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Industrialists upset at UHBVN penalty
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 12
Local industrialists are upset with the UHBVN officials for being insensitive to the consumers.

In an unusual case, the industrialists have alleged that the UHBVN had penalised them even as the fault lied with the meters installed by their department.

The industrialists stated that abnormal readings of increased amounts were being displayed in the electronic meters installed against connections. The meters were showing double readings and at places, five times the permitted sanctioned load.

“After noting down the abnormally high MDI by meter readers, sub-division office unilaterally and arbitrarily imposes penalty without considering the ground realities based on technical and other factors and the consumers have been compelled to pay the penalty amount,” alleged D.C. Gupta, president of the HSIDC Estate Industries Association. His meter, which has a sanctioned load of 50.1 KW, has shown a reading of 239.56 KW. “I have paid Rs 39,065 as penalty for no fault of mine,” he stated.

“It is definite that the said electrical installation is bound to be destroyed completely if the alleged abnormal MDI load is actually used on the given system. It is, however, painful that the concerned XEN/SDO intentionally ignored the said technical facts. They are only concerned to make the UHBVN officers liable. They are not considering that the energy meter can also be defective,” stated an agitated Gupta.

Gupta also claimed that on the complaint of a consumer, the UHBVN did send the meters to the manufacturing company for analysis and the company reported back that abnormal recording was caused because of deterioration of a critical component due to ageing effect causing abnormal recording of MDI.

His is not the lone case; there are six other such cases.

Now, upset at the inaction on part of the local UHBVN officers, the consumers have finally written to the UHBVN managing director at Panchkula demanding that the matter be looked into and their penalty money be refunded.



Goods worth Rs 50 lakh gutted
Our Correspondent

Flames engulf a paper mill in Dera Bassi
Flames engulf a paper mill in Dera Bassi on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, May 12
Goods worth Rs 50 lakh, including paper rolls, were gutted when a fire broke out late last night in a paper mill here.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The fire department officials are looking into the possibility of a short circuit leading to the incident.

In all, six fire tenders, including from Dapar Ammunition Depot and one each from Mohali and Panchkula, were pressed into service.

The fire, which started at around 11 pm, was brought under control completely by 7 am today. The firemen had a tough time in controlling the fire, as they had to break the walls to enter the godown.

According to Derabassi fire officer B.S. Sandhu, the godown had no fire safety measures and the absence of water at the spot made things even more difficult. The firemen had to use a JCB machine to break the walls of the godown. He added, “A detailed inquiry will be made in this matter tomorrow.”



Kings XI-Royal Challengers Tie
Attendance plummets
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 12
The fifth Indian Premier League match between Banglore’s Royal Challengers and local Kings XI Punjab was a lackluster show.

It was in sharp contrast to the earlier two crowd-pulling matches. Where on May 3, when Preity Zinta’s team took on Shah Rukh Khan’s Knight Riders, the stadium overflowed with over 40,000 fans, today barely 12,000 cricket buffs showed up to watch the match.

Cops thrash youth

For a youth, in his mid 20s, enjoyment turned into a harrowing experience when he slipped into a moat separating the field from the stands. The youth was dancing and cheering the players while standing on the wall adjoining the moat when suddenly he lost his balance and fell down. Adding to his woes, the merciless Punjab Police not only gave him sound beating, but also dragged him out of the stadium. The badly injured youth was taken to hospital later. The youth was said to be under the influence of liquor.

When the match kicked off, only few hundreds were present to welcome the teams. Most of the stands were empty.

“Bangalore team has lost most of its matches. I don’t feel like spending bucks to see the match,” said Ashmit while passing near the stadium.

On the other hand, Ashok and Rajiv, who were enjoying the ongoing match inside the stadium, said they managed to get free passes so they came to see the match. Otherwise the match was not exciting. The local police, too, had a relaxed time due to thin turnout there.



Sports calendar announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The sports department will conduct the Chandigarh State Open Games in the last week of October.

Announcing the sports calendar for 2008-9, joint director of sports Dr J.P.S. Sidhu said in all 13 sports disciplines namely rowing, table tennis, athletics, boxing, basketball, gymnastics, handball, judo, kho-kho, kabaddi, volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting had been included in the open games under both men’s and women’s categories. The estimated budget for the games is Rs 5 lakh.

Apart from that, the All-India Tennis Association Super Series Tennis Tournament would be hosted at Lake Sports Complex in last week of December while the Administrator's Tennis Cup for sub-juniors, juniors, and senior (boys and girls) would be organised in the first week of August at Lake Sports Complex. For these two tennis tournaments, a budget of Rs 5 lakh has been earmarked.

For cricket buffs, the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament will be held in June for various institutions/clubs affiliated to the Chandigarh Cricket Association. The tournament will be held at the Sector-16 cricket stadium.

The Inter-school Cricket Tournament for the Adviser's Cup will be organised in the first week of November at the Sector-16 stadium while the Inter-college Cricket Tournament for the Administrator's Cup will be held in the second week of December.

The All-India Football Tournament (u-17 boys) for the Administrator's Cup has been scheduled for the first week of September. The matches will be played at the Sector-42 sports complex and the Sector-17 football stadium.

Meanwhile, the annual summer coaching camps for sub-junior, juniors, seniors (boys and girls) in various sports disciplines commenced at different coaching centres today.

Nearly, 600 trainees will get benefit of the coaching camps in the first leg. The second phase of the annual coaching camps will be held in June.



First city girl for pool nationals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Achint Mann, a Class XI student of Carmel Convent School, is set to become the first girl to represent Chandigarh in the eight and nine ball ladies pool nationals to be held at Spring Club, Kolkata, from May 16 to 26.

She is being trained by R.K.Duggal, a renowned coach and the secretary of Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Association.



Kinger, Chadha storm into semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Pardeep Kinger and Sandeep Chadha reached the semifinal stage of the Billiards event of the ongoing VII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, here today.

In the quarterfinal games of 200 points each, Pardeep Kinger defeated Jaspal Singh 201-147 while Sandeep Chadha outshined Ajay Singla 201-160 to secure a berth in the next round.

In the pre-quarterfinal match (Best of 5 frames), Gurpreet S Batra came from behind to shock Rajesh Jain by 3-2. After making a good start by winning the first frame 84-20, Batra lost not only the momentum but also the next two sets by 41-69 and 38-44. However, in the next frame he regained form and thrashed Jain by a margin of 41 points. The score was 57-16. Putting up better cue-ball control, Batra clinched victory in the deciding frame 56-34. 



Official apathy ruining Sec-17 football stadium
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
One of the oldest sports centres of the city - The Football Stadium in Sector 17 - has become the victim of official apathy. Located at a prime place in the city, the stadium is only being used for holding mundane football or kabaddi tournaments.

Although the sports administration has been spending crores of rupees on new projects, the infrastructure here is totally being neglected for reasons best known to authorities. What to talk of renovating the old building, which houses a dilapidated gym, two wash rooms and a manager’s room, the administration has not even deputed a coach to impart training to budding soccer players.

Around a 100 players used to take coaching from Dinesh Sharma when he was deputed here three years ago. But after his transfer to Patiala, no coach has been appointed and the number of players training here has come down to around 10 now.

“We have no other option as we live near the stadium, but in absence of any facility we are wasting our time,” said a 10-year-old who was practicing here with fellow players sans a coach. The players rued the fact that there was no one to teach them nuances of the game except some seniors.

Even the condition of the ground is not up to the mark. “The ground needs to be levelled,” said a player.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the Chandigarh Football Association, on conditions of anonymity, said: “We have requested the administration to hand over the centre to the association many times. We also offer to look after and develop it with our own resources, but every time they declined our offer. The prime centre is just being wasted.”

“It is not that the game is not popular here. Participation of more than 20 teams in every tournament (junior or senior) corroborates the fact,” added the official.



Youth held with stolen scooter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A 22-year-old, Vijay Kumar, was arrested by the police on charges of stealing a scooter. According to the police, the accused was pulled over by the traffic police at a checkpoint in Mani Majra.

However, Vijay tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by the police.

A stolen scooter (CH 01 C 0290) has been recovered from the accused.


Nihal Singh, a resident of Ram Darbar, filed a complaint with the police alleging that some unknown persons took away cash and important documents from his car (CH 03 Z 6452) parked in Sector 45.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-34.

Vehicles stolen

Gurmail Singh, a resident of New Delhi, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his car (DL 3C AY 1808) was stolen from Sector 10 yesterday.

Also, Sunil Kumar, a resident of Sector 12, reported that his scooter (CH 01 W 9154) was stolen from Sector 9 yesterday. Two cases under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered at the police station-3.


Shammi Kapoor, a resident of Sector 24, was arrested by the local police on charges of gambling at public place.

A case under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered at the police station-11.

Poppy husk seized

Bharpur Singh was arrested by the police from Sector 17 on charges of possessing 8 kg poppy husk.

The police said the accused was on his way to Sangrur when he was arrested.



3 Syndicate employees held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
The local police arrested three more accused — Manjeet Singh, Charan Singh and Makhan Singh — all employees of Ambala Bus Syndicate, in the CTU conductor kidnapping case, this afternoon.

Now out of six accused, against whom the police has registered a case at Sector 36 police station, two are yet to be arrested.

The police had arrested Sukhpal Singh Matto, station supervisor of Syndicate at ISBT, Sector 43, from the crime scene on May 9.

Today, members of the CTU Worker’s Union, Chandigarh, held a three-hour dharna at the ISBT, Sector 43, to protest against the kidnapping of their colleague.

The members also planned to give a call for closure of the bus stand for two hours tomorrow but later changed their mind following discussions with CTU director PS Shergill and DSP J.S. Khiara and DSP J.S. Cheema, who informed them about the arrest of the three accused.

The union has demanded that the administration should check all permits of Syndicate and allow only those buses that had valid permits.

On May 9, six employees of Syndicate forcibly took away CTU conductor Gurpal Singh in a bus. As they passed through Mohali, alert policemen rescued the conductor and arrested Sukhpal from the scene.



Cash, jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 12
Thieves decamped with gold and silver jewellery worth about Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 50,000 from a house in Phase XI last night.

The theft came to the notice of the house owner when he came back here this morning after attending a wedding in Delhi.

Jatinder Singh, owner of the house, said the thieves had broken open the locks on the metal grills to enter into the building. The locks on the door were also broken. The entire house had been ransacked. He said the thieves did not even spare the ‘golak’ lying in the room where Guru Granth Sahib was kept. They took away about Rs 12,000 from the ‘golak’.

He said gold jewellery weighing nearly 250 gm and about 2 kgs of silver was taken away by the thieves. He said he had made a complaint to the police in this regard but a case had not been registered so far. The police told him that an FIR in this regard would be registered tomorrow. 



Two-year-old accident case
Kharar resident walks clean after frame-up
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
After two agonising years, Gurpal Singh Bains of Kharar can finally heave a sigh of relief. For, the Chandigarh police has given him a clean chit in a fatal accident case in which he was never involved.

The police today submitted a report in the district courts clearing Bains of all charges. The report was submitted under the directions of the High Court.

On June 3, 2006 Bains was booked by the police for causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

The registration of the case came as a rude shock to him as on the fateful day his car (CH 01 Z 7812), which purportedly ran down a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Rajesh Kumar, had been impounded by the Chandigarh police at least three hours before the accident.

His car had broken down near a place of worship at Maloya village. Before Bains could get help to tow the car away, it was picked up by the police and taken to the local police post around 7.15 pm.

All relevant entries were made in the log book.

However, three hours later i.e. around 10.15 pm, a fatal hit-and-run case was registered against Bains by the Sector 26 police on the basis of a complaint of constable Vijay Kumar, who was an eyewitness to the accident and had noted down the car number.

Subsequently, Bains was arrested after a month and was granted bail.

What then started was a harrowing experience for Bains, as he ran from pillar to post to prove his innocence.

He complained to the SSP wherein he mentioned that he had differences with two sub-inspectors of the Punjab police and was being framed in this case but no action was taken.

Adding to his woe, the wife of the deceased filed a claim of Rs 10 lakh on him.

Bains filed a writ petition with the Punjab and Haryana High Court wherein he sought re-investigation.

On the direction of the High Court, a re-investigation was started on April 8 by two DSPs (South) and (East) and SHO Police Station, Sector 26.

Under the directions to submit the report within a month, the police admitted that Bains was innocent and that Vijay Kumar apparently noted down the registration number of his car wrongly.



2 die in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Two men were killed in road accidents in different parts of the city.

Teeju, a labourer belonging to colony No. 4, was killed after he was run over by a truck near a needle factory in Industrial Area last night.

The victim, who was reportedly drunk, was sleeping by the roadside when the speeding truck ran over him.

The victim was taken to the PGI, where doctors declared him brought dead. The body of the victim has been sent to the mortuary.

In another incident, 35-year-old Kesar Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, was killed after being hit by a truck (HR 26 C 9900) on the road dividing Sectors 44 and 51 last night.

According to the police, Kesar Singh was hit from behind by the truck while he was on his way back home. The driver fled the scene, leaving the truck behind.



Man duped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A vendor, Om Prakash, was cheated by two unknown persons at a State Bank of India branch in Industrial Area here this morning.

The victim had gone to deposit Rs 19,000 in the bank.

In his complaint to the police, Om Prakash alleged that the two approached him and asked him to hold a bag containing Rs 1 lakh, while they filled out the deposit form. The accused also asked him to hand over his Rs 19,000 till the time they came out of the bank. However, when the two failed to show up, the complainant went home with the bag. To his surprise, the bag contained papers instead of currency.



Punjabi album released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 12
Punjabi audio album 'Something Special' was released at the Chandigarh Press Club here today. Lead singer Preet Brar, along with Kamal Boparai of Angle Records, released the album, which has nine songs, depicting different moods. The songs have been sung by six accomplished singers of the region.

The album aims at providing variety to the music lovers, says Preet Brar. Besides his duet partner Gulrez Akhtar, other singers include Baany A, Feroze Khan, Nirmal Sidhu, Hardeep and M. Judge Raj Kakra while Jagga Bhikhiwla has penned the lyrics.

Versatile singer Preet Brar has also played the male lead in Punjabi film "Kaun Kis Da Beli" produced and directed by Iqbal Dhillon. Another of his films is in the offing, he discloses. Hailing from Bathinda, Preet had learnt light classical music from Ustad Buta Khan and Gurtez Kabul before recording his maiden Punjabi album in 1995. Pairing with Gulrez Akhtar and Pooja, he had performed extensively in the USA, Canada and in the European circuit.



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