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Gang of thieves busted, five arrested
Accused of stealing cars, mobile phones, batteries

Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 11
The Rajpura police today claimed to have busted a gang of thieves with the arrest of five of its members and recovered five stolen cars, 23 mobile phones, 70 batteries, one video camera, 20 headphones and a CD player from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Gurcharan Singh Rajvir, Sarabjit Singh, both residents of Patiala, Avtar Singh, alias Lambi, of Rajpura, Gurmeet Singh, alias Mithu, of Tungwali village in Bathinda and Hari Singh of Chola Sahib Village in Amritsar.

Police officials investigating the matter said that the main accused, Gurcharan Singh used to wear uniform of a security guard and lift vehicles with the help of other accused. He was arrested during a naka laid on the Rajpura-Sirhind road along with another accused Raj Kumar while two of his accomplices fled. Later on, three others were arrested on the clues provided by the arrested accused.

The police said the accused admitted to have committed thefts in various shops and parking areas of Rajpura and adjoining areas during the past few years. They used to steal cars and sell its parts in major towns of Punjab and adjoining states.

A case in this connection has been registered by the police and further investigation is on, said the police officials.



Three shops gutted; loss estimated at Rs 5 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 11
Three shops located on the old civil hospital road at Ambala City were gutted early this morning. The two-wheeler spare parts dealers owned two of the shops while the third shop belonged to a dry-cleaner. The loss was estimated to Rs 5 lakh.

According to information, a passerby noticed that the smoke was coming out from the drycleaner’s shop.

Later smoke was also seen in other two adjoining shops. The owners of the shops were also informed. Three fire brigades were summoned and the fire was brought under control after three hours.

Almost all goods of the shops were destroyed in the fire. It was the second incident of fire reported in the dry cleaner shop in the past one year. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained so far.

The police said that the possibility of short circuit could not be ruled out, however a shopkeeper alleged that there could be some conspiracy in it.

One of the shopkeepers said he had switched off the main switch of the shop before shuttering down the shop last evening, therefore no question of short-circuiting could be possible.

The police has registered a case on the complaint of shopkeepers and was investigating the matter.



DC suspends 11 lambardars
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 11
Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow today ordered suspension of 11 lambardars for dereliction of duty here. Srow said the labardars had been told to collect the canal -water tax in their respective areas. But they had failed to do so for the past about 15 years.

The Deputy Commissioner said the local Tehsildar inquired into the matter and the action followed on his report.

The lambardars were appointed for the help of the district administration but they failed to do their respective duties, Srow added.

The Deputy Commissioner in his suspension order also asked the lambardars to clarify their stand within 15 days.

The suspended lambardars are - Bhagwan Singh of Dangdehri village, Satpal of Babaheri, Sheeshpal of Rangia, Kulwant Singh of Mirzapur,Amandip of Nasirpur, Gurmit Singh of Lakhnor Sahib, Dharampal of Bhanokheri, Bahadur Singh of Bamba, Angrez Singh and Ujagar Singh of Baknor, Habilas of Lotti and Sadhu Singh of Patti Kalalan villages.



CBI should probe doctors’ recruitment scam: Chawla
Tribune News Service

Health minister Laxmi Kant Chawla (second from right) honours NCC cadet at Government College, Ropar
Health minister Laxmi Kant Chawla (second from right) honours NCC cadet at Government College, Ropar. A Tribune photograph

Ropar, March 11
Irregularities highlighted in doctors’ recruitment conducted by the Punjab State Service Commission (PPSC), Patiala, should be investigated by the CBI. This would only ensure fair and transparent investigation.

Health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said this while addressing mediapersons today.

She was here to preside over a function at an annual prize distribution function NCC wing of Government College, Ropar.

“I raised this issue during the Vidhan Sabha proceedings and the Chief Minister asserted of a vigilance inquiry into the episode. Instead of vigilance, the CBI should be handed over this case for investigation,” she said.

Talking about the government-run generic drug stores, Chawla said Punjab was leading the nation in running these stores efficiently and serving needy patients. Chawla revealed that very soon these stores would be giving cancer and surgery related medicines too. She said that the Jan Aushadhi Centre being run at Amritsar was leading in Punjab in terms of sale of drugs.

Replying to a query, she stated that cancer is another name of death and Punjab needs super speciality hospitals. “Besides this we plan to start mammography in five government-run hospitals in the state.

Mobile vans will be introduced to spread cancer awareness as well as provide treatment to the people,” she said.



Non-teaching staff threaten to boycott exams
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 11
The non-teaching employees of aided colleges have decided to boycott the university examination. The employees have been demanding implementation of the revised pay scales.

Sanjay Gupta, secretary, Non-Teaching Employees Union, said, “We were forced to boycott the practical examination, which was held today, as the authorities had turned a blind eye to our problems. Our demand of implementation of the revised pay scales as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission has not been heeded.”

He said they would intensify the agitation if their demands were not met.

He said the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges had also written letters to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Education Minister Upinderjeet Kaur to apprise them of the problems that the non-teaching employees were facing.

They have appealed to the government to fulfil their demands at the earliest.



Five youths injured in brawl
Tribune News Service

The injured being treated at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi
The injured being treated at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, on Thursday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Dera Bassi, March 11
Five youths were injured in a late evening brawl at Mubarikpur village. The injured were admitted to the local civil hospital. One of the group allegedly attacked the admitted injured in the hospital OPD. The hospital staff informed the police, who is investigating the matter.

The injured youth, Partap Singh, said when he along with his friend Amit were returning to their village from Dera Bassi on their motorcycle, they were attacked by them. He alleged when they were taking the treatment at the hospital, the youths again attacked them. On the other hand, the other youths denied the allegations.

The police said a case would be registered after taking the statements of the injured.



One booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 11
The Kharar police has booked a youth for raping a student of a town-based professional college. In her complaint to the SSP Mohali, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, the girl alleged that five months ago, she was raped repeatedly by one Sukhwinder Singh from Gharuan village.

The SSP marked an inquiry into the complaint and asked the DSP, (city-I), Raka Ghirra, to investigate and submit a report. A case has been registered on her report.

The victim stated that Sukhwinder Singh first raped her repeatedly and then assured her of marriage.

A native of Jharkhand, the girl was pursuing diploma course in electronics and communication at a local professional college.

She said that on September 29, 2009, one of her friends took her to Gharuan on pretext of a marriage function.

There Sukhwinder Singh met her and took her to some secluded place and repeatedly raped her.

The accused then assured her of marriage, but later said that he would not marry as they did not belong to the same caste.



Two injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, March 11
Two persons received serious injuries in an accident involving a truck and three-wheeler. The injured have been identified as Paramjit Singh and Rajvinder Singh. Police officials who reached the spot said that both the injured were drivers of vehicles that collided head on.

The accident took place on the Patiala-Rajpura road. Both injured were referred to Patiala in a serious condition.

The police said a case in this connection would be registered after recording the statements of the injured and onlookers.



3 kids fall unconscious after eating herb
Our Correspondent

Ambala, March 11
Three children became unconscious when they consumed seeds of an herb (aak) while playing in the herbal park located close to Model Town crossing at Ambala City today noon.

The children - Shiv Om, Jeetu and Nitish were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City. Their condition was stated to be out of danger. Three other children who also reportedly consumed the same herb were rushed to some private nursing home.

According to information, around six children of the Asa Singh Garden locality had gone to the herbal park this morning. After consuming the seeds of the sedative herb, some children became unconscious, other children playing in the park informed their parents. The parents then took them to the local civil hospital.

The doctor on duty said the children had complained of giddiness. The children would be discharged from the hospital by evening, hospital sources said.



Students of Aryans school shine
Tribune News Service

Banur, March 11
Students of Aryans Business School emerged the overall champions in the inter-business school declamation and business quiz contest “Aprajita 2010” organised by Dr IT Group of Institutes, Banur.

Jasmeet Kaur stood first in the declamation contest, while Sachin and Nand Kishore stood third in the quiz.

Around 10 business schools of Chandigarh, including Chitkara, SVIET, Gurukul, Chanakya and Dr IT participated in the competition.

Chairman of the institute Anshu Kataria congratulated winners on the achievement.



Manpreet crowned Miss Fresher

Patiala, March 11
Students and teaching staff of Bhai Gurdas General Nursing College, Patiala, welcomed the freshers and organised a party for them. Municipal Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang was the chief guest on the occasion. Prof Baldev Singh Bullana, president of the managing committee, congratulated students.

Manpreet Kaur was crowned Miss Fresher, while Sumandeep Kaur and Varinder Kaur were declared first and second runners-up, respectively. — TNS



High Court
Decks cleared for Ateek’s deportation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
He slept in Pakistan, woke up in India. And, is now all set to go back to his native land. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, hearing a petition for Mohammed Ateek’s repatriation was today told that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has no objection to the withdrawal of the case against him. Even the Government of Punjab was ready to repatriate him within a day of receiving repatriation orders from the MHA.

The assertions came on a petition by city-based advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal. He had stated the train from Pakistan had brought Ateek to India; and soon he was taken into custody. Since the time of his arrest, he had been languishing in a jail, Lakhanpal added. The boy’s plight was brought to Lakhanpal’s notice through Ansar Burney, Pakistan’s leading human rights and civil rights activist.

The Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh was also informed he was currently in the Bostal Jail in Hoshiarpur awaiting deportation. The matter will now come up for further hearing on March 30.

Beaten by his father for flying kites, the run-away Pakistani boy had landed on a train to spend the night. Sleeping on the berth, little did he realise he would wake up in India the next morning.



Major Dimple Singla gets bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Just over a week after Major Dimple Singla was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on corruption charges, the Armed Force Tribunal (AFT) today granted her bail. Major Dimple was in the custody of Army authorities after her conviction on March 3.

As her bail application came up for consideration, the AFT directed her to be released after furnishing two sureties of Rs 25,000 each.

The Tribunal’s Division Bench, comprising Justice Ghanshyam Parsad and Lt Gen AS Bahia, one of the sureties has to be from a serving or retired officer of the defence forces. The Tribunal also summoned the entire record of the GCM, which convicted Major Dimple.

Alleging interference on the part of the then Judge Advocate-General during pre-trial proceedings, Major Dimple claimed in her plea before the Tribunal that she was not given adequate opportunity to defend herself during the GCM.

Alleging discrimination, she further claimed some of the defence witnesses were not allowed to be examined by the GCM. In her petition filed before the Tribunal’s Chandigarh Bench, she had also sought suspension of the sentence; and directions for setting aside the entire pre-trial and other proceedings against her.



Bail pleas dismissed in assault cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The bail application filed by Shilpkar Singh, accused of causing injuries to Ravinder Singh, was dismissed by a local court here today. Ravider had complained that Shipkar along with a co-accused had snatched his mobile, injuring him in the process.

They had also threatened the complainant at gun-point. The counsel for the accused argued that Shipkar had been falsely implicated as the alleged weapon was a toy pistol and therefore allegations of threatening were wrong.

On the contrary, the counsel for the state opposed the argument on the ground that the other accused was yet to be arrested, recovery of the weapon was yet to be made and investigation was in progress.

“A perusal of record reveals that there are serious allegations against the accused as he has caused injuries to the complainant by fist and blow and have taken away his articles like mobile and speaker from the car, etc. under threat. They have been implicated under Section 392 of the IPC that is a serious offence. Without commenting on the merit of the case, it is held that the accused is not entitled to bail at this stage,” the order stated.

Meanwhile, the bail application filed by Bakshish Singh, accused of injuring Balwinder Singh in an assault case, was also dismissed by a local court here today.

“The accused caused grievous hurt to the injured with dangerous weapon. The injured lost eyesight in one eye. The injury is alleged to be grievous. In such circumstances, keeping in view the entire facts of the present case, without commenting on the merits of the case and keeping in view the serious nature of the allegations, the accused is not entitled to bail,” the order passed by CJM JS Sidhu read.

Balwinder Singh had alleged that Bakshish Singh along with a co-accused had caused grievous hurt with dangerous weapon having common intent.

The counsel for Bakshish Singh argued that his client had been falsely implicated. Moreover, he had been in custody for a long time and was not required for investigation.

Assistant public prosecutor for state opposed the bail application on the ground that Bakshish Singh had committed serious offence.

His bail application has already been dismissed by the court of sessions.

The case will now come up for hearing on March 25. The accused will remain in judicial custody till then.



HJC Case
Notice to UT police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
District and sessions judge KK Garg today served notice on the Chandigarh police asking it to file a reply on the bail application filed by 21 members of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) who were arrested last week.

The court had given judicial remand to the party activists for their alleged involvement in violence on March 6. The counsel for the members argued that the party had held the rally after taking permission but the police in a biased manner attacked them and damaged vehicles.



Hawara case adjourned till March 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The hearing in Jagtar Singh Hawara case was adjourned till March 16 at the district courts today. The Punjab police had registered the case against him for attempted murder and under the Arms Act in 1995.

After getting the information about his presence at Jalandhar bus stand, the police had laid a trap to arrest him.

During the operation, Hawara had attacked the police injuring a constable, Pawan.

The police had later recovered the pistol used in the crime from his possession.

The special court has already ordered capital punishment for Hawara in the Beant Singh assassination case.



Objectionable text messages to cop
Police launches hunt to trace woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The police has launched a hunt for an unidentified woman who has allegedly been sending text messages to inspector Ram Gopal, the SHO of police station-19. Police sources said a daily diary report (DDR) had been registered at the police station-19 on a complaint lodged by Ram Gopal in this connection.

Ram Gopal had been receiving text messages on his official mobile phone for some time. The police verified and found the mobile phone registered in the name of a Delhi-based woman.

The police was making efforts to trace the woman to find out the motive behind sending messages.

Sources further said official phone numbers of other police officers were also being checked to find out if they had also been receiving such messages from the same woman.

A police officer added that the SHO had been getting objectionable text messages or blank messages on his mobile. However, no message had been received in the past three days, he added.

DSP (East) Jasbir Singh Cheema confirmed that a DDR had been lodged and the matter was under investigation.



Two injured in road accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
A cyclist and a motorcyclist were injured in two separate road accidents in the city. Muniya, a cyclist, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was hurt after being knocked down by a motorcycle (CH-03-K-1623) near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, on March 8. The motorcyclist sped away after the mishap. HE WAS admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. In another incident, Sumesh Kumar of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, reported to the police alleging that Surinder, a resident of his locality, rammed his car into his motorcycle near railway station on Wednesday. He was admitted to the GMCH. Two cases have been registered.


The police today arrested a Kajheri resident and recovered two stolen motorcycles from him. The in charge of the Sector 61 police post said a youth, identified as Dharminder of Colony No 5, tried to flee leaving his motorcycle behind early this morning on seeing a police patrolling party. The police chased and nabbed him. He admitted to having stolen a motorcycle from Sector 45 and another from Kajheri last night.


Monu of Sector 25 reported to the police alleging that Dashrath, Monu, Ajay and their accomplices had beaten him up and threatened him near his residence on Wednesday. He was admitted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital. In another case, Santosh Kumar of Colony No. 4 reported to the police alleging that Balram, Inderjit, Panna Lal and Bablu, all residents of Colony No. 4, had assaulted him near his residence on Tuesday. He was injured and admitted to the GMCH. The police has arrested the accused.



Ranjit had fired at Gurmohan Bedi, says Pkl police
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 11
Ranjit Bajaj not only put the pistol on the temple of Gurmohan Singh Bedi, son of Punjab and Haryana High court Judge at hotel Notrht Park on the night of January 29, he actually fired at him. This was alleged by Panchkula police in his reply submitted with the court here today.

The police opposing the bail application of Bajaj in its reply said Ranjit missed the target. There was every possibility that Bajaj would escape after getting the bail, said the reply.

Today, during the hearing on the regular bail application of Bajaj, his counsel completed his arguments before District and Session Judge SP Singh.

As the injuries to Bedi were not of a serious nature so there could be no case under section 307 of the IPC, contended Bajaj’s counsel Rajan Malhotra.The judge deferred the hearing for March 13, when prosecution would initiate its arguments.

Meanwhile, the district police has managed to recover the pistol from Malkhan, one of the guard of Ranjit from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Interestingly, Bajaj’s counsel Rajan Malhotra had to go through an unusual experience in Panchkula today. Malhotra when he left the court for his home after concluding arguments found that his Honda City car was missing. He was told that his car was towed away by the police as it was not parked at proper place.



Junior golf camp from March 27
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 11
A three-month EGTF Junior Golf Coaching Programme will be conducted at the Chandigarh Golf Club Academy from March 27 to June 27. Designed for girls and boys in the seven to 15 age group, the programme will be conducted twice a week i.e. on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 to 5 pm.

To be conducted by EGTF-trained coach Ajay Gujral, the coaching programme will be open to members and non-members of the club. The young trainees will be taught the basics of the game, including posture, stance, alignment, aim, grip, chipping, pitching, bunker shots, putting, safety, etiquette and rules of golf in a systematic manner.

To be conducted strictly on the guidelines of the European Golf Teachers Federation, UK, the camp will be a big step forward in the promotion of junior golf in the city.

The coaching charges for the programme will be 50 per cent less than the regular coaching charges.

Each young trainee will also receive a free-of-cost six-month subscription of Golf Plus magazine worth Rs 600, golf visors worth Rs 400, comprehensive golf manual and an EGTF certificate on completion of this programme.

During the programme, the trainees will participate in competitions having prizes worth Rs 15,000 sponsored by Sports and Leisure Worldwide India CEO Anil Dev.

Golf Club president BS Gill and honorary secretary Nippy Ghai have been supporting junior golf by conducting such camps and taking the game to schools. More details about the camp can be obtained from Chandigarh Golf Club Academy joint director Ajay Gujral at Chandigarh Golf Club or at 98143 56013.



Vandana adjudged best athlete
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Vandana was adjudged the best athlete during the two-day annual sports meet of Government Polytechnic for Women, which concluded here today. Ajoy Sharma, Special Finance Secretary and Director Higher Education, UT administration, gave away prizes to the winners .

Vin Dosajh, principal of the institute, enlisted the achievements of the college.

She said students should have a goal in life and they should work hard to achieve it.

Various events like 100m race, 200m race, 400m race, 4 X400m relay race, long jump, high jump and javelin throw were organised. Students also participated in various fun games like balloon filling race, chatti-race, lemon and spoon races, three-legged race, tug-of-war and garland making.

The event concluded with a cultural programme. More than 360 students participated in the event.

Brief results:

Discus throw: Tayira 1, Priyanka 2 and Vandna 3; shot put: Vandana 1, Prabha Sharma 2 and Manjeet 3; javelin throw: Payal Saini 1, Poonam 2 and Jyoti 3; high jump: Manjeet 1, Harkeerat 2 and Sandeep Kaur 3;

long jump: Vandana 1, Ritu Sood 2 and Komalpreet 3; three-legged race: Rupinder Kaur and Komalpreet Kaur 1, Komalpreet Kaur and Shweta 2, Vishvjit Brar and Shallu Walia 3; sack race: Vandana 1, Vishvajeet 2 and Laxmi Chamoli 3; 200m race: Ritu Sood 1, Manjeet Kaur 2 and Sarita 3; 100m race: Vandana 1, Ritu 2 and 3; 4X 100 relay race: Vandana, Sushila, Komalpreet and Priyanka 1, Harkirat, Manjit, Janab and Lata 2, Ramandeep, Ritu, Sandeep, Jasvir 3.



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