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Welcome relief from scorching heat
Chandigarh records heavy monsoon shower
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
For once, the day did not dawn hot and sultry. As the monsoon gained form and momentum unleashing strange formations in the sky, the daylights disappeared into nothingness, literally.

While they cowed under pressure from the arriving winds, the sky changed all the colours it possibly could - and all this in a span of 30 minutes! From blue to dull grey and then to sharp mustard and deep red, the transformations up there were as tough to follow as they were to fathom. It took a gusty shower of monsoon rain to clear the confusion that screamed from the sky this morning. The shower finally came, and everyone knew the monsoon was there to stay.

It rained 39.2 mm in the city through the day. As the southwest monsoon advanced to more parts of Haryana and Punjab, as also Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh, it left many parts of the region quenched. Shimla recorded the highest rainfall in the region today - 50.7 mm, followed closely by Karnal which had 47 mm rain and Patiala which had 42 mm. Ambala recorded 41.7 mm.

Back home, today's shower was clearly the best monsoon shower of the season. On June 30 when Chandigarh Met Department declared the arrival of the monsoon, it only had 7.4 mm rainfall to show - a poor match to last year's 103 mm which sounded the arrival of the monsoons on June 27.

The advancement of the monsoon in Chandigarh and the corresponding rainfall this year is as follows - July 3 (9.9 mm), July 4 (0.2 mm), July 5 (7.4 mm), July 8 (1.5 mm) and finally 39 mm rainfall, which was recorded during the day today.

Last year the figures were much more impressive even to start with - 103 m rainfall on June 26, followed by 8.4 mm on June 27 - the day the monsoon was formally declared in Chandigarh.

Explaining the weak progression of monsoon this year, followed by strange weather patterns witnessed in the city today, Director, Met, Chandigarh said, "Today's formations were unusual though not exceptional. They were caused by a combination of two factors — a heavy suspension of dust in the air and a thick cover of low clouds.

These two factors operated in tandem to create the illusion of night in the morning today. Such factors have been noticed in the past, but not often."

The dust, as Director Met Mr Chattar Singh had said yesterday, was caused by strong winds blowing over Rajasthan. With today's heavy shower, the suspended dust was brought down, much to the relief of residents who were finding it hard to breathe in a weather dominated by dust and dampness.

The maximum temperature also fell from 34 to 32.4 degree under the impact of showers today.

Ghaggar swells

The water level in Ghaggar touched an all-time high of the season today. Spurred by monsoon showers in the higher reaches, especially areas of Haryana adjoining Himachal Pradesh, the water flow in the river rose by 37 times as compared to yesterday. Officials in the Irrigation Department at Panchkula confirmed that water flow in the river was around 900 cusecs yesterday; it swell up to 33,822 cusecs at 1.30 pm today - the highest in monsoon season so far.



People rejoice as rain lashes North

Chandigarh, July 9
Giving the much-needed respite to the people of North India from hot and humid conditions, the south-west monsoon today turned into active mode as moderate to heavy rains lashed the region since morning.

A Meteorological Department official said here that south-west monsoon was now covering entire Himachal and had further advanced into most parts of western Uttar Pradesh, some parts of Haryana, including Delhi, while its northern limit was passing through Udaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Delhi, Ambala and Amritsar.

“Conditions are favourable for its further advancement into east Rajasthan and remaining parts of Punjab and Haryana over the next two days,” he said.

Ending over a week-long dry spell, Chandigarh received a heavy downpour of 39.2 mm during the day, while the maximum dropped to 32°C, down by two degrees from the normal, the Meteorological Department said here.

Chandigarh residents witnessed a rare sight shortly before noon as the city plunged into virtual darkness as dark clouds hovered in the sky, which brought with them a heavy downpour, flooding many low-lying areas and the roads within minutes.

Meanwhile, Ambala was the wettest town in Haryana recording a rainfall of 51.7 mm. The maximum temperature there dropped to 31.9°C, four degrees below normal. Karnal was also lashed by heavy showers.

Amritsar received a heavy downpour at 25 mm. The maximum dropped to 36 degrees. Ludhiana received light rains.

Patiala was lashed by heavy rains at 42 mm and the high there settled at 32°C, down four degrees. — PTI



A brief inspection of city’s railway station
Tribune News Service

Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 9
The inspection of the Chandigarh Railway Station by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways turned out to be a brief affair. Within 45 minutes of their arrival at the station, three members of the committee boarded the evening Shatabdi Express for Delhi.

To welcome the committee, the entire machinery of the Railways had been pressed into service to give the station a new look. The floor was being cleaned with automatic machines and various shortcomings were removed.

After planting saplings, the MPs led by Mr Girdhar Gumang took a round of the reservation facility before going to platform No.1. They were explained the ongoing development projects at the station by the Divisional Railway Manager and the Senior Divisional Commercial Railway Manager of the Ambala Division. The other two MPs were Mr Ajay Kumar and Mr Krisan Lal Diler. The chairman of the committee, Mr Basudeb Acharia, had left for Delhi yesterday.

Talking to the reporters, Mr Gumang said the observations by the committee were confidential and would be tabled before Parliament. He said the purpose of the committee was to see whether the funds sanctioned by the government for development projects were being spent in the right manner.

The committee inquired about the Chandigarh-Morinda, Nangal-Talwara and the proposed Kalka-Parwanoo railway lines. “The suggestions and the observations will be put in the report and cannot be disclosed to the media at the moment,” said Mr Gumang.

When asked about the further upgrading of the station, Mr Gumang said it was required in the coming times.

On the issue of delay in starting the Chandigarh-Morinda railway line, he said it was not part of his preview. Meanwhile, officials of the Railways said there was no information regarding the schedule for starting the new line.

On the issue, Mr Diler, who is a BJP MP, said in lighter vein that the Opposition’s job was to bring the failure of the government before the public.

Earlier, the MPs reached Hotel Mountview last night after visiting the DCW workshop in Patiala. There scheduled visit to the inland container depot at Dappar was cancelled. The MPs was shown the site plan and other details by the Managing Director of the Container Corporation of India at the hotel itself.



Inviting death with naked wires
Naveen S. Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
With the monsoon hitting the city and weather turning “wet”, the danger posed by the naked wires and badly planned electric cables has increased manifold.

The past few days has seen several incidents involving animals and humans alike being subjected to electrocution.

One such place where there is a tragedy waiting to happen is in Sector 50, where outside the Progressive Cooperative House Building Society the scene needs immediate attention.

As highlighted by the accompanying picture, hundreds of connections have been provided from a single transformer, all at the ground level that can easily entangle a passing animal or even a human being during low lighting hours.

Once it rains and water begin to accumulate, the electric current can easily pass into the ground electrocuting any passerby.

Piecemeal measures were taken by the Electricity Department in some cases, especially those highlighted by the various newspapers in the city. But little effort seems to have been done by the department on its own.

The problem is ubiquitous; the posh northern sectors of the city are no better than the southern sectors in this regard.

Besides the exposed naked live wires, poor streetlighting has also turned the city roads into a drivers’ nightmare. Serious accidents have resulted from hitting into obstacles and even stray cattle due to poor lighting.

The problem of “kundi” connections is more acute in colonies and villages on the periphery of the city. City residents cannot forget incidents where precious lives are wasted due to electrocution.

But they always hope that things will improve and lives will not be lost due to someone’s callous attitude.



Dimpy murder: ex-OSD of CM, others quizzed
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh Police today questioned a former OSD (officer on special duty) of Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in connection with the murder of notorious gangster, Prabjinder Singh Dimpy, who was gunned down by two unidentified motorcyclists in the high security zone of the city.

Sharing the information, highly placed sources in the police said, Vishvapreet Singh Chhina, a former OSD of Captain Amarinder Singh along with two local residents Bira Brar, who was booked by the local police several cases, and Sanjay Malik, were questioned by the crime branch officials in connection with the Dimpy murder case.

They were called in the Crime Branch in Sector 11 for the purpose and remained there for hours. Besides, around 15 other persons, including those who were parting with Dimpy at the Sukhna Lake club on that fateful day, were question by the crime branch officials throughout the day in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the incident. The UT, SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, was supervising the proceedings of the case in the crime branch.

About the role of Chhina, the sources in the police said, they were cross-examining the statements given by him with the other persons. They added that Bira reportedly had an old feud with Dimpy and his involvement was suspected in the crime. However, nothing substantial has come out against him during the questioning, so far. They added that there was remote possibility of Bira being directly involved in the killing, but he was capable of getting it done from his sources.

The senior functionaries of the Chandigarh Police when asked about the proceedings of the case admitted that no headway has been achieved in the case so far due lack of “strong evidences”.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the SSP said: “We are investigation the case in a systematic manner and are questioning several people, including those who were partying with Dimpy at the Lake Club. So far we have questioned around 15 persons acquainted with Dimpy today, but nothing substantial has come out of it”.

Mr Yadav said besides quizzing acquaintances of Dimpy, the police officers has also asked staff at the lake club, in the parking lot and several other persons. He further said a police team was dispatched to Muktsar, which would question the arms dealers there to find out from where the assailants had purchased the bullets.

Citing the reason of today being Sunday, Mr Yadav maintained that the work of getting the details of mobile phone call of the persons known to Dimpy could not be completed due to “lack of cooperation” on the part of telecom companies.

About the role of Harneev in the case, the SSP said: “It would be premature to say anything about her involvement in the case. But the fact that Dimpy first called her and she was not aware about his location goes in her favour. We have not contacted her today to record her statement”.

The police sources said the car is being sent to the CFSL to reconstruct the sequence of events and in corporate it with the statement given by Harneev. The police has asked the CFSL to examine whether the window panes were shattered by the bullets or were broken by some other heavy object. The experts would place dummies of victims in the car and reconstruct in the entire scene.



Recruitment rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
An Army recruitment rally for enrollment of soldiers in general duty, technical, clerk, technical store keeper and nursing assistant categories for candidates of Ferozepore, Bathinda, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot districts will be held at Ferozepore from July 18 to 25.

Disclosing this here, an official spokesman said that for the technical category, candidates from all over Punjab can take part in the rally. 



UP farms win most prizes at mango mela
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
Ushman Khan of Raipur in Uttar Pradesh was adjudged “Hind Aam Kesri” and Daljeet Singh Khera of a village in Yamunanagar as “Haryana Aam Kesri” at a mango mela which concluded at Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore, this evening.

In the display category, Shoeb Horticulture Farm, Raipur, and C. L. Horticulture Farm, Marwa,UP, bagged the first prizes. The second prize was awarded to Golden Bagh, Saharanpur, and Ishmile Farms, Gagalheri, Uttar Pradesh.

As many as 2,674 entries of 175 varieties of mango and 504 entries of home- made and processed mango products were received.

State Minister for Tourism, Kiran Choudhary, gave away the prizes and said the government had embarked upon a project to conserve historical buildings of Pinjore gardens, for which Central finance had been sanctioned.

The Pinjore Heritage Festival would be organised from October 6 to 9 to showcase the heritage of Pinjore.



Contractor electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 9
Santosh Gupta, a contractor registered with HUDA for maintenance and other related jobs, was electrocuted today.

A resident of Bapudham colony in Chandigarh, Santosh Gupta was called up today for conducting certain repair works at the sewerage water treatment plant in Sector 20 here today.

While at work, he suffered an electric shock and fell unconscious. The authorities were informed and Rajbir Singh, a junior engineer rushed him to a hospital where Santosh Gupta was declared brought dead. The police had registered a case.



Man arrested for molestation bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The police has arrested a Panchkula resident for allegedly attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman in Manimajra.

Sources in the Manimajra police station said Inder Singh, alias Rumal Singh, of Sector 12 was arrested for attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman near the local bus stand.

A case under Section 354, IPC, has been registered.


Nimmy of Sector 29 has lodged a complaint, saying that a Maruti car hit her scooter near the Sector 18 and 19 traffic lights points on Saturday. The driver sped away after the accident. She, long with a pillion rider Vandana, sustained injuries in the mishap. A case has been registered.

Scooter stolen

Anuja Ghai of Sector 19 has reported to the police that her Kinetic Honda scooter was stolen from a market in Sector 8 on Saturday. A case of theft has been registered.

Liquor seized

The police has arrested Jivan Kumar of Maloya Colony from Sector 17 on the allegation of carrying 12 bottles of whisky on Saturday.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered.

Held for stealing

The police has arrested Bittu of Colony Number 4 after he was caught by the watchman of a slaughter house in Phase I, Industrial Area, while allegedly stealing brass water taps on Saturday.

The police said the stolen property was recovered from his possession and a case has been registered.



Two car thieves nabbed
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 9
The police has nabbed two members of an inter-state gang involved in several cases of car theft and other crimes. The alleged culprits were produced before mediapersons today at a press conference.

The SP said based on their confession since their arrest on June 26, five cars had been recovered while police parties had been sent to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh for more recoveries.

The cars had been stolen from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Patiala.

The SP said the gang leader, Gurinder Singh, a resident of Kartarpur in Patiala, had been masquerading as a “police cat” since 1996 to gain proximity with the police force. Over 30 cases, including six for attempt to murder and robberies, had been registered against him. His accomplice Hanish Kumar of Manimajra had met him in Ambala jail.


Kuldip Singh (32), a resident of Rally village near Sector 12-A, committed suicide this morning.

As per police sources, Kuldip Singh, a drug addict, ended his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan. He leaves behind his wife, a 3-year- old daughter and a one-year -old son. The police has registered a case.



Ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
Thieves decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh and Rs 30,000 in cash from a house in Phase 7 here today. The owner Sarabjit Singh told the police that he along with his family had gone to Pathankot on July 5 and came back today afternoon.

They found the lock of the door broken and the house ransacked. The almirahas and other storing spaces in the house had been thoroughly checked by the thieves who also managed to locate gold ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh hidden at various places in the house. The police has registered a case and is investigating.



4 arrested for dowry harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The police today arrested four members of a Sector 47-based family in connection with a dowry harassment case.

Sources in the woman and child support unit said Arpanpreet Kaur of Amritsar had lodged a complaint, alleging that her Husband Rajbir Singh Josan, his father, mother and two brothers were harassing her to bring dowry.

The police arrested the accused and produced them before a local court which remanded them in one-day police custody.

Rajinder Singh Jason, however, asserted that the police was acting under pressure of a DSP in the CBI. The police had implicated him and his family in a false case, he claimed.



Blackout in Industrial Area
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
Even as the entire city sizzles with heat because of the erratic power supply, it is the residents of the Industrial Area who are forced to live in virtual darkness.

Though Haryana power utilities have imposed peak load restrictions on the industrial areas at night, the residents of the Industrial Area said the power was completely shut at night. “There is pitch dark, as streetlights, too, remain off.

While the rest of the township is all lighted up, the Industrial Area has been completely without power for the past four days,” said Mr K.C. Sharma, a local industrialist.

He said this was a perfect opportunity for burglars to strike in factories and some residences located in the area here.



Management body

Chandigarh, July 9
The president of the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA), Prof Satish Kapoor, said here yesterday that the association would make efforts to use the skills and experiences of its members for the benefit of budding engineers, entrepreneurs and young management students. — TNS



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