when the speeding canter coming from the direction of Barwala hit the jeep coming from Panchkula. The driver of the canter fled the accident site, injuring Phool Kumar, driver of the jeep and one Sukhwinder, who was sitting in the jeep. The injured have been admitted to the General Hospital Sector 6. The police has registered a case. TNS




New outlet: Indian Oil unveiled its Xtracare retail outlet at a function held at Ms Nirmal Sain Enterprises, Sector 14, here on Saturday. This is their third retail outlet in Haryana.


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