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Boy killed as electric pole falls on him
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 22
An eight-year-old child died when an electric pole fell on him on the Ambala-Hisar Highway near Ambala City this evening. The deceased was identified as Laksya, a resident of Naraingarh. His father Bhupinder had come to Ambala City to meet one of his relative.

The traffic on the Ambala- Hisar road was disrupted for two hours. The traffic of the both side was diverted through other routes.

According to information, a huge tree located on the Ambala- Hisar road near Bal Bhawan fell on the electric line crossing close to the highway following a storm. Around 6 electric poles fell on the road due to the weight of a tree. Lakshay along with his parents was crossing the road at that time. An electric poll fell on him. He was brought to civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Three cars which were parked on the road side were badly damaged as the electric polls and the tree fell on those vehicles. None of the passenger of the cars were injured in the mishap. The electricity supply was also disrupted in several areas. Senior officers of the Electricity Department, including XEN (operation) V K Khurana look into the matter.



‘Wrong’ billing irks BSNL subscribers in Kalka, Pinjore
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, October 22
Resentment prevails among the subscribers of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)of Kalka, Pinjore and its vicinity for wrong billings and inadequate services of BSNL. They alleged that due to the negligent attitude of the BSNL authorities, they were facing inconvenience these days. They said that the subscribers of BSNL landline and broadband users had received their telephone bills on October 21and 22nd, despite of the fact that the last date of depositing the bill was October 20.

Earlier, the billing department was interpreting the details of every call, but in the current bill the details are missing. Only number of calls has been written on the bill, which is insufficient for the subscribers. Some of the subscribers also alleged that the BSNL was also imposing the amount of the last bill in the current bills, which was already paid. They said that despite repeated requests for the correction of excess bill, the department has taken no initiative to rectify the bill amount, which is pending for more than six months.

The subscribers further alleged that the government employees, who were entitled to get 20 per cent discount on the broadband plan, were deprived of the discount. Ashwani Aggarwal, a BSNL subscriber of Kalka, alleged that he was given a bill of two months in March, 2010. His bill has not been corrected despite repeated online complaints. One of the subscribers also alleged that on his telephone bill of Rs 50, Rs 50 had been imposed as tax.

Meanwhile, 10 per cent tax is taken on the total bill. They also resented that due to the indifferent attitude of the department of BSNL, most of the landline phones in Kalka and Pinjore were lying dead and had not been repaired so far. The official sources of BSNL, when contacted said that due to the shortage of linesmen the phones could not be repaired.



Chander Mohan to contest Assembly poll
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 22
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana and three-time Kalka MLA Chander Mohan has decided to contest the next Assembly elections. This was stated by the leader while interacting with mediapersons at Pinjore yesterday.

He was here to preside over two functions.

He urged the state government to mitigate the problems of residents of the area.

He also met some old Congress local leaders. He expressed gratitude to the people for electing him MLA thrice from the seat.

He said he had made up his mind to contest the next Assembly elections.

On the state government’s bias towards development works in the area, he said it should work impartially and carry out development in Panchkula district as well as the Shivalik area.



Red Ribbon Express draws crowd
1 found HIV positive
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 22
The Red Ribbon Express standing on the Patiala Railway station continued to attract large number of visitors on the third day of its stay in Patiala. Almost 15,000 persons visited the express and apprised themselves on HIV/AIDS and other health-related issues.

A large number of school and college students viewed the exhibition inside the Red Ribbon Express and availed the free medical facilities, including HIV testing. Around 105 persons were tested for HIV during the three days out of which one sample was found positive.

Around 140 persons were counselled during the three days and 194 persons got themselves enrolled in the medical camp that was held during this time.

The train will now move to its next destination ‘Dhuri’ where it is expected to draw large numbers of visitors.



SGPC Elections
7 days to file objections

Ropar, October 22
Seven days are left to file objections for the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections. Sucha Singh Mast, additional district election officer-cum-additional

Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, stated this in a press release issued here yesterday. He said objections for the same could be filed till October 28 and after that no objections would be entertained. These objections would be dealt with from October 29 till November 30.

From December 1 to 31, voter’s list would be prepared and till January 10 the same would be printed. The final voter’s list would be printed by January 17, 2011.

SDM APS Sandhu is the revising authority for Anandpur Sahib constituency 116, for Ropar constituency 117 it is SDM Ropar Anindita Mitra and for Morinda constituency 118 SDM Chamkaur Sahib JC Sabharwal is the revising authority. — TNS



Seminar on breast cancer
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 22
The Sahayata Charitable Welfare Society, Chandigarh, in collaboration with Doaba Group of Colleges organised a seminar on cancer with special emphasis on breast cancer.

Mohini Loomba gave a presentation on the role of eating right, being active and maintaining healthy weight.

She stressed on avoidance of junk food. Several other causes such as consumption of alcohol, tobacco and excessive use of fertilisers and presence of uranium and other chemical wastes in areas like Bathinda are responsible for increasing incidents of cancer.

She said globally about four million people suffer from cancer. Two-third of cancer is in developed countries that have only 5 per cent of cancer control, while cigarette smoking is associated with over 80,000 deaths in India every year.



Kalka functions without SDM
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 22
Sub-divisional work in the SDM office, Kalka, is being affected badly, as there is no SDM in Kalka since September 27.

According to sources in SDM office, the work is being affected, as the then SDM Yogesh Kumar has been sent on deputation to Chandigarh. As a result 30-40 staff members in SDM office and tehsil office of Kalka have not got their salaries.

Residents of Kalka, Pinjore and its adjoining villages are also facing inconvenience as the work related to driving licences, payment of compensations, etc., are being delayed. Vijay Bansal, president of the Shivalik Vikas Manch have urged the state government to depute SDM in Kalka soon.



Annual day at Mind Tree school

Ambala, October 22
Mind Tree Public School organised its annual day at Kharga Stadium here today. Students gave a thrilling and spirited performance on this occasion. The programme started with the traditional invocation of Goddess Sarswati.

The dramatisation of “Ali Baba and Chalis Chor” transported the audience to the majestic land of Arabia.

The drama revived Arabian fables as well as presented the glimpses of their culture. It induced self-confidence among youngsters. The most fascinating feature greatly applauded by the audience was "Marjina Dance".

Brilliant performance by tiny tots of Class I on Arabian notes was a treat to the eyes. Principal Sudha Mathur briefed the students saying that they should be proud of their culture and heritage. — OC



Renewable energy club launched
Tribune News Service

Ropar, October 22
IET Bhaddal, on the 59th birth anniversary of its founder chairman Gurcharan Singh, has decided to commemorate October 19 as Akshay Urja Day every year.

Balour Singh, director Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), launched renewable energy club today.

The club will help in creating awareness among students and society towards renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The director told students that the only way to prevent climate change and global warming was to use renewable energy sources like solar energy, wind energy, hydel energy and biogas energy etc.

A mobile charger made by a student Tenzin Karma of electrical and electronics engineering was presented to general public. The charger costs Rs 100.



Burglars strike at shop, decamp with cash, goods

Dera Bassi, October 22
Burglars struck at a hardware shop, situated on the Barwala T-point on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway and decamped with cash and goods worth lakhs of rupees after breaking open the locks of the stair door last night. The police has started investigations after registering a complaint.

As per reports, Lalchand Girdharilal, shopowner said the burglars entered the shop by breaking the lock of the stair door after climbing on the terrace. He said Rs 20, 000 in cash, four quintal of steel taps, brass valves and other hardware items, were found missing from the shop. He said the estimated loss was over Rs. 2 lakh. — OC



Stress to promote national integration

Patiala, October 22
Punjabi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh emphasised on the need of promoting values of pluralism, oneness, love and brotherhood illuminated by Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, whose radiant martyrdom provided eternal inspiration to all humanity.

While releasing the inaugural issue of Sadhbhavana Magazine of the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair here recently, he said the magazine would provide a forum for the students and faculty to present their views on various challenges of national integration.

The Vice-Chancellor also congratulated and thanked SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar for giving a grant of Rs 5 lakh to the Chair. — TNS



Lecture on cloud computing

Banur, October 22
The SUS Group of Institutions, Tangori, in association with British Library, Chandigarh, organised a lecture on cloud computing from business perspective for students and faculty of CSE, IT and MCA on Wednesday.

Professor Peter Lake, principal-lecturer computing, was the resource person.

The college authorities informed Peter Lake about various initiatives taken by the management of SUS group to bring in quality improvements in the teaching learning process.

Dr Geetika Thapar, dean academics, said networking with professionals from other countries, besides keeping one abreast with the developments and emerging trends helped in creating a global mindset in budding professionals. — TNS



Consumer Courts
Hardware shop owner’s plea rejected
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, October 22
The Consumer Forum in its fresh order dismissed a plea of Rohit Sharma owner of M/s Rohit Paints and Hardware Store, Yamuna Nagar, submitted for full claim of his shop which was damaged in a fire on September 30,2006.

Sources said that M/s Rohit Paints and Hardware Store was running the shop which was insured from The New India Assurance Company Limited, Yamuna Nagar, and the shop owner also obtained the cash credit (CC) limit for his shop from The Punjab National Bank, Jagadhri.

On September 30, 2006 the fire broke out in the shop and he lodged a DDR with the police station concerned regarding the damage suffered by him which was estimated at Rs 7,12000 and completed all formalities as desired by the insurance company.

After the survey by the insurance surveyor the claim was settled only for Rs 4,00169 on May 24, 2007 as full and final settlement of the claim. The Rohit Paints and Hardware Store, through its lawyer Sukhvinder Singh also got issued a legal notice on May 29,2007 to the insurance company calling upon to make the balance payment of claim as he had obtained CC limit with the Punjab National Bank, and prayed for directing the insurance company to make the payment of balance claim of Rs 3,11881 along with interest but the insurance company did not make the balance payment.

The counsel for the Punjab National Bank, Aruna Sharma, prayed for dismissal of the complaint against the bank and argued that the shop was insured with the insurance company and he paid the premium to them.



Gold chain snatched from 60-yr-old woman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a gold chain from a 60-year-old woman in Sector 22 here this morning.

The victim, Rajani Lohan, a resident of Sector 22, told the police that the motorcyclists came to her to enquire about an address and snatched her chain. The incident occurred at around 9 am. She said the miscreants were wearing helmets and she also failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle.

A case of snatching under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered.

Scooter stolen

Bhupinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 71, Mohali, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen her Kinetic Honda scooter (CH-01-F 1406) from the parking lot near the electricity board office in Sector 17 yesterday. A case of theft has been registered.


Shyam Sunder, in charge of the Hafed sale canteen, Sector 7, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen Rs 37,440 from the cash box lying at the canteen during the intervening night of October 20 and 21. A case has been registered at Sector 26 police station.



Woman receives 20 pc burns
Delivery boy of gas agency held

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The police has arrested a delivery boy of a gas agency after a woman received burns in Sector 37 here on Thursday.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station said the victim, Jyoti Kapoor, told the police that the LPG cylinder at her house had developed some problem. She lodged a complaint with her gas agency, but no one came. She found a delivery boy of another gas agency in her locality and told him to repair the cylinder.

The delivery boy checked the cylinder and after releasing the gas from it, he said the cylinder was empty and went away. However, the gas kept on leaking. Unaware, Jyoti lighted the gas stove and the fire spread. She received burns on her face and arms and was rushed to a hospital.

The doctors diagnosed her with 20 per cent burns. The police was informed and a case against was registered against the unidentified delivery boy.

The SHO said the police identified the accused as Amrik Singh, a resident of Maloya, and arrested him.



Gang of car thieves busted, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, October 22
The CIA staff of the police today arrested three members of an inter-state gang of car thieves and recovered three vehicles, including Alto, Indica Vista and Indigo, from their possession.

The arrested persons have been identified as Daljit Singh, a resident of Zirakpur, Gursewak, a resident of Pabhat, and Rajesh Verma, a resident of Phase 9, Mohali.

They were produced in a local court, which remanded them to one-day police custody.

Gursewak Singh was nabbed by the CIA staff from Pabhat village. The arrested men gave vital clues about the group members, on the basis of which other two members of the gang, Daljit Singh and Rajesh Verma were arrested.

During interrogation, the accused said they used to change the chassis and engine numbers of the stolen cars with the accidental “total loss” vehicles. They used to buy “total loss” vehicles along with the registration certificates from the insurance company and then removed the engine and chassis number plates.

“We have sent police parties to various places to nab the other accused,” official added.



4 injured in road mishaps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Four persons were injured in two separate road accidents in different parts of the city. The police said two motorcycles collided near the Sector 10 Art Gallery on October 21. Both the motorcyclists, identified as Prem Singh, a resident of Pipli Wala, Mani Majra, and Sidharth, a resident of Sector 19-A, were injured.

Prem was admitted to the PGI while Sidharth was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mohali. The police has registered a case in this regard.

In another incident, a pedestrian, Madan Lal, of Dadu Majra Colony alleged that a motorcyclist, Satish Kumar, a resident of Hallo Majra, rammed his vehicle into him and another motorcyclist. He and the motorcyclist, identified as Sunny, a resident of Sector 25, were injured in the mishap and were rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital.



50-yr-old hangs himself to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Chamvella, a 50-year-old sweeper, was found hanging from a girder in the ceiling at his resident in Ram Darbar here today.

Chamvella was spotted hanging by his wife in the afternoon. They had a quarrel over Chamvella’s drinking habits after which he went to the room and locked himself.

The police was informed about the incident, which lowered the body and shifted it to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital.

The police said the deceased was an alcoholic. The police handed over the body to the family after post-mortem. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this connection.



Pradeep, Raman script DAV-8 win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Excellent batting performance by Pradeep Yadav (40) and Raman Bishnoi (39) helped DAV, Sector 8, beat Stepping Stones School by 10 wickets in the 7th Molly Carver Memorial Tournament for High School held at St Stephen’s School, Togan, here today.

After winning the toss, Stepping Stones elected to bat first and were all out for 95 runs in 34.2 overs. Daksha Aggerwal 15, Shubham 25, Arnav Sharma 13 and Yogesh 20 were the main scorers. For DAV-8, Karan Panta was the pick of the bowlers, who scalped three wickets giving away only three runs.

Arvind Chauhan was the other bowler, who impressed with his bowling figures of two for 10.

In reply, DAV-8 achieved the target of 96 runs in just 14 overs and that, too, without losing any wicket. Openers Pradeep Yadav and Raman Bishnoi started the innings on a promising note and hit the bowlers all around the ground at ease. Both scored 40 in 44 balls and 39 runs in 38 balls, respectively.

DPS, Solan, defeated Shishu Niketan by 208 runs in the second match played at St Stephen’s School grounds in Sector 45. DPS, Solan, after winning the toss decided to bat first and piled up a huge total of 272 runs in 34.1 overs losing all wickets in the process. Sumit Bhatia 75, Karnavjeet 51 and Dhruv 38 were the main scorers for DPS. For Shishu Niketan, Amit was the pick of the bowlers, as he scalped four wickets for 21 runs. Shubham was the other bowler, who took two for 51 runs. In reply, Shishu Niketan failed to face the tight bowling spell of DPS bowlers and were bowled out for 64 runs in 18.3 overs. Ishav Kohli 13 and Loveleen 10 were the main scorers. For DPS, Gaurav Thakur and Shardul were the main wicket takers, as they took two wickets each giving away 12 and four runs, respectively.

Brief scores

Match I: Stepping Stones-37: 95 all out in 34.2 overs (Daksha Aggerwal 15, Shubham 25, Arnav Sharma 13, Yogesh 20; Arvind Chauhan 2 for 10, Karan Panta 3 for 3). DAV-8: 96 for no loss in 14 overs (Pradeep Yadav 40, Raman Bishnoi 39).

Match II: DPS, Solan: 272 all out in 34.1 overs (Sumit Bhatia 75, Karnavjeet 51, Dhruv 38; Amit 4 for 21, Shubham 2 for 51). Shishu Niketan: 64 all out in 18.3 overs (Ishav Kohli 13, Loveleen 10; Gaurav Thakur 2 for 12, Shardul 2 for 4).



Vijay eyes Haryana Open title
Our Golf Correspondent

Panchkula, October 22
Battling the strong winds that swept across the Panchkula Golf Club greens, Lucknow's Vijay Kumar played a steady even par 72 card to enter into the final round with a six-stroke lead at 13 under 203 on the penultimate day of the Haryana Open here today.

Mukesh Kumar who also shot an even par 72 score, trailed the leader by six strokes at seven under 209 in the Rs 40 lakh PGTI event presented by Unitech, Ireo, HUDA and PGC. One stroke behind at 210 is Sri Lanka's Anura Rohana.

The seasoned golfer from Lucknow is all set to clinch his maiden title on the Aircel PGTI.

This season Vijay has had only four top 10 finishes in 14 outings. Vijay started with a bogey, but he made amends with some good approach shots.

He sank two more birdies on the 11th and 14th to be three under. But then the veteran stumbled with a double bogey on the 15th where he landed on the greens after four shots.

He putted from 10 ft on the par-5 hole and managed a birdie on the 16th and ended up with bogeys on the next two holes to end the day with an even par 72 round.

Mukesh Kumar’s (70-67-72) round of 72 included five birdies and five bogeys. Shankar Das two under 70 was the only under par score of the day and thus placed him in tied fourth at five under 211 along with C Muniyappa and Ashok Kumar.

Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh and Jalandhar’s Balwinder Singh Mattu are tied ninth at even par 216.

Chandigarh's Sujjan Singh played an even par 72 card to be tied 20th at three over 219 and Kapurthala's Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied 23rd at four over 220 after carding five over 77 in the third round.

Scores (after round three)

203 Vijay Kumar (65-66-72); 209 Mukesh Kumar (70-67-72); 210 Anura Rohana (66-70-74); 211 Shankar Das (68-73-70), C. Muniyappa (69-70-72) and Ashok Kumar (67-70-74); 213 Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (67-70-76); 214 Manav Jaini (68-71-75); 216 Feroz Ali Mollah (71-73-72), Balwinder Singh Mattu (66-72-78).-78).



Junior golf meet on October 25
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 22
More than 100 junior golfers between 6-18 years are expected to tee off on October 25 for various titles at stake in the second tournament of the Junior Golf Mission series on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here.

Golf Club course captain HS Kang said the junior golf tournament would be held in the following four categories-

10 years (D category), 11-12 years (C category), 13-15 years (B category) and 16-18 years (A category). Keeping in view the 2016 Olympic Games a series of six junior golf tournaments would be held every year to tap junior talent in the region.

The maximum permissible handicap for participation in the tournament for boys and girls is nine for A category, 15 for B category, 24 for C category and 30 for D category.

In order to tap the right talent, organisers have gone in for the gross score basis.

Course captain Kang agreed that gross score basis was the right approach as most of the junior golf tournaments played on the national circuit followed the gross scores.

Chandigarh Golf Club Academy joint director Ajay Gujral said to get maximum participation for these junior tournaments, the club had sent invitations to 40 golf clubs of the country, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala, Patiala, Ambala, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.



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