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Man killed in drunken brawl, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A minor altercation over a trivial issue resulted into the death of a truck driver, who was thrashed by three youngsters on Saturday night.

The victim, 28-year-old Tanmaya Hazare of West Bengal, suffered severe head injuries in the assault and was admitted to Sector 16 General Hospital, where he died early this morning.

The incident took place in Sector 26 Timber Market at around 9:30 pm when Sunil Kumar of Motika Transport Company went to office of Calcutta-Chandigarh Transport Company, where Tanmaya Hazare and his cousin Tutan Hazare were drinking, asking them not to make noise.

Tanmaya, who was drunk at that time, refused to budge following which they entered into a scuffle in which Tutan also joined. Sunil left the place after being slapped by them. He in turn called his friends, Tony and Mange Ram. After their arrival, the trio went to the office of Calcutta-Chandigarh Transport Company and dragged Tanmaya to their office.

Tanmaya was beaten up severely with rods. Tutan intervened to save his cousin, but he too was thrashed, however, he escaped with minor injuries.

Tanmaya suffered a serious blow of rod on his head following which he collapsed.

Meanwhile, Tutan informed the police about the incident, a police control room (PCR) vehicle shifted the victim to the hospital. Tutan was discharged after administering first-aid.

The police registered a case of attempt to murder on a complaint lodged by Tutan Hazare. The police arrested Sunil Kumar, Tony and Mange Ram in this connection.



Downpour takes heavy toll on power, water services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Heavy downpour took its toll on electricity and water services across the city today. As rains and thunder squalls lashed the city and temperature dipped further, power and water supply was snapped at many places.

Residents of Mani Majra were the worst hit as power supply to their homes remained disrupted for well over 20 hours. A similar story was played out in other sectors including Sector 40-C where there was no power for more than 12 hours.

Elsewhere too, water supply was hit hard as rains and winds wreaked havoc. Chandigarh received 63.5 mm rain during the night and a thunder squall with wind speed of 64.8 kmph hit the city past midnight, further affecting power supply.

Winds did their bit in uprooting trees, twisting electricity poles and snapping telecommunication lines at some places. Another squall hit the city shortly before noon today, with wind gusting up to 55.5 kmph.

In Haryana, where some places even received hail stones, Ambala was the wettest place, recording 75.7 mm of rain while Karnal received 61 mm. Hisar received 59.4 mm, Narnaul 44 mm, Nilokheri 72.8 mm and Chachrauli 70 mm. Punjab also continued to drench for the second day in a row, with Amritsar recording 21.2 mm rain, Hoshiarpur 32 mm, Ludhiana 22.1 mm and Patiala 44.1 mm.

Return of the cold wave in the region can further be explained by snowfall in the tourist resorts of Kufri, Sarahan, Narkanda and Fagu. Tribal areas of Himachal also reeled under intense cold wave conditions with Kalpa in Kinnaur recording minus 2.5 degrees Celsius. The 13,050-foot high Rohtang Pass, access to Lahaul Spiti district and the Dhauladhar mountain ranges facing the Kangra valley also had snowfall, renewing cold wave conditions in the twin valleys of Kullu and Kangra.

Solang recorded 6 cm snow while Dhundi recorded 44 cm and Petsio 1.0 cm snow. Shimla, besides receiving snow, recorded 35 mm rain, while Sundernagar recorded 17 mm, Bhuntar 14 mm, Kalpa 15 mm and Manali 32 mm rain.



Rain hits life
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 11
The widespread rain during the past two days may have brought cheers for the farming community in Chandigarh' periphery but for the common man it spelt misery. Normal life was thrown out of gear with two basic amenities of life--water and electricity--eluding the residents.

Zirakpur bore the brunt of the inclement weather. The electricity supply to several colonies, including Gobind Vihar, Hem Vihar, Baltana, Defence Colony, Kalgidhar Enclave, Sunny Enclave and Vikas Nagar, remained disrupted for a major parts of the day yesterday and today.

It was a long wait for the passengers of several long-distance trains, including the Shatabdi Express, Himalayan Queen, Lucknow-Chandigarh Express and several local trains as the rail services remained suspended from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on account of uprooting of trees on the Alamgir-Lalru section of the Chandigarh-Ambala section of the Northern Railways.

  • Power, water supplies disrupted in Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru.
  • Road, railway traffic disrupted following uprooting of trees
  • Shatabadi, Himalayan Queen arrive late at Chandigarh



Rain disrupts power supply
Chandigarh, February 11

The incessant rain disrupted power supply to different parts of the city. Residents of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, had to remain without power for more than 24 hours due to some snag in the supply lines to the complex.

Mr Pankaj, a resident of the area, lamented that repeated queries with officials of the Electricity Department yielded no results. — TNS



Trader’s son assaults Councillor’s kin, held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A group of youngsters led by a son of a city’s businessman assaulted a nephew of a Councillor with baseball sticks and rods in full public view in Sector 8 here this afternoon. The victim, who suffered head injury, along with his friend, was rushed to Sector 16 General Hospital from where they were later discharged, said the police.

The police has booked the accused, a minor son of Surinder Gulati, owner of a Sector 17 Raymonds showroom, and his other accomplices on the allegations of rioting, causing injuries, damaging property and criminal intimidation.

The accused being a minor was produced before magistrate immediately after being arrested.

The case was registered on a complaint lodged by Mr Ranjot of Sector 27, a plus two student of DAV School in Sector 15. Ranjot, nephew of Councillor Davinder Singh Babla, told the police that he, along with his friend Anurag, went to drop their another friend to his residence in Sector 8 at around 3:30 pm after watching Dog Show in Leisure Valley.

On their way back, they were intercepted by two cars. A Honda Accord car (CH-03-S-0050) came in front of Fiat Palio car, they were travelling in, while another Honda city car stopped behind their vehicle.

When Anurag came out to enquire, he was assaulted with a sword. He, however, ducked and survived the attack by injuring his arm. After that the boys led by the accused began hitting his car with baseball sticks and damaged its windowpanes. In the process, he was suffered a blow of a rod on his head.

A case has been registered.



Patients left in the lurch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Power failure put the life support systems virtually to a halt for over 45 minutes in the PGI last midnight. Critical patients undergoing treatment on life- saving machinery had a tough time as pressure of oxygen suddenly was reduced ,thus forcing the attendants to pump in air to their patients manually.

Sources in the PGI disclosed that with the power breakdown at about 12.15 am, oxygen pressure got decreased following which doctors directed the attendants to help their patients with manual equipment. Power failure also affected patients on ventilators and intensive care units.

A 15 minutes power cut from 9 to 9.15 pm to the doctors’ complex also put the medicos to inconvenience. The official spokesperson of the PGI, however, said that no such complaint was registered.



Leakage in PGI rooms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Many roofs of changing-rooms of doctors and a corridor, next to the operation theatres (OTs), on the fifth floor of the PGI here were leaking following rain on the second consecutive day today.

Rain also caused seepage in certain OTs, thus causing uncertainly about their functioning tomorrow. Though rainwater accumulated at various places but caused no inconvenience to general public, claimed an official spokesman of the PGI.

Meanwhile, rain also played a spoilsport as the tents pitched for the ongoing conferences outside Bhargava Auditorium and the Advanced Paediatric Centre, PGI got wet.



Nullah a threat to motorists
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 11
A nullah passing through a part of the township is proving to be drivers' nightmare. In fact, a major accident is waiting to happen with the authorities concerned turning a blind eye to the plight of hundreds of motorists driving along the nullah.

With the width of the road running along the nullah just a few feet, residents fear that the nullah, which had been channelised recently by the authorities concerned, was posing a serious threat to the people passing by it.

Mr Parhlad Yadav, a scrap dealer, alleged that the channelisation job had been left incomplete and there was no outlet for the water beyond the Choice Resort.The narrow road along the nullah was used by motorists to reach Baltana, particularly in the wake of the continuing construction work of flyover at Zirakpur.

Another shopkeeper, Mr Vijay Sharma, demanded that the barbed wires should be installed along the nullah so that in the event of any accident the vehicles did not plunge into the nullah. The woes of the residents would be compounded in the coming rainy season, he added.

Till recently the "kutcha" nullah left enough space for the vehicles to pass. However, after its channelisation, the road along it had become too narrow. With the number of vehicles on the road increasing with the each passing day, the area had become accident-prone.



Gentleman lawyer the city won’t forget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A large number past and present judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, local Member of Parliament and countless lawyers and others had gathered yesterday at the Sector 25 crematorium not merely because a brother lawyer had passed away, but they all felt the sudden loss of a friend, philosopher and guide, who had touched their hearts with his candid, pragmatic and human approach to life. The death of Mr Harinder Singh Giani came as a shock to most.

Having moved to Chandigarh in 1965, when the city was still in its infancy, he became a well-known face in the city’s social and legal circles. Son of Amritsar’s legendary lawyer and member of the Sikh Judicial Commission, Mr Kartar Singh, Mr Giani came to be known as an icon for upholding legal ethics, initially as a criminal and then a civil lawyer. But legal practice was only a source to earn a livelihood; his heart was in serving the humanity.

One of the highlights in his professional career was his role as a defence counsel in the Shangani Commission of Inquiry, established to enquire into charges against the then Punjab Chief Minister, late Partap Singh Kairon.

He spent a lot of time in social and charitable work as president of the Chief Khalsa Diwan at Chandigarh. Spending time at Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, of which he was president was one of his favourite pastimes. He and his wife Preet Harinder Singh (retired Additional Director Employment, Punjab) had adopted many needy students and paid for their education.

Mr Giani never forgot his lineage and was proud to tell his friends and well-wishers that his grandfather Partap Singh Giani, a Sikh scholar and calligrapher had taught at Chief’s College, Lahore, and later had written Guru Granth Sahib in long hand. Guru Granth Sahib, written by his hand, is placed in the Golden Temple.

After his son Harpreet, also a lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, returned from London after completing his Bar-at-Law with distinction, Mr Giani announced his decision to move towards social and philanthropic work, leaving his legal practice to his son. But life had something else in store for him. He suddenly fell sick last Sunday and was admitted to Fortis at Mohali. But he did not respond to treatment and passed away on Friday night. He was 68.

His bhog and antim ardas will be held in the Sector 34 gurdwara from 1 pm to 2 pm next Sunday (February 18). Though, Mr Giani may have died, the values and traditions inculcated by him in the students of the school and fellow layers will always keep his memories alive.



Rain fails to dampen dog lovers’ enthusiasm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Showers and strong winds failed to deter dog lovers from bringing in their pets for the annual Dog Show held at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, today. So much was the dog owners’ and admirers’ enthusiasm about the show that none of them was hassled when it was decided, for the time being, to shift the venue of the show because of incessant rain. Instead, the participating animals and their owners cooperated fully with the organisers. However, finally the show was held at the scheduled venue only.

The venue made an excellent picture as most of the dog owners were seen giving ‘final touches’ to the contestants- a final brushing of the unruly coat of hair and a pat of encouragement. The dogs were obedient enough to follow the instructions. Mr Vikrant, a proud owner of two dogs, a pug and a beagle said, “My dog has participated in this show for the first time and has won an award in its category”.

As many as 320 dogs participated in the show. While most of the participant dogs were from the city, several had also come from different parts of the country. Mr Phillip John from Chennai and Mr Ronnie F. Natividad from Philippines were the judges for the event.

The participating dogs were adjudged according to seven categories broadly based on breeds namely toy group, terrier, utility, hound, gundog, working and pastoral. The two judges gave judgements in the 42nd and 43rd all breeds championship dog show. The dogs that bagged awards in the best in show category belonged to Mr Rahul Chibber and Mr Nagraj Shetty. Best puppy in show was awarded to a Great Dane belonging to Mr Katyar in both 42nd and 43rd category. A beagle owned by H.S Aulakh and Rupinder Kaur got the best dog in Chandigarh award in both the categories.



Councillor alleges attack on her house
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
Mohali Municipal Councillor Amteshwar Kaur today alleged that her house was “attacked” last night. Talking to mediapersons this morning, she said her house in Phase 11 was attacked by some unidentified persons who had come in a car at about 11.30 pm last night. “They hurled stones and broke window panes of my house. We called the police and it found footprints in the lawn. Someone seemed to have come till the lawn and threw the stones,” she said. A daily diary report was lodged in the regard.

Ms Amteshwar Kaur had recently been in the midst of a controversy when she alleged that the SAD General Secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh was forcing her to support his son Jasjit in the elections. “I told them that I will not openly support them but he insisted,” she said. Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, however, had alleged that Amteshwar Kaur had demanded Rs 20 lakh for joining the SAD. “This is false. I challenge them to come to any religious place that they believe in and swear that I have demanded money,” she said.

Meanwhile, Capt Kanwaljit Singh today asked SSP, Mohali, Nilabh Kishore to provide security cover to Amteshwar Kaur. SSP informed SAD leader that two gunmen have been deputed outside the house of the councillor and a police patrolling party has been asked to keep vigil in the area.

Ms Amteshwar Kaur, however, said she had not been given any security.



49-year-old goes missing
Tribune News Service

Ropar, February 11
A 49-year-old man, Pardooman Kumar Jain, a resident of Pakawad Mohalla, has been missing from his house for the past seven days.

The police has registered a case, but his family members suspect a foul play behind his disappearance.

A special team headed by the SP(D) has been constituted to investigate the case, police said. “So far we have not got any substantial evidence to pinpoint anyone. But we had received a some inputs to track down the case soon”, the SSP, Mr Kapil Dev said.

He said Pardooman had came to work in a factory along with other partners here on January 30. He had been staying in the rented accommodation with others. He went for a morning walk on January 3 and did not return back, he added 



INA veteran passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A 90- year-old officer of the British Army, Maj Harswaran Singh Bains, passed away here yesterday evening. He was a Kings Commissioned Officer in the Frontier Force (now in Pakistan).

He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Major Bains was living in Rajiv Vihar, Manimajra with his elder son. Talking to TNS Col L.J.S Bains informed that his father had been keeping good health and had died peacefully due to old age.

Major Bains was commissioned as a Captain in the British Army. He was promoted to the rank of Major later when he joined the Indian National Army.

He once again went to jail during India’s freedom struggle. After Independence Major Bains joined the education department of Uttar Pradesh and retired as an Inspector of Schools, Dehra Dun, in 1977.

The cremation will be held tomorrow at Manimajra cremation ground at 12 pm. The Bhog ceremony will be held on Thursday (February 15) at the Sector 7, Panchkula gurdwara. 



Rajasthani art, food in city

Chandigarh, February 11
A Rajasthani festival showcasing the rich traditional art and crafts of the state began today in Rajasthan Bhawan in Sector 33, here. Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Labour Commissioner, Haryana, inaugurated the festival. He congratulated the Rajasthan Parishad and Udhyam Protsahan Sansthan of the Government of Rajasthan, for putting up this event in the region.

The festival showcases a variety of textiles and handicrafts from Rajasthan. Some attractions of the exhibition are exotic Jaipuri quilts, blue pottery, sterling silver and artificial jewellery, marble and brass items, wooden toys, leather accessories and a plethora of other handloom and textile items.

Visitors enjoyed “rabri ke laddu and gatte ki sabzi” in rain. To pull crowd everyday, there will be different menu. The exhibition is on till February 18. — TNS



Welfare association

Chandigarh, February 2
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 43-B, Chandigarh: president — Mr Hitesh Kumar Puri; vice-president — Mr Paramjit Singh Tuli; secretary — Mr K.K. Sharma; finance secretary — Mr K.K. Sehdev; and joint secretary — Ms Mamta Kohli. — TNS



Two hurt in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Two persons including a woman were hurt in two separate road accidents in the city. A pedestrian, Ms Kanta of Sector 9, was hurt after being hit by a car in the sector on Saturday. She was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital. The police has arrested the car driver, Ms Puneet of Sector 7.

In another incident, Mr Bharat of Sector 46-B, who was on a moped, sustained injuries after being hit by a jeep near the sectors 32 and 46 rotary on Friday. The victim was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police has arrested the driver of the jeep, Raj Pal of Mohali.Mr Roshan Lal of NAC, Manimajra, reported to the police, alleging that his Toyota Qualis (CH-03-H-1828) was stolen form NAC Manimajra on Saturday. In another incident, Mrs Bharti Garg of Naya Gaon lodged a complaint with the police, alleging that her Kinetic Honda Scooter (PB-04-H-4323) was stolen from the Civil Secretariat parking lot on Friday.

Man assaulted

Mr Sonu of Phase II, Ram Darbar reported to the police, alleging that Nanak, Mohinder, both residents of same locality assaulted and threatened him at his residence on Saturday.



2 trucks collide, 1 dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
One man was killed and other was injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the road separating Sectors 2 and 4, here today.

The accident took place when a truck (HR 68 2413), coming from Zirakpur, hit another truck (HR 38 F 1588) coming from opposite side.

While the driver of the truck, Suresh Pal, was injured and admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, his brother, the cleaner of the truck, 20-year-old Rajesh Kumar, died in the accident.

The driver of the other truck fled from the scene. The police has impounded the vehicle.



2 held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The police arrested Ram Sagar of Indira colony, Manimajra, on Saturday on the allegation of indulging in gambling at a public place.

The police recovered Rs 230 from him and registered a case in this regard.



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