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19-year-old stabbed to death, father injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Three unidentified youths allegedly stabbed 19-year-old Bajinder Singh, son of a tea vendor, to death in broad daylight at the Palsora Colony this afternoon. The victim’s father, 42-year-old Punjab Singh, also got injured in the scuffle.

The assailants allegedly stabbed the father-son duo in the full public view and fled from the spot leaving them severely injured. They were taken to Sector 16 General Hospital, where Bajinder succumbed to his injuries.

Quoting people, the police said the accused sped away from the spot on a motor cycle. The number of the motor cycle could not be noted down as its number plate was twisted. An old feud was being cited as the reason behind the assault.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station, Inspector Nanha Ram Kadiyan, said the incident took place at around 11.30 am when the three youths came to the tea stall of Punjab Singh along the road dividing Sectors 55 and 56. They asked him to prepare tea and after taking tea, they paid the amount. In the meantime, Bajinder reached there. One of the youths threatened Bajinder to mend his ways saying that he was going against them. At which, Bajinder entered into a heated argument with them following which they assaulted him, said the police.

Punjab Singh, a resident of Sector 56, in his complaint alleged that on seeing the trio getting violent, Bajinder ran for his life. They chased and intercepted him and one of them caught hold of him while the other stabbed him thrice in his stomach. On seeing this, he (Punjab Singh) ran to rescue his son and caught hold of one assailant, but he was also stabbed repeatedly.

By that time, his son collapsed on the ground and the assailants sped away. Surprisingly, no one came forward to help them. The police was informed about the incident and a police control room vehicle took the victims to the hospital. Bajinder died there while the doctors referred Punjab Singh to the PGI seeing the seriousness of his condition.

The police said efforts were on to trace the accused. They were said to be in the age group of 20 to 22 years and were clean shaven. Punjab Singh told the police that he did not know the assailants, but could identify them if produced before him.

Preferring anonymity, some shopkeepers of the area disclosed that the assailants belonged to Badheri and looked like drug-addicts.



Ryan row: Parents to move high court
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The indifferent attitude of the authorities of Ryan International School, Sector 49, in getting affiliation from the Central Board of Secondary Education, has compelled the parents of students studying in Class X to initiate criminal proceedings against the school authorities.

The dejected parents formed an association - Ryan School Parents Association - which conducted its meeting at the Advocates’ Society, Sector 48, here, today. The meeting was attended by around 60 parents.

According to Mr Ashwini Bansal, the parents are jointly submitting a writ petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the management of the school tomorrow seeking directions to the CBSE and other respondents to allow their wards to appear in the examination as they were not at fault.

The agitated parents speculated that it was beyond their understanding how the school was allotted the site by the Chandigarh Administration despite the fact that it was not affiliated with any recognised education board.

“It is hard to digest that the administration was not known of this bitter fact. The Chandigarh Education Department has given the school due recognition without getting into the real picture,” rued Mr Verma.

“We are initiating criminal proceedings tomorrow against the senior functionaries of the institute, who are responsible for taking us for a ride. Everytime we have to listen to their false illogical assurances. Now, there is no option left with the students to get themselves registered with any other board for examination for the current session, as the last dates of filling forms of all boards have already expired,” rued Mr Dinesh Ghai, another parent, advocate by profession.

According to Mr Bansal, the parents have formed four committees. One committee headed by Mr Rakesh Verma, a parent and an advocate by profession, will look after the court proceedings. The second will be headed by Mr Avnish Khosla, which will proceed to New Delhi to submit a memorandum to the higher authorities of the CBSE seeking special permission to let their children appear in the examinations.

The third committee headed by Mr Rajiv will meet the Principal, Ms Poonam Sharma, tomorrow to question the dictatorial attitude of some of the teachers of the school who were rebuking students for taking part in the agitational proceedings. However, the Principal denied all these allegations.

The fourth committee will look after the complaint filed at the Sector 34 police station. Meanwhile, the SHO of Sector 34 police station, Mr Prem Chauhan, admitted that the inquiry in this regard is under progress.

Since the school, too, has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the matter was sub judiced, CBSE regional office officials refrained from commenting on the issue.

“The CBSE authorities also knew that such a blunder is being committed by the school, still they did not take any step to stop the school from continuing with the classes. We will go to the CBSE office in New Delhi to ask the officials concerned,” said Mr Khosla.

Since the school has not been granted any affiliation, the board has specifically directed that no child should be admitted to Class IX before the affiliation. But the school went on admitting the students to Class IX.



Cops ready for PM’s visit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The UT police today conducted a mock drill to finetune the security arrangements on the eve of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit. The mock drill on the proposed route - from airport to the Punjab Raj Bhavan - was conducted with a cavalcade of 12 vehicles. A team of the SPG from New Delhi also coordinated with the local police to review the security arrangements. The IGP also held a meeting with the top brass.

Dr Manmohan Singh will arrive at the Punjab Raj Bhavan tomorrow evening for a night stay after campaigning for the Congress candidates at several places in Punjab. He will fly back to Delhi on February 6.



MC constitutes 8 committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Municipal Corporation today constituted eight committees in pursuance of a decision taken by the House of the Municipal Corporation at its 61st meeting held on January 29. The term of the committees will end on December 31 this year. The members of the committees are as follows:

Roads Committee: Mr Surinder Kumar Jagota, Mr Gurnam Singh, Ms Anu Chatrath, Mr Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, Mr M.P.S. Chawla, Mr Ram Sumder Morya, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala and Ms Amrit Bolaria. Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee: Mr Vijay Singh Rana, Mr Jagjit Singh Kang, Ms Sarita Devi, Mr Anil Kumar Dubey, Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, Ms Pam Rajput, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala and Ms Sunita Chaudhary.

House Tax Assessment Committee: Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Mr P.K. Mukerjee, Ms Rita Sharma, Mr Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Mr Arshad Khan, Ms Anju Beniwala, Mr Devinder Singh Babla, Mr M.P.S. Chawla and Mr Manjit Singh.

Environment and City Beautification Committee: Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Mr Surinder Kumar Jagota, Ms Anju Beniwala, Ms Kamlesh, Mr Jatinder Bhatia, Mr Gurnam Singh, Ms Raj Kumari and Ms Sunita Chaudhary.

Electricity Committee: Mr Pardeep Chaabra, Mr P.K. Mukerjee, Mr Davinder Singh Babla, Dr A.P. Sanwaria, Mr Harphool Chand Kalyan, Ms Sheela Devi, Mr Ram Sumer Morya, Mr Jatinder Bhatia and Ms Amrit Bolaria.

Apni Mandi and Day Markets Committee: Ms Anu Chatrath, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Ms Sheela Devi, Ms Raj Kumari, Mr Resham Chand Jakhu, Ms Kamlesh, Mr Harphool Chand Kalyan, Mr Ram Lal and Mr Ravinder Pal Singh.

Fire and Emergency Services Committee: Ms Pam Rajput, Mr Arshad Khan, Mr Anil Kumar Dubey, Dr Neelam Malik, Mr Resham Chand Jakhu, Mr Pardeep Chhabra, Mr Ram Sumer Morya, Mr Manjit Singh and Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpura.

Sanitation Committee: Dr A.P. Sanwaria, Ms Amrit Bolaria, Mr Kuldeep Singh, Ms Rita Sharma, Ms Sarita Devi, Mr Ram Lal, Mr Vijay Singh Rana, Dr Neelam Malik and Mr Ravinder Pal Singh.



Dalit forum to Kiran’s rescue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Coming to the rescue of Kiran, a resident of Kajheri, the Dalit Rights Protection Forum, Mohali, yesterday demanded the arrest of the doctor running Amar Nursing Home in the village. A three-month pregnant Kiran was hospitalised in the PGI after she was attended upon by G K Kaushal, a doctor of the nursing home.

Addressing a press conference, Ms Pushpa Salaria, all-India president of the forum, alleged that the police had been shielding the suspect and that was the reason why he had not been arrested even after 15 days of the incident. She had threatened to approach the National Human Rights Commission, the consumer court and the Medical Council of India if the arrest was not made in the next three days.

Mr S S Bawa, a legal adviser to the forum, demanded the constitution of a team to check unqualified and fake doctors practising in the city and its periphery.

Mr Shiv Shankar, husband of the victim, who was also present, said that doctors had operated upon her and another operation was due at the PGI here. 



Water shortage dogs Zirakpur colony
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Water shortage is usually associated with summers. However, in Zirakpur, fast growing township of multi-storeyed flats and shopping malls, water shortage is common in winters also.

The Sunny Enclave on the Zirakpur-Kalka road is a case in point where water shortage continues to throw residents' lives out of gear at regular intervals. With civic amenities in the fast-growing township not keeping pace with the population, the colonies like the Sunny Enclave bear the brunt of water shortage.

In fact, water scarcity is not the only problem which dogs this residential colony. Besides, the water scarcity, erratic power supply often makes residents lives miserable, alleged Mr S.C. Dhall, a resident.

If past is any indication, we are heading for problems on the water and electricity front again in the forthcoming summer season, residents complained.

Repeated representations to the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat authorities and the Mohali DC have failed to improve things. This was despite the fact that the residents paid through their noses for water and electricity supply, Mr Dhall added.

Carved out by a prominent Congress leader of the area years ago, the condition of roads is pitiable. It seems that the roads had not been recarpeted for a considerable time.

Officials sources conceded that civic amenities left much to be desired in certain part of the township as there had been a spurt in the mushrooming of colonies. The development of the basic infrastructure needed huge resources and considerable time and the civic body was trying its best to provide civic amenities.



Marathoner completes run
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Setting a record, ultra-marathoner Arun Bhardwaj finished his New Delhi-Chandigarh-Shimla run in just 74 hours 37 minutes today.

This 38-year-old long distance runner started his gruelling run from India Gate, New Delhi on February 1 at 2.13 p m and reached Shimla at Traffic Control Room point near the bus stand at 4.50 pm today.

Talking to TNS on the telephone after accomplishing the task, Arun Bhardwaj said: “The DSP (Traffic), Himachal Pradesh, Mr Man Singh Thakur, along with other police officials received me at the set point”.

Earlier, he reached The Tribune office, Chandigarh, yesterday at 12.15 p m, covering 256 kilometres in just 46 hours.

Before starting, he set a target to reach Shimla in 100 hours. Arun, a Limca Record holder for covering 550 km distance (Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi) in 122 hours, 45 minutes in 2004, will make efforts to get his accomplishment registered in Limca Book of Records.

Arun, a regular participant in multi-day races being held in foreign countries every year, has become the first Asian by taking part in a three six-day ultra-marathon events in a year. He also ran 558 km in six-day in the Cliff Young Australian 6-Day Race in Colac, Australia, in 2005 to set the South Asian record.



Passengers get world-class feel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Ambala division of the Northern Railway will showcase its works providing world-class facilities at the Chandigarh railway station tomorrow.

The occasion is the annual meeting of the General Manager with the Members of Parliament, whose constituencies fall under the jurisdiction of the Ambala division. The parliamentarians, including members from the Rajya Sabha, would discuss the issues concerning railways of their respective area.

The station has already got two touch screens - one near the reservation counter and the other near the enquiry counter - which would provide information on the status of ticket booking and seat availability in trains. The facility became operational yesterday.

Besides, electronic guidance system to indicate the location of the coaches had been installed. The canteen, the general waiting lounge and the first class waiting lounge had also been redone, said officials.

The Senior Divisional Operational Manager, Mr Karan Singh, visited the station to review the works.



Hunger strike threatened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Ad Hoc Front to save the PGI Employees Union, Chandigarh, yesterday warned the PGI authorities that they would resort to indefinite hunger strike from February 6 onwards. The front has decided to protest in support of their pending demands.

A press note jointly issued by Mr Subhash Chander and Mr Jadish S Jaggi, president and vice-president of the front, stated that FIRs should be registered against persons involved in unlawful activities and corruption.



Man duped of Rs 3 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The local police arrested a Sector 49-based property dealer on the allegations of duping his neighbour of Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of selling him a flat.

Sources in the Economic Offences Wing of the Chandigarh Police said Jaspal Singh was arrested on Saturday and was produced before a local court today which remanded him to two days of police custody. The complainant, Mr Pradeep Goel, told the police that the accused had entered into a deal with him to sell a flat in a society in Sector 50. Jaspal Singh allegedly told him that the flat existed in the name of his friend, Harpreet Singh.

The deal was settled for Rs 27 lakh and he paid Rs 3 lakh as earnest money. But after the passage of over a year the accused did not proceed further in the deal and kept on delaying the issue over one pretext or another.

The fraud came to light when Mr Pradeep contacted the society only to find out that the plot was never allotted to anyone. Realising the fact, Mr Pradeep reported the matter to the police and a case was registered in this connection after an inquiry.

Fraud: A case of cheating and impersonation has been registered following orders issued by Mr Y.S Rathore, Chief Judicial Magistrate, district Courts, Chandigarh, against Raghbir Prashad, who had given his wrong address. The accused had furnished surety of a woman from New Delhi booked in an Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, by producing fake documents.



Bid to loot ATM foiled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 4
Two car-borne unidentified miscreants attempted to loot an ATM Machine of the State Bank of Patiala in Sector 7, here on Saturday night.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 12.30 am last night. The youth apparently tried to break open the ATM machine, but failed to do so. In the meantime, a watchman of the area and a police patrolling party reached there. On seeing them coming, the miscreants sped away from the spot in their car.



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