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Assault Case
Revenue officials go on mass leave
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 29
The revenue officials of Kharar, including seven kanungos and 70 patwaris, went on mass leave today.

These officials are protesting against inaction in a case wherein a kanungo and two patwaris were attacked in Muddo Sangatiyan village under Majri block early this month.

Acting on the orders of the government, kanungo Narinder Kumar, patwari Swarn Singh and his colleague had gone for demarcation of a piece of land under controversy. They were allegedly manhandled by a section of villagers. Their mobile phones and government records were also allegedly snatched away.

The kanungos and patwaris went on mass leave today demanding registration of a criminal case against the villagers.

While revenue officials complained the tehsildar about the incidence, the villagers approached the police with a complaint. The tehsildar had forwarded the complaint to SDM, Kharar, RK Gupta who said the nature of complaint was criminal.

“I have written to the DSP, Kharar, apprising him of the issue. We have been told that the police is taking utmost precaution in registering a case. Also legal opinion is being sought,” Gupta said.

These revenue officials sat on dharna from May 22 till today. They decided to go on mass leave till a stringent action was taken against villagers.



3-month-old child killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 29
A three-month-old child died in an accident near the Majat police post on Thursday evening.

Gulshan Kumar, a resident of Sector 70, Mohali, along with his wife Rajni and a three-month-old son was coming back from his native at Fatehbad, Haryana.

The family was moving in its car and around 5:45 pm, when they reached near the Majat police post, Gulshan suddenly fell asleep and lost control over the vehicle. The car moved on to the wrong side of road and rammed into the boundary wall of the Majat police post.

The police officials on duty immediately took Gulshan and his family to Guru Harkrishan Hospital, Sohana, where the three-month-old Jaivan was declared brought dead. Gulshan and his wife sustained minor injuries.

The family did not give nod for the autopsy of the infant following which SDM Kharar granted permission to hand over the child’s body to the parents without conducting autopsy.



Married woman hacked to death
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 29
A married woman, Rukmesh (26), a resident of Pooja Vihar, Ambala Cantonment, was hacked to death by unidentified youths this morning.

Rukmesh was married to Baldev, a resident of Haloli village, near here, a few years ago.

According to sources, she had been living with her parents for the past five years.

Victim’s father Sheesh Pal, said three motor cycle-borne youths had come to their residence this morning.

His wife Lajwanti and his daughter were present in the house at that time. The youths enquired about his son who drives an auto-rickshaw.

The youths told Lajwanti that her son had taken a loan for purchasing the auto-rickshaw and some documents were needed to be signed.

Lajwanti said she was not aware of it and they could contact her husband in this regard.

One of the youths asked her to accompany him to the shop of her husband to which Lajwanti agreed.

The youths dropped her on the way and fled. When Lajwanti reached home, she found Rukmesh lying in a pool of blood. The police has registered a case.



PSEB inks pact with pvt firm
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 29
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has signed an agreement with M/s Azure Power Punjab, Amritsar, for generation of 2 MW power here. The agreement was signed by member (generation) Gurtej Singh. Sources said the board had signed the agreement for the first time with a company dealing in photovoltaic power based on solar energy. This project would be established at Awan village that falls under Ajnala tehsil in Amritsar district.

The project was earlier given to Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) on April 4, last year, but the board inked a formal agreement with the private firm later.

This project would cost about Rs 40 crore while it would provide electricity by March 25, 2010. However, sources of Azure Power Punjab said it would complete the project by November this year.



27 booked for trespass
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 29
The police booked 27 persons for trespassing on the plot of a Panchkula resident. Two accused have been identified as Gurjant Singh and Rajesh Bittu among others. The accused were still absconding, the police said.

According to the police, Bhagwati Devi, a resident of Panchkula, owns a plot at Gulabgarh where construction work was going on. She alleged that the accused had arrived with a group of people recently and allegedly tried to take possession of the plot.

The accused also allegedly assaulted her children and threatened them of dire consequences. The police has registered a case.



Pending salaries: Ex-servicemen take to streets
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 29
A number of ex-servicemen today protested against the lackadaisical attitude of the government telephone exchange for not providing their salaries for the past three months.

The president of the District Ex-Servicemen Association, Mukand Singh, said nearly 70 ex-servicemen were deployed on a contract basis in various telephone exchanges, who had not been given salaries for the past three months.

The ex-servicemen threatened to intensify the agitation if their salaries were not given in the coming few days.



Rugby: Rajasthan thrash Andhra Pradesh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 29
The fifth Senior National Touch Rugby Championship (men and women) got under way at the NIS hockey grounds here yesterday.

The impact of the Vienna backlash was clearly visible as only 13 men and eight women teams out of the 24 states that had earlier sent in their entries showed up for the championship.

PWD minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa was the chief guest. Punjab Touch Rugby Association president Harjit Singh Sohi welcomed the chief guest. He also thanked Baba Kapoor Singh Sunherawale for sponsoring food of players.

The championship began with a march past, followed by oath-taking ceremony.

The teams taking part in the championship are: Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, India Public Schools, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Bharat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, PEPSU and Punjab.

Results (men category): Uttarakhand b Madhya Pradesh 6-2; Rajasthan b Andhra Pradesh 8-0; Chhattisgarh b Madhya Bharat 6-1; Delhi b Chandigarh 8-2. In two matches, Jammu & Kashmir tied scores with Himachal Pradesh (2-2), whereas Madhya Pradesh tied scores with Punjab (3-3).

Women: Delhi b Himachal Pradesh, Haryana b PEPSU 3-1. In the third match, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh were tied 3-3.



Gangrape case: Verdict on June 1
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
Following the conclusion of arguments from both the parties, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula, Sanjeev Jindal has reserved the verdict on infamous Panchkula gangrape case for June 1 here today.

Deputy district attorney NK Goel said after the statements of both the accused, Aman Ahuja and Jitesh, were recorded under Section 313 of the CrPC on May 27, on the next two days the arguments from both the parties were heard by the judge and the case was adjourned for June 1 for order.

It was early this month when Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Panchkula court to complete trial in the case within a month.

The incident dates back to September 16 when a student of Class XII from a local school alleged that she was allegedly raped and tortured by five persons. She named Jatin and Chhavi in her complaint, stating that three other boys were also involved. Later, the police arrested Aman Ahuja, a resident of Sector 10, in the case on September 20, followed by the arrest of Jitesh, another accused, a resident of Sector 4. While the petition for bail filed by Jitesh was denied, Ahuja managed to get bail on November 1.

However, the two main accused, Chhavi and Jatin, were still untraceable.

After Ahuja was granted bail and the review applications filed by the victim’s family in this regard with the Panchkula court were dismissed, Gita Nayyar, mother of the victim, moved the application to the high court.



Man gets 3-year jail for abduction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
In another speedy trial, Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg sentenced Rinku to three-year imprisonment for abducting a girl.

Within six months of registration of the FIR, the court today convicted Rinku, a resident of Mani Majra.

The police had registered a case of rape against the accused. However, the victim turned hostile.

According to the prosecution, the victim had gone with Rinku, a carpenter, to Kaithal and returned after 15 days.

The case was registered on November 1, 2008.

The case was committed to Sessions Court on March 18, 2009. The trial was concluded within next two hearings on April 27 and May 25 and orders were pronounced today.

The state was represented by public prosecutor Manu Kakkar.



Girl student abducted, Nepalese booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The police has booked a Nepalese for allegedly abducting a 16-year-old student of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 20.

In his complaint to the police, grandfather of the girl Krora Singh alleged that Sher Bahadur, a native of Nepal, who was temporarily residing at Sector 43, abducted her on May 25. He said her granddaughter had gone to school on May 25 but did not return.

According to the police, the girl was living with her grandfather. Investigating officer Sucha Singh said the accused had appeared for Class XII exams from Punjab School Education Board this year. The accused is also missing from the same day, he added.

The police has registered a case under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 19 police station.



AITA Series
Samin, Aashima reign supreme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Mandeep Kumar and Aviraj Kamboj defeated Ajay Singh Thakur and Uday Singh Mann 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the boys’ doubles to win the title in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament that concluded in Chandigarh Club today.

Trainee of Chandigarh Club Tennis Academy Aashima Garg also tasted her first title win by beating Dhriti Varma (Delhi) 7-5, 6-1 in the girls’ under-16 singles.

In the girls’ u-14 singles final, top seed Hasan Abdaal Dhanoa (Punjab) defeated third seed Charvi Saxena (Chd) to win the title. While in the boys’ u-16 singles final, Samin Bhargava (Chd) got the better of Bhavtaran Singh (Chd) 6-4,6-4. Sean Yip (Chd) surprised top seed Tejas Kapoor (Chd) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 in the boys’ u-14 singles final.



St Stephen’s Trophy
MCA Academy snatch title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
MCA Academy snatched a last-ball one-wicket victory over DP Azad Academy in the final of the four-team Under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for St Stephen’s Trophy at the PCA Ground in Mohali today.

Some sloppy fielding by Azad Academy players on the last ball cost them dearly after the teams were tied at 180.

Gurpartap Singh who remained not out on 23 hit the winning stroke by taking one run on the last ball of the tournament. Mehrazpreet kept him company with unbeaten 2.

MCA Academy overhauled the target losing nine wickets in the stipulated 40 overs.

Harpreet Singh and Jagteshwar were their main scorers.

Harpreet Singh’s 34-ball 54 contained 11 fours. Jatgeshwar’s 47 was studded with seven boundaries.

Munish Srivastav and Gurpartap Singh contributed 25 and 23, respectively.

Azad Academy skipper Rishu Chopra was the most successful bowler bagging 4 for 28.

Earlier, DP Azad Academy won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 180 before being dismissed in 39.2 overs.



Reena’s heroics lift Heroes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Reena of Chandigarh Heroes rained 10 goals to take their team to an 13-11 over Chandigarh Stars in the 7th Olympian Dharam Singh Hockey Tournament held at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, here today.

For the winning team, besides Reena’s 10 goals, Blocher scored three goals.

In another match, Chandigarh Royals beat Chandigarh Kings 8-4.



Smooth sailing for seeds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
All seeded players had a smooth sailing in the first Gulati Edition Cup Badminton Tournament organised by the Badminton Players Welfare Club at the Badminton Hall, Sector 42, here today.

Ashish Sharma and Sudhir Anand prevailed over spirited Rajeev Mahajan and Narinder 17-21, 21-16, 21-19 in the quarterfinal of the masters and seniors match.

Rajinder and Rajeev got the better of Surinderjit and Ajay 21-19, 21-13 on way to masters +35 doubles quarterfinal.

Results: Masters+35 doubles: first round: Mohan Lal and Sanjay Judge b Depinder and Pankaj 21-15, 21-16; Gurpreet and Pankaj Mittal b DP Vohra and Pushpinder 21-14, 21-15; Rastogi and Munich b Gurjant and Manish Gupta 26-24, 21-17.

Second round: Sukhdev and Vijay b Ratan Chand and Rijaz 21-12, 21-9; Parvesh and Raman b Mohan Lal and Sanjay 22-20, 21-11; Amit and Luv Kumar b Dilpreet and Mahal Chand 21-7, 21-13; Ajay Bharti and Sanjay Dhingra b Rastogi and Munish 21-19, 19-21, 21-13; Rajinder and Rajeev bt Surinderjit and Ajay 21-19, 21-13.



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