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Blockade of NH-21 over power cut
PSEB seeks action; SSP says complaint meaningless
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 17
A day after area residents blocked NH-21 over power cuts, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has moved a complaint to the police demanding action against those who held dharna and also against those who cut a tree and disrupted the 66 kv Majra-Mullapur power line.

XEN P.S. Bains said felling of tree on wires resulted in power failure wherein six feeders stopped functioning. "The PSEB incurred losses worth crores due to this. It also brought discomfort to the common man as well as PSEB employees. Due to this, we have demanded that those responsible for it be identified and action be taken against them," said Bains.

The board has also demanded action against those people who blocked NH-21 at night protesting against the PSEB. Bains claimed that PSEB employees had been fixing up fault from 5 pm to 10 pm but despite this, the agitators accused them of not working.

Meanwhile, Kharar DSP Raj Balwinder Singh Sandhu said the complaint was meaningless. "It was the common man and cops who suffered most due to power failure. Our cops were up at NH-21 easing out the jam and pacifying the protesters," he said.

He added that after people staged a dharna last night, he called up PSEB officials and asked why power supply had been cut off. "Within 10 minutes, the power supply was restored," he said. He added that it was the PSEB which was responsible for public suffering.

Meanwhile, area residents have threatened to resort to mass agitation if the power situation did not improve.



Evasion Of Market Fee
Notices slapped on 6TEN, Reliance outlets
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 17
The market committee, Kharar, today slapped assessment notices on outlets of 6TEN, Reliance Retail and Reliance Fresh for not depositing the market fees on rice.

Around 10 6TEN outlets, run by R E I Agro Limited, two Reliance Fresh Limited outlets (Phases VI and VII, Mohali) and one outlet of Reliance Retail Limited (Phase V, Mohali) were served these notices today. These outlets are spread in areas of Mohali and Kharar.

Secretary, market committee, Gurmohan Singh said these outlets had been selling rice in market without paying due market fees to the market committee. He said one-time market fees should be paid for rice bought from within the state and there were separate provisions for the rice bought from other states.

All these outlets have been asked to report to the secretary, market committee, with their records on July 21. They have been directed to bring records of procurement of rice, especially the basmati variety, etc.

Apart from not paying the market fees, these outlets have also not completed certain documentary procedures that are must before selling rice in the market. It is pertinent to mention here that all these retail outlets have opened a year or two ago.

The R E I Agro Limited started its operations in Punjab with simultaneous opening of five stores in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula on September 4, 2007.

The retail chains of Subhiksha and Aditya Birla group will be next taken to task. The market committee is now preparing assessment notices to be served on these groups that have their presence in various parts of Mohali.

Besides, the department has written to DC Rahul Bhandari for recovery of Rs 2.78 crore of arrears to be recovered from Kharar Textile Mill (KTM), a unit of National Textile Corporation, ministry of textiles.

The market committee chairman, SDM, Kharar, R K Gupta, has stated that this money is to be recovered under arrear of the Land Revenue Act.



Encroachments around jail premises
Prison dept writes to DC
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 17
The Punjab prison department has shot off a letter to the Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner demanding removal of encroachments from around the sub-jail of Bassi Pathana.

The department plans to construct a new jail building in place of the existing one, which is around 100 year old. The department wants encroachments around the sub-jail to be removed before it starts demolishing the old structure.

This dilapidated 100-year-old building has become a haven for drug addicts and anti-social elements who hound the premises after dark. Sources say removing encroachments will be an uphill task for the district administration and municipal committee as some of them include constructed buildings as well.

Most of land of Bassi Pathana Jail - spread in an area of around 1.25 acres - is now encroached upon by vendors and other local shopkeepers. Also, a government primary school is being run on the jail premises, building of which was constructed recently.

There is no jail in the district and department wants to use the land here for the new building. In the absence of a jail in the district, prisoners and undertrials have to be ferried all the way from Nabha and Patiala jails to the district courts here.

Police officials revealed that besides 10 police officials deployed for ferrying prisoners from Nabha and Patiala jails, a police van has to cover a distance of around 200 kms everyday which leads to wastage of huge quantities of diesel.

Since the sub-jail of Bassi Pathana was declared unsafe around 14 years ago, prisoners have been lodged either at Patiala Jail or Nabha. These district jails are already overcrowded and Fatehgarh Sahib urgently needs a jail to lodge the prisoners, said the officials.

SSP Kaustubh Sharma said constructing the jail would provide a major relief to cops who have to ferry prisoners. He added that from security point of view, too, it would be helpful.



Water-borne diseases on the rise
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 17
With the onset of monsoons, reports of various water-borne diseases are pouring in from Kalka, Pinjore and adjoining areas putting immense pressure on doctors.

On the other hand, authorities concerned seem least bothered about it. Complaints of supply of contaminated water seem to be falling on deaf ears.

Kalka Community Health Centre and private practitioners are receiving numerous cases of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and other water-borne diseases. Dr S.K. Gupta, SMO of CHC, Kalka, told The Tribune that they were receiving numerous cases of diarrhoea, vomiting, typhoid, viral fever, throat and fungal infections every day. Patients were also complaining about high fever these days. Unhygienic conditions led to fungal infections, he added.

Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, leading private practitioner, said cases of gastroenteritis, skin allergies, upper-respiratory catarrh (URC) and upper-respiratory tract infection (URTI) and nazo-bronchial allergies (NBA) were also on the rise. “Congress grass plays a vital role in spreading skin allergies,” he said, adding that patients should take precautions like drinking purified water.



US delegation visits Pbi varsity
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 17
An educational exchange programme between Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, US, and Punjabi University got a shot in the arm when Paul Browne, Wagiha A. Tayler and Nandita Das led a 60-member delegation from the US University promising to further strengthen the educational ties between the two institutions.

Addressing the first session between the US delegates and Punjabi University faculty at the Senate Hall here today, vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh advocated the cause of furthering exchange programmes between the two institutions “especially in view of India emerging as the most viable economy in the world in the next few years.”

He added that the fields of economy, IT and media were the major areas for developing mutual ties considering the newly emerging concepts of liberalisation, globalisation and privatisation.

Such programmes could help instil the spirit of global competitiveness among the future managers and present a clearer picture of managerial activities in the world, Dr Jaspal Singh said. Dr Taylor said the 19th Congress of Political Economics would be held in India.

Dr Sucha Singh Gill, dean, academic affairs, and Dr A.S. Chawla, dean, RMA, also spoke.



Vaccination campaign launched
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 17
The Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccination campaign, hosted by Ambala civil surgeon Dr V.K. Sharma and nodal officer Dr Amir Singh Ranga, was inaugurated at Government Senior Secondary School, Prem Nagar, Ambala City, yesterday. Chief guest health minister Kartar Devi inaugurated the campaign.

Dr Ranga gave an introduction on the campaign. He said the JE virus is transmitted by culex mosquitoes particularly of the culex vishnui group (culex tritaeniorhynchus). Water birds and pigs play a major role as amplifying hosts. Human get infected following a bite by an infected mosquito. However, as human are dead-end hosts, further spread from human to human does not take place.

He said this year, Ambala district had been selected for the JE vaccination campaign with a target to immunise 3.7 lakh children from July 15 to 29, by specially posted 153 teams. The immunisation will be done in various schools, sub-centers and Anganwari centres on specified days and all government hospitals, CHCs and PHCs in Ambala district.



Woman kills husband over salary
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 17
Bansi Lal (44), an employee with the Railways, was allegedly killed by his wife Rekha late last night in Shivala Mandi, Ambala Cantonment. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm.

Bansi Lal was a class IV employee of the Railways. According to the police, the deceased used to drink often and abuse his wife. Last night, when Bansi came home drunk, Rekha asked for details of his salary. A fight ensued between the two wherein Rekha hit Bansi with a stick as a result of which the latter suffered serious injuries.

The police has registered a case against Rekha. The couple has two sons and a daughter.



AITA: City boys, girls set up title clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Title clash in boys’ as well as girls’ under-18 age group would be an all-Chandigarh affair.

Continuing his winning journey unseeded Ajay Yadav beat lucky loser Bramjot Singh of Delhi 6-1, 6-1 in the first semifinal match to face sixth seed Akshat Joshi tomorrow in the finals of the ongoing AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA courts, Sector 10, here.

In the second semifinal, spirited local lad Joshi stormed into final, registering win over second seed Himanshu Mali of Delhi in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.

In the girls’ under-18 final, local girls Prabhamrit Kaur Sandhu and Mehak Singh will lock horns.

Today Prabhamrit ousted Monica Sant 6-0, 6-1 while Mehak Singh beat Nehal Sahni from Delhi 6-0, 6-1.

However, putting up top class show, top seed Nehal reached into the finals in under-14 singles. She dropped just one game in two sets 6-1, 6-0 against fourth seed Charvi Saxena of Chandigarh in the first semi-final.

Tomorrow, in the final, Nehal will now face local favourite Nikita, who showed the doors to Delhi’s Disha Dang in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.


Boys Under-18 Singles: Ajay Yadav (Chd) bt Bramjot Singh (Del) 6-1, 6-1; Akshat Joshi (Chd) bt Himansu Mali (Del) 6-4, 7-5.

Boys Under-14 Singles: Fatehdeep Singh (Pb) bt Mandeep Kumar (Chd) 6-2, 6-3; Trivesh Singh (Del) bt Udai Mann (Chd) 6-2, 6-3.

Girls Under-18 Singles: Prabhamrit Sandhu (Chd) bt Monica Sant (Guj) 6-0, 6-1; Mehak Singh (Chd) bt Nehal Sahni (Del) 6-0, 6-1.

Girls under-14 Singles: Nehal Sahni (Del) bt Charvi Saxena (Chd) 6-1, 6-0; Nikita (Chd) bt Disha Dang (Del) 6-4, 6-2.

Boys under-18 Doubles: Abhilash and Pranshu bt Ankit and Arman 6-3, 3-6, 10-8; Ajay and Amardeep bt Joshi and Ashwani 7-5, 3-6, 10-4.

Boys under-14 Doubles: Jatinder Singh and Fatehdeep Singh bt Mandeep Kumar and Kuwar 6-4, 6-3; Ranjeet Singh and Trivesh Singh bt Nameer Shamsi and Niktesh 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.



St Stephen’s beat APJ
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A fine knock of 49 runs off 50 balls by skipper Harman guided St Stephen’s to two-wicket victory over APJ School, Kharar, in the first match of the day.

St Stephen’s won the toss and elected to field. APJ were well served by Nitin's brilliant all-round display. He scored 56 runs off 55 balls and also captured three wickets for 18 runs but still ended on the losing side.

APJ scored 154 for 9 in their quota of 30 overs. Rahul and Abhilash both bagged three wickets each while Anmol chipped in with two wickets for St Stephen’s.

Replying to the innings, St Stpehen’s chased APJ's total in 28 overs with two wickets to spare.

Harman scored 49 while Sachit and Hari scored a useful 44 and 37 respectively.

Nitin bagged three wickets and Gaurav and Harkirat bagged two each for APJ. Harman was declared the Man of the Match.

In the second match of the day, DAV School, Sector 15, defeated Government Senior Secondary School, Mohali, by a huge margin of 120 runs.

Kunal was declared Man of the Match for his excellent innings.

St Stephen’s will now play against DAV, Sector 8, in the first semi final of the Oojam Invitational Inter-School Cricket Tournament. DAV School, Sector 15, have also moved in the semifinals where they will take on GNPS, Sector 36.



Cricket: Sukhpreet leads Chandigarh to win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
With his 31-run knock, Sukhpreet helped Chandigarh team to beat Jalandhar by two wickets in the quarterfinal match of Punjab State Twenty20 Inter District Cricket Tournament (Under-16) for Udham Singh Trophy being played at Ludhiana here today.

Batting first, Jalandhar team were skittled out on 72 runs in 17 overs. Arun Kumar, Gaurav and Navdeep Thakur took two wickets each for Chandigarh.

Chandigarh chased the target in 18.1 overs losing eight wickets in the course.

Brief Score:

Jalandhar: 72 all out in 17 overs (Pankaj 13, Arun Kumar 2 for 16, Navdeep 2 for 20, Gaurav 2 for 12).


75 for 8 in 18.1 overs (Sukhpreet 31, Shyam 12, Diamond 2 for 16, Aman 2 for 20). Chandigarh will play its semifinal match against Faridkot on July 18.



Mt Shivalik Trophy
P’kula’s Bhavan, GNPS to fight it out tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Bhavan Vidyalaya of Panchkula will face CCA-Guru Nanak Public School Academy in the finals of the Inter-Academy (under-15) Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy.

The match will be held on July 19 at St Stephen's School, Sector 45.

Board of Control for Cricket in India’s joint secretary and also secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association MP Pandove will give away prizes at 4 pm. St Stephen's principal Harold Carver will inaugurate the final match at 10 a.m.

The Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy is organising the tournament. The final will be a 40 overs each side affair.



Cricket probables selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Cricket Association selected probables for under-19 Chandigarh district team through trials.

Probables will take part in a camp for selection to the final team.

Names of the probables: Amay, Rohit Singh, Amit Sonker, Tanveer Manak, Jaanu Manchel, Vikrant Bansal, Gagan, Nikhil, Rakesh, Parmodh, Amolveer Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Rozal Batra, Samranjeet Singh, Gurjout Singh, Parbhjeet Singh, Geetanshu, Munish Nain, Naresh, Aman, Subham Rana, Paras Singh, Rohan, Sunil (W.K.), Deepak Vashith, Ranjeev Gill, Guntash Singh, Amit Mittal, Varinder, Arvind, Pankaj, Nishan Ali.



Football trials on July 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Football Association will conduct selection trials at Dev Samaj College grounds, Sector 45 here, on July 21.

The association will select 25 probables for a coaching camp in preparation for Chandigarh's participation in the fifth girls (under-17)sub-junior National Football Championship at Haldwani from August 9 to 24.

Those born on or after January 1, 1993 but not later than December 1995 are eligible to take part in the trials.

The players must bring their date of birth certificate for the trials.



Rs 3 lakh stolen from car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Thieves decamped with Rs 3 lakh in cash after breaking open the windowpane of a car in Sector 23, here this evening.

According to the police, Manpreet a collection agent with a private liquor company, had gone to his residence after making collections from two shops in Mohali.

He had collected Rs 2 lakh from a shop in Phase 1 and Rs 1 lakh from another shop in Phase 7.

He had stopped over at his house to collect some documents while on his way to the bank to deposit the money.

He said: “I had come home to collect some documents and parked the car outside the residence. Upon returning to the car after five minutes, I found the money missing.”

The rear windowpane of the Maruti Swift car (PB 32 G 0567) was broken and the money missing, he said.

He informed the police, which reached the scene soon after.

Manpreet had kept Rs 2 lakh underneath the seat and Rs 1 lakh in the dashboard.

The police said there were no eyewitnesses to the incident. “It seems to be the handiwork of persons known to Manpreet. They must have followed him and taken away the money on finding the right opportunity,” said the investigating officer.



Rs 1 lakh stolen from temple
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Ornaments and around Rs 1 lakh in cash were stolen from Jain Mandir in Sector 27 here last night.

According to reports, the theft came to light when the temple priest came for prayers in the morning. The thieves took away a silver crown, silver “chatars”, two gold chains, one pearl chain and Rs 1 lakh in cash from the “golak”.

The police was informed around 6.30 am, which later registered a case of theft at the police station-26.

Bike stolen

Amrik Singh, a resident of Sarangpur, reported that his motor cycle (CH 03 S 4042) was stolen from Sector 15 on July 15. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station-11.

Liquor seized

Ved Parkash, a resident of Sector 19, has been arrested on charges of possessing 18 bottles of illicit country-made wine.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the police station-19.

2 held for fraud

Santosh, a resident of Naya Gaon, and Harish, a resident of Palsora, were arrested from Maloya on charges of fraud and cheating. According to the police, the accused were arrested when they tried to con Raju, a resident of Maloya. They tried to con Raju by offering to give him a bundle of Re 1, against half the money.

Raju got suspicious and informed the police. The police seized fake currency from the accused. The two were arrested on charges of 420 and 511/34 of the IPC.



UT police struggles to crack theft cases
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The UT police has failed miserably in solving theft cases, especially those involving huge amounts of money.

Though three months have elapsed since thieves stole 16 bracelets worth Rs 6 lakh from Tanishq showroom in Sector 17, the police has been unsuccessful in tracing the whereabouts of the accused.

With a similar theft being reported from a Bhubaneswar jewellery shop, the UT police is now suspecting the involvement of an inter-state gang in the theft at Tanishq showroom.

According to the investigating officer, the two thefts were identical, as the accused had adopted a similar modus operandi in both cases.

The gang, reportedly headed by a woman, had failed twice in its attempt to steal ornaments from a Tanishq shop in Mohali.

The three accused had entered the showroom and asked the salesgirl to show them the tray in which 16 bracelets were kept.

The CCTV footage later showed the woman hiding the bracelets in her saree and before leaving.

The woman was suspected to be in her mid-40s and the other two men of the gang in their late-40s. One of the men wore a khaki jacket and sported spectacles, while the other was not clearly visible in the footage.

A similar theft involving lakhs of rupees was reported from Hotel Taj earlier this year.

Three teenagers, including a girl, had managed to flee with a bag containing jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh then.

While the police has the CCTV footage of the theft, it has failed to crack the case.

In April, unidentified persons had stolen a bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh from a Sector-17 bank.

The police had suspected the involvement of a Moradabad-based inter-state gang.

The police has again failed to make any breakthrough in the case.

In October, last year, Rs 2.82 lakh were stolen from high-security RBI office in Sector 17. The office is under surveillance of 85 CCTV cameras.



Police releases sketches of robbery suspects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The UT police today released sketches of three suspects involved in the robbery of an apple grower and his nephew on Tuesday night.

The accused had robbed over Rs 1 lakh at Press Chowk from the victims while they were on their way to the bus stand in Sector 17.

The incident took place when Jeet Rai and his nephew Munni Lal, both residents of Shimla, were going to the ISBT from Sector 26 grain market in a rickshaw.

The two had sold their stock of apple to a wholesale distributor in the grain market and were returning with the money.

Police sources said as the two reached the Press Chowk, they were stopped by three armed assailants, who assaulted them.

As Munni Lal, who was holding the bag containing the cash, tried to resist, one of the assailants flashed a knife forcing him to part with the cash. The assailants fled the scene with the cash.



Fake affidavit filed to get tenement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Cases of false allotment of dwelling units under rehabilitation scheme continue to pour in. This time an employee of the public health department has filed a fake affidavit to get a tenement under the Licensing of Tenements and Sites and Services in Chandigarh scheme, 1979.

Though residing at Sarangpur village for the past many years, the employee filed a false affidavit that he was living in SBS Colony, Karsan.

The election department and the food and supplies department had also issued a voter’s card and a ration card against the false address.

The employee, Surinder Kumar, a tube-well operator, made a request for allotment under the rehabilitation scheme in Sectors 52 and 53.

In July, 1997, the employee was issued a dwelling unit (No. 1100) in Sector 52 and 53.

On the other hand, records of the election department revealed that the public health employee had been residing at Sarangpur village here.



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