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BPL Scheme
Villagers get status quo on allotment of plots
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 10
Residents of Nandpur village of Pinjore Block, who moved the Session Court, Panchkula, challenging the allotment of plots under the BPL scheme of the state government, have got status quo on the issue.

Villagers alleged the district administration was cutting plots on the Shamlat panchyat land of the village, Khasar no- 177 of 3 bighas and 7 biswas, which was being used as a playground by students of the Government school of the village. They said the district administration had already cut and allotted 16 plots to the BPL and OBC families under the scheme.

The villagers had challenged the issue and had filed a writ in the session court, Panchkula.

Arvind Sood, Advocate of complaints, told the Tribune that the villagers of Nandpur and even Sanrpanch of Kedarpur village had already sent complaints to the authorities of district administration regarding the issue, but no avail. Following which, Gurdev Singh and others had filed a suit to get a stay in the lower court, which was rejected on April 18, 2009.

The villagers, however, filed an appeal in the session court on May 6, 2009. During this period, the district administration had allotted 16 plots and the sale of these plots was carried out in Kalka. On May 8, on hearing the appeal, the Session Judge S.P. Singh, said the respondents, including SDM Kalka and BDPO, Pinjore, were restrained to not change the nature of the present status of Khasar no. 177.



SBoP cuts loan rates
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 10
The State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) has decided to reduce the interest rate on finance against warehouse receipts. The sources in the SBoP said the bank would now offer the product at the low rates of 10.25 per cent per annum, without processing fee and other charges. 

The move will especially benefit the farmers in a big way, who can now avail finance against the stored commodity and not have to undergo distress sales.



Flag march by cops ahead of elections
Tribune News Service

Bassi Pathana, May 10
Police personnel and Para-military forces led by Rajwinder Singh Sohal, DSP Bassi Pathana, took out a flag march here today to boost the confidence of people on the eve of Parliament election.

Para-military forces equipped with sophisticated weapons, police personnel, commandos and home guards marched through the main bazaars of the town and then went to the rural areas.

The DSP said, on the directions of Dr Kustubh Sharma, SSP police had initiated several steps to maintain law and order as well as to infuse sense of security among people during election.

He said the utmost priority of the force was to conduct fair election in a peaceful manner. He said all the SHOs and chowki in-charges had been directed to start round-the-clock checking in their areas. Police personnel in plain clothes had been deputed to keep a close watch on the anti-social elements, he added.

The police takes out flag march in Mohali on Sunday. Mohali: Policemen led by SP SS Gill today carried a flag march in the city, as part of the security arrangements for the Lok Sabha polls, being held for the Anandpur Sahib seat.

The SP said four companies of Bihar military police and RPF would be assisting the Punjab police in conducting the elections. The flag march went through different parts of the city and Nayagoan.

The police takes out flag march in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu



Post-harvesting blues
Rly returns tickets to 1,000 passengers
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 10
Railway authorities in Sirhind have returned tickets of a large number of passengers due to heavy rush after the harvesting season in Punjab. Tickets of nearly 1,000 passengers were returned during the past few days.

Nearly 800 passengers were returned their tickets a few days ago but now it has reduced to 100 to 50 passengers a day, railway officials said.

The officials said before and after the harvesting season they faced such a huge rush that security had to be beefed up and also special trains were being run by the Railways.

As per the details, 600 passengers failed to board train on February 2, 856 passengers on February 3, 923 passengers on February 4 and, 350 passengers on February 5 failed to board train. Now, the number of passengers failed to board trains has reduced to 100 to 150 every day.

The migrant population board Jan Sewa and Jan Nayak Express trains to reach Bihar and Uttar Pradesh via New Delhi.

“I have been trying to board train for the past two days but fail to get the seat,” said Kunj Bihari, who was accompanied by his wife and five children.

The Railways recently returned Rs 2.31 lakh to the passengers due to non-availability of seats in the trains.

Officials said the situation would improve by next week.



All acquitted in Chiriya murder case
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 10
Additional Session Judge Vikram Aggarwal acquitted Rakesh alias Bobby and nine others in the Chiriya murder case of Ambala Cantt here yesterday.

According to the prosecution, Sunita, the wife of the Rakesh alias Chiriya, had filed a complaint with the Ambala sadar police on June 4, 2006, alleging that Rakesh alias Bobby and Monu Rana had demanded ransom from her husband and when he did not oblige them, they shot him.

The police had registered a case in this regard against 10 persons. The counsel of Rakesh alias Bobby Maan Singh Kakran said the court had acquitted his client due to lack of evidences of the prosecution side.



Cong, SAD candidates not enrolled
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 10
Congress and SAD candidates contesting from Anandpur Sahib general seat are not enrolled as voters from the constituency they are contesting. Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu has his vote at Kotla Afgana village in Payal tehsil of Ludhiana, while SAD candidate Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema has his vote in Jalandhar cantonment.

“At the time when Election Commission of India made it mandatory that every polling agent of the political party should be from the concerned polling station, we have candidates who are not able to cast their vote,” said a CPI worker from Anandpur Sahib.

Both BSP candidate Kewal Krishan Chauhan and CPI candidate Maha Singh Rori have their votes in the list of Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha segment.

While, Chauhan has his vote at Ballowal Saunkhri village in Saunkhri Patti in Balachaur and Maha Singh Rori has his vote at Rori village under Balachaur Assembly segment.



Consumer Courts
Engg college told to refund fee
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 10
The Mohali Consumer Court, holding the college guilty of deficiency in services, asked Punjab Engineering College at Mallakpur in Lalru to refund the fee to a student within a period of one month, along with interest.

The court also ordered the college to pay to the complainant the court fee of Rs 2,000. The order was passed after a complaint was lodged by the student against the college authorities for not refunding the fee and harassing him.

According to the sources, Harpreet Singh, a student and resident of Bhankarpur village, had appeared in the entrance exam of Punjab Technical University in the year 2008. After clearing the examination, he got admission in Punjab Engineering College, Lalru, on July 19, 2008, where he had paid Rs 41,785 as tuition fee for first semester.

After few months, Harpreet got a call from Shaheed Udham Singh college, Tangori, for admission and he surrendered his seat at PEC, Lalru, on September 5, 2008, and submitted an application for refund of fee. But the college authorities were not ready to refund the fee to Harpreet Singh, who remained visiting the college for this purpose and got harassed.

Bhupinder Singh, father of Harpreet, wrote to PTU regarding the matter, as a result of which PTU ordered the college to refund the tuition fee to the student on December 4, 2008, but in vain.

On February 2, the family of the student approached the consumer court in Mohali, where the court issued orders on April 30 to the college and asked to refund the tuition fee along with interest.



Father accuses police of coercion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Vijay Kumar, father of Sonia Suman, who was allegedly murdered by her “boyfriend” on April 24, today accused the police of forcing him to arrange for eyewitnesses to strengthen the case. Talking to the TNS, Vijay alleged that the investigating officer had been compelling him to arrange for eyewitnesses, who could depose that they had seen the accused with his daughter on the fateful day.

Vijay said as there was no one from his friends and close associates who had seen his daughter with the man, he could not provide any eyewitness to the police. The police has allegedly been harassing him and threatening that it would file a case in the absence of any eyewitnesses.

Vijay further alleged that the police had failed to recover the missing mobile phone and footwear of his daughter.

ASP (central) Madur Verma said he was not aware of any such thing. However, he said it was a serious issue and he would look into the matter.

He also maintained that the complainant had met him a couple of times last week but had not pointed it out to him.



Pedestrian hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
An unknown pedestrian was injured after he was hit by a vehicle near coal depot in Sector 22. The injured was admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. According to the police, the driver of the vehicle sped away after the incident. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of IPC has been registered at the police station-17.

Vehicles stolen

Gitanjali Sharma of Sector 33 reported to the police that her Maruti car (CH 01 Z 7671) was stolen from parking lot No. 3 on the road separating the Sukhna Lake and the Golf Range yesterday morning. She claimed that she had gone to the lake for a morning walk and parked her car around 6.30 am. When she returned around 7.40 am, she found her white colour car missing.

She called the police control room and reported the matter. A case of theft has been registered at the police station-3.

In another case, Jagdish Singh, a resident of Adarsh Colony, Mohali, reported to the police that his Honda Activa scooter (PB 65 H 3390) was stolen from outside SCO No. 23 in Sector 34-A on Friday.

Also, Radhey Krishan Verma, a resident of Sector 19-D, reported to the police that his Honda scooter (CH 01 R 7368) was stolen from outside SCO No. 226, Sector 34, on Tuesday.

Two cases under Section 379 of the IPC have been registered at the police station-34.

In yet another case, Ram Kumar, a resident of Vikash Nagar, Mauli Jagran, reported to the police that his Pulsar motor cycle (CH 04 H 2981) was stolen from his residence on the intervening night of May 3 and 4.

A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered in Mani Majra police station.

Man held

The local police arrested Jaspal Singh, a resident of Sector 56, near Sectors 39-40-55-56 rotary for carrying 36 bottles of English wine.

A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the police station-39. The accused was later released on bail.



Manav Mangal drub Guru Harkrishan school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, defeated Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, by 29-17, 29-15 in boys’ final to annex the 6th Sub-Junior State Ball Badminton Championship held at GMSSS in Sector 19 here today.

While in girls’ final, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, got the better of Government High School, Sector 32, by 29-22, 29-25 to lift the title.

Other results:

Boys’ semi-finals: Manav Mangal High School-21, bt Govt Model High School-37, by 29-22, 29-28; Guru Har Krishan School-40 bt GMHS-36 by 29-18, 29-20.

For third place: Govt Model High School-37 bt GMHS-36 by 29-15 29-17.

Girls’ semi-finals: Govt High School-32, bt St Joseph School-44, by 29-25, 29-22; Govt Model Senior Secondary School-37 bt Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School-40, by 29-17, 29-20.

For third place: Guru Har Krishan Senior Secondary School-40 bt St Joseph Senior Secondary School-44 by 29-22, 29-25.



GNPS-CCA defeat Blue Caps academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Guru Nanak Public School and Chandigarh Cricket Academy (GNPS and CCA) drubbed MCM Blue Caps Cricket Academy by 9 wickets in the final to lift the T20 Saupin’s Summer Cricket Tournament, held at MCM DAV, Sector 36, today.

Blue Caps Cricket Academy won the toss and elected to bat first. Shubham (35) and Harpreet (23) were the only scorers. Blue Caps scored 102 for 6 in 20 overs. Arpit bowled terrifically, claiming three wickets for just 20 runs.

GNPS Cricket Academy easily achieved the target of 103 in 17.3 overs at the loss of one wicket. Arjit (72 n.o.) and Arpit (26 n.o.) were the main scorers. In another match played for the third and fourth places, Shri Shri Cricket Academy trounced Bharti Vij St Soldier Cricket Academy by seven wickets to get the third place.

Bharti Vij Academy’s decision to bat first did not go well with them as none of the batsmen could make big individual score and the team got bundled out on 115 in 20 overs. For Shri Shri, Kanav Chadha and Gurdeep picked three and two wickets each.

Shri Shri academy scored through Gurdeep (32), Parakit (38) and Nipun (22) to achieve the target of 116 for 3 in 19.4 overs. Saurav and Lakhvinder picked a wicket each for the losing side. Gurdeep Singh was adjudged man of the match in the match played for the third position and Arjit Singh was awarded man of the math in the final match.



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