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Miscreants set house on fire, decamp with valuables
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 22
Unknown miscreants decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees and later set the house on fire at Sewak Colony.

The police said the house belonged to Sudesh Sharma, an employee with a private company, who had gone to Chennai and there was no one at the house. “In the morning, some passersby saw the smoke coming out of the house and informed the police and fire brigade,” they said.

The house was totally damaged due to the fire. “The total loss will only be known once the owner returns to the town,” the police added.

Earlier, in a similar incident, an elderly woman was found murdered at her house in Mansahia Colony and her room was later set on fire by unknown miscreants. Till the filing of the report, the police was clueless and had registered a case at Civil Lines Police Station.




Commission agents threaten to boycott FCI
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 22
Commission agents here have alleged that the procurement staff of the FCI is harassing commission agents while procuring wheat on one or the other pretext and their speed of procurement is slow as compare to other state procurement agencies.

If they continue with such a trend, commission agents would be forced to boycott the FCI in the local grain market and would not sell anything to them, said Rajesh Singla, press secretary, Arhtiya Association, Punjab.

He said commission agents had decided to honour Ravinder Singh Cheema, vice-chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, and president, Arhtiya Association, Punjab, for getting the notification scrapped regarding putting up sign boards on the heaps of wheat.

He said commission agents had been facing hardship due to this specification and he took up the matter with Chief Minister and got it scrapped, giving a relief to commission agents.

He demanded that the bills of commission and labour charges, along with the bills of procured wheat, should be cleared as without clearance of these bills, commission agents had to face financial problem.

He said a delegation of the State Arhtyia Association had met Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Food and Civil Supply Minister, and he had promised to clear the bill, but it’s unfortunate that none of the government procurement agency was clearing the bills.



PKR Jain college lifts overall trophy
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 22
Pupil teachers of the PKR Jain College of Education, Ambala City, have proved their mettle once again by sweeping maximum prizes, along with the overall trophy in the skill-in-teaching competition held at the Sardari Lal College of Education, Nahoni.

The pupil teachers participated in preparing teaching aids section and won laurels. Kamalneet, Jyoti Malhotra and Khushboo were adjudged first. Ravikant, Isha, Ruchika and Namit were declared second and Anupamdeep, Anju and Aditi were declared third in various categories.

Managing committee president Bharat Bhushan Jain appreciated the efforts of faculty members.



Classical music soiree enthrals audience

Patiala, April 22
Acclaimed flute maestro Ravinder Singh of Kirana gharana enthralled audience in the sixth edition of the classical music soiree “Sunaad” held on Punjabi University campus here yesterday.

Flautist Ravinder Singh commenced the recital with the exposition of complex raga Marwa through a reposeful alaap and jod alaap establishing the raga character.

He presented a composition in madhya lya, jhap taal, which later melted into teen taal. Ravinder Singh displayed adroit mastery over the instrument, excelling both in gayaki and tantarkari ang, much to the delight of the audience.

He was, however, at his best with an entrancing spell of a concluding thumri in raga Pilu. Jaidev Kumar gave brilliant tabla accompaniment. Earlier prodigious Gurchetan Singh presented a captivating solo recital on tabla delineating rhythmic patterns of Benaras gharana. Dr Muztaba Hussain conducted the soiree. — OC



Two held for smuggling liquor
1,062 boxes seized from truck
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 22
The Ambala police today arrested two persons for allegedly smuggling liquor in a truck from Chandigarh to Gujarat, here.

According to police sources, about 1,062 boxes containing liquor were seized from the truck bearing No RJ 10 1781 near Saha, 15 km from here, which were being smuggled to Gujarat.

On the basis of secret information, a police party headed by Sub Inspector Naresh Kumar set up a naka on the Ambala-Jagadhari road near Saha.

They stopped the truck carrying 1,062 boxes of illegal liquor with fake permit.

The police has impounded the truck and a case under various sections of the Excise Act has been registered at the Saha police station against both the accused, who were identified as Mukesh and Sunil, driver and cleaner of the truck, both resident of Churru district in Rajasthan. Both the accused allegedly involved in smuggling were produced in the court today and sent to police custody for interrogation.



14 yrs behind bars for lack of legal aid
HC acquits BSF constable convicted of killing colleague
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Convicted of gunning down a colleague, a BSF constable, Karnail Chand, remained behind bars for 14 long years merely due to the “lack of legal aid”.

Acquitting him in the case, Justice Ranjit Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court asserted that the case was an exemplar of “how absence of legal advice can deprive a person from even challenging his conviction and sentence and thus deprive him of his right to life and liberty guaranteed under Constitution”.

Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “The manner in which the case of the petitioner has been handled would show that he has suffered seriously on account of lack of proper advice during the trial and subsequently. The petitioner could not defend himself properly and the consequence thereof is directly staring at him.”

On a “naka” duty on the intervening night of September 30 and October 1, 1996, Karnail Singh was accused of killing constable BP Roy after entering into heated argument with him.

Convicted by the General Security Force Court and undergoing life imprisonment, he had earlier sent a communication to the court alleging “wrong conviction”.

“This short, crisp misinformed communication was treated as petition. This liberal legal approach has come to the rescue of the petitioner who otherwise would have suffered this sentence and consequence of trial silently in jail without being aware of his right to challenge his conviction and sentence in proper legal manner and the grounds and basis on which this challenge could be made,” Justice Ranjit Singh asserted.

A petition submitted through jail meant that no one was there to assist either the cause of the petitioner or to assist the court, the HC ruled.

Justice Ranjit Singh concluded: “The petitioner suffered prejudice during his trial because of not being provided with assistance of a counsel. He was unable to defend himself. The petitioner, thus, in my view, suffered a trial which was not fair. The finding and conviction of the petitioner, thus, cannot be sustained. The same is set aside.”



Couple booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 22
The police today booked a Gujarat-based couple for duping a Mohali resident of Rs 20 lakh on the pretext of sending his niece abroad.

The police said, Jasvir Singh of Phase XI, Mohali, had filed a complaint alleging that Bimal Bharat Bhai and his wife had taken Rs 20 lakh from him to send his niece to Canada. But he neither sent Jasvir’s niece abroad nor returned the money, the police added.

A case under Section 420 of IPC and Immigration Act has been registered against the accused.

Forgery case

The police today booked three persons in a forgery case on the complaint of Amritpal Singh, a resident of Ghoga Khari, Kharar. The accused have been identified as Hakikat Singh, Kuldeep Kaur, both residents of Mohali and Sant Singh, a resident of Ropar.

A case has been registered against the accused.



Man found dead at his residence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Twenty-eight-year old Sumit, a resident of Ram Darbar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence here, today.

According to the police, Sumit did not wake up this morning following which the family members took him to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

Sources said that unemployed Sumit was very short-tempered. “He did not talk to anyone after coming home and went to sleep. Today he did not wake up,” they said.

The police said that the viscera of the victim has been sent for forensic tests and only after getting the report, the action would be initiated.

Suicide bid

Surjit Mann, a prisoner at Model Jail, Burial, today tried to commit suicide by cutting his left wrist and neck vain on the jail premises.

He was immediately taken to Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, where he was admitted.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Section 309 of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station.


Devinder Singla of Sector 22 reported that someone had stolen one laptop, one mobile phone and Rs 20,000 cash from his shop in Sector 22 after breaking open the glass of the main gate and the rear window last night.

A case under Sections 457, 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Vehicle stolen

Gurpreet Singh of Sector 44 lodged a complaint that his white-coloured Maruti car (PB-03E-9661) was stolen from his residence yesterday.

While Meenu Khanna of Sector 23 alleged that someone had stolen her Activa scooter (CH-03H-7414), which was parked in front of ISCON temple in Sector-36, yesterday.

The police has registered separate cases under Section 379 of the IPC in the respective police stations.


Shanti Rani of Sector 56 alleged that two motorcycle-borne miscreants sped away after snatching her purse, containing Rs. 2,400 and a mobile phone from near AP Chowk yesterday. A case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC has been registered at Sector 19 police station.

Satish Dhawan of Sector 48 complained that someone had stolen gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 80,000 from his residence on the intervening night April 20 and 21. A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station.



Satluj Cricket Academy corner glory
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 22
Satluj Cricket Academy, Panchkula, beat DAV Cricket Academy, Sector 8, by 56 runs during the Satluj (U-19) Hot Weather Cricket Tournament being held on the Satluj School premises .

After winning the toss, Satluj elected to bat first and made 313 for 9 in 30 overs. Captain Manan Vohra played a cameo knock of 77 off 40 balls, including five sixes and 10 fours. He was ably supported by Shubham Mahajan who scored 51 runs off 29 balls. Deepanshu Rajanwal also contributed 47 off 15 balls containing four sixes and four fours.

In another match, Kundan Cricket Academy-46 beat DAV Cricket Academy, Sector 15, by 25 runs.


Satluj Cricket Academy: 313/9 in 30 overs (Manan Vohra 77, Shubham Mahajan 51, Deepanshu Rajanwal 47, Karan Goel 28, Naveen Dhiman 25, Simranpreet Singh 25, Saurabh 2 for 65 and Himank 3 for 44.

DAV Cricket Academy (Sector 8): 257/8 in 30 overs (Krishana 44, Rahul 35, Himank 32, Saurav Kumar 3 for 45 and Deepanshu Rajanwal 2 for 35.

Kundan Cricket Academy: 195/7in 25 overs (Ashish 62, Narinder 25, Jagdish 25, Rikshit 23, Anmolpreet Singh 2 for 28.

DAV Cricket Academy (Sector 15): 170/7 in 25 overs (Manuljain 64 , Abhilash 23, Ravi 21 and Nitish 2 for 25.



Tennis coach gets Pak visa
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Chandigarh-based tennis coach Birbal Wadhera is all set for his “special assignment” of training top tennis players across the neighbouring country after getting visa from the Pakistan government.

Wadhera, who has been hired by the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) for a month-long period, today said that all formalities regarding his tour to Pakistan had been completed.

Wadhera said for him, the assignment was not merely a sporting affair. It was also an opportunity for him to spread the message of peace and love among the sportspersons of Pakistan.

When asked about his plans for Pakistani players, Wadhera, who is a All India Tennis Association/International Tennis Federation level II coach, said his focus would be on the basics of the youngsters, while for top players, he would prefer to watch their game first before preparing coaching plans for them.

“I have to hold camps across Pakistan for youngsters as well as top players. Though one month is a very short period for the purpose, I think it’s just a beginning and surely some positive would come out of it.”

He felt that the PTF’s offer was a step towards resuming sporting ties between the two countries.

A diploma holder from the National Institute of Sports, Wadhera is the chief coach at the Chandigarh Club. He has also officiated as umpire in the Wimbledon and Australian Open.



Sanya beat Nandini
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Tennis tournament for girls in U-12 and U-16 categories commenced at Banyan Tree Tennis Academy , Sector 48-B, on Friday.

In the girls U- 12 category, Sanya Singh beat Nandini, while Hansika beat Anmol in the U- 16 category.



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