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Computer teachers block highway
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 9
Computer teachers from various districts of Punjab blocked the national highway here today for nearly two hours.

Vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace near Balongi, Kharar bus stand and at Khanpur T-point amidst rain. The agitating teachers first took out a protest march from Khanpur to tehsil complex, Kharar, wherein they squatted on the highway. They also submitted a memorandum to Kharar tehsil.

They lifted the dharna only after getting assurance of a meeting with the Chief Minister before July 17.

Computer teachers from Ropar, Gurdaspur, Faridkot, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala, Muktsar, Patiala and other districts took part in the protest march.

Union members Gurvinder Singh Bajwa, Sarabjit Singh, Naib Singh, Sachin Kumar, Jaswinder Singh Bhullar and others said though many computer teachers were regularised, 1,113 of them were yet to get their letters of regularisation despite the fact that they all fulfilled the norms set by the Punjab Government.

These computer teachers have been serving in various government schools of the state from the past three years, but were bereft of their right, said the protesters. The teachers threatened to launch a massive agitation in the coming few days if their demands were not met by the government.



Residents protest apathy of doctors, medical staff
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 9
Residents of the town staged a dharna and blocked traffic on the Chandigarh road to protest against the working and the attitude of the staff and doctors of the local Civil Hospital.

Residents alleged that the staff of the hospital kept the body of one of the deceased, who was killed in a road accident, in the mortuary and assured the family members that they had sufficient arrangements of cooling. However, they did not operate the cooling system and the body started decomposing.

It became difficult to take the body to cremation ground as it was bleeding and started emanating foul smell. The relatives of the victim, who had come from England, criticised the hospital staff. Instead of pacifying them the staff started arguing with them.

This annoyed the relatives of the victim who later staged a dharna on the highway. Traffic movement was restored after SDM Ravinder Kumar and DSP SP Singh reached the spot and pacified the protesters.

Kirpal Singh Sethi, president of the consumer forum, has demanded strict action against the erring officials.



Man involved in vehicle thefts, burglaries held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Rinku, alias Vivek, a resident of Zulamgarh in Panchkula district, for his involvement in various cases of vehicle thefts and burglaries in the city.

The accused was not part of any gang and used to commit the crime alone. With his arrest, eight cases have been solved, out of which four are of burglary and four are of car theft.

Inspector Amanjot Singh, in charge of the crime branch nabbed the accused and he was produced before a court and remanded to four-day police custody.

The accused has a tainted past as had been arrested by the Haryana and the Chandigarh Police. He is facing trail in seven cases of burglary and vehicle lifting, added the police.

Purse snatched

Three unidentified motorcyclists snatched the purse of a woman in Sector 18 last night. Vanita Gupta, a resident of Kaithal, reported to the police that her purse was snatched near the Panchayat Bhawan in Sector 18. The bag contained Rs 3,000 cash, an ATM card, a cell phone and some documents. Vanita was crossing the slip road near the Panchayat Bhawan when her purse was snatched. 



48-yr-old ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A 48-year-old vegetable seller Shri Dhar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in Ramdarbar, Phase II, today.

Shri Dhar was a habitual drunkard and before taking the extreme step, he had an altercation with his wife, the police said. The family members noticed Dhar hanging from a ceiling fan around 4 pm.

In a separate case, the police arrested Jasbir Singh, a resident of Khuda Ali Sher in a case of abetment to suicide after his wife Sarabjit Kaur committed suicide.

Kaur had committed suicide after consuming some poisonous substance a few days ago and her father, Avtar Singh, had lodged a complaint against Jasbir Singh for abetting suicide. The accused has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. 



Suman case: SIT to prepare charge sheet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The police today constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to look after the investigations and prepare the charge sheet in the infamous Suman case. The three-member SIT comprises Inspector Ranjodh Singh, SHO of the Police Station Central, Sector 17, Chandigarh and Sub-Inspectors Ram Prakash and Mehr Kaur.

The police has also seized the medical file and other records pertaining to Suman from the GMSH, Sector 16, and the records of the PGI are slated to be taken into custody in a couple of days. Pankaj Chandgothia, an advocate, said the police had also sought legal opinion acting on his application that Suman should be made complainant in the case in addition to the SDM (South) to avoid unnecessary delay in the matter.

On December 16 last year, 28-year-old Suman was admitted to the gynaecology ward of the hospital and was administered wrong blood that led to acute renal failure. She was referred to the PGI but doctors could not save her foetus.

A criminal case was registered under Sections 304-A (causing death due to negligence) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the IPC against Kirti Sood, a lab technician, Dr Navdeep, an intern, and Dr Manpreet, a house surgeon. 



19-year-old girl hangs herself to death at Dhakoli
Tribune Reporters

Zirakpur, July 9
A 19-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her uncle’s house at MS Enclave, Dhakoli village, here this morning. The deceased was identified as Pinki, hailing from Bhardurgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Investigating officer Kishore Chand stated that they got information about the suicide from girl’s uncle Naresh Kumar. In his statement to the police, Naresh said the incident came to light around 7 am when he found Pinki’s room locked from inside.

After his repeated knocks on the door went unanswered, he broke the door and found the girl’s body hanging from the ceiling fan in the room. He raised the alarm and lowered Pinki’s body, the investigating officer added. Naresh told the police that he brought Pinki from Bhardurgarh so she could pursue her studies.

The police official stated that the body of the deceased had been kept for the postmortem at Dera Bassi Civil Hospital. “We have informed her family about the incident who are on their way to Zirakpur,” the official added. He said further action would be taken after the arrival of her parents.


A 35-year-old scooterist, identified as Harinder, a resident of Mani Majra, died after being hit by an unknown vehicle near the K-Area on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway yesterday.

The police today registered a case against the unknown vehicle on the complaint of Harinder’s son Amit Sharma.

The investigating officer stated that the incident took place at 8.30 pm when the deceased, who was working as a labourer contractor, was going towards Panchkula side from Zirakpur on his scooter. When he reached near the K-area, the unknown vehicle hit him from behind, the officer added. He fell down on the road and sustained serious injuries.

A passerby immediately informed the police, which took the victim to the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, for the treatment where he was declared dead on arrival. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after conducting the postmortem.

4 more booked for illegal colonisation

Dera Bassi: The police has booked four persons for setting up illegal colonies at Behra village. These cases were registered under Section 36(1) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, on the complaint of Additional chief administrator of GMADA.

As per reports, landowners sold residential plots by carving out unauthorised colonies in their land in violation of the Act. The police had booked Harbans Singh, Nirmal Singh, residents of Behra village, and Sher Kaur and her son Narinder Singh, residents of Sanoli village. The accused could not be arrested till now.

2 held for abducting child

Ropar: The Ropar police has arrested two persons for abducting a 10-year-old child from a village of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. They were demanding Rs 60,000 as ransom amount.

Police officials said that the accused had been identified as Beant Singh, a Thali Kalan resident, and Gaurav Kumar, a Ghanaula village resident. One of them was working as a sales executive with a tractor agency in Ropar.

The accused had kidnapped a child from Jhiri village on Thursday evening around 4 pm. The child who has been identified as Bimrant Singh alias Kukku, son of Raj Kumar, was abducted in a car. Raj Kumar runs a dhaba at Jhiri and the accused used to frequent the place.

SHO Varinderjit Singh added that the accused kidnapped the child and brought him near Solakhian village.

“From Solakhian they called up the child’s parents and said that they were at Zirakpur. They demanded Rs 60, 000 ransom and said that the amount be deposited in a bank account,” he said.

He added that the parents insisted that they wanted to talk to their child. When put on the phone, the child revealed the exact location to his parents.

The accused snatched away phone from him and beat him up for informing his parents about his whereabouts. However, the accused continued to wait outside the gurdwara.

The parents then informed the Ropar police patrolling party and the accused were nabbed and their car was impounded. A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered against the accused in Oot police station (Himachal Pradesh).

Girl killed in road mishap

Kalka: A recklessly driven truck today claimed the life of a young girl. According to information, the incident took place on the National Highway 22, near Kalka main bus stand, around 11.30 am when the over speeding truck hit Amarvati (9), who was crossing the highway along with her father Lakshman Singh.

An eye witness said the girl died on the spot. The deceased was a resident of Samalakha, Haryana, who had come to meet her aunt in Kalka.

The truck driver was intercepted by the police near Orian village, but he managed to flee leaving his truck behind. The police had impounded the truck and a case was registered on the complaint of Lakshman Singh.

1 arrested with 3-kg opium

Rajpura: The Rajpura Police claimed to have arrested a resident of Madhya Pradesh with 3 kg of opium worth Rs 2 lakh today. The accused has been identified as Manohar Singh of Nali Khera village of Mandsour district in Madhya Pradesh.

During investigation it was found that the accused had purchased opium for Rs 70,000. He was trying to sell the narcotics to someone in Rajpura.

A police party patrolling the area arrested him. Police officials said the man was walking towards cremation ground in the old Rajpura area and he was frisked over some suspicion and was arrested.

Preliminary investigation revealed that he was arrested for the first time for smuggling and sale of opium in Punjab. A case in this connection has been registered against him and further investigation was on.



CLTA-AITA Series: Rimpledeep, Hardeep lift U-16 Titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Punjab’s Hardeep Singh Sandhu and Rimpledeep Kaur lifted the boys and girls’ under-16 trophy in the CLTA-AITA National Series Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA grounds here today.

After going one set down, Hardeep Singh defeated Fatehdeep Singh in the next two sets to take the match and trophy. Rimpledeep Kaur beat Pranjala Yadllapalli of Andhra Pradesh in two straight sets.

In the under-14 boys’ event, BR Nishkep of Karnataka got the better of local lad Sachin Kumar, as the latter retired hurt in the second set and the match was awarded to Nishkep.

Results: Boys’ U-14: BR Nishkep (Karnataka) bt Sachin Kumar (Chandigarh) 7-5, 2-0 (retd).

Girls’ U-16: Rimpledeep Kaur (Punjab) bt Pranjala Yadlapalli (Andhra Pradesh) 6-1, 7-5.



Arunima, Anubhav lead with 2 points
Tribune News Service

Students play a match at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Students play a match at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, July 9
Arunima Goyal of Sacred Heart School, Anubhav Tuknayat of Vivek High and Tejas Nagpal of St Kabir School are leading with two points each after the end of the second round of the Chandigarh Under-17 (boys and girls) Chess Championship being held at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

The top two players in the boys and girls’ category will be selected to represent Chandigarh in the forthcoming National Under-17 Boys and Girls’ Chess Championship to be held at Puducherry from July 16 to 27.


2 points: Arunima Goyal, Anubhav Tuknayat and Nagpal Tejas.

1.5 points: Jaskeerat Singh and Abhinav Bansal.

1 point: Kaushal Tanya, Shivika Jain, Amartya Bhattacharjee, Ishaan Singh, Kritika Kapila, Rishab Jain and Sachleen Singh.



Hockey coach Jasbir dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The sudden demise of hockey coach Jasbir Singh Bajwa (55) has sent a wave of shock in the local hockey arena.

The chief coach of the Hockey Academy, Sector 42, died due to sudden heart attack during late last night.

Jasbir, under whose training several hockey players of the region made it to the senior Indian team, has contributed a lot to the sports not only at senior level but also at the junior level.



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