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Ambala MC to cover more villages
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 11
After more than three decades of its existence, the limits of the Ambala Cantt (Sadar) Municipal Committee will increase from 6.33 square km to 24.24 square kilometres. A notification to this regard has been issued on January 30.

The new limits will include Defence Colony (5.61 km) and 14 villages (12.30 km). A total of 4,830 acres will be acquired in this process from 14 villages and added to the existing Muncipal Committee. More than 10,000 houses and 2,800 commercial sites will also come under the MC. A population of more than 70,000 will now be added to the existing population coming under the MC area.

The villages being included are parts of Kalalhari (422 acre), parts of Boh (290 acre), parts of Tundla (283 acre), parts of Sarseri (303 acre), parts of Rollan (143 acre), parts of Salarhari (550 acre), parts of Shahpur (482 acre), Babyal (439 acre), Rampur (273 acre), Khozkipur (246 acres), Naggal (307 acre), Kardhan (585 acre), Khuddakhurd (275 care) and Nenhera (232 acres).

The notification has given a six-week period for any resident to register their objections if any to the proposed inclusion of the area.

The MC Sadar came into being on Dec 30, 1977. Ever since this is the first time the limit will be increased. The process to increase the municipal limits has been on since 2002. It picked up momentum in May, 2007, after the Jagadhri Road Traders Welfare Association wrote an appeal to include these villages into the limit to senior functionaries and the MC. The Panchyats too showed interest.

Keeping this in mind, the MC passed a resolution for it at its house meeting in January last year. The proposal was then sent to the district administration. The final nod came in a few days ago. Senior officials and councillors are seeing this initiative as politically motivated to help legalise the numerous colonies that have come up in this area.

Defence Colony is already an established colony, which is seen as one of the posh localities with many retired Army officers settled here. In the villages, many colonies have come up and people have bought properties here. More than 80 per cent is already constructed, roads are built and sewerages in place.



Community police centre stone laid
Tribune News Service

MP, Hoshiarpur, Avinash Rai Khanna and SSP, Ropar, RN Dhoke at foundation stone laying ceremony of CPRC in Ropar
MP, Hoshiarpur, Avinash Rai Khanna and SSP, Ropar, RN Dhoke at foundation stone laying ceremony of CPRC in Ropar on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ropar, February 11
MP Avinash Rai Khanna laid the foundation stone of the Community Police Resource Centre (CPRC), here today.

While addressing a gathering at the occasion, he said the need of the hour was to have a transparent police functioning without any prejudices or bias.

He contributed Rs 10 lakh from his MPLAD funds for the construction of this building.

SSP RN Dhoke said the centre would deal with all kind of queries related to passport, identification of tenants and servants, issuance of licences for arms as well as give police clearance certificates, giving security cover during various religious, civil and political functions and women in distress.

This centre would help in providing copies of FIR, report regarding missing people, and NRIs could register themselves here and apply for extending their stay permit.



Villagers seek widening of road
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 11
People from various villages on the GT Road, Sirhind to Sanipur village, demanded widening of 30-km stretch, which is a lifeline to around 25 villages.

In their memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, today, the villagers stated that this road connects villages of Khoje Majra, Hussainpur, Sangatpura, Khare, Sidhwan, Mirpur, Pandrali, Atapur, Chanarthal Khurd among others with the Patiala road.

People commute from Sirhind to Fatehgarh Sahib using this road, which is very narrow and unable to support such a large volume of traffic. When heavy vehicles like buses, trucks and trolleys move on this road, it becomes impossible for other vehicles to cross by. The worst sufferers are cyclists and two-wheeler drivers.

Also the road witnesses number of accidents in the area.



Importance of water quality discussed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, February 11
A workshop on the surveillance of the water quality was conducted by Haryana Public Health Engineering Division, Ambala, at Kesari village.

Various lectures on the importance of quality of water were delivered during the workshop.

Water analysis kits for chemical and bacteriological testing were also demonstrated by SS Anand, chemist in charge, and these were given to various sarpanches and panches as per the policy of the Indian government under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission.



Students take out rally on climate change
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 11
The students of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law organised a mass awareness rally regarding the harmful effects of climate change, here today.

The rally, which was a part of the National Environment Awareness Campaign was organised under the supervision of Renuka Salathia, a lecturer in the university. Renuka stressed upon the requirement of healthy environment.

The coordinators, including Harkirat Singh, Aditya Sharda also raised the issue of climate change. Renuka said they had already carried out a major survey with the help of other faculty members and senior students on environmental pollution in Patiala district. A tree plantation drive will also be organised shortly, she added.



Joint campus placement drive at Kharar college
Tribune News Service

Kharar, February 11
Diplast Plastics Ltd visited Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology today for conducting campus interviews of students of MBA (marketing), mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and diploma engineering students.

The drive was presided over by the managing director and the general manager of the company.

Over 130 students from IET Bhaddal, CMTR Kharar, Doaba College of Engineering, RINT Yamunanagar, Punjabi University, Patiala, Regional Centre, Mohali, Swami Devi Dyal College of Engineering, Baddi, Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, Lovely Institute of Management, Jalandhar, Shri Sukhmani Institute, Dera Bassi, Cordia College of Management, Sanghol, GGS College of Polytechnic and GGSCMT, Kharar, participated in this joint placement drive.

Surinderpal Sachdeva, chairman of the college, Dr SS Bedi, principal, and Gurcharan Singh, director, training and placement, congratulated students who successfully went through group discussion and qualified for final HR round.



Incubator Deaths
Judge to set up camp office on Feb 23
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 11
KC Gupta, a former judge at Punjab and Haryana High Court, who is enquiring into the recent deaths of six infants in the phototherapy unit of the Government Rajindra Hospital, will be setting up his camp office at the local Circuit House on February 23.

Anybody desirous of giving any information or other relevant details about the ghastly episode can do so at the venue on the said date.

The judge will be holding proceedings in room No. 105 of the circuit house.



Delay in filing appeals
HC unhappy with CBI’s tardy approach
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes senior officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are apparently not taking interest in ensuring timely filing of appeals.

A Division Bench of the high court, comprising Justice KS Garewal and Justice Sham Sunder, has also expressed its displeasure over the “extremely tardy” approach adopted by the CBI.

The observations were made in an open court in an appeal filed by the CBI for condoning 30 days delay in filing an appeal in an acquittal case involving an inspector of customs and Central Excise Department’s service cell.

As the application was placed before the Bench, the Judges observed in an open court that the delay, according to the CBI, had occurred in removing certain objections raised by the office.

The Bench observed the trial court had decided the matter on April 22, 2008, and the copy of the judgment was received on April 30, the same year. The appeal was filed on August 14, 2008.

The objections raised on the appeal pertained to non-marking of the pages and failure to mention the name of the police station concerned. These minor objections took two weeks to be removed and the needful was done on August 29, 2008, when it was refilled.

The Bench added it cannot help but remark the appellant had been extremely tardy in dealing with the appeal. It seems the senior officers of the CBI were not taking interest in supervising the litigations and ensuring that the appeals were filed on time.

Condoning the delay after expressing dissatisfaction, the Bench requisitioned the record and fixed March 25 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The CBI had filed the appeal against the judgment delivered by CBI special judge Jagdeep Jain. The case against Dharmender and another was registered on the basis of a complaint dated August 17, 2005, by a Zirakpur resident.

It was alleged another accused inspector, Baljeet Singh, had demanded bribe for settling a matter arising out oref a notice pertaining to M/S Preet Financial Consultants. A trap was laid the same day. After meeting the complainant, the accused had allegedly called co-accused Dharmender Kumar and the bribe money was allegedly handed over to him.



High Court
Forum for justice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
“Advocates forum for justice” was today floated in the high court for securing the “ends of justice in the right spirit and manner”.

Speaking at the occasion, Bhupinder Pal Singh Dhillon said advocates from this part of the region would be joining hands to check “favourtism, nepotism and commercialisation”.



3 acquitted in rape case

Chandigarh, February 11
Additional District and Sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted three persons of kidnapping and raping a minor.

According to the prosecution, a case was registered against Raj Kumar, Mohinder and Manjit Kaur on a complaint of victim’s father in October 2005, alleging that his 17-year-old daughter abducted by the accused. The police arrested the accused and added rape charge after getting the victim medically examined. The father of the victim had then alleged that Raj Kumar had raped his daughter.

However, during the trial, the victim gave contradictory statements before the court. She had initially denied allegations of kidnapping or rape and said that she had gone with the accused willingly.

However, taking a u-turn, she had alleged that she was kidnapped. Taking into consideration her contradictory statements and a few letter presented before the court, the trio was acquitted. — TNS



Man hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The police registered a case on the complaint filed by Raj Pal, a resident of Sector 19, alleging that a driver of an unidentified vehicle sped away after hitting him at the rotary of Sectors 18-19-20-21 on February 9. The injured was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali. A case has been registered in this regard.


The police arrested Sonu of Naya Gaon from Sector 24 while gambling at a public place and seized Rs 480 from his possession yesterday. A case has been registered at Sector 11 police station.

In a separate incident, the police arrested Vijay Kumar of Nahan, Satish Kumar, Nirpal of Una and Babloo of Bihar from the transport area while gambling at a public place and seized Rs 400 from their possession yesterday. A case has been registered in this regard.

In one more incident, the police arrested Kesar Singh and Ram Bahadur of Mani Majra while gambling at public place and seized Rs 700 from their possession. A case has been registered.

In yet another incident, the police arrested Tegh Bahadur of Panchkula, Hari Parshad and Natar Pal of Mani Majra while gambling at a public place in Mani Majra and seized Rs 960 from their possession yesterday. A case has been registered in this regard.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Rajesh Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony and seized 36 quarters of countrymade wine from his possession near Sector 25 yesterday. A case has been registered at Sector 11 police station.


Inder Mohan of Sector 37 reported to the police alleging that his laptop and a cheque of Rs 25,654 were stolen from his residence on February 9.

A case of theft has been registered at Sector 39 police station.

In one more incident, Naresh Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra, lodged an FIR alleging that an unidentified person has stolen his mobile and cash from his shop at Mani Majra on the night of February 10. A case has been registered in this regard.



Son of HC judge goes missing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Son of a Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Saurabh (20) has gone missing under mysterious circumstances since last night. It is learnt that Saurabh had left his home in Sector 24 last night without informing anyone. The police has been informed about the disappearance, which has recorded a daily diary report and has launched a hunt to locate him.

A senior police officer said they were maintaining secrecy of the issue considering the sensitivity of the case. He added that they were not suspecting any foul play behind the disappearance of the boy and believe that he had gone on his own. He however, said they were not taking any chances and were conducting searches of the places where the family believed the boy could go. The police had conducted search operation at the Sukhna Lake last night, besides checking all hospitals, hotels and cinema halls to trace the boy.



Kid knocked down by Scorpio
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A one-and-a-half-year-old girl was killed in a road accident after being knocked down by a speeding Mahindra Scorpio in Khudda Lahora village on Tuesday.

According to the police, victim Sukhmanjit Kaur of Khudda Lahora village came on the road and was hit by the Scorpio (CH-03-R-0903) at 11:30 am. She was seriously injured in the mishap and sustained severe head injuries. She was admitted to the PGI where she succumbed to her injuries in the evening.

The victim’s father is a farmer. The police had arrested driver of the Scorpio Ramesh Chander of the village on the charges of causing death due to negligence.



Woman attempts suicide, rescued
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Suspecting the husband was involved with someone, a 24-year-old woman allegedly tried to commit suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Baltera village yesterday.

The SHO of the Sector 39 Police Station, Janak Rana, said a case of attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the woman on a complaint lodged by her husband, Paramjit Singh.

The police said the woman, a mother of a minor child, told the investigators that she suspected her husband was involved with someone while Paramjit told the police that they had a debate yesterday, following which his wife locked herself in another room. He tried to persuade her to open the door, but failed. Then he broke the door and found his wife hanging from a ceiling fan. He immediately brought her down and rushed to the hospital. The police said her condition was stated to be stable.



Youth booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
The district police has booked a 25-year-old youth allegedly for kidnapping and raping a minor girl at Raipur Rani here today. The accused has been identified as Manmohan, a resident of Samlehri village.

According to a complaint lodged by the father of the victim, a resident of Kandarwal village, the sister of Manmohan was studying with the victim at a school in Samlehri village.

Both were friends and used to visit each other’s house also.

The victim was a student of Class 7 in the school.

The father said the daughter had gone missing for the past one month and he was searching her since then when she returned a fortnight ago and said she was kept under confinement by the accused and his family. The girl also alleged that she was raped by Manmohan during her confinement in the house of the accused.

Though he tried to take up the matter at the panchayat level and finding no justice, he complained to the police, he said. The police has sent the victim for medica examination and registered a case against the accused.



Man booked for employing 9-yr-old
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
In an incident of employing and exploiting minor domestic help, the local police has booked a resident of Sector 15 here today.

The accused, identified, as Gurpreet Singh allegedly detained and tortured a 9-year-old boy for 10 days, suspecting that he had stolen jewellery from his house.

The police, on the complaint of relatives of victim Shibu, has registered a case under Sections 343 and 323 of the IPC and the Juvenile Act.

According to complaint lodged by Geeta, sister of the victim, Shibu was employed at the house of Gurpreet, but he left the job when he did not like the place. Gurpreet, in the absence of family members, reached his residence at Rajiv colony on January 31 and took Shibu, along with him, and released after keeping as hostage till yesterday. During this period, Shibu had been tortured as he had been bearing injury marks on his body parts, said the complainant.

Earlier also, two minor female domestic helps had died under mysterious circumstances in the town.



Satyawan beats Tarsem
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
Satyawan got the better of Tarsem in 48-kg weight category in a quarterfinal match of the 41st Haryana State Senior Boxing Championship, held at the Sector 3 sports complex here today. In other matches of the category, Satish Solanki beat Neeraj, and Zile Singh thrashed Sandeep. While in the 48-51 kg weight category, Monu beat Shiv Kumar, and Virender beat Deepak.

Results: 54-57 kg: Mohan bt Praveen Kumar; Pawan bt Neeraj; Vijay Kumar bt Naveen; Joginder bt Sandeep.

57-60 kg: Mandeep bt Som Dutt; Karamvir bt Balwinder; Vikas bt Gulab Singh; Ajay bt Narender. 51-54kg: Kuldeep bt Paramvir; Azad Babu bt Jagbir Singh; Bhuwan Chand bt Rohtash; Neeraj bt Ajay Kumar.



Ruchika, Kiran shine in yoga meet
Tribune News Service

IN SYNC: Girls perform an ‘asan’ during the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga (Women) Championship in Chandigarh
Girls perform an ‘asan’ during the Panjab University Inter-College Yoga (Women) Championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 11
Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Sector 36, grabbed 713.5 points, to lift the Panjab University Inter College Yoga (Women) C-Division Championship for the session 2008-09 here on PU campus today.

Government College of Yoga Education and Health, Sector 23, scored 666.5 points to bag the second honours. In the individual all round best yogies event, Ruchika of the Government College, scored 175.5 points to stand winner and Sonu Rani of the same college scored 162.5 points and had to satisfy with the second position.

Meanwhile, MBBG GR Girls College, Mansowal, Hoshiarpur, won the Panjab University Inter College Yoga (Women) B-Division Championship for the session 2008-09.

The winning team bagged 684 points while runner-up Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Ludhiana, scored 491 points.

Kiran Devi (145.5 points) of MBBG College emerged winner in the individual all round best yogies event while Raman Devi (141 points) was slightly behind from her to clinch the second place.



Harendra climbs up to tied 8th slot
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, February 11
Harendra P Gupta shot an eagle as he carded a three under par 69 card to climb up the ladder to tied eighth position at three under 141 at the midway stage of the Rs 30 lakh prize money Solaris Chemtech Open Golf Championship on the par-72 Golden Greens in Gurgaon today.

Harendra was five strokes behind the leader, Bangalore's M Dharma, who also shot a three under 69 to be eight under 136 after the second round.

Harendra began with a bogey on the second. But then he struck a bright patch birdying four holes in a row, five to eight, to be three under 33 at the turn.

The city golfer bogeyed the 10th and 12th. But then an eagle on the 14th followed by a birdie on the 16th took him to four under. He conceded a bogey on the 18th for an even par 36 back nine and a three under card of 69.

Climbing up to the tied 22nd slot was another city lad, KPS Sekhon, who fired a one under 71 for a two-day tally of even par 144.

Seasoned Harmeet Kahlon, Randhir Singh and Dayal Singh were three golfers, who occupied the tied 24th slot at one over par 145.

Upcoming Ajeetesh Sandhu was tied 34 at two over 146. Other city golfers in the fray were Rajiv Kumar, tied 38 at three over 147, and Sujjan Singh, tied 45 at four over 148.

Five city golfers and Punjab's Balvinder Singh Mattu missed the cut. The city golfers, missing the cut, were Gurbaaz Mann, Ranjit Singh, Amritinder Singh, AS Lehal and Roop Singh. Also missing the cut, which was declared at four over 148, was former Indian Test cricketer, Ajay Jadeja.

Gaurav Pratap Singh and Arjun Singh were tied second at seven under 137. Gaurav Pratap blasted a 65 to record the best round of the day.

Anirban Lahiri and Mukesh Kumar are a further stroke behind in tied fourth at six under 138.

Ashok Kumar and Rahul Ganapathy shared sixth place with matching totals of four under 140.



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