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Cricket betting racket busted
Four bookies arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 18
The Panchkula police on Monday night cracked a major cricketing betting racket and arrested four bookies from a rented house in Sector 21. The police said the arrested persons were operating from a rented house and they were caught red handed while laying bets for their clients on the second one day international match between India and England that was played at Firozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.

The arrested bookies have been identified as Kaku, a resident of Jind, Bhupinder Kumar, a resident of Solan, Manish Kumar, a resident of Hisar and Vikas, a resident of Sonepat.

Sources said the accused had made arrangements to lay bets on the match between India and England at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali on October 20.

The police added that it recovered three suitcases, a television set, a laptop, a letter pad and 13 mobile phones, through which they used to contact their clients and their counterparts in Mumbai, New Delhi, Nagpur and Punjab.

The police has registered an FIR under the Gambling Act and under Section 420 of the IPC against the accused.

Panchkula SP Maneesh Chaudhary said they would be investigating the links of this group with similar gangs operating in other states.

Meanwhile, the accused were produced before a local court today which sent them to 14 days’ judicial custody in Ambala jail.

Well-organised network

The police said it was a well-organised network of bookies operating from Panchkula. The accused got directions from a “top boss” based in Mumbai on a central phone line. After receiving the directions, they pass on the information to sub-agents operating in the region. The police added that the accused had no information about their “top boss”, with whom they only operate through phone.

Cash delivery

The accused said whosoever wins, the delivery of the winning amount takes place the next day. The winner was told to reach a certain place to collect the money from someone. Nobody revealed the identity of the bookie and the winner, the cops added.



3 tonnes of spurious ‘khoya,’ sweets seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
In a huge seizure, the Chandigarh Administration today confiscated at least 1.5 tonnes of spurious “khoya” and the same quantity of sweets from a factory running at a house at Aara Wali Gali in Mani Majra here today.

The “khoya” was being prepared in the factory by using sub-standard refined oil/dalda oil, milk powder and semolina. The raiding team, led by the Additional Deputy Commissioner ML Sharma confiscated the entire material. The owner of the factory, Ratan Lal, managed to flee from the spot.

Eleven labourers were working in the three-room factory. The entrance to it was locked from outside when the raiding party reached the spot. The “khoya” after packaging as per the demand from different outlets is packed in decorated gift packs and boxes.

Apart from sweets, the team confiscated bags of sub-standard milk powder, tins of local-made refined oil and mustard oil, sub-standard almonds and several trays of rotten sweets.

“These sweets (rotten) would be ‘recycled’ to make them eatable,” said a worker.

The factory was sealed by the authorities immediately.

The team also conducted a raid at Sindhi Sweets in Sector 17 from where they took samples of various products.

Meanwhile, a delegation of sweet shopkeepers met ML Sharma and complained to him that the ongoing raids had affected their business during the peak season.



Mercedes hit-and-run case
BCom student critical; retired Colonel booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
A 19-year-old BCom student, injured in a hit-and-run case by a speeding Mercedes in Sector 26 on October 14, is critical. The case came to light today after the police registered a case and arrested the accused, Col Amarjit Singh (retd).

The girl, in the emergency ward of the PGI for more than 72 hours, is under critical care. The police is learnt to have registered the case after the victim’s relatives raised a hue and cry over the police inaction.

The victim, Bhavika Devi, a student of Khalsa College, is in a coma ever since the accident took place four days ago. The police had impounded the car after the mishap, but had failed to lodge an FIR in the case immediately after the accident.

Acting today, the police arrested Col Amarjit Singh Chonkar (retd), a resident of Sector 7 in a case of rash and negligent driving. The case was registered on the statement of an eyewitness, Surinder Singh, at the Sector 26 police station.

All these four days, the police kept waiting for the injured girl to record her statements before the police. The investigating officers used to return empty handed from the PGI, as the girl was unfit to record her statement.

The mishap occurred near the roundabout of Sectors 26/7 on the Madhya Marg when the girl, on her Activa scooter, was hit by the car. The policesaid the victim’s family refused to lodge a complaint initially. Thus they could not register a case earlier even though they had impounded the car.

A victim’s relative said they had been running from pillar to post, asking the police to get the case registered, but it was too slow to act.


Brace for colder winter ahead
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The tricity is likely to experience a colder winter this year as there has been a decline in the minimum temperature by about two degrees compared to the temperature recorded in October the previous year.

Met officials say the minimum temperature in the region has decreased by about three degree Celsius to 17.7 degree Celsius the previous week compared to 22 degree Celsius during the same period the previous year.

The sudden change in temperature in the Pacific Ocean, causing the sudden revival of La Nina, had resulted in heavy rain during the first week of September.

Weather officials further say there will be a gradual decline in night temperature, which will lead to a colder winter during the four months, starting from November.

The rejuvenated La Nina, unexpectedly reviving the monsoon in the last week of August, is likely to result in a colder winter in the northwest and abundant rain is also expected during the same period in hilly areas, including Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Met official Surinder Paul has said it is too early to predict winter. He has stated that the exact forecast is likely to take a couple of weeks.



missing infant
Cops rule out kidnap theory
Say ransom call handiwork of fraudsters
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, October 18
In the missing 10-month-old Nishant case, the Panchkula police has ruled out the kidnapping angle. The police is now claiming that Rs 10-lakh ransom call made by ‘kidnappers’ was the handiwork of some fraudsters.

Sources claimed that there were many instances, which proved that those behind the ransom call were not kidnappers. The sources added that till now the kidnappers had not revealed any identification marks on Nishant’s body. Besides, whenever the parents and the police wanted to hear the child’s voice on the phone, the kidnappers never agreed.

The sources further added that if they were kidnappers then they would not wait till the publication of the advertisement in a newspaper in which the family had announced a reward of Rs 50,000.

Recently a team of Panchkula police in plain clothes had reached Ambala railway station with Rs 50,000 and posed that they were carrying the rest of the amount. No one from the kidnappers turned up at the location.

Not professionals

The sources said that the kidnappers had made the first call on Nishant’s uncle Ashu’s phone and immediately after receiving the call Ashu had informed the police. But thereafter the kidnappers made12 calls and on every occasion the kidnapper talking on the phone was in conversation with the investigating officer, who was posing to be the father of the child.

Idea Cellular phone was bought from Barwala

The prepaid mobile phone of Idea Cellular, which was used to make the ransom call, was bought on October 12 from Barwala. The cell was bought on the name of Yaqoob, a resident of Bihar. However, the documents were found to be fake. The ransom call to Ashu (was made half-an-hour after he took the new SIM.



PGI doc heads surgeons’ body
Tribune News Service

Dr Mandeep Dhillon Chandigarh, October 18
Prof Mandeep Dhillon, head of the orthopaedics department at the PGI, was elected president of the Indian Arthroplasty Association at the biennial conference of the association in Hyderabad recently.

Dr Dhillon had been associated with the science of joint replacement since 1987 and was earlier secretary of the association. The honour was conferred keeping in view his yeoman’s service to the association.

The PGI had been recognised as the principal centre for joint replacement surgery and a centre of excellence for training of young surgeons.

Dr Dhillon was presently president of the North Zone Indian Orthopaedic Association as well as the arthroplasty association national committee member in India.

He had also been conferred the FAMS this year for his recognition in orthopaedics-related research. He had more than 275 publications to his credit.

Dr Dhillon had got path-breaking research papers on how to reduce blood loss during knee replacement and how to tackle stress fracture associated with deformed knee at the time of replacement published recently.

The congress was attended by well-known international and national surgeons. Dr CS Ranawat, who had operated on Atal Behari Vajpayee, and Dr PC Reddy, chairman of Apollo hospitals, were also felicitated.



CSIO develops head-up display for LCA’s naval version
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Close on the heels of the naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, undergoing ground tests of its engines, another milestone has been accomplished by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here by producing a head-up display (HUD) unit for its cockpit.

Two units of the prototype naval HUD have been developed and it is expected to be tested by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) shortly before being integrated into the Tejas’ cockpit.

The CSIO had earlier developed the HUD for the air force version of the Tejas, which has been installed in prototype and limited series production versions of the aircraft. The HUD is an opto-electronic device installed above the cockpit’s instrument panel that superimposes vital flight parameters on the pilot’s vision of the outside world, giving him all requisite information at a glance and without having him to look down inside the cockpit, thus enabling him to fly with his “head up”. Air speed, altitude, weapon status, rate of turn and angle of attack are among parameters displayed on the HUD.

The HUD for the naval version has different technical specifications that the air force version and the operating parameters, cockpit configuration and the pilot’s field of vision are different. In addition, two HUD units have also been fabricated by the CSIO for the HJT-36 trainer developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.



pu recruitment
After furore, interviews favouring senator put off

Chandigarh, October 18
Days after Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti questioned the integrity of his own recruitment panels, another upcoming recruitment is in troubled waters for being an alleged attempt to favour a senator.

Panjab University has decided to postpone interviews for post of associate professor-cum-Hindi department editor, advertised in 2010, following allegations of unapproved modification in UGC-recommended qualification criteria to suit a specific candidate, who is a senator.

It has also been alleged that while the pre-screening committee has rejected his candidature, his case has been sent to the screening committee, which has approved it.

Sources say the department official concerned has stated that while they recommend UGC-approved qualifications, the ‘controversial’ modification has been made at a higher level, without the approval of either the senate or the syndicate.

When contacted, the Vice-Chancellor claimed that the issue came under the purview of DUI BS Brar. He said, “We have postponed the interviews to review the allegations. The next date has not been decided yet.” — TNS



Nursing education students protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Students of the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) at the PGI protested for three hours at the director’s office in the Kairon block here today. They alleged incorrect marking in the BSc (nursing) examination. Demanding re-evaluation, they raised slogans against the principal and teachers of the college involved in the examination process.

The protest was called off after the PGI dean, Dr Amod Gupta, gave an assurance of re-evaluation. Nearly 170 students appeared in the examination, but only 90 managed to clear it.

The students alleged that the staff had done this on purpose. They alleged that the NINE staff had threatened them that the results could be ‘managed’.

Dr Bhavneet Bharti, warden of NINE, refused to comment on the issue, taking the plea that the demand of the students had already been met.



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