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Six polling stations at Ropar shifted
Tribune News Service

Ropar, April 30
The six polling stations here have been shifted to new locations, as the earlier buildings were not fit to hold elections.

Assistant returning officer-cum-SDM Ropar Dr Basant Garg said new buildings with adequate arrangements had been chosen to set up polling stations at these places.

These include polling station No. 28 of Sabour village and Ghahi Majra that had been shifted to Government Elementary School, Kattar village. Voters of polling station No. 52 in Chaiharmajra village would vote at SP Dharamshala, voters of polling station No. 89 would vote at Government High School, Abinana Kalan, voters of polling station No. 124 of Gusradpura village will vote as Government Elementary School, Chhota Phool village, those of polling station No. 137 at Phool Chakkar village would cast vote at Model Elementary School, Piara Singh Colony, Ropar, and those at polling station No. 157, ward No. 15 Zorawar Singh Nagar/ Sadavart and Shastri Nagar would cast vote at the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), Ropar.

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Kanwaljit’s death
No need for probe, says Bunny
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 30
Reacting to Capt Amarinder Singh’s statement regarding judicial inquiry in to the fatal road accident of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, the son of the deceased leader, Jasjit Singh Bunny, today said there was no need for any inquiry into the incident.

Bunny today stated this while talking to mediapersons during election office inauguration of Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, Lok Sabha candidate from Patiala seat.

While addressing the gathering, Bunny said Capt Kanwlajit’s dream was the person who represents the area in Lok Sabha would work hard for the development of the area. He appealed the residents of the area to vote SAD-BJP candidate Chandumajra.

Simranjit Singh Chandumajra, son of Prem Singh Chandumajra, was also present at the function. He said Bunny was his elder brother and he was his high command. He also asked the residents of the area to vote for his father Chandumajra. Seelam Sohi, Nirmal Singh Jola, councillor Gurmukh Singh, Paramjit Singh Sodhi and Jora Singh were also presented on the occasion.

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2 held for making fake voter cards
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, April 30
Taking advantage of tedious government procedures of making voter ID cards, two youngsters here started selling fake voter cards in lieu of Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500. Both the youths were arrested today by the CIA branch of Rajpura.

Two scanners, printers and five original holograms of voter cards were recovered from their place. According to police officials, the youths have been identified as Pankaj (22) and Jaspreet Singh (23).

Both are residents of Rajpura and run a cyber cafe near Ganesh Nagar. According to the police, Jaspreet Singh is a mechanical engineer and a computer expert.

They had been selling the voter cards for the past around three months. The police seized all computer-related gadgets from their cyber cafe today. The accused had been using printers, scanners and software to download holograms, besides other gadgets.

During investigation, the youths accepted that they had prepared 10 such cards so far and all were related to Rajpura. The CIA in charge, Bikramjeet Singh Brar, said the accused had so far prepared around four cards.

The police officials said they were trying to identify the source of holograms as it was difficult to take holograms from destroyed voter cards.

However, SSP Arpit Shukla said the ID card could not be misused during the elections as besides voter ID card, the voter’s name should also figure on the voter’s list.

These ID cards were mainly abused for the purpose of taking loans from banks. A case under Sections 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC had been registered.

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Top lifters dropped from camp
Ravi Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 30
The beleaguered Indian Weightlifting Federation is in the thick of things once again, as it is dropping several top Indian weightlifters from the ongoing Commonwealth Games camp being organised at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here.

Those who have been dropped from the camp are Commonwealth Games gold medal contenders in the 75-kg category Pujari Shelja, Renu Bala, Shrishti Singh and Yamini. In the men’s category, Sarabjit Singh and Sukhjinder Singh have been dropped.

Sources of the federation said weightlifters, who were medal contenders in the 2010 Commonwealth Games where the standards were much lower than the Asian Games, had been sacked from the camp.

However, souces at the sports institute said these weightlifters failed to report at the camp, fearing that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) might visit the institute to conduct dope tests.

However, officials of the federation did not talk about the doping theory and stated they had been dropped on disciplinary grounds.

The weightlifters were given time till April 10 to join the camp, but as they failed to report at the institute, the federation asked the Sports Authority of India not to allow the weightlifters to attend the ongoing national camp. 

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Youth killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, April 30
A 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a road accident that took place near Pandwala village at Dera Bassi late last night.

According to the police, Surjit Singh, a resident of Kheri village, was employed at a local factory situated in Bhankarpur.

The incident took place around 11.30 pm when he was going to perform his duty while a speedy Sumo hit his motorcycle hard. The incident left him severely injured and he fell on the roadside in an unconscious condition. When some villagers noticed him lying on the road early morning they immediately rushed him to Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi where he was declared as brought dead by the doctors, the police added.

The body of the deceased had been handed over to the family after conducting the postmortem, said the police.

The police had booked the driver of the vehicle who fled away from the spot.

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HC directs UT, Haryana to resolve issue
CTU-Haryana Roadways Row 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Disposing of the PIL on the smooth plying of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) and the Haryana Roadways in each other’s territory particularly on the route between the PGI and Ramgarh in Panchkula district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed authorities concerned to resolve the issue at the earliest. They have been asked to work out the required agreement on plying of vehicles within four months.

The directions by Division Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta came during the resumed hearing of the PIL. It was argued by Haryana’s Additional Advocate-General Randhir Singh that the Chandigarh Administration had no authority to stop the buses, since the Haryana Roadways was doing it in the public interest.

The UT Administration and the Haryana government, on the previous date of hearing, had assured that the buses would ply freely in each other’s territory and no disruption would be permitted. Arvind Seth, an advocate, has filed the public interest litigation. He was seeking directions to end to the tussle between the employees’ unions of the CTU and the Haryana Roadways over route connecting Ramgarh in Panchkula district with the PGI. The undertaking to ensure free flow of the traffic was given to the Bench of the Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Uma Nath Singh.

Judgement awaited

The meeting, which was scheduled to take place between Haryana roadways and CTU officials, could not take place today. Haryana Roadways GM, KS Kalson, said: “We will try our best to sort out the issue. Decision on the issue of the buses and routes will be taken after we receive the judgement’s copy.” However, CTU Director ML Sharma said: “The matter stands sorted out. We have conveyed the same to the bus operators. I am now going to meet the Haryana Roadways Transport Commissioner tomorrow to chalk out the new routes”. We will decide about the same once we receive the copy of the High Court’s orders.

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Three more arrested in Ram Darbar case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
In a damage control exercise, the police carried out a special search operation at Ram Darbar in the wake of the Sunday night hooliganism and rounded up 41 persons.

The police also identified and arrested three more persons involved in the incident.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station, Inspector Bhupinder Singh, said Sunny, Sandeep and Saurav, all residents of Phase I, Ram Darbar, were arrested in connection with hooliganism on Sunday night.

The police also arrested seven other persons related with the accused, while taking preventive measures.

It cordoned off the entire area of Ram Darbar during an early operation, which was assisted by a team of 150 jawans of the Recruitment Training Centre led by the DSP (operations cell). The posse of policemen carried a flag march in the locality and conducted raids at the houses of suspects.

Later, 31 persons were released after their antecedents were verified. The police impounded the car of Satpal, who is suspected to have led the miscreants that day.

The police carried out the flag march from 6 pm to 8.30 pm. Sources said senior officers had brought each of the 11 police stations in the city under the direct supervision of a DSP-rank officer who would take stock of every incident until the final day of the elections.

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Dimpy murder case gets murkier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The Dimpy murder case got murkier with Narvinder Singh, the complainant, deposing before the court that the cartridges were recovered from the murder spot.

However, when the complainant was shown the case property he failed to recognise it. He, instead, claimed that no live cartridges were recovered. When the prime accused in the case, Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, was arrested the cops had claimed to have recovered two magazines of a pistol, seven cartridges of .45 bore and five cartridges of .25 bore, from him in Sector 11.

The complainant further added that he was not aware that Dimpy was having numerous enemies due to his criminal and political activities. While one of the prime witnesses in the case, Harneev Kaur, who had met Dimpy outside the Lake Club, as she had to take her gold chain back when the shooters shot at him.

Dimpy was gunned down outside the Sukhana Lake Club on July 7, 2006, by two unidentified shooters riding a motorcycle. The police termed the denial of distribution of ransom money as the motive behind the murder. Rocky reportedly told the police that Dimpy had been denying them their share in the booty, though Rocky and his associates did the work. Fed up with this, they parted ways and later decided to take revenge by eliminating him. The case has now been adjourned till May end. 

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Two held for stabbing youth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Two youths were arrested for repeatedly stabbing a man in Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, yesterday night. The victim who sustained grievous injuries was admitted to the PGI in a critical condition. He is stated to be battling for life. The youths were booked in the attempt to murder case.

The accused had an old dispute with the victim, on whose complaint a few of them were booked in an assault case. They had a heated argument a few days ago and the attack was the repercussion of that old feud, the police added.

According to the in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post, Vishal, alias Chotu, the victim, had gone to the market along with his brother at around 9 pm for buying vegetables. His brother, Sonu, was waiting on a scooter when at least eight boys reached there and assaulted his brother.

The assailants stabbed Vishal at least 20 times from behind and on thighs, injuring him badly. Hearing his cries a large number of people assembled there and tried to nab the assailants. The onlookers pelted stones on boys, but they managed to escape. Sonu rushed his brother to General hospital, Sector-6, from where he was referred to the PGI.

The accused were arrested in a dramatic manner later on. Sonu had identified a few of them. The police registered an attempt to murder case against Ritak, Bateta, Sanjeev, Dagi and Sunny along with three others. These three accused have, however, not been unidentified.

The in charge of Mauli Jagran police post said they received information that two youths were admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital at around 11.30 pm. The injured cooked up the story that they were attacked in Vikas Nagar. They tried to mislead the police about their real identities and even concealed their addresses. The police crosschecked their nicknames with Sonu and arrested them. They had sustained minor injuries and were discharged from the hospital later on. Efforts were on to arrest the remaining accused, the cops added.

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Karishma, Gayatri take home title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 30
Karishma and Gayatri got the better of Mehak Sood and Daaman Sharma 21-19, 9-21, 21-11 in the under-14 girls’ doubles final of the Tricity Schools Badminton Tournament at the Community Centre Badminton Hall, Sector 7, here today.

In the girls’ under-14 singles final, Mehak Sood deafeated Gayatri 21-14, 21-15 while in the boys’ under-14 singles Abhijot won the title beating Ayush 21-11, 21-13.

Both paired in the under-14 doubles and registered an easy win beating Lovpreet and Gauravdeep 21-9, 21-6 to attain the title.

In the girls’ under-19 singles, Nisha beat Muskan Aggarwal 22-20, 21-15 whereas Charvi and Tanya defeated Daksha and Jagrity 21-17, 21-10 in girls’ doubles to lift titles.

Boys' u-19 singles finals: Deepak Khatri bt Mahip Singh Sandhu 16-21, 21-18, 21-16. (Boys' under 19 doubles): Mahip and Harmaninder bt Deepak and Ravinder 21-17, 21-10.

Girls’ u14 semifinals: Gayatri bt Daaman Sharma 21-11, 21-15, Mehak Sood bt Krishma Kapoor 21-18, 21-12.

Girls’ u-14 doubles: Krishma and Gayatri bt Shreya and Mehak 21-11, 21-6, Mehak and Daaman w/o Monash and Trisha.

Boys' u-14 singles: Abhijot bt Arnav 21-6, 21-5, Ayush bt Kartik 21-15, 21-7. 

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Manpreet, Karan fashion Patiala win

Mohali, April 30
Replying to a low target of 216 set by Mohali, Patiala scored 412 for 9 in 95 overs and won the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-16) Tournament for ML Markan Trophy here today.

Manpreet (132) and Karan Kaila (106) were the main scorers for Patiala. While Vinay Garaba (30), Mehjot Singh Sodhi (32), Vicky Sharma (40) and Kanwar Pal (36) were the other contributors.

For Mohali, Jasinder Singh claimed six wickets and Bhanu Partap pocketed three wickets.

In another match, Chandigarh registered an easy win over Ludhiana,which scored 294 for 8 in 95 overs today. Chirag Mariya (83), Sandeep (49), Sunny Pandey (30), Abhinav Bhatia (27), Gaurav Sharma (30) and Gurpreet (30) were the principal scorers. For Chandigarh, Kshitij and Pankaj Rawat pocketed one wicket each while Veer Karan Goyal and Udit Hari Mehta claimed two and three wickets, respectively. Chandigarh mustered 482 runs for 10 in 91.2 overs in the first innings and scored 37 for 1 in 8 overs in the second innings.

In another match, Muktsar (Zone-A) defeated Jalandhar in the first innings lead at the Burlton Park in Jalandhar. — TNS

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Gurbaaz, Harmeet share 6th slot

Chandigarh, April 30
Big-hitter Gurbaaz Mann and seasoned Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh shared the 6th slot at two under 138, as Raju Ali Mollah of Kolkata and Delhi-based amateur Rashid Khan shared the tied top slot (eight under 132) at the midway stage of the Rs 20 lakh PGTI Players’ Championship on the par-70 greens of Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur today.

Gurbaaz Mann could muster a one over 71 card, courtesy flawless two under 33 back nine after a bad three over 38 at the turn. Harmeet Kahlon had a good start firing four birdies against one bogey for a three over 32 at the turn. An even par 35 back nine saw him card a three under 67 today for a two-day tally of 138.

Harendra P. Gutpa, also from Chandigarh, who played a bad three over par 73 card on the opening day, came back into reckoning with a four under par 66 to be tied ninth at one under 139. Kapurthala’s Ganganjeet Bhullar, who occupies the 14th slot in the order of merit in the Asian tour, was tied 15th at even par 140 after two rounds. Randhir Singh Ghotra was at three over 143 (72-71), Ranjit Singh at four over 144 (72-72), Roop Singh (73-72), AS Lehal (72-73) and amateur Rahul Bakshi (71-74) at five over 145. The cut was declared at five over 145. — OC

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