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One held with 3-kg opium

Dera Bassi, February 14
The police today arrested a person with 3-kg opium near Government College here. The accused has been identified as Dharminder Singh of Rajasthan. He was produced in the court, which sent him to a one-day police remand.

Car taken away

Dera Bassi: Three unidentified persons snatched a car from a resident of Beeta village near Handesra last night. In his complaint, Sukhwinder Singh, stated that on reaching US Gardens, the three accused, who had come in a white car, snatched his mobile phone, wallet containing Rs 1,200 and fled with his car. A case has been registered against the accused. 

Motorcyclist dead

Kharar: A motorcyclist, Amanjit Singh, a resident of Sector 27, Chandigarh, died after being hit by a speeding car near Bhukri village on Monday. A case was registered against Kulvinder Singh, a resident of Teorar village, Kharar, on the complaint of Mohan Singh, a resident Mundi Kharar.

The complainant stated that Amarjit was on his way to Bhukri village from Kharar when a car coming from Kurali side hit the motorcyclist. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after conducting an autopsy.

Two killed in mishap

Banur: Two persons were killed while three others were injured when their car were hit by a truck near Banur last night. The deceased were identified as Neeraj Kumar and Dinesh Kumar, residents of Shivpuri Colony, Dera Bassi. The injured, Parveen, Sunil Kumar and Ramesh Kumar of Mustabad, Yamunanagar district, were taken to a hospital. Driver of the truck fled the spot. A case has been registered.



Five hurt in accident

Ambala, February 14
Five persons sustained injuries after the three-wheeler they were travelling in was hit by a truck on the GT road near Ambala City. The injured have been identified as Mallo Devi, Prakasho Devi, Gurmeet Kaur, Amanjeet Kaur and driver Jagpal. They were admitted to a hospital.

Driver of the truck fled the spot. A case has been registered in the connection.

Two get 10-yr term

Ambala: An Ambala court has awarded a 10-year imprisonment to two persons for smuggling poppy husk. A fine of ~1 lakh was also imposed on the two. Lakhmir Singh and Charanjeet Singh were arrested on October 3, 2009, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and recovered 216kg of poppy husk from their possession. The police had also arrested their third accomplice. He was acquitted by the court as the police had failed to produce sufficient evidence against him. — OC



BITS Pilani ordered to refund Rs 46,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Upholding the decision of District Forum-I, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, to refund Rs 46,000 to a local resident.

The District Forum in its order December 1, 2011, had directed the respondents (BITS Pilani) to refund to the complainant the balance amount of Rs 47,000, after deducting Rs 1000 as service/ processing/ administrative charges, besides costs of litigation assessed at Rs 10,000. Aggrieved over the decision, the respondents went in appeal in the state commission submitting that the forum had no jurisdiction to entertain and decide the complaint, and added that it fell into a grave error, in accepting the complaint.

The complainant Abhishek Mengi, a resident of Sector 47, had averred that he deposited Rs 55,000 as advance fee, after being selected by the respondents for admission to M Sc (Tech) General Studies. Thereafter, he got admission in the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and he immediately made a request to the respondents to refund the admission fee along with the original certificates on August 2, 2009. After a number of requests, he received a letter from the opposite party on October 8, 2009, intimating therein, that the fee had been forfeited, as he had not submitted the withdrawal form. It was stated he would be refunded Rs 8,000, as mess advance and caution deposit, out of Rs 55,000.

The counsel for the respondents pleaded, that the District Forum had no territorial jurisdiction, to entertain and decide the complaint, as no cause of action, arose to the complainant, at Chandigarh. It was stated that the entire cause of action, arose to the complainant, at Pilani, Rajasthan. It was further stated that the tuition fee, was paid by the complainant, at Pilani, through Bankers` cheque. It was denied that the complainant made any written request for the refund of admission fee and return of original certificates on August 2, 2009. It was further stated that the complainant was not entitled to any refund, except, an amount of Rs 8,000 as mess advance, caution deposit etc, and the amount was refunded to him. It was further stated that by withdrawing at a later stage, the complainant had caused a considerable loss to the opposite party.

Speaking on behalf of the state commission, Justice Sham Sunder observed, “Since a part of the cause of action arose to the complainant in the territorial jurisdiction of Chandigarh, the District Forum, at Chandigarh, had the jurisdiction to entertain and decide the complaint. The order passed by the District Forum, being based on correct appreciation of evidence and law, on the point, does not suffer from any illegality or perversity, warranting the interference of this Commission.”



Four booked for abducting minor
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, February 14
The police today booked four persons, including a woman, for abducting a minor girl from Mullanpur. The accused have been identified as Manjit Kaur, Baljit Singh, Sahil and Kamal. The complainant, Madan Lal, a resident of Teera village, told the police that his daughter went to buy house hold goods on January 13, but she never returned home. He alleged that the accused lured his daughter and abducted her. A case has been registered.

Two minors held

Zirakpur: Two minor boys were held for stealing sanitary items from a house of a Panjab University Prof Sukhjinder Singh. In his complaint to the police, Sukhjinder reported to the police that the accused were caught stealing sanitary items. A case has been registered.

Bailable warrants against investigating officer

Mohali: The Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ), Mohali, Rajinder Aggarwal, today issued bailable warrants against Surinder Pal Singh Virk, a former vigilance SSP and investigating officer in the corruption case against Sucha Singh Langha, a former PWD Minister and presently agriculture minister. The warrants were issued after the IO failed to appear in the court today. Sources said the IO had been asked to present the investigation done by him in the case. Now, he has been asked to present himself by February 29. The previous Congress government had registered a case of disproportionate assets against the minister and other officials.



Mobile phones stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Ram Lakhan of Ram Darbar alleged that a minor was caught red handed stealing two mobile phones from his house today. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station and the case is under investigation.

Liquor seized

The local police arrested Vijay from roundabout of Sector 39/40/55/56 today and recovered 4 bottles of country wine marka ‘Santra’ from his possession. A case under the Excise Act has been registered at the 39 police station. Vaneet Sharma of Dhanas alleged that the driver of car (CH-04L-7435) hit his motorcycle (CH-04J-8218) near Togan Barrier on February 12.In the incident, the complainant was injured and admitted to GMSH-16. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station. 11.



Two laptops stolen

Chandigarh, February 14
Punit of Sector 15 reported to the police that someone had stolen his laptop from his house yesterday. A case has been registered at the Sector11 police station.

In another case of theft, Varun Basin of Sector 19 has reported to the police that someone has stolen one laptop and one camera from his car (CH04-L-4290) parked at the backyard of Sector 17 on February 11. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station.

Surinder Chandana of Sector 22 reported that someone had stolen his car (CH-01Z-0760) from Sector 17 on February 11. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. The case is under investigation. Sonu of Sector 25 reported that some one had stolen two tyres of his car ( CH-04F-4571) from his residence on the intervening night of February 12 and 13. A case has been registered at the at the Sector 17 police station.

Sunil Sehgal of Sector 55 reported to the police that some one had stolen his scooter(PB-10AV-4906) from Sector 22 on January 18. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. — TNS



Suspension of handball team manager raises eyebrows
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The decision of the UT education department to suspend the manager of the local handball junior team has raised eyebrows in the sports fraternity.

Taking action over the brawl between Chandigarh and Kerala handball teams during the semi-final match of the recently concluded 57th National School Games, the authorities have suspended Daljeet Singh, the appointed manager of the team.

Even more shocking is the statement of the DPI office which says that the official was suspended due to ‘non-intimation of the incident to the authorities’.

In a hurry to submit their reports to higher authorities, the officials have even failed to mention the reason for the clash, the people responsible, role of the presiding match officials etc.

Moreover, instead of taking action on players of both Kerala and Chandigarh (who indulged in the incident), the department has suspended a person who was off-field and was attached with the team for taking care of them.

A city-based coach, on the basis of anonymity, said, “This step is really condemnable, how could you suspend a person, who is sitting with the team outside the court? If he is responsible, the coach standing with him, the players sitting on the changing bench, the fourth official everyone is responsible for ‘non-intimating’ the officials. The officials should have taken action while keeping all the aspects in mind,” said the coach, and added that, “The department keeps saying that it was the Kerala team which hyped the incident.”

The incident occurred on January 10 when the semi-final match during the 57th National School Games held at DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, turned violent. The Kerala team members alleged that their 10 players were assaulted by the host team. A member of local team, Prabhpreet Singh, is still suffering from a knee injury he sustained during the match. 



PU football team dues unpaid
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The players of Panjab University’s football team might have sweat out hard to attain the third place in the inter-college football tournament held last year, but they are being made to sweat out even harder to receive the daily diet money for the camp held here last September.

The camp was organised from September 1 to 12 last year, and the team members are still waiting for the diet money that was supposed to be allotted to them at the conclusion of the camp. “Every time we contact the officials, we are asked to wait. They give us excuses, saying the duty of concerned person has changed so we should contact smeone else,” said a player, asking anonymity.

Notably, the Panjab University officials who always boast of keeping athletes on the priority list, have failed to provide the amount. “It is a very small amount, but we worked hard in the camp and deserve to get the amount. In Rs 250 we can buy new socks, shirt, shorts, running shoes but the authorities are turning a blind eye to our demands,” said another player.

Another player added, “If we openly condemn the authorities, we will be thrown out of the team this session.”



DAV beat BTS in U-16 cricket trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The cricket team of DAV senior secondary school, Sector 8, registered a six wicket win over BTS school, Sector 48, in a match of the ongoing Coca Cola cricket cup for boys(U-16), here today.

Batting first, the BTS team failed miserably against the bowling of duo of Bhagminder Singh (4 for 21) and Kulbeer Singh (3 for 16), and bundled out for 97 in 34.1 overs. Satyam was the only main scorer for team, scoring 26 runs. 

In reply, the winning side reached the target in the 28th over of the game losing only four wickets. Bhagminder (41) and Vineet Dhaka (26) guided the team to victory.In the second match, the GNPS team defeated GMSSS 35 by three wickets.A fine batting performance by Arpit Singh( 67 off 77) helped the winning side, to score the total of 210 runs. He was well-supported by Nawansh (28). In reply, the GMSSS 35 team failed to reach the target. For GNPS, Amish Sidhu was the pick of the bowlers and took 3 for 31.Aurangzeb and Charanjeet claimed two wickets each. 



PCA holds workshop for umpires

Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) in an effort to update umpires about the latest rules and regulations of the game, organised a workshop, here today. The workshop was also aimed at ensuring that the upcoming cricket season is conducted smoothly. 18 umpires from various districts of the state took part in the deliberations and practical demonstrations.

The faculty was headed by former international umpire Jasbir Singh and Ranji Trophy umpire Navdeep Singh. All the participants were advised to supervise the matches and understand the laws properly.



Invitational golf tourney from March 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The Chandigarh Police will organise a two-day invitational golf tournament event from March 3 to 4 at Chandigarh Golf Club, here. PK Srivastava, IGP, said that the tournament would witness international golf star Jeev Milkha Singh, including 90 prominent golfers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and J&K.

According to the organisers, actors Sunny Deol, Abhay Deol , Sikander Kher and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farookh Abdullah, will also be present. Cricketer Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh and Atul Wassan are also expected to participate in the tournament.

The event will also be organised in other cities, including Jalandhar in April, Srinagar in June, Gurgaon in August and then in city on November 17.



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