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Firearms seized, five arrested
Tribune Reporters

Ambala, October 15
The special task force under the IG, Ambala range, seized a huge quantity of firearms from a Scorpio MUV near Saddopur village on the Ambala-Chandigarh road this evening.

The raiding team also nabbed Mukesh, Ramphal, Sultan, Rajender and Dharmender of Jind and Jhajjar districts in this connection.

Sub-inspector Rajbir Singh was checking vehicles at the Kalka chowk when he got information about a Scorpio MUV carrying a huge quantity of firearms near Saddopur.

The team rushed to the spot and searched the vehicle. They recovered one 9-mm carbine, four 9-mm pistols, 50 cartridges of these pistols, two countrymade pistols of .315 bore, nine cartridges of these pistols and two magazines.

The Baldev Nagar police arrested the five persons and registered a case under Sections 398, 401 and 120-B of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. The police said the five persons arrested were being interrogated.

1-yr-old dies of drowning

Zirakpur: One-year-old Dhuru reportedly died of drowning in a water tub at Baltana in Zirakpur here today. The family of the infant said he went missing from the house while playing. They began a search and found him in the water tub. They took him to a private hospital here, where doctors declared him brought dead.

College student drowns

Mohali: Abhinav Mahajan (20), a student of the Rayat and Bahara College here, died of drowning near the Ropar headworks on Thursday afternoon.

He went for a party with two friends near the headworks, where he accidentally slipped and fell in the Sutlej. His body was fished out a few metres away.

The body was handed over to his family after post-mortem examination. He was survived by his mother and sister.



Finally, infighting claims Dera Bassi MC chief’s post
10 councillors, local MLA boot her out
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, October 15
Infighting among councillors, continuing for the past two years, has resulted in the removal of Dera Bassi municipal council (MC) president Manjit Kaur Dally.

Though she belongs to the SAD, councillors belonging to the SAD-BJP combine supported the move to remove her here today.

Following high court orders, the councillors held a meeting and passed a no-confidence motion against her. Ten of the 13 councillors who were present during the meeting voted in its favour.

Local MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny also voted in favour of the motion. Three councillors, Dayaveer Singh, Naresh Saini and Dally, were absent.

District Planning Board chairman NK Sharma was present during the MC meeting. SDM Rajesh Tripathi was the election observer.

MC executive officer Jagjit Singh said a meeting would be held shortly to elect the new president. About Rs 20 crore had been lying unspent in the MC account.



Court discharges Sukhbir’s ex-PA
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 15
A former personal assistant (PA) to Sukhbir Singh Badal, Krishan Kumar, who was facing proclaimed offender (PO) proceedings in the high-profile disproportionate assets case against the Badals, was discharged by the Mohali special court here today.

The personal assistant was sent to the Patiala jail after he surrendered in court on October 5. Four other POs in the case were still absconding.

After the Badals were acquitted the previous year, the vigilance bureau had sought the discharge of five aides who had been declared POs. It had moved an application in court.



1 gets life term for murder
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 15
A local court today sentenced a Saketri resident to life imprisonment for murdering an octogenarian. The convict, Tota Ram, was also fined Rs 20,000.

Octogenarian Kali Ram asked Tota Ram on September 13 the previous year to return Rs 500 which he had borrowed earlier.

Tota Ram got into an argument over the issue. He hit Kali Ram on the head with a stick, leading to the death of the old man.



1,000 cases disposed of at mega lok adalat
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 15
Around 1,000 cases, including some from Dera Bassi and Kharar, were disposed of and over Rs 11 crore recovered in the mega lok adalat here today.

Justices Ajaib Singh, Jaspinder Singh, Rupinder Singh and Rajinder Aggarwal, Dera Bassi additional civil judge Ranjiv Kumar Vashisht and four panels gave relief to a large number of litigants.

A total of 243 of the 468 cases from Mohali were disposed of, with the recovery of Rs 10.42 crore. A total of 732 cases from Dera Bassi were disposed of, with the recovery of Rs 77 lakh.

Rural lok adalat today

Panchkula: In an endeavour to provide easy justice to the rural population at their doorstep, the District Legal Services Authority will hold a rural lok adalat at Kheri village in Raipur Rani tomorrow. Cases of various nature will be taken up for redress.



Delhi HC raps RBI for doing away with CA firm’s services
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Reserve Bank of India has virtually received a rap on its knuckles for asking the Punjab National Bank to discontinue with the services of a Chartered Accountants' firm as its Central Statutory Auditor.

Acting on a petition filed by Gupta & Gupta Chartered Accountants, the Delhi High Court has held as illegal the decision of the RBI to discontinue the services of the firm as the CSA of PNB, without fair and proper inquiry into the allegations.

Justice S Muralidhar has categorically ruled: "The discontinuance of an SCA cannot be brought about by the public sector bank acting by itself".

The firm, through counsel Vineet Malhotra, had challenged the RBI's decision, advising that "the PNB may carry out the quarterly review for the quarter ending June 30, 2009, with the five existing SCAs, excluding the petitioner".

Justice Muralidhar ruled: "Just as there can be no appointment of an SCA without the intervention of the RBI, there can be no discontinuance of an SCA without the RBI taking a decision in that regard. The greater the power to appoint and remove an SCA, the higher the responsibility on the RBI as the holder of such power to exercise it in a fair and reasonable manner after following a just procedure, which comports with the principles of natural justice."

Referring to the case in hand, Justice Muralidhar added: "Where a complaint is made against an SCA by a public sector bank, it will be the duty of the RBI to examine such a complaint carefully….

Justice Muralidhar concluded: "The Court holds the impugned decision of the RBI as communicated in its letter dated June 24, 2009, to the PNB, to discontinue the petitioner as an SCA, even for the limited extended period ending June 30, 2009, was violative of the principles of natural justice and was, therefore, illegal".



Man held for making fake account of wife
Used social networking site to malign her image
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a software engineer for making a fake account of his wife on a social networking site and then using the same to chat in obscene language with men.

Thirty-year-old Navdeep Chahal was held for making an account of his wife on Facebook. He is having a matrimonial dispute with his wife.

Inspector Neeraj Sarna, in-charge, cyber crime cell, said, “Accused Navdeep Chahal is a resident of Bhiwani district and is employed with a multinational company in Gurgaon.” Chahal had created the account for maligning his wife’s image owing to the matrimonial dispute. The police said the accused was earlier employed with Google and was on leave for quite sometime.

Investigation regarding the dispute between the couple has been pending with the crime against women cell of the police for the past three years. During the time when their case was being investigated, Navdeep created the

Facebook profile of his wife and used the same to send vulgar messages to men in order to malign her reputation. When his wife got to know of the account, she reported to the police that her husband had created a false account.

Gaje Singh Kadiyan, father of the girl, filed a police complaint against Navdeep Chahal and a case was registered under Section 66 of the IT Act at the Sector 34 police station. The accused was arrested today and later bailed out.



Man booked for fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The police has booked managing director of Anytime Fitness Club in Industrial Area on the charges of cheating. The accused after collecting huge sums as subscription charges from his clients shut down the fitness centre. Sanbir Singh, a resident of Sector-10-D, reported to the police that Chandan Launawat, MD, Anytime Fitness Club, cheated the complainant by taking Rs 11,029 from him.

Two booked

The police has arrested a resident of Sector 15-D for duping Pushpa Rani, a resident of Parmeet Vihar, Baltana. The complainant alleged that Sita Ram, a resident of Sector 15-D, cheated her by taking Rs 1,00,000. He had promised her a job in the PGI. The accused was arrested and a case was registered at the Sector 11 police station. In another case, a person was arrested for getting a job in the PGI by submitting fake documents. Sukhjit Singh, Superintendent, Nehru Hospital, PGI, Chandigarh, alleged that Bhag Singh, a resident of Kheri village, Mohali, managed to get a job in the PGI by submitting fake certificates.

Immigration fraud

Sudha Gupta, a resident of Sector 27, alleged that Santosh Gupta, a resident of Phase X, SAS Nagar, duped him of Rs 2,25,800 on the pretext of sending her abroad. — TNS



Total tennis: Naman, Adeesh steer into quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 15
Naman Gupta and Adeesh Bansal moved into the quarterfinals of boys U-12 event in the Manav Mangal Total Tennis Tournament being played at the Total Tennis Academy in Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, Mohali.

Naman was lucky enough to move into the quarterfinals by just one point in a tie-breaker 7-6 (7-5). Adeesh Bansal of Chandigarh toyed with Indresh in a one-sided match.

Hirday Partap Singh of Millennium School, Mohali, and Sumer Sandhu of Strawberry World School, Chandigarh, played neck to neck till 4-4, but Hirday, the tallest boy of the tournament (6 ft 4inches), got his rhythm and served hard to convert the match in his favour 6-4.


Boys U-10: Yuvraj bt Mridul 6-2; Soni Akshit bt Srinath 6-3; Jaskaran bt Jayvardhan 6-3; Aryan bt Sarabjot 6-1; Jaspreet bt Gurtirath 6-2 and Rana Manav bt Jainder 6-2.

Pre-quarters: Akshit Chabra bt Jaskaran 7-5; Archit bt Aryan 6-2; Parnav Chopra bt Parnav Puri 6-2; Jaspreet bt Chirag 6-2; Udayveer bt Mankirat 6-2; Rana Manav bt Yashvardhan 6-2 and Manveer bt Anmol 6-0.

Boys U-12: Jujjhar bt Jaideep 6-1; Adeesh Manroi bt Navjot 6-4; Sourabh bt Gourav Seth 6-1; Shivam Vij bt Jasman 6-2; Karan Bhalla bt Gursit 6-2 and Naman Gupta bt Seryash 7-6(7-5).



St John’s, St Stephen’s in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
St John’s School, Sector 26, and St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, are set to to meet in the semifinals of the Chandigarh Sub-Junior (Boys) Football Championship for Coca Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy being played at the Sector 17 football ground here today.

The semifinals will be played on October 17. Both St John’s School and St Stephen’s School registered victories in contrasting style. St John’s School outplayed Saupin’s School, Sector 32, 3-0, while Stephen’s School snuffed out the challenge of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, 4-3 in a tie-breaker after playing a goalless draw in the regulation period.

St John’s opened their account in the 15th minute through Nitin. Then Krishna doubled the margin in the 27th minute.

In the second quarterfinals match, St Stephen’s and DAV Senior Secondary School had chances to score, but failed to do so.

After a goalless draw, organisers ordered the tie-breaker rule to resolve the deadlock. Anirudh, Mohd Sajid, Kunsum and Pankaj converted their penalties, while Chirag muffed his spot kick.

Scorers for DAVSSS in the tie-breaker session were Ankit, Om Nayak and Darshan. Robin and Manav wasted their penalties.

Meanwhile, Government Model School-36, Delhi Public School, Sector 40, St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, and Government Model School, Sector 26, moved into the quarterfinals.

Bolstered by six goals, including a hat-trick by Samuel, Government Model School, Sector 36, handed out a 13-0 defeat to St Joseph’s School, Sector 44. All players of the winning team are from the state-run Chandigarh football academy.

In a one-sided encounter, Samuel scored in the seventh, 17th, 19th, 20th, 30th and 40th minutes. Daniel (sixth, 12th) contributed a brace. Other scorers for GMSSS-36 were K Lalramzauva (15th minute), Mohd Shaukat (32nd minute), Mohd Thelil (38th minute) and Nishu (28th and 42nd minutes).

Delhi Public School, Sector 40, got the better of Tribune School-29 2-1. Eshaan (ninth) and Sukhman (36th) scored for DPS-40. Tribune School reduced their margin through Ajay in the 14th minute.

In another match, St Xavier’s School beat Strawberry Fields, Sector 26, 2-0. Gagandeep (fifth) and Thanzakhup (30th minute) were the goal-getters for Xavier’s School.

Sunday’s fixtures (quarterfinals): Government Model-36 vs Govt Model-26 (9 am) and DPS-40 vs St Xavier’s-44 (10 am).



Rohit claims top spot in karate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Rohit of DAV-7, Chandigarh, has claimed the first position in the U-14 boys (41kg) Inter-School Karate Competition held here today.

While Devyansh of Ryan International-49 and Rohan of GMHS-31 secured the second and third positions, respectively in the 41kg category.

Results: Below-23: Sunny (GMHS-22) 1, Robin (GMSSS-38-W) 2 and Sumit (GMHS-43) and Dheeraj (GHS-Dadu Majra) 3; below-26: Mandeep (GMHS-39) 1, Aman Sharma (GMHS-38-W) 2 and Sonu (SGHP-40) and Shubhneet (AKSIPS-41) 3; below-29: Harkaran (AKSIPS-41) 1, Nikhil (SGHP-40) 2 and Sanjeev (GMSSS-10) and Rahul (GMSSS-33) 3; below-32: Ashish (CL Aggarwal-DAV-7) 1, Dhruv (Ryan International School-49) 2 and Umesh (GMSSS-37) and Amit (GMHS-37) 3; below-35: Ishan (AKSIPS-41) 1, Rahul (SGHP-40) 2 and Harshdeep (Stepping Stones-37) and Dikshant (Saupin’s-32) 3; below-38: Simardeep (Mount Carmel-47) 1, Mohit (GMHS-39) 2 and Harman (GMHS-37) and Amanpreet (Moti Ram Arya-27) 3; below-4: Rahul (GHS-41) 1, Jalinth (Stepping Stones-37) 2 and Harjot (SGHP-40) and Varun (GMHS-39) 3; above-41: Rohit (CL Aggarwal-DAV-7) 1, Devyansh (Ryan International-49) 2 and Rohan-(GMHS-31) and Riaz (GMS-46) 3.



Billiards meet
Batra, Nalwa cruise ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
GS Batra and KS Nalwa moved into the second round of the first Punjab and Haryana High Court Lawyers Snooker Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Association at the Chandigarh Club Limited here today.

KS Nalwa beat Ashish Ahuja and Sanjay Kaushal 2-0 in the best of three frames, while GS Batra beat Salil Bali in two frames.


First match: GS Batra beat Salil Bali 2-0; second match: KS Nalwa beat Ashish Ahuja 2-0; third match: KS Nalwa beat Sanjay Kaushal; fourth match: Rakesh Gupta beat Mandeep Kaushik 2-0; fifth match: Ashsih Ahuja beat Anurag Chopra 2-1.



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