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Park usurped by VIPs
MoU with MC says it’s out of bounds for sector residents
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

A view of a gate that connects the Punjab VIP complex to the park.
A view of a gate that connects the Punjab VIP complex to the park. — Tribune photos by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, Sept 16
The public park in sector 39-A is serving a private purpose. Part of the green belt running north to south across the heart of the city, originally meant for the residents, is in exclusive possession of Punjab VIPs residing in the area. Located parallel to the Punjab VIP complex, which also houses the Punjab government Circuit House, this park is out of bounds for the thousands of residents of Sector 39-A and B. There is no green belt in these sectors as of now.

Barricading of this started during the days of terrorism when it was a heavy-security zone and needed to be sanitised. At that time, the northern entry to the park was blocked with dense bamboo fencing. The days of terrorism are long gone, but the fencing stays on, leaving only one entry point to the park, towards its southern ends, adjoining Mohali.

Now, even this entry is closed. As you reach for it, a huge iron gate, perennially locked, greets you. The park is practically usurped for private use by VIPs, who now even have their own gates opening into the park. Six in number, these gates connect the Punjab VIP complex to the park and ensure that the residents of the complex are not inconvenienced.

When contacted, XEN Sanjay Arora referred this correspondent to his SDO, saying he had no idea about the status of the park. SDO Arun Kumar, upon being called, said that the park could not be opened to residents of the sector because of the security threat to VIPs residing there. He said the MC had, about three years ago, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Punjab officials, on this matter. "As per the MoU, this park is supposed to be maintained and used by those residing in the Punjab VIP complex. We cant open it," he said.

For other residents of the area, the MC now plans to develop a new green belt between Sector 39 C and D. It is another matter that there is no sign of such development as of now. The stretch where the green belt is supposed to come up is full of wild growth.

Moreover, a green belt in this area is no solution to the woes of hundreds of elderly citizens of Sector 39-A and B. They are in no position to walk down 3 km towards Sector 39 C and D for the pleasure of a new park! They would rather the old park, provided for their use, be thrown open.

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Mocha Coffee menu did it
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A day after the raid at the sector 26 Mocha Coffee, the excise department found that the outlet was openly offering beverages laced with alcohol to its customers.

Officials stumbled upon this fact when they went through the menu card. It mentioned different types of “coffee laced with wine and whiskey.” Strange that this lapse failed notice of any of the law enforcing agency like health and police.

A few days ago, the health department had taken samples of tobacco used in flavoured hookahs to check the level of nicotine. However, they failed to take note of the illegal practice of serving beverages mixed with intoxicants.The permission to run a restaurant is granted by the health authorities. Yesterday, the excise department, during a raid, went through the menu and detected the irregularity. Official sources said Mocha Coffee saw a decline of clients today. It has withdrawn its menu.

A senior official said all such outlets in the city were being checked. Several incidents of brawls among youngsters have been reported at such outlets. The police has registered a case under section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act against the Mocha Coffee supervisor Vyomesh Kumar and managing director Vijant Chaudhary for serving liquor without licence. While the supervisor was arrested and bailed out, the latter is yet to be arrested. 

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Student found dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A 23-year-student of a private engineering college in Mohali was found dead in strange circumstances at his rented accommodation in Buterla village this morning. The police ruled out possibility of foul play as no visible injury mark was found on the body.

The SHO of the sector 39 police station, inspector Rajesh Shukla, said Vikrant, a BSc IT student, hailed from Kangra. He was living with his cousin, Atul Guleria, in the rented accommodation. Atul studies in Landran engineering college.

Atul told the police that Vikrant came home late in the night and went to sleep. In the morning, he tried to wake him up but in vain. He realised that his body had turned cold.The police was informed at around 8.30 am.

The SHO said blood oozed out from one eye of the deceased. No other injury was found on the body.

Experts from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory were called for spot inspection. A dog squad was also put on the job. The police suspects the death may have occurred due to brain haemorrhage.

The body was shifted to the Sector 16 govt hospital for post-mortem, which would be conducted tomorrow. The family of the deceased has been informed. Inquest proceedings have been initiated under Section 174 of the CrPC.

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Thief out, in within 24 hrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Less than 24-hours after he was released from jail, a youngster from Sector 24 was arrested on the allegations of attempt to theft and criminal trespass in Sector 23 here this evening.

The police said the accused, Sunil Kumar of Sector 24-C, was released from the jail on September 15 on bail. He was nabbed while trespassing into a house with an intention to steal. He is said to be a drug-addict.

Sources said Sunil told investigating officials that he went to Sector 38 and purchased smack from Kamla. After taking his “dose”, he went to a house in Sector 23 to steal something under the influence of the intoxicant.

Kulwinder Singh, the owner of the house, told the police that Sunil came to his house at around 4:45 pm. When he asked Sunil as to what he was doing there, he tried to flee. However, Kulwinder nabbed him from near a park just a short distance away from his house. He was handed over to the police.

The police said Sunil had been arrested three months ago after he was caught stealing a bag by the Punjab police in Sector 23. The case is pending trial in a local court. A case under sections 454, 380 and 511 of the IPC has been registered against him.

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In Basta
Rajpura murder case reaches a dead end
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Except for identifying the victim, the local police has achieved little in the murder case of a Rajpura resident whose mutilated body was found at Circus Ground in Sector 17 on September 11, 2005.

Investigations into the case has hit a roadblock with the police groping in the dark. Not a single suspect has been nabbed till date. The victim, Suresh Kumar, a bachelor, was a resident of New Durga Colony in Rajpura. He was 30 and was involved in several cases of theft and burglary.

The murder was detected in the morning. The victim was wearing blue jeans, a grey T-shirt and chappals. The mutilated body was found face down on a mat. It was covered with a sheet.The head was smashed with a concrete slab. Except for Rs 80 in cash, nothing was found on the body.

The police sent the victim’s fingerprints to the Fingerprint Bureau at Phillaur and the victim was identified on the bureau’s report.

The police contacted the victim’s mother, Tulsi Devi, and learnt that Suresh was addicted to drugs and had left home at the age of 13. He stayed away from home for months. He had last visited his house two months before he was murdered.

The police had then said it would trace the murderer soon.The police suspected that the murder could be the outcome of a dispute over booty. Suresh along with his accomplices, Pardeep Kumar, Suresh Pal Dadu Majra Colony, and Jagjit Singh of Patiala, had committed several thefts and burglaries in Punjab and Chandigarh. The police has failed to trace Pardeep, a proclaimed offender, and Suresh Pal till date. The third accomplice, Jagjit Singh, is dead.

The case is being probed by the special crime Investigation cell of the Chandigarh Police.When contacted, the officials said in the absence of fresh clues, the investigations had hit a roadblock.

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CM’s brother in Fortis
Trbune News Service

Mohali, September 16
Gurdas Badal, former member of Parliament and younger brother of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, was admitted to Fortis Hospital here today.

75-year-old Gurdas Badal suffers from diabetes. He has developed infection and is running fever.

Gurdas Badal was brought by the Chief Minister in his helicoptor this morning from Badal village, Muktsar. His son finance minister Manpreet Badal was with him through the day.

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Subathu-Dharampur bridge faces govt apathy
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Even as concerted efforts are on to include 104-year-old Kalka-Shimla railway line in the world heritage list by UNESCO, a strategic bridge connecting Dharampur with Subathu over a tunnel has failed to catch the attention of the authorities concerned.

The authorities have allegedly failed to show the bridge to the UNESCO team which is currently on a tour of the region to enlist the railway line for the heritage list.

The historical bridge also has heritage value as this small link bridge was reportedly used by the Viceroy to go to the then summer capital of India -Subathu - in a small car.

Since January 2007, when the bridge was declared “unsafe” for traffic, residents of Sabathu are at the receiving end of the apathetic administration.

With the Railways and the PWD allegedly passing the buck over the repair of the bridge, the Subathu residents are forced to travel an extra 
40 km via Solan to reach their homes, Madan Gupta Spatu, author and astrologer, told the Tribune here today.

Though the government efforts to get the heritage status for railway line were laudable, yet the neglect of the important bridge speaks volumes about the conservation and maintenance efforts of the government agencies, Spatu alleged.

As the area produces a variety of seasonal vegetables and is a big supplier to the plains, the farmers have suffered huge losses after its closure. In fact, repeated representations to the authorities concerned have failed to elicit any positive response, the residents alleged.

With the traditional three-day gugga fair slated to begin on September 20 at Subathu, thousands of the devotees will face inconvenience.

Not only that shopkeepers and amusement contractors seem to be in for a hard time as less devotees may turn up for the fair on account of the closure of the bridge, the residents added.

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Annual report, yoga at INSPIRE meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The 14th annual general meeting of the Institute for Secretarial Practices and Development (INSPIRE) was held at the Chandigarh Press Club, here today. This was followed by a live demonstration on yoga.

During the meeting, the annual report and accounts presented by secretary general and finance secretary of the institution were discussed at length. Thereafter, yoga expert G.S. Verma briefed on yoga exercises and its benefits. As many as 50 people marked their presence in the yoga class.

Pardeep Kumar, a member of the INSPIRE, gave live demonstrations of all the exercises explained by Verma. The yoga teacher also explained how the exercises were beneficial in relieving stress, back ache, migraine, nasal problems, obesity-related problems, among other ailments.

Vinod Dhiman, secretary general of INSPIRE, said, “Our institution aims to develop rapport among fellow professionals.”

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Abandoned Baby at PGI
Cops to verify father’s claims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A police team will go to Ludhiana to verify the antecedents of Vinod, who claimed to be the father of a new-born child, who was found abandoned by doctors at the PGI yesterday.

The DNA test can also be considered to verify the authenticity of the claim by Vinod in case any doubts surfaced during the investigation, said the police.

The police registered a case of abandoning the child on the complaint lodged by the doctors of the PGI.

In the evening, Vinod claimed that he was the father of child and left for his home at Ludhiana to collect the money as he found short of money after admitting the child, who was in a critical condition because of premature 
delivery.

However, the doctors attending on the child, said the child was in a critical condition. Being a premature delivery case, 
the child was underweight and affected with complications.

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Joint secy reviews ongoing projects

Chandigarh, September 16
Joint Secretary (UT), ministry of home affairs, B.A Coutinho, yesterday visited Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, garbage treatment plant and other ongoing projects here.

He also inspected the erstwhile Madrasi colony from where about 700 jhuggis were cleared and shifted to Maloya. He also visited one-room flat tenements, Sector 56, prefabricated shelters, sector 52, garbage treatment plant, dumping ground and Dhanas Lake. — TNS

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Idma site to share info on environment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Pawan Kapur, director of the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), today inaugurated the website of Idma Foundation for Sustainable Development (www.idmafoundation.in), a city NGO.

Kapur said it was heartening to note that more organisations were coming forward to confront environmental issues.

Foundation chairman Pawan Aggarwal said in addition to sharing of information on various environmental issues, the website would be used as a tool to foster a proactive approach to emerging environmental issues confronting the region through development of network and capacity building.

Kapil Dev, member of the governing body, desired that the foundation should reach the public by taking up projects of public welfare. Satish Narula from Punjab Agricultural University, was of the opinion that tools such as "activity for students" would be of great help disseminating information to students.

Executive director R.S Saini highlighted how the "resources" in the website should be developed as an area where one could get information on experts.

The website will provide information on the latest happenings. The "notice board" provides information on the launch of Energy Conservation Building Code, 2007, by the Ministry of Power for efficient use of energy and its conservation. Once notified, the code is mandatory for commercial buildings or building complexes that have a connected load of 500 KW or greater and is recommended for other buildings.

Prominent among those who attended function included D. Kaul, professor and head, department of experimental medicine, PGI, human rights lawyer R.S Bains, S.K Goyal and regional director of the National Productivity Council B.K Arora.

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Verka butter rated second in country
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
Verka butter has been rated second for overall quality and acceptability in a nationwide survey by ‘Consumer Voice’ magazine. Sneha butter has been termed as the best butter.

MD, Milkfed, Punjab, V.K. Singh said the magazine carried out a survey on 11 samples of table butter which were tested in accordance with Bureau of Indian Standards and PFA rules. The findings were reported in the magazine. He said Verka butter was found free from adulterants.

Singh said the butters were rated on a scale of 100 on the basis of packing, marking, weight, moisture, fat content, common salt content and vegetable fat content among others. In this test Verka butter secured 78.96 points while Mother Dairy butter secured 78.31, Amul butter 77.74 and Vita butter 76.35 points. Sneha butter was on the top with 79.25 per cent.

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Army band mesmerises audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The Western Command Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the Chandimandir military station hit a high note last evening with a spellbinding symphonic band concert conducted by Lt-Col Noel Andrew and played by different Army bands.

Bands from the Armoured Corps Centre and School, the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, the 14 Gorkha Training Centre and the Army Fusion Band enthralled the audience by playing a number of tunes. Sub Prem Bhadur Pun, Sub Ramesh Chand and Sub Ashok Kumar Barua were among other conductors of the band concert.

Starting with the Fanfare and Soliloquy, a piece which began with a flourish of trumpets, the band went on to the Light Cavalry, which symbolised the charge of the cavalry into the battle field, their victory in war, the suffering of the wounded soldiers, the pathos and finally the departure of these forces.

Raag Yaman, played with all seven notes and Maa Madhiayam, arranged for the military band by L B Gurung, were followed by the Spanish Gypsy Dance and Marriette Polka.

With a patriotic touch through Dharam Karam, a song for the inspiring warrior, the musicians went on to play the “O Sole Mio”, and “Abide With Me” before concluding with Dr Zhivago's Lara's Theme and Theme of Love Story.

Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Lt- Gen S K Sinha (retd) was the chief guest at the concert, which was attended by a large number of officers and their family members. The six-day long celebrations conclude on Monday with a barakhana and a variety entertainment programme for the troops.

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Nation in dire need of radiotherapy machines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
There were just 400 radiotherapy machines in the country while more than 8 lakh new cancer cases are diagnosed every year with the prevalence of between 20 and 25 lakh found in the country. This was stated Dr V. Sakhuja, dean, PGIMER.

Dr Sakhuja was addressing delegates at the two-day 13th Annual Conference of the Northern Chapter of Association of Radiation Oncologists of India being organised by Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, which began yesterday at the PGI.

Emphasised that there was a dire need of at least 1,200 machines of radiaotherapy to provide immediate treatment to the patients, Dr Sakhuja said cancer could be controlled by early detection when most of the patients be cured.

Dr Sakhuja said, fortunately, India had cancers, including cancer of the cervix and breast in females and cancer of the mouth in males, which were early detectable.

Dr S.C. Sharma, chairman of the organising committee, professor and head, radiotherapy, informed that a community outreach programme would be started in Punjab under the District Cancer Control Programme in collaboration with the Punjab government.

Prominent among others who participated in the conference included professor G.K. Rath, head of departement, radiotherapy, IRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr F.D. Patel, professor, radiotherapy, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Dr Rajiv Seam, professor and head of radiotherapy at I.G. Medical College, Shimla.

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Sweeper hangs himself to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A poverty-stricken 47-year-old sweeper of the UT Health Department ended his life by hanging himself at his Mauli Complex residence, here, this afternoon. Quoting the family, the police said the deceased was undergoing depression due to financial constraints.

The police said the deceased, Satbir Singh, was found hanging by his wife at around 1 pm. She had gone to the Sector 19 market at around 11:30 am leaving her husband at home. When her repeated knocks at the door failed to get any response from inside, she got suspicious and called her neighbours. They broke open the door and found Satbir hanging from the ceiling fan hook with a dupatta. Satbir is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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Tagore Theatre closed for repair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
In the peak cultural season, Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here was today closed for another six months for renovation.

Those engaged in culture promotion had, however, demanded the renovation schedule to be postponed when there was little cultural activity. The office of the chief engineer has refused booking beyond October 2.

Officials in the engineering department said the Chandigarh Administration has given three months to complete the renovation which included increasing the seating capacity from existing 585 to 885, relocation of the stage and upgrading the sound and light system.

A proposal to create a two-level parking for around 400 cars was at the final stage of approval and the department plans to start the work of parking along with the renovation of the main theatre complex.

Today, a JCB machine was engaged to dig the basement for a green room, rehearsal room and related facilities. Superintending engineer S.K. Jaitley said the renovation would be completed in the given time schedule.

As per revised plans, the stage will move in the direction opposite to the existing location of the stage and certain other changes in the hall were being made without disturbing the building structure.

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UNESCO team visits Yadavindra Gardens
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 16
With an eye on staking its claim as a World Heritage Site for Kurukshetra and Pinjore, the Yadavindra Gardens played host to a two-member UNESCO team comprising Dr Robert Leen and E.V. Walker, here today.

Back after inspecting the 100-year-old railway track between Kalka and Shimla, the team remained tight-lipped about its findings. The team members said that the report would be sent to UNESCO within a month’s time.

Dr Leen, a consultant to UNESCO from Australia, said that the decision on conferring World Heritage Site status on the railway station would be out only in July 2008 when the council meets in Canada to consider all the applications.

There is no limit to the number of sites that are given the World Heritage status at such a meeting. All sites inspected may qualify or none of them may be able to meet the UNESCO standards,” he said. Having been a part of UNESCO team on two previous occasions for similar inspections, Dr Leen said that a railway track in Darjeeling and another in Tamil Nadu had cleared all guidelines to be put on the world tourist map with their declaration as World Heritage Sites.

Not willing to comment on Haryana’s keenness to present its case of Pinjore’s Yadavindra Gardens for the status, he said that it was upto the Government of India to make two recommendations which would be examined independently.

It is a long drawn process which takes about two years. A draft plan has to be prepared after evaluating whether the site fulfils the UNESCO guidelines, a report is sought after which it is evaluated. We have a separate category for natural sites where nature is the driving force,” he explained.

Stating that there was a need to take into account sites associated with the Industrial Revolution as well, Dr Leen said that the World Heritage Convention has made no provisions to consider such locations. “The Industrial Revolution was the biggest event in the last 200 years and it surrounds us wherever we go. These sites too are of interest to us but nothing has been done about them so far,” he added.

Earlier, the Haryana tourism minister Kiran Chaudhary addressed a conference along with the senior officers of the Railway Board consisting of R.S. Rao, member mechanical, Rajesh Aggarwal and H.K. Jaggi.

She said that they had roped in consultants to prepare a plan to propose Kurukshetra and Pinjore as world heritage sites. “We will make a bid for the status once the document for marketing the two places is ready,” she maintained.

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Letters
Let’s save the trees

The UT Administration, in conveyance with the Municipal Corporation, (or vice versa) continues to cut trees in the name of widening of roads and laying of underground pipe lines. However, it seems like an obsession as the authorities start felling trees at the slightest of excuses. The time has come that we should rise and take some action to save our environment. We have laws for protecting the environment and against all forms of pollutions. Even for wildlife protection, there is a stringent law and it is really working well. On the same lines, a Tree Protection Act should be enacted and anybody found cutting a tree should be punished and the ecological value of that tree should be recovered from the culprit or his/her successor (the ecological value of a fully grown tree is Rs 2 lakh). Nobody should be allowed to cut a tree under any circumstances, until and unless it is a matter of national security. The sooner we take this action, the better it will be.

R.K. Garg, Chandigarh

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2 youths nabbed; cars, mobiles recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
With the arrest of two youngsters, the Special Crime Investigation Cell of the Chandigarh Police claimed to have solved several cases of vehicle thefts and snatchings.

The police recovered four cars, jewellery and other articles from the duo. The youths were in their early twenties.

Investigating officer Baljit Singh said on September 11, the police was carrying out a checking drive on the road diving Sector 45 and 46. The police stopped a Maruti Zen car (CH-03-H-0107). When its driver, identified as Ajay Paul of Ajeet Nagar, Patiala, failed to give satisfactory reply to the police, he was nabbed. During inspection, it was found that the car was stolen from a parking lot in Sector 9. He was taken into custody and his interrogation led to recovery of a Tata Indica car (CH-01-Y-3225), which was stolen from Sector 45-A.

Baljit Singh further said during the course of interrogation, Ajay informed the police about his accomplice Kuldeep Singh of Pinjore. Kuldeep was nabbed on September 14 while driving a stolen Maruti Zen car (CH-03-P-1107). The car was stolen by Ajay from Sector 9, here. Another Maruti car (KA-05-Z-4216), which was stolen from Sector 8, was also recovered from him.

Besides this, the police recovered two mobile phones, a gold chain, two car stereos, three ladies purse, along with documents, four sarees, a bag containing clothes and other articles.

Ajay and Kuldeep Singh are notorious criminals and have links with other criminals involved in vehicles thefts. Ajay was arrested by the Haryana police, along with his other accomplices, Iqbal Singh, Lalit Kumar and Aman. The police recovered 14 vehicles from them.

About Kuldeep, the police said he also stole articles from parked vehicles by using duplicate keys. More recoveries are likely during their further interrogation.

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Love Affair
8 arrested for kidnapping youth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The police today arrested eight persons, including two women, on the allegations of rioting, kidnapping, trespassing and causing injuries and kidnapping a father-son-duo of Sector 46.

The police said the boy was in love with the girl of Dhanas village and wanted to marry her against their wishes following which he was thrashed and kidnapped on Saturday night.

Sources in the Sector 34 police station said Bakshi Ram of Sector 46, father of youth Rajeev Ranjan, lodged a complaint, alleging that his son was kidnapped by Ranbir Singh and others on Saturday from his residence.

The police said Ranjan wanted to marry Seema of Dhanas. They were known to each other for the past over three years. On Saturday, they decided to marry against Seema’s parents wishes. On learning this, Seema's brother Ranbir Singh, along with his friends and family members, came to Ranjan’s house and thrashed him along with his father. They took Ranjan along with them and locked him in a room.

Meanwhile, Bakshi Ram called the police which took him to the hospital for medical examination. The police registered a case and arrested them.

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Woman booked in 3 theft cases

Chandigarh, September 16
The local police yesterday registered three cases of theft against Kamaljit Kaur of Yamunanagar, who was recently nabbed by the police for looting persons after hitching a ride from them.

According to the police it recovered 400 gm of gold, including chain, bracelets, rings and mobile phones, from the woman. The police registered cases after Satish Kumar of Sector 42, Madan Lal of Sector 28 and Pal Chand of Sector 36 identified their articles. — TNS

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Poultry prices on the rise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
With a dip in the supply of meat and poultry products, the prices seem to have touched an all-time high this year. In fact, chicken is selling at Rs 120 per kg. The price of the Bromark chicken was in the range of Rs 120-125, Vijay, president of the Meat Market Association, Sector 21, said.

Similarly, meat is available in the range of Rs 170-180 per kg. Meanwhile, eggs are available in the range of Rs 25-30 per dozen. A random survey revealed that there were variations in the prices, depending upon the quality of the product and the markets.

Supplies decrease during this season pushing up the prices, a retailer said. However, the rise in prices was short-term as during the navratras next month, the prices usually dipped.

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Mansa Devi traders submit demands to Dy CM 

Panchkula, September 16
The shopkeepers of the area around Mansa Devi shrine, today, protested against the anti-encroachment drive undertaken at the behest of deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria. As many as 250 shopkeepers of the area descended at the residence of Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan here and submitted a memorandum against the authorities for demolishing the extended structures without prior notice.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and PWD (B&R) had undertaken a joint drive to demolish unauthorised structures and illegal extension of shops on the road leading to the Mansa Devi shrine. — TNS

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Corporates should promote sports culture: Ranike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
A joint meeting of the representatives of corporate houses and sports industries with Punjab sports minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, sports secretary R.P.S. Pawar and sports director Pargat Singh was held at Ludhiana yesterday.

Representatives of R.K. International, Vardhaman Polyester Limited, Oswal Woollen Mills, Avon Cycle Ltd, Hero Cycles, Sports Forum, Jalandhar, Montex Sports Co. President Sports Forum, R.K. Sports Ltd, Lalit Sports, Swantantra Sports, Khanna Paper Mills, Jagat Sports Academy, Nurmahal of United Kingdom, Spartaon, Em CC Sports and Janak Rubbers Limited attended the deliberations.

“We should join hands to promote sports culture in the state and the corporate houses and sports industries can play an important role by extending support in raising modern sports infrastructure, by adopting sports disciplines, funding sports academies and coaching centres and sponsoring competitions and teams, " said Ranike.

"Our joint efforts should be to strengthen the sports culture from the grassroots. Punjab should again be known as the sports arm of the country," said Pargat Singh. 

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