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Two youths nabbed for murder
Our Correspondent

Ambala, November 24
The Ambala Sadar police has nabbed two youths for allegedly murdering a woman of Niharsi village, near Ambala City, whose body was recovered from a field of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, on November 1.

According to the police, Deepender and Rajesh have been arrested and their medical was conducted in the local civil hospital at Ambala City this evening. The police said the woman was abducted by the youths and after murdering her they threw her body in a field. The police was investigating the cause behind the murder.

The police came to know about the involvement of the youths in the murder when it collected the call details of the mobile phone of the deceased. The mobile numbers of the youths were detected on that mobile phone.

Gold chain snatched

Mohali: A gold chain of an old woman was snatched by a youth here this afternoon when she was sitting in the courtyard of her house.

According to reports, Kamla Rani was sitting in the sun in the courtyard of her house in Phase III-B1 when she saw two boys coming to the locality on a red motorcycle. They stopped near the house and she suspected that they must be making inquiries about PG accommodation or a house on rent.

One of the boys approached her and fled after snatching her gold chain. Both of them could not be identified as they were wearing helmets. Kamla Rani made a complaint to the police in this regard.

Goods worth lakhs stolen

Thieves decamped with goods worth lakhs of rupees from two stores in Nayagaon last night.

According to reports, the thieves tried to break the locks of one of the hardware stores, but when they failed to do so they cut the shutter to gain entry into the shop. The theft was brought to the notice of the owner by a woman living in the locality.

Another shop located at a short distance was also targeted. The police is investigating the matter.

Medicines stolen

Kalka: Thieves decamped with medicines and batteries worth lakhs of rupees from Pinjore last night. According to Wazir Ali, he loaded his tempo with medicines and electric batteries from Baddi for Chandigarh.

He parked his tempo in Karanpur Tapria village of Pinjore Block outside his residence. He came to know about the incident in the morning that thieves had stolen 14 boxes of medicines and batteries worth lakhs of rupees. The case was being investigated.



Snub by party leaves SAD workers fuming
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, November 24
Resentment prevails among a SAD leader, workers and councillors of the local municipal council belonging to the ruling alliance as they were not invited to attend the meeting of party workers to be addressed by party president Sukhbir Badal at Fatehgarh Sahib yesterday.

Today a large number of party workers, including Circle Jathedars, block samiti members, council president Kulbhushan Malhotra and councillors gathered at the residence of their leader Rajesh Pal Singh Lalli, senior SAD(B) leader of the area, and discussed further course of action to be taken.

While talking to The Tribune they alleged that neither their leader nor they were informed or invited for the workers’ meeting to be addressed by Sukhbir at Fatehgarh Sahib yesterday.

They criticised the district leadership for not considering them Akalis.

The workers said they were humiliated by the party leadership. Though they pressurised Lalli to revolt from the party and join any other party, he tried to pacify them.

Councillors and council president said they met the most humiliating treatment during the SAD rule as false criminal FIRs were registered against them and their leader.

A majority of workers wished to contact Capt Amrinder Singh, whereas some wanted to contact Manpreet Badal.

Lalli said he would call a meeting of his supporters to decide the next course of action.



CAT summons SAI director general
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the director general, Sports Authority of India (SAI), to appear before it in a contempt petition filed against the authority.

The tribunal has directed director general of SAI to appear before it on December 3 while deferring the hearing of the contempt petition filed by Salil Bhatnagar, assistant director, SAI. Bhatnagar had moved the tribunal against SAI in 2009, which failed to comply with the tribunal’s orders. The tribunal had allowed Bhatnagar to retain his original designation of the assistant director general in May 2003 while disposing of his application. He would be eligible for promotion as the deputy director from the date of completion of 5 years as an assistant director.



Shuttering body moves HC, seeks plots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Panchkula-based New Shuttering Market Welfare Association, along with 28 members, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for directing the State of Haryana and 11 other respondents to allot plots.

In the petition, directions have also been sought to restrain the Haryana Urban Development Authority Chief Administrator and other respondents from forcibly evicting the association members. Describing themselves as shuttering suppliers in Panchkula’s Sector 26, they have contended that plots should be allotted to them, as have been allotted to people carrying out other businesses, such as in the furniture market, the iron market and the marble market. Counsel for the petitioners Anand Chhibbar has contended that the respondents should also be restrained from allocating sites earmarked for them for any other business.

Chhibbar asserted: “Association members have been carrying out their shuttering business since the past three decades in Panchkula. They have been shifting their place of operation to different places as per directions of the respondents issued from time to time. This was because a permanent place of business was never allotted to them for their shuttering business, unlike the way special areas have been demarcated and allotted to other businesses”.

Chhibbar asserted that association members “had to face hardship as well as financial difficulties due to this temporary nature of the set-up and constant shifting from one place to another.

He added that way back in April, 1988, the association members forwarded a representation to the then Haryana Chief Minister of Haryana, “apprising him of their plight”.

In response, the letter dated April 28, 1988, was issued by the Chief Minister’s office, informing the petitioner association that its representation “has been duly acknowledged and that the same has been forwarded to the HUDA Chief Administrator for further consideration.



70-yr-old woman killed in mishap 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
A 70-year-old woman was killed when a car rammed into the scooter she was riding pillion in Sector 38 here this afternoon.

The police said the victim had been identified Sardaro Devi. She was riding pillion on a scooter driven by her son-in-law, Krishan Lal, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony. The mishap occurred near Parjapati Bhawan in Sector 38 at around 1 pm when the scooterist took a turn and the car rammed into it. Saradro Devi was critically injured in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital where she was declared brought dead.

The police has arrested the car driver, Amrit Lal, a resident of Sector 38, after registering a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving against him. 



Rs 45,000 stolen from gurdwara 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Thieves decamped with
Rs 45,000 from the cash box of the Sector 47-A gurdwara on Monday night.

Caretaker at the gurdwara Kashmir Singh reported the matter to the police alleging that someone had stolen ` 45,000 from the cash box during the intervening night of November 22 and 23. The thieves gained access from a window of the gurdwara. A case has been registered.


Amitoj Singh, a resident of Sector 45-A lodged a complaint with the police alleging that a Skoda car (CH-03-N-1241) rammed into his scooter in Sector 33 on November 10. The car driver sped away from the spot. Amitoj was injured in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police has registered a case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving against an unidentified driver at the Sector 34 police station.

CDs seized

The police has arrested two shopkeepers from Sector 22 and claimed to have confiscated 8,740 pirated CDs from them. The police seized 1,940 CDs from the shop of Anas and 6,800 from Ravinder Sharma, alias Kala Khan, in Sector 22. Two separate cases has been registered in this connection at the Sector 17 police station.

Vehicle stolen

Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Gobindpura in Mani Majra, reported to the police alleging that someone had stolen his Mahindra Pick-up mini-truck (HR-68-5676) from in front of HDFC Bank in his locality during the intervening night of November 21 and 22. A case of theft has been registered. 



Youth held with stolen motorcycles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The police on Tuesday arrested a Sector 20 resident and recovered two stolen motorcycles from him.

The police said the accused was a drug addict. SHO of the Sector 31 police station inspector Bakshish Singh said the accused, identified as 24-year-old Adarsh Sharma, a resident of Sector 20-C, was arrested while riding on a motorcycle (CH-03-S-0336), which he had allegedly stolen from Baltana.

The SHO said Adarsh had stolen a motorcycle from his neighbourhood on November 20. On November 23, he allegedly went to buy drugs in Baltana village on the stolen motorcycle. After buying the drugs, he found a new motorcycle there. He left the old motorcycle there and took the other bike and sped away.

The owner of the motorcycle, Neeraj Jain, a resident of Phase III, Baltana, informed the police reporting that someone had stolen his motorcycle leaving behind his old bike.

The police got the information and said the motorcycle the accused left behind at Baltana was stolen from Sector 20. Acting on the information, a police team spotted the accused near the traffic lights point at Hallo Majra village and apprehended him. 



Two arrested with stolen cars, arms
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 24
With the arrest of two youths, the Zirakpur police today claimed to have busted a gang of auto lifters. The police team recovered two country made pistols and seven live cartridges from their possession.

The police also recovered two stolen cars with fake registration numbers. A police official said the accused were planning to commit robbery in Zirakpur. The arrested suspects were identified as Sahib Singh, a resident of old Panchkula, and Bunty, a resident of Lal Kurti, Meerut. The other accused Rishi, a resident of Panchkula, and Vikas Thakur, a resident of Lalru, were still at large.

“We are hoping with the arrest of the two accused a number of car theft cases would be solved,” added Mohali SSP GS Bhullar.

Giving information, the SHO, Zirkapur, said ASI Harbinder Kumar was patrolling near Dhakoli village when he received a tip off that the suspects were on their way to Zirakpur from Panchkula. The accused were in a Zen car that they had stolen from Panchkula and were also carrying pistols. Bunty bought the pistols from Meerut, the SHO added.

Harbinder immediately raised the alarm and informed the officiating additional SHO Gurwinder Singh Sidhu about the suspects. They laid a naka near Dhillon T-point and nabbed the accused with the stolen car.

The police team recovered .12 pistol along with three live cartridges from Sahib Singh and .315 bore pistol and four live cartridges from Bunty. An Indigo car (CH-23-T-7351) stolen from Ambala was also recovered from their possession, the SHO added.

In the preliminary investigation, it was found that Bunty had criminal background and more than nine cases have been registered against him in Meerut and other areas of Uttar Pradesh. They had stolen vehicles from Panchukla, Zirakpur and Chandigarh. Later, they sold the vehicles in UP after preparing fake documents.

The accused were produced in the Dera Bassi court today where sent to one-day police remand, he added.

Earlier Cases

November 8: Six members of an interstate gang of car lifters were arrested by the CIA wing in Zirakpur. The accused had tampered with the chassis and engine numbers of several vehicles and sold them. The accused used to buy “total loss” vehicles along with the registration certificates from the insurance company and then remove the engine and chassis number plates

June 24: Two members of inter-state gang of vehicle lifters operating in the region were arrested and three vehicles were seized, including two Alto cars and a Maruti 800, from their possession. The police also recovered fake registration certificates, forged stamps of district transport officer (DTO), Yamunanagar, duplicate keys and other equipment like a sharp blade from the accused



Kanwar, Aryaman bang on target
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Kanwar and Aryaman netted two goals each to help Saupin’s School, Sector 32, register 4-0 victory over Doon International School, Mohali, in the St Kabir Football Trophy being played at St Kabir’s here today.

Kanwar opened account in the 16th minute of the game, while Aryaman doubled the lead in the 18th minute.

The next goal came through Kanwar in the 34th minute, while Aryaman sealed 4-0 victory five minutes later.

In the second match between St Kabir School, Sector 26, and Stepping Stones, the former team thrashed the latter by 6-0.

For winners, Sahil and Uday Mariiya stole the show by scoring three goals each. While Sahil struck in the 12th, 19th and 27th minutes of the game, Uday sent the ball under the bar in the 15th, 18th and 29th minutes.

The tournament is being played at two venues- St Kabir School and Football Stadium, Sector 17.


St Kabir lifted the trophy by beating Little Flower School, Panchkula, by 39-27 in the final of the ICSE Girls Basketball Tournament.

Shreya finished as the top scorer for winners with 19 points. She was followed by Siddhi, who scored seven points.

Results: Strawberry Fields School beat Ashiana School by 3-0. (Oliver 6th minute, Ravin 17th minute and Ayush 25th minute).

St Stephen’s beat DPS by 5-0 (Thapar 28th, 35th and 40th minute, Sailja 8th minute and Rishabh 4th minute).

St Solider’s beat Mt Carmel by 1-0 (Ashy Yadav 10th minute).

St John’s beat NPS by 5-0 (Krishna 2nd, 4th, 14th, 45th minutes, Divanshu 16th minute).



ICC team inspects PCA stadium
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 24
A delegation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) visited the Punjab Cricket Association stadium to inspect the facilities and security aspects for the forthcoming World Cup matches here. The PCA will be hosting three matches of the biggest cricketing event on March 3 (South Africa vs Netherlands), March 11 (West Indies vs Ireland) and March 30 (IInd semifinal), next year.

Talking to mediapersons, James Fitzgerald, media and communication manager, ICC, said six different teams consisting 23 members have inspected their areas of expertise in the stadium. “Our main concern is the security part and we have met with the local police to discuss the issue today,” said Fitzgerald.

Besides, we have also inspected other aspects, including nets, pitch, training grounds, availability of world-class equipment, security of players, boarding and lodging arrangements, events and ticketing.

When asked whether the delegation found any shortcomings in the existing infrastructure or has given some suggestions relating to improving things here, Fitzgerald said that such things were not to be made public.

He, however, added that this was the final investigation by ICC officials and they were satisfied with most of the things at the PCA stadium. The delegation would go to Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Bangalore before going to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for the same purpose.



New Public School, St Xavier’s in final

Chandigarh, November 24
St Xavier’s, Panchkula, and New Public School, Sector 18, set up a title clash in the boys’ section of the 7th Emily Gosain Basketball Memorial Tournament for junior category boys and girls at St Xavier’s School here today.

In girls’ section, St Xavier’s, Mohali, and DPS School, Pinjore, will vie for top honours in the final. In boys’ semifinal, St Xavier’s, Panchkula, beat Holy Child, Panchkula, by 38-14 while the other winning team NPS got the better of DPS, Pinjore, by 50-42 in a closely contested match.


Boys’ semifinal

1st match: St Xavier’s, Panchkula, bt Holy Child, Panchkula, by 38-14 (main scorers for St Xavier’s- Sahil 16, Rachit 8; for Holy Child: Shubham 8).

2nd match: NPS, Chandigarh, bt DPS, Pinjore, by 50- 42 (main scorers for NPS: Ajay Bir 18, Shubham 12; for DPS, Pinjore, Ricky 12, Udam 8).

Girls’ semifinal

1st match: St Xavier’s, Mohali, bt NPS, Chandigarh, by 32-12 (main scorers for St Xavier’s- Aliva 13, Manpreet 10; for NPS: Aksnksha 7, Parul 4)

2nd match: DPS Pinjore bt LFCS by 30- 15 (main scorers for DPS, Pinjore- Vartika 8, Nikita 8, Anubha 4).

Girls’ quarterfinal

Ist match: NPS, Chandigarh, bt Saupin’s, Panchkula, by 28-10 (main scorers for NPS- Akanksha 15, Parul 3, Surbhi 4; for Saupin’s Josephine 8, Bharti 2).

2nd match: DPS, Pinjore, bt St Xavier’s, Panchkula, by 23-16 (main scorers for DPS, Pinjore- Nikita 12, Ashima 6, for St Xavier’s Sakshi 12, Simran 4). — TNS



Ravnoor, Salaka move ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Ravnoor Kaur, Salaka Uddur Manjunath, Jaspreet Kaur and Baljinder Kaur have moved into the semifinal round (singles) of the ongoing AITA Men’s and Women’s Rs 50K Tennis Tournament, being played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association courts, Sector 10, here today.

In boys’ section, those who reached into the singles’ semifinals included Rynold Timothy, Maninder Singh, Ajay Yadav and Suraj Beniwal.



St Stephen’s beat Saupin’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Riding high on medium-pacer Gaurav Singh’s fiery spell (six for 20), St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, beat Saupin’s School, Panchkula, by nine wickets in the ongoing ICSE Cricket Tournament for Chandigarh region being organised by St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

Batted first, Saupin’s were all out on paltry 51 in just 12 overs. In reply, Stephen’s team overhauled the target in 14.5 overs, losing one wicket in the courts. Udit Mehta remained not out on 26 runs. 



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