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Fuel prices to fall in punjab
Chief Minister announces reduction of octroi on petrol, diesel by 1 percent
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 30
The Punjab government has decided to reduce the octroi on petrol and diesel by one percent so that the common man, particularly the farming community, may be benefited.

It has been long pending demand of the people and one of the key promises made by SAD (B)-BJP in their manifesto. The decision in this regard has been taken and would be implemented after the approval in the next meeting of the Cabinet, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal while addressing mediapersons at Mandi Gobindgarh today. He had come to attend the state-level Bhagwan Parshu Ram Jyanti-cum-Brahmin Maha Samelan being organised by the Punjab Brahmin Sabha under the presidentship of Devi Dayal Parashar. Hundreds of Brahmins from all over the state attended the event. The CM expressed concern over the indications of price hike of petrol and diesel in near future given by the Prime Minister at Bathinda during a function recently. The Chief Minister also said that the hike in petrol and diesel prices would further lead to inflation. He said that the SAD(B)-BJP government always worked for the betterment of the common people and hoped the decision would provide some relief to the masses.

Addressing the gathering, he said that the SAD-BJP government has a secular approach and has initiated a number of projects. He called upon the Brahaman Samaj to play a pro-active role by joining hands with the state government to establish peace and communal harmony in the state. Regarding the setting up of a memorial in the memory of Bhagwan Parshuram ji at Khati (Tapo-Sthalli), Badal said that Rs 1 crore had already been given for the same.

Prof Prem Singh, Chandumajra general secretary SAD(B) appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister for giving a big relief to the people of state and lashed out at the Union government for obstructing the smooth procurement of wheat in the state through the FCI. He also congratulated the Brahmin community on the occasion.

Earlier, the president of Brahaman Sabha Punjab, Devi Dyal Prashar, welcomed the Chief Minister, spiritual leaders from the Sant Samaj and other dignitaries on the event and honoured the Chief Minister by presenting a memento.

Prominent among those who attendant the function included Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, MLA Justice (Retd) Nirmal Singh, and representatives of various religious organisations. 



Man dies in road accident

Banur, April 30
One person was killed in a road accident near Banur today. The deceased was identified as Gurmakh Singh, resident of Fauji colony, Banur. As per the information, the accident occurred when a car (Maruti Swift) rammed into the motorcyclist on Kharar- Banur road. The victim died on the spot. 

The car driver fled from the spot with his car. A case has been registered against the unidentified driver. The dead body of the victim was handed over to his relatives after the postmortem. — TNS



Woman commits suicide
Family members allege murder, say she was being harassed by her in-laws
Our correspondent

Ambala, April 30
A married woman from Ambala allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her room today. The deceased was identified as Kamal alias Mona (27). However, her famil has alleged that their daughter was murdered. The cause of the death could not be ascertained so far. It is said that there was dispute between the husband and the wife over the selling of their house.

According to information, Vikas, the husband of the deceased, is working with a private insurance company. The incident happened when Mona was all alone in the house. Her mother-in-law had gone to Chandigarh due to some domestic engagement while her husband went to his duty this morning. Mona dropped her 4-year-old daughter to school located in the colony this morning.

After the school got over and no family member reached the school to pick up the child, the school administration informed Vikas on his mobile phone. When he reached the house along with her daughter he found that Mona was hanging from the ceiling fan. She had used her “chunni” to hang herself. Vikas immediately informed his neighbours. The police was also called. After receiving the information, the parents and other relatives of the deceased reached at Ambala. Her mother Shanti Devi and another relative Vishal alleged that Mona, who married Vikas four years back, was being harassed by her in-laws. He demanded the arrest of Vikas and other members of the family.

The body was taken to Civil Hospital for post mortem. A case under section 304B IPC has been registered.



Man stages dharna against doctor’s ‘misbehaviour’
Our Correspondent

Ambala, April 30
Ramkesh Gorkha, a resident of Bichpari village, sat on a dharna in the middle of the old Delhi road close to the Ambala City Civil Hospital to protest against the misbehaviour of a doctor of the hospital this noon. His wife and his two children were also accompanying him on the dharna.

He alleged that he had come to the hospital for conduction of tubectomy of his elder brother’s wife. He said surgeon Anil Jain refused to conduct tubectomy and also misbehaved with him.

In the meantime, Baldev Nagar police station SHO Rajneesh Yadav reached there and asked him to evacuate the road. Heated arguments were exchanged between Ramkesh and SHO. Later Ramkesh sat on the dharna in front of the house of local MLA Venod Sharma. On the other hand, Dr Jain said the performa of the tubectomy case was incomplete. He said the signature of motivator was not available on the performa. While refuting the allegation of Ramkesh, he said the nurse of the operation theatre had simply asked him to complete the performa, but he refused to complete the formalities. He said Ramkesh also threatened that he would get him transfer. He said he had reported the matter to the Civil Surgeon.

Hospital RMO persuaded Ramkesh and the matter was resolved. Later tubectomy was conducted in the hospital.



Court tells CBI to investigate
JE convicted in graft case claims 191 documents misplaced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Following allegations by a JE convicted in a graft case that the CBI had misplaced 191 documents pertaining to investment, the CBI court today directed the agency to probe the allegations and submit a detailed report in court in this regard.

Rajesh Chadha, junior engineer with the UT, who was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for two years and-a-half in January this year, alleged that the CBI had misplaced the documents crucial in the case of disproportionate assets registered against him, which was pending in court.

CBI sleuths had arrested the JE (civil) from a maintenance booth at Sector 27 in 2009 for accepting a bribe of Rs 70,000 from a private contractor.

The bribe was allegedly demanded to clear the contractor’s pending bills, worth Rs 1.9 lakh.

According to the prosecution, the contractor had been awarded a contract for maintenance work at type-XI and type-XII houses in Sector 27. While Chadha had cleared bills amounting Rs 55,000, the rest were pending.

In his complaint to the CBI, the contractor had reported that Chadha demanded Rs 70,000 as bribe for clearing the bills. While he was convicted in January, he was subsequently booked in a case of disproportionate assets following a raid at his residence in 2009.

Chadha had moved an application in court, stating that the documents, totalling 191, pertained to his investment, which were taken away by the CBI at the time of the raid. He had said the documents were crucial in the case pending against him and had now been misplaced. The court then directed the CBI SP to investigate the matter.

Chadha had stated that inspector RC Gunjal was the investigating officer in the case at the time when the documents were seized.



Drunk policeman creates scene
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
A head constable was suspended for being drunk on duty last night. Hardev Singh was found creating a ruckus in an inebriated state while on duty at Sector 34.

The police control room received information at 4:15 am that the in charge of the PCR vehicle Sugar-12, Hardev Singh, was creating nuisance at his location, near the Piccadilly Cinema.

Inspector Raghbir Singh, who was the night-checking officer, rushed to the spot. By that time, the drunk head constable fled, leaving his weapon behind in his vehicle.

Acting on his misconduct, indiscipline and willful absence from duty, senior officers suspended him with immediate effect and sent him to the Police Lines.

A few minutes before this incident, they created a ruckus at the police headquarters when the constables posted with the PCR went out of control.

They hurled abuses at everyone who came their way. They were booked in an attempt-to-murder case and were currently in judicial custody.

Constable Jagbir Singh, in charge of the PCR van, and constable Balbir Singh consumed a large amount of liquor around midnight while they were on duty at the ISBT roundabout in Sector 17.

They then headed towards the police headquarters in Sector 9 and sought leave from duty as they were drunk. They created a ruckus when they were denied leave.



Heavy jewellery attracts thieves to NRI couple’s house

Panchkula, April 30
The costly jewelry worn by an old NRI woman of Sector 11 had attracted the attention of a barber, who used to visit her house to shave her husband, luring him to plan a robbery at the old couple’s house.

The accused, Kishan, who was arrested on Saturday night, told the police that the woman wore heavy gold items and he had made up his mind to break into their house during night knowing fully well that old couple lived alone.

The three accused, which include Kishan, Santosh and Shankar, had covered their faces and arranged surgical gloves to ensure that no fingerprints were left behind. They also carried red chilly powder, razor and country made pistol in case the couple tried to thwart their attempt. However, when they rang the doorbell the police team, which was already present in the house after getting the tip off, pounced on them.

According to the police sources, there are about 10 members in the gang and raids are being conducted to nab the rest of the accused. The sources further said that the involvement of the gang in the last year’s Berkeley loot and murder case was not ruled out as the unidentified accused had used red chilly powder and iron rod to kill the security guard of the car showroom on January 16 last year. — TNS



Peddler caught with drugs again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The crime branch of the UT police today arrested a notorious drug peddler. He was out on bail, but was again caught with a huge quantity of drugs.

He was sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in June, 2007, and had been granted bail by the high court following his appeal.

The crime branch nabbed 27-year-old Mohammad Dilshad of Dhanpur village in Hardwar district of Uttarakhand. He was residing at Jhujar village in Mohali at present.

The police arrested him after setting up a barrier near the Maloya turn. Dilshad came in a rickshaw with a huge bag containing poppy husk.

He tried to flee on seeing the police, but was nabbed. The police carried out a search and 130 kg of poppy husk was recovered from the bag.

He was asked to produce a permit or licence for the poppy husk, but failed to produce any such document, following which he was arrested.

A case under various sections of the NDPS Act was registered against him. Inspector Amanjot Singh, crime branch in charge, said the accused had a tainted past.

He added that Dilshad was arrested in 2005 and 288 kg of poppy husk was recovered from him and two associates.

The accused was convicted by court and sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh in June, 2007. He had then moved the high court and was out on bail at present.



Accused attempts suicide in lock-up

Chandigarh, April 30
A 29-year-old accused attempted suicide in police lock-up at the Sector-39 police station in the wee hours today.

Gaurav Verma tried to kill himself with broken pieces of a tube. He was rushed to a hospital and booked under Section 309 of the IPC in a case of attempt-to-suicide.

The police said it suspected that the accused was mentally unstable as he tore and took off his clothes.

He was arrested for beating up and injuring his wife at their Sector-40 residence last night. A case was registered on her statement.

While he was in lock-up today, Gaurav asked for water and then used the bottle to break the tube at the lock-up.

He then used the tube to injure himself in the stomach. A guard saw him, raised an alarm and rushed him to hospital.

Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO of the Sector-39 police station, said Gaurav tried to attack his brother amid high drama on April 19 and was arrested as a preventive measure.

The police official added that the accused was out on bail and was arrested again last night for injuring his wife.

On April 19, the UT police went into a tizzy after the police control room received a telephone call about an incident of firing at Sector 40.

The police later found that shots were fired from a toy gun in a quarrel between two brothers at the house. — TNS



Players face official apathy
Bank yet to receive matching signature of DSW to encash cheques
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Facing apathetic attitude of officials, players of Panjab University (PU) these days are running door-to-door carrying awarded scholarship cheques. Reason: The related bank (PU branch) is yet to receive the matching signatures of the present DSW (dean student welfare), Amrik Singh Ahluwalia.

Players stand outside the  boxing ring as one of the players raises objection, alleging that an outsider played a match during a boxing tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

According to sources, signature of the DSW already exists with the bank but only valid for the poor student welfare scheme. And for these sports scholarships, the depository is yet to receive the counter signature of the official. The non-availability of the signature led the players to face a harrowing time in collecting the awarded money.

On the other hand, AS Ahluwalia denied the allegations made by the bank and made a counter attack while saying, “Till date I have not received any written notice by bank officials. I have signed all cheques on time and in case there is a problem, they must have informed me,” said Ahluwalia. Adding further, “They have reverted two or three cheques, as they were not filled properly but never asked for the above mentioned requirement,” said Ahluwalia, who took over as the new DSW last year.

A bank official on the basis of anonymity revealed that, “We receive around 30 queries each day. The bank has returned many cheques and many are still here. The DSW office was asked for the official’s signature many times but a positive response is still awaited. We know that the players are in need of money but rules are meant to follow. Once, we receive the counter signature of AS Ahluwalia, we will distribute the amount in no time,” said an official. However, the general manager of the bank hinted it as a minor problem.

Notably, the players are facing harassment after visiting the bank on daily basis in a hope to collect their hard-earned money. “We were happy after getting the awarded scholarship but from last 20 days, we are just getting the same reply.

The bank officials blame the DSW office, while the DSW office shrug their shoulder after mentioning that they have performed their duty after handing it over to the respective departments. We have no option but to drop certain plans and to wait for the cash in hand,” said a group of players.



SD-32 pugilists hog limelight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Pugilists of PML SD Public School, Sector 32, won laurels in the 35th Junior Boy’s and 9th Junior Girls’ State Boxing Championship held at the 
boxing centre of the Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

The BCC Club, Sector 42, finished second, pugilists of GM Sarangpur managed to attain third position in the competition.

During the championship, Neeraj of SD school was declared the best boxer, while Vaibhav of NPS, Sector 18, was adjudged the best looser of the tourney.

Meanwhile, a protest was witnessed during a bout, as a player alleged that his opponent was an outsider. However, according to officials, no written complaint was filed by the player and the matter was sorted out.


Boys (49 kg): Ananad bt Pankaj Bhal; 52kg: Lakshay Chouhan bt Arshdeep; 56 kg: Vijay Singh bt Himanshu; 60 kg: Neeraj bt Manoj; 60 kg: Neeraj bt Manoj; 64 kg: Subham Gulati bt Joginder; 69 kg: Deepak Kumar bt Rupesh; 75 kg: Kailesh Gill bt Pankaj; 81 kg: Kyle Harmanpaul bt Karan; 81 kg: Deepak bt Vaibhav; +91 kg: Jaskaran bt Taranjot Singh.

Girls (46 kg): Pooja bt Tashima; 56 kg: Ritu bt Nonu Kalgra; 52 kg: Sunita Sikhya bt Nishu.



Sharp Shooters, Shivalik Smashers record wins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
The cricket team of Laser Sharp Shooters, Sector 47, and Shivalik Smashers, Sector 41, won their respective matches of the ongoing Seven-a-Side Cricket Tournament being played to promote donation of body after death here today.

In the first match of the day, Laser Sharp Shooters defeated Carrier’s Champs, Sector 22, by five wickets. After winning the toss, Laser Sharps retracted the opponent team on the total of 57 runs. Vikas Thakur (15 off 10) and Naresh Nailwal (11 off six) were the main contributors for the team. For bowling side, Karun Thakur, Sidhant Saini and Gaurav Chhabra grabbed one wicket each.

In reply, the winning team achieved the target after Neeraj Kumar (16) and Gaurav Chhabra (16) contributed the lion’s share. Gaurav bagged the man of the match award after giving an all-round performance.

In the second match of the day, Shivalik Smashers defeated PEC Warriors by 13 runs. Batting first, the winning team set a target of 85 runs in the allotted seven overs. Himanshu (34 off 16) and Abhishek (34 off 12) guided the team to achieve the target. For bowling side, Manish, Sagar and Nikil grabbed one wicket each.

In reply, the loosing side failed to achieve the target with Kanik (30) and Manan Arora (20) scoring the score chart of the team. Bowler and man of the match, Krishan, was the pick of the innings for his two for one.



CAC outclass Air Headquarters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
Football teams of the Central Air Command (CAC) and Maintenance Command outclassed rivals during their respective matches of the ongoing Air Force Football Tournament being held at the 3BRD Station here today.

In the first match of the day, the team of Central Air Command (CAC) defeated Air Headquarters by 2-0. Putting the team ahead in the 60th minute, LAC Kipgen scored a field goal, while in the 78th minute, he doubled the lead after converting a awarded spot kick.

The second match of the day turned out to be a one-sided affair with the team of Maintenance Command defeated Training Command by 5-1. LAC PS Rawat scored the first goal for the team in the sixth minute, but the Training Command came back in the match through Cpl Manjit Singh after he scored leveller in the 23rd minute.

After breather, CPL LT Maiwa put the team ahead after scoring the second goal in the 50th minute and again striking in the 62th minute of the game. Sgt S Singh scored the fourth goal in the 64th minute and LAC Kipgen sealed the team’s victory after scoring the fifth goal in the 87th minute of the game.



City lads get better of Yamunanagar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
In the first match of the Junior Inter-District Cricket Tournament, the local team defeated Yamunanagar at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

The visiting side after electing to bat first scored 186 runs before bundling out in 43 overs. Batsmen Shivam scored 47 runs, while Ajay Rana scored 45 runs in the team’s total. Ragav Khurana (18 runs) remained unbeaten. For Chandigarh, Rajat bagged a five-wicket haul, while Abhinav grabbed three for 45.

In reply, the local team named the match in the 41st over of the match. Parvesh Sharma took the team to victory after scoring 59 off 108, while Abishekh Sharma contributed 37 off 52, along with Anmol (16 runs). For bowlers, Prince Sharma and Prince Bamal took two wickets each.



St Xavier’s lift overall trophy

Chandigarh, April 30
Table tennis players of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, brought laurels after winning the overall trophy of the ICSE Inter-School Table Tennis Tournament for the third consecutive year here. The players won this year’s edition at Tender Heart School earlier this month.

The team members that achieved gold medals in the senior category include Minham Reshi, Akshay Shastri and Amay Shashtri. — TNS



Vodafone thrash Quark Xpress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 30
In the ongoing CII KC Royal Park Corporate Cricket Cup being played at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, the cricket team of Vodafone India Limited defeated Quark Xpress Publishing R&D India Private Limited here.

The winning side after deciding to bat first set a target of 226 runs in 20 overs, whereas the opponents failed to achieve the target and bundled out for 87 runs.

In another match, Nectar Life Sciences defeated Vardhman Chemtech by 103 runs. Batting first, the winners piled up a total of 237 runs, whereas the rivals scored 134 runs in the allotted slot.



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