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Officials assure basic facilities in poll booths
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
A meeting of District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner and election observers was held today, wherein the election process was discussed. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in the nine constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib on May 13. The election officials said special instructions had been released for the smooth functioning of the elections. In view of the sultry weather and heat these days, an ample supply of drinking water, medical facilities, fans and other basic necessities would be provided for the employees and the voters in various polling booths. Temporary sheds would also be built at the places where these were required.

Meanwhile, in separate orders passed by the Deputy Commissioner, it was stated that all the taverns in the district would remain closed from May 11 to 13 and on the day of counting of the votes. The orders said the storage of liquor and its use in public would be strictly prohibited. The orders would also be implemented upon the taverns of Patiala Lok Sabha constituency in the radius of 10 km adjoining Fatehgarh Sahib district from May 5 to 7.



‘Sutlej spillage an accident’
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has confirmed that oil spillage in the Ghanauli drain, which connects to the Satluj, occurred not because of negligence but was an accidental breakdown of metallic pipeline of furnace oil.

Sources in the PSEB said the staff of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant was taking measures to avoid such incidents in future.



8 booked for beating up farmer
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
The police has booked eight persons for entering in clash with a resident of Hansali village.

In his complaint to the police, one Pradeep Singh alleged that two brothers Sukhbir Singh and Buta Singh, along with six others, attacked him. The other accused were Gurvinder Singh, Sultan Singh, Kashmir Singh, Harminder Singh, Satnam Singh and Babbi, all residents of Hansali village.

The complaint said he was preparing a temporary hutment in his farm, when the accused attacked him and also flattened the vegetables the farm with a tractor. He was rushed to a hospital with multiple injuries on his head, arms and legs. A case was registered in this regard. The accused are absconding.



Selja harps on development
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 5
Kumari Selja, an MP and Union Minister of Poverty Alleviation and Urban Development, has laid emphasis on various major development projects carried out in the area during the Congress regime. She stated this while addressing a public meeting here today.

Despite shopkeepers were anguished over the recent demolition drive and had declared to boycott the forthcoming parliamentary elections, the meeting was attended by people in large numbers.

She also flayed the opposition and other parties for making false statements regarding the development projects. She said the opposition parties were only misguiding the people on various issues.



24 students get placement
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 5
The Doaba Group of Colleges organised a campus placement for its MBA students today.

Two companies visited the campus and selected 24 students on the basis of group discussion, written test and interviews.

The Karvy, a company dealing with finance, and insurance, selected 10 students with sales and marketing specialisation of 2009 batch.

Religare, a subsidiary of Ranbaxy, selected 14 students of 2010 batch.



Bank selects 22 students
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 5
Twenty-two students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, have been selected by Federal Bank.

Students of engineering, MBA and MCA were eligible for the recruitment as probationary officers.

The selection process consisted of a written test, group discussion, followed personal interviews.



Three booked for rape, kidnap
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 5
The police today booked three persons, including a woman, on charges of rape and abduction after a 19-year-old girl lodged a complaint against the suspects here this evening.

Two of the suspects have been identified as Vinod and Ranjana, both residents of Samgoli village. The suspects are at large and a hunt is on to arrest them, the police said.

According to the police, the complainant alleged that her friend Ranjana used to talk about Vinod and his interest in her.

On April 29, Ranjana took her to Dera Bassi for a computer course. Vinod along with another youth was already present at the centre. The police claimed that Ranjana forced the victim to talk to Vinod. The girl spoke to Vinod, who tried to convince her to marry him, the police added.

The suspects then took her to Zirakpur, where she was offered juice laced with an intoxicant. After consuming the juice, the victim fell unconscious.

After regaining consciousness, the victim found herself in a room where she was allegedly raped for six days by the suspects, the police added. The youths dropped the girl at Chandigarh yesterday and she travelled back to her village and lodged a complaint.

According to SHO Samar Vineet, a case has been registered against Vinod and his friend.



Investiture ceremony
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 5
A picture of fervour and gaiety was experienced at St Joseph School, Ambala City, on the investiture ceremony. The students took a pledge to serve the institution to their best.

Principal Kiran Bannarjee said they were part and parcel of the school and should work for its betterment. She advised the students to maintain discipline on the school premises.

The students presented a colourful cultural show followed by the National Anthem.



Placement drive
Tribune News Service

Banur, May 5
The Hubcity Softwares recruited 12 MBA students in a placement drive held at Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology.

The selection process was done in two phases. The company conducted a group discussion and an interview. The students were offered the posts of business development Officers.



Lior Case
Court completes recording of evidence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri today completed the recording of evidence in the case against Israel national Lior Avi Ben Moyal, who was allegedly found in possession of 154.5 kg contraband.

In a statement recorded under Section 313, Lior stated that he was arrested from Panipat, as claimed in a sting operation conducted by a convict, Ajay Malik.

The operation shows the investigating officer, Ravi Kant Pawar, confessing on the videotape that Lior was arrested from Panipat and not caught red-handed from Chandigarh. The case is now adjourned to May 9.

Pawar had given his voice sample after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed him to give his voice sample for matching with his purported recording during a sting operation.

In the footage, Pawar claimed that he had all necessary details of phone records that could establish that he was at Panipat at the time of Lior’s arrest. The conversation was between Pawar and Malik.

The case was registered in February 9, 2005, when a house located in the Industrial Area was raided by NCB officials, who seized 154.5 kg charas, worth around Rs 150 crore in the international market, from Lior.

The defence had filed two applications during the trial court. First, for summoning of phone records of Pawar with the convict with whom he was seen conversing in the CD and second, for permission to conduct a voice sample test of Pawar.

The two applications were, however, dismissed by the trial court and the defence moved the High Court.



Three held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh police has arrested eight persons in the past 24 hours for indulging in gambling, bootlegging and drug peddling.

Sources in the police said a team of special crime investigation cell (SCIC) arrested Ravi Mittal, a resident of Sonepat, near Shiv Khera Mandir in Burail around 7.30 pm while indulging in gambling and recovered Rs 20,010 from him. He had been operating in the areas for some time.

Besides, the cell also arrested Vibash Kumar of Sector 24-C near Mini Rose Garden in the same sector last night and recovered Rs 5,000 from his possession.

In another incident, Babu Lal of Burail was held from Bopal Stadium in the same locality last evening for indulging in gambling. The police recovered Rs 3,110 from him.

Three cases under provisions of the Gambling Act have been registered at various police stations in the city.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Billu Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony near the cremation ground in Sector 25 this afternoon while allegedly carrying 40 quarters and 20 halves of country wine.

Also, Nanna of Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25 was arrested near the dental college in the area and seized 32 nips of country wine from his possession on Monday.

In another incident, a woman of Hallo Majra village was arrested near her shop and eight bottles of country-made liquor were recovered from her on Monday. Three cases have been registered in this regard.

Two held

The police arrested Dukhia Jha of Hallo Majra village from the market area in the village on charges of possessing 40 gm ganja last night.

In another incident, Shashi Bhushan of the same village was arrested for allegedly possessing 50 gm ganja from him. Two cases under the the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act have been registered in this regard.


CS Gill of Sector 20, Panchkula, reported that his laptop was stolen from his Toyota Innova (HR 68 5466), which was parked in Sector 17, on Monday. A case of theft has been registered.



Markan Trophy
Viren Rehal leads Patiala to 294
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
A magnificent knock of 72 runs by Viren Rehal enabled Patiala to make convincing score in the first innings against Chandigarh during the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-16) ML Markan Trophy Tournament today. The tournament is being played at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala.

Elected to bat first, Patiala made a massive score of 294 runs in 91.3 overs. Apart from Viren, Kunwar Pal also contributed 58 runs.

On the other hand, Veer Karan Goyal of Chandigarh claimed four wickets at the cost of 99 runs, while Mainder Singh took four wickets for 54 runs.

Chandigarh gathered 43 runs in 19 overs. Shivam Bhambri made 20 runs while Angad Chahal remained not out at 20 runs during the stipulated time for the day.

Breif Scores: (Ist innings)

Patiala: 294 all out in 91.3 overs (Viren Rehal 72, Kunwar Pal 58, Shivin Goyal 26 and Karan Kaila 29, Veer Karan Goyal 4 for 99 and Mainder Singh 4 for 54).

Chandigarh: 43 for 1 in 19 overs (Shivam Bhambri 20, Angad Chahal 20 n.o.).



Kali, Siddharth steer Satluj in final
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 5
Satluj Public School entered the final of the Holy Child Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament for Under-16 by beating Bhavan Vidyalaya by 23 runs in the semifinal played on the Holy Child School ground here today.

Batting first, Satluj school piled up 103 for 4 in allotted six overs. Kali and Siddharth contributed 33 and 36 runs, respectively, while Ankit made 23 and Kunal bagged 2 for 40.

In reply, Bhavan Vidyalaya was dismissed for 80. Aditya Gularia topscored with 30 while Rishab Sharma made 23. Kali and Siddharth claimed two wickets each for 33 and 25 runs, respectively.

Scores: Holy Child: 67 (Akhil 30, Pranshu 8, Raghu Vashisht 2 for 20). Delhi Public School A: Mukesh 20, Mokash 2 for 18, Tarun 2 for 24). HC win by 15 runs.

Ryan International: 92 for 3 (Tushar Pakhrija 37, Kunal 20, Sarfraz Singh 2 for 23, Shubham Joshi 1 for 2). St Xavier's, Pkl: 82 (Sarfraj Singh 32, Shubham Joshi 24, Tushar 3 for 28). Ryan International win by 10 runs.

DPS B: 52 (Mohit 20, Tushar 18, Shubham Arora 2 for 18, Kunal Gill 2 for 15). Bhavan Vidalaya: 53 for 3 (Kulshan Kataria 30, Kunal Gill 20, Kazi Mohd 2 for 24).

Semifinal: Satluj Public School: 103 for 4 (Kali 33, Siddharth 36, Ankit 23, KUnal Gill 2 for 40). BV: 80 (Aditya Gularia 30, Kulshan Kataria 15, Rishab Sharma 23, Kali 2 for 33, Siddharth 2 for 25). Satluj PS win by 23 runs.



Manav rallies to be tied eighth
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 5
Manav Das of Ambala rallied in the back nine to card a one over 73 card to be tied eighth, as Delhi’s Rashid Khan raced ahead firing a six-under 66 on the opening day of the LG Haryana Open Amateur on the Golden Greens in Gurgaon today.

Chandigarh’s Harjinder Singh Kang had a disappointing outing, as he could manage a round of three over 75 and was tied 15th along with Abhishek Jha.

Pune lad Aditya Bhandarkar and Delhi’s Karan Vasudeva led the chasing pack at two-under 70 with Tarun Ghogale and Suryavijay Singh one stroke further back at 71. Despite four birdies and an eagle, Arshdeep Tiwana was set back by a triple-bogey on the ninth to finish at even-par for the round, tied for sixth place.

Manav Das had a bad start, bogeying thrice to be three over par 39 at the turn. He came back with three birdies in the back nine to be one over par 73 for the day.

It was a disappointing day for All-India 2008 winner Rahul Bakshi, who fumbled in the back nine to be tied 19th at four over par 76, along with another city golfer Abhijit Singh Chadha.

Chandigarh’s Aman Guron was another two strokes behind at 6 over par 78 with Angad Cheema finishing tied 54th at eight over par 80.



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