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Banur Bypoll
DDR against candidate for planning shootout
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 27
The plan of the Rashtriya Krantikari Smajwadi Party candidate, Madan Gopal Sharma, to gain publicity by asking his gunman and supporters to fire in the air backfired when a daily dairy report (DDR) was lodged against him at the local police station here.

The candidate had planned to stage-manage a shootout and pass it off as an attack by opponents. He had asked his securitymen to fire in defence.

But his plan backfired when the securitymen, provided to the candidate by the police, spilled the beans to senior officials.

According to sources, Sharma, a resident of Tasimbli village, is contesting the Banur byelection as the candidate of registered non-recognised Rashtriya Krantikari Smajwadi Party.

The security guards — Gurjeet and Malkiat — narrated the plan of the candidate to DSP JS Khaira.

The guards told to the DSP that Sharma wanted publicity and the firing incident was a ploy to draw public attention.

Khaira said: “We got the information from the guards who were posted with the candidate. They revealed that the candidate had planned a fake shootout to draw publicity.”

He added that on the complaint of the guards, a DDR has been lodged against the candidate and forwarded to the returning officer. Returning officer-cum-SDM Puneet Goyal said he had received a copy of the DDR.

He said it was a serious matter and would be taken up with the higher authorities.

The copy of the DDR has been forwarded to the election commission and the Mohali Deputy Commissioner for further inquiry.

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Parties rope in big names for campaign
Rajiv Bhatia

Dera Bassi, July 27
With less than a week left in the polling for the Banur byelection, both the Congress and SAD-BJP alliance have roped in big guns to campaign for their candidates.

In the coming days, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be seeing addressing the rallies for Jasjit Singh Bunny.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal along with other party leaders have also been roped in for the party’s campaign.

On the other hand, former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, MP Patiala, Perneet Kaur, and leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal along with other MLAs would be holding rallies in the constituency.

Both Jasjit Singh Bunny (SAD-BJP) and Deepinder Singh Dhillon (Congress) are making final efforts to woo voters.

The CM would be coming tomorrow to hold a rally. Other Akali and BJP leaders, namely Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Daljeet Singh Cheema, Manoranjan Kalia and Kiranbir Singh Kang are campaigning along with the local leaders in the area.

Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former acting president of PPCC Lal Singh, Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu and other MLAs along with the local leaders are campaigning and asking the voters to vote for Deepinder Singh Dhillon.

The SAD-BJP candidate had launched an intensive door-to-door campaign in villages of Dera Bassi, Lalru and Zirakpur, whereas Dhillon toured and organised various rallies in the villages to solicit votes for him.

The family members of both candidates are also campaigning for their candidates and leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters.

The Congress party workers claimed that they got support of various communities and unions. The winds of change are flowing in favour of Congress candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon. While the SAD-BJP workers are seeking votes on legacy and development work done by Late Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

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SAD taking credit for central schemes: Preneet
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 27
Lashing out at the SAD-BJP government in the state, union minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur today alleged that it was taking credit for grants released by the Centre under development schemes like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, the NREGA and the Rashrti Gramin Mission.

She was addressing a series of public meetings at Khellan, Handesra, Jarhout, Dharmgarh, Sarseeni, Dappan, Lalru and Lalru Mandi villages here.

Claiming that the Congress would register a victory on all three seats in the byelections, she said it was a lonely fight of the party candidate from the Banur seat, Deepinder Singh, but a voter’s fight against the non-responsive government.

Former minister Lal Singh said the Akalis would have to face a defeat in the byelections because people were fed up with the state government. Former minister Jagmohan Singh Kang, Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, Harnek Singh Gharhuan, Tej Parkash Singh and Sadhu Singh Dharmsot were also present.

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Youth killed near SSP office
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
A 21-year-old youth was murdered just a stone’s throw away from the SSP office today evening. Sucha Singh, a resident of Dialpuri village in Sirhind was going towards the district courts on a bike after playing cricket. His friend Prince was riding pillion. When he reached near the district courts, he got a call on his cell phone. Sucha stopped his bike and started talking on the phone.

Within a few minutes, unidentified youths arrived and attacked Sucha Singh with sharp-edged weapons. He died on the spot.

The police has rounded up Prince, who escaped unhurt. Following the incident, Panic gripped the area as shopkeepers and vendors closed their shops. The otherwise busy area wore a deserted look with the men in khaki all around. The police has kept the body at the Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital. The post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow.

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Boy commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 27
Fifteen-year-old Manoj Kumar, a resident of Jhuggi Colony in Badh Majra area, committed suicide by hanging himself from an iron rod in his jhuggi today afternoon.

In his statement to the police, the deceased’s father, Satyavan, a motor mechanic at Mohali, said Manoj had left studies a few months ago.

When Satyavan returned home in the afternoon, he came to know that Manoj had committed suicide by hanging himself.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

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Powerless, residents block highway
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 27
Several residents of Ranjit Nagar and nearby localities staged a dharna outside the office of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) here last late night in protest against the absence of power in the area for the entire day.

The power supply to the area was affected after a transformer in the Ranjit Nagar area was damaged early in the morning. Area residents alleged that PSEB employees reached the scene to fix the problem only after repeated calls.

Though the employees worked till afternoon, the fault could not be rectified. By 10 pm, people lost their cool and started assembling at the PSEB office, near the bus stand, to register their complaints.

Within half an hour, they started a protest and blocked traffic on the national highway-21. The traffic remained disrupted for almost an hour. People lifted the dharna only after PSEB officials restored power supply to the area.

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Gurta Gaddi Diwas
Sarna ‘must not’ hold parallel conclave
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 27
President of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, Punjab, Rulda Singh, while commenting on a statement attributed to Paramjit Singh Sarna, president of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (DGPC), that Sarna would hold a parallel conclave to three-day religious congregation at Bhopal on the occasion of 300 years of Gurta Gaddi Diwas Takhat Shree Hazoor Sahib, Nanded (Maharashra), by Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, here yesterday said there was no room in the Sikh tents to disrupt any religious function or congregation. Hence Sarna should not violate the Sikh philosophy by doing so.

Rulda Singh appealed to Sarna that he would be given his due respect recognition along with his fellow men at the site of the religious conclave at Bhopal that would be held at Bhopal from August 7 to 9.

He said Sarna could address the Sikh Sangat for promoting the Sikh religion and was welcome to pin-point the negative points of the Rahtriya Sikh Sangat against Shri Guru Granth Sahib or its religious policies and guidelines.

He said the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat would apologise on the spot and promise to rectify it in future. “I am ready to personally visit his residence and invite him on the behalf of the RSS,” he said.

He also offered his services to Sarna for the cause of the Sikhs.

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Pay Panel
3-day dharna of teachers begins
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 27
Teachers at Government College protested against the non-implementation of the recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission here today.

Sporting black badges, the teachers raised slogans against the state government and submitted a memorandum to Sub-Divisional Magistrate, following a dharna on the college premises.

The dharna will continue till Wednesday, said T N Saini, a faculty member.

The government failed to implement the pay commission recommendations despite repeated assurances to them, said Saini. It was on Teacher’s Day last year that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, considering their demand, made an announcement to declare them on a par with the Class I officer but nothing was done in this regard since then, he alleged.

They were not even extended the grades of the University Grants Commission, he added.

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Dr Khamba joins Gharuan college
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 27
An international researcher, Dr J S Khamba, has joined the integrated campus set up by the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) at Gharuan.

Dr Khamba will be responsible for transforming the campus into a hub of innovative teaching with his 22-year stint in academics, international research and administration.

Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said Dr Khamba would script group’s strategic blueprint for students’ growth.

The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology alumnus, Dr Khamba taught at the institute for 18 years.

He shifted to the University College of Engineering (UCoE), Punjabi University, Patiala, in 2005 and served there as professor and head of mechanical engineering.

Dr Khamba is credited with developing new manufacturing process for

titanium and its alloys. A doctorate in mechanical engineering, he has more than 120 research papers to his credit, including 30 published in international journals. He spearheaded various government-sponsored research projects at UCoE.

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400 examined at eye camp
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 27
The State Bank of Patiala, ADB, Patiala, inaugurated Wazidpur Sainimajra Farmer’s Club at Wazidpur village to create awareness amongst the farmers. Jai Mahajan, deputy general manager of the Patiala zone, inaugurated the club. He encouraged the farmers to participate in allied agricultural activities to supplement their income and improve their living standard.

The bank also organised an eye check-up camp by a team of doctors from Rajindra Hospital in which about 400 patients were examined.

A sapling plantation drive was also conducted in which 100 saplings were planted on the premises of Government Senior Secondary School, Wazidpur.

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Man kills father-in-law
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
In a bizarre incident, a resident of Chanarthal Kalan village allegedly killed his father-in-law when the latter went to meet his daughter yesterday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Karamjit Singh, a resident of Fatehpur village. His daughter, Jasvir Kaur, was married to Dalbara Singh of Chanarthal Kalan village. They had two kids, a boy and girl of around five-six years of age.

Dalbara was a fireman in an industrial unit in Mandi Gobindgarh and allegedly used to harass his wife to bring more dowry. He also used to beat her up, alleged Jasvir’s family members.

They said the panchayat members of both the villages had been trying to settle the matter, but to no avail.

On Sunday, Jasvir told her brother over phone that her husband had again beaten her up following which her family members left to meet her.

However, Dalbara got infuriated when he saw his father-in-law in his house and following a heated argument, he allegedly attacked Karamjit with a screwdriver that pierced his heart. Karamjit was rushed to Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case against Dalbara who is still at large.

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Workshop on faculty empowerment
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 27
A five-day workshop for faculty empowerment under the programme, “Mission 10 X”, initiated by Wipro concluded today at the Doaba Group of Colleges.

Teachers from a number of engineering colleges from Rayat and Bahra Group of Colleges, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, Indo-Global Engineering College and Doaba Group of Colleges attended the workshop. During the five-day workshop, the faculty was taught new and innovative techniques of teaching engineering subjects.

Dr HS Batth chaired the valedictory function. A number of senior officials from Wipro also attended the function.

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IT counter at Sirhind welcomed
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 27
Income tax assessees of the town and the surrounding areas have welcomed the decision of the income tax department to open an income tax returns counter at Sirhind. All assessees had to go to Mandi Gobindgarh to file their returns.

Jagpal Singh, income tax officer, has announced that for the convenience of the income tax assessees, the department has opened a counter at Malhotra Motors near old income tax office and that counter will work up to July 31 from 9 am to 4 pm. The assessees belonging to Bassi Pathana, Khamano, Sirhind, Badali Ala Singh and Chuni area can deposit their returns at the counter.

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Blood donation camp

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 27
A blood donation camp was held today in the memory of Kargil martyrs. The camp was organised with the help of Lions Club, Fatehgarh Sahib, in PTU Learning Centre.

A team of doctors from the local Civil Hospital collected 40 units of blood. Subedar Gurmukh Singh of Lions Club said the people should come forward to donate blood. — TNS

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Murder in Parade Ground
Charges framed against 4
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A local court today framed charges against four in a murder that took place in Sector 17 Parade Ground on February 28.

Charges have been framed under Sections 302 and 506 of the IPC against Gurjit, Sandeep, Jagjit and Vikas for killing Vinod, a resident of Indira Colony.

Public prosecutor Manu Kakkar said the court had given August 12 as the next date and out of 23 witnesses, 13 would be examined.

A dispute over Rs 2,500 had led to the death of a 21-year-old youth in a bloody brawl at Parade Ground in Sector 17 on the night of February 27. The deceased had tried to break peace between his friend and others during an exhibition.

The deceased Vinod was running a balloon shooting stall at an exhibition in the ground.

The deceased was a friend of Kamal, who had a dispute with Gurjit Singh, who was also running a stall. Earlier, Gurjit took an air gun of Kamal as security and told him to pay back his money. When Vinod and Kamal went to solve the dispute with Gurjit, he along with his brother Jagjit, Sandeep and Vikas, who were drinking, started quarrelling with them.

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‘Con’ doctor denied bail
Was accused of defrauding banks of crores

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The CBI special court of Darshan Singh today dismissed the bail application of Dr Sandeep Sharma, owner of Shubam Hospital, Panchkula.

Sandeep was accused of defrauding banks to the tune of crores of rupees in connivance with the bank officials. The police had also registered a separate case against him for allegedly possessing a fake degree.

Earlier, a team from the Delhi branch of the CBI had filed a chargesheet against Sandeep. On January 30, Shubham Hospital in Sector 20 was sealed, following complaints from the Panchkula Civil Surgeon alleging that Sandeep Sharma, the owner of the hospital, was falsely claiming to have the degree of MS (ophthalmology). Sandeep, however, managed to flee only to be nabbed by the Haryana State Crime Bureau on March 8 from Chandigarh.

Sandeep, who studied till Class IX in his village, reportedly worked as a doctor at Karnal and Panchkula, interviewed many postgraduate doctors for employing them in his hospitals at Panchkula and Kurukshetra, and even swindled crores of rupees from banks in the name of his hospitals.

He even managed to get security guards for him from a former SP of Panchkula, though he was an accused in the bank dacoity at Allahabad Bank in Shahpur village near Ambala Cantt in 2005.

The conman held a free eye check-up camp at Morni, where out of 25 patients operated upon by Sandeep, 16 reportedly lost vision.

According to the police, Ashwani, Vinod and Gilhotra certified the forged documents of various properties submitted by Sandeep with banks against loans worth crores of rupees to be originals, said the public prosecutor.

Gilhotara, on behalf of the Punjab and Sind Bank and the Bank of India verified that the properties being hypothecated by Sandeep against loans were clear title.

Sandeep got Rs 99,67,000 from the Punjab and Sind Bank and Rs 24 lakh from the Bank of India.

In a similar case, Sandeep defrauded the bank of India, Sector 16, in Panchckula of Rs 66,20,000 by hypothecating 10 flats under construction that time at Bihsanpura Housing Society, Sector 20, claiming to be the owner. The two employees of the bank, Ashawani and Vinod, who were supposed to personally visit the site, and verify the ownership of flats, allegedly verified the papers in favour of Sandeep.

The accused even got loans worth over Rs 1.4 crore and Rs 2.45 crore from Corporation Bank, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and Punjab National Bank, Sector 16, Chandigarh, submitted the forged papers of the same 10 flats of the Bishanpur Housing Society.

On February 6, the Central Bureau of Investigation had chargesheeted five bank officials, two lawyers and five others, besides two prime accused in the similar case.

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District Courts
Public utilities in deplorable condition
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The sorry state of affairs of the public utilities at the district courts complex seem to be following the pattern of justice, with both continue to linger on for years together.

The spacious building of the district courts complex has become a victim of the administrative apathy and neglect with unhygienic conditions prevailing in the toilets at the courts complex.

The emanating smell from the dirty washrooms makes it difficult for anyone to even pass through the corridors.

Not only are these creating problems for visitors here but also thousands of staff members of the courts who work here.

While talking to the Chandigarh Tribune several litigants, employees and advocates complained that they were facing a tough time due to the poor condition of the public utility services in the district courts. “Neither the administration nor the court authorities are taking any step to improve the situation,” is a common grouse.

Pooja Arora, a litigant, rued that, “It is impossible to use these toilets, one has to go as far as the main plaza market or the bus stand to answer the call of nature.”

Though almost every floor has separate sets of toilets for men and women, the condition of these are equally deplorable. The court’s administration admits that they do have sweepers who are assigned their respective duties on every floor, many of them do not even clean them once in a day.

Also, it’s the female litigants and even female advocates who have to bear the brunt, as sometimes in the middle of a case they have to leave the courtroom to answer the call of nature.

“We have asked the sweepers several times to clean the toilets but they seem to care two hoots about it and as a result we all have to use the toilet, which is on the ground floor. Though the toilet is cleaned twice daily, due to overuse sometimes even that becomes difficult to be used,” said a senior woman advocate.

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Admissions to PEC in defence quota
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked UT administration to file an affidavit on the decision of the admission committee for engineering courses to club the UT pool quota and all-India quota of seats reserved for the wards of military and Paramilitary personnel for admission to Punjab Engineering college. Some candidates have challenged this action.

In the petition placed before the Bench of Justice MM Kumar, city residents Avneet Hira and Arshdeep Sandhu sought the quashing of provision relating to admissions to PEC in defence quota. Directions have also been sought to conduct admissions in accordance with letter of Chandigarh administration issued on July 15.

During the hearing of the mater, UT counsel Anupam Gupta, present in the court, said they would file an affidavit on the matter on Wednesday and will change the admission process as per the court directions.

Ramp for disabled

For making justice more accessible to the physically challenged, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has decided to construct a ramp in the second wing of the court complex, where majority of the judges hold the courts.

As a contempt petition by Karanvir Singh Gandotra and another came up for hearing before Justice Sabina, counsel for the high court gave the assurance. The petitioners had earlier sought directions for initiating the proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act as the Chandigarh Administration had failed to comply with the orders dated April 27, 2005.

The petitioners had claimed the disabled found it extremely challenging to make it to the new block of the high court, as it was neither provided with a lift, nor a ramp.

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Insurance firm fined Rs 3.76 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the National Insurance Co, Sector 34, Chandigarh, through its regional manager, to pay Rs 3,76,512.42, along with the litigation cost of Rs 5,000 and the interest at the rate of 8 per cent per annum, to a complainant.

Complainant Nitin Bansal’s JCB Excavator Loader, insured with New India Insurance, fell into a gorge due to landslide on the night of February 21, 2007, during construction of a road and was damaged. The damaged JCB machine was pulled out from the gorge by a crane service, who charged Rs 25,000.

The accident was reported to the company and a surveyor was appointed, who visited the spot and took the photographs of JCB machine. Thereafter, a claim was filed with the insurance company but they did not settle it. Ultimately, a legal notice dated July 2, 2008, was sent to the company which was replied by them stating that the driver of the JCB machine was not having heavy driving licence which was illegal.

In their reply, the company stated that in the claim lodged by the complainant, he had submitted driving licence of Sanju Kumar. The claim was sent to Kolkata office for processing of the claim and after verification, it was found that the driver of the JCB was not holding a valid driving licence at the time of the accident as it was issued only for LMV NTPT and the driver was not authorised to drive JCB.

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Rs 13,000 stolen from sampark centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Thieves struck at the sampark centre in Industrial Area and decamped with over Rs 13,000.

According to the police, Pradeep Kumar Dutt, a teller at the centre, reported that the theft was detected around 9 am when he reached office and found it ransacked.

The thieves broke open the locks of the almirah and took away Rs 13,718 in cash kept at the office.

He added that the theft could have been committed between July 25 and 27, as they had closed the center on Friday evening.

A case has been registered in this regard at the Industrial Area police station.

Liquor seized

The police arrested Sonu of Hallo Majra near the village temple while allegedly carrying 14 bottles of country wine on yesterday afternoon.

In another incident, Rohit Kumar of Colony No. 5 was caught near his residence with 40 quarters of liquor last night.

Two cases under the provisions of the Excise Act have been registered at police stations-31 and 34, respectively.

Vehicles stolen

Ketan Sohil of Sector 22 reported that his black Hero Honda Passion motor cycle (PB 37 C 8209) was stolen from his residence on July 7.

In another incident, Mamta Rai of Sector 32-A reported that someone stole her Kinetic Honda scooter (CH 01 Y 0823) from the parking lot in Sector 38-A on July 23.

Two cases of theft have been registered.

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Man booked hours after arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The lack of alacrity of the Chandigarh police was witnessed today when it took several hours to initiate action against a man who was allegedly caught red-handed while burgling a house in Sector 46 here this afternoon.

According to Kamal Sharma of Sector 68, Mohali, a man broke into the residence of his relative, who had gone abroad, in Sector 46-C here this afternoon. He ransacked the house, stole taps and utensils and broke a washbasin.

A woman in the neighbourhood spotted the man inside the house and informed other residents of the locality. Suspecting foul play, they called the police, which reached the scene.

Meanwhile, sensing trouble, the man fled the house and hid himself in the vicinity.

Some alert residents spotted him after which the police arrested him. The police recovered a bagful of stolen articles form his possession. The incident took place around 2.30 pm.

Kamal Sharma said the police took the suspect to the police station-34 but no one from the police contacted them for further action.

Around 5.30 pm, he along with other residents went to the police station to enquire about the action taken against the suspect.

They were told to wait there as the police official concerned had gone to another spot. After a couple of hours, the police told them to lodge a complaint.

Later in the evening, police station-34 SHO Sudarshan Thakur said a case under Sections 380 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the accused, identified as 20-year-old Sarwan Kumar of Bhagalpur in Bihar.

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Youth held with stolen bike
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 27
The police today arrested a resident of Sector 35-D, Chandigarh, for stealing a motor cycle.

The police said it had received a tip-off that Inderjeet Singh was coming to Mohali to sell a stolen motor cycle (CH 03 4367).

A police team set up a checkpoint and arrested the youth with the stolen motor cycle.

The accused told the police that he had stolen the motor cycle from Sector 34 around 15 days ago. A case has been registered in this regard.

Thefts

Dera Bassi: Thieves decamped with jewellery worth lakhs after breaking into two houses here this morning.

According to the police, Tarsem Lal, a resident of Kudhawala village, alleged that he had gone to sleep on the top floor of his house with his family members.

When he woke up in the morning, he found the lock of the cupboard broken.

The owner told the police that around Rs 65,000 in cash and other valuables were missing.

In another case, Ramesh Kumar, a resident of the same village, reported to the police that some miscreants ransacked his house and took away jewellery worth lakhs.

The police has registered two cases of theft and started further investigations.

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Man held with 20 kg of poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The police today arrested another accomplice of Kulwant Singh, the alleged kingpin of the inter-state gang of smugglers arrested earlier this month, with 20 kg of poppy husk.

According to inspector Devinder Sharma of the operations cell of the Chandigarh Police, the accused 34-year-old Roop Kumar, alias Bila Shokar, of Sector 55, was nabbed, following the information. A police team laid a naka in Sectors 39, 40, 55 and 56 rotary this evening and nabbed the accused, who was carrying the contraband on a scooter.

The police said Roop had stopped his activities after the arrest of his accomplices and had started again recently. He was supplying the contraband at local level.

A case under Section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered against him.

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Ransom calls: Probe begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The police today initiated a probe into the ransom calls complaint lodged by a Sector 38-West resident on Sunday.

Talking to TNS, the investigating officer said the police had sought call details of persons using cell phones to make threatening calls to city resident Jorawar Singh from the Airtel authorities in Uttar Pradesh. The calls were made from Western UP.

The police official said he had called up on the numbers given by the complainant. However, they (accused) continued to use explicit language.

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16 teams for St Soldier's Trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
As many as 16 teams from different schools have staked their claim to the top honours in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior (boys) Football Championship St Soldier's Trophy to be organised by the Chandigarh Football Association at St Soldier's International Public School in Sector 28 from July 29 to August 1.

According to CFA general secretary Rakesh Bakshi, the teams have been divided into four groups. Group A will consist of DAV Senior Secondary School-8, St Peter’s-37, Government Model Senior Secondary School-10 and Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School-27.

St John’s School-26, Saupin’s School-32, Vivek High School-38 and St Xavier’s School-44 have been clubbed in group B.

Group C will consist of St Soldier's International-28, Banyan Tree School-48, Stepping Stone-38 and St Joseph’s-44.

Shishu Niketan-22, Tribune Model-29, Mount Carmel-47 and St Kabir's-26 have been put in group D.

Two teams from each group will move into quarterfinals which will be played on July 29. The semi-finals will be held on July 31 at 9.30 and 10.30 am.

The CFA will select probables for coaching camp in preparations for Chandigarh’s participation in the coming Sub-Junior National Championship.

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City girl to represent India in Asian meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Tarini Goyal, an 8-year-old chess prodigy from the city, has been selected by the All-India Chess Federation to represent India at the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2009 to be held at New Delhi from August 2 to 9.

Tarini Goyal is preparing for the championship under the guidance of her coach Naveen Bansal.

Tarini has outplayed some of the top players in her category in various tournaments held during the year.

She has to her credit easy victories over the current under-7 and under-9 girls national champions.

Bansal is confident of Tarini’s performance in the Asian Youth Chess Championship.

He has been coaching Tarini since she was five and during this period she has gained in confidence, he adds.

Tarini, a student of Sacred Heart School Sector 26, keeps up with her studies while achieving success on the 64 squares of the chess board, said her principal Sister Sebastina.

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Cricket: Rain plays spoilsport

Chandigarh, July 27
All matches scheduled for today in the 2nd S Amar Singh Memorial Under-13 Cricket Tournament were washed out.

These matches will now be played after completion of the remaining league matches. Meanwhile, Mohali Cricket Academy “B” defeated Yadvindra Public School Academy of Mohali by five wickets in a match played yesterday.

Batting first after winning the toss, YPS made 123 for 8 in allotted 25 overs. Abhimanyu (23, 3x4s) and Raftej (24 not out) added 35 runs for the fourth wicket.Harman (2 for 20), Avinash (2 for 25) and Sourav (2 for 30) were the most successful bowlers for MCA “B”. In reply, MCA B made 124 for 6 in 24.4 overs. Nirmal scored 30 in 38 balls with the help of five fours. Harash and Shubham contributed 22 and 20, respectively. Simran captured three wickets for 30 runs. — TNS

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Table tennis meet from July 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Panchkula District Table Tennis Championship will be held at Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, under the aegis of Panchkula District Table Tennis Association from July 31 to August 2.

According to Sandeep Sardana, president of association, the district table tennis team for the participation in the state table tennis championship would be selected on the basis of the tournament.

About 150 players are expected to vie for top honours.

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