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Councillor’s husband succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 15
Ranbir Arya, husband of Shakuntla Arya, municipal councillor from ward No 15, succumbed to injuries here today. He was admitted to PGI on Friday after being seriously injured in a road accident at Kiodok village near Kaithal.

The deceased was working as an assistant in Chief Minister’s branch at Haryana Secretariat in Chandigarh. He is survived by his wife and two children.

His cremation ceremony was done at Mani Majra cremation ground. Zirakpur Municipal Corporation president NK Sharma along with his councillors and executive officer Sukhjinder Sindh Sandhu attended the cremation ceremony.

NK Sharma expressed concern with the members of the bereaved family. “Ranbir Arya was one of the strongest pillars of Sharma group”, he added.

On June 12, Ranbir Arya was on his way to Hisar to attend a cremation ceremony along with his friends when the driver of the car lost control over the vehicle that rammed into the tree near Kiodok village.

Satayavan, a resident of Saini Vihar Phase-2, Baltana, died on the spot, while the driver along with Ranbir Arya were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh.



Motorcyclist killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 15
A 35-year-old motorcyclist died while his pillion rider was seriously injured in a road accident that took place on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Lalru yesterday.

According to the police, the deceased was identified as Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Ambala, and was working in the State Bank of Patiala at Lalru. The incident took place around 9.45 am, when he was moving towards the bank on his motorcycle with his friend, Kamaldeep Mehta, also a resident of Ambala, where the motorcycle was hit from rear by a rashly driven Scorpio, due to which they lost control and fell down on the road.

The police said both sustained major injuries and immediately rushed to the Dera Bassi civil hospital, where the doctors declared Ashwani Kumar brought dead, while Kamaldeep was seriously injured and doctors referred him to the GMCH-32, where his condition was said to be critical.

A case has been registered against the driver of Scorpio.



Trees, saplings burnt in fire
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, June 15
A large number of trees and saplings planted on at the roadside of the Sirhind-Patiala road were damaged in a fire that broke out around 10 am yesterday.

The commuters had a tough time while driving their vehicles as traffic chaos and extreme heat prevailed on the road till afternoon. Some passersby informed the district administration and the forest department about the fire in the afternoon and only then some fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Fire was doused after much effort by the fire department in the afternoon. 



Two booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 15
The local police today booked two persons in a case of fraud on the complaint of Varinder Goel, a resident of Lakshami enclave, Dhakoli. The accused were identified as Madan Singh and Bhupinder Singh, both residents of Kishanpura Chhat village in Zirakpur.

According to the police, the complainant alleged that he had done a deal of 16-bigha land in Kishanpura Chhat with Madan Singh and Bhupinder Singh. The deal was settled and Rs 10 lakh were given to the accused as token money.

Later, the complainant came to know that the deal of that particular land was already done with Madan Lal and Gian Singh, both residents of Chhat village, and the accused also took Rs 10 lakh as token money. The complainant alleged to the police that the suspects were not giving his money back and while asking for money, they were not responding, the police added. A case has been registered.



7 hurt as trucks collide
Our Correspondent

Ambala, June 15
As many as seven persons were injured on the GT road, near here, last late evening when the truck in which they were travelling collided with another truck.

The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital. Later, four of the injured — Kalu, Amarjeet, Johnson and Sonu — were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

According to information, the truck was coming from Rajpura. While crossing the city, another truck coming from the same direction rammed into it.

The police has registered a case in this regard.



Man caught stealing girders
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, June 15
The police claimed to have caught a thief red-handed while stealing iron girders and machinery parts from a locked factory and recovered iron goods stole earlier.

According to information, Bhupinder Singh, a resident, complained to the police that a person daily stole iron items from a locked factory and this process had been going on since long. The police laid a trap to nab the thief. The police said this morning a person entered the factory, which had been locked since long and tried to take away iron girders and other machinery parts. As he loaded all these items, he was arrested.

The police recovered the goods and during interrogation, he revealed that he had been stealing the iron goods since long. He has been identified as Gulzar Singh of Katehra mohalla, Bassi Pathana.



Ambala beauty expert in Limca Book
Our Correspondent

Parvesh Handa
Parvesh Handa

Ambala, June 15
Parvesh Handa, a cosmetologist and author of several books on beauty, has entered the Limca Book of Records.

Vijaya Ghosh, editor of Limca Book of Records, has sent a certificate to Parvesh declaring that her name has been added in the Limca Book for publishing 17 books on beauty between 2006 and 2008.

Parvesh, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, runs her own cosmetic manufacturing unit.

At least 17 books written by her on topics related to women have been released in the past three years.

Her first book on beauty culture was published in 1982 and had its 30th edition in the market. Her books on herbal beauty, body, health, yoga and naturopathy are also available in the market.



‘Own rank and pay’ to cops
High court directive to Haryana DGP
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Haryana Director-General of Police (DGP) to consider the desirability of granting “own rank and pay” (ORP) to assistant sub-inspectors and sub-inspectors facing reversion, during the pendency of the writ petition. Directions have also been issued not to revert them below the rank of head constable.

The directions by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Augustine George Masih followed an appeal by sub-inspector Roshan Lal and others against order dated May 29 passed by a Single Judge. In it, the interim stay against their reversion had been vacated.

The Bench observed: “What emerges from the record is that the appellants were recruited as constables in 1988 and were thereafter promoted as head constables in the Commando Police Force on ad hoc basis in 1993 for six months. The period was extendable for another six months. “In the meantime, some of them were further promoted to the ranks of assistant sub-inspector and sub-inspectors”.

The Bench took note of the fact that some of the respondents, agitating against their promotions and had also filed petitions, while the state police chief reconsidered the matter and vide order dated May 15 decided to revert the “appellants and some others”.

Aggrieved, the appellants approached the court. Initially, their reversions were stayed on May 25, but the order was modified.

The Bench added: “The ends of justice would be adequately met by directing the official respondents not to revert the appellants below the rank of head constable.”

“We, accordingly, direct that during the pendency of the appellants’ writ petition, none of them be reverted below the rank of head constables. … Counsel for the appellants contends till their writ petition is decided, the appellants may be allowed to retain their rank of ASI/SI though in the pay scale of head constable only.”

“We are of the view that no direction to grant any ORP can be issued to the official respondents. However, we leave it open to the DGP to consider the desirability of granting ORP to the appellants during the pendency of the writ petition, subject to the policy decision, if any, in vogue,” the Bench observed.



Appointment of information commissioners
City lawyer moves Supreme Court
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
City-based lawyer HC Arora has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court objecting to appointment of former bureaucrats to various state information commissions in the country.

Twentyfour state information commissions out of total 26 and the Central Information Commission are being headed by ex-IAS officers.

Arora has stated in the PIL that the Centre and state governments are misusing their powers and appointing ex-IAS officers as chief central/state information commissioners. “Except Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, in all the remaining 24 state information commissions, ex-IAS officers have been appointed chief state information commissioners,” he said.

Arora has stated in the PIL that under Sections 12 and 15 of the RTI Act, 2005, information commissioners and chief information commissioners may be selected from amongst persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.

“Instead of providing a sort of judicial mix of different talents, the attempt of the state governments so far has been to adjust ex-IAS officers in the information commissions at a large-scale, while retired Judges and eminent lawyers are being ignored,” he said.

Arora has petitioned to the apex court to lay down guidelines or direct the Union of India, to frame rules so that not more than one ex-IAS officer is appointed as information commissioner in any of the commissions. Arora has also prayed that only retired judges or eminent persons from the field of law should be appointed as CICs.

He has also prayed that sufficient number of such persons eminent in the field of law should be appointed in information commissions so that Division Benches or Full Benches of these commissions, when constituted, may have the benefit of guidance of such persons in formulating and deciding the questions of law.



Undertrial escapes from police custody
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 15
An undertrial today escaped from police custody while he was being escorted back to Hisar jail after being produced in a Panchkula court. According to the local police, Surinder was facing murder charges at Hisar and was brought to the Panchkula court in connection with an ongoing trial on June 13.

The accused is reportedly involved in several cases under Sections 391, 397, 302 and 389 of the IPC, said police.

The place of his escape could not be verified. The police has registered a case against three policemen — ASI Harvinder, constable Amreek and Madan Lal — who were escorting the undertrial. A manhunt has been launched.

This is the second case in the past 15 days wherein an undertrial has escaped from the police custody.

Sanjay Kumar had escaped from the ISBT, Sector-43, Chandigarh, on May 26 while he was being escorted to Mandi after a court hearing in Delhi.

The accused managed to escape after allegedly drugging three head constables of the Himachal police.



Man held with pistol at HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The Chandigarh Police arrested a resident of Jind with a .32 bore pistol along with eight live cartridges from the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today.

According to the Chandigarh Police, the accused, Jasbir Singh, was caught during frisking.

During inspection, it was found that the weapon, Hough, was a licensed one but the accuse, Jasbir Singh, had no permission to carry it in the city.

The accused, Jasbir Singh, is a security guard by profession.

A case under the provisions of the Arms Act has been registered against him. The accused will be produced before a local court tomorrow.



2 ‘BSNL’ workers charged with stealing Rs 8,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
AD Tewari (70), a resident of Sector 38-West, accused that two BSNL employees have stolen Rs 8,000 from his residence here on Friday. The BSNL employees had reportedly come to AD Tewari’s residence for repair following a complaint.

To make the matter worse, the police inaction has further aggravated Tewari’s misery. “Despite the fact that I had named and identified the accused, the Chandigarh police had failed to arrest any of the accused and had failed to recover the amount stolen from my residence,” rued Tewari.

AD Tewari, who retired from PGI, Chandigarh, alleged that two persons, identified as Parshant and Pavitar Singh, working with BSNL came to his bedroom where the broadband was installed. Pavitar was fixing the problem while another employee, Prashant, was sitting next to him.

AD Tewari said Rs 8,000 was lying on a chest of drawers besides his bed at his residence. “I inquired about the senior officer who was accompanying them when they visited his house, they replied that SDO was accompanying them and standing outside his house in Sector 38-west.. I told them that I would call him in and went out to call the SDO. The theft came to light when my son came and asked about the money that was lying besides his bed,” alleged AD Tewari.

AD Tewari furtheradded that he contacted the SDO who told Pavitar was a contractual employee while Prashant was a trainee with the BSNL.

Inspector Janak Rana, SHO of Sector-39 police station, Chandigarh, said the SDO did not have the address of the suspects, as they were not regular employees of the BSNL.



Villager held for molesting minor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The police today arrested Ram Singh of Kishangarh village, in his forties, on the charges of molesting a five-year-old girl.

According to the police, the accused had lured the girl on the pretext of buying her some candies and took her to a secluded place in the village.

When he was about to exploit the victim, she raised an alarm. Suspecting trouble, the accused let the girl go. She reached home and informed her mother about the incident.

The matter was reported to the police.

The police arrested the accused and it was learnt that the villagers had also thrashed him before he was handed over to the police.

A case of molestation and criminal intimidation was registered in this regard.



  Man stabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Basant Jhah, a resident of Pandit Colony, Kajheri, was stabbed by an unidentified group following an old feud here last night near his residence.

He got injured and was admitted to the PGI. According to the police, the incident happened around 9.32 pm when the victim was on his way back home and the group attacked him.

The police said Prem Chand Jha was rounded up in this connection.

The victim told the police that he was not aware of the name of the persons who attacked him but he could identify them. 



Junior golf meet from today
Donald Banerjee

Panchkula, June 15
Fifteen-year-old Ashbeer Singh Saini will be gunning for his second straight title on the Lalit Suri Junior Golf Tour when the cream of India's junior golfers converge on the picturesque par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club for the four-day Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Golf Championship opening tomorrow.

Recording a two-stroke win over Bangalore's Chikkarangappa in the Southern India Junior Golf Championship played in Coimbatore a fortnight back, the Kapurthala lad is all set to repeat his performance on home turf.

But Chikka is determined to reverse the tables. He said, "Since Ashbeer has won the Southern India title, I hope I can reverse the tables by winning the Northern India title.”

Last year, the Northern India was played at the Army Golf Club in Delhi and was won by Rashid Khan with Chikkarangappa finishing second, three behind the winner.

Subhankar Sharma from Patiala is also capable of giving a tough fight in category B. The Patiala lad gave a scare to Vashisht Pawar tying with the leader at the end of play. Vashisht finally emerged winner in the playoff in the Southern India.

Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh is also all set to lap up his second title in the under-10 category. The city youngster emerged winner in the Southern India Junior Championship and followed it up by clinching the under-11 title in the Albatross Junior Golf Championship at Panchkula yesterday.

The players will once again be divided into four categories. The under-18 players will take part in category A, the under-15 players in category B, category C will be made up of under-12 and the category D will comprise under-10 players.

The tournament will be played on a stroke play format over 72 holes for the players in category A, B and C while the category D players will compete for three days over 54 holes.

The Lalit Suri Northern India Junior Golf Championship is one of the premier events on the tour. This is the second year in a row that the Professional Golfers’ Association of India (PGAI) is assisting the IGU in the conduct of the tour.

The Lalit Suri Foundation continues to extend its support to the junior tour as the title sponsors in an attempt to give junior golf a big boost in India and give the budding talent a platform to perform and hone their skills.

The Panchkula Golf Club greens are playing well and Brigadier Punia, general manager of club, is hopeful of some exciting golf in the next four days.



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