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Gang of robbers busted, 3 held
Rajiv Bhatia

Kharar, November 15
With the arrest of three persons, the CIA Kharar today claimed to have busted a gang of robbers that were involved in several cases of robbery and snatching in Zirakpur and Mohali. The police has confiscated gold and silver articles, cash worth Rs 1 lakh, along with an Indica car from them.

A police official stated that after arresting three persons, around seven incidents of robbery and snatching had been solved that occurred in Zirakpur and Mohali.

The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Kala, a resident of Geego Majra, Jarnail Singh, alias Jolly, alias Doctor, a resident of Banur, and Prem Chand, alias Doctor, a resident of Banur.

Giving details, Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, SP (D) Mohali, stated that acting on a tip-off that around 10 persons were roaming in the surrounding areas of Mohali, who were involved in various snatching and robbery incidents. The police had registered the case against them at Kharar on November 11.

SP (D) said the police teams had been dispatched in various areas to nab the accused. During search operations, the accused were arrested by a police team led by CIA in charge Gurcharan Singh near Landran.

The police official claimed that during interrogation, the accused confessed that they had snatched an Indica car on a gunpoint at Shambu barrier; Rs 50,000 was snatched from a motorcyclist near Chhat village in Zirakpur; Rs 2.44 lakh was snatched from a manager of a petrol pump near Shatabgarh in Zirakpur.

The police official claimed that the arrested accused revealed that Sarabjit Singh, alias Sabi, who was involved in the Panchkula robbery case was also a member of their gang and involved in the Shatabgarh robbery.

The accused also snatched a laptop and cash from a person after giving him lift near Zirakpur. They also robbed a goldsmith near Chhat village when he was moving towards Banur after closing his shop, Rs 70,000 was also snatched from a motorcyclist near Jasla village. They were also involved in the liquor vends robbery, the police official added.

In another case, the police had arrested two persons and impounded a truck from their possession. The accused have been identified as Gurpeet Sharma and Gurmeet Singh, both residents of Faridkot. The police official claimed that the accused were driving the stolen truck on fake documents and changed the chassis number of the truck. The case was registered against the accused at Phase I, Mohali. The police official said the arrested accused had criminal background.



Man succumbs to injuries

Dera Bassi, November 15
A man, identified as Mandeep Singh, a resident of Nabha Sahib, Zirakpur and cleaner of a truck, was killed in a collision of a truck and a tanker near Mubarkpur last night.

The accident occurred when the truck rammed into the tanker, which was parked near the Bassi-Ramgarh road at Mubarkpur. The injured, Mandeep was admitted to JP Hospital, Zirakpur, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The police had registered a case against the unidentified driver of the tanker, which was parked near the road under the charges of negligence. — OC



Girls accuse college principal of harassment
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 15
Girl students of MBA first semester of the School of Management Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, has alleged that the principal of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, is not only refunding their fee but also harassing and misbehaving with them whenever they approach him to refund their fee.

Imaandeep Kaur, Harmeet Kaur, Lovejot Kaur, Tanpreet Kaur and Rupakshi said they got admission in MBA first semester in Mata Gujri College through online counselling conducted by GNDU, Amritsar, and deposited the fee for the same. But later they got admission in the university campus. They said as per the rules mentioned in the college prospectus, it is mentioned to refund the fee to the tune of Rs 48,581.

They alleged that they had been visiting the principal’s office from the last four months and requesting him to refund their fee, but he is harassing them. An official of Punjabi University, Patiala, has also sent a letter to the principal to give in writing that he cannot refund the fee, but he has not given any reply so far.

They urged the SGPC president and government officials to help them and take action against the principal for misbehaving with the girl students.

When contacted, Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu, college principal, said as per the AICTE rules, the fee was refunded only if the students left at the first stage. He refuted the allegations of misbehaviour and harassment. He said Punjabi University could not dictate them.



Prime evidence goes missing
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 15
Jawahar’s murder case has got mired in controversies. Important evidences in the murder case have snowballed into a major issue with the police and doctors shifting the blame on one another.

Police officials investigating Jawahar murder case and doctors of the Civil Hospital, Ambala, where the body was brought for a post-mortem are blaming each other. Prime evidence, blood stained clothes of the deceased, in the case have already gone missing from the hospital premises under mysterious circumstances.

According to an FIR registered by the Baldev Nagar police station, Jawahar Lal’s body, an employee in a transport company in Ambala City, was found on the morning of October 22 in a pool of blood with injury marks on his head.

Police sources said a case under Section 201 of the IPC would be registered against the alleged accused found responsible for the disappearance of the blood stained clothes, which were on the victim’s body when it was kept in the Civil Hospital mortuary. The body was sent to the PGI, Rohtak, for a medical examination on the recommendation of a team of doctors of the Civil Hospital, Ambala, and was returned to the hospital with a detailed report.

Rajneesh Yadav, in charge Baldev Nagar police station, said all efforts were being made to trace the clothes and action would be taken against those responsible for the neglect. The sources said Jawahar Lal (33), a resident of Gonda (UP), was working in Jaipur Golden Transport Company at Ambala City. The police could not achieve any clue in this regard.



Man robbed of Rs 2,000, luggage

Ambala, November 15
Azam (30), a resident of Bihar, who is working in a private firm at Ludhiana while going to Seetamadi in the Jansewa Express train lost his conscious at the Ambala Cantonment last night.

According to sources, he was offered coffee by some youths travelling in the same compartment. When the train reached the Ambala Cantonment railway station, other passengers called the railway police and handed over the victim to the GRP at the Ambala Cantonment railway station.

Later, the police shifted him to the Civil Hospital. When he regained conscious early this morning, he told the police that he was robbed of his luggage and cash worth Rs 2,000. — TNS



Goods worth Rs 40 lakh gutted in shop
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, November 15
A fire broke out in a spare part shop at the GT road, Sirhind, last night and shop owner claimed that goods worth Rs 40 lakh was gutted in the fire.
The watchman spotted the fire and informed the police, which in turn called the owner and began rescue operations, but unfortunately fire tenders of the Municipal Council, Sirhind, reached the spot after two hours and by that time the goods had been destroyed.

Municipal Council’s executive official said they had fire tenders but did not have drivers, as the government had not sanctioned the posts.

Vijay Kumar, owner of Kissan Auto Spare Parts, GT Road, Sirhind, told he closed his shop at 7 last night and went to his house when at about 10 pm, CPO, who is the night watchman informed the SHO, Sirhind police station, that smoke is coming out of a shop. The SHO reached the spot and called him. He said they informed the fire tenders at Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna and Sirhind, but unfortunately the fire tenders reached after two hours. He further added if the fire tenders had reached in time, the goods could have saved.

Bir Devinder Singh, former deputy speaker, along with his supporters reached the spot and talked to the executive official, who expressed his inability, as there is no post of driver for fire tenders. Bir Devinder Singh said it was unfortunate that the Union government had provided two fire tenders to the local council but the son of the local MLA, who is the president of the council, could not get two posts of drivers sanctioned. He informed the Deputy Commissioner and deputed a tehsildar to inquire. He demanded that the government should provide all basic facilities at the district headquarters, Municipal Council.



No quota for those born without disability after Freedom: High Court
Eco-City plots under freedom fighter category
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
In what may signify the beginning of an end of quota for the dependents of freedom fighters, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that such reservation may be against equality before law, if they are born without disability in free India. The direction by a High Court Division Bench came on a petition filed by Darshan Singh, challenging a condition in the brochure for allotment of plots in Eco-City being developed by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

According to the condition, the dependents and wards of freedom fighters, including widows, children and grandchildren, were declared ineligible to apply for plots against two per cent quota reserved for freedom fighters. This was despite the fact they were granted freedom fighter pension by the Punjab Government. In support of his argument for reservation of plots, the petitioner had placed reliance on instructions dated April 4, 1985, and a subsequent circular dated July 10, 2001. The circular provides for reservation in the Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, seats in medical colleges, for direct recruitment in state services and in residential plots.

In the significant judgment, the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice GS Sandhawalia asserted: “Counsel for the petitioner admitted during the course of arguments that the petitioner has retired as a teacher, but could not disclose the date of birth to determine the fact whether the petitioner was born in Independent and free India.”

The Bench added: “Prima facie, we find that reservation for the dependents of freedom fighters, i.e. sons and daughters, may not be justified at this stage. “One can understand if reservation was provided to the dependents who could not educate themselves on account of participation of their breadwinner in freedom struggle.

“But once such dependents are born in free India without any disability, we find that the reservation granted to such dependents of freedom fighters may not meet the test of reasonable classification under Article 14 of the Constitution of India (equality before law). “Since such issue has not been debated, we say no more at this stage. But keeping in view the fact that the petitioner is asking for reservation, as a son of freedom fighter, we find that the action of the respondent for not providing reservation under two per cent quota in freedom fighters category, cannot be said to be unjustified. Consequently, the writ petition is dismissed.”



Another High Court judge transferred
Now, the HC is 20 judges short of sanctioned strength of 68
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
It’s one judge less for the Punjab and Haryana High Court. More than five years after he was elevated to the Bench, Justice Ajai Lamba has been transferred out. Available information suggests his transfer orders were received at the High Court this evening.

With his transfer, the number of High Court judges will go down to 48 against the sanctioned strength of 68.

The problem of shortage is expected to worsen as Justice Mohinder Pal is also reportedly under transfer. It is believed orders of Justice Permod Kohli’s elevation as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court are also in the pipeline.

As a result of the shortage of judges, the High Court has more than two lakh cases pending adjudication. The number of cases disposed of are currently more than being filed. Yet, the end is nowhere in sight.

Neither Justice Lamba nor Justice Mohinder Pal has relatives practising in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. As of now the reason behind their transfer is not known.

Both the judges had only recently received letters from the Supreme Court seeking their consent to transfer.

Justice Ajai Lamba’s transfer orders come just about a year after three other Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court - Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, Justice Vinod Kumar Sharma and Justice H S Bhalla - were transferred out.

Justice Mohunta was transferred to the High Court in Andhra Pradesh, Justice Sharma to the High Court Chennai and Justice Bhalla to the High Court in Orissa.

Before his elevation on March 22, 2006, Justice Lamba was UT Public Prosecutor in the High Court in 1992-93. He was also Central Government’s additional-standing counsel. The Union Public Service Commission was also represented by Justice Lamba in the High Court and the Central Administrative Tribunal at Chandigarh.

He was the counsel assisting the "Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Enquiry". During his professional career, he practised law on the civil, criminal as well as revenue side.



Dowry case: Major surrenders, sent to 5-day police remand
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
After the Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by an Army Major in a dowry case, Major Arshad Zeeshan Siddiqui surrendered before a local court today. The officer is currently posted at the Dinjan- based 38, Independent Reconnaissance and Observation Flight of the Army Aviation Corps.

Major Arshad surrendered in the court of KK Goel, Civil Judge (Senior Division). After his surrender, the court sent him to five-day police remand.

Defence counsel Harsh Tandon said the Major has surrendered and now he is in police remand for five days.

Major Arshad Zeeshan Siddiqui had reportedly divorced his wife Nazia Haleem on May 17, 2009, by thrice uttering "talaq, talaq, talaq" over the phone and also submitted an affidavit to officially declare that his marriage had broken down.

Major Siddiqui's affidavit to his unit stated that due to his wife's cruelty, he had uttered "talaq, talaq, talaq" on May 17, 2009, over the mobile phone in the presence of three witnesses. But Nazia had claimed that he had never called up to give her talaq.

Chandigarh resident Nazia had married Major Arshad in 2006, after which her family allegedly started getting dowry demands. She claims her ordeal began soon after she gave birth to a boy in September 2007. Three months later, she was sent back to her parents' house.

Nazia had filed a complaint with the Chandigarh SSP on August 20, 2009, which was forwarded to the women's cell for an inquiry. Subsequently, an FIR was registered on March 17, 2010, under Sections 406 (breach of trust) and 498A (cruelty) of the IPC and Section 4 (penalty for demanding dowry) of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.



St Solder’s register win against GSSS -27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
St Solder International School, Sector 28, registered win against Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Sector 27, in a match of the Inter-School Cricket Tournament for Boys (U-19) being held, here today.

Batting first, GSSS team was bundled out on 80 runs. For the bowling side, Sidharth did the damage and took 4 for 23 while Ranjeet (31) was the highest scorer for GSSS.

In reply, St Solder team achieved the target with eight wickets in hand.

Sidharth scored an unbeaten half century while Rahul Malik scored 13 runs to ensure the team’s victory.

In another match of the day, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, defeated Government Model High School, Sector 20.

After electing to bat first, GMHS, Sector 20, scored a mere total of 43 runs and were bowled out in 11.3 overs. Rohit Kashyap (15) was the main contributor to the team’s total.

From bowling side, Rahul was the pick of the bowers for his four-for-five while Anil and Jasveer took three wickets each.

On other hand, the winning side achieved the target in 8.1 overs.

Anil (17) and Akashay (10) guided the team to victory.


Boys (U-16): Saint Soldier’s School defeated Bhawan Vidyalaya,

Saint Soldier School:148 runs in 20 overs ( Rahi Alam 40, Navraj 29 ,Manjeet 22 , Hardik 4 for 13, Akhil 2 for 13 )

Bhawan Vidyalaya: 119 runs (Pranaw 47, Mukund 13, Aashish 3 for 27 , Aumaan 3 for 16). 



Nipun overpowers Ankit in qualifying round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Snooker player Nipun Arora overpowered Ankit sharma in the qualifying game of senior snooker category during the ongoing 28th Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Championship , being held here today.

Nipun defeated Ankit by 3-1. In the first frame Ankit made a break of 30 to win the frame by 50-36 but Nipun came back and won the second frame by 41-45.

In the deciding game, Nipun outplayed his opponent by 20-46.

In another match, Ish Kaushal went down against Mandeep Makkar by 2-0 (61-36, 51-28).

Satnam Singh defeated Mandeep Makkar 100-94, 100-41 in a one-sided game of the senior billiards category.

In the junior snooker event, Ajit Batheja routed Ankit Kapoor by 2-1. Ankit won the first frame 61-18 with break of 35 but Ajit fought back and won the second frame by 27-52.

Ajit again displayed his skills and won the frame by 26-44. In the same category, Anmol defeated Navkaran by 2-0 (55-6,35-24).

Ashish Nadda beat Rajwinder Singh by 2-0(50-22,50-26) and Aseem Sachdeva thrashed Sunny by 2-1 (51-13,29-49,46-35).


Senior (women): Priyanka Gupta defeated Somaya 3-1(30-13, 24-19, 30-24);

Snooker(Men): Rahul Garg defeated Shiven Choudhary 2-0 (62,16-59,25); Nippun Arora defeated Dinesh Kanwar 2-0.



Ravi, Kajal shine in athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 15
An annual athletic meet was held in St Soldier’s School, Sector 16, Panchkula, on November 14 to mark Children’s Day.

During the events Ravi Rana and Kajal Gupta were declared best boy and the best-girl athlete respectively.



Billiards, snooker championship on Nov 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Association will organse the 27th Chandigarh State Billiards and Snooker Championship for men and women from November 1, here.

The competition will be orgaised under the senior billiards and senior snooker, junior billiards and junior snooker, sub-junior billiards and sub-junior snooker categories. Interested players can submit their entries to the secretary of the association before October 31.

The winners of the tournament will represent city in the national tournament to be held in Pune next year.



Govt model outplay Kaimbala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 (Timber Market), defeated Government Senior Secondary School Kaimbala to win the Inter-School Volleyball Tournament for Boys (U-17) being held, here today.

The winning side overcame the rivals by 3-2(21-25,25-23,25-18,19-25 and 15-12).

In the first set, Kaimbala team played well and attained lead but the winning side came back in next two sets and took the lead.

Kaimbwala team levelled the score in the third set but Arman and Sonu of GMSSS26 led the team to victory in the fifth and the final set.

In a match for the third place, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, thrashed Government Model High School, Sector 38, by 2-0 (25-20,25-23).



CFA drub Orissa in Subroto Cup tourney

Chandigarh, November 15
Lads of city based Football Academy (CFA) in their consecutive win defeated Orissa team in the ongoing Subroto Cup Football Tournament being held in Delhi, today.

The players while representing Government Model Senior Secondary school sector 36 defeated Town High School Balavgivi, Orissa by 7-1. Ace striker Daniel scripted team’s victory with his three goals contribution while Inder, Salman, Mohit and Ramdin score one goal each toachioeve the victory. — TNS



Govt model victorious
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, won the Inter-School Hockey Tournament for Girls (U-19) after defeating Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today.

The winning side defeated the rivals by 4-0 while Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, by 4-0 to attain third place in the tourney.



SGGS-26 rout PG Govt college in league match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The baseball team of SGGS College, Sector 26, routed PG Government College, Sector 46, during the league match of ongoing Inter-College Baseball Tournament for Boys (A-Division), being held on college grounds of Government College, Sector 46, here today.

In the first league match of the day, the winning side defeated Sector 46 outfits by 14-0. For the winning side, Gurmankat Singh and Karan Sidhu made three home runs each while Pawan contributed two home runs.

Kishore, Sumit, Ashish, Alok, Pardeep and Samsher scored one home run each to ensure the team’s victory.

In the second match, PU Campus defeated SD College, Sector 32, by 5-2. For the winning side, Umesh scored two while Govind, Dharamjeet and Manjeet scored one home run each. For SD College, Bhupinder and Kulbhasan scored one home run each.

In the third match, SGGS College overcame PU Campus by 5-1. Pardep, Kishore, Karan Sidhu, Gurumankat and Alok scored one home run each.



Govt Model-8 tame DAV-8 to lift title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, defeated DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, to win the Inter-School Baseball Tournament for Boys(U-17), held here today.

The winning overcame the rivals by 4-3, whereas, Government High School, Sector 11, attained third place in the tourney.

In matches of boys (U-19) category, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by 12-1 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, overcame Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, by 7-3.DAV senior secondary school, Sector 8, defeated SGGS School, Sector 26, by 2-0. 

Govt School -10 leaves field in between match

During a match the team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, alleged a referee of being partial towards them. The team left the field in between the match, however, the authorities are yet to take a call on the issue.



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