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Deadly Intervention
Man loses life in group clash
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Banur, October 14
A resident of Banur lost his life today while trying to pacify two groups at loggerheads over trivial issue of cattle grazing. Deceased has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, resident of Ward Number 3 of Banur.

According to the eyewitnesses, two families of the area were having a dispute over an issue of cattle grazing. The cattles were damaging vegetables of one Sikandar Singh, a resident of Ward Number 3. His family members had an argument with the owners of the cattle and tried to stop them.

As per people around, one Gurmail Singh, usually took his cattle for grazing outside the house of Sikandar. The cattle damaged a portion of vegetables leading to brawl between both families of Sikandar and Gurmail.

Gurmail’s son, Gagandeep, and his servant were grazing cattle outside the house of Sikandar today when Sikandar's wife stopped Gagandeep from doing so. They entered into heated arguments.

Gurmail and his son then decided to teach a lesson to Sikandar and allegedly attacked his house with sharp edged weapons in the evening at around 5 pm. They were accompanied by two unidentified men and a servant.

While Gurmail, his son and others were allegedly attacking the house of Sikandar, Sukhwinder, while passing from the house, tried to stop both the attackers. "He wanted to stop the quarrel and shouted at both the parties not to fight over a trivial issue", said a resident of the area.

He said Sukhwinder was aware of the reason behind the fight and was known to both the parties. Gurmail along with his son attacked Sukhwinder, and later, he succumbed to injuries at Banur Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, police officials at Banur Police Station refused to divulge any details of the case. Sources said Gurmail, Gagandeep, Deep and two other unidentified people have been booked by the police under Sections 302, 307, 452, 324, and 34 of the IPC. No arrests have been made in this connection till late evening.



Rare hydraulic buffers lying in disuse
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, October 14
Four rare hydraulic shock absorbers (hydraulic buffers) installed at the railway station have been lying in neglect for over eight years due to the apathetic attitude of the authorities of the Northern Railway, Ambala division.

Sources in the railways said the hydraulic buffers were installed at the railway station 92 years ago and helped stop trains or locomotives in the face of speeding or brake failure. Water pressure was used in these buffers for the purpose.

The sources added that the system was very rare in the country — the system is installed at only two places, Kalka and Kolkata.

The sources said one of these buffers was opened last year for repairs by the Northern Railway Diesel, Kalka, but had been lying in disuse ever since, as the total cost of repairs was around Rs 10 lakh.

Subsequently, mechanical division and operating division of the Northern Railway here were shying away from carrying out repair of these buffers.

Sources at the diesel shed said the project was under consideration with the higher authorities here and if finance was provided, repairs would be conducted.

The Kalka-Shimla section, which features on the world heritage map, has some of the rarest equipment lying in disuse. “There is a dire need to restore equipment like hydraulic buffers and railway trolley,” said railway employees.



Minister tours dengue-hit areas of Patiala
Allocates funds to Baba Farid University

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 14
The medical education and research minister, Tikshen Sood, today said that amount of Rs 68 crore and eight crore had been sanctioned for the upgradation of facilities and other infrastructure of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, and Government Medical College, Patiala, respectively.

Sood was addressing a press conference at the Government Medical College after visiting Rajindra Hospital where dengue cases have been admitted.

Sood added the paucity of staff in medical colleges of the state would soon be over as additional staff was being recruited. He added that the question of disaffiliation of medical colleges in Punjab by the Medical Council of India did not arise, as all their prescribed norms would be fulfilled soon.

In order to tide over the paucity of staff in medical colleges, the government would be taking the help of the Punjab Public Service Commission for recruitment purposes. He said some retired government teachers would also be re-employed.

After taking a tour of the Rajindra Hospital, the minister, confirmed that out of a total of 29 cases admitted in the hospital, 20 had been discharged while the other nine were still under treatment. Similarly, 45 cases had been admitted in the Rajindra Hospital out of which 25 were now all right. 60 cases were reported in Ludhiana hospitals and the position there was under control of the authorities.

He added that the municipal corporation authorities should use spray so that people could drink clean water.

He also asked the media to enlighten the people about the ill effects of dengue fever. Sood said education and health services was the sole responsibility of the state government.

He also said the previous Congress government had not allocated enough funds to tide over the problems of education and health in the state. He added that the government had formed a committee of nodal officers to check the spread of the dengue in the state.



Woman dies of dengue in Rajpura
Tribune News Service

Maneesha along with her husband and child (file photo)
Maneesha along with her husband and child (file photo).

Rajpura, October 14
Maneesha (22), mother of two children, died today of dengue at a private hospital in Rohtak. She was suffering from fever for the past around 10 days and was rushed to her parent’s house in Rohtak three days back.

Maneesha was married seven years ago. She was residing with her two children and husband in Beepur Jakhepal village since her marriage.

Roshan Lal, husband of the deceased, said her wife was first rushed to a private hospital in Rajpura and then her parents came from Rohtak and took her along with them.

The panicked area residents said the authorities must take steps to reduce dengue cases. Suresh Kumar, residing near the Shiv Mandir, said some more people of the area were suffering from fever.



Lost relative of Mizoram’s Governor returns home
Tribune News Service

Akshay Lakhera with his father at the Dera Bassi police station
Akshay Lakhera with his father at the Dera Bassi police station on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, October 14
Akshay, the 13-year-old kin of Mizoram’s Governor, was handed over by the Dera Bassi police to his father this morning.

“Thanks to the Punjab police for taking care of my son,” said Satish Lakhera, father of Akshay and nephew of Mizoram’s Governor.

Dera Bassi SHO Dalbir Singh Grewal said that Akshay was comfortable during the two-night stay at the police station quarters. His father reached the police station this morning and took him home.

While talking about the incident the SHO said, “On Sunday, we were informed by Funcity officials that a 13-year-old boy was roaming alone at Funcity. After getting this information we rushed to the spot and brought the boy with us.”

The child was asked about his family and contact number. “When we called on that number it was the Mizoram Governor’s office number. From there we got the number of his father,” added SHO.

Akshay is a student of Class VI in a Lucknow-based school. He had come with his school team for sports meet at Shimla, where he hired a taxi with his friends to visit Funcity. He was not in touch with his friends during the visit and roamed alone at Funcity.

The SHO added that the boy spent most of his time at the police station and played with police personnels.



Vision of 50 restored at camp
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 14
A total of 50 persons were restored with vision during a free eye camp organised by the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre at Baretta Mandi, which concluded today.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Sukhdip Singh Boparai, chief consultant of the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre, said the camp had been organised as an initiative of the Milkha Singh Charitable Trust of Baretta.

Dr Boparai said, on the inaugural day of the World Sight Day camp, as many as 604 patients were examined and those requiring surgery were also identified. They were later operated upon and were discharged.

Dr Boparai said women face a greater risk of vision loss than men. He said 75 per cent of blindness is avoidable, either it is treatable or preventable. He said restorations of sight and blindness prevention strategies are among the most cost-effective interventions in healthcare.



MC chief adopts girl students
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, October 14
Local municipal council president Kulbhushan Malhotra adopted two brilliant girls studying in Govt Girls Senior Secondary School.

He announced to pay the expenses on their studies, uniforms and fees till both sisters want to study at any level. The girls belong to a very poor family and were unable to continue with their studies. However, both are toppers in their respective classes.



Football tourney from Oct 17
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 14
The North Zone Inter-University Football Tournament will be held in Punjabi University's Raja Bhanindra Singh Sports Complex from October 17 to 24. Dr Rajkumar Sharma, director, sports, Punjabi University, said the vice-chancellor of the university, Dr Jaspal Singh, would inaugurate the tournament on Oct 17 evening.



Consumer Courts
Citibank penalised Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum yesterday directed Citibank to pay Rs 25,000 in compensation to Pradeep Goswami for indulging in unfair trade practice.

The petitioner had received a loan of Rs 4.5 lakh from Citibank at the rate of 14 per cent per annum against his bank’s credit card. The amount was payable in 48 equated monthly installments (EMI) of Rs 12,297. He claimed that he had been repaying the loan amount regularly.

He further stated that the bank sent a letter dated January 23 to him threatening that his missed payment details were to be shared with the credit bureau as he had missed making his payment for January.

The complainant claimed that he had deposited a draft of Rs 15,000 on January 2.

The bank also imposed late payment charges, service tax and interest on account of dishonoring of the said draft.

The forum found that during the period from October to December, 2006, the petitioner was to deposit Rs 36,891 but he had deposited Rs 65,000 with the bank.

In another verdict, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed the Punjab National Bank, Dhanas branch, to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to a resident of Dhanas for deficiency in service.

The petitioner, Ram Krishan stated that he deposited a cheque of Rs 20,000 in his account of the bank but the cheque was never credited.

He added that the cheque was drawn and payable at the Panchkula Central Coop. Bank Ltd, but never credited to his account nor any valid confirmation was made despite numerous visits. When contacted regarding the status of the cheque, the bank official never gave any satisfactory answer.

The bank admitted that the cheque of Rs 20,000 was deposited and stated that it was sent for collection but was not paid by the Panchkula Central Coop. Bank Ltd. due to the reason “Payment stopped by drawer”.

The forum observed that the bank had lost the cheque in transit. We, therefore, allow the complaint and direct the bank to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the complainant along with Rs 500 as cost of litigation.



Passport Scam
Police team dispatched to Delhi for more seizures
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The Chandigarh police has dispatched a team of officers to Delhi to seize 25 more passports that were allegedly procured by passport scam kingpin Gurjinder Singh Lucky.

The police has also initiated a probe against two persons, Vicky Angara of Nawashahr and Mata Tikka Singh of Delhi, following fresh disclosures by the suspect.

Police sources said during interrogation, Lucky had confessed to having purchased 25 passports, also suspected to have been obtained in a clandestine manner, from Vicky and Tikka Singh.

While he had obtained 10 passports from Vicky, the remaining came from Tikka, sources added.

Lucky also reportedly revealed that he took to crime after he was caught by the Italian police and deported in 2003.

He claimed that he had “suffered a lot” at the hands of the Italian police and had decided to take revenge by sending people to Italy on forged documents.

He used to take around Rs 9 lakh to provide forged work permits for Italy.

The passports were later tampered with and their details were changed according to the work permits he had.

The passports were tampered with at a Delhi-based workshop of Naval Kishore. Kishore had been arrested earlier in this case.

Kishore had confessed that he had tampered with over 500 passports. He used to paste work permits on the stolen passports with such deftness that even experts failed to distinguish the original passport from the fake one.

A police officer said Lucky revealed that he had procured 48 work permits of Italy and had sent 43 persons on fake passports there.

The police had conducted raids at Kapurthala on Monday and seized seven passports from Lucky’s place there.

The police is now looking for Vicky and Tikka Singh, who would further provide information about the scam, which has its roots at national level.

Sources in the police said the investigating officials were hopeful of seizing a large number of stolen and fake passports from Delhi, which would further help unearth a bigger scandal involving officials of various passport offices in country.



Raid de Himalaya
Ashish, Amrinder emerge winners
Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, October 14
Even heavy snowfall and inclement weather could not stop the duo to crack the jinx in Raid de Himalaya rally, one of the arduous motorsport events in the world.

Biker, Ashish Maudgil from Kalka, this year too emerged champion in the X-treme two-wheeler category while Captain Amrinder Singh from Chandigarh emerged as the second winner in the X-treme four-wheeler category this month.

At 24, Ashish has a number of firsts to his credit, including three trophies of Raid de Himalaya rally, and much to the envy of his competitors he clinched the top slot this time too.

Currently working as a design engineer with Crompton Greaves his other passion is to modify engines. “It costs me about Rs 1.25 lakh to modify my ‘Karizma’ bike and I did it myself,” quipped Ashish.

Such is his love for his bike “Karizma” that he is not ready to part with it despite the fact that he already has been offered to ride Honda CRF 450X, the premium bike costing nearly Rs 7 lakh. “ My ‘Karizma’ is special for me as together we have shared many memorable moments.”

He recalls, “In this year’s rally, 30 per cent of the bikers had imported bikes with thrice the CCs of what my bike has. But I knew the ‘catch’ that imported bikes were not very friendly in turning tracks. That’s where I scored with my ‘Karizma’.”

Coming from a humble background, Saurab devotes all his success to threesome- his late father, friend Mandeep, who died in a motor cycle crash and his loving mother, who supported him after his father’s demise through thick and thin to undergo this successful journey.

On the other hand, Captain Amrinder devotes his success to the Army. It was the killing extinct of the Army in him that helped him bag the second position in the rally. Motordriving to him is not a profession but just an adventure. “I am not a professional, I participated in the event for adventure and had a good time there,” says Amrinder.

This Army personnel emerged third in 2007, stood second this year and now for 2009, he is eyeing at the first title. “The local lad of Manali, Suresh Rana, who has bagged the first position for the fourth consecutive year is a professional and moreover he gets the home advantage as well. But next year, I would look at surpassing him in the rally,” he quips.

Amrinder who grew up watching this sport when he was studying at Sanwar School says, “When I was a kid I would not miss even a single occasion when this rally triggers off,” he told.



700 police personnel deployed at PCA Stadium
Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, October 14
For the smooth hosting of the second Test match between India and Australia to be played at the PCA Stadium from October 17 to 21, deputy commissioner, Mohali, Rahul Bhandari and SSP, Mohali, J. S. Aulakh inspected the stadium with their squad.

“The security will be beefed up, and over 700 police personnel will be deployed in and around the stadium for the safety measures,” said the SSP.

“There will be no inter-Sector movement of spectators during the match. The roads leading to the stadium will remain closed till the end of the match, and will be opened only after the match is over,” he added.

Private security guards arranged inside the stadium by PCA authorities will also be deputed to help the policemen. “Keeping in mind the recent terror threats, we will not leave any stone unturned to provide full fledge security to the players,” told M. P. Pandove, BCCI treasurer and PCA secretary.

CCTV cameras, installed at all the entry points and dressing room of the players, were checked out today.



India, Australia teams in city

Chandigarh, October 14
After the first test match that ended in a draw, India and Australia cricket teams with the intention of taking a lead in the second test match to be played at the PCA Stadium, reached here today at Taj Hotel.

Amid tight security and fervent media persons, Australian team, checked in first at the hotel at about 8:20 pm.

However, Indian team reached the hotel after about 15 minutes as according to Vicky Banga, an official of the PCA, “The team got delayed as their bus had some technical fault that occurred near 29-30 Sector roundabout.”

Soon after checking-in Sachin preferred to have a bite at the coffee shop and the enthusiastic mediapersons tried to pounce upon the masterblaser to talk but security personnel accompanied scurried him from the other exit point to evade them.

The mediapersons who assembled at the venue seemed disappointed lot as they were unable to get their bytes.

Though many police personnel were present, but surprisingly, not even a single cricket aficionado or autograph hunter was seen at the venue.

Offie, Harbhjan Singh was not seen there as he had left from outside the hotel itself, sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, teams will go for the practice session tomorrow at the PCA Stadium and will lock horn from October 17 to 21.



Team India to meet underprivileged children
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 14
As a special gesture, the Team India will meet the UNICEF children after their practice session scheduled at 2.30 pm at PCA cricket stadium here.

Jef Lepps of UNICEF, accompanied by 10 officials, will bring in 25 underprivileged children from GMHS, Sector 26, The Gurukul school and KB DAV-7 at the PCA stadium.

The UNICEF children are being provided an opportunity to watch the team India’s practice from close angles sitting in the student’s block. After that, the children will have lunch and then meet the players at 2.30 pm. The team will spend about 30 minutes with the UNICEF children.

Fans awaiting Sachin’s record

Meanwhile, the sale of tickets of various blocks has picked up today, and some queues were seen in front of the ticket window of the PCA stadium’s gate No. 5. The teams, both India and Australia, have arrived this evening and their arrival has generated enthusiasm among the cricket fans resulting into lot of hustle and bustle around the stadium.

The Mohali Test has also assumed special importance as the cricket enthusiasts are curious to see Sachin Tendulkar breaking Brian Lara’s maximum Test runs. This would also put Mohali pitch once again on the record books. The traditional PCA wicket is known for supporting for seamers. After a draw game played at Bangalore, the second Cricket Test Match at Mohali has created a special interest in the series.



APJ beat Blue Caps by 59 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
APJ Academy of Kharar beat MCM Blue Caps by 59 runs in the Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for Under-14 being organised by Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy, Sector 45, here today.

Batting first APJ Academy posted an impressive total of 170 for five in allotted 30 overs. The highlight of their innings was a brilliant knock of 61 in 71 balls by Kapil Punia and unbeaten knock of 31 by Sahil Sharma.

Kapil's innings was studded with 11 fours and four sixes. Sahil Sharma's unbeaten knock contained three boundaries. Shain Sharma and Sarthak contributed 28 and 15 runs, respectively. Chandan bagged two for 34. In reply, MCM Blue Caps were bundled out for 111 in 27 overs. Only Angad Chahal played a defiant innings of 48, which included six fours in 44 deliveries. Abhishek made 15.

AJP bowlers Prateek (three for 15), Shivam Puri (two for six) and Sarthak (two for 22) restricted MCM Blue Caps to 111 all out.

MCM Blue Caps and Guru Nanak Public School Academy have scored two victories each in the league competitions, which concluded today. Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy and APJ Academy recorded one win each.

The semifinal line-up is: MCM Blue Caps vs Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy and Guru Nanak Public School Academy vs APJ Academy.

The semi-finals and final will be played after the India-Australia Test match to be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali from October 17 to 21.



Chandigarh directorate tops in NCC shooting meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Cadets of the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh NCC Directorate bagged top positions in the All-India NCC Shooting Championship, which culminated at Police Academy Phillaur, today.

Out of the 16 events in which the competition took place, the Chandigarh Directorate won 12 gold and six silver medals, followed by the Uttar Pradesh Directorate with three golds, four silvers and four bronze. The West Bengal Directorate was placed third with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

As many as 400 NCC Cadets from 17 State Directorates from all over the country had participated in the competition that had commenced on October 3.

The Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate team was trained by Col M.S. Chauhan, Group Commander, Chandigarh, and a renowned international coach.

The prize distribution was held at Police Training Academy. The prizes were given away by Brig Rajendra Singh, Deputy Director- General, NCC.



Women's Pro Golf
Simi takes 7-stroke lead
Amateur Sharmila fires par round
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, October 14
Barely two days after setting a course record at the Panchkula Golf Club course, Simi Mehra, set the pace firing a two under par 70 card in the fourth leg of the DLF Women's Professional Golf Tour on the Chandigarh Golf Club greens here today.

Ranked fifth on the Asian Golf Tour Order of Merit, Simi, showed her mastery over the greens when she fired four birdies on the first nine on the tough Chandigarh course. Her nearest rival pro was Nalini Singh, current Order of Merit leader, who finished seven strokes behind after the first round.

Simi began with birdie on the first. She lost a stroke on the third. But then followed a string of birdies on the fourth, fifth and seventh for a three under. But then a bogey on the ninth saw her take the turn at two under par 34.

Simi conceded a solitary bogey on the 17th to finish at two under par 70 for the day. She hit 12 greens in regulation and made 28 putts.

Lying in second place is this season's order of Merit leader Nalini Singh, who returned a card of 5 over 77. Nalini's round included bogeys on the fourth, fifth, eighth, 10th and 18th with just one birdie on the 16th.

Chandigarh's Preetinder Kaur was tied third along with Kolkata's Vandana Aggarwal and Rukmini Mehta at 11 over par 83.

But there was a display of some excellent golf by the amateurs. Teenaged Sharmila Nicollet of Bangalore fired a par 72 card to be just two strokes behind Simi. The other young amateur Shweta Galande played a two over par 74 card.

Sharmila conceded a bogey on the fourth to be one over par 37 at the turn. She came back with birdies on the 12th, 13th and 16th, after conceding bogeys on the 10th and 11th for a one under par 35 back nine and a par round of 72. Sharmila played 12 greens in regulation and had 29 putts.

Shweta Galande, who with birdies on the fifth and eighth holes was par for the day after 17, double bogeyed the 18th hole to finish two over.

The scores:

70 Simi Mehra: 77 Nalini Singh; 83 Preetinder Kaur, Vandana Aggarwal and Rukmini Mehta; 87 Pallavi Jain and Nitika Jadeja; 91 Shalini Malik

Amateurs: 72 Sharmila Nicollet; 74 Shweta Galande.



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