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Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo Bypass
Land acquisition delays construction
Our Correspondent

Kalka, October 23
Pending land acquisition process in connection with the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass four-lane mega project of more than Rs 300 crore is getting delayed.

The official sources in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) confirmed that non-completion of land acquisition process near Bitna village, Kalka, had caused delay in the bypass construction work.

The administration have not completed the process of land acquisition and handed over the required land to NHAI. The sources further added that heavy rains that lashed the region recently also hampered the construction work.

The construction work of the Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass would now be delayed by six months due to the construction work of two additional purposed flyovers, one opposite to HMT factory main gate and another near Burajkotian link road near Chandi Mandir stone crusher zone.

Subsequently, the daily commuters would have to face traffic disruption problem in Kalka, Pinjore for over six months.

The construction work of the Mega Project of Express Highway and bypass is being carried out by JP Group and C&C Company.

The construction work of the bypass, which was pending since 30 years, was started two-and-a-half-year ago and would take more than six months to complete, as only 60 per cent of the construction has been completed so far. After the completion of 11 km Kalka-Pinjore bypass project, which will begin from near the Mullah road, about 400 meters away from Pinjore garden would join the National Highway near Timber trail in Parwanoo, and for people coming from Himachal Pradesh, this would mean faster access to plains and relief from the biggest bottleneck of the National Highway 22.

According to a survey, over 30,000 vehicles that pass the NH-22 on daily-basis will have to face inconvenience due to the closure of the Kalka-Pinjore level crossing.

Residents of Kalka, Pinjore, including the daily commuters have urged the state government to intensify the construction work of the bypass.



Man shot at in Kharar
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 23
A driver of a Mercedes car was shot at outside a marriage palace here late on Friday late night. Undergoing treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh, the driver, identified as Randhir Singh of Nangal Singha village in Kurali, survived three bullets.

In his statement to the police, Randhir said he works with Jhajj Travels, Mohali. On Friday night, as per the directions of his employer Ramjesh Singh, he had dropped a bridegroom and his relatives at a marriage palace on the Kharar-Chandigarh road and parked his vehicle on the roadside.

He told police that four people travelling in a Santro car came to him and asked him to come out of the car. When he refused, the accused pulled him out and aimed a gun at him.

Even before Randhir could understand anything, they fired three bullets at him. One of the bullets hit him in the thigh, another in his knee and the third in his arm. He fell down on the road and accused fled from the spot.

Randhir called up his employer and informed him about the incident. His employer reached at the spot and rushed him to the PGI.

The Kharar police said that the reason behind attack could not be ascertained. The two cartridges recovered from the spot indicate that the shots were fired from a .32 bore pistol, the police said.

The police has registered an attempt to murder case against four unidentified assailants.



Body recovered from drain

Bassi Pathana, October 23
The body of a local youth Sumit Gupta (25) was recovered from a drain adjoining ITI on the Saheed Garh road. He was missing since October 19 and a complaint was lodged with the police in this regard by his family members.

DSP SP Singh yesterday after rain a passer by informed the police that a body was floating in the drain near ITI. He said the police reached the spot and pulled the body out. He said Sumit’s family identified the body.

The police has registered the case under Section 174 of the CrPC. The body was given to family members after the autopsy.

Meanwhile, residents led by OP Tangri, senior Congress leader, protested at a civil hospital against the failure of the local administration to fill the dangerous drains on both the sides of the road near ITI. They said last year they had submitted a memorandum to the then SDM, but of no use. He said the youth must have slipped into the drain and after rain, the body started floating. — OC



50 cartons of liquor seized, 5 booked
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 23
The CIA staff has busted a gang of liquor smugglers and booked five persons. They recovered a car and 50 boxes of liquor from the accused.

This gang used to smuggle liquor from Chandigarh to UP and Uttaranchal.

The accused were using red beacon and illegal number plates on their vehicles. ASI Ajaib Singh of CIA staff, Mohali, said on the basis of secret information a naka was set up near Dappar village on the Ambala-Chandigarh road. The CIA staff stopped a car carrying 50 boxes of illegal liquor and illegal number plate and red beacon.

Two more cars carrying illegal liquor fled after seeing the naka. The police has booked five persons, including Sahib Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Major Singh from UP under Sections 420 and 473 of the IPC and 61-1-14 Excise Act and 73 Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

Three accused were arrested and two are still at large. The police said the gang used to purchase liquor from Chandigarh on cheaper rates and used to sell on dearer rates in UP.



70 units of blood collected

Bassi Pathana, October 23
The Blood Donors’ Society, Bassi Pathana, organised its 96th blood donation camp at Aggarwal Dharmshala here today. A team of doctors from the PGI led by Dr Usha Rao conducted the camp and 70 units of blood were collected.

Dr Mohinder Singla, president of the society said the society was formed in the days of terrorism with an aim to "donate blood don't shed it". Since then the society had been regularly organising blood donation camps. — OC



Folk dance contest at DPS
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 23
Delhi Public School, Ambala, organised a folk dance contest here today. Various DPS schools of Haryana took part in the competition.

The school teams presented folk dances of Spain, France, China, Japan and India. An educationist Padma Vivekanandan was the chief guest.

DPS Panipat refinery was declared first in the competition, while the second position was achieved by DPS, Ambala.



Conference on digital signal processing
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, October 23
A two-day national conference on “Advances in Digital Signal Processing” attended by experts from all across the country concluded on the Chitkara campus here today.

The conference was inaugurated by Dr RS Khandpur, director general, Pushpa Gujral Science City on Friday.

Dr Khandpur traced the history of evolution of digital signal processing technology with special reference to its application in bio-medical instrumentation, telemedicine, e-Health, cyber medicine etc. Prof TS Lamba, dean academics and research, Jaypee University, Waknaghat, Himachal Pradesh delivered the keynote address on trends in speech studies. He outlined the scope and research areas for taking up projects in this field.

Nearly 100 delegates from different parts of the country attended the conference and 42 research papers were presented. A workshop on “Labview” was conducted by National Instruments for the benefit of interested participants.

A special session was organised for engineering students in which they showcased their projects and made digital poster presentations. Earlier, Dr Madhu Chitkara, director general, Chitkara Educational Trust welcomed the delegates.



Firemen Recruitment Scam
One-day police remand for accused
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu today sent Satbir, who had been arrested in the firemen recruitment scam, to one-day police remand.

Seeking police remand of three days, the investigating agency said the CBI was yet to trace the unknown persons who were involved in the scam. The accused has not revealed the facts to the investigating agency as yet thus the remand was required.

The CBI has registered an FIR against Satbir under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 419, 420 (cheating) of the IPC.

It has been alleged that the written examination for recruitment of firemen in the Fire Wing, MC, UT, was conducted on July 23, this year and one unknown person had appeared in the said examination.

The CBI has found that in order to facilitate the recruitment of a close relative of a senior MC official, the department had flouted norms. To favour the candidate, the physical test scheduled on April 26 was conducted on May 13. Also, someone else appeared in the examination instead of the applicant.



Six held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
The local police arrested six persons for gambling from a house in Sector 21 late last night and recovered Rs 1,02,600 besides seizing three cars of the accused. The accused were booked under Section 13,3 and 67 of the Gambling Act at the Sector 5 police station. Later, all accused were released on bail after they furnished personal bonds this afternoon.

After getting a tip off that a group of persons were gambling in house no 353 in Sector 21, a 10-member police team led by Om Parkash, Station House Officer, Sector 5, raided the house and arrested all accused from the spot and recovered the amount from the gambling pool.

Om Parkash said that before entering the room of the house they had video graphed the accused who were playing cards. He said that the accused were also consuming liquor. He said after seeing the raiding police party the accused tried to escape from the house. However, the policemen present at the site foiled their attempt he added.

The accused have been identified as Rakesh Kumar and Pankaj Bansal both residents of Sector 8, Anil Kumar and Vishal both residents of Sector 9 and Bhushan Kumar, resident of Phase 7 Mohali and Amit Bansal, resident of Shivpuri Colony, Dhuri district Sangrur.

According to police sources, the accused who are in their mid thirties, hailed from influential business, political and bureaucratic families.



3 vehicle lifters held

Chandigarh, October 23
The Chandigarh Police claimed to have arrested three vehicle lifters, including a juvenile, from a ‘naka’ at Sector 22 last night.

The miscreants have been identified as Dalip Singh (21), a resident of Sector 19 here and Arun Kumar (18) from Rohtak. The juvenile offender hails from New Delhi.

According to police sources, the miscreants were riding a motorcycle when they were intercepted at the naka. During the checking, the police found that they stole the motorcycle from Sector 22 yesterday.

“At their instance the police also recovered a stolen car and a motorcycle,” said the sources.

The accused were produced in court today. while Dalip Singh and Arun were sent to two-day police remand, the minor offender was sent to a juvenile home. — TNS



Youth walks away with Rs 65,000 from office

Chandigarh, October 23
Ashwini Khanna , a businessman of Sector 32, alleged that a youth took away Rs 65,000 from his office here today.

In his complaint, Khanna alleged that the youth, who seemed to be in his early twenties, came to his office when he was busy on the phone. “A sum of Rs 65,000 was lying on my table, which the youngster picked and left the office. I realised only after a while that he had gone away with the money,” alleged Khanna in his complaint to the police. The police has registered a case under appropriate sections at the Sector 34 Police Station. — TNS



Barwala outplay Barona Kalan in kabaddi
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
Barwala beat Barona Kalan 27-6 to enter the third round of District-Level Kabaddi Tournament being organised by the Sports Promotion Society (SPS) at Khatauli village in Barwala block.

Rattewali and Bhareli Kalan have also entered the third round by outplaying Greeda and Garhi Kotaha, respectively. Earlier, Greeda and Bhareli teams defeated Ramgarh and Khatauli 44-15 and 34-13, respectively, while Barwala was defeated by Basaula 11-33.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Garg threw open the meet. BB Singhal, councillor, Harish Mittal, president, Shree Ram Institute of Technical Education, Vikram Singh, district secretary, Indian National Lok Dal, were present on the occasion. 



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