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3 cops transferred for ‘misbehaviour’
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 11
Three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were sent to police lines for misbehaving with residents of Ravi Dass Basti, Ambala City, today. The residents of the Basti had protested against the police action at the local civil hospital late last night where three of the injured of this area were admitted.

The victims, Krishan Lal and Ramesh, alleged that a police Gypsy came in their area last night. There was a dispute between the policemen and the three residents of the area over some issue. The policemen beat them up mercilessly who sustained multiple injuries. Following the incident, residents of the area gathered there and raised slogans against the police highhandedness.

They alleged that the policemen were under the influence of liquor. The cops abandoned their Gypsy and escaped from the site. Later, the angry protestors ransacked the Gypsy. The residents alleged that the police had assaulted three innocent persons who were sitting in front of their houses. The victims were taken to the hospital by some area residents.

Three SHOs of the city - Ram Niwas, Sheetal Singh and Randhir Singh - assured the protesting residents that action would be taken against the guilty. Around midnight the matter could be resolved and the agitated crowd left the hospital.

Meanwhile, the accused policemen said they were on a routine patrolling there. Some of the residents of Ravi Dass Basti misbehaved and hurled stones at them. Two cross DDR have been lodged in the city police station in this regard. SP, Ambala, Shashank Anand could not be contacted as he was busy in a meeting till late evening.



Illegal Sand Mining
3 tractors, seven trailers seized
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 11
Despite the ban on mining of sand and stone, imposed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 28 in Haryana, the practice continues. The police seized vehicles near the Tangri after conducting a raid in this connection.

On a general complaint of the residents of Shyamdu village, a team of police, along with officials of the mining department, conducted a surprise raid at the Tangri and seized three tractors and seven trailers involved in illegal mining from the river bed. However, those involved in the mining managed to flee from the spot.

Residents of the nearby areas said despite the ban, mining continues in the Tangri and the Ghaggar. Tractor trailers carrying sand and stones are a common sight on the main road. Most of the mining activities are performed during night, residents of the nearby areas alleged.

According to the police, it would intensify campaign against illegal mining and those involved in this illegal business would not be spared.

Sources in the mining department said the contractors and owners of crushers had already made an appeal to the court in this connection. The government was also losing heavy revenue due to delay in royalty contracts, said sources.



Man commits suicide, wife booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 11
A drug w holesale dealer of Dashmesh Medical Hall, Parminder Singh, alias Pamma, committed suicide here today.

On the statement of Pamma’s brother Davinder Singh the police has registered a case against the deceased’s wife Harjinder Kaur for abetment to suicide.

Davinder Singh told the police that Pamma was married six years ago and has two daughters. The couple had been going through marital discord and has been having troubles.

On Tuesday, Pamma told his brother Davinder that he was fed up of his wife and will end his life. On 10.30 am today, Davinder got a call stating that his brother Pamma has consumed some poisonous substance.

He was rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he died while undergoing the treatment.



Powercom employees’ strike
Unions demand equal salary hike
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 11
Following a state-level call, Powercom employees belonging to different organisations today held a strike and carried out rallies at Dera Bassi, Lalru, Handesra and Zirakpur and raised their demands.

Nearly all offices remained closed and power supply was also affected at some places due to the strike. Cash counters of electricity offices also remained closed.

The rallies were addressed by leaders of different unions. Addressing to the rallies all leaders raised their demands such as equal increase in the pay scales of officials and employees, filling of all vacant posts of technical and clerical posts as early as possible and removal of contract system from the electricity offices.

Employees’ leaders said difference had increased in the salaries of officials and employees as the government had implemented the formula of 2.71 per cent hike for officials and 1.86 per cent for employees to get the salaries increased.



I-Day rehearsals in full swing
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 11
District administration is set to celebrate the 64th Independence Day with colourful bonanza at the YPS ground.

With around 400 students practicing since the past one week, rehearsals for the day are almost complete. DEO (secondary) Pritpal Sidhu said all arrangements were made to make the event a success.

AEO Jagtar Singh Tiwana said various cultural programmes were in line for the day. The programme will begin with the flag hoisting ceremony at 8.58 am.

The Punjab police, ITBP, PAP, NAA Air wing, NCC Army wing, Girls Batallion, Red Cross etc will take part in the march past.

Girls of five government schools will present a combined cultural item. Boys of Civil Line School, Patiala, and Police DAV Public School, Dadhera, will present bhangra. Presentation of ‘Gatka’ by Punjabi University and motorcycle stunts will be the highlight.



Saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 11
A tree plantation drive was organised at IET Bhaddal campus. PL Kaler, former principal chief conservator of forests, Punjab, inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling.

About 400 saplings of various varieties of medicinal, flowing trees and shrubs have been planted during the drive today.

PL Kaler while addressing the students and teachers said need of the hour was to make efforts to maintain the ecological balance of nature or else the future generation would have to face serious repercussions.



Plea to amend charges against 2 CBI men
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
Prosecution today moved an application seeking amendment to charges in the rape case against CBI officers Subash Kundu and Mahinder Singh. The application was moved under Section 216 of the CrPC, wherein the prosecution has sought to amend the charge from Section 376 (rape) of the IPC to Section 376 (2) (g) (gang rape) of the IPC. The case was adjourned to August 18. The two policemen have been accused of raping a 40-year-old woman. The victim, a resident of Hisar, had alleged that she was raped by the accused around 30 times.

According to the police, the case pertained to 2004 when the rape victim and her husband were allegedly involved in a case being investigated by the police in which they were acquitted. The complainant, not satisfied with the police investigation, approached the CBI. The CBI appointed Kundu and Mahinder to investigate the charges. Fearing arrest, the husband of the victim fled. The two officers then approached the woman and allegedly offered to go slow with the investigation in return for sexual favours.



Woman booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The police has booked a Delhi-based woman on charges of cheating and forgery after she allegedly got herself admitted in the law department of Panjab University by submitting a counterfeit disability certificate to enjoy quota for physically challenged candidates.

The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police registered a case against Sabina Agrawal and a team had been sent to Delhi to arrest her.

The police said the cheating case came into light when a Sector-21 resident, Onkar Singh, filed a complaint with the police against her.

The police said the accused was booked earlier also in other cases in Delhi.



40-year-old succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 11
A 40-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, today. He was found in an unconscious condition near the sales tax barrier, Zirakpur, on August 6.

The police said the deceased could not be identified yet. The body of the deceased had been kept for identification at the mortuary for 72 hours.

The investigating officer stated that they got the information from a passer-by that a man in mid-forties was lying in an unconscious condition near the sales tax barrier.

After reaching the spot, the police team rushed him to the GMCH-32 where a team of doctors referred him to the PGI on August 7 as his condition was critical.

An inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated.


MOHALI: A motorcyclist died after being hit by a speeding car near Sector 66 on August 9. The deceased has been identified as Avaid Hussian, a resident of Chandigarh.

The incident took place when the deceased was moving towards Sohana from Mohali, along with his friend Ramzan Mohammad, on his motorcycle. When they reached near Sector 66 the car hit the motorcycle from rear.

They fell on the road and sustained serious injuries.

A passerby rushed them to the PGI where Hussain died during the treatment yesterday.

A case has been registered against the driver of the car.



One arrested with 10-kg opium
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 11
The police has recovered 10-kg opium worth ` 5 lakh and arrested one person. However, his accomplice managed to escape from the site.

The arrested accused has been identified as Sohan Lal, alias Rinku, a resident of Malout, Muktsar district, and presently residing in Sector 9 Panchkula. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered in the Sector 5 police station. The accused was produced in the court today which remanded him to police custody till August 14.

The other accused has been identified as Hakam Rai, father of Sohan Lal, and presently residing at Ralli village in Panchkula, who managed to escape in a Hyundai car (HR-24-5401).

Meanwhile, the police has succeeded in solving a year-old robbery in which two robbers had decamped with cash from an employee of a liquor shop owner in Bhainsa Tibba, near MDC, on August 12, last year.

The accused has been identified as Kanwar Deep, alias Babbi, a resident of Madi Udoke village, Tarn Taran district.

He was produced in the court, which sent him to a day’s police remand.



3 mobikes stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
Three motorcycles were stolen from different parts of the city.

Rakesh Kumar, a resident of New Motor Market, Mani Majra, reported to the police that someone had stolen his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH 03 P 5121) from the motor market on August 1.

While Partik Kumar, a resident of Sector 47, filed a complaint with the police that his Hero Honda Passion motorcycle (CH 03 N 6469) was stolen from Sector 9 on Monday.

In another incident, Giriraj, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, lodged a complaint with the police that someone had stolen his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH 03 Q 1398) from Grain Market in Sector 26 on August 4.

Three separate cases of thefts have been registered.


Anil Kumar, a resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, reported to the police that Kalu, Sethi and others, whose addresses were not known, had assaulted and threatened him in Mauli Jagran on Monday. He got injured and was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Multi Specialty Hospital. A case has been registered.


Arun Goel, a resident of Sector 46, reported to the police that Trilok Chand, a resident of Sector 32-D, along with others, had tampered with a cheque for Rs 8,000 by overwriting it. He then converted the amount to Rs 5,08,000 on July 2. A case of cheating and forgery has been registered in this connection.



Mess boy held for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
The police today arrested a mess boy of Government Medical Collage and Hospital, Sector 32, on the charges of repeatedly raping a 21-year-old Haryana resident on the pretext of marrying her.

Sources said the victim alleged that her brother was suffering from appendix and was taking treatment from the hospital. She came along with her brother in June and the mess boy, identified as Tarun, a resident of Himachal Pradesh, approached her saying that he could help her in getting speedy treatment for her brother. The victim also alleged that the accused promised to marry her and developed physical relationship with her.

The victim alleged that Tarun raped her several times. She said when she came for the follow-up treatment of her brother yesterday, the accused took her to a park adjoining the hospital and again raped her.

The police has arrested the accused. He will be produced before a court tomorrow.



Football Tourney
Ben stars in St Xavier's win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
In view of the brilliant performance by Ben William, St Xavier's School, registered a 6-1 win against Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) of Mohali in the opening match of the annual St Xavier's Six-A-Side Football Tournament held at the St Xavier's School grounds, Sector 44, today.

Having full control over the ball, Ben netted four goals, which came in the 11th, 14th, 17th and 29th minutes. He was fully supported by Vikas Teji who found the target in the ninth and 19th minutes.

AKSIPS started on a promising note by shooting into the lead in the fourth minute but St Xavier's players soon took control over the match and repeatedly raided their rivals' goal for an easy win.

In another match, St Xavier's School of Panchkula were outplayed by St Joseph's School of Sector 44 by 3-0. The highlight of the match was a fine hat trick by Karanpal who scored in the 11th, 23rd and 25th minutes.

Meanwhile, only two matches were held today as rain rendered the ground unplayable. The matches will resume tomorrow if weather permits.



PU Tennis Championship
DAV College enter final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 11
DAV College Chandigarh have entered the final of the Panjab University Inter-College Table-Tennis (Men) Championship by defeating PU Campus 3-0 on the PU Campus here today.

In the first match, Sahil defeated Rajan in three straight sets 13-11, 12-10, 11-6, while in the second match Rachit beat Gaurav by 11-6, 11-6, 11-7. In the third match Anshu beat Amanpreet by 12-10, 11-4, 11-7.

Earlier in the first match held today DAV College, Chandigarh, defeated Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, by 3-0. Anirudh beat Jatin by 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 while Anshu beat Nirmal by 11-6, 11-5, 11-6. In the last match Hitesh defeated Hardik by 11-6, 11-3, 11-3.

In the second match, PU Campus, Chandigarh, beat DAV College, Abohar, by 3-0. Gaurav beat Shitanshu 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 while Rajan beat Vaibhav 11-3, 11-7, 11-7. In the last match Amanpreet defeated Deepak by 11-2, 11-3, 11-3.

In the third match of the day, Sri Aurobindu College of Commerce, Ludhiana, defeated DM. College, Moga, by 3-2. Raghav defeated Ashok by 11-0, 11-5, 11-3 while Mukul lost to Neeraj 11-4, 11-13, 11-1, 7-11, 7-11. In another match, Abhinav beat Manmeet by 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 while Raghav lost to Neeraj by 11-5, 15-17, 1-11, 11-9, 8-11. In the final match Mukul beat Ashok by 11-7, 11-1, 11-6. In the last match SGGS College, Chandigarh, defeated Arya College, Ludhiana, by 3-0. Kamaljeet beat Raghav Jathi by 11-6, 11-8, 11-6, while Manpreet beat Sumit by 11-3, 11-7, 11-4. In the final match Mayank beat Fuming by 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.



Joginder eyes comeback
Has recovered from shoulder, ankle injuries
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 11
Life has certainly not been kind to cricketer Joginder Sharma, but it is his perseverance that has helped him start afresh after an abrupt end to his short-lived fame.

Joginder, who had instantly shot to fame after his last over in the final of inaugural T20 World Cup at Johannesburg (South Africa) in 2007, is again struggling to make a mark in the cricketing arena.

And to achieve the target, this Haryana-based all rounder does not mind playing in local-level tournaments.

While playing for a local team in the local Challenger Cup T20 Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here, Joginder said, “I want to make a comeback in the Indian team. Playing in the insignificant tournaments is certainly not a problem with me as the effort would ultimately help me get my rhythm.”

Joginder maintained that he was bedridden for over six months after his shoulder and ankle surgeries. Now he is back to field again.

Born to a small-time businessman, Joginder had become the first T20 World Cup bowling hero, who claimed Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq’s wicket in the final over to win the cup. After that he went into oblivion because of his shoulder and ankle injuries. Though he was picked up by the Indian Premier League’s Chennai franchise, Chennai Super Kings, he failed to make any mark.

“Memories of that final over in the world cup is still fresh in my mind. But now I am looking forward. My last Ranji season went good, as I claimed 25 wickets in four-day matches and 10 wickets in Ranji ODIs. Apart from that, I also batted well in the matches,” said Joginder.

My goal is to earn fame and am working hard for it,” added the cricketer.



CWCA to organise U-16 women cricket tourney

Chandigarh, August 11
In order to uplift women cricket in the city, the Chandigarh Women’s Cricket Association (CWCA) decided to organise Sub-Junior State Women’s Cricket Championship (Under 16) for Kailash Behl Trophy from August 18 at IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21.

Stating this in a press note issued here today, RK Sood, press secretary, CWCA, said the association had also decided to open new cricket centres in the city to promote cricket among women.

Sood said that entries of the teams should be sent to Govind (DPE) IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, on mobile number 9463961530 or Deepak Sood on mobile number 9417557601 latest by August 16. Players born on or after January 1,1995 can take part in the championship, he added.

Satinder Dhillon, president and others were among those present at the meeting. — TNS



Challenger Cup
LIC lose by 10 runs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 11
In the third day of the Cricket Challenger CupT-20 tournament played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium at Sector 3, the JCD, Sirsa, beat LIC, Chandigarh, by 10 runs.

The match was reduced to 12 runs due to rain . The JCD, Sirsa, won the toss and chose to bat first. The JCD, Sirsa, scored 79 runs in 12 overs on the loss of 7 wickets. Digvijay and Hakikat were the main scorers as they scored 30 and 29 runs on 23 and 21 balls, respectively. For LIC, Rajesh Patha was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 4 wickets.

In reply, the LIC Club could only manage 35 runs in 9 overs at the loss of 6 wickets and the match was disrupted due to rain. Gourav Gupta was the main batsman who scored 20 runs off just 15 balls. Mishra and Digvijay were the main wicket takers for the JCD, Sirsa. On the basis of duckworthleuis formula the JCD, Sisra, were declared the winner by 10 runs.

Brief Score: JCD, Sirsa - 79 runs for 7 wickets (Digvijay scored 30, Hakikat 29 and Rajesh Patha 4 wickets).

LIC Club - 35 in 9 overs on the loss of 6 wickets (Gourav Gupta 20, Mishra took 3 wickets, Digvijay took 2 wickets).



Jaipreet, Tina clinch I-Day golf cup
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 11
The duo of Jaipreet Ghuman and Tina Jain clinched the Ladies Independence Day Golf Cup played on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here yesterday.

The final between the winning pair and S Ratia and Hema Bedi was played in hot and humid conditions. Despite the vagaries of weather in this time of the year, this tournament is keenly fought every year. In fact, it is the only match play event that is part of the women’s calendar. In the semi-finals earlier Jaipreet and Tina had eliminated the pool B pairing of Dimple Minocha and Pikka P Singh after a tough encounter, which went into two days and was finally clinched on the 36th hole.

The eagerly awaited final began at a leisurely pace with the first three holes being halved. The first win came on the fourth hole with a gross par by Jaipreet. They won the next hole too. Then Tina sank a nett birdie on the sixth hole to take them into a comfortable lead.

At the turn however, they had slipped to being only two matches up. A hat trick by Jaipreet and Tina from the 10th hole onward tilted the tournament in their favour. They lost the 13th hole but recovered instantly when Jaipreet struck her tee shot on the par 3 to within 2 feet of the pin and then went on to sink the putt for a birdie. With only four holes to go and the winning pair five matches up, the Cup was theirs!

Jaipreet was seeded No 2 in the tournament, despite being the youngest participant.



KGA Women's Golf
City's Saaniya tied distant second
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 11
Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh carded a six over par 78 score to be tied a distant second at 158, a good 13 strokes behind the hot favourite Sharmila Nicollet after the second round of the Hero Honda KGA Women's Professional Golf Tournament in Bengaluru today.

For 19-year-old Sharmila it appeared to be another runaway victory with the second placed pack of four a good 13 shots behind with a two-round score of 145. Saaniya was tied with Nitika Jadeja, Nalini Singh Siwach and amateur Nikita Arjun for the second spot with one more day to go.

Saaniya who conceded one double bogey and seven bogies and sank three birdies, said: "I had four three-putts and found the greens difficult. I bogeyed every green I missed. But I had 13 regulations". Sharmila won the first leg last week at Eagleton by 14 shots and now threatens to do even better than that.



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