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Two snatchers caught in the act
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 29
Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the gold chain of a woman in the main market here this evening. They were overpowered by shopkeepers and handed over to the police.

Suman of the Darjian chowk here came to the vegetable market at Ambala City to buy some domestic articles.

While she was returning home, two motorcycle-borne youths neared her. One of them snatched her chain and they tried to flee.

Suman raised an alarm and shopkeepers chased the youths. They nabbed the youths and handed them over to the police.

The motorcycle of the youths was also impounded. The youths had not been identified so far. This was not the first such incident in the area.



Industrial unit caught discharging effluents
Our Correspondent

Lalru, October 29
Following the drive to clean choes and drains in the Dera Bassi subdivision, a Punjab Pollution Control Board team has caught a gelatin-manufacturing industry discharging industrial effluents into the Jharmal choe yesterday.

Board chairman Kahan Singh Pannu said action would be taken against the erring unit under the provisions of the Water Act.

He said the first step taken by the board under the drive was to pump out stagnant water from the Jharmal choe.

An outlet from Rama Industries Limited was noticed. Samples of wastewater were collected and sent to the board laboratory for analysis. The industry had been granted permission to use water only for irrigation and not to discharge waste into the drain, he added.



Polluted groundwater makes farmers dig deep
Not getting enough water for drinking and irrigation, courtesy chemical discharge
Parmod Mehta

Dera Bassi, October 29
Farmers of some villages near here have been facing a water crisis due to polluted groundwater. They are not getting enough water for drinking and irrigation purposes.

Some farmers have been forced to instal new tubewells, which are over 500 feet deep. The water of tubewells with a depth of between 200 and 300 feet is polluted and not suitable for irrigation.

Tarlochan Singh and Hardit Singh of Issapur Rouni village say the main reason of polluted groundwater is the discharge of waste from chemical factories. The polluted water of the choe has affected groundwater, they add.

They rue that officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board are not taking adequate steps to control the spread of groundwater pollution. Crops have been damaged due to polluted groundwater.

Satpal Singh and Gurdev Singh of Bhankarpur village have expressed concern over pollution in the choe. They believe that chemical industries nearby discharge waste in the groundwater.

Punjab Pollution Control Board Executive Engineer Joginder Singh has said a monitoring committee will be set up and action taken against industries discharging effluents in choes and drains.



Insurance firm told to pay full claim
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard Insurance Company to pay Rs 83,216, the claim assessed by the surveyor, to a complainant.

The insurance company has also been directed to pay 9 per cent interest per annum till realisation, with Rs 5,000 as litigation charges, to Balbir Kaur of Nalini village.

The forum, comprising its president Sashi Prabha Aggarwal and members Sher Singh Sidhu and Veena Chahal, stated that the complainant got her Ford Ikon car insured on January 12, 2008 and deposited Rs 8,700.

The policy was valid till January 11, 2009. On November 10, 2008, the car met with an accident, in which the husband of the complainant was killed.

The complainant informed the insurance company and supplied documents, but the company did not pay any heed to her request for settlement.

The estimate of the loss by a shop at Patiala was for Rs 2,90,720, but the company was ready to pay Rs 83,216, which was 80 per cent o9f the estimate prepared by the surveyor of the company.

The company pleaded that the complainant had earlier filed a similar complaint before the insurance ombudsman in Chandigarh, which was decided on November 9, 2009.

The forum observed that the claim had not been settled so far. It said the insurance ombudsman in Chandigarh had not given any reason for the deduction of 20 per cent of the amount assessed by the surveyor.

The forum did not find any reason to deduct 20 per cent of the amount. It ordered the insurance company to pay the claim assessed by the surveyor, along with Rs 5,000 as litigation charges.



One killed in accident

Dera Bassi, October 29
One person was killed in an accident on the Barwala road near here the previous night. He was identified as Balkar Singh of Kuranwala village, near here.

The accident occurred when hiss motorcycle rammed into truck which was parked on the roadside. The police registered a case. The victim was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital at Sector 32 in Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries. — OC



One held with 5-kg opium
Our Correspondent

Lalru, October 29
The Lalru police has seized five kg of opium at a ‘naka’ set up near Dehar village on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway.

The accused, Balbeer Singh of Blana in Ambala district, was arrested while he was coming from the Lalru side.

The interrogation of the accused was under way.

A case was registered against him. He would be presented in a local court tomorrow.



Insurance company directed to compensate complainant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed Reliance General Insurance Co Ltd to pay Rs 6.20 lakh to a Sector 38 resident.

The complainant, Rajinder Kaur, submitted that she had purchased a vehicle from Gurinderpal Singh and subsequently got the RC transferred in her name as well as necessary changes were made in insurance policy. Thereafter, she sold the vehicle to one Sunil Kumar. The said vehicle caught fire while the same was being driven by Sunil Kumar, who, immediately, called the fire brigade, but the car was charred to ashes. A DDR was also lodged to this effect. A surveyor carried out an inspection of the vehicle on April 4, 2010, in Panipat and submitted a report on May 17, 2010, mentioning therein, that a few parts of the car were missing. She asserted that in spite of completing all formalities, the opposite party closed the claim file.

Counsel for the opposite party pleaded that the vehicle was insured till October 29, 2010, and a surveyor was appointed to investigate the matter who stated in his report that the claim was not genuine. The investigator opined that the date, time and place of the fire were not correct. The report further stated that many parts of the vehicle were missing and no efforts were made to safeguard the vehicle. The opposite party further submitted that the loss was discussed with the complainant who agreed to accept a sum of Rs 6.20 lakh as compensation. Earlier, the vehicle was insured with the National Insurance Co. till May 30, 2009, and during that period a major loss occurred and was settled on an NOS basis and the vehicle was got repaired and transferred in the name of insurance holder. The forum comprising president PD Goel and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota observed, “If an insured vehicle meets with an accident or is damaged, the opposite party is bound to abide by terms and conditions of insurance policy.” It

directed the company to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation for physical harassment and mental agony suffered by the complainant, besides Rs 20,000 as costs of litigation.



Company told to replace refrigerator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Hitachi Home and Life Solution (India) Limited to replace a refrigerator of a complainant. It was also told to pay Rs 15,000.

Complainant Manan Arora, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, said he had purchased a Hitachi refrigerator from a dealer in October, 2010, for Rs 48,400.

He said soon after buying the refrigerator started giving trouble. The company sent a technician, but he failed to rectify the fault. The technician promised to visit the complainant the next day, but nobody turned up, the complainant said. He sent an e-mail to the company, but did not get a reply. The complainant added that the company employee visited him six times, but failed to rectify the problem. Acting on the complaint, the forum issued a notice to the respondents, but to no avail.

The complainant received an e-mail from the respondents in which they stated that were ready to replace the refrigerator. Thereafter, the forum in its order directed the respondents to replace the refrigerator, failing which they would have to pay Rs 48, 400, along with a compensation of Rs 10, 000 and litigation costs of Rs 5, 000.



Emaar MGF fined Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on Emaar MGF Land Pvt Ltd for failing to complete development work on time.

The company has also been asked to pay 12 per cent interest on Rs 35,21,604 deposited by a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula.

The forum comprising president PD Goel, and members Rajinder Singh Gill and Madanjit Kaur Sahota told the opposite party to pay Rs 10,000 as costs of litigation.

The complainant, Lalit Arora, averred that he had booked a plot at a price of Rs 10,000 per sq yard, while the opposite party had mentioned Rs 11,500 in its allotment letter. He said the opposite party assured him that the excess amount would be adjusted in future instalments, but till date they had failed to adjust Rs 4,50,000. He said he had deposited Rs 35,21,604 till March 17, 2009, and added that when he visited the project site, it was found that no development work had been started.

He said as per agreement on June 20, 2007, the project was to be completed by June 19, 2009, but nothing had been done by the opposite party till date. No one appeared on behalf of the opposite party despite service and hence suffered ex-parte.

The forum did not find any merit in this argument because in the plot buyer’s agreement the complainant had consented that the plot might be allotted to him at Rs 11,500 per square yard. As the opposite party did not care to contest the claim, it was concluded that it had nothing to say in this regard.


Two brothers held for assaulting five during ‘kirtan’
Tribune News Service

Two of the women injured in an attack at the Triveni temple in Sector 10 of Panchkula on Saturday
Two of the women injured in an attack at the Triveni temple in Sector 10 of Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, October 29
The local police has arrested two persons for assaulting five persons, including four women, performing a ‘kirtan’ here today.

The accused were identified as Rajesh and his brother Ashok of Sector 10 here. Eyewitness Ramesh Gill was also injured in the incident.

Around 20 women organised a ‘kirtan’ at the Triveni temple in Sector 10 when some children started bursting crackers near them.

When they objected to it, their father Rajesh, residing near the temple, accompanied by some others, allegedly started thrashing the women.

Four women, Seema, Indro, Shukal and Mohindra, were injured in the incident. The police arrested the brothers and booked under Sections 323, 354 and 506 of the IPC.

The presence of a temple at a shed behind Hotel KC Cross Roads had been a bone of contention for local residents.

While the accused had been objecting to religious activities at the spot, claiming that it was an illegal structure, other residents were against removing it from the spot.

A similar brawl had been reported at the temple a few weeks back. It had been sorted out after the intervention of the police.



rape Case
Cops to match mobile locations
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 29
Investigating the case of rape of a 27-year-old television actress, the Panchkula police is obtaining the locations of the mobile phones of the victim and the accused.

The police will match the locations of both mobile phones with the complainant’s version, in which she has alleged to have been drugged and raped.

The victim has alleged that Atul Kumar of Sector 11 here, who has known her for the past four months, gave her a soft drink laced with a drug in his car.

She added that the moment she sipped it, she fell unconscious. She had further stated that Atul parked his car at a secluded place and raped her. The police said they would match the tower locations to strengthen the case.



Obscene SMSes for cop
tribune news service

Panchkula, October 29
An FIR has been registered on the complaint of a constable regarding the receipt of lewd messages from unknown numbers. After the registration of an FIR, the police has put the number under surveillance.

Constable Deepak, posted in the cyber cell department of Panchkula police, had been receiving obscene messages for the past many days. In his complaint, he alleged that he was receiving such messages from three numbers.

On his complaint, an FIR under Sections 292 (punishment for distributing obscene object) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 66-A of the IT Act had been registered at the Sector-5 police station.



TN struggle at 236 for 8 against Punjab
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Punjab restricted Tamil Nadu to 236 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 91 overs during Col CK Nayudu Trophy being held at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.

After winning the toss, Tamil Nadu skipper Kaushik M Gandhi opted to bat. He opened the innings but was soon disposed of at his individual score of four runs by medium pacer Siddharth Kaul as he misread his incoming delivery and was clean bowled while shouldering arm to the ball. Thereafter, Surya Parkash and Vijay Shankar put on 41 runs for the second wicket before Vijay was trapped in front by medium pacer Jaskaran Singh for 28. Tamil Nadu innings never got going and they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. At one stage, they were looking down the barrel having lost six wickets for just 118 runs in 40.3 overs. Thereafter, seventh wicket partnership of 77 runs between Aprajith B and Pratiban AC took the total to 195 in 64.2 overs. Pratiban was the top scorer with 60, while Aprajith chipped in with 59. Surya scored 44 runs. Mohd M 21 and Ashwani Christ 9 were at the crease. They had put the shutters down as they laboured to 18 runs in 22 overs to remain unbeaten at the close of play.

For Punjab, Siddharth Kaul bowled a lively spell of sustained medium pace bowling scalping three wickets for 43 runs. He was ably supported by left arm spinner Amrinder Singh 2 for 52, Gurinder Singh 1 for 28 , Jaskaran Singh 1 for 28 and Kunwar Raina 1 for 26.


Tamil Nadu Cricket Academy: 236 for 8 in 91 overs (Pritaban AC 60, Aprajit B 59, Surya Parkash 44, Vijay Shankar 28, Siddharth Kaul 3 for 43, Amrinder Singh 2 for 52, Gurinder Singh 1 for 28, Jaskaran Singh 1 for 28 and Kunwar Raina 1 for 26).



Tennis meet: Vilashar, Sachin cruise ahead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
Vilashar Khate of Haryana and Sachin Kumar moved into the final qualifying round of the Sanjog Kapur Memorial-CLTA-AITA Men’s & Women’s-50K Chandigarh Open Tennis Tournament being held at the CLTA Complex here today.

In the women’s section, Rigni Savia and Silky Sachdeva have entered the second qualifying round.


Men’s second qualifying round: Vilashar Khate bt Ravjeet Singh 8-4, Sachin Kumar bt Vikram Kaogenibam 8-0, Garry Singh bt Dipanshu Garg 8-3, Suraj Desai bt Digvijay Singh 8-4, Bharat Ram bt Jayesh Karnawat 8-1, Bhavraranpreet Singh bt Rohtas Singh 8-5, Sadab Khan bt Gaurav Bhatia 8-7(5), Ranjeet Singh bt Ajay Yashpal 8-0, Himanshu Mali bt Dushyant Verma 8-1, Shashank Sharma bt Arun Shikarwar 8-3, Rohan Bhatia bt Anirudh Rawat 8-2, Udai Singh Mann bt Gurpinder Singh 8-0, Garry Tokas bt Deepak Sharma 8-1, Gagandeep Wasu bt Samrat Rana 8-7(5), Harinder Singh bt Vipul Sabarwal 8-4, Gagan Sharma bt Ravisher Sandhu 8-3, Shivam Dabas bt Jaganmaya P 8-2, Rakshit Rishi bt Brahamjot Singh 8-6, Dheeranush Singh Bhatti bt Deba Prakash Guru 8-3, Sunil Kumar bt Nasik Malik 8-5, Rishi Gupta bt Shivam Batra 8-0, Shiv Shankar bt Ajay Pratap 8-6, Srikant Verma bt Sahil Bindal 8-2, Chinmay Handa bt Krishna Sharan Urmaliya 8-1, Sonam P bt Jitin Bishnoi 8-4 and Kamal Kishore Maderna bt Sawarandeep Singh 8-1.

Women’s first qualifying round: Rigni Savia bt Sanjampreet Kaur 8-3, Silky Sachdeva bt Sukriti Singh 8-4 and Harkirat Kaur bt Saumya Saxena 8-4.

The second and final qualifying round matches will be played at the CLTA Complex and Lake Sport Complex, Lake Club, from 8.30 am and 9 am, respectively, on October 30.



SGGS College lift badminton trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 29
SGGS College beat PU Campus to lift the Panjab University Inter-College Badminton (men) Trophy being held at PU gymnasium hall here today.

In the first semifinals, SGGS College, Chandigarh, beat GCC&BA, Chandigarh, 3-0, while in the second semifinals, PU Campus, Chandigarh, beat PGGC, Sector 11, 3-0.

Government College of Commerce & BA beat PGGC, Sector 11, 3-2 to secure the third position.


Finals: SGGS College beat PU Campus 3-0 (Oscar Bansal beats Sunil 21-18, 21-13, Pranav Chopra beats Prerak 21-15, 21-9, Oscar and Pranav beat Sunil and Abhishek 21-12, 21-10).

First semifinals: SGGS College, Chandigarh, beat GCC&BA, Chandigarh, 3-0 (Oscar beats Ankit 21-2, 21-3, Pawan beats Kulpreet 21-3, 21-2, Oscar and Pranav beat Kulpreet and Udit 21-3, 21-2).



Kho-kho meet

Chandigarh, October 29
The second 3-day Luxmi Arya Memorial Kho-Kho Trophy (U-14 Boys and Girls) will be organised by Maharishi Dayanand Adarsh Vidyalaya School (MDAV), Sector 22-A, from November 17.

Interested players can contact Surinder Singh Bhandari (Physical education teacher) on 9814630280. Last date for submitting duly filled entry forms is November 5. — TNS



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