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Bus hits trucks in fog, 20 injured
Tribune News Service

The bus that met with an accident due to dense fog on the Sirhind-Patiala road on Saturday.
The bus that met with an accident due to dense fog on the Sirhind-Patiala road on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 23
As many as 20 persons received injuries when a bus collided with two trucks on the Sirhind-Patiala road around 9.30 am today. The accident took place near Chorwala village.

As per the police officials the accident occurred when a private bus, on its way towards Patiala from Sirhind, rammed head on into a truck due to dense fog.

The bus first hit a truck, which was moving ahead of it, and then collided head on with another truck coming from the opposite direction from Patiala side. Police officials, who reached the spot, said the truck moving ahead of the bus applied brakes to enter a factory situated on the Sirhind-Patiala road and the bus hit the truck before colliding with another truck.

The bus got damaged in the accident after collision and its passengers, most of them nearby residents and employees on their way to different offices in Fatehgarh Sahib, received multiple injuries.

Around 20 bus passengers were rushed to the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, and some of them were brought to nearby hospitals in Patiala.

The doctors said while condition of almost all passengers was out of danger, most of them got fractures on arms, legs and received multiple injuries in the accident.

Senior police officials reached the Civil Hospital to enquire about the health of the victims.

Meanwhile, two trucks also collided with each other due to dense fog on the same road late last night wherein two persons received injuries in the accident. They were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.



Six hurt in pile-up
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, January 23
Six persons received injuries after six vehicles collided with each other on the GT Road, near Rajpura, late last night.

The vehicles included a Maruti 800, a Scorpio, a Lancer, a truck carrying Army men, a bus and another truck.

The police officials who reached the spot said the accident took place when the bus, on its way from Delhi to J&K, hit a truck after it applied sudden brakes.

The other vehicles got piled up on the GT Road due to dense fog and high speed of vehicles on the road. The Scorpio hit the divider of the road.

The bus driver was later referred to Chandigarh due to his serious condition and the others were treated at the Civil Hospital, Rajpura, with minor injuries.

Traffic remained disrupted on the highway due to the accident and it was cleared only in the morning. Police officials said a case in this connection may be registered against the truck driver who applied the brakes in front of the bus.

The police was recording statements of the injured.



Patiala to plant 1 lakh saplings on R-Day
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 23
Patiala is all set to get a new green cover in the years to come as the forest department has drawn up an ambitious plan for the purpose. As part of this plan at least 1 lakh saplings of shady plants would be distributed free of cost among the members of the general public on the Republic Day.

Divisional forest officer Dharminder Sharma said yesterday this was being done with a view to encourage the habit of planting more trees among public. The people coming for the Republic Day function to the Yadavindra Stadium would be given saplings free of cost.

He said non-governmental organisations and social organisations would also be given plants and saplings free of cost. He said it had been observed that NGOs and social organisations had been engaged in planting of saplings.

He said the people being given saplings would also be educated on its upkeep. The functionaries of NGOs and social organisations would also be educated on proper upkeep of the saplings.

The divisional forest officer said initially it had been proposed to distribute both shady and fruit bearing plants to the people. But there were some technical problems and as such the plan of distributing fruit plants had been put on hold. He said the saplings were being raised in the forest department nurseries and would be ready for distribution on the Republic Day. Sources in the forest department disclosed that the plants proposed to be distributed included neem, jarkanda, jakreshia etc.

The officials of the forest department lauded the role being played by social organisations in helping give a green cover to the city. They said with the free distribution of saplings in such large numbers it was expected that the city would get a green cover in the coming few years.



Grant Delay
Aided school teachers without salary
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 23
Teachers of most aided schools in Haryana have not received their salaries for December as the education department has so far not released the quarterly grant to these schools.

In a statement said here today, Aided School Teachers’ Association district president Mohinder Bhatnagar and secretary Ramesh Bansal said aided schools had been facing a huge financial crises owing to the delay.

They said the grant should have released by December 31. Bansal said 212 aided schools were running in the state offering education to thousands of students.

He said the government was giving 95 per cent grant to aided colleges but the schools were actually getting just 75 per cent grant.

He said the government should increase the grant of aided school as after the implementation of the 6th pay commission, the expenses of aided school had also increased.



Free car driving lessons for BPL families
Our Correspondent

Ambala, January 23
Maruti Suzuki will provide free driving training of cars to BPL card holders in Haryana and four Maruti driving schools were opened in the state in this regard.

The general manager of this project, Mahesh Rajoria, while inaugurating a driving school at Ekansh Wheel in Ambala City today, said Maruti had started these schools in collaboration with the state government. In Delhi, Gujarat and Uttrakhand also such centres had been set up. He said a nominal fee for the training had been fixed for the beneficiaries other than the BPL card holders.

He said the company had launched this scheme to promote road safety awareness and generating job opportunities. He added that through the national road safety mission the company had planned to train 5 lakh people in safe driving.



Fake Yoga Certificate
Court to decide on cancellation report tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
A local court today fixed January 25 for taking up the matter pertaining to the cancellation report of a criminal case against the UT Police SHO Ram Gopal.

Earlier, the court of JMIC Sumit Ghai had referred the report to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate J Sidhu, citing personal reasons. The CJM court will now decide whether to keep the case or to commit to other appropriate court.

The High Court had recently directed the court to take up the matter within three weeks and decide since the same was pending for more than eight months now.

Earlier, Madhur Verma, who was the investigating officer in the case pertaining to the alleged fake yoga certificate of Ram Gopal, had recommended for cancellation of the FIR against him. Earlier, the matter was with the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that had asked the UT administration to inquire into the authenticity of the yoga certificate awarded to Ram Gopal on the basis of which he got a promotion. The CAT had pronounced the order in 2007 after 17 sub-inspectors lodged a complaint against Ram Gopal, challenging the authenticity of the certificate.

During the course of the hearings, CAT called Bal Mukand Singh, who was declared world champion at the 6th World Yoga Meet, held in Geneva.

The certificate given to Ram Gopal was of teaching at the world level. Both the certificates were in Italian language.

The tribunal had directed the IGP and the Home Secretary to examine this matter and find if the promotion was obtained by submitting wrong facts.

It was learnt that Ram Gopal joined the UT Police as ASI in March 1991 against a general quota seat and was last on the merit list of seven successful candidates.

Ram Gopal had gone to Italy to attend a private yoga competition at his own expense in October 1997. 



Financier’s Murder
Bail plea of Whiskey’s aide dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
A local court today dismissed the bail application of Kuldeep Singh, an accomplice of Whisky, arrested recently in connection with the murder of a Sector 20-based financier.

The court of District and Sessions Judge KK Garg dismissed the bail plea. While the defence had pleaded that Kuldeep had only gone to take the car and had no clue about a fight. He was also not aware about what happened at the spur of the moment, stated the defence.

He was arrested along with Davinder Singh alias Whisky and others in connection with the murder of Harjinder Singh Dhillon, a Sector 20-based financier. He was murdered on November 25, 2009.



Cash, goods worth lakhs stolen
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 23
Cash and goods worth lakhs of rupees were stolen in four separate incidents of thefts in the district. Burglars broke in the store of Verka Milk Plant, Phase VI, here and decamped with Rs 40,234 cash and some articles. A case has been registered on a complaint lodged by Balbir Singh, general manager, Verka Milk Plant.

In another case, burglars took away sanitary fittings and other articles while the occupants of the house in Sector 70 were away. Sandeep Singh Brar, owner of the house, had lodged a complaint in this regard.

In Kurali, thieves took away Rs 20,000 cash, gold ornaments, a camera and a mobile phone from the house of Baljinder Singh in Manakpur Sharif village.

Meanwhile, in Zirakpur, Sohan Lal, a resident of Royal Estate, complained that Ram Niwas and his associates had stolen articles form his house.

Thieves arrested

The CIA wing of the Mohali Police arrested Satvir Singh and Ranjit Singh for allegedly selling stolen vehicles after putting fake registration numbers and also selling spares of stolen vehicles.

ASI Ajiab Singh of the CIA wing stated that Satvir and Ranjit, along with Lal Chand, Sukhdeep Singh and Vikas, were involved in the business of selling stolen vehicles. During a raid near the Daun road, two of the suspects were arrested and the remaining fled from the spot.

Copyright violation

The Mohali Police arrested Mohinder Singh for allegedly transferring copyright protected music into mobile phones through computers. Varinder Kumar, an employee of a music company, said the owner of JS Communication, Mataur, was violating the law by doing the illegal activity.

A case under the Copyright Act has been registered.



Sakshi claims shot put gold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Keen competition was witnessed on the first day of the Chandigarh State Senior Athletics Championship with Sakshi Sharma (former under-22 national champion) of Sports Complex, Sector 46, winning a gold medal in shot put, pushing Jaspreet Kaur (school national medallist) of GMSS School, Sector 21, to the second place.

The results: Men: 100m: 1 Asish Lohan (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28), 2 Jagjit Singh (GMSS School, Sector 40), and 3 Simranjit Singh (St Soldier Public School).

400 m: 1 Gagandeep Singh (SGGS College, Sector-26), 2 Simranjit Singh (St Soldier Public School), and 3 Sachin (SGGS College, Sector-26).

1500 m: 1 Surinder Singh (ESIC, Ram Darbar), 2 Rohit Kumar (DAVSS School, Sector-8), and 3 Vikas (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28).

5000 m: 1 Rakesh Kumar (SGGS College, Sector-26), 2 Surinder Singh (ESIC, Ram Darbar), and 3 Harjinder Singh (GMSS School, Sector-28).

Shot put: 1 Gagandeep Singh (DAV College, Sector-10), 2 Jagroop Singh (BSC, Sector-39), and 3 (Prashant Malik SGGS College, Sector-26).

Javelin throw: 1 Jagbir Singh (Chandigarh Police), 2 Gaurav (Sports Complex-7), and 3 Manmeet Singh (New Public School, Sector-18).

Triple jump: 1 Guru Ashish Singh Randhawa (Sports Complex-7), 2 Ashish Lohan (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28), and 3 Jagjit Singh (GMSS School, Sector-40).

High jump: 1 Manoj Kumar (SGGS College, Sector-26), 2 Varun Kashyap (PEC, Sector-12), Piyush (AKIP School, Sector-41).

10,000-m walk: 1 Pardeep Kumar (SGGS College, Scetor-26), 2 Prashant (DAVSS School, Sector-8) and 3 Chand (GMSS School, Sector 19).

Women: 100 m: 1 Puneet Kaur (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28), 2 Kiranpreet Kaur (GMSS School, Sector-40), and 3 Kusam Lata (GMSS School, Sector-21).

400 m: Amandeep Kaur (GGS College, Sector-26), 2 Sandhya Yadav (GMSS School, Sector-16), and 3 Narinderpal Kaur (GMSS School, Sector-32).

1500 m: 1 Parul Joshi (GMSS School, Scetor-18), 2 Varsha Sharma (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28), and 3 Varsha (GGS College, Sector-26).

5000 m: 1 Sandhya Yadav (GMSS School, Sector-16), 2 Varsha (GGS College, Sector-26), and 3 Narinderpal Kaur (GMSS School, Sector-32).

Shot put: 1 Sakshi Sharma (Sports Complex-46), 2 Jaspreet Kaur (GMSS School, Sector-21), and 3 Kailash Rani (Chandigarh Police).

Javelin throw: 1 Kailash Rani (Chandigarh Police), 2 Puneet Kaur (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28), and 3 Sonu Malik (St Soldier Public School, Sector-28).

High jump: 1 Mansi Goyal (GMSS School, Scetor-18), 2 Harkarandeep Kaur (Sports Complex-26), and 3 Pooja (GGS College, Sector-26).



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