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Sale, purchase of Golden Forests properties
Violators of SC orders to be punished
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, September 9
The chairman of the committee of Golden Forests India Limited, Justice RN Aggarwal, has said that action would be taken against those who are involved in the sale, purchase of Golden Forests properties despite stay orders from the Supreme Court of India and different high courts of the country.

He said the sale, purchase of properties of the company had taken place at various places in the country after the restraint orders of different courts.

Talking regarding the sale, purchase of land at Malkpur village in Dera Bassi tehsil , Justice Aggarwal said this was illegal and notices had been issued to all involved parties and a decision would be taken after the completion of the hearing.

The committee had issued notices regarding the sale, purchase of Golden Forests land at Malkpur village to some parties, including AP Paper Mill and Guru Nanak Dev Educational and Charitable Society, which has set up the Punjab Group of Colleges on the same land.

It was mentioned in the notice that company GFIL had sold 124 bighas through Kesar Singh, son of Basant Singh, to M/s AP Paper Mill. Subsequently, this land was sold to M/s Guru Nanak Dev Educational and Charitable Society.

The notice was issued on 6-11-2009 on the basis of a specific complaint. Now the hearing was on and action would be taken according to law after hearing all aspects, Justice Aggarwal added. Guru Nanak Dev Educational and Charitable Society has been running its business on this land by setting up the Punjab Group of Colleges. When the head of Guru Nanak Dev Educational and Charitable Society, Parmod Kumar Dhawan, was contacted he could not give any comment on the issue. Jagdish Goyal of AP Paper Mill, who had purchased and sold the company land at Malkpur, said they were not aware of restraint orders of courts on the land of Golden Forests and registries of this land were executed legally in the Dera Bassi tehsil.

Meanwhile, tehsildar Dera Bassi said the sale, purchase of this land had taken place before his posting here. Stay orders by different courts on the properties of Golden Forests of India were issued on the basis of petitions of the Securities of Exchange Board of India. The high courts of Delhi and Bombay passed orders on 7-10-1998 and 23-11-1998, respectively, restraining the transfer of any movable and immovable property belonging to Golden Forests India Limited. Along with this, the matter came up for hearing before the Supreme Court of India again, on August 17 2004. An order was passed for the appointment of a committee to settle the property disputes of company and investors.



Army rescues 6 persons from drowning
Tribune Reporters

Army personnel, along with Ambala DC Sameer Pal Srow, during a rescue operation to save six persons, who spent over six hours on trees due to flood in Ambala on Thursday.
Army personnel, along with Ambala DC Sameer Pal Srow, during a rescue operation to save six persons, who spent over six hours on trees due to flood in Ambala on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Ambala, September 9
The Army jawans of Kharga Engineer Regiment rescued six persons in Harda village close to Ambala Cantt late last night. They were trapped in a strong current of Markanda river.

Deputy Commissioner Samir Pal Srow said the floodwater of Markanda river had entered Harda village late last night. The fields were submerged in four-feet deep floodwater.

Six villagers were trapped and they were forced to climb a tree. The Deputy Commissioner said on receiving a message, he immediately along with the SDM and other officers of the local administration reached the spot and after seeing the situation worsen, he called a 25- members Army team to save the life of six persons who had taken refuge on a tree. The flow of water was so strong that they could not dare to reach safer place, Srow said. He said that the Army was summoned immediately and the rescue operation started at around 12.30 am, which concluded early in the morning. The villagers kept sitting on the tree for six hours. Srow said these persons mostly belonged to slum colonies and they had gone to collect firewood near the riverbed. But on seeing the sudden gush of water caused by the heavy rain in the upstream areas in the morning climb up a tree.

The army personnel reached there on a motorboat with the help of searchlights and succeeded in rescuing the villagers. Srow said that due to timely action by the Army the villagers were saved.

According to information, around 55,000- cusec water was flowing in Markanda river last evening. The administration had to close the traffic on the Ambala-Jagadhari road near Kalpi villag till this morning as around three- feet water was flowing on the highway. Several villages were also affected by the floodwater.

Mulana and the nearby areas were under three to four feet of water at many places. Many roads in this area were also waterlogged, leading to traffic jams.



Construction of overbridge
Letter sent to NHAI

Dera Bassi, September 9
Central Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has written a letter to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to take action regarding the construction of overbridge at Dera Bassi.

The action was taken in reply to the letter written to the Prime Minister of India and to secretary of Road Transport and Highways by Kar Sewa Gurdwara Shri Nada Sahib.

Members of the Kar Sewa Amaranth had written a letter to the Prime Minister and secretary of the road transport on August 3, for construction of the overbridge at Dera Bassi to avoid increasing accidents here.

He had written a letter to the Prime Minister on November 4, 2008, for construction of the overbridge at Dera Bassi. He had raised the issue of increasing accidents in the absence of overbridge and proper crossings on the national highway.

Notably, the demand of the overbridge was raised with SDM, Dera Bassi, at a meeting of grievances committee on May 7, and members said that the overbridge should be constructed on the pillars for the smooth flow of traffic on all sides. — OC



Students protest against canteen food quality
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 9
Disappointed with poor quality of food in university canteen, Punjabi University students took out a protest march on the campus here today.

More than 500 students led by Secular Youth Federation of India gathered near Bhagwan Dass canteen and raised slogans against the university authorities and canteen owners.

Advocate Gagandeep Singh discussed various problems being faced by students. Jasvir Singh, Mandeep Dhindsa and Narender Pal Singh Sekhon also addressed the students.

The students then went to the Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh’s office and protested outside his office.

Campus president of the Secular Youth Federation of India, Gurvinder Singh, said since long time the quality of food was getting deteriorated.

Despite complaints, authorities were not paying attention to their problem. Even the canteen owners were taking undue advantage of this callous attitude and didn’t bother to improve the food quality.

He said: “The agreement of the canteen was signed in 1991 and after that it was not renewed. The food in the canteen is not only of poor quality, but very expensive also. The canteen owner is taking undue advantage of the fact that the authorities were not inviting any new contractors. Therefore, they were not paying any heed to our warnings he added.”

Registrar De Manjit Singh and dean academics SS Tiwana promised students that their problems would be solved within 10 days.

It is pertinent to mention that students led by Harvinder Sidhu had also handed over a memorandum signed by university students to the Vice-Chancellor on Monday.

The memorandum included various problems being faced by students, including poor quality of food and elections for student council.



Arhtiya Assn election
Ravinder elected state president
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, September 9
The Arhtiya Association today organised a function to honour Ravinder Singh Cheema, president, Punjab Arhtiya Association, on becoming the state president unanimously for the third time.

He was accorded a warm welcome. Rajesh Singla, state press secretary, stated in a press release that Ravinder Singh Cheema had won unopposed. He said Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, also congratulated Ravinder. He said commission agents led by Cheema highlighted various demands and problems being faced by them. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to meet their demands at the earliest, he added.

Singla said the CM had assured them that power cuts would not be imposed during the procurement season in grain markets. The CM exempted commission agents from filling VAT tax return. He said pending payment of commission agents would be released within a week.

He also exempted commission agents from filling return with market committees.

The rates of Tat/ Patti were decreased from Rs 35 to Rs 4.

He said the Punjab Arhtiya Association would organise a state-level function to honour the Chief Minister.



Modi lads win powerlifting meet
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 9
MM Modi College, Patiala, lads have added another feather in college’s cap by winning Punjabi University Inter-College Championship in best physique that was held at SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib.

Government College, Malerkotla, got second and Government Barjindra College, Faridkot, bagged third position, respectively.

College team comprised of Deepak Kumar, Sagar, Jatinder, Harpreet Singh, Tejindervir Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh, Amrinder Singh and Avneet Singh.

Deepak Kumar won gold, Harpreet Singh got silver, while Jatinder and Sagar bagged bronze medals.

College principal Dr Satish Bhardwaj and Dr Rashpaul Singh, chairman of the College Sports Committee, felicitated the winning team members and promised them all the help in providing excellent training and other facilities.



HC tells bank official to comply with order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today virtually passed strictures on Punjab and Sind Bank’s zonal manager (Haryana) for non-compliance of interim order in a bank officer’s case.

As a petition filed by PC Sood came up for hearing, Justice Surya Kant verbally told zonal manager Surinder Singh to comply with interim order within three days or face contempt. The warning was issued verbally, and cannot be taken as the expression of final opinion on merit.

Justice Surya Kant had earlier directed the bank to relieve the petitioner within a week to enable him to join the promoted post as group manager at Bhubaneshwar by August 7. The bank filed an appeal, which was dismissed by a Division Bench on August 3.

The petitioner moved an application for appropriate action against the bank for non-compliance. Justice Surya Kant observed the high court was, prima facie, satisfied that the zonal manager was acting against the petitioner in a malafide manner, and directed that Surinder Singh be impleaded as a respondent.

Justice Surya Kant also dismissed the bank’s plea for the vacation of interim order. The case will now come up for further hearing on September 14.

The petitioner, working as senior manager at Chandigarh, was promoted vide order dated February 15, 2008, and was directed to join at Bhubaneshwar. As he suffered a fall in his house, he applied for medical leave and enclosed a medical certificate. But the DGM (P), without giving him any opportunity of hearing, issued an order revoking the promotion, Sood claimed. 



Man booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 9
The Zirakpur police booked one person for allegedly selling a plot by producing fake documents. The case has been registered against Sanjay Kaushal, a resident of Mamta Enclave, on the complaint of Satyam Aggarwal, a resident of the Industrial Focal Point, Ludhiana.

Investigating official stated that Satyam in his complaint alleged that Sanjay Kaushal had sold his plot by showing fake registration papers and took an amount of 
Rs 1.60 crore fromthe other party.

The investigating official said the accused would be arrested soon and further investigations were on.



Liquor worth ` 5.5 lakh seized
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
The police once again seized 339 cases of Indian-made foreign liquor worth over Rs 5.5 lakh being smuggled from Chandigarh to other states here today.On a tip-off, the police laid a naka on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar National Highway-73 and stopped the truck no. RJ-14-GA-7234 loaded with illegal liquor.

A total of 191 cases of beer (tinned), 8,500 IMFL bottles of different brands were seized from the truck, which, too, was impounded.

The police arrested two persons, who were identified as truck driver Sanjay Kumar and helper Karan Singh, both residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, both the accused were produced before the Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Madhu Bala for penalty under the Excise Act.



One-day police remand for Goyal
Tribune News Service
PCS officer TK Goyal in police custody.
PCS officer TK Goyal in police custody. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 9
A senior Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer TK Goyal, who was yesterday arrested by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a Kapurthala resident, was today sent in a one-day police remand. After being produced before Mohali Civil Judge (Senior Division) Jaswinder Singh, the public prosecutor on behalf of the Vigilance Bureau sought permission to carry out searches at his residence. 

The counsel for the PCS officer argued that the latter had been falsely trapped after he lodged a complaint against St John’s School. But the court while turning down the PCS officer’s plea, remanded him in police custody. During the course of hearing, the counsel argued that the officer had already given his report in the last week of August and the VB had falsely implicated him in the case. But the vigilance officials produced a file on record, claiming that the case was still pending with the PCS officer. 

A 1995 batch PCS officer, TK Goyal, who was posted as joint secretary, Department of Welfare of the SC/BCs, was arrested by a team of the VB from his office at the Mini Secretariat, Sector 9. The complainant, George Shubh, alias George Masih, had approached the VB last month when Goyal allegedly demanded money from him to write a report in his favour that would have helped Masih in filing a nomination for the post of lambardar of his village.



Mission to help differently abled
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
Despite all odds, Gurmeet Singh Azad did not stop from his mission of promoting differently abled children for the state and national-level sports competitions.Gurmeet talking to the Tribune at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3 here today said he had taken it as a mission to create awareness among the differently abled people about various schemes and programmes being run by the state and the Central government.

Azad, who is running an NGO “Koshish 4 Special People” at New Delhi, said he was running the NGO for the last four years and about 150 physically challenged sportspersons had benefitted by getting employment and availing pension and other schemes. He said they had also been able to provide 200 equipment, including motorised vehicles, tricycles, calipers and special shoes. He said they had also provided funds for the operation of polio affected six persons, who could now walk without any support.

A music director by profession, Azad said he was not completely involved in his mission and did not find time for his first love, music. He said his NGO was also trying to create a data regarding the physically challenged sportspersons, which would be submitted to the Central government. He said two separate ministries should be created so that the physically challenged persons were not harassed for getting their jobs done.

Gurmeet said six players, including five girls, had been selected by their NGO as a part of the Delhi team to participate in the Paralympic Games. He said earlier, out of 40 players, 33 players had won medals in the state-level games at Delhi. He lauded the efforts of coach Arvind Kapoor who had been training the players.



City to play host to ‘Kangaroos’
Australian cricket team will play against India in test series at PCA Stadium
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
It might be the longest stay of any international cricket team in the city when the Australian team would visit the city to play against India in a test series at the PCA Stadium scheduled to begin on October 1.

The city will get a chance to host the Australian team for at least 17 days. The team will reach here on September 20 and will play a first-class three-day cricket match against Board President XI at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here from September 25.

Then it will take on “Men in Blue” in the first test of the Indo-Aussie series, starting on October 1 at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

The “Kangaroos” are coming to the city after a gap of three years. Earlier, the team had a feel of the City Beautiful three years back when they played an ODI against India on October 8, 2007 at the Sector 16 stadium.

MP Pandove, treasurer of BCCI and honorary secretary of PCA, said though it was not easy to make arrangements for the high-profile guests for so long, we, along with the Chandigarh Administration were ready to meet the challenge.

“We had a meeting with Chandigarh Administration officials to streamline the details and all kind of arrangements, including conduct of the match, ground preparation, gate management, security and rates of entry tickets,” said Pandove.

ML Sharma, director, Chandigarh sports department, promised to extend full cooperation to the PCA for the event.



City’s Saaniya still one stroke ahead
Women’s pro golf set for exciting finish
Donald Banerjee

Chandigarh, September 9
Saaniya Sharma of Chandigarh carded a three over par 73 for the second consecutive day as the hot favourite from Bangalore, Sharmila Nicollet, came breathing down her neck with a one under 69 card to be just one stroke behind Saaniya on the penultimate day of the third leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2010-11 on the par-70 greens of Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur today.

Sharmila, who was trailing the leader by five strokes after the first round, came back with some action on the greens firing three birdies and an eagle to set the stage for an exciting finish tomorrow.

The tall city girl bogeyed the third and seventh to be two over par 37 at the turn. She conceded bogeys on the 12th and 13th before sinking a birdie on the 14th. She bogeyed the very next hole and capped the back nine with a birdie on the 17th for a three over 73 card and a two-day tally of 146.

The 19-year-old Bangalore girl began with a birdie on the second. Two back to back bogies on the sixth and seventh followed by a birdie on the eighth saw Sharmila take the turn at even par 35. She began the back nine with a bogey. This was followed by a birdie on the 11th and a bogey on the 13. Sharmila fired a grand eagle on the 17th for a one under 69 card and a two-day score of 147.

Sharmila said: “The condition of the course was much better today. With three birdies and a lone eagle I returned a score of one under today. I hope to excel my performance tomorrow.”

Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi heads the trailing pack at 12 over 152, a good five strokes behind Sharmila Nicollet. Nalini Singh Siwach from Delhi, who was also sharing the second slot after the first round, carded another 78 card to be at the fourth slot at 156.

Chandigarh’s Preetinder Kaur carded a 10 over 80 to be 166 after the second round.

Score (after second round): 146 Saaniya Sharma (73-73); 147 Sharmila Nicollet (78-69); 152 Neha Tripathi (78-74); 156 Nalini Singh Siwach (78-78); 161 Rani Sonti (88-73); 163 Nikki Ponappa (84-79); 165 Pallavi Jain (84-81) and 166 Preetinder Kaur (80-86).



Softball: Khalsa eves pocket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Softball (women) Championship here today. PU Campus, Chandigarh, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, and PG GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, secured the second, third and fourth positions, respectively.

Score: GN Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, beat PG GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 9-6; PU Campus, Chandigarh, beat PG GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 9-3; Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, beat GN Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, 9-3; Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, beat PU Campus, Chandigarh, 7-2.


Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, won the Panjab University Handball (Women) Championship for the session 2010-11. PU Campus, Chandigarh, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, and Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh, secured the second, third and fourth positions, respectively.

Score: Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, beat Dev Samaj College, Chandigarh, 8-1; PU Campus, Chandigarh, beat MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, 13-3.


In the Panjab University Inter College B-Division (men) Tournament, GN College, Narangwal, beat BSSG Government College, Sidhsar, 2-1, Government College, Karamsar, beat GNN College, Doraha, 3-0. In the Panjab University Inter College B-Division Badminton (women) Tournament, DM College, Moga, beat LLR Government College, Dhudike, 2-0; SHSM College for Women, Chella, beat Gobindgarh Public, College, Alour, 2-0; GN College, Narangwal, beat DM College, Moga, 2-0.



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