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HDFC Bank, insurance company fined
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed HDFC Bank, Mandi Gobindgarh, and HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company to pay Rs 50,000, along with 9 per cent interest, from the date of filing the complaint till its realisation.

The forum also told the bank to pay Rs 5,000 as litigation costs to Tehal Singh, a resident of Dadheri village, Mandi Gobindgarh.

The forum comprising Sashi Prabha Aggarwal, Amar Bhushan Aggarwal and Veena Chahal, stated that the complainant, Tehal Singh, had an account in HDFC Bank, Mandi Gobindgarh branch. In December, 2009, an executive from the bank, Puneet Gupta, approached the complainant apprising him of a fixed deposit scheme. The complainant handed over a demand draft for Rs 50,000 to the executive.

But the complainant was shocked to know that the bank issued policy No.13348666 dated December 24, 2009, instead of a fixed deposit. The complainant protested against the fraudulent act, but he was told that the policy was better than the fixed deposit. But in July, 2010, he went to the bank and requested it to refund the money. The bank asked him to surrender the policy and assured him that he would be get his money, but till today nothing has been done.

HDFC Bank and HDFC Insurance Company stated that the complainant himself deposited the premium and received the policy, but he did not cancel the policy on time.

The opposite parties said the complainant had asked for a single-premium policy, but they had given him a regular premium plan, which showed that he knew about the insurance policy.



Link roads at Banur in need of repair
Parmod Mehta

Banur, July 20
Link roads here are in a bad shape. Residents have to go through a harrowing time while commuting on these roads. These are full of potholes. During rainy season, water gets accumulated on the roads. A number of accidents have occurred on the roads in the recent past. Residents said they had brought the matter to the notice of the officials concerned, but nothing had been done so far.

CPM leader Gurdarsan Singh Khaspur said the Banur-Hulka link road was dug up for laying sewerage lines about a year ago, but has not repaired till now. The road connects the town with villages like Nandiali, Khanpur, Kalouli, Uchakhera and Mankpur.

Buses don't ply on the road due to its pitiable condition. Meanwhile, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said the issue would be taken up with the department concerned.



19 challaned for violating tobacco Act

Patiala, July 20
A team of district health and family welfare department today issued 19 challans under the Tobacco Control Act-2003.

Five persons were challaned for smoking at public places while 14 vendors were fined for selling tobacco to a minor.

The minor boy posed as a customer and went on to purchase tobacco from shops and none of the vendors refused to sell tobacco to him.

The team conducted surprise checks at various places in the city. It even raided bus stand and railway station and issued challans to violators. It collected Rs 3,320.

The vendors were found violating Section 6 of the Tobacco Control Act- 2003, which defines that no tobacco product can be sold to any one below 18 years of age. — TNS



Seven get life term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni today convicted all seven accused in the murder case of a financier in 2009 and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The accused have also been imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each.

The court convicted Devinder Singh, alias Whiskey, Manpreet Singh, alias Manu, Surinder Singh, alias Maana, Amrik Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Munish Sharma and Ravinder of Khanna for the murder of Hajinder Singh Dhillon on November 25, 2009.

Public prosecutor Munish Dua said that the statements of eye-witnesses - Simmi Sharma, an employee at the financier's office and Vijay Kumar, a vendor - were the crucial evidence that led to the conviction of the seven accused. Simmi Sharma had seen all the accused enter the financier's office when he was shot and Vijay had seen all of them flee in their car. Simmi Sharma had identified all the seven accused in the court during the recording of evidence.

The murder came to light on November 25, 2009, when prominent businessman Harjinder Singh Dhillon was shot dead by the assailants in his office in the busy Sector 20 market.

As per the prosecution, Whiskey, hatched a conspiracy with the co-accused to take possession of a car (registration number PB-16-C 7070) which was registered in the name of Whiskey but was with Dhillon.

While one of the accused, Amrik Singh, remained near the vehicle, others went to Dhillon's office where they entered into a scuffle with him to get the keys of the car. Angry at his resistance, the accused abused and assaulted the victim, before opening fire. The injured man was rushed to GMCH-32, where doctors declared him brought dead.

On December 6, 2009, the Special Crime Cell of the Chandigarh police, under the supervision of DSP Satbir Singh, achieved the first major breakthrough in the case and nabbed the accused.

A team, comprising of Inspectors Amanjot Singh and Kuldip Singh had later arrested Davinder Singh, alias Whisky, from Khanna district of Punjab.

The UT police had announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 on the main accused.



Court begins proceedings to declare Rocky a proclaimed offender
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today initiated proceedings to declare Dimpy murder accused Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, a proclaimed offender. The proclamations proceedings were initiated today under CrPC Section 82 after the accused failed to attend court for the third time this month.

Rocky had failed to attend curt on two previous hearings on July 9 and July 5.

Rocky, an accused in the sensational Dimpy murder case of 2006, has fled during the final stage of hearing in court. He was out on bail.

The UT police had arrested Rocky in July, 2008, for being part of the conspiracy to kill notorious gangster Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy.

Parbhjinder Singh, alias Dimpy, 42, who was facing over a dozen charges of contract killing and abduction, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne assailants on July 7, 2006. He was shot dead near the Lake Club in his car along with a friend Harneev, who was also injured. The police had said that Rocky was the mastermind behind the killing.

Rocky is facing several cases of murder, dacoity and kidnapping. In 2007, Rocky had allegedly shot dead an activist during the Legislative Assembly elections in Fazilka. Rocky was once part of Dimpy’s gang, but fell out with him over the distribution of money received from contract killings. Rocky then joined a gang run by Dhananjay, an MLA in Uttar Pradesh.



Woman constable victim of eve-teasing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh police arrested a resident of Punjab for making obscene gestures at a lady constable near Aroma Hotel, Sector 22, on July 19.

According to the police, a lady constable posted in Police Control Room (PCR) was on duty in a PCR vehicle at Aroma Hotel when a person, identified as Harpreet Singh, resident of Karamgarh Chitra, district Bhatinda, arrived in his car (no PB-32-H-0081) and started making obscene gestures. He is even reported to have said indecent words to the constable.

High drama was witnessed outside the hotel at the time of incident.

The police stated that Harpreet is taking coaching for ILETS and plans to move abroad.

A case under IPC Section 294 has been registered against him on the complaint of the constable at the Sector 17 police station.

Harpreet was arrested and later released on bail. Further investigations are going on in the case.



3 hurt in cylinder blast
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
Three boys were injured, one of them seriously, when an LPG cylinder caught fire and exploded in Mohali village late last night.

As per reports, a 14-year-old boy was illegally filling gas from an LPG cylinder into a smaller one in a room in the market area. In the process, the cylinder burst and he sustained burn injuries.

In panic, the boy threw the burning cylinder out of the room which exploded injuring two other boys. They were rushed to the local Civil Hospital in Phase VI where doctors referred them to the PGI, Chandigarh. The condition of one of boys was stated to be serious.

The fire brigade doused the flames. 



Intoxicants, Rs 20 lakh seized from medical store owner
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
The police today seized intoxicants and Rs 20 lakh in cash from a medical store owner in Kurali. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the owner of Guru Nanak Medical Store in Kurali, Devinder Singh, was arrested. The SSP said the suspect was allegedly indulging in the sale of habit-forming drugs. Most of the items were seized from the house of Devinder Singh which was located at a distance of about 500 yds from the medical store.

On questioning the suspect told the police that he used to keep most of the drugs in his house and used to supply these according to the demands of the buyers.

The items seized during the raid included 25,178 tablets, 3,722 capsules, 70 bottles of syrup, 85 injections, 4 gm of opium, 600 gm of poppy husk and Rs 20 lakh in cash. The drugs were sealed by the drug inspector Amit Duggal who was part of the team that raided the medical store and the house.



Shubhangi, Ishan clinch titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Shubhangi and Ishan Kapoor emerged as the winners in the 1st Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament at Table Tennis Hall in Sector 23 today.

In the best-of-seven games played for the title, Shubhangi of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, defeated Aparna of Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, 4-3.

Ishaan Kapoor of DAV Public School, Sector 8, also recorded a 4-3 win in the the best-of-seven final over Amey of St Xavier’s School, Sector 44.

Results: Boys (U-12)

Quarterfinals: Ishan Kapoor bt Chaitanya 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (3-0); Vansh Mahajan bt Sijjan 13-11, 11-2, 11-4 (3-0); Mayank Malla bt Sachit 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (3-0); Amey bt Upvan 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (3-0).

Semifinals: Ishan Kapoor bt Vansh Mahajan 11-6, 7-11 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (4-1); Amey bt Mayank Malla 
15-13, 9-11, 15-13, 11-7, 11-8 (4-1).

Final: Ishan Kapoor bt Amey 11-1, 4-11, 11-9, 9-11,10-12, 13-11, 11-7 (4-3).

Girls (U-12)

Quarterfinals: Anushka bt Deevanshi 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 (3-0); Shubhangi bt Tanvi 11-7, 11-8, 11-2 (3-0); Aparna bt Akshita Jaiswal 4-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6, 12-10 (3-2); Vasundra bt Vibhuti Bhardwaj 10-12, 12-14,11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (3-2).

Semifinals: Shubhangi bt Anushka 12-10, 9-11, 15-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 (4-2); Aparna bt Vasundra 11-8, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 (4-0).

Final: Shubhangi bt Aparna 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8.



Rishabh wins tennis tourney

Chandigarh, July 20
Rishabh Sharda defeated Sahishnu Sharma in straight sets to claim the boys' singles (U-12) title in the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament today.

In the final encounter, Rishab overcame Sahishnu 6-0, 6-4. In the final of boys' singles (U-16) category, Nihit Rawal defeated Mritunjay Badola 6-2, 6-2 to win the title.

Prinkle Singh bagged the girls' singles (U-12) title after defeating Sarah Dev 6-4, 6-1; while Pooja Moura overcame Nikita Bishnoi 6-3, 6-3 to win the final match of girls' singles (U-16) category.

In the final of boys' doubles (U-12) category, Anmol Rattan Kamboj and Abhimanyu Rozra defeated Savneet Bajwa and Sahishnu Sharma 7-6(3) and 7-5.

The boys' doubles (U-16) title went to the pair of Paramveer Singh Bajwa and Adhhyan who beat Conard and Nihit Rawal 6-1, 6-3. In the deciding match of the girls' doubles (U-16) category, Nikita Bishnoi and Gayatri Kumariaha prevailed against Sarah Dev and Bani Singh 6-4, 6-3. — TNS



GMSSS-10 claim 3-2 win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Kamal scored the match-winning goal for Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, in its 3-2 victory against Ryan International School in the ongoing St Soldier Football Trophy today.

Earlier, Sidharth contributed to the winning cause with two goals.



Students bring laurels

Dera Bassi, July 20
Students of Sri Sukhmani International School, Dera Bassi, won two gold medals and two silver medals in a taekwondo championship held in Bhutan recently.

Manpreet Singh and Devinder Singh represented the school in the championship organised by the International Taekwondo Council. Principal Ajay Nathwani said it had always been an endeavour of the school to support and encourage the students to take part in sports. — TNS



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