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Factory worker dies of jaundice
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 23
A factory worker of the JCBL, Lalru, died with jaundice who was suffering from the disease for past 20 days. Nearly 30 factory workers were found positive with jaundice earlier and teams of the health department visited the company many times and took the samples of water.

According to health department officials, jaundice had spread in the factory due to contaminated water that was coming from the factory source.

Trade union leader Venod Chug had complained to the ESI, the health department, DSP, Dera Bassi and SHO, Lalru, and urged them to conduct inquiry into the matter and take action against the factory management.

The deceased was identified as Somnath, a resident of Uttar Pradesh. He died at GMCH-32, Chandigarh. Dr Neena Singla, who has the additional charge of the SMO, Dera Bassi, said she had no information regarding this case. If the complaint was found true then action would be taken to tackle the problem, Singla added. The health department had already disconnected the contaminated water supply.

Girish Wadhwa, chief administrative officer of the company, said the death of Somnath was very unfortunate and extended his condolences to his family.

“The recent cases of jaundice resulted in the company taking immediate action. These included testing of water samples from the plant. These tests were undertaken by the IDMA laboratories, the results of which showed that the water was fit for human consumption,” said Wadhwa.



One killed as earth caves in
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, July 23
A labourer got killed while another received serious injuries when earth caved in during digging of a well by three labourers.

The well was dug up in a private industry at Kuttha Kheri village, near Rajpura.

The deceased has been identified as Binder Singh, a resident of Harpalpur village. He, along with two others, was assigned the task of digging 22 feet well to store water for industrial purpose.

Sandeep Singh of Kuttha Kheri village, too, got injured in the incident and was rushed to the local civil hospital while the third labourer was timely rescued by villagers. In view of the serious condition of Sandeep, he was shifted to GMCH-32, in Chandigarh. The police was informed about the incident.



Book on personality development released
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 23
Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, director education, SGPC, today released a book on “Personality development and soft skills” written by Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, principal Khalsa College, Patiala, and his father Prof Achhru Singh.

While describing the contents of the book, Dr Dharminder said the book covered varied topics related to personality development.

He said the book divided into 20 chapters covered topics like positive thinking, time management, communication skills, leadership skills, preparing for interviews and pearls of wisdom.



Govt urged to check price hike

Bassi Pathana, July 23
The consumer protection forum at its meeting held here today urged the government to check the rise in prices of essential commodities.

Kirpal Singh Sethi, president of the forum, in a press release said the hike in prices had added to the common man’s woes. He said adulterated milk, ice creams and cold drinks were being sold in open.

He said the health department should conduct surprise checks to curb the menace.

He said with the increase in prices, it had become impossible for the common man to make both ends meet.

He appealed to the government to encourage farmers to sow pulses and other seasonal vegetables instead of paddy.

He urged the administration to launch a drive to check adulteration. — OC



HC asks Sofat to appear on July 26
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed Ludhiana-based doctor Sumit Sofat, his driver Nelson and Pashan family to appear before the court on July 26 in an attempt to murder case registered against the doctor in July last year.

The high court, while hearing the anticipatory bail filed by Sofat, also granted him interim bail till Monday. Earlier, the court had directed the HC registry to list all cases pertaining to Sofat before a single bench.

The local police had registered an FIR against Sofat after he lodged a false complaint against Ramesh Pashan and his sons, all residents of Ludhiana, in July last year, stating that they robbed him of Rs 33 lakh at Morni hills. He had further alleged that Pashans had fired gunshots on his driver Nelson as well.

In this incident, Nelson had suffered two bullet injuries in his chest. Sofat had alleged that Ramesh Pashan and his sons Vinayak and Abhinav, with the help of their driver Ranjit and two other unidentified persons, had attacked him, injuring his driver. He claimed the accused also snatched Rs 33 lakh lying in his Tata Safari.

The Pashan family produced evidence before the police to establish their innocence in the case after they were summoned by the local police. The police, during investigation, found that Sofat had a dispute with Pashans over land since 2005 and had allegedly cooked up the story to frame them in a criminal case.



Nari Niketan Rape Case
Victim’s kid gets legal guardian
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today allowed the Principal Director of Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, Dr Raj Bahadur, to become the legal guardian of Nari Niketan rape victim’s daughter. This was for the purpose of opening a bank account.

As the case came up for hearing, special Division Bench, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Augustine George Masih, made it clear that Dr Raj Bahadur would be the legal guardian of the victim’s daughter for the purpose of opening a bank account. But, he would not be allowed to withdraw any money without the court’s permission.

During the hearing, amicus curie in the case advocate Tanu Bedi sought directions from the court for issuing guidelines for examination of the mentally challenged victims, who could not communicate during the trial of the court. She said the high court should direct the appointment of some persons, who could understand such victims and communicate on their behalf during the trial of the case.

After hearing her submissions, the Bench asked her to suggest to the court such guidelines on the next date of hearing. The victim was reportedly raped at Nari Niketan, Sector 26. A case of rape and criminal conspiracy was later registered under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC.

The Chandigarh administration had moved the high court for the termination of her pregnancy on medical grounds. The Punjab and Haryana High court too ordered the termination. But the Supreme Court stayed the direction. Later she delivered a baby girl. Trial of the case is going on in the local court.



Attempted Murder
Eight convicted

Chandigarh, July 23
Additional District and Sessions Judge Lalit Batra today convicted eight persons for attempting to murder two youths.

According to the prosecution, both accused and the victims were working as painters. On June 14, 2008 the victims - Laxman and Ramesh - were having dinner in Mauli Jagran when the accused -Jaibir and Rambir passed by. When they saw Laxman and Ramesh, the accused commented that the victims had taken a contract from them. This lead to a scuffle and other accused namely, Inderjit, Govinda, Bobby, Lakhan, Huni and Brijesh joined them and injured the victims. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced tomorrow. — TNS



Security Guards’ Murder
Challan submitted against accused

Chandigarh, July 23
The police has submitted a challan in the sensational double murder of two private security guards in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Singh Sidhu, here today.

The police has submitted challan under Sections 302, 304 and 34 of the IPC against Rinku Verma alias Raju, Ricky Sharma, Devi Shankar Verma and Shamshad alias Lambu. The accused had murdered the security guards in order to steal water pipes. The body of the two security guards was found under a bridge adjoining Makhan Majra and Darua Junction on May 1 this year.

The accused said they had a scuffle on the bridge and soon their other friends joined them. They picked up stones and started beating up the guards. Rinku hit Gurdial Singh with a stone on the head and he collapsed. They then bludgeoned Sucha Singh to death. — TNS



Man held for impersonation

Chandigarh, July 23
The police today arrested a Bihar resident on charges of impersonation and cheating. He sent someone else to appear in a written examination in place of him, which was conducted by the local head office of the State Bank of India, Sector 17, here, last week.

The cheating was detected on Thursday when the original candidate Balram Kumar, a resident of Chapra in Bihar, himself appeared in the interview and his signature did not match with the one on the written examination sheet.

Balram had applied for the post of probationary officer. The assistant general manager of the bank, VK Garg, alleged that the signatures differed on the examination sheet and the interview form, which raised a doubt. Moreover, the photograph pasted on the admission card for the examination was also not of Balram.

The accused was today produced before a local court, which remanded him in one-day police custody. — TNS



Cop suspended for creating ruckus
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
A constable of the Mohali police has been placed under suspension for creating ruckus in an inebriated condition in Phase VII scooter market. The constable, Rashpal, had been assigned to check papers of vehicles at a naka.

The cop, however, went to a scooter market and asked a scooter owner, who was getting his vehicle repaired, to produce the documents. A number of shopkeepers gathered at the spot when the cop shouted at the scooter owner.

Within minutes, the SHO of the Matour police station, Atul Soni, reached the spot and ordered medical examination of the constable.

The SHO said the constable had been suspended and sent to the police lines.

Booked for kidnapping

The Mohali police has booked three persons for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old girl from Nayagoan.

Tejpal, father of the girl, said three youths, Birjesh, Jaspal and Soni Wasyan have been booked under Sections 366, 366-A and 368 of the IPC. The youths are absconding.


Manpreet Singh, a resident of Phase X, complained to the police that on July 7 someone broke into his shop and took away a camera, two flashes and two leads. A case has been registered at Phase I police station.

Unauthorised colonies

Zirakpur: The police has registered a case against three persons for allegedly developing unauthorised colonies at Sanouli village, Zirakpur.

The accused were identified as Surjit Singh, a resident of Rajpura, Ram Kumar, a resident of Dhakoli, and Tejpal Gupta, a resident of Panchkula.

According to police sources, a GMADA official had lodged a complaint with the SSP, Mohali, accusing that the promoters had developed the colonies in Sanouli village without any permission and not taken any license. The police official stated they have been booked under Section 36-1 of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995.

Tata Safari stolen

Tata Safari has apparently become the favourite of vehicle lifters nowadays. In just seven days two MAVs with central locking system have been lifted from the tricity.

In yet another incident, a Tata Safari belonging to a Bathinda resident was stolen from Zirakpur this morning.

A new Tata Safari was reportedly stolen from outside the hotel on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway.

The security guard of the hotel saw an unidentified person turning back the vehicle and he immediately informed the hotel management about the incident, but the owners of the vehicle got the information an hour after the vehicle was stolen.

In his complaint to the police, Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Bathinda and the owner of the Tata Safari (PB03-V-5252) claimed that he arrived in the town late evening from Shimla along with his friends and parked the vehicle around 9.15 pm in the front of hotel Kingston where he checked in.

He said the vehicle was locked properly. He came to know about the theft around 5.15 am from the hotel staff.

SHO, Zirakpur, Yogi Raj said a case has been registered. Last week, a Tata Safari was lifted from a paid parking lot in front of a Sector 22 hotel in Chandigarh.



Taxi drivers robbed of vehicles
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, July 23
A couple robbed a taxi driver of his vehicle near Jagatpura on July 16.

In his complaint to the police, taxi driver Rajinder Kumar alleged that on July 16, he got a call from his employer asked him to pick up passengers from Jabli in Himachal Pradesh.

On way back to Chandigarh, the couple allegedly hijacked the taxi and threatened the driver. They also robbed him of Rs 3,000, a mobile phone and fled with the taxi.

A case under Section 382 and 34 of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered at the Sohana police station.

Kalka: A taxi driver was assaulted by some unknown looters on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road (NH 21-A) on Thursday. According to information, the incident took place around 12.30 am, when victim Sushil Kumar, who hails from Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh, along with three other persons, was on his way to Shimla from Baddi side on his taxi.

When he reached near Basaulan village near Pinjore the three passengers told him to stop the car on a gun point. They beat him up before fleeing with the car. The robbers also snatched his mobile phone and Rs 3,000 cash.

They threw Sushil Kumar out of the taxi after tying him up. He sustained multiple injuries. He was rushed to the PHC, Pinjore, which referred him to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where his condition was said to be critical.



Two held for robbing man of Rs 2,500

Chandigarh, July 23
The police on Thursday arrested two youths on the charges of robbing a man of his mobile phone and cash after beating him up near Kajheri village on July 11.

The accused, identified as Mangat Singh and Davinder, both residents of Sector 52, are in their early twenties. Unemployment and drug-addiction forced them to take to crime.

Sanjay Singh, a Kajheri resident, had lodged a complaint with the police that the duo had robbed him of Rs 2,500 and a mobile phone near a bridge at Kajheri village after thrashing him.

Sanjay, who works at a private company in Mohali, was returning home after work when the accused waylaid him. The police said the duo had been traced to Sector 52. — TNS



Patiala ki Rao Range
Target of admn apathy, elements
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Patiala ki Rao Shooting Range at Sector 25 seems to be no one’s baby. The range, which has produced several national and international shooters, including Abhinav Bindra, the lone Indian individual Olympic gold medallist, is in a dire need of revamp.

The range is marred by wild growth in the shooting area, broken target machines and pulleys, stinking toilets, dry taps, stray animals and poisonous reptiles.

The indifferent approach of the UT administration towards the range for the past 10 years is responsible for the dilapidated state of the range.

Talking to Col JS Dhillon, coach of Abhinav Bindra and vice-president of the Chandigarh Rifle Association, rued that on the one hand the administration had been making tall claims about promoting sports, on the other it had failed to maintain the existing sports facilities.

“This is the only range in the country that can host all shooting events from 10m air rifle to big bore competitions in one place. Instead of upgrading the infrastructure, the administration has shown little interest in maintaining it,” lamented Dhillon.

He added that he had been approaching the authorities in this regard for the past 10 years.

“However, I am exhausted now after getting false assurances from them every time,” said Col Dhillon, who was instrumental in setting up the range here in 1973.

“I am pained at seeing the range, which has hosted two national championships and several state competitions, in a dilapidated state,” said Dhillon.

Seeing the attitude of the authorities, some budding shooters have now contributed money from their own pocket to remove the wild growth from a part of the range.

“We have no choice. Instead of looking at the authorities to do the job, we have decided to collect money and hire workers. After all, we are at the greatest risk of falling prey to poisonous reptiles lurking here,” said shooters who frequent the range for practice.

In the absence of even a single fan, the shooters have installed a cooler to beat the heat at the range.

The range is currently being looked after by the Chandigarh police. “Why can’t the cash-surplus Chandigarh administration spare some money to revamp the range,” ask shooters.

“Even in the absence of any facility, shooters still carry on with the game just out of passion. They are spending thousands of rupees from their own pocket. The administration should look into their problems so that another Abhinav Bindra can bring a medal for the country,” said Col Dhillon.

The shooters have demanded an indoor 10m pistol range as all shooting competitions are being held in indoor ranges.



Haryana oust Sikkim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Haryana defeated Sikkim in the second match of Group A (quarterfinal stage) during the ninth Junior Football Nationals for Girls being held in city.

Haryana defeated Sikkim 2-0 to book a berth in the semifinals of the tournament.

In-form striker Taruna led Haryana to victory. Haryana team drew the first blood in the 65th minute of the game, when Taruna converted a free kick into a goal. Immediately after the first goal, Sikkim player Ashmaya fouled Taruna in the plenty area in the 64th minute. Taruna again pushed the ball over the goal line on the awarded spot kick.

In another match, Puducherry came back and defeated Uttar Pradesh 5-0 after loosing to Sikkim in their first league match.

K Indumathi contributed three goals to the total tally. Taking possession over the ball, she scored first goal in the first minute of the game followed by two goals in 34th and 75th minutes of the game.

Muthul Akashi and S Pardggpa scored one goal each in the 30th and 40th minutes, respectively, to ensure Puducherry’s victory.

Tomorrow’s fixtures (q-final league) Group B: Maharashtra vs Manipur and West Bengal vs Orissa (4.30 pm).



Football Meet
St Soldier thrash GMSSS-22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
St Soldier School thrashed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 (GMSSS-22), by 4-0 in the Pre-Subroto Cup Football (U-14) Tournament being held at GMSSS, Sector 22, here today.

From the winners, Sumit scored three goals, while Subhkarman contributed one goal.

On the other hand, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 43, got the better of Ashiyana Public School, Sector 46, by 4-0.

Sahil scored two goals, whereas Navjot and Abhishek contributed one goal each.

In the third match of the day, St Anne’s School, Sector 32, defeated Government Model Senior School, Sector 10, by 3-0. Pankaj, Advin and Abhijeet netted one goal each for the winners.



26 teams to participate in national football meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh under-16 girls’ soccer team will face Orrisa in the first match of the 7th Sub-Junior National Football Championship for Girls to be held at Haldwani, Uttarakhand, from August 19.

Chandigarh will play their first match of the pre-quarterfinal stage on August 20. While the city team would take on Kerala in their second match on August 22.

A total of 26 teams are secluded to participate in the national tournament for girls. The city team has been placed in cluster V.

The preliminary cluster round matches will be held from August 19, whereas the quarterfinal league stage would be played from August 25.

The semifinals would be held from September 1, while the final would take place on September 4.


Cluster I: Manipur, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

Cluster II: Puducherry, Delhi and Sikkim.

Cluster III: Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

Cluster IV: Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Goa and Bihar.

Cluster V: Orissa, Kerala and Chandigarh.

Cluster VI: Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Gujarat.

Cluster VII: West Bengal, Mizoram and Uttar Pradesh.

Cluster VIII: Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.



Exhibition soccer match ends in draw

Chandigarh, July 23
An exhibition football match was played between Chandigarh Football Association officials and referees/coaches participating in the ongoing 9th Junior Football National Tournament for Girls at PEC grounds here today.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw. For referees/coaches, Joy Chandra and Uttam Sarkar scored a goal each, whereas from the officials, Joshi and Narnail Singh levelled the score. — TNS



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