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Unmanned level crossings to be manned soon: Rlys
Tribune News Service

Ropar, December 10
The unmanned railway crossings will soon be manned under the Ambala railway division, DRM H K Jaggi said here today.

He was inspecting the area from Takrala to Sirhind, lying under the Ambala division. Jaggi said there were total 283 unmanned railway crossings and 43 were manned by March this year. Nine such crossings had been identified so far that would be manned soon.

He further said the work on the Chandigarh Morinda railway line’s conversion into electrical line was going in full swing. The work would be completed in next three months.

Jaggi said the booking centre of Jan Shatabdi and Himachal Express had been opened at the Ropar railway station. Also, there was a proposal to revamp the entire railway station by constructing one more platform and renovating the waiting room.

He said the major works, including Banopli (in Anandpur Sahib), and Bilaspur would start in the next fiscal year.

5 animals dead

Five animals got charred to death in Jhallian Kalan village on Tuesday. Baljinder Singh, a village resident, said he returned home at around 8:30 pm and saw from a distance smoke emanating from his cattle-shed.

By the time villagers came for rescue, five of his animals had got charred to death. These included two buffaloes, one ox, one calf and a goat.

A team of doctors under the deputy director of the Animal Husbandry, Ram Singh, visited the spot and conducted a postmortem of the animals.

The team members said amongst the dead animals, one was a milch cattle and another buffalo was expecting.

Baljinder said he had incurred losses worth Rs 1 lakh and demanded a compensation from the administration. 



HUDA frames guideline for plot holders
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 10
HUDA has framed a policy guideline for plot holders of Urban Estate Ambala, Naraingarh, who have already been offered possession of their plot.

As per the new policy guidelines every plot holder is required to take possession of their allotted plot within a maximum period of three months of possession offer and further construct a boundary wall, of at least nine inches height, within next three months so that if there is any dispute regarding possession, the same can be taken care of immediately.

In case the concerned allottee fails to take possession of the allotted plot within the pre scribed time limit, no request for re-allotment, mortgage permission, transfer permission and approval of building plan, etc shall be entertained.



Three arrested for fraud
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 10
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today arrested three people for taking a loan of Rs 10 lakh on fake papers of a piece of land.

In his compliant to the police, Jarnail Singh of Naulakha village alleged that a resident of his village, in connivance of a patwari and other officials, had faked the papers of his 17 kanal and got a loan of Rs 10 lakh from a nationalised bank.

He alleged that the witnesses who signed for the loan in the bank were also fake and prepared the documents of his land to take the loan.

Despite bringing the matter into the notice of bank officials, nothing was done in this regard, he alleged.

A case was finally registered against the accused after umpteen requests and making rounds of the police headquarters and at the bank, he said.

Now, the matter was being investigated by the DSP, Bassi Pathana, after the arrests of Gurtej Singh, Dilip Singh and Mews Singh.



Cash at judge’s door
CBI court dismisses businessman’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The CBI special court of Jagdeep Jain today dismissed the application moved by the accused, Ravinder Singh, in the cash at judge’s door case, wherein, he sought for modification of the orders in which the court had directed him to cooperate with the CBI.

The CBI court held that the court could not fix limitations on any agency. The court also denied Ravinder’s request to conduct a videography of his interrogation.

The petitioner had stated that the investigating agency had nothing to investigate on new lines. Thus, the business of Ravinder suffered as he sat for long in the CBI office. Thereafter, the court had sought for an investigating report till now.

The CBI then submitted its reply, “The investigation of the case is now at a very crucial stage and presence of the accused petitioner at the CBI office is very essential to confront with other accused to find the truth and to elicit further information that Ravinder has not disclosed so far. Ravinder is avoiding the investigation by switching-off his cell phone and not cooperating, as directed by the court.”

Meanwhile, another accused in the case, Sanjeev Bansal, has moved an application seeking release of documents seized by the CBI during investigation that was adjourned.

The matter had surfaced after a packet containing Rs 15 lakh was delivered at the residence of High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur on August 13.

The police had registered a case and had initiated investigation into the matter. The case was later transferred to the CBI, as it involved the judiciary and leading lawyers.



SDM gets show-cause notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Additional district and sessions judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, has issued show-cause notice to sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) South, as she failed to provide information sought by the court.

The court had sought for information from the SDM in a criminal revision petition against one Avtar Kaur on November 25. The information was to be provided today. The summons in the case was duly served but despite notice the SDM failed to provide information.

Issuing the show-cause notice the court held, “Records have not been sent by the respondent SDM despite the notice. As such let a show-cause notice be issued to the SDM to show cause, as to why the records have not been sent to this court despite notice. The explanation is called for December 22.”



States on notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Can communication between a client and a counsel be obtained under the Right to Information Act? For answering the vital question of law, Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice Daya Chaudhary have issued notices to the Punjab and Haryana advocates-general.

Notices have also been issued to the Union of India through the assistant solicitor-general and the UT Chandigarh through the senior standing counsel, along with Bar council chairman and president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

The query before them is “whether in view of the provisions of the Right to Information Act, protection granted in regard to communication between counsel and the client under the Evidence Act has stood superseded?” The issued cropped up during the hearing of a petition filed by a medical officer, Dr Karamjit Singh, against the State of Punjab and others.



Jewellery, Rs 40,000 stolen
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 10
Thieves decamped with jewellery and cash after breaking into the locked house at Anand Vihar here today. According to the local police, Ranjit Singh, a resident of Anand Vihar, who was out of station from past few days alleged  that he found the locks of his house broken when he returned.

The owner told to the police that the jewellery worth 40,000 and cash around Rs 40,000 was missing.

The house was ransacked, the police added.

The police has registered a case and investigations are on.



Bus runs over Sectt employee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Pala Ram of Ram Darbar, in his fifties, was crushed to death under the CTU bus on the road dividing Sector 38 and 39 here this evening. The victim was alighting from the bus when the mishap occurred.

According to a witness, the mishap took place at around 6:30 pm when the victim was alighting from the bus and the driver did not stop the vehicle properly. In the process, the victim lost control over himself and fell before the rear wheels of the bus and got crushed. The victim was working as a helper in UT Secretariat.

A passenger travelling in the bus said some passengers alighted at the bus stop but the driver moved the bus before the victim could step down. The man raised an alarm, but the driver just slowed down the vehicle to allow him to get down and speed up the bus before the later could get down from the bus leading to the accident. The man died on the spot.

The witness added that the body kept on lying on the spot for over 45 minutes. People covered the body and the police only lifted it after getting the spot photographed and completed other formalities.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station Janak Rana said the bus driver Bhupinder Singh had been arrested on the charges of causing death due to the rash and negligent driving. The body has been sent to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital for post-mortem.



ECB nod for second Test
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 10
Managing director of England and the Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Hugh Morris gave a green signal on security for the hosting of the 2nd Test match between India and England to be played at PCA stadium from December 19 to 23.

“I am satisfied with the safety and security concerns and delighted over the arrangements made by PCA and police officials,” said Morris, while interacting with the media here today.

Earlier in the day, Morris visited the Hotel Taj, where the teams would be staying and later the PCA stadium to review the security arrangements and expressed his happiness over it.

“Our security adviser Reg Dickason, who has been here for the past two days, has got good response from the authorities and the local authorities are really supporting us well,” he added.

Explaining about the terror attacks, which occurred in London in 2005, during the Ashes series, he said, “Despite the terror attacks in London during the Ashes, we had continued our series after 2 weeks and we want to set same example here as well,” he quipped.

“The England team has just come back from Abu Dhabi after a four-day practice session and they too are looking forward for a change and are delighted to play in Mohali,” he added.

Meanwhile, PCA president Inderjit Singh Bindra announced that the sale of the tickets would begin from Friday morning, however, the sale counters hadn’t been decided as yet.

Rates of Tickets:

A.C. Lounge- Rs 7500 (Season)

Pavilion Terrace - 2500 (Season) - 800 (daily ticket)

North Pavilion- 900 (Season)

-300 (daily ticket)

VIP Block- 500 (Season)

-150 daily ticket

Chair Block- 200 (Season)

-50 (daily ticket)

Student Block- 60 (Season)

-20 (daily ticket)

Members Block- 100 (Season) (maximum 2 tickets)

(Strictly for PCC Members) -300 (daily ticket) (additional 2 tickets)



Poor start by Parnita as Simi heads
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, December 10
Chandigarh’s Parnita Garewal, making her comeback into the DLF Women’s Professional Golf Tour after a big gap played an 11 over par 83 to be placed seventh, as seasoned Simi Mehra played a par round to lead the pack at the Classic Golf Resort in Delhi today.

Simi’s card of 72 was erratic and included an eagle on the par-five third hole, birdies on the eighth, ninth, 12th and 18th holes, bogeys on the second, sixth holes and a quadruple bogey on the par-four 13th hole. Simi hit 12 greens in regulation and made 28 putts.

Lying in second place was Shalini Malik, who returned a card of six over 78. Shalini turned at six over 42 for the front nine but managed to find her form on the back nine, where she played par 36. Following in third place was Jaipur’s Pallavi Jain with a score of seven over 79.

Parnita had a very bad front nine. She double-bogeyed the second and conceded bogeys on the first, third, fourth,sixth, seventh and eighth to be eight over par 44 at the turn. She managed a sole birdie on the 14th while conceding bogeys on the 11th, 13th, 16th and 17th for a three over 39 back nine and an 11 over card of 83. Parnita could hit only five greens in regulation.

The other girl from Chandigarh, Preetinder Kaur, was placed sixth after the first round playing a nine over par 81. Preetinder also started badly conceding a double bogey and six bogeys for an eight over par 44 at the turn.

Preetinder came back with a birdie on the 12th and conceded just two bogeys for a one over par 37 back nine and a card of nine over par 81. She hit only four greens in regulation. The second round will commence at 10:30 am.



Basketball Tourney
Double delight for St Kabir cagers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
St Kabir School, Sector 26, won two matches on the opening day of the ICSE Basketball Tournament here today being hosted by St Kabir School on its premises.

St Kabir edged past Little Flower Convent School of Panchkula by 23-20. Pavani Sethi (7), Rupandeep Kaur (5) and Prakriti Malhotra (5) were the main scorers for the winners.

Later, St Kabir defeated St Xavier's School of Panchkula by 28-16. Naina Nijjar gave fine performance as she scored 10 points. Roopan and Tanvi Sabarhwal contributed six points apiece.


St Kabir School-44 (Rupandeep Kaur 5, Pavani Sethi 7, Prakriti Malhotra 5) beat Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, (Isha Sharma 10, Meenu Thakur 6) by 23-20.

St Kabir School-44 (Naina Nijjar 10, Tanvi Sabarhwal 6, Roopan 6) beat St Xavier's School, Panchkula, (Ravneet 8, Payal 4) by 28-16.

St Xavier's School-44 (Rosy 6, Sukhmaneet 6, Riya 8) beat St Xavier's School-44 (Payal 2, Ravneet 2, Srishti 2) by 24-6.

Little Flower, Panchkula, (Meenu Thakur 16, Isha Sharma 10) beat St Xavier's-44 (Sukhman 13, Iezoma 6) by 33-22.



Inter-College Meet
DAV, GGS College bag top honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
DAV College, Chandigarh, claimed the Panjab University Inter-College Kho-Kho (Men) Tournament for the session 2008-09 being played on the PU grounds, here today.

DAV College, Chandigarh, beat SGGS College, Chandigarh, by 1 point to emerge as winner and in the second match played for the third and fourth positions, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, defeated Government College, Muktsar, by 3 points and an innings to attain the third place.

Meanwhile, Kiranjit with 34 points fashioned the win of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, who trounced GGS College (W), Chandigarh, 64-47, to annex the Panjab University Inter-College Basketball (Women) Tournament today.

MCM DAV (W), Chandigarh, and GTB Khalsa College (W), Dasuya, bagged third and fourth place respectively after the former beat the latter 59-48.



Kabir Trophy
St Xavier's Paramvir hogs limelight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
St Xavier's School-44, St Kabir School-26, St John's School-26 and Ryan International-49 recorded their opening round victories with an identical 4-0 margin on the opening day of the Chandigarh State Under-10 Football Championship for St Kabir Trophy being organised by St Kabir School in Sector 26 here today.

Ryan International routed St Xavier's School of Mohali; St John's School mauled Little Flower Convent School of Panchkula; St Kabir School trounced New Public School, Sector 18, and St Xavier's School-44 outclassed Vivek High School, Sector 38.

In second match of the day, hosts St Kabir School also registered a comfortable 4-0 triumph over New Public School, Sector 18.

Ryan International School, Sector 49, and St John's School, Sector 26, also won by an identical score of 4-0 over their respective rivals. Ryan International outplayed St Xavier's of Mohali and St John's proved too good for Little Flower Convent School of Panchkula.

Arshjot and Prabudh starred in Ryan International's victory, as they contributed two goals each. Arshjot struck in the 3rd and 30th minutes while Prabudh found the target in the 14th and 19th minutes.

In the fifth match of the day, Mount Carmel of Sector 47 and St Xavier's of Panchkula split points as they played a goalless draw.



GMSSS-56 clinch title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, edged past Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, in the final match to lift the Pandit Kedarnath Memorial Junior Open State Women Cricket Championship 2008 which was played here today in GMSSS-32.


A quick knock of 26 runs in 26 balls by Preeti, helped GMSSS-56, which was batting first, to muster a total of 120 for 5 in their stipulated 20 overs. Shivangi of GMSSS-32 pocketed 2 wickets at the expense of 26 runs.

In reply, GMSSS-32 found the target invincible and their batting line up started shrinking in the very early part of the game. All the batsmen left the field one by one and none of them could score a respectable total and the whole team got bundled on a small total of 63 in 16 overs.

Later, UT home secretary, Ram Niwas, who was the chief guest gave away the prizes to the team members of winner and runner-up team. The two teams were given cash prizes. The title ‘women of the series’ was given to Lalita.



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