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District Red Cross Society Land
Illegal structures to be razed

Patiala, March 23
Deputy Commissioner-cum-president of the District Red Cross Society Dipinder Singh has issued instructions for pulling down all illegal structures erected on the society’s land.

The DC has also directed the authorities concerned to take suitable action against those who have sub-let shops of the Red Cross Society. Divulging details, the DC said, “It has come to my notice that some of the tenants have sub-let the shops. Hence, instructions have been issued to take the erring shopkeepers to task.”

He said it had been brought to his knowledge that some of the occupants had encroached upon vacant space outside shops. He added that orders for the removal of encroachments had been issued. Apart from this, the DC said some of the private institutions to whom buildings owned by the Red Cross Society were rented out, had failed to make payments. “The officials have been directed to recover pending arrears of the rent from occupants of such buildings within 30 days,” he added. The DC said he had also given a nod for increasing the monthly rent of the society shops. — TNS



Shopkeepers stage a walkout
Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 23
Main bazaar shopkeepers today walked out of a meeting convened by Superintendent of Police Shashank Anand at PWD Rest House in Ambala Cantt. After the meeting started, Ajay Gulati, president of the Main Sadar Bazar Traders Association, said they should be told about the agenda of the meeting before being called.

To this the Superintendent of Police replied that he had convened the meeting not to seek suggestions from traders, but to discuss the issues of traffic congestion in busy markets of the town. After staging the walkout, traders and shopkeepers held a meeting in Sadar Bazar. They alleged that the SP had misbehaved with them. They also staged a dharna to register their protest.




Dera Bassi, March 23
A team of the health and family welfare department raided Chander Hospital here and sealed the ultrasound machine and cancelled its licence.

Senior Medical Officer of Civil Hospital here Dr Meena Hardeep Singh said the team of the health department had found many irregularities in the machine, and on this basis, the licence of the machine was cancelled. — OC



120 units of blood collected

Ambala: To mark the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev, Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research organised a blood donation camp on Wednesday.

Ashok Mehta, former Information Commissioner, Haryana, was the chief guest. Around 120 units of blood were collected. — TNS



Samjhauta Express Blasts
Accused to be produced in court on Apr 4
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 23
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) once again failed to produce Swami Aseemand, who has been arrested in connection with the Samjhauta Express blasts, in the district courts on Monday.

The NIA stated that as Aseemanand was on judicial remand in Ajmer till March 29, he could not be produced in the court. Rajasthan ATS had taken him into custody in connection with the blasts in Ajmer.

The local court has issued a production warrant directing the investigating agency to produce Aseemand on April 4.



2 held in kitchen supervisor’s murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The UT Police today arrested two persons for allegedly killing the kitchen supervisor of Western Court restaurant in Sector 43 on March 11.

The police has arrested Harvinder Singh and Harmeet Singh while two others are still at large. The victim, Vijay Dabola, a resident of Baterla village, was working as a kitchen supervisor with Western Court. He died on March 11. The accused were absconding ever since. The police had established professional rivalry as the motive behind the murder.

Harvinder Singh used to work as a cashier at Western Court with Vijay. He was sacked by the hotel management a year ago. The accused later came to know that Vijay had passed some information to his seniors, which led to his removal from the job.

To avenge on the insult meted out to him, Harvinder took Vijay to Sector 53 where they consumed liquor and then he allegedly bashed him up with a hockey stick. Vijay managed to escape and slept on reaching home. He, however, died in the morning on his way to a hospital.

SHO, Sector 39 police station, inspector Charanjit Singh Virk said both the accused were residents of Kajheri and would be produced before a court tomorrow.

Lake murder: One more held

The police on Wednesday arrested one more accused in the murder of 23-year-old Akashdeep Malhotra, who was found bludgeoned to death near the Sukhna Lake on March 16. There are three accused in the case, two of whom have been arrested. The police arrested Vishal, a resident of Hoshiarpur, as the other accused in the case. The third accused is still absconding. The police had earlier arrested Akash’s friend Gurinder as the prime accused in the case.



33-yr-old ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
A 33-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Pushpak Society, Sector 49, today.

The victim, Sukhwinder Singh, took the extreme step when he was alone at home. His wife and two children had gone to Patiala to meet their relatives. Sukhwinder Singh was working with a Sector 22-based immigration firm.

A suicide note was found from the spot, which read that no one was to be blamed for his death. In the note, Sukhwinder mentioned that he was killing himself as he failed to perform his duties.

The body has been kept in the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 and will be handed over to the family after post-mortem.

The incident came to light around 11 pm when the victim’s father and sister, who reside in Sector 38, come to meet him, as he did not respond to their calls yesterday.

They found the house locked from inside and the police was informed. The cops broke open the door and found Sukhwinder hanging from a fan.

The body was lowered after cutting the rope.



Six hurt as truck hits another truck, motorcycle
Tribune News Service

The truck that hit a stationary truck (below) and a motorcycle on the Ramgarh-Panchkula highway near the Chandimandir police station on Wednesday
The truck that hit a stationary truck (below) and a motorcycle on the Ramgarh-Panchkula highway near the Chandimandir police station on Wednesday
The truck that hit a stationary truck (below) and a motorcycle on the Ramgarh-Panchkula highway near the Chandimandir police station on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, March 23
Six people sustained injuries after a rashly driven truck fell into a 10 feet gorge while negotiating a turn.

The vehicle hit a stationary truck and a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction here this afternoon.

The injured have been identified as Rajinder, Datt Ram, Tek Chand, Billu, Ali and Virender. All of them received minor injuries and were rushed to the Sector 6 general hospital, where they were discharged after being provided necessary treatment.

According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the collision was such that the stationary truck, which fell into a 20 feet deep gorge, was almost pushed to about 20 meters.

The police said a loaded truck (HP 51B 6315) coming from Delhi hit the stationary truck (HP 12 D 6553) about 100 yards from the Chandimandir police station. Both the vehicles fell into the gorge causing injuries to five occupants of the trucks. A motorcyclist, Virender, was also injured in the mishap.

The police has registered a case under Section 279 of the IPC against Tek Chand, driver of the truck (HP 51B 6315).



Vet pharmacists defy Section 144
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 23
Defying the prohibitory orders enforced by the Deputy Commissioner yesterday, activists of two organisations took out a rally and burnt an effigy of the government here today.

Deputy Commissioner Parveen Kumar had enforced Section 144 of the CrPc to ban assembly of five or more persons in Sector 62 here. The ban was applicable within a 100-m radius of Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Punjab School Education Board, Vikas Bhawan, PUDA complex, Fortis Hospital and Police Housing Complex.

However, members of the Rural Health Pharmacist and Class IV Union and the Rural Veterinary Pharmacists and Class IV Union held a rally and a protest march from Vikas Bhawan to the Phase VII Chowk, where an effigy of the Punjab Government was burnt. The protesters also raised slogans against the government.

The protesters demanded that their services be regularised unconditionally, failing which all health and veterinary centres in rural areas would be closed and they would oppose government programmes as well.

They said they would intensify agitation, if their demands were not met and the government would be responsible for the consequences.

They added that they were recruited as per the government’s directions by doctors who were employed through zila parishads in June, 2006. The services of rural medical officers and rural veterinary officers working in various dispensaries at villages were regularised, but no decision was taken to regularise the services of pharmacists and Class IV employees which had created a lot of resentment.



4 booked for assault

The police has registered a case of assault against four persons on the complaint of Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Bishanpura Sodhiyan, Zirakpur. In his complaint, Sukhwinder Singh said he worked with Bajaj Electrical Godown. On March 20, the accused gained a forceful entry to the godown and assaulted him. While the three accused have been identified as Ravi Singh, Suraj Parkash, Ajaib Singh, the fourth one could not be identified. The police said the victim sustained injuries and was admitted in GMCH-32, Chandigarh.

Husband booked

In her complaint, Jupneet Kaur, a resident of New Defence Colony, Zirakpur, said her husband and in-laws pressurised her to bring more dowry. She added that her parents had already spent Rs 48 lakh on her wedding, still the accused harassed her. A case under the Dowry Act has been registered against Amnol Singh Bajwa, a resident of Noida, UP. — TNS



Adhhayan, Rohit enter U-14 doubles semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The duo of Adhhayan and Rohit Kumar defeated Harsh Rathi and Tejas Advait from Delhi in the boys’ under-14 doubles quarterfinal match of the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament for boys and girls being held at the CLTA Courts and Lake Complex here today.

The duo defeated Harsh and Tejas in straight sets by 6-1 and 6-3 to enter into the semifinals of the tournament. In the boys’ under-12 singles category, Krishna Shree of Bihar got the better of Somani Parikshit from Assam in a three set clash by 0-6, 6-2, 6-1.

In the girls’ under-14 singles category, Victoria Chahal defeated Snehal Umesh of Maharashtra by 6-1, 6-0, while the team of Prinkle Singh and Aastha Malhotra beat Rachitha R and Mariya Celine Barooch by 6-1, 6-2 in the girls’ under-14 doubles category to book berth in the semifinal match.

Other results:

Boys (U-12) singles: Vishitst Cheruku (KAR) bt Ankit Rao (HAR) 6-2, 6-3; Karandeep Singh (CHD) bt Yugal Bansal (DLI) 6-2, 6-1; Yash Yadav (MP) bt Vatsin Thakar (MAH) 7-5, 6-1.

Boys (U-14): Sachin Kumar (CHD) bt Paramveer Singh Bajwa (CHD) 6-2, 6-4; Shrey Gupta (HAR) bt Param Pun (CHD) 6-2, 6-1; Dheeranush Singh Bhatti (CHD) bt Tejbir Hara (PB) 6-3, 6-3; Udayan Bhakar (RAJ) bt Ishaque Eqbal (CHD) 
6-3, 6-1.

Girls (U-12): Himani Mor (HAR) bt Isha Budwal (MP) 6-2, 6-2; Snehal Umesh Mane (MAH) bt Zeel Desai (GUJ) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3; Nidhi Suraprakash (AP) bt Shristhy Dhanda (HAR) 6-1, 6-1.

Girls (U-14): Jahnvi Gupta (DLI) bt Mihika Yadav (MAH) 7-5, 6-4; Himani Mor (HAR) bt Pranjala Yadlapalli (AP) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Prabhuti Singhania (MAH) bt Nidhi Surapaneni (AP) 6-2, 6-0.

Boys (U-12) doubles: Karthik MS (TN) and Kunj Kotak (GUJ) bt Chiraz Singh (CHD) and Shreyas Chopra (CHD) 6-2, 6-2; Rishabh Sharda (CHD) and Kabir Manrai (CHD) bt Yugal Bansal (DLI) and Sacchitt Sharrma (DLI) 6-2, 6-3; Sanjit Singh (DLI) and Rishi Khirwar (PB) bt Sahishnu Sharma (J&K) and Asav Kumar (CHD) 6-4, 6-2; Durvish Handa (DLI) and Himanshu Mor (HAR) bt Rohan Gupta (DLI) and Udgam Aggarwal (PB) 6-0, 6-0; Vatsin Thakar (MAH) and Shramay Dhawan (DLI) bt Sanket Tomer (DLI) and Anuj Malik (HAR) 6-1, 6-2; Subham Malhotra (DLI) and Rhythm Malhotra (DLI) bt Ayush Deswal (DLI) and Abhiskek MK (DLI) 6-1, 6-3; Ankit Rao (HAR) and Krishna Shree (BIH) bt Anmol Rattan (CHD) and Sabrang Sandal (CHD) 6-2, 6-1.

Boys (U-14): Anurag Nenwani (DLI) and Amarnath Arora (DLI) bt Santbir Singh (CHD) and Abhijeet Singh (CHD) 6-3, 7-5; Shrey Gupta (CHD) and Param Pun (CHD) bt Manuj Trehan (CHD) and Amitoj Singh (CHD) 6-0, 6-1; Udayan Bhakar (RAJ) and Yash Yadav bt Sidharth Basnet (ASM) and Abhinav Mahajan 6-0, 6-2.

Girls (U-14): Prinkle Singh (J&K) and Aastha Malhotra (CHD) bt Rachitha R (KAR) and Mariya Celine Barooch (TN) 6-1, 6-2; Jahnvi Gupta (DLI) and Mihika Yadav (MAH) bt Dhwani Kumar (KAR) and V Surya Narayani 4-6, 6-4, 13-11; Moksha Thukral (UP) and Bakul Negi (DLI) bt Abhilasha Mudgil (PB) and Rubani Ahluwalia (CHD) 6-4, 6-2; Zeel Desali (GUJ) and Snehal Umesh Mani (MAH) bt Anushka Burman (WB) and Seerat Kaur Pannu (PB) 6-0, 6-0; Apekshita Alkesh (DLI) and Bhavya Wadhawan (CHD) bt Nimrat Walia (CHD) and Gayatri Kumaria (CHD) 6-1, 6-2.



Equestrian Meet
Sahib brings laurels to Chandigarh Police
Wins silver medal in tent-pegging event
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, March 23
Sahib Singh, a constable with the Chandigarh Police, while riding on “Captain” (horse’s name) bagged a silver medal in the individual tent-pegging event of the ongoing All-India Police Equestrian Meet being held at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force basic training centre at Bhanu near Panchkula.

The rider also won a bronze medal in the Haryana state games held at Rai.

The team led by Sub-Inspector Pritam Singh on “Angad”, including Constable Sahib Singh on “Captain”, Constable Desh Raj Singh on “Yamuna” and Head Constable Rajbir Singh on “Sultan”, is expected to do well in the team tent-pegging, police house peg and endurance race events of the competition.

Earlier the team won a medal in the national tournament organised by the Haryana government at Rai School and two bronze medals in the competition held in Delhi recently.

“I am happy with the team’s performance in the tournament so far, there are still many events where we can score well and bag medals. The team is in high sprits for the team events and we all will give our best to add one more feather in the Chandigarh Police’s cap,” stated Pritam Singh.

Other results:

Show jumping: HC Jagmahinder Singh (BSF), HC Hari Krishan (Delhi Police), HC Sai Ram (BSF).

Dressage individual open: CT Bhupinder Singh (MP Police), ASI Nirmal Singh (Haryana Police), HC Jagminder Singh (BSF).

Syces test: Syces Jagdish (Haryana Police), 1046 Ajay Pareehar (MP Police), CT Binod Khande (Chattisgarh Police).



Cricket Meet
Rohit scripts West Zone win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The West Zone and Board President XI teams register wins in their respective matches in the league stage of the ongoing Central Revenue Sports Board (CRSB) Invitation Cricket Tournament being held at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here today.

In the first match of the day, West Zone defeated North Zone by 66 runs to move up to the points tally.

Batting first, the winners made 176 runs for six in the allotted 20 overs. Rohit Rudra topped the score chart with his 62-run contribution to the team’s total. Ajay Kumar was the pick from the bowlers for his two for 39 runs.

In reply, the North Zone team was bowled out on the total of 109 runs. Dheeraj Pradhan contributed 44 runs, while bowling duo, Parag and Sachin, took four for 17 and three for 23, respectively.

In the second match of the day, Board President XI defeated South Zone by 43 runs. Batting first, the winners set the target of 166 runs in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, the South Zone team bowled out on 123 runs. Garish Rao contributed 34 runs in the total.

Brief score (Match I):

West Zone: 176 for 6 (Ameya Shrikhande 22, Rohit Rudra 62, Hiken Shah 30, Sachin 17, Parag 22; Ajay Kumar 2 for 39).

North Zone: 109 all out in 15.3 overs (Dheeraj Pradhan 44, Satinder Rawat 17, Robin Singh 20; Parag 4 for 17, Sachin 3 for 23).



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