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Mayors’ Meet Ends In Haste
Sessions cancelled for sightseeing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The two-day All-India Mayors’ Conference organised by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation concluded today on a sour note. The conference, which was to last till this evening, was concluded much before the scheduled time with many mayors chosing to keep away.

The “over-involvement” of the bureaucracy was not much appreciated by the delegates, who had come from across the country, and there was minimum interaction among the mayors at the two-day event.

Yesterday, two sessions had to be cancelled, while today the sessions were hurriedly concluded before lunch so that the delegates could go for ‘sight-seeing’. The lunch was postponed to late in the afternoon. Speakers at the sessions today were asked to ‘wrap’ up their presentations as soon as possible.This did not go down well with the speakers who had come prepared for the conference.

Besides the thin attendance, there was confusion over the mayors’ declaration. Suggestions were invited on e-mail. Upset over the lack of co-ordination, a senior functionary of the All-India Mayors’ Council said the protocol had been disregarded and there had been no meaningful interaction among the Mayors.

“No real issue was discussed,” stated the functionary. “We are not here to listen to bureaucrats. We wanted to discuss issues,” he added. Haryana Governor Dr A.R. Kidwai was the chief guest on the second day of the conference today.

Kidwai called upon the mayors to lead in the implementation of e-governance for improving service delivery to the people. He said mayors should set an exam ple for others to cope effectively with the problems of climate change, shortage of water, electricity, sanitation etc.

The Governor said basic democracy was at the gross-roots level like panchayats, zila parishad and municipal councils, which should be strengthened to implement people-friendly programmes. He said under the 74 th Constitutional Amendment, 29 items of the administration were to be shifted to local bodies but progress in this regard has not been satisfactory.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance, was the chief guest at the valedictory function, which was pre-poned by over three hours.

He said legitimate functions and rights should be given to local bodies. Planning and finance should be done at the district level. He also focused on land management.

Dr Pam Rajput said the gender theme has been selected for the first time at any Mayors’ conference. A parallel session on e-governance also discussed issues relating to the implementation of the 74 th Constitutional Amendment.

Dr Kanchan Choudhary, (a retired DGP), pointed out that cities in Punjab and Haryana were not safe for women. Education of the girlchild was crucial for women empowerment. This coupled with economic independence alone would make the cities secure for women.

Kiran Chadha, joint secretary, women and child welfare, said not only gender-friendly but gender-sensitive cities were the need of the hour. She said initiatives had been taken to prevent domestic violence. “Women deserve dignity and respect and there should be no sexual harassment at work place.”

Addressing the delegates, Dr Jatin Modi, president, All-India Local Forum, said; “We have to think at the global level and act locally.” 



For road’s sake, don’t axe trees
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 9
Residents of the township are up in arms against large-scale felling of full-gown trees that provided a majestic canopy to the main road that enters Mohali from Chandigarh from the furniture market.

“The trees are being felled to widen the road,”, says GMADA estate officer Sukhpaljit. The residents are aghast at the loss of green that this will cause to the township that already has far lesser number of trees as compared to Chandigarh.

Over 250 trees face the axe due to the widening of the road. The road starting from the Phase II petrol station up to the SCL factory is being widened (from current 22 ft to 33 ft). The trees have been auctioned for about Rs 15 lakh. The widening of the road would cost GMADA Rs 5 crore.

Some of the residents who gathered at the spot this evening said the trees were at least 25 years old. Gaganpreet Saini, a resident of Phase 3-A, pointed out that the road could have been widened without having to cut the trees.

But EO Sunil Kansal maintained that the trees could not have been saved. “The road was widened about 10 years ago it was brought right up to the trees. We have planted almost 4,000 saplings to compensate for the tress that are being axed for the widening of roads at various places in Mohali,” he said.



70-year-old beggar in juvenile home
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Remember Shankar Mehta, the high-flying mendicant with an obsession for luxury? Rounded up this April under the Beggary Act, he prided in his earnings, with which he paid off hefty hotel bills. If you were wondering where the incorrigible beggar had vanished, here’s the latest on him.

At 70, he is Chandigarh’s oldest juvenile -- living since six months at UT Administration’s brand-new juvenile remand home in Sector 25. Otherwise meant to house children - either in conflict with the law or in need of care and support - the home is now also Mehta’s residence, much to his displeasure and that of children.

Unable to adapt, he has the potential to trouble children inside the home meant to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. But it seems the administration has little choice in the matter.

It has never had a beggars’ home. To accommodate persons arrested under the Beggary Act, it earlier declared juvenile remand home as an observation home for beggars.The practice continues. So when judicial magistrate Atul Marya ordered that Shankar Mehta be kept under observation instead of being let off, he was brought to the Sector 25 home.

The Chandigarh Child Welfare committee doesn’t like this. Aware of Mehta’s chronic begging habits and the fact that he is not in a good state of mental health, some committee members feel his presence is unhealthy for children.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court is hearing a PIL that seeks imposition of penalty on those who offer alms. Filed by H.C. Arora, the litigation also challenges the concept of having beggars’ homes and argues that to destroy beggary, the root of beggary should be destroyed. 



Syndicate Poll
Vaid group victorious
Tribune News Service

Ajay Pal Singh Akhtar Mahmood Ashok Goyal Dharinder Tayal Dr Manjeet Kaur Dr S.K. Singh G.K. Chatrath Hardiljit Singh

Keshav Malhotra Naval Kishore Rajinder Bhandari Ravinder Kaur Upkar Krishan V.K. Mahajan D.R. Gupta

Chandigarh, December 9
The “rotation” group led by Dr A.C. Vaid swept the elections to the 15-member Panjab University Syndicate today, claiming 10 seats. The group bagged all seats in the faculty of science, laws and arts.

The Gopal Krishan Chatrath group won five seats. In the arts, science, laws and medical faculty, the syndics were elected unopposed. In the language faculty, both seats went to the Chatrath group. Keshav Malhotra and Ajay Pal Singh won with 21 and 17 votes, respectively. Members of the Chatrath group defeated Prof Aruna Goyal and principal Joshan, who got 16 and 13 votes, respectively.

All three seats in the arts faculty were bagged by “rotation” group candidates.

Hardiljit Singh Gosal, D.R. Gupta and Dr Ravinder Kaur won unopposed. Of the three seats in the science faculty, Prof Naval Kishore, Prof Akhtar Mahmood and Rajinder Bhandari were elected unopposed.

In the medical sciences faculty, syndics G.K. Chatrath and V.K. Mahajan of the Chatrath group won. Also, in the faculty of law, Dharinder Kumar Tayal and Upkar Krishan Sharma were elected unopposed.

In the combined faculties, a total of 68 votes were polled. There was a contest between Ashok Goyal and Kehar Singh.

The former was elected swith 36 votes while Kehar Singh got 35 votes. In the teaching faculty, Dr Manjit Kaur with 46 and Dr S.K. Singh of the PGI with 34 votes were declared elected.

Dharinder Kumar Tayal and Upkar Krishan Sharma of the Vaid group were elected unanimously in the faculty of laws. In the faculty of medical sciences, Dr K.K. Talwar was elected dean and Dr S. Handa secretary. Dr Indu Bhushan Prashar and Dr R.J. Garg were elected dean and secretary, respectively, from the faculty of dairy and animal husbandry. Satya Pal Jain was elected dean and Prof Shashi K. Sharma secretary of the faculty of laws.



Rs 307-cr central grant for SAS Nagar facelift
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 9
The central government has approved an outlay of Rs 307 crore for SAS Nagar to upgrade the existing infrastructure and ensure planned development of the city.

Talking to the mediapersons after inaugurating the annual Fete ‘Vibes 07’ here at St. Soldiers School, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said 50 per cent of the entire project cost would be borne out by the centre and remaining by the state government. He said an amount of Rs 27 crore had already been released and placed at the disposal of the Mohali municipal council and the remaining would be released soon.

The council had formulated project proposals to the tune of Rs 360 crore to be included in Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission, which included local transit system connecting Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula (mono rail/city bus service) besides enhancing water supply, installation of sewage treatment plant, solid waste management, multi storied parking and widening of major road network.

Asked to comment on the financial position of the state, Badal retorted that the previous government had put the state under the staggering debt of Rs 50,000 crore due to its wrong and ill-conceived economic policies. He termed the callous attitude of the Congress government for creating financial mess in the state as an act of ‘criminal neglect’.

He said when SAD-BJP government demitted office in 2002, Punjab ranked at the top slot in the country but now it had been relegated to 5th position owing to mismanagement of the Congress regime. Badal said: “It is all on the record and we are ready to bring the factual position on the floor of the House in Vidhan Sabha”.

Squarely holding former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh responsible for stalling Rs 16000-crore Bathinda oil refinery project, Badal said: “I fail to understand what prompted Amarinder to shelve the refinery project who termed it as a ‘white elephant’. Has this project not been economically viable it would have not taken up by one of the richest business man in the world Lakshmi Mittal who has put in huge investments in the project in collaboration with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).”

Asked if the government would take some tough measures in withdrawing subsidies to improve the financial heath of the state, Badal said the state government would cautiously deliberate upon all related issues before taking any hard decisions.

He added that people must contribute and be partners in the development process because the government alone could not carry out all the development plans and schemes on its own.



Inconveniences galore in MLDR Airline
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The low-cost airline MDLR Airline, operating from the city to Delhi, Ranchi and Kolkata, has been giving its passengers a harrowing time, thanks to its limited cabin crew coupled with weather-related delays. Passengers are upset at the indifferent attitude of the airlines staff towards inordinate delays, cancellations and forced landings for which they remain ignorant.

The flight to Delhi departs from the city at 7:20 a.m., while its return to the city in the evening is scheduled at 6:20. However, for the past several days, its services have been irregular and that, too, without any prior notification to the passengers.

“We are neither informed about any delay in take-off time nor are we told if we will be adjusted in another flight,” complained a passenger Ashok Aggarwal.

Passengers are also upset over the treatment meted out to them during the course of the flight.

“The flight was firstly delayed by over an hour and then we were made to circle over the city for over an hour, before landing back. In spite of repeated pleas of passengers, the staff feigned ignorance about how long the delay would be,” he added.

Officials at the airport reveal that the airline had been facing problems during the last month and flights had to be cancelled on three-four days. “One aircraft was grounded for technical reasons, while one pilot fell sick and could not fly and thus the flights had to be cancelled or delayed. The airline has taken aircraft on wet lease from a foreign company. So pilots come from the aircraft leasing company. Even technical maintenance is with the leasing company.”

The airline operates RJ-70 aircraft. According to airport officials, only specialised and trained people can fly such aircraft, thus in the absence of a trained pilot, the flight is usually grounded.

“Also the flight which goes from the city to Delhi then goes to Kolkata after touching Ranchi. In case there is a delay in take-off from here, the onward flight as well as the return flight tends to be delayed,” stated an official at the airport.

The biggest reason, however, sources state, is the failure of the promoter of the MDLR to acquire a regional airline licence. The licence, sources inform, is to be granted by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The reason given for not getting this licence is that flights of this airline are not scheduled. Rather, they operator as charter flights.

“It is a non scheduled operator, thus the problems. Though the flight is given an early morning slot for flying from the city. The problem arises when it has to land, because in case of a delay the MDLR flight is given least priority.”

Fog is also playing a role. As winters have set in, the flights are getting delayed. Especially due to the air traffic congestion in Delhi, the flights have to face a lot of problems.



Opium intake highest in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh top in the intake of opioid, opium and heroin, in the country. The rate of intake in these areas is 3.4 per cent.

A study by the ministry of social justice and the United Nations International Doping Control Programme revealed that the residents of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh take drugs three times more than the national average, which is 1 per cent.

Besides, the rate of use of alcohol and tobacco is also substantial in the area in comparison to the national average. Against the national average of the use of alcohol (26 per cent) and tobacco (57.9 per cent), the residents of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have 49. 8 per cent for alcohol intake and 64.6 per cent for tobacco.

Terming it a serious threat to society, the menace needs to be addressed immediately, felt Professor Savita Malhotra, Head, drug de-addiction, PGIMER.

Talking to The Tribune during the National Seminar on Prevention of Drug Abuse and Doping at the Jat Bhawan, Sector 27, here today, Dr Malhotra said what was more shocking was that people start taking drugs at an early age.

“Most of the patients, who have been coming to the de-addiction centre, are very young. Now in the area, especially in Punjab, the affect of the drugs start telling upon the fitness level of the youth”, said Dr Malhotra.

The use of drugs was very common in the sports arena to enhance the performance and growth of hormones. “It is a big challenge to the sportspersons of the area as many of them have spoiled their career due to drugs. Though we never ever have any sportsperson in the centre, the menace of the drug abuse cannot be ignored here”, said Dr Malhotra.

Education at the grass-roots level and awareness about the use of drugs are the major solutions, added Dr Malhotra. 



Doctor your way to US via Costa Rica
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
If you are affluent and want to practice medicine in the USA, you can do it via Costa Rica, says Gurmohan Brar, a trained doctor and an NRI.

“Medicine continues to be a craze and not many in India can afford to go get into medical colleges here. Those who can afford then explore possibilities of going to Russia, China, Poland and other countries to get their MBBS degrees. But once they get back to India, they fail to clear the Medical Council of India equivalence test and are refused permission to practice here,” says Gurmohan who comes from a family of doctors.

Whatever, the demand for MBBS seats has been on the rise. It is estimated that 20,000 to 30,000 Indian students, including those of NRIs, go to medical colleges on alien lands. Now China has decided to reduce intake of foreign students in its medical colleges.

The Medical Council of India has not changed its stance on holding entrance test or equivalency test for those who return to India with degrees in medicine from overseas medical colleges.

“Instead of practicing medicine, I took to medical education after my MBBS and MH degrees and started with medical colleges in the Caribbean,” he says holding that now he is associated with a Medical College in Costa Rica, which can offer about 200 MBBS seats to eligible Indian students for a nine-semester degree in medicine.

The students have to complete the pre-medical curriculum in Costa Rica medical college while the Basic Sciences, including the clinical medicine experience, is organized in the USA. In all, it is a six-year programme leading to MD degree, the total fee of which works out to be around $ 1.2 lakh to be paid in six years. This cost includes board and lodging.

Since on entrance to the USA, all medicine students have to clear an exam, those who fail to clear it have the option of completing their degree in Costa Rica.

“Right from admission to completion of degree, all processes will be completed through formal legal formalities,” asserts Gurmohan Brar holding that the International University of America, which he represents, has been in existence for 21 years now and is WHO listed and ECFMG approved.

Both in Costa Rica and the USA, faculty is either PhD or MDs.

Gurmohan Brar feels that instead of wasting lakhs of rupees on getting into the USA, including human smuggling routes, it is better if the young intelligent youngsters from Punjab get into mainstream medicine and get good placements in the USA with an American credible medicine degree.

He held workshops and seminars with students at different places in Punjab and the neighbouring States and found the response overwhelming.



City to have banquet halls too
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Come 2008, sprawling lawns and multi-purpose banquet halls in the city will give a run for money to the banquet halls which are a hot spot for those looking for ideal locations for large gatherings.

To make the offer attractive, the administration has decided that the proposed banquets halls, each measuring around four acres, will have rooms, a restaurant, banquet halls and sprawling lawns.

Three multi-purpose banquet halls, earmarked on the eastern, western and southern fringes of the city, will be auctioned in January next. “Though the exact date of auction has not been fixed, the rates will be as per the existing land rates in the city” said sources in the administration.

The chief architect has been asked to work out the design and other building rules which will govern the functioning of the banquet halls. The sites are in Sector 38 (west) in the institutional area, a site near Hallomajra village and another site in Pocket no.8, Manimajra.

Finance secretary S.K. Sandhu said the banquet halls in Manimajra would have additional facilities like a hotel, shops and other facilities to make the site viable.

As the city is emerging as a favorite destination for holding conferences and conventions, the demand for large site to hold such functions and mega events is increasing. Recently, a wedding planner had organised a concept marriage at a banquet hall in Zirakpur.

Due to shortage of space in the city, the banquet halls dotting the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road, Panchkula-Zirapur-Patiala road and Chandigarh-Kharar road are always in demand during the marriage seasons. Few years ago, the UT estate office has demolished farmhouses which were being illegally used for marriage parties.

Welcoming the decision, investors in the real estate believe that the auction price has to be attractive. Last time an auction of the banquet hall on leasehold basis in Sector 38 failed due to a high auction price of Rs 23.23 crore. After buying the site and paying the entire amount in 90 days, the bidder has to invest in creating the infrastructure.



Derabassi’s autobiography released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Punjab minister of cooperatives Captain Kanwaljit Singh today released the fourth edition of Gurnam Singh Derabassi’s autobiography ‘Merian Pairhan Mera Safar’ at a function organised by the Writers’ Club, Chandigarh.

The minister said the life of Derabassi, who was instrumental in bringing the tube well revolution in Punjab, was worth emulating by the younger generation as he reached the heights of his career by sheer hard work. The book has been edited by Sham Singh. 



Mayors for more powers to elected representatives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Mayors from all over the country today demanded delegation of more powers to elected representatives in order to discharge their duties effectively and reduce red tape.

This was part of a 14-point declaration announced on the conclusion of the two-day All-India Mayors’ Conference.

The freedom of framing policies should be left to the elected bodies, the declaration stated.

The 74th Amendment to the Constitution of India should be implemented in toto, it further demanded.

Acknowledging that in the coming decades cities would play an increasingly dominant role in the affairs of the nation’s around the world, the declaration stated that it was crucial that the concept of good governance was recognised and implemented at the ground level.

The declaration supported the institutionalisation of community participation to bring about urban regeneration in partnership with citizens.

“There should be a commitment on our part to set targets to upgrade urban infrastructure by providing affordable housing to the poor and creating slum-free cities,” it stated while accepting the fact that poverty in fulsome ways was a local matter requiring local interventions.

Admitting that pressure often generated on cities on account of population growth, globalisation and demands of urban infrastructure, it called for evolving new concepts in urban governance and having a fresh look at strategies and tools of planning, including safety, security and disaster management.

Referring to environmental needs, the conference called for immediate initiatives for greening the cities and managing solid waste material as an effective answer to the problem of global warming.

“As climate change is an issue that affects all, both nationally and locally, cities should work towards reducing carbon footprints.”

The conference also called for gender budgeting, as it was the need of the hour for urban governance.

“Capacity building module be prepared for the technical twinning of the elected representatives to ensure their qualitative participation in civic management,” the declaration stated.



Syndicate Poll
Haryana Group Housing Federation to move court
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 9
The stand-off between the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the cooperative housing societies over the registration of the apartments under the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act, 1983, after the payment of the stamp duty is set to land up in the court of law.

Close on the heels of the protest by housing societies, the Haryana Group Housing Federation, an apex body of the cooperative societies challenging the cause of the cooperative movement in the state, has decided to move the court of law in case the Haryana government did not intervene in the matter in public interest.

"The HUDA notification is arbitrary and illogical which will give a severe blow to the cooperative movement which is already fighting with its back to wall against the entry of big builders in the construction sector," B.K. Sanghi, federation president, told The Tribune here today.

In fact, the HUDA deadline for the registration of the apartments ends tomorrow. As a goodwill gesture, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda should extend the deadline by atleast two months to pave the way for an ‘amicable settlement’ among various stakeholder, cooperative societies, HUDA, government, so that thousands of apartment owners, a majority of them belonging to the lower and middle class, can have a sigh of relief, Sanghi said warning that the federation would be forced to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get ‘justice’ for lakhs of residents.

The cooperative societies and HUDA are locked in a tug-of-war over the registration of the apartments in the individual names of the members of the societies under the Act. While HUDA contends that the registration was mandatory under the Act, the societies take a divergent view arguing that the Act was promulgated with a view to discourage big builders and land mafia from exploiting the general public and it was never intended to be enforced on the cooperative societies.

Meanwhile, the timing of the HUDA decision, about 24 years after the Act came into being, has sent the flat owners in a tizzy. HUDA had already issued occupancy/completion certificate following the payment of various charges and there was no reason for fresh registration of the apartment owners since the land was already registered in the name of the societies, Sanghi argued.

At a time when housing was going out of reach for the middle class, the HUDA decision would shatter dreams of many to own a house in various urban estates of Haryana. In fact, the decision would deal a death knell to Haryana government's social objective of providing affordable housing to its population.



Flights cancelled due to fog
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
Foggy weather hit air traffic today as all flights to and from the city were cancelled, barring the Jet Airways flight that arrived here in the afternoon, said airport officials.

Passengers were put through a lot of inconvenience due to the cancellation of flights.

Earlier, officials waited for the weather to clear.

However, when the weather failed to improve the flights were cancelled.



Halima tops declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
A declamation contest on the prevention of pollution was organised at the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, here yesterday.

Halima and Soni won the first and the second prizes, respectively.

The third prize went to Mohit while Aasma and Vikram received the consolation prizes.



Fill vacant posts

A large number of posts in almost every department are lying vacant for the past over a decade. As a result, there is shortage of staff in every department.

Developmental activities have increased by leaps and bounds, but there is lack of adequate staff to cope up with the situation. One fails to understand why there is no recruitment. Adhoc staff appointed on the contract-basis neither have the requisite expertise nor talent. This gives a severe jolt to the public services. Taxpayers have every right to get services.

I request the authorities to make recruitment of staff as per the norms to run various services smoothly.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

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In Basta
Kajheri killings

Two accused still at large
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
While seven months have lapsed since the Kajheri triple murder took place, the police is yet to arrest the remaining two accused involved in the case.

Even the arrest of prime accused Rajiv Kumar in August came through following a tip-off by Baldev Singh, member of a special task force formed by Bihar to tackle Naxalites, who was posted in that area.

Two other accused involved in the killings, Santosh Kumar, alias Soni, and Amit Kumar, alias Kunkun, are still at large.

Sources in the crime branch of the Chandigarh police said the case had been sent to the court following the arrest of the prime suspect.

The court will begin trial on the challan and the other two accused will be declared proclaimed offenders.

The police says officials are in touch with its sources in Bhagalpur district and in case any tip-off comes, teams will be dispatched there.

Sucha Singh, a dairy farmer, along with his wife and servant was found brutally murdered at their Kajheri village residence in May.

The murder came to light when people came to buy milk and did not get any response from he house occupants.

Relatives of Sucha Singh alleged that Rajiv was arrested due to efforts made by Baldev Singh, who tracks killers.

The police was not making any efforts on its own and was only relying on tip-off given by Baldev Singh.

Baldev was given a reward of Rs 1 lakh by Sucha Singh’s family, a few days after Rajiv’s arrest.

The family had announced a reward of Rs 31,000 to anyone providing clues leading to the arrest of Santosh Kumar and Amit Kumar.

Baldev had then said that he had seen Santosh and Amit in the jungle area near Bhagalpur district after Rajiv was arrested.



Three juveniles among four held for theft 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The police today arrested four employees, including three juveniles, of a Sector 20-based garment shop on charges of stealing garments.

Police station-19 SHO Sukhdev Singh Bhullar said Ashok Kumar, owner of Nirmal Garments Store in Sector 20, reported that garments had been going missing from his stock lately.

He suspected the involvement of staff that had been employed recently. Acting on the complaint, the police raided the residence of the accused at Deep Complex, Hallo Majra. Jackets, trousers and other garments were recovered from there.

The police arrested four employees, including Sunil Kumar and three juveniles.

The juveniles were sent to the juvenile home and Sunil Kumar was produced before a local court, which remanded him in one-day of police custody.

Ganja seized

The police arrested Vishwa Nath of Bihar from Sector 38 for allegedly possessing 4 kg ganja last evening.

The accused used to supply the contraband to rickshaw-pullers in the city. The police had earlier arrested his associate.

A case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered at the police station-39.

One held

Ajay Chhikara of Sector 14, Panchkula, reported to the police alleging that Wakar Ahmed of Indira colony was caught red-handed while stealing his wallet containing Rs 300 and driver’s licence at Fun Republic on Saturday night. A case has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Sumit Khanna of Sector 36 filed a complaint with the police alleging that his Maruti car (CH 03 Z 6773) was stolen from his residence on Friday night. A case has been registered.


Ajit Singh of Khuda Jassu village lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a DVD player, a gas cylinder and some ornaments were stolen from his residence on Friday night. A case has been registered.



Man booked for abduction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9
The police today booked a Ram Darbar resident on charges of abducting a minor girl on the pretext of marrying her.

According to the police, victim’s father Nand Lal of Phase II, Ram Darbar, alleged that 20-year-old Ranbir of his locality had taken away his daughter on the pretext of marrying her. Ranbir is employed at a garment shop in Burail.

The police said Nand Lal had gone to Ranbir’s house last night and found his daughter there. Ranbir and his daughter told him that they would discuss the matter the next day, following which he returned home. When he went to Ranbir’s residence this morning, he found both Ranbir and his daughter missing.

Sources said the girl, who was to turn 18 in a few days, was known to the boy.



Akbar Case
7 booked for abetting suicide 
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, December 9
The police here has booked seven residents of the city, including four members of a prominent family here for abetment to suicide of Akbar Ali, a 19-year-old plumber.

The victim was found hanging in a tube well operating room here on November 24.

According to the police, the victim’s family members alleged that they had discovered a suicide note from his clothes in his room that blamed some prominent residents of the city for his death.

The SDM S.L. Bhumbak ordered the exhumation of his dead body from its grave for a probe into the cause of the victim’s death on Friday.

His body was exhumed yesterday and sent for postmortem to Patiala.

Today the police has booked Pramod Gandhi, his wife Sudesh Gandhi, their son Rahul Gandhi and a minor daughter under Section 306, IPC. Cheeku, a friend of Rahul and two other unidentified persons who had allegedly beaten up the victim have also been booked.

According to the police the family had alleged that these people were the reason that drove Akbar to take such a step.

The police added that in the suicide note the victim referred to an incident where he was being falsely charged with having misbehaved with a girl.

He wrote that he was innocent and had not done anything like that adding that the girl’s brother and parents were threatening him.

The suicide note written by the victim was addressed to his grandmother Anwari Begum in which he had said he was innocent and in order to prove it he was killing himself. 



50-year-old killed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 9
A 50-year-old man was killed while his nephew was injured when a truck hit the scooter they were riding on near Old Panchkula Traffic Lights point, here tonight.

According to the police, both the injured were rushed to the Sector 6 general hospital, where the doctors declared Hari Singh of Haldawani brought dead. Hari Singh’s nephew Kirpal Singh was fighting his injuries in the hospital.

The police said the accident took place when the rashly driven truck hit the scooter from rear.

The police has arrested the truck driver, Laxman on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.



Held for stealing Rs15,000
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 9
Tricksters managed to steal Rs 15,000 from a car at a petrol pump in Indusrial Area. However, the owner of the car was able to catch hold of one of the accused.

According to the police the victim Naresh Kumar Verma, a resident of Sector 15, stopped his car at a petrol pump in Industrial Area, phase II, when a person involved him in a conversation while another picked up his bag lying in the car and ran away. According to Verma who is a head cashier at the Bank of India branch in Sector 20, the bag was containing some documents and around Rs 15,000.

However, there were three people involved in the incident and one of the accused fell down while fleeing from the spot when Verma caught hold of him, informed sub-inspector Des Raj, the investigating officer in the case.



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