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6 held on murder charge
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 30
The police has arrested six people for allegedly murdering a youth, Sucha Singh, on July 27 evening near the district courts here.

Those arrested have been identified as Baljit Singh alias Balli and Mandeep Singh alias Bitta from area near Gurdwara Jyoti Swaroop, Ramanvir Singh alias Bhau from Mallanwala (Ferozepur), Deepinder Singh alias Deepu from Ward no 6, Sirhind, Harpreet Singh alias Mani from Khaspur road, Jamna Nagar, and Mandeep Singh from Paheri village.

They were produced before a court today and have been remanded in two days police custody. Sucha Singh was murdered with sharp-edged weapons following a quarrel. Police officials said other accused in the case were yet to be arrested.

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Youth drives bike into canal, drowns
Had eloped with a girl, who was rescued
Tribune News Service

Ropar, July 30
A couple that had eloped on Tuesday evening tried to commit suicide this morning by jumping into Bhakra canal near Ghanauli village.

The boy, Parminder Singh, a resident of Thauna village, drove his Pulsar motorcycle into Bhakra water with the girl as a pillion rider. The girl raised an alarm, following which the conductor of a bus passing nearby, managed to save the girl, while the boy got drowned.

On Tuesday evening, Parminder Singh and a girl from Manak Majra village had eloped from their home. Father of the girl lodged a complaint with the police, alleging Parminder of alluring his minor daughter to elope with him. Acting on the complaint of girl’s, the police booked him under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC.

Thereafter, this morning, the couple tried to commit suicide. In her statement to the police, the girl said Parminder had allured her on the pretext of giving her a ride and taken her away to some place. Today morning, she told Parminder to take her back to her village, at which he got infuriated.

The girl told the police that she tried to stop Parminder from plunging motorcycle into Bhakra, but he had not yield to her requests. When the two had plunged into water, a private bus was going by. Its conductor, Jatinder Singh, took the girl out of water using a rope, but Parminder had got washed away with the water current. Later, the police fished out motorcycle from the Bhakra, but Parminder’s body could not be found.

At Ghanauli Civil Hospital, Parminder’s father, Mohan Singh, alleged the girl’s family of beating his son and then throwing him in Bhakra. He alleged that on Tuesday morning, the girl had called Parminder and asked him to take her away.

“They have killed my son. The whole family should be booked,” said Parminder’s father, Mohan Singh.

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Woman raises ‘false’ theft alarm 
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 30
Mystery shrouds the alleged burglary which took place at the house of a karyana merchant in Guru Nanak Mohalla last evening. The victim claims that she was tied by some unidentified youth and decamped with all her jewellery when she was alone at home.

She was untied by her family members and the case was reported to the police. But the police, after investigation, termed the story of the theft as concocted and misleading for the reasons best known to the woman.

As per the statement recorded by the police, Sunita Rani, wife of Surinder Kumar, a karyana merchant, was alone at home last evening as all other family members had gone to attend a ‘satsang’. She said on noticing some movement in the courtyard, she came out and two unidentified youths with covered faces overpowered her.

DSP Rajwinder Singh Sohal said there is no truth in the allegations levelled by the lady. He said she could not tell how the youth entered the house, about their age, clothes and language.

Her hair was dry as she claimed that her head was dipped in a water bucket.

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Lecturers end protest
Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 30
A four-day protest of the college lecturers, which was started on July 27, concluded today in Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, today.

On the last day of the protest, the lecturers raised slogans in contest with their various pending demands, with black badges to show their resentment towards the government.

During the protest, they alleged that in spite of the declaration given by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the lecturers have not been given salaries according to the University Grants Commission (UGC).

But nothing happened till date. The state government had also made promises that after getting the Pay Fixation Formula from the Ministry of Central Human Resources Development, the teachers of colleges, TN Saini , former treasurer of state unit of Haryana Government College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA) and Shanti Selani, president and vice-president, respectively, of the local unit of Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, said as a mark of resentment against the non-implementation of Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, Haryana universities and colleges, the association had launched a stir from July 27 to July 30, under which the teachers of Haryana would protest against the state government with black badges between 1 pm to 2 pm in their respective colleges.

On July 27, a memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Minister, through Kalka SDM, by the local teachers.

They further added that on July 31, the teachers of the government colleges and private colleges of Haryana would stage a dharna before the office of Commissioner, Higher Education , Panchkula.

Delegation of Punjabi Sabha meets Hooda

A delegation of Punjabi Sabha, Pinjore, today met Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and expressed its gratitude towards the Chief Minister regarding nomination of the name of Shadi Lal Batra, MLA, Rohtak, and chairman, Haryana Marketing Board, for the Rajya Sabha. The delegation also met Shadi Lal Batra and congratulated him for becoming Rajya Sabha member.

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CGC ties up with Swiss school
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 30
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Gharuan, has signed an MoU with the Swiss School of Management (SSM) for awarding dual degrees to its students of BBA, PGDM and hotel management.

A team of experts comprising Dr Massimiliano Bracale from SSM visited CGC. The team from SSM included in this MoU a number of offers, including job-oriented courses, exchange of teaching material and syllabi, mutual visits of staff and students, sharing of students’ projects, taking up research and consultancy assignments jointly, etc.

Dr Bracale said the whole world was looking at India because of its very high growth rates. He explained that two main courses of the Swiss group included hotel management and business management. SSM already has about 10 collaborations in India.

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UGC nod to Centre for Women’s Studies in Punjabi varsity
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 30
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned Centre for Women’s Studies and Development for Punjabi University, Patiala.

Earlier, the UGC had sanctioned an academic staff college to the university for conducting refresher and orientation courses for the university and college teachers in various disciplines.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the UGC had sanctioned Rs 5 lakh during the first year for establishment of the centre.

The money, he said, would be spent for purchasing equipment, conducting seminars, workshops, short-term courses and carrying out community outreach programmes, aimed at raising gender consciousness, equipping them with required knowledge and skills, motivating them into the process of thinking and reflecting on the crucial issues of day-to-day life.

The whole exercise will be scripted, keeping in mind the issue of empowering women at the grassroots levels, generation and dissemination of information on gender issues and sensitising the society about the continuous injustice being done to the so-called weaker sex, he said.

Expressing his concern about the alarming situation in respect of skewed sex ratio in Punjab, Dr Jaspal Singh said all the 17 districts of the state fallen in the category of 34 districts in the country reporting lowest child sex ratio in the country. The sanctioning of the Centre, therefore, has come quite at an opportune time. The university would spare no effort to arrest the continuous flow of female deprivation and social discrimination against them.

Meanwhile, Punjabi University’s Women’s Club has hailed the university authorities for getting the centre sanctioned, which, according to the organisation, would go on a long way in enhancing women’s contribution to economy and their participation in the decision-making processes of the society.

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Malkhana Property
Head constable’s bail plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of head constable Jaspal Singh, who was posted as malkhana in charge at the Sector 36 police station, for allegedly forging signatures of a station house officer to release a pistol kept as a case property.

The court stated: “Keeping in view the serious nature of the case, the investigations may be hampered and as such finding no grounds to invoke the extra ordinary provisions of Section 438 of the CrPC.” On July 24, the crime branch booked a constable and a head constable for allegedly forging signatures of the SHO of the Sector 36 police station to release a pistol kept as a case property.

Constable Surjit Singh and head constable Jaspal Singh, posted as munshi and malkhana in charge, respectively, at the Sector 36 police station, were booked for forgery and misappropriation. They allegedly released a .32-bore pistol belonging to one Gurpreet Singh Chahal, who fired shots from the weapon at an eating joint in Sector 35 in December 2007.

Chahal was arrested on June 12, 2009, after he again fired a shot in the Sector 35 market injuring a man and fled. The Special Crime Investigation Cell arrested him and recovered the same weapon, which was used by him earlier. This raised suspicion and an inquiry was conducted, which led to uncovering of the forgery.

After Chahal was arrested in January 2008, the police confiscated the weapon 
and the same was deposited in the malkhana of the police station.

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HC: Shun archaic methods of probe
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today called upon the investigating agencies in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to shun non-technical, traditional approach and go in for scientific methods of probe. The call came while setting aside, due to lack of evidence, the death sentence awarded to Jalandhar “serial baby killer” Darbara Singh.

Handing down the order, a perturbed Division Bench, comprising Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice Jitendra Chauhan, asserted it was unfortunate that the prosecution had failed to put in place all links in the chain of circumstances; and time had come to forgo the traditional methods of investigation for a more scientific approach.

The Bench also stressed upon the need for training the police personnel in scientific methods. The assertion followed submission by counsel for appellant Darbara Singh that neither DNA test was conducted nor were blood samples taken to prove the case.

Darbara Singh had allegedly kidnapped and killed about 22 migrant children, majority of them in 2004. He has now been acquitted by the high court in the twin-murder case.

The much-publicised case was registered against him after Mohammed Vakil of Basti Mithu had alleged his five-year-old son Khursheed and a year older niece Ronku were missing since October 25, 2004. Prosecution witness Pritam Singh had told the police that a cyclist aged around 56 was seen carrying two children. 

After about five days, Darbara Singh was arrested and the bodies of the missing children were recovered. Two little children were sodomised and raped; it was incumbent upon the prosecution to build up a foolproof case with all the circumstances linking the appellant with the crime. But, unfortunately, “the prosecution miserably failed to complete the chain of circumstances, and in fact implanted a false witness, whose testimony was not worthy of credence”.

The Bench asserted witness Pritam Singh was apparently not telling the truth. If he was present at the spot, he would have informed the parents. Pritam Singh, a member of Akali Dal’s high-powered working committee, had stated he was aware of child lifting incidents. 

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Equestrian Championship
Judges favoured wards, allege contestants
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
If allegations in a writ petition are to be relied upon, a child, whose father was a judge, bagged gold and silver medals in a dressage championship during the North Zone ‘Junior National Equestrian Championship’ held in New Delhi between April 6 and 9.

In a petition seeking directions to the Union of India and other respondents for scrapping “the championship in the equestrian event dressage-children-II”, 11-year-old Zoravar Singh Thiara asserted, “One of the judges judging the event was the father of respondent Shaurya Bali, who won gold and silver medals in the championship”.

Directions were also sought to the Union of India or the Sports Authority of India to take over the charge and the affairs of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI), which was “being run completely in an arbitrary and clandestine manner, by the present officer-bearers without any transparency”.

Counsel for the petitioner, Anand Chhibber said the EFI was carrying out the activities to favour the wards of the judges and its office-bearers. He asserted that the directions should also be issued to hold the championship again by appointing unbiased judges and office-bearers after cancelling the rigged championship.

Describing Thiara as “a rider of national repute”, Chhibber said the petitioner was aggrieved by the action of the respondents for holding a championship in a partial manner by declaring Shaurya Bali the winner for silver and gold medal in the championship, being son of Lt Col D Bali.

Chhibber also prayed during the pendency of the petition, the respondents might be restrained from recommending participants for national or international equestrian events, likely to be held on the basis of impugned championship.

He asserting it was to be seen: whether the career of a promising sports person could be put at stake by the respondents, who wanted their own person to represent the country. Taking up the petition, the high court has issued notice of motion to the respondents.

It will now come up on September 22.

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Driver held for misuse of official vehicle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The police has arrested a driver of the Haryana Transport Commissioner for allegedly taking away the official vehicle without informing the authorities.

Section officer, Haryana Transport Department, Ashwani Kumar lodged a complaint against driver Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 20, alleging that he had taken officials to the residence of the Haryana Governor for some meeting on July 27. 

When the officials came out, the vehicle was nowhere to be seen. After they could not trace Anil and the official Mahindra Bolero vehicle, the matter was reported to the police yesterday.

The police registered a case of misappropriation under Section 406 of the IPC and arrested the driver from Sector 20 last night.

The police said the accused was an alcoholic and told the investigators that he could not perform his duty and was upset for the past several days. 

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Man held for raping 16-year-old
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The police today arrested a 24-year-old man on the chargers of raping a 16-year-old daughter of his former colleague.

Sources in the crime branch said the accused, Rajiv Kumar alias Rajbir Singh alias Raju, a resident of Rohtak, was arrested from Sector 11 following a tip-off.

The case was registered against him on February 27 on a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother, who used to work with the accused.

The victim’s mother alleged that she had gone to Ferozepur and her husband was on a night shift when Rajiv came to her residence and raped her daughter. When she raised an alarm, the accused fled threatening her of dire consequences if she informed anyone about the incident.

The victim, however, reported the matter to her mother on February 27. The matter was reported to the Sector 39 police station where a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC was registered. The probe was transferred to the crime branch later.

The accused worked in private companies and came in contact of the victim’s mother. He began visiting the family at their residence and became a family friend, said the police. 

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2 youths hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
Two youths were seriously hurt after a school bus collided with their motorcycle near Dhanas here this morning. The schoolchildren escaped unhurt in the mishap.

According to the police, the victims were identified as Pardeep Kumar and Shamim of Majri village near Mullanpur. They were rushed to the PGI, where their condition was stated to be critical.

The accident took place around 8:30 am when the school bus reportedly tried to avoid a collision with a trailer and rammed into the motorcycle, injuring the youths.

The bus driver was identified as Harjinder Singh of Rani Majra village. The bus belongs to Faheguru Public School, Ratwara Sahib, said the police.

Till the filing of the report, the condition of the victim was stated to be critical and the police was investigating the matter. No case was registered. The SHO of the Sector 11 police station said the matter was under probe and they were examining the role of the bus driver to ascertain whether he was at fault.

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EAC defeat Air HQ 40-35
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The EAC defeated Air HQ by 40-35 goals in a tough-contested semifinals played during the Air Force Handball Championship held here today.

The match was decided during extra time after both the teams tied at 31 goals each in the scheduled time of the game. For EAC, VP Singh (11 goals), Vishal (10 goals) and Subhas (eight goals) were the main scorers, while Hemant (four goals), Mallick (three goals), Mahesh (two goals), Bhaskaran (one goal) and John (one goal) too chipped in.

In the second semifinal, WAC was eliminated by SWAC 35-30 goals. Vikas scored nine goals, while Avin and RK Sharma scored eight and six points, respectively, for the winning team.

The Air Force is the first national champion of handball in India.

The first national was held in 1976 and the Air Force continued to be a national champion till 1986.

From 1986 to 2009 services, the team continued to be a champion, barring in 1991 when services team was runners up.

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