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Wheat procurement begins

The wheat procurement process was inaugurated at the Grain Market in Sirhind on Thursday
The wheat procurement process was inaugurated at the Grain Market in Sirhind on Thursday. Photo: Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 12
The process of wheat procurement by the state government agencies has started in the Asia's second biggest grain market, Sirhind, today.

Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of SAD, accompanied by officials of the procurement agencies inaugurated the process by making a purchase. He also inspected all the heaps of wheat brought by the farmers. He called upon the farmers to bring wheat as per the specification of the government.

He also inspected the arrangements made by the Mandi Board for the convenience of the farmers. He directed the officials to make proper arrangements for drinking water, lights and boarding facilities to be made in mandis for the farmers.

He said the government has directed to make payment within 24 hours and loading of purchased wheat within 72 hours. While talking to the media, he said the Central government under a planned conspiracy was not lifting the procured wheat and paddy from the godowns in the state, which is causing storage problem.

He said despite of the meeting held between the chief minister, prime minister and agriculture minister, nothing has happened so far. — OC



Rs 5 lakh looted from property dealer
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, April 12
Three youths decamped with Rs 5 lakh cash from a property dealer today after calling him for a deal in Daffarpur.

The police had started investigations after registering his complaint.

In his complaint, Randhir Singh, a resident of Daffarpur near Fun city, said somebody called his brother thrice and said he wanted to sell his plot in Daffarpur colony.

He went to the said colony and as he was watching the plot, two youths attacked him with batons and decamped with the money.

SHO Gurdial Singh said investigations were in progress.



12 injured in group clash
Our correspondent

Ambala, April 12
Around 12 peoples were injured in Mithapur village close to Ambala Cantt in a group clash. The clash took place on a dispute of piece of land.

Later, the people blockade Ambala-Jagadhari Highway and the traffic could be restored after the intervention of police.

Sources said around a dozen of people came to the village to take possession of the disputed land. The villagers were opposing it.

There was a clash between two groups and around 12 peoples of both the group were injured. One of the injured Banarsi Das was referred to PGI, Chandigarh.

The injured were admitted to local Civil Hospital. Hospital sources said the injured include Sanjay, Anil, Dipty, Umesh, Dharmender and Raja Ram. The police has registered a case in this regard and investigating the matter.



Illicit liquor seized from pick-up van
Tribune News Service

The driver of a pick-up van with the seized liquor in police custody at the Sector 31 police station, Chandigarh, on Thursday
The driver of a pick-up van with the seized liquor in police custody at the Sector 31 police station, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 12
The police today intercepted a vehicle loaded with 65 cases of different types of English wine, which was being transported to other states. The cases were hidden under vegetables in a truck.

The PCR special technical team laid a special naka at the Tribune roundabout when they noticed a Mohindra pick-up number DL-1LE-1153. The police had secret information that the body of Mohindra pick-up was modified to hide illegal transportation of liquor cases. The rear part of the body was covered with empty vegetable crates to mislead the police party.

During checking, 65 cases of different type of English wine were recovered from the pick-up, which was being transported to Delhi without any permit or licence.

The driver of pick-up van, Daya Chand, a resident of Gaziabad, UP, was arrested and a case was registered at the Sector 31 police station.

In addition, the PCR staff helped the local police in rounding up an auto number PB-65-F-1297 at Ram Darbar on suspicion and recovered 15 cases of Country made whiskey, which was carried without any permit or licence. Accused Prabhu Nath was arrested.



Two run over by trains
Our correspondent

Ambala, April 12
Two persons, including a minor girl, were run over by two different trains on Ambala-Rajpura rail section near Ambala City this morning. The deceased were identified as Madho Ram and Sangeeta. Sources said Madho Ram (45) was working as a security guard in some private house at Vijay Nagar here. While crossing the rail tracks he was hit by the train and died on the spot. Railway police took the body to the local Civil Hospital for postmortem.

In another incident, Sangeeta (10), a resident of a slum area, was hit by another train while crossing the unmanned tracks. More than a dozen people die on this unmanned railway crossing every year.



Two injured as gun goes off accidentally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
A 12 bore rifle of a security guard employed with a Mani Majra-based jeweller went off accidentally here this morning, critically injuring two persons.

Gheesi Yaman Yadav, the security guard of Sethi Son Jewellers adjoining the Housing Board light point, was on duty when the loaded gun went off while he was cleaning the weapon.

Two persons identified as Ajay Kumar, a resident of Vasant Vihar and Narinder Kumar, a resident of Rail Vihar, were injured and rushed to the PGI. Ajay Kumar, who was waiting for a bus at a near by bus stand, was hit by splinters in the head while Narinder Kumar, who works in a cosmetic shop on the first floor of the same building was hit in the arm.

The police was informed and both the victims were rushed to the PGI where their condition is said to be stable. The guard was arrested and later released on bail.

A case of act endangering life of others under Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.



Woman hangs herself, husband booked

Mohali, April 12
Thirtyone-year-old Balbir Kaur allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Phase 7 at around 5.30 am this morning. The police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband Sham Lal and mother-in-law Bimla Devi on the basis of a complaint by the victim’s mother Naseeb Kaur.

Sources said Balbir Kaur was under pressure to clear the IELTS exam. She had failed thrice and was allegedly being pressured to clear the exam this time. Sham Lal runs a furniture business and is also a yoga instructor. At the time of the incident, he had left for Panchkula for a yoga class, police sources said. The incident came to light when the victim’s mother-in-law went to wake her up to study for the exam. The couple has a six-and-a-half-year-old son. — TNS



Fans pour in to cheer home team Kings XI Punjab
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

War cry

A youth paints his face to show support for his team Kings XI Punjab
fan frenzy: A youth paints his face to show support for his team Kings XI Punjab. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Young fans in a jubilant mood outside the stadium
Young fans in a jubilant mood outside the stadium. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, April 12
As the sun begun to set, audience started pouring in the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium to cheer the home team Kings XI Punjab in their first home match against the Pune Warriors, here.

Although a few seats remain empty throughout the first innings, the audience present cheered the home team. “I just came to watch Sourav and Gilchrist bat. I have asked for a terrace block ticket but failed to get access through it however I managed three tickets for my family,” said Aneesha.

On other hand, the home team after elected to field first gave the home crowd a reason to cheer. “We hope that the home team will take its revenge. After yesterday’s storm, we thought we will miss the action, but the clear sky today gave a chance to cheer for our Punjab team,” said Anuj. “I wanted to be the part of the audience during the Pakistan and India clash but failed to buy a ticket. I am here to buck up the local cricket team and hopefully they will win the game,” said Anshul.

After the brilliant show by the bowlers of home team, audiences got another chance to smile after Preeti Zinta herself came to ground and made her signature run before the start of second innings. She distributed free T-shirts while taking a round of the field. “This is for the second time I have got a shirt from her. She is among my favorite stars and I wanted to see her smiling. I want the Kings team to win only to see her smile again,” said Prabhpreet. “She is from my home town and I wanted to have a glimpse of her,” said Shurut. Punjabi comedian-turned-political leader Bhagwant Mann was also seen watching the match while sitting in the terrace block of the stadium.

High prices

On one hand the audience remain on their toes to cheer the home team and on the other the same old story repeated itself, after eatable’s counters were seen charging overprice and making huge profits.

According to the price list, the owners were Rs 50 for two pieces of spring rolls,Rs 30 for bread pakoras, Rs 50 for 400ml cold drink, Rs 30 for two samosas. “This is a not a new thing, every time they charge Rs 5 to 10 extra from the market or original price. Due to summers and humidity we have to buy something to drink, that always lead to holes in our pocket” said a spectator.



gully cricket
Kits distributed to participants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The Chandigarh administration distributed kits among the teams participated in the gully cricket at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, here this evening.

More than 600 teams, including two thousand people of different areas, participated in the competition. KK Sharma, adviser to the administrator, and Anil Kumar, UT home secretary, distributed the kits among players.



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