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Parwanoo-Kamli road in dire need of repair
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, April 4
Due to the apathetic attitude of local administration, the Parwanoo-Kamli link road, which connects National Highway-22 to Kamli and many other villages beyond the TTR resort hills, is endangering the lives of hundreds of daily commuters.

It is pertinent to mention here that a private school is also situated on this link road and the school buses ply on this road ferrying the school children and staff members.

A visit to the link road reveals that the road has been deteriorating since last couple of years and is on the verge of losing its existence. Most of the edges of the road, including the retaining walls, have been damaged and washed away due to the rains, which poses serious threat to some serious accidents.

The road passes along a deep gorge. Residents of Kamli alleged that due to several landslides in the recent rainy season had given the road a bad shape and it was in a dire need of maintenance.

They further said that several industrial units and stone crushers had already been set up in the village. Subsequently, the heavy vehicles pass through this road which encourages frequent traffic disruption on this narrow highway.

They had urged the authorities of the department concerned to take a serious note of the problem and sought immediate proper maintenance of the road to avoid any mishap.

Meanwhile, the construction work of the long awaited Maharaja Aggarsen Community Centre at Raipur Rani was started this week. Vijay Bansal, State Organising Secretary of Aggarwal Sammelan, inaugurated the construction work by performing traditional Pooja. According to information, the construction of community centre would cost around Rs 2 crore, which is being constructed on 4 kanal denoted by Rajender Prashad Aggarwal, Sunder Lal Aggarwal, Pradeep Mangla and Surinder Aggarwal for the purpose. Hundreds of members of Vaish community were present on the inaugural function. Jitender Mohan Aggarwal, president of the Aggarwal sammelan, said the construction work of the community centre was expected to be completed in two years.

In the first phase, an underground structure would be constructed with the cost of Rs 20 lakh.

The community centre would be used by people of all caste and creed. Union minister Kumari Selja and Former Deputy CM Chander Mohan had also donated Rs 2 lakh each for the construction of the community centre, added Jitender.



Kanwaljit’s bhog ceremony
Congress, SAD eye Bunny
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Banur, April 4
The bhog ceremony of late minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh tomorrow is expected to witness senior leaders from SAD, BJP and Congress making a beeline. Important announcements about political alignment of Kanwaljit’s son Jasjit Singh Bunny may mark the day.

Senior Congress leaders from Banur, Rajpura, Fatehgarh Sahib and Khanna, while talking to The Tribune today, said they would attend the bhog ceremony at Chhat village tomorrow.

Senior Akali and BJP leaders would also attend the ceremony.

The political leaders remember the late minister as an honest politician. “He had been doing wonders in cooperative sector of the state. His death left many works incomplete,” said Harbans Lal, a senior Congress leader from Fatehgarh Sahib.

A number of Congress workers, beside their Akali counterparts, also visited place where the bhog ceremony is to be held tomorrow.

The ceremony has becomes more important with Bunny’s resignation from the party and claiming his stake on Patiala MP seat.



Degrees conferred on  152 students
Tribune News Service

Banur, April 4
Convocation of Shaheed Udham Singh College began with lighting of lamp by Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

Dr DS Hira, Director, Shaheed Udham Singh Group of Colleges, Tangori, presented annual report of the college.

The chief guest conferred degrees on 152 students. He also awarded the students who secured top three positions in May-2008 PTU examination.

He said the engineers should not be the job-seekers, rather should become job-providers in today’s scenario of the global meltdown. He also released a book on operations research and system simulation authored by Dr DS Hira.



Engg college distributes degrees
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 4
Convocation of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET) was organised on the college premises here today. Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab Technical University, Jalandhar, was the chief guest. Around 150 students were awarded with degrees.

The function began with lighting of the traditional lamp, followed by a shabad kirtan. Principal of the college read out annual report.

The chief guest motivated the students to step out of restricted thinking and explore the opportunities in the current global scenario.

The overall toppers were given cash prizes. Toppers were Rohit Sharma (ME), Sandip Ghatak (IT), Abhishek (EE), Shilpi Chawla (ECE) and P Sunita (CSE).



Man, son arrested for robbery
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 4
The police here today arrested a father-son duo for their involvement in various incidents of robberies in the district. According to the police, the accused had been robbing people at gun point. The accused have been identified as Satnam Singh and Karanjit Singh, both residents of Haryana. Police officials said a special naka was laid near the Madhopur Chowk by Gurmeet Singh, CIA in charge of Bassi Pathana.

The police party intervened two persons on a motorbike and recovered an air pistol from their possession after getting a tip off.

During investigation the accused revealed that they had robbed a worker of a petrol station at Bassi Pathana. Various criminal cases were also pending against these accused in Kurukshetra, Pehova, Karnal and some parts of Punjab, said police officials. A case had been registered.



Fresh HC directive on NSC
Employee can be fined for issuing NSC to 
firm barred by notification
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held that an employee is liable to be penalised for issuing national saving certificate (NSC) to a firm barred by notification.

The ruling by Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Nirmaljit Kaur came on a petition filed by the Centre against CL Meena. The petitioner had challenged an order dated December 6, 2007, passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal.

Allowing Meena’s application, the tribunal had set aside the order on recovery of Rs 25, 000 for loss to the government.

Meena, working as postal assistant at Chandigarh general post office, had on April 24, 1996, issued six-year NSCs of Rs 40,500 in the name of Fertichem India.

The rules existing on the date of issue, however, said such NSCs could not be issued in favour of a firm. Finally, after about eight years, the principal amount of Rs 40, 500, without any interest thereon, was refunded to the policyholder.

The investor approached the district consumer disputes redressal forum for payment of full maturity amount, resulting in payment of another Rs 49,706.85, including Rs 8,599 interest, on delayed payment.

The payment of full maturity amount was considered to be a pecuniary loss to the government. Consequently, it was ordered that since Meena was not solely responsible, Rs 25,000 (or approximately 50 per cent of the resultant loss) be recovered.

The tribunal, however, held: “The money remained with the post office for the entire life of the NSCs. Therefore, the interest was payable by the department for having kept the money received in 1996.”

Acting on the petition against the orders, the Bench observed: “There was obviously dereliction of duty on part of the respondent. The NSCs could have been issued only in favour of an individual. However, the fact that cannot be lost sight of is that the government has in fact used the funds of the firm for the entire maturity period. In this case, we are of the view that the ends of justice would meet if the respondent was held liable for Rs 15,000 for loss caused to the government because of his misconduct. Accordingly, the impugned order passed by the tribunal is set aside.”



Youth killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
A 19-year-old youth was killed after an speeding car knocked him down at Sector 35 here yesterday.

According to the police, the victim was taken to the PGI but sustained to his injuries there.

The victim has been identified as Sarjo Din, who worked as a laborer with Uppal Group, Sector 35, at a construction site.

The identity of the car driver could not be ascertained and the police was investigating the matter. 



Two bodies found
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula/ Kalka, April 4
The body of an unidentified man in his late thirties was found under mysterious circumstances lying in Sector 12 here today. The police received the information around 10 am that a body was lying on a road in Sector 12. The body was shifted to General Hospital, Sector 6. No cause of death was ascertained as no injury mark was found on the body, said the police. However, according to the police, due to the feeble health of the deceased it was presumed that he was suffering from some disease.

Meanwhile, the Pinjore police has recovered an unidentified decomposed body of a 30-year-old man hanging from a tree in the forests of Jallah village near Chandimandir. The police sources said the body appeared to be more than 5-6 days old. The body had been sent to Civil Hospital, Kalka, for postmortem after registering a case.



5 held with stolen property
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
The police arrested five persons along with over 80 kg iron and other material that they had allegedly stolen from pipelines in the jungle area, near Hallo Majra village.

According to the police, Sub-Inspector Dharampal Singh received information that some persons were stealing water pipes and other material in the jungle area near Hallo Majra village.

The police team reached the scene and arrested the miscreants along with the stolen property.

The accused have been identified as Mukesh of Sector 30, Satinder, Rajinder, Sanjeev and Parladh, all residents of Phase II, Ram Darbar.

The police seized iron pipes weighing 85 kg and lead weighing 5 kg.

A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in this regard at the Industrial Area police station.

Charas seized

The local police arrested Vicky of Sector 56 near Government School Palsora village yesterday and seized 30 gm charas from his possession. A case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered at the police station-39.


The local police last night arrested a woman from Bapu Dham Colony along with 25 quarters of liquor from the locality.

A case under the Excise Act has been registered.


Jai Ram of Colony No. 4 reported to the police alleging that Sham Bhaj, Anil, Raj Mal and Sunil, all residents of Colony No. 4, assaulted and intimidated him near Government School in the locality last night.

He was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case has been registered.



Four cars damaged in pileup
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Four cars were damaged in a pileup at Sector 16-17 traffic lights here today. The accident happened when a car driver reportedly pressed accelerator instead of brakes.

According to sources, the accident took place in the afternoon when Hardev Singh of Sector 10, who was driving a Toyota Innova (CH 04 B 3278) inadvertently pressed accelerator instead of brakes at the traffic lights and rammed his vehicle into a Maruti car (HR 07 N 0008).

The car, driven by Hemant Batra of Sector 36, that was waiting at the red signal hit a Skoda car (CH 03 Z 9957) stationed ahead of it.

The Skoda further collided with a Honda City car (CH 03 W 3113) due to the impact.

All vehicles involved in the mishap were damaged and caused a traffic jam.

The police has registered a case of causing damage to vehicles due to rash and negligent driving against Hardev Singh in this connection.



Vaibhav guides GNPS Academy to semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
An all-round performance by Vaibhav Garg (73* and 2 for 21) helped Guru Nanak Public School Academy rout APJ Academy of Kharar by five wickets to qualify for semifinals during the under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament on the St. Stephen’s School grounds here today.

APJ scored 214 for 7 in the allotted 40 overs while Anmol contributed 61 runs. The other main scorers were Sartak (39), Harkirat (36), Shasya (31) and Vaibhav bagged 2 for 21.

In reply, the GNPS achieved the target in 37.2 overs by scoring 216 for 5. Vaibhav remained not out on 73 with the help of six fours and one six. Shivam Bhambri (38), Pankaj Rawat (32) and Jaskaran Singh (30) made significant contributions.

In another match, Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy scored 108-run victory over Ropar Cricket Association Academy on the Guru Nanak Public School grounds here today. Azad Academy opener Karan Aggarwal scored 83 runs against Sector 37 Cricket Academy. Karan scored 64 runs for the opening wicket stand with his brother Dakash (25). Later, Karan and Harmanpreet Singh (33) contributed 113 runs for the second wicket stand to put the team on 269 for 6 in 40 overs. Whereas Ropar Association Academy batsmen found bowler Rishu Chopra unplayable, as he took 4 wickets in 19 runs. Left arm spinner Harmanpreet Singh and Harshank got two wickets each for 27 runs.

Maninder (29), Harmanjit (23) and Piyush (23) were the main batsmen. 



Wrestling: World champ Ramesh Kumar wins
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 4
World champion Ramesh Kumar registered an easy win thrashing Jai Bhagwan of Haryana in 74 kg weight category during the Gulzar Gold Cup Wrestling Competition held at Oasis Resort here today.

Ramesh did not let his rival score even a single point. He displayed his flexibility to defend each attempt made by Bhagwan. However, in the semifinal, Ramesh had lost few points to Pradeep that gave him a chance to make quick bucks.

While in the 55kg category, local lad Mahipat beat Anoop of Zirakpur to secure the first position whereas Santosh and Monu Malik retained the third place. Manoj beat Vikash of Khanna in the 60kg category.


66 kg: 1. Rahul Mann, Delhi; 2. Rinku, Zirakhpur; 3. Anil Khanna, ASI Khanna and Dharampal, Railways;

74 kg: 1. Ramesh Kumar, National Camp, 2. Jai Bhagwan, Haryana; 3. Pradeep, PSM, and Gurpreet, ASI Poona.



Football trials today

Chandigarh, April 4
Trials to select trainees for the New Public School Football Academy will be held on the NPS School football grounds at 9 am here tomorrow.

Students of Chandigarh are eligible to take part in the trials. The aspirants are required to bring birth certificates with them. — TNS



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