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Despite unkept promises, Tanda records 85 pc polling
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Tanda (Mohali), May 13
Though every five years, voters here cast votes, the ballot has failed to bring development at their doorsteps. Tanda is the last village on the Punjab-Haryana border. The villagers have not lost hope yet, as the polling station comprising three villages Tanda, Tandi and Kahne Ka Berha recorded over 85 per cent polling. Out of 533, 470 votes had been casted by 4 pm.

“We are told everytime before elections that causeways would be built over a rivulet, Patial Ki Rao,” panch of the village Santokh Singh said.

The successive political parties have failed to repair the 6-km stretch of the link road in north of Chandigarh, which reduces the total travelling distance from the city to Pinjore by around 10 km. Connecting the city at Naya Goan in Punjab, the road runs up to the Pinjore-Nalagarh Highway.

Another resident Hans Raj said: “During rainy season, the link with the outside world breaks completely as we have to wait for the water level to recede.”

The link roads would also mean economic prosperity for the residents of Karoran, Tanda, Tandi and Barha villages located along the road.



68 pc polling in Bassi Pathana
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 13
Members of a leading social organisation staged a protest by wearing black badges here today, as despite persuading the residents of the area to boycott polls, they came in large number to caste votes.

About 68 per cent polling was registered in the Bassi Pathana (R) Assembly constituency today.

According to information, the polling was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported in the Bassi Pathana Assembly constituency.

The workers of the Congress and the SAD(B) manned their respective polling booths in Bassi Pathana today.



Bus driver booked for accident
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 13
The police booked a bus driver in a road accident near the Barwala road on Dera Bassi-Ambala highway here today.

According to the police, the incident took place around 10 am when a Tata Safari was moving towards Ambala from Mohali. Reaching near Barwala road, the Haryana Roadways bus hit the vehicle from the back.

The police said the vehicle was owned by Jagmohan Singh Ghuman, an advocate of Mohali.

A case was registered against Bharat Singh, bus driver, and later released on bail, the police added.


Vikas Mehta, a motorcyclist was injured while his motorcycle was hit by a speeding truck near the Sadashiv complex at Dera Bassi.

The injured was admitted to the Civil Hospital where his treatment was going on.

The police reached the spot and started further investigations.

Body found

Zirakpur: A body was found near Nagla village railway track in Zirakpur late on Tuesday night.

According to the railway in charge, the deceased was in his mid-thirties and seems to be hailing from Bihar. The body has been kept at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for the next 72 hours for the identification.



Car thief nabbed
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 13
The Kalka police nabbed a car thief today. The police sources said Rohit Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested when he was trying to speed away the car.

Rohit, who had stolen a car no-CH-W-4979 from Chandigarh, was dropping passengers at the Kalka bus stand. On seeing the police, he fled.

The police chased and arrested him near Parwanoo barrier. A case of theft and reckless driving has been registered against him under Section 3792 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, Hardev Singh, a resident of Bhagwanpur village of Pinjore block has lodged a complaint in the Pinjore police station that his Enfield bullet was stolen on Tuesday, which was parked outside his house.



Accident blocks traffic on Zirakpur flyover
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 13
Traffic on the Zirakpur flyover came to a stand still for half-an-hour due to a reported accident between a truck and a car here this afternoon.

According to the police, the incident took place when the truck was over turned on the flyover while saving a car from the collision.

The truck was loaded with construction material.

The car driver was miraculously escaped and the car was partially damaged. The police said the truck was overtaking the car.

However, no case has been registered.



Students apprised of evils of tobacco
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 13
An anti-tobacco painting competition was organised at Senior Secondary Model School, Punjabi University, here today.

The programme was organised with the help of the Generation Savior Association, in which about 200 students from Patiala district participated. They were apprised of vices of using tobacco during the on-the-spot painting and poster-making competition.

Basically, the students were divided in four age groups who made posters depicting harmful effects of tobacco.

School principal SK Nirmal Goyal said meritorious students would be given certificates on anti-tobacco day on May 31.



Give priority to minors’ property cases: HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has fired another humanitarian salvo in its endeavour to protect the interest of minor children.

Justice SD Anand has asked all subordinate courts in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to take up on priority cases involving the interests of minor --- maintenance and property sale matters included. The first salvo was fired when Justice Anand asked all subordinate courts to dispose of within three months all child custody cases pending for over three months.

In the order on maintenance and property rights of the minors, Justice Anand ruled: “The judicial courts, wherever the cases of the indicated category are pending, are mandated to take up the matters on priority and ensure their disposal expeditiously.

“If there is any peculiar difficulty experienced by the judicial officer in the final disposal, the concerned presiding officer shall be under duty to intimate facts hindering the progress to the district judges, who shall pass on that information to the high court. The registrars (vigilance), Punjab and Haryana, shall be nodal officer for supervising the entire exercise.”

The Judge added the matters pertaining to the category have been pending for the past many years. Quoting an example, Justice Anand asserted there was a 1999 case pending in the court of a civil judge (senior division) in Chandigarh.

“It is to state the obvious that the system of dispensation of justice is ordained by Constitution to adjudicate upon the matters expeditiously. In view, however, of the large pendency of various priority categories, the only option available to the courts is to prioritise the matters for disposal.

“That the dockets in the courts are heavy is beyond the pale of controversy. At the same time, priority areas have to be identified and non-priority matters have to be compulsively relegated for disposal to a little later period. There lies the success of the personnel manning the constitutionally mandated judicial system”.

The directions came on a petition filed under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act. Taking up the issue, Justice Anand had categorically stated even at the initial stage: The long pendency of a case of such like category is not appropriate. In fact, there are a number of other categories of the like cases, which require noticeable priority. These cases shall include the matters wherein there is application for the permission of the court to sell certain immovable property in the name of the minor”.



Consumer Courts
Bajaj Finance told to pay Rs 1,850
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the managing director of Bajaj Auto Finance Limited to pay back an amount of Rs 1,850 at an interest of 8 per cent per annum to a resident of Mani Majra for repudiating claim.

The complainant, Surjit Singh, 32, stated in the petition that in January 2008, the representative of the company approached him and told him that if he got a personal loan of Rs 15,000 financed, he would have to pay an equated monthly installment (EMI) of around Rs 925 and would be relieved in around 22 months.

As the complainant was in desperate need of money he fell a prey and signed a few blank papers and provided two cheques amounting to Rs 11,000 each as a security to the representative of the company and he was cleared a loan of Rs 15,000 with the EMI of Rs 925.

However, he was handed over a cheque of Rs 14,000 only and was told that Rs 1,000 was deducted as a processing fee. He visited the office of the company and informed that he did not want to avail the loan and returned the cheque of Rs 14,000 but the company illegally charged Rs 600 on the account of cancellation though the same was yet to be availed by him.

In spite of the cancellation of the personal loan, the company through the ECS clearing on June 11, 2008 and July 10, 2008 debited the account of the complainant and when the matter was brought to their notice the amount of Rs 1,850 was credited back.

Again in August 2008 and on October 10, 2008, the account of the complainant was debited with Rs 925.

In its reply the insurance company stated that when the complainant approached for the loan of Rs 15,000 he was informed that he has to pay Rs 1,000 as the processing fee and as he agreed for deduction of the same from the loan amount.



Forum gaining faith
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Whether it is a case of overcharging of Rs 20 or getting a product lesser in quantity contrary to the mentioned weight, consumers yesterday were fighting for their rights.

A case in which owner of Bansal Sanitary and Hardware Store charged Rs 23 extra on a product, a resident of Mani Majra, Naveen Vig, had filed a case against him at the consumer courts. The Consumer Forum had thus imposed a penalty of Rs 2,500 on the shop owner.

Naveen had purchased a lock-Alfa six level dead lock worth Rs 168, whereas, the retail price mentioned on the product was Rs 145. Though Naveen brought the matter to the notice of the shop owner, he was not compensated for it.

In another case, the consumer courts had given relief to the complainant, wherein the quantity of milk in the packets was less than the actual weight mentioned on them.

While in another case, complainant Armaan Deep Singh had agreed to use credit card of the bank while filling petrol.

He got the details of the credit card in May, 2007, wherein he found a payment reference, dated June 25, 2007, through which Rs 30,000 had been transferred from the complainant’s credit card account to a HSBC credit card, whose holder was not known to him.

The bank stated that the mistake was made due to a typographical error and the defaulter was asked to give the compensation.

The former president of the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission said: “The consumers are filing cases for their rights definitely. It is not about money anymore or getting a defective piece replaced. It is more about fighting for rights.”



59-yr-old dies at lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A 59-year-old man died after suffering a fall following a heart attack near his car parked at Sukhna Lake, here today.

Ram Chand, a resident of Solan, car driver of NK Badami, a Sector 18 resident, was shifted to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctor declared him brought dead.

No foul play is suspected behind the death. Proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, have been initiated by the in charge of the lake police post.

Minor held

The police arrested a minor hailing from Sector 25 after he was caught red-handed while snatching a mobile phone, yesterday afternoon.

Kesar Singh, a resident of Mohali, caught him and lodged a complained with the police. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the Indian Panel Code has been registered at the police station-11 and the accused has been sent to juvenile home.

Three held

The local police arrested Sonu, Ramesh Chander and Ashwani Kumar, all residents of Ambala city, for illegally entering and occupying a house in Sector 11.

Joginder Kaur of Jammu complained to the police that the three had illegally occupied her house while she was living in Jammu.

A case under Sections 448, 454, 511 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-11.

Ganja seized

The local police arrested Sahney, and Raju, both residents of Bihar, for possessing 8 kg ganja at Raipur Kanan naka last night. A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Cops hurt

A head constable was injured when a speeding HRTC bus (HP 67 1319) hit the scooter he was riding near the road separating Sectors 45-46 late last night.

The victim, Surjit Singh, a resident of Sector 46 D, was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-31.

The driver of the bus, Joginder Singh, a resident of Hamirpur (HP), was arrested and later bailed out.

In another accident, constable Ram Phal received injuries when a scooterist (CH 03 M 2673) hit him at a police roadblock near the road separating Sectors 55 and 56 yesterday afternoon.

The constable was admitted to the Government Multi-Speciality hospital, Sector 16.

The accused, Jagdev Singh, a resident of Mohali, was arrested and a case under Sections 279, 332 and 353 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-39.



Jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Gold ornaments worth over Rs two lakh were stolen from a car, during a wedding in Sector 23, here today.

According to the police, Anil Sharma, a Delhi resident, reported in his complaint that a briefcase containing around 15 tolas of gold ornaments, a passport, a bank passbook and other documents were stolen from his Santro car, which was parked outside his relative’s house.

Kishan, investigating officer (IO) of the case, said, exact loss couldn’t be certained. “They had kept the valuables in two cars and both of them were open. When they came back, the briefcase carrying valuables was missing. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered,” said the IO.



North Park Brawl
Main accused held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Germanjit Singh, the main accused in the shooting at North Park Hotel last year, has been arrested by the police yesterday.

The accused was produced in the local court from where he was remanded for two days. After arresting him from the Industrial Area, Phase II, the police at the court pleaded that a sword and two cars used in the incident were to be recovered from him.

According to sources, cops spotted him while campaigning for a candidate at the Anandpur Sahib constituency. He was under a surveillance of the police for the last more than one week and was finally nabbed by the police.

It was last year when in a firing incident a Mohali youth was seriously injured in a party brawl at North Park Hotel. The injured had been identified as Harkirat Singh.

The assailants had attacked him with sharp-edged weapons injuring him seriously before firing at him.

Later seven accused, including event organisers and bouncers, were arrested for attempt to murder, rioting and abetment by the police.



Clash at Swami Devi Dyal Institute
Accused may surrender today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
After the Panchkula court denied anticipatory bail to Sandip Sharma, one of the accused in a group clash at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, he is expected to surrender at local court tomorrow.

Panckula Superintendent of Police Amitabh Dhillon said the police was on a look out for the accused, who along with his family members was missing, since the incident when five students were injured in a clash where fire arms and swords were freely used on the premises of the institute on April 22.

Following the incident, the police arrested accused Arun Kaushik, Gagandeep Singh and Praveen Rana, pursuing MBA at the institute.

The police opposing the anticipatory bail applied by the accused contended that Sandeep was the main accused.

Amit Gollen, one of the injured, was referred to the GMCH, Chandigarh. The other injured identified as Amit Kadyan, a student of mechanical engineering, was admitted to the hospital in the institute.



One booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 13
The local police today booked an unidentified person for raping a minor on the complaint of a Naya Gaon resident, Bhajan Singh.

Bhajan Lal told the police that his daughter was studying in Class III at a public school in Naya Gaon. Bhajan alleged that on May 11, his daughter came back home from the school but was not feeling well. She said an unidentified man forcibly took her in a vacant plot and raped her. When she cried for help, the accused fled the scene.

A case has been registered.



Sarthak guides APJ home
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Man of the match Sarthak (96 runs and 3/26) gave a magnificent all-round performance to help APJ Kharar post a win over hosts Satluj Cricket Academy by 22 runs in the final of the Satluj Summer Cup (U-15) Cricket Championship, here today.

Batting first, APJ scored 189/6 in 30 overs. Sarthak (96) led the team from front and was the mainstay of APJ’s innings. He played shots at his will and Satluj’s bowlers couldn’t make any impact. The lone-half centurion of the team got a fine support from other end by Shivam Bhambri (30) who also kept the scorers busy.

For Satluj, Karanveer Singh (2/26) and Vishvas Khatak (2/29) were the successful bowlers. Though they bowled economical spells but with the lack of other bowlers support they couldn’t put much pressure on their rivals.

Replying to the target of 168, Satluj scored through Abhishek (50) and Vishvas Khatak (22) rest all batsmen failed to score respectable individual score.

On the other hand, APJ’s bowlers complemented the performance of their batsmen. Sarthak gave a jolt to his rivals in the bowling department as well. He claimed three wickets giving just 24 runs. Shivam also bowled an economical spell of 3/26.


Best bowler-Harpreet Singh (Satluj)

Best wicket keeper-Harsaroop Singh (Satluj)

Best all rounder-Vishvas Khatak (Satluj)

Best upcoming player-Gagandeep Sngh (Satluj).



4 city boys tied 13th in DDA Open
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 13
Four city golfers Ajeetesh Sandhu, Harendra P Gupta, Randhir Singh Ghotra and AS Lehal fired an identical two under par 68 to be tied 13th on the opening day of the Rs 20 lakh DDA Open Golf Championship at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi today.

Leading the pack after the first round was Amardip Singh Malik from Meerut, who shot a bogey-free eight under 62 with Vijay Kumar a close second at 64.

Ajeetesh sank birdies on the fourth and eighth with a bogey on the seventh to be one under 34 at the turn.

Harendra Gupta conceded a hat-trick of bogeys on the sixth, seventh and eighth in an even par 35 front nine.Two birdies in a bogey-free back nine gave him a card of two under 68.

Randhir Singh Ghotra and AS Lehal also came back with back nine scores to finish at two under 68.

Seasoned Harmeet Kahlon who finished second in the Aamby Valley PGTI event last week, could muster an even par 70 card to be tied 33rd along with golfer Roop Singh.

Ranjit Singh and KPS Sekhon are tied 44th at one over 71.

Delhi golfers Ashok Kumar and Manav Jaini are tied third with matching scores of five under 65.

Delhi’s Balbir Singh Verma and Kunal Bhasin of Australia shared fifth place at four under 66.



Under-16 cricket trials today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Trails to select Chandigarh Under-16 cricket team (boys) for Haryana Inter-District Tournament is being held at Government Model School, Sector 19, on May 14 at 2:30 pm. The tournament is being organised by Chandigarh Cricket Association (affiliated with Haryana Cricket Association).

According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary of the Chandigarh Cricket Association, boys born on or after September 1, 1993, are eligible for the trials. They must bring their original birth certificate and come in white kit and shoes.

Selected team will play in the tournament. Chandigarh will play first match on May 20.



Cricket probables selected

Chandigarh, May 13
The Chandigarh Cricket Academy affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Academy has announced its under-19 probables, which will participate in the inter-district cricket tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association in June.

According to secretary S Mohinder Singh, the selected players will have to report to coach Jaswant Rai at Guru Nank Public School, Sector 36, tomorrow. — TNS



Cricket trials on May 16
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
The Cricket Federation of Haryana will conduct under-13 cricket trials on May 16 at 3.30 pm at St Soldier Divine Public School in Sector 16.

During the trials probables will be selected for the forthcoming first All-India Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda Day-night Sawan Land Cup to be held in Panchkula and Chandigarh from May 28 to 31.

The tournament is being organised by the Cricket Federation of Chandigarh under the aegis of Cricket Federation of India and Chandigarh Olympic Association.

Players born on or after January 1, 1996 are eligible to take part in the trials.

From these trials the probables will be selected for the camp. The final team will be selected on the basis of the players’ performance in the camp.



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