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Man commits suicide, in-laws booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 17
A 25-year-old man committed suicide and blamed his wife and in-laws for driving him to take this extreme step.In his statement to the police, Mangat Ram from Kheda village stated that he married to a girl from Gharuan village around eight months ago. Few months after the marriage, the couple had some differences and the wife went back to her parents.

Mangat Ram repeatedly tried to bring back his wife, but his wife’s parents never agreed. Yesterday also he went to Gharuan to fetch his wife, but her family refused.

Frustrated over this, Mangat consumed some poisonous substance and fell unconscious on reaching the village. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, and was further referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

He died while under treatment. In his statement to the police he had alleged his wife and in-laws of driving him to commit suicide.

The police has booked his wife, her parents and her maternal grandfather for abetting the suicide.



Four students booked for attacking junior
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 17
Four students of Rayat-Bahra Institute, Sahauran, were booked today for attacking a second year student of electrical engineering.In his complaint to the police, victim Gurinder Singh stated that when he was coming out of his classroom this afternoon, some seniors stopped him.

The seniors allegedly asked him to smoke a cigarette. When Gurinder refused he was allegedly beaten up and his stomach was pierced with a sharp-edged weapon.

He was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Kharar, where he is under going treatment. The police has registered a case against Harman, Moni, Shaunki and Khabran.



4 held after drama at High Court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The police arrested four family members of a couple — who had gone to the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek protection — under preventive measures, including one for carrying .32 bore pistol without permission in the city, here today.

The police said the incident came to light when the two sides were exchanging heated words outside the court premises.

The couple, Parteek Singh and Hardeep Kaur, both hailing from Gurdaspur, Punjab, had solemnised an inter-caste marriage.

Sources said high drama prevailed when bride’s brothers Sarabijeet Singh and Avtar Singh along with uncle Sucha Singh got into an argument with groom’s uncle Azad Singh.

The police was informed about the incident and it rounded up the accused after reaching the scene.

During search, the police seized a .32 bore pistol from Azad Singh and booked him for violating prohibitory orders under Section 188 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The police also arrested the four accused after initiating action under preventive measures.



Centre exploiting workers using notional breaks: HC
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, August 17
The Centre has virtually received a rap on its knuckles for exploiting “poor workers by employing them with notional breaks”.Justice Ranjit Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled: “The Union of India can be expected to be a model employer, but is exploiting the poor workers by employing them with notional breaks.”

The scathing observations came on a petition filed by the Union of India and other petitioners against the presiding officer of the Central Government Industrial Tribunal-cum-Labour Court-1, Chandigarh, and another respondent.

Justice Ranjit Singh ruled: “This petition filed by the Union of India would reflect sorry state of affairs…. The details of appointment and termination would in itself be a proof enough of highhandedness and unfair labour practice.”

Elaborating by way of an example, Justice Ranjit Singh observed workmen were employed from February 21, 2003, to March 18, 2003; and from March 20, 2003, to April 8, 2003; but the services were terminated on April 3, 2003.

Justice Ranjit Singh observed the workmen were repeatedly engaged on 89-day basis. “Such practice can but be termed as unfair labour practice. The Labour Court has rightly referred to observations of the Supreme Court in Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited versus Mamni to highlight that the action is an unfair labour practice.”

The judgement reads: “The respondent was appointed from time to time. Her services used to be terminated on the expiry of 89 days on regular basis. However, it is noticed that she used to be appointed after a gap of one or two days upon the completion of each term. Such an action on the part of the Appellant cannot be said to be bonafide.”

Justice Ranjit Singh added: “Ordinarily, this should have resulted in reinstatement of the respondent. Having termed the action of the petitioners to be unfair labour practice, the necessary consequences should have been allowed to follow. The court opted for awarding compensation of Rs 75,000 instead. Since there is no claim for reinstatement made, this aspect need not be touched further. However, this order may not stand in the way of the respondent, if he wish to challenge the award of compensation and instead would wish to seek reinstatement. The compensation also appears to be inadequate. No case for interference, thus, is made out. The writ petition is dismissed.” 



Foreigner’s bag stolen from Sec-22 eatery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
An unidentified person decamped with a bag of a Polish national from a Sector 22-based restaurant on Monday.The complainant, identified as Marta Szczepanik, told the police that she had gone to Pind Baluchi in Sector 22 with her friends and was carrying a bag containing Rs 1,000, two mobile phones, a video camera, some important documents, including her VISA card.

She said their table was located near the exit door. The theft was detected when she returned from the washroom and found her bag missing.

The police later arrived at the scene and started its investigation.

A police officer said the CCTV installed at the restaurant was not working, causing problems in identifying the suspect.

The victim had arrived in the city a few days ago and had been putting up in Sector 48 with her local friends.

A case of theft has been registered.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 17
Thieves decamped with gold jewellery, cash and other valuable things after breaking into a locked house in Green Park, Zirakpur. A case has been registered against unidentified persons on the complaint of Prem Singh, a resident of Green Park.

In his complaint, the owner of the house stated that he had gone to buy some articles from the market. When he returned he found that his domestic goods were scattered all around. The owner claimed cash, jewellery, ATM cards and smart 
card of the canteen were missing.

In another theft incident, Toofani, a fruit seller, reported to the police that some unidentified persons had ransacked his rented accommodation near Sohi Banquet hall here late this night. He claimed that Rs 5,000 cash, a fan and other valuable things 
were missing.

He said thieves entered the house after breaking the wall of the backside of the room.



Easy win for GSSS-27 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, beat GSSS, Sector 44, by 40 runs in the UT Cricket Triangular Series-2010 at GSSS-27 here today.

Batting first, GSSS-27 mustered 94 runs in 20 overs. Amit Mishra emerged the highest scorer for the team with his 16-run innings. He was followed by Rahul who made 13 runs. Narinder snapped three wickets in four overs.

In reply, GSSS, Sector 44, were restricted to 54 runs in just 18 overs. Only Neeraj played a defiant knock of 19 runs.

Amit Jha finished as wrecker-in-chief with his four wickets for nine runs.



Good show by Sachit
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
Sachit Malhotra, a trainee of the Total Tennis Academy, got the better of Sabrang Sandal in straight sets 6-0, 6-4 to win the boys U-14 title in the Anee's Tandem Tennis Tournament for juniors which concluded today at Sector 69 here.

It took an hour-and-a-half for Sachit to win the otherwise easy match for him. After clinching the first set with quite ease 6-0, Sachit took lead in the second set 5-1, but Sabrang came back into the game with some fine volleys. At one stage the score was 4-5.

Jasmine, a student of Manav Mangal Total Tennis Academy, lifted the girls U-14 trophy by beating Sakhshi, another trainee at MMTA, 4-1, 4-0.

In U-16 (boys), Prabhman Bal of the CLTA lost to Aneesh Goel in a one-sided match 6-0, 6-4, while in the U-10 category, the title went to Sagar Bains. Displaying marvelous skills, Bains did not lose even a single match in his category.

Sabrang Sandal, who lost the boys U-14 title to Sachit, compensated himself by winning the U-12 title by thrashing K Aditya 4-0, 4-1.

Girls U-12 title was won by Riva Gill of Chandigarh, who played more over lob game to downplay her opponent Komalpreet of Manav Mangal School, Mohali, 4-2 ,4-1.

Earlier, Aneet Goel, director of Anee's School, distributed the prizes.



Kabaddi series from Sept 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
After cricket matches between advocate teams from both Pakistan and India, the region will now witness the circle kabaddi exhibition match series between the teams of two arch rivals.

The cash-prized series organised by the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) is scheduled to begin from September 7.

The organisers claimed that the first exhibition match would be conducted at Sujanpur (Hamirpur district, Himachal Pradesh). The rest 14 matches would be held at various cities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.

While there would be eight matches in Punjab, Haryana will witness four matches. The final match of the series is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on September 30.

The announcement of the cities for holding the matches would be announced later, said the organisers.

A cash prize of Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 would be awarded after every match to the winners and runners-up, respectively, as per claims of the organisers.



Hockey meet from Aug 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The ninth edition of SN Vohra Memorial Sub-Junior (U-14) Hockey Tournament will begin from August 22 to 29 at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here.

The tournament being organised by the Rock Rovers Hockey Club, Chandigarh, is on a knockout-cum-league basis.

“The tournament is being organised for providing competition to the youngsters at the grassroots level. We are inviting teams from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka and UT Chandigarh,” said organiser Anil Vohra.

This is a prize money tournament, in which cash prizes are being given to the best goalkeeper, full back, half back, forward and the most well behaved team.



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