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Three injured in accident
Tribune Reporters

Dera Bassi, July 31
Three of a family were injured in a bus-car collision near here last night. As per information, a Haryana roadways bus hit a car which was going towards Chandigarh. The injured were identified as Ram Pal, his wife and their child, all residents of Karnal.

They were going to the PGI, Chandigarh, last night when the bus hit their car from rear. The car was badly damaged in the accident. The bus driver managed to escape from the spot. The police had, however, registered a case against him under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC.

Goods worth Rs 2 lakh gutted

Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a cycle shop yesterday. Shop owner Madan Lal said he was informed about the fire at night. The fire brigade reached on the spot and controlled the fire. The cause of the fire could not be established. The shop owner estimated the loss to be around Rs 2 lakh.

Govt approves setting up of bus stand

Zirakpur: The long pending demand of local residents to get a proper bus stand is set to be fulfilled soon as the Punjab Government has approved the setting up of a new bus stand at Zirakpur. The process to build the new bus terminal has set in motion.

Sources said the Pubic Works Department had already called the tenders for the construction of the project. After allotment of the work it would take around 8 months to complete it. Sources added that the new bus terminal would come up on around 18 kanal near the Zirakpur-Kalka intersection.



HDFC Bank told to compensate complainant
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed HDFC Bank Ltd to pay Rs 25,000 as compensation to Parvesh Gupta, a resident of Sector 51.

Earlier, Gupta had filed a complaint in the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, which had directed the respondent to refund the foreclosure charges of Rs 10,113, along with a compensation of Rs 10,000 to the complainant, for the harassment caused to him due to loss of documents, as well as Rs 2,500 as cost of litigation.

However, feeling aggrieved over the meagre compensation awarded by the district forum, Gupta moved the State Commission.

The counsel for the complainant submitted that respondents had not handed over original allotment letter or a certified copy to his client. He further submitted that the complainant had to suffer a lot of physical harassment, mental agony and inconvenience, for a number of years, on account of loss of his original allotment letter, which was submitted by him, before Centurion Bank, which was later merged with HDFC Bank Ltd. He further submitted that it was the duty of the respondents to handover either the original document or the certified/duplicate copy to his client.

On the other hand, the counsel for the respondents, argued that the respondents tried to get a duplicate allotment letter prepared from the Chandigarh Housing Board, but the relevant file was found to have been lost. He said, in case, the complainant produced the original receipts, regarding the payments made by him, to the Housing Board, his file could be traced and revived, and duplicate allotment letter would be supplied to him. He further submitted that the compensation of Rs 10,000 awarded by the District Forum was fair and reasonable.

While enhancing the compensation to Rs 25,00,0 State Commission president Justice Sham Sunder and Member Neena Sandhu observed that it was due to the negligence on the part of the opposite parties that the original allotment letter, which was deposited by the complainant was lost. The complainant had to furnish another security, by way of pledging his LIC policy of Rs 2,00,000 with the respondents, for no fault of his. One can well imagine the condition of a person, whose original allotment letter regarding the allotment of house, was lost by the opposite party, on account of the acts of the respondents.



Labour in vain!
Youth tries to break open ATM
tribune news service

An employee of the State Bank of Bikaner shows the partially dismanted ATM, which an unidentified person tried to break open, at Sector 17-B in Chandigarh.
An employee of the State Bank of Bikaner shows the partially dismanted ATM, which an unidentified person tried to break open, at Sector 17-B in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 31
A miscreant made an unsuccessful attempt for over an hour to break open an automated teller machine (ATM) belonging to the Bank of Bikaner in Sector 17-B here last night.

He left after an hour of “hard work”. The CCTV camera footage showed that the miscreant, who seemed to be in his early 20s, entered the ATM located in the block opposite Capital Book Shop at around 1 am last night and remained there for an hour.

The youth had not covered his face and tried hard to open a plate of the machine with a pointed tool in an effort to get access to the cash box.

The matter came to light when an official of the bank entered the ATM this morning and found that the plate was not in place. He then called his senior officials who informed the police.

No security personnel was deputed outside the ATM. The police has registered a case.



Four arrested for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The police has arrested four persons for gambling. The accused have been identified as Dhanpat, a resident of Sector 28, Soni, a resident of Indira Colony, Mani Majra, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 25, and Ram Niwas, a resident Sector 26, from Sector 26.

The police has recovered Rs 25,875 from their possession yesterday. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered in the Sector 26 police station.

Bikes stolen

Dilshad Ahmed, a resident of Mouli Jagran, has lodged a complaint with the police that his bike was stolen from his residence on July 28. The police has registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC at the Mani Majra police station.

In another case, Shiv Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, has reported to the police that his bike was stolen from his house. A case has been registered in at the Sector 31 police station.

In yet another case of motorcycle theft, Pankaj Gargia, a resident of Mohali, has reported to police that his bike was stolen from the Industrial Area, Phase I, on July 29. The police has registered a case.

House burgled

Jasdeep Singh, a resident of Sector 18, reported to the police that his TV set, a mobile phone, a purse containing Rs 1,500 and his driving license, were stolen on the night of July 30. The police has registered a case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC at Sector 19 police station.



BKU leader shot at
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 31
Guni Prakash (50), chief of the Mahender Singh-Sharad Joshi faction of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), was shot at by five unidentified assailants at the Tangri bridge near Barwala today.

The condition of the BKU leader, who was taken to General Hospital, Sector 6, was stated to be serious. Keeping his serious condition in view, doctors referred him to the PGI in Chandigarh.

According to the police, Guni Prakash of Kaithal was here to visit his relatives in Bataud village. He was going alone towards Sarakpur village on a motorcycle this evening when five persons got down from an Alto car. They fired two rounds on him. While one shot missed him, the other hit him on the shoulder.



Suicide bid by 18-yr-old girl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
An 18-year-old girl tried to commit suicide by hanging herself from a fan at her house in Dadu Majra here this evening. According to the police, Jyoti tried to commit suicide, but fortunately her family members noticed her hanging from the ceiling fan and rescued her.

The victim was rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital-16 from where she was referred to the PGI. Her condition is stated to be critical.

Sources said the girl was under depression. “Preliminary investigation in the case revealed that she was depressed and tried to commit suicide,” police sources said.



5 trailers carrying gravel impounded
Tribune News Service

Trailers used for carrying illegally mined gravel at Panchkula’s Sector-23 police station on Sunday. T
Trailers used for carrying illegally mined gravel at Panchkula’s Sector-23 police station on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, July 31
The Panchkula Police has impounded five trucks involved in transporting sand and gravel dug out illegally from a river of the district here today.

According to the police, the trucks carrying sand and gravel from Charnian near Pinjore were moving towards Mubarikpur in Punjab when a police party near Nada Sahib stopped them on the way. On checking it was found that the trucks were carrying building material from a river.

There is a ban in the district over mining in rivers. Later, the police dug out the passage to the river near Barwala, which was prepared by such offenders to carry the gravel illegally.

Two arrested for fraud

The Yamunanagar Police has arrested two local residents for helping a Chandigarh resident in getting the general power of attorney (GPA) against a property of his mother on fake identity. The accused have been identified as Ashwani Pathak, a document writer, and Zia Lal, a lawyer active in a tehsil of Panchkula.

According to the police, Santosh Devi, a resident of Chandigarh, had lodged a complaint that her son Arun Goyal had attempted to usurp a plot owned by her in Sunny Enclave at Kharar in Mohali district by procuring a general power of attorney from Chachchrouli in Yamunanagar district using unfair means.

Santosh said the documents owned by Arun showed that she had prepared the GPA of the said property in his name on June 8 last year despite the fact that she did not even visited Chachchrouli that day.

Following this the Yamunanagar Police had registered a case and started a probe into the matter. During investigation it was revealed that some other woman was produced before the tehsildar at Chachchrouli in place of Santosh Devi. Pathak and Gia Lal allegedly identified her as Santosh Devi before the tehsildar.

After investigation the police had booked the accused under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, and 120-B of the IPC.

4 arrested for harbouring acid-attack accused

A police party raided a house at Sector 26, in search of one of the accused who allegedly threw acid on three girls at Rohtak, here today. While the accused, identified as Rohan, fled from the spot, four persons, including two women, were arrested by the police for allegedly harbouring him.

The incident dates back to June 18 when two motorcycle-borne youths threw acid on three teenaged girls at Sector 3 of Rohtak. The victims, all residents of Sector 3, were on the way to their homes after attending their tuition classes. While two girls are students of Class X, one of them is a student of Class XI.

The victims had suffered burn injuries on their face, arms and legs. Since the time of the incident Rohan had been absconding. On a tip off that Rohan was hiding at the house of his relatives in Sector 26, a police party from Rohtak raided the house.

However, finding that Rohan had fled from the spot two brothers Suraj and Deepak, along with their wives Arvinder and Sunita, respectively, were arrested under Section 216 of the IPC.



Former councillor, kin booked for thrashing neighbours
Tribune News Service

Neighbours of former SAD councillor Manmohan Kaur being treated in hospital after being allegedly attacked by her family at Mohali on Sunday.
Neighbours of former SAD councillor Manmohan Kaur being treated in hospital after being allegedly attacked by her family at Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 31
Manmohan Kaur, a former SAD councillor, her husband Bhagat Singh and son Jaspal Singh have been booked by the police for allegedly thrashing their neighbour Parvinder Pal Singh and his family members.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of the Phase 1 police station, Manjit Singh, said the trio had been booked following a complaint by the victims who are admitted at the Phase 6 Civil Hospital.

The incident took place this evening when Manmohan Kaur’s son banged his car in a motorcycle parked in the house of Parvinder Pal Singh in Phase 2. Parvinder’s son Jasbir Singh objected to it and Jaspal Singh along with his father allegedly attacked Parvinder and his family. The victims ended up in a hospital with head injuries.

Former councillor Manmohan Kaur said she had been falsely implicated and it was her neighbour who injured her son.



Renovation of stadia yet to begin
Proposal approved way back in 2008; Rs 1-crore grant was sanctioned
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Bad condition of stadia in the city has exposed lackadaisical approach of the UT administration, which boasts of providing the best infrastructure to its sportsmen.

Even though the proposal to upgrade the football stadium and athletics complex was approved in 2008, the authorities are yet to start the work.

Open electricity wires at the sports complex; and (right) children drink water from a tap which is at the rear side of the wall which has a junction box at Sector 46, Chandigarh.
Open electricity wires at the sports complex; and (right) children drink water from a tap which is at the rear side of the wall which has a junction box at Sector 46, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Lack of coordination between the department of urban planning, sports department and engineering department has worsened the situation. According to information, the UT finance department had sanctioned a grant of Rs 1 crore for upgrading stadia, but the departments concerned are yet to receive the amount.

Interestingly, a layout of the football stadium was prepared way back in 1980-81, whereas that of the sports-cum-athletics complex Sector 46 was made in 1983-84, but even after 20 years, no efforts have been made to improve the structure.

“This procedure is long and tedious. It is not a new thing, the delay would only add to the pressure to add new things,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

According to a player, the stadia only get attention, whenever tournaments like the UT Administrator Cup or are organised. Empty and ‘dirty’ stands- The UT sports department has deployed a number of gardeners and sweepers in all stadia, but still the stands there are grimy.

Old is gold!

It seems that the authorities believe that ‘Old is Gold’ as no efforts are being made to renovate broken tiles in the stadia. Machines in gymnasium halls are also lying defunct.



Stepping Stones humble DP Azad academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Stepping Stones School defeated DP Cricket Academy (Blue) in the third match of ongoing first Swami Talwar Tri-Series Cricket (U-12) Tournament being organised by DP Azad Cricket Academy here.

After electing to bat first, DPCA (Blue) team failed to face the bowlers of Stepping Stones and were bundled out on 54 runs in the allotted 20 overs. For Stepping Stones, Chiranpreet took 5 for 6, while Rishab took 4 for 9. Dhruv contributed 13 runs to the total.

In reply, Stepping Stones team achieved the target in 10 overs with eight wickets in hand. Sanyam (20) and Nikhil (13) guided the team to victory. For the bowling side, Ujwal took 2 for 15.


DPCA (Blue): 54 all out in 20 overs (Dhruv 13, Akhil 10, Chiranpreet 5 for 6 and Rishab 4 for 9).

Stepping Stones: 55 for 2 in 10 overs (Sanyam 20, Nikhil 13 and Ujwal 2 for 15).



Easy win for St Joseph’s
Hosts humiliate opponents by 98 runs
Tribune News Service

A match in progress at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh.
A match in progress at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, July 31
Mannat of St Joseph’s School (A) enabled the team to defeat Mount Carmel Convent School during a match of ongoing St Joseph's Cricket(U-13) Champions Trophy being held at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44.

In the first match, the hosts managed to defeat the rivals by a margin of 98 runs.

After elected to bat first, St Joseph’s (A) team made a total of 152 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

Opener Mannat scored unbeaten 67 runs studded with five boundaries, while his counterpart Vipanjout Singh contributed 33 runs to the 86-run partnership for the second wicket.

In reply, Mount Carmel Convent School managed to score 54 runs in 20 overs. Dheraj, Subham and Rhytham took two wickets each to stop the opponents from attaining the target.

In the second match, St Joseph’s School defeated Shemrock School, Mohali, in a 15-over match.

Batting first, St Joseph’s (B) team set a target of 130 runs in the allotted 15 overs. Karan (24) was the main contributor. For Shemrock School, Amrit took 2 for 24.

In reply, Shemrock School, Mohali, made 74 runs in 14 overs. Satpreet (17) and Rajvir Singh (11) were the main contributors.


St Joseph's A: 152 for 5 in 20 overs (Mannat 67, Vipanjyout

Singh 33, Amul 10 and Paranshu 2 for 25).

Mount Carmel Convent School: 54 for 8 in 20 overs(Paranshu 17, Dheeraj 2 for 10, Subham 2 for 8 and Rhytham 2 for 12).

St Joseph’s School (B): 130 for 3 in 15 overs (Jai Singh 21, Karan 24, Anshul 13, Ritesh 17 and Amrit 2 for 24).

Shemrock School (Mohali): 74 all out in 14 overs (Satpreet 17, Rajvir Singh 11, Madhav 3 for 15, Divyansh 2 for 6 and Harsh 2 for 14).



Kabaddi coach awarded certificate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Local kabaddi coach Devinder Singh Kohli has been awarded a certificate of international technical official by the International Kabaddi Federation.

He attended a training course from July 20 to 23 in Pune. “I am very happy after getting the certificate. The Punjab government is organising the World Cup Kabaddi Tournament this year and I am hopeful of getting a chance to officiate the tournament,” said Kohli. 



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