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Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib get Rs 13.45 cr
Grant sanctioned to tide over power-related problems in towns
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 21
The Government of India has approved the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) for 47 towns of the state and Rs 13.45 crore has been sanctioned for Sirhind and Fatehgarh Sahib under the Centre-sponsored scheme that will help in improving and solving all electricity related problems in the urban area.

"The scheme will be implemented in two parts and the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) will be the nodal agency. The Union government has provided 100 per cent funds in the form of loan," said Kuljeet Singh Nagra Congress MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib, while addressing mediapersons here today.

He said the state was reeling under power cuts. The government has failed to keep its promise of providing an eight-hour power supply to agriculture sector and uninterrupted supply to industry and urban residents.

He stated that he took up the matter with the Union Power Minister and got included Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib on the list and got sanctioned Rs.13.45 crore.

He said the programme would be implemented in two phases.

In the first phase, a base line date would be prepared, including asset mapping of the entire distribution network at and below 11 KV transformers, feeders, low-tension lines, poles and other distribution network equipment, he added.

He said the base line data would be verified by an independent agency appointed by the Ministry of Power Government of India.

He added that the second phase would include renovation, modernisation and strengthening of 11 KV level substations, transformers, reconditioning of lines, load bifurcation, feeder separation, load balancing, replacing of electromagnetic energy meters with tamper proof electronic meters and introduction of mobile service centres. He said with the implementation of the scheme, people in urban areas of the Fatehgarh Sahib Assembly constituency would get relief from power crisis.

To implement the scheme properly, special ward-level committees comprising prominent citizens, social workers irrespective of party affiliation, were being formed, he added.

Rs 5.30 cr to solve water problem

Fatehgarh Sahib: To solve the problem of irregular water supply to Bassi Pathana and Khamano, the state government has sanctioned Rs 5.30 crore.

The work of laying water pipelines will start soon. Various other projects sanctioned by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his Sangat Darshan programmes in Bassi Pathana and Khamano will be taken up with the officials concerned, said Justice (retd) Nirmal Singh, MLA, Bassi Pathana.



2,000 students participate in inter-class exhibition at DAV
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 21
An inter-class exhibition was put up by the students of DAV Public School, Patiala, in which around 2000 students exhibited their projects, charts and models prepared during the summer vacation.

The exhibition was organised keeping in view the CCE pattern of the CBSE which encourages imagination, creativity, experimentation and innovation of the students. The projects were on various themes and subjects including science, social science, maths, computers and languages.

The students prepared projects, models, and presentations on topics such as sources of energy, recycling of water, disaster management, project tiger, and algebric identities. The students were beaming with confidence when they made the presentations. The judges took a round of all the classes and adjudged the best projects of each section and subject.

School principal SR Prabhakar applauded the efforts put in by the students and emphasised that these types of activities are an integral part of education as they help in tapping the talent in students and ensure promising future and bright carriers. He also emphasised that the project work assigned should not be cumbersome. Rather, it should be interesting, innovative and feasible for students to prepare.



HelpAge India organises free medical camp
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 21
HelpAge India organised a free medical health camp in Borpur Janheri village of Patiala today. During the camp, 257 patients were provided medicine and consultancy and about 60 patients were given physiotherapy treatment.

Dr Prem Nat Rajput and Dr Satish Kumar Sharma provided medical consultancy. Programme Coordinator of HelpAge India Sandeep Singh addressed the gathering about the programme and services of HelpAge India for the elder people.

Project Officer Sarbpreet Singh apprised the gathering about the importance of elders in the society. Physiotherapist Dr Rohit Tickoo, and pharmacist Arvinder Singh also contributed during the camp.



Two-day remand for eve-teasers
Tribune News Service

Kurali, July 21
The two accused, Vishal Kumar and Chandan Kumar, arrested in the eve-teasing case, were sent to a two-day police remand by the court today. Both Vishal and Chandan are local residents. They were arrested for trying to murder Manoj Kumar and Sunil, who had entered into an altercation with the duo and their accomplices for passing remarks on their daughters.

Manoj and Sunil were attacked by a group of youths with swords and rods on Thursday morning.

The police had registered a case against 12 persons in this connection.

The police said the other accused in the case, including Sunny, Sagar, Vicky, Rahul, Ashu and their accomplices were yet to be arrested. Most of these miscreants were said to be drug-addicts.

"Raids are on and the remaining accused will be nabbed soon," said SSP GS Bhullar.

Meanwhile, the court has also sent Davinder Singh, owner of Guru Nanak Medical Store to judicial custody.

The police had recovered 40 gram opium, 600 gram poppy husk, 25,178 tablets, 3,722 capsules, 70 bottles of syrup, 85 injections and Rs 25 lakh cash from Davinder's shop and house during a raid.

"Davinder used to supply charas, opium and poppy husk to addicts here," said the police.

"We are investigating the case," added the police.



Replace defective parts: Consumer panel to car firm
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, July 21
Tata Nano’s image has received a dent. The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has not only ruled that Nano sold to Manmohan Lal Sarin, senior advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was suffering from multiple defects, but also ordered the payment of Rs 30,000 compensation for physical harassment and mental agony.

The Commission, comprising President Justice Sham Sunder and member Neena Sandhu, has also directed Tata Motors Limited, Mumbai, to replace the defective parts and repair the vehicle; and also to extend the warranty by a year after it has been repaired and made roadworthy.

In its detailed order, the Commission asserted that the contention of the opposition parties that the complainant’s version could not be believed in the absence of expert opinion had no force in it.

Elaborating, the Commission ruled that expert opinion, in their view, was not required as defects underscored in the complaint found a mention in the job card issued by the dealer, Hind Motors India Limited.

The Commission asserted that the complainant, it was evident, had to take the vehicle repeatedly to Hind Motors for repairs. But, the engineers, despite their best efforts, could not rectify the faults.

“The complainant suffered physical harassment and mental agony on account of non-use of the car due to the acts of omission and commission by the opposite parties. He is, thus, entitled to compensation.

“Opposite parties (Tata Motors Limited and Hind Motors India Limited) should pay a consolidated compensation of Rs 30,000 to the complainant. They are further directed to pay Rs 5,000 towards costs of litigation”.

Laying down the guidelines for the repair of the vehicle, the Commission directed that the dealer would send Nano, lying with it, for repairs to Tata Motors within 30 days. They, in turn, would then replace the defective parts and repair the vehicle to the satisfaction of the complainant within 45 days under the supervision of panel of experts and obtain affidavits to the effect that the vehicle has been fully rectified and made roadworthy…”

Failure to repair the vehicle to the satisfaction of the complainant would make them liable to refund the full price of the vehicle, the Commission ruled. In his complaint, Sarin said the vehicle, still within the warranty period, “has been poorly manufactured and suffers from numerous patent and latent defects”. Sarin added, “The vehicle was sold to him in a condition, which rendered it unfit for use and it still remains unusable till date”.


Man kidnapped, flees, robbed

Chandigarh, July 21
The Chandigarh Police has booked three unidentified persons for kidnapping and robbing a Sector-38 resident of his car. According to the police, Ashok Kumar reported that he and his family went for dinner to a restaurant at Sector 37.

He came out of the restaurant for smoking and was standing near his car when three unidentified persons approached him.

The police stated that the accused forced the complainant to sit in the car and drove away in his car.

The accused headed towards Mohali and when they stopped for refuelling at a fuel station near the Balongi barrier, the complainant managed to flee.

Police officials stated that the complaint’s mobile phone was left in the car, through which the location of the accused was traced near Phillaur in Punjab. The police said teams were dispatched in search of the accused. It added that the case was under investigation. — TNS



Notorious criminal, accomplice nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The special technical operation cell of the Chandigarh Police today arrested habitual and notorious criminal Raju Khan and his accomplice. More recoveries and arrests were likely.

Khan had a long criminal background. In the last few months, he was active and was wanted in over 10 cases.

The PCR cell laid a 'naka' near Pepsi turn at Darua village and stopped a motorcycle. On verification, it was found that it was stolen.

Mohamand Johar Khan, alias Raju Khan, alias Irfan Khan, alias Mohd Jafar, of Hanjora village at Chardora in Srinagar district and Jatinder Patel of Colony Number 4 here were held.

Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh said Raju Khan was involved in cases of theft, attempt-to-murder, snatching and robbery.

Police officials said Raju was declared proclaimed offender around two years back, after which a hunt to nab him was launched, but he used to give the police the slip every time.

During initial investigation, another stolen motorcycle was recovered.

Admits involvement

Raju Khan admitted his involvement in around 10 incidents of theft and snatching in the last six months. A total of 10 cases under various sections of the IPC had been registered against him in the last few years.

Had jumped bail

The police said he had jumped bail in three cases registered against him by the Ludhiana police. Of those, two were registered at the Dolewal police station and one at the Focal Point police station.



Constable suspended
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 21
The police today placed a constable, Rashpal Singh, under suspension after a vehicle thief fled from the Phase I police station here. The accused, identified as Karamvir, was arrested along with his three other accomplices two days ago. The police has also recovered five stolen vehicles, including a tractor and two cars.

Sources said Karamvir had asked constable Rashpal Singh, who was on duty then, to take him to washroom. Karamvir then gave the slip to the constable and fled. DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal said Rashpal Singh had been placed under suspension and a case had also been registered against him.

Karamvir was arrested on May 19 and was in police custody till Monday.



tt tourney
Kalyani, Pareen, Pankaj win laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Table tennis players Kalyani, Pareen and Pankaj won their of their respective categories during the ongoing 1st Chandigarh State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament, being held, here today.

Kalyani of SD College, Sector 32, Pareen of DAVPS-8 won the Junior Girls Singles (U-18) and sub-junior (girls) title, respectively, while Pankaj Sidana of Manav Mangal High School has won the both Junior Boys (U-18) and Sub Junior Boys (U-15) titles.

Results: Girls (quarter final)-Kalyani (SD College) beat Anviksha (GM-22) by 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (4-0); Rajeshwari (Carmel Convent) beat Barbie Bajaj (Sacred Heart-26) by 11-1, 7-11, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 (4-1); Pareen beat Bhavya (SH-26) by 11-4, 11-1, 11-3 11-7 (4-0); Alish Grewal (Carmel-9) beat Inayat (SH-26) 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (4-3); Semi final-Kalyani (SD-32) beat Alish Grewal (CC-9) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (4-0); Pareen beat Rajeshwari by 11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, 12-14, 11-3 (4-2);

Final-Kalyani beat Pareen 11-5, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (4-0); Boys (junior)-Quarter final-Mayank Kapoor (DAVPS-8) beat Sohrab Grewal (DPS-40) 11-9, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (4-0); Pankaj (Manav Mangal-21) beat Tushar Gupta (NPS-18) 11-9, 11-3, 14-12, 11-8 (4-0); Dinkar (Shishu Niketan-22) beat Akul (AKSPIS-41) 7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6 (4-3); Aditya (NPS-18) beat Ishu Dhingra (DAVPS-8) by 14-12, 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 13-11 (4-1); Semi final-Dinker beat Mayank Kapoor 5-11,16-14, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12, 12-10 (4-2); Pankaj beat Aditya Pandey by 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 8-11, 11-8 (4-3); Final-Pankaj beat Dnker by 11-9, 11-8, 14-16, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7 (4-3); Sub-Junior (Girls)-Pareen (DAVPS-8) beat Rhea Gupta (Bhavan Vidyalya) by 11-8, 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 (4-0); Bhavya (Sacred Heart-26 )beat Inayat (SH-26) by 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 (4-3). Final-Pareen beat Bhavya 11-3, 11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (4-0); Boys (Sub Junior)-Semi Final-Ishu Dhingra (DAVBPS-8) beat Divaksh (DAVPS-8) by 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-8 (4-3); Pankaj (MM-21) beat Shaurya Raj (DPS-40) by 11-8, 11-5, 12-10, 19-17 (4-0); Final-Pankaj beat Ishu Dhingra by 11-5 11-6 11-2 11-8 (4-0).



Fifteen players selected for football camp

Chandigarh, July 21
A total of 15 soccer players were selected to represent the city in the next round of the Bajaj Allianz Junior Football Camp Season III, to be held in Pune, later this month. The players went under a precise trials session, at the Football Stadium, Sector 17.

During the city’s finale, a total of 110 players were shortlisted. The final 15 from Chandigarh will compete against finalists from other cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kerala in the National finals before advancing to Munich, in August. The organisers will also award three most promising players from city a cash prize of Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively.

Selected Players: Vikram (Chandigarh Football Academy), Salman (Chandigarh Football Academy), Mohammad Tahleel (Chandigarh Football Academy), Nishu (Chandigarh Football Academy), Arshdeep (Chandigarh Football Academy), Krishna (St John High School), Konsam (St. Stephan’s Academy), Bintu (DAV- 8), Akshay Shekhar (St Soldier International School-28), Samuel (Chandigarh Football Academy), Suraj (DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8), Sachin Mallik (DAV football Academy), Prabhsimranjeet (Doon International School, Sector 69, Mohali), Karamveer (Chandigarh Football Academy), Suresh (St Stephan’s Academy). — TNS



13 participate in women chess championship

Chandigarh, July 21
Chess players Simranjeet, Tarini, Arunima Goyal and Kaushal Tanya took a 2-point lead on the first of Chandigarh Women Chess Championship, started today at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here.

A total of 13 players are participating in the championship. During the championship, four players will be selected to represent the city in the forthcoming Women’s national championship, to be held at New Delhi from Aug 18 to 26.

Points position: 2 Points-Simranjeet, Tarini, Goyal Arunima, Kaushal; 1 Point: Shweta, Shobita, Kashish, Inayat, Sejal, Paramjit; 0 point-Anshu, Aarika, Shilpi. — TNS



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