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DC meets officials for Punjab Games

Patiala, November 18
In wake of the Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games scheduled to get underway from December 4, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Dipinder Singh today convened a meeting with officials of the various departments.

Four sport events, including boxing, wrestling, weightlifting and volleyball are scheduled to be held in Patiala, DC directed the officers of the district sports department to ensure that all arrangements were in place. — TNS



Tech fest kicks off
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 18
Annual day and techno cultural festival of Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions “Lamhe” was inaugurated today on the college campus.The celebration will continue for two days with different events and performances by famous singer Gurdas Mann. The technical and cultural teams from the institution came together for the beginning of the fest.

Prof Avtar Singh, chairman of Sukhmani Group, and director Kanwaljit Kaur inaugurated the function.

More than 200 students from various institutions of the group, including Dera Bassi, Chandigarh, and New Delhi participated during the first day of the programme.

Technical events included online gaming, aqua soccer, C++ debugging, Soapesign, Xclay modelling, auto cad, web page designing, literary events like, debate, group discussion, spell bee, techno quiz.

Non-technical events like rangoli , turban tying, salad-making, flower decoration, fun events like face painting, poster-making, tattoo-making were also organised.

Inhouse colleges like Sri Sukhmani Institute of Hospitality, Sri Sukhmani College of Nursing, Sri Sukhmani Polytechnic for Women, Sri Sukhmani International School etc and guest colleges like Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, GGSC, Shaheed Udham Singh Institute of Engineering (Tangori) etc also participated.



Power thefts to be curbed by using chemical-coated wires
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 18
Superintending Engineer of HVPN, Ambala, RK Sharma, told media persons that they had successfully invented a pilot project to stop power thefts with the help of insulation over electric wires by epoxy chemical coating, which had been submitted to the HVPN head office for approval.

Sources said that power thefts were being reported in rural areas by applying ‘kundi’ connections directly with electric cables. He said the chemical coating over the electric cable would avoid such power thefts. He further said the attacks on the raiding staff of HVPN had been reported several times by the consumers involved in thefts.

The senior officials of the HVPN told that after getting clearance from the head office, the department would start work, which would bring in a lot of revenue due to curb over power thefts.

He said experiments conducted at Matehri Jattan village had projected satisfactory results. Illegal connections are the main cause of concern for both the power department and the consumers paying bills regularly, but still the problem was yet to be tackled properly.

Earlier, the Vigilance Cell of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) had announced to eliminate all ‘kundi’ connections in the state within six months, this claim had not found favour even among the employees’ body of the department, which claimed that the incidents of power theft could not be contained till the power rates were brought down in the state.

Addressing a meeting of officials of the department, he claimed that all techniques would be used to stop power theft and consumers would not only be motivated to give up illegal means but also would be made aware of the misuse of electricity, the sources added. 



Surveillance steppedup in trains

Ambala, November 18
The Ambala railway police has decided to keep a special check on trains and surveillance in the trains is being increased since the trains have become a favourite mode of smugglers, who carry counterfeit currency and intoxicants from one state to the other. Last month, two gangs have been arrested near the Ambala Cantt railway station, who were in possession of fake currency and have to deliver in Punjab.

SP (Railways) said a special campaign had been started in the trains in search of these types of gangs. She said another team had been structured for searching in the trains and this team would also check activities of cops in the trains. — TNS



Youth found murdered
Tribune News Service

Kurali, November 18
A native of Bihar was found murdered in the fields of Sainia Majra village today. SHO Vijay Kumar said that the skeletal remains of Naresh Kumar, who was living at Mata Rani Mohalla in Kurali, were found from an abandoned place at Saini Majra.

The body seemed to be around 20 days old. The deceased could be identified from the driving licence found on his body. SHO Vijay Kumar said that the victim was killed with an axe.The police are investigating the case.



Snatching at PGI
Accused held with Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police today arrested Anil Kumar, alias Bablu, a resident of Khuda Lahora village, who allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 1 lakh from a woman in PGI on Tuesday night.

The police is yet to arrest his accomplice, Rahul, who had fled to his native village in Bihar after committing the crime. ASP (Central) Deshraj Singh said that a police team apprehended the accused from a check post near Rotary Sarain on the Khuda Lahora road. The police stopped him and on checking, recovered ` 25,000, a mobile phone and a bag containing clothes and some documents from the scooter he was riding. During questioning, he admitted to have snatched the bag from a woman in the PGI.

Anil, who is in his mid-twenties, is a vagabond. He would be produced before a local court, the police said.

The ASP said Rahul kept Rs 75, 000 with him and gave the rest of the amount and articles to Anil. The complainant in the case, Basanti, a resident of Satna district in Madhya Pradesh, was in city for the past over seven months for the treatment of her son.

The victim’s 20-year-old son, Pushpinder, is suffering from pulmonary edema (water in the lungs) and was working as at a parking lot in the PGI. The accused acquainted with Pushpinder who in good faith told then that his mother had money with her for his treatment. 



Cop assaults truck driver
Tribune News Service

Truck driver Pardeep Kumar shows his injuries at the Baltana police chowki on Thursday.
Truck driver Pardeep Kumar shows his injuries at the Baltana police chowki on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, November 18
A truck driver was allegedly assaulted by a Station House Officer of Sector 34, Chandigarh, in a minor road accident that took place near sales-tax barrier here this afternoon. The victim identified as Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pardesh, and works as a truck driver in a Zirakpur-based transport company.

The police official stated that they got the complaint against Udaypal Singh, SHO-34, Chandigarh, and had begun further investigations. However, Udaypal Singh denied the allegations of the truck driver and claimed that his car was hit by the truck driver.

In his complaint to the police, Pardeep, alleged that he was on his way to Pabhat godown to unload goods at the godown.

When he took a turn to go to the godown, the car driver was blowing the horn continuously so he parked his truck on the side. But as the car driver failed to overtake safely, his car’s side touched the rear part of the truck and the car sustained scratches. Pardeep alleged that the car driver came out of his car and started assaulting him. The truck driver immediately called his owner and informed him about the incident.

Later, Bhupinder Singh, the owner of the Zirakpur-based transport company, reported the matter to the Baltana police.Baltana Chowki in charge ASI Anup Singh stated that they got the complaints from the both parties and had begun probing the matter. A case would be registered after proper investigations, he added.



3 vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Three vehicles, including a truck, were stolen from different parts of the city.Pawan Hans, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen his half-body truck (HR-68-1779) from near a wine shop in Hallo Majra village during the intervening night of November 14 and 15.

In another incident, Satinder Singh, a resident of Maloya Colony, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his Tavera MUV (PB-01-7230) from in front of his residence during the intervening night of November 11 and 12.

Similarly, Kewal Kishan, a resident of Sector 39, filed a complaint with the police alleging that someone had stolen his scooter (CH-01-T-0537) from Sector 41-B on November 15.

Three cases of thefts have been registered at different police stations.


A motorcyclist, identified as Ram Lal, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, was injured after being hit by a Tata Indica car (PB-02-AQ-7731) on the road separating Sectors 24 and 25 last night. He was injured and admitted to the PGI. The police has booked the car driver, Amarjit Singh, a resident of Sector 15-C, on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.


Gurtej Singh Sandhu, a resident of Sector 35-D, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen a laptop from his car (PB-65-F-1203), which was parked in Sector 26 on November 16. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. 



2 held in rape cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police today arrested one of the accused involved in the gangrape of 17-year-old schoolgirl, while in another incident, a Jalandhar resident was arrested for allegedly raping a woman while promising her a job to nurse an elderly woman in Canada.

ASP (Central) Deshraj Singh said the 19-year-old accused, Sonu, alias Noni, was arrested from Dhanas this morning. He is a school dropout and is unemployed. The other co-accused are still at large.

One of the accused, Gaurav, was the victim’s friend. The victim, a Class XII student of a government school, told the police that she was kidnapped and was later raped.

The victim’s mother told the police that her daughter left home on November 13 evening for tuition and did not return.

On being asked, her daughter said Gaurav and his friends Shoki and Avtar Singh forcibly bundled her in Avtar’s Maruti Zen car and took her to a farmhouse at Miyanpur in Ropar district, where Sukhi, Lucky and Noni were already present.

The victim told her mother that Garauv, Noni and Sukhi repeatedly raped her. Later Gaurav dropped her near her house the next morning.

In another incident, the police arrested a Jalandhar resident Manjinder Singh for allegedly raping a Kerala resident in a hotel on November 16.

The victim had told the police that the accused had given an advertisement in an English newspaper seeking a female nurse to look after his aged and ailing mother in Canada.

She contacted Manjinder who asker her to meet him at the Sector 17 ISBT on November 16. She reached the ISBT from where he took her to a hotel and raped her.



Man kills wife
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 18
Kiranjit Kaur (36) was murdered allegedly by her husband at her Preet Colony residence here this evening. The police said the accused, Gurmail Singh (40), was arrested and a case had been registered against him. A quarrel between the couple reportedly took a bloody turn when Gurmail hit Kiranjit with an iron.

Zirakpur SHO Yogi Raj stated that the incident took place around 5.30 pm when the victim was ironing clothes at her residence. The two entered into a scuffle, following which Gurmail hit her with the iron. Kiranjit suffered head injuries and was rushed to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where she was declared brought dead.

The police said the couple had a quarrel in the morning as well. It stated that fearing the law, family members tried to hush up the matter and took the injured to the rear side of the house.

Suspecting something foul, Kiranjit’s relative informed the police about the incident.

The police said the body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for an autopsy.

According to sources, the accused was under depression. Earlier, he had taken up farming in Zirakpur.

She is survived by her husband, two minor sons and a daughter. Her father-in-law Bhagwan Singh is a manager at Badal Farm, Zirakpur.



DJ booked for flouting rules
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 18
The Zirakpur police has booked a Panchkula-based DJ for playing loud music at Grace Marriage Palace near Panchkula barrier on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway after 10.30 pm. A case has been registered against the DJ on the complaint of Vinod Kumar, manager of the palace.

In his complaint, Vinod, said when he asked the DJ to stop the music after 10.30 pm, the latter refused to do so. Later, he lodged a complaint with the police. SHO Yogi Raj said after receiving the complaint, the police team reached the spot and stopped the music. A case has been registered against Manu DJ.

Car stolen

Jagjeet Singh, a resident of Jalvayu Vihar, Mohali, reported to the police that his Bolero car containing Rs 1.5 lakh and other valuables was stolen from outside the AKM Marriage Palace on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway on November 15.

In his complaint, Jagjeet Singh, said after parking his car outside the marriage palace at 9.30 pm, he went inside, but on his return, he found his car missing.

A case has been registered in this connection.



Man booked for sodomy bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police has booked a Mani Majra resident for allegedly attempting to sodomize a 12-year-old boy.The additional SHO of the Mani Majra police station, sub-inspector Ranjit Singh, said the accused Prem, who is in his mid-fifties, fled from his house along with his family. A case of attempt to commit an unnatural offence has been registered against Prem, a resident of Pipliwala town, on a complaint lodged by the victim’s uncle, Suresh Kumar.

The police said the victim reported the matter to his father at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday. The victim said Prem took him to his house after alluring him on the pretext of giving sweets and removed his clothes. He, however, managed to give him the slip.

The police said efforts were on to nab the accused. 



Snatching cases solved, 3 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
With the arrest of three youths, including a minor, the police claimed to have solved two cases of snatchings.In charge of the crime branch inspector Charanjit Singh said following a tip-off, the police apprehended the trio and recovered three stolen mobile phones and a motorcycle from their possession.

The accused have been identified as Raju, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra, and Mukesh, alias Mogli, a resident of Grain Market, Sector 26. Giving details of their modus operandi, the police said the accused used to target people sleeping in the corridors of the grain market. “Usually, they used to target apple merchants,” said Charanjit Singh.

The police said one of the accused, being a minor, was sent to the juvenile home. He has confessed to two snatchings in the city with Raju.

Both Raju and Mukesh were remanded in police custody and during questioning, Mukesh admitted to have stolen a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (MP-04-NM-6107). 



Bank manager held for vehicle theft
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The police has arrested a manager of a private bank on the charges of stealing a Toyota Innova MUV of his acquaintance.The police said the accused, Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Ambala, was arrested from Patiala with the stolen vehicle. He is working as a manager with the branch of a private bank located in Sector 32.

The additional SHO of the Mani Majra police station, sub-inspector Ranjit Singh, said the complainant in the case, Raman Kalia, was an agent in Jaspreet’s insurance company. Raman failed to achieve the target given to him, resulting which Jaspreet suffered a loss. In order to make up for the loss, he allegedly stole Raman’s Toyota Innova.

The police said Jaspreet took away the keys of the vehicle from Raman’s residence and later drove off in his vehicle from the parking lot of Fun Republic on November 12. 



Rs 90,000, sarees stolen from showroom
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
Keeping the police on its toes the thieves once again stuck in the city taking away Rs90,000 and few sarees from a cloth showroom in Sector 11.The incident came to light this morning when the owner of the Gulati Saree Centre today opened his showroom and found the cash missing from the cash counter. He immediately informed the police that reached the spot within minutes.

The police said that accused had entered the showroom from the rear after breaking open the false ceiling of the washroom. The accused had not touched the clothes, as everything was intact, the police said.

A dog squad was also pressed into service and a CFSL team also took samples of the fingerprints from the spot. Satish Gulati talking to the media said that this was the fifth incident in the past five years but the police had failed to nab the culprits.



Abhishek leads team to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Abhishek played a crucial role in the win of New Public School, Sector 18, by scoring 21 points against Saupin’s School, Sector 32, in the ongoing Lt Col Balraj Singh Memorial Basketball Tournament at Gurukul Global School, IT Park, here today.

The winner drubbed their rivals by 42-12. NPS team dominated from the beginning. In the first quarter, the team was ahead by 10-2. After second quarter, the team maintained the lead as the score was 30-6. The fourth quarter witnessed the minimum four points- two points by each team. After Abhishek, the next top scorer for the winners was Yuvraj, who scored 11 points, while the main scorer for losing team was Agam with six points. While the morning sessions matches are being held at Gurukul Global School, the evening matches are being hosted at New Public School, Sector 18.


St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, beat Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, by 24-4.

St Kabir School, Sector 26, beat Vivek High School, Sector 38, by 18-17.

St Kabir School, Sector 26 beat Saupin’s School, Sector 32, by 29-20.

New Public School, Sector 18, beat Tender Heart School by 28-10.

Gurukul Global School beat Strawberry Fields by 13-2.

St Kabir School beat Strawberry School by 24-18. New Public School beat Vivek High School by 18-8.



Athletics meet from November 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
The Veteran Amateur Athletics Association, Chandigarh, will be organising 31st Chandigarh State Veteran Athletics Championship on November 21 at the Sector 7 Sports Complex, here.

All interested competitors are requested to bring their original age certificates for entries at the venue at 8.30 am. 



Saupin’s annual athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 18
Annual athletics of Saupin’s School, Panchkula, will be held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here on November 21.Principal Chanella O’Brien said Dr RC Mishra, IGP Haryana, will be the chief guest. About 600 students from classes 1 to 10 will take part in events like, long jump, disk throw, javelin throw, novelty races, 200m, 100m, 75m, 50m and relay races, she added.

St Xavier’s High School, Sector 20, will organise annual athletics and PT display at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3, here on November 20.



St John’s drub DPS in football
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Powered by two goals through right striker Sarfraj, St John’s drubbed Delhi Public School, Sector 40, by 4-0 in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boys’ Football Championship for Coca Cola Cup being played at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

The win helped the team to qualify for finals and to earn six points as well. In the one-sided match, St John’s boys put up a good show of co-ordination. Sarfraj opened the account with a powerful kick in the fourth minute. The 20th minute of the game witnessed another goal through Sarfraj while Praseej extended the three-goal lead in the 27th minute.

At the lemon break the score was 3-0. In the second half, DPS team started playing defensive game. Only Manraj managed to break the defensive line with his angular shot in the 44th minute to seal 4-0 victory for the team.

In the second match, right striker Udey enabled St Kabir School, Sector 26, to beat St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28, by 1-0. Kabir earned three points from the match.

In the junior section, the well-contested match between New Public School, Sector 18, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, was won by the former team by 1-0.

The lone goal was scored by Arshdeep in the 56th minute of the match.

The second match was won by Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37.

The team drubbed Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, by 6-0 and added three points in their tally. 



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