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Valmiki Sabha demands arrest of culprits
Tribune News Service

Sirhind/Rajpura May 25
The Punjab Pradesh Valmiki Sabha today protested against the reported killing of Sant Ramanand in Vienna and demanded immediate arrest of culprits behind the crime.

A large number of members from the sabha gathered at Tahli Wala chowk and registered their protest. They also submitted a charter of their demands to senior police officials in this connection. Markets of the city remained closed for the entire day today and only few commuters were seen on the roads.

Joginder Singh Tiger, district president of the sabha, while condemning the attacks said the government should ensure immediate arrests of the accused in the case.

Besides, train and bus services were also hit in the city. While trains services remain suspended the entire day, some buses were seen plying on few routes in the evening.

A large number of police officials were deployed at various sensitive points of the city who were seen urging the protestors to keep their protest peaceful. The protestors responded positively and assured the police officials to continue peaceful protests.

Commuters had a tough time in Sirhind as no train arrived at the Sirhind railway station and only local buses were seen plying on Morinda, Bassi Pathana, Ropar and Khamano areas.

Senior police officials at Fatehgarh Sahib said though the day went off peacefully, they had kept their fingers crossed. The officials said tomorrow would be crucial as some political parties had announced to support the agitators and might gather at different places of the district.

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Work on development projects begins
Our Correspondent

Kalka, May 25
Vijay Bansal, former state secretary of the Congress, today said the government had started work on major development projects in the area. He said the state government had initiated work on Tipra bridge, auditorium at Government Postgraduate College and renovation of Haryana Roadways sub-depot.

According to sources, the financial commissioner and principal secretary had accorded an approval amounting to Rs 223.7 lakh for its construction to the Public Works Department (PWD), Haryana.

The sources said a bridge over the Sukhna was washed away around two decades ago and authorities concerned had failed to reconstruct it.

This had forced thousands of daily commuters to go to Kalka either via Pinjore (7-km-long stretch) or Tipra village and Khatik Mohalla.

Bansal added that the state government and the education department had sanctioned Rs 235.46 crore for constructing an auditorium and a common room for girls.

Also, the PWD had sanctioned Rs 2.15 crore for constructing the information technology block.

Bansal said the renovation of the sub-depot would cost Rs 1.2 crore.

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Breast, cervix cancer check-up camp
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, May 25
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised a free breast and cervix cancer check-up camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community hall here on Saturday. The two-day camp was inaugurated by Deva Ji of Manikarn Sahib (HP), while it was presided over by trustee Prof HS Mejie.

A team of doctors led by Dr Kulwinder Kaur Sohal, Dr Sandeep Cheema and Dr Ruby Chowdhary examined the patients from 135 villages adopted by the Trust.

Prof Mejie lauded the contribution of Deva Ji for helping the cancer patients. He said the Trust had initiated a ‘Cancer roko’ project with the support of the Trust in England in the 135 villages.

He said women field officers briefed about the disease and registered them for the check up. Prof Mejie added that a mobile cancer bus equipped with a mammography machine examined 280 patients and mammography was conducted on 55 patients. 

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ABS to launch career counselling camps

Banur, May 25
Aryans Business School (ABS) has decided to launch an awareness campaign for students of North India. ABS would be organising a series of 20 career counselling camps at various places in the region.

Ten career counselling camps would be organised at college campus, Nepra village, the Chandigarh-Patiala highway near Banur and the remaining camps would be organised in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

Chairman Anshu Kataria, ABS, said such an initiative was taken keeping in mind that the students after passing class XIIth were not aware of the career opportunities available to them.

The camp would be aimed to make the students aware about various courses, colleges, streams, eligibility criteria, fee structure, job opportunity, etc. — TNS

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Farewell at Patiala college
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 25
The Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education organised a farewell on its campus here today. College principal Dr Harjit Kaur welcomed chief guest Anupinder Kaur Sandhu, chairperson of the college federation, director of the federation Arpit Garg and reader in Punjabi University Dr Rajinder Kaur Sidhu.

Dressed in traditional costumes, the students presented a dance with enthusiasm. They also participated in a cultural programme in the honour of distinguished guests.

The principal also presented an annual report highlighting the achievements of the college.

The students extended a vote of thanks to the teachers for their support.

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Power Cuts
Punjab better off than neighbours
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 25
Punjab power consumers are riding high as far as power supply by the Punjab State Electricity Board is concerned. While Haryana electricity consumers are facing over three-hour daily power cuts, those in Rajasthan have been facing cuts ranging from two to six hours.

Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh, most of its cities are facing power cuts ranging from four to 12 hours of power cuts.

However, areas falling under the jurisdiction of the PSEB are better off as compared to other states. As such, there have been no power cuts imposed on any category on consumers so far. The availability of power has been 132 LUs from state hydro units, which was 102 LUs last year.

Similarly, there has been an increase of power from 392 LUs to 493 LUs from state thermal units. BBMB’s share increased from 118 LUs on this day last year to 138 LUs this year and NRSE sources provided 12 LUs as compared to 6 LUs last year.

However, the PSEB received lesser electricity from Central sector projects, which decreased from 507 LUs last year to 460 LUs this year. Now, the PSEB is gearing itself up to provide reliable and uninterrupted power to farmers during the paddy season.

In doing so, the power board has to take routine shutdowns of transmission lines and grid sub-stations, which results in disruption of power supply in that area for few hours.

Board officials hoped that the consumers would understand the importance of providing uninterrupted power supply to farmers in paddy season and bear with shut downs for maintenance so that reliable power supply could be provided in the forthcoming paddy season.

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Bus Travel
Under-12 on half tickets to get full seat
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Toddlers travelling on half ticket in Punjab and Haryana will now get a seat all to themselves. For the purpose, necessary amendments have been carried out in the motor vehicle rules to “permit a full seat to a half ticket passenger”.

The significant development affecting travelling families was conveyed to a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court this afternoon during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Chandigarh resident Shashi Bhushan Sharma. The petitioner had drawn a parallel between the seats reserved for the VIPs and the children aged between three and 12.

As the matter came up for hearing before the Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta, counsel for the state of Haryana submitted the government had suitably amended Rule 138 (2) of the Haryana Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, so as to “permit full seat to half ticketed passenger”.

The notification’s copy was, however, not readily available. As such, the state counsel sought two days’ time for placing it on record. Agreeing to the request, the Bench also asked counsel for the state of Punjab to similarly produce a copy of the notification, vide which provisions for full seat to half ticketed passenger have been made.

The Bench also fixed May 28 as the next date of hearing in the case. In his petition against the two states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Sharma had sought directions for offering “full seat” to the children travelling on half ticket in the buses run by the departments, or the ones having licence or permits.

Sharma had contended the action of not offering a complete seat was affecting the rights of the minors. Elaborating, he had contended it was clearly written half ticket passengers were not entitled to seat, in the buses run by government, semi-government and private operators with permits. On the other hand, it was always written seats reserved for MPs, MLAs, women and physically handicapped persons.

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CBI court acquits 2 in corruption case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today acquitted general manager Jasbir Singh Bindra and sales manager DB Malhotra, Modern Food Industries India, the Industrial Area, from charges of corruption.

According to the prosecution, the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy in January 2000 and demanded a bribe of Rs 27,000 from complainant Pawan Kumar, a contractor for releasing vehicle.

The complainant was supposed to recover the money from the accused.

However, the accused took the truck of the complainant and demanded a bribe of Rs 27,000 for releasing the vehicle bearing number PB-12-C-1881. The accused took an amount of Rs 2,000 on January 18, 2000 from the complainant and was supposed to handover the remaining amount on January 19, 2000.

The accused were booked under Sections 7 and 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

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Consumer Courts
Aryan Business School penalised Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Aryan Business School to pay Rs 25,000 in compensation to Ravigeet Bedi for indulging in unfair trade practice.

A resident of SAS Nagar, Bedi stated in the petition that she was pursuing MBA from the ABS and alleged that the institute had failed to provide the facilities as promised at the time of taking the admission.

She stated that the institute didn’t have experienced faculty, while transport facility during examination was poor. Also, the laboratory was not well equipped, which forced her to seek migration to another institute. For moving to another institute, she needed a “no objection certificate” and she applied for the same in the third semester.

Taking into consideration that provision of migration was available only in third semester, she requested the institute to issue her an NOC but the ABS insisted it would be issued only after she deposits full fee for the next one year amounting to Rs 55,280. This despite the fact that the complainant had already deposited the fee for third semester.

Thereafter, she had to pay the amount to obtain the NOC, but was compelled to sign an affidavit for not claiming any dues from the ABS.

In reply, the institute denied the allegations and argued that it had charged the requisite fee of Rs 32,280 and did not charge fee for fourth semester from her since the seat availed by the complainant remained vacant.

The forum directed the ABS to refund the amount of Rs 55,280 received by them from the complainant along with paying a sum of Rs 25,000 in compensation for causing her harassment and for adopting unfair trade practice. They have also been told to pay Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.

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Body found along Madhya Marg
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
A highly decomposed semi-clad body of an unidentified man, who was apparently murdered, was found along Madhya Marg at Manimajra here this morning. The victim appeared to be a labourer and seemed to be in his 30s.

The body bore blunt injury marks on the head and other parts of the body and had been put in two sacks. The victim’s face was covered with his trousers and was tied with strings. It appeared that the killers had strangled the victim. Thereafter, they sprinkled acid on the face and the body to conceal his identity.

According to the police, circumstantial evidence suggested that the victim was murdered elsewhere before being dumped along the road. The condition of the body indicated that the death occurred about 24 hours ago, a police officer said.

The murder came to light around 9.30 am when someone spotted the body and informed the police. The police reached the spot and recovered the body from a low-lying area that was about 10 feet deep. There were marks on the earth, indicating that the killers had rolled 
down the body.

The police called forensic experts and the dog squad to pick up clues from the spot. The SSP, SS Srivastva, DSP (East) PK Dhavan, DSP (crime) KIP Singh and other police officials reached the spot.

The victim’s face was partially visible. The acid had also burned the left arm. He was wearing a “kara”. No article or document, which could help in identifying the victim, was recovered from the spot.

The police shifted the body to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital and took photographs of the body.

A senior police officer said they had sent messages to the Panchkula and Mohali police to confirm whether they had any missing person report matching the description of the victim.

A case of murder under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC has been registered in this regard. 

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Burglary in Sec-40 house
2 accused identified; landlord held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
The Chandigarh police claimed to have identified the two persons who had narrowly missed being caught while committing a theft in a house in Sector 40 last week. This time, too, the mobile phone call details proved handy for the local police, which traced the addresses of the two to Kajheri village.

The two had decamped with 80 gm of gold ornaments and Rs 20,000 in cash. They have been identified as Avtar Singh, alias Raja, and Pavitar Singh of Kajheri village. Both, in their late-20s, were living in a rented accommodation at the village.

Meanwhile, the police today arrested Jasbir Singh, the landlord of the accused, on charges of not complying with the prohibitory orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner regarding the mandatory registration and verifications of servants and tenants.

Police station-36 SHO Anokh Singh said Jasbir had rented out over 15 rooms in his building.

However, he had not registered his new tenant Avtar with the police. Avtar had come to stay on May 11 and committed the robbery on May 19 with his accomplice Pavitar.

The police found mobile phones, a motor cycle, daggers and tools used in breaking into houses from the crime scene after the accused had to flee, leaving their belongings behind, after seeing the occupant arrive.

They had to flee the house after its occupant, Tilak Raj, who had gone out with his family, returned in the wee hours of May 19.

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Marketing co fraud
2 more victims come forward
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 25
A resident of Phullian village in Narwana district has lodged a complaint with the police that he was duped of Rs 25 lakh by a marketing company located in the market of Sector 6 in the town. Now the directors of the company, after duping many of the clients, have closed down the firm and were running the similar business in the name of a new company, alleged the complainant, Rajinder Danda.

Danda, who is seeking action against the accused, told SP, Panchkula, Amitabh Dhillon that he used to sell SIM cards in his shop at the village. A representative of the company contacted him to sell the SIM cards of a particular company on which he was assured of a car against every 200 SIM cards sold.

In the process he was given two cars by the company as incentives on the SIM cards sold by him, he said. Later, when his amount of Rs 25 lakh was lying with the company the directors closed down the company following which the SIM cards issued by him were also ceased.

Even the cars given to him were taken by a finance company as the company had purchased them through a financing firm.

This was, however, not the only complaint against the accused company. Narinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sangrur, alleged that he was also duped of Rs 2,67,000 by the company in the name of investment, which would ensure him an income of Rs 15,000 every month, he alleged.

Earlier, many Panchkula residents had approached the police on Thursday alleging that they were duped by the company on the pretext of selling plots in Rajasthan for Rs 25,000 only. Dhillon, when contacted, said the police was verifying the authenticity of allegations levelled by the complainants.

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Shopkeeper drugged, robbed of car
Tribune News Service

Jaspal Singh narrating the incident at his shop in Zirkapur on Monday.
Jaspal Singh narrating the incident at his shop in Zirkapur on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, May 25
Five days after a couple was kidnapped at gunpoint by highway robbers on the Chandigarh-Ambala national highway here, a Zirakpur-based shopkeeper was drugged and robbed of his newly bought Tata Indigo car and Rs 3,500 cash on Saturday evening.

The incident came to light almost after 16 hours when the victim, Jaspal Singh, a 45-year-old resident of Gulmohar Trends, Zirakpur, gained consciousness. He had reported the matter to the police today. On the basis of the description of the thugs, the police was trying to ascertain their identity.

The robbers left the victim on his fate in an unconscious condition in a hotel room on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. After regaining consciousness the victim contacted his family members. All this while his family kept on searching for him and even went to the Zirakpur police station.

Narrating the sequence of events, Jaspal, who runs a printing press, said on Saturday evening a man in his mid-twenties approached him to give print order of a telecommunication company. The thug told Jaspal that the latter needed to meet his senior officer so that the print order could be finalised.

Unsuspecting Jaspal took the cheat in his car to get the print order. On way, the cheat told the victim that he had to meet his office friend in his rented room at Lucky Dhaba. In the ensuing moments, the victim was offered a cold drink laced with some sedative. Jaspal does not remember anything after that.

The victim further said he regained consciousness only the next morning. Jaspal approached the dhaba owner and enquired about his car and the person who had taken it on rent, but he expressed his ignorance.

Later, he was referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, from civil hospital, Dera Bassi. He was discharged from the hospital this morning.

Investigations revealed that the thug had mentioned his name as Aman Kumar, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The hotel staff did not insist on seeing the identity card after the cheat said he had been visiting the area earlier also.

The owner of Lucky Dhaba, Kuljit Singh, said the person took the room on rent and told them that he had visited the town for playing lottery. Kuljit claimed that though he always asked for the identification before giving the room on rent, trusting him “we had given the room to him”. 

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AITA Series
Tejas routs Abhit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
Five players of Chandigarh Club Tennis Academy Raahat Manrai, Aashima Garg, Shaina Dewan, Kabir Manrai and Karan Kapoor sailed through the first round by upsetting their opponents in straight sets of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament held in Chandigarh Club here today.

Raahat Manrai beat Prinkal Singh (J&K) by 4-0,4-0 while city girl Ashima Garg beat Ayenaaz Siddhu (Pb) by 4-0, 4-1. Shaina Dewan (Chd) also beat Poornima Jain (Pb) by 4-2, 4-1.

Results:

Main draws

Boys u-14 (1st round): Tejas Kapoor (Dli) bt Abhit Kumar 4-0, 4-1; Abhijit Singh (Chd) bt Kapil Ghuraiya (Hry) 4-1, 0-4, 4-3(3). Kabir Manrai (Chd) bt Arshdeep Singh (Chd) 4-2, 4-0. Abhinav Bisla (Dli) bt Shitij Chhillar (Dli) 4-1, 1-4, 4-2. Dhruv Pal (UK) bt Vikas Berwal (Hry) 4-1, 4-0. Sumit Pal Singh (J&K) bt Harshwardan Kumar (Hry) 4-2,4-2.

Bhavesh Aggerwal bt Barun Gill (Chd) 4-0,4-1.Srijan Uppal(Chd) bt Karandeep Singh 3-4 (3),4-2, 4-0. Pranav Suri (CHd) bt Santbir Singh (J&K) 4-1,4-3 (3). Karan Kapoor (Chd) bt Dhruv Punani 4-2,4-3.

Boys u-16 (1st round): Mandeep Kumar(Chd) bt Dhruv Goel (Dli), 4-2,4-2, Samin Bhargava (Chd) bt LL Shitij Chhillar (Dli) 4-1,4-1,Rakshit Rishi (Dli) bt Dhruv pal (UK) 1-4, 4-2, 4-2,Jagtar Singh (Pb) bt Abhinav Bisla (Dli) 5-3,4-2,Sumitpal Singh(J&K) bt Samarth Bhardwaj (Chd) 4-0,4-1.Amit Uttam (Dli) bt Sohil Singh Bedi (Dli) 3-4,4-1,4-2.Tejas Kapoor (Dli) bt Mayuk Rawat (UK) 4-2,4-0.

GIRLS u-16 (1st round) : Dhriti Varma (Dli) bt Shivani Manchanda (Dli) 0-4,5-3,4-1, Nandini Sharma (Chd) btYagini Kapoor (Pb) 2-4,4-0,4-1, Shaina Dewan (Chd) bt Poornima Jain (Pb) 4-2,4-1, Ashima Garg (Chd) bt Ayenaaz Siddhu (Pb) 4-0,4-1,Karishma Chandana (Chd) (W/O) Vijata Sachdewa (Dli) Raahat Manrai (Chd) bt Shriya Kali (HP) 4-2,4-0,

Girls u-14 (1st round): Aashna Aggarwal (Chd) bt Yangi Kapoor (Pb) 4-3, (6), 4-1. Saumya Saxena bt Karishma Mehata (Chd) 1-4,4-43,42. Nikita (Chd) bt Simran Kapur (Chd) 4-1, 4-2 . Vibhuti Khullar (Chd) bt Purnima Jain (Pb) 4-0. Nandani Sharma (Chd) Suvarna Singh (Chd) 4-1, 4-0.Bhavya Wadhawan (Chd) bt Tavishi Kapoor (Dli) 4-1, 4-0. 

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Thapar is golf tour board member
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 25
Gautam Thapar, president of Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), has been made a member of Asian Tour Board of Directors. Chairman and CEO of Avantha Group, Thapar has been instrumental in the growth and consolidation of the PGTI since its inception in September 2006.

Asian Tour executive-chairman Kyi Hla Han said, “Thapar will bring a wealth of knowledge, vision and expertise for the Asian Tour to continue without a mission to develop and promote professional golf at the highest level across the region.”

Thapar said he was looking forward to playing a key role on the Asian Tour, which was an official sanctioning body for professional golf in the region.

“I am honoured and delighted to accept the invitation to become the board member of the Asian Tour,” said Thapar.

“The stature of the professional game across the region and in India has risen tremendously over the past five years due to the Asian Tour. I am looking forward to contributing towards the continued growth and development of the game on the Asian Tour.”

Thapar joins Rick Siemens, Ho Lon Gee and Han as the non-playing members of the Asian Tour Board of Directors while the playing members are Lam Chih Bing, Unho Park and Zhang Lian-wei.

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Club takes golf to schools
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, May 25
To tap golf talent at grassroots level, the Chandigarh Golf Club today took a big step forward by taking golf training to schools. In its introductory junior golf training programme, the club began a free junior golf training programme at Strawberry Fields World School here today.

Almost 30 students in the age group of 9-12 years lined up to learn the basics of the game from EGTF-certified coach Ajay Gujral.

It was a new experience for the golf club team led by president Birinder Singh Gill, brain behind the introductory golf programme.

The golf club team comprising Gill, driving range chief Tony Bedi and coach Ajay Gujral had taken big mats from the club to help the trainees in executing the pitching from 40 yards.

At the end of the hour-long training, Ugam stood out bagging a prize for the day.

Gill said response from Strawberry Fields director Atul Khanna was encouraging. "If all goes well they could have a permanent golf training set up in the school," he added.

Helping out in the junior golf programme are a host of organisations. Golf Plus magazine gave copies of golf magazines and visors. Titleist and Pinnacle pooled in with a free supply of golf balls for the camp, which will continue for one month and will be held twice a week.

The Golf Club president said the club planned to take the game to more city schools. The next in line is probably St Kabir School.

Those students who wish to learn the game at a more advanced level will be welcomed by the Chandigarh Golf Club to come and learn in various junior camps conducted throughout the year on the club premises.

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Cricket qualifying round postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 25
The Punjab state inter-district cricket under-19 qualifying round 2009-2010. It was scheduled from May 24 has been postponed by two days i.e. May 26 on account of disturbed conditions in many districts of Punjab.

The matches scheduled for May 26 and May 28 have been postponed to May 28 and May 30 while the finals of zone A and zone B will be held on June 1.

The venue will remain the same. Postings of umpires and match officials will be as per the earlier schedule.

All umpires and match officials should reach their respective venue as per the changed dates. 

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