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Only DAV-10 likely to begin MBE course
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Members complain

Following the inspection of the GGDSD College, the inspection committee members had written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, complaining against the Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid.

Among other things, the members had stated that the Principal questioned the authority of the university.

Dr Vaid stated that he had received the letter marked to him by the Vice-Chancellor and had given a reply.

Chandigarh, June 14
In what is likely to send hundreds of candidates in a tizzy, Panjab University (PU) is likely to choose only one out of three colleges for grant of affiliation for the coveted Masters in Business Economics (MBE) course, to be introduced by the university from this session.

Hundreds of students had appeared in an entrance test for admission to the course, which was expected to be started at the DAV College, Sector 10, the GGDSD College, Sector 32, and the SGGS College, Sector 26. Sources today confirmed that the four-member inspection committee that had visited these colleges for grant of affiliation reportedly found the GGDSD College and the SGGS College unfit to start the course from this session.

Out of the three separate reports submitted by the committee, one for each college, only one report was found to be favourable, stating that the DAV College be allowed to start the course from this session.

These reports had been handed over to the Vice-Chancellor.

“I received these reports two days ago and after consideration, forwarded these to the college branch,” the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, said today.

He added that successful candidates had nothing to worry, but refused to divulge contents of the reports.

In case the university went by contents of the reports, affiliation for this course would be granted only to the DAV College. This would bring the number of seats available for the course down from 90 to 30.

Candidates opting for the course had appeared in the OCET and the results were declared on June 3.

At least 200 successful candidates had also submitted admission forms at these colleges and were now waiting for classes to begin.

While these colleges had mentioned this course in their prospectuses, it was made clear to the students that admission to the course would be subject to approval of the university.

The sources also pointed out that despite the contents of the inspection committee reports going against these colleges, the Vice-Chancellor could, in the interest of the students who had cleared the test and applied in these colleges, allow these colleges to start the course.

During the course of the session, the conditions could be fulfilled and the facilities found lacking could be generated in the two colleges.

The SGGS College Principal, Prof Kuldeep Singh, and the GDSD College Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, stated that they had received no official information regarding or not starting the course.

“The inspection team came to the college last month and seemed satisfied with our facilities. We have not received any intimation from them so far,” said Prof Kuldeep Singh.

He added that the college had made special and adequate arrangements for starting the course.

The sources added that this was the first time that a four-member inspection committee had been formed specifically for a course. The committee members had visited the three colleges and submitted three reports giving details of availability of faculty, library facilities and infrastructure.

The committee members had found that one of the colleges had, in order to show a well-stocked library, purchased hundreds of copies of the same book. Another college had not advertised for recruitment of faculty who would teach the course.



Illegal structures demolished in Sector 12
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
The enforcement staff of Haryana Urban Development Authorities (HUDA) removed pucca structures adjacent to a religious institute in Sector 12, amid tension here today. The structures had reportedly come up on the HUDA land.

With the removal of the encroachments, the HUDA claims to have cleared 1.5 acres of land allegedly taken over by the management of a religious institute for the past 10 years. The authorities claimed that a notice had been given to the ‘‘violators’’ asking them to evict voluntarily. The action had been taken after the directions were not followed, claimed the authorities.

Armed with three earth movers, machinery and a company of Haryana Police personnel, the enforcement wing of the HUDA Estate Office team led by Mr SP Arora, Estate Officer, and other senior officials from the district administration reached the site and pulled down the structures.

HUDA officials claimed that 35 plots had been to be carved on the encroached land to give possession to their legal allottees. HUDA had earmarked the land for setting up residential units.

Meanwhile, the management of the religious institute has criticised HUDA for demolishing the structures. Mr Surinder Kumar of the management, while talking to the Chandigarh Tribune claimed that HUDA had pulled down the structures without giving them sufficient time for making alternate arrangements. A delegation of the temple management also went to the Haryana Chief Minister’s residence to air their grievances.

The members of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector 12, had come forwards in support of the HUDA demolition drive. Ms Sharda Gupta, local MC, and Mr H.L Ratta, president of the association opined that the HUDA should not touch the main structure of the temple to hurt the sentiments of the devotees.



No-AIDS condition for students withdrawn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Chandigarh Administration today withdrew the condition regarding obtaining on AIDS clearance certificate from foreign students applying for admission to various government colleges in the city.

The Education Department’s common prospectus for admission to the Government College, Sector 11, the Government College, Sector 42, the Government College, Sector 46 and the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, had stated that foreign students who wanted admission to any of these colleges would have to procure an AIDS clearance certificate from the PGI.

Confirming that college Principals were being informed about these fresh orders, sources today added that a note to this effect would now be stuck on the rest of the forms which were to be sold.

The Chandigarh Administration followed the Panjab University rules for admission of foreign students and this condition was part of university rules till the last session.

The university had reviewed the condition reportedly in the wake of a Government of India circular, that stated that no one could be denied job or admission in case he or she was found to be HIV-positive.

The sources added that in the last session, there were at least 30 foreign students admitted to various government colleges in the city, mostly from Nepal, and another 100 were studying in Panjab University. The sources added that in the past, no students had been denied admission on these grounds.



City-Morinda rail track to be electrified: Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Railway Board had decided to electrify the 45-km section of the rail track between Chandigarh and Morinda. The non-electrified section of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link is otherwise ready to run trains.

The Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, told The Tribune that he was informed about the decision by the Minister of State for Railways. Mr Bansal had taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry.

He said a non-electrified track between two electrified tracks would lead to the wastage of manpower and resources. The electrification of the tracks means faster connectivity between Chandigarh and Ludhiana.

Sources in the railways said around Rs 14 crore had been sanctioned for the electrification. Initially, the authorities have estimated around Rs 11 crore for the work. The total cost of electrification up to Ludhiana had been estimated at Rs 42 crore.

To study the feasibility of erecting the high tension power traction line, officers of the Electrification wing led by the Chief Electrical Engineer (Principal), Mr S.S. Khurana, has surveyed the track on March 10.

The sources said since the rail section till Morinda was complete, the work of electrification could be carried out even if some trains were run on the track.

Explaining the significance of electrification, they sources said without electrification, rail connectivity to Chandigarh would have been a major hurdle despite the new track. All major routes in North India were electrified. These include rail lines between Chandigarh-Delhi on the one side and at the other end the Morinda-Sirhind-Ludhiana section.

It will be possible to divert any long distance train presently running on the Ambala-Rajpura-Ludhiana section to run on the Ambala-Chandigarh-Ludhiana section. Non-electrification would mean changing of locomotives in Chandigarh and then at Morinda.



3 held in snatching case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The crime branch of the Chandigarh police today arrested three youngsters, who had snatched a purse from two women in Sector 32 on June 8. The accused were traced by the registration number of their scooter, said the police.

Sources in the crime branch said the accused, 19-year-old Ajay and Sonu and 20-year-old Ajay Modhi, all residents of a Sector 25 colony, were earlier arrested by the police along with weapons while they were planning to commit a dacoity in the city.

The sources said the trio, riding a Bajaj Chetak Scooter, had allegedly snatched a purse from Jaswinder Kaur and Amandeep Kaur on June 8 from near the grid station in Sector 32. The purse contained Rs 5500, a pair of gold tops and some documents.

Giving details of the investigations leading to the arrest of the accused, In-charge of the crime branch, Inspector Satbir Singh said, “We verified the registration number of the said scooter with the registration authority about the concerned series and went through all the number ending with last two digits 53. In the end, the number matched with a Bajaj Chetak scooter, the make which the victims had reported in their complaint. Further verifications revealed that the trio was already booked by the police.”

Inspector Satbir Singh added that the police recovered the pair of gold tops and documents from the accused. When asked about the cash, the accused told the police that they had given the money as fees to their advocate, who was contesting their earlier case in a local court.

The sources said the three accused along with another accomplice armed with countrymade pistols and spiral knives were arrested from the area behind the Panjab University in February. The police had claimed to recover two stolen motorcycles from their possession, then. They were released on bail about a month ago in that case.



A lesson in confidence from Aditi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The ‘‘Flying Cats’’ air hostess training centre in Sector 8, launched by INIFD (International Institute of Fashion Design) Director Priyanka Khosla played host to model and actor Aditi Govitrikar today. Aditi had come to conduct a workshop on grooming and personality development for youngsters.

As many as 80 youngsters came to attend the session with Aditi who is a member of the celebrity facilitator panel of the training school. During the interactive session, which extended to almost two hours, Aditi talked about her own experiences in the world of modeling and films and her stint as Mrs World 2000 during which she gained tremendous international exposure.

She answered a plethora of questions and spoke about the importance of grooming and styling in this competitive world today. ‘‘Confidence is the key to everything. To develop an impressive personality you need confidence,’’ she said.

For Ishleen (17) who has just finished her schooling from Sacred Heart the grooming session came at the perfect time for she realises the importance of developing her personality to meet the challenges of life. ‘‘Confidence is the most important factor’’, she said, echoing Aditi’s words which obviously had an effect on these young minds.

For Priyanka, Managing Director for this venture, the promotion of the concept of celebrities and technical aviation and hospitality experts as facilitators at Flying Cats is aimed at ‘‘providing hands-on knowledge which will benefit the students in boosting their poise, technical know-how and overall personality development.’’

The school is organising an interaction with actor Neha Dhupia next week.

The first session of the institute will begin from July 10 with an inauguration planned with a visit from Sabira Merchant to the city.



Style diva sees enough raw talent in country
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Aditi Govitrikar
Aditi Govitrikar

Chandigarh, June 14
Sporting a vibrant ensemble (from designer Ranna Gill's stable) complete with gold chandelier earrings, model, actor and grooming guru Aditi Govitrikar looked every inch the style diva she is.

In the city to conduct a 'spruce up' session for young people between the ages of 17 and 24 for 'Flying Cats', the complete airhostess training school in Sector 8, launched by INIFD Director Priyanka Khosla, Aditi worked through two hours of interactive sessions with 80 youngsters answering their queries and relating them to her own experiences as one of India's premier models. "What I bring to my sessions is my own international title as Mrs World and the training I do with the Miss India contestants," she explained.

Walking the ramp, stage presence and presentation, all the while working on flaws while enhancing the strong points is what Aditi excels at and she truly believes, "there is tremendous raw talent in the country, all it needs is a direction".

What of her own tryst with fame, did she believe she would make it so big, someday? "My success astounds me. All I wanted was to travel. Nothing else attracted me, neither the money nor the fame.

I want to see at least 50 countries in my lifetime and I have already been to 33," she laughs. However, her most unforgettable moment came with her crown as Mrs World in 2000. "I had only eight days to train and no big name backing me, so yes, it was a big high to win the contest," she says.

The title opened up horizons unknown to her and today Aditi wears many hats as a mother (her little daughter hopes to be a pilot one day), wife, qualified doctor, model, actor, style guru and juggles them with élan, although she does admit to having no time to even think. "I wish each day was a 48- hour one, it is like walking a tight-rope but all of what I do has its own level of satisfaction and I enjoy it."

A jeans and T-shirt kind of person at home, Aditi loves home-cooked vegetarian food, "lots of water, no late nights and yoga," to keep fit.

All this with creature comforts though, for an air-conditioned house and a car are a must!

With two films in her busy kitty-a Smita Thackeray production with two newcomers titled 'Kaise Kahen' and 'Manoranjan' with Makrand Deshpande and Sudhanshu Pandey-numerous appearances, two in New York and one at Jaipur this month-Aditi is busy as a bee.

However, all this does not stop her from dreaming on, waiting for a Mrs Grandmother title to spring up and for her to win that one too! 



Lahore Museum keen to have
copies of accession records

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
In times when conservation of cultures seems more of a global concern than national, it would only be natural if India and Pakistan thought of developing projects for piecing together their divided heritage. The two countries still share a world of legacy which has, quite unfortunately, never made it to the other side of the border post-Partition.

After years of chosen helplessness, a ray of hope is flickering on the horizon of shared heritage between India and Pakistan. Where on the one hand, Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Punjab, is keen on the idea of setting up an institution where conservation experts from the two countries can collaborate in areas of common interest, on the other the Director of Lahore Museum is visiting India for the first time; her visit inspired by a purpose.

Naheed Rizvi is here to discuss the possibility of getting access to copies of precious accession registers/records that were divided at the time of Partition. As much as 40 per cent of the original collection of the Lahore Central Museum was split when the two countries got divided. All of that is now housed in Government Museum, Chandigarh, which has worked hard to digitize the entire collection that came from the Lahore Museum.

For Rizvi, the trip is crucial as it will determine whether she is able to make a contribution to Pakistan's decision of bringing together the entire material heritage record that was once a part of the Lahore Museum. In an interview to The Tribune, Rizvi said, "Forty per cent of our collection is in Chandigarh. It comprises 601 Gandhara sculptures, a priceless ensemble of Geeta Govinda manuscripts, a host of miniatures/manuscripts. I am gong to meet the Director of the Chandigarh Museum and request him to let us have copies of accession records under which these artifacts were transferred at the time of Partition."

Impressed with the way the authorities of the Government Museum have digitized the entire collection of the Lahore Museum, Rizvi is eager to replicate the experience in Lahore. "It would be good if we could learn from the Indian experience," she said, extending her support to the Punjab Cultural Department's proposal to have a common institution for conservation of culture and heritage.

"We could work towards establishing an Institution of Conservation, Museum and Museumlogy where our experts can share acquired knowledge in the above stated areas. I strongly feel we should sit together and pool our resources for conservation purposes. After all, our heritage is common. It would make sense if our scholars had access to heritage records lying divided in museums across the borders."



Rodrigues inspects development works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
With a view to ensuring harmonious development and implementation of various plans, the Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Gen(retd) S.F. Rodrigues, today visited Patiala-ki-Rao, sewage treatment plant under construction near Air Force Station and Kajheri village to see the progress of various community development programmes and the quality of work being executed by the Engineering Department and other agencies.

Accompanied by Finance Secretary, Mr S.K. Sandhu, Chief Engineer, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Deputy Conservator Forests, Mr Ishwar Singh, and other senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration, the Administrator first went to the second lake under construction at Patiala-ki-Rao, for the southern and western sectors, on 20 acres at a cost of Rs 2 crore, with a strong bandh of stone pitching work.

He asked the officers to create check dams and other rain harvesting measures for recharging the ground water. He said necessary facilities, harmonious with the environment, should be created for recreation of the visitors.

The work on this lake had been started about three months back and would be completed within one month. Another lake was also being constructed, by the Forest Department, on 15 acres for rainwater harvesting and the work of this project was also in progress.

The Administrator, during his visit to Kajheri, inspected the concrete street paving work, which was in progress at a cost of Rs 67 lakh and would be completed within two months.

He also took stock of the construction work in progress in the Government Civil Dispensary building, being constructed at a cost of Rs 70 lakhs and to be completed within three months. He asked the officers to monitor the work and adhere to the schedule of completion, maintaining quality work as per approved specifications.

During visit to the Rs 2.10-crore project of lining and conditioning of the seasonal choe in Sector 52 near Kajheri, General Rodrigues asked the officers to execute the work on a war footing as this project was linked to the sanitation of the village. He expressed serious concern over the unhygienic conditions, garbage and poor sanitation in the habitation around the choe and asked the officers to prepare a plan for their proper rehabilitation and for giving them good living conditions.

He also suggested locating rag-pickers at one place in the city and to improve their business activity by creating a cooperative exclusively for them.

General Rodrigues inspected the 5 MGD sewage treatment plant project near Air Force Station, being executed at a cost of Rs 5 crore. He asked the officers to speed up the progress and complete it by September this year. This plant would treat the sewage of the city and the treated water would be used for irrigation.

General Rodrigues, going round Kajheri asked the Chief Engineer to improve the electricity and water supply infrastructure for the residents. He also asked the village panchayat to liaise with landlords, who had rented accommodation with no facility at all.

He asked the village panchayat to coordinate with them and to ensure proper living conditions for the tenants. He interacted with the sarpanch and villagers and asked for their support for completing various community development programmes.



Seminar on ‘Journalism in Sanskrit’
Our Correspondent

Panchkula June 14
Litterateurs and scholars of Sanskrit held deliberations on ‘Journalism in Sanskrit’ during a seminar organised by the Haryana Sanskrit Akademi at the Red Bishop complex today.

Amidst Vedic chants, the akademi director, Dr R.D. Sharma, welcomed the delegates before introducing the subject of discussion. He gave an account of the plans and programmes initiated by the akademi for the promotion of the language.

He, however, lamented that the potential of journalism in Sanskrit had not been explored fully despite the literary elegance of the language.

Sanskrit is among the three acknowledged mother languages of English along with Arabic and Hebrew. There are at least seven daily newspapers in Hebrew and many more in Arabic while there is no Sanskrit daily vying for recognition.

The speakers delved deep in analysing and documenting the historical evidence related to the low readership of weekly or monthly publications in all states.

Dr Srikrishna Singhmar, secretary, Delhi Sanskrit Akademi, said that there is a sharp decline in the publication of Sanskrit magazines in all states and a few daily newspapers have been reduced to weekly pull outs.

Mr Radheshyam Sharma, director, Haryana Hindi Akademi, said that the content of the publications should be reader-friendly and should deal with the contemporary issues.

Dr Ashutosh suggested a regular and close interaction between the akademi and departments of Sanskrit in colleges and schools to make the language popular.

The chief guest, Dr Ramakant Angiras, maintained that the epic language must be simplified so as to be a effective medium of communication.

Mr C.R. Moudgil, Director, Haryana Sahit Akademi, Shrikrishan Semwal, Dr Virender Kumar, Dr Shakarji Jha, Dr Mahavir Sharma, Dr Vikram Kumar, Dr Jainarain, Dr Ashutosh, Dr Sri krishan Singhmar also participated in the seminar.

Mr R.D. Sharma, the akademy director, expressed as discouraging the scant participation of scholars and audience during the seminar.



Monkeys attack woman in Sec 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
In the continuing saga of monkey menace in Sector 7, a group of seven monkeys attacked a woman yesterday evening and snapped at her violently. She managed to run indoors and save herself.

An old man and a child were also attacked by the monkeys and more than a dozen cases of a similar nature have been reported over the past fortnight.

Mr N.K Jhingan, secretary of the KSKA Sudhar Kalyan Sabha, Sector 7, said ‘‘the forest department officials get two langurs into the area and the monkeys lie low for some time. But as soon as they go away the simian population is once again out to terrorise the residents.’’

Mr Jhingan said it was very dangerous for the children and the aged to even go out of their homes. The monkeys even enter the houses and steal eatables even from the refrigerators.



Residents gherao police post
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
Up in arms against the alleged high-handedness of the Sector 16 police post in charge, scores of Rajiv Colony residents gheraoed the post, this evening.

Irate colony residents also raised anti-police slogans and alleged that the incharge, Mr Satpal Singh, thrashed Mr Vijay Kumar, a colony resident, besides abusing him.

The protesters also alleged that Mr Satpal Singh called him to the police post and levelled the charge of gambling against him. The protesters alleged that the cop had been trying to frame him in a false case of gambling.

Mr Satpal Singh, however, denied the allegation and claimed that the protesters were concocting the story. He said that Mr Vijay Kumar had come to his office to settle a case between two groups some time ago. He left the police post in anger when he was asked to disclose his identity, Mr Singh added.

Mr Dalbir Singh, municipal councilor of the area, however, alleged that the police had detained Mr Vijay Kumar in some case. He was later released after the intervention of the MC.



Nagar kirtan organised
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 14
A nagar kirtan was organised here today in connection with the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

The nagar kirtan, which was led by Panj Piyaras, started from the gurdwara in Phase VI and after passing through various parts of the town culminated at the gurdwara in Sector 71. Shri Guru Granth Sahib was carried in a beautifully decorated palanquin.

Devotees had organised chhabeels all along the route of the nagar kirtan which was organised by the Shatabdi Purab Committee.

Special arrangements were made by the Mohali Industries Association and Mata Sahib Kaur Institute of Nursing.

The management and the staff of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation ( PHSC) and State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Phase-VI, also organised a chhabeel in connection with 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev today.

Path of Sri Sukhmani Sahib was also organised on the premises of PHSC on the occasion. Col. C.D Singh Kamboj, Chairman, PHSC and Mr T.R Sarangal, MD, PHSC, were also present at the ceremony, besides other senior functionaries and staff members of the department.



Lathi charge: NHRC notice to police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
In connection with the lathi charge by the Chandigarh police on residents of Raipur Khurd, who were protesting against the location of a liquor shop, the National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the police. The police has been asked to send its reply within four weeks.

It may be mentioned that following the lathi charge, the residents had suffered injuries. In the retaliatory stone pelting by the residents, at least seven policemen, including two Sub Inspectors received head injuries.

Seeing the grievance of the resident, Mr Arvind Thakur, a human rights lawyer had moved the commission. The commission has clarified that the reply has to be forwarded by the authority concerned.

The residents had then claimed women of the area were peacefully protesting against the location of shop near their houses.

They claimed that lathi charge started following a heated argument between them and some policemen.



Protest fast by insurance staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
On a nationwide call of the General Insurance Employees’ All India Association, 60 employees from the four public sector insurance companies — New India Assurance, National Insurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance — observed a full-day fast yesterday in protest against the unilateral implementation of the transfer and mobility policy and the delay in promotion by the management of insurance companies.

Addressing members of the association, leaders of the General Insurance Employees Association, North Zone, lamented that the management and the UPA government were bent upon virtually selling public sector insurance companies.

They said although the management was responsible for inefficiency and anomalies in policy matters of the insurance sector, it was putting the blame on lower cadres.



Income tax help centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The Income Tax Department has set up a help centre at the main branch of the State Bank of India, Bank Square, Sector 17. The desk, which will become operative from tomorrow, will provide information and assistance to tax payers, especially senior citizens and salaried employees.

The desk will be operative from June 15 to August 15, 2006, and again from March 1, 2007, to March 31, 2007. The timings will be 10 am to 1.30 pm and assistance can also be sought on telephone No 5074504.



Kids have fun at summer camp
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
A summer camp was organised for students of Eurokids, Sector 9, on the school premises.

During the camp, children aged between eight and 10 years enjoyed various fun-filled activities.

The highlight of the camp was horse riding. They also undertook a trek to a farm house.

They participated in various activities like dance, art and craft, etc. A magic show was also organised for the children.



8 SBI officers honoured

Chandigarh, June 14
The State Bank of India (SBI) today honoured eight officers for showing excellence in their work.

According to a press note, Mr Hemant Contractor, Chief General Manager, honoured the officers. Those honoured included Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Mr Arun Kumar Aggarwal, Mr Ajay K Gupta, Mr AK Bathla, Mr Naresh Sharma, Mr Sanay Kansal, Mr KC Tundkiya and Mr Rajiv Mengi. TNS



Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
Mrs Ramo Devi, mother of Mr Roshan Lal Sharma, Camera Operator, Dainik Tribune, died here today after a brief illness. She is survived by two sons and three daughters. Her cremation was largely attended.



Thieves decamp with gold
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 14
Thieves decamped with gold worth Rs 2 lakh from a house in Sector 67 here yesterday. According to reports, there was nobody at home when the theft took place.

Mrs Surinder Kaur, who works as a teacher in a government school in Phase XI, said that she had left the house at about 10 a.m. and came back at 12.45 p.m. When she tried to open the main door of the house she could not open it. She peeped inside the room through a window and saw somebody inside the house. She raised the alarm and ran towards the backside of the house. But by the time neighbours gathered the thieves fled from the house.

Mrs Surinder Kaur said her husband worked at Ropar and her son was also employed and had gone to his office. Her daughter was doing a course and gone to attend her classes. She said her son had got married about six months ago and the gold was still lying at home. The thieves had ransacked the entire house looking probably for cash which was not lying at home.

The police was informed in this regard and is investigating the matter.



Youths ransack liquor shop, ahata
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 14
Armed with swords, daggers, batons and sticks a gang of about 20 youth attacked a liquor shop and a ahata in Sector 16 late this evening and left over six persons, including four salesmen, seriously injured before fleeing. Some customers were also injured in the attack.

According to information, the gang of youth stormed into the liquor and attacked four salesmen, Shankar, Tara, Jadish and Balwant, allegedly for not treating them properly. They also damaged the counter and the liquor bottles besides ransacking the vend. The injured were later hospitalised in the General Hospital, Sector 6, with injuries.

Narrating the sequence of the episode, an eyewitness claimed that about 20 youth descended the liquor vend in four cars and started damaged the windowpanes of the ahata and the vend with swords, batons and sticks. They even did not spare some of the customer enjoying their drinks. The violent youth then entered the cash counter and snatched the cash from the salesmen.

The DSP of the area reached the spot and was investigating the matter till filing of the report.

Meanwhile the Sector 16 ckowki in charge Satpal Singh has been placed under suspension for failing to act in time.



Man crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
A 28-year-old resident of Colony Number 4 was allegedly crushed to death under a truck near the Haryana Roadways depot in Industrial Area this evening. The truck driver was challaned minutes before the mishap for jumping a red light.

Giving details, sources in the Industrial Area police station said the victim, Arvind Yadav, a menial labourer, was crushed to death by a speeding mini-truck (HR-29-C-7831) at around 4 pm. The accident took place when the driver of the speeding truck swerved his vehicle aside to avoid a collision with a car coming from the opposite direction and the truck ran over the pedestrian, killing him on the spot.

The truck driver reportedly fled from the spot, but was later caught by the police. He was identified as Kishan Singh of Bhar Majra village in Ropar district. A case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving was registered against him.



Woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
A 25-year-old mother of two children allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her in-laws residence in Colony Number 5, here, late on Tuesday night. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained as no suicide note was found.

The police said, Gullo Devi of Karnal had come to meet her in-laws a few days ago. She was rushed to the hospital last night after her condition deteriorated. She was declared dead by the doctors there. the police has inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Undertrial held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 14
The police today arrested Sunil Kumar Rai, an undertrial in a murder case who had escaped from the Sector 16 General Hospital, where he was admitted with complaints of epilepsy, yesterday.

He was rearrested by the police from Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, late this evening. The police said the Sunil Kumar of Sitamari village in Bihar, was booked in a case of murder in 2001.



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