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Stress on importance of trees

Bassi Pathana, August 21
The local Citizen Club organised a function to create awareness among residents regarding pollution-free environment and importance of trees. Club president Advocate Manpreet Singh Sahi said the club had initiated the project to plant saplings at various public places. On the occasion, besides planting the saplings, saplings of “tulsi” were distributed door to door.

Similarly, followers of Dera Sacha Sauda headed by Bhangi Dass Karam Chand today planted more than 500 saplings at various places in the town. — OC



Clerk accused of usurping Rs 85 lakh from GPF
Tribune News Service

DEO Patiala sees records against the accused clerk at the block primary education office in Rajpura.
DEO Patiala sees records against the accused clerk at the block primary education office in Rajpura. A Tribune photograph 

Rajpura, August 21
A female clerk deployed in the education department at Rajpura has been accused of usurping more than Rs 85 lakh from the General Provident Fund (GPF) since 2001.Officials in the education department lodged a complaint in this regard with the police yesterday. However, the police has not registered any case.

Education department officials said they would get a case registered against the accused only after the completion of the departmental inquiry.

District Education Officer (DEO) Varsha Shukla said the matter was brought to their notice after auditing. The auditors informed that GP funds of some of the retired employees had been withdrawn twice or thrice.

“It is yet not clear as to how the clerk managed to withdraw the GP fund. Only the beneficiary is entitled to get the money and that, too, only once,”she said.

The DEO revealed that the clerk was now missing and efforts were on to trace her. The officials broke open the cupboards of office yesterday, but failed to find cash books and other recent records pertaining to the funds.

The GP fund is given to retired people at the time of retirement and the state government maintains it for pension of the beneficiary.

The education department officials said the police summoned the retired officials in this regard. However, it was found that missing money was not credited into their accounts.

SHO Bikramjeet Singh said that the officials of the education department had told the police not to register a case against anyone before the completion of the departmental inquiry.



Harpreet Kaur Murder Case
Cancel Jagir Kaur’s bail, pleads CBI
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 21
The CBI today moved an application in the court of special judge (CBI cases) Balbir Singh to cancel the bail granted to former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and seven other accused in the case of the alleged murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur.

As the hearing in the case resumed today, the CBI counsel pleaded in the court that witnesses in the case had been turning hostile under the influence of the accused and hence, the bail granted to all accused in the case should be dismissed.

The other accused included Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, Pramajit Singh Raipur, Nishan Singh, Harminder Singh, Sanjeev Kumar and Satya.

Barring Dhesi, who was currently abroad, the other accused were present during the court proceedings. The next date of hearing in the case was fixed for August 28.



Ambala man electrocuted
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 21
A middle-aged person was electrocuted late last night when he came in the contact with a high-tension wire passing over the roof of his house.

The deceased, identified as Ghanshyam Das, had come on the roof of his house to check the water-tank. The high-tension wire was crossing close to the water tank. When he opened the cover of the tank to check water, he came in contact with the live high-tension wire.

The eye witness said Ghanshyam was stuck to the electric wire for three hours. The employees of electrical department reached the site and the body was taken out.

Meanwhile, deceased’s brother has demanded an action against the electricity department and demanded compensation.



Woman booked for concealing stillbirth incident
Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, August 21
The police has booked a woman on charges of concealment of birth after the body of a premature stillborn female child was found in a toilet of the PGI on Friday.Police investigations later revealed that the woman was not medically fit and was not aware that she had delivered the baby.

In charge of the PGI police post sub-inspector Usha Rani said the incident came to light around 3.30 am on Friday when a security guard found the body of a stillborn female in a toilet near the labour room. She informed the police and a case of concealment of birth by secret disposal of body under Section 318 of the Indian Penal Code was registered.

Usha Rani said later during the investigation, the police traced the woman as a 28-year-old resident of Mohali.The doctors treating her told the police that they had conducted an ultrasound of Sarabjit, which revealed that the foetus had died in the womb.They administered medicine to her for delivery.

 Since Sarabjit was also suffering from hypertension she was not aware what had happened to her.The police said it was probing the matter and if the conduct of the woman was found to be aboveboard during the investigation, the case registered against her would be cancelled.



2 injured in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
Two persons, including a child, were injured in two different road accidents in the city.Harnek Singh, a resident of Mauli Jagran Colony, filed a complaint alleging that a car knocked down his 12-year-old child near Azad market, Sector 20, on August 19. The victim was admitted to the PGI. 

The police has arrested car driver Vijay Singh, a resident of Defence Enclave, Zirakpur.In another incident, a truck hit an unidentified pedestrian near the traffic lights on Sectors 45, 46, 49 and 50 intersections last night.

The victim was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.The two cases have been registered.Vehicles stolen Surinder Kumar, a resident of Mani Majra, reported that someone had stolen his Maruti car (HR-03-A-9425) from in front of his residence on August 18. 

Similarly, Gautam Sharma, a resident of Sector 37-D, reported that someone had stolen his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (MH-02-BE-5302) from his house on August 19. Two cases of theft have been registered in this connection. 



Hockey meet from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21
The Rock Rovers Hockey Club (RRHC) will organise an eight-day 9th SN Vohra Memorial Hockey Tournament to be held at the Sector-42 Hockey Stadium from August 22. Anil Vohra, organising secretary, RRHC, said the inaugural match would be held between Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, and MBCT Academy, Bassi Pathana. The second match would be played between Karnataka Sub-Junior XI and Mehta Gurukul Academy.



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