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Non-payment of salaries
Forest dept workers gherao DFO’s office
Tribune News Service

Employees of the forest department raise slogans against the Punjab government for not releasing their salaries for the past eight months at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday.
Employees of the forest department raise slogans against the Punjab government for not releasing their salaries for the past eight months at Fatehgarh Sahib on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib,September 3
The office of the district forest officer (DFO) was gheraoed by a large number of workers this evening as they failed to get their salaries for the past eight months.

Irate over the lackadaisical attitude of the officials of the forest department, workers raised slogans against the Punjab government and demanded immediate release of their salaries. They did not allow any of the officials of the forest department, including the DFO, to leave the office even after the duty hours after 5 pm.

The workers said their department released salaries in the month of November last year. “Despite repeated attempts, no action has been initiated to release salaries by the senior functionaries of the department,” said the 50 odd workers, including women.

The state secretary of the Forest Workers Union, Shiv Kumar, said no salary was pending in any of the other district of the state except Fatehgarh Sahib.

Agitators included the Forest Mazdoor Union’s president Major Singh, secretary Prithvi Raj and other leaders.

DFO Daljit Singh Brar said the salaries of workers would be released for three months now and the rest of salaries be given after sanction of senior department officials.



Outgoing GM greeted with black flags
Tribune News Service

Ropar, September 3
The irate engineers of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, who had been agitating against outgoing general manager of the plant KK Sood for spoiling their ACRs for the past over a month, today greeted him with black flags.

Sood arrived at the Nuhon colony in the plant this morning to collect his belongings and vacate the quarter, along with police protection.

When the engineers learnt this, they gathered at the road crossing near his house waving black flags as a mark of protest against Sood for having downgraded their ACRs.

Agitating engineers alleged that Sood had spoilt their ACRs on personal grounds and ignored their performance and assessment of engineers by their immediate superiors. They also raised slogans against him.

They alleged that in one of the cases, Sood, as reviewing authority, had given additional superintending engineer 39 marks against 80 marks given by his superintending engineer (as reporting authority). This wide variation is typical in almost all cases of engineers who have got their ACRs disclosed under the RTI Act.

Engineers declared that they would hold a demonstration at the Mani Majra residence of Sood after taking permission from the UT administration. In case the issue was not settled within 15 days they would resume agitation in front of the gate of the plant, they added.



Junior engineers to protest today
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 3
Council of Junior Engineers, Punjab State Electricity Board, at its urgent meeting today decided to oppose the unbundling of the board.

Sukhdev Singh, patron, and Davinder Singh, general secretary of the council, said members of the council from all over Punjab would participate in a state-level protest being held in front of the PSEB head office in Patiala on September 4.

The council demanded that the state government should review its policy with regard to unbundling of the PSEB in view of the recent decision of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, the highest dispute redressal forum for electricity laws.

The tribunal held that it was not mandatory to unbundled PSEB to separate distribution, transmission and generation under the Electricity Act, 2003.

The council also warned that in case the government still decided to unbundled the PSEB, junior engineers would proceed on strike, a notice in this regard had been served to the authorities concerned.



2 youths held with stolen bike
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, September 3
The police arrested two youths with a Bullet Motor Cycle stolen from Sector 37, Chandigarh, during a naka at Chuni Morinda road.

The youths identified as Ajay Pal Singh alias Rimpal of Bhatinda and Sonu from Moonak. The police has registered a case under Section 379, 411and 34 of the IPC.

According to SHO Devinder Singh, the police had erected a naka on Chuni- Morinda Road, two motorcycle borne youths were stopped for routine checking. The police demanded for documents but they could not produce any. The police got suspicious and they were taken to a police station.

He said during interrogation they revealed that they had stolen the bike from Sector 37, Chandigarh.



Heroin worth Rs 3 cr seized

Patiala, September 3
The police today claimed to have seized 1 kg of heroin worth Rs 3 crore after a police party headed by DSP Davinder Singh Dhuri raided a particular place in Lachkani village.

The police also nabbed five persons Darshan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Bahadur Singh, Dinesh and Shami from the village and seized a .32 bore revolver and five live cartridges with 1-kg heroin. The accomplice of the five accused is still absconding. The police has registered a case. — TNS



20-yr-old worker killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, September 3
Monu, a 20-year-old worker, died after a steam pipe attached to a machinery suddenly busted at a Dera Bassi-based paper mill, located near Mubarikpur on the Dera Bassi-Ramgarh road this afternoon.

The investigation officer said the incident took place around 12.30 pm when Monu, hailing from Bariely, UP, was busy in repairing a steam-pipeline when the blast took place due to overpressure at Vishal Paper Mill.

The steam came out of the pipe and burnt his face. The other factory employees took the injured to the GMCH-32 where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

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



Two youths rob factory employee
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, September 3
Two unidentified youths allegedly snatched cash and a motorcycle from a factory employee near police station at Dera Bassi on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway this morning.

The incident took place around 5.45 am in front of ICICI Bank, here, when Nutan Kumar, a resident of MS Enclave Dhakoli, Zirakpur, was on his way to attend his duty at Samrat Fording factory at Gholu Majra on his motorcycle.

On the way the two youths sought lift from him. He slowed down the bike and one of the youths asked Nutan to drop him near Jawaharpur village. An accused pointed a gun at him and demanded cash. Nutan refused and raised the alarm. Meanwhile, a security guard of the bank rushed to help him.

However, the robbers took Rs 500 from the pocket of the victim and drove away with his motorcycle. A case has been registered.



Thieves decamp with Rs 40,000
Our Correspondent

Kalka, September 3
Thieves decamped with Rs 40,000 cash from a mobile and a jewellery shop of Surajpur. According to information, the miscreants committed the crime around 4 am today by breaking open the locks of the two shops.

Bina Bali, who resides near the shops, noticed the thieves and raised the alarm following which they fled, leaving behind a Maruti (CH-01-M-9131).

The police sources said a sharp-edged weapon had been recovered from the car. The car was probably stolen by the miscreants. Owners of the shops had reported to the police about the theft.



Income tax official convicted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The CBI special court of Darshan Singh today convicted an income tax official, Shanti Lal Sharma, in a corruption case dating back to 2006. He has been held guilty under Section 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The quantum of sentence would be announced tomorrow. Karam Pal, a resident of Burail, had complained to the CBI against Sharma, who inspected his house.

After making inquiries about his four-storeyed house, he asked Karma Pal about the source of money. The complainant told him that he had got Rs 16 lakh as loan while Rs 15 lakh was given to him by his parents for the construction of the house.

Karam Pal stated that Sharma threatened to implicate him in a false case of disproportionate assets. He then asked him to pay Rs 1 lakh as bribe. The complainant later told him that he could not pay the amount.

Sharma then asked him to pay Rs 50,000. Karam Pal complained to the CBI and a trap was laid at his house, where the official was caught demanding the bribe.



Bail plea of STA secy’s husband rejected
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 3
A Panchkula court today turned down the anticipatory bail plea of Vishavjit Arora, husband of Chandigarh State Transport Authority (STA) secretary Vandana Disodia, who has been accused of duping a man of Rs 5 lakh.

The public prosecutor told the court that a similar case had been registered against the accused, who had defrauded some people of Rs 36 lakh two years ago at Panchkula, the investigation against which was going on.

In this case, complainants Yogesh and Amit Mahajan alleged that Arora and his accomplice struck a deal with them to sell a piece of land at Haripur village for a sum of Rs 1.21 crore last year and a cheque for Rs 12 lakh had been handed over to Arora as advance money, but he returned it. Arora had agreed that the possession of the land would be given when he received the final payment on or before February 5.

Arora reportedly also obtained their signatures on blank papers on the pretext of getting permission for the transfer of land in their name. After some days, he started making excuses. It was also found out that there was no such land in his name at the said location, they alleged.



Property dealer booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 3
The local police has slapped a case of rape against a property dealer of Zirakpur here today. The accused has been identified as Sandeep Gupta, a resident of Mamta Enclave, Zirakpur.

According to the police, a woman from Kalka has alleged that she engaged Gupta to purchase a house for her. A deal was struck for Rs 10 lakh for a property at Zirakpur against which a sum of Rs 4 lakh was paid to the accused.

Gupta, however, could not transfer the property in her name following which she demanded her money and Gupta issued a cheque, which was dishonoured by the bank, she alleged.

Later, Gupta, on her repeated demands of returning money, told her to reach his office at Swastik Vihar where he thrashed her before raping, she alleged.

Following the complaint the police has registered a case under Sections 406, 420, 376, 511 and 506 of the IPC and got the victim medically examined.

One injured

Umesh Jain, a resident of Sector 4, was injured when a tree fell on him while he was going on his scooter in Sector 4. He received a fracture in the accident.



15 turtles recovered from meat shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The police, along with wildlife officials, arrested a Sector 37-based shopkeeper on the charges of turtles protected under the Wildlife Act.

The police recovered 15 turtles and eight conchs, worth several lakh of rupees, from Mayur Kumar, the shopkeeper, and registered a case under Sections 45 and 50 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station said Mayur runs a meat shop, Fresh Chicken Corner, in Sector 37 and a raid was conducted on the information provided by the wildlife officials.

Sources said Saurabh Gupta of Delhi had reported the matter to the police. He was associated with the People For Animal and had earlier busted a gang involved in illegal trading of certain species of turtles, which are on the verge of extinction.

Saurabh told the police that they had caught a person, Shabir, in Delhi who revealed his network and named Mayur. He said turtles were found in the southern part of India in the sea and are considered precious as rich people pay huge amounts to buy them. 



Woman found dead
Parents allege foul play
Tribune News Service


Panchkula, September 3
A 35-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her house here today. The deceased, identified as Tina, wife of an XEN with the Punjab State Electricity Board, was found hanging at her flat in a housing society of Sector 20.

According to DS Bhatia, a relative of the deceased, the body was first spotted by the house maid who reached there around 12 noon. She raised the alarm following which the police and her husband Sarbjot were informed. The couple was married 10 years ago and had two daughters from the marriage, he said.

While the police was suspecting it to be a case of suicide, the parents and relatives of the deceased were alleging foul play. No suicide note was found on the spot.

Bhatia alleged that Tina was being harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry as well as for not having a son. The body has been sent to hospital for postmortem.



PU employee’s car damaged in attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
In a lapse of security, an “outsider” damaged the car of a university employee with a helmet today. The incident happened just a stone’s throw away from gate No. 3, where securitymen have been deputed.

The car (CH 03W 6575), belonging to Radha Dayal, superintendent in University Institute of Legal Studies, was damaged as the rear glass was shattered when a two-wheeler (CH 03L 5224) hit it with a helmet.

“A girl on her scooter was in front of our car when she lost balance. She stopped her scooter by the roadside and we came out of the car to enquire about the matter. A two-wheeler suddenly hit the car from behind,” said KC Dayal, car driver.

“The scooterist started arguing with us and told us that he had come to drop his child to school. Instead of being apologetic, he banged his helmet on the car glass and entered into a scuffle,” he added.

The car owner has lodged a compliant with the police station-11.



Mohali man booked for sending vulgar emails
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The police booked a Mohali resident on the charges of sending vulgar emails to his boss regarding a female colleague to tarnish her image.

According to police, the accused was stung by professional rivalry and wanted his colleague to be ousted from the institute.

The police said the employer Dr SPS Grewal, harassed by the frequent emails carrying vulgar material about his employee, reported the matter to the cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the Chandigarh police.

The police after verifying the matter registered a case against the accused Kushwant Singh of Phase IO, Mohali. Raids were being conducted to nab him, the police added.

The police said the accused created a fake id and started sending emails to his boss telling him that the girl was indulging in immoral acts and would bring a bad name to the institution. He had started sending such emails about a month-and-half ago. He was sending the emails from different cyber cafes in the city.

A police officer said the accused committed a mistake and checked the status of emails that he had sent to his boss from his residence, which ultimately led them to him. The police tracked him down through the Internet connection and the IP number of the computer.



Challenge Cup
Kolkata register facile win against Indian Tigers
Tribune News Service

Players during a match at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh.
Players during a match at the Sector 17 Football Stadium in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 3
On the third day of ongoing 7th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All-India Football Tournament, Indian Football Association of Kolkata hammered Indian Tigers, Mumbai, by the huge margin of 12-0 in their second encounter played at the Football Stadium, Sector 17, here.

It was just a cakewalk for IFA lads as Swarajit Dass scored two goals for the team in the ninth and 71st minute, Amit Roy scored three goals for the IFA in 29th, 38th and 49th minute of the match, Mithun hit four goals for his team in 34th, 41st, 43rd and 51st minute, while Deepankar Sarkar scored two goals in 44th and 63rd minute and Lab Mandal scored one goal in the 90th.

In the second match of the day, Football Academy, Mahilpur, edge past Madhya Pradesh Football Association (3 -0). Gur Lal Singh, Onkar Singh and Sarabjit Singh scored one goal each for Mahilpur in the 20th, 35th and 70th minutes, respectively.

In another match played at Sector 42 Sports Complex, Rohit Football Academy, Orissa, blanked Daman and Dieu by the margin of 7-0. The first goal for Rohit Academy was scored by Chander Shekhar Behra in the ninth minute, while the second goal was scored by Abdul Kadim in the 42nd minute of play, the third goal was scored by SK Amitiaz Ali in 45th minute of the match. Rohit Academy was leading by 3-0 at the breather.

After the break Rohit Academy pumped four more goals. The fourth goal was scored by Chander Shekher Behra in the 68th minute. It was Abdul Kadim, who scored last three goals for his team in 81st, 83rd and 88th minute.

In the last match of the play, New Public School overpowered SSA Mizoram by the margin of 3-0. Sachin scored first goal in the 25th minute, Manpreet scored second goal in the 45th minute, Sat Pal Scored third goal in the 70th minute.



St Joseph’s stand out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
St Jospeh's defeated Holy Child School, Panchkula, by 26 runs with fine bowling spell by Mannat Verma (3 for 16) and Mandeep Singh (3 for 20) in the Inaugural Champions Trophy for Under-13 being played on the St Joseph's School grounds, here today.

Holy child skipper, Nikhil won the toss and decided to field first. But their bowlers let down their side by giving 33 extra runs. Abhinav played some good strokes and scored 29 runs to build up his team score to 103 in 20 overs.

Chasing the winning total, early breakthrough did help St Jospeh's to beat Holy Child. Only Nikhil could manage some resistance. At 77 runs they were all out.

Brief scores: St Joseph’s (103 for 3 in 20 overs), Abhinav (29), Ansh (19) and Arslan (15 not out)

Holy Child (77 all out in 18.4 overs), Nikhil (34), Shaksham (12), Mannt Verma (3 for 16), Mandeep Singh (3 for 20) and Arslan (2 for 12).

The final will be played between St Jospeh's and St Anne's School.



Satluj academy outdo Holy Child players
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Satluj Cricket Academy, Panchkula, has defeated Holy Child School, Morni, by 123 runs in the Under-14 T-20 Cricket Tournament, being held at Kundan Cricket Academy, Sector 46, here today.

Satluj players entered the final by winning all three league matches against Kundan Cricket Academy, APJ Kharar and Holy Child School.

Satluj players won the toss and opted to bat first. They scored a huge total of 178 with a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.

Karanveer Singh played brilliant and scored 68 runs in 21 balls with six sixes and seven fours. He was supported by Harpreet Singh (28 not out) and Vishwas (22).

Brief scores:

Satluj Cricket Academy 178/7 in 20 overs. Karanveer Brar (68), Harpreet Singh (28 not out), Vishwas Khatak (22), Kawish (4-27-02), Raghu (4-35-02) and Nikhil (2-15-02).

Second innings: Holy Child School, Morni, (55 all out).

Pranshu (20), Vishwas Khatak (4-10-3), Harpreet Singh (4-12-02) and Gagandeep Singh (4-15-2). 



Golf coaches hone skills for higher grade
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 3
Sixteen golf teaching professionals from all over the country are going through the grind of practical and theory classes in their bid to acquire Grade C status at the National Golf Academy of India which is housed in the CGA Golf Range in Chandigarh.

Ever since its inauguration about a year back the Academy has been grooming teaching professionals to become categorised coaches. So far the CGA-run academy has groomed about 170 categorised coaches.

At one time the country did not have any Grade A coaches. Today we can boast of having 13 categorised Grade A coaches.

The only Grade A coach in the north beyond Delhi is Chandigarh’s Jessie Grewal, who is also the director of the academy.

Teaching professionals, who have already done Grade D, are honing their skills under the watchful eyes of Kolkata’s Indrajit Balotia and Delhi’s Anitya Chand. The one week grooming session will conclude with an examination on September 5 and those making it will get the Grade C status.

According to Jessie Grewal those aspiring to become teaching professionals have to pass a seven over par handicap test on two successive days to become eligible for appearing in the Grade D examination.

The examinations become tougher, as the teaching professionals compete for the next Grade status. The practical quotient goes up to 70 per cent.

The grooming gets still tougher as they appear for the national Grade A coach examinations. Here the practical quotient, goes up to 80 per cent, with theory taking up a mere 20 per cent.

Jessie Grewal was among the country’s first seven Grade A coaches in 2004. 



Anwar Ali’s pep talk to academy players

Chandigarh, September 3
For a man among the cream of Indian football, Anwar Ali still knows how to stay grounded. No wonder he turned up to cheer youngsters of his academy, Rurka Kalan, at the Administrator’s Cup, in the city.

While recalling Indian team’s recent win against Syria in the Nehru Cup, Anwar said, “To play for the Nehru Cup was a dream come true and the win, that too such a nail-biting one, made the event even more special.”

Anwar, who is a Rurka Kalan Football Academy product, recalled his days playing for DAV College, Jalandhar, for about a year and then with JCT FC. Now he will ply his trade at Dempo Sports Club, Goa, in what is being touted as the biggest move of the I-League for a defender. “It’s all about the game. Diligence and dedication are two important elements for achieving success in life,” Anwar added.

“I will miss my old mates at JCT. It is like a family and will always hold an important place in my life. Right now my focus is on the I-League which is to be played in Goa. I am working really hard to grab the top position in the league,” stressed Anwar.

When asked about his success mantra, Anwar answered, “One should always follow the instructions given by seniors and coaches. It is only because of my coach’s special attention that I am where I am now,” Anwar added. — TNS



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