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3 held for duping dairy owner
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 27
A dairy owner of Ambala City, Ramesh Kumar, was cheated by four persons, who had come from Saharanpur to purchase buffaloes from him. The accused tactfully handed him over plain papers in place of genuine currency.

According to information, the con men came to the dairy owner in a car. They told him that they wanted to purchase eight buffaloes and the deal was struck for Rs 3.25 lakh. They gave him a suitcase containing genuine currency of Rs 3.20 lakh. Ramesh counted the currency and demanded Rs 5,000 more as per the deal. But they refused to pay the additional amount and went away.

After 15 minutes, they came back and handed over the suitcase and Rs 5,000 to him after which they herded the livestock onto the truck and went away in their car.

After half an hour, when the dairy owner opened the suitcase, he found that notes of Rs 500 and 100 denominations were placed only on the top of the bundles while the rest were plain papers of the same size. They had allegedly exchanged the original suitcase with the duplicate one and the dairy owner could not notice it.

The matter was reported to the police. A police party along with a few dairy owners went to Saharanpur and nabbed three of them from there. The police recovered the balanced amount from them.

A forgery case has been registered against them.

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Hike military service pay, demands panel
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 27
A large number of defence personnel met under the banner of the Indian Ex-Servicemen League (Punjab and Chandigarh) and criticised the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission here today.

Prabhjot Singh, general secretary of the league, said there was no uniformity as far as the military service pay (MSP) was concerned.

He demanded that the MSP for the ranks of sepoy to Subedar Major should be increased from Rs 2,000 to 4,500 and for the ranks from Lieutenant to General, it should be increased from Rs 6,000 to 9,000. He added that it was necessary to cover the risk and compensate for the hazardous conditions these soldiers face during the service.

Prabhjot Singh also demanded that the additional quantum of pension and family pension should be given from the age of 70 years and not from 80 years as recommended by the pay commission.

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Man beaten up at Balongi tax barrier
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 27
Mandeep Verma, a resident of Dera Bassi, was allegedly beaten up by two unknown persons near the Balongi sales tax barrier on Monday night.

The incident took place when Mandeep and his brother Rohit were coming from Ludhiana in their Maruti car and were on their way to Dera Bassi.

At around 10 pm, they reached near the Balongi sales tax barrier, where two men in Scorpio tried to overtake them.

Few metres ahead the barrier, the occupants of the Scorpio stopped their car in front of Vermaís car and asked him to get down. They allegedly abused Verma and his brother. They also allegedly wielded gun on Mandeep and hit him with the butt of gun.

Vermas have forwarded a complaint to the Balongi police post. Police is investigating the case.

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Hotel owner booked for serving liquor without permit
Our correspondent

Ambala, May 27
The police here today booked a hotel owner and one other for serving liquor on the hotel complex without obtaining permit from the excise department.

According to information, on May 24, a finance company had organised a cocktail and dinner on the lawns of the hotel in Ambala City. Around 150 prominent persons of the city were invited to the party. A dance party of around 12 female dancers was also arranged by the organiser for the entertainment of the guests.

At around 10 pm, someone misinformed the mediapersons and senior police officers that a nude dance was being performed at the hotel. A police team headed by DSP (headquarter) Bhupinder Singh reached there and cordoned off the area.

The police found that liquor was being served to the invitees, but the report about the nude dance was wrong. On seeing the police there, most of the invitees slipped without taking the dinner.

The DSP asked the owner of the hotel to show him the permit for serving liquor in public place.

The owner told him that he had deposited the permit fee with the excise department, but could not obtain the permit.

The DSP asked the SHO to inquire into the matter with the excise department and the police went away without taking any action.

After the investigation, it was found that the owner of the hotel did not obtain permit and he violated the excise rule. 

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Body lies unattended to for hours
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 27
A dead body lay unattended for four hours in a pond near gurudwara in Gharuan village today afternoon. Villagers spotted the body floating on the surface of the pond at around 12 noon and informed the police.

The cops rushed to place, but were unable to fish the body out despite repeated attempts. As the body was badly decomposed, whenever the cops tried to pull it out, it got torn off from various places.

The cops then decided to let the body float until it was identified. The body lay unattended for around four hours before the villagers made frantic calls to the police and pleaded them to take away the body.

Later, at around 4 pm, the body was fished out. The cops said the body seems to be there for around a week. It has not been identified as yet. The police has initiated inquest proceedings.

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Polling for remaining panchayats today
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 27
The stage is set for the elections to several panchayats tomorrow, where polling was cancelled yesterday due to an assortment of reasons, including non-availability of ballot papers.

Deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer D.S. Grewal said elections would be held to 42 panchayats. He added the elaborate security arrangements had been made by the district administration and the polling material had been dispatched to these panchayats.

The DC added that Puneet Goyal, the poll observer appointed by the Punjab Government, will be touring these village tomorrow to ensure free and fair polling. The DC added that no one would be allowed to intervene in the poll process.

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Employee on poll duty dies on way
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 27
Sarabjit Joshi (25) of Nandpur village near Bassi Pathana, a class-IV employee in the deputy commissionerís office, Fatehgarh Sahib, died yesterday in an accident. Sarabjit was going to Khera Block on his motorcycle for election duty. On the way near Badali Ala Singh, a speeding car hit his motorcycle from the rear and fled away.

Sarabjit was taken to the PGI in serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries. Sarabjit was the sole bread earner for the family. He is survived by his mother and younger brother.

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Villagers thrash sozzled presiding officer
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 27
A drunk presiding officer, Joga Singh, deployed in Ghel village was beaten up by a section of villagers when he refused to declare the polling results and abused the voters and staff present there.

The incident took place last evening when people were waiting for the results after the completion of voting.

The villagers first pulled him out from the polling booth and thrashed him after which he was handed over to the police officials. SP rank officials, DSP and area SHO reached the spot and controlled the situation.

Police officials took the presiding officer in an inebriated condition with torn cloths to the civil hospital where a medical examination was conducted. The medical reports revealed that he had consumed good amount of liquor. The police officials recommended a departmental action against the lecturer.

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Gaurav Ghei's team wins
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 27
The Chandigarh Golf Club members could not have asked for more. Ninety amateur players of the region rubbed shoulders with the cream of Indian golf playing along side 30 top golf professionals in the Pro-Am event of the PGTI Players Championship on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Played on a fourball team stableford format the event was won by PGTI member Gaurav Ghei's team comprising the three amateurs, K.S. Sibia, R.P.S. Sidhu and Brig B.S. Bains. The quartet scored 121 points in which the professional score was compulsory along with two best scores of the three amateurs over 18 holes.

Finishing five points behind for the runner-up slot was Harmeet Kahlon's team. Kahlon played a two under par 70 as his team, comprising C.S.R. Reddy, T.L. Verma and Parminder Sehgal totaled 116 points.

Another local golf pro A.S. Lehal's team comprising Binny Bath and Capt J.S. Brar trailed the runner-up team by just one point to finish third with a score of 115.

The prize for the closest shot to the pin was won by K. S. Brar whose shot landed three feet short of the pin on hole no. 8. The prize for the longest drive was bagged by Randeep Singh Nabha who came up with a 295 yard drive on hole no. 18.

The i10 Megna Hyundai car remained parked on the greens as no one could score a hole in one on any of the par-3 holes. There are another four days for any of the 123 golfers who will tee off tomorrow for the PGTI Players Championship to try their luck of scoring a hole-in-one.

Keen competition will be witnessed in the next four days as 109 professionals and 14 top amateurs tee off tomorrow for the Rs 30 lakh prize money event.

Going by the performance of the players today, the greens promise to play true with the players returning sub-par scores.

The first trio to tee off in the first hot weather pro event will be Feroze Ali, Shaurya Singh and Nittin Mittal at 7.30 am. The last to tee off at 1.30 pm will be Yusuf Ali, Bhoop Singh and Chandigarh amateur Aman Guron.

Tournament committee chairman Tej Pratap Singh Virk said all preparations had been made for a smooth conduct of the city's biggest prize money tournament. 

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Challenger Trophy
Four teams make it to semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
ERCA (A), ERCA (B), APJ Kharar and Vivek High School, all winning after their respective matches, moved to the semi-finals of the All-India Challenger Trophy under-14 Cricket Tournament. The tournament is being organised jointly by Aresson Sports Club and Edmund Rice Cricket Academy at St Johnís School ground, Sector 26, and Vivek School ground in Sector 38, here today.

In the first match, ERCA (A) defeated Nathu Ram Cricket Academy, New Delhi, by 10 wickets. Electing to bat first, the NRCA team was bundled out for a total of 48 runs in 18 overs. Only Ravi showed some resistance with 11 runs. Chetan (3 for 6), Dinesh Choudhary (3 for 13) and Manish (3 for 13) bowled well for the ERCA team. In reply, ERCA openers chased the target in 10.4 overs. Gaurav (28n.o) and Shakti (15n.o) played well for ERCA (A).

In the second match, APJ Kharar beat Rohini Cricket Club, New Delhi, by 82 runs. Electing to bat first, APJ team scored 188 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in the allotted 30 overs. Mayank Sood starred with 83 n.o. He was well supported by Anmol who contributed 72 runs. For the Rohini team, Sunny (1 for 29) was the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Rohini team were all out for 106 runs in 30 overs. Dhruv topscored with 39 runs. Sahil Sharma (2 for 11), Mandeep (3 for 7) and Karanveer (3 for 11) bowled superbly for the APJ team.

In another match played at Vivek High School, the host team beat Dev Cricket Academy, New Delhi, by 8 wickets. Electing to bat first Dev Cricket Academy could manage 109 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 30 overs. Himanshu topscored with 23 runs while Vishesh contributed 19 runs. Shivam Bhambri (3 for 13) and Shiven (3 for 21) were the main wicket takers for the Vivek team. In reply, the Vivek team chased down the total in 10.4 overs with 8 wickets to spare. Shivam Bhambri 52 n.o. played superbly, he was well supported by Karan Khosla who made 35 runs.

From the DCA team Ajay (1 for 21) was the pick of the bowlers. In the second match played at Vivek grounds, ERCA (B) team beat Pioneer Cricket Academy by 7 wickets. Electing to bat first, the Pioneer Cricket Academy was bundled out for amazing 13 runs in 15.3 overs. In this one-sided affair tie, ERCA (B) teamís Akshay (4 for 5), Vishnu (2 for 4) and Aditya (2 for 4) were the wreckers-in-chiefs. In reply, ERCA (B) chased the total in 3.1 overs losing 3 wickets.

Brief Scores

Match-1: Nathu Ram Cricket Academy- 48 all out in 18 overs (Ravi 11, Chetan 3 for 6, Dinesh Choudhary 3 for 13, Manish 3 for 13) ERCA (A)- 49 for 0 in 10.4 overs (Gaurav 28 n.o., Shakti 15 n.o.).

Match-2: APJ Kharar- 188 for 3in 30 overs (Mayank 83 n.o., Anmol 72, Sunny 1 for 29) Rohini Cricket Club, Delhi- 106 all out in 30 overs (Dhruv 39, Mandeep 3 for 7, Karanveer 3 for 11, Sahil Sharma 2 for 10) Match-3 Dev Cricket Academy, New Delhi- 109 for 9 in 30 overs (Himanshu 23, Shivam Bhambri 3 for 13, Shivan 3 for 21) Vivek High School- 110 for 2 in 10.4 overs (Shivam Bhambri 52 n.o., Karan Khosla 35, Ajay 1 for 21) Match-4 Pioneer Cricket Academy- 13 allout in 15 overs (Akshay 4 for 5, Vishnu 2 for 4, Aditya 2 for 4) ERCA (B)- 13 for 3 in 3.1 overs.

Tomorrows Fixtures: Semifinal 1- ERCA (A) vs Vivek High School 8.00 am at St Johnís High School.

Semifinal 2: ERCA (B) vs APJ Kharar 12.30 pm at St Johnís High School.

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Motorcycle-borne youths snatch chains
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Anju, a resident of Sector 22, reported that her gold chain was snatched by two youths riding a motor cycle (UP 15 P 9567) in Sector 22.

Also, Daya Garg, a resident of Sector 32, alleged that two youths snatched his gold chain from Sector 32 and sped away on their bike.

Two cases under Section 356 and 379 of the IPC have been registered in this regard.

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2 vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 27
Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 29, reported that his motor cycle (CH 03 Q 9340) was stolen from Hallo Majra yesterday. In another incident, Tara Chand, a resident of Sector 45, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his scooter (CH 01 T 3590) was stolen from Sector 9.

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