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MC wakes up to illegal water connections
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 3
Strange it may sound but the Ambala Municipal Corporation had no idea about the number of illegal water connections in Ambala City and Ambala Cantonment.

Waking up to the problem of scarcity of drinking water, the department issued a warning to disconnect all illegal water connections and payment of outstanding due. The department officials were surprised when in two weeks several people turned up for regularisation of their illegal water connections.

According to sources, the department collected more than Rs 20 lakh on this count. An advance of six months water bill is being charged for regularisation of an illegal water connection.

The cumbersome procedure for a new water connection was acting as a deterrent. People preferred to take illegal water connection without filling any application form or paying any fees. A plumber would just connect the new connection to the main line, sources added.

Illegal water connections have led to an awkward situation for genuine users, who stand in long queues to get the water bills submitted and later find that water supply is not adequate.

At one point of time the department got several complaints of water shortage even though the availability position was fairly controllable going by the number of regular water connections.

Karnail Singh, a resident of Sham Nagar, Ambala Cantonment, said he was forced to live with the perpetual low water pressure situation. He said: “Why should I suffer when I pay my bills on time?” But the department of water works had no idea of number of illegal water connections. So it just issued a warning telling people that illegal connections would be cut. Those without outstanding dues were also given a deadline to clear their bills by May 31.

The warning worked and the Municipal Corporation is richer by Rs 20 lakh. Sources in the public health department said more revenue was likely to be collected.



No space for foodgrains
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 3
Due to lack of proper space in godowns, food grains procured for the central pool are lying in the open.

After visiting the Punjab State Warehouse Godown at Dappar, it was found that nearly 23,000 quintal wheat procured by the FCI and warehouse for central pool was lying in the open. According to godown officials, the godown had a capacity of 54,000 quintal grains. But the godown was full with rice, which was lying there for central pool. Now, agencies concerned have started moving the rice stock to create space for wheat, which was being procured for central pool.

According to officials in the department, food grains lying in the open were covered, but rains and hailstorms cause trouble every year. The problem was not only in this godown, it is there in rest of the godowns in the state.



Fake judge homosexual, says DSP
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, May 3
Thirtyone-year-old Satinder Singh, arrested by the Rajpura police for posing as Additional Civil Judge and enacting a kidnap drama, has been sent to 14-day judicial remand.

During investigation, the police found that the man was no less than a god to the villagers, whose pending ‘genuine’ works were done by a simple phone call by the ‘judge’.

Satinder was also entangled in a different case; he was in ‘love’ with an NRI, which landed him behind bars. Police officials said Canada-based NRI Shagandeep Singh and Satinder had enacted the kidnap drama to miss a flight to Canada, where Shagandeep’s parents had been residing for the past many years.

The parents had been calling Shagandeep back. The NRI, who was in ‘love’, did not wish to leave.

They left Bathinda on the pretext of shopping in Chandigarh and told their common friends over phone that they had been kidnapped near Rajpura.

The police remained on their toes for four days to trace the NRI and the impostor as they received phone calls from the Canadian Embassy.

Villagers from around Bathinda also claimed that a Civil Judge of their village has been kidnapped.

The drama unfolded when the police interrogated them after they announced their release from the clutches of the kidnappers.

Rajpura DSP Manmohan Sharma said it was found during interrogation that the accused were homosexual.



AKS Colony without water for 5 days
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 3
Residents of AKS Colony have been deprived of water supply for the past five days due to indifferent attitude of the officials concerned who failed to get the tubewell in the area repaired.

Left with no other option, they are forced to avail service of private water tankers to meet their demands.

Giving information, residents of the area, Ramesh Sharma, HC Bhardwaj, DS Virdi and Mahinder Singh said the tubewell installed in their colony stopped functioning few days back and they were getting the water supply from the tubewell of New Defence Colony.

They said from the past five days they were not getting water supply from that tubewell also. They demanded that the department concerned should install new tubewell for the colony.

Naib Singh, a resident of the colony, said the authorities concerned had been informed about the problem many times, but nothing was done so far.

SDO, water supply, Mahesh Chawla said the matter was in his knowledge and the tubewell would be repaired on priority basis. He claimed that a machine to check the water level had been called from Gobindgarh. 



Murder Case
Head constable gets life term
Tribune News Service

Ropar, May 3
The court of District and Sessions Judge GK Dhir awarded life imprisonment to head constable Tarlochan Singh from Mataur village and imposed Rs 17,000 fine on him.

In 2004, Tarlochan Singh was posted as a gunman of an Inspector General rank officer in Chandigarh. In his complaint to the police, Jagir Singh, a retired health employee, from Mataur village in Mohali, stated that on December 10, 2004, Tarlochan Singh came to his house along with some other people around 7.30 pm.

He told the police that Tarlochan Singh held a double barrel gun and opened fire. He shot at Jagir’s brother Mehar Singh and his son Sukhwinder Singh. While Mehar Singh succumbed to bullet injuries on his way to the PGI, Chandigarh, Sukhwinder survived the attack.

Tarlochan and Jagir Singh had differences over village dharamshala and a drain running nearby. 



2 cheating cases registered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Two separate cases of cheating were registered in the city today. On the complaint of Tejwant Singh of Sector 17, the police booked owner of Kasra World Wide Immigration Consulted office, Harwinder Singh, in Jalandhar for allegedly cheating him of Rs 11.10 lakh.

The FIR was registered at the Sector 17 police station. The police said that Singh had filed a complaint in the court and the case was registered on the court’s directions. The probe would be transferred to the economics offence wing (EOW) as the cheated amount was more then Rs 10 lakh.

In a separate case, protector of Immigrants in Kendriya Sadan in Sector 9, Vinod Kumar, lodged an FIR with the police against owners of immigration company Visa Station today. He alleged that the company was fake and was being operated from Sector 26 and accused owners Gaurav Kaurra and Gagan Chadha were absconding. The FIR was registered at the Sector 36 police station.



Bag snatched

Chandigarh, May 3
Four unidentified suspects allegedly snatched a bag containing Rs 22,000 in cash from a drugstore owner near his home in Sector 15 late on Monday night. Vimal Prasad, 25, who runs a chemist shop at PGI, was stopped near DAV School, Sector 15 by the four who then seized his bag and fled. Based on his complaint, a case under sections 356 & 379 of the Indian Penal Code was later filed at the Sector 11 police station.

Even though the police has registered an FIR it is taking Prasad’s account of the sequence of events with a pinch of salt. While the incident occurred at about 10.30 pm according to the complainant, it was only an hour later that the cops were informed.

Moreover, the complainant reportedly kept on changing his statements to the police. While initially he claimed his bag was snatched at gunpoint, later he said he was never showed any gun.

“We’ve some doubts regarding the incident and though a case has been filed we are investigating the matter. — TNS



Pedestrian crushed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandiagarh, May 3
A 24-year-youth died in a road accident near a poultry farm roundabout near Hallomajra in Sector 31, here, today. The victim, Suman, who worked in a roadside dhaba succumbed to his injuries in the Government Medical College and Hospital at Sector 32 later in the day.

An eyewitness in the case, Rajesh Rana, told the police that he was going in his car when he saw another car number CH01 AF 0412 hitting a pedestrian near the roundabout.

The driver of the vehicle lifted the grievously injured victim and rushed him to the hospital in his car. After two hours of struggle, Suman died in the hospital. The police are verifying the victim’s address. He worked in a dhaba in Sector 26.

The accused driver of the car, Sansar Singh, a resident of Badana district was then arrested by the police in a case of causing death due to negligence. He was later bailed out.



Pardeep stars in Chandigarh win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Continuing their winning spree, the Chandigarh district team got the better of Amritsar district team by seven wickets in the U-14 cricket tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here today.

Chasing the target of 224, the Chandigarh team achieved the target in 38 overs. For the winners, Pardeep scored 93 runs in 91 balls.

After winning the toss, Amritsar elected to bat first and put on 224 in 40 overs. Abhinav Sharma fell short of four runs to his century. He faced 98 balls to hit 96 runs. Lakshay Bagga contributed 43 runs in 25 balls. Parvesh Sharma, Adarsh and Rakshat claimed two wickets each.

In reply, the Chandigarh team achieved the target in 38 overs with a loss of three wickets. Pardeeep hit 93 in 91 balls. Raman chipped in unbeaten 63 off 48. Surinder snapped two wickets for 37.

Brief scores

Amritsar: 224 for 10 in 40 overs (Abhinav Sharma 96, Lakshay Bagga 43, Parvesh Sharma 2 for 39, Adarsh 2 for 38, Rakshat 2 for 47).

Chandigarh: 226 for 3 in 38 overs (Pardeep 93, Raman 63 no, Surinder 2 for 37)

Tomorrow's match: Chandigarh vs Rajpura at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, at 8.30 am. 



Millennium thrash St John’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The Millennium School, Mohali, opened their account on a winning note by thrashing St John’s High School, Sector 26, by nine wickets in a league match of the St Kabir Trophy being organised by St Kabir Public School, Sector 26.

In the second match, St Soldier’s School, Mohali, registered a seven-wicket win over Strawberry World School, Sector 26.

Earlier in the first match, St John’s team put up a poor display of batting as the entire team was bundled out for 44 runs in 12.4 overs. Except Harit, who made 10 runs, no other batsman reached the double figure.

For the Millennium team, Jasdeepak claimed two wickets for nine runs whereas Vaibhav took one wicket for five runs.

In reply, the Millennium team reached the target in just nine overs with the help of unbeaten knock of 28 runs by Satyam Sharma. They lost only one wicket in the course. Abhay remained unbeaten on 10 runs. Adhiraj with one for 11 was the lone wicket taker for the St John’s team.

In the second match, batting first, the Strawberry team put on 83 in 18.5 overs. Anhad scored 28 runs while Avi Giri contributed 11 runs.

For the St Soldier team, Harman and Abhishek claimed three wickets each for 22 and 21 runs, respectively. St Soldier team chased the target with three overs to spare. Atul chipped in with 22 not out while Pankaj remained unbeaten on 10 runs.

For Strawberry, Vansh took two for 12, followed by Tanveer’s one for 17.

Brief scores

St John’s: 44 all out in 12.4 overs (Harit 10, Jasdeepak 2 for 9, Vaibhav 1 for 5, Satyam 1 for 7, Abhey 1 for 10, Shivam 1 for 6)

Millenium: 47 for 1 in 10.2 overs (Satyam 28 no, Aabhey 10 no, Adhiraj 1 for 11).

Strawberry: 83 all out in 18.5 overs (Anhad 28, Avi Giri 11, Abhishek 3 for 21, Harman 3 for 22).

St Soldier’s: 84 for 3 in 17 (Atul 22 no, Pankaj 10 no, Vansh 2 for 12, Tanveer 1 for 17).

Tommorrow’s fixtures: St Kabir vs St John’s at 8 am; Millennium vs St Soldier-28 at 11 am.



‘Get Golf Ready’ camp from May 7
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 3
The Chandigarh Golf Club Academy will conduct a two-day 'Get Golf Ready' programme under the EGTF-certified coach, Ajay Gujral.

Whether a company executive or a recreational player, this two-day golf camp for men and women will give the participants a renewed confidence and excitement about their ability to play and enjoy the game. The programme is designed to teach the participants in two short lessons everything they need to know to step into the world of golf. Basic skills as well as background regarding the game's rules, etiquettes and values will be taught. Techniques such as chipping, putting, full swing, half swing etc., among others, will be emphasised and practiced. 



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