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Land worth crores encroached in Kalka
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, October 18
Due to the apathetic attitude of the local administration, the shamlat -- common panchayat land -- of several acres worth crores of rupees have been illegally occupied in Kalka subdivision, particularly in the Pinjore block.

However, the authorities of the BDPO office here and sarpanches concerned in the villages have become silent spectators.

A survey conducted by The Tribune reveals that since last more than two decades the panchayat land had been illegally encroached by the residents of the same villages, but the authorities concerned have not taken any initiative to release it.

Recently in Rampur Jangi village, Pinjore, shamlat land worth crores of rupees was wrongfully sold to property dealers. Some villagers even pursued the matter in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Some senior residents of the Tagra and Tipra villages, adjacent to Kalka, on the condition of anonymity told The Tribune that some inhabitants of the same villages with political influence have constructed ‘pucca’ structures on several bighas of shamlat land and have given rooms on rent, which has become the sound source of income for them for the last couple of years.

They alleged that though the matter was already in the knowledge of the panchayats concerned, no initiative had been taken to vacate these structures.

Bhan Singh, BDPO of Kalka, said a special campaign had been started in this context under which 15 villages of Pinjore have been shortlisted to vacate shamlat land, which was proposed to be distributed as plots to the BPL and SC and BC families.



Five held for bid to take land
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 18
The Kharar police today arrested five people who forcibly tried to take possession of land belonging to Vishwa Real Estate Private Limited, Kharar.

The arrested include Ramandeep Singh and Bara Singh of ward No. 13, Mastan Singh of Sector 9, Badala road, Mohan Singh from ward No. 6, all from Kharar and Gurcharan Singh from Sector 70, Mohali.

They were booked under Sections 448, 452, 380, 511, and 427 of the IPC at police station, Kharar.

In his complaint, Suridner Kumar Verma and his brother Sudarshan Kumar Verma stated that they had bought 61 kanal and 8.5 marlas of Panipat Woolen Mill from National Textiles Corporation, Government of India, in 2005.

However, some days ago Bara Singh came to them and claimed that the land belonged to him. He approached the revenue department officials who conducted demarcation of the land on October 10.

Yesterday, at around 11.30 am, Bara Singh and about 100 people forcibly tried to get the land vacated and take its possession.

They were allegedly laced with weapons. The Verma brothers own a rice sheller. Bara Singh and his men allegedly knocked off the wall of the sheller.

The police had booked case against 87 people, 17 of them by name and 80 against unknown people.



Cyclist killed
Tribune News Service

Lalru, October 18
A cyclist, Raju Singh, aged 50 years, was killed after he was hit by a motor cycle near Lalru this morning.

According to the police, Raju, a resident of Hasanpur village, was working as a labourer in a local factory.

In the morning when he was going for his work, a speeding motorcycle hit his cycle from behind and fell on the road. He was rushed to Dera Bassi Civil Hospital, where doctor declared him brought dead, the police added.

Meanwhile, Mandeep Singh, the motorcyclist, was seriously injured in the accident and immediately rushed to GMCH 32, Chandigarh, the police added.

A case was registered and autopsy of the deceased would be carried out tomorrow at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.



Two held with stolen car
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 18
The Rajpura police today arrested two people and recovered a stolen car, Rs 1.3 lakh cash and two mobile phones from the accused.

ASI Salinder Singh, in-charge Kasturba police post, had put up a naka near Liberty Chowk at Rajpura - Patiala bypass. Vasdev Mehta, resident of Dasmesh Colony, Rajpura, was also with them.

Mehta pointed out towards a car coming from Rajpura direction and claimed that it was his car that was stolen on August 26.

The police signalled the car to stop and rounded up its two youth.

The car driver identified himself as Neeraj Kumar and the second person was Raghunath, both residents of Rajpura. Raghunath is brother-in-law of Neeraj.

The police recovered the car (PB-11-AD 7502), two mobile phones and Rs 1.3 lakh cash from the two accused.

Neeraj said they stole the car, cash and two mobiles from Mehta’s house, at midnight of August 25, with Raghunath.

A case in this connection was registered on August 26 under Sections 342, 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Police officials said more recovery was expected from the accused.



Designer clothes a hit this wedding season
Gagan K. Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 18
Patiala markets are abuzz with activity with the arrival of wedding season. Wedding in Punjab is a huge affair with most lasting for at least three days.

It is a great opportunity to display designer jewellery, outfits, music, dance and lavish food, not neglecting the pomp and show attached with Punjabis.

“Patialvis” are all set for this fun-filled time with a blend of old and new. The traditional attire, heavily embroided suits with ‘fulkaris’, has swept the market and on the other hand the demand for designer clothes has also taken a giant leap.

The markets are full of wedding items of all range, which provides a lot of choice to shoppers. Punjabi weddings have always been big, loud and exorbitant, but Bollywood movies have further influenced the very basis making it grander.

Bridal ‘lehngas’, ranging from few thousands to lakhs, are the talk of the town. “Nowadays brides want to look different and they are ready to pay any price for their outfit. Money is no problem when it comes to their clothes,” said one of the shopkeepers of AC market.

Another shopkeeper said, “It is not only ‘lehnga’. There is ample variety in small items like ‘churra’, ‘kalere’, ‘gaana’, ‘parandis’ etc because all these items are the very sign of “Punjabiat”.

Initially, the buyers were a little hesitant to try new stuff, but now they want what is latest and the best. Therefore, we have to provide them with everything because of the cut throat competition, said a shopkeeper.

Another trend that has emerged is the mix and match trend. Earlier, readymade garments and unstitched fabrics were mainly in demand, but now the buyers themselves design their own clothes and jewellery.

The shoppers select their own colour combinations, embroideries, fabric and then get their outfit ready. “Though it is time taking, it is worth the effort. At least I am sure that my attire will be different and I don’t have to compromise on one thing or the other,” said Simran, a customer.

A jeweller said, “The buyers nowadays prefer sleek designer jewellery rather than big ornaments. They prefer small items with variety.”



Garhwal university seal victory
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, October 18
The North Zone Inter- University football tournament commenced on a vibrant note on the Punjabi university campus here today with fancied outfits making their presence felt by registering comfortable wins on day one of the tourney.

GNDU, Amritsar, knocked out Himachal University, Shimla 7-0 with the highlight of the match being braces by Vikas Kumar and Maninder Singh. In fact, Vikas Kumar was the fulcrum of the Amritsar attack and most of the moves either revolved around him or were initiated by him. Maninder Singh, playing as a stopper back, proved to be an able ally to Vikas and both combined beautifully to down the Shimla University.

In another lop sided match, Garwhal University pounded CCS University, Hissar 5-1. For the winners Tarun Answal and Nikang Answal played their hearts out to inflict a comprehensive defeat on their rivals.

In another match that ended with tennis like margin, Lucknow University downed Kanpur University 8-3. Kanpur University was never in the match as Lucknow striker, Ankit Kumar, scored a double hat trick to help his team steam role its way past their rivals. Ankit put up a brilliant display of football skills and he will be the man to watch for other teams as the tourney moves ahead.

Panjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, downed Guru Jambeshwar University 6-0 while Kumaun University, Nainital downed Bundelkhand University 4-0.



Man gets 10-yr jail for possessing 10 kg heroin
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri today sentenced Gurmukh Singh to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment for possessing 10 kg heroin. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.

According to the prosecution, the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Gurmurk, a resident of Amritsar, on the intervening night of January 24 and January 25, 2006, from near Sector 27 bus stand.

The contraband was also seized from him. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on October 18.

Working: In an attempt to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts the district courts staff would work on this Sunday as well. District Sessions Judge K.K. Garg has on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court decided to organise a lok adalat from 2 pm to 4 pm tomorrow.



Suit filed against Bhajji
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
A human rights activist today filed a civil suit against cricketer Harbhajan Singh, actress Mona Singh and the properietor of the entertainment channel which reportedly aired a reality show, portraying the Sikh cricketer as “Ravana”.

The plaintiff sought a permanent injunction to be imposed so as to restrain the defendants from showing the episodes wherein the cricketer enacted “Ravana”.

The portrayal had upset many and gave rise to major controversy. The case was adjourned till Monday for the next hearing.



Kushaal Murder Case
Three students sent to judicial custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 18
Three students of Government College, Sector 1, here, allegedly involved in the group clash, leaving one student dead, were today sent to judicial custody, here today.

Nitin Rana was reportedly arrested from the Fatehgarh Sahib where as Pushpinder and Dhyan Singh, both surrendered before the Panchkula District and Sessions court here.

With their arrest, the total number of culprits in custody stands at eight. Five students -- Muneesh, Tinku, Pawan, Rinku of Raipur Rani and Mukesh of Dhadalru village -- have already been arrested in this connection. The police has registered a case under Sections 148, 149, 302, 323 and 307 of the IPC against them.

Around 20 days back, Kushaal, alias Monu, a 20-year-old student of Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, was killed while two others were injured when a group of boys from the same college attacked them near the college at Majri Chowk, here.



Cong leader’s son held for robbing maid
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, October 18
Shimla Devi, a maid and resident of Sector 25, has in a complaint lodged with the police accused a home guard volunteer of snatching Rs 50,000 from her froom near the gurdwara of Sector 22 in the afternoon today.

The accused has been identified as Sangeet, a home guard and son of a general secretary of the Chandigarh Youth Congress.

She told the police that Sangeet met her at the bank and helped her fill a voucher. He, however, followed her when she went to work and snatched the money when she came out of the house.

The money has been seized from his possession and a case registered against him.

Jaspal Bhullar, SI of the Sector 17 police station, said they caught him near the spot. He was in the lock-up.



One held for threatening Dadumajra resident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Rajinder Singh, a resident of Dadumajra, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Krishan Malhotra, a resident of Mullanpur, threatened him with a revolver while he was on his way to Dadumajra.

A case under Sections 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at Sector-39 police station. The accused has been arrested.

Stolen: Darshan Singh, a resident of Sector-44, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that his car (CH-01-2389) was stolen from in front of his residence. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector-34 police station.

Meanwhile, Karan Joshi, a resident of Sector 15, has in a complaint lodged with the police has alleged that his motorcycle (CH-03-K-6154) was stolen from in front his residence on October 14. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Cell snatched: Balwant Chauhan, a resident of Mani Majra, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Gurpreet Singh, alias Maru, and two other boys snatched a mobile phone from his grandson from near the Mani Majra level-crossing on October 17. A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered at Mani Majra police station.

Forgery: Harjit Singh, a resident of Mohali, has in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that Jasdev Singh, a resident of Sector-38, has forged documents of his car (CH-03-R-2146) by putting fake signature in 2006. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered at Sector-17 police station. The economic offences wing of the local police is investigating the case.

Hit and run: A car (PB-02-U-6062) hit Tebul of colony No. 4 near the light point of the colony and sped away on October 17. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.



Two held for impersonation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 18
On the second day of the Test between India and Australia at the PCA, the police nabbed two youths of Rajpura who were pretending to be CBI officials.

A police official said Gaurav, who had purchased a ticket for Rs 300, was entering the PCA when the two youths pretending as CBI officials asked for his ticket to verify its authenticity.

Claiming that the ticket was fake, the youths, Sudharsan Sharma and Arun Sharma, took it away to get them “verified”.

The duo was arrested when Gaurav approached the police.



Surprise delights Sachin
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Sachin Tendulkar with his wife at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Saturday.
Sachin Tendulkar with his
wife at the PCA Stadium in
Mohali on Saturday.
Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Mohali, October 18
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was in for a big surprise when he saw his wife Anjali standing next to the dressing room of the Indian team at the PCA Stadium here today.

Sachin was told in the afternoon that PCA president I.S. Bindra had called him to the dressing room.

Sachin, who had no idea about his wife’s visit, walked in leisurely, but was delighted when he saw Anjali standing near Bindra.

Asked by Bindra how was the surprise, Sachin replied: “Very pleasant”.

She congratulated him for breaking Brian Lara’s record and said Bindra had contacted her yesterday to make the programme, which was kept a secret to surprise him.

Anjali wrote in the visitor’s book that the PCA Stadium was special as Sachin had set a world cricket here.

She flew to the city this afternoon and headed straight to the stadium. She remained at the stadium to cheer the Indian team till the very end of the day’s play.



Bhullar plays par card to slip to 30th slot
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, October 18
Gaganjeet Bhullar could manage a par round of 71 to slip from overnight 13th to 30th position on the penultimate day of the $ 5 lakh Midea China Classic on the par 71 greens of the Royal Orchid International Golf Club at Guangzhou, China, today.

The 20-year-old Kapurthala lad bogeyed the third and struck a birdie on the ninth for a par 36 front nine. The back nine was a bogey-free 35 for the par 71 score and a three-round total of six under par 207 (69-67-71).

But it was Rahil Gangjee’s day. This Kolkata golfer, who turned 30 on October 2, set the Royal Orchid greens on fire with a blemish-free card studded with seven birdies to join Lin Wen-tang in carding the best seven under par 64 score for the day.

Today’s 64 propelled Gangjee from the overnight 45th spot to the joint seventh spot, just four strokes behind the leader at 10 under 203 (70-69-64).

The other Indians in the fray are Anirban Lahiri, tied 20th at seven under par 206 (68-70-68), and Digvijay Singh, tied 35th at five under par 205 (68-72-68).

Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul continued his remarkable run by taking a two stroke lead over Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris and fellow compatriot Park Jun-won after the third round on Saturday.

Noh posted a four-under-par 67 to take the outright lead at the top of the leaderboard on 14-under-par 199 with both Pilkadaris and Park trailing on 201s. Pilkadaris carded a 67 while Park shot one better than the Australian.

Leading third round scores: 199 - Noh Seung-yul (Korea) 66-66-67; 201 - Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 67-67-67 and Park Jun-won (Korea) 66-69-66; 202 - Lin Wen-tang (Taipei) 68-70-64, Lu Wei-chih (Taipei) 64-72-66,S. Siva Chandhran (Malaysia) 67-68-67; 203 - Rahil Gangjee (India) 70-69-64,Somkiat Srisanga (Thailand) 68-67-68.



Madhvi bags gold in yoga championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
An elderly woman from Andhra Pradesh swiped all the three positions on the penultimate day of the 27th National Yoga Championship being held at the Badminton Hall of Hockey Stadium, Sector 42 here today.

M. Madhvi emerged at top to win gold medal, L. Lakshmi won the silver medal, while G. Sujata finished third.

Those who qualified for the final round:
Sub-Junior Boys:
Abhisekh (Uttrakhand), Vishwadeep (WB), Jawahar Lal (Hr), K. Shaideep (A.P.), Krishanbag (WB), Manik Adhya (WB), Rakesh M. (Karnatak), S.K. Firoz (TN), Sabak Dass (Tripura) and Subham (Hr)
Sub-Junior Girls:
Komal (Hr), Depiksa (Tripura), Barnali Bhowmic (Tripura), Puja Bani K. (Tripura), Bananipal (MP), M.K. Chakravarti (WB), Isha (Hr), P. Sarojna (AP), Sonali (New Delhi) and Arpita (WB).
Junior Boys:
Dharminder Singh (Uttarakhand), Himanshu (Orrissa), Rakesh (Haryana), Abhishek Dutta (W. Bengal), R. Pardeep (Tamil Nadu), Rohit Kumar (Chandigarh), Shambhu Chakravarti (tripura), Satish Parshad (Chandigarh), Shivu. V (Karnataka), Dharminder Kumar (Haryana) and Naveen Tiwari (Chandigarh), D. Arjun (A.P.), Nabarota (Orrissa) and Suraj Kumar (Punjab).
Junior Girls:
Aarli Pal (U.P.), B. Yumuna (A.P.), Madhuri Patley (M.P.), Munmun Pul (WB), Suchanda Choudhary (Tripura), Sandipa Saha (Tripura) Asha Roy (WB), Sulochana (Delhi), Deepti C.R. (Karanataka), Divya Shree N. (Karnataka), O. Anusha (A.P.) and Vaishali Makwana (Gujrat)
Senior Girls:
Vaimishsa Manna (WB), T. Sravanthi (A.P.), Sachin (Haryana), Ram Lakshma (Karnataka), Rupma Das (Tripura), Ruchika (Chandigarh), K Shri Divya (A.P.), Manisha Sharma (Chandigarh), Arpita (Uttrakhand), Jhuma Sarkar (Tripura), Deepa Kaushik (Uttrakhand) and Moome Dolui (WB).



Lucknow Academy in semi-final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Lucknow Hockey Academy stormed into semi-final after trouncing Rail Coach Factory of Kapurthala by 16-1 in the first Administrator's Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament for under-17 being conducted by the Chandigarh Sports Department at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

The highlight of their one-sided match was a hat trick by forward Sunil Kumar who scored his team's first three goals in the 2nd, 5th (penalty corner) and 14th minutes. He completed his tally of four individual goals in the 48th minute.

Lucknow Academy's other goal scorers were: Arif (19th), Faiz Alam (21st pc, 45th), Chandan Singh (26th, pc), Surya Partap Singh (40th), Brijesh Kumar (43rd) and Deepak Yadav (46th).

Formidable Surjit Hockey Academy of Jalandhar commenced their campaign with an authoritative 14-1 win over Sukhchain Hockey Academy of Faridkot in the Group A match.

In another match, the Jalandhar Bankmen outplayed Punjab and National Bank Academy of Delhi by 6-1.



Supriya leads PU to outclass SDP College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
In a totally one sided affair, spirited Panjab University Campus, with the help of all-round performance of Supriya, outclassed SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, in the Panjab University Inter-College Zonal Cricket (women) tournament played at PU ground here today.

After winning the toss, hosts elected to bat first and piled on a big total of 205 runs in 40 overs. It was Monu (62) and Sangita (51) who made a valuable contribution to the team while Supriya too chipped in with 44.

Batting second SDP was soon put on the backfoot as Supriya of PU returned a rich haul of five wickets, which led to the debacle of latter’s batting.

None of their batsmen could score a respectable number and the whole team got bundled out on 32 runs in 15.2 overs.



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