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Boy’s Death
Angry, residents begin work on rotary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police arrested the driver of the mini truck that knocked down and killed a 15-year-old student yesterday. SHO Rajesh Shukla said the police arrested 33-year-old Bhim Singh of Chou Majra village in Mohali. He was called to the police station and his vehicle, Tata 207 (CH-03-M-8097), impounded.

The SHO said a resident of Sector 38-West rushed the victim to the PGI in a private car.The PCR vehicle accompanied it.

Residents of the locality today started construction at the accident-prone rotary. Blaming the UT administration for its “indifferent attitude”, they said they could not see people dying on the road.

They said they were fed-up with the administration that had turned a deaf ear to their pleas.They had decided to do take initiative to make the traffic junction safe.

 

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Kolkata cops arrest 2 for impersonation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Kolkata police today arrested two persons from the CAT exam venue at DAV College - 10, on charges of cheating and impersonation.

A team reached the city in connection with the case on a complaint lodged by the IIM, Kolkata, in October.It remained stationed outside the college and after the exam, it nabbed Narinder of Sonepat and Gaurav Madhi of Mohali.

In the complaint it was said the two had submitted six application forms under different names and addresses in order to get role numbers next to each other. 

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Clueless on Shatabdi
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Travelling by the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express (2012) turned out to be a nightmare for passengers. The train reached here today at 4.30 pm, five hours behind the arrival time. Due to derailment of wagons near Sonepat last night, it was diverted through Saharanpur, hence the delay.

Sources said the wagons derailed on the UP side of the rail track and trains running from Delhi to Panipat and Ambala were held up at Sonepat and nearby stations. The derailment affected traffic on the Delhi-Chandigarh and Delhi-Amritsar sections.The railways did not make an announcement regarding the derailment. Those accompanied by children were the worst-affected. “ On route, we were not aware about the area through which the train was passing,” said Anita Singh and Adarsh Walia, a Delhi-based couple travelling on the train.

On board the train, the passengers were embarrassed when a group of foreign students jumped off their seats on noticing cockroaches.

“There was none to tell us when the train would reach Chandigarh. No regular announcements were made,” said another passenger.

By the time the train took reached Chandigarh, the toilets were dirty and and the taps had run dry.

It was not only the passengers of Shatabadi Express who were harassed. Much to the anguish of daily commuters, the Nizamuddin-Kalka Express and the reverse train were cancelled.

The Mumbai-Kalka link express was five hours behind schedule and the Unchhar Express was 12 hours late.

Railway Officials said the derailed wagons had been removed and the traffic resumed.

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In Basta
More than year gone, forensic report still awaited
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Seventeen months after a decomposed body of an unidentified woman was found under mysterious circumstances in the jungle area near the railway station here on June 11 last year, the Chandigarh Police is still in the dark about the victim’s identity.

The police has failed to find whether or not the woman was killed after rape. The police says the delay in investigations is owing to the fact that the forensic report is yet to be received.

The smell maggot-infested body of the woman in her thirties was discovered by a passerby.The body had decayed beyond recognition. One of the arms was missing. A lock of hair was found near the body.

The police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. When contacted, in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post, SI Bhupinder Singh, said the report of samples collected by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory was awaited. They could proceed only after that. 

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Loss of 87 I-cards
Col, six others face court martial
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
A colonel commanding an armoured regiment is among seven officers and jawans held blameworthy for loss of a large number of identity cards from the unit during field exercises, it is learnt.

Sources revealed that based upon the findings of a court of inquiry (COI), the Army has ordered disciplinary action against the colonel, his second-in-command and squadron commander besides some clerks and other ranks of the unit. The COI was ordered by Headquarters 23 Infantry Division and presided over by a brigadier commander.

They have been attached for disciplinary proceedings to various units and recording of summary of evidence, a prelude to possible trial by a general court martial, which is expected to commence shortly. The officers have been blamed for lack of supervision and violation of security instructions leading to the loss.

Loss of personal identity cards, which are accountable documents, is a serious offence in the armed forces as it has grave security implications.

The loss was detected in December last year though the I-cards are believed to have gone missing earlier. The loss had created a security alert in several sensitive states and it was feared that if the cards had fallen into wrong hands, there could be a possibility of an untoward incident on Republic Day.

Sources said that a clerk, Srijeet, had found that the I-cards were missing from a box in which they had been kept. One of the men, L/Daf Abdul Gafar, responsible for the custody of the I-cards had maintained that the cards were destroyed by burning and a record of the same was kept.

When a search was carried out, Gafar’s card was found in his luggage even though it was mentioned in the records of having been burnt. The needle of suspicion also pointed towards another jawan, L/Daf Babu Kathat, who absconded.

Gafar belongs to Hyderabad, while Kathat hailed form Rajasthan. The Army authorities managed to get in telephonic contact with Kathat and sent a JCO to fetch him from his home town. However, before he could be apprehended, he committed suicide, sources said.

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Mattewal favours laws to curb illegal immigration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
“There is lack of motivation and opportunities in our country which enthuse younger generation to go abroad and when they fail to fulfil the eligibility criteria for legal immigration they fell pray into the hands of unscrupulous agents for illegal migration”, said advocate-general of Punjab Hardev Singh Mattewal, while speaking during a symposium on the illegal human trafficking, at ICSSR auditorium on the PU campus, here today.

Calling this problem as grave as female foeticide, and advocating bold initiatives and acknowledging the need of policy formulation, Mattewal said there was need to implement effective mechanism to curb this menace. “The deceitful agents should be dealth with sternly. For this, the judiciary and the police should make strict laws. It is sad to say that not even a single such agent has been prosecuted because of lack of strict laws. They are booked only under Section 420, the ingredients of which becomes very difficult to prove and they get scotfree,” he said.

While the symposium titled "Samadhan", conceived by Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, discussed a wide range of issues related to stringent observance of the existing rules to check fraudulent operators, it also dwelt upon the need for an urgent formulation of regulatory body or clear policy on part of union government which should work as a facilitator for immigration aspirants with valid references.

Echoing the concern over impassioned mindset of Punjabis to immigrate abroad, Gaurav Yadav, DIG, Intelligence, also said the weak legal provisions help the illegal operators take advantage of the lacunae which was their in immigration laws. “Even the complainants intend to avoid going to the police against these touts and since the deal was done verbally and lack of documantation too help them go escape”, he said.

Justice A. S. Gill, chairman, Law Commission, Punjab, called for a policy intervention at the earliest and streamlining of the existing procedures and rules which should work as effective safeguards. “Only those who are well versed with immigration laws should be allowed to open the immigration agencies and there should be mandatory ‘licensing policy’ for opening up an agency. No agency should be allowed to run from remote villages Only registered agencies should be allowed to operate in bigger cities only and the application process should mandatory be made transparent”, he expressed. , Punjab,

Lt-Col B S Sandhu, CMD, WWICS, enumerated the hardships and tragedies which illegal immigrants face en route to their destinations or while having been incarcerated in foreign jails leading to considerable turmoil within their families back home.

Finally, the symposium concluded with a resolve to constitute regulatory committees at the Centre level to weed out this problem, which is eating at the foundation of Punjabis, particularly.

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Woman alleges rape by drunkard
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
In a bizarre incident, a man escorted a woman to her sister’s house after repeatedly raping her throughout last night in Dushera Ground in Manimajra, here.

The victim alleged that the rapist slapped her and threatened her before forcibly taking her to the ground, said the police.

According to sources in the police, the victim, a 25-year-old woman of Darshani Bagh in Manimajra, has strained relations with her husband and is living separately from him. She has a child.

The victim alleged that she was going to her sister’s house in Pipliwala Town at around 9 pm. When she was passing through a lane behind the Shivalik Garden, an unidentified man, who was in an inebriated condition, came to her and slapped her and asked her to accompany him. Shocked by the incident, she did as was told. The man took her to Dushera Ground and repeatedly raped her there till about 2 am. She could not raise alarm being under a state of shock.

She further narrated that the man asked her later where she was going. He then escorted her to her sister’s house. Meanwhile, they were chatting to each other and the man kept on asking her to marry him. He told her that his name was Dinesh. He left her outside her sister’s house and went away.

The victim said on seeing scratches and bite marks on her swollen face and other parts of body, her sister inquired about the incident and they went to the police station to report the matter.

The police said the victim was medically examined and a case of rape had been registered on her complaint. The victim told the police that she could identify the accused if produced before her. She could only told the police that the accused was clean shaven and failed to describe him further.

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Heart patient looks for Samaritan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Harsh Singh, a labourer, is looking for a Samaritan as he is finding it difficult to save his son suffering from heart disease.

The doctors at the PGI here have asked the poor father to arrange Rs 1,70,000 for the surgery of the boy.

Virender, the 12-year-old, developed the disease and we came to know about it last year when he started complaining of weakness, said Harsh, a resident of Sarangpur village in Chandigarh.

“I took him to doctors who put him on medicines till now but they have asked to arrange the money as the disease of Virender requires suregery now”, said Harsh. “As I have already got more than Rs 40,000 from my relatives and friends for the treatment during the last one year, it is difficult to ask them for more help”, said the poor labourer who works as daily wager.

Virender is suffering from aortic and mitral regurgitation. He requires double valve repair, said doctors at the PGI. Even after the surgery, the patient would require a prolonged treatment, added the doctors.

The donors can contact the officials at the PGI, Chandigarh on phone number 0172-2756006.

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2 shopkeepers hurt in clash with rivals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Business rivalry took a violent turn in Sector 22 Shastri Market here this morning when two shopkeepers attacked each others with knives and scissors following which two brothers were seriously injured. One of the critically injured brothers was referred to the PGI.

The police arrested three persons, Amarjit, Jagjit and Surjit, on the charges of rioting, causing injuries and criminal intimidation.

According to the police, Vicky and Vijay of owners of Bittu Bangles had a heated debate with Amarjit, the owner of Bittu Bangles Store, a next door shop.

Vicky and Vijay, both real brothers, alleged that Amarjit would always interfere in their business and tried to lure their customers to his shop. They had repeatedly warned Amarjit Singh from his activities, but he refused to budge. Even today when he lured their customer, they objected to his behaviour following which he picked up a quarrel with them and assaulted them.

They told the police that Vicky sustained serious injury on his eyes while Vijay suffered cuts on his face and arms. They were rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital,from where Vicky was shifted 

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Priyadarshini Award for Dr Nagi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Prof. O.N. Nagi, Emeritus Professor PGI, Chandigarh, has been named for the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.

On the 88th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, a national conference on “India of Indira’s Dream” will be held and on the occasion, the award will be given to men and women from various walks of life.

Dr Nagi, a postgraduate from Oxford University, UK, has made significant contribution towards joint replacement surgery and trauma. He has performed more than 6,000 joint replacement operations since 1981. 

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31 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Blood donation camp was organised to commemorate martyrdom day of Bhai Mati Dass in Bhagwan Parshu Ram Bhawan, Sector 37-C, here today.

The camp was conducted by a team of doctors from the PGI blood bank department . Out of 31 donors, Vishal Sharma of 18 years was the youngest donor and Satish Sharma 62 was the oldest. Among them there were three women donors.

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Land Controversy
Councillors indulging in dirty politics: School mgmt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
The management of Sanjay Public School today maintained that the local area councillors, along with the MC president and others, were playing politics over the land site allotted to them for construction of a nursery school in Sector 12.

Chairman T.R. Sethi demanded that he be given two years for construction from the date of handing over of the site and extension fee, being unduly charged from him by the Haryana Urban Development Authority, be waived off.

“They can charge extension fee only if they have given me possession and I have not constructed the school building within the stipulated time. However, when I have got possession just now, how can they be charging us for the same,” Sethi said.

Addressing a press conference here today, he termed the agitation of the residents as “sheer hypocrisy” since they had not represented to the authorities since 1999 when the site was auctioned. “Now, when we have begun constructing the wall, they are creating such a hue and cry about it,” he stated.

Even the zoning plans and maps with the MC and HUDA provided for the nursery school but still the school management was struggling to take possession of the site. However, Sethi added that the school site, which was surrounded by a park, came to be perceived as a park instead of a school site by the local residents.

"The protests in form of dharnas and sit-ins at the legitimate school site and later, a civil suit filed for seeking injunction in a civil court in Panchkula, added yet another challenge in our long-drawn battle to take over our rightful possession,” Sethi rued.

“Residents encroached upon our site and sat over it for 8 years. It is gross injustice to the rightful owners like us who have to fight with a lethargic bureaucracy and selfish residents' body to take over our land,” remarked an agitated Sethi.

However, Sethi thanked the local administration, police, HUDA, Estate Officer and MC officials for successfully supervising and facilitating the smooth take over of the land and construction of boundary wall of the school on November 16

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Free-for-all as liquor-loaded truck overturns
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 18
Bacchus lovers had a “free” for all here today following a road accident that led to the overturning of a truck carrying liquor last night.

The truck, loaded with Indian made foreign liquor, was going from Dera Bassi to Ramgarh when it had a head-on collision with a canter coming from the opposite direction.

The canter driver Jagpal Singh and assistant Om Prakash were injured while the truck driver had a miraculous escape.

The truck overturned and over 600 cases of liquor spilled out on the road. A large number of cases broke open, smashing the bottles inside. The strewn glass, however, did not deter the residents of the area to gather the bottles that were still intact.

“The injured are admitted to GMCH-32,” said Kulbhushan Sharma, Mubarakpur police post in charge. 

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2-month-old Pari steals baby show
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 18
St. Soldiers’ Convent School organised a baby show, here today. Pari Bansal (2 months) was chosen as the baby of the day. Prince of the day was Udayveer Singh and princess of the day was Sukhmani.

Dr Neeraj Kumar, MD, Chaitanya Hospital was the chief guest. About 300 kids participated in the show in various categories.

The winners were judged on the basis of health and fitness smartness, talent, and reflexes. A magic show and games were also held for the parents followed by a drawing competition for children between 3-5 years. Later, all kids were checked by Dr Neeraj, Dr Gourav Gupta and Dr Anju Gupta during a medical camp.

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Man found dead on rickshaw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
An unidentified man was found dead in a rickshaw on road dividing Sectors 25 and 38, this afternoon. As no visible injury mark was found on the body, the police ruled out possibility of foul play behind the death so far.

According to the police, the incident came to light at around 4 pm when someone spotted a listless body lying in a rickshaw. The police was informed about the incident, which rushed the man to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The deceased had an unkempt beard and was of five feet eight inches tall. He had wheatish complexion and was in his mid-thirties. The rickshaw had a number (RNK-22) on it. Police teams were dispatched to various rickshaw-stands in the city for identification.

The police said it was not possible to say anything at this stage until cause of death is ascertained. Meanwhile, inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated.

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Man found dead
Tribune News Service

Mullanpur Garibdass, November 18
A 29-year-old resident of Badi Perchh village here was found dead at his residence last night. The victim, Major Singh, was found dead by his family members at about 9.30 pm.

According to Kashmira Singh, SHO, Mullanpur Garibdass, Major Singh was working at the civil secretariat where he had got a job after the death of his father. “He had gone with some of his friends to Chandigarh yesterday for a drinking spree. When he came home, he complained of discomfort. He was rushed to the PGI where he was declared brought dead,” said Kashmira Singh. The postmortem report of the deceased is being awaited. 

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Plea to name Cactus Garden after Sarkaria
Cactus show sees huge crowds
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
The two-day Cactus and Succulent Plant Show organised at Cactus Garden ended on a happy note today for the Sarkarias who were pained at the lack of acknowledgement for the Cactus Gardern’s creator Dr J.S. Sarkaria.

In response to the demand of the family to rename Cactus Garden as Dr J.S. Sakaria National Cactus and Succulent Plants Garden, secretary, town and country planning, D.S. Dhesi, today said he was looking into the possibility for the same.

He said the matter was under consideration and a decision would be shortly taken in this regard.

He said this after Dr K.S. Sarkaria, son of Dr J.S. Sarkaria, read out a detailed note of the contribution of his father towards the cactus garden. He said the family would be particularly happy if his father’s contribution were to be acknowledged by the department and the garden be renamed after Dr Sarkaria.

Mini Sarkaria, daughter-in-law of Dr J.S. Sarkaria, said they were relieved at the favourable response of the authorities and the way the office-bearers gave the man his due in their speeches at the concluding function today.

Being a weekend, the cactus show saw a number of visitors who went round various exhibits and even bought cacti from a sale counter set up for the show. Quite naturally, the show turned out to be more than a routine affair displaying exotic varieties of cacti and succulent plants. Attended hugely, the show featured lavish and humble varieties of cacti in full bloom. Cacti flowers added colour to the event.

Standing tall in the collection were the “senior” cacti and the “young” ones which were 30-years old.

Matching the cacti in shapes and beauty were a host of succulents, which also formed a part of the green brigade. There were varieties procured by cacti-lovers from all over the world as well. 

Results

King of the Show: Sohit Sood for Epithelantha micromeris

Queen of the Show: Ravi Lal for Pachypodium brunei

Sarkaria Trophy: Brig C.S. Bewli

S.P. Bhandari Trophy: Brig C.S. Bewli

Best Euphorbia: Brig C.S. Bewli

Best flowering succulent: Ravi Lal

Best flowering cacti: Sohit Sood

Anup Trophy: Sohit Sood

OP Bansal Trophy: Brig. C.S. Bewli

Kewal Singh Bains plate: Brig. C.S. Bewli

Dawar Trophy: Brig. C.S. Bewli

NCSSI Challenge Trophy: Survey of India

Indian Succulent Challenge Trophy: Ravi Lal

Surindera Goyal Memorial Trophy: Brig. C.S. Bewli

Bhupinder Singh Memorial Trophy: Ravi Lal, Sohit Sood

NCSSI Trophy (62): Sneh Popli

NCSSI Trophy (63): Kanwaljeet Kaur

Capt J.N. Sood Memorial Trophy: Ravi Lal

Malik Sukhdayal Trophy: V.K. Kaushal

Union Bank of India Trophy: Cactus Garden

NCSSI Trophy: Sohit Sood

NCSSI Trophy for best outstation participation: Sohit Sood

NCSSI Trophy for maximum entries: Brig C.S. Bewli

Hari Ram Trophy: Ravi Lal

B.M.L. Sharma Trophy: Ravi Lal

ISOCS Trophy: Cactus Garden

Punjab National Bank Sec 22 Trophy: Sohit Sood

Punjab National Bank Sec 37 Trophy: Brig. C.S. Bewli

A.S. Walia Trophy: Sohit Sood

Aneesh Bansal Memorial Trophy: Ravi Lal

Shakuntla Bhandari Trophy: B.L. Vaish

NCSSI Trophy: Sohit Sood

Aggarwal Challenge Trophy: Ravi Lal

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Groceries get costlier by 10 pc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Continuous increase in the prices of most grocery items, particularly after Diwali, has surprised the traders as well as the general public.

According to a random survey conducted here today, prices of the essential commodities have increased at least by 10 per cent after Diwali. This was in sharp contrast to the previous year’s trend when the prices fell after Diwali, a Sector-29 retailer Kapil Bansal said.

Flour prices range between Rs 125 and Rs 165 per 10 kg depending upon the quality. Similarly, the ordinary (parmal) variety of rice was quoted between Rs 15 and 20 per kg while the superior variety (basmati) was available from Rs 25 to 50 per kg.

Among cereals, masur dal was selling at Rs 40 a kg. While arhar dal was selling at Rs 44, black dal's price ranged between Rs 35 and Rs 45 per kg. Black gram was quoted at Rs 35 per kg while the white gram was priced higher at Rs 40 a kg. Rajmah could be had for Rs 45 per kg.

According to sources, the slight increase in prices could be on account of less supply and increased demand.

Price list (Rs per kg)

Wheat flour Rs 125 (10 kg)
Rice (parmal) Rs 15
Rice (basmati) Rs 25
Black dal Rs 35
Masur dal Rs 40
Black gram Rs 35
White gram Rs 40
Rajmah Rs45

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Letters
MC is redundant

This is in reference to the news item titled ‘Councillor threatens to gherao MC Office’. This news item has made it crystal clear that everything is not smooth in the MC. Everyday local newspapers are full of stories regarding the poor performance of the corporation. But nothing is being done to improve the situation.

The Chandigarh MC came into being more than a decade back on the persistent demand of the political parties for providing a democratic set up in the city. Although the democratic system has been established, the civic amenities have gone bad to worse, especially in the southern sectors. The corporation has miserably failed to come up to the expectations of the people rather it has proved to be a burden on their pockets. In my opinion, the UT administrator should wind up the corporation. Instead, visionary bureaucrats should be appointed to provide good governance in the city.

Jagmohan Sharda, S.K.Khosla

Chandigarh

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Two Bassi Pathana youths held for theft
Bike, cellphone, Ipod recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police arrested two residents of Bassi Pathana involved in several cases of thefts and snatchings. The police claimed to have recovered a motorcycle and other articles from their possession.

The police said a purse was snatched from a woman in Sector 23 on July 5 this year. The purse was containing cash, two mobile sim cards, a mobile phone and an Ipod. Following secret information, it constituted a team, which conducted a raid in Bassi Pathana. The accused, Jagbir Singh alias Jolly and Binder were spotted coming on a motorcycle near level crossing in the city.

The police team stopped them and the verification of the documents of the vehicle confirmed that it was a stolen motorcycle and the accused had been displaying a wrong registration number plate on it.

The accused were brought to the city and during interrogation they confessed to have stolen the motorcycle from Sector 37 on July 3 this year. A stolen mobile phone, an Ipod, two sim cards and other articles were recovered from them. Jolly was arrested twice by Sector 34 police station and once by Sector 11 police station while Binder was involved in five cases.

Theft

Ramesh Kumar of Housing Board Colony, Manimajra, reported to the police alleging that his gold chain, Rs 70,000, a purse containing 5000 and other documents was stolen from his residence last night. A case has been registered.

Motorcycle stolen

Diwank Maini of Sector 37-C lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (HP-34-A6468) was stolen from his residence last night. A case has been registered.

Accident victim dies at PGI

A 40-year-old woman, Soni, who was hurt in an accident late last night, succumbed to her injuries in the PGI this evening. Six persons travelling in amini truck, including three men and two children, sustained injuries when the vehicle collided with a bus. The police has arrested the driver of the bus.

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Woman, sons booked for murder
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 18
The local police booked a woman and her two minor sons for the alleged murder of the former’s husband.

The accused, Gyan Devi, a resident of Pabhat village, was booked today almost a fortnight after her husband Gurnam Khan (40) was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the village.

Gurnam died on November 5 and was buried the next day. His mother Nasibo, however, alleged foul play in her son’s death and complained to the SDM. The police then dug up the grave and the body was sent to the Dera Bassi civil hospital for a postmortem examination, following which foul play was detected.

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