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Varun tops tricity with 97.1%
Panchkula girl second with 96.85 pc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Panchkula/Mohali, May 19
When Varun Sood got the news that he had topped the tricity by securing 97.1 per cent marks in the ICSE class X examination, the results of which were declared today, he was participating in the St Stephen’s Carrom Ranking Tournament and grabbed the juniors’ title. So, it was double delight for him.

Isha Kapoor, a student of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, Panchkula, in a joyous mood along with her parents after grabbing the second position in the tricity in the class X ICSE examination on Saturday.
Isha Kapoor, a student of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, Panchkula, in a joyous mood along with her parents after grabbing the second position in the tricity in the class X ICSE examination on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Elated over his success, Varun said, “ I never expected it. What has made me happier is that I have broken last year’s record of 96.8 per cent scored by Raghu Mahajan.”

Scoring high marks is nothing new for Varun, a student of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26. The national winner in the Green Olympiad last year, Varun has decided to pursue the non-medical stream and wants to join the IIT. He has got admission to SD School, Sector 32.

It is his passion to meet one challenge after another, be it an examination or any contest. He has been a winner in quiz contests many times. He is fond of reading , especially on subjects like general knowledge, physics and mathematics. He has been the topper in his class since the third standard.

Crediting his good performance to his parents, teachers and friends, Varun said he never took tuitions. He firmly believes that tuitions are of little help till class X. “If you want to be successful, study throughout the year for at least five to six hours daily and prepare consistently for the exams,” he said.

His father, Santeekshan Sood, is a banker and was hopeful about his son’s success. “He was always persistent with his studies and I was expecting him to do well.” Varun’s mother, Poonam Sood, a teacher with Government Model High School, Sector 10, was impatiently waiting for her husband to come home as Varun was away for the tournament and there was no one at home who could operate the Net.

“I came to know of his achievement only through his friends, who informed me on the phone,” she said.

For Viren Sood, his younger brother and class IX student at St Kabir-26, Varun is the idol. “I will try to fit into his shoes next year,” smiles Viren.

A student of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, Panchkula, Isha Kapoor stood second in the tricity scoring 96.85 per cent in the examination.

Ecstatic over her score, she said, “I was expecting around 95 per cent even though I must admit I was nervous about the boards to begin with. When the exams started going well, my hopes of scoring well began to rise, but the result is surely beyond my expectations.”

She attributes her success to her teachers, principal and her parents who were by her side right throughout. “I was regular with class work and studied consistently. While I tried not to miss school during the entire session, during the one month of preparatory leave, I studied for three to six hours everyday,” she added.

A gold medallist at the Cyber Olympiad who has also cleared her NTSE, Isha remarks, “I was particular about devoting the allotted 15 minutes to reading the question paper well. It is essential to comprehend the paper before you actually begin writing. This is one area I gave due attention to.”

Daughter of Dr Rajiv Kapoor and Dr Neeru Kapoor, she has opted for the medical stream and wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps. “I want to be a doctor just like them and want to specialise in gastroenterology. I hope I can achieve my goal,” she added.

Akshata Mohanty, a student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, was equally excited on getting the third position in the tricity by securing 96.4 per cent marks. “I am feeling on top of the world and owe my success to my parents, teachers and principal Carver in particular, who has been a real motivator behind my success.”

Accompanying her was her mother Sunita Patnaik, a former teacher of St Stephen’s and at present lecturer with DAV College, Sector 10.

Akshata is a versatile personality and has attained expertise in elocution, dramas and declamation contests. She was recently selected in the ‘Catch them young’ contest conducted by Infosys. Akshata wants to go in for the Civil Services.

Around 826 students appeared in the exam through six schools in the tricity. Of the 91 students of St Kabir-26, who appeared for the examination, all of them secured the first division. As many as 22 students have secured above 90 per cent marks.

Ramneek Kaur Bhatia of Tender Heart got 93 per cent marks while Jasjit Singh Sodhi secured 91.1 per cent marks. Principal Prem Suri said their result was 100 per cent.

Ravinder Preet Kaur of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, secured 95.7 per cent marks. As many as 10 students of this school secured above 90 per cent marks. St Xavier’s High School, Mohali, achieved 100 per cent result in the examination and as many as five students of the school secured above 90 per cent marks.

In Panchkula, at least 20 students of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, scored more than 90 per cent. While Isha Kapoor was first with 96.85 percent, Akhil of the same school was second with 94.5 per cent and Shrey was third with 94 per cent.

Saupins School also saw a cent percent result. Rohit topped the school with 88. 9 per cent marks.



In ISC, it’s Prerna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali, May 19
Prerna Chandla of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, topped in the city schools by securing 96 per cent marks in the class XII (commerce stream) of the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination, the results of which were declared today. An elated Prerna said, “I am very excited; I was expecting it.”

Equally delighted were her parents over the success of their daughter.“I am proud that she has brought laurels to her school, her teachers and us,” said Neelam Chandla, her mother, who is a teacher with St Xaviers’ School.

Her father, Arun Chandla, is a former manager of a pharmaceutical company in Rajasthan.

Regularity with class work seemed to hold the key for the success of Prerna. “Being regular to school and paying attention in class is important. I must say the commerce faculty in my school is the best,” she said. Prerna is aspiring to be associated with a multinational company after doing MBA.

The topper in the city in the non-medical stream, Ramandeep Neetu of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, has secured 92.2 per cent. Harshdeep Singh Guron has secured 82.3 per cent marks while Vishavjeet Singh Jyani got 80 per cent marks.

In the commerce group, Mankirat Bachhal has secured 89.9 per cent while Nimrat Punia and Gurleen Kaur Baidwaan have secured 87.3 per cent and 81.8 per cent, respectively. Ravnoor Preet Singh has got 85 per cent in the medical stream.

In the commerce stream, Himanshu Takur of St Xaviers-44, has got 82 per cent marks securing the second place in the school. Manish Suri secured 80 per cent marks while Arun Garg and Tushar Handa got 78 per cent marks each.

In the science stream, Amith Kumar Jagota got the first place in the school with 80 per cent marks. Ravinder Singh Negi got 76 per cent marks. Arpanpreet Gill and Ketan Verma secured 75 per ent and 72 per cent, respectively. While students had performed well in the ICSE examination, performance of schools in the ISC examination had been below expectations, principals claimed.



PTA Fund
Money spent on anything but student welfare
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
For several years now, there have been instances of misappropriation of Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) funds, but this has apparently failed to shake up the administration.

Money collected by heads of reputed schools under the PTA fund, which is meant for welfare of students, has been systematically misused - for payments to firms and projects existing on paper alone, repair and furnishings and payment of salaries to those appointed at will.

Documents in the possession of the Tribune reveal that the erring principals have managed to go scot free, despite the inquiries against them.

The PTA funds for model and non-model schools is officially fixed at Rs 150 and Rs 100, respectively. But the school heads have been reportedly charging amounts exceeding by Rs 100 to Rs 150.

Data collected on various schools of the city shows that norms regarding PTA funds - the elections procedure; general body meetings; income expenditure records; bank account - are being flouted with impunity.

Reason, the self-willed behaviour of principals/headmasters and the parents’ helplessness in raising objections for the sake of their children. Consequently, there is ‘mass cheating’ with the PTA money being spent on the whim and fancy of the school heads.

A number of cases have come to light in the past where the heads/principals had tampered with bills/payments made to ‘non-existing firms’, amounts spent on ‘works never done’ and forged salary bills for appointments.

An inquiry was held against S. Nijhawan, a former principal of GMHS-34C, GMSSS-32, for embezzling PTA funds to the tune of over Rs 6 lakh but no action has been taken so far. She allegedly tampered with bills and withdrew large amounts from the PTA funds.

The amount embezzled was got deposited in an account ( SB-1435) in the Oriental Bank of Commerce, Sector 34, and withdrawn by the principal.

At GMSSS-Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, parents alleged that principal Indu Bala had on her own announced the newly elected body on May 5, 2007, without taking them into confidence.

Indu Bala has allegedly made serious financial irregularities in the past, withdrawing about Rs 2 lakh from the PTA funds of the then Government Middle School, Mani Majra, two years ago.

At Government Primary School, Maloya, the office ‘sofa’ was got repaired through students’ contribution and the PTA account. Another ‘unavoidable expense’ was on renovation of three rooms, not for students but MC officials for conducting municipal elections.

Students were charged Rs 80 each as PTA fund (May 31, 06) in defiance of the administration’s orders (April 6, 2005), saying no PTA fund was to be collected from students of Classes 1 to V of non-model schools for that session.

There have been instances, as in GMSSS-16, GMSSS-22A, GMSSS-33, GHS, Hallo Majra, where school heads appointed their near and dear ones as teachers and their salary was paid out of the PTA funds. These teachers were removed after the matter was reported in the media.



Tainted SI still at large
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The functioning of the Chandigarh police has come under sharp focus with the mystery over a file pertaining to passport verification allegedly being handled by sub-inspector (SI) Sukhdweep Singh, who was booked by the CBI yesterday under the Prevention of Corruption Act, while the case was originally marked to some other officer.

When the matter was taken up with senior police officials, they had not clear answers. The CBI had yesterday caught head constable Iqbal Singh while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 12,000. SI Sukhdweep Singh reportedly escaped from the trap. He is still at large.

DSP (south) K.I.P. Singh asserted that the regional passport officer (RPO) had written to the SSP to enquire a matter in which they found some discrepancies in details furnished for a passport. The complaint came to him, which he further forwarded to the SHO of the Sector 34 police station for action. He said he was not aware to whom the SHO assigned the job to investigate the matter.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Prem Kumar Chauhan, said he had marked the investigation to assistant sub-inspector Sarabjit Kaur, but did not know how the file went to SI Sukhdweep Singh.

The SHO said the RPO had written to the SSP to enquire into a matter of a passport of Nirmal Singh of Sangrur. The passport was processed through Mudra Associates and was found to be having certain discrepancies.

The photograph furnished in the documents did not match with that of the person.

The CBI said they had received the complaint from Rajiv Puri against Sukhdweep Singh in which it was alleged that he had demanded money from the complainant to give a report in his favour. Following this, the CBI laid a trap yesterday.

Puri told Chandigarh Tribune that he had spoken to Sukhdweep twice over the phone on May 15 and 16. The latter told him that there were serious allegations against his travel agency and demanded Rs 20,000 to give a favourable report. However, they finally settled for Rs 12,000. Iqbal Singh was sent to collect the amount. Later, it was found that it was a general inquiry.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune over the phone, Sukhdweep Singh maintained that he had nothing to do with the investigation and he had never seen the file.

He added that Iqbal Singh could have contacted Rajiv Puri on his own and demanded money from him on his (Sukhdweep) name.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Singh was produced before a local court which remanded him in judicial custody, said a CBI officer.



City cleanest in country
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The sanitation department of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has achieved the distinction of making the city the cleanest in the country.

In a recently conducted survey by ORG-AC Nileson, Chandigarh has been ranked first among all major cities in the country in the matter of providing sanitation services.

As per the survey, Chennai bagged the second spot. During the survey, efficiency of garbage disposal, perception of cleanliness of roads and provision for dustbins were taken into consideration before drawing a final list.

Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, Dr G.C. Bansal, medical officer of the corporation and vice-president of the Indian Association of Solid Waste Management, said it was a matter of pride for the department which, despite having half the strength of regular sweepers, had earned the credit of putting the city on top in the country.

He said the corporation had deployed 471 sweepers and 10 sanitary inspectors through outsourcing to provide improved sanitation services to residents. Besides, the corporation also allotted the work relating to maintenance and sanitation services in different zones to private contractors, who engaged over 1,000 sweepers to keep the city clean.

In order to further improve the sanitation in the city, the corporation recently decided to divide the city into three zones. Teams of health supervisors, chief sanitary inspectors and sanitary inspectors were constituted to look after sanitation work in these zones. Besides, the team members were provided with mobile phones so that they could be contacted by the residents for any assistance or guidance.

Dr Bansal said the innovative project of the corporation to reduce the number of dustbins in various sectors had played an important role in helping the city bag the top position in the survey.

He said earlier garbage used to rot in bins that were in excess.

The corporation reduced the garbage points in each sector and increased the frequency of garbage collection from these points. This ensured cleaner sectors, he said.



Section 144 imposed

Chandigarh, May 19
The Chandigarh administration has banned the assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans, holding dharnas and wielding lathis within Sectors falling north of the Madhya Marg.

The areas where the prohibitory orders are applicable are from Sectors 1 to 12 and 26 for a period of 60 days i.e. till July 17.

A notification in this regard was issued by district magistrate R.K. Rao here today under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Tenant details

The district magistrate has made it mandatory for landlords to furnish the details of their tenants at the police station concerned.

The order will be effective for a period of 60 days i.e. till July 17. — TNS



Illegal mining
17 held in Morni

Chandigarh, May 19
Seventeen persons have been arrested for illegal mining in the Morni area. The arrested workers are the employees of Dinesh Kumar Bansal, who had been awarded the contract for making a road in the area by the Haryana public works department.

He was found violating the environment and quarrying rules by quarrying stones from the riverbed. — TNS



Traffic Woes
Hope for Zirakpur-Ambala commuters
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 19
Commuters on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway, particularly on both sides of the under-construction Zirakpur flyover, can hope for a smooth ride in the near future.

At the receiving end for sloppy work on the service lanes along the flyover, GMR Expressways Private Limited, the agency executing the four-laning project of the Zirakpur-Ambala highway, has promised to make driving "hassle-free."

This assurance was given to minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal by GMR chairman G.M. Rao in New Delhi, yesterday.

Col Sanjiv Puri (retd), chief project manager of GMR, has promised to get the roads recarpeted immediately so that motorists going from Chandigarh towards Ambala, Patiala or marriage palaces on the Zirakpur-Panchkula and Zirakpur-Patiala road do not face any inconvenience, Pradeep Chabbra, representative of Bansal for the MPLAD scheme, said.

Meanwhile, the company will also approach the Mohali traffic police and provide them with much-needed manpower and assistance to smoothen the flow of traffic at the Zirakpur-Ambala-Patiala road junction.

Traffic snarls are common at the service lanes along the flyover in wake of this construction. Thousands of motorists and commuters passing through the area are an inconvenienced lot with traffic jams a routine affair.

With the laying of the drainage system along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway also in progress, the width of these lanes has reduced, causing inconvenience motorists. This, coupled with haphazard growth along the highway and heavy volume of traffic, has further added to their misery.

Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court had reportedly gone on record directing concerned authorities to take immediate steps to smoothen the flow of traffic. November 2008 is the deadline for the completion of the four-laning project. 



MC seeks public help
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today organised a workshop on management of municipal solid waste during which it sought active public participation to further improve sanitation services in the city.

Speaking on the occasion, experts, who had assembled to discuss ways for managing municipal solid waste, stated that the objective of improving cleanliness could not be achieved without the active cooperation of the citizens.

They said residents should be educated about the importance of sanitation for control of diseases.

Besides, civic sense needed to be inculcated right from childhood, the experts said.

The workshop, which was organised under the Central Pollution Control Board’s sponsored demonstration project, was inaugurated by mayor Harjinder Kaur.

In her inaugural speech, the mayor said urbanisation and industrialisation had posed new challenges to civic bodies in the context of solid waste management.

She said the corporation was encouraging door-to-door collection of garbage, besides adopting other practices like segregation of garbage at source.

Speaking on the occasion, municipal commissioner P. S. Aujla said even a slight flaw in proper management of municipal solid waste could lead to epidemics.

He said the corporation was making special sanitation arrangements for slums, rehabilitated colonies and rural areas falling under its jurisdiction.

He said the Central Pollution Control Board had sanctioned a pilot project for the management of solid waste for the city. He said the project was under implementation in two phases. The first phase would cover collection, removal, storage and transportation of solid waste while the would cover ‘capping, covering and closing’ of the existing landfill site.

He said work at the site in this regard was in progress and was likely to be completed by December 2008.

Earlier, A.P. Sanwaria, chairman, Sanitation Committee, welcomed the chief guest and all participants.

Among others who gave presentations were R.C. Dewan, XEN, Public Health, Division-IV, Vivek Pandey, scientist-B, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, Brig R.S. Sahota, vice-president of JP Associates Ltd, Dr Shefalli Godura from the PGI and Hardial Singh, project officer of the corporation. 



Flag Day Fund
PM gives 2 trophies to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Prime Minister Mammohan Singh handed over two trophies to Chandigarh for its performance in the collection of Armed Forces Flag Day Fund during 2006 at New Delhi today.

The occasion was the 27th meeting of the Kendriya Sainik Board. Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) received the trophies.

The city bagged the trophies for highest collection and highest per capita collection in the Union Territory category.

This is the first time that Chandigarh has secured top positions in both categories.

Among states, Maharashtra got trophy for maximum contribution, while Tamil Nadu received it for highest per capita contribution among the states.



Overhauled aircraft cleared with deficiencies: CAG
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Delay in setting up complete overhaul facilities and non-availability of essential spares resulted in Air Headquarters clearing overhauled AN-32 medium-lift transport aircraft with a number of “deficiencies and concessions”.

As many as 32 overhauls undertaken at the Base Repair Depot (BRD) concerned between 2002 and 2006 were cleared for operations despite non-replacement of mandatory spares, the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed. Audit also revealed deviations from provisions relating to modifications, besides non-testing for leaks in fuel tanks.

The AN-32 began entering IAF service in 1984 and therefore facilities for overhaul and repair of airframes should have been set up by 1990. The facilities were, however, substantially established only by 2002, after a delay of 12 years, forcing the IAF to send aircraft abroad for overhaul.

Stating that main landing gear and nose landing gear are critical airframe aggregates, CAG observed that in-house capability for undertaking overhaul of landing gear remained limited due to non-availability of some equipment. As a result, overhauled main landing gears were being cleared with deviations.

Pointing at delays in second-line servicing in units, CAG report said that on examination of 110 cases pertaining to three units, it was found that in 65 per cent cases, the time taken exceeded the prescribed number of days. Delays were caused due to non-availability of spares, detection of fresh snags during service and shortage of technical manpower.

Though the installed capacity for airframe overhaul at the BRD concerned is 18 per years, 6-10 airframes are generally sent for overhaul in a year. Despite this, CAG noted delays, which indicated lack of efficiency.

As far as AN-32 engines are concerned, CAG revealed that from 2001-05 the shortfall in overhaul target ranged from 17 per cent to as high as 74 per cent, while repair targets fell short by 50-87 per cent. Targets were fully achieved in 2005-06. Audit revealed that the shortfall of targets was on account of non-availability of spares due to incorrect assessment and delay in procurement.

CAG has also raked up the issue of the high rate of premature withdrawal of overhauled aero-engines. Of the 56 engines overhauled by BRD in 2001-06, 13 were within 500 hours, some of them because of major defects. The time between overhauls (TBO) of AN-32 engines is 2000 hours. According to CAG, 70 engines were withdrawn in 2001-06 before TBO was complete. Some of these engines were overhauled by BDR while some were done abroad.



Property transfer to MC
Administration suffers Rs 126-cr loss: Audit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
By transferring properties to the Chandigarh municipal corporation as direct grand-in-aid, the Chandigarh administration suffered a loss of around Rs 126 crore, an audit of the records of the estate office has revealed.

The central government was empowered to sell, lease or transfer by auction or allotment land or building, under Section 3 read with Section 22 of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation Act), 1952.

During the audit for 2005-2006, it was found that the finance secretary sanctioned the transfer of a hotel site in Sector 3, measuring 2.8 acres, and some other commercial properties in Sector 9 at a token price of Re 1.

Accordingly, the estate officer transferred the commercial sites in Sector 9, near the CITCO petrol pump, and the hotel site in Sector 35 to the municipal corporation.

The same hotel site was auctioned by the MC at Rs 101.37 crore.

The MC has already received Rs 25,34,25,000 in October, 2006 as 25 per cent premium of the site.

The balance of 75 per cent was to be paid within 90 days from the date of auction without any interest. It was found that the MC would earn Rs 3,76,33,61,750 in 99 years.

Since the finance secretary had allowed the MC to retain the unearned profit, the government had been put to a loss of Rs 101.37 crore immediately.

Besides, the government also suffered a loss of Rs 26.70 crore due to the transfer of commercial properties to the MC.

The audit officials during a scrutiny of record of the estate office found that the finance secretary transferred six SCO sites in Sector 9 to the MC on leasehold for 99 years.

Another 23 booth sites in Sector 9 on leasehold were transferred to the MC in 1998. Following the transfer, the MC had been auctioning the SCO and booths in a phased manner.

All 23 booths were auctioned for a total consideration amount of Rs 2,16,25,000. Besides, an annual ground rent of Rs 61,03,625 was also being realised.

Thus the transfer of land without any consideration resulted in loss of crores of rupee to the government, the audit has pointed out.



Candlelit vigil against dera chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Members of the Jang Panthak Sewak Jatha, Chandigarh, and various other Sikh organisations held a candlelit vigil in the city this evening to register their protest against Dera Sacha Sauda chief for hurting their sentiments.

The vigil began from the gurdwara in Sector 46 and passed through the markets of Sector 44 and 46 before culminating at the gurdwara in Sector 44.

The protesters raised slogans against the dera chief, demanding action against him.

They said the act of emulating Guru Gobind Singh by the dera chief during a ceremony recently had hurt their feelings.

The action had created unrest in the state, leading to widespread protests by the Sikhs.



1,276 registered in verification drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Chandigarh police today organised servant, tenant and paying guest verification camps across the city. At least 1,276 persons were registered during the drive.

The police said 519 tenants, 661 servants and 96 paying guests were registered during the drive, which would continue on Sunday.

In all, 29 camps were held in various parts of the city from 10 am to 4 pm.



Ranjeet group wins CTU elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Ranjeet Singh group won the CTU employees union election by a margin of 33 votes from his nearest rival Jagdish Singh group.

The elections were held at CTU depot in Industrial Area today.

As many as 2,159 votes were cast as against a total of 2,212 votes. Ranjeet group fetched 796, while 763 votes went to the Jagdish group.

Mukesh group bagged 49, while Gurnam and Surjit groups bagged 133 and 360 votes, respectively. Malkiat Singh was the election officer.



Farmer bodies clarify on land sale
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Mani Majra Farmers Association, the Pind Bachao Committee and the Chandigarh Farmers Action Group have clarified that they have nothing to do with those engaged in carving out and selling land.

The district administration had yesterday registered cases against land owners who had carved out and sold plots in Shastri Nagar, Mani Majra.

The associations said Shastri Nagar Colony had come up illegally in 1990. Farmland owners in the area have been active in informing the estate office about the sprouting illegal activity in the area.

“The Chandigarh administration cannot wash its hands off the responsibility of checking such colonies from mushrooming. This is another case of laxity and partisan politics on part of the administration, which allows such colonies to come up,” said Jyoti Subramanian, president, Chandigarh Farmers Action Group.

The group has no objection to the resettlement of GPA holders but expects the administration to show the same concern for farmers.



Stones laid
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 19
General secretary of the youth wing of the SAD Jasjit Singh Bunny yesterday laid the foundation stones of bridges over two seasonal rivulets on the Lalru-Handesra and Dera Bassi-Samgoli roads.

Bunny said the SAD-BJP government was committed to the overall development of the Punjab in general and the Banur assembly segment in particular.

To be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.88 crore, the bridges over the local choes would go a long way in establishing all-whether links of the area with the outside world.



Man missing
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 19
There has been no clue to Gopal Krishan Mehta who went missing from Tribune Model Gram, Baltana, last month. An FIR has been lodged with the police station concerned in this connection. Mehta (32) was wearing grey pants and blue T-shirt when he left his house.



Bal Sadan gifted van
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
There were radiant smile on the faces of the children of Bal Sadan as they enjoyed a joy ride in a Maruti van gifted to them by Kaushaliya Jain, an NRI based in London. A function was organised by the authorities of Bal Sadan to honour the efforts of Dr Meera Modi and Kaushaliya Jain on this occasion. DC Panchkula Neerja Shekhar was the chief guest. She expressed her happiness in being a part of this noble cause.



Bus driver beaten up
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 19
A Haryana Roadways driver was allegedly beaten up by inebriated occupants of two cars at the Ghaggar Bridge on the Ambala-Chandigarh road, late last night.

The cars, one of which had a Himachal Pradesh registration number, overtook a deluxe bus (HR-68-2017) travelling between Chandigarh and New Delhi, and pulled the driver out of the bus and assaulted him. They also broke the window panes of the bus.

The driver was admitted to Government College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Over 40 passengers of the bus had a harrowing time in the sultry weather as the driver was injured and not in a position to drive. Later, another bus was requisitioned from the Chandigarh depot and the passengers resumed their journey to Delhi. The police is investigating the case.



Man found dead
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 19
The body of a middle-aged person was found from the Phase V market, here today.

According to the police, the deceased was identified as Gurdeep Singh from Jalandhar. The police said Gurdeep, employed in an industrial unit here, lived in a rented accommodation in the town.

It is reported that the deceased had been consuming liquor in the market yesterday and was seen alive by shopkeepers late in the evening. It is presumed that he died due to excess of alcohol.

The body of the deceased has been sent to the local Civil Hospital for postmortem.



Sec 27 man held for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The local police today arrested a married man of Sector 27 on the allegation of raping a 28-year-old girl by allegedly concealing his first marriage. The accused runs a marriage bureau, said the police.

Sources in the woman and child support unit of the Chandigarh police said the accused, 38-year-old Sanjay Sharma, “married” the complainant on April 6 but concealed the fact that he was already married.

A case of cheating and rape under Sections 420 and 376 of the Indian Penal Case was registered on a complaint lodged by the victim, a resident of Sector 30.

The case was registered after both parties failed to reach a compromise after month of counselling.

The victim told the police that the accused met her at a property dealer’s office.

After their relationship developed, the man asked for her hand in marriage. Unaware of his marital status, the woman agreed to the proposal.

He took her to Bilaspur and married her in a temple and they returned after three days.

It was only later that she came to know about his first marriage and reported the matter to the police.



SI beats up two teenagers

Chandigarh, May 19"
A sub-inspector of the Punjab police today thrashed two teenagers, who had allegedly quarrelled with his son.

Both parties assembled at the police station, Sector 19, and remained there for over three hours before the matter ended with a compromise.

Sumit and his friend Sandeep, both aged 15, alleged that Ashwini, a son of the Punjab police sub-inspector, got into an argument with them and started beating them up.

Soon after, his father joined the quarrel and thrashed them. Sumit said the matter was resolved after the interventions of the neighbours. TNS



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