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Hemkund Mishap
3 of sarpanch’s kin dead Six others missing
Gurdeep Singh Mann & Surinder Bharadwaj
Tribune News Service

The grieving relatives of the victims at Behrampur village on Tuesday.
The grieving relatives of the victims at Behrampur village on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 24
A pall of gloom descended over Behrampur village on the outskirts of Bassi Pathana after the news of the death of three of its residents in the Hemkund Sahib glacier tragedy reached here today.

While the victims belonged to the family of the sarpanch, Manjit Singh, six others are still reported to be missing in the mishap that occurred last evening.

Nine persons from the village had left for Hemkund Sahib in a Tata Sumo two days ago. They got buried under a huge glacier while walking towards the gurdwara. The deceased have been identified as Gurinder Kaur (42), her daughter Manpreet (14) and son Jaskaran (8). Gurinder Kaur was the sister-in-law of the sarpanch.

Manjit Singh and his wife Amarjit Kaur, too, had accompanied the group, but had not started their climb to the gurdwara when the tragedy struck. After Manjit heard about the accident, he called his brother Arvinder at the village to find out if Gurinder had called up to inform about her well being.

"When we were told that she had not called, we grew apprehensive and started searching for them. We found them among the dead," said Manjit.

Talking to The Tribune over the phone, he said he had dug out the bodies from the ice with the help of Army personnel. He said he was on his way to Fatehgarh Sahib with the bodies.

He said 40 to 45 persons were still missing. His brother-in-law's daughter is also yet to be traced.

The others who are missing include Kamaljit Singh (19) and Kiran (17), grandchildren of his neighbour Sher Singh and the driver of the Tata Sumo.

According to information, Mandeep Kaur, a resident of Bassi Pathana, is also reportedly missing.

Ravinder Singh, husband of Gurinder Kaur, said he got to know of the tragedy from his brother Manjit Singh.

Dr Kaustubh Sharma, SSP, said he had got the news from Badrinath officials and the police had contacted Manjit Singh to help in the identification of bodies.



436 take part in Pbi varsity trials
Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 24
The Punjabi University, Patiala, trials drew as many as 281 men and 155 women players, said Dr Rajkumar, director sports, Punjabi University.

In archery, 16 men and 10 women players were selected. For athletics, out of 58 men, 10 were selected whereas 12 women were selected out of 36 women players.

In volleyball, five men were selected out of 17 whereas two women were selected out of nine. In judo, nine men and three women were selected out of 11 men and six women players, respectively.

In canoeing and kayaking, six men and four women were selected out of 19 men and 12 women, respectively. Eighteen out of 34 men and 16 out of 21 women were selected in handball.

In basketball, nine men and nine women were selected out of 16 men and 14 women, respectively. Five men out of 27 and were selected for football team.

In netball, 10 out of 13 men and six out of 15 women were selected. For kho-kho wing, 12 women players were selected out of 18.

Four men and two women weightlifters were selected out of six men and three women, respectively. In wrestling, three women players were selected.

In kabaddi, five out of 18 men and three out of 22 women players were selected. Eight men and seven women shooters were selected. In powerlifting, nine men and four women players were selected out of 14 men and eight women players, respectively. In gymnastics, two women players were selected.



Focus on rebel candidates
Surinder Bhardwaj

Bassi Pathana, June 24
Candidates of all 13 wards of Bassi Pathana have intensified their campaign.

The campaigning trend has changed with candidates preferring to visit the houses of voters early in the morning or late in the evening. There are no rallies, public meetings, processions or corner meetings.

The contest is more between warring groups of the ruling alliance rather that the Congress. In a majority of wards, candidates owing allegiance to the SAD factions are in the fray.

No senior SAD, BJP or Congress leader has visited the town to campaign for their candidates. Only Jagdeep Singh Cheema, general secretary of the Youth Akali Dal, has campaigned for candidates owing allegiance to his group.

There are 56 candidates and the contest will be interesting in Ward No. 13 where three women, all relatives, are in the fray.

In Ward No. 8, two Congress heavyweights and former presidents of the council are locked in a straight fight.

In Ward No. 6, the wife of former DCC president is standing against rebel Congress candidate. The SAD and the BJP have not fielded any candidate in these wards.

Bhagwant Singh, former council president, could not get ticket (SAD) and is contesting as an Independent against Raman Kumar of the SAD in Ward No.7.

Ramesh Gupta, a former Congress leader, is contesting on SAD ticket in Ward No. 11 against Pritpal Dharni of the Congress.

In Ward No. 4, Kulbhushan Malhotra, husband of the council president, is being opposed by Raj Kamal and Harjinder Laddi.

The maximum of 10 candidates are contesting in Ward No. 1. The BJP is contesting on four seats. 



Rotary Club comes to aid of three-year-old
Tribune News Service

Kharar, June 24
The Rotary Club, Kharar, has come to rescue of a three-year-old girl suffering from congenital heart problem.

The child, Prabhjot Kaur, was operated upon and a valve fixed in her heart at Mukat Hospital, Sector 34, Chandigarh. Rotary Club workers had borne the cost of the entire surgical process along with medicines and other things.

Club president Trilok Anand talked to Dr Sudhir Saxena of Mukat Hospital. “Dr Saxena showed his magnanimity in admitting the child in his hospital and charged only Rs 30,000 from us against the expenditure of Rs 1 lakh being charged by other hospitals,” he said.



Woman, daughter killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 24
Two persons, including a child, were killed while another injured when a car collided with a truck near HMT, Pinjore, near here last night. The deceased were identified as Ishita, a 4-year-old child, and her mother Navneet (28).

According to information, Dr Brijesh, a resident of Kalka, was going to his house after meeting his relatives in his Santro car around 9 pm yesterday when a truck coming from the opposite side rammed into the vehicle. All the injured were rushed to PGI, Chandigarh, where Ishita was declared brought dead. Later Navneet also succumbed to her injuries.

Brijesh was discharged after administering him first aid.

Brijesh, who is the son of a renowned social worker of the town Dr B.D. Trivedi, was running a clinic with his wife, who was also a medical practitioner..



Undertrial escapes from hospital
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 24
An undertrial managed to escape from the prisoner ward of the local civil hospital today noon. The escapee, Anil Kumar, belongs to Bilaspur. A criminal case was registered against him in Yamunanagar police station and he was lodged in Ambala Jail for last several months.

According to information, Anil was admitted to civil hospital following his illness on June 20. He was kept in the prisoner ward of the hospital. Three constables of the Yamunanagar police were deployed there for his security.

Anil asked the security guard that he wanted to go to toilet and tactfully fled from the hospital.

The police noticed it when he did not returned even after half an hour. A case was registered against him in Baldevnagar police station.

SP, Ambala, Sivas Kaviraj said he had informed the SP, Yamunanagar, in this regard. No clue of the escapee was achieved so far.



Punjab rowers grab gold in national meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Punjab rowers brought laurels to the state by bagging gold medals in 11th Sub-Junior National Rowing Championship held at Bangalore from June 18 to 22.

Mukul Kumar and Ravi Shankar won top honours in coxless pair, while in coxed four event, the team, consisted of Balwant Singh, Devinder Singh, Mukul Kumar, Ravi Shankar and Amman (cox), bagged gold medal.

“This is the first time in the history of Punjab that the rowers won gold medals in sub-junior category,” Prabhjeev Singh, general secretary of Punjab Amateur Rowing Association, said.



5 student leaders booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The police today booked five student leaders, including the presidents of the Chandigarh Student Union (CSU) and Khalsa College Student Union (KCSU), under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC (preventive measures) for indulging into a minor scuffle at Khalsa College.

According to sources, the members of the two student bodies entered into a minor scuffle over a stall for the guidance camp that started at the college today. Both, Manoj of the CSU and Jarnail Singh of the KCSU, were taken to a hospital from where they were discharged later.

Meanwhile, in another incident, Sunil Kumar and Rajesh, both residents of Maloya, were arrested on the charges of stealing parts of a tube well. The police has recovered the stolen property from the possession of the accused.


Sunil Kumar, a resident of Dhanas, reported that his motorcycle (HR-12-F-4182) was stolen on June 20 from outside his residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

In another incident, Rajesh, a resident of Sector 51, lodged a police complaint alleging that his car (CH-18T-0351) was stolen on June 20 from outside his residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Smack seized

Harmandeep Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, was arrested with smack. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.



Traffic cop hit by motorcycle, injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Traffic police constable Jai Singh was seriously injured after he was hit by a speeding motorcycle (CH-03-M-9345) on the road dividing Sectors 25 and 38 here this afternoon.

The duo riding the bike immediately fled the scene leaving the motorcycle behind. According to sources, there was a special naka (checkpoint) by the traffic police and the injured constable was checking the speed of the vehicles through radar.

Jai Singh, through a wireless message, informed the traffic officer on duty about the motorcyclists driving without helmets. The accused, on seeing the naka, took a U turn and bashed into the constable.

The constable was immediately rushed to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where he was later discharged.

The police has booked the unidentified youths under Sections 279, 323, 353 and 338 of the IPC. Later, the police booked a Nayagaon resident, Gurdeep Singh, who, along with his father, came to the police station for a compromise.



Auction of parking lots tomorrow

Chandigarh, June 24
The MC would auction its eight parking lots on June 26. The parking lots to be auctioned include the parking of Fun Republic, ManiMajra, Sector 34 (zone II), Lake Club, Sectors 9-D, 4-B and 22-B.

Sources said though the MC had auctioned these parking lots earlier, some contractors had left after a disagreement with the corporation. The reserved price for the parking of Fun Republic has been fixed at Rs 33.60 lakh, for Sector 34 at Rs 11.25 lakh, for Lake Club at Rs 12.11 lakh, for Sector 22 at Rs 21.75 lakh, for Sector 22-C at Rs 6.18 lakh, for Sector 9-D at Rs 12.08 lakh, for Sector 35-B at Rs 17.44 lakh and for Sector 22-B at Rs 1.71 lakh. — TNS



Biz Brief

Movies on rent: Big Flix today launched movie rental service at Reliance World outlets of Sectors 35 and 9, Chandigarh and Sector 11, Panchkula. Anyone walk in at Reliance World outlets would now have access to a collection of over 15,000 Hindi, English and regional language movies at nominal rates. — TNS

Bulk delivery: The two-wheeler manufacturing motor company TVS organised a bulk delivery function here today. The company has handed over TVS Flame bikes to their 101 customers on this occasion. — TNS



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