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Campaign for Banur bypoll gathers steam
Tribune News Service

Notice to CM

The Election Commission has asked the returning officer, Dera Bassi, to serve notice on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for violating the code of conduct while he visited NK Sharma’s office in a vehicle with red-beacon on it on July 16.

Earlier, the returning office had pulled up MP, Patiala, Preneet Kaur, former MP Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Congress MLA Balbir Sidhu for violations of the code.

Zirakpur/Dera Bassi, July 18
It seems that Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma has, too, suddenly become “indispensable” for Akali leaders to ensure their win in the Banur byelections.

Going by the developments in the past three days, all Akali leaders roped in for the elections are making it a point to meet NK Sharma. Sources said despite Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal coming to his office to meet him, the Akalis are still doubtful about his move.

Even members of the Capt Kanwaljit Singh family were meeting NK Sharma to seek his support. Among those met NK Sharma were Jasjit Singh Bunny, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, US Wadali and some other Akali leaders.

Manjeet Kaur Dolly, sister of Jasjit Singh Bunny, inaugurates the party’s office in Zirakpur
Manjeet Kaur Dolly, sister of Jasjit Singh Bunny, inaugurates the party’s office in Zirakpur on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Meanwhile, the campaigning process for the Banur byelection is gearing up as family and senior political leaders, including MPs and MLAs, jumped into the field to solicit votes in favour of their candidates.

The SAD-BJP combine has opened up its central election office for the Banur byelection in Zirakpur. The election office was inaugurated by Manjeet Kaur Dolly, sister of Jasjit Singh Bunny. On the occasion Kirpal Singh Badungar, former president of SGPC, Daljit Singh Cheema, adviser to the CM and spokesman of SAD, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Cabinet Minister, Punjab, Surjit Singh Kohli and Gobind Singh Kanjhla, both former ministers, Iqbal Singh Jhunda and Mohal Lal Banga, both MLAs, Ujagar Singh Badali, district chief, SAD and MLA, NK Sharma, president, NC, Zirakpur, Sheelam Sohi and Amarjit Kaur, a former MP, were present.

Jasjit Singh Bunny along with his mother Sarabjit Kaur today toured more than 18 villages near Dera Bassi. They visited various villages of Dera Bassi accompanied by former minister Harmel Singh Tohra, SGPC executive member Nirmail Singh Jola and Amrik Singh Malakpur.

During the campaigning, they appealed to the people to vote for the works done by Capt. Kanwaljit Singh and give a mandate to Bunny to complete the works left over by him.

On the other hand, Congress MP Perneet Kaur, along with other leaders, addressed a meeting in support of the party candidate, Deepinder Singh While addressing party workers in Dera Bassi today, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Perneet Kaur said she had served the people of Banur by distributing a lot of grants for their upliftment and development of the area. Now it was the right time to continue the same support to Deepinder Singh Dhillon. Rupinder Kaur, wife of Deepinder Singh Dhillon, also campaigned door to door in different localities in Zirakpur.

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Bunny promises to fulfil father’s dreams
Tribune News Service

Banur/Dera Bassi, July 18
SAD candidate from Banur constituency Jasjit Singh Bunny today promised to carry forward his father Captain Kanwaljit Singh’s legacy and to complete the pending development works in his constituency.

“I will try to fit in the vacuum that my father’s tragic death has left behind. I promise to fulfil all your dreams and the promises made by my father”, he said, campaigning at various village of the constituency in Banur and Dera Bassi. He addressed the meetings of SAD workers and villagers after inaugurating SAD election offices.

He said all SAD workers and leaders, including his family members, were united in this campaign to make the masses aware of development initiated by the SAD-BJP government in the state. Denying a rift with SAD leader NK Sharma, Bunny said Sharma was cooperating in the election campaign and among front runners seeking vote for the party.

Terming his father a party worker of SAD, who launched his crusade against corruption and brought development in his constituency, he said, “Voting for SAD will ensure that the pace of development is not hampered and all works continue as before,” he said.

Bunny said he was visiting 20 to 22 villages daily, covering every nook and corner. “Party leaders have charted out the election strategy and I am sticking to it. Meeting people, listening their woes and working them out will always remain my priority. There is so much to do in a single day that at times I feel a day was beyond 24 hours,” he added.

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Upsurge in power demand
Touches 2,000 LU; PSEB to impose more cuts

Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 18
Already facing the heat for imposing unannounced power cuts in the state, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is grappling with yet another problem as the power demand has increased to 2,000 lakh units (LU) a day - highest in the last 40 years.

Sources in the PSEB said that against the availability of 1,625 LUs, the demand has touched 2,000 LUs, a shortfall of 375 LUs. This has forced the board authorities to impose four to six hours of unannounced power cuts in certain areas. Worried over the situation, the board authorities, it is learnt, had even instructed its officials to impose cuts wherever the grid registered overload. “How can a whopping gap of around 400 LUs be covered without any additional source of power?” questioned an official.

The farmers are already agitating against the board, alleging that they were getting just about five hours of power supply against the promised daily uninterrupted supply of eight hours.

The unprecedented demand was being attributed to lack of rains in the catchment areas of hydel project reservoirs.

Bill collection machines

To facilitate its consumers, the PSEB has decided to install 34 automatic bill collection machines across the state.

Now, the consumers will be able to deposit drafts and cash against their bills without standing in long queues.

The machines will be installed at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Bathinda, Muktsar, Mohali, Derabassi, Gobindgarh, Phagwara, Khanna, Kapurthala, Pathankot and Kapurthala.

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29 selected for fencing meet

Patiala, July 18
A total of 29 players have been sent for the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championship for boys and girls, which have begun from today at Singapore under the Singapore Fencing Federation.

These players have been selected on the basis of their performance in the Cadet National Fencing Championship and one-month coaching camp, which was held at NIS, Patiala.

Fencers who have been selected include Bindu Devi, Eden Chanu, Loidom Devi, Athira, Ramachandran, Dilna, Tarneet, Kabita Devi, Shammipreet, Bhavani Devi, Desni, Kamaljeet, Diana Devi, Rabi Kumar, Ghanvinder, Manik, Gaurav Kumar, Ajinkya Ashok, Phanendrs, Amardeep, Bijoy Das, Premanada Meitei, Nithin Visveswaran, Kawish Bawa, Sukhandeep Singh, Stefitha Chalil, Reshma Murali, Jasmine, Radhika Prakash Awathi and Dhaneshwari Maheshkumar.

As many as four coaches- Mohit, Sagar Suresh, Lallit Kumar Singh and Rachna- along with manager Ranjit Singh and Arun Kumar, head of delegates, have accompanied the squad. — TNS

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Consumer panel to hold lok adalat tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
In a first, the UT State Consumer Redressal and Disputes Commission will hold first lok adalat on July 20. Complying with the orders of the National Consumer Redressal and Disputes Commission, which has asked the UT commission to do so, the stage is set for those cases, which have a scope of compromise and amicable settlement.

For this purpose, the services of former women member of the commission, Devinderjit Dhatt, who was recently retired from the post of commission member, will be rendered as another member, Maj Gen SP Kapoor is on leave and the second, a women member is yet to be selected.

As per the orders, now the state commission will hold such lok adalats on first and third Monday of each month.

Earlier, the two district forums, Forum I and Forum II, were holding weekly lok adalats to dispose off cases amicably on every Friday.

Talking to The Tribune, president of the State Commission, UT, Chandigarh, Pritam Pal, who has taken over as the president of the commission on July 1, said: “This is being done to avoid any chances of pendency as also those cases could be disposed off, which can be settled amicably.”

Hoping to bring down the pendency rate to nil by next year, president of the forum said already, the disposal rate of both forums and the commission were high and that was why they had received cases from the Punjab and Haryana Commission as well, which had been pending for many years now.

Around 20 to 30 cases will be taken up on Monday and both the respondents and the opposite parties have been informed as well to be present.

Already, the two forums combined are disposing off nearly 20 cases on an average on every Friday, when the lok adalats are held.

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Abortion of rape victim put on hold

Chandigarh, July 18
Following reports about the Chief Justice of India fixing the hearing of the plea opposing the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict allowing the MTP of the Nari Niketan rape victim on Monday, the GMCH-32 authorities have put on hold the process till the Supreme Court decides on the issue.

According to Dr Raj Bahadur, “Since the apex court is seized of the matter, we have put on hold the MTP process and will wait for the outcome on Monday. ” — TNS

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Bank robbery was planned on roadside
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 18
The June 17 robbery attempt at the Bank of Maharashtra in Phase XI, Mohali, was planned while Jaipal, the alleged kingpin of the highway robbers’ gang, along with his accomplice Tinu and Shera were having juice at a roadside shop in front of the bank.

They noticed that a single bank employee was closing the bank and the same person opened the lock in the morning. The robbers noticed the same practice during a recce of the area in the consecutive days. Jaipal disclosed this during his questioning by the Mohali police after he was brought on production warrant from Burail Jail.

Throwing light on the sequence of events, Jaipal said the shot was fired accidentally while the woman bank employee got panicky. The bullet, after hitting the floor, hit the woman. After the incident, Jaipal insisted to take the woman to hospital, but his accomplice did not agree and they fled from the spot. He reportedly told the police that he was regretful for injuring the woman.

After the incident, the trio reached the Sector 38 residence of their friend and went to their Panchkula hideout to change the registration number of the Tata Safari and drove it to Ludhiana before abandoning the vehicle there. An investigating officer said the accused was not financially helping his father, who was in poor health after meeting in accident.

In the robberies committed by the gang, Jaipal had been able to collect around Rs 9 lakh, but they were spending it lavishly.

Also, the gang members kept on changing their mobiles. The mobile sets dumped by the accused in the dustbin of the Bank of Maharashtra were tracked to Ludhiana. But the police could not track the robbers as the addresses were found to be fake.

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Duping: More victims turn up against conman
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 18
Following the arrest of Joginder, a resident of Hamirpur, who allegedly duped a doctor of Rs 44.5 lakh, more victims have started coming in the open to complain against the conman.

While a doctor from Jalandhar alleged that it was in 2004-05 that Joginder took Rs 28 lakh from him for admitting his son to the MBBS, another medico from Dera Bassi said Joginder duped her of Rs 6.5 lakh.

It was also revealed that the accused was running a consultancy at Sector 34-A, Chandigarh, in 2004 in the name of Asha Education, claiming that he would help the people getting admission in medical colleges. He even had links with some people in Bangalore, who managed some of his clients getting admissions as well.

It was on July 3 when Panchkula police arrested Joginder when he reached here to negotiate with one of the victims, Dr Arvind, following a complaint was lodged against him.

Dr Arvind, a former doctor at Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, told the police that Joginder and his wife Sonu duped him of Rs 44.5 lakh.

A resident of Sector 4, Dr Arvind, said he handed over the money to him when they assured him admission in the postgraduate course at Himalyan Institute Hospital Trust, Dehradun.

He was handed over a provisional admission certificate in his name. However, when he visited the institute to attend the course recently, he came to know that the certificate was fake, alleged Dr Arvind.

Dr Asha Sharma, a resident of Jalandhar, said Joginder helped her son to get a seat in a medical college at Pondicherry. Earlier, he demanded Rs 8 lakh for the purpose and then the demand was increased to Rs 10 lakh and later he told them to deposit Rs 28 lakh, which including the fee for five years.

They contacted Joginder after going through an advertisement in the newspapers, said Dr Asha. Joginder suggested that in case the fee amount of five years was deposited with college, the seat would be confirmed, following which the money was paid to him in 2004-05.

However, later she came to know that the fee for only the first year was deposited with the college, she alleged.

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Missing girl’s family gets ransom call
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The family of a 20-year-old girl of Panchkula, who has been missing from house since yesterday, reportedly got a ransom call today. According to sources, while the family has not lodged any formal complaint, the father of the girl met the police to apprise it about the matter.

The girl was working in a private company. The father of the girl, who is a businessman, told the police that his daughter did not return and today a demand of Rs 10 lakh was made by a man on his phone.

The police has started investigating into the matter.

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22-year-old girl found dead
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 18
A 22-year-old girl was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Phase-11 here this morning.

The deceased identified as Sophia, was working in a call centre at Mohali and hailing from Bathinda.

After receiving information, the police reached the spot and took the body of the girl in their custody. The police said no suicide note was found from the room and the body of the girl has been sent to Civil Hospital for post-mortem.

The cause of the death could be established only after post-mortem, the police added.

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Suicide bid by lover
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
A 25-year-old boy of Kangra attempted to commit suicide by cutting his hand and neck vains with a blade here this morning outside Government Model High School, Sector 26.

According to the police, he was spotted by some morning walkers at 7 am. There were cut marks on his neck and hands with a blade.

He was in a serious condition and was admitted to the PGI.

He had come to his uncle’s place with his father yesterday from Kangra.

He is an MBA and recently left his job in Delhi.

The police suspected that it seemed to be a case of a love affair.

The police said only after taking his statement a case would be registered.

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Manoj blanks Ayan in Ist round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
As many as 165 participants are participating under seniors, juniors and sub-juniors categories of boys and girls in the three-day XII St Stephen's Carom Ranking Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Carom Association here today on the school premises.

Manoj blanked Ayan 23-0 in the first round match of the sub junior boys’ singles. Raghav Ahuja also gave no chance to Dhawalprit to score as he beat the latter by 23-0.

Sub-junior boys’ singles:

First round: Manoj bt Ayan 23-0, Raghav Ahuja bt Dhawalprit 23-0, Abhishek bt Harkirat 22-0, Mukul bt Jayant 13-0, Falak bt Abhijit Sekhon 19-0, Jayshant Singh bt Mayjap Singh 22-0, Ayush Kumar bt Karan 23-0 and Gurteg Singh bt Yuvraj Singh 14-0

2nd round: Md Talibt bt Pratik Pathak 23-0, Pradeep bt Tarandeep Sigh 13-0, Namitanshu bt Aditya 20-0 and Harshul bt Mukul 14-08

Sub junior girl’s singles:

1st round: Akriti Sharma bt Chetna 09-08 and Gurkiran Kaur bt Sumedha 123-0

Boys’ junior singles:

1st round: Kshity Sharma bt Kunal 13-08, Vibthav bt Garvit Trehan 15-0, Akshay bt Sahil Choudhary 12-11, 04-15, 20-04 Stanzin Jigmet bt BT Huvnesh 15-0,15-0 Kushal bt Sahaj Arora 18-0,16-0, Mukul bt Amaan 04-08,14-0, 21-0 Kartik bt Inamul Haque 15-08, 10-01 Ekansh Goel bt Akhay 22-0, 19-0 and Sakham bt Tahil 21-0

2nd round: Md Hassan bt Vaibthav Ahuja 23-0,07-0 Piyushraj Singh bt Kshity Sharma 13-0, 25-0 Ojal Anand bt Sumit Goel 23-0, 23-0 Stanzin Jigmet bt Naman 23-0,07-04, Md Aris bt Gursajan 23-0,19-0 and Harshul bt Amrinder Singh 17-0, 12-0.

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SWAC, WAC to lock horns today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
SWAC and WAC will fight for the top honours in the final of the Air Force Inter-Command Hockey Championship being played at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.

In the first semifinal today, WAC won the match 5-0 beating EAC. Sgt Prabhakar scored the opening goal in the 19th minute through a penalty corner.

WAC Brar scored two field goals each in the 30th and 50th minutes. Sgt Prabhakar converted one more penalty corner in the 65th minute. He again found the target in the 66th minute through the field goal.

In the second semifinal, SWAC won the toughly fought match 1-0 over TC. Sgt Saini scored the lone goal during second half of the extra time through a field goal.

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Cricket championship from July 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Chandigarh sports department is organising the Hot Weather Cricket Tournament from July 23 at the Sector-16 Cricket Stadium here.

The winners and runners-up will be given cash prizes, besides the running trophies.

Entry along with a fee of Rs 1,000 per team should be given to Naib Singh, senior manager, Sector 16 Stadium or sports department cricket coach Harish Sharma or Chandigarh sports council cricket coach Sanjeev Pathania before July 20 at 5 pm.

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St Soldier’s register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, registered its win in both men and women section on the inaugural day of the 38th Senior State Kho-Kho Championship held at St Soldier International School, Sector 28.

In their first match, St Soldier’s International School thrashed DAV Senior Secondary Club, Sector 8, by 15-5 while in women section St Soldier’s defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by 16-8.

Other results: DAV Public School, Sector 15, bt Chandigarh Club by 14-7; SD College Club 32 bt Baptist Club 45 by 18-19; St Soldier’s International School bt Unified Club by 15-10; SGGS College, Sector 26, bt Coaching Centre, Sector 46, by one turn and nine points.

Women section: St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, bt GMSSS-35 by 16-8; Coaching Centre-46 bt Baptist Club by one turn and nine points; Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School-23 bt Unified Club by 12-4; Coaching Centre-46 bt Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School-23 by 12-7.

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2-day football trials begin tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
The Sports Authority of India will conduct trials for SAI extension centre for football at New Public School, Sector 18, here on July 20 and 21.

Trials will be conducted for under-14 (born on or after 1-1-1996), under-17 (1-1-93) and under-19 (1-1-91). Interested players should register on July 20 at 9 am. They should bring their sports certificate, original date of birth certificate and two passport size photographs.

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