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Demarcation of NH-22 begins
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 9
On the directives issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the proposed widening of National Highway-22, Ramesh Krishanan, ADC, Panchkula, also chairman of Demarcation Committee, scrutinised documents related to the ownership of shops and residences produced by the 39 owners, who were issued notices by NHAI in the Muncipal committee, Kalka, today.

After the meeting, Krihanan along with the officials of the administration, NHAI and the revenue department started the demarcation of NH-22,which passes through Kalka main market.

The administration officials, including SDM, Kalka, Monika Malik, tehsildar, Kalka, Naresh kumar, and a delegation of Beopar Mandal Kalka, Bhagat Singh, Chairman of Kalka Bachao Sangharsh Samiti were also present during the demarcation.

Most of the shopkeepers showed their resentment over the measurement of road.

They alleged the department had already measured this road twice. They also produced various documents and plans related to the ownership of shops and residences before 1935 and NOCs approved by the Kalka muncipal committee and NHAI.

The shopkeepers also demanded their shops and houses should also be measured according to the supporting documents of ownership.

Krishanan also said the demarcation and measurement would also be carried out for next two days. After that, a report related to the project would be submitted.

It must be mentioned here that the Supreme Court of India on January, 25, 2008, had granted a stay order on a petition of shopkeepers and traders of Kalka, filed in connection with the proposed anti-encroachment drive under the aegis of NHAI.

The NHAI department had issued an order to 242 shopkeepers of Kalka, labbelling them illegal occupants Out of which, 57 were served notices to remove encroachments and 39 of them had moved to the high court and obtained status quoon the move.

After these orders in favour of the 39 shopkeepers, more than 50 shopkeepers had also moved to the high courts.



PSEB sets up grievances redress forum
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 9
Punjab State Electricity Board chairman YS Ratra, today informed that the board has foolproof mechanism for redressing consumers grievances. The grievances redressal forum has been created as per the Electricity Act 2003 from August 1 after approval from the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, Chandigarh.

The chairman added that the appeal cases are dealt in accordance with procedures laid down by the PSERC and relate to disputed revenue charges except theft.

He said in 2007-08, 159 cases amounting to Rs 32.824 crore were settled and in the current financial year till December 2008, 89 cases amounting to Rs 6.10 crore were settled.

Ratra informed that adopting the best practices to serve its consumers, the board encouraged consumers to lodge complaints with the forum in case they are not satisfied with billing or services of the PSEB or if they are harassed by any officer or other officials.

The forum has been instructed to receive the complaints both on telephone and in writing and try to redress the minor grievances on phone or after contacting the concerned officials. In most of the cases the appeals are decided within 60 days.



Edusat equipment stolen
Tribune News Service

Lalru, January 9
The computer and other related equipment for the setting up of edusat programme provided by the Punjab School Education Board was reportedly stolen from Senior Secondary School, Lalru.

The theft came to light on Friday morning. According to the police, the incident came to light in the morning when the school officials opened the school building and found the computer and other related articles missing.

The principal told to the police that the construction work of the room was going on. Police said the theft might be done by some known person.

A case is registered and investigations are on.



Body found
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 9
The body of a shopkeeper was recovered from a drain, near Ambala-Chandigarh rail track, today morning. The deceased, Piyush Gupta, was missing from his home for the past four days.

According to the information, one passer-by noticed the body in the drain and informed the police. The railway police took out the body and sent it to local civil hospital for a postmortem. The cause of the death has not been ascertained so far.



German Rape Case
Court allows application on translators
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Additional district and sessions judge RS Attri today allowed the application moved by the UT police, seeking permission to appoint two translators to record the statement of the German tourist who was allegedly raped after she was abducted from Hotel Taj here in September.

The matter is lying pending before the PU Vice-Chancellor. If permission is granted, Prof Manmohan S Chauhan and Prof Airish Kumar of the department of German would depose before the court as translators. Prof Chauhan is the head of the department.

The next hearing of the case is on January 16 when the German national would be coming from Germany to get her statement recorded before the court.

Talking to The Tribune, Prof Chauhan said: “We had received a letter from the police seeking help in the case. On receiving the letter, I forwarded it to the Vice-Chancellor. As and when we get the permission from the VC, we will act accordingly.”

He said this was the first time that they would be helping the judiciary and the police. The victim would be coming to the city and her statement needed to be recorded before the court and “we will be translating whatever she says”.



Two convicted of kidnapping
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Three years after the kidnapping of Nikhil Joshi, son of director of Joshi Autozone, Additional District and Sessions Judge R.S. Attri yesterday convicted Aman Verma, alias Jagminder Singh, and Honey Sharma of abduction. The quantum on sentence will be pronounced on January 13.

The court has already declared another accused, Manoj Kumar, as proclaimed offender, as he had absconded from a Patiala jail.

According to the prosecution, Nikhi Joshi, 17, had gone to get his car refueled from a Sector-21 petrol station when he was chased in a car and later abducted on November 18, 2005.

The kidnappers demanded Rs 2 crore in ransom from his father.

The kidnappers gave him a call from a Singapore phone number and claimed to be members of Chota Rajan group.

The police later conducted a raid on a house in Sector 16 and arrested Honey Sharma and Manoj Kumar.

Nikhil Joshi was found handcuffed in the house from where two pistols were also seized.

The two accused admitted that Aman Sharma was the mastermind of the kidnapping.

Later, on the information provided by the two, the police recovered the car used in the crime and found that Aman Sharma was actually Jagminder Singh.

He was arrested in some other case and after Nikhil identified him, he was arrested in this case too.

During the trial, Manoj Kumar absconded from Patiala jail and later court declared him a proclaimed offender in the case and other two faced the trial.

The defence counsel had argued that Honey Sharma and Jagminder Singh had been falsely implicated in this case.

The public prosecutor however held that Nikhil had been recovered from the custody of the accused and Jagminder had posed himself as Aman Sharma.



Dowry Death
Woman gets life term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal today sentenced Kamlesh to life imprisonment for burning her sister-in-law Vidya Vati to death.

While the husband and mother-in-law, Rakesh Kumar and Shyam Kali, of the victim were convicted under Section 498-A read with 120-B of the IPC and sentenced to imprisonment of seven and a half years.

According to the prosecution, the victim’s marriage was fixed with Rakesh when she was 11 years old and she went to her in-laws’ house in Sector 7 in 2005.

The victim stated in her dying declaration that her husband was working in a company in Barnala and used to visit his home in the city once a week. She was living with her father-in-law Ram Sewak, mother-in-law Shyam Kali, brother-in-law Rajesh Kumar and sister-in-law Kamlesh. She alleged that her sister-in-law used to instigate her husband to beat her up and asked her to bring car as dowry.

She stated that on June 6, 2006 her Kamlesh poured kerosene on her and locked her in a room. Thereafter, she set her on fire.

The victim also wrote on the wall that she was dying due to the maltreatment of her husband and mother-in-law.



14-yr-old’s death
Village quack booked, missing
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 9
While the postmortem was conducted on the body of 14-year-old boy, Dhruv, of Budhanpur village near Sector 16 here today, his relatives have lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending that his death was caused due to reaction of the medicine administered by a quack in the village.

Dhruv was reportedly suffering from fever before his death. The alleged quack, PK Rai (Bengali), however, has been missing from the village since yesterday after the boy was declared dead.

Dhruv, who had been working at a grocery shop, was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, after his condition got deteriorated yesterday evening. His relatives said he was suffering from fever for few hours and his condition kept on deteriorating even as he was given treatment by a local medical practitioner at the village.

According to doctors, there were some marks of rashes on body of the deceased, indicating that there might be some reaction of medicine the boy was administered during the treatment. There might be some other reasons as well, and to know the exact cause of death, the body had been sent for a postmortem, said the doctors.



Assailants were paid Rs 75,000 for Baltana shootout
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 9
A two-month old shootout at Baltana, Zirakpur, has turned out to a case of unsuccessful contract killing with the arrest of one of the suspect.

In the shoot out, an 18 year-old school student, Satwinder Singh, was seriously injured after some unidentified youths had fired at him in Green City, located on the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway.

Sources in the police said the assailants had been paid Rs 75,000 to shoot the victim over some petty issue. The assailants had escaped on a motorcycle after injuring him. A case of attempt to murder had been registered at Zirakpur.

According to the police, Naveen, hailing from Panipat and living at Sector 12-A rally, Panchkula, was arrested today near Arzoo hotel, located on Zirakpur-Panchkula highway. The police said he was driving the motorcycle at the time of incident. The police said the other accused in the case was still absconding.

The police added that Bindu had a criminal background. ASI Kishore Chand Katoch said acting on a secret information, they had reached on the spot with the police team and arrested the accused.



Man hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
A man, aged around 40 years, allegedly hanged himself at his residence in Sector 44 here this afternoon. The police said the reason behind the death was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, a school-teacher at Soundha village, near Fatehgarh Sahib.

His death came to light around 1 pm when he failed to reply to the calls of his wife.

Harvinder Singh, brother of the deceased, said: “He was fine and had returned from our cousin’s wedding at Fatehgarh Sahib last evening. He is survived by a daughter and a son.”

The police said Gurmeet Kaur, wife of the deceased, was at Co-operative Bank in Sector 34, where she was working, to get a promotion letter today. She called him 13 times but when he did not attend the calls, she came to the house and found the body hanging from the ceiling fan with a piece of cloth.

The body was lowered even as DSP (south) JS Khaira and Sector 34 SHO Sudershan Thakur visited the scene.

Khaira said no suicide note had been found from the scene and the police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The post-mortem examination would be conducted tomorrow and the body had been shifted to the mortuary at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 32.



Gardener dies at Sec-43 house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
A man in his mid fifties, Jageshwar, died while at work at a house in Sector 43 yesterday. Jageshwar, a resident of colony No. 5, was working as a gardener.

The police said the victim was suffering from a heart ailment and that was the apparent cause of death.

He was working at a doctor’s house at the time of his death. Some persons informed the house owner around 5.30 pm about his death.

Balvir Singh, ASI, police post Sector 43, said: “We have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The body has been handed over to the family.”



Hotel manager booked for not updating records
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
A case has been registered against the manager of Hotel Aryan Palace, Burail, Gurdeep Singh, who had not maintained a record of tenants in the hotel register. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in this regard.

House trespass

A resident of Sector 44, GS Abrol, lodged an FIR alleging that unidentified persons had broken the locks of his relative’s house in the same Sector and attempted to commit theft during the intervening night of January 7 and 8. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in this regard.


The police has registered a case on the complaint filed by Jagir Singh, a resident of Ambala, alleging that Tarunjit Singh of Raipur Kalan took Rs 3 lakh from him to send his son abroad. But, neither he sent his son abroad, nor returned the money. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered in this regard.


Parmod Saxena, a resident of Panchkula, filed a complaint with the police alleging that his car (HP-23-4533) was stolen from Mani Majra on January 5. A case has been registered in this regard.

In yet another incident, the police arrested Sonu, a resident of Bathinda, on the complaint filed by Sohan Lal of the Industrial Area-I alleging that his motorcycle (CH-04-F-5327) was stolen from Sector 17, yesterday. The accused has been arrested and the motorcycle has been recovered from his possession. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.


Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 39, filed a complaint with the police alleging that two unidentified persons came on a motorcycle and snatched her purse containing cash Rs 6,500, ATM card from near the dividing road of Sectors 37-41, yesterday. A case has been registered in this regard at the Sector 39 police station.



ITF Tennis Tournament
Sood brothers clinch doubles’ title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, won the boys’ doubles title for India while the boys and girls’ singles and the girls’ doubles trophy in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for under-18 were lifted by the foreign countries.

The Indian duo of Chandril and Lakshit provided the only comfort for the hosts by defeating Jeroen Claeys of Belgium and Jeroen Bernard of Netherlands 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the final at the Sector 10 CLTA Stadium here today.

However, contrary to expectations, second seed Kyra Shroff stumbled at the last hurdle as she lost to sixth seed Valentina Starkova of Kazakhstan, who staged a fine rally to wear the crown. In the final, which lasted 107 minutes at the centre court, Starkova won by 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Laurent Oliver Daxhelet of Belgium proved too good for qualifier Yoannis Hilelis of France whom he outclassed in all departments of the game and won in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Later, the Indian duo of Kyra Shroff and Rashmi Teltimbde, after gaining a 3-0 lead in the first set, suddenly lost their form and concentration. They meekly surrendered 11 games in a row as their rivals Melis Sezer of Turkey and Sachie Ishizu of Japan registered an easy 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Results (all-finals):

Boys’ singles: Laurent Oliver Daxhelet (Bel) bt Yoannis Hilelis (France) 6-1, 6-0.

Girls’ singles: Valentina Starkova (Kaz) bt Kyra Shroff (Ind) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

Boys’ doubles: Lakshit Sood and Chandril Sood (Ind) bt Jeroen Claeys (Bel) and Jeroen Bernard (Ned) 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.

Girls’ doubles: Melis Sezer (Tur) and Sachie Ishizu (Japan) bt Kyra Shroff and Rashmi Teltimbde 6-3, 6-3.



National School Games
City humble Rajashthan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Hosts Chandigarh got the better of Rajashthan 20-9 in a handball match on the second day of the 54th National School Games 2008-09 being organised by the education department, Chandigarh, here today at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

While in another match, Punjab found an easy rival in Kerala whom they thrashed 26-9.

Mighty Delhi too put up a great show to beat Jhatkhand 11-03.Himachal Pradesh defeated N.V.S. 10-6 and Haryana defeated UP by 19-6.

Playing their second match of the day, Chandigarh maintained its winging streak as they edged past J&K by 16-3.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh boys’ team (u-19) has made its position strong by winning gold medal in sabre team event. Manipur team won silver medal while bronze medal was shared by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashrta.

Chandigarh girls’ team (u-19) has also bagged silver medal in fencing foil team event.

In this event Madhya Pradesh won the gold medal and again bronze medal was shared by Assam and Punjab.

Results of the skating events, which held at Skating ring Sector-10:


MP defeated AP by [15-09]

Maharashtra defeated Gujarat by [15-06]

Bihar defeated J&K by [15-10]


AP defeated J&K by [15-13]

Haryana defeated Gujarat by [15-04]

Table Tennis results:

Girls (u-17):

Andeman & Nikobar bt M.P. by [03-01]

K.V.S bt U.P by [03-01]

Chhattisgarh bt Vidyabharti by [03-01]

Maharashtra defeated Assam by [03-01]

Chandigarh defeated Orissa by [03-00]

Boys’ (u-17)

Karnatka bt Haryana by [03-00]

WestBengal bt Andra Pardesh by [03-00]

Orissa bt Uttrakhand by [03-02]

Haryana bt AP by [03-02]

Delhi bt Vidyabharti by [03-00]



Players prefer hotels over schools
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Questions are being raised over some of the skating players, who are residing in city hotels rather than the government schools. The players are in town to participate in the 54th National School Games 2008-09.

More than 12 players are staying in hotels, including Neelkamal and Shingaar Hotel. “We did not like the accommodation in the schools, so, we prefer to stay in hotels,” said a player from UP.

“What if the players take performance enhancers in the hotels and how the department is going to judge them later?” questioned a skating player.

When the education department’s officials were asked in this regard, it all seemed oblivious to them.

“Officially, only three players’ requests have been received and others are staying in hotels with the permission of their team managers and parents. So, we can not do much about it,” said an official of the education department.

Confirming this, the assistant director sports, education department, KS Bharti, said, “Some of the players have got the permission of staying in hotel from the department, but, I do not have the exact figure.”



Panchkula Golf Club honours Jeev
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 9
It was a special day for the Panchkula Golf Club. The country's golf icon Jeev Milkha Singh was present with his wife and parents Milkha Singh and Nirmal Milkha Singh at a special ceremony to honour Jeev for winning the Asian Golf crown for the second time in three years.

DS Dhesi, vice-president of the Panchkula Golf Club, said Jeev was not just a golf icon but also the icon of youth of the country. He had taken the Indian golf to new heights by clinching the 34th spot in the world ranking. He had broken the barriers and entered the golf portals earlier held by Europeans and Americans, he added.

Jeev said he would be inaugurating the golf course in Ahmedabad on Sunday and then he would be in Qatar and Dubai for the first spell of the European Golf Tour.

He was happy about his fitness level. "I am more flexible after my two week holiday stint," he said.



PU boxers stand out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
After a decade, Panjab University boxers brought joy to the university as they claimed third position in the All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship, which held at Jodhpur from December 24 to 30.

Around 580 boxers from 67 universities participated in the competition. PU bagged four medals in total, Surinder and Iqvir struck a gold medal each while Somveer Singh clinched the silver medal and Diljotvinder Singh bagged the bronze medal to fashion the third place for the university.

The coach Bhagwant Singh said, “Unlike previous championships, none of the matches which we lost were one-sided affair.”



Players selected for boxing meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The players for the Chandigarh team, which will be participating in the 16th Northern India Senior Men Boxing Championships to be held at Jind (Haryana) from January 10 to 12, have been selected.

According to Dr CK Jerath, honorary secretary, these players will represent Chandigarh: Sandeep Kumar - 48 Kg, Rajinder Kumar - 51 Kg, Iqbir Singh - 54 Kg, Manoj - 57 Kg Mohit - 60 kg, Sombir - 64 Kg, Jaspreet 69 Kg, Sanjay Kumar - 75 Kg ( Captain ), Sarabjeet 81 Kg, Manjeet 91 Kg, Baljeet + 91 Kg, Coach - Om Parkash, Manager- Jagdeep Singh R/j Pandit Shikha and Bhagwant Singh.



Cricket meet from January 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The Chandigarh Cricket Association will organise the under-13 tournament from January 11.

Four teams will be participating, GNPS, Sector 36, DAV, Sector 8, MCA, Mohali, and Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, here. The matches will be played at GNPS, Sector 36, here. The players, who are born on or after September 1,1996, are eligible to play.



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