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New bus stands for Punjab dists
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 16
All districts of Punjab would soon have ultramodern bus stands. The exercise has been started with Patiala and would cover all district headquarters. After Patiala, Mohali would be the next district headquarters that would have an ultramodern bus stand.

Stating this, Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal said civic bodies in all district headquarters were being told to identify suitable land which should be on the outskirts of the towns to ensure that there were no traffic bottlenecks in reaching the bus stand as also for the buses leaving the bus stand.

The transport minister said it was proposed to have shopping centres in all bus stands to ensure that the passengers did not need to go out of the bus stand for purchases.

Master Mohan Lal said the Akali Dal-BJP government had decided that all old and worn out buses in the fleet of the Punjab Roadways and the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation would be replaced during the tenure of the present government.

It was planned to replace 689 old buses. These would be replaced within two years. The minister said ambitious plans had been drawn up to introduce air-conditioned buses on many new routes in addition to the existing routes.

These included some inter-state routes.

The minister said all district transport offices in Punjab would be computerised.

The details of challan and other details of the department would be available on computers. It would also be ensured that people did not face any harassment in depositing challan fee.

The transport minister disclosed that a driver training school was being opened in Mauana village in Patiala district.

It would have facilities for refresher courses for drivers.



Construction of building begins at Punjabi varsity
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 16
The construction of a new building for the MBA and computer science departments at Punjabi University began today. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 15.25 crore and it will be completed in 18 months.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said quarterly meetings would be held to monitor the progress of the work.

Chief engineer Amarjit Singh Sandhu said the four-storeyed centrally-air-conditioned building would have one lakh square feet of covered area comprising about 20 classrooms, separate rooms for each faculty, two Internet labs, four computer laboratories and two seminar rooms.

An open-air theatre would also be constructed to facilitate extra-curricular activities for students of both the departments, Sandhu said. Though the building has to be completed in 18 months, yet every effort would be made to complete it in 15 months, he added.



Contempt case against IAS officer
Complainant seeks security cover
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 16
A day after the Punjab Vigilance Bureau filed a contempt petition in the court of the Special Judge, Mohali, against suspended IAS officer VK Janjua for “scandalising the court, announcing his refusal to accept the authority of the court and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice”, the complainant in the vigilance case, TR Mishra, today filed application before the vigilance seeking security cover. The application filed by Mishra was brought on record of the local court by the vigilance.

In his application, Mishra has alleged that besides being threatened by the suspended IAS officer, he had received four income tax notices from the income tax department. Janjua was arrested in a trap case on November 9 last year following which he was remanded first in the police custody and then in judicial custody by the ilaqa magistrate. Later, Janjua approached the Special Court in Mohali on November 21 for his bail, which was granted on December 2.



Two held for forgery
Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 16
The Mumbai Police raided a pharmaceutical company at Ambala City and arrested two senior officials of the company in a forgery case today.

According to the Mumbai Police, Sasirang Bhosle of a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company, DPP, had supplied raw material to an Ambala firm worth Rs 1.93 crore around two years back.

He said the Ambala-based company had not paid the balance of Rs 1.20 crore to DPP. DPP filed a case of forgery in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate at Mumbai, which issued non-bailable warrant against three senior officials of the Ambala-based company.

The Mumbai Police produced the arrested persons in the court of CJM, Ambala, Parveen Gupta and requested the court to allow their transit remand. While granting the request of the Mumbai Police, the CJM ordered it to produce the arrestees on February 27 in this court.



Symposium on trends in chemistry

Patiala, February 16
A two-day symposium on “Emerging Trends in Chemistry” concluded with a valedictory function at the department of chemistry, Punjabi University, Patiala, here today.

Dr Manjit Singh, Dean (colleges), Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function.

Dr Ravi Shankar from IIT Delhi, Dr Alok Srivastava from Panjab University, Dr Mangat Rai from the PAU and Dr Raman Verma from Punjabi University presented their papers.

Theme for the first session was “Environment protection”, which was sponsored by the Punjab Sate Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, under the National Environment Awareness Campaign (NEAC).

A poster presentation competition was also held. — TNS



Bhupinder claims top spot in 100m
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 16
Government Mohindra College organised its 134th annual sports day. Paramjeet Singh Gill, IG, Patiala zone, graced the occasion as chief guest. He declared the meet open.

Principal of the college Sudeep Bhangu welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries. The principal read out the annual report and enlisted achievements of the college.Students participated in various events.

Results of Day 1:

Boys: 100m: Bhupinder Singh 1, Jaskaran Singh 2 and Prince Sharma 3; 400m: Puran Singh 1, Lakhvir Singh 2 and Sanjeev Singh 3; 800m; Bhupinder Singh 1, Puran Singh 2 and Jaskaran Singh 3; discuss throw: Lovi Panjim 1, Mahinder Singh 2 and Deepinder Singh 3.

Girls: 100m: Anita 1, Sonia Kumari 2 and Neeraj Kumar 3; 400m: Anita 1, Sonia Kumari 2 and Rajni 3; shot put: Anita 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Rajni 3.



177 cases settled at lok adalat

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
As many as 177 cases out of 387 were settled in a lok adalat which was held under Additional District and Sessions Judge PS Virk.

The disputes were settled with mutual consent. Besides IPC cases, traffic challans and marital disputes were also settled. Civil Judge, senior division, DPK Bedi, Additional Civil Judge, senior division, HPK Sidhu, JMIC Ashish Kumar Bansal and advocates from district courts were also present. — TNS



Sports day

Ambala, February 16
DAV College, Ambala, organised its annual sports day here today. Mukesh Ahuja, SDM, Ambala, was the chief guest on the occasion. Ahuja motivated students to take part in extra-curricular activities.

In shot put, Mamta secured the first position, while Yashika and Kadambari stood second and third. In long jump, Parul claimed the first position, while Kavita and Priyanka stood second and third. In 200m, Kadambari, Yashika and Dimple secured the first, second and third positions, respectively. — OC



Jawan killed in accident

Fatehgarh Sahib, February 16
A constable deployed with the Central Industrial Security Force died after his scooter rammed into a stationed truck near Peerjain village here today.

The deceased, identified as Amarnath, was on his way to Sirhind from Chandigarh when the fateful incident took place. The body was handed over to relatives of the deceased after conducting a postmortem. — TNS



Now, mediators to settle family conflicts out of court
Sonika Bhatia

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Family disputes coming before various women’s cells will now be amicably resolved with the assistance of ‘mediators’ and ‘conciliation centres’ located in the premises of the high court and district courts here. This was stated by the OSD cum member secretary of the high court legal services committee after a meeting held recently to explore ways to patch up such disputes. The meet was attended by senior superintendents of police of Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh.

The order stated, “The committee has been informed that a large number of family disputes trickle before various women’s cells in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. In order to handle these disputes at the prelitigation stage and to explore the possibility of resolving them amicably with the assistance of mediation and conciliation centres situated in the premises of the high court and the districts courts in Chandigarh, a step has been taken.”

“The above said proposal of the committee has been readily accepted by police officials. They agree family disputes coming before various women’s cells can be resolved amicably with the assistance of mediators,” it added.

“Accordingly, it has been resolved that the mediation and conciliation committee would provide mediators for resolving such disputes,” the order said.

“It has been resolved that as and when a person approaches the police in Chandigarh, Panchkula or Mohali for the resolution of his/her family dispute, the police officer authorised by the SSP would immediately contact member secretary RK Sharma or the mediation and conciliation centre situated in the high court premises, who would note down the names, addresses, contact numbers of the parties and would then get in touch with the police officer concerned, and will apprise him of the name of the mediator and date, time and place of mediation and conciliation,” the order read.

It also mentioned in case both parties arrive at the appointed hour, the officials of the mediation and conciliation centre concerned and then the mediator would proceed to mediate. In case the matter is not resolved in one sitting another date would be fixed and the concerned police officer would be informed about the adjournment.

In case the parties do not reach on time the officials concerned of the mediation and conciliation centre would bring the same to the notice of the police officer concerned, who will then find out the reason for the absence and would again try to ensure the parties come to seek the assistance of the mediators. In the first phase, the officers from Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh will be trained as mediators at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy.

The district court has 15 mediators. One of the trained mediators said, “This order will help in resolving disputes at an early stage. Earlier the process was lengthy and both parties had to undergo a tortuous time.”



High Court
Notice to SSP, SP for contempt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice for March 16 to UT SSP KK Srivastava, SP (city and crime) Madhur Verma and CID inspector Devinder Kumar to show cause why proceedings under the contempt of court Act be not initiated against them for alleged deliberate defiance of January 21 orders.

A judicial magistrate, vide the order, had allowed petitioner-advocate Guravtar Singh Mann to go abroad from January 26 to April 26.

The petitioner contended the court order was conveyed to the contemner on January 21.

But the contemner did not withdraw the direction issued to the airport authority to seize his passport and not allow him to go. Consequently on January 26, when the petitioner was to take his flight from New Delhi airport, his passport was seized by the immigration authorities.

The petitioner said a false case under Section 12 of the Passport Act was registered on September 25 last against him and his wife at the police station in Sector 34 allegedly with a malafide intention and extraneous consideration.

Petitioner’s wife Gurpreet Kaur has already challenged the FIR and sought its quashing.

Plea dismissed

Justice MMS Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed the petition filed by Yash Pal and five others against inspector of Chandigarh police, seeking directions to transfer to a court in Punjab the hearing of the case pertaining to alleged forgery and cheating registered against inspector Ram Gopal.

The petitioners had also alleged that the judicial magistrate, before whom the proceedings were pending, was biased and arrogant and they did not expect justice.

The petitioners had also alleged that the respondent Ram Gopal enjoyed great influence.



PIL on child labour

Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh has issued notice of motion to Union of India, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Panjab University and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on a PIL filed by social activist Hemant Goswami. The writ brings to fore the alleged violation and non-compliance of provisions of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, by the Union and the states.

Appearing for the petitioner, Adv APS Shergill cited Panjab University’s example, where children were made to work. The petitioner said whenever such cases were highlighted, the illegally employed child was victimised instead of being rehabilitated.

After the incidence of violation of the Child Labour Prohibition Act, Goswami and co-petitioner Vishavjyoti undertook an independent survey of the region to find that children were employed illegally almost everywhere.

The petition reads: “That in spite of the constitutional and statutory provisions which expressly prohibit child labour; the practice of employing young children forcefully or by taking advantage of their poverty and miseries has been noticed in almost every area of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.”

The next date of haring is April 28.



Judicial remand for TV channel owner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
A local court remanded Iqbal Singh, owner of a local TV channel, along with his father, brother and four friends in judicial custody today. The police had arrested the accused in three cases of trespass, rioting, causing injuries and criminal intimidation yesterday.

The police had also slapped a case of attempted suicide on Iqbal Singh for allegedly banging his head against a police vehicle to deter policemen from discharging their duties.

Iqbal had been running a TV channel in partnership with Kailash Rattan Dewan.

Of late, they had been suffering losses in the business and had decided to end the partnership.

Dewan had complained to the police that Iqbal had broken the locks of the premises they had taken on rent at a showroom in Sector 22 and taken away the articles.

He also placed his own furniture on the premises without Dewan’s consent. When Dewan objected to it, they had a heated argument over the issue.

Meanwhile, the owner of the premises, Gurmail Singh, also reported to the police that Iqbal had damaged his property in the process.



School Admission
HC not keen on plea withdrawal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear its intention of going deep into the admission system of city schools.

Taking up the Carmel Convent-9 admission matter, Justice Permod Kohli indicated that the matter was not restricted to an individual’s battle for securing admission for her daughter, but involved larger issues. The petitioner had expressed his willingness to withdraw the petition with the school paving the way for the admission following the court case.

Virtually denying the petitioner the permission to withdraw the petition, Justice Kohli observed that the court would like to settle the issue for all times to come, and see if there was a requirement for coming out with admission guidelines. The court also appointed amicus curiae to assist the Bench in the matter.

The matter, otherwise, made little progress with the UT administration seeking time to furnish the requisite information to the court. Justice Kohli, on the previous date of hearing, had called for the details of the land procured from the administration and the price paid for it. The court had also directed the school to supply admission form to the petitioner and also consider his daughter for admission.



Hit by bus, pedestrian dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
A man was killed and a woman injured in separate road accidents in the city. The police said a pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a CTU bus in Sector 20 last night. The victim was crossing the road when the mishap occurred. He was admitted to the Sector 32 GMCH, where he died.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Ram Kirpal Tewari of Burail. He was a florist.

The police has arrested CTU driver Balbir Singh on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. In another incident, Rahul Goel of Mohali has reported to the police that his niece was injured after being knocked down by an overspeeding car on February 13.

She has been admitted to the PGI. A case has been registered.

Caught drinking in public

The police has arrested Manoj Kumar, Charandeep Singh and Simran Singh, all residents of Sector 15, and Kuljeet Singh of Sector 7 from Sector 22 in the wee hours of Tuesday while consuming liquor at a public place.

Cases have been registered against them.

Motorcycle stolen

Sumit Nanda of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, has reported to the police that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB 06 TB 0960) was stolen from the IT park on February 4. A case of theft has been registered.


Ajay Chaudhary of Mani Majra has reported to the police that two unidentified scooterists snatched Rs 5,000 from him in NAC, Mani Majra, on Tuesday. A case has been registered.



Two arrested for conning woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Two persons were caught while attempting to dupe a woman of gold ornaments after offering to polishing these in Sector 20 here today.

The two hailed from Bihar and had been targeting unsuspecting people in the region.

The older of the two has been identified as Umesh Kumar. Both gained access to a house in Sector 20, where 55-year-old Pawinder was alone.

The two convinced her that they would polish the gold and silver ornaments.

She handed them her gold tops, which they started cleaning. They asked the woman to bring some hot water.

After a while, they again told her to bring hot water and her other ornaments.

Pawinder went to the kitchen and the two decamped with the booty. Pawinder raised the alarm when she realised that the two had taken away her ornaments.

On hearing the commotion, some bystanders gave the two a chase and overpowered them.

The police was informed about the incident. It took the two in its custody after registering a case of cheating, misappropriation and criminal conspiracy against them.



4 held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
The police today arrested four persons from Dadu Majra Colony (DMC) on charges of indulging in gambling. Maloya police post in charge Baldev Kumar said Surjit Singh, Ravinder Kumar, Bunty and Deepak Kumar, all residents of the DMC, were arrested for gambling.

The police recovered Rs 2,250 from their possession. Some others indulging in the crime, however, gave the police the slip.

He said gambling was flourishing in the area and special efforts were being made to curb the menace.

Recently, Vijay Kumar, a resident of the DMC, had attempted to commit suicide after he lost his rehri in gambling.



St Stephen’s lift T20 trophy
Satluj Public School bite dust
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
St Stephen’s, Sector 45-C, Chandigarh, clinched the Satluj T20 Championship Trophy by defeating Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, by nine runs in the final match played at Satluj Public School here today.

Batting first, St Stephen’s scored 153 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs. Lovish Bansal scored 39 runs studded with five fours, while Gaurav Singh scored 27 runs. Harpreet Singh grabbed two wickets by giving away 23 runs, Ashok Saini and Vishwas Khatak claimed two wickets each by giving away 29 and 36 runs, respectively.

Players of Satluj Public School were all out for 144 in 19.3 overs. While Abhinav Goel hammered for Satluj with 41 runs, Manan Vohra and Gaurav Tandon scored 28 and 26 runs, respectively. While Gaurav Singh claimed 3 for 10, Talwinderjit Singh and Jaspreet Singh grabbed two wickets each by conceiving 24 and 26 runs, respectively.

Gaurav Singh of St Stephen’s was declared man of the match. Best all-rounder award went to Manan Vohra (Satluj). Udit Hari Mehta (St Stephen’s) was adjudged the best batsman. While Harpreet Singh (Satluj) was declared the best bowler, best wicket keeper and best batsman awards were claimed by Lovish Bansal.

Sandeep Singh Moudgil, general secretary of the PDCA, gave away prizes to the winners.

Brief scores:

St Stephen’s, Sector 45-C, (Chandigarh): 153 for 7 in 20 overs ( Lovish Bansal 39, Gaurav Singh 27, Harpreet 2/23, Ashok Saini 2/29 and Vishwas Khatak 2/ 36). Satluj Public School, Sector 4, (Panchkula): 144 in 19.3 overs (Ahbinav Goeal 41, Manan Vohra 28 and Gaurav Tandon 26. Gaurav Singh 3/10, Talwinderjit Singh 2/24 and Jaspreet Singh 2/26).9



Roller Skating
Haryana shine on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 16
Haryana once again proved its mettle on the second day of the 47th National Roller Hockey and Inline Hockey Championship being played at the KBDAV-7 skating rink, Sector 10, here today.

In roller hockey (senior women), Haryana thrashed Delhi 32-0, while Haryana beat J&K 3-2 in the senior men roller hockey.

In junior boys section, Haryana beat Rajasthan 13-0, whereas in the senior men section, Haryana got the better of J&K 9-0. In junior girls category, Haryana beat UP 12-0, while Haryana beat UP 10-2 in sub-junior category.

Other results:

Senior men roller hockey: Delhi beat Maharashtra, the match between UP and AP 2-2 ended in a draw, MP beat Rajasthan 5-0, Chandigarh beat Maharashtra 8-0 and AP beat Chandigarh 3-2.

Junior boys roller hockey: Tamil Nadu beat Delhi 4-2, sub- junior boys section, AP beat J&K 13-6, Karnataka beat Kerala 6-5, Delhi beat Rajasthan 13-0 and Tamil Nadu beat MP 1-0

In the senior men section, Punjab beat Maharashtra 35-1.



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