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DDR recorded in Jagir Singh case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Minutes after his release from jail, suspended Inspector Jagir Singh today reported to the police that he was taken away from the Sector 34 police station on Monday evening by a team of the crime branch officials, led by Inspector Satbir Singh. A Daily Diary Report (DDR) has been recorded at the Sector 34 police station in this connection.

Inspector Jagir Singh, accompanied by his supporters, reached the Sector 34 police station in the evening to report after he was released from jail on bail. Later in the day he was discharged from the PGI, where he was admitted last night after he complained of heart problem.

Talking to mediapersons inside the police station, Inspector Jagir Singh said he had come to report to the police station as he was sent to the police lines after his suspension. Expressing full faith in senior officers, he said justice would prevail in the end, admitting that he would apprise the senior officers about the whole episode soon.

Giving details of the contents of the DDR, sources in the Sector 34 police station said that Inspector Jagir Singh mentioned in his report that he was in his office on Monday when he received a call from Sub-Inspector (SI) Hardit Singh at 6:30 pm. Hardit Singh asked him that he wanted to discuss something with him and wanted to meet him. Hardit Singh asked him about his location, following which he said that he was in police station. Hardit Singh came to police station and left at 7:30 pm.

It was further mentioned in the DDR that a few minutes later two-three vehicles came to a screeching halt at the police station and Inspector Satbir Singh, accompanied by SI Amanjot, SDI Kuldeep Singh, SI Shadi Lal and other officials of the crime branch, disembarked from the vehicles. Inspector Satbir Singh went to the SHO’s room and there he talked on phone to someone, saying that he was in office. Later he told Jagir Singh to come along with him in his private vehicle and took him away.

DSP (Central) S.S. Randhawa said he was asked to conduct an inquiry into the matter as well as to investigate the case. He said he would put up the report in a few days. During the day also supporters of Inspector Jagir Singh raised slogans outside the District Courts and the Sector 17 police station, demanding action against those involved in “framing him up”.

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Bail for Jagir Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Balwinder Kumar, today granted bail to Inspector Jagir Singh, a former SHO of the Sector 34 police station who is under suspension in an alleged case of molestation of a Sub-Inspector posted in the crime branch.

The bail was granted after the JMIC heard the arguments of the prosecution and the defence counsels. A private counsel, hired by the complainant, also pleaded against the bail as the accused was a police official who could influence the case.

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Theft bid accused made to strip
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
In a bizarre incident, a shopkeeper made a youth stand virtually naked in full public view for over half an hour after he allegedly caught him red-handed stealing a shirt from his shop.

The incident took place in Sector 17 here this afternoon when the youth was allegedly caught while attempting to decamp with a stolen shirt from John Players, a garment shop.

The ‘theft’ came to light as the bar code resulted in the activation of the anti-theft alarms the moment the youth went beyond the sensors in an attempt to get out of the shop.

Employees of the shop nabbed the accused before he could escape. He allegedly hid the shirt under his jacket.

The shopkeeper, in order to teach a lesson to the ‘miscreant’, removed his trousers and made him stand in front of his shop for over half an hour.

The drama came to an end only when some passersby informed the police about the matter. The police claimed that the youth left before it reached there.

When confronted by the police, the shopkeeper admitted to what he did and maintained that he took the step as the police failed to proceed against thieves in earlier incidents.

He stated that it was the way to curb incidents of theft as the legal way was too long and tedious and complainants had to make rounds of courts for years to get justice.

The police, on its part, said it could not do anything in this matter as the youth left without lodging any complaint.

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13 to get commendation certificates tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The Chief Engineer of the UT Engineering Department, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj is among the persons selected for commendation certificates to be awarded by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, at the Republic Day function on January 26.

Others selected are movie cameraman in the Department of Public Relations, Mr Gurdev Singh, junior handball coach Iqbal Singh, junior cricket coach Harish Sharma and rower Manjeet Singh.

Among police officials, the awardees will be ASI (ORP) Parminder Singh, HC Tejbir Singhand Charanjit Singh.

Social worker Amar Manchanda and magician Ved Parkash are also among those selected for the award in the field of social service. Joginder Singh Sekhon, Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich and Diwan Manna will be awarded for their contribution to art.

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Administrator’s Medal for 10 Chandigarh cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
As many as 10 police officers have been selected for the Administrator’s Medal for Meritorious Service on the eve of Republic Day.

A spokesman of the Chandigarh police said a Sub-Inspector (SI), two Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs), two Head Constables (HCs) and five constables have been selected for the award this year. Those selected are: SI Poonam Dilawari, ASI Sukhwinder Singh and Ramesh Chand, HC Mehar Chand and Gurdas Singh, and constables Baljit Singh, Raghbir Singh, Kuldip Singh, Satyawan Singh and Yash Pal.

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VIP number fetches RLA Rs 85,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Auspiciousness of the season seems to have played its part in the auction of vehicle registration numbers conducted by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) here today.

Against the auction price of Rs 3.60 lakh for the prestigious number 1 of the last series (CH-03-Y-0001) held in October 2006, the RLA officials could auction the VIP number for the new series (CH-03-Z-0001) to Goyal Industries for just Rs 85,000.

Since the applicant is yet to get the vehicle registered, the make of the model of the vehicle to be registered could not be known, said an officer.

For the number CH-03 Z-0002, a sum of Rs 61, 500 was earned. The number CH-03Z-0007 fetched Rs 30,000. Other numbers which were sold were CH-03-Z-0009 for Rs 70,000, CH-03-Z-0011 for Rs 15,700, CH-03-Z-0099 for Rs. 26,000, CH-03-Z-0429 for Rs. 25000 and CH-03-Z-1000 for Rs 10,000.

During the auction, it was pointed out that customers had the option of paying to take a number of their choice above 10.

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CHB dwelling units for rag-pickers

Chandigarh, January 24
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will construct 328 dwelling units for rag- pickers at a cost of Rs 3.93 crore in Sector 56. Around 3 acres will be utilised for constructing the dwelling units.

The approval for constructing the housing units was granted at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the CHB held here today.

Sources said that instead of constructing dwelling units made from concrete, prefabricated housing units would be raised so that construction cost was low. At present, about 1,700 prefabricated structures are being readied by the CHB at a cost of about Rs 2.83 crore for shifting slum dwellers from Colony No 4 and Kumhar Colony in Sector 25. — TNS

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COMMUNITY
 

6 MC poll petitions taken up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
The Deputy Commissioner today heard election petitions filed against five councillors of the Municipal Corporation.

Six petitions were taken up. Two petitions had been filed against Raj Kumari Mishra, CVM candidate from Ward 20.

Notices were issued to respondents for February 28 over petitions of Rajini Gupta in Ward 2 and Charanjit Singh in Ward 9.

The petition of Kewal Krishan, filed in Ward 11, would be heard tomorrow.

Indu Singla of the Congress alleged that Raj Kumari Mishra had cast two votes. She also alleged that the EVM had stopped working and 20 votes polled had been erased.

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Parents of dead officer seek documents from Army
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
About a year-and-a-half after a young Army officer, Lt Rajesh Pandey, died under “mysterious circumstances” while serving in Jammu and Kashmir, his parents continue their struggle to obtain documents pertaining to the incident. They are also seeking an independent inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.

In a letter sent to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, this week, the Saviours of Human Rights for Armed Forces has lamented the indifferent attitude of the Defence Ministry and the Army in handling the case.

”Despite repeated requests, the Army has not supplied the documents relating to Lt Pandey’s death on July 2, 2005,” the letter states. “We have no doubt that Lt Pandey was killed, but his death was show as suicide and the Army authorities are apparently insensitive to the feelings of his parents,” the letter adds.

The letter also states that not only is the Army refusing to give a satisfactory reply to their queries, but they are also not acknowledging the receipt of their letters. The letter also urges the Supreme Commander to issue appropriates instructions to the authorities concerned to do the needful.

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BUSINESS
 

Conversion policy relaxed further

Chandigarh, January 24
For industrialists opting for conversion at the Industrial Area, Phases I and II, under the conversion policy, the Administration has given further concessions by amending the conversion policy for change of land use of industrial sites into commercial activity or services. Under the amendments, the Administration has allowed five per cent concession to those who apply for conversion till March 17 next.

In the scheme notified in 2005, the Administration had allowed 10 per cent concession to those who applied till September 18, 2006.

A senior official said the benefit had been allowed to encourage more conversions. A total of 29 applications had already been received under the conversion policy.

Another 15 applicants were willing to go in for conversion, said Mr M.S. Chadha of the Industries Association of Chandigarh.

The Administration had also allowed fragmentation of the sites, provided the applicants applied for conversion under the Chandigarh Conversion of Land Use of Industrial Sites in Commercial Activity in Industrial Area, Phase I and II, Chandigarh Scheme, 2005.

For the benefit of persons buying property on general power of attorney, the Administration had decided that applicants under the scheme would be exempt from payment of unearned increase in the event of applying for transfer of lease hold rights. This would encourage more sale and purchase of property and boost conversions, said Mr M.P.S. Chawla of the association. — TNS

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Biz Clips

IT products: The first IT products virtual supermarket of the country has been launched in the city. The portal, http://www.fastrackcomputing.com, features a range of laptops, notebook PCs, desktops, PDAs, multimedia gadgets etc. A separate store for the upgradation possibilities of old computers and a range of hardware products, accessories and peripherals are also on offer, said Mr Iqbal Singh, MD, Fastrack Computing.

BSNL offer: BSNL Punjab Telecom Circle has launched promotional schemes for pre-paid cellular subscribers by offering them full talk time on the purchase of Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 1000 SIM cards / recharge coupons. They are also offering talktime worth Rs 3000 on the purchase of SIM worth Rs 2500, talktime of Rs 4000 on the purchase of Rs 3000 recharge coupon and talk time of Rs 8000 on the purchase of Rs 5000 recharge coupon.

Equity fund: Principal PNB Asset Management Company , in association with Vijaya Bank, has announced their entry into mid and small cap segments with the launch of Principal PNB Long Term Equity Fund. This is a three-year close-ended plan with primary objective of achieving long-term capital appreciation by investing in equity and equity related instruments.

Sugar-free ice creams: Amul has launched a new range of probiotic and sugar-free ice creams. The probiotic ice cream, which would improve digestion and immune system and fight against allergic reaction, is called Amul ProLife Probiotic Wellness Ice Cream. The sugar- free ice cream, Amul Probiotic Sugarfree, is aimed at diabetics.

Liquor launched: United Spirits Limited has launched a new whisky, Royal Mist, in Chandigarh and Punjab. It is made from 100 per cent pure and premium grain, selected Indian malt and Scotch spirit. TNS

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Airtel crosses 2.5-m mark
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 24
Airtel today announced that it had crossed the 2.5-million customer mark in Punjab.

According to figures released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Airtel Punjab had 25,04,148 customers, as on December 31 last.

To celebrate the milestone, Airtel was offering gifts to its customers in Punjab.

Mr Sanjay Nandrajog, executive director, said Airtel covered 100 per cent of towns in Punjab and close to 85 per cent of its villages.

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