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Breaking rules: Now, Dullo’s son in soup
Booked on two counts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The Chandigarh Police today booked son of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Shamsher Singh Dullo for unauthorised use of red light on a vehicle. The incident took place in Sector 36 yesterday.

In a statement issued by the Chandigarh Police today it was stated that an inquiry was conducted by Deputy Superintendent of Police (South) K.I.P. Singh, who found Mr Bunny Dullo, son of Mr Dullo, guilty of wrong parking and unauthorised use of red light.

The police added that the matter had been taken up with the Punjab Government for appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the drivers involved in the accident that took place at the Sector 9 and 10 crossing involved a Tata Safari, Mitsubishi Prado and a motorcycle had been arrested. Five persons were injured.

The police said both Tata Safari (CH-03-Y-0067) and Mitsubishi Prado (DL-5CB-3334) were racing down the road separating Sectors 9 and 10 last night. The Tata Safari driven by Gurpreet Singh of Kambala village rammed into a motorcycle, injuring both motorcyclists. The Tata Safari overturned twice. It damaged an electricity pole.

The police has arrested Gurpreet Singh and driver of Prado vehicle Avtar Singh of Sector 35-A. The Prado belongs to an affluent builder and contractor. Both drivers have been arrested under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC. The vehicle has been impounded by the police. 



Ward 7 poll countermanded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Elections to ward No.7 have been countermanded following the death of BSP candidate Tarlochan Singh. The election will now be conducted again at a later date. Fresh nominations will be invited and the whole procedure, including the appointment of Returning Officers, scrutiny of nominations and imposition of election code of conduct will be conducted again.

Tarlochan Singh had died last night of a heart attack.

This is for the first time that the elections have been countermanded in the Chandigarh MCC.

This is also the first time, that death of a candidate has occurred before the MC poll, resulting in countermanding of elections. Earlier, Col D.S. Vohra, founder and Managing Director of Nevedac Prosthetic Centre, who was a nominated councilor in MC had died during the MC term in 1998.

Thereafter, councilor Gian Chand had resigned, leading to byelections in which H.S Lucky was elected.

Mr M.C Suman, president of the BSP stated that Jagteshwar Bir Singh, the covering candidate for Tarlochan Singh, will be the BSP candidate.



MC POLL - 06
Campaign gains momentum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Campaigning for the forthcoming MCC elections gained pace with ex-Mayors of the city launching their poll campaign today.
Former Mayor Subhash Chawla and sitting councillor from ward No. 4 started his election campaign from Sector 23-D. Accompanied by representatives of various residents’ welfare associations and Mr B.B. Bahl, party president of the Congress, he took out a padyatra.

Earlier in the day, former Mayor Harjinder Kaur opened her election office in ward No. 15 here. Capt Kanwaljeet Singh inaugurated the office in the morning. Presidents of various gurdwara and market welfare associations were also present on the occasion. She later took out a padyatra in Sector 34 (C and D) markets. She also attended meetings in Sector 44 (B and D).

Meanwhile, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP from Hoshiarpur, president Punjab BJP and Panjab University Senator, campaigned for Prof Rajni Gupta in ward No. 2. “I am available to each one of you as an MP and will take up the issues that matter to you in Parliament with or without the recommendation of Prof Rajni Gupta, your candidate,” he said.

Mr Pawan Kumar Gupta, an Independent candidate from ward No. 21, also inaugurated his election office in the Sector 32 market. Mr Pardeep Chhabra, sitting councillor and Congress candidate from ward No. 3, campaigned in LIC Colony and marla houses in Sector 22-C.

Meanwhile, members of the Mohalla Sudhar Samiti, 13 type quarters, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, led by Mr Balwant Singh Negi, Mr Jagdish Chander, Mr H.S. Ahluwalia, announced their support to Mr Pardeep Chhabra.

All candidates of the BJP and the SAD took out padyatras in their respective wards.

Mr Vijay Uppal, BJP candidate from ward No. 3, took out a padyatra in his ward along with his party workers. Mr Sanjiv Kumar, a candidate from ward No. 14, campaigned door to door in Sector 45 and Burail. Rajesh Gupta, a candidate from ward No. 16, also took out a padyatra in Sector 20-C. Mr Arun Aggarwal from ward No. 22 went door to door in Sector 47 and 48 seeking support of the residents.

Mr Davinder Singh Aulakh has been appointed spokesman and media in charge of the CVM. At present, he is the general secretary and in charge of the youth wing of the manch.



Removal of poll posters ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
As the elections are getting nearer, violations of the code of conduct are also getting rampant.
Returning officers have been flooded with complaints. Mr I.S. Sandhu, Additional Deputy Commissioner and returning officer of ward Nos. 1-4, said he had already ordered removal of posters displayed in his area today. He had got Dadu Majra area cleaned of party flags yesterday.

Similar complaints have also been received from Sectors 27, 28 and 39 in addition to a complaint of distribution of Congress flags in Sector 30. Returning officer Daljeet Singh of ward Nos. 21-23 has referred these complaints to the police.

Meanwhile, the state election commission has appointed three general observers and three expenditure observers. They have been provided 29 vehicles for patrolling and 14 video cameras to check violations. 



GMCH turns saviour for man shunned by PGI
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Mr Balbir Singh, who was allegedly denied treatment by the PGI after he caught infection in both his legs, is on his way to recovery at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh.

A resident of Bhaowal village in Ropar district, Mr Balbir Singh, an octroi recoverer with the Jalandhar Cantonment market committee, was referred to the PGI by the Civil Hospital, Anandpur Sahib, where he was getting treatment for infection in his legs.

He had reportedly sustained injuries in an accident at a sheller in Fazilka.

He was taken to the Emergency Ward of the PGI from the Anandpur Sahib hospital on November 27. The Medical Officer there allegedly refused to entertain the patient. However, he was given preliminary treatment after his brother, Mr Mohinder Singh, a Head Constable with the UT Police, pressed for the same.

However, no registration was done. After keeping him under observation for around six hours, the doctors told his mother, Ms Tej Kaur, 75, that chances of his survival were bleak and he should be taken back home.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Balbir Singh said he suffered injuries in his legs after he slipped from the stairs at a Fazilka-based sheller. “Initially, I took the injuries lightly, but the problem aggravated. There was swelling in my both legs and I could barely stand on my feet,” he said.

Mr Mohinder Singh said as the PGI doctors had refused to handle the case, the family rushed him to the GMCH with the reference of a staff nurse of the PGI.

“Initially, the doctors at the GMCH were also reluctant to take case. They told us that the case would be referred to the PGI in case a critical situation developed,” claimed Mr Mohinder Singh. “The family agreed and asked the doctors to go ahead,” he said.

Mr Balbir Singh was operated upon by a team of doctors and shifted to the Male Surgical Ward. The doctors are of the view that Mr Balbir Singh is a drug addict and he had probably caught infection due to the use of infected syringes for taking the “dose”.

According to the PGI authorities, Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, has asked the Deputy Medical Superintendent (Emergency) to investigate into the complaint of Mr Mohinder Singh.



A ‘special’ spell
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
At the outset, it was difficult to judge that the cricketers, who were spilling energy on the fields of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, today, were special.

They were spotless in many ways — in shot selection, fielding skills, fast running, throws and bowling. No wonder one failed to differentiate them from normal players. They proved their talent off-field too. Special though, each one of them put his infirmity behind to emerge a winner. And with their enthusiasm and spirit to play and play well, they proved that the only constant in their lives was the ‘‘will to strive and not to give in’’.

They won every heart with their eagerness to make friends. To that extent, the purpose of the four-day All-India Cricket Tournament for special children organised by the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 32, was achieved.

Ten state teams are participating in the tournament, which started at four different venues today, and saw special children competing more for fun than for anything else. ‘‘We are focusing on their overall development through sports’’, said Dr B.S Chavan, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry and Joint Director of GIMRC, who inspired the event.

Children, on their part, enjoyed every minute of their stay in City Beautiful. The skipper of Bihar team Sonu Prasad could not hide the joy which his first visit to Chandigarh brought, ‘‘We all enjoy cricket very much and are very happy to be here.’’ Teammates Saurabh, Ketan, Gautam, Sunny, Rajkumar, Abhishek and Channi were equally excited. Busy making friends they didn’t bother about winning or losing the match.

But that’s not the way they react when Team India is playing. A diehard cricket fan, Jasmeet, who is representing Punjab in the tournament, said, ‘‘I skip my meals the day India loses a match’’. Others voiced a similar opinion.

As for their day, it went off well, though the children would have loved to go around the city about which they had only read so far. And not to miss the list of gifts each one wanted to return with, the most interesting being Naveen Kumar’s. ‘‘I want to get a bride for myself and take her to Patna,’’ he said.



Watch out

Dr Taruna Chowdhary Dhall, an eminent educationist, is in Bangkok where she will present her paper on “Reorienting Teacher Education for Sustainable Development” tomorrow. She has been invited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to share her thoughts with other eminent teachers of South Asia at three-day conference. The conference — Learning Together for Tomorrow — is being organised by the Asia and Pacific Regional Education Bureau. Dr Dhall, who holds doctorate in education from Kurukshetra University, is currently Principal, Sardar Rajinder Singh Memorial Mukat College of Education at Rajpura.



In Town

Dr David Pollock, an orthopaedic surgeon from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Carolina, USA, will participate in an “Intelligent Knee Surgery Course 2006” being launched at the PGI tomorrow. Dr Pollock will also accompany Dr S.S. Gill and Dr M.S. Dhillon of the PGI in a live surgery demonstration at the lecture theatre No. 1 by using one of the components of intelligent knee surgery i.e. Rotating Platform High Flexion (RP-F). He has participated in a number of national and international presentations and has authored books on various types of orthopaedic surgeries.



Passing Through

Nigel Thomson
Nigel Thomson, immigration expert from Canada.

What brings you to Chandigarh? 

I am here in connection with an awareness seminar on immigration organised by the Can-Asia Immigration Consultancy.

What is the employment scenario in India?

There is an acute shortage of manpower, particularly trained manpower, in Canada adversely affecting development works. Qualified persons from India,specially Punjab, have a great scope in the country.

Can you detail the latest changes in the immigration laws in Canada?

Since November 15, the government has relaxed the work permit requirement. As the work permit is employer-driven programme, the Canadian citizenship and immigration is very liberal. The workers, who qualify for PR (Permanent Residence) can apply for the same under federal or provincial nomination programme subject to regulations. In fact, Canada has started migration scheme through the provincial nomination programmes and work permits to cater for all categories and trades starting from farm laborers, truck drivers to highest professionals.

What is your advice to prospective immigrants?

Avoid fake and illegal travel agents.The prospective immigrants should only apply for immigration through qualified and legal immigrant firms having requisite experience.

— Pradeep Sharma



Acute shortage of workers in Canada, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Mr Nigel Thomson, member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, said here today that the Canadian labour market was facing an acute shortage of workers which had affected the development works in all provinces and territories.

“Alarmed by the critical labour market shortage, the Canadian Government had authorised the states and territories to identify occupations under pressure and employers can hire foreign workers with HRSDC concurrence. Since the work permit is an employer-driven programme hence Canadian citizenship and immigration is very liberal, Mr Thomson said here today.

Meanwhile, Mr Charles Camidge, an Australian immigrant expert, said there was also a major shortage of skilled trades in Australia and a qualified technician could get work permit in four to six months and earn good salary.

Mr Rupinder Batth, Managing Director, Can-Asia, cautioned the prospective immigrants against falling prey to the “illegal agents” and apply through only approved agents.

Lieut-Col J.S. Batth (retd), chairman and managing director, Can-Asia, informed that the firm would organise a series of seminars in the region for the awareness of the immigrants.



From Green Revolution to Gene Revolution
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Prem P. Jauhar
Dr Prem P. Jauhar

Chandigarh, December 7
Have you heard of rice rich in Vitamin A and iron, or potatoes rich in protein or a vaccine-laced banana, decaffeinated coffee and a self-illuminating Christmas tree? Yes, all this is possible and happening in the world already riding the “gene revolution.”

“Golden rice is a genetically modified form of rice in which genes which can synthesise Vitamin A and iron have been introduced and is as a result fortified and extremely nutritious. For nations where rice is the staple diet and very few of other foods is consumed, this rice can save millions of children going blind due to lack of Vitamin A,” said Dr Prem P. Jauhar Research Geneticist with the US Government and Professor of Cytogenetics while interacting with media persons here today.

Stating that bio-fortification of crops constitutes an exciting development in tackling global hunger and malnutrition, Dr Jauhar, however, rued that although the rice has been ready for the market for years, yet it has not been made available for a variety of reasons. “None of which have to do with the controversies that revolve around genetically modified crops. Commercial interests are primary and there are companies who are waiting to monopolise the benefits,” he said, pointing out that green revolution had given way to the gene revolution.

Talking about yet another application of transgenic technology, Dr Jauhar said research was on to create edible vaccines. “A melon or a banana which contain various vaccines for child will soon be a reality soon. Instead of the injections, all you do is eat a vaccine banana,” he said, adding that edible genes against measles, cholera and hepatitis B were being developed in India.

Methods of genetically decaffeinating coffee have been tried with remarkable success. “The commercial process of decaffeinating coffee and tea currently available is not only expensive, it leaves certain chemical residues,” pointed out Dr Jauhar.

Another novel application of modern biotechnology has been explored and has resulted from the isolation of genes of light emission from inspects and jellyfish. Scientists have engineered a Christmas tree that could light up on its own putting an end to the ritual of lighting it up every year, said Dr Jauhar.

Touring across India delivering lectures at various universities, Dr Jauhar said he was trying to generate awareness among scientists and students alike how modern biotechnology can be used as an integral supplement to conventional plant breeding. “Conventional plant breeding takes years to show results and genetic modification though possible are limited using conventional methods. Most controversies related to genetically modified foods are a result of ignorance and that needs to be dispelled. Also scientists using conventional methods need to shake hands with biotechnologist working in the same fields so that best results are achieved,” he said.

Dr Jauhar will be delivering a lecture at the Department of Botany, Panjab University, tomorrow at 10.30am.



14-year-old boy faces amputation
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, December 7
Out of purview of child labour prevention laws, hundreds and thousands of poor children continue to brave exploitation of the worst kind. Fourteen-year-old Raju is no exception to the norm.

Faced with the threat of amputation of his right foot, he is a peculiar example of the failure of laws in ensuring the safety of children at work. Until a while ago, he was a farm labourer with a landlord in Kishanpura village of Nawanshahr. But during the course of his strenuous schedules, he developed an infection in his right foot.

Denied care and support, the wound went from bad to worse. And then one day, Raju was asked to pack his bags. “My employer brought me to Chandigarh and left me outside the PGI. He did not give me any money. He said he had paid off the agent who brought me. That was when I found out I had been sold to the landlord and I had no rights as a worker,” says the child, who reeled in pain for 15 days before being spotted by one Col Manmohan Singh who referred his case to the authorities.

The case was complicated, says a volunteer of PGI Childline, which is now looking after Raju. “You could not stand next to him. His wounds were stinking, so much so that the doctor refused to see him unless they were cleaned. We cleaned the wounds and he was examined in the orthopaedic emergency.”

The diagnosis broke Raju’s heart. Continued negligence of the infection had caused complete decay of the bones of his foot. The only cure for the infected portion was amputation. “It is a condition called osteomyelitis. The child’s bones have decayed beyond repair and we will have to surgically remove the infected part. He will require prosthesis,” confirmed the doctor attending to Raju.

Faced with a hopeless situation, Raju does not know where to go. He has given his family’s details to Ms Madhu Singh, member, Chandigarh Child Welfare Committee which has sheltered him at Pingalwara in Palsora. But it might take long before Raju’s parents are located. Ms Singh says, “It is strange that the Modified Child Labour (Prevention and Regulation) is not being followed at all. Migrant labour is not even being registered. As per the law, Raju’s case falls under Punjab’s jurisdiction, but we will shelter him till we locate his parents.”

Raju, for his part, is getting ready for whatever fate might have in store for him. 



Virinder is Chrysanthemum King
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Virinder Sharma walked away with the titles of King, Queen and Princess at the 20th Annual Chrysanthemum Show-2006 at the Terraced Garden, Sector 33, here today.
The competition segment of the show concluded today while prizes would be conferred on December 10.

The formal inauguration of the show will take place tomorrow. This year over 250 different varieties of chrysanthemum are on display at the show.

The other results:

Artistic Arrangement

Class A (Amateurs): Virinder (Panchkula) 1, Sant Sarup (Chandigarh) 2.

Class B (Institutions): Chandigarh Housing Board -32 (Chandigarh) 1, Regional Institute of Cooperative Mgt (Chandigarh) and Chandigarh Housing Board, Sec-9 (Chandigarh) 2, The Gurukul (Panchkula) and the Director, PGI (Chandigarh) 3.

Group Arrangement (Class C)

Section C-1: Virinder 1, Amrita and Virinder 2.

Section C-2: Virinder 1, Virinder 2.

Section C-3: Virinder 1, Virinder 2.

Section C-4: Virinder 1, Virinder 2

Section C-5: Kulbir 1, Virinder 2

Section C-6: Virinder 1, Virinder and Sant Sarup 2.

Section C-7: Virinder 1, Virinder 2

Section C-8: Virinder 1, Sant Sarup 2

Section C-9: Sant Sarup 1, Virinder 2

Section C-10: Sant Sarup 1, Virinder and Krishan 2

Section C-11: Virinder 1, Virinder 2

Group Arrangement (Class D)

Section D-1: Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 1, Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 2.

Section D-2: Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 1, Hans Raj Public School (Panchkula)2.

Section D-3: The Gurukul (Panchkula) 1, Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 2.

Section D-4: Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 1, Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 2.

Section D-5: Chandigarh Housing Board (Chd) 1, the Director, PGI (Chd) and Regional Director (Chd) 2.

Section D-6: Krishan (Chandigarh) 1, The Gurukul and Chandigarh Housing Board (Chandigarh) 2.

Section D-7: Krishan (Chandigarh) 1, Regional Director, RICM (Chandigarh) 2.

Section D-8: Hans Raj Public School (Panchkula) 1, Regional Director, Regional Institute of Management (Chandigarh) 2.

Section D-9: Chandigarh Housing Board, Sec-9 (Chandigarh) 1, Chandigarh Housing Board, Sec-9 (Chandigarh) 2.

Section D-10: Chandigarh Housing Board, Sec-9 (Chd) 1, Regional Director, RICM, (Chandigarh) 2.

Section D-11: Regional Director, RICM (Chd) 1, Hans Raj Public School (Panchkula) 2.

King of the Show : Virinder

Queen of the Show: Virinder

Prince of the Show : Kavita

Princess of the Show: Virinder.



Fire in Connect showroom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
Fire broke out in the in the Connect showroom in Sector 35 market here today. The fire, which was caused due to a short circuit, spread quickly, engulfing a part of the ground floor. Though property worth lakhs of rupees was gutted in the fire, no loss of life was reported.

The fire, which occurred at about 7.45 p.m., led to panic in the busy market. The showrooms next to the Connect showroom like Café Coffee Day, Barrista, etc. were immediately shut down.

According to fire officials, four fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Initially, they had to face a problem as they were not able to enter the car parking initially. Fire officials stated that it was only after about half an hour that they were able to reach the area. Vehicles were not allowed to enter the parking area for about half an hour.

Connect officials present on the spot refused to comment. In their report to the fire officials they have, however, stated that they had about 30 computers, printers, apart from cash and other goods lying on the ground floor, which had been destroyed.

According to the fire officials, 20 persons were present in the showroom when the fire broke. The Connect showroom was being used a cyber cafe. 



IGP honours three cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The UT Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr S.K. Jain, today awarded a commendation certificates to a Sub-Inspector (SI) and two constables for apprehending two accused involved in snatching incidents on Tuesday.

Constable Gurdev Singh had nabbed an accused, Amandeep Singh of Mohali, who sped away after snatching a chain of a woman near Piccadily Chowk. Acting swiftly the cop managed to apprehend the accused within minutes of the occurrence of the crime.

In another incident, SI Pargat Singh and Constable Joginder Singh showed exemplary display of professionalism when they arrested Chanchal Kumar of Mohali within 20 minutes after the accused snatched a mobile phone from a woman near the Football Stadium in Sector 17 on Tuesday.

The IGP today awarded a first-class commendation certificate along with a cash reward Rs 1000 to Constable Gurdev Singh and a reward of Rs 500 each to SI Pargat Singh and Constable Joginder Singh. 



Martyrs’ kin given cheques
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 7
Financial benefits to the tune of Rs 4 crore were given to the kin of Army personnel who got killed or were physically disabled in various operations during the past two years at a Flag Day function organised by the Rajya Sainik Board, Punjab, in Phase X here today.

As many as 74 cases were cleared. Widows of killed Army personnel were given a cheque for Rs 5 lakh each while parents were given a financial help to the tune of Rs 2 lakh. Army personnel, who got physically disabled, were given a cheque for Rs 2 lakh each.

Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home Affairs, Justice and Defence Services Welfare, who laid the foundation stone of Sainik Sadan, said the government had earmarked a sum of Rs 14 crore for the kin of Army personnel who got killed or were disabled. A sum of Rs 4 crore was given today.



Passport adalat on Dec 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The second passport adalat will be organised by the Regional Passport office on December 16. The adalat will focus on grievances of the people of Ludhiana district. The adalat will be held at the Regional Passport Office in Sector 34.

More than 800 letters will be sent out to people whose applications are pending with the office. The letters are only being sent to people whose cases are pending before April 30 this year.

The adalat will be held from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. People are required to bring the required documents as will be mentioned in the letter. They will also be required to bring proof of date of birth, proof of residence and passport size photographs.



Villager sets himself on fire
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 7
A resident of Mohali village allegedly ended his life by setting his clothes on fire here this evening.
According to information, Bablu Shah locked himself in a room and set his clothes on fire.

When neighbours saw some smoke coming out of the room they rushed to find out what was happening. On finding that the room was bolted from inside, they broke open the door. But by that time Bablu Shah had sustained serious burn injuries. It is reported that he succumbed to his injuries soon after.

According to the police, the deceased was staying with his brother, Vinod, in the village. Bablu Shah had got married but was finding difficult to make both ends meet as he was unemployed and could not find a job for himself. He often used to complain to his brother about his unemployment.

The police has initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Constable found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
A constable of Chandigarh Police, Jasbir Singh, was found dead near a liquor vend at Kansal village here this morning. Ruling out the possibility of foul play, the police said no injury mark was found on the body.

The police said they received information at around 8.30 a.m. that the body of a policeman in uniform was lying at a kiosk near the liquor vend at Kansal village. A police team reached there and identified him as 36-year-old Jasbir Singh of the same village, a constable posted at the police control room.

The police said Jasbir is survived by his wife and a child. This was his second marriage. He left home on Wednesday evening to report for duty, but did 
not do so. 



3 booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 7
The police has booked three residents of Sector 45 for allegedly duping a Ram Darbar resident of Rs 45,000 on the pretext of sending him abroad. The police said Mr Sumit Kumar of Phase I, Ram Darbar, reported to the police that Jai Ram, Paras Ram and Raj Kumari, all residents of Sector 45, had taken Rs 45,000 from him with the promise of sending him to Canada. He told the police that the accused neither sent him to Canada nor returned his money.

Scooter stolen: Narinder Kaur of Hoshiarpur reported to the police that Bajaj Chetak (PAX-8592) was stolen from Rose Garden in Sector 16 on December 4.

Mobile snatched: Mr Babhav Katare of block number 7, Panjab University, has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that three unidentified persons travelling in a Maruti car snatched his mobile phone near Law Auditorium on Wednesday night.

Missing: Ms Navjot Walia of Sector 39-B reported to the police that her mother-in-law Ravinder Kaur (75) had gone somewhere without informing anyone. She was wearing a suit and slippers. 



Attempt to ‘kidnap’ girl, three held
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 7
An attempt to “kidnap” a 19-year-old girl from Amritsar was foiled by the local police this evening with the arrest of three persons.
A police party arrested Rajbir Singh, Pinky Sharma and Balbir Singh, when they were on their way to Ambala from Chandigarh after allegedly “kidnapping” the girl from Chandigarh. The accused are residents of Zirakpur.

The girl, who had come to Chandigarh in search of work, was being taken to Ambala in a car when they were signalled to stop at Jawaharpur village. However, when they did not stop they were chased and arrested.

Meanwhile, the girl was restored to her parents by the police. A case has been registered.



One killed, two hurt in road mishap

Lalru, December 7
A 35-year Gypsy driver was killed and two persons seriously injured in a road accident at Jalalpur village, near here, today.
According to sources, the accident occurred when Satish Kumar’s Gypsy collided head-on with a truck early today. While Satish died on his way to hospital, Satvir and Sher Singh were admitted to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against the truck driver, who has absconded. TNS



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