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3 students hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
Three girl students of class IX received injuries after being hit by an SUV this afternoon while they were returning home on foot. The students are studying in Sri Dashmesh Senior Secondary School, Kharauri. They were taken to a private hospital from where they were moved to Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital.

School principal Gayatri Devi, accompanying the students in the Civil Hospital, said the incident took place around 1.30 pm. A bus (PB-10-CN-3197) belonging to Amrit Libra bus service was allegedly driven at a high speed.

It hit a Scorpio moving ahead of it and the SUV further hit the three girl students. Doctors in the hospital said two of the students, who received bruises and internal injuries, would be discharged from the hospital today while one of them would be discharged tomorrow.

The students who received injuries are identified as Arshpreet Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur and Balvir Kaur, all residents of Kharaura and Kharauri villages.

The police was informed about the incident and the bus was impounded after registering a case in this regard against the erring driver.



Eight fall ill after food poisoning
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 13
Seven family members, and a servant, from Hussainpura village today fell ill after consuming breakfast at their house. The victims included children, elderly men and women.

Police officials from the Mulepur police station reached the Civil Hospital to inquire into the matter. In their statements recorded with the police, family members said around 10 minutes after having breakfast all family members started vomiting and a few fell unconscious.

Their relatives living near their residence rushed them to the hospital. Their condition was said to be improved in the afternoon. An eight-year-old and a nine-month-old child also became victims of food poisoning.

The infant was only given curd and he started vomiting. Food samples were taken from the house of victims and were sent for lab testing by the police and health department authorities.



AC-inverter showroom gutted in Ambala
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 13
A fire broke out in a showroom selling air conditioners (ACs) and inverters near the main bus stand, gutting the entire shop.

Angad Singh, owner of the showroom, said in a part of the showroom some inverters were assembled. He said he was running a hotel on the first and the second floor of the building.

He said the manager of the hotel noted the fire around 6.30 am today. He informed the fire brigade and got the rooms of the hotel evacuated. Two fire tenders arrived at the scene and brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. While the stocks in the showroom were completely gutted, the hotel was saved.

Angad Singh said the fire tenders could reach the showroom with difficulty as the narrow arteries had been blocked by encroachments. If the path had been clear, some of the stocks of inverters and ACs would have been saved, he lamented.

Angad put the loss between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh. He said he had informed the police and a case in this connection had been registered by the Lal Kurti police station. It is believed that the fire was caused by short-circuit. There was no loss of life, sources added.

Meanwhile, household goods of Army officers, which were loaded in an Army truck, were burnt when the loaded truck touched overhead power cable near Army headquarters here today.

The truck was carrying household goods of two Army officers from Indore, who were transferred to Ambala Cantt.



Fire in OPD causes loss worth Rs 50 lakh
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 13
A major fire broke out in the eye OPD of Mission Hospital at Ambala City this noon, which caused the loss of around Rs 50 lakh. Three laser machines of the OPD were destroyed in the fire.

According to information, the fire broke out in an air conditioner. Smoke in the OPD created panic on the hospital campus. A few staff members were present in the OPD when the fire broke out.

Hospital authorities informed the fire brigade, but before the arrival of fire tender staff of the hospital made efforts to put out the fire. Fire brigade officials said short-circuit in the air conditioner could have caused the fire.

Director of the hospital Dr Sunil Sadik said no one was injured in the fire, but some of the costly machines used in eye surgery were gutted. He said the loss could be around Rs 50 lakh. SHO, Baldev Nagar police station, Rajnish and a few police officials helped the hospital staff in controlling the fire.



Insurance firm told to reimburse Rs 1.66 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company to reimburse Rs 1.66 lakh to a city resident for the cost incurred on his treatment under a mediclaim insurance policy. The forum has also ordered the company to pay Rs 25,000 compensation and litigation cost of Rs 5,000.

In his complaint, Jang Bahadur Singh, a resident of Sector 4, stated that he had taken a mediclaim insurance policy of ICICI Lombard from April 2009 to April 2010.

On March 23, 2010, he was admitted to Fortis Hospital, Mohali, for the treatment of “sub-acute intestinal obstruction tubercular” and after 10 days, he was discharged from the hospital on April 1, 2010. Thereafter, he remained under the supervision and treatment of doctors for a period of three months.

The complainant stated he chose Fortis Hospital as the insurance company had approved it for cashless treatment, but the latter refused to provide cashless facility on the probability of a pre-existing disease.

In its reply, the insurance company stated that the complainant concealed the facts that he was suffering from diabetes type-1 for the past 25 years, fatty liver grade-III and hypertension. So, the cashless facility was rightly denied to the complainant as per the terms and conditions of the policy.

The forum comprising its president PD Goel and members Madanjit Kaur Sahota and Rajinder Singh Gill observed that in the remark column in a letter of March 27, 2010, the insurance company stated that as the probability of the disease being pre-existing cannot be ruled out, cashless facility cannot be extended. Under these circumstances, it can legitimately be concluded that the insurance company was not paying the claim on mere assumptions, conjectures and surmises.

The forum stated; “In our considered view, the insurance company has no right to disallow the present claim. So, the complainant is entitled to get the expenses incurred on his treatment.” 



Businessman held for duping cops

Chandigarh, May 13
Acting on a complaint by Punjab Assistant Inspector-General of Police Amrit Brar, the UT Police has arrested a businessman in a cheating case.

The accused, Simratpal Sidhu, owner of SCO 282 in Sector 35, allegedly duped the Punjab Police of Rs 8.10 lakh. Amrit Brar stated that Rs 8.10 lakh was paid to Simratpal to install incinerators in the Punjab Police Headquarters, Sector 9, for destroying seized opium. However, he failed to install the incinerators and also did not return the money. He has been remanded in police custody. — TNS



Ex-boyfriend held for murder
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
The ex-boyfriend of 25-year-old Amritsar girl Simran Kundra, whose body was found in a mutilated condition in Jalandhar on May 3, had killed her on April 30 after getting suspicious that she was having an affair.

The accused, identified as Tanmay Arora, a resident of Green Avenue, Amritsar, was handed over to the police by his father Dinesh Arora.

According to sources, the police had mounted pressure on the family after the accused went missing from his house after the gruesome murder. Tanmay would be presented in the court tomorrow.

During investigations Tanmay told the police that he was in love with Simran and wanted to marry her. He had visited the victim’s rented accommodation on April 30 and saw her partying with three boys.

After the boys left he had a heated argument with her and later smashed her head against the wall of the washroom in the house.

As Simran was still alive he strangulated her. After killing her he packed the body in his Punto car and left for Jalandhar and dumped it at a vacant plot.

Simran was living in a rented accommodation in Sector 15 and was doing fashion designing course from National Institute of Fashion Designing at Sector 8 in Chandigarh.

The police had found her car (PB-02BL-0596) abandoned in Sector 16 on May 1 and informed victim’s father Rajesh Kundra after getting his address from the documents in the car. The father had informed the police that his daughter was married to Karan Kundra, a resident of Amritsar, in 2004 and she had divorced him in April this year.

The police had registered a missing person report on the complaint of the victim’s father, who later identified Simran’s mutilated body in Jalandhar on May 3.



Woman crushed to death by truck
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A 45-year-old woman died after being crushed by a rashly driven truck near Colony Number 4 here today.

The woman, Shanichri Devi, was on her way to her house on her bicycle when the mishap took place. The truck driver fled the spot leaving the truck behind.

The mishap took place at 6 pm when the woman, who worked as a domestic help, was going towards Colony Number 4. A truck (PB-11-AB-9483) on way to Industrial Area from the poultry farm roundabout side hit the woman at traffic lights point near Bhushan factory. The woman lost balance and her head was crushed under the front wheel of the truck. She was rushed to the GMCH-32 where she was declared brought dead.

Perturbed over alleged police inaction, colony residents came out on the road leading to traffic jam. They alleged that the police failed to nab the truck driver. The police had a tough time dispersing the angry mob.

The victim is survived by five children, including four girls and a boy. Her husband died two years ago.

The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC at the Industrial Area police station and raids are on to arrest the accused. 



SI suspended for misconduct
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 13
A Sub-Inspector of the Mohali police was today suspended on the charges of misconduct and misbehaviour.

SP (City) Harpreet Singh said Sub-Inspector Gurbaskh Ram, posted at the Phase VIII police station, was suspended by the SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, and sent to the police lines. A departmental inquiry had also been initiated against him.

The SP said even though a complaint had been received against a retired Army officer, the SI should have behaved with dignity and not crossed his limits. Further action could also be taken if something more was found in the departmental inquiry, he added.

The SI was suspended on the basis of an inquiry done by a DSP on the directions of the SSP.

According to reports, a retired Army officer, Brig Sarjit Singh, had alleged that he was detained illegally by the Mohali police on April 13. He had said earlier that Gurbaksh Ram had allegedly taken him in custody and kept him locked up for about two hours at the Phase VIII police station. He had further alleged that he was even asked to remove his turban and shoes and part with his valuables.

He had told mediapersons earlier that he was taken out of the lock up only after the Station House Officer and a DSP visited the police station.

A complaint had been lodged against Sarjit Singh alleging that he was interfering in the married life of Amandeep who belonged to the in-laws family of his son.



Constable among 8 held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
A special team of the Police Control Room (PCR) today arrested a Chandigarh Police constable and seven others for gambling in Sector 26.

The constable, Ravinder Singh, was later released on bail. The other accused have been identified as Ravinder Kumar, Harbhans, Balkrishan, Ram Karan, Swaran Singh, Pawan Kumar, Raj Kishore and Parvin Kumar, all shopkeepers in the grain market. The police also recovered Rs 15,000 from their possession. 



Yuvraj wrecks St Soldier’s
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Some fine bowling by Yuvraj Singh helped District Coaching Centre, Sector 3, smother the challenge of St Soldier’s Cricket Academy in a league match of the Under-16 District Cricket Championship at Sector-3 Cricket Stadium, here today.

After winning the toss, St Soldier’s had a circumspect start as the openers put up 37 runs in the first 13 overs. The bowlers kept up the pressure at both ends and did not let the batsmen free their arms. This was evident from the fact that only one boundary was hit during the first 13 overs.

While the bowlers did their best to squeeze the run flow, they failed to claim any wickets as the batsmen frustrated the bowlers as well as the fielders with defensive strokes.

Yuvraj Singh was brought into the attack and he knocked down a wicket in his very first over. He picked up three more wickets to finish the figures of 4 for 13 runs.

The team was bowled out for just 67 runs in 24.4 overs. Anshul Kadian was the only batsman to reach the double figures of 17 runs.

In reply, the batsmen of District Coaching Centre had no problems in chasing down the target, as Gurdeep Singh pressed on the accelerator as soon as he arrived on the crease. He hit five boundaries and a lusty six over long on for his 37 runs off 21 deliveries.

The target was overcome in the seventh over with nine wickets in hand.

Brief scores: St Soldier’s Academy: 67 all out in 24.4 overs. (Anshul Kadian 17; Yuvraj Singh 4 for 13, Sahil Garg 2 for 16).

District Coaching Centre: 71 for 1 in 6.4 overs (Gurdeep Singh 37, Yugneek 10).



Karanveer stars in Satluj win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Fine all-round performance by Karanveer Brar (unbeaten 69 and 3 for 19) enabled Satluj Cricket Academy Panchkula beat Stepping Stones Cricket Academy Chandigarh by eight wickets in the first league match of the U-16 Satluj Premier League at the school grounds in Sector 4 here today.

Batting first, Stepping Stones Cricket Academy were bundled out for 108 runs in 23.3 overs. Jagmeet (27), Dheeraj (22 not out) and Kamalpreet (15) were the main scorers.

Karanveer Brar and Vishwas Khatak took three wickets each giving away 19 and 23, respectively, while Sanyam Nagpal took 2 for 13.

In reply, Satluj Cricket Academy achieved the target of 109 runs in just 15.2 overs. Karanveer Brar (69 not out) and Hemant 23 were the main scores.

Brief score: Stepping Stones: 108 all out in 23.3 overs (Jagmeet 27, Dheeraj 22 not out, Kamalpreet 15; Karanveer Brar 3/19, Vishwas Khatak 3/23, Sanyam Nagpal 2/13).

Satluj Cricket Academy: 109/2 in 15.2 overs (Karanveer Brar 69 not out, Hemant 23).

In the second match of the day, Andale Cricket Academy Panchkula beat DC Montessori Mani Majra by 131 runs.

Batting first, Andale Cricket Academy piled up a mammoth 233 runs on board, losing seven wickets in their stipulated 25 overs. Vaibhav 104 and Shubham 43 were the main scorers.

For DC Montessori, Chirag was the only bowler to impress with 2 for 37.

In reply, DC Montessori failed to face some fierce attack by Andale bowlers and were bundled out for 92 runs in just 16 overs. Abhimanyu was the only batsman who stood up to some tight line and length bowling of Andale bowlers and scored 42 runs. For Andale, Aanjeet was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 4 wickets for 26 runs. Deepak was the other bowler who impressed with his bowling figures of 3 for 2 runs.

Brief score: Andale Cricket Academy: 233/7 in 25 overs (Vaibhav 104, Shubham 43; Chirag 2 for 37).

DC Montessori: 92 all out in 16 overs (Abhimanyu 42; Anjeet 4 for 26, Deepak 3 for 2).

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Satluj Cricket Academy v DC Montessori at 8 am; Bharti Vij Cricket Academy Chandigarh v Andale Cricket Academy at 12 noon.



Yuvraj enters second round

Mohali, May 13
Yuvraj Singh of Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, moved to the second round of the boys’ under-10 category along with Manveer Singh, Amitoj Singh, Asav Kumar and Chiraz Singh in the Manav Mangal Total Tennis Tournament at Total Tennis Academy, Phase X, here today.

Brief results: Boys’ under-10: Asav Kumar beat Daksh Marwah 4-1; Parnav b Yuvraj Toor 4-1; Yugam Shukla b Saryas Chopra 4-0; Manveer b Shrenik Bhalla 4-0; Amitoj Singh b Armaan Mudgill 4-1; Yuvraj Singh b Yatin Gulshan 4-0 b Chiraz Singh b Vishavjeet 4-1; Boys’ under-12: Shivam Wij b Chinol 5-0; Harmol b Harmeet 4-0, Shreyas Chopra b Harmohak 5-2; Summer Sandhu won 5-2, Karan Bhalla b Garaon 5-2, Ritik Mahatotra b Swartik 5-2, Shishnu Sharma b Abhi Garg 5-0, Savneet b Harbir 5-0, Karan Veer Hooda b Indresh 5-1. — TNS



Swapnil fastest in girls’ meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 13
Local girl Swapnil struck a gold (100 m) and two silver medals (long jump and 4x100m) in the first Inter-Zonal Girls’ U-14 Haryana Premier League at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3 here today.

Swapnil bagged first position in the 100-metre race, while Milani Pandhal, also from Panchkula, and Anjali of Jhajjar bagged gold medals in long jump and 4x100 metre relay race, respectively. Swapnil secured silver both events.

Other results: 600m race: 1 Aamna of Kothkala (Hisar), 2 Sarita (Jhajjar); 3 Simran (Yamunanagar); shot put: 1 Pinki (Hisar), 2 Shweta, 3 Milani Pandhal (both Panchkula); long jump: 1 Bhateri (Hisar), 2 Swapnil, 3 Bharti (Gurgaon); 4x100m relay: 1 Bhateri, Neetu, Neeru and Priyanka (Hisar); 2 Swapnil, Milani, Shweta and Akta (Panchkula), 3 Anjali, Sarita, Rinku and Raveena (Rohtak).

Boxing: 30 kg: 1 Monika (Rohtak), 2 Zarina (Ambala), 3 Dolly (Gurgaon); 30 to 32 kg: 1 Manju (Rohtak), 2 Soniya (Ambala), 3 Gunjan (Gurgaon) and Sushma (Hisar); 32 to 34 kg: 1 Johny (Rohtak), 2 Neelam (Hisar), 3 Monika (Ambala) and Pinki (Gurgaon); 34 to 36 kg: 1 Priyanka (Hisar), 2 Alka (Gurgaon), 3 Anshu (Ambala) and Neelam (Ambala); 36 to 38 kg: 1 Soniya (Rohtak), 2 Ankita (Rohtak), 3 Puja (Ambala) and Reena (Gurgaon); 38 to 40 kg: 1 Sonu (Hisar), 2 Charu (Ambala), 3 Puja Sarot; 40 to 42 kg: 1 Seema (Hisar), 2 Nisha (Rohtak); 42 to 44 kg: 1 Puja (Hisar), 2 Nikita (Ambala), 3 Kirti (Rohtak) and Rachna (Gurgaon); 44 to 46 kg: 1 Shweta (Gurgaon), 2 Rajwinder (Ambala), 3 Nirmal (Hisar); 46 to 48 kg: 1 Nirmala (Gurgaon), 2 Radhika (Ambala).

Judo: 25 kg: 1 Kajal (Ambala), 2 Rekha (Gurgaon), 3 Aarju (Hisar) and Palak (Rohtak); 30 kg: 1 Vaishali (Gurgaon), 2 Anjali (Rohtak), 3 Madhu (Ambala); 35 kg: 1 Preeti (Hisar), 2 Kamlesh (Gurgaon), 3 Jyoti (Ambala); 40 kg: 1 Aarti (Gurgaon), 2 Jyoti (Ambala), 3 Seema (Ambala) and Shelly (Rohtak); 45 kg: 1 Tarannum (Gurgaon), 2 Kavita (Hisar), Sapna (Ambala) and Divya (Rohtak); 50 kg: 1 Nisha (Hisar), 2 Simran (Ambala), 3 Soumya (Rohtak); above 50 kg: 1 Kulwinder (Hisar), 2 Madhuri (Ambala), 3 Monika (Rohtak).

Wrestling: 30 kg: 1 Raveena, 2 Priyanka (Hisar), 3 Gunjan (Ambala); 32 kg: 1 Jyoti (Hisar), 2 Priyanka (Rohtak), 3 Anuradha (Ambala); 34 kg: 1 Kavita (Rohtak), 2 Gauri (Ambala); 37 kg: 1 Rinku (Rohtak), 2 Nikita (Ambala), 3 Sweety (Rohtak); 40 kg: 1 Pinki (Hisar), 2 Nishu (Ambala), 3 Taranjit (Rohtak); 44 kg: 1 Simran (Ambala), 2 Priyanka (Hisar).

Badminton: Singles: 1 Lalita (Rohtak), 2 Gaytri (Ambala); doubles: 1 Gaytri and Mehak (Ambala), 2 Lalita and Maneesha (Rohtak). 



Boxer Mary Kom relieved after son’s surgery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
India’s woman ace boxer MC Mary Kom is a relieved mother after the surgery of her four-year-old son Khupneivar went off well at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Sector 12 here on Wednesday.

Talking to mediapersons, Mary Kom said: “I am relieved as the surgery of my baby went off well. I had been travelling for the past few days and now I am totally exhausted,” said Mary Kom, who won gold medal after beating Asian Champion Kim Myong Sim in the final bout of the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament at Haikou in China last week.

Khupneivar developed some heart ailment that the family came to know of just a couple of months ago.

Mary Kom, who has five world titles under her belt, said the Asian meet was the toughest mental test, as she was distracted by the thought of being away from her ailing son.

“It was difficult to focus in the ring while going through such a situation. But my husband Onler supported me all the way through,” said Mary Kom, adding that she didn’t want to participate in the meet earlier but had to relent on Onler insistence.

Mary Kom, a Khel Ratna awardee, said she could have skipped the event but she decided to take up the challenge and returned after emerging champion. Now, after her son’s recovery, she would be back in the ring to prepare for the forthcoming President’s Cup, scheduled to be held in Turkey from June-July. “I will compete in 51kg category in this event. It’s a build-up event ahead of next year’s Olympics in London,” the boxer added.



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